William C. Lurkins
William C. Lurkins, age 88 of south of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, March 25 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with full military honors. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Greenville First Christian Church.
William Clyde Lurkins, the son of Fred Lurkins and Matilda Louise Wernle Lurkins, was born on August 19, 1925 on the Lurkins farm in Pleasant Mound Township. He was raised there and attended Fuller one room school and graduated from Greenville High School in 1944. Bill answered his country's call by joining the United States navy on March 1, 1944 in Chicago, raising to the rank of Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class SV-6 serving in Chicago, Farragut, Idaho, Shoemaker, California and was a member of the Air Transport Squadron Three. Bill was honorably discharged on June 3, 1946. He was awarded the American Area Medal and the Victory Medal. Bill returned to Bond County where he worked for Farm Service in Charleston until 1949. Bill and Georgia returned to Bond County where they farmed south of Greenville purchasing their farm in 1959. Bill farmed Dairy and grain until 1974. Bill then worked as a welder for American Steel for 11 years, was an engineer for the Zeller Mental Health Center in Peoria for 11 years then helped Roy and Ron Tischhauser on the farm for another 13 years. Bill enjoyed traveling, was an avid Cardinal Fan, enjoyed quail and pheasant hunting with his friend George Pierson, and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill and Georgia Lee Cripe were united in marriage on February 21, 1947 in Greenville and have enjoyed over 67 years together. Georgia survives as do six of their seven children: Carol (Larry) Boatright of Carlyle, Janis Lurkins of Greenville, Dale (Deb) Lurkins of Carlyle, Gary (June) Lurkins of Mulberry Grove, Carl (Terri) Lurkins of Greenville, Thomas (Rhonda) Lurkins of Centralia, daughter in Law Juli Lurkins of Greenville, 12 grandchildren:Stacy (Mike) English, Teena Stewart, Chris Lurkins, Neil (Mindy) Boatright, twins Michelle (Todd) Reinacher,and Heather (Trevor) Heinkhaus, Jill (Brandon) Tally, Justin Lurkins, Shawn Lurkins, Hunter Lurkins, Alyssa Lurking, Sophia, Lurkins, 13 great-grandchildren: Chelsie, Zachary, Carissa, Caden, Kaleb, Andrew, Teyton, Kaitlyn, Madeline, Jayden, Tenley, Emma, Maizee, one step granddaughter Nnichole Koonce, and two step great-grandchildren Colton and Ava.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents and son Gale Melvin Lurkins who died on June 29, 2011, and is the last of his generation of 7 Lurkins children being preceded in death by Mildred Schewe, Myrtle Roe, Harold "BUB"Lurkins, Julius Lurkins, Darrell Lurkins, and Samuel Lurkins in infancy. .
Bill is a member of the Amvet Post 140 of Greenville, American Legion Post 1994 of Keyesport, and the Greenville First Christian Church.
Karen Frances Turner
Karen Frances Turner, age 71 of Greenville, passed away Monday, March 24 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Memorial services will be Thursday, April 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be in Reno Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, April 3 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Betty J. Winkeler
Betty J. Winkeler, age 81 of Carlyle, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at her residence. Funeral services are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.
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