Obits: Eyer, Duffy


Chester “Chet” Eyer, 89, of Anchor, passed away at 4:11am, April 11, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anchor. Pastor Ed Huddelson will be officiating.

Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Anchor, where military honors will be performed.

Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Friday, April 13, 2018, also at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anchor and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anchor or Leon Kellar Assist Fund.

Chet was born February 20, 1929, in Fisher the son of Daniel A. and Matilda Springer Eyer.

He married Gladys Hinrichsen on April 15, 1951. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dan (Vicky) Eyer and David (Martie) Eyer both of Anchor; three grandchildren, Ryan (Ashley) Eyer of Houston, TX, Christina (Adam) Zehr of Cary, and Allison Eyer of Madrid, Spain; two great-granddaughters, Cora and Hayley Zehr; and a great-grandson due in September. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Thelma Schleeter, Harold and Orville Eyer.

He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1954-1956. Chet was a farmer in the Anchor area for 62 years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Anchor, where he was on council, McLean County Farm Bureau, and was Post Commander for the Anchor American Legion.

He was board member for 19 years with Anchor and Alliance Grain Co. and Anchor State Bank board for 35 years. Chet was an avid sports fan of Ridgeview Athletics.

James Francis Duffy, 89, of Pontiac, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:20 p.m. at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac with Father David Sabel officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow the service at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Pontiac.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac with a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born September 27, 1928 in Pontiac, IL to Laurence and Anna (Erschen) Duffy. He married Rosella “Rosie” Nolan on June 22, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac. She passed away March 4, 2018.

He is survived by his children, Joseph F. (Janet) Duffy of Metamora, IL and Steven G. (Joan) Duffy of Pontiac, IL; sisters, Rita (Jack) Schaefer of Graymont, IL and Janet Hurt of Pontiac, IL; sister-in-law, Rita Tibbs of Pontiac, IL; and grandchildren, Jessica (Rob) King, Janelle Duffy, Katherine Duffy, and Kevin Duffy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rosie; two brothers, Richard Duffy and Frank Duffy; and one sister, Merna Calabrese.

Jim was a graduate of Pontiac Township High School, Class of 1946. He served in the United States Army Signal Corp from 1953 to 1955. He was a lifelong farmer in the Pontiac area with his wife, Rosie, always by his side.

Jim was a charter member of the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry and member St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac and the Knights of Columbus. He was past President and served on the Board of Directors for the Rooks Creek Farmers Grain Company, later merging with the Graymont Coop where he continued to serve on the Board for many years. Jim was active with the American Legion Honor Guard. One of his greatest joys was hunting and fishing with his sons.

Memorials may be made to the Evenglow Lodge Employee Christmas Fund or St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.

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