Roger Birch

CABERY — Roger Birch, 54, of Cabery, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Schreffler Funeral Home in Kankakee. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26,at the funeral home with additional visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow the service at Mount Hope Cemetery in Cabery.

Mr. Birch was born Nov. 9, 1964, in Fairbury, the son of Benton and Mabel Clemons Birch. He married Jill Grotevant on July 8, 1982.

Surviving are his wife, Jill Birch of Cabery; one son, Jake Birch (Kim Burns) of Buckingham; one daughter, Ashley (Justin) Fritz of Reddick; and two grandchildren, Liam Fritz and Adalyn Fritz.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Birch was a hardworking farmer in the Cabery area. He enjoyed growing his crops and taking care of the land. He strived for perfection in everything he did. He was a seed dealer since 1984 as well as the Rogers Township supervisor for 23 years.

Mr. Birch lived to farm but also enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida in the winter. He enjoyed going to the national farm machinery shows in Louisville, Ky. He liked to play cards, go out to eat and have a few beers with his friends and family, but, most important, he loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a caring and giving person and was always quick to help when someone needed it. He will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.