Michael K. Thelen, AuD
Neenah - Michael K. Thelen passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his loving family on Friday, January 15. Michael was born on September 1, 1948 in Menasha and lived in Neenah and the surrounding Fox Cities the majority of his life. Well educated, Michael completed his educational journey by receiving his Doctorate degree In Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences, AT Still University. Michael diligently worked in the Audiology field for most of his career and founded his own practice, Audiology & Hearing Services Inc., in March 1984. He recently retired from the field in March 2018. Michael truly enjoyed his work and found careerlong satisfaction in caring for his patients and aiding them in their ability to improve the quality of their lives through better hearing.
Besides his career, Michael consistently demonstrated living life to the fullest. Some of his most notable accomplishments include learning to fly a plane and sail, earning the Civilian Medal of Gallantry, working with the Special Olympics, and swimming across Lake Winnebago. An avid traveler, Michael and was able to see many parts of the world and enjoyed numerous hobbies such as golf, riding his Harleys, and tinkering on his home. In the end, his best and favorite accomplishments were being a Husband, Dad, and a Grandfather. In recent years, his grandchildren were his newest passion and the light of his life.
Michael is survived by Cheryl, his loving wife of 47 years, his children Kimberly (Eric) Phillips, Michele (Ryan) Tuomi, and grandchildren, Tate, Trent, Brooke, and Kyla. Michael is also survived by many family members and friends he cared for deeply. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Thelen and other family members and close friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. More details will be provided closer to the event.
Thank you to the countless staff members, nurses, and doctors within the ThedaCare hospital system, who provided excellent and compassionate health care to Michael.
Michael, who worked and loved equally as hard, gave 100% to everyone and everything in his life. He will be greatly missed by his family, who are devastated to see him leave. They know that if he could, Michael would have fought to stay with them longer.
Thank you for everything you have done for us. We will miss you and love you.
"A father is not a person to lean on but someone to make leaning unnecessary".
Westgor Funeral Home
205 W. Doty Ave; 722-7151