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Valle Harold “Zeke” Funk passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. A Memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL. Rev. James Hayes, Pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Hillsboro, IL, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, IL Military rites will be held at graveside by VFW Post #1306 & American Legion Post 425.
Valle Harold “Zeke” Funk was born September 1, 1927, in Irving, IL, to the late Valle Hugo Funk and Mary (Nesbit) Funk. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1945. While there he was co-captain of the school football and basketball teams. After an enlistment in the U.S. Navy, he attended Shurtleff College in Alton, IL. He played basketball three years and graduated in 1950. He also has degrees or credits from the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. He married Mary Bremer, in 1948, in Paducah, KY. They were married for 52 years, until her death in 2001. Mr. Funk was a teacher and school administrator for thirty years. His first job was as a teacher at Edison Grade School in Hillsboro. He was then Principal at Burbank Grade School, Hillsboro. He served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery County and then the same position in Sangamon County. He later became Regional Superintendent of Schools for Sangamon County. He ended his career as an administrator with Springfield Public Schools. He was a Hillsboro JC, a life-long member of the Elks Club and Moose Club, and a long-time member of the Lake Press Club.
Mr. Funk is survived by two children, Mike Funk of Hillsboro, IL and Dick Funk of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jane, of Anna, IL and two sisters, Gwendlyn Evelyn Funk and Martha Jane Funk.
Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice.