Francis E. Viar, age 90, formerly of 904 Hillside Ct., Quincy, died Monday, January 11, 2010, at 1:05 a.m. in River Bluff Nursing Home, Rockford, IL.
He was born April 20, 1919, in Camp Point, Illinois, the son of Austin and Evie Phillips Viar. On March 31, 1951, he married Martha “Mert” Wells in Madison Park Christian Church. She survives.
Mr. Viar was a charter member of and helped to construct Grandview Baptist Church, where he served for many years on various church boards.
A veteran of WWII, he proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1941-1945, earning the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Ribbon and pre-Pearl Harbor Bronze Star. He was stationed on the islands of Kodiak and Amchitka in the Aleutians and built runways for airplanes in Alaska. By the time of his discharge, he had earned the rank of sergeant and ended his tour of duty by training new recruits at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Mr. Viar worked in construction for over 50 years; was employed by Brocksmith, Shortridge and Viar Construction Companies; and built homes throughout Quincy and the surrounding area.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Doneta Lewis of Rockford, IL, and Bobette (Jay) Platt of Munster, IN; 4 grandsons, Brandon Platt, Blake Platt, Jeremy Lewis and Brooks Platt; a granddaughter, Gina Lewis; and 2 sisters, Elorie (Carl) Boling of Camp Point and Mary (Sterling) Reynolds of Bowen, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Virginia Hoover; and 3 brothers, Cecil, Elmo and Eldon.
Services: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Hutchinson officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation: 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday at Hansen-Spear
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established at a later date