Willis Russell Rusty Hanks, 19441968 (aged 24 years)

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Willis Russell "Rusty" /Hanks/
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Willis Russell "Rusty"
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Hanks
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Rusty
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19181982
Birth: May 11, 1918 35 37Decatur, Macon Co., IL
Death: July 8, 1982Decatur, Macon Co., IL
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19252013
Birth: February 9, 1925 27 30Niantic, Macon Co., IL
Death: December 30, 2013Decatur, Macon Co., IL
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19441968
Birth: May 11, 1944 26 19Decatur, Macon Co., IL
Death: July 27, 1968Harristown, Macon Co., IL
4 years
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19472003
Birth: December 7, 1947 29 22Decatur, Macon Co., IL
Death: July 14, 2003Decatur, Macon Co., IL
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Willis Russell Hanks, 24, of Route 8, drowned in the Sangamon River Saturday night when the boat he was in capsized. The accident occurred a mile and a half downstream from the Circo Rendering Service on Hill Road, Harristown. Russell was gigging frogs with Eddie Earl Brownlee, also of Route 8, when the accident occurred. Brownlee told sheriff's deputies that the boat capsized after it was struck by a log floating in the river. The accident occurred between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Brownlee said he was unable to find Hanks in the dark when Hanks called to him for help. Hanks' body was recovered Sunday morning by the Decatur fire department. Mr. Hanks was born May 11, 1944 in Decatur, a son of Vincent Willis and Lucille Bernice Hanks of Route *. He was employed by the McElroy Construction Co. He was a member of Teamsters & Chauffers Union, Local 279, and St. Patrick Catholic Church. Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, Darrell Hanks at home; four sisters, Mrs. Paul (Claudia Jane) Caldwell of Decatur, Teri Marlene, Geri Colleen and Pamela Sue, all at home; and grandparents, Mrs. C. R. Hanks of Decatur and Mrs. Russell Drake of Niantic. Funeral arrangements are incomplete in the J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Decatur Herald and Review (Decatur, Illinois), July 29, 1968

Hanks, Willis (Rusty). Requiem High Mass and Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. Thursday, St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Rosary to be recited 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by St. Vincent DePaul Society. Decatur Herald and Review (Decatur, Illinois), July 30, 1968

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