DAHLGREN -- Audrey I. Webber, 89, died at 8:50 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in the Nature Trail Care Center of Mt Vernon. Services will be 11 a. m. Wednesday in the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren, with the Rev. John Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home.
Margaret L. Whiteside
VIENNA -- Margaret L. Whiteside, 82, of Vienna, died at 11:23 p. m. Saturday Aug. 7, 2004 at Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna, La. She was born March 16, 1922, in Wolf Lake, the daughter of Lester Samuel and Ruth Victoria (Boyce) Hess. She married Derrel W. Whiteside on March 26, 1948, in Dongola. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Vienna. She was employed at the Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Development Center in Anna for several years. She is survived by her husband Derrel W. Of Vienna; one son and daughter-in-law, Derrel R. and Janet Whiteside of Thompsonville; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Steven Lay of Ozark; one sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and George Finch of Anna; and five grandchildren, John Whiteside, Dana Whiteside, Amber Leek, Devyn Lay-Dooley and Nickolas Lay; seven great-grandchildren, Jordon, Nicole and Nathan Dooley, Austin, Taylor, Tyler, and Peyton Leek; several cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Ray Hess, an infant sister, Mary Ann Hess, and a sister-in-law, Pat Hess. Services for Marget L. Whiteside will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at the Lutz and Rendlemen Funeral Home in Anna with Revs. Ed Hoke and Larry Gilbert officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p. m. today at the Lutz and Rendlemen Funeral Home in Anna. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Jerry R. Williams
DU QUOIN -- Jerry R. Williams, 72, of Du Quoin, passed away at 12:25 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Pinckneyville Community Hospital. Jerry worked as a truck driver at the Consol Burning Star No. 4 coal mine at Cutler. He was a member of the Sunfield Methodist Church. He was mayor of Dowell from 1977 to 1983. He was a member of Macon Masonic Lodge 8 in Decatur, Belleville Consistory, Ainad Shrine of East St. Louis, Dowell American Legion, Du Quoin VFW, UMWA Local 1825 and Fleet Tug Sailors Association. He was a U. S. Navy veteran from 1951 to 1955 serving in Korea. He was born May 14, 1932, in Vergennes, the son of Gerald R. and Kathryn Elizabeth (Cornett) Williams. He married Betty J. McCollum on June 6, 1951, in Elkville, and she survives. He is survived by his wife of Du Quoin; four sons, Greg Williams and Nathy of Wildwood, Mo., Gordon Williams and Kristal of Sparta, Grant Williams and wife, Christina of Richland, Wash., and Garin Williams and wife, Kimberly of Gig Harbor, Wash., and 12 grandchildren, Corey, Christian and Hunter Williams, Nicolette and Dane Williams, Zachary, Remington and Cooper Williams, Alex Storaci and Celleste, Cole and Chase Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Jerry Dunn officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home. Masonic service will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. military graveside rites will be conducted by the Du Quoin VFW and Du Quoin American Legion. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin. Friends may make memorials to the Sunfield Methodist Church Building Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Robert M. Worley, 58, of Pinckneyville, died at 3:13 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at home. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday in the Beaucoup Baptist Church in Pinckneyville, with the Rev. Clarence Wayne Downs officiating. Burial will be in Mueller Hill Cemetery, with military rites provided by Presswood-Daffron American Legion Post 2504. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. today in Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home and 10 to 11 a. m. Tuesday in the church.
Anna Alice Smolak
DOWELL -- Anna Alice Smolak, 76, of Dowell, passed away at 11:06 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at home. Alice was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin. She was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Dowell, the daughter of Mike and Terezia (Koss) Smolak Sr. She had always lived at home and cared for her two brothers Joseph and Mike. She is survived by a sister, Stella Kirkpatrick of Dowell; nephews and nieces, Jim Kirkpatrick of Creal Springs, Betty Blanchard of Belleville, Paul Smolak of Herrin, Jon Smolak of Hecker, Stephanie Walker of Murphysboro and Melanie Diel of Cahokia; several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Paul, John, Joseph and Mike Smolak and one nephew, Mark Smolak. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a. m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin, with Monsignor Harry Jerome officiating. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a. m. Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in the St. Andrews Cemetery
at Christopher. The Searby Funeral Home of Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.
RANDOLPH COUNTY -- Ellen Frazer Burch, 85, of Bedord, Texas, formerly of Randolph County, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, in Hearthstone Assisted Living Facility in Bedford. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday in Waynesville chapel of Wells Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Waynesville, N. C., with pastor Nick Honerkamp officiating. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a. m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Marcella E. Caudell
CARBONDALE -- Marcella E. Caudell, 66, of Carbondale, formerly of Lake of Egypt, died at 5:27 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Services will be at 1 p. m. Wednesday in Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion. Visitation will be from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
VIENNA -- Margaret Whiteside, 82, of Vienna, formerly of Union County, died at 11:23 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in Meadowcrest Hospital near New Orleans. Arrangements are incomplete at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
Betty Jo Bush
HERRIN -- Betty Jo Bush, 78, died at noon Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Arrangements are incomplete at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
MARION -- Pauline E. Fosse, 84, died at 1:03 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday at Second Baptist Church in Marion, with Dr. Bob Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Freedom Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p. m. Tuesday at the church. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MARION -- Hosea Bradley, 87, died at 12:03 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Services will be at 11 a. m. Thursday in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Dunford officiating. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
ROYALTON -- Mary Bobbish of Texas, formerly of Royalton, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Texas. Arrangements are incomplete at Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton.
HARRISBURG -- Juanita Engleby, 74, died at 9:13 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Services will be at 10 a. m. Tuesday in Sunset Lawn Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Patton officiating. There will be no visitation. Reed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
GRAND CHAIN -- James Bush, 80, died at 5:15 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis.
TAMAROA -- Ray R. Fisher, 83, died at 3:15 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa.
MARION -- Evelyn Otey, 81, of Decatur, Ala., died at 11:30 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Decatur General Hospital in Decatur, Ala. Services will be Wednesday in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy. Crain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MURPHYSBORO -- Ruth Lee Brown, 84, of Murphysboro, formerly of Union County, died at 3:30 p. m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
Col. Glenn McGowan
CARBONDALE -- Col. Glenn Joseph McGowan (U. S. Army Retired), 95, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2004, at his home in Fairbanks, Alaska, from a lengthy battle with a staph infection in his knee joint and 'too many parachute jumps. 'He was born Feb. 12, 1909, in Carbondale, to Louis Michael and Mary Mae (Russell) McGowan with a birth weight of 13. 5 pounds. His father worked 50 years for the Illinois Central Railroad. Glenn grew up in a world of oil lamps with horse and buggy transportation. His most memorable event of the 20th century was his waving an American flag on Armistice Day in 1918, which spooked a team of horses and caused a wagon loaded with milk cans to overturn. Their first automobile was a French chain-driven Metz. The electrification of Carbondale made kerosene lamps and the ice box a thing of the past. As a youth, Glenn was very athletic. From age 13, he attended Citizen military Training Camp for five summers. He played on the Illinois Interscholastic All-State Football and Basketball teams in high school. In 1926, at a high school track meet, the 'Red Head Flash' set the national record for the 50-yard dash in 5. 5 seconds. Glenn attended college under football scholarships at the University of Illinois at Urbana and DePaw University in Chicago. He played football against former President Ronald Reagan, whom he described as being 'long-legged and easy to block. 'He earned a bachelor's degree in business and administration and a master's degree in education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Glenn's 30-year military career was colorful and exciting. In 1931, during the Great Depression, Glenn entered the military service in the Reserve Corps as a private and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. From 1933 to 1939, he was ordered to active duty as a company officer and company commander working for the Civilian Conservation Corps at Isle Royal, Mich., Skokie Valley Lagoons in Chicago and Klamath Falls, Ore. During this time he was promoted to first lieutenant. In 1940 he served in the Second Armored Division as a company commander under Col. George S. Patton and was promoted to captain. He then served under Maj. William M. Miley as a member of the original 501st Army Parachute Battalion (currently deployed to Afganistan from Fort Richardson, Alaska) to become company commander of the 502nd Parachute Battalion. In 1942 Glenn was promoted to major and assigned to the Airborne Command at Fort Bragg, N. C. He escorted British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill during an airborne phase of a military demonstration and review. Glenn served as the battalion commander and regimental executive officer with the 511th 'Hard Rock' Airborne Infantry Regiment at Camp Toccoa, Ga. In 1943 Glenn was promoted to lieutenant colonel and was transferred to the 11th Airborne Division. In 1944 he became Assistant Chief of Staff (G-1) in the 11th Airborne serving at Camp Mackal, N. C., and Fort Polk, La., and in the South Pacific serving with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Australia, New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon in the Philippine Islands. Glenn's proudest military accomplishment was his part in planning the 11th Airborne rescue of over 2,100 men, women and children from scheduled execution at the Japanese Los Banos Prison Camp south of Manila. Secretary of State Colin Powell told West Point graduates, 'I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival the Los Banos prison raid. It is a textbook airborne operation for all ages and all armies. ' That historic event was overshadowed by the press coverage of the U. S. Marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945. In 1945, Glenn went on to serve as the commanding officer of special troops at the parachute school at Fort Benning, Ga. In 1947, he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Glenn served as battalion commander of the 187th Parachute Infantry Regiment during the allied occupation of Japan and at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he was promoted to colonel. Other military assignments included airborne advisor to commander-in-chief of the Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va.; military attache at the American Embassy in Rangoon, Burma; MAAG Observer in Vietnam; Commander of the 508th Regimental Combat Team at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Campbell, Ky.; commander of the 188th Parachute Infantry Regiment; commander of Operation Good-Will in Panama; and chief of support plans Branch at the headquarters of the U. S. European Command in Paris. During his overseas military assignments, Glenn enjoyed
golfing partnerships with General Ne Win, who became the president of Burma and the Duke of Windsor in Paris. He retired from the U. S. Army in 1961 as the commanding officer of Fort McNair in Washington, D. C. Glenn was awarded numerous military decorations, including the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Ribbon, War Department Unit Citation, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four campaign stars and one bronze arrowhead, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one star, World War II Victory Medal, Occupation Medal for Japan, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and Master Parachutist and Glider Badge. In 1948, Glenn met Capt. Rose Leona (Benjamin) Wagner serving as military Secretary to Lt. Gen. Robert Eichelberger and Lt. Gen. Walton Walker in Yokohama, Japan, where they began a marriage that lasted 48 years. In 1961, Glenn moved his family to Riverside, Calif., where he was able to achieve an earlier dream of becoming a school teacher. He taught American government and coached the golf team at Riverside Polytechnic high school for 10 years. He was an active member of the Victoria Club. In 1971, Glenn and Rose moved to Mission Bay in San Diego. They enjoyed many active years together at their home on Crown Point Drive until Rose passed away in 1996. In 1997, Glenn moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, to live with his son and family until his death. Glenn is survived by his two daughters, Patricia Marie Meadors of Jacksonville, Ala., and Glenda Jean Wheeler of San Diego, Calif.; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael Glenn and Kathy McGowan of Fairbanks, Alaska; eight grandchildren and two grandchildren-in-law, Dianna Lynn and Brian Major of Gulf Shores, Ala., Paula Louise Meadors of Jacksonville, Ala., Melissa McGowan and Robert Hostetler, Amy Elizabeth Jones, Sarah Marie Wheeler and Brian Clifford Wheeler, all of San Diego, Calif., Erin Rose McGowan and Kevin Michael McGowan, both of Fairbanks, Alaska; five great-grandchildren, Zachary Scott and Corey Lee Caldwell, both of Gulf Shores, Ala., and George Robert, Jonathan James and Joshua Glenn Hostetler, all of San Diego, Calif.; four cousins and three cousins-in-law, Robert Franklin and Pat Russell of Redding, Calif., Joann and Ray Charles of Carbondale, Sidney Warren McGowan of Carbondale, and Paul Patrick and Katie McGowan of Bartlett; one niece and nephew-in-law, Elizabeth McGowan and Fabrizio Devetak of Wheaton; and one sister-in-law, Crissie Ethel McGowan of Carbondale. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Louis Russell McGowan. Glenn has been cremated and his ashes will be buried with military honors at 11 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, next to his parents and brother in Oakland Cemetery
in Carbondale. Funeral arrangements will be made by the Huffman-Harker Funeral Home in Carbondale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice. As his old comrade-in-arms Gen. Douglas MacArthur once said, 'Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. ' Let us never forget the unquestioned sacrifices these dedicated Americans made to ensure that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Glenn was truly a member of America's greatest generation.
Frank D. Tippy
MURPHYSBORO -- Frank D. Tippy, 56, formerly of Murphysboro, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, in La Center, Wash., after a long battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 10, 1947, in Murphysboro, to John and Ruth (Neace) Tippy. He grew up in the area and graduated from Murphysboro Township High School in 1966. Frank worked for J. T. Blankenship and Assoc. before graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1970. He was with the Chicago and Northwestern Railway for 26 years and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for eight as a professional engineer living in many states during his railroad career. He was a train enthusiast throughout his life. Fishing, camping, playing guitar and model railroading were his hobbies, but Bible study and family life were his passions. He taught and served in more than a dozen congregations of the Church of God in the Midwest. He was a dedicated family man. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Pamela (P. J. ) McGowan Tippy, also formerly of Murphysboro; four children, Nathan of Troy, Mo., Samantha of Anderson, Ind., Veronica and Benjamin both of La Center; four grandchildren of Troy; his father, John W. Tippy Sr. and a brother John W., both of Murphysboro; a sister Ruth Ann Sands of Carbondale; and many nieces and nephews. His mother preceded him in death. There will be two memorial services. The first will be at the Mount Carbon Church of God in Murphysboro on Monday, Aug. 9. Visitation will begin at the church at 3 p. m. followed by a service at 6 p. m. A service will be held the following week at the First Church of God in Vancouver, Wash. Memorial contributions may be made to Children of Promise Missions Program through the First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA 98665.
CARBONDALE -- Robert Levon Nahikian, 87, of Carbondale, formerly of Asheville, N. C., passed away at 3:10 a. m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, after a brief illness. Robert 'Bob' Nahikian was a resident of West Asheville, N. C., for most of his life, but was born in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 12, 1917, one of four children of the late Howard Movess Nahikian and Alice (Campbell) Nahikian. A 1934 graduate of Christ School in Arden, N. C., he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1943, he was employed at the 'Enka Plant' and held a military service deferment. Mr. Nahikian chose, however, to serve his country during World War II as a U. S. Navy Radioman First Class from January 1943 through December 1945. He served in the Pacific Theater as part of Adm. Robert Briscoe's staff. Mr. Nahikian retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 1980 after 35 years of service. For the last 16 years of his service, he worked at the U. S. Postal Service office located in the basement of the Buncombe County Court. He was known throughout the 'court house' for his special gift of assisting anyone who asked for help with any government-related form or application. Mr. Nahikian married Texas Irma Curtis on Feb. 25, 1936. They were married for 44 years until Mrs. Nahikian's death in February 1980. Mr. and Mrs. Nahikian were founding members of St. George's Episcopal Church in West Asheville, N. C. Mr. Nahikian was the first Senior Warden of the Vestry and was again many more times during the more than 50 years that he continued to be an active member of St. George's. He was most proud of having served as a volunteer 'general contractor' to build the church on School Road. In 1998, he moved to Carbondale where he lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Marcia Nahikian Nelms and Jerry Nelms, and their children, Taylor and Emory Nelms. Mr. Nahikian developed many ties to the community as a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church of All Saints in Carbondale and a participant in the Hoover Eldercare Center in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Nahikian is survived by five children and their spouses, Robert Lavon and Patricia Nahikian of Melrose, Fla., Marta N. and Donald E. Hicks of Greensboro, N. C., Marie Nahikian-Seymour and Gene Seymour of Brooklyn, N. Y., Howard (Nic) and Val Nahikian of Hiwassee, Ga., and Marcia and Jerry Nelms of Carbondale; eight grandchildren, Lisa Yackel of Richmond Hill, Ga., Deborah Nahikian of Tega Cay, S. C., Sheila Hicks Burns of Rural Hall, N. C., Nathan Nahikian of Washington, D. C., Aaron Nahikian of Albemarle, Va., Chafin Seymour of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Taylor and Emory Nelms of Carbondale; one great-grandchild, Kevin Yackel of Athens, Ga.; his youngest sister, Satenik O'Donnell of St. Louis, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials in his honor can be made to the Hoover Center, Senior Adult Programs, 805 N. Sprigg, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701; Epiphany Lutheran Church of All Saints, 1501 W. Chautauqua Road, Carbondale, IL 62901; or St. George's Episcopal Church, One School Road, Asheville, NC, 28806. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Asheville, N. C. Meredith Funeral Home of Carbondale is assisting the family with arrangements.
LOGAN -- Tadeusz 'Ted' Czuprynski, 78, of Logan died at 7:45 a. m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at his daughter's home in Logan. Mr. Czuprynski was born in Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 21, 1926. He was retired from mine construction. He was a member of the UMWA District No. 12. He enjoyed playing bingo. He married Pansy Conner in 1962. She died Nov. 22, 1991. Mr. Czuprynski is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Loretta J. and Lonnie 'Duke' Bandy of Logan; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Jackie Wilson of Benton, Tadeusz 'Ted' Czuprynski Jr. and Debbie Czuprynski of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Robert and Michelle Czuprynski of Benton; 12 grandchildren, Eric Wayne and wife Teresa Wilson and their daughter, Erica Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Danielle Bandy, Brandon, Christopher and Melanie Czuprynski, Sean Bandy, and Emily, Kimberly, Aaron, Katie and William Czuprynski; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Services will be held at 2 p. m. today in the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Bill Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery
in Whittington. Visitation will be after 11 a. m. today at the funeral home.
MURPHYSBORO -- Donald Dean Brittin, 70, of Murphysboro died at 9:05 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at home. He was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Cantrall, the son of the late John Harrison and Mae (Smock) Brittin. Don married Karen Winterrowd on Sept. 22, 1956, in Springfield. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, in Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Burial with military graveside honors will follow at the Brittin Cemetery
in Cantrall. Visitation will be held on from 4 to 7 p. m. today in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro. Visitation will also be held from 5 to 8 p. m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at Mott and Henning Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Murphysboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Nancy Brittin of Petersburg; two daughters and one son-in-law, Kim and Rob Kleinhans and Kathy Brittin, all of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Jane Clower of Channahon; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charlie and Dolores Brittin of Garland, Texas, and Richard and Norma Brittin of Springfield; one brother-in-law, Gerry Winterrowd of East Hampton, N. Y.; seven grandchildren, Kara and Kelsey Kleinhans, Lee Brittin, and Josh, Joey, Jamie and Jennifer; and numerous other family members. Don was a retired supervisor for the State of Illinois Division of Water Resources. He was also active with Kinkaid Reed's Creek Conservancy District. The primitive campgrounds at Kinkaid Lake bears his name. He was a U. S Navy veteran who served during the Korean War and was a member of the B. P. O. E. (Elks) Lodge No. 572 of Murphysboro and American Legion Paul Stout Post 127 of Murphysboro. He was past commander of the Petersburg American Legion Post 198, in Petersburg. Don was also active with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency volunteer lake-monitoring program and did volunteer services with the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro and SIUC students with disabilities. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Robert Brittin; and five sisters, Harriett Garmers, Virginia Page, Mary Rudman, Johnette Hogstad and Lucille Brittin. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes. Association on behalf of his granddaughter or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.