Michael D. Earls

michael earls

September 7, 1976 ~ May 28, 2023

Born in: Williamsburg, Virginia
Resided in: Sorento, Illinois

Michael Dewayne Earls, 46, of Sorento, passed away at 3:07 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at St. Louis University Hospital.

Michael was born September 7, 1976, in Williamsburg, VA, the son of Lloyd Edward and Katie (Ayers) Busch.  He graduated high school in Virginia in 1994.

Throughout his lifetime Michael worked in the construction industry as an insulator and was lead foreman on numerous job sites until his disability prevented him from working any longer.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and shooting guns.  Michael was very creative, and an avid reader who enjoyed drawing, and photography.  He will be remembered as a selfless, strong, and courageous fighter, and an imaginative and loving father.  His greatest achievement was reaching sobriety before his untimely death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandparents, Lloyd Earnest and Carolyn (Rose) Busch and Clayton and Nannie Ayers.

Michael is survived by his children, Caleb (wife Mason) Kilgore of Harrisonburg, VA, and daughter, Calista Jenkins of Shenandoah, VA; grandchildren, Tiberius Kilgore and Arian Van Fossen of Harrisonburg, VA; and his special friend, TJ Gibson.

Michael will be cremated, and no public services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michael’s family, c/o Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, PO Box 5, Sorento, IL 62086.

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Sorento with arrangements.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Michael, or to offer condolences to his family.



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  1. Michael is a awesome friend and a good man has respect toward me I loved him very much he means a lot to me and his family. Love Tammy Carroll ❤️ 💕

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