December 30, 1951 – May 1, 2018

Loretta Kay Tarr, 66, of Wheeler, Illinois, passed away at 9:12 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at her home.

Funeral services celebrating Loretta’s life will be held at 10:30 AM – Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Latona Church of Christ in Latona, Illinois, with Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will be in the Wheeler Cemetery in Wheeler, Illinois. Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 PM – Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the church and ½ hour before the service. In loving memory of Loretta, memorials may be made to the Jasper County Cancer Fund, Latona Church of Christ or to HSHS St. Anthony’s Hospice. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Loretta was born on December 30, 1951, in Paris, Illinois, the daughter of Charles Franklin and Margaret (Montgomery) Rich. She married Wayne Tarr on July 26, 1969, in Robinson, Illinois, and he survives. Loretta graduated from Robinson High School in 1969. She worked as a secretary at GCIU Local 39 B in Effingham for several years. Loretta was a faithful member of the Latona Church of Christ. She enjoyed raising flowers, quilting, playing cards, shopping, reading, 4-wheeler riding with Wayne and playing “Bunco” with her girlfriends. Her favorite time was being with her grandchildren. Loretta was always willing to volunteer her time at church or at a Shriner’s function.

Loretta is survived by her husband of 48 years, Wayne Tarr of Wheeler; daughters, Tracy (John) Cashman of Chatham and Christina (John) Erickson of Tinley Park; grandchildren, Elizabeth Cashman, Emily Cashman, Alex Cashman, Madeline Erickson, Rylee Erickson and Jack Erickson; sisters, Phyllis Catt of Robinson, Illinois and Sharon (Andy) Shidler of Robinson; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Brenda Bonfiglo and Nancy Goble, and father and mother-in-law Ray and Okal (Bixler) Tarr.