Joel Ray VanNatta

CENTRAL CITY — Joel Ray VanNatta, 60, of Central City, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born August 5, 1959, in Independence, Missouri, the son of Floyd Gene VanNatta and Agnes J. (Daniels) VanNatta. He married Roberta L. Schackmann on October 6, 1995, in Salem and she survives in Central City.

In addition to his wife of 24 years, Roberta VanNatta of Central City, he is also survived by his children: William Rhodes and wife Jami of Nashua, New Hampshire, Andrew VanNatta and wife Kendra of Nashville, Illinois, Leslie Rhodes of Centralia, Amber Worlds and husband Shamal of Centralia, Rita Lusch of Centralia, Ambour McClelland and husband Brandon of Junction City; twenty-five grandchildren; two brothers: Randy VanNatta and wife Valeda of Nashville and Rodney VanNatta and wife Barbara of Centralia; three sisters: Pam Morton and husband Jim of Iuka, Sandy Martin and husband Jim of Salem, and Shelly Lyons of Centralia; special family friend: Bob Mays of Centralia; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Joel was preceded in death by his parents: Floyd VanNatta and Agnes (Daniels) Overturf, step-father: Robert Overturf, and two brothers: Vernon VanNatta and Raymond VanNatta.

Joel worked for Wheaton Plastics for 14 years. He then became a truck driver which was his dream job. He drove a semi until he became ill with Myasthenia Gravis Disease and could no longer drive. He was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan. He loved playing softball at Wamac Ballpark and he was a licensed umpire for many years. He bowled in the bowling league at Banks Bowl and he was also in a Pool League for many years. Joel enjoyed fishing. He attended the First General Baptist Church in Central City. Joel cherished the time he spent with his family, friends and his special friend: Bob Mays.

Per Joel’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020, at the First General Baptist Church in Centralia with Pastor Bryan Bennett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the VanNatta family.

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