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Elmer Ray Theobald

Elmer Ray Theobald


Elmer Ray Theobald, 91, of Baldwin, IL; born on May 26, 1931 in Preston, IL the son of Adam and Clara Schaffer-Theobald; passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 in Steeleville, IL surrounded by his loving family.

Elmer had a zest for life that was contagious, with always a smile on his face and his “happy to be alive” attitude.  He was a joy to be around.  Elmer served in the United States Army as a Medic during the Korean War earning a variety of medals and ribbons such as the Korean Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and One Overseas Bar.  He was very proud of serving his Country and earning the title of Corporal before being honorably discharged.  Family was always his biggest passion his entire life.  This was followed closely by hunting and fishing, earning him the title of “The Crappie Man” by those that knew him.  This passion was also instilled in his sons to pass down through generations.  He always reminded his children to do the right thing no matter the task.  He married the love of his life, Marylou Hardie on August 11, 1956 and she preceded him in death on February 24, 2003.

Also preceding Elmer in death were his parents; eight brothers – Harold, Edgar, Edward, Ralph, George, Junior, Loren and Leland Theobald; three sisters – Fern Kaesburg, Lillian Bixby, and June Zander.

He is survived by three children – Bobby Theobald of Baldwin, IL, Diana Westerman of Baldwin, IL, and David (Tina) Theobald of Steeleville, IL; five grandchildren – Jeremy (Lydia) Mehring of Rockvale, TN, Amanda (Garrett) Berry of Chester, IL, Aaron (Stephanie) Westerman of Hecker, IL, Dustin Theobald of Steeleville, IL, and Kassee Theobald of Steeleville, IL; eight great grandchildren – Owen, Wyatt, Mallory, Huntlee, Gracelynn, Brynn, Hayden, and Addison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maple Creek Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Visitation will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Monday, December 5, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2022 with Pastor David Harbison officiating.  Interment will be held at Baldwin City Cemetery with Military Honors being conducted by the Illinois Army National Guard Funeral Honor Detail.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements


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