Terry Ray McCracken, 68, of O'Fallon, Ill., born Sept. 19, 1948, in West Plains, Mo., died Monday morning, Oct. 3, 2016, at home under the devoted care of his loving wife, with the kind assistance of Unity Hospice.
Terry spent his younger years in Missouri, and graduated from Belleville West High School, Belleville, Ill., in 1968. He belonged to Local 520 for over 41 years. He was an oiler engineer and worked for various construction companies, including SJ Groves, and the former Bauer Bros., Hoeffken, and Rust, as a mechanic and maintainer. He was a caring husband, dad, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. He collected NASCAR and Pennzoil memorabilia. He touted the dependability of John Deere tractors and was a fan of Roy Orbison. Terry was a 4th degree Knight with O'Fallon Knights of Columbus Council No. 4239 and was a long-time participant in the KC Honor Guard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Joyce, nee Ballard, McCracken; and sister-in-law Harriet (Thomas) Mosley.
Surviving are his wife, Charlene Lucille, nee LeGrand, McCracken, whom he married Jan. 25, 1975, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O'Fallon, Ill.; daughter, Heather (fiance, Joshua Glauber) of O'Fallon, Ill; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. Daniel (Denise) LeGrand of Carmel, Ind., Mildred (Ronald) Erb of O'Fallon, Ill., Kathleen (Jim) Rambeau of Carbondale, Ill., and Lynda (James) Myers of Torrance, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; and a good friend, Jim Hovick.
Memorial donations are suggested to the family to be used toward a permanent memorial. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be,
so He put his arms around you, and whispered "Come with Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fading away.
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, working hands were put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.
Memorial Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2 until 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O'Fallon, Ill. The Knights of Columbus will conduct a Fourth Degree Chalice Service at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
WOLFERSBERGER FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 5, 2016