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Michael E. Thomas

October 29th, 1952 – November 16th, 2022

Michael E. Thomas, 70, of Astoria, IL, passed away at 3:10 am on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at his son’s home in East Peoria, IL. Mike was born on October 29, 1952 in Canton, IL, the son of Tommy and Betty Lou (Orwig) Thomas.

Surviving are his 2 children, Jonathan (and Lindsey) Thomas of East Peoria, IL, and Jackie (and Joe) Surratt of Avondale, CO, 2 grandchildren, Joey Surratt and Aurora Thomas, 4 brothers, Steven Thomas of Beardstown, IL, Stanley Thomas of Indiana, Phillip Thomas of Astoria, IL, and David Thomas of Vermont, and his sister, Christina Morris of Astoria. Mike is also survived by Matt Morgan who was like a son to him.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Norman Thomas and Dean Thomas.

Mike worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for several years.

Mike was a U.S. Army Veteran and was stationed in Germany while he was in the service.

He was a member of the Shriners and the Masonic Lodge in Beardstown. Mike loved his grandkids and was very involved with them. He loved to hunt. Mike also loved to commercial fish and having fish fry’s. He was always willing to help out wherever he could.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 in the Woodland Cemetery in Astoria. Mike Shirley will be officiating. A military service will be provided by the Astoria American Legion Post #25. A visitation will take place from 12 to 1 pm on Tuesday, November 22 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.


November 18th, 2022

Prayers for u all sry for ur loss he was good man

November 18th, 2022

So, so sorry for your loss. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God give everyone strength, peace and comfort during this time and the many difficult days ahead. Love, Mike and Donna Shirley

November 19th, 2022

So sorry for loss .Thinking you guys . Amy Rhinberger and family

November 19th, 2022

Sorry for your loss. Shared many fish frys with Mike being the cook. Tommy and Pam Trone

November 19th, 2022

So very sorry. Mike was a good man. He would go to Brandon's for fish frys and the kids birthday parties. When he talked about his grandkids he always had a big smile on his face. He loved them bunches. Prayers and thoughts Penny Collins

November 19th, 2022

I sure enjoyed the car rides.and enjoyed his company at the Vermont,IL legion May you rest in peace

November 19th, 2022

Sorry for your loss.Rest in peace my friend.Cindie Barfield

November 19th, 2022

So sorry for your family's loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim and Deb Park

November 20th, 2022

So so sorry. I was Michael's home health aide for several years. He loved his family. Couldn't ask for a nicer gentleman. Kathy McCurdy

November 22nd, 2022

I was sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed talking to him and visiting with him at the restaurant. Sandy Adkins

November 22nd, 2022

My sympathy to all your family on your loss. Cherish the memories. Carolyn Cripe

December 10th, 2022

Condolences to each you
I will miss him dearly
No matter what we always communicated with each other in person either at Klide’s or Homecoming.
Jeffrey L Smith