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Orval Lee Rector

January 22, 1933 — May 3, 2022

Orval Lee Rector, age 89, of Marion, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Carrier Mills Nursing Home.

Orval was born January 22, 1933, a son of Orval and Gladys Marie (Tanner) Rector. He married the love of his life, Lela Merle Jordan on March 31, 1951 in Marion. She preceded him in death on February 21, 2017. Prior to his retirement, Orval had worked as a coal miner and in his spare time he did carpentry work.  He enjoyed his flowers, eating a good meal and helping his family anyway he could.

He is survived by two children, Shirley (Keith) Henson of Marion and Ronald (Patricia) Rector of Marion; three grandchildren, Anita Hambleton of Marion, Randy Rector of Melbourne, Florida, and Adam (Kati) Henson o f Marion; six great grandchildren- Melissa Bynum of Harrisburg, Brandon Hambleton of Carrier Mills, Ally (Kevin) Kueck of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Jessica (Jeremy) Green of Marion, Finn and Josh Henson of Marion; and eight great great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife Lela Merle (Jordan) Rector; his parents, Orval Richard and Gladys Marie (Tanner) Rector; two siblings, Loudene Dunham and Harold Rector; and his infant twin sister- Shirley Rector.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 7th, 2022 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the funeral home. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12:00 PM at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Charles Idleman officiating. Burial will follow at Ferrell Cemetery in Crab Orchard.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Carrier Mills Nursing Home. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home.

Blue Funeral Home is Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.


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