Dustin A. Mack

 

Dustin A. Mack

Chatham – Dustin A. Mack, 38, passed away at 4:15 P.M. Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at his residence in Chatham, IL.

Dustin was born March 29, 1981 in Springfield, IL a son to Richard M. Mack & Shelia A. (Mack) – Wisnasky.

Dustin was a 1999 graduate of Auburn High School where he enjoyed playing basketball, football and running track.   He worked as a Technician in the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry. Where he was set to take over the Mack’s family business. Dustin loved nice cars and jewelry.  He took pride in his enormous shoe collection. Dustin loved his children, family and friends very much!

Dustin was the oldest of 3 children. Outwardly Dusty looked like he had it all: Confidence, athletic ability, height, beautiful blue eyes, broad smile and the ability to engage and forge a relationship with anyone. Inwardly Dustin was fighting his own battle with mental illness. We loved Dustin with all of our hearts, but we now know that was not enough to fight mental illness alone, he turned to self-medication.

This note is not an attempt to assign blame for Dustin’s death. We write this obituary in the hope that it may provide an insight to those that need to change their behavior one day at a time.

Dustin could never be completely be honest about the trouble he was in, but his love for his son and daughter became a lifeline over the past few years.  He recently completed drug rehab, but the craving that comes from true addiction was more then he could overcome.

This note is a simple reminder to anyone struggling, that there are people who love you, with everything they have no matter what you do- don’t be afraid / ashamed or scared to ask for help. Dustin had been attending Chatham Baptist Church where he found God. Dusty is finally at peace. We will forever miss your sense of humor, your knack for telling stories, your love of cars, your impeccable taste for only the BEST, and your rhythm on the dance floor.

Goodbye Dustin you will be missed by so many we love you and miss you so much!!!

Surviving Dustin are his parents; father, Richard Mack of Nilwood,IL, mother, Shelia Mack-Wisnasky of Springfield, his son, Sebastian A. Mack of Chatham, IL; his daughter, Briella L. Mack of Springfield, IL; brother, Dustin Speaks of Sylvester, TX; sisters, Amber R. (Nick) Bearss of Rochester, IL, Jenna M. (Wade) Mack-Stubbs of Springfield, IL; grandmother, Beverly B. Bailey of Springfield, IL; 2 nieces, 2 nephews and several aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Auburn, IL.  Funeral Service will be at 11:30 A.M. Monday, December 30, 2019 at the Funeral Home in Auburn, IL with the Rev. John Huxtable officiating. Pallbearers:  Chris Jeffers, Chris Smith, Josh Mack, Bill Mack Jr., Travis Cline, Mike Wargo, Scott Slagle Jr., Wade Stubbs Jr., Nick Bearss with Honorary Pallbearers: Dustin Speaks and Sebastian Mack.  Memorials may be made to Dustin Mack Children, c/o:  Amber Bearss, 18 Twilight Lane, Springfield, IL. Memorials may be made to .  Interment will be in Union Chapel Cemetery, Girard, IL.  To leave a comment for the family please visit:  www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com

20 thoughts on “Dustin A. Mack

  1. So sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing your story. It is very brave and bold! My heart breaks for your loss! I am praying for comfort for your family during this difficult time!

    • Thank you for your kinds words!! We want to help as many people as possible in my brothers memory!

  2. I did not have the opportunity to know Dustin. As a reader/observer my sincere condolences to his family and my personal praise for the courage to write such a beautiful and touching obituary–a model one. I cannot imagine your pain, and I pray that your faith, your family and your friends will help sustain you in the days ahead. God bless.

  3. I personally didn’t know Dustin. But thanks for sharing his story. Hopefully his story will help someone else who struggles with mental illness to seek out help. I will keep you all in my prayers. As I personally know the struggles of a loved one with mental illness. My heart goes out to you all during this time.

    • This is amazing we appreciate you reaching out please share with anyone you know who is struggling and let them know they are loved!

  4. So sorry for your loss. Thanking you for telling of his addiction, so that it may open the eyes of someone else with addiction. Glad he knew our Lord n Savior. Dustin is happy n whole again. God bless you all. Sending love hugs n prayers for his family n friends.

    • Thank you so much!! As this being the hardest time of my life I miss my brother so much all of your comments help me.

  5. Shelia Richard Jenna and Amber,
    I am so sorry to hear about this. You know how I feel about all of you. Please let me know if you need anything.. Dustin will be missed by so many. The Lord has his arms around him and he is now free of pain, suffering,and the cravings. He is free to look down on all of you. We never know why or we will never understand but we do know he is in a better place. He is not hurting anymore and is free of all the cravings and pain.. please help keep him alive in his childrens life. I am here for all of you. Again I’m so sorry .. Love you all to the moon and beyond.

  6. So sad for your loss Richard and Sheila. Thank you for your honesty as it will hopefully save someone who is sick with addiction. Dustin God bless your soul. We pray all family will be given love and peace at this time of such great sadness.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. As someone who knew Dustin back in high school and has occasionally seen him over the years and also has a family member who struggles with all of the same issues my heart goes out to you all. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time. May he finally be in God’s loving arms.

  8. My heart breaks for each one of you you each had a love for him in a different way. It’s nice to know that he found God. History will help influence others to know that they are not alone. May his legacy lives on through his children and family. My ex wife lost her battle with addiction this last year as well in July. Hope does leave but peace arrives. Godspeed Dustin. Peace be with you all.

  9. Thank you for sharing Dustin’s story. It may come as a help to others struggling, like Dustin did. We pray for Dustin’s family and the repose of Dustin’s soul.

  10. I’m so very sorry for your loss, but I thank you so much for the bravery you have in sharing Dustin’s story. Prayers for you all as you go on without him here.

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