Michael "Buzz" Mish, Janesville, WI/formerly Kenosha, WI (1937-2014)
May 28, 1937 - May 20, 2014
Michael “Buzz” Mish, 76, originally of Kenosha, late of Janesville, died peacefully Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with cancer. He was born May 28, 1937, to Michael and Ethel (Gahart) Mish in Kenosha. In 1959, he married Carolyn Delcorps, his wife of more than 54 years, with whom he raised two sons and a daughter.
At Bradford High School he played drums in the swing band and was also a very talented bicycle racer, winning many trophies and races including the 1953 Wisconsin junior state bicycle racing championship. Throughout his life Buzz continued to love riding his bicycle and did so well into his seventies. Buzz served proudly in the United States Marine Corps from 1956-58, stationed in California, Japan, and Okinawa, where he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal while serving overseas. After being honorably discharged from the service, Buzz completed an apprenticeship and worked as a skilled trades pipefitter, continuing with the same company until his retirement more than 30 years later. In addition to being a journeyman pipefitter, Buzz was a proud member of United Auto Workers Union Local 72 holding positions as union steward, chief steward, chairman of the apprenticeship committee, and chairman of the skilled trades committee.
Following his retirement from Chrysler in 1989, Buzz and Carolyn moved to Mountain Home, AR, where Buzz started and ran his own business for 10 years installing flagpoles and flags throughout the Ozarks before moving back to Wisconsin, and settling in Janesville, in 2002, where he attended St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Buzz is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; and his children: Patty (John) Surber of Janesville, Mike of Janesville, and Bill of Dubai UAE; his grandchildren, Jodie and Molly Surber; his sisters, Kay (Robert) Babino and Joy (Harvey) Heal, both of Kenosha; as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Fuss; and brother, Tom Mish.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24, at BRUCH FUNERAL HOME in Kenosha. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11:30 a.m. with a short religious service at the FUNERAL HOME, beginning at 11:30 am followed by burial with Full Military Honors at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.
Visit Buzz’s Online Memorial Book: www.bruchfuneralhome.net
Bruch Funeral Home, 3503 Roosevelt Road
Kenosha, WI 53142 262-652-8298