Eilert J. "Jack" Herren, 90, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 12:22 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Mo.

Eilert J. "Jack" Herren, 90, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 12:22 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Mo.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Brother Michael Miller and Pastor Kent Lewis will officiate.

Burial with full military rites will be at La Belle Cemetery in La Belle, Mo.

Friends and family are invited to Jack’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo.

Jack was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Warsaw, Ill., to John H. and Elma Irene Hunsaker Herren.

He was married to Shirley Garnett on Oct. 3, 1975, in Quincy, Ill. She preceded him in death Dec. 18, 2011.

Survivors include two sons, Darryl L. Herren (Christina) of Hannibal, Mo., and Brad Herren of Austin, Texas, one sister, Edna Solter of Canton, Mo, four grandchildren, Mathew Herren (Kathleen), Aimee Danforth (Derek), Megan Herren, Melody Herren and six great-grandchildren, James, Emily, Henry, Dylan, Bradlee and Lexi. He is also survived by several stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, seven sisters and five brothers.

Jack served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his time in the service Jack started a long career in the entertainment industry. Jack first worked as an announcer for radio and performances in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Later he began to work as a broadcast engineer. His work brought him closer to home with assignments in St. Louis, Mo., Channel 7 and then WGEM both of Quincy, Ill.

Jack also worked as a professional clown performing at many venues and also for magic shows and at parties. In his retirement Jack also saw the country as he delivered school buses and motor homes to locations in all 48 continental states. Many will also remember Jack as the friendly door greeter at the Quincy Wal-Mart Store for several years.

Away from work Jack loved to write poetry and had much of his work published. He also enjoyed painting and playing his guitar. Some of Jack’s pleasures were life’s simplest, visiting with family and friends, enjoying an episode of “The Lone Ranger” or dinner at McDonalds with his wife. Most of all Jack loved his Lord and Savior and cherished the time he shared with his family.

Jack attended the Gospel Lighthouse Church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Lighthouse Church.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Herren, Ronnie Herren, Derek Danforth, Charles Miller, Paul Flesner and Charles Wade

 Honorary pallbearer will be Mr. Herren's Grandson, Mathew Herren.

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