Born in Aurora, Illinois to Clarence Jephthah Ewing and Florence Sweeley Ewing. Mick was a graduate of Aurora West High school. While a student at West High School Mick played football, basketball, and ran on the track team. Captained the football team in his senior year and was also the senior class president.
Mick Ewing was a WW2 Veteran, Sergeant US Marines. Served in Central Pacific Theater, and was a survivor of the Battle of the Midway. Mick attended University of Illinois and participated in Freshman Football in the Fall of 1940. Returned from Marine Service in WW2 to complete his college education at Illinois Wesleyan University. Mick played football and was the captain of the team in 1947. He played basketball and also was on the baseball team.
Mick married Carmen Barnes, and they were together until her passing last Palm Sunday. A marriage of 74 years which produced 4 children. Survived by son David and daughter Kathy of Sacramento, California, proceeded in death by daughter Cynthia and son James. Will be greatly missed by grandson, Robert Gage Ewing, and daughter by marriage, Karen Stift.
Mick’s career was in secondary education that began at Riverside-Brookfield. He taught history, sociology, and economics. He was the football coach, sophomore baseball coach, JV basketball coach, and at one time he served as assistant track coach. Before leaving Riverside-Brookfield, he served as head of the Physical Education Department. Mick went on to teach and coach at Hall High School of Spring Valley, Wauconda HS, Bremen Township HS, and Niles East HS of Skokie. Mick served at five different colleges and universities, Northwestern Univ in Evanston, Lake Forest College, Concordia University of Oak Park, North Park College of Chicago, and was the head football coach of the University of Chicago for 8 years. In 1994 he was selected to the High School Sports Hall of Fame and in 1996 was selected to admission to the Illinois Football Coaches Assoc Hall of Fame. He was a member of Theta Chi College Fraternity, American Legion Post 320 of Skokie, and the Disabled Veterans of America and was a participant of the Retired Teachers of Illinois and the “Ye Old Timers” group of former coaches and officials. Mick’s coaching methods reflected his training as a combat marine.
Mick’s was a life well lived. He believed that love never ends and that as he entered he gates of heaven, he been reunited with Carmen, Jimmy and Cindy.
And the angels sing!!
Memorial Gathering, Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m., at HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Rd., Skokie.
Funeral info: 847.673.6111.