EUREKA – Jerry Dale Sides, 74, died at 8:45 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, at his home in Eureka, surrounded by his wife and children.
He was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Athens, Ala., the son of Edgar and Mary Smith Sides. He married Mary “Penny” Landgraf on Aug. 31, 1968, in Normal. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Michelle (Barry) Hoogerwerf and Mandy Sides, both of Arlington, Texas; two sons, Ryan (Rachel) Sides, Congerville and Alex Sides, Pensacola, Fla.; four grandchildren, Cade Hoogerwerf, Avery Hoogerwerf, Jackson Sides and Payton Sides; four sisters, Sarah Cornelle Gerber and Ginger (Gary) Springer, both of Eureka, Will Ann (Freda) Melaik, Peoria and Della (Ray) Prince, Bloomington and several loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and five sisters.
Jerry worked at the Caterpillar plant in Morton for 39 years as a purchasing analyst and ground engaging tools specialist. He also owned/operated Cavalcade Farms, rural Eureka, as he raised Polled Hereford and Purebred Angus Cattle. Jerry enjoyed showing cattle at county and state fairs across the country with family and friends. He was an influential leader in the cattle community, as he shared his knowledge, love and passion with others. Jerry was a member of Eureka American Legion Post No. 466, the American Angus Association and a charter member who helped to start the Eureka Junior Football League (JFL) and youth wrestling programs. He was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren. Jerry followed their sport activities all over the country. The stands will not be the same without him as he was their number one fan. He also cheered on the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday with a visitation from 3 to 6 p.m. along with a sharing of memories at 4:30 p.m. at Congerville Village Hall in Congerville. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to PanCan, DFW 2019 Purple Stride/Jogging for Jerry using the link: http://support.pancan.org/site/TR?fr_id=1813&pg=team&team_id=21209. The family will be running in his honor on Nov. 9 in Dallas, Texas. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is dedicated to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Checks can also be made out to PanCan with DFW 2019 Purple Stride/Jogging for Jerry in the memo and mail to PanCan Los Angeles Office, 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 90266.