Joseph (Ed) Tichenor, Champaign, IL formerly of Westfield, IL died August 4, 2020 at Heritage Healthcare, Hoopeston, IL. Ed was born April 24, 1931 in Santa Ana, CA to Wayne and Jessie Tichenor. He married Wanda Rogers on June 25, 1960 in Westfield.
Ed was preceeded in death by his parents and his wife; sister, Thursa Smith; brother, Frank (Art) Tichenor; sons, Rick Tichenor and Mark Tichenor. He is survived by son, Brian (Jill) Tichenor, Monticello and granddaughter, Emily (Nick) Weaver, Decatur.
Ed served in the United States Army, First Calvary Division, during the Korean War. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University and University of Illinois. Ed taught history in several school districts, ending his teaching career at Farmer City-Mansfield. Following his move from education, he worked in sales at Cleveland Cotton and Follett Books.
Ed was a member of the American Legion, VFW and Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the Westfield United Methodist Church. He greatly enjoyed his past involvement in I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club, Civil War Roundtable and activities at the Champaign Park District. He was an avid sports fan, playing wheelchair basketball and football with the Champaign-Urbana Black Knights and enjoyed watching all University of Illinois of sports, Cubs baseball and Bears football.
A special thanks to all the staff at Windsor of Savoy, Evergreen Place and Heritage Healthcare for their compassionate care.
Graveside services will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Westfield, IL on Monday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Walter Miller officiating. Graveside burial rites will be conducted by Westfield American Legion and Kansas American Legion.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Save the Redwoods League, 111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104, www.SaveTheRedwoods.org.
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