Michael Joseph Szilagyi, 56, of Franklin, Tenn., passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Destin, Fla.
He grew up in Pontiac and graduated from Pontiac Township High School in 1979. He was a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division, where he was deployed on Operation Urgent Fury, “the invasion of Grenada.”
Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in construction technology from Southern Illinois University. Mike worked side by side with his dad in residential construction and for many years in commercial construction as a construction manager.
Mike was a loving and devoted family man and friend. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Lois Burton Szilagyi; his sister, Lisa Mae Szilagyi Judd; niece, Angela Marie Kutchera; nephews, Christopher Michael Judd and Nicholas Andrew Judd; and his beloved partner of 22 years, Katherine Kelly O’Connor, all of Franklin, Tenn., as well as other loving family members.
Always a most generous and deeply caring man, he was involved in numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope for the less fortunate. Mike donated his time and many talents to help build homes in Guatemala, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Hungary and Ethiopia.
He also volunteered in Peru with Light Up the World, a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing lighting to poor people in remote areas who relied on kerosene lamps or wood fires. He began his lifelong passion for service in his early 30s with Rotary International.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the Franklin First United Methodist Church Historic Sanctuary with Dr. Lynn Hill officiating. Interment will be at Williamson Memorial Gardens with veteran military honors. Family and friends, including fellow veteran buddies, will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
Friends may also call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Franklin, Tenn.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity International or Habitat for Humanity Hungary.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.williamsonmemorial.com.