Burnell Edward Maedge, 97, of Marine, passed away at 6:13 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Anderson Hospital.
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Born January 29, 1917, in Highland, he was the son of the late Henry and Mathilda "Tillie" (Ims) Maedge.
He married Linette Joan Kolm on November 27, 1949 at the Marine United Church of Christ.
Besides his wife, Burnell is survived by one brother Robert H. Maedge of Clinton, Iowa, sister in-law Ione K. (George) Pence of Edwardsville, brother in-law Lorenz D. Kolm of Belleville, nieces Ruth Ann Valencia of Tucson, Arizona and Diana (Arthur) Laufenberg of Clinton, Iowa, nephews Larry (Ruth) Maedge of Lena, Steven (Laura) Maedge of St. Louis and many cousins and friends.
Burnell was born in Highland, grew up on a farm between Highland and Marine. He farmed with his father until 1948, at which time he began working at Marine Grain Elevator. He spent 35 years as manager of the elevator under the ownerships of Valier-Spies Milling Company, Alhambra Grain and Feed, Illinois Grain Corporation, and Madison Service Company. He retired in 1982.
Burnell was a life-long active member of the Marine United Church of Christ having served on the Church Council for many years and as a member of the Men's Fellowship. He served also as a member of the Hitz Home Board of Directors.
Burnell was an honorary past Master Masonic Lodge #355, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois and Ainad Temple (Shriner's) of East St. Louis. He was a Shriner of the Year of the Silver Lake Shrine Club in 1990. He joined the Marine Volunteer Fire Department in 1950 and serviced the department for 26 years (as president for four years). Burnell was a member of the Marine Cemetery Board for 33 years.
As a youth he played baseball with the Decks Prairie ball club, the Marine Club and the Highland Merchants, and softball with the Marine UCC ball club. Burnell enjoyed attending and watching Cardinal baseball games.
Upon retirement, he enjoyed traveling and collecting and restoring antiques. His work can be found in other states as far away as California and Washington, as well as in articles in the magazine "Country Living". His collections include primitive tools, marbles, Marine history, coins and others. In recent years, he and Linette were called upon often to tell the story of Marine and its past; Burnell's account of flour making in Marine covers more than 100 years of that industry.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ of Marine, Marine Masonic Lodge 355 AF and AM, Marine Historical Society, Order of Eastern Star - Unity Chapter (Past Worthy Patron), Men's Fellowship of the Church, Hitz Home Board of Directors, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois, Ainad Temple (Shiners) East St. Louis, Silver Lake Shrine Club (Shriner of the year 1990), Marine Volunteer Fire Department (president for 4 years) and Marine Cemetery Board.
Visitation will be held at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 and at United Church of Christ from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 9.
Funeral service will follow visitation on Monday at 11 a.m. at United Church of Christ. Interment will be at Marine Cemetery. Presiding will be Rev. Philip H. Kershner. Nancy Helmich will be the organist. Casketbearers are Larry Maedge, Steve Maedge, Dan Camp, Louis Kreutzberg and William L. Dillow.
Memorials may be made to United Church of Christ of Marine;
Condolences may be expressed online at www.spengel-boulanger.com.
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
Highland, IL 62249-0187
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from June 7 to June 8, 2014