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BRADFORD – Larry J. Noder, 70, of rural Bradford, died at 2:18 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria surrounded by his loving family.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 22 at Leet United Methodist Church in Bradford where military rites will be accorded by the Bradford American Legion. Pastor Janice Ringenberg will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria or to Kellsies Hope Foundation, a childhood cancer research foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 31, 1948 in Spring Valley, IL, the son of Edwin and Marjorie (Swift) Noder. He married Cheryl Garren on July 6, 1968 at the Leet United Methodist Church in Bradford. She survives, as do four children; Angelyn Craddock and her special friend, Tom Breed, Kristen Noder and her special friend, Tim Pyszka, Jeremy (Jenny) Noder and Corey (Courtenay) Noder and ten grandchildren; Roger and Benjamin Craddock, Conor, Keegan and Caleb Mooney, Michaela and Miranda Noder and Dylan, Aaron and Collin Noder. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Edwina Kay (Jim) Harmon and Janet Ann Horack, two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Marburger and Wayne Garren and Wayne’s children; Craig, Cassandra and Jeffrey Garren and his son-in-law, Dave Craddock.
Larry and his family moved to the family farm in 1963. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1966 and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Midstate Business College and Illinois Central College in Peoria. He was employed by Caterpillar and then left his job to return to farming in 1970 following the passing of his father. He also worked for Bradford Ag and then Ag View Services, retiring in 2015. Larry also served his country in the Army National Guard. He had served on the board at Leet United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Bradford Jaycees, Bradford School Board, Bradford Fire Department, 40&8 and the Bradford American Legion where he was Past Commander. He enjoyed working on special projects in his new shop, gardening, cooking, traveling and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.