BENTON - Charles Edward McClarin, 86, died at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Benton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.
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Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Leffler Poulson Funeral Home of Benton with the Rev. Karl Barnfield officiating. Burial will be in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, where military rites will be performed by Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ed was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Franklin County, the son of Cyrus McClearin and Francis Jeanetta (Runnels) McClearin.
He was a retired machin-ist with Norge-Maytag Corp. of Herrin.
Ed enjoyed playing his guitar and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He enjoyed having breakfast with his many friends at Hardees. Before he became a resident at Benton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, he attended and was a member of North Benton Baptist Church.
Ed served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army where he was a paratrooper.
Survivors include daughter, Marcia and husband, Arthur Gostowski, of Benton; granddaughter, Janet and husband, Matt Dunn, of Melbourne, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Xavier, Alex, Marcus and Max; brother, Tom McClearin and wife, Donna, of Benton; sister, Jane and husband, Bob Zekovich, of Christopher; several nieces and nephews; and his special friend and co-worker, Gary Conley and wife, Dixie, of New Burnside.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; three broth-ers, Lawrence, William and Billy McClearin; and three sisters, Dolly Mae McClearin, Rosetta Hogan and Florence Maceri.
To sign the online guest memorial register book, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on May 21, 2013