Joseph ‘Joe’ B. Childers, 84


Joseph “Joe” B. Childers, 84, of Coffeen, died on Monday, June 1, 2020, at 10:24 p.m. at his residence.

Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.

Mr. Childers was born Jan.  22, 1936, in North Carolina, to Reeves and Edna (Jones) Childers. He married Janet McKinney on Nov. 3, 1956, in Harrisburg, VA, and she survives.

During his career, he worked as a candy maker at Brachs Candy in Chicago.

Mr. Childers loved the outdoors, to hunt and fish, participate in turkey shoots, and spend time with his children, grandchildren and family. Throughout his lifetime, he resided in Arizona, Chicago for 40 years and Coffeen.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Joyce (husband John) Bieda of Roselle and Jennifer (husband Ted) McAleer of Oswego; eight grandchildren, Miranda Mock, Matthew Lupton, Kyle Underwood, Blaine Underwood, Olivia McAleer, Ethan McAleer, Jennifer Bieda and John Bieda; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Edna Reed of Chicago.

Mr. Childers was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Pam Underwood; one brother; and one sister.

Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association.

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