James Gorman

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James L. “Larry” Gorman, 72, of Swansea, IL, born December 18, 1944, in Caraway, AR, died Sunday, November 11, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Gorman was a retired senior software engineer for First Data Resource, Maryland Heights, MO.  Larry was raised in southwest Michigan until he was 18 years old, when he moved to Belleville, IL, in January of 1963. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator from March 9, 1966 to March 9, 1967 in Vietnam.  He was in the 2nd Battalion 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.  Sgt. Gorman was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star with V Device for Valor, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry for Heroism in Combat, the Air Medal, Army Accommodation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Medal.  Mr. Gorman was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 6368, Dupo, IL.  “Agent Orange finally got me.”

Larry was preceded in death by his son, Benjamin Ray; and his parents, Lloyd and Luedean E., nee Dunn, Gorman.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Lucy M. Gorman, nee Elmore, whom he married on January 3, 1969;
four children, Patrick Ray of Houston, TX, Linda (Todd) Ohlemeier of Fairview Heights, IL, Keith Ray of Swansea, IL, and Cheryl (Jerry) Gassell of DuQuoin, IL;
11 grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren;
many nieces and nephews;
his cat, Jewels;
special friends from eighth grade, Mary and Carol Healy of San Diego, CA, whom distance nor years could separate;
and friend from kindergarten, James Butzbach of Coloma, MI.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Rick Koonce officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Belleville, IL.


1 Comment on James Gorman

Don and Ruth Rakers said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Sorry to hear about Larry. Thinking of you! Our deepest sympathy to you and your children.

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