Evelyn Rosalie "Tootie" Eaton, 87, of Clinton, Illinois passed away at 10:55 PM January 9, 2018 at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, IL.
Graveside services will be 11 AM, Monday, July 2, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. David Huff officiating. The family requests casual attire. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the Vespasian Warner Public Library, Clinton, IL.
Evelyn was born May 11, 1930 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Patrick Dennis and Nellie Fern (Moberly) Ryan. She married Ralph David Eaton on August 1, 1953 in Clinton, IL. He passed away April 18, 1960.
Survivors include her children: Tim Eaton, Clinton, IL; Jeff (Jennifer) Eaton, Peoria, AZ; one granddaughter, Shelby Eaton, Surprise, AZ; and one sister, Jean Nowlin, Mexico, MO.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Margaret
Brewer; and one brother, F. E. "Bud' Ryan.
Evelyn retired from the Vespasian Warner Public Library, Clinton, IL with
over 20 years of service.
Laura Erickson, 58, of Clinton, IL formerly of Streamwood, IL passed away at 10:55 AM, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.
No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Laura was born August 26, 1959 in Melrose Park, IL the daughter of Phillip and Jean (Rademacher) Erickson.
Survivors include her fiancé: Edward Tyk; mother: Jean Erickson; 2 sisters: Lynn Ingrum and Lisa Walker; aunt: Joan Rademacher; niece: Mindy Sipes; 2 nephews: Eric Thirteen and Neil Ingrum and special friends: Lloyd and Cheryl Francis.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Laura was an avid gardener and baker.
Virgil Thompson Harbach, 92, of Clinton, Illinois passed away 12:45 A.M. June 26, 2018 at Luther Oaks, Bloomington, IL.
Private family services will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Stephen Hill and Rev. Laurie Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM, Friday, June 29, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Clinton Presbyterian Church or the Clinton YMCA.
Virgil was born May 20, 1926 in Freeport, IL the son of Oscar and Lillian (Dribelbus) Harbach. He married Eunice Koeller, October 25, 1945 in Corpus Christi, TX.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice Harbach, Bloomington, IL; children: Pamela (Richard) Graves, Beth (Dr. Michael) Sprague, and Curtis (Vickie) Harbach; 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Virgil graduated from Lena, Illinois High School in 1944. He then entered the Navy Air Corp in June of 1944. After his discharge in February 1946, Virgil attended the University of Illinois. He graduated with a BA in Agriculture in 1948. He also received a Masters in Education in 1955. He taught Agriculture at Earlville, Illinois for 7 years. Virgil then went into private agriculture business where he had many partners and friends.
Virgil enjoyed tennis, fishing, golfing, hunting, and flying his “Lance” aircraft.
Arthur D. Rohrer, 86, passed away at 9:01 a.m. on June 20, 2018 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln, IL.
Arthur was born on September 15, 1931; son of Henry and Ruth (Damarin) Rohrer. He married Barbara Jane McNeil on December 12, 1951 in Jacksonville, IL. She preceded him in death on November 4, 2014.
Arthur is survived by his three sons: Stephen (Susan) Rohrer, Mike (Darla) Rohrer, and Jim (Debra) Rohrer all of Lincoln, IL; one sister: Rita (Ron) Wilson of Lincoln, IL; seven Grandchildren: Ty (Rachel) Rohrer, Jennifer (Jeff) Leesman, Amy (Brent) Morgan, Doug (Logan) Rohrer, Neil (Taylor) Rohrer, Jason (Taylor) Rohrer, and Tayt Rohrer; four great-grandchildren: Kallie Morgan, Jenna Leesman, Jeris Leesman, and Kaden Morgan.
Arthur proudly served his country as a United States Marine from 1952-1954, where he was a corporal stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He was a life-long member of the American Legion Post # 263, St. John United Church of Christ, Lincoln Rotary, and the Oasis Senior Center. He was a 4-H leader for many years and he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1952. He was a lifelong farmer in Logan County.
Private family services for Arthur will be held. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Legion Post # 263. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
Harry Eugene Rohlfs, age 91, passed into eternal life on June 18, 2018 at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.
He was born on March 13, 1927 in Lincoln, IL, the son of Harry Louis Rohlfs and Hester Kirkman Rohlfs. Upon graduation from Lincoln High School in 1945, he joined the Army and served on the Homefront at the end of WWII. He married Shirley Joan Potter, also of Lincoln, in 1948; she died in 1968. Together they had 4 sons who survive: Msgr. Steven Rohlfs of Peoria, IL; Michael (Cheryl) of Northbrook, IL; Timothy (Vaune) of Exton, PA, and Christopher (Joanne) of Blackwood, NJ. In 1969, he married Emily G. Leeper of Normal, IL, who survives along with her daughter Donna (Minott) Wilkinson of Lincoln. Harry was employed in the petroleum industry for over 40 years, holding various positions in the Midwest and East Coast at Cities Service, Citgo, Chevron, Cumberland Farms and Getty. In addition to Lincoln, Harry resided over the years in Danville, IL, Somerdale, NJ and Normal, IL
He is survived by 4 sisters: Betty Justus of Moberly, MO, and Lincoln residents Joyce Paige Musick, Jewel Schachtele, and Sharon (Vernon) Shehorn. Another sister, Darlene McLendon of Lincoln, preceded him in death. In all, Harry was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln on Friday, June 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln on June 23rd at 10:00 a.m., with a visitation at the Church one hour before the funeral mass officiated by Harry’s son, Msgr. Steven Rohlfs. Burial will follow at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Harry’s name to Donor’s Choice.
Linda S. Budas 68 of Gays, Illinois passed away 4:00 AM April 30, 2018 at her family residence, Gays, Illinois.
A Celebration of Her Life will be Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 12 Noon to 6 PM at the Peninsula Day Use Area, 5419 Overlook Point Rd. Clinton, Il. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center, Mattoon, IL.
Linda was born July 12, 1949 in Gillett, AR the daughter of Odis and Cordelia (Phillips) Buggar. She married Timothy M. Budas February 15, 1997 in Bartlett, TN.
Survivors include her husband, Timothy M. Budas, Gays, IL; children: Rich (Sharon) Henson, Clinton, IL; Sara (Mack) King, Clinton, IL; Melissa (Jonathon) Estep, Marshall, MI; and Timothy J. (Judy) Budas, Coldwater, MI; 13 grandchildren; siblings: David (Carole) Buggar, Mattoon, IL; J. R. (Pam) Buggar, Downs, IL; Melvin (Sharon) Buggar, Kenney, IL; and Mary Ann (Wally) Carlson, Midway, AR.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother, Roger; and 1 infant sister, Edna Faye Buggar.
Linda loved motorcycles, traveling, and gardening. She especially loved her grandchildren.
Albert Edward ‘Ed’ Selock, 67, of Monticello, passed away at 7:20 a.m., June 20, 2018 at the Piatt County Nursing Home.
Ed was born to Edward ‘Albert’ and Mabel Selock.
Ed is survived by his wife of 35 years, Anita Selock and son, Aaren ‘Ren’ Selock both of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents, ½ sister Claris Smith and a ½ brother John in infancy.
Ed was a retired parts manager. He enjoyed classic cars, softball, golf, hunting, trap shooting, and driving around the country in search of interesting architecture, natural wonders, and great places to eat. As a young man ‘Fast Eddie’ could be found at local car races across central Illinois. His ability as an amateur trap shooter earned him several awards. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.
A visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with a Memorial service immediately following at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial donations may be made to the Piatt County Chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.
Tom C. Stoutenborough 64 of Maroa, Il. passed away 3:35 PM June 21, 2018 at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth, Il.
Services will be 10:30 AM Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Pastor Kenin Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, Il. Visitation will be 3 – 6 PM Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the funeral home. The family requests western attire to be worn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Junior Livestock Judging Fund, Lakeland Community College, Mattoon, Il.
Tom was born July 21, 1953 in Decatur, Il. the son of Charles G. and Barbara C. (Troy) Stoutenborough. He married Nancy Sharp August 18, 1973 in Bethany, Il. He later married Toni Hesse March 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Survivors include his Wife, Toni Stoutenborough, Maroa, Il.; Children, Drew James (Lisa) Stoutenborough, Benton, WI; Kyle Anthony (Fiancé Amber Mortenson) Stoutenborough, Greenville, IA; Grandchildren, Tayva Stoutenborough; Beau Stoutenborough; Alyssa Pesante; Brother, James R. (Lisa) Stoutenborough, DeLand, Il.
Tom was preceded in death by his Parents and 1 Brother, Richard L. Stoutenborough.
Tom was a member of the American Angus Association. In 1969 He won the American Royal Judging Contest, Throughout his career he won the National Junior Judging Contest, Louisville, Ky, the Junior Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest, and the Illinois State Judging Contest – Melfink in 1974. He enjoyed cattle shows and sales. He was the Assistant Superintendent of the NAIL from 1976 – 2013. He worked with the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service for over 20 years. He was a swine nutritionist for Purina. He was a member of Pheasants Forever. He was an alderman for the city of Maroa from 2010 to 2014. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, rodeos, Cardinal Games and photography. Tom had attended 30 consecutive Indianapolis 500 races.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com
Kurt Powell, 57, of Farmer City, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Sunday (June 17, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
His visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation with inurnment at a later date in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
Kurt was born Sept. 14, 1960, in Bloomington, the son of Loren A. and Betty Reinitz Powell. He married Diane Butler and later Denise Northcut.
Surviving are his parents, Loren and Betty Powell, Colfax; companion, JoAnne Fulton, Farmer City; children, Jayme Johnson, Bloomington; Dr. Justin (Nicole) Powell, Tremont; and Bryce Powell, Chicago; stepchildren, Lyndsi (Lloyd) Campbell, Anchor, and Justin Kelly, Colfax; grandchildren, Taylor, Layla, and Kaylyn Powell and Cohen Johnson; stepgrandchildren, Cameron Kelly, Tanner Campbell and Brianna and Braxton Kelly; sister, Kathy (Stan) Mercer, Urbana; and brother, Kevin (Karen) Powell, Colfax.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and granddaughter, Keira Johnson.
Kurt graduated for Octavia High School in 1978 and was active in the FFA and 4-H. He worked in the agriculture and fertilizer industry. He was an avid Cubs fan and loved the sport of golf.
Kurt loved his family and was a good Pa to his grandchildren.
A registry is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.
E. Eugene "Gene" Hoffman, 99, of Farmer City, passed away Tuesday (June 19, 2018) at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Gene was born June 8, 1919, in West Township, McLean County, to E.O. Hoffman and Mary Rinehart Hoffman. He married Margaret McCarty on Oct. 27, 1946, in Farmer City. She preceded him in death in 2017.
He graduated from Moore Township High School, Farmer City; Blackburn College with an associate degree; and from the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, with a BS degree in agricultural economics, 1941.
He was a veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the Army as a private in the quartermaster corps. He attended OCS at Fort Monmouth in the signal corps. He was sent to the European Theater where he served in the 926th Signal Battalion in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of major.
He was the youth director of the Christian County Farm Bureau and a year later formed a partnership with his brother, George Hoffman, to own and operate the AB Hatchery in Farmer City. In 1961 he joined the staff of the LeRoy State Bank in the farm department as a farm manager and appraiser, becoming head of the department in 1966. He retired in 1985.
He was a member of the Farmer City Methodist Church, Farmer Masonic Lodge 710, Bloomington Consistory, The Peoria Shrine, a life member of the Illinois Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a former member of Woodlawn Country Club. He was an avid golfer, reader, and woodworker.
He is survived by one daughter, Ellen (James) Zellmer, Blue Springs, Mo.; two sons, John (Kathy) Hoffman, Lake Tapawingo, Mo.; and William (Catherine) Hoffman, Farmer City; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Levi) Traxler, Olathe, Kan.; Jessica (Stephen) Trotter, Palatine; Andrew Hoffman, Chicago; Jill Hoffman, Kansas City, Mo.; and Nicholas Hoffman, Kansas City, Mo.; two stepgranddaughters, Candice (David) Geen, Portland, Ore.; and Katie (Anthony) Carter, Blue Springs, Mo.; five great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Jean McCarty, Eureka.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his parents; an infant son, James Michael Hoffman; three brothers, George, Walter, and Donald Hoffman; and his brother-in-law, John McCarty.
His memorial service will be at noon Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Inurnment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmer City Public Library.
Charles Frederick "Fred" Amdor, 77, of Mansfield, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday (June 20, 2018) at his home.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mansfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carle Foundation oncology nursing and support staff education or Mansfield United Methodist Church.
Fred was born March 5, 1941, in Champaign, a son of Elwood F. and Mary Maxine Cox Amdor. He married Patricia J. Heiser on April 15, 1972, in Danville. She passed away May 29, 2011.
He is survived by his son, Brett (Sandy) Amdor, Ontario, Ore., and brother, Stephen (Donna) Amdor, Surprise, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Fred was a farmer. He also had been an electrician for IBEW Local 601, Champaign. Fred had served in the Illinois National Guard, Bloomington, from Nov. 4, 1963, to Nov. 3, 1969.
He was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church and Kelso M. Garver American Legion Post 650, Mansfield, and a charter member of Pheasants Forever, Piatt County chapter. He was an avid trap shooter, hunter, and fisherman.
Fred was a lifelong Cubs fan. He was also a pilot
Robert J. ?Rob” Wendland Jr., 84, of Bloomington, formerly of Le Roy, passed away at 3:15 A.M., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal.
His funeral service will be held at 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy. Pastor Eric Swanson will officiate. Private inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery,
Le Roy at a later date. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy.
Mr. Wendland was born October 24, 1933, in Chicago to Robert J. and Irma Kueter Wendland Sr. He married Carole Erickson on December 7, 1957, in Chicago. She survives in Bloomington.
He is also survived by his son, David (Lori) Wendland of Dunlap; daughter, Gail (Lowell) Olson of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Jerrick and Kamrie Olson and Jason, Kelli, and Kyle Wendland; brother, Paul (Agnes) Wendland of Le Roy; two nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Margaret Hamilton.
Robert served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from March of 1954 to January of 1956. He retired from Country Companies after 41 years and was the last surviving charter member of the IAA Federal Credit Union.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy and was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau for more than 60 years. He was past president of the Le Roy Country Club. He enjoyed playing golf and bowling.
Mary “Mickey” Nell Newberry, 95, of Clinton, formerly of Farmer City, passed away at 4:43 P.M. Friday (June 15, 2018), at Liberty Village in Clinton.
Mickey’s celebration of life will be Monday, June 18, 1-2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Clinton, IL. Per her wishes and desire to advance medical science, her body has been donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois, in Chicago.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Church, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Mickey was born June 15, 1923 in Donnellson, IL to David “Lloyd” and Helen “Lucille” Lewey.
Surviving are son, Shawn (Cathy) Newberry Clinton; grandchildren, Stacy (Andre) Kirksey Murfreesboro, TN; Angela Newberry Clinton; Christopher (Kandis) Massey Morton; Jessica (Matt) Harrison Bloomington; and Zach Newberry Clinton; and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step father Ralph Fann; brother David Lewey and sister Arvella “Arkie” Zagar.
After High School, Mickey worked the night shift as a telephone operator in Farmer City and later was employed by the Urbana school district. She served in various capacities, achieving comptroller before retiring at age 55.
She was an avid Gardener, raising many vegetables, herbs and flowers. She loved to cook and came up with many unique dishes for the family to try.
She enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and lunches with a special group of women. She will be greatly missed.
Roberta J. Virden, 81, of Latham passed away at 10:50 A.M. on Sunday June 17, 2018 at her home.
Roberta was born on November 10, 1936 in Bogota, IL, the daughter of Rev. John Thomas and Ruth (Hill) Speer. She married Ray L. Virden on December 4, 1955 in Bingham, IL. He preceded her in death on November 5, 2016.
Roberta is survived by her daughter, Rae Ann Virden of Latham; her grandson Ryan (Samantha) Virden of Latham; her great-granddaughter, Gabriella Virden; her brother, John (Grace) Speer of The Villages, FL; and her sister, Betty LaCost of Mt. Zion, IL.
Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her twin brother, Robert; and eleven other brothers and sisters.
Roberta was a member of Vanburenburg Baptist Church, and recently attended Latham Baptist Church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Velasco, DMH Hospice, and special family friend, Kim Mullins.
Services for Roberta will be held at 11:00a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL, with Rev. Mark Morgan officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial Donations may be made in Roberta’s name to the Latham Fire Department or the the Latham Baptist Church
Esther Will, 102, passed away at 5:22 a.m. on June 17, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
Esther was born on February 12, 1916, to Danish immigrants: Christopher Peter “C.P.” and
Johanna (Bramsen) Sorensen on the family farm near Thornton, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She graduated from Thornton High School in 1933. She married Sam Will in 1936, during the Depression. He preceded her in death in 1984.
Esther and Sam started their farming career near Thornton, raising grain and livestock. They moved
to their farm in Broadwell Township in 1949. Having sold their Guernsey dairy herd before moving, they began raising Polled Hereford cattle in addition to their swine and poultry. She was a 4-H leader and joined Logan County Home Bureau, later known as Homemakers Extension.
She held many leadership roles and especially enjoyed the monthly craft group. She taught landscape painting at State Homemakers Camp for many years. An exhibitor at the Logan County Fair for over sixty years, she won many awards in the Dairy and Culinary Departments as well as in Textiles. Her beautiful quilts were often displayed in area shows. She was a charter member of the Quilters at Heart quilt guild. She was also a Century Member of the Oasis Senior Center; she was honored to cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Oasis location. She enjoyed playing pinochle there and participated in their traveling team. She also played cards with the Round Robin group as well as other local groups.
She loved to travel with her husband and later with her daughters.
She was the eldest member of Zion Lutheran Church and she was also a member of the Golden Heirs. Esther is survived by her daughters: Shirley Aukamp of Lincoln and Sharon Urban of Pekin; four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, and one niece.
Services for Esther will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church with
Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service where Dr. Rev. Kirk Clayton will officiate. Memorials may be made in Esther’s name to the Oasis Senior Center. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Shirley Lavone Utterback, 81, of Clinton, IL passed away at 9:47 PM, June 16, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
Services will be 10 AM Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM Friday, June 22, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
Memorials may be directed to the Maroa United Methodist Church Stain Glass Project or the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Shirley was born December 20, 1936 in rural Weldon, IL the daughter of Harold and Lavone (Fleming) Helton.
She leaves behind her sons: Chet W. Utterback, Atwood, IL; Curt (Cathy) Utterback, Clinton, IL; daughters: Sally Utterback-Reid, Waterford, MI, ReNae (John) Stewart, Mesquite, NV; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She also leaves behind sister: Linda Numberger, Broken Arrow, OK; brother: Richard Helton, Weldon, IL; brother-in-law: Russell (Jan) Utterback, Clinton, IL; sisters-in-law: Gail Ann Helton, Weldon, IL, Marjorie (Ron) Yeast, Atlanta, IL; Juanita Hartford, Mendota, IL; Lois Staley, Troy, IL along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Wayne Utterback; parents: Harold and Lavone (Fleming) Helton; 1 son: Rick Baker; daughter: Gina (Utterback) Walls; sister: Victoria (Helton) Burge; brother: Larry Helton; infant brother: William Helton and infant great grandson: Alexander Scott.
Shirley loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed the many years of being Wayne’s farming partner and wearing her many hats.
Shirley taught Sunday School for many years at the Shiloh Chapel Church. She was also a member of the Maroa United Methodist Church where she was very active. She was also a former Commissioner for the Creek Union Drainage Dist. #1.
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to Dr. Brit Williams and the staff of Liberty Village for the care and compassion that they had given our Mother over the years.
This obituary was written by Shirley Utterback.
Leon A. ‘Moe’ Benson, 93, of Monticello, passed away at 1:28 a.m., June 13, 2018 at the Piatt County Nursing Home.
Moe was born May 21, 1925 in Piatt County, IL the son of William and Helen (Ferry) Benson. He married Mary Kay Clodfelter on May 22, 1950 in Arkansas. She died April 24, 1994.
Moe is survived by his children, Mark Benson of Bechtelsville, PA, Scott ‘Mojo’ Benson of Osmond, IL, Doug Benson of Monticello, IL and Shelley Benson of Granite City, IL; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Suggs of Alabama, Bertice Dresback of Decatur, Barbara Simpson of Hoopeston. He was preceded in death by his parent’s, wife, 3 brothers and 6 sisters.
Moe was a concrete and Labor Local worker. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean War. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Monticello Sages fan. Most of all Moe was well known for his love of fishing.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Monticello Township Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to A Small Hand - Piatt County Infant and Diaper Pantry or the Piatt County Nursing Home.
CERRO GORDO -- Charlotte Ann Capps, 91, of Cerro Gordo, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on June 14, 2018.
Charlotte was born on March 5, 1927 to Harry and Edith Larrick. She married Glenn Capps on May 6, 1951 and together they had three children, Martha, Melinda, and Mary.
Charlotte loved to spend time with her family and was present at many of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s special events. She never forgot a birthday and would always be ready with treats to hand out to anyone who would come to visit. As a longtime member of the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren, she had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. She loved Christmas more than any other time of the year and always turned her home into a winter wonderland for the season. Charlotte was full of spunk and was ready to crack a joke to anyone who would listen. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and community.
Charlotte is preceded in death by her Husband Glenn Capps, parents Harry & Edith Larrick, Brothers Lynn Larrick, Jack Larrick, and Dean Larrick, Jerry Larrick.
She is survived by her three children, Martha Griswold (Tom) of Cerro Gordo, IL, Melinda Sawyer (Jeffrey) of Cerro Gordo, IL, and Mary Gilsrud (Joe) of Winona, MN; Sister-in-law Anna Rose Larrick of Cerro Gordo, IL, 5 Grandchildren: Molly Kim (Han) of St. Charles, MO, Adam Sawyer (Hannah) of Chicago, IL, Maggie Hecht (Jeremy Jones) of Lakeville, MN, Joe Sawyer (Brandy) of Decatur, IL, and Emily Miller (Sheldon) of Bloomington, IN; and 11 great grandchildren, Nyah, Lucy, Christian, Camryn, Taylor, Valerie, Aaiden, Liam, Montgomery, Blair, and Griffin.
Private family services will be held. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Hope Welty Library, 100 South Madison St., Cerro Gordo, IL.
Memorials in Charlotte’s honor may be made to DMH Hospice or Charity of your choice.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com
Paul Kennedy, 80, of Lincoln, passed away Saturday (June 9, 2018) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Paul was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Rushville, son of James Dale and Margaret Jane Haber Kennedy. He married Lauralee Davis in 1976. She preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2015.
Surviving Paul are his children, Paul William “Bud” (Debra) Johnson Jr., Danvers; Rick Allen (Angie) Johnson, Heyworth; and Greg David (Scott Anderson) Johnson, Encino, Calif.; sister, Susan Gardner; brother, Jim Kennedy; grandchildren, Tera Johnson (Michael) Swartz; Joel, Josh, Jacob, Elizabeth, Caleb and Mariah Johnson; stepgrandchildren, Nicole (Chris) Mochel, Brandon Winkeler, Anthony Manzella, Melissa Tapke; eight great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, June Yates and Harlan Kennedy.
Paul was a U.S. Army veteran. He and his wife owned and operated Kennedy Budget Counselors, where they did credit counseling and tax preparation. They also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., for the winter months and spending time with family.
Service for Paul will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Hartsburg Union Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 263. Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to the Humane Society of Logan County or American Lung Association.
Dorothea M. Lawson, 93, of Clinton, passed away 10:46 p.m. Thursday (June 14, 2018) at Heritage Health, Normal.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with Pastor John Roberson officiating. There will be no visitation. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Children’s Church at the First Baptist Church, Clinton.
Dorothea was born April 29, 1925, in Clinton, the daughter of Oliver Warren and Bessie Mae Ellington Weaver. She married Harold E. “Gene” Lawson July 17, 1948, in Bloomington. He passed away July 25, 2002.
Survivors include her brother, Sherrill (Marge) Weaver, Sun City Center, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, eight sisters and two brothers.
Dorothea was a member of the First Baptist Church, Clinton. She had retired from the Duvall County School Board, Jacksonville, Fla., and State Farm Insurance.
Dorothea enjoyed woodworking and making Christmas ornaments.
Charles James Martin, Sr., 81 of Clinton, IL, passed away 9:20 AM June 10, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center – Riverview, East Peoria, IL.
Masonic services will be 2 PM Saturday, June 16, 2018, followed by religious services with Rev. Randy Myers officiating at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 12 – 2 PM Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
Charles was born January 26, 1937, in Charleston, IL the son of Uriel and Wilma (Butler) Martin. He married Sandra Sue Kennedy July 23, 1960, in Clinton, IL. She passed away December 20, 2010.
Survivors include his children: Charles J. (Susanne) Martin, Jr., Colorado Springs, CO, Ginger (Mark) Barton, Mapleton, IL; 5 grandchildren: Jason, Jacob, Jesse, Janine, and Jennifer; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother: Henry Martin, Clinton, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Ronald Martin.
Charles retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after 37 years.
Jane E. Owens, 87, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 10:20 A.M., Monday, June 11, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.
Her funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor Annie McMillan officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, Le Roy or the
Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service.
Mrs. Owens was born March 27, 1931, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Harry Lee and Mildred Evelyn Oliver Roy. She married Gene S. Owens on December 16, 1949, in Le Roy. He passed away January 12, 2012.
She is survived by her two sons, David Gene (Bonnie) Owens and Mark William Owens all of Bloomington; one daughter, Deb Owens of Saybrook; four grandchildren, Kate (Bill Klos) Harshman, Kim Harshman, Christopher (Mandy) Owens, and Lindsay (Kevin) Hermann; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy Atherton of Congerville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Harry and Robert Roy and one sister, Dorothy Jean Roy.
Jane was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Le Roy. She had worked for Dr. Pliura for 20 plus years and later worked for Dr. Soundar in Le Roy. She had also worked at the Le Roy State Bank and was a partner in Bucksworth House, Le Roy.
The family would like to thank the girls at Le Roy Manor and Marvin Williams for their care of Jane during her time at the nursing home.
Ronald Dean "Bud” Hamilton, 88, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 3:39 P.M., Thursday, June 7, 2018, at his home in Le Roy, Illinois.
A private inurnment will be held at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois.
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hamilton was born March 10, 1930, at the Rust Farm West of Le Roy, Illinois, to Matt and Anna Smith Hamilton. He married Carol Jean Miller on September 14, 1952, in McLean County, Illinois. She survives in Le Roy, Illinois.
He is also survived by his two sons, Ronald (Karen) Hamilton of Le Roy, Illinois, and Randy (Deanna) Hamilton of Le Roy, Illinois; one daughter, Becky (the late Allen) Reynolds of Downs, Illinois; six grandchildren, Ashley, Adam & Austin Reynolds and Matt, Natalie & Madison Hamilton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Delmar Hamilton and one sister, Darlene Price.
Bud was an Illinois National Guard Veteran and was activated 1946-1951.
Bud lived and farmed in the Le Roy area his entire life. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring old cars and tractors. He could fix or repair anything. He also enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting and school activities and going to the fair to see their 4-H projects.
Bud was a member of the Ruel Neal American Legion Post #79, Le Roy, the Mclean County Antique Car Club, a lifetime member of the Le Roy Sportsman’s Club, and the McLean County Farm Bureau.
Delores Bergman, 90, passed away at 12:28 a.m. on June 10, 2018, at Copper Creek Cottages in Lincoln.
Delores was born on January 24, 1928, in Lafayette, IN; daughter of Frank and Neva (Charles) Hodgdon. She married Robert Bergman on May 18, 1950, in Lincoln, IL. He survives her.
Delores is also survived by her children: Nancy (Randy) Angeletti, Janet McGee, and Jeff (Jennifer) Bergman; two brothers: Norman and Gerald Hodgdon; five grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Stanley Hodgdon.
Delores was of the Christian faith.
Delores’ wishes were to be cremated. There will be no services. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
Lois Schmidt, 97, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on June 9, 2018, at the Christian Village in Lincoln.
Lois Bernice Schmidt was born on February 15, 1921, a daughter of Clem and Anna (Fink) Garton at their country home near Lincoln.
As a teenager, she was active in 4-H. She worked at Kresskis on Saturday’s while attending college.
Lois helped organize the Rural Youth Organization for young people of the county where she first met her husband Julian.
Lois graduated from Lincoln High School, Lincoln College and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. She taught two years at Popcorn Country School near Chestnut. At this time WWII was taking place and Julian Schmidt, a Navy Pilot, came home to wed Lois at the Methodist Church in Lincoln on May 2, 1943. They left after the wedding to live at a navy base at Cocoa Beach, Florida. Julian flew the large PBM plane to patrol the Atlantic Ocean for submarines.
Lois had three happy years while based here. She met a nice group of Navy wives.
Lois was the mother of three wonderful sons, Gene (Pat) Schmidt of Mt. Pulaski, Gary (Kathy) Schmidt of Lincoln, IL and Keith Schmidt of Las Vegas, NV. Also surviving are eight very close grandchildren, Dr. Tarin (Steve) Dalton of Blue Ridge, VA, Lainen (Eric) Graff of Cumming, GA, Jason (Casie) Schmidt of Lincoln, IL, Adam (Alyssa) Schmidt of Lincoln, IL, Anna (Rodney) Laubenstein of Lincoln, IL, Jordan (Carolann) Schmidt of Monroe, WA; Julie (Ben) Jensen of Bloomington, IL, Jeremiah (Laura) Schmidt of East Peoria, IL. There are 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild: Londyn Lois. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Julian on September 4, 2015, two brothers, four sisters and her infant baby girl.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski. She enjoyed teaching the little ones Sunday School and the summer vacation bible school when she was younger. Lois was the treasurer on the first Logan County Home Extension Board and president of the Mt. Pulaski Extension. She was very active in the Mt. Pulaski Women’s Club organization, serving two years as president and helping anyway as needed. She enjoyed playing bridge and meeting new friends. She helped organize the wonderful group of friends for the Pinochle Club. Their group traveled for many years to Hawaii, several couples for Caribbean Cruises and Florida and many on shorter trips. Lois taught 20 years before retiring. Her husband and friends urged her to retire so they could travel together.
Funeral services for Lois will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 12, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Burial will be at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran School.
Jimmie Edward "Pete” Birk,75, passed away at 7:54 p.m. on June 7, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Pete was born on August 20, 1942, in Newton, IL; son of George and Nellie (Stanley) Birk. He married Linda Mulvaney on October 24, 1959, in Lincoln, IL. She survives him.
Also surviving Pete is his son: Ed (Lisa) Birk of Lincoln, IL; two grandchildren: Whitney (Josh) Birk and Brian (Abby) Birk also of Lincoln; one brother: Gilbert (Sandy) Birk of Lincoln, IL; one sister-in-law: Verna Birk of Clinton, IL; one brother-in-law: Lawrence Jones of Lincoln, IL. Pete was preceded by his parents and his siblings: Hobert Birk, Patricia Calvo, Linda Smith, Eloise Jones, Katie Lee, and Benny Birk.
Pete worked until his retirement as an engineer at Lincoln Developmental Center and was a member of Open Arms Christian Fellowship. He was a United States Army veteran.
Services for Pete will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Larry Crawford officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service, where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Pete’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Memorial Home Hospice.
The family would like to thank the nurses at Memorial Home Hospice for their loving care they provided to Pete.
Carolyn K. Welch, 87, of Minonk, IL passed away at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at OSF St Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.
She was born on April 2, 1931, in Minonk, IL a daughter of Joseph W. and Barbara Reinhardt Ioerger. She married Robert D. Welch on November 25, 1949, in Tunica, MS. He passed away on April 27, 2000.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane(Rick) Tedrick of Clinton; Janet Welch-Pick(Jerry Pick) of Pontiac; three sons, Jerry(Michelle) Welch of Minonk; Jan(Janet) Welch of Woodstock, GA; James( Diane) Welch of Dana; two sisters, Lois( Larry) Bearss of Minonk; Joan Blackmore of El Paso; two daughters-in-law, Nancy Stine of Minonk; Connie Welch of Flanagan; 18 grandchildren, Brian Welch, Jae Butler, Edward Stine, Jeff Welch, Keith Weber, Beth Weldy, Jamie Welch, Jeremy Welch, Stephanie Hudson, Rick Butler, Katelyn Stites, Madison Butler, Justin Welch, Jenna Howe, Drew Read, Lucas Read, Catie O’Dell and Robert Stevens; 25 great grandchildren and one on the way in October; one great great grandson; grand dogs and grand cats; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, John and Joe Welch; brother, Donald Ioerger and brother-in-law, Lowell Blackmore.
Carolyn was a loving homemaker taking care of the family when they needed her most.
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, cooking and was famous for her cinnamon rolls, tea rings, and her potato salad.
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk where she belonged to the St. Paul’s Ladies.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk. Pastor Ed Sinclair will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 4-7p.m. at the church and also one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Baughman Cemetery in rural Minonk. Arrangements are being handled by Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk.
Memorial contributions may be sent made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Ann Clark, 83, of Bement, IL., passed away at 12:02 A.M., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Villas of Hollybrook, Monticello, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Bement United Methodist Church, Bement, IL. Visitation will be held from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., on Sunday, June 10, 2018, also at the Bement United Methodist Church. The Pastor Amos Dillman will officiate. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement, IL. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bement United Methodist Church.
Ann was born on September 17, 1934, in Monticello, IL., a daughter of Glenn W. and Velna Wolfe Heckman. She married Robert D. Clark on August 14, 1955, in Monticello, IL., and he passed away on July 28, 2015. Surviving is 3 sons; Mark Clark of Monticello, IL., John (Becky) Clark of Monticello, IL. and Dave Clark of Bement, IL. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren; Jordan (Eric) Brunner, Mitchel and Michael Clark, Lindsey (Derek) Conner, Tracy (Kris) Ehler, Becky Headley, Lisa (Brian) Arnold, Monica and Sara Naegle, as well as great-grandchildren; David Durbin, Peyton Scott, Blakely and Brecken Conner, and Adam Brunner. Other survivors include her siblings; Carol (Harry) Porter of Bement, Nancy (Dave) Wood of DeKalb, IL., and Danny Heckman of White Heath, IL., as well as 2 half-sisters; Mary Della Clark of Monticello, IL., and Elizabeth (Dave) Henneberry of West Grove, P.A., as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twin daughters; Susan and Sandra Clark, brother; Glenn W. Heckman, Jr., 2 sisters; Melba Summers and Judith Nelson.
Ann was a member of the Bement United Methodist Church, Bement Women's Club, Bunco Club, She was on the Bement Library Board, Luncheon group of the Monticello High School Class of 1952, and more than anything Ann loved preparing for many years the funeral luncheons for family's after their services.
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL, have the honor to serve the Clark family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.
Dr. Harold Axel Nord, 62, of Bloomington, was called home at 12:40 a.m. Friday (June 8, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, and is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
His funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Eastview Christian Church with the Revs. Bob Knapp and Mike Baker officiating. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Eastview Christian Church. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Haitian Christian Ministries or Eastview Christian Church.
To express condolences, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.
He was born Sept. 23, 1955, in Bloomington, son of Dr. Stanley K. and Sudie M. Whittinghill Nord. He married his high school sweetheart, Debra McIntyre, on July 14, 1974.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 44 years, Debbie, of Bloomington; his three children, Melissa (Tom) Waterson, Bloomington; Matt (Mellisa) Nord, O'Fallon, Mo.; and Mike (Emily) Nord, Normal; his 11 grandchildren, Ernie Waterson, Ruthie Waterson, Bobby Waterson, Ollie Waterson, Carson Nord, Cannon Nord, Cooper Nord, Axel Nord, Rae Nord, Edna Nord and Isla Nord; his seven brothers, Dr. Ronald (Diane) Nord, Dr. Paul (Karen) Nord, Dr. Lawrence (Connie) Nord, Dr. Daniel Nord, John (Donna) Nord, David Nord and Douglas (Deborah) Nord, all of Bloomington; his one sister, Carolyn (Allen) Fox, St. Charles, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dr. Nord was a 1973 graduate of Normal Community High School, Illinois State University and University of Illinois Medical School and was an OB-GYN in the Bloomington-Normal community for 31 years.
His greatest joys were spending time with his family, serving in his church, working the mission field in Northern Haiti for 23 years, and caring for his patients by "showing the love of Christ through healthcare" (his medical practice's mission statement). He will forever be remembered as a man of peace, whose gentle and kind spirit touched so many lives.
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him, we have also obtained access by faith into his grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. We rejoice in our sufferings because God's love has been poured into our hearts..." Romans 5: 1-5.
Russell Thomas Smith, 65, of DeLand, IL passed away at 5:15 PM June 8, 2018, at Farmer City Rehab and Health Care, Farmer City, IL.
Services will be 10 AM Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Weldon United Methodist Church with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Monday, June 11, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Russell was born October 21, 1952, in Decatur, IL the son of Lonnie and Imogene (Martin) Smith. He married Barbara L. Sizemore on August 12, 1989, in Allerton Park, Monticello, IL.
Survivors include his wife, Barb Smith, Monticello, IL; son, Todd (Jen) Smith, Charleston, IL; daughter, Kristin (Christopher) Greer, Monticello, IL; step-daughter Tricia (Chad) Trimble, Champaign, IL; step-son, Shawn (Tisha) Leischner, Bloomington, IL; step-son, Shannon (Anne) Leischner, Washington, IN; 4 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren; siblings, Connie (Rich) Blazier, Urbana, IL; Martha (Galen) Martin, Ashland, IL; and Michael Smith, Rantoul, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Heaven received one of the most precious, gentle souls on earth. Russ always carried a smile, made people laugh with his hilarious cartoon impersonations, and never knew a stranger. He was a diesel technician, agriculture engineering enthusiast, and a detail-oriented farmer. Russ enjoyed fishing, bowling, spending time with his grandchildren and spreading joy to everyone in his presence. He never hurried a day in his life, but took his time, enjoyed every meal and every moment. He served on the DeLand-Weldon School board for 12 years. Russ was a constant source of God’s love by radiating heaven on Earth and inspiring everyone he knew to be better people.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com
James A. Black, 69, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 11:41 P.M., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorial donations may be made to the veteran organization, Honor Courage Commitment at hccvet.org.
James was born December 29, 1948, in Denver, Colorado, to Thomas and Mary Davis Black. He married Nancy Jacobs on July 1, 1995, in Arrowsmith, Illinois. She survives in Farmer City, Illinois.
He is also survived by his daughters, Lesley (Ben) Harl of Decatur, Illinois, and Carrie (Jimmy) Banks of Decatur, Illinois; stepson, Jacob (Amy) Hale of North Carolina; stepdaughter, Andrea (Jason) High of Arrowsmith, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Jim was a United States Air Force veteran, proudly bringing home our POWs from Vietnam. Jim was a musician, avid Cubs and Bears fan and loved playing baseball.
Hannah J. Adams, 80, of McLean, went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
Funeral services for Hannah will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the McLean United Methodist Church. Rev. Bill Ramsdale will officiate. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Interment will follow at McLean Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the McLean United Methodist Church.
Hannah Jane Ijams was born March 7, 1938, in Lincoln, the daughter of Dr. Lynn and Alice Samuell Ijams. She graduated from Atlanta High School and attended MacMurray College. She married James Harold Adams in her parents' home in Atlanta, on Aug. 2, 1957.
She is survived by her husband, James Adams, and their children: Lynn (Sheila) Adams of McLean, Brenda (Dan) Wilcox of Heyworth, Arnold (Alicia) Adams of Platteville, Wis., and Harold Adams of Savoy; 10 grandchildren: Mary (Richard) Wise, Rachel (Drew) Henricks, Sarah (Miles) Williams, Eric (Naomi) Wilcox, Evan (Jessica) Wilcox, Jake Adams, Cody Adams, Drew Adams, Ruby Adams, and Sophia Adams; six great-grandchildren: Leora Wilcox, Adam Wise, Elizabeth Wilcox, Evalina Wilcox, Ruth Wilcox, and Baby Girl Wise (due in June); two sisters: Joyce Quisenberry of Phoenix and Sally (Jack) Bicknell of Atlanta; and one sister-in-law: Charlotte Ijams of Atlanta.
Hannah was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Allyn Ijams, one brother-in-law: Duane Quisenberry, one sister: Matilda Ijams, and one-great-grandson: Enzo Wilcox.
She is retired from ISU Credit Union in Normal. She loved her family and enjoyed music. She was active in her church and with the Girl Scouts for 37 years.
Memorials may be made to the McLean United Methodist Church.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.
Martha J. Harris Kirk, 76, of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at St. Clara's Rehab and Senior Center.
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the New Union Cemetery in Lincoln with Fr. Dave Klug officiating.
Martha Joyce Harris was born December 17, 1941, in Bloomington, the daughter of Floyd R. "Bay" and LaVahn Kepner Harris. She was united in marriage to Everett F. Kirk on November 10, 1973. He preceded her in death on August 16, 1997.
She is survived by two sisters: Jean (Gordon) Kindred of Atlanta and Joan Horrom of Lincoln; and eight nieces and nephews: Bill Horrom, Kathy Lahr, Mike Horrom, Steve Horrom, Gayle Klug, Karen Sherman, Denis Kindred, and Marsha Mammen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother: Shorty Harris, and two nephews: David Horrom and Jeff Kindred.
Martha graduated from the Atlanta High School in 1959. She retired from Lehn and Fink after 30 years of service.
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Fire Department.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.
Berline A. Smith, 100, of Waynesville, passed away on June 3, 2018, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Dave Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Waynesville.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Berline A. Blackwood was born Dec. 11, 1917, in Adamsville, Tenn., the daughter of Arthur W. and Ollie Burney Blackwood. She married Curry Smith on July 13, 1935. He preceded her in death Aug. 12, 1986.
Berline is survived by their children: Shirley (Maxwell) Melton of Stantonville, Tenn., Billy (Catherine) Smith of Bloomington, Brenda (Jim) Tabor of Creve Coeur, and Thomas (Nancy) Smith of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Roger; two sisters; three brothers; and two grandchildren.
Berline was a member of the Mt. Vincent Methodist Church in Stantonville, Tenn. She worked for Lincoln Development Center for seventeen years.
Memorials may be made to the Waynesville Christian Church, Waynesville Fire Department, or the Waynesville American Legion.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.
Kevin Richards, 67, formerly of Prophetstown and Decatur, passed away in his sleep on June 2nd at his home in Farmer City, Illinois.
Kevin was born in Morrison, Illinois on June 9th, 1950. He graduated from St. Teresa High School in Decatur in 1968 and attended Danville Area Community College.
Kevin worked as a produce manager for his father’s grocery store as well as a variety of other jobs. He was an excellent high school, American Legion and Community College baseball player. He was active in organizing, coaching and managing baseball/softball events and leagues in Central Illinois.
Kevin is survived by his mother Norene Richards of Farmer City, brothers Randy (Dolores Richards) of Rock Island and Michael (Sandy Mason) of Monticello; 4 nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews as well as his loyal lifelong friends Al Jayne and Mike Cunningham. He is preceded in death by his father Glenn Richards.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in his name to Champaign County Humane Society 1911 E Main St, Urbana, IL.
Brothers Michael and Randy are planning a celebration of his life to be held in early August. Date and time TBD. Contact Randy at RandyRichards49@gmail.com for more information.
William A. Gentry 88 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:35 PM June 3, 2018 at his residence surrounded by family.
Services will be 10 AM, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Weldon Springs Veterans’ Point.
William was born November 27, 1929 in Clinton, IL the son of Fairris and Carrie (Isaacs) Gentry. He married Ida Ellen Thoms October 22, 1972 in Clinton, Il. She passed away June 30, 2008.
Survivors include his children: Jason William (Heather Alexander) Gentry, Clinton, IL; and Sara Jo Gentry, Clinton, IL; brother, Larry (Mary Ellen) Gentry, Dahinda, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters, and 1 brother.
William was a retired Sheet Metal Worker and member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Local #1. He also worked in Heating and Cooling and did body work. He enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing with his family.
Bruce Thomas Cunningham died of a broken heart on March 13, 2018, nearly 4 months after the love of his life, Dorothy, passed away in November. Bruce had never missed an anniversary with “Dot” so it was meant to be that they were together to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on March 28th after all. He was surrounded by his loving children at the time of his passing.
Words can not express the depth of how much he is missed by his loved ones. He leaves behind son Mark D. Cunningham and wife Pam, Clinton, IL; and daughter Terri L. Cunningham, Charlotte, NC. In addition, he also leaves behind two granddaughters who were his pride and joy: Jamie Cunningham, Bloomington, IL and Amanda Cunningham Visinia, Clinton, IL. Three great-grandchildren: Leilani Lynn, Matai Marcus and Koa Kingston Visinia, Clinton, IL. And several nieces and nephews.
Bruce was born in Canastota, NY in 1932, the son of William and Marietta “Mae” Relyea Cunningham, the youngest of five. He earned an Associate Degree in Chemistry from Binghamton Technical College, Binghamton, NY, before enlisting in the United States Army during the Korean War. He served for 3 years and spent most of his time at an Army base in Alaska while it was still recognized as a Territory and before it was a part of the United States. Before entering the service, however, his life changed when his sister introduced him to a co-worker, Dorothy “Dot” Avery. Subsequently, they married while he was on a 72- hour pass; hitch hiking home from his Base in time to attend his own rehearsal dinner. He got married the next day and had one day for a honeymoon before returning to the Base.
Once he was discharged in 1955, Bruce went on to attend, and graduate from Syracuse University with a BS in Chemistry. It was during this time he also became a father for the first time when son Mark was born. Upon graduation, Bruce went to work at Revere Copper and Brass in Rome, NY. A promotion sent he and the family, which now included daughter Terri, to Clinton, IL where he worked several years before another promotion sent him back to Rome, NY. In 1978, a promotion to Vice President of Manufacturing called for he and Dot to relocate once again to Clinton, IL. After Revere was sold to Olin Brass, Bruce worked for Olin at the plant in Bloomington, IL until he took early retirement when he was 60 years old. While he was in Clinton, over the years he was active in the Jaycees, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton Country Club, and the American Legion. Bruce and Dot relocated one more time in 2010 due to the persistent urging of daughter Terri to join her in the Carolinas. It was not an easy decision but because he was a dedicated father, they made the move, and even though he loved the warmer weather and had great neighbors, he always missed his old life in Clinton. They spent their last years in Carolina Lakes, Sun City in Fort Mill, SC, only 15 miles from Terri.
Bruce possessed an easy smile, twinkling eyes and a quick wit. He was proud of his time in the military and was a loyal Syracuse Orangemen fan. Besides his wife and children, his other passion was golf, which he shared with Dot. Anyone who knew Bruce also knew that Dot could golf circles around him and beat him on a regular basis, but he was not deterred; he loved it anyway. Even babysitting a grandchild didn’t keep them from the game, as they would take turns holding Amanda in the golf cart while the other took a swing. Bruce enjoyed his last tee time two weeks before his unexpected death. Being the devoted Dad that he was, he skipped golf for a week to stay and care for Terri after surgery for what would be his last four days.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, brother William, and sisters Bonnie Cunningham, Margaret “Peg” Saunders, and Carol Cunningham.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 pm, Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte, NC, followed by a short reception immediately following the Service. The date is significant; it was chosen to honor him because it is the weekend between Father’s Day and Bruce’s birthday on June 29th, when he would have turned 86.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion,219 N. Elizabeth St., Clinton, IL 61727 or Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 8919 Park Road, Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Cremation services were provided by Wolfe Funeral Home, Fort Mill, SC.
Gary Dean Denton, 63, of Chestnut passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in his home.
Gary was born on March 11, 1955 in Taylorville, IL the son of Marshall K. and Janice L. (Brockette) Denton.
Gary is survived by his sister, Jill (Larry) Gabriel of Mt. Pulaski; his great-nephew, Trea Masset of Farmer City; his great-great-niece, Cambrey Masset of Farmer City; special family members, Matt, Lisa, and Haley Wilham of Kenny; and his cousins, Royalene Michael and Coleen Kennedy of Coto Paxi, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and nephew, Kenneth Masset.
Gary loved sports and playing pool. He was a retired truck driver, most of the time with TNT Holland Trucking. He was a member of The First Baptist Church in Taylorville, he graduated from Taylorville High School.
Gary’s wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL.
Rena Diliberto, 76, of Clinton, IL passed away at 3:26 PM, May 31, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.
Graveside services will be 10 AM Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Rena was born February 12, 1942 in Lane, IL the daughter of Pearl and Mary (Myers) Marshall. She married Paul Diliberto August 7, 1973 in Chicago, IL.
Survivors include her children: Paula Grotbo, Normal, IL; Yvette (Dan) Sidell, Pekin, IL; and Denise (Jason) Huff, Murphysboro, IL; seven grandchildren: Devin, Cindy, Dustin, Amber, Brooklynn, Noah, and Jacob; two great grandchildren: Landon and Cooper; sisters: Betty Hayward, Chillicothe, IL; and Connie Henderson, Decatur, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and three brothers.
Rena was retired from Crestview Nursing Home. She was baptized at the First Christian Church of Wapella, IL in 1990.
James “Jamie” Darren Polen 45 of Clinton, Il. passed away 12:30 PM June 2, 2018 at his residence, Clinton, Il.
Private Family Graveside will be 1:00 pm Friday Polen Cemetery Rural DeWitt, Illinois.
Visitation will 1-3 pm Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
Memorials may be directed to Jamie Polen Memorial Fund.
Jamie was born January 23, 1973 in Clinton, Il. the son of James Darrell and Zelma Jean (Thrasher) Polen.
Survivors include his long term companion, Janie Wyatt, Clinton, Il.; Father Jim (Judy) Polen of Clinton: Children, Christopher and Savanah Polen both of Pontiac, Il. Grandson, Noah James Ashmus of Pontiac, Il.; Siblings, Bridget Polen of Indiana; Kandi Anderson of Lincoln, Il.; Mark (Kerri) Polen of Clinton and Ronald (Amber) Polen of Clinton, Il.
Also surviving is his faithful friend Charlie.
He was preceded his Mother and Grandson Gabriel Ashmus.
Shirley “Short” Clifton 89 of Weldon, Illinois passed away 2:35 A.M. June 2, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Il.
Services will be 1:00 P.M., Friday June 8, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Nixon Township Cemetery, Weldon, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Friends In Action or Weldon Rescue Squad.
Shirley was born in1929 in Rutledge Township, DeWitt County, Il. the daughter of Ora and Gertrude (Matlock) Milton. She married Earl “Jim” Clifton November 20, 1947 in Clinton, Il. He passed away November 27, 1998.
Survivors include her children, Penny (Steve) Schimpler, Pasadena, Maryland; Jim (Marty) Clifton, Lehigh Acres, Florida; 7 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren, Brothers, Bob Milton, Clinton, Il. and Bill Milton, Edmonds, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother and 1 Sister.
Shirley was a cook for the DeLand – Weldon School District for over 30 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 131 Myrtle Chapter, Clinton, IL. Shirley enjoyed movies and listening to books on tape.
Larry Coleman Ratliff, 80, formerly of Clinton and Chatham, passed away peacefully at Primrose Retirement Community of Decatur on Monday, May 28, 2018.
Larry was born on October 3, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Raymond Ecton and Minnie Elizabeth Owens Ratliff. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ray, Ron, and Ray Edward Ratliff.
Larry met his future wife, Marilyn Marie Bumgarner, as students in a one room school house called Mt. Zion. They were friends since the fifth grade. They were married on September 4, 1959. Larry retired from Illinois Power at their Nuclear Power Plant in Clinton after 24 years of service as a Quality Engineer. Larry is a member of First Christian Church of Clinton and former member and deacon of Chatham Baptist Church.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn of Decatur; his son, Gregory (Vicky) Ratliff of Chatham; daughters Susan (Kenneth) Klein, Leslie (Bob) Gwozdz and Lynn Flowers all of Clinton; grandchildren, Kiersten (Jon) Goff, Merle, Courtney, and Cheyenne Klein, Kayla, Kiel, and Kasey Gwozdz, Jabin and Chase Flowers; great-grandchildren Sophia and Cora Goff; brother, Ken (Fran) Ratliff and sister-in-law, Betty Ratliff of Phoenix, AZ.
His family will greet friends on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 12 Noon pm until the time of the funeral ceremony at 2 pm at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. The Celebration Service will be officiated by Pastor Greg Taylor of First Christian Church of Clinton.
Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Benevolence Fund, 100 North Jackson Street, Clinton, Illinois, 61727.
Please visit www.StaabPolk.com to leave condolences and share your memories.
V. Maxine Garver, 97, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away on May 30, 2018 at Heritage Manor in Mt. Zion, IL.
Visitation is from 11 am to 1 pm with services at 1 pm Saturday, June 2, at the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren. Memorials may be made to the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren, Cerro Gordo, IL.
Maxine was born April 4, 1921 near Cerro Gordo, daughter of Roy and Pearl (Six) Hickman. She married Paul J. Garver on December 25, 1939. Paul precedes her in death. She leaves sons Duane and wife Jean of Oakley, IL and Gary of Pekin, IL. She leaves four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Maxine enjoyed owning a business in Cerro Gordo for many years. She enjoyed a 28 year association with Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in Cerro Gordo. She also enjoyed being organist for her church for nearly 50 years.
The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Manor for their kindness and caring.
Special thanks to the congregation of the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren for all the prayers, cards, and letters over the years.
Most special friends are Mrs. Jerri Baldridge, Mrs. Betty Sue Laird, Pastor Tim Laird, Pastor Terry Leach, Mrs. Megan Rhoades, and Mr. Mike Ritchie.
Services are being handled by the Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com
Tamala "Tami" Ballenger, 62, of Clinton, passed away at 1:22 a.m. Thursday (May 31, 2018) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Private graveside service will be Tuesday with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Tami was born Feb. 25, 1956, in Bloomington, the daughter of Calvin and Donelda “Donnie” Haycraft Karr. She married Bob Ballenger May 2, 1981, in Wapella.
Survivors include her mother, Donelda “Donnie” Karr, Clinton; husband, Bob Ballenger, Clinton; children, Staci Ballenger, Clinton; Chad Ballenger, Clinton; grandchildren, Mackena and Jacob, Clinton; siblings, Darla (David) Nelson, Clinton, and Shelly (Brad) Kemp, Bloomington.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Tami worked at Ameren Illinois, Decatur, for 25 years.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.