Michael Francis Edwards, age 70, of Lacon, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Mike was born on November 7, 1950 in Bloomington, IL to Thomas and Dorothy (Krause) Edwards. He married Jean Staelens on January 1, 2001 in Henry, IL.
Surviving are his wife, Jean; his children, Stephanie (Todd) Madderom of Fox River Grove, IL, Heather (Edward) Wodziak of Woodridge, IL, Charlie (Meghan) Edwards of Dunlap, IL and Tim (Valerie) Edwards of Chillicothe, IL; his step-children, David Fogle of Peoria, IL and Ashley (Tim) Scott of Chillicothe, IL; and 19 grandchildren, Lauren, Kaitlyn and Nathan Madderom, Annika, Nicolette, Nadia and Violet Wodziak, Ella, Audrey, Maeve and Blair Edwards, Bryson, Wyatt and Emma Edwards, Blake, Aiden and Ian Fogle, and Timmy and Madison Scott. Also surviving are his brother, Tim Edwards of Kansas City, MO and his sister, Anita (Ron) Forbes of Myrtle Beach, NC.
Mike graduated from University High School in Normal in 1968 and from Blackburn College in Carlinville in 1972. He taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade math at Pearce Junior High in Chillicothe. He was also a financial advisor for 40 years. Mike was a member of the Henry Rotary and the Summer Recreation Board in Henry. He was an elder for the First Presbyterian Church of Henry and was an Alderman for the City of Henry. Mike coached softball and he enjoyed playing basketball, fishing and gardening. His passion was for serving others in his community and he always did everything he could to make sure others had a smile on their face.
A public visitation will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 2pm to 4pm at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Current Covid mitigations will be in effect with restrictions on social distancing and face coverings. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Henry Rotary or the Koinonia Food Pantry in Lacon. Online condolences may be made through www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
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Chillicothe, IL 61523
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