Harold Richard "Bud" Mahon (1935 - 2016)

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Harold Richard "Bud" Mahon, 80, of St. Elmo, passed away peacefully at 4:14 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, where he had been a patient for a short time.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Dan Laack of First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo officiating. Burial will be in Stein-Stine Cemetery in rural St. James, with military rites accorded by American Legion Post No. 420 of St. Elmo. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials: St. Elmo Sports Booster Club or donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kullfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Mahon was born into the family of John and Lena (Calvert) Mahon-Ballew. Bud began his long life on April 2, 1935, at the family home in Wheatland Township in Fayette County, near St. James.
He graduated in 1953 from St. Elmo High School, where he played football. He was then employed in the Loudon oil fields, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany from Sept. 29, 1958, until Sept. 15, 1960. His full honorable discharge was on Aug. 31, 1964. Bud then returned to St. Elmo and was employed with Otis Petroleum.
Bud also worked for "Lucky" Luchtefeld at Blue Mound Tavern, and later became the owner-operator for many years until his retirement. His sponsorship of athletics by Blue Mound Tavern included bowling teams; softball teams, both fast- and slow-pitch teams; and others. Bud was a season ticket holder for the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams for many years; however, Cardinals baseball was the love of his life.
His other memberships included the St. Elmo Golf Club, life member of the Loyal Order of the Moose No. 1447 and American Legion No. 95 of Vandalia, fraternal organization of the Elks Lodge No. 1016 in Effingham and others. In his retirement, he had a special interest in raising llamas.
He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Sue Mahon-Durbin of Arnold, Mo., and her son, Kyle David; stepdaughters, Penny and her husband David Koontz of St. Elmo, and their children, Sarah and her husband Kabe Wright, Joshua Koontz and his wife Cassie, and Adam Koontz and his wife Kayla, and Marrie and her husband Gary Lidy of Effingham, and their daughter, Adrienne and her husband Jeremey Smith; stepson, John Looman and his wife Clare Ann, and their children, Jack Looman and his wife Megham, Paul Looman and his wife Cheryl, and Jessica and her husband Brent Budde; half brother, James "Jim" Ballew of Carmi; sister, Mrs. Mary Fetgatter of Carmi; sister-in-law, Norma Jean Mahon of Vandalia; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lester Mahon and Lena Esther (Calvert) Mahon/Ballew; brother, John W. "Bill" Mahon; stepgrandson, Brian Looman; and brother-in-law, Oland Fetgatter.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Mar. 13 to Mar. 23, 2016
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