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Richard "Dick" Reardon

August 25, 1932 ~ December 30, 2021 (age 89)

Obituary

Richard “Dick” Reardon passed away December 30, 2021, at 2:50 am, after a battle with lung cancer with his family by his side. 

 

He was born August 25, 1932, to Velma (Shain) and Daniel J. Reardon.  He married Ruthanne Showalter, on April 25, 1959.  She survives. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers Robert and Merle. 

 

He is survived by 2 sons-Daniel (JoEllen) and Tim (Laura) both of Potomac;  6  grandchildren-Shain (Rebecca Latta) of Potomac, Shanon (Brandon) Clemmons of Fisher, Shawn (Jayden King) of Potomac, Ben Reardon of Potomac, Chaise Reardon of Potomac and Sarah Asbury of Potomac; 11 great-grandchildren-Lorelai Reardon, Lane and Lincoln Clemmons, Layla and Hunter Reardon, Jamison and Lilly Reardon, Kollin, Konner, Aliyah and Brantlee Asbury.

 

Dick graduated from Potomac High School, in 1950.  He was a member of the winning basketball team that beat Danville, in 1949.  After high school, he traveled to California in a 1932 Chevy (purchased for $25) down Route 66 with Harold Spain.  While in California he worked in a cafeteria as a bus boy and at a Texaco.  He came home Christmas and later joined the Navy in 1952, while enlisted he played basketball for them 2 years.  

 

He started with McBroom Lumber Co. building houses in Potomac and then built house’s and new additions off of Winter Ave in Danville making $100 a week.  He built his own home in the spring of 1961 moving into the basement June 1, 1962.  He built everything in the home except for the stone and concrete and plaster work. He then went to work making custom cabinets for Charlie Pickett.  Dick went on to work at McDowell Construction until starting work for Dick Schomburg, where he worked until retirement as an estimator in 2007.

 

He was in charge of several big projects including the fertilizer plant in Portage IN, our own Community Building in Potomac was another big project for Dick.  He was known as a millwright, carpenter and estimator.  He loved fishing, hunting, building and repairing any wood projects including back bar and end bar at his son's place of business Lola's.

One of Dicks many projects was building his wife Ruthanne a grandfather clock from raw walnut to finish working clock.  Known for his perfectionism in any project he took on.  Towards his final days Dick loved his once -a- week poker games in Paxton that his granddaughter Chaise would accompany him to.

 

Special Thanks given to: Carle Hospice, (Marge, Tracy and Dawn) Patches Tucker, Darling Graves, Sarah Asbury for stepping in when needed.

Very Special Thanks to Chaise Reardon and Joellen Reardon for their constant care the past 14 months.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s or Carle Hospice.

 

Visitation will be Monday January 3, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Blurton Funeral Home 400 N. Vermilion Potomac.  Funeral will be Tuesday 1:00 pm with Pastor Randy Holden officiating at the Funeral Home, Burial in Potomac Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Potomac American Legion.  Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak the family does request masks to be worn at the funeral home.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Dick’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
January 3, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Blurton Funeral Home-Potomac Chapel
400 North Vermilion Street
Potomac, Illinois 61865

Funeral Service
Tuesday
January 4, 2022

1:00 PM
Blurton Funeral Home-Potomac Chapel
400 North Vermilion Street
Potomac, Illinois 61865

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