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Seth W. Turner of DeLand

Seth W. Turner, 38, DeLand, welder, died Monday (April 30, 2012). Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Monticello Township Cemetery. Arrangements by: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Memorials: DeLand Legion or DeLand Fire/Ambulance Department.

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Mary Elizabeth Winders Fisher of Monticello

Mary Elizabeth Winders Fisher, 87, Monticello, retired University of Illinois chemist, died Monday (April 30, 2012). Private family services. Arrangements by: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Memorials: Piatt County Nursing Home or donor's choice.

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Walter Edward Hadenbuch of Mt. Pulaski

Walter Edward Hagenbuch Jr., 88, Mount Pulaski, died at 8:40 p.m. Sunday (April 29, 2012) at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mount Pulaski. Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Pulaski Christian Church, with Mark Weber officiating. Military honors will be accorded by Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski. Burial: at a later date. Memorials: Vonderlieth Living Center or Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447.

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Velma Faye Famous Parker of Monticello

Velma Faye "Famous" Parker, 85, Monticello, died Thursday (April 26, 2012). Services: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Monday. Casual attire requested. Burial: Graceland Cemetery, with "Flight Home" ceremony. Memorials: Piatt County Nursing Home Halcyon Unit.

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Marilyn R. Crippen of Lincoln

Marilyn R. Crippen, 82, Lincoln, died Wednesday (April 25, 2012). Memorial services: following luncheon noon Monday, Community of Christ Church, Decatur. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Private burial: 10 a.m. Monday, Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorials: Community of Christ Church of Decatur or American Cancer Society.

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Leonard R. Lehner of Lincoln

Leonard R. Lehner, 88, Lincoln, peacefully entered eternal glory at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday (April 25, 2012) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, surrounded by his loving family.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church, Lincoln. Burial with military rites will be at 10 a.m. Monday at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday before the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School. Arrangements are being handled by Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln.

He was born May 22, 1923, in Lincoln, the son of Frank and Catherine Jacobs Lehner. He married Dorothy Ann Kollmann on Jan. 10, 1946, in Spokane, Wash. She preceded him in death Nov. 26, 2008.

Leonard was a graduate of Lincoln Community High School in 1943. During World War II, he was stationed on troop transports Zania and LaGrange as gunner’s mate 2nd class in the U.S. Navy. His service included time in the South Pacific on Okinawa. After serving in the Navy, he and Dorothy settled in Lincoln.

A plumber by trade, Leonard spent most of his career working at Lincoln Developmental and Logan Correctional Centers. He was also an accomplished carpenter and built the family home in which he and Dorothy raised their four children.

Leonard was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137 and the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society.  He was honored to attend the September 2011 Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Leonard had a zest for life as evidenced by his devotion to his family, his good humor and his cheerful demeanor.

Survivors include daughters, Dianne (Bill) Breen, Lincoln; Nancy (Rev. Charles) Olander, New Holland; and Randy (Roger) Payne, Normal; son, Richard (Dianne) Lehner, Bloomington; grandchildren, Eric (Kim) Robinson, Springfield; Dana (Kim) Robinson, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Dr. Sara (Jason) Netzley, Morton; Christopher Baker, Lincoln; Laura (Dr. Tyler) Bickel, Salt Lake City, Utah; Michael (Leah) Payne, Colfax, N.C.; Brandy (Mike) Welch, Bloomington; Brittney (Mike) Krzystofiak, Elgin; Mark (Kristi) Payne, Washington, Mo.; Bethany (Doug) Johnson, Bloomington; Matthew Lehner, Washington, D.C.; and Ryan Lehner, Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Emily Robinson, Bayley Robinson, Braidy Robinson, Evelyn Baker, Eleanore Baker, Callie Payne, Dylan Menchetti, Kylie Welch, Gage Swearingen, Amber Welch, Nolan Krzystofiak, Alayna Krzystofiak and Bailey Johnson; brother, Walter Lehner; and sister, Irene (Corliss) Norton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; sister, Frances Ritterbush; infant brother; half sister; and three half brothers.

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Arnold A. Mike Koehler of Mt. Pulaski

Arnold A. "Mike" Koehler, 89, of Mt. Pulaski died at 11:20 A.M. Wednesday April 25, 2012. Mike was born on November 13, 1922 in Lake Fork, IL, son of William and Bessie Sherwood Koehler. He married Berniece A. Torbeck on April 15, 1948 in Mt. Pulaski, IL. She preceded him in death on February 19, 2008. Mike is survived by two children: Judith Ann (Michael) Coleman of Decatur and Michael(Donna) Koehler of Mt Pulaski, two brothers, Dave (Bunny) Koehler of Morton, IL and William G. "Pudge" Koehler of Lincoln, IL, one sister Betty Johnson of Illiopolis, IL, four grandchildren, Joseph (Barbie) Coleman of Decatur, Jacob Coleman of Decatur, and Timothy and Sydney Koehler of Mt Pulaski. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and four sisters. Mike was an army veteran who was a prisoner of war during WWII, he became a prisoner of war during the Battle of The Bulge on December 19, 1944 and stayed one until April 25, 1945; Mike had received the Victory Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, Three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, and the Overseas Bar. He was also a member of Mt Pulaski American Legion Post# 447 and Mt Pulaski VFW Post #777. Mike was a bus driver for Mt. Pulaski Township High School for 26 years where he really enjoyed all the children he had on his routes and was employed by the Mt. Pulaski Lumber Yard for 35 years. Services for Mike will be Monday April 30, 2012 at 11 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt Pulaski. Visitation will be Sunday April 29, 2012 from two until four at Fricke Calvert Schrader Funeral Home in Mt Pulaski. Memorials may be made to Mt Pulaski VFW Post #777, Mt Pulaski American Legion Post #447, or Zion Lutheran Church in Mt Pulaski. Burial will be at Mt Pulaski Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded.

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Janet Lee Downing Rubin of Mt. Pulaski

Janet Lee Downing Rubin, 75, Mount Pulaski, retired Vonderlieth Living Center nurse's aide, died Monday (April 23, 2012). Services: 10:30 a.m. Wed-nesday, Mount Pulaski Christian Church. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Mount Pulaski Cemetery. Arrangements by: Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski. Memorials: Mount Pulaski Christian Church or Vonderlieth Living Center. Survivors: brother, Roy Dean Downing, Mount Pulaski. Preceded by: parents and one son.

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Marilyn L. Leonard of Mt. Pulaski

Marilyn L. Leonard, age 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born February 2, 1934, in Mount Pulaski to Clarence and Dorothy (Shoup) Romer. She grew up in Mount Pulaski and Niantic and spent summers with her uncle and aunt, Robert "Breck" and Margaret Breckenridge, in Polo. Marilyn graduated from Niantic High School, where she met James C. Leonard. She married him on July 2, 1952. They raised three sons and two daughters, built a farm and became active members of the Illiopolis and Niantic communities. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, knitting and always having a cat in the house, earning her the nickname "Grandma Kitty." Marilyn was an avid sports fan, rooting for her children's and grandchildren's teams, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bulls. She especially cherished time with her family and was able to see six grandsons grow into young men. During retirement, Marilyn and James spent part of the year at their home in Bonita Springs, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Dorothy (Shoup) Romer, and aunts, Mildred Shoup and Margaret Breckenridge. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, James C. Leonard of Niantic; five children, Stephen (Jill) Leonard of Niantic, Mark (Colleen) Leon-ard of Woodstock, Ronald (Sally Geyston) Leonard of Illiopolis, Janet (Craig) Kararo of Springfield and Judith (David) Gray of Decatur; and six grandchildren, Sean Leon-ard, Ryan Leonard, Timothy Leonard, Eric Leonard, Alexander Kararo and Evan Kararo. Visitation: Family will re-ceive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Fullenwider-Park Funeral Home, 432 Seventh St., Illiopolis. Funeral ceremony: 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Fullenwider-Park Funeral Home, 432 Seventh St., Illiopolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Illiopolis Public Library and the Illiopolis Food Pantry at the Illiopolis Christian Church.

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Joyce M. Short of Lincoln

Joyce M. Short, 82, Lincoln, died at 8:55 a.m. Sunday (April 22, 2012) at St. Clara’s Manor, Lincoln.

Service: 7 p.m Thursday at Life Pointe Church of God, 601 Pulaski St., Lincoln, with the Rev. C. Douglas Bowers Sr. officiating.

Burial: private family burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, rural Emden.  

Visitation: 6 p.m. until time of the service at the church. Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: may be made to her family

Survivors: her husband, James Russell Short, Lincoln, her children, Zelma (Bill) Martin, Atlanta, and Billy J. Short, Lincoln; and four grandchildren.

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Cleo R. Hamilton of Heyworth

Cleo R. Hamilton, 85, Green Valley, Ariz., a native of Heyworth, died Sunday (April 22, 2012) at her home of congestive heart failure.

A graveside service will be in Columbia, Mo., at Memorial Park Cemetery, and her remains placed in the mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery, Columbia, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 19, 1927, in Heyworth, the daughter of John and Cecil Peasley. She married Robert Hamilton on Feb. 7, 1947.

She is survived by her husband and their children, Randy Hamilton, Teri (Bill) Miller and Rick Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ilene Schnell and Thelma Erdman; and brother, Louis Peasley.

She was a full-time mother and homemaker and lived in Carlock and Rock Falls; Columbia, Mo.; and Green Valley.

She was interested in and participated in golf and a variety of crafts. She was a member of Carlock Christian Church and Green Valley Recreation.

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Jerry Bock Shockey of Lincoln

Jerry Bock Shockey, 88, Lincoln, died at 9:12 a.m. Saturday (April 21, 2012) at the Christian Nursing Home in Lincoln.

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lincoln, with Father Mark Evans officiating.

Visitation: one hour prior to service at the church.

Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, is handling arrangements.

Survivors: his wife, Anna Louise Buckstegge Shockey, Lincoln; two daughters, Gail (George) Petro, Lincoln, and Melissa Shockey, Springfield; two sons, Roger Shockey, Peoria, and Jerry Bock (Heather) Shockey, Covington, Ky.; and three grandchildren.

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CarolAnne Hager of Clinton

CarolAnne Hager, 66, Clinton, State Farm Insurance Co. paralegal, died Friday (April 20, 2012). Services: 10 a.m. Monday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Private burial: Tuesday, Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Memorials: First Christian Church, Clinton.

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Theo L. Harris of Farmer City

Theo L. Harris, 87, died Friday (April 20, 2012) peacefully at his home.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. The Rev. Bob Beckman will officiate.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Farmer City, Little Galilee Christian Assembly in Clinton or the Carle Hospice.

He was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Red Oak, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Gretchen Eichenberger Harris. Theo came to Illinois after World War II, settling in Farmer City, where he met and wed Ruth Pitman in 1948. They raised six children and have operated Harris TV & Appliance (now Harris TV & Appliance Sales Inc.) in Farmer City since 1953. Theo was involved in the operation of the family business until the last week of his life. He was a leader and past elder of the First Christian Church of Farmer City.

Theo is survived by his wife and children, Linda (Don) Trimble, Bellflower; David (Karen) Harris, Barbara Jean Harris, Janet (Dave) Zindars and Randy (Patricia) Harris, all of Farmer City; Dean (Tammy) Harris, LeRoy; and brother, Duane Harris, Polk City, Iowa. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and his beloved granddaughter, Jolee Trimble Mohr.

Theo loved his family, church and customers, many of whom simply called him the TV Man, and remember him for his rapid pace, hickory striped bib overalls, cap with a turned up bill and for driving just a little too fast in his bright red panel truck with the yellow Harris TV letters.

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Alice L. Kirkwood of Monticello

Alice L. Kirkwood, 82, Monticello, Monticello Grade School cook, died Thursday (April 19, 2012). Private family services. No visitation. Burial: Monticello Township Cemetery. Arrangements by: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Memorials: Monticello Faith in Action. Send condolences: www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com Member: Monticello United Methodist Church and AARP.

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Marjorie M. Hickey of Mt. Pulaski

Marjorie M. Hickey, 86, of Mt. Pulaski formerly of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Hickey will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln with Rev. Glenn Fontanna officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Peasley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lincoln. Marjorie Mae Hickey was born on June 16, 1925 in Waynesville, Illinois the daughter of Holton and Emma Meechum Leever. She married Harold E. Hickey on October 11, 1948 in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on June 6, 1997. Surviving are her children: Larry (Nancy) Hickey of Warrensburg, Gary (Patti) Hickey of Forsyth, Michael (Barb) Hickey of Springfield, Linda (Larry) True of Georgetown, Ky., Nine grandchildren, Eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. She was a former member of Our Lady of Loudres Catholic Church in Decatur. She had been employed at K Mart and General Electric in Decatur. She was an avid BINGO player. She will be missed dearly by all whom knew her. Memorials may be made to the Vonderlieth Living Center Activity Department in Mt. Pulaski.

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Carolyn J. Woodard of Clinton

Carolyn J. Woodard, 73, Clinton, died Monday (April 16, 2012). Graveside services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Second Chance Adoption.

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Mary Louise Gowler of Clinton

Mary Louise Gowler, 79, Clinton, died Sunday (April 15, 2012). No services. Body will be cremated. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Memorials: Farmer City Rehab and Health Care.

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Miriam Billie O. Bock of Lincoln

Miriam “Billie” O. Bock, 91, Lincoln, passed away Sunday (April 15, 2012) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1409 Pulaski St., Lincoln, with the Rev. Andrew Nyren and Chaplain Ryan Edgecombe of the Christian Village officiating. Burial will follow at New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.  Arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lincoln, Luther Seminary or Dubuque Seminary.

Billie was born Dec. 18, 1920, in Lincoln, a daughter of William C. and Emma Von Drehle Otte. She married Adam F. Bock on June 10, 1940, in Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Henry (Henrietta) Otte and Armin (Virginia) Otte; and four sisters, Bertha (Paul) Dahmm, Emma (William) Bock, Tryphena (Julius) Aper and Esther Otte.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years and many nieces and nephews and special friends, Charles and Mary Jane Anderson. She was the last of her immediate family.

She was a graduate of Lincoln Community High School and of the Deaconess Hospital as a registered nurse. She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She worked four years at the Illiopolis Munitions Plant during World War II as the head nurse.

She enjoyed gardening, cultivating flowers and caring for her beloved cats. She loved to help people and was a friend to everyone. The family wishes to thank the caregivers for their special care to Billie over the years.

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Zelma A. Carter of Wapella

Zelma A. Carter, 62, Wapella, retired Eureka Co. employee, died Saturday (April 14, 2012). Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Heyworth. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the church. Burial: DeWitt Cemetery, Dewitt. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Zelma Carter Memorial Fund or American Diabetes Association .

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Willard C. Bill Hammer of Farmer City

Willard C. “Bill” Hammer, 72, Farmer City, passed away at 4:23 p.m. Saturday (April 14, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington surrounded by his family.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life is being planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Farmer City Community Fire Protection District or a charity of the donor’s choice.

He was born Feb. 22, 1940, to Jess W. and Zeo Shreve Hammer. He married Kathryn Swartz on Nov. 12, 1957.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Hammer; children, Linda Jarboe, Cartersville, Ga.; Laura Hammer, Urbana; Greg (Liane) Hammer, Auburn; and Jess (Kathy) Hammer, Downs; nine grandchildren, Lesa (Ben) Brandt, Brandi Hammer, Jamie Jarboe, Tavelle Hammer, Holly Hammer, Shalika Hammer, Zein Hammer, Lucas Hammer and Jodie Jarboe; brother, Jim (Mary K) Hammer, Farmer City; and sister, Bonnie (Craig) Wright, Farmer City; and he was an uncle to many.   

He retired from and was a president of Labor Local 703 in Urbana. He was a president of the Farmer City Fair Association and was the announcer at the Farmer City Raceway and many area tracks for over 20 years. He was also a volunteer fireman.

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Willard Bill Hammer of Farmer City

Willard “Bill” Hammer, 72, of Farmer City passed away April 14, 2012, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Friends are invited to join his family in a celebration of life at Bill’s favorite places. The celebration will begin at the Powerhouse Pub in Dewitt, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Then, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., festivities will be at the Dewitt Country Store in Dewitt.

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Doris M. Jost of Clinton

Doris M. Jost, 56, of Clinton died at 10:50 a.m. Friday (April 13, 2012) at her family residence in Clinton.

Her celebration of life service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Mark Savage will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be made to Jacobs Well  3476 Summer Ave. Memphis, Tennessee  38122.

She was born April 3, 1956, in St. Ignace, Mich., to John Hibbard and Pearl Callahan Hibbard. She married Richard Heath Sr. She later married Chuck Jost.

Surviving are her mother, Pearl Garriott, Clinton; one son, Rick (Dawn) Heath, LeRoy; one grandson, Brandon Heath; brothers, John (Teresa) Hibbard, Clinton; Kenny Hibbard and Kris Hibbard, Clinton.

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

She enjoyed collecting dolls.

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Ann K. Mardis of Lincoln

Ann K. Mardis, 65, Lincoln, died at 4:35 a.m. Friday (April 13, 2012) at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.

Service: 10:30 a.m. today at Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln with the Rev. Glenn Fontana officiating.

Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln.

Visitation: 9:30 a.m. until time of service today at the funeral home.

Memorials: Special Olympics or Muscular Sclerosis Foundation.

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Lowell Douglas (Jack) Thomas of Cerro Gordo

Lowell Douglas (Jack) Thomas, 77, of Maxville, FL formerly of Cerro Gordo, passed away on Friday April 13, 2012. He was born in Cerro Gordo, IL and has lived in Maxville most of his life. He was a veteran and retired from the U.S. Navy, and was a member of the Navy Fleet Reserve # 126. He was the son of the late Ernest and Kathryn Benson Thomas. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Martha Harris Thomas; sons, Dennis Thomas (Pam) and Dean Thomas (Tonya) all of Maxville; sisters, Juanita Peterson of Mount Zion, IL, Beverly Walsh (Tom) of Cerro Gordo, IL, Donna Ousley (Roy) of Forsyth, IL, and Diana Brown (Fred) of Springfield, IL; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He loved his family very much and had a heart of gold. He will be missed by all of his family and some very special friends. Funeral services with full military honors, was held at the graveside in Long Branch Cemetery, Maxville, FL on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 11am, with Rev Freddie Griffis officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, Jacksonville, FL. (904) 714-1110.

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Robert A. Milligan of Monticello

Robert A. Milligan, 82, of Monticello, passed away at 10:55 p.m., April 11, 2012 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 16, 2012, at the Goose Creek Township Cemetery in DeLand with Rev. Steve Ingram officiating. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Robert was born on May 16, 1929 in rural Weldon, the son of Aubrey T. and Janetta E. (Grethe) Milligan. Robert is survived by his special family; Charles and Judy Giddings. He was preceded in death by his parents. Robert was a retired farmer and a member of the First Christian Church of Monticello. Memorials may be made to the Piatt County Mental Health Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Ronald G. Timmons of Warrensburg

Ronald G. Timmons, 67, of Warrensburg, IL passed away on Tuesday (April 10, 2012) at Decatur Memorial Hospital. A service to celebrate Ron's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday (April 13, 2012) at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Mr. Timmons was born on June 28, 1944 in Decatur, IL, the son of George T. and Effie H. (Getz) Timmons. Ron was a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology and the owner of Progressive Electronics in Warrensburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam. Ron was a St. Louis Cardinal fan and an avid gardener. Surviving is his fiancé: Deborah L. McAtee of Warrensburg, IL; sister: Janet Mazzier and her husband Bob of Decatur, IL; beloved pets: Hannah, Herbie and Maggie. He was preceded in death by his parents. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

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Raymond A. Lange of Monticello

Raymond A. Lange, 97, of Monticello, passed away at 4:30 a.m., April 10, 2012 at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Monticello with Rev. Micah Garnett officiating. Visitation will be held at the Christ Lutheran Church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Mackey-Wright Funeral Home handling the arrangements. Raymond was born on October 25, 1914 in Bellflower, IL, the son of Clarence and Minnie (Albers) Lange. He married Lucile Vivian Anderson on February 17, 1940 in Weedman, IL. She passed away on September 25, 2008. Surviving are his sons; Larry Lange and Ted Lange both of Monticello, and Mike Lange of Lerna, 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and a sister; Margie Morrissey of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and 3 sisters. Raymond farmed until 1965. Upon his retirement from farming he worked for the City of Monticello Street Department. He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church of Monticello. Memorials may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church of Monticello. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com Obituary written by family members.

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James Buddy Babbs of Lincoln

James "Buddy" Babbs, 73, Lincoln, retired Lincoln Developmental Center maintenance employee, died Sunday (April 8, 2012). Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Burial: New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

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Nancy W. Quick of Bement

Nancy W. Quick, 72, of Bement, IL, passed away at 3:37pm, Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East US Highway 36, Atwood, IL. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm, on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lake Fork Cemetery, rural Atwood, IL. Nancy was born on May 10, 1939 in Everett, PA, the daughter of Omar and Hildred Wilson Tice. She married Gilbert L. Quick on April 7, 1958 in Tuscola, IL. He survives. Other survivors include a son: Robert Lee Quick and wife: Julie of Lexington, KY, daughter: Susan Larimore and husband: Richard of Bement, IL, grandchildren: Kierstin, Andrew and Morgan Quick, brother: John Tice of Pendleton, IN and a sister: Willa Thiele of Indian Land, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials are suggested to the Piatt County Nursing Home Alzheimer's Unit or Lake Fork United Church of Christ. Nancy worked for Eagan Bus Service for 17 years and she also worked at the State Bank of Bement for 9 years. She was a member of the Lake Fork United Church of Christ and she was the former president and member of the Decatur Quilt Club. Nancy enjoyed snowmobiling, quilting and cross stitching. Online condolences to the family may be sent via hilligossshaderfh.com

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Nancy W. Quick of Bement

Nancy W. Quick, 72, Bement, retired Eagan Bus Service employee, died Sunday (April 8, 2012). Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Hilligoss-Shrader Funeral Home, Atwood. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Lake Fork Cemetery, Atwood. Memorials: Piatt County Nursing Home Alzheimer's Unit or Lake Fork United Church of Christ.

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Linda M. Welch of Clinton

Linda M. Welch, 62, Clinton, died Saturday (April 7, 2012). Arrangements incomplete: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

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Linda M. Welch of Clinton

Linda M. Welch, 62, Clinton, died Saturday (April 7, 2012). Services: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial: Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton. Memorials: Linda M. Welch Memorial Fund.

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Tatum Kay Wilson of Wapella

Tatum Kay Wilson, stillborn infant daughter of Joshua Dean and Kristin Noel Douglas Wilson of Wapella, died 12:41 p.m. Saturday (April 7, 2012) in Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, with Jim Dann officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Tatum Kay Wilson Memorial Fund. Send condolences: www.calvert memorial.com. Surviving are her parents; maternal grandparents, Gordon and Diana Douglas of Wapella; paternal grandparents, Roger and Susan Wilson of Lane.

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Pierce George Johnston Jr of Heyworth

Pierce George Johnston Jr., 69, Heyworth, died April 7, 2012, at his residence of a short reoccurrence of melanoma from 20 years ago.

In accordance with George’s wishes, no service will be held. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of cremation services. In lieu of flowers, George requested donations be made to Park Township Airport in Holland, Mich.

This airport is an example of a surviving small airport built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) that was part of a national air transportation system. It currently serves as a gathering place for pilots who are passionate about small plane aviation. Mailing address: 1269 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland MI 49424 Attn: Charitable & Education Fund for George Johnston.

He is survived by Sherri McElroy; two daughters, Caroline Johnston, Houston, Texas; and Alicia Johnston, Springfield; one son, Bradley Johnston, Ossining, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Deborah Johnston and Eliana Johnston; one brother, Richard Johnston, Heyworth; and one sister, Linda Reed, Heyworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

George was a U.S. Naval aviator from 1966 through 1971 and a pilot with Eastern Airlines from 1972 through March 4, 1989. He was affiliated with Emmett-Scharf Electric Co. from 1964 through the present and operated Red Oak Tree Farm from 1994 until recently.

George went on his last flight “around the patch” (the farm) with his nephew, Tom Johnston, on March 27.

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Ulavon Walters of Leroy

Ulavon Walters, 96 of Weldon,IL died on April 6, 2012 at 2:50 am. Services will take place at Clavert Funeral Home in Clinton at 11 am on Tuesday April 10, 2012 with visitation on Monday from 5-7 pm. Internment will be at Weldon Cemetery in Weldon IL Memorials can be made to Weldon United Methodist Church.

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Ulovan Walters of Weldon

WELDON - Ulavon Walters, 96, Weldon, died Friday (April 6, 2012). Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Burial: Weldon Cemetery. Memorials: Weldon United Methodist Church. Send condolences: www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Lois Abbey Meyers of Mt. Pulaski

Lois Abbey Meyers, 85, Mount Pulaski, died Friday (April 6, 2012). Resurrection services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Elkhart Christian Church. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. until services in the church. Burial: Elkhart Cemetery. Arrangements by: Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Memorials: Elkhart Christian Church Missions.

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George W. Dahmm of Lincoln

George W. Dahmm, 86, of Lincoln died at 12:24 p.m. Friday (April 6, 2012) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

Service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln. The Rev. Clarence Mankin will officiate.

Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Logan County Chapter for Habitat for Humanity or Springfield Ostomy Chapter. Arrangements are being handled by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Survivors: His wife, Eva Mae Hunter Dahmm; and four daughters.

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Bernice I. Hinshaw of Heyworth

Bernice I. Hinshaw, 91, Heyworth, passed away at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2012) at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Church of Heyworth, Heyworth. Burial will follow in Heyworth Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Heyworth or the Illinois Veterans Home.

Bernice was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Dakota, daughter of Henry and Blanche Riemer Nott. She married Virgil Hinshaw on Sept. 3, 1950, in Dakota.

Surviving are one son Carl (Lisa) Hinshaw, Heyworth; one daughter, Sylvia Kruger, Bloomington; and two granddaughters, Clarissa Hinshaw, Heyworth, and Melissa Bernius, Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil Hinshaw; and two brothers, Clyde and Robert Nott.

Bernice was a veteran of World War II, serving as a first lieutenant, working as a nurse. She was a member of American Legion Post 624, Heyworth. In 1942, she graduated from Freeport Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Bernice worked as a registered nurse for more than 20 years. She was a 60-year member of the United Church of Heyworth.

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Richard Allen Leesman of Lincoln

Richard Allen Leesman, 86, Lincoln, World War II Marine Corps veteran and former tavern owner/ operator, died Tuesday (April 3, 2012). Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation: two hours before services. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln, with military rites. Memorials: to the family or donor's choice.

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Thomas D. Cummins of Farmer City

Thomas D. Cummins, 52, of Farmer City, courageous battle with a prolonged illness ended at 8:20 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012 in BroMenn Medical Center with his family by his side. Private family services to celebrate Thomas' life will be held. Thomas was born September 19, 1959 in Decatur, the son of Curtis and Diane (Eddleman) Cummins. He was previously employed with Mitsubishi Manufacturing in Normal. He enjoyed spending time with his family and gardening. He leaves behind his best friend and partner Robert Birkey of Farmer City, mother Diane Cummins of Deca-tur, brothers John Cummins of Alabama and Patrick Cummins of Decatur, sister Mary Gaede of Decatur, nephew Zach Gaede of Decatur, and niece Alex Gaede of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his father. The family of Thomas D. Cummins is being served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL, 62526. View the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.moranandgoebel.com.

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Dorothy Dolores Wilkerson of Maroa

Dorothy Dolores Wilkerson, 77, Maroa, died Monday (April 2, 2012). Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur. Visitation: 12:30 p.m. until services. Burial: Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown. Memorials: American Cancer Society or American Heart Association . Send condolences: www.brintlingerandearl.com.

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Paul Edward Fuhrer of Mt. Pulaski

Paul Edward Fuhrer, 85, Mount Pulaski, retired Lehn and Fink supervisor, died Sunday (April 1, 2012). Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Mount Pulaski. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski, with 3 p.m. rosary. Burial: Mount Pulaski Cemetery, with military rites. Memorials: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, American Legion Post 447 or Vondelieth Living Center. World War II Army Veteran. Member: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Mount Pulaski and American Legion Post 447, Mount Pulaski. Survivors: daughter, Linda Dannenberger, Ottawa; son, James Fuhrer, Mount Pulaski; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceded by: parents; wife, Marilyn; one brother.

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Jenny L. Garriott of Lincoln

Jenny L. Garriott, 66, Lincoln, died at 10:25 a.m. Sunday (April 1, 2012) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. 

Service: 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Mason City Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Briseno will officiate.

Visitation: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hurley Funeral Home, Mason City.

Hurley Funeral Home, Mason City, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Mason City Christian Church.

Survivors: husband, Kenneth Garriott; son, Mark Dabbs, Normal; two grandchildren; one stepson, Rusty (Alicia) Garriott, Lincoln; two stepgrandchildren; one brother, Robert (Nancy) Harrison, Mason City; and four sisters, Diane Cross, Mason City; Theresa Allen, Greenview; Carol (Dick) Lowman, Theodosia, Mo.; and Jean Lumpkin, Pekin.

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