Alois ‘Short’ Zander, 95, St. Elmo

Alois “Short” Zander, 95, of St. Elmo, died at 9:58 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Kessel Funeral Home in St. Elmo. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Beecher City at a later date. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials: American Legion Post No. 420, P.O. Box 132, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458. Online condolences may be made at

Mr. Zander was born on Feb. 13, 1914, in Loudon Township, Fayette County, the son of George W. and Lily Christie Zander.

Mr. Zander was a retired agricultural farmer. He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS J. Franklin Bell APA-16, and he attained the rank of coxswain (boatman) third class. After the war, he worked with his brother, Henry, on his father’s farm near Findlay. In 1966, they relocated the farming operation to east of St. Elmo, where he and Henry farmed until they were physically unable to. Proud of being a veteran, he was a 64-year member of the American Legion Post in Findlay and Post 420 in St. Elmo, as well as a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7676 in Altamont.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry, Karl, Joe, George Jr. and Harold; and sisters, Mary Norris, Peggy Chapman and Gertrude.

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