Ferrell Leon Puckett
Dr. Ferrell Leon Puckett, 92, of Mt. Vernon, died at 9:55 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at his home in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Arthur, the son of Dr. Leo V. Puckett and
Ruth (Gibson) Puckett. He married Kathryn J. Stockman in 1948.
Dr. Puckett is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Puckett Page of Mt. Vernon;
grandchildren, John P. Williams, Trenton Page, Brandon Page, David Puckett,
Mary K. Puckett and Charles "Chuck" Gibson Rossol; brother, Robert E. Puckett
and wife Elizabeth of Cherry Hill Village, Colo.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Puckett
of Mt. Vernon; granddaughter-in-law, Tara Page Morgan of Mt. Vernon; special friends,
Tyson Hungate and Doris Dennis of Mt. Vernon; and several great-grandchildren, nieces
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; one son, John G. Puckett; one brother,
Thomas Allen Puckett; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Fry Puckett.
A 1939 graduate of Mt. Vernon Township High School, Ferrell attended Southern Illinois
University for two years before transferring to Iowa State University where he was a member
of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1944.
He was a veterinarian associated with his father in the operation Mt. Vernon Animal Hospital
for many years.
He participated in the Army Specialized Training Program during World War II and served in
the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was retired from the Air Force Reserve in
1981 in the grade of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was a member and past president of the Southern
Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, a member of Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge 819, Mt. Vernon
American Legion Post 141, Turn Roehm AMVETS Post 4, the Jefferson County Historical Society,
the Old Timers Car Club and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. He was a a former
member and past president of the District 80 Board of Education and Central Christian Church in
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Mr. Randy Sells
and the Rev. Brad Henson officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Members
of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Jefferson County Historical Society and to
Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to
Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Il. 62864.
Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Submitted by: Jerry Sammons