Michael Roland Sloat, age 71, of Reedsburg, WI, passed away from a hard-fought battle with cancer, at home surrounded by family, on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
Michael was born on July 3, 1949, to Roland and Ann Marie (nee Roe) Sloat in Iron River, MI. While attending Michigan Technological University, he met and married Christine (nee Alger), graduated with a degree in Biology/Biochemistry, and moved to Wisconsin. He worked for a proprietary wet-air oxidation company for several years and then moved to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. At the DNR, Mike worked in the Environmental Management Division, first in the Wastewater Program and then transferred to the Air Management program. He retired from the DNR with 33 years of service to the State. Mike, his wife, and two children moved to Reedsburg in the early 90’s where he became interested in the workings of the City. He was appointed as an Alderperson and a member of the Reedsburg Utility Commission where he served for many years.
Michael loved the great outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, as well as “walking in the woods just to enjoy the scenery.” Mike’s passion was handing down his love and appreciation of nature to his children and granddaughter, and any other young people who would tag along. He was a voracious reader and was affectionately known as “Mr. Wilson” for the fountain of trivia he loved to share with anyone who would listen. Mike was also a passionate gourmet cook and baker.
Michael’s love of family knew no bounds. His life revolved around ensuring only the best he could provide for his son and daughter and setting them up for successful futures. Mike and Christine were married for over 45 years.
Mike is survived by his loving wife: Christine Sloat; their children: Steve Sloat (Lissa) of Alma, WI, and Terri Sloat (Brenda Corbello) of Madison; granddaughter: Rebecca Strait (Madison); brother: Richard Sloat (Iron River, MI); stepfather: Bruno Ghiotto (Gaastra, MI); and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as several brothers/sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Roland Sloat and Ann Marie Ghiotto; father-in-law: George Alger; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mike’s family knows he is sitting on the banks of Iron Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, watching the scenery and waiting for the fish to roll a wake.
A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg beginning at 12:00 noon until the time of a Prayer Service which will be held at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Patrick Wendler, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church will be the celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the family, who are determining the best way to honor his memory and his love of the outdoors.
Farber Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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