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Rick Ealey
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Rick Ealey of Benton, 70, passed away March 27, 2018 at Herrin Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Rick was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 2671 in Benton, and Fraternal Order of The Eagles #2898 in Benton.
Rick was born July 5, 1947 to Ray and Vivian (Brock) Ealey in Herrin.
Rick married Joyce Davis on November 10, 1967 at Marion, IL.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Joyce Ealey of Benton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Mike Carnley of Benton, Tracie and Cody Lynch of Herrin; four grandchildren, Cameron Waddell of Herrin, Jordan Carnley of Benton, Haile Waddell of Herrin, and Junell Carnley of Benton; step grandson, Jason Carnley of Mineral Wells, TX; one great granddaughter, Freyja Waddell; sister, Carletta Curry of Spillertown; Sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, Norma and Doug Bilbrey of Cookesville, TN and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant siblings, Paul, Paulette and Paula Ealey; mother-in-law, Betty June Davis Barton; sister-in-law, Louise Vineyard; three brothers-in-law, Thomas L. Davis, Sr., Lowell E. Davis and Everette E. “Dee” Davis.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with Pastor Jarrod Barton officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites conducted by the Herrin American Legion Post # 645, Baker-Ladd V. F. W. Post # 1567, Carterville American Legion Post # 347 and the IL National Guard Honor Detail will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Pittsburg. Memorial donations are suggested and may be made to the family to assist with final expenses.

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Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948





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Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948

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Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

21746 Galatia Post Road
Pittsburg, IL 62974


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