CHATHAM – Calvin M. Banister, 62, of Chatham died at 4:25 a.m. Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 25, 1947, in Kennett, Mo., the son of Rodney and Vivian Smith Banister. He married Joyce Corbridge on Sept. 17, 1977.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law; and one niece.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce A. Banister of Chatham; a daughter, Cassandra Cassi (husband, Daren) Hatcher of Chatham; three sons, Nicholas Banister of Springfield, Calvin Banister of Marissa and Shane Banister of Lenzberg; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Debbie Berger of Arnold, Mo.; three brothers, Terry Banister of Arnold, Mo., Mike (LaVita) Banister of Forstell, Mo. and Ron Banister of Fayetteville, Ga.; several aunts and uncles; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Banister was a resident of the Springfield area since 1975. He retired from the Marine Corps and then worked for, and retired after 24 years from, the Illinois Secretary of State.
Mr. Banister was a member of the Heartland Worship Center for 30 years, where he served as treasurer for 16 years and was active in the Men’s Ministry. He was a Marine Corps veteran serving during Vietnam, earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze star with combat ribbon. He loved fishing, working in his yard, spending time with his family, and taking cruises.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. A lie-in-state will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time pf funeral services at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010, at Heartland Worship Center in Sherman, with Pastor Jim Austin officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail and the Marine Corps.
Memorials may be made to the Heartland Worship Center, 6800 Bahr Road, Sherman, IL 62684.
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