MURPHYSBORO - Elmer K. "E.K." Etherton, 87, died at 12:01 p.m. Monday Feb. 18, 2008, in Murphysboro.
E.K. was born in Murphysboro on Oct. 7, 1920, a son to the late Elmer Elonzo and Myrna (Kennedy) Etherton.
He married Ella Mae Williams on Sept. 9, 1945, in Bellflower, Calif. Ella Mae preceded him in death Nov. 22, 1996.
E.K. was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Carbondale. He was a retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant, serving a total of 22 years. E.K. enlisted in the Marine Corps just after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the South Pacific during World War II and in the Korean War. After retirement from the Marine Corps, he was a U.S. mail carrier and had worked at the Federal Penitentiary in Marion. He was also a member of the Paul Stout Post 127 American Legion in Murphysboro.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, with Bishop Luke Tolley officiating. Burial will be in Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro, with military rites by the American Legion Post 127 and V.F.W. Post 7190, both of Murphysboro, Carbondale VFW Post 2605 and Jackson County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 69.
Memorials may be made to LDS Chapel in Carbondale or TIP Hospice.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Michael "Bo" and Karen Sue Etherton of Murphysboro; two daughters and one son-in-law, Nancy and Bruce Kessler of St. Louis, Mo., and Mary Jane Rains of Murphysboro; nine grandchildren, Michael Etherton, Morgan Peeler, Cindy Jolley, Chalonne Powers, Michaelina Sakowicz, Steve Rains, Ethan Rains, Trisha Kessler and Jill Sams; and five great-grandchildren.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on February 20, 2008
Type: Public Announcement
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