Raymond G. Brummett "The Fishing Fool” born on February 28, 1937, passed away peacefully at his home in Lincoln, IL on May 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
He was a 1955 graduate of East Richland High School, Olney, IL. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Eastern Illinois University in 1959. He is a life member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.
He married Barbara Anne Cloonan on September 7, 1957. She preceded him in death. He is survived by five children: Tony Brummett, Stephanie Brummett, Tim Brummett, Jennifer (Jeff) Bergman, and Leslie (Steve) Koetters; ten grandchildren: Austin and Anthony Brummett, Mackenzie and Keagan Newhouse, Brandon Brummett, Joey and Emma Bergman, Katie, Lily, and Nicholas Koetters; his sisters: Linda Brummett and Kathy Tomblinson; he was preceded in death by his parents: William T. and Jennie B. (Hubble) Brummett and his brother: Sonny Brummett.
Ray was an avid fisherman and Cardinal fan. He served in the United States Army from 1959-1962. He began his teaching career in 1962, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. In 1965 he helped form and was elected the 1st State President of The Alaska On-Base Education Association. In 1966 he was elected President of The Alaska Education Association, serving 2 terms. In 1968 he began teaching Industrial Arts at Chester-East Lincoln School, where he later became principal. In 1980, when his arm became too tired from applying the Board of Education to his student’s backsides, he started as a tool designer at Eaton Corporation. In 1986, he was promoted to supervisor of tool engineering and retired in 1999.
In retirement he worked with Crappie USA, assisting with Crappie Tournaments throughout the United States. He was a life member of the National Education Association, 3rd and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, served as Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator, Member of the American Legion Post #89, serving 2 years as Commander, member of AMVETS Post #45, served on Carroll Catholic School Board and as a Lector of Holy Family Catholic Church. He greatly enjoyed cheering on the Cardinals in person at BUSCH Stadium wearing his infamous rally squirrel hat.
The family requests for the visitation that all in attendance wear their favorite Cardinals or fishing shirts. Cub fans will be welcomed for this one time only special event.
Services for Raymond will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday May 15, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. John Pham officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday May 14, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with a prayer service prior to visitation at 3:30. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Raymond’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.