Lonnie E. Caulk, 77, of Springfield, died on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 3:40 p.m. at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
Cremation rites were accorded. A graveside ceremony will be held Friday, April 30, beginning at 1 p.m. at Olive Hill Cemetery in Coffeen with Loren Kunz officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Illinois Department of Defense. Butler Funeral Home in Springfield is assisting the family.
Mr. Caulk was born Jan. 13, 1944, in Hillsboro, to Lamar E. and Norma Jean (Blackwelder) Caulk. He married Barbara L. Hartley on Jan. 17, 1995, in Las Vegas, NV, and she survives.
He graduated from Hillsboro High School and proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business from Sangamon State University.
During his career, Mr. Caulk worked for Fiat Allis for 22 years, the state of Illinois, and later drove a truck for Arkansas Best Freight and Active USA. He was also a volunteer firefighter in Irving.
He enjoyed riding his Harley, deer hunting, gardening, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Caulk is survived by his daughter, Stacey (Ted Wilkins) Warcup of Springfield; three grandchildren, Colin Douglas, Carleigh Renee and Ireland Faith; five siblings, Lynn (Sharon) Caulk, Loren (Karen Summers) Caulk, Leslie (Connie) Caulk, Lance (Kenda) Caulk and Leora (Jim) Jones; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeffrey Shane; brother, Larry Caulk; and nephew, Lance Caulk.
Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS, 66675, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.butlerfuneralhomes.com.