Robert Fredrick “Fred” Deichman, 76, of Mt. Vernon, died 5:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Oct. 30, 1936, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Robert Charles Deichman and Clara Ethel (Short) Deichman Kolmer. He married Joan Bullock on Aug. 26, 1956, in Mt. Vernon, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2005.
Fred was a starting forward on the 1954 Mt. Vernon Rams State Championship basketball team. He was a salesman for Lorillard Tobacco Company for 33 years and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon and a member of the Masonic Lodge 31 A.F.& A.M., the Ainad Shrine Temple East St. Louis and the Jefferson County Shrine Club.
In honor of Fred’s participation in the 1954 Mt. Vernon Rams State Championship basketball team, the family requests that friends wear the Rams’ school colors, orange and black, to the visitation and funeral service.
He is survived by his son, Chris F. Deichman and wife Carmen of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Stacy Deichman Cole and husband Mitch of Mt. Vernon, Kelley Deichman of Dix and Jodi Deichman of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren, Kaelin Pierce and husband Adam, Brennan Cox, Kyle and Graham Hartman and Reid and Lane Deichman; and two great-grandchildren, Wade and Ty Pierce.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Evelyn Deichman; stepfather, Anthony H. “Tony” Kolmer; his wife, Joan Deichman; two sisters, Veneta Flanagan and Marie Creek; and one brother, Bill Hayes.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Dan Lovin officiating. Interment will be at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or the MVTHS Athletic Department and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.