David Leonard DeShazo, age 70, of Xenia, and formerly of Oregon, Illinois, passed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday afternoon, June 26, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born October 14, 1948, in Oregon, Illinois, the son of Harold Dean DeShazo and Margaret (Godfrey) Ulrich. He was united in marriage to Judy M. Keaster on October 15, 1977, in Loves Park, and together they have shared 41 years of marriage.
Dave served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam during 3 tours of duty as part of the L Company 75th Ranger Battalion, 51st Infantry LRPs, and 101st, 82nd, and 173rd Airborne Divisions. He worked as an electrician at Longview Fibre and W.A. Whitney in Rockford. He was a volunteer fireman with North Park Fire Protection District in Machesney Park, and he and Judy had attended Pelley Road Christian Fellowship in Rockford and Byron Assembly of God Church. Dave greatly enjoyed time spent outdoors, helping others when he saw a need, and opportunities to witness and share his friendship and faith with everyone he met. He loved dogs and cherished the memory of his black lab, “Buddy” who died 2 years ago. He will be remembered as a loving and thoughtful husband, dad, grandpa, and friend.
He is survived by his wife: Judy DeShazo of Xenia; sons: James (Patty) DeShazo of Roscoe, Robert DeShazo of Xenia, Ronald (Cary) DeShazo of Breese, Todd Bradham (Shellena) of Xenia, and Scott (Misty) Bradham of Xenia; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother: Michael DeShazo of Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews including special twin nephews: Eric and Josh DeShazo of Lansing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son: Mack DeShazo; 2 brothers: Richard Heinzeroth and Larry DeShazo; and a sister: Shirley Knoernschild.
A Celebration of Life ceremony for David will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019, at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Rockford located at 3015 S. 4th Street, Rockford, Illinois 61109. Visitation will be 6 until 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to Rockford Rescue Mission and will be accepted through the funeral home.