Duane “Sonny” Elsasser

Dunlap – Duane “Sonny” Elsasser, 77, of Dunlap, Illinois, formerly of rural Sparland, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at Apostolic Christian Skylines Nursing Home in Peoria, Illinois.  
Born on September 23, 1932, in Edelstein, Illinois, to Chris and Leila (Streitmatter) Elsasser, he married Doreen Zimmerman on November 27, 1955, in Eureka, Illinois.
She survives, along with his eight children: Marcia (Mark) Rapp, of Morton, Illinois, Cheri Elsasser, of Washington, Illinois, Kenny (Karen) Elsasser, of Sparland, Illinois, Jay ( Kim) Elsasser, of Peoria, Illinios, Lynne (Brent) Teubel, of Dunlap, Illinois, Ross (Natalie) Elsasser, of Princeville, Illinois, Jeanne (Peter) Lopez, of Birmingham, Michigan, and Jill (Keith) Teubel, of Washington,  Illinois;  21 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother Jordan( Sharon) Elsasser, of Sparland, Illinois.
His parents, an infant brother, and his son-in-law, Keith Pflederer preceded him in death.
Sonny was a US Army veteran serving in the Korean War as a field medic, from 1952-1954.  
He was a farmer in the La Prairie – Sparland area for 40 years.  He served on the Sparland High School board for several years and the Apostolic Christian Skyline Board.
He treasured spending time with his family and grandchildren and shared his love of horses with them.   Above all, he was devoted to his Lord and spent many years as a Sunday school teacher in the Princeville and Bradford Churches.
We will forever remember his kind and gentle spirit.  His “Sonny” smile was known to many and he never knew a stranger.
He was a member of the Princeville Apostolic Church.  Services were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at the church.  Visitation was Friday, November 13, 2009, from  2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Princeville  Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall , 710 E. Main Princeville, IL.   Also from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the church before services on Saturday.  Burial was in the church cemetery.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the AC Skyline Salem Staff and Karen Martin from Methodist Hospice.
Memorials may be made to the AC Skyline Alzheimer’s Salem unit and to Peoria Rescue Ministries-Victory Acres in Peoria, Illinois.
Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements.  Private condolences may be sent to the family via www.hammitt-hott.com.

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