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Ron Thouvenin

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Ron Thouvenin, 82, of Huey, passed away at Carlyle Healthcare Center on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Mr. Thouvenin was born on October 14, 1932, in Posey, Illinois, a son of Fred and Elizabeth (Backs) Thouvenin. He married Viola Rueter on November 15, 1952, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle and she survives in Huey.

Ron is also survived by his sons – Gary Thouvenin and wife Donna of Glen Carbon, and Bob Thouvenin and wife Nancy of Huey; two grandsons – Michael Thouvenin and wife Emilie of Glen Carbon, and Aaron Thouvenin and wife Diana of New Jersey; two sisters – Wilma Hemann, and Norma Lappe and husband Wilson, all of Carlyle; a brother – Roger Thouvenin and wife Doris of Kentucky; two brothers-in-law – Robert Rueter of New Minden, and Louis Rueter and wife Diane of St. Louis; and two sisters-in-law – Martha Rueter of Arkansas, and Eunice Rueter-Witte of Nashville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Brett Thouvenin; a brother – Floyd Thouvenin; his sisters – Virginia Thouvenin, and Sharon Hotz; and his in-laws – Joe Hemann; Val Rueter, Lorna Rueter, Wilbert Rueter, Edward Rueter and wife Jeanette, John Rueter and wife Norma, Arnold Rueter, and Delbert Rueter and wife Margie.

Mr. Thouvenin was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle, where he served as chairman and Sunday School superintendent. He served in the United States Army and was a member of the Carlyle American Legion. Ron worked at Mount Motor Sales in Carlyle, Pet Milk Company, and retired as parts manager at Nobby Schmitt Motors in Greenville. Mr. Thouvenin was an avid sportsman, and he loved softball, baseball, bowling, fishing and hunting. He was inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame and the Clinton County Baseball League Hall of Fame, and his teams won three state championships in fast pitch softball. Ron loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle with Rev. Steve Sommerer, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Carlyle Township Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Messiah Lutheran Church, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Zieren Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at