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Robert J. 'Rob' Wendland, Jr.

Robert J. ?Rob” Wendland Jr., 84, of Bloomington, formerly of Le Roy, passed away at 3:15 A.M., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal.
 
His funeral service will be held at 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy. Pastor Eric Swanson will officiate. Private inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, 
Le Roy at a later date. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy.
 
Mr. Wendland was born October 24, 1933, in Chicago to Robert J. and Irma Kueter Wendland Sr. He married Carole Erickson on December 7, 1957, in Chicago. She survives in Bloomington.
 
He is also survived by his son, David (Lori) Wendland of Dunlap; daughter, Gail (Lowell) Olson of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Jerrick and Kamrie Olson and Jason, Kelli, and Kyle Wendland; brother, Paul (Agnes) Wendland of Le Roy; two nephews and two nieces.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Margaret Hamilton.
 
Robert served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from March of 1954 to January of 1956. He retired from Country Companies after 41 years and was the last surviving charter member of the IAA Federal Credit Union.
 
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy and was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau for more than 60 years. He was past president of the Le Roy Country Club. He enjoyed playing golf and bowling.

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Mary 'Mickey' Nell Newberry

Mary “Mickey” Nell Newberry, 95, of Clinton, formerly of Farmer City, passed away at 4:43 P.M. Friday (June 15, 2018), at Liberty Village in Clinton.
 
Mickey’s celebration of life will be Monday, June 18, 1-2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Clinton, IL. Per her wishes and desire to advance medical science, her body has been donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois, in Chicago. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Church, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Mickey was born June 15, 1923 in Donnellson, IL to David “Lloyd” and Helen “Lucille” Lewey.
 
Surviving are son, Shawn (Cathy) Newberry Clinton; grandchildren, Stacy (Andre) Kirksey Murfreesboro, TN; Angela Newberry Clinton; Christopher (Kandis) Massey Morton; Jessica (Matt) Harrison Bloomington; and Zach Newberry Clinton; and seven great grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; step father Ralph Fann; brother David Lewey and sister Arvella “Arkie” Zagar.
 
After High School, Mickey worked the night shift as a telephone operator in Farmer City and later was employed by the Urbana school district. She served in various capacities, achieving comptroller before retiring at age 55.
 
She was an avid Gardener, raising many vegetables, herbs and flowers. She loved to cook and came up with many unique dishes for the family to try.
 
She enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and lunches with a special group of women. She will be greatly missed.

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Roberta J. Virden

Roberta J. Virden, 81, of Latham passed away at 10:50 A.M. on Sunday June 17, 2018 at her home.
Roberta was born on November 10, 1936 in Bogota, IL, the daughter of Rev. John Thomas and Ruth (Hill) Speer. She married Ray L. Virden on December 4, 1955 in Bingham, IL. He preceded her in death on November 5, 2016.
 
Roberta is survived by her daughter, Rae Ann Virden of Latham; her grandson Ryan (Samantha) Virden of Latham; her great-granddaughter, Gabriella Virden; her brother, John (Grace) Speer of The Villages, FL; and her sister, Betty LaCost of Mt. Zion, IL.
 
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her twin brother, Robert; and eleven other brothers and sisters.
 
Roberta was a member of Vanburenburg Baptist Church, and recently attended Latham Baptist Church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Velasco, DMH Hospice, and special family friend, Kim Mullins.
 
Services for Roberta will be held at 11:00a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL, with Rev. Mark Morgan officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial Donations may be made in Roberta’s name to the Latham Fire Department or the the Latham Baptist Church

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Esther Will

Esther Will, 102, passed away at 5:22 a.m. on June 17, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
Esther was born on February 12, 1916, to Danish immigrants: Christopher Peter “C.P.” and 
Johanna (Bramsen) Sorensen on the family farm near Thornton, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She graduated from Thornton High School in 1933. She married Sam Will in 1936, during the Depression. He preceded her in death in 1984.
 

Esther and Sam started their farming career near Thornton, raising grain and livestock. They moved

to their farm in Broadwell Township in 1949. Having sold their Guernsey dairy herd before moving, they began raising Polled Hereford cattle in addition to their swine and poultry. She was a 4-H leader and joined Logan County Home Bureau, later known as Homemakers Extension. 
 

She held many leadership roles and especially enjoyed the monthly craft group. She taught landscape painting at State Homemakers Camp for many years. An exhibitor at the Logan County Fair for over sixty years, she won many awards in the Dairy and Culinary Departments as well as in Textiles. Her beautiful quilts were often displayed in area shows. She was a charter member of the Quilters at Heart quilt guild. She was also a Century Member of the Oasis Senior Center; she was honored to cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Oasis location. She enjoyed playing pinochle there and participated in their traveling team. She also played cards with the Round Robin group as well as other local groups.

 

She loved to travel with her husband and later with her daughters. 
 
She was the eldest member of Zion Lutheran Church and she was also a member of the Golden Heirs. Esther is survived by her daughters: Shirley Aukamp of Lincoln and Sharon Urban of Pekin; four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, and one niece.
 
Services for Esther will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church with 
Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service where Dr. Rev. Kirk Clayton will officiate. Memorials may be made in Esther’s name to the Oasis Senior Center. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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Shirley Lavone Utterback

Shirley Lavone Utterback, 81, of Clinton, IL passed away at 9:47 PM, June 16, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 10 AM Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM Friday, June 22, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 
 
Memorials may be directed to the Maroa United Methodist Church Stain Glass Project or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
 
Shirley was born December 20, 1936 in rural Weldon, IL the daughter of Harold and Lavone (Fleming) Helton. 
 
She leaves behind her sons: Chet W. Utterback, Atwood, IL; Curt (Cathy) Utterback, Clinton, IL; daughters: Sally Utterback-Reid, Waterford, MI, ReNae (John) Stewart, Mesquite, NV; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She also leaves behind sister: Linda Numberger, Broken Arrow, OK; brother: Richard Helton, Weldon, IL; brother-in-law: Russell (Jan) Utterback, Clinton, IL; sisters-in-law: Gail Ann Helton, Weldon, IL, Marjorie (Ron) Yeast, Atlanta, IL; Juanita Hartford, Mendota, IL; Lois Staley, Troy, IL along with many nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband: Wayne Utterback; parents: Harold and Lavone (Fleming) Helton; 1 son: Rick Baker; daughter: Gina (Utterback) Walls; sister: Victoria (Helton) Burge; brother: Larry Helton; infant brother: William Helton and infant great grandson: Alexander Scott.
 
Shirley loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed the many years of being Wayne’s farming partner and wearing her many hats.
 
Shirley taught Sunday School for many years at the Shiloh Chapel Church. She was also a member of the Maroa United Methodist Church where she was very active. She was also a former Commissioner for the Creek Union Drainage Dist. #1.
 
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Dr. Brit Williams and the staff of Liberty Village for the care and compassion that they had given our Mother over the years. 
 
This obituary was written by Shirley Utterback.

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Leon A. Benson

Leon A. ‘Moe’ Benson, 93, of Monticello, passed away at 1:28 a.m., June 13, 2018 at the Piatt County Nursing Home.

Moe was born May 21, 1925 in Piatt County, IL the son of William and Helen (Ferry) Benson. He married Mary Kay Clodfelter on May 22, 1950 in Arkansas. She died April 24, 1994.

 

Moe is survived by his children, Mark Benson of Bechtelsville, PA, Scott ‘Mojo’ Benson of Osmond, IL, Doug Benson of Monticello, IL and Shelley Benson of Granite City, IL; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Suggs of Alabama, Bertice Dresback of Decatur, Barbara Simpson of Hoopeston. He was preceded in death by his parent’s, wife, 3 brothers and 6 sisters.

Moe was a concrete and Labor Local worker. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean War. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Monticello Sages fan. Most of all Moe was well known for his love of fishing.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Monticello Township Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to A Small Hand - Piatt County Infant and Diaper Pantry or the Piatt County Nursing Home.

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

 

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Charlotte Ann Capps

CERRO GORDO -- Charlotte Ann Capps, 91, of Cerro Gordo, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on June 14, 2018. 

Charlotte was born on March 5, 1927 to Harry and Edith Larrick. She married Glenn Capps on May 6, 1951 and together they had three children, Martha, Melinda, and Mary. 

Charlotte loved to spend time with her family and was present at many of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s special events. She never forgot a birthday and would always be ready with treats to hand out to anyone who would come to visit. As a longtime member of the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren, she had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. She loved Christmas more than any other time of the year and always turned her home into a winter wonderland for the season. Charlotte was full of spunk and was ready to crack a joke to anyone who would listen. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and community. 

 

Charlotte is preceded in death by her Husband Glenn Capps, parents Harry & Edith Larrick, Brothers Lynn Larrick, Jack Larrick, and Dean Larrick, Jerry Larrick. 

She is survived by her three children, Martha Griswold (Tom) of Cerro Gordo, IL, Melinda Sawyer (Jeffrey) of Cerro Gordo, IL, and Mary Gilsrud (Joe) of Winona, MN; Sister-in-law Anna Rose Larrick of Cerro Gordo, IL, 5 Grandchildren: Molly Kim (Han) of St. Charles, MO, Adam Sawyer (Hannah) of Chicago, IL, Maggie Hecht (Jeremy Jones) of Lakeville, MN, Joe Sawyer (Brandy) of Decatur, IL, and Emily Miller (Sheldon) of Bloomington, IN; and 11 great grandchildren, Nyah, Lucy, Christian, Camryn, Taylor, Valerie, Aaiden, Liam, Montgomery, Blair, and Griffin. 

Private family services will be held. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Hope Welty Library, 100 South Madison St., Cerro Gordo, IL. 

 

Memorials in Charlotte’s honor may be made to DMH Hospice or Charity of your choice.

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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Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy, 80, of Lincoln, passed away Saturday (June 9, 2018) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

Paul was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Rushville, son of James Dale and Margaret Jane Haber Kennedy. He married Lauralee Davis in 1976. She preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2015.

 

Surviving Paul are his children, Paul William “Bud” (Debra) Johnson Jr., Danvers; Rick Allen (Angie) Johnson, Heyworth; and Greg David (Scott Anderson) Johnson, Encino, Calif.; sister, Susan Gardner; brother, Jim Kennedy; grandchildren, Tera Johnson (Michael) Swartz; Joel, Josh, Jacob, Elizabeth, Caleb and Mariah Johnson; stepgrandchildren, Nicole (Chris) Mochel, Brandon Winkeler, Anthony Manzella, Melissa Tapke; eight great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, June Yates and Harlan Kennedy.

 

Paul was a U.S. Army veteran. He and his wife owned and operated Kennedy Budget Counselors, where they did credit counseling and tax preparation. They also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., for the winter months and spending time with family.

Service for Paul will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Hartsburg Union Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 263. Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to the Humane Society of Logan County or American Lung Association.

 

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Dorothea Lawson

Dorothea M. Lawson, 93, of Clinton, passed away 10:46 p.m. Thursday (June 14, 2018) at Heritage Health, Normal.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with Pastor John Roberson officiating. There will be no visitation. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Children’s Church at the First Baptist Church, Clinton.

Dorothea was born April 29, 1925, in Clinton, the daughter of Oliver Warren and Bessie Mae Ellington Weaver. She married Harold E. “Gene” Lawson July 17, 1948, in Bloomington. He passed away July 25, 2002.

 

Survivors include her brother, Sherrill (Marge) Weaver, Sun City Center, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, eight sisters and two brothers.

Dorothea was a member of the First Baptist Church, Clinton. She had retired from the Duvall County School Board, Jacksonville, Fla., and State Farm Insurance.

 

Dorothea enjoyed woodworking and making Christmas ornaments.

Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

 

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Charles James Martin, Sr.

Charles James Martin, Sr., 81 of Clinton, IL, passed away 9:20 AM June 10, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center – Riverview, East Peoria, IL.
 
Masonic services will be 2 PM Saturday, June 16, 2018, followed by religious services with Rev. Randy Myers officiating at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 12 – 2 PM Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
 
Charles was born January 26, 1937, in Charleston, IL the son of Uriel and Wilma (Butler) Martin. He married Sandra Sue Kennedy July 23, 1960, in Clinton, IL. She passed away December 20, 2010.
 
Survivors include his children: Charles J. (Susanne) Martin, Jr., Colorado Springs, CO, Ginger (Mark) Barton, Mapleton, IL; 5 grandchildren: Jason, Jacob, Jesse, Janine, and Jennifer; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother: Henry Martin, Clinton, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Ronald Martin.
 
Charles retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after 37 years.

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Jane E. Owens

Jane E. Owens, 87, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 10:20 A.M., Monday, June 11, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.
 
Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor Annie McMillan officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, Le Roy or the 
Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service.
 
Mrs. Owens was born March 27, 1931, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Harry Lee and Mildred Evelyn Oliver Roy. She married Gene S. Owens on December 16, 1949, in Le Roy. He passed away January 12, 2012.
 
She is survived by her two sons, David Gene (Bonnie) Owens and Mark William Owens all of Bloomington; one daughter, Deb Owens of Saybrook; four grandchildren, Kate (Bill Klos) Harshman, Kim Harshman, Christopher (Mandy) Owens, and Lindsay (Kevin) Hermann; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy Atherton of Congerville.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Harry and Robert Roy and one sister, Dorothy Jean Roy.
 
Jane was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Le Roy. She had worked for Dr. Pliura for 20 plus years and later worked for Dr. Soundar in Le Roy. She had also worked at the Le Roy State Bank and was a partner in Bucksworth House, Le Roy.
 
The family would like to thank the girls at Le Roy Manor and Marvin Williams for their care of Jane during her time at the nursing home.

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Ronald Dean 'Bud' Hamilton

Ronald Dean "Bud” Hamilton, 88, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 3:39 P.M., Thursday, June 7, 2018, at his home in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
A private inurnment will be held at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois.
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Mr. Hamilton was born March 10, 1930, at the Rust Farm West of Le Roy, Illinois, to Matt and Anna Smith Hamilton. He married Carol Jean Miller on September 14, 1952, in McLean County, Illinois. She survives in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his two sons, Ronald (Karen) Hamilton of Le Roy, Illinois, and Randy (Deanna) Hamilton of Le Roy, Illinois; one daughter, Becky (the late Allen) Reynolds of Downs, Illinois; six grandchildren, Ashley, Adam & Austin Reynolds and Matt, Natalie & Madison Hamilton.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Delmar Hamilton and one sister, Darlene Price.
 
Bud was an Illinois National Guard Veteran and was activated 1946-1951.
 
Bud lived and farmed in the Le Roy area his entire life. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring old cars and tractors. He could fix or repair anything. He also enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting and school activities and going to the fair to see their 4-H projects.
 
Bud was a member of the Ruel Neal American Legion Post #79, Le Roy, the Mclean County Antique Car Club, a lifetime member of the Le Roy Sportsman’s Club, and the McLean County Farm Bureau.

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Delores Bergman

Delores Bergman, 90, passed away at 12:28 a.m. on June 10, 2018, at Copper Creek Cottages in Lincoln.
 
Delores was born on January 24, 1928, in Lafayette, IN; daughter of Frank and Neva (Charles) Hodgdon. She married Robert Bergman on May 18, 1950, in Lincoln, IL. He survives her.
Delores is also survived by her children: Nancy (Randy) Angeletti, Janet McGee, and Jeff (Jennifer) Bergman; two brothers: Norman and Gerald Hodgdon; five grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Stanley Hodgdon.
Delores was of the Christian faith.
 
Delores’ wishes were to be cremated. There will be no services. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Lois Schmidt

Lois Schmidt, 97, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on June 9, 2018, at the Christian Village in Lincoln.
Lois Bernice Schmidt was born on February 15, 1921, a daughter of Clem and Anna (Fink) Garton at their country home near Lincoln. 
 
As a teenager, she was active in 4-H. She worked at Kresskis on Saturday’s while attending college. 
 
Lois helped organize the Rural Youth Organization for young people of the county where she first met her husband Julian. 
 
Lois graduated from Lincoln High School, Lincoln College and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. She taught two years at Popcorn Country School near Chestnut. At this time WWII was taking place and Julian Schmidt, a Navy Pilot, came home to wed Lois at the Methodist Church in Lincoln on May 2, 1943. They left after the wedding to live at a navy base at Cocoa Beach, Florida. Julian flew the large PBM plane to patrol the Atlantic Ocean for submarines. 
 
Lois had three happy years while based here. She met a nice group of Navy wives. 
 
Lois was the mother of three wonderful sons, Gene (Pat) Schmidt of Mt. Pulaski, Gary (Kathy) Schmidt of Lincoln, IL and Keith Schmidt of Las Vegas, NV. Also surviving are eight very close grandchildren, Dr. Tarin (Steve) Dalton of Blue Ridge, VA, Lainen (Eric) Graff of Cumming, GA, Jason (Casie) Schmidt of Lincoln, IL, Adam (Alyssa) Schmidt of Lincoln, IL, Anna (Rodney) Laubenstein of Lincoln, IL, Jordan (Carolann) Schmidt of Monroe, WA; Julie (Ben) Jensen of Bloomington, IL, Jeremiah (Laura) Schmidt of East Peoria, IL. There are 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild: Londyn Lois. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Julian on September 4, 2015, two brothers, four sisters and her infant baby girl. 
 
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski. She enjoyed teaching the little ones Sunday School and the summer vacation bible school when she was younger. Lois was the treasurer on the first Logan County Home Extension Board and president of the Mt. Pulaski Extension. She was very active in the Mt. Pulaski Women’s Club organization, serving two years as president and helping anyway as needed. She enjoyed playing bridge and meeting new friends. She helped organize the wonderful group of friends for the Pinochle Club. Their group traveled for many years to Hawaii, several couples for Caribbean Cruises and Florida and many on shorter trips. Lois taught 20 years before retiring. Her husband and friends urged her to retire so they could travel together. 
 
Funeral services for Lois will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 12, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Burial will be at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran School.

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Jimmie Edward 'Pete' Birk

Jimmie Edward "Pete” Birk,75, passed away at 7:54 p.m. on June 7, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
 
Pete was born on August 20, 1942, in Newton, IL; son of George and Nellie (Stanley) Birk. He married Linda Mulvaney on October 24, 1959, in Lincoln, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving Pete is his son: Ed (Lisa) Birk of Lincoln, IL; two grandchildren: Whitney (Josh) Birk and Brian (Abby) Birk also of Lincoln; one brother: Gilbert (Sandy) Birk of Lincoln, IL; one sister-in-law: Verna Birk of Clinton, IL; one brother-in-law: Lawrence Jones of Lincoln, IL. Pete was preceded by his parents and his siblings: Hobert Birk, Patricia Calvo, Linda Smith, Eloise Jones, Katie Lee, and Benny Birk.
 
Pete worked until his retirement as an engineer at Lincoln Developmental Center and was a member of Open Arms Christian Fellowship. He was a United States Army veteran.
Services for Pete will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Larry Crawford officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service, where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Pete’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Memorial Home Hospice.
 
The family would like to thank the nurses at Memorial Home Hospice for their loving care they provided to Pete.

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Carolyn K. Welch

Carolyn K. Welch, 87, of Minonk, IL passed away at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at OSF St Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.
 
She was born on April 2, 1931, in Minonk, IL a daughter of Joseph W. and Barbara Reinhardt Ioerger. She married Robert D. Welch on November 25, 1949, in Tunica, MS. He passed away on April 27, 2000.
 
Survivors include two daughters, Jane(Rick) Tedrick of Clinton; Janet Welch-Pick(Jerry Pick) of Pontiac; three sons, Jerry(Michelle) Welch of Minonk; Jan(Janet) Welch of Woodstock, GA; James( Diane) Welch of Dana; two sisters, Lois( Larry) Bearss of Minonk; Joan Blackmore of El Paso; two daughters-in-law, Nancy Stine of Minonk; Connie Welch of Flanagan; 18 grandchildren, Brian Welch, Jae Butler, Edward Stine,  Jeff Welch, Keith Weber, Beth Weldy, Jamie Welch, Jeremy Welch, Stephanie Hudson, Rick Butler, Katelyn Stites, Madison Butler, Justin Welch, Jenna Howe, Drew Read, Lucas Read, Catie O’Dell and Robert Stevens; 25 great grandchildren and one on the way in October; one  great great grandson; grand dogs and grand cats; many nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, John and Joe Welch;  brother, Donald Ioerger and brother-in-law, Lowell Blackmore.
 
Carolyn was a loving homemaker taking care of the family when they needed her most.
 
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, cooking and was famous for her cinnamon rolls, tea rings, and her potato salad.
 
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk where she belonged to the St. Paul’s Ladies.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk. Pastor Ed Sinclair will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 4-7p.m. at the church and also one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.  Burial will be in Baughman Cemetery in rural Minonk. Arrangements are being handled by Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk.
 
Memorial contributions may be sent made to  St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.

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Virginia Ann Clark

 Virginia Ann Clark, 83, of Bement, IL., passed away at 12:02 A.M., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Villas of Hollybrook, Monticello, Illinois.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Bement United Methodist Church, Bement, IL. Visitation will be held from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., on Sunday, June 10, 2018, also at the Bement United Methodist Church. The Pastor Amos Dillman will officiate. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement, IL. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bement United Methodist Church.
 
Ann was born on September 17, 1934, in Monticello, IL., a daughter of Glenn W. and Velna Wolfe Heckman. She married Robert D. Clark on August 14, 1955, in Monticello, IL., and he passed away on July 28, 2015. Surviving is 3 sons; Mark Clark of Monticello, IL., John (Becky) Clark of Monticello, IL. and Dave Clark of Bement, IL. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren; Jordan (Eric) Brunner, Mitchel and Michael Clark, Lindsey (Derek) Conner, Tracy (Kris) Ehler, Becky Headley, Lisa (Brian) Arnold, Monica and Sara Naegle, as well as great-grandchildren; David Durbin, Peyton Scott, Blakely and Brecken Conner, and Adam Brunner. Other survivors include her siblings; Carol (Harry) Porter of Bement, Nancy (Dave) Wood of DeKalb, IL., and Danny Heckman of White Heath, IL., as well as 2 half-sisters; Mary Della Clark of Monticello, IL., and Elizabeth (Dave) Henneberry of West Grove, P.A., as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twin daughters; Susan and Sandra Clark, brother; Glenn W. Heckman, Jr., 2 sisters; Melba Summers and Judith Nelson.
 
Ann was a member of the Bement United Methodist Church, Bement Women's Club, Bunco Club, She was on the Bement Library Board, Luncheon group of the Monticello High School Class of 1952, and more than anything Ann loved preparing for many years the funeral luncheons for family's after their services.
 
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL, have the honor to serve the Clark family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.

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Dr. Harold Nord

Dr. Harold Axel Nord, 62, of Bloomington, was called home at 12:40 a.m. Friday (June 8, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, and is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
His funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Eastview Christian Church with the Revs. Bob Knapp and Mike Baker officiating. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Eastview Christian Church. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Haitian Christian Ministries or Eastview Christian Church. 
 
To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.
 
He was born Sept. 23, 1955, in Bloomington, son of Dr. Stanley K. and Sudie M. Whittinghill Nord. He married his high school sweetheart, Debra McIntyre, on July 14, 1974.
 
Surviving are his beloved wife of 44 years, Debbie, of Bloomington; his three children, Melissa (Tom) Waterson,  Bloomington; Matt (Mellisa) Nord, O'Fallon, Mo.; and Mike (Emily) Nord, Normal; his 11 grandchildren, Ernie Waterson, Ruthie Waterson, Bobby Waterson, Ollie Waterson, Carson Nord, Cannon Nord, Cooper Nord, Axel Nord, Rae Nord, Edna Nord and Isla Nord; his seven brothers, Dr. Ronald (Diane) Nord, Dr. Paul (Karen) Nord, Dr. Lawrence (Connie) Nord, Dr. Daniel Nord, John (Donna) Nord, David Nord and Douglas (Deborah) Nord, all of Bloomington; his one sister, Carolyn (Allen) Fox, St. Charles, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Dr. Nord was a 1973 graduate of Normal Community High School, Illinois State University and University of Illinois Medical School and was an OB-GYN in the Bloomington-Normal community for 31 years.
 
His greatest joys were spending time with his family, serving in his church, working the mission field in Northern Haiti for 23 years, and caring for his patients by "showing the love of Christ through healthcare" (his medical practice's mission statement). He will forever be remembered as a man of peace, whose gentle and kind spirit touched so many lives.
 
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him, we have also obtained access by faith into his grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. We rejoice in our sufferings because God's love has been poured into our hearts..." Romans 5: 1-5.

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Russell Thomas Smith

Russell Thomas Smith, 65, of DeLand, IL passed away at 5:15 PM June 8, 2018, at Farmer City Rehab and Health Care, Farmer City, IL.
 
Services will be 10 AM Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Weldon United Methodist Church with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating.  Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL.  Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Monday, June 11, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Russell was born October 21, 1952, in Decatur, IL the son of Lonnie and Imogene (Martin) Smith.  He married Barbara L. Sizemore on August 12, 1989, in Allerton Park, Monticello, IL. 
 
Survivors include his wife, Barb Smith, Monticello, IL; son, Todd (Jen) Smith, Charleston, IL; daughter, Kristin (Christopher) Greer, Monticello, IL;  step-daughter Tricia (Chad) Trimble, Champaign, IL; step-son, Shawn (Tisha) Leischner, Bloomington, IL; step-son, Shannon (Anne) Leischner, Washington, IN;  4 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren; siblings, Connie (Rich) Blazier, Urbana, IL; Martha (Galen) Martin,  Ashland, IL; and Michael Smith, Rantoul, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Heaven received one of the most precious, gentle souls on earth. Russ always carried a smile, made people laugh with his hilarious cartoon impersonations, and never knew a stranger. He was a diesel technician, agriculture engineering enthusiast, and a detail-oriented farmer. Russ enjoyed fishing, bowling, spending time with his grandchildren and spreading joy to everyone in his presence. He never hurried a day in his life, but took his time, enjoyed every meal and every moment. He served on the DeLand-Weldon School board for 12 years. Russ was a constant source of God’s love by radiating heaven on Earth and inspiring everyone he knew to be better people. 
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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James A. Black

James A. Black, 69, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 11:41 P.M., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. Cremation rites have been accorded. 
 
Memorial donations may be made to the veteran organization, Honor Courage Commitment at hccvet.org.
 
James was born December 29, 1948, in Denver, Colorado, to Thomas and Mary Davis Black. He married Nancy Jacobs on July 1, 1995, in Arrowsmith, Illinois. She survives in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his daughters, Lesley (Ben) Harl of Decatur, Illinois, and Carrie (Jimmy) Banks of Decatur, Illinois; stepson, Jacob (Amy) Hale of North Carolina; stepdaughter, Andrea (Jason) High of Arrowsmith, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
 
Jim was a United States Air Force veteran, proudly bringing home our POWs from Vietnam. Jim was a musician, avid Cubs and Bears fan and loved playing baseball.

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Hannah J. Adams

Hannah J. Adams, 80, of McLean,  went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
 
Funeral services for Hannah will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the McLean United Methodist Church.  Rev. Bill Ramsdale will officiate.  Cremation Rites have been accorded.  Interment will follow at McLean Cemetery.
 
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the McLean United Methodist Church.
 
Hannah Jane Ijams was born March 7, 1938, in Lincoln, the daughter of Dr. Lynn and Alice Samuell Ijams.  She graduated from Atlanta High School and attended MacMurray College. She married James Harold Adams in her parents' home in Atlanta, on Aug. 2, 1957.
 
She is survived by her husband, James Adams, and their children: Lynn (Sheila) Adams of McLean, Brenda (Dan) Wilcox of Heyworth, Arnold (Alicia) Adams of Platteville, Wis., and Harold Adams of Savoy; 10 grandchildren: Mary (Richard) Wise, Rachel (Drew) Henricks, Sarah (Miles) Williams, Eric (Naomi) Wilcox, Evan (Jessica) Wilcox, Jake Adams, Cody Adams, Drew Adams, Ruby Adams, and Sophia Adams; six great-grandchildren: Leora Wilcox, Adam Wise, Elizabeth Wilcox, Evalina Wilcox, Ruth Wilcox, and Baby Girl Wise (due in June); two sisters: Joyce Quisenberry of Phoenix and Sally (Jack) Bicknell of Atlanta; and one sister-in-law: Charlotte Ijams of Atlanta.
 
Hannah was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Allyn Ijams, one brother-in-law: Duane Quisenberry, one sister: Matilda Ijams, and one-great-grandson: Enzo Wilcox.
 
She is retired from ISU Credit Union in Normal. She loved her family and enjoyed music. She was active in her church and with the Girl Scouts for 37 years.
 
Memorials may be made to the McLean United Methodist Church.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Martha J. Harris Kirk

Martha J. Harris Kirk, 76, of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at St. Clara's Rehab and Senior Center.
 
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the New Union Cemetery in Lincoln with Fr. Dave Klug officiating.
 
Martha Joyce Harris was born December 17, 1941, in Bloomington, the daughter of Floyd R. "Bay" and LaVahn Kepner Harris. She was united in marriage to Everett F. Kirk on November 10, 1973. He preceded her in death on August 16, 1997. 
 
She is survived by two sisters: Jean (Gordon) Kindred of Atlanta and Joan Horrom of Lincoln; and eight nieces and nephews: Bill Horrom, Kathy Lahr, Mike Horrom, Steve Horrom, Gayle Klug, Karen Sherman, Denis Kindred, and Marsha Mammen.  
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother: Shorty Harris, and two nephews: David Horrom and Jeff Kindred.
 
Martha graduated from the Atlanta High School in 1959. She retired from Lehn and Fink after 30 years of service.
 
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Fire Department.  
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.

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Berline A. Smith

Berline A. Smith, 100, of Waynesville, passed away on June 3, 2018, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.  Mr. Dave Taylor will officiate.  Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Waynesville.
 
Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
 
Berline A. Blackwood was born Dec. 11, 1917, in Adamsville, Tenn., the daughter of Arthur W. and Ollie Burney Blackwood.  She married Curry Smith on July 13, 1935.  He preceded her in death Aug. 12, 1986.
 
Berline is survived by their children: Shirley (Maxwell) Melton of Stantonville, Tenn., Billy (Catherine) Smith of Bloomington, Brenda (Jim) Tabor of Creve Coeur, and Thomas (Nancy) Smith of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Roger; two sisters; three brothers; and two grandchildren.
 
Berline was a member of the Mt. Vincent Methodist Church in Stantonville, Tenn.  She worked for Lincoln Development Center for seventeen years.
 
Memorials may be made to the Waynesville Christian Church, Waynesville Fire Department, or the Waynesville American Legion.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Kevin Richards

Kevin Richards, 67, formerly of Prophetstown and Decatur, passed away in his sleep on June 2nd at his home in Farmer City, Illinois. 
 
Kevin was born in Morrison, Illinois on June 9th, 1950. He graduated from St. Teresa High School in Decatur in 1968 and attended Danville Area Community College.
 
Kevin worked as a produce manager for his father’s grocery store as well as a variety of other jobs. He was an excellent high school, American Legion and Community College baseball player. He was active in organizing, coaching and managing baseball/softball events and leagues in Central Illinois.
 
Kevin is survived by his mother Norene Richards of Farmer City, brothers Randy (Dolores Richards) of Rock Island and Michael (Sandy Mason) of Monticello; 4 nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews as well as his loyal lifelong friends Al Jayne and Mike Cunningham. He is preceded in death by his father Glenn Richards.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in his name to Champaign County Humane Society 1911 E Main St, Urbana, IL.
 
Brothers Michael and Randy are planning a celebration of his life to be held in early August. Date and time TBD. Contact Randy at RandyRichards49@gmail.com for more information.

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William A. Gentry

William A. Gentry 88 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:35 PM June 3, 2018 at his residence surrounded by family.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Weldon Springs Veterans’ Point.
 
William was born November 27, 1929 in Clinton, IL the son of Fairris and Carrie (Isaacs) Gentry. He married Ida Ellen Thoms October 22, 1972 in Clinton, Il. She passed away June 30, 2008.
 
Survivors include his children: Jason William (Heather Alexander) Gentry, Clinton, IL; and Sara Jo Gentry, Clinton, IL; brother, Larry (Mary Ellen) Gentry, Dahinda, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters, and 1 brother.
 
William was a retired Sheet Metal Worker and member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Local #1. He also worked in Heating and Cooling and did body work. He enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing with his family.

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Bruce Thomas Cunningham

Bruce Thomas Cunningham died of a broken heart on March 13, 2018, nearly 4 months after the love of his life, Dorothy, passed away in November. Bruce had never missed an anniversary with “Dot” so it was meant to be that they were together to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on March 28th after all. He was surrounded by his loving children at the time of his passing.
Words can not express the depth of how much he is missed by his loved ones. He leaves behind son Mark D. Cunningham and wife Pam, Clinton, IL; and daughter Terri L. Cunningham, Charlotte, NC. In addition, he also leaves behind two granddaughters who were his pride and joy: Jamie Cunningham, Bloomington, IL and Amanda Cunningham Visinia, Clinton, IL. Three great-grandchildren: Leilani Lynn, Matai Marcus and Koa Kingston Visinia, Clinton, IL. And several nieces and nephews.
Bruce was born in Canastota, NY in 1932, the son of William and Marietta “Mae” Relyea Cunningham, the youngest of five. He earned an Associate Degree in Chemistry from Binghamton Technical College, Binghamton, NY, before enlisting in the United States Army during the Korean War. He served for 3 years and spent most of his time at an Army base in Alaska while it was still recognized as a Territory and before it was a part of the United States. Before entering the service, however, his life changed when his sister introduced him to a co-worker, Dorothy “Dot” Avery. Subsequently, they married while he was on a 72- hour pass; hitch hiking home from his Base in time to attend his own rehearsal dinner. He got married the next day and had one day for a honeymoon before returning to the Base.
Once he was discharged in 1955, Bruce went on to attend, and graduate from Syracuse University with a BS in Chemistry. It was during this time he also became a father for the first time when son Mark was born.  Upon graduation, Bruce went to work at Revere Copper and Brass in Rome, NY. A promotion sent he and the family, which now included daughter Terri, to Clinton, IL where he worked several years before another promotion sent him back to Rome, NY. In 1978, a promotion to Vice President of Manufacturing called for he and Dot to relocate once again to Clinton, IL. After Revere was sold to Olin Brass, Bruce worked for Olin at the plant in Bloomington, IL until he took early retirement when he was 60 years old. While he was in Clinton, over the years he was active in the Jaycees, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton Country Club, and the American Legion. Bruce and Dot relocated one more time in 2010 due to the persistent urging of daughter Terri to join her in the Carolinas. It was not an easy decision but because he was a dedicated father, they made the move, and even though he loved the warmer weather and had great neighbors, he always missed his old life in Clinton. They spent their last years in Carolina Lakes, Sun City in Fort Mill, SC, only 15 miles from Terri.
Bruce possessed an easy smile, twinkling eyes and a quick wit. He was proud of his time in the military and was a loyal Syracuse Orangemen fan. Besides his wife and children, his other passion was golf, which he shared with Dot. Anyone who knew Bruce also knew that Dot could golf circles around him and beat him on a regular basis, but he was not deterred; he loved it anyway. Even babysitting a grandchild didn’t keep them from the game, as they would take turns holding Amanda in the golf cart while the other took a swing. Bruce enjoyed his last tee time two weeks before his unexpected death.  Being the devoted Dad that he was, he skipped golf for a week to stay and care for Terri after surgery for what would be his last four days.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, brother William, and sisters Bonnie Cunningham, Margaret “Peg” Saunders, and Carol Cunningham.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 pm, Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte, NC, followed by a short reception immediately following the Service. The date is significant; it was chosen to honor him because it is the weekend between Father’s Day and Bruce’s birthday on June 29th, when he would have turned 86.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion,219 N. Elizabeth St., Clinton, IL 61727 or Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 8919 Park Road, Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Cremation services were provided by Wolfe Funeral Home, Fort Mill, SC.

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Gary Dean Denton

Gary Dean Denton, 63, of Chestnut passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in his home.
 
Gary was born on March 11, 1955 in Taylorville, IL the son of Marshall K. and Janice L. (Brockette) Denton.
 
Gary is survived by his sister, Jill (Larry) Gabriel of Mt. Pulaski; his great-nephew, Trea Masset of Farmer City; his great-great-niece, Cambrey Masset of Farmer City; special family members, Matt, Lisa, and Haley Wilham of Kenny; and his cousins, Royalene Michael and Coleen Kennedy of Coto Paxi, CO.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and nephew, Kenneth Masset. 
 
Gary loved sports and playing pool. He was a retired truck driver, most of the time with TNT Holland Trucking. He was a member of The First Baptist Church in Taylorville, he graduated from Taylorville High School.
Gary’s wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Rena Diliberto

Rena Diliberto, 76, of Clinton, IL passed away at 3:26 PM, May 31, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 10 AM Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Rena was born February 12, 1942 in Lane, IL the daughter of Pearl and Mary (Myers) Marshall. She married Paul Diliberto August 7, 1973 in Chicago, IL. 
 
Survivors include her children: Paula Grotbo, Normal, IL; Yvette (Dan) Sidell, Pekin, IL; and Denise (Jason) Huff, Murphysboro, IL; seven grandchildren: Devin, Cindy, Dustin, Amber, Brooklynn, Noah, and Jacob; two great grandchildren: Landon and Cooper; sisters: Betty Hayward, Chillicothe, IL; and Connie Henderson, Decatur, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and three brothers. 
 
Rena was retired from Crestview Nursing Home. She was baptized at the First Christian Church of Wapella, IL in 1990.

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James 'Jamie' Darren Polen

James “Jamie” Darren Polen 45 of Clinton, Il. passed away 12:30 PM June 2, 2018 at his residence, Clinton, Il.
 
Private Family Graveside will be 1:00 pm Friday Polen Cemetery Rural DeWitt, Illinois.
Visitation will 1-3 pm Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
 
Memorials may be directed to Jamie Polen Memorial Fund.
 
Jamie was born January 23, 1973 in Clinton, Il. the son of James Darrell and Zelma Jean (Thrasher) Polen.
 
Survivors include his long term companion, Janie Wyatt, Clinton, Il.; Father Jim (Judy) Polen of Clinton: Children, Christopher and Savanah Polen both of Pontiac, Il. Grandson, Noah James Ashmus of Pontiac, Il.; Siblings, Bridget Polen of Indiana; Kandi Anderson of Lincoln, Il.; Mark (Kerri) Polen of Clinton and Ronald (Amber) Polen of Clinton, Il.
 
Also surviving is his faithful friend Charlie.
 
He was preceded his Mother and Grandson Gabriel Ashmus.

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Shirley 'Short' Clifton

Shirley “Short” Clifton 89 of Weldon, Illinois passed away 2:35 A.M. June 2, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.
 
Services will be 1:00 P.M., Friday June 8, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Nixon Township Cemetery, Weldon, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Friends In Action or Weldon Rescue Squad.
 
Shirley was born in1929 in Rutledge Township, DeWitt County, Il. the daughter of Ora and Gertrude (Matlock) Milton. She married Earl “Jim” Clifton November 20, 1947 in Clinton, Il. He passed away November 27, 1998.
 
Survivors include her children, Penny (Steve) Schimpler, Pasadena, Maryland; Jim (Marty) Clifton, Lehigh Acres, Florida; 7 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren, Brothers, Bob Milton, Clinton, Il. and Bill Milton, Edmonds, Washington.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother and 1 Sister.
 
Shirley was a cook for the DeLand – Weldon School District for over 30 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 131 Myrtle Chapter, Clinton, IL. Shirley enjoyed movies and listening to books on tape.

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Larry Coleman Ratliff

Larry Coleman Ratliff, 80, formerly of Clinton and Chatham, passed away peacefully at Primrose Retirement Community of Decatur on Monday, May 28, 2018.
 
Larry was born on October 3, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Raymond Ecton and Minnie Elizabeth Owens Ratliff. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ray, Ron, and Ray Edward Ratliff.
 
Larry met his future wife, Marilyn Marie Bumgarner, as students in a one room school house called Mt. Zion. They were friends since the fifth grade. They were married on September 4, 1959. Larry retired from Illinois Power at their Nuclear Power Plant in Clinton after 24 years of service as a Quality Engineer. Larry is a member of First Christian Church of Clinton and former member and deacon of Chatham Baptist Church.
 
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn of Decatur; his son, Gregory (Vicky) Ratliff of Chatham; daughters Susan (Kenneth) Klein, Leslie (Bob) Gwozdz and Lynn Flowers all of Clinton; grandchildren, Kiersten (Jon) Goff, Merle, Courtney, and Cheyenne Klein, Kayla, Kiel, and Kasey Gwozdz, Jabin and Chase Flowers; great-grandchildren Sophia and Cora Goff; brother, Ken (Fran) Ratliff and sister-in-law, Betty Ratliff of Phoenix, AZ.
 
His family will greet friends on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 12 Noon pm until the time of the funeral ceremony at 2 pm at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. The Celebration Service will be officiated by Pastor Greg Taylor of First Christian Church of Clinton.
 
Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Benevolence Fund, 100 North Jackson Street, Clinton, Illinois, 61727.
 
Please visit www.StaabPolk.com to leave condolences and share your memories.

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V. Maxine Garver

V. Maxine Garver, 97, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away on May 30, 2018 at Heritage Manor in Mt. Zion, IL.
 
Visitation is from 11 am to 1 pm with services at 1 pm Saturday, June 2, at the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren. Memorials may be made to the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren, Cerro Gordo, IL.  
 
Maxine was born April 4, 1921 near Cerro Gordo, daughter of Roy and Pearl (Six) Hickman. She married Paul J. Garver on December 25, 1939. Paul precedes her in death. She leaves sons Duane and wife Jean of Oakley, IL and Gary of Pekin, IL. She leaves four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. 
 
Maxine enjoyed owning a business in Cerro Gordo for many years. She enjoyed a 28 year association with Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in Cerro Gordo. She also enjoyed being organist for her church for nearly 50 years. 
 
The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Manor for their kindness and caring.
 
Special thanks to the congregation of the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren for all the prayers, cards, and letters over the years. 
 
Most special friends are Mrs. Jerri Baldridge, Mrs. Betty Sue Laird, Pastor Tim Laird, Pastor Terry Leach, Mrs. Megan Rhoades, and Mr. Mike Ritchie. 
 
Services are being handled by the Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com

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Tamala "Tami" Ballenger

Tamala "Tami" Ballenger, 62, of Clinton, passed away at 1:22 a.m. Thursday (May 31, 2018) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Private graveside service will be Tuesday with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
 
Tami was born Feb. 25, 1956, in Bloomington, the daughter of Calvin and Donelda “Donnie” Haycraft Karr. She married Bob Ballenger May 2, 1981, in Wapella.
 
Survivors include her mother, Donelda “Donnie” Karr, Clinton; husband, Bob Ballenger, Clinton; children, Staci Ballenger, Clinton; Chad Ballenger, Clinton; grandchildren, Mackena and Jacob, Clinton; siblings, Darla (David) Nelson, Clinton, and Shelly (Brad) Kemp, Bloomington.
 
She was preceded in death by her father.
 
Tami worked at Ameren Illinois, Decatur, for 25 years.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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John P. Reed

John P. Reed, 72, was born November 18, 1945, in Bloomington, the son of the late Thomas Paul Reed and Bernadine Marie (Dorsey). He died peacefully May 27, 2018, at his home in Heyworth, surrounded by his family from complications of lung cancer.
 
John attended Trinity Grade School, Bloomington and Central Catholic High School, Bloomington from 1959 to 1963. He was an outstanding football player, an all-conference full back. After graduation from high school, John Reed attended Illinois State University from 1963 to 1965. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1965, and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.
 
After completing his military service, John returned to Bloomington to work for his father, the owner of Reed Electric. John passed his apprenticeship and became a journeyman electrician. After his father’s death in 1979, he became the master electrician for Reed Electric until he retired in 2010.
 
John was a volunteer for Heyworth Hornets Football, an avid fan of ISU Redbirds and a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, attending the games frequently. There wasn’t an ISU tailgate that John missed!
 
John had a lifelong love affair with motorcycling and the culture surrounding it. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his son, Johnny around the family farm in Heyworth. He attended motorcycle races across the Midwest with friends and family members.
 
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linda (Johnston) Reed; his daughter, Michelle "Shelly" Reed of Bloomington, IL; his son, John M. Reed of Austin, TX; and his stepsons, David Cooprider of Downs, IL and Richard Cooprider of Austin, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jordan Tate, Emmie Shanine, Ashton Cooprider, and Caitlyn Cooprider, his sister, Judith Krause of Las Vegas, NV, and brother, Thomas Reed of New Castle, DE.
 
Memorial services will be private. Memorial services will be announced later.

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Leslie H. 'Les' Riddle

Leslie H. “Les” Riddle, 77, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:00 P.M., Sunday, May 27, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church, 
Le Roy, Illinois, with Jeff Mayfield officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church, Le Roy, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Draft Horse and Mule Association or the Le Roy Christian Church.
 
Mr. Riddle was born April 11, 1941, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Harold L. and June Mitchell Riddle. He married Shirley J. Killion on May 10, 1991, in Bloomington, Illinois. She survives in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his three children, Harold W. Riddle of Le Roy, Tammie J. (Phil) Bossingham of Murphy, TX and Scott M. (Staci) Riddle of Le Roy; four stepchildren, Steven E. (Kathy) Cline of Le Roy, Brian S. Cline of Heyworth, Kenneth L. Cline of Le Roy, and Darrin E. (Bobbi) Cline of Le Roy; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Larry J. (Kathy) Riddle of Taylorsville, NC.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, JoAnn Lauritson and one daughter, Stephanie Thomas.
 
Les was very active in the Illinois Draft Horse and Mule Association.

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Elizabeth Betsy Crang

Elizabeth Betsy Crang, 65, of DeWitt, IL, passed away at 7:21 AM, May 29, 2018 at O.S.F. St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Al-Anon.
 
Betsy was born November 28, 1952 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Dick and Laura (Smith) Crang.
 
Survivors include her son: Matthew (Theresa) Buggar, DeWitt, IL; 3 grandchildren: Nathan Buggar, Clinton, IL, Morgan Renee Buggar, Kincaid, IL and Conor Berry, DeWitt, IL; siblings: Rani Crang, Clinton, IL, Candy Crang, Kenney, IL and Cathy (Bill) Clark, Kenney, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Thomas Crang.
 
Betsy had worked at O.S.F. St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL for over 30 years. She ran Stampin Up, her handmade greeting card business, and was a sponsor for many years and former director for Al-Anon. She was loved by so many people through Al-Anon and Stampin Up.

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Randall Scott Claflin

Randall Scott Claflin, 61, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.
 
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. A visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Friday, June 1, 2018, at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 7:00 P.M., Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association or the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth.
 
Mr. Claflin was born May 2, 1957, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Clarence J. and Barbara A. Golden Claflin. He married Rose Ann Gurley on January 1, 1997, in Heyworth, Illinois. She survives in Heyworth, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his three sons, Derek S. (Aimee) Claflin of Normal, Illinois, Travis R. (Heather) Claflin of Addison, Texas, and Tristan R. Claflin of Decatur, Illinois; two stepchildren, Michelle Mumbower of Heyworth, Illinois, and Curtis Mumbower of Taylorville, Illinois; one granddaughter, Bree A. Claflin of Heyworth, Illinois; and one sister, Cimarron R. Claflin of Chicago, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Randall was retired from Firestone.
 
He was an NRA Benefactor. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He loved his Lab puppies.

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Gary 'Beaver' Newman

Gary "Beaver” Newman, 78, of Lincoln passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018 in his home.
 
Gary was born on January 2, 1940 in Moweaqua, IL, the son of Jacob and Berniece (Sill) Newman. He married Karen Kathleen Adams on December 22, 1962 in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death on June 5, 2014.
 
Gary is survived by his children, Henry Dean Newman of Lincoln and Andrea (Mike) Hinton of Lincoln; his brothers, Doug (Sue) Newman of Lincoln, Rich (Lou Ann) Newman of Lincoln, and Roger "Charlie” Newman of Lincoln; his grandchildren, Devon Jacob Newman and Mason Taylor Newman of Lincoln, Mallory (Clint) Garey of Chestnut, Madelyn (Ethan) Hinton-Tabor of Lincoln; and four great-grandchildren.
 
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife.
 
Gary was the owner and operator of Rainbow Gutters in Lincoln. He was a member of The Masonic Lodge #210 as well as a member of Teamsters 916. Gary was an avid racing fan.
 
Services for Gary will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will take place two hours prior to services (9:00-11:00a.m.) also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s name to The Humane Society of Logan County or Shriner's Hospitals for Children.

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Mabel Louise Thomas

Mabel Louise Thomas, 92, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Christian Village.
 
Louise was born on October 28, 1925 in Cornland, IL; daughter of Ralph E. and Esther (Day) Cherry. She married Orville Raymond Thomas on March 3, 1944 in Urbana, IL. He preceded her in death.
 
Surviving Louise are her daughters: Vera Thomas and Mary George both of Lincoln, IL; three grandsons: Jason (Crystal) Thomas, Nathan Thomas, and SSgt Matthew (Kristina) George; five great grandchildren: Brady and Madison Thomas, Kalena, Madysin, and Aedin George; one sister: Vera Meadows of Salem, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sons: Larry and Floyd.
 
Louise was a member of Lincoln Christian Church.
 
Services for Louise will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Lincoln Christian Church with Paul Boatman officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service also at the church (9:00-11:00 a.m.). Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Louise’s name to Lincoln Christian Church or Christian Village of Lincoln. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Erma M. Spencer

Erma M. Spencer, 102, of Clinton, IL, passed away at 10:47 A.M. May 27, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Private graveside services will be Friday, June 1, 2018 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Thomas Stout officiating. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Friday, June 1, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 
 
Erma was born October 9, 1915, in Peoria, IL the daughter of Elmer Ellsworth and Jessie Pearl (Houper) Welch.
 
Survivors include her daughter: Patricia C. Rosenberger, Clinton, IL; step-son, John Floyd (Bonnie) Spencer, Spring, TX and his 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson; 2 grandchildren: Diana (David) Massey, Clinton, IL and Wesley S. (Terri L.) Rosenberger, Heyworth, IL; 4 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 son, Russell Dean Rice; 1 step-great-grandson; 3 brothers and 1 sister.
 
Erma worked in various restaurants in Clinton and at Crestview Nursing Home. She won the 2 Step Dancing in the Talent Competition of the Miss Senior Illinois Pageant in August 1994. Erma loved to sing, cook, and sew and was a member of the Sewing Grandmothers.

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Marsha J. Price

 Marsha J. Price, 55, of Forsyth, passed away May 26, 2018, at her residence.
 
A gathering of friends and family will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 30, for a half hour at Decatur First Church of the Nazarene, 1177 W. Hickory Point Rd, followed by a memorial service to celebrate Marsha’s life. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
Memorials in Marsha’s honor may be made to Decatur First Church of the Nazarene.
 
Marsha was born July 30, 1962, in Denver, CO, the daughter of Edwin M. and M. Janice (Hancock) Abla. She married Don E. Cuttill, Jr. and he preceded her in death. She later married Kent A. Price on March 15, 2008, and he survives. Marsha was a teacher at Maroa-Forsyth schools for 29 years. She was a member of Decatur First Church of the Nazarene, IEA and D1 Treasures.
 
She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Kent A. Price of Forsyth; children, Chad (Joy) Cuttill of Nashville, TN, Chandler Cuttill of Springfield, Brandon Price of Decatur, Evan Price of Decatur, Nate (Aideen) Price of Seattle, WA, Jon (Sandra) Price of Decatur, A.J. (Wendy) Price of Indianapolis, IN; Zack (Lyndsey) Price of Pendleton, IN; parents, Edwin and Janice Abla of Decatur; brothers, Marc (Sandra) Abla of Decatur and Evan (Julia) Abla of Dayton, OH
 
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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William R. Heft

William R. Heft, 64, of Latham, IL, passed away at 12:14 A.M. Thursday May 24, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL.
 
William was born on November 10, 1953 in Decatur, IL to William H. and Mary E. (Hoaglin) Heft. They preceded him in death.
 
Surviving is his sister Patricia A. (William Stobo) Heft of Portsmouth, VA and his brother Thomas H. (Kim) Heft of Onarga, IL.
 
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday May 29, 2018 at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski with Father Nick Husain officiating. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is entrusted with arrangements.

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Dallas L. Knoy

Dallas L. Knoy, 97, of Chestnut, passed away Thursday (May 24, 2018) at Vonderleith Nursing Home, Mount Pulaski.
 
Dallas was born in Logan County and married to Corlynn L Baldwin for 67 years. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a brother, Robert; and his sister, Betty.
 
He is survived by his four children, Dan (Miriam) Knoy, Danvers; Roger (Sheri) Knoy, Clinton; Rhonda (Jay) Mattern, Mount Pulaski; and Sandy (Tony) Schlosser, Clinton; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
 
Dallas was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps while stationed at a base near Nome, Alaska. He was a lifelong resident of Chestnut, a member of the American Legion and enjoyed saluting the flag every day.
 
He was a legacy member of the Chestnut Men's Club and had served with the Chestnut Volunteer Fire Department. He was a longtime member of Clinton Assembly of God Church, Clinton.
 
Dallas worked at and retired from Decatur Caterpillar.
 
He loved getting together with his family and friends, especially if there was a fish fry involved. An avid fisherman all of his life, he was a mentor to many aspiring fishermen and was a self-proclaimed expert in the art of crappie fishing.
 
His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Clinton Assembly of God Church with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m.
 
Dallas was known and loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all. Memorials can be made to the Mount Pulaski American Legion and Leader Dogs for the Blind.
 
The family of Dallas L. Knoy is being served by Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories.

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Sheryl Lynn Carson

Sheryl Lynn Carson, 62, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
 
Sheryl was born on February 8, 1956 in Springfield, IL. The daughter of Addison Ray and Georgie (Clemons Parsons) Merritt. She married William Carson Jr. on December 15, 1984 in Lincoln, IL. He survives her.
Also surviving Sheryl are her children: Gail (Chuck) Sloan of Lincoln, IL and Jamie (Kelly) of Atwood, IL; six grandchildren: Ryan, Hayden, Tate, and Sara Sloan and Kyla and Hunter Carson; four brothers: Raymond Merritt of Lawndale, IL, Donald (Kay) Merritt of Lincoln, IL, Samuel (Lori) Merritt of Pekin, IL, and Jason Merritt of Decatur, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, step -father: Danny Parsons, and father-in-law: William Carson.
 
Sheryl was a waitress and bar tender at the Idle Hour in Lincoln for over 30 years and she enjoyed all the friendships she had made with the customers. She loved spending time with her family especially traveling to her grandchildren’s sporting events that included basketball, soccer, baseball, and volleyball. She enjoyed crocheting numerous baby blankets for all her loved ones and also enjoyed making her grandchildren mama’s favorite macaroni and cheese. She learned how to make floral arrangements from her mother. She continued the tradition after her mother passed and felt that her mother was right by her side while she made the arrangements. She will be truly missed by all that knew her.
 
Services for Sheryl will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May 30, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Corey Campbell officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday May 29, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Toys for Tots or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
 

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Marcia Washburn

Marcia Washburn, 71, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at her home in Bridgeton, Missouri. Marcia was the daughter of Harold and Jean Washburn, and sister to Jay Washburn, all who have proceeded her in death.  She is survived by her aunt Helen Halcomb, Farmer City, nephew, Jeff Washburn, Florida, her partner, Wayne Wilson, Bridgeton, Missouri, step-son, Dewayne Wilson and his children, Seattle, Washington and several cousins. Marcia was a member of Clinton Community High School Class of 1965 where she was active on the usher staff and chorus and performed in many plays and concerts.  After high school, she worked for several insurance agencies in Clinton, the Clinton Power Plant, and retired from an Electrical Engineering firm in St. Louis.  She was a member of the Clinton First Christian Church.
 
There will be no formal internment or memorial service.  Each one can honor her by remembering happy times they spent with Marcia and donating to Pancreatic Cancer Research or charity of the donor’s choice.

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Billy Lee Edwards

Billy Edwards, 80, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in his home surrounded by his loving family.
 
Billy was born on April 8, 1938 in Emporia, KS. The son of Harry and Lola (Bannister) Edwards, Billy was raised by his mother and step-father, Edwin Davison. He married Norma Brest on June 22, 1958 in Lincoln, IL, she survives.
 
Billy is also survived by his children, Michael (Debbie) Edwards, Gail (John “Q-Ball”) O’Donoghue, and William Edwards; his sister, Linda (Lloyd) Gleason; ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Judith Edwards Rohlfs.
 
Billy worked at Stetson China factory in Lincoln before his college years; after college he worked for Volle Electric in Springfield. Billy had a true passion for music, especially playing his guitar with the Rhythm Royals. Billy also loved hunting, fishing, and walking through the timber; he was a true outdoorsman. Billy was baptized in the Protestant Faith.
 
Services for Billy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the services (9:00-11:00a.m.) also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Lucas Chapel Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Billy’s name to Parkinson Research Foundation.

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Donna Lewis Thompson

Donna Lewis Thompson, 98, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2018, just two weeks before her 99th birthday. 
 
She was born on June 6, 1919, in Rutledge Township, DeWitt County, to Cecil and Esther (Feicke) Rutledge.
 
A graduate of Moore High School in Farmer City, Donna attended beauty school and later ran a shop in Clinton, where she met and married William K. (Bill) Lewis in July 1946. They later owned and operated the Red Diamond Motel for more than two decades. Following his death, she married Roy M. (Bill) Thompson in September 1976. They split their time between Clinton and Mesa, Arizona, and enjoyed playing golf year-round and traveling extensively. Donna continued these pursuits through most of her life. She also was known for her love of bridge, sewing and baking the best pies in DeWitt County.
 
In addition to her husbands, Donna was preceded in death by her brother Beryl Rutledge and step-daughter Winifred Thompson (Joseph Kuchler). She is survived by her daughter Jan Lewis; grandsons Jonathan (Beth) Ketz and Jason Ketz; step-daughters Mary Wendt and Ingeborg Lundh; nephews John (Kathy) Lewis, William Rutledge and Robert Rutledge; nieces Sarah (Jim) Cox, Deborah Lashbrook and Rebecca (Bruce) Brumleve; and numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces.
 
A graveside service will take place at 1 PM on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton, IL with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to the Lewis Learning Impact Fund at the North Kansas City Schools Education Foundation, 2000 NE 46th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64116.

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Connie Smith

Connie Lee Smith, 78, of Clinton IL, passed away in her home on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
 
She was born February 21, 1940, in Kenney, IL. Her parents were Dean and Cora (Owens) Cromwell.
 
She married the love of her life, Richard Smith, on May 10, 1957. They just celebrated 61 years of marriage. Together they have three children—Vickie, Terrie, and Wayne. Connie was able to spend her last Mother’s Day weekend with all three of her kids, and for that, we are all grateful.
 
Known for her quick wit and fiery personality, which showed through even in her final days, Connie was a force to be reckoned with. She proudly served the Clinton community through various boards and committees, including Crimestoppers and, most recently, the Police and Fire Commissioner’s Board.
 
Anyone who knows her knows that Connie loved fiercely. She had a big family, of which she was extremely proud. But her definition of family extended beyond blood, as she considered many to be her own. Either way, they would all tell you that Connie would do anything for the ones she loved.
 
She and Richard loved to be hosts, often cooking big meals for family and friends. Connie loved to tell stories, reminiscing about her childhood and her children growing up. She especially loved to tell stories of her grandchildren, reminding them of their orneriness (which was, of course, inherited from her).
 
Connie and Richard could often be found at the Elks or Eagles, socializing with their friends, giving her opinion on the latest news in Clinton, or bragging about her kids and grandkids. If she wasn’t doing that, she was most likely crocheting one of her famous blankets while watching her soap operas.
 
Connie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Don Roethe. She is survived by her beloved husband, Richard, their three kids—Vickie (David) Moore, Clinton IL, Terrie (Bryan) Baker, Grand Island NE, and Wayne (Debbie) Smith, Clinton IL, along with 11 grandchildren—Jacob (Kristy) Moore, Jason (Angie) Carter, Rachel (Darrell) Burbridge, Scott (Karen) Moore, Samantha (Kody) Mair, Allie (Scott) Mulligan,  Nicholas (Cassie) Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Robert (Jill) Talavera, Angelia (Donald) Palmiter, and Keith Hurley, and 15 great-grandchildren.
 
The visitation will be Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 5 – 7 PM at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. The funeral will be Friday, May 25, 2018, at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Scott Moore and Pastor Kody Mair officiating.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL.
 
Memorials can be made to the Clinton Eagles Ladies’ Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Ruth A. 'Annie' Payton

Ruth A. “Annie” Payton, 62, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 12:20 A.M., Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
 
A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Danya LaCount.
 
Mrs. Payton was born August 18, 1955, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Donald Duane Evans Sr. and Nancy Ann (Wilson) Evans.
 
She is survived by her mother, Nancy Ann Evans of Stanford, Illinois; two daughters, Danya C. LaCount of Le Roy, Illinois, and Sarah A. (David) Steinhoff of Normal, Illinois; two grandchildren, Lily & Emma Steinhoff of Normal, Illinois; four brothers, Donald D. Evans Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sam A. Evans of Benton, Illinois, Jon B. (Holly) Evans of Omaha, Nebraska, and Larry B. (Crystal) Evans of Benton, Illinois; and one sister, Kathleen E. (Perry) Dyer of Maywood, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her father.
 
Annie was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
 

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Mary Jill Humbert

Mary Jill Humbert, 58, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in her home surrounded by her loving family.
 
Mary was born on April 20, 1960 in Lincoln, IL. The daughter of Billy Lee and Lois (Menzel) Smith. She married Robert Humbert on August 22, 1980 in Lincoln, he survives.
 
Mary is also survived by her children, Adam Humbert of Lincoln and Tomika Rehmann of Lincoln; her sister, Jan (Steve) Montgomery of Lincoln; and her two grandchildren, Alexis Rehmann and Breydon Humbert.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Mary retired as a library clerk from Lincoln Public Library. Above all else, Mary loved her family and grandchildren.
 
A graveside service for Mary will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Harmony Cemetery in Beason, IL with Henry Johnson officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to The American Lung Association. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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William 'Bill' Williams

William “Bill” Williams 68 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:13 PM May 20, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Bill Williams Memorial Fund.
 
Bill was born October 5, 1949 in Jasper County, IL the son of Karl Sherman and Juanita (Beadles) Williams. He married Susan L. Scott, January 19, 2007 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife: Sue L. Williams, Clinton, IL; children: Jeanie (John) Venezuela, San Antonio, TX, Josh Williams, Carrollton, TX; step children: Preston Reed, Lincoln, IL, Mitchell (Nicole) Scott, Clinton, IL, Tammy Jackson, Springfield, IL, Chris Jackson, Clinton, IL; 10 grandchildren; siblings: Barb (Paul) Barnick, Decatur, IL and Sue (Mike) Thompson, Arlington, TX.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Bill worked for the Clinton Water Department for 3 years and retired from the John Warner Hospital & Health Services in Maintenance after 14 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Bill never met a stranger.

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Fayetta (Samuel) Isaac

Fayetta (Samuel) Isaac, 98, of Clinton, IL passed away 7:49 A.M. May 11, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Robin Mock officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.
 
Fayetta was born February 26, 1920 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Clyde Corwin and Jessie Faye (Bressie) Samuel.  She married Chesley "Pete" Isaac November 25, 1944.  He passed away May 9, 2005.
 
Survivors include her two nieces, Lynn (Louis) Vennard, Flat Rock, IL and Julie (Mark) Cole, Palmyra, IL; dear friend, Sharon Greenslate; and care-giver, Duane Glenn, Clinton, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Corwin Samuel, and sister-in-law, Carmen Scott Samuel.
 
Fayetta was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.  She taught 35 years in Clinton, IL, Tennessee, Texas, and Alaska.  She retired  from the Clinton Community Schools in 1985.
 
Fayetta was a volunteer for the Cancer Drive and DeWitt County Blood Bank and activities of the First Christian Church.  She was a life member of the Myrtle Chapter of the Eastern Star and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Clinton Country Club, a 25 year member of the Illinois Physical Education Association, and the Retired Teachers Association.  Fayetta was a graduate of Illinois State Normal University, Normal, IL, Class of 1941.

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Deloris V. Oller

Deloris Oller, 85, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.
 
Deloris was born on May 15, 1933 in Ashland Township, IL. The daughter of William and Velda (Beatty) Thompson. She married Donald Oller in 1954 in Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 19, 1998.
 
Deloris is survived by her children, Dee (Tom) Rowland, Mason (Rhonda) Oller, Nelson Oller, Evan Oller, and Joe Oller; her two brothers, Curt Thompson and Bryant (Maxine) Thompson; her 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Additionally she is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Deloris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Freeman and Junior; her sisters, Ella and Reddy; and one grandchild.
 
A graveside service for Deloris will be held at 2:00p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in care to Dee Rowland at CEFCU Bank, to assist with hospital expenses. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Binnie Benscoter

 Binnie Sue Benscoter 78 of Maroa, Il. passed away at 6:50 A.M. May 19, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.
 
Services will be 7 PM, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Pastor Steve Needham officiating. Visitation will be 6 – 7 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Church of the Brethren, Decatur, IL.
 
Binnie was born May 31, 1939, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Paul and Eunice (Bundy) Woods.  She married Billy Joe Benscoter on April 13, 1958, in Las Vegas, NV.  He passed away on January 11, 2012.
 
Survivors include her children:  Crystal (Christopher) Bragg, Mt. Zion, IL; Hugh (Patti) Benscoter, Roswell, GA; Rena Williams, Maroa, IL; and Chad Benscoter, Maroa, IL; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Francie Stevens, Paducah, KY.
 
She was preceded by her parents; step-mother, Mildred (Heiser) Woods; 2 brothers, 1 sister, and 1 son.
 
Binnie was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Decatur, IL.  She was also a member of the Girl Scouts of America and the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Judith Ann Coogan

Judith Ann Coogan, 75, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Country Lane Memory Care in Riverton, IL.
 
Judith was born on December 14, 1942 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Cecil and Dorothy (Goetsch) Mardis. She married James Henry "Jim Boy” Coogan on July 10, 1965 in Lincoln, IL. He survives in Mt. Pulaski.
Judith is also survived by her children, J.C. (Joyce) Coogan of Mt. Pulaski, and Teena (Doug) Lowery of Mt. Pulaski; her brother, Clarence Mardis of Mt. Pulaski; her grandchildren, Cady Lowery, Michael Lowery, and Claire Coogan.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandson, Caleb Coogan.
 
Services for Judith will be held at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL, with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00a.m.) also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Judith’s name to Zion Lutheran School.
 

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Loraine Wubben

Loraine Wubben, 98, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
Loraine was born on March 20, 1920 in rural Latham, IL. The daughter of Charles T. and Jessie M. (Williams) Vaughan. She married Harold E. Wubben on September 4, 1940 in Keokuk, IA. He preceded her in death on April 2, 2004.
 
Loraine is survived by her children, Janice (John) Poffenbarger of Mt. Pulaski, Judith (Norm) Maxheimer of Lincoln, and Julian (Lou Ann) Wubben of Mt. Pulaski; her grandchildren, Mark (Suzanne) Maxheimer, Tom (Jasper) Maxheimer, Greta (Dakota) Russell, Jennifer (Dave Albin) Wubben, and Julie (Nick Stone) Wubben; her nine great-grandchildren, one step great-grandchild, and one great-great grandchild.
 
Loraine enjoyed knitting, crochet, and sewing. Above all else, Loraine loved her family; especially her grandkids and great-grandkids.
 
A private family graveside service will be held at later date. Memorial donations may be made in Loraine’s name to Vonderlieth Living Center. 
Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Donald McCool

 Donald B. McCool, 91, of Decatur, Illinois passed away 2:50 A.M. May 17, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson and Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating.  Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Forsyth United Methodist Church.
 
Don was born January 31, 1927, in Macon Co., IL the son of Bert and Leda (Lanter) McCool. He married Betty J. Massey on November 4, 1944, in Keokuk, IA.
 
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Betty J. McCool, Decatur, IL; children:  Judy Query, Sandy Davenport, Barb Young (Richard), and Brad McCool (Teresa); 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Margaret McCool; 1 son; 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter, 1 great-granddaughter, 1 son-in-law, and 1 infant brother.
 
Don was a lifetime farmer.  He owned Belgian Draft Horses and was a member of the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America.  When he was no longer able to keep his horses on his farm, he kept his horses in Arthur, IL and formed many relationships in Arthur with the Amish community.  Don was a member of the Forsyth United Methodist Church and was on several boards.  He was a past Macon Co. Fair Board member, past Cisco Elevator Board member, and past Hickory Point Twp. Board Trustee.  Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and going to their sporting events.
 
The family would like to extend a “Special Thank you” to the staff at Hickory Point Christian Village and DMH ICU, 4th floor.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Paul Lucien Turner Jr.

Paul Lucien Turner, Jr., 84, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. He was born on December 22, 1933 in Harristown Township, IL. Paul is survived by his loving wife, Carol Turner of Mt. Pulaski, IL; daughters Teresa (John) Pierce of Orion, IL, and Paula (Carl) Wilke of Chapel Hill, NC; sons Steven (Michele) Turner of Decatur, IL, and Russell Curtis (Kim) Turner of St. Charles, MO; brother James (Jane) Turner of Springfield, IL; and grandchildren Paul Turner, Ben Pierce (Lilly Lavner), Andrea (Neal) Sawyer, Adam (Claire) Pierce and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents Paul Sr. and Loyelle Turner, son James Todd Turner, and sister, Judith Ann Leonard. 
 
Paul graduated from Decatur High School in 1951 and attended Millikin University. He first married Patricia Little in 1956; and married Carol Horn in 1980. He enjoyed a long career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL. Woodworking and rehabbing old homes were some of his hobbies and he was known for his craftsmanship. Paul loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. His kind heart, keen sense of humor and gift of story-telling will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 
 
A funeral service will be held at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, 202 N Lafayette St, Mt. Pulaski IL on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 am. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Mt. Pulaski EMS. Interment will be held at Macon County Memorial Park at a later date.

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Rev. Kenneth D. Kramer Jr.

Rev. Kenneth D. Kramer Jr., 63, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his residence.
 
Kenneth was born on June 7, 1954 in Biloxi, MS; the son of Kenneth D. and Janet Sue (Lewis) Kramer Sr. He married Norma Burge on March 6, 1981 in Centralia, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving Kenneth are his sisters: Zola (Jeff) Pickrell of Evansville, IN and Kerri (David) Horton of Henderson, KY. He is also survived by five nieces and six great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Kenneth retired from serving United Church of Christ Churches. He served eight churches in Illinois, four in Indiana, and one in Ohio. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ of Lincoln, IL. He was most recently the Moderator of the Western Association of The Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. 
 
Services for Kenneth will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at St. John United Church of Christ with Rev. Tom Norwalk, Rev. Laurie Hill, and Rev. Bruce Moeller officiating, and also 2:00 p.m. Monday May 21, 2018 at Friedens United Church of Christ in Irvington, IL with Rev. Tom Norwalk, Rev. Stacy Tate, Rev. Bruce Moeller, and Rev. John Holst officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Friday May 18, 2018 prior to service at church and 10:00-11:30 a.m. Monday May 21, 2018 prior to the service. Burial will follow the service Monday May 21, 2018 at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Centralia, IL. The family requests absolutely no flowers due to allergies, memorials may be made to the Eden Theological Seminary or Hoyleton Youth Family Services. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Lucille A. Simpson

Lucille A. Simpson, 104, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 2:12 A.M., Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Martin Health Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Burial will be in Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday, May 18, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heyworth Christian Church or the Heyworth Ambulance Service.
 
She was born on July 7, 1913, in Macon County, Illinois, to Frank and Bessie Beatrice Marsh Westerman. She married Lockwood M. Simpson on July 15, 1933, in Clinton, Illinois. He passed away January 11, 2000.
 
Lucille is survived by her son, Richard (Judy) Simpson of Bloomington, Illinois; daughter, Nancy Brown of Normal, Illinois; six grandchildren, Jeff (Patti) Brown of Sugar Grove, Illinois; Julie Hussong of Bloomington, Illinois; John (Dede) Brown of Goodfield, Illinois; Jim Brown of San Tan Valley, Arizona; Amy (Greg) Sutter of Normal, Illinois; and Matthew (Therese) Simpson of Helena, Montana; one stepgrandson, Andy (Angie) Scott of Bloomington, Illinois; eight great-grandchildren, Devin (Erica) Doran; Clayton Sutter; Connor Brown; Alysen (Fiancé, Matt Michey) Brown; Rachel Brown; Derek Brown; Dalton Brown; and Evelyn Simpson; four stepgreat-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren, Addison, Ava, Lilly, and Ellora Doran; and eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Verneil and William Westerman; sister, Maxine Johnston; son-in-law, Jim Brown; and a grandson-in-law, Mike Hussong.
 
Lucille was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth, Illinois.
 
She started selling Avon Cosmetics in 1964. She retired in December of 2015, after 51 years at the age of 102. She had been the top sales person in her district for more than 35 years. She had received numerous honors from Avon.
 
Lucille had been an election judge in Heyworth and helped with the Randolph Township Book auditing each summer.

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Gerald L. Riggs Sr.

Gerald L. Riggs Sr., 78, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 7:29 A.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, Illinois. 
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. His visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 25, 2018, at The United Church of Heyworth. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. also at the church with Pastor Linda Vonck officiating. Memorial donations may be made to JACK’S PLACE for Autism, 17360 W. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48076.
 
Gerald was born April 22, 1940, in Brookville, Illinois, to James and Myrtle Spencer Riggs.
He is survived by his daughter, Jamie S. (Doug) Cline of Heyworth, Illinois; son, Jerry L (Molly) Riggs Jr. of Shelby Township, Michigan; stepdaughters, Robin Sweborg and Leslie Pool of Avon, Illinois; brothers, Richard (Emma) Riggs of Fort Worth, Texas and Bob (Rhoda) Riggs of Janesville, Wisconsin; sister, Cathie Tompkins; twelve grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, Darla and Sharon and daughter, Kelly Zimmerman.
 
Gerald had a long successful career that he loved at Caterpillar where he retired in 1998. He was a loving man who was always smiling. Others came first to Gerald. He had an infectious laugh and was quite the charmer who made sure others he met felt special. Gerald was a loving father; stepfather; brother; grandfather; great-grandfather; uncle; and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.
 

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Thomas R. Young

Thomas R. Young, 79, of Saybrook, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 9:45 P.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois, surrounded by his family. 
 
His visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook, Illinois, with Pastor Wayne Giermann officiating. The funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 17, 2018, also at the church. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the U of I Livestock Judging Team; Wish Bone Canine Rescue, Bloomington, Illinois; or Ridgeview Athletics. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Thomas was born January 21, 1939, in Bondville, Illinois, to George and Lola Bowman Young. He married Madonna Ninmer in August of 1960. He later married Sharon Tomlinson in November of 1982, in Saybrook, Illinois, she survives.
 
He is also survived by his son, Steven Young of El Paso, Illinois; daughters, Susan (David) Baker of Arrowsmith, Illinois, and Veronica Young of Colfax, Illinois; stepson, Matthew Hall of Bellevue, Illinois; stepdaughter, Shannon Croft of Seymour, Illinois; sister, Barbara Jean Lemke of Gifford, Illinois; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and special cat, Morgan.
 
He was preceded by his stepson, Jason Hall; brother, Donald; and sister, Martha.
 
Thomas was a lifelong farmer and livestock producer in the rural Saybrook area. He owned and operated Young’s Catering for over 30 years. He was an U of I Alumni, avid fan of all Illini sports and Ridgeview athletics. He was a loving husband; father; stepfather; brother; grandfather; great-grandfather; and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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JoAnn (Spencer) Kleist

Jo Ann (Spencer) Kleist, 75 of Clinton, IL passed away 3:45 AM May 13, 2018 at Primrose Retirement Community, Decatur, IL.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Lincoln, IL with Fr. John Pham celebrant. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Holy Family Catholic Church, Lincoln, IL.
 
Jo Ann was born July 21, 1942 in McLean County, IL the daughter of Boyd and Glenna (Burnsmeir) Spencer. She married Dr. George J. Kleist on August 3, 1963 in Bloomington, IL. He passed away August 27, 2016.
 
Survivors include her children: Jeffrey (Carol) Kleist, Clinton, IL, Kenneth (Michelle) Kleist, Madisonville, KY, Karen (Timothy) Shuman, Culver, IN, James (Robin) Kleist, Decatur, IL, Steven Kleist, Bloomington, IL, Daniel (Allison) Kleist, Gibson City, IL; 19 grandchildren, 3 great grandchild; siblings: Jeanie (Jack) Kilcrece, Peru, IN, Marjorie (Keith) Sheppelman, Denver, CO, Boyd “Buddy” Spencer, Heyworth, IL, John (Rita) Spencer, Wapella, IL, Paul (Teri) Spencer, Heyworth, IL, Pete (Denise) Spencer, Towanda, IL, Eddie (Yon) Spencer, Granite City, IL and Ellen Spencer, Naples, FL. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother: Dan.
 
Jo Ann was a registered nurse at Adolf Meyer in Decatur and McFarland in Springfield. She enjoyed reading, gardening, auctions and was an NRA fan.

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Erna Henrichsmeyer

 Erna Henrichsmeyer, 102, passed away at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski at 6:10 a.m. on May 12, 2018.
 
Erna was born on February 9, 1916 in St. Peter, IL; daughter of Edward and Anna (Hassebrock) Michel. She married Elmer Henrichsmeyer in 1936 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski. He preceded her in death in January 1976.
 
She is survived by her children: Marilyn (Larry) Gerardot of Mt. Pulaski, Nancy (Ralph) Bree of Lincoln, Melvin (Pepper) Henrichsmeyer of Mt. Pulaski, and Delores (Jim) Vandevender of Mt. Pulaski; one daughter-in-law: Donna Henrichsmeyer of Lincoln; one sister-in-law: Helen Henrichsmeyer of Mt. Pulaski; ten grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters: Mary Lou and Shirley Jean, two sons: Harold and Richard, two granddaughters: Darla and Yvonne, one son-in-law: Jim, one brother: Leroy, and one sister: Doris Jean.
 
Erna was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Graveside services for Erna will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May 16, 2018 at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Memorials may be made in Erna’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home

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Raymond G. Brummett

Raymond G. Brummett "The Fishing Fool” born on February 28, 1937, passed away peacefully at his home in Lincoln, IL on May 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
 
He was a 1955 graduate of East Richland High School, Olney, IL. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Eastern Illinois University in 1959. He is a life member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.
 
 
He married Barbara Anne Cloonan on September 7, 1957. She preceded him in death. He is survived by five children: Tony Brummett, Stephanie Brummett, Tim Brummett, Jennifer (Jeff) Bergman, and Leslie (Steve) Koetters; ten grandchildren: Austin and Anthony Brummett, Mackenzie and Keagan Newhouse, Brandon Brummett, Joey and Emma Bergman, Katie, Lily, and Nicholas Koetters; his sisters: Linda Brummett and Kathy Tomblinson; he was preceded in death by his parents: William T. and Jennie B. (Hubble) Brummett and his brother: Sonny Brummett.
 
Ray was an avid fisherman and Cardinal fan. He served in the United States Army from 1959-1962. He began his teaching career in 1962, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. In 1965 he helped form and was elected the 1st State President of The Alaska On-Base Education Association. In 1966 he was elected President of The Alaska Education Association, serving 2 terms. In 1968 he began teaching Industrial Arts at Chester-East Lincoln School, where he later became principal. In 1980, when his arm became too tired from applying the Board of Education to his student’s backsides, he started as a tool designer at Eaton Corporation. In 1986, he was promoted to supervisor of tool engineering and retired in 1999.
 
 
In retirement he worked with Crappie USA, assisting with Crappie Tournaments throughout the United States. He was a life member of the National Education Association, 3rd and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, served as Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator, Member of the American Legion Post #89, serving 2 years as Commander, member of AMVETS Post #45, served on Carroll Catholic School Board and as a Lector of Holy Family Catholic Church. He greatly enjoyed cheering on the Cardinals in person at BUSCH Stadium wearing his infamous rally squirrel hat.
 
The family requests for the visitation that all in attendance wear their favorite Cardinals or fishing shirts. Cub fans will be welcomed for this one time only special event.
 
Services for Raymond will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday May 15, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. John Pham officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday May 14, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with a prayer service prior to visitation at 3:30. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Raymond’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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June E. Kohler

June E. Kohler, 85 of Decatur, IL passed away 5:39 A.M. May 12, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.
 
Per June’s request, a private graveside service will be held at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Pastor Justin Neufeld officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to American Parkinson Disease Association.
 
June was born June 1, 1932 in Decatur, IL the daughter of James Eldo and Faye (Higgins) Grider. 
 
Survivors include her son: Robert (Alice) Kohler, Oreana, IL; 2 grandchildren; brothers: Charles, Ralph and Ron; sisters: Nancy and Linda.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons: David and Bill; brothers: Duane and Norman; sister: Shirley and former husband: Earl.
 
June was an avid sports fan. The family would like to express a special “Thank you” to the 5100 Nursing Staff and Chaplains of DMH.

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Ronald Martin

 Ronald Martin 79 of Clinton, Illinois passed away at 3:30 PM May 13, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his family.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 6 – 8 PM, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the National Association for Amateur Radio, ARRL, 225 Main St., Newton, CT  06111, in memory of K9BJJ, Ron Martin, Advanced Class Operator.
 
Ronald was born February 16, 1939, in Charleston, IL, the son of Uriel and Wilma (Butler) Martin. He married Katherine Schaible January 1, 1960, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Katherine Martin, Clinton, IL; daughters, Debra Martin, Clinton, IL; Janice (Richard) Rethorst, Benton, IL; grandchildren: Christina Fenton, Weldon, IL; Sheryl (Cheree) Kauffman, Sullivan, IL; Andrea Landers, Decatur, IL; Beth Anne Mitchell, Normal, IL; Heather Mitchell, Lebanon, TN; and Anthony Mitchell, Benton, IL; and 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Henry Martin, Clinton, IL; and Charles Martin, Sr., Mapleton, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Son, Steven Martin.
 
Ronald was a 1957 graduate of Clinton Community High School.  Ronald retired from General Electric on July 1, 1994, with 34 years of service.  Ronald was an Amateur Radio Advance Class Operator, K9BJJ.  He mentored many new operators in obtaining their “Ham” licenses.  Ronald enjoyed traveling in his RV and playing cards with friends and family.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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David A. Schlosser

David A. Schlosser, 79, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 3:00 A.M., Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, May 14, 2018, at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Illinois, with Pastor Eric Swanson officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Carle Cancer Center, Urbana, Illinois.
 
Mr. Schlosser was born March 19, 1939, in Normal, Illinois, to Delmar Arlo and Faye Elizabeth Matlock Schlosser. He married Judy A. Brown on June 22, 1958, in Farmer City, Illinois. She survives in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his son, Mike (Kim) Schlosser of Rantoul, Illinois; daughter, Julie (Jeff) Warren of Champaign, Illinois; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Steve (Shirley) Schlosser of Bloomington, Illinois, and Tony (Sandra) Schlosser of Clinton, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
David was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy and has been a member of the Masonic Lodge # 673, Bloomington since 1965. In addition to being a farmer and selling farm equipment, David had sold office equipment and worked for State Farm as an underwriter. Along with being a sports enthusiast, David was a golfer and an artist. He was also a die-hard Cubs fan.

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Lucretia Walden

 Lucretia Anne “Susie” Walden 80 of Bloomington, IL passed away 4:27 A.M. May 11, 2018, at Heritage Health, El Paso, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 11 AM, Monday, May 14, 2018, at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with William Dean Walden officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Heartline and Heart House, Eureka, IL.
 
Susie was born February 22, 1938, in DeLand, IL the daughter of Dean and Ruby Pauline (Dressback) Oakley. She married William Kent Walden July 23, 1955, in Sardis, MS. He passed away on April 12, 1979.
 
Survivors include her children, William Dean (Marina) Walden, Secor, Il.; Richard Eugene
(Lorraine) Walden, Peoria, Il.; Deanna Kay Martin, Pitkin, LA; 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Richard Oakley, Casa Grande, AZ
 
Susie was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.
 
Susie worked for Growmark and retired from Snyder Agencies, Bloomington, IL.  She was an avid quilter.

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Imogene Fern Zelhart

Imogene Fern Zelhart 93 of Warrensburg, IL passed away 3:50 A.M. May 8, 2018 at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth, IL.
 
Services will be 10 AM Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Maroa United Methodist Church, Maroa, IL with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at the Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with arrangements. 
 
Memorials may be directed to Maroa-Forsyth School District Foundation or the Maroa United Methodist Church.
 
Imogene was born February 15, 1925 in Green Valley, IL the daughter of Frederick J. and Fanny H. (Schroen) Worner. She married her husband of 58 years, John M. Zelhart September 3, 1955 in Green Valley, IL. He passed away October 30, 2013. 
 
Survivors include her children: John (Jill) Zelhart, James (Andrea) Zelhart, and David (Cindie) Zelhart all of Maroa, IL; 6 grandchildren: Corey (Emily), Warrensburg, IL; Matthew, New Orleans, LA, Marie (Fiancé: Jeremy Durbin), Downers Grove, IL, Jordan (Lindsey), Nashville, TN, Ryan (Diane), Maroa, IL, Brandon (Mariel), Nashville, TN; great grandchildren: Carly and Ellie Zelhart. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings: Dorothy Clauser, Helen Clauser, Mildred Krugler, Lawrence Worner.
 
She was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and member of Kappa Delta. She taught at the Maroa High School until she retired to care for her sick father and raise her family. 
 
Imogene was a most generous person who love the Lord and her family. Her smile could light up a room.
 
The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to the staff of Hickory Point Christian Village for their passion and care of Imogene.

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Betty Jo Wilson

Betty Jo Wilson, 92, of Bloomington, Illinois, formerly of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 11:45 P.M., Saturday, May 5, 2018, at her home in Bloomington, Illinois.
 
Her funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor Jason Smith officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Illinois. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the funeral home. 
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, Le Roy, Illinois, Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Mrs. Wilson was born February 15, 1926, in Hudson, Illinois, to Wilbur and Mabel Jones Lawrence. She married James F. Wilson on October 6, 1946, in Bloomington, Illinois. He passed away June 23, 2011.
 
She is survived by her son, Dr. David A. (Chris) Wilson of Columbia, Missouri; three daughters, Pamela J. Dotson of El Paso, Illinois, Patricia D. Wilson of Bloomington, Illinois, and Dr. Dixie D. (Steve) Reynolds of Normal, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Nicole Durham; Kristin (John) Rollins; Erin (Mike) Barbaro; Emily (Matt) Miller; Megan Wilson; Millie Reynolds; Weston Reynolds; Olivia Reynolds; and Chloe Reynolds; and five great-grandchildren, Ava Barbaro, Anthony Barbaro, Peyton Rollins, Makenna Rollins, and Sage Miller.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Kenny, Lowell, Robert, and Jim Lawrence, and one sister, Patricia Purinton.
 
Betty worked at General Electric, Bloomington for 20 years. She also helped her husband on the farm for many years. She was a loving and dedicated wife and mother. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Le Roy and a past member of the May Queen Rebekah Lodge #210, Le Roy.
 
We would like to thank Amy Clem, Olivia Reynolds and Advocate Bro-Menn Hospice for their exceptional care and loving support to Betty and her family.

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Waltraud 'Wally' Martha Jutte Howe

Waltraud "Wally” Martha Jütte Howe, 86, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Wally was born on June 14, 1931 in Simmerhausen, Germany. 
 
She was the daughter of August Johann and Wilhelmina Katarina Eberhardt Jütte. She met her husband, Robert William "Bill” while he was stationed at Rothwesten Air Force Base, and they were married in Germany on September 4, 1954. He preceded her in death in 2007.
 
Wally was a Member of Zion Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post #447.
 
Wally was a homemaker, an awesome cook and baker. She has made many pans of äpfelstrudel, sweet rolls, bags of homemade noodles for family and friends, and Christmas on Vinegar Hill. She loved gardening and since her stroke in 2015, kept hoping for energy so she could get back out in her yard.
 
She loved people and never knew a stranger. She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family; as well as the Friday night group, her bridge club friends, and the Legion Auxiliary gals. Wally and Bill were very supportive of their grandchildren’s activities and Wally was known only as Omi (endearing slang term for grandma in German) to many. She was a great influence on her grandchildren…. "Always say hello when entering a room or seeing someone, never wear your hat indoors, always say please and thank you, when you do a job, do it right the first time, respect your elders, treat everyone the way you want to be treated, and no elbows on the table.”
 
Wally is survived by her children, Greg (Charissa) Howe, and Julie (Carl) Oglesby; her grandchildren, Katie (Tyler) White, Kristen (Brian) Griffiths, Kim (Jesse) Martin, Kelsey Oglesby, Breanna Howe, and Roman Howe; her four great-grandsons with one on the way, Preston and Phinn White, Lukas and Mikah Martin, and baby Griffiths.
 
Wally was also preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Margot Jütte Robinson of Easley, South Carolina. 
 
Services for Wally will be held at 10:00a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Burial will follow the services at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Wally’s name to The American Legion Auxiliary Post #447.
 

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Theda E. Adams

Theda E. Adams 81 of Clinton, IL passed away 4:50 AM May 5, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Andy Maxwell officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 AM Friday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the DeWitt Masonic Lodge #84 A.F. & A.M., Clinton, IL.
 
Theda was born May 8, 1936 in Assumption, IL the daughter of Harry and Janie (York) Whennen. She was raised by her foster parents, Bert and Margaret McCool. She married Elwood M. Adams, Jr. December 3, 1954 in Forsyth, IL. He passed away May 20, 2008.
 
Survivors include her son: Jeff Adams, Bloomington, IL; grandchildren: Bobbie Jo McCue, Clinton, IL, Byron (Reva Chehak) Isaac, Clinton, IL, Malory (Enrique) Alvarez, Bloomington, IL, and Athena Marie Dockstader, Bloomington, IL; 3 great-grandchildren: Caitlyn McCue, Maggie McCue and Abel Alvarez; son-in-law, Jerry Isaac, Clinton, IL; siblings: Ellen Stanton, MI, and Jack (Janet) Whennen, Decatur, IL. 
 
Theda was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter: Kathy J. Isaac, 1 granddaughter: Andrea Lynn Staley and 1 grandson: Jeremiah Adams.
 
Theda was a hostess for the Grecian Gardens in Clinton, IL. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

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Tim Griswold

Tim Griswold 53 of Argenta, IL passed away 6:33 PM May 5, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
A gathering to celebrate Tim’s life will be 1 PM May 27, 2018 at the Argenta Friends Creek Community Center. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with cremation rites.
 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Tim Griswold memorial fund.
 
Tim was born March 15, 1965 in Decatur, IL the son of Robert “Sport” and Nancy (Grider) Griswold.
 
Survivors include his mother: Nancy Humes, Argenta, IL; 2 brothers: Todd (Lydia) Griswold, Decatur, IL and Troy Griswold, Decatur, IL; also surviving are his beloved dog: Maggie, several cousins and may dear friends. 
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
No matter where he lived, Tim’s passion was auto body repair.

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Peggy Lee Wilham

Peggy Lee Wilham, 69, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 5, 2018 with her family by her side.
 
Peggy was born on April 5, 1949 in Princeton, IL, to Leon and Maxine (Sloan) Schinzler. She married Donald R. Wilham on November 21, 1981. He survives in Mt. Pulaski. 
 
Also surviving is her daughter, Andrea (Karl) Bender of Williamsville, IL, step-son, Michael Wilham of Peoria, AZ; two brothers, Glen Schinzler of Bethlehem, GA, and Jim (Sheree) Schinzler of Decatur, IL; two sisters, Linda (Don) Yeakley of Decatur, IL, and Debbie Nelson of Champaign, IL; two grandchildren, Maebri and Kaesen Bender of Williamsville; and two step-granddaughters, Emily and Megan Wilham of Peoria, AZ. 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Peggy was The Assistant Bureau Chief for The Department of Human Services for The State of Illinois. She loved spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren; they are the reason that she retired.
 
A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00a.m.) also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Peggy’s name to Memorial Home Hospice.

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