Raymond Corlew

Godfrey | Wednesday, September 15 2021 |

Raymond “Ray” Corlew, 76, passed away at 3:22 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Alton Memorial Hospital. 

Born January 14, 1945, in Catron, MO, he was the son of Roy and Agnes (Miskell) Corlew.  Ray was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the Abundant Life Community Church where he served as a deacon for many years.  He was a beloved employee at Gent Funeral Home having begun his career in 1977 as a funeral director assistant and chauffeur.  A position he still held on a part-time basis.  Ray loved God and his family.  He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting and school functions.  He was an avid woodworker who enjoyed antiquing and attending auctions. 

On December 17, 1966, he married the former Joy Young in Parma, MO.  She survives.  Also surviving is a daughter, April Brown, and her husband Rick of Alton, a son, John Corlew of Godfrey, four grandchildren, Rebecca Brown Billingsley (Joshua), Ethan Corlew, Amanda Brown, and Megan Corlew. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Gent Funeral Home where funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021.  Pastor Bob Beloit will officiate.  Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.  Memorials may be made to the Mac-Gomery Christian Service Camp, 6876 MacGomery Church Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. 

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