William Ralph Harmon, 60, of Shawneetown, died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Deaconess Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana after an extended illness. Bill as most knew him was born in Shawneetown, on April 20, 1949 to Ralph and Ann (Mahoney) Harmon.
Bill graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1967, and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
He was an owner & operator of The Silver Fox and Beefeater's Bar & Restaurant in Shawneetown during the 1980s. Bill was known for his quick wit and contagious laughter, and it never bothered him if he laughed louder at his jokes than anyone else. He loved sports, especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball, spending time with his friends and family, and enjoyed telling humorous stories about the past with his brothers.
Surviving are his son, Michael, and a daughter, Jaclyn (Tim Wood) Harmon, all of Shawneetown; three grandchildren, Andrew & Robbie Harmon of Bartelso, Illinois, and James Wood of Shawneetown; his mother, Ann Harmon of Shawneetown, four brothers, Tom (Jane) Harmon and Jim (Angela) Harmon of Shawneetown, John Harmon of Cave-in-Rock, and Joe (Nancy) Harmon of Belleville, and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Harmon.
Visitation for Bill will be Friday, January 1, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox and Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown. Funeral mass for Bill will be Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 10 AM at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shawneetown with Fr. Mark Stec officiating. Interment will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery near Shawneetown.
In lieu of flowers you make memorial donations in his memory to the Shawneetown American Legion.