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12/27/2019 11:14:00 AM
Tom Alan Bilyeu
May 16, 1944 - December 23, 2019
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Tom Alan Bilyeu “T.A.”, 75 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 4:16 p.m. in his daughters’ home in Springfield, Ill. surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 16, 1944 in Taylorville, Ill. the son of Keith W. and Betty J. (Sams) Bilyeu. He married Barbara Sue Wingler on September 29, 1974 at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, Ill. and she preceded him in death on December 13, 2006.

He was retired from the State of Illinois Secretary of State. Tom loved the outdoors, planting gardens and picking his fruit trees and raspberries. He was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt for mushrooms in the spring and fall. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was a troop leader for several years.

He is survived by his daughters: Taunya M. (Kurt) Henke; Melissa J. Bilyeu and Alecia (Randy) Grafton; grandchildren: Robert G. “Bobby” Hanauer III, Hailee I. Henke, Jayden Garrett Browning; several step and great-grandchildren; siblings: Don (Jan) Bilyeu, Janice (Eric) Woolums, Sally (Scott) White, brother-in-law: David Michael (Walt) Wingler; several cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; aunt Jane (Lynn) Gibbs and cousin Carole Roberts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-parents, wife Barbara Bilyeu, uncle Fred Sams, cousin Gary Sams and several other cousins.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Ill.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign their online guest book at

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