Michael Shovlain

Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2014, 7:20 pm
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Michael David Shovlain, 68, loving husband of Cheryl Shovlain, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home in Bettendorf.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge, Davenport. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery.
Mike was a member of St. Pius X Parish, Rock Island, and later St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Davenport. Mike married his second love, Cheryl Shovlain, on March 14, 2004. He was Grandpa to 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mike was born May 7, 1946, in Ottumwa, Iowa. He was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1965-1971. He married Margie (Curran) Shovlain on Aug. 26, 1967, and they raised a family together until her death in 2003.
He was a devoted father to his four surviving children, Thad (Andrea) Shovlain, Phoenix, Ariz., Erin (Steve) Duckworth, Lakeville, Minn., Heather Shovlain, Southaven, Miss., and Ryan (Kimberly) Shovlain, Fayetteville, N.C.; and stepchildren, Dana Kurtz, Bettendorf, and James (Amy) Kurtz, Lakeville, Minn.
Mike was a visionary and innovative leader in the addictions and health care industry. He received his Master of Health Sciences with a focus on addiction studies from Governors State University. He started his career in health care as an RN working in the emergency room at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. In 1991, Mike opened New Life Outpatient Center, where he created and grew the first private, for-profit Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program in the state of Iowa. Throughout his career, he oversaw, restructured and expanded several addiction treatment centers in several states. New Life is a thriving outpatient treatment center in Davenport, which has helped countless individuals during the past two decades. New Life Outpatient Center will continue to touch the lives of those in need for years to come as his wife, Cheryl, and the staff carry on his legacy of helping others.
The activities Mike enjoyed were golf, traveling, N.W. Cursillo, Prison Cursillo Ministry and various business and health care associations.
Additional survivors include his sister, Mary Jean (Roger) Granneman, Ottumwa; and brothers, Peter (Bonnie) Shovlain, San Diego, Calif., and Paul (Bonnie) Shovlain, Ocala, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margie (Curran) Shovlain; father, Vincent; and mother, Lorraine (Westerdahl) Shovlain; and brothers, Patrick and Donald Shovlain.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SLB Foundation of Hope, the University of Iowa's Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at slbfoundationofhope.org.
Online condolences may be expressed to Michael's family by visiting his obituary at WeertsFH.com.


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