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Richard Ferree

December 8, 1928 — February 8, 2018

Richard B. Ferree, 89, of Marco Island, FL, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at 3:26 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at his residence.

His funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington with Pastor T.D. Brewer officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday at the memorial home.

Entombment will be at Park Hill Mausoleum in Bloomington. Memorials may be directed to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Richard was born on December 8, 1928 in Champaign, a son to George Bennett and Ruth Brodman Ferree. He married A. Joyce Peterson in June of 1954 in Normal. She survives.

Also surviving is his son, Richard N. Ferree of Bronxville, NY; two daughters, Laura R. (Steve) Wagner of Elgin and Nancy B. Crutcher of Bloomington; grandchildren, Tyler Ferree and Ruth Ferree, both of Bronxville, NY; brother, Edwin Ferree of Deer, AR; sisters-in-law, Ida Ferree of Hot Springs Village, AR and Charlene Babb of Tustin, CA; brother in-law and sister-in law, Bernard and Sandy Peterson of Phoenix, AZ; nieces, Debby Dilday and Terri Babb, both of Tustin, CA and Jennifer Patterson of Phoenix, AZ; and nephews, Christopher Ferree of Hot Springs Village, AR, David Ferree of Louisville, TX, and Daniel Ferree of Fresno, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law, Susan Kahn M.D., and a son-in-law, Paul M. Crutcher.

Richard graduated from Chenoa High School in 1946. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors Degree in 1953 and a Masters Degree 1960.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Richard taught at Normal Community High School, starting in 1953, and retiring as the Unit 5 Science Department Head in 1984. While at NCHS, he taught Physics, Biology, and Chemistry and also coached Sophomore Football and Boy's Golf.

After retirement, Richard spent his free time golfing and studying American history. He was a member of the Koronis Hills Senior Men's Golf League and the Mackle Park Senior Men's Tennis League.


MAR 1. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Funeral Service

MAR 2. 10:00 AM (CST)

Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

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