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MORTON - Michael J. Bankes, 67, of Morton, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at his residence.
He was born January 1, 1949 in Canton, Ill, to Nyle and Hazel (Easley) Bankes. He married Cathy Ray on Dec. 26, 1971, she survives. He later married Nikki Pittenger on July 8, 2000, in Morton, Ill.
Surviving are his wife, Nikki Bankes of Morton; one son, Chris Bankes of East Peoria; one daughter, Mikayla Bankes at home; three granddaughters, Bridget, Brooke, and Chloe Bankes, all of East Peoria; two brothers, Bernard (Rose) Bankes of East Peoria, and Stephen Bankes of Creve Coeur; one sister, Dollie Pokarney of Pekin; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Bankes; one brother-in-law, Timothy Pokarney
Michael was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.
He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 40 years, retiring in 2009 from the Mossville facility and was a member of the United Auto Workers #974.
He enjoyed fishing and visiting various amusement parks with his family.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 p.m., followed by Military Funeral Honors conducted by the United States Army, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Knapp Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton.

Memorials may be made to Morton Community Bank in care of Mikayla Bankes Education Trust Fund.