Lawrence Ray Radliff (1938 - 2015)

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Lawrence Ray Radliff, 77, of Vandalia, passed away at 9:31 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at home.
A service to celebrate Ray's life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Unity Baptist Church in Vandalia, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road (formerly Temple Baptist Church). Burial with military honors will follow in Griffith Cemetery in rural Brownstown. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday and one hour before services on Tuesday, both at the church. Memorials: or Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital. Hohlt & File Funeral Home of Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at
Mr. Radliff was born in Fayette County in 1938, one of seven children. He attended schools in Four Mile, Brownstown and Vandalia. After graduation, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force, then returned home to attend Millikin University in Decatur, where he was a member of the 1961 undefeated Millikin University Big Blue football team and received a bachelor of science degree in economics and finance in 1964. He later served on the Board of Trustees for Millikin University.
Upon graduation, Mr. Radliff worked for a family oil business. In 1971, Radliff Drilling Co., an oil exploration and production company, was founded by Mr. Radliff. In 1977, the business was incorporated. The company sold its equipment in 1994, but still continued to explore and drill wells.
In 1971, Mr. Radliff was appointed to the board of directors of The First National Bank of Vandalia. Mr. Radliff was elected to the position of President and Chief Executive officer of the bank in late 1987 and served in those positions until 1990. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1988 and served through 2010.
He was very active in community, political and petroleum-related endeavors. His earlier involvement includes: president of the Vandalia Jaycees, a two-term member of the City Council, member of the Vandalia School Board, member of the Economic Development Commission, retired member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department, Moose, Eagles and AMVETS. He was a 51-year member of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association and served as president of the organization from 1975-77. In 1972, he was appointed by Gov. Dan Walker as the official representative of the state of Illinois to the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, rising to vice chairman under Governor Edwards of Louisiana.
A special interest of Mr. Radliff was the Shriners. In 2001, he became the Potentate of Ainad Temple, which includes all of Southern Illinois. The critical goal of the Shriners is helping children with special needs. In 2002, he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of in St. Louis.
Apart from his work and community activities, he has flown hot air balloons and skydived. He enjoyed water and snow skiing, along with boating. He also performed in and drove for the Tom and Larry Holden Thrill Shows.
Mr. Radliff has three sons, Jon (Mary) of Traverse City, Mich.; Mike (Robin Lowry) of Vandalia; and Bryan (Lisa Peyton) of Layton, Utah. He has eight grandchildren, Christopher Radliff (Kristen) of Niceville, Fla., Brittney Radliff Whisman (John) of El Paso, Texas, Sabrina Radliff of Layton, Utah, Lauren Radliff Sczurko (Aaron) of O'Fallon and Luke Radliff of Chicago, and stepgrandchildren, Jessica Gapinski, Alicia Myatt and Erica Armock; and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Radliff is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Dees of Vandalia and Lorraine McKee of Indianapolis, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vivian and Eva (McMillan) Radliff; brothers, Carole, Troy and Charles; and sister, Gail Mottern.

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Vandalia, IL 62471
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Published in The Leader-Union from July 27 to Aug. 5, 2015
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