SAVOY – Artie Earl Pellum, 89, of Savoy passed away at 11:50 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.
He was born June 7, 1923, the son of Art R. Pellum and Elizabeth Power Pellum, in Champaign.
Earl married Eula Koch on Nov. 21, 1999, in Savoy. She survives.
Earl is survived by his sister, Pauline Broderick; son, Edward A. Pellum; stepdaughter, Billie Jean Krueger (Larry); granddaughters, Amber Duncan (Justin), Amy Lamm (Kenneth) and Kristin Lerblance (Jason); grandsons, Kyle Pellum, Chad Pellum and William Kimbrell (Kelly); great-granddaughter, Bailey Kimbrell; and great-grandsons, Aiden Lamm and Dylan Lerblance.
Earl graduated from Champaign High School. He loved music and his life was very well lived. He was a very caring man.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was employed in Civil Service at Chanute Air Force Base for many years, retiring when he was 55.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Morgan Funeral Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy; private graveside services will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jim McCleary officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.