Mike was born June 12, 1942 in Hinckley, Minn., to George and Kathleen (Brennan) Kaltenhauser. He moved to Rush City at the age of five, attended and graduated from Rush City School in 1960.
Most of his adult life he drove truck. But he also worked at the Stillwater Prison, Veteran’s Hospital, and attended Auctioneer School in Montana.
He enjoyed auctioning with Jim Wright and Chuckie Olson at horse sales throughout Minnesota.
Because of his love of horses, Mike was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Rush City Saddle Club.
He was a proud father of four children; Missi, Mark, Melinda Kaltenhauer, and Justin Hetherington; nine grandchildren; Michael, Jeffrey, Alissa and Alison Kaltenhauser, Jenn Coury, Logan Johnson, Kristin Lafontaine, Alaina Hetherington, and Olivia Sorenson.
He loved telling stories about his grandchildren and the cute things that they did. He was a wonderful story teller, his gift of gab was surely from his Irish heritage.
The bit of stubbornness was most certain from his German ancestry.
Prior to becoming disabled, Mike loved to hunt and fish, especially with his cousin Mary Jane’s husband DuWayne (Dewy) Dahl. He also enjoyed when his grandson, Michael, would spend his summers with Laurel and him in South Dakota.
In recent years, he enjoyed visiting with friends and family whenever possible and never turned down a cup of coffee.
Mike is survived by children: Melissa (Kevin) Lafontaine of Eagan, Mark (Jess) Kaltenhauser of Rush City, Melinda (Alex) Kaltenhauser of Eagan, and Justin (Carrie) Hetherington of St. Paul; nine grandchildren, sisters: Kathy (Jack) Anderson of Braham and Jill Hegg of Rush City; aunts Delphine Monroe of Maple Plain and Gladys Kaltenhauser of Lindstrom; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends Laurel Carey and Dawn Hetherington.
Rev. Laurie O’Shea will officiate memorial services; 11 a.m. Friday April 20, 2012 at the Olson Chapel in Rush City with a time of visitation one hour prior.
Inurnment will take place at the Rosehill Cemetery in Hinckley, Minn.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service – Olson Chapel ~ Rush City www.funeralandcremationservice.com.