Michael “Mick” Stephen Madison, Sr., 78, of Springfield, Illinois, passed peacefully Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center.
Mick was born on January 25, 1939 in Springfield, Illinois, son of Michael S. Duffy and Mabel Wendling Duffy Madison.
Mick is survived by his wife, Angela (Dorks) Madison of Springfield; daughter, Michele (Don) Herron of Chatham, IL; son, Michael (Kim) Madison of Sherman, IL; granddaughter, Michaela Madison; grandson, Chase Madison; brother, Tom (Becky) Madison of Springfield, IL; and several nieces and one nephew who loved him very much.
Mick graduated from Lanphier High School in 1957. He went on to play sports and earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University. He also earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois. Mick taught school at Divernon, Riverton, and Southeast High School and also coached many teams. He later worked for City Water Light and Power as the Park and Recreation Superintendent.
Mick was known for his athletic ability. He achieved many accomplishments, but too many to list all. The ones he was most proud of were: He was a three time all-city baseball player, three time all-city and all conference basketball player, he played on the first Lanphier basketball team to go to State, he played college basketball and baseball, he was a member of the All-American U.S. Amateur Baseball team as a pitcher in 1961 and NAIA All-American second-team pick at first base, he was offered a baseball contract from the Chicago White Sox but turned it down to finish college, later he signed with the Houston Colt 45’s who are now the Houston Astros, he played for the Riverton Athletic Club in his semi-pro career, he didn’t take up golf until the age of 32 and finished among the top 10 in the Men’s City Tournament 5 times. He also recorded 3 holes in one. Mick was inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Many have said that he was one of the best athletes to come out of Springfield. He knew his talents came from God.
Mick had a larger than life personality. His faith, family, and friends were the most important part of his life. Mick was a member of Westside Christian Church. His handsome and infectious smile, and the warmth he exuded with his huge hugs and handshakes, invited companionship, from all he met. Mick’s quick wit and sense of humor brought smiles to children and adults, in his life. Mick loved to share his strong athletic knowledge with young athletes. Retirement gave Mick more time to enjoy his hobbies of golfing, teaching pitching, gardening, and playing fetch with his pups. Mick was a lover of all living things, including his dogs and nature’s animals. Mick will be missed by all, but we are comforted in knowing he is with the Lord, free from pain, and is whole again.
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. till time of services at 6:00 p.m., Friday, January 26, 2018 at West Side Christian Church, Springfield, IL with Pastors Eddie Lowen and Gary Winkleman officiating.
Memorial can be made to: Ryken Bailey Foundation: 1003 W. Adams St., Auburn, IL 62615 or Illinois Humane; P.O. Box 512: Springfield, Illinois 62705