Michael R. Irish
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Michael R. Irish, of Antigo, died Monday, July 13, 2015 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 58 years old. He was born on August 21, 1956 in Antigo, a son of Clarine "Babe"(Knutson) Irish of Kempster and the late Norm Irish Sr. He married Deborah Cossette on June 30, 1983 in Elcho.

He was a graduate of Elcho High School and attended Northcentral Technical College in Wausau.

Michael worked in the logging industry for many years, starting with his father at the age of 7. He was also a tree trimmer and later became a machinist.

He was a board member of National Mutual Benefit Insurance and a member of Bill's Musky Club.

He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah; daughter, Cassandra Irish; son, Brandon Irish all in Antigo; mother, Clarine; sister, Norine Wegner of Fort Worth, TX; brother, Norm (Renee) Irish Jr. of Kempster; father and mother-in-law, Roger and Betty Cossette of Deerbrook; two brothers-in-law, Mel (Carla) Cossette of Wausau and Don Cossette of Antigo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Keirsten, Amber, Amanda, Austin, Adam, Morgan, Brooke, Cory, Jonathan, Michiel and Kristine.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Dana Schindler officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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1550 Neva Road
Antigo, WI 54409
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J Jan & Tom Below on Jul 14, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ((((HUGS))))) know Mike will always be with you I hope these words can help ease some of the pain

To my dearest family,

Some things I would like to say,

But first of all, to let you know

That I arrived ok.

I'm writing this from Heaven

Where I dwell with God above,

here there's no more tears or sadness

There is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy

Just because I'm out of sight.

Remember that I'm with you

Every morning, noon, and night.

That day that I had to leave you

When my life on earth was through,

God picked me up and hugged me

And He said, I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again

You were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest; family

They'll be here later on.

I need you here so badly

As part of my big plan.

There's so much that we have to do

To help our mortal man.

Then God gave me a list of things

He wished for me to do.

And foremost on that list of mine

Is to watch and care for you.

And I will be beside you

Every day and week and year.

And when you're sad,

I'm standing there to wipe away the tears.

And when you lie in bed at night

The days chore put to flight

God and I are closest to you

In the middle of the night.

" When you think of my life on earth

And all those loving years,

Because you're only human

They're bound to bring you tears

But do not be afraid to cry

It does relieve the pain.

Remember, there would be no flowers

Unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you

Of all that God has planned,

But if I were to tell you,

You would not understand.

And to my many friends trust,

God knows what it best.

I'm still not very far away from you

I'm just beyond the crest.

And now I am contented that my life,

It was worthwhile.

Knowing as I passed along the way

I made someone smile.

When you're walking down the street

And you've got me on your mind,

I'm walking in your footsteps

Only half a step behind.

And when you feel that gentle breeze

Or the wind upon your face,

That's me giving you a great big hug

Or just a soft embrace.

And when it's time for you to go

From that body to be free,

Remember, you're not going,

You are coming here to me.

And I will always love you

from that land way up above.

I'll be in touch again soon,

Jan & Tom Below



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