Rick Durbin

Rick Durbin

BEMENT — Rick Durbin, 63, of Bement passed away at 6:15 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 9, 2018) at his residence in Bement.

There will be no service, per his wishes. Rick will be cremated, and Patty will celebrate his life with a luncheon with immediate family members in her home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Rick Durbin Memorial Fund. They will make a donation to Rick's favorite charity. Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, have the honor to serve the Durbin family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family.”

Rick was born on Dec. 19, 1954, in Monticello, a son of Edgar “Red” and Shirley Miles Durbin. He married Patty Lash on Dec. 22, 1973, in Bement, and she survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Shirley Durbin of Bement; brother, David Durbin of Bement; three sisters-in-law and their husbands; several nieces and nephews; and a great-niece and great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his father, Edgar “Red” Durbin.

Rick and Patty met in high school and dated for a year and a half before getting married on Dec. 22, 1973. They would have been married for 44 years this year. Because they never had any children, sharing their life together, they had a unique relationship. They had quantity and quality of time together.

There was never a dull moment, and all who knew him, knew he was quite the prankster, and was a great storyteller. He loved to joke around and got a kick out of humoring family and friends.

Rick had a strong work ethic and was dedicated to serving his clients throughout the state of Illinois. Rick operated Durbin excavation, demolition, tree and crane service along with his brother David, and his latest employee, Brad Rexroad.

Rick and Patty's favorite pasttime was dancing. They frequented many dance clubs throughout. On their surprise 25th anniversary hosted by family and friends, they danced to “Jump, Jive and Wail,” and unbeknownest to them, they cleared the dance floor. Rick and Patty had an inner circle of friends to play several different card games and pictionary once a month.

Rick was diagnosed with lung cancer in October of 2010, and his difficult journey of chemo and radiation took quite a toll on him.

He was in remission for five years until it came back. He opted to do immunotherapy. The drug had significantly decreased the size of the mass, and despite the success of the treatment, Rick had a lot of debilitating side effects. As time went on, he never regained his strength and energy, so he decided to have hospice come in. His last two days of around-the-clock care with the help of Melanie Stevens, whom is married to Rick's longtime childhood friend, Bob Stevens, came and helped Patty through the final hours of his passing.

Patty wants to thank his family, friends, Brad Rexroad, Dr. Egner, Dr. Sarma and Carle Hospice nurses for all the love and care that he received.

Until we meet again my love, Patty.