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Joseph C Large II, 89 of Owaneco passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. at home in rural Owaneco IL. He was born on April 28, 1929 in Pana, IL the son of Clarence and Harriet (Wilcox) Large. Joe worked as a farmer and lived his entire life on the home place. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing, water skiing, eating out at Chick-Fil-A, his John Deere farm toys and being with family and friends. Joe was a Past Master of Masonic Locust Lodge #623 in Owaneco and a member since 1953. He was a member of the Ansar Shrine, the Christian County Zoning Board, Christian County Farm Bureau Board, and Taylorville United Methodist Church Board. He served as a Christian County Republican Committeeman, a chairman for the Land of Lincoln farm toy show, and served on the Buckeye Cemetery Board.
Joe married Nita Joyce Ryan on October 3, 1948 in Morrisonville, IL. She survives along with sons: J.C. (Connie) Large of Owaneco, IL, Douglas Large of Owaneco, IL, Tim (Cheryl Bursa) Large of Springfield, IL; daughters: Rebecca (Ron) Boddie of Katy, TX, Deborah (David) Keith of Fisher, IL; grandchildren: Kellie (Mike Austin) Large-Cass of Springfield, IL, Brandon (Lori) Large of Taylorville, IL, Brian (Mary) Keith of Bloomington, IL, Robert (Nicole) Keith of Carol Stream, IL, Lindsay Boddie of San Marcos, TX, Bryce Boddie of Katy, TX; great-grandchildren: Paige Large of Taylorville, IL, Brody Large of Taylorville, IL, and baby boy Keith due in November; sister: Ruth Large Allen of Galesburg, IL; and several nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with masonic services starting at 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with Pastor Becky Lembke and Pastor Bob Cook officiating. Burial will be held in Buckeye Cemetery in Rural Owaneco.
Memorials may be made to Taylorville First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, Illinois 62568 or Shriners Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.