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Oak Hill Cemetery
Tuesday April 6th, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Tuesday April 6th, 2021

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Richard Lee Tirey

Richard Lee Tirey, 72 of Jeiseyville passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at his home in Jeiseyville, IL. He was born on June 6, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the son of Floyd Leslie and Geneva Marie (Jones) Trey. He married Paulette Summers on July 2, 1967 in Taylorville, IL. He worked as a railroader for Illinois Terminal and Norfolk and Western. Richard served in the United State Army in the 101st Airborne during Vietnam. He was a member of the Kincaid American Legion in Kincaid, IL. 

He is survived by his Wife: Paulette Tirey of Jeiseyville, IL; Daughter: Tessa Tirey of Jeiseyville, IL; Son: Lee Tirey of Decatur, IL; Grandchildren: Olivia and Liliana Tirey; Sisters: Elsie and Anna Marie; Brother: Eddie; Brother-in-Law: Mike (Sharon) Summers; Sisters-in-Law: Deanna (Bud) Dean, Glenna (Larry) Odam, Dottie Lovegrove, Cathy (Brian) Yawn and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sisters: Thelma, Betty, Judy and Brenda; Brothers: Sherman and John and Sister-in-Law: Phyllis (Leland) Summers.  

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 10:00-12:00 Noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Mike Summers officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with graveside military honors.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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

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I loved working with Dick on the illinois terminal, I was 18 in 1975 and he was badass! He laughed at everything and didn't take anything from anyone!

Daryl Barnett Jul 20 2021 7:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Tirey

Darlene Wise Horner Apr 5 2021 12:00 AM

As a little girl, I loved going to visit our relatives. One summer, I was about 10-11 Aunt Paulette asked if I could stay a week or so with her and Uncle Richard. It was fabulous! I remember him driving down this back country road in his green sports car. (Muscle car I believe). Anyway, this road was filled with little hills and he reved up the engine and up and down we went. I think my stomach is still on one one of those hills. LOL. But I also remember my Uncle Richard teaching me how to whistle. Not a put your lips together and blow kind of whistle, but the really good kind of whistle where most people have to put their fingers in their mouth to do it. He showed me how and then I practiced. It was always so cool to go to ballgames or activities and whistle really really loud and people would turn around and see this young girl and I would just shrug my shoulders because they thought theres no way that whistle came from me... Ive used it to call my kids, grandkids and others. When people ask me how I learned, I proudly tell them that I had a wonderful Uncle who took the time when I was a little to show me. To this day, I can still get someones attention by whistling and think of my Uncle Richard each and every time. I love you Uncle Richard and will miss you so much. RIP until we meet again. I love you Aunt Paulette!

Catherine Nizer Apr 4 2021 12:00 AM

I will always remember Uncle Richards laugh and his smile that spread across his whole face and sparkled into his eyes! To me he was always a Gentle Giant!! I loved him dearly!!

I love you aunt Paulette! Im so sorry for this loss. We all feel it, but none as much as you! Love Bev

Bev Moore Apr 4 2021 12:00 AM

Dearest Aunt Paulette, my heart is heavy for the loss of Uncle Richard, your beloved husband. You are in my prayers. God bless, I love you, Diana Armick

Diana Armick Apr 2 2021 12:00 AM

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