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ODELL -Dudley David Tasker Jr., 89, rural Odell, died at 10:06 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 10, 2005) at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac, with the Rev. James Wolfe III of First Baptist Church, Pontiac, and the Rev. Matt Routien of Pontiac Church of God officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, Odell, with full military rites. Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to ASTA Care Center of Pontiac.

He was born Dec. 9, 1916, in Donaldsonville, La., to Dudley David Tasker Sr. and Adeline Solete Tasker. He married Myrtle Gavin, who he later divorced, and then he married Essie Douglas and divorced also.

Surviving are his daughters, Patricia Eileen Weathersby, Pharretta Tasker, Jackie Tasker, Charlene (Gilbert) Mitchel and Laura Tasker; scores of friends including, Theresa McCarthy, Tennesee; Charles Lewis, Joe Beckett and Shirley Moore, all of Chicago; one sister, Mary Ann Piper, Chicago; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Amelda Jackson, Baton Rouge, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Percy; three sisters, Augamae Russell, Lillie Mae Cotton and Arena Brown.

He was a born-again Christian.

He was a self-employed barber for more than 60 years. He also retired from Chicago public school system. He attended grade school in Donaldsonville, La. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II at C.C.C. 605 Camp, based in Glenview.

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