RANTOUL – Godfrey John Guynn, 97, a lifelong rural Rantoul resident, died early Thursday morning (Jan. 10, 2013) at the Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton.
Mr. Guynn was born Oct. 6, 1915, at his family home west of Rantoul, where he resided his entire life. He was a son of Charles W. and Frieda Heyer Guynn.
He is survived by a daughter, Jeanette (Victor) Holliday of Champaign, and a son, Stephen (Jo Ann) Guynn of Rantoul. He is also survived by grandsons, Matt (Sarah Kinsel) Guynn of Portland, Ore., and Jeff (Amy) Zelena of Colorado Springs, Colo.; great-grandsons, Tony Zelena and Daniel Jacob Kinsel Guynn; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters, three nephews and others.
He was educated in the Rantoul schools beginning with first-grade teacher Myna Thompson. He graduated from Rantoul Township High School in 1933. Furthering his education, he received bachelor's and master's degrees (agriculture) from the University of Illinois.
On March 19, 1941, he married Ruth Simon at the First United Methodist Church, Rantoul. They farmed on the family farm west of Rantoul where they lived for 71 years. During that time, he farmed a number of years and then went into other agricultural pursuits, ending his career at the UI's Entomology Department.
After retiring, he developed a pick-your-own strawberry business which was a joy to him.
He lived on the family farm until the last two years of his life when he entered the Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton.
He was active in the Rantoul First Methodist Church, holding positions including chairman of the board of trustees, Rantoul City school board for 15 years and Farm Bureau activities.
In his younger life, he taught Sunday School and co-led the Condit Township Boys' 4-H Club.
He enjoyed all forms of nature and had a love for family, flowers, especially daffodils, beekeeping, family genealogy, and he liked reading and good music.
He enjoyed research about his farming profession supported by world travel.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Rantoul. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Rantoul.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the United Methodist Church.
Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul, is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Rantoul.