Steven R. Emerick, 54, Altamont

Steven R. Emerick, 54, of Altamont and formerly of Vandalia, died at 2:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church in St. Elmo, with Les Atkins, Dan Rush and Jim Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation was to be held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont and an hour before services on Monday at the church. Memorials: Donor’s choice.

Mr. Emerick was born on Nov. 19, 1954, in Vandalia, the son of Robert and Mary Brewer Emerick. He married Cathy Reed on May 29, 1982.

He retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2006. He was a member of First Baptist Church in St. Elmo and the Illinois Harness Horse Association. He was an avid Cardinals, Illini and harness racing fan.

He is survived by his wife; sister, Kathy and her husband Kevin Storm of Vandalia; nephews; nieces; great-nieces; great-nephews; and pets, Max and Bruno.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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