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Richard E. Jack

HERRIN-Richard E. Jack, 52, of Herrin passed away at 2:50 PM, Monday, April 25, 2005 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Reverend Kenny Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at the funeral home. The Department of Corrections will be providing an Honor Guard during the services. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Marion. Military rites will be held at the cemetery by VFW Post #1301 and American Legion Post #147. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross; envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL 62959. Mr. Jack was born on May 20, 1952 in Herrin to Earl and Lillian (Brown) Jack. He married Becky Atwood on November 16, 1974 in Marion, and she survives. Other survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Bryan Covey of Benton; daughter, Renee Jack of Herrin; brother and sister-in-law, Earnie and Deby Jack of Pace, Florida; sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Dennis Gilbert of Rock Vale, Tennessee and Tammie and Charles Fricks of Chattanooga, Tennessee; step-brothers and their wives, Butch and Charlene Parks of Creal Springs, Tom Parks of Marion, Garry and Diane Parks of Creal Springs, Steve and Ethel Parks of Marion and Jeff Parks of Marion; step-sister and her husband, Paula and Bill Anderson of Pittsburg; father and mother-in-law, Dale and Patsy Atwood of Marion; and brothers-in-law and their wives, Gordon and Jo Ellen Atwood of Marion, and Charles and Paula Atwood of Panama City, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Eddie Jack. Mr. Jack was a member of Scottsboro Baptist Church. He worked as a Correctional Officer at Big Muddy Correctional Facility in Ina. He served in the United States Navy from July of 1970 until January of 1987. He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, and found great enjoyment in riding his motorcycle. He found peace in his poetry. He loved the Lord and he loved his family deeply. He was a wonderful example of a devoted husband and loving father. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends

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