Ronald D. Lankford


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

SMITHSHIRE - Ronald Dean Lankford, 62, Smithshire, died at 6:03 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 20, 2008) at home.

He was born March 8, 1945, in Havana, the son of Gilbert and Aileen Cooper Lankford. He was first married to Janice Johnson; they later divorced. On Jan. 21, 1978, he married Mala Heikes.

Mr. Lankford worked as a truck driver for Heil Trucking of Prairie City, DCM Transport of Galesburg and Twomey Company of Smithshire. He enjoyed camping, boating and family activities.

Survivors include his wife; his mother and stepfather, Aileen and Baxter Brandon of Fountain Green; two daughters, Lisa (and Tony) Holtschlag of Little York and Laura (and Tom) Stroops of Bushnell; four sons, Chris (and Tracy) Cassiday of Monmouth, Kevin (and Catina) Lankford of Macomb, Robert (and Amy) Cassiday of Madison, Wis., and Steven Cassiday of Smithshire; 17 grandchildren; one sister, Donna Fowler of Missouri; one brother, Delbert (and Connie) Lankford of Vermont, Ill.; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog Sonny. He was preceded in death by his father; one grandson, Colin Cassiday; his in-laws, Robert and Helen Heikes; and one brother-in-law, Gerry Fowler.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in Banks and Beals Funeral Home, Stronghurst, with Pastor Dianne Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Raritan Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Banks and Beals, where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later.

Online condolences may be left at

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