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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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Donald G. Riddle

 Donald G. Riddle 84 of Normal, IL passed away 4:28 PM July 12, 2019 at his family residence, Normal, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Mark Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Friday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

Don was born February 13, 1935 in Wapella, IL the son of Wilbur Scott and Goldie (Malcom) Riddle. He married Coryla L. Morris August 21, 1955 in Wapella, IL. She passed away November 20, 2013.

 

Survivors include his children: Jeffrey Riddle, Heyworth, IL; Eric Riddle, Downs, IL; and Julie (Geoff Raube) Freed, Normal, IL, 6 grandchildren: Deandra (Ryan) Myers, Heyworth, IL; Craig (Sarah) Riddle, Heyworth, IL; Benjamin (Alexis) Freed, Towanda, IL; Dylan Freed, Chicago, IL; Sara Freed, Chicago, IL; and Skip Riddle, Wapella, IL;  great-grandchildren: Ava, Alia, and Dexton Riddle, Heyworth, IL; Victoria, Kameron, and Tyler Myers, Heyworth, IL; and special friend, Nancy Osborne, Normal, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Don was a lifelong farmer in the Lexington, IL area and after retiring, they moved to Normal, IL.  He was a Lexington Twp. Fire Trustee.  Don was a member of Eastview Christian Church.  Don enjoyed his family and was a loving father and grandfather.

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Betty I Karr

 Betty I. Karr 92 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:03 PM July 14, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 3 PM Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Clinton United Methodist Church, with Pastor Darrell Howard and Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 1 – 3 PM Thursday at the church. The family requests casual attire. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Med Surgery Floor at the Warner Hospital and Health Services.

 

Betty was born July 3, 1927 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Richard and Pearl (Johnson) Thayer. She married Marvin E. Karr June 22, 1948 in Wapella, IL. He passed away March 24, 2017.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Mary (Bill) Murphy, Wapella, IL, and Kathy (Steve Best) Buggar, Clinton, IL, 11 grandchildren, Jim (Kelly) Murphy; Carron (Mike) Hospelhorn; Kristi (Lance) Tynan; Tara (Dave) McNutt; Kimberly (Jeremy) Holmes; Mark Ryan Karr Murphy; Jay Karr; Barbara Karr; Jessica Hall; Michael Karr; Jeffery Karr and their families, 19 great-grandchildren.

 

Betty was preceded in death by her Parents, Twin Sons, Kenneth and Karry Karr, brother, Eugene Thayer, 3 sisters, Bonnie Campbell, Glenna Williams, and Martha Poston, 4 half-brothers, Ralph, Dale, Carl, and Bob Thayer.

 

Betty had worked as a beautician and waitress at Haycraft in Wapella, along with working at Benjamin Franklin, and Eureka Williams in Bloomington. She was a member of the Artist Alley and was active in the Wapella Methodist Church. She enjoyed music and traveling.

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Shirley Louise Rager

Shirley Louise Butterfield Rager, 87, of Latham, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.

 

Shirley was born April 7, 1932, in Mount. Auburn, the daughter of Walter Buchanan Butterfield and Freda Francis Elder.

 

Surviving are her two sons, Bruce Rager and Carl Rager, both of Latham; two grandchildren, Frank Rager and Kate Rager, both of Latham; loved one and partner in life Dwight Buckner of Latham; her brother, John Butterfield of Moroa; four nieces, Kari (Rick) Livesay; Sheryl Erskine; Carol and Kathy Lawton; three nephews, Larry (Teresea) Probist; Ron (Kathy) Rigg; Richard (Mary Lou) Rigg; a special nephew, Chad.

 

Shirley was a member of Latham United Methodist Church, where she served on the board of directors. She was a member of Logan County Home Mackers Extension Club and Macon County Home Extension Club. She served as an Election Judge and Township Auditor for Laenna Township.

 

She was a past member of Theatre 7 and Decatur Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She also was a member of the Lady Land Owners Association. Past Secretary at CC Rager Grain Co and part owner. She married Carl Rager on May 20, 1951. He preceded her in death on January 21, 1989.

 

Also preceding her in death were her parents, her brothers, John, Dean, and Ralph; her sisters, Virginia and Helen.

 

A private graveside will be held at a later date in Two Mile Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Latham United Methodist Church or to Latham Fire Department.

 

Honoring Shirley's wishes, cremation services will be provided by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

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Paul Robert Tombaugh

 Paul Robert Tombaugh 62 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:00 PM July 8, 2019 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

A celebration of Paul’s life will be 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Saturday July 13, 2019 at Maroa Christian Church, Maroa, IL.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Paul Robert Tombaugh Memorial Fund.

 

Paul was born November 11, 1956 in Decatur, IL the son of Robert Eugene Tombaugh and Willa Mae (Comer) Cooper.  He married Tina N. Woolum February 17, 2000 in Decatur, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Tina N. Tombaugh, Clinton, IL, children, Sean Tombaugh, Clinton, IL; Josh (Heather) Tombaugh, Maroa, IL; Quintin Tombaugh, Maroa, IL; Nick Shipp, Maroa, IL; Anthony Johnson, Decatur, IL, step daughter, Belinda (Royse) Mosher-Cooke, Florida, step granddaughter, Deseree Mosher, step great granddaughter, Neveah Mosher, siblings, Mary (Dick) Tomkin, Maroa, IL, John Cooper, Decatur, IL, Nancy (Mark) Livingston, Anaheim, CA, mother-in-law: Louis Woolum, Clinton, IL, brother-in-law, Brian Woolum, Clinton, IL, nieces, Deztiny and Breanna Woolum, Clinton, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, James Cooper, father-in-law, J.D. Woolum.

 

Paul enjoyed deer hunting and fishing.

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John Thomas Henry

John Thomas “Jack” Henry, 91, of Farmer City, passed away at 11:00 a.m. Saturday (July 6, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

 

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with Bud McMasters officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Little Galilee Christian Assembly, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton, IL 61727.

 

Jack was born March 9, 1928, at Farmer City, a son of Lewis Earl and Anna Neal Henry. He married Evelyn I. Herring on Oct. 7, 1951, at the First Christian Church, Farmer City.

 

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn I. Henry, Farmer City, and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister-in-law.

 

Jack was a retired Illinois State Police assistant chief. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Jack was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City; Farmer City Masonic Lodge 710 for many years; and a life member of Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City.

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Lucia Pauline Estes

Lucia Pauline Estes, 92, of LeRoy, passed away at 8:40 p.m. July 2, 2019, at the Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care.

 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, with Father James Henning, OFM, Conv., officiating. Inurnment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, or Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79, LeRoy. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Lucia was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Boston, Mass., a daughter of Ferdinando and Erminia Orrei Donato. She married Clifford Eugene “Snorky” Estes Sr. on April 22, 1950, at Fitzwilliam, N.H. He passed away March 27, 2019.

 

She is survived by her children, Clifford Eugene (Kimberly) Estes Jr., Irmo, S.C.; Janet (Scott) Whitehouse, Farmer City; Robert Estes, Sebastian, Fla.; Vivian (Robert) Van Deventer, Jacksonville, Fla.; Michael Estes, LeRoy; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Ferdinando Donato, Boston, Mass.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Norman Estes; parents; four sisters; and one brother.

 

The family would like to thank everyone at the Farmer City Rehab for their excellent care and support.

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Catherine Sutter-Reise

Catherine “Kate” Sutter-Reise, 94, of Bloomington, formerly of LeRoy, passed away at 2:40 a.m. May 27, 2019, at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.

 

Catherine was born May 23, 1925, in Bloomington, to Harry Owen and Lenora Goldie Barnes Carnahan. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing.

 

She met Harold Eugene Sutter from Ellsworth, and they were married in 1951. Kate and Harold began livestock and crop farming in the Saybrook area where she also worked at the Gibson City Hospital as an RN and later did private duty nursing. In 1960 they moved to a farm north of LeRoy where they lived until Harold's death in 1992.

 

She married Cecil Reise in 1995. They shared an interest in travel which she sustained throughout her life. She was at his side until his death in 2008.

 

In recent years, she lived at Westminster Village in Bloomington where she continued to be a bright spot in the lives of others.

 

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her children, Cindy (TR) Dowell, Havre de Grace, Md.; Pam (Bill) Collman, Bethalto; Bonnie (Steve) Crumbaugh, LeRoy; and Harry (Renata) Sutter, Lake Forest; along with 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.

 

Kate demonstrated daily how to gracefully balance acceptance and persistence. Consistent with a history of giving, in her professional life and to her family, her final act was to donate her body for medical study.

 

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday with a celebration of life service beginning at 11 a.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy. Inurnment will be at a later date in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorial donations may be made to OSF St. Joseph Foundation for nurses' education, LEAS (LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service), or a charity of the donor's choice.

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William Perhay

William Anthony Perhay, 80, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., passed away Jan. 20, 2019 at his home surrounded by his wife and family.

 

Bill was born April 27, 1938, in LaSalle, the son of Anton and Mary Erwin Perhay.

 

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1959. Bill spent time working at his family’s business, Tony and Sons 66 in East Peoria, Schumacher Chevrolet in Metamora, and eventually opened his own Chevrolet dealership, Bill Perhay Chevrolet (1973-1991), in Farmer City. Upon moving to Florida in 1993, Bill continued his career in car dealerships before going into the home mortgage business in 1997. Bill and his wife, Joan, have enjoyed spending quality time with their daughter and her family since their retirement in 2013.

 

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Joan Hoffman Perhay. Bill is also survived by four sons, Milton (Angie) Perhay, Mahomet; Rodney (Julie) Perhay, Oakwood; Timothy (Sabrina) Walsh, Farmer City; and Craig Walsh, Dewitt; three daughters, Toni Ann (Michael) Steward, Burkesville, Ken.; Melody (Stacey) Perhay, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Summer (Tom) Perhay Kuba, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Kathy) Perhay, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, and brother, Kenneth (Shelly) Perhay.

A celebration of his life will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn County Club, Farmer City.

Memorials can be made to the Joe Williams Post 55, Sons of the American Legion, 755 Stensel Drive, Farmer City, IL 61842.

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Tonya Baker

Tonya M. Baker, 59 of Clinton, IL, after a courageous battle with cancer passed away 8:30 AM July 3, 2019, at her family home in Clinton, IL.

 

Tonya was born June 11, 1960, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Larry and Nancy (Estes) Willcutt. Her Mother later married Wayne Tipsword and they raised her in Mt. Zion. She married John P. Baker April 11, 1983, in Clinton, IL.

 

Tonya had a wonderful voice and sang in many working bands in her younger years; Skyway, Slick City Band, HiJinx, Fast Forward to name a few. Later, singing with 4given, a Christian band.

 

We were blessed with a daughter, and she was Tonya’s pride and joy. They had many adventures shooting pictures and traveling the backroads of Illinois and across the US.

 

She worked for Macon Resources for the last 18 years and will be missed by her individuals and work family.

 

Survivors include her husband, John P. Baker, Clinton, IL, daughter, Megan Nicole Baker, Nashville, TN, siblings, Wayne (Lora) Tipsword, Mt. Zion, IL and Winnie Engel, Decatur, IL. Also, surviving are several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Duane and Brian Tipsword.

 

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Weldon Springs Foundation.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Opal Shoemaker

Opal I. Shoemaker, 88 of Maroa, IL passed away 10:31 P..M. July 5, 2019, at her family residence, Maroa, IL.

 

Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL.  Private graveside services will immediately follow the visitation at the Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Scott Marsh officiating.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Texas Christian Church or the Maroa Fire and Rescue.

 

Opal was born December 18, 1930, at home in DeWitt County, IL the daughter of Thelbert and Viola (Benningfield) Wise. She married Willard D. Shoemaker July 6, 1952, at the Maroa Christian Church. He passed away on July 25, 2016.

 

Survivors include her children, Gay W. Shoemaker, Maroa, IL; Eric E. Shoemaker, Maroa, IL; Linda M. (Mark) Welch, Council Bluffs, IA; Marsha E. Shoemaker, Schaumburg, IL; Melody A. (William) Morse, Kansas City, MO; 5 grandchildren, David (Jesse) Shoemaker, John (Cassy) Shoemaker, Jillian (Julio) Medrano, Joseph (Charis) Welch, Jacob Welch, 7 great-grandchildren, 1 step-great-grandchild, 2 nieces, Shirley (Robert) Marquiss, Vienna, IL and Sheila Dawson, Bethany, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 sister, 1 brother-in-law, and nephew.

 

Opal was a farm wife and homemaker.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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