Theron 'Jerry' Barham, 84, of Champaign, died on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at home.
Jerry was born on June 4, 1935 in Champaign, a son of Artie and Lily Carol (McCurry) Barham. He married Patricia Bradley in Homer on June 29, 1957 and together they had 2 children.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pat; a son, Theron (Patty) Barham of Mason, OH; a daughter, Ann Barham of Champaign; 3 granddaughters, Allyson, Abbigail and Addison Barham; along with 2 honorary grandkids, Quinn and Maura Hambly, and his brother, Bennie Barham of Champaign.
He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Dolly Meyers and ‘Boots’ Watts; and 1 brother, Kenneth Barham.
Jerry honorably served in the Marine Corps. Upon discharge, he worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier in Champaign for over 30 years. While working more than fulltime, he also built and grew a successful rental property business. He looked after those he loved—family, friends, neighbors, and animals—with persistent devotion and generosity.
Owens Funeral Home will conduct a private graveside service for Jerry on Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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