CHARLESTON -- Bryon Edward “Ed” Hooser, age 58 of Charleston, IL passed away peacefully with his wife Christy by his side at 2:00 AM, Friday, September 27, 2019 at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The graveside service will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Mound Cemetery in Charleston, Illinois; Pastor Vanessa Patient, Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ, will officiate. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois is facilitating the graveside service. There will be no visitation.
Bryon was born on July 22, 1961 in Champaign, Illinois the son of Richard L. and Janice L. (Cole) Hooser. He married Christy D. Mandrell on June 6, 1987 in O'Fallon, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife Christy Hooser of Charleston, Illinois; one daughter, Heather M. Hall and husband Michael of Dallas, TX; his father, Richard L. Hooser of Charleston, IL; three brothers, Stephen B. Hooser and wife Laura of Lafayette, IN, John D. Hooser and wife Jennifer of Keokuk, IA, Richard C. Hooser and significant other, Kristine of Southern Shores, NC; one sister-in-law, Wendy Foster and husband Mark of Columbus, IN; ten nephews: Jacob, Conrad, Joshua, Jonah, Joseph, Jason, John Q. Hooser, Jacob, Jordan and Jonathan Foster; three nieces, Blair Hooser, Dyana and Yana Foster; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
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His mother preceded him in death.
Bryon graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Community Health and master's degree in Community Counseling. His interest in addiction counseling manifested itself early in life when he volunteered as a teenager at a local addiction center. He was a mental health counselor and supervisor with Edgar County Human Resources Center, specializing in mental health and drug and alcohol abuse counseling. He cared about his clients and celebrated their successes. He personally helped individuals challenged by addictions or other life challenging circumstances. He provided compassion, understanding, and kindness, making a positive enduring impact on the lives of his clients, fellow professionals, friends and family. Bryon was a member of the Mattoon Golf and Country Club. He was a sports fan personified. While he loved all sports he was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears fan. Bryon loved nature, enjoyed watching and feeding birds, hiking, and nature walks. In recent years he particularly enjoyed walks at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. A Cardinal game or two, visits to the St. Louis Zoo with Christy and going to the State Fair with his family were always highlights to his summers. Bryon loved deeply and completely; he was Christy's loving partner and compass. He loved his daughter Heather, enjoying the things they did together and always looking eagerly forward to her visits home. His “fur babies” – Purrsee, Roaree, and Jinxee also held a special place in his heart. Family was very important to Bryon. He was committed to his father and his brothers, and a day did not pass that he did not think about and miss his mother. Bryon valued friendships; while he had many friends, including his “gaming” world friends, his best friend was John Satterfield, Lafayette, Indiana. Bryon enjoyed Halloween; Bryon, John and friends enjoyed many haunted houses and fright nights. Bryon was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was an eternal optimist; he was always positive, his glass was always half full, never empty. He was a gentle and empathetic man who cared about the needs of other before his own.
The graveside service is open to everyone who knew him, a time for families and friends to come together to celebrate the life of this special man. In honor of Bryon's love of sports please wear a jersey, tee shirt or hat of your favorite team to the graveside service. Memorials in his honor may be made to Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 Dewitt Avenue East, Mattoon, IL 61938 or Indiana University Health Hospital, indianahealth.org, “University Transplant Emergency Program.” Please visit www.mitchell-jerdan.com or www.facebook.comitchelljerdanfuneralhome to light a virtual candle in his honor or share a memory with the family.