C. Raymond Carlton|
C. Raymond Carlton, 90, of Collinsville, Ill., born July 28, 1925, in Benton Ill., passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016, with his family at his side.
Raymond was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed preparing meals for his family especially during the holidays. Raymond was an avid golfer and very much enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and also sitting on his front porch visiting with his neighbors.
Raymond served his country valiantly while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received many decorations and citations during his service, of those were the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and four Bronze Service Stars. Along with his medals his strength and courage was evident while he was a POW, a character trait that he showed his entire life. He received special recognition from the Sons of the American Revolution for his Patriotic display of the American Flag at his home, and recently he received the Knight of the Legion of Honor given by the French Republic.
He was a resident of the Collinsville, Ill., community for 57 years. Raymond was very active in churches in Benton, Maryville and Collinsville, where he served as an Elder, Sunday school teacher and worship leader. He was manager for FS Services and retired after 30 years of dedicated service, but he continued to keep busy by driving for Laidlaw in the Edwardsville School District. He was a member of the Gideons and a board member for Meals On Wheels in Collinsville.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Wanda; parents, Ray Edwin and Pearl, nee Acord, Carlton; his three sisters and a brother.
Surviving are his daughters, Roberta Swaim of Trenton, Ill., and Jeanne (Orville) Ankarlo of Wheaton, Ill.; grandsons, Jerry (Amanda) Swaim of Trenton, Ill., Charlie (fiancee, Kendall) Swaim of Santa Rosa, Calif., David Ankarlo of N. Aurora, Ill., and Richard Ankarlo of Wheaton, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Sophia Swaim.
Memorials may be made to St. Johns Home Health Care. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.herrfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2016 at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville, Ill.
Funeral: Service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2016 at the funeral home with Pastor Jim Donahue officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Ill.
HERR FUNERAL HOME, Collinsville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 30, 2016