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Sanfred R. Rantanen

July 5, 1936 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Sanfred Rantanen Obituary

Sanfred R. Rantanen, 87, of Staunton, IL, passed away at 12:05 PM on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Staunton Health & Rehab Center in Staunton, IL.  He was born July 5, 1936 in Covington, Michigan, the son of the late Arne & Thelma (Orquist) Rantanen.  He was married to Mildred Nocholas on April 4, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in East St. Louis, IL & she survives.

He was employed as an Assemblyman at Ford Motor Company in Hazelwood, MO for many years, & also served his country in the U.S. Air Force.  He enjoyed traveling, bowling, golf, playing cards, & playing the lottery.  Sanfred would talk to anyone who would listen, mostly sharing stories of his growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years -  Mildred Rantanen of Staunton, IL;  two daughters -  Angie (Dwayne) Heim of Staunton, IL  &  Lisa Stieren of Glen Carbon, IL;  one son -  Ray (Debbie) Rantanen of Bethalto, IL;  grandchildren -  Nick Heim,  Annika Heim,  Stewart Heim,  Cami Stieren,  Bradley Rantanen,  &  Ryan Balster;  one sister -  Sheila Fenn of Niantic, CT;  one brother -  Dale (Helen) Rantanen of Staunton, IL;  & many nieces & nephews also survive.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law -  Marti Stieren;  a brother -  Donny Rantanen;  & a brother-in-law -  Fran Fenn.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 AM on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton, IL.  Memorial services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton, IL with Rev. Phil Girardin officiating.  Private burial will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton, IL.

Memorials are suggested to either Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton, IL or to Adopt-A-Pet of Benld, IL.

 

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Visitation
Thursday
January 18, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Williamson Funeral Homes, Ltd.
108 W Henry Street
Staunton, IL 62088

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 18, 2024

11:00 AM
Williamson Funeral Homes, Ltd.
108 W Henry Street
Staunton, IL 62088

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