Michael "Mike" R. Funk
September 15, 1948 - October 19, 2021

Michael "Mike" R. Funk

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Michael Richard Funk, age 73 of Fremont
passed away after a brief battle with cancer on Tuesday, October 19th at Dunklau Gardens.

Michael was born on September 15, 1948 in Gothenburg, NE to Barbara 'McVicker' Funk and Richard Funk. Michael grew up in Fremont and graduated from Fremont High School in 1966. He attended Wayne State College and was active in the Army Reserves from 1967-1995. He rose to the rank of 1st Sergeant.

Michael married Janet Lee Smith on February 5, 1972 at Trinity Church in West Point, NE. For many years, Michael enjoyed his involvement with Fremont High School athletics. He was the ''Voice of the Tigers'' for basketball games. He loved helping with a variety of sports including football, track, wrestling, and powerlifting. He was proud to serve on the Fremont Booster Club for 20+ years. Mike also loved being a Grandpa. He loved attending his grandchildren's events.

Michael is survived by his wife, Janet; his daughters, Michelle (Duane) Kohl of Lincoln, Mindi (Brad) Wendel of Omaha and grandchildren Chellsea (Preston) Schulte, Collin Kohl and Fiancée Hannah Ochsner, and Callie Kohl all of Lincoln and Alexander Wendel of Omaha. He is also survived by Brother-In-Law, Wayne (Peg) Smith of Omaha and Sister-In-Law, Shirley (Jim) Sendgraff of Maryville, MO and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Mark, sister Susan and niece Amy.

Memorials can be directed to his family and to the Fremont Booster Club.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 24, from 2-6pm with the family present from 2-3:30pm, at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. The funeral will be 10am, Monday, October 25, at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Private family burial will be in Memorial Cemetery.

Online guestbook at www.Ludvigsenmortuary.com

***** The family is requesting masks be worn at both the visitation and funeral service.*******

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Recorded Funeral Service

Sunday, October 24, 2021
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Family Receiving Friends
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Family present 2pm to 3:30pm
Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Funeral Service
Monday, October 25, 2021
Ludvigsen Mortuary
1249 East 23rd Street
Fremont, NE  68025
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Memorial Cemetery
800 West 23rd Street
Fremont, NE  68025
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  1. Bill Fitzgerald
    Thoughts and prayers to Janet & the family. Mike was one of my first contacts at Fremont when we came to town in 2005, as he was the FHS Booster Club President. I cannot think of a day where he was not doing something to help our kids in Fremont HS Activities, always finding ways to help programs get things they needed to be competitive. He will be missed by many, but remembered for his involvement and dedication by so many more. GO TIGERS!!! Miss you already Mike.
  2. Melinda
    Janet and family. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss! Mike thought the world of his family! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Funk family.
    Mike was a giant among men. He cared so passionately about
    FHS and all the athletes and graduates. What's a reunion without Mike? We know his spirit will continue at all the events and many will remember Mike Funk proudly. May he rest in peace.
    Jo Heinz ( Schwanke )
    Janet and family, So sorry about your loss. I have known Mike since we were 6 years old in Northside School. He was one of my very first friends. Then, after Lincoln School was built, we were classmates there as well. He was all about the Fremont School system and the Class of 1966. I'm so glad you were able to bring him to our 55th reunion last month.
    I know he loved all of you so much and how much you will miss him.
    Please know that you have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
  5. Jerry Donahue Family
    Prayers and thoughts go out to the entire family🙏🏻 Mike was a great man husband father and grandfather! He was about Fremont youth! Tremendous Tiger booster! He was there for my kids and everyone’s kids in Fremont We will miss him dearly! Donahue Family
  6. Bob Thornburg
    Janet & family,
    Our sincerest sympathy at this difficult time.
    We will remember Mike’s impact on FHS athletics,
    & love of his family.
    Sincerely, Bob & Eileen Thornburg
  7. Donald Dickmeyer
    Janet and family, I have known Mike since he was in grade school. When he was about 8 years old,he would hang out at Memorial pool in the summer. In later years we would laugh about the times that I would kick him out of the pool for being to rowdy. His continual appearance at all athletic Fremont events was unequaled. He will be missed by many.

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