Floyd Wayne Earnest (86) of Newton


Published on July 23 2013 9:36 am

Floyd Wayne Earnest, 86, of Newton died at 2:45pm Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Newton Rest Haven in Newton.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 25, at 10am at Crain Funeral Home in Newton.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8pm Wednesday with Masonic rites at 8pm given by Newton Lodge #216, and call from 9 to 10am Thursday.  Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery in Newton with military rites by Jasper Post #20 of the American Legion. 

Memorials to Falmouth United Methodist Church or to Newton Free Methodist Church.

Mr. Earnest was born on April 12, 1927 in Arcola, Illinois the son of Wayne and Opal (Webster) Earnest.  He married Wanda Lee Kibler on September 22, 1946.  She preceded him in death on July 6, 2002.  He lived in Arcola, IL from 1927-33; 1933-41 went to Jones School House; 1941-45 attended and graduated Newton High School; 1945-46 was in the Seabees stationed in the Philippines and China during WWII; 1946-51 he worked at various jobs; 1951-52 he owned the Texaco Gas Station in Newton;  1953-56 he worked for Babb’s Ford Tractor in Greenup, IL; 1956-62 he was a farmer; 1963-67 he worked at Rich-law (FS) in Newton; then went back to farming in 1967-69; 1970 he worked for Webster Ford in Newton; 1971-74 he worked at Marshall Funeral Home, Newton; 1974-1990 he was the Transportation Director for Jasper County Unit #1 Schools until his retirement.  While performing a variety of jobs, Floyd remained a farmer.  Memberships include the Falmouth United Methodist Church, American Legion, Newton Masonic Lodge for 33 years, Jasper County Farm Bureau, and ASCME retirees.  Former member of the Rotary, ROVA American Vets, Lions, Kiwanis, N.A.P.T., Jasper County HIA, and Newton Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Earnest is survived by children, Darrel L. Earnest, wife Nancy of Newton, Terry A. Earnest, wife Debbie of Highlands, TX, Marsha A. Candrl, husband Ron of Wentzville, MO, Rebecca S. Wilson, husband Carl of Dieterich, and Kevin F. Earnest, wife Brenda of Newton; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; brothers Norman Earnest, wife Myrna of Olney, Neil Earnest, wife Barb of Mt. Carmel, IL, Don Earnest, wife Donna of Florissant, MO.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Eric S. Earnest, an infant brother, and granddaughter Christina Earnest.