Timothy Michael Raycraft, 51, of Riverton, died Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 9:38 p.m., at St. John’s Hospital, ER, Springfield.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 8, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hinds Funeral Home, 348 N. Piatt Street, Bement. The funeral will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, Bement. Reverend Marsha Frederick will officiate. Burial with military rites by Albert Parker American Legion Post #620 of Bement, will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Decatur.
Tim was born on November 8, 1970, the son of Michael and Irma White Raycraft. He married Tina J. Hendrix on November 1, 1991 in Norfolk, Virginia, and she survives of Riverton. Two sons also survive; Robert (Jessica) Raycraft of Evansville, Wisconsin, and James “JD” Raycraft of Riverton. He is survived by his father; Mike (Amy) Raycraft of Monticello, mother; Irma Raycraft also of Monticello, a brother; Todd (Lori) Raycraft of Punta Gorda, Florida, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Tim started his adult life on the USS Inchon with the US Navy. He served from 1990 to 1997 where he started in fleet training and finished as a very high frequency satellite communications instructor for operators and maintenance personnel. After his time in the Navy, he attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Accounting. Subsequently, he earned his JD Cum Laude from the SIU School of Law.
After law school, Tim began working as a lawyer in Decatur. After five years, he found his “home” at Main Place Properties, where he served as General Counsel and Commercial Real Estate Management Broker. Tim has received numerous accolades including: Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP), Certified Property Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Real Estate Management and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). He was a member of the American Legion-Albert Parker Post #620, a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a judge, and later a member of the North County Teen Board of Directors. Court, board member of the Riverton Community Unit School District 14 and a unit leader/scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Tim was very dedicated to his job and loved what he did. He was a big boss and a born leader – he used that skill to coach baseball and wrestling, as well as lead scouts.
Outside of work, Tim was a devoted husband and father and always made time for his wife and sons. He enjoyed taking Tina to concerts and shows, watching JD play baseball and watching F1 with Bobby. When he wasn’t spending time with his family, he enjoyed watching sports, races, sitcoms, and movies.
Tim was known for many things: his way with words, his quick wit, his life advice and his storytelling to name a few. He often listened to people’s problems and gave them his honest opinion. So many people came to him with questions because he always seemed to have the answer. Tim will not only be missed by his friends and family, but by many.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Millikin University Baseball or Millikin University Wrestling.
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home & Cremation Services, are proud to honor the life of Timothy Michael Raycraft, . “Our family is here to serve your family”. Please visit our website at www.hindsfuneralhome.com to offer your condolences.