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Jeffrey Vail

Apr 6th, 1954 - Nov 25th, 2019

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.  


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Danny eastin

November 26th

Gonna miss him, was a good guy, heaven will be a better place,

Jeff & Donna Gromm

November 25th

Sorry for your loss.

Aunt Rhesa

November 25th

Sorry for our loss, which is Heaven's gain. Love, Hugs ,& Prayers

Donna Waters George

November 25th

So sorry for your loss.

Larry & Joyce Henderson

November 25th

So very sorry for your loss. Prayer for your family.

Heidi Groesser

November 25th

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

lucy eckelberry and will landreth

November 26th

rest in peace cousin! you will be missed.

Ann Archer and Allen Holcomb

November 26th

So sorry for your loss. Jeff helped Allen decide to do surgery for his cancer. His words meant a lot to him.

Kathy n Joe

November 26th

We are so sorry for your loss and you will continually be in our prayers we love you very much

Doug and Violet

November 26th

Great guy. Great memories Jeff will be missed by many. He is in the arms of the Lord. Hugs love and prayers to family

Tom & Angie Tolliver

November 26th

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.

Joyce Woodworth

November 26th

So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for your family.

Vail family.

November 26th

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..

Roger Montgomery

November 26th

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!

Autumn, Josh, Zach and Families

November 26th

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

Ardeth Freeman

November 26th

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.

Jill Schmedeman

November 26th

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.

Jerry and Bobbie Morgan

November 26th

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.

John and Myrna Sebens

November 26th

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.

Kirkman Family

November 27th

The Kirkman Family would like to send our Condolences to the Vail family Jeff was a good guy and will missed

Don and Cathy Burge

November 27th

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.

Roger kirkman

November 28th

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 !

Judy & Ken McPherson

November 28th

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.

Terry Howard

November 28th

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!

Ken Ketchum

December 23rd

I was just thinking about Jeff and was checking on how he was doing, I've been praying daily for I looked him up on Facebook to see him a message, to find that he had passed...I worked with him at the U of I South Garage for many years...I spent a lot of my breaks with him talking and joking around, he was so light hearted...i will miss him but can't wait to see him again in heaven...i know he was a believer in Christ Jesus...sorry for your loss , he left a wonderful legacy behind that won't ever be forgotten...



Walt and Doloris Brewer
lucy eckelberry and will landreth
Kris & Charlie Foland
Matt & Debbie Goodman
Alan & Maureen Tolliver
Craig and Terri Flenniken
Aunt Rhesa
Kevin and Angie Connell
Heidi Groesser
Donna Waters George
Larry and Cindy
Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Tom & Angie Tolliver
Ann Archer
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Artdean,Angelia Warren&family
Kim and Gary Pennington
Santos family
Lori Stillman
Jill Schmedeman
Barb Williams
Uncle Dennis and Aunt Carla
Jim and Ardeth Freeman
Ken & Tammy Haven
David and Roxi Guinn
Kirkman Family
Roy & Janet Bricker
Joanne Hillderbrand Rogers
Bill and Robin Atwood


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