Lt. Aaron R. Landers, 50 of St. Joseph passed away at 3:11 AM, Monday, August 23, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave, Urbana with Pastor Lutz Braunig officiating. Burial will be at Patterson Cemetery, St. Joseph. Visitation will be will from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at The Vineyard Church, Urbana. A First Responder walk through will be at 6:00 PM.
Lt. Landers was born April 22, 1971 in Charleston, IL, a son to David R. Landers and Janie Barrett. He married DeLee Houser in 1994 at Mansfield, she survives. Also surviving are his children; Alex and Keira Landers of St. Joseph, his father; David (Linda) Landers of Effingham and his mother; Janie Barrett of Rantoul, a sister; Rebecca (Steve) Brummer of Bergen Park, CO, nieces; Hailey Capone and Clancey Brummer, nephews; Max, Jack, Sid, Keaton, and Zeke Brummer, countless Brothers and Sister in Blue.
Lt. Landers served in the United State Air Force during Operation Desert Storm, the 183rd Air National Guard, Springfield, IL. He was employed at the University of Illinois Police Department for 24 years. During those 24 years he was involved in many other Law Enforcement capacities, including but not limited to; 12 years on METRO/SWAT, 22 years on the East Central Illinois Bomb Squad, currently as acting commander, CIT instructor, K9 therapy/comfort handler, and a member of Team Champaign COPS ride.
He also received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois.
He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and best friend.
Memorials may be made to Illinois COPS Association or Paws and Stripes, comfort dog program of Brevard Co. Sheriffs Department.
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