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Celebration of Life Ceremony: 11 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Visitation: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home
Interment: Bunker Cemetery
Jeffrey “Jeff” A. Vail, age 65, of Neoga, Illinois, passed away Monday morning, November 25, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born April 6, 1954, in Monticello, Illinois, the son of Edwin “Ed” Arkel Vail and Phyllis Mae (Eckelberry) Vail.
Jeff was a 1973 graduate of Unity High School in Tolono. He was a longtime auto body repair technician, first owning and operating his own business in Villa Grove. He also served as a volunteer on the Villa Grove Fire department for a short time. He then transitioned to the University of Illinois working in the O&M garage until his retirement. He spent countless hours restoring antique cars in his spare time and was a running enthusiast who had trained for and completed a marathon and several half-marathons in recent years, most recently finishing a 15k run just two months ago. Jeff loved to travel, especially to Gulf Shores, Alabama where he spent his winters. He enjoyed toy car collecting and often visited auctions. Jeff is going to be remembered for his free-spirited outlook on life and how he treasured the years after his grandchildren came along—and how very proud he was of all of them.
He is survived by a daughter: Autumn (Joshua) Ward of Savoy; 2 sons: Josh (Kelly) Vail of Villa Grove and Zachary (Stephanie Horve) Vail of Harristown; 7 grandchildren: Khloe Ward, Harper Ward, Ethan Vail, Adalyn Vail, Lily Knecht, Emma Knecht, and Hudson Vail; his mother: Phyllis Vail of Flora; a brother: Dennis (Carla) Vail of Pesotum; 2 sisters: Christine (Jim) Hallett of Savannah, Tennessee, and Patsy White of Effingham; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father: Ed Vail; brother-in-law: Barry White; nephew: James Robert Hallett; and his beloved dog: Molly.
A ceremony celebrating the life of Jeff Vail will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Burial will follow in Bunker Cemetery. A visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to honor the memory of Jeff to either: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Melanoma Research Foundation, or any animal rescue organization of the donor’s choice. These will be accepted through the funeral home.
Gonna miss him, was a good guy, heaven will be a better place,
Sorry for your loss.
Sorry for our loss, which is Heaven's gain. Love, Hugs ,& Prayers
So sorry for your loss.
So very sorry for your loss. Prayer for your family.
Sorry for your families loss I worked with jeff he was a good guy and friend I enjoyed listening to him tell stories of his kids and grandchildren he truly loved them you could see it and hear it in his voice by the look in his eyes while he told his stories . I'm glad are paths crossed you made work fun . R.I.P
rest in peace cousin! you will be missed.
So sorry for your loss. Jeff helped Allen decide to do surgery for his cancer. His words meant a lot to him.
We are so sorry for your loss and you will continually be in our prayers we love you very much
Great guy. Great memories Jeff will be missed by many. He is in the arms of the Lord. Hugs love and prayers to family
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.
So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for your family.
So very sorry to the Vail family and to . Prayers sent to everyone at this time ...he will be miss dearly.Rip uncle Jeff .love Patricia Santos and family..
So sorry for your loss! Jeff was a great guy, it was an honor to be his friend! Our loss is heavens gain! God bless you all!
We are so very sorry for all of you. Your dad was a wonderful man who adored all three of you kids and all of his grandchildren. He was very proud of all of you. We will miss him greatly and know that you will also. He has left all of us with many wonderful memories that we can chose from when we think of him. Know that he is back with his Dad and in the arms of the lord. We are here for all of you if we can help in any way. We love all of you! Uncle Dennis and Aunt Carla
Condolences to all of the family. Phyllis, we are so very sorry. We worked together at a local nursing home several years ago and I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss. Jeff was a kind , patient , amazing person that will be missed. He was always pushing me to strive for bigger and better things and I'm so glad I was able to meet him.
Dearest Autumn, Josh and Zack, Deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Many prayers for you all and your families during this time of great sorrow.
Dennis, we are so sorry that you lost your brother. I am sure he was a wonderful man. Please let your mother know we are sending prayers to her at this time.
The Kirkman Family would like to send our Condolences to the Vail family Jeff was a good guy and will missed
We were neighbors of Jeff and my how we miss him. From the time we met him we knew we were blessed to have him as a neighbor which turned into a friendship. Jeff was the best and wow how talented. He loved his family. We keep thinking we will see him come home. Miss you Jeff.
Love you bunches,,Jeff . You will AN have always been a Great AN Special person In my life . never,ever forget ARE friendship, thank you,,Uncle !
Rhesa, so sorry to learn of your brothers passing. I communicated with him on face book & met his once at Charley Brown Park. He was a fine young man who loved his kids & grandkids. Please accept my sympathy and pass it along to Phyllis. The last time I heard from Jeff was when my sister passed about about three months ago. So soon they leave us.
I worked with Jeff at the U of I Campus Garage for many years as I was in the Parts Department and he in the Body Shop.I appreciated Jeff’s politeness and friendship through the years and I hope and pray God will bless and comfort you with all the happy good memories of and with Jeff!