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Roland Duane "Boots" McCoy

Roland Duane "Boots" McCoy, 81, died at 9:10 a.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at Alton Memorial Hospital.

Boots was born at home in Rosedale Township, Jersey County, Illinois on April 30, 1936, and was the last surviving of five children born to Halley Leroy and Lois Irma (Ridenour) McCoy.

At just 17 years of age, he began working at Laclede Steel Company in Alton, where he retired as a wire drawer in the Wire Mill after 33 years of service. Being able to retire at a young age, Boots was able to enjoy some of the activities that he enjoyed, such as fishing. hunting, cutting wood, (basically anything to do with the outdoors) and riding his beloved Harley Davidson. A very social guy, Boots couldn't go anywhere that he didn't know someone, as he never met a stranger.

One evening during the Jerseyville City Fair, Boots met Martha Helen Arnold, and the two married on Jan. 23, 1954 at the Grafton United Methodist Church. Together they have shared 63 years of marriage, and their family has been blessed with their four children and many grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Martha McCoy of Dow; his four children and their spouses, Terri and Rick Davis of Shipman, Michael Duane and Margie McCoy of Grafton, Randy and Julie McCoy of Brussels, and Deedee and Michael Carpenter of Jerseyville; along with his 13 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great grandson, Kashton Mangara; two brothers, Dale McCoy and Leroy McCoy; and two sisters, Donna Dabbs, and Dollie McCoy in infancy.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday.

Burial will take place in the East Newbern Cemetery in Dow.

Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or the Arthritis Foundation.

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