Glen E. Elam, age 74, a resident of rural Golconda (the Sulphur Springs community), passed away Friday afternoon, August 19, 2016, at 4:35 PM at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
Glen was born October 22, 1941 in Pope County Illinois. He was the second of three children born to Joe “Wayne” and Della (Bebout) Elam.
On March 16, 1962, Glen was united in marriage to Fran G. Pearce at the Jonesboro, IL First Baptist Church. She survives.
In addition to his wife, Glen is survived by: his children – Danny Joe (his wife, Venus) Elam of Bloomingdale, Kathy Jo (her husband, Jimmy) Fehrman of Dixon Springs, Gary Dean (his girlfriend, Donna) Elam of Caseyville, and Brandon Eric Elam of Marion; 2 grandchildren – Samantha Jane and Tyler James; a brother – Ivus (his wife, Linda) Elam of the Sulphur Springs community; 3 nephews – Wayne Hughey, Jason Elam, and Scott Harris; 3 nieces – Shelly Harris, Stacey Williford, and Ginger Powell; as well as a great nephew and 2 great nieces – Wyatt, Sydnee, and Hope.
In addition to his parents, Glen was preceded in death by a sister – Sue Elam.
Glen was a 1959 graduate of Pope County Community High School, where he was involved in the F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America). Following his high school graduation, Glen moved to Northern Illinois. He was employed for 36 years by Chicago Rawhide, Inc. as a Production Control Manager, retiring in 1995. In 1998, Glen and Fran retired to Pope County where they have made their home since that time.
Glen had served as a Boy Scout leader as well as serving as a youth league baseball coach. Glen also enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a model train enthusiast.
He was a member of the Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, August 22, 2016, at 1 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Pastor Kevin Richerson will officiate.
Burial will be in the Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Pope County Illinois.
Visitation will be conducted Monday from 11 AM – 1 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.