Mike Pawlikowski, Jr., 94, of Mukwonago, Wisconsin and formerly of Washburn, Wisconsin and Elyria, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012. He was born May 27,1918 in Elyria, to Mike and Julia Pawlikowski.
Mike graduated from Elyria High School in 1937. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Sixth Armored Division where he supervised the installation and repair of military telephone and telegraph lines in France. He was proud to serve his country and often shared a few savored memories from World War II. He alerted General Patton of an impending ambush and perhaps saved the general’s life. When his feet froze a few months later, he crawled up the stairs under his own power to the hospital. At another time, he crossed enemy lines to vote for President of the United States and at the end of the war, he provided communications lines for the Potsdam Conference in 1945. On February 8, 1947, Mike married Helen Wyszynski. He spent most of his career working for US Steel as an electrical foreman.
Mike was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, United Polish Club and was active in the Washburn Boat Club. In October 2011 he participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Mike is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Vern) Garske of Mukwonago, Wisconsin and Nancy (Dan) Pont of Rawlins, Wyoming; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sister, Helen Jones of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers and three sisters.
A celebration of Mike’s life and burial will be held in the spring in Washburn, Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074.
Arrangements are by Bratley Funeral Home of Washburn.