Jared A. “Jed” Lafferty, 35, of 1022 W. Hickory St. Canton, IL passed away Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm in Alto Township, Lee County, IL.
He was born September 3, 1975, in Canton, the son of James and Connie (Whelchel) Lafferty. He married Sha Westerfield on September 17, 2005 in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother and step father; Connie (Marty) Kucinski of Canton; two daughters; Mahala Elizabeth and Alaina Grace Lafferty both of Canton; and one brother; Chad (Jean Anne) Lafferty of Canton.
Preceding him in death was his father; grandparents, John and Mahala Lafferty; his Aunt Kathleen Kinsel and his Uncle Joe Lafferty, with whom he started Route 9 Auction.
Jed’s roots ran deep in farming. His father taught him how to drive his first John Deere Tractor at the age of 8.
Jed graduated from Spoon River Valley High School in 1993, Blackhawk Junior College and Western Illinois University with a degree in Agriculture. Jed then graduated from Missouri Auction School and was an auctioneer and owner of Route 9 Auction, Canton. He also was awarded the American Farmer Degree from Kansas City.
He was a member of Locust Lane United Methodist Church and was a supporter of FFA and Spoon River College Agriculture. He volunteered his auctioneer service for many organizations and was an avid Dale Earnhardt Jr fan.
He was a loving husband and father and adored his girls. In his short time he touched everyone’s lives that he came in contact with.
There will be a Graveside Service on Friday, June 10th at 11:00 am at Locust Lane Cemetery, Canton with Rev. Kevin VanTine officiating. There will be no visitation. For those attending the graveside service, there will be shuttle service from the Route 9 Auction Services to Locust Lane Cemetery.
A Celebration of Jed’s Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to his children’s education fund % Ipava State Bank 74 East Pine St. Canton, IL 61520.
Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements.