MIKE MACULEVICS, age 81 of Geff, Illinois passed away on Monday morning, April 27, 2020 at Linda E. White Hospice in Evansville, Indiana.
Mike was born in Latvia to Ignats (Mac) and Anna Maculevics on April 22, 1939. He and his family immigrated to America where they made their home in Newton, IL. He graduated from Newton High School in 1958 where he was a four- year member of the football team culminating in an undefeated senior year. He enlisted in the Army where he served for over two years. While in the Army, he played football and was in the Signal Corps.
He married Sue Morgan on April 5, 1964 at Headyville Christian Church. He worked for GTE/Verizon for 37 years first in Belvidere, IL and then in Fairfield. He retired in 1999. After retirement, Mike enjoyed gardening, blacksmithing, beekeeping, fishing, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, and volunteering as a 4H club leader. He was a member of the Geff Ruritan Club. He and Sue enjoyed square dancing with The Shooting Stars from 1976-1988 and enjoyed traveling and vacationing in the United States. Mike attended Blue Point Church.
Mike is survived by his wife Sue of 56 years; two daughters, Chris (Bryon) Murphy of Fairfield and Anita (Ritchie) Byars of Geff; Five grandchildren, Jared Murphy (Abigail Inman) of Spencer, IN, Kevin (Kayla) Murphy of Fairfield, Megan (Eric) Spitzner of Fairfield, Matthew (Meghan) Byars of Fairfield, and Marissa (Mitchell) Levi of Cisne; four Great-grandchildren Lincoln and Livvy Murphy, Caroline Spitzner, Colson Byars, and one to arrive in November. Also surviving is a sister Liz (Leroy) Wernsing of Teutopolis, IL; brother-in-law David (Sandi) Morgan of Slidell, LA, a sister-in-law Kay (Bill) Diel of Dieterich, IL; sister-in-law Becky (Danny) Zimmerman of Lebanon, IL. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Jeff Dalton.
A family graveside service will be held on Thursday April 30, 2020 at Headyville Cemetery in Dieterich, IL Military Rites will be performed at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Headyville Cemetery Fund and may be mailed to the Hosselton-Meridith Funeral Home, PO Box 418, Cisne, Illinois.
Fond memories may be shared with the family at www.meridithfuneralhome.com.
Hosselton-Meridith Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.