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Joe Robert McCord

July 2, 1938 February 17, 2012
Joe Robert McCord
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Joe Robert McCord, 73, of Chillicothe, IL, passed away at his residence on Friday, February 17, 2012. He was born on July 2, 1938 in La Harpe, IL to Glen and Marguerite (Bushmire) McCord. He married the love of his life, Barbara Sue Whitten, on October 26, 1958, two years after graduating from La Harpe High School. He was an aggressive basketball player; still, he sang in the choir. He lost his "Barbie Sue" on March 3rd, 2002 at age 62. He was also preceded in death by both parents; his sister Judy (Thomas) Sapp; two sister-in-laws, two brothers-in-law & one grandchild, Nicholas. Surviving are his son Jimm (Jason) of Colorado Springs, CO, & daughter Kelly Jo (Larry) Welch of Chillicothe, IL; two brothers, Jack McCord of Morton, IL and Jerry (Pam) McCord of Peoria, IL; sister, June (Paul) Smock of East Peoria, IL; two granddaughters, Tabatha & Beverly, & two grandsons, Adam & Jacob, and his mother in law, Alleyne Shumate of Fountain Green, IL. After working 35 years at International Paper, Joe retired. He also worked for Caterpillar, Federal Warehouse, Hiram Walker, Bemis Bag, & as a police officer for the Elmwood Police Department. He greatly enjoyed the outdoor life & was a skilled hunter, fisherman, & archer. These passions he shared over the course of his life with family & friends. At last, squirrel, fish, & deer can breathe a sigh of brief respite. At Joe's, Friday nights were often scheduled for a gentleman's game of Poker. Throughout his entire life, he was exceptionally lucky. He was a member of Valley Lakes Country Club and active member of Wilmor Sportman's Club, where he often fished & cooked for many gatherings over the years. He was a Mason & served as the past Associate Bethel Guardian & Grand Officer in Jobs Daughter of Chillicothe over a 15-year period. He enjoyed singing at church & special events as well as entertaining nursing home residents with his gifted vocals. He loved to perform random acts of kindness for his neighbors & showed a joyful loving zest for life to his children and grandchildren. Although his health was hampered the last several years, he always shared a smile & playful disposition towards those around him. The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Cindy Pfanz for being Dad's daytime caregiver for the past 3 ½ years. You weren't just Dad's nurse, you were his best friend. He was sometimes considered, "Calamity Joe" - if ever there were a way to fall gracefully, he was determined to find it. His hospital trips and broken bones, no man has yet numbered. He was a man of great love; tenderhearted but rugged, certain yet humble, laughing through sadness & crying from pride of family. Joe will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Because of who he was, he will ever be remembered and loved. Because of how he loved, the world has been made better. Visitation will be held from 5 - 8 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Wright and Salmon Mortuary in Peoria. Funeral services will be at 10 am Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Bartonville Christian Church with Pastor Jack Thompson officiating. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorial contributions are welcomed & can be given to the Bartonville Christian Church food pantry. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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