Mr. Etter worked for Illinois Power Company before his retirement. He was a member of the Belleville First Assembly of God Church, a member of the St. Clair Masonic Lodge #24 AF& AM, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a 60 year member of the Consistory. Junior was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and later the United States Air Force. He belonged to the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Dillie Mae, nee Stambaugh, Etter; five brothers, Harold, Carl, Russell, and Eugene Etter; Willie Etter in infancy; and three sisters, Frances Salisbury, Luetta Wynn, and Grace Schisler.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Jennie B., nee Price, Etter, whom he married on September 5, 1958;
three sons, Ronald Eugene (Rhonda) Etter of Belleville, IL,
Shelton (Karen) Etter of Belleville, IL,
and Christopher (Michelle) Etter, of Freeburg, IL;
six grandchildren, Leslie Etter,
Jennifer (Larry) Cole,
Allison, Emily, and Jacob Etter,
and Ryan Feder;
and one great-grandchild, Jaxson Cole.
In lieu of all other gifts, memorials may be made to the Belleville First Assembly of God Church or to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Belleville First Assembly of God Church. A Masonic ritual will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Belleville First Assembly of God Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. David Raynaud officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.