Roscoe Eastridge

CHESTER - Roscoe C. "Buck" Eastridge, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at 7:10 a.m. Friday March 22, 2013, in Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo.

He was born to the late Roscoe and Annetta (nee Carlisle) Eastridge June 7, 1923, in East St. Louis.

He attended Dupo Community High School, and then attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

He first married Mary E. Garner May 10, 1946. She preceded him in death May 8, 1984. They had two beloved children – Marsha and Bret. He then married Jeanne McLean on June 4, 1988, in Chester. This year will commemorate their 25th wedding anniversary and many cherished memories together.

Buck was a World War II Navy veteran.

He was a partner in Eastridge Contractors, Inc. from 1946 to 1967. He worked as a director of Public Works for the Village of Cahokia from 1970 to 1975. He then was a project manager for the Capital Development Board for the State of Illinois from 1975 retiring in 1988.

He was of the Protestant faith. He was a member of the Masons in Belleville, and Chester Country Club, was formerly on St. Clair County Board in Belleville, was a precinct committeeman in Cahokia and Buck, along with Jack Mueller built the Columbia Golf Course in Colum-bia.

He will remain in the hearts of his loving family: his wife, Jeanne; his children, Bret Eastridge and his wife, Debbie, Marsha McCoy and her husband, Mac; his stepchildren, Mark McLean, and his wife, Maggie, and Greg McLean and his wife, Charlyn; granddaughters, Amy and Ashly McLean; and grandsons, Austin and Richard McLean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary Eastridge; and sister, Beverly Lane.

Buck possessed a contagious smile, an entertaining sense of humor and a classy demeanor. Heaven has gained yet another angel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, with the Rev. Cecil Dunning officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

A second visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Valhalla Cemetery Chapel in Belleville.

Memorials may be made to Parkinsons Disease Foundation or Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Rockwood.

To view this obituary and sign the register book, visit www.pmfh.net.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013