Earl Edward Benschneider, age 86 of Allerton, Il., passed away April 8, 2021 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Il.
Funeral services were held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday April 12, 2021, visitation was two hours prior to the service in the Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove, Il., with Pastor Duane Piercy officiating, burial was in the St. Johns Cemetery, Broadlands, Il.
Earl was born Jan. 31, 1937, a son of Ehrhardt and Pearl (Kirby) Benschneider, he married Phyllis Jiles on Sept. 16, 1962 in Leroy, Il.
He is survived by his wife, two sisters, Carol Snyder of Urbana and Karen Andrews of Tolono, two sons, Mark of Hoopeston and Paul of Catlin, son in law Rodney Herrell of Bloomington, eight grandchildren, Matt Benschneider, Emily (Marcus) Rose, Brooke (Tyrone) Atwood, Arron (Katie) Benschneider, Cody (Ashley) Benschneider, Hearther Benschneider, Stephen and Samantha Herrell, Seventeen great grandchildren, Coltin, Traitin, Bryson, Easton, Mason, Bree’Layden, Lyn’Brajiah, Marcus Jr., Remyingtyn, Braylee, Trenedy, Peytynn, Zoee, Zaelee, Kinzlee, Hunter and Madelynn, and several neices and nephews that loved their Big E. Earl was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Mary, great grandson Easton Lane, his parents, brother Ronnie and brother in law John Andrews.
Earl was a member of the Victory Church in Camargo, Il. He lived on the family farm his whole life and retired from farming in 1999. He was known for his good sense of humor and never met a stranger. He enjoyed going to Gordyville activities, state fair, tractor pulls and local town festivals. In the winter he would be seen with his green tractor and snow blade cleaning out driveways of family and friends. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to the Allerton Fire Department of an organization of the donor’s choice.