Stephen Ladd

Stephen Ladd Obituary

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Age - 74

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May 9, 2023

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Princeville, IL

Edelstein-Stephen L. Ladd, 74, of rural Edelstein, IL, died Sunday, May 7, 2023, at Carle Health Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Steve was born November 1, 1948, in Peoria, IL. , the son of Raymond and Gertrude (Brown) Ladd. He married his high school sweetheart Beverly M. (Colwell) Ladd on June 6, 1970, in Edelstein. They were married for almost 53 years. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Sean (Ann) Ladd of rural Edelstein, IL; one daughter, Kimberly (Douglas) Bailey of rural Edelstein, IL; four grandchildren, Sydney (Jack) Miller of Tremont, IL, Madison Ladd of Edelstein, IL, Brooke Ladd of Edelstein, IL, and Crystal (Crue) Harmon of Morton, IL; three great-grandchildren, Hadley Belsly, Ryder Harmon and Remy Harmon; and one sister, Linda (Ralph) Biddison of Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents. Steve was a 1966 graduate of Princeville Community High School. He earned his associate degree from former Canton Community College, and also attended Illinois State University in Normal. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1970-1976. He farmed with his father and son continuing the legacy on the centennial family farm, where he resided his entire life. He retired from the Local 165 Laborers Union in 2008 after 10 years in the trade, instilling the motto "work hard play hard" in his family and anyone who would listen. He first enjoyed playing and then later watched basketball as well as many other sports. He loved to travel with his wife Bev and made friends everywhere he went; he never knew a stranger. He loved both his family and the farm. While he was a very sentimental man, he was also fun loving with a good sense of humor. His funeral service will be at 11:00 a. m. Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville, IL. Mike Martin will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery in rural Chillicothe. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Cemetery Association Care Fund, American Heart Association, or American Kidney Association.