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Joel Kevin Lasswell, 82, of Monticello, IL, formerly of Cottage Hills, IL, passed away at 8:36 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL
Joel was born on April 14, 1934 in Walpole, IL, the son of Palmer J. and Vacle McGill Lasswell. He was married to Carol Marie Pryor, Johnnie Letrice Sellers Powell and Judy Fay Manis.
Survivors include his children: Yolonda Marie Butcher and husband David of Radford, VA, Joel Edwin Lasswell and wife Dorenda of Tuscola, Terry Wain Lasswell and wife Lisa of Cottage Hills, Shawn Thomas Lasswell and wife Kim of Alton and Mary Louise Lasswell of Granite City, 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, brothers: Palmer Johnson Lasswell of Godfrey, James Cody Lasswell of TX and John Can Lasswell of Centralia.
He was preceded in death by his son: Brett Alan Lasswell of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, grandson: Cpl. Shawn Thomas Lasswell, Jr. of Cottage Hills, siblings: Byron Ellsworth Lasswell, George Logan Lasswell, Grace Elizabeth Coale, Norma Dee Rummerfield and Leda Eileen Russell.
Joel owned and operated the Bright Spot and Riverside Restaurant in Alton during the 1960s. He worked as a Locomotive Engineer at Granite City Steel for 33 years. He was a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge and he was a US Army veteran. His hobbies were genealogy and he loved to travel the highways off the beaten path. Joel also loved to receive picture postcards.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held in the spring. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery in Hamilton County, IL.
The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Shriners Children Hospital.
Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Tuscola, IL is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared via hilligossshraderfh.com
Published on January 18, 2017
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