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Dr. William Ray Stinnett


Dr. William Ray Stinnett, 100, of Carlinville, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 4, 2023, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 20, 1923, in Benld, to James and Pearl (Trioni) Stinnett.

William married Olga Zebrun on June 21, 1946, at the Orthodox Church in Benld.  She preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 2011.

William attended Illinois College in Jacksonville and Northwestern Dental School in Chicago.  He first practiced dentistry in Barry, for five years. During the Korean War he served in the US Airforce as a dentist stationed at the Tachikawa Airbase in Japan, holding the rank of Captain.  For over 40 years he had a dental practice in Carlinville.  He was an avid reader, fisherman, duck hunter, wood carver and wood worker. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club both of Carlinville.

William is survived by son, William Ray Stinnett, JR (Joyce) of St. Louis, MO; daughter, Jeanne Stinnett Hughes (Richard) of New Orleans, LA.; three grandchildren, Kristen, Sarah, and Richard and four great grandchildren Sophia, Isabelle, Hudson, and Eloise.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife and his brothers, Myrle and Earl.

Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Holy Dormition Cemetery, Benld.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Carlinville, the Carlinville Public Library or plant a tree through Kravanya Funeral website.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge.