Michael Rodger Amend “Mike” died quietly at home with his daughters by his side on Monday, November 9, 2020 in DeForest, WI at the age of 76.
Mike was born on December 25, 1943 in Portage, WI to Irene (Amend) Porter and George Amend and raised by Irene and Lawrence “Sporty” Porter. He graduated from Rio High School in 1962 as well as being a certified Printing Journeyman. He married Susan Epps, his high school sweetheart in 1969. Mike and Sue lived in Rio, WI for most of their lives with some time in Albany, WI and Oregon, WI. Mike worked in Madison for the State of Wisconsin as a Printer for over 30 years and after retirement, took a job in Rio as a Janitor for the school system. His children remember him as someone with a quiet confidence that was always encouraging and helping someone.
Mike was an accomplished bowler and was proud of his awards and 300 game. He loved a good day, and even a bad day, on the golf course and often invited people to join him. He was a constant reader and loved hunting. His girls remember him as a big Packer fan who would take them to games every year he could. He loved his family and until the end wanted to make sure they were cared for.
Mike is survived by his daughters Joann Amend (Ty) and Sarah Fischer, his 5 grandchildren Mackenzie, Matthew, Victoria, Sadie and Maggie, his sister Grace Hinzman (Dave) and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Susan, his parents, his sisters: Willow, Bernadine, Audrey and Donna, and his brothers: George, Robert, Joseph, Richard, David, John Terrance and James.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the summer of 2021 and more details will be communicated closer to the event. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate . The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and Ebony Kidd for their care and support. He asked for so little but gave so very much.