David Bagby, 85, of Streator, passed away Friday March 16, 2018 at Heritage Health in Streator.
Funeral services for David Bagby will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene in Streator. Burial with full military rites will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in West Cemetery in Pittsfield, IL. Serving as pallbearers will be Josh Abraham, Joe Retoff, Nate Bagby, Derek Bagby, Rob Shilts and Ben Bagby, Honorary pallbearer will be Dan Rodriguez. A visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Elias Funeral Home.
Born July 31, 1932 in East Moline, IL, he was the son of J. Russell and Esther V. (Powers) Bagby, he married Virginia L. Miller July 26, 1952, she passed away April 26, 2008, he later married Mary Jane Thomas Rohwer October 10, 2009.
He is survived by his wife Mary of Streator, children Carolyn (Davis) Davidson of Momence, IL, David R. (Denise) Bagby of Sawnnanoa, NC, Gerald (Wendy) Bagby of Streator, Michelle (Bob) Retoff of Streator, step-children Larry R. (Kathy) Ferguson of Dwight, IL and Sheryl (Terry) Wade of Atwood, TN. Also surviving are grandchildren Jamie (Rob) Shilts, Josh (Rachel) Abraham, Jenn (Dan) Rodriguez, Nicole Bagby, Nate Bagby, Derek Bagby, Chamille Bagby, Sarah Bagby, Ben Bagby, Joe (Taylor) Retoff, Jill Retoff, step-grandchildren Brandon (Steph) Ferguson, Ryan (Tori) Ferguson, Alexandra Ferguson, Andrew (Crystal) Wade, Joel Wade, Jerricca Wade, Caitlin Wade, numerous great-grandchildren, siblings Rebecca (Dan) Standbury of Iowa, Ed R. Bagby of Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by sons Michael and Donald Bagby and brothers Joe, Bill, Jim, Jack and Tom Bagby.
After high school, he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, He later went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and was so proud to be accompanied by his granddaughter Jill. He was a member of Streator Nazarene Church since 1959, he was a Lay Pastor at Heritage Health and served on the church board.
David retired from Vactor Manufacturing, Streator High School as a janitor, he loved working in his garden where he grew some prize winning cabbage and sweet potatoes, he loved making fudge, Carmel candy and Indian food, he loved searching for berries to make home made jam.
Memorials may be directed to the American Kidney Association.