In Memory of Michael Krupinski

Michael Putnam Lee Krupinski passed away peacefully June 20, 2006, at his home in Green Lake, Wisconsin. He was born April 25, 1942, in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of John Putnam Lee and Mary (Meagher) Krupinski. On June 10th, 1967, he married Kathryn Ann Toonen in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn, 3 daughters, and six grandchildren.

Mike received a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1966, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1968, and an M.B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1979. He began his career as a communications engineer in Chicago, Illinois. Of significant achievement was the work he performed for the 1969 moon landing antenna system. In 1973 he moved to Las Vegas, and worked for EG&G and Reeco at the Nevada Test Site. He engineered Stealth technology and was key in the weapons testing program. His love of the mountains drew him to the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he was involved in NASA shuttle technology, and was an early and influential figure in engineering progressive systems to manage our nation's nuclear waste program.

Mike's true love for his work is attested to not only by his industry achievements, but by his lifelong friendships developed throughout his career. Mike will be remembered as a man of the highest integrity by all those who had the privilege of working with him. He mentored many professionals and small businesses, and expressed a hope that those that came after him would continue the work to secure a new generation of workers for the nuclear industry.
Mike was a 35-year veteran of model railroading, and thoroughly enjoyed building Milwaukee Road train layouts to thrill his children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He shared a deep love for the Grand Tetons with his family. He will always be remembered for the serenity he found fly fishing in the mountain streams. He had a deep appreciation for Native American culture and thoroughly enjoyed history. He fulfilled his final dream of tracing Lewis and Clark's steps to Lolo Pass, Montana, with his wife Katie in 2005. Mike enjoyed golfing with his family and friends, and supporting his beloved UW Badgers. Michael, Mike, Daddy, Day-Day, Grampa, Mickey, Ski, Mikey, Columbo, Coach was loved and will be missed by those whose lives he touched.

 

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