Edward Allan Ierardi
August 29, 1946 –
March 21, 2022
Edward “Allan” Ierardi, 75, of Danville IL passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of Monday, March 21, 2022, in the company of loved ones.
Allan was born on August 29, 1946 in West Point NY, the second of seven children born to Lena (Agnew) and Edward Blacy Ierardi. Allan’s father had a career in the Air Force, and the family moved frequently, including postings to Germany and Japan. Like many military families, they got used to travel and long separations, but it was an adventurous life for a child. They spent several years at Chanute Air Base, where Allan graduated from Rantoul High School in 1964.
Allan was a recognized guitarist in the Champaign-Urbana area. At age 15, he began playing with many local and touring bands, including the Dick Halleman Orchestra and a road band from Philadelphia called The Rising Suns. He was a key member of the avant-garde group Spoils of War and led his own powerful trio Long Hard Road. He was a creative and offbeat player with a remarkable ear and a unique bluesy style. Allan continued to play guitar in public until an illness in 2006 caused him to lose most of his hearing.
Allan recorded with Rofran Studios, which was owned by Roger Francisco and where he met his first wife Barb, Roger’s sister. He later bought the studio and operated it for a time as The Tape Factory, recording local bands, radio commercials and gospel music. In 1975 he sold the studio and joined the Navy as an inland communications specialist, which included ship’s entertainment and the radio station. While stationed in Vallejo CA, Allan met his second wife Carla. They married in July 1978 and remained together until his death. In addition to music, Allan enjoyed working on old houses, studying history, writing, art, and photography. Although not active, he was an intensely spiritual man with deep faith in Christ.
Allan is predeceased by both of his parents, his sister Libby (Brad) Kieffer and his brother Tony (Chris) Ierardi.
He is survived by his wife Carla, his brothers Dave (Bernadette) Ierardi, Mario (Linda) Ierardi and Michael (Denise) Ierardi, his sister Cheryl (Bill) Eads, his sons Bryan (Amy) Ierardi and Christopher Ierardi, his daughters Deby (Greg) Getszoff and Rosalie Ierardi, grandchildren Justin (Jordan) Murray, Nick (Brooke) Murray and Tylie Murray, and great-grandson Kobe Murray.
A memorial service will be held for Allan on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 4 p.m. at the Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834 with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Allan will be laid to rest at Danville National Cemetery in a private ceremony earlier today. You are welcome to share memories and photos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Allan’s honor to American Legion Post 210 in Danville. These great guys come out in all weathers to attend military funerals and honor our veterans with gun salutes, they are much appreciated.
Published on March 25, 2022