Darvin W. Weatherford, 72, of Belleville, Ill., born Sept. 4, 1940, in Ava, Ill., died on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Darvin retired from Belleville Township High School District #201 where he worked as a maintenance man. He also was a retired truck driver for Frerichs Freight Line, Inc. He was a member of the SEIU union/retirees club. He was an avid stock car fan and past driver, and a member of Allied Auto Racing Association.
Darvin was preceded in death by a son, Richard Weatherford; parents, Clifford and Erville, nee Smith, Weatherford; his in-laws, Lester and Dora Slade; and a sister-in-law, Jean Webb.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Bonnie, nee Slade, Weatherford; his daughter, Pam (Bill) Gallagher of Swansea, Ill.; his son, Dennis (Michelle) Weatherford of Belleville, Ill.; four granddaughters, Kim Weatherford, Mandy Gallagher, Jenni Weatherford and Brittany Thomure; three great-granddaughters, Mackinizie Gibbs, Ryleigh Gibbs and Madasyn Thomure; a great-grandson, Jaxon Shrout; a sister, Peggy Messner; a brother, Dave Weatherford; a sister-in-law, Judy (Stan) Bacewski; a daughter-in-law, Janet Weatherford; and, nieces and nephews.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may to the Shriner's Hospital for Children preferred. Online condolences may be expressed on line at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
The Family wishes to thank the medical staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and his numerous doctors for their compassionate care.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the funeral home, with Fr. James Thomas officiating. Interment will be held in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 19, 2013