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Michael S. Ater

d. August 19, 2018

Michael Ater, age 45, of Athens, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital.

Michael was born on May 23, 1973 in Springfield, Illinois.

He is survived by parents, Ruth and Tom Ater; one son, Michael Ater II; four siblings, Jeremey, Naomi, Marlana, and Tina.

Michael was a wonderful father and son who valued family above all else.

He affectionately donated organs for others through Gift of Hope.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorials can be given to any Marine Bank in Springfield in memory of Michael.  There will be a benefit event that will be held at Coonrods on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. I’m so, so sorry for your loss Ruth. I am continuing to pray for you and your family for your comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  2. R.I.P. Mikey! from your Aunt Becly. Sorry so young

  3. Mike was an amazing friend. He is already missed very much. My son Gordon wishes to send his condolences as well. I loved his heart, it was so big and loving. My 6 yr old granddaughter really got attatched to him. The family will be in my prayers. May Mike enter the Kingdom and watch over its all.

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