Local Obituaries

Dixie L. Prather, 68, of Camden

Dixie L. Prather, 68, of Camden, passed away at 9:41 PM, Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.


She was born on May 10, 1950, in Coshocton, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest and Orpha (Dunmire) Wilson. They preceded Dixie in death along with step father Roy Tweedt, and one daughter Tami Prather and one sister Jan “Sis”.


She married Larry Prather on April 17, 1970, in Mt. Sterling and he survives. Also surviving are one son David Prather and Danielle Agans of Camden, one grandson Nic Agans, two granddaughters Shelby Lung and Taylor Lung, two great grandchildren Dawsen and Sydnee, one sister Grace “Tootie” and several nieces and nephews.


Dixie graduated from Brown County High School with the Class of 1968. She then attended nursing school at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. She first worked at the Tastee Treat in Mt. Sterling, and ran the pool hall in Camden. She later worked at Roger’s Bakery in Rushville. For over 23 years, she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Russell R. Dohner retiring in 2008 due to ill health. She enjoyed riding horses, gardening and was an excellent cook. She also wrote poems. Her greatest joys were her cats and babysitting her grandchildren.


Services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, August 17, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Dan Wise officiating. Interment will follow in the Palm Cemetery, west of Rushville. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to Hope Blooms or the Schuyler County Humane Society.


You are invited to share your memories of Dixie, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfh.net.


LaVern E. Anderson, 86 of Macomb

LaVern E. Anderson, 86 of Macomb, IL, formerly of Astoria, IL, passed away at 9:45 am
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on April 17, 1932 in Astoria, the daughter of Samuel and Ruby (Hulvey) Workman. She married Herbert Howe on May 16, 1951 in Astoria. He preceded her in death in 1988.
She later married Charles Anderson in Astoria. He survives. Also surviving are her son, Thomas (and Glenda) Howe of Astoria, two daughters, Judy Kennedy and Linda Kaufman of Normal, IL, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one step-son Robert Anderson of Williamsville, IL, two step-daughters, Cindy Branch and Debbie Sutton, both of Macomb, IL, 7 step-grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren, and two brothers, James (and Roberta) Workman and Max (and Marilyn) Workman, both of Astoria. LaVern was preceded in death by her parents, one son John Howe, her sister Marjorie Wilson, and her brother Virgil Workman.
She was a homemaker. She also worked for Stevens Publishing in Astoria for several years.
She was a member of the Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb. She enjoyed playing
cards and games at Lafayette Square Apartments, where she resided.
Graveside services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Astoria
Cemetery. Pastor Donnie Case will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Maple Avenue
Christian Church. There will be no visitation.

Jacqueline Whitney, 64, of Macomb

Jacqueline Whitney, 64, of Macomb passed away at 1:56 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.


She was born on August 22, 1953 in Chicago to Edward and Jeanette Blackwelder Whitney.


She is survived by two brothers, Brad Whitney of Ft. Myers, Florida and Bart (Laura) Whitney of Macomb; two sisters, Janet (David) Bradley of Las Vegas, Nevada and Allison (Lee) Berggren of Ringwood, Illinois; special friend, Sue Tellefson of Macomb and several nieces and nephews.


Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.


Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Humane Society.


Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.


You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com

Joseph Donald Carrier, 96, of Industry

Joseph Donald Carrier, 96, Industry, formerly of Springfield, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 6th


Joseph was born July 28, 1922, in Warren County to Howard and Lola Law Carrier. Joseph married Evelyn F. Bailey Campbell who preceded him in death March 10, 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert Carrier, Richard Carrier and Kenneth Carrier; and three sisters, Mildred Sloan, Roberta Steck and Dorthy Hook.


He is survived by his children, John Campbell ( Judy ) of LaGrange, GA; Phillip Campbell ( Adair ) of Charleston, RI; Dennis Campbell of Table Grove; Andrew Carrier ( Joanna ) of Springfield, IL; Rebecca Ferrell of Rockwall, TX; and Deborah Milby of Industry, IL, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Joseph was a veteran of WW2. He served as a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army in the South Pacific.  He was awarded many medals and ribbons including the Purple Heart, Bronze star with Valor, and Bronze star.


For the majority of his career, Joseph worked as a District Manager for Murphy’s Product Company. He also worked as a Real estate agent, retiring in 1992.


While living in Springfield, IL, he was a long time member of Southern View Chapel, serving as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher.  Joe delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.

After moving to Industry, he joined the Industry Kiwanis Club, later serving as President. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Plymouth, IL.  Joe loved playing cards, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Services will be held at 10 AM Monday Aug. 13, 2018 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb, IL. Burial will follow at 2 PM at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. Rev. Jim Richardson will officiate.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Industry Fire and Rescue or Bethel Baptist Church.


Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

J. Marshall Mathias, 79, of Macomb

J. Marshall Mathias, 79, of Macomb passed away at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
He was born on October 20, 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio to James N. and Mildred R. Alspach Mathias. He married Estelene Stoll on October 26, 1962 in Bondurant, Iowa. She passed away on February 28, 2015.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Marcia Green and Becky Mathias; two sons, Steven Mathias and J. Randell Mathias; one grandson, Joshua Green and one brother, Clark L. Mathias.
He is survived by two granddaughters, Amber Jones of Good Hope and Kristina (Michael Forman) Green of Macomb; two great-grandchildren, Layla Forman and J. Malachi Forman; two sisters, Holly Mathias of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Marcene Mathias of Winfield, Illinois; many nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Marshall was president of Accurate Cast Products in Addison, Illinois for many years before retiring in 1999. He moved to Macomb in 2008. He attended Maple Avenue Christian Church.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Donnie Case officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
Memorials may be made to Mosaic.
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Jeanette Marie Grindle, 78, of Macomb

Jeanette Marie Grindle, 78, of Macomb passed away at 8:25 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.


She was born on April 17, 1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio to John and Agnes Jeanette Soles Dency.

She is survived by one daughter, Agnes (James Michael) Norton of Macomb; two grandsons, Stephen Andrew Norton and Phillip Michael Norton; one sister, Barbara (Rick) Barg of Virginia and one brother, Joseph (Kathy) Dency of Virginia.


She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Herman John Marlow Grindle and one brother, Donald Dency.


Jeanette worked for State Farm Insurance in Terre Haute, Indiana for many years before moving to Macomb in 1998. She then worked for Farm King until her retirement.


Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.


Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.


You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com

Shirley Jean Bridgewater, 73, of Macomb

Shirley Jean Bridgewater, 73, of rural Macomb, passed away at 12:31 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2018 at OSF St. Mary’s Hospital in Galesburg.


She was born on June 7, 1945 in Macomb the daughter of Clifford and Jeanette (Caspall) Coker. She married Donald Bridgewater, Sr. on November 29, 1975. He survives.


Shirley is also survived by her daughter, Melisa (Shane) Thompson of Bardolph; sons, Rick (Sharon) Bridgewater of Monmouth, Donnie (Julie) Bridgewater, Jr. of Cambridge and Eric (Teanne) Bridgewater of Bensenville; Tracy (Steve) Woodson of Florida whom she considered a daughter; 14 grandchildren, Anthony, Hunter, Jenna, Morgan, soon to be born, Layne, Kasi, Kevin, Krystal, Dylan, Caleb, Noah, Sarah, Cindy, and Sierra; siblings, Pat Young, Ed (Pat) Coker, and Cindy (Jim) Hare, all of Macomb, and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Eugene (Tuffy) Young.

Shirley graduated from Bardolph High School in 1963 and attended Quincy Beauty School. She was a cosmetologist for several local businesses, including her own salon. She also worked at Haeger Pottery, WIU Food Services, and Hy-Vee.


Shirley had a zest for life with her infectious outgoing, friendly personality always putting others first before herself. She enjoyed painting, drawing, spending time in her kitchen cooking her favorite dishes, and spending time with her family. She was the rock of her family and she loved her husband, children and grandchildren with all her heart. She will be greatly missed by those she touched in her very special way.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend A. Lee Unger officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bardolph Cemetery.


Memorials may be made in her memory.


You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.



Rodney Cratsenberg, 65, of LaHarpe

Rodney Cratsenberg, 65, of LaHarpe, IL passed away July 31, 2018 at the LaHarpe -Davier Health Care Center Apartments.


Rodney was born September 3, 1952 in LaHarpe the son of Roland and Margaret Johnson Cratsenberg.


He was a graduate of LaHarpe High School. Following high school he received his bachelors degree from Western Illinois University. He worked as a Spanish Teacher at the Rushville High School, Rushville, IL. He later worked as an auctioneer, realtor and farmed with his father, Roland.


Survivors include several cousins and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Rodney was a member of the LaHarpe Lions Club, LaHarpe Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellow’s, and the LaHarpe Christian Church where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and music and singing. Rodney was a caring, selfless and strong Christian man.


A graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the LaHarpe Cemetery with Nate McCarter officiating. Odd Fellow’s Rites will be conducted at the graveside. Masonic Rites will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 6 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe followed by visitation with the family until 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Christian Church.


To leave a condolence or to sign the guest book, please visit Rodney’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.


Jean Martin, 79, of Astoria, IL

Jean Martin, 79, of Astoria, IL died at 5:24 a.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at home.


Jean was born January 21, 1939 in Quincy, IL to her parents, Harry and Grace Bryant. Her parents preceded her in death, along with two infant siblings and her brother, Harry.


She is survived by her son, Dan Martin, of West Liberty, IA; Daughter- Debbie (and Jimmy) Derry of Astoria, IL; Granddaughter- Jordyn (and Whitney) Davis of Astoria, IL; Great-Granddaughters - Paisley Jean and Pyper Jolee Davis; and many nieces and nephews.


Jean worked at the National Bank in Lewistown, IL then was owner/operator of two travel agencies in Lewistown and Havana, IL. She then moved to Springfield, IL where she was the manager of Travel at Bergner’s, until her retirement. She then moved back to Astoria where she worked as a teacher’s aide for Astoria Grade School and worked for Adkin’s Video. She then went to work for the Central Illinois Agency on Aging as the Site Manager for the Astoria Senior Center.


Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August, 2, 2018 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL where visitation will be held two hours prior to the services. A private burial will take place at Derry Family Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be made out to the Astoria Senior Center.


Services provided by Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org


Larry Lee Kane, 81, of LaHarpe

Larry Lee Kane 81, of rural LaHarpe, IL died at 4:05 AM Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Oak View Nursing and Rehabilitation in Burlington, IA.


He was born near Stronghurst, IL on September 7, 1936, The son of Everett and Nedra Logan Kane of Lomax, IL. On May 6, 1961 he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Ann Cassell in a military wedding at Ft. Benning, GA.


He received his early education in Monmouth, IL and graduated from Dallas City High School where he was chosen by the American Legion to attend Boy’s State in 1954. After several years of college, he enlisted in the Armed Forces, attended Officer’s Candidate School and was later sent to Germany. Returning to the States, he completed his college education and graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College. Thus, began his 36 year career with General Electric Co. In Burlington, IA and Mt. Laurel, NJ. After retirement in 1999, he enjoyed spending his winters in Naples, FL.


A man of friendly manner, genial personality and good character, Larry was a credit to his family, his church and his community and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was a devoted family man, living his whole life entirely for his wife and children. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating with his friends and working in the timber and especially going mushrooming. He and Mary Ann were animal lovers and were known for raising orphaned baby raccoons and German Shepherds. He took great pride in maintaining his home, garden and yard. He was an avid reader. He and his wife especially enjoyed summers spent hiking in the Grand Tetons in WY.


Larry was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dallas City where he had served on the church board and lectured and ushered for many years. He was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Nauvoo, IL.


He volunteered for 17 years with the Boy Scout program in LaHarpe, taking many hikes and camping trips. He served as a Scout Master and was chairman of the Board for both the Cub and Boy Scouts for many years. In 1976, he was the recipient of the District Award of Merit from the Saukee Area Council of Boy Scouts for his service to the youth of the community. He still continued to conduct the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby car races for many years thereafter. He guided his two sons through the ranks of Eagle Scouts and was instrumental in supervising the building of the Boy Scout Cabin on the site of Ft. La Harpe in 1976, which is still in use today.


In 1993 he was awarded the LaHarpe Summerfest Humanitarian Award. He was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word, always opening doors for his beloved wife.


Survivors include his wife and three children: Gregg Kane, Hinsdale, IL; Jennifer Junker, Warrenton, MO; Shawn Kane, Austin, TX. Eight surviving grandchildren include: Jessica, Sarah, Ethan, Will Kane; Jakob and Sawyer Junker; and Jade and Jazmyn Kane and his nearly like a brother, Greg Wisslead. He will be missed by his devoted four legged companion, Skye, who will not understand his absence. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother in infancy.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dallas City, IL with Father Tom Szydlik officiating. Burial with military rites, will be in the Gittings Mound Cemetery, rural Dallas City. Friends may call after 2:00 P.M. Thursday at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in La Harpe where a prayer service will be held at 4:30 followed by a visitation with the family from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. 


A memorial fund has been established for Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Allaman Council of the Knights of Columbus. To leave a condolence, please visit his obituary at banksandbeals.com