Michael David Ater 1940-2019


Michael David Ater, passed Saturday November 30, 2019 after a brief but mighty battle with cancer.

Mike was born in June of 1940 to Leland James and Emma Mae  Ater. Mike graduated from Eisenhower High School and went on to serve in the US Marine Corp. Upon his return to Decatur he returned to work at Mueller Company and retired after forty-three years. While at Mueller, Mike was a proud member of the Local #3878, serving as President for many years and many years on the bargaining committee.

He followed his father’s love of horses, riding and showing horses with Trail Riders, went on to train and race quarter horses and an occasional thoroughbred. He enjoyed crappie fishing, hunting, the Cards, Bears, Bulls and Illini.

Missing him are sons, Rodney (Linda) Ater of Shelbyville, John (Kelly) Ater of Manchester, TN., grandsons, Chris, Matt, Brandon, Ben, sister and brother-in-law, Marty and Shirley Trolia of Decatur, brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Marilyn Ater of Sallisaw, OK., loving companion, Bonnie Grunden, five great grandchildren, Bently, Gabriel, Lexus, Jersy and Vivian, Bonnie’s daughters and grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life well lived will be held at 11:00 am. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Venue (2882 Dineen Street Decatur, IL. 62526).

Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Please sign the family guestbook.


2442 North State Route 121 Decatur, Illinois 62526 217.233.1080 jon@tanzyuslogan.com Always Available 24/7 In Office Hours Mon-Fri 9a - 4p All other hours by appointment
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