The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

Meet your neighbor David Vancil. He was born in Monmouth Hospital first son of Margaret and David Vancil from Stronghurst.

They operate the Vancil Locker Plant, which was founded by his paternal grandparents "Bud' and Juanita Vancil. His maternal grandparents were Glenn and Farellendaire (Dolly) Cable.

David has three brothers and two sisters. David was first then Arbry, then Doug. Kristen and Amber (Olsen), his sisters, were next and then Brayden the youngest.

David and his wife Kelli met when they both worked at the Knox County Courthouse and Kelli is still employed there.

They have three sons and one daughter. Michael (20) lives in Edwardsville, Alexis Foster, (also 20) goes to school at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Matthew will be a junior and Zachary will be a freshman next fall at West Central High School.

David graduated from Southern High School in 1986 and while in school he was out for all sports and participated in the class plays. He really enjoyed school and was involved in many activities. He was his freshman class president and vice president of his senior class.

After high school he graduated from Illinois State in Bloomington in 1990 with degrees in political science and economics. He then spent three years in Law School at Southern Illinois University and graduated in 1993.

He came back to Galesburg and was the Assistant Knox County Public Defender in 1994 and in 1995 became the Assistant States Attorney in Warren County. In 1996 he was the Henderson County States Attorney until 2002 when he was elected Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit and that covers six counties.

The many duties of his position keep him very busy, so he cherishes the family time they have. He enjoys watching the boys in their sports activities and they have a large garden at home.

The whole family helps with a flock of chickens and they gather and consume their own homegrown eggs. In their incubator, they hatched thirty-five new chicks this spring.

Also a part of their family, Moses, a Great Dane was rescued from the animal shelter and Bella is their new Great Dane puppy. Move over Moses!

David and his boys also enjoy deer and wild turkey hunting in the area when they are in season. For a future hunting trip they would like to go for Elk in the Rockies.

For family vacations they enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and in Moab, Utah. They have a Disney Vacation Club Membership and have gone to Disney World in Orlando several times.

On a trip to Disney's Vero Beach Resort in 2011, the area is known to be a Sea Turtle habitat. David set out to "swim with the turtles" as some tourists do, and because of the distance and strong current, everyone wondered if he could make it back. It was a challenge, but he at least had a kick-board and eventually made it back to shore. He said that was a "once in a lifetime experience." (maybe that means he won't do that again!)

Another future vacation destination may be to another one of the Disney attractions that are located all over the world.

He and Kelli take a trip together every other year which is what all couples should do::and when they do go again, we hope they will "Take the Quill Along' and bring back a good picture!

They are members of the Rozetta Baptist Church, rural Little York.