Michael James Meskimen

November 29, 1952April 2, 2021

MANITO ~ Michael James Meskimen, 68, of Manito, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2021 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Born November 29, 1952 in Pekin to Fred Eugene and Josephine Mary (Gosnell) Meskimen, he married Bobbi Pollitt on April 4, 2006 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Shena Meskimen of Manito and Leslie Whittaker of North Pekin; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Cheri (Troy) Maxwell of Creve Coeur.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Lynn Meskimen.

Michael worked as a millwright for over 30 years, working through the Carpenter’s Local 644, retiring in 2009.

He was a card carrying, lifetime member of the Pekin AMVETS Post #235, the Marine Corps League, the Illinois State Rifle Association, the National Rifle Association and the American Legion Post #44. He also was a member of the Peoria Sportsmen Club.

He enjoyed watching professional sports, especially the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Peoria Rivermen. An outdoorsman, he also liked to hunt and fish.

Cremation rites will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. There will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Deena Burkholder

April 7, 2021

Mikey was one of my favorite people. When he was a teenager and in the marines he came to stay with us many times in California and always seemed to be around to help each time we had a new baby.
My condolences to you, Bobbi.

Marine Corps League Detachment 081 TJ Stone - Chaplain

April 4, 2021

We, the officers and membership of Marine Corps League Detachment 081, would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of our brother in arms. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Semper Fidelis!!

william Hill

April 4, 2021

It was our good fortune to be neighbors with Bobbi and Mike for years. Mike was always there to help even though he was in a fight for his life. He will be missed and our prayers are with the family. Bill and Bev Hill

Sandy Owsley (Voss)

April 4, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family during this most difficult time.
I met Mike and his brother Jerry when they were 15 and 17 years old. I met them both when I worked for their dad Fred.
R.I.P. Mike

Patty Weber

April 3, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. Harold and I enjoyed going to the Peoria Rivermen games with Mike. He will be missed.