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John P. Reed

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

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Leslie H. 'Les' Riddle

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

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Elizabeth Betsy Crang

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

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Randall Scott Claflin

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

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Gary 'Beaver' Newman

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

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Mabel Louise Thomas

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

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Erma M. Spencer

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

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Marsha J. Price

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

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William R. Heft

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

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Dallas L. Knoy

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

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Sheryl Lynn Carson

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

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Marcia Washburn

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

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Billy Lee Edwards

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

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Donna Lewis Thompson

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

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Connie Smith

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

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Ruth A. 'Annie' Payton

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

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Mary Jill Humbert

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

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William 'Bill' Williams

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

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Fayetta (Samuel) Isaac

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

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Deloris V. Oller

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

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Binnie Benscoter

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

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Judith Ann Coogan

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

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Loraine Wubben

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

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Donald McCool

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

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Paul Lucien Turner Jr.

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

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Rev. Kenneth D. Kramer Jr.

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

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Lucille A. Simpson

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

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Gerald L. Riggs Sr.

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

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Thomas R. Young

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

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JoAnn (Spencer) Kleist

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

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Erna Henrichsmeyer

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

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Raymond G. Brummett

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

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June E. Kohler

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

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Ronald Martin

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

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David A. Schlosser

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

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Lucretia Walden

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

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Imogene Fern Zelhart

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

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Betty Jo Wilson

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

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Waltraud 'Wally' Martha Jutte Howe

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

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Theda E. Adams

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

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Tim Griswold

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

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Peggy Lee Wilham

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

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Doug M. Vinson

Doug M. Vinson 74 of Maroa, Illinois formerly of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:00 PM May 5, 2018 surrounded by his family.
 
Services will be 1 PM, Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Bob Sheets officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 11 AM – 1 PM, Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Doug M. Vinson Memorial Fund.
 
Doug was born December 30, 1943 in Clinton, Il. the son of Walter and Martha (Davis) Vinson. He married Sandra Fortner July 1, 1967 in Clinton, Il. She passed away June 15, 2012. He later married Pam Parker September 16, 2017 in Clinton, Il.
 
Survivors include his wife, Pam Vinson, Maroa, Il.; Children, Brian (Kimberly) Vinson, Linn Creek, MO; David (Traci) Vinson, Camdenton, MO; Step-Son, David (Miranda) Florey, Pontiac, Il.; 7 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 3 Brothers and 1 Sister.
 
Doug served his country from 1966 – 1968 in the Army. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, driving trucks, and playing and singing with his guitar.

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Lola Alice Lindner

Lola Alice Lindner, 85, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Le Roy Manor. 
 
Her visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce funeral home Le Roy, Illinois. A memorial service will be on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Jeff Mayfield officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial donations may be made to the Ruel Neal American Legion Post #79, Le Roy, Illinois. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois, at a later date.
 
Lola was born April 1, 1933, to George Wilber and Ruby Lola Howell Clark in Galt, Iowa. While working as a waitress at the Champaign bus station she met her future husband, William. She married William John Lindner on June 6, 1958, in Champaign, Illinois. 
 
She is survived by her two sons, Michael (Carla) Lindner of Longview, Texas and Jeffery (Rhonda Codding) of Le Roy, Illinois; two daughters, Penny Wilson of Bloomington, Illinois and Lisa (Billy) Lowe of Le Roy, Illinois; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Verl Clark of Georgetown, Illinois; sister, Vanessa (Dick) Mandrell of Clinton, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Steve Givens, and brother, Virgil Clark
 
Lola retired from BroMenn hospital after 27 years of service. She worked in many different departments. She was a unit secretary, worked in the radiology department, and helped out anywhere the hospital needed her. In her spare time, she loved to sew and when the kids were younger she made many outfits for them. Lola was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Betty Carolyn Cruse

 Betty Carolyn Cruse, 76, of Mansfield, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at home. She was surrounded by her spouse and family.
 
Betty was born on August 22, 1941, a daughter of Lewis and Edith Mae Raney. She married Marvin Cruse on May 17, 1958. 
 
She leaves behind her spouse and 5 children, Audie, Kim, Shelly, Karl, and Tina; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Catherine Hobbs, Shirley Shelmadine and Carol Williams; 1 brother, James Raney (Connie); and many nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by 1 son, Mark, her parents and 5 brothers.
 
She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She loved music. Betty especially liked to listen to her spouse sing. They held many “jam” sessions at their home.
 
A private celebration of life will be at a later date.

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Marjorie J. Walker

Marjorie J. Walker, 92, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.
 
Marjorie was born on January 14, 1926 in Dalton City, IL, the daughter of S. Bruce and Elise J. (Jackson) Pugh. She married Paul W. Walker on January 9, 1945 in Vernon, IL. He preceded her in death on December 22, 1988.
 
Marjorie is survived by her children: John W. (Janice) Walker of East Peoria, IL; Emil D. Walker of Beason, IL; N. Paulette Hart of Lincoln, IL; Jo Anne (Jon) Pope of Spring, TX.; one sister, Wilma M. Hafner of St. Louis MO; seven grandchildren: Gail Montgomery, Alison Knee, Christopher Pope, Samantha Toft, Nicholas Pope, Suzanne Walker-Cortez, Amy Collora and 14 great-grandchildren, 4 great great-grandchildren.
 
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and her two brothers; Robert and George Dean Pugh.
 
Services for Marjorie will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka, IL. Visitation will take place from 5:00-7:00p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial will follow the services at Magassi Cemetery in Patoka, IL. Memorials may be made in Marjorie’s name to American Alzheimer’s Association.

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George Church Thorp

George Church Thorp 85 of Jacksonville, Illinois formerly of Clinton, Illinois passed away 11:07 PM May 3, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Il.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the United Methodist Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 6 – 8 PM, Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the GPS Program at the Culver Educational Foundation, 1300 Academy Rd. #153, Culver, IN 46511 or on-line at www.Culver.org/makeagift in honor of George Church Thorp.
 
George was born September 15, 1932 in Clinton, IL the son of Howard and Edna (Church) Thorp. He married Shirley A. Daniels April 6, 1957 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife, Shirley A. Thorp, Jacksonville, Il.; children: George Mark (Jill) Thorp, St. Louis, MO; Richard Eric (Andrea M.) Thorp, Boerne, TX; Brian Edward Thorp, Snoqualmie, WA; Janice Elaine Thorp, Jacksonville, IL; 4 grandchildren: George Jonathan E. (Kristina) Thorp, Lake St. Louis, MO; Kristina (Anthony) Thorp-White, Florissant, MO; Richard Christopher (Meagan) Thorp, Humble, TX; Stephanie Danielle (Kevin) Thorp-Koether, Boerne, TX; 5 great-grandchildren: George Jacob G. Thorp; Grace L. Thorp, Hannah White; Richard Jackson Thorp; and Parker Rae Koether.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Richard Thorp.
 
George was an Airforce Veteran of the Korean Conflict, 1951-1955. He was a Boy Scout Leader and Master. George retired from Lundia Meyer, Jacksonville, IL. He was a longtime benefactor of Culver Academies, Culver, IN. George had traveled as far east as Saudi Arabia and as far west as Hong Kong.

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Robert C. Strange, Sr.

Robert C. Strange, Sr. 81 of DeLand, Illinois passed away 9:00 PM May 2, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Il.
 
No Services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, Il. assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Robert C. Strange, Sr. Memorial Fund.
 
Robert was born July 13, 1936 in Williamsville, MO the son of John A. and Iva Marie (Meadows) Strange. He married Pauline Grace Dile Oct. 2, 1954 in Corinth, MS. 
 
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Strange, DeLand, IL; children, Sherry Strange and David Strange both of DeLand, IL; 1 grandson, Shane Strange; siblings: Clyde (Esther) Strange, Williamsville, MO; Willis (Nancy) Strange, Williamsville, MO; Paul Strange, Morton, IL; Parro (Rita) Strange, Daleville, IN; Lorrine (Lyle) Johnson, Galesburg, IL; Susan (Butch) Perry, Cameron, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 son, Robert, Jr.; and brothers, William and Nathan.
 
Robert was a drywaller, painter, and jack-of-all-trades. He founded the Chapel of Hope Church in DeLand. Robert was a strong Christian advocate. He enjoyed traveling, gospel music, and fishing. Robert was known for his kindness, great advice, and humor.

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Deborah 'Debbie' Faye Moore

Deborah “Debbie” Faye (Reid) Moore, 68 of Maroa, IL formerly of DeWitt, IL and later Clinton, IL passed away May 1, 2018 with her loving husband at her side.
 
She was born in Monmouth, IL on March 19, 1950, the daughter of Max and Faye (Nicholas) Reid. Debbie graduated from Springfield High School, Springfield, IL in 1968. After spending time in California, she settled in Illinois when she married Dennis “Buck” Moore in 1978. Together they owned and operated the Country Store in DeWitt, IL while raising six children. Debbie enjoyed shopping, garage sales, and gardening; and is the creator of the famous Country Taters. She took great pride in retail and worked at Bergner’s, Von Maur and Walmart. She was a devoted wife and made many memories her family will cherish forever.
 
Debbie is survived by her parents: Max and Faye Reid of Savoy, IL; her husband of 39 years: Buck Moore of Maroa, IL; five children: Alicia (Brian Olms) Walters of Gurnee, IL, Stacy Morris of Clinton, IL; Melissa Dolbert of Clinton, IL, Adam (Rebecca) Moore of Clinton, IL; and Summer Moore of San Francisco, CA. She leaves behind six grandchildren: Hailey Moore, Kylie Jordan, Jack Morris, Reid Walters, Shelby Morris, and Alex Moore. She is also survived by her nephew: Carter Newnam and former spouse: Jesse Francis.
 
Her brother: Kyle Reid and daughter: Lindsey Moore, preceded her in death.
 
Services will be 3 PM Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be 1 – 3 PM Saturday at the funeral home.
 
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Debbie’s memory may direct that to the Debbie Moore Memorial Fund.

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Dennis Boyd

Dennis “Butch” Boyd 74 of Clinton, IL passed away 3:56 PM April 29, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.
 
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Butch’s life will be 5 – 7 PM Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Butch was born July 21, 1943 in Decatur, IL the son of Carl and Lucille (Meador) Boyd. He married Lee Ann Burns in 1965 in Kenney, IL. She passed away December 2, 2013.
 
Survivors include his children: Mike (Pat) Boyd, Sherman, TX and Bonny (Don) Hammer, Clinton, IL; 3 grandchildren: Zack Boyd, Denison, TX, Jordan Hammer, Clinton, IL and Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL; great granddaughter: Eleanor “Lenny” Eveland; siblings: Diane (Bill) Morse, Kenney, IL and Bill (Steph) Boyd, Clinton, IL. Special dog Buddy, who preceded him in death.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Butch was a 20-year veteran of the Kenney Fire Dept. He enjoyed racing and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Martha Jane Gifford

We joyfully announce that Martha Jane Gifford (previously Thrasher/Ward) has joined her mother Mary Ward Shields and other family who have passed including 5 siblings after a lengthy 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She passed peacefully at Baker Katz nursing home in Haverhill, MA on April 26, 2018, with loving family by her side. Martha Jane was born on March 26, 1947, to the late Mary Ward Shields and Clarence Ward.
 
She is survived by 2 other siblings and 2 daughters whom she loved so very much. Julie Miller (Thrasher/Ervin) of Pesotum, IL and Misti Joél Goodwin (Thrasher) of Concord, NH. She also has 5 precious grandchildren and 6 beautiful great-grandchildren who will all miss her. She is also survived by her childhood best friend Rosie Wickenhauser (Thayer) of Clinton, IL.
 
She loved her family and friends and cherished time spent with them. Martha Jane loved gardening, everything involving the ocean, and wildlife. She also was gifted with a magnificent singing voice and enjoyed playing her piano, performing and singing for many weddings, funerals, and church. She also loved cooking, laughing, and collecting miniature dollhouses. Most of all, she was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord. A celebration of life is being planned and will be held in August 2018 in her home state of Illinois near Clinton.
 
Contributions may be made in memory of Martha Jane Gifford to The Alzheimer’s Association by going to their website at www.alz.org or by calling 800-272-3900 or by mail with a check to PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
 

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Judith Elaine Marshall

Judith Elaine Marshall, 78, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:55 P.M., Monday, April 30, 2018, at her home in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 4, 2018, at St. Mary’s Church, Downs, Illinois, with Father Dustin Schultz officiating. There will be no interment. A prayer service will start at 5:30 P.M., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 
Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the funeral home. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service, St. Mary’s Church, Downs, Illinois, Easter Seals, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
Mrs. Marshall was born July 24, 1939, in Farmer City, Illinois, to Jesse Franklin and Marguerite Magdalene Ruch Anderson. She married Dale Arthur Marshall on January 30, 1960, in DeKalb, Illinois. He survives in Le Roy, Illinois.
 
She is also survived by children, Kimberly Marshall of Normal, Illinois; Stephanie (Bob) Bruning of Le Roy, Illinois; Lynne (Jeff) Johnson of Sycamore, Illinois; Patrick (Susan) Marshall of DeKalb, Illinois; Karen (Park) Allison of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sarah (Joseph) Beck of Suwanee, Georgia; and Andrew (Heather) Marshall of Le Roy, Illinois; twenty-three grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four brothers and sisters, Duane (Sylvia) Anderson of Bellflower, Illinois; Louise Jiles of Farmer City, Illinois; George (Rita) Anderson of Powell, Wyoming; and Carolyn (Walt) Jiles of Atkinson, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.
 
Judy was instrumental in establishing the AFSCME local for clerical at Illinois State University and was their first president. She also served on both the Le Roy Park District board and the Le Roy City Council. She was an active community volunteer. She was an artist and donated many pieces of stained glass to various charity auctions.
 
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Downs, Illinois, where she was very active teaching CCD and serving on the Ladies Auxiliary.

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Chester Donovan Henry

Chester Donovan Henry, age 86, of Le Roy, IL, died at 10:38 a.m. on April 28, 2018, at Liberty Village, 
Le Roy, IL.
 
His visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church, followed by his funeral at 11 a.m. The minister will be Jeff Mayfield. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy with military rites accorded. There will be a Masonic service. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, is in charge of arrangements.
 
He was born October 7, 1931, in Thomasboro, IL, the son of L. Earl and Anna Neal Henry. He married Nellie Davis on March 15, 1951, in Clinton, IL. They were married 67 years. She survives.
 
Other survivors include their children, William (Jennifer) Henry, Sherman, IL; LaWanda (Rod) Matson, 
Le Roy, IL; Steve Henry, Mason City, IL; Keith Henry, Le Roy, IL; and Kristi (Donald) Henry-Craig, Le Roy, IL; grandchildren, Kathryn (Lance) Dockins, Edmond, OK; Cory Henry, Sherman, IL; Regan Henry, Le Roy, IL; and Donovan Craig, Le Roy, IL; great-grandchildren, Kaleo and Kaden Dockins, Edmond, OK; and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by one brother, John T. (Evelyn) Henry, Farmer City, IL.
 
Chester was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William N. Henry. 
 
Chester was a retired Illinois State Police Lieutenant, a retired IRS employee, and former LeRoy police officer until his final retirement in 2003. He was also a member of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and internationally published author of the book, Route 66, My Home Away From Home.
 
He was a member of the Le Roy Christian Church, Masonic Lodge No. 221 and Ruel Neal Post 79, American Legion, Le Roy.
 
Memorials may be made to Le Roy Christian Church.
 
Chester was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather whose family and friends will miss him dearly, but they know he is reuniting and celebrating with loved ones in heaven, his new “home away from home.”

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Evelyn L. Johnston

Evelyn L. Johnston, 89, of Lincoln passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln, IL.
 
Evelyn was born on October 22, 1928 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of Theodore and Annette (Sims) Bailey. She married Cletus L. Johnston on June 27, 1946 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1984.
Evelyn is survived by her sister: Margaret Rogers; daughter-in-law: Sarah Johnston, two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild.
 
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, her son: Dale Johnston; two brothers; Glenn and Charles; and her sister: Catherine Phyllis Allers. 
 
Graveside services for Evelyn will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 at Old Union Cemetery in Lincoln, IL. Visitation will be one hour prior to service also at the graveside. (10:00-11:00a.m.) Memorials may be made in Evelyn’s name to St. Clara’s Manor. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Richard Eugene Underwood

Richard Eugene Underwood 57 of Wapella, Il. passed away 12:37 AM May 1, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Cody Monkman officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Friday, May 4, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
Richard was born November 19, 1960 in Clinton, IL the son of Charles and Marlene (Laiser) Underwood. Richard married Loritta Chapman October 20, 1979 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include his father, Charles (Marilyn) Underwood, Wapella, IL; mother, Marlene Spray, LeRoy, IL; children: Tori (Justin) Alexander, Bloomington, IL; Kaysi (Ryan) Whitlock, Clinton, IL; Janna (Blake Rasor) Underwood, Clinton, IL; 8 grandchildren: Tinley and Jude Alexander; Ty, Jakobe, and Kraetyn Whitlock; and Mason, Kaybree, and Jayda Rasor; sister: Susie (Bobby) Schaefer, DeWitt, IL; special aunt, Jo Schmidt, Bloomington, IL; 1 nephew, Asa Schaefer, Kenney, IL.
 
Richard worked at R.R. Donnelley in Clinton, IL. He was a Cardinal fan, weather watcher, and enjoyed racing. Richard volunteered at Home Sweet Home for many years.

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Linda S. Budas

Linda S. Budas 68 of Gays, Illinois passed away 4:00 AM April 30, 2018 at her family residence, Gays, Illinois
 
A Celebration of Her Life will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center, Mattoon, IL.
 
Linda was born July 12, 1949 in Gillett, AR the daughter of Odis and Cordelia (Phillips) Buggar. She married Timothy M. Budas February 15, 1997 in Bartlett, TN.
 
Survivors include her husband, Timothy M. Budas, Gays, IL; children: Rich (Sharon) Henson, Clinton, IL; Sara (Mack) King, Clinton, IL; Melissa (Jonathon) Estep, Marshall, MI; and Timothy J. (Judy) Budas, Coldwater, MI; 13 grandchildren; siblings: David (Carole) Buggar, Mattoon, IL; J. R. (Pam) Buggar, Downs, IL; Melvin (Sharon) Buggar, Kenney, IL; and Mary Ann (Wally) Carlson, Midway, AR.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother, Roger; and 1 infant sister, Edna Faye Buggar.
 
Linda loved motorcycles, traveling, and gardening. She especially loved her grandchildren.

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Timothy 'Soup' Campbell

Timothy “Soup” Campbell 63 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:30 AM April 29, 2018 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Timothy “Soup” Campbell Memorial Fund.
 
Timothy was born September 28, 1954 in Russellville, KY the son of Cecil Victor and Virginia Lee (Chick) Campbell. He married Kimberly Carter, May 23, 1981 in Hartsville, TN.
 
Survivors include his wife: Kimberly Campbell, Clinton, IL; son: Christopher Shawn (Aimee) Carter, Marion, IN; stepson: Jimmy Ray Tanner, Clinton, IL; special grandson: Carter Tanner; siblings: Terry Lee Campbell, Bowling Green, KY, Vicki Bond, Auburn, KY, Mary Kay Mills, Russellville, KY; along with many nieces and nephews.
 
Tim enjoyed fishing and playing pool. He was a master painter, helping to restore many homes in Bloomington. 
 
The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to Shelbi Tanner for her care and attention during this time.
 
He loved his family dearly.

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Shannon Nicole Shepherd

Shannon Nicole Shepherd, 23, of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:15 PM April 28, 2018 at her residence, Clinton, Illinois.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Shannon Nicole Shepherd Memorial Fund.
 
Shannon was born February 20, 1995 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Nick and Shawn (Conn) Shepherd.
 
Survivors include her mother, Shawn (Doug) Brewer, Clinton, IL; father, Nick Shepherd, Clinton, IL; siblings: Nick (Chelsea) Brewer, Clinton, IL; Bethany Brewer, Bonnie, IL; Nichole Brewer, Clinton, IL; Kaleb (Jessica) Shepherd, Clinton, IL; Paige Shepherd, Clinton, IL; Addison Brewer, Clinton, IL; Laney Brewer, Clinton, IL; Carson Shepherd, Clinton, IL; and Kameron Shepherd, Clinton, IL; grandparents, Eldon (Kathy) Conn, Clinton, IL; grandfather, Richard Shepherd, Clinton, IL; grandmother, Kathy Shepherd, Lincoln, IL; grandparents, Mike (Debi) Easton, Clinton, IL; and grandmother, Gloria Brewer, Lincoln, IL. 
 
Shannon was a very giving and beautiful person inside and out.

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