Ralph Daniel (Dan) Hooten, 84, of Gays, Illinois died at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday (November 20, 2012) at St. Johnís Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.
Dan was born in Gays on March 1, 1928 to Burl and Rita Cooper Hooten. He graduated from Mattoon High School in 1946 and then joined the United States Navy. Upon returning from naval training, he married Mary Rose Hurley on May 1, 1949. They were married for 52 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Rose on January 1, 2002. Survivors include his children, Mary Ann (Marvin) Wiley of Sullivan, Danny (Sharla) Hooten of Gays, James (Sally) Hooten of Gays, Martha (John) Illig of Sarasota, Florida and Margie (Dennis) Canny of Springfield.
Grandchildren include Toby (Beth), Kory (Tonya), and Amy Wiley, Andy and Marc Hooten, Brad (Amy) and Greg Hooten, Courtney (Barry) Wittenberg, Casey (Dillon) Harley, Drew (Liz) Epley, Ryan Canny and Rachel (John) Coleman. Great grandchildren include Evanger, Kate, Torie and Kolton Wiley, Mackenzee Hooten, Mitchell, Owen and Pierson Hooten, Austin, Jordan, Ellie and Edie Wittenberg, Mia Harley and Brooklynn Epley. He is also survived by a dear friend, Nancy Goodwin of Gays.
Visitation for Dan will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday November 23rd with Masonic rites at 7:00 p.m. at the Windsor Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday November 24th also at the Windsor Christian Church with Rev. Richard Eident officiating. Burial will be in Branchside Cemetery in Gays with military rites. The Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be given to the Branchside Cemetery in Gays.
Dan was a farmer and worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mattoon and attended Windsor Christian Church. He previously served on and was chairman of the Moultrie County Board, was a Whitley Township Supervisor, served and was president of the Windsor School Board, was a member of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Healthcare Board and the Windsor American Legion. Dan was a Master Mason and was a member of the Cornbelt Ansar Shrine. He currently served on the Gays Village Board.
Dan was a very devoted father and grandfather. He loved to play cards and was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. He will indeed be greatly missed by his family and friends.