TAMAROA -- V. Richard Perrachione, 88, passed away at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Fairview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Du Quoin.
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Richard had been a math instructor. He began his career at Sparta High School. He then taught math at Tamaroa High School, where he also coached all boys sports. Richard also taught at Mount Vernon High School and Mount Vernon Community College. He was one of the founding teachers at Rend Lake College, teaching math for 20 years. He retired in May 1987.
He was a member of Friendship Church of Christ in Tamaroa.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Richard was a member of American Legion.
Richard was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Tamaroa, the son of Sylvester and Louise (Pol) Perrachione.
He married Lorraine "Tommie" Miller on March 30, 1951, at Friendship Church of Christ in Tamaroa, and she survives.
He is survived by his wife of Tamaroa; one daughter, Debra Ann Reid of Allen, Texas; one son, Darren Richard Perrachione and wife, Elizabeth, of Champaign; two grandsons, Craig Lee Reid and Scott Lee Reid, both of Austin, Texas; two granddaughters, Lori Renee Perrachione of Campabella, S.C., and Zoey Grace Perrachione of Champaign; one niece, Tinnie Moss and husband, Bob; and one nephew, John Richard Perrachione.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Andrew Reid; one brother, Jean Perrachione and wife, Mary; three sisters, Virginia Boyles and husband, Mike, Florina White and husband, Albert, and Lena Perrachione in infancy; one grandson, Theodore Richard Perrachione; and one nephew, Albert F. Boyles.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in Friendship Church of Christ in Tamaroa with Brother Darrell McCombs and Brother Randy Allison officiating. Burial will be in Tamaroa Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Du Quoin VFW and American Legion and Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Friendship Church of Christ 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 on Nov. 22, 2013