Karen J. Chasteen, 70, of Knoxville, died on Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8:57 PM, at the Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville. Karen was born on April 10, 1949, in Galesburg. She was the daughter of Clarence Thompson and Dorothy (Towne) Thompson. Karen married Lyle R. Chasteen on August 5, 1973 in Maquon. Together they celebrated 45 years of marriage. Karen is survived by her husband, Lyle of Peoria; son, Jason P. (Cindy) Chasteen of Oneida; brother Carl (Marie) Thompson of Bartonville; and three grandchildren, Allison, Alex and Adam Chasteen of Oneida. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Thompson and Dorothy Greenstreet; two sisters, Marla Preston and Diane Mitchell; and a brother, Craig Thompson. Karen was a secretary at B. Carlson Trucking for 30 years, retiring in April of 2008. She was a member of TOPS, loved NASCAR, working in her yard, and going camping. She was an avid exerciser. Karen was of protestant faith. Most of all, Karen enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will be held from 5-8 p.m., on Tuesday, July 8, 2019, at Harley’s Pub, 2243 Grand Ave., Galesburg, IL. Arrangements have been entrusted with Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Memorials may be made to Knox County Humane Society or the Alzheimer’s Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.