William "Dub" Dacus, 74, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 3:10 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. He was born July 18, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, a son of the late James Harvel Dacus and Violet Mae (Fisher) Dacus Ledbetter.
He married Mabel L. (Main) Dacus on August 31, 1957 in Hernando, Mississippi and she survives. He had worked at Crown Zellerbach-Gaylord Container in St. Louis with many years of dedicated service as a maintenance mechanic. He enjoyed his days of being outdoors fishing, hunting, camping and riding his motorcycle. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 54 years, he is survived by three children and spouses, Katherine Dacus Oehlecker of Granite City, Debra and Keith Flaugher of Granite City and William and Paige Dacus Jr. of Wood River; six grandchildren, Don Oehlecker, Danny Meade, Kimberly Ripley, Katie Oehlecker, Derek Flaugher and Beth Meade; one great-grandchild, Taylor Oehlecker; one sister, Gwen Weston of Qulin, Missouri; three brothers, Robert Ledbetter of Dittmer, Missouri, Allen Ledbetter of Granite City and Richard Ledbetter of Union, Missouri; two step-sisters, Patsy Otterbeine of Fredricktown, Missouri and Mary Agnes Hudson of Rolla, Missouri; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Wm. Clay Dacus; one grandson, George Meade; two brothers, David Dacus and Kenneth Ledbetter; one sister, Dorothy Dacus Knehaus; one step-brother, Sonny Ledbetter and one step-sister, June DeGeare.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012 with Reverend Mark Maynard officiating. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery on Maryville Road in Granite City at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society for melanoma research and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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