Rick Harrelson

Cottage Hills |

Rick Harrelson, 71, of Cottage Hills passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:44 pm at Alton Memorial Hospital with his children by his side.

He was born on August 7, 1949, the son of Dean Harrelson and Karole J. (Leslie) Schafer. On December 13, 1969 Rick married Deborah Bottoms in Huntington, CA.

Rick served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam. After his time in the service, he went to work for Olin Brass Corp. He was a member of the Wood River Moose, Alton American Legion and the Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, gardening, BBQing and cooking, researching his family genealogy, and most of all spending time with his family and his grandchildren. Rick will be remembered for his sense of humor and his joking antics with his brother and son-in-law.

Rick is survived by his wife, Deborah; a son, Kevin Harrelson of Cottage Hills, IL; a daughter, Kelly Oros (Joey) of Hartford, IL; and two grandchildren, Trent Harrelson of Jerseyville, IL and Meah Oros of Hartford, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Harrelson; a brother, Wayne Harrelson; and a sister, Glenda Steffen.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Elias Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to the Patriot Guard Riders, at

Online condolences and guestbook can be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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