URBANA – Raymond J. "Sarge" Saathoff of Urbana passed away on Saturday (June 7, 2014) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Road, Urbana. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Eden Park Cemetery in Rantoul.
Raymond was born on Dec. 17, 1920, to Andrew and Grace (Benting) Saathoff. He married Leona Frerichs on Feb. 17, 1946, at St. John Lutheran Church in Royal.
He is survived by his wife, Leona; one sister, Bernice Shaffer of Mascoutah; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Raymond enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 17, 1939. He graduated Aircraft Maintenance School in August 1940. He served overseas the entire duration of World War II.
After the war, he returned back to the U.S. and was stationed at several bases, including Chanute in Rantoul and also Alaska before retiring as master sergeant at Stead Air Force Base in Reno, Nev.
After retiring from the Air Force, Raymond and Leona returned to Illinois where he was employed at the University of Illinois Power Plant, where he worked for 22 years before retiring.
Raymond was active in American Legion Post 24, where he served as commander and sergeant of the Color Guard and later served as county commander. Raymond served as chef de gare for the Forty and Eight as well as being the president of Illini Shrine Club.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5520 as well as a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3075 in Champaign.
Additionally, he volunteered as an election judge for Champaign County for many years.
Raymond was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Urbana.
Raymond was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and he loved college basketball. He also enjoyed working in his yard.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.