Michael James McCauley, 46 of Kouts, Indiana, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Michael was the loving husband of Amy (Hinrichs) McCauley; father to Jennifer Wittmer and Brandon McCauley; soon to be grandfather to the next generation; son of Deborah McCauley; brother of Marie Franke, Meghan Loof, and Melissa McCauley; grandson of Robert McGuire; and uncle to many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Karen McGuire.

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Michael spent his youth thriving in the diversity of the auto mechanic industry before sacrificing it all to support his new wife and young family. Moving to Rapid City to explore new opportunities, Michael sacrificed everything to further his education and ultimately provide even more for his family. Michael graduated South Dakota School Of Mines with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. With his official degree the family of 4 were uprooted and replanted in Kouts, Indiana, where Michael continued to thrive both at home and at work. Michael was always coming up with new projects, tinkering and enjoying his newfound life of sitting back with the love of his life, Amy McCauley, to watch as his two children thrived in the world he helped create. 

Michael was taken too soon at the age of 46. His whole life was ahead of him, and he will be dearly missed, but always thought of every time a new project is started, a tool is bought, a crazy idea, or something as simple as a t-shirt that says “OMG.” 

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Kosanke Funeral Home (new location), 309 S. Main St., Kouts, IN, with a memorial service beginning at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).  Your family will miss you, Michael. We love you so much.


To your family:  I cannot imagine the pain and sadness you all feel but know his spirit is with you. His memories are with you and you will carry those memories every step of the way. All of his teaching will be past down from years to come. His memory will soon bring a smile to your face when you speak his name. The pain will never go away, but you have to hold on to the good times you’ve all shared. He spent his life they way he wanted, loving you all and showing that every step of the way.  -Karrie Thibideau 

While we never met, it is apparent the tremendous loss he is to you, Amy, and your family. So sorry. When I experienced a traumatic loss over 30yrs ago a mentor shared this prayer with me; In thy weakness, in thy sorrow, raise to him a truthful call, for strength and calm in crisis comes in telling Jesus ALL. Love you, Cousin.  -Terry and Michelle Wolf 

Debbie, I am so sorry to read about your beloved son's death. I still remember seeing you when you were pregnant with Michael and so excited! He brought you so much love and pride which will be with you forever. God Bless You and Your Family. Hugs!  -Shelley Theesfeld Donovan 

My condolences for your tremendous loss. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work for, and with, Mike for a couple years in the steel mill. Regardless of the situation, he always managed to maintain a positive and professional attitude. And his sense of humor created a good environment for all of us to work in. It will always remain a mystery as to why God takes good people far too soon. Mike always looked out for me and my well-being. He was one of my Guardian Angels here on earth. And now he has ascended to be one from above, where he can continue to look after his family. Rest in Peace my friend. And God Bless your Family.  - Jerry Ziemer 

I considered Mike a friend as my boss. He was a great leader on the job and always willing to talk when needed. I loved his personality, commitment to excellence, and his desire to see the work get accomplished.
Was thankful for the last conversation with him where he said he made pease with God. Talked about doing breakfast together but sadly time didn’t allow for it. I’m sorry for your/ our loss of this great man. I will miss you Mike, may you rest in peace.  -Adrian Kuypers 

I’m so sorry for your loss, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.  -Alex Haan 

My sincerest condolences. He was a good man, and an amazing man to work for. I worked with him at EC Tin, and I considered him a friend as well as a supervisor. He will be missed.  -David Griggs 

To Amy, my favorite boss ever, I am so sorry to hear about Michael. Though I never met him, I feel like I knew him from all the fun stories you would tell us at work. I have no words and cannot imagine what you and your beautiful children are feeling. Please know that my heart is with you and I am sending many prayers your way.  -Mary Jo Hall 

Amy, I am so sorry. Michael was someone who I just clicked with. A brilliant Mind a wonderful sense of humor. I enjoyed spending time with you both. Sending prayers up for you all.  -Ann Berger 

My condolences to the family and I'm so sorry for your loss. Mike was a good man and my friend. He will be missed. - Louis Garcia

Sorry for your loss.  -Dan Day 

I was privileged to know Mike both as my boss and my friend. He will be truly missed! -Rockwell Rudolph 


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