In memory of
John Richard Chezem
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In memory of
John Richard Chezem
GALESBURG - John Richard Chezem, 88, Galesburg, died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Heartland Health Care and Rehab. John was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Alexis, the son of Alpha Douglas and Mary Ellen (Bedford) Chezem. He married Juanita J. Weedman in 1950. She preceded him in death in 1990. He later married Grace Green Hardine on Oct. 5, 1991, in Galesburg. Grace survives, as do two sons, Michael Chezem of Makanda and Mark (Lori) Chezem of Galesburg; two daughters, Linda (Deb Worden) Chezem and Janet Taylor, both of Galesburg; one stepdaughter, Stacey (David) Farrell of Galesburg; and two stepsons, Tim (Marianne) Hardine of Bolingbrook and Mick (Susan) Hardine of Pella, Iowa. John is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Brenda Switzer of Santa Rosa, California. Along with his parents and first wife, John was preceded in death by two brothers. John served in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne. After his military service, he worked as a milkman for Meadow Gold Dairy for 42 years, retiring in 1992. John was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285, as well as being a former member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed carpentry work and spent many years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. John was a Boy Scout leader for 15 years. He enjoyed traveling, camping, going fishing in Canada and attending his grandchildren's sporting and school events. The rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, with visitation following from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jacob Rose officiating. Cremation will follow services. Private burial will be in Victoria Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, St. Patrick's Church or Faith United Methodist Church. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.
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In memory of
John Richard Chezem
GALESBURG - John Richard Chezem, 88, Galesburg, died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Heartland Health Care and Rehab. John was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Alexis, the son of Alpha Douglas and Mary Ellen (Bedford) Chezem. He married Juanita J. Weedman in 1950. She preceded him in death in 1990. He later married Grace Green Hardine on Oct. 5, 1991, in Galesburg. Grace survives, as do two sons, Michael Chezem of Makanda and Mark (Lori) Chezem of Galesburg; two daughters, Linda (Deb Worden) Chezem and Janet Taylor, both of Galesburg; one stepdaughter, Stacey (David) Farrell of Galesburg; and two stepsons, Tim (Marianne) Hardine of Bolingbrook and Mick (Susan) Hardine of Pella, Iowa. John is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Brenda Switzer of Santa Rosa, California. Along with his parents and first wife, John was preceded in death by two brothers. John served in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne. After his military service, he worked as a milkman for Meadow Gold Dairy for 42 years, retiring in 1992. John was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285, as well as being a former member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed carpentry work and spent many years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. John was a Boy Scout leader for 15 years. He enjoyed traveling, camping, going fishing in Canada and attending his grandchildren's sporting and school events. The rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, with visitation following from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jacob Rose officiating. Cremation will follow services. Private burial will be in Victoria Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, St. Patrick's Church or Faith United Methodist Church. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.
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Sku: ftd-S13-4995S

This extraordinary mixed flower bouquet delivers your sympathy with a beauty and faith that reflects the love and loss you feel. The asymmetrical bouquet is hand-arranged by a local FTD artisan florist to make a reverent and respectful setting for an urn of the deceased's cremated remains. Around an angel sculpted of artist's resin are pink roses, carnations, Stargazer lilies, statice and lush greens in a tabletop container that's not visible when set on a flat surface. It makes a fitting focal point for a wake or funeral service. Deluxe bouquet is approximately 12"H x 22"W.

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This extraordinary mixed flower bouquet delivers your sympathy with a beauty and faith that reflects the love and loss you feel. The asymmetrical bouquet is hand-arranged by a local FTD artisan florist to make a reverent and respectful setting for an urn of the deceased's cremated remains. Around an angel sculpted of artist's resin are white roses, carnations, Stargazer lilies, statice and lush greens in a tabletop container that's not visible when set on a flat surface. It makes a fitting focal point for a wake or funeral service. Premium bouquet is approximately 13"H x 22"W.

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