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LaVern Chute

October 24, 1924 ~ June 6, 2018 (age 93)

Mr. Donald LaVern Chute, age 93, of Versailles, Illinois passed away at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his residence.

He was born October 24, 1924 in Brown County, Illinois the son of Donald Edward and Cecil Eugene Herren Chute.  He married Wanda Roselle Little on June 22, 1947 in Beardstown, Illinois and she preceded him in death on February 10, 2008.  He then married Ruth Maxine McDowell Kunkel on June 20, 2009 and she survives.

LaVern worked as a welder for CIPS Power Plant in Meredosia for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

He graduated from Mt. Sterling High School.

Mr. Chute was a veteran of World War II having served his country in the United States Army where he received a purple heart and a bronze star.

He was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Versailles having served as a Deacon for several years.

LaVern always enjoyed woodworking and had made several pieces of furniture from the trees on his farm.

Survivors include his wife Maxine Chute of Versailles.  3 children Sharon Chute of Elgin, Illinois, Larry Chute of Jamestown, North Dakota and Debbie Myers of Marion, Kentucky.  4 step children and their families, Sharon Miller of Jacksonville, Illinois, Karen Laning of Mt. Sterling, Jonathan Kunkel of Mt. Sterling and James Kunkel of Rushville.   9 grandchildren Vonda Stirn, Chad Chute, Jered Myers, Jason Myers, Troy Chute, Jamie Myers, Nicole Shaw, Jordan Shaw and Justin Shaw.  12 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren also survive along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter Linda Shaw and 3 brothers Gale, Marion and Harlan Chute.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 in the First Baptist Church of Versailles with Pastor Larry Chute and Pastor Greg Hill officiating.

Burial will be in the Hersman Cemetery.  A military service will be conducted at the graveside by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

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The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.

Donations may be made to:

Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice

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