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Leonard "Jeff" Jeffrey Withers, 56, of Ellis, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016.
Jeff was born July 10, 1960, in Paxton, Ill., the son of Leonard and Janis (Frye) Withers.
He married Susan Rogers on May 26, 1990, in Ellis. She preceded him in death on April 13, 2014.
He is survived by three sons, Travis Hurt of Urbana, Arlie Withers of Urbana and Ray (Whitney) Withers of Potomac; mother, Janis Withers of Rankin; three grandchildren, Becca Withers, Timber Withers and Rayah Withers; brother, Randy Withers of Rankin; niece, Ruby Withers of Carbondale; and special friend, Mitch (Melynda) Zindars of Rankin. He was preceded in death by his father and wife.
Jeff graduated from Armstrong High School in 1978. He worked for several years as a crane operator for Local No. 841. He was a member of Rankin Lions Club.
Jeff enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to concerts, watching football and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Celebration of Life Visitation for Jeff Withers will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 29, at Blurton Funeral Home in Potomac. Per Jeff's wishes, cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. Services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jeff's life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on December 26, 2016
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