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.


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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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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


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


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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