Claude Place, 72, of Route 7, died at 1:52 a.m., today at
Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a school teacher in
the Waltonville area for 25 years, operated a grocery store
for 17 years, and was employed by Caterpillar Co., for 10 years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday at Fry Chapel
in Waltonville, with the Rev. Robert Hollis officiating. Burial
will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the
funeral home after 6 p.m., Tuesday.
Mr. Place was born Jan. 21, 1902 in Jefferson County, the son of
Frank and Maude (Newell) Place. He was married Nov. 17, 1923 to Nela
Peterson, who survives. He graduated from Southern Illinois University
in Carbondale. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nela Place; his mother,
Mrs. Maude Place; a son Gene of Peoria; a daughter, Mrs. Peggy McCauley,
of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a brother
Paul of Aurora and three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Ion; Mrs. Sylvia Robinson
both of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Wilma Imig, of Groveland. He was preceded in
death by his father and a sister.