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Obituary of Raymond V. “Buster” English Sr.

Raymond V. “Buster” English Sr. passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee, Illinois. Raymond was born on November 30, 1926 to Raymond and Essie nee Shelby English in Pope County, Illinois. He married Grayce English on May 23, 1981.
He was in the U.S. Army. He was sent to Redemption Depot and sent to Crow Valley Manila to join with
the 25th Lightning Division 35th Infantry Regiment Company C. They were called “Lightning” because the enemy didn’t know where they would hit next. He landed at Lingayen Gulf and then shipped to Japan where he remained until he was honorably discharged on December 7, 1946.
He was an avid bowler and golfer and loved to tease you if he could get your “goat”. He had a great memory.
On March 31, 2019, he was awarded an official Cherokee Indian name of White Eagle by Rev. Don Lyborger.
He retired from Ford Motor Company on June 17, 1989, after working 33 years.
Survivors include his wife, Grayce English of Clifton, Illinois; son, Raymond (Joann) English, Jr. of Kankakee, Illinois; daughter, Kona (Bob) Siwicki of Momence, Illinois; daughter, Robin (Don) Dacz of Grant Park, Illinois; son, Randall English of Hebron, Indiana; step daughter, Brenda Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; step daughter, Linda (Bill) Lawrence of Indiana; step son, Thomas Six of Bloomington, Illinois; and step son, Rev. Daniel Diss of San Jose, California. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Victor (Shelly) English of Golconda, Illinois; as well as many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Essie English; daughter, Ramona Hock; step
daughter, Madonna Plumley; three sisters, Verley Hicks, Faye Daniels and twin sister, Tootsie Spivey; and
brother, Vinson English.
He as a member of the American Legion, Aroma Park, Illinois and Past Royal Patron of Willmington Chapter 13 Order of Amerath.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2023 at Hardin County Funeral Service in Rosiclare, IL with interment in Shelby Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from Noon Sunday until service time at the funeral home.
The Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post #571 will provide military rites at the cemetery on Sunday.

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1 Comment

  1. Lisa Hagen on December 13, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like he lived a very full life! Victor and Shelly were/are very good friends of my Mother Margaret Shelby who passed last year. I will send up prayers for your family.

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