Maurice D. Whitford (1934 - 2018)

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Maurice D. Whitford, 84, of Normal, formerly of Mulberry Grove, went home to be with the Lord at 7:59 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
Services were held at noon on Friday at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Bloomington, with the Revs. Michael Stipp and Mike Oleniczak officiating. Burial with full military rites by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard was in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Friday at the church. Memorials: Grace Church of the Nazarene. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Whitford was born on March 9, 1934, in Bond County, a son to Albert and Anna Hopkins Whitford. His father passed away when Maurice was 5 years old. His mother later married Elmer Terry, who helped raise him. He married Ronna Jean Brucker on Dec. 2, 1961, in Bloomington.
Maurice proudly servives in the U.S. Navy. He was employed at Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years as a machine operator, retiring in 1996. He also worked as a barber for 40 years. He was a member of Grace Church of the Nazarene and Bloomington-Normal American Legion Post 56. Maurice enjoyed western and military movies, and country and Southern gospel music. Maurice was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years; children, Roger Johnson of Cheyenne, Wyo., Robert Johnson of Huson, Mont., Tammy (Patrick) Butler of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Darlene Gillan of Normal and Michael Whitford of Normal; grandchildren, Mattie, Grace, Rob, Nina, Careyanne, Paul, Jordan, Caitlyn, Zach and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Chanaya, Zedekiah, Ezekiel and Ezra; brother, Ross (Lila) Whitford; and his canine companion, Bella.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Sarah Jean Johnson; and brothers, LaVerle Whitford and Verlin Whitford.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31, 2018
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