Earl R. Siders 89, of Decatur, IL passed away at 10:10 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Hickory Point Christian Village, with his family by his side.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, IL. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Earl was born on April 25, 1927, in Springfield, IL the son of Lloyd and Eva (Workman) Siders. He attended Buffalo Tri-City High School and was a graduate in the class of 1945. He served in the US Army and was a W.W.II veteran. He was a 1959 graduate of Millikin University. He married Annie Belle Carter on February 12, 1955. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2009. Earl was a retired Supervisor of Plant Protection for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Decatur. He enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, and had a passionate love for golf. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He loved hearing his great-granddaughter Caylee’s track stories. Earl was a kind and gentle person with a generous heart.
Surviving are his children: Cindy Parks of Norfolk, VA, Scott Siders and his wife Cathy of Sherman, IL and Sami Siders and spouse Elizabeth of Decatur, IL; step-daughter: Patricia Howard of Missoula, MT; brother: Larry Siders and his wife Dee of Crystal City, MO; grandchildren: Nick Parks and his wife Katie of Norfolk, VA, Jenna Collins and her husband Todd of Decatur, IL, Andy Siders of St. Charles, IL, Lindsey Siders of Brooklynn, NY, Jessica Siders of Springfield, IL, Katie Siders of Sherman, IL, Angela St. Clair and her husband Rob of Decatur, IL Lisa Blair of Decatur, IL and Daniel Bennett and his wife Kelly of Kentucky; several great-grandchildren also survive.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brothers: Gene, Stacey, and Nick, and sister: Marjorie.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of Hickory Point Christian Village for all their care and compassion.