Michael J. "Mike" Moricz was an independent, self-made man who turned a hobby he loved into a profitable business, his daughter-in-law Betsy Moricz said.
Moricz, 87, of Munster’s Hartsfield Assisted Living and formerly of East Chicago and Star City, Ind., was self-employed for 50 years as owner and operator of Lake Television and Appliances in East Chicago.
“Anyone who lived in the Harbor during that period of time, if there is an antenna on their house, I will bet you he and my husband put it up,” Betsy Moricz said.
Moricz spent money from his first paycheck on a radio only to take it apart to see how it worked.
“He loved to tinker,” she said.
Married to his late wife Lucy for 50 years, the couple loved to dance.
“I have fond memories of watching them dance,” Betsy Moricz said. “He was a really big guy and she was really little. They would just dance and have a good time.”
Moricz, who enjoyed traveling, had been to the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Spain, Northern Africa, Hong Kong, Japan and Hawaii. A past president of the Lions Club of East Chicago, many trips were to the club’s conventions.
Moricz and his late son Michael traveled to Acapulco, where he caught a huge sailfish which he had mounted and proudly displayed on the wall of his weekend cottage on the Tippecanoe River. Moricz also attended a Super Bowl game in Los Angeles.
A 58-year member of East Chicago Elks Lodge 981, Moricz was a past president of the Indiana State Electronic Technicians Association and the Northern Indiana Electronic Technicians Association.
Moricz was proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments, Betsy Moricz said. He taught them to take care of and provide for themselves and their families.