DU QUOIN - Homer O. Morgan, 84, of Glen Carbon, formerly of Du Quoin, passed away at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
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Homer worked as a conductor for Illinois Central Railroad for approximately 43 years. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Du Quoin, Masonic Lodge and the American Legion.
He was a U.S. Air Force and Army veteran and served from 1949 until 1951. Homer resided in Du Quoin between 1954 until 2008. He was living for the last three years at the assisted living center at Eden Village in Glen Carbon, to be near his daughter, who lives in Edwardsville. Homer enjoyed fishing, listening to music, playing his harmonica and being with friends.
He was born Feb. 20, 1929, in Elkville, the son of Willard and Pearl (Armstrong) Morgan.
He married Irene A. Ebers on Jan. 23, 1954, in Murphysboro, and she preceded him in death Aug. 21, 2000. They were married for 46 years.
He is survived by one daughter, Verna L. (Morgan) Ferguson and one son-in-law, Bryan G. Ferguson of Edwardsville; two grandchildren, James P. Hendricks and Erin S. Scimone and husband, Adam; one great-nephew, Richard Bernadini and his wife and two children of Elk-ville; and three great-nieces, Carol Wyman and Patti Morgan, both of Michigan and Janet Brundage of Jackson, Miss.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one sister, Bernell Bernadini; two brothers, Lee Morgan and Robert Gerbardine.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Mark Buetow officiating. Burial will be in the Sun-set Memorial Park at Du Quoin. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Du Quoin VFW and American Legion and the Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Friends may make memorials to the Bethel Lutheran Church in Du Quoin and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2013