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Louise Mae Cardoni

Louise Mae Cardoni, 98, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Louise was born on August 28, 1919, in Lake Fork, IL the daughter of Oscar and Tereisa (Stengel) Shanle. She married Joseph L. Cardoni on December 26, 1942, in Camp McCoy, WI. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2004.
 
Louise is survived by her children, Ken (Gail) Cardoni of Chatham, Linda Van Hook of Forsyth, Bob (Lea) Cardoni of Danville, IA, Judy (Gary) Baker of Olive Branch, MS, and Deb Cardoni of South Milwaukee, WI; her eleven grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren. Additionally, Louise is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one brother, Charles Shanle.
 
Louise was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Mt. Pulaski; she was also a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Ladies Auxiliary. Louise was a member of The Mt. Pulaski American Legion Auxiliary; and also served as an Election Board Judge. Louise enjoyed taking time to watch birds and squirrels. But above all else, Louise loved her family; especially spending time with her grandchildren.
 
Services for Louise will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will take place prior to the service from 9:30-11: 00 a.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018, also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Louise’s name to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church or The Mt. Pulaski American Legion Auxiliary. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

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John L. Wey

John L. Wey, 76, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 3:14 A.M., Sunday, January 28, 2018, at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.
 
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church with Pastor Peter Hopkins officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the church.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o Suzanne Wey.
 
Mr. Wey was born March 9, 1941, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Pearl D. and Della M. Rafferty Wey. He married Kay Suzanne Wyatt on October 3, 1959, in Heyworth, Illinois. She survives in Heyworth, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his son, John Bradley (Cynthia) Wey; daughters, Angela Sue (Jeff) Shoemaker and Stacy Jo (Danny) Williams all of Heyworth, Illinois; six grandchildren, Monica (Bill Bentley) Shoemaker of Bloomington, Illinois; Andrew Shoemaker of Bloomington, Illinois; Darcey (Tyler) Sunken of Wapella, Illinois; Lacey Wey of Heyworth, Illinois; Emma Williams of Heyworth, Illinois; and Alison Williams of Heyworth, Illinois; four great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Mila and Isabella Shoemaker and Cooper Sunken; and one brother, Don Wey of Heyworth, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Thelma Rosendale.
 
John was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church and the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association.

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Carrie M. Deal

Carrie M. Deal, 83, passed away at 1:20 a.m. on January 29, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Carrie was born on November 19, 1934, in New Philadelphia, OH; daughter of Robert B. and Luray (Coffee) Inherst. She married Ralph Deal on February 19, 1954, in Gary, IN. He survives her.
 
Also surviving are her children: Brenda (Gary) Stanley of Springfield, Ed (Brenda) Deal of Latham, and David (Robin) Deal of Latham; one brother: Patrick (Anne) Inherst of Chesterton, IN; special niece: Barbara (Joe) Lombardo; seven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Robert.
 
Carrie was a member of Grace Baptist in Decatur, IL. She loved her church and her family.
 
Services for Carrie will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Dwight Durbin officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, also at the funeral home. Burial at Lake Bank will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Carrie’s name to Latham Fire Department.

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Rozella Delane Richards

Rozella Delane Richards 85 of Weldon, Il. passed away 5:00 am January 28, 2018, at Bickford of Champaign, Champaign, Il.
 
Private services will be at the Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, Il. with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Goose Creek Township Cemetery, DeLand, Il. Private Family Visitation will be at the Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, Il.
 
Memorials may be directed to Central Illinois Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, 606 West Glen Ave., Peoria, Il. 61614
 
Rozella was born May 10, 1932, in Russell Springs, Kentucky, the daughter of Timothy and Eliza (Grider) Bryant. She married Lester Richards April 2, 1949. He passed away April 13, 2015.
 
Survivors include her children, Linda (Charles) Cohen; Jerry Dale Richards; Kathy (Brendan) McKiernan; 3 Grandchildren, Nathan; Brandy; Amber; 15 Great-Grandchildren; Brother, Richard Bryant; Half-Brothers, Jimmy & John Gasper; Half-Sister, Sandy Thrasher.
 
Rozella was preceded in death by her Parents.
 
Rozella was a school bus driver for the DeLand-Weldon School District for 20 years.
 

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Robert J. Cheek

Robert J Cheek, 93 of Normal, IL passed away 6:36 P.M., January 25, 2018, at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City, IL. 
 
Services will be at a later date. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation or the American Heart Assoc.
 
Robert was born February 18, 1924, in Aledo, IL the son of NJ and Johanna (Nagel) Cheek. He married Harriett Jean Johnson August 8, 1948, in Abingdon, IL. She passed away September 13, 2012. 
 
Survivors include his 3 sons: Timothy (Michelle) Cheek, Champaign, IL, Kirby (Melinda) Cheek, Bloomington, IL and Paul Cheek, St. Charles, IL; 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters.
 
Robert, or more commonly Bob, was a member of the United Methodist Church of Normal and Clinton. He was a member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge as well as past Master of Urbana Masonic Lodge. While serving in the US Army during WWII in the European Campaign, he was awarded the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters. After retiring from the University of Illinois Purchasing Department, he and Harriett moved to Arkansas where he enjoyed life as a woodworker and as an avid fisherman. Returning to Central Illinois to be closer to family, he lived in Clinton IL for several years and later moved to Evergreen Assisted Living in Normal IL.
 

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Dona Ann McCartney Hooser

Dona Ann McCartney Hooser, 78, of Mahomet, Illinois, formerly of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana, Illinois.
 
Her Funeral Service will be at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 N. Main St., Farmer City, Illinois, with Rev. Deborah Slack and Dick Sprague officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday, January 29, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Mahomet Lions Club, Leader Dogs for the Blind.
 
Dona Ann was born July 8, 1939, in Farmer City, Illinois, a daughter of Earl Donald & Harriett Lucille Newberry McCartney. She married Edward E. “Bud” Hooser on September 6, 1960, in Monticello, Illinois.
 
She is survived by her husband, Edward E. “Bud” Hooser of Mahomet, Illinois; two daughters, Tamara (John) Bronkema of Bells, Texas and Lisa Jo Hooser of Mahomet, Illinois; four grandchildren, Dustin (Brandy) Bronkema, Amanda (Michael) Leonard, Sierra Washington, and T. J. Washington; eight great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way; and sister, JoNell (Dan) Dolbert of Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Dona Ann had been a bookkeeper for Franks Jewelry Store and Spritz Jewelry Store in Champaign, Illinois. She was a member of the Farmer City United Methodist, Farmer City, Illinois, and the American Legion Post 1015 Auxiliary, Mahomet, Illinois.
 
Dona Ann was a recipient of a Leader Dog for the Blind.

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Neva Mae Hardy

Neva Mae Hardy, 80, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 4:09 P.M., Friday, January 26, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
Her funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 202 East Oliver Street, Mansfield, Illinois, with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Martha’s Cupboard Food Pantry, Mansfield, Illinois.
 
Neva was born September 1, 1937, in Parkersburg, Illinois, a daughter of Conrad Otis & Maggie McCleary Gillespie. She married Robert L. Hardy, on June 3, 1956, in Osman, Illinois. He passed away on April 26, 2007.
 
She is survived by her sons, Bill (Karen) Hardy of Mansfield, Illinois, and Allen (Kelly) Hardy of Bloomington, Illinois; six grandchildren, Justin (Lauren) Hardy; Allysa Moorefield; Valerie Purdy (Brian); Adam (Kirsten) Hardy; Kinsley Hardy; Karrigan Hardy; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Joyce Smith of Naples, Florida, Tom (Susie) Gillespie of Claremont, Illinois, and Sharon (John) Mosser of Arthur, Illinois . Preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Bob, Bill and Gene Gillespie.
 
Neva enjoyed spending time on Lake Mattoon boating, wintering at the Riveria Resort in DeLand, Florida, and watching NASCAR racing. She was an avid Tony Stewart fan. Neva also enjoyed crocheting.

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Rick L. Perkins

Rick L. Perkins, 62, of Windsor, formerly of Oreana, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, in his home surrounded by his family. 
 
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 29, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 4-8 P.M. Sunday, January 28, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, and 10-11 A.M. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Decatur. Memorials may be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 
 
Rick was born December 30, 1955, in Decatur, the son of Robert Perkins and Betty (Benson) Funkhouser. He married the love of his life, Debbie, on February 14, 1975. 
 
Rick began working in the storeroom at Adolph Meyer Mental Health Center in 1974. He also worked in maintenance and as an engineer there until 1995. He became Chief Engineer of the Decatur Correctional Center from 1996 to 2002. 
 
He was a member and Financial Secretary of Pilgrim Lutheran Church since 1975, and member and President of Argenta Oreana School board. 
 
Rick and Debbie designed and built their dream home in 2006. If anything could be built or fixed, Rick would be the one to do it. 
 
Rick always put his family first! He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and watch his grandson play baseball. Rick coached girls softball in Oreana, and was an avid fisherman and hunter with longtime friend, Mark Brown. 
 
Rick is survived by his wife of 42 years, Debbie, of Windsor; daughters, Amy L. Cassell (Brian) of Mt. Zion and Amber N. Saul (Brad) of Sullivan; grandchildren, Brianna and Alexis Cassell and Caden and Ryder Saul; sisters, Pam Roan of Decatur and Tina Campbell of Oreana; mother, Betty Funkhouser of Decatur. 
 
He was preceded in death by his father and stepfather, Bob. 
 
Everyone that met Rick loved him, and he would do anything for anyone. 
 
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the oncology department of Carle Hospital, especially Dr. Vasireddy, Jane, and nurses Jennifer and Vanessa. 
 
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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Robert "Pick" Shanle

Robert "Pick” Shanle, 87, passed away at 10:53 p.m. on January 23, 2018, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.
 
Robert was born on January 20, 1931, in Mt. Pulaski, IL; son of Robert Emmett and Alma (Erlenbush) Shanle. He married Donna L. Hild on January 14, 1951, in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death September 24, 1994.
 
Also surviving one daughter, Vickie (David) Dunham of Lincoln, two sons, Glenn (Terri) Shanle of Lincoln, Daniel (Cathy) Shanle of Maiden, NC, one brother Larry Shanle of Mexico MO., three sisters, Wanda (Doug) Peterson of Stromsburg, NE., Kay (Richard) Snyder of Lincoln, IL. Connie (Jeff) Laatsch of Mt. Pulaski, IL; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.
 
Robert was a United States Marine veteran, who got the chance to be a part of the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was a member of the Lincoln Christian Church and was the president of Christian Homes for 21 years. Over the years, he gave over 37 gallons of blood, he received awards for everything that he had done for the American Disabilities Act, and he enjoyed going to Wal-Mart.
 
Services for Robert will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2018, at the Lincoln Christian Church with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Burial at Steenbergen Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Robert’s name to Lincoln Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.

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Marjorie Bathe

Marjorie Bathe, 84, of Hartsburg passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL. 
 
Marjorie was born on July 15, 1933, in Hartsburg the daughter of Heiko and Matilda (Sampen) Lessen. She married Gene Bathe on June 28, 1953, in Hartsburg, IL. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2017.
 
Marjorie is survived by her children, Norma Bathe of Hartsburg, Michael (Christine) Bathe of Normal, and Nancy (Paul) Kemp of Janesville, WI; her grandchildren, Courtney Bathe, Quinnton Kemp, and Cassidy Kemp; her brothers, William Lessen and Robert (Bertha) Lessen; and her sister-in-law, Alice Lessen.
 
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Alan.
 
Marjorie was an EMT with Hartsburg for 20 years. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Hartsburg; where she served as past President of The Methodist Women. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, loved camping & fishing. Marjorie was also well known for her cinnamon rolls. But above all else, Marjorie loved her family; her grandchildren were her life.
 
Services for Marjorie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hartsburg, IL., with Rev. Lisa Goodwin officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-6: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial will follow the services at Hartsburg Union Cemetery, Hartsburg. Memorial donations may be made in Marjorie’s name to ALS Awareness.

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Lois Lucille Bowles

Lois Lucille Bowles, 88, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018, in Lawndale, IL.
Lois was born on August 29, 1929, in Mt. Pulaski, IL. the daughter of Arie and Madge (Gilbert) Deibert. She married Weldon “Willie” Bowles on February 28, 1948, in Mt. Pulaski, IL. he preceded her in death on April 17, 1996.
 
Lois is survived by her children, Larry (Sandy) Bowles, Randy (Deborah) Bowles, Janet (David) Naugle, and daughter-in-law, Gloria Bowles; her brother, Darold (Janet) Deibert; seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
 
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one son, Ronald.
Lois was a member of Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
Services for Lois will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski. with Casey McCormick officiating. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service (9:00-11: 00 a.m.) on Thursday, January 25, 2018, also at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Lois’ name to Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.

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Alice Davis

 Alice Davis, 96, of Mt. Pulaski, died at 1:30 A.M. at Vonderlieth Living Center.
 
Alice was born April 25, 1921, in Potter County, South Dakota, the daughter of Tom and Vernita (Weckel) Wachter. She graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School in 1939.
 
She was preceded in death by two sons, Martin in 1957 and David in 1963, and two sisters Beryl Mudget and Florence Beck.
 
She held offices in the Mt. Pulaski P.T.A. and District P.T.A., Women’s Club and Past Presidents Women’s Club.
 
She was a nurse’s aide at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital from 1965 to 1985. Then was on staff in activities and social service at the Christian Nursing Home for 20 years. She was the first president of the Nursing Home Auxiliary and was a volunteer & key person. She was a volunteer at the Mt. Pulaski Court House. Alice was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.
 
She made many wedding and bridesmaids dresses and planned many weddings and showers.
Services for Alice will be held 10:30 A.M. on Friday, January 26, 2018, at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL. with Casey McCormick officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service (9:30-10: 30 A.M.) on Friday, January 26, 2018, also at the church. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

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Gerald Francis "Jerry" Ryan

Ryan, Gerald Francis “Jerry” Ryan 81, of Clinton, passed from this world at 5:12 p.m. on January 17, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, surrounded by those he loved. Jerry will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend to many. 
 
Born on January 24, 1936, in Heyworth to James Vincent and Helen (Donovan) Ryan, Jerry attended Wapella schools, graduating in 1953. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America and played basketball for the Wapella Wildcats. He remained proud throughout his life of his early achievements, including the time he and his classmates earned First Place in the DeWitt County Rural School Scrap Drive in 1943. 
 
After graduation from high school, Jerry joined his dad in operating the family farm. He entered the army in 1959 and served in the Army Reserves. Later, Jerry would work for the Illinois Railroad while continuing a career in agriculture. 
 
On August 1, 1959, Jerry married his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann (Grady), at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wapella and the couple raised two children, including Cynthia Ryan (Bruce) McComiskey of Birmingham, AL. Jerry is survived by his wife, children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as a brother, Thomas Henry (Rosemary) Ryan of Orland Park; sister-in-law, Sharon (Raymond) Ryan of Bloomington; and ten nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents and two brothers, Leo Vincent, and Raymond Joseph “Buddy” Ryan.
 
A long-time parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, Jerry was active in the Knights of Columbus and could always be counted on to contribute to church activities, whether playing Santa Claus at the annual Christmas party for persons with disabilities or helping to clean out a storeroom or mend a leaky roof. In recognition of their commitment to a life centered on faith and farming, Jerry and his wife were honored with the St. Isidore Award by the Peoria Diocese in 2008. He was a member of the Clinton Eagles and American Legion, and for ten years, Jerry served on the Dewitt County Board. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and gave willingly of his time and gifts to a number of other local, national, and global organizations. 
 
Jerry will be dearly missed by his family, for whom he cared passionately. His absence will also be felt at several grain elevators in the area, where he regularly shared a cup of coffee and conversation with his fellow farmers. His quick Irish wit, a lifelong curiosity, love of the land, and enduring spirit will live on through the memories of those who mourn his loss while celebrating his rich life. 
 
A memorial mass will be held on Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, with a celebratory dinner to follow. Visitation is scheduled prior to mass from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The family requests that donations in Jerry’s memory be given to Prairie Heart Foundation, 619 E. Mason Street, Springfield, IL 62701 (designate St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur) or Future Farmers of America in Clinton. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family.

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George F. Johner

George F. Johner, 90, of Warrensburg, IL, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth, IL.
 
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 22, 2018, at Warrensburg United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in Illini Cemetery, Warrensburg, IL. Memorials may be made to Warrensburg United Methodist Church.
 
George was born December 25, 1927, in Decatur, IL, the son of George Fredrick and Freida (Latal) Johner. He married Norma J. Schroeder on July 6, 1947 in Warrensburg, IL and she preceded him in death on January 6, 2015.
 
George farmed all of his life in the Warrensburg area. He was a proud member of Warrensburg United Methodist Church, serving on the Building Committee for the new church building and was a Sunday school teacher. George was a Farm Bureau member, Chairman of the Prime Timers, member of Board of Directors for Farm Credit Services, and a member of Warrensburg Lion’s Club.
 
He is survived by sons Randy (Diane) Johner of Forsyth, Mark (Shirley) Johner of Warrensburg; daughter-in-law Emily; grandchildren Andrew, Karyn, Lucas, Joel, Steve, Kevin, Brian, Alison; great grandchildren Kayla, Kraig, Kyle, Kolton, Haley, Ashley, William, Jackson; great granddaughter Mia; sister Elsa (Terry); sisters-in-law Arlene and Virginia (Oz).
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Norma, son Craig, daughter Debra; brother Carl; and sister Katherine.
 
The family would like to give a special thank you to Suzy, Comfort Keepers, and the staff at Hickory Point Christian Village for the wonderful care they gave to George.
 
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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Michael Andrew Wrigley

Michael Andrew Wrigley, 76, of Forsyth, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy.
 
Michael was born September 25, 1941 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Robert Michael and Esther Irene Wrigley. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Michael retired from the State of Illinois where he served as a CPA. He married Ruth Morland on February 4, 1967 in Decatur. They shared over fifty years together.
 
Surviving is his wife Ruth, children Jennifer (John) Cernich of Riverton, David (Wendy) Wrigley of Manhattan Beach, California, and Andrew (Nicky) Wrigley of Troy, Michigan, brothers Steve (Linda), Tom (Betty), Bob, Jim (Becky), and Chris (Robyn), sisters Mary (Larry) King and Melinda O’Brien, sister-in-law Jacque Wrigley, and grandchildren Lydia, Thomas, Daniel, Johanna, Katherine, Samuel, Mary Katherine, Timothy, and Micaela.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Matthew Wrigley, and sister-in-law Gloria Wrigley.
 
Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Michael’s life will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 407 E Eldorado St, Decatur, with Rev. John Burnette, celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the Mass. Burial with military honors conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard will be at Calvary Cemetery in Decatur. Memorials are suggested to the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy.
 
Arrangements by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL 62526. View the obituary, send condolences, and share memories with the family at www.moranandgoebel.com.

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David R. Gaither

David R. Gaither, 54, of Atlanta, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Friday (Jan. 19, 2018) at his home.
 
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family burial will be Tuesday.
 
David Ray Gaither was born Sept. 2, 1963, in Springfield, the son of Bill and Edna Brooks Gaither.
 
David is survived by his father; three sons, David L. (Ashley) Gaither, Atlanta; Jordan (Taylor) Gaither, Tremont; and Kyle Gaither, Atlanta; one sister, Julie (Gary) Frantz, Atlanta; and two nephews, Jason Frantz, Atlanta, and Alex Frantz, Bloomington.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother and one infant son.
 
David was a driver for Carri Scharf Trucking. He was a 1981 graduate of Olympia High School and a member of Atlanta Christian Church. David loved and cared for his family and will be greatly missed.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a college fund for Kyle Gaither at Atlanta National Bank.

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Jude Anthony Bennett

Jude Anthony Bennett, 43, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in Oblong, IL. 
 
Jude was born on September 23, 1974, in Alton, Il; son of James Patrick and Rowena (Bruns) Bennett Sr. He married Jami Lee Hansbrough on October 11, 2004, in Lincoln, IL; She survives him.
 
Also surviving Jude are his parents; his children: Cierra of Lincoln, IL, Cody of Springfield, IL, Cheyenne of Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, Shawn of Litchfield, IL, Jude of Lincoln, IL, and Faith of Lincoln, IL; one sister: Christine (Steve) Schilling of Lincoln, IL two brothers: Jake (Bridgitt) Bennett and Chad Bennett both of Lincoln, IL; He was Papaw to Sophia and Zade. He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law: George and Janine Hansbrough, sister-in-law: Tamara (Shannon) Brownlow, brother-in-law: Fred (Carol) Hansbrough. He is also survived by a very large loving close-knit ring of "peeps”. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one infant sister: Jude Marie.
 
Jude served in The United States Army from 1992-1995, serving in Somalia where he took part in Operation Restore Hope. He was a home inspector and co-owner of Bennett Builders with his brother Jake. He loved making people laugh and spending time with family. His hobbies included: target shooting, karaoke, working out, and watching movies. His claim to fame was when he created and starred in Haunted Renovations on HGTV.
 
A Memorial service for Jude will be 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (two hours prior to service) also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Jude’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Annabelle Fisher

Annabelle Fisher 98 of DeLand, IL passed away 3:38 P.M. January 17, 2018, at Villas Of Holly Brook, Monticello, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL with Steve Ingram and Pastor Steve Brady officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Harbor Light Hospice.
 
Annabelle was born July 5, 1919, in Piatt County, IL the daughter of Charles and Jessie (Mitchell) Manning. She married David O. Fisher December 21, 1940, in DeLand, IL. He passed away June 11, 1985.
 
Survivors include her children: Norman (Louann) Fisher, Savoy, IL, Mark (Pam) Fisher, Springfield, IL; daughter-in-law: Jody Fisher, Monticello, IL; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son: Ronald, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
 
Annabelle collected owls, loved gardening, scrapbooking, and music. She played the organ, piano, and guitar. In 1995 she was voted “Fan Of The Year” by ICMA.

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Evelyn Rosalie "Tootie" Eaton

Evelyn Rosalie “Tootie” Eaton 87 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 10:55 PM January 9, 2018, at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Evelyn was born May 11, 1930, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Patrick Dennis and Nellie Fern (Moberly) Ryan. She married Ralph David Eaton on August 1, 1953, in Clinton, IL. He passed away April 18, 1980.
 
Survivors include her children: Tim Eaton, Clinton, IL; Jeff (Jennifer) Eaton, Peoria, AZ; one Granddaughter: Shelby Eaton, Peoria, AZ; and sister: Jean Nowlin, Mexico, MO.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, one sister: Mary Margaret Brewer, and one brother: F. E. “Bud” Ryan.
 
Evelyn retired from the Vespasian Warner Public Library, Clinton, IL with over 20 years of service.

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Ruth Finchum Logeman

Ruth Finchum Logeman 97, of Emden, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. 
Ruth was born on September 23, 1920, in rural Hartsburg, IL, the daughter of Nanke J. and Bertha Arnold Rademaker. She married Fred O. Finchum on August 11, 1940, in Emden, IL. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1980. She married Edward L. Krueger on June 4, 1984, in Emden, IL. He preceded her in death on October 28, 1990. She married Lewis Logeman on December 26, 1994. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2008. 
 
Ruth is survived by her children, Fred R. (Susan) Finchum of Atlanta, IL; Jayne (John) Cross of Emden, IL; James (Carole) Finchum of Springfield, IL. Ruth is survived by her grandchildren, Mark Finchum, Ron Finchum, Bryan (Amber) Finchum, Michelle (Drew) Olson, Janna (Brett) Conrady, Jaci (Shaun) Manning, Jillyn (Ryan) Thornton, Joshua Finchum. great-grandchildren: Brooke, Katelyn, Shelby Finchum, Brayden (Mandi) Finchum, Brodee Finchum, Daulton Finchum, Alexis, Paige, Kennadie Finchum; Nic, Ty, Tessa, Callen Olson; Ryder, Brantley, Coltyn Conrady, Carson, Cruz, and Kendall Manning.
 
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her daughter, Joyce; great-grandson, Grant Finchum; her brothers, Walter, Arnold, and Ralph.
 
Ruth was a member St. Peter Lutheran Church Emden, IL, Good Samaritan Circle, American Legion Auxiliary, and Oasis Card Club. She graduated from Gem City Business College in Quincy. Ruth also worked as a bookkeeper for Heineken Brothers Ford for 20 years.
 
Services for Ruth will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Emden, IL. Visitation will take place from 9:00-11: 00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Hartsburg Union Cemetery in Hartsburg, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Ruth’s name to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Camp Griesheim. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Katharina Bertha Goldham

 Katharina Bertha Goldhammer, 96, passed away at 1:20 a.m. on January 16, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
 
Katharina was born on November 3, 1921, in Emden, Ill; daughter of Frederick and Wilhelmina (Englehorn) Wiggers. She married John H. Goldhammer on October 21, 1961, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1986.
 
She is survived by her cousin: Harold (Vi) Wiggers; her sister-in-law Darlene (Bob) Singley; her nieces and nephews: Elizabeth (Tom) Kavelman, Lori (Paul) Bottrell, Lois Pruitt, Roger Wainwright, Carrie Wiggers, Karen (John) Sandel, Amy (Nathan) Chen, Bobby (Jill) Awe, Alan (Sheryl) Wiggers, Kim (Paul) Otte, Kurt (Ronda) Wiggers, Pam (Rex) Mallekoote, Beckie (Mike) Geskey, Valerie (Jimmy) Wright, Roger (Julie) Matson, Randy (Ann) Matson, Rodney (Tammy) Matson, Mark (Patty) Wiggers, Debbie (Rick) Bilyeu, and Doug Wiggers; several great nieces and great nephews; several great-great nieces and great-great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Mildred, Eileen, Frederick, Marvin, Kendall, Thelma, and Milton, and one nephew: Kevin Wiggers. Katharina was the oldest and last living relative of her immediate family.
 
Katharina was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL including the Ruth Circle. She was a member of ESA Sorority and worked for over 25 years at Glenn Pontiac- Cadillac Dealership as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper.
 
Services for Katharina will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, at The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, with Rev. Brad Curtis officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service also at the church. Burial at Hartsburg- Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Katharina’s name to The Logan County Food Pantry or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Linda D. Yanez

Linda D. Yanez, 58, of Bloomington formerly of Lincoln passed away on January 1, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
 
Graveside Services will be held at a later date in New Union Cemetery. Cremation Rites have been accorded.
 
Linda D. Batterton was born on August 22, 1959in Lincoln the daughter of Jerald R. and Betty Jean Vannoy Batterton.
 
She is survived by two sisters: Edith Miller of Lincoln and Evelyn Houghton of Bloomington. Two Uncles: Darrell (Nancy) Vannoy of Atlanta, Jerrell (Lois) Vannoy of Lincoln.
 
She is preceded in death by two infant sisters. Her sister Viola Batterton passed away on January 6, 2018.
 
Memorials may be made to her family.
 
Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Viola M. Batterton

Viola M. Batterton, 60, of Bloomington formerly of Lincoln passed away on January 6, 2018, in Bloomington.
 
Graveside Services will be held at a later date in New Union Cemetery. Cremation rites have been accorded.
 
Viola M. Batterton was born on July 15, 1957, in Lincoln the daughter of Jerald R. and Betty Jean Vannoy Batterton.
 
Surviving are her two sisters: Edith Miller of Lincoln, Evelyn Houghton of Bloomington. Two Uncles: Darrell (Nancy) Vannoy of Atlanta, Jerell (Lois) Vannoy of Lincoln. Several cousins also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by one sister: Linda Yanez and two infant sisters.
 
Memorials may be made to the family.
 
Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Robert Eugene Mowbray

Robert Eugene Mowbray, 86, of Normal, Illinois, passed away at 8:52 A.M., Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois. 
 
His visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. A Masonic Service will follow at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. Robert’s funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 19, 2018, with Rev. Linda Vonck officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, with military rites accorded. 
 
Memorial donations may be made to the United Church of Heyworth Good Samaritan Fund.
 
Robert “Gene” was born September 6, 1931, in Farmer City, Illinois, a son of Joseph Robert and Mary Edith Snow Mowbray. Joseph died when Robert was only 4 years old. Robert, his mother, and brother moved to the family farm in Heyworth to live with his grandparents, William Harris (Amanda) Snow. He married Glenna Roberta White on May 15, 1950, in Heyworth, Illinois. She preceded him in death on March 20, 2005. 
 
He is survived by his daughters, Diana (Don) Hancock of Heyworth, Illinois and Lisa (Larry) Fields of Bloomington, Illinois; five grandchildren, Mindy (Shane) Arndt of Fisher, Illinois; Mark (Jessica) Hancock of Groveland, Illinois; Megan (David) Tjaden of Heyworth, Illinois; Kayla (Keith) Fuentes of Chillicothe, Illinois, and Mitchell Fields of Bloomington, Illinois; and seven great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and brother, John Mowbray.
 
Robert was a proud US Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Heyworth American Legion. He worked in the accounting department at State Farm for 42 years, retiring in 1993. Robert was a very active 32 degree Mason in the Bloomington Masonic Lodge #43 A.F. & A.M. serving as a previous Grand Master.
 
Gene was a man of few words with a big heart who was deeply loved by his family. He will be greatly missed.

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Linda D. Yanez

Linda D. Yanez, 58, of Bloomington formerly of Lincoln passed away on January 1, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.


Graveside Services will be held at a later date in New Union Cemetery. Cremation Rites have been accorded.


Linda D. Batterton was born on August 22, 1959 in Lincoln  the daughter of Jerald R. and Betty Jean Vannoy Batterton.


She is survived by two sisters: Edith Miller of Lincoln and Evelyn Houghton of Bloomington. Two Uncles: Darrell (Nancy) Vannoy of Atlanta , Jerrell (Lois) Vannoy of Lincoln.


She is preceded in death by two infant sisters. Her sister Viola Batterton passed away on January 6, 2018.


Memorials may be made to her family.


Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


 

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Viola M. Batterton

Viola M. Batterton, 60, of Bloomington formerly of Lincoln passed away on January 6, 2018 in Bloomington.


Graveside Services will be held at a later date in New Union Cemetery. Cremation rites have been accorded.


Viola M. Batterton was born on July 15, 1957 in Lincoln the daughter of Jerald R. and Betty Jean Vannoy Batterton.


Surviving are her two sisters: Edith Miller of Lincoln , Evelyn Houghton of Bloomington. Two Uncles: Darrell (Nancy) Vannoy of Atlanta, Jerell (Lois) Vannoy of Lincoln. Several cousins also survive.


She was preceded in death by one sister: Linda Yanez and two infant sisters.


Memorials may be made to the family.

Peasley  Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

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Alvin Earl Whiteside

Alvin Earl Whiteside, 77, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 3:50 A.M., Wednesday, January 10, 2018. 
 
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 19, 2018, at Freedom Baptist Church, 2405 East Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois, with a family luncheon to follow also at the church. 
 
Memorial donations may be made to Wishbone Animal Rescue or Freedom Baptist Church Building Fund.
 
Alvin was born March 20, 1940, in Bloomington, Illinois to Dean and Betty (McCullum) Whiteside. They preceded him in death. 
 
He is survived by his wife, Marie Whiteside; sons, Don Whiteside and Tony Whiteside; daughters, Tina (Philip) Nadzam and Teresa (Jeffrey) Lenhardt; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brothers, James Whiteside and Jerry (Nancy) Whiteside.
 
Alvin was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved dirt track racing and was an avid car enthusiast.

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Erma "Louise" Bohn

Erma “Louise” Bohn passed into the arms of her Savior on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski. She was a long time resident of Cornland.
 
Her journey began December 15, 1923, the daughter of Fred and Hilma (Gaffney) Fuiten. She had two brothers, Dale and Robert and one sister, Betty Holmes who preceded her in death.
 
On July 31, 1945, she married Charles Bohn, the love of her life. They shared 68 years until his passing in 2013. Rarely did you see one without the other. They had two children, Brenda (Darrell) Woolums of Chestnut and Dennis (Cindy) Bohn of Sandwich, IL. They were blessed with five grandchildren: Adam, Amy, Andrew, Alex and Jordan, and three great-grandsons, Matthew, Braeden, and Aiden.
 
Louise devoted her life to God, her family, her church, and her community. She was a Christian woman, her gift to us all.
 
Services for Louise will be at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski with Allen Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior, 9:30-11:30, also at the funeral home. Interment will be at Steenbergen Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski. Memorials may be given to the Cornland Christian Church or to the Vonderlieth Living Center Activity Fund.

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Catherine S. "Kate" Burton

Catherine S. “Kate” Burton, 89, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
 
Kate was born on February 26, 1928, in Monticello, IL. The daughter of Harold and Opal (Wampler) Fitzwater. She married Wendell D. Burton Sr. on September 16, 1945, in Deland, IL. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2010.
 
Kate is survived by her daughters, Tracy (Terry) Brown and Carolyn Sue (Justin) Dammerman. Additionally, Kate is survived by her 6 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
 
Kate was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sons, Wendell and Steven; her brother, Harold; and her sisters, Betty, Nellie, and Bobbeye.
 
Kate was an avid reader she had an eclectic taste from books. However, she truly enjoyed any and every John Grisham novel.
 
A celebration of Kate’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Kate’s name to The Humane Society of Logan County. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
 

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High C. "Chris" Keough

 Hugh C. "Chris” Keough, "The Man, The Myth, The Legend” 83, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at his home.
 
Chris was born on January 18, 1934, in Pittsburg, PA. The son of Bernard J. and Matilda (Doyle) Keough. He married Beverly Kay Bree on February 17, 1957, in Fayetteville, NC. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2014.
 
Chris is survived by his daughter, Christy Ann Keough Beard; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
 
Chris proudly served his country with The 82nd Airborne. Chris was also a great storyteller and had a story to fit any situation.
 
Chris’ wishes were to be cremated, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made in Chris’ name to The Humane Society of Logan County at 1801 N Lincoln Pkwy, Lincoln, IL 62656. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Eugene Geyer

Eugene Geyer, 93, passed away at 9:03 a.m., Jan. 10, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Gene was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Mt. Pulaski, Ill., son of John and Bertha (Krueger) Geyer. He married Mildred Lucille "Lucy” Etter on Mar. 23, 1957, in Springfield, Ill. She preceded him in death on Aug. 17, 2016.
 
Surviving Gene are his children: Connie (Kevin) Leonard of San Antonio, Texas, Jean Ann (Mike) Miller of Lincoln, Ill., and Barbara (Mike) Morris of Mt. Pulaski, Ill.; four grandchildren: Kate Miller, and Samantha, Wyatt, and Hayden Morris. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.
 
Gene was a retired farmer in the Mt. Pulaski area. He also loved to travel; especially to Branson, MO.
 
A private family graveside service will be held on a later date at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski. Memorials may be made in Gene's name to The Christian Village or Latham Fire and Rescue.

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John F. Baylor, Sr.

John F. Baylor, Sr., 71 of Decatur, Illinois, formerly of Weldon, Illinois passed away 7:00 AM January 13, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Weldon United Methodist Church, Weldon, IL with Pastor Doug Lowery and Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Weldon United Methodist Church.
 
John was born July 25, 1946, in Bloomington, IL the son of Oscar and Irene (Storey) Baylor. He married Margaret Dressler April 25, 1965, in Weldon, IL
 
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Baylor, Decatur, IL; children: Nancy (John) Connett, Avon, IN; Rev. John (Anita) Baylor, Jr., Fort Branch, IN; Gary (Carrie) Baylor, Decatur, IL; Peggy Baylor (Matthew Jenkins) , Decatur, IL; 11 grandchildren; siblings: Hester (Robert) Kingston, Monticello, IL; LaVon Day, Champaign, IL; and Oscar “Grant” (Linda) Baylor, Decatur, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carol Rapp.
 
John worked at various body shops in Clinton, Decatur, and Bloomington, IL. He taught auto mechanics at Richland C.C. and taught Autobody at the Decatur Area Vocational Center. He lived his faith and was a member of the Weldon United Methodist Church. At church, he was an usher, High School Sunday School Teacher, and a United Methodist Youth Fellowship Director. John enjoyed Contemporary Christian Music, but most of all spending time with his family.

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James G. "Red" Russell

James G. "Red” Russell passed away at 5:32 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
 
Red was born on October 28, 1945, in Lincoln, IL; son of Grover B. and Agnes (Flinn) Russell Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Robert E. Russell.
 
Red is survived by his cousins.
 
He was a member of Living Water Church in Springfield, IL.
 
Graveside services for Red will be 12 noon Monday, January 15, 2018, at Carlyle Cemetery in Lake Fork, IL with Dr. Robert Armstrong officiating. Memorials may be made in Red’s name to the Logan County Paramedics in Lincoln, IL.

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Oliver Glenn Wilson

Oliver Glenn Wilson 92 of Luther Oaks, Bloomington, IL passed away 2:37 AM January 11, 2018, at Heartland Healthcare, Normal, IL.
 
Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. There will be no services. Graveside services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL at a later date. 
 
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
 
Glenn was born November 20, 1925, in Clinton, IL the son of Oliver Asa and Anna Lotus (Walden) Wilson. He married Opal E. Clary August 27, 1946, in Clinton, IL. She passed away February 14, 2013.
 
Survivors include his son, Gary D. (Susan) Wilson, Bloomington, IL; 5 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren; Daughter-in-Law, Kathy Wilson, Clinton, IL.
 
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Son, Steven Glenn Wilson, 2 sisters and 1 brother.
 
Glenn farmed most of his life in Wilson Twp., DeWitt Co., IL and served his country in the US Navy during WW II. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, IL. He was a member of the Bloomington Country Club, Bloomington Consistory, and York Rites.

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Ronald C. Gaddis

Ronald C. Gaddis 77 of Clinton, IL passed away 9:30 PM January 8, 2018, at the Bloomington Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
Services will be 6 P.M. Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Waynesville Christian Church, Waynesville, IL with Daniel Heath Yielding officiating. Visitation will be from 4 – 6 P.M. Friday at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Ronald C. Gaddis memorial fund.
 
Ronald was born February 11, 1940, in Sullivan, IL the son of Carl Edward and Vera Agnes (Reynolds) Gaddis. He married Sharon Kornewald September 2012, she passed away in 2017.
 
Survivors include his children Stephen Gaddis, Baton Rouge, LA and Terry Gaddis, Waynesville, IL; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Sharon Williams.
 
Ronald was a lifelong musician. He was a piano tuner for many years and had done work for many big stars.

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Jon C. Hilty

Jon C. Hilty, 78, of Farmer City, IL passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at his home. 
 
Jon was born in Indianapolis, IN on March 11, 1939, to the late Wayne Woodrow and Phyllis Alene (Campbell) Hilty. He attended Thomas Carr Howe High School Indianapolis, IN and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. Throughout his career he worked for Purdue Farms, ABS in DeForest, WI, Johnson & Johnson Co, ADI in Carmel, IN and retired from American Cyanamid in October 1996. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman and loved to travel. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and loved by all who knew him.
 
On November 17, 1961, he married Wanda Bowen. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Julie (Greg) Lutz of Fort Wayne, IN, Jon Scott Hilty of Chicago, IL and Nicole (Bryce) Warren of Edwards, IL; two grandchildren, Jessica (Samuel) Rollins, Kyle Lutz; three great-grandchildren, Samuel, Jayden and Levi Rollins of Fort Wayne, IN; and a sister, Hedy Baker of Mt. Pleasant, SC. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Pamela Bowen Hauser; brother-in-law, Michael Baker. Jon attended Farmer City United Methodist Church. He enjoyed his family, grandchildren, and friends. 
 
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Farmer City United Methodist Church, 101 S. William St., Farmer City, IL 61842 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:30 pm.
 
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Farmer City United Methodist Church or Carle Hospice Memorial Fund.

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Cora Stella Builta

Cora Stella Builta, 98, of Ellsworth, Illinois, passed away at 3:51 P.M., Monday, January 8, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal, Illinois.
 
Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Saybrook Christian Church, Saybrook, Illinois with Pastor Stacy Landry officiating. Entombment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bloomington, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Saybrook Christian Church, Saybrook, Illinois.
 
Cora was born October 27, 1919, in Ellsworth, Illinois, to Edward Perry and Viola Phelps Taylor. She married Lincoln B. “Abe” Builta on January 3, 1942, at the Clinton Christian Church, Clinton, Illinois. He passed away January 22, 2002.
 
Cora is survived by her twin sister, Nora Della Taylor Builta of Ellsworth, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Mariam Moberly of Rockwall, Texas and Phyllis Hudson of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Don (Connie) Builta of Clinton, Illinois, Richard Builta of Farmer City, Illinois, Karen (Dave) Barron of Ellsworth, Illinois, and Cheryl Wyatt of Bloomington, Illinois, and their families.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ruth Taylor Wells; brother, Eugene “Dick” Taylor, three infant sisters, Amanda, Layla and Reccia Taylor; five brothers-in-law; and three sisters-in-law.
 
Cora graduated from Saybrook High School. She farmed alongside her husband for 42 years. She was a Dawson Township Assessor, a member of the Saybrook Christian Church, loved fishing and taking walks with her husband, and was a Chicago Cubs fan.
 
Cora thought the world of her family and friends and will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was well-known for her red hats and was happiest when she was helping others.
 
Cora’s family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Heartland Health Care Center for their kindness and love shown to her.

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Michael Brian "Perk" Perkins

Michael Brian “Perk” Perkins 48 of Weldon, IL passed away 8:53 AM January 9, 2018, at his family residence, Weldon, IL.
 
Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Friday, January 12, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites to follow.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Perkins Farm.
 
Brian was born September 3, 1969, in Flanagan, IL the son of Michael and Carolyn (Carr) Perkins. He married Lisa K. Whitehouse December 14, 1991, in Farmer City, IL.
 
Survivors include his parents: Michael and Carolyn Perkins, Clinton, IL; children: Kayla B. Perkins, Bloomington, IL and Michael S. Perkins, Weldon, IL; siblings: Angie (Diann Thumser) McConkey, Madison, WI and Jill (Bill) Stewart, Walnut, IL; nephew: Dane Stewart, Walnut, IL, along with several cousins.
 
Brian was a farmer and truck driver. He loved rock n’ roll music and enjoyed U of I sports and was a member of the Deland American Legion. He was the Class President for DeLand/Weldon School 1987.

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Velma N. Kennedy

Velma N. Kennedy 93 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:15 PM January 9, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 1:30 P.M. Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 4 P.M. Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or American Heart Association. 
 
Velma was born June 21, 1924, in Bismarck, ND the daughter of James Henry and Grace (Geiser) Anunson. She married Wesley C. Hall December of 1939 in Steel, ND. She married Edward Barkley June 30, 1952. He passed away in November of 1964. She later married Robert “Rocky” Kennedy June 28, 1967. He passed away August of 1992.
 
Survivors include her son: Lean (LaVonne) Wedar, Minot, ND; sister: Edith Port, Bismarck, ND; grandchildren: Lori (Shawn) Sanford, Lyn (Melissa) Wedar, Staci (Rob) Cheshire, Stephanie (Jeff) Ferner, John (Peggy) Barkley, Laurie Jo (Lyle) Burnett, Leanne (Michael) Anzalone; 13 great-grandchildren; special friends: Sharon (Paul) Dunakey, Karen (Dick) Meadows, Laurie Birk, and Connie Hantla.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, son: Gary Pederson, 1 brother, and 4 sisters.
 
Velma had retired from the dietary department at the Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton, IL. She loved to play bingo, crochet, work puzzles and bake. She especially enjoyed giving away her baked goods.

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David Lee Hubbard

 David Lee Hubbard, 60, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at his home.

 

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.  Rev. Steve Blaum will officiate.

 

David Lee Hubbard was born January 26, 1957, in Lincoln, the son of Ronald Wayne and Eileen Aper Hubbard.

 

Surviving him are his parents, one daughter: Stephanie (Gregory) Wheeler, one son: Jacob (fiancée Tara Stokes) Hubbard, two sisters: Cathy (Bart) Morris and Rhonda (Jack) Tyrell; one brother: Kevin (Kim) Hubbard; and five grandchildren.

 

David graduated from Lincoln Community High School.  He was a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He was a truck driver for ABF Trucking.

 

Memorials may be made to his church.

 

Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.


 

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Wilma Auer

Wilma Auer, 84, passed away at 6:54 p.m. on January 4, 2018, at Advocate Bromenn Hospital in Normal, IL.
 
She was born on February 5, 1933, in Prairie Creek, IL; daughter of William Richard Herman and Gesina Johanna (Bartmann) Heinzel. She married Carroll Auer on December 31, 1950, and later they were divorced.
 
Wilma is survived by her children: Doug (Mary Ann) Auer of Metamora, IL and Deborah (Claude) Rorabaugh of Washougal, WA; her sisters; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and her ex-husband.
 
Wilma was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL.
 
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made in Wilma’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or School.

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Dennis J. Morgan

Dennis J. Morgan, 57, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 1:29 P.M., Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
His funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Jeff Mayfield, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the funeral home with I.O.O.F. service at 6:30 P.M.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Dennis was born August 6, 1960, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Robert W. and Sylvia J. Savage Morgan. He married Terri L. Kumler on February 25, 1989, in Le Roy, Illinois. She survives in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his mother, Sylvia J. Morgan of Mesa, AZ; son, Alan (Tricia) Loy of Le Roy; daughters, Amber (David) Abrams of Bloomington, Jill (T.J.) Schopp of Le Roy and Kelley (Joey Fleming) Morgan of Le Roy; grandchildren, Grace, Braden, and Natalie Loy, Dalton and Kinley Abrams, and Logan Schopp; brothers, Brian (Kelli) Morgan of Le Roy and Scott (Janel) Morgan of Bloomington; sisters, Terri Lynn Morgan of Normal and Barbara Ann (Gary) Corwin of Excelsior, MN.
 
He was preceded in death by his father and maternal and paternal grandparents.
 
Dennis worked at Morgan and Son’s Trucking, Le Roy as an owner/operator.
 
He was a member of the Le Roy I.O.O.F. Lodge #149 and the Bloomington Elk’s Lodge #281.

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Eva Marie Alley

Eva Marie Alley, 72, of Lincoln passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Eva was born on May 13, 1945, in Lincoln, IL the daughter of Harry Wayne and Evelyn (Emmons) Sisk. She married Erskine Wayne “Corky” Alley on June 14, 1962, in Lincoln, IL he survives.
 
Eva is also survived by her children; Sandra Renee (Derek) Staples, Clifford (Laura) Alley, Edgar (Lynette) Alley, Melissa Alley, and Starla Giddeons, her siblings; Harry Sisk, Stanley (Bea) Sisk, Ronald (Donna) Sisk, and Judith (Owen) Eaton, her grandchildren; Christopher, Amber, Ashley, Dwayne, Heather, Matthew, Brandon, Annalissa, Jeremy, Kyle, Nichole, Patrick, Jerad, Timmothy, and Curtis. Additionally, Eva is survived by 24 great-grandchildren, with the two more on the way.
 
Eva was preceded in death by her parents, and one grandson, Briar.
 
A Celebration of Eva’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7: 00 P.M. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Eva’s name to her family.

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Arta Louise Billington

 Arta Louise Billington, 94, of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 6:25 A.M. Monday, January 8, 2018, in Bloomington, IL.
 
Louise was born on January 24, 1923, in McLean County to Oscar "Shorty” and Edith (Godker) Long. She married Ernest "Ernie” Charles Billington on January 6, 1943, in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2006.
 
Louise is survived by two sons, Robert (Vickie) Billington of Creve Coeur, IL, Ronald (Donna) Billington of Bellevue, NE, daughter-in-law, Annette Billington of Lincoln, IL, two brothers, Harold Long of Atlanta, IL, Kenny Long of Bloomington, IL, two sisters, Nancy Horner of Armington, IL, Mary Lou Pierce of Riverside, CA, seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son James, two sisters and one brother. 
 
She was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. After her retirement from Lehn and Fink in Lincoln, she and her husband enjoyed camping and fishing.
 
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 12, 2018, at Atlanta Cemetery in Atlanta, IL officiated by Casey McCormick. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Building Fund. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is handling arrangements.

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Robert E. Russell

Robert E. Russell, 69, passed away at 3:36 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at his home.
 
Robert was born on October 26, 1948, in Lincoln, IL; son of Grover B. and Agnes "Gretchen” (Flinn) Russell Jr. He married Sandra J. Letterle on November 2, 1973, in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death on April 5, 2004.
 
Surviving Robert is his brother: James G. Russell of Riverton, IL; his cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
A graveside service at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, with Larry Crawford officiating. Memorials may be made in Roberts’s name to the Christian Village in Lincoln, IL. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home is assisting his family with the arrangements.

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Dallas Jacob

Dallas L. Jacob, 96, formerly of San Jose passed away at 8:25 p.m. on January 4, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor.
 
Dallas was born on February 18, 1921, in Mason County, IL; son of William and Rosa (Imig) Jacob. He married Irma Griffin on August 4, 1940, in St. Charles, MO. She preceded him in death on August 29, 2015, after 75 years of marriage.
 
Surviving Dallas are his Children: Gary Jacob of Lincoln, IL, Linda (Thomas) Hashman of Lincoln, IL, and Robert (Dorinda) Jacob of Beason, IL; grandchildren: Kevin Hashman, Paula (Steve) Crawford, Coralee (Brian) Stoltzenburg, Sarah Jacob, and Darren Jacob; great-grandchildren: Zachary Lee, Emma Stoltzenburg, Kate Stoltzenburg, and Evan Crawford; one great-great-grandchild: Preston Lee-Boch. Dallas was preceded in death by his parents, one son: Larry Jacob, and his sister: Ruth Leinweber.
 
Dallas was a retired farmer in San Jose area after retiring helped several farmers in Mason and Logan County. He also worked 16 years at the Lincoln Park District. He was a long time member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in San Jose, where he held many offices in the church. He became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, after moving to Lincoln, IL.
 
Dallas enjoyed being with his family and telling his many jokes, helping to bring joy to his family and friends. He liked fishing, playing horseshoes, and other games. He played many instruments in a band called the "Cookie Dusters” at house and community dances. He and his wife were members of Linpro Square Dance Club.
 
Services for Dallas will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, atFricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Mason City Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Dallas’ name to Zion Lutheran Church or School.

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Herbert Amos Weedman

Herbert Amos Weedman 92 of Casey, Illinois formerly of Farmer City, IL passed away 6:25 AM January 4, 2018, at Casey Health Care Center, Casey, Illinois.
 
Private family graveside services will be at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Mr. Weedman was born November 13, 1925, in Bloomington, IL the son of Amos and Marguerite (Stone) Weedman. He married Edith Foster June 6, 1953, at the Monticello United Methodist Church in Monticello. They were married for nearly 52 years until her death in 2005. He spent the last decade of his life with his companion, Dorothy Strange. She preceded him in death in 2017
 
Survivors include his children: Pam (Bill) Maibach, Morton, IL, Vicki (Jay) Tyler, Nashville, TN, Mark (Sandy) Weedman, Kansas City, MO, Jim (Sherry) Weedman, Casey, IL. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, son: Thomas J. Weedman, sister: Helen Wiggins, and one grandson.
 
Mr. Weedman grew up in rural Piatt County and graduated from DeLand Township High School in 1945. He served as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War as a member of the 443rd and 747th Engineers, including a stint as a turnapole operator while stationed in Tulle, France.
 
A longtime resident of Farmer City, Mr. Weedman was a farmer in rural Piatt County for more than 50 years. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Mahomet and the American Legion in Farmer City. A devoted husband and family man, he possessed a sharp sense of humor and a generous spirit. He enjoyed Norton motorcycles, vacationing with his family in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, FL, and finally seeing the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

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Cory Michael Ryerson

Cory Michael Ryerson 37 of Wellington, Colorado formerly of Clinton, IL passed away 4:19 AM January 1, 2018, at his family residence, Wellington, Colorado.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Monday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Cory Michael Ryerson Memorial Fund.
 
Cory was born August 10, 1980, in Pontiac, IL the son of Paul K. and Julie A. (Slown) Ryerson. 
 
Survivors include his parents; Paul K. & Julie A. Ryerson, Clinton, IL; girlfriend, Karina Garcia, Wellington, CO, and her son, Isiah; siblings; Jeremy Ryerson, Morgantown, WV; and Eric Ryerson, St. Joseph, IL; niece, Callie Ryerson, St. Joseph, IL; and grandmother, Wanda Slown, Pontiac, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents.
 
Cory was an Eagle Scout and worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for the last 10 years. He enjoyed playing sports, football, and baseball. Cory also enjoyed the outdoors, especially the mountains in Colorado.

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Alvin Austin

Alvin Austin, 90 of Colorado Springs, formerly of Brooksville FL and Clinton IL, passed away at 11:06 PM, Friday, December 29. He was at home and under the care of loving family and hospice. 
 
He was born on October 14, 1927, in VanLear KY, son of Isom and Bessie Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.  He is survived by his wife, Ruth, three children Greg Austin, Jann (Mike) Martin, and Teri (Michael) Rousseau. He is also survived by four grandchildren ( Art and Andy Rousseau, Logan Martin and Jackie Powell), as well as six great-grandchildren. 
 
Al loved God, his family, and his country. He was proud of his service in the Korean War, was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved camping, and spending time with family. He was a PE Teacher and Coach of nearly every sport at Clinton Community High School in Clinton, IL. 
 
Memorials may be made to Hospice or to Alzheimer’s Association. 
 
He will be missed by all who loved him and is probably leading calisthenics with a loud whistle in heaven. 

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Myrta Smith

Myrta Smith, 91, of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 11:50 A.M., Monday, January 1, 2018, at Heritage Health, Gibson City, Illinois.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Arrowsmith, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Witt-Webber-Carrell Legion Ladies Auxiliary Arrowsmith, P.O. Box 77, Arrowsmith, Illinois, 61722, or the American Heart Association.
 
Myrta was born March 18, 1926, in Arrowsmith, Illinois to Hobart and Eliza Gill Warren. She married Roy Wayne Smith on June 18, 1948. He preceded her in death March 24, 2015.
 
Survivors include son, Warren “Twig” (Vicki Rae) Smith, Noblesville, Indiana; daughter, Vicki Lynn Smith, Princeton, Illinois; grandson, Todd (Halle) Smith, Carmel, Indiana; granddaughter, Amy (Greg) Nowling, Indianapolis, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Jackson Nowling, Jacob Smith and Reese Smith; sister, Joyce Satterfeal, Bloomington, Illinois; and special nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Bradley Warren and Perry Warren.
 
Myrta worked in Champaign during World War II. After Wayne came home from the service, they were married and lived in Arrowsmith where they farmed their entire lives. Myrta also worked for Owen Nursery, General Telephone, M & W Gear, Fannie Mae in Eastland Mall, and the IRS. She was a member of the Witt-Webber-Carrell Legion Ladies Auxiliary Arrowsmith for 66 years.

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Doris LeGrand

Doris LeGrand, 98, formerly of Emden passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield, IL.
 
Doris was born on August 22, 1919, in Logan County, IL; daughter of William and Molly (Arnold) Struebing. She married John LeGrand in 1945. He preceded her in death in 2001.
Doris is survived by her daughters: Marcia (Michael "Creg”) Mrakava of Springfield, IL and Peggy Bright of Moweaqua, IL; four grandchildren: John Bright, Dean Bright, Jason (April) Mrakava, and Tori (Jay) Akcay; four great-grandchildren: Connor Bright, Joe Bright, Ela Akcay, and Maya Akcay. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers: Stanley and Robert Struebing.
 
Services for Doris will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Emden, IL with Rev. John Schurter officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (10:00-11: 00 a.m.) also at the church. Burial will follow services at Hartsburg Union Cemetery in Hartsburg, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Doris’ name to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Donor’s Choice. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Fredric A. Werth

Fredric A. Werth, 72 of Mt. Pulaski, Il became a true angel of God on 12/30/2017.
 
Twin son of Donald and Mary (Heinzel) Werth. He was born on October 21, 1945, in Lincoln, IL. He was a kind, faithful and wonderful brother, friend and husband. He married Pamela Jerio on June 22, 1974. She survives him.
 
Also surviving Fredric is his twin brother: Franklin Werth of Nevada and brother Mark Werth of Lincoln, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Thomas.
 
Fredric was an all-conference athlete and a graduate of LCHS in 1963, Lincoln College in 1965 and a BA at Southern Illinois University in 1968. He started his career at the Department of Transportation in the Aerial Surveys Division in 1968 until his retirement in 2001. Fred was a member, elder, and trustee of the Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln. 
 
On December 30, 2017, he made his final journey to his happy hunting ground and has no suffering and pain after his six years of cancer in his lungs, liver and in his brain.
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at a later date in the spring when all his loving family can be together. Memorials may be made in Fred’s name to the American Cancer Society or just spread a little kindness to your family and friends.
 

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Meredith Irene "Pete" Patterson

Meredith Irene "Pete” Patterson, 88, of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 4:20 P.M. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Meredith was born on April 21, 1929, to Harvey and Mae (Coats) Robinson. She married Carl S. Patterson on April 4, 1948, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on October 19, 2016.
 
Meredith is survived by several nieces and nephews.
 
She retired from the State of Illinois where she worked in the Capitol Building. She was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, the Loyal Daughters of the Christian Church, VFW Post #777 Ladies Auxiliary, and the American Legion Post #447 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling on a league in Mt. Pulaski for many years. She ran a dog grooming shop from her home, loved camping and traveling with her husband Carl, and playing cards with her friends for many years.
 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Casey McCormick officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Meredith’s name to the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Building Fund.

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Patricia Elaine (Patsy Karr) Torbert

Patricia Elaine (Patsy Karr) Torbert, 65, of Oswego, IL passed away 5:02 AM, January 1, 2018, at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Center, Naperville, IL.
 
A service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be 11 AM, Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoptions.
 
Patricia was born January 4, 1952, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Robert Emmitt and Elizabeth Ora (Wilson) Karr. 
 
Survivors include her son, Timothy Allen (Stephanie) Torbert, Clinton, IL; grandchildren, Jake Ryan Torbert and Alexa Paige Torbert; sister, Jeanie Andrews, Clinton, IL; loving nieces and nephews; and her loving dog, J. J.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jackie O’Daffer; brother, Allan Karr; step-brother, Pat Danison; and nephew, Todd Davis.
 
Patsy retired from Drinker, Biddle and Reath Attorneys, Chicago, Il as a legal assistant. She loved the outdoors, biking, and Siesta Key, FL.

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Martha Ilean Smith

Martha Ilean Smith, 86, of Clinton, IL passed away at 10:15 AM, December 30, 2017, at her residence in Clinton, IL.
 
Private graveside services will be at Rose Cemetery, Lane, IL at a later date. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Martha was born July 26, 1931, in Lane, IL the daughter of Albert Temple and Bertha Viola (Williams) Smith.
 
Several nieces and nephews survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Edna Wear, Roy Smith, and Helen Beals.
 
Martha had retired from Todd Uniform, Clinton, IL.

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Patricia Mae Alexander

Patricia Mae Alexander, 80, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 11:23 P.M., Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois, with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Patricia was born October 9, 1937, in Mansfield, Illinois, a daughter of John W. & Mary E. McKee Kennedy. She married Darwin Eugene Alexander, September 5, 1958, in Mansfield, Illinois. He passed away January 14, 2016.
 
She is survived by her children, Darwin Eugene (Jo) Alexander II of Carrollton, Illinois; Deborah L. (Randy) Cain of Philo, Illinois; Robert W. Alexander I of Mansfield, Illinois. Five grandchildren, Darwin Eugene Alexander III; Matthew Holderly; Katelynn Alexander; Robert W. Alexander II; Christina Holderly; three great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Alexander; Darwin Eugene Alexander IV; and Maverick L. Alexander.
 
Preceded in death by her husband, Darwin Eugene Alexander; parents, John W. & Mary E. Kennedy; great-grandson, Zeke Owen Alexander; two brothers, Richard Renner and Robert Kennedy.
 
Patricia was a retired secretary for Collegiate Cap & Gown Company, Champaign, Illinois. She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank Kelly Finet for all of her services. They also would like to thank the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, Illinois, nurses and staff and th6th-flooror nurses and staff at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois, for the excellent care that was given to their mother. Patricia will be missed by all.

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Paul Edwin "Pud" Leesman

Paul Edwin “Pud” Leesman, 91, of Hartsburg, Illinois, passed away at 7:35 p.m. on December 31, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Illinois. 
 
His funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 6 at Faith Lutheran Church, Lincoln with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, is assisting the family with arrangements. Visitation will be at Faith Lutheran Church from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, and one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Hartsburg Union Cemetery with military rites accorded. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church Educational Resources and Camp Griesheim Christian Retreat Center, Atlanta, Illinois. 
 
Paul was born August 13, 1926, in Hartsburg, Illinois, the son of Claus and Kathryn (Glick) Leesman. His inherent love for family and farming began with his birth on the kitchen table at the family farm. He was the second youngest of their five children. He married Marcia Joyce Klemm, March 25, 1950, in Atlanta, Illinois. She preceded him in death January 10, 1985. He married Geraldine Ruben Liesman, December 12, 1985. She preceded him in death December 23, 1997. 
Also preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, two sisters, and two step-sisters. His mother passing away when he was age seven changed his life and developed his strong sense of responsibility and sensitivity to the needs of others at a young age, which continued through his life. Surviving are two children Karen (Robert) Cullen, Bloomington, and Kevin (Joyce) Leesman, Hartsburg; five grandchildren, Keenan (Alexis), Kent (Ally) and Kory (Lyndi) Leesman, all of Hartsburg; William Cullen, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Kathryn Cullen (fiancé Seth Stalter), Bloomington; six great-grandchildren; two step-children, Aaron (Joyce) Liesman and Jill (Paul) Kastner; five step-grandchildren, Adam Liesman, Chatham, Rachel Liesman, Kansas City, Tara (Matt) Comstock, Ali (Ryan) Williams, Lincoln, and Kyle (Caroline) Hower, Springfield; six step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd, Lincoln; a brother-in-law, Wendell Cross; and a sister-in-law, Irma Leesman, both of Hartsburg. He dearly loved his 28 nieces and nephews.
 
Paul graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School in 1944 having enjoyed playing point guard for their basketball teams. Following his two-year U.S. Army service in the Philippines at the end of WWII, he graduated from Lincoln College in 1949, where he also played basketball. He had planned to continue his education in agriculture at the University of Illinois, but an opportunity arose to farm on his own east of Hartsburg. His passion for farm began at age four helping his father with harvest by following the wagon and tossing in ears of corn that were missed. In 2010 he was recognized for 60 continuous years of harvest since beginning his independent farming career. Having begun farming with horses and progressing to GPS-guided tractors, Pud remained actively engaged on the grain and livestock farm with his son and grandson until he was 89 years old. 
 
Appreciative of his own quality education, Paul served on the Hartsburg-Emden School Board for 15 years, eight as president, and then served as an elected representative for Logan County on the Regional Board of School Trustees for Logan, Mason and Menard Counties for 20 years. His final community service was on the Hartsburg State Bank Board of Directors for 25 years, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. 
 
Paul was a leader and active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hartsburg, for most of his life and was the first child baptized in their new church in 1926. Later in life, he attended Faith Lutheran Church, Lincoln, where he thoroughly enjoyed being fed spiritually through the hearing and study of God’s Word in many great discussions at Sunday School. He treasured and was devoted to his faith, and it served as an anchor throughout his life. One of his many daily prayers was that his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would have faith in Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life in heaven. His family is blessed to have inherited this legacy of faith and is certain that he is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We all look forward to an eternal reunion with him.
 
Pud was a pillar of strength in his family, church, and community. He will be dearly missed for his moral character, loving devotion to family, strong work ethic, fun-loving disposition, wise counsel and generous spirit. He treasured many relationships with people of all ages and never met a stranger. With a strong “can do” approach to life, he seldom complained and always saw the positive outcome, no matter the circumstances. His family wishes to thank the staff of St. Clara’s Manor and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln for their compassionate care and all who made visits or sent cards.

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Roger Motsinger

Roger Motsinger 77 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:53 PM January 1, 2018, surrounded by his family with their loving devotion at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
 
Masonic services will be 12:00, Noon Saturday, January 6, 2018, with religious services to follow with Rev. Fr. James Henning officiating at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 10:00 AM – 12:00, Noon at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Roger was born August 22, 1940, in Moline, IL the son of Russell and Lucille (Hummel) Motsinger. He married Janet M. Ginther following her graduation from nurses training in Canton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife, Janet Motsinger, Clinton, IL; two daughters: Erika Motsinger (Thomas Lane) and Abby (Dave) Waters both of Clinton, IL; two grandchildren: Sophia and Hudson Waters; sister-in-law, Virginia Motsinger, Canton, IL. Numerous nephews and a niece also survive.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gale Motsinger, Canton, IL.
 
Roger lived in Canton, IL for 33 years and graduated from Canton High School in 1958. Roger was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clinton, IL. He served in the Army Security Agency in Frankfurt and Bad Aibling Germany 1961-1963 at the rank of Specialist 5. Roger graduated from Spoon River College (A.A.), Western Illinois University (B.A.) and the University of Illinois at Springfield (M.A.). He was employed at Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years and retired from the Decatur plant in 1999 as Safety, Security, and Training Manager. He held numerous human resources positions in the Peoria corporate office and the Mapleton, IL foundry.
 
Roger served as an alderman on the Canton, IL city council 1977-1981 and the Canton Chamber of Commerce Board of directors. He was the past president of the Central Illinois Personnel Association in Springfield and Business Health Roundtable in Decatur. Roger was chair of the Advisory Committee of the Decatur office of the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation and the vice president of the Clinton, IL Human Resources Center board of directors and vice president of the John Warner Hospital Foundation in Clinton.
 
Roger was Past Exalted Ruler of the Clinton Elks Lodge and a member of the Canton, IL American Legion, and the Morningstar Masonic Lodge also in Canton.

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Geraldine Wirth

 Geraldine Thornhill Cuddeback Logan Wirth, age 69 of Bement, formerly of Champaign and Seymour, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by friends and family on December 25, 2017. After finally losing her battle with cancer, Geri told many people in her last days that she was simply moving on to her last career, that of teaching, and donated her body to science for educational purposes. She had a great sense of humor. Geri served the community most of her life as a Nurse Practitioner, retiring in 2013 from the VA in Decatur. She was a great wife and mother who raised 7 children. Geri held education in high regard and loved learning, reading, podcasts, babies, dolls, quilting, cooking and gardening.
 
She is survived by her husband William J. (Billy) Wirth of Bement, two sisters; Cathy Thornhill Tufte of Bement, IL., Dixie Thornhill of St. Petersburg, FL., and all her children and grandchildren. Geri never met a stranger. There was always room at the table for a new friend. She strongly believed in family, extended family and forgiveness. Geri is deeply missed.
 
There will be a celebration of life at the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620 in Bement on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a service at 4:00 P.M. and a light meal at 6:00 P.M., - feel free to bring a dish to share. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Friends of WILL, University of Illinois Foundation, P.O. Box 3429, Champaign, IL. 61826-3429. (217-244-9455)
 
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL, have the honor to serve the Wirth family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.

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Nancy Overby

Nancy L. Overby, 77, of Lincoln, died on Friday (Dec. 29, 2017) at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
 
Nancy was born on Dec. 1, 1940 in Alton, the daughter of George and Leona (Dickmann) Ostendorf. She married Jerry Overby on Aug. 18, 1962, in Edwardsville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 2015.
 
Nancy is survived by her son, Michael (Karen) Overby; her daughter, Michelle (Tito) Gomez; her grandchildren, Anthony Gomez, Mark Overby and Nick Overby; and her sister, Judy Selkirk.
 
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her grandson, Patrick.
 
Nancy was a math instructor at Lincoln College for 16 years. She enjoyed traveling in the United States and spending time in her garden.
 
Services for Nancy will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with a 3:30 p.m. prayer service. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville.
 
Memorial donations may be made in Nancy’s name to Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln.

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