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Wilburn Ray Erkmann, 74, of McLeansboro died of congestive heart failure at 3:04 a.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2001, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
He was born on March 27, 1926 in Hamilton County, the son of John and Anna (Heddy) Erkmann. He married Pearl F. Riley on June 1, 1962, and she died in 1990.
He had been an oil field worker.
He was a World War II Army veteran and member of the First United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Paula Smith of Millstadt; two sons, Dennis of Bloomington and James of McLeansboro; four sisters, Freida Gunter of McLeansboro, Jesse Musgrave of Pekin, Opal Hall of Wayne City and his twin sister, Faye Morris of Dahlgren; a brother, John of Nixa, Missouri; a grandchild, Megan Erkmann; and a stepgrandchild, Amylynn Smith.
His wife, Pearl F. (Riley), died in 1990.
Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at Gholson Funeral Home. Pastor Rachel Stockle officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellow Cemetery with graveside military rites by American Legion Post No. 106.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother, William Erkmann, and one sister, Edith Robertson.