Edward Franklin Pilgrim, 94 of Rosewood Heights, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Rosewood Care Center in Alton with his family by his side.
He was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Alton, the son to Edward A. and Rosalie S. (Smith) Pilgrim.
Edward served in the United States Navy during World War II from Sept. 5, 1942, to Nov. 9, 1945 as a Gunners Mate 2c. He managed the National Food Store in Alton, owned and operated Schutz Tom Boy Grocery in Wood River and was a member of Moose Lodge 1349.
He married Wilma “Jean” Miller May 1, 1949 in Witt, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Wilma “Jean” Pilgrim of Rosewood Heights; three children and their spouses, Deborah J. and Terry Spurgeon of Moro, Linda D. and Jack Leverich of East Alton and Edward M. and Diane Pilgrim of Ballwin, Mo.; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Amie (Jeff) Brechtel, James Spurgeon, Tom (Erin) Kochan, Jeff Kochan, Jeff (Beth) Leverich, Tim (Katie) Leverich, Alex Pilgrim, Edward Pilgrim and Matt Pilgrim and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Robert S. Pilgrim, Curtis L. Pilgrim, Wilbur H. Pilgrim and Louis C. Pilgrim.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Paynic Home for Funerals in Rosewood Heights. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Bethalto with Father Tom Liebler as Celebrant.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. VFW Post 130 Ritual Team will provide military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Make a Wish Foundation or the charity of choice. Online guestbook available at www.paynicfh.com.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the staff at Rosewood Care Center in Alton for the kindness and generosity shown to Mr. Pilgrim during his stay there.