NEW BURNSIDE, Ill. - Alvin E. "Gene" Travelstead, 87, of New Burnside, formerly of Creal Springs and Simpson, died at 2:20 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at Hillview Health Care Center in Vienna.
He had been employed as an auto body repairman and was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was a member of New Burnside Baptist Church and Gurney Masonic Lodge 778.
He is survived by two sons, Raymond Travelstead of Sesser and Alvin Travelstead of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Sue Goddard of Vienna, Donna Travelstead of Creal Springs and Barbara Clymore of Anna; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Lawson of Marquette, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna (West) Travelstead; one daughter, Linda Ruth Smith; one grandson; four brothers; and three sisters. His parents were Walter Wayne Travelstead and Bessie (Sims) Travelstead.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Burial will be in Gilead Cemetery near Simpson with military rites.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be accorded at 8 p.m.
Memorial may be made to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, IL 62995; the Gilead Cemetery Fund, c/o Norman Lee, 690 Gum Springs Road, Simpson, IL 62985; or the New Burnside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 99, New Burnside, IL 62967.