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Bonnie Fay Moran

 Bonnie Fay (Adams) Moran, age 69 of Clinton IL, passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by family on April 10, 2021.

 

Bonnie was born at Alton Memorial Hospital on April 22, 1951. She was the daughter of William Freeman and Ruby (Carter) Adams. Bonnie went on to be a 1970 graduate of Bunker Hill High School and later moved to Clinton, IL. Bonnie enjoyed spending time with her family at St. Joe State Park “Flat River” where they camped, went four-wheeling and more. She also dedicated many years to working at John Warner Hospital. Ultimately, family and faith were two of Bonnie’s favorite things. She enjoyed being able to watch her grandchildren grow up and always expressed to them how proud they made her.

 

Bonnie is survived by her children, Tina Russell, Frankie Russell, Sheila Russell and Michelle Lambert. As well as her siblings, Dasda Baremore, Billy Adams, Carl Adams, Calvin Adams and Terry Adams. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Aundraya Rodas, Rebecca Russell, Isaiah Nichols, Kevin Rodas, Jasmin Lambert, Hannah Lambert, Sarah Russell and Faith Lambert.

 

Something many may not know about Bonnie is that she had twins. The family is comforted knowing that Bonnie and Theresa Russell are reunited once again. She is also preceded in death by her siblings, Joann Adams, Mike Adams, Jay Adams, Timmy Adams and Les Adams.

Bonnie was a beloved mother, grandmother, friend and follower of Christ. Something she always expressed to her children and grandchildren is that there are always angels protecting them. Keeping her favorite song, “One Day at a Time” in mind, the family now has an angel they know protecting over them every day.

 

The family would like to express great thanks to Pastor Scott Marsh of Texas Christian Church in Clinton as well as everyone who has given kind words, cards, prayers and much more over the past five months. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Texas Christian Church at 8301 Texas Church Rd Clinton, IL, 61727. Condolences may be sent to 1419 E Washington Street in Clinton, IL, 61727. A celebration of life will be at a later date. 

 

Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

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Ryan Yoder

 Ryan D. Yoder, 43 of Heyworth, IL passed away 2:20 PM April 7, 2021 at his residence.

 

Private services will be Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at East Twin Grove Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Public visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Monday, April 12, 2021 at the funeral home. The family requests casual attire.

 

Memorials may be directed to Ryan D. Yoder Memorial Fund.

 

Ryan was born February 2, 1978 in Urbana, IL the son Rick and Tina M. (Atkins) Yoder. He married Theresa A. Marr, March 21, 2016 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his mother Tina M. (Chuck) Evans, Bloomington, IL; wife, Theresa A. Yoder, Heyworth, IL; children, Brittany Nicole Collins, Heyworth, IL and Cory Michael Collins, St. Petersburg, FL; siblings, Holly (Tom) Hanak, St. Louis, MO and Leeanne (Randy) Nesby, Heyworth, IL. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and employees, all of whom will miss him dearly.

 

He was preceded in death by his father; maternal grandparents, Howard and Beverly Atkins; paternal grandparents, Dean and Phylis Yoder; and uncle; Chad Yoder, Cambridge, IL.

 

Ryan was the owner/operator of Yoder Lawn Care and Yoder Farms. Farming was his hobby, but he also enjoyed hunting and auctions.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Ralph D. Morrow

Ralph D. Morrow, 64, of Atlanta, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. 

 

A Celebration of Ralph's life will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 p.m. at the 217 Roadhouse in Atlanta. 

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. 

 

Ralph Dean Morrow was born on September 12, 1956, in Springfield, the son of Richard Dean and Yvonne Henry Morrow. 

 

He is survived by two his sons: Josh (Cathy) Morrow and Nick (Michelle) Morrow; his companion of several years: Lisa Baker; four grandchildren: Emma, Mack, and Otto Morrow; and Addy Deterding; one brother: Tim (Jill) Morrow; and two sisters: Martina Morrow and Nancy (Daryl) Johnson.  

  

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

 

Ralph graduated from the Pawnee Community High School in 1974. He retired from Holland Trucking in Atlanta in 2019 and was employed at Wade Farms in McLean. 

    

His hobbies included golfing, watching Cardinal Baseball, and the San Francisco 49ers.  

 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

 

Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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Gary D. Bristow

Gary D. Bristow, 73, of Bloomington, formerly of Waynesville, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Carle BroMenn Hospital in Normal. 


His funeral service will be held April 12, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Funks Grove Church in rural McLean, with visitation one hour before the service. 


Gary Duane Bristow was born March 2, 1948, in Bloomington, son of Ansel and Biddy Sue Rich Bristow. He graduated from McLean-Waynesville High School in McLean and attended Illinois State University. 


Gary married Linda Stubblefield Marvel on December 20, 1974, in McLean. 


He is survived by his wife; children, Jason Marvel and Elizabeth (Corey Wright) Bristow; grandchildren Jack Marvel, Ella Marvel, and John Marvel; one brother, Ron (Linda) Bristow; one sister, Patty (Phil) Miller; and special niece, Tabby Miller. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his special aunt and uncle, Colene and Gene Fisher. 


He served in the Illinois National Guard and was a member of the Burger-Benedict American Legion Post #573 in McLean. Gary retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Decatur in 2004, but he was first and foremost a farmer, starting as a child with his father. 


He was strong for so long. 


Memorials may be made to Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Department, Sugar Grove Nature Center, or Burger-Benedict American Legion Post #573. 


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

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Ava Mattson

Ava Marie Mattson, 11 months, passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021, at her home, in peace, surrounded by her closest loved ones. 

 

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Heyworth Christian Church. Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be at Funks Grove Cemetery in rural McLean. 

Ava Marie Mattson was born April 16, 2020, in Normal, the daughter of Michael D. and Kamryn Marie Van Hook Mattson.  

 

She is survived by her parents; one brother, Knox M. Mattson; maternal grandparents: Shawna Reich and Bryan Van Hook; paternal grandparents: David Mattson and Kimberley Mattson; great-grandparents: Alberta Van Hook, Jack Van Hook, Judy and David Burton; Linda and Richard Cory; and David and Kay Mattson. 

 

Memorials may be made to her family. 

 

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

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Jasper Swafford

Jasper Allen Dean Swafford, 21 months, passed away at 9:29 AM, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

 

A Celebration of Jasper’s Life will be 2 PM, Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Heartland Community Church, 3253 Brush College Rd., Decatur, IL  62521 with Pastor Andy Troyer officiating.  Visitation will be 11 AM – 2 PM, Friday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House, St. Louis, MO.

 

Jasper was born June 6, 2019 in Decatur, IL the son of Tommy A. and Tricia K. (Poppenhouse) Swafford, Jr.

 

Survivors include his parents, Tommy A. and Tricia K. Swafford, Jr., Argenta, IL; siblings:  Sofia Swafford and Airalyn Swafford; maternal grandmother, Elaine (Chad) Newingham, Carrollton, IL; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Leesha Swafford, Sr., Forsyth, IL; maternal great-grandparents, Donald and Maxine Page, Litchfield, IL; maternal great-grandmother, Flora Patricia Poppenhouse, Astoria, OR; paternal great-grandmother, Rhonda Rhodes, Vandalia, IL; paternal great-grandmother, Princess Cole, Pana, IL; paternal great-great-grandparents, Doug and Billie Sitter, St. Charles, MO; aunt, Josie Swafford and her children, Zoey, Zac, and Zadie; uncle, Corie and Felicia Poppenhouse, their children, Connor, Arabella, Juniper, and Greenli; aunt, Chelsea and Connor Evans, their children, Adalee, and Bodhi; uncle, Cole, son, Weston; and uncle, Ethan.

 

Jasper was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Chester Allen Poppenhouse; maternal great-grandfather; paternal great-grandfathers, Teddy Dean Rhodes and Robert Swafford; and great-uncle, Nicky Dean Rhodes.

 

Jasper loved “Toy Story”, to draw, and play peek-a-boo.  He especially loved his sisters, mommy and daddy.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Margaret L. Guimond

 Margaret L. Guimond, 74 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:25 PM March 25, 2021 Clinton, IL.

 

Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Friday, April 2, 2021 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Margaret was born September 24, 1946 in Pawtucket, RI the daughter of Louis and Helen (Mullen) Large..

 

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah (Mark) Tippet, Clinton, IL; grandchildren, Tyler (Shellie), Samantha, Jenna, Jeremy, Alex, Katerina, Josiah, Seraphina, Zechariah, Zane and Eliana; great grandchildren, Connor and Greyson.

 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 grandson, Taylor Christian Tippet.

 

Margaret was a member of First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL and had worked for Crest in Lincoln, RI for many years. She had raised and shown horses for most of her life. She loved her pets, boating, and the ocean, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

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Maurice W. Day

 Maurice W. Day 84 of Maroa, IL passed away 5:01 A.M. March 26, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the funeral home.

 

Maurice was born July 12, 1936 in Creek Twp., DeWitt Co., IL the son of Burl C. and Gladys (Ballance) Day. He married Nancy B. Florey July 28, 1956 in Clinton, IL. His sweetheart, Nancy, passed away February 18, 2017.

 

Survivors include his sons, Michael (Kim) Day, Decatur, IL and Les (Jenny) Day, Maroa, IL; daughter, Pamela (John) Vogel, Decatur, IL; grandchildren, Andrea Cullison, Stephanie Kiley, Heather Hodges and Melanie Casner; seven great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren: siblings:  Carol (Lonnie) Schove, Normal, IL; Esther Crotchett, Springfield, IL; and Margaret Grissom, Maroa, IL.

 

Maurice was preceded in death by his son, Melvin Day, parents, two brothers, and one sister.

 

Maurice worked and retired from Caterpillar Tractor as a Master Adjuster after 37 years of service. He will be missed by his family, friends, and neighbors

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Douglas Hopper

Douglas R. Hopper, 58 of Clinton, IL passed away 9:04 PM March 12, 2021 at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

 

Graveside services will be 11 AM Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to Douglas R. Hopper Memorial Fund.

 

Douglas was born November 23, 1962 in Clinton, IL the son of Bill and Erma (Followell) Hopper, Sr.

 

Survivors include his mother, Erma Hopper; daughter, Kristen Hopper Ryman and her children, Carson (Michaela) Alexander and his daughter, Payton; Macy Alexander; Aiden Alexander; daughter, Britany Hopper and her son, Reed; brother, Billy Hopper; sister, Lee Ann Price.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Douglas was a superintendent for ADM and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Clinton, IL.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Edna Mae Seaton

Edna Mae Seaton, age 95, of Clinton, Illinois passed away  March 10, 2021, at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.

 

Born June 21, 1925 in Clinton, IL, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Mary (Pharis) Kirby.

 

Edna was raised in Kenney and graduated from Kenney High School.  She married Ellis Ross Seaton in 1943.  They lived in Clinton and were married for 65 years.  She was a member of First Christian Church of Clinton, and retired from Country Companies in Bloomington, IL as head of central records.  Edna enjoyed traveling and square dancing with her husband.

 

Edna was preceded in death by her parents and husband and son-in-law, James Wilson.  She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Wilson of Decatur, granddaughter Jennifer (Dan) McClelland of Danville, KY, and great-grandson Ryan McClelland (fiancée Kandace Hodge) of Danville, KY.

 

A graveside service will be held at 9:30 AM, Monday, March 15, 2021 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Pastor Glenn Baker officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Judith Larson

Judith Lynn (Hagebush) Larson, 82 of Clinton, IL formerly of Decatur, IL passed away at 10:48 AM March 9, 2021 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Allison Hitchings and Bishop Mark Du Bois officiating. Graveside services will be 1 PM Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Riverside Cemetery, Newton, IL.  The family requests the wearing of face masks at services.

 

Memorials may be directed to the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur, IL or Encore Developmental Services, Clinton, IL.

 

Judith was born August 1, 1938 in Tuscola, IL the daughter of Willard Lister and Marilynn (Isley) Hagebush. She married David Larson in 1960 in Macon County, IL. She later married Donald Williams in 1968 in Cook County, IL.

 

Survivors include her children, Chris (Ellen) Larson, San Marcos, CA; Tim (Debbie) Larson, Savoy, IL; Rachel Emery, Clinton, IL; and Nanette Larson, Peoria, IL, six grandchildren, Hannah Emery; Michaela (Devane) Amala; Jason (McKenna) Kitson; Sarah Emery; Levi Kitson; Naomi Emery, and one great granddaughter, Adeline Amala.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Judith was a 1960 Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Millikin University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.  She was also a lifelong member St. John’s Episcopal Church in Decatur. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Dwaine Miller

 Dwaine Miller, 88 of Clinton, IL passed away 4:21 AM March 9, 2021 at his family home in Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside Services will be 2:15 PM, March 12, 2021 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating.  There will be a private family visitation.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com


 

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Berneda Daniels

 It is with deep sadness for those left behind, but great joy for our loved one, to let you know that our precious mom, grandma, sister, and friend, Berneda E. “Bugg” (McDonald) Daniels, 94, moved to her eternal home on March 7, 2021.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Monday, March 15, 2021 at The First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton, IL with Dr. Michael Taylor officiating.  Burial will follow in Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.   Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the church.  During the pandemic, family asks that you please wear a mask.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton, IL or The DeWitt County Friendship Center, Clinton, IL.

 

Berneda McDonald was born July 27, 1926 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Bill K. and Ethel S. (Kirby) McDonald.  She married Tony E. Daniels, Jr. on February 3, 1951 in Clinton, IL.  He passed away March 12, 2006.

 

Survivors include three daughters:  Debra (Roger) Dwinell, Canyon Country, CA; Karren Osborne, Clinton, IL; and Shelley (Jerry) Danison, Clinton, IL; 1 step-son,  James (Kim) Daniels, Tunas, MO; grandchildren:  Ryan (Kacy) Osborne, Weldon, IL; Jim (Sandy) Daniels, Ft. Collins, CO; and Bob (Kathy) Daniels, LaPorte, CO; great-grandchildren, Radley and Maverik Osborne, Mariah Daniels, Tony Daniels, and Tyler Daniels; and 3 great-great grandchildren; sister, Lila Page, Watertown, SD; and brother, Dean McDonald, Washington, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Berneda was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Kristina K. Osborne; great-granddaughter, Savannah Daniels; sisters, Hester Prunty and Eloise Thoms; and brother, Duard McDonald.

 

After graduation from Clinton High School, Berneda worked in civil service at Great Lakes Naval Academy in Chicago, IL.  She returned to Clinton and worked at the defense plant in Clinton, followed by employment as a telephone operator for General Telephone.  After the modifications at GTE where telephone operators were no longer needed, she became employed at General Electric in Bloomington, retiring after 25 years of service.

 

Berneda was a second-generation Nazarene having started attending the First Church of the Nazarene in Clinton at 6 months of age in January 1927.  Over the years, she enjoyed working in a number of roles and on several committees, including Women’s Ministries, Vacation Bible Schools, Hospitality (planning meals for sick and shut-ins and for funeral dinners), and the Prayer Quilt Ministry.  Her church family was very important to her.

 

She also enjoyed meeting her dear friends at the Friendship Center, the bank, a restaurant, or in homes for a hearty game or two of pinochle.  She enjoyed traveling and was able to almost fulfill a “bucket list” item of visiting all 50 states, having visited 41.  She enjoyed sewing, crafting, and embroidery.

 

She loved the Lord and truly enjoyed serving Him, as well as spending precious moments with her family.   She was proud to be a Christian and an American.  Our memory of her will be treasured forever.  She will be greatly missed.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Marc Mathias

 Marc Alan Mathias 47 of Kenney, IL passed away at 5:20 PM March 3, 2021 in Atlanta, Il.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at the Waynesville Christian Church, Waynesville, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at the Waynesville Christian Church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Waynesville American Legion, the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer (V.org/donate), or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Marc was born April 21, 1973 in Normal, IL to Mike and Joyce (Miller) Mathias, Kenney, IL, they survive.  He is also survived by his significant other, Chris McKown, Atlanta, and her sons, Cody, Will, Emmett, Tommy, and Van; his children, Justin (Anna) Mathias, Ashland City, TN; and Alexis (Cory) Combs, Clarksville, TN; sisters, Amy (Matt) Austin, Frankfort; and Alysha (Trent) Seggelke, Bloomington; his special auntie, Janice Miller, Normal; one niece and five nephews; the love of his life, granddaughter, Emerson Lynn Combs, 14 months, Clarksville, TN; and his beloved “show dog”, Jake.

 

Marc was preceded in death by his grandparents, Maurice and Marcie Mathias and Robert and Lucille Miller; aunt, Kathy Clifton and uncles John Clifton and David Miller.

 

At the age of 20, Marc acquired his CDL and began his career of trucking, working for several companies before purchasing his own truck hauling grain, seed, and limestone until 2012.  At the death of his grandfather, he gave up trucking for his dream job of farming full time with his dad.  This dream began during his years at Clinton High School and his involvement with FFA (Future Farmers of America), where in his senior year, he was president of the Clinton chapter.

 

Marc was a Waynesville resident from 1992 until 2016 when he moved to Kenney to live on the family homestead.  He was a past member of the Waynesville Village Board and Fire Department and enjoyed helping with the activities of Waynesville and the American Legion.  In earlier years, his hobbies included boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.  You could often find Marc watching NASCAR races, hanging with friends, or traveling with Chris.  The past year, his greatest joy was the role of “Paw Paw” watching his granddaughter, Emerson, as she grew.

 

He had a willing hand for anyone in need of help.  Everyone who knew Marc commented that he was the nicest guy and they were better for having known him. 

 

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

The family would like to give special recognition to his partner, Chris, for all the love, care, and support she gave him through his 6 ½ year cancer journey.  

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Mary Shaw

Mary E. Shaw 74 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:17 A.M. February 12, 2021 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.

 

Private graveside services will be at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il with Pastor John Roberson officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Mary E. Shaw Memorial Fund.

 

Mary was born March 7, 1946 in Pearson Station, IL the daughter of Clint and Ruby (Walters) Hensley. She married Ray Jerry Shaw April 23, 1966 in Maroa, Il. He passed away September 19, 1992.

 

Survivors include her Son, Jerry Lee (Karen) Shaw, Kenney, Il.; 2 Granddaughters, Jera and Kendra Shaw, Kenney, IL; Sister, Barbara Stone, Clinton, Il..

 

Mary was preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother, 4 Sisters.

 

Mary loved to do crafts and adored her cats, especially her cat Sherbie.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Raymond M. Armstrong

Raymond M. Armstrong, 76, of Atlanta, passed away on February 27, 2021, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. 

 

Funeral services for Mr. Armstrong will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.. Mr. Maurice Stribling will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Atlanta Cemetery. 

 

Raymond Michael Armstrong was born July 24, 1944, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, the son of George R. and Sandy M. Gabriel Armstrong. He was united in marriage to Christy R. Haberland in Lincoln, on November 13, 1981. She survives. 

 

Ray is also survived by his children: Kasaundra (Lav) Grbav of Las Vegas, Nev., Kimberly Danielson, of McLean, Raymond M. "Ray Ray" Armstrong, Jr. of California, Michael A. Armstrong of McKinney, Tex., and Stephen Brogie, six grandchildren: Anthony Schettler, Brittany Grbav, Marissa Armstrong, Colin Armstrong, Corvin Danielson, and Jase Danielson; one brother, Robert Armstrong of Springfield, and one sister, Debbie Armstrong of Atlanta. 

 

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Arthur Armstrong and Roger Armstrong; one grandson, Jonathan Danielson, and one granddaughter, Sara Grbav. 

 

Ray served in the United States Air Force. He worked at Lincoln Development Center for over a decade. He then worked at Big R in Lincoln, which is where he retired from. He was a member of the Living Water Church in Springfield. 

 

Memorials may be made to the family in care of Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home. 

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Max E. Porter, Jr

 Max E. Porter, Jr. 52 of Weldon, IL passed away 7:40 PM February 27, 2021 at his family home in Weldon, IL.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to The Max E. Porter, Jr. Memorial Fund.

 

Max was born June 1, 1968 in Normal, IL the son of Max E. and Shirley E. Porter, Sr. He married Stephanie L. Ball on July 4, 1995 in Chenoa, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie L. Porter, Weldon, IL; children:  Jonathon S. (Lindsey) Porter, El Paso, IL; Justin L. (fiancée, Elizabeth Bown) Porter, Eureka, IL; Joshua B. (Kristina) Porter, Minonk, IL; Siara E. Porter, Weldon, IL; and Max E. Porter, III, Weldon, IL; grandchildren:  Chase, Mason, Aubree, Alexis, Lawny, Avry, Mallekai, Tay’n, Jerrex, Crimson, and Penelope; siblings:  David (Christine) Porter, Byron, IL; Diane Porter, Bloomington, IL; Douglas (Sandy) Porter, Towanda, IL; and Debra Schultz, Bloomington, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two nephews, Jesse Porter and Shane Porter.

 

Max enjoyed the outdoors and hunting.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

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Timothy J. Sexton

 Timothy J. Sexton, 73 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:42 PM February 16, 2021 at his family home in Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, March 4, 2021 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 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to The Timothy J. Sexton Memorial Fund.

 

Timothy was born December 24, 1947 in Taylorville, IL the son of Estel Hart and Helen M. (Jones) Sexton. He married Judith Lynn Hutmacher January 27, 1973 in Streator, IL. She passed away August 4, 2019.

 

Survivors include his children, Matt Sexton, Clinton, IL; Chad Sexton, Wapella, IL; and Michelle Sexton; granddaughter, Halen Ann Marie Sexton, Clinton, IL; siblings, Toni (Joe) Hayes, Herrin, IL and Maryanne (Bob) Bauer, Brazil, IN.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Donald, George, Teddy, and Terry Sexton, and half-brothers, David and Mike Bennett.

 

Timothy was a graduate of Taylorville High School and retired after 42 years with IBEW.  He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and walking his dog at Weldon Springs.  

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Lois J. Kearns

 Lois J. Kearns, 92 of Mt. Zion, IL passed away 1:45 PM February 17, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Oreana, IL

 

Private Graveside Services will be at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL at a later date.  Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to Memorial Hospice.

 

Lois was born November 9, 1928 in Shelby County, IL the daughter of Arthur and Reba (Chatham) Salmons. She married Ralph Fletcher on April 16, 1947.   He passed away November 19, 1989. She later married Jordan Kearns on June 26, 1997 in Oreana, IL. He passed away on August 10, 2016.

 

Survivors include her children, Marsha (Tom) Michel, Oreana, IL; Craig (Joanna) Fletcher, Oakley, IL; Vicki Fletcher, Miamisburg, OH; Rita (Keith) Moeller, Waynesville, OH; John (Nan Turner) Fletcher, Argenta, IL; Cheryl (Chuck) Conway, Oreana, IL; Kim (Jeff) Cochran, Christiansburg, VA; 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren with 1 great-great-grandchild on the way.

 

Lois was preceded in death by her Parents, 5 Brothers and 4 Sisters.

 

Lois was a member of the First Baptist Church, Mt. Zion, IL. She enjoyed sewing, yard work, and gardening.

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John Earl Welch

 John Earl Welch 81 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:12 A.M. February 18, 2021 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

 

Services will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL with Pastor Stephen Bradd officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Monday, February 22, 2021 at the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Church of Christ, Clinton, IL.

 

John was born October 18, 1939 at the family home near Birkbeck, IL the son of Nathan and Mary Ona (Spencer) Welch. He married Nita K. Barnhill on June 6, 1959 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Nita K. Welch, Clinton, Il.; children:  John “Mike” (Deb) Welch, Decatur, IL; Jeff (Patty) Welch, Clinton, IL; Susan (Tony Brennan) Welch, Clinton, IL; and Steve (Sherri) Welch, Waynesville, IL; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter; and siblings, Merle Welch, Clinton, IL and Mabel Rich, Minooka, IL.

 

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

 

John retired after 30 years of service at Caterpillar Tractor.  After retirement, he worked at the elevator in Birkbeck.  John enjoyed bowling and fishing, and he loved his dog, Tinker.  He was most proud of the hard work ethic he instilled in his children.  Spending time with his family and family dinners is what John enjoyed most of all.  He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

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Sarah Alice Taylor

 Sarah Alice Taylor 85 of Weldon, Illinois passed away 1:16 A.M. February 20, 2021 at Carle BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

Visitation will be 9 – 10 AM, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the Weldon Baptist Church, Weldon, IL.  A private graveside service will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL with Rev. H. Gene Stringer officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to The Sarah Alice Taylor Memorial Fund.

 

Sarah was born January 3, 1936 in Burkesville, Kentucky the daughter of Ureah Wilson and Lula (Spears) Thrasher.

 

She married Jesse Taylor December 13, 1952 in Burkesville, Kentucky. He passed away November 1, 2001..

 

Survivors include her children, Jesse “Earl” Taylor, Weldon, IL; Carol (Harry) Massey, Weldon, IL; and Sharon (Don) Dunham, Saybrook, IL; 6 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren; and “special friend”, Wilbur Brown, Weldon, IL.

 

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons, and 2 brothers.

 

Sarah was a member of the Weldon Baptist Church where she was very involved.  She loved the Lord and enjoyed Bible Study and listening to Gospel Music.  Sarah loved to garden, flowers, doing word searches and Bingo, sewing and quilting, and fishing. 

 

The family would like to extend a “special thanks” to Sarah’s caregiver, Denise Johnson, and to Carle BroMenn Hospice and the Clinton Ambulance Service.

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Gloria Alsup

Gloria Jean Alsup, 70, of Maroa, IL passed away at 2:10 PM, February 18, 2021 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Monday, February 22, 2021 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge officiating.  Burial will follow at Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM, Sunday, February 21, 2021 at the funeral home.

 

Memorial may be directed to The Clinton Assembly of God Church.

 

Gloria was born July 12, 1950 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Ralph W. and L. Margaret (Miller) Pair.  She married Gary Dee Alsup February 14, 1970 in Clinton, IL.  He passed away April 2, 2014.

 

Survivors include her children, Gary Dee (Brandi) Alsup, Jr., Clinton, IL and Gina (Joseph) Braun, Kenney, IL; 5 grandchildren:  Keegan Alsup, Camdyn Alsup, Hayden Alsup, Calin Braun, and Callie Braun; siblings: Grace (Larry) Baer, Lebanon, IN; Martha Rose (Donald) Welch, Clinton, Il.; and Deanna Kay (Steve) Brannan, Clinton, Il; and her best friend of 57 years, Karen Steele.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Gloria was a member of the Clinton Assembly of God Church, Clinton, IL where she taught Sunday School and directed the Children’s Choir as well the Children’s Christmas program for over 48 years. 

 

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Lou Ann Nortrup (Gloria’s sister-in-law) for her special care.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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David W. Torbert

 David Wesley Torbert, loving husband, father, son and brother, passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill. He was 36.

 

Born to John and Denise (Powers) Torbert, David grew up in Clinton as the youngest – and clearly favorite – of four siblings (just don’t tell the others). He spent his early years at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago overcoming insurmountable health complications with a smile on his face and a prank in his back pocket for nurses and doctors alike.

 

David showed a love of sports at an early age, following everything from football and basketball to baseball and golf. In high school, he turned his love of sports into a hobby and career, serving as a member of the Clinton High School golf team, working as a sportswriter for the local newspaper and officiating youth soccer and basketball games at the Clinton Community YMCA. He was an avid Cubs fan, proclaiming them the greatest baseball team on earth and arguing with anyone who dared disagree with him..

 

He and his wife, Rachel (Baum) were high school classmates and college sweethearts. The pair married in 2008 after David graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in journalism and coaching. David and Rachel spent a short stint in Nebraska, where David begrudgingly worked as sportswriter covering the Nebraska Huskers before moving back to settle in Clinton.

 

Using his writing and communication talents in a variety of jobs, David settled in as the Youth and Adult Sports Program Director for the Clinton Community YMCA, where he served as the Camp Osage director and coordinated all youth sports programs. Teaching and coaching youth basketball, football and soccer, and instilling a love of sport, sportsmanship and Christian principles of the YMCA, was a task he dearly loved.

 

David also volunteered his time with the DeWitt County Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Central Illinois CEO program and the DeWitt County Development Council.

 

David’s family, wife and daughter, and friends, were a top priority, and he expressed his love often, always flashing a million-dollar smile and willing to drop anything to help a friend or family member in need.

 

He is survived in death by his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Hannah; parents, John and Denise; brother, Tim (Stephanie) Torbert and nephew Jake and niece Alexa; sister Jamie (Christopher) McGrew and nephews Liam, Quinn and Conor; sister Amie Farrell and nieces Eileen and Elise; and sister Tracie (Neil) Kennedy and nieces Ellie and Emerson and nephews Cooper, Anderson and Oliver.

 

David was preceded in death by his grandparents Herman and Brownie Powers and Dude and Dixie Torbert.

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic and current public health directives, a private memorial and graveside service for family and invited guests will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Calvert Funeral Home, in Clinton. Given David’s love of youth sports and his affinity for nurses and doctors who saved his life as a child, the family requests any memorial donations be made to Clinton Community YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, 417 S. Alexander St., Clinton, IL 61727 and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

 

A public celebration of life will follow at the Clinton Community YMCA this summer. 

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Brian F. Skrobot

 Brian F. Skrobot, 52 of Weldon, IL passed away 12:57 PM February 12, 2021 at his family home in Weldon, IL.

 

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

 

Memorials may be directed to Brian F. Skrobot Memorial Fund.

 

Brian was born June 18, 1968 in New Brunswick, NJ the son of Frederick and Delores (Wakefield) Skrobot. He married Lauren Reminger November 16, 1996.

 

Survivors include his wife, Lauren Skrobot, Weldon, IL, children, Alexander Skrobot, Champaign, IL, Casper Skrobot, Champaign, IL, and Theodore Olson, Champaign, IL mother: Delores Skrobot, Effingham, IL, siblings, James “Jim” Skrobot, Paul Skrobot, and Diane Hagler.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Being a teacher was his greatest joy in life, other than family.

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Scott Brown

Scott Brown, 65, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at his home.

 

Funeral Services for Scott will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.  at the Jefferson Street Christian Church with Mr. Pete Verkruyse officiating.

 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the Jefferson Street Christian Church. Additional visitation will be held from9:30 a.m. Thursday until time of the service.

 

A Law Enforcement / EMS / Fire Department walk through will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night during the visitation.

 

Burial will be at a later date at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln.

 

Derald Scott Brown was born on June 28, 1955 in Decatur the son of Derald A.. and Shirley R. Sarver Brown. He was united in marriage to Dawn Ellen Coers on October 23, 2008. She survives.

 

Also surviving are his children: Loan N. Nguyen (Binh) Duong,  Thao N. (Michael) Mayberry, Glendon (Andrea) Bradley, Grant (Kelsey Voss) Bradley, Andrew Scott (Kami) Brown. Two sisters: Kathy S. (Rick) Fite, Sarah (Donovan) Lacox. Eight grandchildren: Olivia Brown, Jessica Nguyen, Christopher Duong, Chase Mayberry, Emily Mayberry, Gabriel Bradley, Duke Bradley, Mason Voss.

 

Scott graduated from the Warrensburg-Latham High School in 1973.

 

He is a member and Deacon at the Prairieland Christian Church in Hartsburg.

 

Scott was employed at Wagner Castings in Decatur for 10 years and at Turris Coal Mine for five years..  He later was employed as a Logan County Deputy Sheriff for 21 years and he also worked in Mt. Pulaski as a Police Officer for 5 years. After retirement he worked as Logan County Courthouse Security Officer

 

He owned and operated the Lincoln Tae Kwondo Center since 1980.

 

Scott was a loving husband, dad and grandfather.

 

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

 

Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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