Larry Deon Dutton, 78, of Harrisburg, entered peacefully into his heavenly home surrounded by his family on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 7:55 p.m., at his home.
He fought the good fight, he finished his race, he kept the faith, and he has in store for him the crown of righteousness that the Lord shall award him.
Deon was born in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, on April 27, 1944 to Charles Raymond Dutton and Maxine Ellen Derringer.
Deon graduated from Cave-in-Rock High School class of 1962.
He originally moved to Chicago for a brief period and served as Assistant Head of Shipping for Alberto Culver Company. He returned to Hardin County where eventually he and his father formed and operated Dutton’s Auto Parts Garage and Used Car Dealership for 35 years. Deon drove school busses for the school system and tandem trucks for Kaegi and McDowell Trucking Company. He was also formerly employed by the Bank of Marion.
From 1970-1992, he served as pastor of Levee Pond Church in Cave-in-Rock, IL. He later was associate pastor at Friendly Regional Church of God in Marion, IL, and until his passing, associate pastor of Abundant Life serving alongside his good friend, Pastor Jimmy Russell.
He is survived by the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann (Betty) AKA to Deon “Sweetie”; 5 children, Joseph (Carolyn) Dutton, Debra (Paul) Turner, Patty (Jeff) Street, Penny (Larry) Turner, and J.R. (Lindsey) Conkle; multiple grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Deon was an only child, but did leave behind a special cousin, who he considered a “brother”, Don Stanley. He also leaves behind two aunts, Geneva and JoAnn.
Deon was preceded in death by both parents, Ray and Maxine Dutton; as well as a stepmother, Grace Fae.
Deon was an old-fashioned preacher that loved the Lord, the word of God, and his family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at the Abundant Life Assembly of God in Marion. Pastor Jimmy Russell and Brother Randy Vaughn officiated. Burial followed in Dixon-Volkert Cemetery near Elizabethtown. Visitation was held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at the Abundant Life Assembly of God in Marion.
Condolences may be left for the family on his obituary page at www.stricklinfuneralhome.com.
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