BEARDSTOWN - Reg Lashmet, 79, of Beardstown, Ill., passed away at 11:13 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.
He was born on March 29, 1933, in Winchester, the son of the late Jonas and Mary Audrey (Ring) Lashmet. He married Doris Elizabeth Boes on March 5, 1960, in Winchester and she survives.
Also surviving are four daughters, Suzanne Montazer and husband, Ahmad, of Reisterstown, Md., Dianne Kelley and husband, Joe, of Springfield, Gayle "Liz" Wood and husband, Brent, of Rushville, and Kara Lashmet and husband, Duone Brown, of Chicago; five grandchildren, Laleh, Jaleh, and Kaveh Montazer, and Blake and Grant Wood; two brothers, Jonas Lashmet and wife, Barbara, of Sun City, Ariz., and Patrick Lashmet and wife, Phebe, of Decatur; two sisters-in-law, Patty Lashmet of Catlin and Miriam Lashmet of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Richard, and Donald Lashmet, and one sister, Mary Margaret Lashmet.
Reg graduated from Winchester High School, where he and his brothers excelled at football and basketball. They were known as "Audrey's Boys". He was drafted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He served his basic training at Ft. Bliss, Tex., before deployment to the 38th parallel near Panmunjom, serving as a corporal.
After his return from Korea, Reg began working for Ralph Peak before beginning as a rodman for Central Illinois Public Service in Winchester. In 1958, he was promoted to survey instrument man. He and his family transferred to Beardstown in 1970. In 1971, he was named survey foreman and retired in 1995, as right of way agent, where his personable nature earned the respect of colleagues and customers.
Reg was an active member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown and the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Past Grand Knight. He was also a member of the Beardstown Elks Lodge #1007, the National Rifle Association and the Beardstown Tiger's TAC Club.
Reg was a sports fan and sportsman. He went to many Cardinals games, even as a young boy, when Father Sullivan of St. Mark's, would take him and his brothers. One of his greatest pleasures was quail and pheasant hunting. He was happy outside with his friends, his dogs and in the hunt. He loved his family and took pride in coaching softball, teaching them to fish and to be good citizens. He also enjoyed simple pleasures like playing cards and having coffee with friends. He was a man of insight and colorful expressions, and usually had one handy that would accurately summarize the situation.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown with Father Steve Thompson and Deacon Paul Koch officiating. Graveside committal services will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, at St. Mark's Catholic Cemetery in Winchester, with military rites by Julian Wells American Legion Post #442 and VFW Post #11524.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Beardstown Tiger's TAC Club or Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home Activity Fund in Rushville. You are invited to share your memories of Reg, leave condolences and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net.