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Michael Horvat

d. July 31, 2018

Michael John Horvat, age 66 of Austin died Tuesday July 31, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin following his battle with cancer. Mike was born May 8, 1952 in Mankato, Minnesota to John and Lorraine Horvat at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato Minnesota. At the age of eight the family moved to the farm southwest of Austin where he grew up. He received his GED, Class of 70, Austin High School. Prior to his secondary education Mike traveled with a popular local entertainment group “Taffy Band” from 1972-1978 working as the band sound technician while managing and scheduling performances. Mike attended Austin Community College for Math and electronics prior to attending Austin Vocational Technical School from 1981-1983 for Auto Mechanics. While in school Mike worked as a part time semi truck driver and delivered Winnebago’s. In 1987 Mike and his brother Greg opened an auto repair shop, G & M Repair, Transmission & Engine Overhaul, in the Austin Eastside District. He worked as a mechanic until he retired in 2014. Independent of Mike’s work he always found time to help on the farm. Mike enjoyed fishing, sports and games with family and friends. He was a champion pool player and played in many local pool tournaments as well as Regional and State. Mike liked to travel and took every opportunity to do so. Some of his travels included visiting the Smoky Mountains, travels to England and Canada and to many States across the country. Mike was the oldest of eight children and took great pride and responsibility in supporting Mom as her primary care giver for the past 15 years. Mike is preceded in death by his father, John Gregory Horvat. Survived by his mother, Lorraine, Austin MN; brothers, Edward (Shona) Horvat, Roy, UT, Gregory Horvat, Austin MN; sisters, Patricia (Brian) Sagadin, Glendale AZ, Suzanne (G. Michael) McNamee, Eagan, MN, Barbara (Scott) Stephens, Brooklyn Park, MN, Beverly (Lowell) Johnson, Oakdale, MN, Clara “Angel” Horvat, Austin, MN; 20 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at noon on Friday, August 10, 2018 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will take place at St. Casmir Cemetery Wells, MN at 4:00 PM Friday August 10th. To honor Mike’s love of fishing, memorials are preferred to Let’s Go Fishing organization, www.lgfws.com. Condolences may be left online at www.mayerfh.com

Service Information


Cemetery

St. Casimir's Cemetery
320 2nd Ave. SW
Wells MN 56097


Visitation

Friday, August 10 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saint Edwards Catholic Church
2000 Oakland Ave West
Austin MN 55912


Funeral Service

Friday, August 10 2018
12:00 PM

Saint Edwards Catholic Church
2000 Oakland Ave West
Austin MN 55912

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