Gerald W. Teague

Gerald W. Teague, 91, of Belleville, Ill., born Jan. 19, 1930, in Farber, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 2, 2021, at his residence, after a lengthy illness.

Gerald entered the U.S. Army in May of 1947, receiving his high school diploma while serving in Germany. He left the Army in April 1952 and worked various jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in Nov. 1952. Gerald served in Germany, England, Japan, and Thailand before retiring as a technical sergeant on Feb. 1, 1970.

After his retirement from military service, he worked at the United States Postal Service in Belleville, Ill. from April 1970 until January 1990. Jerry spent the next seven years working for the Village of Swansea as a dispatcher, and four years working at the Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center. He enjoyed watching Cardinals baseball on television, tending to his garden, having coffee with his friends at the Belleville East YMCA, and especially loved the time that he spent with his grandchildren and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William “Bill” and Verdia Teague; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Bernita Saxe; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred (Fred) Wilkinson, Jean (Richard) Branstetter, Mary (Bill) Crow, and Velma (Robert) Motley; and a brother, Elmer M. “Mack” Teague.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Teague, whom he married on Oct. 7, 1963, in Blytheville, Ark.; two sons, William A. “Andy” (Lisa) Teague of Woodbridge, Va., and Christopher “Chris” (Amy) Teague of Wildwood; five grandchildren, Samantha Teague of Holly Springs, Ga., Avery, Ainsley, and Abigail Teague of Woodbridge, Va., and Mattingly C. Teague of Wildwood; a great-grandson, Noah A. Waters of Holly Springs, Ga.; eight siblings, William “Bill” (Deborah) Teague of Mexico, Donna (Claudie) Tipton of Farber, Jim E. (Ardis) Teague of Caldwell, Ind., Jerry L. (Patty) Teague of Mexico, Forrest “Bud” (Leota) Teague of Vandalia, Charles “Ronnie” (Irma Sue) Teague of Springfield, Jack (Linda) Teague of Village of Loch Lloyd, and G. Faye Teague of Overland Park, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HSHS Hospice Southern Illinois, Belleville East YMCA, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Private graveside services with military honors will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home.

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