Rudolph “Rudy” Mikuska, 91, of 17525 U.S. Highway 2, Gould City, Mich., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique, Mich.
Rudy was born May 1, 1921, in Mt. Clemens, Mich., the son of Matthew and Anna (Smolka) Mikuska. He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a decorated soldier serving in WWII with the 82nd Airborne Division.
In 1946, Rudy married the former Ann Stanlon and they lived in the Mt. Clemens area where he was employed as a welder. In 1960, Rudy and Ann moved to Gould City, where they owned a hardware store for 25 years. Rudy was a gregarious man who loved to sell “treasures’ he collected. He had a great sense of humor and worked hard his entire life.
Rudy is survived by his former wife, Ann Mikuska, of Manistique; his daughter, Nadine (Nate)
Smith of Fitchburg, Mass.; son, Rudy (Sandi) Mikuska of
Manson, Mich.; four grandchildren, Owen (Stacy) Smith, Justin Smith, Cody Mikuska and Jaxon Mikuska; nieces, MaryAnn (Larry) Mahaffy and Sabine (Bernard) Cunningham; along with many great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Matthew and Anna, Rudy is preceded in death by his sisters, Marie Mikuska and Mildred Cunningham and his nephew, Bernard Cunningham.
Visitation was Saturday, Dec. 15, from 2-7 p.m., at Messier-Broullire Funeral Home. A prayer service followed at 7 p.m., in the funeral home, with Father Antony Lukka officiating. Funeral Services for Rudy were held Tuesday, Dec. 18, at noon, at Harold W. Vick Funeral Home in Mt. Clemens. Burial will be in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery at Clinton Township, Michigan.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.