Jerome “Jerry” Joyce, 80, of Reddick, passed away June 19, 2019.

He was born June 14, 1939, the son of Will and Rosella (nee Engles) Joyce. His parents preceded him in death.

Jerry was the youngest of four children. He was raised on his family farm, attending Reddick High School, and he married his high school sweetheart, Janet (Meece) Joyce. They raised their four children on that same family farm. He was first and always a farmer, and raised and showed sheep. When faced with the unjust big business in his local community, he decided to take things into his own hands. Armed with a high school diploma and a take charge attitude, he was elected to township supervisor, then Kankakee County Board and finally the Illinois State Senate. He championed agricultural, environmental and local issues for his community in his 17 years as a senator. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling, collecting knives and decoys. He loved good food, cooking, flowers and bird watching. He loved his Key West crew and he loved his family, friends and his community.

Surviving are one son, Patrick (Rita) Joyce, of Essex; three daughters, Judy (Dennis) Forneris, of Reddick, Lori (Tom) Cullen, of Springfield, and Karen (Darren) Barker, of Kankakee; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Janet; granddaughter, Katelyn Marie Joyce; grandson, Allen Forneris in infancy; brothers, William Joyce and Joseph Joyce; and sister, Patricia Stotland.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, until the 5 p.m. memorial service at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, Braidwood.

Inurnment will be private.

Memorials may be made to Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Please sign his online guestbook at


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