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MURPHYSBORO — Herbert L. Elbrecht, 89, of Virden, formerly of Murphysboro, passed away Monday, Aug 26, 2019, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Herbert was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Grand Tower, the son of Clarence and Prudy (Lowe) Elbrecht.

He served as a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He married Loretta Lee Davis, on Dec. 30, 1951, in United Brethen Church, in Vergennes. They shared 47 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on July 13, 1999. Herbert then married Joanne Fifer on Oct. 21, 2000, and she preceded him in death Feb. 15, 2013.

Mr. Elbrecht was a retired printing pressman at Luster, and a Ham Radio operator.

He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Murphysboro.

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Herbert is survived by his children, Gary Elbrecht, of Murphysboro, and Beverly (Clifton) Franklin, of Virden; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. He is also survived by two brothers, Les Elbrecht of Murphysboro, and Virgil Elbrecht of Virginia.

Mr. Elbrecht was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Bryan Franklin; and daughter-in-law, Winnie.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava, with Minister Deb Rathert officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or American Diabetes Association.

To sign the guestbook online, visit www.wilsonsfuneralhome.net.

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