CHENOA - Lee G. Fillingham, 86, Chenoa, died at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 12, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Chenoa, with Pastor Rob McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa, with military rites conducted by Chenoa VFW Post 8350. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa.
The family suggests that memorials be directed to the United Methodist Church of Chenoa or Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community.
Mr. Fillingham was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Pontiac, a son of Gordon and Ruth Grandy Fillingham. He married Glenna Cable on Aug. 18, 1946, in Chenoa. She survives in Chenoa.
Also surviving are three children, Gary (Linda) Fillingham and Lou Ann (Daniel) Cavanaugh, both of Bloomington; Avis (Brian) Hall, LaQuinta, Calif.; two sisters, Marian Hebenstreit, Glen Ellyn, and Doris Brown, Pontiac; and four grandchildren, Stephanie Koets, Yale Fillingham, Chase Fillingham and Nathan Cavanaugh.
He was preceded in death by both parents.
Lee was a 1940 graduate of Pontiac Township High School and attended Shirtliff College, Alton, and Illinois State University, Normal. He was a lifetime farmer in the Chenoa area and a member of the United Methodist Church of Chenoa.
During World War II, he served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans aboard the USS Chester T. O'Brien. Mr. Fillingham enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
An online guest book and registry are available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com .