Michael Kitchens

Died: March 3, 2021
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Michael Anderson Kitchens, 75, of Decatur, IL, passed away in Venice, FL on March 3, 2021. He was born on June 23, 1945 to Gerald and Ruth Kitchens in Jacksonville, IL.  Michael attended MacArthur High School before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps where he served his country proudly in the Vietnam War. After serving in the Marine Corps, Michael began working at A.E. Staley Mfg Company until retirement.

Michael loved Corvettes, muscle cars, and was both an avid collector of antiques and attendee of auctions. He felt most at peace near the water, whether boating on Lake Decatur during summertime in Decatur, IL or enjoying a sunset with his wife at the South Jetty in Venice, FL. Above all his passions, Michael had no greater love than that for his family and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Michael is survived by his wife of 52 years, Karen, his sons Shane (Kyle Davidsen) Kitchens and Chris (Julie) Kitchens, his grandchildren Regan (Dylan) Porter, Paige, Claire, Theodore, Benjamin, Elijah, Caleb and Aubrey, brothers Jerald Kitchens and Stephen Kitchens, sister Linda Sheridan, and many nieces and nephews.

Michael leaves behind a legacy underscoring the importance of family. He will always be remembered as a loving soul who touched many lives over the years through his ability to boost the spirits of those around him. Michael’s influence and warm presence will forever be missed by family and friends alike.

The family would like to thank Fresenius Kidney Dialysis Center both in Decatur, IL and Venice, FL, Encompass Home Health and Tidewell Hospice, Venice, FL for their loving care during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Veterans programs.

There will be a celebration of life held at a later date.

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Leslie White posted on 3/28/21

Deepest condolences to Mike's family. I was honored to have gotten to know him. He was a wonderful and kind man who loved his family dearly. His spirit to fight with a smile will forever be in my heart.

 

Sandra n Harold Bruso posted on 3/25/21

Our deepest sympathy to You, Karen and all your family. Harold and Mike grew up together and just lived around the corner from each other. And I might add they got into trouble together! I first met Mike at the Curve Inn Restaurant working as the soda fountain girl. Many wonderful and funny memories with Mike and Harold coming in there. We haven’t seen much of Mike over the years, but a few years back we became friends on Facebook. It was good to hear from him and always in a positive upbeat way. He and Harold ended up in the Marine Corp!! Both are proud of that and I am proud of them! Mike was a true Patriot! Peace and Blessings to all his family.

 

Jeanne Nunes Schedel posted on 3/24/21

So very sorry to learn of the passing of Mike. We are cousins and spent some time together in Jacksonville,IL many years ago. I’ve actually learned more of Mike the past few years on social media, seeing his family, his love of water. He obviously grew up to be an outstanding man, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. Sincere condolences to his family. Much love, Jeanne Nunes Schedel

 

Janet Calhoun posted on 3/24/21

Karen and Shane, I was so sorry to read about your husband/father. I think of you so often and wish we had kept in touch. I shall always remember Michael's care for you, Karen, of driving you to and from work every day. My condolences to you and your family. Janet

 

Linda Kitchens Sheridan posted on 3/23/21

Sweet Condolences to my brother Mike's adored wife Karen my dear sister-in-law, their 2 Sons, 3 Granddaughters, 3 Grandsons, several Nieces Nephews, Mike's wonderful Brother Steve and his son Steve and family, and Steve's Partner Linda, and all of Mike and Karen's relatives and many friends. Mike stepped in when my daughter and I needed advice or help... and never stepped out. Mike was a rock of strength, example of courage and compassion. He was a good and true friend. Mike loved all of us unconditionally. Mike was very smart compassionate and fun. He had a great sense of humor and used it many times to cheer people up. Mike's Niece Frances and Nephew by marriage Tristan, 2nd Nephew Clyde, 2nd Nieces Beatrice and Louise, and my Brother Steve and family miss him deeply. He is irreplaceable to us. Part of a poem I read, revised to fit here: Mike, you’ve just walked on ahead of me Don’t worry I’ll be fine But now and then I swear I feel Your hand slip into mine. Love you now and will in Forever. Your one and only Sister, Linda

 

Bonnie Littrell posted on 3/23/21

Dear Karen and family,So sorry to hear of Mikes passing.Mike loved you all so much.He was a great,fun guy and I know how much you all will miss him.

 

Linda Sheridan posted on 3/23/21

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Steve Pyle posted on 3/23/21

I’m sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I know he hadn’t been well for quite some time. He and I go back to early grade school at Oak Grove. His family’s house was across the back fence from my Aunt’s house. We played a lot of “Cowboys” and shot up our share of desperadoes in the Old West. He was a year ahead of me and when he went on to junior high we moved to different sets of friends. We were always cordial as we had no reason to be anything else. As adults we saw each other occasionally and he always had a smile and a hello for me. Mike loved his family, which was evident as they were the major crux of any conversation we had. He loved you and he knew you loved him. He was a rich man in that respect. He will be remembered fondly.

 

Donna L. Camp Maddox posted on 3/23/21

My deepest condolences to the whole family and all those who loved Mike. He was a red headed smiling fun kid when I first met him at Roosevelt junior high school. I’m so thrilled he grew to have such a beautiful loving family. He was soooo proud of you all.

 

Fresenius Kidney Care Decatur posted on 3/23/21

So sorry to hear Karen our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. We always enjoyed Mike when he was here.

 

Leonard Estell posted on 3/23/21

Shane, Sorry to hear of the passing of your father, our thoughts and prayers go out to your family., Leonard & Bevery Estell (st. mary's)

 

Tristan Sheridan posted on 3/19/21

Dear Karen and family, Please accept my condolences for your terrible loss. Frances always talked about her uncle with love and fondness and I am glad Clyde and Beatrice were able to spend time with him when they were younger. The distance precluded us to be together as we wished we had but Michael is in our hearts and we want to extend to you all our sympathy, love and strength. Sincerely, Tristan

 

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