Michael Backus

Backus, Michael Otto

9/27/38 to 11/02/12

Mike was born in Madison Wis. and grew up in Nekoosa, Wisconsin Rapids and Port Edwards. He graduated from John Edwards High School and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Mike helped educate young adults in Tucson, Seoul Korea and Barstow, CA. He and his wife, Lee enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the West. Mike always had a joke to tell, some new and many old that none of us could remember except him. He leaves behind many smiles and fond memories of a real character. You always knew where he stood on any issue.

Mike is survived by his wife, Lee; brother, Peter (Debbie); sisters, Diane (Denny) Ruthy (Wayne); aunt Jean; and many nieces, nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at the home of Peter and Debbie Backus on Saturday, Nov 17, at 1 p.m. The address is 8645 S Triangle L Ranch PI Vail AZ 85641. In the Coyote Creek subdivision, 14901 E Old Spanish Trail. Call for directions and a gate code to enter. Home 647-0080 cell 490-7419.

Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Nov. 10, 2012