MACON -- Kerby Dean Damery, 49 of Macon, IL passed away in his home on Sunday, February 8, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife, Nikki Damery; his sons, Blake Dean Damery and Luke Alan Damery.
Kerby was born on November 22, 1965 in Decatur, IL to father Cecil Damery, and mother Esther Damery. He grew up in a large, loving family with three sisters and six brothers. Kerby graduated from Macon High School in 1983 and graduated with honors from ITT Technical Institute Indianapolis, IN with a degree in Electronics in 1985.
Kerby married Nikki Goad Damery, his high school sweetheart on October 5, 1991.They lived in Macon where they raised their two children.
He was the Manager of Decatur-Danville Scale Company, Inc. in Macon, IL. A family owned business operated by Damery Bros. since 1951.
Kerby was an extraordinary person who was such an inspiration to others. He always had a special way of looking at things differently and putting a positive spin on everything. He was uplifting, encouraging, enjoyed making people laugh and always had great wisdom. His laugh was contagious that spread good cheer and love to others.
Kerby's passion was racing. He was avid race car driver and drove a Late Model series which was built with the help of his dedicated racing team. He enjoyed racing in his hometown at Macon Speedway in Macon, IL along with several other tracks across Central Illinois. Accomplishments include winning the 1990 Sportsman Macon Speedway Track Championship, 1998 & 2001 Macon Speedway Budweiser Shoot Out, 2004 Late Model Macon Speedway Track Championship, 2006 Northern Allstars Late Model Series; Runners Up and Rookie of the Year. Over the course of his racing career he had numerous wins in the Sportman, Modified and Late Model divisions.
Kerby was an active community volunteer serving as a Board of Trustees for the South Macon Fire Department. He was a volunteer coach for JFL Football, Basketball and Baseball Meridian teams for many years while raising his sons. He also enjoyed fishing, cooking but most of all he truly admired and loved spending time with his family and friends.
Since being diagnosed with appendix cancer in 2007, He always remained faithful, strong and kept a positive attitude while undergoing numerous surgeries and cancer treatments over the years. His spirit to continue fighting and never give up was insurmountable and was never an option! He fought with determination, courage and bravery. He was KERBYSTRONG!
Kerby is survived by his wife Nikki and sons Blake and Luke of Macon, parents Cecil & Esther Damery, Macon, IL, sisters: Dixie (Wayne) Schmahl, Macon, IL , Dana Damery, Macon, IL , Dina (Gene) Velchek, Decatur, IL; brothers, Keith (Char) Damery, Decatur, IL , Kim (Melanie) Damery, Macon, IL, Kevin Damery,Argenta, Kent (Bev) Damery, Macon, IL, Kerry Damery, Macon, IL. Many nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved also survive. He is preceded in death by his brother; Rex Eugene, who died in infancy.
A service to celebrate Kerby’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Macon. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday. He will be buried at the South Macon Cemetery in Macon, IL. A private burial for the immediate family and close friends will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Macon United Methodist Church or KERBYSTRONG memorial.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the many healthcare providers that guided in Kerby’s care during his illness. We are forever grateful for their expertise, excellent care that was continuously given to him with grace and compassion.
A special thank you to Dr. James L. Wade, III and LeAnn Rhinehart, Physician Assistant, along with ALL of the physicians, nurses and staff from Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, Decatur Memorial Hospital; DMH Cancer Care Institute, Interventional Radiology and all of the other departments who provided in his care.
The support and love of family and friends both near and far, has sustained the family during this difficult time and is appreciated beyond measure!
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Obituary written by family members.