Orville E. Mahin, 82, of St. Elmo, died at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, April. 26, 2009, at his home.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church in St. Elmo, with Pastor Robert Miller Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Moccasin Cemetery in rural Effingham County, with military rites accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7676 of Altamont. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo and one hour before services on Wednesday at the church. Memorials: First Assembly of God Church, 100 S. Olive St., St. Elmo, or donor’s choice.
Mr. Mahin was born on Oct. 11, 1926, at the family home near Moccasin in Moccasin Township, rural Effingham County, the son of Theodore “Dode” and Lucille Condo Mahin. He married Juanita Gray on Oct. 17, 1948, at First Assembly of God Church in St. Elmo; she died on Dec. 3, 1988. He then married Betty Jo Keenan on Dec. 16, 1989, at First Assembly of God Church; she died on April 23, 2003. He then married Barbara Ann Webb on June 1, 2004, at First Assembly of God Church in Moriarty, N.M.
He graduated from Altamont High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Army. He received an honorable discharge on Dec. 31, 1946, having reached the rank of Tec 5 as a finance clerk. He was employed by the state of Illinois in the unemployment department, serving as an adjudicator, and the Illinois Veterans Administration for more than 38 years, retiring in 1988. Though retired from full-time employment, he still owned and operated M&M Bookkeeping Services. He enjoyed mushroom hunting and fishing in his retirement years. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7676 of Altamont and was a lifelong member of First Assembly of God Church in St. Elmo, where he served as deacon and treasurer for many years.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Nancy Elizabeth and her husband Eddy Baker of Atlanta, Ill.; sister, Eugenia and her husband John Gallion of Bridgeport; grandson, Adam Ray Eugene Baker of Atlanta; granddaughter, Amy Elizabeth Baker of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; and a sister, Carol Janice Mahin, in infancy, in 1944.