The Obit For Mike Sakovich

Mike Sakovich

Published in The Southern Illinoisan on January 19, 2010

DOWELL - Mike Sakovich, 91, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Mike had worked for 15 years as a coal mine supervisor. He had worked for 25 years as a coal mine inspector and retired in 1992 from Federal Bureau of Mines.

He was a member of Elkville Methodist Church. He was a member of American Legion and a member of Du Quoin Masonic Lodge 234 for more than 50 years.

Mike was a U.S. Army/Air Force veteran of World War II. He served in the Pacific Theatre, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was a lifetime member of Smoke Eaters and Mine Rescue.

He had played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1940s. He loved playing golf and dancing.

He was born Dec. 6, 1918, at Royalton, the son of Charles and Annie (Burch) Sokovich.

He married Joanna Casleton Oct. 4, 1940, at Jackson, Mo., and she survives.

He is survived by his wife of Dowell; one daughter, Linda Kelley and husband James of Stockbridge, Ga.; two grandchildren, Stephen Brown of Stockbridge, Ga., and Karen Todd and husband Lonnie of Carlisle, Ind.; three great-grandchildren, Justin Todd, Jacob Todd and Jarett Todd, all of Carlisle, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael; and four brothers, John, Charles, Alex and Mick.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, in Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Robert Hartsock officiating. Burial will be in Elkville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by Du Quoin VFW and American Legion.

Friends may make memorials to Elkville Methodist Church, c/o Ethel Barnett, 212 N. First St., Elkville, IL 62932.

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