Cary Spicer


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WESTVILLE – It is with a deep and heavy heart that the family of Cary Kent Spicer "Spice" announces his passing on Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2017) at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, due to medical complications.

Cary was born in Danville on Feb. 2, 1942, and raised in Westville, where he resided. He married Phyllis (Cooper) Spicer on March 30, 1988; she survives.

He was an avid gun broker, loved to read and watch westerns, hunt and trap shoot. Cary received countless awards for his prodigious rifle, shotgun and handgun competitions. He received abundant awards for his attributes of a police officer. Cary held Pride and Honor of serving and protecting not only his family, but the surrounding area communities as a police officer.

His life journey consisted of graduating from Westville High School and Remington Military School in Iowa. He worked for the Westville and Georgetown police departments, becoming chief of police in Tilton, where he then became a police officer of the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department.

Later his career led him to hold a position for many years in the V-MEG Department; he then returned and retired as a Vermilion County sheriff's deputy. Throughout his life journey, he did investigative work as well.

Cary completed his retirement as the owner Ye Olde Trading Post as a gun broker.

Cary maintained memberships with the Westville Sportsman's Club, The National Rifle Association, Illinois Sheriffs' Association and the Georgetown Friends Church.

Our father, a special individual who gave life, nurture and nourished it leaves the following with detailed instructions to celebrate his mission which is now completed. Children: Lori Spicer Lawson (fiance Jeff Hoebing) of Quincy, Stephanie Spicer (Scott) Holycross of Danville and Mark Spicer of Longview, Texas; and stepson, Keith (Teresa) Truelove of Georgetown.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Justin Brooks (Sarah) Reese of Elkhorn, Wis., Morgan Holycross of Danville, Michael Holycross of Danville, Tiffany (Adrian) Verhoeven of Tilton, Sheldon Truelove of Georgetown, and Matt, Chelsea and Chad Truelove of Florida.

Other survivors include great-grandchildren: Eliyah, Zechariah, Hezekiah and Janiyah Reese of Elkhorn, Wis., Keona Numera and Noah Wells of Tilton, and Joey Truelove of Florida; half siblings, Tom Spicer of Wisconsin and Jack Spicer of Illinois; sister, Mary Spicer of Vermont; and sister-in-law, Sandra (Dave) Brown of Ridge Farm.

Cary's celebration mission includes his enormous magnitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and best friends Jerry Davis, William Cooper, Harold Nixon, Steve Doggett Sr. and Eric Jackson.

Cary is now reunited with his parents, Merle A. and Zelia (Caccia) Spicer; brothers, Jerry and Merle; father and mother-in-law, Floyd and Mildred Cooper; stepson, Kevin Truelove; son-in-law, Tech. Sgt. Alan C. Lawson, USAF; and grandmother, Mary (Tellier) Caccia, who raised and loved him as her own from age 3.

A celebration of Cary's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Sunset-Urbas Funeral Chapel, 414 S. State St., Westville, with services to be directed by Pastor John Myers of Georgetown Friends Church, and grandson, Pastor Justin Brooks Reese of Christian Life Church in Delavan, Wis.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to his service at the funeral home. He will be entombed at Sunset Memorial Park, Danville.

The family requests that in lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations be made to the Westville Sportsman's Club, Vermilion County Animal Shelter, Georgetown Friends Church and Faith in Action South in Westville.

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