Delores J. Houston

Delores J. Houston of LeRoy died Dec. 7, 2018, in Normal.


She was born Sept. 27, 1933, in the rural Saybrook area, where she met and married Jack Houston. She had two children, Dennis Houston, deceased, and Candy Harrison, surviving. She is also survived by a grandson, Brandon (Alyssa) Houston, and her favorite of all, her great-grandchildren, Illeyna and Robbie Houston.


Delores worked hard her whole life, retiring from Eureka-Williams after many years of service and spending retirement with friends and family. She will be greatly missed.


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E. Edward "Ed" Hoffman

E. Edward “Ed” Hoffman 93 of Lovington, Il. passed away 10:15 A.M. December 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, Il.


Masonic Services will be at 1 PM Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL, followed by religious services with Larry Traxler officiating. Burial will follow at Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek, IL. Visitation will be 12- 1 PM on December 15, 2018, at the funeral home.


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


Ed was born August 16, 1925 in Clinton, IL, the son of William and Nellie (Poole) Hoffman. He married Evelyn June Marsh on April 10, 1949 in Maroa, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Evelyn June Hoffman, Lovington, Il.; Children, Ronald Edward (Janet) Hoffman, Fisher, IL; David Randall “Randy” Hoffman, Lovington, IL; Timothy Scott (Laura) Hoffman, Oakley, IL; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; siblings: Gene Hoffman, Clinton, IL and Faye Kaufman, Maroa, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.


Ed farmed all his life in Macon, Moultrie, Piatt and DeWitt Counties. He was well known for his custom work. Ed was a member of the Masonic Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.


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Margery C. Johnson

Margery C. Johnson, 81, of Monticello passed away at 8:53 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 9, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.


Margery was born Jan. 16, 1937, in Brazil, Ind. She married Frederick L. Johnson on Aug.18, 1957, in Terre Haute, Ind. 


Margery is survived by her husband, Frederick Johnson of Monticello; sons, David Johnson of Savanah, Ill., and Steven Johnson (Emma) of Farmer City; daughter, Sally Bower of Monticello; and grandchildren, Saylor Bower, Henifa Johnson and Victoria Bower.


She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Thelma Klatte, and a brother, Nelson Klatte.

Margery was a child care provider. Her hobbies included sewing, reading, cooking, crafts and gardening.


A private family memorial service will be held.


Memorial donations may be made to the Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill St., Urbana, IL 61801.


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Shirley Joy Gill

Shirley Joy Gill, 80, passed away at 9:41 a.m. on December 8, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.


Shirley was born on February 14, 1938 in Mt. Erie Township, IL; daughter of Bertram Wesley Sr. and Rosalind Modena (Best) Gillum. She married Glenn Gill Sr. on September 16, 1956 in Mt. Pulaski, IL. He preceded her in death on December 16, 2012.


Surviving Shirley are her children: Pamela (Eddie) Johnson and Brian (Bobbie) Gill; one brother: Paul W. (Fern) Gillum; one sister: Theara Sue (John Michael) Werschey; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters: Shirlene Gill and Rosalind Biggs, two sons: Jeffrey Wade Gill and Glenn Gill Jr, and her siblings: Bertram Wesley Gillum Jr., Donald W. Gillum, and Jerry W. Gillum.


Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, IL for many years. She loved spending time with her family and will be missed very much by them.


Services for Shirley will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday December 18, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Tami Werschey-Kessinger. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday December 17, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Shirley’s name to Safe Haven Hospice.


John "Jack" Scroggin

John "Jack” Scroggin, 91, of Mt. Pulaski passed away December 6, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.


Funeral services will be on Monday December 10th at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL, with visitation one hour prior to the 11:00 AM service, with Mark Weber officiating. Burial will follow the service at Steenburgen Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski, IL. 


Jack was born December 22, 1926 in Lincoln, IL, the son of Wesley A. and Helene E. (Shrader) Scroggin. He married his life-long friend and companion Joyce Baker on August 15, 1948. After serving in the US Army during World War II, he attended the University of Illinois and graduated with honors in 1950, majoring in accounting and agronomy. He also played in the marching Illini Band. 


After college, Jack returned to the family Seed business. He started out as a farm kid and ultimately became a Seed Industry Leader and the President of Bo-Jac Seed Company, which was founded by his father Wesley. He loved the challenges of the seed Industry and gave back in numerous ways including serving as President of the Illinois Seed Dealers Association, serving on US Congressman Robert H. Michel’s Ag Advisory Council and as a Director of the US Feed Grains Council. He traveled throughout the United States representing the US Feed Grains Council. 


Prior to his retirement, he served several terms; as a Deacon and Trustee at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, as a School Board member and on community Boards of Directors. 


Jack and Joyce loved attending Illinois football games, family get togethers, wintering in North Port, FL and traveling the world. Their trips took them to the far corners of the world including sailing down the Yangtze River in China, visiting the Taj Mahal in India to facing down a rhino while on an African Safari. No adventure was off limits to them. 


He is survived by his wife Joyce, daughter Pamela (Gary) Cooper, Lincoln, IL, son Tim (Karen) Scroggin, grandchildren Chad (Janette) Cooper, Heth (Sarah) Cooper all of Mt. Pulaski, Kyle (Jenny) Scroggin, Sherman, IL and Briana (Justin) Davsko, Chatham, IL and eight great grandchildren, Olivia, Kenneth, Audrey, Elliot, Maddox, Wyatt, John and Leo. Jack and Joyce celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer. 


He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.


Memorials in Jack’s honor may be made to The Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.


Mary Frances Riley

Mary Frances Riley, 84, formerly of Rantoul, passed away at 9:04 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home, Mattoon.


Mary was born August 30, 1934 in Beecher City, IL the daughter of Samuel R and Bertha A (Whitacre) Miller.  She married John D. Riley at the Beecher City Church of Christ on September 5, 1953.


Mary is survived by her husband, John D. Riley of Monticello, formerly of Rantoul; daughters, Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Fairchild of Monticello, Linda (Glen) Roberts of Champaign; sons, Dennis (Angela) Riley of Charleston, John David (Xin) Riley of Urbana, Scott (Dawn) Riley of Lakewood, CO; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray Miller of Streamwood, Frank (Bonnie) Miller of Beecher City; and sister-in-law Aileen Miller of Shelbyville.  


She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Mawyer, brother George Miller, and sister-in-law Nora Ellen Miller.


Mary was a homemaker and a day care provider.  She was a charter member of the Rantoul Christian Church.


Memorial services will be Sunday, December 16, at the Monticello United Methodist Church, 2020 E. Washington St., with the Rev. Kathy Sweet officiating.  Visitation is from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 5:00.


Interment will be held in Hubbartt Cemetery, Beecher City, at a later date.


Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.


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Robert E. Hupp

Robert E. Hupp, 90, of Oreana, IL, passed away, December 6, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.


Robert was born June 10, 1928 in Oreana, IL, the son of Thomas Edgar and Edith A (Hobbs) Hupp. He was a veteran of the US Army. He married Lois E. Ferrill on May 2, 1952 in Oreana, IL.


Robert was employed as an examiner for the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Testing Facilities retiring after 30 years of service. He had served from 1956 to 1980 on the Macon County Board and as Whitmore Township Supervisor. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, and longtime Little League coach in Oreana, IL.


Robert was inducted into the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame in 2018. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Cubs and Illini sports.


Surviving are his wife, Lois E. Hupp; sons, Larry E. Hupp of Decatur, IL, Roger E. Hupp of Oreana, IL, Alan R. Hupp (Eydie) of Oreana, IL; daughter-in-law, Lana J. Hupp; brothers, William Hupp (Aileen) of Evansville, IN, Paul Hupp (Jean) of Decatur, IL; sisters, Dorothy Adams of Forsyth, IL, Shirley Lechleiter of Forsyth, IL, Jane Miller of Hammond, IL; grandchildren, Pamela Daily (Matthew), Nathan Hupp (Jennifer), Stefanie Hupp, Whitney Hupp, Kaitlin Hupp, Jared Hupp, Cameron Hupp, Sabrina Behrends; great-grandchildren, Brenton Daily, Tyler Daily, Tessa Daily, Brayden Daily, Landon Hupp, Ryker Hupp, Kai Hupp, Zoey Behrends; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents; son, Duane E. Hupp and one infant son; brothers, Grundy, Keith, Herbert, Dale Hupp and sisters, Cressie Pope and Faye Walters.


Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Moran and Goebel Funeral Home. Burial will be at Friends Creek Cemetery in Oreana, IL.


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John R. Miller

John R. Miller, 93, of New Lenox, IL formerly of Maroa, IL passed away November 25, 2018.


A graveside services with Military Honors will be 10:30 AM, December 18, 2018 at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


A memorial service will be 10:30 AM January 12, 2019 at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL 60430.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army, 300 Third Avenue, Joliet, IL 60433 in memory of John R. Miller.


John was born March 11, 1925 in Springfield, IL the son of John Henry and Mae Miller. He married LaVonne Ward January 11, 1948 in Decatur, IL She passed away June 24, 2008.


Survivors include his daughters, Melissa M. Mickelberry, Oak Park, IL; Julia E. (John) Burns, Berwyn, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


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Lori Barnes

Lori Ann Barnes, 56, of Clinton, passed away at 9:05 A..M. Friday, December 7th, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, in Normal Illinois.


Services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Texas Christian Church or Second Chance For Pets.

Lori was born April 7th, 1962 in Clinton, the daughter of Charles “Dave” and Lily Fern Allan. She married Brad Barnes on September 24th, 1994, in Clinton, and will be dearly missed by both her Mom and her Dad, and she will be watching you from Heaven, Dave.


You too, Pope.


Survivors include her beloved husband, Brad Barnes, of Clinton; She dearly loved her family and friends. Lori has two daughters, Jennifer Perkins-McGinnis, (Jerade) of Cooksville, and Christina Bateson (Steven) of Clinton. Lori is blessed with four grandchildren; Sierra Wickenhauser, Wyatt McGinnis, of Cooksville; Jordyn and Joshuah Bateson, of Clinton. She was preceded in death by her beloved brother “Pete”.


She loved to cook and spend time with her family. She was very dedicated to her husband, children, and grandchildren, and remained steadfast in her faith.


Lori and her entire family wish to extend their deepest and most sincere thanks for the care, comfort and loving support provided to her by the courteous, professional and sympathetic staff at Advocate BroMenn. To those of you who called her Sweetpea, and Miss Lori, thank you.


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Velma J. Thayer

Velma J. Thayer 81 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:05 PM December 6, 2018 at The Loft Rehabilitation and Nursing of Normal, Illinois.


A time to celebrate Velma’s life will be 10 – 11 AM, Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. The family requests casual attire. Immediately following the visitation, graveside services will be held at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.


Memorials may be directed to the DeWitt County Friendship Center.


Velma was born January 23, 1937 in Clinton, IL the daughter of W. L. and Mildred (Shriver) Myers. She married Richard R. Thayer May 28, 1955. He passed away July 29, 1991.


Survivors include her children: Rick Thayer, Clinton, IL; Debra Redman, Clinton, IL; and Lori (Dennis) Harris, Clinton, IL; 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; siblings: Ileen (Jack) Schumacher, Clinton, IL and Barbara (John) Lund, Florida.


She was preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers.


Velma loved sewing and quilting. She worked at The Shack Restaurant for several years. Velma loved her grandchildren and spending time with her family.


Patricia (Pat) Joan Wright

Patricia (Pat) Joan Wright, 78, of Farmer City, passed away peacefully on December 5th at 10:12 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital surrounded by all of her children and grandchildren.


Pat was born on October 15, 1940 in Bloomington IL, daughter of Hope and Cecil Hendren. She married James (Jim) Wright on June 29th, 1957 in Farmer City, IL.


Surviving are her devoted loving husband Jim; children Peggy Huffstutler, Marty Wright (Brenda), Julie Roth (Scott), Jennifer Plunk (Ron), and Jamie Wright (Tyson); grandchildren Elizabeth Majernik (Matt), Tyler Roth (Sarah), Dory O’Brien (Matt), Jordann Costa (Terry), Justin Roth, Christopher Plunk (Brittany), Taylor Poppe (Phillip), and Jack Plunk (Peyton); ten great-grandchildren; and sisters Joyce Wells (Bill) and Judy Fondrk (Terry).


She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son, James Douglas.


Pat was a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed shopping and traveling. Most of all she was very proud of her family and loved nothing more than spending time with all of them. The highlight of her day was receiving a phone call or text from her grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on December 10th and the funeral service will be on December 11th at 1:30 p.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City with Rev. Charles Brannock officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leibow Family. The memorials will assist her special 9 year old cousin, Emma Leibow, who is battling neurofibromatosis.


Carol L. Williams

Carol L. Williams 51 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:50 PM November 28, 2018 in Bloomington, IL.


Services will be 3 PM, Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Visitation will be 1 – 3 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be 2 PM, Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.


Memorials may be directed to ASPCA.


Carol was born June 26, 1967 in Aberdeen, MD the daughter of Paul Eugene and Gloria (Hamilton) Williams.


Survivors include her siblings, Deborah Brems, Forsyth, IL; Steven Williams, Ina, IL; nephews Christopher Brems, Gainesville, FL and Eric (Rosalie) Brems, Forsyth, IL; niece, Elizabeth Williams, Sidney, IL.


Carol worked at the Bloomington Post Office for 23 years.  She enjoyed puzzles and cats.


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John D. Lichtenwalter

John D. Lichtenwalter, 70 of Normal, Il. passed away 8:10 A.M. December 4, 2018 at Lincoln Christian Nursing Home, Lincoln, IL.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.



Sharon Marie Dawson Miller

Sharon Marie Dawson Miller, 86, of St. Augustine, FL, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 29, 2018 after a brief illness. 

Sharon was born on May 27, 1932 in Weldon, IL to Samuel and Huldah (Bebie) Dawson.  Sharon spent her early years on a farm near Weldon IL, but later moved into Weldon to live with her grandparents and aunt and to attend high school. There she met her future husband, Jim, and they were married on July 16, 1951 and settled in Clinton. Sharon was active in the local community and was employed as a bookkeeper for over 20 years by the Clinton Community Unit School District. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, the YMCA, the DeWitt County Republican’s Women’s Club, the Elk’s and Eagles Auxiliaries, the Friends of Weldon Springs, and the Friends of the Warner Library. She was also an avid Illini fan.  In 1979, Sharon undertook a grass root door-to door campaign to homes throughout Clinton, and as a result became the first woman ever elected to serve on the Clinton City Commission. 

After enjoying the early years of their retirement rotating between Illinois and Florida, Jim and Sharon gave up their seasonal snowbird migration patterns in 2001 to become full time residents of St. Augustine.  Besides enjoying the winter warmth, Sharon also relished the role of grandmother to twin granddaughters and a grandson also living in St. Augustine. She was incredibly proud to be present  when both twins recently graduated from the University of Florida. Sharon was a member of the Shores Methodist Church and took great enjoyment in meeting with her Early Morning Coffee group at Publix.  Sharon was an avid reader and a great fan of Tim Tebow, whom she followed from his earliest days when she would listen to Nease High School football games on the radio.  Sharon was a kind, loving, and generous individual and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. 

Sharon is survived by her sons, Wayne (Laure) Miller of Peoria, IL, Steve Miller of St. Augustine; 5 grandchildren, Brandon (Tina) Miller of Bettendorf, IA, Elizabeth (Timothy) Arvin of Peoria, IL, Marcus Miller, of Frisco, CO, Nicolle Miller of Gainesville, FL, and Stephanie Miller of St. Augustine,  FL; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and three sisters. 

Cremation rites will be accorded through St. John’s Funeral Home in St. Augustine, FL.  Visitation and a service celebrating her life will be held on December 15, with service at 11am and visitation at 10am. 

Memorials can be made to The Weldon Springs Foundation, P.O. Box 323, Clinton, IL 61727.


Harold "Jack" Bray

Harold “Jack” Bray 74 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:59 PM December 3, 2018 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.


A time to celebrate Jack’s life will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 


Memorials may be directed to the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900 or the Jack Bray Memorial Fund.


Jack was born January 9, 1944 in Bloomington, IL the son of Albert and Violet (Rodgers) Bray. He married Erma L. Waters on September 1, 1972 in Weldon, IL. 


Survivors include his wife, Erma L. Bray, Clinton, IL; children: David A. (Annabell) Wilson, Ft. Worth, TX; Angie M. Bray, Flagstaff, AZ; Stephanie D. Scott, Salem, IL; Amy L. (Rob) Stephens, Bloomington, IL; Andrew J. Bray, Bloomington, IL; and Jacque L. Drake, Bloomington, IL; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; siblings: Tom (Thora) Bray, Clinton, IL; Wanda (Roger) Mix, Clinton, IL; Helen Wilson, Clinton, IL; Dennis (Carol) Bray, Clinton, IL; Norma (Ron) Brown, Bloomington, IL; and 2 special kids: Murphy Leigh and Lucy Bell.


Jack was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Robert Dean Bray.


I cried today…a true friend has graduated into the Kingdom of God. Jack “Big Bear” Bray an FCF Wilderness Member, was rough, rugged, tough, was a man’s man. But could be as gentle as a kitten and was one of the closets friends I have ever had. “But the most beautiful things in life are not things. They’re people, and places, and memories, and pictures. They’re feelings, and moments, and smiles, and laughter.” So, rejoice in the fact that he knew Jesus personally and has now met Him face to face.


Britta Borgeson Harris

Britta Borgeson Harris passed away peacefully Friday (Nov. 30, 2018) at her home in Lincoln.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Thomas Murray Harris, who died on Sept. 18, 2018, and her eldest daughter, Janet Jorgine Harris, in 1974.


She is survived by her children, Jean (Doug) Brown, LaGrange; Dr. John (Tamara) Harris, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Julie Larson, Lincoln; Thomas (Regina) Harris Jr., Lincoln; and 12 grandchildren, Renee Brown, Andrew Brown, Phillip Brown, Janet Brown, Savannah Harris, John Harris Jr., Genevieve (Nathan) Neal, Britta (Kyle) Venstrom, Christina Larson, Thomas Harris III, Katherine Harris and Dean Harris.


Britta was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Chicago, the only child of Hilma and Harold Borgeson. She graduated from Carl Schurz High School in Chicago in 1945, and Northwestern University in 1949, where she studied political science. In 1975, Britta earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois. She earned a second master's degree in legal studies from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield) in 1979.


Britta and Tom Harris were married on April 15, 1950, and moved to Lincoln, where they raised their five children. Tom practiced law for 63 years with the Lincoln law firm of Harris and Harris. Britta taught political science at Lincoln College. She also worked for the Center for Legal Studies at Sangamon State University as a legal researcher and helped develop the school's paralegal program. She authored grant proposals as well as numerous articles on elder abuse and the transportation needs of seniors.


Britta worked to improve the Logan County community in innumerable ways. She served as president of the Logan County League of Women Voters, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital board trustee, Abraham Lincoln Health Care Foundation board member, and Community College Task Force member (which worked to establish the Heartland Community College District). She was appointed by Gov. James Thompson to the Illinois Counsel on Aging and was an appointed member of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.


Britta served as chairman of the Logan County Senior Citizens Center Committee, where she obtained federal funding for the establishment of Lincoln's Oasis Senior Citizen Center, and later served as its project director. She also served on the boards of the Union Cemetery Association and Chester-East Lincoln School, was a charter member of the Logan County Mental Health Association, and was active in the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln.


Britta and Tom lived outside of Lincoln, where they built their family's home and Britta created gardens and an oasis of greenery. She filled her life with all things beautiful in nature. When Britta wasn't reading or writing, or researching family genealogy, she was outside working. She instilled in her children an intellectual curiosity, and by her example, taught them to value family above all else. Her grandchildren loved and revered her.


Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with The Rev. Michael Paulson officiating. Burial will be in the New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.


Memorials may be made to the Janet Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lincoln College, the Oasis Senior Citizen Center or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.


Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.


Ruth E. Hitchens

Ruth E. Hitchens, 98, of Decatur, IL passed away at 11:50 PM, December 1, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Forsyth United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Maxwell officiating.  Burial will be 1 PM Thursday at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton, IL.  Visitation will be 9:00 – 10:30 AM Thursday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the Forsyth United Methodist Church, Forsyth, IL or the Kenney United Methodist Church, Kenney, IL.


Ruth was born June 13, 1920 in Buffalo Hart, IL the daughter of Ben F. and Blanche (Andrews) Hoff.  She married Leslie George Hitchens, Jr. on January 7, 1938 in Covington, IN.  He passed away June 1, 2003.


Survivors include her children: Richard Hitchens (Karole Johnson), Oreana, IL; Cheryl Lehman, Forsyth, IL; and Charlene (Ron) Letterly, Leesburg, FL and Springfield, IL; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 son in infancy; 1 brother and 1 sister; and son-in-law, Norman Lehman.


Ruth was a member of the Kenney United Methodist Church.  She was a member of the Bookkeepers Book Club and Home Betterment, Forsyth, IL.  Ruth retired from Spector Freight where she of an office clerk.


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Phyllis M. Keeling

Phyllis M. Keeling, 71, of Clinton, IL passed away at 4:25 AM, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, IL. 


Arrangements are incomplete at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.


Frances M. Read

Frances M. Read, 93, of Lincoln, IL passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Clara's Rehab and Senior Center, Lincoln, IL.


Arrangements are incomplete at Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL


Robert S. Prewitt

Robert S. Prewitt, 72, of McLean, died on Thursday (Nov. 29, 2018) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


Cremation rites will be accorded. A private memorial service will be held.


Robert Steven Prewitt was born March 30, 1946, in Lexington, the son of Elmer and Fern Sullivan Prewitt. He married Sara Moore. She survives.


Robert is also survived by their children, Kelly Steven Prewitt, April Fralick, Angela Coindreau, Richard Fralick, and Robert R. Prewitt; six grandchildren, Jessica, Taylor, Alexis, Adrian, Isabella, and Christopher; seven great-grandchildren: Chase, Carter, Clayton, Landon, Daisy, Skylar, and Kennedy; one sister, Eleanor Arbogast; nieces, Jamie and Carol; and nephew, Little Earl.


He was preceded in death by two brothers, when they were young, and one grandson, Cody.


Robert Steven had worked as a manufacturing steel fabricator and volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader in Bloomington. He also owned Freedom Fabrication in McLean.


Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.


William Bryan Smith

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. A private burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be 5:30 – 7:30 PM Monday, December 3, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with a prayer service at 5:30 PM at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Special Olympics.


Bill was born November 3, 1924 in Clinton, IL the son of William Frances and Vira (Bryan) Smith. He married Mary Anne Maurer June 22, 1946. She passed away January 5, 1968. He later married Elaine C. Bart September 21, 1968 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Elaine C. Smith, Clinton, IL; children; William Scott (Lisa) Smith, Richmond, VA; Thomas Patrick (Debra Jean) Smith, Scottsdale, AZ; James Michael (Vicky) Smith, Midlothian, VA; Laurie Ann (William) Campbell, Glasgow, Scotland.

14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Stephen (Jackie) Smith, Clinton, IL; Marilyn Bielenberg, Peoria, IL, along with many nieces and nephews


Bill was preceded in death by his Parents and 1 Son; Joseph Kerry “Jody” Smith.


Bill served his country during WW II as a Radio Operator in a C46 cargo plane. He served in the India/Burma theater on the first combat cargo group of the Army Air Corp. He flew “The Hump” during two years of service there. Bill was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and a trustee of the church for many years. He practiced law in Clinton for 46 years. He was a past Director serving on the Dr. John Warner Hospital Board and the John Warner Bank Board. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, high alpine hiking, camping, skiing and the Gourmet Club. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

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Shirley Nell Evans

Shirley Nell Evans, 82 of Clinton, Illinois died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in the Christian Village of Lincoln.


A funeral service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held at Twelve noon Monday, December 3, 2018 in the First Christian Church of Clinton. Visitation will be the two hours before the service at the church. Burial will be immediately following in the Memorial Park Cemetery of Clinton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.


Shirley was born December 24, 1935 the daughter of Lloyd and Edna (Pugh) Willis. She was the owner of the Sears Catalog Store in Clinton and a crossing guard for Clinton Schools. Shirley married Harrold Walker Evans, Sr. on April 7, 1952. He preceded her in death August 9, 1990. Shirley loved children and babysitting and was referred to as Grandma Shirley by many.


Surviving are her son, Timothy P. (Lori) Evans of Clinton, grandsons, Shawn (Raci) Evans of Clinton, Brian (Kaitlin) Evans of Orion, and Steven Evans of Clinton, great grandson, Ellis Evans and one great grandson on the way, step-sister, Ludene Black, and step-brother, Michael Willis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Harrold Walker Evans Jr., a granddaughter, Dixie Nikole Evans, and three sisters, Betty Burris, Donna Lloyd Stone, and LaThorne Leach.


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