Kenneth V. "Cap" Haslett (1916 - 2016)

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Kenneth V. "Cap" Haslett, 100, of St. Elmo, passed away at 3:17 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo, with Jim Giffin officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, with Masonic rites at 7:30 p.m. Casual attire is requested for both the visitation and the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Elmo Educational Foundation, at P.O. Box 82, St. Elmo, Ill., 62458. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Haslett was born on Feb. 14, 1916, in rural St. Elmo, the son of Charles R. and Edith A. (Aldridge) Haslett. Kenneth married Melva F. "Todd" Justice on Sept. 25, 1940, in St. Charles, Mo.; she preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 1990.
He was a former mayor and alderman for the city of St. Elmo, former president and member of the St. Elmo Board of Education, and former chairman and member of the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors. In addition, he and his wife owned and operated several businesses in St. Elmo, including the Home Lumber Co., Tot 'N Hop Shop and Wagon Wheel Restaurant. In 1988, he retired as plant manager at Stella D'Oro Biscuit Co. in St. Elmo.
During World War II, Kenneth served in the 75th Division of the U.S. Army. For actions during the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Kenneth is survived by a son, Mickey Haslett and his companion Lisa Lueck of Springfield; a brother, Leo Haslett and his wife Betty of St. Elmo; a brother-in-law, Fred Love of Owensboro, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Albright of St. Elmo; and nephews and nieces.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, and 10 brothers and sisters: Robert Haslett, Thelma Calvert, Clarence Haslett, William Haslett, James Haslett, Claude Haslett, Iva Kirby, Edna Lyles, Violet Love and Verla Hansen.
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Published in The Leader-Union from July 4 to July 13, 2016
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