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Loren E. Douglas

December 8, 1918 - January 20, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Loren E. Douglas, 90, of Springfield died at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Home.

He was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Chatham, the son of Oren Ray and Ruth E. Neal Douglas. He married JoAnn Lanham on April 8, 1961; she preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Douglas, a lifelong resident of the Springfield area, was a mechanic and chauffer for Illinois Bell Telephone Co., retiring after more than 50 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II and received a bronze battle star. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of Rochester Masonic Lodge 635 for more than 50 years where he was a past master in 1979, past patron and member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Flower City Chapter and Illinois Bell Telephone Pioneers.

Surviving are two daughters, Judith Ann Krupp of Springfield and Virginia (husband, Gerry) Smith of Seymour, Tenn.; a son, Oren Skip (wife, Shirley) Douglas of Sevierville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Leona Wirth of Springfield; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Reller of Litchfield; a brother-in-law, Luther Kelley of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 12 noon, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 12 noon Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home with a Masonic service conducted by the Rochester Masonic Lodge AF&AM 635 and a funeral service officiated by Dr. John Hamilton. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be sent to the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind or St. Joseph’s Home.

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