Stephen Jo Earley

Born: Fri., Dec. 9, 1949
Died: Wed., Jun. 24, 2020


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 01, 2020
Location: Rockville Elks Club

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 02, 2020
Location: Independent Baptist Church

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Stephen Jo Earley, 70, of Montezuma, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
He was born in Paxton, IL on December 9, 1949, to D.C. Earley and Marilyn K. Stalter Earley.
Steve was a graduate of Urbana IL. High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Eastern Illinois University.
He was co-owner of 6 grocery stores, IGA and Save-a-Lot.  He was an Elks Club member, Rockville Lodge.  He was a life long White Sox fan.  Known as “Gramps” by all of his grandchildren, he was an avid dog lover also.  Farm living was his life-long dream.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary Earley.
Survivors include his wife, Tressa Earley; two sons, A. J. Earley and Andy (Cierra Barker) Earley; a sister, Mary R. (Craig) Vallowe; and three grandchildren, Avery Briddick, Addie Jo Earley, and Ava Earley.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 4 to 8 pm at the Rockville Elks Club.  Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 2 at 11 am at the Independent Baptist Church in Montezuma for family and close friends.  Pastor Keith McIntyre will officiate.  
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society.  Envelopes will be available at visitation and funeral services.
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Anna M Zimmerman
   Posted Sat June 27, 2020
Dear Tressa,
I was so sad to learn of Steve's accident and untimely death. He was a great man and loved his family deeply. I have great memories of working with you, getting to know you and your family, and watching the boys grow up. How many times did Steve tell me how much he enjoyed his life on the farm with all of you! I hope you will take some comfort in knowing that I will be thinking of you often and offering up prayers for your strength in the days to come. I know Steve will be so missed by you and that the joyful memories of you life together will be treasured by you forever. Please extend my sympathies to AJ, Andy and their families, and your mother as well .

Bonnie Pittman
   Posted Sat June 27, 2020
My deepest sympathies to family and friends. Steve gave me one of my first jobs many, many years ago at IGA. You are all in my prayers 🙏🏻
Bonnie Grayless Pittman

Scott Jones
   Posted Sat June 27, 2020
Please accept our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies on Steve's passing. He was a kind man and will be missed.
Glen Jones & Scott Jones

bonnie s elkins
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss. Steve was a very nice guy and will be missed by many. My prayers are with you.

Sandy Brazier
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020
Tressa and family,
It is so hard to have the right thing to say at such a sad time as this. I have been reliving old memories over the last week-memories of when we were roommates and you first met Steve. The thing that comes to my mind most is how you always lit up when he walked into a room. I remember how much fun and how funny he was. I remember how perfect you were together and how much you obviously loved each other. It had been almost 30 years when I visited you in March and I left your home thinking the same thing. After all of these years it was so obvious how much love there was between you and Steve and in your home. You still lit up when he walked into the room. Steve will always be remembered by me as someone who was welcoming, kind and funny. He was genuine and that is hard to find today. I know you already miss him terribly. I am praying for God's comfort to surround you and your family and for beautiful memories to fill your days. I love you!

Sandy Waldridge Bennett
   Posted Sun July 05, 2020
My condolences to his family and friends! Steve was such a nice person and giving to the youth in his community. When he was in the Rockville store, he and Kevin always donated to the Rockville Summer Youth Baseball and Softball. They gave hotdogs and buns for the jamboree for years. I was so sorry to hear about the accident and his passing. RIP STEVE. Again I’m so sorry for your loss.
Sandy Waldridge Bennett

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