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Marlin J. "Gene" Frick, 89, of Bonnie, Illinois passed away March 11, 2017 at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. He was born May 28, 1927 in Jefferson County, Illinois to parents, John and Flora (McGhee) Frick. Gene married JoAnn (Lappin) Frick on January 20, 1951 in Clay County, Arkansas. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois with Pastor Bill Degenhart officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Members of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct Full Military Honors at the cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois.

Gene is survived by his wife, JoAnn Frick of Bonnie, Illinois; daughter, Sherry Frick of Mount Vernon, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Joyce Frick of Woodlawn, Illinois; brothers, Dean Frick and wife, Collen of Bonnie, Illinois and John Frick, Jr. of Evansville, Indiana; grandchildren, Jeff Liggett, Greg Liggett, Lee Liggett, Jacob Frick, Josh Frick, Jordan Frick, and Jonah Beth Prince; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; son, Darrell Frick; and siblings, George Frick, Harold Frick, Gwain Frick, and Eliza Florence Pickett.

Gene proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was a member of the VFW #9153 in Waltonville and UMWA #1545 of Sesser. He also attended Elk Prairie Christian Church. Gne worked as a coal miner for many years. He started for Inland Steel Mine and retired with Consolidated Coal. Gene was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Elk Prairie Christian Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Newell Funeral Home, 2707 North Street, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Newell Funeral Home where you may call the Mount Vernon office at (618) 246-0100, the Waltonville office at (618) 279-7272, or visit www.newellfuneralhome.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on March 13, 2017
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