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Mitchell Defauw

April 8, 1929 — March 11, 2013

Mitchell A. “Mick” DeFauw, 83, of Sheffield died Monday, March 11, 2013 at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 14th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. 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. Wednesday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Sheffield with a Parish rosary at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Rescue Unit, or American Cancer Society or the Sheffield Playground Equipment Fund.

Mick was born April 8, 1929 in Kewanee, IL 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, IL, Barcol Overdoor, Sheffield and at I. H. Harvester Works, East Moline until retiring in 1983.

Memberships include 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 children and their spouses, Rick DeFauw, Carlyle, IL, Robert (Patsy) DeFauw, Annawan, Karen (David) Taylor, Sheffield, and Randy (Luci) DeFauw, Watseka, IL. 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.

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