Michael Bruha

HOLMEN, Wis. — Michael Leo Bruha, 71, passed away on January 4, 2021. Mike was born April 27, 1949, in South Bend, Indiana, the oldest of five children of Eugene and Harriet (Eller) Bruha.

The family eventually settled in La Crosse, where Mike graduated from Aquinas High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Following graduation from college, Mike joined the U.S. Air Force, eventually completing a 20- year career and retiring with the rank of captain. Mike especially enjoyed his time in the Air Force spent in England and Germany. He toured castles and became a soccer fan in England and sampled many German beers.

After retirement, Mike settled in rural Holmen, where he kept his bird feeder full to attract many furry and feathered friends. He would send the family photos of his visitors, including deer, turkey, raccoons and a bear. Mike was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a regular volunteer at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Holmen. He also drove cars for the Holmen Auto Auction, helped with bingo at the VA in Tomah, and was a race monitor for the Holmen Kornfest 5K Fun Run. Mike was an avid reader, spent many hours playing computer games and cheered for the Green Bay Packers. His sweet nature and kind soul will be missed by all who knew him.

Mike is survived by his siblings, Kathryn (Leif) Karlsson, Alan (Jan) Bruha, Steve (Christine) Bruha, and Carol (Greg) Reed; five nieces and nephews; three grand- nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, there will be no services at this time. A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Memorials may be made to your charity of choice. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services is handling the arrangements.