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  • Roderick Dean Beck,69, of Macomb, passed away at 8:54 A.M. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 15, 1947 in Macomb, Illinois the son of Dean and Dorothy Sherman Beck. He married Delores Easley on February 17, 1968 in Industry, Illinois.
     
    He is survived by his wife Delores, two daughters Barbara (Scott) Coker of Macomb, and Stephanie (Todd) Moon of Macomb, five grandchildren Jacob Moon, Hannah Moon, Sydney Coker, Hayley Coker, and Macy Coker, two brothers Lindell (Joy) Beck of Colchester, and Kent (Sandy) Beck of Bloomington, several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents.
     
    Rod graduated from Industry High School and went to work at the porcelain plant in Macomb, he then served in the Army in Vietnam from 1966 until 1969. Following his tour of duty in Vietnam he farmed with his family in Vermont and Eldorado Township and later south of Colchester. He then served as the Eldorado Township Road Commissioner for several years, he then became the Director of Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association, he retired in July of 2015. Rod was also an Industry School board member and Industry Assembly of God Church board member. He was a former state officer for the Illinois Young Farmers Association and he was proud to be an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Rod was an extraordinary, hard-working, dutiful and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
     
    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Industry Assembly of God Church. Rev. Jon Keck will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Full military rights will be conducted at the graveside by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb VFW. Family will meet with friends on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Memorials may be made to the Industry Assembly of God Church. You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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  • Ann Marie Powell, 85, of Macomb, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois.  She was born March 7, 1932 in Colchester, to Sam and Mae Hotten McGrann.  Ann was united in marriage to Lindy R. Powell in Macomb on December 30, 1950, he preceded her in death on April 24, 2014.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son: Lindy Rex Jr. Powell and 1 Brother: Paul McGrann.
     
    Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: David Marshall and Julie Powell, Macomb, 2 Daughters: Rose Marie Powell, Bloomington, Illinois, Natalie Jane and Tom Derry, Mountain View, California, 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Sister: Rachel Louderman, Colchester.
     
    Ann was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Colchester Area Gathering Place Back Pack Program.  She Graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Science and Special Education in 1974.  Ann had been a special education teacher in both the Dallas City and Northwestern School Districts.  Owner and Broker of Ideal Realty in Macomb, Co Owner of Lindys Drive Inn, Macomb and Co Owner of Macomb Skateland.
     
    Private Graveside services will be held at Bethel Cemetery with Pastor Jim Richardson.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.   Memorials are to Colchester Area Gathering Place Back Pack Program, P.O. Box 69, Colchester, Illinois, 62326.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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  • Nicole Elizabeth Hunter
     
    May 24, 1993 – April 24, 2017
     
    ”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23.
     
    Nicole’s life was a fulfillment of those words. Her life began in Lafayette, Indiana, on May 24, 1993. she was soon exploring many avenues in her life. A product of Macomb schools, Nicole enjoyed  music  and science, graduating in 2011.  She completed her education Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor in Recreation and Park Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, where she was very active in the university’s Campus Crusade for Christ and as a residence counselor.
     
    Nicole always had a deep seated love for the outdoors and being psychically active. As a young girl, Nicole first attended the church camp CILCA with her father and became passionate about camp, spending every summer at the camp. She took that passion and focused it early on in high school, becoming a counselor at CILCA the first summer she was eligible.
     
    Having pursued a career in parks and recreation, Nicole’s spark shined through the kids and parents she worked for. With large portions of her later life dedicated to being a teacher and counselor to thousands of young individuals at organizations like WinShape Camps for Communities, Camp Kenthaten and Bricks 4 Kidz, Nicole’s message for enjoyment and positivity fell on the hearts of many. Her campers (whether children sent by their parents, underprivileged youth who worked hard to be selected to attend camp, or special needs adults) sought her out for direction, affection, and compassion.
     
    Outside is where Nicole was most happy. Whether she was on a bike or shooting arrows, you could always find her in her comfort zone. You could tell from an early age that this was a person who loved to move. From playing little league softball, running with her siblings around the block, or hiking the Idaho Mountains, the outdoor life was always in her eyes.
     
    Outside of the outside, Nicole was an intellectual and hobbyist. One of her proudest achievements was being invited to go to Intel’s Annual International Science Show with a science presentation on her work with power efficiency in cars. She showed her creativity through a breath of outlets, from guitar to craft arts to Legos, and filled her free time with strumming complex melodies and building intricate creations.
     
    In 2015 Nicole learned she had neuroendocrine cancer primary to the ovary and returned home to recover. While fighting the disease she served as a substitute teacher for the Macomb School District, rode her bike and practiced archery.  Nicole’s fighting spirit stayed with her to the very end.  She was here a short time, but lived a full and memorable life.  She will be missed by the many she touched.
     
    She has left her parents, G. David and Debra Hunter, sisters Jessica (Nick) Bohrhunter and Amanda Hunter, brother Oliver Hunter and nephew and godson Theodore Bohrhunter. Those greeting her in Heaven are her aunt, Heidi Schoedel, grandparents Betty and Garland Hunter Sr. and uncle Garland Hunter Jr.
     
    Nicole valued experience over material things. In keeping with her sensitivities and her dream of becoming a camp director, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to Camp CILCA (where her camp passion began) www.cilca.org and Camp Mak-a-Dream (a camp for young adults with cancer and Nicole’s last camp experience ) www.campdream.org  Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 PM Monday May 1, 2017 at the Immanuel Lutheran Student Center 303 N. Clay St. Macomb, IL. Rev. Michael Burdick will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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  • James Lynn Chance, 71, of Quincy, formerly of Blandinsville, passed away, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He was born August 29, 1945 in Macomb to Carl and Veola McCullum Chance.  
     
    Surviving to mourn his passing are 2 Nieces: Debra DeCounter, Melanie Ball, 2 Nephews: Greg Chance, Mike Ball, 1 Sister In Law: Sara Chance, and several Great Nieces and Nephews.
    Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother: Ronald Chance, 1 Sister: Karlean Ball, 1 Sister In Law: Janice Chance, and 1 Brother In Law: Jack Ball.
     
    Lynn served his country in the United States Air Force for 1966 to 1970, he was stationed in Thailand for a period of time.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Blandinsville American Legion.  He loved the time he spent with his friends playing cards and having a good time.  He also farmed with his Dad.
     
    Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Military rites at the grave by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb V.F.W..  
     
    Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester,  from 1:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M. Wednesday and from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to the Blandinsville Veterans Memorial. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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  • James M. Beadles, 66, of Macomb, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at O.S.F. Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.  He was born May 10, 1950, in Macomb, to Basel Ralph and Opal Norris Beadles.  Jim was united in marriage on May 25, 1990, in Macomb, to Clare Chatterton.
     
    Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Clare of Macomb, 1 Son: Rusty Beadles of Burlington, 2 Step Daughters: Deanna Carr and Kim Huston, 2 Step Sons: Tony Carpinella , Minnesota, and Jim Carpinella, Tuttle, North Carolina, 16 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren, 8 Sisters: Shirley Frances and Cranston Williams of Cleveland, Ohio, Vonna Kay and Robert Gross, Lincoln, Illinois, Christina Creasy , Colchester, Illinois, Lois and Schuyler Sandeen, Torrance, California, Peggy and Rick Augustoski, Dumfries, Virginia, Carol Sue Boggs, Santa Rosa, California, Karadeen Burns, Missouri, Sharon Square of Long Beach, California 1 Brother: Butch and Melinda Beadles, the State of Tennessee, along with numerous Nieces, Nephews,  great nieces and great nephews.
     
    James was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Sister: Linda R. Nunn and 1 Brother: Louis Kelly.
    James served his country in the U.S. Army.  He had worked at Albee Florist, Haeger Pottery, and Woodrum Chevrolet.  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb, AM. Vets of Macomb, Gold Wing Road Riders Association, of which he was an officer in the club for 19 years, Anita’s Kids, Lamoine Christian Camp, Macomb V.F.W. for 12 years, Patriot Guard for 10 years.
     
    Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb with Rev. Paul Parker.  Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church.  Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will take place at a later date.  
     
    Memorials are to Macomb Trinity Lutheran Church, Anita’s Kids or the Lamoine Christian Camp.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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  • Mark William Hutchins, 57, of Colchester passed away peacefully at 6:45 P.M. on April 20, 2017, in his home due to complications from ALS. 
     
    He was born May 8, 1959, to Kenneth and Doris (Rigg) Hutchins. 
     
    On February 22, 1997, he married the love of his life Cheryl K Walley. She survives.
     
    Mark was a 1977 graduate of Macomb High School and worked at NTN Bower until his retirement. Before ALS he was an avid gardener and woodworker. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Denver Broncos fan.
     
    Also surviving are his two step children, Sarah (Paul) Nelson of Colchester, IL, Seth (Melissa) Sappington of Plymouth, IL, one brother, Michael (Barbara) Hutchins of PlantCity, FL, a sister-in-law, Connie Hutchins of Macomb, IL, his father-in-law John Walley; sister-in-law Polly (Mark) Buddemeyer of Newburgh, IN; brother-in-law, Tom (Melissa) Walley of Fulton, MO. Two aunts, Patricia Ward of Macomb, IL and Linda (Cap) Spangler of Bushnell, IL; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
     
    Mark’s favorite role was Papa Bear to Donovan and Jonothan Nelson, Lyndee, Norma and Cody Sappington, his adopted granddaughter Joslyn Hilton and his therapy dog, Maizy Grace.
     
    Preceding him in death were his mother and father, his grandparents Pat and Irene Hutchins and Eldon and Marie Rigg, his brother Mitchell Hutchins, his uncle George Ward and aunt Pattie Swanson, mother-in-law, Norma Walley, sister-in-law Barbara Roskamp and brother-in-law David Roskamp.
     
    Graveside services at will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Mt Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Pastor Jim Richardson.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday.  Memorials may be made to Colchester Rescue Squad or the family through Jones Mortuary. The family wishes to express their thanks to Alex Little, Melissa Beatty and Meghan Carter for the love and care shown to Mark during his heroic battle with ALS and to his friends and classmates who made a positive difference.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
     

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  • Mary Ellen Ward, 89, of Rushville, passed away at 2:35 AM, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
     
    She was born on December 12, 1927, in Troy, Alabama, the oldest child of Roy Benjamin and Frances Oree (McCurley) Conner.  She married Albert Merle Ward on September 22, 1945, by Pastor William Bush of the South Side Baptist Church in Troy, Alabama.  He preceded her in death on December 16, 2014.
     
    Surviving are three sons Ronald Gene Ward and wife Cynthia of Macomb, Robert Merle “Bob” Ward and wife Linda and Roger Allen Ward all of Rushville, six grandchildren Mariah DiGrino and husband Sam, Andrea Ward and husband Oscar Fischer, Muriel Ward and fiancée Jeff Jones, Robert Merle “Bobby” Ward, Jr and wife Dana, Shari Thurman and husband Brad and Samuel Ward, seven great grandchildren Madeline DiGrino, Sophia DiGrino, Reanna Orr, Cole Thurman, Brianna Johnson, Rylee Thurman and Mason Ward, one great great granddaughter Kahli Morris, one sister Jacqueline “Jackie” Gulledge of Ozark, Alabama, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers Ray Connor and Billy Connor.
     
    Mary first worked at The L & H Drive-In, The Cozy Corner, and was the manager of the Maid Rite.  She worked for 22 years at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, as Food Service Manager and Supervisor of the Dietary Department retiring in December 1985. She and Albert also operated Mary’s Ceramics from their home from 1982 to 2000.              . 
     
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she volunteered for many activities, Wesley Ann Circle, and the Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary Post #4 in Rushville.  She was also a member of the American Diabetes Association, where she served as Central Illinois District President and won the 100% Presidents Award.  She was very proud of this accomplishment.  She served as a Room Mother at school along with being Cub Scout Leader for 9 years.
     
    She enjoyed gardening and working on her family genealogy.  She loved people and most of all her family.
     
    Services will be at 11:30 AM, Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Saturday, at the Wood Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.  You are invited to share your memories of Mary, leave condolences and view Mary’s memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online.

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  • James Hunter age 92 of Boulder, Colorado, formerly of Colchester, Illinois, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at Manor Care in Denver, Colorado.  Jim was born January 9, 1925, in Colchester to Bert and Mabel Coplan Hunter.  He was united in marriage on February 15, 1947, in Table Grove, Illinois to Doris E. Foster, She preceded him in death on April 29, 2014.  Jim was also preceded in death by his parents and 1 Infant Sister.
     
    Surviving to mourn his passing are many Nieces, nephews, cousins and long time friends.
    Jim was a past member of the Colchester Lions Club, Colchester United Methodist Church.  He was a 1942 Graduate of Colchester High School.  He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Air force, he graduated airplane airframe school in Gulfport, Ms. Aircraft Engine School, Willow Run, Michigan, B -24 Mechanic School, Charleston, South Carolina.  He was given a beautiful round the world trip by the USAF with crossing Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, by ship, India by train, 3 flights over the Hump, one year in Kunming China at the China end of the Berma Road, Crossed the Pacific by ship and the U.S. by troop train.  
     
    Thanks to his GI bill, Jim enrolled at Western Illinois University as Accounting Major and also became the drummer for Western’s Band.  Jim had been employed at Ogle motors Pontiac-Packard Dealer as the Accountant, Cook Chevrolet, for 15 years, he was with Yetter Manufacturing in Colchester as the accountant of which he was later promoted to Vice President.  
     
    After his time at Yetter’s, Jim started selling Hammond Organs, which led to Jim and Doris moving to Boulder Colorado and opening a Hammond Organ Dealership, of which Jim and Doris won a trip to Portugal. Later in Jim’s life, he and Doris sold the business and Jim started working for the FDIC, as an accountant. Jim got his private pilots license which made it easy for him and Doris to return back to Colchester to visit friends and family.  He also loved when he and Doris got to travel on his motorcycle.
     
    Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Military services will be held at the grave by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  
     
    Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to the Donors Choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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  • Dannie Lee Royer, 76 of Macomb, passed away on Monday, January 9th at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb, Illinois.  He was born April 28th, 1940 in Macomb, Illinois, to Richard Henry Royer and Ella Bernetta Willey Royer.  
     
    Dannie was united in marriage on August 20th, 1961 in Industry, Illinois to Sandra Kay Breeden Royer.  Preceded in death by his wife Sandra, July 20th, 2016 and his parents Richard H. Royer, September 18th, 1996 and E. Bernetta Willey Royer, September 6th, 1966.  
     
    Surviving to mourn his passing are 2 daughters:  Theresa J Royer of San Mateo, California and Christina K (Royer) and husband Robert Hughes of Kenosha, Wisconsin, 3 Grandchildren: Amanda M Hughes, Zachary D. Hughes and Kaylin C. Hughes.  
     
    Also surviving are two brothers, Donnie Dean Royer of Plymouth, Obie Paul Royer of Macomb and a half-brother Timothy Todd Royer of Colchester.
     
    Dannie was a member of the Macomb Church of Christ. He worked for many years at Royer’s Custom Butchering in Doddsville.  Dannie enjoyed being out of doors, especially fishing with his family and friends.
     
    Graveside services will be held Friday, April 21st at 11:00 am at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb, Illinois.  Graveside services will be officiated by Pastor Ted Shirley.  A celebration of life luncheon will follow at the Red Ox Restaurant.  
     
    In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully asking for donations to assist with funeral expenses.

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  • Mary L. Raymer was born in Crawford County, Iowa on May 14, 1932 to Harry and Olga (Olson) Sharp and passed on April 16, 2017 at 7:06 p.m. Her Mother preceded her in death in 1963 and her Father in 1973. On September 20, 1953 Mary married Myron H. Raymer in Oceanside, CA. He preceded her in death on June 27, 2011.
     
    To their union was born three sons, Dirk (Shelly), of Normal, IL, Scott of Schaumburg, IL and Alex of Elgin, IL. To mourn her passing are sons and seven grandchildren : Josh Raymer, Clinton, IL, Chris (Sarah) Raymer of Temecula, CA, Michelle Raymer, Chicago, IL, Courtney Raymer and Rachel Raymer of Schaumburg and Jake Raymer and Jessica Raymer of Elgin, IL. Mary leaves four great- grandchildren: Zack and Kiley of Clinton, and Tyler and Maddie of Temecula, CA. Also, she is survived by one sister, Alma (Jerry) Ganatos of Murrieta, CA , one brother Jesse (Sue) Sharp of Havasu City, Nevada And many nieces and nephews from both her side as well as Myron’s side of the family.
     
    Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband Myron, one daughter-in-law Jackie Raymer, two brothersVernon Sharp and Vinton Sharp, three sisters Beulah Mulligan, Irene Cole and Betty Larson, six brothers-in-law Ben Mulligan, Whitey Cole, Floyd Wade, Robert Larson,Ross Raymer and Lowell Raymer, five sisters-in-lawRosemary Sharp, Irene Sharp, Marianne Sharp, Virgie Raymer and Edith Raymer.
     
    Mary graduated from Ute High School in 1950, after which she worked in the office of Rath Packing Co., in Waterloo, Iowa. She then went to Sioux City, Iowa to work at Weatherwax, Inc., a men’s clothing store, in accounts receivable. Mary left there to go to California to marry Myron, who was there in the Marines. They moved to Macomb in 1968. Mary then worked in the City Clerk’s office of the City of Macomb. Mary worked for the City of Macomb for twenty-six years retiring in December 1994. Since her retirement she has been an active member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Macomb, where she served as an elder, deacon, financial secretary, and on several committees as well as officers of her Disciples Women group. She was a member of the Auxiliary to McDonough District Hospital where she served as president and 1st Vice-president, as well as serving on committees and volunteering in the gift shop. She was a member of the B.P.O. Deer and held the offices of secretary and treasurer. While her sons were in school Mary was a member of the Bomber Booster club and helped with raising funds for bleachers at Macomb High’s football field.
     
    Favorite past-times for Mary were reading and playing games on the computer. Mary also read her Bible and kept a daily journal. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
     
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Macomb with Reverends Kelly Ingersoll and Wally Holt officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m Friday April 21, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
     
    Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice.
     
    You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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