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Michael R. Powers

December 2, 1951 ~ March 30, 2017 (age 65)

Michael “Mike” Powers, age 65 of Viroqua passed away Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at University Hospital in Madison surrounded by his family. He was born on December 2nd, 1951 at St Ann’s in La Crosse to Robert and Lillian (Leahy) Powers. He attended and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1970 where he was all-city in Football and Basketball, he was a true north sider. He obtained his undergrad and master’s degree at UW-La Crosse. On April 6th, 1974, he married Susan Sheehan in La Crosse. He worked at Trane Company in La Crosse until 1983, then they moved to Madison where he worked for Madison Gas & Electric. In 1995 they moved to Viroqua, where he became District General Manager of the MG&E utility. In 2014 he retired after he received a lung transplant. Mike loved to fish with his friends, he also enjoyed old movies and history. He had a natural ability to landscape and spent several hours perfecting his own back yard. He had considerable pride in his sons and grandchildren.

            He is survived by his wife, Sue Powers of Viroqua; two sons, Ben (Danielle) Powers of Eau Claire, Joe (Emily) Powers of Menomonee Falls ; six grandchildren, Parker, Sloane, Brock, Charli, Paisley, and baby girl Powers; one brother, John (Jean) Powers of Stoddard; one sister, Cathy Clemment of Baraboo; brother-in-law, Gerald (Michelle) Sheehan of La Crosse, as well as many other family and friends.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lillian Powers; and son, Nicholas Powers.

            A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Viroqua with Father Joseph Arkiam officiating. Burial will take place in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  Family and friends may call on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, they may also call at the church after 10 a.m. Online condolences may be left at  

 Service Information

April 2, 2017

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thorson Funeral Home
856 South Rusk Ave
Viroqua, WI 54665

Funeral Mass
April 3, 2017

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Annunciation Catholic Church
400 Congress St.
Viroqua, WI 54665

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