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Michael E. Rantanen Sr.

February 23, 1939 ~ October 23, 2021 (age 82)

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Michael E. Rantanen Sr., 82, of Westboro, died Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Rib Lake Health Services.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro with military honors given by the Westboro VFW post #7817. 

He was born February 23, 1939 to Virginia (Christiansen) and Arnold Ryan.  

Following high school, Michael served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1961. 

On June 17, 1967, he married Susan Anderson in Milwaukee. They resided in Milwaukee, then Saukville before moving to the Westboro area in 1995.  He worked for Wisconsin Electric. 

He is survived by two sons, Michael Jr. of Westboro, Joseph of West Bend; sister-in-law, Jan Rantanen; brother-in-law, Richard Anderson; lifelong best friend, Lewayne “Wayne” Tiedke; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Lucas) Schult, Nathan Rantanen; great-grandchildren Ashton, Colton, Parker and Kallen Schult. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sue on April 6, 2018; and a brother, Patrick. 

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Graveside Service
November 6, 2021

1:00 PM
Mount Olive Cemetery
County Hwy D west of Hwy 13
Westboro, WI 54490

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