AMerican Veteran 11

Louis Walter Wakeman

September 1, 1932 ~ March 10, 2020 (age 87)


Louis Walter Wakeman, 87, of Lenzburg, IL, formerly of Coal City, IL,  born September 1, 1932 in Coal City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL.  Mr. Wakeman was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He had worked for 25 years as a coal miner with Peabody Coal and had worked for 10 years at Ramme Buick in Coal City, IL.

Mr. Wakeman was preceded in death by his parents; Fredrick and Mary (Mombrum) Wakeman, 1st wife; Rosemary Favero, 2nd wife; Joan Louise Moore, an infant daughter; Deborah Lynn Wakeman, 1 infant grandson; Michael Brainard, 2 sisters; Mildred (Walter) Elliot and Ella Mae (Leo) Krug and 1 brother; Raymond (Josephine) Wakeman.

Louis is survived by his 4 children; Mary (Jeff) Jones of Wilmington, IL, Louis F. Wakeman of Sparta, IL, Tina (Dan) Spinnie of Coulterville, IL and Rosemary (Gary) Burmaster of Coal City, IL, 1 brother; Leroy (Irene) Wakeman of South Wilmington, IL, 6 grandchildren; Sandra (DJ) Chapman, Daniel Babcock, Lance Spinnie, Megan (James) Krull, William (Melony) Burmaster and Laura (Tyler) Jones, 9 great-grandchildren; Samantha Day, Danielle and Gabrielle Babcock, Angela Burmaster and Logan Burmaster. Kyler Krull and Cade Krull, Molly Jones and Zoiey Jones and 1 great-great grandchild; Hayden (Babcock) Henschen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter U.C.C. Church in Lenzburg, IL.

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Visitation: Friends may call from 2 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL.

Interment will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Braceville-Gardener Cemetery.

Local services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd., 75 North Broadway Street, in Coal City (815) 634-2125.


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Graveside Service
March 28, 2020

1:00 PM
Braceville-Gardner Cemetery
7295 East Braceville Road
Braceville, IL 60407

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