Mr. Charles Eldon Crowder, 70, of Tovey, IL went to meet his maker, peacefully, with his family by his side at 7:50 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital at Taylorville, surrounded by family and friends.
Chuck was born April 10, 1943, in Taylorville, the son of Charles E. and Dorothy Durbin Crowder. He attended schools in Morrisonville and Kincaid. He married Margaret C. Jones on June 20, 1965 in Taylorville. He was the first police officer in Tovey and held that position for several years. He then worked as a deputy sheriff at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years, retiring in 2001. After retiring from the sheriff’s office he was a part time police officer in Edinburg from 2007 to 2013. Eldon was a member of the Taylorville Mound Lodge #122 A.F. & A.M., 9th Eastern District of Illinois. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam War.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret of Tovey, IL; daughter, Tami (J.R.) Griffin of Taylorville, IL; son, Troy Crowder of Tovey, IL; daughter, Toni (John) Moore of Russellville, KY; four grandchildren: Jacob Griffin of Taylorville, IL, Justin (companion Jordan Bunch) Griffin of Taylorville, IL, Brady Moore and Brandee Moore, both of Kentucky; four sisters: Elaine (Roger) Lederbrand, Terry (LeRoy) Harris, Diane (Keith) Morgan and Susan (Jeff) Baird; three brothers: Dennis (Janet) Crowder, Randy (Megan) Crowder, all of Taylorville, IL and Robert Crowder of Quincy, IL; along with a great many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gary and Larry Crowder.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, IL. Rev. Chad Foster will officiate. Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery, North of Tovey, IL. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday night at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, with Masonic services being held at 7:00 p.m., conducted by Taylorville Masonic Lodge #122.
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Funeral services for retired deputy sheriff Charles Eldon Crowder, 70, of Tovey, IL were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid. Rev. Chad Foster officiated to a standing room only crowd. Burial followed services in Bethany Cemetery, North of Tovey, IL.
Pallbearers were Dick Mahan, Bob Patrick, Jim Dowdy, Jim Boaden, Rick Sutton and Rob Thomason. Honorary Pallbearers were Jack Welburn, Roy Wilbur and Mike Sheedy. A funeral luncheon was held after the burial at South Fork Dirt Riders.