Robert “Mitch” Michko, 82, of Mt. Tremper died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at the Kingston Hospital.
He was born in Boonton, NJ on January 12, 1930.
Bob served in the U.S. Army as an engineer in the South Pacific. Upon his return he apprenticed with his father and became a master plumber. After working for years in New Jersey, he moved to the Catskills in the 1970s. As Michko Plumbing, he continued his trade well into his 70s, performing quality work at a fair price. For years, he could be found by the counter at Singer-Denman Lumber giving out advice on plumbing or anything else he was asked.
Mitch also enjoyed many hobbies. He was the winner of the “best apple pie” at an Onteora pie-baking contest. He had his woodcarvings displayed at Benedictine Hospital, made jewelry for friends, was an amazing photographer, and an avid NRA member.
He is survived by his good friends Peter and Laura Kosakowski, and Doug Thornton.
A graveside service with military honors will take place at the Gerald B. Solomon National Cemetery in Saratoga.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia.
Expressions of condolence may be shared at Mitch’s memorial page, at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com