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.
Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com
Deb and family my deepest sympathy to you and your family. He is gone way to soon. Gods Blessing to all of you.
I will miss Mike as well as all of you visiting. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. take care and God Bless you all.
Deb, Cassie, Brandon and family ~
I remember how much fun it was to watch how Mike reacted to the Demolition derby's every year at the fair ~
"There's a road that's made of memories that goes from heart to heart. There's a bridge of special feelings made of all the joys you shared."
May those memories help you on this journey from here to there ~
Steve, Kathy, Amanda ( and Jack )
Deb and family sorry for your lose.
DEB AND FAMILY,WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.IF YOU NEED ANYTHING JUST LET US KNOW
Hi to family of Michael Irish. First of all, I am so sorry to learn on your loss too soon. I'm curious if Michael may be a cousin of mine. Norm Irish was my uncle from my dad's side of the family--Gene Rosio. After my move to AZ in 1965 I've lost touch with a lot of my relatives. If this is a relative I would love to hear from you. God bless you through this sad time of transition. Janet
Deb and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Mike. I remember when we were younger and the fun adventures we would have up in Kempster as cousins do. I know that you have wonderful memories to hold on to. I have you all in my prayers.
Debbie and family, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you at this time.
Deb, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Deb and family, I was so sad to read this news and know that you had lost Mike. You have my family's deepest sympathy and will be in our prayers during this hard time, you have a special guardian angel watching over you now forever.
Deb, Brandon and Cassie: the mark of a good man is the influence he has on his family and the number and quality of his friendships...as family, the memories we have Will be cherished forever and the love for you all continues to grow...absolutely know the Angels are receiving him with shouts of joy and loud Hosannahs...and the hope that is within us will comfort us til we see him again. We lift you up in prayer and offer our help in any way that will assist you as you move through the coming days...our deepest sympathy to you all...God Bless!!!
Deb, Brandon,and Cassie. Your family was one of the first to become our friends when we moved to Antigo. We always enjoyed Mike and loved his passion for all that life had to offer. Bills Musky Club's annual banquet was always a fun time....even if our family did win so much.....Jim and Mike had some intetesting fishing outings. We are better people for having Mike and the rest of you in our lives.
Debbie and family, We are so heartbroken to hear about Mike. We know he was looking forward to coming out to Stephi's graduation party last Saturday. Dave and I will miss our visits with him. I have been missing the days I would walk past his room and he would yell "Hi Lacey!" or call me in to shoot the breeze. Dave and I miss hearing the logging and fishing stories and just laughing with him. You and your family are in our prayers.
Debbie and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Mike, He was one of my favorite residents at Eastview. Always had a smile on his face when I walked in to his room. Very Loving to his family and friends, it breaks my heart to know how short lived his life was. I hope you are all doing well, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers, May God bless you.
Deb, Brandon and Cassie, we are so sorry for your loss. Mike was such a great friend, husband and father. We will miss him so much. We are there for you for anything you need. Love you, Henry and Mary
To the Irish Family, Im so sorry for your loss!!! He was a great neighbor and friend. If you need anything please let me know!!
Sending my reguards,Sorry for your loss.
Dearest Deb, Cassie and Brandon We are so sorry to hear about Mike just know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers if you need anything just let us know.
Love and Hugs
Kay, Ron, Kristopher and Joshua Weix
I will miss the surprise visits to the nursing home to see him. Only to be welcomed by the biggest smile anyone could ever give. Also miss the things we only talked about doing and not being able to do them together.
So sorry for your loss. It will be hard to go past his room and not see you and Mike there to visit with. Thinking of you.
So very sorry for the loss of your loved one, may God hold you all in his arms and comfort you in your time of grieving, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless.....
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,
P.S. GOD SENDS HIS LOVE!
Jan & Tom Below
So many good times (and stories to tell) of having Mike Irish as a neighbor for many years. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand and was ever present at our impromptu weekend "block parties" - beer in handðŸ˜ He will be most sorely missed. Prayers for strength and endurance during this difficult time Deb, Brandon and Cassie.
The Messer Family sends their heartfelt sympathies. Its so hard to lose a Husband, Dad, Brother or Uncle, but know he is feeling good now...Your all in our prayers
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