CHRISMAN — Lathan Lee “Butch” Heath, 78, of Chrisman, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living. He was retired after a farming career of …
CHRISMAN — Lathan Lee “Butch” Heath, 78, of Chrisman, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living. He was retired after a farming career of many years.
A public graveside service is noon Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Woodland Cemetery. Scottland Lodge #148 will officiate and burial follows. Friends are invited to join the family at the Farmer’s Inn, Metcalf, immediately following the service Wednesday to celebrate his life. Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Heath was born July 23, 1942, at Danville, the son of the late Lathan B. and Helen Coe Heath. He married Caroline Stewart Aug. 20, 1967, at the Chrisman United Methodist Church, and she survives.
Other survivors include four children, Heather Lee Watters of Chrisman, Kitty (Chad) Porter of Chrisman, Lathan Stewart Heath of Metcalf and Jon Steve (Mandy) Heath of Chrisman; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marth Lou Morris.
Mr. Heath was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and attended Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the former Garland Methodist Church, American Legion Post #477, Edgar Lodge #829 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Ansar Shrine Temple, Edgar County Shrine Club and the Hume Lions Club. He took an active interest in government and served as Chairman of the Edgar County Republicans for several years. He was talented at fast pitch softball and pitched for several local teams before moving on to take an interest in Standard Bred Harness Racing. He owned racehorses for a number of years and was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association. He especially loved supporting his children and grandchildren in their sporting events.
Memorial donations may be made to Chrisman United Methodist Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.