David C. “Boog” Kreher, 59, of New Athens, IL; born on October 23, 1955 in Red Bud, IL; passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Freeburg Care Center.
David was a coal miner. David loved his community and served New Athens in countless ways. He was a Village Trustee for New Athens from May 1979 to April 2003, then from August 2010 to present. He served as Mayor of New Athens from December 1992 through May 1993. He was a 42 year member of the New Athens Volunteer Fire Department. He was a founding member of the New Athens Ambulance Service. David was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the U.M.W.A., New Athens Sportsman’s Club and the Mud Daubers. Boog was a lifelong blood donor and would give at every opportunity. He enjoyed hunting, collecting knives and Civil War memorabilia. Boog was also a huge Illini fan. Most importantly, Boog loved his family and his grandchildren were the lights of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Clarence and Virginia, nee Klube, Kreher.
He is survived by his loving wife – Cathy, nee Parke, Kreher whom he married on June 15, 1991 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, IL. Two sons – John (Brittney) Lanham of Ashley, IL; Joe (Casey) Russell of Los Angeles, CA. One daughter – Meghan (David Brennan) Kreher of Smithton, IL. Six grandchildren – John Brantley Lanham; Aubry Lanham; Gunnar Lanham; Gauge Lanham; Claire Brennan; Tria Russell. Two brothers – Robert “Frog” (Pat) Kreher of New Athens, IL; Dennis “Banger” (Tammy) Kreher of New Baden, IL. One sister – Jean (Larry) Price of Freeburg, IL. His father and mother-in-law – John and Dorothy Parke of Smithton, IL. Two brothers-in-law – John (Ruth) Parke of East Carondelet, IL; Charlie (Dawn) Parke of Smithton, IL. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 9:00am to 9:30am.
Funeral: A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 10:00am with Father James Nall officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.