|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1928|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2010|
CUBA, IL - Richard L. Churchill, age 81, of 647 E. Jefferson St. passed away at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, IL.
He was born June 17, 1928, in Canton, a son of Leonard Andrew and Leoma Margurette Mary (Degitz) Churchill. He married Shirley Joan Weese on Aug. 23, 1953, in Camden. She died Dec. 15, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virginia Walters and Dorothy Churchill; and one brother, Donald Churchill.
Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Churchill of Bloomington and Rosalie (Roger) Swango of Smithfield; one son, Bill Churchill of Morrison; seven grandchildren, Julia (Kevin) Colby of Lafayette, Ind., Myra (Travis) Houzenga of Macomb, Ashley (Jim) Thicksten of Erie, Melissa Sibley of Bloomington, and Nichole, Billie Jean and Brett Swango, all of Smithfield; three great-grandchildren, Lilianna and Aspen Houzenga and Levi Colby; two nieces, June West and Linda (Richard) Henderson; and one nephew, Ralph (Beth) Simpson.
Richard graduated from Cuba High School in 1946. He was a member of the Cuba FFA Chapter and 4-H Club. He enjoyed showing beef cattle and sheep at the county fair. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 90th Field Artillery Battalion of the 25th Infantry Tropic Lightning Division, which was stationed in Japan in 1946 and 1947. He was a retired grain and livestock farmer in Joshua Township and later Pleasant Township in Fulton County. Richard attended church with his family at Brock United Methodist Church in Smithfield.
He was a member of the Fulton County Pork Producers, the Fulton County Farm Bureau, the Canton Elks, Lewistown VFW Post 5001 and the Cuba American Legion Russell Smith Post 533. Richard was a 4-H leader receiving the Fulton County 4-H Alumni Award in 1973 in honor of continued service to the 4-H program. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends and caring for his dog, Buddy.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba, with the Rev. Ardith Corsaw officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, with military services conducted by the Lewistown VFW and the Lewistown American Legion. Visitation will be held Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the memorial home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant Keime Trust.
Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 4/19/2010
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Record added: Apr 26, 2010
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