JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES
BYRUM J. "RED" WADDELL
Opdyke

Byrum J. "Red" WADDELL, 87, of Opdyke died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, 
Dec. 25, 2007, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. Funeral services 
will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Chapel at 
Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodlawn, with the Rev. 
Kenneth HOLLAND officiating. Burial will follow in the
Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation; those attending 
the service are requested to meet at the cemetery. The Johnston Funeral Home 
in Mt. Vernon is in charge of arrangements. He was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Walnut 
Ridge, Ark., the son of Thomas Clyde and Maude (SMITH) WADDELL. He married 
Madeline (KEEN) in 1941, and she preceded him in death in 1979. Mr. WADDELL then 
married Shirley J. CHAMP on June 12, 1980, and she survives.

Mr. WADDELL worked for Neon Sign for 42 years. He was a member of the Mt. 
Vernon Moose and Elks lodges. He was a member of the IBEW for more than 50 years. 
Mr. WADDELL is survived by his wife, Shirley J. WADDELL of Opdyke; son, Clyde
WADDELL and wife, Jane, of Sandoval; daughter, Gailene DEES and husband, 
Donald, of Benton; stepson, Bob CHAMP and wife, Karen, of Mt. Vernon, 
stepdaughter, Farla CHAMP; daughter-in-law, Sheryl WADDELL of Mt. Vernon; 11 
grandchildren, Marjorie BROWN, Beverly RIECHERT, Gary WADDELL, Jerry WADDELL, 
Catherine WADDELL, Stacie WADDELL, Joee(sic) WADDELL, Donald DEES II, April DEES, 
Tiffany MENDENHALL and Ryan CHAMP; 23 great-grandchildren; and 11 great
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first 
wife, Madeline; one son, Jerry WADDELL; a sister, Ruth; a brother, Woodrow; and 
an infant sister.

Source: Benton Evening News, Benton IL
Date: Wed 26 Dec 2007
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