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Mike Freeman

d. March 15, 2017

Michael Lee Freeman, age 68, of Petersburg, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born July 23, 1948 in Springfield, IL, the son of Fred and Evelyn Freeman.

Mike married Jan Phelps on June 15, 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Katie (husband Lance) Kovacs and Josh Freeman; brother, Pat (wife Suz) Freeman; nephews, Andrew Denton, Aaron Freeman, and Colin (wife Molly) Knapp; and niece, Megan Freeman.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gayle Denton; and brother-in-law, Cecil Denton.

He worked for the Illinois Department of Human Services, retiring in 2011 after 39 years of service.

He served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam.

Mike was a member of the Petersburg United Methodist Church.  He was an avid bird lover and enjoyed gardening and fishing.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Petersburg United Methodist Church.

Rev. John Vidakovich will be officiating.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorials can be made to the Petersburg United Methodist Church.


  1. Jan, Katie and Josh,
    Mike was a one of a kind great guy, kind to all he met.
    My sincere sympathy to each of you; he will be sorely missed.
    Bev Hoffman

  2. Dear Katie and Lance,

    From my family to yours, we send our deepest sympathies. May the care and love of those around you provide comfort in the days ahead and your memories provide everlasting peace.

    God Bless,

  3. My condolences to Mike’s family and friends. Such a great guy and a wonderful friend to my sister, Kasey. Saddened to hear of his passing.

  4. Our prayers go out to Mike and all his family. Mike was a great guy, who always had a smile on his face.

  5. Jan
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. I’m sending my deepest sympathies to you, Jan, and your family. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Jan and family…sending you my deepest sympathies and prayers that your memories bring you comfort. May God rest his soul.

    Jeannette Rakers

  8. Jan, So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Sending my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  9. I only worked with Mike directly for a brief time (just before his retirement), but I really liked him. He was always ready to help figure things out at work, and he had a great sense of humor. My condolences.

  10. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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