Robert Ansel Aughenbaugh, 95, formerly of Chestnut, passed July 17, 2018, at the Veterans Home in Anna.
Robert was born Aug. 1, 1922, son of Clifford Aughenbaugh and Florence Marie Meacham Aughenbaugh. He loved farming and enjoyed woodworking. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Robert was a member of the Chestnut Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Order.
Robert is survived by his children, Cheryl (Ron) Boggs, Carol (Larry) Northrup, Christy (Kevin) Combs and Robin (Francine) Aughenbaugh; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lela; his wife, Carol Wessel; one son-in-law; and one daughter-in-law.
Private family services will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Home, 792 N Main St, Anna, IL 62906.
Mary Elizabeth (Kinney) Boatman, 75, died at home on August 29, 2018. Mary was the youngest of four children of Robert and Stella Kinney, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on November 15, 1942. Most of her childhood was spent in Greenville, Illinois. She was graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln Christian University with a B.A. in Christian Education. She was employed by schools in Ingraham, Riverton, and Lincoln, IL. She Married Paul Boatman on June 11, 1966. As a couple, they were in ministry together in Sailor Springs, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and St. Louis, MO, before moving to Lincoln, IL in 1978. They also shared in extensive missionary travels to 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. She was a partner in the founding of C.O.P.E., a ministry among the Pokot Children in Kenya. She is honored with a plaque for her role in dedicating a unit of Kuki Christian Hospital in Imphal, India. She served several years on the Advisory Council of Good News Productions, International, and the Alumni Council of Lincoln Christian University.
Mary's Christian faith was demonstrated in her heavy investment in the work of Lincoln Christian Church, serving at various times as Children's Minister, Nursery School teacher, a teacher in children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs, and sponsor in the youth program. She participated in various programs both among the members of the church and in outreach to the community.
She vacationed with her husband and/or children in 49 of the 50 states, most Canadian provinces, Mexico, Europe, and Israel. Thirty years ago she joined the "Boatman Men" in climbing Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.
Mary's love for her children and grandchildren was compelling. Even as dementia began to intrude she cherished "the little ones," celebrating their victories and accomplishments and weeping for their hurts and disappointments. Her nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease was engaged with transparency and courage as she joined in three different experimental drug studies. She did not expect the drugs to help her, but she wanted to do her part so that her grandchildren might not face the ravages of the disease.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob Kinney, and her grandson, Zachary Braddy. She is survived by her husband, her daughters Angela (Lee) Reiners of Emden, IL, and Rachelle (Kent) Anness of Indianapolis, IN, her grandchildren, Allison, Mallory, and Jordan, step-grandchildren, Emily, Libby, and Jesse, and one great-grandchild, Jaxson. Her infectious smile will be missed by many.
Visitation will be from 1:00-3:45 p.m. Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Lincoln Christian Church with Tom Ewald officiating. The Funeral service will follow the visitation at 4:00 p.m. also at the church. Burial will take place 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 at Bethel Cemetery near Emden, IL.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Boatman International Scholarship Fund at Lincoln Christian University, Children of Pokot Education Fund, (C.O.P.E.), or Alzheimer's Association. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Lincoln
Howard R. Breeden Sr., 80, of Heyworth, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 26, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
His funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Interment will be private. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
He was born Aug. 11, 1938, in Chicago, a son of Robert Merritt and Billie Ione Keck Breeden. He married Sally A. “Sammie” Breeden on Oct. 27, 1956, in Chicago, and she preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2008.
Surviving are a son, Howard Breeden Jr., Heyworth; a daughter, Roberta “Bobbie” Breeden, Bloomington; four grandchildren, Howard (Deanna) Breeden III, Chuck (Heather) Breeden, Chris Breeden and Joshua (Heather) Breeden; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha “Sammie” Breeden and Lilly Breeden.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Victoria and Barbara.
Howard served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from Pipefitters Local 597. A man with a knowledge of many subjects, he was a source of support for anyone in need. Howard enjoyed fishing, Harley Davidsons and collecting stamps and coins. He was incredibly patriotic which especially showed in his love of eagles. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose wonderful smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Marvin K. Thayer, 83, of Clinton, passed away at 3:52 p.m. Monday (Aug. 27, 2018) at his home.
Per Marvin’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Gladfelter – Roetker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Ottawa, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marvin was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Clinton, a son of Carl and Aleta Glasgow Thayer. He married Lois Walden May 7, 1955, in Clinton. Survivors include Lois, his wife of 63 years; sons, Keith A. Thayer and Larry D. (Lana) Thayer, all of Clinton; a grandson, Justin (Rayanna Anderson) Thayer, Clinton; and one great-granddaughter, Kinley Grace Thayer. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Robert Thayer.
Marvin was a steward of the land as a farmer for 54 years. He was a member of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau.
Memorial contributions in Marvin’s honor may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Harold Oneal, 81, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 7:26 P.M., Monday, August 27, 2018, at his residence.
His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church with Pastor Pete Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church, and from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018, also at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Christian Church.
Harold was born October 26, 1936, in Bloomington, Illinois, a son of Homer H. and Pearl E. Dalton Oneal. He married Eloyce L. Ringo.
He is survived by his daughters, Becky (George) Van Winkle of Heyworth, Illinois, and Shelby (Steve) Toohill of Heyworth, Illinois; six grandchildren, Ryan, Jake (Audrey) and Abi Van Winkle; Samantha (Jordan) Seymour; Kady and Wyatt Cullers; one great-grandson, Cristopher Funk; and twin brother, Gerald (Judy) Oneal of Heyworth, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Darcy Oneal; and brother, David Oneal.
Harold was a farmer, bus driver and custodian for the Heyworth School District for several years. He served in the Army National Guard, Bloomington, Illinois. He was a 70-year member of the Heyworth Christian Church, where he served on the church board for several years. Harold was a member of the Illinois Education Association and a member of the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois. Harold was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Dorothy Ann Hovell passed through Heaven’s gates on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at the age of 99. She was a resident of Manor Court of Clinton, and former member of the Heyworth Community.
A graveside service will celebrate her life at the Bushnell Township Cemetery on Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 am. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth is in charge of arrangements with Rev. Richard Gray officiating the service. There will be no visitation.
Dorothy was born April 21, 1919, to Harry Ralston and Nellie Lillie (Kepple) Westlake. She was married for 55 years to her loving husband, Weldon Richard Hovell saying goodbye to him on March 3, 1992. Four brothers, Jay, Wayne, Everett, and Kenneth and one sister, Bonnie; a son, Richard L. Hovell; son-in-law, Kevin R. Rustemeyer preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann (Charles) Ball of Annawan, IL, Cathy (Lawrence) Handley of Eureka Springs, AR and Cynthia Rustemeyer of Heyworth; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Family and friends were Dorothy’s passion and delight. She had an unwavering faith in God and practiced her love for the Lord as a member of the Heyworth Christian Church where she was involved in numerous senior events. Her great sense of humor and quick smile brightened the day of many of those around her.
She was lovingly cared for by Dr. Brit Williams and the staff at Manor Court. The family gives them their greatest gratitude.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Activity Program at Manor Court of Clinton, 1 Park Lane West, Clinton, IL 61727 or for senior programming at the Heyworth Christian Church, 308 N. Vine St., Heyworth, IL 61745.
Her life was a blessing and her memory will be a treasure.
Mary Evelyn Lowe Bates, 89, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at The Christian Village in Lincoln.
Evelyn was born on September 13, 1928, in Fort Myers, FL the daughter of Francis D. and Thelma (Mayer) Lowe. She married William C. Bates, Jr. in Miami, FL in 1947. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2014.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Amanda (Steve) Roberts of Arvada, CO; Annette Bates of Lincoln, and William B. (Lauri) Bates of Greensboro, GA; her sisters, Susie McKinney of Waynesville, NC and Daisy Beck of Covington, LA; six grandchildren: Julie Blaser, Bethany Lindauer, John Thomas Andrews, Grayson Ingle, Blinn Bates and Sarah Bates; and ten great-grandchildren.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband and one infant child.
Evelyn was a very active member of her community serving with many organizations including, The Daughters of The American Revolution, Lincoln Garden Club, PEO, Monday Book Club, and ALMH Auxiliary. She served as a board member of the Kickapoo Creek Park & Trails, and she was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church, having served on the vestry.
Services for Evelyn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln with Rev. David Halt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service also at the church. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Evelyn’s name to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Trinity Episcopal Church, or The Humane Society of Logan County. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
Patricia Ann Foster, 78, of rural Waynesville, passed away 3:20 PM, August 23, 2018, at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.
No services are planned at this time. A private family gathering will be held. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
She was born March 16, 1940, to Wilbur and Helen (Webb) Engelmann of rural Beason. She grew up on their dairy farm with her sisters: Lilietta (Meyers); Mary Bell (Begolka) and Bertha Engelmann, both deceased. Pat graduated from Beason High School, the Class of 1958.
She married Carl (Corky) Lawrence Foster on April 26, 1959, at the Lincoln United Methodist Church. He died April 7, 2009, just two weeks short of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Pat and Corky farmed his parents’ small rural Waynesville farm together, growing crops and keeping livestock.
Surviving are daughter, Donna Smedley and son-in-law Steve Smedley; one grandson, Samuel Lawrence Smedley - with whom she shared a birthday; two granddaughters, Rachel Harney (Nicholas) and Emily Auten. There are three great-grandchildren: Liam Harney, Chevelle Harney, and Esmae Harney. A daughter and grandson also survive.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, her husband and an infant daughter.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked for The Pantagraph’s library for years, laminating baby, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements for the paper’s customers. She loved animals and children. She was multi-talented. Throughout the years she crocheted, knitted, sewed, tatted and tooled leather. She also taught herself to weave baskets and make cornhusk dolls. She was also an expert at making Christmas candy and baking bread.
Pat always thought of her family’s needs before her own. She will be greatly missed.
William Michael “Tadpole” Brooks, 31, of Heyworth, passed away Thursday (Aug. 23, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital, Chicago, or AT Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
Michael was born Oct. 8, 1986, to James Michael and Peggy Corum Brooks. They survive.
Also surviving are one sister, Erica Brooks, Missouri; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Michael was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He also loved to watch NASCAR. His passion was construction. He would routinely watch construction work being done, whether it was houses being built or holes being dug.
The family has asked for casual wear for both visitation and funeral.
Michael leaves us all with his words of wisdom. “Every day is a good day.”
John R. Newby, 66, of Heyworth, passed away at 9:29 a.m. June 14, 2018, at his home.
A celebration of life will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Lafayette Club, Bloomington. Memorials may be directed to Wish Bone Canine Rescue. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
John was born Oct. 18, 1951, in DuQuoin, a son to Richard L. and Marilyn E. Provart Newby. He married Pam Eversole on July 5, 1980, in Shelbyville.
Surviving are his wife, Pam Newby, Heyworth; two brothers, David Newby, Quartz Hill, Calif., and Kent (Kelly) Newby, Centennial, Colo.; sister, Jane (Tim) Tilden, Vermillion, S.D.; and several nieces, nephews and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
John grew up in Bloomington-Normal and attended Metcalf and University High schools. He joined Ameren where he worked as a substation electrician for 20 years and worked for Ameren for a total of 32 years.
He loved motorcycles and enjoyed his rides. John loved being outdoors and planting trees on his acres of land. He owned and operated Tamara's Estate Sales with his wife Pam.
John was loved by his wife Pam and all of his family and friends who knew him.
Condolences and memories of John may be shared with the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
Harold Lee Rotramel Sr. of Wapella passed away 11:05 a.m. Aug. 13, 2018, at his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born June 4, 1931, in Shirley, the son of Ernest and Ella Hazlet Rotramel. He married Katherine Courtney on April 18, 1952. She passed away on Oct. 22, 2010.
Harold was a longtime truck driver for General Grocer and Martin Brower, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Teamsters union and the Bloomington VFW. Harold enjoyed NASCAR racing, dirt racing, farming, and even baling hay. He loved his role as grandfather and great-grandfather, and was always willing to help anyone who needed it.
He is survived by a son, Harold Rotramel Jr., Bloomington; three daughters, Debbie (Dave) Dodson, Bloomington; Brenda (Mark) Beard, Wapella; and Sherry (Jim) Campbell, Florida; five granddaughters, Courtney (Cortlin) Dunluvey; Stephaney Campbell; Tammy Foster; Chastidy Rotramel; and Melissa Dever; six grandsons, Jayson (LeAnn) Dodson; Tyson (Krissy) Dodson; Bryson (Leslie) Dodson; Dryson Dodson; Travis (Amanda) Beard; and Christopher Rotramel; and 20 great-grandchildren, including his youngest great-granddaughter, Amelia, who was the light of Harold's life, giving him countless moments of joy these past few months.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, a grandson, a great-granddaughter, a nephew, and a brother-in-law.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Sunday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with Pastor Chuck Brannock officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Inurnment with military honors will be 11 a.m. Monday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bloomington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com.
Shirley Small Edwards, 93, of Lincoln, died Thursday (Aug. 23, 2018) at her home surrounded by family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Doughton Edwards (1925-1988). Shirley is survived by her children, Greer Edwards Broemel (David), Nashville, Tenn.; Margaret Small Edwards, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; John Roxborough Edwards (Sharon), Palos Heights; and Caroline Edwards Higgins (Mike), Lincoln; and her grandchildren, Andrew Edwards, Ashley Edwards, Emorie Broemel, Lacy Broemel and Christopher Berg.
Shirley was active in her community and enjoyed her service as trustee of Lincoln College, board member of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, board member of the Logan County Cemetery District, and founding board member of Logan County Paramedics Association. She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and as an avid reader, belonged to the Monday and Friday book clubs. She was a member of the Chapter JW, PEO.
Shirley was born in Lincoln, and grew up in Topeka, Kan. She studied at Sweetbriar College in Virginia and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1946. She was married to Robert Edwards at the Presbyterian Church in Lincoln on Aug. 2, 1950, and they started their family in Asheville, N.C., before moving to Lincoln in 1957.
The family would like to thank Kathy Aderman, who was devoted to our mother for many years. She made sure the house was welcoming to all. Thanks to Ed, Charlie and Richard Jacobs as well. We thank the caregivers who made it possible for our mother to stay in her home this past year, Marilyn Meiners, Mona Cosby, Meredith Lever, Judy Morris, Dortha Seely and Autumn Kopochius, and the staff from Safe Haven Hospice and Care Link.
Her service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 402 Pekin St., Lincoln, with the Rev. David Pfaff officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial at Old Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Shirley's name to Lincoln College, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Logan County Paramedics Association or Trinity Episcopal Church.
Charlie Moxley, 75, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 10:44 P.M., Monday, August 20, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois, with Pastor Danny McCubbins officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 24, 2018, at the funeral home.
Charlie was born on November 2, 1942, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, a son of Mineous and Sylvania Wells Moxley. He married Mary H. Hardwick on September 14, 1963, in Bement, Illinois. She survives in Mansfield, Illinois.
He is also survived by four sons, Charles H. (Mary K.) Moxley of Mansfield, Illinois, Mineous F. (Sabrina) Moxley of Tacoma, Washington, Eddie (Anita) Moxley of Rockmart, Georgia, and Kirby Moxley of Mansfield, Illinois; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Martha (Bob) Gleason of Salem, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Moxley, two brothers and two sisters.
Charlie retired in 1997, from the University of Illinois, where he worked as a mechanic at the South Garage. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. Charlie was a member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City, Illinois.
Janis 'Howie' Ray Herzog 68 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:05 PM August 19, 2018, at her family residence, Clinton, IL.
Services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 8 P.M. Monday, August 27, 2018, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Neighborhood Care Center, First Christian Church, or the Little Galilee Christian Camp.
Jan was born April 30, 1950, in Los Angeles, CA the daughter of William Dale and Frances Lorene (Harlin) Howell. She married David Lee Herzog December 3, 1971, in Arthur, IL. He passed away March 30, 2012.
Survivors include her children, Chad David (Kelly) Herzog, Norwalk, CT; Andrea (Wesley) Graves, Clinton, IL; Lindsey (Chris) Moody, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Dawson, Keaton and Tatiana Graves; Ryland, Kenley and Kade Herzog; McCoy and Emerson Moody; sister, Pamela (Gary) Willis, Story, WY.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Jan was a member of the First Christian Church in Clinton, IL. She spent many years as a special education and elementary school teacher. Jan enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, biking, and traveling with great friends. Her number one hobby was loving on her grandchildren. Jan volunteered at the Neighborhood Care Center and had a passion for helping others in need. She was a devoted mother and super fun Nana. Her compassion touched many and she will be greatly missed.
Cheryl K. Watkins, 72, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
Cheryl was born on July 22, 1946, in Edwardsville, IL the daughter of Cleo and Edith (Sellmeier) Bohnenstiehl. She married James M. Watkins on February 10, 1968, in Staunton, IL. He survives in Lincoln.
Cheryl is also survived by her daughter, Laurie (Doug) Routson; her son, Kevin (Melissa) Watkins; her brother, Kenneth (Janey) Bohnenstiehl; her five grandchildren, Darrin, Nick, Conner, Shelbi, and Morgan. Additionally, Cheryl is survived by one great-grandchild, and two step great-grandchildren.
Cheryl was a retired secretary for Tarter Bros. and Myer Industries in Lincoln. She was also a member of The American Legion Auxiliary Lincoln Post #263. Cheryl enjoyed a variety of hobbies including quilting and sewing with her friends at Peace & Applique Quilt Shop in Rochester, IL. Cheryl also enjoyed country dancing with her husband, they were known to have taught a few country dancing classes as well.
A Memorial Gathering will take place for Cheryl from 4:00 pm -7: 00 pm on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Cheryl’s name to The Humane Society of Logan County.
Walter Garland Duncan, 72, of Wapella, Illinois, formerly of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 9:40 P.M., Friday, August 17, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Pastor Danny McCubbins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Walter was born February 25, 1946, in Casey County, Kentucky, a son of Walter and Nettie Maybriar Duncan. He married Sue Ann Shaw on September 25, 1956, in Farmer City, Illinois. She survives in Wapella, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Walter was a retired carpenter and an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Jennie 'Boots' Laura Wilham, 93, of Springfield, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 8:20 A.M. Friday, August 17, 2018, at her residence.
Boots was born on May 15, 1925, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Walter and Alma (Hiar) Mapes. She married Keith H. Wilham Sr. on December 24, 1943, in Detroit, MI. He preceded her in death on February 26, 2014.
Surviving are four children, Keith H. Wilham Jr. of Redmond, WA, Stephen L. (Patricia) Wilham of Newalla, OK, Sandra E. Wilham of Springfield, IL and Darla G. (Rick) Irwin of Springfield, IL. She is also survived by her sister Sarah Logan of Mt. Pulaski, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Roger, one sister Audrey Barton and two half-brothers, Milton Jenks and Adrian Jenks.
Boots was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, the Mt. Pulaski VFW Auxiliary Post #777 and was a domestic goddess the rest of the time.
Services for Boots will be 12:00 noon Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Wilham family for the care of Sandy Wilham.
Ron Agee, age 67, of Maroa, Illinois passed away on August 17, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 20, 1951 at Decatur Macon County Hospital to Lyle and Hazel (Horn) Agee.
On April 5, 1975 Ron married Dores Cox with whom he has three children, Kristen (Dwayne) Kirk and Lori Agee and a son, Jason (Diane) Edwards. His mother, Hazel Agee. There are 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Rebecca (Gary) Becker and Roberta Hunter and a brother, Terry (Cheryl) Agee. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Babaloo.
He was preceded in death by his father and baby brother, Gary.
Ron graduated from Argenta-Oreana High School in 1969. He served in the United States Air Force. He was employed at ADM in BioChem. He was an avid Cubs and Colts fan. He loved shooting pool with his pool buddies.
Ron was a man of few words, but he loved his family and friends very much. He will be truly and sadly be missed by all of us.
As per Ron’s wishes, he will be cremated. There will be no visitation or funeral at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospital.
Thank to the doctors and nurses at DMH, the Cancer Center, and to Hospice for caring for Ron.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com
Robert S. ‘Rob' Drew, 56, of Maroa, formerly of Cisco, passed away at 3:40 p.m., August 14, 2018 at his residence.
Rob was born May 24, 1962 in Decatur, IL the son of Jackson S. and Kay B. (Foster) Drew.
Rob is survived by his parents, Jack and Kay Drew of Monticello; brother, Jeremy Drew (Allison) of Cumming, GA; and sisters, Pam Geis (Joe) and Chris Carr (Steve) both of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Eldon and Hildred Webb of Cisco and Willard and Pauline Foster of Decatur.
Rob worked as a cook for Kraft Foods, Inc. and was a member of the Cisco United Methodist Church.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Croninger Cemetery, Cisco with Rev. Dennis Beedy officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter 301 S. Charter St. Monticello, IL 61856. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com
John A. Maxwell, Sr., 83, Clinton, passed away 10 a.m. Aug. 15, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
A celebration of life will be at C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, in the barn, from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
John was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Clinton, the son of Carl and Nellie (Stone) Maxwell. He married Iris A. Isaac on Oct. 2, 1954, in Clinton. She survives in Clinton. Also surviving are his children, John A. "Pete" (Debbie) Maxwell Jr., Normal; Lee Ann (Steve) Perring, Weldon; grandchildren, Jennifer (Ron) Shaw, Beth Maxwell, Merry (Dustin) Blankenship and Kyle (Lauren) Marcum; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Burger and Louise (Cletus) Nichols, both of Clinton; brother, Joseph R. (Betty) Maxwell, Vilonia, Ark.; and many nieces, nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin sons, and four brothers, Lloyd, Lester, Roger and Robert.
John was a supervisor at Caterpillar in Decatur, retiring in March 1991. He returned to Caterpillar, traveling to many different countries and states, as a product support engineer, retiring again in 2007. He was a past member of Bloomington Elks Lodge 281, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Bloomington Moose Lodge, Land of Lincoln Antique Tractor & Engine Club, Caterpillar Retiree Club and past director of the DeWitt County Museum.
His hobbies included collecting toy tractors and collecting and refurbishing antique farm tractors and plows. He enjoyed plow days and tractor drives. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the DeWitt County Museum or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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Ferd Jay Schlitt , 66, passed away at 11:09 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Ferd was born on June 3, 1952 in Lincoln, IL; son of Ferdinand J. and Alice Joanne (Hickey) Schlitt. He married Susan Minaudo in 1982 in Elkhart, IL. She survives him.
Also surviving Ferd is his daughter: Monica (Mike) Simpson of FL; step son: Christopher (Katie) Kolin of MN; two grandchildren: Emma and Britton; three step grandchildren: Lincoln, Madelyn, and Camryn; two brothers: John (Dorla) Schlitt of Franklin, TN and Jeff Schlitt of Mt. Pulaski, IL. he was preceded in death by his parents.
Ferd enjoyed guns and snowmobiling.
Graveside services for Ferd will be held at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery at a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family of Ferd Jay Schlitt.
James “Jim” Rich 93 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 4:26 A.M. August 14, 2018 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson and Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Little Galilee Christian Assembly Kitchen Fund.
Jim was born July 29, 1925 in Clinton, Illinois the son of James and Eliza Jane (Privett) Rich, Sr. He married Wilma V. Longenbaugh February 15, 1947 in Clinton, Il. She passed away December 22, 2001. He later married Mabel R. (Welch) Manigan on April 9, 2005 in Clinton, IL.
Survivors include his wife, Mabel Rich, Clinton, IL; Children, Larry (Lori) Rich, Weldon, IL; Linda Hickman, Clinton, IL; 5 Grandchildren, 19 Great-Grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; step-son, Thomas (Cindy) Manigan, Minooka, IL; 6 step-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his Parents; 2 brothers, 5 sisters; 1 step-daughter, Anna Stepp; and 1 great-granddaughter.
Jim was a retired farmer. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion, Clinton, IL. He proudly served his country in the US Navy. Jim was a school bus for the Deland-Weldon School District for 20 years.
John R. Merriell, 77, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:50 AM, August 9, 2018 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.
Memorial services will be 10 AM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton, IL with Rev. Michael Taylor officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
Memorials may be directed to the John R. Merriell Memorial Fund.
John was born June 30, 1941 in Clinton, IL the son of Reginald and Kathryn (Mahon) Merriell. He married Lois J. Smith November 15, 2004 in Greenup, IL.
Survivors include his wife, Lois J. Merriell, Clinton, IL; and brother, Joseph (Margaret) Merriell, Elmhurst, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Janet S. Brown, 70, of Atlanta, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2018) at her home.
A private service is scheduled. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Waynesville.
Janet Susan Stedwell was born July 14, 1948, in Champaign, the daughter of George W. and Geneva L. McLean Stedwell. She was united in marriage to Paul Thomas McNail in 1968. She later married Kenneth Earl Brown on Feb. 15, 1979. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1996.
She is survived by her sons, Shawn McNail, Atlanta; James (Amy) McNail, Peoria; Andrew (Jenna ) Brown, Atlanta; and stepdaughter, Carol Shroyer, Lincoln; two grandsons, Thomas James McNail, Kenneth M. Brown; two brothers, George Lee Stedwell, Indiana, and Charles Stedwell, Champaign; and one sister, Katherine Miller, Elmhurst.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Janet graduated from Paxton High School in 1966. After high school, she pursued careers in nursing and cosmetology.
She was baptized at Atlanta United Methodist Church. She had been employed at Capital Records, DeWitt County Nursing Home in Hallsville and Old Country Buffet, Normal.
Her hobbies included gardening and needle point.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Jean Brickey, 89, passed away at 7:45 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL on August 8, 2018.
Donna was born on January 13, 1929 in Clinton, IL; daughter of Tony Enoch and Lillie Ellen (Holsapple) Daniels, SR. She married Robert Franklin Brickey, SR. on November 11, 1947 in Owensboro, KY. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1989.
Surviving Donna are her children: Robert Franklin JR of Mt. Pulaski, IL, John Wayne (Vicki) Brickey of Lincoln, IL, Lucinda Chapman of Wonder Lake, IL, and Leslie Ann Papesch of Lincoln, IL; eight grandchildren: Christopher (Julie) Chapman, Steven (Elizabeth) Chapman, Josh Bloodworth, Kyle Papesch, Cara (Alex) Ethington, Nathan Brickey, Erica (Chris) Cowan, and Buck (Jessica) Rifner; nine and a half great grandchildren: Lexy, Jaydon, Kenrick, Ben, Andrew, Leah, Harlyn, Isabella, Carter, and one due in December. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and four sisters.
Donna was of the Christian faith. She loved playing bingo, gambling, reading, embroidering, playing cards, and she was the best pie maker in Logan County.
A Memorial Service for Donna will be 11:00 a.m. Monday August 13, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service, 9:00-11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial at Carlyle Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Logan County.
Richard Austin “Rick” King, 69, of Maroa, IL passed away 10:49 PM, August 8, 2018 at his family residence.
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, August 13, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Larry Larson and Rev. Joe Chetta officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the funeral home with Masonic Services at 5 PM. The family requests casual attire.
Memorials may be directed to the Rick King Memorial Fund.
Rick was born December 22, 1948 in Decatur, IL the son of Wilbur W. and Margaret (Beasley) King.
Survivors include his mother: Margaret King, Maroa, IL; daughter: Angela J. Koonce, Clinton, IL; 2 grandchildren: Dalton Wright and Tanner Koonce; 1 great granddaughter, Addalyn Wright, all of Clinton, IL; brother: Michael R. (Charla) King, Knoxville, TN; 2 nieces: Kim King and Kristen Pachis; and great-niece, Mackenna. Also surviving is his extended family: Rob Fogarty, April Underwood, Jennifer Polley, Kristi Littrell, 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Rick served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Maroa Masonic Lodge. He was an avid auto racing fan and participant. Rick was a wonderful father and grandfather.
George W. Samples, 76, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 5:24 p.m. at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.
His visitation will be Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with his funeral service following at 1:00 p.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. Lunch will immediately follow.
George was born September 16, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of George B. and Mabel Samples. He married Mary Frances “Susie” Dyson on April 16, 1962. She survives.
Also surviving are their children, Stacey Blauw, Heyworth; Courtney (Marc) Swanson, Wadsworth; Brooke (David) Selep, Arlington Heights; Sean (Shelly) Samples, Armington; Shannon (Rodney) Shaffer, Chicago; Paige (Jody) Howey, NC.
Also surviving are two sisters, Diana Pepperman and Sherma (Merrill) Dean, all of Norman, Oklahoma. Many nieces and nephews, 23 grandchildren: Ashley; Justin; Kyle; Jesse; Jordan; Jared; Lucus; Sean; Ryan; Lainey; Whitney; Ty; Chandler; Rayne; Quentin; Corey; Peyton; Cassidy (Rose); Sydney; Miranda; Kiefer; Connor; and Tea’, and 12 great-grandchildren: Kennedy; Kyleigh; Raegan; Sophia; Karter; Easton; Skylar; Landon; Paisley; Rowen; Gracie; and Arabella.
George was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Ann Schmidt.
George joined the United States Air Force straight out of high school where he served his country for the next 6 years. Upon discharge, he joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters until retirement in 1999. He built everything from residential homes to high-rise buildings in Chicago and later in Bloomington. He enjoyed building things and could fix just about anything! Even in the final weeks of his life, he continued helping remodel his farmhouse in Farmer City that he shared with his wife and grandsons for over 15 years.
He had 6 children of his own, but as a softball coach for over 13 years in Arlington Heights, he mentored and taught hundreds of athletes, passing on his love for the sport to all. He managed several championship teams and travel teams. He even managed to get himself thrown out of a few games while defending his players and fighting for what was right. His passion as a coach was second to none. In the eyes of many, he was simply the best!!
Once his children were grown, much of his focus was on his grandchildren. He spent much of his time watching softball, baseball, track, cross country, gymnastics, wrestling, and many glorious evenings under the Friday night lights. He supported all of his grandchildren in their many endeavors. His love for them was unprecedented.
His love for his family was great, as was his love for Oklahoma where he was born and raised. As an Oklahoma fan, his life motto was, “I’m Sooner born, I’m Sooner bred and when I die I’m Sooner dead”. He was a dedicated husband to his wife, Susie for 56 years, an involved father and a proud Papa. He loved living life and fought the good fight until the end. He will forever be our Guardian Angel watching over us. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Harold G. Dingman, 81, of Latham, IL, passed away at 4:51 P.M. Sunday August 5, 2018 at his home.
Harold was born on April 27, 1937 in Macon County to Harley and Lois (Faith) Dingman. He married Juanita Bobbett Comer on April 27, 1979 in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
Surviving Harold is his wife Juanita, step children, Guy Comer, Jan Davis and Kim Comer, his brother, Duane (Deanna) Dingman of Latham, and his four grandchildren Jeremy, Katie, Stephanie and Matt.
Services for Harold will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday August 14, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Lake Bank Cemetery, rural Latham. Memorials may be made to the Latham Fire Department.
Mary Ann Aper, 81, passed away at 9:50 a.m. at Copper Creek Cottages in Lincoln, IL on August 4, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.
Mary was born on October 5, 1936 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Walter and Anna P. (Warren) Begolka. She married Gene Edwin Aper on June 24, 1956 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2009.
Surviving Mary are her sons: David (Kim) Aper of Lincoln, IL and Robert (Beth) Aper of Broadwell, IL; one brother: Robert (Sharon) Begolka of Lincoln, IL; two grandchildren: Jacklyn (Jeremy) Billington of Lincoln, IL and Andrew (Tammy) Aper of Cle Elum, WA; nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother: Harold Begolka, and one grandson: Michael Aper.
Mary was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln. She worked at Country Companies as a claim adjuster for over 30 years.
Services for Mary will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 11, 2018 at St. John United Church of Christ with Robert Twist officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday August 10, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Hartsburg Union will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to St. John United Church of Christ.
Florence Ester Williamson, 102, passed away at 7:55 p.m. on August 2, 2018 at St. Clara’s Manor.
Florence was born on January 31, 1916; daughter of George and Elsie (Karg) Grathwohl. She married Charles Williamson on March 16, 1943 in St. Charles, MO. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2001.
Surviving Florence is her son: John (Diane) Williamson of Normal, IL; one grandchild: Jennifer (Travis) Gibson of Hudson, IL; two great grandchildren: Jared and Rachel Gibson both of Hudson, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one niece.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Amvets, VFW Auxiliary. She worked at Parker and Son Title Company and was a bookkeeper for the state of Illinois.
Private family services for Florence will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Public Library or Alzheimer’s Association. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
Harrison Pierce Stephens, 6 month old infant son of Dante Labbe and Alisha Stephens, passed away at 2:45 PM August 4, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Harrison Pierce Stephens Memorial Fund.
Harrison was born February 4, 2018 in Peoria, IL the son of Dante Labbe and Alisha Stephens.
Survivors include his parents, Dante Labbe and Alisha Stephens, Clinton, IL; maternal grandparents, Becky and Shannon Boehl, Clinton, IL; uncles and aunts: John Stephens, Clinton, IL, Eric (Amber) Walston, Clinton, IL, Jennifer Adams, Heyworth, IL.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother: Daniel; maternal grandfather, Daniel Wayne Stephens; aunt, Sandra Walston; great-grandparents, Evelyn and James Stephens; four cousins: Brandon LaCroix; Jacob Stephens; Alex Nichols; and William Adams.
Charles Robert McGuire, 95, a life-long resident of Macon County, died July 31, 2018 after a brief illness.
“Charlie” was born in Maroa, Illinois to Elwood and Margaret McGuire on July 27, 1923. He graduated from Maroa High School in 1940. In 1943, he married Harriet Miller of Latham, a marriage that continued for nearly 73 years. Together, Charlie and Harriet founded a farm in Warrensburg, where they would spend the next 60 years together.
At his request, Charlie only wanted to be remembered as a retired Macon County farmer.
Charles is survived by his children, Ann Edgecombe (John) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Richard McGuire (Jan Smith) of Union Pier, Michigan; his grandchildren, Jason Edgecombe (Kathryn), Adam Edgecombe (Laura), Bly McGuire (Jimmie Sue), and Lyndsey Denton (Ryan); great-grandchildren James, Miller, and Madelyn Edgecombe, Holden Edgecombe, and Rory Denton; extended family and friends including Tom and Cathy Howell, Roger and Karen Edgecombe, Gloria and Clay Colebar, Sandra Brooks, and Melanie McGuire. He joins his wife Harriet; eldest son Charles Thomas McGuire; grandson Thomas Allen McGuire; and sisters Annalou Hensey and Dorothy Braden, who preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Allen McGuire Memorial Scholarship Fund and Illini Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home from 5:00–7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Illini Church, Warrensburg, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Illini Cemetery, Warrensburg. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, nephews Jerry Burns, Steve Braden, Ron Braden, and Tom Howell.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com
James L. Orrick Jr., 77, of Atlanta, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 1, 2018) at St. Clara's Manor, Lincoln.
His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. The Rev. Larry Collins will officiate. A time of visitation with his family will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
James Lee Orrick Jr. was born Dec. 9, 1940, in Bloomington, the son of James Lee and Lois Smith Orrick Sr. He was united in marriage with Lynda McKown on June 4, 1977. She survives.
James is also survived by their son, Stephen Orrick; his children, Michelle (Bret) Roop, Jody (Keith) Simpson, Jeff Orrick and Stephanie (Pat) Estes; his stepchildren, Julie (Gary) Frantz, Beth Howard and David Miller; two brothers, John Orrick and Steve (Nancy) Orrick; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Christen Henderson.
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Rescue Squad.
John H. Butterfield, 96, of Maroa, passed away 4:25 a.m. Friday (Aug. 3, 2018) at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth.
His service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery, Decatur, with military honors. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Masonic service at 5 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Forsyth United Methodist Church.
John was born July 27, 1922, in Christian County, the son of Walter and Freda Elder Butterfield. He married Winifred Wolfer Sept. 1, 1946, in Macon County. She passed away July 3, 2000.
Survivors include his daughter, Cheryl L. (Glenn) Sample, Maroa; granddaughters, Katherine (Jonathon) Olson, Fishers, Ind.; and Allison (Keegan) Goodman, Lafayette, Ind.; four great-grandchildren, Connor and Liam Olson, and Kaia and Kane Goodman; sister, Shirley Rager, Latham.
John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Butterfield; brothers, Dean and Ralph; and sisters, Virginia Holly and Helen Rigg.
John served his country during World War II in the South Pacific in the Army. He was a member of the Forsyth United Methodist Church and a member of the Kedron Masonic Lodge AF & AM 340, Mount Auburn. John was named the Macon County Young Farmer in 1957. John was a grain farmer and managed the Macon County ASC Farm Storage for 20 years. John also served on the Cisco Elevator board and the Cornbelt board for 19 years.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
William H. “Butch” Shepherd Jr., 51, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 12:48 P.M., Sunday, July 29, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Monday, August 6, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. A private inurnment will be held in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tammy Dunbar Shepherd.
Mr. Shepherd was born February 11, 1967, in Normal, Illinois, to William H. “Butch” Shepherd Sr. and Marjorie Ellen Deerwester. He married Tammy M. Dunbar on April 11, 2015, in Hudson, Illinois. She survives in Heyworth, Illinois.
He is also survived by his father, William H. “Butch” (Lisa) Shepherd Sr. of Sullivan, Missouri; stepfather, Dale Williams of Lincoln, Illinois; three children, Briana (John) Coakley, LeAnne (C. J. Dawson) Shepherd and Grand Shepherd all of Heyworth, Illinois; three grandchildren, Tristen Kavanaugh, Chloe Clesson and Jayden Kavanaugh all of Heyworth, Illinois; and four sisters, Tina (Carl) Ross of Atlanta, Illinois, Christina Kisner of Bloomington, Illinois, Shari (Marvin) Gordon of McLean, Illinois, and Cindy Cotner of Shirley, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Butch worked as an excavator all over the McLean County area. He enjoyed fishing, landscaping, gardening, mushroom hunting, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
He was a loving husband and father.
Michael D. Kirk, 62, of Lincoln, IL, passed away at 11:40 a.m. on August 1, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
Michael was born on September 7, 1955 in Lincoln, IL; son of Everett Franklin Kirk and Jeanette Lee Langley.
Michael is survived by his children: Rodney Stout of Ohio, Kevin (Jennifer) Kirk of Lincoln, James Kirk of Lincoln, Josh Kirk of Michigan, Jason Metelko of Mason City, Karissa Metelko of Lincoln, and Jared Metelko of Lincoln; one sister: Judith (Dennis Sr.) Anderson of Elkhart; six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.
Michael was a collector and enjoyed fishing.
Cremation rites for Michael will be accorded. Services are entrusted with Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.