JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES
Harry Edward Arnett, 81, of Texico, Illinois, died at 9:50 a.m. 
Oct. 1, 2005, at his home. 

He was a farmer who loved to bale hay, grinder at Precision in Mt. Vernon, 
and laborer through the Union Hall. He loved to go the horse races and 
watch boxing. 

Mr. Arnett was born July 8, 1924 in Jefferson County, Illinois to 
George Arnett and Trulia "Haley" Arnett. He married Lillie "Beal" 
Arnett on July 20, 1946; she survives.

Mr. Arnett served in the Army during WWII and received a bronze star 
for saving an officer. Company K, 106 Infantry Regiment. He was involved 
in the American Legion and VFW, a member of the Methodist Faith, member 
of the Mt. Vernon Gun and Sportmen's Club and Appaloosa Breeder's Association 
and served as a Field Township Precinct Committeeman for 22 years.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Osborn 
Funeral Home in Dix, Ill. The Rev. Bob Southerd will officiate. 
Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Ill. Graveside 
military rites will be accorded by Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Good Samaritan 
Hospital or the American Cancer Society. 

He is survived by, his wife, Lillie Arnett; three sons, Jack Arnett and 
his wife Donna of Bluford; Jake Arnett and wife Susan of Mt. Vernon; 
Bobby Arnett and friend Linda Robinson of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, 
Peggy Arnett of Kirkwood, Mo., Barbara Arnett of Martin, Tenn., 
Connie Simmons and husband Jerry of Dix, and two adopted daughters 
Judy VonBurg of Sandoval, and Marsha Morlan of Mt. Vernon; 10 grandchildren, 
Jean Ann Little of Martin, Tenn., Duane Elliston and wife Teresa of 
Brookport, Ill., Regina Draper and husband Mike of Geff, Ill., 
Justin Coffman of Martin, Tenn., Dustin Arnett of Swansea, Ill., 
Joshua Simmons of Dix, Jared Simmons and wife Michelle of Belleville, Ill., 
Cory Arnett of Bluford, Jessie Arnett of Mt. Vernon, Jake David Arnett of 
Mt. Vernon; 9 great grandchildren, Skyler, Hagen and Lilly Katherine Little, 
Joseph Collins, D.J. Coffman, Klayton and Kloe Draper, Alex and Mia Simmons; 
brothers-in-law, Mort Beal and wife Wilhelemine of Mt. Vernon, Jim Beal and 
wife Jean of Mt. Vernon; sisters-in-laws, Peg Arnett of Belvidere, Ill., and 
Isabelle Champ of Mt. Vernon; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister Lucille; brothers, 
Thel, Junior and Stan; sisters-in-laws Bessie Elliott, Maude Chandler, 
Edna Arnett; brothers-in-laws, Thel, Buck, George, John, Oscar, Bob and Fred Beal. 

 

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson 

 

 

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