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Michael E. Linley
Michael Eugene Linley, 93, of Marinette, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Renaissance in Marinette.
Born July 22, 1923, in Mazomanie, to Henry and Ethel (Borman) Linley, he was part of the "greatest generation", living through the great depression and World War II. He grew up in Mazomanie and graduated from high school in 1940 at age 16. He attended Platteville State College, which was interrupted in 1943 by World War II where he earned the rank of staff sergeant in the United States Army serving in the 87th Infantry Division in General Patton's Third Army. He fought in the European theater and helped defeat the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war, he completed college and began teaching, later earning a masters degree from UW-Madison. He taught mathematics at Muscoda High School in 1947 and coached all of the men's varsity teams.
In 1952, he married Betty Kratochwill and they moved to Marinette in 1956 where he taught at Marinette High School until retiring in 1985. He coached football, basketball and track there and also enjoyed officiating local high school sporting events.
In retirement, he enjoyed traveling, spending time with his grandchildren, was an avid fisherman and gardener. He was a member of the Elks Club and Holy Family Parish.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Linley; children, Michael (Debra) Linley, Timothy (Donna) Linley, Mary (Rick) Linley Phillips and Stephen (Francesca) Linley; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
Friends called at Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Friday, Feb. 17 from 10:30 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at noon. Rev. Jesus Berdol officiated with entombment in Forest Home Mausoleum. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.