CHARLESTON -- Richard E. McCausland, age 85 of rural Charleston, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in the comfort of his home and with his loving family at his side. A celebration of his life will be hosted by his family at the Richard McCausland family farm located at 19087 Westfield Road southeast of Charleston, beginning with a Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 with Pastor Mary Wright officiating. A time of fellowship and remembering will follow the service. With limited parking at the farm, any opportunity to carpool would be appreciated. A Private Inurnment will be in the Wheaton Cemetery in Wheaton, Illinois at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to Lincolnland Hospice and mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Richard was a 4th of July baby, born in 1934 in Rockford, Illinois. He was the son of the late George Oscar and Frances (Zinke) McCausland. He married Sigrid Stueland in 1954 and they became the parents of five children. Following her death in 1982, he married Marilyn (Wahl) Derrick in March of 1986 and she preceded him in death on April 1, 2001. He later married Sandra Lee (Schultz) Symonds in August of 2007 and she preceded him just seven short months ago in December of 2018. Left to cherish their many memories are his children, Ralph McCausland and wife Joan of Lerna, Illinois, Roger McCausland and wife Sue of Yakima, Washington, Martha Piszcek and husband Russ of Yorkville, Illinois, George McCausland and wife Sue of Genoa, Illinois and Ruth Maddock and husband Mike of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; 25 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Richard was also blessed with four stepchildren and their families, Jean Pison and husband Bob of Carmel, Indiana, Jim Derrick of Chicago, Illinois, Rodney Symonds and wife Megan of Charleston and Don Symonds of Mattoon, Illinois. Richard was also preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Karen Derrick; a brother, Jim McCausland; and a sister, Ann Kellen.
Richard was a truck mechanic for AT & T in the Chicago suburbs. He was a member of the Charleston First Presbyterian Church. Richard was an outdoorsman who enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed winters in Texas. Richard was blessed with the love of three special women and was a wonderful example as an amazing husband, father and stepfather. He was his family’s biggest fan and loved his children and grandchildren with all his heart. He was the patriarch of their family and will be greatly missed.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com.