Lo, Mr. Michael “Guppy” E. Annen died Sunday Evening, May 19th, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin at the family estate on Mound St. He had 73 years under the blue sky.
He is survived by his wife of forty years Jane Doyle, his two sons Nick Annen and Tom Annen, his many siblings: Donald, Janet, Doris (Chuck), (Delores), Betsy, Lorna, Marilyn, Rod and Richard (Mary). Also, his Brother-in-Law Dan Doyle (Jenny Ross). Uncle Gup is also survived by his numerous godchildren, nieces and nephews both grand and standard.
A life-long Madisonian, Michael was born to Peter and Edna (neÌe Hornbeck), attended St. James Catholic school, Madison Central High School (1964) and attained Engineering degrees from UW Madison and Wisconsin School of Electronics. He worked for many years as an Electrical and Computer Engineer for General Telephone and Electronics and Verizon Communications in Sun Prairie Wisconsin.
As a kid he loved running free in the neighborhood and romping in deep with the Milton-Charter Playground scene. He was a dead-eye Washer marksman. He came up through the ‘60s and was a natural free-thinker and humanist. He married Jane and was a steadfast Husband and Father. He worked hard to look out for his family. Gup was an enthusiastic sportsman, finding beauty in the pursuit of competition and motion. Variously: He was a city high-scoring and quick-skating Center, a contact-hitting Infielder, a brainy Point Guard, a vigorous and demanding Setter and an able-footed Defender. He enjoyed his time alone in reflection but also loved getting together with or going on camping trips with his large family. He could have a sneaky wit and enjoyed playing the straightman to his brothers’ shenanigans.
Gup and Jane honeymooned among the redwoods. He trekked Isle Royale in record heat and he navigated the Frost River in the Boundary Waters.
Mike was a creative and extensive tinkerer, puzzle-solver and home-renovator. He loved outlaw country music, was a keeper and admirer of cockatiels and an avid furniture collector.
He was a kind man.
The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Casper, his staff and Agrace hospice for their care, ministrations and guidance.
A memorial service will be planned for a future date this spring to condole, reminisce and toast life.
In lieu of flowers, donations to support The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) online at https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51076/donate_page/donate-now Agrace Hospice Care online at https://www.agrace.org/donate/donate-today/?refer=71 or the Wisconsin Hodags Ultimate program online at https://secure.supportuw.org/give/?id=88ef855a-c00f-48cc-bc04-573a14b8bbf3 are suggested.