Robert R. "Bud" Painter, 74, of Terre Haute, Illinois passed away at 11:45 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Born on July 14, 1942 in LaHarpe, Illinois, Bud was the son of Lowell and Lois Manifold Painter. On March 17, 1973 he married Jennifer Bruyn in the Terre Haute United Methodist Church. She survives.
Bud was a 1960 graduate of LaHarpe High School. He farmed all his life in the Terre Haute area. He was a volunteer fireman for the Terre Haute Fire Department for many years. Bud was a member of the Terre Haute United Methodist Church where he had also served as Trustee. He was an avid bowler and had achieved a perfect 300 game. He served as a softball coach for the summer league for many years.
Besides his wife, Bud is survived by three daughters: Michelle (Dan) Oilar of Kahoka, MO, Dawn (Chane ) Combites of Terre Haute, and Jena (David) Oilar of Kahoka, MO; five grandchildren and his twin sister: Roberta (Dick) Blackhurst of Farmington, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson: Matthew Oilar and sister: Louise Rash.
A memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Jim Clayton officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call anytime after 3:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM. A memorial fund has been established for the Terre Haute United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com
Linda S. Moore, 75, of Macomb passed away at 12:29 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
She was born on May 10, 1941 in Macomb to Karl and Dorothy Wilkerson Albee.
She is survived by four sons, Rick (Donna) Moore of Macomb, Dan (Ann) Moore of Macomb, Tim (Susie) Moore of Sciota and Tom Riester of Texas; long time friend, Shihan George Vance of Bushnell, 10th degree black belt of the Black Dragon Triad; eleven grandchildren, Amber (Curtis) Bisby, Ryan (Brittney) Moore, Kassandra (Bradley) Mason, Kristyn (Scott) Hinman, Tashina Moore, Rebecca Moore, Heather Moore, Brian (Baylee) Moore, Angela (Richard) Otis, Tabitha Riester and Cody Riester; eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, Dennis (Debbie) Albee of Fort Madison, Iowa; one sister, Dyna Young of Arkansas and her two special dogs, Tomo and Zoey.
Linda lived most of her life in Macomb. She attended the First Christian Church of Macomb, later becoming a member of the Sciota Christian Church. She taught most of her life, starting with baton, guitar and tumbling while still in high school. She added martial arts and aerobics as an adult. She was a 6th degree black belt Hanshi, the highest ranked woman in the Black Dragon Triad.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.
Memorials may be made to the MDH Hospice or Pawsitive Beginnings.
Albert "Eddie" Cobb, 86, of Good Hope passed away at 4:29 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
He was born on February 12, 1931 in Industry to Bailey and Nellie Robinson Cobb. He married Jacqueline L. Johnson on July 23,1954, she preceded him on March 23,2010. He later married Betty Clark on January 4, 2014. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Vickie (Randy) Brown of Taylor Ridge and Mark (Jackie) Cobb of Rock Island; grandchildren, Andrea (Jeremy) Miles, Vanessa (Fred) Larson, Rhonda (Chad) Sowards and Matt Brown; nine great-grandchildren and three brothers, Wayne (Sheila) Cobb, Joe Cobb and Lee (Janet) Cobb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Thomas Brown; one brother, Richard Cobb and one sister, Barbara Cobb in infancy.
Eddie had lived in Peoria, Milan, St. Charles and Macomb before moving to Good Hope in 2002. He worked as a tool and dye maker for Caterpillar, International Harvester and McDonnell-Douglas.
He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1952 to 1954.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Macomb VFW with Rev. Mike Smith and Terry Goben, State Worthy President of Fraternal Order of Eagles officiating.
Memorials may be made to the MDH Hospice or the Center for Sight and Hearing in Rockford.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
Billie L. "Bill" Hasten, 86, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of LaHarpe, IL passed away 1:11 AM Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Ryan House Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ.
Bill was born on December 13, 1930 in Fountain Green, IL the son of Carl and Jessie McConnell Hasten. He married Cerece Alton on June 24, 1951 in Fountain Green.
After graduating from LaHarpe High School in 1948 he enlisted in the Navy. He served for 2 years and then joined the reserves. Bill and Cerece then purchased Hasten Newstand. In 1952 he was called back to active duty and served in Washington DC on the USS Keller for 2 additional years. Following his active duty Bill returned to LaHarpe to assist his wife in running Hasten Newstand.
Bill and Cerece Sold Hasten Newstand and then Bill went into partnership with Wayne Yetter to form LaHarpe Motor Sales. Bill continued in business until 2001.
Bill was active at the LaHarpe Christian Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon and Elder. He was a volunteer fireman for the LaHarpe Fire Department. He was a member of the Lions Club, Golden Rule Club, and was a member of the LaHarpe Masonic Lodge.
He was a man of strong faith and honesty. All who knew Bill admired his character, humor and loyalty. He loved spending time with his family and friends and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Janel Schneider of Phoenix, AZ, Jill (Bill) Dyer of Golden, CO; four grandchildren: Jessica Schneider Morris, Justin Schneider, Ashley Dyer McManus, Brice Dyer; three great-grandchildren: Brady McManus, Benjamin McManus, Amelia Morris and one sister: Margie Walker.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law: Kirk Schneider; two brothers: Carl Jr. and Jim Hasten and two sisters: Jean Blumer and Christine DeHaven.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at The First Christian Church in Phoenix. A memorial Service and burial is pending in LaHarpe, IL. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Christian Church and Hospice of The Valley in Phoenix. Contributions may be mailed to The Bill Hasten Memorial Fund, C/O Banks & Beals Funeral Home, PO Box 503, LaHarpe, IL 61450. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com
Eloise Baxter, 95, of Rushville, passed away at 10:30 PM, Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville.
She was born on May 2, 1921, in Rushville, the daughter of Glenn Ellis and Lura (Settles) Moore. She married Dwight Baxter on March 22, 1944, the First United Methodist Church in Rushville. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2014.
Surviving are one daughter Betty Sue Ford of Chapin, four grandchildren Beth Susan Peterson and husband Erik, Ronald Dale Ford, Jr., Stephen Matthew Ford and wife Sarah Beth, and Sarah Elizabeth Wheeler and husband Robert, nine great grandchildren Leslie Carmean, Morgan Wheeler, Hannah Garman, Jadon Wheeler, Jonah Garman, Joshua Ford and Rachel Ford, Savanna and Emma Ford, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, step father Harlan Robinson, son-in-law Ronald D. Ford, one sister Maxine Moore and one brother Glenn E. Moore.
After graduating from Rushville High School, she worked as a legal secretary for Bottenberg and Garrison Law Firm. She served as Deputy Schuyler County Clerk from 1942 to 1944, was a clerk at J.C. Penney and Krauss Drug both in Rushville, a secretary in the Schuyler County School system for 12 years. She and her husband owned and operated the What’zit Shop in Rushville.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was very active in the community having served on the Schuyler County Home Bureau Board, serving as 4-H County Chairman and 4-H Leader, past member of the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, Past President and volunteer at the Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center in Rushville, Past President of the Schuyler-Brown Historical Society, Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteer, member of the Business and Professional Women. She was the Grand Marshall for the Smiles Day in 1997 and received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for community service in 2000. In 1928, as a young girl, she helped unveil the tablet in Central Park, marking the location where Abraham Lincoln spoke.
Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 24, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville, with David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursdayat the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Houston United Methodist Church, both in Rushville. You are invited to share your memories of Eloise, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online
Richard W. (Dick) Winship, 83, of Good Hope, IL; passed away at 11:15 AM Sunday Feb. 19, 2017 at his residence.
He was born Jan. 30, 1934 in Peoria, IL, to George and Mary Weeks Winship.
He is survived by his wife, Sara; a sister, Pat Lambert of New Jersey; 2 sons, Jeff and Kevin of East Peoria; a daughter, Cara (Kurt) Snell of Clay City, IL; 2 grandchildren, Austin and Jesse McLaughlin of Clay City; 4 step-children, Tammy Teel of Bowen, Tresea Luster of Macomb, Jeff Norris of Macomb, Gene Norris of Bushnell; 5 step granddaughters, Kathryn Gabriel of Elk Grove Village, Krystal (Scott) Everett of Mackinaw, Kayla Sternbergh of Decatur, Kara Luster of Macomb, Macy Norris of Monmouth; 4 great-granddaughters, Kaleigh, Abby, Sydney Everett of Mackinaw, Theah Marie Rodriguez of Decatur.
Dick had several hobbies; he loved hunting and fishing, especially with his children. They have collected a few trophies over the years.
Dick was a retired electrician; he owned a wood shop in Good Hope where he enjoyed making custom pieces for his customers. He was an excellent Wood Smith.
Dick served in the US Army.
Cremation has been accorded. There will be no visitation or services.
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com
Barbara Jean Phillips, 81, of Rushville, passed away at 10:35 PM, Friday, February 17, 2017, at Heritage Manor in Beardstown.
She was born on July 14, 1935, in Decatur, the daughter of Edward Ceril and Mabel Easter (Page) Keith. She married Maurice “Woody” Phillips in July of 1956.
Surviving are three children Nancee O’Hara and husband Steve and Cindy Shaw and husband Rick all of Rushville and Brian Phillips of Rushville, four grandchildren Nicole Roegge and husband Aaron, Ashley Earles and husband Drew, Tyler Shaw and wife Alexa and Kyle Phillips, six great grandchildren Alissa and Hunter Ballinger, Ena Earles, Harley and Hayden Shaw and Caroline Phillips and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A 1953 graduate of Beardstown High School, she first worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Springfield. She later worked an aide at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville and as a waitress at the Schuy-Vista in Rushville. For many years, she operated her own home and commercial cleaning service.
Barb was a member of the Women of the Moose in Rushville. She enjoyed playing bingo, camping, fishing and crafting. She was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mickey Mouse.
Services will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Interment will follow in the Palm Cemetery, west of Rushville. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or the Heritage Manor Activity Fund. You are invited to share your memories of Barb, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online
Robert Henry Michel, the longest-serving Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, died early this morning, Friday, February. He was 93.
Michel served as the top Republican in the House for 14 years, during a transformative era in American history. He led Republicans through the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and in the years preceding the transfer of power in Congress from Democratic to Republican for the first time in 40 years.
Michel had a reputation as a skilled legislative craftsman, who knew his members, and who could achieve consensus among his colleagues, making him a vital and indispensible ally in the passage of the Reagan and Bush agendas in a Democratic-controlled House. He played a critical role in garnering majority votes for Republican budget resolutions, increased defense spending, landmark tax reform laws, trade legislation, criminal justice, reform of Social Security, the Gramm-Latta budget reforms, spending reductions, congressional sanction of the Persian Gulf War, and other major legislative initiatives.
Michel orchestrated the talents of a leadership team that included three future Cabinet secretaries, a Vice President, and a future Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. While loyal to Presidents Reagan and Bush, Michel was considered a man of the House, who did not hesitate to defend the Legislative Branch when he believed its constitutional prerogatives were being usurped by the Executive.
The hallmark of his tenure was his deep respect for Congress as an institution of government, his respect for his colleagues, and the practice of civility in the deliberation of public policy. He was a consummate legislator and consensus builder who believed that regardless of your political ideology or partisan agenda, you had to build bridges to be successful. Michel was known as a straight shooter whose word was as good as gold, and his firm handshake a guarantee of good faith. He was a powerful advocate for his Peoria-based district, particularly through his long tenure on the House Appropriations Committee.
Michel served under six Speakers of the House and seven presidents, and as Republican Leader served as permanent chairman of three Republican national conventions.
Michel did not seek re-election in 1994, the year Republicans won control of the House for the first time in 40 years. His successor, Ray LaHood, said of his mentor: “Michel came to the House every day to do the work of the people, and not to engage in ideological melodramas or political vendettas…To Bob, the harsh, personal rhetoric of ideological warfare had no place in his office, no place in the House and no place in American politics.”
Michel was born in Peoria, IL., March 2, 1923, to Anna Baer Michel, who was born in Tremont, Utah, the child of German immigrants , and Charles Henry Michel, who emigrated here from Nancy, France. The elder Michel lived in Clearwater, Oklahoma, harvesting wheat, before moving to Peoria to work at Keystone Steel and Wire as a toolmaker, while his mother was a domestic in Peoria, IL. Both parents were active in the Apostolic Christian Church.
The elder Michel insisted that his son work while being educated in Peoria public schools. He did, mowing yards, delivering papers and working in a tailor shop, factory and grocery store.
Michel was graduated from Peoria High School, the president of his class, and attended one semester at Bradley University in Peoria, prior to joining the Army in World War II.
Michel landed in Normandy on the fourth day of the D-Day invasion of Europe with the Thirty-Ninth Infantry Regiment and fought his away across France to Belgium and the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded in action and credited with capturing a German machine-gun unit. He received two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, and four battle stars.
After the war, Michel re-enrolled at Bradley, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. There he joined the a cappella choir, where he met his wife of 55 years, the late Corinne Woodruff. They married on December 26, 1948, the same year they were graduated from Bradley, she with a degree in music and he in business administration.
Michel began a career in politics that spanned nearly 50 years, joining the congressional staff of then Congressman Harold Velde in 1949, as his administrative assistant. While Velde was consumed with his chairmanship of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Michel tended to the needs of the District, substituting for the Congressman at events and serving constituent needs.
Upon Velde’s retirement in 1956, Michel prevailed in a hotly contested, four-man primary race and eventually defeated Democrat Fred Allen in the general election to take the seat from Illinois’s 18th Congressional District, a region of the state once represented by Abraham Lincoln and Everett McKinley Dirksen. Allen, 57 years after his defeat, made it to Washington to attend Michel’s 90th birthday celebration in 2013.
Michel, had a conservative voting record in the House. He first served on the House Committee on Government Operations Committee and was appointed to a subcommittee chaired by the future House Speaker John McCormick of MA and ranking member, Bud Brown of Ohio, one of the most influential House Republicans of the era.
Michel was named to the House Appropriations Committee, on which he served for 24 years, 12 of which as the senior Republican on the Labor, Health, Education and Welfare Subcommittee. He advanced in Republican leadership ranks, serving as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 1973 through 1974, and despite the loss of 42 seats in the 1974 Watergate midterm elections, he was elected Republican Whip in 1975, serving as the number two Republican in the House until 1981.
He was elected the House Republican Leader following the 1980 elections that sent Ronald Reagan to the White House and gave the GOP 192 seats in the House and control of the U.S. Senate. Michel defeated Michigan Congressman and Chairman of the NRCC, Guy VanderJagt, for Leader in a close race dubbed the Workhorse (applied to Michel because of his legislative skills), versus the Showhorse ,VanderJagt, (a spellbinding orator).
Michel was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1994. President Reagan conferred upon him the presidential Citizens Medal in 1989. He received the first Congressional Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
Then President of France, Jacques Chirac, named Michel to the country’s most prestigious order, the Knights of the Legion of Honor in June 2004, during the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landing, “in recognition for your participation in the liberation of France and Europe during the Second World War.” Michel participated in ceremonies marking the anniversary in England and France, and was presented with his Legion of Honor award in September of that year by the French Ambassador to the United States, Jean-David Levitte.
Michel received many honors and recognitions. Speaker Newt Gingrich named the leadership offices on the second floor of the United States Capitol, the Robert H. Michel Rooms. A bridge spanning the Illinois River is also named after him as is a Veterans’ clinic in Peoria, the student center at Bradley University and the cloakroom at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington. Michel was also named to the Roll Call Baseball Hall of Fame for his record as a winning pitcher in the annual Congressional Baseball Game sponsored by the newspaper.
The Leader was a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs and an avid golfer as well. He was a lover of music and an accomplished singer, often accompanied on the piano by his wife, Corinne. He performed the national anthem at the Republican National Convention in Houston, TX and was afforded the honor of conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gardening was also among his most favored pastimes.
Michel was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and his wife, Corinne. He is survived by a sister; four children, Scott, Chicago, Illinois; Bruce, San Antonio, Texas; Laurie, Alexandria, Virginia; and Robin, San Francisco, California; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Larry F. Boone, 76, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:35 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
He was born on June 14, 1940 in LaHarpe the son of Murlie E. and Margaret Petty Boone. On June 19, 1960 he married Carol Browning in LaHarpe. She preceded him in death on August 16, 1987.
He was a 1959 graduate of the LaHarpe High School. Larry held many jobs in his life many of which involved food. He worked in the grocery store as a meat cutter and then worked stocking grocery stores all over the state. He even owned a grocery store.
He created businesses such as, the flower shop that he and Carol had in various locations. He loved people and even got into their homes with various forms of sales such as fabric parties and sweeper sales. Most notably he was in the food business, owning The 8-Ball Café, The Country Café and Larry’s Country View as well as the Traveling Chuck Wagon working with local auctioneers.
He managed a motel, apartment complex, storage facility, and worked a route filling the "junk machine" with stuffed animals and goodies the kids loved. He was a jack of all trades, a friend to all he met. If he didn’t have a job he’d create one and often included members of the family.
Larry was the director of Bicentennial Celebration where he was chosen as Man of the Year. He was instrumental in establishing the LaHarpe Summerfest Celebration. He was a member of the LaHarpe Lions Club and the Golden Rule Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda (Brad) Burt of Disco, IL and Rebecca (Max) Quivey of LaHarpe, one son, Scott (Michelle) Boone of St. Louis, MO, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two brothers, Roger Boone of LaHarpe and Randy Boone of Sioux City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his prarents, wife, Carol, and one brother, Gary Lee Boone.
Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Bruce Goettsche and Larry Hobby officiating. Burial will be held in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com
Dale A. Wells, 74, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 8:35 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rushville. He was born on July 26, 1942 in Rushville, IL a son of George Arthur & Hazel Marie Ogden Wells. He married Bonnie Bates on June 12, 1970 in Rushville, IL.
She survives along with, (2) sons Gordon Wells & fiancée Julie Springer of Tallula, IL, Rick Gordley of Victoria, B.C. Canada, (3) daughters, Mindy Krumboltz & Brent of Beardstown, IL, Terri Cooper & Tom of Beardstown, IL, Lori Wells Cates of Tallula, IL, (11) grandchildren, Illyssa Gordley, Ricky Gordley, Zac Gordley, Kalina Gordley, Trevor Gordley, Taylor Wells, Dylan Power, Raegan Krumboltz, Brock Krumboltz, Clinton Cooper, Allie Cooper, (8) Great Grandchildren, (2) sisters, Marilyn A. Lafary & Larry of Marquette Heights, IL, Janice S. Grady & Charles of Denver, CO, Daughter-in-Law, Jennifer Gordley of Rushville, IL. He was preceded in death by (1) brother, Willis Wells, (1) sister, Norma Wells Kenney.
Dale was a U.S. Army Veteran serving overseas in Germany. He owned & operated Wells Construction over forty years and was a licensed Real Estate Broker. He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 for over fifty years. He was also a member of Moose Lodge # 506 and Beardstown Elks BPOE #1007.
Funeral services will be held at11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Richard Young officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military honors by a U.S. Army Honors Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Hope Blooms. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.