Joe Nechkash, 31, of Heyworth, passed away on Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2016) at University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago.

Joe was born May 6, 1985, in Normal, to Jeffrey and Kelly Nechkash. He grew up in LeRoy and Downs. He attended Tri-Valley High School and was Six Sigma Green Belt certified. He was a site supervisor for Advanced Technology Services in conjunction with Caterpillar.

Joe enjoyed fishing, cooking, camping, boating, hunting and woodworking, and was a connoisseur of fine beers. He was an avid Tennessee Vols fan and was a general handyman. You could say Joe loved the outdoors. He loved to spend time with his friends and family, including his four-legged family, George, Riley, Mabry and Kershaw.


He is survived by his wife, Jennie Larson-Nechkash; parents, Jeff Nechkash and Kelly Cook-Duby; two brothers, Graham (Audriana) Nechkash, Bloomington, and Jordan (Ashley) Nechkash, Carlock; grandmother, Joan Cook-Cothern; and three nephews, Wyatt, Case and Clayton Nechkash. Also surviving are several loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, George Cook Sr.; grandparents, John and Evelyn Nechkash; and stepfather, Don Duby Jr.

His life will be celebrated with a memorial visitation from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with a memorial service from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 108 E. Washington St., Downs, IL 61736.


Donations may be made to the donor’s choice in memory of Joe.

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