Michael Peddicord

Michael Joseph Peddicord

Friday, July 21st, 1978 - Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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Michael Joseph Peddicord, 42, of Springfield, MO., passed away from a sudden illness on October 8, 2020.

Michael was born on July 21, 1978, to Charles and Catherine Peddicord in Cedar Rapids, IA. Michael learned the ropes running around Keystone with his siblings Cris, Daniel and Patrick. Michael attended high school and played football at Benton Community and later Buena Vista University. He was a die-hard Bobcat and Beaver supporter. During college, he met Kari Klostermann and, in his words, “totally out kicked his coverage.” They married on Oct. 4, 2008. Together they had two beautiful girls, Maeve (8) and Elise (6).

Michael and Kari had a special place in their heart for Chicago, the city where their journey together began, and where he received his masters degree in sports administration from Northwestern University. His degree led their family to Richmond, KY where he served as a General Manager for EKU Sports Properties and then later to Springfield, MO as the General Manager for Missouri State Sports Properties, representing Learfield Sports.

Michael and Kari absolutely adored the community in Springfield. They were a dynamic duo who quickly found a circle to love them. They built a beautiful home for their girls and started laying down roots. It was that same community that helped carry Michael when Kari passed away in 2018 due to breast cancer. During Kari’s battle with cancer, he tirelessly cared for her and managed to keep life as normal as possible for his girls. An impossible ask for most but something Michael insisted on. Since Kari’s passing, Michael has spent his days and nights missing Kari and making sure his girls knew just how loved they are.

Michael had a penchant for life. Always up for a good time. He loved exploring hole-in-the-wall venues, craft beer, college wrestling, old-school country music, top 10 lists, and most of all, his girls. His quick wit made him the guy you wanted to be around. He was a masterful story teller who was full of laughs. His list of friends is endless and widespread. Michael was fiercely protective of his family and dedicated to provide them with every experience.

He leaves behind an army of people who love him. His daughters, Maeve and Elise, parents, Chuck and Cathy Peddicord, sister Cris (Mike) Bunting, brother Daniel (Erin) Peddicord, brother Patrick (Erika) Peddicord, as well as several nieces and nephews and countless friends spanning the country. He was preceded in death by his wife Kari. While we are devastated at his passing, we are comforted by the fact they are together once more.

Graveside services will be held November 7 for immediate family only. Phillips Funeral Home Keystone is taking care of arrangements. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Michael and Kari asked that the girls be cared for by Cris and Mike. A memorial fund has been set up to assist them in raising these two special girls. Donations can be sent via check to:

Michael and Kari Peddicord Memorial Fund
Great Southern Bank
Attn: Kelly Polonus
218 S. Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65802

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Tammy Franck

Posted at 10:09pm
Dear Peddicord family,
How fortunate I feel to have grown up with Michael and then later have our paths cross as adults living in Minnesota. Robb and I valued our friendship with Michael and Kari and have so many memories! There were lots of “good times” that always ended with a story... and you know Michael had a gift for retelling so we got to relive it over and over lol! ! Michael was one of the first visitors at the hospital when our son Gage was born. He entered with that big smile and brought him a royal blue football that represented that Bobcat spirit! He was a person everyone felt fortunate to have as a friend and we feel so blessed to know such a special person!

Matt Kincade

Posted at 01:51pm
To the Peddicord Family:

Our deepest condolences and wish you peace in this time of loss. I got to know Mike during our time together at Buena Vista University on the football field and living together in jones cottage. I consider my self lucky to have been able to just know a man like Mike let alone call him a and friend and teammate. We are praying for your family and his two young girls. God Bless.

The Kincade Family
Matt, Heather, Hayden, Brennan, and Jacob
Green Bay, WI

Kelly Franck

Posted at 08:56am
Dear Peddicord family,

Our hearts ache for you. The news of Michael’s sudden passing is devastating. We can’t fathom the sadness you must be feeling as a family. We are so sorry. There will forever be a gaping hole in the lives of all that were blessed to know him. Please give our love to Maeve & Elise. We would love an address for them so we can stay in touch. We are holding you all close in our thoughts & in our prayers.

the Seth Franck family

Kathy Haar Posted at 04:37pm

There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss! Peace and love to you during this very difficult time. “Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” —Author unknown “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted“ - Matthew 5:4 Thoughts and prayers to you all, Kathy Haar

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