Michael John Duclos, 70, of Akeley, Minn., passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis with his family by his side.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Northern Peace Funeral Home, 114 Tianna Drive, Walker. A celebration mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at Our Lady of the Pines in Nevis, with visitation one hour prior. There will be an additional visitation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 for his friends and family back home at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Forest City, Minn. Inurnment will follow that service at the St. Gertrude’s Catholic Cemetery in Forest City.
Mike was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Litchfield, Minn., the son of Joseph and Edna (Beswick) Duclos.
He grew up on a farm north of Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1965. Following graduation, Mike started working at Hughs Motors in Litchfield. He married Kathleen Lois McGraw June 21, 1969, in Forest City. The two resided in Litchfield when Mike decided to start his own mechanic business in Hutchinson. With the success of his own shop, Mike later expanded into St. Cloud.
In 2007 Mike and Kathy decided to make a permanent move to their home in Akeley, where they opened North Country Radiator and Air Conditioning. Mike’s time with Kathy was shortened with Kathy’s passing in March 2012, following her own courageous battle. He continued to operate his shop and eventually met Judy Karl. The two were united in marriage Oct. 24, 2015, at Our Lady of the Pines in Nevis. They were able to spend some precious time and memories together before Mike’s passing.
As most people know, Mike was very generous with his time and talents. He was a guy who could build or fix anything that came his way. Mike spent his life working hard and if time permitted, he would play just as hard. This showed in his love for fishing and hunting, which he didn’t do enough. He looked forward to his annual hunting trip to Wyoming with his friends from Hutchinson.
Mike was passionate about ice racing and poured much of his free time into helping other racers with their cars. For the past two years, he’s been an active member of the Akeley Ice Racers. He was also passionate when it came to watching his grandchildren at sporting events. He didn’t miss many games. Mike also liked sightseeing with Judy on their trips which were as close as Duluth and as far as Arizona. Close to home, Mike was very involved with the Akeley Chamber of Commerce, Ducks Unlimited, Akeley Lions Club, and on the finance board and the council of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church. Mike’s spirit and smiles will be missed by all who knew him.
The family that Mike joins again are his parents, Joe and Edna; wife, Kathy Duclos; one stepson, Stacy Karl; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy Duclos of Akeley; sons Kyle (Jill) Duclos of Walker and Kelly (Martha) Duclos of Robbinsdale; stepchildren Kim (Mick) Vredenburg of Dayton, Scott (Jodie) Karl of Akeley, Shawn (Brenda) Karl of Akeley, Jody Karl of Akeley and Meri Beth (Brett) Karl of Laporte; sisters Sheila (Doug) Smith of Sioux City, Iowa, Barb (Tom) Kersting of Litchfield and Norma (Charlie) Schlumpberger of Rapid City, S.D.; grandchildren Chelsea, Jesse, Tyler, Elsa and Henry; and numerous step-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
Mike’s care has been entrusted to the Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, Minn.
Online condolences for the family may be given at www.northernpeace.com