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Posted Today At 9:01am

Martha Gene Miles 91 of Maroa, Illinois passed away 8:47 PM October 15, 2018, at Fair Havens Christian Village, Decatur, Il.


Arrangements are incomplete at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, Il

Posted Yesterday At 8:24am

Daphne Jean Peavler 12, of Clinton, IL passed away 6:55 AM October 12, 2018, at her residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvert Funeral Home or The Vault of Clinton.

Daphne was born May 2, 2006, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Brian and Desiree (Coy) Peavler. 

Survivors include her parents, Brian & Desiree Peavler, Clinton, IL; siblings: Taylor Coy, Chance Coy, Zoe Peavler, Brody Peavler; great-grandma: Betty Dirks; grandparents: Sherry Griffin, Teresa (Mike) Benz and Penny Peavler; uncle: Christopher (Jessica) Peavler; along with many great aunts, great uncles, cousins and best friend: Kristianna Pollock. 

 

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers: David Peavler, William Coy and Jim Griffin; great-grandparents: Ray and Vallie Coy; great grandpa: Harold Peavler and Keith Dirks; great-grandparents: James and Lou Jean Weaver, Charles and Peggy Armstrong.

 

Daphne was a student at Clinton Junior High School.

Posted Yesterday At 8:21am

Robert Cook, 90 of Loxely, AL passed away October 13, 2018, at his family home in Loxley, AL. Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Posted About A Week Ago

James Wilburn “Jim” Seets, 77, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.

 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Mansfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the church. Services will also be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at Reed Funeral Chapel, Harrisburg, Illinois, with the Rev. Jerry Wells officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery, Harrisburg, Illinois.

 

Everyone is invited to bring a special story or memory of Jim to share during the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Dutton Chapel Cemetery Fund. Local arrangements are being handled by Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois.

 

Mr. Seets was born December 3, 1940, in Rosiclare, to Bluford and Mary Rose Seets. He married Shirley Ann Bennett on May 19, 1962, in Harrisburg. She survives in Mansfield with their Yorkshire terrier, “Willy” Seets.

 

Jim and Shirley lived in Golconda until September 1969, when Jim’s work in wildlife research with IDNR resulted in a move to central Illinois to the main offices of the Natural History Survey’s Wildlife Research Department, located on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus. Jim thrived on his work and enjoyed a successful career until he retired on July 1, 2000.

 

On the day Jim transitioned to his heavenly home, Shirley shared her thoughts: “Jim and I have been privileged throughout our lives to meet many good people who have become lifelong friends. When I reflect on our 56 years together, God’s plan for us has become increasingly clear. Our lives have been truly enriched by the family and friends that God has put in our paths from birth to today. And I know that Jim is enjoying the rewards now.”

Posted About A Week Ago

Charles “Chuck” Brainard, 83, of Lincoln, IL, passed away on 5 October 2018 in Springfield, IL while in ICU at Memorial Medical Center.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, 12 October 2018 at Lincoln Christian Church with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service also at the church. Arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

 

Chuck was born in Princeton, IL to Ted and Ruth Brainard on 22 February 1935. He went to school in Princeton and is a 1963 graduate of Southern Illinois University. He has been married to Carol Anne (Hoffmann) for 59 years. He has worked a wide variety of jobs, including the owner of Lincoln Skateland from 1972 to 1979 and most recently retired from Eaton Corp in 2008. He was a US Air Force veteran of the early cold war era from 1954 to 1957. 

 

Chuck is preceded in death by his father and mother. 

 

Chuck is survived by his wife, Carol Anne; his son Charles E. (Sherry) Brainard, daughter Laurie E. (Lynnwood) Armstrong, daughter Linda L. (Tim) Jamison, daughter Susan J. (Shawn) Conver, son David A. (Amber) Brainard; his sister Linda Bickett; his grandchildren Brian and Katharine Brainard, Elizabeth (Trever) Nolte, Dorothy Maddan, Derek and Dallas Conver, Matthew (Andrea) Armstrong, Megan Armstrong, Rhett, Ryan, and Allyson Jamison; he has 5 great-grandchildren.

 

Memorials may be given to Lincoln Christian Church for youth choir programs (https://lincolnchristianchurch.org/give), Harvest of Talents (https://lincolnchristianchurch.org/ministries/harvest-of-talents), or the Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org). The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the entire ICU team at Memorial Medical Center and to the ministry team at Lincoln Christian Church for their tireless work and support in this difficult time.

Posted About A Week Ago

Donna Lloyd (Willis) Stone 84 of Weldon, IL passed away 6:05 PM October 6, 2018, at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside services will be 2 PM, Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption.

 

Donna was born April 23, 1934, in DeWitt County, IL the daughter of Lloyd H. and Edna Fern (Pugh) Willis. She married Billy E. Stone, Sr. May 8, 1953, in Pygott, AR. He passed away November 10, 1994.

 

Survivors include her children: Kathleen (Kenneth) Frick, Clinton, IL; Mary Lea (Jim) Harpster, Lake Charles, LA; Shirley (John) Fenton, Weldon, IL; Suzie Gaines, Sidney, IL; Lois Ann (James) Potter, Branchland, WV; Beth (David) Hawn, Bement, IL; and Billy E. Stone, Jr.; Clinton, IL; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sisters: Shirley N. Evans, Clinton, IL and Ludene Black, Taylorville, IL; brother, Michael Lloyd Willis, Taylorville, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Penny Lynne Stone; sisters: LaThorne Leach and Betty Burris; and son-in-law, Max Gaines. 

 

Donna was a member of the Clinton Church of the Nazarene.

Posted About A Week Ago

Wilbur Williams, 85, of Lincoln, IL, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018 at his residence.
 
Wilbur was born on January 22, 1933 in Brin Hill, IL, the son of Raymond and Opal Chapman Williams. 

 

He married Virginia L. Taylor on June 26, 1955 in Oblong, IL. She preceded him in death on October 29, 2008.

 

Surviving are three children, Donald (Marla) Williams of Lincoln, IL, Ronald Williams of Lincoln, IL, and Lesliea (James) Palmer of Mt. Zion, IL, and six grandchildren, Amy Williams of Springfield, Ryan (Allison) Williams of Lincoln, Valorie (James) Litton of Brownsburg, IN, Douglas Palmer of Springfield, Drue Palmer of Highland, and Sommer Williams of Lincoln. Additionally, Wilbur is survived by five great-grandchildren.

 

Wilbur was the principal at the Lincoln Junior High. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post #263 in Lincoln for many years, as well as the Old Ivory Club, Llewellin Club, and the National Education Association.

 

Services for Wilbur will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the Lincoln American Legion Post #263. 

 

Memorials may be made to the Lincoln American Legion or to the Lincoln School District #27.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Gregory Emmett Young, 41, of Weldon, IL., passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in St. Louis, MO.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Friday, October 5, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bement, IL. The Pastor Marsha Frederick will officiate. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., on Thursday, October 4, 2018, also at the First Presbyterian Church of Bement. Memorial contributions can be made to the Young Family in care of the First Mid Illinois Bank and Trust, Monticello, IL.

 

Greg was born on February 6, 1977 in Decatur, IL., a son of Charles and Peggy Hendrix Young. He married Tracy Kreher on July 15, 2000 in Decatur, IL., and she survives of Weldon. Surviving are 2 sons; Wesley J. and Alexander W. Young, both of Weldon, IL., his mother; Peggy Hendrix Young of Monticello, IL., a brother; David C. Young of Bement, and a sister; Betty Lake of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents; Warren and Betty Hendrix, grandfather; Emmett Young and grandmother; Peg McKay.

 

Greg was a volunteer with the Weldon Fire Department, an eagle scout, black belt, the neighborhood handyman, loved to remodel houses, a PTO dad, and motocross lover. Greg loved to make people laugh, he loved old boy junk, he was a fountain of useless trivia information. He loved to volunteer and coach at various sporting events.

 

Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL., have the honor to serve the Young family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Phyllis Rae Norfleet, 77, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church, Le Roy, Illinois, with Jeff Mayfield officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. There will be no visitation.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Le Roy Christian Church or the Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service.

 

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

 

Mrs. Norfleet was born May 19, 1941, in Le Roy, Illinois, to Floyd and Elsie Brantley Cline. She married Waldon G. Norfleet on February 14, 1960, in Le Roy, Illinois. He survives in Le Roy, Illinois.

 

She is also survived by her two daughters, Pam (Lenny) Glaub and Peggy (Jeff) Hart all of Le Roy; four grandchildren, Megan Monahan, Joshua (Mallory) Monahan, Ryan Douglas Hart, and Macie Whitehouse; one great-grandchild, Owen Waldon Monahan; four brothers; and two sisters.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Douglas Norfleet.

 

Phyllis was a member of the Le Roy Christian Church. She had been Judge Ronald Dozier’s secretary for 30 years.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Doris Mae Slocum, 89, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 6:58 A.M. Monday, October 1, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth, Illinois, with Pastor Peter Hopkins officiating. There will be a luncheon served in the fellowship hall after the service. After the luncheon, friends and family are invited to the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois, to share stories.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the McLean County Humane Society, the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois, or the Heyworth Christian Church.

 

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

 

Mrs. Slocum was born April 21, 1929, in Colfax, Illinois, to Homer and Mabel Catherine Gilbert Munster. She married Thomas Hash Jr. and later married James Slocum.

 

She is survived by her one son, Ronald Thomas Hash of the Philippines; one daughter, Peggy (Dreux) Lewandowski of Decatur; three stepsons, James, Hank and Todd Slocum; four grandchildren, Caitlyn (Casey) Marlow of Palm Bay, FL, Shaylyn (Lewis) Schall of Decatur, Braylynn Miller of Heyworth, and Sahra Ashley of Australia; eight great-grandchildren, Maliyah, Colton, Lydia, Brookelyn, Emmilyn, Lacielyn, Madilyn, and Isabella; Jane Schmid and Jennifer Schmid were also a large part of her life.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents; a stillborn son; and three sisters, Dorothy Peasley, Betty Lush and Audrey Heck.

 

Doris was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church and the Carl E. Miller American Legion Auxiliary Unit 624, Heyworth, Illinois. She joined the auxiliary in 1984, and served the unit in many ways including serving as President in 2000 and from 2009 to 2012.

 

She held many jobs including lunch monitor at the Heyworth High School, Little Folk, Bloomington, and Sakcrete Concrete in Heyworth. She was also a large influence in her granddaughter, Madilyn Miller’s life. 

 

Doris was a wonderful mother and grandmother and mother to her pets. She enjoyed arts and crafts and sewing. Doris had a great heart.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

A one-in-a-million man has left us. Wayne "Deed" Propst died Sunday morning, September 30, 2018 at the age of 89. He was a friend to all and made it a point to make the acquaintance of everyone he encountered. Then he became your friend for life and probably gave you a nickname. He was an active member of the Argenta community for many years, where he hosted many porch parties for elderly nursing home residents and his grandkids (adopted and otherwise) while waiting for the school bus. Impromptu jam sessions on his front porch by his dear friend Howard Mayberry were enjoyed by many. The entire Argenta community gave him a "Kiss Off" on Valentine's Day when he moved to Randall Residence (formerly known as Keystone Retirement Community) where he became a part of this close-knit family of friends.

 

Wayne was born in Cerro Gordo, Illinois "at home I guess, because they didn't have a hospital," the son of Wayne Delbert and Alice Ruey (Webb). He married Mary Jane Grace March 22, 1947 in Decatur, Illinois and they "honeymooned" at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Springfield, Illinois after being dropped off by Mary Jane's sister and husband and the next day they rode the Interurban back home to Decatur.

 

Wayne was a life member of the Painter's Union Local #288. He worked hard and played even harder as he loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, baking and golfing (most memorably his hole-in-one in Desert Hot Springs where they spent many winters).

He leaves to cherish his memories, his children: Terry Wayne Propst (Bonnie) of Decatur, Cynthia Lynn Pritchard (Don) of Pleasant Plains, and Christopher James Propst (April) of Argenta; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He loved his grandbabies dearly and taught them all to say "I Love PoPo".

 

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church where he was an active and faithful member for many years. Pastors Bill and Brock Abbott will officiate. Visitation will begin at 10:00 with the funeral service at 11:00.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mary Jane, brother Stanley Dean and sisters Nina Jean Yurecko and Joyce (Hunt) Fruit.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Wayne's honor may be given to Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

 

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Charles E. Turley, 89, of Kimberling City, Mo., formerly of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018, at St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Center in Lincoln.

 

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

 

Charles E. Turley was born April 23, 1929, in Lincoln, the son of Ora and Ora Clemens Turley. He was united in marriage with Fern Smith. She survives in Kimberling City, Mo.

 

Also surviving are his children: Charles E. Turley, James Turley, Mary Turley, Robert (April) Turley, and Brian (Audra) Turley; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

 

Charles served in the United States Navy. He had previously been employed as a mechanic at Row Motors in Lincoln and Central City Dodge in Missouri.

 

Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Richard E. "Cappy” Caplinger, 80, of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018 at St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Center in Lincoln

 

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lincoln.  Rev. Jeffrey Laible will officiate. 

 

Richard Eugene Caplinger was born on February 26, 1938, in Lincoln, the son of Bert and Genevieve Pushala Caplinger.

 

He is survived by his children: Richard R. Caplinger of Evansville, Ind., Tami (Timothy) Kennett of Lincoln, and  Leslie (Mike) Hart of Delavan; one sister: Diane (Bob) Farmer of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; and  nine great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son: Michael Caplinger, and one brother: Ronald Caplinger.

 

Richard graduated from Lincoln Community High School and served in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division.  He owned a bar named "Cappy's" in the late 70s for many years.  He volunteered as a driver transporting donated supplies to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, making several trips down and back.  He loved riding Triumph motorcycles.  He retired from the Eaton Corporation as  Electrical Technician in the Maintenance Department.

 

Richard is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council # 1250 and is a 3rd Degree Knight, the Lincoln Moose Lodge, Eagles Aerie # 2708 and American Legion Post # 263 and ABATE.

 

Memorials can be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or Carroll Catholic School.

 

Final arrangements are entrusted with Peasley Funeral Home of Lincoln.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Graveside services for Henry A. Geske Jr. of Heyworth, who passed away Monday (Oct. 1, 2018) in Bloomington, will be held at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. The Rev. Gray will officiate the services.

 

He was born Nov. 28, 1931, son of Henry and Alberta Geske. He married Karen Grant in 1965. She survives along with a son, Jeff (Michelle), Macomb, Mich. Also surviving is a sister, Carolyn (Clarence) Buck.

 

His parents, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

 

He was a member of the Teamsters Union for 36 years. He retired from McLean County Asphalt in 1993.

 

He was a loving husband and father, and will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends.

 

Condolences may be left with eastlawn-bloomington.com.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Kennedy Alicia Ann "Missy" Freese, 17, of Lincoln passed away September 29, 2018 in rural Logan County.  

 

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life held at 7 PM also at the funeral home.  Casual dress is requested.  Please wear Kennedy's favorite colors, yellow or pink.

 

Kennedy was born April 16, 2001, in Lincoln, the daughter of Robert E. Freese and Amanda Deilkes Chamberlain.  

 

She was a member of the LCHS class of 2019 and the LCHS choir.  She was a volunteer for the Humane Society of Logan County.  She loved cats.  She was a hippie at heart and believed in love and peace.  She enjoyed nature and loved sunflowers.  Her favorite colors were yellow and pink.  Kennedy's passion was makeup and doing hair.  She loved her truck and enjoyed riding four-wheelers and tractors with her grandpa.  

 

Surviving are her father Robert Freese of Lincoln;  mother Amanda (Chris) Chamberlain of Lincoln; brother Kyle Freese of Lincoln;  paternal grandparents Elizabeth Roy and Bobby Prince of Lincoln;  maternal grandfather Ed (Tammy) Deilkes of Broadwell;  paternal great-grandparents Betty Prince and Esther Freese; aunts and uncles: Andrew (Ashley) Deilkes, Melody Mileham, John Freese (Stacy Peacock), Michael Roy (Nichole Cutshall), and Mary Freese; niece Tessa Freese, boyfriend Casey Mollohan of Lincoln; and several cousins and friends.  

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Betsy Deilkes, maternal great-grandmother Alice Rasmussen, and paternal great-grandfather John Prince.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Logan County and will be accepted at the funeral home.  

 

Forever our Sunflower.  You are loved and will be greatly missed.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Lillie Mae Duncan, 95, passed away on Sept 27, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Lillie was born in Mt. Pulaski, IL to Archie Jackson and Ima Bruce Jackson Hilliard, June 20, 1923. She graduated from Mt. Pulaski Township High School. Lillie worked for Walgreens Drug Company as a Cashier, Bookkeeper and Auditor, retiring after 33 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur, IL until moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1981, then becoming a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Glendale, AZ. She served proudly as Secretary/Treasurer for the Southwest Tri-State Chapter of the Third Armored Division Association (WWII Veterans) for 25 years.

 

Lillie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 36 years, Howard L. Duncan, son Charles “Sonny” R. Duncan, parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 3 nieces and 2 nephews.

 

She leaves behind her daughter Joyce Michalowski and her husband Albin, granddaughter Michelle Michalowski, 12 nieces and 14 nephews.

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 1pm Wed, Oct 3 at the Mt. Pulaski Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Sharon Y. Crook, 82, of Monticello, passed away at 5:04 a.m., September 27, 2018 at Arbor Rose, Monticello.

Sharon was born January 28, 1936 in Cisco, IL the daughter of Kenneth Robert and Iva Lou (Mills) Clow. She married Jesse L. Crook on November 30, 1958 in Bement, IL.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Jesse Crook of Monticello; son, Mark Crook (Kristi) of Monticello; and grandchildren, Meredith and Matt Crook. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dale Clow.

Sharon was a homemaker and a member of the Monticello Christian Church and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello with visitation held for one hour prior to the funeral on Monday. Interment will be held in Bement Township Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to help the Sharon Crook Library Memorial Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Jerry L. Maxheimer, 76, of Mt. Pulaski, IL passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Joyce; three children, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one sister.

Services for Jerry will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski with Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018 also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski. Memorial donations may be made in Jerry’s name to Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski or American Legion Post #447. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Charles Russell Taylor, 64, of Fisher, formerly of Mansfield, passed away at 3:46 P.M. Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Champaign, Illinois.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3:30 P.M. Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Fisher Foursquare Church with Pastor Joyce Gibson officiating. There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials may be made to the Charles Russell Taylor memorial fund, c/o Fisher National Bank. 

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, in charge of arrangements.

 

Charles was born June 8, 1954, in Gibson City, Illinois, a son of William E. & Mamie M. Shultz Taylor. He married Janie L. Hardwick on October 31, 1970, in Tennessee. She passed away March 6, 2009.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Tanya J. (David Christopher) Wall of Fisher, Illinois, and Amy J. Taylor of Fisher, Illinois; five grandchildren, Timothy T. Wall, Tyler C. Wall, Adrian M. Carr, Miracle R. Wall, and Madyson I. Wall all of Fisher, Illinois; siblings, Peggy J. Gaines of Le Roy, Illinois, William E. “Billy” (Pam) Taylor of Arrowsmith, Illinois, Johnny L. (Kim) Taylor of Lexington, Illinois, and Gladys F. Massey of Saybrook, Illinois.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie L. Taylor; daughter, Charlene R. Wilhelm; parents, William E. and Mamie M. Taylor; siblings, Joyce P. Walker, Jewel “Bea” Embry, Lila M. Moore, and Delores A. Bigger.

 

Charles worked for Tri Star Marketing Inc. Mobil Super Pantry in Mahomet, Illinois.

 

Charles was a loving husband; father; grandfather; brother; uncle; great friend and will be missed by all.

Posted About Three Weeks Ago

Bennie Dale Mullins, 61, of LeRoy, passed away Monday (Sept. 24, 2018) at home.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be at a later date. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, is in charge.

 

Dale was born July 20, 1957, in Bloomington, to John Bill and Dollie Mae “Ruth” Kirby Mullins.

 

Surviving are daughter, Angela (John) DeVault, Bloomington; sister, Rita (Michael) Lyvers, LeRoy; brothers, Mike (Pam) Mullins, LeRoy, and Monroe (Cherie) Mullins, Southport, Fla.; granddaughter, Johanna DeVault.

 

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

 

Dale worked for the family business, the Fuzzy Duck, until its closing in 2009.

 

He was a loving father, brother, grandfather and devoted friend who will be deeply missed

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Georgia Kay Clark (nee Shifflet), of Bourbonnais, and formerly of Lemont, Shorewood and Joliet, was raised in Waynesville. She passed away Aug. 17, 2018, in Bourbonnais.

 

Georgia was the daughter of George and Marilyn Shifflet (nee Huffer), both originally of Waynesville. Georgia Kay Shifflet was born July 31, 1945, in Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents and grandparents.

 

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Clark, Bourbonnais, and three children, Christopher Clark (Barbara), Kimberly Deshazo (Benjamin), of Joliet, and Jonathan Clark of Bourbonnais. She is also survived by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 

A brief committal service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville, where Georgia will be laid to rest among her beloved family members, her parents and grandparents.

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Curtis L. Marcum, 86 of Weldon, IL passed away 11:17 A.M., September 24, 2018 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.

 

Services will be 3 PM Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 2 – 3 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Curtis L. Marcum Memorial Fund.

 

Curtis was born May 27, 1932 in Weldon, IL the son of Grace (Goken) Marcum. He married Betty F. Perkins August 2, 1953 in Bangor, ME.

 

Survivors include his wife, Betty F. Marcum, Weldon, IL; children, Tim B. Marcum, Weldon, IL; Michael Marcum, Aurora, IL; 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

 

 He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son, Jeffrey.

 

Curtis was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict and later spent his career as a civilian employee at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL. He was also a member of the DeLand Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M, Bloomington Consistory, and Springfield Ansar Shrine. Curtis previously served as Chairman of the Dewitt County Housing Authority Board, as well as past Chairman of the Weldon Fire Protection board, overseeing the construction of the new firehouse. Curtis was a talented mechanic who enjoyed motorcycles.

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Kloe A. Weiss, 14 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:20 PM, September 22, 2018 as a result of an ATV accident.

 

Services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Lane Christian Church, Lane, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. Private family graveside services will be held. Visitation will be 4 – 8 PM Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the church. Casual dress is requested by the family. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Kloe A. Weiss Memorial Fund.

 

Kloe was born August 4, 2004 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Josh H. and Brooke R. (Martin) Weiss.

 

Survivors include her parents: Josh H. and Brooke R. Weiss, Clinton, IL; brother: Kole Weiss, Clinton, IL; sister: Kolby Weiss, Clinton, IL; maternal grandparents: Randy and Brenda Martin, Clinton, IL; paternal grandparents: Lloyd and Kathy Weiss, Clinton, IL; aunt: Stephanie (Brian) Reeser, Clinton, IL; uncle: Bryan Martin, Clinton, IL; cousins: Nadia and Mackenzie Reeser, Clinton, IL; along with many friends. 

 

Kloe was a cheerleader at Clinton Community High School and worked at the Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm alongside her parents and grandparents. She enjoyed fishing with her dad. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas. She loved to sing and go to the beach but most of all spend time with family and friends.

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James C. McIntosh, 70, of Monticello, passed away at 5:55 a.m., September 21, 2018 at his residence.

 

Jim was born March 30, 1948 in Peoria, IL the son of Charles L. and Margaret (Alexander) McIntosh. He married Margaret Ann Meece on November 21, 1970 in Milwaukee, WI.

 

Jim is survived by his wife of 47 ¾ years, Ann McIntosh of Monticello; children, Kimberly (Rusty) Hislope of Monticello, Brian (Melissa) McIntosh of Monticello, Katherine (Paul) Endris of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Logan Hislope, Natalie McIntosh, Camden McIntosh, August Endris, Margot Endris; and brother John (Diane) McIntosh of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles William McIntosh, and sisters Rebecca Keith and Julia Brown.

 

Jim was a self-employed farmer. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge #58 AF&AM and the ANSAR Shrine. Jim was involved with in Boy Scouts since his childhood and became an Eagle Scout in 1966. Jim served as Assistant Scout Master in 1984 for Troop #122 and became Head Scout Master in 1994 until the troop dissolved in 2008. Jim received a District Award of Merit in 1994 and the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award in 1998. Jim also won many lights shows in Monticello and moved to the animated musical light show 6 years ago on the corner of Marion and Route 105 with all donations going to Cancer and Alzheimer’s research.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Masonic Rites at 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Rev. Alan Oman officiating. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation (Brain Cancer) or the Boy Scouts Prairieland Counsel.

 

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

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Carl D. Pinkley, 67, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

 

Carl was born on April 12, 1951 in Charity, MO, the son of Virgil and Naomi (Franklin) Pinkley. He married Diana Gaultney on October 15, 1989 in Lincoln, IL. she survives in Mt. Pulaski.

 

Carl is also survived by his daughter, Melanie Pinkley; his step-sons, Richard L. Gaultney Jr. and Kirk A. Gaultney; his step-grandson, Andrew R. Gaultney; his siblings, Howard D. Pinkley, Richard L. (Donna) Pinkley, David R. Pinkley, Linda L. Gaitros, Gary L. (Fern) Pinkley, Betty A. Pinkley, Juanita K. (Mike) Buttell, Steve L. (Patty) Pinkley, and step-sister, Patricia J. Brooks.

 

Carl was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Cremations rites have been accorded. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Maxwell, 92, of Heyworth, passed away at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 19, 2018) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Maxwell Memorial Fund, c/o First State Bank, Heyworth. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, is in charge of arrangements.

 

She was born June 15, 1926, in Clinton, to Dennis and Mary Krueger Burns. She married Wayne Maxwell on Nov. 27, 1952, in Peoria. He passed away Jan. 24, 1982.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Cecilia (Terry Wise) Prochnow, Heyworth; two granddaughters, Nicole (John Curtis) Prochnow, Heyworth, and Brittany (Colby Simonton) Wise, Bloomington; one great-grandchild on the way; two sisters, Patricia Powers and Helen (Bob) Haas, all of Clinton; a sister-in-law, Fran Burns, LeRoy; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Betty was an avid bingo player. She will be deeply missed by all.

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Rodger David Nixon, age 65 of Paducah passed away, at 11:51 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Baptist Health Paducah. Rodger was a native of Clinton, Illinois. He was a member of Lone Oak Church of Christ.

 

He was born on June 4, 1953 to the late James Sheldon & Margaret Tuggle Nixon. He was retired from Paducah/Louisville Railway where he served as Train Master. Rodger David, recognized as Rodger to some and David by others, loved golf, played pool, rode Harleys and was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. He loved to travel and be with his family and friends.

 

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lisa Hall Nixon; one daughter, Shae (Drew) Ramage, Boaz, Kentucky; two sisters, Kathy (Denny) Rich, Clinton, Illinois, Marjorie (Steve) Parrott, Eugene, Oregon; five brothers, Larry (Jill) Nixon, Portland, Maine, Jim Nixon, Clinton, Illinois, Doug (Carolyn) Nixon, Mapleton, Illinois, Fred (Brenda) Nixon, Fishers, Indiana and Ben Nixon, Clinton, Illinois; two grandchildren, Ross and Riley Ramage; dear friends, Roger (Patti) Bushong, Rodney (Debbie) Bushong and Ronnie (Kathy) Rorer; several nieces and nephews.

 

Services were held September 7, 2018 at the Lone Oak Chapel Milner & Orr Funeral Home with Marcus Thomas officiating.

 

Expression of sympathy may be made payable to Lone Oak Church of Christ Playground Fund, 2960 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003.

 

You may watch a video tribute, light a candle or leave a message of sympathy at www.milnerandorr.com .

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Thomas Murray Harris Sr., 95, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2018) at his home.

 

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Britta Borgeson Harris, whom he married on April 15, 1950. He is also survived by his children, Jean (Doug) Brown, LaGrange; Dr. John (Tamara) Harris, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Julie Larson, Lincoln; Thomas (Regina) Harris Jr., Lincoln; and 12 grandchildren, Renee Brown, Andrew Brown, Janet Brown, Phillip Brown, Savannah Harris, John Harris Jr., Genevieve (Nathan) Neal, Britta (Kyle) Venstrom, Christina Larson, Thomas Harris III, Katherine Harris and Dean Harris.

 

He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Janet Harris, in 1974, and his brother, Homer B. “Bud” Harris Jr., in 2017.

 

Tom was born May 14, 1923, in Lincoln, the son of Homer Blinn and Renee Murray Harris. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941. After completing two years at Northwestern University, he enlisted in the United States Naval Air Corps in 1943, and was in uniform for two and a half years during World War II as a carrier-based fighter pilot. He was honorably discharged from active service in November 1945, having attained the rank of ensign, and he remained in the Naval Reserve until 1957.

 

Following the war, Tom returned to Northwestern University where he studied law and received his degree in 1948. After passing the bar examination, he joined his father in the family law firm, Harris & Harris, in Lincoln in 1949. His younger brother, Bud, joined the law firm in 1950. Tom practiced law for 62 years, primarily as a probate lawyer, and retired in 2012 at age 89.

 

Tom was a former Republican state central committeeman and chairman of the Logan County Regional Planning Commission. He served on many civic and community boards in Lincoln and Logan County. Tom was a member of the Lincoln United Methodist Church, Illinois State Bar Association and Logan County Bar Association. He was honored to participate in a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2013.

 

Tom loved traveling with his family. He especially enjoyed his time spent fishing, whether or not he caught anything. A varsity tennis player in college, Tom continued to play in local leagues and introduced his children to the sport. He maintained an interest in flying for many years after his military service, flying locally and attending airshows. Tom was also a jazz music enthusiast. He and Britta regularly traveled with friends to jazz concerts and festivals.

 

Tom lived his life as a gentleman. He was both respectful and respected. He greeted others with an easy smile and firm handshake. He was loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

 

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln with the Rev. Michael Paulson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln. Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

 

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln or American Legion Post 263.

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Crystal G. Eads-Macias, 41 of Heyworth, IL passed away September 17, 2018 in Heyworth, IL.

 

Crystal was born May 12, 1977 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of James and Bonnie Eads.  She married Mike Macias of Pennsylvania. 

 

Survivors include her children: Sons, Justice and Austin Wood, Daughter, Faith Eads Synder, Clinton, IL; Brothers: Woody (Lisa) Eads, Clinton, IL; Rick (Marci) Eads, Lincoln, IL, Kenny Eads and Tony Eads, Clinton, IL; Father: James M. Eads and stepmother Barb Eads, Clinton, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie, and stepfather Earl Johnson, Special Aunt, Dorothy Eads, paternal grandparents, John and Irene Eads, and brother, David Eads.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be done at a later date.

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Joyce Juhl passed away peacefully on September 16, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Lincoln, Illinois, the daughter of Leonard and Eugenia Juhl. Her beloved daughter Kara (1975-1995) was the love of her life. Imagine their joyous reunion at the gates of Heaven!

 

Joyce received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Illinois and was a lifelong Illini fan. She later earned her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and was a teacher and principal for 35 years before retirement. 

 

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL. Joyce was also active in the Lincoln Women’s Club and volunteered at the local hospital gift shop, the Humane Society of Logan County, and the Pink Shutter Thrift Shop. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Lincoln Park Center. 

 

Joyce is survived by her brother Gary (Debbie) Juhl and niece Amy (Jeff) Sanders, all of San Antonio, TX; nephew Todd (Jennifer) Juhl of Scottsdale, AZ; and 5 great-nieces - Maya, Rachel, and Leah Sanders and Avery and Emerson Juhl. In addition, Joyce had many friends with whom she shared a deep caring relationship. Her faithful furry companion Bailey also brought her much joy!

 

There will be a Memorial Service (no visitation) at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1409 Pulaski Street, in Lincoln on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM. There will be time for a gathering of friends after the service at Immanuel. A private burial service will be held at Richmond Grove Cemetery, New Holland, IL. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joyce’s name to Kara Leigh Broughton Memorial Scholarship Fund Western Illinois University 1 University Circle, Sherman Hall 303, Macomb, IL 61455. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Patricia A. Wickenhauser 88 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:37 A.M. September 18, 2018 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to DeWitt County EMS or OSF Hospice.

 

Patricia was born May 19, 1930 in Decatur, Illinois the daughter of Arthur “Archie” and Lavon (Hartsock) Wilson. She married Wonnie Wickenhauser May 1, 1964 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Wonnie Wickenhauser, Clinton, IL; children, Bill (Rita) Wooldridge, Springfield, IL; Patti Jo (Bill) Danison, Weldon, IL; Rick (Linda) Wooldridge, Clinton, IL; Kathy (Keith) Smith, Clinton, IL; Kara (Marc) Angell, Hallsville, IL; 21 Grandchildren, 37 Great-Grandchildren, and 5 Great-great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Vernie Witt, Clinton, IL.

 

Patricia was preceded in death by her Parents; 1 son, Steve Wooldridge; and 1 granddaughter, Jennifer Young.

 

Patricia loved to bowl and enjoyed crafting. She was a Golden Eagle. Patricia especially loved her family and her best friend, Pepper.

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Nancy C. (Williamson) Prather 81 of Clinton, IL passed away 4:35 AM September 18, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL. 

 

Services will be 1:30 PM Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Clinton United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM Friday, September 21, 2018 at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Clinton United Methodist Church, Illinois Foundation FFA, DeWitt County 4-H Foundation.

 

Nancy was born March 24, 1937 in Olney, IL the daughter of Thurl J. and Mabel Cleo (Wilson) Williamson. She married Donald R. Prather April 20, 1958 in Olney, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Donald R. Prather, Clinton, IL; children: Teresa (Jeff) Bivin, Cary, IL, Lisa Robbins, Decatur, IL, Bradley Prather, Clinton, IL; granddaughter, Kayla Bivin.

 

Nancy was preceded in death by her Parents.

 

Nancy was a teacher’s aide for the Clinton School District for several years. She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and playing handbells. She was also an avid seamstress.

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Illinois, passed away on September 17, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. He was 89.

 

Ernie was born February 5, 1929, in Woodstock, Illinois, the son of Ernie and Mary (Lockinger) O’Neil. He attended public schools in the Chicago area and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  After returning home, he married Gertrude A. Karlesky on June 30, 1956 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Ernie and his family moved from the Chicago area to Industry, Illinois in 1972.  Ernie retired from Western Illinois University and was also a farmer.  He recently lived in Clinton, Illinois with his daughter.

 

Ernie is survived by his son, Brian (Lori) O’Neil of Batavia, Illinois and his daughter, Brenda (Mel Duesenberg) Sanderson of Clinton, Illinois; his grandchildren, Erin O’Neil, SeAnna Sanderson Sloat, Colleen Antczak, and Haley Starkey; and four great-grandchildren, Kayel Sloat, Brody Sloat, Charolotte Antczak and Olivia Antczak. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gertrude; his sisters, Jane, Margaret and Ella; and his brother, John.

 

Private graveside services will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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Wayneth L. Roberts, 86, of Monticello, passed away at 1:35 a.m., September 13, 2018 at his residence.

 

Wayneth was born September 2, 1932 in Faubush, KY the son of Leonard and Flossie (Cain) Roberts. He married Mary ‘Marlene’ Hord on October 9, 1953 in Bement, IL.

 

Wayneth is survived by his wife, Mary ‘Marlene’ Roberts of Monticello; daughters, Linda Mumm (Fred) of Homer and Diane Dyar of Champaign; grandchildren, Melissa Plotner (Chris), Angela Kamradt (Chris), and Justin Dyar; great granddaughters, Avery Kamradt and Ella Plotner. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Sylvia Taylor and Lorene Ard and 2 infant sisters Gertrue and Pauline.

 

Wayneth retired from ADM in Decatur. As a young boy he was baptized in Fishing Creek in Somerst, KY. In later years he was a faithful member of the Bement Baptist Church. Wayneth served in the Illinois National Guard and when they called him up to the U.S. Army they sent him to the Area Food Service School in Fort Sheridan, IL. He was discharged as a Sergeant from the U.S. Army National Guard in 1953. Wayneth enjoyed animals, birds, and word search books.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, with Pat Tieman officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Bement Township Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Bement Baptist Church, Piatt County Humane Society, or an organization of the donor’s choice.

 

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

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Matthew Bennett "Mouse" Warren, 2, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning (Sept. 10, 2018) at his home in McLean.

 

Matthew was born Sept. 29, 2015, in Joliet, a son to Andrew and Elisabeth Gron Warren.

 

He is survived by his parents; siblings, Phillip, Carter, Hailey, Bradley and Annabella; maternal grandparents, Roann and Daniel "Poppa" Gron; paternal grandparents, Sandra and Clay "Tractor" Warren; paternal great-grandparents, Patricia and Robert Bates, Irene and Charles Warren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Matthew was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Mary Jo and Jim Melvin, Florence Gron, as well as two cousins, Molly and Grace Newberry.

 

His memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Pastor Ed Wright officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the memorial home.

 

In honor of Matthew, memorials may be made to tubiefriends.com, an organization that provides children with feeding-tube-equipped "build-a-bear" companions.

 

Matthew adored his snow globe and sitting outside where he could watch the wind through the trees. He loved floor time with Poppa, holding hands with Grandma Ro, playing glow sticks swords with Tractor, swimming with Grandma Sandy, and being wheeled around in his brown chair by his siblings. Most of all, he basked in the love and care his parents showered upon him. They advocated for him to receive the best possible care and dedicated their lives to making him as comfortable as possible.

 

Matthew only knew how to love and will continue to share his love through his contributions to medical science. He will be greatly missed by all of those who cared for him.

 

Condolences and memories of Matthew may be left for his family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.

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Doyle Lynn Winchell, 80, passed away at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

 

Doyle was born on January 1, 1938, in Danville, AR; son of Eloy and Macie (Bowers) Winchell. He married Elsie Stephens on February 6, 1960, in Atlanta, IL. She survives him.

 

Also surviving Doyle are his daughters: Mary Blain and Tammy (Tom) Haferkamp both of Bloomington, IL; his siblings: Geraldine Funkhouser, Joan (Wayman) Sides, and Dorothy (Herbert) Horn; five grandchildren: Jeremiah Todd Koester, Benjamin Owen Koester, Jordan Mark Blain, Macie Noel Blain, and Moriah Lynn Blain; two great-grandchildren: Judah Nathaniel Koester and Raiden Nathaniel Koester. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: James Lloyd Winchell, one infant son: Todd Emmanuel Winchell, and one grandson: Nathaniel James Koester.

 

Doyle was a member of Park Meadows Baptist Church in Lincoln, IL. He retired from GTE (General Telephone) after 35 years of service.

 

Services for Doyle will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Clinton Coffman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) also at funeral home. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. 

 

Memorials may be made in Doyle’s name to The American Cancer Society.

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Caroline Ann Hamlow, 101, formerly of Heyworth, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 9, 2018) at Luther Oaks, Bloomington. She has been awaiting her chariot ride to heaven just like Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven (2 Kings 2:11).

 

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Pastor Terry Strom will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and School. Interment will take place at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

 

Caroline was born July 17, 1917, in Miller, Iowa. She was the daughter of William and Anna Laesch Kummer. Caroline graduated from Bloomington High School. After graduation, she worked at State Farm Fire and Casualty in downtown Bloomington until she married Howard Carl Hamlow on Nov. 30, 1939. They farmed northeast of Heyworth since 1944. They celebrated 63 years together. Howard preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 2002, at the age of 90.

 

Caroline was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the altar guild for 17 years. She was active in several organizations throughout her life. She was a member of Home Extension for 37 years, a cook at the Heyworth Grade School for 17 years, retiring in 1985. She was a 4-H leader for 10 years. She was a member of Flying Farmers for 30-plus years. During that time, she and Howard flew all over Illinois, the United States and Canada. They made many flying farmer friends and Caroline was the Flying Farmer Queen for the Illinois Chapter on more than one occasion. She was also an avid golfer at Highland for 15-plus years after retiring.

 

She is survived by her children, Karen (Hamlow) Connelly, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Donald Hamlow, Nila (Don) Deatrick and Carol (Mike) Limer, all of Heyworth.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Frank Kummer and William Kummer; one half-brother, Donald Kummer; and one infant son, Mikel Carl Hamlow.

 

Caroline was the grandmother of 12 granddaughters, Hali (Connelly) Roderick, Kristi (Connelly) Brownfield, Dawn (Maccs) Lavecchia, Mila (Maccs) Noblett, Shani Connelly, Deanna (Deatrick) Bair, Jaci (Connelly) Chounard, Tracy Deatrick, Erin (Hamlow) Redd, Tara (Limer) Wells, Erica (Hamlow) Turner and Megan (Limer) Winters. She had 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

 

Caroline's confirmation verse she always remembered is "You are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:20

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Marilyn “Elaine” Franklin, 83, of Lincoln passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

 

Elaine was born on February 18, 1935, in Grantsburg IL, the daughter of David R. and Flossie (Mathis) Hutchison. She married Robert Franklin on June 30, 1957, in Lincoln, IL. He survives in Lincoln.

 

Elaine is survived by her daughter, Deidre Ann (Matt) Berger of Sherman IL; her brother, Charles D. (Ruth) Hutchison of Collinsville OK; her sisters, Mignon (Maurice) Hamrick of Rockford IL, and Judy Klopp of Springfield IL; one grandson, Chance (Kirstin) Berger of Davenport IL. Additionally, Elaine is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, and son, David Franklin.

 

Elaine graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University as a Registered Nurse in 1957. After college she worked as a charge nurse at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln; where she later retired from. 

 

Graveside services for Elaine will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018, at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.

 

Memorial donations may be made in Elaine’s name to The American Cancer Society, Asthma Foundation and ALMH Auxiliary. 

 

Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Ronald P. Munster, 80, of Le Roy, Illinois, passed away at 5:38 P.M., Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Le Roy Manor, Le Roy, Illinois.

 

His funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church with Jeff Mayfield officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the Le Roy Christian Church, and from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 10, 2018, at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Rick Munster.

 

Mr. Munster was born August 25, 1938, in Monticello, Illinois, to Harry P. and Arladene D. Gilmore Munster. He married Rita Kay Mitchell on February 12, 1961, in Le Roy, Illinois. She passed away December 21, 2010.

 

He is survived by his two sons, Ricky A. (Pamela) Munster of Le Roy, Illinois, and Robert A. (Melanie) Munster of Lowell, Indiana; one daughter, Roni Sue Munster of Le Roy, Illinois; four grandchildren, Jennifer Misch, Mallory (Thomas Bunch) Munster, Lauren (Kaden) Moore, and Cody Munster; two great-grandchildren, Jaxon Misch and Harper Moore; two brothers, J. Wayne Munster and Richard (Patti) Munster all of Le Roy, Illinois; and two sisters, Betty (David) Habben of Erie, Illinois, and Barbara Munster of Lincoln, Illinois.

 

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Elmo and John Munster, and a brother-in-law, Bill Mitchell.

 

He was a member of the Le Roy Christian Church. Ron was very active in the Le Roy community including the Le Roy Emergency Ambulance Service, the Le Roy Fire Department, Le Roy FFA, and Le Roy school functions.

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Kathryn Voyles, 99, of Hartsburg passed away on Thursday, September 6. 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln.

Kathryn was born on October 7, 1918, in Greenview, IL the daughter of Samuel T. and Lottie (Whiteman) Banister. She married Lewis M. Voyles on July 30, 1937, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1977.

 

Kathryn is survived by her children, Ruby Swinford and Merle Abe Voyles; her sister, Vivian Skelton; 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Vivian Harris; four sisters, and two brothers.

 

Kathryn loved to cook and gather with her family.

 

Services for Kathryn will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will take place from 2:00-5: 00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Irish Grove Cemetery in Middletown, IL. 

 

Memorial donations may be made in Kathryn’s name to The American Heart Association.

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Thomas Archer Stephens, 97, of Idaho Falls, ID, formerly of Mt. Pulaski IL, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

 

Tom was born on October 7, 1920, in Decatur, IL to Harry Mayo and Freda Annis (Archer) Stephens. He married Wyvona Price on December 1, 1943. He later married Mary Nixon, and then Waneta (Febus) Milner on July 15, 1989, in Mt. Pulaski. Wyvona and Mary preceded him in death.

 

Tom is survived by his wife Waneta, two sons, Jeffery Stephens of Anaheim, California and Benjamin Stephens of Idaho Falls, Idaho, one daughter, Kathleen of Groveland, Florida, one stepson, Harry Milner of Sherman, Illinois, and one stepdaughter Lisa Brown of Mt. Pulaski, 28 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. 

 

Tom was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church where he served as a trustee and was very involved with the Family Life Center. He was a master mason and belonged to the Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge, where he received his 60-year pin. He was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Historical Society and a very active member of the Mt. Pulaski VFW Post #447. Tom was a patriot and very proudly served in the United States Army infantry during WWII, and was a lifetime member of the NRA. 

 

Tom was known for his skills to build, fix or figure out how things worked. He was an open-hearted, generous man and always utilized these skills to help others. Tom spent his last two years in Idaho with his son Ben where he loved driving the cart while Ben played golf, keeping score and commenting on his shots. 

 

The family would like to thank the staff of Fairwinds of Sandcreek who took loving care of him. 

 

Services for Tom will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at the Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski. Burial will be at Macon County Memorial Park in Decatur where full military rites will be accorded. Memorial donations may be made to Mt Pulaski Christian Church, The Family Life Center. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is entrusted with the arrangements.

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James S. Willis, 69 of Clinton, IL formerly of the Quad Cities passed away 5:30 AM, September 4, 2018, at his home in Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 1:30 PM, Friday, September 7, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. There will be no visitation.

 

Memorials may be directed to Donor’s Choice.

 

James was born July 4, 1949, in Clinton, IL the son of Orville Oscar and Donna Jean (Manley) Willis. He married Carol A. Collinson August 29, 1981, in Rock Island, IL. She passed away March 17, 2011.

 

Survivors include his children: Jeff (Gina) Willis, Thomson, IL and Angela (Dale) Appel, Thomson, IL; step-children: Theresa (Larry) Chaves and John (Lena) Downing, Andalusia, IL; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren; brother: Brad (Kathy) Willis, Kansas.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, and brothers, Roger Willis and Bob Willis.

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Charles Dean Wachob Jr., 77, of Farmer City, passed away at 5:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.

 

A private family gathering will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City in charge of arrangements.

 

Charles was born October 15, 1940, in Clinton, Illinois, a son of Charles Dean & Nova Juanita Thompson Wachob Sr. He married Cheryl Ann Runge Lindstrom, on August 21, 1998, in Clinton, Illinois.

 

Survived by his wife, Cheryl Ann “Cheri” Wachob of Farmer City, Illinois; two daughters, Julie (Ken) Nemecek of Oreana, Illinois and Jennifer (Dave) Johnson of Indianapolis, Indiana; two stepsons, Richard (Kristi) Lindstrom of Pontiac, Illinois, and Matthew (Kristi) Lindstrom of LeRoy, Illinois; three grandchildren, Denver (Kelsey) Johnson, Jessica Johnson and Nick Nemecek; three step-grandchildren, Lane Lindstrom, Alec Lindstrom and Kira Lindstrom; one great-grandson, Diesel Johnson.

 

Charles was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Charles was a retired farmer.

 

The family would like to thank the staff at the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care for the excellent care and friendship while Charles was a resident.

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Thomas L. Overbey, 73 of Chestnut, IL passed away 6:10 PM September 2, 2018, at his family home in Chestnut, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at McClimans Cemetery, Hallsville, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be direct to the Thomas L. Overbey Memorial Fund.

 

Thomas was born July 29, 1945, in Lincoln, IL the son of Ira Francis and Helen (Laughner) Overbey. He married Linda K. Grathwohl July 3, 1964, in Clinton, IL. She passed away December 4, 2017.

 

Survivors include his children: Tommy Overbey, Alton, IL and John (Jenni) Overbey, Hallsville, IL; granddaughters: Katie and Bethany Overbey, Clinton, IL; sister: Darlene Naugle, Lawndale, IL

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Overbey; and sister, Sharon Ealy.

 

Thomas enjoyed camping and riding motorcycles.

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Clara Belle Lamb, 91, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 7:15 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.

 

A private family graveside service will be at Goose Creek Township Cemetery, DeLand, Illinois, with Pastor Steve Anderson and Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Clara Belle was born November 29, 1926, in Galesville, Illinois, a daughter of Albert and Bertha VanGorder Larson. She married Wallace Junior Lamb on October 14, 1946, in Macon, Missouri. He passed away July 24, 2018.

 

She is survived by her children, Kenneth (Laura) Lamb of Morrisville, Vermont, Owen (Doris Ann) Lamb, of Mansfield, Illinois, Eugenia (Michael) Watson of Seymour, Illinois, and Donna (Edward) Krauss of Farmer City, Illinois; ten grandchildren; Nathan (Jen) Lamb; Tammis (Tyson) Kelley; Justin (Alisa) Lamb; Jeremy (Marissa) Lamb; Megan (Adam) McCloud; Emily Bailey; Hannah Watson; Sarah (Shannon) Montgomery; Tony (Christie) Krauss and Claire (Eric Feinburg) Krauss; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

 

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

 

Clara Belle had worked at PreFab in Farmer City and was owner and operator of Belle’s Bootery in Farmer City, Illinois.

 

 

Clara Belle was a member of the Farmer City United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Garden Club, and Woodlawn Country Club all of Farmer City, Illinois.

 

She was an avid gardener and especially enjoyed raising flowers. Clara Belle also greatly enjoyed lapidary and fishing.

 

The family would like to thank the staff of Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care for the excellent care and friendship while Clara Belle was a resident.

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Robert Ansel Aughenbaugh, 95, formerly of Chestnut, passed July 17, 2018, at the Veterans Home in Anna.

 

Robert was born Aug. 1, 1922, son of Clifford Aughenbaugh and Florence Marie Meacham Aughenbaugh. He loved farming and enjoyed woodworking. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Robert was a member of the Chestnut Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Order.

 

Robert is survived by his children, Cheryl (Ron) Boggs, Carol (Larry) Northrup, Christy (Kevin) Combs and Robin (Francine) Aughenbaugh; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lela; his wife, Carol Wessel; one son-in-law; and one daughter-in-law.

 

Private family services will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Veterans Home, 792 N Main St, Anna, IL 62906.

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Mary Elizabeth (Kinney) Boatman, 75, died at home on August 29, 2018. Mary was the youngest of four children of Robert and Stella Kinney, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on November 15, 1942. Most of her childhood was spent in Greenville, Illinois. She was graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln Christian University with a B.A. in Christian Education. She was employed by schools in Ingraham, Riverton, and Lincoln, IL. She Married Paul Boatman on June 11, 1966. As a couple, they were in ministry together in Sailor Springs, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and St. Louis, MO, before moving to Lincoln, IL in 1978. They also shared in extensive missionary travels to 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. She was a partner in the founding of C.O.P.E., a ministry among the Pokot Children in Kenya. She is honored with a plaque for her role in dedicating a unit of Kuki Christian Hospital in Imphal, India. She served several years on the Advisory Council of Good News Productions, International, and the Alumni Council of Lincoln Christian University. 

 

Mary's Christian faith was demonstrated in her heavy investment in the work of Lincoln Christian Church, serving at various times as Children's Minister, Nursery School teacher, a teacher in children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs, and sponsor in the youth program. She participated in various programs both among the members of the church and in outreach to the community.

 

She vacationed with her husband and/or children in 49 of the 50 states, most Canadian provinces, Mexico, Europe, and Israel. Thirty years ago she joined the "Boatman Men" in climbing Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states. 

 

Mary's love for her children and grandchildren was compelling. Even as dementia began to intrude she cherished "the little ones," celebrating their victories and accomplishments and weeping for their hurts and disappointments. Her nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease was engaged with transparency and courage as she joined in three different experimental drug studies. She did not expect the drugs to help her, but she wanted to do her part so that her grandchildren might not face the ravages of the disease.

 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob Kinney, and her grandson, Zachary Braddy. She is survived by her husband, her daughters Angela (Lee) Reiners of Emden, IL, and Rachelle (Kent) Anness of Indianapolis, IN, her grandchildren, Allison, Mallory, and Jordan, step-grandchildren, Emily, Libby, and Jesse, and one great-grandchild, Jaxson. Her infectious smile will be missed by many.

 

Visitation will be from 1:00-3:45 p.m. Sunday, September 2, 2018, at Lincoln Christian Church with Tom Ewald officiating. The Funeral service will follow the visitation at 4:00 p.m. also at the church. Burial will take place 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 at Bethel Cemetery near Emden, IL.

 

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Boatman International Scholarship Fund at Lincoln Christian University, Children of Pokot Education Fund, (C.O.P.E.), or Alzheimer's Association. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Lincoln

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Howard R. Breeden Sr., 80, of Heyworth, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 26, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

 

His funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Interment will be private. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

 

He was born Aug. 11, 1938, in Chicago, a son of Robert Merritt and Billie Ione Keck Breeden. He married Sally A. “Sammie” Breeden on Oct. 27, 1956, in Chicago, and she preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2008.

 

Surviving are a son, Howard Breeden Jr., Heyworth; a daughter, Roberta “Bobbie” Breeden, Bloomington; four grandchildren, Howard (Deanna) Breeden III, Chuck (Heather) Breeden, Chris Breeden and Joshua (Heather) Breeden; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha “Sammie” Breeden and Lilly Breeden.

 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Victoria and Barbara.

 

Howard served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from Pipefitters Local 597. A man with a knowledge of many subjects, he was a source of support for anyone in need. Howard enjoyed fishing, Harley Davidsons and collecting stamps and coins. He was incredibly patriotic which especially showed in his love of eagles. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose wonderful smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Marvin K. Thayer, 83, of Clinton, passed away at 3:52 p.m. Monday (Aug. 27, 2018) at his home.

 

Per Marvin’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Gladfelter – Roetker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Ottawa, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Marvin was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Clinton, a son of Carl and Aleta Glasgow Thayer. He married Lois Walden May 7, 1955, in Clinton. Survivors include Lois, his wife of 63 years; sons, Keith A. Thayer and Larry D. (Lana) Thayer, all of Clinton; a grandson, Justin (Rayanna Anderson) Thayer, Clinton; and one great-granddaughter, Kinley Grace Thayer. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Robert Thayer.

 

Marvin was a steward of the land as a farmer for 54 years. He was a member of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau.

 

Memorial contributions in Marvin’s honor may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Harold Oneal, 81, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 7:26 P.M., Monday, August 27, 2018, at his residence.

 

His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church with Pastor Pete Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Heyworth Christian Church, and from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018, also at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Christian Church.

 

Harold was born October 26, 1936, in Bloomington, Illinois, a son of Homer H. and Pearl E. Dalton Oneal. He married Eloyce L. Ringo.

 

He is survived by his daughters, Becky (George) Van Winkle of Heyworth, Illinois, and Shelby (Steve) Toohill of Heyworth, Illinois; six grandchildren, Ryan, Jake (Audrey) and Abi Van Winkle; Samantha (Jordan) Seymour; Kady and Wyatt Cullers; one great-grandson, Cristopher Funk; and twin brother, Gerald (Judy) Oneal of Heyworth, Illinois.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Darcy Oneal; and brother, David Oneal.

 

Harold was a farmer, bus driver and custodian for the Heyworth School District for several years. He served in the Army National Guard, Bloomington, Illinois. He was a 70-year member of the Heyworth Christian Church, where he served on the church board for several years. Harold was a member of the Illinois Education Association and a member of the Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois. Harold was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

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Dorothy Ann Hovell passed through Heaven’s gates on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at the age of 99. She was a resident of Manor Court of Clinton, and former member of the Heyworth Community. 

 

A graveside service will celebrate her life at the Bushnell Township Cemetery on Thursday, August 30 at 11:00 am. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth is in charge of arrangements with Rev. Richard Gray officiating the service. There will be no visitation. 

 

Dorothy was born April 21, 1919, to Harry Ralston and Nellie Lillie (Kepple) Westlake. She was married for 55 years to her loving husband, Weldon Richard Hovell saying goodbye to him on March 3, 1992. Four brothers, Jay, Wayne, Everett, and Kenneth and one sister, Bonnie; a son, Richard L. Hovell; son-in-law, Kevin R. Rustemeyer preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann (Charles) Ball of Annawan, IL, Cathy (Lawrence) Handley of Eureka Springs, AR and Cynthia Rustemeyer of Heyworth; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. 

 

Family and friends were Dorothy’s passion and delight. She had an unwavering faith in God and practiced her love for the Lord as a member of the Heyworth Christian Church where she was involved in numerous senior events. Her great sense of humor and quick smile brightened the day of many of those around her. 

 

She was lovingly cared for by Dr. Brit Williams and the staff at Manor Court. The family gives them their greatest gratitude. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Activity Program at Manor Court of Clinton, 1 Park Lane West, Clinton, IL 61727 or for senior programming at the Heyworth Christian Church, 308 N. Vine St., Heyworth, IL 61745.

 

Her life was a blessing and her memory will be a treasure.

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Mary Evelyn Lowe Bates, 89, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at The Christian Village in Lincoln.

 

Evelyn was born on September 13, 1928, in Fort Myers, FL the daughter of Francis D. and Thelma (Mayer) Lowe. She married William C. Bates, Jr. in Miami, FL in 1947. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2014.

 

Evelyn is survived by her children, Amanda (Steve) Roberts of Arvada, CO; Annette Bates of Lincoln, and William B. (Lauri) Bates of Greensboro, GA; her sisters, Susie McKinney of Waynesville, NC and Daisy Beck of Covington, LA; six grandchildren: Julie Blaser, Bethany Lindauer, John Thomas Andrews, Grayson Ingle, Blinn Bates and Sarah Bates; and ten great-grandchildren.

 

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband and one infant child.

Evelyn was a very active member of her community serving with many organizations including, The Daughters of The American Revolution, Lincoln Garden Club, PEO, Monday Book Club, and ALMH Auxiliary. She served as a board member of the Kickapoo Creek Park & Trails, and she was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church, having served on the vestry. 

 

Services for Evelyn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln with Rev. David Halt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service also at the church. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Evelyn’s name to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Trinity Episcopal Church, or The Humane Society of Logan County. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Patricia Ann Foster, 78, of rural Waynesville, passed away 3:20 PM, August 23, 2018, at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.

 

No services are planned at this time. A private family gathering will be held. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

 

She was born March 16, 1940, to Wilbur and Helen (Webb) Engelmann of rural Beason. She grew up on their dairy farm with her sisters: Lilietta (Meyers); Mary Bell (Begolka) and Bertha Engelmann, both deceased. Pat graduated from Beason High School, the Class of 1958.

 

She married Carl (Corky) Lawrence Foster on April 26, 1959, at the Lincoln United Methodist Church. He died April 7, 2009, just two weeks short of their 50th wedding anniversary.

 

Pat and Corky farmed his parents’ small rural Waynesville farm together, growing crops and keeping livestock. 

 

Surviving are daughter, Donna Smedley and son-in-law Steve Smedley; one grandson, Samuel Lawrence Smedley - with whom she shared a birthday; two granddaughters, Rachel Harney (Nicholas) and Emily Auten. There are three great-grandchildren: Liam Harney, Chevelle Harney, and Esmae Harney. A daughter and grandson also survive.

 

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, her husband and an infant daughter. 

 

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked for The Pantagraph’s library for years, laminating baby, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements for the paper’s customers. She loved animals and children. She was multi-talented. Throughout the years she crocheted, knitted, sewed, tatted and tooled leather. She also taught herself to weave baskets and make cornhusk dolls. She was also an expert at making Christmas candy and baking bread.

 

Pat always thought of her family’s needs before her own. She will be greatly missed.

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William Michael “Tadpole” Brooks, 31, of Heyworth, passed away Thursday (Aug. 23, 2018) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

 

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner's Hospital, Chicago, or AT Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.

 

Michael was born Oct. 8, 1986, to James Michael and Peggy Corum Brooks. They survive.

 

Also surviving are one sister, Erica Brooks, Missouri; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins

 

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

 

Michael was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He also loved to watch NASCAR. His passion was construction. He would routinely watch construction work being done, whether it was houses being built or holes being dug.

 

The family has asked for casual wear for both visitation and funeral.

 

Michael leaves us all with his words of wisdom. “Every day is a good day.”

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John R. Newby, 66, of Heyworth, passed away at 9:29 a.m. June 14, 2018, at his home.

 

A celebration of life will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Lafayette Club, Bloomington. Memorials may be directed to Wish Bone Canine Rescue. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

John was born Oct. 18, 1951, in DuQuoin, a son to Richard L. and Marilyn E. Provart Newby. He married Pam Eversole on July 5, 1980, in Shelbyville.

 

Surviving are his wife, Pam Newby, Heyworth; two brothers, David Newby, Quartz Hill, Calif., and Kent (Kelly) Newby, Centennial, Colo.; sister, Jane (Tim) Tilden, Vermillion, S.D.; and several nieces, nephews and great-nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

John grew up in Bloomington-Normal and attended Metcalf and University High schools. He joined Ameren where he worked as a substation electrician for 20 years and worked for Ameren for a total of 32 years.

 

He loved motorcycles and enjoyed his rides. John loved being outdoors and planting trees on his acres of land. He owned and operated Tamara's Estate Sales with his wife Pam.

 

John was loved by his wife Pam and all of his family and friends who knew him.

 

Condolences and memories of John may be shared with the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.

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Harold Lee Rotramel Sr. of Wapella passed away 11:05 a.m. Aug. 13, 2018, at his home with his loving family by his side.

 

He was born June 4, 1931, in Shirley, the son of Ernest and Ella Hazlet Rotramel. He married Katherine Courtney on April 18, 1952. She passed away on Oct. 22, 2010.

 

Harold was a longtime truck driver for General Grocer and Martin Brower, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Teamsters union and the Bloomington VFW. Harold enjoyed NASCAR racing, dirt racing, farming, and even baling hay. He loved his role as grandfather and great-grandfather, and was always willing to help anyone who needed it.

 

He is survived by a son, Harold Rotramel Jr., Bloomington; three daughters, Debbie (Dave) Dodson, Bloomington; Brenda (Mark) Beard, Wapella; and Sherry (Jim) Campbell, Florida; five granddaughters, Courtney (Cortlin) Dunluvey; Stephaney Campbell; Tammy Foster; Chastidy Rotramel; and Melissa Dever; six grandsons, Jayson (LeAnn) Dodson; Tyson (Krissy) Dodson; Bryson (Leslie) Dodson; Dryson Dodson; Travis (Amanda) Beard; and Christopher Rotramel; and 20 great-grandchildren, including his youngest great-granddaughter, Amelia, who was the light of Harold's life, giving him countless moments of joy these past few months.

 

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, a grandson, a great-granddaughter, a nephew, and a brother-in-law.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Sunday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with Pastor Chuck Brannock officiating.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Inurnment with military honors will be 11 a.m. Monday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Bloomington.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com.

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Shirley Small Edwards, 93, of Lincoln, died Thursday (Aug. 23, 2018) at her home surrounded by family.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Doughton Edwards (1925-1988). Shirley is survived by her children, Greer Edwards Broemel (David), Nashville, Tenn.; Margaret Small Edwards, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; John Roxborough Edwards (Sharon), Palos Heights; and Caroline Edwards Higgins (Mike), Lincoln; and her grandchildren, Andrew Edwards, Ashley Edwards, Emorie Broemel, Lacy Broemel and Christopher Berg.

 

Shirley was active in her community and enjoyed her service as trustee of Lincoln College, board member of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, board member of the Logan County Cemetery District, and founding board member of Logan County Paramedics Association. She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and as an avid reader, belonged to the Monday and Friday book clubs. She was a member of the Chapter JW, PEO.

 

Shirley was born in Lincoln, and grew up in Topeka, Kan. She studied at Sweetbriar College in Virginia and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1946. She was married to Robert Edwards at the Presbyterian Church in Lincoln on Aug. 2, 1950, and they started their family in Asheville, N.C., before moving to Lincoln in 1957.

 

The family would like to thank Kathy Aderman, who was devoted to our mother for many years. She made sure the house was welcoming to all. Thanks to Ed, Charlie and Richard Jacobs as well. We thank the caregivers who made it possible for our mother to stay in her home this past year, Marilyn Meiners, Mona Cosby, Meredith Lever, Judy Morris, Dortha Seely and Autumn Kopochius, and the staff from Safe Haven Hospice and Care Link.

 

Her service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 402 Pekin St., Lincoln, with the Rev. David Pfaff officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial at Old Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Shirley's name to Lincoln College, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Logan County Paramedics Association or Trinity Episcopal Church.

 

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Charlie Moxley, 75, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 10:44 P.M., Monday, August 20, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.

 

His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois, with Pastor Danny McCubbins officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 24, 2018, at the funeral home.

 

Charlie was born on November 2, 1942, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, a son of Mineous and Sylvania Wells Moxley. He married Mary H. Hardwick on September 14, 1963, in Bement, Illinois. She survives in Mansfield, Illinois.

 

He is also survived by four sons, Charles H. (Mary K.) Moxley of Mansfield, Illinois, Mineous F. (Sabrina) Moxley of Tacoma, Washington, Eddie (Anita) Moxley of Rockmart, Georgia, and Kirby Moxley of Mansfield, Illinois; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Martha (Bob) Gleason of Salem, Illinois.

 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Moxley, two brothers and two sisters.

 

Charlie retired in 1997, from the University of Illinois, where he worked as a mechanic at the South Garage. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. Charlie was a member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City, Illinois.

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Janis 'Howie' Ray Herzog 68 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:05 PM August 19, 2018, at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 8 P.M. Monday, August 27, 2018, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Neighborhood Care Center, First Christian Church, or the Little Galilee Christian Camp.

 

Jan was born April 30, 1950, in Los Angeles, CA the daughter of William Dale and Frances Lorene (Harlin) Howell. She married David Lee Herzog December 3, 1971, in Arthur, IL. He passed away March 30, 2012.

 

Survivors include her children, Chad David (Kelly) Herzog, Norwalk, CT; Andrea (Wesley) Graves, Clinton, IL; Lindsey (Chris) Moody, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Dawson, Keaton and Tatiana Graves; Ryland, Kenley and Kade Herzog; McCoy and Emerson Moody; sister, Pamela (Gary) Willis, Story, WY.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Jan was a member of the First Christian Church in Clinton, IL. She spent many years as a special education and elementary school teacher. Jan enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, biking, and traveling with great friends. Her number one hobby was loving on her grandchildren. Jan volunteered at the Neighborhood Care Center and had a passion for helping others in need. She was a devoted mother and super fun Nana. Her compassion touched many and she will be greatly missed.

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Cheryl K. Watkins, 72, of Lincoln passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.

 

Cheryl was born on July 22, 1946, in Edwardsville, IL the daughter of Cleo and Edith (Sellmeier) Bohnenstiehl. She married James M. Watkins on February 10, 1968, in Staunton, IL. He survives in Lincoln.

 

Cheryl is also survived by her daughter, Laurie (Doug) Routson; her son, Kevin (Melissa) Watkins; her brother, Kenneth (Janey) Bohnenstiehl; her five grandchildren, Darrin, Nick, Conner, Shelbi, and Morgan. Additionally, Cheryl is survived by one great-grandchild, and two step great-grandchildren.

 

Cheryl was a retired secretary for Tarter Bros. and Myer Industries in Lincoln. She was also a member of The American Legion Auxiliary Lincoln Post #263. Cheryl enjoyed a variety of hobbies including quilting and sewing with her friends at Peace & Applique Quilt Shop in Rochester, IL. Cheryl also enjoyed country dancing with her husband, they were known to have taught a few country dancing classes as well.

 

A Memorial Gathering will take place for Cheryl from 4:00 pm -7: 00 pm on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Cheryl’s name to The Humane Society of Logan County.

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Walter Garland Duncan, 72, of Wapella, Illinois, formerly of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 9:40 P.M., Friday, August 17, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.

 

His funeral will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Pastor Danny McCubbins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenleaf Cemetery with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the funeral home. 

 

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

 

Walter was born February 25, 1946, in Casey County, Kentucky, a son of Walter and Nettie Maybriar Duncan. He married Sue Ann Shaw on September 25, 1956, in Farmer City, Illinois. She survives in Wapella, Illinois.

 

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

 

Walter was a retired carpenter and an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

 

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Jennie 'Boots' Laura Wilham, 93, of Springfield, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 8:20 A.M. Friday, August 17, 2018, at her residence. 

 

Boots was born on May 15, 1925, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Walter and Alma (Hiar) Mapes. She married Keith H. Wilham Sr. on December 24, 1943, in Detroit, MI. He preceded her in death on February 26, 2014.

 

Surviving are four children, Keith H. Wilham Jr. of Redmond, WA, Stephen L. (Patricia) Wilham of Newalla, OK, Sandra E. Wilham of Springfield, IL and Darla G. (Rick) Irwin of Springfield, IL. She is also survived by her sister Sarah Logan of Mt. Pulaski, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Roger, one sister Audrey Barton and two half-brothers, Milton Jenks and Adrian Jenks. 

 

Boots was a member of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, the Mt. Pulaski VFW Auxiliary Post #777 and was a domestic goddess the rest of the time. 

 

Services for Boots will be 12:00 noon Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Wilham family for the care of Sandy Wilham.

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Ron Agee, age 67, of Maroa, Illinois passed away on August 17, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 20, 1951 at Decatur Macon County Hospital to Lyle and Hazel (Horn) Agee.

 

On April 5, 1975 Ron married Dores Cox with whom he has three children, Kristen (Dwayne) Kirk and Lori Agee and a son, Jason (Diane) Edwards. His mother, Hazel Agee. There are 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Rebecca (Gary) Becker and Roberta Hunter and a brother, Terry (Cheryl) Agee. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Babaloo.

 

He was preceded in death by his father and baby brother, Gary.

 

Ron graduated from Argenta-Oreana High School in 1969. He served in the United States Air Force. He was employed at ADM in BioChem. He was an avid Cubs and Colts fan. He loved shooting pool with his pool buddies.

 

Ron was a man of few words, but he loved his family and friends very much. He will be truly and sadly be missed by all of us.

 

As per Ron’s wishes, he will be cremated. There will be no visitation or funeral at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospital.

 

Thank to the doctors and nurses at DMH, the Cancer Center, and to Hospice for caring for Ron.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Robert S. ‘Rob' Drew, 56, of Maroa, formerly of Cisco, passed away at 3:40 p.m., August 14, 2018 at his residence.

 

Rob was born May 24, 1962 in Decatur, IL the son of Jackson S. and Kay B. (Foster) Drew.

 

Rob is survived by his parents, Jack and Kay Drew of Monticello; brother, Jeremy Drew (Allison) of Cumming, GA; and sisters, Pam Geis (Joe) and Chris Carr (Steve) both of Monticello.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Eldon and Hildred Webb of Cisco and Willard and Pauline Foster of Decatur.

 

Rob worked as a cook for Kraft Foods, Inc. and was a member of the Cisco United Methodist Church.

 

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Croninger Cemetery, Cisco with Rev. Dennis Beedy officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter 301 S. Charter St. Monticello, IL 61856. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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John A. Maxwell, Sr., 83, Clinton, passed away 10 a.m. Aug. 15, 2018, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

 

A celebration of life will be at C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, in the barn, from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

John was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Clinton, the son of Carl and Nellie (Stone) Maxwell. He married Iris A. Isaac on Oct. 2, 1954, in Clinton. She survives in Clinton. Also surviving are his children, John A. "Pete" (Debbie) Maxwell Jr., Normal; Lee Ann (Steve) Perring, Weldon; grandchildren, Jennifer (Ron) Shaw, Beth Maxwell, Merry (Dustin) Blankenship and Kyle (Lauren) Marcum; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Burger and Louise (Cletus) Nichols, both of Clinton; brother, Joseph R. (Betty) Maxwell, Vilonia, Ark.; and many nieces, nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin sons, and four brothers, Lloyd, Lester, Roger and Robert.

 

John was a supervisor at Caterpillar in Decatur, retiring in March 1991. He returned to Caterpillar, traveling to many different countries and states, as a product support engineer, retiring again in 2007. He was a past member of Bloomington Elks Lodge 281, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Bloomington Moose Lodge, Land of Lincoln Antique Tractor & Engine Club, Caterpillar Retiree Club and past director of the DeWitt County Museum.

 

His hobbies included collecting toy tractors and collecting and refurbishing antique farm tractors and plows. He enjoyed plow days and tractor drives. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who will be dearly missed.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the DeWitt County Museum or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

 

To share a memory, please visit www.gladfelter-roetker.com or Gladfelter Funeral Home on Facebook.

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Ferd Jay Schlitt , 66, passed away at 11:09 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

 

Ferd was born on June 3, 1952 in Lincoln, IL; son of Ferdinand J. and Alice Joanne (Hickey) Schlitt. He married Susan Minaudo in 1982 in Elkhart, IL. She survives him.

 

Also surviving Ferd is his daughter: Monica (Mike) Simpson of FL; step son: Christopher (Katie) Kolin of MN; two grandchildren: Emma and Britton; three step grandchildren: Lincoln, Madelyn, and Camryn; two brothers: John (Dorla) Schlitt of Franklin, TN and Jeff Schlitt of Mt. Pulaski, IL. he was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Ferd enjoyed guns and snowmobiling.

 

Graveside services for Ferd will be held at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery at a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family of Ferd Jay Schlitt.

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James “Jim” Rich 93 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 4:26 A.M. August 14, 2018 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson and Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Little Galilee Christian Assembly Kitchen Fund.

 

Jim was born July 29, 1925 in Clinton, Illinois the son of James and Eliza Jane (Privett) Rich, Sr. He married Wilma V. Longenbaugh February 15, 1947 in Clinton, Il. She passed away December 22, 2001. He later married Mabel R. (Welch) Manigan on April 9, 2005 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Mabel Rich, Clinton, IL; Children, Larry (Lori) Rich, Weldon, IL; Linda Hickman, Clinton, IL; 5 Grandchildren, 19 Great-Grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; step-son, Thomas (Cindy) Manigan, Minooka, IL; 6 step-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his Parents; 2 brothers, 5 sisters; 1 step-daughter, Anna Stepp; and 1 great-granddaughter. 

 

Jim was a retired farmer. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion, Clinton, IL. He proudly served his country in the US Navy. Jim was a school bus for the Deland-Weldon School District for 20 years.

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John R. Merriell, 77, of Clinton, IL passed away at 5:50 AM, August 9, 2018 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Memorial services will be 10 AM, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton, IL with Rev. Michael Taylor officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the John R. Merriell Memorial Fund.

 

John was born June 30, 1941 in Clinton, IL the son of Reginald and Kathryn (Mahon) Merriell. He married Lois J. Smith November 15, 2004 in Greenup, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Lois J. Merriell, Clinton, IL; and brother, Joseph (Margaret) Merriell, Elmhurst, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Janet S. Brown, 70, of Atlanta, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2018) at her home.

 

A private service is scheduled. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Waynesville.

 

Janet Susan Stedwell was born July 14, 1948, in Champaign, the daughter of George W. and Geneva L. McLean Stedwell. She was united in marriage to Paul Thomas McNail in 1968. She later married Kenneth Earl Brown on Feb. 15, 1979. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1996.

 

She is survived by her sons, Shawn McNail, Atlanta; James (Amy) McNail, Peoria; Andrew (Jenna ) Brown, Atlanta; and stepdaughter, Carol Shroyer, Lincoln; two grandsons, Thomas James McNail, Kenneth M. Brown; two brothers, George Lee Stedwell, Indiana, and Charles Stedwell, Champaign; and one sister, Katherine Miller, Elmhurst.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Janet graduated from Paxton High School in 1966. After high school, she pursued careers in nursing and cosmetology.

 

She was baptized at Atlanta United Methodist Church. She had been employed at Capital Records, DeWitt County Nursing Home in Hallsville and Old Country Buffet, Normal.

 

Her hobbies included gardening and needle point.

 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.

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Donna Jean Brickey, 89, passed away at 7:45 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL on August 8, 2018.

 

Donna was born on January 13, 1929 in Clinton, IL; daughter of Tony Enoch and Lillie Ellen (Holsapple) Daniels, SR. She married Robert Franklin Brickey, SR. on November 11, 1947 in Owensboro, KY. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1989.

 

Surviving Donna are her children: Robert Franklin JR of Mt. Pulaski, IL, John Wayne (Vicki) Brickey of Lincoln, IL, Lucinda Chapman of Wonder Lake, IL, and Leslie Ann Papesch of Lincoln, IL; eight grandchildren: Christopher (Julie) Chapman, Steven (Elizabeth) Chapman, Josh Bloodworth, Kyle Papesch, Cara (Alex) Ethington, Nathan Brickey, Erica (Chris) Cowan, and Buck (Jessica) Rifner; nine and a half great grandchildren: Lexy, Jaydon, Kenrick, Ben, Andrew, Leah, Harlyn, Isabella, Carter, and one due in December. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and four sisters.

 

Donna was of the Christian faith. She loved playing bingo, gambling, reading, embroidering, playing cards, and she was the best pie maker in Logan County.

 

A Memorial Service for Donna will be 11:00 a.m. Monday August 13, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ryan Edgecombe officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service, 9:00-11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial at Carlyle Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Logan County.

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Richard Austin “Rick” King, 69, of Maroa, IL passed away 10:49 PM, August 8, 2018 at his family residence.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Monday, August 13, 2018 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Larry Larson and Rev. Joe Chetta officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the funeral home with Masonic Services at 5 PM. The family requests casual attire. 

 

Memorials may be directed to the Rick King Memorial Fund.

 

Rick was born December 22, 1948 in Decatur, IL the son of Wilbur W. and Margaret (Beasley) King. 

 

Survivors include his mother: Margaret King, Maroa, IL; daughter: Angela J. Koonce, Clinton, IL; 2 grandchildren: Dalton Wright and Tanner Koonce; 1 great granddaughter, Addalyn Wright, all of Clinton, IL; brother: Michael R. (Charla) King, Knoxville, TN; 2 nieces: Kim King and Kristen Pachis; and great-niece, Mackenna. Also surviving is his extended family: Rob Fogarty, April Underwood, Jennifer Polley, Kristi Littrell, 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Rick served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Maroa Masonic Lodge. He was an avid auto racing fan and participant. Rick was a wonderful father and grandfather.

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George W. Samples, 76, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 5:24 p.m. at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. 

 

His visitation will be Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with his funeral service following at 1:00 p.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. Lunch will immediately follow.

 

George was born September 16, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of George B. and Mabel Samples. He married Mary Frances “Susie” Dyson on April 16, 1962. She survives. 

 

Also surviving are their children, Stacey Blauw, Heyworth; Courtney (Marc) Swanson, Wadsworth; Brooke (David) Selep, Arlington Heights; Sean (Shelly) Samples, Armington; Shannon (Rodney) Shaffer, Chicago; Paige (Jody) Howey, NC. 

 

Also surviving are two sisters, Diana Pepperman and Sherma (Merrill) Dean, all of Norman, Oklahoma. Many nieces and nephews, 23 grandchildren: Ashley; Justin; Kyle; Jesse; Jordan; Jared; Lucus; Sean; Ryan; Lainey; Whitney; Ty; Chandler; Rayne; Quentin; Corey; Peyton; Cassidy (Rose); Sydney; Miranda; Kiefer; Connor; and Tea’, and 12 great-grandchildren: Kennedy; Kyleigh; Raegan; Sophia; Karter; Easton; Skylar; Landon; Paisley; Rowen; Gracie; and Arabella. 

 

George was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Ann Schmidt. 

 

George joined the United States Air Force straight out of high school where he served his country for the next 6 years. Upon discharge, he joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters until retirement in 1999. He built everything from residential homes to high-rise buildings in Chicago and later in Bloomington. He enjoyed building things and could fix just about anything! Even in the final weeks of his life, he continued helping remodel his farmhouse in Farmer City that he shared with his wife and grandsons for over 15 years. 

 

He had 6 children of his own, but as a softball coach for over 13 years in Arlington Heights, he mentored and taught hundreds of athletes, passing on his love for the sport to all. He managed several championship teams and travel teams. He even managed to get himself thrown out of a few games while defending his players and fighting for what was right. His passion as a coach was second to none. In the eyes of many, he was simply the best!! 

 

Once his children were grown, much of his focus was on his grandchildren. He spent much of his time watching softball, baseball, track, cross country, gymnastics, wrestling, and many glorious evenings under the Friday night lights. He supported all of his grandchildren in their many endeavors. His love for them was unprecedented. 

 

His love for his family was great, as was his love for Oklahoma where he was born and raised. As an Oklahoma fan, his life motto was, “I’m Sooner born, I’m Sooner bred and when I die I’m Sooner dead”. He was a dedicated husband to his wife, Susie for 56 years, an involved father and a proud Papa. He loved living life and fought the good fight until the end. He will forever be our Guardian Angel watching over us. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

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Harold G. Dingman, 81, of Latham, IL, passed away at 4:51 P.M. Sunday August 5, 2018 at his home.

 

Harold was born on April 27, 1937 in Macon County to Harley and Lois (Faith) Dingman. He married Juanita Bobbett Comer on April 27, 1979 in Mt. Pulaski, IL. 

 

Surviving Harold is his wife Juanita, step children, Guy Comer, Jan Davis and Kim Comer, his brother, Duane (Deanna) Dingman of Latham, and his four grandchildren Jeremy, Katie, Stephanie and Matt.

 

Services for Harold will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday August 14, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Lake Bank Cemetery, rural Latham. Memorials may be made to the Latham Fire Department.

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Mary Ann Aper, 81, passed away at 9:50 a.m. at Copper Creek Cottages in Lincoln, IL on August 4, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

 

Mary was born on October 5, 1936 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Walter and Anna P. (Warren) Begolka. She married Gene Edwin Aper on June 24, 1956 in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2009.

 

Surviving Mary are her sons: David (Kim) Aper of Lincoln, IL and Robert (Beth) Aper of Broadwell, IL; one brother: Robert (Sharon) Begolka of Lincoln, IL; two grandchildren: Jacklyn (Jeremy) Billington of Lincoln, IL and Andrew (Tammy) Aper of Cle Elum, WA; nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother: Harold Begolka, and one grandson: Michael Aper.

 

Mary was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln. She worked at Country Companies as a claim adjuster for over 30 years.

 

Services for Mary will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 11, 2018 at St. John United Church of Christ with Robert Twist officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday August 10, 2018 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Hartsburg Union will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to St. John United Church of Christ.

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Florence Ester Williamson, 102, passed away at 7:55 p.m. on August 2, 2018 at St. Clara’s Manor.

 

Florence was born on January 31, 1916; daughter of George and Elsie (Karg) Grathwohl. She married Charles Williamson on March 16, 1943 in St. Charles, MO. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2001.

 

Surviving Florence is her son: John (Diane) Williamson of Normal, IL; one grandchild: Jennifer (Travis) Gibson of Hudson, IL; two great grandchildren: Jared and Rachel Gibson both of Hudson, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one niece.

 

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Amvets, VFW Auxiliary. She worked at Parker and Son Title Company and was a bookkeeper for the state of Illinois.

 

Private family services for Florence will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Public Library or Alzheimer’s Association. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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