Mike “Whitey” Proctor, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., previously of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 23, 1953, the son of Fred and Alice (Anderson) Proctor in Geneva.
Mike grew up playing with the neighborhood kids on Kansas Street, playing baseball every day in empty lots around town. He attended Kaneland High School, where he loved all things sports—excelling as the quarterback in football and burning up the basketball court.
Mike earned the nickname “Whitey” with the blond hair and blue eyes of his Swedish heritage. He was “Mr. Social,” and was crowned homecoming king and prom court his senior year, 1971.
After graduation, Mike attended Waubonsee College for a short time before pursuing his life’s passion: building homes. His concrete company and construction business, FMP, flourished through many economic ups and downs for over 30 years. Most recently, Mike managed his portfolio of apartments and townhomes in both Illinois and Wisconsin, allowing him to maintain friends at both homes.
Mike met his best friend and love of his life, Janet Shelton, in 1984. Their two hearts became one when they were united in marriage in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in 1987. They were partners in every way, loving life and enjoying every day. They ran businesses together and traveled frequently, enjoying cruises to the Mediterranean, East and West Caribbean.
Mike’s favorite place on earth was Sturgeon Bay. He took Janet during their dating years to a favorite cabin, later appropriately named by a friend, “The Love Shack.” Through the years Mike and Janet built themselves many houses, but their dream home, “Love Shack III,” with breathtaking views of the bay, was most beloved. They often welcomed friends and family to enjoy the beauty of Door County, Wis.
Mike was a favorite uncle to two nieces and three nephews, sharing many fun experiences through the years. His soft side showed in his affection for Persian kitties, as well—Sonny, Quarters, Penny, Goldie, Silver and Bronze all shared a special place in Mike’s heart.
He also was a “‘vette guy,” owning a variety of cool cars through the years, along with always having a boat to be able to cruise the waters of Sturgeon Bay. Looking for fun in all seasons, Mike and Janet enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling. Mike’s view of paradise includes the Richard Siebin’s cabin in Canada, where he made at least one annual pilgrimage with his fishing buddies and brother Tom; even including Janet one year so she could experience rustic life without plumbing.
He loved the beaches of Key West, Fla., and the tall pines of Hackensack, Minn., equally. He made friends wherever he went, always introducing himself with a big smile, hearty handshake and “I’m Whitey Proctor.” He could connect people and places, almost always making a link with a total stranger to someone or someplace he knew.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Janet; his father, Fred Proctor (for whom F. Michael “Mike” was named); one brother, Tom (Bonnie) Proctor of Elburn; one sister, Nancy (Steve) Henrikson of Morristown, Tenn.; two nieces, Kellie Jo Henrikson and Marianne Henrikson Roberts; three nephews, Matt, Chris and Scott Michael Proctor; two great-nieces, Sammie Jo and Lexi Henrickson; two great-nephews, Nick and Ryan Proctor; and many lifelong friends he maintained through the years.
He is preceded by his mother, Alice Proctor, who passed away in 1997; his father in-law, I.J. Shelton, and mother in-law, Liz Shelton.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, followed by a service to celebrate his life, held at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn . Following cremation, a memorial service will take place at a later date in Sturgeon Bay.
A memorial has been established in Mike’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Michael Proctor Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com, where you can also find his full-life story.