LILBOURN --Russell Eric Estes, 87, died Oct. 29, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born Jan. 16, 1921, in Haleyville, Ala., to the late George and Ophelia Lauderdale Estes, he was a World War II veteran and received the Bronze Star, Distinguished Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal. Before moving to Lilbourn to farm, he had been a steel hauling truck driver.
On Sept. 14, 1945, at New York, he married Georgia Dalton, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Shirlee Estes of Lilbourn; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Tim Hunter of New Madrid and Kay and Bill Wescoat of Matthews; one sister, Euyla Clark of St. Charles; eight grandchildren, Griff Estes, Lee Wescoat, Russ Wescoat, Christopher Wescoat, Sarah Wescoat, Joseph Hunter, Jeffery Hunter and Samantha Hunter; and two great-granddaughters.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Solan Estes; and two sisters, Ethylene Evans and Nyla June Baillia.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at the Richards Funeral Home in Lilbourn, where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday with Timmy Farrenburg officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mounds Park near Lilbourn.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren; and John Riley and Donald Ray Townley.