AMerican Veteran 13

Glenn Warren Painter, Sr.

September 28, 1924 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 97)


Glenn Warren Painter, Sr., of Litchfield, passed away at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield on Thurs., Feb. 17, 2022 at 5:50 p.m. He was born on September 28, 1924 on the family farm near Barnett, IL. He was a son of Franklin Benjamin “Peck” and Ethel Grace (Saxby) Painter. Mr. Painter went on to receive his GED diploma. Mr. Painter was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps., attaining the rank of Staff Sargent. He was a Top Turret Gunner and served in the campaigns in Naples and Foggia, Roma and Arno Italy, Apennine Mountains of Southern France. Mr. Painter flew over 32 combat missions over enemy lines in B29 bomber planes, and was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea. He received the following decorations and citations: the French Distinguished Unit Citation; the Air Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, the distinguished unit badge with one oak leaf cluster, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with four bronze stars.

Mr. Painter was well known in local political circles. He served as Democrat Precinct Committeeman for Precinct #2 for South Litchfield Township. He was a member of the Montgomery County Board for 32 years, serving South Litchfield Township District #5. He was a member of Donnellson Lodge #255 A.F.&A.M. of Donnellson, IL. Mr. Painter was known for putting out large gardens and shared his bounty with friends and those in need. Mr. Painter enjoyed his social time visiting with folks at area coffee shops and restaurants.

He farmed along with working for the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. Mr. Painter attended Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. His first marriage was to Frances Mae Stockman on Feb. 19, 1949 and they later divorced. On Jan. 31, 1975, he married Cleta Irene Wiseman and she preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2010. Mr. Painter is survived by:

His children, Glenn Painter, Jr. of Auburn; Anna Marie (Larry) Watkins of Ozark, MO; Pauline (Danny) Freytag of Benld; Jane (Joe Ragsdale) Painter of St. Louis, MO; Kathleen Painter of Raymond; and Paul (Shanel Rhodes) Painter of Litchfield.

His grandchildren, Stephanie (Jason) Griffith; William (Michelle) Ellinger; Dustin (Dee) Ellinger; Douglas (Kelli) Ellinger; Landon Painter ALL of Litchfield; and Erika Painter of Stonington.

His great-grandchildren, Dylan Boerckel; Kacie Boerckel; Shawnee Boerckel; Dominic Ellinger; Melody Ellinger; Alec Ellinger; Jayden Ellinger; Jayse Ellinger; Dalton Ellinger; Faith Ellinger; Elysse Ellinger ALL of Litchfield; and Braden Ebert of Stonington.

His great-great grandson, Brody Boerckel of Litchfield.

Numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including special sister-in-law, Irene Painter of Litchfield.

Numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Painter was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert; Roscoe; Frank; Paul; Billy; Richard; Maynard; and John; and his sister, Marie Edwards.

Funeral services for Mr. Painter will be held on Fri., Feb. 25, 2022 beginning at 12 noon at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield with Rev. Cynthia Munker, pastor of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Honey Bend.  Visitation will be on Fri., Feb. 25 from 10:00 am until service time at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials be directed to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, Litchfield Food Pantry or Meals on Wheels.

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