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Michael “Mikey” Louis Birely, 33, died suddenly in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, July 6, 2019 near Silvis, Illinois.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone. Interment will be held at the Keystone Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, Thursday, also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Michael was born on July 9, 1985, the son of George and Judith (Unruh) Birely. He graduated from North Cedar High School in 2004. On June 23, 2007, he married Alaina Marie Sauer and they had one daughter Trista Claire, on January 23, 2008.

Michael was a social butterfly-there was no one he met that he couldn’t talk their ear off and made friends where-ever he went. He always had a new story to tell and could always make you laugh, his smile was contagious. He was an avid hunter and loved to boat and fish. His dream was to drive a semi, he started driving in 2008 and after taking a break, he started driving for a local farmer. In 2013, he started driving for Vavroch Trucking. In March of 2018, he bought his own truck and started Birely Trucking. He was so proud to be driving his own truck and worked very hard to make sure it succeeded. Mike loved his family very much and would do anything for them.

He is survived by his wife Alaina and daughter Trista; his mother Judith Birely of Mechanicsville; his father and step-mother George Birely and Becky Houska of Anamosa; his brothers, Marvin (Julie) Birely of Marion, John Pearson of Dubuque, and Jeremy Birely of Mechanicsville; step brother, Anthony (Kaytee) Houska of Monticello; and step sister, Tara (Brian) Dietiker of Anamosa; his father and mother-in-law, Brad and Roxanne Sauer and sister-in-law Diana Sauer, all of Chelsea; his grandmothers, Estella Unruh of Mechanicsville and Delores Birely of Milan, IL; 19 aunts and uncles; 8 nieces and nephews; 1 great nephew and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Marvin Birely and Clair Unruh; his great-grandparents and dear friend Noel Griffin.

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