BARTONVILLE - Loy E. Cletcher Sr., 87, of Bartonville passed away at 10:24 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
He was born the 29th day of December, 1924, in Johnson County, Ill., the son of Luther and Zelma (Scarborough) Cletcher. He married Rosebud Reames on March 18, 1944, in Alabama.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years; one son, Loy (Marilyn) Cletcher Jr.; two grandsons, Loy Cletcher III and Matthew (Kathy) Cletcher; three great-grandchildren, Alexandria Cletcher, Caleb Cletcher and Mara Cletcher; also many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
Loy received his early schooling in schools in Johnson and Pope counties.
He joined the Navy at age 18. He served aboard the USS Montauk LST No. 6, mostly between Hawaii and the South Pacific islands, including the invasion of Okinawa.
After receiving an honorable discharge, he went to work for I.C.R.R. as an agent and telegrapher. After four years, he resigned and moved to Bartonville, Ill., and entered Brown's Business College. He graduated after completing the Waltons four-year accounting course. During this time, he worked for the P&PU and TP&W railroads. After graduating, he went to work as assistant terminal manager/dispatcher for a regular route general commodity carrier. During this time he completed the College of Advanced Traffic Course, sponsored by the Peoria Transportation Club. He later went to work for an Irregular Route Carrier. This company moved numerous liquid commodities in tank trailers, some of which were specialized trailers. They also had trailers for moving machinery which required special equipment due to the size and weight of the commodity. He was a pioneer in the expansion of the irregular route-specialized carrier service and additional commodities they were allowed to transport.
He was among those who started the National Association of Specialized Carriers, and served on the board of directors. He was a member of the National Defense Transportation Association. By working with them and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Atomic Energy Commission and numerous other government entities, they found safe ways to transport nuclear products, radioactive and other classified commodities via irregular route specialized carriers, coast to coast.
In 1961, he assisted in starting the Bartonville Baptist Church, where he served as trustee from the beginning and other offices, including treasurer for almost 45 years. He started up several new divisions for the National Association of Specialized Carriers and helped build four new carriers from their beginning. This included size and weight carriers, specialized carriers, air freight, explosives, nuclear products and classified commodities. He was appointed and served as a deputy U.S. Marshal. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, also a member of the Joseph Robbins Masonic Lodge No. 930, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Peoria, Mohammed Shriners' International and Peoria Transportation Club.
In 1985, he and his son, Loy Cletcher Jr., started their own business, Cletcher & Cletcher Inc., serving the shipper and trucking industry doing consulting-sales-solutions. In 2002, he and his grandson, Loy Cletcher III, started Cletcher Technologies Inc., serving the computer industry. As of Jan. 1, 2010, with over 65 years in transportation (which started with two mules and one iron-wheeled wagon with no springs), he moved almost everything from air packaging to machinery, which required trailers with 13 axles due to size and weight. He retired and turned his interest over to his son and other stock holders.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the Bartonville Baptist Church at 5122 W. Smithville Road, Bartonville, IL 61607, with the Rev. Gerald Steffy officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Bartonville, with further visitation one hour before services at church on Thursday. Additional funeral services will be at Mount Zion Baptist Church in the Rock Community, near Rock, Ill., on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour before at the church. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bartonville Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.Davison-Fulton-BartonvilleChapel.com.
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