Timothy (Tim) Eugene Deaville, 67, of Urbana, passed away peacefully at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory in Urbana. Military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post # 71 and the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard.
Tim requested to be cremated following his death. A portion of his cremated remains will be given to his son, Brian, to add to cement and placed in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a coral reef. Another portion will be given to his step-son, Chad. He is a Civil War re-enactor and will arrange for the ashes to be shot from a cannon along with fireworks.
Tim was born February 10, 1951, in Champaign, Illinois to parents Kenneth, Sr. and Rosalie “Friday” (Spanglo) Deaville; they preceded him in death. He married Brenda (Benner) Wiekert on November 16, 2002 in Tuscola, Illinois; she survives. Also surviving are sons, Brian (Darcy) Deaville of Cape Coral, Florida and Chad (Matt) Jensen-Wiekert of Indianapolis, Indiana; one brother, Kenneth, Jr. (JoAnn) Deaville, of Urbana; grandchilden: Brice, Morgan, and Robert Deaville, Doug, Owen, Mason, and Jayden Jensen-Wiekert. Tim had 14 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. Tim was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Deaville.
He left high school to enlist in the United States Marine Corp. Following his honorable discharge, he began his long career of metal work. He was a sheet metal worker for Local 218. He retired from Nogle and Black Roofing in 2009. His artistry and skills are still on display in the many projects he completed in the Champaign-Urbana area. A few examples are: Red Lobster, Carle Hospital entrance, and the roof on the Bell Tower on the south quad at the University of Illinois.
Metal work was not his only passion. He earned his pilot’s license, allowing him to fly his family around the area. One memorable trip was to fly his son, Brian, to Indiana simply to buy a Mountain Dew. Another form of transportation he enjoyed was riding his Harley-Davidson. He was a life-long learner with a big heart and an open mind. Though he had a “tough guy” persona, he was a romantic at heart. He insisted on researching and planning vacations for Brenda, including an anniversary vacation to Hawaii.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
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