Mary Frances Riley

Mary Frances Riley, 84, formerly of Rantoul, passed away at 9:04 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home, Mattoon.


Mary was born August 30, 1934 in Beecher City, IL the daughter of Samuel R and Bertha A (Whitacre) Miller.  She married John D. Riley at the Beecher City Church of Christ on September 5, 1953.


Mary is survived by her husband, John D. Riley of Monticello, formerly of Rantoul; daughters, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Fairchild of Monticello, Linda (Glen) Roberts of Champaign; sons, Dennis (Angela) Riley of Charleston, John David (Xin) Riley of Urbana, Scott (Dawn) Riley of Lakewood, CO; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray Miller of Streamwood, Frank (Bonnie) Miller of Beecher City; and sister-in-law Aileen Miller of Shelbyville.  


She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Mawyer, brother George Miller, and sister-in-law Nora Ellen Miller.


Mary was a homemaker and a day care provider.  She was a charter member of the Rantoul Christian Church.


Memorial services will be Sunday, December 16, at the Monticello United Methodist Church, 2020 E. Washington St., with the Rev. Kathy Sweet officiating.  Visitation is from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 5:00.


Interment will be held in Hubbartt Cemetery, Beecher City, at a later date.


Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.


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Robert E. Hupp

Robert E. Hupp, 90, of Oreana, IL, passed away, December 6, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.


Robert was born June 10, 1928 in Oreana, IL, the son of Thomas Edgar and Edith A (Hobbs) Hupp. He was a veteran of the US Army. He married Lois E. Ferrill on May 2, 1952 in Oreana, IL.


Robert was employed as an examiner for the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Testing Facilities retiring after 30 years of service. He had served from 1956 to 1980 on the Macon County Board and as Whitmore Township Supervisor. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, and longtime Little League coach in Oreana, IL.


Robert was inducted into the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame in 2018. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Cubs and Illini sports.


Surviving are his wife, Lois E. Hupp; sons, Larry E. Hupp of Decatur, IL, Roger E. Hupp of Oreana, IL, Alan R. Hupp (Eydie) of Oreana, IL; daughter-in-law, Lana J. Hupp; brothers, William Hupp (Aileen) of Evansville, IN, Paul Hupp (Jean) of Decatur, IL; sisters, Dorothy Adams of Forsyth, IL, Shirley Lechleiter of Forsyth, IL, Jane Miller of Hammond, IL; grandchildren, Pamela Daily (Matthew), Nathan Hupp (Jennifer), Stefanie Hupp, Whitney Hupp, Kaitlin Hupp, Jared Hupp, Cameron Hupp, Sabrina Behrends; great-grandchildren, Brenton Daily, Tyler Daily, Tessa Daily, Brayden Daily, Landon Hupp, Ryker Hupp, Kai Hupp, Zoey Behrends; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents; son, Duane E. Hupp and one infant son; brothers, Grundy, Keith, Herbert, Dale Hupp and sisters, Cressie Pope and Faye Walters.


Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home. Burial will be at Friends Creek Cemetery in Oreana, IL.


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John R. Miller

John R. Miller, 93, of New Lenox, IL formerly of Maroa, IL passed away November 25, 2018.


A graveside services with Military Honors will be 10:30 AM, December 18, 2018 at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


A memorial service will be 10:30 AM January 12, 2019 at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL 60430.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army, 300 Third Avenue, Joliet, IL 60433 in memory of John R. Miller.


John was born March 11, 1925 in Springfield, IL the son of John Henry and Mae Miller. He married LaVonne Ward January 11, 1948 in Decatur, IL She passed away June 24, 2008.


Survivors include his daughters, Melissa M. Mickelberry, Oak Park, IL; Julia E. (John) Burns, Berwyn, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


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Lori Barnes

Lori Ann Barnes, 56, of Clinton, passed away at 9:05 A..M. Friday, December 7th, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, in Normal Illinois.


Services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Texas Christian Church or Second Chance For Pets.

Lori was born April 7th, 1962 in Clinton, the daughter of Charles “Dave” and Lily Fern Allan. She married Brad Barnes on September 24th, 1994, in Clinton, and will be dearly missed by both her Mom and her Dad, and she will be watching you from Heaven, Dave.


You too, Pope.


Survivors include her beloved husband, Brad Barnes, of Clinton; She dearly loved her family and friends. Lori has two daughters, Jennifer Perkins-McGinnis, (Jerade) of Cooksville, and Christina Bateson (Steven) of Clinton. Lori is blessed with four grandchildren; Sierra Wickenhauser, Wyatt McGinnis, of Cooksville; Jordyn and Joshuah Bateson, of Clinton. She was preceded in death by her beloved brother “Pete”.


She loved to cook and spend time with her family. She was very dedicated to her husband, children, and grandchildren, and remained steadfast in her faith.


Lori and her entire family wish to extend their deepest and most sincere thanks for the care, comfort and loving support provided to her by the courteous, professional and sympathetic staff at Advocate BroMenn. To those of you who called her Sweetpea, and Miss Lori, thank you.


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Velma J. Thayer

Velma J. Thayer 81 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:05 PM December 6, 2018 at The Loft Rehabilitation and Nursing of Normal, Illinois.


A time to celebrate Velma’s life will be 10 – 11 AM, Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. The family requests casual attire. Immediately following the visitation, graveside services will be held at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.


Velma was born January 23, 1937 in Clinton, IL the daughter of W. L. and Mildred (Shriver) Myers. She married Richard R. Thayer May 28, 1955. He passed away July 29, 1991.


Survivors include her children: Rick Thayer, Clinton, IL; Debra Redman, Clinton, IL; and Lori (Dennis) Harris, Clinton, IL; 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; siblings: Ileen (Jack) Schumacher, Clinton, IL and Barbara (John) Lund, Florida.


She was preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers.


Velma loved sewing and quilting. She worked at The Shack Restaurant for several years. Velma loved her grandchildren and spending time with her family.


Patricia (Pat) Joan Wright

Patricia (Pat) Joan Wright, 78, of Farmer City, passed away peacefully on December 5th at 10:12 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital surrounded by all of her children and grandchildren.


Pat was born on October 15, 1940 in Bloomington IL, daughter of Hope and Cecil Hendren. She married James (Jim) Wright on June 29th, 1957 in Farmer City, IL.


Surviving are her devoted loving husband Jim; children Peggy Huffstutler, Marty Wright (Brenda), Julie Roth (Scott), Jennifer Plunk (Ron), and Jamie Wright (Tyson); grandchildren Elizabeth Majernik (Matt), Tyler Roth (Sarah), Dory O’Brien (Matt), Jordann Costa (Terry), Justin Roth, Christopher Plunk (Brittany), Taylor Poppe (Phillip), and Jack Plunk (Peyton); ten great-grandchildren; and sisters Joyce Wells (Bill) and Judy Fondrk (Terry).


She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son, James Douglas.


Pat was a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed shopping and traveling. Most of all she was very proud of her family and loved nothing more than spending time with all of them. The highlight of her day was receiving a phone call or text from her grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on December 10th and the funeral service will be on December 11th at 1:30 p.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City with Rev. Charles Brannock officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leibow Family. The memorials will assist her special 9 year old cousin, Emma Leibow, who is battling neurofibromatosis.


Carol L. Williams

Carol L. Williams 51 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:50 PM November 28, 2018 in Bloomington, IL.


Services will be 3 PM, Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Visitation will be 1 – 3 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be 2 PM, Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.


Memorials may be directed to ASPCA.


Carol was born June 26, 1967 in Aberdeen, MD the daughter of Paul Eugene and Gloria (Hamilton) Williams.


Survivors include her siblings, Deborah Brems, Forsyth, IL; Steven Williams, Ina, IL; nephews Christopher Brems, Gainesville, FL and Eric (Rosalie) Brems, Forsyth, IL; niece, Elizabeth Williams, Sidney, IL.


Carol worked at the Bloomington Post Office for 23 years.  She enjoyed puzzles and cats.


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John D. Lichtenwalter

John D. Lichtenwalter, 70 of Normal, Il. passed away 8:10 A.M. December 4, 2018 at Lincoln Christian Nursing Home, Lincoln, IL.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.



Sharon Marie Dawson Miller

Sharon Marie Dawson Miller, 86, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 29, 2018 after a brief illness. 

Sharon was born on May 27, 1932 in Weldon, IL to Samuel and Huldah (Bebie) Dawson.  Sharon spent her early years on a farm near Weldon IL, but later moved into Weldon to live with her grandparents and aunt and to attend high school. There she met her future husband, Jim, and they were married on July 16, 1951 and settled in Clinton. Sharon was active in the local community and was employed as a bookkeeper for over 20 years by the Clinton Community Unit School District. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, the YMCA, the DeWitt County Republican’s Women’s Club, the Elk’s and Eagles Auxiliaries, the Friends of Weldon Springs, and the Friends of the Warner Library. She was also an avid Illini fan.  In 1979, Sharon undertook a grass root door-to door campaign to homes throughout Clinton, and as a result became the first woman ever elected to serve on the Clinton City Commission. 

After enjoying the early years of their retirement rotating between Illinois and Florida, Jim and Sharon gave up their seasonal snowbird migration patterns in 2001 to become full time residents of St. Augustine.  Besides enjoying the winter warmth, Sharon also relished the role of grandmother to twin granddaughters and a grandson also living in St. Augustine. She was incredibly proud to be present  when both twins recently graduated from the University of Florida. Sharon was a member of the Shores Methodist Church and took great enjoyment in meeting with her Early Morning Coffee group at Publix.  Sharon was an avid reader and a great fan of Tim Tebow, whom she followed from his earliest days when she would listen to Nease High School football games on the radio.  Sharon was a kind, loving, and generous individual and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. 

Sharon is survived by her sons, Wayne (Laure) Miller of Peoria, IL, Steve Miller of St. Augustine; 5 grandchildren, Brandon (Tina) Miller of Bettendorf, IA, Elizabeth (Timothy) Arvin of Peoria, IL, Marcus Miller, of Frisco, CO, Nicolle Miller of Gainesville, FL, and Stephanie Miller of St. Augustine,  FL; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and three sisters. 

Cremation rites will be accorded through St. John’s Funeral Home in St. Augustine, FL.  Visitation and a service celebrating her life will be held on December 15, with service at 11am and visitation at 10am. 

Memorials can be made to The Weldon Springs Foundation, P.O. Box 323, Clinton, IL 61727.


Harold "Jack" Bray

Harold “Jack” Bray 74 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:59 PM December 3, 2018 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.


A time to celebrate Jack’s life will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 


Memorials may be directed to the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900 or the Jack Bray Memorial Fund.


Jack was born January 9, 1944 in Bloomington, IL the son of Albert and Violet (Rodgers) Bray. He married Erma L. Waters on September 1, 1972 in Weldon, IL. 


Survivors include his wife, Erma L. Bray, Clinton, IL; children: David A. (Annabell) Wilson, Ft. Worth, TX; Angie M. Bray, Flagstaff, AZ; Stephanie D. Scott, Salem, IL; Amy L. (Rob) Stephens, Bloomington, IL; Andrew J. Bray, Bloomington, IL; and Jacque L. Drake, Bloomington, IL; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; siblings: Tom (Thora) Bray, Clinton, IL; Wanda (Roger) Mix, Clinton, IL; Helen Wilson, Clinton, IL; Dennis (Carol) Bray, Clinton, IL; Norma (Ron) Brown, Bloomington, IL; and 2 special kids: Murphy Leigh and Lucy Bell.


Jack was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Robert Dean Bray.


I cried today…a true friend has graduated into the Kingdom of God. Jack “Big Bear” Bray an FCF Wilderness Member, was rough, rugged, tough, was a man’s man. But could be as gentle as a kitten and was one of the closets friends I have ever had. “But the most beautiful things in life are not things. They’re people, and places, and memories, and pictures. They’re feelings, and moments, and smiles, and laughter.” So, rejoice in the fact that he knew Jesus personally and has now met Him face to face.


Britta Borgeson Harris

Britta Borgeson Harris passed away peacefully Friday (Nov. 30, 2018) at her home in Lincoln.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Thomas Murray Harris, who died on Sept. 18, 2018, and her eldest daughter, Janet Jorgine Harris, in 1974.


She is survived by her children, Jean (Doug) Brown, LaGrange; Dr. John (Tamara) Harris, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Julie Larson, Lincoln; Thomas (Regina) Harris Jr., Lincoln; and 12 grandchildren, Renee Brown, Andrew Brown, Phillip Brown, Janet Brown, Savannah Harris, John Harris Jr., Genevieve (Nathan) Neal, Britta (Kyle) Venstrom, Christina Larson, Thomas Harris III, Katherine Harris and Dean Harris.


Britta was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Chicago, the only child of Hilma and Harold Borgeson. She graduated from Carl Schurz High School in Chicago in 1945, and Northwestern University in 1949, where she studied political science. In 1975, Britta earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois. She earned a second master's degree in legal studies from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield) in 1979.


Britta and Tom Harris were married on April 15, 1950, and moved to Lincoln, where they raised their five children. Tom practiced law for 63 years with the Lincoln law firm of Harris and Harris. Britta taught political science at Lincoln College. She also worked for the Center for Legal Studies at Sangamon State University as a legal researcher and helped develop the school's paralegal program. She authored grant proposals as well as numerous articles on elder abuse and the transportation needs of seniors.


Britta worked to improve the Logan County community in innumerable ways. She served as president of the Logan County League of Women Voters, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital board trustee, Abraham Lincoln Health Care Foundation board member, and Community College Task Force member (which worked to establish the Heartland Community College District). She was appointed by Gov. James Thompson to the Illinois Counsel on Aging and was an appointed member of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.


Britta served as chairman of the Logan County Senior Citizens Center Committee, where she obtained federal funding for the establishment of Lincoln's Oasis Senior Citizen Center, and later served as its project director. She also served on the boards of the Union Cemetery Association and Chester-East Lincoln School, was a charter member of the Logan County Mental Health Association, and was active in the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln.


Britta and Tom lived outside of Lincoln, where they built their family's home and Britta created gardens and an oasis of greenery. She filled her life with all things beautiful in nature. When Britta wasn't reading or writing, or researching family genealogy, she was outside working. She instilled in her children an intellectual curiosity, and by her example, taught them to value family above all else. Her grandchildren loved and revered her.


Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with The Rev. Michael Paulson officiating. Burial will be in the New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.


Memorials may be made to the Janet Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lincoln College, the Oasis Senior Citizen Center or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.


Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.


Ruth E. Hitchens

Ruth E. Hitchens, 98, of Decatur, IL passed away at 11:50 PM, December 1, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Forsyth United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Maxwell officiating.  Burial will be 1 PM Thursday at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton, IL.  Visitation will be 9:00 – 10:30 AM Thursday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the Forsyth United Methodist Church, Forsyth, IL or the Kenney United Methodist Church, Kenney, IL.


Ruth was born June 13, 1920 in Buffalo Hart, IL the daughter of Ben F. and Blanche (Andrews) Hoff.  She married Leslie George Hitchens, Jr. on January 7, 1938 in Covington, IN.  He passed away June 1, 2003.


Survivors include her children: Richard Hitchens (Karole Johnson), Oreana, IL; Cheryl Lehman, Forsyth, IL; and Charlene (Ron) Letterly, Leesburg, FL and Springfield, IL; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 son in infancy; 1 brother and 1 sister; and son-in-law, Norman Lehman.


Ruth was a member of the Kenney United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Bookkeepers Book Club and Home Betterment, Forsyth, IL.  Ruth retired from Spector Freight where she of an office clerk.


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Phyllis M. Keeling

Phyllis M. Keeling, 71, of Clinton, IL passed away at 4:25 AM, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, IL. 


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


Frances M. Read

Frances M. Read, 93, of Lincoln, IL passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Clara's Rehab and Senior Center, Lincoln, IL.


Arrangements are incomplete at Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL


Robert S. Prewitt

Robert S. Prewitt, 72, of McLean, died on Thursday (Nov. 29, 2018) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


Cremation rites will be accorded. A private memorial service will be held.


Robert Steven Prewitt was born March 30, 1946, in Lexington, the son of Elmer and Fern Sullivan Prewitt. He married Sara Moore. She survives.


Robert is also survived by their children, Kelly Steven Prewitt, April Fralick, Angela Coindreau, Richard Fralick, and Robert R. Prewitt; six grandchildren, Jessica, Taylor, Alexis, Adrian, Isabella, and Christopher; seven great-grandchildren: Chase, Carter, Clayton, Landon, Daisy, Skylar, and Kennedy; one sister, Eleanor Arbogast; nieces, Jamie and Carol; and nephew, Little Earl.


He was preceded in death by two brothers, when they were young, and one grandson, Cody.


Robert Steven had worked as a manufacturing steel fabricator and volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader in Bloomington. He also owned Freedom Fabrication in McLean.


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


William Bryan Smith

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. A private burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be 5:30 – 7:30 PM Monday, December 3, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with a prayer service at 5:30 PM at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Special Olympics.


Bill was born November 3, 1924 in Clinton, IL the son of William Frances and Vira (Bryan) Smith. He married Mary Anne Maurer June 22, 1946. She passed away January 5, 1968. He later married Elaine C. Bart September 21, 1968 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Elaine C. Smith, Clinton, IL; children; William Scott (Lisa) Smith, Richmond, VA; Thomas Patrick (Debra Jean) Smith, Scottsdale, AZ; James Michael (Vicky) Smith, Midlothian, VA; Laurie Ann (William) Campbell, Glasgow, Scotland.

14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Stephen (Jackie) Smith, Clinton, IL; Marilyn Bielenberg, Peoria, IL, along with many nieces and nephews


Bill was preceded in death by his Parents and 1 Son; Joseph Kerry “Jody” Smith.


Bill served his country during WW II as a Radio Operator in a C46 cargo plane. He served in the India/Burma theater on the first combat cargo group of the Army Air Corp. He flew “The Hump” during two years of service there. Bill was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and a trustee of the church for many years. He practiced law in Clinton for 46 years. He was a past Director serving on the Dr. John Warner Hospital Board and the John Warner Bank Board. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, high alpine hiking, camping, skiing and the Gourmet Club. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

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Shirley Nell Evans

Shirley Nell Evans, 82 of Clinton, Illinois died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in the Christian Village of Lincoln.


A funeral service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held at Twelve noon Monday, December 3, 2018 in the First Christian Church of Clinton. Visitation will be the two hours before the service at the church. Burial will be immediately following in the Memorial Park Cemetery of Clinton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.


Shirley was born December 24, 1935 the daughter of Lloyd and Edna (Pugh) Willis. She was the owner of the Sears Catalog Store in Clinton and a crossing guard for Clinton Schools. Shirley married Harrold Walker Evans, Sr. on April 7, 1952. He preceded her in death August 9, 1990. Shirley loved children and babysitting and was referred to as Grandma Shirley by many.


Surviving are her son, Timothy P. (Lori) Evans of Clinton, grandsons, Shawn (Raci) Evans of Clinton, Brian (Kaitlin) Evans of Orion, and Steven Evans of Clinton, great grandson, Ellis Evans and one great grandson on the way, step-sister, Ludene Black, and step-brother, Michael Willis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Harrold Walker Evans Jr., a granddaughter, Dixie Nikole Evans, and three sisters, Betty Burris, Donna Lloyd Stone, and LaThorne Leach.


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Priscilla Ann Shirley Rademaker

Priscilla Ann Shirley Rademaker, 88 of Springfield, died Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield.


She was born September 12, 1930, daughter of Larkin Lowell Shirley and Matilda Behrends Shirley. She was born on the Shirley family farm near Hartsburg, which had been deeded to the Shirley family by the U.S. Government during the Millard Fillmore presidency.


On May 30, 1954, she married Dean B. Rademaker at the Christian Church in Hartsburg, Illinois. She was baptized at the Hartsburg Christian Church and attended Lone Tree and Pleasant Hill rural schools. In 1948, she graduated from Hartsburg High School. After graduation, she became an assistant to the Logan County Clerk, then at Lehn and Fink Clerical, and then as the Assistant Cass County Clerk. After her children were finished with school, she worked for twenty-five years at Franklin Life Insurance before retiring. 


Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents and step-parents, Estel and Virginia Embree, niece LaVera Alberts and nephews Lowell Shirley, Darrell Klockenga and Gary Rademaker.


She is survived by her husband, children Ronda (Dave) Handy of Ashland, Rod (Jill) Rademaker of Oakford, granddaughters Monica (Dusty) Handy Cookson of Dodge City, Ks, and Rhiannon Rademaker of Oakford, grandsons Duran (Mackenzie) Rademaker, Dusty (Stacey) Rademaker, both of Petersburg, Brad (Kyra Gwaltney) Handy of Ashland and Caleb Handy of Winchester. She also is survived by seven great-grandchildren, Chloe, Clara, Conleigh and Callie Cookson of Dodge City, Ks and Bree Dougherty, Chyler Rademaker and Coyt Rademaker of Petersburg.


She is also survived by her sister, Jenny Lou Boughan and her brother Allen Dean (Luella) Shirley, and many nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 01, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the services (1:00-2:00pm) also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Hartsburg Union Cemetery, Hartsburg.


Memorial donations may be made in Priscilla’s name to Hartsburg Christian Church or St. Peter Lutheran Church in Emden, IL.


Robert Nicolas Woll

Robert Nicolas Woll, 82, departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior at 1:55 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Christian Village in Lincoln, Illinois.


Nick was born on August 3, 1936 in San Jose, IL; son of Robert Henry and Amanda Kathryn (Williams) Woll.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves surviving the love of his life, Colleen Moehle.
Nick was originally trained as a physicist at Western Illinois University. He conducted basic and applied research at Southern Illinois University and Argonne National Laboratory.


He earned Master’s degree and certificate of advanced study from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the fields of physics, curriculum development, business administration and industrial training. He joined the faculty at NIU and also served as program coordinator for electronics engineering technology at Moraine Valley Community College.


Nick’s unique skill set and diverse education in sciences and technology led him to establish N. Woll and Company, a private consulting firm specializing in technical education programs for industry, schools and government. He took on work with General Telephone Company (GTE), Computer Science Corporation, World Bank, U.S. Department of State, International Executive Service Corp. and numerous foreign corporations and governments.


Nick also left an indelible footprint on aviation. As a commercial pilot, he flew extensively for his work. His aviation experience led him to consult for the FAA in developing the global positioning system for worldwide navigation.


Nick’s love of life was a constant source of inspiration. He was a mentor to many and never tired of sharing the wonder and excitement of aviation. In addition to his passion for aviation, he spent more than 20 years in search of the Dorado, a U.S. submarine attacked by "friendly fire” during WWII which was then never seen nor heard from again.


He was past president of the Illinois Association of Electricity and Electronics Educators, life member of Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society), Epsilon Pi Tau (Industrial Education Honor Society), life senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, past executive council member and section chairman for the Illinois State Academy of Science and a variety of other physics, engineering and aviation organizations.


A special thank you to the staff and caregivers at Christian Homes and Safe Haven Hospice for their kindness.


A memorial service will be held at 11am Tuesday, December 4th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, with Rev. Mark Evans officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.


Memorials may be made in Nick’s name to Lincoln Bible Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Christian Homes or Heritage in Flight Museum in Lincoln. Military rites will be accorded by The American Legion Post #263. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, Illinois.


Nancy Lee Kessler

Nancy Lee Kessler, 71, of McLean, passed away Nov. 22, 2018, at The Christian Village, Lincoln.


A private celebration of life service is scheduled. Cremation rites have been accorded.


Nancy Lee Razor was born Aug. 13, 1947, in Normal, the daughter of Adlai and Mary Razor. She was united in marriage to Rickey Eugene Kessler on July 10, 1971. He survives.


Also surviving are her children, Amy (Brian) Bennett, Rick (Nikki) Kessler, Brittany Kessler, and four grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Susie Smith and Janis Foley.


Nancy graduated from University High School in Normal. She retired from the Internal Revenue Service and had previously been employed at Country Companies and Nussbaum Trucking.


Memorials may be made to her family. Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.


Audrene Alferna Lee Hancock

Audrene Alferna Lee Hancock, 97, of Heyworth, passed away the morning of Nov. 21, 2018, at Liberty Village, Clinton.


A celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the United Church of Heyworth. All family and friends are welcome. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.


Audrene was born April 16, 1921, to Leonard and Irna Ploenes Lee. She married Claud Hancock in 1940 in St. Charles, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1987.


She was the proud mother of four boys, Kenneth (Vicki) Hancock, Tom (Jayne) Hancock, Don (Diana) Hancock and Rick Hancock. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters and one brother.


Audrene retired from the U.S. Post Office in Heyworth after over 25 years of service. She enjoyed playing softball as a youth and watching all of the athletic events of her family.


Audrene was a wonderful and loving person and will be missed by all who knew her.


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Paul "Frank" Franklin Rickord Jr.

Paul "Frank” Franklin Rickord Jr., 74, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at St. Clara’s Rehab and Senior Center, Lincoln, IL.


Frank was born on February 17, 1944 in Lincoln, IL. The son of Paul Franklin and Virginia (Dalzel) Rickord Sr. He married Linda Carol Hertzfeldt on June 7, 1964 in Lincoln, IL. She survives him in Lincoln, IL.


Frank is also survived by his son, Brian Lee Rickord; his daughter, Christine Rene (Bryce) Lahmann; his grandchildren, Zach Rickord, Hannah Niemann, Brett Niemann, and Aaron Niemann; and one great-granddaughter, Averlee Arleta Rickord.


Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Norma Fleshman and Patricia Funk.


Frank worked at Ameren Cilco as a troubleshooter for many years. He was a past Elder at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, and a Trustee for Lincoln Rural Fire Dept. Frank was one of the founders of the Lincoln Youth Football Program where he served for 12-15 years.


Services for Frank will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7: 00 pm on Monday, December 3, 2018 also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln, IL.


Memorial donations may be made in Frank’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, Lincoln. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL.


Elizabeth Pauline (Masters) Williams

Elizabeth Pauline (Masters) Williams 23 of Clinton, IL passed away 9:50 PM November 27, 2018 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.


Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 

Memorials may be directed to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.


Elizabeth was born March 31, 1995 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Marlin Underwood and Stephanie Taylor. She married Robert A. Williams June 2, 2018 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include her mother: Stephanie (Daniel) Gower, Clinton, IL; father: Marlin Underwood, Clinton, IL; husband: Robert A. Williams, Clinton, IL; maternal grandparents: Daniel and Geraldine Taylor, Clinton, IL; paternal grandparents: Joe and Martha Underwood, Clinton, IL; siblings: Daniel Taylor, II, Clinton, IL, Maranda Underwood, Clinton, IL, Vanessa Gower, Cerro Gordo, IL, Jeff Gower, Cerro Gordo, IL, Oscar Masters, Katherine Masters, Loren Masters all of Decatur, IL. 


Elizabeth was working towards becoming a hairstylist and cosmetologist at Hairmasters Institute of Cosmetology in Bloomington. She was the sweetest person you could ever meet, who loved to sing and loved animals


P. Jean Perring

Jean Perring, 86, of Clinton, IL formerly of Weldon, IL passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, November 27, 2018.


Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Vespasian Warner Public Library in Clinton or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (c/o Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL).


Jean was born Nov. 10, 1932 in rural Dewitt County, the daughter of Elmer and Minnie (Jones) Gehlbach. She married Allison Perring, Jr. on Dec. 20, 1950, in Waynesville. He passed on September 27, 2017. 


She is survived by children, David Perring, Lincoln; Steve (Lee Ann) Perring, Weldon; and Kathy (Ted) Parge of Sugar Grove; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Allison, sisters Patricia, Dolores, brother Elmer Jr. and an infant brother. 


Jean was a devoted partner with her late husband Al and she lived her life as a quiet role model for all whom she touched. Her steadfast commitment to faith, family and farming provided her with the experiences and wisdom that was sought after by many and that she generously shared.


In addition to being the consummate farm wife/partner, she attended Parkland College, held professional positions as a bookkeeper and was always actively engaged in numerous church and community activities while a resident of Towanda, Weldon and Clinton. She was an avid reader and genealogy researcher that led her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served as Nixon Township Clerk and as a Clintonia Township Trustee. 

Never one to pass on “parlaying a lucky lottery ticket”, we will always celebrate the laughter and wisdom of a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will have a lasting impact on family and friends for years to come.


Maribel Rees

Maribel Rees, 98, of LeRoy, passed away at 9:42 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 24, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.


Memorial donations may be made to LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service. Burial will be private in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy.


Maribel was born Oct. 20, 1920, in LeRoy, a daughter of William T. and Effie Violet Stewart Huddlestone. She married Milton Junior Rees Oct. 31, 1947, in LeRoy. He passed away Feb. 23, 1993.


Surviving are one son, William E. (Denise) Rees, Fort Myers, Fla.; granddaughter, Jennifer Rees, Tampa, Fla.; nephew, James Huddlestone, Tampa, Fla.


She was preceded in death by one son, David Milton Rees, and brother, Cameron DeLoss Huddlestone.


Maribel worked at all the restaurants uptown LeRoy during the ’50s and ’60s. She then cleaned houses in and around the LeRoy area. For 30 years she played violin and the clarinet for many different bands and orchestras.


Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, is handling arrangements.


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