Daly, Michael C.
Michael C. Daly, age 82, of Wisconsin Rapids, died on Saturday August 31, 2013, at Ministry St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. John Steiner will officiate. A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids and at church Friday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Following the memorial service, a celebration of life will be held at Bull's Eye Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Bull's Eye Country Club or a scholarship fund for athletes from Lincoln or Assumption High Schools that will be attending the University of Wisconsin--Madison.
Mike was born May 22, 1931 in Rochester, MN to Norbert and Emmie (Ipsen) Daly. He married the love of his life, Susan Schreiner, on June 23, 1955 in Wisconsin Rapids. She died June 26, 2012.
Mr. Daly was a graduate of Lincoln High School, where he was later inducted into the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame for achievements in basketball, baseball, and track. At 5'8", he played college basketball at Drake University and the University of Wisconsin—Madison. After graduating from UW-Madison, Mike enlisted in the US Air Force and became a jet fighter pilot. After his father's death, he returned to Wis. Rapids to take over the family casualty insurance business. Mike also was a top sales agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance for over 40 years. His achievements were recognized by his membership in the Million Dollar Round Table many of those years. As a basketball coach at St. Vincent de Paul School, he was a positive influence on all he coached. He was a Kiwanis member.
Badger Athletics were one of Mike's many passions. He was a member of the "W Club" and held Badger season football tickets for over 50 years. Mike's "home away from home" was the golf course. He was a long time member and enthusiastic supporter of Bull's Eye Country Club, where he was a club champion and board member. He served as a board member for the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA).
He also belonged to various country clubs in Florida, where he lived during the winter months. He was a past club champion at TPC Prestancia Country Club in Sarasota, Florida.
He is survived by three children, Lynn (Jim) Schultz of Maple Grove, MN; Kim (Paul) Ciszewski of Germantown, WI; and Mark (Joni) Daly of Sarasota, FL. He was a proud grandfather of eight grandchildren--Ryan, Erin, Eric, Mark, Molly, Paul, Samantha and Patrick. He had one sister, Kathleen Cavanaugh of Wisconsin Rapids; and one brother, Pat (Kathy) Daly of Wisconsin Rapids.
Mike was a man of great integrity and generosity, who lived each day to its fullest. With Mike, the glass was not just half full, but always full! His friends describe him as incredibly positive and uplifting. He felt "You just can't beat fun." He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Sept. 3, 2013