George M. Whitlock

Born: Tue., Jan. 13, 1942
Died: Thu., Sep. 10, 2020

Graveside Service

4:00 PM Fri., Sep. 18, 2020
Location: Gray Cemetery

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George Milton Whitlock, age 78 of New Salem, IL passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 in his home surrounded by family. He was born on January 13, 1942 to Harley and Alberta (Crawford) Whitlock in Quincy, IL. He married Ginger Kristine Royalty May 11, 1997 at their home and she survives.

George attended the Methodist Church in New Salem, IL and enjoyed holding bible study in their home. He worked as a carpenter and loved to buy old houses to renovate and resell. He later worked at Illini Community Hospital for twelve years and retired from there in 2005. In his spare time, he enjoyed shooting guns and hunting with the boys and also liked travelling the country with Ginger. George loved his coffee shop time and loved talking to anyone who would listen. He was passionate about woodworking and showing his grandchildren the trade and sharing his true love of ice cream. George was a matter of fact kind of guy, who was hard working often working two jobs at once. He truly loved his family and his greatest joy was his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ginger who was a wonderful caretaker; sons, George Whitlock of Pittsfield, IL and Doug (Annette) Whitlock of Milton, IL; daughters, Debbie (William) Booker of Baylis, IL, Rita (Don) Knowles of Fishhook, IL, Teresa Lyons of Perry, IL, Lori (Darin) Riffey of Baylis, IL and Gina Hecox (David Shearer) of Fishhook, IL; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great- great grandchildren; brother, Harley (Rita) Whitlock of Pittsfield, IL; sister, Mardell Hammitt of New Salem and several nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents; son, Harley Wilson in infancy; grandson, Cory Lyons in infancy; brother, Robert Whitlock; sisters, Mary Jane Crowder and Genevieve Ridgeway; and sons-in-law, Randy Lyons and Darrell Hecox.

Graveside service will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. at Gray Cemetery in New Salem, IL.  Memorials are suggested to Pike County Animal Shelter or Gray Cemetery. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in George's memory to the following organizations:

Gray Cemetery
c/o Everett Dean, 36510 290th Ave, New Salem, IL 62314

Pike County Animal Shelter

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Rachel Geiselman
   Posted Sat September 12, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew George when he worked at Illini. He was a very nice man and his work was impeccable!

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
I am sorry to learn your loss of George.
He was a classmate of our PHS 1960. Always happy and friendly to greet.
I wish you all pleasant memories to comfort and console. God Bless you all.
My Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

Roger Reel
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
Sorry for you and your family loss. Ours prayers are with you at this time.

Roger and Sara Reel

Sandy Walker
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
Ginger & family,
I am so very sorry to learn of George's passing.
George was someone that I met while I was working at IHS and he was always so kind and considerate and would speak highly of ALL his family.
May all the memories and photographs created throughout the years comfort you in this time of loss.
Please know I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Robert (Bob) Schedel
   Posted Fri September 18, 2020
Ginger and family--So very sorry to hear of George's passing. Kindly accept my sincere condolences.
Bob Schedel

RICHARD Heitholt
   Posted Tue September 22, 2020
Very sorry, Ginger. God’s blessings and best wishes

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