Joseph L. Cecil, age 80, of Galesburg, Illinois, died at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at his residence in Galesburg, Illinois. He was born on April 19, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois the son of John C. and Mary (Perry) Cecil. He married Letitia (Blohm) Turner on January 7, 1980 in Galesburg, Illinois. Surviving is his wife, Letitia Cecil of Galesburg, Illinois; one son: Phillip (Luann) Cecil of Knoxville, Illinois; one daughter: Susan Kottenstette of Fort Madison, Iowa; one step-daughter: Lana Mason of Cameron, Illinois; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Also surviving is five sisters: Stella Peterson of Oquawka, Illinois, Betty Wade of Pleasanton, California, Linda Terpening of Galesburg, Illinois, Millie Burgess of Louisville, Kentucky, and Joann (Wes) Crawford of St. Charles, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Richard and one sister, Marge Barbero. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Galesburg, Illinois. Member of the UTU of Galesburg, Illinois. He lived most all of his life in Galesburg. He enjoyed working with his hands, gardening, woodworking and refinishing furniture. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services. Memorials contributions may be made to the OSF Hospice or Illinois CancerCare Foundation both of Galesburg, Illinois. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in charge of arrangements.
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