Michael William Williams
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Michael William Williams
  • March 23, 1951 - January 23, 2018
  • Illinois

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Michael W. Williams, 66, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018, with his family present. Mike was born on March 23, 1951 to George and Magalean (Mikrut) Williams in Peoria.
Mike graduated in 1969 from Limestone Community High School and went on to graduate from Illinois State University with a degree in Political Science. It was while at ISU that Mike met the love of his life, Sue, and the two were married on May 26, 1973. She survives.
Mike is also survived by his daughter Caroline "Carrie" Schindler, son-in-law Alan Schindler, and granddaughter Jordan Schindler. He is survived by his sister Linda Sack of LaGrange Park, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, George.
At age sixteen, Mike started working for the Kroger Company. He remained with Kroger, moving from the stores to the dispatch center in East Peoria. After thirty years with the company, he retired in 1998. He then went on to work for Cox Transfer in Eureka for seventeen years as a dispatcher. Never has there been a harder working man who took pride in everything he did.
Mike was also so very proud of his family. He was an amazing husband, and his and Sue's love for one another could be felt by anyone who knew them. He was extremely proud of his "kid," Carrie, and his son-in-law. But it was being "sweet Papa" to Jordan that gave him some of the most joyous moments of his life. He never missed a band concert, basketball game, scholastic bowl match or dance recital.
Mike loved being outside tending his yard and garden and watching the hummingbirds. He was an avid reader, and every Saturday, you could find him perusing the stacks at Alpha Park Library. He passed on to "his girls" his love of reading. He loved politics and history, and enjoyed traveling to historical markers and battlefields throughout the US.
Mike radiated kindness, love, warmth, and joy. All who had the pleasure of knowing him, whether it was for years, or simply months, could feel the purity of his spirit. The gentleness of his soul was in everything he did, and every decision he made was made carefully and with much consideration of others.
The tenderness of his character was rivaled only by his drive and desire to fight. He battled cancer for seven years with grace, dignity, and poise, never once complaining, and always maintaining a positive outlook. His faith and spirituality gave him the strength necessary to endure the hardships of cancer. Mike's family would like to express their deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Select Care Nursing Home in Eureka.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial gathering will be Friday, February 2, 2018 from 4 pm until 6 pm at the Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or Alpha Park Library. You may create an online condolence at www.davison-fultonbartonvillechapel.com.