Cecil L. Carnett, 86, of Auburn passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Auburn Nursing and Rehab.
He was born July 14, 1932 in Harrisburg, IL, the son of Lawrence and Murley Sonheaver Carnett. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bill Carnett; one daughter, Cheryl Winn; one grandson, Chad Spires; four brothers, Nolen, Walter, Bill and Bob Carnett and 4 sisters, Halleen Carnett, Mary Patton, Kathleen Drumm and Ilene Lear.
He married Dora Gonzales on April 19, 1953 in Denver, Colorado
He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Western Union after 33 years.
Cecil was a member of the Auburn American Legion, Auburn VFW, and Auburn Masonic Lodge for over 50 years where he volunteered his time as an Honor Guard for military funerals, drove over 5,000 miles for the Veterans Assistance Commission transporting disabled veterans to doctor visits in Danville. He also was a member of the Springfield Shriners for over 10 years. He worked unselfishly at all fundraisers for these organizations and still found time to attend all family celebrations whether local or 500 miles away. He was always smiling and never met a stranger. Many in town call him grandpa even though not related. He will be missed.
Surviving are his wife, Dora; three daughters, Cis (Steve) Bruce of Danville, Connie Frohmader of Atwater and Carol (Dennis) Selinger of Carterville; ten grandchildren, Chasity Knapp, Jason Carnett, Crystal (Tylre) Ball, Cory (Whitney) Brockmeyer, Whitney (Mike) Helfrich, Andrew Selinger, Katy Pelszynski, Hailey Frohmader, Ally Selinger and Taylor “Buddy” Frohmader and fifteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Jeri (Dave) Delucia; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5pm till 7pm, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Bramley Funeral Home, Auburn. Graveside services will be at 1pm, Wednesday at Elmwood Cemetery, Equality, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or Bramley Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.
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