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Stewart Thacker, 81
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Stewart Thacker, 81, of Rock Island (formerly of Covington, Ohio) died Monday, July 31, at his home.
He was born April 26, 1936 in Floyd County, Ky., to the late Willie and Mamie Sheperd Thacker. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dimple Hawkins Thacker of Rock Island; daughter Susan (John) Hartley of Troy, Ohio, son Greg (Patricia) Thacker of Rock Island, two foster children, David (Kathy) Brown of Yankton, S.D., and Karen (the late John) Brown Schneider of Spokane, Wash., grandchildren, Mandy (David) Lack of Rock Island, Maria (Fernando) Rodriguez of Whittier, Calf., Laura (Daniel) Willis of Worthington, Ohio, Carolyn (Ricky) Kailiponi of Rexburg, Idaho, and Stewart (Jessie) Thacker of Nashville, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren, Victoria Shown and Olivia and Lydia Lack; Liam, Levi, and Kenai Kailiponi; Maylin McDaniel; Nicholas Willis; and Mateo Rodgriguez. He is also survived by foster grandchildren, Jackie (Dan) Cook, Jessica (Brandon) Grimmett, John and Jacob Schneider all of Spokane, Wash., and David and Michael Brown of Yankton, S.D., and three foster great-grandchildren, Lucy, Calvin, and Olive Cook. He is also survived by siblings, Elizabeth Smith, Clarence, Clyde, Curtis (Laura) Thacker, and Ida (Jim) Pecqueux, all of Dayton, Ohio, and sister in-law, Cheryl Smith Thacker of Moraine, Ohio. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Maggie Thacker McDaniel, brothers, John and Ray Thacker, and sisters Lou Ella Erwin, Mary Ellen Shockley, and Cora Jane Mattox.
        Stewart was a building contractor for 50 years, building homes, churches, and other structures in the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky areas. After retiring he drove a school bus for more than 10 years, retiring from Van Buren County in May of this year due to illness. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many capacities including Bishop of the Piqua Ward in Piqua, Ohio.
        Visitation will be at McMinnville Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:45p.m. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McMinnville Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow at Crain Hill Cemetery in Van Buren County.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 2, 2017