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William H. Lanum, formerly of Du Quoin

  • William H. Lanum

    William H. Lanum

updated: 3/27/2021 7:31 PM

Mr. William Houston Lanum was born Nov. 2, 1938 in Du Quoin, Illinois. He departed this life on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Lanum and Irma Ola (Anderson) Lanum; his brother James Lanum; and son, Mark Alan Lanum.

Bill attended Du Quoin High School and graduated in 1956. He went on to attend Southern Illinois University, earning a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1962.

Bill married the love of his life Anna B. Avant on June 9, 1962 in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He joined the International Harvester Corp., and in 1968 joined International Business Machines (IBM) in Chicago.

Bill was promoted multiple times within IBM resulting in multiple relocations for him and his family, ultimately landing in Atlanta, Georgia in 1984.

He will be deeply missed by three of his four children, Steve (Delise) Lanum, David (Kimberly) Lanum and Albert Lanum; one granddaughter, Serena Lanum; and three grandsons, David Jr., Matthew and Joshua Lanum.

He also leaves behind three brothers, Edward Lanum Sr. of Du Quoin, Andrew C. (Havalynn) Lanum Jr. of Crete, Illinois and John (Gloria) Lanum of Lansing, Michigan; and his double first cousin, Mrs. Shirley Barker.

Mr. Lanum's funeral service will be held Monday, March 29, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home and Chapel in Marietta, Georgia. Public viewing will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Kennesaw Memorial Park.

For more information, call Heritage Funeral Home and Chapel at (770) 485-0040.