Francis E. Neubauer, 87, of Carrollton, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Jan. 5, 1927, in Carrollton, the son of John H. and Helen M. Geers Neubauer.
He is survived by one son, John D. (wife Nancy) Neubauer of Springfield, one daughter, Ann M. (husband Tom) Hageman of Yorkville, four grandchildren, Jon Hageman, Hannah Hageman, Jake Neubauer, and Amy Neubauer. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, James "Jas" Neubauer, and two brothers, Robert and John Herbert Neubauer.
Francis was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theater. In 1949, he became an Illinois State Trooper, a position of which he was very proud, retiring in 1977. He then worked as a laborer in the St. Louis area for several years, prior to being elected as Greene County Sheriff in 1982. He was extremely honored to have served the citizens of Greene County for two terms, retiring in 1990. A member of many organizations, he dearly loved belonging to the American Legion Post 1135 in Eldred. He loved listening to, and helping people. He was truly a friend to many.
Graveside funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Carrollton. Visitation will be held 4:30 -7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton, with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 1135 in Eldred. Condolences may be left on line at www.airsman-hires.com.