James Peter Lavon "Deak" Guis, 90, of White Hall, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 10, 1923, in Patterson, the son of Lawrence and Alma Fulton Guis. He married Virginia Lee Griswold on April 7, 1946, at the White Hall Presbyterian Church, and she preceded him in death Aug. 7, 2008.
He is survived by his daughter, Eloise Lee (husband, Phillip) Peak of Winchester; two grandchildren, Rebecca Lee (husband, Bill) Erickson of Joliet and James Phillip Peak of Champaign; and his great grandson, Paxton Deak Erickson.
Deak was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of White Hall. He graduated from White Hall High School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Army
in January of 1943, serving in the Paratroopers. He became a Tech Sergeant, and served in the Philippines, on Okinawa and the occupational forces in Japan. He was discharged in February of 1946. He was a member of the White Hall American Legion and White Hall VFW
He worked at Cox Hardware in White Hall for 39 years. He was a 50 year member of the White Hall Masonic Lodge 80, A.F. and A.M., and served as treasurer for many years. He was a member of the Ansar Temple and Valley of Springfield, both in Springfield. He also was a member of the Rasna Shrine Club of Jacksonville. He was a 50-year member and past patron of Guiding Star Chapter 232, Order of Eastern Star at White Hall. He was treasurer of the White Hall Golf Course for many years and was a charter member of the White Hall Sportsman's Club. He was the White Hall Township Clerk for many years and served as public guardian and administrator for Greene County. Deak served on the Greene County Board for four years and two years on the Greene County Board of Review.
His hobbies were fishing, hunting and gardening. He enjoyed his family and was very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall, with burial at White Hall Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Sunday. Memorials are suggested to the White Hall Sportsman's Club or the White Hall Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.