TISKILWA — Clarence A. Compton, 81, of Tiskilwa passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
Clarence was born May 26, 1932, in Vienna, Ill., to Conrad and Eunice (Turner) Cassel. He was a class of 1950 graduate of Tiskilwa High School. He had worked as a mechanical engineer at Harper-Wyman for more than 40 years. He had served in the 44th division of the 123rd Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War. He married Rita L. Westman on Sept. 7, 1952, in the United Methodist Church of Tiskilwa. He was a member of the Tiskilwa Community Church, the Princeton VFW and the Mt. Bloom Cemetery Association. He was a local sports enthusiast, especially finding joy in watching his kids and grandkids play sports. He enjoyed woodworking and after retirement pursued his craft.
He is survived by his children, Richard Compton of Putnam, Susan (Mike) Poehling of Kimberling City, Mo., Sally (Paul) Albrecht of Tiskilwa, David (Lori) Compton of Tiskilwa, Douglas (Kristi) Compton of Princeton and Sondra (Scott) Owens of Tiskilwa; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren;, many great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rita L. Compton on Dec. 28, 2011; and one grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Tiskilwa Community Church with Deacon John Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, with military honors by the Princeton Veterans Memorial Group.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service.