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Rodney Jay Showalter

October 4th, 1952 – February 28th, 2015

Rodney Jay Showalter, age 62 of Astoria, IL, formerly of Kilbourne, IL, passed away at 7:01 pm Saturday, February 28, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 4, 1952 in Springfield, IL, the son of Charles and Erma (Sathoff) Showalter. Jay married Kelley Watkins on September 6, 1997 in Chillicothe, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his son, Joshua Michael Harvey of Astoria, his daughter, Elsie Abigail (and Colton) Danner of Astoria, grandson Brysen William Danner, and two brothers, Terry (and Vicky) Showalter and Rick (and Karen) Showalter, both of Kilbourne, IL

Jay was prececed in death by his parents, and brother Marvin Showalter.

He served in the US Army Reserves from 1973 to 1987 and attained the rank of Sergeant.

Jay worked for Caterpillar for 35 years, the last 20 as a painter. He retired in October of 2008.

He was a member of the UAW Local 974 and the National Rifle Association.

Cremations rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.


March 2nd, 2015

Sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed seeing you guys at the Showalter reunion. Our prayers are with your and your family at this difficult time.
Brian Showalter and family.

March 2nd, 2015

Remember God's promise at Revelation verses 4 and 5. One day under His Kingdom death won't plague humankind. Pray for His Kingdom to Come!

March 2nd, 2015

So sorry to hear of the loss of Jay. You have our deepest condonlences.I've known him for many years. We will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathies,
Jon and Tammie Higginbotham

March 5th, 2015

Jay and I grew up together from babes at New Lebanon Baptist Church through high school. I wish we could have spent more time together in our adult years but we had great fun in our youth. My sympathies to all. Paul Jockisch (JR)

March 5th, 2015

My deepest sympathies are with all of Jays family, so sorry to hear of his passing. Anita Stout

March 5th, 2015

Sorry to hear of your loss. I was in school with Jay in Easton and have some good memories of our times there. Rick Bubert

March 5th, 2015

Sorry for ur loss I knew jay before we both went to cat hell of man he will b missed

March 6th, 2015

Sorry for your loss.I often thought of you two when I drove past your house in Kilbourne, not realizing you had moved. We will remember you in our prayers. Nick and Charleen Hamilton R.R. Atterberry

March 7th, 2015

Jay will be greatly missed.I am so sorry for your loss, love and prayers to you all. Cousin Sandy from Indiana