JERSEYVILLE – Clarence Eugene Updike, 94, of Jerseyville died at 10:30 a.m. Friday (July 13, 2012) at his home.
He was born Oct. 13, 1917, in Dow, a son of Clarence Darlington and Edith (White) Updike, both deceased.
He married Helen Shephard in 1941 in Springfield. She died July 9, 1979.
He was the owner of Updike Milling Company and retired in February 1999. He was the oldest Wayne Feed dealer in the area.
Clarence served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 492 and First Baptist Church of Jerseyville, where he was a member of the choir for 40-plus years
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville and visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the First Baptist Church of Jerseyville.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, at First Baptist Church of Jerseyville, with the Rev. Brent Meyer officiating.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post No. 492.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jerseyville or to the charity of one's choice.
Surviving are four sons, William Allen and Georgia Updike of St. Louis, Mo., Charles Douglas and Lisa Updike of Greenbrier, Tenn., Thomas Shephard and Sandra Updike of Loda and Robert Clarence and Tammie Updike of Jerseyville; one daughter, Mary Susan and Stanley Watts of Greenfield; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charles H. Updike of Jerseyville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Paul Updike; and two sisters, Verna Favoright and Leah Little.