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Chester E. “Chet” Thurman


Canton – Chester E. “Chet” Thurman, 84, of Canton, passed away at 3:20 PM on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at The Loft. He was born on September 19, 1934 in Farmington to Charles and Hazel (Senders) Thurman. He married Shirley Crouse on July 3, 1956 in Canton; she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Michael Thurman of Farmington and Barb (Mark) Long of Canton; three grandchildren, Jason (Brooke) Thurman, Nicholas Stanley, and April (Joe) Allen; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Ralph (Ruth) Thurman of Norris; and one sister, Donna Thurman of Canton.

Chester was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Raymond Thurman, and two sisters, Darlene Bugos and Joann Carrison.

Chester worked as a machinist for Caterpillar. He was a past member of the Norris United Methodist Church and a volunteer fire fighter for the Norris Fire Department for several years.

Chester served during the Korean War in the United States Navy.

 A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Franzoni Park in Norris, IL; where Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Navy. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Norris United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Lary and LeeAnn Howarter

    Reply August 26, 2019 3:07 pm

    Barb-Mark and family. So sorry for your loss. God Bless !!

  • Lary and LeeAnn Howarter

    Reply August 26, 2019 3:08 pm

    Barb-Mark and family. So sorry for your loss. God Bless !!

  • Jane Brodbeck

    Reply August 26, 2019 7:04 pm

    Shirley and Family…Very sorry to hear of Chet’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim, Jane, Cole, Drew and Emily Brodbeck

  • Robert A Crouse

    Reply August 26, 2019 11:55 pm

    Sorry to hear of Uncle Chet passing, he was a good man and I loved him dearly. Aunt Shirley, Mike, and Barb, and love you all and all of yr familys, God Bless you all

  • Samantha

    Reply August 27, 2019 5:09 am

    Thinking of you Barb, Mike, Shirley and extended family! May you find comfort knowing you all did an amazing job and hes at peace now. Love u guys so much.

    Sam, Tyler, & Marc

  • Patti Fonseca

    Reply August 27, 2019 6:37 am

    Aunt Shirley I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Chet’s passing. We loved visiting you both. We remember Chet for the fish frys and playing cards on each of our visits. All our love to you and the family.

  • Cecilia Williams

    Reply August 27, 2019 7:07 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go to all of the family in this time of their loss.Dave Auld and Cecilia Williams

  • Pat Wood

    Reply August 27, 2019 8:04 am

    Shirley Mike and Barb .so sorry for your loss .you’ll be in my prayers. God bless yall.I love you all.

  • Pam Trone

    Reply August 27, 2019 4:22 pm

    So sorry for your lose. Tommy and Pam Trone


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  • Helen Untz

    Reply August 29, 2019 10:36 am

    Dear Shirley, Michael, Barb & Family,
    We’re wrapping our arms around you. Just want to share this with you:
    I thought I’d better let you know
    The reason I’ve gone missin’
    I’m where there’s a ten pound angel fish
    That’s right, I’ve just gone fishin’
    A man named Peter at some gates
    Asked if I had permission
    My anglers license got me in
    And now I’m happy fishin’
    The waters here are crystal clear
    Better than the river Severn
    You get a bite at every cast
    In this lovely river Heaven
    My old dad’s casting by my side
    And my dear mom I’m a kissin’
    Don’t worry all, I’m happy here
    Yes, I’ve simply just gone fishin’.
    Lot’s of Love, Babe & Pauly

  • Brenda Raymond

    Reply August 29, 2019 11:03 am

    Cheryl, Dennis and I are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Chet was a kind man and loved you so much. May God wrap his arms around you and console you. We love you Aunt Shirley and we’re here for you.
    God Bless you

  • Patsy Atchley

    Reply August 29, 2019 8:03 pm

    Shirley, Mike & Barb: So sorry to hear of Chet’s passing . You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you . Love you Pat & Dave

  • Natasha Colter

    Reply August 30, 2019 5:03 am

    So very sorry for your guys loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Love and strength!

  • Phyllis Davidson

    Reply August 30, 2019 11:10 am

    Shirley, I am so sorry for you and your children. This is a hard thing to go through. But somehow you will. You will have family and friends to support you. Memories are something you will always have. You have my sincere sympathy.

  • Caitlin Christy

    Reply August 30, 2019 1:28 pm

    Shirley, Mike, and Barb,

    We were sorry to see the news about Chet’s passing. Thinking about you all.

    Carrie and Steve

  • Carrie Christy

    Reply August 30, 2019 1:34 pm

    Shirley, Mike, and Barb,

    We were sorry to see the news about Chet’s passing. Thinking about you all.

    Carrie and Steve

  • Janet Rhodes

    Reply September 4, 2019 10:08 am

    Shirley, so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband.
    Janet (Wilcoxen) Rhodes

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