RICHARD YOAKUM MEDORA — Richard Dean Lee Yoakum, 67, of Medora, Illinois, passed away Monday evening, Jan. 9, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Richard was born July 8, 1949, in Wood River, Illinois, a son of Raymond and Lora (Lampkin) Yoakum. Richard graduated from Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Illinois. After graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corp, and served in Vietnam. He was discharged. He married Marion Bobbs, August 5, 1984, in Edwardsville, Illinois, and she passed away on his birthday, July 8, 2014. Richard worked for Laclede Steel in Alton, Illinois, from April 1973 to July 2001 as a millright. His greatest enjoyment was his family and working on the farm. Richard collected guns and relaxed by working in his woodworking shop. He will best be remembered for his kind heartedness and helping people. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Marion D. Yoakum, mother, Lora Boulch, who passed away a day after Richard on Jan. 10, 2017, and sister, Deborah McHugh. Visitation will be held 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto, Illinois, with services starting at noon. Richard is survived by his father, Raymond (Alice) Yoakum of New Jersey, son, Edwin (Kathy) Mathias, Jr. of Alton, Illinois, daughter, Karen Mathias of California, grandson, Richard (Molly) Mathias of Brighton, Illinois, granddaughter, Pamela Wilberding of Carlinville, Illinois, three great-grandchildren, sister, Carol Calvert of Cottage Hills, Illinois, several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Toys for Tots, St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Please visit www.davisandersonfuneralhome.com to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville, is in charge of arrangements.
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