Darrel R. Chatham, 77, of Brownstown and formerly of Maroa, died at 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Liberty Christian Church in Brownstown, with Jim Dann officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in rural Brownstown. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Memorials: Liberty Christian Church.
Mr. Chatham was born on March 17, 1932, in Sefton Township, rural Brownstown, the son of Loren I. and Mabel Black Chatham. He married Evelyn R. Goodson on Oct. 15, 1950, in rural Brownstown; she died on Feb. 25, 2001.
He retired from Caterpillar in Decatur after 30 years of service. He enjoyed carpentry and farming, as well as attending auctions and flea markets, and portraying Santa Claus for many years. He was a member of Liberty Christian Church in Brownstown and Masonic Lodge No. 454 of Maroa. He was an Army veteran.
He is survived by daughters, Anita and her husband Jack Shaw of Maroa, and Wanda Engle of Centralia; brother, Dallas Chatham and his wife Bea of Brownstown; sister, Linda Bohle of Springfield; grandchildren, Robert Shaw of Oreana, Jeremy Shaw and his wife Angie of Bloomington, David Shaw of Maroa, Michael McNealy and Dawn Simpson of Bluff City, and Amy and her husband Bobby Stark of Peoria Heights; great-granddaughter, Chloe McNealy; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and an infant brother, Dale.