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Wilbur Raymond Sittler

June 6, 1919 ~ March 11, 2016 (age 96)

   Wilbur Raymond Sittler, 96, of Quincy, died at 1:10 p.m. Friday (March 11, 2016) in Good Samaritan Home.

   Wilbur was born near Kellerville, Illinois on June 6, 1919.  He was the son of Arthur Ray and Ella Zefa (O'Connor) Sittler.  Wilbur married Rachel Virginia Bitle on April 17, 1941, in Macomb, Illinois.  She died March 9, 1994.  On November 15, 1997 he married Burniece Tate Worra in Quincy.  She survives living near her family in Georgia.

   Mr. Sittler was employed by the Moorman Mfg. Co. for over 39 years, retiring in June 1981 as Manager of the Engineering Department.  Wilbur was a 1937 graduate of Clayton High School.  He was active in the Quincy Community in various organization, including Boy Scouts where he taught crafts and especially wood carving skills.  He received the Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and Good Shepherd awards.  The Big River's Carvers Club was a significant part of his life and he enjoyed many years of getting together with local carvers, exhibiting his own talent at fairs and shows, and teaching wood carving skills to anyone who had interest in learning the carving craft.  Two of his woodcarvings are on display at Good Samaritan Home.  He was a member of Central Baptist Church for over 50 years and most recently Madison Park Christian Church.  Wilbur was a member of Herman Masonic Lodge No. 39, Quincy Consistory, Ansar Shrine Temple of Springfield, Quincy Shrine Club, Alpha Chapter of Order of Eastern Star No. 109 and the Quincy High Twelve Club No. 40.  He also volunteered many hours at the Senior Center, Good Samaritan Home and Meals on Wheels.

   Wilbur served his country in the Army in World War II, seeing action at the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland offensive Siegfried Line, the Bridge at Remagen, the Ruhr Pocket and the Army of Occupation.  He received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars.

   Survivors include a daughter, Janet Hayden of Broken Arrow, OK; three granddaughters, Deana Saleem of Arlington, TX, Karla Aguirre (John) of Tulsa, OK and Kristen Goodson (Lance) of Coweta, OK; five great granddaughters, Sterling and Savannah Saleem, Jadyn Aguirre and Allison and Audrey Goodson; nephews, Larry Sittler and Garry Sittler of Illinois; nieces, Marilyn Scoggins and Eloise Cleckley of Alabama; and nephews, Dale and Don Neese of New Mexico.  There are also children, grandchildren and great grandchildren from his second marriage who survive.

   Mr. Sittler was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel; his parents; a brother, Willard in 2014; his daughter, Judy Wisnoski in 2009; and his son, Jerry who died at birth.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Sackett officiating.  Military Honors will be conducted by the Quincy American Legion Post No. 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail.  Entombment will be in the Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum.

   Visitation will be held Tuesday morning from 9:30 until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to Madison Park Christian Church or to Good Samaritan Home.

   Wilbur has lived at Good Samaritan Home since 2012 and the family would like to thank the entire staff for their skilled care and compassion while he was there.  Their concern for his well being was incredible and gave us peace knowing he was well cared for and in a safe place.

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