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David Bagby: 1932-2018


STREATOR — David Bagby, 85, of Streator, passed away Friday, March 16, at Heritage Health in Streator.

Funeral services for David Bagby will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Church of the Nazarene in Streator. Burial with full military rites will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Serving as pallbearers will be Josh Abraham, Joe Retoff, Nate Bagby, Derek Bagby, Rob Shilts and Ben Bagby, Honorary pallbearer will be Dan Rodriguez. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Elias Funeral Home.

Born July 31, 1932, in East Moline, he was the son of J. Russell and Esther V. (Powers) Bagby. He married Virginia L. Miller on July 26, 1952. She passed away April 26, 2008. He later married Mary Jane Thomas Rohwer on Oct. 10, 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Streator; children, Carolyn (Davis) Davidson, of Momence, David R. (Denise) Bagby, of Sawnnanoa, N.C., Gerald (Wendy) Bagby, of Streator, and Michelle (Bob) Retoff, of Streator; and stepchildren, Larry R. (Kathy) Ferguson, of Dwight, and Sheryl (Terry) Wade, of Atwood, Tenn. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jamie (Rob) Shilts, Josh (Rachel) Abraham, Jenn (Dan) Rodriguez, Nicole Bagby, Nate Bagby, Derek Bagby, Chamille Bagby, Sarah Bagby, Ben Bagby, Joe (Taylor) Retoff and Jill Retoff; stepgrandchildren, Ryan (Tori) Ferguson, Alexandra Ferguson, Brandon (Steph) Ferguson, Andrew (Crystal) Wade, Joel Wade, Jerricca Wade and Caitlin Wade; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Rebecca (Dan) Standbury, of Iowa, and Ed R. Bagby, of Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sons, Michael and Donald Bagby; and brothers, Joe, Bill, Jim, Jack and Tom Bagby.

After high school, he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, He later went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and was so proud to be accompanied by his granddaughter, Jill.

He was a member of Streator Nazarene Church since 1959; he was a Lay Pastor at Heritage Health and served on the church board.
David retired from Vactor Manufacturing and Streator High School as a janitor.
He loved working in his garden, where he grew some prize-winning cabbage and sweet potatoes. He loved making fudge, caramel candy and Indian food. He loved searching for berries to make homemade jam.
Memorials may be directed to the American Kidney Association.
You can sign the guest book for David at
Elias Funeral Home
208 N. Park St., Streator, IL 61364

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