Lonnie Ray Sherfy, 67, of Granite City, passed away at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, January 11,2014 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born on July 28, 1946 in East St. Louis, a son of the late Harry and Ailene (Lewis) Sherfy.
He married Mary Emma (Whitehead) Sherfy on December 17,1966 in Madison and she survives.
Lonnie retired in 2002 from National Steel after 37 years of dedicated service as a millwright. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the AMVETS. He was a member of Word of Life Tabernacle and enjoyed his days of fishing, camping, tending to his yard, gardening and reading and loved his many trips to Dover.
He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 47 years, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Vicki Sherfy of Granite City and Pamela and Todd Koenig of Granite City; seven grandchildren and spouses, Brett Fowler, Ashley Koenig, Megan Koenig, Kaitlin Koenig, Kirsten Koenig, Sam and Carrie Fowler and Paul and Katie Fowler; four great-grandchildren, Braden, Olivia, Caiden and Cameron Fowler; one brother, Roy Sherfy of Collinsville; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Suee Warren of Granite City, Donna and Larry Turner of Ohio, Mary Milton of California, Shirley and Jack Pilger of Staunton and Dianne and Paul Hollis of Granite City; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilson and Lester and two sisters, Mae and Hazel.
Services were through Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City.