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Loy E. Cletcher

December 29, 1924 June 24, 2012
Loy E. Cletcher
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Loy E. Cletcher, Sr., 87, of Bartonville, passed away at 10:24 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
He was born the 29th day of December, 1924 in Johnson County, IL the son of Luther and Zelma (Scarborough) Cletcher. He married Rosebud Reames on March 18, 1944 in Alabama.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years; one son, Loy (Marilyn) Cletcher Jr.; 2 grandsons, Loy Cletcher III, Matthew (Kathy) Cletcher; 3 great-grandchildren, Alexandria Cletcher, Caleb Cletcher and Mara Cletcher; also many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Loy received his early schooling in Johnson and Pope County schools. He joined the Navy at age 18. He served aboard the U.S.S. Montauk LST #6, mostly between Hawaii and the South Pacific islands, including the invasion of Okinawa.
After receiving an honorable discharge, he went to work for I.C.R.R. as an agent and telegrapher. After four years, he resigned and moved to Bartonville, IL and entered Browns Business College. He graduated after completing the Waltons four year accounting course. During this time, he worked for the P & PU and TP& W railroads.
After graduating, he went to work as Asst. Terminal Mgr. / Dispatcher for a regular route general commodity carrier. During this time he completed the College of Advanced Traffic Course, sponsored by the Peoria Transportation Club.
He later went to work for an Irregular Route Carrier. This company moved numerous liquid commodities in tank trailers, some of which were specialized trailers. They also had trailers for moving machinery which required special equipment due to the size and weight of the commodity.
He was a pioneer in the expansion of the irregular route-specialized carrier service and additional commodities they were allowed to transport. He was among those who started the National Association of Specialized Carriers, and served on the board of directors.
He was a member of the National Defense Transportation Assn. By working with them and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, the Atomic Energy Commission, and numerous other government entities, they found safe ways to transport nuclear products, radioactive, and other classified commodities via irregular route specialized carriers, coast to coast.
In 1961 he assisted in starting the Bartonville Baptist Church where he served as trustee from the beginning and other offices, including treasurer for almost forty five years.
He started up several new divisions for the National Association of Specialized Carriers and helped build four new carriers from their beginning. This included size and weight carriers, specialized carriers, air freight, explosives, nuclear products, and classified commodities.
He was appointed and served as a deputy U.S. Marshall. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, also a member of the Joseph Robbins Masonic Lodge #930, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Peoria, Mohammed Shriners’ International, and Peoria Transportation Club.
In 1985 he and his son, Loy Cletcher, Jr. started their own business, Cletcher & Cletcher, Inc., serving the shipper and trucking industry doing consulting-sales-solutions. In 2002 he and his grandson, Loy Cletcher, III started Cletcher Technologies, Inc., serving the computer industry.
As of January 1, 2010, with over sixty-five years in transportation (which started with two mules and one iron wheeled wagon with no springs), he moved almost everything from air packaging to machinery which required trailers with thirteen axles due to size and weight. He retired and turned his interest over to his son and other stock holders.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bartonville Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Bartonville Baptist Church at 5122 W Smithville Rd., Bartonville, IL 61607, with Rev. Gerald Steffy officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Bartonville, with further visitation one hour before services at church on Thursday. Additional Funeral Services will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the Rock Community near Rock, IL on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before at the church. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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