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Monte Yard

d. June 12, 2023


Monte Yard, age 54, of Sherman, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2023 at his residence.

Monte was born January 9, 1969 in  Springfield, Illinois, the son of Gary and Sandy (Polistina) Yard.

He married Jolyn Dixon on February 16, 1991 in Riverton, Illinois.

Mourning his passing are his wife, Jolyn; daughters, Alexandra and Rylie; mother, Sandy Yard; brother, Troy (Tammy) Yard; parents-in-law, Gary and Beverly Wells; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; beloved friends and neighbors; and many special co-workers.

He is preceded in death by his father, Gary; and father-in-law, Joe Dixon; grandparents, Mott and Doris Polistina and Chancy and Helen Yard.

Monte graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School in 1987.  He later graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He started working for Machinery Inc. in St. Louis for ten years as a mechanic.  When he moved back to Sherman, he started as a heavy equipment operator for Henderson Construction.  Four years ago Monte started his own company, Monte Yard Excavating.

Monte was a member of IUOE Local #965.

He played golf, enjoyed swimming, mowing lawns, and cooking and especially grilling food. He loved being a softball dad.  Monte loved his puppies, Dozer and Tink (even though he said he did not want the dogs).

Monte was loved by everyone he ever met and loved everyone he ever met.  He had a smile that lasted forever.  He loved to tell stories and make himself laugh.  Monte worked hard, played hard, and loved hard.

Visitation for Monte will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Williamsville Christian Church.  Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville after the services.  Rev. David Beals will be officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society or to the Williamsville Christian Church.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at



  1. Joey…..may the beautiful life and memories that you made Monty, bring you some peace in your heart at this most difficult time!
    Prayers for you and your daughters.
    Nancy Staten-Denman
    ( Don’s sister)

  2. Sandy, JoLynn and family,

    Earl and are so sorry to hear about your dear Monte. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

    Delores Fowler

  3. Sandy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you and your family strength and peace in the days ahead.

    Roger & Gayle Behl and Eileen Palazzolo

  4. Joey,
    I’m so sorry to read of your husband’s passing. You are all in my prayers.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Myra Hoffman

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Monty passing. I remember some good times at EGS.

  6. Joey, Alex, Riley, and Sandy, please know that you are all in our prayers. Monte was one of a kind and it was always a treat to talk with him. May God wrap his arms around you during this sad time.

  7. What a guy! So many jobs Monty and Mark help on! I always loved having him around me. His laugh and grin were contagious. He came all the way to Beardstown and helped us with our inground pool and didn’t want a dime for doing it. He was that kind of a man. Gods speed. Rest in Piece my friend

  8. I’m still in shock as you all must be. My heart and prayers go out to you- Jolyn, Alex,Rylie and Sandy/family for such a tragic loss,

  9. Jolyn and girls. We were so sadden to hear about Monte. Always try to remember all of your good times with him. Your family is in our prayers.

  10. Our heartfelt condolences
    to you and your family
    during this time of sorrow.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers
    God Bless

  11. I’m so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Sending prayers for comfort and peace to you and both of your families.

  12. My deepest sympathy 🙏 to his friends and family. Monty was an Amazing guy I haven’t seen him for years. life just happens and we drifted apart. R.I.P. MY FRIEND..the world lost a great man..breaks my heart..

  13. Sandy and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Sending love and hugs to you all and praying for peace and comfort in the upcoming days and weeks.

  14. So sorry to hear about Monty, we meet years ago through the construction industries, never met a more friendly guy, god bless his family 🙏🙏🙏

  15. Jolyn, I’m so so sorry for the loss of your Monty. Suzie has always talked so highly of him & the love you two shared & your girls. My heart hurts for you all. Sending you lots of prayers.🙏🏻

    With my deepest condolences,
    Christine (Cowman) Cartwright

  16. My dad, Darrell Harvey and Monte’s mom were cousins. I am so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Praying for your family that our Lord surrounds you with comfort.

  17. Sandy and families, I am so sorry to hear about your son. Heaven got another good guy. He is now with Gary. Please let me know if I can help anyone anyway. Prayers

  18. Sandy and families, I am so sorry to hear about your son. Heaven got another good guy. He is now with Gary. Please let me know if I can help anyone anyway. Prayers for your family and his.

  19. Joey & family:
    Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I am praying for your family during this sad time in your lives. May you look to the Lord for comfort and strength to see you through your time of grief.
    God bless.

    Dan Atteberry

  20. Sandy, I am so very sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you peace.

  21. Joey – so sorry dear, Monte was taken way too soon. All my love.

  22. Sandy Jolyn & Family
    So very sorry for your loss. Monte was a great person and he always had a laugh and good things to say to everybody

  23. Joyln and family;
    So sorry for the loss of a great man and a softball family member. He was always thee kindest, funny, fun guy and always had a smile on his face. He will be miss by all of us. Hugs to your whole family.

  24. To the Yard family. I’m so sorry to hear the passing of Monty. My condolences and prayers are with you all.
    Kim Peters

  25. Our sincere condolences for your loss of a loving husband and father. We know he will be deeply missed as he was loved so much as was frequently conveyed by Rylie.

  26. Sandy & Family,

    We are sad to hear of Monte’s passing. We pray that God will give you strength and grant you comfort in your time of loss. We will continue to pray for your family.

    Tim & Brandy Crowe

  27. I was deeply saddened hearing the new od Monte’s passing. He had such an electric personality, full of humor and an uplifting spirit. It has been a long time since I have seen Monte, but I can still here his laugh from the end of the hallway at MPHS.
    My deepest sympathy to his wife, daughters and family.

  28. Joey and family,

    There are depths within us where words cannot be spoken; our spirit is numb. In those times, others’ words speak instead. Obviously, Monte was a special man who loved well. There is no higher praise of a man’s life than he loved well. Ron and I pray those words will give you and the girls comfort and strength in the days ahead.

  29. Alex and Rylie, I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My deepest condolences to your family and you are in my prayers.

  30. Jolyn, Alex, Riley and family! I am so saddened to learn of Monty’s passing. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold all the wonderful memories that you shared close to your heart until you are once again reunited! 🙏❤️🙏

  31. To the Yard family prayers to you all. Monty was a character always a smile on his face.they loved showing their trucks, my brother in law Tracy Smith always had a story to tell about all of them getting together and having fun. Monty will be missed very much.

  32. Sandy, I was so sorry to read of the passing of your son. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

  33. I am so sorry Jolyn. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  34. Jolyn, Alex, Rylie and family.

    Brent and I wanted to offer our deepest condolences for the loss of Monte. There are no words to convey how terrible we feel since Hannah called us. You all have been on our minds these past few days. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  35. Bill and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this most sad time. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  36. Sandy thoughts and prayers with you

  37. Very sad to see the news about Monte.
    Prayers of comfort are being sent for the Yard Families. I knew Monte from MPHS and remember his smile, his laugh and his personality. They will never be forgotten.

    Janette White-Cooper
    MPHS Class of ‘88

  38. We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. God bless your family and friends and may you find comfort and peace in the memories you have.

  39. Joey, I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your daughters during this difficult time.

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