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Mitchell 'Mick' DeFauw


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Posted Online: March 12, 2013, 4:36 pm
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Mitchell A. "Mick" DeFauw, 83, of Sheffield, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sheffield. The Rev. Mark Miller will officiate. Private inurnment will be held at later date at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Sheffield, with a parish rosary at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Rescue Unit, American Cancer Society or the Sheffield Playground Equipment Fund.
Mick was born April 8, 1929, in Kewanee, the son of Alois and Henrietta Brate DeFauw. He graduated from Mineral High School in 1947. Mick married Dorothy Beyn on July 2, 1949, in Sheffield. She died on April 28, 2009.
Mick had worked for DeFauw-Beyn Produce, Sheffield Brick Yard, in the Coal Mines, Laura, Ill., Barcol Overdoor, Sheffield, and at I.H. Harvester Works, East Moline, until retiring in 1983.
His memberships included St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sheffield, Knights of Columbus, Sheffield Homecoming Association, Sheffield Rolle Bolle Club, and Hidden Lake Men's Golf League. Mick enjoyed playing cards, especially, bieden; golfing where he was a member of the Hole in One Club. He enjoyed watching sports, especially basketball. He loved time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a 30-year cancer survivor.
Those surviving are his children (and their spouses), Rick DeFauw, Carlyle, Ill., Robert (Patsy) DeFauw, Annawan, Karen (David) Taylor, Sheffield, and Randy (Luci) DeFauw, Watseka, Ill. Other survivors include nine grandchildren, Lindsay, Casey (Sondra) and Grady DeFauw, Anita (Daniel) Rakestraw, Robbie DeFauw, Brooke (Matthew) Allen, Erika Taylor, Jake and Dylan DeFauw; and seven great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Jordyn, Laynie, Hannah, Maddison, Matthew and Anmarie. His parents and wife preceded him in death.
Video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Mick's obituary at stackhousemoore.com.












 




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