Fred L. DeSplinter, 73, of Cambridge, IL, passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital emergency room. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge, IL. Reverend John Burns will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo, IL. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Fair Association.
Fred was born on February 15, 1946, the son of Lawrence and Margaret (DeClerq) DeSplinter, in Geneseo. He married Theresa Cauwels on June 24, 1967, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Fred was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Cambridge. He was an avid tractor puller and member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, Illini State Pullers, and St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Fred restored and collected tractors and tractor memorabilia. He loved the Henry County Fair.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Theresa; sons, Curt (Ali) DeSplinter of Geneseo, Matthew DeSplinter of Geneseo, and Scott (Kim) DeSplinter of Elmwood, IL. Fred’s grandchildren include Ayden, Calvin, Andrew, Chance, Lauren, Nathan, Van, and Finley. His sisters are Carol (James) Dobbels of Cambridge, Diane (Dan) Mallum of Geneseo, Pat (Cary) Wright of Geneseo, and Barbara (Duane) Johnson of Ankeny, IA.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Margaret.