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Alvin Earl Whiteside

Alvin Earl Whiteside, 77, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 3:50 A.M., Wednesday, January 10, 2018. 
 
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 19, 2018, at Freedom Baptist Church, 2405 East Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois, with a family luncheon to follow also at the church. 
 
Memorial donations may be made to Wishbone Animal Rescue or Freedom Baptist Church Building Fund.
 
Alvin was born March 20, 1940, in Bloomington, Illinois to Dean and Betty (McCullum) Whiteside. They preceded him in death. 
 
He is survived by his wife, Marie Whiteside; sons, Don Whiteside and Tony Whiteside; daughters, Tina (Philip) Nadzam and Teresa (Jeffrey) Lenhardt; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers, James Whiteside and Jerry (Nancy) Whiteside.
 
Alvin was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved dirt track racing and was an avid car enthusiast.

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Erma "Louise" Bohn

Erma “Louise” Bohn passed into the arms of her Savior on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski. She was a long time resident of Cornland.
 
Her journey began December 15, 1923, the daughter of Fred and Hilma (Gaffney) Fuiten. She had two brothers, Dale and Robert and one sister, Betty Holmes who preceded her in death.
 
On July 31, 1945, she married Charles Bohn, the love of her life. They shared 68 years until his passing in 2013. Rarely did you see one without the other. They had two children, Brenda (Darrell) Woolums of Chestnut and Dennis (Cindy) Bohn of Sandwich, IL. They were blessed with five grandchildren: Adam, Amy, Andrew, Alex and Jordan, and three great-grandsons, Matthew, Braeden, and Aiden.
 
Louise devoted her life to God, her family, her church, and her community. She was a Christian woman, her gift to us all.
 
Services for Louise will be at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski with Allen Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior, 9:30-11:30, also at the funeral home. Interment will be at Steenbergen Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski. Memorials may be given to the Cornland Christian Church or to the Vonderlieth Living Center Activity Fund.

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Catherine S. "Kate" Burton

Catherine S. “Kate” Burton, 89, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
 
Kate was born on February 26, 1928, in Monticello, IL. The daughter of Harold and Opal (Wampler) Fitzwater. She married Wendell D. Burton Sr. on September 16, 1945, in Deland, IL. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2010.
 
Kate is survived by her daughters, Tracy (Terry) Brown and Carolyn Sue (Justin) Dammerman. Additionally, Kate is survived by her 6 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
 
Kate was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sons, Wendell and Steven; her brother, Harold; and her sisters, Betty, Nellie, and Bobbeye.
 
Kate was an avid reader she had an eclectic taste from books. However, she truly enjoyed any and every John Grisham novel.
 
A celebration of Kate’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Kate’s name to The Humane Society of Logan County. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
 

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High C. "Chris" Keough

 Hugh C. "Chris” Keough, "The Man, The Myth, The Legend” 83, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at his home.
 
Chris was born on January 18, 1934, in Pittsburg, PA. The son of Bernard J. and Matilda (Doyle) Keough. He married Beverly Kay Bree on February 17, 1957, in Fayetteville, NC. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2014.
 
Chris is survived by his daughter, Christy Ann Keough Beard; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
 
Chris proudly served his country with The 82nd Airborne. Chris was also a great storyteller and had a story to fit any situation.
 
Chris’ wishes were to be cremated, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made in Chris’ name to The Humane Society of Logan County at 1801 N Lincoln Pkwy, Lincoln, IL 62656. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Eugene Geyer

Eugene Geyer, 93, passed away at 9:03 a.m., Jan. 10, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Gene was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Mt. Pulaski, Ill., son of John and Bertha (Krueger) Geyer. He married Mildred Lucille "Lucy” Etter on Mar. 23, 1957, in Springfield, Ill. She preceded him in death on Aug. 17, 2016.
 
Surviving Gene are his children: Connie (Kevin) Leonard of San Antonio, Texas, Jean Ann (Mike) Miller of Lincoln, Ill., and Barbara (Mike) Morris of Mt. Pulaski, Ill.; four grandchildren: Kate Miller, and Samantha, Wyatt, and Hayden Morris. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.
 
Gene was a retired farmer in the Mt. Pulaski area. He also loved to travel; especially to Branson, MO.
 
A private family graveside service will be held on a later date at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski. Memorials may be made in Gene's name to The Christian Village or Latham Fire and Rescue.

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John F. Baylor, Sr.

John F. Baylor, Sr., 71 of Decatur, Illinois, formerly of Weldon, Illinois passed away 7:00 AM January 13, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Weldon United Methodist Church, Weldon, IL with Pastor Doug Lowery and Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Weldon United Methodist Church.
 
John was born July 25, 1946, in Bloomington, IL the son of Oscar and Irene (Storey) Baylor. He married Margaret Dressler April 25, 1965, in Weldon, IL
 
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Baylor, Decatur, IL; children: Nancy (John) Connett, Avon, IN; Rev. John (Anita) Baylor, Jr., Fort Branch, IN; Gary (Carrie) Baylor, Decatur, IL; Peggy Baylor (Matthew Jenkins) , Decatur, IL; 11 grandchildren; siblings: Hester (Robert) Kingston, Monticello, IL; LaVon Day, Champaign, IL; and Oscar “Grant” (Linda) Baylor, Decatur, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carol Rapp.
 
John worked at various body shops in Clinton, Decatur, and Bloomington, IL. He taught auto mechanics at Richland C.C. and taught Autobody at the Decatur Area Vocational Center. He lived his faith and was a member of the Weldon United Methodist Church. At church, he was an usher, High School Sunday School Teacher, and a United Methodist Youth Fellowship Director. John enjoyed Contemporary Christian Music, but most of all spending time with his family.

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James G. "Red" Russell

James G. "Red” Russell passed away at 5:32 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
 
Red was born on October 28, 1945, in Lincoln, IL; son of Grover B. and Agnes (Flinn) Russell Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Robert E. Russell.
 
Red is survived by his cousins.
 
He was a member of Living Water Church in Springfield, IL.
 
Graveside services for Red will be 12 noon Monday, January 15, 2018, at Carlyle Cemetery in Lake Fork, IL with Dr. Robert Armstrong officiating. Memorials may be made in Red’s name to the Logan County Paramedics in Lincoln, IL.

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Oliver Glenn Wilson

Oliver Glenn Wilson 92 of Luther Oaks, Bloomington, IL passed away 2:37 AM January 11, 2018, at Heartland Healthcare, Normal, IL.
 
Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. There will be no services. Graveside services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL at a later date. 
 
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
 
Glenn was born November 20, 1925, in Clinton, IL the son of Oliver Asa and Anna Lotus (Walden) Wilson. He married Opal E. Clary August 27, 1946, in Clinton, IL. She passed away February 14, 2013.
 
Survivors include his son, Gary D. (Susan) Wilson, Bloomington, IL; 5 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren; Daughter-in-Law, Kathy Wilson, Clinton, IL.
 
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Son, Steven Glenn Wilson, 2 sisters and 1 brother.
 
Glenn farmed most of his life in Wilson Twp., DeWitt Co., IL and served his country in the US Navy during WW II. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, IL. He was a member of the Bloomington Country Club, Bloomington Consistory, and York Rites.

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Ronald C. Gaddis

Ronald C. Gaddis 77 of Clinton, IL passed away 9:30 PM January 8, 2018, at the Bloomington Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
Services will be 6 P.M. Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Waynesville Christian Church, Waynesville, IL with Daniel Heath Yielding officiating. Visitation will be from 4 – 6 P.M. Friday at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Ronald C. Gaddis memorial fund.
 
Ronald was born February 11, 1940, in Sullivan, IL the son of Carl Edward and Vera Agnes (Reynolds) Gaddis. He married Sharon Kornewald September 2012, she passed away in 2017.
 
Survivors include his children Stephen Gaddis, Baton Rouge, LA and Terry Gaddis, Waynesville, IL; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Sharon Williams.
 
Ronald was a lifelong musician. He was a piano tuner for many years and had done work for many big stars.

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Jon C. Hilty

Jon C. Hilty, 78, of Farmer City, IL passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at his home. 
 
Jon was born in Indianapolis, IN on March 11, 1939, to the late Wayne Woodrow and Phyllis Alene (Campbell) Hilty. He attended Thomas Carr Howe High School Indianapolis, IN and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. Throughout his career he worked for Purdue Farms, ABS in DeForest, WI, Johnson & Johnson Co, ADI in Carmel, IN and retired from American Cyanamid in October 1996. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman and loved to travel. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and loved by all who knew him.
 
On November 17, 1961, he married Wanda Bowen. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Julie (Greg) Lutz of Fort Wayne, IN, Jon Scott Hilty of Chicago, IL and Nicole (Bryce) Warren of Edwards, IL; two grandchildren, Jessica (Samuel) Rollins, Kyle Lutz; three great-grandchildren, Samuel, Jayden and Levi Rollins of Fort Wayne, IN; and a sister, Hedy Baker of Mt. Pleasant, SC. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Pamela Bowen Hauser; brother-in-law, Michael Baker. Jon attended Farmer City United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his family, grandchildren, and friends. 
 
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Farmer City United Methodist Church, 101 S. William St., Farmer City, IL 61842 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:30 pm.
 
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Farmer City United Methodist Church or Carle Hospice Memorial Fund.

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Cora Stella Builta

Cora Stella Builta, 98, of Ellsworth, Illinois, passed away at 3:51 P.M., Monday, January 8, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal, Illinois.
 
Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Saybrook Christian Church, Saybrook, Illinois with Pastor Stacy Landry officiating. Entombment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bloomington, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Saybrook Christian Church, Saybrook, Illinois.
 
Cora was born October 27, 1919, in Ellsworth, Illinois, to Edward Perry and Viola Phelps Taylor. She married Lincoln B. “Abe” Builta on January 3, 1942, at the Clinton Christian Church, Clinton, Illinois. He passed away January 22, 2002.
 
Cora is survived by her twin sister, Nora Della Taylor Builta of Ellsworth, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Mariam Moberly of Rockwall, Texas and Phyllis Hudson of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Don (Connie) Builta of Clinton, Illinois, Richard Builta of Farmer City, Illinois, Karen (Dave) Barron of Ellsworth, Illinois, and Cheryl Wyatt of Bloomington, Illinois, and their families.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ruth Taylor Wells; brother, Eugene “Dick” Taylor, three infant sisters, Amanda, Layla and Reccia Taylor; five brothers-in-law; and three sisters-in-law.
 
Cora graduated from Saybrook High School. She farmed alongside her husband for 42 years. She was a Dawson Township Assessor, a member of the Saybrook Christian Church, loved fishing and taking walks with her husband, and was a Chicago Cubs fan.
 
Cora thought the world of her family and friends and will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was well-known for her red hats and was happiest when she was helping others.
 
Cora’s family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Heartland Health Care Center for their kindness and love shown to her.

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Michael Brian "Perk" Perkins

Michael Brian “Perk” Perkins 48 of Weldon, IL passed away 8:53 AM January 9, 2018, at his family residence, Weldon, IL.
 
Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Friday, January 12, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites to follow.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Perkins Farm.
 
Brian was born September 3, 1969, in Flanagan, IL the son of Michael and Carolyn (Carr) Perkins. He married Lisa K. Whitehouse December 14, 1991, in Farmer City, IL.
 
Survivors include his parents: Michael and Carolyn Perkins, Clinton, IL; children: Kayla B. Perkins, Bloomington, IL and Michael S. Perkins, Weldon, IL; siblings: Angie (Diann Thumser) McConkey, Madison, WI and Jill (Bill) Stewart, Walnut, IL; nephew: Dane Stewart, Walnut, IL, along with several cousins.
 
Brian was a farmer and truck driver. He loved rock n’ roll music and enjoyed U of I sports and was a member of the Deland American Legion. He was the Class President for DeLand/Weldon School 1987.

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Velma N. Kennedy

Velma N. Kennedy 93 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:15 PM January 9, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 1:30 P.M. Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 4 P.M. Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or American Heart Association. 
 
Velma was born June 21, 1924, in Bismarck, ND the daughter of James Henry and Grace (Geiser) Anunson. She married Wesley C. Hall December of 1939 in Steel, ND. She married Edward Barkley June 30, 1952. He passed away in November of 1964. She later married Robert “Rocky” Kennedy June 28, 1967. He passed away August of 1992.
 
Survivors include her son: Lean (LaVonne) Wedar, Minot, ND; sister: Edith Port, Bismarck, ND; grandchildren: Lori (Shawn) Sanford, Lyn (Melissa) Wedar, Staci (Rob) Cheshire, Stephanie (Jeff) Ferner, John (Peggy) Barkley, Laurie Jo (Lyle) Burnett, Leanne (Michael) Anzalone; 13 great-grandchildren; special friends: Sharon (Paul) Dunakey, Karen (Dick) Meadows, Laurie Birk, and Connie Hantla.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, son: Gary Pederson, 1 brother, and 4 sisters.
 
Velma had retired from the dietary department at the Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton, IL. She loved to play bingo, crochet, work puzzles and bake. She especially enjoyed giving away her baked goods.

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David Lee Hubbard

 David Lee Hubbard, 60, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at his home.

 

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.  Rev. Steve Blaum will officiate.

 

David Lee Hubbard was born January 26, 1957, in Lincoln, the son of Ronald Wayne and Eileen Aper Hubbard.

 

Surviving him are his parents, one daughter: Stephanie (Gregory) Wheeler, one son: Jacob (fiancée Tara Stokes) Hubbard, two sisters: Cathy (Bart) Morris and Rhonda (Jack) Tyrell; one brother: Kevin (Kim) Hubbard; and five grandchildren.

 

David graduated from Lincoln Community High School.  He was a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He was a truck driver for ABF Trucking.

 

Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.


 

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Wilma Auer

Wilma Auer, 84, passed away at 6:54 p.m. on January 4, 2018, at Advocate Bromenn Hospital in Normal, IL.
 
She was born on February 5, 1933, in Prairie Creek, IL; daughter of William Richard Herman and Gesina Johanna (Bartmann) Heinzel. She married Carroll Auer on December 31, 1950, and later they were divorced.
 
Wilma is survived by her children: Doug (Mary Ann) Auer of Metamora, IL and Deborah (Claude) Rorabaugh of Washougal, WA; her sisters; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and her ex-husband.
 
Wilma was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL.
 
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made in Wilma’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or School.

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Dennis J. Morgan

Dennis J. Morgan, 57, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 1:29 P.M., Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
His funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Jeff Mayfield, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the funeral home with I.O.O.F. service at 6:30 P.M.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Dennis was born August 6, 1960, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Robert W. and Sylvia J. Savage Morgan. He married Terri L. Kumler on February 25, 1989, in Le Roy, Illinois. She survives in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his mother, Sylvia J. Morgan of Mesa, AZ; son, Alan (Tricia) Loy of Le Roy; daughters, Amber (David) Abrams of Bloomington, Jill (T.J.) Schopp of Le Roy and Kelley (Joey Fleming) Morgan of Le Roy; grandchildren, Grace, Braden, and Natalie Loy, Dalton and Kinley Abrams, and Logan Schopp; brothers, Brian (Kelli) Morgan of Le Roy and Scott (Janel) Morgan of Bloomington; sisters, Terri Lynn Morgan of Normal and Barbara Ann (Gary) Corwin of Excelsior, MN.
 
He was preceded in death by his father and maternal and paternal grandparents.
 
Dennis worked at Morgan and Son’s Trucking, Le Roy as an owner/operator.
 
He was a member of the Le Roy I.O.O.F. Lodge #149 and the Bloomington Elk’s Lodge #281.

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Eva Marie Alley

Eva Marie Alley, 72, of Lincoln passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Eva was born on May 13, 1945, in Lincoln, IL the daughter of Harry Wayne and Evelyn (Emmons) Sisk. She married Erskine Wayne “Corky” Alley on June 14, 1962, in Lincoln, IL he survives.
 
Eva is also survived by her children; Sandra Renee (Derek) Staples, Clifford (Laura) Alley, Edgar (Lynette) Alley, Melissa Alley, and Starla Giddeons, her siblings; Harry Sisk, Stanley (Bea) Sisk, Ronald (Donna) Sisk, and Judith (Owen) Eaton, her grandchildren; Christopher, Amber, Ashley, Dwayne, Heather, Matthew, Brandon, Annalissa, Jeremy, Kyle, Nichole, Patrick, Jerad, Timmothy, and Curtis. Additionally, Eva is survived by 24 great-grandchildren, with the two more on the way.
 
Eva was preceded in death by her parents, and one grandson, Briar.
 
A Celebration of Eva’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7: 00 P.M. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Eva’s name to her family.

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Arta Louise Billington

 Arta Louise Billington, 94, of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 6:25 A.M. Monday, January 8, 2018, in Bloomington, IL.
 
Louise was born on January 24, 1923, in McLean County to Oscar "Shorty” and Edith (Godker) Long. She married Ernest "Ernie” Charles Billington on January 6, 1943, in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2006.
 
Louise is survived by two sons, Robert (Vickie) Billington of Creve Coeur, IL, Ronald (Donna) Billington of Bellevue, NE, daughter-in-law, Annette Billington of Lincoln, IL, two brothers, Harold Long of Atlanta, IL, Kenny Long of Bloomington, IL, two sisters, Nancy Horner of Armington, IL, Mary Lou Pierce of Riverside, CA, seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son James, two sisters and one brother. 
 
She was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. After her retirement from Lehn and Fink in Lincoln, she and her husband enjoyed camping and fishing.
 
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 12, 2018, at Atlanta Cemetery in Atlanta, IL officiated by Casey McCormick. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Building Fund. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is handling arrangements.

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Robert E. Russell

Robert E. Russell, 69, passed away at 3:36 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at his home.
 
Robert was born on October 26, 1948, in Lincoln, IL; son of Grover B. and Agnes "Gretchen” (Flinn) Russell Jr. He married Sandra J. Letterle on November 2, 1973, in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death on April 5, 2004.
 
Surviving Robert is his brother: James G. Russell of Riverton, IL; his cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
A graveside service at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, with Larry Crawford officiating. Memorials may be made in Roberts’s name to the Christian Village in Lincoln, IL. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home is assisting his family with the arrangements.

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Dallas Jacob

Dallas L. Jacob, 96, formerly of San Jose passed away at 8:25 p.m. on January 4, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor.
 
Dallas was born on February 18, 1921, in Mason County, IL; son of William and Rosa (Imig) Jacob. He married Irma Griffin on August 4, 1940, in St. Charles, MO. She preceded him in death on August 29, 2015, after 75 years of marriage.
 
Surviving Dallas are his Children: Gary Jacob of Lincoln, IL, Linda (Thomas) Hashman of Lincoln, IL, and Robert (Dorinda) Jacob of Beason, IL; grandchildren: Kevin Hashman, Paula (Steve) Crawford, Coralee (Brian) Stoltzenburg, Sarah Jacob, and Darren Jacob; great-grandchildren: Zachary Lee, Emma Stoltzenburg, Kate Stoltzenburg, and Evan Crawford; one great-great-grandchild: Preston Lee-Boch. Dallas was preceded in death by his parents, one son: Larry Jacob, and his sister: Ruth Leinweber.
 
Dallas was a retired farmer in San Jose area after retiring helped several farmers in Mason and Logan County. He also worked 16 years at the Lincoln Park District. He was a long time member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in San Jose, where he held many offices in the church. He became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, after moving to Lincoln, IL.
 
Dallas enjoyed being with his family and telling his many jokes, helping to bring joy to his family and friends. He liked fishing, playing horseshoes, and other games. He played many instruments in a band called the "Cookie Dusters” at house and community dances. He and his wife were members of Linpro Square Dance Club.
 
Services for Dallas will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, atFricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Mason City Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Dallas’ name to Zion Lutheran Church or School.

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Herbert Amos Weedman

Herbert Amos Weedman 92 of Casey, Illinois formerly of Farmer City, IL passed away 6:25 AM January 4, 2018, at Casey Health Care Center, Casey, Illinois.
 
Private family graveside services will be at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Mr. Weedman was born November 13, 1925, in Bloomington, IL the son of Amos and Marguerite (Stone) Weedman. He married Edith Foster June 6, 1953, at the Monticello United Methodist Church in Monticello. They were married for nearly 52 years until her death in 2005. He spent the last decade of his life with his companion, Dorothy Strange. She preceded him in death in 2017
 
Survivors include his children: Pam (Bill) Maibach, Morton, IL, Vicki (Jay) Tyler, Nashville, TN, Mark (Sandy) Weedman, Kansas City, MO, Jim (Sherry) Weedman, Casey, IL. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, son: Thomas J. Weedman, sister: Helen Wiggins, and one grandson.
 
Mr. Weedman grew up in rural Piatt County and graduated from DeLand Township High School in 1945. He served as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War as a member of the 443rd and 747th Engineers, including a stint as a turnapole operator while stationed in Tulle, France.
 
A longtime resident of Farmer City, Mr. Weedman was a farmer in rural Piatt County for more than 50 years. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Mahomet and the American Legion in Farmer City. A devoted husband and family man, he possessed a sharp sense of humor and a generous spirit. He enjoyed Norton motorcycles, vacationing with his family in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, FL, and finally seeing the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

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Cory Michael Ryerson

Cory Michael Ryerson 37 of Wellington, Colorado formerly of Clinton, IL passed away 4:19 AM January 1, 2018, at his family residence, Wellington, Colorado.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Monday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Cory Michael Ryerson Memorial Fund.
 
Cory was born August 10, 1980, in Pontiac, IL the son of Paul K. and Julie A. (Slown) Ryerson. 
 
Survivors include his parents; Paul K. & Julie A. Ryerson, Clinton, IL; girlfriend, Karina Garcia, Wellington, CO, and her son, Isiah; siblings; Jeremy Ryerson, Morgantown, WV; and Eric Ryerson, St. Joseph, IL; niece, Callie Ryerson, St. Joseph, IL; and grandmother, Wanda Slown, Pontiac, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents.
 
Cory was an Eagle Scout and worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for the last 10 years. He enjoyed playing sports, football, and baseball. Cory also enjoyed the outdoors, especially the mountains in Colorado.

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Alvin Austin

Alvin Austin, 90 of Colorado Springs, formerly of Brooksville FL and Clinton IL, passed away at 11:06 PM, Friday, December 29. He was at home and under the care of loving family and hospice. 
 
He was born on October 14, 1927, in VanLear KY, son of Isom and Bessie Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.  He is survived by his wife, Ruth, three children Greg Austin, Jann (Mike) Martin, and Teri (Michael) Rousseau. He is also survived by four grandchildren ( Art and Andy Rousseau, Logan Martin and Jackie Powell), as well as six great-grandchildren. 
 
Al loved God, his family, and his country. He was proud of his service in the Korean War, was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved camping, and spending time with family. He was a PE Teacher and Coach of nearly every sport at Clinton Community High School in Clinton, IL. 
 
Memorials may be made to Hospice or to Alzheimer’s Association. 
 
He will be missed by all who loved him and is probably leading calisthenics with a loud whistle in heaven. 

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Myrta Smith

Myrta Smith, 91, of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 11:50 A.M., Monday, January 1, 2018, at Heritage Health, Gibson City, Illinois.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Arrowsmith, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Witt-Webber-Carrell Legion Ladies Auxiliary Arrowsmith, P.O. Box 77, Arrowsmith, Illinois, 61722, or the American Heart Association.
 
Myrta was born March 18, 1926, in Arrowsmith, Illinois to Hobart and Eliza Gill Warren. She married Roy Wayne Smith on June 18, 1948. He preceded her in death March 24, 2015.
 
Survivors include son, Warren “Twig” (Vicki Rae) Smith, Noblesville, Indiana; daughter, Vicki Lynn Smith, Princeton, Illinois; grandson, Todd (Halle) Smith, Carmel, Indiana; granddaughter, Amy (Greg) Nowling, Indianapolis, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Jackson Nowling, Jacob Smith and Reese Smith; sister, Joyce Satterfeal, Bloomington, Illinois; and special nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Bradley Warren and Perry Warren.
 
Myrta worked in Champaign during World War II. After Wayne came home from the service, they were married and lived in Arrowsmith where they farmed their entire lives. Myrta also worked for Owen Nursery, General Telephone, M & W Gear, Fannie Mae in Eastland Mall, and the IRS. She was a member of the Witt-Webber-Carrell Legion Ladies Auxiliary Arrowsmith for 66 years.

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Doris LeGrand

Doris LeGrand, 98, formerly of Emden passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield, IL.
 
Doris was born on August 22, 1919, in Logan County, IL; daughter of William and Molly (Arnold) Struebing. She married John LeGrand in 1945. He preceded her in death in 2001.
Doris is survived by her daughters: Marcia (Michael "Creg”) Mrakava of Springfield, IL and Peggy Bright of Moweaqua, IL; four grandchildren: John Bright, Dean Bright, Jason (April) Mrakava, and Tori (Jay) Akcay; four great-grandchildren: Connor Bright, Joe Bright, Ela Akcay, and Maya Akcay. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers: Stanley and Robert Struebing.
 
Services for Doris will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Emden, IL with Rev. John Schurter officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (10:00-11: 00 a.m.) also at the church. Burial will follow services at Hartsburg Union Cemetery in Hartsburg, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Doris’ name to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Donor’s Choice. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Fredric A. Werth

Fredric A. Werth, 72 of Mt. Pulaski, Il became a true angel of God on 12/30/2017.
 
Twin son of Donald and Mary (Heinzel) Werth. He was born on October 21, 1945, in Lincoln, IL. He was a kind, faithful and wonderful brother, friend and husband. He married Pamela Jerio on June 22, 1974. She survives him.
 
Also surviving Fredric is his twin brother: Franklin Werth of Nevada and brother Mark Werth of Lincoln, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Thomas.
 
Fredric was an all-conference athlete and a graduate of LCHS in 1963, Lincoln College in 1965 and a BA at Southern Illinois University in 1968. He started his career at the Department of Transportation in the Aerial Surveys Division in 1968 until his retirement in 2001. Fred was a member, elder, and trustee of the Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln. 
 
On December 30, 2017, he made his final journey to his happy hunting ground and has no suffering and pain after his six years of cancer in his lungs, liver and in his brain.
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at a later date in the spring when all his loving family can be together. Memorials may be made in Fred’s name to the American Cancer Society or just spread a little kindness to your family and friends.
 

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Meredith Irene "Pete" Patterson

Meredith Irene "Pete” Patterson, 88, of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 4:20 P.M. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Meredith was born on April 21, 1929, to Harvey and Mae (Coats) Robinson. She married Carl S. Patterson on April 4, 1948, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on October 19, 2016.
 
Meredith is survived by several nieces and nephews.
 
She retired from the State of Illinois where she worked in the Capitol Building. She was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, the Loyal Daughters of the Christian Church, VFW Post #777 Ladies Auxiliary, and the American Legion Post #447 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling on a league in Mt. Pulaski for many years. She ran a dog grooming shop from her home, loved camping and traveling with her husband Carl, and playing cards with her friends for many years.
 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Casey McCormick officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Meredith’s name to the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Building Fund.

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Patricia Elaine (Patsy Karr) Torbert

Patricia Elaine (Patsy Karr) Torbert, 65, of Oswego, IL passed away 5:02 AM, January 1, 2018, at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Center, Naperville, IL.
 
A service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be 11 AM, Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoptions.
 
Patricia was born January 4, 1952, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Robert Emmitt and Elizabeth Ora (Wilson) Karr. 
 
Survivors include her son, Timothy Allen (Stephanie) Torbert, Clinton, IL; grandchildren, Jake Ryan Torbert and Alexa Paige Torbert; sister, Jeanie Andrews, Clinton, IL; loving nieces and nephews; and her loving dog, J. J.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jackie O’Daffer; brother, Allan Karr; step-brother, Pat Danison; and nephew, Todd Davis.
 
Patsy retired from Drinker, Biddle and Reath Attorneys, Chicago, Il as a legal assistant. She loved the outdoors, biking, and Siesta Key, FL.

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Martha Ilean Smith

Martha Ilean Smith, 86, of Clinton, IL passed away at 10:15 AM, December 30, 2017, at her residence in Clinton, IL.
 
Private graveside services will be at Rose Cemetery, Lane, IL at a later date. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Martha was born July 26, 1931, in Lane, IL the daughter of Albert Temple and Bertha Viola (Williams) Smith.
 
Several nieces and nephews survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Edna Wear, Roy Smith, and Helen Beals.
 
Martha had retired from Todd Uniform, Clinton, IL.

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Patricia Mae Alexander

Patricia Mae Alexander, 80, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 11:23 P.M., Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois, with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Patricia was born October 9, 1937, in Mansfield, Illinois, a daughter of John W. & Mary E. McKee Kennedy. She married Darwin Eugene Alexander, September 5, 1958, in Mansfield, Illinois. He passed away January 14, 2016.
 
She is survived by her children, Darwin Eugene (Jo) Alexander II of Carrollton, Illinois; Deborah L. (Randy) Cain of Philo, Illinois; Robert W. Alexander I of Mansfield, Illinois. Five grandchildren, Darwin Eugene Alexander III; Matthew Holderly; Katelynn Alexander; Robert W. Alexander II; Christina Holderly; three great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Alexander; Darwin Eugene Alexander IV; and Maverick L. Alexander.
 
Preceded in death by her husband, Darwin Eugene Alexander; parents, John W. & Mary E. Kennedy; great-grandson, Zeke Owen Alexander; two brothers, Richard Renner and Robert Kennedy.
 
Patricia was a retired secretary for Collegiate Cap & Gown Company, Champaign, Illinois. She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank Kelly Finet for all of her services. They also would like to thank the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, Illinois, nurses and staff and th6th-flooror nurses and staff at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois, for the excellent care that was given to their mother. Patricia will be missed by all.

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Paul Edwin "Pud" Leesman

Paul Edwin “Pud” Leesman, 91, of Hartsburg, Illinois, passed away at 7:35 p.m. on December 31, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Illinois. 
 
His funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 6 at Faith Lutheran Church, Lincoln with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, is assisting the family with arrangements. Visitation will be at Faith Lutheran Church from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, and one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Hartsburg Union Cemetery with military rites accorded. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church Educational Resources and Camp Griesheim Christian Retreat Center, Atlanta, Illinois. 
 
Paul was born August 13, 1926, in Hartsburg, Illinois, the son of Claus and Kathryn (Glick) Leesman. His inherent love for family and farming began with his birth on the kitchen table at the family farm. He was the second youngest of their five children. He married Marcia Joyce Klemm, March 25, 1950, in Atlanta, Illinois. She preceded him in death January 10, 1985. He married Geraldine Ruben Liesman, December 12, 1985. She preceded him in death December 23, 1997. 
Also preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, two sisters, and two step-sisters. His mother passing away when he was age seven changed his life and developed his strong sense of responsibility and sensitivity to the needs of others at a young age, which continued through his life. Surviving are two children Karen (Robert) Cullen, Bloomington, and Kevin (Joyce) Leesman, Hartsburg; five grandchildren, Keenan (Alexis), Kent (Ally) and Kory (Lyndi) Leesman, all of Hartsburg; William Cullen, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Kathryn Cullen (fiancé Seth Stalter), Bloomington; six great-grandchildren; two step-children, Aaron (Joyce) Liesman and Jill (Paul) Kastner; five step-grandchildren, Adam Liesman, Chatham, Rachel Liesman, Kansas City, Tara (Matt) Comstock, Ali (Ryan) Williams, Lincoln, and Kyle (Caroline) Hower, Springfield; six step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd, Lincoln; a brother-in-law, Wendell Cross; and a sister-in-law, Irma Leesman, both of Hartsburg. He dearly loved his 28 nieces and nephews.
 
Paul graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School in 1944 having enjoyed playing point guard for their basketball teams. Following his two-year U.S. Army service in the Philippines at the end of WWII, he graduated from Lincoln College in 1949, where he also played basketball. He had planned to continue his education in agriculture at the University of Illinois, but an opportunity arose to farm on his own east of Hartsburg. His passion for farm began at age four helping his father with harvest by following the wagon and tossing in ears of corn that were missed. In 2010 he was recognized for 60 continuous years of harvest since beginning his independent farming career. Having begun farming with horses and progressing to GPS-guided tractors, Pud remained actively engaged on the grain and livestock farm with his son and grandson until he was 89 years old. 
 
Appreciative of his own quality education, Paul served on the Hartsburg-Emden School Board for 15 years, eight as president, and then served as an elected representative for Logan County on the Regional Board of School Trustees for Logan, Mason and Menard Counties for 20 years. His final community service was on the Hartsburg State Bank Board of Directors for 25 years, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. 
 
Paul was a leader and active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hartsburg, for most of his life and was the first child baptized in their new church in 1926. Later in life, he attended Faith Lutheran Church, Lincoln, where he thoroughly enjoyed being fed spiritually through the hearing and study of God’s Word in many great discussions at Sunday School. He treasured and was devoted to his faith, and it served as an anchor throughout his life. One of his many daily prayers was that his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would have faith in Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life in heaven. His family is blessed to have inherited this legacy of faith and is certain that he is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We all look forward to an eternal reunion with him.
 
Pud was a pillar of strength in his family, church, and community. He will be dearly missed for his moral character, loving devotion to family, strong work ethic, fun-loving disposition, wise counsel and generous spirit. He treasured many relationships with people of all ages and never met a stranger. With a strong “can do” approach to life, he seldom complained and always saw the positive outcome, no matter the circumstances. His family wishes to thank the staff of St. Clara’s Manor and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln for their compassionate care and all who made visits or sent cards.

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Roger Motsinger

Roger Motsinger 77 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:53 PM January 1, 2018, surrounded by his family with their loving devotion at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
 
Masonic services will be 12:00, Noon Saturday, January 6, 2018, with religious services to follow with Rev. Fr. James Henning officiating at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 10:00 AM – 12:00, Noon at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Roger was born August 22, 1940, in Moline, IL the son of Russell and Lucille (Hummel) Motsinger. He married Janet M. Ginther following her graduation from nurses training in Canton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife, Janet Motsinger, Clinton, IL; two daughters: Erika Motsinger (Thomas Lane) and Abby (Dave) Waters both of Clinton, IL; two grandchildren: Sophia and Hudson Waters; sister-in-law, Virginia Motsinger, Canton, IL. Numerous nephews and a niece also survive.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gale Motsinger, Canton, IL.
 
Roger lived in Canton, IL for 33 years and graduated from Canton High School in 1958. Roger was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clinton, IL. He served in the Army Security Agency in Frankfurt and Bad Aibling Germany 1961-1963 at the rank of Specialist 5. Roger graduated from Spoon River College (A.A.), Western Illinois University (B.A.) and the University of Illinois at Springfield (M.A.). He was employed at Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years and retired from the Decatur plant in 1999 as Safety, Security, and Training Manager. He held numerous human resources positions in the Peoria corporate office and the Mapleton, IL foundry.
 
Roger served as an alderman on the Canton, IL city council 1977-1981 and the Canton Chamber of Commerce Board of directors. He was the past president of the Central Illinois Personnel Association in Springfield and Business Health Roundtable in Decatur. Roger was chair of the Advisory Committee of the Decatur office of the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation and the vice president of the Clinton, IL Human Resources Center board of directors and vice president of the John Warner Hospital Foundation in Clinton.
 
Roger was Past Exalted Ruler of the Clinton Elks Lodge and a member of the Canton, IL American Legion, and the Morningstar Masonic Lodge also in Canton.

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Geraldine Wirth

 Geraldine Thornhill Cuddeback Logan Wirth, age 69 of Bement, formerly of Champaign and Seymour, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by friends and family on December 25, 2017. After finally losing her battle with cancer, Geri told many people in her last days that she was simply moving on to her last career, that of teaching, and donated her body to science for educational purposes. She had a great sense of humor. Geri served the community most of her life as a Nurse Practitioner, retiring in 2013 from the VA in Decatur. She was a great wife and mother who raised 7 children. Geri held education in high regard and loved learning, reading, podcasts, babies, dolls, quilting, cooking and gardening.
 
She is survived by her husband William J. (Billy) Wirth of Bement, two sisters; Cathy Thornhill Tufte of Bement, IL., Dixie Thornhill of St. Petersburg, FL., and all her children and grandchildren. Geri never met a stranger. There was always room at the table for a new friend. She strongly believed in family, extended family and forgiveness. Geri is deeply missed.
 
There will be a celebration of life at the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620 in Bement on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a service at 4:00 P.M. and a light meal at 6:00 P.M., - feel free to bring a dish to share. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Friends of WILL, University of Illinois Foundation, P.O. Box 3429, Champaign, IL. 61826-3429. (217-244-9455)
 
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL, have the honor to serve the Wirth family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.

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Nancy Overby

Nancy L. Overby, 77, of Lincoln, died on Friday (Dec. 29, 2017) at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
 
Nancy was born on Dec. 1, 1940 in Alton, the daughter of George and Leona (Dickmann) Ostendorf. She married Jerry Overby on Aug. 18, 1962, in Edwardsville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 2015.
 
Nancy is survived by her son, Michael (Karen) Overby; her daughter, Michelle (Tito) Gomez; her grandchildren, Anthony Gomez, Mark Overby and Nick Overby; and her sister, Judy Selkirk.
 
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her grandson, Patrick.
 
Nancy was a math instructor at Lincoln College for 16 years. She enjoyed traveling in the United States and spending time in her garden.
 
Services for Nancy will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with a 3:30 p.m. prayer service. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville.
 
Memorial donations may be made in Nancy’s name to Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln.

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Juanita Ruth Warren

Juanita Ruth Warren, 86, of Farmer City, IL, passed away at 7:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Farmer City Rehab & Health Care Center.
 
Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 29, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, IL. Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M., at the funeral home with Pastor Dave Ashby and Bud McMasters officiating. Burial will follow in McCord Cemetery, Fullerton, IL. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Farmer City, IL or Farmer City Rehab & Health Care Center Activity Fund.
 
Juanita was born November 7, 1931, in Santa Anna Township, DeWitt County, IL, a daughter of Fred Fedellis and Eva Marie Galloway Marshall. She married Dale D. Warren on September 3, 1948, in Fairfield, IL. He passed away March 5, 2017.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Anita (Gene) Lewis of Mahomet, IL; three grandchildren, Samantha (Ian) Estes of Mahomet, IL, Katie (Brett) Taylor of Mahomet, IL and Chad (Kathy) Lewis of Mahomet, IL; eight great-grandchildren, Tanner Estes; Morgan Estes; Kayla McKinney; Kassie McKinney; Kallen Taylor; Kade Taylor; Abbie Lewis; and Faith Lewis. Preceded by her husband, Dale D. Warren, parents and one sister.
 
Juanita was a retired farmer and school bus driver for the Blue Ridge School District. She was a member of the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church and attended the First Christian Church, Farmer City, IL. She was a member of the Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Auxiliary Unit 6190, Farmer City, IL.

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Anna E. Tibbs

Anna E. Tibbs, 92, of New Holland, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln, IL.
 
Anna was born on August 12, 1925, in Logan County Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Harnacke) Juhl. She married Paul Tibbs, he preceded her in death on January 19, 1988.
 
Anna is survived by her sons, Dennis (Bev) Tibbs and Darrell "Wes” (Debi) Tibbs; her daughter-in-law, Sharon Tibbs; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Norma Juhl and Harriet Morrison.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Walter, William, and Herman; her sister, Helen; and her son, David.
 
A graveside service for Anna will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Richmond Grove Cemetery, New Holland. Memorial donations may be made in Anna’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, New Holland or New Holland Fire Department. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Bonnie J. Dodd-Allen

Bonnie J. Dodd-Allen 47 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:23 AM December 24, 2017, at her family residence, Clinton, Illinois.
 
Services will be 2:30 PM, Friday, December 29, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL. Visitation will be 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Friday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Bonnie J. Dodd-Allen Memorial Fund.
 
Bonnie was born August 1, 1970, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Thomas E. and Shirley Dolores (Palmer) Dodd. She married Hadley Dale Allen October 19, 2012, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Hadley Dale Allen, Clinton, IL; children: Justin A. Winebrenner-Dodd, Clinton, IL; and Joseph Andrew Lee Dodd, Clinton, IL; father, Thomas E. Dodd, DeWitt, IL; siblings: Richard D. (Darlene) Dodd, Moyock, NC; Ernest E. (Patricia) Dodd, Clinton, IL; Anita (John) LaFond, Cheyenne, WY; and Allena (Scott) Malone, Clinton, IL.
 
Bonnie was preceded in death by her mother.
 
Bonnie worked at the Shell Travel Plaza, LeRoy, IL for 15 years. She enjoyed fishing. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

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Daniel E. "Danny" McDavitt

Daniel E. ?Danny” McDavitt, 78, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 2:27 A.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017, at the Farmer City Rehab & Health Care Center, Farmer City, Illinois.

His Memorial Service will be 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 29, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Inurnment will follow in DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vicki McDavitt.

Danny was born September 22, 1939, in Lincoln, Illinois, a son of Donald Eugene and Gladys Margaret Schmall McDavitt. He married Vicki L. Wills on November 15, 1975, in Farmer City, Illinois. She survives in Farmer City, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Judith Ann Weaver.

Danny worked at the Farmer City I.G.A. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, Illinois and was now attending Trinity Community Fellowship in Farmer City, Illinois. He enjoyed the outdoors, eating out and traveling.

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Harold A. Ryburn

Harold A. Ryburn, 88, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away December 21, 2017, at his home. 
 
A graveside memorial service will be at a later date. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Harold was born May 5, 1929, in Heyworth, Illinois, to Charles A. and Hazel Winchell Ryburn. 
 
He is survived by his two daughters, Bonnie Ryburn of Urbana, Illinois and Dixie Pickett of Warner Robbins, Georgia; one son, Robert (Audrey) Ryburn of Farmer City, Illinois; two sisters, Ruth Hill of Newton, Iowa and Marjorie Smith of Bloomington, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Paul Ryburn.
 
Harold was a Korean War veteran. After returning from the war he started working at GMO Railroad as a brakeman and later as a conductor.

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Elaine E. Ray

Elaine E. Ray, 83, of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
 
Elaine was born on October 31, 1934, in Havana; IL; daughter of Earl S. "Slim” and Corena (Stoever) Morris. She married Richard Ivan Ray on March 8, 1953, In Havana, IL. He survives in Lincoln. Sir Ivan was her top priority and they were married nearly 65 years.
 
Elaine is also survived by her children: Kevin M. (Linda) Ray of Lincoln, IL, Keith H. (Jeaneen) of Lincoln, IL, Kimber Leigh (Dave) Brucker of Bloomington, IL, and Kara L. (Clay) Rull of Maryville, IL; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother: Richard H. Morris, and one son: Kyle I. Ray.
 
Elaine was devoted to her family, enjoying tea parties with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent much of her time creating crafts, items for her wardrobe, home decorations, and banners for the church. She volunteered countless hours in service to LWML, Zion Lutheran Church and School, ALMH Auxiliary, and the local food pantry.
Services for Elaine will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 29, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to service also at the church. Burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana, IL will be at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made in Elaine’s name to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Zion Lutheran Church, and School. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Otis G. "Pete" Howe, Jr.

Otis G. "Pete” Howe Jr., 81, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at 1:00 A.M. Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Vonderlieth Living Center.
 
Pete was born on August 3, 1936, in Lincoln to Otis G. and Minnie (Miller) Howe Sr. He married Phyllis Scheuler on September 22, 1956, in Mt. Pulaski. He later married Marjorie June Vignali on June 30, 1966, in Springfield. She preceded him in death. 
 
Surviving are his daughter, Cheryl (Doug) Davis of Elkhart, IL, three grandsons, Kyle Davis, Matthew Davis and Aaron Davis, one brother Donald Howe of Warrensburg, IL, two step-daughters, Deb Mifflin of Springfield, IL and Marge Banta of St. Louis, MO, and his best friend Dolly Buckles of Mt. Pulaski.
 
Pete was a retired heavy equipment mechanic. He was a lifetime member of Local #150 operating engineers, the Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge and the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.
Services for Pete will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church with Casey McCormick officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 A.M. prior to services. Burial will follow services at Lake Bank Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pulaski EMS or to the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski.

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June Elizabeth Rockwell

June Elizabeth Rockwell, 97, of Mt. Pulaski, IL passed away at 4:23 A.M. Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. 
 
June was born on June 8, 1920, in Mt. Pulaski, IL to John and Ruth (Von Lobberecht) Bender. She married Russell Rockwell on September 10, 1941, in Mt. Pulaski. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1984.
 
Surviving are five children, Gene (Donnie) Rockwell of Pickens, SC, Jana Goodman of Louisville, KY, Dennis (Cathleen) Rockwell of Harvel, IL, Nancy (Danny) Boyd of Linn Creek, MO, and Cathie (Jim) Sutton of Mt. Pulaski, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, and two sisters. June was a homemaker and worked for the Glass Factory in Lincoln for 19 years. She was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Historical Society and loved to read.
 
Services for June will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 A.M. prior to services. Burial will follow at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pulaski EMS.

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Flora Helen Tibbs

Flora Helen Tibbs, 87, passed away at 8:03 a.m. on December 20, 2017, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln, IL.
 
Flora was born on October 3, 1930, in Cicero, IL; daughter of William and Helen (Rogers) Anderson. She married Wilburn Tibbs on June 23, 1951, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on October 14, 1991.
 
Surviving Flora are her children: Jennie (Dan) Dean of New Holland, IL, Billy Joe (Susan S.) Tibbs of Middletown, IL, Jeff (Andy) Tibbs of Greenview, IL, John (Susan R.) Tibbs of Middletown, IL, and Jerry Tibbs of New Holland, IL; her siblings: Mary Etta Rogers, Abraham Anderson, and Elsie Tibbs; nine grandchildren: Brittany, Julie, Jessica, Jodee, Rachael, Jill, Jay, Jason, and Jade; nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Benny, Lem, William, and Robert.
 
A graveside service for Flora will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Richmond Grove Cemetery in New Holland, IL with Rick Deters officiating. Memorials may be made in Flora’s name to New Holland Fireman’s Fund or St. Clara’s Manor. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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Martha J Hendrickson

Martha J. "Marty” Hendrickson, 88, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
 
Martha was born on June 5, 1929, in Bloomington, IL, the daughter of Charles and Katherine (Gilbert) Nichols. She married Ralph Hendrickson on June 3, 1950, in Lincoln, IL, he survives her in Lincoln.
 
Martha is also survived by her children: Julie (Joe) Daugherty, Sue (Bruce) McWilliams, and Steven Hendrickson; her brother: Gene (Pat) Nichols; four grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Don and Jerry; and her sister, Judy.
 
Martha was retired after working for Dr. Carroll, Dr. Ulrich, and Dr. Tomlinson. She enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing cards; Martha was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Above all else, Martha loved her family and friends.
 
Services for Martha will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 22, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7: 00 P.M. on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial will take place after the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Martha’s name to Zion Lutheran School or Illinois Council of The Blind.

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George Jeffery Schwartz, Jr.

George Jeffrey Schwartz, Jr. 75 of Decatur, IL passed away 12:55 PM December 25, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.
 
George was born December 27, 1941, in Steele, MO the son of George J. and Zora (McNabb) Schwartz, Sr.
 
Survivors include his sons: Jeffrey Lee Schwartz, Seattle, WA and Russel (Dawn) Schwartz, Springfield, IL; grandson: William Christopher Schwartz, Clinton, IL; brothers: Curtis Schwartz, Clinton, IL and Orvil (Maxine) Schwartz, Wapella, IL; sister: Joan Cruise, Clinton, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
 
George loved spending time with his grandson and gambling. He had worked for Wagner Casting and Zexel Corp. in Decatur, IL. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

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Larry Edward Austin

Larry Edward Austin 76 of Forsyth, Illinois passed away 9:15 AM December 23, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Masonic Services will be 11:00 AM December 29, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL; religious services will follow with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Friday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Maroa Masonic Lodge #454.
 
Larry was born February 21, 1941, in Maroa, IL the son of Albert Lynn and Clara Louise (Wikoff) Austin. He married Julia Ann Liming January 15, 1960, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife: Julia Ann Austin, Forsyth, IL; daughter: Kathryn Louise (Robert Lee) Darling, Becker, MN, Sherilyn Kay (Charles Gregory) Weikle, Forsyth, IL; grandsons: Matthew Robert (Anne Marie) Darling, Sartell, MN, Charles Andrew (fiancé, Rachael Johnson) Weikle, Chicago, IL, Derek Austin (Cayla) Weikle, St. Louis, MO; great-granddaughters: Brynn Kelly Darling, Cailin Marie Darling, Marin Austin Jean Darling.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Alice Virginia Moit, and a brother: Robert Lynn Austin.
 
Larry was a member of the Maroa Masonic Lodge #454, the Ansar Shrine, the Myrtle Chapter #131 Order of the Eastern Star and the Caterpillar Retirees. After 35 years of service, he retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company.

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Martha Mae Beck

Martha Mae Beck, 86, of Farmer City, passed away 8:17 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 20, 2017) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
 
A private family graveside memorial service will be at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to Farmer City Food Pantry. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Martha was born July 9, 1931, in Bloomington, a daughter of Wayne P. and Verla Trimble Moister. She married Joseph Lloyd Beck on Nov. 19, 1949, in Farmer City. He passed away Nov. 9, 2007.
 
She is survived by her children, Dan Beck, Marsha (Kenneth) Peters, Patricia (Randy) Harris, and Susan (Dion) Lathrom, all of Farmer City; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lloyd Beck; parents; and daughter-in-law, Donna Beck.
 
Martha and her husband farmed together all of their married life.

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Lucy Mae Tharp

Lucy Mae Tharp, 98, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 5:05 A.M., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at the Farmer City Rehab & Health Care Center.
 
Her funeral service will be 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Bud McMasters officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. 
 
Lucy was born October 19, 1919, in Noble, Illinois, a daughter of Irene Farleigh and Wesley Ratcliffe. She married Charles Francis Tharp Sr. on October 27, 1945, in Farmer City, Illinois. He passed away May 24, 2008.
 
She is survived by her sons, Donald (Joan) Corder of Lemoore, California, Charles F. Tharp Jr. of Farmer City, Illinois and Robert L. (Janet) Tharp of Farmer City, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Louise Corder of Jacksonville, Illinois; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; four stepgrandchildren; sister, Betty (Glenn) Smith of Bloomingdale, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, John Corder; sisters, Josephine Ratcliffe and Betty Smith; brothers, James, Robert and Roy Ratcliffe.
 
Lucy was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, Illinois, past president and a 70-year member of the Joe Williams American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 55, Farmer City, Illinois, Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Auxiliary Unit 6190, Farmer City, Illinois and served on the DeWitt County Election Board for many years.

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Hilton A. Wilson

Hilton A. Wilson, 90, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 12:40 P.M., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at home with his loving family at his side. 
 
His visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home Heyworth, Illinois. The Funeral Service will be at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to the Heyworth Park or OSF Eastern Regional Hospice.
 
Hilton was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Chestnut, Illinois, to John and Lottie Vail Wilson joining his only sibling, Marjorie. He married his high school sweetheart, Neva Hamblen in June 1945. She passed away March 17, 2004. Hilton and Neva first farmed in the Beason area, moving to Mt. Pulaski and finally the day after Thanksgiving of 1952, to a farm between McLean and Heyworth. Blessed with two children born on the farm in Beason and two more in Mt. Pulaski, they were forever referred to as Hilton, Neva and the four J’s. 
 
He is survived by Jeff (Leisa) Wilson of Heyworth, Illinois; Jennifer (Gary) Sieg of Pinehurst, Idaho; Jack (Brenda) Wilson of Waynesville, Illinois; and Jane (Keith) Greene of Kellogg, Idaho. Hilton was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Marjorie, 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers-in-law, and 3 sisters-in-law.
 
Happiest times for Hilton with his faithful companion, Benji by his side were spent with family, friends, on any piece of farming machinery, driving around in his blue F150, or in a semi. 
 
Family, friends, farming, and trucking is who Hilton Wilson was.

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Atlee Dean Blacker

Atlee Dean Blacker, 9 Months, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 11:42 A.M., Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
His visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois. The funeral will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Atlee Dean Blacker memorial fund c/o Busey Bank, Mahomet, Illinois.
 
Atlee was born March 17, 2017, in Urbana, Illinois, a son of Troy Robert & Kelsey Lynn Brown Blacker.
 
He is survived by his parents, Troy Robert & Kelsey Lynn Blacker of Mansfield, Illinois; two brothers, Abram Nixon and Brantley Blacker; one sister, Brystal Blacker; maternal grandparents, Jennifer (Cash) Gembicki of Farmer City, Illinois; paternal grandparents, Jeff (Tina) Blacker of Monticello, Illinois; paternal grandmother, Joann Wade of Willow Hill, Illinois; maternal great-grandparents, Abe (Evelyn) Brown of Mansfield, Illinois.
 
Preceded in death by his maternal great-great-grandparents, Phyllis (Raymond V.) Woodrey; paternal great-great-grandparents, Earl & Marion Blacker and Don & Edith Wade.

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Alice Eleanor Mayall

Alice Eleanor Mayall 98 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 10:38 PM December 20, 2017, at Fair Havens Christian Village, Decatur, Illinois.
 
Services will be 11 AM Saturday, December 23, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Cemetery, Maroa, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Friday, December 22, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics.
 
Alice was born July 1, 1919, in Maroa, IL the daughter of Walter and Edith (Boyer) Hastings. She married Ralph P. Mayall July 5, 1941, in New London, Missouri. He passed away January 29, 2009.
 
Survivors include her son, Phillip R. (Sharon) Mayall, of California; 3 grandchildren, Silas (Kelli) Mayall, Zachary Mayall, and Katherine (Scott) Wagner. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son, Robert, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.
 
Alice was a volunteer for the physically and mentally disabled. She was a member of the Texas Christian Church where she played the organ.

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Thomas J. Weedman

Thomas J. Weedman 60 of Eldorado, IL passed away 3:09 AM December 16, 2017, at Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado, IL.
 
Private family graveside services will be held at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Thomas was born January 16, 1957, in Champaign, IL the son of Herbert and Edith (Foster) Weedman.
 
Survivors include his father: Herbert Weedman, Casey, IL; children: Christopher (Eudora) Weedman, Murphysboro, TN, Elisha (Nick) Walters, Farmer City, IL, grandchild: Charlotte Walters, Farmer City, IL; siblings: Pam (Bill) Maibach, Morton, IL, Vicki (Jay) Tyler, Nashville, TN, Mark (Sandy) Weedman, Kansas City, MO, and fraternal twin: Jim (Sherry) Weedman, Casey, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother.

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Doris I. Anderson

Doris I. Anderson, 84, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 6:45 A.M., Monday, December 18, 2017, at Liberty Village, LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Her visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois. The funeral will follow at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Doris was born January 5, 1933, in Santa Anna Township, DeWitt County, Illinois, a daughter of Charles H. Bosserman and Sylvia T. Van Note. She married Ivan G. Anderson on April 20, 1955, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He survives in LeRoy, Illinois.
 
She is also survived by her daughter, Janet (Bill) Swier of Bloomington, Illinois; son, Ivan G. (Jerry) Anderson II of Bloomington, Illinois; two grandsons, Caleb Swier of Bloomington, Illinois and Jacob Swier of Bloomington, Illinois; three granddogs, Dora, Davey, and Kane. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Marie Bosserman; Dorothy Bosserman; Ruth Bosserman; Helen Overmyer; Anna Bosserman; and Charles H. Bosserman Jr.

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Joel Clifton Edwards, III

Joel Clifton Edwards, III 65 of Clinton, IL passed away 12:55 PM December 15, 2017, at his family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL.
 
Joel was born September 26, 1952, in Clinton, IL the son of Joel Clifton Edwards, II, and Delores June (Arthur) Edwards-Owens.
 
Survivors include his mother: Delores June Owens, Clinton, IL; siblings: Judith Ann Holt, Waynesville, IL, Jean (Bill) Meyer, Hillsboro, IL, JoAnne Fort, Clearwater, FL, Pauline Gaultney, Clinton, IL; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive.
 
Joel loved to fish, hunt and read. In his earlier years, he enjoyed racing motorcycles.

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David Kent Lofland

David Kent Lofland, 57, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at 2:10 P.M. Friday, December 15, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
 
David was born on October 14, 1960, in Decatur, IL to Kenneth W. Lofland and Eileen Marie Kinney. He was a member of the Mt. Pulaski United Methodist Church. He enjoyed riding his Harley, golfing, camping, skiing and fishing.
 
David is survived by his mother Eileen (Jack) Gasaway of Mt. Pulaski, father, Kenneth (Betty) Lofland of Payson, AZ, three brothers Rick Lofland of Grand Junction, CO, Michael (Debbie) Lofland of Springfield, MO, Rodney Lofland of Springfield, MO, one sister, Angela (Doug) Maxheimer of Mt. Pulaski, IL and several nieces and nephews.
 
Services for David will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski with Rev. Ziola Marty officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 A.M. prior to services. Burial will be at Lake Bank Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski. Memorials may be made to the Latham United Methodist Church.

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Robert P. Lolling

Robert P. Lolling, 87, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at his home in Lincoln, IL.
Robert was born on September 13, 1930, in Hartsburg, IL the son of Gratus and Marie (Swartz) Lolling. He married Jean Elenore Huskins on October 2, 1950, in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2016.
 
Surviving Robert are his children: Kenneth “Mike”Lolling of Embarras, MN, David Paul Lolling of Lincoln, IL, Deborah Sue (Tony) Meyer of Lincoln, IL, and Shari Diane (Donnie) Boyd of Metropolis, IL; Eight grandchildren: Tanya Lolling Adams, Mark Kazakaitis, Kristi Kazakaitis Carter, Sabra Boyd (Dagan) Brucker, Mollie Lolling (Matt) Murphy, Jeannie (Daniel Maxey) Lolling, Zachary Lolling, Hannah Lolling. Three great-grandchildren: Shane Adams, Jamison Carter and Addison Brucker. One great-great-grandchild: Asher Scott. Sister-In-Law, Pat Lolling; and one Brother-In-Law, Kenneth Huskins; several nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, Walt and Donald Lolling; and two sisters, Gretchen Knowles and Minnie Buss Bates.
 
Robert was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He worked as a storage control manager at Caterpillar for 37 years. Robert also worked in housekeeping at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Robert adored his family and enjoyed spending a lot of time with them.
 
Services for Robert will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Visitation will take place from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Robert’s name to Faith Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Elizabeth Ann McIntosh

Elizabeth Ann McIntosh 86 of Bloomington, Illinois passed away 6:03 PM December 15, 2017, at Martin Health Center, Bloomington, Il.
 
Services to Celebrate Elizabeth’s Life will be 11 AM, Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, IL with Rev. Vaughn Hoffman officiating. Private family interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Heifer International.
 
Elizabeth was born September 28, 1931, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Rev. Harold and Maxine (Anderson) Halfyard. She married Rev. Burt McIntosh December 17, 1950, in Cisco, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Rev. Burt McIntosh, where they have lived the last four years at Westminster Village, Bloomington, IL; children: Jennifer McIntosh, Normal, IL; Rev. John (Patty) McIntosh, Mahomet, IL; Jane Elizabeth (Keith) Kleid, Coppell, TX; Jeff (Ellen) McIntosh, Stratham, N.H.; Joe (Jerry Gemmecke) McIntosh, Indianapolis, IN; four grandchildren: Sarah Jane, Robert, and Adam Kleid; and Molly McIntosh; sister-in-law, Shara Lee. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Elizabeth graduated from Indiana State University in 1971 and worked as a Librarian for a short period of time. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, IL. Elizabeth served on the Board of Education, Clinton, IL, was a co-founder of Countering Domestic Violence in McLean Co., IL, and a member of the United Methodist Women and P.E.O. She enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, and photographing barns. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

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James E. Gelsthorpe

James E. Gelsthorpe 81 of Waynesville, Illinois passed away 2:20 AM December 14, 2017, at his family residence, Waynesville, IL.
 
Services will be 12 Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with David Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 11:00-12:00 Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to The United Cerebral Palsey. 
 
James was born February 13, 1936, in Waynesville, IL the son of Jessie and Martha (McCallister) Gelsthorpe. He married Marsha L. Wright on December 16, 1961, in Clinton, IL. She passed away April 9, 2013. 
 
Survivors include his children, Rita Byrd, Russellville, KY; Randall Gelsthorpe, Waynesville, IL; Ricky Gelsthorpe, Waynesville, IL; 3 Grandchildren; 7 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Great-great-Grandchildren; and sisters: Mary Gelsthorpe, Lincoln, IL; and Ginny French, Lincoln, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 4 sisters, and one brother.
 
James proudly served his country as a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a member of the Laborer’s Union in Bloomington, IL. He was a handyman that loved country and western music, fishing, singing, and especially, being with his family.

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Helen J. Miller

Helen J. Miller 80 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:52 PM, December 9, 2017, at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be at 11:30 am Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be immediately prior to the funeral from 9:00-11:30 am, December 16, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to “Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant.” 
 
Helen was born September 20, 1937, in Clinton, the daughter of Raymond E. and Opal D. (Atteberry) Wagner. She married Merle S. Miller December 12, 1959, in Clinton, Il. He passed away December 13, 2014. 
 
Survivors include her 3 sons, Brett (Jill) Miller, Clearwater FL; Bart Miller, Albany, NY; Brad (Janeen) Miller, Fort Wayne, IN; 4 Grandchildren, Brianna, Ryan, Ashley and Grace; and two sisters, Wanda (Jack) Schroeder, Rockford, IL and Dorotha (Tom) Duggan, Sequim, WA.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. 
 
Helen was a professional homemaker who loved to cook. Her chocolate sheet cakes were a sought-after treat from a long list of friends at holiday times. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Clinton Country Club and the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks. As a young woman, Helen worked as a telephone switchboard operator in Clinton where she had a reputation for being the first to catch incoming calls. A little-known fact is that Helen and Merle were great dancers and once won a dance competition while traveling on vacation. Helen also had a flair for style and served as the Director for the Farmer City Fair Queen Pageant and as an Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant advisor and coach for many years. During the years Merle served as the Director of the Division of Fairs and Horse Racing for the State of Illinois, Helen was always at his side as the true “queen” of the fair.

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Paul K. Matthews

Paul K. Matthews, 90, of Mt. Pulaski passed away at 11:46 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2017, at his home.
 
Private family graveside services will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery on a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

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Harrison A. Turley

Harrison A. "H.T.” Turley, 92, of Lincoln, passed away Saturday Morning at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side.
 
Harrison was born on March 30, 1925, in Lincoln, IL; son of Ora Harrison and Ora Emily Clemens Turley. He married Nola Willmert on June 14, 1952, in Searcy, AR. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are his children: Darnell L. Turley of Cantonment, FL, Kevin A. Turley of Whitesburg, TN, Mark V. Turley of Murfreesboro, TN, Randall D. Turley of Clinton, IL, Cinda L. Lubich of Litchfield, IL, Rhonda J. Manus of Lincoln, IL, and E. Gerian Rahn of Lincoln, IL; one brother: Charles E. Turley of Kimberling City, MO; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Henry and Harold Turley, and one sister: Mary Elizabeth.
 
Harrison graduated Lincoln Community High School in 1943, after high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy for active duty from March 29, 1943- April 5, 1946. He served as Chief Radio Operator for the Merchant Marines from 1946-1955.
 
He worked at PPG for 30 years and retired in 1987. He was chosen PPG Citizen of the Year in 1978 and received 1,000 dollars for charity of choice. H.T. also worked for over 20 years at Lincoln Park District. Harrison was very active in Boy Scouts of America, serving many areas. He enjoyed the annual fishing derby at Goodman’s Ponds in Atlanta, IL, coached Little League Baseball and loved baseball, as he was a pitcher for the Men’s Fast Pitch Baseball. He was a member of the American Legion Post #263 and Lincoln Southern Baptist Church.
 
A memorial service for Harrison will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Rev. James Williford officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service. Burial at Zion cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Harrison’s name to Boy Scouts Of America.

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Ronald E. Bowen

Ronald E. Bowen, 65, of Bloomington, Illinois, formerly of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 9:07 P.M., Sunday, December 10, 2017, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the McLean County Humane Society.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Mr. Bowen was born on April 15, 1952, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Donald R. and Lila B. Miller Bowen.
 
Ronald is survived by his two sons, Elliot (Trisha) Varner of Bloomington, Illinois and Gregory (Carly) Varner of Peoria, Illinois; five grandchildren, Blaze Gmeiner, Blake and Mason Harold, and Duncan and Elliot Varner; one brother, Roger (Sharon) Bowen of Champaign, Illinois; one sister, Darlene (Paul) Bishop of The Villages, Florida; and three nieces, Debbie Deedrich of Champaign, Illinois, Katie (Kevin) Builta of Windsor, Colorado and Lisa Brewer of Coco Beach, Florida.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Doris Goodall

Doris Louise Goodall 83 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:14 PM December 11, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Lane Christian Church.
 
Doris was born May 6, 1934 in Lane, IL the daughter of Cecil and Jewel (Wantland) Benefiel. She married Don E. Goodall August 1, 1954 in Lane, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Don E. Goodall, Clinton, IL; daughter, Stacey (Dave) Williams, Speedway, IN; grandchildren:  Kolby Louise Williams, Speedway, IN; Justin Ryan Williams, Marines, Munich, Germany; Delany Rae Williams, Speedway, IN; two sisters, Alberta Burton, DeWitt, IL and Shirley Ellis, Clinton, IL; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Doris worked at John Warner Bank for 43 years before retiring as an officer.  She loved flowers, baking, reading, and working on Seek-and-Finds.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Juanita Elliot

Juanita Elliott 79 of Heyworth, Illinois passed away on December 9, 2017, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL after courageously battling multiple medical problems.
 
Per her wishes, a graveside service will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL with Rev. Jim Warren officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Juanita was born in Clinton, IL to Veryl and Freda (Swartz) Crutcher on September 19, 1938. She attended Clinton High School and graduated in 1956.  She married Ronald Elliott on June 28, 1957.  Juanita became a passionate and talented homemaker, loving mother and extraordinary grandmother.  Her family and home brought her unlimited joy.
 
Juanita became a dedicated affiliate of the First Christian Church in Bloomington, IL where she enjoyed preparing for and teaching Sunday school lessons as well as contributing to funeral meals at the church.  Juanita delighted in planting and tending to her many flower gardens each year.
 
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; son, Steven Elliott; sister, Diana Crutcher; brothers, Russell Crutcher, Roy Crutcher and Merl Crutcher.
 
Juanita is survived by her husband Ronnie of 60 years; son David and his daughter Faith; daughter Chris and her husband Michael and their sons Evan, Grant, and Carter; son Tim and his wife Tami and their sons Logan, Levi and Layten.  She is also survived by her brother Veryl Crutcher and his wife Sue.
 
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the dedicated and caring staff at OSF Medical Center particularly the nurses, who provided care and comfort to Juanita and her family throughout her difficult illness.

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Dallas Harris

Dallas E. Harris 71 of Clinton, Illinois passed 1:30 PM December 7, 2017, at his family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Cody Monkman officiating, military honors will follow. A Celebration of Life at the Eagles Lodge will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the ALS Association or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Dallas was born October 28, 1946, in Clinton, IL the son of Reo and Ruby (Smith) Harris. He married Betsy A. West March 21, 1970, in Anna, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife: Betsy A. Harris, Clinton, IL; sons: Bret (Sherrie) Harris, Clinton, IL, Bart Harris, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Allie and Livie Sanders, Braden and Trevor Harris; great-grandson: Rylan Sanders; brother: Duane “Arkie” Harris, Clinton, IL; brother-in-law: Andy (Veronica) West, Marion, IL, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Donna Cox and brother-in-law: Jim West.
 
Dallas retired from the Dept. of Natural Resources after 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and avid Cardinal fan. He became a member of the Eagles Lodge in 1974, attaining the status of Golden Eagle. He was a former commissioner of finance for the Clinton City Council.  He loved his dogs, Bella the Queen and Toby.

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Dorothy Cunningham

Dorothy Frances Avery Cunningham passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family, including her husband of 64 years, Bruce T. Cunningham, son Mark D. Cunningham and daughter Terri L. Cunningham.
 
Dorothy was born on August 19, 1931, in Vernon, NY. She graduated in 1949 from VVS High School and went on to work at Oneida Silver, where she worked with Peggy Cunningham who subsequently introduced “Dottie” to her future husband, Bruce. They married on March 28, 1953. They eventually moved to Clinton, Illinois and lived there for several years before moving to Rome, NY due to Bruce’s job, which eventually took them back to Clinton, where he retired. In 2010, they decided to be closer to their daughter, so they uprooted once more to move to Carolina Lakes, Sun City, Fort Mill, SC, only 15 miles from Terri’s home in Charlotte, NC.
 
Dorothy’s priorities were always her husband and children. Considered the last of the great American housewives, one of the world’s best cooks, and a fierce, protective Lioness by her family, she leaves an empty void in their lives that can never be filled. Her only other true passion was golf, which she didn’t start playing until she was 40 years old; she excelled at it and played every chance she got, right up until she became ill over three years ago. Even in her last few days of life, she could still tell you the month, year, and who she was playing with when she shot her first and only hole-in-one. Dorothy also loved baseball and was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. 
 
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Dora Burdick Avery, brothers John Robert and Richard, and sister, Virginia Avery Lewis.
 
She is survived by her husband, Bruce; son, Mark and wife Pam of Clinton, IL; daughter, Terri, Charlotte, NC; sister, Emogene Corcoran, Verona, NY; granddaughters, Amanda Jo and husband Natu Visinia, Clinton, IL; Jamie Cunningham, Bloomington, IL; three great-grandchildren, Leilani, Matai and Koa Visinia, Clinton, IL; along with several nieces and nephews.
 
A Memorial Service was held at 3:30 pm on November 26, 2017, at Forest Hill Church, Charlotte, NC followed by a Celebration of Life at Terri’s home.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kindred Hospice, 223 S. Herlong Ave, Suite 120, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.
Cremation services were provided by Wolfe Funeral Home, Fort Mill, SC.

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Rosemary Clark

Rosemary Clark, 80, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 5:15 P.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. 
 
Her visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 11, 2017, at the Mansfield Community Church of the Nazarene. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. James Blue officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to the Mansfield Community Church of the Nazarene.
 
Rosemary was born on March 21, 1937, in Wilmington, Illinois, to Lester and Laura S. Frost Calhoun. She married Leslie E. Clark on March 2, 1954, in Wilmington, Illinois. He passed away, December 1, 1991.
 
She is survived by her son, Neal A. (Debbie) Clark of Mansfield, Illinois; daughters, Susan B. (Cecil) King of Farmer City, Illinois, Mary Jane (Bob) Justice of Eagle Point, Oregon and Laura I. Clark of Mansfield, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren; brothers, David Calhoun of Georgia, Larry Calhoun of Mahomet, Illinois, Roger (Betty) Calhoun of Braidwood, Illinois, and Gary (Brenda) Calhoun of Braidwood, Illinois; sisters, Jeanette (Elwin) White of Florida; Delores Volkert of Minot, North Dakota; Phyllis (Steve) Gaines of Florida; Gloria (Bob) Stern of Florida; and Beverly Mansfield of Bourbonnais, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; two sisters; a granddaughter; and three great-great-grandchildren.
 
Rosemary loved to sew. She was a member of the Mansfield Community Church of the Nazarene and Treasurer of the church for many years.
 
Rosemary was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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David Michael Franklin

David Michael Franklin, 74, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 5:07 P.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Normal, Illinois, surrounded by his family. 
 
His visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M., Monday, December 11, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. The funeral service will follow at 2:30 P.M. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, with military rites accorded by Carl E. Miller Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or Prairieland Anglers Association, P.O. Box 31, Heyworth, IL 61745.
 
David was born September 5, 1943, a son of Blanco and Margaret Schooley Franklin. He married Carol Ann Cruise on July 27, 1963, in Heyworth, Illinois. She survives.
 
David is also survived by his son, Timothy (Darci) Franklin; daughter, Davina Franklin; grandchildren, Brenton, Logan and Lia Franklin; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Jordan Franklin; two brothers, Thomas (Ann) Franklin and Richard (Lillie) Franklin; sister, Parmalee Franklin; several nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Kenny and Kevin Cruise; and sister-in-law, Candice Cruise.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Stephan and James Franklin and his mother-in-law, Bette Cruise.
 
David was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from October 1961 to February 1966 aboard the USS Chilton (APA-38) during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the USS Mountrail (APA-213) during his final years of service. He was a member of the Carpenters Local 63 Bloomington and Millwright Local Union 1051, Lincoln, Illinois, for over 30 years. He loved to fish and tie flies. He was a member of the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, treasurer of the Prairieland Anglers Association and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Heyworth, Illinois. 
 
David was very proud of having a great-grandson, Jordan Michael John Franklin, and 
great-nephew, Isaak David Glass named after him. 
 
He was a loving husband; father; grandfather; great-grandfather; a brother; an uncle; and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Bette Cook

Bette Cook 80 of Argenta, IL passed away 3:29 PM December 7, 2017, at Heritage Health, Mt. Zion, IL with her family at her side.
 
Private services will be held at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Bette was born July 14, 1937, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Earnest and Edith (Meier) Bell. She married Donald Lee Cook June 30, 1956, in Decatur, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Donald Lee Cook, Argenta, IL; sons, Mark A. (Rosena) Cook, Argenta, IL and Lynn A. (Carol) Cook, Forsyth, IL; 7 grandchildren: Daniel (Mindy) Cook, Argenta, IL; Blake Cook, Argenta, IL; Sean Cook, Decatur, IL; Tony (Samantha) Knierim, California, MO; Stephen Barnes, Kansas City, MO; Alyson (Jacob) Martin, Decatur, IL; and Samantha Cook, Decatur, IL; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and very dear friends. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry Lee Bell; daughter, Kimberly Suzanne (Cook) Barnes; and grandson, David Lee Cook.
 
Bette graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and retired from Kroger, Fairview Plaza, Decatur, IL. She was an avid bowler and die-hard Cubs fan. Bette loved to go gamble with her friends Betty Jean and Sharon. She loved to travel and followed her grandchildren in their sports during High School. Bette loved to shop! She would go with her friends Lisa and Joanne frequently. She was a military wife and traveled the world with her family. Bette loved her grandchildren very much and devoted herself to family and friends. Bette will be greatly missed but heaven gained an awesome angel. 
 
Mom, we love you and your presence will be greatly missed.

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Ramona C. Henricks

Ramona C. Henricks, 94, of Cerro Gordo, died December 7 after a brief, serious illness. 
 
Ramona was the daughter of Bert L. and Lorraine W. (Wilson) Chapman. She graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 1940, and attended Millikin University, where she was the first female drum major. She enlisted in the US Navy WAVES, honorably discharged November 17, 1945. 
 
She married Firman E. Henricks, also of Cerro Gordo, on June 25,1944. The couple had 5 children. Mrs. Henricks worked as secretary in the Cerro Gordo schools. She completed her degree at Millikin in 1966, then taught in Cisco and Deland-Weldon before earning her Master's degree at the U of I. She taught business education at Cerro Gordo High School until her retirement in 1985. Mrs. Henricks was active in the CG Woman's Club, the Cerro Gordo Alumni Association, Retired Teachers' Association, and the Macon County Salon of the 8 &40. She was very involved in the American Legion, and was a charter member of the Cerro Gordo American Legion Auxiliary Unit 117. She filled numerous local, county, District, and Division offices in the Auxiliary, and served as IL State President in 1971-72. She was also a National Central Division Vice President. Ramona was a long-time volunteer at the VAMC in Danville, IL, and the Decatur VA clinic, having served over 15,000 hours for our Veterans. She was a member of the Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church. 
 
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, sister Caroline Chapman, sister Martha C. Glennon (Robert), brother Lawrence R. Chapman (Clare), son Craig Henricks, daughters Madeline H. Devereux (Harry) and Barbara Jo Bennett (Rodger), and great-granddaughter, Lauren Young. 
 
She is survived by sister Karen Hale (Felix) of Sullivan, IL, daughter Doreen Henricks of Tucker, GA, son Todd Henricks (Jane) of Cerro Gordo, grandchildren Jay Bennett (Beth), Nicole Young, Andrea Catchings, Leah Henricks, Noah Henricks, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
 
Visitation will be Saturday, December 9, at the Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a funeral service at 2:00pm at the church, with Pastor James Allison and Chaplain Matt Filiscky officiating. Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, IL. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Cerro Gordo, will be assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Cerro Gordo Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Department of Illinois American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

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Dallas E. Harris

Dallas E. Harris, 71, of Clinton, passed away 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 7, 2017) at his home.
 
His graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with Cody Monkman officiating. Military honors will follow. A celebration of life at the Eagles Lodge will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the ALS Association or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Dallas was born Oct. 28, 1946, in Clinton, the son of Reo and Ruby (Smith) Harris. He married Betsy A. West on March 21, 1970, in Anna.
 
Survivors include his wife, Betsy A. Harris, Clinton; sons, Bret (Sherrie) Harris and Bart Harris, all of Clinton; grandchildren, Allie and Livie Sanders and Braden and Trevor Harris; great-grandson, Rylan Sanders; brother, Duane “Arkie” Harris, Clinton; brother-in-law, Andy (Veronica) West, Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Cox; and brother-in-law, Jim West.
 
Dallas retired from the Department of Natural Resources after 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran and avid Cardinal fan. He became a member of the Eagles Lodge in 1974, attaining the status of Golden Eagle. He was a former commissioner of finance for the Clinton City Council. He loved his dogs, Bella the Queen and Toby.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Richard Vernelle Nixon

Richard Vernelle Nixon, 102, of Farmer City, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 7, 2017.
 
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. His funeral will be at 2 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home with Curt Glawe and Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will follow in McCord Cemetery. 
 
Vernelle was born December 5, 1915, on a family farm in DeWitt County near DeWitt, IL, the son of Thomas Edwin Nixon and Lyda Jane Dawson Nixon. Vernelle was an identical twin to Vernon Nixon. Vernelle attended the Swigart country school his first eight years and then Moore Township High School. Vernelle and Vernon attended the University of Illinois with a major in Dairy Technology. Vernelle took a job as Plant Manager of a dairy in Savanna, IL. Vernelle met his future bride, Bernie on a blind date.
 
Vernelle married Bernie Toepfer on May 3, 1941, in the Savanna Methodist Church and enjoyed 73 years together. They started home keeping in Danville, with Vernelle working in milk plants, in Danville, Decatur, and Berwyn. In 1942, they moved to the Nixon family farm where they farmed for more than 30 years with Bernie, his brother, Vernon, and his wife, Mildred.
 
Survivors include his three children, Connie (Tom), Farmer City; Bob (Joyce) Nixon, Albert Lea, MN; and Kay (Gary ) Turner, White Heath; six grandchildren, Curt (Rhonda) Ellis, Kristi (Brent) Jayne, Tempest (Brad) Arends, Heidi (Rod) Brandt, Toni (Matt) Dalton, Tasha (Jeremy) Lane and 16 great-grandchildren, Tyler (Amy), Taylor, Lauren and Lexi Ellis; Cory and Aaron Jayne; Amanda, Abigail and Emily Arends; Cody, Zachary and Joseph Brandt; Alexandra and Raegan Dalton, and Elena and Raymond Wachob.
 
Vernelle was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernie and his brother.
 
Vernelle was baptized and joined the Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church on March 25, 1951. He was very dedicated to his faith.
 
After retiring in 1979, they took up residence in Farmer City, with winters spent in Lakeland, FL, enjoying friends and playing bridge, shuffleboard, golfing, playing cards, particularly pitch and ponce along with enjoying the weather.
 
Vernelle was a warm, kind, fun-loving dad, grandad and great-grandad with his family and friends.
 
The family would like to express their appreciation for the care received by Dr. David Webb and all of the other wonderful caregivers with their gentle kindness and love shown to Vernelle. 
 
We will miss you but know that our loss is your eternal gain.
 
Memorials may be made to Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church or other charities of choice.

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Pamela (Bateson) Coppenbarger

Pamela (Bateson) Coppenbarger, 54, of Clinton, IL passed away at 2:00 AM, December 7, 2017, at Fair Havens Christian Village, Decatur, IL. 
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Monday, December 11, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with Jim Kilson officiating. Visitation will be 4 – 7 P.M Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Lane Christian Church; Lincoln or Douglas Schools in Clinton.
 
Pam was born December 25, 1962, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Delbert Arthur “Art” and Beverly Jane (Isaac) Bateson. She married Alan Coppenbarger May 9, 1987, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Alan Coppenbarger, Clinton, IL; children: Toni (Scott) Richardson, Forsyth, IL, Seth Coppenbarger, Clinton, IL, Tara (fiancé, Gabriel Lueras) Coppenbarger, Clinton, IL; grandchild: Lainey Richardson, Forsyth, IL; siblings: Brenda Griffin, Clinton, IL and Darrin (Sara) Bateson, Clinton, IL. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Pamela was an avid Garth Brooks and Keith Urban fan. She collected snowmen and enjoyed being a library aid at the Lincoln and Douglas schools. Also, she enjoyed campfires in the backyard, but most of all spending time with her family.

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Raymond P. Buch

The departure for Raymond P. Buch of Lincoln, IL came on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. As the apostle, Paul wrote, "The time of my departure is at the hand. I fought the good fight and kept the faith, and henceforth there is made up for me a crown of righteousness; but not for me alone, but for all those who love the Lord.” 2nd Timothy 4:7.
 
Ray was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, who taught chemistry and science at the Lincoln Jr. High School. Ray is survived by his sons: Ron (Dianne) Buch of Highland, IL, and Dave (Mary Ellen) Buch of Springfield, IL; one daughter: Carol (Mike) Forbeck of Shamong, NJ. He had five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ray was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 12, 1926. He graduated from Perry High School in 1944, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific theatre, ending with the battle at Okinawa Island.
 
Ray held a BA in Radio, a Masters in Speech, and a Masters of Divinity from Lincoln Christian College. He held preaching ministries in Illinois and Florida and was an Associate Professor of Speech at Lincoln Christian College. He retired from Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
 
Services for Ray will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ken Genicks officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service, where full military rites will be accorded by American Legion post #263. Memorials may be made in Ray’s name to Lincoln Christian Village.

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Russell Barry

Russell Barry, 56, of Emden passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
 
Russell Dean Barry was born on January 12, 1961, in Emden, Illinois, the son of Allen and Lula Belle (Conrady) Barry.
 
Russell attended Emden Grade School and was a member of Hartsburg-Emden High School’s Class of 1979. Russell was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Sons of the American Legion, Post 506, Emden, IL. Throughout his working life, he drove a semi-truck, both cross-country and locally. He also worked construction and helped on the family farm.
 
When Russell was home, he spent as much time as he could outdoors, fishing and hunting at local ponds and on the river. Russell was a supporter of Hartem Athletics and was very proud of his nieces, who play volleyball. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also enjoyed nice dinners and trying his luck at the card table.
 
Russell will be missed by his mother, Lula Belle; sister, Roberta (Ron) Gray of Byrnes Mill, MO, and brother Ron (Vanessa) Barry of Emden; nieces and nephews, Rebekah (Jason) Gray-Long of High Ridge, MO, Robert Gray of West Lafayette, IN, and Lexi and Lily Barry of Emden; great-nephews, Jace and Grayson Long; aunt, Darline Becker of Emden; and special friend Tina Coers, of Emden.
 
Russell is preceded in death by his father, Allen Barry; grandparents William and Lilly (Hilgendorf) Barry, Seide and Anna (Rademaker) Conrady.
 
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8 from 3-7pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, December 9 at 1 pm. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Emden Fire & Rescue and Hartem Athletics. Interment will follow the service at Hartsburg Union Cemetery.

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