Michael “Squiggy” Bielke

Michael “Squiggy” Bielke
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Michael R. “Squiggy” Bielke, 49, of Millstadt, IL, born October 21, 1974, in St. Louis, MO, passed away at his residence on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Mike was a devoted husband and father. In his eyes, raising his daughter, Madison, was his greatest accomplishment. Never was there a father more proud than when she graduated college and began her career as a nurse at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

In May of 2023, he married the love of his life, Linda. They were creating their future homestead, which Mike jokingly referred to as the mount pilot compound. Together they loved to travel and find new adventures.

Mike graduated from Saint Louis University High School and then went on to Webster University. There he acquired his bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications with a minor in photography.

After a lengthy career at several local Harley Davidson dealerships, he found his true calling customizing and repairing motorcycle seats. Deciding to venture off on his own in 2016, he opened Barstool Gypsy in downtown Belleville.

Mike “Squiggy” was a proud member of the Illinois Motörheads Motorcycle Club since 2006. During his association with the club, Squiggy served as Secretary and was currently serving as the club’s Vice President. The bonds he formed with his brothers led to many wild adventures with both the Illinois and Ohio Chapters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis E. and Kathleen M., nee Kopff, Bielke.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, nee Ellis, Bielke, whom he married on May 20, 2023;
a daughter, Madison Bielke (Eric Kniepkamp);
two step-children, Jamie (Chris) Brown and Connor (Ashley) Davis;
two siblings, Amy Bielke and Dennis (Tami) Bielke;
five grandchildren, Ayda, Brynlee, and Otto Brown,
and Olivia and Charlie Davis;
four nieces, Hannah and Hayden Bielke,
and Alexis Lasley and Aliyah Cahoon;
and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Helping Strays of Monroe County. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Justin Roberts officiating.

According to Mike’s wishes, cremation will follow the services.


16 Comments on Michael “Squiggy” Bielke

Debbie Dressel said : Guest Report Mar 07, 2024 at 11:34 AM

Dear Bielke family. I’m so saddened by ur loss. GOD Bless u ALL. Thank u ALL for always being gracious to me. Debbie Dressel

  • Belleville
  • IL
Catharine Magel said : Guest Report Mar 07, 2024 at 7:14 AM

I send my deepest sympathy to Madison Eric Linda and family members. May you have beautiful memories, and may you find peace and comfort during this shocking time. He will remain in your hearts always remember and most likely be near you so listen up. His messages are full of love and light!

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinios
Jane said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2024 at 2:21 PM

With Deepest Sympathy to Linda & Madison . Squiggy made his mark on life with all the Friends he made . He will be so missed by the Motorhead Brothers and Friends . So sorry We can’t attend his services. We are having some health issues . Hope to attend and see you on March 23. Remembering all the trips and social days we had with Squiggy. Hold on to good memories 💔 Motorhead Brother John & Jane

  • Breese
  • Il
Pinto said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2024 at 7:28 AM

Hey Big Homie. I am going to miss the hell out of my friend and our every Wednesday ***-Nite gatherings. Love Bro...

  • New Baden
  • IL
Ray Feltmeyer said : Guest Report Mar 05, 2024 at 4:15 AM

Ride In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Joseph Patrick Delozier said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2024 at 2:24 PM

Hey buddy thank you so much for the time we shared here on this planet you was always a good friend the swapmeets will never be the same without out you coming in. Linda I am so sorry for your loss he was a great man and will never be forgotten praying for the family and friends. It's a hugh loss.

  • Germantown
  • IL
Elliot Sivewright said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2024 at 2:20 PM

My deepest sympathies & thoughts are w/ Mike's family, friends, & loved ones. I played Belle Clair soccer w/ Mike growing up. I considered Mike a friend among teammates. I remember his Dad cheering for him loudly from the sideline and his calm funny demeanor. Mike was a good dude, even as a young kid. May your cherished memories carry you forward in peace.

  • Elmhurst
  • IL
Mike Gwaltney said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 8:25 PM

My condolences to Mikes Family and brothers. I’ve not been in touch with Mike for some time but will always remember him as a fun loving person and friend

  • Las Vegas
  • Nevada
Joanne Szoke said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 3:58 PM

My deepest condolences to the family and friends. He was such a nice guy, good hearted and good natured. Ride free and we all will be together again!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cody said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 3:45 PM

Ride high Mike and keep all of your brothers and those of us that ride safe on our rides. You were an amazing man and I'll never forget our talks in Barstool. You taught me more than you know man. Fly High and keep us all safe down here. Get us a good route set up up there and we'll go for a ride when we get there.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Breeze said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 2:56 PM

God wanted him home. Ride the heavens sweet Mike ! You are very much missed by all. Peace to you Linda, and family.

  • Bristow
  • Virginia
Bob and Debbie Walden said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 11:57 AM

May you RIP brother. Deepest sympathy to your family and club brothers. Every time I look at all the patches you put on my jacket, I will think of you! Gone too soon

  • Swansea
  • I
Natasha lang said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 11:32 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss 🙏 You both was always so happy together I can't understand why God would take that for you both😭my heart hurts for you Linda ,, stay strong

  • 62232
  • Ill
Kathy Raymer said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 11:15 AM

Sending prayers to you and yourfamily so sorry for your loss .

  • FrenchVillage
  • Mo
Tom "Squirts" Clark said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 11:09 AM

What a damn shame. Ride free, my friend. Lord, shine Your light and bring comfort to Squiggy's family, brothers, and friends in their time of sorrow. Amen

  • Caseyville
  • Il
Wanda Sins said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2024 at 11:07 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

  • TN

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