Dennis Lee Cralley, 75, of Glen Carbon, departed the presence of his family to enter the presence of his Savior at 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, with his family at his side.
He was born in Mount Vernon, Ill., on March 16, 1940, to Woodrow and Eleanor (Southerd) Cralley, both of whom preceded him.
He is survived by his wife, Donna (Marshall) Cralley of Glen Carbon; a daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Paul Phipps of Glen Carbon; son, Michael Cralley of Troy; two grandsons, Joshua and wife, Amanda Phipps, of Glen Carbon and Shawn Phipps of Glen Carbon; a brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Doris Cralley of Glen Carbon; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Thomas Eson of Edwardsville, Sandra Lockhart of Collinsville and Nancy and Frank Ferguson of Bethalto; many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
He and his wife, Donna, were married June 24, 1960, in Granite City. He served 18 months in the United States Army at Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a radio teletype operator with the Honest John Missile Program, achieving the rank of Specialist 4. He worked at Olin Corporation for over four decades, retiring as a machine adjuster. He was a member of the Glen Carbon American Legion Post No. 435. Throughout his life, he was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and float trips. He enjoyed his family and friends over coffee, doughnuts and cookies. In 2014, he gave his life to Jesus and was subsequently baptized at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Edwardsville.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 3277 Bluff Road in Edwardsville, with Pastor Diane Grohmann officiating. Military rites will be accorded. The family suggests memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Glaucoma Research Foundation and may be accepted at the church. Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon in charge of arrangements; www.irwinchapel.com.