MOUNT CARMEL — Norman “Norm” Talley, 82, of Mount Carmel, passed away Thursday evening, June 15, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side.

He was born Sept. 14, 1934 in Edwards County, the son of Paige Talley and Blanche (Seals) Talley. He married Bonnie Helton Oct. 19, 1952 and she survives.

Norm was baptized as a teenager at Lick Prairie Christian Church. He was employed at New York Central and Snap-On Tools for 38 years in the forge department and then retired in 1992. During his golden years he enjoyed camping with friends and family. Norm was fond of hunting trips with his friends, son-in-law Jeff Morgan and his grandsons. Their trips to Pope County, and Colorado were some of his favorites. Norm was a member of Wabash Bow Hunters throughout the 1960s and 70s, a lifetime member of the NRA and Local Machinist Union. He was an avid NASCAR racing fan. His favorite drivers were Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr.

Norm will be lovingly remembered by his loyal wife of 64 years, Bonnie Talley; son-in-law, Jeff Morgan; daughter, Debbie (Steve) Winkler of Rincon, Georgia; son, Michael Talley of Tarpon Springs, Florida; grandchildren, Jennifer (Eric) Meadows, Derek (Tia) Morgan, Sean (Diana) Morgan, Jason (Carla) Winkler, Jaymie (Billy) Wilson, Jenna (James) Gerbasi and Jay (Abby Pate) Winkler; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Madi and Maddox Meadows, Clay and Kelsey Morgan, Maverick Morgan, Genesis Malott, Bethany Winkler, Kaelin McKay, Lilly, Turner and Lyric Wilson and Aubrey and Stephen Gerbasi; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Estel Dean; sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Lee Bosecker; and daughter, Beverly Kay Morgan.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Wabash General Hospital staff, Dr. Selby, Dr. Jani and Dr. Ahmed, Celtic Hospice and Addis Healthcare for their care and concern for Norm during his time of need.

Family and friends are invited to gather from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

Graveside service is at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Lick Prairie Cemetery with Pastor Gene Seals officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Norm’s memory to the American Cancer Society or Celtic Hospice. Envelopes will be at the funeral home or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Norm’s tribute wall, leave condolences and purchase flowers for the Talley family, please visit

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