Michael Gagen

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Michael J. “Swifty” Gagen, 73, of Fairview Heights, IL, born May 9, 1950, in East St. Louis, IL, died Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mike had worked at Barcom Security as a surveillance analyst. Previously he had managed various nightclubs and bars. Mike enjoyed his family and friends and his weekly “Church Meetings” at Wings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Helen, nee Dumbeck, Gagen; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Wylie; and a sister-in-law, Doris Gagen.

He is survived by a sister, Judy Wylie; a brother, Jim “Rocky” Gagen; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved cat, Whiskey.

Mike gifted his body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Funeral: A celebration of Mike’s life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Tim & Joe’s Tavern, Belleville, IL.

“All I wanted to do was make people smile.”


4 Comments on Michael Gagen

Jeffrey Thoman said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2023 at 1:30 PM

May the force be with you.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Karen Swierczek said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2023 at 3:58 PM

I’m a St. Patrick’s alum and have known Mike since grade school. We even went to Junior Prom together! He could always make me laugh. May he rest in peace.

  • Blue Springs
  • Missouri
Ron Borkowski said : Guest Report Nov 26, 2023 at 3:42 PM

Mike, RIP Ron B.

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Ken Keeney said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2023 at 9:52 AM

Rest In Peace Mike.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Il

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