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Jerry Lee Reynolds

Jerry Lee Reynolds 83 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:20 PM May 28, 2019 at his family residence.

 

Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, June 3, 2019 at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL with Chaplain Bob Goebel officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Jerry Lee Reynolds Memorial Fund.

 

Jerry Lee was born November 4, 1935 in Farmer City, IL. He was raised by his grandparents, Robert T. and Anna Nancy (Welch) Reynolds. He married Twanda Rose Newberry July 1, 1957 in DeWitt, Illinois.

 

Survivors include his wife, Twanda Rose Reynolds, Clinton, IL, children, Gary (Jamie) Reynolds, Clinton, IL; Pamela A. (David) Terry, Clinton, IL; Charles Reynolds, Clinton, IL, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, siblings, Jean Pearson, Shipshewana, IN; Scott (Diane) Ramsey, FL; and Brenda (Eric) Lewis, FL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, 2 sons, Jerry Wayne Reynolds and Scott Patrick Reynolds, grandson, David Terry, and 1 great-grandson, Zander Reynolds.

 

Jerry worked for the City of Clinton for 32 years. The last 15 of those years he was a superintendent of streets, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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James A. Hendrix

James A. Hendrix, 70, of Clinton passed away at 1:35 p.m. Saturday (May 25, 2019) at Warner Hospital & Health Services: Emergency Room, Clinton.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, Bement. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, also at First Presbyterian Church, Bement. Pastor Marsha Frederick will officiate.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the James A. Hendrix Scholarship Fund in care of the State Bank of Lincoln.

 

Jim was born April 3, 1949, in Monticello, a son of Warren N. and Betty B. Adams Hendrix. He married Debra Barnstable on Dec. 18, 1971, in Bement; she survives in Clinton.

 

Also surviving are two children, Dan (Shawna and Will Martin) Hendrix and Jenny (Rick Ritter) Hendrix, both of Clinton; as well as a granddaughter, Lilly Hendrix, also of Clinton; two brothers, Warren “Nob” (Carolyn) Hendrix of Ivesdale and Roger (Diane) Hendrix of Bement; and a sister, Peg Young of Monticello.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two nephews, Kyle Hendrix and Greg Young.

 

Jim loved fishing, mushroom hunting, Cubs baseball, Illini football and basketball, and carpentry work. Jim loved helping people in whatever he could do. He did snow removal and mowing for many of his neighbors without even being asked. He was called many times to be a handyman for a lot of people. He was constantly helping out with family building projects. He also loved to bake, especially chocolate chip cookies. Jim's biggest pride, however, was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Lilly.

 

 

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Ronald D. Gresham

Ronald D. Gresham, 80, of Heyworth, formerly of Minier, passed away Sunday (May 26, 2019) at his home.

 

Ron was born March 7, 1939, in Peoria, to M. Clair and Mildred Ransom Gresham. He married Carmen M. Lewis. She preceded him in death. Also, preceding Ron in death were his parents; one sister, Donna; three brothers, Burnell “Bud,” Charles and Gilbert.

 

Ron is survived by three daughters, Lisa (Rodney) Shafer, Bethlehem, Ga.; Lori (Robert) Grass, Minier; and Leigh (Kevin) Crowley, Sibley; four sons, Gilbert D. Gresham, Heyworth; Michael (Julie) Johnson, Bloomington; Mark (Clara) Gresham, Heyworth; and Gregory (Teri) Johnson, McLean; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Kiesling, Heyworth; and Leta Marlett, Heyworth; one brother, Melvin (Marylin) Gresham, West Virginia.

 

Ron had worked for Stahly Truck City, later in construction, and finally for Mehl Farms.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Armington Christian Church. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Rev. Melvin Gresham will officiate. Haensel Funeral Home, Minier, is assisting the family with arrangements. Burial will be at Mountjoy Cemetery, Logan County.

 

Memorials may be made to Heyworth Ambulance or Armington Christian Church.

 

Condolences may be made at www.haenselfuneralhome.com.

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James L. "Jim" Nalley Jr.

James L. “Jim” Nalley Jr., 89, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 12:55 P.M. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at his home in Le Roy, Illinois.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, May 31, 2019, at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois, with military rites accorded.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Le Roy, Illinois, or the Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79, Le Roy, Illinois.

 

Mr. Nalley was born October 11, 1929, in Le Roy, Illinois, to James Louis and Nellie Catherine Merrifield Nalley Sr. He married Mary E. Scaggs on August 29, 1953, in Clinton, Illinois. She passed away January 6, 2012.

 

He is survived by his two sons, Danny Ray Nalley of Greenville, Tennessee, and Earl Eugene (Katrina) Nalley of Le Roy, Illinois; daughter, Cathy Lynn (Ronald) Maaks of Normal, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Meghan Lynn (Kevin) Pittman; Daniel Ray Nalley; Jennifer Nalley; Dustin (Ashley) Nalley; Makayla Nalley; Jeremiah Ryburn; and Scott (Anndrea) Roberts; ten great-grandchildren, Anslee, Miley and Nolan Pittman, Alex and Madison Ryburn, Zoey and Olivia Nalley, Bryer and Bentley Nalley, and Caleb Roberts.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Albert, Joe, Ralph, and Lyle Nalley; three sisters, Mary Grace Cash, Pauline Saunders and Helen Brickey; two great-grandchildren, Tucker James Pittman and Carver James Roberts; and one daughter-in-law, Sharon "Sheri" Nalley.

Jim was a member of the United States Army National Guard from 1949 to 1952. He retired from Rowe Construction as a heavy equipment operator in 1992.

 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Le Roy, Illinois. Jim was a member of the Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79, Le Roy, Illinois, and the Local 649, Peoria, Illinois.

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Robert P. O'Malley Jr.

Robert P. O’Malley Jr., 74, passed away peacefully at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Farmer City Rehabilitation Center. Rob was born February 22, 1945, in Rockford, IL. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted by Robert P. and Dorothy (Gillespie) O’Malley Sr. Rob married Leigh Andruczk Dobbins on October 22, 1995.

 

Survivors include his wife, Leigh O’Malley of Farmer City; one son, Robert Fred O’Malley (Genevieve) of Mahomet; one sister, Mary Margaret Bragg (Bruce) of Mansfield; and two grandchildren, Iris and Hawke O’Malley. Rob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Fred Gillespie O’Malley.

 

Rob was graduated from Michigan State University in Agriculture Business. He then joined his mother in the family business, the Harris Grain Company. After his mother’s retirement, Rob continued to manage the grain elevator which was eventually sold to Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). After several years with ADM, Rob started his own grain company, O’Malley Grain, Inc., in LeRoy, IL, which dealt in food grade white corn. He built grain elevators in Mansfield, IL and Omaha, NE. He transferred his business to Mansfield and managed the elevators in Omaha and Mansfield. Rob served in the Illinois National Guard. 

 

Rob will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a character who always made gatherings fun and interesting. He felt great responsibility for those he loved and prided himself for being a guardian angel to many people in his life.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 3, 2019, at 10:00 A.M., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, Illinois, with Father James Henning, O.F.M. officiating. Inurnment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Farmer City. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190 in Farmer City.

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Gloria Ann Case

Gloria Ann Case, 77, of Clinton, IL passed away 10:25 PM May 27, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.

 

Mass Of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Saturday, June 1, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with a Rosary Service at 4:30 PM.

 

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Second Chance Pet Adoption.

 

Gloria was born May 18, 1942 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Edward “Warren” and Vera (Capodice) Wheeler. She married Robert L. “Bob” Case July 6, 1963 in Bloomington, IL. He passed away January 6, 2012.

 

Survivors include her children, Annie (Dave) Jorgensen, Clinton, IL; Bob (Ann) Case Jr., Tolono, IL; Corey (Andi) Case, Clinton, IL; 7 grandchildren, Mikah, Lukah, Cal, Bradley, Christopher, Amelia, and Lydia, siblings, Marion Smith, Normal, IL; Nancy (John Ed) Lanier, Bloomington, IL; Tony (Jamie) Wheeler, Bloomington, IL; and Steve (Diana) Wheeler, Normal, IL.

 

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Gloria was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL. She was a teacher’s aide for 27 years at the Clinton High School retiring in 1995. She loved playing the piano, playing games with her family, and watching the Price Is Right.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Eric I. Schwantz

Eric I. Schwantz, 52, of Lincoln, passed away on May 21, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis following a two-year illness with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

 

His funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will be in New Union Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday.

 

Eric Irwin Schwantz was born April 4, 1967, in Lincoln, the son of Carl Herman and Carol Irwin Schwantz.

 

He is survived by his fiancée, Dorothy Dittus; his mother, Carol Schwantz; his siblings, Karen (Dave Buchanan) Schwantz, Linda (Gary) Severson, and Herman (Sara) Schwantz; and nephews, Paul, Porter, and Peyton Schwantz.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Memorials may be made to Hope Lodge-St. Louis or Zion Lutheran Church. Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.

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Brenda G. Stewart Byrd

Brenda  G. Stewart Byrd, 64, of Loysville, PA, formerly of Clinton, IL passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019.

 

Her Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4:00pm at her parent’s home in Loysville, PA.

 

Memorial contributions can be sent to Sara Stewart 5359 Sherman's Valley Rd Loysville, PA 17047.

 

Brenda was born December 18, 1954 at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL.  Brenda was the daughter of Larry E. and Sara (Thoms) Stewart.

 

She is survived by her three children, Jennifer (Roland) Brent of Rowlett, Texas, Tyrone (Jennifer) Byrd of New Lennox, IL, Tiffany (Justin) Lashley of Normal, IL.  8  Grandchildren:  Tiiyon Byrd, Makia Thomas, Xavier Brent, Avion Brent, Zion Brent, Malaya Brent, Jalen Byrd & Briella Byrd. 1 great-grandson,  Ty'Shaun Byrd. She is also survived by her parents, brother, Larry (Butch) Stewart Jr. and sister Jodi (Stewart) Wainwright.

 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Tim Stewart.

 

Brenda was a lover of life.  In her own words, she had too many interests to tell but a few were: reading, writing, camping, swimming, and walking in the woods and mountains.  She enjoyed Native American culture.  She also wanted to be a help to those who needed it.  Above all, she loved to dance. It was her favorite thing to do.   As she said “Dancing… love it, love it, love it.” You could always find Brenda up front if a good band was playing.   
 

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Loretta Jean Huff

Loretta Jean Huff, 55, of Decatur, IL passed away at 5:00 AM, May 20, 2019 at her home in Decatur, IL.

 

A time to celebrate Loretta’s life will be 2 – 4 PM, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Private burial will be at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to Loretta Jean Huff Memorial Fund.

 

Loretta was born May 24, 1963 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Richard and Beverly (Groves) Toberman. She married Robert Huff December 31, 1979 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her children, Amber Rose Davis, Decatur, IL; Justin Michael Huff, Decatur, IL; Kaylee Rene (Tyler) McKinney, Lincoln, IL; father, Richard Toberman, Clinton, IL, 3 grandchildren, Ethan Davis; Atiana Davis; Lily Rene McKinney, 3 siblings, Michelle (Matt) Fink, Clinton, IL; Debbie Pittenger, Champaign, IL; and Kevin Toberman, Clinton, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, son, Matthew Robert Huff, brother, Matthew Grove.

 

Loretta enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Bob Milton

Bob Milton, 93, of Weldon, IL passed away 5:42 PM May 22, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Friday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Weldon Fire and Rescue.

 

Bob was born April 23, 1926 in Rural Farmer City, IL the son of Ora and Gertrude (Matlock) Milton. He married Joyce Adams November 29, 1947 in Weldon, IL. She passed away October 16, 1978.

 

Survivors include his children, Marty (Carol Elliott) Milton, Urbana, IL; David (Paula) Milton, Champaign, IL; Peggy Stanley, Weldon, IL, 9 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, brother, Bill Milton, Edmond, WA.

 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 1 grandson, and longtime companion, Oleta Baker.

 

Bob was a member of the Weldon Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. He served on the Weldon Fire Department for 65 years and became Fire Chief and later a Trustee of the Fire Dept.  He was an oil and gasoline retailer at Weldon Oil Company and Bob’s Oil Company in Clinton.  Bob was an avid Cubs and NASCAR fan.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Phyllis Tarter

Phyllis L. Tarter, 87, of Staunton, Illinois, formerly of Clinton, Illinois, passed away at 1:29 P.M. Thursday, May 23, 2019, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois. 

 

Her funeral will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, May 27, 2019, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor John and Pastor Susie Deeters officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Monday, May 27, 2019, at the funeral home. 

 

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Phyllis was born October 27, 1931, in Le Roy, Illinois, a daughter of Harland and Jessie Simmons Kimler. She married Ray C. Tarter on September 28, 1956, in Le Roy, Illinois. He passed away September 17, 1988.

 

She is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey (Julie) Tarter of Channahon, Illinois, and Timothy J. Tarter of Staunton, Illinois; two grandsons, Jacob and Logan Tarter; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, and one sister.

 

Phyllis worked for State Farm. She and her husband owned and operated, The Camelot Restaurant and Lounge in Clinton, Illinois, The Town and Country Motel in Clinton, Illinois, and The Elmortel Motel in Farmer City, Illinois. She was a member of the Le Roy Christian Church, and a member of the Joe Williams American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 55, Farmer City, Illinois, for over 50 years.

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May M. Sparks

May M. Sparks, 82, of LeRoy died Saturday (May 18, 2019) in Normal.

 

She was born in 1936 in Clinton.

 

May spent many years of her life caring for others, at the hospital and providing in home health care. She spent her time traveling and loved to meet new people and places. She was a God-fearing woman, who loved the Lord.

 

She was preceded in death by both parents; one daughter, Loretta; and one son, Richard.

 

Surviving are two sons, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, preceded by visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will follow in DeLand.

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George Louis Massey

George Louis Massey, 82 of Decatur, passed away at 5:07 pm Monday, May 20, 2019 at Liberty Village in Clinton.

 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Arthur Cemetery with Rev. Ted Hartley officiating. Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

George was born October 31, 1936 in Weldon, the son of Oscar and Margie Lyons Massey.  He married Lynne Funk on February 8, 1991 in Decatur.

 

He is survived by his wife, Lynne Massey of Decatur; 4 children, Tom (Kim Gaff) Massey of Clinton; Jeff Massey of Arkansas; Tina Massey of Clinton; Scott (Dawn) Massey of Clinton; stepson, Rob (Lisa) Funk of Arthur; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son Rex, 5 brothers, and 1 sister.

 

George retired from Decatur Firestone after 31 years, where he was a member of the United Rubber Workers Local #713.  He was also a member of the Decatur Moose Club.

 

He enjoyed hunting, shooting, fishing, woodworking and watching tractor pulls (especially the old John Deere tractors).

 

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy and he cherished every moment that he was able to spend with them.

 

The family would like to thank Liberty Village in Clinton, Harbor Light Hospice and especially the 5th-floor Cardiac Care nurses at Decatur Memorial Hospital for going above and beyond while caring for George.

 

Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.hilligossshraderfh.com

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Joan Elaine Trenkle

Joan Elaine Trenkle, 91, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 11:05 A.M. Monday, May 20, 2019, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.

 

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor Eric Swanson officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the church.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy, Illinois, Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service, or the Le Roy Community Fire Protection District.

 

Mrs. Trenkle was born February 23, 1928, in Normal, Illinois, to Henry B. and Virginia M. Gibson Wells. She married James Charles Trenkle on September 26, 1945, in Olathe, Kansas. He passed away January 8, 1999.

 

She is survived by her two sons, Joe (Toni) Trenkle of Farmer City, Illinois, and John (Wanda) Trenkle of Le Roy, Illinois; three daughters, Sue (Ken) Satterfeal of Le Roy, Illinois, Mary Ruth (Steve) Brickey of Le Roy, Illinois, and Cindy (Dave Buss) Lee of Bloomington, Illinois; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Bill (Joyce) Wells of Farmer City, Illinois, and one sister, Mary Lou Fisher of Urbana, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Owen Trenkle; one daughter, Judy Lohmeyer; and one grandson, James W. Lohmeyer.

 

Joan was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Le Roy, Illinois. She enjoyed spending time with family; cook-outs at the lake; daily crossword puzzle; walking at the Replex; Wednesday cards; and watching the Chicago Cubs.

 

The family would like to thank the Kevin and Katherine Daugherty family, the Phil and Jennifer Harms family, and John and Diane Smith for the many acts of kindness over the years. Also, thanks to BroMenn ER and Cardiac Care Unit for their excellent and compassionate care.

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Ronald M. Ziegler

Ronald M. Ziegler 77 of Wapella, IL passed away 4:30 A.M. May 21, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones at his family residence.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Chaplain Bob Goebel officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Clinton Fire Department or Second Chance Pet Adoption.

 

Ronald was born April 9, 1942 in New Salem, IL the son of Wilbur and Hazel (Galloway) Ziegler. He married Dianne Kay Hoffman August 25, 1962 in Clinton, IL. She passed away January 15, 2009.

 

Survivors include his children, Deborah K. (Michael) Brady, Wapella, IL; Kelly R. (Jason) Gearhart, Dixon, IL; and Ronald Stephen Ziegler, Pana, IL; 6 grandchildren; sweetheart, Joan Koons, Clinton, IL; siblings, Joyce, Mt. Pulaski, IL; Vickey, Farmer City, IL; and David, Sun City, AZ.

 

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Richard.

 

Ronald served the U.S. Airforce from 1960-1961.   He was a member of the Clinton Fire Department from 1969 – 2004 as well as the F.O.E. Lodge #593. 

 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Eagles, Harbor Light Hospice, and the Clinton Fire Department. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Patricia "Pat" Rosenberger

Patricia “Pat” Rosenberger, 84, of Clinton, IL passed away at 2:24 PM, May 18, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Private graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Clinton, IL, or the DeWitt County Friendship Center.

 

Pat was born September 8, 1934, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Russell L. and Erma M. (Welch) Rice. She married Wesley H. Rosenberger November 11, 1951, in Clinton, IL. He passed away January 21, 2017.

 

Survivors include her children: Diana (David) Massey, Clinton, IL, Wesley Steven (Terri) Rosenberger, Heyworth, IL; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother.

 

Pat was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and going to the zoo with her great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 45 years. She enjoyed visiting the Warner Library and reading good books, and enjoyed going to the Illinois State Fair. She will be greatly missed.

 

The family would like to give a special “Thank you” to D.M.H., Cancer Care Specialists, Dr. Evelena Ontiveros, Christian Village of Forsyth, and Liberty Village of Clinton for their wonderful care.

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Nichole M. Welch

Nichole M. Welch, 47, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:45 PM, May 18, 2019 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM, Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning celebrant.  Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM, Saturday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Clayton Welch Educational Fund.

 

Nikki was born March 22, 1972 in Bloomington, IL the only child of Alice K. Rettke.  Nikki graduated from Lexington High School in 1990, where she had been active in softball and cheerleading.  After attending college, she worked as an Assistant Manager at Schnuck’s in Bloomington.  She married Gary Welch on September 19, 1998 in Clinton, IL and shortly thereafter began her career with State Farm Insurance Co. in Bloomington.

 

Nikki and Gary became parents to their son, Clayton in 2001 and thus began Nikki’s lifelong mission to raise an athlete, at which she succeeded.  Nikki was an enthusiastic supporter of her son, no matter what sport or season and she struggled to teach her husband the rudiments of her son’s sports.  Nikki was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clinton, having taught Sunday School and serving her Church on the Parish Council.

 

Nikki began her battle with cancer in September of 2016, just as she and Gary were leaving for a long-planned trip to Europe and characteristically, she refused to let cancer spoil their trip.  During her fight, she fulfilled a lifelong dream by buying and learning to ride a Harley Davidson Motorcycle.  She made some new friends while riding and continued to enjoy her life while battling cancer.

 

Nikki is survived by her husband, Gary, son Clayton and her dog, “Ollie”, her mother-in-law, Karen L.. (Roy) Welch; grandmother-in-law, Nellie M. Koons all of Clinton, IL; and brother-in-law, Chris Welch, Decatur, IL; uncle, Robert (Rhea) Rettke, Fort Worth, TX; two aunts, Margaret (Tom) Wilson, Franklin Grove, IL and Linda McDonald, Bloomington, IL; three cousins, Jason Wilson and Jamie (Angela) Wilson, both of Harmon, IL and Chris McDonald, South Bend, IN. 

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice K. Rettke; grandparents, Delmar and Clara J. Rettke; and cousin, Elliot Rettke.

 

Please honor Nikki’s life by hanging out with friends and having a laugh.


Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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May M. Sparks

May M. Sparks, 82, of LeRoy, IL passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019.

 

Arrangements are incomplete at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

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Nichole M. Welch

Nichole M. Welch, 47, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:45 PM, May 18, 2019, at her family residence, Clinton, IL.  

 

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

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Frances Bernice Walters Bradley

Frances Bernice Walters Bradley, 96, of Monticello, formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away at 2:10 p.m., on May 2, 2019, at the Piatt County Nursing Home.

 

Bernice was born January 17, 1923, in Mt. Auburn, IL the daughter of George Washington and Seretha (Montgomery) Walters. She married Geraldean “Brad” Bradley.

 

Her children include, “Mary” Eilers (deceased), “Jane” Lackie of Monticello, “Becky” Mayfield (deceased), “Mike” Bradley of Auburn, “Rose” Ann Bradley of Edinburg, and Maude “Dink” Bradley (deceased); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 6 siblings: Leonard, Harold, Myrtle, Pete, Tom, and Berthie, with brother Delmar and sister Shirley surviving.

 

Bernice’s first job was at the Sangamon Ordinance Plant near Illiopolis in WW II building bombs for the war in 1944. She survived it and never slowed down afterwards. She loved sewing, reading, gardening, painting, fishing, and most of all her John Wayne movies.

 

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello is handling the arrangements.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

 

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

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Glenn K. "Kyle" Wittler

Glenn K. "Kyle” Wittler, 74, of Lincoln, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care in Springfield, IL.


Kyle was born on April 4, 1945, in Quincy, IL the son of Virgil and Opal (Kitsmiller) Wittler. He married Penny Haase on June 17, 1995, in West Jersey, IL. She survives him in Lincoln.

Kyle is also survived by his children, Kara (Brian) Gehrt, Kraig (Jennifer) Wittler, Catherine Wittler, Caleb Wittler, and his step-daughter, Samantha (Matt) Mutty; his brother, Byron (Donna) Wittler; and two grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.

 

Kyle was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Kyle started his career as an agriculture teacher at Unity High School in Tolono, IL for five years. After which he became a professor of agriculture at Parkland College in Champaign, IL, and remained in that career until his retirement. During seven years of his tenure at Parkland, he served as the Department Chair in Business and Agri-Industries. 

 

Kyle was extremely active in leadership roles in various agricultural education organizations; including FFA, IAVAT, FFA Alumni, IVA, and AVA.


Kyle enjoyed several hobbies including traveling with his family, bowling, working on projects, gardening, yard work, land-laboratory work, and above all else spending time with his family.

 

A private family service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the family, in the care of Penny Haase-Wittler; which will later be applied to a scholarship fund that will be made in Kyle’s name. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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David Lee Cadwallader

David Lee Cadwallader, 81, of Lincoln, passed away April 4, 2019, at Grace Point Center with Lincoln Christian Village. Cremation rites were accorded by Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held May 18, 2019, at 9:30 AM in New Union Cemetery with Pastors Michael Mallick and Ryan Edgecombe officiating.

 

David was born August 9, 1937, in Lincoln, IL., the son of William H. and Mary L. (Splain) Cadwallader. He married Arlene Schoen in 1959. She preceded him in death in 1972. He later married Jeri J. Winford on February 16, 1974. She survives.

 

Mr. Cadwallader was raised in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Illinois. After achieving a masters degree he was a coach and teacher at the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, MI. from 1956-1961; was Supervisor and General Supervisor of Production, Superintendent of Material and Production Control, and Supervisor of Manufacturing at Chevrolet Engine Plant, Flint, MI; and former Project Coordinator at Romulus Engine Plant in Romulus, MI. prior to his retirement in 1991. In more recent years he occasionally worked as a substitute teacher in the Lincoln school system.

 

David was a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Michigan; sponsor for Junior Achievement of America; Administrative Board, Staff Parish Committee and church member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Flint, MI.; member of Jefferson Street Christian Church, Lincoln; Board Member of the Lincoln Salvation Army 1991-1993; Member of the Gold Wing Riders Association; Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club member, North American Hunting Club, Big Stump Camp, Channing, MI., and a volunteer at Christian Nursing Home, Lincoln. David still holds Lincoln Basketball Records in rebounds for game and season dating back to 1955. Lincoln may remember him best with his winning shot which led his Lincoln High School to a basketball championship!

 

Surviving are his wife Jeri of Lincoln; children: Steven (Cathy) Cadwallader of Fountain Hills, AZ, Janelle (Steve) Hoffman of Fountain Hills, AZ, Dana (Brad) Hayden of Half Moon Bay, CA., and Robert Winford of Flint, MI.; grandchildren: Claire Cadwallader, Tanner & Tiegan Hoffman, Evan Hayden, Kayla, Alexander, and Mackenzie Winford; and sister Donna Filter of CA. Also, surviving are his beloved neighbors Darrell & Michelle Vermiere and children.

 

The family welcomes anyone who would like to attend service.


Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson Street Christian Church, Memorial Fund for David Cadwallader

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John D. Miller

John D. Miller, 66, of Monticello, passed away at 5:00 p.m., May 15, 2019 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

 

John was a proud member of the Monticello community. He loved serving as Monticello’s Chief of Police from 1995-2012, and in recent years, thoroughly enjoyed serving as an alderman on the city council. John believed in justice, compassion, loyalty, tradition and served both his community and country by those standards. John proudly served our country as an E-6 Staff Sergeant in the United States Army in Germany, as well as the National Guard and Army Reserves.

 

John’s love for his community and country was only exceeded by his love of his family and friends. He loved spending time outdoors; enjoying activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, bicycling, and most of all, spending time with those he loved dearly. John enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He laughed often and loved whole-heartedly. He always strived to be loyal, kind, and honorable to everyone he met.

 

John’s heart belonged to Jesus. He thoroughly enjoyed serving and helping others and was passionate about a variety of local and international missions; especially helping families through disaster relief organizations.

 

John was born on Dec. 12, 1952. He married the love of his life, Karen, on July 20, 1978. John is preceded in death by his parents, Essell and Helen (Cook) Miller, and a daughter, Christina.

 

Surviving are his wife, Karen (Davis), two daughters, Stephanie Stevens (James) of Martin, TN, Kelly Miller of Monticello, two grandsons, Brock and Clayton, three brothers, Ron (Kathy) of Monticello, Gary (Jeanie) of DeWitt, IA, and Terry (Mary) of Bloomington, IL.

 

Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A private family celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to any of the following organizations: Samaritan’s Purse, Monticello Masonic Lodge, or the American Legion.   

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Sandra Kay (Werner) Adkins

Sandra Kay (Werner) Adkins, 73, of Lincoln, IL, passed away on May 16, 2019, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

 

Sandra was born on February 2, 1946, in Springfield, IL; daughter of Robert G. and Betty J. Werner.

Sandra was the longtime manager of the Lincoln Dairy Queen in Lincoln, IL. she mentored and helped mold over 170 young men and women into adulthood in 18 years.

 

Her hobbies included traveling anywhere and everywhere and she was always on the go. She especially enjoyed watching her grandsons and visiting her children and family members, including her last trip this month to Florida with her family and friends, where she watched her grandsons play in the sand and enjoyed the sun, waves and fresh air one last time.

 

Sandra was a member and attended Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

 

Ms. Adkins was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her three children: Christopher Alan (Nicole) Adkins of Aurora, IL, Cynthia Annette (Michael) Haggitt of Chatham, IL, and Courtney Ann (Brian "Hap”) Evans of Athens, IL; two grandsons: Lucas James Evans and Logan Christopher Evans of Athens, IL; her fiancé: Tom Etherton of Lincoln, IL; three brothers: Steven R. (Carol) Werner of Chandler, AZ, Scott A. (Mona) Werner of Lincoln, IL, and Stanton W. Werner of Aurora, IL; also several nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

 

Services to celebrate Sandra’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL, 205 Pulaski Street Lincoln, IL 62656, with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Relay for Life, Lincoln, IL. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Stanley J. Stites

Stanley J. Stites, DPM, 93, former mayor of Clinton, died May 15 at home with his three daughters and loving wife at his side. He was born January 14, 1926, in Charleston, Illinois, a son of Stanley D. and Pearl (Snyder) Stites.  The doctor’s bill was ten dollars. Stan married Helen A. Highland, June 22, 1946, three days after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy.

 

Stan attended two years of pre-med study at Eastern Illinois University prior to serving in the Navy.  Helen and Stan lived in Chicago for four years while he attended and graduated in May of 1951 from Illinois College of Chiropody and Foot Surgery.  

 

In 1953, they moved to Clinton where he practiced podiatry for ten years.  He was co-owner of the DeWitt County Observer.  Stan served as director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce for two years before opening his own business in advertising and printing.

 

Always interested in community service, he helped form a Jaycee unit.  He was asked to serve on the YMCA Activities Committee and was instrumental in forming the Y Players. For almost twenty years the Y Players presented two or three plays and musicals a year. They were instrumental in assuring that the new high school would have a great stage for productions and concerts. Stan directed plays (two that he wrote) and musicals that included “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Music Man”. 

 

He served as Mayor of Clinton for two terms from 1979-1987.  Major projects that were achieved during his service included changing the library - a city library with only a small city tax – to a district library that covered the same area as the school district. Tax funds from the nuclear power plant provided for a library that is the envy of large near-by cities.            
                                                                                        
Working with the county road engineer, Mayor Stites learned that county and township motor-fuel tax could be used to help pay for a street from West Main to Route 10. The city annexed this area which created Illini Drive.

 

While serving on the Board of the Friendship Center, he worked to get a $100,000 grant from the State for a building.  With a short deadline the needed funding was met with some local donations as well as much donated labor from local carpenters, plumbers, electricians and others.

 

When Helen and Stan moved to Clinton they were surprised that so little attention was paid to the fact that Abraham Lincoln had spent so much time here and in Dewitt County as a circuit lawyer. They helped form the Lincoln Heritage Committee.


As mayor, Stan named the downtown park “Mr. Lincoln’s Square” to honor Lincoln.

 

Stan attended the writer's workshop at the Clinton Fine Arts Center. Many of his short stories were published in newspapers throughout the country. In addition, he published three books.  He liked to say his brother Max worked the numbers while he worked the words. 

 

Survivors include Helen his wife of almost 73 years and daughters:  Carol Stokes, Manitowoc, WI; Connie Konya, Norwalk, CT; and Cheryl (Mike) Masters, Grand Junction, CO.  Their oldest daughter Cynthia (Cait Stanley) is deceased. They have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His brother and best friend of 91 years, Max, of Clinton and a sister, Priscilla McGregor of Venice, Florida survive, as well as numerous nieces and nephews throughout the U.S. Three brothers and five sisters preceded him in death as well as his son-in-law, John Konya.

 

The family would like to thank Pastors Don Ferrill and Randy Myers and the staff of Harbor Light Hospice for their loving care. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date.   The family requests no flowers.  Memorials can be made to the Clinton United Methodist Church where Stan previously served as lay leader.

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Gary R. Brenizer

Gary R. Brenizer, 70, of Mt. Pulaski formerly of Buffalo Hart, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.


Gary was born on December 22, 1948, in Saint Croix, WI, the son of Roy and Esther (Erikson) Brenizer. He married Ruth Janelle Lynch on November 10, 1973, in Riverton, IL. She survives in Mt. Pulaski.


Gary is also survived by his children, Myla (Wendell) Morell, Jason (Amanda) Brenizer, and Theresa (Tim) Stoddard; his five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; his siblings, Joyce (Daryl) Nelson, JoAnne Peterson, and Phillip Brenizer; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Karen.


Gary was a very active member in his community; he was a member of Teamsters Local Union #916, He served as a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday school teacher at Riverton Christian Church; he also served as a Deacon at Body of Christ Church in Buffalo, IL, and he was a volunteer firefighter in Williamsville, IL. Gary was an avid NASCAR and racing fan; his favorite driver was Justin Allgaier. To say that Gary was a selfless man would be an understatement, he had a genuine love and passion for all of the people in his life; not just friends and family, but everyone in his community as well. He even continued giving to people in need by donating his organs.

 

Services for Gary will be held at 10:00am on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00pm on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s name to Gift of Hope or The American Heart Association.

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Alexander Kovacsik

Alexander Kovacsik, 84, passed away at 11:38 p.m. on May 14, 2019 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

 

Alex was born on January 7, 1935 in Hungary. He married Margaret Shaffer on November 19, 1983. She preceded him in death on March 4, 1996.

 

Alex is survived by his "family”: Dean (Judy) Kukuck of Lincoln, IL and their family and Todd (Donna) Kukuck of Louisville, KY and their family.

 

Alex served in the Hungarian Army in the 1950s and move to the United States in the 1960s. He was a gentle and kind spirit.

 

Services for Alex will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Christian Village Congregate Building with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Alex’s name to the Christian Village. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Peggy A. Sympson

Peggy A. Sympson, 94 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:51 AM May 15, 2019, at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside services will be 11 AM Monday, May 20, 2019, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. Paul Froese officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Chestnut United Methodist Church or DeWitt County Animal Shelter.

 

Peggy was born February 22, 1925, in Chestnut, IL the daughter of Ralph and Alma (Naugle) Donnan. She married John “Bill” Howe September 23, 1944, in Little Rock, AR and later married Richard “Stan” Sympson March 12, 1977.

 

Survivors include her husband Richard “Stan” Sympson, Clinton, IL, daughter, Darlene (Craig) Lowe, Seminole, FL, grandson, Tyler (Kaylee) McKinney, Lincoln, IL, great-granddaughter, Lily McKinney, 3 stepchildren, and 2 step-grandsons.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Richard Lynn Howe, sister, Louise Meredith, and brother, Elmer Donnan.

 

Peggy was a member of the Chestnut United Methodist Church. For 30 years, she was a crossing guard for the Clinton School District. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the DeWitt County Friendship Center and spending time with friends.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Denis Dean Miller

Denis Dean Miller, 67, peacefully passed away on Saturday (May 11, 2019) at Liberty Village of Clinton. He had suffered from an unknown form of early-onset dementia and is now healed and home with his Savior, Jesus.

 

Denis was born on Aug. 17, 1951, in Carlock, to Christian E. and Betty L. Miller. They precede him in death.

 

Surviving are Denis' son and daughter, Adam Miller, Danvers, and Angela (Joseph) Witte, rural Waynesville, and six beloved grandchildren, Jordan, Genesis, Jacob, Judah, Jasper and Justus Witte. Also surviving are two brothers, Chris C. (Phyllis) Miller, Carlock, and Roger (Crystal) Miller, Fairbury; and one sister, Joan (Rich) McVey, Lexington, N.C.; along with many nieces and nephews.

 

Denis leaves behind a beautiful legacy of a faith walk with his Heavenly Father and serving God's family. He also leaves behind a powerful example of a life in constant servanthood to his family, friends and any fellow man in need. Until his illness, Denis lived his entire life in the communities of Carlock and Danvers, serving in countless areas as church camp cook, St. Jude cross country run and fundraising at McLean County Fair, Fellowship of Christian Farmers, Illinois Ag in the Classroom Bike Ride, Logan prison ministries, Walk to Emmaus, and as a church elder to name just a few. One of his greatest community services was the decades spent on the volunteer Danvers Fire and EMS, rescuing with a bold and tender heart, praying and comforting those in distress and need, once even helping to deliver a baby in the ambulance.

 

A celebration of life service is planned for 10 a.m. June 3 at East White Oak Bible Church, Carlock, with Senior Pastor Scott Boerckel officiating. A private family memorial tree planting will be held on Aug. 17, on what would have been Denis' 68th birthday.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials toward the Denis Miller Memorial Tree Fund. Most earnestly desired, the family also request that letters of remembrance be sent in honor of the many acts of kindness and service given to others throughout Denis' life. Letters and memorials may be brought to the celebration service or sent to the Witte family, 14088 Halsey Road, Waynesville, IL 61778.

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Larry Lee Bailey

Larry Lee Bailey, 71, passed away at 3:00 a.m. on May 12, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

 

Larry was born on October 31, 1947, in Lincoln, IL; son of George V. and Delores A. (Roehm) Bailey. He married Sandy Prince on July 31, 1966. She survives him.

 

Also, surviving Larry are his daughters: Pam (John) Mays and Laura (Keith) Brewer both of Wentzville, MO; one granddaughter: Delaney Mays; one brother: Daniel Bailey of Clearwater, FL; one sister: Carolyn Fults of Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Larry proudly served in the United States Army from November 14, 1966- November 14, 1968. He served with the 4th infantry division in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart for wounds received in Vietnam, The Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and the National Defense Medal.

 

Larry retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company in Decatur, IL on August 2, 2002, where he was Manufacturing Manager over the construction and mining truck division.

 

Larry was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Larry will be truly missed by his family and friends.

 

Services for Larry will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Lincoln with Pastor Steve Blaum officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service also at the church. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post # 263. Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to The Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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George D. Taylor

George D. Taylor, 66, of Clinton, IL passed away 2:58 AM, May 12, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189.

 

George was born September 25, 1952, in Bloomington, IL the son of Noye and Barbara Jean (Price) Taylor. He married Barbara Ashley November 11, 2000. 

 

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Taylor, Clinton, IL; son, David (Heather) Taylor, Greencastle, IN; granddaughter, Lilly Marie Taylor, Greencastle, IN; brother, Raymond E. (Kathy) Taylor, Waynesville, IL; and 2 step-children, Larry Ashley, Wapella, IL and Bridget Becker, Clinton, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Amber Taylor, and sister, Carla Renfro.

 

George retired after more than 40 years from the International Association of Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local #18, area 152. He was a 47-year member of the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189. George was a Marine Corp. veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed classic cars.

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Ruth C. Dalrymple Wieting

Ruth C. Dalrymple Wieting, 98, LeRoy, formerly of Bloomington and Lake Bloomington, passed away peacefully Jan. 22, 2019, at LeRoy Manor.

 

She was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Nokomis, a daughter of the Rev. Dr. Edwin Lester Tobie and Carrie Jane Mansfield Tobie.

 

A celebration of life service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with lunch after the service and time to greet the family.

 

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Schroeder (Richard), LeRoy; grandchildren, Amy Dalrymple-Hill, Aurora; Keith Dalrymple (Jennifer), Wapella; Dr. Nicholas Schroeder (Suzanne), Hutchinson, Kan.; and Tobie Schroeder, Chicago; stepdaughter, Jean Wieting Chakour (Elias), Tampa, Fla.; daughters-in-law, Ellen Laesch Dalrymple, Gurnee, and Gail Dalrymple, Montgomery, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh and Braelyn Hill, Jacob Dalrymple and Lucille Eun Schroeder; as well as 11 stepgrandchildren and 12 step great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gerald W. Dalrymple Sr.; her second husband, Kenneth J. Wieting; her companion in later years, Frank Knoll; her sons, Gerald W. Dalrymple Jr. and David T. Dalrymple; and stepson, Daniel Wieting.

 

She was a 1941 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and earned a master's in reading from Illinois State University. A member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, PEO Chapter AW, Delta Kappa Gamma teachers honorary, and a member of Second Presbyterian Church.

 

As Mrs. Dalrymple, she taught first grade at Hudson Elementary School and then as Mrs. Wieting, fourth grade reading at Sugar Creek Elementary in Normal.

 

For memorial donation information, contact www.eastlawn-bloomington.com.

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Richard R. "Rick" Davis

Richard R. “Rick” Davis, 62, of Deland, passed away at 11:10 a.m., May 10, 2019, at his residence.

Rick was born November 26, 1956, in St. Louis, MO the son of Paul D. and Linda L. (Chilcutt) Davis. He married Deborah S. “Debbie” Prescott on June 11, 1977, in Cahokia, IL.    

 

Rick is survived by his wife, Debbie Davis of Deland; son, Jason Davis of Washington, IL; grandson, Jacob Davis of Washington; and brother, Ronnie Davis of Mountain Home, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents.   

 

Rick worked as an A-Man operator at Humko in Champaign. He enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts of America, woodworking, fishing, and coaching youth sports.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2019, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home.

 

Memorials may be made to the Renal Disease Association or the Diabetes Association.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Jack Daniel Connor

Jack Daniel Conner (Fat Jack Alexander), 59, of Mountain Home, AR, formerly of Monticello passed away peacefully May 9, 2019.

 

Jack is survived by his wife Janet of Mountain Home, AR; son, Jack “JD” (Jodi Hess) Conner of Monticello; daughter, Jill Conner of Branson, MO; step-daughter, Justice Helton of Portland, OR; 5 grandchildren; brother, Todd (Crystal) Alexander of Monticello; 2 nephews, 1 niece, and father Gerry Conner of Niantic.

 

 Jack was preceded in death by his mother Wanda Ricketts-Conner.   

 

Jack enjoyed singing, songwriting, and telling stories. He cherished his time with his son, daughter, and grandson Jax (Magoo).

 

A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Lodge Park, Monticello on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Theresa Patricia "Pat" Pedigo

Theresa Patricia “Pat” Pedigo, 82, of Argenta, IL passed away 6:02 PM May 7, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

No Services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Pat was born October 27, 1936 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Carrado and Hattie B. (Steed) Marcheschi. 

 

Survivors include her husband, John C. Pedigo, Argenta, IL, daughter, Teresa Ann Pedigo, Fairview Heights, IL, along with several nieces and nephews.

 

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Madge (Orville) Butt; Helen (Earl) Thomas; Mary (Nathaniel) Montgomery; Barbara (Jack) Raffety; Norma Marcheschi, brothers, Kenneth, Mikesell and Francis Marcheschi.

 

Pat graduated from Decatur High School in 1954 and from Memorial School of Nursing in Springfield, IL in 1957. She began her nursing career that same year at St. Mary’s Hospital located at Wood and Webster Streets in Decatur, IL. In 1961 she enjoyed the experience of moving into the new hospital on Lake Shore Dr. She later worked for Doctors Cummins and Shackelford in Cerro Gordo. Pat also worked for several years at the Argenta-Oreana Library.

 

Pat married John Pedigo on April 19, 1964 at the Church of the Brethren in Decatur, IL. While these two had grown up in the same neighborhood in the city of Decatur and while Pat had prepared for and entered her chosen profession, John had spent his early years working on farms in hopes of fulfilling his desire to be a farmer. When he returned home in 1960 after completing his two years of alternative service, the couple that he had worked for rented him their farm and helped him get started. For Pat, getting married, marrying a farmer in the third week of April, and to begin living on a farm in a very busy time of the year was a lot to adapt to in a very short time. But the young couple managed. And with the help of many friends, and a very supportive community, they continued to live on the farm in the Argenta area for the next forty years until retirement.

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James William Burch

James William Burch, 6 months old, of Monticello, passed away at 8:15 a.m., May 3, 2019 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

 

James was born October 22, 2018 in Urbana the son of Kevin and Kristen (Rothermel) Burch.    

 

James is survived by his parents, Kevin and Kristen Burch of Monticello; sister, Rebekah Burch; grandparents, Cyndi Burch of Mahomet, Jim and Wendy Burch of Mansfield; great grandparents, Richard and Joan Burch of Mansfield, Ron and Donna Simkins of Urbana, James William Odell of Bement, Barb Rothermel of Broadlands; and several aunts and uncles.   

 

A memorial celebration for James will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello.  

 

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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B. Vernell Mattingly

B. Vernell Mattingly, 82, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:30 P.M. Monday, May 6, 2019, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois. 

 

Her visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois. Vernell’s Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 10, 2019, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, with Pastor Chris Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

 

Vernell was born June 1, 1936, in Addison, Alabama, to Johnnie and Lottie Moore Lancaster. They precede her in death. She married Paul Edward Mattingly on June 4, 1954, in Clinton, Illinois. He passed away May 24, 2000.

 

She is survived by her two sons, Paul Ray (Kay) Mattingly of Olathe, Kansas, and Robert (Kathy) Mattingly of Oakwood, Illinois; daughter, Minnie Kay Webb of Le Roy, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Cindy Mattingly of Mahomet, Illinois; sister-in-law, Mary Mattingly of Bloomington, Illinois; grandchildren, Michelle (Curtis) Oregeron; Lindsay Hale; Tina Mattingly; Erick (Nikki) Mattingly; Moe (Lindsay) Mattingly; Kelly Barkley; Brandy (Jason) Compton; Melissa (Steve) Schweigert; sixteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her son, Claude Junior Mattingly, five brothers and five sisters. 

Vernell was a member of the Le Roy Baptist Church. She worked at Thorp Seed Company, Wapella, Illinois, and was a Room Assistant at Le Roy Manor for many years. She enjoyed walking beans, but most of all she loved Family gatherings. 

 

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Isabelle "Izzy" Clark Ober

Isabelle “Izzy” Clark Ober, 98, of Paxton, Illinois, formerly of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 10:09 A.M. Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells, Paxton, Illinois.

 

Her graveside service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Blue Ridge Township Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois, with Chaplain Glenn Corbly officiating. Military Rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation. 

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Isabelle was born June 8, 1920, in Mansfield, Illinois, a daughter of Horace E. and Frances Adelaide Ross Clark. She married Lawrence Edward Ober on September 7, 1946, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Urbana, Illinois. He passed away December 15, 1957.

 

She is survived by her children, Stephen (Linda) Ober of Cobden, Illinois; Michael (Brenda) Ober of Brentwood, California; Sandra (Joseph) Frantonius of Newburgh, Indiana; four Grandchildren, Erik, Krissy, Danielle, and John.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Ross Clark, and sister, Joy Spinazzola.

 

Isabelle graduated from Mansfield High School. She graduated from Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois, with an Associate’s Degree and attended the University of Illinois for one year.

 

Isabelle was a United States Marine Corps Veteran of WWII.

 

Isabelle worked for the Champaign County Sherriff’s Office for 25 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rantoul, Illinois. 

 

The family would like to thank Harbor Light Hospice, especially, Tasha for their excellent care and compassion.

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Eva Marie Robbins

Eva Marie Robbins, 95, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on May 5, 2019 at the Christian Village of Lincoln, IL.

 

Eva was born on October 24, 1923, in New Goshen, IN; daughter of Pete and Bertha (Pierson) Krucig. She married George Robbins on March 27, 1944 in Tyler, TX. He preceded her in death.

 

Surviving Eva are her children: Phillip Kraft, Nancy (Paul) Leo, Hallie (John) Johnston, Paul (Lois) Robbins, Tony (Nancy) Robbins, Ruth (Larry) Hunt, Larry Robbins, John (Susie) Robbins, Margaret Hufnagel, Mike (Linda) Robbins, and Steve (Dede) Robbins; 28 grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; one sister: Katherine Stafford.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 infant children, 2 grown children: Georgie Robbins and Mary Schriber, two grandsons Timothy Robbins and Brandon Stoltzenburg, 1 great grandchild: Wyatt Jones, and one sister: Rose Ann Kelshiemer.

 

Eva was a member of the Full Gospel Evangelistic Center in Lincoln, IL. Eva loved her family and will be dearly missed.

 

Services for Eva will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Full Gospel Evangelistic Center in Lincoln with Rev. Oscar Owens officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Eva’s name to the family in care of Tony Robbins or Full Gospel Evangelistic Center in Lincoln, IL. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Randall Wayne Thomas

Randall Wayne Thomas, 61, of Clinton, passed away at 4:00 p.m. on May 5th, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL. 


A Celebration of Life will be held for Randy on Thursday, May 9, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Two Doors Down in Clinton, IL. 


Randy was born on Nov. 16, 1957, a son to Kent Thomas and Virginia Patterson. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Brooke Renee Thomas. 


He is survived by his mother and father, as well as three siblings: Dr. Greg Thomas (Terri); Dickson, TN., Todd Thomas; Clinton, IL., and Paulette Thomas; Clinton, IL. He also leaves behind four children: Brandon (Phoenix, AZ.), Morgan (Rantoul, IL.), Jade (Clinton, IL.) and Jena (Clinton, IL.).  He also is survived by six grandchildren: Wyatt, Natalie, Parker, Kennedy, Dyllin and Kamryn.


Randy was the owner of "The Greeks" bar in Clinton for more than 30 years. He loved fast cars, cooking chili for cook off's, catering events and was always willing to "wheel and deal."  His favorite show was "Andy Griffith."  He enjoyed "Ducks Unlimited" and "Pheasant's Forever" events and was an avid collector of Terry Redlin prints. 


Randy loved his family and friends and would have done anything he could to help them. 


Memorials may be made to Celebration of life for Randy Thomas. Public Facebook page or at the gathering at Two Doors Down.

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Heather L. Boyd

Heather L. Boyd, 44, of Atlanta, died at 10:20 p.m. Friday (May 3, 2019) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

 

Funeral services for Heather will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Atlanta United Methodist Church. Rev. Carl Johnston will officiate. Burial will follow at the Atlanta Cemetery.

 

Visitation for Heather will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.

 

Heather Lynn Boyd was born July 27, 1974, in Lincoln, the daughter of Steven Lynn and Mary Ann Ray Boyd.

 

Heather is survived by her mother, Mary Ann; and one brother, Chris Boyd.

 

She was preceded in death by her father.

 

Heather was a 1992 graduate of Olympia High School. She worked for State Farm Insurance Cos. for many years, most recently as a claims specialist. She was of the Methodist faith. Heather enjoyed traveling and shopping, had a love of animals, and was a loyal friend to many. She was very important to her family.

 

Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Logan County or the Atlanta Rescue Squad.

 

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Donna M. Carter

Donna M. Carter of Clinton, Illinois passed away peacefully at the good ol’ age of 71 at 11:47 PM, Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, Il.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, Il. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Donna M. Carter Memorial Fund.

 

Donna was born June 4, 1947, in Clinton, IL the second daughter of the late Raymond Otto and Bernice Faye (Nelson) Carter.

 

As told by stories, she managed to get into trouble but also got her way a lot.  She attended CHS, but eventually in the late ’60s started working for Charles Todd until its closing in 1996.

 

Today she leaves behind a son, Michael Carter; granddaughters Karamay Carter and Isabella Carter; a grandson, Richard Carter, and great-granddaughter, Paisley Brewer; brother, Roger Carter; sister, Vivian Crutcher; and sister-in-law, Bernadine Carter, along with a long list of nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters:  Zelma Carter, Thelma Carter, and Sharon McGhee; brother, Russell Carter; and brothers-in-law Fred McGhee and Russell Crutcher; and one niece, Tracy Crutcher.

 

Donna lived a life loving her family and enjoyed playing cards.  We will always remember her for her spunk and joking; you never knew what she would say next.  She will be greatly missed by all.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Marcel Jakoby

Marcel Jakoby, 89, of Clinton, IL, passed away at 1:46 PM, May 5, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

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

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William R. Matheny

William R. Matheny, 90, of Kenney, Illinois passed away 8:45 PM May 4, 2019 at his family residence, Kenney, Il.

 

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

 

Memorials may be directed to William’s grandson, Hunter Matheny.

 

William was born May 7, 1928 in Waynesville, IL the son of Ollie and Inez (Hull) Matheny. He married Dolores Ann Koons November 17, 1961 in Mesa, Arizona. She passed away August 11, 2009.

 

Survivors include his son, James (Deborah) Matheny, Clinton, IL and grandson, Hunter Matheny, Kenney, IL; and sister, Irene Weinel of Arkansas.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings:  Robert Matheny, Louisa Mandrell, Wilma Lane, Bessie Chandler, Charlotte Marks, and James Matheny.

 

William was a WW II Navy veteran.  He worked for Latham Grain, Latham, IL before retiring in 1994.  William was a die-hard Cardinal fan and enjoyed gardening.  Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Hunter.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Rose Ann Binkley

Rose Ann Binkley, 65, of Warrensburg, IL passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019.

 

A service to honor and celebrate Rose Ann’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Rose Ann will be laid to rest in Illini Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to AT&T Pioneer Shoe Program.

 

Rose Ann was born on April 15, 1954 in Warrensburg, IL, the daughter of Wayne and Martha Rose (Roberts) Binkley. She retired from AT&T in 2003 where she was a billing rep and also worked as a hostess at Warrensburg Restaurant. She was currently employed as a collection officer at Land of Lincoln Credit Union. She served on the Warrensburg-Latham School Board. Rose Ann was loving, caring, motivating, and always had that fire. She was a Binkley- selfless, family and community engaged, loved her basketball and watching her brother coach. She was the best of us and we’ll carry her fire with us forever.

 

Rose Ann is survived by her children: Terra (Tony) Robinson of Warrensburg, IL and Christopher (Christine) Edwards of Decatur, IL; brother: Victor (Marcy) Binkley of Warrensburg, IL; grandchildren: Haley (Shaquill) Freeman, Andreas Robinson, Ashlynn Robinson, Graeme Edwards and Oliver Edwards; great-grandchild: Parzival Freeman; nephews: Zachary Binkley, Trevor Binkley and Dillon (Casey) Binkley; great-nephew: Brady Binkley.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

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Anita J. Wagers

Anita J. Wagers, 86, of Clinton, formerly of LeRoy, passed away at 10 p.m. Tuesday (April 30, 2019) at Liberty Village, Clinton.

 

Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, with Pastor Bobby Davis officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to LeRoy High School Athletics or LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service.

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Vaughn A. Craft

Vaughn A. Craft, 91, of Atlanta, died at 2:15 a.m. Saturday (May 4, 2019) at the Hopedale Nursing Home in Hopedale.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta with Rev. Carl Johnston officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Funks Grove Cemetery in rural McLean.

 

Vaughn Alexander Craft was born on Dec. 17, 1927, to Leola and Lou Vern Burke Craft in Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Eugene L. Craft. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.


Vaughn graduated from Atlanta High School in 1947, the University of Illinois Ag School in 1952, and then Illinois State University receiving a master's degree in education. He was a teacher for 18 years in the state of Illinois and retired.

 

He was a member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 341 where he served as commander for three years, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a lifetime member of the American Rifle Association and Illinois Rifle Association.

 

Vaughn volunteered for the United States Army and honorably served in Japan and Korea as Second Lieutenant Tank Commander.

 

After retirement, Vaughn enjoyed gardening, growing trees, reading and learning, living in Atlanta, and his companionship with Tim Armstrong and many other friends.

 

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

 

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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David W. Moore

David W. Moore, 78, of Monticello, passed away at 2:21 p.m., May 1, 2019 at the Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

 

David was born October 18, 1940 in Danville, IL the son of Marion Ellsworth and Emily Mae (Foster) Moore. He married Linda Sue Matthews on August 5, 1966 in Danville, IL.     

 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Moore of Monticello; daughters, Jill Reynen (Jeff Kurtz) of Champaign, Jodi Lawson (Jay) of Mahomet, Jami McCall (Brian) of Monticello; grandchildren, Olivia and Sophie Reynen, Mia and Miles Epley, Austin, Corbin, Carson, Tatum, and Aaliyah McCall; brother, Bill Moore of Clearwater, FL; sisters, Sharon Catlin (Steve) of Louisville, KY, Debra Lynn (Dave) of Lone Tree, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents and sons Thomas and Troy.   

 

David worked for Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) and served in the U.S. Army. David enjoyed watching old movies, listening to oldies and going out to dinner, but most of all he especially loved spending time with his children and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He will be deeply missed by them.

 

A visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello followed with a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Bud McMasters officiating. Interment will be held in the Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, IL with a graveside service at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019 along with military graveside rites.

 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful and caring staff at Kirby Medical Center. Each and everyone of them were amazing.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Irwin C. "Bud" Moreland Jr.

Irwin C. “Bud” Moreland Jr., 94, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 8:49 P.M. Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.

 

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Le Roy Christian Church in Le Roy, Illinois, with David Strange officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Le Roy Christian Church, Le Roy, Illinois.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Le Roy Christian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Mr. Moreland was born December 16, 1924, in Farmer City, Illinois, to Irwin and Maude Haines Moreland Sr. He married Joyce Pillow on January 24, 1955, in Clinton, Illinois. She survives in Le Roy, Illinois.

 

Bud is also survived by his two sons, Steven (Vicki) Moreland of Le Roy, Illinois, and Kevin (Annette) Moreland of Maricopa, Arizona; one daughter, Cathy (David) Strange of Greenwood, Indiana; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jean McGill of Bakersfield, California.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Edward Moreland and one sister, Joan Andre.

Bud worked as a Head Lineman for GTE and retired in 1986.

 

He was a member of the Le Roy Christian Church. He loved hunting, fishing and telling stories.

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Gitana Kay Howard

Gitana Kay Howard, 75, of Lincoln passed away April 29, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.


Visitation will be from 10-11 AM Friday, May 3, 2019 at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home with funeral services following at 11AM. Burial will be in Atlanta Ladies Cemetery.

 

“Kay” retired from Lincoln Correctional and was also employed as a waitress at Daphne’s for several years. She cherished being a grandma and made special memories with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren

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Surviving are her mother Gitana S. Bennett; son Brett M Rawlins; grandchildren: Cory (Christa) Rawlins, Cody ( Emily) Koke, Chad ( Heather) Koke, Chase ( Amber) Koke, Jessie Rawlins, Jennifer ( Matthew) McGraw, Race Rawlins, Alix Rawlins, Bret Bradley Rawlins, and Daytona Rawlins; great-grandchildren: Avery, Addison, Jarrett, Jade, Carter, Gabby, Gabriel, Matthew, Carly, Clyde, and Charlie; and siblings: Carla Phillips, Cynthia (Neil) Clark, and Jay (Marla) Bennett; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, her daughter Rhonda Rawlins Hildebrandt, and brother Robert Sexton.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Elaine Kay Conrady

Elaine Kay Conrady, 66, of Lincoln passed away at 10:43 a.m. on April 26, 2019, into eternal life at St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Care in Lincoln, Illinois. Cremation rights will be accorded by her request.

 

Elaine was born September 30, 1952, in Lincoln, IL to Wayne Allen and Lois Elaine (Paulus) Conrady. She was their first born of five children. Her parents preceded her in death.

 

Surviving Elaine are four siblings: two sisters, Carla (Greg) Jurgenson, Jan (Mark) Schleder and two brothers, Gary (Valerie) Conrady and Gregory (Lisa) Conrady. Also, surviving Elaine are twelve nieces and nephews and nine great-nieces and nephews: Ryan (Lyndi) Alberts, Dani and Remi; Alissa (Rob) Smith, Landon and Olivia; Theresa (Justin) Kegley, Riley, Cooper, and Colton; Leanne (Dan) Walton, Jack and Joah; Caleb (Jordon) Schleder; Sawyer, Schyler, and Sage Conrady; Cody Conrady (Bailey Edenbern), Savannah, Wyatt, and Shyanne Conrady. Also, Elaine leaves behind dear aunts and uncles and two special friends, Roberta Klokkenga and Wanda Riley.

 

Elaine graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School (1970), Hartsburg, IL and Midstate Business College (1972), Peoria, IL.

 

Elaine worked for the Secretary of State office in Springfield for 37 years from which she retired in August 2018. She also assisted her parents in their business adventures by managing the Sportsman’s Cove in Springfield under their ownership and acted as an administrative assistant for the Big Oak Hunting Paradise. Elaine served as President for the Residents’ Council at St. Clara’s for the past several years. Her favorite activity at St. Clara’s was bingo.

 

Elaine’s passions were caring for and loving her nieces and nephews, whom she followed in whatever activity they were currently participating and continued the support with her great-nieces and nephews. Elaine was a loyal Hartem Stags Alum. Elaine’s love of family was very strong. She was our family historian. Elaine was secretary-treasurer for the Conrady Reunion for many years until she was no longer able to attend. 

 

Elaine was a member of St. John United Church of Christ where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, with Reverend Laurie Hill officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Inurnment at Hartsburg Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Elaine’s name to the Ross B. Conrady Scholarship Fund/Logan County 4-H Foundation.

 

A special thank you to the staff at St. Clara’s and Safe Haven Hospice for your kindness and compassionate care. 

 

Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home.

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