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David William Babcock

July 1, 1956 May 10, 2018
David  William  Babcock
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David William Babcock, 61, of East Galesburg, died after a five-year battle with heart disease on Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:02 PM, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.

Born on July 1, 1956 in Monmouth, Illinois, he was the son of Earl and Betty Lou (Blair) Babcock. He married the love of his life, Tina Riley, on February 24, 1996 at the First Christian Church in Monmouth. David is survived by his wife; mother, Betty Lou, Overland Park, KS; step-son, Christopher Colwell,  Galesburg; brothers, Paul (Dianna) Babcock, St. Louis Park, MN; Richard Babcock, San Jose, CA; sister Barbara (Joseph) McDade, Overland Park, KS; niece, Meagan (Blake) Brashear; three nephews, Matthew McDade, Benjamin and Jeffrey Babcock. He was preceded in death by his father.

David graduated from Carl Sandburg College with an Associate’s degree. He worked for Crop Production Services for over 30 years rising to plant manager and safety coordinator.  He gained the reputation as CPS “go-to” guy. Known as a "gearhead," he built a hemi engine in his bedroom during his teen years and was later a mechanic for alcohol funny cars.  David attended the Indy 500 for 34 consecutive years being listed in the 100th anniversary program. David was a gun enthusiast, hunter, NRA lifetime member, Galesburg Rifle Club, and Tac-Shack. David was a family man, following his niece and nephews in their milestones of life, including a 20 + year traditional fishing trip to Northern Minnesota.  Lending a helping hand to anyone in need, his giving spirit will live on as David was an organ donor for the Gift of Hope Organization.

Per David’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 11 AM, at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. A celebration of life will follow from 12pm – 3 pm at the Thomas Legacy Center. Arrangements have been entrusted with Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Memorials in David’s honor may be donated to the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Network.

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11:00 AM 5/15/2018 11:00:00 AM
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home & Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

Watson-Thomas Funeral Home & Crematory
1849 North Seminary Street Galesburg 61401 IL
United States

Celebration of Life




12:00 PM 5/15/2018 12:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5/15/2018 3:00:00 PM
Thomas Legacy Center

1849 N. Seminary St.
Galesburg, Illinois 61401

Thomas Legacy Center
1849 N. Seminary St. Galesburg 61401 Illinois
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network

425 Spring Lake Dr.
Itasca, IL 60143-2076

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