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Victor C. “Spud” Sylvester Jr., 89, of Normal, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3, 2017) at his home.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m., Thursday (Nov. 9, 2017) at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Military rites will be accorded by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2017) at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Normal Fire Department.

Victor was born July 2, 1928, in Normal, the son of C. Victor and Lucy Moberly Sylvester Sr. He married Patricia McBurney on July 29, 1950, in Piggot, Ark. She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 1999.

Survivors include five children, Dan Sylvester of Milwaukee, Wis.; Ken (Pat) Sylvester of Normal; Mike (Deb) Sylvester of Normal; Chuck Sylvester of Normal; and Carol (Joe) Spencer of Boone, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Rudisill of Towanda; and Vivian June Smith of Mammoth Cave, Ky.; and one brother, Richard Sylvester of Normal.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Sylvester; two sisters and one brother.

Victor was a United States Army and Army National Guard veteran, serving in Japan.

Spud was a firefighter from 1952 until 1976, serving as Normal’s Fire Chief from 1968 to 1976. He held many jobs in his lifetime. He was a laborer, a firefighter, an electrician for the railroad and lineman/phone installer for General Telephone.

He was a member of Laborer’s Local 362, Moose Lodge No. 745, the Bloomington Masonic Lodge, Bloomington Shrine Club of Shriner’s International, and was a 50 year member of the Carl S. Martin American Legion Post 635 in Normal. We will miss you, Pa Spud.

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