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Michael Bjorn

Michael Louis "Mike" Bjorn

Thursday, November 14th, 1946 - Thursday, May 30th, 2019
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Michael Louis Bjorn, 72, of Kenosha, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Froedtert South-Kenosha Medical Center Campus.

Born in Kenosha on November 14, 1946, he was the son of Louis and Elsie (Hill) Bjorn. He served in the United States Army from July 1, 1966, until his honorable discharge on July 1, 1969.

On July 17, 1976, he married Judith Marie Crow in Kenosha.

Mike started his working career at Manny’s Music as a young teen. Manny Mitka was Mike’s mentor and gave him drum lessons, while Mike provided janitorial services in lieu of a paycheck. Mike later went on to work at Crystal’s Menswear and Mader’s Men’s Shop before starting his own business, Mike Bjorn’s Fine Clothing & Museum in Kenosha, that he owned and operated for the last 38 years. Mike’s son, Brett, and wife, Judy, had been managing the store with Mike, and will continue the business well into the future.

Mike grew up in the Kenosha Schools music program, which was a big influence in his young life. He played in the school bands starting in grade school through high school. His love for music continued after high school while playing in different bands, with the longest running being “Bjorn & White.” He also was an art teacher at St. Joseph’s High School.

He enjoyed gardening, museums, and history, especially relating to ships and dirigibles. He loved traveling with his beautiful bride, often spending a Sunday afternoon in the summer out riding in their convertible on county roads. Mike will be remembered for his bigger than life personality, and his role as “Mayor of Downtown.”

Survivors include his wife, Judy Bjorn of Kenosha; a son, Brett (Bridget) Bjorn of Somers; a daughter, Courtney (Ryan Albert) Bjorn of Kenosha; and two beautiful granddaughters, Emery and Evelyn.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ashley Lynn Bjorn, brother, Richard Bjorn, and his parents.

A Celebration of Life visitation will be held on Sunday, June 9th, at Proko Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, we know Mike would be thrilled to have donations made to the Manny Mitka Scholarship Fund. Checks may be made out to Kenosha Community Foundation - Mitka Fund and mailed to Kenosha Community Foundation, 600-52nd Street, Suite 110, Kenosha, WI 53140.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit & Sign Mike’s Online Memorial Book at:
www.prokofuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 9th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, June 9th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    Address
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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JACK&MARY PETERSEN

Posted at 05:46pm
AS BIG AS LIFE CAN BE MY FRIEND MIKE CAME ACROSS AS BOLD AND CARING AS ANY MAN I HAVE EVER MET ! A KIND WORD FOR EVERYONE INCLUDING THOSE HE DISAGREED WITH . A GIVING PERSON WHO SUPPORTED THE CITY OF KENOSHA AS WELL AS DOWNTOWN KENOSHA 👍❤️ A LOVING HUSBAND WHO CHERISHED HIS WIFE AND FAMILY AS BIG AS ANY MAN COULD - PROUD TO SAY HE WAS A FRIEND OF MINE ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I WILL MISS YOU MR MAYOR
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DARRYL E GASSER

Posted at 01:11pm
I'm really sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I enjoyed my time performing with Mike in the Bradford High School percussion section. We had many good times at State Tournament Competitions and other performances. He'll be sadly missed.
Darryl Gasser
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Dr. Charmayne Horton

Posted at 01:31pm
Going from the eighth grade at a private school to getting a jump start on 9th grade, I attended a biology summer school class at Bradford. What an uncomfortable situation to be in a classroom with all these big kids and me. The only student I remember was the larger than life, huge happy personality was Michael, my friend forever. He made me feel special then and he still does.
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Tomm Rivers

Posted at 03:49pm
I met Mike years ago in High School, who didn't know Mike back then. That smile, and great personality was hard to miss. My career took me away from Kenosha, but some friends and many, many memories will always keep me anchored to that great Wisconsin town. I mutual friend of ours, Ken Duller played lots of music with Mike, and always had a kind word to share with me about him.
My Broadcasting career has taken me to some of the largest cities in this country. However, whenever I had the chance to stop in Mikes store, I would. Why? I knew Mike would have the "funkiest" and most colorful Hawaiian shirts to choose from short of my getting on a plane to Honolulu.
The best part of know Mike over 40 + years was, no matter how long it took me to find my way back to Kenosha...
Mike never forgot my name.
I know I'll never forget his.
Mike, if you bump into Buddy Rich, tell him you're available now to give lessons!
Tomm Rivers
San Antonio, Texas
tommrivers@icloud.com
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Sandra

Posted at 08:59am
My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bible's promise of the resurrection. John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15. If you would like to learn more about the wonderful promises in the bible, please visit jw.org.
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