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Everett Lane Wakeland

January 24, 1936 — March 16, 2020

Everett Lane Wakeland

Everett Lane Wakeland, 84, of Aledo, Illinois died Monday, March 16, 2020 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.

Visitation is Thursday, March 19th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Dennison Funeral Home, Aledo, followed by a private family memorial service. Burial will be in Peniel Cemetery, Joy with graveside military rites by Aledo American Legion Post 121. Memorials may be left for Zion Lutheran Church, Taylor Ridge or Aledo American Legion.

Everett Lane Wakeland was born January 24, 1936 in Joy, Illinois the son of Everett and Ruth Steele Wakeland. The Joy High School graduate went to work as a truck driver before serving in the United States Air Force from 1958 – 1962. After his honorable discharge he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and U.S. Post Office. He also kept trucking for several years.

He married Shirley Lindner on December 28, 1959 in Aledo. Together they had two children, Beth and Mike. He later married Sandra Harris and had two children, Adam and Renee. On June 22, 2000 he re-married Shirley. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Taylor Ridge and the American Legion.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Shirley Wakeland of Aledo, Illinois; children: Beth (Mark) Petersen of Henderson, Nevada, Mike (Darla) Wakeland of Cambridge, Illinois, Adam Wakeland and Renee (Weston) Bishop all of Atkins, Iowa; 9 grandchildren: Kevin Petersen, Katie Petersen, Leslie Wakeland, Dakota Walker, Olivia Wakeland, Lindsay Wakeland, Ethan Wakeland, Teagan Bishop and Memphis Bishop; 2 step-grandchildren: Raiff and Riley Cauwels; great-grandson: Everett “Rett” Walker (Lane was very proud of his great-grandson and namesake) and siblings: Mike Wakeland, Roger Wakeland, Dixie Krueger and Mary Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister: Melba.

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**Please note due the Governor's COVID-19 mandate of keeping gatherings under 50 people--- the funeral is now a private family service... visitation will still be open to the public but will be limited to 50 people in the funeral home at a time. If you are not feeling well or vulnerable, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND... those who choose to attend may have to wait a few minutes to enter the visitation. The CDC recommends social distancing practices be followed in funeral homes, churches and cemeteries. Hugging, kissing and/or handshaking is discouraged. Hand sanitizer and had washing is imperative. Thank you for understanding as we all try to get through this together and keep everybody safe and healthy.**

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