Maurice ''Morrie" Pokarney, 81, passed away peacefully at his residence on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:25 A.M. with his family by his side. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Dwight United Methodist Church with Pastor Lance Leeds officiating. The family will receive friends at a luncheon prepared at the church after the service, followed by an inurnment at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Wing, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Dwight United Methodist Church or Prairie Creek Library, Dwight, Ill. Morrie was born to Michael and Myrtle ( Vogelsinger) Pokarney on May 8, 1931 in Wing, Ill. He married Dolores Kaisner on March 7, 1954 at McDowell Methodist Church, McDowell, IL. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dolores , 4 sons; Dale (Marsha) Pokarney, El Paso, IL, and Mark, Keith (Mary), and Brian Pokarney all of Dwight, sister; Mary Rice of Kalamazoo, Mich. and brother Charles Harry Pokarney, Dwight, 8 grandchildren; Coral Johnson, Jennifer Tjelle, Amanda Patten, Krissy Mondelli, Erik Pokarney, Kim Pokarney, Kate Brickman and Michael Pokarney and also 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Morrie graduated from Forrest High School and then from Illinois State University with an agricultural degree in 1973. He was in the National Guard and the United States Army. He worked for 6 years as office manager for the United States Department of Agriculture and retired from farming after 33 years with his brother, Harry, and also with Morrie's son, Keith, for the Peter Scully trust. He served on the Dwight School Board and several church committees for the Dwight United Methodist Church. He loved gardening, fishing,and being with all his family. He was an avid lifelong St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, and enjoyed reading car magazines and seed catalogs. The Pokarney family would like to send a special "thank you" to the staff of OSF Hospice for their kindness and compassion.
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