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Michael Kabat

August 16, 1949 - December 22, 2018

Michael Kabat Michael Richard Kabat
ONALASKA -- Michael Richard Kabat, 69, of Onalaska went home to be with his Savior in heaven Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Gundersen Health System.
He was born in La Crosse, Aug. 16, 1949, to Richard and June (Keim) Kabat.
He attended La Crosse Central High School, graduating in 1967. Mike was a Vietnam combat veteran, serving from 1968-1970, in the U.S. Army, Delta Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Air Calvary-Airmobile. He achieved rank of Sergeant and was awarded several service medals. He was very proud to have served this great country of ours. He was a member of the National Vietnam Veterans Association and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Soon after his discharge from service, he met his wife, Debra L. (Sheets) Kabat. They were married April 5, 1975, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Mike and Deb moved home to La Crosse in 1976, to start a family; at that time, he began employment at La Crosse Plumbing Supply (now known as First Supply). He was sales representative "extraordinaire" for over 30 years and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of his work, gaining many friendships through his co-workers and the customers he served.
Mike was an exuberant, joyful person and loved life to the fullest. Besides his family, one of his great joys was putting miles on his running shoes. He ran many races and several marathons with his closest friend, R.J. Miller and their close-knit community of friends. After his accident in 2008, he proudly participated in four Paralyzed Veterans of America Wheel Chair Games and the San Diego Summer Sports Clinic. Another one of Mike's joys was music. Whether it was singing in the church choir, blasting Tom Petty and the Beatles in the garage, or orchestrating sing-a-longs, he loved to share music with others. He especially enjoyed singing duets with his mother and also his youngest daughter, Holland. He was a very generous man and considered himself a giver, often reminding others, "You have to give to live." He was a connoisseur and promoter of all-things-mustard and was known to many as "Mustard Mike." He loved to brighten young and old with little gifts, such as solar wigglers, malted-milk balls and chain links that represented his faith and his "link" to the Lord. Above all things, Mike loved his Lord, and loved to share his faith.
Mike is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Deb; children, Allison (Jeremy) Miller, Mike (Katie) Kabat and Holland (Isaac) Redinger; grandchildren, Miah, William and Cason Miller and McKinley, Aurora, Juniper and Huxley Kabat. He is also survived by his two sisters, Mary Peters and Debra (Steve) Fuchs; his stepbrother and stepsister, Steven (JoLayne) Klein, Robert Klein and Mary (Gary) Herstein; nieces and nephew; and a very special cousin, "Cuz," Linda (Gary) Sarner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepfather, Robert Klein.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Bethany Evangelical Free Church, 3936 County Road B, La Crosse. Pastor Corey Sateren will officiate and internment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church. Military honors will also be held at the church following services.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.
The family would like to thank his dedicated caregivers over these past 10 years. The family would also like to thank the nurses, techs and physicians in the Critical Care Unit at Gundersen Health System for their kind, skilled and attentive care.
Mike was never at a loss for an encouraging word and would often say, "If you don't like the outlook, try the up look." We pray that his legacy of joy and faith would carry on in the hearts of all who knew him and loved him.
Published on December 27, 2018
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11 posts

Dotty Shaw
Jan 03, 2019
Mike was always such a pleasure and inspiring to know, He and Jim had many memories to share about the adventures they had on trips. I'm sure they are catching up on old times now. My heart felt sympathies to Deb and family.
Sandy Averill
Jan 02, 2019
I just heard, am so saddened by this....Mike had to be the most up beat, positive person I've ever known!!! I'll never forget him!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you Deb, and your family. Love always.
Kay Wimberly
Dec 30, 2018
Your wonderful big smile and happy nature is what I will always recall when I think of you. Your physical challenges never dimmed your joy for life and that said volumes about your strength and faith. Rest now, and then soar - free from that which restrained you. My condolences to your loved ones.
Tom Johnson
Dec 29, 2018
I knew Mike from Lacrosse plumbing I was one of the Heileman buyers. I offer my condolences to the family. If his sister Mary was born in 1946 I believe we went to school together. If so I have been wondering what happened to her for years. tjohnbuf1@gmail.com
Mark Tralmer
Dec 29, 2018
It was a joy and pleasure to see Mike come to our family store in Tomah every week. From the time Mike started out delivering our freight to his promotion to super salesmen.I`ve met alot of people in my life but few like Mike who was an inspiration to me to stay positive, laugh and look at the bright side of life. Ironically Mike and I had our accidents within a few months of each other whereas I broke my neck and Mikes broken back yet the Lord for some reason healed me but yet paralysed Mike. Mike I will do my best to carry on all that I learned from you to be the best version of myself to our lord and all the people I encounter. God Bless
Cheryl Hansen
Dec 28, 2018
Mike was a great coworker to me when I worked at LaCrosse Plumbing. He was always cheerful and helpful, and we had a great time playing volleyball on their team. Our deepest condolences to Deb, his beautiful wife, and his family. RIP sweet salesman, and friend. You were one of the very best.
Mike Paletta
Dec 28, 2018
I met Mike first through a mutual friend playing indoor volleyball and then in a more personal relationship through Bethany Church. We had a group of brothers at Bethany that met for breakfast devotionals, Iceman at Kurt's cabin and went to Promise Keepers. The Lord has brought home a very special ambassador and he will truly be missed. I look forward to meeting again and sharing some of his favorite mustard. Love you brother.
Terry Hass
Dec 28, 2018
Rest In Peace Mike, we honor and thank you for your military service and sacrifice you made for all Americans.
Terry Collins
Dec 28, 2018
Mike was a great guy and an example of the strength of the human spirit. It saddens me that he has passed and I will remember him.
Dawn Severson
Dec 27, 2018
Happy thoughts, smiles forever.....
Dec 27, 2018