Roger L. Tharp – Celebration Of Life 11/20/23

Roger L. Tharp, 84 of Aledo, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 20, at Aledo United Methodist Church. A time of food and fellowship will follow. Visitation will precede the celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Please share your love, memories and support with Roger’s family on his Memorial Tribute Site at: www.NicholsBewley.com. Nichols Bewley Funeral and Cremation Services, Aledo, is caring for Roger’s family and arrangements.

Roger was born on Sunday, December 4, 1938, in Joy, Illinois, the son of Kenneth and Eva Kenney Tharp. He married Linda L. Lilliman on Friday, July 3, 1959, at Aledo United Methodist Church.

He served in the United States Army beginning in 1959 and transferred to the US Army Reserve, completing his service in 1965.

He was a pillar of strength and kindness in his community and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Roger was a man of many talents, but his most notable was his skill in masonry. He owned and operated Tharp’s Masonry Restoration in Oquawka, Illinois, where he was known for his meticulous work and dedication to his craft. His work was not just a job, but a passion, and his legacy can be seen in the many buildings and structures he helped restore throughout his career.

Roger was a devoted family man, always putting his loved ones first. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, and their children: Jason (Amanda) Tharp of Swainsboro, Georgia; Starr Fell of Aledo; Nancy (Kenny) Reid of Rutledge, Tennessee; Melissa McCreight of Andalusia; and Angel (Travis) Diehl of Keithsburg. Roger was a proud grandfather to Joshua, Tyler, and Zachary Frick; Nick and Dylan Reid; Cavin Tharp-Parker; Krissy Dixon; Alec, Brock, and Madi Diehl; Victoria Claeys; Alexander Gage; and Damian Tharp. He was also blessed with thirty great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Roger is also survived by his sister, Doris Whitesell of Silvis, Illinois.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Dorothy, Lyle, Esther, Marna, Marvin, Mary, Jimmy, Irvin, and Frankie, as well as his son-in-law, Monte McCreight.