Ernest Mike Mayer

Ernest Mike Mayer

Ernest Mike Mayer, 65, of Grand Chain, died at 4:09 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, at his home. 

He was born on April 30, 1958, in Union County.

He was a 1976 graduate of Century High School in Ullin.

He and Kimberly Ann Gallivan Mayer were united in marriage on June 16, 1979. 

He had retired from the Department of Corrections. Mr. Mayer was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed restoring antique pulling tractors. He was an avid outdoorsman. 

He was a member of Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Olmsted. He was the president of Concord Cemetery in Olmsted. He was a member of Vienna Masonic Lodge No. 150 AF & AM and a member of the Abate Motorcycle Club.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Ann Gallivan Mayer; three daughters, Melissa (Dustin) Shepard of Jonesboro, Andrea Mayer of Grand Chain and Stacey Mayer of Herrin; four grandchildren, Calen Williams, Brenden Mayer, Aiden and Jayce Shepard; a sister, Linda (Jimmy) Myler of Paoli, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Janette Watson Mayer; a sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Bob Daniels; his uncles, Bill Turner, David Watson and Richard McMunn; and an aunt Erma Watson.

Funeral sevices honoring the life of Ernest Mike Mayer were at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak. Pastor Alan Wollenburg officiated. Masonic rites were held at noon and were accorded by Vienna Masonic Lodge No. 150 AF & AM. Interment followed at the Concord Cemetery near Olmsted.

Pallbearers were Larry Sauerbrunn, John Clark Jr. Phillip W. Dillow, Jori DeNeve, Glen McMunn, Dustin Shepard, Virgil Jones and Hunter Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Aiden Shepard, Jayce Shepard, Calen Williams and Brenden Mayer.

Memorials can be made to the Concord Cemetery and can be mailed to Treesa Sauerbrunn, 682 Bethlehem Rd., Olmsted, Ill. 62970.

Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak was in charge of arrangements.

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