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Blue Funeral Home (Marion)
Thursday October 13th, 2016
12:00pm

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Raymond McGee

Marion-Raymond Norvel McGee, 76, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Some knew his as Ray, family knew him as Norvel and friends knew him as “Snapper.” Snapper was born in Williamson County on January 1, 1940 to Ray and Helen (Sanders) McGee.  He married Karen Hearn. Snapper was preceded in death by his parents; wife , Karen and brother, Charles (Chuck) McGee. He is survived by his sister, Grace Bos and husband Larry of FL and brother, David McGee and wife Sue of Marion; four children, Michael McGee, Timothy McGee and wife Jean, Jeffrey McGee and wife Christi and Darla Horn and husband Terry; two step daughters, Sheryl Hargrave of Marion and Sheila Orange of Creal Springs; 10 grandchildren, Cody Mausey, Shawna Moulton, Aaron McGee, Bryan McGee, Elizabeth Horn, Matthew McGee, Breanna McGee, Joshua Hargrave, McKenzie Orange and David Horn; two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Snapper retired from the US Navy in 1981 after serving 20 years.  Out of those years, six months were abroad a ship the USS Carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) the other 19 ½ of them were flying mostly within the Naval Research Lab (NRL).  From P2V and EC-121 (Connie) Super Constellation to the P3-Orion he loved being a flight engineer. He traveled the globe while in the Navy; performing scientific tests and iceberg tracking in the Bering Straits of Alaska to tracking submarines in the oceans off of Japan and South America.  After retiring from the Navy, he worked briefly with his brother Dave as a mechanic and then went to work at the VA Hospital in Marion, where he retired as a maintenance supervisor in 2000. Snapper was a lifetime member and past 3 time Commander of the VFW Post 1301 in Marion.  Two time past President of Williamson County Shrine Club and a member of Masonic Fellowship Lodge #89 also in Marion.  Snapper loved to be outside doing anything.  If he wasn’t mowing the grass, he was on his backhoe.  He loved his family and would often have get togethers.  Snapper particularly liked helping his brother Dave cook BBQ for Shriner functions and chicken wings for a party.  He will be missed by many. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Dale McGee speaking.  Masonic Rites will be held at noon by the Masonic Fellowship Lodge.  Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.  Military Rites will be performed by the Marion VFW Post 1301 with assistance from the US Navy.  Visitation will also be on Thursday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children, Marion VFW or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ 1704 N. Court/Marion, IL   62959.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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