George E. Sodam, 92, of O'Fallon, IL, born March 20, 1924, in Belleville, Ill., died Friday, July 15, 2016, of natural causes at Rosewood Care Center of Swansea, Swansea, Ill.
Mr. Sodam worked in various manufacturing positions in East St. Louis and Belleville, and various positions in the Stove, Furnace and Allied Appliance Workers International Union of North America AFL-CIO. He was the union's second vice president at the time of his retirement.
George was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, having enlisted on May 4, 1943, and being honorably discharged on December 1, 1945. He received many decorations, including four overseas service bars, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with two bronze battle stars, a good conduct medal, and WWII Victory medal.
Mr. Sodam was a member of the 706 th Petroleum Distribution Engineers, constructing and operating the fuel pipeline running from India, across Burma, and into China, which supported both the allied ground and air personnel. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1739, Belleville, Ill., 242398.
Mr. Sodam was a wonderful husband and father; married 60 years to Velma, his one true love, and raising six children through good times and bad. He loved to fix anything that broke or build anything that needed building. In retirement, he pursued his favorite pastimes of growing crops, attending auctions, working out at the YMCA, and making people smile with his quick wit. He touched many with knowledge and a sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma, nee Grayson, Sodam, whom he married on January 21, 1948, and who died on April 30, 2008; two sons, Kenneth J. Sodam and James E. Sodam; his parents, Edward and Dora, nee Schaum, Sodam; and a brother, Melvin Sodam.
Surviving are two daughters, Katherine (James) Gudowicz of O'Fallon, Ill., and Judy (Richard) Osland of Springfield, Ill.; two sons, David (Tina) Sodam of Hillsboro, Mo., and Donald (Kim) Sodam of Collinsville, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; a brother, Louis Sodam; a sister, Marie Wagoner; and nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois for their support with end of life care, and the staff at Rosewood Care Center for the loving care they provided their loved one.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, to the
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. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at: www.rennerfh.com.
"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter". -Winston Churchill
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., with Fr. Anthony Onyango officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
& SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 20, 2016