Elbert “Bert” Teffertiller, 92, of McLeansboro, passed away 5:16 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
He was born Feb. 5, 1922, in Buckner, the son of Ambrose T. Teffertiller and Anne (Pharis) Teffertiller. He married Alice Marie Payne on March 12, 1946 in Ewing and she preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 2002.
A native of Christopher, he graduated from Christopher High School in 1940 and attended Southern Illinois State Teacher’s College. He then entered the service in 1942, spending three and a half years in the U.S. Army, two years of which were in the European Theatre during WWII. Bert was a self-employed businessman, owning several businesses throughout his career. In 1947, he came to McLeansboro and starting with a clothing store gradually added furniture, appliances and flooring.
In 1969, he bought the Chevrolet/Buick/General Motors Dealership, which the family still owns and operates. He was passionate about community growth and development, including the development of the Meadow Hills subdivision. He was an enthusiastic Cardinals baseball fan, loved to travel and enjoyed being with his family. He was a Christian and a member of the McLeansboro Church of Christ.
He is survived by one son, Alan Teffertiller and wife Kathy of McLeansboro; one daughter, Ruth Trauffer of Powder Springs, Ga.; four granddaughters, Angela Graves and husband Don of Memphis, Tenn., Sheri Smith and husband Steve of Marietta, Ga., Kara Harrison and husband Matthew of Benton and Katlyn Teffertiller of McLeansboro; one grandson, Eric Johnson and wife Erin of Wawatosa, Wis.; six great-grandchildren, James and Audrey Graves, Stephen, Grant and Harper Smith, Will Johnson and Baby Harrison on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; two brothers, Howard and Cecil Teffertiller; and one sister, Mildred Phegley.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Harre Funeral Home with Alan Teffertiller and Fred Leeds officiating. Graveside military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 106 and Military Honors Team, Marion. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Memorials may be made to Thursday School, Hamilton Memorial Hospital or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.
Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, is in charge of all arrangements.