Harold Gene Markos, 94, of Hillsboro, IL, formerly of Litchfield, passed away Tues., Feb. 19, 2019 at 9:45 p.m. in Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. Mr. Markos was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was born on Oct. 19, 1924 in Virden, IL, a son of George & Middie (Harris) Markos. He graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1942. After high school he was inducted into the Army Air Corps and served in the Alaskan Wing Air Transport Command as a Loadmaster. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University as a Geology Major. He worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation as Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory Supervisor and retired in 1988 after 25 years. Prior to that, he had worked for Shell Oil Company in Roxana & was a partner in Wernsing – Markos Appliances in Litchfield. He moved to Hillsboro in 1993 and was involved in local activities. Harold was a life member of Mt. Moriah Lodge #51 AF & AM, Royal Arch, Council and Commandery and served on the Hillsboro Police and Fire Commission. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Hellenic Orthodox Church in Springfield and was a ham radio operator, K9JFE. On Jan. 15, 1950, he married Juanita Elizabeth “Nita” Ellis in St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield. She survives. In his leisure time, he enjoyed photography, fishing, dancing with his wife, Nita & listening to the Springfield Symphony. He is also survived by:
1 son, Larry (Betsy) Markos of St. Louis, MO
He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Wilbur Markos, who was killed in action in Korea & Paul Markos.
Memorial services will be held Fri., Feb. 22, 2019 at 6 p.m. in St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield. Rev. Dennis Hill will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until time of service in the church. Masonic rites will be exemplified at 6 p.m. The family suggests memorials to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Office of Development – Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 4400 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is in charge of arrangements.
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