EFFINGHAM, IL – Owen Edgar Stanfield, age 91 of Effingham, and a former long-time Charleston resident, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013 at his Lavender Ridge home in Effingham. Visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Funeral Services honoring and celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral chapel with Reverend Dr. Thomas Hawkins and Reverend Jan Hawkins officiating. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. It is requested that thoughtful donations in his honor be made to First Presbyterian Church in Charleston. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service or may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Owen was born on July 12, 1922 in Coles County, Illinois a son of the late Speed and Lottie (Pearcy) Stanfield. He married Betty Ruth Osborn on October 25, 1947 at the First Christian Church in Charleston and it was a loving marriage and friendship which endured for 64 years. He is survived by two loving children, Sandra Hanner and husband Larry of Paris, Illinois and Gary Stanfield and wife Teresa of Effingham; two grandchildren, Christopher (Holly) Stanfield of St. Charles, Missouri and Stephanie Stanfield of Effingham; three great-grandchildren, Blaine Kruger, Haven Stanfield and Olive Stanfield; a brother, Carlos (Martha) Stanfield of Charleston; three sisters, Dorothy Laws of Phoenix, AZ, Shirley (Richard) Wheeler of Champaign, IL, Mary (Don) Franklin of Mazon, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, and his wife Betty who passed on December 4, 2011, Owen was preceded in death by a son, Terry Owen Stanfield; three brothers, Arthur, Ron and Leo Stanfield; and three sisters, Charlotte Thompson, Virginia Hartsaw and Esther Gillespie.
Owen Stanfield truly served his country faithfully and honorably. He was a World War II United States Army Veteran who participated in four major campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and the Ardennes. On December 19, 1944, he and what was left of K Company, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, were captured at the Battle of the Bulge and spent the next 105 days in a POW Camp (Stalag IX, Bad-Orb, Germany) before being liberated by Allied troops. Following his military service Owen was employed by Supreme Dairy before accepting a position at Eastern Illinois University. Owen was employed at E.I.U. for 31 years – the last 16 as Superintendent of Grounds. Owen was a life member of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 and the American Legion, and was also a long-time faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston.
Owen was a talented woodcarver and constructed beautifully handmade nativity sets as well as other handcarved items. He was also musically gifted and sang with the Coles County Barbershoppers for a number of years. Owen enjoyed following E.I.U. sporting events and worked at keeping physically fit through his participation in the Run For Your Life Program offered at Eastern. He was proud of his accomplishment of running the Boston Marathon when in his 60’s. Owen’s family always took precedence and he enjoyed spending quality time with them – especially during the many family camping adventures. His grandchildren will always treasure the many times spent with their grandfather – he was their biggest fan and always in attendance at their many activities.
Owen was soft spoken and a humble individual. He would never consider himself a “hero” but in the hearts and minds of his fellow Americans and his family and friends who dearly loved him - he was!
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