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December 29, 2021

Delmer Leon Jarman, 87, of Jacksonville, Ill., died Dec. 23, 2021. He was born July 21, 1934, in Sorento, to John and Lucille (Caulk) Jarman. He married Carol Bekemeyer on Feb. 12,1955, and she survives.

He attended school in Sorento and graduated from Staunton High School, then continued his education at Eastern Illinois University. Del spent most of his career in the insurance business, first with Allstate Insurance and later with his own agency, Del Jarman Insurance. He also was in the real estate business with Redbird Realty. Del was an active member of Salem Lutheran Church, and when his children were younger, with Salem Lutheran School. He devoted much time to volunteering with community service organizations and activities including the Rotary Club, Wells Center, Prairieland Heritage Museum, and Crime Stoppers. He enjoyed staying busy and spent much of his time restoring old tractors and taking care of his rabbits, chickens, goats, and ponies.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jarman; two daughters, Deb (Bob) Reeves of Jacksonville, and Dawn (Jeff) Matthias of Chicago; two sons, Doug (Cheryl) Jarman of Litchfield, Dennis (Elaine) Jarman of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Delta Sabolo and Della Jackson; and one brother, Dan Jarman. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Demova Cline; a brother in infancy, Herschel; and a granddaughter in infancy, Nicole Reeves.

A private funeral will be held at a later date, with burial at the Diamond Grove Cemetery Columbarium.

Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church and School. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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