Gerald Lee Mette, 72, of rural Effingham, passed away at 8:28 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Sigel, with the Rev. Robert DeGrand and Sister Pat Thies officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Green Creek, with military services by the American Legion Post 120 of Effingham. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday with a 6 p.m. parish wake service and a Knights of Columbus rosary immediately following the wake service. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Richard Mette, 140 CR 300 N. Sigel, IL 62462. The Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at swengel-odell.com.
Gerald was born Dec. 19, 1940, in Effingham County, the son of August and Leona (Kroeger) Mette. He attended St. Michael the Archangel Church, Sigel, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Effingham. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Effingham, a member of the Teamsters Local and a member of the Effingham American Legion Post 120. Gerald served in the United States National Guard. He married Darlene Alcoke, Oct. 24, 1964, in Teutopolis, and he was a retired truck driver for the Hogan Leasing Company and he was a retired farmer. Gerald loved to go dancing, listening to area bands and visiting with his family and friends.
Mr. Mette leaves two sons, Richard Mette and wife, Kay, of Sigel, and Steven G. Mette of Effingham; one daughter, Cheryl Cornwell and husband, David, of Altamont; special friend, Diane Houghton of Effingham, IL; one brother, Tom Mette and wife, Gail, of Effingham; three sisters, Mary Kathryn Bogemann and husband, Larry, of Springfield, Ohio, Barb Durdel and husband, Joe, of Sigel, Janet Probst and husband, Terry, of Teutopolis; sister-in-law, Margie Mette of Teutopolis; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Mette was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mary Lynn Mette; one brother, Paul Mette; and one brother-in-law, Carl Mihlbachler.
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