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Richard Poston

Richard Poston

Richard “Doug” Poston, 62, of New Athens, IL; born on March 29, 1953 in Springfield, MO; passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Doug was a coal miner and a carpenter. He was a member of the UMWA and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 716. He was also a member of the New Athens Sportsman’s Club. Doug volunteered his time with C.E.S.N.A. and as a hunting instructor for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He also served as an ambulance driver in the early days of the New Athens Ambulance Service. Doug loved the outdoors and greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his hunting buddies. Above all, Doug loved his family and especially the time spent with his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his father – Henry Joe Poston. His father and mother-in-law – Elmer and Shirley, nee Stroh, Caywood. One brother – David Poston.

He is survived by his loving wife – Barb, nee Caywood, Poston whom he married on September 29, 1973 at St. John United Church of Christ. His children – Mandy (Michael) Ohlendorf of Smithton, IL; Luke (Caitlin) Poston of Smithton, IL. His grandchildren – Jaxon Ohlendorf; Hudson Ohlendorf and he was expecting the arrival of a granddaughter in December – Lydia Poston. His mother – Mary Lee, nee Young, Poston of Riverview, FL. One brother – Steve Poston of Riverview, FL. Two sisters – Janice (Glen) Moore of Smithton, IL; Becky Poston of Riverview, FL. Three sisters-in-law – Deb (Clyde) Scherle of New Athens, IL; Deanna (Ronnie) Gilley of Marissa, IL; Sharon Poston of Riverview, FL. One uncle – Murray “Bud” Poston of New Athens, IL. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to C.E.S.N.A. or the Merrier Christmas Drive.

Visitation: Friends may call at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Monday, November 23, 2015 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 9:00am to 10:30am.

Funeral: Services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 10:30am with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Can’t find the words to express how sorry I am for the loss of such a good guy , my hearts go out to all of you , love and prayers sent to you

    Posted by: Ed, Anita , James and Jessica – New Athens, IL – Longtime friends Nov 21, 2015

  2. Administrator says:

    Barb and family we are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. No words can comfort, but letting you know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless all of you.4BSMQ

    Posted by: Jim and Pam Hammel – Waterloo, IL – Friends Nov 21, 2015

  3. Administrator says:

    Barb and family, we are so sorry for the loss of Doug. May your many memories get you through today and the days to come.
    The Hampton family

    Posted by: Ron and Kim Hampton Nov 21, 2015

  4. Administrator says:

    Barb, Amanda & Luke
    We are so sorry to hear about Doug. Please know that you are in our prayers.

    Dave & Queenie

    Posted by: Dave & Queenie Allan – East Peoria, IL Nov 22, 2015

  5. Administrator says:

    Barb and family- Although we are not able to be with you we would like to express our condolences. Doug was a good guy and he will be missed. God be with you. Vickie and Jerry Luter

    Posted by: Jerry & Vickie Luter – New Athens, IL – Friend Nov 22, 2015

  6. Administrator says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew Doug when I was a little girl when he worked for my dad at Millers Yamaha.

    Posted by: Carol Miller – Highland, IL Nov 22, 2015

  7. Administrator says:

    Barb and family, We are so sorry for you loss. Prayers for you and your family.

    Posted by: Donna and Richard Reuss Nov 23, 2015

  8. Administrator says:

    Barb and Family,
    Sending you and your family our heartfelt sympathy, Sending our prayers to all of you.

    Posted by: Robert & Donna Kearns – New Athens, IL – Friend Nov 23, 2015

  9. Administrator says:

    Many of us worked with Doug during the construction of the Prairie State Power Plant. He could always be counted on to support his fellow Union Brothers and would do anything for any one of us, demonstrating his values of integrity, honor and respect daily. Doug was always one that could be counted on to do the right thing and gave his all in his work. He was a credit to his Craft, his Union, and a true Union Brother.

    Posted by: Local 716 Millwrights at Prairie State – LOCAL 716, IL – Union Brothers Nov 23, 2015

  10. Administrator says:

    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

    Posted by: Ashley (Idecker) Herbig – Troy, MO Nov 23, 2015

  11. Administrator says:

    lease accept our deepest sympathies.

    Posted by: Dody & Darryl Hagen – Lenzburg, IL Nov 23, 2015

  12. Administrator says:

    Barb, Mandy & Luke: Sorry for your loss, Praying for your family during this difficult time

    Posted by: John Thomas – New Baden, IL Nov 23, 2015

  13. Administrator says:


    My deepest symthathies on the passing of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Dan Mayer

    Posted by: A friend Nov 23, 2015

  14. Administrator says:

    Mary and Family, So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Posted by: Kim Stephens-Carson – Naples, FL Nov 24, 2015

  15. Administrator says:

    Please accept my condolences. Doug was a great guy and father. Doug and brother Wayne are now together again.

    Posted by: Tom Parker – Smithton, IL – friend Nov 27, 2015

  16. Administrator says:

    Barb, Mandy, Luke, Mike, Kaitlin and all the rest of the family I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for all of you to be able to continue each day with happy memories.

    Posted by: Melinda & Don Milligan – Freeburg, IL Dec 02, 2015

  17. Administrator says:

    Dear Barb and family,

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Howard and Jean Geppert

    Posted by: jean huth-geppert – New Athens, IL Dec 02, 2015

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