St. Elmo Obituaries
Written by Administrator Monday, 15 April 2013 12:36Jay Welker, 90, of St. Elmo, passed away at 8:20 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2013 in C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, with the Rev. Randol Shrum officiating. Burial with Military Graveside Rites by St. Elmo American Legion Post 420 in Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to service time in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, Fairview Methodist Church or donor’s choice.
Jay was born on August 7, 1922 in Fayette County, IL, the son of John F. and Nellie McKenzie Welker. He married Rebecca Smith on June 14, 1975 in Scottsdale, AZ. Jay was a member of the American Legion Post #420, St. Elmo; St. Elmo Mason’s Lodge #769; Scottish Right; York Right and Shriner’s. He enjoyed flying airplanes, driving Ford mustangs, and going on trail rides.
Jay is survived by his wife, Rebecca of St. Elmo, son, John Welker of Evansville, IN, and adopted daughter, Marcia Perkins of Cedar Rapids, IA.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister: Audrey W. and husband Harold E. Belden.
Jay R. McConkey
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 03 April 2013 15:01Jay R. McConkey, 49, of St. Elmo passed away April 1, 2013 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Altamont with visitation 1 hour prior. Memorials are requested to the family. Private burial will be held at Sidener Cemetery, St. Elmo at a later date.
He had worked for Frontier Communications, was a past member of the A.T.A, and a participant at the St. Peter Sportsman’s Club.
He is survived by brothers; Paul (Doris) McConkey of St. Peter, Miles (Brenda) McConkey of Brownstown, and Alan McConkey of Vandalia, sister; Janet (Lowell) Hunsaker of St. Elmo, brothers in law; Terry Jones of Brownstown and Don Koehler of Effingham, and many nieces and nephews.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents and sister; Diana Jones and Linda Koehler.
Merle E. Underwood
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:37
L. Bernice Hoover
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:28L. Bernice Hoover, 85 of Brownstown, died at 6:46 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at Friendship Manor with her family by her side.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2013 at Four Mile Christian Church, rural Brownstown Pee Wee Denton officiating. Burial followed at German Reformed Cemetery, Loogootee. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 31 at Gieseking – Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown. Memorials may be made to Four Mile Christian Church, rural Brownstown or Friendship ManorActivities Department, St. Elmo. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
Bernice was born on Saturday, July 30, 1927 in rural Brownstown to Fred and Mary (Kistler) Franklin. She married Leonard E. Hoover on August 7, 1943 in Vandalia and he preceded her in death on Sunday, September 28, 2008. She was a homemaker and had been employed with Princess Peggy Dress Factory, Vandalia. She was a member of Four Mile Christian Church, rural Brownstown.
She is survived by her sons; Charles ‘Gene’ (Rose) Hoover, Ronald (Sharon) Hoover both of Brownstown, and Michael (Connie) Hoover of Broken Arrow, OK, her daughter-in-law, Judy Hoover of Brownstown, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Stephen Hoover, five brothers, two sisters, three half-sisters and two grandsons.
Ralston Xon Hanna
Written by Administrator Monday, 01 April 2013 14:31Ralston Xon Hanna, 80, of St. Elmo passed away at 12:13 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in his home.
Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the St. Elmo United Methodist Church, St. Elmo. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Kinmundy with military rites by St. Elmo American Legion Post #420 and Altamont VFW Post #7676. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church with Masonic rites at 7 p.m. and one hour at church prior to funeral service. Memorials are requested to the St. Elmo veteran’s war memorial. C & A Pagel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Xon was born on March 15, 1933 in Kinmundy the son of Ralston “Ross” D. and Pearl M. (Jackson) Hanna. He married Glenna Kay Dugan on December 28, 1958 at Centralia and she survives.
He owned and worked the Hanna Farm and Auto Supply Store, St. Elmo for 33 years. He was a member of the St. Elmo United Methodist Church, St. Elmo American Legion Post #420 for 50 years, lifetime member of the Altamont VFW Post #7676, St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769, Vandalia Radio Club, Wabash Telegraph Club out of Terra Haute, IN, volunteer at Monticello Railroad Museum, past organizer and member of SEBA, CDAP Loan Committee, HAMM radio operator, and enjoyed motorcycle riding. Xon was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War serving on the USS Rochester CA124 in the Pacific from 1953-1957.
In addition to his wife; Kay of St. Elmo, he is survived by his daughter; Stacy (husband, Mark) Elliott of St. Elmo, grandchildren; Emily Hanna, Caleb (wife, Tiffany) Kuebler, and Hannah Elliott all of St. Elmo, great granddaughter; Adalynn Grace Elliott of St. Elmo, sisters in law; Daisy Hanna of Panama City Beach, FL, Sue Dugan of Centralia, and Betty (husband, Cecil) Roper of Centralia, brother in law; George (wife, Leah) Dugan of Golconda, nephew; Randy Hanna of HI, and niece; Nancy Byker of Breckenridge, CO.
Proceeding him in death were his parents; son Brad Xon Hanna, brother; Duane Hanna, and brother in law; Bob Dugan.
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