Columbus, OH --- Halsey Joe Monier, 86, died May 7, 2014, at Heartland Healthcare in Henry, Ill.
Mr. Monier was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Sparland to Robert Halsey and Edith (Waugh) Monier. He married Donna Jean Wichman on Sept. 29, 1951, in Bartonville, Ill. She preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 1997.
Mr. Monier farmed his entire life on the Oak Glade Farm in Sparland with his father, R.H., brother, Bob, nephew, Rod, son, Al and son-in-law, Butch Rummerfield, operating as Monier Bros. and Monier Cattle.
He served on the Marshall County Board, as supervisor of Steuben Township, LaPrairie Mutual Insurance Company board of directors, director and chairman of the board of the Henry State Bank, member and elder of the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church and Northern Illinois Colt Association director and vice president.
Mr. Monier was director and past president of the Marshall-Putnam Fair. He was superintendent of speed for the Standardbred racing, following in his father's footsteps since 1976.
Anyone who knew Mr. Monier knew that after the crops were in every spring, he could be found at the M-P Fairgrounds in Henry with many other friends and volunteers doing repairs, painting, planting trees and other numerous activities in preparation for the fair.He is survived by his children, Albert (Carol), Robert (friend Nick Cowley), Edith Rummerfield and Michelle (Keith Olson); grandchildren, Ashley (Bud) Fallon, Celena and Marshall Rinaldo; great-grandchildren, Bryce Fallon and Elan Fallon; nephews, Rod and Bill Hogg; niece, Barb Lochner; and brother-in-law, Robert J. Wichman. In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert; and his sister, Willmina Hogg.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday (May 12) at the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church in rural Sparland, with the Rev. Melinda Stephenson officiating. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday (May 11) at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. Burial will be at the LaPrairie U P Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church, Marshall-Putnam Fair Association or Vitas Hospice.