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Obituary for Dane "Richard" Binkley
Dane “Richard” Binkley, age 73 of Ridge Farm, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.
Richard was born in Danville on November 4, 1941, to Dane Leon and Eula Rose (Hopkins) Binkley. He grew up in Ridge Farm. He attended the University of Illinois and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University. He continued his studies at Kansas State University, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Animal Science. Thereafter, he had a long career in agriculture, living and working in many parts of the country. Richard worked as a Farm Reporter in Geneseo, Illinois. He moved to South Carolina to work with the State’s Department of Agriculture, where he also served on the SC Pork Board. He later accepted a position with DeKalb, working all over the Southeast and Midwest in a job he absolutely loved. After retiring, Richard became the proprietor of a local tavern where he always greeted friends and guests with giant welcoming grin and a few choice words.
An avid sports fan, Richard loved attending sporting events, especially for the Fighting Illini. He was a Chicago Bears fan and rarely missed a game. He never met a crossword puzzle he could not finish and completed several every day. Richard also enjoyed antiques and traveling, never missing an opportunity to attend a sale or browse through a shop.
Richard cherished the time with his family and friends. He spent the last 6 ½ months traveling the Midwest and along the East Coast seeing those he loved most. He was always surrounded by great lifelong friends, who offered their love, caring support, and good humor. His family would especially like to thank Danny Rosnett, Jerry Neubert, Stan Catlett, Steve Land, and his niece, Bridget Creek.
He is survived by two daughters: Dana (Keith) Taylor of Irmo, South Carolina and Beth Binkley of Washington, DC; a sister Sandy Creek of Chrisman, Illinois; and two grandchildren: Alexander Lourie of Nashville, Tennessee and Spencer Lourie of Columbia, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his son, Brad, and his parents.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service, beginning at noon. The burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the Ridge Farm United Methodist Church food bank at S. State St. Ridge Farm, IL 61870. The family will receive friends at Richard’s home.