Martin William Michael, 92, of Centralia passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021, at his home. He was born on December 26, 1928, the son of Edward and Emily (Steinkamp) Michael in Clinton County. He married Myra Bond on April 12, 1961, in Carbondale, and she preceded him in death on September 2, 2018.
Survivors include his cherished grandchildren Tim Wolenhaupt and wife Jennifer of Centralia; Chris Wolenhaupt of Centralia, Beth Pearce of Centralia, Todd Pearce of Centralia; precious great-grandchildren Jessica Wolenhaupt, Karsen Pearce, and Kendall Pearce; sister Lorain Reinhardt; and special nephew Dr. Gary Reinhardt.
Along with his wife, Myra of 57 years, Martin was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Emily Michael; his son William Michael; and his daughter Rebecca Pearce.
Martin was a loyal employee of Illinois Bell for over 40 years and was proud to have been able to offer his assistance to the company for so many years. He liked to tinker in his garage and enjoyed the fun of traveling to different destinations. Martin was a civilian pilot of his Cessna plane and liked to take others for rides. He remained active, continuing to ride his bicycle throughout his neighborhood into his 80’s. Known as “Bumpa” to his grandchildren, he was always supportive to his family. Martin’s example of working hard and sharing his life experiences with his family will be carried on in all he knew and loved.
Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Martin Michael with arrangements. Friends are welcome to a visitation time from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia, followed by a graveside service at 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in rural Sandoval with Chaplain Joannie Naraghi officiating. Online condolences and memories of Martin may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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