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James Michael "Mike" Rokita

James Michael "Mike" Rokita

On Monday, April 13, 2020, Mike Rokita was called home while surrounded with his family. After a 14-month battle with cancer, Mike passed peacefully at the Illinois Veterans Home at the age of 78.

He was born on July 16, 1941 in Quincy to Dr. Adam and Mary (Goodwin) Rokita. The eldest of six children, Mike was often found at the Athletic Field playing baseball with his brothers and tormenting his sisters. They survive to tell the tales. Robert Rokita (Barbara), Richard Rokita (Cathie), Marynelle Kellum, Shelley Fenton and Jenny Kelley (Kent). Many loving nieces and nephews survive who know him as "Uncle Moe."

Mike served in the United States Army from 1962-1965. He was honored to be chosen to serve in the The Old Guard in Arlington, VA. His most memorable moments included serving in President Johnson's inauguration parade and President Kennedy's funeral.

He (finally!) married Rita (Schoonover) Wood on June 20, 1987. Together, they had just shy of 33 years of happiness and two daughters, Laura and Lacey. Mike joined his daughter, Laura Beth, in heaven. Rita and Lacey Rokita (Aaron Hancock) survive.

Mike was operator of the family-owned Park Bowl on 12th & Harrison for many years where he spent most of his time. After the bowling alley closed in 1989, the family moved to southern California where he worked in licensed apparel sales. Upon return to Quincy in 1995, he worked for many years as a jewelry salesman for K's Merchandise and SJA Jewelry Inc. He retired briefly in 2011 but wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to his working days. He worked at Lowe's selling appliances until his diagnosis in Feb of 2019.

In addition to his bowling career, Mike was an avid sportsman. He spent many years playing baseball, softball and golf. He was a professional baseball umpire in Fort Myers, FL before the opening of the Park Bowl. He was a devoted Cardinals fan and enjoyed the family Cardinal-Dodger rivalry.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the immediate services for Mike are private. Interment with military rites will take place at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial mass at Blessed Sacrament, of which he was a parishioner, and a celebration of life will take place at a later date. The family wishes to thank all their friends and family for their love and support during this time. Please feel free to send a card or note to the family directly or through the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to American Brain Tumor Association.

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From:
LARRY FENTON
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Rita & Lacey sorry to hear of Moe's passing,you're in my prayers love ya both !
From:
Deacon Terry Ellerman
Quincy, IL
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Rita,
You and your family are in my prayers.
Deacon Terry
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Dick and Sue McKinney
Quincy, IL
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Rest In Peace Mike. Thanks for the memories.
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Sue Kelley
Quincy, IL
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Rita and Lacey, my sympathy on the passing of your husband and father. I enjoyed visiting with Mike whenever I ran into him. He always had plenty to talk about! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
From:
Randy and Diane Wood
Payson, IL
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So sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
From:
Daryl & Colleen Hancock
Collinsville, IL
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We give you our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here whenever you needs us.
From:
Jane Wolf
Quincy, IL
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Please accept our since sympathy in the passing of Mike. He was such a wonderful guy and he will be greatly missed. Tom Wolf and family
From:
Nancy Schodroski
Quincy, IL
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Rita and Lacey, our hearts are so heavy for you. We will miss Mike's gentle spirit. May you be comforted by God's loving Spirit.
From:
Tammy Schroeder
Maywood, MO
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I worked with Mike at K's. He was such a kind and nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
From:
Don Benz
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Rita and Family - I am sorry for your loss - I wish you peace
From:
Mike Schuttler
Quincy, IL
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I, too, lived on Park Place (twice) and knew Mike for a long time. We went to school together and visited every time we ran into each other whether gambling at the Boat in LaGrange or at K’s or at Lowe’s. He was a gentleman. I’ll miss him.
From:
Harold & Carolyn Turner
quincy, IL
Comments:
So sorry to lose another classmate. Praying for the family.
From:
Glori J Owen
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From:
Mary Mahair Fuller
Quincy, IL
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Rita, I am very sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter.
From:
Caitlin and Tyler Holland
Jacksonville, IL
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Our condolences to Rita and Lacey (Aaron) during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace and enjoy his newfound time with Laura Beth in heaven. Much love to you all.
From:
Paul Szalajka
Orland Park, IL
Comments:
Deepest Condolences
Mike was a great guy
From:
Debbie Mellon
Quincy, IL
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Love and prayers to you and your family.
From:
Marti Rossmiller
Apopka, FL
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Sorry to hear about Mike. I will keep both of you, Rita and Lacey, in my prayers. I pray you will find peace knowing that Mike will no longer have to suffer in this world and will be watching and waiting for your reunion in heaven. God Bless you both.
From:
Judy Gordy
Edina, MO
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I had the pleasure of working with Mike and enjoyed him very much. He for sure was a Cardinal fan and I of course am a Cubs fan. Many good conversations. We have missed him since he had to leave Lowe’s. Sending prayers of strength and healing to you all Rita.
From:
Rich Bliven
Quincy, IL
Comments:
We are all so sorry for your loss.The whole family is in are Hearts and Prayers. God Bless you all!
From:
Krista Goodwin
Quincy, IL
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Rita - I am so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Sending you love and prayers during this time.
From:
Robin
Quincy, IL
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I always love working with Mike at Lowe's. He always had a big smile on his face. He was a great friend and coworker!!! I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers!!!
From:
Donna Richmiller
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Mike was such a great guy. We loved bowling with him and getting to visit with him at the Park Bowl. Those sure were the good old days😢
From:
Janice Tronsgard
Mooresville, NC
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I am so sorry to hear about Mike. When I moved to Quincy to be the Lowe’s store manager, Mike was so welcoming and kind. I truly enjoyed him as a co-worker and friend. One of the absolute best people you will ever meet. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his loved ones.
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Dr. John norris
QUINCY, IL
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I ve lost a good friend. I had much love for moe...my sympathy to all his family
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Mark Mester
Quincy, IL
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Rita and the Rokita family. My heart goes out to all of you. So sorry for your loss. Mike took me in to the bowling world at a very young age and taught me a lot about the game . After working at the Park Bowl and then purchasing it in 1989 fulfilled a lifelong dream and made many friends along the way. Rest in peace,Moe. Buda
From:
Ted Kemner
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Rita, I am so sorry.


Ted
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June Dingerson
Payson, IL
Comments:
So sorry for your loss, not enough space to say how special & great guy he was. This time of year was is always a great memory for Moe loved to go mushroom hunting on our folks family farm. God Bless you all.
From:
Tracy Wiemelt Holtman
Quincy, IL
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So sorry for your loss. My family always enjoyed mike at the park bowl. He was an amazing man and will be missed. Prayers to your family. I’m sure my mom, her best friend Charlotte Plenge and him will have a fun time until we all meet again.
From:
Dan Walker
SOUTH PASAGENS, FL
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Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a great guy. My Dad, Perry, and I had many a good time. Sleep well my friend
From:
Glenn & Ann Gage
Quincy, IL
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So very sorry to hear of Mike's death, Rita. We're keeping you and your family in our daily prayers.
From:
Judy Hastings
Quincy, IL
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RITA ,WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MIKE. VERY NICE MAN,LOVED BOWLING AT THE PARK BOWL! LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES AT 12TH AND HARRISON. RITA,YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY LOTS AND PRAYERS.
From:
Greg Schutte
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Sorry for you loss! What a great man
From:
Kim
Quincy, IL
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So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at Lowes. He was a wonderful man. Sending prayers for the family.
From:
aneta peters
Quincy, IL
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Rita so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From:
Joann and Dick Reichert
Quincy, IL
Comments:
We were sadden to hear of your loss.
May you find comfort knowing that those who love the Lord live forever in heaven. Just as the memories live forever in our hearts.
Joann and Dick Reichert
From:
John Helm
Quincy, IL
Comments:
It was my pleasure to know Mike and to work with him at K's Merchandise Mart. I also waited on him as a checker at Harrison HyVee - he is missed.
From:
W Paul Bockewitz Sr
Forest, VA
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Rita & Lacey So sorry to hear about Mike. I always enjoyed talking to him. Great guy. You're in
Karen's & my prayers
From:
Angie Kline
QUINCY, IL
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Prayers for the family. Mike's dad was the doctor who delivered me.
My mom bowled for many years at the Park Bowl.
I have fun memories as a kid there.