Chad Aaron Rotramel

March 18, 1972May 14, 2018
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Chad Aaron Rotramel, 46, of rural West Salem, IL, passed from this life to the next on Monday, May 14, 2018 at his home.

He was born March 18, 1972 in Mt. Carmel, IL to Marilyn (Brooks) and Armine L. Rotramel, Jr. He married Bethany Fishel on May 27, 1995 in West Salem, and she survives.

Chad loved to farm, and had a passion for football. He played, coached, and refereed the sport. He was a good dad and husband, and loved watching his children in whatever sport they were involved in. He was a quiet man with a big presence.

He is survived by his wife Bethany, daughters Hannah and Audrey, and son Andrew, all of rural West Salem; his father, Armine of Browns, IL; and his brother, Chris (Debbie) of Charleston, IL. He was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Moravian Church Sanctuary in West Salem. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at the Moravian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Edwards County High School Athletic Department or the Moravian Cemetery Operating Fund.

Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

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  • Visitation Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, May 21, 2018

Chad Aaron Rotramel

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Linda Asbury

June 1, 2018

I remember Chad with love because he was my son's best friend up through about the fifth grade (Albion Grade School) when we moved. Chad and Kenny spent a lot of time together at his house. Kenny loved being at their house and talking to Chad's Grandpa and Armine and Marilyn and Chris. They were on the same baseball team and they invited him back to spend the night many times after a game. Armine and Marilyn treated him like a third son for which I will always be eternally grateful.

About the time that Chad started playing football was when we moved away. Ken was not too much into sports--he would rather be doing mechanical type stuff and taking stuff apart and putting it back together.

Chad was a very polite, quiet young man. Ken had more of an outgoing personality and probably thought up different things to do. I never heard about them getting into any trouble but I think Armine and Marilyn just let boys be boys and they kept everything under control. Chad was a calming influence on Kenny.

I have a picture of Chad and Kenny dressed up to go to a Halloween party at Albion. Ken was Darth Vader and I think Chad was a football player. But I love this picture of them together. Chad was a special young man and I always thank God that him and Kenny were friends. He loved Chad's family and going to the farm.

One last thing I want to share is that Ken wanted a big red tractor for Christmas. I think he was 8 or 9. He took the tractor to Chad's house so they could play together. Ken told me they told him it was the wrong kind of tractor and the wrong color, it was supposed to be green (John Deere). But he just laughed and said "no, I wanted a red tractor". He was pretty stubborn and that is what he wanted. So, try to remember the good times you have had together and know that as a young man Chad influenced others with his kind personality.

My hope is that Kenny is with Chad right now in heaven. Ken passed away in motorcycle accident in 2011.

Danny Lankford

May 18, 2018

My deepest condolences to all of the family and friends on the loss of a good man.
I have been remembering how Chad would go to southern Illinois , camping/deer hunting with his Grandfather, his Father, and my Dad, Robert Lankford. Dad would tell how the "old guys" would kill a deer and start the arduous dragging it up and down hills, back to the camp site. Chad would arrive and throw the deer over his shoulder and practically trot to camp with it.
I'm not too sure he didn't have to return and practically carry Armine Sr and my Dad back to camp at times. Dad looked forward to those hunts from year to year. And I can just hear his Grandpa in deer camp, saying, "Now everybody listen, everybody listen, I want to tell you a story".
Chad was one of the elite football players to come from Edwards County. He was a force on the field, for sure, as a ball carrier, and didn't mind blocking for his teammates either.
May God comfort his family.

Lisa Taylor

May 17, 2018

Charly and I met Chad through EC Lions Football when our sons played. He was always respectful around parents and adults and spoke to us whenever we would meet , unlike alot of kids who didn't take the time to notice. He was such a great presence on the football field as a player, and later as a referee. Alot of players around Edwards County knew , liked and respected Chad. Bethany, I have known since she was in grade school. She has always been a dear, caring , and sweet person. I worked At WSGS for a couple of years and Hannah, Audrey and Andrew had the same respect for others their parents have had...they were trained well! My heart hurts for, friends, neighbors. Time doesn't heal the pain, it is always there, but it lessens the unbearable grief and fills you with the greatest of prayer for you all is that those memories will continue to guide you, brighten your heart with the love you have....that love will only grow.....God bless and keep you in His care.

Quinn and Glenna Hunley

May 17, 2018

I knew him when he worked at the First State Bank here in town. Quinn help do the concrete around his home. He had a smile that brighten up your day. You are in our thoughts and prayer for you loss.