PALESTINE, Ill. —
Gayle Dean Meeker, 76, of rural Palestine, died at Burnside Nursing Home, in Marshall, at 8:28 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. He was born Jan. 18, 1937, in Hutsonville Township, Crawford County, the son of Gordon Wilbur Meeker and Leah Maxine Gurley Meeker. Gayle was a farmer and had worked for more than 10 years for Turner Sand and Gravel as a dredge operator.
He married Carol Sligar on Dec. 13, 1963, and she survives. He also is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gayle Dean Meeker Jr. and Beth Meeker of Marshall; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cheryl Meeker of rural Palestine, and Nancy and Rob Smitley of Marshall; five grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Theresa Meeker of Vineland, N.J., and Roger Keith and Linda Meeker of Hoopston; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. CDT at Goodwine Funeral Home, in Palestine. Brother Joe Griffith is in charge of services. Burial will be in the Hutsonville Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. today and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until service time.
Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice, with envelopes available at the funeral home.