VeteranC. E. Billingsley

C.E. "Buss" BillingsleyC. E. "Buss" Billingsley, 84, of Rushville died at 11:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven in Rushville.

He was born May 31, 1919, in McDonough County, a son of Clarence and Gladys C. Morris Billingsley. He married Imogene Beghtol on Feb. 15, 1947, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Michael (and Brenda), Terry, Jeff (and Gina) and Frank (and Kathy), all of Rushville; four daughters, Connie (and Jim) Dodd and Lou Ann (and Dan) Norton, both of Rushville, Diann (and Steve) Skiles and Gina (and Ron) Cox, both of Browning; three brothers, Morris of Camden, Don of Industry and Wayne of Athens; three sisters, Rosalie Morrell of Camden, Betty Etter of Rushville and Barbara Taylor of Burlington, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Lucille Finch; and four brothers, Lester, Harold, Robert and James.

A World War II Army veteran, he served as a platoon sergeant in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He received two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars for serving in the Guadalcanal, Northern Solomons and Southern Philippines campaigns.

At the 2001 Memorial Day services, he was recognized as one of the most decorated veterans of Schuyler County.

He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4.

He was a lifelong farmer, and owned and operated Billingsley Construction Co. for many years.
He also did maintenance work at the Phoenix Opera House, Culbertson Hospital, St. Luke's Health Care Center in Beardstown and C. & L. Tile Co. in Timewell, until retiring.

He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Rushville, where services were held Tuesday with Rev. Mike Hall officiating. Military rites were accorded by his American Legion Post 4. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church or Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/24/2003

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