Michael E. Urban
Michael “Howie” E. Urban, 63, of
Oakfield died unexpectedly Saturday, July 13, 2019, after doing what he loved,
umpiring baseball. He was born November
2, 1955, in Fond du Lac, the son of Edwin and Janice Thill Urban. He graduated from Oakfield High School in the
class of 1973. He was a member of Sons
of Zebedee, St. James Church in Oakfield.
On September 29, 1979, he married LuAnn M. Fisher at Our Risen Savior
Catholic Church in Woodhull. Mike was a
meat cutter at Leroy Locker, grocery merchandiser for several businesses, and
most recently worked for Oshkosh Corp. He
was a devoted father and his two grandchildren (Francis and Sage) lit up his
Mike was very involved in sports
from a child into adulthood and you could always find him at the park. He was past president of the Oakfield Booster
Club and Oakfield Recreation Department.
He coached Oakfield High School boys and girls basketball, softball, and
took the boys basketball to state in 1995. He made several trips to the state
tournament coaching Oakfield softball teams.
Mike played and coached Rock River League and was inducted into the Rock
River League Hall of Fame in 2004. He
also played on many softball teams throughout Fond du Lac County. In 2001, Mike
was inducted into the Fond du Lac Softball Hall of Fame. He umpired many baseball, softball, and Rock
River games throughout the years. Mike
influenced many by instilling dedication, intensity, and hard work. His love
for the game was undeniable.
He is survived by his children,
Stephanie (Larry) Duford of Fond du Lac, Megan (Aris) Freeman of Dallas, TX,
and Eric Urban of Dallas, TX; his grandchildren, Francis Duford and Sage
Freeman; his father and mother, Edwin and Janice Urban of Fond du Lac; his
former wife, LuAnn Urban of Fond du Lac; mother-in-law, Rose Fisher; nieces,
nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Urban; paternal
grandparents, Frank and LeOra Urban; maternal grandparents, Bernie and Nellie
Thill; and his father-in-law, Clayton Fisher.
The visitation will be held
Friday, July 19, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Holy Family Church, 271 Fourth
Street Way. The Mass of Christian Burial
will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday at the church. Cremation will follow the services and
inurnment will be held in Chapel of the Risen Christ Mausoleum, Calvary
In lieu of flowers, memorials
are appreciated to the Oakfield Recreation Department for a new scorer’s booth
in Howie’s memory.
Additional information and
guestbook can be found by visiting ueckerwitt.com