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Dean M. Chesnut

Dean M. Chesnut, 98, of Tuscola, formerly of Effingham, IL, passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Tuscola Health Care Center in Tuscola, IL. 

Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, IL. Memorial services were held at 12 noon on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at the funeral home. Burial was in Headyville Cemetery in rural Dieterich, IL with military rites. 

Memorials may be made to Tuscola Health Care Center. Online condolences may be shared at 

Dean was born on August 11, 1923, in South Muddy Township, Jasper County, IL, the son of Lawrence and Oval (Gossman) Chesnut.

Dean married Mildred Morgan on May 3, 1943 and to this union three children were born: Dennis, Ron, and Kathy. She preceded him in death on August 26, 1968. He married Eileen Woods on September 6, 1969 and she preceded him in death in August of 1981. Then he married Jessie Davis on January 1, 1982 and she preceded him in death on February 12, 2008.

Dean served his country in the United States Army from 1944-1946 as a Sergeant with the 95th LT Tank Company. Dean enjoyed farming for most of his life in Jasper and Clay counties. After retiring, he later worked at Rural King in Effingham. He loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. He had a good since of humor and a great laugh. He also was known to tinker and enjoyed fixing things. 

Dean is survived by his son, Ron (Marsha) Chesnut of Round Rock, TX; daughter, Kathy (Joe) Bokor of Tuscola; stepdaughter, Twila James of Riverton; grandchildren, Shannon (Katie) Patterson of Homer, Jason Patterson of Tuscola, Cady (Aaron) Timmons of Houston, TX, Madison Chesnut of Frisco, TX, Nicole (Bryan) Graham of Cashiers, NC, and Chris (John) Moushon of Springfield; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Ralph Chesnut of Wheeler; and sister, Donna (Leo) Galloway of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dennis Chesnut in infancy; stepmother, Laverne (Tate) Chesnut; and sister, Mae Toppe.

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