Richard H. “Dick” Chockley, 85, of Rushville, passed away at 8:41 PM, Monday, December 21, 2020, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
He was born on August 8, 1935, in Schuyler County, the son of Herman and Iva (Prunty) Chockley. He married Sandra Sipes on June 29, 1957, in Rushville, and she preceded him in death on November 21, 2018.
Surviving are two daughters, Donna Slaton and husband Phillip of Galesburg, and Barb Slaton and husband Douglas of Knoxville, one son, Rod Chockley (Debbie Lindsey) of Rushville, eight grandchildren, Lorah Lackland and husband Kurt, David Slaton, Laith Slaton, John Slaton and wife Lauren, Rae Slaton, Courtney Newton and husband Adam, Kelsey Chockley and Takoda Crenshaw, 4 great grandchildren, Bentley and Lola Bigham, Aurora Jane Newton and Isaiah Louis Lackland, one sister Linda Tankersley and husband Ken of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, one sister-in-law Gwendolyn Root and husband George of Marissa, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Carole Shaw and Doris Dewitt.
A 1953 graduate of Rushville High School, Dick was a printer and typesetter for the Rushville Times in Rushville, retiring after over 40 years of service.
Dick was a member of the Rushville Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed Bluegrass music and singing karaoke with his sister Linda. He never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting over a cup of coffee. He loved being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He had the first recorded deer kill with a bow in Schuyler County. At the age of 50, he began running, first in his Red Wing boots, until he eventually bought a pair of running shoes. It was not unusual to see him running out in the middle of nowhere. He would even run to Beardstown to go to Walmart. Sometimes his run was only one way and his wife would be called to come pick him up at a friend’s house. He ran a marathon and parachuted at the age of 60.
He was an amazing grandpa and was happiest when he was with his family.
Graveside Services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 26, 2020, at the Rushville City Cemetery, with Pastor Terry Lucas officiating. Interment will follow. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.