OBITUARY

Shawn Robert Gravelle

September 30, 1974January 12, 2020
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Shawn Robert Gravelle, 45, of Bloomington passed away Sunday January 12, 2020 at his residence surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. He was born September 30, 1974 to Dale and Melanie (Rhoads) Gravelle in Youngstown, OH. He married Kerry Butler December 13, 1997 in Bloomington, IL He is survived by his wife Kerry, daughter Amanda, son Adam; his dad Dale (Sara) Gravelle of Minonk; two brothers Erik (Christina Vogel) Gravelle of Erie, PA, Kirk (Anna) Gravelle of Macclenny, FL; nieces and nephews Andy, Emily, Derrick Gravelle, Brianna, Christian, Evie Gravelle, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and best friend Dan Galvin. He was preceded in death by his mother and maternal grandparents Gwen and Robert Rhoads.

Shawn worked as a Technology Director at State Farm, where his legacy will carry on through those whose lives he touched. He also dedicated time to serving as Treasurer and President of the Board of Directors at the McLean County Arts Center. He was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He received his Masters degree in Enterprise Architecture from Penn State. Although he left us much too soon, Shawn will always be remembered as the selfless, kind, supportive, witty smart-ass that he was. Whether at work or at home, he was surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He spent much of his free time completing absurdly difficult puzzles, going to concerts with friends, and meticulously planning Disney trips (which he seemed to enjoy more than the trips themselves). Most of all, he treasured spending time with his wife and kids. What started as a blind date led to 27 years of crosswords, staring at the clouds, joking, laughing, cookie baking, hanging out, browsing Reddit, and proud parenting. An avid Cubs fan, he frequently took his family to see baseball games. He loved playing video games and programming with his son, quoting movies and songs, and pretending to let his daughter beat him at golf. His incredible skills in the kitchen were rivaled only by his ability to make people laugh, and his terrible jokes will be missed as much as his food.

We haven’t even scratched the surface of the lovable goofball that he was. “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh

The family would like to thank his nurses at St. Joseph Hospital, especially Holly and Rachael, and Tina from OSF Hospice for making his last days as comfortable as they could be. Visitation will be Sunday, January 19, 2020 1:00-4:00 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will follow the funeral service at the McLean County Arts Center from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the McLean County Arts Center https://mcac.wildapricot.org/Donations or GoFundMe “Shawn Gravelle-College Funds for Amanda and Adam.” Online condolences, memories and pictures may be left for the family at www.eastlawnmemorial.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Kerry Gravelle, Wife
  • Amanda Gravelle, Daughter
  • Adam Gravelle, Son
  • Dale Gravelle (Sara), Father
  • Erik Gravelle (Christina Vogel), Brother
  • Kirk Gravelle (Anna), Brother
  • Andy Gravelle, Nephew
  • Emily Gravelle, Niece
  • Derrick Gravelle, Nephew
  • Brianna Gravelle, Niece
  • Christian Gravelle, Nephew
  • Evie Gravelle, Niece
  • Melanie Gravelle, Mother (deceased)
  • Gwen Rhoads, Maternal Grandmother (deceased)
  • Robert Rhoads, Maternal Grandfather (deceased)
  • Shawn also leaves behind many aunts and uncles.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, January 19, 2020

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Rachael Simonovich

January 20, 2020

I worked for Shawn in Labs as his assistant until March 2019. He was such a great person and always treated everyone with such kindness no matter what their title was. He was one of my favorite Directors. He spoke about his family often. I know he cherished all of you. My husband Billy also worked with him building fences & again worked for Shawn at SF. We both think so highly of Shawn. We are literally crushed to hear about his passing. We are very sorry for your loss. We are so blessed we knew Shawn. We are thinking of you all.

Jeff Scott

January 18, 2020

I never laughed so hard as when I was with Shawn sharing our best dad jokes. He was so bright and a joy to work with. Truly a great person and will be missed terribly.

Ann Sallen

January 16, 2020

So YOUNG! I had the pleasure of working with Shawn several years ago on a technology project at State Farm. Rest in Peace, Shawn.

Lane O'Connor

January 15, 2020

My heart warms just thinking about Shawn, his approach to work, his humor, his humility...

He was one of the finest young men I've ever met.

Lori Butler (Baldwin)

January 15, 2020

Although I didn’t know Shawn well I was around him enough to know he was a great guy. I remember him having a great sense of humor. He was also very kind and very intelligent, just as everyone has said. My condolences go out to all of his family. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was far too young to be taken from you. May his memory live on in you and may you cherish the years you had with him. RIP Shawn.

Madelon(Gay) Dolan

January 15, 2020

Shawn was one of the most decent individuals I have ever had the privilege to know. He was typically the smartest person in the room and yet he was always approachable. During his tenure at the Arts Center he tackled some challenging problems with a high degree of professionalism. And few could match his clever wit and sense of humor. He loved to cook and we all looked forward to the new recipe he would bring to one of our social events. It was several years ago that I met the whole family...Shawn, Kerry, Amanda and Adam... at Ewing Manor enjoying a production of a Shakespearean drama. What a beautiful memory! Shawn will always hold a special place in the hearts of his Arts Center family. My sincere condolences to Kerry, Amanda, Adam and the rest of the Gravelles .
Gay Dolan

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Biography

Although he left us much too soon, Shawn will always be remembered as the selfless, kind, supportive, witty smart-ass that he was. Whether at work or at home, he was surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He spent much of his free time completing absurdly difficult puzzles, going to concerts with friends, and meticulously planning Disney trips (which he seemed to enjoy more than the trips themselves). Most of all, he treasured spending time with his wife and kids. What started as a blind date led to 27 years of crosswords, staring at the clouds, joking, laughing, cookie baking, hanging out, browsing Reddit, and proud parenting. An avid Cubs fan, he frequently took his family to see baseball games. He loved playing video games and programming with his son, quoting movies and songs, and pretending to let his daughter beat him at golf. His incredible skills in the kitchen were rivaled only by his ability to make people laugh, and his terrible jokes will be missed as much as his food.

We haven’t even scratched the surface of the lovable goofball that he was. “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh

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