Local Obituaries

Delores K. "Dee" Brown Ozley, 79, of Rushville

Delores K. “Dee” Brown Ozley, 79, of Rushville, passed away at 12:13 PM, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
She was born on July 15, 1938, in Schuyler County, Illinois, the daughter of Ermal and Estella (Malcomson) Brown.  She was married to Loyd Stanford and James Ozley.
Surviving are three children David Stanford and wife Serena of Mesa, Arizona, Melanie Clarke and husband Michael of Rockford and Michele Fitzjarrald and husband Phillip of Rushville, four grandchildren Lacey Macelino and husband Seth, Kylie Avery and companion Brennen Smith, Torin Kasper and companion Mel Amedio and Phillip Fitzjarrald III, four great grandchildren Kaden Jones, Rylee Jones, Kendyl Marcelino and Karson Marcelino, one brother Charles “Chuck” Orr and wife Shirley of Rockford and special childhood friend Nova Hays of Rushville and a niece.  She was preceded in death by a grandson Jeremy Tennison, a brother Keith Orr and a sister Eloise Orr.
Dee worked in various departments at Amerock in Rockford for many years.  After returning to Rushville, she worked at Methode in Golden and as an in home caregiver to the elderly.  
She was a past member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, south of Rushville and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockford.  She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and Yahtzee, and bingo.  She owned and rode her own motorcycle for many years. 
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Messerer Cemetery, near Frederick.  Memorials are suggest to the Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mt. Sterling Activity Fund.  Wood Funeral Home in Rushville has been entrusted to assist the family.  You are invited to share your memories of Dee and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

Thomas Russell Ashwood, 97, of Macomb formerly of rural Vermont

Thomas Russell Ashwood, 97, of Macomb formerly of rural Vermont passed away at 12:39 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
He was born on October 29, 1920 in Eldorado Township to Thomas Glenn and Golda Rae Billingsley Ashwood. He married Carmen Kost on November 16, 1947. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Susan (John) Kissick of Quincy; one son Stephen (Janice) Ashwood of Macomb,five grandchildren, J. Thomas (Katie) Bailey, Barbara Ashwood and husband Matt Haslam, John (Ashley) Ashwood, Elizabeth Kissick and Loka Ashwood and husband Jason Prendergast; seven great-grandchildren, Thomas Ashwood, Olivia Bailey, Ava Ashwood, J.D. Bailey, Brianna Ashwood, Michael Lee Ashwood-Prendergast and Madeleine Ashwood-Haslam; one nephew, Al Jennings and one niece, Christine Mindick.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Madelyn Bennett.
Thomas farmed all of his life in McDonough County. He was a member of the American Legion in Vermont, Vermont Christian Church, McDonough County Farm Bureau, President of Industry School Board, and had been awarded the Conservation Family of the year. "Bud" was an avid reader of history and current events. He and Carmen loved to travel the byways of the lower 48 states. They had celebrated 70 years of marriage. As many of their generation they learned fiscal responsibility from the Depression and WWII. He valued hard work, family and his wife’s cherry pie.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Vermont Fire and Rescue or Industry Fire and Rescue
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.

Huey A. Cain, 74, of Rushville

Huey A. Cain, 74, of Rushville, passed away at 10:20 AM, Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mt. Sterling.
He was born on June 19, 1943, in Carmi, Illinois, the son of Andrew James “Andy” and Berniece (Huffstuttler) Cain.  He married Linda Leach on December 9, 1973, in Springfield, Illinois.
Surviving are five children Andrea Lawrence and husband Mark of Nashville, Tennessee, Candy Guinn of Carmi, Tommie Cain and wife Angie, Leslie Crum and fiancée Ryan Kerr and Beverly Crenshaw and fiancée Tony Allen all of Rushville, 12 grandchildren Alexis and Paige Crum, Haven Lewis, Addie Peterman, Dylan Bigham, Garrett, Brianna and Bailey Crenshaw, Michael Gadrim, and Dalton, Danton and Racheal Guinn, three step grandchildren Kylie Ritchey, Haliley and Dustin Martin, four siblings Candace Cain of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Debbie Burnett and husband Frank of Carmi, Charles T. Cain and wife Pam of Melbourne, Florida, and Julie Cain and friend Darrell Miller of Longview, Texas, stepmother Ruth Cain of Gladewater, Texas, his former wife Linda Cain of Plymouth and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Pamela Sue Cain, and step father Fred Baldwin.
Huey graduated in 1962, from Carmi High School.  He then attended Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio and Rend Lake Junior College in Ina, Illinois.
He worked as a welder for Trinity Steel in Beardstown, Capitol Machinery in Springfield, Inland Steel in McLeansboro and Lindsey’s Outdoor USA in Carmi.  He then taught asbestos and lead removal at trade schools in St. Louis.  His last job was as a truck driver for Hood Transportation in Rushville, Clinard Trucking in Mt. Sterling and Black Transportation in Beardstown.
He was a member of the Rushville Moose Lodge # 506 and the Illinois River ABATE.  He enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, gardening, classic cars, drinking beer, iced tea, Oreo cookies, helping others, purchasing lottery tickets, dancing, and playing cards. 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with his brother Charles T. Cain officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to his family. You are invited to share your memories, leave condolences and view Huey’s memorial video at www.woodfh.net.

Norma Marshall, 89, of Palm Desert, CA, previously of Clayton, IL

Norma Marshall of Palm Desert, CA passed away at her home on April 12, 2018. She was born on April 10, 1929 in Clayton, IL, the daughter of Wallace and Edna (Marsh) Power. After graduating from Clayton High School she attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 1951. In 1953 she married Lee Marshall of Ipava, IL. He survives.
Also surviving are her brother Glen Power of Ft. Pierce, FL, nephew Steven Simpson of Alpine, CA, niece Cynthia Roe of Dallas, TX, nephew Guy Power of Jupiter, FL, niece Janet Horvath of Ft. Pierce, FL, and six grand nieces and nephews.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Jane Simpson.
In 1957 Norma and Lee moved to California, where Norma taught school in Glendale at Mark Kepple for 25 years in the same room.  Many of her students were second generation. In 1986 she retired and they moved to Palm Desert.
She was a very active member of PEO and Coachella Valley Pan Hellenic. She also enjoyed playing golf and mahjong. Norma loved to travel, making several trips to Europe, parts of the Mideast and to Asia. She was a very loving and caring lady.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m. in the Ipava Cemetery, Ipava, IL. Please, no flowers. You may donate a gift to the charity of your choice in Norma’s memory. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL has been entrusted with arrangements.    

Janyce "Jan" Heath Lynn, 84, of Macomb

Janyce "Jan" Heath Lynn, 84, of Macomb, IL passed away at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018 surrounded by her family at Wesley Village in Macomb.
She was born August 14, 1933 in Wichita, KS. She was raised by her adoptive parents, William (Bill) and Doris Heath. She married Jack Tobin in Waukegan, IL in 1959. He preceded her in death on July 16, 1977. She later married Larry Lynn in Macomb, IL on Dec. 31, 2008. He survives.
She is, also, survived by one daughter, Jennifer (Steve) Tibbitts of Macomb, two granddaughters, Mandy (Andy) Parchert of Milan, IL and Melanie (Nick) Whittington of Denver, CO, one great granddaughter, Sloane Whittington, and one great grandson, "Baby" Parchert, due in July, one sister Jill (Riley) Love, one brother Terry ( Myra) Heath, one sister-in law Lynn Heath, stepchildren Lauren Brokaw and Lisa (L.D.) Latta, step grandchildren Mike (Tina) Tibbitts, Mark ( Sarah) Tibbitts, step great grandchildren Jaycee & Jayden Tibbitts and Brenlee & Madden Tibbitts, and several other step grand children and great grand children. Several nieces and nephews including Shannon (Todd) Watkins, Danielle (Paul) Garbis, Travis Heath, Tara Heath and Carson Love, and many special friends she considered family, also survive, as well as her beloved cat Maggie Mae.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, brother Steve Heath, and one nephew, Hunter Love.
Jan lived her early life moving throughout mountain towns as the daughter of a railroader, attending many schools until they settled in Waukegan, IL. She was a graduate of Waukegan High School. She worked many jobs throughout her adult life from working for Great Lakes Naval Station, then Merill Lynch in Chicago, to various doctor's offices in Waukegan, banks in Lake Forest IL and Racine, WI, and even owning her own business in Racine, WI. In her later years in Macomb she worked at Chelsa's Hallmark and Classy Closet.
Jan loved music and during various times of her life enjoyed playing the violin, being in church bands and choirs, and volunteering for the Waukegan Symphony for years. In addition to her love for music, she attended church regularly, enjoying teaching Sunday school and being a choir advisor and most recently was a member of Good Hope United Methodist Church. She was active in many other community organizations throughout her life including Jr. Women's League where she served as President and Assistant State Director, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, PTO President, Ladies Red Hat Club, and FOE Eagles Auxiliary in Macomb and Carthage.
Funeral Services will be held Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Reverend Mike Herdt will officiate. Family will meet with friends from noon - 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Following the services, cremation rights will be accorded. Private burial of cremains will be held at a later time. Immediately following Sunday's services, all are invited to a reception and celebration of Jan's life at the Macomb Country Club from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Village Memory Care Household Project.
You may sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

A.L. "Buck" Knowles, 94, of Macomb

A.L. “Buck” Knowles, 94, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 4:46 AM Thursday April 12, 2018 at the Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb, Illinois.
He was born Dec 10, 1923 in Macomb, Illinois, to Alred and Winifred Lester Knowles; He married Rosemary Specketer. She survives.
Also surviving are sons, Steve (Eileen) of Macomb, IL; John Knowles of Hillsboro, Oregon, a daughter, Nancy (Rich) Kucharz of Monmouth, IL; a sister, Margaret Munson of Stillwater, OK; 5 grandchildren, Amy (Knowles)Churchill of Morton, IL; Nick (Liz) Knowles of Macomb, IL; Michael Kucharz of Carbon Cliff, IL; Elizabeth Kucharz of Monmouth, IL; Ian Knowles of Portland, OR; great-grandchildren Grant Churchill, Luke Churchill, Reagan Knowles, Jack Knowles and Vivian Kucharz; 2 nieces and 3 nephews. Extended family includes stepdaughters, Julie Rodgers of Springfield, IL; Susan (Lee) Angst of Peoria, IL; step-son, Kevin Specketer of Lincoln, IL; 7 Step-grandchildren, Bart (Sarah) Rodgers of Springfield, IL; Heather Rodgers of Springfield, IL; Heidi (Jon) Jacobus of Petersburg, IL; Lindsay (Robb) Craddock of Champaign, IL;  Samantha (Rick) Auch of Peoria, IL; Josh Specketer of Metamora, IL; Tara (Duane) Morris of Lincoln, IL; and 11 Step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorthea and a brother, Robert. His father died at an early age so he and his siblings were raised on the Lester farm north of Macomb. He attended Prairie Hill grade school and graduated from Western Academy in 1940 where he participated in athletics, music and journalism. He enrolled in Western Illinois State Teachers College where he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and played baseball. He was also sports editor of the Sequel yearbook and a reporter for the Western Courier.
He was drafted into the Army in Feb. 1943 and then transferred to the Army Air Corp Aviation Cadet program. He received his pilot wings and commission in Sept. 1944 and was a B-24 Pilot, earning status as a 2nd Lieutenant. After the war he returned to Western Illinois University where he graduated in 1947.
He taught and coached at Keithsburg for 2 years and then returned to Macomb in 1949 with his wife Shirley. He first worked for Tiernan Engineering Co. and then Hemp and Co., which later became King-Seely Thermos. In 1966 he became Director of the Macomb Park District where he was responsible for acquiring much new land and building several baseball and softball fields along with tennis courts and the property for the current Lakeview Nature Center. After his retirement in 1988 he worked for the WIU Dept. of Public Safety for five years.
In 1980 he married Rosemary Specketer who he had met in Honolulu. They continued their love of travel and wintered on South Padre Island for many years.
He was inducted into the WIU Athletic Hall of Fame, the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame, and received the WIU Alumni Achievement award.
He officiated high school and college football, baseball and basketball for many years. His football career lasted 45 years and he officiated 2 IHSA football championship games.
In 2011, he was privileged to go to Washington D.C. on the first Honor Flight from Hannibal, MO.
He loved to sing and he was proud of Macomb. He would sing its’ praises all over the nation to the tune of “My Hometown, Macomb, IL” many times with the late Red Miller.
He was a member of the American Legion, Elks, Macomb Country Club, Macomb Beautiful Assn. and WIU Athletic Club. He was a founding member of the West Central Officials Assn.
Funeral Services will be at 11AM Thursday April 19, 2018 at St. Paul’s Church in Macomb. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday April 18 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home from 4-7 PM. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with Military rites. Memorial Contributions may be made to Wesley Village in Macomb or the Great River Honor Flight, c/o WGEM TV in Quincy, IL or donors choice. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

J. Randall Mathias, 51, of Bushnell, formerly of Macomb

J. Randall Mathias, 51, of Bushnell, formerly of Macomb passed away at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria.
He was born on May 30, 1966 Du Page County, Illinois to J. Marshall and Estelene Stoll Mathias.
He is survived by his father, J. Marshall Mathias of Macomb; two nieces, Kristina (Michael Forman) Green of Macomb and Amber (Lyman Jones) Green of Macomb; one great-niece, Layla Forman and one great-nephew, J. Malachi Forman.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Estelene Mathias; two sisters, Marcia Green and Becky Mathias; one brother, Steven Mathias and one nephew, Joshua Green.
Randall lived in Macomb and Bushnell and has been a Mosaic client since 2000.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb.
Memorials may be made to Mosaic.
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

Leroy Bollinger, 75, of Rushville

Leroy Bollinger, 75, of Rushville, passed away at 8:25 AM, Monday, April 9, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born on December 14, 1942, in Canton, Illinois, the son of Francis Blaine and Helen Louise (McWhorter) Bollinger.  He first married Judy Sidwell on November 25, 1960, in Keokuk, Iowa.  He later married Nancy Stoops on July 16, 1975 in Astoria and she survives.
Also surviving are four children Beverly Bollinger-Crenshaw and Jimmy of Astoria, Robert Bollinger of Browning, Julie Cady and husband Patrick of Rushville and Michael Bollinger of Macomb, one granddaughter Debbie Ingles and husband Chad, three great grandchildren Hannah Spencer, Hunter and Chloe Ingles, one sister Judith Kling and husband Mike of Astoria, one brother Danny Bollinger of Vermont and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Londa Bollinger and great grandson Vail Cady II.
Leroy worked as a welder for Fibre-Steel, Peabody and Amax Coal Mines, International Harvester and Allis-Chalmers.  In 1964, he began Bollinger Welding in Astoria until 1982 when he began L & N Fabricating.  In 1984, he and his wife moved their business to Rushville, where they renamed it L & N Industries.  He was still working at the time of his death.
He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Rushville, where he served as Moderator of the Board, Elder, Deacon, Trustee and on several committees.  He also provided his camel and other animals for the live nativity scene at the church.  He served as President of the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Board.  He was also a member of the Rushville Masonic Lodge #9, A.F. & A.M., Consistory, Ansar Shrine.  He served on the Astoria Village board, director of Better Banks in Astoria along with the Astoria Lions.  Additional memberships include the Schuyler County Farm Bureau and the former Schuyler County Economic Development Corporation.  He enjoyed reading, camping, boating, horses and training all kinds of animals.  He owned a carriage that he would provide rides for town events and weddings.
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, April 13, 2018, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, with Reverend Nancy Stump officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Masonic Rites following the visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the Culbertson Memorial Hospital or the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  You are invited to share your memories of Leroy, leave condolences, and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net

Ralph W. Beck, 88, of Colchester

Ralph W. Beck, 88, of Colchester, passed away April 5, 2018.  He was born June 4, 1929 in Fandon, IL to Cecil & Lillie (Depoy) Beck.  Ralph married Dorothy Kipling on August 22, 1948.  He is survived by 4 children, Kathy (Ralph) Irish, Wendell Beck, Greg (Lisa) Beck, and Steve Beck along with 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, son Rick, brothers Melvin and Ronnie, and his parents.  
Ralph was devoted to his wife, Dorothy, who was his biggest fan and always supported his music.  Ralph’s heart was broken on February 11th, when Dorothy passed away, after 69 years of marriage.  In addition to his wife Dorothy, Ralph had a few other passions in life. He loved his family, forever providing the laughter in the conversation. He enjoyed a good sharp cheddar cheese, often driving well out of the way to get some. He could wear out a vehicle with his trips to the “oil station” for his scratch off lottery tickets. Every Monday he enjoyed a pizza from Larry A’s. The occasional trip to the casino never sounded like a bad idea. No matter what he was doing he did it with a grin and a slightly off kilter hat on his head.  
Ralph was also dedicated to his love of music.  His music career started as a young boy when Ralph, his brother Melvin, father Cecil, uncles and friends would entertain the entire neighborhood on Sunday afternoons.  Ralph and Melvin later formed the Beck Brothers Band in their teenage years, playing dance halls, clubs, social events, fairs, and even local television shows throughout the tri state area.  Eventually, two of Ralph’s sons, Greg and Steve, joined the band.  Ralph was a member of the Beck Brothers Band for over 70 years.  His smooth voice, and beautiful music will be missed. 
Ralph and Dorothy owned and operated a small general store in Fandon, and later in Colchester by the name Beck Sundries.  For many years they enjoyed being a part of the community and most of all enjoyed the interactions with people of all ages and walks of life.  Ralph was a quick-witted man that could easily bring you to tears from laughter.  Both Ralph and Dorothy always had a fun loving, easy going spirit.  
Through Ralph’s music and Ralph and Dorothy’s support of the community through their store ownership, countless stories and fond memories have been shared with their children.  Both Ralph and Dorothy had a very special way of touching people’s lives.  
A visitation for Ralph and Dorothy will be on Thursday, April 19th from 5:00- 7:00 pm at Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with private graveside services at a later date.  

Charlie "Chuck" Ingersoll, 80, of Macomb

Charlie “Chuck” Ingersoll, 80, of Macomb, IL passed away at 11:01 AM Saturday April 7, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born February 17, 1938 in Lindsay, CA to Charles M. and Florence E. (Harrington) Ingersoll. He married Mary E. Detjen on November 20, 1959 in Watsonville, CA. She preceded him in death.
He is survived by three children, Kristi (Eric) Schluter of Tulsa, OK; Kim (Tom) McCool of Rover, AR; Kelly (Anne) Ingersoll of Macomb, IL; four grandchildren, Jason (Blair) Schluter, Jenny (Billy) Brashears, Miranda McCool and Janai Schluter; two grand-pups Moose and Mollie Ingersoll and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, six siblings and one grandchild.
Chuck loved gospel music and was a member of the Disciples Quartet. He was an Elder Emeritus at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Claremore, OK. Chuck was blessed with 52 years of marriage to the love of his life Mary E. (Detjen) Ingersoll. He loved spending time with family, especially with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Chuck really enjoyed eating shrimp, chicken lips and chocolate chip cookies, especially when brought by visiting friends. He was also quite proficient at Wii bowling. 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday April 14, 2018 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 120 S. McArthur St. Macomb, IL. 61455 with Rev. Jim Robinson officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Cremation Rites will be accorded following services and burial of ashes will be held at a later date at the Oney Cemetery in Oney - Albert, OK. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com