George Terrence “Terry” Wreath, 76, of Alton, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, at home with his family by his side.
He was born on Jan. 7, 1939, in Alton, the son of George L. and Clara V. (Dalmeyer) Wreath.
Terry married Shirley J. Davis on Nov. 18, 1960, in Alton and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2001. He married Wanda M. Lansdon on May 14, 2002, in Paducah, Ky. She survives.
Terry served the U.S. Navy and was a 32nd Degree Mason Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 25 AF & AM in Alton, as well as a member of the Alton Moose Lodge, Midwest Spyder Riders Club in Alton and the Bunker Hill Knife Club.
He had been a truck driver for B.O.C. in Hartford, where he retired in 2002. He then became a part-time transporter at Beverly Farms Foundation in Godfrey. Terry was an avid gardener, hunter, an accomplished woodworker and storyteller. He loved spending time with his pets, family and friends. Terry drove a school bus for many years before driving over-the-road trucks. He loved the kids on his route and was well-known by the affectionate nickname “Whiplash.”
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, George T. and Jamie Wreath of Godfrey; two daughters and a son-in-law, Gwen and Jim Baalman of Godfrey, and Sarah Vogel of Wood River; one stepson and daughter-in-law, Donald and Robyn (Ivy) McEuen of Bartlett, Tenn.; two stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Dawn (McEuen) and Rick McLain of Perryville, Mo., and Sarah (Carney) and Jon Sunderland of Cherryville, Mo.; six grandchildren, Candace, Sam and Jimmy Wreath, Paige and Shelby Baalman and Stefani Troxtell; five stepgrandchildren, Aaron and Jeremy Belcher, Chelsey Madigan, and David and Taylor McEuen, seven great-grandchildren, Noah, Cambria, Kinlee, Alice, Dominic, Dexter and Lincoln; one sister, Judith Ann Wreath of South Roxana; and a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas Louis and Carolyn Wreath of Cottage Hills.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto, where Masonic Rites will be held at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Emmanuel Free Methodist Church in Alton with Mark Scandrett officiating.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with military rites given by Alton VFW Post 1308.
Memorials may be made to Beverly Farms in Godfrey.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.