Michael Kearney, 59, of Champaign died Friday morning (June 4, 2021) at home. Michael was born on December 26, 1961 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. His family moved to Champaign in August 1969 and Michael graduated from Champaign Centennial High School. He worked at Developmental Services Center until 2018.
Mike’s parents, Frank and Therese Kearney, preceded him in death in 2005. Mike was very close to his family who loved him dearly. In recent years, he resided in Champaign with his sister and brother-in-law, Kathy Kearney-Grobler and Francois Grobler. His brother Pat Kearney and his wife Diane live in Venice, Florida. Another sister Rosemary Freehill and her husband Bill reside in Kankakee, IL. His three nieces, Jennifer Davis (O’Fallon, Mo), Erin Glisson (Naperville, IL), Michaela Kearney (Detroit, MI), nephew, Patrick Kearney (Eugene, OR) and great-niece, Maya Davis and great-nephew Christopher Davis, were the source of great joy and love for Michael. His happiest moments were spent with his family. Mike experienced many challenges in his life, but he maintained a great sense of humor and a humble, optimistic spirit, often telling those close to him, “I’m happy”.
Graveside services will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Champaign, IL on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 10:30. Pastor Ron Simkins is officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics or Developmental Services Center in Champaign.
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