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David "Butch" Huston

February 5, 1944 — January 4, 2023

Wilmington

David "Butch" Huston

Age 78 of Wilmington died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Born February 5, 1944 in Peoria, Illinois, David was the son of John and Clara (nee Walker) Huston. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and Braidwood. David served in the United States Army with an honorable discharge in 1970. On March 6, 1971, he married Bonnie Jean Blazer in Decatur, Illinois, and together they would make their home and raise their family in Wilmington.

David served First Baptist Church in Wilmington as a deacon and trustee. Later he served Island City Baptist Church in Wilmington on their Benevolence committee and as a Deacon Emeritus. He worked for the Wilmington 209-U School District for over twenty years as a custodian and also provided custodial services for the Presbyterian Church. Other employers included Caterpillar, Uniroyal, and PCI. David was an avid reader, die hard Chicago White Sox fan, and he especially enjoyed Celtic music along with Bonnie’s piano music.

He was a bit of an agitator, but he had a gentle nature and a truly sweet heart. David was a proud family man who loved his family immensely. He was a devoted father to his two sons which he loved unconditionally. He cherished his grandchildren and fondly had nicknames for each. David’s love of life and family has left a lasting legacy that will be carried on by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Huston of Wilmington, with whom David would have celebrated 52 years together on March 6, 2023; two sons: Matthew John (Miranda) Huston of Kennewick, Washington and Mark David Huston of Louisville, Kentucky; four grandchildren: Jonah Michael, Libby Jayne, Samuel David, and MacKenzie Joy; his twin sister, Suzanne (James) Johnston of Wilmington; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gary Underwood of Stockton, Illinois, Phyllis (the late Joe) Armstrong of San Diego, California, Beverly (David) McGlade of Mt. Zion, Illinois, and Joyce (Lynwood) Langer of Aurora, Colorado; as well as several cousins, numerous nieces and nephews, and his two grandpups: Ivy and Charlie.

David was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, John Watling, Sr.; father-in-law and mother-in-law: John and Dorothy Blazer; and his brother and sisters: Donald E. Barnes, Marilyn (Mick) Collier, Charlotte (Loran) Barr, Joanna (Jim) McGraw, and Sharon Underwood; grandoggies Roxie and Aspen.

Cremation rites are being accorded, and the family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Island City Baptist Church, 120 Vine Street, in Wilmington from 1:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 4:00 p.m.

David will privately be laid to rest with full military honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made as gifts in David’s memory to Island City Baptist Church or Wilmington 209-U Foundation for Excellence.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share David’s memorial page via social media.

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.

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Memorial Visitation

Thursday, January 12, 2023

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Central (no DST) time)

Island City Baptist Church

120 Vine St, Wilmington, IL 60481

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Memorial Service

Thursday, January 12, 2023

4:00 - 5:00 pm (Central (no DST) time)

Island City Baptist Church

120 Vine St, Wilmington, IL 60481

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