EUREKA - Austin L. "Ozzie" Cranford Sr., 77, of Eureka, Ill., passed away at 1:57 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
He was born on Jan. 29, 1936, in Peoria, Ill., a son of Austin L. and Mary L. Moran Cranford. He married Lois Lee Rhodes on May 21, 1957, in Peoria, Ill. She passed away on May 1, 2008.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy (Mark) Thomson of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; four brothers, George Cranford of Peoria, Ill., Virgil (Shirley) Cranford of Peoria Heights, Ill., Arthur (Lois) Cranford of Peoria Heights, Ill., and Robert (Linda) Cranford of Bartonville, Ill.; one sister, Mary Colvin of Lacon, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Bobby and Paul; two daughters, Tina and Miriam; and one brother, David Cranford.
Austin was a welder at Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years, retiring in 1998. After retirement, he worked for FS in Eureka, Ill..
He proudly served as an active duty member in the United States Air Force and the United States Navy.
He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 466 in Eureka, Ill., the VFW in Eureka and the UAW Local 974 in East Peoria.
He was a proud supporter of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He greeted everyone with a smile and a handshake and considered you a friend. He loved raising the flag at the Eureka High School and Eureka College Football games. He loved the community he lived in and considered them family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. The Rev. Tom Zobrist will officiate. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Burial will be at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka, where military rites will be accorded at the grave.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.