June 5, 1951 - November 11, 2017
Rev. Dr. Michael Douglas Mayfield, age 66, of rural Pittsburg, Illinois, passed away suddenly at 11:08 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the OSF Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, during a visit with his wife Vickie to see their daughter Sarah, son-in-law Gabe, and grandson Hudson. The son of the late Thomas Richard Mayfield and the late Barbara Jean (Raisch) Mayfield, Michael was born on June 5, 1951, in Springfield, Illinois, and grew up in the Central Illinois communities of Kewanee, Paris, & Lawrenceville before moving to Marion and graduating from Marion High School in 1969. He continued his education at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale where he met and fell in love with Vickie Lusch (then of Sandoval, Illinois.) They both graduated with bachelor’s degrees in education and were joined together in marriage on June 10, 1974, at the old Aldersgate United Methodist Church located on South Market Street in Marion. In his early career, Mike made friends and contacts throughout Southern Illinois while working for Sohn’s Menswear, Metropolitan Life Insurance, and Wolohan Lumber – and also with his work as a fundraising campaign chairman for the Greater Marion Area United Way. It was in college that Michael felt God’s call into ministry, and in 1984 made the decision to pursue that calling full-time by becoming a licensed local pastor of the United Methodist Church. His first appointment was Mt. Etna United Methodist Church (UMC) in rural Franklin County, Illinois. That was followed by Energy UMC (Energy, Illinois) and Hope Chapel UMC (Colp, Illinois) from 1985 until 1990; Creal Springs UMC (Creal Springs, Illinois) and New Burnside UMC (New Burnside, Illinois) from 1990 until 1995; Trinity UMC (Salem, Illinois) and Cubbage Chapel UMC (Salem, Illinois) from 1995 until 2002; Arthur UMC (Arthur, Illinois) from 2002 until 2007; Roseville UMC (Roseville, Illinois) and Swan Creek UMC (Warren County, Illinois) from 2007 until 2013; and by Johnston City UMC (Johnston City, Illinois) and Stiritz UMC (Williamson County, Illinois) from 2013 until his retirement in 2016. He took a year off, and in June 2017, accepted a part-time appointment at the same church where he accepted his first full-time appointment in 1985: Energy UMC in Energy, Illinois. Rev. Mayfield continued his education while he and Vickie served congregations throughout the United Methodist Church's Illinois Great Rivers Conference. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1990 and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, with a focus on Spiritual Formation & Direction. Michael was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1989 and at the time of his death served on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry to encourage and equip men and women who have recently accepted a call to ministry. Mike had many other areas of interest within his ministry, including church camping programs, humanitarian work, and caring for those in crisis. He served many summers in the United Methodist church camp program as camp director, guest preacher, and occasional musician. While pastoring in Arthur, Illinois, he traveled with the Douglas County Medical Reserve Board to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, serving as chaplain at a disaster mortuary during Hurricane Katrina. He raised more than $20,000 biking for Habitat for Humanity, and has also chaplained for the United States Penitentiary, Marion – as well as Hospice of Southern Illinois and Heartland Regional Medical Center. His personal interests were just as numerous and varied; in April 2000, Michael ran the inaugural Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike was an avid sportsman – he enjoyed fly fishing, fur trapping, and many forms of hunting – and counted as one of his most recent prized possessions a bear skin rug from a successful 2014 hunt in Maine. He also loved history; in his earlier days, he enjoyed participating in Revolutionary War reenactments at Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois; later in life, he apprenticed with his father Tom – learning how to make black powder long rifles from the same era. From biking to bread making, playing golf to sketching & drawing, and archery to poetry, Mike spent his years with us laughing, learning, living, and loving unconditionally. Michael loved his wife and his children…and they loved seeing the glimmer in his eye that came along with the gift of his only grandson and partial namesake: Hudson Michael James Wanck, age 6, of Washington, Illinois. He survives along with parents Sarah Wanck (daughter) and Gabriel Wanck (son-in-law.) Also surviving are Mike’s youngest and oldest children: daughter Leah Mayfield of Rantoul, Illinois, and son Adam Mayfield of Orlando, Florida. He also leaves behind sister and brother-in-law, Lyren and Steve Haney of Blandinsville, Illinois; two brothers, Blair Mayfield of Johnston City, Illinois, and Richard Mayfield of Springfield, Illinois; uncle, Jim Mayfield and his wife Donna of Saint Louis, Missouri; two aunts, Delores “Fifi” Senger and Pam Jones both of Springfield, Illinois; three sisters-in-law, Barbara Cowles of Cardington, Ohio, Patricia Lusch of Boulder City, Nevada, and Billie Jean Lusch of Centralia, Illinois; a host of wonderful nieces and nephews, other extended family, and hundreds of parishioners, colleagues, & friends. Finally, Michael is survived by Vickie Mayfield of rural Pittsburg, Illinois, his beloved bride and partner in ministry for more than 43 years. All of those he leaves behind will cherish their special moments with him, and the memories that Mike worked so hard to help them create. Arrangements for Rev. Dr. Michael D. Mayfield were entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, Marion, Illinois. The visitation was at the funeral home on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. During the time of visitation a “Reflection of Life” DVD Memorial Tribute featuring special people, places and events in Mike’s life was presented to the family and friends. The funeral service was on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1201 N. Fair Street in Marion, Illinois, and will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Tim Ozment, Rev. Sarah Wanck, and Rev. Lyren Haney. Reading of scripture was by Rev. Lance Leeds and presentation of “Circuit Rider Medallion” was by Rev. Brad Henson of the Preacher’s Aid Society. The prelude and postlude musical selections were presented by pianist Judy Hopkins and organist Sharon Disney. Special vocal musical selections presented during the service were “I Can Only Imagine” by Nick Williams with recorded accompaniment and “For All the Saints”, "It Is Well, With My Soul” and “And Can It Be” all as congregational hymns, led by Mark Fisher and accompanied by Judy Hopkins and Sharon Disney. The benediction and dismissal was by Bishop Frank Beard. Following the service internment followed in Marion’s Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gabe Wanck, Josey Rix, Jodey Rix, Tyson Kell, Ryan Kell and Jon Helpingstone. Following the committal service at the cemetery the family and friends gathered back at Aldersgate United Methodist Church for a meal and continued time of fellowship and support. For those who preferred, memorial contributions in Mike’s honor were made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church or to the Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and can be mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, Marion, Illinois, 62959; memorial envelopes were available at the funeral home and at the church. Additional information, complete family information, and the opportunity to leave condolences will be available at www.wilsonmcreynolds.com, or by calling the funeral home at 618-993-2131.
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