SPRINGFIELD – Earl J. Hanselman, age 85, of Springfield, IL, died at Oak Terrace at 8:25 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010.
He was born on May 25, 1925, in Springfield the son of Earl J. and Margaret Gobble Hanselman Sr. He married Mary Lou Flynn on August 11, 1945, and she preceded him in death on April 25, 1998.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Peggy Havenar; and brother, Jimmy Hanselman.
A lifelong resident of Springfield, Mr. Hanselman retired after 37 years with the US Postal Service. He worked for 28 years as a letter carrier and 9 years as personnel director. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving during WWII, retiring from the Air Force Reserves with the rank of major. He was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish at Sacred Heart Church, Holy Name Society, American Legion Post #759 in Chatham; Life member of Reserve Officers Association and the Retired Officers Association, Elks Lodge #158, Eagles Aerie #437; National Association of Retired Federal Employees; AARP, Golden Gloves Association as chief timekeeper for tourneys for 35 years, retired Carriers Club and Cub-Cardinal Club. He was a member of Springfield Sports Hall of Fame with Cathedral High School Basketball team in 1942.
Surviving are a daughter, Ginny (Michael) McClellan of Huntsville, AL, and a son, Rick (Christa) Hanselman of Springfield; 3 grandchildren, Megan McClellan, Sara and Jack Hanselman; 2 sisters, Kay Meneghetti and Janet Hanselman, both of Springfield; 2 brothers, Charles and Mike (Billie) Hanselman, both of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2010, at Sacred Heart Church with Reverend Steve Thompson officiating. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Legion Post #759 in Chatham, IL or the American Heart Association .
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