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Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
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Charles "Leon" Mahan

Charles “Leon” Mahan, 86 of Chatham formerly of Taylorville passed away at 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Sunrise Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Virden, IL. He was born on July 12, 1933 in East St. Louis, IL the son of Otis Mahan and Cleo (Mahon). He married Sylvia Dowdy on February 9, 1952 and then later married Hope Strumpher on November 8, 1973. Leon was a retired Master Sargent for the Illinois State Police, and he was also the Christian County Sheriff from 1986-1990. He was a member of the Leslie-Reddick Legion Post #721 in Morrisonville, Fraternal order of Police Lodge #41, Morrisonville Lodge #681 AF & AM, Mid America Sports Parachute Club and the Illinois Police Association. Leon was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1951-1955.

He is survived by his Wife Hope Mahan of Chatham, IL; Daughters: Jane (Bernie) Held of Plainfield, IL; Gayle Nickey of Decatur, IL; Rhonda (Declan) Boyle of Auburn, IL; Son: Jeff (Cheryl) Mahan of Ozawkie, KS; Grandchildren: Stephanie (Kevin) Como; Melissa (Dan) Johnson; Jason (Holly) Held; Becky (Jim) Ramey; Michael Mickey, Kevin Mickey, Tera (Eric) Enderlin; Jessika (Bobby) Goff; Amanda (Shane) Mitchell; Adam Mahan; Ashley (Jonnie) Gentry; Step-Grandson: Justin Harris; Twenty-Two Great-Grandchildren; Sister-in-Laws: Margaret (Mag) Mahan, Judith Mahan, Kathy (Mahan) O’Roarke and Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Siblings: Wayne Mahan, Russ Mahan, Keith Mahan, Danny Mahan and Sister-in-Law Delores Mahan.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Ted Chapman and Bob Kinderman officiating. Burial will be in Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors. 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite E. Springfield, IL 62704.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Hope and family, so sorry for your loss. I know Leon was a great guy, was highly respected and will be missed daily. Wishing you comfort at this difficult time. An old friend thinking of you.

Ellen Elam Sep 8 2019 12:00 AM

I'm sorry I was not able to pay my respects in person. Your family has been in my thoughts all week. The photo gallery was just beautiful. It was nice to see how Mr. Mahan's family has grown. I caught a photo of his mom and him. She was a roommate of my first husband's grandmother at Meadow Manor. Cleo was such a sweet woman. Please know I have been praying for all of you. Love Always.

Carmen M. Luczak Sep 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles "Leon" Mahan

Earl & Doris Bailey Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

A THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was ordered on September 3, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 3 2019 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was ordered on September 2, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 2 2019 12:00 AM

Really! You must be a real fucking asshole, ass wipe, shit stain in your own pants to post this! Go fuck yourself! You poor son of a bitch, you can't even leave your real name. What a coward!

Dana Strumpher Sep 2 2019 12:00 AM

It was truly a blessing to be a part of Leon and Hope's lives. His smile will never be forgotten. Prayers to your family.

Kasey Fitzgerald Sep 2 2019 12:00 AM

Jane and Bernie. You and your families and your siblings have my deepest sympathy!

Your Aunt Ramona Grundy Sep 2 2019 12:00 AM

Friends and Family uploaded 182 to the gallery.

Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM