Warren Suhl, 87, Sullivan

Warren Suhl, 87, of Sullivan, Illinois began his life in heaven at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2008, with family at his side.

Services celebrating his life were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at Zion United Church of Christ, in rural Arthur. The visitation took place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial in Greenhill Cemetery, in Sullivan. Memorials: the Warren and Rosella Suhl Agricultural Scholarship at Lake Land College or Zion United Church of Christ.

Warren was born on May 16, 1921, in Garrett, Illinois, son of Richard and Gertrude (Kruse) Suhl. He was a lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ. He married his sweetheart Rosella Batman on March 7, 1954, in Sullivan.

Warren’s lifelong passion was farming and spending time with his family and grandchildren. His favorite farm duty was bailing and operating his John Deere equipment, especially with his grandchildren by his side. He taught his grandchildren the importance of hard work, honesty, and helping others. Warren enjoyed participating in many agricultural events. Working as a mechanic at a John Deere dealership, Warren learned at a young age the value of properly maintaining his farm equipment; a skill which he practiced throughout his entire farming career from the age of 14 to 84. Warren was known area-wide for his custom farming practices which included bailing over 300,000 bales and opening corn fields for neighbors with one of the first tractor-mounted corn pickers in the Sullivan area. His mechanical abilities even led to gaining a patent for a wagon hitch. Though devoting much time to farming, he was never too busy to take his family on many vacations throughout the United States.

Warren served several terms on the church board at Zion United Church of Christ, was a member of the Moultrie County Soil and Water Conservation District, and a member of the John Deere Two-Cylinder Club.

Warren leaves behind many loved ones: his loving daughter Emma Sue Rabe and her husband Corey of Vandalia; loving daughter Cindy Harshman and her husband Keith of Sullivan; five loving grandchildren Mitchell and Blake Rabe, Heidi, Nathan, and Hayley Harshman; sisters Beulah Lacey of Sullivan and Ellen Borntreger of St. Elmo and a brother-in-law Jack Batman of Sullivan. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends whom he loved.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Rosella in March 2005, his mother and father, five sisters and one brother.

Warren was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and friend. He will be greatly missed, but will live in our hearts until me meet again. “Well done good and faithful servant. Come and share in your Master’s happiness. Matthew 25:23

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