Funeral Services for DGN Baseball Coach Mike Amrhein Held Privately

Funeral services private but memorials to benefit Amrhein's children can still be made.

Funeral services for were held in private by the family, but memorials in benefit of Amrhein's children can still be made.

According to an obituary through Knollcrest Funeral Home in Lombard, memorials to benefit Amrhein's two daughters—Alexis (Ally) and Michaela (Ella) Amrhein—can be made at any 5/3rd Bank branch.

Amrhein, who passed away at the age of 37 on July 5, worked in the and was an assistant varsity baseball coach. The cause of death is not being released.

"Mike was a dedicated employee, and always served as positive example to our students," superintendent Mark McDonald wrote in a statement. "He was a wonderful leader to other staff members as well, excelling in every position he held at District 99."

Amrhein was a graduate of and attended the University of Notre Dame on a college scholarship. After graduating there in 1997, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the tenth round and played six years in their minor league organization, eventually working his way up to AAA, according to Amrhein's profile on the Booster Club site.

Please continue to share your memories of Amrhein with us as we will be centralizing the sentiments later this week.

Robert Bykowski July 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I don't see the problem. If you want to donate, you can. If you don't want to, you don't have to. But making a donation doesn't entitle someone to know the intimate details of a loved one's death if the family wants to keep it as private as possible.
Chris Hansen July 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Just like you didn't see that was a teenage boy? Ya right....
Tom Callahan July 11, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I had Coach Amrhein as a coach and mentor during one year of baseball at DGN. His impact on my was much more than many of my coaches. His personality and the way he handled himself had a large impact on me. He was soft spoken, but his voice had heavy impact on those around him because we respected him and he respected us. We called him "Hammertime," because of the way his last name sounded and because he was super tough especially with a bat. He was a big tough dude, but he had the sensitivity of the kindest person you could imagine. When I think back on my short time with him, I picture him starring at me, which translates into him LISTENING to me/us and where we were coming from not trying to overpower us with his opinion or knowledge (which was immense). I also picture him laughing and having a great time amongst us as one of us (players/guys) not as an authority. I greatly miss him and send my thoughts out to his family and anyone else close to him. Rest in Power--Tom Callahan
Scott C. July 12, 2012 at 05:01 AM
No, Debbie, it doesn't really matter. Simple curiosity based on the multiple articles, that's all.
Karen Karson July 12, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Could someone tell me why Jims comment above was not deleted by the Downers Grove Patch? He was a coach and a teacher and the students and athletics don't need to be upset by the disrespect of the families wishes. And why is the flag as inappropropriate link not working?


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