Sylvester Junior Fosdick, 86, Forrest, died 9:10 p.m. Monday (Nov. 6, 2017) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Fairbury, with Pastor Daryl Evans officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Township Cemetery with full military rites accorded by Forrest American Legion.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. The family suggests memorials be given to First Baptist Church, Fairbury, or Central States Threshermen’s Reunion, P.O. Box 293, Pontiac, IL 61764. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, is assisting with arrangements.

He was born July 19, 1931, in Wing, the son of Sylvester Roy and Mary Henrietta Watkins Fosdick. He married Beverly Fritts on Oct. 17, 1952, in Chatsworth. She survives in Forrest.

Other survivors include one daughter, Sharon (Randal) Kinzinger, Buckley; three sons, Larry (Julia) Fosdick, Pontiac; Harry (Lisa) Fosdick, Chenoa; Tim (Brenda) Fosdick, Pekin; 13 grandchildren, including Logan Fosdick who Sylvester and Beverly raised; 17 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Esther Stone, Ottawa.

He was preceded in death by one son, Dale; one great-granddaughter; and two sisters.

He was a graduate of Fairbury High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a lifetime farmer and had worked as a crane operator at Pittsburgh Tube, Fairbury.

He was a lifetime member and supporter of the Threshermen’s Reunion (1948-present). He had his pilot’s license and did independent mission work as far away as South America.

Sylvester lived his life as a faithful disciple of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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