MORTON - Russell D. Yordy, 84, of Morton passed away at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Peoria.
He was born June 30, 1927, in Morton to Chris and Lena (Staker) Yordy. He married Annalee Smucker on Aug. 17, 1947, in Tiskilwa, Ill.
She survives, along with a daughter, Mary Ann (Gordon) Schwenk of Tremont; one son-in-law, Doug Slusher of Aurora, Colo.; and six grandchildren, Matt (Michelle) Schwenk of Decatur, Andy (Jennifer) Schwenk of Tremont, Tom (Karen) Schwenk of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Stephanie (Brian) Barlow of Fountain Valley, Calif., Zac Slusher and Lena Slusher, both of Aurora, Colo. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, Jacob, Paul, Elizabeth, Caleb, Brianna, Isabella, Hannah and Abigail Schwenk and Max Barlow.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Yordy; his parents; and two brothers, Clarence Yordy and Robert Yordy.
He was a Navy veteran.
Russ farmed, worked in construction building many homes in the area and was a partner in Yordy Brothers Inc. grain drying facility.
He was an active member of First Mennonite Church in Morton and enjoyed serving Christ by serving others. He was very active in the building of Camp Menno Haven Lodge in Tiskilwa, Ill., served at the Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale every year from its inception and served in many other capacities with the Mennonite church.
He was a member of the Kennel Lake Sportman's Club in Morton and the Tazewell County Farm Bureau. Russ loved fishing, woodworking and taking vacations in Minnesota with friends and his daughters' families. He enjoyed water skiing and fishing with his grandchildren. He was a skilled craftsman, working with wood, building many fine pieces of furniture. His grandsons enjoyed grandpa teaching them how to use woodworking tools and grandpa loved teaching them.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Tremont. Further visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church in Morton, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Doane Brubaker officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Community Harvest Food Pantry, 1901 S. Fourth Ave., Morton, IL 61550 or to Menno Haven Camp & Retreat Center, 9301 1575 East St., Tiskilwa, IL 61368.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.