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Frank D. Pearcy
November 1, 1950 ~ September 11, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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CHARLESTON - Frank Dale Pearcy, 72, of Charleston IL passed away peacefully Monday, September 11, 2023 surrounded by his family on the farm he so dearly loved after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.
His funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2023 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Scott Sims officiating. Burial with military rites by Paul McVey V.F.W. Post #1592 and Charleston American Legion Post #93 will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Frank was born in Charleston, IL on November 1, 1950 to Frank and Edith Pearcy.
He graduated Charleston High school in 1969 and it was here he met his best friend and the love of his life Nancy Nees. Frank enlisted in the Army in 1970 and served during the Vietnam War. He and Nancy married in 1970 and started their family, Heather arriving first followed 2 years later by Holly. When Frank returned home from overseas, he began working at Arkwright for 28 years. He and Nancy bought a new home in Ashmore. He was invited to attend Ashmore Baptist Church and this would change the course of his life. He and Nancy found Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and from that moment on they served him first. Frank became a Deacon of the church, a role he was honored to serve.
When the family moved to the farm in 1981, the kid from the north end of the tracks, found his earthly home and would never leave again. He was proud of the home he and Nancy created. He was happiest when he was working on raising champion hogs, fishing in the pond, swimming with the kids and grandkids, mowing his yard, playing ball, helping Nancy in the garden, sitting on his porch watching the sunset.
Frank was known for his work ethic, honesty, family values and his pranks. Boy did he love a good prank. He loved making others laugh. And greeted everyone with a smile, handshake, or hug.
Frank served on the Board of Education for community unit #1. He is still known today in this role for being honest, trustworthy, and doing the right thing, even if that meant going against the popular vote. Frank and Nancy opened Sign Creations Plus and grew this into a successful business. After closing the business, Frank began working at the City of Charleston in the Recs dept. This took him back to the place he loved as a kid and young adult. The baseball diamond. Frank was known for being a great athlete.
Frank loved his family fiercely. He showed each and everyone of them every day how much they were loved. Frank is survived by his wife of 53 years Nancy Pearcy, his daughters Heather Wochner (Kim Marchuck) and Holly (Brandon) Thompson; his beloved grandchildren, Brock Aleshire, Ally and Austin Thompson, and Brittany (Tyler) Dickey; mother-in-law Shirley Nees of Charleston, his devoted fur baby Maxey; grand puppies Bella, Wrigley and Bosley; and siblings, Ed Pearcy of Marseilles, IL, Carl Pearcy of Windsor, Lula Vail and husband Richard of Charleston, Larry Keigley and wife Lana of Charleston. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Robert Nees and siblings, George Pearcy, Chuck Pearcy, Virden Justice, Ralph Pearcy, Maxine Young, Ruth Lemmons, and Sherry Roberts.
Memorials: The Alzheimer’s Association, Wounded Warriors project, St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital