POLO – Richard Roy Person, age 84 passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, with his loving family by his side.
Richard was born July 7, 1937 in Sterling, Illinois to Roy E Person and Kathryn W. (Haak) Person. He graduated from Polo Community High School in 1956. He attended North Central College in Naperville and Manchester College.
Richard married his high school sweetheart F. Joyce Wales on Aug. 24, 1957 at Polo Church of The Brethren. They had celebrated 64 wonderful years together. After moving back to Polo, he began his career as a farmer on the Person Family Farm until January 2015, when he retired.
Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce; his three children. Mark (Heila) Person of Syracuse, N.Y., Brian Person of Dixon, Susan (Joe) Korf of Baileyville; seven grandchildren, Kyle (Misty) Korf of Mt. Morris, Justin Korf of Madison, Wis., Emily (Troy Stocker) Korf of Freeport. Jacob (Ashley) Person of Princeton, Ill.; Benjamin Person of Polo; Lucy Person and Zachary Person of Syracuse N.Y., three great grand children. Samuel Person, Kathryn Person and Isaac Kort. Two brothers, Alfred (Shirley) Person of Lanark; Stephen (Patti) Person of Dixon; Timothy and Nathan LeFevre friends and neighbors that bonded over the years and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Kathryn Person; daughter-in-law Kelly (Mecum) Person; sister Nellie Jane (Person) Thorpe, Russell Thorpe, brother in law, Frank and Lucille (Wade) Wales, mother and father in law. Sister and Brother in laws, Robert and Betty (Wales) Capling; David and Margaret (Wales) Brown.
He enjoyed his time watching his grandchildren participate in many sport events over the years as one of the cheering spectators on the side lines. While the grandchildren spent many years on the farm, he taught them about caring for the land and operating the machinery and soon they were bailing hay and working the ground and milking the cows. Pretty soon he was playing tag in the haymow, shooting baskets at Congress school during Christmas break with the nieces, nephews and in laws. Many football events at the Polo Park which was a annual event. Richard enjoyed bowling on league, singing in the choir and playing the Tuba at Mt. Morris Kable Band.
Richard was a lifelong dairy farmer and a steward of the soil, that he was recognized for his efforts as being one of the first to adopt chisel plowing in the Polo farming community. He was honored by receiving the Ogle Co. Soil and Water District Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1979. He also volunteered his time along with his dear friends Phil Blair and Bill Hare
to many trips to Honduras to build cement homes after Hurricane Mitch destruction. He was lifelong member of the Polo Church of the Brethren until 2007, when he followed his wife to Dixon Church of the Brethren.
A Celebration of Life service was held at the Dixon Church of the Brethren, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. until start of service. Final resting place with a graveside service was at 1:30 p.m. following the luncheon at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo.
In lieu of flowers, in memory of Richard, please consider donating to Camp Emmaus.
Polo Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements. To send condolences please visit www.polofamilyfuneralhome.com