James R. "Pete" Truran, 84 went to be with his beloved Lord and Savior at 8 p.m. on March 13, 2014, in the Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Marion, Ill.
Pete was born to Peter and Agnes, nee Black, Truran on Feb. 3, 1930, in Marion. He was the third of four children.
Pete's family moved to Johnston City when he was five years old. He grew up in Johnston City and attended Johnston City Schools. While in high school, Pete excelled in athletics earning 15 varsity letters in all sports offered. He earned All-State honors in both football and basketball in his senior year and was All- State in football his junior year as well. He held the basketball scoring record from 1949 to 1965. He was also team captain of the football and basketball team in his junior and senior years.
Pete attended the University of Illinois on an athletic and general assembly scholarship playing football and basketball for the Fighting Illini. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Illinois.
Pete married Shirley Artis on August 3, 1951. They enjoyed 62 beautiful, loving years together. God gave them two wonderful sons, Michael James and wife Diane Truran of O'Fallon and Martin Peter Truran of Johnston City; three grandchildren, Chad and wife Karen Truran of O'Fallon, Tiffany and husband Rob Lugge of O'Fallon, and Michael Kyle and wife Emily Truran of St Louis; four great-grandchildren, Tylor Truran, Katelynn Truran, Mac Truran, and James Robert Lugge.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Janet and Viva Lea.
Pete spent 34 years teaching, coaching and in administration in several Southern Illinois school systems; Johnston City, Cahokia, Marion, Christopher, and Carterville. He was truly blessed with many great young people he taught, coached and as their administrator in his educational career of 34 years.
Pete was honored by being selected into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996, and also the Southern Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003. He was a member of the A.F.T., the I.E.A., The Masonic Lodge 729 of Johnston City, and a 32nd Degree Mason. He served on the John A Logan Board of Trustees for eight and a half years, the Johnston City Unit 1 School Board for four years, Democratic Precinct Committeeman for eight years, Johnston City Merit Board for four years and also worked part time after his educational career for the Franklin-Williamson Regional Board of Education Office.
Pete loved his wife and his boys with all his heart, and also all of his extended family, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and brothers and sisters-in-law, and all those whose lives he touched during his years in education.
Pete asks that family and friends not mourn for him, but to rejoice and be happy! He is now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and will be together with him throughout eternity.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church. Memorial envelopes will be available at the church the day of the service. For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.pylefuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church.
Funeral: Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Andy Lee officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Marion VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and members of the Illinois National Guard Military Honors Team.
PYLE FUNERAL HOME, Johnston City, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 20, 2014