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Thomas W. Michael
(October 2, 1931 - March 11, 2014)

Thomas Wayne “Tom” Michael, 82, of Stewardson, IL, died at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 in Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL with Rev. Michael Mohr officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg, IL and one hour before services on Friday in the church. Burial will be in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Strasburg, IL with military rites by Strasburg American Legion Post #289. Memorials may be given to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL or Donor’s Choice.

Mr. Michael was born on October 2, 1931 in Woodbine, IA, the son of Charles T. and Mabel Ruth Hinkle Michael. He graduated from Stewardson-Strasburg High School. Tom served in the U. S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a Building Operation Engineer for the University of Illinois, owned and operated Michael Small Engine Repair in Stewardson, IL and later worked for York Bin Company in Strasburg, IL until his retirement. For the last nine years he assembled bicycles for Walmart in Effingham, IL. Tom was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and Strasburg American Legion Post #289 both in Strasburg, IL. He married Donna Berniece Brandt on July 18, 1958 in Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; sons, Gary Wayne Michael and wife Maura of Champaign, IL and Larry Thomas Michael and wife Nena of Urbana, IL; two granddaughters, Marissa Michael and Jessica Michael Devore; and one great granddaughter, Madelyn Jane Twine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mabel; brother, Charles J. Michael and sister, Helen Robertson-Acevedo.

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