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Michael Stedman

August 8, 1963 — April 26, 2021

Michael Stedman

Michael E. Stedman

Age 57 of Gardner and formerly of Joliet, Illinois, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021 at Heritage Health of Dwight.

Born August 8, 1963 in Joliet, Illinois, Michael Eugene is a son of Jean (nee Hannah) Stedman of Gardner and the late James Thomas “J.T.” Stedman. He was raised in Joliet and graduated from Joliet Center High School. Following graduation, Mike went on to honorably serve in the United States Navy before entering into a career with the United States Postal Service, where he was a letter carrier. He was a member of the American Postal Workers Union, and in his free time enjoyed motorcycles and go-karts. Mike was also an accomplished writer and a published author.

One who would help anyone in need, when he was able, Mike loved his family and friends dearly, and cherished his dog Boris.

Survivors include his mother, Jean; siblings: Dorothy Stedman (Linda) of Godley, Bob (Debbie) Stedman of Tennessee and Debbie (Ken) Knepper of Braidwood, and nieces and nephews: Holly Smith (Cody Kuehni) of Coal City, Frank Staats (Marissa) of Emington, Jeremy Smith of Bolingbrook and Bob, Jr. (Sarah) Stedman of Tennessee.

Mike was preceded in death by his father J.T. (2007); one sister, Barbara Smith (2020) and one nephew, James Smith (2020).

The family will receive friends for a visitation at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until time of funeral service 1:00 p.m.

Those wishing to participate in the services virtually are welcome to join the live stream beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  A link for the event will be available on Mike’s memorial page.

Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington, and pallbearers will be: Ken Knepper, Cody Kuehni, Frank Staats, Ron Smykowsky and Keith Smith.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Mike’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care or Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. ( 815-634-2125 )

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