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March 18, 2018

Milo John Gatzke

The Funeral Service for Mike Gatzke will be at 11:00AM, Monday, February 19, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church in Byron with Pastor Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery.

Milo John Gatzke, 86 of Byron, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus.

Mike was born on June 15, 1931 to John and Winnie (Bigalk) Gatzke in Preston, Minnesota. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Preston High School. He married Mary Langan April 30, 1955 in Austin, Minnesota.

Mike was employed by Rochester Dairy for four years then worked at IBM for 30 years retiring in 1990. He then drove bus for Byron School System and Glenn's Motorcoach.

He enjoyed fishing in Canada and Northern Minnesota with buddies, traveling, spending time in his workshop as well as being with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Mary, of 63 years; son, Steven (Janet) of Byron; three daughters, Karen (Bruce) Mills of Spring Valley, Diane (Tom) Bussell of Stewartville and Kristin Decker of Kasson; one sister, Wanda (Dick) Schmidt of Colorado; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings and a son, Timothy.

Byron Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at

Claremont Service

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