Michael Lee Freeman 1948 - 2017 PETERSBURG, IL - Michael Lee Freeman, 68, of Petersburg, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born July 23, 1948, in Springfield, Ill., 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 was 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 Petersburg United Methodist Church. He was an avid bird lover and enjoyed gardening and fishing. A memorial gathering will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Petersburg United Methodist Church. The Rev. John Vidakovich will be officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials can be made to: Petersburg United Methodist Church. Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.mottandhenning.com .
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