Earl Phillip Marcotte, Jr., age 85, entered his eternal home on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, following a one-month illness at Riverside Miller Rehabilitation in Kankakee. He had previously resided at Butterfield Assisted Living.
Earl was born July 28, 1935 in Kankakee, to Earl P. Marcotte, Sr., and Margaret E. Kohl Marcotte. He was the eldest of four children. He attended schools in Boubonnais and Kankakee, and graduated from Kankakee High School in 1953. He had taken courses in agriculture at the University of Illinois. He was very active in 4-H as a teen, and during high school, brought a champion Jersey milking cow to the Illinois State Fair.
He married Joanne C. Arthur on October 1, 1960. They raised three children together, Mark, Timothy, and Melody. Earl was a diligent, conscientious, hard-working farmer his entire working life. He milked cows for many years, in addition to raising beef cattle and hogs. He worked the fields as well as assisting in the family business, Timm Sales & Service. After his retirement, he and Joanne became snowbirds for several years, commuting between Kankakee and Apache Junction, Arizona.
Surviving are a son, Mark (Jill) Marcotte, daughter Melody Morrissette (Tom Emmart), and Kris Van Doran, former Daughter-in-Law, sister Clarrissa Kibbons of Lake Okeechobee, FL, sister Marla (Bob) Ostrowski, of Kankakee, brother Steve (Gail) Marcotte, of Kankakee, foster brother George (Phyllis) Giagnoni, of Mt. Carmel IL, foster sisters Linda Giagnoni, of Boubonnais, and Karen Giagnoni, of Kankakee, grandchildren Laura (Chris) Kimmel, Ryan Marcotte, Elizabeth Marcotte, Sarah (Jacob) Marciniak, Andrew (Sara) Marcotte, Matthew (Meredeth) Marcotte, Max (Anne) Diaz, Parker Morrissette, Bennet Morrissette, Cooper Morrissette, and great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are several close friends, Jack & Joanne Jarvis, Linda & Dave Suprenant, Judean Benston, Roger Wissmiller, Donna Hanks, as well as a close sister-in-law Barbara Arthur, and a special niece and former caregiver, Vickie Fortin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne, and son, Timothy.
Cremation rites have been accorded through Jensen Memorial Chapel. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will be planning a memorial life celebration to be held a later date.
Memorials can be made in Earl’s name to Uplifted Care (formerly Hospice of Kankakee Valley).