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December 2, 2021

10/21/2017 7:30:00 AM
Michael Allen Vlahakis

Mike Vlahakis lost his battle with cancer on Friday, October 13, 2017. He was born in Rhinelander on Tuesday, April 2, 1940 to Peter and Verna Vlahakis. He attended schools in Rhinelander, graduating from Rhinelander High School in 1958. He attended college in River Falls and Eau Claire.

He married Patricia (Pat Ek) on May 29, 1965. He is survived by his wife; Pat, his daughter; Michelle (Paul) Venzke and his two grandsons; Caleb and Noah of Tomahawk and his sister; Lana Vlahakis of Huntley, Illinois.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, father, and his brother; Bob.

His life work was owning and operating the Rhinelander Café and Pub until 2005.

Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, and raising German Short Haired Pointers. Celebrating holidays and spending time with his family were important to him.

A private family service was held.

Memorials in his honor may be given to Ducks Unlimited.

Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Celebrating lives and healing hearts. Everyone is invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Article comment by: Kurt Kerry

I met Mike in 1983 providing Physical Therapy services after he slipped on some ice behind the bar while carrying a keg. Talk about your tough man, and so very nice and kind. I moved away from Rhinelander in 1984 but never have I forgotten Mike, nor will I. I know that it's been 4 years since this world lost a quality man but I offer my sympathy to the family belatedly.

Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2020
Article comment by: wILLIAM RODD

mike was a wonderul guy all his life, condolences to hi lovely wife and family, bill Rodd

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017
Article comment by: Jack Johnson

Lana and family,
Sorry to hear of Mikes passing. My condolences to you and his family..

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017
Article comment by: Dewaine Olson

Was sorry to read about Mike's passing. He was a classmate of mine. My best to his family in this moment and future.

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Article comment by: Lew and Jackie BERLYN

Sorry to hear about Mike.
Our thoughts and prayers
are with you and your family.
we always enjoyed going to

Lew and Jackie

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017
Article comment by: Lynn Kielhold

Our hearts and prayers are with you, Pat, Michelle, Lana and family. Mike was a wonderful guy and left many friends. We are in Florida now and thinking of you often along with our parents who spent time here
Mike has got a welcoming from his family and friends who are in our thoughts often.
God is with you all!
Lana, Harry and Sue Anderle also live in Huntley on the golf course there.

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Article comment by: Shirley Perlberg

Patti and family
Our sincere condolences to all. Prayers are with you. He was quite the guy! Was a pleasure to know him for so many years! Peace be forever with him!

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