Jeffery L. “Jeff” Autery, 58, of Kewanee, died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge. A private inurnment will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Jeffery Autery Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home, in Kewanee, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jeffery L. “Jeff” Autery, 58, of Kewanee, died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge. A private inurnment will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Jeffery Autery Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home, in Kewanee, is assisting the family with arrangements.

He was born Dec. 31, 1958, in Kewanee, the son of Roy and Shirley (Hultquist) Autery. He married Donna L. Hancock on June 3, 1983, in Kewanee.

Jeff graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1977, and with honors from Sauk Valley Community College with a radiologic technologist degree. He had worked as a welder at BOMAG, in Kewanee, and as a radiology technologist at Hammond-Henry Hospital and its clinic in Colona. He was a member of Hill Church, in Kewanee, and had been a Cub Scout leader and an AWANA leader at First Baptist Church. He also was a member of the NRA and vice president of the union. Jeff enjoyed hot rods, Ford cars and motorcycles, and especially his “mistress” his Ford Torino.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Kewanee; and his mother, Shirley, of Warrenville, S.C. He was a true hero to his two sons, Joshua (Kirsten) Autery, of Galva; and Denton Autery, of Kewanee. Also surviving are two sisters, Debby (Mark) Simaytis, of Kewanee; and Rochelle (Scott) Bergren, of Aiken, S.C.; a brother, Steve (Cheryl) Autery, of Cambridge; and his grandson, Kelly. He was preceded in death by his father.