Claude R. Haslett, 95, of rural Effingham and formerly of St. Elmo, died at 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at his residence.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Alice True and George Whitley officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo, with military rites accorded by Weakley-Rowland American Legion Post No. 420. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo and an hour before services on Thursday at the church. Memorials: Funkhouser United Methodist Church or donor’s choice.
Claude Ray Haslett was born on May 19, 1913, in St. Elmo, the son of Charles and Edith Aldridge Haslett. He married Velma Marie Sidener on April 18, 1940, at the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia; she died on June 13, 1997.
He was a lifelong member of the community, and a member of Funkhouser Methodist Church of the First United Methodist Church Altamont Circuit. He was an employee of Kroger Co. for 37 years, retiring on May 20, 1978. He began his career with Kroger in St. Elmo in 1938, and retired as head dairy clerk at the Effingham Kroger store. He enlisted in the Army on July 27, 1943, and received three Bronze Service Stars for the European African Middle Eastern campaigns. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 27, 1945. He had a lifelong interest in horses and owned numerous breeds, including Belgium, half lingers and Tennessee walkers; he took these horses and teams to numerous parades over the years.
He is survived by a daughter, Lillie Irene Stevens of Effingham; grandson, Andrew Dean Stevens of Effingham; granddaughter, Samantha Jean Stevens-Linkowski and her husband Jake Linkowski of Effingham; brothers, Kenneth “Cap” Haslett of St. Elmo, and Leo Haslett and his wife Betty of St. Elmo; sisters, Iva Kirby of St. Elmo and Edna Lyles of Sugar Land, Texas; brother-in-law, Fred Love of Owensboro, Ky.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son-in-law, Kendal Dean Stevens; brothers, Robert Haslett and his wife Maude, Clarence Haslett and his wife Ruth, William Haslett, and James Haslett and his wife Maryville; sisters, Thelma and her husband Orlando Calvert, Violet Love, and Verla and her husband Leonard Henson; brothers-in-law, Clifford Kirby and W.G. Lyles; and sister-in-law, Melva Haslett.