Michael L. Padberg

Michael Langan Padberg, 78, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, passed away September 8, 2021. Mike was born March 22, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri. Services to honor Mike will be held at a later date in a private celebration of life.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Marian and Hubert, and a grandson, Emmett.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Kathy; son Michael and wife Leslie; son Matthew and wife Brandice; brothers David and Tony; five beloved grandsons: Trey, Ryan, Max, Barrett and Connor; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

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  1. Brenda Burget on September 14, 2021 at 9:14 am

    So sorry Kathy, we got to Lake Ozarks Thur Sept 9th. I was looking so forward to my visit with Mikey (as I called him)

    I figured something was wrong when he didn’t answer his phone or call me back.

  2. Roger & Barb Steinman on September 15, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    So sorry to hear this. We will miss his visits on the golf cart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. james (Bob) crow on September 19, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Kathy; so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was one of the best salesmen that Xerox had for many years. We shared a lot of good times over those many years and I will always remember his hearty laugh. He could always make me smile on a bad day. You and your family have our prayers and sympathies at this time of loss.

  4. Dr Richard & Nancy Demko on September 20, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Was a fishing aficionado! From his bass pro to triton boat, always ready for the next bass. We had many many years of fun and poking each other. Military conspiracy, politics, food, sports, kids, golf, road trips, Walmart,
    Martinis, happy hours, and wives!
    Will miss him but have so many memories to last till I see him again. Our whole family lived uncle Mike. He was a tough guy and loved life. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, rest in eternal life at peace. Love ? you buddy!
    Kathy is a real trooper and has done an amazing job thru these very tough times. She was his love, driver, cook, planner, care giver, nurse, health care advocate, realtor, mover, loyal spouse. ?
    We will continue to watch over Kathy and make sure things are as easy on her as possible.

    Dick & Nancy(Poe) Demko & Family;
    Jackie, Joe, Jenni, Rick

  5. Caryn & Earl Poe on September 20, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Big Mike will certainly be looking for that lunker in heaven. He was a fun loving guy who could be a bit stubborn?, but loved everyone. He will be missed.
    Thought and prayers….

  6. Sally Balmes on September 21, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Big Mike was so very special to all of us. He always made me laugh and he made me feel that he was happy to see me. Mike and Kathy always made me feel so welcome when I was able to go see him. I was planning a weekend to go see them before Mike’s hospital stay; like I knew a tragedy was about to unfold, but circumstances kept me from going. I wish we were able to visit and spend time together. Mike will always be in my thoughts and in my heart.

    There is a part of a poem that I’d like to share here;
    “ Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

    Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/death-is-nothing-at-all-by-henry-scott-holland

  7. Sally Balmes on September 23, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    My family thought the world of “Big Mike.” He always made me feel welcome and that he sincerely was always happy to see me. My one regret is that I didn’t plan a weekend sooner to go visit Mike and Kathy. Our scheduled weekend was cancelled due to Mike’s Health. You will be heart fully missed and will be forever in my thoughts and in my heart.

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