Michael P. Harasti, age 63 of Orfordville, died on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from an apparent heart attack Mercyhealth Hospital & Trauma Center. He was born in Chicago, IL on November 27, 1954, the son of the late John and Ruth (Bauer) Harasti. Mikie as he was known, graduated from High School in Downers Grove, IL, South Campus, and proudly served in the US Navy from November 28, 1972 until he was Honorably discharged on January 14, 1974. He worked at the General Motors Electro-Motive Division in LaGrange, IL until they closed, eventually transferring to the GMAD plant in Janesville in 1996, retiring when they closed.
Mikie was a very likable gentleman, who had a great knowledge of motorcycles. He took his talents and opened Mikie’s Basic Bikes, repairing, and building custom bikes. Mikie was a proud member of AA and ARM-Chaper 5 since 1996. He has been very active in both support groups, helping others who are in recovery, following the guidelines, “Pay it forward through recovery” and “Always be humble and kind.” Mikie achieved his two goals while in recovery; opening his own business and seeing the Recovery House open.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Beau Harasti and Kat Kandler of Beloit; his brothers: Mark Harasti of Ingleside, IL and William Harasti of Saudi Arabia; granddaughter: Heather Roberts; his aunt: Katie Maver of Denver, CO; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his granddaughter: Alyssa Danielle Harasti, and his brother: Jay Harasti.
A Celebration honoring Mikie’s life and accomplishments will be held from 10:00 AM until noon on Saturday May 5, 2018 at Compass Church, 4224 Whilden Ct., Janesville with a service to follow at noon. Military Rites honoring his service to his country will be provided by VFW Kienow-Hilt Post 1621. A luncheon will be served after the service followed by a memorial ride. Both cycles and cars are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be greatly appreciated if they were made to: Recovery House, 332 S. Crosby Ave., Janesville, WI 53548, an organization Mikie was very proud of.