Richard "Mike" Hearn

July 24, 1953 - December 4, 2018



Richard “Mike” Hearn, 65, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully at home on December 4, 2018. Born to Joe and Helen (Smitkamp) Hearn on July 24, 1953 in Oakland, IL. He married the love of his life, Nancy Turner, on August 3, 1990. Mike graduated from Oakland High School in 1971. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1976 from EIU and his masters of Secondary Education in 1993 at NIU.

Mike was a well known football coach at Belvidere High School , home of the Belvidere Bucs, for 36 years and coached one year in Villa Grove. As an assistant coach he helped lead the Bucs to two State championship titles in 1993 and 1994.  In 1997 he became the head coach leading the Bucs to 10 consecutive winning seasons and 9 playoff appearances.  He was also a two time recipient of the Conference Coach of the Year award for the NIC-10.

He was a member of the Sig Pi Fraternity at EIU, the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association, Illinois Driver Education Association. He was inducted into the IHSA Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Belvidere Bucs Football Hall of Fame in 2018. He was also a proud member of the Mel Brown League and Friday Morning Breakfast Club.  Mike loved spending time with family. He enjoyed music, golf, and his swimming pool.

Mike will be loved and missed by his wife, Nancy; his children, Ali Hearn and Luke (Leslie) Hearn; brother, Bill (Pat) Hearn; sisters, Sharon (Joe) Hood and Di Hearn; sister-in-law’s, Teri Keegan and Julie Turner and many special nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews. Special thank you to all of his wonderful friends who helped him through this journey called life. Mike lived life to the fullest – it’s what he did best!  No Regrets!

He is preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Jim and Marilyn Turner; sister-in-law Lori Turner; and brother-in-law, Rock Keegan.

Visitation will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 221 N Main St, Belvidere, IL 61008. Memorial Service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the PAC at Belvidere High School, 1500 East Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008, with Rev. Dr. Robert Kopp officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials to establish a scholarship in Mike’s honor. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit

Service Schedule

Saturday, December 8, 2018

First Presbyterian Church


Visitation will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 221 N Main St, Belvidere, IL 61008.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Memorial Service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the PAC at Belvidere High School, 1500 East Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008

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Nancy, my Heart goes out to you – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wishing you Peace

Lori (Fair) Meyer 2018-12-10T09:51:38

My condolences Nancy and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

K Scott 2018-12-09T13:15:52

Coach Hearn was my sophomore football coach in 1989. I LOVED playing for him and couldn’t wait to practice every day. He was fun, positive, inspiring, and knew the game well. He’s one of reasons I became a teacher and coach. It was such a treat to help coach summer camps for a few years after I graduated and got to know him on an entirely different level. I also loved running into him at coaching clinics and catching up. He left a legacy by pouring into others and living life to the fullest.

Coach Hearn, You had a huge impact on me and I’ll be forever grateful that I had the chance to know you! I hope you’ll have a spot on the team for me when I get to Heaven! God Bless!

David Perry 2018-12-08T12:02:58

Mike and I were teammates and best friends at Oakland High School. He was always enthusiastic and positive with a great attitude. He was an outstanding athlete for the Oaks and more importantly a tremendous person. Prayers to the entire Hearn family.

Gerald Temples 2018-12-08T06:59:26

Mike was a special person and coach. As a basketball coach from Freeport High School, I knew Mike as a assistant for Mark Frailey. We had the utmost respect for Mike and Belvidere’s program. We enjoyed his company at the state tournament. Mike’s competitive spirit will live on.

Don Tresemer

Don Tresemer 2018-12-08T06:11:18

One of the most fortunate things to happen in my life occurred on a hot August day in 1976. The new head football coach,Vern Pottinger took me out to the football coaches office at Belvidere High School and introduced me to Mike Hearn. He was the new head freshman coach and I was to be his assistant. Thus began a 42 year friendship, that included 35 years of coaching football together at Belvidere, that I truly cherish. He was a good husband, father, teacher, coach, and all around great guy. I will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy, Ali, and Luke.

Chuck Larson 2018-12-07T16:11:52

We called him Henry…like Henry Aaron. Never met a guy more full of life. A great teammate and friend. His attitude, courage, and sense of humor throughout his battle were nothing short of amazing. His spirit will live on forever in the hearts of his family, friends, and the players he coached.

James Magruder 2018-12-06T20:18:10

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike after he retired from teaching and worked part-time for us at a MARENGO HS for several years. I enjoyed talking to him each day about sports, football, family and friends and common people we both may have known over the years. Our staff and any students who had him for BTW loved him and he made each and everyone he came in contact with him feel valued and cared about. What a great guy! His passion for teaching and kids was obvious to all who met him. He made our school a better place in the short period of time he was with us I’m sure everyone who ever got to know him felt the same. My condolences to his family. Dan Bertrand, retired Supt MCHS #154

Dan Bertrand 2018-12-06T20:16:19

I knew Mike in the 80s when he lived in Rockford. He was a class act–just a great guy, so full of life! I am lucky to have known him. Wishing his peace and comfort in the days ahead. God Speed Mike.

Beth MacCallum Marlewski 2018-12-06T14:52:11

Your Condolence*Nancy and Family,
Frank and I are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We are sad down here but think of Jim, Rock, Lor and Mar smiling. You will always have wonderful memories in your hearts that will never go away. Peace to you all.

Pattie Cesarek 2018-12-06T14:11:08


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