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Jordan "Bud" Wright

Jordan “Bud” Wright, 81, of Leroy, Illinois, passed away at 2:59 A.M., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at his home in LeRoy, Illinois surrounded by loved ones.
 
There will be a visitation from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois. A private family service will be held at a later time.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
 
Mr. Wright was born February 5, 1936 in Eckerty, Indiana to Jordan M. and Wyoma Lane Wright Sr. He married Margaret “Virginia” Woodford on December 31, 1955 in New Albany, Indiana. She survives in LeRoy, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his son, Terry Glen Wright of Bloomington, Illinois; four daughters, Sheila Mae (Arthur) Montgomery of Taswell, Indian, Pamela Sue Cross of LeRoy, Illinois, Sherry Kay (Joe) Mullen of Birdseye, Indiana, and Laurie Ann (Dave) Johnston of Farmer City, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and his brother, Wendell (Elsie) Wright of Birdseye, Indiana.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and nineteen siblings.
 
Bud was a United States Navy Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.
 
He retired from GTE as a Switchman and operated a small engine repair business in LeRoy for many years.

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Donald L. Kline

Donald L. Kline, 79, of Lincoln passed away on September 18, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL.
 
Donald was born on August 5, 1938 in Lincoln, IL; the son of Walter and Dorothy (Follis) Kline. He married Judy Barrett on April 17, 1966 at The First United Methodist Church in Owaneco, IL, she survives.
 
Also surviving are his children; Donna Holewinski of Neenah, WI, and Dana Kline of Lincoln, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Donald was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln, a member of Florida White Rabbit Breeders Association, and a member of American Rabbit Breeders Association. Additionally, Donald and Judy were charter members of the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club. Donald Retired from Lehn & Fink, Lincoln, IL. Donald enjoyed spending time watching NASCAR races, as well as catching up on world news.
 
Services for Donald will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017 at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln, IL, with Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to St. John United Church of Christ, Lincoln, IL. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

 

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Robert D. Milleville

Robert D. Milleville, 71, of Rochester, formerly of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at his residence.
 
Robert was born on March 8, 1946 in Lincoln, IL, the son of Robert A. and Catherine (King) Milleville.
 
Surviving Robert are his children Jennifer (Bryon) Feth of Greensboro, North Carolina, Jeffery (Autumn) Milleville of Sevierville, TN, Joshua (Tracy) Milleville of Springfield, IL, Patricia (Jeffery) Frick of Springfield, IL, brother, Donnie (Janet) Milleville of St. Peter, MO and twelve grandchildren.
 
Robert was preceded in death by parents and three brothers.
 
Robert was a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. He was a former commander of VFW post #755 in Springfield. He enjoyed, sponsored and owned sprint racing cars.
 
Services for Robert will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00-12:00 A.M. prior to services. Burial will take place in Zion Cemetery after the services where full military rites will be accorded. Memorial donations may be made in Robert’s name to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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William Gar May

William Gar May, 92, of Bellflower, Illinois, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.  
 
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. - 3 P.M. at the Bellflower Community Center.  A memorial service will follow at 3:00 P.M.  Memorial donations may be made to the Bill May Memorial, c/o Heartland Bank, Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Bill was born January 22, 1925 in Mansfield, Illinois, a son of Garfield and Thelma Warren May.  He married Irene Ashley on November 12, 1947 in Monticello, Illinois. 
 
He is survived by two sons, Gale (Dawn) May of Bellflower, Illinois and Jordan (Barb) May of Bloomington, Illinois; two daughters, Susan (David) Cline of Bellflower, Illinois and Cheryl (John) Anderson of Bellflower, Illinois; three brothers, Bob May of Ogden, Illinois, Jim May of Fisher, Illinois and Terry (Peggy) May of Farmer City, Illinois; one sister, Vivian (Clark) Roemer of Lexington, Illinois; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog companion, Harry.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Susan May; five sisters, and two brothers.
 
Bill was a Navy veteran.  He always loved tinkering around with cars; fishing; water skiing; boating, and vacations with his family. Bill was a loving father; grandfather; great-grandfather; brother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Marie Elizabeth Shell

Marie Elizabeth Shell, 99 of Clinton, IL passed away 4:10 PM September 18, 2017 at the Christian Village, Lincoln, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Clinton United Methodist Church.
 
Marie was born June 18, 1918 in Philo, Illinois the daughter of John C. and Alice (Ruttman) Trost. She married L. Keith Shell January 11, 1947 in Champaign, Il. He passed away November 2, 1989.
 
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
 
Marie was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star #131; Order of the White Shrine Of Jerusalem Magdala Shrine #18; American Legion Auxiliary #103 since 1949; Delta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi Sorority and the Home Economics Club. Along with her husband, they owned and operated Shell – Downs Motors in Clinton, IL.

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Cindy Glee Cannon

Cindy Glee Cannon, 60, of Mansfield, Illinois passed away at 9:40 P.M., Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her residence.
 
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Mansfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Inurnment will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M., Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home Mansfield, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
 
Cindy was born December 22, 1956 at Gibson City, Illinois, a daughter of Freddie & Voda Marie Mott Osborne. She married Gilbert Allen Cannon on September 22, 1978 in Mahomet, Illinois. He passed away February 17, 2013.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Stacie Cannon of Mansfield, Illinois; daughter, Michelle Shoemaker of Mahomet, Illinois; stepson, Michael Cannon of Mahomet, Illinois; four grandchildren, Cole (Wife Kaitlyn); Kyle; Kayla; and Gaige; two sisters, Connie Osborne of Fisher, Illinois and Vatona (Boyd) Pruett of Salem, Indiana; sister-in-law, Connie Osborne of O’Fallon, Illinois. Cindy is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Fred Osborne.
 
Cindy was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church.

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William C. "Bill" Millhorn, Jr.

William C. “Bill” Millhorn, Jr., of Argenta, IL passed away 11:30 A.M. September 13, 2017 at his home in Argenta, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Pastor Bob Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Bill was born March 7, 1933 in Argenta, IL the son of William C. and Dottie L. (Harrington) Millhorn, Sr. He married Erma M. Arnold March 31, 1957 in Decatur, IL; she passed away October 27, 2010.
 
Survivors include one sister and a nephew.
 
Bill was a1952 graduate from the Argenta Community High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He served as Friends Creek Auditor from 1961 to 1969 and through the years worked as a bookkeeper for a local grain company. He had also worked at Revere Copper & Brass Inc., the Laborer’s Local #362 in Bloomington, IL and one of ADM’s sub-contractors.
 
He enjoyed history, especially the civil war period, the Illinois National Guard history and the Illinois Native American history. At present, he was serving as volunteer historian for the 66th Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard with Commission of Brigadier General in the Illinois State Militia. On several occasions, Bill and his wife had displayed an extensive military insignia and patch collection in an effort to promote the US Armed Forces.

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Christy Lee Sloat

Christy Lee Sloat, 46, of Clinton, IL passed away at 12:09 AM, September 17, 2017 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 2 P.M. Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Lane Christian Church, Lane, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, DeWitt, IL. Visitation will be from 1 – 2 P.M. Thursday at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Christy Lee Sloat Memorial Fund.
 
Christy was born April 13, 1971 in Champaign, IL the daughter of Jimmie Maiden and Alma (Helmick) Hoke. She married J.T. Sloat March 15, 1997 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her father: Jimmie Maiden, Monticello, IL; children: Ka’lee Maiden, Monticello, IL, Jesse Sloat, Clinton, IL; granddaughter: Paislee Maiden-Anglin; sister: Mandy Maiden, San Francisco, CA; aunt: Vera “Toots” Hansen, Clinton, IL along with her special dog: Starr.
 
She was preceded in death by her mother and sister: Angela Deann Maiden.
 
Christy loved crafting. She was a “people person” and never met a stranger.

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Harold Lyle Oleson

Harold Lyle Oleson, 97, of LeRoy, Illinois passed away at 10:20 P.M. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Heritage Health, Normal, Illinois.
 
His funeral service will be 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at LeRoy Christian Church with Jeff Mayfield and Bob Beckman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday, September 18, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois and from 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to LeRoy Community Fire Protection District; LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service; Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, Illinois 61761; or LeRoy Christian Church, 603 S. East St., LeRoy, Illinois 61752.
 
Harold was born September 12, 1920 in West Township, McLean County, Illinois, a son of Lu Roy and Clara Belle Vance Oleson. He married Virginia Mae Scott on August 4, 1946 in LeRoy, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Mae Oleson of LeRoy, Illinois; son, Larry (Lynn) Oleson of Bloomington, Illinois; daughter, Diana (James) Brown of Bloomington, Illinois; daughter, Judy (P. J.) Grosboll of Normal, Illinois; daughter, Brenda Friedlein of LeRoy, Illinois; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; brother, Clifford Oleson of Yorkville, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Roy Roger Oleson and sister, Helen Sawyer.
 
Harold began farming at the age of 12 and for himself in 1947, retiring in 2002 at the age of 82. He was the oldest resident born, raised, and still living until his death in West Township, McLean County, Illinois. He graduated from Empire Township High School which later became LeRoy High School. Harold was attending the LeRoy Christian Church and was an eighty year member of the First United Methodist Church, LeRoy, Illinois, where he served forty years as the Sunday School Superintendent.
 
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Heritage Health, Normal, Illinois and the Transitions Hospice Team for their extra care in his final days.
 
Harold never knew a stranger and was always there for his children and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and will never be forgotten.

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Gerald L. Williamson Sr.

Gerald L. Williamson Sr., 68, of Saybrook and formerly of LeRoy, passed away 12:20 A.M. Tuesday (Sept. 12, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
 
A celebration of life event will be noon to 3 P.M., Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Wesbein United Methodist Church basement, Saybrook.
 
Gerald was born Oct. 1, 1948, to Richard and Jean (Shubert) Williamson. He married Paula Remington on July 3, 1971. She survives.
 
Gerald is also survived by his children, Gerald Jr., Dee Dee (Mike) Politte, Bryon, and Jonathon; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Peggy (Mark) Clark and Barbara (Delmer) Nunamaker.
 
He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Thomas and John; brother-in-law, Verl Jamison; grandson, Bryson; and great-grandson, Brantley.
 
Memorial donations may be given to Community Cancer Center or CISAR animal shelter.

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Donald G. Rapp

Donald G. Rapp, 82, of Clinton, passed away 8:25 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 14, 2017) at Heritage Health, El Paso.
 
His service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. Tim Butler officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to West Twin Grove Church, Bloomington, or OSF Hospice, Bloomington.
 
Donald was born Dec. 16, 1934, in Clinton, the son of Glenn and Rena (Kennerly) Rapp. He married Carol J. Baylor on Dec. 17, 1955, in Clinton. She passed away Dec. 14, 2016.
 
Survivors include his children, George (Lesslie) Rapp, Clyde, Ohio; James (Jackie) Rapp, Heyworth; John (Donna) Rapp, Gridley; Paul (Tina) Rapp, Lexington; and Philip Rapp, Clinton; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, James (Alice) Rapp, Altoona, Wis.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David; one sister; and two brothers.
 
Donald retired from GE, Bloomington. He enjoyed motorcycles, traveling, working on cars with his boys, and spending time with his grandkids. He took a lot of pride in his grandkids' music accomplishments.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Brian Powell

Brian Powell, 57, of Orange, Texas, formerly of Heyworth, died Sept. 6, 2017, in Lake Charles, La., of cancer after a brief illness.
 
Brian was the son of Terry and Nelda Powell. He married Kristi Smith in 1979. They have two sons, Caleb and Wyatt, all surviving. Other survivors are his mom; his brother, Patrick; sister-in-law, Lori; nephew, Spencer; aunt, Reta Martens family; Dagley family; mother-in-law, Darlene Smith; uncle, Dennis Powell; and other dear relatives in Illinois, Missouri and Texas.
 
Going before him were his dad, Terry; his brother, Kyle; father-in-law,Wendell Smith; and grandparents.
 
Brian was a member of Heyworth Christian Church; graduated Heyworth High School; studied GM automotive; and along with his dad and brothers, he operated Powell's Texaco full-service station in Heyworth. He worked at Baum Chevrolet before moving to Texas. He currently worked at Granger Chevrolet in Orange, Texas.
 
Memorials made be made to the American Cancer Society. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Verna I. "Gene" Gockel

Verna I. “Gene” Gockel, 97, of Lincoln, passed away on September 13, 2017.
Verna was born on July 9, 1920 in Boynton Center,IL; the daughter of Hermon and Sarah “Sadie” (Miller) Seaton.
 
She married Harold Gockel on December 8, 1945 in Pontiac, IL. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2006.
 
Gene and her husband farmed in the Elkhart and Mt. Pulaski area until their retirement.
Verna is survived by her children, Terri (Glenn) Shanle of Lincoln, Twila (William) Muhlach of Murphysboro, IL, George (Barbara) Emmons of Athens, AL, Galen (Teresa) Emmons of Columbia, SC; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Sanford, James, and Hermon Jr, five sisters: Leone Brennemann, Margaret Herhamer, Elsie Parr, Thelma Irwin, and Martha Tisdale, and three grandchildren.
 
Verna was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.
 
She loved spending time with her family especially her birthday reunions.
 
Graveside services for Gene will be 2:00 p.m. Monday September 18, 2017 at Old Union
Cemetery in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiating. The family request that in Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Memorial Medical Hospice or St. John United Church of
Christ.

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Charles F. Hamilton

Charles F. Hamilton, 88, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.
 
Charles was born on July 11, 1929 in East St. Louis, IL. Early in the depression, his family moved to McLeansboro, IL where he grew up. The son of Warner Floyd and Ida Gertrude “Gertie” (Renfrow) Hamilton. Charles was the youngest of seven children. He married Helen Langston on September 10, 1949 in La Plata, MD. After 33 years of marriage, Helen passed away on March 1, 1983. Charles found love again and married Marjorie Lee Thompson Wilkinson on December 27, 1986 in Lincoln, IL. She survives.
 
Charles is also survived by his daughters; Angela (Bob) Hentrich, Chillicothe, IL and Christina (Russell) Ashbaugh, Atlanta, IL; step daughters, Karen (Joe) Udwari, Punta Gorda, Florida, Amy (Stuart) Wilson, Portage, Michigan, Celia Aguilar, Daly City, California; and his sister, Anna
Lee Cox, Cumming, GA. Additionally, Charles is survived by four grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, another to be born in November, eight
step-great-grandchildren, and one on the way.
 
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Helen; three sisters, and two brothers, two step daughters, Rebecca Wilkinson and Peggy Swanberg.
 
Charles had a strong faith and loved the church and the Bible. He loved his family and his family loved him! He left a great legacy of faith and character for his family. He was a member of Lincoln Christian Church for sixty-five years serving in many areas over the years including but
not limited to; Elder, Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and Sunday school superintendent. He and his wife Marge served with the bus ministry at the church. Charles was a printer by trade he learned in his father’s print shop. He worked at the Lincoln Courier, Lincoln Printers, Inc. Published the Lincoln Shopper and Lincoln Graphic. Served on the board of Inner City Mission in Springfield, served with The Prison Ministry at Logan Correctional Center, Head Start- Bus Driver and
Grandparent Program, He also worked with The Gideons to provide Bibles in prisons.
 
Services for Charles will be held at 10:00A.M. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00P.M. on Monday, September 18, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will take place in
New Union Cemetery after the services. Memorial donations may be made in Charles’ name to Lincoln Christian Church or Donor’s Choice.

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Larry "Sam" Simonton

Larry “Sam” Simonton, 80 of Cerro Gordo, IL passed away 12:15 A.M. September 12, 2017 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello, IL.
 
The family greatly appreciates the love and concern of Larry’s many friends. However, due to family health concerns we are unable to receive visitors at this time.  A private service is planned at East Frantz Cemetery in rural Cerro Gordo with Dennis McClure officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Larry Simonton Memorial Fund.
 
Larry was born February 4, 1937 in Decatur, IL the son of Roy “Jack” and Anna (Wells) Simonton of rural Cerro Gordo. He married Janice Baker on February 17, 1957 in Cerro Gordo Methodist Church and the two always considered themselves a team in all they did throughout their 60 years of marriage.
 
Larry is survived by his wife, Janice of Cerro Gordo; daughter, Andrea Simonton-Gregg of Milmine; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Taylor of Monticello; two grandsons, Jared (Lori) Gregg and their daughter, Callie; and Jeff (Brianna) Gregg and their daughter, Lena, all of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kyle; a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Donald Esker of St. Louis, MO; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Midge Baker of Indianapolis, IN; and a brother-in-law, Robert Taylor of Bement, IL.
 
Larry enjoyed his life’s work as a farmer in the Piatt County area and at the time of his retirement from farming had come close to achieving his goal of raising 60 crops. In the 1950’s, he became interested in raising and training Standardbred Harness racehorses and for many years successfully raced at County and State fair tracks as well as racecourses in the Chicago area. He remained an avid fan of the sport and especially enjoyed watching the new developing champions with their amazing speed and stamina. He made many friendships over the years that have continued to be treasures to him. He especially looked forward to afternoons playing 42 with his buddies.

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James L. Valentine

James L. Valentine 82 of Waynesville, IL passed away 3:50 PM, September 11, 2017 at his daughter’s residence, Bloomington, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Waynesville Christian Church, Waynesville, IL, with David Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL, with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 PM, Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet adoption or Wounded Warrior Project.
James was born December 11, 1934 in Waynesville, IL the son of Thad and Mildred (Ellington) Valentine. He married Linda K. Purlee March 10, 1962 in Waynesville, IL. She passed away November 13, 1987.
 
Survivors include his children, Connie (Michael) Underwood, Bloomington, IL; Clint (Teresa) Valentine, McLean, IL; Michael Valentine, Waynesville, IL; 6 Grandchildren; 20 Great-Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his Parents and 1 Sister, Vicki Furman.
 
James was an Army Veteran, serving from May, 1957 until May, 1959. He retired from Wallace Press, Inc. after 35 years of service. He was a coin collector. He enjoyed Motorcycle
races, traveling and bow hunting. He was an animal lover.

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Hazel Irene Taylor

Hazel Irene Taylor, 90 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:30 A.M. September 11, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, September 18, 2017 at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with Lance Schmid officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the DeWitt County Friendship Center or the Waynesville American Legion.
 
Hazel was born September 8, 1927 in McLean County, IL the daughter of James Garrett and Clara Ethel (Ellis) Lowery. She married Arlen Taylor May 16, 1946 in DeWitt County, IL; he passed away August of 1997.
 
Survivors include her daughter: Linda (Dick Wagers) Schmid, Clinton, IL; son: Jim (Judy) Taylor, Clinton, IL; 12 grandchildren;16 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brothers: Don Lowery; and George (Bea) Lowery; and sister: Mary Ann Lowery.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons: Steve and Duane; and 2 brothers: Charlie and Bob.
 
Hazel worked at Lincoln State School for over 20 years and she enjoyed traveling. The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the CNAs, nurses and staff at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.

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Dorothy Sprague

Dorothy Sprague, 80, of Maroa, IL entered into Heaven at 12:45 P.M., Sunday September 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family in her home in Maroa, IL.
 
Services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 15, 2017 at Maroa United Methodist Church,Maroa, IL with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Maroa Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to Maroa United Methodist Church.
 
Dorothy was born September 12, 1936 in Weldon, IL, the 10th child of Charles and Edith (O’Daffer) Carr. She was a graduate of DeLand-Weldon High in 1954. She married Ross Ferrill November 28, 1954 in Clinton, IL. He preceded her in death September 27, 1989. She then married Robert Sprague of Weldon, IL, May 1, 1994. Dorothy was a Homemaker who farmed alongside her late husband, Ross. Then, later assisted her husband, Bob, with farming and his business, Bob’s Roast Beef.
 
Dorothy leaves behind her husband, Robert Sprague; daughters: Tina (Chuck) Leach, Toni Shoemaker, Tami (Jeff) Matthews, and son: Thomas (Tracy) Ferrill, all of Maroa; step-children: Linda (Steve) Fasick, Decatur, IL; Scott (Elise) Sprague, Penfield, IL; brother: Bob Carr; sisters: Annie Hall, Kay Carr, and Carolyn (Mike) Perkins; 19 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ross, daughter and son-in-law: Teri and Tom Hogan, 5 sisters, and 6 brothers.

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Robert D. Finfrock

Waynesville -- Robert D. Finfrock, 57, of Waynesville, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.


Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Waynesville United Methodist Church.


Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of the service on Tuesday at the church.


Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery in rural Waynesville.


Robert Duane Finfrock was born on August 5, 1960, in Lincoln, the son of Charles E. "Doc" and Mildred Jean Brumfield Finfrock.  He was united in marriage with Sharon K. Organ on March 19, 1982.  She preceded him in death on December 10, 2014.


He is survived by his children: Stacy (Darren) Peifer, Ronald (Angela) West, David (Kim) West, Lisa (Quentin) Quiram, and Brian (Stephanie) West; two brothers: Steve Finfrock  and David Finfrock; Special Friend: Shawn Bristow; ten grandchildren: Rylan, John, Cole, Tony, Nikki, Kaylee, Rondy, Zach, Bree, Braxton; nine great-grandchildren; and his dogs: Lucy and Oreo.


He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.


Bob graduated from the Olympia High School in 1978.  He was employed at Bridgestone Firestone for  22 years.  He took care of the Methodist Church lawn for many years.  He was an avid Cubs fan.


Memorials may be made to the Waynesville Fire Department or the Waynesville United Methodist Church.


Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

 

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Caleb Coogan

Caleb Coogan ,12, of Mt. Pulaski died in an off-road vehicle accident on September 6, 2017. He precedes his grandparents, Jim-Boy and Judy Coogan of Mt. Pulaski, Il;  Gary and Colleenn Cunningham of San Jose, Ca. and Peggy and Howell Estas of Glendale, OR; his parents JC and Joyce Coogan and sister Claire in death.
 
Caleb was a well-rounded young man, an inveterate tinkerer specializing in farm tractors big and small. He treated animals as equals, his dog Odie enjoying parts of the same meal Caleb would be having. He possessed the work ethic and most of the skills of an adult, having mastered operation of construction equipment by the time he could reach the pedals, and was not afraid of manual labor either, often for no more payment than lunch. He could count as his friends some of the top “old-school” thinkers of the area and always ready to help out, used their mentoring to great advantage. He was blind to age in his choice of friends, to the point of commenting once how he might like to have a slumber party, but feared some of his guests would not be able to get back up off the floor.
 
Caleb led with kindness and equality in all his interactions and in this displayed maturity far beyond his years. He leaves behind an unfillable void in his passing.
 
Services for Caleb will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday September 12, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Monday September 11, 2017 at the Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Burial at Steenbergen Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Caleb Coogan’s name for a headstone. 

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Douglas Kent Harris

Douglas Kent Harris 57 of Bloomington, Illinois passed away 4:05 PM September 6, 2017 at his family residence, Bloomington, IL.
 
Private family services will be at a later date.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.
 
Douglas was born May 10, 1960 in Clinton, IL the son of H. Duane and Rita (Maurer) Harris.
 
Survivors include his father, H. Duane Harris, Clinton, IL; siblings, Stan (Pam) Harris, Bloomington, IL and Jill (Chad) Martin, Clinton, IL; several nieces and nephews also survive.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother and infant twin sons, Andrew D. Harris and Kent K. Harris.
 
Douglas was a pilot who flew MD-80 series aircraft for Midway Airlines and then retired from American
Airlines. He loved Cardinal Baseball, cats and Ft. Lauderdale by the sea. Douglas cherished his friendship with Jim Ensign and enjoyed reconnecting with high school friends. He was very patriotic.

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Jack B. "Yep Yep" Spivey

Jack B. Spivey, 36, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:03 AM, September 4, 2017 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Monday, September 11, 2017 at Rock Creek Cemetery with Military Honors. David Taylor will be officiating. Visitation will be 3 – 5 P.M. on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Jack B. Spivey Memorial Fund.
 
Jack was born June 15, 1981 in Bloomington, IL, the son of Rodney Spivey and Glenda (Wise) Spivey. He married Rebecca Taulbee on July 4, 2014 in Weldon Springs.
 
Survivors include his wife: Rebecca Spivey, Clinton, IL; father: Rodney Spivey, Bloomington, IL; children: Jackson Wise, Maroa, IL; Bentley Wise, McLean, IL; Kiersten Taulbee, Clinton, IL; Kadin Taulbee, Clinton, IL; maternal grandparents: James Wise, Waynesville, IL, Emma Wise, Clinton, IL; his special dog: Noel.
 
He is preceded by his mother, brother: Joshua Regenold, and sister: Christina Regenold.
 
Jack loved music and art.

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Alma L. Hassebrock

Alma L. Hassebrock, 99, of Saybrook, Illinois, passed away at 10:55 A.M., Friday, August 25, 2017 at OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, Illinois.
 
Her visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 P.M. with Pastor Jeffrey McPike officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Immnauel Lutheran Church of Osman.
 
Alma was born on January 3, 1918 in Foosland, Illinois, a daughter of Christopher and Hermine ?Minnie” Beetzel Warsaw. She married Herman J. Hassebrock on October 12, 1946 in Peoria, Illinois. He passed away on March 16, 1995.
 
She is survived by her children, Barry R. (Jana) Hassebrock of Bunker Hill, Illinois and Marla D. Jones of Saybrook, Illinois, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; four brothers; one sister; and son-in-law, Ed Jones.
 
Alma was a retired beautician. She was a member of the Immnauel Lutheran Church of Osman and the Ladies Aid of the church.

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Mildred Berryman

Mildred Berryman, 97, passed away at 4:30 p.m. on September 5, 2017 at Bornemann Senior Communities in Green Bay, WI.
 
Mildred was born on February 12, 1920 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Emil and Tillie (Johnson) Hendrickson. She married Kenneth Berryman in May of 1941. He preceded her in death on November 13, 1981.
 
Surviving Mildred are her children: Linda (Art) Callesen of Green Bay, WI and Rod (Carol) Berryman of Ames, IA; one brother: Ralph (Martha) Hendrickson of Lincoln, IL; grandchildren; Chris Zimonick, Jeff Callesen, and Mark Callesen; great-grandchildren: Max Zimonick, Christian Zimonick, Cooper Callesen, Colten Callesen, and Stella Callesen. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister: Esther Ketz, and brother: Earl Hendrickson.
 
Mildred was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid, and Mission Society. Mildred and her husband Kenneth were the owners and operators of Thickson & Berryman Insurance Agency. She enjoyed spending time in her yard, and tending to her flowers. Mildred also found comfort caring for the birds that came to all of her feeders. Additionally, she enjoyed playing cards and attending the Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln.
 
Services for Mildred will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, with rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service (9:00-10:00 a.m.) Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorial donations may be made in Mildred’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Michael Patrick Lewis

Michael Patrick Lewis, 62, of Saybrook, Illinois, passed away at 2:19 P.M., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Saybrook Christian Church, Saybrook, Illinois with Pastor Stacy Landry officiating. There will be on visitation. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Mr. Lewis was born February 7, 1955 in Washington, D.C. to Carl Patrick and Barbara Ellen Houle Lewis Jr.
 
He is survived by his parents, Carl Patrick and Barbara Ellen Houle Lewis Jr. of Saybrook, Illinois; one brother, Cameron D. Lewis of Tracy, California; and his three favorite nephews, Brandon Smith, Tyler Lewis and Ian Lewis all of California.  He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. 
 
Michael attended the Saybrook Christian Church, Saybrook, Illinois and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 427, Saybrook, Illinois.

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Donna Marguerite Beck

Donna Marguerite Beck, 71, of Farmer City, Illinois passed away at 1:26 P.M., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
Donna was born January 3, 1946 in Pueblo, Colorado, a daughter of William “Corky” & Jessie Dyson Carkenord. She married Dan Beck July 16, 1977 in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Survived by: Husband, Dan Beck of Farmer City; 3 Children, Rick (Kelly) Smith of Mackinaw, Illinois; Elaine (Ramon) Ceniza of Sandy Springs, Georgia; Josh (Megan) Beck of Mansfield, Illinois; 4 Grandchildren; 1 Great-grandson; 2 Sisters, Betty (Joe) Macke of Marshall, Illinois; Nancy (Shorty) Jones of Colfax, Illinois. Preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Daniel, and her step-dad, Vernon “Red” Roberts.
 
Donna had been an administrative clerk for Unitrin Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois. She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church of Farmer City, and a member of Down Memory Lane Doll Club. Donna was an avid doll collector, Elvis fan and Fighting Illini basketball fan.
 
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on October 21, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Farmer City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association to the Donna Beck Tribute Fund: www.alz.org. Click on “Donate” or “Make a Donation.” Then Click on “Other Ways to Donate” in the top right corner of the screen. Click on “Tributes”. Select “Find a Tribute”.

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Leota Louise Lamar

Leota Louise Lamar, 86, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Vonderlieth Living Center, where she had resided for the past four years.
 
Leota leaves behind her Son, Gary Lamar, and his wife, Jana, of Decatur, IL; her daughter, Shirley Lamar of Brazil, IN; four grandchildren: David Hughes (Stephanie) Brazil, IN; Deanna Clark of Terre Haute, IN; Darcy (Kel) Szajko, and Lindsey (Kaleb) Swarts, all of Decatur, IL; ten great-grandchildren; her sister, Lois Byrne of Chestnut, IL; and many nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband Hatcil (Buss) Lamar; parents, Boyd Hahn and Clara Hahn; three brothers: Boyd Jr., Herschel, and Harry; and two sisters: Helena Teichmann and Doris Koehler Faith.
 
Raised in Mt. Pulaski all her life she married Hatcil Lamar, on April 14, 1951 in Lincoln, IL. They had celebrated 65 years of marriage before Buss passed away on August 19, 2016.
 
Leota loved to be with people and could strike up a conversation with anyone. She enjoyed hummingbirds and her flowers, but those paled in comparison to her love for her family, whom were her pride and joy. Leota was a lifelong member of Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.
 
At her request, cremation is to be handled by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home with a private, family graveside service to follow at a later date.

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Kevin Roy Rustemeyer

Kevin Roy Rustemeyer, 65, of Heyworth, IL was called by the Lord on August 28, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on October 11, 1951 in Monmouth, IL, son of Frank O. and Doris A. Vilven. He married Cynthia (Cindy) Hovell on August 14, 1976 in St. Louis, MO. Also surviving are two sons, Jacob (Kellie) of Heyworth and Jason (Ashley) of Jackson, GA. He leaves seven grandchildren who were the light of his life; Abagail, Morgan, Hannah, Colton, Reece, Cutler and Nash; a brother, William (Mary) of Normal and a sister, Sandy Adams of Greenville, SC.
 
He was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and played on the Titan football team. He was a lifelong member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, a Freemason and 32nd Degree member of the Scottish Rite. He served his community as a township trustee for many years and was a Technical Sales Representative for 40 years at Illinois Cement Company, LaSalle Peru.
 
Kevin was a man of character who believed in always doing what was right and that is how he will be remembered. He held his faith in God as a beacon for how he lived his life. Kevin knew that God gives us strength for every battle, wisdom for every decision, peace that surpasses understanding and love unconditional. He would want his family and friends to take comfort in knowing that the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, we are still.
 
A good life is when you smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have. Never truer words were ever written about a life well lived. Kevin shared his heart with his family and friends and for everyone who knew him, he thought of them as special and important. Kevin’s positive outlook and approach to life will always be a comfort to us.
 
A celebration of life for Kevin will be held at a later date and time.

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Cynthia L. "Cindy" Buckles

Cynthia L. "Cindy” Buckles, 61, passed away at 6;05 p.m. at her home in Mt. Pulaski on September 2, 2017.
 
Cindy was born on May 25, 1956 in Fairfield, IA; daughter of Eugene and Theresa Ryan Fahrner. She married John Buckles on March 6, 2009 in Lincoln, IL. He survives her.
 
Also surviving Cindy are her step children: Jeremy Buckles of Parker, CO and Cassie (Alex) Dahm of Lincoln, IL; two step grandchildren: Hank and Jake; one sister: Mary Mitzelfelt of Mt. Pulaski, IL; one nephew: William Smith of North Liberty, IA; two step brothers: Lucas Jagen of Fairfield, IA and Michael Skirvin of Batavia, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister: Theresa McKay, and nephew: Brandon Clark.
 
Cindy was the supervisor of housekeeping at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL. She enjoyed baking, canning, fishing, music, and her little dog Quincy.
 
Services for Cindy will be 11:00 a.m. Friday September 8, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service also at the funeral home. Burial at Steenbergen Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Cindy’s name to Mt. Pulaski Christian church or Decatur Memorial Hospital Hospice.

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Charles William Nauts

Charles William Nauts, 86, of Lincoln, Il, passed away peacefully after a long illness on September 2, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Norma "Norjie” Walker Nauts, whom he married on September 10, 1977 in Lake Forest, IL. He is also survived by his three children: Jennifer (James) French of Richmond, CA, Margery "Peggy” Nauts of Oakland, CA, and Matthew Nauts of Los Angelas, CA, as well as his brother Chandler (Bonnie) Nauts of Ann Arbor, MI, his sister-in-law Marsha Nauts of OH, and many fond nieces, nephews, and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Barrington Nauts.
 
Charles was born on December 11, 1930, in New York City, New York, the eldest of three sons of Merritt C. and Helen Kershner Nauts. He grew up in Toledo, OH, where his family moved. At age 16 he was selected to attend the Hutchins plan for gifted students at University of Chicago. Upon receiving his degree (PH. B.) there, he attended and graduated (A.B.) from Columbia College, New York, where he was a member of Sigma Nu and the swim team. He then returned to the University of Chicago for his law degree.
 
His long career in law led to vice presidencies at Chicago Title and Trust Company and Ticor Title Insurance Company, first in Chicago and then Los Angeles. He retired in 1994 from the Chicago law firm of Chapman and Cutler, where he concentrated on commercial and residential real estate law. Among his many professional activities, he was very active in the American, Illinois, and Chicago Bar Associations where he chaired numerous committees and published various legal articles, co-authoring two books on complex real estate topics. He was also proud to be a member of the American and Illinois Land Title Associations and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Charles also was a trustee emeritus of Lincoln College. He belonged to the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, and was a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, the Cliffdwellers Club of Chicago, Lincoln Elks Lodge #914, and the Kiwanis.
 
Those who knew Charlie will always appreciate his love for music, including his prodigious memory for verse, as well as his talents at golf, bridge and poker, his enjoyment of reading, and his openness to life-long learning. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and relatives.
 
Services for Charlie will be 10:30 a.m. September 9, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, with Rev. Mark Evans officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in his memory to Lincoln College or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Freda L. McGee

Freda L. McGee, 90, passed away at 3:10 a.m. on September 2, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Freda was born on April 7, 1927 in Buffalo, MO; daughter of Walter and Oma Ester (Cowan) Baker. She married Wallace McGee on July 21, 1950 in Mt. Pulaski, IL. He preceded her in death on June 3, 2005.
 
Surviving Freda are her children: Thomas McGee of Denver, CO and Susan Shull (Robert) Broughton of Lincoln, IL; one sister: Joyce (Jack) Scroggin of Mt. Pulaski, IL; one grandchild: Melany (Chuck) Perrone of South Lyon, MI; two great grandchildren: Natalie and Jacob Perrone. She was preceded in death by her parents, twin daughters, three brothers: Bertrum, James , and Don, and one sister: Rosanna.
 
Freda was a Kindergarten teacher at Mt. Pulaski Grade School, taught at Chester East Grade School in Lincoln, IL, and Birks School. She enjoyed traveling, watching the grandchild and great grandchildren, and loved sewing.
 
Services for Freda will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday September 7, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 6, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial at Steenbergen Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Freda’s name to Alzheimer’s Association or Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

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James R. Jackson

James R. Jackson (84) of Mt Pulaski passed away on August 31, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center.
 
Jim was born on March 2, 1933 in Kinmundy, Illinois, the third child of Don C. and Wilma L. Gammon Jackson. He married Sarah K. Thorp in 1952. She preceded him in death in June, 2014. Survivors include four children: Alan (Judi) of Kalamazoo, MI; Linda Stanfield of Henderson, NV; Doug (Janet, deceased) of Philo IL; and Kathy Boward of Mt. Pulaski, IL. Jim had five grandchildren: Valerie Cooper (Alex) of Seattle, WA, Jaime Snyder (Rob) of Henderson, NV, Mathew Stanfield (Mary Jane) of Las Vegas, NV, Bryan Jackson (Lindsey) of Crofton, MD, and Hannah Boward of Mt. Pulaski. He leaves seven great-grandchildren, Owen and Esther Cooper, Chase and Gage Snyder, Kaiden Casper, Matchiko and Deone Stanfield, and twin Jackson great-granddaughters who are on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William and Richard, and sister Mary Jane Jost. A sister, Shirley DeVault of Farmer City, survives.
 
Jim attended schools in Clinton, IL, graduating from high school in 1951. Jim’s young family moved to Mt Pulaski in 1957. During his lifetime he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad as a signal maintainer, managed the Hilltop Bowl in Mt Pulaski, was an agent for Metropolitan Life, and retired as a custodian for Mt. Pulaski Township High School. He was a member of Mt. Pulaski United Methodist Church. He served as alderman on the Mt. Pulaski City Council, served on the Park District board, and was a volunteer for the Mt Pulaski Courthouse. He was a member of the Mt Pulaski Masonic Lodge and the Ansar Shrine. Life interests included fishing, bowling, golfing, reading history, and following the Cardinals. He enjoyed taking care of the family pets.
 
Visitation will be from 5–7 on Friday, September 8 at the Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Funeral services will be held at the Mt Pulaski Methodist Church at 10:00 on Saturday, September 9, Pastor Zoila Marti officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton.
 
Memorials: Mt. Pulaski United Methodist Church, Alzheimer’s Association, Vonderlieth Living Center–Activities Fund, or donor’s choice.

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Wesley W. Spencer

 Wesley W. Spencer 85 of Clinton, IL passed away 3:25 AM September 3, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Masonic services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 9, 2017 with funeral services to follow at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wesley W. Spencer Memorial Fund for college softball scholarships.
 
Wesley was born April 18, 1932 in Hallsville, IL the son of Thomas Clark and Mary Ellen (Works) Spencer. He married Judy Boylan June 29, 1957 in Kenney, IL. She passed away April 23, 2010.
 
Survivors include his children: Doris (Glenn) Sanders, Quincy, IL; Lesli “Sas” Spencer, Clinton, IL; Mike (Deanna) Spencer, Clinton, IL; sister: Mettie “Tootie” (Don) Vogeler, Rochelle, IL; several nieces and nephews; special friends who called him “Uncle Wes”: Peyton (Alex) Freschi, Troy, IL, Kennedy Conn, Springfield, MO and Evan Conn and Wesley Conn, Wapella, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers and 5 sisters.
 
Wesley umpired IHSA Softball and travel softball for over 55 years. He had been the area coordinator for the Khoury League. He loved the Chicago Cubs and was a diehard fan. He was a U.S. Airforce Veteran.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Michael L. Gross

Michael L. Gross, 73, of Cerro Gordo passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 6 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 5 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Memorials may be given in Mike’s honor to Cerro Gordo Sons of the American Legion Post #117.
 
Mike was born October 26, 1943 in Decatur, IL, the son of Harold Vernon and Wilma Jane (Heinz) Gross. He married Pat Benson on January 6, 1962 in Cerro Gordo.
 
He worked for 38 years as a National Sales Executive for WAND-TV and taught Dale Carnegie courses. Mike was passionate about his community and served on the Cerro Gordo School Board for 17 years and was president for 10 years. He served on Cerro Gordo Village Board as Trustee, was a lifetime member and Past Commander of Cerro Gordo Sons of the American Legion Post #117, Cerro Gordo Youth League President and coach and was involved in the Cerro Gordo Booster Club.
 
Mike was a NASCAR enthusiast and was active in CGBRL. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sports and activities and could often be found patrolling the streets of Cerro Gordo on his golf cart or enjoying his friends at the Legion.
 
Mike is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pat; daughter, Kelley (Jim Morrison) of Cerro Gordo; sister, Judy Hamm of Decatur; grandchildren, Kraig, Kaleb (Jenna Eaker), and Kristie Krigbaum, all of Cerro Gordo; great grandchild Nolan Krigbaum (Little Bubba); brother-in-law Dean (Becky) Benson of Oakley; sister-in-law Donna (Steve) Fleener of La Place; his grand dog Pujo; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mikie; son-in-law, Brad; brother-in-law, Larry; and two sisters, Betty and Sandy
 
Mike never met a stranger and will be missed by all who knew him.
 
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com

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Victor Ryburn

Victor Eugene Ryburn, of Heyworth, went to be with the Lord at 5:52 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 2, 2017) surrounded by his wife and children.
 
Vic was born May 8, 1945, in Bloomington (VE Day — the day that World War II ended in Europe) to Raymond and Hazel Peel Ryburn. He was named Victor Eugene (the initials of “Victory in Europe”). Immediately after he was born, his mother heard church bells ringing, car horns honking, and watched the delivery room doctor and nurses jumping up and down, crying, laughing, and hugging each other. At last, the war was over! A cause for celebration. But his mother, confused by the jubilation, thought: “What did I have?”
 
He married Sue Lane on Feb. 25, 1984, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Heidi (John) Leitzen, Heyworth; James (Trianna) Ryburn, Heyworth; Brandi (Mark) Haeffele, Bloomington; and Joseph (Chantel) Dickerson-Ryburn, Ellsworth; six grandchildren, Mandi, Tabitha, Joshua, Jaden, Connor, and Caden; six step-grandchildren, Taylor, Kendall, Jonny, Rowan, Seth, and Miranda; three great-grandchildren, Kyrie, Hayze, and Jensen; siblings, Raymond Jr. (Mollie Watkins), Lexington, Ky.; David (Ginny), Waynesville; Terri, Normal; Roger (Debbie), Bloomington; Barb Oliviero-Cushing, Cooksville; Merry (John) Everett, El Paso; and Ben (Arlene Hosea), Normal; special in-laws, Julie (Larry) Stine; Lynn Dulaney; and Mike Lane.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law, Shirley Lane, and sister-in-law, Lynn Dulaney.
 
Vic was a Christian, a man of faith, compassion, and integrity. He had an upbeat, positive attitude; he did not like negativity, even to the end. He was straightforward and honest and you always knew where you stood with him. He helped anyone in need, without thought of repayment. Vic could take apart and repair anything and was an inventor. He had a strong work ethic; he put in many volunteer hours on Ryburn Place at Sprague’s Super Service. He helped to build the Victory Christian Center, who created the Vic Ryburn Award to honor volunteers. When asked what he did for fun, Vic replied, “I work.” He worked at Eureka Company for 35 years.
 
Sue was the love of Vic’s life; he adored her. He loved his children, his large family, his multitude of friends, and his church family. And they loved him back. The hard part will be learning to live without his larger-than-life personality, his story telling, and his corny jokes. He is already missed.
 
Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Victory Christian Center, Bloomington. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Victory Christian Center. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Christian Center Building Fund. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.eastlawn-bloomington.com.

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Evan R. Shaw

Evan R. Shaw of Bement passed away Aug. 20, 2017 in his home. He married Rita Cantrell March 13, 1992. He is survived by his wife, sisters, Susie Jones of Florida, Andrea Weitekamp and Lisa Shaw of Illinois as well as several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers.
 
Per his wishes, his body was donated to science and there will be no burial. In honor of his memory there will be a memorial service and potluck dinner  from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m Sunday, Sept. 17th in the Bement American Legion.

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Ralph W. Pair

Ralph W. Pair, 94, of Clinton, went to be with the Lord at 10:05 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 31, 2017) at Manor Court, Clinton.
 
His service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clinton Assembly of God Church with Pastor Dan Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, with military honors. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
 
Memorials may be directed to Clinton Assembly of God Church.
 
Ralph was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Volga, S.D., the son of John Rufus and Fanny Pearl (Caldwell) Pair. He married L. Margaret Miller on Feb. 16, 1947, in DeWitt. She passed away July 7, 2001.
 
Surviving are his children, Grace (Larry) Baer, Lebanon, Ind.; Gloria Jean Alsup, Maroa; Martha Rose (Donald) Welch, Clinton; and Deanna Kay (Steve) Brannan, Clinton; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Gary Alsup Sr.; three brothers; and one sister
 
Ralph was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Clinton Assembly of God Church, where he served many capacities including head usher, deacon, treasurer, and elder. Ralph was a custodian at Clinton School District and a farm hand for various area farmers.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Jimmy Bratcher

Jimmy Glenn Bratcher, 69, of Heyworth, formerly of Lexington, passed away at 11 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 31, 2017) at Heartland Healthcare, Normal.
 
A celebration of life gathering will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 18884 U.S. 150, Bloomington, IL 61704. Remembrances will be shared at 5 p.m., followed by light refreshments. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
 
He was born June 2, 1948, in Bloomington, a son of Oscar and Maedell Barrett Bratcher. He was married to Beverly Cooperider.
 
Surviving are four children, Justin (Tonya) Bratcher, Lexington; Preston Bratcher, Arvada, Colo.; Lyndsey (Troy) Thorne, Bloomington; and Krystina Bratcher, Lexington; three grandchildren, Emilee, Brynnlee and Logan Bratcher; his mother, Maedell Bratcher, Normal; three siblings, Jo Sherrill, Bloomington; Jack (Carol) Bratcher, Joliet; and Cathy Crow, Heyworth; and several nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Kenny Crow and Steve Bratcher; and a niece, Kelly Darnell.
 
Jimmy was a tool-and-die maker by trade and was a talented handyman. He enjoyed Westerns (especially John Wayne), boating, fishing and time spent outdoors walking his dogs. He was active in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jimmy will be remembered for his ability to make quick friends with anyone and his love of conversation.
 
To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.

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Max Terry Rockhold

Max Terry Rockhold 82 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 4 AM August 31, 2017 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, DeWitt, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Autism Speaks or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Max was born July 15, 1935 in Farmer City, IL the son of Wayne and Iola (Basom) Rockhold.  He married Sandra Baker August 12, 1958 in Kingsville, TX.
 
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Rockhold, Clinton, IL; son, Martin (Cynthia) Rockhold, Clinton, IL; daughter-in-law, Kristi Rockhold, Justin, TX; grandchildren: Jamie Rockhold, Normal, IL; Jacob Rockhold
(fiancé, Kristina Joseph), Peoria, IL; Jessica Summers, Dallas, TX; Raniyah and Zachary Rockhold, Justin, TX; and great-granddaughter, Sophia Summers.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Michael and Marc Rockhold; and two brothers: Don and Joe Rockhold.
 
Max graduated from Moore Township High School, Farmer City, IL in 1953. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959, onboard the U.S.S. Philippine Sea. His final station was based in Kingsville, TX. Max graduated from Illinois Commercial College, Champaign, IL in 1961.
 
He was a member of the DeWitt County Board for several years and served as the Chairman in 1986.
 
Max retired from the Secretary of State Business Services Department and played a key role in establishing Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) in Illinois. For many years he owned his own businesses
including real estate and income tax offices.
 
He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Max was very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed attending school and sports activities.

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Margaret Laverne Summers

Margaret Laverne Summers, 94 of Monticello, IL passed away 5:40 P.M. August 30, 2017 at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday September 5, 2017 at Monticello Township Cemetery, Monticello, IL with Rev. Tony Crouch officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Piatt County Nursing Home.
 
Margaret was born April 3, 1923 in Kavito, KY the daughter of Clayton William and Mittie (McLendon) Greenarch. She married Robert Lee Summers in 1938 in Indiana; he passed away August 3, 1995.
 
Survivors include her children: Lee (Wanda) Summers, Monticello, IL, Ray Summers, Monticello, IL, Cathy Wassom, Monticello, IL; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 sisters and 4 brothers.
 
Margaret had a big heart and was deeply loved by her children and grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and could out hunt Robert.

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Carl F. Jennings

Carl F. Jennings 73 of Cisco, IL passed away 7:25 AM August 30, 2017 at his family residence,
Cisco, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 10 A.M. Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Croninger Cemetery, Cisco, IL with Rev. Larry Leischner officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Carl was born June 12, 1944 in DeLand, IL the son of Floyd and Emma (Gains) Jennings. He married Janet Kay Grunden November 22, 1972 in Cisco, IL; she passed away January 2, 2016.
 
Survivors include his son: Jerry (Karen) Jennings, Argenta, IL; daughter: Carla (Jason Frazee) Jennings, Bement, IL; 4 grandchildren: Kaitlyn & Sydney Jennings, Bradley & Sammy Jo Frazee; siblings: Betty Zumwalt, Farmer City, IL, Carolyn Burton, Nancy, KY and Janice Burton, DeLand, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Carl worked at General Cable in Monticello, IL for 37 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking and watching wildlife.

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Steven L. Reeser

Steven L. Reeser of South Haven MI, formerly of Okemos MI, passed away on August 30, 2017 at age 70 after a brief battle with cancer.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Abigail Jane, and his parents, Ed and Lola Reeser. He is survived by his son, Jordan (Christina), his daughter, Jessica (Justin Savage), and his grandchildren Baylor, Olivia, and Gabriel Savage.

 

Services will be held at Calvert Belangee Bruce Funeral Home, 106 N. Main Street, Farmer City IL 61842. Visitation will be Friday, September 1, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. and funeral service will be Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11 A.M.

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Vernon Eugene Busboom

Vernon Eugene Busboom, 84 of Deming, New Mexico passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico.
 
A graveside service will be held at 11 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton, Illinois. Minister Dean Cripe will officiate. Veteran honors will be accorded.
 
Vernon was born June 18, 1933 in Champaign County a son of Rankin G. and Anna (Meier) Busboom.
Preceded in death by Rankin, Anna, and brothers, Marvin and Norman. Surviving sons are Mark (Lisa)
of Taylorville, IL, Brad (Ruth) of Stonington, IL and Richard (Ruth) of Taylorville, IL. Surviving brothers are Clarence (Marian) of Traverse City, MI, Leon (Ginger) of Hartland, WI. Surviving wife, Betsy of Deming, New Mexico.
 
Vernon attended Harston Grade School in Champaign County, Armstrong Township High School in Vernillian County and the University of Illinois earning a degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He worked full time for the Garwood Seed Company from 1960 to 1999. He was named Golden Harvest
Seeds district salesman of the year in 1986. Working as a part time dealer after retirement. Vernon also enjoyed going to church and served as a Deacon and Elder in the Christian Church in various areas.
 
In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Little Galilee Christian Assembly, 7539 Little Galilee Rd., Clinton, Illinois 61727-9372 phone number (217) 732-4121.

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Bradley E. Anderson

Bradley E. Anderson 68 of Wapella, IL passed away 8:31 AM August 29, 2017 at his family residence, Wapella, IL.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ed Bacon officiating. Burial will follow at Hieronymus Cemetery, Armington, IL., 2 PM., Saturday. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Friday, September 1, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Bradley was born June 12, 1949 in Pana, IL the son of Joseph Marion “Andy” and Mary Eileen (Daugherty) Anderson. He married Rebecca Current and later married Karen Hedrick February 21, 2001 in Florida.
 
Survivors include his wife: Karen Anderson, Wapella, IL; children: Joseph W. (Angela R.) Anderson, St. Louis, MO and Jason E. (Da-Niel M.) Anderson, Stonington, IL; step-children: Kris Hedrick, Clinton, IL and Brooklyn Hoyt, Clinton, IL; eight grandchildren; siblings: Joseph G. (Sylvia) Anderson, Bloomington,
IL; Margaret (Dave) Handyside, Watertown, WI; Cheryl (Joel) Miller, St. Louis, MO; and Richard “Andy” (Chris) Anderson, Dewey, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Bradley was a retired Brick Mason. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Clinton, Il. He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, and sports with his children.

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Donald L. "Donny" Underwood

Donald L. “Donny” Underwood 60 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 6:35 AM August 11, 2017 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
A celebration of his life will be 4 P.M. Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the United Methodist Church, Clinton, IL with the Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 – 4 P.M at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Donald L. Underwood Memorial Fund.
 
Donny was born August 25, 1956 in Lincoln, IL the son of Edward and Lucinda (Baker) Underwood.
 
Survivors include his siblings: Bobby (Pamela Sue) Baker, Lincoln, IL; Phyllis Underwood, Margaret Finn, Jackie Underwood and Susie Underwood all of Clinton, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gene Underwood; sister-in-law, Lois Underwood; and two nieces: Jennifer and Tammy.
 
Donny delivered papers and mowed lawns with his sister, Susie. He also worked at Steri-cycle. He loved to read and watch history movies.

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Joreece G. "Jody" Crumbaugh

Joreece G. “Jody” Crumbaugh, 96, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 10:05 A.M., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal, Illinois.
 
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M., Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois. Pastor Eric Swanson will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the LeRoy Education Advancement Foundation (academics only) or the Oak Grove Cemetery Association.
 
Born Joreece G. Johnston on September 25, 1920 in Normal, IL to William and Gertrude MaGirl Johnston, the fifth of five children (Mildred “Tidge”, Kenneth, Glenn and Vernon “Bun”). There is no explanation for the name “Joreece”; she claimed that her older sister chose it and her parents (apparently having no preferences of their own) went along with it. She went by Jody most of her life, but was not a stickler for spelling (there is a street named for her in LeRoy spelled “Jodi”).
 
Jody was a child of the Depression; her father died when she was a child and the family moved from a large brick house on Broadway to a smaller frame house on Prospect in Normal.
 
She attended University High School where she met her future husband, Wendell S. Crumbaugh. She graduated from Illinois State University in 1942 with a BA in Education; she was a member of Sigma Tau Delta (English) and Theta Alpha Phi (Speech). Her fondest wish was to pursue a career in journalism, but there were jobs for teachers, and not for journalists. She taught school in Staunton, Illinois after graduating and briefly worked at an advertising agency.
 
She married Wendell Crumbaugh on December 9, 1944 in her mother’s living room and they moved to a small farmhouse in DeWitt County without indoor plumbing (ironically her father had owned a plumbing company). Wendell soon hand dug the basement under that house and installed plumbing.
 
Jody was a substitute teacher, a housewife, and a volunteer in LeRoy for over 65 years.
 
Wendell loved Jody, and Jody loved Wendell. They were true partners until his death on August 21, 2001. Each of them deferred to the other (and rarely to anybody else!).
 
Jody loved to cook for other people; it was her means of artistic expression and she was good at it. She could list the names of other women in LeRoy whose cooking she admired like a patron of the arts could list her favorite Impressionist painters. As a child of the Depression she kept enough canned goods in the house to outlast a Biblical flood, folded and re-used her aluminum foil, and thought they stopped making “real” music when Rock and Roll became popular.
 
Jody was a member of the Longfellow Club for more than 50 years, Garden Club from more than 10 years, Child Study Club from its inception through 1975, as well as Junior Mother’s Club and Women’s Club.
 
She is survived by her children, Steven (Bonnie), David (Mary Jo Bollero) and Carol Vance (William); seven grandchildren, John; Daniel; Susan; Ann; Brian; Lindsey, and Katie Crumbaugh; two step-grandchildren, Jason and Rachel Carr; two nieces, Patsy Carlson and Peggy Kay Strauchman; and five great-grandchildren, Max and Grace Crumbaugh, Kate Orzolek, Ramiel Dunn and Pirie Crumbaugh.
 
Jody was independent, often opinionated and occasionally stubborn, but always capable of spontaneous acts of kindness. She was the last leaf on the tree and she will be missed.

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Evan Ray Connor

Evan Ray Connor, 19, of Mt. Pulaski passed away Saturday morning August 26, 2017.
 
Evan was born on August 4, 1998 in Lincoln, IL. the son of Stephen Connor and Renay Drake.
 
Evan is survived by his father, Steve (Anna) Connor of Lincoln; his mother, Renay Anderson of Mt. Pulaski; his brother, Justin Robbins of Lincoln; his sister, Tieriny (Kary) Klockenga of Lincoln; and his grandmother, Mary Drake of Mt. Olive; and his grandfather, Gerlad Connor of Beason.
 
Evan was preceded in death by his grandfather, David Drake; his grandmother, Judith Connor; and his grandmother, Judy Bernahl; and his step-father, Steve Anderson.
Evan was a cook at The Old Brickyard in Mt. Pulaski. He enjoyed bowling and rooting for his beloved Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers. Evan was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
 
Services for Evan will be held at 12:00P.M. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Visitation will take place three hours prior to the service (9:00A.M.-12:00P.M.) on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Evan’s name to the family of Evan Connor for the expense of a headstone.

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John J. Kohler

John J. Kohler, 74, of Broadwell passed away at 8:15a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
 
John was born on October 5, 1942 in Bloomington, IL, the son of Robert H. and Mary (Welch) Kohler. He married Kay Bumgardner on August 21, 1961 in Bloomington, IL. She survives in Broadwell.
 
John is also survived by one son, David A. Kohler: one brother, Robert D. Kohler of Fox Lake, IL; one sister, Jane Kohler of Morton, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
John graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education. He was employed as a teacher in Kewanee and Atlanta, IL School Districts for several years. He was also in sales for a number of years. John enjoyed learning about history. He liked watching political programs, Alaskan State Troopers. Additionally he enjoyed watching car shows and auctions.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded; and a private service will be held on a later date. Memorial donations may be made in John’s name to the Broadwell Christian Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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John R. White

John R. White, 79, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at 10:48 a.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.
 
John was born on July 11, 1938 to Paul N. and Marie O. (Latta) White.  John was a railroad worker and was an over the road truck driver for many years. He served in the United States Army from 1958-1961.  He loved his HAMM radio business and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.  
 
Surviving are three children, John W. (Linda) White of Rochester, IL, James P. (Jennifer) White of Troy, OH and Janette (Chad) Cooper of Mt. Pulaski, IL,  five grandchildren: April White, Bethany (Rick) Hoffert, Jessica Hilbert, Denise White, and Olivia Cooper, four great grandchildren, Chloe White, Kherrington Hilbert, Emerson Hilbert, RJ Suits, two step grandchildren, Denver Hoffert and Keira Hoffert.  Also surviving is one brother Harold N. (Jean) White of Florida, and one brother-in-law Doc Wells of Macon, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and one grandson Pfc. James P. White Jr.
Services for John will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating.  Visitation will be Friday, September 1, 2017 also at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Burial will take place at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski.  Memorials may be made to Vonderlieth Living Center or the American Diabetes Association.  

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Harold O. Heacock

Harold O. Heacock, 86, of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 3:45 P.M., Monday, August 21, 2017 at home.
 
Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois. A memorial service will immediately follow at 12:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Arrowsmith Christian Church or Clinton First Church of the Nazarene.
 
Harold was born August 15, 1931 in Altoona, PA, a son of Oliver James and Dorothy Sellers Blackburn Heacock. He married Maurita Gilmore September 11, 1954 in Ellsworth, IL. She passed away on November 21, 1975. He married Evalena “Evie” Pool Ritchie August 2, 1980 in Clinton. She survives.
 
Surviving are two sons with Maurita Gilmore, Daniel L. (Suella) Heacock of Pleasant Plains, IL and Lawrence A. (Tami) Heacock of Farmer City, IL; two stepsons, Brian D. (Joanne) Ritchie of Heyworth, IL and Daniel L. (Melissa) Ritchie of Cary, IL; two stepdaughters, Pamela S. Landstrom of Normal, IL and Stacy L. (Pat) Sheridan of Normal, IL; eight step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Price of Lancaster, PA; several nieces and nephews.
 
Harold was an Army veteran. He graduated from Earlham College in 1953. Farming was his work and his hobby. His passion was bailing hay, tending livestock and attending farm sales. In his younger years when not on the farm Harold enjoyed snow skiing and dancing. Harold was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, and devoted friend who never met a stranger.  

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Anna (Evola) Curcuru

Anna (Evola) Curcuru, 92 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:08 P.M. August 22, 2017 at family residence in Clinton, IL surrounded by her family.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 28, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning, Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Clinton Mausoleum, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 4 P.M. Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton with Rosary at 1:30 P.M.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. John's Catholic Church.
 
Anna was born April 4, 1925 in Cinisi, Sicily, Italy the daughter of Giuseppe and Angela (Vitale) Evola. She married Giovanni “John” Curcuru; he passed away September 9, 2001.
 
Survivors include her daughter: Nina Miller, Clinton, IL; 6 grandchildren: Anna Maria Miller-Lane, Mahomet, IL, John Miller, Clinton, IL, John Curcuru, Orlando, FL, Annalisa Curcuru, York, PN, Angioletta Curcuru, Bloomington, IL, Tony Curcuru, Cinnisi, Sicily; 4 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law: Lisa (Jim) Drew, Lincoln, IL.
 
Anna was preceded in death by her parents and 1 son, Serafino Curcuru.
 
Anna and her husband John immigrated to the United States in 1965. The family opened Sorrentos Pizza in Lincoln, IL in 1969. She enjoyed working in the family pizza business until the age 0f 90.
 
Anna was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved to cook for the family and spend time with her grandchildren.

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Edward D. J. "Alaska" Wilson

Edward D. J. “Alaska” Wilson 75 of Clinton, IL passed away 10:10 PM August 20, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services to celebrate Edwards’s life will be 11 A.M. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Military honors will follow. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to ABATE of Illinois.
 
Edward was born August 13, 1942 in Port Orchard, Washington the son of James E. and Claudia (Kelly) Wilson.
 
Survivors include his children: Adam (Bobbi Smith) Wilson, Clinton, IL, Roy Wilson, Clinton, IL; sister: Jean Ann Jensen, Wasilla, Alaska; former wife: Jana Wilson, Maroa, IL.
 
Edward was preceded in death by his Parents and 1 Brother, James T. Wilson. Edward served in the Army Reserves. He was a journeyman electrician with IBEW and retired from Bodine Electric. He was a member of the Fraternal Order Of Eagles. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Motorcycles were his passion and he had served as the ABATE state safety education coordinator. He also liked to write poetry and oil paint. He was a “Die Hard” Chicago Cub and Seattle Seahawk fan.

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Vincent Keith Albert

Vincent Keith Albert, 64, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 2:06 P.M., Monday, August 21, 2017 at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.
 
A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, August 25, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to OSF Hospice, Bloomington, Illinois or the Heyworth Community Angel Tree c/o First State Bank, Heyworth, Illinois.
 
Mr. Albert was born August 19, 1953 in Bloomington, Illinois to Robert E. and Joan K. Wrage Albert.
 
Survivors include his step-mother, Lee Albert of LeRoy, Illinois; two sons, James Ryan of Bloomington, Illinois and Vincent Ross (Kathleen) Albert of Heyworth, Illinois; his life partner, Laura Smith of Heyworth, Illinois; three grandchildren; three brothers, Gary (Katie) Young of Alabaster, Alabama, Jerry (Bonnie) Albert, of LeRoy, Illinois and Monti (Nikki) Albert of LeRoy, Illinois; two sisters, Linda (Rod) Ramsey of LeRoy, Illinois and Sheila (Larry) Swartz of Arlington, Tennessee.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Karen Lindstrom and brother, Lee Albert.
 
Vincent was a life member in the Doughbelly Club.

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Verne Lee Garrison

Verne Lee Garrison, 84, of Valley Park, MO, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at his home on August 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
 
Verne was born on September 22, 1932 in Decatur, IL; son of Verne Gasaway and Florence Helen (Stogdell) Garrison. He married Mary Ann Olson on September 6, 1953 in Lincoln, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are his children: Martin Lee (Mary) Garrison of Leawood, KS; Stuart L. (Karen) Garrison of Jackson, MO; Lee Ann (Jim) Appelbaum of Ballwin, MO; one brother: Larry Wayne (Leona) Garrison of Springfield, IL; seven grandchildren: Martin Andrew, Zachary Stuart, Hunter Joseph, Lauren Elizabeth, Lindsay Olson, Jack Garrison, Kendall Parkes, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Verne was a United States Army veteran. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, MO.
 
Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:30 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. August 26, 2017 at Lake Bank Cemetery following the visitation. 

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Johnny William Garrett

Johnny William Garrett, 81, of DeWitt, Illinois, formerly of Galesville, Illinois, passed away at 7:55 P.M., Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois. His funeral service will follow at 12:00 P.M. with his granddaughter, Megan Otto officiating. A graveside service will be at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon, Illinois. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Johnny was born on March 1, 1936 in Mattoon, Illinois, a son of Paul and Blanche Sanders Garrett. He married Carolyn Joyce Babb on July 18, 1953 in Covington, Indiana. She passed away June 20, 1996.
 
He is survived by his children, Johnny E. (Teresa) Garrett of DeLand, Illinois; Karen (Russ) Pearl of Farmer City, Illinois; Tina (Brad) Myers of Neoga, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren. Johnny is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, parents and three brothers.
 
Johnny worked for Young Radiator in Mattoon, Illinois. He was a member of Laborers’ Local 703, Champaign, Illinois.
 
Johnny loved fishing, hunting and turtle hunting. He enjoyed his family and friends and the love of his life, Carolyn.

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Mary Ann Cooper

Mary Ann Cooper, 76, of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
 
Mary Ann was born on February 28, 1941 in Delavan, IL, the daughter of Thomas and Genevieve (Gabbett) Murphy. She married Robert S. Cooper on December 17, 1966 in Peoria, IL. He survives in Lincoln.
 
Mary Ann is also survived by her brother, William (Bobby) Murphy of Morton, IL; and her sister, Patricia Murphy of Grover, MO. Additionally she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Mary Ann began her career at Lehn & Fink in 1960; she retired after 36 years on June 14, 1996. Mary Ann loved spending time in Florida, especially walking the beaches and picking up seashells. She was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
 
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Martha; her brother-in-law, Dan Stephenson; and her stepson, Darren Scott Cooper.
 
Services for Mary Ann will be held at 11:00A.M. on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service from 9:00-11:00A.M. on Monday, August 21, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will take place after the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Mary Ann’s name to Holy Family Parish or Donor’s Choice.

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Hazel Owens

Hazel Owens, 91, of Lincoln, IL passed away at 3:07a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017 at OSF ST. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
 
Hazel was born on December 14, 1925 in Marion, IL, the daughter of Rufus and Alta Mae (Hill) Shelby. She married Lloyd Owens on November 21, 1945 in Johnson City, IL. He Survives her.
 
Surviving Hazel are her two daughters: Jean (Dennis) Carter of Lincoln, IL and Barbara (Allen) Trago of Clinton, IL; one sister: Pearl Russell of Oklahoma four grandchildren: Angela Slayton, John (Karen) Carter, Cathy (Bryan) Hickman, and Christy (Jeremy) Thayer; fifteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings: Bertha Dieckman, Leo V. Shelby, and Bill Shelby, and one grandchild: Paul Carter.
 
A celebration of life for Hazel will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday August 17, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Robert Long officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Memorials may be given in Hazel’s name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities or the Humane Society Of Logan County.

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Charles Edward Ridgeway

Charles Edward Ridgeway Sr., 93, of Broadwell passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
 
Charlie was born on July 22, 1924 in Mechanicsburg, IL the son of Leslie Ridgeway and Teanie Judy Ridgeway. He married Ruth Annette Langenbahn on October, 10, 1943 in Bowling Green, MO. She preceded him in death on February 25, 2006.
 
Charlie is survived by his children, Ron (Hazel) Ridgeway of Broadwell and Judy (Simon) Aper of Broadwell; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Doris Langenbahn of Lincoln; as well as many nieces and nephews.
 
Charlie was a member of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Eagles. He was also a member of Broadwell Christian Church. Charlie retired as a welder from Fiat Allis in Springfield with 30 years of employment. He also worked at Siebs Hatchery and Stetson China Company.
 
Charlie enjoyed gardening and ornamental welding at home. Charlie had a great sense of humor and always had a joke for everyone he met.
 
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his son, Charles Ridgeway Jr. and his wife, Ruthann Cook Ridgeway; three brothers; seven sisters; and one great-granddaughter, Hinley Ann Freese. Charlie was the last of his immediate family.
 
Services for Charlie will be held at 10:00A.M. on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00P.M. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will take place after the services at Kline Cemetery in Broadwell, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Charlie’s name to Broadwell Christian Church.

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Richard Allen Nelson

Richard Allen Nelson, 47 of Clinton, IL, passed away 4:38 P.M. August 15, 2017 at Heritage Health, El Paso, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Richard was born July 22, 1970 in Elm Hurst, IL the son of Robert T. and Beth Ann (Leimbach) Nelson.
 
Survivors include his mother: Beth Ann Nelson, Clinton, IL; brother: Robert T. Nelson, III, Batavia, IL and sister: Shannon K. Osgood, Clinton, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.

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Ronald "Ron" E. Holland

Ronald “Ron” E. Holland 81 of Maroa, Illinois died peacefully surrounded by family at 1:17 PM August 15, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Illinois.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, Il. with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, Il. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the funeral home with Masonic services at 5 PM.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Maroa Christian Church.
 
Ron was born June 14, 1936 in Wapella, IL the son of Paul and Martha (Collins) Holland. He married Joyce Haenny February 11, 1956 in Clinton, Il.
 
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Holland, Maroa, IL; Children, Steve (Jean) Holland, Decatur, IL; Barb Hill, Moweaqua, IL; 3 Grandchildren, Alex (Angela) Holland, Springfield, IL; Trevor (Rachel) Holland, Carmel, IN; Callie (Donald) Hill, Moweaqua, IL; Step-Granddaughter, Kelly Gamble, Pelham, Alabama; 3
Step-Great-Grandchildren; Siblings, Betty Ellis, Clinton, IL; Kathy (Vernon) Meadows, Wapella, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 3 Brothers and 1 Sister.
 
Ron was a member of the Maroa Christian Church. He owned and operated R.E. Holland Contracting for 50 years where he did Industrial painting and sandblasting. Ron also developed Holland Mobile Home Park, Maroa, IL in 1973. He was a 54 year member of the Maroa Masonic Lodge #454 A.F. & A.M. and also was a member of the Shriner’s and Consistory.

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Gladys J. Boyer

Gladys J. Boyer, 81 of Heyworth, IL passed away 2:50 A.M. August 13, 2017 at her family residence, Heyworth, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Graveside service will be 3 PM at Ohio Cemetery, West Union, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, August 17, 2017 and one hour prior service at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church Library, Clinton, IL or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
 
Gladys was born April 24, 1936 in Hume, Illinois the daughter of Thomas Kelly and Naomi (Harris) Waren. She married John R. Boyer June 12, 1965 in Catlin, IL. 
 
Survivors include her husband: John R. Boyer, Heyworth, Il.; Children; Leigh (Larry Ulrey) Kimmel, Indianapolis, IN; Brian Russell Boyer, Bloomington, Il.; Kevin Thomas (Angela) Boyer, Bloomington, Il.; Brad Allen Boyer, San Jose, CA; two Grandchildren: Joanna Lynn Boyer and Joshua John Boyer.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Gladys graduated from Illinois State University, Normal, IL. For two years, she was a teacher/librarian
at Chatsworth High School; five years at Catlin High School and a Librarian at Frankfort, IL Public Library until her retirement.

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Mary F. Dile

Mary F. Dile 79 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:02 AM August 13, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 2 P.M. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Sharon and Kevin Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 12 Noon – 2 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Guardians of the Children.
 
Mary was born July 9, 1938 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Clifford and Leona (Chandler) Burge. She married Donald Wayne Cox, December 31, 1955; he passed away October 7, 1993. She later married Wilbur Dile, May 18, 1973.
 
Survivors include her husband: Wilbur Dile, Clinton, IL; children: Kimberly (Richie) Cox Thomas, Clinton, IL, Dereck Wayne Cox, Clinton, IL, David (Sandra) Cox, Erin, TN; 13 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; and sister: Marilyn Thomas, Las Vegas, NV.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother and 1 great granddaughter.
 
Mary was an avid supporter of Guardians of the Children and CASA to help abused children.
 
She was a diehard Cubs fan and valued her family greatly.

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Kevin Clarke Boggs

Kevin Clarke Boggs, 56, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 7:15 A.M., Thursday, August 10, 2017 at his residence.
 
Private Services will be held at a later date.
 
He will be missed by his family and friends.

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Nancy Lou Kamer

Nancy Lou Kamer passed away peacefully on July 9, 2017 in West Palm, Florida. She was 86.
 
Visitation is Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home at 127 S. Logan St. Lincoln, IL. Memorial Service: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 301 Pekin St., Lincoln, IL with Internment following at Elkhart Hill Cemetery. Celebration of life follows at Whiskers Grill & Pub (Lincoln Elks Club).
 
Nancy was born on August 18, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, to Edward and Charlotte Hill. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Robert “Tony” Bersch and Leonard “Len” Kamer, son David Kamer and sister Barbra Reilly.
 
She is survived by her sister Dorothy Rollings; sons Bill Kamer, Jeff Kamer, John (Lauren) Kamer, Nick Bersch and Greg Bersch; daughters Marilyn Kamer, Deb Kamer, Lisa Langan; grandchildren Troy (Jaime) Langan, Ian Langan, Amber Pierce, Riley Bersch, Alexa Kamer, Nick Kamer and great granddaughter Samantha Langan.

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Jaime Wessbecher

Jaime Wessbecher, 38, of Lincoln, passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO.
 
Jaime was born on December 6, 1978 in Lincoln, IL; the daughter of Jim and Kaye (Krueger) Wessbecher.
 
Jaime is survived by her parents, Jim and Kaye Wessbecher; her brother, Adam (Sara) Wessbecher of Lincoln, IL; and her niece: Reagan Wessbecher.
 
Jaime was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; Frank and Ruth Krueger; and her paternal grandparents; Albert and Mary Jane Wessbecher.
 
Jaime graduated from Lincoln Community High School class of 97’ and went on to receive her Doctorate in Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Jaime worked through her schooling at Target Pharmacy where she became the Pharmacy Manager at Target in Kirkwood, MO. Jaime enjoyed travelling with her family and friends as well as all kinds of sports; she was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She was also a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln. Above all else, Jaime loved her family; especially her Niece Reagan, whom she spoiled relentlessly.
 
Services for Jaime will be held at 10:00A.M. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln. Burial will follow the services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lincoln. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Jaime’s name to Holy Family Parish or The American Cancer Society. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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Sue Ann Irving

Sue Ann Irving, 71, of Lincoln, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
 
Sue was born on October 26, 1945 in Quincy, IL; the daughter of Clyde and Edna May (Proctor) Sloniger. She married Robert Samuel Irving in 1963 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on August 11, 1991
Sue is survived by her son, Robert Irving of Lincoln, IL; her siblings; Dean (Pat) Sloniger and Evelyn Knight; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved miniature poodle Cloe.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Robert Sloniger.
 
Sue was a member of Jefferson Street Christian Church. She enjoyed local history and genealogy, as well as planting in her garden. Sue also loved spending time cruising down country roads with her son and her dog in her son’s 1968 Chevy Caprice.
 
Services for Sue will be held at 2:00P.M. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service (12:00-2:00P.M.) on Friday, August 11, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Sue’s name to Jefferson Street Christian Church or Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.

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James D. (Jim) Moriearty

James D. (Jim) Moriearty , 94, of Lincoln died peacefully on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at The Christian Village with his family by his side. He was born September 22, 1922 in Lincoln, the eldest son of James D. and Lucille (Carson) Moriearty. He married Frances Jones on August 15, 1942. She passed away on January 21, 1983.
 
Jim graduated as co-valedictorian from Lincoln Community High School and attended Lincoln College. In January of 1943 he enlisted in in the U.S. Army Air-Corps. He was deployed in the China-Burma-India campaign in World War II, where he served in Third Combat Cargo Squadron in the Central Burma campaign and was awarded three Bronze Service Stars. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
 
After his discharge as a Sergeant in January of 1946 he returned to Lincoln, where he completed training as a licensed insurance broker. As an independent agent he established the Moriearty Insurance Agency, which he led for well over 50 years, providing all types of coverage to businesses and families throughout Logan County and beyond. He is remembered by many of his former clients and other Lincoln residents for his support and assistance in times of difficulty and loss. He was active as an officer in in the Lincoln Kiwanis Club for many years, and as a volunteer instructor with local Boy Scout Troop 102.
 
With an active and enquiring mind, Jim was an avid reader and long-time supporter of public television. He loved music, particularly Irish folk music, jazz and the blues. He also loved nature and travel. With his children and grandchildren, he toured in his motor home throughout the western United States and Canada and into deep into Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. He also made trips abroad with family members and friends to the British Isles, Spain, France, Italy, and Cuba.
 
Jim is survived by his daughter, Dr. Pamela Moriearty of Lincoln, son Scott Moriearty (Yolanda Kodrzycki) of Cambridge, Mass., grandchildren James Grimaldi (Jennifer) of Lincoln, Lane Grimaldi (Angela) of Mahomet, Perry Moriearty (Kyle Hofmann) of Minneapolis, and Eleanor Moriearty of New York City, and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings Jacqueline Simpson of Lincoln, Marjorie Poffenbarger of Morton and Michael Moriearty of Lincoln, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by seven siblings, Patricia, Sue, Carolyn, Norman, John, David and Stephanie.
 
Following his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes. Private family burial and a public Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,, Creekside Outdoor Center for Environmental Education (Lincoln College), Doctors Without Borders, the Lincoln Public Library, or The Nature Conservancy.

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William B. McCubbin

William B. McCubbin, 79, of Springfield formerly of Mt. Pulaski and Buffalo, IL passed away at 1:48 a.m. Friday August 4, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield.
 
William was born on December 29, 1937 in Buffalo, to Paul and Viola (Lane) McCubbin. Bill married Joyce Wiebking on November 23, 1961 in Springfield, IL . She survives.
 
Bill and Joyce were the proud parents of one daughter Michelle (Stephen) Mason of Mt. Pulaski and one son Michael (Cathy) McCubbin of Buffalo.
 
He was Grandpa Bill to six grandchildren, Ryan Mason (fiancée) Kayla Rossi; Rachel Mason; Jennifer (Casey) McCormick; Jessica (Chris) McCawley; Eric (Emily) McCubbin; and Kristen McCubbin. To his two great-granddaughters, Harper and Evyn, he was Papa Bill. He is also survived by his sister Paula (Mick) Bell and by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Kathleen (Charlie) McKay and Frances (Ben) Hickman.
 
Bill graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School in 1955. He served in the Air National Guard from 1955 until 1962 attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. He was a founding director of the bank in Mechanicsburg, IL. He also served in the founding of the Illini Corporation and Holding Company in Springfield. Bill was a lifelong farmer, and very proud to be a steward of the land.
 
He was a member of Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. He was a big Chicago Cub fan and was thrilled when they won the World Series in 2016. Bill also loved watching the Fighting Illini.
 
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday August 9, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Casey McCormick and Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday August 8, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Steenbergen cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family Life Center Building fund or to Memorial Home Hospice Services.

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Marcia Diane (Thorp) Roesch

Marcia Diane (Thorp) Roesch 76 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9 PM August 10, 2017 at Sugar Creek Assisted Living Center, Normal, Il.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 PM, Monday, August 14, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wapella, Il. with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the funeral home with Rosary Service at 5 PM.
 
Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption or St. Patrick’s Church. Marcia was born June 13, 1941 in Clinton, IL the daughter of James and Mary (Cisco) Thorp. She married John D. Roesch, Sr. on July 18, 1964 in Clinton, Il. He passed away March 18, 2005.
 
Survivors include her children, John David (Erin) Roesch, Jr., Clinton, IL; Christina (Jeff) Beckemeyer, Forsyth, IL; Paul Roesch, Clinton, IL; Anne (Shannon) Leischner, Washington, IN; Six grandchildren: Ashley, Justin, Kate, Hallie, Paige, and Cole; three sisters: Joan (Jack) Morris, Clinton, IL; Antoinette Anastas, Bartlett, IL; and Elizabeth (Steve) Shelley, Bloomington, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Marcia graduated from Murray State in 1963 and taught Physical Education in Farmer City. She then worked at First National Bank and was a secretary at Clinton High School. Marcia enjoyed gardening and the outdoors.

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Alice F. Polen

Alice F. Polen 67 of Decatur, Illinois passed away 12:25 AM August 11, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Roberson officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Park, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Alice was born October 11, 1949 in Tuscola, IL the daughter of Clint and Ruby (Walters) Hensley. She married Steve Polen November 1966.
 
Survivors include her son, Jeffrey S. Polen, Decatur, IL; three grandchildren: Heather (Brandon) Houser, DeWitt, IL; Brittany (Nicholas) Somers, Lindenwood, IL; and Ryan (Alyssa) Polen, Hudson, IL; four great-grandchildren:  Cheyenne, Cole, Aubrey, and Oliver; siblings: Barb Stone, Clinton, IL; and Mary Elizabeth Shaw, Clinton, IL; best friend: Vicki Jones, Decatur, IL; and special friend, Bud Conyers, Decatur, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and one brother.
 
Alice was an astonishing business woman. She was owner and operator of Polen’s Locker Plant from 1973-1985, owner and operator of Decatur Auto Auction from 1985-1997, and managed JSP Properties since 1997. Alice had a passion for volunteer work. She loved to help nursing and hospice patients at DMH Hospice. She also volunteered at Second Chance Pet Adoption, First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL, Glad Tidings, Decatur, IL, and Meals-on-Wheels. Alice had an unwavering Faith in God and was involved in many church activities. She had so much love for her family, friends and pets. Her family and friends were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Alice during her 67 years.
 
Alice would like you to know that her work here is done. She received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, to a place she often dreamed about. Her new job is to be in the Glorious Kingdom where she will be surrounded by family and friends socializing, dancing, and laughing to her hearts content.
 
Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption or to DMH Hospice.

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John William Pool

John William Pool, 88 of Bloomington, IL passed away 2:30 P.M. August 9, 2017 at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL.
 
Services will be 10:30 AM, Monday, August 14, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Chaplain Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Post 54, Fairbury, IL.
 
John was born September 23, 1928 in rural Chenoa, IL the son of Gordon and Josephine (Boian) Pool. He married Elizabeth Baker in 1956.  He later married Rosemary Bornder in 1992.
 
Survivors include his wife: Rosemary Pool, Bloomington, IL; children: Cheryl (Gary) Connelley, Bement, IL; Mark W. (Tamara) Pool, Clinton, IL; Gary L. Pool, Belleville, IL; and Cathy J. (Joseph) Perritano, Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; step-children: Connie (Pete) Bachman, Lexington, IL; and Vicky (Curt) Meiner, Colfax, IL; five step-grandchildren and six step-great- grandchildren; sister, Clara Mae Morris, Bloomington, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, June Schrishuhn.
 
John was a Veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict and a member of the American Legion Post #54, Fairbury, IL.  He was known for his work ethic and worked multiple farming jobs during his adolescence. After returning from the Army, he worked at Caterpillar for 16 years. He then worked for Koehl Enterprises of Fairbury as a welder and millwright and retired after 20 years in 1993. He was an accomplished mechanic and carpenter who built two homes.
 
John obtained his aviation license at the age of 16 and carried it for 30 years. He was a long time member of the Moose and American Legion. John enjoyed boating and watching dirt track racing. As a young mechanic, he worked on race cars.

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Barbara Ann Albin Brown

Barbara Ann Albin Brown, 78, of Foosland, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 at her son’s home in Edmond, Oklahoma.
 
Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. -2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Bellflower United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Louella Pence officiating. Inurnment will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery, Bellflower. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellflower United Methodist Church or the Owl Creek Rebekah Lodge #91, PO Box 41, Fisher, Illinois 61843. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
 
She was born on May 2, 1939 in Bloomington, Illinois to Clifford L. and Opal N. Loveless Albin. She is survived by her son, Clyde Brown of Edmond, Oklahoma, granddaughter, Kelsey Allen of Abilene, Texas, brother, Robert (Rebecca) Albin of Bellflower, Illinois, and two nieces.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew.
 
Barbara was a graduate of Fisher High School, Illinois Commercial College and retired from work at the University of Illinois. She was a member of the Bellflower United Methodist Church and a longtime member of the Owl Creek Rebekah Lodge #91, Fisher, Illinois, the Fisher IOOF #704 where she held many offices at the local and state levels, and the Zonar Canton and Auxiliary #18, Fisher, Illinois. Barbara loved to travel and visit new places and had the honor of placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the Rebekah’s. She was involved in many Civic and service clubs.

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Claron Glenn Wheeler

Claron Glenn Wheeler, 62, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 11:18 A.M., Monday, August 7, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
He was born on November 21, 1954 in Bloomington, Illinois, to Clarence and Nellie Mae (Gandy) Wheeler. He married Shari Wisegarver on January 27, 1990 in DeLand, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his wife, Shari; son, Joshua (Leah) Wheeler; daughter, Jordan (Jonathan Dawson) Wheeler; one grandson, Maks Wheeler, with a second grandchild on the way; and two sisters, Nellie Henry of LeRoy and Shawanda Reynolds of Independence, MO, along with many nieces and nephews.
 
Claron was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph Duane Davis and Retired Col. Richard N. Davis; and two sisters, LaDonna Rose Lunt and Mary Jo Davis.
 
Claron was a graduate of Farmer City schools. He worked at Bridgestone-Firestone in Bloomington for the last 22 years. Claron was happiest at home as he enjoyed working in the yard and feeding the squirrels, wood working, and spending time with family.
 
Per his wishes, there will be no visitation. A private service will take place in the future. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois in charge of arrangements.

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William H. Bingham

William H. Bingham, 85, of Bellflower, Illinois, passed away at 3:12 P.M., August 7, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, August 11, 2017 at Bellflower Township Cemetery, Bellflower, Illinois with Pastor Louella Pence officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the family. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
 
William was born February 27, 1932 in Springfield, Illinois, a son of Wayne C. & Eloise Parkinson Bingham. He married Lois J. Wood, May 31, 1968 in Normal, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his wife, Lois Bingham; Children, Wayne Bingham; Janet Bingham; Joseph Bingham; and two granddaughters. William is preceded in death by his parents and brother.
 
William was a retired farmer. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. William was an over 50 year member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 and the Bellflower American Legion Post 202.

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Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee, 71, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 6:40 A.M., Thursday, August 3, 2017 at home. 
 
A memorial service will be at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to Center for Hope Ministries, 14940 Old Colonial Rd, Bloomington, Illinois 61704 or C.I.S.A.R. 29738 E 1400 North Road Colfax, Illinois 61728.
 
Tim was born on August 16, 1945 in Peoria, Illinois, a son of Jack and Ruth Lee.  He married Cindy Trenkle on August 4, 1984 in LeRoy, Illinois.  She survives.
 
He is survived by his son, Ryan (Anne) Lee of Lemont, Illinois; daughter, Amy (Brandt) Andreassen of Iowa; five grandchildren; sisters, Melissa Abel of Des Plaines, Illinois and Linda Polk of Georgia; and nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Fred Medina and Jack Lee.
 
Tim previously owned restaurants and was an excellent chef.  He owned businesses that researched and developed alternative fuels.  He was a researcher, scientist, inventor, and traveled the world to help with remediation.  He was a lover of nature and animals as well as a photographer and artist.  Tim enjoyed pushing himself and others intellectually--he loved a challenge.  He enjoyed spending time with his Coffee Shop crew and partner in crime, Dave Buss.
 
Tim was a loving husband; father; grandfather; brother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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