Loren Benner  ‘Benny’ Muckelroy

Loren Benner ‘Benny’ Muckelroy

Loren Benner Muckelroy “Benny,” 81, of Frankfort, Ky., died after a long illness on June 26, 2020, at his home. 

Mr. Muckelroy had many connections to Southern Illinois, being born and reared in Carbondale.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Dorothy Muckelroy of Carbondale; and his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. W.J. Benner of Anna and Professor Renzo E. Muckelroy and Mrs. Muckelroy.  Prof. Muckelroy was a pioneer agriculture faculty member of Southern Illinois University.  He also was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Dennis Kircher.

Mr. Muckelroy is survived by two sons, Norris Muckelroy of Carbondale and Ben (Elvira) Muckelroy of Makanda.  

He is also survived by the mother of his sons, Cecelia Norris Muckelroy of Carbondale; his sister, Marilyn Muckelroy Kircher of Columbia; five grandchildren, Erin (Liam) Moher of Dayton, Ohio, Holly Muckelroy of Equality, Marat, Alina and Milana Muckelroy, all of Makanda; and three great-grandchildren, Brayden Howell, Dawson Dykema and Alex Casteel, all of Equality.

Mr. Muckelroy was in the first graduating class of the SIU Embalming School and worked for several years as a funeral director at Norris & Son Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  

Later, he was a successful salesman, selling floral supplies to flower shops throughout the Midwest.  He was a gun collector, and was an enthusiastic trap shooter.  He loved boating and water skiing with his sons.

The family voiced special thanks to Michael and Brooke Billings for their loving care during his illness.

Visitation will be on July 14, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home, formerly Norris & Son Funeral Home, on the Jonesboro Square, with Pastor Robert Gray officiating.

Interment will be on July 15 at 10:30 a.m. in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, 31 Memorial Dr., Murphysboro.

Everyone who will be attending will be required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing guidelines. He will be buried next to his Muckelroy grandparents.  

In lieu of flowers, one can contribute to the Jonesboro Fountain Memorial Park, City Hall,  P.O. Box 330, Jonesboro, Ill. 62952.  Contributions can also be made online to the Renzo E. Muckelroy Legacy Scholarship at siuf.org or by check to the Renzo E. Muckelroy Legacy Scholarship at the SIU Foundation, 1235 Douglas Dr., Mail code 6895, Carbondale, Ill. 62901.

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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