Ruth Arlene Letzkus, 73, of Heyworth, passed away at 11:57 A.M., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth. Pastor Mark Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Mrs. Letzkus was born December 7, 1943 in Atwater, IL to Charles Lee and Claudia Marie Simmons Harms.
Survivors include two sons, Gregory P. Harms of Heyworth and Jon R. (Pam) Letzkus of San Diego, CA; two daughters, Angie D. (Bernie) Wiltshire and Kelly J. (Matt) Lembke all of Heyworth; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Phillip (Judy) Harms of Atwater; and one sister, Janet (Jerry) Wills of Lexington.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jeffrey Letzkus.
Ruth was a college professor and had taught at West Virginia Northern Community College and recently was a systems educator and trainer at State Farm Insurance.
She was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church and All Hands Around Quilt Guild, Bloomington.
Joseph Powell Bennett, 87, of Sherman, IL, formerly of Greenview, IL and Elkhart, IL, passed away at 9:04 A.M. Saturday March 18, 2017 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman.
Joe was born on July 26, 1929 in McDaniels, KY, the son of Julian Joseph and Nellie Ray (Powell) Bennett. He married Erma Fae Heissinger on February 14, 1954 in Williamsville, IL. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2016.
Surviving Joe are his daughters, Brenda (Roger) Doll of O’Fallon, IL, Jill (Dan) Urish of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Jodi (Randy) VanKeuren of Champaign, IL, three grandchildren, Abby Doll of Washington, D.C., Tyler Urish of St. Louis, MO, Reed VanKeuren of Champaign, IL, and one sister Clara Jane (Ken) Johnson of Lincoln, IL . Joe was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother Ralph, and one sister Nell Boner.
Joe served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the Elkhart Christian Church, Middletown American Legion, and Williamsville Masonic Lodge AF & AM and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
A graveside service for Joe will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday March 24, 2017 at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Williamsville. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Thursday March 23, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Following the graveside service, the family would like to invite everyone back to the Huddle House in Williamsville for a celebration of life. Memorials may be made to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or to the Logan County 4H.
Everett E. “Gene” Getz, 89, of Cerro Gordo passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Gene was born August 7, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Cecil and Amy (Carberry) Getz. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Gene was a member of the American Legion Post #0117 in Cerro Gordo and enjoyed riding his Harley and playing pool. He married Margaret Montgomery February 27, 1946 and she preceded him in death on April 13, 1950. He then married Thelma L. Miller April 12, 1952 and she preceded him in death on July 6, 1998.
Surviving is his son Jimmy Getz and wife Julia and brother Larry H. Jacobs and wife Sandy.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, brothers Coney Edward Getz and Gary Lee Jacobs, and sister Carol Sue Miller.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Moweaqua Nursing Home, Safe Haven Hospice, DMH Hospice, and the 4th floor at DMH for all of their loving care.
Graveside services with military honors to celebrate Gene’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Graceland Cemetery.
The family of Everett E. “Gene” Getz is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL.
Charlene “Inky” Followell age 73 of Clinton, Il. passed away 2:38 AM March 23, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
William H. Towns, 85 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:20 A.M. March 20, 2017 at John Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.
Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Stronghurst Township Cemetery, Stronghurst, IL with Rev. Jean Wollenberg officiating, along with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Friday, March 24, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, IL.
Bill was born March 21, 1931 in Flora, IL the son of Leland Milner and Florence Ethel (Bass) Towns. He married Barbara Brown in 1952 and later married Ruth Allen June 9, 1973. Ruth passed away February 4, 1992. Later, Bill married Susan Anne Herring October 1, 1996 and she passed away April 2, 2005.
Survivors include his children: Robert Eugene (Traci) Towns, Douglas, WY, Bonnie Sue (Richard L.) Christianson, Waynesville, IL, Brenda Marie (Mark Behrend) Woltz, Garnavillo, IA, Rebecca Ann (Tim) Tackett, Clinton, IL, Lily (Paul) Vadakin, Peublo, CO, and Annette (Steve) Brossette, Jacksonville, FL; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; brother: Gene (Barb) Towns, Harvest, AL; sister: Janetta Watson, Fairfield, IL and step brother: Bob (Beverly) Bass, Mt. Erie, IL.
He was preceded in death by parents and 4 step brothers.
Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, IL. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated the Mobil gas station in Clinton, IL and also farmed in the Stonington area for many years.
Dorothy Coleen Schilt, 89, of Mount Pulaski, IL passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL.
Dorothy Coleen Schilt was born April 7, 1927, in West Salem, IL to Daisy Wilma (Smith) and Victor Paul Kerster. She graduated from West Salem High School in 1945. She taught in one-room schools in West Salem for two years following her graduation. She married Paul E. Schilt in West Salem on July 10, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 5, 2007.
Dorothy had been a child care aide at Lincoln Developmental Center, and later a nursing assistant at Horizon Hospital in Pinellas Park, Florida, before retiring in 1989. At Horizon Hospital, she was highly regarded by residents and staff, earning an Employee of the Year award.
Dorothy enjoyed sewing, crafts, bird watching, picture-taking, the daily news, and especially, spending time with her family. She delighted in vegetable and flower gardening, and for many years grew and sold hybrid iris bulbs. In recent years, she enjoyed telling stories of her childhood on a family farm (without running water or electricity) and teaching in one-room schools immediately after WWII.
She is survived by two daughters, Heidi C. (Mark) McCormick of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Arlene Rose (Jeff Burgett) Schilt of Honolulu, HI; her son, F. Steven Schilt of Mt. Pulaski and Portland, OR; sister, Betty Matthes of West Salem, IL; brother, Richard (Ida Mae) Kerster of Naperville, IL; brother-in-law Wayne D. (Bonnie) Schilt of West Salem, IL; granddaughter, Elyse C. McCormick of Mt. Pulaski; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by two infant brothers; sister, Wilma Holsapple; brother, William Kerster; and one nephew and four nieces.
The celebration of life services will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Zoila Marty officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (one hour prior to service). Interment will be at Macedonia Cemetery in West Salem, IL at a later date.
The family thanks Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homefor their assistance. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Mt. Pulaski Library, the Lincoln Logan Food Pantry, or the donor’s choice.
Elaine White, 90, of Argenta, IL passed away 9:03 PM, March 20, 2017 at her residence, Argenta, IL.
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Rev. Dr.. William Keagle and Pastor Kate Pyle officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 6 – 8 PM, Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the funeral home. The family requests casual attire.
Memorials may be directed to the Argenta Fire Dept. or the Argenta History Museum.
Elaine was born May 15, 1926 in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of Louis Raymond and Verna (Fischer) Barclay and later Step-Daughter to Louise (Reed) Barclay. She married Noel Dean White January 3, 1945 in Argenta, Il. He passed away January 16, 2004.
Survivors include her children, Lynn (Linda) White, Argenta, Il.; Larry (Carol) White, Decatur, Il.; Bruce (Linda) White, Argenta, Il.; Anita “Nikki” Foertsch, Decatur, Il.; Karen (Jerry) Jennings, Argenta, Il.; 10 Grandchildren, Jason White; Kirby Gholson; Cory (Hannah) White; Jenny (Terry) Collins; Scott White; Melissa (Jason) Hesse; Colin Gholson; Amy (Charlie) Naills; Shannon White; Shawna (Jarred) Askren; 4 Step-Grandchildren, Rodney Young; David Black; Kaitlyn Jennings and Sydney Jennings; 16 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Step-Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her Parents and Step-Mother.
Elaine was a very active member of the Argenta Presbyterian Church. She had taught cake decorating classes. She enjoyed dancing, water coloring and most of all spending time with her family.
Barbara H. Morris, 75 of Wapella, IL passed away 2:23 P.M. March 19, 2017
at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Long Point
Cemetery, Wapella, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Calvert Funeral
Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Barbara was born April 2, 1941 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Albert and
Helen (Sojka) Yardeen. She married Jerry T. Morris December 23, 1961 in
Survivors include her husband: Jerry T. Morris, Wapella, IL; children:
Jerry Dean Morris, Wapella, IL, Roy Neal (Peggy) Morris, Clinton, IL, Mary
Kay (Nick) Godby, Clinton, IL and Nicholas (Cherish) Morris, Indiana; 4
grandchildren: Max, Amanda, Shayna and Shelby; sister: Sandy Swanzy, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Barbara enjoyed crocheting and especially spending time with her
Joyce L. Conover, 62 of Clinton, IL passed away 10:45 A.M. March 19, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
Services will be 10 A.M. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Patrick Conover and Pastor John Roberson officiating.
Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9 - 10 A.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Joyce L. Conover Memorial Fund.
Joyce was born September 8, 1954 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of William Wayne and Georgia Murphey. She married Alfred Paul Conover May 20,
1970 in Farmer City, IL. He passed away June 24, 2012.
Survivors include her children: Paula Conover and Darrell Conover both of
Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Patrick Conover and Joey Conover both also of
Clinton, IL and one brother: David Murphy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: Wayne and sisters:
Sharon and Barb.
Waltraud "Vi" Sophie Friedrich, 82, of Heyworth died Saturday (March 18, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church in Bloomington, with the Rev. Gregory Nelson officiating. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Normal immediately following services. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's School or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital-Midwest Affiliate.
To express condolences online, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.
She was born on Nov. 4, 1934, in Essen, Germany, daughter of Gottfried and Christine Engel Decker. She married Paul Joseph Friedrich on Nov. 22, 1958, in Bloomington.
Surviving are her husband, Paul of Heyworth; her five children, son, Joseph (Nancy) Friedrich of Heyworth, daughter, Kathleen (Paul) Ohanian of Scottsdale, Ariz., twin sons, Billy Friedrich and Bobby (Betsy) Friedrich and daughter, Jackie Friedrich, all of Heyworth. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Emily, Austin, Taylor, Logan and Michael Friedrich, Karly and Lily Sage, and Samuel, Ethan and Sophie Ohanian; one brother, Walter Decker of Washington; and one sister, Renee (William) Mueller of Dunlap.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Vi immigrated to the United States from Germany as a teenager. She worked as a secretary at Beich’s Candy Company before meeting Paul at St. Mary's Church. Her loyalty remained with her family, farming, gardening, cooking and raising their five children.
She was a member of St. Mary's Church and because of her love of singing, she was in the church's choir. She was a talented artist and member of the Red Hat Society.
Lou Ceil Gordon, 93, of Villa Park, Calif., formerly of Clinton, passed away March 12, 2017, in Villa Park, Calif.
A celebration of life with her family will take place on her birthday in August in Fullerton, Calif., officiated by pastors Bill Tarka and Michael Cooper.
She was the youngest child of Robert E. and Anna Pringle Kimmons, born Aug. 6, 1923, in Ash Grove Mo. She was preceded in death by siblings Rex, Lee (Louise), Jack (Tilly), Joe (Marge) and Bea Thrasher. She married Jodie Buntin on Feb. 14, 1945, in Clinton. They had three daughters and lived in Clinton until his death in 1961. She later married G.B. Gordon on Jan. 23, 1965, in Long Beach, Calif., and remained there after his death in 1992.
Survivors include daughters, Bonny (Bruce) Cooper, Clinton; Jill (Jim) Hull, Clinton; Vicki Ann Gayton, California; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Matt (Brooke) Cooper and Owen, Fletcher, Jaxon and Wrigley, Wapella; Betsy (Travis) Hoffman and Cole, Zion and Riah, Maroa; Michael (Megan) Cooper and Aubrey and Aurora, Las Vegas, Nev.; Paul (Jennifer) Gaudino and Paul and Nickolas, Pennsylvania; Shae (Bill) Tarka and Braden, Reese and Ryah, California; and special family friend, David Lemons, Champaign.
Lou Ceil received her registered nursing degree from Evangelical Deaconess School of Nursing in Lincoln. She worked as a psychiatric nurse during World War II at the military hospital in Greenville, N.C. She returned home, where she married Jodie Buntin and worked at John Warner Hospital. She later got her certification in interior design and aided in her husband's real estate business. Upon his death she obtained her real estate and insurance license to take over the business. She ran Starkey's Insurance and multiple real estate developments for two years before selling them and moving to Long Beach, Calif., again working as a registered nurse. She obtained her bachelor of science in nursing at University of California Long Beach and later married G.B. Gordon.
She taught missionary first aid and medical procedures at Pacific Christian College, then in Long Beach, Calif. She was very active in her church and most of all was a servant to the Lord; James was her favorite book.
Memorials can be made to Little Galilee Church Camp, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton, IL 61727, or Hope University, 2500 E. Nutwood Ave., Fullerton, CA, 92831.
WELDON – A memorial service for Lesa K. Dillon, 61, of Weldon, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday (March 19, 2017) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Craig Brock officiating. Visitation will precede the service at 4 p.m.
Mrs. Dillon passed away on March 16, 2017, at her home following a lengthy illness.
Lesa was born Nov. 19, 1955, in Bloomington, the daughter of David H. and Lorna L. Smith.
A graduate of Normal Community High School, Lesa continued her education, earning certification from the Bloomington Practical School of Nursing.
She worked as a nurse at Brokaw Hospital in Normal, then with Unit 5 schools in Normal, retiring after 23 years in 2012.
On Feb. 15, 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart, Robert Dillon, in Normal and traveled through life together for 42 years.
She loved her husband, her family and her animals. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren.
Lesa also loved reading, crafting, going to garage sales and traveling.
Survivors include her husband; a son, David Dillon (Sara Spenik), Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Michelle Dillon (Jason McDonnald), Bloomington; two sisters, Holly (David) Miller, Harker Heights, Texas; Angie (Ralph) Hernandez, Austin, Texas; and five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Austin, Dillon, Hailey and Bo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.
Phyllis A. “Pat” Hickey, 84, passed away at her home in Lincoln at 9:18 a.m. on March 16, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
Phyllis was born on December 29, 1932 in Urbana, OH; daughter of Marion and Bertha (Huffman) Detwiler. She married T. Edward Hickey on June 29, 1957 in Lincoln, IL; He survives her.
Also surviving is her daughter: Debbie (Ron) Ackerman of Lincoln, IL; her siblings: Richard (Jane) Detwiler and Kathryn Sapp both of Urbana, OH; sister-in-laws: Adele Detwiler of St. Paris, OH and Pauline Williams of Lincoln, IL; three grandchildren: Chris (Katelyn) Ackerman of Plainfield, IL , Craig (Ellen) Ackerman of Lincoln, IL, and Sarah Fuller of Columbia, MO; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Lisa Fuller, three brothers: Donald, John, and Thomas Detwiler, and one sister-in-law: Phyllis Smith.
Pat worked at Lehn and Fink and State Bank of Lincoln, where she retired from after 29 years of service. She loved to read and spend time with friends and family.
Services for Pat will be 11:00 a.m. Monday March 20, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday March 19, 2017 also at the funeral home. There will be a prayer service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday March 19, 2017, a half hour prior to visitation. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery will follow the service on Monday. Memorials may be made in Pat’s name to Memorial Home Hospice.
Ruth Irene Sturgeon 84 of Kenney, Illinois passed away 6:42 P.M., March 15, 2017 at her family residence, Kenney, IL.
Graveside services will be 10 AM, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 PM, Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
Memorials may be directed to the Kenney Fire Dept.
Ruth was born November 25, 1932 in Braymer, Missouri, the daughter of Charles L. and Leota May (Summers) Phillips. She married Lawrence Eugene Sturgeon January 23, 1950 in Clinton, IL. He passed away December 17, 1989.
Survivors include her children: Linda Coleman, Clinton, IL; Mike Sturgeon, Kenney, IL; 4 grandchildren: William Coleman, Maroa, IL, Teresa (Dale) Jimison, Kenney, IL, Michelle (Andrew) Fortune, Clinton, IL and Kaitlin Sturgeon, Kenney, IL; 11 great grandchildren: Alexis Howard, Dylan Jimison, Xavier Jimison, Tabitha Coleman, Skye Coleman, Brooklyn Coleman, Alana Coleman, Ryan Stapleton, Baze Stapleton, Morgan and Austin Fortune; 1 great-great granddaughter: Amazetta Russell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers: Gene Phillips and Dale Phillips.
Ruth was a member of the Kenney Christian Church and a member of the Kenney Cemetery Board. She had been involved with several cemeteries in the DeWitt County area. She worked as an in-home care giver and became very close with the families she served. Along with being a St. Louis Cardinals fan, she enjoyed gardening, flowers, and farming.
Dorothy Ferguson, 84, of Theodore, Ala., formerly of Heyworth, died at 1:20 a.m. Monday (March 13, 2017) at her home.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington.
Burial: East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials: the donor’s choice.
Survivors: her daughter, Kelly (Harold), Theodore, Ala.; son, Terry (Margie), Springfield; son, Steve (Patty), Heyworth; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Carol S. Sutton, 60, passed away at 6:40 a.m. on March 7, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center of Mt. Pulaski.
Carol was born on February 8, 1957 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of John and Geneva Belle (Sharp) Troyer. She married William Larry Sutton on October 5, 1986 in Lake Fork, IL. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2003.
Surviving Carol are her children: Chris (Stacy Menard) White of Lincoln, IL, Matt (Angela) White of New Holland, IL, and Nick (Erica) Sutton of Springfield, IL; her mother Geneva Troyer; three sisters: Geneva Snapp of St. Joseph, MO, Eleanor (Donald) Sharp of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Marcia (Paul) Strieker of Breese, IL, two brothers: John (Nadine) Troyer of Park Falls, WI and Brian (Jane) Troyer of Wausau, WI; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father.
Carol was a member of Buffalo Christian Church. She enjoyed watching Cardinal Baseball and Illini Basketball.
Services for Carol will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 11, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Grant Ray officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service (9:00-11:00 a.m.). A private burial at Laenna Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Carol’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the family of Carol Sutton.
Lori Annette Kocialkowski, 50, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at 5:30 A.M. Tuesday March 7, 2017 at her home.
Lori was born on May 1, 1966 to Larry and Carol (Schroth) Alsup in Lincoln, IL. She was a hospice nurse in New Mexico and Florida.
Lori is survived by her parents Larry and Carol Alsup of Beason, her brother Michael Alsup of Beason, two sisters, Lisa (Tyler) Messer of Burlington, IA, and Lynne (Randall) Maus of Mt. Pulaski, her nieces Haley Maus, Emily Maus, and Kira Messer, her nephew Toby Messer and a great-niece Tinley Rubenacker.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leonard and Leona Alsup and Irvin and Wardie Schroth.
Services for Lori will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday March 11, 2017 at the First Christian Church of Mt. Pulaski with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. A private family burial at Harmony Cemetery in Beason will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Tinley Rubenacker Medical Account. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is entrusted with services.
Barbara M. Rainey 92 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:30 AM March 11, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
Services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests casual attire.
Memorials may be directed to the Vespasian Warner Library, Clinton, IL.
Barbara was born January 8, 1925 in DeWitt County, IL the daughter of Samuel and Myrtle (McConkey) Ijams. She married Earle E. Rainey June 24, 1943 in Clinton, Il. He passed away December 18, 2004.
Survivors include her children, Thomas E. (Judy) Rainey, Kennewick, Washington; Robert D. (Cherie) Rainey, Johnston, Iowa; Samuel L. (Janie) Rainey, Clinton, IL; Carol A. (Dick) Sturgeon, Kenney, IL; 12 Grandchildren: Christi Osborne, Michael Rainey, Cara Findley, Tricia Mattes, Hillary Cherry, Kirk Rainey, Heath Rainey, Nick Rainey, Sarah Brown, Natalie Totten, Tim Sturgeon, and Nicholas Long; 17 Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers: Vincent Ijams and Robert Ijams.
Barbara was an avid Cub fan and enjoyed playing cards and golf. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
Norma Jane Schroeder, 90, of Lincoln, passed away at 6:08 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at The Christian Village in Lincoln.
Norma was born on November 26, 1926 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of S. Harold and Ruth (Crumback) Fay. After Ruth’s passing, S. Harold and Dorothy L. (Crumback) Fay raised Norma.
Norma married Paul Cosby on January 17, 1945 he preceded her in death. She later married Paul Schroeder on April 21, 1978. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2004.
Norma is survived by her son, Robert T. (Mona) Cosby from Broadwell, IL; two daughters, Barbara (Rodney) Oltmanns of Elkhart, IL, and Ruthie L. (Lester) Marten of New Holland, IL; one sister, Linda S. Fay of Chicago, IL, step son, Dale E. (Kathy) Schroeder; two step daughters, Connie R. (Steve) Haseley, and Cathy A. Baker; seven grandchildren, 23 great-grand-children, and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Ruth Lucille.
Norma retired from Regions bank in Lincoln; she also worked at the ASCS office. Norma enjoyed being outdoors and traveling. She was a lifeguard when she was younger and has always loved being near water; especially the beaches in Florida. Norma enjoyed serving the Church, food pantry, and her neighbors; her volunteering was a true labor of love.
Services for Norma will be held at 11:00A.M. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00A.M.) on Friday, March 10, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will take place after the services at Zion Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Norma’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or Broadwell Christian Church.
Mildred V. Meeks, 95, of Clinton, IL passed away at 8:51 PM, March 6, 2017 at Heritage Health, Normal, IL.
Services will be 11 AM, Friday, March 10, 2017 at the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, IL. Visitation will be 10 -11 AM Friday at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.
Mildred was born April 21, 1921 in Parnell, IL the daughter of Rufus and Ethel (Warren) Russell. She married Ralph Bishop August 18, 1938 in Farmer City, IL. He passed away April 30, 1965. She married Ovilee Meeks
June 22, 1968 in Clinton, IL. He passed away December 5, 2001.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Smith, Bloomington, IL; son, Bob
Bishop, Waynesville, IL; step-children: Judy Mahle, Stillwater, OK; Joe
(Karen) Meeks, Bloomington, IL; and Bob (Kathy) Meeks, Bloomington, IL;
five grandchildren: Shelley (Tim) Schultz, Bensen, NC; Steve (Elaine)
Smith, Susan Geske, Sandi Russell all of Bloomington, IL and Bobby Bishop,
of Waynesville, IL; six step-grandchildren: Angela (Jimmy) Eppler, Ada,
OK; Greg (Kelli) Mahle, Edmond, OK; Joseph (Francine) Meeks, Burlington,
NJ; Leanne (David) Macrowski, Hudson, IL; Sarah (David) Kaye,
Fredericksburg, VA; and Katie (Adam) Havens, Bloomington, IL; ten
great-grandchildren, fifteen step-great-grandchildren, and four
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sister, Edna Sparrow;
son-in-law, Dale Smith, step-son-in-law, Bill Mahle; infant
great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Russell; and step-great-grandson, Nicholas
Mildred was employed at Revere Copper and Brass in Clinton from 1954 until
her retirement in 1983. She was an active member in the First Christian
Church and its Young at Heart group. She enjoyed the many trips,
activities and friends of that group. Mildred was also active in the
Revere Recreation Club and a former member of Rebekah Lodge #852. As an
avid gardener, Mildred could grow anything, anywhere and often shared her
advice and many blooms with family and friends.
Karl Kimble Ives, 92, of Forsyth, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Hickory Point Nursing Home in the care of Safe Haven Hospice.
Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements. According to Karl's wishes there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with Military Honors.
Karl was born April 1, 1924, in Birkbeck, Illinois. He was the son of True and Clara (Willson) Ives. He graduated from Wapella High School in 1942. Karl attended Millikin before proudly serving in the U.S. Navy at Solomon Island for three years.
He married Phyllis Jean Hulburt on May 4, 1946 in Freeport, IL.
Karl was a grain and livestock farmer in Wapella. He was a director on the Dewitt Savings Bank, Clinton, IL board for 20 years and was also a member of the Clinton Country Club, the Clinton Elks, and the Clinton Presbyterian Church. Karl and Phyllis had many fond memories with dear friends in their gourmet club, bridge club, and their swim club. After retiring from farming the couple moved to Clinton, and also enjoyed their winters in Florida. For the past eleven years they
have resided in Forsyth. He also loved spending time with their dog Millie. Last May Karl and Phyllis celebrated 70 wonderful years together.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Ives, Forsyth, one daughter,
Karla Jean Manceaux, Decatur, one grandson, Chad (Jessica) Stewart, Blain,
Pennsylvania, and five great grandchildren, Taylor, Larry, Kevin, Casey,
and Timothy Kimble Stewart. Karl will also be missed by his 4 nieces and
2 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Steven
Kimble Ives, two sisters, Harriet Jane Bruning, Orange, California, Anita
M. Gibson, Clinton, Illinois, and a brother-in-law Dr. James Hulburt,
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of
Home Helpers of Clinton for their love and kindness over the past few
years, and also a special thank you to Safe Haven Hospice for their care
Memorials can be directed to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or
Clinton Presbyterian Church.
Carol O’Rourke, 69, of Lincoln, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on February 25, 2017 at Symphony of Lincoln.Carol was born on August 15, 1947 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Cal and Alyce (Bridges) Martin Jr. She married Donald O’Rourke in 1982. He preceded her in death in 1994.
Surviving Carol is her mother: Alyce Marie Martin of Lincoln, IL; her daughter: Christina (Daniel) Teague of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren: Madison Marie and Jack Daniel Teague of Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her father and husband.
Services for Carol will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Carol’s name to the American Cancer Society.
Dale D. Warren, 86, of Farmer City passed away at 12:25 A.M., Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
Funeral service will be 11 A.M., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City with Rev. Bob Beckman officiating. Burial will be in McCord Cemetery, Fullerton, IL with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 10-11 A.M. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Farmer City or Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190 Farmer City.
Dale was born March 15, 1930 in Bloomington, IL, a son of Wilby C. and Lyla Neal Warren. He married Juanita Marshall on September 3, 1948 in Fairfield, IL.
Survived by his wife, Juanita of Farmer City, IL; daughter, Anita (Gene) Lewis of Mahomet, IL; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Norman Warren.
Dale was a retired farmer, truck driver and school bus driver for Blue Ridge School District #18. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Dale was a member of the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church. He attended the First Christian Church of Farmer City. He was a life member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City and a past Commander. Dale was a life member of the Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190, Farmer City.
William Stanley Sinkosky 84 of Maroa, IL passed away 6:15 PM March 2, 2017 at Farmer City Rehab & Health Care, Farmer City, Il.
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, March 6, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, Il. with Pastor Nic Showalter officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 4 - 6 PM, Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL.
Memorials may be directed to the Farmer City Rehab & Health Care, Farmer City, IL.
William was born February 18, 1933 in Springfield, IL the son of William S. and Vernetta E. (Deatherage) Sinkosky. He married Ellen Marie Agee January 16, 1953 in Argenta, IL. She passed away November 26, 2013.
Survivors include his children, Tony Sinkosky, Monticello, Il.; Tim
(Cindy) Sinkosky, Maroa, Il.; Tamara (Kevin) Ripley, Argenta, Il.; 7
Grandchildren, Cara (Chris) Doak, Lisa (Blake) Doss, Michael Ripley,
Bradley Ripley, Laura Ripley, Antanas Sinkosky and Maximus Sinkosky; 2
Great-Grandchildren, Brady Doss & Drake Doss; and one great-granddaughter
on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Connie Casey; and one
daughter-in-law, Rhonda Killian Sinkosky.
William served in the US Army from 1953-1955. He was a farmer and
building and repair contractor.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Farmer
City Rehab & Health Care and to Compassus Hospice for their loving care of
Beatrice H. “Bea” Thomas, 98, of Farmer City, passed away at 1:10 P.M. Thursday (March 2, 2017) at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, with Pastor Randie White officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Farmer City, or the activity fund at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is in charge of arrangements.
Bea was born July 30, 1918, in Nancy, Ky., a daughter of James Franklin and Bertha Ellen Simpson Todd. She married Jesse Thomas on March 24, 1940, in East Somerset, Ky. He passed away Oct. 26, 1979.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Joyce Thomas, Farmer City; grandchildren, Karyn (Brian) Bohannon, Wapella; Kayla (Kevin) Maxwell, Farmer City; great-grandchildren, Amber (Mike) Lorance; Kyler Thomas; Courtney Page; Ryan, Kristan and Austin Maxwell; great-great-grandchildren, Rowan and Maddie Bea Lorance; sister-in-law, Helen Thomas, Monticello.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Thomas, on May 17, 2007; brother, Zelmer; and sister, Thelma.
Bea helped her husband farm, was an avid gardener, walker, quilter and reader. She was a charter member of First Baptist Church, Farmer City, and Sunday school teacher until 2009. She was a proud mother, grandmother, a loyal friend, and will be dearly missed.
Virginia E. Ryan, 92, of Clinton, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Friday (March 3, 2017) at Manor Court, Clinton. F.E. “Bud” Ryan, 87, of Clinton, passed away 2:40 p.m. July 6, 2011, at their family home, Clinton.
Their graveside service will be 9 a.m. July 24 at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church Food Pantry, Clinton.
Virginia was born June 25, 1924, in Fullerton, the daughter of William and Alma (Lafferty) Nixon. F.E. “Bud” Ryan was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Wapella, the son of Patrick D. and Nellie Fern (Moberly) Ryan. They married July 24, 1943, in Clinton.
Survivors include Virginia’s brother, Joe (Martha) Nixon, Clinton, and sister-in-law, Jean Nixon, Minier; Bud’s sisters, Jean Nowlin, Mexico, Mo., and Rosalie “Tootie” Eaton, Clinton; and several of their nieces and nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her brothers, Sheldon, David and Ted Nixon, and sister, Helen Baker. Bud was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Margaret Brewer; and nephew, Doug Brewer.
Virginia was the owner and operator of Gottliebs, Clinton. Bud retired from Illinois Central Railroad, Decatur.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Sharon Elizabeth Stephenson 78 of Clinton, IL went to be with the Lord 12:10 AM March 2, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.
Services will be 2 P.M. Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Michael Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 1 - 2 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to First Church of the Nazarene Clinton, IL.
Sharon was born March 12, 1938 in Patterson, IL the daughter of Clyde and Orlena Goacher. She married Robert Lee Stephenson June 16, 1956 in Valley City, IL. He passed away May 28, 2011.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents: Clyde and Orlena Goacher, and
her son: Tim Stephenson.
She leaves behind her children: Jim (Penny) Stephenson, Clinton, IL, Kim
Stephenson, Clinton, IL, Teresa (Neil) Cooper, Clinton, IL; grandchildren:
Jamie (Nick) Sutherland, Leroy, IL, Travis Stephenson, Austin, TX, Austin
(Emily) Stephenson, Champaign, IL, Tim Cooper, Clinton, IL, and Dylan
Cooper; great grandchildren: Boston, Balor, and Adler Sutherland, LeRoy,
IL and Miya Stephenson, Champaign, IL; brothers: Gary (Barbara) Goacher,
Taylorville, IL, Ron (Carla) Goacher, Millstadt, IL; sister: Dixie (Stan)
McNeme, FL, Edie (Gary) Webb, Phoenix, AZ and Mary Goacher, Affton, MO.
The family would like to thank BroMenn Hospital in Normal, IL for the
wonderful care that Sharon was given. A "Thank You" to Pastor Michael
Taylor of the Nazarene Church, for the phone calls and visits of comfort
to Sharon; to Pat Bryant, her niece, who was Sharon's Angel and travel
buddy. Without Pat, Sharon would not have been able to pursue her love of
travel; to her hairdresser, Mendy Procarione, who always made sure her
hair looked great and always took time to do her nails. Sharon always
looked forward to seeing her once a week.
Sharon worked at G.E. in Bloomington-Normal for 30 years. After retiring,
she loved traveling and seeing Dinner Theatres. She also enjoyed dining
out and visiting with her friends.
Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She always thought
they could do no wrong and always loved showing her friends and family
Sharon was a beloved mother, grandma and great grandma. We, her family,
will truly miss her. We will miss her good cooking, and the great
memories, visiting Sharon in her warm, cozy home.
Jason Alexander Phillips, 11, of DeWitt, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27, 2017) at his home.
A service celebrating Jason’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Thomas Wirsing officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Trinity Lutheran Church, or University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
He was born June 15, 2005, in Bloomington, a son of Nicholas J. and Kimberly J. Modine Phillips.
Surviving are his parents, Nick and Kim Phillips, DeWitt; a brother, Jacob Phillips, DeWitt; his maternal grandparents, Jan and Jim Modine, Hudson; his paternal grandmother, Linda Kampfe, Las Vegas; an aunt and uncle, Kelly and Charlie Payton, Hudson, and Jason's cousin, C.J.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John A. Phillips of Moline.
Jason was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Trinity Lutheran School. An avid learner, he never missed a day of school up until his diagnosis in November 2014. Jason was an adventurous outdoorsman with a love of hiking, four-wheeling, fishing, swimming and helping his dad with various projects. The consummate foodie, he was always willing to try new and different foods. Jason was a great conversationalist and a bit of an old soul who took great pleasure in meaningful conversation.
A lifelong animal lover, his ultimate dream was to be a veterinarian and rescue every animal he could.
He will be remembered for his great sense of humor … he was always entertaining and looking to put a smile on someone’s face. More than anything, Jason was a young man of strong faith who had a huge heart and a deep, abiding love for his family.
Joyce Ann Miller, 71, of Farmer City, IL, passed away at 9:29 A.M., Monday, February 27, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Farmer City, IL.
There will be no services. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, IL at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City in charge of arrangements.
Joyce was born January 23, 1946 in St. Charles, Mo., a daughter of Raymond Edward and Gladys Emile Schell Hayes. She married Larry Miller on January 27, 1962 in Farmer City, IL. He passed away October 4, 1976.
She is survived by her children, Rhonda (Michael) Brandt of Farmer City, IL, Jaime (Michael) Smith of Farmer City, IL and Larry E. Miller of Farmer City, IL; four Grandchildren, Michael (Shelby) Brandt; Anthony (Keisha) Smith; Jamison Brandt; McKenna Miller; three Great-grandchildren, Eva Smith, Luna Smith and Haven Anderson; Siblings, Jack (Gloria) Hayes of DePue, IL; Joanne Folder of Mt. Dora, FL; Marilyn (Bob) Wooldridge of Bluffton, IN; Bobby Hayes of Hamilton, IA; and Georgie Hayes of DePue, IL. Preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, two brothers, Ray Hayes and Donny Hayes.
Joyce worked as a custodian at Blue Ridge High School, Farmer City, IL. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, IL. She loved gardening, sewing and especially her family.