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Rodney Eric Westray

Rodney Eric Westray, 53, of Clinton, IL, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Rodney was born on May 9, 1966 in Clinton, IL to parents, John and Sheryl (Kraft) Westray. He graduated from Clinton Community High School in 1984 and remained a resident of Clinton his entire life.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, John; mother, Sheryl; and brothers, Jeff and Billy.

He is survived by his brothers, Mark (Sonya) Westray of Colorado Springs, CO, David (Jean) Westray of Eureka, IL, and Brett Mills of Harvel, IL; sister, Terra (Chris) Daykin of Taylorville; daughter, Erica (Silas) Taylor of Kenney, IL; step-children, Ashley (Cody) Danison of Clinton, IL and Keith and Blade Rachal of FL; beloved step-mother, Phylis Westray of Taylorville, IL; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends who were like family.

Rodney was a manager at Clinton McDonald’s for many years and had been a security guard for Wackenhut Security in Bloomington. Anyone who knew Rodney knew that he had a love for life. Even through his death, he chose to give life to others by being a Gift of Hope donor. He had a passion for many things, including weather, sports, and anything from the 80s. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Cremation will be provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Please visit lincolnlandcs.com to offer your condolences.

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Larry Leon Fisher

 Larry “Smiling Larr” Leon Fisher, 54 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:50 AM September 14, 2019 at his family home in Clinton, IL.

 

Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.  Services will be 11 AM Friday, September 20, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Dean Alger and Pastor Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.

 

Larry was born January 31, 1965 in Paducah, KY, the son of Lowell and Donna (Wigley) Fisher. He married Jeanne Bazzell April 22, 1987 Gilbertsville, KY.

 

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Fisher, Clinton, IL, parents, Lowell and Donna Fisher, Argenta, IL, children, Jennie (Jason) Byrd, Minier, IL; Casey Fisher, Bloomington, IL; and Mackenzie (Shay) Starkey, Bloomington, IL, grandchildren, Jaxson Byrd and Lucy Fisher, siblings, Jason (Lonni) Fisher, Decatur, IL; and Melissa Baldassari, Clinton, IL, and father-in-law, Gene Bazzell, Arrowsmith, IL.   He dearly loved all his nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Virginia Wigely, Albert and Ruby Johns, mother-in-law, Phyllis Bazzell, and grandmother-in-law, Leona Younger.

 

Larry loved working for Exelon in Clinton on the Finn Team and in the Mechanical Maintenance Department. He also enjoyed Hunting, Classic cars and Gun and knife Smithing. He raced stock cars and wrestled in High School and Achieved Eagle Scout Rank at the age of 14, always excelling in everything he did. 

 

Memorials may be directed to the Lucy Fisher Education Fund.

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Curtis Wilson

 Curtis Wilson 78 of Maroa, IL passed away September 13, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the First Christian Church, Decatur, IL with Pastor Wayne Kent officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, Decatur, IL.

 

Curtis was born February 22, 1941 in Forsyth, Il. the son of Roy A. and Mildred I. (Fox) Wilson. He married Juanita M. Williams June 25, 1961 in Forsyth, Il.

 

Survivors include his wife, Juanita M. Wilson, Maroa, IL, children, Tamara R. Stockon, Stonington, IL; Jeffrey A. (Julie) Wilson, Lake Forest, IL; Melissa R. (Mark) Kopec, Lutherville, MD, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, brother, LeRoy (Ruth Ann) Wilson, Clinton, IL.

 

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Rodgers.

 

Curtis considered it an honor to be a Sunday School Teacher for 25 years. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Decatur after 32 years of service. Curtis loved fishing, golfing and people. He was a member of First Christian church in Decatur. 

 

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Kola and also the Zelhart family.

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G.A. Nobles

 G.A. Nobles 79 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 11:54 A.M. September 11, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

Services will be 2 P.M. Saturday September 14, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Cody Monkman officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.Visitation will be from 1 – 2 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the G.A. Nobles Memorial Fund.

 

G.A. was born March 6, 1940 in Hartley, Texas, the son of Gordon and Merle (Taylor)  Nobles. He married Carolyn J. Moody September 4, 1981 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn J. Nobles, Clinton, Il; children Blake (Tina) Nobles, Sheridan, Arkansas, Karla (Eddie) Anderson, Sheridan, Arkansas, Carol (Jeremy) Arteman, Wapella, IL, Diane Morris, Clinton, IL, Thomas Harris, Clinton, IL, and Paul Harris, Clinton, IL; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; 1 brother Doug (Susan) Nobles, Newcastle, Oklahoma.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

G.A. worked out of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local #619, Vicksburg, Mississippi. He loved watching NASCAR.

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Lois June Cheatham

Lois June Cheatham… daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend… passed from this life and gained her heavenly reward September 11, 2019. 

 

Services will be 11 A.M. Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 10 to 11 A.M. Monday, September 16, 2019 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly or Harbor Light Hospice.

 

June was born in Greenville IL June 13, 1929, the daughter of Lloyd and Claudia (Merry) Hunter.  June was a lifelong resident of Illinois until moving to Olathe KS in the spring of 2014, when she became a resident at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  Farm life dominated her childhood years and continued when she married Kenneth Luwayne Cheatham the summer of 1948.  Ken and June began their married life as a part of the farming community in Greenville, until Ken sustained a back injury that lead him to a career with Farm Bureau.  Ken’s participation with FFA resulted in his receiving the Star Farmer Award in 1948.  Connections with the Young Farmers and Ranchers, not only in Illinois but throughout the country resulted in promotions within Farm Bureau which gradually shifted them north in the state, bringing them to their residence in the Wheaton area. 

 

Ken and June were blessed with two sons and a daughter..  Sadly, their second son, Roger, died suddenly as a result of a work-related accident in February of 1992.  June maintained the home and responsibilities with their children as Ken’s travel with work continued.  June’s love for home life and her devotion as a wife and mother were paramount.  Her favorite place at home was the kitchen.  She was an excellent cook and managed meals for family and others, no matter the size. Their farming roots continued with bountiful vegetable gardens every summer, in the landscaping around their home, and June’s love of flowers... pansies were a favorite. When their children were grown, June worked in retail sales for men’s and women’s fine clothing.  Her eye for fashion continued even at the nursing home. 

 

Throughout their marriage, church and faith were evident and a strong component in their lives.  Both Ken and June were Bible School teachers, Vacation Bible School volunteers, led children in junior church, hosted guests from their church in their home, and were strong influences for Christ throughout their marriage.  Both sons attended Lincoln Christian University and served the local church..  Daughter, Jean, attended Wheaton College with a degree in education.  June’s most recent connection with the church was with the Young at Heart group at First Christian Church, Clinton.  Serving alongside her friends, she cooked and helped provide funeral meals for many years.

 

June is preceded in death by her parents, a son (Roger Keith) in 1992, her husband in 1998 and a great grandson (Archer Courage) in 2010.  June is survived by a son, Greg (Nancy) Cheatham of Olathe KS; a daughter, Jean Williams of Glen Allen VA; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Cheatham of Clinton IL; brother, Bill (Patty) Hunter of Greenville; seven grandchildren (Stefanie, Allyson, Chelsea, Carson, Courtney, Kate, Kenny); thirteen great grandchildren (Noah, Hayden, Chase, Gage, Gunnar, River, Finley, Linden, Harper, Peyton, Preston, Thomas, and Judah); a niece and nephew. 

 

Our greatest confidence is in our Lord Jesus Christ and the heavenly home He has prepared for those in the family of faith.  We like to imagine Ken and June together on a celestial front porch, overlooking beautiful farmland, enjoying coffee together.

 

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  Prov. 31:29-30

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Erma P. Drabing

Erma P. Drabing, 93, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.

 

Graveside Services for Mrs. Drabing will be held on Wednesday, September  11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Roaches Chapel Cemetery in rural McLean.

 

Erma Pauline Karrick was born on July 4, 1926, in Paxton, the daughter of Orvil and Iona Lang Karrick. She was united in marriage to John Drabing on December 31, 1971. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2012.

 

Surviving are her children: Lawrence (Susan)McGuire, Ron (Connie) McGuire, Rosie Price, Ruth (Melvin) Henrichsmeyer, and Susan (Scott) Reinhart; one brother: Lynn Karrick; 12 grandchildren, 22 great -grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and four sisters.

 

Erma was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church and Atlanta Women's Club. She was also a former 4-H Leader and Girl Scout Leader.

 

Erma loved her homemade wine made by her nephew, traveling, camping, and her grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Vonderlieth Living Center or the Atlanta Rescue Squad.

 

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

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Patricia Anne Thompson

Patricia Anne Thompson, 70 of Lane, IL passed away 5:50 AM September 3, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Private graveside services will be held at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Patricia was born October 9, 1948 in Mansfield, OH the daughter of Jack and Beverly (Reynolds) Parker. She married Merle Lee Thompson in 1965 in Mansfield, OH. He passed away October 30, 2007.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Laura (Randy) Keller, Lane, IL; Nicole Brockman, Clinton, IL; and Angela (Jim) Ball, Clinton, IL.. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren:  Jacob Keller, Jessica Keller, Patty Jo Thompson, Kaitlynn Thompson, Elizabeth Neal, David Neal, Anna Neal, and Jimmy Ball.

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Benjamin Lee Nixon

 Benjamin Lee Nixon passed away at the age of 65 in his home on August 31, 2019.

 

The family will gather for a private memorial later this month.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Ben was born July 19, 1954 in Clinton, IL the son of J.. Sheldon and Margaret (Tuggle) Nixon.  He graduated from Clinton High School in 1972 and was an accomplished athlete.  He joined the United States Army and honorably served his Country.  Upon return from the service, Ben raised a family while working as a diesel mechanic.

 

He is survived by two adult sons, Paul and Damon Nixon; four brothers:  Larry (Jill) Nixon, Arlington, VA; Jim Nixon, Clinton, IL; Charles Douglas (Carolyn) Nixon, Mapleton, IL; William Frederick (Brenda) Nixon, Fishers, IN; two sisters:  Kathy (Denny) Rich, Clinton, IL; Marjorie (Steve) Parrott, Eugene, OR; sister-in-law Lisa Nixon, Paducah, KY; and three grandchildren in Clinton.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Rodger David Nixon.

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Joyce Dianne Whittington

 Joyce Diane Whittington 67 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 11:25 A.M. August 23, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Il.

 

A Celebration of Joyce’s Life will be 10 AM, Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Aron Stine officiating. 

 

Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the Diabetes Association, or the American Cancer Society.

 

Joyce was born May 10, 1952 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Orman Ray “Doc” and Genevie (Bray) Dyer.  She married Art C. Whittington February 10, 1979 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Art C. Whittington, Clinton, IL; mother, Genevie Dyer, Clinton, IL; children, Bradley O. (Rachel) Dyer, Waynesville, IL and William R. Whittington-Burba, Clinton, IL; 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and brother, Orman (Yvonne) Dyer, Clinton, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her father.

 

Joyce enjoyed farming.  She especially loved spending time with her family.

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Bonnie Lewis

 Bonnie Lewis 69 of Clinton, IL passed away 12:54 PM August 23, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 10-11 AM at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Bonnie Lewis Memorial Fund

 

Bonnie was born October 3, 1949 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Paul Edison and Martha (Palmer) Devenbaugh. She married J. Lynn Lewis May 23, 2000 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, J. Lynn Lewis, Clinton, IL, children, Antonio James (fiancé Rebecca Hood) Eads, Clinton, IL; and Abraham I. (Stephanie) Helfand, Clinton, IL, grandchildren, Taelor Nikol Eads; Morgan Alexis Eads and Hunter James Eads; Alyvia Ann Helfand and Alania Grace Helfand, sister, Martha Jean (Ron L.) Ester, Broken Arrow, OK.

 

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

 

Bonnie worked at Warner Hospital and Health Services for many years.  She also ran ABC Daycare and Preschool. 

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Beverly Smith

Beverly Jean Smith 75 of Sullivan, IL passed away 9:00 PM August 21, 2019 at her family residence, Sullivan, IL.

 

Graveside Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL with Kenny Bontrager officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Beverly Smith Memorial Fund.

 

Beverly was born April 28, 1944 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Everett and Lois (Danner) Zientara.  She married Jim Loney who passed away May 7, 1978.  She later married Claude Donald Smith.

 

Survivors include her son, Don (Lisa) Loney, Sullivan, IL, sister, Linda (Elmer) Clark, Clinton, IL, many nieces and nephews, and special friend, Ruth Curry, Decatur, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Ronald Zientara and Mike Zientara.

Beverly enjoyed playing Solitaire on the computer, and she loved her animals; especially her dogs, Chico and B.J.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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James Jerome Baker

James Jerome “Jerry” Baker 67 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 8:03 PM August 18, 2019 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, Il.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Friday, August 23, 2019 at First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, August 22, 2019 at First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Jerry Baker Memorial Fund.

 

Jerry was born March 5, 1952 in Champaign, IL the son of Arthur Donald and Mary Ann (Foulks) Baker. He married Adrian L. Packer June 24, 1995 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Adrian L. Baker, Clinton, Il.; children: Tyler W. (Sondra) Baker, Clinton, IL; Cassie (John Eckley) Baker, Lincoln, IL; Kyle (Lisa) Bourne, Bloomington, IL; Keri Raymer, Clinton, IL; 6 grandchildren:  Alex, Zackary, Kylie, Hannah, Ethan, and Layney;

siblings, Donald Steven (Barbara) Baker, Lake Mills, Wisconsin; Arthur “Artie” Baker, Oklahoma; Barbara (Gary) Twist, Peoria, IL; special family:  Della Cooper, Clinton, IL and her family. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and Thomas F. Cooper.

 

Jerry’s passions were farming and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton, IL and had worked for Clintonia Township for many years.

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Ruth Ann Durbin

 Ruth Ann Durbin 79 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 12:25 PM August 18, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Il.

 

Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to the John Warner Hospital Foundation.

 

Ruth was born October 6, 1939 in Birkbeck, IL the daughter of Earl and Oleta (Henson) Jiles.  She married Gary Duane Durbin in 1958 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her children,  Richard Durbin, Kenney, IL and Don (Annette) Durbin, Ashland, IL, 1 grandson, Josh Durbin, Clinton, IL, 1 great-granddaughter, Stephanie Durbin,  Clinton, IL,  several step grandchildren, and step great-grandchildren, siblings,  Barbara (Gene) Willoughby, Clinton, IL; David Jiles, Florida; and Jim (Robin) Jiles, Sevierville, TN. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings:  Alice Bolin and Robert Jiles; and her ex-husband in 2009.

 

Ruth worked at the Warner Hospital and Health Services for over 30 years.  She enjoyed taking trips and traveling, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

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Douglas Irwin

Douglas D. Irwin, 48, of Springfield formerly of Beason passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

 

A Celebration of Doug's Life will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Christian Church with Rev. Brian Mills officiating.

 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, August 13, 2019  from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  at the Lincoln Christian  Church.

 

Burial will be held at a later date at Harmony Cemetery in rural Beason.

 

Douglas Dale Irwin was born on December 11, 1970 in Lincoln the son of Maurice Evan and Karen Sue McKown Irwin.


They survive.

 

Also surviving are his daughter: Allison (fiancee: Eric Kuhns) Irwin, Two brothers: David (fiancée : Rachel Lessen) Irwin, Tom (Laura) Irwin.

 

Doug graduated from the Lincoln Community High School in 1989, Parkland Community College and the University of Illinois.

 

He will be remembered for his athletic ability having played baseball and basketball at Lincoln Community High School along with baseball at Parkland Community College and the University of Illinois. He had a jovial personality and loved the Chicago Cubs.

 

He worked in the Agriculture Services Industry for many years in central Illinois.

 

Doug grew up on the family farm raising and showing Holstein dairy cows.

 

Memorials may be made to the Logan County Fair Foundation.

 

Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements

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Fredonna Faulkner

Freddonna L. Faulkner, 104, of Forsyth, IL passed away at 1:44 PM, August 8, 2019 at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating.  Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL.  Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests friends to wear casual attire.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Maroa United Methodist Church Window Fund.

 

Freddonna was born June 8, 1915 in Maroa, IL the daughter of Walter and Naomi (Parker) Brenning.  She married Melbourne Lazell July 4, 1933.  He passed away 1972.  She later married Bill Faulkner November 15, 1975.

 

Survivors include her children, Melbourne Lazell, Jr., Apache Junction, AZ; and Richard (Mary Jo) Lazell, Maroa, IL, 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands.

 

The family wants to give a special “Thank You” to the staff of Hickory Point Christian Village and Safe Haven Hospice.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Frances Belle Nichols

 Frances Belle Nichols, 72, of Clinton, IL passed away peacefully at 4:32 A.M. August 4, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.

 

A celebration of Frances’ life will be 11 AM Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Woodlawn Church of God, Clinton, IL. Friends may visit from 10 – 11 AM Friday at the church. A private family graveside will be held at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Woodlawn Church of God; 720 East Woodlawn St., Clinton, IL 61727.

 

Frances was born September 18, 1946 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Eldon Monroe and Nona Faye (Summers) Nichols.

 

Frances leaves behind her brothers, Edward Nichols, Charleston, IL; Cletus (Louise) Nichols, Clinton, IL; Merle Nichols, Mt. Zion, IL; twin brother Fred (Linda) Nichols, Eva, AL, sisters, Gerry Griffith, Clinton, IL; and Peggy (Richard) Deffenbaugh, Monticello, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her sister, Nelda Birch.

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Judy Sexton

udith “Judy” Lynn Sexton, 77 of Clinton, IL, passed away at 1:13 PM August 4, 2019 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Crum Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption or the American Cancer Society.

 

Judy was born June 14, 1942 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Gayle Edward and Evelyn Lucile (Espe) Hutmacher. She married Timothy James Sexton January 27, 1973 in Streator, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Tim James Sexton, Clinton, IL, children, Matt (Heather) Sexton, Wapella, IL; Chad Sexton, Wapella, IL, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister, Karen (Jack) Price, Freeport, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Judy worked at the Warner Hospital and Health Services for 35 years as a dietician. She loved horticulture. 

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Roger L. Frantz

Roger L. Frantz, 86, of McLean, passed away at 8:51 a.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019, at his home.

 

Funeral services for Roger will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Tony Billingsley will officiate. Burial will follow at McLean Cemetery in rural McLean.

 

Visitation will be held Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. 

 

Roger L. Frantz was born April 4, 1933, in Atlanta, the son of Merlin Dean and Elizabeth Anne Shaw Frantz.  He married Lucille F. Leesman in Atlanta on December 22, 1951.  She preceded Roger in death on December 30, 2018.


Roger is survived by their three children: Janet Frantz, Gary (Julie) Frantz, and Greg (Karen) Frantz; two grandsons: Jason (Maddie) Frantz and Alex Frantz; and one sister: Ruth Werschey of Decatur.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters: Phyllis Young and Betty Cox.

 

Roger attended Atlanta High School and was a member of McLean Christian Church. He owned Frantz Well Service from 1962 until his retirement in 2000. Roger was an avid musician who sang and played fiddle and mandolin with numerous bands throughout central Illinois over the years.

 

He was a loving Dad and Grandpa.

 

Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice.

 

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home.

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Sherry Lee Griffin

 Sherry Lee Griffin 72 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:30 PM July 31, 2019 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

 

A celebration of Sherry’s life will be 2 – 3 PM, Friday, August 9, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Sherry Griffin Memorial Fund.

 

Sherry was born June 10, 1947 in Flint, MI the daughter of James and Lou Jean (Cox) Weaver.  She married James Griffin in 1988.  He passed away 2015.

 

Survivors include her son, Brian (Desiree) Peavler, Clinton, IL; daughter: Korrinne (Griffin) Edwards, IL, 9 grandchildren; and sister, Julie Weaver, St. Louis, MO.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 granddaughter, Daphne Jean Peavler.

 

Sherry worked at Revere Copper & Brass for over 30 years.  She then worked at the DeWitt Co.. Friendship Center.

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Norma Blaase

Norma Jean Blaase, 92, of Springfield, IL formerly of Argenta, IL, passed away 5:45 PM August 2, 2019 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village, Springfield, IL.

 

Norma was born September 18, 1926 in Newburg, Macon County, IL to James Pearl and Alice Grace (Miller) Edwards. She married Raymond L. Blaase on June 15, 1946 in Argenta, IL. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2007.

 

Norma is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Wheeler (Gene) of Chatham, IL and Jane Wills (David) of Williamsburg, VA, as well as four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, one brother, Burl Edwards, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, John, George, and James, and five sisters, Thelma, Dorothy, Lorraine, Maxine, and Elma.

 

Norma attended the Argenta United Methodist Church. She had owned and operated her own beauty shop in Argenta. She enjoyed being a homemaker, and following her grandchildren and great-grandchildren through their formative years. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

 

Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at The Bridge Church Fellowship, Argenta, IL with Pastor Bob Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Tuesday at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to  The Bridge Church Fellowship, Argenta, IL or the American Heart Association.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Dorothy Freeman

Dorothy E. “Dottie” Freeman 101 of Fairbury, Il. formerly of Clinton, Il. passed away 2:40 A.M. August 1, 2019 at Fairview Haven, Fairbury, Il.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Friday, August 9, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, IL with Pastor Tim Hubert officiating. Graveside services will be 3 PM, Friday, August 9, 2019 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM at the church.

 

Memorials may be directed to Fairview Haven, Fairbury, IL

 

Dottie was born April 13, 1918 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Edward M. and Carrie M. (Weaver) Stone. She married Gerald A. Freeman August 11, 1935 in Clinton, Il. He passed away September 23, 2002.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty Winterland, Fairbury, IL; 10 Grandchildren; 24 Great-Grandchildren; and 7 Great-Great-Grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Kay Freeman, Rockford, IL; and son-in-law, Garry Hayes, California.

 

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents, son, Richard, daughter, Barbara Hayes, and son-in-law, Lowell Winderland.

 

Dottie had a strong Christian faith.  She loved spending time with her friends and especially her family.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Ruth Ann Monkman

 Ruth Ann Monkman 77 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:15 A.M. July 31, 2019 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 2 PM, Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rick Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 1 – 2 PM Monday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Ruth Ann Monkman Memorial Fund.

 

Ruth Ann was born May 1, 1942 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Lloyd and Mary (Welch) Polen. She married Ronald D. Monkman August 31, 1959 in Clinton, IL. He passed away December 8, 2010.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Susie (Ron) Springman, Clinton, IL, grandchildren, Tracy (Mike) France, FL; Justin (Heather) Angel, AZ; Heather Springman (Stacy), Clinton, IL; Nathan Springman (Jenny), Clinton, IL; Jeremy (Brittany) Monkman, OR; Travis (Joquena) Krouse, TN, 19 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, siblings, Jim (Judy) Polen, Clinton, IL; Ida Polen, Clinton, IL; Linda Early, Clinton, IL; Joyce Smiley (Roger Bernius), DeWitt; Peggy Woodward, Weldon, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Shirley Monkman, Clinton, IL; Irvin (Jessie) Monkman, Metropolis, IL; Shirley (David) Harris, New Washington, IN; Sharon Gratton, FL; Rueben (Linda) Monkman, Ellis Grove, IL; Beverly (Terry) Teel, Wapella, IL.

 

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 infant sons; 1 infant daughter; son, Jerry Lee “Jocko” Monkman; 3 brothers; 3 sisters; parents-in-law, Rube and Eileen Monkman; brother-in-law, Bob Monkman.

 

Ruth Ann faithfully attended the Assembly of God Church in Clinton for many years. She loved spending time with her family.

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Pansy Carter

 Pansy Ida Olive Carter, 81, of DeWitt, IL passed away 6:55 P.M. July 23, 2019 at Farmer City Rehab, Farmer City, Il.

 

Graveside services will be 10 A.M. Monday July 29, 2019 at the DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, Il. with Rev. Jeff DeLaughter officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Donor’s Choice.

 

Pansy was born April 29, 1938 in Memphis, Missouri the daughter of Willis and Thursday (Rockhold) Clark. She married Lloyd E. Carter July 9, 1955 in Clinton, Il. He passed away November 9, 2006.

 

Survivors include her children, Cheryl (John) Bolby, Bloomington, Il.; Dennis Carter, Weldon, Il.; 3 Grandchildren; 1 Sister; Brother-in-law, Delbert Jones, DeWitt, Il.

 

Pansy was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Daughters, Phyllis Jeannine and Karen Colleen.

 

Pansy had worked at the Clothes Closet in Farmer City, Il. She collected Indian Dolls, Enjoyed gardening and antique shopping.

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Carol I. Schneidre

 Carol I. Schneider, 78, of Clinton, IL passed away July 22, 2019, at her residence in Clinton.

 

Born on March 24, 1941, in Gary, IN, Carol is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, John “Jack” Schneider of Clinton, IL; beloved children, Patricia Nelson of Stoughton, WI, and James (Rachel) of Naperville, IL. Loving Grandmother to Alexa, Kylie, Andy and Jack, and loving sister to Paul (Sheryl) Ihle, of Crown Point, IN.  Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Dorothy (Monahan) Ihle.  Private internment at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5-7 PM, Monday, July 29, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

She was an avid reader and gardener – especially her favorite flower, irises. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and traveling with Jack. Her favorite trip was to Capri, Italy. She also enjoyed playing bridge even though she never got a good hand.

 

Carol was a graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, WI. Although Carol worked only briefly as a teacher, and in other positions, her primary life’s work until she passed, was the training and civilizing of her husband, a job at which her husband claims she was only minimally successful. Carol also delivered meals for the Peace Meal program for 10 years.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the shelter where Carol and Jack adopted their beloved dog, Katie: Wishbone Dog Rescue, 2020 Bunn St., Bloomington, IL 61704. 

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Billie L Bateson

 Billie L. Bateson 65 of Farmer City, IL passed away 7:56 PM July 16, 2019 at his family residence, Farmer City, IL.

 

Services will be 2:30 P.M. Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Pastor John Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 1:30 – 2:30 PM Friday, July 19, 2019 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Billie L. Bateson Memorial Fund.

 

Billie was born February 2, 1954 in Clinton, IL the son of John and Mildred (Vinson) Bateson. He married Patricia Westerfield, June 2, 1973 in Clinton, IL. She passed away March 27, 2015.

 

Survivors include his children, Billie (David) Cooper, Farmer City, IL; Betty Westerfield, Decatur, IL; Bobbie (Jason) Hill, Farmer City, IL; Randy Bateson, Clinton, IL; Bonnie (Todd) Hardin, Clinton, IL, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, siblings, Sally Howard, Clinton, IL; Jack Bateson, Kenney, IL, Francis Bateson, Clinton, IL, John Allen Bateson, Clinton, IL; Maria Crause, Taylorville, IL Thomas Bateson, Argenta, IL; and Susie Pennington, Indianapolis, IN.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Rose Rothe.

 

Billie enjoyed fishing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

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