Vernon “Clem” Legner, 87, of Streator passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at the Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia with his family by his side.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator. Msgr. Philip Halfacre will officiate.
Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home, Streator.
Burial will be in Phillips Cemetery, Streator. Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.
Born May 28, 1931 in Streator he was the son of George and Tillie (Mathes) Legner. He married Georgia Price on April 7, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Church, Streator. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2016. They were married for 60 years and always did everything together.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan (Don) Bellis of Ellijay, Georgia; a son, Troy Legner of Spartanburg, South Carolina; granddaughters, Erica Bellis-Klein of Kennesaw, Georgia and Jennifer Legner of Spartanburg, South Carolina; a grandson, Ryan Bellis of Atlanta Georgia; great grandson, Tyler Sheehan and great granddaughter, Rylan Klein. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He especially enjoyed talking on the phone with his nieces Nancy Zmia and Rosalind Meyer, both of Streator.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Jeffrey Legner and a brother, Galan Legner.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed at various North Arctic posts including Alaska, Iceland and Greenland while working on the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line from 1951-1953.
He worked for Thatcher/Anchor Glass Central Machine Repair for 45 years where he retired in 1993. He always treasured the picture he had of the CMR gang as well as the framed document he was given upon retirement that contained the signatures of all of “his guys”.
He was a member of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Streator Eagles Club. He and his wife Georgia were also members of St. Michael the Archangel Church.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com