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Roy E. Righter

Roy E. Righter, 91, of Sullivan, passed away at 3:49 a.m. Friday, August 25, 2023 in Carriage Crossings, Arcola.

Celebration of Life services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at the Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Rodney Houser officiating. Burial will be in the Jonathan Creek Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Sullivan American Legion Post #68. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Lovington Church of God. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mr. Righter was born on October 13, 1931 in Sullivan, Illinois, the son of Emery and Fern Ashbrook Righter. Roy graduated from Sullivan High School and Illinois State University with a bachelors degree in chemistry. Early in his career he was a spiney lobster fisherman in the Florida Keys and later farmed in Moultrie County spanning three decades. He was a member of the Lovington Church of God and a U. S. Army veteran serving in the Chemical Corps during the Korean Conflict. Roy was a member of the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association with his Lil’ Duece Coupe. Roy married Betty Hahn on February 5, 1956 at Dwight, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife Betty of Sullivan; sons Edwin (Cheryl) Righter and Mark (Amber) Righter, both of Sullivan; grandchildren Jared (Melissa) Righter of Naperville, Kelsey Righter of Texas, Hannah Righter and Hayden Righter both of Sullivan; four great grandchildren; brothers Kenneth (Rita) Righter of Mattoon, John (Mary) Righter of Troy, Montana; sisters Lois Hamilton and Helen Landrus both of Trilla.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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