Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2012, 8:13 pm
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Joseph C. Wakeland, 86, of New Boston, Ill., died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Bewley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Aledo, assisted the family with arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Joseph C. Wakeland memorial fund.
Mr. Wakeland was born March 12, 1926, in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Joseph Eli and Mamie Fifield Wakeland. He married Wilma Kaufman on July 6, 1946, in Aledo. She passed away Jan. 14, 2007.
Joseph was a Navy WWII veteran. He operated Wakeland Shell gas station in New Boston for many years. He retired from the Westmer bus garage.
He enjoyed music, feeding the birds and squirrels and sitting with his two chihuahuas, Skippy and Babe.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Sandy (Chuck) Pierce, Kahoka, Mo., Jeri (Earl) Brown, Alexis, Teri Wakeland, New Boston, Danny (Karen) Wakeland, Peoria, and Rick Wakeland, New Boston; sister, Cheryl Engle, Aledo; nine grandchildren, including special grandchildren, Joe Wakeland, Susan Sedam and Lori Huston; 12 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wilma; two brothers; and two sisters.
Online condolences can be expressed to Joseph's family at www.bewleyfuneralhome.com.