Chester L. Tally, age 88 of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, passed away 9:25 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2020 at HSHS Holy Family Hospital, Greenville, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 2020 at the Farm Heritage Museum. Visitation will be held prior from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Museum. Interment will follow in Mulberry Grove Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are asked at the museum. Memorials to the Farm Heritage Museum. Online condolences may be made online www.donnellwiegand.com
Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Chester LeRoy Tally, the son of Ivan and Nina (Westnitzer) Tally, was born September 28, 1932 in Marshall, Illinois. Chester grew up in Marshall and attended the local schools, graduating from Marshall High School in 1950. He was one of three children, preceded in death by his brother, George and sister, Bernadine Snyder.
Chester and Mary Lou Daugherty were united in marriage on November 30, 1951, at the ages of 19 and 17, in Paris, IL. They have enjoyed 69 years together. Chester was a truck driver from the age of 11 until his second retirement at age 70. He started out hauling milk and moved on to livestock and beyond. He worked for various trucking companies including Armor Meats, Complete Auto Transport, and then retiring the first time from General Cable in 1984. He then started his own trucking company and drove for himself until his second retirement in 2003. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, his coffee shop buddies, and collecting and restoring Farmall Tractors.
Chester and Mary had 7 children, all surviving: Danny Tally and (Barb) of Highland, IL; Randy Tally (Karen) of Mulberry Grove, IL, Gary Tally of Mulberry Grove, IL; Janice Elmore (Bob) of Mulberry Grove, IL; Roy Tally (Tammie) of Smithboro, IL; Greg Tally of Mulberry Grove, IL; and Lisa Flattery (Paul) of Lovilia, Iowa. Loving grandfather of 17: Adam, Chet, Brandon, Bryan, Bridgette, Tiffany, Jacob, Shannon, Tiffany, Eric, Cory, Brooke, Amber, Ashlee, Emily, Nina and Ethan. And 26 great-grandchildren: Brynee, Austin, Aaron, Lyla, Emma, Morgan, Grant, Jeffrey, Jared, Jaidyn, Jacob, Makai, Cruz, Talulla, Teagan, Christian, Brody, Brielle, Brexdon, Jasper, Landon, Aleea, Kyah, Brylee, Ava and Rhett. And one Great-Great Grandchild; Reese.