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Michael Jack Baugh
May 28, 1998 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 25) 25 Years Old
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Michael Jack Baugh, of Arpin, WI, formerly of East Peoria, IL; Irving, TX; and Keller, TX; died on December 26, 2023, about 1:30pm when an SUV traveling the wrong way on Hwy 10 in central WI collided head-on with his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Michael was born on May 28, 1998, in Irving, TX. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. John (Jack) F. and Diana Gilligan of Groveland, IL, and Gene and Melba Jo Ward of Irving, TX. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Jack and Leslie Baugh of East Peoria, IL; mother Sandra (Sandi) Wood of Quinlan, TX; paternal half-brother Brian Wesley Baugh of Carrboro, NC; maternal half-sister Brandi (Dwayne) Page of Quinlan, TX, and their daughters, Jaycee and Rylee; maternal half-brother Jerry Duty of Grand Prairie, TX; paternal aunt Debbie (Steve) Martin of Morton, IL, and their children, Connor and Megan; maternal aunt Nadra Hackney of Irving, TX, and her children, Lindy and JP; maternal uncle Ricky Ward and his children; girlfriend of several years, Alissah Hardesty, of Arpin, WI; and his extended relatives.
Michael was a charming, kind-hearted, passionate, fun-loving, conscientious, hard-working, athletic, and highly vocal and social soul with the heart of a lion. He was a Christian, knew Jesus as his Savior, and was active in the churches he attended. He was an honor roll student from 6th grade through his graduation in 2017 from East Peoria Community High School (EPCHS), where he simultaneously attended both EPCHS and Illinois Central College (ICC). The final month of his senior year at EPCHS he was Student of the Month. He was passionate and very knowledgeable about weather and job-shadowed in the weather department at WEEK-TV in East Peoria, hoping to become a meteorologist. He loved watching sports and could play all of them at a high level – particularly basketball. He had excellent eye-hand coordination, and he was an amazingly accurate 3-point shooter. Michael was also a highly enthusiastic, proactive manager for EPCHS’ basketball and football teams. He also loved building elaborate model train sets and was a passionate member of the River City Model Railroad Club in Pekin, IL. He enjoyed listening to and playing music and musical instruments and was also very knowledgeable and highly skilled at cooking. Michael adored his beloved dog, Coco, who preceded him in death. Michael also loved spending time with his girlfriend, Alissah.
His family and friends will miss him immensely but look forward to being reunited with him in heaven.