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Rev. Dennis Blankenship

The Rev. Dennis Darrel Blankenship, 87, of Decatur, went to his Heavenly home Tuesday (Nov. 13, 2018) in Decatur.

 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Decatur, with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Randolph Township Cemetery, Heyworth. Memorials in the Rev. Dennis Blankenship's honor may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church.

 

Dennis was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Ramsey, son of Kenneth and Edith Holtcamp Blankenship. He married Marian Seitz on Nov. 22, 1953, in Decatur.

 

The Rev. Blankenship was a Southern Baptist minister and was ordained on Jan, 6, 1952, in Farmer City. He was instrumental in starting Vale, Heyworth and Springfield churches. He was a pastor in Beecher City, Heyworth, Farmer City, Girard, Springfield, Gillespie, Lincoln, and was senior adult pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marian, of Decatur; children, Diane (Mike) Peterson, Heyworth; Debra (Bob) Shannon, Heyworth; Melody (Jeff) Roof, Atlanta; and Mark (Pam) Blankenship, Springfield; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; and brother, Norris (Linda) Blankenship, Fredericktown, Mo.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur, at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
 

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Gary Shankel

Gary Dean Shankel, 63, of Heyworth, passed away Thursday (Nov. 15, 2018) at his home.

 

Gary's service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth, with Pastor Pete Hopkins and Pastor Kurt Flora officiating. Following the service, burial will be at the Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, with full fire department honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church with the firefighter walk through at 6 p.m.

 

The family suggests memorials to be made to the Randolph Township Fire Department or Heyworth Christian Church. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born Nov. 13, 1955, in Bloomington. He was the son of George Luther and Leta Florella Johnson Shankel.

 

Gary is survived by his two sons, Adam Lyn (Lyndsea Lee) Shankel, Heyworth, and Pvt. 2nd Class Keaton Edward Ellis (Sarah) Miller, U.S. Army, Fort Riley, Kan.; grandson, Lincoln Earl Shankel, Heyworth; one brother, Mark A. (Teri) Shankel, Heyworth; four nephews, Terry Lee (Amy) Shankel, North Pueblo, Colo.; John (Heidi) Darnell, Springville, Utah; George Allen Shankel, Heyworth; and Lake Joseph Warren Shankel, Heyworth; one niece, Layla Marie Shankel, Heyworth; and two great-nephews and three great-nieces.

 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Johnny Lee Shankel; and one nephew, Jerry Darnell.

 

Gary was a graduate of Heyworth High School, class of 1973. He began farming with his dad in 1973 at Heyworth, LeRoy, Cooksville and Arrowsmith, continuing to farm until present time. He was an active member of Heyworth Christian Church where he had served on the official board and as a deacon for many years. He was an assistant chief with the Randolph Township Fire Department for the past 43 years.

 

Condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Ed Moreland

Ed Moreland, 60, of LeRoy, passed away to meet his Lord on Wednesday (Nov. 14, 2018) at LeRoy Manor.

 

Ed was born Jan. 3, 1958, in Bloomington, to Bud and Joyce Moreland.

 

Ed started his truck driving career at the age of 18. His family was very important to him. He also enjoyed helping out his neighbors, fishing and hunting. Ed was a member of LeRoy Christian Church.

 

He is survived by his parents; his two sons, Jason, Canton; and Jesse, New Orleans, La.; one daughter, Rachel, Decatur; sister, Cathy (David) Strange, Greenwood, Ind.; brothers, Steve (Vicki) Moreland, LeRoy; Kevin (Anettte) Moreland, Maricopa, Ariz. Ed had three nieces; three great-nieces; two nephews; three great-nephews; and three granddaughters, Kyliegh, Katelynn and Kinlee.

 

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at LeRoy Christian Church. Visitation will be before service from 2 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LeRoy Christian Church.

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Virginia R. Crouch

Mrs. Virginia R. Crouch, age 94, of Maroa, widow of Dr. Rolla M. Crouch (Bob), who preceded her in death in 1988, passed away on November 12, 2018, at Hickory Point Christian Village in Forsyth, Illinois. She was born in Ogemaw, Arkansas in the southwest corner of the state near Camden on March 6, 1924, the daughter of James Andrew and Lois Julia Short Holt, and was a direct descendant of John Mendenhall, who immigrated to Philadelphia from Mendenhall, England in 1683.

 

She met her future husband in the early days of WWII at Grider Field in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where Bob had arrived for pilot training and she had taken a position repairing the exteriors of the training planes after graduation from high school. They were married in Pine Bluff on December 2, 1943.

 

In 1950, they moved to Maroa after Bob graduated from Loyola Dental School and joined his father, Dr. R. O. Crouch, in his dental practice which dated to 1902 when the senior Dr. Crouch graduated from the Chicago School of Dental Surgery, the predecessor of Loyola.

 

They were the parents of James R. Crouch, retired Architectural Engineer of Chicago; Robert S. Crouch (Mary Kay), retired US Air Force, of Woodland Park, CO; and Carol Ann Schlitt (Glennon), retired U. of I. Extension and president of her own firms, Safe and Savory Solutions, Inc. and Brookstone Tours, LLC of Freeburg, IL.

 

Grandchildren include Brian P. Schlitt of Belleville, IL; Kevin A. Schlitt of Portland, OR, Kimberly M. Newcom (Jarrod) of Woodland Park, CO; and Robert S. Crouch, Jr. (Karina) of Ft. Collins, CO. Great-grandchildren include Makayla, Levi, Cole, and Eden Newcom, all of Woodland Park, CO and Navah Joy Crouch of Ft. Collins, CO. She was preceded in death by her grandson Brian Schlitt in 2017, who was in law school at Washington University at the time. 

 

Surviving brothers are James R. Holt of Success, MO; and Ronald G. Holt of Decatur. She was preceded in death by sisters Hyldred M. Saubert of Tulsa, OK and Barbara A. Burnett of Anaheim Hills, CA, and brother Wayne D. Holt of Camden, AR

 

Mrs. Crouch was a member of the Maroa United Methodist Church where she was actively involved for over 50 years as a primary Sunday School teacher, chair of the Memorials Committee and Funeral Dinners. She was a charter member of the Maroa Woman’s Club and served as president twice as well as many other leadership positions in the club.

 

Virginia, or Ginny as she was known to her close friends, loved to play bridge and was a member of two bridge clubs for over 50 years. She also loved gardening and was known for years for her beautiful flowers that adorned the front of her home. 

 

She was blessed to have a wonderful caregiver, Mrs. Kathy Schlag, and the family is thankful to Kathy for the love, compassion, and expert assistance she provided during the last 12 years of her life.

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018, at 11 AM at the Maroa United Methodist Church, 202 N Walnut Street, Maroa with the Rev. Mary Alice Cunnigham and Rev. David Gaffron officiating. Burial will follow at the Maroa Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements. 

 

The Crouch family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at the Hickory Point Christian Village in Forsyth and Decatur Memorial Hospice for their attentiveness and loving care. 

 

Memorials may be made in Virginia’s name to the Maroa United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Laurel "Lori" Jo White

Laurel "Lori" Jo White 68 of Clinton, Il. passed away 5:36 PM November 12, 2018, at her family residence, Clinton, Il.

 

A time to celebrate Lori's life will be 6 - 8 PM Friday, November 16, 2018, in the banquet room at Cinco De Mayo, Clinton, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to DeWitt County Animal Shelter

 

Laurel was born October 4, 1950, in Clinton, Illinois the daughter of Robert and Harriet (Hensley) Burns. She married Allen B. White November 27, 1976.

 

Survivors include her children, Robert D. (Tisha) Rybolt, Clinton, Il.;  Miranda B. Phillips, Salem, Il.; 4 Grandchildren, Bailey (Tanner) Huffman; Meghan Pister; Hannah Pister; Payton Phillips. Her beloved dog, Clancy.

 

Lori was preceded in death by her parents and 1 Sister, Lee Ann Boyd.

 

Lori loved animals and painting was her passion.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Bradley Gillis

Bradley Gillis, 50, of Mt. Pulaski, Il, formerly of Jacksonville, IL passed away at 11:00 a.m. on November 13, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

 

Bradley was born on October 9, 1968 in Jacksonville, IL; son of Clifford and Dorothy (Beahl) Gillis. He married Patti Scanlon on June 11, 2018 in Springfield, IL. She survives him.

 

Also surviving is his mother of Jacksonville, IL; his children: John Gillis of Beardstown, IL, Brittany (Vanessa) Jacquot of Marion, IL, Ashley Gillis of Beardstown, IL, Brian Scanlon of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Hunter Gillis of Jacksonville, IL, and Gerica Gillis of Jacksonville, IL; one brother Loren (Judy) Myers of Port Ritchie FL.; three grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers: Ronnie, Raymond, and Dick, and one infant daughter: Maria.

 

Bradley worked for the State of Illinois as a security officer for Jacksonville Developmental Center. He was an avid trapper, hunter, and fisherman.

 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Charlotte M. Ambrose

Charlotte M. Ambrose, 90, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 10, 2018, surrounded by her family. 

 

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Downs. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 am on Saturday before the funeral service.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy is in charge of arrangements.

 

Charlotte was born February 11, 1928 in Champaign, the daughter of Louis Mittendorf and Alice Bannin. 

 

Charlotte graduated from University High School, Urbana. 

 

She married Joe Ambrose on August 18, 1948 at Holy Cross Church, Champaign. 

 

She is survived by five children: Julie Ambrose, St. Charles; Mary Ambrose, New York, NY; Joseph (Julianne) Ambrose, Mahomet; James (Kathryn) Ambrose, Springfield; and Margaret Ambrose, Peoria. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe and by her son Gregory R. Ambrose. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Throughout her life, Charlotte was artistic and creative. She loved gardening, photography, sewing and quilting. She worked extensively with pottery, creating many pieces that are family treasures. She also enjoyed playing bridge with friends, and was an avid University of Illinois football fan.

Charlotte and Joe were members of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Downs. Over the years, Charlotte served as a Eucharistic minister, a Sacristan and a Catechism teacher. She was also an active supporter of Catholic charities.

 

Joe and Charlotte were married for 69 years prior to Joe’s death. They enjoyed golfing and spending time together, especially in Florida. Charlotte was an active partner with Joe in supporting community and charitable activities in LeRoy. Charlotte was blessed with the support of dedicated and loving care providers. Her family wants to thank Janet, Sally, Sherri, Gayle, Maggie and Lee for their kindness and compassion in helping Charlotte. We would also like to thank OSF Hospice Care for their support.

 

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Downs or to the LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service.

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Betty J. Bunch

Betty J. Bunch, 77, of Farmer City, formerly of Mahomet, died in Weldon on Monday morning (Nov. 12, 2018). 

 

There will be a visitation Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sangamon Valley Christian Center, 200 W. Washington St., Mahomet, with a small service by Pastor Caleb Ingrum and Pastor Brent Roberson at 7 p.m. A graveside service will take place Friday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at Massac Memorial Gardens, Metropolis, with Pastor Gary Derossett presiding. Blair-Owens Funeral Home, Mahomet, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

Betty was born July 29, 1941, in Metropolis, to Glenn and Effie Halcom. She married Arthur Bunch on Dec. 17, 1961, in Metropolis. He preceded her in death, as well as one brother, Paul Halcom; and one sister, Carolyn Stoker. 

 

She is survived by two children, Dan (Debbie) Bunch of Mahomet and Jana (John) Eads of Weldon; two grandchildren, Daniella and Zack Hill of Grand Haven, Mich., and Derek Bunch of Chattanooga, Tenn.; along with two stepgrandsons, Tyler and Page Eads of Cissna Park and Benjamin Eads of Farmer City. 

 

Betty was a longtime member of Sangamon Valley Christian Center and also enjoyed attending services at Trinity Community Fellowship in Farmer City. She was a member of the Garden Club in Farmer City and enjoyed visiting with her friends at Imo's Cafe. 

 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Betty Bunch Memorial Fund, 7826 Buttercup Road, Weldon, IL 61882. 

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Deborah Skelton

Deborah Skelton, 67, passed away at 4:25 a.m. on November 9, 2018 at Heritage Health Ventures in Springfield, IL.

 

Deb was born on March 28, 1951 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Bernard and Mary (Rankin) Hildebrandt.

 

She is survived by her children: Christian (Amandah) Skelton and Elizabeth Skelton; one brother: Wayne Hildebrandt; one sister-in-law: Bert Hildebrandt; three grandchildren: Braden, Danny, and Bethanie Skelton.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Barney “Butch” Hildebrandt.

 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL. She loved spending time with her family and watching her favorite Chicago sports teams.

 

Deb chose to be cremated. A celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2018, at The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln with Rev. Brad Curtis officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018, also at The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL. Memorials may be made in Deb’s name to the family of Deborah Skelton. Burial at Hartsburg Union will be held at a later date.

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Eugene Pointer,

Eugene Pointer, 86, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 7:30 P.M., Thursday, November 8, 2018, at his residence.

 

His funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Rev. Charliam Renner officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Eugene was born August 10, 1932, in Farmer City, Illinois, a son of Delbert & Edna Brown Pointer.

He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Pointer of Farmer City and brother, Phillip (Mary) Pointer of Rantoul. Also surviving are four nieces and two nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Charlotte West and brother, Delbert Dean Pointer.

 

Eugene was a mechanic at Pointer’s Garage in Farmer City for several years and a school bus driver for the Blue Ridge School District for several years. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Eugene was a member of the Woodlawn Country Club in Farmer City. He was known for his bicycle riding in DeWitt County.

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Jean Howry

Jean Howry, 83, of Clinton, IL passed away 10:10 A.M. November 11, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Celebration of Life services will be 4 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM Saturday at the funeral home. 

 

Memorials may be directed to FCC Neighborhood Care Center Food Bank.

 

Jean was born December 18, 1934 in Friendship, New York, the daughter of William and Argie (Calhoun) Jandrew. She married Darwin “Dob” Howry March 25, 1956 in Vernal, Utah. He passed away June 29, 2012.

 

Survivors include her children, Kelly Howry, Clinton, IL, Karen (Stuart) Campbell, Cary, NC, Kay (Tim) Bostwick, Hendersonville, TN, Koni (Ken) Lovett, Clinton, IL; 12 grandchildren, Travis, Kelsey, Allie, Jordan, Connor, Spencer, Tyler, Taysha, Tanner, Reese, Sadie, Betsy, and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Earl Jandrew, Allentown, NY, Donna (Gary) Fanton, Holley, NY, JoAnne Grover, Wellsville, NY, Helen (Bill) Hutchinson, Scio, NY. 

 

 

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

 

Jean worked at Webster School as a cook and for many years she worked at Gibson’s Ace Hardware in Clinton, IL. Everyone called her Jean or Mom or Grandma or GG. She loved being a grandmother and prioritized her family. She loved to plant seeds and nurture them into flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables. She was an excellent gardener, cook, baker and even fisherwoman. She enjoyed camping and traveling; she and Dob made many friends along the way pulling the fifth wheel and seeing most of North America. Jean saw beauty in things others didn’t, an old boot became a planter for chicks and hens, old jeans became Jackets by Jean. She adored a crowded dinner table and always had dessert. She would always squeeze in another plate for late joiners, all were welcome, and she always made plenty of food. Jean took meals to friends that couldn’t cook anymore. She loved to dance in the kitchen with Dob. Now Jean and Dob are dancing again.

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Lillian E. Ashley

Lillian E. Ashley, 93, of Farmer City, formerly of Bellflower, passed away 1:15 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 8, 2018) at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care

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A graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield. Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to Bellflower Christian Church.

 

Lillian was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Blue Ridge Township, Mansfield, a daughter of Roy E. and Lillian Grace Warnick Shobe. She married Hursel Ashley on April 9, 1949, in Farmer City. He passed away Oct. 23, 1980.

 

She is survived by her brother, Franklin Shobe, Bloomington; and two sisters, Mary Bartosik, Heyworth, and Betty J. Hendricks, Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

 

Lillian farmed with her husband in the Bellflower area. She was a member of Bellflower Christian Church; Senior Social Club, Bellflower; and Bellflower American Legion Auxiliary. Lillian was a volunteer with Farmer City Peace Meals for several years.

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Marsha Lynn (Williamson) Barnes

Marsha Lynn (Williamson) Barnes 65 of Clinton, Il. passed away 1:10 A.M. November 8, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

Services will be 10 AM Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Darren Barnhill officiating. Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to her Grandsons, Oliver and Isaac’s education fund.

 

Marsha was born February 24, 1953 in Grinnell, Iowa the daughter of the late Vernon and Vera (Freese) Williamson. She married Bernard D. Gaherty September 9, 1972 in Wapella, Il. She later married Joe Barnes June 2, 2018 in Clinton, Il.

 

Survivors include her Husband, Joe Barnes, Clinton, Il..; Daughters, Amy (Ben) Reed, Clinton, Il.; Jamie Gaherty, Normal, Il.; Grandsons, Oliver Reed, Clinton, Il.; Isaac Sorrell, Normal, Il. Several Nieces.

 

Marsha was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Brothers, 2 Sisters and Nephew, Scott Williamson.

 

Marsha was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. She had worked for Verizon, Bloomington, Il. retiring in 2003 after 33 years of service. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending every moment with them.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Nancy Carol Ramirez

Nancy C. Ramirez 71 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:23 A.M. November 5, 2018 at Sutter Coast Hospital, Crescent City, CA.

 

Services will be 11 AM Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Nancy C. Ramirez Memorial Fund.

 

Nancy was born July 18, 1947 in Evanston, IL the daughter of Norman C. and Edith E. (Whitt) Memmott.

 

Survivors include her children: Kenneth (Angie) Cardwell, Clinton, IL, Donald (Lora) Murillo, Aurora, CO, Michael (Karen) Murillo, Clinton, TN, Edith “Dee Dee” (Jeff) Hoke, Clinton, IL, Javier (Courtney) Ramirez, Brookings, OR; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers: Charles Memmott, New Mexico, FL, Michael (Valerie) Memmott, Surprise, AZ, and Richard (Sandy) Memmott, Appleton, WI.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law, and 2 grandsons.

 

Nancy had worked for Revere Copper and Brass Inc for 21 years then retired from Action Technology after 10 years. She enjoyed crafting, reading and loved her grandchildren and their activities.

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Barbara Helen Alvey

Barbara Helen Alvey, 82, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 10:43 A.M. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Le Roy Manor. 

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at St. Mary Church in Downs, Illinois. Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Friday, November 9, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois. A Rosary Service will be at 4:30 P.M., Friday, November 9, 2018, at the funeral home. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the McLean County Humane Society.

 

Barbara was born August 16, 1936, in Princeton, Illinois, to James R. and Celia S. Piasyk Herron. She married James Roger Alvey on May 21, 1960, in Wyanet, Illinois. He survives.

 

Barbara is also survived by her two sons, Brian Alvey of Gridley, Illinois, and Bruce (Laurie) Alvey of Bloomington, Illinois; two daughters, Lisa (Bill) Toohill of Le Roy, Illinois, and Lori (Larry) Baker of Colfax, Illinois; fourteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Robert Herron and daughter-in-law, Pam Alvey.

 

Barbara was a United States Navy veteran. She was a member of St. Mary Church in Downs and Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. She owned and operated Alvey’s Market in Gridley, Illinois, from 1975 - 1983 and then proceeded to work in the grocery business for many years until retirement in 2001.

 

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Edwin L. Morris

Edwin L. Morris, 68, passed away at 3:15 p.m. on November 5, 2018 at his home in Lincoln, IL.

 

Edwin was born on August 16, 1950 in Springfield, IL; son of Carl and Mary (Norris) Morris.


Surviving Edwin are his children: Nathen (Kelli) Morris of Broadwell, IL and Tammy Cramer of Beech Grove, IN; one brother: Leon Morris of Sullivan, IL; six grandchildren: Amber, Charisse, Kaya, Matthew, Malachi, and Serenity; one great-grandchild: Jeremiah.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Chuck Morris. 

 

Cremation rites for Edwin will be accorded. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Barbara Lou Streich

Barbara Lou Streich, 74, of Maroa, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

 

Barb was born December 8, 1943 in Williamsville, Illinois, the daughter of Chester and Mary (Boyd) Wiles. She worked as a hostess in the restaurant and at the cosmetic counter at Carson Pirie Scott and owned and operated the Merchant Street Boutique. Barb was a member of the Maroa Christian Church and enjoyed flowers, country dancing, and traveling. She married Glen J. Streich April 30, 1961. They shared over fifty-seven years together.

 

Barbara leaves behind her husband Glen, daughter Suzy (Jim) Powell, grandchildren Brandon Powell, Bradley Powell, and Carmyn Randall Streich,

 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jimmy and Dickie Wiles, and son Robert Streich.

 

Services to celebrate Barb’s life will be 10:00 AM Monday, November 12, 2018 in the Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2-4 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maroa Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

 

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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Gertrud Harvey

Gertrud Harvey, 85, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Copper Creek Village in Lincoln.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 930 Pulaski Street in Lincoln. Cremation Rites have been accorded. 

 

Gertrud was born October 18, 1933, in Germany, the daughter of Rudolph and Margarete Post Rau.


She was united in marriage with Ellery Harvey on February 12, 1965. He preceded Gertrud in death on August 16, 2014.


She is survived by her children: David Harvey, Karen (Ed) Morrow, Linda Carter, and Tina (Frank) Gordon; eleven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.


Gertrud's hobbies included sewing, baking, fishing, and flower gardening.


Memorials may be made to Copper Creek Village.


Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Bettie J. Turner

Bettie J. Turner, 93, of Atlanta, passed away Monday (Nov. 5, 2018) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

 

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. Maurice Stribling will officiate. Burial will follow in the Atlanta Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Bettie Jean Menzel was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Lawndale, the daughter of Donald C. and Nelva Wise Menzel. She married Don Turner on Aug. 18, 1946, in Atlanta. He survives.

 

Bettie is also survived by their daughters, Sandra (Dennis) Smith, Susan Turner, Sheryl (Joe) Kaul and Sally (Gary) McGinnis; three grandchildren, Lora (Matt) Puckett, Scott Smith and Sarah Kaul; three adopted grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Ashleigh Smith; one brother, Donald C. Menzel Jr.; and special niece, Betsy Kindred Shifflet.

 

She was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Donna Jo Turner; one sister, Juanita Kindred; and her parents.

 

Bettie was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church. She enjoyed flower gardening and playing cards, her kids and grandkids, and family pets.

 

Memorials may be made to Atlanta Rescue Squad, Atlanta Christian Church or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta

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Noelle Martine Ritchhart

Noelle Martine Ritchhart, 78, passed away at 12:07 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL.

 

Noelle was born on February 19, 1940 in Metz, France; daughter of Emile and Edmonde (Pierot) LaCourt.

 

Noelle is survived by her children: Carrie (Sue Payne) Darlington of Cumming, GA, Jack (Becky) Darlington of Dallas, TX, Douglas (Danita) Harndon of Houston, TX; daughter-in-law: Marsha Darlington of Chatham, IL; son-in-law: Don Smith of Lincoln, IL; five grandchildren: Ylonda Robinson, Amanda Harndon, Nitashia Achas, Hannah Darlington, and Jade Darlington and six great-grandchildren. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son: Melvin Darlington Jr., one daughter: Patti Smith, and two siblings: Claude and Claudine.

 

Noelle retired from Lehn and Fink in Lincoln, IL after 33 years. She was a member of Lincoln Christian Church.

 

Services for Noelle will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (5:00-6:00 p.m.). 


Memorials may be made in Noelle’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Betty Jane (Runyen) Copher

Betty Jane (Runyen) Copher 73 of Maroa, IL passed away 6:02 A.M. November 6, 2018 at her family residence, Maroa, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Pastor C.Q. McMillion officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Friday at the funeral home,

 

Memorials may be directed to the Betty Jane Copher Memorial Fund

 

Betty was born November 30, 1944 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Elmer “Fat” and Betty (Vantries) Runyen. She married Russell Copher on June 29, 1970 in Decatur, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband: Russell Copher, Maroa, IL; children: Brenda Long, Mendon, IL, Donna (Donnie) Hiland, Augusta, IL, Stan (Burt) Brischle, Mt. Zion, IL; Rusty (Joshua Roberts) Copher, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Kelsey (Tyler) Creasy, Bowen, IL, Taylor (Jarrod) Rhodes, Decatur, IL; Lance (Paige) Hiland, Augusta, IL and Larissa Hiland, Augusta, IL; 9 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her pen-pal and very dear friend of over 64 years, Bernice McDermott of St. Marys N.S.W., Australia.

 

She was preceded in death by her Parents, grandchildren: Michael and Cassie Henze, brother, Ron Runyen, Sister-in-Law, Joyce Runyen.

 

Betty had worked at Revere Copper and Brass, Inc., and Wal-Mart, Clinton, IL. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, watching deer around Clinton, Il. and reading books.

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Frances Lois Glawe

Frances Lois Glawe, 90, of Farmer City passed away at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care on November 3, 2018. 


Frances was born on September 29, 1928, in Herrin, IL. She was the daughter of James and Dallas Hickok Wood. She graduated from Cairo High School and pursued her degree in education at Southern Illinois University, participating in the sorority Sigma, Sigma, Sigma while there. On June 8, 1952, she married Howard D. Glawe. 


Frances taught for 25 years, the majority of her career at Franklin School in Farmer City. While teaching, she obtained her Master’s from the University of Illinois. She enjoyed her students and colleagues and was a natural storyteller and artist. As a history buff, she relished the fact that she was a collateral descendant of ¨Wild Bill¨ Hickok and was sure to tell her students. During her career, she also served as an IEA delegate, 4H leader, and Bible school teacher. 


Howard and Frances purchased a family farm in 1965. They took great pride in their home, a farm full of special memories for their family, and formed life-long friendships with their country neighbors. During her retirement years, Howard and Frances traveled the country on Farm Bureau trips. Frances often returned to teaching as a substitute for the Blue Ridge School District. Never one to sit idle, Frances could usually be found sewing and creating, landscaping and collecting, and enjoying coffee with her treasured friends. 


She was preceded in death by her sister, Wilda Wood. Surviving are her husband and children Curtis (Julie) Glawe and Colleen Manuel of Farmer City, three grandchildren: Aaron (Kamie) Manuel, Andrea (Adam) Weedman, and Molly (Andrew) Schneman, and six great-grandchildren. 


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Monticello Faith in Action. 


A memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce funeral home in Farmer City and the burial service will take place at a future time.

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Virgil W. Shepherd

Virgil W. Shepherd, 74, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 10:22 P.M. Friday, November 2, 2018, at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Chat N Chew, Heyworth, Illinois, with Rev. Chuck Anthony officiating. A meal will follow the service. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.


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

Memorial contributions may be made to Aleta J. Shepherd.


Mr. Shepherd was born June 19, 1944, in Lytleville, Illinois, to Harold and Ethel Hinthorne Shepherd. He married Aleta J. Arnold on September 30, 1963, in Heyworth, Illinois. She survives in Heyworth.


Virgil is also survived by his two sons, David (Eva) Shepherd and Jeff Shepherd all of Heyworth; one daughter, Penny (Jimmy) Boston of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Jennifer (Don) Klaus; Mike (Jennifer) Shepherd; Dan Shepherd; Jon (Lacey) Shepherd; and Brad (Ashley) Shepherd; James Dean Boston; Jesse Lawrence Boston; Jennifer Lynn Boston; Josh Matthew Boston; Jasmine Joleen Boston; Journey Nicole Boston; and Jessica Marie Boston; twenty-eight great-grandchildren and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Arizona; four brothers, Donald Shepherd of Bloomington, Tuffy (Lily) Shepherd of Clinton, Russell (Val) Shepherd of Philippe, WV, and Butch (Lisa) Shepherd of Missouri; and one sister, Phyllis of Clinton.


Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Ronnie Shepherd and one daughter, Carol Ann Shepherd.


He was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth, Illinois.

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Ruth H. Hoppin

Ruth H. Hoppin, 102, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Care in Lincoln. 

 

Ruth was born on October 16, 1916 in Dwight, IL, Grundy County, the daughter of William and Clara (Gantzert) Hoffman. She married Lt. Frederic B. Hoppin in Camp Adair, Corvallis, Oregon, August 14, 1943.

 

Frederic preceded her in death in 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Wayne and Reuel; and sister, Ethel.

 

Ruth is survived by her niece, Rebecca M. Wagner, Springfield, IL (daughter, Ariana Curtis, husband Scott and children, Riley, Jacob, and Elijah; son, Neil Wagner, children, Brady and Isabelle), nephew William M. Hoppin, Montana, (children, Jason, Jeremy, and Tim), nieces and nephews. 

 

Ruth was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, United Methodist Women, and Lincoln Woman’s Club. She was a member of Logan County Home Extension, American Association of University Women. Served on the Board of Cunningham Home, Urbana, IL. Ruth was a volunteer at St. Clara’s Manor, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and Postville Courthouse.

 

Ruth enjoyed sewing, crafts, bridge, and volunteer work.

 

Services for Ruth will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL with Pastor Michael Paulson officiating. Visitation will take place prior to the service from 9:30-11: 00 a.m. also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL. 


Memorial donations may be made in Ruth’s name to the First United Methodist Church or The Lincoln Woman’s Club. 


Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Timothy K. Holmes

Timothy K. Holmes 51 of Argenta, Illinois formerly of Salem, Il. passed away 12:16 A.M. November 3, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with David R.. Kenney officiating.  Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL with Military Honors.  Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the funeral home

 

Memorials may be directed to the Argenta-Oreana Fire Department.

 

Timothy was born March 3, 1967 in Salem, IL the son of Ronald and Judy (Belden) Holmes. He married Connie Howe March 27, 2004 in Argenta, IL.

 

Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Judy Holmes, Newton, IL; wife, Connie Holmes, Argenta, IL; children:  Tara (Chris) Duncan, Mt. Zion, IL; Patrick (Ann) Holmes, New York; Justin (Alexandria) Stephens, North Carolina; Michael (Samantha) Stephens, Argenta, IL; Timothy G. Holmes, Argenta, IL; Tyler Holmes, Argenta, IL; and Kati Scott, Kentucky; 6 grandchildren:  Seth (Alanna) Duncan; Brody, Cameron, Tucker, Alexa, and Marina;  2 great-grandsons, Easton and Jenson; niece, Allison and nephew, Collin; sister, Amy (Brad) Harris, Newton, IL; many aunts and uncles; and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

Timothy was a US Navy veteran.  He worked at Excelon Clinton Power Plant for 25 years.  Timothy was a member of I.B.E.W.  He was an avid videogamer.  He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

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Joseph T. "Joe" Daniels Sr.

Joseph T. “Joe” Daniels, Sr.  66 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:21 PM November 2, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Reg. Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Monday, November 5, 2018 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Strong Kids at the Y.M.C.A.

 

Joe was born March 31, 1952 in Clinton, IL the son of Harold and Jacquetta J. “Jackie” (Davis) Daniels. He married Cathy Weikel June 3, 1973 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Daniels, Clinton, IL; children, Joe (Michelle) Daniels, Jr., Bloomington, IL and Jill (Matt) Sullivan, Downers Grove, IL; 5 grandchildren:  McKinley, Ethan, and Kelsey Daniels; and Aidan and Kaylyn Sullivan;  siblings, Juanita (Jim) Morris, Clinton, Il.; and Harold (Emmy) Daniels, Jr., Clinton, Il.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Dale Weikel; and sister-in-law, Judy Hendricker.

 

Joe retired from Baum Chevrolet-Buick Body Shop after 30 years of service.  He enjoyed woodworking, knife making, and was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast.  Joe also enjoyed butchering deer for friends.  He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. 

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Michael J. Maher

Michael J. Maher 75 of Clinton, Il. passed away 2:55 PM October 31, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Il.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Monday, November 5, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning celebrant. Burial will follow at Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.

 

Michael was born July 5, 1943 in St. Louis, MO the son of John G. and Margaret (Milligan) Maher.

 

Survivors include his children: Troy (Terrie) Swan, Astoria, IL; Monty (Sherrie) McCombs, Lewistown, IL; Kelly (Michael) Erke, Danville, IL; Martin Maher, Jefferson City, MO; and Maggie (Casey) Holland, Clinton, IL; 10 grandchildren: Amy, Christopher, Marissa, Chase, Chelsey, Casey, Molly, Bridget, Raegan, and Harper; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters: Patricia Hemmersmeir, St. Louis, MO; Joan (Jim) Scott, St. Louis, MO; Kathleen (Vito) Adamos, St. Louis, MO.

 

Michael was preceded in death by his Parents, Step-Mother, and 1 Sister.

 

Michael served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Ameren Illinois Power Co. for 36 yrs. retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Elks Lodge Clinton, Il. and Osage Beach, MO

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Michael David Smith

Michael David Smith, 38, of Oreana, IL died October 29, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

 

Michael was born April 6, 1980 in Decatur, IL, the son of, Jeffrey Hunt and Nancy (Pierce) Smith.

 

Michael was an assembler for Caterpillar Inc. He was an avid sports fan and loved the mountains in Wyoming. His favorite teams were the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed playing chess with his grandfather, listening to music and spending time with his children and dogs.

 

Surviving are his fiancé, Ronda Paustian, mother of his children; their children: Ethan Smith of Oreana, Evan Smith of Oreana, Addison Smith of Oreana, Jewlya Paustian of Laramie, WY; parents: Jeffrey and Nancy Smith of Decatur; grandmother, Beverly Pierce of Decatur; aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his son Vincent, siblings, Matthew Donald and Lori Michelle, and grandparents, Fred Pierce, Donald and Majorie Smith.

 

Funeral service will be held 5:00 PM Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will follow from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday. Cremation rites will follow.

Memorials: Michael Smith Children Scholarship c/o Busey Bank.

 

Condolences may be left to his family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com

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Nora M. Emmons (Woodard)

Nora M. Emmons (Woodard), 93, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.


Nora was born on November 26, 1924 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of James A. and Mary (Wilson) Benedict. She married Vaughn Woodard on July 26, 1940 he preceded her in death on July 24, 1986. Nora later married Earl E. Emmons on October 12, 1991 he preceded her in death on August 18, 2003.


Nora is survived by her children, Richard Paul (Mary Kay) Woodard of Pekin, and Donna Meserole of Lincoln; her grandchildren, Jody (John) Vaughn, Eric (Tammy) Curry, Roger Dean (Jennifer) Stewart, Craig (Shelly) Shawgo, Kellee Miller, Michael Miller, Jana (Trent) Bryan; great-grandchildren, Heather Curry, Austin Curry, Madison Shawgo, Gage Shawgo, Ashley Stewart, Michael Stewart, Hunter Stewart, Luke Vaughn, Jack Vaughn, Holley Curry, Noah Scaff, Hope Scaff, and Kate Bryan; great-great-grandchildren, Ama LaCroix, Justin Miller, Kenley Schaub; and one step great-great-grandson, Derek Bryan.


Nora was preceded in death by her two husbands; her daughter, Anita Miller; 16 brothers and sisters, four grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.


Services for Nora will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018, at Faith Assembly of God in Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service, also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln.

 

Memorial donations may be made in Nora’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association, The National Breast Cancer Foundation, or Faith Assembly of God. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Barbara Ann Ely-Beasley

Barbara Ann Ely-Beasley 76 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:09 A.M. October 30, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 2:00 PM Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 12 – 2 PM Friday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.

 

Barbara was born November 4, 1941 in Evanston, IL the daughter of Paul and Sadie (Thompson) Neal. She married Thomas Lee Ely June 28, 1959 in Clinton, IL. He passed away May 1, 2001. She later married Thomas J. Beasley January 11, 2003 in Clinton, IL. He passed away April 7, 2005.

 

Survivors include her children, Brian (Andrea) Ely, Frisco, TX; Brenda (Don) Woelfel, Bethalto, IL; Karen (Mike) Mandrell, Forsyth, IL; Janet (David) Peistrup, DesPeres, MO;
9 grandchildren, and special friend, Duane Glenn, Clinton, IL. 

 

Barbara was a member of the First Christian Church and the church choir. She enjoyed knitting and quilting and was a member of the Salt Creek Patch Makers.

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Mildred I. "Millie" Cline

Mildred I. “Millie” Cline, 97, of Heyworth, Illinois, went to be with The Lord at 3:22 P.M. Monday, October 29, 2018, at her home in Heyworth, Illinois.

 

Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 2, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Heyworth or the Heyworth Public Library.

 

Mrs. Cline was born August 1, 1921, in Grayson County, Kentucky, to Minor A. and Maude E. Harrell Butler. She married Leo T. Cline on June 11, 1950, in Piggott, Arkansas. He passed away November 11, 1989.

 

She is survived by her son, Douglas (Jamie) Cline of Heyworth, Illinois; daughters, Peg Cline of Heyworth, Illinois, Deb Coakley of Heyworth, Illinois, and Beth (Gary) Miller of Normal, Illinois; stepson, Ron (Judie) Cline of Heyworth, Illinois; stepdaughter, Jackie Lang of Seabrook, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with one on the way; 1 great-great-grandson; and sister, Pat (Francis) Smith of Le Roy, Illinois.

 

Mrs. Cline was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, 1 granddaughter, and 1 son-in-law.

 

Millie was a member of the United Church of Heyworth. She was an avid reader and bowler and a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. She loved attending her grandchildren’s activities. 

 

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and sister. She will be missed by all.

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Dorothy M. Laatsch

Dorothy M. Laatsch, 93, passed away on October 26, 2018 at 5:30 a.m. at St. John's Hospital.


She was born on July 31, 1925 in Mt. Pulaski, IL; daughter of Theodore and Mildred (Harnish) Wolf. She married Richard "Corky” Laatsch on April 8, 1947. He preceded her in death in 1982.

 

She is survived by her son: Jeff (Connie) Laatsch and one grandson: Nathan (Stacey) Laatsch. Also, surviving are two great-granddaughters: Evelyn and Mina Laatsch; one sister: Gertie Leesman of Lincoln, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother: Raymond Wolf, and two sisters: Esther Maxheimer and Ella Williams.

 

Dorothy was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski.

 

She had a full life and many great friends who loved her dearly. She farmed with her husband and worked part-time at Stahl’s Furniture. She was a very social person, who loved being with her family and friends. She liked to travel and would do so at the drop of a hat. She was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Legion Auxiliary and was a volunteer with the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

 

Services for Dorothy will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (10:00-11:00 a.m.). Burial at Steenbergen Cemetery will follow the service.

 

Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or School, or the American Legion Auxiliary in Mt. Pulaski.

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Eleanor June Mears

Eleanor June (Miller) Mears, 93, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:30 AM, October 29, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Shannon Bohl officiating. Burial will follow at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the funeral home. 

 

Memorials may be directed to the Wesley Harrold Education Fund.

 

Eleanor was born September 13, 1925 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Charles and Grace (Torbert) Miller. She married Chester Lee “Chet” Mears May 7, 1949.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Jeanette (Larry) Winebrinner, Clinton, IL; granddaughter, Hillari (Jeff) Harrold; great-grandchildren, Megan Wold and Wesley Harrold; great-great granddaughters: Sophia, Luci, and Zoey; sister, Donna Shuford, Texas. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 son: Denver Mears, 1 grandson: Andrew Jason Winebrinner, sister: Margaret Pair, and brother: Glen Miller. 

 

After receiving her Bachelor and Master’s degree from Illinois State University. She taught school for 2 years in Clinton and in Bloomington District #87. She retired after 37 years of teaching and then was Supervisor for ISU student teachers for 5 years and substituted in the Clinton Schools. She was a member of the American Childhood Association, the NEA and Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary Sorority for Women Educators, and member of Homemakers Extension. She was a member of the Clinton Assembly of God, where she was involved with many teaching experiences and later was the church librarian. She loved going to Young at Heart and the Prime Timers.

 

Eleanor loved the Lord, her family, friends and teaching children. She will be missed by anyone that knew this wonderful lady.

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Allen Sprague

Allen Sprague 94 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:46 A.M. October 29, 2018 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 1:30 PM Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with his son, Jack Sprague, officiating. Burial will follow at Keys Cemetery, Beason, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Beason Fire Dept or Safe Haven Hospice.

 

Allen was born March 9, 1924 in DeWitt County, IL the son of Carl and Ruth (Kephart) Sprague. He married Margaret Jackson November 2, 1942 in Lincoln, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife: Margaret Sprague, Clinton, IL; children: Jack Sprague, Centralia, IL, Martha (Terry) Deavers, Clinton, IL, Jane (Steve) King, Oxford, IA; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter: Mollie Langley, daughter-in-law: Pam Sprague; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

 

Allen farmed in DeWitt County and was a seed corn salesman for Hoblit Seed Company in Atlanta, Il. for over 60 years. He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post; Clinton Elks Lodge; Beason Sportsman Club and past member of the Beason Grade School Board and Beason Fire Dept. Board.

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Harold Dean "Bud" Heinz

Harold Dean “Bud” Heinz, 83, of Findlay, IL, formerly of Argenta, IL, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, in Shelbyville Manor, Shelbyville, IL.

 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in Findlay Cemetery, Findlay, IL with Mike Carr officiating. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL. Memorials may be given to the Shelbyville Manor Activity Fund.

 

Harold was born on March 2, 1935, in Friends Creek Township, near Agrenta, IL, the son of Emerson W. and Stella I. (McCarty) Heinz. He attended Argenta High School and served in the U.S. Navy. Harold married Lorraine Jean Maxwell on June 20, 1965. He worked for the Schrock Cabinet Company in Arthur, IL until his retirement in 1998. Harold was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed coon hunting and mushroom hunting.

 

He is survived by his wife, Jean; three children, Lori Holmes (Clarence, Jr.) of Shelbyville, IL, Lana Holmes (Clint Massey) of Findlay, IL and David Heinz (Kristin) of Windsor, IL; five grandchildren, Chris Holmes (Crystal), Brandon Holmes, Autumn Holmes, Nathan Holmes (Jessica) and Oliver Heinz; one great-grandchild, Logan Holmes; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and six siblings, Elwood, Gilbert, Forrest, Max and Avis Heinz and Doris Howe.

 

Send condolences at www.howeandyockey.com.

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Mildred Clifford

Mildred Catherine Clifford, 104, of Farmer City, passed away 5:50 a.m. Friday (Oct. 26, 2018) at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care.

 

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, with the Rev. James P. Henning, OFM, Conv., officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. A Rosary service will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home by Deacon Scott Whitehouse.

 

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

Mildred was born March 16, 1914, in Farmer City, a daughter of John James and Catherine Trenkle Clifford. She is survived by many nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John, Paul, and the Rev. Charles Clifford; and two sisters, Margaret Freeman, and Mary Magee.

 

After high school graduation, Mildred entered nurses' training in Bloomington. She went on to study dress designing in Elgin. During World War II, she was employed at W. Lewis & Co. in Champaign in the Millinery Department. Returning to Farmer City, she became active in civic and church affairs. She served the Bloomington Deanery of the National Council of Catholic Women as president in 1948-1950.

 

Mildred was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City. She served as the organist for Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years. She did volunteer work at Jackson Heights Nursing Home in Farmer City. Mildred also served on the Library Association Board and was a member of the Shakespeare Club in Farmer City.

 

To know Mildred was to be blessed.

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Gloria Axtell

Gloria Axtell, age 86, of Portage, formerly of Weldon, Ill., passed away on October 17, 2018. 

 

She was born on September 21, 1932 to the late Harold L. and Cathrine Helen Allan (nee Shinneman).  Gloria retired from Carson Pirie Scott and Kohl’s. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband-Bruce; brother-Harold Allan; sister-Deloris Jackson.  Gloria is survived by her daughter-Kathy Gibson; grandson-Damon Twist; brother-Stewart Allan.

 

A graveside service for Gloria will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 1 p.m., at the Nixon Township Cemetery in Weldon, Pastor Don Ferrill officiating. 

 

Burns Funeral Home (Hobart) entrusted with arrangements.  www.burnsfuneral.com.

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Richard O. Eastham

Richard O. Eastham, 75, of Le Roy, passed away at 5:30 P.M. Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at his son’s home in Le Roy.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Bethel Church, Le Roy with Pastor Mike Bailey officiating. Military rites will be accorded after the services at the church. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 
Le Roy.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, Normal.

 

Mr. Eastham was born May 15, 1943, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Ollie and Zelma Irene Blake Eastham. He married Sharon K. Nalley October 9, 1965, in Le Roy, Illinois. They were married until 1990.

 

He is survived by his one son, Jeff (Lidia Navarra) Eastham of Le Roy; four grandchildren, Kyle, Cory, Austin, and Karlee Eastham; one daughter-in-law, Amy Eastham of Le Roy; and one brother, Paul Eastham of Bloomington.

 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Tim Eastham and three brothers, Robert, David and Joe Eastham.

 

Richard was a United States Marine Corps veteran and served during Vietnam from 1960 to 1964. He was a retired Railroad supervisor and worked for Penn Central, Conrail and CSX railroads.

 

Richard was a member of Bethel Church, Le Roy, the NRA, and the Republican party.

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D.F. "Woody" White

D.F. “Woody” White was born on April 18, 1943 in Decatur, IL to Freeman S. and Florence L. (Kaufman) White and joined big sister, Delores “Dee”, who was more like a mother than a sister.

 

While Woody hated carrying newspapers as a young man in Argenta, he had so many great memories of the people he encountered while delivering them. He also regaled us with stories of his days playing basketball while at Argenta-Oreana High School where he graduated in 1961. He could still remember many scores and who made the final basket. He also played on several area softball teams after graduation.

 

After high school, Woody worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Clinton before being drafted in the Army in April 1965. He proudly served his country and was honorably discharged in 1967 (lots more stories) then enrolled in Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel where he also tended bar (oh, the stories). After graduating from Wabash Valley College, Woody returned to the Argenta area, attended Millikin University and was employed at L. E. DeVore Company and Hatfield Electric in Decatur. In 1973 he began a 27-year career with Caterpillar, happily retiring in 2000. People were often amazed how he could rattle off names and badge numbers from his days as a timekeeper.

 

On July 18, 1970, Woody married Kathy Heinz in Decatur and they shared over 48 years together. Woody’s true passion was fishing and he especially loved staying in his travel trailer and fishing on Lake Shelbyville and Clinton Lake. He also enjoyed hunting mushrooms and snowmobiling in Wisconsin. And for him, the day rarely ended without a good bloody Mary or a cold beer.

 

Woody passed from this life with his wife by his side on Monday, October 22, in Decatur Memorial Hospital at the age of 75. He leaves his wife, Kathy, daughter Jennifer (Antonella) Quirina and granddaughter Eve Quirina. Also, special nephew Mike (Sue) Ferrill, great niece Lindsey (Sam) Hans and their children Michael and Hayden, great nephew Brent Ferrill, brother-in-law Terry (Connie) Heinz, niece Laura (Greg) Bieller and their children Matthew and Jessica and nephew Wade Heinz. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Delores Ferrill, and her husband Bob.

 

Special thanks to Sue Ferrill, Dr. Cynthia Marschner, Dr. Susan Vahebi, and the DMH 4600 ICU nursing staff.

 

A memorial service to celebrate Woody’s life will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 2:00 PM at A-O High School Kimler Gym where he played basketball with Scott Marsh officiating. Military Honors will follow the celebration at the Kimler Gym. According to his wishes, a celebration will continue at Bargenta and Elm Street Grill in downtown Argenta. In Lieu of flowers, donations would be deeply appreciated to the Humane Society of Decatur and Macon County, 3373 N. Woodford or Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelter, 2820 E. Parkway Drive, both in Decatur 62526. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with arrangements.

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Gary Lee Jones

Gary Lee Jones, 66, of LeRoy, passed away at 3:29 a.m. Monday (Oct. 22, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

 

His funeral will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy. Pastor Bryan Tabb will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family requests that those attending dress casually. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sandi Jones.

He was born July 29, 1952, in Bloomington, to John “Junior” and “Lois” Funden Jones. He married Sandi S. Bratcher July 21, 1973, in Bloomington. She survives in LeRoy, IL.

 

Also surviving are two daughters, Keisha (Scott) Tucker, LeRoy, and Gara McCormick, LeRoy; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ed (Kathy Lowry) Jones, Bloomington, and Richard “Ticky” (Ginetta) Jones, Towanda.

 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bill Jones; and two nephews, Scott and Richie Jones.

 

Gary was a U.S. Army veteran and served during Vietnam from 1971-1973.

 

Gary was a plumber at Illinois Wesleyan University. He was a third degree Mason and a member of Bloomington Lodge 43.

 

Gary's family is proud that he was able to be an organ and tissue donor.

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Karen Scott Hull

Karen Scott Hull, 61, of Farmer City, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 21, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Her graveside service will be at noon Friday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Downs. Pastor Ken Burgard will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to her daughter, Dana Scott, 8301 Portsmouth Drive, Darien, IL 60561.

 

Karen was born July 4, 1957, in Bloomington, the daughter of Robert J. and Billie F. Gainous Scott.

Surviving are her mother, Billie Scott, Bloomington; her three children, Dana (Craig) Scott, Darien; Michael (Tena) Hull, Heyworth; and Matthew ( Karoline) Hull, Farmer City; five grandchildren, Olivia, August, Lucas, Marlee and Mackenzie; two sisters, Kimberly Scott, Pontiac, and Sheryl Scott, Bloomington, IL.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her father; brother, Kevin Scott; and her infant twin sister, Sharon.

Karen worked as a dental assistant for over 25 years. She was an avid reader; she loved genealogy and family history. She was a loving daughter, Momma, Nana, sister and aunt to all her many nieces and nephews. She was loved by all. She will be missed by all who knew her.

 

Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Dorothy E. Morris Hausmann

Dorothy E. Morris Hausmann, 83, of Monticello passed away at 3:35 p.m. Friday (Oct. 19, 2018) at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Monticello Christian Church, 1699 N. State St., Monticello. The Rev. Steve Ingram will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Ivesdale. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Piatt County Nursing Home, Halcyon Unit, Monticello.

 

Dorothy was born Jan. 29, 1935, in Arthur, a daughter of Charles W. and Mary Williams Dean. She married John “Chick” Morris and later married Charles Hausmann.

 

Surviving children include Michael (Joy) Morris of Monticello, Richard Morris of Franklin, Tenn., Connie (Dave) Thompson of Monticello and Kathryn (Pat) Weber of Monticello. Surviving grandchildren are Paul (Kali) Loggins, Anjanette Loggins, Brooke (Rory) Wright, Megan (Devin) Shelton, Paul Thompson, Tyler Weber and Justin Weber, as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and a brother, Donald Dean.

 

Dorothy had a huge heart and served the hurting and the imprisoned through hospice and Jesus Is The Way Prison Ministry. Her time at the Piatt County Nursing Home was spent as a prayer warrior, and she spread much laughter and joy to all her fellow residents and staff. Her children and grandchildren were the love of her life!

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Carol I. LaDew

Carol Irene (Craig) LaDew 81 of Waynesville, Il. passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Heritage Health in Normal, Il.

 

Services will be 10:30 AM, Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Waynesville Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Ramsdale officiating. Inurnment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 

 

Memorials may be directed to the Waynesville Methodist Church or the Waynesville EMT.

 

Carol was born July 1, 1937, in Minier, IL the daughter of Fred and Hazel (Pleines) Craig. Carol attended Waynesville High School and her class of 4 was the last graduating class from there in 1955. On December 22, 1956, she married Steven K. LaDew. Together, they had three children. Steve and Carol enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with family and friends. Carol owned and operated the Waynesville Grocery in the ‘80’s. She served on the Waynesville Library Board for 30 years, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Waynesville Methodist Church and a member of their Quilting Club and their soup ministry. Carol’s special interests and hobbies included raising a family and caring for God’s creation through planting flowers and gardening. Some of her favorite times were to watch her grandchildren and great-grandchildren engage in sporting events and activities.

 

Survivors include her beloved husband of 61 years, Steve; children, Craig (Joni) LaDew of Danvers, Scott LaDew of Waynesville and Terri (Bill) Culhan of Boca Raton, FL; 6 grandchildren: Karli (Doug) Yoder, Shane (LeAnne) LaDew, Toni LaDew, Jessie LaDew, Cassi Culhan and Jenna Culhan, 3 great-grandchildren, Cade and Emery Yoder and Gage LaDew; 3 step-great-grandchildren, Cameron, Pierce and Braden. She is also survived by brothers Wayne (Judy) and Kenny, special sisters-in-law, Margie Craig, RoseAnne Craig, Judy Craig and Jan Bryan, special family friend Cindy White as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Russell Craig and Alan Craig.

 

Carol was an amazing wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, sister-in-law and friend. Her generous heart and bright smile will be missed by many.

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Rev. Guy W. Keysear,

Rev. Guy W. Keysear, 69, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 11:28 A.M. Friday, October 19, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.

 

His funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Weldon United Methodist Church with Rev. C. Don Ferrill and Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Weldon United Methodist Church. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmer City United Methodist Church, Weldon United Methodist Church, Preachers’ Aid Society, or the Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care Activity Fund. 

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Rev. Guy Keysear was born March 27, 1949, in Urbana, Illinois, a son of Charles R. & Guyneth J. Edwards Keysear.

 

He is survived by his sister, Virginia (Roger) Barlow of Farmer City; three nephews, Kevin Barlow, Ken Barlow and Tim Keysear; one niece, Tabitha Keysear; special friend, Sara Hiser. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rick Keysear.

 

Rev. Keysear was a graduate of the first graduation class of Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois. He received a BS Degree in Education from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Rev. Keysear graduated in 1985, from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. He taught Special Education at Watseka, Pontiac, and Le Roy. Rev. Keysear served as a United Methodist Church Minister at Cowden, Ogden, Chatsworth, Saybrook, and several other churches.

 

He was a member of the Farmer City United Methodist Church and a Pastoral member of the Weldon United Methodist Church.

 

Rev. Keysear spent a lot of time at the Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care as a volunteer and minister.

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Arthur O. Mitchell

Arthur O. Mitchell, 72, of Monticello passed away at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday (October 17, 2018) at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.

 

Art was born May 7, 1946 in Monticello, IL, the son of Glenn and Helen (Pierson) Mitchell. Raised in Monticello, he graduated from Monticello High School and Eastern Illinois University. Art held the Monticello High School high jump record from 1964-1975. He was awarded the Eastern Blanket, which was the highest award given for his performance on the EIU Track team. Art married the love of his life, Carolyn (Blacker) in Monticello on January 20, 1973. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary earlier this year. She survives.

 

Also surviving are his children, Corey Mitchell of Monticello and Sara (Nathan) Reed of Dunlap and grandchildren Hallie and Addison Reed. Also surviving is his brother, Mike (Nanci) Mitchell of Monticello and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Art retired from the Eastern Illinois University Police Department in May 2008. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1970. Art was a Vietnam veteran and was awarded the Air Medal and two Bronze Star Medals for his service.

 

He was an Illini, Cubs, and Bears fan. He enjoyed his children and attended all their sporting events, as well as enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time in his man cave (garage) and relaxing watching his favorite TV shows.

 

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello with Pastor Kathy Sweet officiating. Visitation will be held for one-hour prior to the service. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Kirby Medical Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Roberta E. Krusemark

Roberta E. Krusemark, 95, of Lincoln, formerly of Emden, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 17, 2018) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

 

She was born May 31, 1923, in Lincoln, to Ray and Susan Irwin Staats of Beason. She married Harold “Boyce” Krusemark on April 21, 1951, in Beason, and he survives.

 

Also, surviving are two sons, Jim Krusemark, Peoria, and Lynn Krusemark, Manchester, Mo.; one daughter, Karen (Rich) Yocius, Libertyville; six grandchildren, Molly Krusemark, Andrew (Betsy) Krusemark, Jessica Perolio, Erika (Alan) Krusemark, Richard Yocius and Mark Yocius; three great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lyle Staats.

 

She started her 28-year teaching career in one-room schools at Tabor and Rosedell country schools in DeWitt County. She also taught in Chestnut Elementary School, and last taught at Hartsburg-Emden Elementary School.

 

She was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Emden and its Ladies Aid Society, Emden American Legion Auxiliary Post 506, Logan County 4-H, rural youth of Logan County and a longtime member of Central Illinois Card Club.

 

Roberta loved baking, cooking, sewing, gardening, camping, fishing and playing cards.

 

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Emden. Pastor John Schurter and Ryan Edgecomb will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and one hour before the service, both at the church. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Emden. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home, Delavan, is handling the arrangements.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Christian Village in Lincoln.

 

To express condolences, visit www.davisoswaldfh.com.

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Nancy D. Coleman

Nancy D. Coleman, 67, of Weldon, Illinois, formerly of DeLand, Illinois, passed away at 4:38 P.M. Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Mansfield, Illinois.

 

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Michelle Castor to be used for Nancy’s grandchildren’s education.

 

Mrs. Coleman was born August 8, 1951, in Clinton, Illinois, to Andrew and Marjorie Berry Duggins. She married Mike Coleman in November of 1971. He survives in Weldon, Illinois.

 

She is also survived by her mother, Marjorie Duggins of Clinton, Illinois; one daughter, Michelle (Kiel) Castor of Mansfield, Illinois; two grandchildren, Brenden Farris and Teagen Castor; and three brothers, Rick (Brenda) Duggins of Farmer City, Illinois, Jack (Barb) Duggins of Clinton, Illinois, and Burrill (Bobbi) Duggins of Cape Coral, Florida.

 

She was preceded in death by her father.

 

Nancy was a member of the Weldon Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Gay D. (Hendricks) Snow

Gay D. (Hendricks) Snow 86, of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 9:25 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

 

She was born on May 17, 1932, in Findlay, Illinois the daughter of William Ed and Guyneth (Tinnea) Hendricks. She married F. Lane Snow Jr. on November 24, 1951, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and later preceded her in death on December 20, 1967. They farmed in Christian and Shelby counties and were the parents of two children: Andrea and Michael Snow.

 

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Assumption, IL, and later of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Taylorville. Also a former member of Lioness Club of Taylorville, the Christian County Historical Society, and Catholic Daughters of America. Gay was a resident of Taylorville from 1968 to the time of her death. She was employed in Taylorville in farm-related businesses; was a licensed realtor from 1974 to 1999; she was also owner-operator of an antique store on North Washington Street in Taylorville.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother: Norris G. Hendricks and nephew: Jason Hendricks


She is survived by her son: Michael Snow (Wife April Sievert) of Bloomington, IN; daughter: Andrea (David) Livingston of Clinton, IL; granddaughters: Megan Livingston of Madison, WI, Lisa (Chad) Olson of Bloomington, IL; one niece and one nephew, and multiple great nieces and nephews of Indiana.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Deacon Jim Baxter officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Assumption, IL. 


Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 108 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568


 Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 

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James O. Peterson

James O. Peterson 93 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 6:20 A.M. October 18, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.

 

Services will be 11 A.M. Monday, October 22, 2018, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Illinois with Bob Phillips and Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton, Il with Military Honors.. Visitation will be 9-11 A.M. at the church. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly.

 

James was born December 11, 1924, in Nason, Illinois the son of Guy and Mary (Baker) Peterson. He married Marjorie Belle Gilbert February 15, 1947, in Mt. Vernon, Il. She passed away May 23, 2015.

 

Survivors include his children, Dr. Lana (John) Bourn, Woodson, Il.; James Alan (Lila) Peterson, DeWitt, Il.; Kevin (Sherry) Peterson, Little Galilee Christian Assembly, Clinton, Il.; 9 Grandchildren, 8 Great-Grandchildren; Siblings, Margie Beckham, Decatur, Il.; Imogene Lance, Oreana, Il.;.; Tom (Nancy) Peterson, Salem, Il.

 

James was preceded in death by his Parents and two brothers: Marlin Dean “Red” Peterson and Bob Peterson.

 

James was an Army sergeant stationed in Germany. He retired from Revere Copper and Brass after 30 years. James was the owner of Peterson Radio & TV in Clinton, IL.  After retirement, he and his wife volunteered for Mobile Missionary Assistance Program for 25 years, where they worked on construction projects all over the United States. He volunteered over 30 years at Little Galilee mowing and painting. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.

 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Thomas A. Speciale

Thomas A. Speciale, 91, of Atlanta, passed away at 1:36 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Atlanta Christian Church. Maurice Stribling will officiate. Masonic rites will be accorded following the service. Burial will follow at the Atlanta Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Atlanta American Legion Post 341.

 

Thomas Antonino Speciale was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Towanda, the son of Antonino and Elizabeth Miller Speciale. He married Sarah Elizabeth Miller on June 30, 1957, in Armington. She survives.

 

Tom is also survived by their daughters, Sarah Beth (Scott) Peddicord and Suzanne (Chuck) Melchin; one granddaughter, Lydia Peddicord; three sisters, Marguerite Warrick, Betty Meeker and Charlotte (Joe) Gaither; and one brother, Robert (Lucy) Speciale.

 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Speciale and William Speciale.

 

Following graduation from Atlanta High School in 1945, Tom worked with his dad laying track for G.M. & O. Railroad. He then served in the U.S. Army. Tom was a member and past commander of Atlanta American Legion Post 341. Tom was also a past master (1964, 1987), treasurer, and 63-year member of Atlanta Masonic Lodge 165 A.F. & A.M. He was also a member of the Valley of Bloomington Scottish Rite, AASR, NMJ, since 1955.

 

He was one of seven founding board members of Atlanta Bowl in 1963, a former Bowling Association secretary, and bowling coach for many years. He was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Atlanta Christian Church and Atlanta Fall Festival committee. Tom and Sarah were grand marshals of the Atlanta Fall Festival Parade in 2008. Tom had retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 48 years as a rural mail carrier.

 

Memorials may be made to Atlanta Christian Church Organ Fund or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

 

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

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Teresa Ann "Teri" Crang

Teresa Ann “Teri” Crang 55 of Clinton, Il. passed away 10:55 A.M. October 14, 2018, at her family residence.

 

Celebration of Life will be 12 Noon, Monday, October 29, 2018, at the Kenney Community Center, Kenney, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL, has assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Teri Crang Memorial Fund.

 

Teri was born April 22, 1963, in Clinton, IL the daughter of James and Rani (Crang) Staton.

Survivors include her mother, Rani Crang, Clinton, IL; father, James Staton, El Paso, IL; sisters, Wendy (Tony) Hieronymus, Clinton, IL; Jamee (Chuck) Jester, Kenosha, Wisconsin; aunts: Candy Crang, Kenney, IL and Cathy Clark, Kenney, IL; special niece, Kameron Jester; and best friend and chosen sister, Robin McFeeters, Macon, IL. 

 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Blake E. Staton.

 

Teri enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and her beloved dog, Charlie.

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Martha Gene Miles

Martha Gene Miles 91 of Maroa, Illinois passed away 8:47 PM October 15, 2018, at Fair Havens Christian Village, Decatur, Il.

 

Graveside Services will be 11:30 AM, Friday, October 19, 2018, at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Martha Gene was born December 26, 1926, in Pocahontas, IL the daughter of Frank and Lydia (Hoyles) Stewart. 

 

Survivors include her son, Kevin (Angela) Miles, Maroa, IL; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicki Murphy; 4 brothers, and 1 sister.

 

Martha Gene worked at J.C. Penney, Forsyth at the Candy Counter and was known as the “Candy Lady” and later worked at Dave’s Food Basket in Clinton. She enjoyed gardening, playing organ, and crafts.

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Daphne Jean Peavler

Daphne Jean Peavler 12, of Clinton, IL passed away 6:55 AM October 12, 2018, at her residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvert Funeral Home or The Vault of Clinton.

Daphne was born May 2, 2006, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Brian and Desiree (Coy) Peavler. 

Survivors include her parents, Brian & Desiree Peavler, Clinton, IL; siblings: Taylor Coy, Chance Coy, Zoe Peavler, Brody Peavler; great-grandma: Betty Dirks; grandparents: Sherry Griffin, Teresa (Mike) Benz and Penny Peavler; uncle: Christopher (Jessica) Peavler; along with many great aunts, great uncles, cousins and best friend: Kristianna Pollock. 

 

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers: David Peavler, William Coy and Jim Griffin; great-grandparents: Ray and Vallie Coy; great grandpa: Harold Peavler and Keith Dirks; great-grandparents: James and Lou Jean Weaver, Charles and Peggy Armstrong.

 

Daphne was a student at Clinton Junior High School.

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Robert Cook

Robert Dale Cook, 90 passed away on October 13, 2018, at his home in Loxley AL.

 

Bob was born on February 28, 1928, in Argenta, IL the son of Ivan and Faye (Dodd) Cook. He married Norma LeHew on May 28, 1950, she preceded him in death. He married June Myrick on March 22, 1975, in Okeechobee FL.

 

Bob was a Navy veteran of WW II and worked as a painting contractor. He was very active in his hometown, Argenta as a member of the Lions Club, Civic Club, a volunteer and past chief of the AOFD and a 32nd Degree Mason. After retiring, he and June moved to Okeechobee, FL where they managed warehouses and he pursued his favorite pastime, fishing.

 

Bob and his wife lived the past few years in the loving home of their granddaughter& grandson-in-law, Christine and Tim Willingham and enjoyed time with his great-grandchildren, Kevin (Ali) Willingham, Michelle (Brandon) Eubanks and his buddy, Jonathan, who he loved to share time and stories.

 

He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife: June Cook of Loxley, AL, children: Tara (John) Fornear of Argenta, Gary Myrick of West Palm Beach, FL, Patricia Myrick of Okeechobee, FL and Doug (Marlene) Myrick of Rochester, NY; Argenta grandchildren: Audra (Steve) Heckwine, Adam (Jill) Fornear, Erin Fornear and Morgan Fornear; great-grandchildren: Tanner Kaufman, Braden and Cooper Heckwine, Cayden and Harper Cheatham and Beatrix and Piper Fornear. A total of eleven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren who he kept track of amazing details about. 

 

Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Calvert Funeral home in Argenta with graveside services at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 19th at Friends Creek Cemetery with Bob Baker officiating.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Argenta-Oreana Fire Department. 

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, his son, Steven Cook, stepsons, David Myrick and Frank Myrick, Grandson Danny Myrick and his sister Mildred Grider.

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James Wilburn "Jim" Seets

James Wilburn “Jim” Seets, 77, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.

 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Mansfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the church. Services will also be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at Reed Funeral Chapel, Harrisburg, Illinois, with the Rev. Jerry Wells officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery, Harrisburg, Illinois.

 

Everyone is invited to bring a special story or memory of Jim to share during the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Dutton Chapel Cemetery Fund. Local arrangements are being handled by Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois.

 

Mr. Seets was born December 3, 1940, in Rosiclare, to Bluford and Mary Rose Seets. He married Shirley Ann Bennett on May 19, 1962, in Harrisburg. She survives in Mansfield with their Yorkshire terrier, “Willy” Seets.

 

Jim and Shirley lived in Golconda until September 1969, when Jim’s work in wildlife research with IDNR resulted in a move to central Illinois to the main offices of the Natural History Survey’s Wildlife Research Department, located on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus. Jim thrived on his work and enjoyed a successful career until he retired on July 1, 2000.

 

On the day Jim transitioned to his heavenly home, Shirley shared her thoughts: “Jim and I have been privileged throughout our lives to meet many good people who have become lifelong friends. When I reflect on our 56 years together, God’s plan for us has become increasingly clear. Our lives have been truly enriched by the family and friends that God has put in our paths from birth to today. And I know that Jim is enjoying the rewards now.”

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Charles "Chuck" Brainard

Charles “Chuck” Brainard, 83, of Lincoln, IL, passed away on 5 October 2018 in Springfield, IL while in ICU at Memorial Medical Center.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, 12 October 2018 at Lincoln Christian Church with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service also at the church. Arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

 

Chuck was born in Princeton, IL to Ted and Ruth Brainard on 22 February 1935. He went to school in Princeton and is a 1963 graduate of Southern Illinois University. He has been married to Carol Anne (Hoffmann) for 59 years. He has worked a wide variety of jobs, including the owner of Lincoln Skateland from 1972 to 1979 and most recently retired from Eaton Corp in 2008. He was a US Air Force veteran of the early cold war era from 1954 to 1957. 

 

Chuck is preceded in death by his father and mother. 

 

Chuck is survived by his wife, Carol Anne; his son Charles E. (Sherry) Brainard, daughter Laurie E. (Lynnwood) Armstrong, daughter Linda L. (Tim) Jamison, daughter Susan J. (Shawn) Conver, son David A. (Amber) Brainard; his sister Linda Bickett; his grandchildren Brian and Katharine Brainard, Elizabeth (Trever) Nolte, Dorothy Maddan, Derek and Dallas Conver, Matthew (Andrea) Armstrong, Megan Armstrong, Rhett, Ryan, and Allyson Jamison; he has 5 great-grandchildren.

 

Memorials may be given to Lincoln Christian Church for youth choir programs (https://lincolnchristianchurch.org/give), Harvest of Talents (https://lincolnchristianchurch.org/ministries/harvest-of-talents), or the Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org). The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the entire ICU team at Memorial Medical Center and to the ministry team at Lincoln Christian Church for their tireless work and support in this difficult time.

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Donna Lloyd (Willis) Stone

Donna Lloyd (Willis) Stone 84 of Weldon, IL passed away 6:05 PM October 6, 2018, at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside services will be 2 PM, Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption.

 

Donna was born April 23, 1934, in DeWitt County, IL the daughter of Lloyd H. and Edna Fern (Pugh) Willis. She married Billy E. Stone, Sr. May 8, 1953, in Pygott, AR. He passed away November 10, 1994.

 

Survivors include her children: Kathleen (Kenneth) Frick, Clinton, IL; Mary Lea (Jim) Harpster, Lake Charles, LA; Shirley (John) Fenton, Weldon, IL; Suzie Gaines, Sidney, IL; Lois Ann (James) Potter, Branchland, WV; Beth (David) Hawn, Bement, IL; and Billy E. Stone, Jr.; Clinton, IL; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sisters: Shirley N. Evans, Clinton, IL and Ludene Black, Taylorville, IL; brother, Michael Lloyd Willis, Taylorville, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Penny Lynne Stone; sisters: LaThorne Leach and Betty Burris; and son-in-law, Max Gaines. 

 

Donna was a member of the Clinton Church of the Nazarene.

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Wilbur Williams

Wilbur Williams, 85, of Lincoln, IL, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018 at his residence.
 
Wilbur was born on January 22, 1933 in Brin Hill, IL, the son of Raymond and Opal Chapman Williams. 

 

He married Virginia L. Taylor on June 26, 1955 in Oblong, IL. She preceded him in death on October 29, 2008.

 

Surviving are three children, Donald (Marla) Williams of Lincoln, IL, Ronald Williams of Lincoln, IL, and Lesliea (James) Palmer of Mt. Zion, IL, and six grandchildren, Amy Williams of Springfield, Ryan (Allison) Williams of Lincoln, Valorie (James) Litton of Brownsburg, IN, Douglas Palmer of Springfield, Drue Palmer of Highland, and Sommer Williams of Lincoln. Additionally, Wilbur is survived by five great-grandchildren.

 

Wilbur was the principal at the Lincoln Junior High. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post #263 in Lincoln for many years, as well as the Old Ivory Club, Llewellin Club, and the National Education Association.

 

Services for Wilbur will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the Lincoln American Legion Post #263. 

 

Memorials may be made to the Lincoln American Legion or to the Lincoln School District #27.

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Gregory Emmett Young

Gregory Emmett Young, 41, of Weldon, IL., passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in St. Louis, MO.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Friday, October 5, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bement, IL. The Pastor Marsha Frederick will officiate. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., on Thursday, October 4, 2018, also at the First Presbyterian Church of Bement. Memorial contributions can be made to the Young Family in care of the First Mid Illinois Bank and Trust, Monticello, IL.

 

Greg was born on February 6, 1977 in Decatur, IL., a son of Charles and Peggy Hendrix Young. He married Tracy Kreher on July 15, 2000 in Decatur, IL., and she survives of Weldon. Surviving are 2 sons; Wesley J. and Alexander W. Young, both of Weldon, IL., his mother; Peggy Hendrix Young of Monticello, IL., a brother; David C. Young of Bement, and a sister; Betty Lake of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents; Warren and Betty Hendrix, grandfather; Emmett Young and grandmother; Peg McKay.

 

Greg was a volunteer with the Weldon Fire Department, an eagle scout, black belt, the neighborhood handyman, loved to remodel houses, a PTO dad, and motocross lover. Greg loved to make people laugh, he loved old boy junk, he was a fountain of useless trivia information. He loved to volunteer and coach at various sporting events.

 

Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL., have the honor to serve the Young family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.

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Phyllis Rae Norfleet

Phyllis Rae Norfleet, 77, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church, Le Roy, Illinois, with Jeff Mayfield officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. There will be no visitation.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Le Roy Christian Church or the Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Mrs. Norfleet was born May 19, 1941, in Le Roy, Illinois, to Floyd and Elsie Brantley Cline. She married Waldon G. Norfleet on February 14, 1960, in Le Roy, Illinois. He survives in Le Roy, Illinois.

 

She is also survived by her two daughters, Pam (Lenny) Glaub and Peggy (Jeff) Hart all of Le Roy; four grandchildren, Megan Monahan, Joshua (Mallory) Monahan, Ryan Douglas Hart, and Macie Whitehouse; one great-grandchild, Owen Waldon Monahan; four brothers; and two sisters.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Douglas Norfleet.

 

Phyllis was a member of the Le Roy Christian Church. She had been Judge Ronald Dozier’s secretary for 30 years.

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Doris Mae Slocum

Doris Mae Slocum, 89, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 6:58 A.M. Monday, October 1, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth, Illinois, with Pastor Peter Hopkins officiating. There will be a luncheon served in the fellowship hall after the service. After the luncheon, friends and family are invited to the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois, to share stories.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the McLean County Humane Society, the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois, or the Heyworth Christian Church.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Mrs. Slocum was born April 21, 1929, in Colfax, Illinois, to Homer and Mabel Catherine Gilbert Munster. She married Thomas Hash Jr. and later married James Slocum.

 

She is survived by her one son, Ronald Thomas Hash of the Philippines; one daughter, Peggy (Dreux) Lewandowski of Decatur; three stepsons, James, Hank and Todd Slocum; four grandchildren, Caitlyn (Casey) Marlow of Palm Bay, FL, Shaylyn (Lewis) Schall of Decatur, Braylynn Miller of Heyworth, and Sahra Ashley of Australia; eight great-grandchildren, Maliyah, Colton, Lydia, Brookelyn, Emmilyn, Lacielyn, Madilyn, and Isabella; Jane Schmid and Jennifer Schmid were also a large part of her life.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents; a stillborn son; and three sisters, Dorothy Peasley, Betty Lush and Audrey Heck.

 

Doris was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church and the Carl E. Miller American Legion Auxiliary Unit 624, Heyworth, Illinois. She joined the auxiliary in 1984, and served the unit in many ways including serving as President in 2000 and from 2009 to 2012.

 

She held many jobs including lunch monitor at the Heyworth High School, Little Folk, Bloomington, and Sakcrete Concrete in Heyworth. She was also a large influence in her granddaughter, Madilyn Miller’s life. 

 

Doris was a wonderful mother and grandmother and mother to her pets. She enjoyed arts and crafts and sewing. Doris had a great heart.

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Wayne "Deed" Propst

A one-in-a-million man has left us. Wayne "Deed" Propst died Sunday morning, September 30, 2018 at the age of 89. He was a friend to all and made it a point to make the acquaintance of everyone he encountered. Then he became your friend for life and probably gave you a nickname. He was an active member of the Argenta community for many years, where he hosted many porch parties for elderly nursing home residents and his grandkids (adopted and otherwise) while waiting for the school bus. Impromptu jam sessions on his front porch by his dear friend Howard Mayberry were enjoyed by many. The entire Argenta community gave him a "Kiss Off" on Valentine's Day when he moved to Randall Residence (formerly known as Keystone Retirement Community) where he became a part of this close-knit family of friends.

 

Wayne was born in Cerro Gordo, Illinois "at home I guess, because they didn't have a hospital," the son of Wayne Delbert and Alice Ruey (Webb). He married Mary Jane Grace March 22, 1947 in Decatur, Illinois and they "honeymooned" at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Springfield, Illinois after being dropped off by Mary Jane's sister and husband and the next day they rode the Interurban back home to Decatur.

 

Wayne was a life member of the Painter's Union Local #288. He worked hard and played even harder as he loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, baking and golfing (most memorably his hole-in-one in Desert Hot Springs where they spent many winters).

He leaves to cherish his memories, his children: Terry Wayne Propst (Bonnie) of Decatur, Cynthia Lynn Pritchard (Don) of Pleasant Plains, and Christopher James Propst (April) of Argenta; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He loved his grandbabies dearly and taught them all to say "I Love PoPo".

 

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church where he was an active and faithful member for many years. Pastors Bill and Brock Abbott will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10:00 with the funeral service at 11:00.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mary Jane, brother Stanley Dean and sisters Nina Jean Yurecko and Joyce (Hunt) Fruit.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Wayne's honor may be given to Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

 

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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Charles E. Turley

Charles E. Turley, 89, of Kimberling City, Mo., formerly of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018, at St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Center in Lincoln.

 

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

 

Charles E. Turley was born April 23, 1929, in Lincoln, the son of Ora and Ora Clemens Turley. He was united in marriage with Fern Smith. She survives in Kimberling City, Mo.

 

Also surviving are his children: Charles E. Turley, James Turley, Mary Turley, Robert (April) Turley, and Brian (Audra) Turley; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

 

Charles served in the United States Navy. He had previously been employed as a mechanic at Row Motors in Lincoln and Central City Dodge in Missouri.

 

Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Richard E. "Cappy" Caplinger

Richard E. "Cappy” Caplinger, 80, of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018 at St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Center in Lincoln

 

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lincoln.  Rev. Jeffrey Laible will officiate. 

 

Richard Eugene Caplinger was born on February 26, 1938, in Lincoln, the son of Bert and Genevieve Pushala Caplinger.

 

He is survived by his children: Richard R. Caplinger of Evansville, Ind., Tami (Timothy) Kennett of Lincoln, and  Leslie (Mike) Hart of Delavan; one sister: Diane (Bob) Farmer of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; and  nine great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son: Michael Caplinger, and one brother: Ronald Caplinger.

 

Richard graduated from Lincoln Community High School and served in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division.  He owned a bar named "Cappy's" in the late 70s for many years.  He volunteered as a driver transporting donated supplies to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, making several trips down and back.  He loved riding Triumph motorcycles.  He retired from the Eaton Corporation as  Electrical Technician in the Maintenance Department.

 

Richard is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council # 1250 and is a 3rd Degree Knight, the Lincoln Moose Lodge, Eagles Aerie # 2708 and American Legion Post # 263 and ABATE.

 

Memorials can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or Carroll Catholic School.

 

Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.

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Henry A. Geske Jr.

Graveside services for Henry A. Geske Jr. of Heyworth, who passed away Monday (Oct. 1, 2018) in Bloomington, will be held at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. The Rev. Gray will officiate the services.

 

He was born Nov. 28, 1931, son of Henry and Alberta Geske. He married Karen Grant in 1965. She survives along with a son, Jeff (Michelle), Macomb, Mich. Also surviving is a sister, Carolyn (Clarence) Buck.

 

His parents, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

 

He was a member of the Teamsters Union for 36 years. He retired from McLean County Asphalt in 1993.

 

He was a loving husband and father, and will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends.

 

Condolences may be left with eastlawn-bloomington.com.

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Kennedy Alicia Ann "Missy" Freese

Kennedy Alicia Ann "Missy" Freese, 17, of Lincoln passed away September 29, 2018 in rural Logan County.  

 

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life held at 7 PM also at the funeral home.  Casual dress is requested.  Please wear Kennedy's favorite colors, yellow or pink.

 

Kennedy was born April 16, 2001, in Lincoln, the daughter of Robert E. Freese and Amanda Deilkes Chamberlain.  

 

She was a member of the LCHS class of 2019 and the LCHS choir.  She was a volunteer for the Humane Society of Logan County.  She loved cats.  She was a hippie at heart and believed in love and peace.  She enjoyed nature and loved sunflowers.  Her favorite colors were yellow and pink.  Kennedy's passion was makeup and doing hair.  She loved her truck and enjoyed riding four-wheelers and tractors with her grandpa.  

 

Surviving are her father Robert Freese of Lincoln;  mother Amanda (Chris) Chamberlain of Lincoln; brother Kyle Freese of Lincoln;  paternal grandparents Elizabeth Roy and Bobby Prince of Lincoln;  maternal grandfather Ed (Tammy) Deilkes of Broadwell;  paternal great-grandparents Betty Prince and Esther Freese; aunts and uncles: Andrew (Ashley) Deilkes, Melody Mileham, John Freese (Stacy Peacock), Michael Roy (Nichole Cutshall), and Mary Freese; niece Tessa Freese, boyfriend Casey Mollohan of Lincoln; and several cousins and friends.  

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Betsy Deilkes, maternal great-grandmother Alice Rasmussen, and paternal great-grandfather John Prince.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Logan County and will be accepted at the funeral home.  

 

Forever our Sunflower.  You are loved and will be greatly missed.

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Lillie Mae Duncan

Lillie Mae Duncan, 95, passed away on Sept 27, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Lillie was born in Mt. Pulaski, IL to Archie Jackson and Ima Bruce Jackson Hilliard, June 20, 1923. She graduated from Mt. Pulaski Township High School. Lillie worked for Walgreens Drug Company as a Cashier, Bookkeeper and Auditor, retiring after 33 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur, IL until moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1981, then becoming a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Glendale, AZ. She served proudly as Secretary/Treasurer for the Southwest Tri-State Chapter of the Third Armored Division Association (WWII Veterans) for 25 years.

 

Lillie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 36 years, Howard L. Duncan, son Charles “Sonny” R. Duncan, parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 nieces and 2 nephews.

 

She leaves behind her daughter Joyce Michalowski and her husband Albin, granddaughter Michelle Michalowski, 12 nieces and 14 nephews.

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 1pm Wed, Oct 3 at the Mt. Pulaski Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Sharon Y. Crook

Sharon Y. Crook, 82, of Monticello, passed away at 5:04 a.m., September 27, 2018 at Arbor Rose, Monticello.

Sharon was born January 28, 1936 in Cisco, IL the daughter of Kenneth Robert and Iva Lou (Mills) Clow. She married Jesse L. Crook on November 30, 1958 in Bement, IL.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Jesse Crook of Monticello; son, Mark Crook (Kristi) of Monticello; and grandchildren, Meredith and Matt Crook. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dale Clow.

Sharon was a homemaker and a member of the Monticello Christian Church and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello with visitation held for one hour prior to the funeral on Monday. Interment will be held in Bement Township Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to help the Sharon Crook Library Memorial Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Jerry L. Maxheimer

Jerry L. Maxheimer, 76, of Mt. Pulaski, IL passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Joyce; three children, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one sister.

Services for Jerry will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski with Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018 also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Jerry’s name to Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski or American Legion Post #447. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Charles Russell Taylor

Charles Russell Taylor, 64, of Fisher, formerly of Mansfield, passed away at 3:46 P.M. Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Champaign, Illinois.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3:30 P.M. Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Fisher Foursquare Church with Pastor Joyce Gibson officiating. There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials may be made to the Charles Russell Taylor memorial fund, c/o Fisher National Bank. 

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, in charge of arrangements.

 

Charles was born June 8, 1954, in Gibson City, Illinois, a son of William E. & Mamie M. Shultz Taylor. He married Janie L. Hardwick on October 31, 1970, in Tennessee. She passed away March 6, 2009.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Tanya J. (David Christopher) Wall of Fisher, Illinois, and Amy J. Taylor of Fisher, Illinois; five grandchildren, Timothy T. Wall, Tyler C. Wall, Adrian M. Carr, Miracle R. Wall, and Madyson I. Wall all of Fisher, Illinois; siblings, Peggy J. Gaines of Le Roy, Illinois, William E. “Billy” (Pam) Taylor of Arrowsmith, Illinois, Johnny L. (Kim) Taylor of Lexington, Illinois, and Gladys F. Massey of Saybrook, Illinois.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie L. Taylor; daughter, Charlene R. Wilhelm; parents, William E. and Mamie M. Taylor; siblings, Joyce P. Walker, Jewel “Bea” Embry, Lila M. Moore, and Delores A. Bigger.

 

Charles worked for Tri Star Marketing Inc. Mobil Super Pantry in Mahomet, Illinois.

 

Charles was a loving husband; father; grandfather; brother; uncle; great friend and will be missed by all.

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Bennie Dale Mullins

Bennie Dale Mullins, 61, of LeRoy, passed away Monday (Sept. 24, 2018) at home.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be at a later date. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, is in charge.
 
Dale was born July 20, 1957, in Bloomington, to John Bill and Dollie Mae “Ruth” Kirby Mullins.
 
Surviving are daughter, Angela (John) DeVault, Bloomington; sister, Rita (Michael) Lyvers, LeRoy; brothers, Mike (Pam) Mullins, LeRoy, and Monroe (Cherie) Mullins, Southport, Fla.; granddaughter, Johanna DeVault.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Mullins.
 
Dale worked for the family business, the Fuzzy Duck, until its closing in 2009.
 
He was a loving father, brother, grandfather and devoted friend who will be deeply missed

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Georgia Kay Clark

Georgia Kay Clark (nee Shifflet), of Bourbonnais, and formerly of Lemont, Shorewood and Joliet, was raised in Waynesville. She passed away Aug. 17, 2018, in Bourbonnais.
 
Georgia was the daughter of George and Marilyn Shifflet (nee Huffer), both originally of Waynesville. Georgia Kay Shifflet was born July 31, 1945, in Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents and grandparents.
 
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Clark, Bourbonnais, and three children, Christopher Clark (Barbara), Kimberly Deshazo (Benjamin), of Joliet, and Jonathan Clark of Bourbonnais. She is also survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
 
A brief committal service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville, where Georgia will be laid to rest among her beloved family members, her parents and grandparents.

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Curtis L. Marcum

Curtis L. Marcum, 86 of Weldon, IL passed away 11:17 A.M., September 24, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.
 
Services will be 3 PM Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 2 – 3 PM Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Curtis L. Marcum Memorial Fund.
 
Curtis was born May 27, 1932 in Weldon, IL the son of Grace (Goken) Marcum. He married Betty F. Perkins August 2, 1953 in Bangor, ME.
 
Survivors include his wife, Betty F. Marcum, Weldon, IL; children, Tim B. Marcum, Weldon, IL; Michael Marcum, Aurora, IL; 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
 
 He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son, Jeffrey.
 
Curtis was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict and later spent his career as a civilian employee at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL. He was also a member of the DeLand Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M, Bloomington Consistory, and Springfield Ansar Shrine. Curtis previously served as Chairman of the Dewitt County Housing Authority Board, as well as past Chairman of the Weldon Fire Protection board, overseeing the construction of the new firehouse. Curtis was a talented mechanic who enjoyed motorcycles.

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Kloe A. Weiss

Kloe A. Weiss, 14 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:20 PM, September 22, 2018 as a result of an ATV accident.
 
Services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Lane Christian Church, Lane, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. Private family graveside services will be held. Visitation will be 4 – 8 PM Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the church. Casual dress is requested by the family. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Kloe A. Weiss Memorial Fund.
 
Kloe was born August 4, 2004 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Josh H. and Brooke R. (Martin) Weiss.
 
Survivors include her parents: Josh H. and Brooke R. Weiss, Clinton, IL; brother: Kole Weiss, Clinton, IL; sister: Kolby Weiss, Clinton, IL; maternal grandparents: Randy and Brenda Martin, Clinton, IL; paternal grandparents: Lloyd and Kathy Weiss, Clinton, IL; aunt: Stephanie (Brian) Reeser, Clinton, IL; uncle: Bryan Martin, Clinton, IL; cousins: Nadia and Mackenzie Reeser, Clinton, IL; along with many friends. 
 
Kloe was a cheerleader at Clinton Community High School and worked at the Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm alongside her parents and grandparents. She enjoyed fishing with her dad. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas. She loved to sing and go to the beach but most of all spend time with family and friends.

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James C. McIntosh

James C. McIntosh, 70, of Monticello, passed away at 5:55 a.m., September 21, 2018 at his residence.
 
Jim was born March 30, 1948 in Peoria, IL the son of Charles L. and Margaret (Alexander) McIntosh. He married Margaret Ann Meece on November 21, 1970 in Milwaukee, WI.
 
Jim is survived by his wife of 47 ¾ years, Ann McIntosh of Monticello; children, Kimberly (Rusty) Hislope of Monticello, Brian (Melissa) McIntosh of Monticello, Katherine (Paul) Endris of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Logan Hislope, Natalie McIntosh, Camden McIntosh, August Endris, Margot Endris; and brother John (Diane) McIntosh of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles William McIntosh, and sisters Rebecca Keith and Julia Brown.
 
Jim was a self-employed farmer. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge #58 AF&AM and the ANSAR Shrine. Jim was involved with in Boy Scouts since his childhood and became an Eagle Scout in 1966. Jim served as Assistant Scout Master in 1984 for Troop #122 and became Head Scout Master in 1994 until the troop dissolved in 2008. Jim received a District Award of Merit in 1994 and the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award in 1998. Jim also won many lights shows in Monticello and moved to the animated musical light show 6 years ago on the corner of Marion and Route 105 with all donations going to Cancer and Alzheimer’s research.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Masonic Rites at 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Rev. Alan Oman officiating. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation (Brain Cancer) or the Boy Scouts Prairieland Counsel.
 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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