Claude A. Peper Jr., age 60 of north of Greenville passed away at 9:59 p.m. Thursday December 3, 2015 in the Emergency Room of Greenville Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the Greenville First Christian Church with Darryl Bolen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with full military honors by the Lincoln Land Leathernecks, American Legion Post 282, and the V.F.W. Post 1380. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Monday at the Greenville First Christian Church. For those who desire memorials in Claude’s memory may be made to the Greenville Fire Protection District, or to the First Christian Church at the Church or at Donnell-Wiegand.
Claude Arthur Willard Peper Jr. the son of Claude Alvin Eugene Peper Sr. and Marilyn Sue Meyer Peper, was born on March 4, 1955 in Nashville, Illinois. Claude grew up there and attended Hoyleton Grade School, Nashville Grade School and graduated from Nashville High School in 1974 where he played basketball, football and was in FFA. Claude answered his country’s call by joining the United States Marines serving in Charleston, South Carolina and later in North Carolina in the artillery unit. He was honorably discharged in 1978 and moved his family to Greenville where he worked at Consolidated Coal until 1985 when he joined the Coffeen Power Plant where he was a Control Room Operator until his death.
Claude and Sally J. Bayless were united in marriage on August 30, 1975 in Nashville, IL. and enjoyed over 33 years together before her death on November 18, 2008. They are the parents of four children who survive: Andrew A. Peper of Greenville, Adam M. (Amber) Peper of Ellisville, MO, Emily J. Peper of Greenville, Erin E. (Nate) Whisler of Olney, three grandchildren: Adin Peper, Ayla Peper, Sean Busch. Claude is also survived by his two sisters Debbie (Leland) Knolhoff of Hoffman, Val (Stan) Huelsmann of Aviston, and brother Dale Peper of Nashville.
Claude and Sandra K. Buttrum were united in marriage on June 7, 2014 and she survives as do her three children: Jeremy L. (Caryl) Buttrum of Parkersburg, IL, Kristina K. (Jeremy) Weidner of Edgewood, IL, Kari L. (Kenny) Clame of Beecher City, IL, and five grandchildren: Dakota Weidner, Jesse Weidner, Jarett Buttrum, Della Buttrum, and Gavin Buttrum. Claude enjoyed his two special dogs Sophia and Penelope.
Claude is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sally, and his sister Deana in infancy.
Claude is a 35 year member of the Greenville Fire Protection District where he served as Commissioner, an EMT, a member of Lincoln Land Leathernecks, and a member of the Greenville First Christian Church where he served on the Church Board and had been a Deacon.
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home
203 W Oak St
Greenville, IL 62246