Helmut "Mike" Taege, 80, of Middlebury, passed away at 7:30 am on Saturday, June 26, at his residence with his wife by his side. He was born on June 29, 1940 in Berlin, Germany to Arthur and Helen Taege. On March 17, 1962 in Middlebury he married Nance Karacson, she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are son, Jason (Jenny) Taege; two grandchildren, Rilee Taege and Carson Taege; brother, Hans and sister, Christa. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mike had immigrated from Germany in 1957 and went to work for Coca-Cola in Goshen from 1958 to 1980. He then worked in shipping and receiving and was a truck driver for Goshen Stamping until his retirement in 2003. He was passionate about hunting and fishing and enjoyed traveling with his wife. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm on Thursday July 1, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. A private graveside service will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. Memorials may be given to Humane Society of Elkhart County.
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