Mike, as he was known, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
He was born July 17, 1934, to Alden and Agnes (Hettinga) Petterson in Wausau. He married the love of his life, Donna Mae Fitzgerald, on October 17, 1953. Together they had 6 children; Chris (Laura) Petterson, Kathy (Mel) Petterson, Dan (Sue) Petterson, Roxann (Pat) Mulry, Michelle (Kathy) Ruenger, and Patti (Tammy) Olson, who all have survived him. Mike also is survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and also, his sister, Francis (James) Carmichael; and nieces and nephews.
Mike is preceded in death by his wife Donna in 1995 as well as his parents and granddaughter, Nicole.
Mike graduated from Wausau High school in 1952 and entered the workforce, working at Marmet Corp. and Foreway Express from 1953 to 1956, at which time he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad for 26 years, when he had to retire due to an accident. Mike did reenter the workforce later in life, working at the Home Depot electrical department for 5+ years. Mike and Donna loved the outdoors, spending time with their children camping, fishing, and all things sports. Mike coached little league baseball for 14 years and was proud of his success with deer hunting with his boys. Mike was very involved in his church and served as a deacon for 8 years. Later in life, Mike found comfort and friendship with an amazing person, Carol Sliwicki, and her family.
A private family service will be held at a later date.