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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