Mildred Mae Green Kilhoffer, 94, daughter of Samuel and Leona Crosier Green, of Lakewood, Illinois, formerly of Buffalo, a lover of music, the arts, and nature, passed away on July 27, 2018 surrounded by family and dear friends. She leaves a legacy of thirteen children, thirty-three grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
Mildred was born on March 30, 1924 in Logan County, Illinois. Her birthday is shared with two of her great-grandchildren, Taylor Wooldridge and Colten Haller. Mildred and John "Jack” Anthony Kilhoffer eloped and were married in St. Charles, Missouri on August 15, 1942. In order to make the trip Jack had to replace the worn tires on the car with good truck tires. That was not permitted during WWII because while farmers could get new truck tires, car tires were rationed. Also, because of Jack’s draft status he was not supposed to leave the state. They eloped to Missouri anyway and were married for fifty-eight years. After they returned to Illinois they spent the first forty years of their marriage on a farm near Lanesville before retiring to the Lakewood area.
Mildred’s husband, Jack, preceded her in death as did a granddaughter, Jamie Faye Kilhoffer, and a great-grandson, Aiden Marley. She was also preceded in death by four siblings: Wilma Scott, Doris Laatch, Maureen Wilham, and Gayland Green.
Mildred is survived by her thirteen children: Constance Hageman (Douglas) of Fargo, ND; John Kilhoffer of Bloomington; Michael P. Kilhoffer of Lakewood; Maureen Tiedje of Huntley; Dan Kilhoffer (Barb) of Chatham; Randy Kilhoffer (Stacy) of Pahoa, HI; Chuck Kilhoffer (Kathy) of Buffalo; Andy Kilhoffer (Linda) of Milstadt; Jeanne Camfield of Illiopolis; Debra Bernish (Christopher) of Lake Forest; Terry Kilhoffer (Maureen) of Crystal Lake; Patrick Kilhoffer (Victoria) of Danvers; and Kelly Kilhoffer (Lynn) of Heyworth. She is also survived by her sisters Marilyn Janusweski and Wanda Etherton of Springfield.
After her youngest child started school, Mildred decided to go to college. She attended Sangamon State University (now known as University of Illinois Springfield) in Springfield where she received her Bachelor of Arts: Environments and People in June of 1972. She was a member of the first graduating class of Sangamon State University and went on to earn her master’s degree at the same college in December of 1973.
After college Mildred taught at St. Patrick Catholic School in Springfield and at Sacred Heart School in Pana, and later worked for Shelby County. She wrote four books on genealogy and history, three of which were about the Salt Creek area near Watson, Illinois where her mother, Leona, grew up. As a child Mildred loved to visit her relatives in that area. She was also a 4-H leader for fourteen years, and at one time had her living room full of sewing machines teaching girls how to sew. Mildred was a talented artist, and she enjoyed drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography.
Mildred and Jack believed strongly in education and were proud that all of their children attended college. They were also proud that seven of their children served in the military.
Mildred recently stated she was most proud of her children, that she wrote four books, and that she went paragliding off the side of a mountain high above Interlaken, Switzerland at the age of seventy-two. In her later years, Mildred especially loved listening to the country music created by her talented southern Illinois friends.
Special thanks to Michael P. Kilhoffer who lived with Mildred for over six years and made sure she enjoyed life, including taking her to hundreds of musical events. Wayne Steele was an incredibly caring neighbor who deserves high praise for the many times he helped Mildred through the years. Honorary sainthood is granted to Jeanne Camfield for all her tireless help with her mother. Finally, a heartfelt "thank you” to Trish Adkins who was Mildred’s helper for fourteen years and whom Mildred adored.
Visitation and Funeral Mass: Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 4th at the Resurrection Church in Illiopolis. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 AM with Fr. Robert Porter, celebrant. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in rural Illiopolis. A luncheon will be served in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Resurrection Catholic Church in Illiopolis or the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Shelbyville.
Leo E. Mollet, 86, of DeWitt, passed away at 3:35 p.m. (July 26, 2018) at Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday (July 31, 2018) at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, with his son, Chaplain Joseph Allen Mollet, officiating. Visitation will be 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
Memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Leo was born July 13, 1932, in Highland, the son of Fremont Robert and Eva Mary Knabel Mollet. He married Mary Lou Blew in 1957 in Chillicothe. She passed away May 15, 1990.
Survivors include his children, Robert Blew, Seattle, Wash.; Michelle Marie (George) Mollet-Singley, Stanford; Thomas Leo (Janet Gail) Mollet, Fox River Grove; Joseph Allen (Rachel) Mollet, Crown Point, Ind.; and Timothy Michael Mollet, Clinton; six grandchildren, including Tiffany Marie Mollet, a special, beloved granddaughter; siblings, Paul (Mary Ann) Mollet, Sycamore; Ralph (Gaylen) Mollet, Abilene, Texas; Roberta Bernardi, Maryville; Doris Reynolds, DeWitt, with whom he made his home for the last several years; Joseph Craig (Emily) Pruitt, Clinton, whom Leo raised as his own son; and Gerald Alan Inman, Wapella, whom he loved as a son.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Victoria Suzanne Mollet; and three brothers.
Leo was an Army Veteran who served in Korea. He served on the village board for Wapella and DeWitt, was a past mayor of Wapella and was a Wapella fire chief for 10 years. Leo was a truck driver.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Michael D. Bobbitt Senters, 59, of Clinton, passed away at 10:50 a.m. (July 26, 2018) at his residence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Michael Senters Memorial Fund.
Michael was born Feb. 25, 1959, in Decatur, the son of Daniel and Kathryn (Parish) Senters.
Survivors include his parents, Dan and Kathy Senters, Waynesville; siblings, Kimmy Hettinger, Waynesville; Bryan Kwasny, Lincoln; Vicki (John) Chamblin, Greenview; and Amber Senters, Lincoln. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Michael enjoyed fishing, camping and Facebook.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Wayne M. Copley, 88, of Micco, Fla., formerly of Farmer City, died July 20, 2018, in Micco, Fla.
He was married to Mary Ann Meyers Copley. She survives. He had four sons, Richard, Jim (deceased), Joel (Marcia) and Mike (Ginny); one daughter, Kathy (Dave); and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 at the American Legion post in Farmer City. Memorials may be made to the Farmer City Fire Department or William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32907.
Kobe Michael Webb, 13, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Indiana.
Kobe was born February 16, 2005 in Lima, Ohio, the son of Christina Webb and Will Weaver. He went to Harris School in Decatur and was going into the eighth grade at Clinton Jr. High School. Kobe enjoyed people watching, flirting with girls, and listening to country music.
Kobe leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother Christina, father Will and wife Rachael, grandparents Shirley and Elmer Webb and Robert Gipson.
Kobe was preceded in death by his grandmother Margaret Gipson.
Memorial service for Kobe will be 5:00 PM Monday, July 30, 2018 at Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the services. Memorials are suggested to the family in care of Christina Webb or Will Weaver.
Arrangements by Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel, 4020 N. Water St. Decatur, view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Gregory S. “Flako” Feldman, 61, of Lincoln, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at his home, with his wife and daughters by his side.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church. A Rosary Service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln.
Gregory Stephen Feldman was born November 28, 1956, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of Robert Joseph and Eleanor Mae Fults Feldman. Greg was united in marriage to Teena Harbert on September 23, 1978. She survives.
Greg is also survived by his daughters: Autumn (Mike) Usalis of Glen Ellyn, Abbie (Phill) Stroik of Bloomington, his mother Eleanor Feldman of Lincoln, one brother Anthony Feldman of Chicago, and one sister Monica (Kevin) Ritchhart of Lincoln. He was a devoted uncle to his nieces and nephews, and a loving Papa to his granddaughters, Aspen Marie Usalis and Skylar Abigail Usalis.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Greg attended St. Patrick’s Grade School/Carroll Catholic School and graduated from Lincoln Community High School in 1974. He was a carpenter for the Illinois Department of Corrections and Carpenters Local #742. Greg retired in June of 2017.
He was an avid Cubs and Duke Blue Devils fan and enjoyed watching Bears games with the “Bear Babies.” He was always willing to volunteer his time for various events and individuals, and he enjoyed golfing and spending time with family and friends. Greg knew no stranger and was always known for his kind heart, quick wit, and ability to make people smile.
Greg was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Elks Lodge #914, Eagles Aerie #2708, Sons of American Legion Post #263, and he was a 3rd Degree Knight with the Lincoln Knights of Columbus Council #1250, in which he also served as Trustee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the V Foundation (Cancer Research) or to Carroll Catholic School.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.
Ira Thomas "Tom" Halsey passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, at his home in Normal.
Graveside services for Mr. Halsey will be held at a later time at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville with full Military Rites. Mr. Dave Taylor will officiate. Cremation Rites have been accorded.
Tom and his forever sweetheart Virginia Duvall married in Clinton on Dec. 17, 1965.. She survives. One son, Brett (Casey) Halsey; one grandson Gavin; one granddaughter Harper; special friend Rita Beyer; and loving dog Turk also sadly survive.
With his passing, Tom was reunited with his parents Carl B. Halsey and Anna Ruble Halsey, along with all his sisters: Carmen Mearida, Mary Rich, and Melva Neaville; brothers Joseph, Carlyle, Oozie, and Glenn Halsey; friends before him; and his dogs Scooter, Jordan, We and Flakey.
Tom graduated from Waynesville Academy, then joined the United States Navy where he served on the USS Tarawa and crossed the equator. Tom retired from Deluxe check printers. He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189 and served as Vice Commander and Commander.
He was a loving uncle to 17 nieces and nephews and a good man who would help anyone in need. Tom always loved Waynesville and the people there. As a Times Past Inn breakfast and Denny's Donuts afternoon coffee regular he made lasting friendships that are a treasure to us. Loved to dance and always had a full dance card.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tom's family who will in part donate to American Legion Post #1189 for the new roof fund.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.
Phyllis Marie Ranney, 96, of Springfield passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield.
Phyllis was born on November 22, 1921 the daughter of Edward and Emma (Doty) Smith. She married Marion J. Ranney in November of 1946 in Detroit, MI. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1985.
Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Dana (Donald W.) Smith of Springfield, and Marian Jeanne Ranz of Springfield; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one infant daughter, Mona.
Phyllis was a lifelong member of Lincoln Christian Church in Lincoln.
A graveside service will be held for Phyllis at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln, IL. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL.
Betty Lou Kyle 93 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:45 PM July 24, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, IL.
Private graveside services will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.
Betty was born February 13, 1925 in Kenney, IL the daughter of Ted and Eleanor (Foster) Roseman. She married Charles D. Kyle, Sr. December 16, 1941 in St. Louis, MO. He passed away September 12, 1997.
Survivors include her son, Charles David Kyle, Jr., Clinton, Il.; grandchildren, Darin Scott Kyle, Houston, TX; Tricia Lynn Kyle, Clinton, IL; great-grandchildren, Darin Scott Kyle, Jr.; Taylore Leyva, Victoria Hendrickson; great-great-grandchildren, Madison Kyle, Autumn Acevedo, Anthony Acevedo, Chloe Kyle and Sophia Leyva; siblings, Mary Burton, Clinton, IL; Jerry (Betty) Roseman, Decatur, IL; Teddy (Nancy) Roseman, Clinton, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Shirley, Sally, Norma and brother, Kenneth.
Betty was a beautician and had worked at Armstrong Shoe Store for many years.
Wallace Junior Lamb, 94, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 1:19 A.M., Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care.
Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Friday, July 27, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois. A Masonic Service will begin at 2:00 P.M. with the funeral following, Rev. C. Don Ferrill will officiate. Burial will be in Goose Creek Township Cemetery, DeLand, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farmer City Masonic Scholarship Fund, Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 or to Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190.
Wallace was born March 22, 1924, in Clinton, Illinois, a son of Wallace Filmore and Emma Lula White Lamb. He married Clara Belle Larson on October 14, 1946, in Macon, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Belle Lamb of Farmer City, Illinois; children, Kenneth (Laura) Lamb of Morrisville, Vermont, Owen (Doris Ann) Lamb of Mansfield, Illinois, Eugenia (Michael) Watson of Seymour, Illinois, and Donna (Edward) Krauss of Farmer City, Illinois; ten grandchildren, Nathan (Jen) Lamb; Tammis (Tyson) Kelley; Justin (Alisa) Lamb; Jeremy (Marissa) Lamb; Megan (Adam) McCloud; Emily Bailey; Hannah Watson; Sarah (Shannon) Montgomery; Tony (Christie) Krauss; and Claire (Eric Feinburg) Krauss; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Wallace was a retired electrician from the University of Illinois. He was a WWII army veteran serving as a Corporal in Battery C 770TH FA BN in Normandy in the European Theater. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Wallace was a life member of the Farmer City Masonic Lodge 710; a member of the Bloomington Consistory; life member of the Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190, Farmer City; life member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City; and a member of IBEW Local 601, Champaign.
Vera Mae (Cherry) Meadows, 90, of Moody, Missouri departed this life on Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Salem, Arkansas. She was born to the late Ralph E. Cherry and Esther Hannah (Day) Cherry on October 16, 1927 in Cornland, Illinois.
Vera was united in marriage to Eugene E. Meadows on November 28, 1947 in Lincoln, Illinois. Vera spent most of her life on the family farm in Cornland, Illinois. She was a wonderful cook, loved children, and enjoyed fishing. She was a member of the Cornland Chirstian Church in Cornland, Illinois. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.
She leaves to mourn her passing; daughter, Jean Guffey and husband Mike of Moody, Missouri; two grandchildren, Hannah Renfrow-Smith of West Plains, Missouri and Joshua Gullion of Harrison, Arkansas; four great grandchildren, Jaxon Renfrow, Coby Gullion, Jarrett Renfrow, and Jordan Smith; two nieces, Vera Thomas of Lincoln, Illinois and Mary Thomas George of Lincoln, Illinois; other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband (Eugene Meadows), parents, sister (Louise Thomas) and two nephews (Floyd Thomas and Larry Thomas).
Services for Vera will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00a.m.) also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Vera’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or The Parkinson’s Research Foundation. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.
Betty Jane Moore 91 of Weldon, Illinois passed away 6:10 PM July 23, 2018 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana, IL.
Services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Carle Hospice.
Betty was born November 13, 1926 in Wapella, Illinois the daughter of Clarence and Suzie
(Lamb) Gladden. She married Clifford L. Moore November 14, 1946 in Clinton, IL. He passed away January 15, 2013.
Survivors include her children, Randy (Carole) Moore, Mahomet, IL.; Robyn Nash, Alton, IL; Grandchildren, Scott (Andrea) Moore, Peoria, IL; Corbin (Natalie) Covher, Natchitoches, LA; Amanda Austin, Urbana, IL; Ashton Nash, Urbana, IL; Tyler Nash, Moro, IL; and Dustin Nash, East Alton, IL; Great-grandchildren: Aidan Austin, Lilah Covher; and A. J. Moore.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother and 1 Sister.
Betty was a Registered Nurse and a Beautician. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Michael L. Mollohan, 55, of Lincoln, a goodhearted, old fashioned and honest member of the community, passed away at 5:46 p.m. on July 21, 2018, at his home.
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 2:00 p..m. at the Atlanta Cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible will officiate.
A time of visitation with his family will be held at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Burial will be at the Atlanta Cemetery.
Michael Lawrence Mollohan was born February 18, 1963, in Taylorville, the son of Lawrence W. and Patty I. Engeling Mollohan. He first married Geraldine "Geri" Mayernick. He later married Dana Janell King.
Mike is survived by his wife, Dana; five children: Madison Mollohan, Casey Mollohan, Morgan Mollohan, Courtney Mollohan, and Jacob Fleener; and his parents: Larry and Patty Mollohan.
He was preceded in death by one infant son: Patrick Michael Mollohan.
Mike was a 1981 graduate of Taylorville High School, Illinois State University in 1985, and Southern Illinois University Dental School in 1989. He purchased the Atlanta Dental Center in 1991. He was a member of Atlanta Rotary, Lincoln Knights of Columbus #1250, and the Illinois State Dental Association. He is also a member of George's Cub Cadet and Kenny's Tractor Clubs. He loved working on Cub Cadets and Yamaha Big Wheels, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and his wildflowers fields, evergreen trees, and feeding the birds.
Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children in care of the Atlanta National Bank.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.
Epifania Laya, 79, passed away at 8:55 p.m. on July 21, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL surrounded by her loving family.
Epifania was born on July 12, 1939 in Ilocos Norte, Philippines; daughter of Alejo and Nicolasa (Ralar) Fader. She married Crispin Laya on January 23, 1961 in Manila, Philippines. He survives her.
Also surviving Epifania are her children: Maria Laya of Lincoln, Ferdinand (Lorna) Laya of St. Peters, MO, Bernard Laya of Manila, Philippines, and Crispin Laya Jr. of Lincoln, IL; one brother: Amonio Fader; one sister: Pat Dancil; four grandchildren: Kristina, Robin, Joshua Laya, and Lei Gilford. She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother Ben.
Epifania was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
Visitation for Epifania will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic church followed by a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 26, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev Jeffrey Laible officiating. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the funeral service. Memorials may be made in Epifania’s name to Holy Family Catholic Church or Logan County Food Pantry. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
Michele Lynn Schneider, 50, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.
Michele was born on April 18, 1968 in Rapid City, SD, the daughter of Otis R. and Ruth Ann (Jones) Calliss. She married William Schneider on September 27, 1997 in Herrin, IL. he survives in Mt. Pulaski.
Michele is also survived by her sons, Ian and Aidan Schneider; her mother, Ruth Ann Calliss of Herrin; her sisters, Susan (Dax) Griffith of Herrin, and Amy Calliss of Herrin; her nieces, Kaitlin and Mikaila Griffith of Herrin; her nephew, Josh Griffith of Herrin; her father-in-law, Robert Schneider of Hamilton, IL; her brothers-in-law, Edward Schneider of Hamilton, IL, and Dave (Mark Bray) Schneider of Seattle, WA.
Michele is preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.
Michele was a sports mom; she loved watching her boys play. Michele also taught Sunday School at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church.
A Celebration of Life Service for Michele will be held at 11:00a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, with Mark Weber officiating. Continued fellowship will follow at The Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski Immediately following the service. Memorial donations may be made in Michele’s name to American Diabetes Association or Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Youth. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.
Betty J. Burris 88 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 6:40 AM July 22, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
Graveside services will be 2:15 PM, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be 1 – 2 PM Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Betty was born March 25, 1930 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Lloyd H. and Edna F. (Pugh) Willis. She married William R. “Bob” Burris April 25, 1947 in Clinton, Il. He passed away March 16, 2007.
Survivors include her children, Linda Haugh, Taylorville, IL and Robert J. Burris, LeRoy, IL; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; siblings: Shirley N. Evans and Donna L. Stone both of Clinton, IL; half-sister, Ludene Black, Taylorville, IL; half-brother, Michael Willis, Taylorville, IL; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 infant daughter; and 1 sister, LaThorne Leach.
Betty was a School Bus Driver for Wapella and Clinton schools for 40 years and was a hairdresser for many years. She enjoyed bowling and reading.
Neysa M. Danilson, 47, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away peacefully at her parents’ home in Le Roy, Illinois, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
Her visitation will be Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, beginning with the Rosary Service at 4:30 P.M., followed with visitation from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Mary’s Church of Downs, Illinois, with Father Dustin Schultz, Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Marcfirst, 1606 Hunt Drive, Normal, Illinois, 61761; S.O.A.R. / Bloomington Parks and Recreation Office, P.O. Box 3157, Bloomington, Illinois 61702; Advocate at Home (Home Health and Hospice), 303 North Hershey Road, Suite C, Bloomington, Illinois, 61704.
Neysa was born May 30, 1971, in Heidelberg, Germany, a daughter of John E. and Kathleen F. Black Danilson.
She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Cassandra (Brett) Bidus and Jackie (Brent) Trenkle; nieces, Skielyr, Shaelyn and Sophia Trenkle and Elena and Teagan Bidus.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her uncle, Joe.
Neysa attended her parents' church, St. Mary’s Church of Downs, Illinois. She was a member of S.O.A.R.; Best Buddies through Illinois State University; an active member of Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center; and Partnerships for Health Pilot Project. She participated in the Special Olympics and lived independently, supported by the amazing staff at Marcfirst.
June Marie Pleines, 90, of the Arrowsmith-Saybrook area, passed away at 12:05 A.M., Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at The Villas of Holly Brook, Bloomington, Illinois.
Her funeral will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 20, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 302 East Lincoln Street, Saybrook, Illinois, with Pastor Stacy Landry officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Arrowsmith, Illinois. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Arrowsmith Christian Church or the Witt-Webber-Carrell American Legion Auxiliary Unit 617, Arrowsmith, Illinois.
June was born June 9, 1928, in Beaverville, Illinois, a daughter of Dewey and Evelyn La Reau Varboncoeur. She married Ansel Keith Pleines on February 12, 1949, in Le Roy, Illinois. He passed away January 6, 2013.
She is survived by her sons, David K. (Ruth) Pleines of Arrowsmith, Illinois, Darrel L. Pleines of Bloomington, Illinois, Dennis W. Pleines of Heyworth, Illinois, and Duane S. (Denise) Pleines of DeLand, Florida; daughter, Deborah J. Hardesty of Parker, Colorado; nine grandchildren, Darin; Darci; Logan; Bridget; Travis; Joshua; Wesley; Danielle; and April; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Roberts of Bloomington, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Varboncoeur, Donald Varboncoeur and Dewey Varboncoeur Jr.; and sister, Ruby Berry.
June attended the Arrowsmith Christian Church and the Arrowsmith United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Witt-Webber-Carrell American Legion Auxiliary Unit 617, Arrowsmith. June had been a dental assistant in Bloomington, Illinois, and also a secretary and assistant for Kline and Meyer Veterinary Clinic in Gibson City, Illinois.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of The Villas of Holly Brook, Bloomington, Illinois, and VITAS Hospice for their excellent care of their mother.
Dean C. Riley, 90, of Monticello, passed away at 8:39 p.m., July 19, 2018 at his residence.
Dean was born April 15, 1928 in Monticello, IL the son of Wayne and Irma (Oldfield) Riley. He married Elizabeth C. ‘Betty’ Stoerger on June 26, 1948 in Bement. She passed away June 27, 1995. He married Carol Sue Klaska on February 6, 1999.
Dean is survived by his wife, Carol Sue Riley of Monticello; sons, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Riley of Monticello, Dean ‘Chuck’ Riley (Kathy) of DeLand, John ‘Kim’ Riley (Debbie) of Westpoint, IN, George W. Riley (Mary) of Monticello, Rodney J. Riley (Josie) of Belvedere; daughters, Sandra K. Wright (Laddie) of Bement, Cheryl M. Thaler (Ted) of Monticello, Ruth Ann Tracy (Terry) of Rochester, MN; stepson, Brett Shields (Amy) of Hermatige, TN; stepdaughters, Kimberly Sims (Mike) of Argenta and Terri Green (Tim) of Farmer City; 21 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, son Joseph Kevin Riley, and sister Thelma Williams.
Dean was a farmer and he also worked at Growmark, Inc. for 19 years, General Cable for 10 years, Monticello Grain, Monticello Bus Service, and Mormon Feeds. Dean served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-1949. He was a member of the St. Philomena Catholic Church, Piatt County Farm Bureau, National and State Landrace Association, 4-H leader and youth council member, American Legion, Haneline Club, and the Hardee’s Geezer Club.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 23, 2018 at the St. Philomena Catholic Church of Monticello with Fr. Bruce Lopez officiating. Interment will be in Bement Township Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Philomena Catholic Church or an organization of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.
Michael Douglas Songer (Meatball), age 55, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 in Merritt Island, Fl.
Michael was born August 11, 1962 in Decatur, IL to Jerry and Betty (Atkins) Songer. He was a 1980 graduate of Cerro Gordo High School. Michael married Rebecka Sue Beneze on May 17, 1986 in Decatur, IL and together they have two sons. In 1970, Michael competed in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition where he was eventually sponsored and picked up by the Green Bay Packers to compete against others during the halftime shows of football games. This is when his love for the Green Bay Packers grew as he had the privilege to travel with the team and warm up Bart Starr on the sidelines. As an adult, Michael served two years on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Cerro Gordo, member of the Cerro Gordo SAL Post 117, member of the American Legion Riders of Lovington, IL, inducted into the Cerro Gordo Youth League Hall of Fame in 2008 due to many years of hard work and dedication coaching the Cerro Gordo JFL.
Michael was employed for many years with R. V. Evans Co. and Stratus Foods in Decatur, IL. His final years in Florida he was employed with Gerber Auto Body Shop and worked as a Shop Tech. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, deer hunting in Southern Illinois with his closest friends, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and never missed a Green Bay Packers football game.
Michael is survived by his wife Rebecka (Beneze) Songer of 32 years; sons, Jacob (Alissa) Songer and Alex (Nerissa) Songer, all of Merritt Island, FL; brother Steve Songer of Cerro Gordo, IL; three sisters, Theresa (Brett) Palmquist of Midland, TX, Julie (Greg) Cope of Merritt Island, FL and Jill (Troy) Dodson of Hammond, IL; three granddaughters, Amelia, Zoey and Paislee Songer and a grandson on the way, all of Merritt Island, FL; many nieces, nephews, family and friends who he adored so much. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Betty (Atkins) Songer, sister-in-law Cheryl Songer and his nephew Mitchell Dodson.
Michael never met a stranger, no matter where he was. He always had a smile on his face and had a love like no other for his family and his hometown of Cerro Gordo, IL.
Family, friends and others whose lives Michael touched are invited to Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, 2827 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526. Visitation Services will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home in Decatur. Burial will follow at Croninger Cemetery, Cisco, IL 61830.
The Songer family would like to extend our gratitude to the Brevard Co. Sheriffs Dept. and Fire Dept., Cape Canaveral Hospital, and everyone who played a part in helping us get Michael back home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Michael’s name to the Cerro Gordo SAL (Sons of the American Legion) Post 117.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com
Betty Jane Conley, 95, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 surrounded by her family, just the way she wanted! Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Friday, July 20, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home in Cerro Gordo, IL. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 21, at the Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cerro Gordo American Legion.
Betty was born October 16, 1922 the daughter of Charles & Eunice Cox. She is a graduate of Cerro Gordo High School. She married William Delbert Conley on November 20, 1940. He preceded her in death on August 29, 2008. Betty Jane ran a beauty shop in her home for several years.
Betty Jane is survived by two sons; Ronald and David Conley of Georgia; four grandchildren; Lori Marmion of Bloomington, IL, Eric Conley of Cerro Gordo IL, Kara Peterka of Mahomet IL, and Chaz Conley Tucker GA; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Betty Jane was preceded in death by her parents, and twin sons Gene and Dean.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com
Christine Shull Peasley, 65, of Lincoln formerly of Chestnut, passed away on Sunday July 15, 2018 at Generations in Lincoln.
Christine was born on August 19, 1952 in Lincoln to Darwin and Norma (Holmes) Shull. She worked for the Salvation Army and for Cutler Hammer in Lincoln.
She is survived by her two children, Darric Peasley of Mackinaw, IL, and Erica (Todd) Armstrong of Oreana, IL, her mother Norma Snyder of Chestnut, two brothers, Dennis (Mamie) Shull of Lincoln, Colin (Tammy) Shull of Lincoln, two sisters, Jan Kissick of Lincoln, Kathy (Kenny) Aderman of Atlanta and four granddaughters, Addyson and Emmy Peasley, and, Ava and Elyssa Armstrong.
Private family graveside services will be held at Laenna Cemetery in Chestnut, at a later date. Memorials may be made in Christine’s name to the Chestnut Methodist Church. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is handling arrangements.
Dwight D. Hill, 58, of Decatur, IL passed away at 4:08 PM, Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
Services will be 3 PM, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Harvest Christian Center, Decatur, IL with Pastor Kirk Henneberry officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to the Dwight D. Hill Memorial Fund.
Dwight was born July 18, 1959 in Tuscola, IL the son of Lowell and Joan (Johnston) Hill. He married Glenda Bush May 1, 1981 in Maroa, IL.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Hill, Decatur, Il; daughters: Amber Hill, Decatur, Il; and Ashley Hill, Clinton, IL; 2 grandchildren: Kaden D. Kissinger and Brayden Lee Kissinger; father, Lowell (Dorothy) Hill, Decatur, IL; mother, Joan Hill, Decatur, IL; and brother, Chad Hill, Decatur, IL.
He was preceded in death by 1 brother, Jay Hill.
Dwight loved to play golf and shoot pool. He enjoyed watching football and was an avid Cubs fan.
Joanne (Woolums) Stafford ,68, of Maroa, IL passed into the arms of her Savior at 9:45 AM, Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Fair Havens Christian Village, Decatur, IL.
Services will be 2 PM Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 1 – 2 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Maroa Christian Church or National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Joanne was born January 2, 1950 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Darrell E. and Betty (Roby) Woolums. She grew up in Maroa along with her twin brother, Joe, older brother, Darrell and sisters, Patricia and Jean.
Joanne was blessed with a son, Shane Stafford of Denham Springs, LA and two grandsons, whom she adored, Nathaniel Ness of Decatur and Gabriel Stafford of Denham Springs, LA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant twin sons, and sister, Jean.
Joanne was a member of the Maroa Christian Church. She loved small town living and friendships that lasted a lifetime. She was a beautician by trade but enjoyed decorating, refinishing furniture and flower gardening.
Helen Marie Curl, 98, of Tallahassee, FL, formerly of Clinton, IL passed away at 10:38 AM, July 13, 2018 at her residence in Tallahassee, FL.
Services will be 1 PM Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson and Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 12 Noon – 1 PM Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Shriners or to Charity of Donors Choice.
Helen was born December 8, 1919 in Tunbridge Twp., Kenney, Illinois, the daughter of Daniel Levi and Elsie (Dillow) Delamere. She married Thomas J. Curl March 14, 1958 in Hernando, MS.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas J. Curl, Tallahassee, FL; grandsons: Gary (Robyn) Armstrong, Pooler, Georgia; Greg (Bobbie Jean) Armstrong, Tallahassee, FL; great-grandchildren: Dustin (Mavis) Armstrong and their children Amiaya and Savannah; Dillon Armstrong, Dallas Armstrong, Jacob Armstrong and Joshua (Holly) Armstrong; Son-in-Law, Jack (Bonnie) Armstrong, Tallahassee, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter, Rose Marie Armstrong and 1 Sister, Louise Rogers.
Helen was the DeWitt County Clerk from 1976 until 1982. She was a member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club.
Harold E. Bateman, 87, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 6:57 A.M., Thursday, July 12, 2018, at his residence.
There will be a gathering for family and friends at Harold’s house, 1284 E 3000 N Road, Mansfield, Illinois, from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., Saturday, July 21, 2018. Memorials may be made to the Northern Piatt Fire Protection District or Martha’s Cupboard Food Pantry, Mansfield, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois, assisted the family with arrangements.
Harold was born on October 21, 1930, in Mansfield, Illinois, a son of Layton and Marie Harper Bateman. He married Nell F. Wienke on September 4, 1949, in Centerville, Illinois. She survives in Mansfield, Illinois.
He is also survived by his son, Neil Bateman of Mansfield, Illinois; daughter, Norma Wesley of Monticello, Illinois; two grandchildren, Derek Bateman of Mansfield, Illinois, and Dustin (Jenny) Bateman of Mansfield, Illinois; two great-grandchildren, Steele Bateman and Opal Bateman; brother, Paul (Kathy) Bateman of Fisher, Illinois; and sister, Mildred (Dave) Truitt of the Denver, Colorado area.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, B Wesley.
Harold was a farmer and a semi-truck driver. He was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church and the Piatt County Farm Bureau.
Janice Faye (Wise) Bentley, 77, of Springfield passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Heritage Health in Springfield. Janice was born on October 3, 1940 in Lincoln, IL; the daughter of the late Winifred and Edward Wise. She married the late Orville Bentley in May, 1966.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Marilyn and brother, Michael.
Janice is survived by her brother, Larry (Polly) Wise, sister, Connie Wise, step-son, Robert (Linda) Bentley, sister-in-law, Linda Wise, grandsons, Darren (Rita), and Bob Bentley. As well as several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Janice owned and operated the Doll House Daycare for over 40 years. She was very involved with The Village of Grandview Board for many years.
A graveside service for Janice will be held at 2:00p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Janice’s name to Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery.
Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL.
Jon Michael ‘Mike’ Long, 56, of Deland, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (July 10, 2018) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Mike was born Jan. 24, 1962 in Clinton, the son of John Wayne and Deborah (Freeman) Long.
Mike is survived by his son, Jon Robert Long, Deland; daughter, Alissa Long, Monticello; grandchildren, Jaxen and Matthew Gudenrath; brothers, Barry Long (Kathy), Bethany; Eric Allec (Ashlie), Lancaster, Calif.; sisters, Karen (Long) Oram, Monticello, and Marlene Long, Purvis, Miss.; mother, Deborah Allec, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jerry Allec, Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and niece, Sabrina Long.
Mike was a sheet metal worker for Union Local 218 and worked at the University of Illinois. He was a member of the Deland Sons of American Legion, Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 218, and the American Rabbit Hound Association.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, where his funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in Ingram Cemetery, White Heath.
Memorial donations may be made to the Deland American Legion Post.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.
Wilbur Dile 82 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:09 AM July 11, 2018 at Palm Terrace Mattoon, IL.
Services will be 2 PM, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Kevin & Sherry Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 1 - 2 PM, Saturday at the funeral home
Memorials may be directed to Guardians of the Children.
Wilbur was born May 9, 1936 in Kentucky the son of German and Carrie Dile. He married Lorretta Edward in 1958. He later married Mary F. (Burge) Cox May 18, 1973. She passed away August 13, 2017.
Survivors include his children: Cheryl Dile, Darrell Dile, Toby Dile, Kym Roach, Kristi (Danny) Johnson, all of Indianapolis, IN, and Michael (Janet) Dile, Saybrook, IL; step-children, Kimberly (Richie) Cox Thomas and Dereck Wayne Cox, Clinton, IL; David (Sandra) Cox, Erin, TN; 8
grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers.
Wilbur was a talented carpenter and built several houses. He was an avid Cubs fan. Wilbur was a loving grandfather.
Jacquelyn "Jackie” Rae Bruketa, 75, of Lincoln passed away at 3:30 a.m. Saturday July 7, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Jackie was born on January 22, 1943 in Logan County, IL; daughter of Earl "Curly” and Joan (Hitchcock) Morgan. She married Paul Bruketa in Emden, IL, they later divorced and he resides in Florida.
Jackie is survived by her daughters: Jeanine Lee Bruketa and Erik Mishler of Chicago, IL and Denise Lyn Little of Itasca, IL; her brother Don Morgan of Emden, IL; her grandchildren: Patrick and Matthew of Itasca, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Jackie was a hair stylist by profession and retired after 30 years of service. She was also a small business owner and served the public all her adult life. She was proud of her daughters and their accomplishments. Jackie was a caring friend who knew no stranger.
A private family service for Jackie will be held at a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
William Franklin Adlai Hoffman, 67 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:45 AM July 10, 2018 at his home in Clinton, IL.
Services will be 10 AM, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Friday, July 13, 2018 at the funeral home. The family requests casual attire.
Memorials may be directed to Barnes Jewish Hospital, Cardiac Dept or the National Kidney Foundation.
Frank was born September 11, 1950 in Macon Co., IL the son of William F. and Bonnie Jean (Reiter) Hoffman. He married Dorothy E. Burk July 14, 1989 in Decatur, IL.
Survivors include his wife: Dorothy E. Hoffman, Clinton, IL; step-son, Jim (Jill Gordon) Nebel, Clinton, IL; siblings: Richard H. (Diana) Hoffman, Monticello, IL and Steven E. Hoffman, Maroa, IL; 6 nephews; 2 nieces; several great nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Leonard E. Hoffman.
William retired form caterpillar in 2005 after 36 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling.
Larry E. Welton 81 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:20 P.M. July 8, 2018 at his residence, Clinton, Il.
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL or the American Cancer Society.
Larry was born October 21, 1936 in Farmer City, IL the son of Percy and Ethel (Bates) Welton. He married Doris M. Shaw February 11, 1956 in Clinton, Il. She passed away May 12, 2015.
Survivors include his children, Rick E. (Karen) Welton, Decatur, Il.; Rustin E. (Susan) Welton, Summerfield, N.C.; grandchildren: Isaac and Mattie (Welton) Canaday, Decatur, IL; Craig and Molly (Welton) Mathews, Avon, IN; Megan Welton, Decatur, IL; Grant Welton, Greensboro, NC; Grayson Welton, Greensboro, NC; Cameron Winburn, Fayetteville, NC; Allison Winburn, Summerfield, NC; great-grandchildren: Brooks, Eleanor, and Rowan Canaday, and Camille Welton; brothers: Ron (Madalyn) Welton, Fort Myers, FL; and Ken (Linda) Welton, Peoria, IL; brother-in-law, Dick Stansbery, Lakeview, AR.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robb E. Welton in 1985, and his sister, Linda Stansbery.
Larry was a State Farm Insurance Agent for 56 years in April 2018. The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the many caregivers and friends who came by, especially Wilma, Susan and Dawn.
Ruby K. Keller, 80, of Mansfield, Illinois, formerly of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 9:58 P.M. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at McCord Cemetery, Fullerton, Illinois, with Deacon Scott Whitehouse officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Ruby K. Keller Memorial Fund, c/o First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Mansfield, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruby was born June 1, 1938, in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, a daughter of Owen and Edith Smith Priest. She married Norman Emmerson and later married Erwin Keller.
She is survived by her children, Terry (Teri) Emmerson of Farmer City, Penny Coit and Peggy Kemplin both of Mansfield; eight grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tony Emmerson; daughter, Pamela Wisegarver; brothers, Robert and Leonard Priest; and sister, Genevieve Marlett.
She worked as a secretary at George H. Dunn, Inc. in Farmer City for many years. Ruby was a former member of the Farmer City American Legion Unit 55 Auxiliary.
Joann R. Mittelsteadt, 82, passed away on July 7, 2018 at 11:50 p.m. at Advocate Bromenn Hospital in Normal, IL.
Joann was born on September 8, 1935 in Chicago, IL; daughter of George E. and Elizabeth (Higgins) Miller. She was raised by Charles and Nora Day since she was 18 months old when her mother passed away. She married Raymond Mittelsteadt on December 16, 1967. He preceded her in death on May 23, 1986.
Surviving Joann is her step-mother: Gladys Miller of Orlando, FL; significant other: Gary Hinton of Lincoln, IL; her son: Alan (Rhonda Cooper) Mittelsteadt of Marquette Heights, IL; three step daughters: Vicki L. (Larry) Huelskoetter of Beason, IL, Jan Schacht of Lincoln, IL and Kay (Dave) Stroud of Armington, IL; three sisters: Shirley Knutson of Concord, MI, Norma Taylor of Ft. Myers, FL, and Patricia (Bob) Turner of Wilmar, AR; one brother: George (Sue) Miller of Wilmar, Ar; half-brother: Allen (Linda) Miller of Parsons, TN; one half sister: Sharon Stone of TN; step sister: Pat Reeves of Darden, TN; six grandchildren; three step grandchildren; four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, one infant brother, and one half sister.
Joann was a Daughter of the American Revolution and was a member of the Humane Society of Logan County, Ducks Unlimited, and the Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln, IL.
Services for Joann will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 12, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 11, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial at Mt. Pulaski cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Joann’s name to Humane Society of Logan County or Ruby’s Rescue and Retreat in Mclean, IL.
Ray Carson Carlton 93 of DeLand, IL passed away 5:36 A..M. July 6, 2018, at OSF Heart of Mary, Urbana, IL.
Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL with Pastor Chris Smithey and OSF Urbana Chaplain Bob Frank officiating. Graveside services will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL with Military Honors.
Memorials may be directed to Curtis Road Church of God, Champaign, IL.
Ray was born December 30, 1924, in Little River Township, Alexander County, NC, the son of William Henry and Mary Caroline (Williams) Carlton. He married Maxine Simon January 21, 1962, in Elvaston, IL.
Survivors include his wife: Maxine Carlton, DeLand, IL; children: Shirley (Dan) Thomas, Maryville, TN, Brenda (Ben) Sliwinski, Urbana, IL, and Pam (Paul) Latham, Murray, KY; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister: Gertrude Shirey, Sullivan, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandson, and 3 brothers.
Ray was a meat cutter for many years and a greeter at Sams for 13 years in Champaign, IL. He enjoyed preaching, reading the bible and gardening.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com
Mary Caroline Fuller, 75, of DeWitt, passed away at 4:18 a.m. Friday (July 6, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McCord Cemetery, DeWitt, with Greg Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
Memorials may be directed to American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, or PAWS pet shelter.
Mary was born June 26, 1943, in Forrest, the daughter of Raymond Sr. and Pearl Wesselhoff Carter. Mary married Sheldon Muller. She later married David Leone Fuller Dec. 19, 1981, in Heyworth.
Survivors include her husband, David Leone Fuller, DeWitt; daughter, Mary (William) Slaughter, El Paso; stepchildren, Kemp Fuller, Weldon; Dan (Chrystal) Fuller, Panama City, Fla.; eight stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Patricia (Dwayne) Gerke, Tomah, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Mary was a member of the Weldon Baptist Church, and the Order of the Eastern Star for 35 years. She had worked for 19 years at Illinois State University. Because of her love for photography, she began her own business of MCF Photos.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Robert A. “Bob” Meyer, 77, of Clinton, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday (July 3, 2018) at his home.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating; military rites will follow. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010.
Bob was born Feb. 14, 1941, in Witt, the son of Arthur and Rita Warnsing Meyer.
Survivors include his brother, Thomas (Sue) Meyer, Little Rock, Ark.; sisters-in-law, Nancy Meyer, Nokomis, and Jean Meyer, Hillsboro.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl and Bill.
Bob retired from the City of Clinton after many years of service. He served his country in the U.S. Army.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Darrell W. Cameron, 72, Heyworth, passed away on Monday (July 2, 2018) at his home.
Darrell was born July 22, 1945, in Bluford, the son of Archie and Mary (Kirkpatrick) Cameron. He married Susan Hall on May 11, 1991, in Bloomington.
Darrell was a 1963 graduate of Webber Township High School. While in high school, Darrell played on his high school basketball team and worked for Osborn’s Grocery Store, delivering groceries to customers in and around Bluford.
In 1964, Darrell moved to Bloomington and started working as a mechanic at Johnny Martin Chevrolet and later at Barker Motors. He later went to work as a service adviser for Rebbec Pontiac Buick in Normal.
Darrell started his lawn mowing and snow removal business in 1992. Darrell was always glad to help his customers at any time with any odd jobs.
Darrell retired from mowing to devote full time to his devoted wife (Susan) and beloved pet Sadie. He worked right by his wife’s side in their farming operation.
Darrell was most happy making his handmade trivets then gifting them to friends and family on special occasions. He also loved spending time in his vegetable gardens, trap shooting, alongside his wife and beloved pet, friends and family.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Susan, Heyworth; beloved pet, Sadie, at home; two sons, Darren Cameron, Garland, Texas, and Brian Cameron, Leland; three grandchildren, Courtney, Ian and Eli; and two sisters, Audrey Wood, Bloomington and Myra Warner, Mount Vernon.
Preceding him in death were his parents and stepfather, Walter Scott; brothers-in-law, Walter Wood and Andrew Warner.
Darrell’s visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. His graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at McLean Cemetery, McLean.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.
Donald Henry Ford, 87, passed away at 10:37 a.m. at his home on July 2, 2018.
Donald was born on July 6, 1930 in Springfield, IL; son of Delbert L. and Tommy (Irving) Ford. He married Sarah Turner on August 31, 1957 in Elkhart, IL. She survives him.
Also surviving Donald are his children: Kevin (Jama) Ford of Sugar Grove, IL and Kelby (Angie) Ford of Elkhart, IL; one brother: Richard (Marie) Ford of Xenia, OH; five grandchildren: Brynn, Ryan, Sam, Lizzie, and Nathan. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother: Delbert, and two sisters.
Donald farmed in the Logan County area for 40 years. He proudly served in United States Navy from 1951-1955 and was a member of the Elkhart American Legion Post #616. He was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church and loved spending time with his family.
Services for Donald will be 11:00 a.m. Friday July 6, 2018 at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church with Casey McCormick and Eddie Bratton officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial at Elkhart Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by the Elkhart American Legion Post # 616. Memorials may be made in Donald’s name to Mt. Pulaski Christian Church or the American Cancer Society. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
Oliver “Ollie” Letterle, 89, of Chestnut passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
Ollie was born on September 17, 1928 in Latham, IL, the son of Fred Oscar and Mary Frances (Kerwood) Letterle. He married Erma Horn on May 17, 1952 in Mt. Pulaski, IL, she preceded him in death on June 28, 2017.
Ollie is survived by his children: Tony (Eva) Letterle of Mt. Pulaski, Patricia (Kevin) Jason of Chestnut, Kevin (Kathy) Letterle of Robinson, IL, and Bryan (Shelley) Letterle of Mt. Pulaski; his daughter-in-law, Lynda Letterle of St. Joseph; his sister, Louise Savage of Milton, FL; his nine grandchildren, Michael Letterle, Angie Stewart, Mary Jane (Ben) Gilly, Stephanie (Jordan) Klein, Ryan (Jess) Jason, Korey (Rebekah) Letterle, Kody (Ashley) Letterle, Olivia Letterle, and Jamee Letterle; his ten great-grandchildren, Jade, Makayla, Keyleigh, Chasey, Kendra, Elliana, Levi, Miles, Isabelle, and Isaac.
Ollie is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, David; and his brothers, Oscar, Virgil, Orville, Raymond, Charles, and Ralph.
Ollie proudly served his country in The U.S. Army where he was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. Ollie enjoyed being in nature hunting for arrowheads, he has accumulated quite a collection over the years. Ollie was a proud Volunteer Firefighter for the Chestnut Fire Department for many years. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Services for Ollie will be held at 12:00P.M. noon on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (11:00A.M.-12:00P.M.) on Thursday, July 5, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL. where full military rites will be accorded by Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post # 447. Memorial donations may be made in Ollie’s name to Chestnut Fire Department.
Carmella “Dolly” Gullone 99 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 8:30 PM July 4, 2018 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.
Mass Of Christian Burial will be 11 AM, Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the Church. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saddle Brook, New Jersey at a later date. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, IL or the Clinton Education Foundation for Read Across Clinton.
Carmella was born March 11, 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the daughter of Salvador “Sam” and Grace (Andolina) Bonitatibus. She married Paul Gullone January 12, 1941 in Avella, Pennsylvania. He passed away March 4, 1978.
Survivors include her children, Paulette Latrecchia, Palm Beach, FL; Patricia (Camillo) Sartie, Clinton, IL; Gary (Barbara) Gullone, Clinton, IL; Kenneth (Roseanne) Gullone, Wayne, NJ; 6 Grandchildren: Tom (Leslie) DiMartino, Las Vegas, NV; Joe (Kristen) Sartie, Clinton, IL; Matthew (Elizabeth) Gullone, Galena, IL; Andrew (Katherine) Gullone, Pittsburgh, PA; Brittany (fiancé, Christopher) Gullone, Philadelphia, PA; Nicole Gullone, Philadelphia, PA; 4 Great-grandchildren: Kyle DiMartino, Jenna Sartie, Vincent Gullone, and Cora Gullone.
Carmella was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, IL. Grandma G spent many days helping students at Webster School attending field trips. She also spent many hours helping run the concession stand for the Clinton High School and Jr. High School track meets.
Lena Eileen ‘Peg’ Kerr, 95, of Monticello, passed away at 5:40 a.m., July 2, 2018, at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.
Peg was born March 11, 1923, in Argenta, IL the daughter of Troy and Mary (McQuillan) Ross. She married Lowell Edwin Kerr on July 12, 1948, in Nashua, IA. He passed away August 7, 1957.
Peg is survived by her sons, Jeff Kerr (Rhonda) of Monticello and Doug Kerr (Suzanne) of Argenta; grandchildren, Adam and Dylan Kerr; and great-grandchildren, Lena, Camdin, and Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Ervin Ross, and grandson Jeremiah Kerr.
Peg was a retired teacher. She was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church, Kirby Auxiliary, Women’s Club, and the Retired Teachers Association.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta with Pastor Kathy Sweet officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Piatt County Nursing Home or Kirby Medical Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com