Earl Leslie McGee

earl mcgee

December 20, 1935 ~ November 3, 2023

Born in: Granite City, Illinois
Resided in: Formerly of Panama, Illinois

Earl Leslie McGee was born on December 20, 1935, in Granite City, Illinois, to Clarence and Alice (Kinder) McGee. He passed away on November 3, 2023, in Purcell, Oklahoma at the age of 87 years.

Earl grew up in Panama, Illinois and attended school in Hillsboro, Illinois graduating from high school in 1954.  Earl proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957.  After his honorable discharge from the military service Earl married the love of his life, Nancy Ann Bentley, on June 1, 1957, at the Sorento Baptist Church in Sorento, Illinois. They enjoyed over 59 years of happy, married life. To this union was born 3 sons: Ricky Lee, Randy Lynn, and Robin Lane whom they raised in Sauk Village, Illinois.

Earl worked for Republic Steel in Chicago, Illinois beginning in 1957 and worked there for over 28 years. After retirement, Earl and Nancy moved to Carrollton, Texas and he began working for Macy’s Department store on the loading docks as a “return to vendor” specialist. He worked there for 10-12 years until retiring for the second time in his life.  After retirement, Earl and Nancy moved to Purcell, Oklahoma in 2013 where he lived until his passing away.

Earl’s favorite hobbies were collecting toy trains, playing chess, and studying military history. He was a Christian and attended church in Illinois, Texas, and Oklahoma. Earl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Alice McGee; his wife, Nancy McGee; his sons, Robin McGee, Rick McGee, and Randy McGee; and his siblings, Maurice McGee, Leonard McGee, Floyd McGee, and Schreldia Brown.

Earl is survived by two daughters-in-law, Pamela McGee of Miamisburg, OH, and Nancy McGee Craig of Tecumseh, OK; his sisters, Francis Henke, and Maureen Burris; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

A viewing will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023, from 9:00-5:00 p.m., with the family receiving guests from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell, Oklahoma.

Local Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral, 201 S. Main Street, Sorento, IL 62086.  The funeral ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Craig officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Earl, or to offer condolences to his family.



Visitation: November 9, 2023 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home of Sorento
201 S. Main St.
Sorento, IL 62086

Funeral Ceremony: November 9, 2023 2:00 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home of Sorento
201 S. Main St.
Sorento, IL 62086

Interment: November 9, 2023 3:00 pm

Sunnyside Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Sorento, IL 62086

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

  1. Light a Candle
  2. Light a Candle
  3. Light a Candle
  4. Light a Candle
  5. Light a Candle
  6. Light a Candle
  7. Light a Candle
  8. Light a Candle

Accessibility Tools