MARION -- William T. Boaz Jr., 59, passed away at 11:32 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Marion VA Medical Center.

William was born Feb. 3, 1957, in Marion to William T. and Myrtle (Huff) Boaz Sr.

He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Once honorably discharged, he returned home and worked at Maytag in Herrin until it eventually closed.

In his spare time, he enjoyed being outdoors, fishing at various spots or hunting for squirrels, rabbits and pheasants.

He will be missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include his son, Billy Boaz and girlfriend Tammy Gunther of Marion; grandchild, Kiley Boaz of Marion; and sister, Teresa Boaz of Marion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandchild, Robert Michael Boaz.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Don Colson officiating.  Burial will follow in Cana Cemetery in Goreville with graveside military rites performed by Marion VFW and American Legion posts with assistance from the Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made in support of homeless veterans and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 N. Market St., Marion, IL 62959.

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