Thomas ‘Squeak’ Mikrut Sr.
December 22, 1931 - July 15, 2022
Thomas “Squeak” Paul Mikrut Sr. was a lifelong resident of Trempealeau, Wisconsin.
He was born and raised a mile west of town and attended Healy Memorial High School. His first job outside of farming was on the Alexander Mackenzie, the last paddlewheel towboat on the upper Mississippi River. Squeak then felt a calling into military service and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps; he fought in Korea with the Dark Horse Battalion and achieved the rank of corporal. Upon returning home, Squeak owned several local businesses, including the Tremplo Fishing Float, Squeaks Café and the Trempealeau Hotel. It’s no coincidence the vast majority of his professional life was cooking since this was a skill he picked up after his mother died early in life.
The Trempealeau Lion’s club twice honored Squeak’s legacy to the town with Citizen of the Year in 1986 and Parade Marshal in 2013. He was an avid member of Tri-County Ducks Unlimited, the Trempealeau Sportsman’s Club and VFW post 1916. Squeak was a true “river rat,” fishing, hunting and trapping for both pleasure and survival. Although age was slowing him down, he was ultimately robbed of his golden years by Alzheimer’s disease and passed from this life on July 15 at 91 years of age.
Squeak is survived by his wife, Terry; children, Thomas Paul Jr. (aka Pip), David and Carol; grandchildren Thomas Paul III, Sandy and Tarran; brother-in-law, Thomas (aka U.T.); daughter-in-law Gina, and nieces and nephews Norm, Ivan, Marie, Ed, Bud, Karl, and Lacey.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church at 11646 South St. in Trempealeau. Military honors will follow the service. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Gundersen Hospice Program.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com
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