Obituary for Michael E. Meil

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Michael Meil, age 70, of Burr Oak, Wisconsin passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his home. He was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 12, 1948 to Eldon and Beatrice (Johnson) Meil. He was joined in marriage to Marsha Senn for 23 years, the mother of Mike’s children.
Following graduation from Logan High School, Mike served his country as a Sergeant E-5 in the 4th infantry division in Viet Nam. Throughout his years of service, he was honorably awarded various service medals. Mike, like his lifelong friend Paul Opland, enjoyed living at his country home and land very near to Paul. He spent his working career first at the La Crosse cooler company, then as a Carpenter building homes around the La Crosse area and most recently as a supervisor in the maintenance department for La Crosse county. Mike was a member of AA, living in sobriety for over 35 years. He enjoyed helping others, especially spending time with his friends at the VA hospital in Tomah, many of which are Viet Nam Veterans. Mike used to hold Viet Nam Vet “Coffee Meetings” where his Viet Nam Buddies would sit around the kitchen table and chat into the wee hours of the morning voicing their opinions and sharing many war memories. He was known for his cooking and he made wonderful chili. Mike enjoyed deer hunting, duck hunting, reloading shells, archery, fletching arrows and he was the Vice President of the Wisconsin Field Archers Association for numerous years. He liked spending time fishing, trout fishing in Coon Creek and making jigs. He liked doing leatherwork and practicing his drums. Above all, Mike was proud of his grandchildren.
He is survived his children; Cheri of La Crosse, Carli and her lifelong friend, Chad of La Crosse and Philip (Michelle) of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, grandchildren; Kimber Leigh Byrd, Phillip Novak, Ezra Novak (recently joined the U.S. Airforce), Kekoa Novak, Dylan Meil, and Kaeli Meil, great-grandchild; James Byrd, sisters; Vicki De Maiffe of French Island and Tracy Meil of Minneapolis, brothers; Kevin Meil of French Island and Kurt Meil of Milwaukee. In addition to his family, Mike is also survived by many loving cousins and close friends, including Scott Meil, John Johnson, Denny Shawley, Joanne and Cliff Shawley, Art Kistler, Ed Gittens and a very special neighbor boy who did lawn mowing and held a special place in Mike’s heart, “Billy”.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, his sister; Michelle Meil, and by two special nephews; Steve Parker and Shane Meil. Additionally, there were many of his Viet Nam pals that went on before him to include; Jack Frietag, Vern Janick, Doug Kurtz, John Guist, and his lifelong friend from childhood to his last day on earth, Paul Opland. Paul and Mike both passed on the same day, April 17, 2019.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Mike’s life on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at W2356 Davis Creek Road, Melrose, WI 54642 (Burr Oak). The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit to share online condolences.