Floyd F. Ferry
Floyd F. Ferry, 90, formerly of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 7:08 a.m. at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1926, in East Carondelet, the son of Leo Frank Ferry and Matilda Schmidt Ferry.
On Nov. 27, 1947, he married Rosemary B. Ferry at Christ Evangelical Church in Dupo. Together, Floyd and Rosemary shared almost 70 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Nelson A. (Susan) Ferry Sr. of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Angelieke Desiree’ (David) Waite of Bellevue, Neb., Nelson A. (Jennifer) Ferry Jr. of Bridgeport, W. Va., and Casey Lynn Ferry of Carbondale; six great-grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Waite of Riverview, Fla., Shawn Christopher Waite, Julia Rose Waite and Robert Mason Waite all of Bellevue, Neb., and Briston Amber Ferry and Brayden Alexander Ferry, both of Bridgeport, W. Va.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Melva Kronk and Cleo McBride; and six brothers, Olizen “Bea”, Harlan, Vernon, Donald, Nelson and Al Smith Ferry.
He joined the U.S. Merchant Marines. He later served in the U.S. Army, 11th Airborne, in the Pacific Theater of Operation during World War II.
Following his honorable discharge from military service, he graduated from Summers College of Commerce in East St. Louis. He worked for a time at the Swift and Company packing house and Cargill Elevators in East St. Louis.
He was employed by the Skelly Oil Company, Skelgas Division of Tulsa, Okla. During his 35-year career he worked as an accountant, warehouse manager, district salesman, merchandiser salesman, area salesman, area representative, branch manager of St. Louis Skelgas and an assistant area manager and regional coordinator, throughout Illinois and Missouri.
He was a member of Carroll P. Foster VFW Post No. 3455 in Anna. He was a 48-year member of the Masonic Fraternity. He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason at Locust Lodge No. 623 AF & AM at Owaneco, and currently was member of Cobden Masonic Lodge No. 466 AF & AM. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason of the Valley of Southern Illinois, Belleville, as well as a member of the York Rite Bodies in Murphysboro, Royal Arch Masons Chapter No. 164, Cryptic Masons Council No. 49, and Beauseant Commandery No. 86 Knights Templar of Illinois. He was a member of The Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Ainad Temple) and the Tacusah Chapter No. 682 Order of the Eastern Star and was of the Baptist faith.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping and gardening. He was most at home when he was with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
A Masonic service will be conducted at 4 p.m., followed by military honors and a flag presentation.
Following the service, there will be a luncheon held in the Vienna Public Library’s, community room at 401 Poplar St. in Vienna, IL.
Memorials can be made to the veterans member benefit fund at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.
To share a memory or to leave an online message of condolence for the family, visit www.baileyfh.com.
Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is in charge of arrangements.