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“Just stopping to tell you how much I miss you! Its been 6 long years without you and it get harder by the day! I love you so much papa! ”
1 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla Burrell - Villa Grove, IL

“Today is your birthday! Another one I'm not able to spend and celebrate with you! I miss you so much Papa I wish you could have been here for my...Read More »
2 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla Burrell - Villa Grove, IL

“Hi Papa,Just stopping by to chat for a minute. I miss you so much! You memories are forever alive as long as I live. Hadley knows all about you and...Read More »
3 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla Finley - Villa Grove, IL

“Hey Papa,It's been 4 years since i was sitting at your bedside making sure you were not alone and letting you know that you were ok to go and that we...Read More »
4 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla Finley - Villa Grove, IL

“Hey papa i know its been too long since i have wrote to you but i just find myself stumbling for words other than i miss you and i want you back here...Read More »
5 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla Finley - Villa Grove, IL

“Where too begin... Well papa yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of the day ypu were taken from us and heaven gaines and amazing man and i gained...Read More »
6 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - tolono, IL

“So it just hit me today that Hadley will never really get to know you! It breaks my heart because theres no better papa in the world and im sad for...Read More »
7 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - villa grove, IL

“Oh where to start?! Well your great granddaughter Hadley made her entrance to the world on the 29th at 1:53 am weighing 6lbs 7oz and 18 3/4 in long.....Read More »
8 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - villa grove, IL

“Hey papa, its been a while... I got hit with missing you pretty hard today, kayla had hadley december 29 at 1:53 am and boy is she a southard! She...Read More »
9 of 56 | Posted by: Olivia Burrell - Tolono, IL

“Merry Christmas Papa! I miss you more than words can explain. I hope you have a wonderful day in heaven and are with us today as im sure you will be!...Read More »
10 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - villa grove, IL

“Well papa in 2 short days we will be celebrating another thanksgiving without you! I just wish we could could have one more holiday or just one more...Read More »
11 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - Villa Grove, IL

“Happy birthday Papa! Miss and love you more and more everyday cant wait to see u again! Have fun in heaven papa until we meet again ❤ ”
12 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - villa grove, IL

“Well Papa its been a while since i wrote to you but not a day goes by that i dont think about you! I still miss you more and more everyday they say...Read More »
13 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - tolono, IL

“Papa just stopping By to tell you that I miss you and love you so much! I wish you were here I still feel selfish for wanting you back but I just can...Read More »
14 of 56 | Posted by: kayla finley - tolono, IL

“At a loss for words can't believe its been a year! I wish I could turn back time just to hold your hand and hear your voice one more time! Tonight...Read More »
15 of 56 | Posted by: kayla - villa grove, IL

“Merry Christmas Papa! Its our first Christmas without you and its different I love and miss you so much! I hope your having a blast celebrating jesus...Read More »
16 of 56 | Posted by: kayla finley - tolono, IL

“Happy turkey day papa! Wish I could spend it with you! Love and miss you more and more everyday... ”
17 of 56 | Posted by: kayla finley - tolono, IL

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA!!! love and miss you! Hope your first birthday in heaven is amazing!! ”
18 of 56 | Posted by: kayla finley - tolono, IL

“Ugh! Papa they say losing someone gets easier with time but its not getting any easier it just keeps getting harder! I just need to hear u say...Read More »
19 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - tolono, IL

“Hey papa just stopping by to say I love and miss you! So much has happened since u been gone and I have so Mich to tell you. I miss you like crazy...Read More »
20 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - tolono, IL

“Happy Fathers day dad! I miss you everyday I wake up. Enjoy this day in heaven. I know your with me everyday. Love you. ”
21 of 56 | Posted by: Jason Southard - Rochester, IL

“Happy fathers day papa I love and miss you I wish you could be here but I'm sure you're up there havin a beer with your dad in heaven ”
22 of 56 | Posted by: Olivia Burrell - Tolono, IL

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
23 of 56 | Posted by: Olivia Burrell - Tolono, IL

“Happy fathers day daddy! I love n miss you!!! ”
24 of 56 | Posted by: Melissa Burrell - tolono, IL

“Happy fathers day papa! I love and miss u very much. I hope you are having a good day spending the day with ur dad :) love always! ”
25 of 56 | Posted by: kayla finley - springfield, IL

“Hey Papa, Just stopping by to say I love and miss you! I drove out to the TRN club this weekend and sat in the parking lot for a minute and oh the...Read More »
26 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla Finley - springfield, IL

“Happy easter papa I wish u were here with us! I miss you more and more everyday. People say it gets easier with time but I have yet to see proof of...Read More »
27 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - springfield, IL

“Papa thank you for coming to see me last night I knew u would never let me down u never have and you made me see things so clear I love and miss you...Read More »
28 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - springfield, IL

“Part 2 of what I read at his memorial service:He taught some of us to cut trees, and some of us that we better get another job.He taught us to have...Read More »
29 of 56 | Posted by: John Southard - Chatham, IL - Son

“Part 1 of what I read this at his memorial service:George My Dad, my dad was 72 years old. This is what I know about him:Dad didn't like technology,...Read More »
30 of 56 | Posted by: John Southard - Chatham, IL - Son

“Papa, Yesterday we celebrated your life and it was amazing all of the people that came to show support, you are missed by so many people even people...Read More »
31 of 56 | Posted by: kayla Finley - springfield, IL

“George was always good to my family. When I became a single mother of 6 children, he would phone me every once in awhile to make sure we were doing...Read More »
32 of 56 | Posted by: Susan Vorderstrasse-Miller - IL

“Words can't express how much I miss you! You are an amazing man.....Anytime I needed you, you were there, no matter what time of day or night. You...Read More »
33 of 56 | Posted by: Hilary Burris - Las Vegas, NV

“To the Southard Family - So sorry to hear about the passing of George. I just realized that my family has known George over 50 yeaars. Time goes so...Read More »
34 of 56 | Posted by: Joyce Owens - Chatham, IL

“Dad You gave me a pretty great childhood (since I survived it). You worked hard to provide for our family. You sent me to a great school, which I...Read More »
35 of 56 | Posted by: John Southard - Chatham, IL - Son

“Sorry about your dad we had alot of good times ”
36 of 56 | Posted by: Dale Workman - springfield, IL

“Dad, As your youngest son, I always grew up thinking you would be here forever. In all my life I never would have thought I would have to write this...Read More »
37 of 56 | Posted by: Jason Southard - Rochester, IL

“I'm so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was a friend and a river buddy who always had a smile and a laugh for everybody. We will miss you...Read More »
38 of 56 | Posted by: Butch and Karen Miller - Sherman, IL

“george, i love you and vise-versa, no one can ever take that away from us. we will meet again with open arms.+ ”
39 of 56 | Posted by: mary burris - loami, IL

“George is going to be sadly missed. We have so many fun memories living near George and his family. We have not seen George for a long time, but we...Read More »
40 of 56 | Posted by: Fred and Penny Stockton - IL

“Our deepest sympathy to George's family/Mary. We love George & will miss him deeply. Will always remember his infectious smile and great laugh. Rest...Read More »
41 of 56 | Posted by: Bonita & Ed Jones - Loami, IL

“George had a heart of gold he well be missed thoughts and prayers to the family RIP my friend ”
42 of 56 | Posted by: Art and Deb Lynn - Mchanicsburg, IL

“Uncle George, my drum : ). I cherish all the times you'd call to tell me about some deliciousness you'd cooked. We'd spend hours eating, telling...Read More »
43 of 56 | Posted by: Toni Lynn Claypool - Springfield, IL

“Papa, I never thought about what it would be like here without you and frankly I don't like this feeling I know I will get through it because I'm...Read More »
44 of 56 | Posted by: Kayla finley - granddaughter

“George always made me smile, and his smile was contagious. Prayers with the family during this time. ”
45 of 56 | Posted by: Michelle Smith-Birch

“In deepest sympathy........ We had so much fun with George!!! A very good man!! ”
46 of 56 | Posted by: Brenda Price - Springfield

“My condolences to the family. The party always started when George came in the room and the memories will do the same every time friends gather and...Read More »
47 of 56 | Posted by: Bill Roesch - Weslaco, TX

“George and I had 38 years of Fun, Fast, Hard living ! He burnt his candle bright in life , and I"m sure its burning just as bright now! i was...Read More »
48 of 56 | Posted by: John Luckey - Rochester, IL

“Heaven has gotten a wonderful angel...I will miss all the times we spent at the river at Patterson Bay and all the fun and laughter we have...Your...Read More »
49 of 56 | Posted by: Tristy Southard Hauversburk - IL

“George was always such a nice man to be around, with a contagious smile! My condolences to his family, including his love, Mary. I loved to see them...Read More »
50 of 56 | Posted by: JESSICA MONTY - Friend

“George was always one of my favorite customers and I enjoyed having him come into wherever I was working at the time. He will be greatly missed by...Read More »
51 of 56 | Posted by: Marcia Sheppard-Kemp - IL

“So sorry to hear of George's passing. We always had instant tea packets for him when he would visit the Boat in Bath. Sincere condolences to his...Read More »
52 of 56 | Posted by: Betty DeFord - Bath, IL - friend

“My memory of my Uncle George was that he was always happy and had a great sense of humor. I know that he has left his mark on a lot of our lives and...Read More »
53 of 56 | Posted by: Tambria Cory - Naples, FL - Niece

“Well where do I begin I remember George when I as at St Mary's grade school, always so kind, lots of fun, and always a smile. Those were the good...Read More »
54 of 56 | Posted by: Carrie Pointer Adams - New Berlin, IL

“I will always hold a special place in my heart for you. I will always remember your laugh, your smile and how you always lit up the room when you...Read More »
55 of 56 | Posted by: Heather Southard - Rochester, IL

“Daddy I love and miss you! I know you will always be with me. ”
56 of 56 | Posted by: Melissa Burrell - tolono, IL


George Herbert Southard, 72, of Loami, died at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at St. John's Hospital.

George was born October 18, 1941 in Big Mound, IL, the son of Carl Herbert and Mary Louise Weitiekamp Southard.

George owned and operated his own tree trimming business, George Southard and Son Tree Service. He was a member of the TRN Club at Lake Springfield and the Knights of Columbus in New Berlin. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and friends, and being on the Illinois River.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob Southard; and one grandchild.

He is survived by his three sons, George (wife, Ruth) Southard of Louisville, KY, John (wife, Tara) Southard of Chatham, and Jason (wife, Heather) Southard of Rochester; daughter, Melissa (husband, Tom) Burrell of Tolono, IL; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, William Southard of Taylorville, Ben Southard of Springfield, Clarence Southard of Galesburg, John Southard of TX, and Mary "Bunny" Southard of Des Moines, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be hosted by the family on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at South Side Christian Church, Southwest Campus, 3040 Hamlin Pkwy, Springfield.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.