Richard L. Thacker, 78, of Taylorville passed away September 3, 2011 at 11:40 PM in his residence. He was born April 5, 1933 in Pana, IL the son of Clyde and Myrtle McKee Thacker. He married Cleo Smith on February 18, 1951 on Corinth, MS. He owned and operated Deans safety service, worked on the railroad, farmed and production manager at Breeze Courier also was sales rep for Snap on Tools. Richard went to be with his Lord after a heroic battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and was a great testimony to all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by wife, Cleo Thacker, sons: Terry L. (Theda) Thacker of Leesburg, GA, Gene (Kathie) Thacker of Charleston, IL., seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, sisters: Shirley (John) Young of Taylorville, Donna Watkins of Taylorville, Lorrie Nation of Taylorville, Sandy (Jim) Gibson of Taylorville, brother: Bob (Margaret) Thacker of St. Petersburg, FL., nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Saturday September 10, 2011 from 10-12 noon at Taylorville Christian Church in. Funeral services will be after the visitation on Saturday 10, 2011 at Taylorville Christian Church with Rev. Richard Wamsley officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Memorial Home Services hospice at 720 N. Bone St. Springfield, IL, or Vision Way Christian School at 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville IL.

Arrangements by the Sutton Memorial Home.

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