George M. Durbin

EARLVILLE - George M. Durbin, 84, of Earlville passed away Dec. 6, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Earlville with Father Augustin Kassa officiating. Burial will follow at Precinct Cemetery, Earlville. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the church. Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

George was born Sept. 5, 1935 in Bement to Joseph Elwood and Marjorie Ruth (McKenzie) Durbin. He married Patricia A. Hickey on Sept. 15, 1956 in Huntley.

Survivors include his wife of Earlville; three children, Gerald Durbin of Pingree Grove, Terry (Sandy Murtaugh) Durbin of Earlville and Diana (Tommy) Mimbs of Yorkville; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Sawicki of Earlville; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Faye Sandberg; one brother, Ray in infancy; a great-nephew, Dalton Ambler; and two brothers-in-law, Don Sawicki and Ronald Hickey.

George was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957. He retired from Caterpillar after working 49 years and operated a consulting business for management and quality. He also farmed and raised cattle for many years. Not only was George a member and past president of the Earlville Lions Club, he was also a past president of the Lions of IL Foundation and the Lions of IL Past District Governors Association. He was a trustee for the Lions of IL Foundation and served as the state secretary. He received numerous awards from Lions International and Lions of IL for his service. He is also one of the founders of the Earlville Excellence in Education Foundation Board, where he was a president. He volunteered at the school district with the Generation Exchange group and was on the school board for 18 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Theresa Catholic Church, the Earlville Lions Helping Hands, or the Foundation for Excellence in Education. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to


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