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Charlie Ater, longtime Two Rivers club member and Board Member passed away January 27 from a long illness. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Charles Ater III (1942 - 2014)


Charles Ater III, 72, of Winchester, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

Charlie was born March 9, 1942, in Jacksonville, the son of Charles and Grace M. Francis Ater. He grew up in Arenzville, later moving to Winchester.

Charlie joined the U.S. Army in 1961 and was a member of the 3rd Armor Division stationed in Germany. He went on to be a 40-plus year employee of Kordite/Nesco/Mobil Chemical/Pactiv and helped open the second plant.

Charlie was an avid outdoorsman and a life member of the National Rifle Association, fine upstanding member of the Two Rivers Jeep Club, the Studebakers Drivers Club, and a honorary member of the Vagabonds Car Club Illinois chapter.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Suzy (Linda White) Ater, in 2003. He is survived by his son Charles "Jay" (wife, Stephenie) Ater of Alexander. One of his final acts was witnessing the marriage of his cherished granddaughter, Alex, to Cory Suhre. Charlie was engaged to Lora Van Winkle at the time of his passing.

Charlie is also survived by his brothers, Francis (wife, Kay) Ater of Concord, Burton (companion, Esther) Ater of Jacksonville; sisters, Jennie Castleberry of Carthage and Barbara (husband, Ron) Surratt of Arenzville; many nieces and nephews, and quite a few unrelated folks that simply called him "Uncle Charlie."

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home. The family will meet friends from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home:
Williamson Funeral Home, 1405 Lincoln Avenue Jacksonville, IL 62650. (217) 243-1010

Casual dress is encouraged, as the minister will be wearing bib overalls. Condolences may be left online at


February Events

All local activities take place or start at the WBBA radio station building,
1260 West Washington St., just east of the American Legion Hall unless otherwise noted. 
Trails leave at 9 AM.  Always check here for trails to be run or any last minute changes.

Feb 7: First trail builder of the season.   Being this early in the year, this trail builder has the potential to be a lot of fun.  However, if conditions are too dangerous due to the weather, it may be cancelled.  Always check here for last minute updates.  Come early and visit.  Trails will leave at 9 AM.

Feb 21: Board Meeting, Trail Builder and Kickoff Dinner.   The Board will meet at 7:30 AM.  This is open to all members.  The trails will leave at 9 AM.  At 5 PM the free catered Kickoff Dinner will commence.   If you are new to the club, please try to attend.  This is a great way to meet people and get a feel for the many trails we have to offer. Please RSVP to or call the club phone.

2015 family memberships in TRJC are now open.

If you wish to join TRJC as a new member, the application is here.
Existing members will receive a renewal application in the mail.

Yearly dues are $60 to wheel on almost 100 miles of the best 4WD trails
Membership fees are for you and your immediate family (spouse and children.)

We host at least 12 member only events per year plus 2 national events open to anyone.

  • That averages out to only $5 per event for you and your entire family!
  • Also included in your membership are 3 to 4 free catered meals for you and your family.
  • TRJC members receive a $50 discount per driver and a $10 discount per passenger over 10 for each of the two events.
  • TRJC is a Jeep-only club except for the two public events where any short wheelbase vehicles are allowed.

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Who are we?
Two Rivers Jeep Club, established in 1993, has our own dedicated trails on 100% private lands made available through the generosity of the residents of West Central Illinois. While these dedicated trails are open only to club members, we sponsor two events per year which are open to the public. With a membership of 200+, Two Rivers is the world's largest all-Jeep wheeling club with dedicated, private trails.

To find out more about us, our events, where we wheel, or to see photos, check out the links at the top left. Questions about the club can be e-mailed to (remove the two xs) or call us at 866-483-3982.

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