Mike Celebucki was an outgoing, energetic man who always had a funny story to tell, said Karen Celebucki, his wife of more than 33 years.
He was a hard-working, loyal, honest, dependable man of integrity.
“If he told you he was going to do something, he would,” she said. “If he told you he would be there, he would be there early.”
Michael Celebucki, 54, of Porter, died July 19. He was a member of United Steel Workers Local 6787 and was a maintenance electrician for ArcelorMittal. He also had been a police officer for the Chesterton Police Department and was a Marine Corps veteran.
The couple met in the Marine Corps while they were stationed in Parris Island, South Carolina. He was her supervisor while on a week-long detail, and after the week was over, he asked her on a date. They married after a month.
Anthony Celebucki said his father was an amazing dad.
“There was nothing he wasn’t willing to help us with,” he said. “Every day he taught his children something new, whether it be with sports, hunting, fishing home renovation or how to be a better person in life.”
He loved the outdoors, and he was an avid hunter.
“Last September, he went on a hunt of a lifetime with friends to Wyoming, and got his first antelope,” his wife said. “This past November, he harvested his largest buck and doe.”
He loved coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, and helped with Pop Warner football.
“Through baseball, he mentored numerous kids and helped everyone,” his son said. “He was able to connect with each kid and bring out their potential.”
Karen Celebucki said her husband was extremely proud of his family.
“He loved his life and lived it to the fullest every day. He was always thankful for what he had and felt very blessed,” she said. “He loved and treasured his family.”