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Wilbur Dean Geffs, 77, of Athens, formerly of Martinsville, Illinois, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018, at his home in Athens. He was born 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, 1940, at home on Clarksville Road in Martinsville, Dolson Twp., Clark County, Illinois, to Homer and Dorothy (Cox) Geffs.
He is survived by son, Rick Geffs of Morris, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Geffs) and John Colvin of Athens; grandchildren, Kristen (Parker) Enlow, Tori, Kiana, and Colten Geffs of Morris, Illinois; Marine Corporal James Colvin and Matthew Colvin of Athens; great-grandchildren, Austin and Emma Enlow of Morris, Illinois; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Dick Whyde of McCordsville, Indiana; Wilma Parker of Portage, Indiana; Velma Mae and Bill Bramell of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Phyllis and Charles Baker of Woodlawn, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Lou Geffs Oakley Shaffner in November 2015; two brothers, Homer Dale Geffs in April 1954 and Rex Evan Geffs in April 1973; half-brother, Harold Cleon Geffs in 1995; and half-sister Mary (Geffs) Willis in 1997.
Dean graduated from Casey High School. He then moved north to Morris, Illinois, to work for Caterpillar as an N/C machine operator. He had a wealth of knowledge and always made suggestions to improve tool layouts and reprogramming tapes to reduce company costs. He was very gifted he could sew, play the guitar and sang beautiful country. He is remembered by many wonderful memories of fishing, camping, 4-wheeling and farming.
Dean retired to the old family property in Martinsville, Illinois, to farm, a dream that brought him much joy. He left the Martinsville area to be closer to his daughter, and this is where he discovered he had colon cancer in 2011, as his mother did. He put up a good fight, but the cancer returned in the later part of 2016. Dean was loved and will be missed by all. He was a good man.
At his request, graveside funeral services and burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Walnut Chapel Cemetery, rural Casey, Illinois, with David Hickox officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 675 E. Linton, Springfield, IL 62703.
To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos, visit www.markwellfuneralhome.com. Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 5, 2018
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