Mr. Wilbert G. Kellerman of rural Addieville, IL departed this life in the Friendship Manor Healthcare Center in Nashville on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 6:45 A.M. He had attained the age of 96 years, 4 months, and 6 days.
Wilbert was born in Rice, IL on September 23, 1926 the son of William and Rose (nee Ritter) Kellerman. He was united in marriage to Matilda Bathon in the St. Bruno Catholic Church in Pinckneyville on November 11, 1950 and she preceded him in death on November 16, 2007.
To say that Wilbert was a hard worker would be an understatement. Over his lifetime, he worked as a farmhand, at National Mines in Nashville, worked road construction when Interstate 64 was first being built, worked at Heberer Equipment in Mascoutah, and then finally retiring from the Okawville Farmer’s Elevator. Wilbert was a faithful member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Okawville. He enjoyed attending the American Thresherman’s Exhibition in Pinckneyville, going to tractor pulls, watching wrestling on television, and going on his Saturday morning road trips. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Left to mourn his passing are his five children, Leroy Kellerman of Addieville, Joseph Kellerman and wife Audrey of Addieville, Marilyn Nobe and husband Bill of Addieville, Ruth Wisely and husband Paul of Oakdale, and Susan Vickery of Oakdale; ten grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Floyd Kellerman and wife Doretha of Tamaroa; two sisters-in-law, Barb Giacomo and Lavonne Bathon both of Pinckneyville; numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Frederick Kellerman; five brothers, Alfred, Rudolph, Carl, Cecil, and Harold Kellerman; two sisters, Bernice Hagene and Marcella Krisby; and a son-in-law, Steve Vickery.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 10 A.M. with Fr. Kenneth York officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Friday from 4:30 P.M. until 7 P.M. and again on Saturday from 8 A.M. until 9:30 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, Mass offerings or memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com