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David Gene Mesnard

Birth Date: March 10, 1946
Death Date: June 28, 2018

Our beloved David Mesnard, 72, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018.

David was born David Gene Mesnard on March 10, 1946, in Decatur, IL, the son of Norman H. and Margaret (Taylor) Mesnard. He married Jo Ann Compton on August 24, 1965 in Decatur, IL. He retired from Intermet (Wagner Casting) in 2005 after 39 years of service.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, sons, Jeffrey T. Mesnard and wife Ursula of Decatur, IL, Kenneth D. Mesnard and wife Jennifer of Greenville, IL and three grandchildren, Chloe of Decatur and Kendall and Quinn of Greenville, IL, He leaves his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Tony Benner and Donna and Tom Reeve of Decatur, IL. Also, he leaves his good friend and fishing buddy since grade school, Lee Boyko.

David was preceded in death by his parents.

David enjoyed his family and especially his grandchildren, He enjoyed visiting the many Carribean Islands with his wife Jo Ann over the years and they also enjoyed trips with in the U.S. He enjoyed the many Canadian fishing trips with Lee. At David’s request, he has donated his body to the AGA of Illinois.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mario Velasco and his staff at Cancer Care and the nurses and cna’s at Fairhaven Christian Village. Cremation and family graveside services will be held at a later date.

The family of David Mesnard is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Private family graveside service at a later date
June 29, 2018
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. I always enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Dave at the gym. I did not know him well, but well enough to be saddened to hear of his passing. We shared a locker room bench together for a few years and a few good stories along the way. A kind man with a distinct honest laugh and always a kind word. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family who I am sure will miss him dearly.

  2. My heart is with JoAnn, Jeff, Kenny, and David’s treasured grandchildren as well as the rest of the family.
    I have been Dave’s friend for over 50 years and this space could not hold all my memories so I shall not attempt to do so. I was with Dave and Jo Ann when they married in 1965. Jo Ann was unquestionably the profound love of Dave’s life.
    David was a good man and I am proud and honored to have shared his time on this earth with him and calling him MY VERY GOOD FRIEND whom I loved and will miss. Even the best of goodbyes are oh so difficult so instead I will say “see you later Dave” as I did with hug and sometimes a kiss on Dave’s cheek when I left him standing at the door waving as I drove away.
    A fond memory
    Larry Baker

  3. Joann&family sorry to hear about Dave had a lot of good laughs & bs sessions at work. I rember the birthday parties in your basement, some good times. Dave was quite a guy didn't see him often but did think of him every so often. I don't really know what to say to the family, I know you'll miss him, sorry for your loss.

    Julie n Zeke VanDeventer

  4. We had many good times for over 60 years, my friend. The fishing trips, playing golf, or just hanging out and having a few beers. You were very important in my life for many reasons! I will miss you and our friendship every day for the rest of my life.

    Lee Boyko

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