Michael Lee Grotjahn, age 63 of Hixton passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse with his wife Susan by his side. He passed away from complications, while battling dialysis and diabetes. Mike was born March 8, 1958 to Barbara (McIntyre) and Orville Grotjahn in Arcadia, Wisconsin.
Mike spent most of his childhood in Milwaukee and graduated from Pulaski High School in 1976. He moved to Black River Falls in the fall of 1977 and began to work for NGP/Nelson Muffler for 43 years. Mike had a great sense of humor and loved telling jokes. He sang with Shady Glen, then did the sound system for rock bands for 6 years. He loved his Thunderbird cars and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and only gave the grandkids “Packer hugs” (not Bear hugs).
Mike met his life partner, Susan Grunlien in 2002, they were united in marriage in 2016. Mike never had his own children, but loved being called “Grandpa” from his grandchildren. Mike loved and treated his step-children & grandchildren as his own. He liked to read to the grandkids and would “hum” them to sleep at nap/bedtime.
Mike is survived by his wife Susan, brothers Patrick Grotjahn of LaCrosse, WI, Ricky (Janell) Grotjahn of Decatur, AL , sister Brenda Jiron of Las Vegas, NV, half-sisters Janice Weiss and Ellen Rose Cooper of San Antonio, TX, step-children Anna (Tim) Knight, Greg (Mel) Berndt, Matt (Erika) Berndt, Chris Berndt, Sam Kantner and Tom (Madi) Kantner, grandchildren Bryson, Isaiah, Brody, Weston, Megan, Gunner, Tiana, Hilary, Jacob, Chris Jr., Leilani, Raymond, Lennox and Emmett. Mike was preceded in death by his brother Roger Grotjahn and his mother Barbara Mc Intyre.
A memorial service will be held 11:30 A.M. Wednesday January 19, 2022 at Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home in Hixton, WI with Reverend Terry Marg officiating. Family and friends may call from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service. There will be a memorial gathering for Mike at the Grotjahn/Ratz family reunion in June 2022 in Buffalo City, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family would be appreciated.
The Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home has been entrusted with the final arrangements.

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