Jimmie Wayne Rambeau
Jimmie Wayne Rambeau, 78, of Carbondale, died at home, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
He was born on May 26, 1942, in Wickliffe, Ky., the son of William and Ona Wamble Rambeau.
He married Kathleen Denise LeGrand on Sept. 21, 1979, in O’Fallon.
Mr. Rambeau is survived by his wife, Kathy; by children Pamela Rambeau of Anna, Jamie (Brett) Blaney of Anna, Jerry (Kathy Ann) Rambeau of Anna, Jennifer (Timothy) Ting of Carbondale and Natalie (Jim) Rotramel of Herrin; his sister, Linda (Tony) Helton of Villa Ridge; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by a son, Jimmie Rambeau Jr; by a daughter, Rebecca Rambeau Tellor; and by a brother, Gene Rambeau.
Mr. Rambeau served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1963.
He then went on to work as an electrician with the IBEW Local 702 for over 50 years. He worked on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus for 25 years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Moose Club in Anna, the Elks Club in West Frankfort, the Eagles Club in Carbondale, the American Legion in Murphysboro, the Astronomy Association of Southern Illinois, SIU Civil Service and the IBEW No. 702 Retirees Club.
Mr. Rambeau loved astronomy and space. His favorite pastime was looking through his telescopes. He could point out different constellations, planets and stars in the sky.
He loved camping and going to the star parties at the Land Between the Lakes Planetarium in Kentucky.
To pay tribute to Jimmie, the family requests that you walk outside to enjoy the view of the night sky and look for shooting stars.
Private graveside services will be held for the family at Casper Cemetery near Anna. Graveside military honors will be conducted by Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna.
Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army or to the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.
To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.
Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.