MARSHALL, Ill. - Lewis Gail Fessenbeck, age 81, of Marshall, passed away at 10:56 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at Burnsides Community Health Center. He was born Jan. 16, 1935, in Martinsville, the son of Vernie Allen Fessenbeck and Mabel Davis Fessenbeck. On June 19, 1955, he married Vivian Ann Howe in Martinsville.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Vivian Fessenbeck; son, Kirk Fessenbeck of Marshall; daughter, Julie Higginbotham and husband Randy of Marshall; grandson, Reese Higginbotham and fianceé Abbie Wooten; granddaughter, Paige Higginbotham and friend Ryan Hefner; sister, Carolyn Hills of Marshall; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, James G. Hills.
Gail was a 1953 graduate of Martinsville High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gail was a retired accountant. He had previously worked in the local bank in Martinsville, and an auto dealership in Sullivan, Ind. He was a member of the Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he served as a pianist, elder, Sunday school teacher and camp counselor for many years. He was also active in the Martinsville Lions Club, Martinsville Sportsman Club and was treasurer for the Martinsville Fair. He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Illini sports fan.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon CDT Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Willow Creek Church, with the Rev. Kevin Small officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services, at the church, 6492 E 400th Road, Martinsville. Burial will be in the Butternut Cemetery, rural Martinsville, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Burnsides Community Health Center, 410 N. 2nd St., Marshall, IL 62441; or Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 6492 E. 400th Road, Martinsville, IL 62442.
Greenwell Funeral Home of Martinsville, is in charge of the arrangements. To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos visit:
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