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Virginia Abshire

Virginia Abshire, 92, of Kenney, IL passed away at 7:10 AM, February 28, 2019 at Heritage Health, Bloomington, IL.  

 

Arrangements are incomplete at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

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Helen L. Shepherd

Helen L. Shepherd, 96, of Highlands, TX formerly of Kenney, IL passed away 7:50 P.M. February 26, 2019 at Houston Methodist in Baytown, Baytown, Texas.

 

The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

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Paul James Beaver Jr.

Paul James Beaver Jr., 82, of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.


He was born on March 19, 1936 in Lincoln, IL the son of Paul James and Mildred (Blaum) Beaver Sr. He married Sue Moore on November 24, 1960 in Mt. Pulaski, IL. she survives him in Lincoln, IL.


Paul is also survived by his daughters, Ann Loraine (Ronald) Wolpert of Munster, IN, and Amy Jo (John) O’Donnell of Bloomington, IL; his grandchildren, Ethan Paul Witting, Hannah Michel Witting, Lauren Ashley O’Donnell, and Kevin Patrick O’Donnell; his brother, John (Kathy) Beaver of Lincoln, and his brother-in-law, David Coogan of Lincoln, IL.


Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Judith Coogan; and one infant sister, Rose.


Paul was a Professor of History at Lincoln College as well as a self-employed real estate appraiser. Paul's interests and accomplishments include: Serving as Curator of the Lincoln College Museum at Lincoln College, Serving on the Logan County Board, The Logan County Paramedics Association Board, Serving as President of the Illinois Chester White Association and along with Paul Beaver and Sons and Families producing many award-winning Chester White Swine. He worked with the tourism board on the Looking for Lincoln project, Co-wrote the book Logan County Pictorial History with Paul E. Gleason, and wrote the books Abraham Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois 1834-1860, and The Last Farm Boy. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and The Elks Club. He was a coach and athlete who played on the 1969 State Champion Road Runner Softball team, the Road Runner Basketball team and coached at Elkhart Grade School. He was named Professor Emeritus to Lincoln College, the Grand Marshall of the 2008 Lincoln Community High School Homecoming, Courier Citizen of the Year 2008, and had many more honors and awards too numerous to mention. Last, but not least, he was a die-hard Cubs fan who lived long enough to finally see a World Series win.


A memorial service for Paul will be held at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. A memorial gathering will be held following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Memorial donations may be made in Paul’s name to The Lincoln Heritage Museum, Lincoln College, or First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Robin (Doyle) Hendriex-Brown

Robin (Doyle) Hendriex-Brown, 63, of Clinton, Il. passed away 3:15 A.M. February 22, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

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

 

Memorials may be directed to the Robin Hendriex-Brown Memorial Fund.

 

Robin was born July 15, 1955 in South Bend, IN the daughter of Ralph and Patricia J. (Heltzel) Doyle. She married Bradley Brown July 12, 2000 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Brad Brown, Clinton, Il.; Children, Michael Hendriex, Clinton, IL; Chad Hendriex, Sullivan, IL; Matthew Hendriex, Clinton, IL; and Ramey (Vernon) Burton, Clinton, IL; 6 grandchildren; siblings, Mary Avery, Mishawaka IN; and Betty Avery, Mishawaka, IN; Margie Gibson, Decatur, Il.; Juanita Trailer, Macon, Il.

 

Robin was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 cousins: Bobby Webber and Bennie Webber.

 

Robin worked in food service as the manager of the Hometown Buffet in Forsyth, IL.

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Marian Marie Daniels

Marian Marie Daniels, 89, of Lincoln, passed away on February 25, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 AM Friday, March 1, 2019 also at the funeral home with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in New Union Cemetery.

 

Marian was born April 14, 1929 in Atlanta, IL., to Jess and Nona (Shelton) Sampson. She married Roy L. Daniels on February 28, 1964. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1994.

 

She worked at Stetson China Company, and Lincoln Developmental Center, retiring after 25 years. She loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling: visited all 50 states, Hawaii twice, two Caribbean cruises, one Alaskan cruise, visited Europe twice, and traveled to Nova Scotia. She looked forward to her yearly trip to Arizona to visit family. She enjoyed reading, dancing, country music, and country bands. Marian loved life and lived it to the fullest.

 

Surviving are her children: Vicki Cummings Norris, Steve (Lou) Henson, and Melodie "Dee" Daniels; grandchildren: Steve Cummings (Amy), Rob Cummings (Marisa), Tammy Zapata (Emilio), and Rebecca Roemer; great-grandchildren: Andy and Cole Cummings, Nick and Heather Cummings, Kayla Cummings and Ty Chambers, Joseph and Nicole Cummings, Zach and Haley Farris, Anthony Cummings (Thalia Preciado), and Isaiah Zapata; great-great-grandchildren: Dominick Cummings, Gabe Cummings, Selene Cummings, Bella Cummings, Zena Cummings, Ryker Chambers, and River Marie Chambers due in May; grand puppies Scooter and Sammie; brothers: Jack Sampson (Polly) and Larry Sampson; brothers and sisters in law: Gene Daniels (Bev), Jim Daniels (Sharon), Meredith Daniels, and Goldie Stanton (Harold); friends that are family: Pat Beck and Linda Birk; and many others that called her Mom, Mama, Grandma, Aunt, and Friend.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Dick Sampson, son in law Jerry Norris, sister in law Mary Sampson, and her beloved fur baby Midnight.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Safe Haven Hospice or to the Humane Society of Logan County.

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David A. Coller

David A. Coller, 61, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 3:30 P.M. Friday, February 22, 2019, at his home in Mansfield, Illinois.

 

His graveside service will be held at 12:30 P.M. Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Grandview Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Champaign, Illinois, with Pastor Seth Schutte officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Prairielands Council Boy Scouts.

 

Mr. Coller was born March 27, 1957, in Japan to Arthur L. and Maryann Dress Coller. He married Susan L. Rosemier on May 24, 1980, in Perrysburg, Ohio. She survives in Mansfield, Illinois.

 

David is also survived by his parents of Ft. Myers, Florida; two sons, Kevin A. (Trisha) Coller of Mahomet, Illinois, and Keith A. (Keara) Coller of Mansfield, Illinois; five grandchildren, Krissy Fredrickson, Dominic Fredrickson, Damon Coller, Kynnzey Coller, and Jaxon Browne; one great-granddaughter, Brielle Nava; one brother, Robert (Cindy) Coller of Hampshire, Illinois; and two sisters, Tammy Kern of Ft. Myers, Florida, and Terry (Kirk) VanderVlucht of Perrysburg, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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Wilbur "Dean" Nichols

Wilbur “Dean” Nichols, 86, of LeRoy, passed away at 12:35 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24, 2019) peacefully at his home with family by his side.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery where military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service or LeRoy High School Athletics in memory of Dean Nichols.

 

Dean was born April 24, 1932, in Decatur, to Earl and Bertha Christner Nichols. He married his childhood sweetheart, Sara Sigler, April 5, 1952, in Santa Barbara, Calif. They were married for 66 years. Sara survives in LeRoy.

 

Dean and Sara raised their family in LeRoy and had three children, Mark (Melinda) Nichols, deceased; Michael Nichols, LeRoy; and Karen Bruning, Bloomington. Also surviving are five grandsons, Brett (Melanie) Bruning, Tyler Bruning and Shane Bruning, all of Bloomington; Ethan Bruning, Chicago; and Nathan Chambers, Knox, Ind.; and two nephews, Randy (Mary) and Stephen (Gail) Sigler and their families.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dale C. Nichols.

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Patricia Ann Weikle

Patricia Ann Weikle, 78, of Maroa, IL passed away at 12:22 PM, February 24, 2019 at her family residence, Maroa, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM Friday, March 1, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with DMH Hospice Chaplain Jan Dial officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to Maroa Fire Dept, American Heart Assoc., or American Cancer Society. 

Patricia was born December 16, 1940 in Canton, IL the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Hardy) Burgess. She married Darrell Weikle September 29, 1963 in Decatur, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Darrell Weikle, Maroa, IL; children, Pam Weikle, Maroa, IL and Tim (Patty) Weikle, Taylorville, IL; 4 grandchildren, Jessica, Amber, Alex, and Kate.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Carl Sperl and his wife, Lucille, and Bill Burgess and his wife, Nell.

 

Patricia was a nurse in Decatur for 53 years, and the last 23 years of her career she worked on the OB Floor at Decatur Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed camping, crocheting, Illini Basketball, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and watching her grandchildren play sports.

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Howard W. Campbell

Howard W. Campbell, 86, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:17 AM, February 23, 2019 at Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

Services with Military Honors will be 6:30 PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be 5 – 6:30 PM, Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Clinton AmVets Post #14.

 

Howard was born January 24, 1933 in Waynesville, IL the son of Charles and Mamie (Adcock) Campbell. He married Dorothy Lange September 30, 1956 in Clinton, IL. She passed away June 20, 2016.

 

Survivors include his children: Cristan (Scott) Philipp, Olathe, KS; Kyle (Sara) Campbell, Cleveland, TN; and Corina (Jim) Trail, Lane, IL; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Dora Neal, Clinton, IL; and 2 sisters-in-law: Rosemary Campbell, Clinton, IL and Phyllis Alwood, Clinton, IL; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandson, 4 brothers and 3 sisters and all of their spouses.

 

Howard was a Tool and Dye maker for over 30 years at Wagner Castings in Decatur, IL and then worked at Revere Copper and Brass, Inc., Clinton, IL until his retirement. Howard served in the Army Signal Corps from 1953 – 1955 and was a member of the AmVets. He enjoyed camping, music, and working in his workshop. Howard especially loved traveling with his family and attending the Farmer City Cowboy Church.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Pastor Samuel Leroy Thompson

Pastor Samuel Leroy Thompson, 88, of Mahomet, IL passed away at 9:08 AM, February 23, 2019 at Bridle Brook, Mahomet, IL.

 

Services will be 2 PM, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Lake of the Woods Church, Mahomet, IL with Pastor Matthew Johnson (Samuel Leroy’s grandson) and Pastor Dave Lutes officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Mahomet, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Lake of the Woods Church, Mahomet, IL.

Samuel Leroy was born June 8, 1930 in Rock Road, AR the son of Jim and Golden (Spencer) Thompson. He married Betty F. Waldron May 29, 1953 in Pocahontas, AR. 

 

Survivors include his wife, Betty F. Thompson, Mahomet, IL; children: Phyllis (Skip) Lloyd, Lancaster, OH; Patricia (Mark) Mueller, St. Charles, MO; Stephen (Karen) Thompson, Edwardsville, IL; and Scott (Katie) Thompson, Oregon, WI; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister, JoAnn Ross, Knoxville, TN.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

 

Pastor Thompson became a minister at the age of 19. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Central Bible College, Springfield, MO and was ordained as an Assembly of God Pastor in 1958.

 

The family would like to thank Pastor Dave and the congregation of Lake of the Woods Church for their loving care of their husband and father.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Edna Rau

Edna Irene (Hildreth) Rau, 92, of Maroa, Illinois, passed away Saturday, 2 February 2019, at her daughter's family residence, near Washington, DC. Private interment will be in McClimens Cemetery, Hallsville, IL. A service of remembrance will be held at a later date. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Bridget Rau (Gerald) Huntoon, RN, of Glen Allen, VA, and son Edwin McClelland Rau, CAPT, USNR (Ret.) of rural Maroa, IL; two granddaughters of metropolitan Richmond, VA, Jennifer Findora Bowles Huntoon and Hannah-Jane Huntoon; along with a sister, Mary Ellyn (Hildreth) Pennington; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to the: USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677 for the benefit of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen around the globe, or St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326, for the benefit and ongoing education of Native American children. The family is being served by Bennett Funeral Home, Glen Allen, VA and Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Edna Irene was born 11 June 1926 in rural DeWitt County, IL, to the late Hughes McClelland Hildreth, a veteran of World War I, in France, and Ethel Irene (Cox) Hildreth, a native of Lincoln, IL. Officiated by Dr. J. Walter Malone, president emeritus of Millikin University, her marriage to John Edwin Rau, a farmer, was on 9 August 1947 in the Clinton Presbyterian Church. He preceded her in death on 25 May 2010.

 

Following graduation from Kenney Community High School in 1944, Edna Irene attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL, where she pursued fine arts and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. In 1946 and 1949, respectively, she was a music teacher at the grade schools in Sullivan and Chestnut -- two generous and kind Illinois farming communities, the former of which she particularly cherished for the hospitality and support of area Amish and Mennonite families. During World War II, as a civilian on the homefront, like many other remarkable and patriotic women of the era, she served her country at the Sangamon Ordnance Plant, a key U.S. Army ammunition factory near Illiopolis, IL, in the heart of mid-America's cornfields. It would be decades later that she fondly discovered in another part of the nation friendships and shared wartime experiences with those assigned research at the contemporaneous Houdaille-Hershey Plant, a secret Manhattan Project government site located in nearby Decatur.

 

In past years, Edna Irene served in the Auxiliary of Decatur Memorial Hospital, volunteered with the Decatur Area Arts Council, and was a member of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of D.A.R. She was also a sister in international P.E.O., Chapter B, Clinton, IL. Throughout life, she was a quiet, yet devoted, studious patron of cultural arts, supporting events of Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, Clinton Fine Arts Center, Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

 

In our digital (perhaps sometimes dizzying, distracting, disorienting) age of the Internet and social media, Edna Irene was grateful to live simply, quietly and still independently at age 90 on her family's farm near Hallsville, IL, and her childhood footsteps. There, her sunniest days were of summer outdoor walks with her beloved dachshund, an autumn glimpse of wild birds and white-tailed timber deer, a hot cup of winter tea while listening to classical music or reading a book, a thoughtful visit from good neighbors across the springtime pasture, a beautifully hand-written letter to friend or family across the miles, a timeless Irish poem or bit of folklore remembered and recited. Indeed, she was a woman for all seasons.

 

In your journey onward, Edna Irene, from all of those whose lives you gracefully touched:

 

"May the road rise to meet you
 May the wind be always at your back
 May the sun shine warm upon your face
 And rains fall soft upon your fields" (a Celtic verse)

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Steven Charles Ladage

Steven Charles Ladage, 57, of Heyworth, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2019) at his home. He was surrounded by loved ones following a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

 

Steve was born Dec. 20, 1961, in Springfield, to Charles and Sylvia Shadwell Ladage. He married Kjarsti Sapp on June 7, 2008, in LeRoy.

 

He is survived by his wife, Kjarsti, and five children, John (Jenae) Ladage, Ivensdale; Jane (Kevin) Kauffman, Bloomington; Rebecca (Mitch) Nelson, Normal; Daniel (Peggy) Ladage, Bloomington; and Charlotte “Charlie” Ladage, at home; as well as two grandchildren, Levi Kauffman and Ava Ladage. He is also survived by two sisters, Pam Mendenhall, Springfield, and Cheryl (Bob) Giacomini, New Berlin; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marjorie and Don Sapp, Atlanta; two brothers-in-law, Rob (Tracy) Sapp, Goodfield, and Ben (Wendy) Sapp, Sherman; one aunt, Wanda Ladage, Chatham; one uncle, Duane (Joyce) Shadwell, Effingham; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, all who loved Steve.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Annabelle Ladage.

 

In 1991, Steve began working for Cornerstone Construction. He was dedicated to his career and in 1999 became the owner. He and Kjarsti worked very hard and took great pride in that business.

 

He was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Among his hobbies, Steve enjoyed the outdoors, collecting and shooting his guns, and was never short of camouflage clothing.

 

Steve was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

 

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Pastor Chad Sparks will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home. Interment will be in Randolph Township Cemetery, Heyworth. Memorial contributions may be made to Covell Community Church or Compass Church in Normal.

 

Condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Robin (Doyle) Hendriex

Robin (Doyle) Hendriex, 63, of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:15 A.M. February 22, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Il.

 

Arrangements are incomplete at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.

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Philip Butler

Philip Butler, 77, of Beason, IL passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.

 

Philip was born on September 7, 1941, in Decatur, IL; the son of Charles Butler and Maxine (Patterson) Butler. He married Joan "Elaine” (Burwell-Lessen) on September 29, 1984, in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death on July 19, 2017.

 

Philip is survived by his sons, Brian (Tonjau) Brown of Colby, KS; and Troy (Jodi) Brown of Goodland, KS; his six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; his brother, Ricky (Diane) Butler and sister, Arlene Wolfe. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Larry.

 

Services for Philip will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial will follow the services at Harmony Cemetery in Beason, IL.

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Lois E. Hupp

Lois E. Hupp, 88, of Oreana, IL passed away February 18, 2019 at her home.

 

Lois was born on January 1, 1931, the daughter of Chester and Hazel (McConnell) Ferrill. Lois was a graduate of Argenta-Oreana High School in 1948. She married Robert E. Hupp on May 2, 1952 in Oreana, IL, and they were married more than 66 years.

 

Lois was a farmer’s wife at first, and then took a job at the Oreana Post Office in 1967. She was the postmaster at Oreana for 24 years, and was helpful to all that came in the door. Lois raised four boys, and attended countless little league baseball games, where she was a scorekeeper. Lois and Bob never missed one of the boy’s games that included Argenta-Oreana Bombers football, basketball, track, baseball games, and Monticello EI baseball games.

 

Lois was a member of the Rebecca Lodge and was also an avid Cubs fan and Illini fan.

They continued attending many grandchildren and great-grandchildren's games. Surviving are her sons, Larry E. Hupp of Decatur, Roger E. Hupp of Oreana, Alan R. Hupp (Eydie) of Oreana, daughter-in-law Lana J. Hupp of Oreana; grandchildren Pamela Daily (Matthew), Nathan Hupp (Jennifer), Stefanie Hupp, Whitney Hupp, Kaitlin Hupp, Jared Hupp, Cameron Hupp, Sabrina (Ferrill) Behrends; great-grandchildren, Brenton Daily, Tyler Daily, Tessa Daily, Brayden Daily, Landon Hupp, Ryker Hupp, Kai Hupp, Zoey Behrends, Wraven Hupp; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert E. Hupp; an infant son; son, Duane E. Hupp, and brothers, Richard, Robert, and Orville Ferrill.

 

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 PM Friday, February 22, 2019 at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial will be at Friend’s Creek Cemetery.

 

Memorials: American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, National Kidney Foundation.

 

Condolences may be left to Lois’s family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

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Donald E. Wey

Donald E. Wey, 88, of Heyworth, passed away unexpectedly at 5:21 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16, 2019) at his home.

 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Heyworth Christian Church with the Rev. Kurt Flora officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Heyworth Christian Church and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Randolph Township Fire/EMS or the Heyworth Christian Church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Donald was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Belle Prairie Township, Livingston County, a son of Pearl D. and Della Mae Rafferty Wey. He married his valentine sweetheart, Irene M. Schieber on Feb. 14, 1954, at Eureka. She passed away Dec. 9, 2013.

 

He is survived by his son, Jeffrey E. (Jay Juarez) Wey, Plainfield, and daughter, Jeanette (Jeffrey) Wissmiller, Heyworth.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Thelma Young-Rosendale; and brother, John Wey.

 

Donald retired from The Eureka Co., in Bloomington, after 40 years, in 1992, and continued farming until 2005. He was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church; the McDonalds coffee club on South Main Street, Bloomington; NRA; the McLean County Farm Bureau; and was an avid hunter. He enjoyed helping his daughter at her dance studio for the past 24 years.

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Wanda Jean Elsner

Wanda Jean Elsner, 74 of Clinton, IL formerly of DeWitt, IL passed away 1:30 PM February 16, 2019 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services.

 

Services will be 11 AM Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Heyworth Cemetery, Heyworth, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Thursday at the funeral home. 

 

Memorials may be directed to DeWitt County Friendship Center.

 

Wanda was born March 20, 1944 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of Elmer Mark and Florence Reta (Hunter) Johnson. 

 

Survivors include her sister, Deloris (Roy) Strohkirch, Clinton, IL, along with many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Kay Hulvey and Janice Woodall; 3 brothers, Ray Johnson, Merle Johnson and Bill Johnson.

 

Wanda was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.

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Karen Nina Newhouse

Karen Nina Newhouse, 73, passed away at 10:50 p.m. on February 14, 2019, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

 

Karen was born on April 25, 1945, in Springfield, IL; daughter of Clark and Bernice (Anderson) Willhoite. She married David Newhouse on October 27, 1963, in Lincoln, IL. He survives her.

 

Also surviving Karen are her children: Troy Newhouse of West Chicago, IL, Rodney (Cindy) Newhouse of Lincoln, IL, and Tracy (Michael) Maaks of New Holland, IL; one sister: Kimberly Thompson of Springfield, IL; five grandchildren: Mackenzie Rae Newhouse, Keagan Luther Newhouse, Michael Cody Newhouse, Mark Evan Maaks, and Everett James Maaks; 2 step grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Clark Willhoite Jr.

 

Karen graduated from Lanphier High School in 1963 and later attended Brown Business College. She worked at Illinois National Insurance and then later worked at Logan Mason Mental Health for 10 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln and the Senior Oasis Center of Lincoln. Karen enjoyed coloring books, playing bingo, and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

 

A memorial service for Karen will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home with Rev. Tami Werschey-Kessinger, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Karen’s name to the Senior Oasis Center in Lincoln, IL or the American Diabetes Association.

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Wanda Jean Elsner

Wanda Jean Elsner, 74 of Clinton, IL formerly of DeWitt, IL passed away 1:30 PM February 16, 2019 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services.

 

Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Mae Cable

Dorothy Mae Cable, 84, of Monticello, passed away at 8:35 p.m., February 15, 2019 at the Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

 

Dorothy was born on March 6, 1934 in Heming, IL the daughter of Otis Wilbur and Ruby (Matthews) Clapp. She married Wayne E. Cable on August 30, 1952 in Blue Mound, IL. He passed away June 18, 1997.

 

Dorothy is survived by her children, Bob Cable, Jerry Cable, Melanie (Terry) Wiegal, and Angie (Ed) Rollins; granddaughter, Stephanie (Brett) Barton; great-grandchildren, Dustin Wiegal, Hunter and Shelby Barton; and brother, Bob Clapp. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and husband.

 

Dorothy was a CNA at Kirby Hospital for 30 years. She enjoyed playing cards and gardening along with tending to her aquariums and fish pond.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Monticello Township Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.  

 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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Judith "Judy" Cox

Judith “Judy” Cox, 75 of Westville, IL formerly of DeLand, IL passed away 10:28 AM February 13, 2019 at her home.

 

A Celebration of Judy’s Life will be 11 AM, Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL with Lana Dyer officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Judy Cox Memorial Fund or the DeLand American Legion Post #102.

 

Judy was born October 27, 1943, in Urbana, IL, the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Eakin) Arbuckle. She married Harley “Pete” Cox, Sr. August 12, 1977. He passed away February 10, 1995.

 

Survivors include her mother, Ruth Sims, Tuscola, IL; children: Earl L. (Jennifer) Burton, Jr., Lithia, FL; Michael (Liz) Burton, Hubert, N.C.; and Tonya Roy, Bloomington, IL; 5 grandsons; and brother, Russell (Colleen) Arbuckle, Sonoita, AZ; Special Friends: Karen Colmer, Lana and Don Dyer, Nancy and Dewey Howard, John and Barb Cain, Rindie, Joel, and Adam Ripper, care-taker Brandi Mills, and many others who were a part of Judy’s life on earth and Transition Hospice. 

 

She was preceded in death by her father, 3 stillborn children, and special friend, L.R.

 

Judy was a C.N.A. in the Alzheimer’s Wing at the Piatt Co. Nursing Home. She later became a truck driver for 12 years with Transport America where she received the One Million Mile Safe Driving Award from the American Trucking Association in 2006. Judy helped establish the E.S.D.A. and Tornado Siren at DeLand, IL. She was a life member of the DeLand Legion Auxiliary Unit #102, the Loyal Order of the Moose, Danville, IL as well as a Life Member of OOIDA, Volunteer Faith in Action, South Westville, IL and the Westville Sportsman’s Club.

 

“Whisper I love you to a butterfly and it will fly to Heaven to deliver the message.” “Have a Blessed Day every day!”

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Joan "Joey" Short

Joan “Joey” Short, 83, of Clinton, passed away, Thursday night, February 5, 2019 at 7:50 p.m. at John Warner Hospital in Clinton.  She was born February 15, 1935 in Clinton, the daughter of Estle “Tubby” and Isabelle Reid Lowe.  She married Robert Short on November 29, 1956 in Clinton.  He preceded her in death in 2009. 

 

Joey was a longtime nurse, working at John Warner Hospital in Clinton for 35 years until her retirement.  She also worked in other areas of medicine, including home health care.  She was an avid baseball fan, and enjoyed cheering on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals. 

 

She is survived by three sons, Michael Lee Short of Clinton; Steven T. (Linda) Short of Clinton; and Phillip L. Short of Scottsdale, Arizona; five grandchildren, Jim (Ashley) Blue of Birmingham, Alabama; Adam (Heather) Blue of Bloomington; Justin (Tracie) Blue of Champaign; Andrea (Cody) Shepard of Maroa; and Trevor Blue of Clinton; four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Doris Dash. 

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents. 

 

Honoring Joey’s wishes, cremation services will be provided by Moran and Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2801 North Monroe Street, Decatur, IL.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church of Clinton.  Burial of Joey’s ashes will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. 

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the DeWitt County Animal Shelter, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the American Cancer Society.   

 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.moranandgoebel.com.

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Raymond "Red" E. Turner

Raymond "Red” E. Turner, 78, of Lincoln, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at St. Clara’s Manor, Lincoln, IL.

 

Raymond was born on May 26, 1940, in Lincoln, IL; the son of Edward and Leona (Gant) Turner. He married Carol Ann Otto on September 12, 1965, in Lincoln, IL. She survives him in Lincoln.

 

Raymond is also survived by his children, Michael (Debbie) Turner, Jeffrey (Elaine) Turner, and Kimberly (Brad) Bryant; his sisters, Edna (Wayne) Mara, Donna (Randy) Buse; five grandchildren, Alexandra Turner, Chase Turner, Jake Turner, Kenzie Bryant, and Blake Bryant. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Rosemarie.

 

Raymond was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, in Lincoln. He was also a Charter Member of the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club, and an avid NASCAR fan, especially Dale Earnhardt.

 

Services for Raymond will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service (9:00 to 11:00 A.M.) also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Raymond’s name to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.

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Howard D. Glawe

Howard D. Glawe, 93, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 1:20 A.M. Monday, February 11, 2019, at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello, Illinois. 

 

A joint memorial service for Frances L. & Howard D. Glawe will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Pastor Darrell Howard officiating. Inurnment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Faith in Action, Monticello, Illinois.

 

Howard was born March 31, 1925, in Volga, South Dakota, a son of Clarence E. & Clara R. French Glawe. He married Frances L. Wood on June 8, 1952, in Cairo, Illinois. She passed away November 3, 2018.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Colleen Manuel of Farmer City, Illinois; son, Curtis (Julie) Glawe of Farmer City, Illinois; three grandchildren, Aaron (Kamie) Manuel of Mahomet, Illinois, Andrea (Adam) Weedman of Farmer City, Illinois and Molly (Andrew) Schneman of Farmer City, Illinois; 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elnor H. Ruch of Farmer City, Illinois and C. Marleen Williams of Clinton, Illinois. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

 

Howard was a retired farmer. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

 

Howard was a member of the Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was an Elder of the church; past president of the DeWitt County Board; past president of the Dewitt County Farm Bureau; served on the John Warner Hospital Board; served on the DeWitt and Macon County Corn Belt FS Board; and a member of the Farmer City Kiwanis Club.

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Richard L. "Rick" Johnson

Richard L. “Rick” Johnson, 63, of Bloomington, Illinois, formerly of

Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 7:08 P.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

Information for a memorial service will be released at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, care of Jared Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was born January 17, 1956, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Ival Dean and Noritta Mae Towner Johnson.

He is survived by his son, Jared C. (Elizabeth) Johnson of Downs, Illinois; three grandchildren, Preston, Trevor and Ella all of Downs, Illinois; three brothers, Steve (Becky) Johnson of Columbia, Missouri, Mark (Michelle) Johnson of Le Roy, Illinois, and Scott (Linda) Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents.

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Curtis L. Carter

Curtis L. Carter, 62, of Clinton, IL passed away at 8:40 PM, February 9, 2019 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

A gathering to celebrate Curtis’ life will be 3 – 6 PM Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the American Legion Hall, Clinton, IL. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Curtis L. Carter Memorial Fund c/o Jesse Carter.

 

Curtis was born December 17, 1956 in Clinton, IL the son of Goldie M. Isaac.

 

Survivors include his children: Jesse (Lacy) Carter, Clinton, IL and Josh (Dena) Carter, Fisher, IL; grandchildren: Aaron Carter, Kindell Carter, Kamden Carter, and Kambree Carter; siblings: Regina Fabris, Clinton, IL and Eric Isaac, Clinton, IL; and uncle, Delmar Bateson, Clinton, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother.

 

Curtis enjoyed racing of all kinds.

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Shirley A. Turner

Shirley A. Turner, 82, of Monticello, passed away at 2:57 a.m., February 10, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

 

Shirley was born on January 8, 1937 in Monticello, the daughter of Elmer and Anna (Willis) Meece. She married Dale R. Turner on January 20, 1956, in Monticello.

 

Shirley is survived by her husband, Dale Turner of Monticello; children, Gary Turner (Andrea) of Cisco, Carla Taylor (Wes) of Monticello, Janet Warnick of Monticello, Mike Turner (Joy) of Bement; grandchildren, Courtney Berning (Ed), Derek Taylor, Caroline Turner, Audrey Bohannon (Nathan), Zeb Turner, Wyatt Turner; great-grandchildren, Rebecca Berning, Bridget Berning, Gwendolyn Turner; and sister Sondra Harris of Morris, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, 7 brothers, 1 sister, and son-in-law Scott Warnick.

 

Shirley worked many years for Dr. Bruce Wintersteen DDS. She was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church, the Kirby Auxiliary, and volunteered with the Senior Center Meals on Wheels. Shirley loved to cook, feeding whomever stopped by, and she loved to travel with Dale.

 

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Monticello United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Monticello United Methodist Church with Pastor Kathy Sweet officiating. Interment will follow in Monticello Township Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Piatt County Nursing Home of Senior Center Meals on Wheels.  

 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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Lawrence Russell "Larry" Wilham

Lawrence (Larry) Russell Wilham, 85, of rural Lincoln, passed peacefully from this life at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at St. John’s Hospital surrounded by his family. 

Lawrence was born on April 21, 1933, a son of Lawrence, Sr., and Viola (Munyon) Wilham. 

Lawrence was born in Elkhart Township and remained committed to preserving and maintaining local farmland throughout the remainder of his life. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1951. He married his bride, Selma Sigrist on March 1, 1958. Their 60th anniversary in 2018 was a special milestone that both Larry and Selma joyously celebrated with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Larry and Selma became the proud parents of Kathy Mae (Maske) and Kevin Russell Wilham (wife Kathy).

Larry and Selma spent their married life farming local land and raising livestock. Eventually, their partnership developed into a woodworking business, “The Kindling Box”, that expanded beyond Larry’s “tinkering” in the woodshop. Together they crafted and sold products at local craft shows throughout Illinois including nearly 30 years as a vendor at “Christmas on Vinegar Hill”. He loved his woodshop and the possibilities that existed in every piece of wood he cut and the conversations and friendships that emerged when someone asked him about his work. In more recent years, Larry’s carvings became a mainstay of their business. His creations ranged from the serious to the quirky but always started with an “ol’ block of wood.” Larry would often say, “I’m just an old woodcarver,” but that aspect of his life brought him great joy. His creativity, humor, and love of history lives on in the homes of customers who bought his works over the years.

Larry loved the simple pleasure of enjoying the company of family and friends. He never knew a stranger and loved to share a simple cup of coffee with anyone who would sit and listen to his stories. He had a fondness for antique tractors and steam engines and enjoyed spending time at shows reminiscing about days gone by. His family knew him as a master fire builder, always up for impromptu weiner roast parties with family and friends along the banks of his beloved Salt Creek. He found great pleasure in fishing from its banks and driving around in his pick-up to check the water levels. He was a jokester and a storyteller who loved to tease and entertain his grandchildren and great-grandchildren relating his mischievous antics of boyhood as if they had just happened yesterday. He dearly loved family gatherings and eagerly anticipated the arrival of family and friends to share good food around the dining room table. 

Larry served in the United States army, leaving the family farm after being drafted in 1953. He served in Germany during the Korean War, and although he downplayed his service compared to fellow soldiers serving in Korea at the time, his family admired him for answering his country’s call to serve. He was a member of American Legion Post 447 of Mt. Pulaski. He also served as a school board member for Elkhart Public Schools and as a trustee for the Broadwell Drainage District.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and their spouses, Norma (Paul) Stewart, Louise (Rudy) Baumhardt, and Ethel (Ben) Spann as well as brothers-in law Albert, Robert, and Dallas Sigrist.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his grandchildren Katie (Carl) Florczyk of Breese, Illinois; Sally (Alex) Norton of Daphne, Alabama; Thomas (Emily) Maske of Granger, Indiana, Kelsey (fiance, Noah Lindsay) Wilham of Morton, Illinois, and Kourtney Wilham of Mt. Pulaski, He also leaves behind 7 sweet great-granddaughters: Anna and Elyse Florczyk, Julia and Reese Norton, and Eva, Ella, and Molly Maske. Also, surviving are his sisters-in law, Janice Torbeck, Carolyn Sigrist, Juanita Sigrist, and Pearl Sigrist, and his many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Services for Larry will be held at 10:00a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln. Graveside service will be at 1:30p.m. at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will take place from 4:00-6:00p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 also at the church. Memorial donations may be made in Larry’s name to St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln or Zion Lutheran School, Mt. Pulaski. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Phyllis Meister

Phyllis Meister, 86, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at 2:43 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Country Lane Memory Care, Assisted Living in Riverton. 

 

Phyllis was born on January 20, 1933, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Harold and Nellie (Taylor) Wilson. She married G. Loren Meister on April 18, 1956, in Colorado. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2010.

 

Surviving are three sons, David (Angela) Meister of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Gary (Jeryn) Meister of Savage MN, and Jeff Meister of Mt. Pulaski, one sister, Karen (Ron) Steward of Clinton, seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

 

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her sister, Joyce Adam.

 

Phyllis was a member of Mt. Pulaski United Methodist Church serving on various committees. Member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #447- past president and various committee leader. Mt. Pulaski Historical Society, Decatur Memorial Hospital Alumni Assoc. Bridge club member for 41 years. She also served on the Mt. Pulaski Community Unit District #23 Board of Education from April 1979- November 1985 and served as board secretary from November 1983- November 1985. She worked as an RN for Decatur Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and the office of J.B Borgerson MD for many years. She was also a breast cancer since 1989. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend; she will be deeply missed by all. May God be with you in all your days.

 

Services for Phyllis will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Phyllis’ name to The First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pulaski or The American Legion Auxiliary Post #447.

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Dr. (Doc) William E. Mundt

Dr. (Doc) William E. Mundt passed away Friday evening, February 8 at the Piatt County Nursing Home.  He was 92.  A graduate of Bloomington High School, he graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1949.  He served 4 years as a pilot in the Strategic Air Command.  Bill graduated from Washington University's medical school in 1959 and went on to practice medicine in Monticello from 1964-1989.  Bill also served as county coroner after leaving private practice.

 

Bill married Shirley Heil of Maroa, IL in 1949.  She predeceased him in 2007.  Also predeceasing him were sons, Ed and Bill; daughter, Nancy; and grandson, David.  Surviving family are his daughter, Susan Cambier, son-in-law Craig and grandson Steve; son-in-law Bob Wisehart, grandchildren Adam and Katie and great-granddaughter, Ava.

 

Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello, the Rotary Club, the U of I Oratorio Society and Faith in Action.  He loved his family, his community and his faith.  He and Shirley enjoyed walks in Allerton Park, playing the piano, reading, traveling and Mexican food on a Friday night.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello with Rev. Paul Spangler officiating. Interment will follow in Monticello Township Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or American Alzheimer's Association.

 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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David Kent Mayfield

David Kent Mayfield 74 of Clinton, Il. passed away 5:03 AM February 7, 2019 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.

 

No services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to David Kent Mayfield Memorial Fund.

 

David was born January 27, 1945 in Clinton, IL the son of Earl and Mary (Houchin) Mayfield. He married Rebecca Gilbert March 12, 1977 in Decatur, IL. She passed away March 6, 2002. 

 

Survivors include his children: David Mayfield, Leslie Mayfield, Michelle Whitehouse, and Bradine Holt all of Clinton, IL and 4 grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

 

David enjoyed fishing, camping, and bowling.

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Waneta Febus Milner Stephens

Waneta Febus Milner Stephens, 97, passed away at 9:10 a.m. on Thursday February 7, 2019 at Vonderlieth Living Center.

 

Waneta was born on January 27, 1922 in Lake Fork, IL; daughter of Clyde and Mary (Bryson) Febus. She married Harry Milner on November 4, 1938; he preceded her in death on March 13, 1970. She then married Thomas Stephens on July 15, 1989; he preceded her in death on September 2, 2018.

 

Waneta is survived by her children: Harry Wayne (Valera) Milner of Sherman, IL and Lisa Brown of Mt. Pulaski, IL; grandchildren: Karla Newton of Edwardsville, IL, Patrick (Vicki) Newton of Wentzville, MO, Tim (Julie) Milner, Kara (Jeremy) Davis of Mt. Pulaski, IL, and Clayton (Alicia) Brown of Mt. Pulaski, IL; step-children: Jeff, Ben, and Kathy Stephens; one niece: Cynthia Hill of Elgin, IL, and fifteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother: Wayne Febus, sister-in-law: Jeanne Febus, and son-in-law Bob Brown.

 

Waneta was a waitress at Bertoni’s Restaurant for 35 years. She was a founding member of the Mt. Pulaski Historical Society and Museum, Mt. Pulaski Christian Church since 1934, wrote 2 genealogy books, member of VFW #777 Auxiliary, volunteered at the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, and was the Secretary of Zoning Board of Appeals since its conception in February of 1975. 

 

Services for Waneta will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Mt. Pulaski ?Cemetery will follow the service.

 

Memorials may be made in Waneta’s name to Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, Humane Society of Logan County, or Mt. Pulaski Historical Society. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Robert D. "Bob" Tubbs

Robert D. "Bob” Tubbs, 91, of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Heritage Health, Springfield, IL.

 

Robert was born on February 24, 1927, in Milford, NY; the son of Ford Harrison and Hazel (Weeks) Tubbs. He married Jean Monroe on December 18, 1948, in Plattsburg, NY. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2016.

 

Robert is survived by his three sons, Richard (Shari Piekarski) Tubbs of Coralville, IA; Mark (Aren Ginsberg) Tubbs of St. Louis, MO; William (Jennifer Johnson) Tubbs of Springfield, IL. Sister in Law Dorothy Wind of Englewood, FL; one granddaughter: Audrey Ling Tubbs of Springfield, IL, and four nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Edward.

 

Robert was a member of United Methodist Church, Elks Club, and The American Legion Post# 263. He loved maps and was a lifetime St. Louis Cardinal fan.

 

A private family graveside service will be held. Memorials may be made to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital or Memorial Home Hospice. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Joan "Joey" Short

Joan “Joey” Short, 83, of Clinton, passed away, Thursday night, February 5, 2019 at 7:50 p.m. at John Warner Hospital in Clinton.  She was born February 15, 1935 in Clinton, the daughter of Estle “Tubby” and Isabelle Reid Lowe.  She married Robert Short on November 29, 1956 in Clinton.  He preceded her in death in 2009. 

 

Joey was a longtime nurse, working at John Warner Hospital in Clinton for 35 years until her retirement.  She also worked in other areas of medicine, including home health care.  She was an avid baseball fan, and enjoyed cheering on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals. 

 

She is survived by three sons, Michael Lee Short of Clinton; Steven T. (Linda) Short of Clinton; and Phillip L. Short of Scottsdale, Arizona; five grandchildren, Jim (Ashley) Blue of Birmingham, Alabama; Adam (Heather) Blue of Bloomington; Justin (Tracie) Blue of Champaign; Andrea (Cody) Shepard of Maroa; and Trevor Blue of Clinton; four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Doris Dash. 

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents. 

 

Honoring Joey’s wishes, cremation services will be provided by Moran and Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2801 North Monroe Street, Decatur, IL.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11 a.m.  at First Christian Church of Clinton.  Burial of Joey’s ashes will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. 

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the DeWitt County Animal Shelter, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the American Cancer Society.   

 

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.moranandgoebel.com.

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Lloyd Owens

Lloyd Owens, of Lincoln, IL passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in his home surrounded by his loving family. 

 

Lloyd was born on February 20, 1924, in Johnston City, IL; the son of Lewis and Omie Owens. He married Hazel Fern Shelby on November 21, 1945, in Johnston City, IL. She preceded him in death on August 14, 2017.

 

Surviving Lloyd are his two daughters: Jean (Dennis) Carter of Lincoln, IL and Barbara (Allen) Trago of Clinton, IL; four grandchildren: Angela Slayton, John (Karen) Carter, Cathy (Bryan) Hickman, and Christy Trago Thayer; seventeen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in Southern, IL and one sister-in-law, Pearl Russell of Norman, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, and one grandchild: Paul David Carter.

 

Lloyd proudly served in the United States Army during WWII.

 

A celebration of life for Lloyd will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ernie Harvey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Lloyd’s name to Safe Haven Hospice. Following the service military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post # 263.

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George W. Cope

George W. Cope, 95, of LeRoy, passed away at 1:42 a.m. Monday (Feb. 4, 2019) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

 

He was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Ellsworth, to Frank and Lizzie Hess Cope. He married Catherine VanWinkle on Oct. 12, 1951, in Colfax. She survives along with three sons, Ricky Cope, Cary; Dwayne Cope, McHenry; and Ronald Cope, Cary; two grandchildren, Bob (Sue) Cope, Pam (Tony) Passarelli; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dale (Ina) Cope, Vincennes, Ind.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and five brothers.

 

George was a United States Army veteran. He first started out farming on the family farm then went to work for Curtis Breeding Services in Cary until its closing, then retired from Warwick Publishing.

 

He was a member of the LeRoy Christian Church.

 

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. A graveside service will follow the visitation at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bloomington.

 

Memorials may be made to the LeRoy Christian Church.

 

You may view George's obituary at www.eastlawnfuneralhome.com.

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Martha M. Underwood

Martha M. Underwood 76 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:20 PM January 28, 2019 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

 

A gathering to celebrate Martha’s life will be 2 – 5 PM, Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Woodlawn Church of God, Clinton, IL with Rev. Jeff DeLaughter officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to Girl’s Athletics at the Clinton High School.

 

Martha was born November 11, 1942 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Wilbur and Florence (Black) Neal. She married Joseph Underwood, November 27, 1960 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Underwood, Clinton, IL; children, Marty Underwood, Plano, TX; Mindy Underwood, Normal, IL; Marlin Underwood, Clinton, IL; Martina (Raymond) Toohill, Wapella, IL; step-daughter, Pam Allsopp, Normal, IL; grandchildren, Maranda Underwood; Haley Toohill; Ashley Toohill; Elizabeth Williams; Daniel Taylor, II; great-grandchildren, Brylee Summers-Toohill; Tomias Underwood.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Neal; sister, Betty Terry; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Williams.

 

Martha worked with her parents for many years at Neal’s Bakery which was famous for their nut and cinnamon rolls, and also worked at the Clinton High School for 20 years.. She taught Sunday School at the First Christian Church, Clinton to the 5-year-old children for 25 years. A 25-year member of the Clinton Khory League, Martha started as a coach and rose to President in 1971. Also, she was a member of Tops Weight Group for 25 years. She was a very active member in the school band and athletic club, volunteering at the Apple and Pork Festival for the Band Boosters, and chaperoning for band trips. She also volunteered at the YMCA helping with the Swim Team.

 

Martha loved Bingo, taking trips with the Kenney Travel, playing games with family, and especially watching her children and grandchildren’s sports and band activities.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Lou Emma (Roberts) Burton

Lou Emma (Roberts) Burton, 95, of Clinton, IL formerly of Nancy, KY passed away 5:20 A.M. February 1, 2019 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside Services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Farview Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky.  Visitation will be 10 – 12 Noon Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Okalona Baptist Church, Nancy, KY.

 

Emma was born May 16, 1923 in Norfleet, KY the daughter of Elmer and Mary Catherine (Daulton) Roberts. She married Winfield Burton, March 20, 1941. He passed away October 27, 2005.

 

Survivors include her son, Thurman W. (Sandy) Burton, Batesville, AR; daughter, Evelyn (Woody) Wilson, Clinton, IL; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Shirley Mae Burton; 3 brothers; 5 sisters.

 

Emma was a homemaker and retired after 20 years from Better Coils in Goodland, IN. She was a member of the Okalona Baptist Church in Nancy, KY.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Ike J. Varboncoeur

Ike J. Varboncoeur, 61, of Lincoln passed away on January 30, 2019 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

 

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Ike Joseph Varboncoeur was born July 7, 1957  in Wilcox, Arizona the son of Dewey and Martha Jane Bailey Varboncoeur.

 

He is survived by his brothers: Roscoe (Kelly) Embery , Ray Embery and Mike (Becky) Varboncoeur.

 

Ike had been employed at the Burger garage in Lincoln.  His hobbies included woodworking, crafts and cars.

 

Memorials may be made to his family.

 

Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Linda Lou Riddle

Linda Lou Riddle, 82, of Maroa, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

 

Linda was born November 13, 1936, in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Woodrow and Helen (Day) Agee. She retired from ADM and enjoyed keeping up on current events, reading, camping with her husband, and spending time with her family. Linda married Earl Leonard Riddle December 24, 1978. He preceded her in death June 28, 2017.

 

Linda is survived by her daughter Cindy Cooper and husband Dan, granddaughters Mallory Cooper and Justine Houk and husband TW, and great-granddaughter Avery Houk.

 

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters Ellen Marie Sinkosky and Joann Agee.

 

Graveside services to celebrate Linda’s life will be at noon Monday, February 4, 2019, at Point Pleasant Cemetery in Long Creek. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

 

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.

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Martha A. Hutton

Martha A. Hutton, 78, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 7:05 P.M. Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.

 

Her Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Rev. Ron Woodrum officiating. A private inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois, at a later date. Visitation will be from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, February 3, 2019, at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Cindy Baker.

 

Martha was born May 27, 1940, in Arrowsmith, Illinois, to Kline and Mary Phelps Gilmore. She married Bob Hutton on January 4, 1964, in Fisher, Illinois. He passed away August 17, 2014.

She is survived by her three sons, Randy (Melissa) Wahls, Bobby (Debbie) Hutton and Joe Hutton; two daughters, Kathy Brining and Cindy (Jeff) Baker all of Le Roy, Illinois; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one brother, Melvin Gilmore of Le Roy, Illinois.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Dale Gilmore.

 

Martha held a beautician’s license and had worked in retail.

 

She was a member of the Tri-Valley Baptist Church, Downs, Illinois.

 

Martha was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

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