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Everett Ray Tennyson

August 13, 1941 — July 29, 2022


Everett Ray Tennyson

Age 80, of Bourbonnais formerly of Ottawa and Braidwood, died on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11:10 a.m. at Ascension Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

Born August 13, 1941 in McLeansboro, IL, a son to Everett and Alberta (Mitchell) Tennyson. Ray graduated from McLeansboro High School with the class of 1959. He went on to attend S.I.U. Carbondale for three years. Ray honorably served in the United States Navy Reserves. He worked as a unit operator for Libbey Owens Ford Glass Company until his retirement. On February 14, 1990 he married Jacquelyn B. Meyr and together they cherished 28 years until her passing on March 27, 2018. Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching birds and gardening. Most importantly Ray cherished his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include three children: Brenda (Chet Lynch) Harper of Ohio, Pamela Tennyson of Ohio, and Cindy Tennyson of LaSalle, IL; four step-children: Shari (Jerry) Sparks of Brentwood, TN, Larry (Julie) Meyr of Lowell, IN, Christina (John) Nelson of Libertyville, IL and Jack (Jamie) Meyr of Essex, IL; five grandchildren: Joshua (Liz) Harper, Chelsia (Dan) Ross, Tessa Harper, Jade Braddy and Sylvia (Christian) Gainey; 10 step-grandchildren: Sara Meyr, Mitch (Emily) Nelson, Linzie Meyr, Nicholas Meyr, Jack (Emily) Nelson, Maggie Meyr, Mazie Meyr, Ben Nelson, Samantha Sparks and Jack Sparks; several great-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren; one sister Barbara Barbish of McLeansboro, IL; niece Sonja Shelton and several great-nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Alberta, wife Jacquelyn and one sister Shirley.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 8, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington. Graveside services along with Full Military Honors will immediately follow at 10:00 a.m. in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Rev. Dr. Roy Backus will officiate.

Preferred memorials in Ray’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Friends and family are encourage to share photos, sign the online guestbook and share Ray’s memorial page via social media.

Funeral arrangements and graveside services have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home. (815-472-2181)  

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Past Services


Monday, August 8, 2022

8:30 - 9:15am (Central time)

Baskerville Funeral Home Wilmington

700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington, IL 60481

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Graveside Service

Monday, August 8, 2022

10:00 - 10:30am (Central time)

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

20953 W Hoff Rd, Elwood, IL 60421

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