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Michael Allen Austin

Michael Allen Austin, 56, of Springfield, IL lost his battle with cancer on April 27, 2020 at 8:47 a.m. He passed away peacefully at his home in Springfield. He was born on June 21, 1963, in Seattle, Washington, the son of Lee Austin & Marion Jean (Covello) Burnett. He married Kellie Large on October 13, 2018 in Springfield, IL. Michael was a tow truck driver for Shaner’s Towing. He served in the United States Army for six years and the United States Navy for two years.

Michael is survived by his wife: Kellie, Sons: Dallas Austin (Brittany Jarrett) and Dylan Austin,  Grandchildren: Trevor Austin and Taivon Austin, Mother: Marion Jean (Covello) Burnett, Brothers: Ronald Stever, Alan Donaldson, Johnny VanAntwerp and Donnie Burnett, Brother & Sister-in-law: Brandon and Lori Large, Father & Mother-in-law: J.C. & Connie Large, Niece & Nephew: Paige Large & Brody Large, Grandmother-in-law: Nita Joyce Large, Aunt Edith Dufault, Special Pets: Chloe & Roxy.

Michael will be laid to rest on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.in Buckeye Cemetery in Owaneco, IL following a procession of several tow trucks being driven by members of his “towing family.” His family would like to extend a special thank you to Shaner’s Towing and all of his friends and family assisting with his service. The family is requesting that friends and family donate to his Go Fund Me page in lieu of flowers.

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I've known Mike for most of my life and became friends in elementary school in Strafford. Mike was always simply a nice guy. I can't think of anyone he wasn't nice to or didn't get along with. He was always ready to shake your hand or slap you on your back and ask you how you were doing. We chatted several times over the past few years on Facebook and talked a couple of times on the phone, but he never told me he was sick. I wish I'd known. My heartfelt prayers go out to Kellie and Mike's family. May God be with you all during this difficult time.

David Cox Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM