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Michael J Ham

March 19, 1991August 6, 2019
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Michael Jeremy Ham

Michael J. Ham departed this life on August 6, 2019, in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Michael was born on March 19, 1991, in Maryville, Illinois, the son of David L. Ham and Elsa M. (Ham) Jones.

Michael was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, and graduated from Edwardsville High School, Class of 2009. He held various jobs both during and after high school and began employment at Dow Jones & Company in Highland, Illinois in September of 2012. There Michael held various positions of increasing responsibility to include the position of Mailer/Production Department. Additionally, Michael was a Member of St. Louis Mailers Union 3, Local 14620.

Michael’s interests included playing guitar, hunting, fishing and collecting hunting accessories. Michael valued spending time with family and friends; however, he will be most remembered for his unwavering love and devotion for his son, Charlie, who was the greatest joy of his life.

Michael is survived by his parents, David Ham and Elsa Jones; step-father, Jerry Jones; son, Charlie Ham; brother, Chris (Emily) Ham; fiancee, Ashley Ellis; close friend, Andrew Keck and a host of loving family and friends.

The family of Michael Ham appreciates the love and support during these difficult times. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support Charlie’s future education/endeavors.


  • Charlie's Future


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019


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LeighAnn Fox

August 17, 2019

It's been hard for me to come on here & write down a single memory or good time we had. All I've been able to think is, "How can I pick out a single memory that could tell Charlie how wonderful you were, or the relationship we had?" There's just no way I can put in a single post the good times we had together. Even though we had our faults with each other at times, you came together with me to give not just Charlie, but Audrie too, so many days where we could just have a fun "family" day, bringing happiness to the two kids that meant the most to both of us. And I love & respected & appreciated that more than I let you know & I'm sorry about that. But even typing this out now I can almost hear your laugh & your, "It's all good" that you'd tell me all the time. I can't write a single memory for Charlie, so I'm just going to write them all for him. & I can't wait to share each with him as he grows. It breaks my heart that you won't be here but you have been watching over Charlie all these years so I know without a doubt you'll continue now, just as his guardian angel. Thank you for giving me our baby boy, for loving the three of us, & for giving me so many happy memories that I not only I can hold on to, but share with this beautiful boy we made together.

Ashley Ellis

August 11, 2019

Your dad and I started dating on my birthday. Three days later, he told me that he loved me for the first time. One month later, I met you and Michael told me he wanted us to get married and be a little family. On our first “family date,” Michael and I took you to Target to get a toy. Michael handed you a pair of sunglasses to put on and you danced for us in the cart. You ended it with a funny pose and made dad laugh so hard he wheezed. Meeting your dad was one of the greatest days of my life, but one of my absolute favorites was when you told your dad that you wanted him to marry me. Charlie, always know that your dad loved you more than anything in the world. More than guns, more than knives, and even more than me. You were his world, little man. You and Michael were, and forever will be, my world. I know Michael being gone hurts. And it will always hurt. But you will always have me. You will always have your grandparents. You will always have Uncle Chris and Emily. You will always have people that love you around to make the hurt go away. I love you like you’re my own son, Charmander. I will always be here when you need me.

Michael: “Who’s the best daddy in the whole world?”
Charlie: “You!”
Michael: “Who’s the best son in the whole world?”
Charlie: “Me!”

Michael, I love you more than most.

Norman Chadwick

August 10, 2019

My heart is broken. I have known Mike since he was a young teen. Always kind and caring. He would bring his son by on occasion and you could see the love in his face. Prayers Mike and his family

Tammy Fox Tyson Bottom

August 8, 2019

Words can not express how sorry we are for Charlie and Michael's family and friends. This is such a tragedy. Michael was like a son to us, he was so kind. He was an amazing daddy to Charlie. He will be missed so much but not forgotten. Michael is Charlie's Angel👼 now and will live within Charlie. ❤

Debbie Fisher

August 8, 2019

Mike was like a son to us and a brother to my son's. We loved him very much. My heart is heavy and I'm sure his family's is too. We will miss Mike very much. Till we meet again
Debbie( mom)

Jerrine Sellers

August 8, 2019

We are in school together great guy u will be missed

Cathy Mueller

August 8, 2019

It has been many years since I last saw Michael - beautiful eyes and round face so full of love and fun.
May your burden be lighter knowing God is always with you.
I wish you love and peace in the days ahead.

With love~

Cathy Mueller

Kathy Mueller

August 7, 2019

Sweet Micheal,
A candle is lit , praying for your journey home
We love you deeply and you’ll always
be remembered
David ,Elsa ,and Christopher
Please know you’re not alone, my heart
is heavy. We love you all very very much
Kathy and Evan Mueller