Michael S. Corrigan, 51

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Michael S. Corrigan, 51, of Carlinville, passed away Friday, January 6, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL; his family by his side. He was born September 18, 1965, the son of Gerald L. Corrigan and Carol L. (Knupp) Corrigan McCann.

Mike was a gregarious prankster who took pleasure in making everyone laugh. He found humor around every turn, and took pride in his refusal to be politically correct. No one’s shortcoming was safe from being the topic of his jokes. And they were always well received.

Mike was always a hard worker. After graduating high school he spent 3 years in the Army. From there he went to a 27 year career at Olin Corporation. He was dedicated to his job and his co-workers, stepping up to becoming a shop steward to defend the rights of the union employee. He was also a trouble maker who was walked out more than once, only to be vindicated later and returned to his position.

Mike was also a dedicated family man. He was the center of a large, complicated family that was his primary source of pride and his predominant source of frustration. But he loved us all and accepted us for who we are, regardless of our bad decisions, poor life choices, and lifestyles that differed from his.

Overalls were his everyday attire. Pair them with a dress shirt and he was ready for church. Add his KISS tie (world’s greatest band is his eyes) and he was prepared for a wedding.

Mike is survived by his wife, Michele Corrigan, who he lovingly referred to as “the Diego”; his four children, Michelle Corrigan, M. Rhylin Corrigan, Ashley Corrigan and Dallin Corrigan; his step-son, Michael Markham; and his grandson, Chevie Corrigan who affectionately called Mike “Papa” and was his biggest fan. He also leaves behind two brothers, Dennis Corrigan (Nathan Coffin) of Wood River and Kevin Corrigan (Lisa) of East Alton; and a sister, Kelly Brooke of Wood River. He will also be sadly missed by Norman McCann of Wood River, who Mike referred to as “Dad.” Mike had four nieces and nephews, five great-nieces and nephews, three step-brothers, and an endless number of friends as he knew no stranger.

He was preceded in death by his mother and an infant sister.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Cross Church Carlinville Campus.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, at noon at Cross Church Carlinville Campus with Pastor Tim Rhodus officiating.

Burial will follow the family luncheon, which will be held immediately after the service, at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Bethalto.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mike’s family.

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