Monday, October 10, 2011

Obit of Lambert Joseph Zeedyk

Lambert Joseph "Jim" Zeedyk Chatsworth Surrounded by his loving family and dear friends, Lambert Joseph Zeedyk, 92, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on October 8, 2011 at Fairview Haven, Fairbury. Mr. Zeedyk was born November 29, 1918 in Danforth Township, the first child of John Henry and Edith (Herr) Zeedyk. He served in the United States Army in the 63rd anti-aircraft artillery at Seattle, Washington. Married to Lorene Marie Smith on October 13, 1945, they celebrated 63 years together and raised five children. His beloved wife passed away on May 15, 2009. His childhhood was spent in the Danforth area. Due to hard times, when he finished 8th grade at the Kern country school, he had to forfeit a high school education to earn a living and help support the family. He was a member of the American Legion Post 700, Thawville and the Calvary Baptist Church in Chatsworth, where he had served as deacon. Lambert and his wife lived and farmed for many years in the Gilman and Thawville areas before retiring to Chatsworth. They also owned and operated Zeedyk Farm Service. After retiring from farming, he spent time working as a carpenter and then spent several years at FS Seed Company in Piper City. Mr. Zeedyk especially enjoyed helping his son farm, spending time with his family, visiting with friends and gardening. Survivors include his children, Sharon Huber of Chatsworth; Duane (Shirley) Zeedyk of Dwight; Sandra (Ronald) Boyer of Watseka; Nancy (Doug) Hibsch of Fairbury; and Lial (Sharon) Zeedyk of Chatsworth; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Patricia Zeedyk of New Jersey, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, his parents, two brothers, Robert Zeedyk and Roy Zeedyk; and two sons-in-law, Raymond Gerdes and Alvin Huber. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and also one hour prior to the 11:00 A.M. service on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the funeral home, with Rev. William Paton officiating. Burial with military honors, will be at the Brenton Cemetery in Piper City. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, OSF Hospice, Fairview Haven, or the donor's choice. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Please sign the guest book at

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