OBITUARY

Michael James Stogsdill

June 11, 1950February 1, 2019

Michael James Stogsdill, 68, of New Salem, Illinois, born June 11, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away, Friday, February 01, 2019, in Arnold, Missouri.

Mike served as a volunteer firefighter and a District Trustee for Prairie Du Pont Fire Department in East Carondelet, Illinois. He loved the outdoors, especially deer hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed archery and competing at Town Hall Archery. He had a passion for horses and loved to let them roam the wide-open pastures on his property. He retired from the Hertz Corporation after 40 years of service was a member of District 9 Machinists International Association of Machinists (IAMAW), Local 777. He was a loving family man, who will truly be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Jane, nee Burkett, Stogsdill. Surviving are his son, Michael F. (Anna) Stogsdill, of Columbia, Illinois; his grandchildren, Jessica and Jonah Stogsdill; his special great nephew, Linden Rossing; his siblings, Leonard (Diana) Stogsdill, of Marissa, Illinois and Brenda (Mike) Rodgers, of Green, Kansas; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may also be expressed online atwww.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com.

Service and inurnment will be held in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Illinois at 11:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life Luncheon following at the American Legion in Dupo, Illinois on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019.

Services

2 March

Graveside Service

11:00 am

Valhalla Gardens of Memory

3412 Frank Scott Pkwy W
Belleville, Illinois 62223

REMEMBERING

Michael James Stogsdill

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Bud Hill

February 4, 2019

Mike is the reason I am a car guy. Being around Mike when he was driving was so much fun. He taught us how to burnout with the cassette player by the tire so you could hear the tires scream.
He was a big brother to me and my 5 brothers. Miss you Mike!

Mike Waterman

February 4, 2019

I will never forget all the great hunts we had. He will never be forgotten.

Denise Gibson Cox

February 3, 2019

I remember sooo many things while staying with him and Judy when I was a kid. I always respected Mike.

Barb Hill

February 2, 2019

Jim and I double dated with Mike in 1967 when he had his black 1957 Chevy!! Jim and I went on our first date in that car and got married 1 year later and was married 50 years. Will never forget Mike and the fun times we all shared!

Greg Hill

February 2, 2019

I met Mike shortly after we moved to North Dupo, just two blocks from him. I guess he was curious about the new neighbors with 10 kids in the house. We met when he used to ride his bicycle up and down the alley next to our house. He got to be good friends with my oldest brother, Jim, then eventually with our whole family. We worked on bicycles which led to working on cars after he got his drivers license. It seems like there wasn't a day that went by that he didn't have car problems. In the beginning, since I was only 12 or so, I was the "flunky". I'd get tools for him as he wrenched on the cars. Eventually he taught me how to help take out transmissions, clutches, rear ends and everything else. We always had fun! He taught me about shooting guns and bows. We bow fished, rabbit hunted and squirrel hunted as much as time allowed. He was always a good mentor for me. He cared about everyone. He never talked bad about people. He seemed to have an insight into the world and he taught me how to look at life in another perspective than how I saw things. I grew up always remembering the values that my friend had taught me. His whole family took me in and treated me with kindness and respect and I will never forget them.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY