He was born on April 4, 1964 in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Theodore and Marilyn Pruett Putnam.
He is survived by his mother, Marilyn, two sons, Zackary (Samantha Underwood) Putnam of Kickapoo, Illinois, Jordan (Amanda Lester) Putnam of Peoria, Illinois and one granddaughter, Emilia Putnam. Also surviving are two brothers, J.D. (Sally) Putnam of Knoxville, Illinois and Phillip (Lori) Putnam of Abingdon, Illinois. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins survive. He was preceded in death by his father.
He attended and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1982. He previously was employed by Illinois Department of Corrections, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, and Ameren. He most recently was employed by PAR Electrical Contractors. He was a member of IBEW Local 51. He was a great cook and loved to cook for his friends and family. He enjoyed all sports, and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He loved his sons and granddaughter and enjoyed boating on his pontoon boat.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois with visitation being held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Interment will be held at the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the family with designations being determined at a later date. Online condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com