DIXON – Michael A. Schrauth, 85, of Dixon, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Heritage Square Health Center in Dixon.
He was born March 7, 1928, in Geneva, the son of Victor and Theresa (Connolley) Schrauth. He had worked for Kroger Corporation, Mechanical Merchants, and Canteen Corp. before founding Sauk Valley Vending in Dixon in 1967, retiring earlier this year.
He was a veteran of the Army Reserves, serving from 1945 to 1957. He was a member of Dixon American Legion Post 12, National Rifle Association, and Dixon Rotary Club. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, and had served on the KSB Hospital Building Committee. Mike served on the Lee County Board for 20 years, and was a longtime chairman of the county finance committee. He also was a longtime member of the Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, currently serving as secretary/treasurer.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon. He served as a lector, cantor, and choir member, and had served on many church committees. He also was a member, and Past Grand Knight, of Dixon Knights of Columbus Council 690. He was a member of Father Boland Assembly of the 4th Degree.
Mike married Patricia Long on June 12, 1954, in Joliet.
He is survived by his wife; son, John “Jack” (Shelly) Schrauth of Dixon; daughter, Kati (Steve) Heysinger of Clinton, Iowa; five grandchildren, Kathryn (Adam) Bohlen, Laura Schrauth, Jennifer Schrauth, Chris Mullen, and Greg Heysinger; two great-grandsons, Aaron John Bohlen and Caleb Michael Bohlen; brothers, Victor (Anne) Schrauth of Lancaster, Calif., and William Schrauth of Batavia; and sisters, Mary Imhoff of Kissimmee, Fla., and Ellyn (John) Stewart of Batavia.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Prayer service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bernard Sehr officiating. Burial, with military honors by the combined veterans group, will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
Memorials have been established to Make-A-Wish Foundation and Gianna’s House.
Visit www.thejonesfh.com to send condolences.