Daryle E. Tegeder February 6, 1932 - April 5, 2015

    Daryle E. Tegeder, 83, of 549 Morgan Cass County Line Road, Meredosia, died Easter Sunday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at his home following an extended illness since 1985.
    He was born February 6, 1932 in Beardstown, the son of Howard and Clara (Roegge) Tegeder. He married Donna J. Ommen on Sept. 12, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Meredosia.
    She survives, along with four children: Charlotte (John) Wildrick, Glenelg, MD, Carolyn (Tom) Browning, rural Versailles, David Tegeder, Johnston, Iowa and Cynthia Johnson. rural Meredosia. Also surviving are four grandsons: Caleb Browning, Ballwin, Mo., Ethan (Hilary) Browning, Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., Matthew and Carson Wildrick, Glenelg, MD, and one granddaughter, Shelby Johnson, rural Meredosia; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Browning, Twenty Nine Palms, Calif.; a brother Wayne (Betty) Tegeder, Barrington; one sister, Patsy Wessel, St. Petersburg, Fla., along with several nieces and nephews; and a godson, Brian Dawson of Jacksonville.
    Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Gwendolyn Tegeder, brother-in-law Richard Wessel, and a niece, Tania Wessel-Town.
    Daryle was baptized, confirmed and a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Arenzville, and a current member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Chapin, and a member of St. Paul’s Men’s Club.
    Daryle was a graduate of Meredosia High School and University of Illinois, earning his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree.
    He held many church offices: Chairman and Secretary of Immanuel Church Board, Chairman of Men’s Club and Fellowship League, and a junior Bible class teacher. He sang in the church choir and was a member of the L.L.L. Zone 7 Men’s Choir.
    He was employed as DeWitt County Farm Advisor upon graduation from the University of Illinois. He proudly served his country in the U.S. ARMY (1955-1957), served in the IL National Guard Reserves for six years, discharged in 1961. He was then employed as sales manager of Bureau County Grain Company.
    In 1959 Daryle and his family moved to Cass County and began farming his great-grandfather Roegge’s farm, where he raised livestock (hogs), melons, and grain. Following a farm injury he retired from farming and became employed at Gelderman Commodities and then became branch manager of Heinold Commodities.
    He loved sports and followed the Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinals, loved to fish and hunt, work with wood, and especially loved going to his children and grandchildren’s school activities and ballgames. He was a 4-H Leader of the first combined Ag and Home-Economics Club in Illinois for 15 years. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved dogs, Sasha and Auggie. Daryle was honored by being named Illinois Prairie Farmer Master Farmer and Cass County Young Farmer. He was past president of the following associations: Meredosia-Chambersbug School Board, Cass County Extension Council, Cass County Farm Bureau, Cass County Pork Producers, Morgan County 4-H Youth Council and Morgan County Fair Board. He also served as Director of Illinois Land of Lincoln Soybean Association. He was a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
    Visitation with the family will be held Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. one hour prior to the funeral. Visitation will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1930 St. Paul’s Church Road, Chapin.
    Funeral Services will follow at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 11, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Gene Strattman officiating. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held following the funeral at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery located six miles East of Meredosia.
    Williamson-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Cass-Schuyler Hospice and Meredosia Rescue Squad.
    Condolences may be left at www.airsman-hires.com.

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