Michael H. Gradl passed away on May 20, 2013 after a brief illness.
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He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin on September 4, 1940, the third of four sons born to Michael and Wilma Gradl. Mike grew up on a dairy farm and from a young age, loved books and sports. He graduated from Hortonville High School as class valedictorian in 1958. In 1962, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
Mike began his lifelong career in finance as an auditor with the Bendix Corporation. When Bendix purchased the Skagit plant in Sedro-Woolley in 1969, he came to the Pacific Northwest. He remained at Skagit, holding various financial positions until its closure in 1990. Michael then joined the finance department at Skagit Valley Hospital, where he worked until his retirement. After retirement, he worked for MIN-NS on a part-time basis.
Michael loved books, WWII history, the Seahawks, the Mariners, annual trips to Hawaii, golfing, and driving his 1974 Porsche. But most of all, Michael loved his girls. He was a devoted husband of 37 years to Jan, and a proud, loving dad to Courtney and Kacee.
He is survived by Jan, Courtney and son-in-law Mark, and Kacee. Also, brother Glenn and sister-in-law Sherry; father and mother-in-law Neil and Dee McIlrath; sister and brother-in-law Lisa and David Svaren; sister-in-law Cheri McIlrath and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Eugene and sister-in-law Gerry; brother Ken and sister-in-law Betty.
A celebration of his life will be held at the family home on Sunday, June 2nd from 1 to 4 pm. Memorials are suggested to
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 24, 2013