Jonathon Michael Miskulin, 20, of
Bloomington, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2013
at OSF St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington.
His Mass of Christian Burial will
be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at St. Patrick's
Catholic Church of Merna with Monsignor Gerald Ward and Fr. Peter
Zorjan officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday,
February 8, 2013 at the church and one hour prior to the mass at
the church on Saturday. Cremation rites will follow.
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the
family with arrangements.
Jon Michael Miskulin was an
incredibly charismatic man. He devoted his life to helping children
with special needs, his talent with music and his gift for
Jon created the Autism Awareness
Foundation of Bloomington-Normal, which helped distribute
information about Autism. In 2012 Jon renamed his foundation
H.E.A.L., Heroes Embracing Autistic Lives. The new foundation
helped encourage children with autism to embrace the aspects of
their lives that set them apart from their peers. The foundation
also encouraged students to stand up to bullying by promoting a
more inclusive environment for all students.
For the past 6 years Jon has
volunteered at the Unit 5 Autism Summer Camp where he has assisted
with the development of many special needs children. His dedication
and hard work in the community did not go unnoticed, and in 2009 he
was awarded The Inspiration Award from the McLean County Autism
Society. Jon was awarded a guitar from Music is the Medicine
Foundation in 2011 for his continued involvement with children with
Autism in Bloomington-Normal. In 2011 he was chosen as a recipient
of the McLean County 25 under 25 Award, which recognizes
individuals under 25 years old who have made significant
contributions in the community. He also worked at the Bloomington
Easter Seals Camp at Lake Bloomington this past summer, where he
inspired disabled campers ages 6 to 65 with his spontaneous dance
routines and musical talents.
Jon learned how to play the guitar
as a teenager and continued to hone his craft. He played at several
Catholic Church retreats including Teens Encounter Christ. He
quickly learned how to write and compose his own music and played
in several local bands.
Jon was a film enthusiast. His
collection of movies coupled with his creative nature led to a
hobby of film making at an early age. He was an aspiring
cinematographer who planned one day to share his stories
Jon's life was one of faith and
humility. He never wavered when he confronted behaviors or
attitudes that conflicted with his Catholic faith. Jon was a strong
opponent of bullying. He took a proactive fight against bullying in
the form of speeches he delivered to elementary school aged
children. He also defended his Pro-Life views by participating in
the March for Life in Washington, DC with the ISU Newman
In his free time he was an avid
collector of comics. His passion for comics led him to work part
time at Bloomington-Normal's only comic shop, Acme Comics.
Jonathon was a graduate of Normal
Community High School, class of 2011.
He was preceded in death by his
paternal grandfather John Miskulin and his maternal grandfather
He is survived by his parents
Joseph and Geralyn, his sisters Jeni (Kyle) Vest and Jessica (Tim)
Chambers, his brother Jacob (Stephanie) Miskulin, nieces Kassidy
and Keegen, nephew Carter, girlfriend Brenda Navarro, best friend
Russ Leone and his beloved dog, Biscuit. He is also survived by his
grandmothers, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jon chose to donate his organs
through the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network. The
Miskulin family would like to thank the staff at OSF St. Joseph for
their exceptional care and compassion during this difficult
The family has requested in lieu of
flowers that donations be made to Jon's H.E.A.L. Foundation c/o
Heartland Bank (Fort Jesse Branch)Normal, Illinois.
His influence in the autism
community, the joy he brought to his family and friends and the
compassion he showed to everyone he met will always be
Online condolences may be sent to
the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jonathon M. Miskulin, please visit our floral store.