St. Elmo Obituaries
Written by Administrator Monday, 17 September 2012 11:55Marshall Watson
Veteran and Retired Catepillar Employee
Marshall Watson, 94 of Las Vegas, NV, died at 9:35 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2012 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital.
Graveside service with military rites was held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2012 a Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo. Memorials are requested to the St. Elmo American Legion Post #420.
Marshall was born on August 30, 1918 in Fayette Co., IL the son of Everett and Olive (Grant) Watson.
He served in WW II as a Hellcat Fighter Pilot for the U.S. Navy. In all, he flew 11 missions against the Japanese Islands. He was awarded the Air Medal and Gold Star. He also served in the Korean War.
Marshall was retired from Caterpillar Corporation in Peoria.
Surviving are his brothers; Max of St. Elmo and Robert (Millie) of Hayward, CA, sisters; Louella Keith of Dayton, OH, Carol (Don) Keiser of Shelby, OH, and Janice (Albert) Niemeyer of St. Elmo, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Earnest and Revis, and sisters; Catherine Rogers, Velma Watson, and Marjorie “Marge” Watson.
Alan N. Ragel
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:17Alan N. Ragel, 67 of Loogootee, died at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in his home.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Macedonia Christian Church, Loogootee. Visitation was from 5-9 p.m. Friday at C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo and one hour at church prior to service on Saturday. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo with military graveside rites by the St. Elmo American Legion Post #420. Memorials are requested to the National Kidney Foundation Assn., American Diabetes Assn., or donor’s choice.
Alan was born on December 1, 1944 the son of Willard D. and Pauline (O’Dell) Ragel. He married Katherine L. Carter on July 27, 1992 in Las Vegas.
He was a member and deacon of the Macedonia Christian Church, 40 year member of the St. Elmo Fire Department, St. Elmo School Board, Lake Land College Foundation, 52 year trustee of the Wheatland Twp. board, and loved to collect and restore old farm toys. Alan was a US Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War.
Surviving are his wife, Katherine of Loogootee, children, Todd Neil Ragel of Sarasota, FL, Tasha (Todd) Dial of Loogootee, Sabrina (Jayson) Porter of St. Elmo, Garrick (Laura) Moreland of Beecher City, sisters, Lois (Merle) Lash and Donna (Randy) Boschulte all of Springfield, and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Carl Dwaine Ragel and Aridth Elaine Rector.
Verle "Chip" Trier
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:47Verle, “Chip” Trier
Veteran and Retired Pipeline Employee
Verle, “Chip” Trier, 85, of St. Elmo passed away at 6:37 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11 at New Horizon Church in St. Elmo. A celebration of his life was held at 8 p.m. following visitation.
Arrangements were being handled by C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, IL.
Memorials are requested to St. Elmo Food Pantry and Caring and Sharing of which he donated many hours of his time, American Cancer Society,American Lung Association or donor’s choice.
Chip was born November 10, 1926 in Keota, IA to Raymond and Cora (Baker) Trier. He married Sallie Evans on April 2, 1983. He served in the Navy during WWII aboard the troop carrier, USS General A. E. Anderson.
Chip relocated from Harper, IA to St. Elmo in 1967 with the Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America where he retired in 1986. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and woodsman.
He was active in the community, serving on the first Zoning Board in 1991 and served 10 years on the St. Elmo City Council. He also served on the Deken Park and Golf Club as a board member. He was a member of the American Legion Post #420, the VFW of Altamont.
Surviving are his wife, Sallie, sons, Jim (wife, Tamey), Jerry (wife, Linda), Jeff (fiancé, Reba Higgs) and Marty (wife, Rebecca) Evans and daughters, Judy Trier and Sheila (husband, Mark) Austin and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two sisters, Lavonne (Frank) Kerkove and Vernetta Crawford of Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joe, Bob and Denny Trier.
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:45Kent Hites
Industrial Business Owner
Kent Hites, 60, of Hillsboro, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2012.
He was born in Vandalia on October 3, 1951 to Donald E. “Bill” and Elsie F. Kirchhoff Hites.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorial services were held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with Rev. Kenneth Sandlin officiating.
Burial will be held at a later date at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro was in charge of arrangements.
He married Nancy Daugherty in Vandalia on September 2, 1972. He was a graduate of Vandalia High School class of 1969. He graduated from SIU-Carbondale and received his masters from Morehead State in 1973.
He owned and operated numerous industrial business and real estate ventures. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Amanda and husband Sean Priewe of Chicago, one brother Steve Hites and sister in law Kellie Clouse and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother in law Wanda Eubank, one brother Lynn Hites and one daughter Angela K. Hites on July 7, 2012.
Betty Lou Porter
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:47Betty Lou Porter, 81, of Shelbyville, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Leon Goff officiating. Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL. Memorials may be given to Shelby Memorial Hospital Foundation or Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Mrs. Porter was born on October 28, 1930 in St. Elmo, IL, the daughter of George and Esta Mize Hott. Betty Lou was a CNA at Olivewood Health Care Center in Shelbyville for many years. She enjoyed reading, needlepoint and watching her soap operas. She married Carl W. Porter on December 31, 1947. He died on August 14, 2012.
She is survived by her son, Terry Porter and wife Janice of Neoga, IL; daughters, Marsha Rinderer and husband Russell of Trenton, IL, Nancy Sudbring and husband Kenny of Grantfork, IL, Sandra Porter of Carlyle, IL and Debbie Dilley and husband Gene of Shelbyville, IL; brother, David Hott and wife Violet of Spokane, WA; seven grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Hott; mother, Esta Hott Sorrel; step-father, Lawrence Sorrel; husband, Carl W. Porter; brother, Harold Hott; son, Carl W. Porter, Jr.; and grandson, Christopher Porter.
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