Anthony F. “Fred” Seripinas Jr., 70, of Westville, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born Oct. 8, 1937, in Westville, the son of Anthony “Harrisburg” Serpinas and Anna “Bubbles” Karpolis. He married Wanda Spencer Howard on Aug. 22, 1970, in Westville. She survives, as well as: four daughters: Antoinette Tru (David Williams) Seripinas of Westville, Debbie (Brad) Adams of Westville, Tammy (Steve) Howe of Lewisburg, Tenn., Rachel (Don) Maxfield of Rileysburg, Ind.; his grandchildren: Brandy (Jason) Hinds, Crystal Howe, Justin Adams, Christopher Hughes, Jackie Hughes and Ryleigh Johnson; two great-grandchildren: Jaylen Smith and Jacy Hinds; a brother, Mike Serpinas of South Carolina; one sister, Beverly Williams of Lakeland, Fla.; his uncle, Bill Serpinas of Westville; special nephews: Jonathon (Debbie) Seripinas, Glenn Seripinas, Tony (Shelly) Seripinas and Caleb Seripinas; special niece, Vincie Seripinas; many nieces, nephews and special friends, Ronnie Lomax and Dixie, Keith and Sharon Walker. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Antonette “Toni” Driver.
Fred was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1963. He was a 32 Degree Mason with Anchor Lodge 980 and Ansar Shrine, and also a member of the American Legion Post 51 of Westville and the GAO Grotto.
Fred had worked at General Electric in Danville and later owned and operated Freddie’s Tipple Tavern in Westville. He also worked as a coal miner with the Ziegler Coal Mine and retired from Old Ben Coal Mine in Marion.
Fred enjoyed talking with everybody. He never met a stranger. Most of all, he enjoyed fishing in Canada and Alaska with friends. He was a sports fan and avid Chicago Bears fan. He loved spending time with his granddaughter, Ryleigh.
A celebration of life funeral service for Fred Seripinas will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at Sunset’s Urbas Chapel of Westville. Officiating will be the Rev. Don Morgan. A Masonic service, open to the public, will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday by Anchor Lodge 980. Burial will be in Lithuanian National Cemetery in Westville. Visitation for family and friends will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at the funeral home. Condolences to the family can be made at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.