Michael B. “Mike” Haugen, 67, of Rhinelander, died Tuesday, September 12, 2023 surrounded by his loving wife and friends at Friendly Village Nursing Home due to complications from Lewy Body Dementia. He was born in New Hampton, Iowa on June 28, 1958 to Bernard “Barney” and MaryAnn (Bucholtz) Haugen. Mike graduated from New Hampton Community High School and obtained his bachelor's degree and doctorate in veterinary medicine at Iowa State University.
Mike married Kimberly “Kim” McGee on September 2, 1994.
Mike loved cows and practiced veterinary medicine for food-producing animals. Mike owned and operated County Line Veterinary Services in Van Dyne, Wis. for many years. After his retirement, he and Kim bought a farm in Antigo. They operated a dairy farm and organic rotational grazing operation for dairy heifers. He was passionate about holistic resource management and sustainable food production.
Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a lifelong Cubs and Packers fan. He was a very talented cook and described himself as an amateur gourmet chef.
Survivors include his wife, Kim; mother, MaryAnn; children, Matthew (Kerry) Haugen and Rebecca (Gerald) Bailey; grandchildren, Mercedes Haugen and Jeffrey Bailey; siblings, Dennis (Linda) Haugen, Susan (Matthew) Bravard, and Jeffrey (Joan) Haugen, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Barney; brother, David Haugen; and maternal and paternal grandparents.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home, 1550 Neva Rd., Antigo. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. Cremation has taken place.
If you are unable to join us in person, the service will be live on the Bradley Funeral Home Facebook page.
Memorial contributions in Mike’s name can be made to your local food pantry, Salvation Army, or the Alzheimer's Association.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff on the Memory Care unit at Friendly Village Nursing Home.