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Michael Stroud

December 23, 1970 — December 5, 2020

Michael Stroud

Michael C. Stroud

Age 49 of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, December 5, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Born December 23, 1970 in Joliet, Illinois, Michael Craig is a son of Mary (nee Hale) Holloway and the late Ricky J. Stroud. He was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1989. Following graduation, Mike gained employment with the City of Wilmington, where he has worked for the past 31 years, currently in the water reclamation plant. He was a member of Braidwood Recreational Club, and loved to golf. Mike will most be remembered as a great dad, who was dearly loved as a son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Holloway of Wilmington; step-father, Ralph (Sue) Zarada of Niles, Illinois; two sons: Nicholas Michael Stroud and Matthew Shireman; sister, Kimberly Hawks; brother Kevin (Samantha) Zarada, and his cousin Michelle Forsythe (Tom Sanford) who was like a sister, all of Wilmington; four nephews: Rylan, Kellan, Jace and Jaxon; aunts and uncles: Donna Hale, Connie (Leonard) Forsythe and Paula (Joe) Spurlock, all of Wilmington, Delores Stroud of Georgia, Dorlene Keith of Braidwood, Jolene Brian of Ohio, Connie Norman of Wilmington, Mark (Bonnie) Hootman of Texas and Debbie Hootman of Nevada, and numerous cousins, including his local cousins: Joey Spurlock (Macy), Jared Spurlock, James (Beth) Norman and Linda (Jeff) Mueller.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Rick Stroud, maternal grandparents: Clayton and Mildred Hale and paternal grandparents: Kay (Bob) Stroud and Dean (Beverly) Hootman.

The family will receive friends for a COVID observant visitation on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington. Due to current pandemic guidelines, face masks will be required for attendees and measures of safe social distancing practices will be in order. The funeral home staff will assist the family not to exceed the safe number set forth for the visitation.

A private family service will follow with Pastor Mike Medlin officiating.

Those wishing to participate in Mike’s funeral service online are welcome to join the live-streamed service beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, December 9, 2020. This virtual service is accessible by logging onto his memorial page.

Green flameless cremation rites will be accorded following the services, and Mike will be privately laid to rest with his grandmother in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Mike’s memory to the Christian Help Association (to support children in the community during the Christmas Season) 635 S. Main Street, Wilmington, IL 60481

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

Funeral services and green flameless cremation services have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Michael Stroud, please visit our flower store.


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