CHARLESTON -- Eli R. Sidwell, Jr., age 86 of Charleston, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 while at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth Street in Charleston. The Funeral Service, honoring and celebrating his life, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Reverend Tom Corum officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. Donations in his honor may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church or to the EIU Foundation for a scholarship to be established. Gifts may be left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Eli was born November 22, 1932 in Cumberland County, Illinois, a son of Eli R. and Opal (Howe) Sidwell. He married Ann Gray on August 17, 1958 in St. Francisville, Illinois and they have shared more than 60 wonderful years of marriage and friendship.
In addition to Ann, left to cherish their many loving memories are his children, Melanie Edwards and husband Matthew of Des Moines, Iowa, Eli R. “Trey” Sidwell III and fiancé Vivien Pineda of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and Jamie Sidwell of Aurora, Illinois; four grandchildren, Orin Edwards and fiancé Autumn, Ian Edwards, Eden Edwards, and Abigail Sidwell; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
In addition to his parents, Eli was preceded in death by five sisters, Ursa Sidwell, Esther Riedlinger, Lois Sidwell, Iris Sidwell and Wilma Sidwell; and two brothers, Carlos Sidwell and Ivan Sidwell.
Eli was a 1951 graduate of Casey High School and furthered his education at Eastern Illinois University, attaining a Bachelor's degree in Business Education. While at EIU, Eli became a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International, later serving as Grand Sage, and continuing to be involved in the fraternity his entire life. As a successful businessman, he owned and operated Eli Sidwell and Associates in Charleston and served as the Illinois State Director of Real Estate. Eli was a faithful and active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston and was devoted to the Charleston Community, serving with numerous business and service organizations.
Eli's complete obituary is available online at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com.