May M. Sparks

May M. Sparks, 82, of LeRoy died Saturday (May 18, 2019) in Normal.


She was born in 1936 in Clinton.


May spent many years of her life caring for others, at the hospital and providing in home health care. She spent her time traveling and loved to meet new people and places. She was a God-fearing woman, who loved the Lord.


She was preceded in death by both parents; one daughter, Loretta; and one son, Richard.


Surviving are two sons, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, preceded by visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will follow in DeLand.


George Louis Massey

George Louis Massey, 82 of Decatur, passed away at 5:07 pm Monday, May 20, 2019 at Liberty Village in Clinton.


Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Arthur Cemetery with Rev. Ted Hartley officiating. Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements.


George was born October 31, 1936 in Weldon, the son of Oscar and Margie Lyons Massey.  He married Lynne Funk on February 8, 1991 in Decatur.


He is survived by his wife, Lynne Massey of Decatur; 4 children, Tom (Kim Gaff) Massey of Clinton; Jeff Massey of Arkansas; Tina Massey of Clinton; Scott (Dawn) Massey of Clinton; stepson, Rob (Lisa) Funk of Arthur; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son Rex, 5 brothers, and 1 sister.


George retired from Decatur Firestone after 31 years, where he was a member of the United Rubber Workers Local #713.  He was also a member of the Decatur Moose Club.


He enjoyed hunting, shooting, fishing, woodworking and watching tractor pulls (especially the old John Deere tractors).


His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy and he cherished every moment that he was able to spend with them.


The family would like to thank Liberty Village in Clinton, Harbor Light Hospice and especially the 5th-floor Cardiac Care nurses at Decatur Memorial Hospital for going above and beyond while caring for George.


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Joan Elaine Trenkle

Joan Elaine Trenkle, 91, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 11:05 A.M. Monday, May 20, 2019, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.


Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor Eric Swanson officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the church.


Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy, Illinois, Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service, or the Le Roy Community Fire Protection District.


Mrs. Trenkle was born February 23, 1928, in Normal, Illinois, to Henry B. and Virginia M. Gibson Wells. She married James Charles Trenkle on September 26, 1945, in Olathe, Kansas. He passed away January 8, 1999.


She is survived by her two sons, Joe (Toni) Trenkle of Farmer City, Illinois, and John (Wanda) Trenkle of Le Roy, Illinois; three daughters, Sue (Ken) Satterfeal of Le Roy, Illinois, Mary Ruth (Steve) Brickey of Le Roy, Illinois, and Cindy (Dave Buss) Lee of Bloomington, Illinois; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Bill (Joyce) Wells of Farmer City, Illinois, and one sister, Mary Lou Fisher of Urbana, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Owen Trenkle; one daughter, Judy Lohmeyer; and one grandson, James W. Lohmeyer.


Joan was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy, Illinois. She enjoyed spending time with family; cook-outs at the lake; daily crossword puzzle; walking at the Replex; Wednesday cards; and watching the Chicago Cubs.


The family would like to thank the Kevin and Katherine Daugherty family, the Phil and Jennifer Harms family, and John and Diane Smith for the many acts of kindness over the years. Also, thanks to BroMenn ER and Cardiac Care Unit for their excellent and compassionate care.


Ronald M. Ziegler

Ronald M. Ziegler 77 of Wapella, IL passed away 4:30 A.M. May 21, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones at his family residence.


Services will be 10 AM, Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Chaplain Bob Goebel officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Clinton Fire Department or Second Chance Pet Adoption.


Ronald was born April 9, 1942 in New Salem, IL the son of Wilbur and Hazel (Galloway) Ziegler. He married Dianne Kay Hoffman August 25, 1962 in Clinton, IL. She passed away January 15, 2009.


Survivors include his children, Deborah K. (Michael) Brady, Wapella, IL; Kelly R. (Jason) Gearhart, Dixon, IL; and Ronald Stephen Ziegler, Pana, IL; 6 grandchildren; sweetheart, Joan Koons, Clinton, IL; siblings, Joyce, Mt. Pulaski, IL; Vickey, Farmer City, IL; and David, Sun City, AZ.


Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Richard.


Ronald served the U.S. Airforce from 1960-1961.   He was a member of the Clinton Fire Department from 1969 – 2004 as well as the F.O.E. Lodge #593. 


The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Eagles, Harbor Light Hospice, and the Clinton Fire Department. 


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Patricia "Pat" Rosenberger

Patricia “Pat” Rosenberger, 84, of Clinton, IL passed away at 2:24 PM, May 18, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


Private graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.


Memorials may be directed to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Clinton, IL, or the DeWitt County Friendship Center.


Pat was born September 8, 1934, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Russell L. and Erma M. (Welch) Rice. She married Wesley H. Rosenberger November 11, 1951, in Clinton, IL. He passed away January 21, 2017.


Survivors include her children: Diana (David) Massey, Clinton, IL, Wesley Steven (Terri) Rosenberger, Heyworth, IL; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother.


Pat was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and going to the zoo with her great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 45 years. She enjoyed visiting the Warner Library and reading good books, and enjoyed going to the Illinois State Fair. She will be greatly missed.


The family would like to give a special “Thank you” to D.M.H., Cancer Care Specialists, Dr. Evelena Ontiveros, Christian Village of Forsyth, and Liberty Village of Clinton for their wonderful care.


Nichole M. Welch

Nichole M. Welch, 47, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:45 PM, May 18, 2019 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning celebrant.  Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM, Saturday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the Clayton Welch Educational Fund.


Nikki was born March 22, 1972 in Bloomington, IL the only child of Alice K. Rettke.  Nikki graduated from Lexington High School in 1990, where she had been active in softball and cheerleading.  After attending college, she worked as an Assistant Manager at Schnuck’s in Bloomington.  She married Gary Welch on September 19, 1998 in Clinton, IL and shortly thereafter began her career with State Farm Insurance Co. in Bloomington.


Nikki and Gary became parents to their son, Clayton in 2001 and thus began Nikki’s lifelong mission to raise an athlete, at which she succeeded.  Nikki was an enthusiastic supporter of her son, no matter what sport or season and she struggled to teach her husband the rudiments of her son’s sports.  Nikki was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clinton, having taught Sunday School and serving her Church on the Parish Council.


Nikki began her battle with cancer in September of 2016, just as she and Gary were leaving for a long-planned trip to Europe and characteristically, she refused to let cancer spoil their trip.  During her fight, she fulfilled a lifelong dream by buying and learning to ride a Harley Davidson Motorcycle.  She made some new friends while riding and continued to enjoy her life while battling cancer.


Nikki is survived by her husband, Gary, son Clayton and her dog, “Ollie”, her mother-in-law, Karen L.. (Roy) Welch; grandmother-in-law, Nellie M. Koons all of Clinton, IL; and brother-in-law, Chris Welch, Decatur, IL; uncle, Robert (Rhea) Rettke, Fort Worth, TX; two aunts, Margaret (Tom) Wilson, Franklin Grove, IL and Linda McDonald, Bloomington, IL; three cousins, Jason Wilson and Jamie (Angela) Wilson, both of Harmon, IL and Chris McDonald, South Bend, IN. 


She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice K. Rettke; grandparents, Delmar and Clara J. Rettke; and cousin, Elliot Rettke.


Please honor Nikki’s life by hanging out with friends and having a laugh.

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May M. Sparks

May M. Sparks, 82, of LeRoy, IL passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019.


Arrangements are incomplete at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.


Loretta Jean Huff

Loretta Jean Huff, 55, of Decatur, IL passed away May 20, 2019, in Decatur, IL.  


Arrangements are incomplete at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL


Nichole M. Welch

Nichole M. Welch, 47, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:45 PM, May 18, 2019, at her family residence, Clinton, IL.  


Arrangements are incomplete at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.


Frances Bernice Walters Bradley

Frances Bernice Walters Bradley, 96, of Monticello, formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away at 2:10 p.m., on May 2, 2019, at the Piatt County Nursing Home.


Bernice was born January 17, 1923, in Mt. Auburn, IL the daughter of George Washington and Seretha (Montgomery) Walters. She married Geraldean “Brad” Bradley.


Her children include, “Mary” Eilers (deceased), “Jane” Lackie of Monticello, “Becky” Mayfield (deceased), “Mike” Bradley of Auburn, “Rose” Ann Bradley of Edinburg, and Maude “Dink” Bradley (deceased); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 6 siblings: Leonard, Harold, Myrtle, Pete, Tom, and Berthie, with brother Delmar and sister Shirley surviving.


Bernice’s first job was at the Sangamon Ordinance Plant near Illiopolis in WW II building bombs for the war in 1944. She survived it and never slowed down afterwards. She loved sewing, reading, gardening, painting, fishing, and most of all her John Wayne movies.


Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello is handling the arrangements.


Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.


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Glenn K. "Kyle" Wittler

Glenn K. "Kyle” Wittler, 74, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care in Springfield, IL.

Kyle was born on April 4, 1945, in Quincy, IL the son of Virgil and Opal (Kitsmiller) Wittler. He married Penny Haase on June 17, 1995, in West Jersey, IL. She survives him in Lincoln.

Kyle is also survived by his children, Kara (Brian) Gehrt, Kraig (Jennifer) Wittler, Catherine Wittler, Caleb Wittler, and his step-daughter, Samantha (Matt) Mutty; his brother, Byron (Donna) Wittler; and two grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.


Kyle was preceded in death by his parents.


Kyle started his career as an agriculture teacher at Unity High School in Tolono, IL for five years. After which he became a professor of agriculture at Parkland College in Champaign, IL, and remained in that career until his retirement. During seven years of his tenure at Parkland, he served as the Department Chair in Business and Agri-Industries. 


Kyle was extremely active in leadership roles in various agricultural education organizations; including FFA, IAVAT, FFA Alumni, IVA, and AVA.

Kyle enjoyed several hobbies including traveling with his family, bowling, working on projects, gardening, yard work, land-laboratory work, and above all else spending time with his family.


A private family service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the family, in the care of Penny Haase-Wittler; which will later be applied to a scholarship fund that will be made in Kyle’s name. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.


David Lee Cadwallader

David Lee Cadwallader, 81, of Lincoln, passed away April 4, 2019, at Grace Point Center with Lincoln Christian Village. Cremation rites were accorded by Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held May 18, 2019, at 9:30 AM in New Union Cemetery with Pastors Michael Mallick and Ryan Edgecombe officiating.


David was born August 9, 1937, in Lincoln, IL., the son of William H. and Mary L. (Splain) Cadwallader. He married Arlene Schoen in 1959. She preceded him in death in 1972. He later married Jeri J. Winford on February 16, 1974. She survives.


Mr. Cadwallader was raised in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Illinois. After achieving a masters degree he was a coach and teacher at the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, MI. from 1956-1961; was Supervisor and General Supervisor of Production, Superintendent of Material and Production Control, and Supervisor of Manufacturing at Chevrolet Engine Plant, Flint, MI; and former Project Coordinator at Romulus Engine Plant in Romulus, MI. prior to his retirement in 1991. In more recent years he occasionally worked as a substitute teacher in the Lincoln school system.


David was a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Michigan; sponsor for Junior Achievement of America; Administrative Board, Staff Parish Committee and church member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Flint, MI.; member of Jefferson Street Christian Church, Lincoln; Board Member of the Lincoln Salvation Army 1991-1993; Member of the Gold Wing Riders Association; Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club member, North American Hunting Club, Big Stump Camp, Channing, MI., and a volunteer at Christian Nursing Home, Lincoln. David still holds Lincoln Basketball Records in rebounds for game and season dating back to 1955. Lincoln may remember him best with his winning shot which led his Lincoln High School to a basketball championship!


Surviving are his wife Jeri of Lincoln; children: Steven (Cathy) Cadwallader of Fountain Hills, AZ, Janelle (Steve) Hoffman of Fountain Hills, AZ, Dana (Brad) Hayden of Half Moon Bay, CA., and Robert Winford of Flint, MI.; grandchildren: Claire Cadwallader, Tanner & Tiegan Hoffman, Evan Hayden, Kayla, Alexander, and Mackenzie Winford; and sister Donna Filter of CA. Also, surviving are his beloved neighbors Darrell & Michelle Vermiere and children.


The family welcomes anyone who would like to attend service.

Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson Street Christian Church, Memorial Fund for David Cadwallader


John D. Miller

John D. Miller, 66, of Monticello, passed away at 5:00 p.m., May 15, 2019 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.


John was a proud member of the Monticello community. He loved serving as Monticello’s Chief of Police from 1995-2012, and in recent years, thoroughly enjoyed serving as an alderman on the city council. John believed in justice, compassion, loyalty, tradition and served both his community and country by those standards. John proudly served our country as an E-6 Staff Sergeant in the United States Army in Germany, as well as the National Guard and Army Reserves.


John’s love for his community and country was only exceeded by his love of his family and friends. He loved spending time outdoors; enjoying activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, bicycling, and most of all, spending time with those he loved dearly. John enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He laughed often and loved whole-heartedly. He always strived to be loyal, kind, and honorable to everyone he met.


John’s heart belonged to Jesus. He thoroughly enjoyed serving and helping others and was passionate about a variety of local and international missions; especially helping families through disaster relief organizations.


John was born on Dec. 12, 1952. He married the love of his life, Karen, on July 20, 1978. John is preceded in death by his parents, Essell and Helen (Cook) Miller, and a daughter, Christina.


Surviving are his wife, Karen (Davis), two daughters, Stephanie Stevens (James) of Martin, TN, Kelly Miller of Monticello, two grandsons, Brock and Clayton, three brothers, Ron (Kathy) of Monticello, Gary (Jeanie) of DeWitt, IA, and Terry (Mary) of Bloomington, IL.


Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A private family celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to any of the following organizations: Samaritan’s Purse, Monticello Masonic Lodge, or the American Legion.   


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Sandra Kay (Werner) Adkins

Sandra Kay (Werner) Adkins, 73, of Lincoln, IL, passed away on May 16, 2019, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.


Sandra was born on February 2, 1946, in Springfield, IL; daughter of Robert G. and Betty J. Werner.

Sandra was the longtime manager of the Lincoln Dairy Queen in Lincoln, IL. she mentored and helped mold over 170 young men and women into adulthood in 18 years.


Her hobbies included traveling anywhere and everywhere and she was always on the go. She especially enjoyed watching her grandsons and visiting her children and family members, including her last trip this month to Florida with her family and friends, where she watched her grandsons play in the sand and enjoyed the sun, waves and fresh air one last time.


Sandra was a member and attended Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln.


Ms. Adkins was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her three children: Christopher Alan (Nicole) Adkins of Aurora, IL, Cynthia Annette (Michael) Haggitt of Chatham, IL, and Courtney Ann (Brian "Hap”) Evans of Athens, IL; two grandsons: Lucas James Evans and Logan Christopher Evans of Athens, IL; her fiancé: Tom Etherton of Lincoln, IL; three brothers: Steven R. (Carol) Werner of Chandler, AZ, Scott A. (Mona) Werner of Lincoln, IL, and Stanton W. Werner of Aurora, IL; also several nieces, nephews, and many cousins.


Services to celebrate Sandra’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL, 205 Pulaski Street Lincoln, IL 62656, with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Relay for Life, Lincoln, IL. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.


Stanley J. Stites

Stanley J. Stites, DPM, 93, former mayor of Clinton, died May 15 at home with his three daughters and loving wife at his side. He was born January 14, 1926, in Charleston, Illinois, a son of Stanley D. and Pearl (Snyder) Stites.  The doctor’s bill was ten dollars. Stan married Helen A. Highland, June 22, 1946, three days after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy.


Stan attended two years of pre-med study at Eastern Illinois University prior to serving in the Navy.  Helen and Stan lived in Chicago for four years while he attended and graduated in May of 1951 from Illinois College of Chiropody and Foot Surgery.  


In 1953, they moved to Clinton where he practiced podiatry for ten years.  He was co-owner of the DeWitt County Observer.  Stan served as director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce for two years before opening his own business in advertising and printing.


Always interested in community service, he helped form a Jaycee unit.  He was asked to serve on the YMCA Activities Committee and was instrumental in forming the Y Players. For almost twenty years the Y Players presented two or three plays and musicals a year. They were instrumental in assuring that the new high school would have a great stage for productions and concerts. Stan directed plays (two that he wrote) and musicals that included “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Music Man”. 


He served as Mayor of Clinton for two terms from 1979-1987.  Major projects that were achieved during his service included changing the library - a city library with only a small city tax – to a district library that covered the same area as the school district. Tax funds from the nuclear power plant provided for a library that is the envy of large near-by cities.            
Working with the county road engineer, Mayor Stites learned that county and township motor-fuel tax could be used to help pay for a street from West Main to Route 10. The city annexed this area which created Illini Drive.


While serving on the Board of the Friendship Center, he worked to get a $100,000 grant from the State for a building.  With a short deadline the needed funding was met with some local donations as well as much donated labor from local carpenters, plumbers, electricians and others.


When Helen and Stan moved to Clinton they were surprised that so little attention was paid to the fact that Abraham Lincoln had spent so much time here and in Dewitt County as a circuit lawyer. They helped form the Lincoln Heritage Committee.

As mayor, Stan named the downtown park “Mr. Lincoln’s Square” to honor Lincoln.


Stan attended the writer's workshop at the Clinton Fine Arts Center. Many of his short stories were published in newspapers throughout the country. In addition, he published three books.  He liked to say his brother Max worked the numbers while he worked the words. 


Survivors include Helen his wife of almost 73 years and daughters:  Carol Stokes, Manitowoc, WI; Connie Konya, Norwalk, CT; and Cheryl (Mike) Masters, Grand Junction, CO.  Their oldest daughter Cynthia (Cait Stanley) is deceased. They have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His brother and best friend of 91 years, Max, of Clinton and a sister, Priscilla McGregor of Venice, Florida survive, as well as numerous nieces and nephews throughout the U.S. Three brothers and five sisters preceded him in death as well as his son-in-law, John Konya.


The family would like to thank Pastors Don Ferrill and Randy Myers and the staff of Harbor Light Hospice for their loving care. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date.   The family requests no flowers.  Memorials can be made to the Clinton United Methodist Church where Stan previously served as lay leader.


Gary R. Brenizer

Gary R. Brenizer, 70, of Mt. Pulaski formerly of Buffalo Hart, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Gary was born on December 22, 1948, in Saint Croix, WI, the son of Roy and Esther (Erikson) Brenizer. He married Ruth Janelle Lynch on November 10, 1973, in Riverton, IL. She survives in Mt. Pulaski.

Gary is also survived by his children, Myla (Wendell) Morell, Jason (Amanda) Brenizer, and Theresa (Tim) Stoddard; his five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; his siblings, Joyce (Daryl) Nelson, JoAnne Peterson, and Phillip Brenizer; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Karen.

Gary was a very active member in his community; he was a member of Teamsters Local Union #916, He served as a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday school teacher at Riverton Christian Church; he also served as a Deacon at Body of Christ Church in Buffalo, IL, and he was a volunteer firefighter in Williamsville, IL. Gary was an avid NASCAR and racing fan; his favorite driver was Justin Allgaier. To say that Gary was a selfless man would be an understatement, he had a genuine love and passion for all of the people in his life; not just friends and family, but everyone in his community as well. He even continued giving to people in need by donating his organs.


Services for Gary will be held at 10:00am on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s name to Gift of Hope or The American Heart Association.


Alexander Kovacsik

Alexander Kovacsik, 84, passed away at 11:38 p.m. on May 14, 2019 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.


Alex was born on January 7, 1935 in Hungary. He married Margaret Shaffer on November 19, 1983. She preceded him in death on March 4, 1996.


Alex is survived by his "family”: Dean (Judy) Kukuck of Lincoln, IL and their family and Todd (Donna) Kukuck of Louisville, KY and their family.


Alex served in the Hungarian Army in the 1950s and move to the United States in the 1960s. He was a gentle and kind spirit.


Services for Alex will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Christian Village Congregate Building with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Alex’s name to the Christian Village. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.


Peggy A. Sympson

Peggy A. Sympson, 94 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:51 AM May 15, 2019, at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.


Graveside services will be 11 AM Monday, May 20, 2019, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. Paul Froese officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Chestnut United Methodist Church or DeWitt County Animal Shelter.


Peggy was born February 22, 1925, in Chestnut, IL the daughter of Ralph and Alma (Naugle) Donnan. She married John “Bill” Howe September 23, 1944, in Little Rock, AR and later married Richard “Stan” Sympson March 12, 1977.


Survivors include her husband Richard “Stan” Sympson, Clinton, IL, daughter, Darlene (Craig) Lowe, Seminole, FL, grandson, Tyler (Kaylee) McKinney, Lincoln, IL, great-granddaughter, Lily McKinney, 3 stepchildren, and 2 step-grandsons.


She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Richard Lynn Howe, sister, Louise Meredith, and brother, Elmer Donnan.


Peggy was a member of the Chestnut United Methodist Church. For 30 years, she was a crossing guard for the Clinton School District. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the DeWitt County Friendship Center and spending time with friends.


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Denis Dean Miller

Denis Dean Miller, 67, peacefully passed away on Saturday (May 11, 2019) at Liberty Village of Clinton. He had suffered from an unknown form of early-onset dementia and is now healed and home with his Savior, Jesus.


Denis was born on Aug. 17, 1951, in Carlock, to Christian E. and Betty L. Miller. They precede him in death.


Surviving are Denis' son and daughter, Adam Miller, Danvers, and Angela (Joseph) Witte, rural Waynesville, and six beloved grandchildren, Jordan, Genesis, Jacob, Judah, Jasper and Justus Witte. Also surviving are two brothers, Chris C. (Phyllis) Miller, Carlock, and Roger (Crystal) Miller, Fairbury; and one sister, Joan (Rich) McVey, Lexington, N.C.; along with many nieces and nephews.


Denis leaves behind a beautiful legacy of a faith walk with his Heavenly Father and serving God's family. He also leaves behind a powerful example of a life in constant servanthood to his family, friends and any fellow man in need. Until his illness, Denis lived his entire life in the communities of Carlock and Danvers, serving in countless areas as church camp cook, St. Jude cross country run and fundraising at McLean County Fair, Fellowship of Christian Farmers, Illinois Ag in the Classroom Bike Ride, Logan prison ministries, Walk to Emmaus, and as a church elder to name just a few. One of his greatest community services was the decades spent on the volunteer Danvers Fire and EMS, rescuing with a bold and tender heart, praying and comforting those in distress and need, once even helping to deliver a baby in the ambulance.


A celebration of life service is planned for 10 a.m. June 3 at East White Oak Bible Church, Carlock, with Senior Pastor Scott Boerckel officiating. A private family memorial tree planting will be held on Aug. 17, on what would have been Denis' 68th birthday.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials toward the Denis Miller Memorial Tree Fund. Most earnestly desired, the family also request that letters of remembrance be sent in honor of the many acts of kindness and service given to others throughout Denis' life. Letters and memorials may be brought to the celebration service or sent to the Witte family, 14088 Halsey Road, Waynesville, IL 61778.


Larry Lee Bailey

Larry Lee Bailey, 71, passed away at 3:00 a.m. on May 12, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.


Larry was born on October 31, 1947, in Lincoln, IL; son of George V. and Delores A. (Roehm) Bailey. He married Sandy Prince on July 31, 1966. She survives him.


Also, surviving Larry are his daughters: Pam (John) Mays and Laura (Keith) Brewer both of Wentzville, MO; one granddaughter: Delaney Mays; one brother: Daniel Bailey of Clearwater, FL; one sister: Carolyn Fults of Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Larry proudly served in the United States Army from November 14, 1966- November 14, 1968. He served with the 4th infantry division in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart for wounds received in Vietnam, The Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and the National Defense Medal.


Larry retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company in Decatur, IL on August 2, 2002, where he was Manufacturing Manager over the construction and mining truck division.


Larry was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Larry will be truly missed by his family and friends.


Services for Larry will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Lincoln with Pastor Steve Blaum officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service also at the church. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post # 263. Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to The Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.


George D. Taylor

George D. Taylor, 66, of Clinton, IL passed away 2:58 AM, May 12, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189.


George was born September 25, 1952, in Bloomington, IL the son of Noye and Barbara Jean (Price) Taylor. He married Barbara Ashley November 11, 2000. 


Survivors include his wife, Barbara Taylor, Clinton, IL; son, David (Heather) Taylor, Greencastle, IN; granddaughter, Lilly Marie Taylor, Greencastle, IN; brother, Raymond E. (Kathy) Taylor, Waynesville, IL; and 2 step-children, Larry Ashley, Wapella, IL and Bridget Becker, Clinton, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Amber Taylor, and sister, Carla Renfro.


George retired after more than 40 years from the International Association of Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local #18, area 152. He was a 47-year member of the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189. George was a Marine Corp. veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed classic cars.


Ruth C. Dalrymple Wieting

Ruth C. Dalrymple Wieting, 98, LeRoy, formerly of Bloomington and Lake Bloomington, passed away peacefully Jan. 22, 2019, at LeRoy Manor.


She was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Nokomis, a daughter of the Rev. Dr. Edwin Lester Tobie and Carrie Jane Mansfield Tobie.


A celebration of life service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with lunch after the service and time to greet the family.


She is survived by a daughter, Janet Schroeder (Richard), LeRoy; grandchildren, Amy Dalrymple-Hill, Aurora; Keith Dalrymple (Jennifer), Wapella; Dr. Nicholas Schroeder (Suzanne), Hutchinson, Kan.; and Tobie Schroeder, Chicago; stepdaughter, Jean Wieting Chakour (Elias), Tampa, Fla.; daughters-in-law, Ellen Laesch Dalrymple, Gurnee, and Gail Dalrymple, Montgomery, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh and Braelyn Hill, Jacob Dalrymple and Lucille Eun Schroeder; as well as 11 stepgrandchildren and 12 step great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gerald W. Dalrymple Sr.; her second husband, Kenneth J. Wieting; her companion in later years, Frank Knoll; her sons, Gerald W. Dalrymple Jr. and David T. Dalrymple; and stepson, Daniel Wieting.


She was a 1941 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and earned a master's in reading from Illinois State University. A member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, PEO Chapter AW, Delta Kappa Gamma teachers honorary, and a member of Second Presbyterian Church.


As Mrs. Dalrymple, she taught first grade at Hudson Elementary School and then as Mrs. Wieting, fourth grade reading at Sugar Creek Elementary in Normal.


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Richard R. "Rick" Davis

Richard R. “Rick” Davis, 62, of Deland, passed away at 11:10 a.m., May 10, 2019, at his residence.

Rick was born November 26, 1956, in St. Louis, MO the son of Paul D. and Linda L. (Chilcutt) Davis. He married Deborah S. “Debbie” Prescott on June 11, 1977, in Cahokia, IL.    


Rick is survived by his wife, Debbie Davis of Deland; son, Jason Davis of Washington, IL; grandson, Jacob Davis of Washington; and brother, Ronnie Davis of Mountain Home, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents.   


Rick worked as an A-Man operator at Humko in Champaign. He enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts of America, woodworking, fishing, and coaching youth sports.


Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2019, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home.


Memorials may be made to the Renal Disease Association or the Diabetes Association.


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Jack Daniel Connor

Jack Daniel Conner (Fat Jack Alexander), 59, of Mountain Home, AR, formerly of Monticello passed away peacefully May 9, 2019.


Jack is survived by his wife Janet of Mountain Home, AR; son, Jack “JD” (Jodi Hess) Conner of Monticello; daughter, Jill Conner of Branson, MO; step-daughter, Justice Helton of Portland, OR; 5 grandchildren; brother, Todd (Crystal) Alexander of Monticello; 2 nephews, 1 niece, and father Gerry Conner of Niantic.


 Jack was preceded in death by his mother Wanda Ricketts-Conner.   


Jack enjoyed singing, songwriting, and telling stories. He cherished his time with his son, daughter, and grandson Jax (Magoo).


A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Lodge Park, Monticello on Saturday, May 25, 2019.


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Theresa Patricia "Pat" Pedigo

Theresa Patricia “Pat” Pedigo, 82, of Argenta, IL passed away 6:02 PM May 7, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


No Services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.


Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association.


Pat was born October 27, 1936 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Carrado and Hattie B. (Steed) Marcheschi. 


Survivors include her husband, John C. Pedigo, Argenta, IL, daughter, Teresa Ann Pedigo, Fairview Heights, IL, along with several nieces and nephews.


Pat was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Madge (Orville) Butt; Helen (Earl) Thomas; Mary (Nathaniel) Montgomery; Barbara (Jack) Raffety; Norma Marcheschi, brothers, Kenneth, Mikesell and Francis Marcheschi.


Pat graduated from Decatur High School in 1954 and from Memorial School of Nursing in Springfield, IL in 1957. She began her nursing career that same year at St. Mary’s Hospital located at Wood and Webster Streets in Decatur, IL. In 1961 she enjoyed the experience of moving into the new hospital on Lake Shore Dr. She later worked for Doctors Cummins and Shackelford in Cerro Gordo. Pat also worked for several years at the Argenta-Oreana Library.


Pat married John Pedigo on April 19, 1964 at the Church of the Brethren in Decatur, IL. While these two had grown up in the same neighborhood in the city of Decatur and while Pat had prepared for and entered her chosen profession, John had spent his early years working on farms in hopes of fulfilling his desire to be a farmer. When he returned home in 1960 after completing his two years of alternative service, the couple that he had worked for rented him their farm and helped him get started. For Pat, getting married, marrying a farmer in the third week of April, and to begin living on a farm in a very busy time of the year was a lot to adapt to in a very short time. But the young couple managed. And with the help of many friends, and a very supportive community, they continued to live on the farm in the Argenta area for the next forty years until retirement.



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