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Michael Frederick Lipka 1957-2021

Michael Frederick Lipka was born on November 5, of 1957 in Decatur, IL to the late Alfred and Helen Lipka. Michael departed this life on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

Michael believed in God and in the power of prayer. He was a student at Stephen Decatur High School, and a wrestler. He graduated in 1975 as a “Mighty Running Red”.   

Michael had numerous jobs that he enjoyed, but he treasured his 18 years at the Clinton Power Plant with Illinois Power the most. He completed many courses and training to become an “OSHA Expert”. With that knowledge, he was an asset to many businesses such as Pacific Management Inc. in Springfield, IL, the Decatur Civic Center and the Decatur Public Library where he was a Contract Services Manager.  

Michael was a great organist and keyboard player. His father purchased an organ for him at the age of 13. He could read music but didn’t need sheet music in order to play a song. He was a great singer, but also had a great voice for radio and wanted to be a disc jockey. He enjoyed listening to many genres of music, but his favorite was country.  He also had a knack for landscaping. When it came to lawns, he was very meticulous. He wanted his yard to look like a golf course. 😊 Michael loved grilling out and thought of himself as a ‘master of the grill’. He cooked everything from Beer Can Chicken to Steaks and Seafood, along with Chili and his favorite comfort food Chicken Noodle Soup. But most of all he treasured his family.

Michael’s loving memories will be forever cherished by his ex-wife and friend Jacqueline Tunson Lipka of Springfield, IL. His son Ryan Lipka (Hannah) of Niantic, IL.  Stepson DJ Smalley (Kasey Scroggins) of Decatur, IL. Two brothers; Allan Lipka (Sarah) of Lincoln, NE and James Lipka (Anna Lee) of Katy, TX.  One nephew; Mark Brown (Cathy) of Moore, OK of whom he thought of as a brother. One sister; Melva “Jean” Brown (Frank) of Lawton, OK. Five grandchildren; Alex Lipka, Lennox Lipka, Isabella Lipka, Hollyn Tunson and Londynn Tunson, as well as a host of loving relatives and friends.

Graveside Service to celebrate Michael’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 16, 2021 at North Fork Cemetery, 5326 North Fork Road, Decatur, IL 62521.  Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.

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