Michael “Mike” McCoy died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in his home surrounded by his family. He lost his 6 1/2-year battle with cancer, fighting to the very end to beat the odds he was given in 2010. He was an inspiration to family and never missed a day of work or an important event for his children while he underwent chemotherapy.
He was born March 8, 1948, to Donald I. and Carol (Germanson) McCoy in Dixon.
On Nov. 28, 1970, he married Anne Varga at St. Patrick’s Church, Dixon.
He attended Catholic elementary school in Dixon and Newman Central Catholic High School, Sterling.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 through 1970 and was a Vietnam veteran.
He earned an associate’s degree from DeVry Institute, Chicago.
He was a principled man who loved his family more than anything in life. He tried to teach his sons by his example to be strong men with gentle hearts. He, however, did have a bit of mischief in him, and those who knew him well often spotted the twinkle in his eye as he pulled a prank or set up a joke on someone.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Jason (Maureen), Aurora, Todd, Rice Lake, Wis., Peter (Kate), Louisville, Ky., and Dan (Lindsay), Naperville; grandchildren: Maura, Cody and Quinn, Aurora, Jackson and Henry, Louisville, and Liam and Delaney, Naperville; siblings, Kathy Hochstein, Dixon, Tim (Monica), Fort Myers, Fla., Eileen (Bob) Vogel, Iowa City, Iowa, Dennis (Donna), Dixon, and Dave (Kris), Mineral Point, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.
Visitation with the family will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 North Seminary Ave., Woodstock. Visitation will continue at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 .m. at St. Mary Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock. After the Mass, the cremains will be be taken to the columbarium in Calvary Cemetery, Woodstock, for inurnment.
Memorial contributions can be made to Journeycare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010; St. Mary of Woodstock School Foundation, Inc., Box 233, Woodstock, IL 60098; or a charity of the donor’s choice.