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Mark R. Stanton, formerly of Pinckneyville

updated: 12/3/2017 12:25 PM

CMSgt. Mark R. Stanton, USAF, Ret., 88, of New Baden died Dec. 1, 2017, at Friendship Manor in Nashville.

He was born June 4, 1929, in Pinckneyville, the son of Mark R. and Mabel, nee Ballheimer, Stanton. He married Norma Jean Daffron Oct. 22, 1949, in Mayfield, Ky., and she preceded him in death Jan. 10, 2003.

He is survived by a son, Mark R. (Lisa) Stanton III of Tamaroa; a daughter, Lori Fearing of Centralia; a son-in-law, Eric Gentz of New Baden; seven grandchildren, Mark R. (Haley) Stanton IV, Travis Stanton, Eric L. (Kayla) Gentz II, Erin (Cameron) Pettus, Melissa Wessel, Melinda Wessel and Dale Wessel Jr.; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Richard Stanton and Robert (Janice) Stanton all of Granite City, and Roger (Kathy) Stanton of Robbins AFB, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Stanton of Granite City.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Gentz; a sister, Mabel Stanton; a brother, John Stanton; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Tom C. Daffron, John Daffron, Ruth Sawyer, Ida Mae Rich, and Margie Stanton.

Following his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Stanton worked for FKG Oil Co (MotoMart) and then was a manager at the Scott Credit Union Belleville branch. He was a member of First Baptist Church and American Legion Post 321 in New Baden. Mark loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Nordike Funeral Home in New Baden with Pastor Dave Manley officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. until time of service Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Nordike Funeral Home in New Baden.

Memorials may be made to Daffron Presswood Post 2504, Friendship Manor or American Legion Post 321. They will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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