BEMENT – Stephen Russell Postlewait, 67, of Bement passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Saturday (Nov. 11, 2017) after a six-year battle with multiple system atrophy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement. Pastor Paul Unger will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, also at Bement United Methodist Church, Bement. Burial, with military rites by the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620, will be in the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620 in Bement, Faith in Action, Bement United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Steve was born on Sept. 11, 1950, in Urbana, a son of Robert and Martha Turney Postlewait.
He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Bement High School in 1968 and Bradley University in 1972. While at Bradley, he was a member of the ROTC, including color guard, and Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas, and Yokota Air Force Base, Tokyo, Japan.
After serving, Steve worked as a certified public accountant for 36 years; he retired from ADM in July 2012. He enjoyed farming and was a member of the 1988 class of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation traveling to Brazil and Napa Valley, Calif.
Steve was a member of Bement Masonic Lodge 365 AF&AM, 1981 past commander and member of the Albert Parker American Legion Post 620 and a lifetime member of the Bement United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Postlewait. Surviving are his wife, Mary Sue Postlewait of Bement; son, Robert Postlewait of Monticello; son, Russell Postlewait of Nashville, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Kara Peterka of Mahomet; stepson, Eric (Ericka) Conley of Cerro Gordo; mother, Martha Postlewait of Bement; two grandsons, Everett and Eli Postlewait of Monticello; two stepgrandchildren, Ethan Peterka and Makenna Peterka; sister, Jane (John) Corradetti of New Lenox; and brother, Sam (Sue) Postlewait of Mount Zion.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Kelly, Evelyn and Jeni for their excellent care, compassion and kindness to Steve during his illness.
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, have the honor to serve the Postlewait family in their time of need. "Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family