Billy Schnake, age 74, of Golconda, Illinois passed away at home on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
Billy was born in Anna, Illinois on July 15, 1948, to the late Garland and June (Trammel) Schnake. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. Billy was a member of Golconda Lodge 131, and VFW Post 9227. He retired from Smithland Lock and Dam in 2006.
Billy’s day would start early as he helped the ladies open the Dari Barr. Billy never met a stranger and loved to visit with friends. He was generous and helped others in need.
His passion was hunting and guns. He enjoyed gun shows and was an NRA life member. He enjoyed teaching children gun safety and how to shoot.
Billy is survived by love of his life, Clara Warfield of Golconda; four children, Anna Werner of Golconda, Wanda Burmback, Dorothy (Donnie) McNeil, John (Beth) Warfield all of Paducah, KY; two uncles, Philip Trammel and James Trammel; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and his beloved cat, Pearl.
Masonic rites were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, Illinois. The funeral service followed. Bro. Kevin Richerson conducted the service. Burial with military funeral honors followed at Massac Memorial Gardens in Metropolis, IL. Visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Pope County Sportsman’s Club c/o Roger Hutchins, 3 Bushwack Cutoff Rd, Golconda, IL 62938
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