Ullon A. (Jack) Sechrest
Ullon A. (Jack) Sechrest, 78, of Mt. Vernon died 2:25 pm April 14, 1997,
at his home. He was retired from Good Samaritan Regional Health Center as
foreman of maintenance for 15 years.
Mr. Sechrest was born May 24, 1918, in Jefferson County, a son of Verney G.
Martha E. (Tate) Sechrest. He married Vera Weller at Troy, Mo., in 1938; she
died in 1956. He then married Chestine Bradley Rogers at Troy, Mo., in 1972,
and she died Feb. 2, 1984. He married Opal L. Ratliff in June, 1984, and she
Services will be 1 pm Wednesday at the Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Clifford
Hicks and Rev. Melvin Larson officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
Military services will be conducted by American Legion Post 141 of Mt. Vernon.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm today at the Hughey Funeral Home.
Mr. Sechrest is survived by his wife, Opal L. Sechrest of Mt. Vernon; two daughters,
Vera Jean Bloomquist and Larry of Granite City and Lois Elaine Tetrault of Wichita, Kan.;
two sons, Gregory Sechrest and Janet of Marble Hill, Mo., and Michael Sechrest of Mt. Vernon;
three stepdaughters, Theresa White and Mark of Belle Rive, Angela Hart and Mike of Opdyke and
Rita Ratliff of Mt. Vernon; one stepson, Randall Ratliff and wife Valarie of Belle Rive;
19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Myrtle Richardson of Mt. Vernon;
three brothers, Earl Sechrest of Fairbury, Hal Sechrest and wife Fern of Opdyke and Donald
Sechrest and Jerry of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Lois Throgmorton of Mt. Vernon and Beulah
Opal Eller of Centralia; and several nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Navy Air
Corps, serving during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 141 of Mt. Vernon,
Modern Woodmen of America Camp 1919 of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Lodge 368 AF & AM at Opdyke,
Andrew D. Webb Chapter 160 of Mt. Vernon, Patton Commandery 69 Knights Templar, Ainad Shrine
Temple of East St. Louis, Jefferson County Shrine Club and the National Association of
Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni.
Mr. Sechrest was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; sons, Robert Sechrest and
Bertram Sechrest; sisters, Minnie Smith, Vernie E. Keen and Kathryn Baker; and two brothers,
Alonzo and Albert Sechrest.
For those who wish memorials may be made to the Hospice at Good Samaritan Regional Health
Center and will be accepted at the funeral home. For further information you may call the
Hughey Funeral Home at 242-3348.
Submitted by: Ken Richardson