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Michael M. Papendick "Mike" of B Company, age 93, of Highland IN passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2008.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Papendick (nee Opolski) 2 children Chuck (Cathey) Papendick, Pat Kaleta. 5 grandchildren; Keith Papendick, Janet (Bryon) Goff, Nick Kaleta, Nathan Kaleta and Jason Kaleta. 5 brothers; Helmuth (late Pearl) Papendick, Hebert (Joyce) Papendick, Robert ( Ruby) Papendick, Norman (late Marilyn) Papendick, Arnold (Linda) Papendick. 2 Sisters; Ella (Lawrence) Koepp and Lena (late Ray) McQuiston, many Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, April 12, 2008, 10 a.m. from the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home 2828 Highway Ave. Highland IN with Rev Eric Kleinschmidt officiating. Interment with full military honors at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville IN. Friends and relatives may meet with the family on Friday at the funeral home from 3-7 pm

Mike was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church Highland IN. Retired in 1976 from Youngstown Sheet and Tube in East Chicago IN. WWII Army veteran serving in the 612th tank destroyer battalion, also a POW in Germany. He was a purple heart recipient. Over 50 year member of the American Legion post 232 who will hold services at the funeral home at 6 p.m.. Mike was an avid bowler. Family requests donations to the American Legion Post 232 in Mike’s name.