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Priscilla Ann Shirley Rademaker

Priscilla Ann Shirley Rademaker, 88 of Springfield, died Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield.

 

She was born September 12, 1930, daughter of Larkin Lowell Shirley and Matilda Behrends Shirley. She was born on the Shirley family farm near Hartsburg, which had been deeded to the Shirley family by the U.S. Government during the Millard Fillmore presidency.

 

On May 30, 1954, she married Dean B. Rademaker at the Christian Church in Hartsburg, Illinois. She was baptized at the Hartsburg Christian Church and attended Lone Tree and Pleasant Hill rural schools. In 1948, she graduated from Hartsburg High School. After graduation, she became an assistant to the Logan County Clerk, then at Lehn and Fink Clerical, and then as the Assistant Cass County Clerk. After her children were finished with school, she worked for twenty-five years at Franklin Life Insurance before retiring. 

 

Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents and step-parents, Estel and Virginia Embree, niece LaVera Alberts and nephews Lowell Shirley, Darrell Klockenga and Gary Rademaker.

 

She is survived by her husband, children Ronda (Dave) Handy of Ashland, Rod (Jill) Rademaker of Oakford, granddaughters Monica (Dusty) Handy Cookson of Dodge City, Ks, and Rhiannon Rademaker of Oakford, grandsons Duran (Mackenzie) Rademaker, Dusty (Stacey) Rademaker, both of Petersburg, Brad (Kyra Gwaltney) Handy of Ashland and Caleb Handy of Winchester. She also is survived by seven great-grandchildren, Chloe, Clara, Conleigh and Callie Cookson of Dodge City, Ks and Bree Dougherty, Chyler Rademaker and Coyt Rademaker of Petersburg.

 

She is also survived by her sister, Jenny Lou Boughan and her brother Allen Dean (Luella) Shirley, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 01, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the services (1:00-2:00pm) also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Hartsburg Union Cemetery, Hartsburg.

 

Memorial donations may be made in Priscilla’s name to Hartsburg Christian Church or St. Peter Lutheran Church in Emden, IL.

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Robert Nicolas Woll

Robert Nicolas Woll, 82, departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior at 1:55 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Christian Village in Lincoln, Illinois.

 

Nick was born on August 3, 1936 in San Jose, IL; son of Robert Henry and Amanda Kathryn (Williams) Woll.


He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves surviving the love of his life, Colleen Moehle.
Nick was originally trained as a physicist at Western Illinois University. He conducted basic and applied research at Southern Illinois University and Argonne National Laboratory.

 

He earned Master’s degree and certificate of advanced study from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the fields of physics, curriculum development, business administration and industrial training. He joined the faculty at NIU and also served as program coordinator for electronics engineering technology at Moraine Valley Community College.

 

Nick’s unique skill set and diverse education in sciences and technology led him to establish N. Woll and Company, a private consulting firm specializing in technical education programs for industry, schools and government. He took on work with General Telephone Company (GTE), Computer Science Corporation, World Bank, U.S. Department of State, International Executive Service Corp. and numerous foreign corporations and governments.

 

Nick also left an indelible footprint on aviation. As a commercial pilot, he flew extensively for his work. His aviation experience led him to consult for the FAA in developing the global positioning system for worldwide navigation.

 

Nick’s love of life was a constant source of inspiration. He was a mentor to many and never tired of sharing the wonder and excitement of aviation. In addition to his passion for aviation, he spent more than 20 years in search of the Dorado, a U.S. submarine attacked by "friendly fire” during WWII which was then never seen nor heard from again.

 

He was past president of the Illinois Association of Electricity and Electronics Educators, life member of Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society), Epsilon Pi Tau (Industrial Education Honor Society), life senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, past executive council member and section chairman for the Illinois State Academy of Science and a variety of other physics, engineering and aviation organizations.

 

A special thank you to the staff and caregivers at Christian Homes and Safe Haven Hospice for their kindness.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11am Tuesday, December 4th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, with Rev. Mark Evans officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

 

Memorials may be made in Nick’s name to Lincoln Bible Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Christian Homes or Heritage in Flight Museum in Lincoln. Military rites will be accorded by The American Legion Post #263. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, Illinois.

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Nancy Lee Kessler

Nancy Lee Kessler, 71, of McLean, passed away Nov. 22, 2018, at The Christian Village, Lincoln.

 

A private celebration of life service is scheduled. Cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Nancy Lee Razor was born Aug. 13, 1947, in Normal, the daughter of Adlai and Mary Razor. She was united in marriage to Rickey Eugene Kessler on July 10, 1971. He survives.

 

Also surviving are her children, Amy (Brian) Bennett, Rick (Nikki) Kessler, Brittany Kessler, and four grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Susie Smith and Janis Foley.

 

Nancy graduated from University High School in Normal. She retired from the Internal Revenue Service and had previously been employed at Country Companies and Nussbaum Trucking.

 

Memorials may be made to her family. Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.

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Audrene Alferna Lee Hancock

Audrene Alferna Lee Hancock, 97, of Heyworth, passed away the morning of Nov. 21, 2018, at Liberty Village, Clinton.

 

A celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the United Church of Heyworth. All family and friends are welcome. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Audrene was born April 16, 1921, to Leonard and Irna Ploenes Lee. She married Claud Hancock in 1940 in St. Charles, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1987.

 

She was the proud mother of four boys, Kenneth (Vicki) Hancock, Tom (Jayne) Hancock, Don (Diana) Hancock and Rick Hancock. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters and one brother.

 

Audrene retired from the U.S. Post Office in Heyworth after over 25 years of service. She enjoyed playing softball as a youth and watching all of the athletic events of her family.

 

Audrene was a wonderful and loving person and will be missed by all who knew her.

 

Please view the obituary and share your condolences and memories at www.beckmemorial.com.

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Paul "Frank" Franklin Rickord Jr.

Paul "Frank” Franklin Rickord Jr., 74, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at St. Clara’s Rehab and Senior Center, Lincoln, IL.

 

Frank was born on February 17, 1944 in Lincoln, IL. The son of Paul Franklin and Virginia (Dalzel) Rickord Sr. He married Linda Carol Hertzfeldt on June 7, 1964 in Lincoln, IL. She survives him in Lincoln, IL.

 

Frank is also survived by his son, Brian Lee Rickord; his daughter, Christine Rene (Bryce) Lahmann; his grandchildren, Zach Rickord, Hannah Niemann, Brett Niemann, and Aaron Niemann; and one great-granddaughter, Averlee Arleta Rickord.

 

Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Norma Fleshman and Patricia Funk.

 

Frank worked at Ameren Cilco as a troubleshooter for many years. He was a past Elder at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, and a Trustee for Lincoln Rural Fire Dept. Frank was one of the founders of the Lincoln Youth Football Program where he served for 12-15 years.

 

Services for Frank will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7: 00 pm on Monday, December 3, 2018 also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln, IL.

 

Memorial donations may be made in Frank’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, Lincoln. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL.

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Elizabeth Pauline (Masters) Williams

Elizabeth Pauline (Masters) Williams 23 of Clinton, IL passed away 9:50 PM November 27, 2018 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 

Memorials may be directed to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

 

Elizabeth was born March 31, 1995 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Marlin Underwood and Stephanie Taylor. She married Robert A. Williams June 2, 2018 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her mother: Stephanie (Daniel) Gower, Clinton, IL; father: Marlin Underwood, Clinton, IL; husband: Robert A. Williams, Clinton, IL; maternal grandparents: Daniel and Geraldine Taylor, Clinton, IL; paternal grandparents: Joe and Martha Underwood, Clinton, IL; siblings: Daniel Taylor, II, Clinton, IL, Maranda Underwood, Clinton, IL, Vanessa Gower, Cerro Gordo, IL, Jeff Gower, Cerro Gordo, IL, Oscar Masters, Katherine Masters, Loren Masters all of Decatur, IL. 

 

Elizabeth was working towards becoming a hairstylist and cosmetologist at Hairmasters Institute of Cosmetology in Bloomington. She was the sweetest person you could ever meet, who loved to sing and loved animals

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P. Jean Perring

Jean Perring, 86, of Clinton, IL formerly of Weldon, IL passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

 

Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Vespasian Warner Public Library in Clinton or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (c/o Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL).

 

Jean was born Nov. 10, 1932 in rural Dewitt County, the daughter of Elmer and Minnie (Jones) Gehlbach. She married Allison Perring, Jr. on Dec. 20, 1950, in Waynesville. He passed on September 27, 2017. 

 

She is survived by children, David Perring, Lincoln; Steve (Lee Ann) Perring, Weldon; and Kathy (Ted) Parge of Sugar Grove; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Allison, sisters Patricia, Dolores, brother Elmer Jr. and an infant brother. 

 

Jean was a devoted partner with her late husband Al and she lived her life as a quiet role model for all whom she touched. Her steadfast commitment to faith, family and farming provided her with the experiences and wisdom that was sought after by many and that she generously shared.

 

In addition to being the consummate farm wife/partner, she attended Parkland College, held professional positions as a bookkeeper and was always actively engaged in numerous church and community activities while a resident of Towanda, Weldon and Clinton. She was an avid reader and genealogy researcher that led her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served as Nixon Township Clerk and as a Clintonia Township Trustee. 


Never one to pass on “parlaying a lucky lottery ticket”, we will always celebrate the laughter and wisdom of a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will have a lasting impact on family and friends for years to come.

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Maribel Rees

Maribel Rees, 98, of LeRoy, passed away at 9:42 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 24, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

 

Memorial donations may be made to LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service. Burial will be private in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy.

 

Maribel was born Oct. 20, 1920, in LeRoy, a daughter of William T. and Effie Violet Stewart Huddlestone. She married Milton Junior Rees Oct. 31, 1947, in LeRoy. He passed away Feb. 23, 1993.

 

Surviving are one son, William E. (Denise) Rees, Fort Myers, Fla.; granddaughter, Jennifer Rees, Tampa, Fla.; nephew, James Huddlestone, Tampa, Fla.

 

She was preceded in death by one son, David Milton Rees, and brother, Cameron DeLoss Huddlestone.

 

Maribel worked at all the restaurants uptown LeRoy during the ’50s and ’60s. She then cleaned houses in and around the LeRoy area. For 30 years she played violin and the clarinet for many different bands and orchestras.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, is handling arrangements.

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Daniel Galen Wydick

Daniel Galen Wydick, 79, of Warrensburg, IL passed away at 12:10 PM, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital with family and his dog, Dexter, by his side.

 

Dan was born November 28, 1938 in Decatur, IL the son of Kenneth and Helen (Hoendorf) Wydick.  He was an Eagle Scout and served in the United States Army. Dan retired from G.J. Builders Hardware after 47 plus years. He was a board member of the trustees for the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Warrensburg-Latham Lion’s Club.  He is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughters Michelle (Brian) Huggins of Forsyth, Angie (Scott) Ross of Kentucky, and Jennifer Tennyson of Warrensburg; his grandchildren Jacob (Taylor) Huggins of Nevada, Cody Huggins of Bloomington, Meghan Huggins of Normal, Tori and Valerie Tennyson of Warrensburg and Shelby and Mark Ross of Kentucky; and his sister Susan Wydick of New Jersey.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws.

 

A memorial service honoring Dan’s life will be held at Renaissance Church Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 am.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Warrensburg-Latham Lions Club and Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department.

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Bertram Wesley Gillum Jr.

Bertram Wesley Gillum Jr., 87, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

 

Bertram was born on November 10, 1931 in Mt. Erie Township, IL; son of Bertram Wesley and Rosalind Modena (Best) Gillum Sr. He married Obdulia Guajardo on March 7, 1954 in Houston, TX. She survives him.

 

Also surviving Bertram are his children: Cynthia Ann (Roger) Gill of Lincoln, IL, Debra Jean Gardner of Fairview Heights, IL, William Joseph (Linda Bree) Gillum of Hernando, FL, Teresa Diane (James) Crider of Springfield, IL, and Bertram Wesley Gillum III of Keller, TX; his siblings: Paul W. (Fern) Gillum, Shirley J. Gill, and Theara Sue (John Michael) Werschey; sixteen grandchildren and thirty-six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Donald W. Gillum and Jerry W. Gillum.

 

Bertram proudly served in the United States Air Force for 16 years. He retired as the Chief of Police in Mt. Pulaski, IL and was a member of Park Meadows Baptist Church in Lincoln, IL. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Illinois Sheriff Association, Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post#447, REACT, and helped and assisted with the Special Olympics. He also loved and enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Services for Bertram will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Nick Hardy officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2018, also at the funeral home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Bertram’s name to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

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Jeffry Mark Ryburn

Jeffry Mark Ryburn, 62, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 7:00 A.M. Sunday, November 25, 2018, at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.

 

There will be no services.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Mr. Ryburn was born April 14, 1956, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Donald and Gloria Harlow Ryburn. He married Joyce Ann Brown on May 10, 1993, in Funks Grove, Illinois. She survives in Heyworth, Illinois.

 

He is also survived by his mother, Gloria Ryburn of Bloomington, Illinois, and one brother, Todd (Anne) Ryburn of Bloomington, Illinois.

 

Mark was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Donnie Ryburn.

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Douglas Lee Boyum

Douglas Lee Boyum 79 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:55 PM November 22, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

No services are planned. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Doug was born August 10, 1939 in Rushford, MN., a son to Arnold and Helen (Lee) Boyum. He married Regina (Geney) Tally on July 13, 1961 in Springfield, IL. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Geney, and three daughters:  Mikki (Brian) Pruser, Clinton, IL; Stevi (Keith) Godin, Port St. Joe, FL; and Andi (Corey) Case, Clinton, IL; eight grandchildren: Paris (P.J.) Brown, Mahx Godin, Sam Godin, Jake Godin, Faith Pruser, Mikah Maduzia, Lukah Case and Callahan Case, and three great-grandchildren.  

 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

 

Doug served in the U.S. Navy for four years after high school graduation before beginning an apprenticeship with the Operating Engineers Local 965 from where he was hired which he retired in 2000.   

 

Doug enjoyed rebuilding antique cars, riding motorcycles and watching the Chicago Cubs. 

He had a wonderful sense of humor and will be greatly missed by his family and friends

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Donald E. Judd

Donald E. Judd, 83, of Farmer City, passed away at 9:02 A.M. Saturday, November 24, 2018, at his residence. 

 

His service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City with Bob Beckman officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City with Military Rites Accorded. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the funeral home. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190, Farmer City or to Sarah Judd.

 

Donald was born December 9, 1934, at Farmer City, Illinois, a son of Ernest N. & Sarah E. Howell Judd. He married Mary E. Moore on June 13, 1959, in Clinton. She passed away April 29, 1998.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Sarah F. Judd of Farmer City; grandchildren, Brittany (David) Johnson, Brandon (Cassie) Miles, Dustin Judd, Timothy Spoor; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Emma, Locke; special friend, Jorene Meier of Farmer City. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Herk Judd and a sister, Irene Belmar.

 

Donald was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a self-employed painter. Donald was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City; Charter Member of Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190, Farmer City; Life Member of Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City; Past Chief of Police, Farmer City; Past President Farmer City Little League; member of the Farmer City American Legion and V.F.W. Color Guards; five-time Post Commander of Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190, Farmer City; Past V.F.W. 11th District Commander; Past State V.F.W. Officer of the day; V.F.W. man of the year; Past President of the Farmer City Little League Association; 1969 Grand Marshall of the Little League Parade; Ford Company pass, punt and kick director; member of Farmer City-Mansfield Blue Devils “chain gang” football for 25 years; avid fan of the Farmer City-Mansfield High School field hockey, football and track teams; Coached Little League baseball, umpired Little League and Pony League baseball for many years; coached softball slow pitch for his son one year.

 

Daughters By Heart, Tina Jamison and Cathy Waltz Gosnell.

 

Sons By Heart, Lowell Spieker, Larry Sutter, Van Luck, and Bruce McDonald.

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Tammy C. Warren

Tammy C. Warren, 50, of Farmer City, passed away at 2:42 P.M. Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Trinity Community Fellowship, 1300 W. Clinton Ave., Farmer City, with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Inurnment will follow in McCord Cemetery, Fullerton. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to the Tammy C. Warren memorial fund, c/o Heartland Bank and Trust Company, 333 S. Main St., Farmer City, Illinois 61842. Calvert-Belangee- Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City in charge of arrangements.

 

Tammy was born January 19, 1968, in Gibson City, Illinois, a daughter of Gene & Mary Jo Dunkin O’Neal. She married Daniel J. Warren on April 20, 1991, in Farmer City, Illinois. 

 

She is survived by her husband, Dan Warren of Farmer City; daughter, Cylie (Jake) Moody of Heyworth; son, Cody (Ellie) Warren of Farmer City; grandson, Jameson Moody; parents, Gene & Mary Jo O’Neal of Le Roy; two brothers, Kenny (Amy) O’Neal of Le Roy and Bobby (Denise) O’Neal of Heyworth.

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

 

Tammy was a Special Ed Aide at Schneider Elementary Grade School in Farmer City. Tammy was a member of Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City. 

 

Tammy’s infectious smile lit up a room. She loved her family, especially her grandson, more than anything. She will be greatly missed by many.

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Deborah Jean Wieting

Deborah Jean Wieting, 63, of Wapella, passed away at 7:06 p.m. Monday (Nov. 19, 2018) at her home.

 

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wishbone Canine Rescue.

She was born Oct. 15, 1955, in Bloomington, a daughter of Clarence J. and Doris Jean Goetsch Bier. She married Paul E. Wieting on Nov. 14, 1981.

 

Surviving are her husband, Paul, Wapella; her fur babies, Abby and Sadie; her siblings, Robert (Betty) Bier, Bloomington; Diane (Ron) Meister, Urbana; Ron (Cheryl) Bier, Bloomington; Connie (Mark) Witte and Cindi (Kent) Warner, both of Heyworth; and Brad Bier. Also surviving are 20 nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and -nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws, Paul Sr. and Mary Wieting.

Deborah attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School and graduated from University High School. Her dedication to the field of healthcare began in high school when she worked as a ward clerk at St. Joseph's Hospital. Deborah went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. She had a long career in hospital administration, ensuring the implementation of federal guidelines and programs. Deborah was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority where she made many lifelong friends. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed doting on her nieces and nephews.

 

To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.

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Ralph Duff

Ralph Duff, 75, of Maroa, IL passed away November 21, 2018 surrounded by family at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Monday, November 26, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Forsyth, IL with Rev. Timothy Killion officiating.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, IL with Military Honors.  Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM, Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the church.  The family requests casual racing attire.   Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, Decatur, IL or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Forsyth, IL.

 

Ralph was born March 8, 1943 in Tulsa, OK, the son of Leo and Florence (Osborne) Duff.  He married Carole Ann Garner, December 23, 1962 in Decatur, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Carole Ann Duff, Maroa, IL; his children, Scott (Missy) Duff, Weldon, IL., Craig (Melissa) Duff, Maroa, IL; 5 grandchildren, Clayton (Allie), Drake, Garrett, Jaret, and Tyler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Roger.

 

Ralph enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, traveling, and line-dancing with his wife. He served in the US Army for 4 years with his favorite memory being in Okinawa, Japan. Ralph loved every dog he met and every dog loved Ralph. He loved all types of auto racing and continued that tradition by helping his boys and grandsons with their race cars.  He was employed with General Electric. Ralph was a hard worker, handyman, and loved teaching his boys things whether that was electrical, a short cut to any destination, or where the holes were in the racetrack. Ralph did not miss a race or a game for his family. He was always cheering them on. Ralph now has the best seat at the race track.

 

A special thank you to the staff at Liberty Village, Clinton OSF, and Springfield OSF hospice that went above and beyond with their loving care and support for Ralph.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Ronald Morthland

Ronald N. Morthland, 80, of Decatur, IL passed away 12:41 PM November 21, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL

 

Graveside services will be 10 AM Monday, November 26, 2018 at Boiling Springs Cemetery, Decatur, IL. Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Warrensburg Fire Department.

 

Ronald was born September 22, 1938 in Decatur, IL the son of Roy Verneal and June Edith (Swinford) Morthland. He married Carmen S.. Emrick, July 13, 1968 in Decatur, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Carmen S. Morthland, Decatur, IL; sons, Tony E. Morthland, Farmer City, IL and Michael B. Morthland, Decatur, IL; grandson, Timothy A. Morthland, Creve Coeur, IL; great grandson, Gabriel N. Morthland, great granddaughter, Lily A. Carhoff; siblings, Judy Perry, Arlington Heights, IL and Donald E.. (Lee) Morthland, Decatur, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Ronald retired from Transport Service local teamster #279. He served as Commissioner for Austin Township Drainage District.

 

The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to DaVita on McKinley Ave., Dr. Dawood, Dr. Hasnain, and Dr. Qureshi.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Ronica Ann Watterson

Ronica “Roni” Ann Watterson 57 of Clinton, IL formerly of Mahomet, IL passed away 5:34 A.M. November 19, 2018 at her sister’s residence, Clinton, IL.

 

No services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Ronica was born May 2, 1961 in Urbana, IL the daughter of Jay C. and Betty (Atteberry) Watterson.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Carmen (Dan) Gershman, Savoy, IL; Chelsey (Clayton) Miner, Farmer City, IL; 3 grandchildren: Jack, Mariska, and Lila; siblings, Randy (Lisa) Watterson, Seymour, IL; Roger (Hollie) Watterson, Saybrook, IL; Renda Watterson, Mahomet, IL; Robin (Wayne) Peters, Clinton, IL; Ramona (Van) Watterson, Farmer City, IL; Rebecca (Eliezer) Sanchez, Hollywood, MD.

 

She was preceded in death by her Parents.

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Dolores Darlene Lemmel

Dolores Darlene Lemmel, 78, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:13 A.M. Monday, November 19, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Danvers, Illinois. 

 

Her visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

Dolores was born January 23, 1940, in Beardstown, Illinois, to Paul Schrodt and Ida Marie Coil. She married Beryl Lemmel in Saybrook, Illinois. He passed away November 18, 1975.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Darla Jean (Jack) Corzine of Danvers, Illinois; son, Derrell Lemmel of Bloomington, Illinois; five grandchildren, Nikki (Tim) Goggin, Mike (Bree) Corzine, Emma Lemmel, Kayla Hieser, and Carrin Hieser; two great-grandchildren, Zach and Abel Goggin; brother, William (Bert) Schrodt of Decatur, Illinois; sister, Linda Hart of Saybrook, Illinois; friend, Gene Cline of Le Roy, Illinois.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Lemmel; one brother, Larry Schrodt; and two sisters, Patsy Winkelman and Judy Smith.

 

Dolores was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Helen Hope (Higgins) Shelton

Helen Hope (Higgins) Shelton 92 of Maroa, IL passed away 4:20 A.M. November 17, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.

 

Helen was born April 18, 1926 in Rural Macon County, IL the daughter of Byron W. and Effie (Davis) Higgins. She married Billie M. Shelton 1946 in Moultrie County, IL.

 

Survivors include her sons, Roger (Toni) Shelton, Southaven, MS; Philip (Cathy Shull) Shelton, Elkhart, IL; grandchildren: Amy (Dan) Runaas, Suwanee, GA; Bradley (Chelsea) Shelton, Woodbury, MN; Kara Kirby, Darien, IL; and Brandon (Jaime Binkley) Kirby, Maroa, IL; 5 great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, John Herbert Higgins, Hugh Lewis Higgins and 1 sister, Hazel Ozier.

 

Helen was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL and the Dr. John Warner Hospital Auxiliary. Helen was Salutatorian of the Lovington High School Class of 1943.

 

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.

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Helen Revell Irvin

.Helen Revell Irvin, 65, of Clinton died peacefully surrounded by her family at home Friday (Nov. 16, 2018).

 

She is survived by her loving husband, Stan Irvin; children, Jason (Amy) Searson of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Jami (Jacob) Smith of Tolono, Chad (Dana) Irvin of Grayslake and Troy Irvin of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Kayce, Carson, Zachary, Chase and Kyle; brothers, Gary (Zoe) Revell and Raymond (Susan) Revell, both of Urbana; brother-in-law, Scott (Sue) Irvin of Lewiston, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her most loyal friend, Lola.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Ruby Johnson Revell.

 

Helen was born June 28, 1953, in Urbana. She grew up in Tolono and graduated from Unity High School. She co-owned and operated Julen's Opticians at the Round Barn Center in Champaign for 23 years. She was proud to be one of the few independent, women-owned eye care businesses serving central Illinois.

 

She was an avid baker and enjoyed cooking for family and friends, sitting around the campfire, gardening, summer visits to northern Wisconsin, Saturday afternoons at Bunny's in Urbana and listening to her talented musician friends perform.

 

The family wishes to thank Dr. Rowland at Carle Foundation Hospital and Becky from Harbor Lights Hospice for the dedication and empathy in making sure Helen had the best care.

 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests a memorial in her name to the University of Illinois Veterinary Hospital or to a memorial of their choice.

 

In Helen's memory, we would like her family and friends to remember her infectious laugh and lifelong bond of friendship. She loved you with all her heart and wishes to be remembered with a "cheers" when you think of her. While her life was shortened in years, she lived a full and extremely happy life that can never be taken away from her. Be good to each other, Helen will always be with you in memory.

 

There will be no visitation or funeral service, per Helen's wishes. A celebration of her life will be held in the near future in Champaign. Her ashes will be inurned in a private ceremony at Maroa Township Cemetery, Maroa, at a later date.

 

Freese Funeral Home, 407 N. Bourne, Tolono, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Joyce G. Crowell

Joyce was born on Oct. 14, 1939 in Senath, Mo., the daughter of Truman and Levertia (Sandefer) Randl. She married Kenneth D. Crowell on Feb. 24, 1957 in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1999.

 

Joyce is survived by her four sons, Steven (Diane) Crowell of Lincoln, Everett (Dawn) Crowell of Lincoln, Keith (Sarah) Crowell of Missouri, and Ronald Crowell of St. Louis, Mo.; her daughter, Evelyn (Ricky) Shewmake of Lincoln; one brother, Larry Randl of Missouri; one sister, Carolyn (Gary) Danison of Missouri; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, William; one sister, Margaret Crowell; and one grandson, Joshua Crowell.

 

Joyce was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Minier. She served as a volunteer at Zion Lutheran School, with the Foster Grandparent Program.

 

A graveside service for Joyce will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Zion Cemetery, Lincoln. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

 

Memorial donations may be made in Joyce’s name to Liberty Baptist Church, Minier.

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Rose Marie Kagel

Rose Marie Kagel, 85, of LeRoy, died at 12:20 p.m. Friday (Nov. 16, 2018) at Heritage Health in Bloomington. At her request, no services will take place.

 

She was born on Feb. 6, 1933, in Waynesville. She is the daughter of Joseph and Veta Pfeifer. She married Kenneth Kagel on Aug. 12, 1951.

 

Surviving are three children, Richard Kagel of LeRoy, Barbara (Steve) King of LeRoy, and Tom (Marty) Kagel of Randolph. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Bobby (Renee) Kagel of LeRoy, Jenni (Jeremy) Medler of Savoy; Brian (Mindy) Kagel of LeRoy; Matthew (Christian) King of LeRoy; Heather (Todd) Hahn of Newman; Linda (Jeff) Reick of Downs; Tammy (Mike) Shelmadine of Arrowsmith; Stacie Roberts of Downs, and several great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Kagel; a son, Fred Kagel; a granddaughter, Brenda Kagel; and her beloved dogs, Miah and Dutches.

 

Marie helped her husband work on the family farm and also worked at Farm & Fleet for many years. She loved her flowers, gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.

 

The family would like to thank Advocate Hospice and Hollybrook Assisted Living of Bloomington for their loving care and support during this time.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LeRoy Christian Church.

 

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.eastlawn-bloomington.com.

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Darlene Marie Veff

Darlene Marie Veff, 76, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care in Springfield, IL.

 

She was born on July 4, 1942 in Seattle, WA. The daughter of Jake and Elizabeth (Andrew) Graybeal.

 

She married Robert Veff on December 15, 1974 in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on February 8, 1997.


Darlene is survived by her children, Jennifer Hanson of Seattle, WA, Lorinda (Bruce) Campbell of Merrillville, IN, Roberta (Brandon) McGuire; her grandchildren, Kenny Campbell, E. Spencer Martin, Elliott Martin, Ember McGuire; beloved grandchildren in the Berlett, Humphrey, Quigle & Spaulding families; two sisters, Sharon Johnston of Graham, WA, and Vickie Graybeal of Seattle, WA; one brother, Robert (Linda) Graybeal of Westminster, CO. 


Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two siblings, Judy Jackson and Buck Martin; and one grandchild, Ezra McGuire.


Darlene was a nurse at LDC for 22 years and the owner of R & D Dairy Bar. Darlene loved gardening and music. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at the nursing home, shopping, cooking, and loved giving.


A Graveside service for Darlene will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Union Station Cemetery, Lincoln. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

 

Memorial donations may be made in Darlene’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Rose Anne Fox Craig

Rose Anne Fox Craig, 74, of Waynesville, passed away Thursday (Nov. 15, 2018) at her home.

 

She was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Francesville, Ind., the daughter of Louis and Mary Margaret Noonan Fox. On Aug. 12, 1967, she married the love of her life, Russel D. Craig. He proceeded her in death Feb. 12, 2016. They had two daughters.

 

Rose Anne touched many lives through her work in the McLean-Waynesville Grade School. Students continued to tell her the impact she had on them and favorite stories they remembered about things she did for them. She considered all of the children in that school as "her own" and was always there with a Band-Aid, an ear to listen or a quick hug.

 

Rose Anne was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta, as well as the Waynesville American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed being around friends and family and could always be counted on to bring a smile to the faces of those she cared about.

 

She is survived by her two daughters, Susan (Greg) Kleen, El Paso; and Beth Craig, Waynesville; a grandson, Nolan Yochum; two sisters, Mary Lou (Sammy Smith) Wilkins, McLean; and Cathy (Gene) Cisco, Waynesville; two brothers, Joe (Sally) Fox, Florida; and John (Susan) Fox, Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.

 

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Jeffrey G Laible will officiate.

 

Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville.

 

Memorials may be made to the Waynesville Fire and Rescue or the Waynesville American Legion.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta.

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Kevin Vincent Dorgan

Kevin Vincent Dorgan, 65, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in his home. Kevin was born on July 30, 1953 in Lincoln, IL the son of Vincent R. and Mary Katherine (Amberg) Dorgan.

 

Kevin is survived by his sister, Diane (Steve) Buse of Lincoln, sister-in-law, Mary Dorgan of Curran, IL; nieces & nephews, Theresa Markley, Jennifer Colburn, Christopher (Chelley) Buse, Katie (Nick) Davis, three great-nephews, and one great-niece.

 

Preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Terry Dorgan and Tim Dorgan.

 

Kevin worked for The Illinois Secretary of State Driver’s Services for 36 years, where he was twice employee of the month. Kevin loved sports, his work family, and shooting pool. And a special thank you to all his loving caregivers that became his family and allowed him to be in his own home.

 

Services for Kevin will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Deacon, Wendall Lowery to officiate. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lincoln. In lieu of flowers & plants memorial donations may be made in Kevin’s name to Meals on Wheels or Lincoln Rural Fire Department.

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Rev. Dennis Blankenship

The Rev. Dennis Darrel Blankenship, 87, of Decatur, went to his Heavenly home Tuesday (Nov. 13, 2018) in Decatur.

 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Decatur, with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Randolph Township Cemetery, Heyworth. Memorials in the Rev. Dennis Blankenship's honor may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church.

 

Dennis was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Ramsey, son of Kenneth and Edith Holtcamp Blankenship. He married Marian Seitz on Nov. 22, 1953, in Decatur.

 

The Rev. Blankenship was a Southern Baptist minister and was ordained on Jan, 6, 1952, in Farmer City. He was instrumental in starting Vale, Heyworth and Springfield churches. He was a pastor in Beecher City, Heyworth, Farmer City, Girard, Springfield, Gillespie, Lincoln, and was senior adult pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marian, of Decatur; children, Diane (Mike) Peterson, Heyworth; Debra (Bob) Shannon, Heyworth; Melody (Jeff) Roof, Atlanta; and Mark (Pam) Blankenship, Springfield; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; and brother, Norris (Linda) Blankenship, Fredericktown, Mo.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur, at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
 

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Gary Shankel

Gary Dean Shankel, 63, of Heyworth, passed away Thursday (Nov. 15, 2018) at his home.

 

Gary's service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth, with Pastor Pete Hopkins and Pastor Kurt Flora officiating. Following the service, burial will be at the Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, with full fire department honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church with the firefighter walk through at 6 p.m.

 

The family suggests memorials to be made to the Randolph Township Fire Department or Heyworth Christian Church. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born Nov. 13, 1955, in Bloomington. He was the son of George Luther and Leta Florella Johnson Shankel.

 

Gary is survived by his two sons, Adam Lyn (Lyndsea Lee) Shankel, Heyworth, and Pvt. 2nd Class Keaton Edward Ellis (Sarah) Miller, U.S. Army, Fort Riley, Kan.; grandson, Lincoln Earl Shankel, Heyworth; one brother, Mark A. (Teri) Shankel, Heyworth; four nephews, Terry Lee (Amy) Shankel, North Pueblo, Colo.; John (Heidi) Darnell, Springville, Utah; George Allen Shankel, Heyworth; and Lake Joseph Warren Shankel, Heyworth; one niece, Layla Marie Shankel, Heyworth; and two great-nephews and three great-nieces.

 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Johnny Lee Shankel; and one nephew, Jerry Darnell.

 

Gary was a graduate of Heyworth High School, class of 1973. He began farming with his dad in 1973 at Heyworth, LeRoy, Cooksville and Arrowsmith, continuing to farm until present time. He was an active member of Heyworth Christian Church where he had served on the official board and as a deacon for many years. He was an assistant chief with the Randolph Township Fire Department for the past 43 years.

 

Condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Ed Moreland

Ed Moreland, 60, of LeRoy, passed away to meet his Lord on Wednesday (Nov. 14, 2018) at LeRoy Manor.

 

Ed was born Jan. 3, 1958, in Bloomington, to Bud and Joyce Moreland.

 

Ed started his truck driving career at the age of 18. His family was very important to him. He also enjoyed helping out his neighbors, fishing and hunting. Ed was a member of LeRoy Christian Church.

 

He is survived by his parents; his two sons, Jason, Canton; and Jesse, New Orleans, La.; one daughter, Rachel, Decatur; sister, Cathy (David) Strange, Greenwood, Ind.; brothers, Steve (Vicki) Moreland, LeRoy; Kevin (Anettte) Moreland, Maricopa, Ariz. Ed had three nieces; three great-nieces; two nephews; three great-nephews; and three granddaughters, Kyliegh, Katelynn and Kinlee.

 

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at LeRoy Christian Church. Visitation will be before service from 2 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LeRoy Christian Church.

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Virginia R. Crouch

Mrs. Virginia R. Crouch, age 94, of Maroa, widow of Dr. Rolla M. Crouch (Bob), who preceded her in death in 1988, passed away on November 12, 2018, at Hickory Point Christian Village in Forsyth, Illinois. She was born in Ogemaw, Arkansas in the southwest corner of the state near Camden on March 6, 1924, the daughter of James Andrew and Lois Julia Short Holt, and was a direct descendant of John Mendenhall, who immigrated to Philadelphia from Mendenhall, England in 1683.

 

She met her future husband in the early days of WWII at Grider Field in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where Bob had arrived for pilot training and she had taken a position repairing the exteriors of the training planes after graduation from high school. They were married in Pine Bluff on December 2, 1943.

 

In 1950, they moved to Maroa after Bob graduated from Loyola Dental School and joined his father, Dr. R. O. Crouch, in his dental practice which dated to 1902 when the senior Dr. Crouch graduated from the Chicago School of Dental Surgery, the predecessor of Loyola.

 

They were the parents of James R. Crouch, retired Architectural Engineer of Chicago; Robert S. Crouch (Mary Kay), retired US Air Force, of Woodland Park, CO; and Carol Ann Schlitt (Glennon), retired U. of I. Extension and president of her own firms, Safe and Savory Solutions, Inc. and Brookstone Tours, LLC of Freeburg, IL.

 

Grandchildren include Brian P. Schlitt of Belleville, IL; Kevin A. Schlitt of Portland, OR, Kimberly M. Newcom (Jarrod) of Woodland Park, CO; and Robert S. Crouch, Jr. (Karina) of Ft. Collins, CO. Great-grandchildren include Makayla, Levi, Cole, and Eden Newcom, all of Woodland Park, CO and Navah Joy Crouch of Ft. Collins, CO. She was preceded in death by her grandson Brian Schlitt in 2017, who was in law school at Washington University at the time. 

 

Surviving brothers are James R. Holt of Success, MO; and Ronald G. Holt of Decatur. She was preceded in death by sisters Hyldred M. Saubert of Tulsa, OK and Barbara A. Burnett of Anaheim Hills, CA, and brother Wayne D. Holt of Camden, AR

 

Mrs. Crouch was a member of the Maroa United Methodist Church where she was actively involved for over 50 years as a primary Sunday School teacher, chair of the Memorials Committee and Funeral Dinners. She was a charter member of the Maroa Woman’s Club and served as president twice as well as many other leadership positions in the club.

 

Virginia, or Ginny as she was known to her close friends, loved to play bridge and was a member of two bridge clubs for over 50 years. She also loved gardening and was known for years for her beautiful flowers that adorned the front of her home. 

 

She was blessed to have a wonderful caregiver, Mrs. Kathy Schlag, and the family is thankful to Kathy for the love, compassion, and expert assistance she provided during the last 12 years of her life.

 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018, at 11 AM at the Maroa United Methodist Church, 202 N Walnut Street, Maroa with the Rev. Mary Alice Cunnigham and Rev. David Gaffron officiating. Burial will follow at the Maroa Township Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements. 

 

The Crouch family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at the Hickory Point Christian Village in Forsyth and Decatur Memorial Hospice for their attentiveness and loving care. 

 

Memorials may be made in Virginia’s name to the Maroa United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Laurel "Lori" Jo White

Laurel "Lori" Jo White 68 of Clinton, Il. passed away 5:36 PM November 12, 2018, at her family residence, Clinton, Il.

 

A time to celebrate Lori's life will be 6 - 8 PM Friday, November 16, 2018, in the banquet room at Cinco De Mayo, Clinton, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to DeWitt County Animal Shelter

 

Laurel was born October 4, 1950, in Clinton, Illinois the daughter of Robert and Harriet (Hensley) Burns. She married Allen B. White November 27, 1976.

 

Survivors include her children, Robert D. (Tisha) Rybolt, Clinton, Il.;  Miranda B. Phillips, Salem, Il.; 4 Grandchildren, Bailey (Tanner) Huffman; Meghan Pister; Hannah Pister; Payton Phillips. Her beloved dog, Clancy.

 

Lori was preceded in death by her parents and 1 Sister, Lee Ann Boyd.

 

Lori loved animals and painting was her passion.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Bradley Gillis

Bradley Gillis, 50, of Mt. Pulaski, Il, formerly of Jacksonville, IL passed away at 11:00 a.m. on November 13, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

 

Bradley was born on October 9, 1968 in Jacksonville, IL; son of Clifford and Dorothy (Beahl) Gillis. He married Patti Scanlon on June 11, 2018 in Springfield, IL. She survives him.

 

Also surviving is his mother of Jacksonville, IL; his children: John Gillis of Beardstown, IL, Brittany (Vanessa) Jacquot of Marion, IL, Ashley Gillis of Beardstown, IL, Brian Scanlon of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Hunter Gillis of Jacksonville, IL, and Gerica Gillis of Jacksonville, IL; one brother Loren (Judy) Myers of Port Ritchie FL.; three grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers: Ronnie, Raymond, and Dick, and one infant daughter: Maria.

 

Bradley worked for the State of Illinois as a security officer for Jacksonville Developmental Center. He was an avid trapper, hunter, and fisherman.

 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Charlotte M. Ambrose

Charlotte M. Ambrose, 90, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 10, 2018, surrounded by her family. 

 

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Downs. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 am on Saturday before the funeral service.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy is in charge of arrangements.

 

Charlotte was born February 11, 1928 in Champaign, the daughter of Louis Mittendorf and Alice Bannin. 

 

Charlotte graduated from University High School, Urbana. 

 

She married Joe Ambrose on August 18, 1948 at Holy Cross Church, Champaign. 

 

She is survived by five children: Julie Ambrose, St. Charles; Mary Ambrose, New York, NY; Joseph (Julianne) Ambrose, Mahomet; James (Kathryn) Ambrose, Springfield; and Margaret Ambrose, Peoria. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe and by her son Gregory R. Ambrose. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Throughout her life, Charlotte was artistic and creative. She loved gardening, photography, sewing and quilting. She worked extensively with pottery, creating many pieces that are family treasures. She also enjoyed playing bridge with friends, and was an avid University of Illinois football fan.

Charlotte and Joe were members of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Downs. Over the years, Charlotte served as a Eucharistic minister, a Sacristan and a Catechism teacher. She was also an active supporter of Catholic charities.

 

Joe and Charlotte were married for 69 years prior to Joe’s death. They enjoyed golfing and spending time together, especially in Florida. Charlotte was an active partner with Joe in supporting community and charitable activities in LeRoy. Charlotte was blessed with the support of dedicated and loving care providers. Her family wants to thank Janet, Sally, Sherri, Gayle, Maggie and Lee for their kindness and compassion in helping Charlotte. We would also like to thank OSF Hospice Care for their support.

 

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Downs or to the LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service.

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Betty J. Bunch

Betty J. Bunch, 77, of Farmer City, formerly of Mahomet, died in Weldon on Monday morning (Nov. 12, 2018). 

 

There will be a visitation Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sangamon Valley Christian Center, 200 W. Washington St., Mahomet, with a small service by Pastor Caleb Ingrum and Pastor Brent Roberson at 7 p.m. A graveside service will take place Friday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at Massac Memorial Gardens, Metropolis, with Pastor Gary Derossett presiding. Blair-Owens Funeral Home, Mahomet, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

Betty was born July 29, 1941, in Metropolis, to Glenn and Effie Halcom. She married Arthur Bunch on Dec. 17, 1961, in Metropolis. He preceded her in death, as well as one brother, Paul Halcom; and one sister, Carolyn Stoker. 

 

She is survived by two children, Dan (Debbie) Bunch of Mahomet and Jana (John) Eads of Weldon; two grandchildren, Daniella and Zack Hill of Grand Haven, Mich., and Derek Bunch of Chattanooga, Tenn.; along with two stepgrandsons, Tyler and Page Eads of Cissna Park and Benjamin Eads of Farmer City. 

 

Betty was a longtime member of Sangamon Valley Christian Center and also enjoyed attending services at Trinity Community Fellowship in Farmer City. She was a member of the Garden Club in Farmer City and enjoyed visiting with her friends at Imo's Cafe. 

 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Betty Bunch Memorial Fund, 7826 Buttercup Road, Weldon, IL 61882. 

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Deborah Skelton

Deborah Skelton, 67, passed away at 4:25 a.m. on November 9, 2018 at Heritage Health Ventures in Springfield, IL.

 

Deb was born on March 28, 1951 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Bernard and Mary (Rankin) Hildebrandt.

 

She is survived by her children: Christian (Amandah) Skelton and Elizabeth Skelton; one brother: Wayne Hildebrandt; one sister-in-law: Bert Hildebrandt; three grandchildren: Braden, Danny, and Bethanie Skelton.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Barney “Butch” Hildebrandt.

 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL. She loved spending time with her family and watching her favorite Chicago sports teams.

 

Deb chose to be cremated. A celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2018, at The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln with Rev. Brad Curtis officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018, also at The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL. Memorials may be made in Deb’s name to the family of Deborah Skelton. Burial at Hartsburg Union will be held at a later date.

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Eugene Pointer

Eugene Pointer, 86, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 7:30 P.M., Thursday, November 8, 2018, at his residence.

 

His funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Rev. Charliam Renner officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Eugene was born August 10, 1932, in Farmer City, Illinois, a son of Delbert & Edna Brown Pointer.

He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Pointer of Farmer City and brother, Phillip (Mary) Pointer of Rantoul. Also surviving are four nieces and two nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Charlotte West and brother, Delbert Dean Pointer.

 

Eugene was a mechanic at Pointer’s Garage in Farmer City for several years and a school bus driver for the Blue Ridge School District for several years. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Eugene was a member of the Woodlawn Country Club in Farmer City. He was known for his bicycle riding in DeWitt County.

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Jean Howry

Jean Howry, 83, of Clinton, IL passed away 10:10 A.M. November 11, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Celebration of Life services will be 4 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM Saturday at the funeral home. 

 

Memorials may be directed to FCC Neighborhood Care Center Food Bank.

 

Jean was born December 18, 1934 in Friendship, New York, the daughter of William and Argie (Calhoun) Jandrew. She married Darwin “Dob” Howry March 25, 1956 in Vernal, Utah. He passed away June 29, 2012.

 

Survivors include her children, Kelly Howry, Clinton, IL, Karen (Stuart) Campbell, Cary, NC, Kay (Tim) Bostwick, Hendersonville, TN, Koni (Ken) Lovett, Clinton, IL; 12 grandchildren, Travis, Kelsey, Allie, Jordan, Connor, Spencer, Tyler, Taysha, Tanner, Reese, Sadie, Betsy, and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Earl Jandrew, Allentown, NY, Donna (Gary) Fanton, Holley, NY, JoAnne Grover, Wellsville, NY, Helen (Bill) Hutchinson, Scio, NY. 

 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother, Dale Jandrew.

 

Jean worked at Webster School as a cook and for many years she worked at Gibson’s Ace Hardware in Clinton, IL. Everyone called her Jean or Mom or Grandma or GG. She loved being a grandmother and prioritized her family. She loved to plant seeds and nurture them into flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables. She was an excellent gardener, cook, baker and even fisherwoman. She enjoyed camping and traveling; she and Dob made many friends along the way pulling the fifth wheel and seeing most of North America. Jean saw beauty in things others didn’t, an old boot became a planter for chicks and hens, old jeans became Jackets by Jean. She adored a crowded dinner table and always had dessert. She would always squeeze in another plate for late joiners, all were welcome, and she always made plenty of food. Jean took meals to friends that couldn’t cook anymore. She loved to dance in the kitchen with Dob. Now Jean and Dob are dancing again.

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Lillian E. Ashley

Lillian E. Ashley, 93, of Farmer City, formerly of Bellflower, passed away 1:15 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 8, 2018) at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care

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A graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield. Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to Bellflower Christian Church.

 

Lillian was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Blue Ridge Township, Mansfield, a daughter of Roy E. and Lillian Grace Warnick Shobe. She married Hursel Ashley on April 9, 1949, in Farmer City. He passed away Oct. 23, 1980.

 

She is survived by her brother, Franklin Shobe, Bloomington; and two sisters, Mary Bartosik, Heyworth, and Betty J. Hendricks, Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

 

Lillian farmed with her husband in the Bellflower area. She was a member of Bellflower Christian Church; Senior Social Club, Bellflower; and Bellflower American Legion Auxiliary. Lillian was a volunteer with Farmer City Peace Meals for several years.

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Marsha Lynn (Williamson) Barnes

Marsha Lynn (Williamson) Barnes 65 of Clinton, Il. passed away 1:10 A.M. November 8, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

Services will be 10 AM Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Darren Barnhill officiating. Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to her Grandsons, Oliver and Isaac’s education fund.

 

Marsha was born February 24, 1953 in Grinnell, Iowa the daughter of the late Vernon and Vera (Freese) Williamson. She married Bernard D. Gaherty September 9, 1972 in Wapella, Il. She later married Joe Barnes June 2, 2018 in Clinton, Il.

 

Survivors include her Husband, Joe Barnes, Clinton, Il..; Daughters, Amy (Ben) Reed, Clinton, Il.; Jamie Gaherty, Normal, Il.; Grandsons, Oliver Reed, Clinton, Il.; Isaac Sorrell, Normal, Il. Several Nieces.

 

Marsha was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Brothers, 2 Sisters and Nephew, Scott Williamson.

 

Marsha was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. She had worked for Verizon, Bloomington, Il. retiring in 2003 after 33 years of service. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending every moment with them.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Nancy Carol Ramirez

Nancy C. Ramirez 71 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:23 A.M. November 5, 2018 at Sutter Coast Hospital, Crescent City, CA.

 

Services will be 11 AM Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Nancy C. Ramirez Memorial Fund.

 

Nancy was born July 18, 1947 in Evanston, IL the daughter of Norman C. and Edith E. (Whitt) Memmott.

 

Survivors include her children: Kenneth (Angie) Cardwell, Clinton, IL, Donald (Lora) Murillo, Aurora, CO, Michael (Karen) Murillo, Clinton, TN, Edith “Dee Dee” (Jeff) Hoke, Clinton, IL, Javier (Courtney) Ramirez, Brookings, OR; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers: Charles Memmott, New Mexico, FL, Michael (Valerie) Memmott, Surprise, AZ, and Richard (Sandy) Memmott, Appleton, WI.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law, and 2 grandsons.

 

Nancy had worked for Revere Copper and Brass Inc for 21 years then retired from Action Technology after 10 years. She enjoyed crafting, reading and loved her grandchildren and their activities.

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Barbara Helen Alvey

Barbara Helen Alvey, 82, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 10:43 A.M. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Le Roy Manor. 

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at St. Mary Church in Downs, Illinois. Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Friday, November 9, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois. A Rosary Service will be at 4:30 P.M., Friday, November 9, 2018, at the funeral home. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the McLean County Humane Society.

 

Barbara was born August 16, 1936, in Princeton, Illinois, to James R. and Celia S. Piasyk Herron. She married James Roger Alvey on May 21, 1960, in Wyanet, Illinois. He survives.

 

Barbara is also survived by her two sons, Brian Alvey of Gridley, Illinois, and Bruce (Laurie) Alvey of Bloomington, Illinois; two daughters, Lisa (Bill) Toohill of Le Roy, Illinois, and Lori (Larry) Baker of Colfax, Illinois; fourteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Robert Herron and daughter-in-law, Pam Alvey.

 

Barbara was a United States Navy veteran. She was a member of St. Mary Church in Downs and Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. She owned and operated Alvey’s Market in Gridley, Illinois, from 1975 - 1983 and then proceeded to work in the grocery business for many years until retirement in 2001.

 

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Edwin L. Morris

Edwin L. Morris, 68, passed away at 3:15 p.m. on November 5, 2018 at his home in Lincoln, IL.

 

Edwin was born on August 16, 1950 in Springfield, IL; son of Carl and Mary (Norris) Morris.


Surviving Edwin are his children: Nathen (Kelli) Morris of Broadwell, IL and Tammy Cramer of Beech Grove, IN; one brother: Leon Morris of Sullivan, IL; six grandchildren: Amber, Charisse, Kaya, Matthew, Malachi, and Serenity; one great-grandchild: Jeremiah.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Chuck Morris. 

 

Cremation rites for Edwin will be accorded. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Barbara Lou Streich

Barbara Lou Streich, 74, of Maroa, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

 

Barb was born December 8, 1943 in Williamsville, Illinois, the daughter of Chester and Mary (Boyd) Wiles. She worked as a hostess in the restaurant and at the cosmetic counter at Carson Pirie Scott and owned and operated the Merchant Street Boutique. Barb was a member of the Maroa Christian Church and enjoyed flowers, country dancing, and traveling. She married Glen J. Streich April 30, 1961. They shared over fifty-seven years together.

 

Barbara leaves behind her husband Glen, daughter Suzy (Jim) Powell, grandchildren Brandon Powell, Bradley Powell, and Carmyn Randall Streich,

 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jimmy and Dickie Wiles, and son Robert Streich.

 

Services to celebrate Barb’s life will be 10:00 AM Monday, November 12, 2018 in the Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2-4 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maroa Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Arrangements by Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel, 4020 N. Water St. Decatur, view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

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Gertrud Harvey

Gertrud Harvey, 85, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Copper Creek Village in Lincoln.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 930 Pulaski Street in Lincoln. Cremation Rites have been accorded. 

 

Gertrud was born October 18, 1933, in Germany, the daughter of Rudolph and Margarete Post Rau.


She was united in marriage with Ellery Harvey on February 12, 1965. He preceded Gertrud in death on August 16, 2014.


She is survived by her children: David Harvey, Karen (Ed) Morrow, Linda Carter, and Tina (Frank) Gordon; eleven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.


Gertrud's hobbies included sewing, baking, fishing, and flower gardening.


Memorials may be made to Copper Creek Village.


Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Bettie J. Turner

Bettie J. Turner, 93, of Atlanta, passed away Monday (Nov. 5, 2018) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

 

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. Maurice Stribling will officiate. Burial will follow in the Atlanta Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Bettie Jean Menzel was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Lawndale, the daughter of Donald C. and Nelva Wise Menzel. She married Don Turner on Aug. 18, 1946, in Atlanta. He survives.

 

Bettie is also survived by their daughters, Sandra (Dennis) Smith, Susan Turner, Sheryl (Joe) Kaul and Sally (Gary) McGinnis; three grandchildren, Lora (Matt) Puckett, Scott Smith and Sarah Kaul; three adopted grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Ashleigh Smith; one brother, Donald C. Menzel Jr.; and special niece, Betsy Kindred Shifflet.

 

She was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Donna Jo Turner; one sister, Juanita Kindred; and her parents.

 

Bettie was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church. She enjoyed flower gardening and playing cards, her kids and grandkids, and family pets.

 

Memorials may be made to Atlanta Rescue Squad, Atlanta Christian Church or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta

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Noelle Martine Ritchhart

Noelle Martine Ritchhart, 78, passed away at 12:07 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL.

 

Noelle was born on February 19, 1940 in Metz, France; daughter of Emile and Edmonde (Pierot) LaCourt.

 

Noelle is survived by her children: Carrie (Sue Payne) Darlington of Cumming, GA, Jack (Becky) Darlington of Dallas, TX, Douglas (Danita) Harndon of Houston, TX; daughter-in-law: Marsha Darlington of Chatham, IL; son-in-law: Don Smith of Lincoln, IL; five grandchildren: Ylonda Robinson, Amanda Harndon, Nitashia Achas, Hannah Darlington, and Jade Darlington and six great-grandchildren. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son: Melvin Darlington Jr., one daughter: Patti Smith, and two siblings: Claude and Claudine.

 

Noelle retired from Lehn and Fink in Lincoln, IL after 33 years. She was a member of Lincoln Christian Church.

 

Services for Noelle will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (5:00-6:00 p.m.). 


Memorials may be made in Noelle’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Betty Jane (Runyen) Copher

Betty Jane (Runyen) Copher 73 of Maroa, IL passed away 6:02 A.M. November 6, 2018 at her family residence, Maroa, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Pastor C.Q. McMillion officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Friday at the funeral home,

 

Memorials may be directed to the Betty Jane Copher Memorial Fund

 

Betty was born November 30, 1944 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Elmer “Fat” and Betty (Vantries) Runyen. She married Russell Copher on June 29, 1970 in Decatur, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband: Russell Copher, Maroa, IL; children: Brenda Long, Mendon, IL, Donna (Donnie) Hiland, Augusta, IL, Stan (Burt) Brischle, Mt. Zion, IL; Rusty (Joshua Roberts) Copher, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Kelsey (Tyler) Creasy, Bowen, IL, Taylor (Jarrod) Rhodes, Decatur, IL; Lance (Paige) Hiland, Augusta, IL and Larissa Hiland, Augusta, IL; 9 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her pen-pal and very dear friend of over 64 years, Bernice McDermott of St. Marys N.S.W., Australia.

 

She was preceded in death by her Parents, grandchildren: Michael and Cassie Henze, brother, Ron Runyen, Sister-in-Law, Joyce Runyen.

 

Betty had worked at Revere Copper and Brass, Inc., and Wal-Mart, Clinton, IL. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, watching deer around Clinton, Il. and reading books.

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Frances Lois Glawe

Frances Lois Glawe, 90, of Farmer City passed away at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care on November 3, 2018. 


Frances was born on September 29, 1928, in Herrin, IL. She was the daughter of James and Dallas Hickok Wood. She graduated from Cairo High School and pursued her degree in education at Southern Illinois University, participating in the sorority Sigma, Sigma, Sigma while there. On June 8, 1952, she married Howard D. Glawe. 


Frances taught for 25 years, the majority of her career at Franklin School in Farmer City. While teaching, she obtained her Master’s from the University of Illinois. She enjoyed her students and colleagues and was a natural storyteller and artist. As a history buff, she relished the fact that she was a collateral descendant of ¨Wild Bill¨ Hickok and was sure to tell her students. During her career, she also served as an IEA delegate, 4H leader, and Bible school teacher. 


Howard and Frances purchased a family farm in 1965. They took great pride in their home, a farm full of special memories for their family, and formed life-long friendships with their country neighbors. During her retirement years, Howard and Frances traveled the country on Farm Bureau trips. Frances often returned to teaching as a substitute for the Blue Ridge School District. Never one to sit idle, Frances could usually be found sewing and creating, landscaping and collecting, and enjoying coffee with her treasured friends. 


She was preceded in death by her sister, Wilda Wood. Surviving are her husband and children Curtis (Julie) Glawe and Colleen Manuel of Farmer City, three grandchildren: Aaron (Kamie) Manuel, Andrea (Adam) Weedman, and Molly (Andrew) Schneman, and six great-grandchildren. 


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Monticello Faith in Action. 


A memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce funeral home in Farmer City and the burial service will take place at a future time.

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Virgil W. Shepherd

Virgil W. Shepherd, 74, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 10:22 P.M. Friday, November 2, 2018, at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Chat N Chew, Heyworth, Illinois, with Rev. Chuck Anthony officiating. A meal will follow the service. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.


Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Aleta J. Shepherd.


Mr. Shepherd was born June 19, 1944, in Lytleville, Illinois, to Harold and Ethel Hinthorne Shepherd. He married Aleta J. Arnold on September 30, 1963, in Heyworth, Illinois. She survives in Heyworth.


Virgil is also survived by his two sons, David (Eva) Shepherd and Jeff Shepherd all of Heyworth; one daughter, Penny (Jimmy) Boston of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Jennifer (Don) Klaus; Mike (Jennifer) Shepherd; Dan Shepherd; Jon (Lacey) Shepherd; and Brad (Ashley) Shepherd; James Dean Boston; Jesse Lawrence Boston; Jennifer Lynn Boston; Josh Matthew Boston; Jasmine Joleen Boston; Journey Nicole Boston; and Jessica Marie Boston; twenty-eight great-grandchildren and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Arizona; four brothers, Donald Shepherd of Bloomington, Tuffy (Lily) Shepherd of Clinton, Russell (Val) Shepherd of Philippe, WV, and Butch (Lisa) Shepherd of Missouri; and one sister, Phyllis of Clinton.


Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Ronnie Shepherd and one daughter, Carol Ann Shepherd.


He was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth, Illinois.

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Ruth H. Hoppin

Ruth H. Hoppin, 102, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Care in Lincoln. 

 

Ruth was born on October 16, 1916 in Dwight, IL, Grundy County, the daughter of William and Clara (Gantzert) Hoffman. She married Lt. Frederic B. Hoppin in Camp Adair, Corvallis, Oregon, August 14, 1943.

 

Frederic preceded her in death in 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Wayne and Reuel; and sister, Ethel.

 

Ruth is survived by her niece, Rebecca M. Wagner, Springfield, IL (daughter, Ariana Curtis, husband Scott and children, Riley, Jacob, and Elijah; son, Neil Wagner, children, Brady and Isabelle), nephew William M. Hoppin, Montana, (children, Jason, Jeremy, and Tim), nieces and nephews. 

 

Ruth was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, United Methodist Women, and Lincoln Woman’s Club. She was a member of Logan County Home Extension, American Association of University Women. Served on the Board of Cunningham Home, Urbana, IL. Ruth was a volunteer at St. Clara’s Manor, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and Postville Courthouse.

 

Ruth enjoyed sewing, crafts, bridge, and volunteer work.

 

Services for Ruth will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at The First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL with Pastor Michael Paulson officiating. Visitation will take place prior to the service from 9:30-11: 00 a.m. also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL. 


Memorial donations may be made in Ruth’s name to the First United Methodist Church or The Lincoln Woman’s Club. 


Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Timothy K. Holmes

Timothy K. Holmes 51 of Argenta, Illinois formerly of Salem, Il. passed away 12:16 A.M. November 3, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with David R.. Kenney officiating.  Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL with Military Honors.  Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the funeral home

 

Memorials may be directed to the Argenta-Oreana Fire Department.

 

Timothy was born March 3, 1967 in Salem, IL the son of Ronald and Judy (Belden) Holmes. He married Connie Howe March 27, 2004 in Argenta, IL.

 

Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Judy Holmes, Newton, IL; wife, Connie Holmes, Argenta, IL; children:  Tara (Chris) Duncan, Mt. Zion, IL; Patrick (Ann) Holmes, New York; Justin (Alexandria) Stephens, North Carolina; Michael (Samantha) Stephens, Argenta, IL; Timothy G. Holmes, Argenta, IL; Tyler Holmes, Argenta, IL; and Kati Scott, Kentucky; 6 grandchildren:  Seth (Alanna) Duncan; Brody, Cameron, Tucker, Alexa, and Marina;  2 great-grandsons, Easton and Jenson; niece, Allison and nephew, Collin; sister, Amy (Brad) Harris, Newton, IL; many aunts and uncles; and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

Timothy was a US Navy veteran.  He worked at Excelon Clinton Power Plant for 25 years.  Timothy was a member of I.B.E.W.  He was an avid videogamer.  He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

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Joseph T. "Joe" Daniels Sr.

Joseph T. “Joe” Daniels, Sr.  66 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:21 PM November 2, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Reg. Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Monday, November 5, 2018 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Strong Kids at the Y.M.C.A.

 

Joe was born March 31, 1952 in Clinton, IL the son of Harold and Jacquetta J. “Jackie” (Davis) Daniels. He married Cathy Weikel June 3, 1973 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Daniels, Clinton, IL; children, Joe (Michelle) Daniels, Jr., Bloomington, IL and Jill (Matt) Sullivan, Downers Grove, IL; 5 grandchildren:  McKinley, Ethan, and Kelsey Daniels; and Aidan and Kaylyn Sullivan;  siblings, Juanita (Jim) Morris, Clinton, Il.; and Harold (Emmy) Daniels, Jr., Clinton, Il.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Dale Weikel; and sister-in-law, Judy Hendricker.

 

Joe retired from Baum Chevrolet-Buick Body Shop after 30 years of service.  He enjoyed woodworking, knife making, and was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast.  Joe also enjoyed butchering deer for friends.  He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. 

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Michael J. Maher

Michael J. Maher 75 of Clinton, Il. passed away 2:55 PM October 31, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Il.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Monday, November 5, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning celebrant. Burial will follow at Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.

 

Michael was born July 5, 1943 in St. Louis, MO the son of John G. and Margaret (Milligan) Maher.

 

Survivors include his children: Troy (Terrie) Swan, Astoria, IL; Monty (Sherrie) McCombs, Lewistown, IL; Kelly (Michael) Erke, Danville, IL; Martin Maher, Jefferson City, MO; and Maggie (Casey) Holland, Clinton, IL; 10 grandchildren: Amy, Christopher, Marissa, Chase, Chelsey, Casey, Molly, Bridget, Raegan, and Harper; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters: Patricia Hemmersmeir, St. Louis, MO; Joan (Jim) Scott, St. Louis, MO; Kathleen (Vito) Adamos, St. Louis, MO.

 

Michael was preceded in death by his Parents, Step-Mother, and 1 Sister.

 

Michael served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Ameren Illinois Power Co. for 36 yrs. retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Elks Lodge Clinton, Il. and Osage Beach, MO

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Michael David Smith

Michael David Smith, 38, of Oreana, IL died October 29, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

 

Michael was born April 6, 1980 in Decatur, IL, the son of, Jeffrey Hunt and Nancy (Pierce) Smith.

 

Michael was an assembler for Caterpillar Inc. He was an avid sports fan and loved the mountains in Wyoming. His favorite teams were the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed playing chess with his grandfather, listening to music and spending time with his children and dogs.

 

Surviving are his fiancé, Ronda Paustian, mother of his children; their children: Ethan Smith of Oreana, Evan Smith of Oreana, Addison Smith of Oreana, Jewlya Paustian of Laramie, WY; parents: Jeffrey and Nancy Smith of Decatur; grandmother, Beverly Pierce of Decatur; aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his son Vincent, siblings, Matthew Donald and Lori Michelle, and grandparents, Fred Pierce, Donald and Majorie Smith.

 

Funeral service will be held 5:00 PM Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will follow from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday. Cremation rites will follow.

Memorials: Michael Smith Children Scholarship c/o Busey Bank.

 

Condolences may be left to his family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com

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Nora M. Emmons (Woodard)

Nora M. Emmons (Woodard), 93, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.


Nora was born on November 26, 1924 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of James A. and Mary (Wilson) Benedict. She married Vaughn Woodard on July 26, 1940 he preceded her in death on July 24, 1986. Nora later married Earl E. Emmons on October 12, 1991 he preceded her in death on August 18, 2003.


Nora is survived by her children, Richard Paul (Mary Kay) Woodard of Pekin, and Donna Meserole of Lincoln; her grandchildren, Jody (John) Vaughn, Eric (Tammy) Curry, Roger Dean (Jennifer) Stewart, Craig (Shelly) Shawgo, Kellee Miller, Michael Miller, Jana (Trent) Bryan; great-grandchildren, Heather Curry, Austin Curry, Madison Shawgo, Gage Shawgo, Ashley Stewart, Michael Stewart, Hunter Stewart, Luke Vaughn, Jack Vaughn, Holley Curry, Noah Scaff, Hope Scaff, and Kate Bryan; great-great-grandchildren, Ama LaCroix, Justin Miller, Kenley Schaub; and one step great-great-grandson, Derek Bryan.


Nora was preceded in death by her two husbands; her daughter, Anita Miller; 16 brothers and sisters, four grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.


Services for Nora will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018, at Faith Assembly of God in Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service, also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln.

 

Memorial donations may be made in Nora’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association, The National Breast Cancer Foundation, or Faith Assembly of God. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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