Raymond Andrew Kerley, 86, of rural Metropolis, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Rock Springs Cemetery near Simpson with Pastor David Wright officiating. Military honors will be conducted.
Those attending the service are asked to gather at the cemetery at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday. There will be no public visitation.
Born Dec. 28, 1932 in Cobden, Mr. Kerley was a 1951 graduate of Vienna High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War era from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1955. Andrew was stationed in Germany during his military service.
Mr. Kerley was employed for over 33 years at Allied-Signal later Honeywell Inc. in Metropolis. He retired in 1994 as a shift superintendent.
He was a member of the Johnson County Historical and Genealogical Society and a member of Simpson Baptist Church.
Survivors include his children, William Kerley and wife Cathy of Knoxville, Tennessee, Andrea Sommer and husband Kent of Grand Chain and Timothy Kerley of Metropolis; three grandchildren, Stephanie Robins-Machan and husband Rocky and Matt Kerley, all of Metropolis, and Christopher Kerley of Knoxville; two great-grandchildren, Aria Evans and Lennon Kerley, both of Metropolis; one sister, Laura Clayton and husband Richard of Vienna; three half sisters, Joyce Schell and husband Pee Wee, Rosemary Harper and Beatrice Ford and husband Randal; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bass H. Kerley; his mother, Laura Palmer; his wife of 59 years, Virginia Spurlock Kerley; his stepmother, Frances Kerley; one sister, Helen Robinson; one brother, Bassie Ray "B.R." Kerley; and one half sister, Doris Jean Kerley.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 320 E. Walnut St., Suite A, Carbondale, IL 62901.
Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is in charge of arrangements.