Michael Iversen Traut, a resident of Broomfield, CO, died Sunday, November 13, 2022, after a short illness. He was born January 21, 1932, in Fond du Lac, WI, the son of William Raymond Traut and Agnes Mathilda Iversen Traut. He was a Fond du Lac High School graduate, class of 1950, then went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955 with a BS in Economics. Michael was a member of the ROTC while attending the University and continued his service with the Army retiring with the rank of Captain in the US Army Reserves.
On August 28, 1954, he married Maybelle Hargrave Runkle in Fond du Lac, and they began raising their family of 3 daughters. He purchased his parents’ home and lived on Cottage Avenue for over 70 years. In the mid 1960s he began working for the Fond du Lac County Welfare Department and in 1968 he graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Michael then began a 32-year career with the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a Social Worker. His most notable positions found him working in the Correctional Institutions of Waupun and Taycheedah, WI.
During his many years in Fond du Lac he gave of his time to several organizations. He coached the Fond du Lac YMCA Swim Team for over 10 years and had a large impact upon many young people. Michael loved to sing, and his bass voice could be heard for over 35 years with the FDL Oratorio Chorus and Fond du Lac Summer Music Festival. After he and Maybelle moved to Colorado to be near his daughter, Beth, he sang for another 14 years with the Broomfield Civic Chorus including a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Michael was a member of the Fond du Lac BPOE (Elks), an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and then Holy Comforter Episcopal Church.
Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Maybelle (Nov. 2021). He is survived by his three daughters: Beth (John) Bosio of Broomfield, CO, Sara (Steven) Bass of Portland, OR, Trish (Terry) Jacobson of Ripon, WI, and a foster daughter, Lonna (Roger) Weidmeyer of Waukesha, WI. He had 8 grandchildren: Emmy (Chad Hinshaw) Bosio of Denver, CO, Andrew (Emily) Bosio of Broomfield, CO, Michele (Jesse) Dorsch of Pickett, WI, Susan (Josh) Robinson of West Allis, WI, William Bosio of Westminster, CO, Erik (Kerri) Jacobson of Oshkosh, WI, Catie (Bryce Ito) Bass of Seattle, WA, and Caroline (Kevin Tenenbaum) Bass of Cleveland, OH, and 6 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held December 2, 2022, at 2 pm at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Broomfield, CO. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Preservation Fund, 51 W. Division Street, Fond du Lac, WI, or Holy Comforter Episcopal Church - Music Ministry, 1700 W. 10th Avenue, Broomfield, CO.