Clemit Tipsword Peifer, 91, of Beecher City, IL passed away at 5:15 p.m. Sunday (March 9, 2014) at St. Anthonyís Hospital, Effingham, IL.
Funeral services will be Thursday (March 13, 2014) at 2:00 p.m. at the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Beecher City with Masonic rites. Pastor Jack Stoops will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Cowden with military rites by the Shelby county Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Kluthe Center in Beecher City or the veteranís memorial of the donorís choice.
Clemit was born September 20, 1922 in Dry Point Township, Shelby County, Il the son of Charles Thomas and Florence Agnes (Tipsword) Peifer.
He married Betty Margaret Lockart November 19, 1948 at Altamont, IL by Rev. E.L. Lawler, Methodist minister.
He graduated from Cowden High School in 1940. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during WW II from 1942 to 1946. He was most proud of his service in the Asiatic Pacific aboard the submarine the USS Pilot Fish. After the war he farmed and was elected to the Effingham County Board of Supervisors in the late 1950ís. He served as Postmaster of Beecher City from 1962 to 1989.
Clemit enjoyed people and never saw a stranger. He was so proud of his children and loved showing off his grandchildren. He had fond memories of his childhood, attending the Free Methodist Church in Fancher, IL with his parents and setting up their tent every summer at the Free Methodist campground in Cowden, IL
Surviving are his children, daughters Sheila Sue (Stan) Sproat of Bradenton, FL, Sharon Agnes (David) Hankins of Eva, TN and son Joseph Roy Peifer of Beecher City, IL; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Also surviving is his sister, June Mietzner of Effingham, IL.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, both parents, sisters, Velma Slifer and Faye Kessler and brothers, Dale Peifer and Kenneth Peifer.