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7/9/2014 9:32:00 AM
McNabb mayor remembered as 'straight shooter'

Mr. Vaskie
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Mr. Vaskie
Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer

MCNABB — Mike Vaskie Jr., who passed away Sunday in St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria at the age of 70, was well-known in McNabb as a straight shooter.

“Mike was the kind of guy who told it like it is,” Andy Jackson, PCEMS director, said.

As mayor of McNabb and one of the founding fathers of the highly-successful Putnam County ambulance service, PCEMS, that quality served Vaskie well, Jackson said.

His honesty was accompanied by a caring nature. Jackson said Vaskie would help anybody who needed it.

Vaskie retired last year from his job as a service manager at Patten Tractor in Oglesby. He stepped down from the PCEMS board when he became village president of McNabb last year. As mayor, Vaskie could often be seen checking on things in McNabb, making sure everything was running smoothly.

“Mike was an amazing person. Whatever needed to be done, Mike would be there,” Jackson said. “He didn’t like sitting still.”

McNabb fire chief Brad Popurella said Vaskie’s death is a tremendous loss for the community and for those who loved him.

“He was a gentleman in every single sense of the word,” Popurella said. “He was kind and considerate.”

Additional biographical information appears in a complete obituary today.

Shannon Crawley-Serpette can be reached at (309) 364-2268 or

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