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Crystal G. Eads-Macias

Crystal G. Eads-Macias, 41 of Heyworth, IL passed away September 17, 2018 in Heyworth, IL.
 
Crystal was born May 12, 1977 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of James and Bonnie Eads.  She married Mike Macias of Pennsylvania. 
 
Survivors include her children: Sons, Justice and Austin Wood, Daughter, Faith Eads Synder, Clinton, IL; Brothers: Woody (Lisa) Eads, Clinton, IL; Rick (Marci) Eads, Lincoln, IL, Kenny Eads and Tony Eads, Clinton, IL; Father: James M. Eads and stepmother Barb Eads, Clinton, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie, and stepfather Earl Johnson, Special Aunt, Dorothy Eads, paternal grandparents, John and Irene Eads, and brother, David Eads.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be done at a later date.

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Joyce Juhl

Joyce Juhl passed away peacefully on September 16, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Lincoln, Illinois, the daughter of Leonard and Eugenia Juhl. Her beloved daughter Kara (1975-1995) was the love of her life. Imagine their joyous reunion at the gates of Heaven!
 
Joyce received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Illinois and was a lifelong Illini fan. She later earned her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and was a teacher and principal for 35 years before retirement. 
 
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL. Joyce was also active in the Lincoln Women’s Club and volunteered at the local hospital gift shop, the Humane Society of Logan County, and the Pink Shutter Thrift Shop. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Lincoln Park Center. 
 
Joyce is survived by her brother Gary (Debbie) Juhl and niece Amy (Jeff) Sanders, all of San Antonio, TX; nephew Todd (Jennifer) Juhl of Scottsdale, AZ; and 5 great-nieces - Maya, Rachel, and Leah Sanders and Avery and Emerson Juhl. In addition, Joyce had many friends with whom she shared a deep caring relationship. Her faithful furry companion Bailey also brought her much joy!
 
There will be a Memorial Service (no visitation) at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1409 Pulaski Street, in Lincoln on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM. There will be time for a gathering of friends after the service at Immanuel. A private burial service will be held at Richmond Grove Cemetery, New Holland, IL. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joyce’s name to Kara Leigh Broughton Memorial Scholarship Fund Western Illinois University 1 University Circle, Sherman Hall 303, Macomb, IL 61455. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Patricia A. Wickenhauser

Patricia A. Wickenhauser 88 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:37 A.M. September 18, 2018 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to DeWitt County EMS or OSF Hospice.
 
Patricia was born May 19, 1930 in Decatur, Illinois the daughter of Arthur “Archie” and Lavon (Hartsock) Wilson. She married Wonnie Wickenhauser May 1, 1964 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Wonnie Wickenhauser, Clinton, IL; children, Bill (Rita) Wooldridge, Springfield, IL; Patti Jo (Bill) Danison, Weldon, IL; Rick (Linda) Wooldridge, Clinton, IL; Kathy (Keith) Smith, Clinton, IL; Kara (Marc) Angell, Hallsville, IL; 21 Grandchildren, 37 Great-Grandchildren, and 5 Great-great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Vernie Witt, Clinton, IL.
 
Patricia was preceded in death by her Parents; 1 son, Steve Wooldridge; and 1 granddaughter, Jennifer Young.
 
Patricia loved to bowl and enjoyed crafting. She was a Golden Eagle. Patricia especially loved her family and her best friend, Pepper.

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Nancy C. (Williamson) Prather

Nancy C. (Williamson) Prather 81 of Clinton, IL passed away 4:35 AM September 18, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL. 
 
Services will be 1:30 PM Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Clinton United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM Friday, September 21, 2018 at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Clinton United Methodist Church, Illinois Foundation FFA, DeWitt County 4-H Foundation.
 
Nancy was born March 24, 1937 in Olney, IL the daughter of Thurl J. and Mabel Cleo (Wilson) Williamson. She married Donald R. Prather April 20, 1958 in Olney, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Donald R. Prather, Clinton, IL; children: Teresa (Jeff) Bivin, Cary, IL, Lisa Robbins, Decatur, IL, Bradley Prather, Clinton, IL; granddaughter, Kayla Bivin.
 
Nancy was preceded in death by her Parents.
 
Nancy was a teacher’s aide for the Clinton School District for several years. She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and playing handbells. She was also an avid seamstress.

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Ernie E. O'Neil

Illinois, passed away on September 17, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. He was 89.
 
Ernie was born February 5, 1929, in Woodstock, Illinois, the son of Ernie and Mary (Lockinger) O’Neil. He attended public schools in the Chicago area and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  After returning home, he married Gertrude A. Karlesky on June 30, 1956 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Ernie and his family moved from the Chicago area to Industry, Illinois in 1972.  Ernie retired from Western Illinois University and was also a farmer.  He recently lived in Clinton, Illinois with his daughter.
 
Ernie is survived by his son, Brian (Lori) O’Neil of Batavia, Illinois and his daughter, Brenda (Mel Duesenberg) Sanderson of Clinton, Illinois; his grandchildren, Erin O’Neil, SeAnna Sanderson Sloat, Colleen Antczak, and Haley Starkey; and four great-grandchildren, Kayel Sloat, Brody Sloat, Charolotte Antczak and Olivia Antczak. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gertrude; his sisters, Jane, Margaret and Ella; and his brother, John.
 
Private graveside services will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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Wayneth L. Roberts

Wayneth L. Roberts, 86, of Monticello, passed away at 1:35 a.m., September 13, 2018 at his residence.
 
Wayneth was born September 2, 1932 in Faubush, KY the son of Leonard and Flossie (Cain) Roberts. He married Mary ‘Marlene’ Hord on October 9, 1953 in Bement, IL.
 
Wayneth is survived by his wife, Mary ‘Marlene’ Roberts of Monticello; daughters, Linda Mumm (Fred) of Homer and Diane Dyar of Champaign; grandchildren, Melissa Plotner (Chris), Angela Kamradt (Chris), and Justin Dyar; great granddaughters, Avery Kamradt and Ella Plotner. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Sylvia Taylor and Lorene Ard and 2 infant sisters Gertrue and Pauline.
 
Wayneth retired from ADM in Decatur. As a young boy he was baptized in Fishing Creek in Somerst, KY. In later years he was a faithful member of the Bement Baptist Church. Wayneth served in the Illinois National Guard and when they called him up to the U.S. Army they sent him to the Area Food Service School in Fort Sheridan, IL. He was discharged as a Sergeant from the U.S. Army National Guard in 1953. Wayneth enjoyed animals, birds, and word search books.
 
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, with Pat Tieman officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Bement Township Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Bement Baptist Church, Piatt County Humane Society, or an organization of the donor’s choice.
 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Matthew Bennett "Mouse" Warren

Matthew Bennett "Mouse" Warren, 2, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning (Sept. 10, 2018) at his home in McLean.
 
Matthew was born Sept. 29, 2015, in Joliet, a son to Andrew and Elisabeth Gron Warren.
 
He is survived by his parents; siblings, Phillip, Carter, Hailey, Bradley and Annabella; maternal grandparents, Roann and Daniel "Poppa" Gron; paternal grandparents, Sandra and Clay "Tractor" Warren; paternal great-grandparents, Patricia and Robert Bates, Irene and Charles Warren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
 
Matthew was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Mary Jo and Jim Melvin, Florence Gron, as well as two cousins, Molly and Grace Newberry.
 
His memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Pastor Ed Wright officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the memorial home.
 
In honor of Matthew, memorials may be made to tubiefriends.com, an organization that provides children with feeding-tube-equipped "build-a-bear" companions.
 
Matthew adored his snow globe and sitting outside where he could watch the wind through the trees. He loved floor time with Poppa, holding hands with Grandma Ro, playing glow sticks swords with Tractor, swimming with Grandma Sandy, and being wheeled around in his brown chair by his siblings. Most of all, he basked in the love and care his parents showered upon him. They advocated for him to receive the best possible care and dedicated their lives to making him as comfortable as possible.
 
Matthew only knew how to love and will continue to share his love through his contributions to medical science. He will be greatly missed by all of those who cared for him.
 
Condolences and memories of Matthew may be left for his family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.

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Doyle Lynn Winchell

Doyle Lynn Winchell, 80, passed away at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
Doyle was born on January 1, 1938, in Danville, AR; son of Eloy and Macie (Bowers) Winchell. He married Elsie Stephens on February 6, 1960, in Atlanta, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving Doyle are his daughters: Mary Blain and Tammy (Tom) Haferkamp both of Bloomington, IL; his siblings: Geraldine Funkhouser, Joan (Wayman) Sides, and Dorothy (Herbert) Horn; five grandchildren: Jeremiah Todd Koester, Benjamin Owen Koester, Jordan Mark Blain, Macie Noel Blain, and Moriah Lynn Blain; two great-grandchildren: Judah Nathaniel Koester and Raiden Nathaniel Koester. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: James Lloyd Winchell, one infant son: Todd Emmanuel Winchell, and one grandson: Nathaniel James Koester.
 
Doyle was a member of Park Meadows Baptist Church in Lincoln, IL. He retired from GTE (General Telephone) after 35 years of service.
 
Services for Doyle will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Clinton Coffman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) also at funeral home. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. 
 
Memorials may be made in Doyle’s name to The American Cancer Society.

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Caroline Ann Hamlow

Caroline Ann Hamlow, 101, formerly of Heyworth, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 9, 2018) at Luther Oaks, Bloomington. She has been awaiting her chariot ride to heaven just like Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven (2 Kings 2:11).
 
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Pastor Terry Strom will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and School. Interment will take place at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
 
Caroline was born July 17, 1917, in Miller, Iowa. She was the daughter of William and Anna Laesch Kummer. Caroline graduated from Bloomington High School. After graduation, she worked at State Farm Fire and Casualty in downtown Bloomington until she married Howard Carl Hamlow on Nov. 30, 1939. They farmed northeast of Heyworth since 1944. They celebrated 63 years together. Howard preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 2002, at the age of 90.
 
Caroline was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the altar guild for 17 years. She was active in several organizations throughout her life. She was a member of Home Extension for 37 years, a cook at the Heyworth Grade School for 17 years, retiring in 1985. She was a 4-H leader for 10 years. She was a member of Flying Farmers for 30-plus years. During that time, she and Howard flew all over Illinois, the United States and Canada. They made many flying farmer friends and Caroline was the Flying Farmer Queen for the Illinois Chapter on more than one occasion. She was also an avid golfer at Highland for 15-plus years after retiring.
 
She is survived by her children, Karen (Hamlow) Connelly, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Donald Hamlow, Nila (Don) Deatrick and Carol (Mike) Limer, all of Heyworth.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Frank Kummer and William Kummer; one half-brother, Donald Kummer; and one infant son, Mikel Carl Hamlow.
 
Caroline was the grandmother of 12 granddaughters, Hali (Connelly) Roderick, Kristi (Connelly) Brownfield, Dawn (Maccs) Lavecchia, Mila (Maccs) Noblett, Shani Connelly, Deanna (Deatrick) Bair, Jaci (Connelly) Chounard, Tracy Deatrick, Erin (Hamlow) Redd, Tara (Limer) Wells, Erica (Hamlow) Turner and Megan (Limer) Winters. She had 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
 
Caroline's confirmation verse she always remembered is "You are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:20

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Marilyn Elaine Franklin

Marilyn “Elaine” Franklin, 83, of Lincoln passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.
 
Elaine was born on February 18, 1935, in Grantsburg IL, the daughter of David R. and Flossie (Mathis) Hutchison. She married Robert Franklin on June 30, 1957, in Lincoln, IL. He survives in Lincoln.
 
Elaine is survived by her daughter, Deidre Ann (Matt) Berger of Sherman IL; her brother, Charles D. (Ruth) Hutchison of Collinsville OK; her sisters, Mignon (Maurice) Hamrick of Rockford IL, and Judy Klopp of Springfield IL; one grandson, Chance (Kirstin) Berger of Davenport IL. Additionally, Elaine is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
 
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, and son, David Franklin.
 
Elaine graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University as a Registered Nurse in 1957. After college she worked as a charge nurse at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln; where she later retired from. 
 
Graveside services for Elaine will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018, at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.
 
Memorial donations may be made in Elaine’s name to The American Cancer Society, Asthma Foundation and ALMH Auxiliary. 
 
Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Ronald P. Munster

Ronald P. Munster, 80, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:38 P.M., Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.
 
His funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church with Jeff Mayfield officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church, and from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 10, 2018, at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Rick Munster.
 
Mr. Munster was born August 25, 1938, in Monticello, Illinois, to Harry P. and Arladene D. Gilmore Munster. He married Rita Kay Mitchell on February 12, 1961, in Le Roy, Illinois. She passed away December 21, 2010.
 
He is survived by his two sons, Ricky A. (Pamela) Munster of Le Roy, Illinois, and Robert A. (Melanie) Munster of Lowell, Indiana; one daughter, Roni Sue Munster of Le Roy, Illinois; four grandchildren, Jennifer Misch, Mallory (Thomas Bunch) Munster, Lauren (Kaden) Moore, and Cody Munster; two great-grandchildren, Jaxon Misch and Harper Moore; two brothers, J. Wayne Munster and Richard (Patti) Munster all of Le Roy, Illinois; and two sisters, Betty (David) Habben of Erie, Illinois, and Barbara Munster of Lincoln, Illinois.
 
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Elmo and John Munster, and a brother-in-law, Bill Mitchell.
 
He was a member of the Le Roy Christian Church. Ron was very active in the Le Roy community including the Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service, the Le Roy Fire Department, Le Roy FFA, and Le Roy school functions.

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Kathryn Voyles

Kathryn Voyles, 99, of Hartsburg passed away on Thursday, September 6. 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.
Kathryn was born on October 7, 1918, in Greenview, IL the daughter of Samuel T. and Lottie (Whiteman) Banister. She married Lewis M. Voyles on July 30, 1937, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1977.
 
Kathryn is survived by her children, Ruby Swinford and Merle Abe Voyles; her sister, Vivian Skelton; 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
 
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Vivian Harris; four sisters, and two brothers.
 
Kathryn loved to cook and gather with her family.
 
Services for Kathryn will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 2:00-5: 00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Irish Grove Cemetery in Middletown, IL. 
 
Memorial donations may be made in Kathryn’s name to The American Heart Association.

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Thomas Archer Stephens

Thomas Archer Stephens, 97, of Idaho Falls, ID, formerly of Mt. Pulaski IL, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018.
 
Tom was born on October 7, 1920, in Decatur, IL to Harry Mayo and Freda Annis (Archer) Stephens. He married Wyvona Price on December 1, 1943. He later married Mary Nixon, and then Waneta (Febus) Milner on July 15, 1989, in Mt. Pulaski. Wyvona and Mary preceded him in death.
 
Tom is survived by his wife Waneta, two sons, Jeffery Stephens of Anaheim, California and Benjamin Stephens of Idaho Falls, Idaho, one daughter, Kathleen of Groveland, Florida, one stepson, Harry Milner of Sherman, Illinois, and one stepdaughter Lisa Brown of Mt. Pulaski, 28 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. 
 
Tom was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church where he served as a trustee and was very involved with the Family Life Center. He was a master mason and belonged to the Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge, where he received his 60-year pin. He was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Historical Society and a very active member of the Mt. Pulaski VFW Post #447. Tom was a patriot and very proudly served in the United States Army infantry during WWII, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. 
 
Tom was known for his skills to build, fix or figure out how things worked. He was an open-hearted, generous man and always utilized these skills to help others. Tom spent his last two years in Idaho with his son Ben where he loved driving the cart while Ben played golf, keeping score and commenting on his shots. 
 
The family would like to thank the staff of Fairwinds of Sandcreek who took loving care of him. 
 
Services for Tom will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at the Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski. Burial will be at Macon County Memorial Park in Decatur where full military rites will be accorded. Memorial donations may be made to Mt Pulaski Christian Church, The Family Life Center. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is entrusted with the arrangements.

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James S. Willis

James S. Willis, 69 of Clinton, IL formerly of the Quad Cities passed away 5:30 AM, September 4, 2018, at his home in Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 1:30 PM, Friday, September 7, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorials may be directed to Donor’s Choice.
 
James was born July 4, 1949, in Clinton, IL the son of Orville Oscar and Donna Jean (Manley) Willis. He married Carol A. Collinson August 29, 1981, in Rock Island, IL. She passed away March 17, 2011.
 
Survivors include his children: Jeff (Gina) Willis, Thomson, IL and Angela (Dale) Appel, Thomson, IL; step-children: Theresa (Larry) Chaves and John (Lena) Downing, Andalusia, IL; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren; brother: Brad (Kathy) Willis, Kansas.
 
He was preceded in death by his father, and brothers, Roger Willis and Bob Willis.

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Charles D. Wachob, Jr.

Charles Dean Wachob Jr., 77, of Farmer City, passed away at 5:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
A private family gathering will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City in charge of arrangements.
 
Charles was born October 15, 1940, in Clinton, Illinois, a son of Charles Dean & Nova Juanita Thompson Wachob Sr. He married Cheryl Ann Runge Lindstrom, on August 21, 1998, in Clinton, Illinois.
 
Survived by his wife, Cheryl Ann “Cheri” Wachob of Farmer City, Illinois; two daughters, Julie (Ken) Nemecek of Oreana, Illinois and Jennifer (Dave) Johnson of Indianapolis, Indiana; two stepsons, Richard (Kristi) Lindstrom of Pontiac, Illinois, and Matthew (Kristi) Lindstrom of LeRoy, Illinois; three grandchildren, Denver (Kelsey) Johnson, Jessica Johnson and Nick Nemecek; three step-grandchildren, Lane Lindstrom, Alec Lindstrom and Kira Lindstrom; one great-grandson, Diesel Johnson.
 
Charles was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Charles was a retired farmer.
 
The family would like to thank the staff at the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care for the excellent care and friendship while Charles was a resident.

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Thomas L. Overbey

Thomas L. Overbey, 73 of Chestnut, IL passed away 6:10 PM September 2, 2018, at his family home in Chestnut, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at McClimans Cemetery, Hallsville, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be direct to the Thomas L. Overbey Memorial Fund.
 
Thomas was born July 29, 1945, in Lincoln, IL the son of Ira Francis and Helen (Laughner) Overbey. He married Linda K. Grathwohl July 3, 1964, in Clinton, IL. She passed away December 4, 2017.
 
Survivors include his children: Tommy Overbey, Alton, IL and John (Jenni) Overbey, Hallsville, IL; granddaughters: Katie and Bethany Overbey, Clinton, IL; sister: Darlene Naugle, Lawndale, IL
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Overbey; and sister, Sharon Ealy.
 
Thomas enjoyed camping and riding motorcycles.

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Clara Belle Lamb

Clara Belle Lamb, 91, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 7:15 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
A private family graveside service will be at Goose Creek Township Cemetery, DeLand, Illinois, with Pastor Steve Anderson and Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Clara Belle was born November 29, 1926, in Galesville, Illinois, a daughter of Albert and Bertha VanGorder Larson. She married Wallace Junior Lamb on October 14, 1946, in Macon, Missouri. He passed away July 24, 2018.
 
She is survived by her children, Kenneth (Laura) Lamb of Morrisville, Vermont, Owen (Doris Ann) Lamb, of Mansfield, Illinois, Eugenia (Michael) Watson of Seymour, Illinois, and Donna (Edward) Krauss of Farmer City, Illinois; ten grandchildren; Nathan (Jen) Lamb; Tammis (Tyson) Kelley; Justin (Alisa) Lamb; Jeremy (Marissa) Lamb; Megan (Adam) McCloud; Emily Bailey; Hannah Watson; Sarah (Shannon) Montgomery; Tony (Christie) Krauss and Claire (Eric Feinburg) Krauss; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.
 
Clara Belle had worked at PreFab in Farmer City and was owner and operator of Belle’s Bootery in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
 
Clara Belle was a member of the Farmer City United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Garden Club, and Woodlawn Country Club all of Farmer City, Illinois.
 
She was an avid gardener and especially enjoyed raising flowers. Clara Belle also greatly enjoyed lapidary and fishing.
 
The family would like to thank the staff of Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care for the excellent care and friendship while Clara Belle was a resident.

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Robert Aughenbaugh

Robert Ansel Aughenbaugh, 95, formerly of Chestnut, passed July 17, 2018, at the Veterans Home in Anna.
 
Robert was born Aug. 1, 1922, son of Clifford Aughenbaugh and Florence Marie Meacham Aughenbaugh. He loved farming and enjoyed woodworking. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Robert was a member of the Chestnut Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Order.
 
Robert is survived by his children, Cheryl (Ron) Boggs, Carol (Larry) Northrup, Christy (Kevin) Combs and Robin (Francine) Aughenbaugh; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lela; his wife, Carol Wessel; one son-in-law; and one daughter-in-law.
 
Private family services will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Home, 792 N Main St, Anna, IL 62906.

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Mary Elizabeth Boatman

Mary Elizabeth (Kinney) Boatman, 75, died at home on August 29, 2018. Mary was the youngest of four children of Robert and Stella Kinney, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on November 15, 1942. Most of her childhood was spent in Greenville, Illinois. She was graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln Christian University with a B.A. in Christian Education. She was employed by schools in Ingraham, Riverton, and Lincoln, IL. She Married Paul Boatman on June 11, 1966. As a couple, they were in ministry together in Sailor Springs, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and St. Louis, MO, before moving to Lincoln, IL in 1978. They also shared in extensive missionary travels to 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. She was a partner in the founding of C.O.P.E., a ministry among the Pokot Children in Kenya. She is honored with a plaque for her role in dedicating a unit of Kuki Christian Hospital in Imphal, India. She served several years on the Advisory Council of Good News Productions, International, and the Alumni Council of Lincoln Christian University. 
 
Mary's Christian faith was demonstrated in her heavy investment in the work of Lincoln Christian Church, serving at various times as Children's Minister, Nursery School teacher, a teacher in children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs, and sponsor in the youth program. She participated in various programs both among the members of the church and in outreach to the community.
 
She vacationed with her husband and/or children in 49 of the 50 states, most Canadian provinces, Mexico, Europe, and Israel. Thirty years ago she joined the "Boatman Men" in climbing Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states. 
 
Mary's love for her children and grandchildren was compelling. Even as dementia began to intrude she cherished "the little ones," celebrating their victories and accomplishments and weeping for their hurts and disappointments. Her nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease was engaged with transparency and courage as she joined in three different experimental drug studies. She did not expect the drugs to help her, but she wanted to do her part so that her grandchildren might not face the ravages of the disease.
 
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob Kinney, and her grandson, Zachary Braddy. She is survived by her husband, her daughters Angela (Lee) Reiners of Emden, IL, and Rachelle (Kent) Anness of Indianapolis, IN, her grandchildren, Allison, Mallory, and Jordan, step-grandchildren, Emily, Libby, and Jesse, and one great-grandchild, Jaxson. Her infectious smile will be missed by many.
 
Visitation will be from 1:00-3:45 p.m. Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Lincoln Christian Church with Tom Ewald officiating. The Funeral service will follow the visitation at 4:00 p.m. also at the church. Burial will take place 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 at Bethel Cemetery near Emden, IL.
 
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Boatman International Scholarship Fund at Lincoln Christian University, Children of Pokot Education Fund, (C.O.P.E.), or Alzheimer's Association. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Lincoln

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Howard Breeden Sr.

Howard R. Breeden Sr., 80, of Heyworth, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 26, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
 
His funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Interment will be private. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
 
He was born Aug. 11, 1938, in Chicago, a son of Robert Merritt and Billie Ione Keck Breeden. He married Sally A. “Sammie” Breeden on Oct. 27, 1956, in Chicago, and she preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2008.
 
Surviving are a son, Howard Breeden Jr., Heyworth; a daughter, Roberta “Bobbie” Breeden, Bloomington; four grandchildren, Howard (Deanna) Breeden III, Chuck (Heather) Breeden, Chris Breeden and Joshua (Heather) Breeden; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha “Sammie” Breeden and Lilly Breeden.
 
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Victoria and Barbara.
 
Howard served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from Pipefitters Local 597. A man with a knowledge of many subjects, he was a source of support for anyone in need. Howard enjoyed fishing, Harley Davidsons and collecting stamps and coins. He was incredibly patriotic which especially showed in his love of eagles. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose wonderful smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Marvin K. Thayer

Marvin K. Thayer, 83, of Clinton, passed away at 3:52 p.m. Monday (Aug. 27, 2018) at his home.
 
Per Marvin’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Gladfelter – Roetker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Ottawa, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
Marvin was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Clinton, a son of Carl and Aleta Glasgow Thayer. He married Lois Walden May 7, 1955, in Clinton. Survivors include Lois, his wife of 63 years; sons, Keith A. Thayer and Larry D. (Lana) Thayer, all of Clinton; a grandson, Justin (Rayanna Anderson) Thayer, Clinton; and one great-granddaughter, Kinley Grace Thayer. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Robert Thayer.
 
Marvin was a steward of the land as a farmer for 54 years. He was a member of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau.
 
Memorial contributions in Marvin’s honor may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Harold Oneal

Harold Oneal, 81, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 7:26 P.M., Monday, August 27, 2018, at his residence.
 
His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church with Pastor Pete Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church, and from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018, also at the church.
 
Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Christian Church.
 
Harold was born October 26, 1936, in Bloomington, Illinois, a son of Homer H. and Pearl E. Dalton Oneal. He married Eloyce L. Ringo.
 
He is survived by his daughters, Becky (George) Van Winkle of Heyworth, Illinois, and Shelby (Steve) Toohill of Heyworth, Illinois; six grandchildren, Ryan, Jake (Audrey) and Abi Van Winkle; Samantha (Jordan) Seymour; Kady and Wyatt Cullers; one great-grandson, Cristopher Funk; and twin brother, Gerald (Judy) Oneal of Heyworth, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Darcy Oneal; and brother, David Oneal.
 
Harold was a farmer, bus driver and custodian for the Heyworth School District for several years. He served in the Army National Guard, Bloomington, Illinois. He was a 70-year member of the Heyworth Christian Church, where he served on the church board for several years. Harold was a member of the Illinois Education Association and a member of the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois. Harold was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

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Dorothy Ann Hovell

Dorothy Ann Hovell passed through Heaven’s gates on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at the age of 99. She was a resident of Manor Court of Clinton, and former member of the Heyworth Community. 
 
A graveside service will celebrate her life at the Bushnell Township Cemetery on Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 am. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth is in charge of arrangements with Rev. Richard Gray officiating the service. There will be no visitation. 
 
Dorothy was born April 21, 1919, to Harry Ralston and Nellie Lillie (Kepple) Westlake. She was married for 55 years to her loving husband, Weldon Richard Hovell saying goodbye to him on March 3, 1992. Four brothers, Jay, Wayne, Everett, and Kenneth and one sister, Bonnie; a son, Richard L. Hovell; son-in-law, Kevin R. Rustemeyer preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann (Charles) Ball of Annawan, IL, Cathy (Lawrence) Handley of Eureka Springs, AR and Cynthia Rustemeyer of Heyworth; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. 
 
Family and friends were Dorothy’s passion and delight. She had an unwavering faith in God and practiced her love for the Lord as a member of the Heyworth Christian Church where she was involved in numerous senior events. Her great sense of humor and quick smile brightened the day of many of those around her. 
 
She was lovingly cared for by Dr. Brit Williams and the staff at Manor Court. The family gives them their greatest gratitude. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Activity Program at Manor Court of Clinton, 1 Park Lane West, Clinton, IL 61727 or for senior programming at the Heyworth Christian Church, 308 N. Vine St., Heyworth, IL 61745.
 
Her life was a blessing and her memory will be a treasure.

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Mary Evelyn Lowe Bates

Mary Evelyn Lowe Bates, 89, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at The Christian Village in Lincoln.
 
Evelyn was born on September 13, 1928, in Fort Myers, FL the daughter of Francis D. and Thelma (Mayer) Lowe. She married William C. Bates, Jr. in Miami, FL in 1947. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2014.
 
Evelyn is survived by her children, Amanda (Steve) Roberts of Arvada, CO; Annette Bates of Lincoln, and William B. (Lauri) Bates of Greensboro, GA; her sisters, Susie McKinney of Waynesville, NC and Daisy Beck of Covington, LA; six grandchildren: Julie Blaser, Bethany Lindauer, John Thomas Andrews, Grayson Ingle, Blinn Bates and Sarah Bates; and ten great-grandchildren.
 
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband and one infant child.
Evelyn was a very active member of her community serving with many organizations including, The Daughters of The American Revolution, Lincoln Garden Club, PEO, Monday Book Club, and ALMH Auxiliary. She served as a board member of the Kickapoo Creek Park & Trails, and she was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church, having served on the vestry. 
 
Services for Evelyn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln with Rev. David Halt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service also at the church. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Evelyn’s name to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Trinity Episcopal Church, or The Humane Society of Logan County. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Patricia Ann Foster

Patricia Ann Foster, 78, of rural Waynesville, passed away 3:20 PM, August 23, 2018, at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. A private family gathering will be held. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
 
She was born March 16, 1940, to Wilbur and Helen (Webb) Engelmann of rural Beason. She grew up on their dairy farm with her sisters: Lilietta (Meyers); Mary Bell (Begolka) and Bertha Engelmann, both deceased. Pat graduated from Beason High School, the Class of 1958.
 
She married Carl (Corky) Lawrence Foster on April 26, 1959, at the Lincoln United Methodist Church. He died April 7, 2009, just two weeks short of their 50th wedding anniversary.
 
Pat and Corky farmed his parents’ small rural Waynesville farm together, growing crops and keeping livestock. 
 
Surviving are daughter, Donna Smedley and son-in-law Steve Smedley; one grandson, Samuel Lawrence Smedley - with whom she shared a birthday; two granddaughters, Rachel Harney (Nicholas) and Emily Auten. There are three great-grandchildren: Liam Harney, Chevelle Harney, and Esmae Harney. A daughter and grandson also survive.
 
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, her husband and an infant daughter. 
 
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked for The Pantagraph’s library for years, laminating baby, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements for the paper’s customers. She loved animals and children. She was multi-talented. Throughout the years she crocheted, knitted, sewed, tatted and tooled leather. She also taught herself to weave baskets and make cornhusk dolls. She was also an expert at making Christmas candy and baking bread.
 
Pat always thought of her family’s needs before her own. She will be greatly missed.

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William Michael "Tadpole" Brooks

William Michael “Tadpole” Brooks, 31, of Heyworth, passed away Thursday (Aug. 23, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
 
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital, Chicago, or AT Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
 
Michael was born Oct. 8, 1986, to James Michael and Peggy Corum Brooks. They survive.
 
Also surviving are one sister, Erica Brooks, Missouri; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
 
Michael was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He also loved to watch NASCAR. His passion was construction. He would routinely watch construction work being done, whether it was houses being built or holes being dug.
 
The family has asked for casual wear for both visitation and funeral.
 
Michael leaves us all with his words of wisdom. “Every day is a good day.”

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John R. Newby

John R. Newby, 66, of Heyworth, passed away at 9:29 a.m. June 14, 2018, at his home.
 
A celebration of life will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Lafayette Club, Bloomington. Memorials may be directed to Wish Bone Canine Rescue. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
John was born Oct. 18, 1951, in DuQuoin, a son to Richard L. and Marilyn E. Provart Newby. He married Pam Eversole on July 5, 1980, in Shelbyville.
 
Surviving are his wife, Pam Newby, Heyworth; two brothers, David Newby, Quartz Hill, Calif., and Kent (Kelly) Newby, Centennial, Colo.; sister, Jane (Tim) Tilden, Vermillion, S.D.; and several nieces, nephews and great-nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
John grew up in Bloomington-Normal and attended Metcalf and University High schools. He joined Ameren where he worked as a substation electrician for 20 years and worked for Ameren for a total of 32 years.
 
He loved motorcycles and enjoyed his rides. John loved being outdoors and planting trees on his acres of land. He owned and operated Tamara's Estate Sales with his wife Pam.
 
John was loved by his wife Pam and all of his family and friends who knew him.
 
Condolences and memories of John may be shared with the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.

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Harold Rotramel Sr.

Harold Lee Rotramel Sr. of Wapella passed away 11:05 a.m. Aug. 13, 2018, at his home with his loving family by his side.
 
He was born June 4, 1931, in Shirley, the son of Ernest and Ella Hazlet Rotramel. He married Katherine Courtney on April 18, 1952. She passed away on Oct. 22, 2010.
 
Harold was a longtime truck driver for General Grocer and Martin Brower, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Teamsters union and the Bloomington VFW. Harold enjoyed NASCAR racing, dirt racing, farming, and even baling hay. He loved his role as grandfather and great-grandfather, and was always willing to help anyone who needed it.
 
He is survived by a son, Harold Rotramel Jr., Bloomington; three daughters, Debbie (Dave) Dodson, Bloomington; Brenda (Mark) Beard, Wapella; and Sherry (Jim) Campbell, Florida; five granddaughters, Courtney (Cortlin) Dunluvey; Stephaney Campbell; Tammy Foster; Chastidy Rotramel; and Melissa Dever; six grandsons, Jayson (LeAnn) Dodson; Tyson (Krissy) Dodson; Bryson (Leslie) Dodson; Dryson Dodson; Travis (Amanda) Beard; and Christopher Rotramel; and 20 great-grandchildren, including his youngest great-granddaughter, Amelia, who was the light of Harold's life, giving him countless moments of joy these past few months.
 
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, a grandson, a great-granddaughter, a nephew, and a brother-in-law.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Sunday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with Pastor Chuck Brannock officiating.
 
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Inurnment with military honors will be 11 a.m. Monday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bloomington.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com.

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Shirley Edwards

Shirley Small Edwards, 93, of Lincoln, died Thursday (Aug. 23, 2018) at her home surrounded by family.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Doughton Edwards (1925-1988). Shirley is survived by her children, Greer Edwards Broemel (David), Nashville, Tenn.; Margaret Small Edwards, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; John Roxborough Edwards (Sharon), Palos Heights; and Caroline Edwards Higgins (Mike), Lincoln; and her grandchildren, Andrew Edwards, Ashley Edwards, Emorie Broemel, Lacy Broemel and Christopher Berg.
 
Shirley was active in her community and enjoyed her service as trustee of Lincoln College, board member of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, board member of the Logan County Cemetery District, and founding board member of Logan County Paramedics Association. She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and as an avid reader, belonged to the Monday and Friday book clubs. She was a member of the Chapter JW, PEO.
 
Shirley was born in Lincoln, and grew up in Topeka, Kan. She studied at Sweetbriar College in Virginia and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1946. She was married to Robert Edwards at the Presbyterian Church in Lincoln on Aug. 2, 1950, and they started their family in Asheville, N.C., before moving to Lincoln in 1957.
 
The family would like to thank Kathy Aderman, who was devoted to our mother for many years. She made sure the house was welcoming to all. Thanks to Ed, Charlie and Richard Jacobs as well. We thank the caregivers who made it possible for our mother to stay in her home this past year, Marilyn Meiners, Mona Cosby, Meredith Lever, Judy Morris, Dortha Seely and Autumn Kopochius, and the staff from Safe Haven Hospice and Care Link.
 
Her service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 402 Pekin St., Lincoln, with the Rev. David Pfaff officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial at Old Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Shirley's name to Lincoln College, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Logan County Paramedics Association or Trinity Episcopal Church.
 

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Charlie Moxley

Charlie Moxley, 75, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 10:44 P.M., Monday, August 20, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois, with Pastor Danny McCubbins officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 24, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Charlie was born on November 2, 1942, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, a son of Mineous and Sylvania Wells Moxley. He married Mary H. Hardwick on September 14, 1963, in Bement, Illinois. She survives in Mansfield, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by four sons, Charles H. (Mary K.) Moxley of Mansfield, Illinois, Mineous F. (Sabrina) Moxley of Tacoma, Washington, Eddie (Anita) Moxley of Rockmart, Georgia, and Kirby Moxley of Mansfield, Illinois; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Martha (Bob) Gleason of Salem, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Moxley, two brothers and two sisters.
 
Charlie retired in 1997, from the University of Illinois, where he worked as a mechanic at the South Garage. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. Charlie was a member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City, Illinois.

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Janis 'Howie' Ray Herzog

Janis 'Howie' Ray Herzog 68 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:05 PM August 19, 2018, at her family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 8 P.M. Monday, August 27, 2018, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Neighborhood Care Center, First Christian Church, or the Little Galilee Christian Camp.
 
Jan was born April 30, 1950, in Los Angeles, CA the daughter of William Dale and Frances Lorene (Harlin) Howell. She married David Lee Herzog December 3, 1971, in Arthur, IL. He passed away March 30, 2012.
 
Survivors include her children, Chad David (Kelly) Herzog, Norwalk, CT; Andrea (Wesley) Graves, Clinton, IL; Lindsey (Chris) Moody, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Dawson, Keaton and Tatiana Graves; Ryland, Kenley and Kade Herzog; McCoy and Emerson Moody; sister, Pamela (Gary) Willis, Story, WY.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Jan was a member of the First Christian Church in Clinton, IL. She spent many years as a special education and elementary school teacher. Jan enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, biking, and traveling with great friends. Her number one hobby was loving on her grandchildren. Jan volunteered at the Neighborhood Care Center and had a passion for helping others in need. She was a devoted mother and super fun Nana. Her compassion touched many and she will be greatly missed.

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Cheryl K. Watkins

Cheryl K. Watkins, 72, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
 
Cheryl was born on July 22, 1946, in Edwardsville, IL the daughter of Cleo and Edith (Sellmeier) Bohnenstiehl. She married James M. Watkins on February 10, 1968, in Staunton, IL. He survives in Lincoln.
 
Cheryl is also survived by her daughter, Laurie (Doug) Routson; her son, Kevin (Melissa) Watkins; her brother, Kenneth (Janey) Bohnenstiehl; her five grandchildren, Darrin, Nick, Conner, Shelbi, and Morgan. Additionally, Cheryl is survived by one great-grandchild, and two step great-grandchildren.
 
Cheryl was a retired secretary for Tarter Bros. and Myer Industries in Lincoln. She was also a member of The American Legion Auxiliary Lincoln Post #263. Cheryl enjoyed a variety of hobbies including quilting and sewing with her friends at Peace & Applique Quilt Shop in Rochester, IL. Cheryl also enjoyed country dancing with her husband, they were known to have taught a few country dancing classes as well.
 
A Memorial Gathering will take place for Cheryl from 4:00 pm -7: 00 pm on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Cheryl’s name to The Humane Society of Logan County.

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Walter Garland Duncan

Walter Garland Duncan, 72, of Wapella, Illinois, formerly of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 9:40 P.M., Friday, August 17, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.
 
His funeral will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Pastor Danny McCubbins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the funeral home. 
 
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Walter was born February 25, 1946, in Casey County, Kentucky, a son of Walter and Nettie Maybriar Duncan. He married Sue Ann Shaw on September 25, 1956, in Farmer City, Illinois. She survives in Wapella, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
 
Walter was a retired carpenter and an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
 

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Jennie 'Boots' Laura Wilham

Jennie 'Boots' Laura Wilham, 93, of Springfield, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 8:20 A.M. Friday, August 17, 2018, at her residence. 
 
Boots was born on May 15, 1925, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Walter and Alma (Hiar) Mapes. She married Keith H. Wilham Sr. on December 24, 1943, in Detroit, MI. He preceded her in death on February 26, 2014.
 
Surviving are four children, Keith H. Wilham Jr. of Redmond, WA, Stephen L. (Patricia) Wilham of Newalla, OK, Sandra E. Wilham of Springfield, IL and Darla G. (Rick) Irwin of Springfield, IL. She is also survived by her sister Sarah Logan of Mt. Pulaski, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Roger, one sister Audrey Barton and two half-brothers, Milton Jenks and Adrian Jenks. 
 
Boots was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, the Mt. Pulaski VFW Auxiliary Post #777 and was a domestic goddess the rest of the time. 
 
Services for Boots will be 12:00 noon Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Wilham family for the care of Sandy Wilham.

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Ron Agee

Ron Agee, age 67, of Maroa, Illinois passed away on August 17, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 20, 1951 at Decatur Macon County Hospital to Lyle and Hazel (Horn) Agee.
 
On April 5, 1975 Ron married Dores Cox with whom he has three children, Kristen (Dwayne) Kirk and Lori Agee and a son, Jason (Diane) Edwards. His mother, Hazel Agee. There are 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Rebecca (Gary) Becker and Roberta Hunter and a brother, Terry (Cheryl) Agee. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Babaloo.
 
He was preceded in death by his father and baby brother, Gary.
 
Ron graduated from Argenta-Oreana High School in 1969. He served in the United States Air Force. He was employed at ADM in BioChem. He was an avid Cubs and Colts fan. He loved shooting pool with his pool buddies.
 
Ron was a man of few words, but he loved his family and friends very much. He will be truly and sadly be missed by all of us.
 
As per Ron’s wishes, he will be cremated. There will be no visitation or funeral at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospital.
 
Thank to the doctors and nurses at DMH, the Cancer Center, and to Hospice for caring for Ron.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Robert S. Drew

Robert S. ‘Rob' Drew, 56, of Maroa, formerly of Cisco, passed away at 3:40 p.m., August 14, 2018 at his residence.
 
Rob was born May 24, 1962 in Decatur, IL the son of Jackson S. and Kay B. (Foster) Drew.
 
Rob is survived by his parents, Jack and Kay Drew of Monticello; brother, Jeremy Drew (Allison) of Cumming, GA; and sisters, Pam Geis (Joe) and Chris Carr (Steve) both of Monticello.
 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Eldon and Hildred Webb of Cisco and Willard and Pauline Foster of Decatur.
 
Rob worked as a cook for Kraft Foods, Inc. and was a member of the Cisco United Methodist Church.
 
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Croninger Cemetery, Cisco with Rev. Dennis Beedy officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter 301 S. Charter St. Monticello, IL 61856. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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John A. Maxwell Sr.

John A. Maxwell, Sr., 83, Clinton, passed away 10 a.m. Aug. 15, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
A celebration of life will be at C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, in the barn, from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
John was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Clinton, the son of Carl and Nellie (Stone) Maxwell. He married Iris A. Isaac on Oct. 2, 1954, in Clinton. She survives in Clinton. Also surviving are his children, John A. "Pete" (Debbie) Maxwell Jr., Normal; Lee Ann (Steve) Perring, Weldon; grandchildren, Jennifer (Ron) Shaw, Beth Maxwell, Merry (Dustin) Blankenship and Kyle (Lauren) Marcum; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Burger and Louise (Cletus) Nichols, both of Clinton; brother, Joseph R. (Betty) Maxwell, Vilonia, Ark.; and many nieces, nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin sons, and four brothers, Lloyd, Lester, Roger and Robert.
 
John was a supervisor at Caterpillar in Decatur, retiring in March 1991. He returned to Caterpillar, traveling to many different countries and states, as a product support engineer, retiring again in 2007. He was a past member of Bloomington Elks Lodge 281, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Bloomington Moose Lodge, Land of Lincoln Antique Tractor & Engine Club, Caterpillar Retiree Club and past director of the DeWitt County Museum.
 
His hobbies included collecting toy tractors and collecting and refurbishing antique farm tractors and plows. He enjoyed plow days and tractor drives. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who will be dearly missed.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the DeWitt County Museum or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
 
To share a memory, please visit www.gladfelter-roetker.com or Gladfelter Funeral Home on Facebook.

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Ferd Jay Schlitt

Ferd Jay Schlitt , 66, passed away at 11:09 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
 
Ferd was born on June 3, 1952 in Lincoln, IL; son of Ferdinand J. and Alice Joanne (Hickey) Schlitt. He married Susan Minaudo in 1982 in Elkhart, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving Ferd is his daughter: Monica (Mike) Simpson of FL; step son: Christopher (Katie) Kolin of MN; two grandchildren: Emma and Britton; three step grandchildren: Lincoln, Madelyn, and Camryn; two brothers: John (Dorla) Schlitt of Franklin, TN and Jeff Schlitt of Mt. Pulaski, IL. he was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Ferd enjoyed guns and snowmobiling.
 
Graveside services for Ferd will be held at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery at a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family of Ferd Jay Schlitt.

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James (Jim) Rich

James “Jim” Rich 93 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 4:26 A.M. August 14, 2018 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson and Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Little Galilee Christian Assembly Kitchen Fund.
 
Jim was born July 29, 1925 in Clinton, Illinois the son of James and Eliza Jane (Privett) Rich, Sr. He married Wilma V. Longenbaugh February 15, 1947 in Clinton, Il. She passed away December 22, 2001. He later married Mabel R. (Welch) Manigan on April 9, 2005 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife, Mabel Rich, Clinton, IL; Children, Larry (Lori) Rich, Weldon, IL; Linda Hickman, Clinton, IL; 5 Grandchildren, 19 Great-Grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; step-son, Thomas (Cindy) Manigan, Minooka, IL; 6 step-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents; 2 brothers, 5 sisters; 1 step-daughter, Anna Stepp; and 1 great-granddaughter. 
 
Jim was a retired farmer. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion, Clinton, IL. He proudly served his country in the US Navy. Jim was a school bus for the Deland-Weldon School District for 20 years.

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John R. Merriell

John R. Merriell, 77, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:50 AM, August 9, 2018 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Memorial services will be 10 AM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton, IL with Rev. Michael Taylor officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the John R. Merriell Memorial Fund.
 
John was born June 30, 1941 in Clinton, IL the son of Reginald and Kathryn (Mahon) Merriell. He married Lois J. Smith November 15, 2004 in Greenup, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife, Lois J. Merriell, Clinton, IL; and brother, Joseph (Margaret) Merriell, Elmhurst, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Janet Brown

Janet S. Brown, 70, of Atlanta, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2018) at her home.
 
A private service is scheduled. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Waynesville.
 
Janet Susan Stedwell was born July 14, 1948, in Champaign, the daughter of George W. and Geneva L. McLean Stedwell. She was united in marriage to Paul Thomas McNail in 1968. She later married Kenneth Earl Brown on Feb. 15, 1979. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1996.
 
She is survived by her sons, Shawn McNail, Atlanta; James (Amy) McNail, Peoria; Andrew (Jenna ) Brown, Atlanta; and stepdaughter, Carol Shroyer, Lincoln; two grandsons, Thomas James McNail, Kenneth M. Brown; two brothers, George Lee Stedwell, Indiana, and Charles Stedwell, Champaign; and one sister, Katherine Miller, Elmhurst.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Janet graduated from Paxton High School in 1966. After high school, she pursued careers in nursing and cosmetology.
 
She was baptized at Atlanta United Methodist Church. She had been employed at Capital Records, DeWitt County Nursing Home in Hallsville and Old Country Buffet, Normal.
 
Her hobbies included gardening and needle point.
 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
 
Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.

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Donna Jean Brickey

Donna Jean Brickey, 89, passed away at 7:45 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL on August 8, 2018.
 
Donna was born on January 13, 1929 in Clinton, IL; daughter of Tony Enoch and Lillie Ellen (Holsapple) Daniels, SR. She married Robert Franklin Brickey, SR. on November 11, 1947 in Owensboro, KY. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1989.
 
Surviving Donna are her children: Robert Franklin JR of Mt. Pulaski, IL, John Wayne (Vicki) Brickey of Lincoln, IL, Lucinda Chapman of Wonder Lake, IL, and Leslie Ann Papesch of Lincoln, IL; eight grandchildren: Christopher (Julie) Chapman, Steven (Elizabeth) Chapman, Josh Bloodworth, Kyle Papesch, Cara (Alex) Ethington, Nathan Brickey, Erica (Chris) Cowan, and Buck (Jessica) Rifner; nine and a half great grandchildren: Lexy, Jaydon, Kenrick, Ben, Andrew, Leah, Harlyn, Isabella, Carter, and one due in December. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and four sisters.
 
Donna was of the Christian faith. She loved playing bingo, gambling, reading, embroidering, playing cards, and she was the best pie maker in Logan County.
 
A Memorial Service for Donna will be 11:00 a.m. Monday August 13, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service, 9:00-11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial at Carlyle Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Logan County.

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Richard Austin (Rick) King

Richard Austin “Rick” King, 69, of Maroa, IL passed away 10:49 PM, August 8, 2018 at his family residence.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, August 13, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Larry Larson and Rev. Joe Chetta officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the funeral home with Masonic Services at 5 PM. The family requests casual attire. 
 
Memorials may be directed to the Rick King Memorial Fund.
 
Rick was born December 22, 1948 in Decatur, IL the son of Wilbur W. and Margaret (Beasley) King. 
 
Survivors include his mother: Margaret King, Maroa, IL; daughter: Angela J. Koonce, Clinton, IL; 2 grandchildren: Dalton Wright and Tanner Koonce; 1 great granddaughter, Addalyn Wright, all of Clinton, IL; brother: Michael R. (Charla) King, Knoxville, TN; 2 nieces: Kim King and Kristen Pachis; and great-niece, Mackenna. Also surviving is his extended family: Rob Fogarty, April Underwood, Jennifer Polley, Kristi Littrell, 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Rick served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Maroa Masonic Lodge. He was an avid auto racing fan and participant. Rick was a wonderful father and grandfather.

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George W. Samples

George W. Samples, 76, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 5:24 p.m. at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. 
 
His visitation will be Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with his funeral service following at 1:00 p.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. Lunch will immediately follow.
 
George was born September 16, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of George B. and Mabel Samples. He married Mary Frances “Susie” Dyson on April 16, 1962. She survives. 
 
Also surviving are their children, Stacey Blauw, Heyworth; Courtney (Marc) Swanson, Wadsworth; Brooke (David) Selep, Arlington Heights; Sean (Shelly) Samples, Armington; Shannon (Rodney) Shaffer, Chicago; Paige (Jody) Howey, NC. 
 
Also surviving are two sisters, Diana Pepperman and Sherma (Merrill) Dean, all of Norman, Oklahoma. Many nieces and nephews, 23 grandchildren: Ashley; Justin; Kyle; Jesse; Jordan; Jared; Lucus; Sean; Ryan; Lainey; Whitney; Ty; Chandler; Rayne; Quentin; Corey; Peyton; Cassidy (Rose); Sydney; Miranda; Kiefer; Connor; and Tea’, and 12 great-grandchildren: Kennedy; Kyleigh; Raegan; Sophia; Karter; Easton; Skylar; Landon; Paisley; Rowen; Gracie; and Arabella. 
 
George was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Ann Schmidt. 
 
George joined the United States Air Force straight out of high school where he served his country for the next 6 years. Upon discharge, he joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters until retirement in 1999. He built everything from residential homes to high-rise buildings in Chicago and later in Bloomington. He enjoyed building things and could fix just about anything! Even in the final weeks of his life, he continued helping remodel his farmhouse in Farmer City that he shared with his wife and grandsons for over 15 years. 
 
He had 6 children of his own, but as a softball coach for over 13 years in Arlington Heights, he mentored and taught hundreds of athletes, passing on his love for the sport to all. He managed several championship teams and travel teams. He even managed to get himself thrown out of a few games while defending his players and fighting for what was right. His passion as a coach was second to none. In the eyes of many, he was simply the best!! 
 
Once his children were grown, much of his focus was on his grandchildren. He spent much of his time watching softball, baseball, track, cross country, gymnastics, wrestling, and many glorious evenings under the Friday night lights. He supported all of his grandchildren in their many endeavors. His love for them was unprecedented. 
 
His love for his family was great, as was his love for Oklahoma where he was born and raised. As an Oklahoma fan, his life motto was, “I’m Sooner born, I’m Sooner bred and when I die I’m Sooner dead”. He was a dedicated husband to his wife, Susie for 56 years, an involved father and a proud Papa. He loved living life and fought the good fight until the end. He will forever be our Guardian Angel watching over us. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

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Harold G. Dingman

Harold G. Dingman, 81, of Latham, IL, passed away at 4:51 P.M. Sunday August 5, 2018 at his home.
 
Harold was born on April 27, 1937 in Macon County to Harley and Lois (Faith) Dingman. He married Juanita Bobbett Comer on April 27, 1979 in Mt. Pulaski, IL. 
 
Surviving Harold is his wife Juanita, step children, Guy Comer, Jan Davis and Kim Comer, his brother, Duane (Deanna) Dingman of Latham, and his four grandchildren Jeremy, Katie, Stephanie and Matt.
 
Services for Harold will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday August 14, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Lake Bank Cemetery, rural Latham. Memorials may be made to the Latham Fire Department.

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Mary Ann Aper

Mary Ann Aper, 81, passed away at 9:50 a.m. at Copper Creek Cottages in Lincoln, IL on August 4, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.
 
Mary was born on October 5, 1936 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Walter and Anna P. (Warren) Begolka. She married Gene Edwin Aper on June 24, 1956 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2009.
 
Surviving Mary are her sons: David (Kim) Aper of Lincoln, IL and Robert (Beth) Aper of Broadwell, IL; one brother: Robert (Sharon) Begolka of Lincoln, IL; two grandchildren: Jacklyn (Jeremy) Billington of Lincoln, IL and Andrew (Tammy) Aper of Cle Elum, WA; nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother: Harold Begolka, and one grandson: Michael Aper.
 
Mary was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln. She worked at Country Companies as a claim adjuster for over 30 years.
 
Services for Mary will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 11, 2018 at St. John United Church of Christ with Robert Twist officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday August 10, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Hartsburg Union will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to St. John United Church of Christ.

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Florence Esther Williamson

Florence Ester Williamson, 102, passed away at 7:55 p.m. on August 2, 2018 at St. Clara’s Manor.
 
Florence was born on January 31, 1916; daughter of George and Elsie (Karg) Grathwohl. She married Charles Williamson on March 16, 1943 in St. Charles, MO. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2001.
 
Surviving Florence is her son: John (Diane) Williamson of Normal, IL; one grandchild: Jennifer (Travis) Gibson of Hudson, IL; two great grandchildren: Jared and Rachel Gibson both of Hudson, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one niece.
 
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Amvets, VFW Auxiliary. She worked at Parker and Son Title Company and was a bookkeeper for the state of Illinois.
 
Private family services for Florence will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Public Library or Alzheimer’s Association. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Harrison Pierce Stephens

Harrison Pierce Stephens, 6 month old infant son of Dante Labbe and Alisha Stephens, passed away at 2:45 PM August 4, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Harrison Pierce Stephens Memorial Fund.
 
Harrison was born February 4, 2018 in Peoria, IL the son of Dante Labbe and Alisha Stephens.
 
Survivors include his parents, Dante Labbe and Alisha Stephens, Clinton, IL; maternal grandparents, Becky and Shannon Boehl, Clinton, IL; uncles and aunts: John Stephens, Clinton, IL, Eric (Amber) Walston, Clinton, IL, Jennifer Adams, Heyworth, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his twin brother: Daniel; maternal grandfather, Daniel Wayne Stephens; aunt, Sandra Walston; great-grandparents, Evelyn and James Stephens; four cousins: Brandon LaCroix; Jacob Stephens; Alex Nichols; and William Adams.

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Charles Robert McGuire

Charles Robert McGuire, 95, a life-long resident of Macon County, died July 31, 2018 after a brief illness.
 
“Charlie” was born in Maroa, Illinois to Elwood and Margaret McGuire on July 27, 1923. He graduated from Maroa High School in 1940. In 1943, he married Harriet Miller of Latham, a marriage that continued for nearly 73 years. Together, Charlie and Harriet founded a farm in Warrensburg, where they would spend the next 60 years together.
 
At his request, Charlie only wanted to be remembered as a retired Macon County farmer.
 
Charles is survived by his children, Ann Edgecombe (John) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Richard McGuire (Jan Smith) of Union Pier, Michigan; his grandchildren, Jason Edgecombe (Kathryn), Adam Edgecombe (Laura), Bly McGuire (Jimmie Sue), and Lyndsey Denton (Ryan); great-grandchildren James, Miller, and Madelyn Edgecombe, Holden Edgecombe, and Rory Denton; extended family and friends including Tom and Cathy Howell, Roger and Karen Edgecombe, Gloria and Clay Colebar, Sandra Brooks, and Melanie McGuire. He joins his wife Harriet; eldest son Charles Thomas McGuire; grandson Thomas Allen McGuire; and sisters Annalou Hensey and Dorothy Braden, who preceded him in death.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Allen McGuire Memorial Scholarship Fund and Illini Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home from 5:00–7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Illini Church, Warrensburg, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Illini Cemetery, Warrensburg. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, nephews Jerry Burns, Steve Braden, Ron Braden, and Tom Howell.
 
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com

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James Orrick

James L. Orrick Jr., 77, of Atlanta, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 1, 2018) at St. Clara's Manor, Lincoln.
 
His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. The Rev. Larry Collins will officiate. A time of visitation with his family will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 
James Lee Orrick Jr. was born Dec. 9, 1940, in Bloomington, the son of James Lee and Lois Smith Orrick Sr. He was united in marriage with Lynda McKown on June 4, 1977. She survives.
 
James is also survived by their son, Stephen Orrick; his children, Michelle (Bret) Roop, Jody (Keith) Simpson, Jeff Orrick and Stephanie (Pat) Estes; his stepchildren, Julie (Gary) Frantz, Beth Howard and David Miller; two brothers, John Orrick and Steve (Nancy) Orrick; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Christen Henderson.
 
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Rescue Squad.

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John H. Butterfield

John H. Butterfield, 96, of Maroa, passed away 4:25 a.m. Friday (Aug. 3, 2018) at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth.
 
His service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery, Decatur, with military honors. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Masonic service at 5 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Forsyth United Methodist Church.
 
John was born July 27, 1922, in Christian County, the son of Walter and Freda Elder Butterfield. He married Winifred Wolfer Sept. 1, 1946, in Macon County. She passed away July 3, 2000.
 
Survivors include his daughter, Cheryl L. (Glenn) Sample, Maroa; granddaughters, Katherine (Jonathon) Olson, Fishers, Ind.; and Allison (Keegan) Goodman, Lafayette, Ind.; four great-grandchildren, Connor and Liam Olson, and Kaia and Kane Goodman; sister, Shirley Rager, Latham.
 
John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Butterfield; brothers, Dean and Ralph; and sisters, Virginia Holly and Helen Rigg.
 
John served his country during World War II in the South Pacific in the Army. He was a member of the Forsyth United Methodist Church and a member of the Kedron Masonic Lodge AF & AM 340, Mount Auburn. John was named the Macon County Young Farmer in 1957. John was a grain farmer and managed the Macon County ASC Farm Storage for 20 years. John also served on the Cisco Elevator board and the Cornbelt board for 19 years.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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William H. (Butch) Shepherd Jr.

William H. “Butch” Shepherd Jr., 51, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 12:48 P.M., Sunday, July 29, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
 
A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Monday, August 6, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. A private inurnment will be held in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tammy Dunbar Shepherd.
 
Mr. Shepherd was born February 11, 1967, in Normal, Illinois, to William H. “Butch” Shepherd Sr. and Marjorie Ellen Deerwester. He married Tammy M. Dunbar on April 11, 2015, in Hudson, Illinois. She survives in Heyworth, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his father, William H. “Butch” (Lisa) Shepherd Sr. of Sullivan, Missouri; stepfather, Dale Williams of Lincoln, Illinois; three children, Briana (John) Coakley, LeAnne (C. J. Dawson) Shepherd and Grand Shepherd all of Heyworth, Illinois; three grandchildren, Tristen Kavanaugh, Chloe Clesson and Jayden Kavanaugh all of Heyworth, Illinois; and four sisters, Tina (Carl) Ross of Atlanta, Illinois, Christina Kisner of Bloomington, Illinois, Shari (Marvin) Gordon of McLean, Illinois, and Cindy Cotner of Shirley, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother.
 
Butch worked as an excavator all over the McLean County area. He enjoyed fishing, landscaping, gardening, mushroom hunting, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
 
He was a loving husband and father.

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Michael D. Kirk

Michael D. Kirk, 62, of Lincoln, IL, passed away at 11:40 a.m. on August 1, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
 
Michael was born on September 7, 1955 in Lincoln, IL; son of Everett Franklin Kirk and Jeanette Lee Langley.
Michael is survived by his children: Rodney Stout of Ohio, Kevin (Jennifer) Kirk of Lincoln, James Kirk of Lincoln, Josh Kirk of Michigan, Jason Metelko of Mason City, Karissa Metelko of Lincoln, and Jared Metelko of Lincoln; one sister: Judith (Dennis Sr.) Anderson of Elkhart; six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
 
Michael was a collector and enjoyed fishing.
 
Cremation rites for Michael will be accorded. Services are entrusted with Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Mildred Mae Green Kilhoffer

Mildred Mae Green Kilhoffer, 94, daughter of Samuel and Leona Crosier Green, of Lakewood, Illinois, formerly of Buffalo, a lover of music, the arts, and nature, passed away on July 27, 2018 surrounded by family and dear friends. She leaves a legacy of thirteen children, thirty-three grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
 
Mildred was born on March 30, 1924 in Logan County, Illinois. Her birthday is shared with two of her great-grandchildren, Taylor Wooldridge and Colten Haller. Mildred and John "Jack” Anthony Kilhoffer eloped and were married in St. Charles, Missouri on August 15, 1942. In order to make the trip Jack had to replace the worn tires on the car with good truck tires. That was not permitted during WWII because while farmers could get new truck tires, car tires were rationed. Also, because of Jack’s draft status he was not supposed to leave the state. They eloped to Missouri anyway and were married for fifty-eight years. After they returned to Illinois they spent the first forty years of their marriage on a farm near Lanesville before retiring to the Lakewood area.
 
Mildred’s husband, Jack, preceded her in death as did a granddaughter, Jamie Faye Kilhoffer, and a great-grandson, Aiden Marley. She was also preceded in death by four siblings: Wilma Scott, Doris Laatch, Maureen Wilham, and Gayland Green.
 
Mildred is survived by her thirteen children: Constance Hageman (Douglas) of Fargo, ND; John Kilhoffer of Bloomington; Michael P. Kilhoffer of Lakewood; Maureen Tiedje of Huntley; Dan Kilhoffer (Barb) of Chatham; Randy Kilhoffer (Stacy) of Pahoa, HI; Chuck Kilhoffer (Kathy) of Buffalo; Andy Kilhoffer (Linda) of Milstadt; Jeanne Camfield of Illiopolis; Debra Bernish (Christopher) of Lake Forest; Terry Kilhoffer (Maureen) of Crystal Lake; Patrick Kilhoffer (Victoria) of Danvers; and Kelly Kilhoffer (Lynn) of Heyworth. She is also survived by her sisters Marilyn Janusweski and Wanda Etherton of Springfield.
 
After her youngest child started school, Mildred decided to go to college. She attended Sangamon State University (now known as University of Illinois Springfield) in Springfield where she received her Bachelor of Arts: Environments and People in June of 1972. She was a member of the first graduating class of Sangamon State University and went on to earn her master’s degree at the same college in December of 1973.
 
After college Mildred taught at St. Patrick Catholic School in Springfield and at Sacred Heart School in Pana, and later worked for Shelby County. She wrote four books on genealogy and history, three of which were about the Salt Creek area near Watson, Illinois where her mother, Leona, grew up. As a child Mildred loved to visit her relatives in that area. She was also a 4-H leader for fourteen years, and at one time had her living room full of sewing machines teaching girls how to sew. Mildred was a talented artist, and she enjoyed drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography.
 
Mildred and Jack believed strongly in education and were proud that all of their children attended college. They were also proud that seven of their children served in the military.
 
Mildred recently stated she was most proud of her children, that she wrote four books, and that she went paragliding off the side of a mountain high above Interlaken, Switzerland at the age of seventy-two. In her later years, Mildred especially loved listening to the country music created by her talented southern Illinois friends.
 
Special thanks to Michael P. Kilhoffer who lived with Mildred for over six years and made sure she enjoyed life, including taking her to hundreds of musical events. Wayne Steele was an incredibly caring neighbor who deserves high praise for the many times he helped Mildred through the years. Honorary sainthood is granted to Jeanne Camfield for all her tireless help with her mother. Finally, a heartfelt "thank you” to Trish Adkins who was Mildred’s helper for fourteen years and whom Mildred adored.
 
Visitation and Funeral Mass: Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 4th at the Resurrection Church in Illiopolis. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 AM with Fr. Robert Porter, celebrant. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in rural Illiopolis. A luncheon will be served in the church hall.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Resurrection Catholic Church in Illiopolis or the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Shelbyville.

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Leo Mollet

Leo E. Mollet, 86, of DeWitt, passed away at 3:35 p.m. (July 26, 2018) at Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton.
 
Graveside services with military honors will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday (July 31, 2018) at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, with his son, Chaplain Joseph Allen Mollet, officiating. Visitation will be 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Leo was born July 13, 1932, in Highland, the son of Fremont Robert and Eva Mary Knabel Mollet. He married Mary Lou Blew in 1957 in Chillicothe. She passed away May 15, 1990.
 
Survivors include his children, Robert Blew, Seattle, Wash.; Michelle Marie (George) Mollet-Singley, Stanford; Thomas Leo (Janet Gail) Mollet, Fox River Grove; Joseph Allen (Rachel) Mollet, Crown Point, Ind.; and Timothy Michael Mollet, Clinton; six grandchildren, including Tiffany Marie Mollet, a special, beloved granddaughter; siblings, Paul (Mary Ann) Mollet, Sycamore; Ralph (Gaylen) Mollet, Abilene, Texas; Roberta Bernardi, Maryville; Doris Reynolds, DeWitt, with whom he made his home for the last several years; Joseph Craig (Emily) Pruitt, Clinton, whom Leo raised as his own son; and Gerald Alan Inman, Wapella, whom he loved as a son.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Victoria Suzanne Mollet; and three brothers.
 
Leo was an Army Veteran who served in Korea. He served on the village board for Wapella and DeWitt, was a past mayor of Wapella and was a Wapella fire chief for 10 years. Leo was a truck driver.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Michael Senters

Michael D. Bobbitt Senters, 59, of Clinton, passed away at 10:50 a.m. (July 26, 2018) at his residence.
 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Michael Senters Memorial Fund.
 
Michael was born Feb. 25, 1959, in Decatur, the son of Daniel and Kathryn (Parish) Senters.
 
Survivors include his parents, Dan and Kathy Senters, Waynesville; siblings, Kimmy Hettinger, Waynesville; Bryan Kwasny, Lincoln; Vicki (John) Chamblin, Greenview; and Amber Senters, Lincoln. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
 
Michael enjoyed fishing, camping and Facebook.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Wayne Copley

Wayne M. Copley, 88, of Micco, Fla., formerly of Farmer City, died July 20, 2018, in Micco, Fla.
 
He was married to Mary Ann Meyers Copley. She survives. He had four sons, Richard, Jim (deceased), Joel (Marcia) and Mike (Ginny); one daughter, Kathy (Dave); and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
Celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at the American Legion post in Farmer City. Memorials may be made to the Farmer City Fire Department or William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32907.

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Kobe Michael Webb

Kobe Michael Webb, 13, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Indiana.
 
Kobe was born February 16, 2005 in Lima, Ohio, the son of Christina Webb and Will Weaver. He went to Harris School in Decatur and was going into the eighth grade at Clinton Jr. High School. Kobe enjoyed people watching, flirting with girls, and listening to country music.
 
Kobe leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother Christina, father Will and wife Rachael, grandparents Shirley and Elmer Webb and Robert Gipson.
 
Kobe was preceded in death by his grandmother Margaret Gipson.
 
Memorial service for Kobe will be 5:00 PM Monday, July 30, 2018 at Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the services. Memorials are suggested to the family in care of Christina Webb or Will Weaver.
 
Arrangements by Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel, 4020 N. Water St. Decatur, view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

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Gregory S. Feldman

Gregory S. “Flako” Feldman, 61, of Lincoln, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at his home, with his wife and daughters by his side.
 
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church. A Rosary Service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln.
 
Gregory Stephen Feldman was born November 28, 1956, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of Robert Joseph and Eleanor Mae Fults Feldman. Greg was united in marriage to Teena Harbert on September 23, 1978. She survives.
 
Greg is also survived by his daughters: Autumn (Mike) Usalis of Glen Ellyn, Abbie (Phill) Stroik of Bloomington, his mother Eleanor Feldman of Lincoln, one brother Anthony Feldman of Chicago, and one sister Monica (Kevin) Ritchhart of Lincoln. He was a devoted uncle to his nieces and nephews, and a loving Papa to his granddaughters, Aspen Marie Usalis and Skylar Abigail Usalis.
 
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
 
Greg attended St. Patrick’s Grade School/Carroll Catholic School and graduated from Lincoln Community High School in 1974. He was a carpenter for the Illinois Department of Corrections and Carpenters Local #742. Greg retired in June of 2017.
 
He was an avid Cubs and Duke Blue Devils fan and enjoyed watching Bears games with the “Bear Babies.” He was always willing to volunteer his time for various events and individuals, and he enjoyed golfing and spending time with family and friends. Greg knew no stranger and was always known for his kind heart, quick wit, and ability to make people smile.
 
Greg was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Elks Lodge #914, Eagles Aerie #2708, Sons of American Legion Post #263, and he was a 3rd Degree Knight with the Lincoln Knights of Columbus Council #1250, in which he also served as Trustee.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the V Foundation (Cancer Research) or to Carroll Catholic School.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.

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Ira Thomas (Tom) Halsey

Ira Thomas "Tom" Halsey passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, at his home in Normal. 
 
Graveside services for Mr. Halsey will be held at a later time at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville with full Military Rites.  Mr. Dave Taylor will officiate.  Cremation Rites have been accorded.
 
Tom and his forever sweetheart Virginia Duvall married in Clinton on Dec. 17, 1965..  She survives.  One son, Brett (Casey) Halsey; one grandson Gavin; one granddaughter Harper; special friend Rita Beyer; and loving dog Turk also sadly survive.
 
With his passing, Tom was reunited with his parents Carl B. Halsey and Anna Ruble Halsey, along with all his sisters: Carmen Mearida, Mary Rich, and Melva Neaville; brothers Joseph, Carlyle, Oozie, and Glenn Halsey; friends before him; and his dogs Scooter, Jordan, We and Flakey.
 
Tom graduated from Waynesville Academy, then joined the United States Navy where he served on the USS Tarawa and crossed the equator.  Tom retired from Deluxe check printers.  He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189 and served as Vice Commander and Commander.
 
He was a loving uncle to 17 nieces and nephews and a good man who would help anyone in need.  Tom always loved Waynesville and the people there.  As a Times Past Inn breakfast and Denny's Donuts afternoon coffee regular he made lasting friendships that are a treasure to us.  Loved to dance and always had a full dance card.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tom's family who will in part donate to American Legion Post #1189 for the new roof fund.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Phyllis Marie Ranney

Phyllis Marie Ranney, 96, of Springfield passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield.
 
Phyllis was born on November 22, 1921 the daughter of Edward and Emma (Doty) Smith. She married Marion J. Ranney in November of 1946 in Detroit, MI. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1985.
Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Dana (Donald W.) Smith of Springfield, and Marian Jeanne Ranz of Springfield; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
 
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one infant daughter, Mona.
Phyllis was a lifelong member of Lincoln Christian Church in Lincoln.
 
A graveside service will be held for Phyllis at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln, IL. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL.

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Betty Lou Kyle

Betty Lou Kyle 93 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:45 PM July 24, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, IL.
 
Private graveside services will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, Clinton, IL. 
 
Betty was born February 13, 1925 in Kenney, IL the daughter of Ted and Eleanor (Foster) Roseman. She married Charles D. Kyle, Sr. December 16, 1941 in St. Louis, MO. He passed away September 12, 1997.
 
Survivors include her son, Charles David Kyle, Jr., Clinton, Il.; grandchildren, Darin Scott Kyle, Houston, TX; Tricia Lynn Kyle, Clinton, IL; great-grandchildren, Darin Scott Kyle, Jr.; Taylore Leyva, Victoria Hendrickson; great-great-grandchildren, Madison Kyle, Autumn Acevedo, Anthony Acevedo, Chloe Kyle and Sophia Leyva; siblings, Mary Burton, Clinton, IL; Jerry (Betty) Roseman, Decatur, IL; Teddy (Nancy) Roseman, Clinton, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Shirley, Sally, Norma and brother, Kenneth.
 
Betty was a beautician and had worked at Armstrong Shoe Store for many years.

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Wallace Junior Lamb

Wallace Junior Lamb, 94, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 1:19 A.M., Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care.
 
Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Friday, July 27, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois. A Masonic Service will begin at 2:00 P.M. with the funeral following, Rev. C. Don Ferrill will officiate. Burial will be in Goose Creek Township Cemetery, DeLand, Illinois.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmer City Masonic Scholarship Fund, Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 or to Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190.
 
Wallace was born March 22, 1924, in Clinton, Illinois, a son of Wallace Filmore and Emma Lula White Lamb. He married Clara Belle Larson on October 14, 1946, in Macon, Missouri.
 
He is survived by his wife, Clara Belle Lamb of Farmer City, Illinois; children, Kenneth (Laura) Lamb of Morrisville, Vermont, Owen (Doris Ann) Lamb of Mansfield, Illinois, Eugenia (Michael) Watson of Seymour, Illinois, and Donna (Edward) Krauss of Farmer City, Illinois; ten grandchildren, Nathan (Jen) Lamb; Tammis (Tyson) Kelley; Justin (Alisa) Lamb; Jeremy (Marissa) Lamb; Megan (Adam) McCloud; Emily Bailey; Hannah Watson; Sarah (Shannon) Montgomery; Tony (Christie) Krauss; and Claire (Eric Feinburg) Krauss; and 16 great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Wallace was a retired electrician from the University of Illinois. He was a WWII army veteran serving as a Corporal in Battery C 770TH FA BN in Normandy in the European Theater. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Wallace was a life member of the Farmer City Masonic Lodge 710; a member of the Bloomington Consistory; life member of the Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190, Farmer City; life member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City; and a member of IBEW Local 601, Champaign.

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Vera Mae (Cherry) Meadows

Vera Mae (Cherry) Meadows, 90, of Moody, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Salem, Arkansas. She was born to the late Ralph E. Cherry and Esther Hannah (Day) Cherry on October 16, 1927 in Cornland, Illinois.
 
Vera was united in marriage to Eugene E. Meadows on November 28, 1947 in Lincoln, Illinois. Vera spent most of her life on the family farm in Cornland, Illinois. She was a wonderful cook, loved children, and enjoyed fishing. She was a member of the Cornland Chirstian Church in Cornland, Illinois. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.
She leaves to mourn her passing; daughter, Jean Guffey and husband Mike of Moody, Missouri; two grandchildren, Hannah Renfrow-Smith of West Plains, Missouri and Joshua Gullion of Harrison, Arkansas; four great grandchildren, Jaxon Renfrow, Coby Gullion, Jarrett Renfrow, and Jordan Smith; two nieces, Vera Thomas of Lincoln, Illinois and Mary Thomas George of Lincoln, Illinois; other relatives and friends. 
She is preceded in death by her husband (Eugene Meadows), parents, sister (Louise Thomas) and two nephews (Floyd Thomas and Larry Thomas). 
 
Services for Vera will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00a.m.) also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Vera’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or The Parkinson’s Research Foundation. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

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Betty Jane Moore

Betty Jane Moore 91 of Weldon, Illinois passed away 6:10 PM July 23, 2018 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Carle Hospice.
 
Betty was born November 13, 1926 in Wapella, Illinois the daughter of Clarence and Suzie 
(Lamb) Gladden. She married Clifford L. Moore November 14, 1946 in Clinton, IL. He passed away January 15, 2013. 
 
Survivors include her children, Randy (Carole) Moore, Mahomet, IL.; Robyn Nash, Alton, IL; Grandchildren, Scott (Andrea) Moore, Peoria, IL; Corbin (Natalie) Covher, Natchitoches, LA; Amanda Austin, Urbana, IL; Ashton Nash, Urbana, IL; Tyler Nash, Moro, IL; and Dustin Nash, East Alton, IL; Great-grandchildren: Aidan Austin, Lilah Covher; and A. J. Moore.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother and 1 Sister.
 
Betty was a Registered Nurse and a Beautician. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

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Michael Lawrence Mollohan

Michael L. Mollohan, 55, of Lincoln, a goodhearted, old fashioned and honest member of the community, passed away at 5:46 p.m. on July 21, 2018, at his home.

 
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 2:00 p..m. at the Atlanta Cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible will officiate.
 
A time of visitation with his family will be held at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  
 
Cremation Rites have been accorded.  Burial will be at the Atlanta Cemetery.
 
Michael Lawrence Mollohan was born February 18, 1963, in Taylorville, the son of Lawrence W. and Patty I. Engeling Mollohan. He first married Geraldine "Geri" Mayernick. He later married Dana Janell King.
 
Mike is survived by his wife, Dana; five children: Madison Mollohan, Casey Mollohan, Morgan Mollohan, Courtney Mollohan, and Jacob Fleener; and his parents: Larry and Patty Mollohan.
 
He was preceded in death by one infant son: Patrick Michael Mollohan.
 
Mike was a 1981 graduate of Taylorville High School, Illinois State University in 1985, and Southern Illinois University Dental School in 1989.  He purchased the Atlanta Dental Center in 1991.  He was a member of Atlanta Rotary, Lincoln Knights of Columbus #1250, and the Illinois State Dental Association.  He is also a member of George's Cub Cadet and Kenny's Tractor Clubs.  He loved working on Cub Cadets and Yamaha Big Wheels, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and his wildflowers fields, evergreen trees, and feeding the birds.
 
Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children in care of the Atlanta National Bank.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Epifania Laya

Epifania Laya, 79, passed away at 8:55 p.m. on July 21, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL surrounded by her loving family.
 
Epifania was born on July 12, 1939 in Ilocos Norte, Philippines; daughter of Alejo and Nicolasa (Ralar) Fader. She married Crispin Laya on January 23, 1961 in Manila, Philippines. He survives her.
 
Also surviving Epifania are her children: Maria Laya of Lincoln, Ferdinand (Lorna) Laya of St. Peters, MO, Bernard Laya of Manila, Philippines, and Crispin Laya Jr. of Lincoln, IL; one brother: Amonio Fader; one sister: Pat Dancil; four grandchildren: Kristina, Robin, Joshua Laya, and Lei Gilford. She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother Ben.
Epifania was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
 
Visitation for Epifania will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic church followed by a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 26, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev Jeffrey Laible officiating. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the funeral service. Memorials may be made in Epifania’s name to Holy Family Catholic Church or Logan County Food Pantry. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Michele Lynn Schneider

Michele Lynn Schneider, 50, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.
 
Michele was born on April 18, 1968 in Rapid City, SD, the daughter of Otis R. and Ruth Ann (Jones) Calliss. She married William Schneider on September 27, 1997 in Herrin, IL. he survives in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Michele is also survived by her sons, Ian and Aidan Schneider; her mother, Ruth Ann Calliss of Herrin; her sisters, Susan (Dax) Griffith of Herrin, and Amy Calliss of Herrin; her nieces, Kaitlin and Mikaila Griffith of Herrin; her nephew, Josh Griffith of Herrin; her father-in-law, Robert Schneider of Hamilton, IL; her brothers-in-law, Edward Schneider of Hamilton, IL, and Dave (Mark Bray) Schneider of Seattle, WA.
 
Michele is preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.
 
Michele was a sports mom; she loved watching her boys play. Michele also taught Sunday School at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.
 
A Celebration of Life Service for Michele will be held at 11:00a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, with Mark Weber officiating. Continued fellowship will follow at The Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski Immediately following the service. Memorial donations may be made in Michele’s name to American Diabetes Association or Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Youth. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

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Betty J. Burris

Betty J. Burris 88 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 6:40 AM July 22, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 2:15 PM, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be 1 – 2 PM Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
Betty was born March 25, 1930 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Lloyd H. and Edna F. (Pugh) Willis. She married William R. “Bob” Burris April 25, 1947 in Clinton, Il. He passed away March 16, 2007.
 
Survivors include her children, Linda Haugh, Taylorville, IL and Robert J. Burris, LeRoy, IL; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; siblings: Shirley N. Evans and Donna L. Stone both of Clinton, IL; half-sister, Ludene Black, Taylorville, IL; half-brother, Michael Willis, Taylorville, IL; several nieces and nephews. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 infant daughter; and 1 sister, LaThorne Leach.
 
Betty was a School Bus Driver for Wapella and Clinton schools for 40 years and was a hairdresser for many years. She enjoyed bowling and reading.

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Neysa Danilson

Neysa M. Danilson, 47, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away peacefully at her parents’ home in Le Roy, Illinois, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. 
 
Her visitation will be Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, beginning with the Rosary Service at 4:30 P.M., followed with visitation from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Mary’s Church of Downs, Illinois, with Father Dustin Schultz, Celebrant. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Marcfirst, 1606 Hunt Drive, Normal, Illinois, 61761; S.O.A.R. / Bloomington Parks and Recreation Office, P.O. Box 3157, Bloomington, Illinois 61702; Advocate at Home (Home Health and Hospice), 303 North Hershey Road, Suite C, Bloomington, Illinois, 61704.
 
Neysa was born May 30, 1971, in Heidelberg, Germany, a daughter of John E. and Kathleen F. Black Danilson.
 
She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Cassandra (Brett) Bidus and Jackie (Brent) Trenkle; nieces, Skielyr, Shaelyn and Sophia Trenkle and Elena and Teagan Bidus.
 
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her uncle, Joe.
 
Neysa attended her parents' church, St. Mary’s Church of Downs, Illinois. She was a member of S.O.A.R.; Best Buddies through Illinois State University; an active member of Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center; and Partnerships for Health Pilot Project. She participated in the Special Olympics and lived independently, supported by the amazing staff at Marcfirst.

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June Marie Pleines

June Marie Pleines, 90, of the Arrowsmith-Saybrook area, passed away at 12:05 A.M., Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at The Villas of Holly Brook, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
Her funeral will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 20, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 302 East Lincoln Street, Saybrook, Illinois, with Pastor Stacy Landry officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Arrowsmith, Illinois. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Arrowsmith Christian Church or the Witt-Webber-Carrell American Legion Auxiliary Unit 617, Arrowsmith, Illinois.
 
June was born June 9, 1928, in Beaverville, Illinois, a daughter of Dewey and Evelyn La Reau Varboncoeur. She married Ansel Keith Pleines on February 12, 1949, in Le Roy, Illinois. He passed away January 6, 2013.
 
She is survived by her sons, David K. (Ruth) Pleines of Arrowsmith, Illinois, Darrel L. Pleines of Bloomington, Illinois, Dennis W. Pleines of Heyworth, Illinois, and Duane S. (Denise) Pleines of DeLand, Florida; daughter, Deborah J. Hardesty of Parker, Colorado; nine grandchildren, Darin; Darci; Logan; Bridget; Travis; Joshua; Wesley; Danielle; and April; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Roberts of Bloomington, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Varboncoeur, Donald Varboncoeur and Dewey Varboncoeur Jr.; and sister, Ruby Berry.
 
June attended the Arrowsmith Christian Church and the Arrowsmith United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Witt-Webber-Carrell American Legion Auxiliary Unit 617, Arrowsmith. June had been a dental assistant in Bloomington, Illinois, and also a secretary and assistant for Kline and Meyer Veterinary Clinic in Gibson City, Illinois.
 
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of The Villas of Holly Brook, Bloomington, Illinois, and VITAS Hospice for their excellent care of their mother.

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Dean C. Riley

Dean C. Riley, 90, of Monticello, passed away at 8:39 p.m., July 19, 2018 at his residence.
 
Dean was born April 15, 1928 in Monticello, IL the son of Wayne and Irma (Oldfield) Riley. He married Elizabeth C. ‘Betty’ Stoerger on June 26, 1948 in Bement. She passed away June 27, 1995. He married Carol Sue Klaska on February 6, 1999.
 
Dean is survived by his wife, Carol Sue Riley of Monticello; sons, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Riley of Monticello, Dean ‘Chuck’ Riley (Kathy) of DeLand, John ‘Kim’ Riley (Debbie) of Westpoint, IN, George W. Riley (Mary) of Monticello, Rodney J. Riley (Josie) of Belvedere; daughters, Sandra K. Wright (Laddie) of Bement, Cheryl M. Thaler (Ted) of Monticello, Ruth Ann Tracy (Terry) of Rochester, MN; stepson, Brett Shields (Amy) of Hermatige, TN; stepdaughters, Kimberly Sims (Mike) of Argenta and Terri Green (Tim) of Farmer City; 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, son Joseph Kevin Riley, and sister Thelma Williams.
 
Dean was a farmer and he also worked at Growmark, Inc. for 19 years, General Cable for 10 years, Monticello Grain, Monticello Bus Service, and Mormon Feeds. Dean served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-1949. He was a member of the St. Philomena Catholic Church, Piatt County Farm Bureau, National and State Landrace Association, 4-H leader and youth council member, American Legion, Haneline Club, and the Hardee’s Geezer Club.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 23, 2018 at the St. Philomena Catholic Church of Monticello with Fr. Bruce Lopez officiating. Interment will be in Bement Township Cemetery.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Philomena Catholic Church or an organization of the donor’s choice.
 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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Michael Douglas Songer

Michael Douglas Songer (Meatball), age 55, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 in Merritt Island, Fl.
 
Michael was born August 11, 1962 in Decatur, IL to Jerry and Betty (Atkins) Songer. He was a 1980 graduate of Cerro Gordo High School. Michael married Rebecka Sue Beneze on May 17, 1986 in Decatur, IL and together they have two sons. In 1970, Michael competed in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition where he was eventually sponsored and picked up by the Green Bay Packers to compete against others during the halftime shows of football games. This is when his love for the Green Bay Packers grew as he had the privilege to travel with the team and warm up Bart Starr on the sidelines. As an adult, Michael served two years on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Cerro Gordo, member of the Cerro Gordo SAL Post 117, member of the American Legion Riders of Lovington, IL, inducted into the Cerro Gordo Youth League Hall of Fame in 2008 due to many years of hard work and dedication coaching the Cerro Gordo JFL.
 
Michael was employed for many years with R. V. Evans Co. and Stratus Foods in Decatur, IL. His final years in Florida he was employed with Gerber Auto Body Shop and worked as a Shop Tech. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, deer hunting in Southern Illinois with his closest friends, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and never missed a Green Bay Packers football game.
 
Michael is survived by his wife Rebecka (Beneze) Songer of 32 years; sons, Jacob (Alissa) Songer and Alex (Nerissa) Songer, all of Merritt Island, FL; brother Steve Songer of Cerro Gordo, IL; three sisters, Theresa (Brett) Palmquist of Midland, TX, Julie (Greg) Cope of Merritt Island, FL and Jill (Troy) Dodson of Hammond, IL; three granddaughters, Amelia, Zoey and Paislee Songer and a grandson on the way, all of Merritt Island, FL; many nieces, nephews, family and friends who he adored so much. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Betty (Atkins) Songer, sister-in-law Cheryl Songer and his nephew Mitchell Dodson.
 
Michael never met a stranger, no matter where he was. He always had a smile on his face and had a love like no other for his family and his hometown of Cerro Gordo, IL.
 
Family, friends and others whose lives Michael touched are invited to Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, 2827 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526. Visitation Services will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home in Decatur. Burial will follow at Croninger Cemetery, Cisco, IL 61830.
 
The Songer family would like to extend our gratitude to the Brevard Co. Sheriffs Dept. and Fire Dept., Cape Canaveral Hospital, and everyone who played a part in helping us get Michael back home.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Michael’s name to the Cerro Gordo SAL (Sons of the American Legion) Post 117.
 
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com

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Betty Jane Conley

Betty Jane Conley, 95, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 surrounded by her family, just the way she wanted!  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Friday, July 20, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home in Cerro Gordo, IL. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 21, at the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Cerro Gordo American Legion. 
 
Betty was born October 16, 1922 the daughter of Charles & Eunice Cox.  She is a graduate of Cerro Gordo High School.  She married William Delbert Conley on November 20, 1940.  He preceded her in death on August 29, 2008.  Betty Jane ran a beauty shop in her home for several years. 
 
Betty Jane is survived by two sons; Ronald and David Conley of Georgia; four grandchildren; Lori Marmion of Bloomington, IL, Eric Conley of Cerro Gordo IL, Kara Peterka of Mahomet IL, and Chaz Conley Tucker GA; and 5 great-grandchildren. 
 
Betty Jane was preceded in death by her parents, and twin sons Gene and Dean. 
 
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com
 

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Christine Shull Peasley

Christine Shull Peasley, 65, of Lincoln formerly of Chestnut, passed away on Sunday July 15, 2018 at Generations in Lincoln.
 
Christine was born on August 19, 1952 in Lincoln to Darwin and Norma (Holmes) Shull. She worked for the Salvation Army and for Cutler Hammer in Lincoln. 
 
She is survived by her two children, Darric Peasley of Mackinaw, IL, and Erica (Todd) Armstrong of Oreana, IL, her mother Norma Snyder of Chestnut, two brothers, Dennis (Mamie) Shull of Lincoln, Colin (Tammy) Shull of Lincoln, two sisters, Jan Kissick of Lincoln, Kathy (Kenny) Aderman of Atlanta and four granddaughters, Addyson and Emmy Peasley, and, Ava and Elyssa Armstrong. 
 
Private family graveside services will be held at Laenna Cemetery in Chestnut, at a later date. Memorials may be made in Christine’s name to the Chestnut Methodist Church. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is handling arrangements.

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