Michael Mouser, 67, of Carlock, passed away at 2:41 p.m. Friday (June 29, 2018), surrounded by his family, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Epiphany Church, Normal, with Monsignor Eric Powell officiating. The burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal, will be limited to extended family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Tri-Valley Education Foundation, 410 E. Washington St., Downs, IL 61736.
Born Oct. 7, 1950, to Melvin and Cecilia Mouser, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Bryant, on July 10, 1971.
He is survived by his wife; son, David (Amie) Mouser, Downs; daughter, Kristin (Brian) Myers, Downs; his sister, Mary (Rudi) Hofmann, Carlock; four adoring grandchildren, Morgan, Brady, Kami, and Jake; and several nieces and nephews.
Mike graduated from Normal Community High School in 1968 and earned a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University in 1972 in agricultural education. He completed a master's of science degree in agricultural education from the University of Illinois.
Mike started his career in education by serving as an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Saybrook-Arrowsmith and Normal Community high schools. He later managed the Danvers plant for the McLean County Service Company. In 1983, he began farming full time, which he continued to do until his death. In 2004, Mike received the Farmer of the Year award presented by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
Mike was activity engaged in several local and state activities, including township government, Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education, Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education, and was a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership program. He served as a trustee for Normal and White Oak townships. In addition, he proudly served on the McLean County Farm Bureau Board for over 20 years.
Mike was a dedicated fan of Illinois State men’s basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, and anything his grandkids were involved in. Mike will be deeply missed by his family and will be remembered for his toughness, kindness, compassion, and his modeling of what it means to be a good husband, father, and grandpa.
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