Bluford "Doc" W. Uppinghouse

Born: Fri., Jan. 11, 1929
Died: Sun., Dec. 29, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 02, 2014
Location: Payson United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Jan. 03, 2014
Location: Payson United Methodist Church

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   Mr. Bluford Wilmer "Doc" Uppinghouse, 84, of Payson, Illinois, died at 9:10 pm Sunday (December 29, 2013) at Sunset Home.

   Born January 11, 1929 in Payson, Doc was the son of  Merle and Lily Seiz Uppinghouse. He married Nadine Huddleston on July 22, 1950 in Palmyra, Missouri. She survives.

   Doc was born and raised in Payson and was a lifetime member of the Payson United Methodist Church. He will be remembered for his hard work and willingness to help anyone in any way  that he could. He received awards in 1994, 1996 and 1998 in recognition of his outstanding service to the community. Doc and Nadine were named Old Settler's Parade Marshals in 2000.

   Doc wore many hats throughout his lifetime, as working and keeping busy is what truly made him happy. He started his working career at a very young age when he and his brother began mowing along the highway from Payson to Quincy, using a team of horses. Shortly after, he began working for his parents on their farm and then started working as a mechanic in Quincy. He later owned and operated a mobile milling service "Uppinghouse Milling" for 15 years. In 1971, Doc started his career as Payson Township Highway Commissioner. He retired after 33 years in 2004. For over 20  years, Doc worked for the Payson School District as a bus driver and served as their groundskeeper until August 2013.

   Although Doc's first love was being at work, another very important part of his life was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching the old Western "Cowboy" movies and was a fan of Nascar. Doc even owned a racecar in the 1950's and 1960's.

    Survivors include his wife, Nadine; four children, Brenda Reinebach (Bruce), Bob Uppinghouse (Gemma), Greg Uppinghouse and Gaybri Maddox (Scott); four grandchildren, Brent Reinebach (Kayla), Brock Reinebach (Britney), Bobby Uppinghouse and Natasha Maddox; four great grandchildren, Hayden Williams, Bretten Uppinghouse, Madison Uppinghouse and Liam Maddox; a step granddaughter, Shannon Frese; three step great grandchildren, Devin Hobbs, Ashley Frese and Ava Frese; a sister, Alice Allensworth of Quincy; two sisters in law, Pauline Uppinghouse and Billie Mae Uppinghouse; a brother in law, Leo Shanks; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Uppinghouse was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Nathan Maddox; four brothers, Delbert "Red" Uppinghouse, Roy Uppinghouse, Donnie Uppinghouse and Lester Uppinghouse;  three sisters, Dorothy "Peck" Baugher, Freida Campbell and Shelby Shanks; a sister in law, June Uppinghouse; and three brothers in law, Norman Baugher, Kenny Campbell and Arlie Allensworth.

   Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Payson United Methodist Church by Pastor Kate Herring.  Burial will be in the Payson New Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Payson United Methodist Church and Friday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at the church.

   Memorials may be made to the Payson United Methodist Church, Payson New Cemetery Association or the Payson Seymour School District.

   The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Payson is in charge of the arrangements.



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Mel Kuntemeier, Glenarm, IL
   Posted Tue December 31, 2013
Nadine & Family:
I am so sorry to learn of Docs passing. I have fond memories of him as our bus driver when I was in school at Payson. (We just won't mentiion how many years ago that was... ). I also remember seeing his milling truck go by on his way to make some animals happy for their next meal. My heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. God bless!

Cindy Schorey Deckard
   Posted Tue December 31, 2013
Nadine and family
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have many fond memories of Doc and your family from when we lived there while Dad was minister at Payson. Doc always made me laugh.
May God wrap you in His arms and hold you while you grieve and show you peace.
Cindy Schorey Deckard

Lori Wright
   Posted Tue December 31, 2013
So sorry to all of the family and friends for your loss. I work with Gaybri his daughter and what a fine lady she is, so I know she comes from a wonderful family. Prayers for all of the family and friends.

Jane Dietrich Ulm
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
Nadine, Brenda, Bob, Greg, Gay & Families, I'm saddened to hear of Doc's passing. He touched the hearts of anyone that met him with his warm smile and sense of humor. Nadine, you and Doc have raised an amazing family and know he will be with all of you in Spirit and in your hearts. You will know Doc, Dad and Grandpa is with you as his work is not finished, God needed a special angel to continue his good deeds. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Jane (Dietrich) & Jim Ulm

Krista Treat Sullivan
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
Nadine and family,

My deepest sympathy. Although it has been many years ago, I can still remember Doc's quick with and smile. May God comfort you all the days ahead. Cherish your wonderful memories as nothing can take them from you.

Mary Cary
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Dear Nadine and family
I was unable to attend visitation last night but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget how good you were to Randy when he was in need. He loved all of you and talked so often about doing things on the farm with Doc. And then later on, my path crossed with Gay and I enjoyed knowing her so much. You are such good people.
May God Bless

Matt & Becky Coelho
   Posted Sat January 04, 2014
Alice, Bob, Gay and family
So sorry to hear of Doc's passing. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all.

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