Chester Arthur Elam, 88, of Taylorville passed away December 1, 2012 at 11:28pm in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield IL. He was born on March 26, 1924 in Fayette County the son of Madison and Stella Folkers Elam. He married Georgia Emerson on October 28, 1944 in Taylorville IL. He worked as a paper maker at Georgia Pacific for 32 years. Chester was also a craftsman, visionary, handyman, and a good provider for his family. He enjoyed wood working projects, was a proficient welder, musically gifted, and was multi talented. He had an entrepreneurship using his Ford tractor. He was also once a certified Auctioneer.

He is survived by his wife Georgia (Emerson) Elam, daughters, Bonnie (Preston) Leaderbrand of Spencer, IN., Vickie Dixon of Edinburg, Ellen Elam (Dan Kuchen) of Taylorville; sons, Steve (Wanda) Elam of Palmer, and Martin (Sheryl) Elam of Nokomis; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, 3 step sisters, 1 step brother, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday December 5, 2012 at 11am at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Philip Neumann officiating. Visitation will be held December 4, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm and Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 10am to 11am at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.  Burial will be in Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville.

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Sign our on-line guest book at

Memorials may be sent to Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Drive Suite E, Springfield, IL 62704.

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