Carl Deon Orange, 72, a resident of Vienna, passed away Saturday evening, November 8, 2014, at 11:00 PM at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion.
Deon was born April 26, 1942 in Belknap, Illinois. He was the son of Melvin Lee and Maudie Mae (Wallace) Orange.
Deon was formerly united in marriage to Brunhilde Orange.
Survivors include: his daughter – Carol R. (Toby) Bryant of Vienna; a son – George Orange of Lawton, Oklahoma; 2 grandchildren – Amanda (Ryan) Reynolds and Jordan Bryant; a great grandson – Brayden Paul Reynolds; 2 aunts – Lottie Parker and Myrtle Larrison; nieces & nephews – Vena Orange, Kent Goins, Shane Orange, Stacy Greer, Jason Orange, and Kim Parr; 2 special friends – George Kudlinski and Fuzz Martin; a host of cousins other relatives and many friends.
In addition to his parents, Deon was preceded in death by: a sister – Rose Goins; 2 brothers – David Orange and Bill Orange; and a niece – Shari Orange Stepter.
Deon had attended the Vienna High School. He devoted his life to military service. Deon served in the United States Army for 22 years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant. Deon served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War and was held as a prisoner of war. He was a past post-commander and life member, since June 4, 1981, of the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post # 5222 in Vienna. Deon was especially dedicated to participating in military funeral honors.
Following his retirement from the military and return to Southern Illinois, Deon worked for Scarborough Heating and Air Conditioning. He also was employed at Uly-Pak (now Com-Pac) in Carbondale and had served as a security officer at Player’s Casino in Metropolis.
Deon was a member of New Columbia Masonic Lodge # 336 AF&AM, the Robert E. Lee Chapter Sword of Bunker Hill, the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Ainad Temple), the Illinois Sheriff’s Association and he was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Deon worshiped at the Vienna First Baptist Church.
Deon was devoted to his family. He enjoyed gatherings of family and friends and is remembered for always taking pictures. Deon was affectionately known as “The Candyman” because he would greet people with a big smile and a Hershey’s kiss. He was also an avid University of Kentucky Wildcats fan.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 11 AM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Dr. Ed Hollis will officiate. Burial will be in the Belknap Masonic Cemetery. Military graveside honors will be accorded by the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post # 5222 and the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail.
Visitation will be conducted Wednesday evening, November 12, 2014, from 5 PM – 8 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Masonic rites will be accorded at 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vienna First Baptist Church (Phase II building project), PO Box 727, Vienna, IL 62995 or to the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post (Memorial Project Fund), P.O. Box 561, Vienna, IL 62995.