(08-21-1980 - 06-10-2013)
Michael John Kundrat, 32 of Elgin passed away on June 10, 2013. He was born August 21, 1980. He grew up in Elgin on Spring St. and was currently residing there again. He died in Pearisburg, VA . He had been hiking the Appalachian Trail since April.
He is survived by his mom, Cindy, brother, Paul, and grandma, Joyce Schulze (Metcalf).
He was preceded in death by his father, John, and grandpa, Victor Schulze.
Michael found joy in great adventures, nature, and dancing at Phish concerts. He spent last summer working at Yellowstone. The summer before he solo kayaked the flooded Mississippi. One summer he worked on a farm in Hawaii. For awhile, he lived in CA, another time PA. He made many friends along the way. He loved dogs,
especially, Sali. His heroes were his grandpa and grandma. He loved his Mom and Paul with all his heart. His friends were so important to him. Being human, he suffered losses in his life and struggled to keep a balance, but he will be remembered for his smile, warm heart, and zest for life. He said recently on the trail,” I’m happier than I’ve ever been.” As we miss him with such pain, may that memory be kept.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. with words of remembrance at 6 p.m. (The family asks that you bring pictures to share.) at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services chapel 51 Center St Elgin, Il. Interment will be private. For additional information 847-742-2100 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com