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Tilson, Roy

d. March 19, 2013

Roy Tilson, age 90, of Petersburg, formerly of Greenview, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home near Petersburg.

He is survived by his wife Ruby, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents. Roy was born February 27, 1923 near Middletown, Illinois, the son of James and Linna Parsons Tilson.

He married Ruby Reller on January 1, 1949. They grew up only two miles apart as children, fell in love and were married for 64 years.

Roy farmed in the Greenview area for most of his life. He was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

Roy loved Ruby, farming, swimming and dogs.

Services will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home where visitation will be held from 10:00 until time of service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Rev. Brent Mitchell from Third Presbyterian Church will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Walnut Ridge Cemetery near Middletown.

Memorials can be made to the Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield or the Menard County Protective League.


  1. Roy is one of the best cousins I have ever had. He provided me with guidance on farm management when my mother, Iverne (Cline) Mucciante, passed away in 2000. He and Ruby have been part of our family for a long time. Roy was the brother my mother never had. He treated her like a sister. Raymond Estill, another cousin of Roy’s, who died in 2000 was also close to Roy and Ruby. The three cousins were a very close family even though they had different parents. Roy and my father, Donald Mucciante, had a lot of great times together as well. Roy and Ruby continued to provide me with tremendous support when my father passed away in 2005. They were always there when I needed them. Iverne and Raymond’s children were saddened to hear of Roy’s death. His kind, easy going manner will never be forgotten. Roy will be greatly missed but always remembered as a wonderful family member. I am sure Roy’s neighbors the Brauers and the Smiths will miss him as well.

  2. My love for Ruby and Roy is shared by many, but to them they will always be a part of my family. I have known them since I was able to retain a memory. They were always there for me as I grew up and that only gave me more confidence to succeed. There are only so many people that establish landmarks in a persons life and these two were and remain corner stones. God Bless, Roy where he is, and Ruby we are still here for you.



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