Mike Thurk

Clarence “Mike” Thurk, age 84, of Arkdale, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends at Villa Pines Living Center in Friendship, Wisconsin.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Clarence was born June 3, 1934, in Dodge County, Wisconsin to Clarence and Rosa Thurk Sr. He grew up and attended school in Dodge County.

Clarence married Beth J. Johnson on December 24, 1969, in Rockford, Illinois. They farmed in Dodge County until 1999, and then he drove truck off and on for many years after that.

Clarence enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, and helping Beth make pickles. He loved driving truck and taking in many sights during his travels. Clarence was a member of the Wisconsin Farmers Union and Farm Bureau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence & Rosa Thurk; sons, Duane & Roger Thurk; brothers, George & Charlie (Ida) Thurk; sister, Rosemary (Edward) Sukowatey and brother-in-law James Hoffmann.

Survivors:
Wife: Beth Thurk of Arkdale, Wisconsin
Daughter: Pamela (Jason) Mackowiak of Leonardtown, Maryland
Sister: Clarice Hoffmann
Brother: John (Sylvia) Thurk
Sister: Catherine (Peter) Quinn
Granddaughter: Paige Mackowiak
Sister-in-law: Nellie Thurk
Sister-in-law: Marcia (Hollister) DeMotts

He is further survived by his dogs, Penny & Cocoa, nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

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  1. Jennifer Armstrong says:

    Mike was a great man and will be greatly missed. I enjoyed taking care of him at Villa. He was such a sweet man.

  2. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    So sorry to hear of Mike passing away i loved waiting on you and Mike at the restaurant. He will be greatly missed. Always remember the good times. Your friend Patty .

  3. Karla Koralik says:

    Beth, out thoughts are of Mike today as we just heard this sorrowful news. We are very saddened, Mike was always seen happy, always with a smile and kind word. He would always give of himself. We will miss him. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

    Karla and Rick Koralik

  4. Karla Koralik says:

    Beth, out thoughts are of Mike today as we just heard this sorrowful news. We are very saddened, Mike was always seen happy, always with a smile and kind work. He would always give of himself. We will miss him. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

    Karla and Rick Koralik

  5. mary nitschke says:

    Dear Beth and Pam, Sorry for the loss of uncle mike. Dan and Kristen have very good memories of uncle mike. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care Beth and Pam. Love Dan and Kristen Quinn and Mary Nitschke.

  6. Cathy Rathermel says:

    So very sorry to hear Beth and family. Mike has always had a smile. Take care and God blessings for peace.

  7. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    Our sympathy is extended to you Beth and your family.

  8. EDWARD L KNUPP says:

    Sorry for your loss,we send our condolences

  9. Lisa Pokszyk, Side Street Salon says:

    Beth and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of Mike. He was such a great guy! I enjoyed all the chats we had about trucking and our puppies over the years! I sure will miss him!

  10. Steve, Pam, and James Bilderback says:

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  11. Michael and Julie Sukowatey says:

    Beth and Pam, So sorry for your loss. Uncle Mike was a very special man. I enjoyed my time working on the farm with Uncle Mike even when he rescued me from the silo. Love Michael and Julie.

  12. Rushell Moyer says:

    Beth, My deepest sympathies to you. You will be in my prayers.

  13. Mark and Peggy Kaehn says:

    Sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers sent to you and Pam, he will be missed dearly

  14. Darwin and Penney Nelson Family says:

    So sorry for your loss, to Beth and family. Hugs to all, he will be missed by all.

  15. Terri Jacobson says:

    So sorry to hear about Mike. He was a good customer and we enjoyed his help in Spring driving trucks. You and Pam are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Kelsey Hall says:

    Sorry for your loss Beth. Thinking of you during these hard times.

  17. Judy A Washecheck says:

    We are sorry to hear that Mike has passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember him as a kind, thoughtful, strong man. He will be missed.

  18. Lanny Raymer says:

    I send Hart felt Condolences to Beth, Pam and the rest of the family. Mike was a great man.

  19. Kate says:

    Sorry for your loss. NELLIE & I will think of you every time we see the turkeys and the good times we had hunting them.

  20. Kim Cleland says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It was always great talking with you two at ACEC.

  21. Peg (Henriksen)Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss. May God family and friends comfort you during this difficult time

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