Michael Avery Oct. 30, 1952 - July 22, 2014 ELKHART - Michael S. "Mike" Avery, 61, of Elkhart, passed away at Elkhart General Hospital following a brief illness on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm. He was born in Mishawaka on Oct 30, 1952 to James and Winifred (Holmes) Avery and later married Rhonda A. "Muff" Kittredge in Elkhart on Nov. 12, 1977. While Winifred survives in Mishawaka, Mike is preceded in death by his father and his wife. Also surviving is his son SSG Cody A. Avery of San Antonio, TX; brothers Larry (Penny) Avery of Elkhart and Denny (Jeananne) Avery of Bridgeman, MI, and his brother-in-law Paul (Judy) Kittredge. Services will be held at Billings Funeral Home of Elkhart with visitation taking place on Monday, July 28, 2014 from 4-8 pm. The service will be on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 12 noon with visitation beginning at 11 am. Burial will follow at Prairie Street Cemetery with the U.S. Navy funeral honor guard and DAV #19 of Elkhart rendering military graveside honors. Mike was an over-the-road and construction truck driver for nearly 30 years and served many years with the Baugo Township and Penn North Fire Departments as well. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a Fireman's Apprentice aboard the carrier CVA 34 "U.S.S. Oriskany" during the Vietnam War. Memorial donations may be given to the Humane Society of Elkhart County, The Elkhart County Blue Star Mothers, or to the Baugo Township Fire Department.
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Billings Funeral Home
812 Baldwin St
Elkhart, IN 46514
Published in South Bend Tribune on July 26, 2014