|Josiah (Joe) W. Chockley, 73 of R.R. Oneida, IL peacefully passed away at 5:10 pm on November 13, 2009 at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, IL.
Joe was born February 25, 1936 in Ray, IL the eldest son of Joe D. and Lela (Van Fossen) Chockley. He married Sharon Keefauver on June 14, 1958 in Springfield, IL. The couple has resided in the Galesburg and Oneida, IL area since.
Surviving are his wife, Sharon; two sons, Gregory and (Bobbi) Chockley of Galesburg and David Chockley of Davenport, IA; Three grandchildren, Laryssa Jewell, Tanner Joe, and Rylee Jo Chockley; one brother, Marvin and (Gayla) Chockley of Lewistown, IL; two sisters, Lois and (Lou) Culver of Cape Girardeau, MO and Marge Chockley of St. Louis, MO and his mother Lela Chockley of Rushville, IL. His father and grandparents preceded him in death.
Joe graduated from V.I.T. High School in Table Grove, IL in 1953. He served in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Crewman in 1955 and 1956 stationed in Germany.
Joe worked at W. A. Jordan Co. and Tobler Transfer in Galesburg and Roadway Express in Rock Island, IL before retiring in 1998. Joe was a 40-year Teamster member. He proudly served the membership of the Teamster organization in many capacities including as an executive board officer and the President and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 15 in Galesburg for many years.
He was a 25-year member of the Oneida American Legion, a charter member of Little John Conservation Club near Victoria, IL and a member of the Teamsters Local 371 Retirees Club in Rock Island, IL. Joe was a member of the Vermont Christian Church in Vermont, IL. As time allowed, Joe was an avid gardener and after retirement devoted every day to helping care for his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday November 18, 2009 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rev. Milton Marquith officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday November 17, 2009 at the Chapel. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Abingdon American Legion Post #381.
Memorials may be directed to Easter Seals of Peoria or to the charity of the donor's choice. On line condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.