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George Iubelt of Orient

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    George Iubelt

updated: 7/16/2020 2:15 PM

George Iubelt, 96, son of Arthur (Juby) and Irene Iubelt of Orient, Illinois, died July 15, 2020.

His parents preceded him in death as did his wife, B.J. Coleman Iubelt. Two great-grandchildren, Tyler Iubelt and Sidney Iubelt, also preceded him in death.

He is survived by daughter Lou Ellen Nelson of Kansas City, Missouri; sons Albert Iubelt of McLeansboro, Illinois and Stephen Iubelt of Paducah, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

George was a World War II veteran, who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and was discharged in 1945.

George began his coaching and teaching career at Galatia High School in 1949, and then took a coaching job at West Frankfort High School in 1951. In 1959, he left the high school ranks and accepted a coaching position at Southern Illinois University, his undergraduate Alma Mater.

He always had the ambition to bring to Southern Illinois and to the people he loved the quality of basketball that you had to travel to major athletic institutions to enjoy. George retired from SIU in 1989.

He was a member of the Christian Church in Reidland, Kentucky.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services for the family will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22 at Denning Cemetery in Orient, with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating.

George requested that memorial contributions be made to the Orient Church of Christ in Orient, Illinois.