Jeff Zirkle

February 28, 1958 - November 16, 2017

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Jeffery E. Zirkle, 59, of Urbana, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Mercy Health Urbana Hospital.

He was born February 28, 1958 in Urbana and very proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Jeff retired after 26 years at Honda Transmission. He was a member of the Amvets Post 121 in Urbana, Urbana Moose Lodge, and the Union Club in Springfield. Jeff was an all-around jokester who loved to have fun and enjoyed fishing and playing pool. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Elaine Kay (Loy) Zirkle; lifelong friends, Ronnie (Pat) Mirrel and Gary (Barb) Martin; 3 special daughters, Cindi Sexton, Rose Sexton, and Sara Hammel; his siblings, Jeannie (Mike) Young, Charles (Kim) Clark, Clinton Zirkle, Kenny Zirkle, Mary (Tom) Sanders, Connie Osborne, Loretta (Charles) Miranda, and Bobbie Jo Zirkle; sister-in-law, Sheryl Zirkle; and several nieces and nephews including DL and Daniel Kauffman, Ashley (Clark) Collins, Jordan Clark, and Eddie, Chad, Bart, and Ada Zirkle.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl Zirkle and Everine (Castle) Dearwester; and his brother, Ed Zirkle.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-5 PM on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017 in the funeral home with Pastor Jamie Ketchell officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Rose Hill Burial Park, Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or to PAWS Animal Shelter, 1535 State Route 36, Urbana, OH 43078.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Anne Reed - Dec 6, 2017

Elaine – I am so very sorry and shocked to hear about Jeff’s passing. Uncle Bud sent me a text over the weekend. I had no idea. I remember the last time we were together in Mom’s nursing home room. We were laughing and joking and enjoying our time together and with Mom. He will be truly missed.
Please accept my sincerest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers and love are with you.

Greg Buxton - Nov 20, 2017

I’m so sorry I am unable to attend Jeff’s funeral to give you sympathies in person. I knew Jeff since I hired in at BelleMar/HTM 25 years ago; I got to work along side him for almost 15 of those years. I really grew up in front of him, as I hired in at 19 years old. He was always there and willing to listen. No matter how rough life was for me (or anyone else) he would listen and then try to fix it with a joke. I got to visit with Jeff at the recent HTM Open House. He spent most of the day with me and of course I enjoyed it; I hadn’t seen him since he had retired. I guess that was the way we got to say good bye.
Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be missed.

Tim Keen - Nov 19, 2017

My wife Princess and I are deeply saddened by the news of Zeke’s passing. We send our prayers and hope that God heals your hearts soon. The memories of Zeke’s fun nature will always be in my mind. His jokes were always the best. My favorite was the neighbor boy walking the dog. I will remember Zeke laughing the rest of my life. Sincerely think of you and family.
Tim & Princess Keen

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