Charles R. Ferrill

charles ferrill

April 9, 1951 ~ December 23, 2017

Charles R. Ferrill, 66, of Morrisonville, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 10:10 a.m., at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Charlie was born April 9, 1951 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Kenneth and Mary (Cummins) Ferrill.  He married Pat Donaldson on December 4, 1971 at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville, IL.

Charlie graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1969, where he was the long-time, record holder for points, scoring 46, and rebounds, nabbing 38, in a single game.  While in high school, he worked for Stewart’s IGA and Ward Contractors. Following high school, Charlie completed a technical degree at the United Electronics Institute in Louisville, KY.  He then worked for Lowry Electronics in Chicago for six months, eventually leaving, because he missed the outdoors.  Charlie returned home to be a full-time contractor at Ward Contractors.  He would move on to partner with his father, and eventually become owner of Ferrill Builders until the time of his death.  

Charlie was raised in the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville, and attended St. Maurice Catholic Church with his family.  He was a past president of the Morrisonville School Board and PMRA.  He volunteered as a Little League coach for many years, and won the “God and Country” award as a boy scout.  Charlie was a fun-loving, generous, family first friend to all.  He enjoyed fireworks, impromptu road trips with Pat, mowing his baseball field, and tending to his goldfish pond.  Charlie was an avid Chicago Cubs and Mohawk sports fan.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, and attending all of his grandchildren’s extracurricular events

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don Ferrill; nephew, Jeff Masters; and niece, Kim Maxell. 

Charlie is survived by his wife, Pat Ferrill of Morrisonville, IL; daughter, Carrie Young of Decatur, IL; son, Mark (wife, Lela) Ferrill of Morrisonville, IL; grandsons, Jamie, Landon, and Isaac Ferrill, and Ben Young; granddaughters, Macie and Kendyl Ferrill; brothers, Rev. Jim (wife, Helen) Ferrill of Butler, IL, David (wife, Christina) Ferrill of Morrisonville, IL, and John (wife, Rose) Ferrill of Morrisonville, IL; sisters, Anita (husband, Dave) Gross of Decatur, IL, Pat (husband, Larry) Masters of Blue Mound, IL, and Kathy (husband, Keith) Vickers of Pawnee, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Funeral Mass:  10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 217 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th St., Morrisonville, IL 62546 with Rev. Gerald Bunse, celebrant.

Interment will follow the funeral mass at St. Maurice Cemetery in Morrisonville, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Morrisonville High School Sports Boosters, or PMRA.

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  1. So shocked and sad to hear that Charles passed away. He put new floor joist in our old house back in the 80’s. What a talented carpenter he was. Such a nice man with such a positive attitude. Only person I know that could measure something and not write it down talking the whole time, go outside (still talking) saw the board and it fit perfect every time. Amazing! You have my deepest sympathy. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

    Shirley and Angela Adams

  2. So sad to hear of your loss. Charlie was so good to me after my husband died and did such good work when I was getting my house ready to sell. He was always cheerful and upbeat. He will be missed in the community!

  3. Pat, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. It was always a pleasure to be around Charlie, positive, strong, and a man who loved you, your children and especially the grandkids. Sandy immediately remembered the pickle that Charlie got us, it is on the Christmas tree right know. I miss you and Landonisims, that always bright a smile and laugh to me.

    It was a honor to have known Charlie.
    Love Tom & Sandy

  4. David and family – we are so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Alan and Joni

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    A GRANDMA’S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent on December 27, 2017

    Think of Charlie as living in the hearts of those he touched.
    For nothing loved is ever lost, and he was loved so much.
    We are holding your family in our hearts and lifting you in prayer.
    Roy & Darlene Niemeyer

  6. Pat, Mark and Family,

    We want to express our condolences to you on your loss of Charlie. He was such a nice man. Let your memories guide you during this time of sadness.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was such a good friend. We literally grew into men together, playing ball, hunting and living together while going to school in Louisville. Two small town boys living in the city! I have so many good memories of us meeting challenges together. Please know you and your family have my deepest sympathy.

    Joe and Laurie Anderson

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    A MIXED FRUIT BASKET was sent on December 28, 2017

    Love you always, cousin Charlie. Nothing can ever erase my wonderful memories.

  9. Praying you will be comforted with the precious memories of everything you have gained from sharing in the life of someone so special. He will always and forever be remembered with love. May God’s presence and love care for you in your loss. My most sincere condolences to family and friends.

  10. Pat,
    So sorry to hear about Charlie. I attended UEI with him, Joe Anderson and Rich Harre.
    I came with Charlie to Cairo one weekend to visit you and some of your clollege roommates. I also come by Morrisionville in 1978 to visit.
    So sad to loose touch and miss out on life.
    Charlie was my good friend
    Kevin Byrd
    Winston Salem ,NC

  11. Been out of touch, sorry to hear about Charlie’s passing. I remember Charlie setting the scoring and rebound record as I had an ankle injury and coach had me keep official score. Charlie got me interested in playing basketball prior to playing it on recess on the playground. He had a hoop attached to the garage. R.I.P. Charlie. My family’s sincere symphony to the Ferrill family.

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