Roger Lee Whitlow, 79 of Beardstown, died Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at his home
He was born December 27, 1943 in Stonington, the son of Sheridan and Margaret Eubanks Whitlow. He married his wife Joan on September 14, 2001 and she survives in Beardstown.
He is also survived by five children Megan Whitlow (companion Fed Sanchez) of Springfield, Shelly (husband Jeff) Colin of Pflugerville, TX, Margaret Whitlow of Springfield, Brian (wife Maggie) Hemphill of Lewiston, ID, and Amy Hemphill of Beardstown; 12 grandchildren Anna Whitlow, Dru Sanchez, Summer Colin, Jace Colin, Loxley Stout, Noah Hemphill, Owen Hemphill, Liam Hemphill, Gracelyn Buress, Josie Buress, Aiden Goben, and Kyson White; one great grandchild arriving soon; and a sister Brenda "Joyce" Wilson of Stonington. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Bill Wilson.
Roger graduated from Stonington High School and later honorably served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He spent his career working in the banking industry. In 1985, he joined the staff of First State Bank in Beardstown, now known as West Central Bank, serving as a Vice President of lending. Roger was a member of B.P.O Elks Lodge # 1007, and Cass Lodge #23 A.M.& F.M. One of Roger's favorite things to do was travel. He and his wife made it to every state except Hawaii and somehow bypassed South Carolina, and when asked where his favorite place to travel was, the answer was US Virgin Islands, even though he loved going out west. Spending time with family brought the most joy in his life and he will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Monday, November 27, 2023 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 2-4 PM Sunday at the memorial home.
Memorials have been suggested to Hope Blooms or Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice. Condolences may be left online at www.colwellmemorialhome.com or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.