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Loved spending time with his friends and family Michael John Girard Jr., the son of Michael Girard Sr. and Sharynne Olson, was born July 10, 1968 in Ukiah, Calif., and departed this life on Feb. 10, 2009 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 40 years and 7 months.
Michael had served as bouncer in numerous night clubs around the Springfield area and later decided he wanted to travel so he joined a number of bands and traveled across the United States meeting new people. If anyone ever asked him why he decided to do this his answer was always the same: “I have never met a person that I would not call a friend.” Michael loved to talk to people and get to know everyone around him.
Michael loved spending time with his friends and family and never missed a chance to watch the St. Louis Rams play a game.
His survivors include his fiance Vicki Ortiz, of Ava; his mother, Sharynne Olson, of Milan, Ill.; his father, Michael Girard Sr., of Petaluma, Calif.; two brothers, Anthony McCord, of Ava, and Alex Olson, of Rock Island, Ill.; three sisters, Angelecia Sheilds of Ava, Alaxandreia Shelton, of Riverside, Calif., and Antoinette Olson, of Milan, Ill.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 14, at 12 p.m. at Life Church in Ava, with Pastor Bion Irwin officiating.
Services were under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.