Michael Saul
June 28, 1951 - July 7, 2020

Michael Saul

Michael Saul
Jun 28, 1951 - Jul 7, 2020

Michael Saul
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Michael Alan "Mike" Saul, age 69, of Quincy, died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 7:22 am in Blessing Hospital.

Mike was born June 28, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of David and Sadelle Tart Saul. He married Randi Dennis on June 25, 1978 in Lewistown, IL. She survives.

Mike received his Bachelor's and his Master's degrees in Music Education from Illinois State University. Mike was a music educator and band director for 45 years. Over his broad career, he taught at schools in Camp Point Central; Monroe City, MO; Canton, MO; Hamilton, IL; and Hannibal, MO. He was currently teaching music in the Quincy Public Schools. Mike was a recipient of the Golden Apple Award. Mike loved teaching, and he inspired many students.

Mike was a member of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, for which he played principle horn. He was also a member of the Quincy Park Band and a member of the 12th Street Brass Quintet.

Mike was also an avid outdoorsman, and he especially enjoyed kayaking.

Mike's family was the center of his life, and he was a wonderful husband and father.

Mike was of the Jewish faith.

In addition to his wife, Randi, survivors include two daughters, Reba (Kevin) Saul Gazdik of Hammond, LA; and Amanda Saul of Quincy, IL; his brother, Norman (Denise) Saul of Suffern, NY; a niece and two nephews: Laura, Michael, and Brian Saul; his sister-in-law, Juli (Mel) Hisey of Tuckasegee, NC; his nephew, Jonathan (fiancée, Sarah) Hisey; his great nephew, Ethan Hisey; and his mother-in-law, Frances Dennis of Tuckasegee, NC.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Floyd Dennis.

Graveside Service: 10:00 am on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Valley of Peace, with Dr. Michael Bukstein officiating.

Burial: Valley of Peace, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday July 10, 2020 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association.

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Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

Janet Correll Ellison on Jul 12, 2020

I am so sorry. He enriched so many lives and I feel blessed to have known him. My prayers to all.

Paul Berkowitz on Jul 12, 2020

Stunned to hear of Mike's passing who was treasured by our family over the years. Most sincere sympathies to the family. Paul Berkowitz & Family.

Jeff Froman on Jul 12, 2020

Mike’s wonderful singing made services at B’nai Shalom special. I remember his music every time I go to temple. - Jeff Froman

Austin on Jul 11, 2020

Today open Facebook to one of the most one of the most horrible shocking things I've ever seen. The man who influenced me the most in life, the man who told me I could do it when nobody else could, the man who drove me to be where I'm at today shockingly and suddenly passed away three days ago. I'm in shock I'm baffled I don't know what else to say... All the love in my heart goes out to the family of Michael Saul, because all the things you were I wanted to be. All the things you are in my heart will never change, you were Stern and to the point at times but you were also fun and lovable you pushed me when I needed to be pushed and you pulled back when you knew that you went too far. The ladder didn't happen very often, you knew I'd love to be pushed to the max and that was a valuable skill that you taught me as a musician! I would not have fallen in love with me think if it wasn't for him pushing me, I would not have went to Quincy University if I didn't know that he was teaching there, I would not have any confidence you didn't show me what I could be a lot of patience. Drew High School this was the man that kept me together and kept my love for music a love and not just a hobby. I have so much love for this man, at the end we didn't talk as much as I wish we could have. I just I don't know what to say, and wishes go out to the family and close friends of Michael Saul.

Dan & Pam Sherman on Jul 11, 2020

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Mike. We are saddened at the loss of such a kind and caring man. His talents were endless, but for us he will be remembered by his positive spirit and gracious personality. God bless all members of his family and May He Rest In Peace always🎶

Robert March on Jul 11, 2020

I am so sorry to hear if Mike's sudden passing. What a talented musician who was respected betind measure. Here will be missed.
Robert March

Tracy Shulse on Jul 10, 2020

Our family is so sorry to hear about Mr. Saul. He was one of the greatest teachers my children had the privilege of having. He taught them so much about music and was such a great example to the students. Many summers, during summer break, he offered free music lessons to the Hannibal band students and would drive from Quincy to Hannibal to do so! I greatly appreciated all that he did for my kids! He was so patient and encouraging with my kids and treated them with such respect. You could tell how proud of his students he was and that he thoroughly enjoyed teaching music. He was always smiling and it was a blessing to watch his excitement at every concert! I was going to nominate him for the Golden Apple award, and then i found out he had already received a Golden Apple award and that you can only recieve it once. So I told Mr. Saul I would nominate him again if i could! He went above and beyond and if a teacher deserved that award, it was Mr. Saul! We will miss him and the blessing he was! Praying for God to comfort you, give you rest and overflow your hearts with sweet memories of your loved one.

Ken Steinsultz on Jul 10, 2020

I am so saddened by the loss of Mike Saul. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Daniel Fry on Jul 10, 2020

Mike was an enthusiastic teacher and versatile musician, and while I didn’t get to collaborate with him directly, I know that he made a difference. Blessings to his friends and family.

Sherri Deloney on Jul 9, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Saul’s passing. Both of my children had him as their one of their band teachers at HMS and HHS but it was my son he impacted the most. Mr. Saul believed in him and even took time out of his school day back in 2014, when my son was in 8th grade, to send me an email detailing “something VERY cool” my son had done in class that day. That’s the kind of teacher Mr. Saul was. He inspired his students and I truly believe he is the reason my son loves to play his trumpet and music today. I have now went back and printed that email out for my son to keep as a reminder. Mr. Saul’s saying “early is on time and on time is late” always made me chuckle. He impacted so many lives and was a gift that will be missed but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Sherri Deloney

Jean Murray on Jul 9, 2020

Mike has touched so many people with his enthusiasm and kindness while giving the gift of music. He enjoyed life to the fullest and spread joy to all. I will miss him.

Sheldon Shore on Jul 9, 2020

Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a generous friendly and empathetic man and a very talented cantor. We have very good memories of our times with him and we will miss him.

Sheldon Shore

Betsy Perry on Jul 9, 2020

I was one of Mr. Saul's first students at Central High School. He came into a program that had just lost a very beloved band director and had a big job of filling those "shoes". Mike did it with grace and style. He made the program his own while winning the hearts of the students and instilling the love of music. He will be greatly missed! Keeping you in my warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time—and wishing you hope and healing through the days ahead.

Bryan S. on Jul 9, 2020

Mr. Saul was passionate about music. As our band and choir director (and my personal drum tutor) at CJHS/CHS in the 80s, he inspired us to excellence and hard work. Fond memories. Prayers for Randi and family.

Sandy Nachenberg on Jul 9, 2020

It was devastating to learn of Mike’s death. He was such a fine man, he did so much for so many.
My husband went quickly and the shock is almost too much to bear.
My love to Randi and the family.
May G-d give you strength.

Rev. Patty Johansen on Jul 9, 2020

Vermont Street United Methodist Church has greatly appreciated Mike over the years, as he's shared his gifts and his love for music with us at key celebrations in the church year. We will all miss him, and we will be in prayer for your family.

Dave Hermann on Jul 9, 2020

It was a privilege and pleasure to work with Mike in both the Quincy and Jacksonville Symphonies. His contributions to both groups will be greatly missed.

Amy Berent on Jul 9, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of this...Mrs. Saul you and your family are in my prayers! Hugs! Amy Bruns-Berent

Gayanne Daugherty on Jul 9, 2020

I have known Mike the past two years while he has worked in the Quincy Public Schools. He was always so kind, thoughtful, and willing to share his love and knowledge of music with his colleagues and students. May God sustain you during this difficult time; our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gayanne Daugherty

Jerry and Linley Bartell on Jul 9, 2020

Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy as you mourn Mike’s death. He will certainly be missed in this community.

Susan Johnson on Jul 9, 2020

As Superintendent for the Hannibal School District, I had the great honor of working with Mike. Mike truly loved kids and music. He was one of the kindest people I've had the privilege of knowing and the epitome of what a teacher should be. My sincere condolences to his wife and children. Please know that Mike touched the lives of so many children in his career and through our memories he will be with us forever. God Bless You and Comfort You! Susan Johnson

Tara Garner on Jul 8, 2020

My favorite memory with Mr. Saul was when I was auditioning for jazz at QHS. When I finished playing for him, he told me that I had really great tone. That may not have meant anything to anyone else, but to me it meant everything. Every rehearsal he would push me to work hard, and to be the best that I can be. He believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself as a musician. He would joke around with us, and always have a positive attitude which I admired. I will always keep him in my heart!

Michele Alger on Jul 8, 2020

Mike was such a giving man. He was there for us when our dad, Bob Winters died. He did a wonderful celebration of our dad at his service. My condolences to his entire family! May his memory be a blessing!❤️

Michelle Behrens Ward on Jul 8, 2020

I was shocked to hear of Mr Sauls passing. He was my band teacher from 5th grade thru high school at CHS in Camp Point. I wanted to play the saxophone but I just couldn’t get it do I played the flute. His love of music pushed us to be the best we could be. My sister was also in band at CHS. He taught us more than just music. My deepest sympathy to Mrs Saul (also a teacher of mine) and his daughters.

Alaina DeMoss on Jul 8, 2020

I have had no personal encounters with Mr Saul but he was always very uplifted and had a warming presents

Dr's Frank and Laura Froman on Jul 8, 2020

Mike was there when our three sons each had their Bar Mitzvahs. His voice then, and over the years, was a part of the man. The rest was his character and giving nature that made lives better for having him in them.

Angie Scheiter Bridges on Jul 8, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. I will never forget when trying out an instrument for the first time, Mr. Saul tried to persuade me to play the French horn! I later found out it was his favorite instrument! He was a great teacher and I learned to be a pretty good clarinet player. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Angie Scheiter Bridges

Jeff Nachenberg on Jul 8, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a "Lamed Vavnik" to the Quincy Jewish community, sustaining them in times of need, and bringing joy and hope to all.

Doug Tenhouse on Jul 8, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's sudden passing. I have fond memories of him leading the band and chorus at CHS. I particularly remember the two of you tackling the High School's first musical my senior year. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers through the days ahead. May God wrap you in His loving arms.

Bill and Laurie DeMont on Jul 8, 2020

Randi, Rebecca and Amanda - We were shocked and saddened at the news of Mike's passing. Please know that the wonderful memories we have of him will always be with us, and all of you will continue to be in our hearts in the days to come. If there is anything we can do to help you, please don't hesitate to ask. Bill and Laurie DeMont

Kenneth Berkowitz on Jul 8, 2020

Mike enriched congregation B'Nai Shalom with his music and kindness for so many years. Touched many lives. I'm sure he was a great music educator. He'll be sorely missed by all who loved him. So sorry for this shocking loss to his family and closest friends.

Erin E. Meats on Jul 7, 2020

I’m so sad. Mike was my horn teacher at QU. He was an excellent teacher and I looked forward to my weekly lesson. He was always sharing stories about life, family and singing at Temple. I enjoyed making some extra cash taking care of their cats and watering their garden in the summer. Mike even played for our wedding - a truly special day. He will be missed.

Jenny Schuler on Jul 7, 2020

Mr. Saul was one of my most influential teachers at Hamilton High School. I am grateful for not only him teaching me music, but also his other life lessons he would teach. He was a very skilled musician and an even better band director. He made Band the cool thing to do in high school. He was loved by so many of his students and no one could fill his shoes. When he left Hamilton, band class was just never the same. I send my condolences and prayers to his family. May he rest in peace.

Cassie Vahle on Jul 7, 2020

Mr. Saul was a wonderful educator and musician, he will be greatly missed. He taught me at Canton from the 6th grade until he left. His life lessons are instilled in me to this day. Mrs. Saul and his girls, your dad and husband was a fine, wonderful, encouraging man. May be rest in jazz band heaven.

Thomas Riggs on Jul 7, 2020

Mike was tireless in his pursuit of equipping his students to be successful. He gave life lessons, instilled wisdom, and said some really, really corny (and hilarious) jokes in the 7 years I was lucky enough to have him. The community lost an absolute gem. -Thomas Riggs, Hannibal

Jim Williams on Jul 7, 2020

The world has lost a great man! He will be missed by so many. I have the memory of him playing the Mozart Horn Concerto with the symphony just last fall. Jim Williams

Trevor attey on Jul 7, 2020

Thanks to Michael Saul i had a chance to showcase my instrumental talent by bringing me into the jazz band under his direction and a soloist opportunity. He was mentor to me and will be greatly missed. Trevor Attey

John N. Toumbs on Jul 7, 2020

Randi, so sorry to hear. God Bless.
from John Toumbs/Bergner's

Kent Kanauss on Jul 7, 2020

Randi and girls, we are so sorry to hear this news. We are praying for God's peace to comfort you. Mike will be missed by all you knew him.



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