Local Obituaries

Ralph E. Umphryes, 86, of Macomb

Ralph E. Umphryes, 86, of Macomb went home to be with Jesus at 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb surrounded by his family. He was born April 1, 1932 in Macomb, Illinois, to Ephraim and Bessie Umphryes. He married Versa G. White on January 27, 1950 in Keokuk, Iowa.
 
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Versa Umphryes of Macomb, Illinois; one son, Allen (Debbie) Umphryes of Macomb, Illinois; one daughter, Gwen (Richard) Dirks of Spring Hill, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Meghan Umphryes of Macomb, Illinois; Christopher (Kirsten) Umphryes of Greeley, Colorado; many nieces and nephews, and many people who called him “Dad” including Vicki Dickey and Jackie Sullivan. He was also known as “Grandpa” by many including Brandon and Blake Sullivan and Josh Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and four half-sisters.
 
Ralph lived his whole life in Macomb, IL. He was a member of the Macomb Nazarene Church. He worked at the Macomb Post Office and retired in 1992. He served in the U.S. Army and in the Korean War. He enjoyed carpentry, playing chess, and traveling. He loved spending time with his family and watching home videos. He was loved and will be missed by many.
 
Services will be at 1 PM Monday June 18, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Judy Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday June 17, from 2-4 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Military rites. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
 
 

Ronald Lee Peak, 71, of Rushville

Ronald Lee Peak, 71, of Rushville, passed away at 7:52 AM, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
 
He was born on September 22, 1946, in Macomb, the son of Ernest and Wilma (Heaton) Peak.  Ron grew up in the Marietta/New Philadelphia area and graduated from Bardolph High School, with the class of 1964.  He served his country in the United States Army, serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam.
 
On March 30, 1984, in Lancaster, Missouri, he married Jane Downs Kessler, who survives.  Also surviving are two sons Michael Kessler and wife Michele of Rushville and Mark Kessler and wife Tina of Astoria, three grandchildren Seth and Ali Kessler of Astoria and Macon Kessler of Rushville, one sister Patricia Andrews of Elizabeth, Colorado, one niece and one daughter Rhonda Grafton and husband Michael of Good Hope.  He was preceded in death by his parents and step father Temple Teel .
 
Ron was an over-the-road truck driver for many years, working for Munson Transportation, Gully Transportation and MG Industries.  He retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in September 2013, after over 10 years of service.  Ron was recognized as a 50 year member of the American Legion in 2017.  He was a member of the Illinois Draft Horse and Mule Association and the American Shire Horse Association and was serving as trustee for Woodstock Township.
 
Ron enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching old westerns on television and baling hay.  His jovial attitude will be missed by many.
 
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 22, 2018, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, in Springfield.  The procession to the cemetery will leave from Wood Funeral Home in Rushville at 9:30 AM, Friday, June 22, 2018.   A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations in memory to either the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, P.O. Box 288, Dwight, IL, 60420 or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice, 1121 Broadway, Quincy, IL, 62301.  Wood Funeral Home is assisting the family.  You are invited to share your memories of Ron and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

Carroll Laverne McBride, 85, of rural Colchester

Carroll Laverne "Mac" McBride, 85, of rural Colchester passed away at 2:32 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
 
He was born on May 4, 1933 in Alexis, Illinois to Lester and Ruby Reynolds McBride. He married Marlene Christian on February 10, 1954 in Aledo. She passed away on December 9, 2010.
 
He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Diane McBride; granddaughter, Megan McBride and two brothers, Earl and Gerald McBride.
 
Mac is survived by one son, Vern (Kim) McBride of Macomb; one daughter, Margaret McBride of Monmouth; three grandchildren, Trey (Kerry) McBride of Macomb, Shawn Bale of Joliet and Jenny (Jason) Cox of Monmouth; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Darlene Johnson, Phyllis (James) Mizner, Nancy Fowler and Doris (Larry) Chadwick and one brother, Rolland McBride.
 
Mac has lived in Colchester for the last 11 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran serving in Korea during peace time from 1954 to 1956. He was a Illinois State Trooper Lieutenant for many years, retiring on December 31, 1997.
 
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Cremation rites will be conducted following the visitation.
 
Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House (RMCH) or the Colchester Fire and Rescue Squad.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Elbert McMullen, 95, of Bushnell, formerly of Table Grove

Monday, June 4th 2018, Elbert McMullen passed away at Courtyard Estates in Bushnell, IL. Elbert was born February 10th, 1923 in Pleasant Township, Fulton County, IL to his father Elbert and mother Sarah (Emig) McMullen. He married Theresa Halton on April 24, 1952 in Havana, IL. He is survived by his wife, daughters, (Christine & David Wiseman) (Marilyn & Jim Hyde) (Sandy & Ray Harrison) (Barbara Adcock) sons, (Kevin McMullen) (Keith & Myra McMullen) 12 grandchildren {Francine (and August) Appleton, Andy Cleer, Jimmy Reece, Jon Hyde, Josh Hyde, Trent Sutter, Dawn Sutter, Nicole (and Wes) Seward, Natalie (and Bob) Divan, Shelby Adcock, DVM, Sarah Adcock, and Christopher (and Lisa) Barber} and 12 great-grandchildren.
 
Elbert was self-employed as a land improvement contractor for many years in and around Fulton County.  Locals still enjoy fishing in the ponds he built.  He participated in the US Army, serving from 1948 to 1954 with a rank of Corporal.
 
He was a past president of Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association and a member of the National LICA.  He believed one should be active and participate in your community. He was a volunteer fire fighter for many years for the table Grove Fire Dept. and maintained their firehouse furnace.  He served on the Table Grove Town Board and assisted the road commissioner in keeping the village roads clear of snow and prepping the roads for tar and gravel re-surfacing.  Elbert also built the Table Grove Sewage Treatment area west of town.  He was a member of the Table Grove American Legion.
 
In his “spare” time, Mac loved to fish and to help his kids with whatever remodeling project they had going or having a bite out with his “baby doll."
 
Services for Elbert McMullen are at 10:30am on Saturday June 9th, 2018 at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Macomb, IL. Visitation is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday June 8th at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. 

Carter Jay William Anderson, 10, of Cedar Rapids, IA

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Carter Jay William Anderson, 10, of Cedar Rapids, IA, passed away at 10:59 a.m. Friday, June 1,
2018 at Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids.
 
Carter was born on April 10, 2008 in Cedar Rapids the son of Terry and Alex Housewright
Anderson.
 
He was a 2nd Grade student at the Prairie Ridge Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, IA. Carter
loved listening to music, especially listening to his Aunt Kourtni sing to him and to his musical
puppy toy. He looked forward to going to Grandma (Debbie) and Grandpa (Steve) "Grape’s"
house. He loved splashing around in warm water at bath time. He liked picking and scratching at
different textures (especially jeans and couches). He loved attending his annual co-ed softball
fundraiser tournament, Carter’s Crew Takes the Field, in La Harpe, Illinois. He enjoyed going to
school and had so many wonderful teachers and classmates. He thoroughly enjoyed school
fieldtrips to Camp Courageous in Monticello, Iowa. He was a huge Scooby Doo fan and watched
episode after episode with his Grandma (Debbie) "Grape" while they ate chocolate ice cream and
chocolate pudding. His favorite color was green and his favorite animal was frogs. He looked
forward to spending time with his siblings and cousins. He enjoyed long conversations and
rocking on the front porch with family. He was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew,
cousin, and friend.
 
Survivors include his parents, Terry and Alex; three siblings, Rhyleigh Thomas, Jace Anderson
and Bastian Anderson, all of Cedar Rapids, IA; his paternal grandmother, Penny Anderson of
Cedar Rapids, IA, paternal great-grandparents, Sharon and Dave Anderson and Linda and Leon
Jones of Cedar Rapids, IA; maternal grandmother, Michelle Nichols of Cedar Rapids, IA,
maternal great-grandparents, Steve and Debbie Reed of LaHarpe, IL; two aunts, Samantha
Taylor and Nichole Ford; two uncles, Nick Taylor and Trevor McMurrin; and two great-aunts,
Kourtni Reed and Mindy (Justin) Johnson of LaHarpe, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by great-grandfather, Terry Housewright, great-great-grandfather,
William Housewright and great-great-grandmother, Anna Lou Read.
 
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the LaHarpe Christian Church with Rev. Rick Goettsche officiating. Burial will follow in the Gittings Mound Cemetery near Lomax, IL. A visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, also at the church. A memorial fund has been established for the Carter Anderson Fund. To sign the guest book or leave a condolence please visit Carter’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

Herschel Mourning, 99, of Colchester

Herschel Mourning passed away at home on June 5, 2018 in Colchester. He was born to William Henry and Nola Mourning on June 19, 1918 in Colchester. He married Isabel Rundle on 1939. Later in life he married Alice Flynn. 
 
Herschel is survived by 1 son: William (Sauni) Mourning, 3 grandchildren: Samuel Mourning, Cassandra Butterworth, and Andrew Mourning, 4 great grandchildren: Devin Mourning, Kinley Mourning, Emily Mourning, and Olivia Mourning, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister: Vivian Beck, one brother in law: Keith Beck, his first wife Isabel and later in life, Alice.
 
Herschel spent majority of his working career drilling wells at area farms in west central Illinois. After retiring, Herschel and Isabel loved traveling all over the country with their grandchildren Cassi and Sam. He also was a private pilot for several years. While flying with Harry Clugston, they were involved in a plane crash but that didn't deter him from flying. He wound up owning 4 planes.
 
He enjoyed tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. Herschel loved going to yard sales and buying broken things just to fix them. He found a life size Appaloosa fiberglass horse that he had to have. He bought it for a whopping $20. Herschel continued to ride his bike into his mid nineties and work on roofs well into his eighties. He never stopped going. Herschel was a great man that knew no strangers. He was loved by all who met him and would talk your ear off for hours if he could. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
 
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Colchester United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jim Clayton.  Burial will follow at services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.  Memorials are to Colchester United Methodist Church or Colchester Rescue.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Frank Hite, 67, of Industry

Frank Hite, 67, of Industry, Illinois, passed away Sunday June 3, 2018 at 3:45 PM at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb, Illinois.
 
He was born March 11, 1951 in Rushville, Illinois to Charles M. and Jessie Huffman Hite; he married Nancy McDonald on Nov. 25, 1972. She survives.
 
Also surviving are his children, Catherine S. Schaad of Astoria, Illinois, Sarah (Anthony) Pascucci of McHenry, Illinois. William J. Hite of Industry , Illinois; 4 grandchildren, Alex Schaad, Elizabeth and Audrey Pascucci and William Bellville; a brother George Hite of Industry, Illinois; 3 sisters, Phyllis O’Keefe of Creve Coeur, Illinois, Carolyn Chapman of Bushnell, Illinois and Louise Irwin of Industry, Illinois.
 
He was a small engine mechanic for several years and a Civil War buff.
 
Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
 
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Industry Rescue Squad. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Stephan J. Thomas, 64, of Astoria

Stephan “Steve” J. Thomas, 64, of Astoria, passed away Friday, June 1, 2018, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield. Steve was born on September 6th, 1953 in Beardstown, Illinois to his father Willard “Pill” and mother Doris (McCombs) Thomas. He married Laura Rigg on June 21st 1975 in Ashland, Illinois. They lived in Astoria.
 
Steve is preceded by his father Willard.  He is survived by his wife, mother, son (Brandon Thomas), daughter (Shaunea L. Miller and fiancé Gary Nicholas), grandson (Alvin Tracy Miller IV), brother (David and wife, Ruth Thomas) and sister (Teresa and husband Doug Knigge).
 
Steve graduated from Astoria High School and became a barber in the early 1970’s. He later worked for Caterpillar until he became disabled in 1989 with heart trouble. He was an umpire for several years and also coached boys’ baseball and 5th grade girls’ softball. Steve ran the game clock for football, girls’ and boys’ basketball, and some baseball.
 
Steve was a member of the Bader Christian Church, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. Steve loved fishing, bowling, golf and spending time with his grandson.
 
Services for Stephan J. Thomas are at 11am on Wednesday, June 6th at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Visitation is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Graveside services are at the Bader Cemetery Memorials are at Bader Christian Church or the South Fulton Athletic Co-Op. 
 

Joseph Henry Myers, 85, of Macomb

Joseph Henry Myers, age 85, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Wesley Village Healthcare in Macomb. He was born October 9, 1932 to Louis and Goldie (Bowes) Myers of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Jonathan Joseph Labbé, his brother Roger Myers; and his son Dennis Logan. On December 22, 1956 he married Helen (Mort) Logan. He is survived by his wife of 61 years; his brother Lee (Polly) Myers; his sister Myrna (Marion) Morrell; his daughter Kathleen (Steve) Clauson; sons John (Susan) Logan and Jeffrey (Suzanne) Myers; granddaughter Anya Myers; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion and the United Methodist Church. He met his wife Helen when he operated the Sinclair Station in Tennessee. Joe later worked at Carson’s Hardware/Western Auto; at Western Illinois University, and he retired from McDonough Telephone Cooperative. After retiring, he worked part-time at Carson’s Plumbing and Heating. During the holidays, Joe helped his parents sell Christmas trees at Myers Tree Farm.
 
Joe Myers was known for his colorful stories and descriptions, his witty sense of humor, and his practical jokes and pranks. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He had an uncanny ability for finding out all kinds of information and we often joked he should have worked for the FBI. 
 
His family and pets were his greatest treasures. He believed that spending time with those you love is more valuable than a mountain of gold. One of the happiest days of his life was when he became a grandfather and held his grandson Jonathan in his arms. He loved camping in Colorado, mushroom-hunting, polka music, and potlucks with neighbors at the Old Lawyer Schoolhouse. He had a sweet tooth and loved freshly-baked pie, pinwheels, and cake with lots of icing. 
 
Friends may pay their respects at Jones Mortuary on Friday, June 8 from 8am-6pm. Memorials may be made for “Joe’s Living Tree Memorial.” Trees will be planted in his honor in Colchester and Tennessee, symbolic of the importance of Joe’s life in our community. A reception to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at a later date.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
 
His daughter Kathy and her husband Steve would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff of Wesley Village for providing outstanding care, and for making him feel at home, away from home.

Donald G. Windsor, 61, of Table Grove

Donald G. "Donnie" Windsor, 61, of Table Grove passed away at 11 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018 at his residence.
 
He was born on June 25, 1956 in Canton to Donald W. and Patricia Derry Windsor. He married Linda Bean on February 11, 1989 in Summum. She survives.
 
Also surviving are one son, Seth Windsor of Champaign; one step-son, Chris Fawcett of Table Grove; one brother, Dan Windsor of Astoria; one sister, Monica Windsor of Astoria; four step-grandchildren and one niece, Heily Windsor of Astoria.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Donnie lived in Summum most of his life before moving to Table Grove in 1989. He worked for NTN-Bower for 23 years. He loved hunting, fishing and baseball. He coached little league baseball for several years.
 
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Pennington Point Cemetery west of Adair with Reverend Steve Hoover officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.