Michael J. Russek
November 16, 2016
Michael “Mike” Russek, age 49, of Delano, died suddenly on November 16, 2016. Mike was born to Dave and Rose (Fritz) Russek on February 27 th 1967. He was the eldest of six siblings: Lori, Theresa, Dan (Mary), Pat (Jill) and Paul. He attended Delano High School where he starting dating Teri Horsch in 1985. Upon graduation he attended Hennepin Tech for architectural drafting. Mike and Teri were married in 1989 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
They welcomed their first child, Scott, in 1991. Since then, they had seven children in total: Scott (Kelly), Sarah (20), Steven (18), Shannon (15), Samuel (12), Nicholas (9), and Joseph (7). He enjoyed helping coach Scott and Steven’s baseball teams, guiding them when building projects for their 4-H club and in shooting sports, supporting them through college, teaching them to drive and giving them an impeccable sense of sarcasm. He became a grandfather to Scott and Kelly’s children; Lily, Theodore, and William and loved every aspect of being a grandparent with Teri.
Mike was known for his ability to fix anything, from a faulty appliance to a bad play in baseball.
Friends and family sought his expertise that always came with a grin and a witty remark. Mike had a fondness for music- both live performance and vintage records, all of which he enjoyed with his wife. One of his greatest hobbies was classic cars, which prompted him to begin restoration on his own ’64 Chevrolet Chevelle. Mike had been employed at Dura Supreme as a maintenance tech since 2005 and recently started working part time as a weekend manager at Flippin Bill’s in Delano.
Mike’s family and friends will remember him for the humor he brought to every situation, as well as the meaningful advice that got them through difficult times.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 AM on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Visitation was Monday, 4-8 PM and continued Tuesday, 10-11 AM prior to the Mass. Private interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Delano. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.