Obituary of Gervese Roundcount
Gervese B. Roundcount, 95, formerly of Eldred, and a resident at Calhoun Nursing Center passed at Mercy Hospital St. Louis on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
Gervese was born February 10, 1923 in Michael, IL to Clarence and Elizabeth (Klunk) Roundcount.
He married Lelia Duggan 71 ½ years ago on December 31, 1946 at St. Mary’s Westwoods Catholic Church in Fieldon, IL and she survives.
Mr. Roundcount was a WW II Veteran having served in the United States Army. He served in the 44th Infantry Division, 324th Infantry Regiment, Company B, 1st Battalion, Light Weapons. Roundcount was a Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the platoon. He supervised men, inspected equipment and picked firing positions for weapons during combat in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. Mr. Roundcount was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Bronze Star Medal with Valor V Device. He participated in the STL Honor Flight in 2015 and was presented the flag that had flown above the WW II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Gervese retired from Shell Oil in Wood River in 1978 and continued to farm with John in rural Eldred until his mid 80’s.
Pop, as many called him enjoyed his Catholic faith, family, farming, hunting, fishing, the STL Cardinals, playing Euchre, and attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting and other events.
Gervese was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother Jerome Roundcount and brother Raymond Roundcount, sisters Mary Gorman and Francis Smith, grandson Dustin Hainsfurther, and former son-in-law Rob Higgins.
Gervese is survived by nine children; John (Karen) Roundcount of Eldred, Laura (Bob) Froemling of Glen Carbon, Bill (Sue) Roundcount of St. Peters, Ed (Debbie) Roundcount of Litchfield, Kevin (Suzanne) Roundcount of Grafton, Tammy Hainsfurther of Carlinville, Rodney (Tina) Roundcount of Edwardsville, Lisa Higgins of Jerseyville, Melissa (Jeff) Kimble of Jerseyville, 24 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and sister-in-law Betty Duggan of Fieldon.
Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fieldon. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Full Military Rites will be conducted by the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association or Saint Francis/Holy Ghost School in Jerseyville.
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