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Joan Lewis

Joan Lewis, 81, of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:07 A.M. November 29, 2017, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
A celebration of Joan’s Life will be 10 AM Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to The Vault.
 
Joan was born April 15, 1936, in Wapella, IL, the daughter of Jesse Wayne and Nellie Aretta (Nelson) Thoms. She married Paul William Lewis August 30, 1954, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Paul William Lewis, Clinton, IL; Children: Belinda “Lindy” L. (Daniel J.) Hubert, Lowell, IN; William “Bill” Wayne (Jill) Lewis, Chino Hills, CA; and Loretta “Lori” (Jerry) Benedict, Clinton, IL; 9 Grandchildren; 10 Great-grandchildren; Siblings: Sara (Larry) Stewart, Blain, PA; and Jay Wayne (Barb) Thoms, Clinton, IL.
 
She was preceded by her parents, Brother: Ray Marvin Thoms, Sister: Ida Ellen Gentry, and Grandson: Tyler Lewis.
 
Joan worked for the Clinton School District for 25 years until her retirement. She supported Paul’s music career and was his #1 fan. She was sassy and spunky, but, was extremely loving to everyone, especially children.

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Mary Louella Lane

Mary Louella Lane 82 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:10 AM November 27, 2017, at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Vespasian Warner Library or the DeWitt Co. Animal Shelter.
 
Mary was born December 9, 1934, in Clinton, Illinois the daughter of Virgil and Lorine (Anderson) DuPree. She married John Corwin Lane March 27, 1955, in Clinton, IL. He passed away October 2, 2002.
 
Survivors include her children, Tom Lane, Clinton, IL; and Nancy Lane, Clinton, IL; and her manpanion of 15 years, Mike Jordan, Decatur, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents and 1 Brother.
 
Mary worked at the Vespasian Warner Library.  She loved reading, golfing, and bird watching.   She also enjoyed traveling and Illini Basketball. 

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Gertrude Evelyn Clark

Gertrude Evelyn Clark, 92, of Kenney, Illinois passed away 1:05 AM November 24, 2017, at Symphony of Decatur, Decatur, Illinois.
 
Per Gertie’s wishes, there will be no services. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Symphony of Decatur.
 
Gertie was born January 22, 1925, in Weldon, IL the daughter of William and Bertha Mae (Smith) Morrow. She married James Welton Clark February 17, 1946, in Clinton, Illinois. He passed away November 17, 2007.
 
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Welch, Decatur, IL; and one sister.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, one sister, and two brothers.
 
Gertie was a member of Texas Christian Church and the DeWitt County Amateur HAM Radio Club. She loved cooking, gardening, crocheting, playing BINGO, and living on the farm.
 
The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the staff at Symphony of Decatur, especially, Nicki, Tamisha, Marge, Jean, Warren, Janice, and Julie; along with special friends, Wanda, Chuck, and Bessie.
 
Gertie was a loving wife, mother, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Quint A. Stephenson

Quint A. Stephenson, 53 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:30 A.M. November 23, 2017, at his family home in Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Monday, November 27, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM, Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Guardians of the Children.
 
Quint was born March 25, 1964, in Clinton, IL the son of William and Sharon (Mears) Stephenson.
 
Survivors include his mother: Sharon Stephenson, Clinton, IL; children:  Chase (Whitney) Stephenson, Clinton, IL; Jackson Stephenson, Clinton, IL; and Callie Stephenson, Clinton, IL; grandson, Wesley Stephenson, Clinton, IL; brother, Bob (Diane) Stephenson, Lincoln, IL; nephew and nieces:  Andrew (Emily) Stephenson, Indianapolis, IN; Amber (Brian) Potthoff, Lincoln, IL; and Alyssa Stephenson, Lincoln, IL; step-grandnephews:  Alex and Chase Potthoff.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Quint worked at DynaGraphics in Decatur, IL.  He liked to ride motorcycles and went to Sturgis during the summer of 2017.

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Jeffrey Nechkash

Jeffrey Nechkash, 63, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away on November 23, 2017, at his home.
 
His service will be from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Downs, Illinois. Donations can be made in care of Jordan Nechkash to help with funeral expenses.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is handling arrangements.
 
Jeff was born April 3, 1954, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin a son of John and Evelyn Nechkash. He married Kelly Cook in 1982, she survives.
 
Jeff is also survived by his two sons, Graham (Audriana) Nechkash of Bloomington, Illinois and Jordan (Ashley) Nechkash of South Carolina; three grandsons, Wyatt, Case, and Clayton; his sister, Becky (Frank) Toohill of LeRoy, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph, his parents and his in-laws. 
 
Jeff graduated from Tri-Valley in 1972. He worked for Heartland Printing for 16 years.
 
Jeff was an amazing brother, uncle, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
 

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Denver Lee Bailey

Denver Lee Bailey, 60, of Bellflower, Illinois, passed away at 7:58 A.M., Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at his residence.
 
His visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M., Monday, November 27, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 North Main Street, Famer City, Illinois. A Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 P.M. with Rev. Wayne Clevenger officiating. Please wear your casual Cubs attire. Memorials may be made to the Carle Hospice Program, Champaign, Illinois.
 
Denver was born July 2, 1957, in Somerset, Kentucky, a son of Hubert and Marie Wooton Bailey. He married Terrye Flannery on January 29, 1977, in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his wife, Terrye Bailey of Bellflower, Illinois; mother, Marie Bailey of Gibson City, Illinois; three daughters, Jennifer (Jeremy) Duke of Gibson City, Illinois, April (Blake) Warren of Gibson City, Illinois and Krystal Bailey of Bellflower, Illinois; five grandchildren, Owen, Ethan and Declan Duke; Anna and Carly Warren. Preceded in death by his father.
 
Denver was a truck driver and looked forward to coming home to see his grandkids. He loved to watch his grandsons wrestle and play football at GCMS.
 
Denver was a die-hard Cubs fan before it was “cool”!

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Della Bernice Alsup Disbrow

Della Bernice Alsup Disbrow, 95, passed away November 24 in Chandler, AZ. A gathering to celebrate her life will be announced later. Memorials may be made in her name to the Macon County Genealogy Society or the charity of your choice. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur, is assisting the family.
 
Bernice was born on October 21, 1922 to parents Margaret and Charles Alsup in Latham, Illinois, the fifth of seven children. She was raised on a farm in the Warrensburg area. Bernice attended Warrensburg Latham schools and married her high school sweetheart, Lewis Benning Disbrow, on August 22, 1940.
 
Ben and Bernice had 4 sons, Jim, Ted, Bob and Tom. The family initially lived on the farm, but later transitioned to living in Argenta. Eventually, Ben and Bernice moved to the Disbrow Family Farm outside of Warrensburg where they lived for many years. Bernice worked outside the home most of her career. She was an excellent secretary and book keeper and spent most her career in the insurance industry. She ended her career running her own federal crop insurance agency.
 
Upon her husband Ben’s retirement from Caterpillar, they started Black Bart’s Pumpkin Patch on the historic Disbrow family farm on Wyckles Road east of Warrensburg. For several years they hosted many school field trips for local students who enjoyed a free pumpkin and tales of Black Bart.
 
Ben and Bernice extensively researched family genealogy with great interest. Bernice published two books which trace the family history from the early days of our country to the publishing date with many stories of ancestral life and times.
 
Ben and Bernice were married for almost sixty-nine years until he died in 2009. They were social, outgoing, friendly people who enjoyed their large family and many friends. Ben and Bernice lived their entire lives in and around the Decatur Communities. Bernice lived the last six years in Chandler, AZ close to one of her sons and his family.
 
Bernice was preceded in death by one son, Jim, her husband and all the Alsups and Disbrows of her generation except her sister, Mable McCane of Ft. Myers, FL and sister-in-law Rose Ellen Wentworth of Decatur. She is survived by sons Ted (Jackie) of Chandler, AZ, Bob (Jessica) of Decatur and Tom (Lee) of Columbia, SC and 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
 
Bernice’s family was the true love of her life and she always had time, energy and love for all of them. To quote a grandson “I have learned so many wonderful life lessons from her words over the years, some of which I find myself reciting to others and my family. She truly defines matriarch and is an enduring role model for all of us.”
 
See the expanded obituary and share condolences and memories at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

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Rita Jostes

Rita Foster Jostes, 87 of Monticello, IL formerly of Argenta, IL passed away 3:48 A.M. November 21, 2017 at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Rev. Andrew Maxwell officiating. Burial will follow at Harristown Cemetery, Harristown, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed the Roman Family Foundation, 737 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1520, Chicago, IL, 60611.
 
Rita was born April 30, 1930, in Normal, IL, the daughter of James and Opal Crowe Foster. She was raised in Niantic, IL in a loving home by her Aunt Erma and Uncle Bryan Spencer. She married Dick E. Jostes on December 11, 1949 in Niantic, IL. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2014, having been married for 65 wonderful years.
 
Survivors include her son, Dave (Cheri) Jostes of Argenta, IL; a daughter, Deborah (John) Crow of Vinton, IA; five granddaughters: Laura (Jaiman) Fisher of Orlando, FL; Kristin (Scott) Craig of Clinton, IN; Abby (Aaron) Siek of Blairstown, IA; Kari Jostes of Shelbyville, KY; and Danielle (Doug) Spalding of Shelbyville, KY; and six great-grandchildren: Adelaide and Everett Fisher, Owen Siek and Amelia, Lily and Kate Craig.
 
She was preceded in death by both her parents, an infant son, Rodney, 3 brothers and two sisters.
 
She was a member of Forsyth United Methodist Church.
 
Rita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and loved to entertain. She was well-known for her delicious meals, cookies and cakes, and her ability to put together a meal quickly for the unexpected guests her late husband would often bring home. Although she will be missed greatly , the family takes great comfort in knowing that Rita has left this earthly place to be with her beloved husband and family members she lost at too young of an age.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Monte Earl Jenkins

Monte Earl Jenkins, 74, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 2:20 A.M., Sunday, November 19, 2017, at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.
 
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Monte was born April 24, 1943, in Bloomington, Illinois the son of Earl and Mabel Fern Montgomery Jenkins. He married Pamela Sue Moore on October 24, 2003, in Bloomington, Illinois. She survives in Bloomington, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Jenkins of Bloomington, Illinois, one niece and one nephew.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Doty.
 
Monte was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed the Cubs and the Bears. He also enjoyed his motorcycle.

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Michael D. Hardin

Michael D. Hardin of Norwich, CT formerly of Lincoln, IL passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in Willimantic, CT.
 
Michael was born on June 4, 1951, in Lincoln, IL the son of William and Louise (Eimer) Hardin. He married Bear Nolan on March 16, 2010, in Willimantic, CT. She survives in Norwich.
 
Michael is also survived by his children: Sherri (Scott) Rappé, Sarah (Michael) Kendrick, Michael R. Hardin, William J. Hardin, and Conall N. Hardin; his siblings: Dan (Debi) Hardin, Tom Hardin, Jayne (Peter) Hintzman, and Phil (Michelle) Hardin. Additionally, he is survived by his grandchildren: Dallas Rappé, Hailey Rappé, Hunter Kendrick, and Blake Kendrick.
 
Michael was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Michael was a longtime employee of Gunther International. He was dedicated to customer service in the technology and manufacturing field. He was a hard worker and worked until his last days. He encountered many people through his line of work and all would describe him as charismatic. He was a very accomplished bowler with many perfect games. One of his highest achievements was holding the highest series of 858 for a number of years as well as being inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame at age 41.
 
Services for Michael will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at St. Mary Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to Ronald McDonald house or gofund Jamaica AED.

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Phyllis A. Ruwe

Phyllis A. Ruwe, 68, of Maroa passed away Friday, November 17, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 22, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 21 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to service time, Wednesday, at the church. Burial will be in Upper Ridge Cemetery, Maroa, IL (west of Maroa).
 
Memorials in Phyllis’ honor may be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church or New Life Pregnancy Center.
 
Phyllis was born July 31, 1949, in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Albert and Mildred (Koester) Johnson. She married Alan Ruwe on February 1, 1970, in Lincoln, IL.
 
She was a teacher for the GED program at Richland Community College and was a counselor at New Life Pregnancy Center for over 30 years. Phyllis was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Decatur and a member of the Bible Study Fellowship.
 
She is survived by her husband, Alan; children, Chad Ruwe and wife Beth of Maroa, IL, Brad Ruwe and wife Lori of Aurora, IL, and Ryan Ruwe and wife Elaine of Dripping Springs, TX; grandchildren, Kiersten, Alexandra, Braden, Peyton, Aryn, Logan, Jack, and Dylan; sisters, Betty Hamann of New Holland, IL and Donna Ware of Holt Summit, MO.
 
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents.
 
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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Jay Haning

Jay Michael Haning, 40, of Morton, passed away 12:11 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15, 2017) at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
 
His funeral will be noon Monday at Minier Christian Church. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Davis-Oswald Mortuary, Hopedale, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Jay Haning Memorial Fund.
 
Private interment will be at a later date.
 
Jay was born March 10, 1977, in Bloomington, a son of Duane and Joyce Ruwe Haning. His mother preceded him in death on June 26, 1996.
 
Surviving are his father, Duane Haning, Minier; one brother, Brad (Julie) Haning, Mackinaw; one sister, Jill (Mike) Leahy, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; and three nephews, Brady, Nolan, and Calan Leahy, all of St. Croix Falls.
 
Jay graduated from Olympia High School, Stanford, in 1995. In August 1995, he entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He majored in agronomy and joined Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity, where he lived during his college years. He also worked for Ken and Barb Dalenberg on their grain farm during this time, which he enjoyed thoroughly. Jay graduated in 1999, earning a bachelor’s degree.
 
After graduation, he went to work with John Deere Company in the Hay and Forage Equipment Division. He tested a prototype and new introduction baling equipment. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and lived in Australia for a short time, testing machines there. From there, he went to Davenport Training Center where he was an ag service training instructor. He taught dealer service training for dealer techs and personnel. He developed an extensive background for John Deere Ag machines.
 
After some years at the training center, he went to the customer support division, where he was a territory customer support manager in western Illinois. He supported dealers in several territories throughout Illinois. He gained many wonderful friends throughout his career with John Deere. He wore no other hat.
 
Besides Jay’s time with Deere, he maintained his absolute passion for farming and continuing the family farm. He was very adamant about keeping up with the latest technologies introduced in agriculture and he applied his experience from one career to the next. He was first and foremost an Illinois farmer.
 
Jay’s hobby was tractor pulling. He started at age 14. His first pulling tractor was a 1934 Hart Parr. He then expanded his hobby with Paul, Bill, Joe, and Herb of Friedrich Farms Pulling Team. They spent the last 12 years pulling throughout the Midwest. They ran in the 10,000-pound pro-stock class, most recently running a new component tractor named Buck with No Doe. This was Jay’s biggest thrill and he spent many hours working on the tractor with the guys. The team received ITPA Sportsmanship of the Year Award in 2015 and received Friedrich-Haning pulling team family of the year 2017.
 
Jay will be greatly missed by his family and thousands of friends. He will be remembered for his “off the wall” sense of humor, his infectious laugh, and his engaging smile. Godspeed Driver!

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Lorraine Johnson Bayer

Lillian Lorraine Johnson Bayer, 96, of Lincoln, passed away Friday (Nov. 17, 2017) at St. Clara’s Manor, Lincoln.
 
Lorraine was born April 20, 1921, in Chicago, the daughter of James and Lottie (Beck) Morriss. She married Everett Johnson on Nov. 21, 1940, in Downers Grove. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1971. Lorraine later married Edward A. Bayer on April 1, 1977, in Lincoln. He preceded her in death.
 
Lorraine is survived by her children, Christel Huff, Creigh (Linda) Johnson, and Curtis (Debra) Johnson; her stepchildren, Bonnie (Gabe) Vuolo, Ted (Mare) Bayer, Mary Ann (Pat) Johnson, and Edie Bayer; many grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.
 
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and one brother, Richard Morriss.
 
Lorraine was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, and Lincoln chapter 351 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a life member of ALMH Auxiliary and an ALMH life member senior citizen of Logan County. Lorraine was a longtime member of Oasis Senior Center.
 
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior to her service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at New Union Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Lorraine’s name to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln, Arthritis Foundation, and Humane Society of Logan County.

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Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson, 60, of Elkhart passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
 
Michael was born on September 3, 1957, in Carlinville, IL; the son of Conrad Joseph and Betty (Baggs) Dawson. He married his best friend, Michelle Danley on September 13, 2003, in Elkhart, IL She survives.
 
Michael is also survived by his children: Jason Dawson, Melissa (Josh) Brown, Tosha (Travis) Brannum, and Jessica (Shun) Hicks; his brothers: Phillip Dawson, Steve (Linda) Dawson, Jim (Pam) Dawson, and John (Janelle) Dawson; additionally he is survived by seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, as well as many great-nieces and nephews.
 
Michael was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Anne; and his four-legged pal, Jack Dawson.
Michael enjoyed traveling with Michelle. He was the owner and operator of The Taste of Illi restaurant in Illiopolis, IL. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family.
 
A celebration of Michael’s life will be held from 2:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to The Elkhart Fire Dept.

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Anthony J. "Tony" Hable and Karen S. Hable

Anthony J. "Tony" Hable 57 and Karen S. Hable 57 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:58 PM November 11, 2017, from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of  Rt. 51 North and Autumn Rd., Clinton, IL.
 
Mass Of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Friday, November 17, 2017, St. John's Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. Burial will be  St. Joseph Cemetery, Farmer City, IL. Visitation will be 4 - 7 PM, Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the church with Rosary at 3:30. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, St. Paul's Catholic School in Bloomer, Wisconsin, or another organization of your choosing.
 
Tony was born March 24, 1960, in Chippewa Falls, WI, in his early years was a resident of Bloomer, WI, the son of William and Marcella (Grill) Hable. Karen was born June 19, 1960, in Evansville, IN the daughter of Albert W. and Ruth (Ahlering) Schoettlin, Jr. Tony and Karen were married on June 16, 1984, in Evansville, IN.
 
Survivors include their children, Alan (Ashley) Hable, Champaign, IL and Emily Hable, Indianapolis, IN; granddaughter, Ava Hable, Champaign, IL and one grandchild on the way.
 
Also surviving are his siblings:  Monica (Michael) Dimino, Watertown, MA; Patricia Zastrow, Sun Prairie, WI; Jean (Kirby) Bischel, Cincinnati, OH; William (Judy) Hable, Bloomer, WI; Peter Michael "Mike" (Sally) Hable, Bloomer, WI; David (Nancy) Hable, Beraby, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Tony was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Hable; sister-in-law, Gloria Hable; and brother-in-law, Milfred Zastrow.
 
Also surviving are Karen's siblings: Ruthanne (Thomas) Otto, Baltimore, MD; and Mary Kaye Mooney, St. Louis, MO.
 
Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Timothy Mooney.
 
They were dearly loved as a brother and a sister, as parents, as grandparents, as an uncle and aunt, as in-laws, as cousins, and as friends.
 
Tony worked his entire post-college career for the Clinton Power Station as a Professional Engineer and spent many hours in his garden in his free time. Karen raised their two children and volunteered her time and energy in caring for many people in the Clinton community and doting on her granddaughter.
 
Their lives will be marked not by themselves or their careers, but rather, by those that they affected. They often chose to serve others rather than living for themselves. They were both members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, IL where they served as lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, singers in the choir, Sunday school teachers, parish council members, and general servants of all. Along with their parish, they participated in the Cursillo community and their generosity was known by many.
 
They often remarked that they loved being with their family. Whether it be around the table for a nice meal or on a trip to somewhere new, they loved being with their kids and especially loved being together.

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Dr. Donald Reed Jensen

Dr. Donald Reed Jensen, 86, of Bloomington, Illinois, died at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 13, 2017.   
 
His visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 17, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Le Roy, Illinois. His funeral service will follow at 3:00 P.M. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois.  Military rites provided by Ruel Neal Post 79 American Legion LeRoy, Illinois.  Memorial donations may be made to the Dept. of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University or Donor's Choice.
 
Reed was born May 4, 1931, in Pocatello, Idaho, the third of four sons, to Joseph Golden and Myrtle Lillie Reddish.  He married Brigitte E. Becker in Heuchelheim, Kreis Giessen/Lahn, Germany November 2, 1956.  She survives.  
 
Surviving are two daughters, Linda C. (Chad) Covert and Donna M. (Mark) Brent Hicks; son, David R. (Kaori) Jensen; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
 
Mr. Jensen attended Pocatello public schools, Idaho State University (BS, Chemistry, 1953), University of Washington, Seattle (BA, Zoology, 1954).  He served in the United States Army Medical Corp from 1954-1957.  Upon release from the military, he attended Utah State University where he earned advanced degrees in Physiology (MS, 1961; Ph. D. 1964).  He was awarded a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship and conducted research in Germany at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University from 1964 to 1966.  Dr. Jensen then accepted a position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Illinois State.  During his tenure at ISU, he was known for his great love for teaching and for the unselfish dedication of his time to students.  He served as Assistant to the Department Chairman for 10 years directing affairs of the Undergraduate Program, Inventory and Space allocation, advising students in the Academic Advisement Office, and Chairman of the Physiology and Anatomy Section of the Department for many years.  He was elected to the status of Fellow in the American Association of Sciences in 1959.  Mr. Jensen retired in September 1994.
 
At home, "Reed" was known for his great devotion to family, friends, neighbors, and gardening.  Passers-by were always pleased to see his flowers.  The raspberries, gooseberries, currents, and apples he grew were always a delight to his children and grandchildren.  Reed was loved and adored by all that knew him and he truly will be missed.  Reed Jensen (Papa) had a strong Faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  God's comfort and promises bring peace to his loved ones.  "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."   Amen.

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Richard L. Treatch

Richard L. Treatch, 83, passed away at 12:51 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on November 7, 2017.
 
Richard was born on October 2, 1934, in Grand Forks, North Dakota; son of George and Helen Evelyn Olson Treatch. He married Betty Ann Gordon on May 19, 1954, in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death, he then married Nancy E. Curry on May 22, 1993, in Cambria CA.
 
Surviving Richard are his children: Richard B. (Phyllis) Treatch of Fresno, CA, Charles E. (Rhonda) Treatch of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, Marci (Douglas) Haas of Clovis, CA, and Lori (James) Erickson of Madera, CA; step-children: Gregory (Lisa) Curry of Lincoln, IL, William Jeffrey (Jackie) Curry of Lincoln, IL, Robert Curry of Lincoln, IL, and Janet Sue (Roger) Alsup of Lincoln, IL one nephew Willie; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
Richard was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan.
 
A memorial service for Richard will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ron Otto officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given in Richard’s name to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation.

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Betty Lou Kopatz

Betty Lou Kopatz,88, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on November 11, 2017, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Betty was born on January 28, 1929, in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Theodore and Cleva (Brashear) Aderman. She married Carl Kopatz on June 18, 1966. He preceded her in death on November 15, 2016.
 
Surviving Betty is her son: Rev Dr. Perry Kopatz of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren: Jeremy Kopatz and Christine Kopatz both of Phoenix, AZ; two great-grandchildren: Peyton Rose Kopatz and Ryden Quinn Kopatz; one nephew: Don Zelle of St. Louis, MO; one niece: Deborah (Jim) Stahl of Sherman, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister: Mildred Aderman Haynes, and two aunts: Alma Bridges and Ann Brashear.
 
Until age 17, she lived on the Elias Buckles farm west of Mt. Pulaski. She graduated from Buckles Grade School and Mt. Pulaski Township High School. She then graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, IL received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in art and a minor in science. She took classes in Normal at the University Of Illinois and did graduate work at S.I.U. in literature and writing.
 
She taught school kindergarten through eighth grade as well as art and music for grades one through six and science for grades one through four. She taught for 20 plus years in several communities in Illinois and Prince Georges County, Maryland with poetry writings published in several anthologies.
 
Betty worked one year as a district director for the Land Of Lincoln Girl Scouts and two years at The Franklin Life in Springfield, IL. She was a member of Mt. Pulaski Historical Society and the Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski.
 
Services for Betty will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service also at the church. Burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Betty’s name to Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Kyle Eric Sigler

Kyle Eric Sigler, 44, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 6:35 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2017, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Zion, Illinois.
 
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City, Illinois with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the church.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Trust for his son, Nick.
 
Kyle was born June 8, 1973, in Normal, Illinois, to Stephen L. and Linda L. Crow Sigler. He married Tiffany Hodges on October 8, 2016, in Monticello, Illinois. She survives in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his father, Stephen L. (Gail) Sigler of LeRoy, Illinois and his mother, Linda L. Crow Sigler of Monticello, Illinois; four children, Gregory (Anna) Sigler of Brooklyn, Indiana, Tyler Dale Sigler of Mahomet, Illinois, Dakota Marie Sigler of Farmer City, Illinois, and Nickalas Roger Dale Sigler of Clinton, Illinois; two grandchildren, Naomi and Samuel Sigler of Brooklyn, Indiana; one sister, Jennifer Nicole Sigler of Monticello, Illinois; one stepbrother, Jon Thomas of Lincoln, Illinois; one stepsister, Abby Cannon of Bloomington, Illinois; mothers of Kyle’s children, Holly Lane of Brooklyn, Indiana, Lisa Sigler of Farmer City, Illinois and Dawn Copeland of Clinton, Illinois; and a lifetime friend, Tabitha Keysear of Washington, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Phyllis Crow, his paternal grandparents, Edison and Dorothy Sigler and one uncle, Nick Crow.
 
Kyle was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He took part in the American Passion Play – Roman Soldier (4th generation of the family) for several years. He liked to shoot pool and hang out with friends and family.

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Richard D. Abbott

Richard D. Abbott 58 of Waynesville, IL passed away 6:05 AM November 8, 2017, at his family residence, Waynesville, Il.
 
Graveside services will be 1:00 PM, Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Dudley Cemetery, Dudley, MO with Pastor A. Lynn Ash officiating.  Visitation will be 10 AM – 12 Noon, Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Masonic Services at 12 noon.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Richard D. Abbott Memorial Fund.
 
Richard was born April 16, 1959, in St. Louis, MO the son of William and Velma Louise (Jarrell) Abbott.  He married Pauline K. Davis March 14, 1987, in Dudley, MO.
 
Survivors include his wife, Pauline K. Abbott, Waynesville, IL; children:  Amy L. Abbott, Lincoln, IL and Kristina D.  (Devon C.) Lashbrook, Wapella, IL; grandson, Rylan C. Lashbrook;  mother, Velma Louise Abbott, Dudley, MO; sister, Vicki (Wayne) Holmes, Carrollton, GA.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Richard worked at Lincolnland, Lincoln, IL.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #210 AF & AM in Lincoln, IL.  Richard loved fishing, gardening, and the outdoors. 

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Marjorie Ann Hayes Spencer

Marjorie Ann Hayes Spencer, 99 of Ankeny, Iowa formerly of Clinton, Il. passed into her heavenly home 7:50 A.M. November 5, 2017, at Millpond Retirement Community, Ankeny, Iowa.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 - 11 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, Mill Pond Retirement Community or the donor's choice.
 
Marjorie was born May 14, 1918, in Crow Agency, MT the daughter of J.R. and Maud (Billings) Johnson. She moved to Watauga, TN at an early age and grew up there. She graduated from Happy Valley High School. Marjorie married Frank Hayes in Bristol, VA in 1939. In 1990 she married Robert Spencer in Clinton, IL. She was a great caretaker of both of them before they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister: Eloise Phillips, grandson: Paul Michael Hayes and step-grandson: Sean Rogers.
 
Frank and Marjorie moved to Clinton in 1951 where she lived until her health needs required her to move to Mill Pond Retirement Community in Ankeny, IA in 2005.
 
Some of the great loves of her life were her family, her friends and her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a very active member of First Baptist Church in Clinton, as long as health allowed. She loved to teach the Bible to children in Sunday School Classes and Back Yard Bible Clubs. She also regularly shared her faith with teens and adults throughout her life.
 
She was known for and enjoyed being a fine homemaker, a fantastic cook, wonderful hostess, a very happy and friendly lady with a southern accent and charm. She worked as a telephone operator and dental assistant. In later years she also enjoyed Wii Bowling and Bingo with friends at Mill Pond.
 
Left to cherish her memory is a daughter: Judy (Russell) Delaney of Lecanto, FL; son: Joe (Marty Abbott) Hayes of Ankeny, IA; step-daughter: Dianne Rogers of Cumming, GA; grandchildren: Sheila (Jeff) Clark, Allen, TX, Karen (Paul) Findling, Tampa, FL, James Hayes, Overland Park, KS, John (Deb) Hayes, Grand Island, NE, Dan (Trish) Hayes, Shawnee, KS; step-grandson: Bryan Rogers, Cumming, GA; 13 great-grandchildren; nephew: Jack (Marilyn) Phillips, Hudson, IL and other relatives and friends.
 
Mom, we are looking forward to seeing you again soon and forever.
 
The family would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to the staff at Mill Pond, much other medical personnel and her dentist for their wonderful care of Mom.

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Eileen Catherine Edwards

Eileen Catherine Edwards 87 of Maroa, Illinois passed away 2:15 PM November 4, 2017, at the Eastern Star Home, Macon, IL.
 
Services to celebrate Eileen's life will be 11 AM, Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Graveside services will be at 2:30 PM, Friday at Mottarville Cemetery, Rochester, IL. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice.
 
Eileen was born October 7, 1930, in Springfield, IL the daughter of William H. and Clara Agnes (Schmidt) Ryan. She married Charles "Don" Edwards October 15, 1948, in Springfield, IL. He passed away December 16, 2008.
 
Survivors include her children: David E. (Rose) Edwards, Nicholasville, KY; Carole L.  Barnhorst, Greenwood, IN; Darla Rae (Roger) Wiseman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings: Mary E.. Springer, Springfield, IL; Carolyn Vancil, Springfield, IL.; William J. Ryan, Murphysboro, IL; Donna Ryan Neuman, Chatham, IL; and special caregiver, and longtime family friend, Larry Pumphrey, Maroa, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and one brother.
 
Eileen was a retired secretary. She was a member of the Hazlemere Chapter #221 O.E.S., Taylorville, IL.  She loved to do arts and crafts, sew, and cook.

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Steven Mac Cook

Steven Mac Cook 66 of Decatur, Illinois passed away 7:37 PM October 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, Illinois.
 
A celebration of his life will be held from 2 – 4 P.M. Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Argenta Community Building.  The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Argenta-Oreana Booster Club.
 
Steven was born June 28, 1951, in Decatur, IL the son of Bob and Norma (LeHew) Cook.
 
Survivors include his father and step-mother: Bob and June Cook, Loxely, AL; sister and brother-in-law: Tara and John Fornear, Argenta, IL; nephew and nieces: Audra Heckwine, Adam Fornear, Erin Fornear and Morgan Fornear.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.
 
Steven was a 1969 graduate of Argenta-Oreana High School.

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Lillian Ruth Goldberger

Lillian Ruth Goldberger, 92, passed away at 5:25 p.m. at The Christian Village on November 6, 2017.
 
Ruth was born on September 7, 1925, in St. Louis, MO; daughter of Otis Conrad and Lillian (Eckberg) Moore. She was united in marriage with Rev. Arthur J. Goldberger on March 13, 1943, at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2011.
 
Surviving Ruth are her children: Linda Loos of Lincoln, IL, Rev. Arthur Jack (Kay) Goldberger of Bettendorf, IA, Susan Moore of Champagne, IL, Kathleen (Pete) Bishop of West Lafayette, IN, Patricia (Jim) Dermody of Monee, IL, Laura Williams of Lincoln, IL, and Nancy Goldberger of Skokie, IL; fourteen grandchildren; thirty two great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: King, Conrad, and Edgar Moore, two sisters: Olive Moore and Jacqueline Younger.
 
Ruth was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL where she was very active in church activities, one being she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a realtor for many years and was the President of Realtors Association of Logan County and also served as Executive Secretary. Because of her love for children, she and her husband conceived the idea of building a Christian based school that is now Zion Lutheran School.
 
Service for Ruth will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran School, or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Marvin "Marv" Board

Marvin "Marv” Board 86, passed away at 10:25 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL surrounded by his loving family.
 
Marvin was born on February 8, 1931, in Lincoln, IL; son of Herbert and Blanche (Miller) Board. He married Joyce Joann Anderson on July 4, 1958, in Lincoln, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are his children: Vicki (Keith) Hasprey of Lincoln, IL, Victor Board, Scott Board, and Doug (Regina) Board all of Lincoln, IL, Jeff Board of Encino, CA; three sisters: Carol Meents, Marcie Brooks, and Alice Tuma; two brothers-in-law: Speed (Jo) Anderson and Ronnie (Nancy) Anderson; two sisters-in-law: Doris Anderson, Carol (David) Young; six grandchildren: Nathan, Nick, Katlyn, Aurora, Maya May, and Maverick. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Gene Board, one sister: Louise Coombs, and four brothers-in-law: Robert, Eugene "Bugs”, Larry, and Gary Anderson.
 
Marvin was a member of Jefferson Street Christian Church. He was an ironworker out of Local 46 Springfield, IL. for twenty-five years, and local 433 of Los Angeles, CA for ten years. He has been owner-operator of Family Custom Cleaners since 2000.
 
He was a member of the APA Nine Ball Wednesday Night, and Eight Ball Thursday Night Pool League as well as a member of the Eagles Lodge, Ford Antique Club, and a Golden Glove Boxer in his youth.
 
He loved all sports and games and traveling the world with his family. His favorite past time was building birdhouses and taking care of his birds. Big R has his special mixture of birdseed "Marv’s Mix”.
 
Always fun loving and happy go lucky, he never met a person he did not like and was a friend to all with a big smile on his face and no heart he didn’t touch. Those who knew him would say he was one of a kind and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was doing what he loved: building a home with his wife, daughter, son, sons-in-law, and best friend Vic when he went to be with his Lord and Savior.
 
A celebration of Marvin’s life will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017, at The Lincoln Eagles Lodge. Memorials may be made in Marvin’s name to:
 
Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry 125 North Logan St. Lincoln, IL 62656. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Special thanks to Dr. Laya and The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and Staff.

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Donna Jean Lessen

Donna Jean Lessen, 88, passed away at 3:15 p.m. at St. Clara’s Manor on November 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
 
Donna was born on April 24, 1929, in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Oliver William and Edna (Hilgendorf) Kromminga. She married Henry "Hank” Lessen Jr. on December 26, 1948, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2002.
 
Surviving Donna are her children: Terry (Sheila) Lessen of Lincoln, IL and Pamela (Dean) Bismark of Hennepin, IL; one brother: Oliver William Kromminga Jr. of Sacramento, CA; six grandchildren: Terry Lessen Jr., Josh Bismark, Annie Armstrong, Jeff Bismark, Matthew Fricke, and Erik Fricke. Nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Kristie Fricke, and one grandson: Scott Alan Lessen.
 
Donna was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was very active in church activities and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #263. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, really looked forward to cousins reunion day, loved singing and playing the piano; she loved animals, and always had a furry companion.
 
A memorial service for Donna will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Roger David officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Donna’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Carolyn "Sue" S. Slater

Carolyn "Sue” S. Slater, 77, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in her home surrounded by her family.
 
Carolyn was born on April 15, 1940, in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Gladys (Doty) Proctor. She married Brad Slater on April 22, 1978, in Lincoln, IL, he survives.
Carolyn is also survived by her son, Tom (Teri) Perry; her daughter, Kerri (Shane Lucas) Slater; her grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, Hayden, Hilary, Aubrey, Mary, and Ashley. Additionally, Carolyn is survived by her great-grandchildren, Landon, Tate, and Sydney.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sons, Randy Heinzel and Greg Slater; two sisters; and one brother.
 
A Celebration of Carolyn’s life will be held from 3:00-6:00 P.M. on Friday, November 10, 2017, at The Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Carolyn’s name to her family.
 
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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Loren Edward Murphy

Loren Edward Murphy, 48, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 10:15 A.M., Friday, November 3, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
There will be a casual gathering of friends from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Victory Christian Center, Farmer City, where friends and family can meet and tell stories about Loren.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Carle Foundation Hospital Rehabilitation Unit.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Loren was born February 21, 1969, in Monticello, Illinois, to Herschel and Elda Lembke Murphy. He married Khristina Lee Kirk on November 29, 1997, in Farmer City. She survives in Farmer City.
 
He is survived by his children, Damien Murphy, Kenny Murphy and Chelsea Ferguson all of Farmer City, Illinois; sisters, Julie Murphy Graning of Farmer City, Illinois, Pam (Kelly) Lyle of Bloomington, Illinois and Donna Sue Nickison of Grant City, Missouri; brothers, Ray (Cathy) Murphy of Johnsonville, Illinois and Thomas (Donna) Murphy of Brodhead, Wisconsin.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David Lee and Von Haas.
 
Loren was an employee of Cabinetland in Farmer City for thirty years.
 
He was a loving husband; father; a brother; son; and friend to many. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

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Ramona Joan Irvin

Ramona Joan Irvin 89 of Kenney, Illinois passed away 12:28 AM November 5, 2017, at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 – 10:30 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Kenney Christian Church or the Kenney Heritage Foundation.
 
Joan was born October 22, 1928, in rural Kenney, IL the daughter of Harold and Delta (Kemp) Ferry. When Joan was two years old her mother died and she was adopted by her great uncle and aunt, Ivon and Helen Kemp.  She married Wilbur Irvin December 25, 1951, in Kenney, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Wilbur Irvin, Kenney, IL; sons: Robert Irvin, Clinton, IL; Roger (Paula) Irvin, Kenney, IL; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Norman.
 
Joan was a homemaker and a member of the Kenney Christian Church.

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Vernon H. Jacobs

Vernon H. Jacobs, 102, of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 12:45 A.M., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Gibson City Annex.
 
His visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois.  A graveside service will follow at 11:00 A.M. in Union Cemetery.
 
Memorial donations may be made to Ridgeview High School FFA.  
 
Vernon was born January 9, 1915, in Arrowsmith, Illinois, to Howard V. and Bernice Lemons Jacobs.  He married Doris Hensley on September 30, 1935, in Waukegan, Illinois.  She passed away September 29, 2006.
 
He is survived by one son, Gary (JoAnne) Jacobs, Ellsworth, Illinois; two daughters, Janet Butler, Arrowsmith, Illinois and Jean (Wally) Ward, Hudson, Illinois; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and sixteen great-great-grandchildren. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister; son-in-law, Larry Butler; and an infant grandson, Steven Butler.
 
Vernon farmed all his life in Arrowsmith, officially retiring in 1978.  His life was the farm and his family.  He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Margaret Steiling

Margaret "Margo" H. Steiling, 83, of Atlanta, passed away at 7:05 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
 
Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2017) at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Dave Harmon will officiate. A private family burial at Atlanta Cemetery will follow.
 
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service Wednesday.
 
Margaret H. Johnson was born Sept. 14, 1934, in Peoria, the daughter of Carl B. and Eliza Maddox Johnson. She first married Harold S. Stout Sr., who is deceased. She later married Don Steiling.
 
Margaret is survived by children, Betty (Angela Younker) Stout, Atlanta; Rita (Steve, deceased) Billings, Emden; Rick Stout, Atlanta; Sharon (Ric) Cheek, Atlanta; Judy (Greg) Nichols-Harris, Normal; and Dustin (Wendy) Steiling, Normal; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, five sisters, one infant son; and son, Harold Stout Jr.
 
Margaret had worked at Lehn & Fink, Caterpillar and Nestle-Beich. She was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church.
 
Margaret adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was nothing she would not do for them. She also loved working in her yard and planting flowers.
 
Memorials may be made to Atlanta Rescue Squad or the Logan County Paramedic Association.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted to Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Albert S. Rosenberger

Albert S. Rosenberger “Rosie”, 89, of Severn, MD, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 with family by his side. Al was born on August 21, 1928 in New Britain, PA to the late Albert and Rella (Bean) Rosenberger. He graduated from Girard College in Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University in New York. He married his lifelong sweetheart, Elizabeth (Betty) Hopstein, in 1951.
 
Al proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1978. During that time, he and Betty had seven children and traveled the world. From Germany to Pakistan, then onto Okinawa and England, plus three state-side tours – they were always on the move. After retiring at Ft. Meade, Maryland, Al worked for the Department of Defense from 1983 to 1995.
 
In his spare time, Al loved to bowl and was often recruited for the “base teams". All of his children learned to bowl at a young age. He never lost his bowling touch even when it had to be amusement park bowling. After retiring, Al and Betty continued their travels around the USA and Canada, visiting their children and grandchildren. He delighted in finding the latest hot toy, whether it was Beanie Babies, Barbie dolls, or Thomas the Tank Engine, for his much-loved grandchildren. He loved a good game of cards and was quick to show his competitive spirit as his many grandchildren will confirm.
 
Rosie and Betty built many friendships over the years. Many of their closest friends also retired on the east coast. Instead of cards and bowling, the group would gather at the pool or in the evenings for a spirited game of bunko.
 
Al was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters (Martha and Peg) and his loving wife, Elizabeth and son, Craig. He is survived by his son, Randy Rosenberger, of Severn, MD; five daughters, Sheri (Charlie) DeBose of Argenta, IL, Vicki (Ken) Cichocki of Granite Bay, CA, Debra (Steve) Morgen of Windsor, CO, Jill (Jay) Hanchey of Hanover, MD, and Michele (Jim) Uhler of Columbia, MD; and eleven grandchildren - Tegan, Tyler, Chelsea, Jillian, Jeff, Greg, Kristen, Cody, Hope, JT and Zach. Al is also survived by four brothers: Ray (Myra) Rosenberger of Kempton, PA, Roy (Barb) Rosenberger of Camarillo, CA, Herb Rosenberger of Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Dale of Mesa, AZ.
 
The family gives thanks to all the caregivers and nurses who lovingly helped Al in his last years. Their cheerful dispositions and dedication to keeping him busy with wonderful crafts helped him to more fully enjoy life in his final years.
 
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7474 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, Maryland on November 9th at 10:00 a.m. Private interment will take place later that day at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Albert’s name may be made to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090.
 
The family of Albert Rosenberger is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N Oakland Ave, Decatur, IL Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com

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Carl Robert Hillman

Carl Robert Hillman, 94, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth, IL.
 
Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 pm Tuesday, November 7 at Brintlinger and Earl Cerro Gordo Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday, November 8 at Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren. Interment will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cerro Gordo Booster Club or American Cancer Society.
 
Carl was born on October 27, 1923, in Mahomet, Illinois, son of Lewis and Laura (Schwear) Hillman. He married Ethel Elanor Eades on April 18, 1954, in Oakley, IL. She passed away January 20, 2000 in Decatur, IL.
 
Surviving are three daughters: Carla Luann Hillman of Kewanee, IL; Janie Carlene (John) Savage of Skokie, IL and Debbie Carcl Wilson of Cerro Gordo; and one son: Harl Lewis (Deanne) Hillman of Decatur, IL; two grandsons: Carl Wilson and Hayden Hillman; two granddaughters: Hayley and Hannah Hillman; two step-granddaughters: Erin Waltemate and Sarah Savage; one brother: Delmar Hillman of St. Joseph, IL, and many nieces and nephews.
 
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and five sisters: Vera Cleek, Vivian Sprau, LaVern Grant, Pauline Bateman, and Naomi Kroner, and one brother: Estal Hillman. He also had one brother and one sister who both died in infancy.
 
After graduating from Mahomet High School in 1942, where he held the baseball record with 17 strikeouts in seven innings, Carl played in competitive softball leagues until age 60 and coached several youth baseball teams. Carl was a lifelong believer in the Chicago Cubs and was a loyal Cerro Gordo Broncos fan. He was honored as Broncos #1 Fan in 2009. He farmed with his father Lewis Hillman in Central Illinois from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s. Carl retired from the Firestone plant in Decatur, IL in 1989, after 23 years of service and many dedicated overtime hours. He was a member of the Lions Club in Cerro Gordo for 48 years.
 
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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Carolyn Sheets

Carolyn Sheets, 83, of Monticello, passed away at 9:15 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2017 at her residence.
 
Carolyn was born February 11, 1934 in Joplin, MO the daughter of William Cleo and Lela Mae (DeGraffe) Brasher. She married Albert Dale Sheets on April 11, 1952 in La Jolla, CA. He passed away August 18, 1999.
 
Carolyn is survived by her sons, David E. Sheets, Bill L. (Leslie) Sheets, and Tim D. Sheets all of Monticello; 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Susan Sheets of Evergreen, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Gary W. Sheets, 1 grandson, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
 
Carolyn was a retired Respiratory Therapist. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Monticello and she enjoyed quilting and square dancing.
 
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Monticello Township Cemetery with Rev. Steve Ingram officiating. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello is handling the arrangements.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Wayne A. Conrady

Wayne A. Conrady, 86, of Lincoln, passed away at 4:40 a.m. on October 29, 2017, at his home at Timber Creek Village, Lincoln, IL.
 
Wayne was born on December 5, 1930, in Lincoln, IL; son of Benjamin Franklin and Viola Ferne (McChesney) Conrady. He married Lois Elaine Paulus on October 7, 1951. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2014.
 
Surviving Wayne are his children: three daughters: Elaine Conrady, Lincoln; Carla (Greg) Jurgenson, Atlanta; Jan (Mark) Schleder, Green Valley; two sons: Gary (Valerie) Conrady, Lincoln; and Greg (Lisa) Conrady of Hartsburg; twelve grandchildren: Ryan (Lyndi) Alberts, Alissa (Rob) Smith, Theresa (Justin) Kegley, Leanne (Dan) Walton, Caleb (Jordan) Schleder, Sawyer, Schyler, and Sage Conrady, and Cody, Savannah, Wyatt and Shyanne Conrady; and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers: Gene (Joyce) Conrady and Benjamin (Rosemary) Conrady both of Lincoln; one sister-in-law: Alice Paulus. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Harold (Margaret) Conrady, brother-in-law: Wilbur Paulus and son-in-law: Daniel Hayes.
 
Wayne graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School, Hartsburg, IL and attended Lincoln College of which he served on the Alumni Board.
 
As owner-operator of Big Oak Farms and Big Oak Hunting Paradise, Wayne’s true passions were Family, Agriculture, and Civics. If Wayne was not at an event with family, he was out working with livestock or raising crops, or advocating for the rural community, agriculture and natural resources. Through Wayne’s lifetime, he was a member of Lincoln Jaycees (Outstanding Young Farmer, 1964); Logan County Board (Chairman ‘82-‘86), Land of Lincoln Workforce Board (35 yrs.); Lincoln Courier Man of the Year, Lincoln Elks; Logan County Agriculture Toastmasters; Logan County Soil and Water District; Agriculture Advisor to USDA Secretary Edward Madigan; Logan County Pork Producers; Illinois Pork Producers (Pork Promoter of the Year, 2011); Annual Illinois State Fair Pork Patio Cashier; Logan County Angus Association; Illinois Angus Association Director; American Angus Association; Breeder of the Year Logan County Calf Scramble; Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited, and a proud NRA member.
 
Wayne was an active member of St. John United Church of Christ where he served on Church Council in various leadership roles.
 
Wayne’s love for life was fueled by his active support of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His loyalties encompassed Hartem Stags, Lincoln Railers, Midwest Central Raiders and most recently Mt. Pulaski Bruins. Livestock shows were his summer highlight, Angus cattle, and swine shows. He also enjoyed attending music programs, award ceremonies, and the Farm Progress Show to see his grandsons’ contributions to the Ag industry. Thank goodness for FaceTime so he could interact with his great-grandchildren who do not live locally. His greatest joy was food, fun, and laughter as he retreated with the whole family each summer in various locales.
 
A memorial service for Wayne will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln with Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, and one hour prior to the memorial service. Burial at Hartsburg Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Wayne’s name to the Logan County 4-H Foundation/Ross B. Conrady Scholarship Fund or Land of Lincoln Workforce (to provide training funds for individuals in need).
 
Wayne’s family would like to thank the staff of Timber Creek and Jennifer Wallace for all the care, love and support that was given to their father.
 
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Mary Ellen Bristow

Mary Ellen Bristow, 91, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at The Christian Village in Lincoln.
 
Mary Ellen was born on August 6, 1926, in Waynesville, IL the daughter of Everett Paul and Mary Theresa (Krenkel) Huffer. She married Francis Wilson "Mick” Bristow on August 10, 1944, in Atlanta, IL, they lived in Waynesville, Clinton, and then retiring in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1981.
 
Mary is survived by her children, Paul (Melvina) Bristow, Jerry (Terri) Bristow, and Linda (Gary) Nodine all of Lincoln; her sister, B. Sue (Richard) Marcotte of Lexington, SC. Additionally, Mary is survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Charles Everett Huffer.
Mary was retired from Lincoln College, DCFS, Fifth Street Dollar Store, and Lincoln Garment Factory Store. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and her grandchildren.
 
A graveside service will be held for Mary at 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 3, 2017, at Union Cemetery in Waynesville, IL with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to The Humane Society of Logan County. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Thomas J. Romer

Thomas J. Romer, 85, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Decatur, IL.
 
Tom was born on August 31, 1932, at St. Clara’s Hospital in Lincoln, IL, to Roman C. and Dorothy (Davis) Romer and is a graduate of Mt. Pulaski High School and Western Illinois University. He is survived by his sons Thomas Romer of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Timothy (Bethany) Romer of Heyworth, IL and his two grandsons Timmy and Alex Romer.
 
Tom is also survived by his siblings, Joan Suycott of Verona, WI, Roman "Jim” Romer of Springfield, IL, Steve "Kibby” Romer of Dillon, CO. Richard "Dick” (Barbara) Romer of Springfield, IL and Joe (Emily) Romer of Pinecliffe, CO.
 
Tom married Marietta McCue of Elkhart, IL on September 26, 1966, and was happily married to her until her passing on June 30, 2013. Tom is also preceded in death by his parents, infant son John, sister Lynne Baylis and brother Robert "Bob” Romer.
After high school, Tom served in the United States Navy from 1952-1956. Tom was a proud citizen of Mt. Pulaski and was an active member and one-time commander of the American Legion Post #447 and served several terms on the Mt. Pulaski School Board. He was also an Eagle Scout. An avid supporter of the arts, Tom played trumpet in area community bands and was instrumental in reviving the Mt. Pulaski Community Band. He was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic church. He was most proud of his Dixie band The Vinegar Hill Brass. Tom also loved the Chicago Cubbies and passed this passion down to his sons.
 
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. A rosary will be recited at 3:15 P.M. prior to visitation. The funeral will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Mt. Pulaski. Burial will follow at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Illinois Down Syndrome c/o Team Alex Romer, The American Alzheimer’s Association, American Legion Post #447, or Mt. Pulaski Community Band.

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Duane Melton

Duane Melton, 81, passed away at 6:23 a.m. on October 28, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
 
Duane was born on September 9, 1936, in Lincoln, IL; son of Dale H. and LaMoyne (Fletcher) Melton. He is preceded in death by his parents.
 
Surviving Duane are his two brothers: William "Bill” (Linda) Melton and Jerry (Rosemary) Melton both of Lincoln, IL.
 
Duane was a member of the Lincoln Christian Church
 
A graveside service for Duane will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at New Union Cemetery with Ron Otto officiating. Memorials may be made in Duane’s name to the American Legion Post# 263. Services entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Kevin Lee Baker

Kevin Lee Baker, 58, of Dwight, IL formerly of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at 12:15 a.m. on October 24, 2017, at the Fox Developmental Center in Dwight.
 
Kevin was born on February 19, 1959, in Lincoln, IL. He was the beloved son of devoted parents: Don and Margaret (Martin) Baker. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister: Mary Eileen Baker.
 
Kevin is survived by his siblings: Ronn (Joann) Baker of Streator, IL, Larry (Pam) Baker of Mt. Zion, IL, Debra (Steve Battin) Pollock of Lincoln, IL, and Candy (Gary) Foss of Camp Point, IL; nieces and nephews: Seth, Audra, Bethany, Julie, David, Clint, Ian, and Ashley.
 
Kevin was a long-term resident of the Lincoln and Fox Developmental Centers for over 40 years. He had a vibrant laugh, loved music, and touched the lives of those who knew him.
 
A private family graveside service was held at the Mt. Pulaski Cemetery honoring Kevin’s life.

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Dorothy J. Weidner

Dorothy J. Weidner, 93, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 7:58 A.M., Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community. 
 
Her graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, November 6, 2017, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois with military rites accorded. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heyworth Public Library District. 
Dorothy was born December 21, 1923, in Heyworth, Illinois, to George and Viola Buckley Pendleton. She married Cecil Weidner on July 30, 1948, in Wiesbaden, Germany.
 
She is survived by her two sisters, Mary Schmidt of Denver, Colorado and Charlotte (Robert) O'Dea of Clinton, Illinois; one brother, Charles (Betty) Pendleton of Estero, Florida; niece, Lori (Deron) Penn; nephews, Bob (Debi) O'Dea and Mike (Lucia) Pendleton.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
 
Dorothy was a WWII Army veteran.  After her service, she worked as a Government Employee.  She was an avid genealogist. 

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James Edward Tobin

James Edward Tobin, 84, a longtime resident of Farmer City, passed away at 1:05 AM Tuesday (October 31, 2017). While he was a reluctant transplant to Mahomet for his last couple of years, he most recently briefly resided at Eastview Terrace in Sullivan until the time of his passing.
 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Friday-November 3rd at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Farmer City. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday-November 4th at the funeral home with Deacon Scott Whitehouse officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy with Military Rites Accorded. Memorials may be made to VFW Fred G. O’Malley Post #6190 Farmer City Honor Guard.
 
He was born July 10, 1933, in Bloomington, son of James Edward and Neoma Besser Tobin. He married Eunice Louise Scott on January 28, 1956. She survives, currently of Mahomet.
 
Other survivors include three children, Janet E. Caldwell, Bloomington, Donna L. (Allen) Arrowsmith, LeRoy, and Paul T. (Peggy) Tobin, Farmer City. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Jennie (Paul) Calhoon, Erin (Kyle) Winters, Rebecca (David) Matakas, Ryan Sessions, Jim (Mershon) Tobin, and Katelyn Tobin; and four great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren, Jessica and Quinton Calhoon, Samantha and Camille Matakas, and Kaylin and Jace Winters.
 
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother Thomas Tobin, his grandson Jonathan Sessions, and his son-in-law Gary Caldwell.
 
Jim began working at the Farmer City Journal in 1947 at age 14. Upon graduating from Moore Township High School, he attended the University of Illinois before serving in the Army. He loved the printing business and returned from his military duty in Turkey to continue his work at the Journal.   In 1961, he accepted a position reporting for the Pantagraph. In 1963, he was hired at the Farmer City State Bank and no longer had to commute from his beloved Farmer City. He worked at the bank until his retirement and was able to be an active community leader through the Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce. Jim was a great writer and combined that skill with his love of the stock car races he announced to write a Journal feature each week called “The Finish Line.”   In his retirement, he spent time with his grandchildren and will be remembered by his neighbors for creating fun decorations that graced the front porch for all seasons. He also began a newsletter for the Genealogical Society called “The Mirror,” as well as editing a book compiled by local World War II Veterans, and writing an autobiography for his family that traced the history of Farmer City throughout his lifetime.

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