Michael Tarbuck, 87

Michael E. “Mischo” Tarbuck, a longtime resident of Calumet, died July 20, 2007.


He was born May 23, 1920, in Calumet. Mischo was a graduate of Greenway High School, class of 1937. Prior to entering the military, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, specializing in auto mechanics. His service in the United States Army extended from 1942 to 1945 where he served overseas in the European Theater, both in France and northern Africa. Following his WW II service, Mischo worked at Paul’s Service Garage, Inc. in Calumet as a mechanic. Michael and Rosella Racine Tarbuck were married May 16, 1951, in Minneapolis. He retired from Paul’s Service Garage in 2002 at the age of 82. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Post 8510 in Hibbing.


He is survived by his daughter Lynda Tarbuck of Upsala; son Daniel Tarbuck of Zim; grandson Lee Warren of Grand Rapids; two granddaughters, Danika Morphew-Tarbuck of Madison, Wis., and Chandler Morphew-Tarbuck of Maui, Hawaii; two brothers George Tarbuck of Grand Rapids and Peter (Dolly) Santrach of Escondido, Calif.; sister Mildred Trebnick of Excelsior; brother-in-law William Schneider of Coleraine; son-in-law Dave Warren and his wife Dee of Grand Rapids; several nieces and nephews; and devoted neighbor friends, Ned and Carol Witte of Calumet.


Preceding him in death were his parents, Mike Tarbuck, Anna Tarbuck Santrach and Paul Santrach Sr.; wife Rosella; brother Paul Santrach Jr.; sister Anne Schneider; brother Joseph Tarbuck; sisters-in-law Violet Tarbuck (Joe), Jean Tarbuck (George); and a nephew David Tarbuck.


Mischo’s greatest passions in life were family, food, walleye fishing, fresh garden vegetables, berries, menus, and maps (especially those of northern Minnesota lakes). His pride was his 1967 14 ft. Lund fishing boat and his joy was driving his Chevy S10 pickup truck to visit friends and family. He will be remembered most for his lively conversation and sense of humor.


At his request, there were no services. The family prefers memorials to Itasca Hospice, Grand Rapids.

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