Lyle Mike English

  • Born: July 5, 1948
  • Died: May 28, 2018
  • Location: Appleton, Wisconsin

Wichmann Funeral Home

537 North Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Tel. (920) 739-1231

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lyle (Mike) Michael English died on Monday, May 28, 2018 at UW Madison Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born in Merrill, WI on July 5, 1948, the only child of the late Lyle H. English and Jeannette (Sladek) English. Mike was raised surrounded by the love of his aunts, uncles and cousins. His mother’s love of vocals and harmony nurtured Mike’s early love of music. Those from the Wausau area recall Mike’s first band, Jimmy and the Javelins. There were many other bands and many friendships along the way. The passion he had for rock and blues defined his entire life. Mike had a graduate degree in Guidance and Counseling. He used his education at the Youth Services Bureau of Marathon County as well as Neenah Menasha. He was a high school recruiter for Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee and then an admissions counselor for UW-Fox Valley. He finished his career as an instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. Mike is survived by his bride and best friend, Elizabeth (Beth Conrad) English. Together with Beth, he traveled extensively, loved game night and sheepshead with friends. Mike is too well loved to ever be forgotten. The family would like to thank Karon Sandberg for her loving gift of a kidney. He was proud to have become a 15 year kidney transplant survivor. Please consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation ( or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( Visitation will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9-11 AM at St Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 W Pine St, Appleton, WI. The funeral mass will begin at 11:00 with Fr. Dennis Ryan officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later time in St. Joseph Cemetery Prayer Garden, Appleton.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Beth,
Karen kindly relayed to me the sad news of Mike's passing. Please accept my condolences. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Margie Bruesch Rybarczyk - Fuquay-Varina, NC   June 05, 2018

Dear Beth, We were sorry to hear of your loss. Good memories of Mike and you visiting the record shop in Wausau.

Chris and Mike Capista

Posted by Chris Capista - Wausau, WI   June 04, 2018

Beth,Holding you in my thoughts and prayers. Colleen Reilly Drueck

Posted by Colleen Drueck - Schofield, WI   June 01, 2018

I have many fond memories of Mike.
He was a multi talented musician, and a pleasure to jam with.

God Bless

Harry Koehler
Chandler AZ

Posted by A friend   June 01, 2018

I remember Mike fondly. He cared for his students, and for the staff and faculty at UWFOX with whom he worked. His joy of playing good music was infectious to those of us fortunate enough to share the stage (or flatbed truck) with him.
The smiles of Mike and Beth lit up any room, and their passion for doing good is an inspiration. We are better for Mike having shared his life with us.

Posted by Jim Eagon - Winneconne   May 31, 2018

I am saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was a delightful colleague and I remember him with much warmth. My best to Beth, Mike's love.

Posted by Phyllis Dintenfass - Appleton, WI   May 31, 2018

Mike was such a great man and had an infectious laugh. He helped our family so much with diabetes. Our daughter at age 7 was diagnosed with diabetes because Mike kept saying you should have her checked. Our sympathy to your family especially Beth your soul mate. Mike always lived life to the fullest and will be so missed. Our tradition of house to house will not be the same with out playing games with you. My girls enjoyed coming and bringing their little girls to see you. Blessings Todd and Pam Christianson.

Posted by A friend   May 31, 2018

Mike was such a man of integrity. His care for his students was so obvious. I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with Mike. My sympathies go to his family!

Posted by Jeanne Bootz - Waupaca, WI   May 31, 2018

Dear Sweet Beth,
I am so sad to hear about the loss of your Mike. Mike was a wonderful teammate. He always made me feel welcome, valued, and respected. He also brought a lot of fun to the office - often starting impromptu trivia games and telling jokes that made us groan.

I keep telling people that you are two of the very best people I know - both so kind, generous of heart, and positive through any adversity. The world is a better place because Mike was, and you are, in it. I know you have many close, wonderful friends, but please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything at all that I can do.
Love you both, Therese

Posted by Therese Nemec - Appleton, WI   May 31, 2018