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J.C. Sexton: 1937-2017


ESTERO, Fla. — J.C. Sexton, 80, of Estero, Fla., formerly of Ottawa and Manteno, passed away Friday, Sept. 15, in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Gladfelter Funeral Home in Ottawa followed by a funeral service with the Rev. Duane Kaufman officiating at 4 p.m. Interment will be in Arthur, Ill.
Jonas Carroll Sexton was born Aug. 14, 1937, on the family farm near Arthur, a son of Jonas A. and Margaret (Ramsey) Sexton. He married Charlene Mencer on June 14, 1959, in Arthur.
J.C. attended Eureka College and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1958. In 1966, J.C. purchased the Gordon Funeral Home in Manteno and later co-owned three Schreffler & Sexton Funeral Homes in Kankakee, Bradley and Manteno. He acquired Gladfelter Funeral Home in Ottawa in 1990.
In 1998, J.C. and Charlene moved the funeral home from West Madison Street to a new facility on East Norris Drive. In 2008, after 50 years in funeral service, J.C. and his wife retired to Estero, Fla. J.C. had a heart of service and worked tirelessly to comfort and support grieving families. He received many hugs and countless thank you notes in appreciation for his compassionate care. His genuine love for people shined through his hard work and his warm smile.
J.C. is survived by Charlene, his wife of 58 years; a son, Michael (Cindy) Sexton, of Ellicott City, Md.; and a daughter, Cynthia Sexton, of Portsmouth, R.I. He also leaves grandchildren, Susan, Sarah, Nicholas and Giovanni; and a sister, Barbara Kahl, of Michigan.
Always active in the community, J.C. was a member of Ottawa Trinity Lutheran Church, Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, Noon Rotary Club and Ottawa’s hospital board. He was a life member of Ottawa Occidental Lodge, A.F. & A.M. and various Masonic organizations.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
To share a memory or light a candle, please visit or Gladfelter Funeral Home on Facebook.
Gladfelter Funeral Home
1601 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa, IL 61350

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