Richard Charles Funk, 90, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away at home at 2:40 a.m. PDT on September 6, 2017 after a short illness. His beloved wife, Ann, and two sons, William and John, were by his side. Richard was born July 1, 1927 to Lafayette and Cleda Funk in Shirley, Illinois. He attended Ben Funk School, Normal Community High School, Illinois State University and graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Business. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at UC Boulder. Richard served in the United States Navy from 1945-1946.
Richard married Joanne Fletcher in 1953 and later divorced in 1980. They had three sons – Douglas, William Ross, and John Lafayette (Susan Hitner). He married Ann Armstrong in 1987 and gained two step-children John (Madeline) Morrill and Terri Ann Klein. Together, he and Ann have ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was a past member of many organizations including the Belle Plain, Iowa Rotary Club; Bloomington, Illinois Rotary Club; Masonic Lodges of Shirley and Heyworth, Illinois; Bloomington Consistory; Board of Directors, BroMenn Health Care; John M. Scott Health Care Commission; Board member of Friends of the University Museums (Illinois State University); Trustee of Funk Farms; Board member of Funk’s Grove Cemetery Association; Board of Directors, Funk Seeds. Richard was a former member of the First United Methodist Church, Normal, Illinois; and current member of Valley Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was employed by Funk Seeds International from 1946-1986 when he retired.
Richard and Ann loved to travel the world and displayed a map in their kitchen with pushpins indicating all the places they’d been. His last trip was to the Funk family reunion in Illinois in early August. They also loved to gather the family for birthday milestone celebrations. We were fortunate to gather 25 of us – children and spouses, grandchildren and spouses, and great-grandchild – in Maui for a week at the end of June to celebrate Richard’s 90 birthday. It was great fun singing to him every day and all being together to celebrate this wonderful man.
Richard was blessed by many friendships at Sagewood Senior Independent Living where he and Ann have lived for the past 7 years. His sweet, happy disposition will be greatly missed by so many.
A heartfelt thanks to Travis Mason for his loving care of Richard over the past ten months. He was a constant companion and caregiver to Richard, and support to Ann. The family is forever grateful.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his son Douglas, and brother, Lafayette, Jr.
A service will be held Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Visitation will be Friday September 15, 2017 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, 1115 East Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois and there will also be a visitation at the Church from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday before the service. Funeral services will be Saturday September 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 211 North School Street, Normal, Illinois. The Rev. Dr. Kent-King-Nobles will be officiating. Interment immediately following the service at Funk’s Grove Cemetery, McLean, Illinois. Casket bearers will be Bill Funk, John Funk, John Morrill, Matt Funk, Tyler Klein, and Parker Klein. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona (www.hov.org); Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253; or Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funk’s Grove, McLean, Illinois (www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org).
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