Everett L. “Roy” Pressley, 93, of Alexis, IL passed away at 12:14 p.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, IL.
Roy was born February 1, 1928, in Monmouth, IL the son of Everett L. and Iva Fern (Hahn) Pressley, Sr. He was raised and educated in Aledo, IL.
Roy served with the United States Army Air Corps as a Corporal during World War II.
Roy married Sheila Devlin at the First Presbyterian Church in Alexis, IL on October 16, 1970, and she survives.
Roy was a welder by trade. He worked for the Alexis Fire Equipment for over 20 years. He also worked for the Rock Island Bridge & Iron, Grafton Boats and was self-employed before retiring in 1990. He enjoyed restoring steam tractor engines at the Midwest Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, IA for 40 years where he traveled throughout Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri restoring steam engines. Roy was still welding up to the age of 90.
He was a member of the Alexis United Presbyterian Church. He also volunteered with the Alexis-North Henderson Ambulance Service for 40 years as a driver and unit inspector. Roy enjoyed collecting pocket watches, clocks and antiques. He loved going to auctions.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila Pressley of Alexis; 3 children, April Joseph and Penny (Robert) Hahn both of Phoenix, AZ and Richard Rockhold of Millersburg, IL; 5 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren; 2 half-sisters, Marilyn Pressley and Jody Pressley both of Jerseyville, IL; also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 half-brothers, Gary Pressley and Art Young, half-sister, Mabel Melvin.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Alexis Presbyterian Church. Cremation will take place following the services. A private family interment at Mt. Vernon Cemetery will take place at a later date. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30–11:00 am at the Church. Memorials may be given to the Alexis-North Henderson Volunteer Ambulance or the Alexis Presbyterian Church. McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory, Monmouth is in charge of the arrangements.