Local Obituaries

Clint Allen Reeves, 47, of Macomb

Clint Allen Reeves, 47, of Macomb passed away at 2:05 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 west of Macomb.
 
He was born on August 14, 1970 in Decatur, Illinois to Robert and Pamela Ridgley Reeves. He married Michelle Reck on June 19, 1993 in Decatur. She survives.
 
Also surviving are one daughter, Madison Reeves and one son, Cale Reeves, both of Macomb; his mother, Pamela Reeves of Cerro Gordo and one brother, Cody Reeves of Moweaqua, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
He has lived in Cerro Gordo and Quincy before moving to Macomb in 2001.
 
Clint worked as a cable technician for Comcast and was a Professional Bull Rider for five years. He enjoyed fishing and was a stay at home dad taking care of Madison and Cale.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Father Adam Stimpson officiating. There will be no visitation. The family will meet with friends following the service at the Wesley Village Community Center at 1200 East Grant Street, Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to the Clint Reeves Memorial Fund to be used for his children’s college or St. Jude’s.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Bill D. Stephenson, 70 of Colchester

Bill D. Stephenson, 70 of Colchester, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at O.S.F. in Peoria. He was born November 13, 1947, in Quincy, Illinois, to Howard and Sue Etta House Stephenson.  Bill was united in marriage on June 12, 1982, in Blandinsville, Illinois to Gloria Sizek.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife of 35 years, Gloria of Colchester, 1 Son: Jeremy Stephenson, Rush Springs, Oklahoma, 1 Daughter: Dakota Avery, La Plata, Missouri, 6 Grandchildren: Adebelle Stephenson, Robert Stephenson, Shaylee Stephenson, Jeremy Jr. Stephenson, Phoenix Avery, Ruger Olsen, 1 Sister: Kathy (Pete) Webster, Carthage, Illinois, 1 Nephew: Kris McCarty, 4 Nieces Beth Cress, Rayanne Bennet, Dusti Myers, Dallas Nelson, and 1 very special Cat: Maggie Mae.
 
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Daughter: Angie Stephenson, and 1 Sister: Sandi Jones.
Bill was a truck driver for many local companies thru the years, including Cogshell Construction, Marvin Pen and lastly Western Illinois Grain from which he retired.  He also had operated his own truck for a period of time.  He served his country in the United States Navy.  He enjoyed reading, listening to country music, fishing, watching anything that had 4 wheels race, especially Nasca and the National Hot Rod Association.  In his free time he enjoyed being part of the local frontiers men group.  Most of all Bill enjoyed the time he spent with his pets.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester will be handling the arrangements for the Stephenson family.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Briana I. Lopez, 19, of Marietta

Briana I. Lopez, 19, of Marietta, IL passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8:19 am at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. 
 
She was born January 22, 1999 in Jacksonville, IL to Israel and Melissa (Bowman) Lopez. She is survived by her parents, one brother (Zach Bucher of Marietta, IL), one step-sister (Lauren Havens of Bushnell, IL), Grandparents (Tim and Wanda Bowman of Table Grove, IL) and Grandmother Linda Havens (and Tom Walters) of Marietta, IL. She is also survived by great-grandparents Olen and Judy Bell of Rushville, IL, as well as a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
 
She was preceeded in death by great-grandparents Harvey William and Lola Jean Bowman.
 
Briana loved to sing, dance, and make rap videos.  She also enjoyed cooking and baking with her mom and loved her animals. She never met a stranger and was very friendly and outgoing. Her personality was as big as life and she was very photogenic.
 
Services will be held 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Pastor Ben Murray will officiate. Visitation will be held 10:30 am until noon on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at the funeral home. Internment will follow at the Marietta Cemetery. 
 
Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.   

Dorothy L. Beck, 87, of Colchester

Dorothy L. Beck age 87 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Wesley Health Care, with family at her side.  She was born September 7, 1930, in Colchester to Ivan E. and Mary E. Waddill Kipling.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Ralph W. Beck on August 22, 1948, in St. Augustine, Illinois.  
 
Surviving to mourn her passing is her husband Ralph of 69 years, 3 Sons: Greg (Lisa) Beck, Wendell Beck, Steve Beck, 1 Daughter: Kathy Beck Irish, 11 Grandchildren, and 17 Great Grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son: Rick Beck, and 1 Son In Law: Ralph Irish.
Dorothy and Ralph owned and operated the Fandon General Store and she was the Post Master for Fandon for several years at the general store. Later Dorothy and Ralph moved to Colchester and owned and operated Beck’s Sundries. Most of all Dorothy’s greatest love was the time she spent with her family.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded.  Services will be held at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is honored to be handleing the arrangements for the Beck Family.    Condolences may be expressed to the family at Jonesmortuaryfh.com.
 

John Duane Hamm, 88, of Adair

John Duane Hamm, age 88, of Adair, Illinois, passed away at 4:40 A.M. on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Grand Prairie Assisted Living in Macomb.
 
He was born on November 4, 1929 in Industry, Illinois the son of Paul and Beatrice Gray Hamm. He married Donna Sayers on September 18, 1949, she preceded him in death on May 12, 2015.
 
John is survived by one son Stan (Terri) Hamm of Adair, four daughters Susan (Jack) Pace of Macomb, Stacy (Terry) Thompson of Macomb, Sara (Mark) Kugler of Macomb and Faith (Jason) Edmunds of Normal, nine grandchildren Josh (Kelly) Hamm of Macomb, Jeni (Mike) Nelson of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Sasha (Nick) Chambers of Bushnell, Sadie Magee of Macomb, Adam (Becky) Thompson of Lockport, Austin (Alissa Henley) Thompson of Macomb, Christa (Brian Sears) Miller of Industry, Lucy Edmunds of Normal, and Eli Edmunds of Normal, nine great-grandchildren Connor and Sydney Hamm, Carter, Landon and Oliver Chambers, Conlee and Tatum Magee, Owen Parker, and Jack Thompson, and a daughter -in-law Verla Jean Hamm of Industry.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son Steve Hamm, one grandson Walker Pace, and one brother Roger Hamm.
 
John graduated from Industry High School and had lived in Adair all of his life. He was a cattleman and farmer and raised and showed purebred Angus cattle. John was a co-founder, and a past president of the Illinois Cattlemen’s Association. He had also served on the Adair Fire Department. John was also a member of the LaMoine Valley Angus Association.
 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Capt. Adam Moore will officiate, and burial will be at the Pennington Point Cemetery in New Salem Township. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the New Salem Fire and Rescue, Salvation Army, or to MDH Hospice.
 
You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Betty A. Williams, 73, of Industry

Betty A. Williams, 73, of Industry passed away at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on August 16, 1944 in Macomb to Joseph and Peggy Martin Schultz. She married Dean Williams on December 23, 1961. He passed away on October 22, 2012.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother in infancy and one brother, Roy Steven Schultz.
 
Betty is survived by one daughter, Penny Williams of Industry; three sons, Jeff Williams of Macomb, Greg (Kim) Williams of Colchester and Joe Williams of West Virginia; two grandchildren, Kyle Williams and Kelsey (Brent) Scheive; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Scott Schultz and one sister, Linda (Willie) McCoy of Sciota.
 
She lived most of her life in the Industry area. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She was a former waitress at Bud and Marge’s in Industry for several years. Betty was an avid bowler bowling in many leagues and tournaments over the years.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Willie McCoy officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery.
 
Memorials may be made to the Betty Williams Memorial Fund.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Faun B. Cramer, 99, of Macomb

Faun B. Cramer, 99, of Macomb, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on January 10, 1919 in rural Good Hope to George and Maude Bevard Harper. She married Wayne Cramer on April 3, 1942. He passed away on June 8, 1997.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son, Merlin and his wife Cindi; grandson, Alan Cramer her brothers, Paul, Delbert, Arlo and Robert Harper; sisters, Donna Clemens, Vera Vogler, Helen Sperry, Mary Hunt and infant daughter Lois Harper; daughter-in-law, Linda Cramer; granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Cramer and sister-in-laws, Juanita Harper, Veta Harper, Julia Harper, Pearl Ruess, Eulalia McCann and Audrey Cramer.
 
Faun is survived by four children, Janet (Roger) Hocker of Macomb, Keith Cramer of Macomb, Rebecca Cramer of Macomb and Ron (Shannon) Cramer of Macomb; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Joann Lovejoy of Macomb; sister-in-law, Ruth Harper of Macomb; brother-in-law and his wife, Ferrol (Julia) Cramer and many nieces and nephews.
 
Faun, known to many as "Penny" was a housewife, wonderful mother and loved farming, gardening, flowers and her porch swing.
 
She was a member of the Sciota Christian Church.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to the Elms Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Patricia J. Lafary, 87, of Bushnell

Patricia J. Lafary, 87, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 3:10 AM on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at her residence.
 
She was born July 26, 1930 in Bushnell, IL to Joseph and Louise (Silberer) Roley. She married Harris Lafary on August 7, 1949 in Bushnell, IL; he survives.
 
Also surviving are two children, Vicki Reimolds of Bushnell, IL; Rick (Shirley) Lafary of Bushnell, IL; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and one brother, Robert (Joanna) Roley of Spring Hill, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Patricia was an avid reader, active member of the Bushnell First Presbyterian Church, and former member of the Jolly 20’s. She had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-children. She enjoyed spending time with them, following along with their activities, and watching them grow.
 
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday February 2, 2018 at the Bushnell First Presbyterian Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Elissa Bailey will officiate. Interment will be in Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Judith M. Chipman, 77, of Rushville

Judith M. Chipman, 77, of Rushville, passed away at 9:11 PM, Monday, January 29, 2018, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
 
She was born on April 2, 1940, in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Paul and Helen (Dumon) Charpie.
 
Surviving are two daughters Laura Trendle Polus and husband Jim of Bloomington, and Lisa Yarbrough and husband Barry of New London, Missouri, three grandchildren Corey West, Katie Polus, and Jack Polus, one brother Jim Charpie and wife Jenny of Lakeland, Florida, one sister-in-law Sue Charpie of Naperville, two nieces Deborah Eastman of Naperville and Kathy Decker and husband Brad of Urbana, two great nephews Sam and Ozzie Decker.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Judy graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood in 1958 and from Eureka College in 1962 with a Bachelors in Education Degree.  She first taught in the Des Moines, Iowa school system from 1962 to 1966.  She then moved to Rushville, where she taught 4th grade at Webster School from 1973 to 1995.
 
She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.  She was very active at the state level of the Disciples of Christ denomination.  She was instrumental in the establishment of Meals on Wheels and the Christian Women’s Fellowship group both in Rushville.  She was a member of the Junior Women’s Club, Schuyler-Brown Retired Teachers, Illinois Education Association and the National Educational Association.  After her retirement, she enjoyed extensive travels to Hawaii, Alaska and Nova Scotia.  She was an avid reader and would read several newspapers daily.
 
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 Am, Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Grant Armstrong officiating.  Memorials are suggested to Culbertson Gardens or the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Endowment Fund.  You are invited to share your memories of Judy and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

Clifford Lee "Pete" Friday, 79, of Rushville

Clifford Lee “Pete” Friday, 79, of Rushville, passed away at 4:56 AM, Sunday, January 28, 2018, at his home.
 
He was born on April 28, 1938, in Woodstock Township, Schuyler County, Illinois, the son of Clifford and Catherine Lucille (VanOrder) Friday.  He married Ellen Lucille Clanin on March 8, 1964, in Schuyler County, Illinois.  She preceded him in death on June 16, 2001.
 
Surviving are one son Thomas James “Tom” Friday of Rushville, one granddaughter Jody Friday and husband Brandon Holder of Astoria, two great grandsons Aiden Michael Friday and Brandon Holder, Jr., three brothers Robert “Bob Friday of Rushville, Wayne Friday and wife Jennifer of Springfield, Don Friday and wife Eve of Metamora, three sisters Anna Robbins of Rushville, Ruby Hammack of Summum, and Donna Hammack and husband Douglas, Sr. of Pleasant View, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two brothers James Friday and Russell Friday, one sister Mildred Ren, two half-sisters Dorothy Bowman and Dory Anderson.
 
Pete worked as a laborer for Robinson’s Concrete Products in Frederick, the Arenzville Saw Mill and Sharkey’s in Beardstown.
 
He enjoyed watching the Golden Girls and John Wayne westerns, John Deere tractors, fishing, hunting, taking long walks and the outdoors.  He also enjoyed playing cards and checkers.  He loved special times with his great grandsons.
 
Services will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Greg Fish officiating.  Interment will follow in the Browning Cemetery near Browning.  Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to service time Thursday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to his family. You are invited to share your memories of Pete and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.