VeteranReg Lashmet

Reg LashmetReg Lashmet, 79, of Beardstown died at 11:13 p.m. Feb. 1, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born March 29, 1933, in Winchester, a son of Jonas and Mary Audrey Ring Lashmet. He married Doris Elizabeth Boes on March 5, 1960, in Winchester. She survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Suzanne (and Ahmad) Montazer of Reisterstown, Md., Dianne (Joe) Kelley of Springfield, Gayle "Liz" (and Brent) Wood of Rushville and Kara (and Duone Brown) Lashmet of Chicago; two brothers, Jonas (and Barbara) Lashmet of Sun City, Ariz., and Patrick (and Phebe) Lashmet of Decatur; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Richard and Donald Lashmet; and one sister, Mary Margaret Lashmet.

He graduated from Winchester High School.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He served his basic training at Ft. Bliss, Texas, before deployment to the 38th parallel near Panmunjom, serving as a corporal.

After his return from Korea, he began working for Ralph Peak before beginning as a rodman for Central Illinois Public Service in Winchester. In 1958, he was promoted to survey instrument man. He and his family transferred to Beardstown in 1970. In 1971, he was named survey foreman and retired in 1995, as right of way agent.

He was an active member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown and Knights of Columbus, where he served as Past Grand Knight. He also was a member of Beardstown Elks Lodge #1007, National Rifle Association and Beardstown Tiger's TAC Club.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown with Father Steve Thompson and Deacon Paul Koch officiating. Graveside committal services were held Tuesday at St. Mark's Catholic Cemetery in Winchester with military rites by Julian Wells American Legion Post #442 and VFW Post #11524. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Beardstown Tiger's TAC Club or Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home Activity Fund in Rushville.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/6/2013

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