Michael Eugene Linley, 93, of Marinette, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Renaissance in Marinette. He was born on July 22, 1923, in Mazomanie, Wis. to Henry and Ethel (Borman) Linley.
Michael was part of the “greatest generation”, living through the great depression and World War II. He grew up in Mazomanie and graduated from high school in 1940 at age 16. He began his college education at Platteville State College, which was abruptly interrupted in 1943 by World War II. Michael earned the rank of Staff Sargent in the United States Army serving in the 87th Infantry Division in General Patton’s Third Army. He fought in the European theater and helped defeat the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he completed his college education and began teaching. He later earned his masters degree from UW Madison. His teaching career began at Muscoda High school in 1947 where he taught mathematics and coached all of the men’s varsity teams. In 1952, Michael married Betty Kratochwill, and together they moved to Marinette in 1956 where he continued teaching at Marinette High School until he retired in 1985. Michael coached football, basketball and track during his tenure at Marinette High and also enjoyed officiating local high school sporting events. During his retirement, Michael enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman, gardener and a member of the Elks Club and of Holy Family Parish.
Michael is survived by his wife, Betty Linley; his children: Michael (Debra) Linley, Timothy (Donna) Linley, Mary (Rick) Linley Phillips, and Stephen (Francesca) Linley; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.
Friends may call at Holy Family Parish – Our Lady of Lourdes Church from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday, February 17, 2017. A funeral mass will be held at 12 noon Friday in the church with the Rev. Jesus Berdol officiating.
Entombment will be in Forest Home Mausoleum.
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family.