MURPHYSBORO — On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, Jackie Laverne (Jack) Mileur, loving husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 89.
He was born March 25, 1929, in Murphysboro.
He married Rutha Elizabeth Rosson in 1953. They had two sons, Gregory and Anthony.
Jack served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War and was stationed in Seattle and Germany.
He worked as a lineman and retired from General Telephone.
Jack had a passion for nature and the outdoors. He was most happy when fishing, trapping, mushroom hunting, or just walking in the woods, which he knew like the back of his hand. When asked once about his proudest achievement in life, he stated without hesitation that one season he trapped 40 foxes. He later admitted that his 65 years of marriage to Ruth and raising his sons were perhaps more deserving, although this infamous fox season is still laughed about within the family today.
He was a very social person. He loved to rise early and meet his friends for coffee. He was a great storyteller, known for his quick wit and valued the trait in others of being able to “take a joke.” He was passionate about his interests and those he loved. His character and values were uncompromising. He laughed and loved deeply.
Jack is survived by his wife, Ruth; two sons, Greg and Tony; two daughters-in-law, Debbie and Mary; four grandchildren, Amanda, Monica, Seth and Luke; four great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Tristin, Brylyn and Kenzle; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harmon; and his mother, Jessie.
A memorial service for Jack Mileur will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home, with Keith Joiner officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
Inurnment will be private at Murdale Gardens of Memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.
To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.