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Michael A. Rufledt

Michael A. Rufledt

February 21, 2020

Michael Anthony Rufledt, 67, of Bloomer, WI, went home to the Lord on February 20, 2020, after a brief, but peaceful pancreatic cancer journey.

Mike was born on January 11, 1953, and grew up like salt of the earth on the Cornell dairy farm with his parents Theodore “Ted” and Antoinette “Toni”, causing ruckus and working hard with his brother, Tom (Jan), sister, Mary (Dick Gladitsch), and his brother, Jim.

Mike graduated from Cornell High School in 1971 and married his first and only girlfriend, his high school sweetheart, Patti (Paulsen) in 1976. They had a wonderful 43-year marriage filled with love and gratitude and laughter at their endless inside jokes, 22 years on the East Hill in Eau Claire and 22 years on their hobby farm in Bloomer. They have two adoring kids, Kristi (Keith Gay) and Paul (Janine), and three amazing granddaughters, Skylar, Sydney and Sedona.

Mike enjoyed getting “the fever” each spring to turkey hunt like a mad man all around the country, belly crawling through brush and sleeping in barns. He loved breathing in the cold winter air on crisp mornings ice fishing, especially with his brother, Tom, and sharing belly laughs with the crew at the Ten Buck Too hunting shack.

He wants to thank every single doctor and nurse at Mayo in Eau Claire and Rochester, especially Dr. Michael Claessens who guided his family so gently. He believes the Hospice nurses are angels sent from God, especially Nurse Cheryl. He was so grateful for everything in his life, all the people that he shared it with, and especially his relationship with God. He felt complete peace since the day he was diagnosed, fully surrendering it all to the Lord, our Savior.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2020, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer with Father Victor Feltes celebrating the Mass.  Burial of cremains in an urn hand-crafted by Jon Rufledt will immediately follow the mass at Rufledt Cemetery in rural Bloomer.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer where there will be a time of sharing at 7 p.m.  There will be no visitation held on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, Mike asked for memorials to be directed to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, the Bloomer Food Pantry, or your favorite charity.

Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.


4-7 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer where there will be a time of sharing at 7 p.m. There will be no visitation held on Friday.


11 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2020, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer.

Florist Information

Bloomer Floral - (715) 568-5600 - All flowers should be delivered to the funeral home by 1 p.m. Thursday. - Note: Mike asked for memorials to be directed to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, the Bloomer Food Pantry, or your favorite charity.


  • Bobbi Smith Patti, Mary, and all of the Rufledt family I'm so sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy and he will be missed. My prayers are with you.

    February 29 at 10:35am

  • Sara McKone Patti and family,
    I’m so very sorry to hear Mike has passed. His kind, caring soul will be remembered fondly.

    February 29 at 7:39am

  • Beatrice Mitchell My condolences to the Rufledt family at this time of loss. It's hard to lose the ones we love.
    But from reading about Mr. Rufledt, I believe he had the right thinking to trust in God. May you all be comforted by remembering God's promise of resurrection as spoken of by Jesus at John 5:28,29. Those in God's memory will be restored to life at a time when all causes of suffering, pain, sickness, and even death are all things of the past. (Revelation 21:3,4) May we all look ahead to the time when death is "swallowed up forever" and the tears are wiped from all faces. (Isaiah 25:8)

    February 28 at 7:57am

  • Jackie Lane My deepest sympathy to the entire Rufledt family. Mike was a special man. Very kind and always with a huge smile on his face. I’m in Florida, and couldn’t make the visitation tonight. My prayers are with all of you.

    February 27 at 7:50PM

  • Patrick Bradley Prayers to the Rufledt’s.
    Thinking of you.
    Patrick Bradley, friend of Jim.

    February 27 at 2:32PM

  • Julie Krause I knew Mike from when he stopped in at our house because we had turkeys in our field and was wondering if he could hunt there. We talked for a while and found that we were distant relatives. He hunted turkeys on our land for a couple of years and always brought me fish for letting him hunt here. The fish was wonderful and we certainly appreciated his generosity. I was shocked to learn of his recent passing. So sorry to hear of your loss. I will miss his smiling face when he stopped in to check out the hunting each spring.

    February 27 at 12:36PM

  • David Seitz Only met and hunted with Mike a few times but he was memorable. Remember him in Colorado taking a whole day climbing a mountain to see if there were any elk on the other side. That’s the kind of man he was. Gone to soon and may God rest his soul!

    February 27 at 10:02AM

  • Dan Stickler Deepest sympathies to the Rufledt family. After many years of only seeing Mike making a speedy in and out of his UPS truck in Eau Claire, I had a chance to visit with him last year on the shuttle to MSP. He was the same easy going happy guy I'd remembered from years ago. He talked with pride of his kids and grandkids, of Tom, Mary, and Jim. I'm so sorry, guys.

    February 26 at 8:34AM

  • Candace Everin I had the great pleasure of working with my Mike at the shuttle. He always came in with a great smile and attitude. He will be missed. So sorry to the family for your loss.

    February 25 at 6:39PM

  • Steve Olson Hard to find the words....
    As a first cousin I spent many summers on the Rufledt farm!
    Always looked forward to it and enjoyed every minute!
    You will be missed Mike but never forgotten!

    Always felt Mike was special!

    February 23 at 2:31PM

  • Lynn Stark Patti
    We are so sorry to hear of yours and your family’s great loss
    Both of you such great people
    He will be missed by many

    February 23 at 1:53PM

  • dan walker Dan Walker, Rhinelander, WI. My sincere sympathies on the passing of Mike. Some of my favorite memories of living in Cornell as a teenager and early adulthood was with the Rufledt family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    February 23 at 10:37AM

  • Tom Zimbauer I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. Every morning at work, he was there with his smiley face and humor. My heart goes out to his family.

    February 23 at 7:34AM

  • Myrna Melrose Ridings My brother, John Melrose, told me about Mike's illness and now his death. I want to add to the large body of condolences, even though I don't know your family well, except through John.
    I do remember all those years ago we hosted Kristi and Elise at our home in Dallas.
    May Peace surround and comfort you in these difficult days ahead. The services of Hospice will continue to be present to you as you go through the next difficult year.

    February 23 at 6:41AM

  • Cindy Hubbard I was lucky enough to work with Michael at Groome Transport and he was such a wonderful person. He will be saddly missed.

    February 22 at 10:51AM

  • Sami Lawrence My deepest sympathies for Mike's family and close friends. I had been able establish a great friendship with Mike at the shuttle, and I will deeply miss his bright smile. God bless.

    February 22 at 10:28AM

  • Barbara Southworth Patti and families, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know you that well but his legacy video was so sincere it brought tears to my eyes. Prayers for strength in the coming days and my sincere condolences to everyone!

    February 22 at 10:08AM

  • Rick and Vicki Hurlburt our deepest sympathy for your loss - he was such a kind man and we were blessed to have known him. May he Rest In Peace. Out thoughts and prayers to you all.

    February 21 at 9:06PM

  • Ed and Mary Jo Mataczynski Patty and the whole Rufledt family you have our deepest sympathy. Mike was a wonderful man. He will certainly be missed by so many. His smile lit up a room! Ed and Mary Jo

    February 21 at 4:18PM

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