Michael J. “Goose” Swanepoel, age 58, of Glenwood City, WI died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at his home.
Mike was born January 2, 1954 in Amery, WI to Emil and Marvell (Johnson) Swanepoel, the fifth of ten children. He grew up on a farm north of Glenwood City and graduated from Glenwood City High School in 1972. He worked for United Refrigeration, Williamson Mid-States Music, Anderson Windows and most recently he retired from Friday Canning (which is now Lakeside Foods) in New Richmond, WI. He was an avid Packers and Brewers fan, he enjoyed golfing, shooting pool and having a beer with friends. He was a veracious reader and possessed many books which included collections of history, particularly WWII. He was highly intelligent, answering questions on Jeopardy before the contestants. His family would fight over who would partner with Mike for trivia pursuit and enjoyed being on the computer.
For his quiet demeanor and fun-loving nature, Goose will be remembered. He was a kind man, quick to help family and friends. He never missed family events and will be sorely missed.
Mike is preceded in death by his father Emil in 1970.
Mike is survived by his mother Marvell and husband Harvey Serier of Baldwin, WI; brothers and sisters: Charles Swanepoel and wife Kris of Colorado Springs, CO; David Swanepoel and wife Lorelei of Emerald, WI; Linda Swanepoel of Baldwin, WI; Roger Swanepoel and wife Mary Ann of Glenwood City, WI; Bob Swanepoel and wife Diane of Glenwood City, WI; Mary Gail Earl of Lakeland, FL; Nancy Nichols and husband Curt of Baldwin, WI; Ted Swanepoel and wife Elissa of Spring Valley, WI; Donna Peterson and husband Lance of Woodville, WI. Aunts and uncles June Stack, Margaret Standaert and Frank Swanepoel. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held December 22, 2012 at St. John’s Catholic Church and interment of cremains will be in the church cemetery at a later date.