Michael J. Puerling, 59
March 27, 1958 — July 10, 2017

Michael J. Puerling, 59 Michael “Spike” J. Puerling, 59, passed away unexpectedly July 10, 2017, in his home in Prairie Du Sac. He was born March 27, 1958, to Jim and Mary (nee Ackerman) Puerling. He graduated in 1976 from West Bend East High School and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He married Lori (nee Nyhus) and proudly raised three daughters.

In 1990, he found his dream job with co-workers that became family at Carl F. Statz & Sons. He had a deep love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. He enjoyed reading the Bible; watching the Packers, Brewers and Badgers; smoking cigars; and jigsaw puzzles. He especially loved his family and gave the BEST HUGS EVER! He loved nothing more than to make a joke for a cheap laugh! He volunteered at the local food pantry and gave his time to the Salvation Army.

Michael is survived by his daughters, Tanya (Steven) Peters, Angie Arthur and Melissa (Justin) Katzman; mother, Mary Puerling; siblings, Jean (Don) Conner, Mark (Dawn) Puerling, John (Kelly) Puerling and Mary Jo (Doug) Crass; grandchildren, Cody, Dalten and Ethan Arthur, Landen Schumacher, Mackenzie Peters, and Emily Peters; godchildren, Mackenzie Peters, Dalten Arthur and Josie Crass; and special friend, Lori Hareid. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a boatload of friends.

Michael is preceded in death by his father, H. James Puerling; nephew, Adam Michael Puerling; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday July 14, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095). Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 4 p.m. Inurnment will be Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park.

“Have fun storming the castle” — Michael Puerling

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.