Leonard Bankes

Leonard BankesLeonard Bankes, 91, of Rushville died at 1:40 a.m. Nov. 18, 2006, at Heritage Manor South Nursing Home in Beardstown.

He was born April 25, 1915, in Schuyler County, a son of John J. and Drucilla Erwin Bankes. He first married Caroline Chipman in 1939, in Palmyra, Mo. She died June 11, 1991. He later married Nedra David on Nov. 19, 1966. She died Jan. 8, 1999.

He also was preceded in death by one son, Charles Lee; two infant daughters, Judy Kay and Connie Sue; three sisters, Bessie Gilmore, Minnie Butler and Clarine Palmer; and one brother, Harold.

Surviving are one sister, Louise Gossage of Rushville; one step daughter, Delores (and John) Himegarner of Yates City; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren; and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

He attended Smithfield School in Fulton County.

He farmed and worked for Tomlinson Coal Mine and Cudahy Packing Co., both in Rushville, and McGraw-Edison in Macomb, retiring in 1977.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Mike Hall officiating. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or the American Diabetes Association, Downstate Illinois Affiliate Inc., Decatur.

Condolences may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/22/2006

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