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Raymond Gale Boone

March 15, 1931 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 88)

Raymond Gale Boone, 88, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 6:00 P.M. August 5, 2019 at his residence. He was born March 15, 1931 in Jefferson County, Illinois to the late Raymond Albert Boone and Opal Edna Beal (Gerard) Boone. He married Helen Lorene Tennyson on June 7, 1949 in Mount Vernon, Illinois and she preceded him in death on August 27, 1976.

Gale is survived by his three sons, Jimmie Boone and wife, Kathy of Texico, Michael Boone and wife, Darla of Mount Vernon, and Les Boone and wife, Diane of Mount Vernon; daughter, Karen Eagan of Mount Vernon; eight grandchildren, Adam Boone, Ryan Boone and wife, Anjae, Rae Leigh Ellis and husband, Dave, Cody Boone and LaDawn Wheeler, Fred Mooney and wife, Melissa, Jeremy Boone and wife, Erica, Holli Hodge and husband, Tim, Jacob Boone and special friend, Desirée; sixteen great-grandchildren; brother, Dan Boone of Galesburg; sister, Elaine Newell and husband Dewey of Metamora; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and beloved wife, Mr. Boone was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Boone and Charles Boone.

Gale first worked as an oil driller for Pep Drilling Co. in Mount Vernon and later as an operating engineer and heavy equipment operator.  He was a member of the Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.  He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

A Visitation will be held 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Newell Funeral Home, 601 S. 42nd Street in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  A Funeral Service will begin at 3:00 P.M. with Reverend Les Sinks officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mount Vernon at a later date. Memorials, in Gale’s loving memory, may be made to the Helping Hands Ministries Food Pantry.

Call Newell Funeral Home - Mount Vernon at 618-246-0100 or visit for further information.

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