Allen Lee Satterfield
Allen Lee Satterfield, 70, died Monday, January 19, 2015, at home and at peace, in the company of his wife, son, and family.
Born June 29, 1944 in Lawrenceville, IL, Allen was the only child of Lonnie and Flossie Satterfield. Easygoing and affable, he graduated from Lawrenceville High in 1962 and remained in close contact with many of his classmates throughout his life. In recent months and weeks especially, the cards, letters, phone calls, and visits from close friends and family members brought Allen and his family comfort, memories and smiles.
After high school, Allen studied electronics in Louisville, KY, and then made the move to Champaign, IL to work at Magnavox.
While in Champaign, Allen met the woman who would change his life, Merry Sharon Wells. The two were married eight years later at the Sadorus Sportsmen’s Club on September 8, 1973, and after residing for a time in both Indianapolis and Naples, FL, they settled back in the Champaign area and welcomed their only son, Brandon Lee Satterfield.
Allen doted on Brandon. His pride in him was infinite. Married for 41 years and together nearly 50, Allen and Merry spent their days together with Brandon, enjoying dear friends, looking after family members old and young, remodeling homes together, and puttering out on their farm near Monticello, IL.
As a husband, dad, uncle & friend, Allen was simply always there. He was a gentle and supportive husband, a devoted father, beloved uncle, and a dear, caring friend. Most importantly, for those he loved, he was always present, and through those he loved, he always will be.
Allen worked as Service Manager for Shelby Motors in Champaign for many years before leaving to start AccuSpec Home Inspection, a family business he kept at for 22 years. He met many families and realtors in the course of his work and was grateful to be a small part of their lives and businesses.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Flossie and Lonnie. In addition to his wife, Merry, and son, Brandon (Alex Thompson) Satterfield, Allen leaves behind his in-laws, Richard & Patricia Wells of Pesotum, IL and E. Ann Wells of St. Joseph, IL, and siblings by marriage, Dorene (Michael) Allis of Effingham, IL, Melinda (Frank) Mabry of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY, Larry (Christine) Wells of Sadorus, IL, Sheila Raila of Champaign, IL, Valerie Skaperdas of Champaign, IL, and Robert (Deborah) Wells of Urbana, IL. A beloved father figure, Allen’s memory will be cherished and his lessons learned by his nieces and nephews, Samantha Toral of Carol Stream, IL, Rex Shaw of Effingham, IL, Tony (Lisa) Shaw of Flora, IL, Lisa Meid of Champaign, IL, Brian Bialeschki of Urbana, IL, Rachel Bialeschki of Urbana, IL and Sarah Bialeschki of Fayetteville, NC, as well as by his many great-nieces and great-nephews, and two great-great-nieces.
Arrangements are being seen to by Heath & Vaughn Funeral Home, with a private service planned for family and lifelong friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Champaign.
Allen’s family extends their most sincere thanks for the grace shown and tender care given by Lisa and Vicki of the Carle Hospice team, and Mary, who quickly and seamlessly transitioned from caregiver to part of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation toward providing equine assisted therapies at Healing Horse Stables in Pesotum, IL in remembrance of the purity and beauty of Allen’s love for his horse, Belle. Healing Horse Stables can be reached at 217.417.7373 or www.healinghorsestables.org.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Merry and your family.
I met Al by a Jerry Dufluth introduction. He presented as a low key, accepting,
intelligent person who provided immediate comfort. He remained that way,
because he was genuine throughout.
Al usually controlled emotions however I did experience two occasions that
demonstrated his inner most thoughts. The first was a discussion of a lady
named Merry. It was a cupid moment with watered eyes he attempted to
explain love. The second occasion was a chat about his son Brandon.
Al had a bright sparkle in his eyes when he expressed his pride of raising
Please remember the best of times, Merry and Brandon!
This message is from Debra Bach Fish daughter of Virginia Alice Bach Allen's cousin.
So sorry to hear of Allen's passing. You were both so cordial to let me stay with you in Florida so many years ago. Would also like to tell you that mom passed away last December 27th
I would like to send you her memorial and a card from our family if you would care to share your address with me.