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Michael Dean Winstead, age 57, of Wells, MN, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 11:00 AM at New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling, IL. Military Honors will be accorded by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Michael Dean was born October 21, 1960 in Clinton, IL, the son of Richard Gene and Shirley Louise (Rhodes) Winstead. The family later moved to Dixon, IL where Mike attended grade school. They then moved to Sterling, IL where he attended high school. Mike enlisted in the United States Army, where he honorably served for 4 years. He was working at Winstead Pallet Salvage when he met his wife, Tammy Muntean. They were united in marriage October 13, 1984 in Sterling, IL. In 1989 he began working at the Byron Nuclear Station, before getting a job with the Department of Corrections, working at the Dixon Correctional Center, going on to be the Tactical Commander, and a Sergeant. Mike also worked part time for the Lee County Sheriff's Department. He retired in 2014 from the Department of Corrections after 25 years, and then in 2015 from the Lee County Sheriff's Department after 15 years. After retirement he joined the Dixon Masonic Lodge, and the Polo Lodge which he enjoyed.

Mike is preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Winstead.

He is survived his wife, Tammy Winstead of Wells, MN; 3 sons: Benjamin of Wells, MN, Cody (Laura) of Wells, MN, and Caleb (Kymberly Coffee) of Sterling, IL; 5 grandchildren: Brody, Bryce, and Brandley Winstead of Wells, MN, and Cheyenne and Maximus Winstead of Sterling, IL; siblings: Steven Douglas Winstead, Anthony Winstead, Daniel Winstead, and Christina Hargis; and several nieces and nephews. Mike is also survived by his many brothers and sisters in blue.