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Charles Edward Brown, 87, of Macomb

Charles Edward Brown, 87, of Macomb, formerly of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away at 10:25 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
 
He was born on January 18, 1930 in Warrensburg, Missouri to Hickman C. and Laura D. Burrington Brown. He married Carole Diane May on May 14, 1973 in Miami, Oklahoma. She survives.
 
Also surviving are two sons, Jeff Brown of Macomb and Christopher (Jennifer) Brown of Camarillo, California and three grandchildren, Willow Brown, Andor Brown and Cormac Brown, all of Camarillo. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Hickman Jr. and William.
 
Charles lived in Lee’s Summit, Missouri for many years before moving to Macomb in 2014. He was an Air Force Veteran serving from 1950 to 1953.
 
He worked as an electrician and was a member in good standing of Local Union 124 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 68 years.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Private burial of ashes will be in the Veteran’s Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
 
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.

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Georgia Ann "Annie" Friday 47 of Decatur

Georgia Ann "Annie" Friday 47 of Decatur passed away on October 3, 2017 in Decatur.
 
Annie was born November 27, 1969. She was the beloved daughter of the late Tom Friday and Mary Lou who survives. She is also survived by her children Micheal Ray and Amber Nicole. Her siblings Randy (Cheryl) Friday, Hank Friday, Jamie Powell, Kelly Friday, Jackie (Terry) Sullivan, Missy (Duke) Friday, and Andy Friday. She is also survived by her birth family, Georgia Myers, Sandra Humphrey, Teresa Myers, Cathy Myers, Billy Myers, Diane Christoffersen, and Raymond Myers and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
 
She is preceded in death by her father, her grandparents, and many beloved family members and dear friends.
 
Annie loved Halloween, dressing up and decorating for the kids every year, and had a strong passion for her animals. She loved Nico, Cece, and Sandy beyond measure.
 
She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
 
There will be a graveside service at the St. Mary’s Cemetery on October 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. All who wish to attend will meet at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb at 1:30 to proceed to the cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Annie’s memory in care of Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Marilyn Kay (Dohner) Johnson, 71, Macomb

Marilyn Kay (Dohner) Johnson, 71, Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 2:30 p.m., October 7, 2017, at The Elms Nursing Home, Macomb, Illinois.

She was born May 27, 1946, in Rushville, Illinois to Robert Samuel and Beulah Marie (Gibble) Dohner. She married Jim Taylor in Astoria, Illinois on August 15, 1965. They divorced in 1985. She married William Garry Johnson June 25, 1989, in Macomb, Illinois. He survives.

Marilyn is also survived by one sister: Martha (Lee) Fillingham of Table Grove, Illinois and two brothers David Dohner of Vermont, Illinois and Mark Dohner of Ipava, Illinois; two sons of husband Garry Johnson--Christopher Johnson of Los Angeles, California and Colin Johnson of Bloomington, Indiana; five Dohner nieces and nephews (Anthony Fillingham of Macomb, Illinois, Aaron [Lena] Dohner of Eureka, Illinois, Dawn Dohner of Vermont, Illinois, Dianne [Cody] Stinnett of Vermont, Illinois and Amy [Nick] Grimberg of Vermont, Illinois and 7 Johnson nieces and nephews in Canada, 9 Dohner and 8 Johnson grand-nieces and grand-nephews; two Johnson brother-in-laws: John Edward Johnson and Douglas Harry Johnson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and, a number of aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Beulah Dohner, and brother-in-law Warren Albert Johnson.

Marilyn graduated from V.I.T. High School, Table Grove, Illinois and Midstate College of Commerce, Peoria, Illinois. She thoroughly enjoyed her 38-1/2 years of service to Western Illinois University as a Clerk Stenographer, Personnel Assistant, and Executive Secretary to the President/Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

She served as a 30+-year member of the McDonough County 708 Board of Directors, and during her career, she served the Western Athletic Club Board of Directors, McDonough County United Way Board of Directors, Performing Arts Society Board of Directors, Macomb Altrusa Club, Fulton/McDonough County Mental Health Center, Business and Professional Women’s Club, and as co-chair of the WIU Centennial Celebration Committee. She was proud to be named in 1999 as one of the 50 Women of Western and in 2005 to be honored by the WIU Alumni Association as a Western Illinois University Honorary Alum as well as being named in 2005 by WIU students as Grand Marshal of the WIU Homecoming Parade.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 1:00 pm. at the The Grand Ballroom, Western Illinois University in the University Union, one and one half hour prior to a Celebration of Life service which will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Pastor Barry Reed will officiate.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private interment will be Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western Illinois University Foundation – W. Garry & Marilyn K. Johnson Scholarship Fund.

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.

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Frances Eliza Ross, 92, of Rushville

Frances Eliza Ross, 92, of Rushville, passed away at 4:35 AM, Monday, October 9, 2017, Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Beardstown.

 

She was born on November 30, 1924, in Schuyler County, the daughter of Forest G. and Anna P. (Matheny) Toland.  She married Robert R. Ross on May 21, 1945, in Galesburg.  He preceded her in death on February 18, 2010.

 

Surviving are three sisters-in-law Jane Toland of Lafayette, Indiana, Lela Tomlinson of Quincy and Ruth Diseron and husband Richard of Rushville, one brother-in-law Maurice Ross of Rushville, five nephews, seven nieces, one step nephew, three step nieces and several great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by two brothers Glade Toland and William Toland, an infant sister Mary M. Toland, sisters-in-law Rayetta Ross, Sonja Ross and Mabel Heath, brothers-in-law Russell Tomlinson, Joseph Heath and Byron Ross and a nephew Rodney Diseron

Frances attended Olive Branch and Hickory Grove rural schools in Schuyler County.  She was a 1942 graduate of Industry High School and attended Western State Teachers College in Macomb.  For 2 years, she worked for Illinois Commercial Telephone Company in Macomb.  She a farm wife and homemaker.

 

She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School.  For over 60 years, she was a member of the Schuyler County Home Extension, having served several years as President.  She was also the leader of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club for 11 years an a member of the Illinois State and National Associated Women of the World.  She loved her home and flowers.  Frances was also a seamstress and member of the Nifty Needlers Quilting Group.

 

Services will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the Ebenezer United Methodist Church.  You are invited to share your memories of Frances and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Elsie Helen Archer, 85 of Industry

Elsie Helen Archer, 85 of Industry passed away at 4:25 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

She was born on November 20, 1931 in McDonough County to Alva and Ica Flack Skiles. She married G. Franklin Archer on July 8, 1951 in Industry. He passed away on December 15, 1997.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Marjorie McMillan and Velma Skiles.

Elsie is survived by two sons, Steve (Kristi) Archer of Washington and Scott (Cheryl) Archer of Mapleton; one daughter, Jill (Lynsey) Lynn of Pontiac; six grandchildren, Kelsey (Jake) Bill, Amy (Matthew) Sumner, Haley (Brent) Hinderliter, Evan (Amanda) Archer, April Lynn and Jared Lynn; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Sumner; two brothers, Al (Janice) Skiles and Jerry (Linda) Skiles and one sister, Jane (Richard) Russell.

Elsie lived all of her life in the Industry area. She graduated from Industry High School and attended Western Illinois University. She was a member of the Doddsville United Methodist Church. She worked as a farm wife, drove a school bus and worked as a teacher’s aide at Industry High School for many years and in her early life she worked at Newberry’s Five and Dime store in Macomb.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Industry High School with Reverend David Haney officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the school. Burial will be in Doddsville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to either the Doddsville Methodist Church, Pinhook Park or the Windmill Maintenance Fund.

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.

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Jeanine Pollmeier, 63, of Macomb

Jeanine Pollmeier, 63, of Macomb passed away at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at her residence.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Macomb. The family will meet with friends at the church Saturday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the MDH Hospice Program.
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.

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Elva F. Jefferson age 91 of Macomb

Elva F. Jefferson age 91 of Macomb, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  Elva was born January 14, 1926, in Tennessee, Illinois, to Bert and Agnes Wilcox Cuba.  She was united in marriage on November 3, 1945, at the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, to Hoyt Jefferson.  He preceded her in death on November 12, 2004, she was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Anita Jefferson, 1 Sister, and 4 Brothers.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: John David (Colleen) Jefferson, Grundy Center, Iowa, 1 Daughter: Caralee (Bill) McGinnis, Carthage, Illinois, 6 Grandchildren: Tim (Marci) Jefferson, Nathan Jefferson, Luke Jefferson, Jacob (Jeni) Jefferson, Molly (Lenny) Sanders, Dan (Mary) McGinnis, 13 Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother In Law: Dean Jefferson, 1 Sister In Law, Maribeth Jefferson along with several Nieces and Nephews.
Elva attended the New London Iowa, Presbyterian Church, Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, Argyle Presbyterian Church.  She attended Western Illinois University, Valedictorian of her 1943 Colchester High School Class, received the D.A.R. in 1943,  She was a member of the, New London Tri T Women, McDonough County Home Bureau, and the McDonough County Farm Bureau.  Elva had been employed by the McDonough County Farm Bureau.
Services will be 12 Noon Friday, October 13, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Jim Clayton.  Visitation with the family will be from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon Friday at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Memorial is to the Elms Nursing Home Staff.   On line Condolences to the family can be left at jonesmortuaryfh.com 

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Gerald "Jerry" Vawter, 86, of Industry

Gerald "Jerry" Vawter, 86, of Industry, IL, passed away at 10:45 AM Saturday October 7, 2017 at his residence, surrounded by family. He was born October 28, 1930 in McDonough County, IL to James Melvin and Okle Dale (Cheesman) Vawter. He united in marriage to Emmie (Lung) Vawter June 5, 1954. She survives.
 
To this union was born three surviving children, Debra Sue, Jerry Joe, and Vickie Sue. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Brent and Bryce Bainter, Jessica (Adams) Vawter, Jennifer and Jacob Janssen; and five great-grandchildren.
 
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Lewis, Max, and Bob Vawter.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1951 until 1953.
 
Jerry was a Brickmason by trade. He was also a “die-hard” Cubs fan and a great outdoorsman, loving to hunt and fish. He cherished his family and loved following his grandchildren in their sporting events.
To honor Jerry’s wishes, there will be no visitation.
 
For his friends and relatives, there will be calling hours held at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home on Monday October 9, 2017 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Graveside services with Military Rites will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at the Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Bennett Woods will officiate.
 
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the McDonough District Hospice for the excellent care they provided. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com 

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Roger Neil Hobby, 70, of Blandinsville

Roger Neil Hobby, 70, of Blandinsville passed away at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at his residence.

He was born on May 3, 1947 in Monmouth to Henry Cecil and Margaret Ruth Fisher Hobby. He married Carol L. Gray on September 5, 1965. She passed away on August 22, 2017.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Roger is survived by one daughter, Robin (Bryan) Hofmeister of Acworth, Georgia; one son, Kevin Hobby of Blandinsville; three grandchildren, Jacob (Kristy) Hobby, Brandon Gebhardt and Clayton Gebhardt; four great-grandchildren and two sisters, Barbara (Rex) Stewart and Karen (Lewis) Moore.

Roger lived most of his life in Blandinsville. He worked for 45 years at NTN-Bower as a machine operator, retiring in 2012.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an avid Chicago Bears fan.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville with Larry Hobby officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville.

Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville Fire and Rescue Squad or Fresenius Kidney Care in Galesburg.

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

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D Ruth Sappington age 88 of Macomb

D Ruth Sappington age 88 of Macomb, passed away September 30, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  She was born June 3, 1929, in Media, Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Corley.  Ruth was united in marriage September 17, 1949, in Strong?hurst, Illinois, to John P. Sappington.  He preceded her in death on July 24, 2000, she was also preceded by her parents,  and 2 Brothers.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Jay P. Sappington, Macomb, Illinois, 1 Daughter: Jayne A. Sappington, Lubbock, Texas, 6 Grandchildren: Sarah, Seth, Jared, Zachary, Jessica and Kaitlin, 5 Great Grandchildren, 3 Sisters: Doris E. Mason, Dorothy Lindell, and Gwen.
Ruth was a member of the Doddsville United Methodist Church, and retired from the Department of Labor with the State of Illinois.
Private Graveside services will be held at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to the Doddsville United Methodist Church or McDonough District Hospital Hospice.   On line Condolences to the family can be left at jonesmortuaryfh.com 

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Terry A. "Maynard" Leverton, 57, of Rushville

Terry A. "Maynard" Leverton, 57, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Friday, September 29, 2017, at his residence.  He was born on September 29, 1960 at Monmouth, IL.  He was a son of the late Charles H. & Rose Anna Taylor Leverton.  
 
He married Lori Taylor on April 7, 1984 in Rushville.  She survives along with (2) sons, Terry Joe Leverton, Samuel Ray Leverton both of Rushville, (1) daughter, Anna Pilger & Bobby of Astoria, IL, (10) grandchildren, (1) brother, Russell Leverton & Susan, (2) sisters, Jessie Gustafson & Mike of Rushville, IL, Barbara Gustafson of Beardstown, IL. He was preceded in death by (3) brothers, Samuel, Charles & David Leverton, (1) sister, Marilyn Bean.
 
Terry graduated from Rushville High School with the class of 1979. He was a Navy veteran serving from 1979 to 1982. He was a carpenter working out of Union Local #270 until his retirement in 2015.   He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the St. Louis Cardinals, NASCAR and most of all spoiling his grandchildren.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. Craig Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in Christian Neck Cemetery with military honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a Navy Honors Detail. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.  
 
Memorials may be given to Great River Honor Flight.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to  www.worthingtonfh.com
 

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Phoebe Jane Jackson, 70, of Macomb

Phoebe Jane Jackson, 70, of Macomb, IL, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Cedar Village Long Term Care in Ness City, KS.  She was born October 1, 1946 in Rushville, IL daughter of the late Marcus L. & Henrietta Campbell Robinson.  
 
She is survived by (3) sons Ricky Jackson &  Colleen of Macomb, IL; Billy Jackson & Carol of Macomb, IL; and Rodney Jackson of Roseville, IL;  (1) daughter Marce McGovern & Michael of Beeler, KS;  (11) grandchildren,  Justin, Cody & Dylan McGovern, Dalton, Michaela, Skyler, Allison, Meagan, Bailey, Reece & Delaney Jackson; (2) great grandchildren Lexie & Jasmine McGovern; (1) Sister Doris Distefano & Charles of Pearland, TX,  several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by (3) brothers, Norman, Edwin & Sterling Robinson.  
 
Phoebe lived most of her life in Macomb, IL until November 2016 when she moved to Kansas to live with her daughter. She worked at Wal-Mart from 1987 until retiring in 2011. Phoebe loved to read and watch television.  She also liked to crochet blankets for her loved ones. She also donated blankets to several charities including Paralyzed Veterans, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and SPCA.
 
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday October 6, 2017 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.   Interment will follow at the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.
 
Memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A gift fund has been established in her name. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
 

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Mary Ann Stewart, 75, of Good Hope

Mary Ann Stewart, 75, of Good Hope passed away at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family after a two year battle of cancer.
 
She was born on December 30, 1941 in Walkerville, Illinois to Durward and Zella Mundy Ward. She married Wayne Stewart in 1963.
 
Surviving are her husband, Wayne of 54 Years; son, Ronnie (Cynthia) Stewart of Warsaw; daughter, Bonnie (Tim) Ross of Elgin; four grandchildren, Alisha (David) Meyer of Manchester, Iowa, Brian (Brittany) Ross of Streamwood, Illinois, Casey Stewart of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Amber Ross of Elgin and one great-grandson, Jackson Ross of Streamwood.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
She was a retired Telecommunications Director at Western Illinois University.
 
She enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends and reading.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be in the Good Hope Cemetery.
 
Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice or Western Illinois Home Healthcare.
 
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.

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John Wayne Dildine, 71, of Industry

John Wayne Dildine, 71, of Industry passed away at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
John was born on February 9, 1946 in Williamsville, Missouri to Cecil and Beatrice Deason Dildine. He married Ruth Ann Coakley on February 16, 1968 at the Industry Assembly of God Church. She survives.
 
Also surviving are three children, Belinda Gomez of Beardstown, Waynette Markley of Industry and John (Megan) Dildine of Adair; eight grandchildren, Jessica (Jeremy) Nell of Stoughton, Wisconsin, Cody (Misty) Markley of Table Grove, Erica Sabino (Ryan Lashbrook) of Rushville, Angel Sabino of Rushville, A.J. Ruiz of Carthage, Emma Dildine of Adair, Ethan Dildine of Adair and Emerson Dildine of Adair; two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Ryker Markley of Table Gove; two sisters, Janet Ray of Pekin and Mina Dickinson of Astoria and one brother, Ron Dildine of Wisconsin.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
John was in the Navy serving aboard the USS Constellation during Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.
 
He went on to drive a semi for Max Fawcett trucking in Table Grove. He then was employed at NTN-Bower in Macomb from which he retired in 2005. He also farmed.
 
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and talking on the CB. After retiring, he spent most days at Forman’s garage in Industry.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Industry Assembly of God Church with Pastor Jon Keck and Chaplain Ted Shirley officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial of ashes will be in the Industry Cemetery with full military rites being conducted by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb VFW.
 
Memorials may be made to the Industry Fire Department.
 
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.

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Gary A. "Ike" Mathis, 71, of Rushville

Gary A. "Ike" Mathis, 71, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017, at his residence. He was born on December 15, 1945 in Woodstock Twp, Schuyler Co., IL.  He was the son of the late Lyle & Verna Hopping Mathis.  
 
He married Melissa Coffman on July 27, 1968 in Stonington, IL.  She survives along with (2) sons, Luke Mathis & wife Sadie of Divernon, IL, Josh Mathis of Rushville, IL, (2) daughters, Beth Oeser of Rushville, IL, Lori Prather & husband Matthew of Rushville, IL, (11) grandchildren, Amber Logan & Scott of Rushville, IL, Kailey Elliott & Michael of La Jolla, CA, Kendra Ward of Edwardsville, IL, Gretchen Ward, Erin Herbster, Eric Prather, Jadyn Prather, Trace Prather all of Rushville, IL, Verna Jane Mathis, Etta Jean Mathis, Clinton Lovens all of Divernon, IL, (2) great grandchildren, Jase Allen Logan, Gracelynn Vesta Crook both of Rushville, IL, (2) sisters, Hazel Geer of Tucson, AZ, Edie Buckalew & Terry of Browning, IL, (1) aunt, Geri Stevens of Rushville, IL, (4) nieces & nephews who were like his own children, Stephania Murrell & Brad, Jason Meyer all of Browning, IL, Lacey Meyer & Mike, Mike Mathis both of Rushville, IL, (2) granddogs, Otis Mathis & Kevin Elliott.  He was preceded in death by (1) son, Andrew Allen Mathis, (1) daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Mathis, (1) grandson, Clayton Ward, (1) brother, Kenneth “Shorty” Mathis, (2) brother-in-laws, Ronald (Hockey) Meyer, Charles Geer, (2) nephews, Shawn Meyer, Ronnie (JR) Meyer.  
 
Gary graduated from Rushville High School with the class of 1963. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.  He was an independent logger until 1994.  He then worked maintenance at L&N Industries for 19 years until retiring in 2013.  
 
Gary (Ike) was a genuinely good person who never knew a stranger and liked everyone!  He cared about his family like no other.  He enjoyed the gambling boat, watching stock car racing, and bull riding.  He loved his outdoor swing and being surrounded by his family.
 
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Rushville with Father Adam Stimpson officiating.  Interment will follow in Browning Cemetery with military honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and an Army Honors detail.    
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Worthington Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given to Carcinoid Tumor Research.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to  www.worthingtonfh.com.
   
 

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Anne G. Allen, 85, of Macomb

Anne G. Allen, 85, of Macomb passed away at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born on December 21, 1931 in Havana to John S. and Gertrude Heater Gaw. She married Robert W. Allen on November 19, 1953. They were married for 62 years. He passed away on January 12, 2016.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant son John David Allen, two son-in-laws, Rob Meline and Doug Marlowe and two brothers, James and William Gaw.

Anne is survived by five children, Roger Allen of Evansville, Indiana, Lynn Marlowe of Macomb, Doug Allen of Macomb, Diane Meline of Macomb and Carol (Scott) Leonard of LaSalle; a special friend, her sister-in-law, Agnes Gaw of Elmhurst; six grandchildren, Kayla (Derek) Switzer, Jaclyn Leonard, Jay Leonard, Kelsey (Austin Church) Meline, Erin Meline and Katie (Rainer) Warpenburg and three great-grandchildren, Garrik, Hagen and Tavin Warpenburg.

She lived in Havana and Springfield , before moving to Macomb. She was a graduate of St. Francis Nursing School and worked as a Registered Nurse at Beu Health Center at Western Illinois University from 1971 to 1998.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb, and served as a room mother for her children when they attended school at St. Paul’s Grade School.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb with Father Adam Stimpson officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial of ashes will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church or MDH Hospice.

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

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Timothea Thorne Gentry-Harris, 58, of Macomb

Timothea Thorne Gentry-Harris, 58, a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Born on September 20, 1959, Thea was the eldest of seven children born to Joyce Powell Gentry and Benjamin Francis Gentry, both who preceded her in death.

Thea graduated from Macomb Senior High School and attended Monmouth College where she studied nursing. For 18 years, Thea worked at Western Illinois University as a Campus Operator. During that time, if you called the main switchboard and heard a welcoming greeting of: "Western Illinois University

or Campus Operator," you were most often talking to Thea.

On April 12, 2013, Thea married Steven Harris who survives. The couple enjoyed traveling to Steve’s concerts and spending time at home with their dogs and cat. Thea was known for her good humor, loving spirit and sharp wit. While she loved her dog, Bubba, she always had an inexplicable love of frogs which earned her the nickname of "Froggy" to her family.

Thea is survived by her two daughters, Danica Gentry-Rist (Montgomery) and Reese Gentry, both of Peoria. She also leaves behind grandchildren whom she cherished: Baylee Gentry, Warren Lewis, Taylor Lewis, Maysen Lewis, Dayvid Lewis, Jasmine Rist and Kennadi Rist. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremiah Rist.

She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Thaddeus Adair Gentry (Lisa) of Schaumburg, IL,

Tiffani Mari Griffin (Jeff) of Ashland, OR, Joy Anastasia Gentry of Arlington, MA, Gabrielle Claudine Gentry of Portland, OR, Benjamin John Gentry (Renee) of Macomb, and Gunnar Powell Gentry of Macomb.

In addition, she leaves behind a niece and seven nephews, Samantha and Jeremy Gentry, Joshua and Finn Griffin, Jasper Gentry, Benjamin, Payton and Boston Gentry.

Thea was also a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church in Macomb, where she attended Sunday school and made her confirmation.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at St. Paul Church, 309 W Jackson St, in Macomb.

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

The family request there be no flowers.

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

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Vickee Ann Taft, 64, of Macomb

Vickee Ann Taft, 64, of Macomb passed away at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at her residence in Macomb.

She was born on May 16, 1953 in Bangor, Maine to Robert L. and Madelyn L. Buskee Tait. She married Mark Taft. He passed away on July 9, 2017.

She is also preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by two sons, Sean Tait of Forest Grove, Oregon and Ryan Sanborn of Nevada, two grandchildren, Jordan Tait and Sean Tait, three sisters, Linda Tait, Sandra Tait and Jeri J. Tait, two brothers, Robert Steven Tait and Lee Tait, sister-in-law, Vickie Tait, several nieces and nephews and her good friend, Peggy Koontz.

Vickee lived most of her life in Macomb. She had worked at NTN Bower for several years.

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

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.

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F. Warren Litchfield, 90, of Macomb

F. Warren Litchfield, 90, of Macomb passes away at 2:02 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Warren was born in McDonough County on July 9, 2017 to Fred and Garnet Hayes Litchfield. He married Dorothy L Stoneking on May 22, 1948. Together they were the parents of Sherry and Randy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, brother Wendell, sister Alene Atkinson, son Randy and infant grandson Tyler Joseph Peterson.

Warren served in the United States Army. Prior to that he worked as a civilian mechanic at Camp Ellis.

Warren had many jobs over his lifetime, but most people will remember him from King Seely Thermos. He last worked and retired from the WIU Building Services.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Warren enjoyed the life he and Dorothy made together and the family they created.

Left to cherish his memory are daughter Sherry (Ray) Peterson of Macomb, daughter-in-law Terra Litchfield of Macomb, sister Mary Irwin of Macomb, brother William Litchfield of New Philadelphia, grandchildren Stacie Thompson of Macomb, Derek (Lisa) Litchfield of Macomb, Rebecca (Scott) Wayland of Ashland, Kristen (Scott) Terry of Macomb and Trevor M. Peterson of Springfield and great-grandchildren Lauren Thompson of Macomb, Elise Zeigler of Macomb, Olivia and Scotlynn Terry of Macomb, Heidi and Zachery Wayland of Ashland.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2007 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Pastor David McHenry of the First Baptist Church of Ashland officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb where full military rites will be conducted by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb VFW.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in memory of Randy.

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

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Dorothy L. Litchfield, 87, of Macomb

Dorothy L. Litchfield, 87, of Macomb passed away at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

She was born on March 11, 1930 in McDonough County to Jacob and Pearl Cheesman Stoneking. Dorothy married F. Warren Litchfield on May 22, 1948. He survives. Together they were the parents of two children, Sherry and Randy.

Over her lifetime, Dorothy worked at the Sugar Bowl, Haeger Pottery, the Ladies Fashion Dept. at Montgomery Wards and King Seeley Thermos.

Mrs. Litchfield was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Dorothy was a passionate gardener, known for the lovely flowers she grew and tended. Friends even nicknamed her the Flower Queen. Sometime later they could be seen driving around town in their car with the license plate flwrqn 1.

Another favorite of hers was to cook big meals for her family. We were especially fond of her lemon meringue pies and always eager to devour one or two of them. They were not only delicious, but beautiful as well. Worthy of a picture in a cooking magazine.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, son Randy Alan Litchfield and infant grandson Tyler Joseph Peterson.

Family left to cherish her memory are husband Warren, daughter Sherry D. (Ray) Peterson and daughter-in-law Terra Litchfield all of Macomb, grandchildren, Stacie Thompson of Macomb, Derek (Lisa) Litchfield of Macomb, Rebecca (Scott) Wayland of Ashland, Kristen (Scott) Terry of Macomb and Trevor M. Peterson of Springfield and great-grandchildren, Lauren Thompson of Macomb, Elise Zeigler of Macomb, Oliva and Scotlynn Terry of Macomb and Heidi and Zachery Wayland of Ashland.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend David McHenry of the First Baptist Church of Ashland officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Following the burial there will be a Celebration of Life at the Bailey House in Macomb.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in memory of Randy.

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

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Norma Windsor, 84, of Rushville

Name:   Norma Windsor                           Age: 84

Address:   Rushville, IL

Date of Death: Sunday, September 24, 2017   Time:   10:35 pm      

Place:  Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rushville, IL

Date of Birth:    June 22, 1933  Place: 

Parents:  John Roscoe and Gordia Eurith (Benham) Ford

Married: Harold Lee Windsor on February 25, 1952 in Canton, IL.  He preceded her in death on April 5, 2010.

Survivors: Son-Randall (and Deborah) Windsor of Canton, IL
  Daughter-Sandra (and Jan) McCombs of Littleton, IL
  Son-Timothy Windsor of Canton, IL
  Daughter-Penny Windsor of Macomb, IL
  Son-David Windsor of Macomb, IL
  Son-John Windsor of Astoria, IL
  Daughter-Aimee (and Shannon) Burget of Summum, IL
  15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren
  Sister-Judy Mitchell of Inota, OK
 
Preceded by:   Daughter-Cynthia Windsor, Grandchildren Amanda Chrisco and Casey
   Chrisco, 2 sisters, Wilma Parks and Delores Thompson, and 5 brothers;
     John, Richard, James, Rosco, and Ralph Ford.

Occupation:  Norma worked in housekeeping at Graham Hospital in Canton, IL.  She also worked at the overall factory in Canton and the glove factory in Bushnell, IL  She was a homemaker for several years and enjoyed sewing and quilting.

Military:         No

Memberships:  

Services:    3:00 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017    

Place:    Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL

Officiating: 

Visitation:   one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home

Interment:     cremation rites will be accorded following visitation.

Memorials:       Alzheimer’s Association of Central Illinois, 606 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL

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

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Toni Faye McAvoy, 70, of Seaton

Toni Faye McAvoy, 70 of Seaton, Illinois, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at Trinity Hospital, Rock Island after valiantly battling lung cancer for several years.

Toni was born on January 31, 1947 in Macomb, Illinois to John Thomas and Barbara (Breeden) McAvoy. She was a 1964 graduate of Macomb High School and later received her Associate degree from Southeastern Community College, Burlington, Iowa. She served Blue Cross & Blue Shield for many years as a customer service representative.

Toni enjoyed cross stitching, quilting, cooking, and bargain hunting. Her favorite things though were her weekend trips with her brother and sister-in-law and spending time with her son and his family.

Those left to cherish Toni’s memory include her son and daughter-in-law: Dale and Debbie Dilts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren: Brandon and Shelby; brother and sister-in-law: Dr. Victor and Karon McAvoy of Aledo, Illinois; and half sister, Becky Yoho of Carthage, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Pennington Point Cemetery West of Adair. Rev. A. Lee Unger will officiate.

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

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

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Zenith V. Parrish Haddix Thompson, 96, of LaHarpe, IL

Zenith V. Parrish Haddix Thompson, 96, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 1:20 PM Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Wesley Village in Macomb, IL.

Born on March 19, 1921, in Rutledge, MO, Zenith was the daughter of Harry and Veda Arehart Parrish. On April 12, 1943 she married Melvin Haddix, Sr. in Tacoma, WA where he was stationed at Fort Lewis before going overseas in support of WWII. He preceded her in death on September 29, 1972. On June 21, 1975 Zenith married Ernest Thompson in LaHarpe. He preceded her in death on May 8, 1985.

After her high school graduation she came with her parents to live on a farm near Blandinsville, IL. She worked at the Lomax Canning Factory, Sheaffer Pen Company and Lightner’s Motel in LaHarpe. While her husband was deployed she returned to live with her parents until Melvin was discharged. She then worked at the LaHarpe State Bank and the old Methodist Church for several years. She and Melvin were members of the LaHarpe Methodist Church. Zenith resided in LaHarpe for 73 years, spending the last four at Grand Pairie in Macomb.
Zenith is survived by two sons: Melvin (Rosalie) Haddix, Jr. of Blandinsville, Larry (Linda) Haddix of Kansas City, MO; seven grandchildren: Joey (Judy) Haddix of Colchester, IL, Jodi (Dana) Nelson of Colchester, Doug Haddix of Willis, VA, Justin Haddix of Quincy, IL, Shawn (Sierra) Haddix of St. Joseph, MO, Bret Haddix of Kansas City, Devin (Liz) Haddix of Kansas City; Eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one brother: Ercell Parrish, and a nephew.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, September 25, 2017, at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Pastor Lyren Haney officiating. Burial will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service Monday. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Fire Department and Grand Prairie Assisted Living. To leave a condolence or sign the guest book visit banksandbeals.com.

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Betty Jean Bates, 92, of Macomb

Betty Jean Bates, 92, of Macomb passed away at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

She was born on June 13, 1925 in Macomb to James O. and Grace Spoonamore Toland. She married Paul Bates on May 9, 1948 in Macomb. He passed away on August 30, 2015.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Betty lived most of her life in Macomb. She worked as a secretary for the railroad for many years before her retirement.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no service. Private burial of ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

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.

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Lester E. Burgard, 87 of Havana,IL

Name:   Lester E. Burgard                          Age: 87

Address:   Havana, IL

Date of Death: Tuesday, September 19, 2017  Time: 6:23 p.m      

Place:  Havana Health Care Center, Havana, IL

Date of Birth:    March 5, 1930  Place:    Littleton, IL

Parents:  Andrew Burley and Irma Elizabeth (Bollinger) Burgard

Married: Rosa Lee Danner on August 27, 1949.  She survives.

Survivors: Wife-Rosa Lee Burgard of Canton, IL
  Son-Jerry Burgard of Havana, IL
  Son-Lyle (and Pamela) Burgard of Browning, IL
  Son-Pastor Rick (and Cathy) Burgard of Havana, IL
  Daughter-Sheila (and Gary) Sloter of Astoria, IL
  Daughter-Loretta (and Robert) Mansfield of Warsaw, IN
  13 Grandchildren:  Chris Burgard, Keith Burgard, Althea (and Todd) Russell,
   Jennifer Burgard, Michael (and Amy) Burgard, Scott (and Tera) Burgard,
   Matthew (and Jessica) Burgard, April (and Jim) Wilton,
   Theressa (and Harry) Shambaugh, Gary (and Renee) Sloter, Jr.,
   Geff Sloter, Susan (and Joshua) Moran, and
   Robert Paul (and Mandy Mansfield)
  19 great-grandchildren
  1 Great-Great-Granddaughter
 
Preceded by:  parents and sister Marian Huseman

Occupation:  Lester worked for the railroad.  He then went to work for Farr Trucking in Table Grove, IL and later worked at International Harvester in Canton, IL for 29 years, retiring in 1983.  He became an ordained minister with the Nazarene Church on August 14, 1970.  He pastored churches in Bath, Astoria, Fairbury, and Rushville, IL.  After his retirement, he did pulpit fill for area churches when needed.

Military:         No

Memberships:   Lester enjoyed fishing and coon hunting in his spare time, but his life was his church and his work.

Services:  10:00 am Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Place:    Havana Church of the Nazarene, Havana, IL

Officiating:  Pastor Rick Burgard

Visitation:    4-7 pm on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL

Interment:     Woodland Cemetery, Astoria, IL

Memorials:   Alzheimer’s Association or the Havana Church of the Nazarene

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

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Anastasia Lynn Grate, infant daughter of Daniel and Amber Grate of Industry

Anastasia Lynn Grate, infant daughter of Daniel and Amber (Jelinek) Grate of Industry, passed away peacefully in the arms of her mom and dad, Sunday, September 17, 2017, in the garden of St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born at 5:56 AM, on July 25, 2017, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents Frank and Debbie Jelinek of Golden, Missouri, paternal grandparents David and Georgia Grate of Rushville and Pat Grate of Dunlap, paternal great grandparents Joanne Grate and June Haines both of Rushville, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and people that loved her.

She loved to be swaddled as long as her hands were free to feel her ears.  Mom and Dad’s voices had a calming effect on her.

A Service of Love will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend John Sowers officiating.  She will then be placed in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Her family will meet with friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Heart Foundation for research of heart related disorders.  You are invited to leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Ralph Silva, 62 of Colchester

Ralph Silva age 62 of Colchester, Illinois, went to be with his Lord with his family at his side on, Sunday, September 17, 2017 at his home in Colchester. Ralph was born December 2, 1954, in Los Angeles, California to Manuel and Edna Mae Creasy Silva.  He was united in marriage, April 17, 1999 at the Fandon Christian Church to Susan K. Chenoweth, she survives on Colchester.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Susan, 3 Sons: Jeremiah (Tici) Silva, Macomb, Bryan (Stephanie) Chenoweth, Peoria, Blake (Jessica) Chenoweth, Pekin, 3 Daughters: Tiffany (Chris) McLaughlin, Monmouth, Misty (Charlie) Gatson, Peck, Kansas, Brandi Chenoweth, Peoria, 10 Grandchildren: DiaVace Silva, Aubrey Silva, Isaiah Silva, Shainee Still, Lily McLaughlin, Iry Gatson, Wyatt Gatson, Siddalea Gatson, Tucker Chenoweth, Ezra Chenoweth, 2 Brothers: Cory (Pauline) Silva, Colchester, John Butch (Susan) Shepherd, Colchester, Vicki Jewell, Colchester, Sherry Shepherd, Colchester, and Melody Lord, Los Angeles, California.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Step Father: John Paul Shepherd II, and 1 Sister: Candy Silva.
Ralph served his county for 20 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force.  He later worked for Auto Zone as a corporate store maintenance.    Ralph enjoyed taking Susan to the movies even after he became ill.  He also enjoyed going out to eat, traveling, working of cars and sharing his knowledge of repairing cars with his family.  His greatest love was his Lord and his family, and the time he got to spend with his family.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, September, 22, 2017, at the Colchester First Christian Church, with Rev. Jon Keck.  Burial will take place following the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Military Rites by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Visitation with the family will be Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorials are to Colchester First Christian Church or McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Harold Macks Allen, 73, of Macomb

Harold Macks Allen, 73, of Macomb, formerly of Blandinsville passed away at 12:06 a.m. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Grand Prairie Assisted Living Center in Macomb.

He was born on February 15, 1944 to Lawrence and Iona Bixler Allen. He married Patricia Johnson on July 4,1964.

He is survived by three sons, Aaron (Lisa) Allen of Macomb, Shannon (Nora) Allen of Rushville and Shane (Karen) Allen of Macomb; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry (Carol) Allen, Jack (Diane) Allen and Carl (Lynn) Allen and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Evelyn Hainline and Arlene Simpson and two brothers, Murray Allen and Lawrence Allen.

Macks lived most of his life in the Blandinsville area. He worked as a truck driver for many years before his retirement. Macks had also served in the U.S. Navy.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with Reverend Gordon Blankenship officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville.

Memorials may be made to the Harbor Lights Hospice.

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

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Byron D. Ross, 96, of Rushville

Byron D. Ross, 96, of Rushville, passed away at 6:55 PM, Friday, September 15, 2017, at Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mt. Sterling.
 
He was born on November 5, 1920, at his maternal grandparent’s home in Rushville, the son of John Davis and Charlotte Mabel (Tucker) Ross.  He married Rayetta Morgan on November 5, 1946, in Woodstock Township, Schuyler County, Illinois.  She preceded him in death on November 12, 1996.
 
Surviving are three children Dorcas Wood and husband Steve of Macomb, John Ross and wife Rose and Phyllis Prentice and husband Stan all of Rushville, seven grandchildren Lori Thomas and husband Brian, Julie Ross and husband Joe Peck, Amanda VandeHoef and husband Ben,   Joni Harper and husband Travis, Chad Prentice and wife Megan, Kristi Wiemelt and husband Ryan and Brant Ross Wood, 13 great grandchildren Jett, Archer, and Everley Wiemelt, Nathan, Natalie and Nicholas VandeHoef, Charlotte and Augustus Harper, Zane and Alistair Peck, Meredith, Luke and Reid Prentice, and a great grandson Wiemelt due shortly, two sisters Lela Tomlinson of Quincy and Ruth Diseron and husband Richard of Rushville, one brother Maurice Ross of Rushville, two sisters-in-law Frances Ross of Beardstown and Monna Belle Beadles of Rushville and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one brother Robert Ross, one sister Mabel E. Heath, sister-in-law Sonja Ross, brothers-in-law Russel Tomlinson, Joe Heath and Gerald Morgan, and nephew Rodney Diseron.
 
Byron served as a medic, stationed at Eglin Field, near Pensacola, Florida, with the Army Air Corps during WW II.  He farmed for most of his life retiring in 2003, but he still kept up on the markets and happenings at the farm. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church near Rushville, Gideons International, and the Schuyler County Farm Bureau.  He was a supporter of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
 
He enjoyed reading his Bible daily.  He was also a people person, who was always interested in meeting new people.  Once you were introduced, he showed genuine interest in what was happening in your life.  He was devoted to his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved them very much.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation or Gideons International.  You are invited to share your memories, leave condolences and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net

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Pauline E. Collins, 66, of Rushville

Pauline E. Collins, 66, of Rushville, passed away at 8:10 AM, Friday, September 15, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born on December 28, 1950, in Louisiana, Missouri, the daughter of Richard F. and Wanda (Barnes) Luckett.

Surviving are her daughter Theresa Holsman of Beardstown, granddaughter Jackie Holsman and fiancé Mac French of Beardstown, great grandson Syrus French, former husband George Holsman of Beardstown, three brothers Michael Luckett of Valley City, Ricky Luckett of Hersman, and Roger Luckett and wife Dodie of Naples, two sisters Joyce Guthrie and husband Mike of Arkansas and Tammy Welch of Jacksonville, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a sister Clara Jackson and three brothers Richard, Rocky and Rollie Luckett and her longtime companion Tom Dodds.

Pauline worked at Schmidt Hospital in Beardstown from 1976 to 1982.  She was then a caretaker for the elderly in their homes.  She enjoyed embroidery, flower gardening and going to the orchard.

Private interment will be in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation or Hope Blooms. Wood Funeral Home has been entrusted to assist the family.  You are invited to share your memories of Pauline and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

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George Maye, 80, of Macomb

George Maye of Macomb, IL was born to Ernest and Marie Maye, European immigrants on September 8, 1937 in Chicago, IL. He moved to Marshfield, MO in 1950, graduated from Marshfield High School in 1955. He attended Missouri University for two years. In January 1960, he married Chris Vavruska and that November was drafted into the Army. He was honorably discharged with the rank of SP5 September 1962 and returned to college, graduating from SMS in 1964 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry.

 

He was employed with the USDA for 30 years, working in many labs across the country, finally retiring in 1992 at the age of 55. George was able to fully enjoy 25 years of retirement which included building a home in Joplin, MO to be close to family. During that 25 years he and Chris extensively travelled with loved ones - from Texas to Alaska and everywhere in between in their RV.


For 20 years they enjoyed the home they built in Joplin. George had a great sense of humor and always had a devious sparkle in his eye when up to no good. Among other things, he was also a volunteer and delivered Meals on Wheels and helped in Joplin’s Free Clinic. He loved to build in his woodshop. Due to health reasons, they moved to Macomb, IL to be close to their children. They became members of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. He and Chris also took Chair Yoga classes to which he continued until the day before his 80th birthday.


George was preceded in death by his brother Joey, his 5½ year old son Curt, both parents, and sister Therese Koester of DeSoto, MO. Survivors are wife Chris, son Chuck (Tracy) Maye, of St. Charles, MO., daughter Dawn (Tim) Piper of Macomb, IL. Five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sister Jeanne (Larry deceased) Pekarek of Joplin, MO. Ann (Duane) Davis of Neosho, MO. Brother-in-law Jim (Pat) Vavruska of Niangua, MO. And many nieces and nephews.

 

George was ready to leave this world and shortly before his passing said, “I’ve had a good life, a very good life. I have a good family. How many people get to retire at 55 years old and live another 25 years.” George was surrounded by his loved ones and died peacefully at home, connected to those he loved until the very end. He will be greatly missed.


Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday September 20, 2017 at St Paul’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday September 19, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s School. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Buddy L Romine, 86, of Ashland

Name:   Buddy L. Romine                          Age: 86

Address:   Ashland, IL

Date of Death: Thursday, September 14, 2017   Time: 7:34 pm       

Place:  Passavant Area Hospital I Jacksonville, IL

Date of Birth:    November 16, 1930  Place: Macomb, IL

Parents: Herbert and Anne (Teel) Romine

Married: Barbara A. Skiles on September 4, 1955 in Macomb, IL.  She survives.

Survivors: Wife- Barbara Romine of Ashland, IL
  Daughter- Sue (Preston) McKinnon of Murrayville, IL
  Daughter- Jodie Romine of Jasksonville, IL
  Son- Brian (and Susan Holt) Romine of Florissant, MO
  Son- Eric (and Michelle Cox) Romine of Ashland, IL
  Grandson- Philip (and Brittany Kimbro) McKinnon of Jacksonville, IL
  2 Great- Grandchildren- Bailey Noel and Paxton Elliot McKinnon
  Honorary Grandson- Brett (and Misty) Spencer
  Honorary Great-Granddaughter- Claire Josephine Spencer
  Sister- Mary Bowser of Wheeling, WV
  Brother- Terry (and Kay) Romine of Wheeling, WV
  Sister- Sheila Doyle of Macomb, IL
     
  
Preceded by:  parents, Herbert and Anne (Teel) Romine-Caldwell, Step-mother, Marge Hillyer    Romine and sister, Wanda Romine Doring  

Occupation:  Army National Guard for 34 years.

Military:       US Air Force Veteran, serving in the Korean War, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He served for 34 years in The Army National Guard at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, IL in the 3637th Maintenance Co. and 232 S & S Battalion.  

Memberships: Avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. His hobby’s included tinkering around home and helping out on the farm with his family.  Bud was a patriotic man who loved his country.

Services:  11:00 am, Monday, September 18, 2017

Place:    Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL

Officiating:  Pastor Bob Kerr

Visitation:      1 hour prior to the service at funeral home

Interment:     Ridgeville Cemetery in Browning, IL

Memorials:          Holy Pursuit Dream Foundation or Astoria American Legion Post #25

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

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Ronald L. Cook, 96, of Industry

Ronald L. Cook, 96, of Industry, IL, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017, at McDonough Dist. Hospital in Macomb, IL.  He was born on December 23, 1920 in Vermont at the home of his maternal grandparents, Caleb & Ellen Cox.  He was the son of Charles E. & Olive (Cox) Cook.  He is survived by his wife, Doris Dohner Cook, (3) daughters, Ramona Cook of rural Industry, Linda (Michael) Kuehl of Elgin, IL, Mary Ann Cook (Joseph Cusumano MD) of St. Louis, MO, (1) grandson, Michael Cook Cusumano of Springfield, IL, (1) sister, Elizabeth (Herb) Easley of Macomb, IL, many beloved nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Raymond Cook.  Ronald and his parents moved to Beardstown, IL in 1922, where he attended school.  In 1932, his family moved back to Vermont, where he graduated from Vermont High School in 1938.  He then enrolled at Western IL State Teachers College, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in chemistry.  He did further graduate work at U of I, Wayne State, and the University of Denver and was all-but-dissertation for his PhD.  He married Doris Mary Dohner on December 31, 1942 at her parents’ home south of Vermont.  He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in May of 1942, played on the USCG Bears basketball team and taught in the pharmacist’s mate school until he was discharged in 1943 due to disability obtained while on active duty.  He taught and coached in Illinois schools, including Coatsburg, Vermont, Morrison and Elgin.  In 1962 he began teaching chemistry at Illinois State University in Normal. He retired in 1978 and moved to rural Industry, where he farmed and taught chemistry part time at Industry High School.  Ronald is in the Hall of Fame at Morrison High School.  He received the Valley Forge Foundation award for excellence in teaching in 1961.  He received the WIU Alumni Achievement Award in 1976 and was inducted into the Leatherneck Hall of Fame for track, football and basketball in 1998.  He served on the Illinois Curriculum Council in the State Superintendent’s office at Springfield for almost thirty years.  He was a life member of the National Science Teachers, the National Education Association, Disabled Veterans, and the American Legion.  He worked diligently in the Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers and was responsible for getting the annual meeting moved to ISU.  He loved teaching and supervised many student teachers over the years.  He was a lifelong athlete and only quit walking two miles a day this year due to an injury.  He was a leading player on the Vermont High School basketball team.  At Western he was known as a one-man track team as he always competed in the low and high hurdles, high jump, pole vault, javelin and relays.  He was voted MVP in basketball for Western and the conference in 1946.  He coached for Morrison High School, Elgin Community College and ISU’s University High School and he served on the ISU athletic board as they negotiated membership in the Missouri Valley.  Ronald often stated that his great loves in life were Doris, his three daughters, his grandson and WIU, to which he attributed his professional success.  In spite of increasing blindness and loss of hearing, he remained active and fit until this year.  He had a phenomenal memory and could still name his students, the scores of long-ago sporting events and many details of his life.  He was a fascinating story teller. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Industry United Methodist Church in Industry, IL with Rev. Bennett Woods officiating.  Interment will follow in Chockley Cemetery near Industry and the farm Ronald loved.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL.  Memorials may be given to the Ronald & Doris Cook scholarship at Western Illinois University.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com

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Keith Chapman, 75, of Frederick

Keith Chapman, 75, of Frederick, passed away at 12:05 PM, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He was born on September 26, 1941, at his parent’s home in Bainbridge Township, Schuyler County, Illinois, the son of Maurice and Julia (Smedley) Chapman.  He married Marcie McCaulley on July 5, 1962 in Virginia, Illinois and she survives.

Also surviving are four children Army Veteran Sargent Franny Simmons of Petersburg, Indiana, Tammy Fretueg and husband Rick of Camden, Sargent First Class Retired Timothy S. Chapman and wife Kellee of Plato, Missouri, and Brenda Doolin and husband Dan of Frederick, 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one brother Richard “Jack” Chapman and wife Donna of Mendota, one sister Barbara Smith and husband Donald “Smitty” of Chapin, his dogs Tigger and Molly and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a son Stephen Chapman, a son-in-law Mike Allen, a great granddaughter Kenley Simmons.

Keith served in the US Army during Vietnam .  He worked for 29 years as a heavy equipment operator with Operating Engineers retiring in 2006.  He then owned and operated Chapman Excavation.

He was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4, the Ripley Church of God (Abrahamic Faith), and the National Rifle Association.  He was also a member and actively rode with the Patriot Guard.  He was a ham radio operator AA9GK.  He enjoyed tinkering with his equipment and working with his sawmill.  For many years, he hatched and raised quail.

Graveside Services will be at 11:30 AM Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Clark-Newberry Cemetery, near Frederick, with Rob Laning officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home, in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler Veterans Memorial or the Patriot Guard.  You are invited to share your memories of Keith and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Larry W. Ault, 59, of Colchester

Larry W. Ault, 59, of Colchester passed away at 1:50 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 in Bureau County, Illinois.

He was born on September 12, 1957 in Monmouth to Russell and Lola Springer Ault. He married Annette Haffner on December 10, 1988 in Macomb. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Calli (Taylor) Hodges of Colchester; one son, Logan Ault of Colchester; two grandchildren, Landen and Adelyn Hodges of Colchester; his mother, Lola Ault of Macomb; one brother, Phil Ault of Las Vegas, Nevada; two nephews; one niece and his dog, J.J.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell; one brother, Rick Ault and one niece.

Larry lived all of his life in the Roseville and Macomb areas. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a member of the Local 649 Operating Engineer’s Union in Peoria.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with Reverend Dean Reeverts officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. A celebration of life and a light lunch will be held at the Macomb VFW following the service.

Memorials may be made to the Larry Ault Memorial Fund.

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

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Hunter Reed Rockhold, infant, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hunter Reed Rockhold, infant son of Brian and Shayna Lacourse Rockhold passed away at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is survived by his parents; one sister, Amberlin Rockhold; paternal grandparents, Dale and Maureen Rockhold of Macomb; maternal grandparents, Tim and Daphne Lacourse of Bushnell and Heather Carpenter of Bushnell; great-grandparents, Jerry and Nancy Carpenter of Bushnell and Raymond and Kay Fennessey of Bowie, Maryland.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Bushnell City Cemetery with Joe Olson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospital Maternal Fetal Ward.

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.

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Larry Dewayne Baker, 64, of Rushville

The Lord took a very kind and gentle soul to be with him. Larry Dewayne Baker, 64, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 1:24 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL due to injuries following an accident. He was born April 10, 1953 in Rushville the son of Lyle and Helen Virginia Orr Baker. Larry never married.  
 
Surviving are three brothers, Allen Baker & Barbara of Camden, IL, David E. Baker & Carol of Good Hope, IL, Marvin L. Baker & Jean of Bowen, IL; two sisters, Karen Libby of Streator, IL, Carol Trinkle & Marty of Rushville, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Dick Libby.
 
He graduated from Rushville High School with the class of 1971.  He worked at Davis IGA Grocery Store in Rushville and Astoria Fiber Steel in Astoria, IL. He became disabled while working for the Burlington Northern Railroad.
 
Larry was a person who never complained or spoke ill of another.  He loved the outdoors, especially deer hunting with his brother Marvin. They could talk for hours of their hunting adventures. He was also an avid recycler.  He had a kind word and a smile & for everyone he met.  Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved brother. He was greatly loved and will be missed exceedingly.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Aaron Baker officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday. Memorials may be given to his family.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com
 
 

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Leland Dale "Mike" Knott, 74, of Beardstown

Leland Dale "Mike" Knott, 74, of Beardstown, Illinois, passed away at 3:22 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Illinois.  He was born on March 24, 1943 in Rushville, Illinois. He was the son of the late Darrel Custer and Ura Vivian (Dunn) Knott.  
 
He married Cathy Sue Rausch on November 15, 1986.  She survives along with (2) daughters Catherine (husband Don) Edwards of Lake Zurich, IL Sierra Knott of Beardstown, IL, (1) son Eric Knott of Beardstown, IL, (1) step daughter Miranda Casson of Beardstown, IL, and (1) step son Mark Lockman of White Hall, IL and (8) grandchildren, Jacob Edwards, Geoffrey Edwards, Trevor Knott, Brandon Knott, Andrew Knott, Kellen Knott, Angelina Slater, and Michael Slater, (1) brother Marvin Keith (wife Linda) Knott of Kankakee, IL, and (2) nieces Kimberly Knott and Melissa Knott.  
 
Mike was a graduate of Rushville High School. He began his career as an auto mechanic completing vocational training with the Pontiac Division of GM in 1962 and taking courses at Spoon River College in Canton while working for Tribbey Implement. Mike was an outstanding auto body repairman for Alters Buick Oldsmobile for nearly 25 years until his “retirement”.
 
His hobbies included restoring cars, flying airplanes, boating, and riding his motorcycles with friends. Mike loved music and his music family.  He played bass for several bands throughout the years, operated a DJ business and built sound systems. In 2010, he started River Valley Productions running sound and lights for many up and coming bands with his son, Eric and grandson Trevor Knott. But most of all, Mike loved his family dearly and was happiest when he was surrounded by family and friends.
 
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Worthington Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Haberman officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the time of service on Saturday. Memorials may be given to his family. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
 

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G. Donald Kreps, 94, of Blandinsville

G. Donald Kreps, 94, passed away peacefully at 5:00 AM Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, LaHarpe, IL.
 
Donald was born on September 8, 1923 in rural Blandinsville, IL to George Leslie and Lois Irene White Kreps. He graduated from Blandinsville High School in 1941. Mr. Kreps served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He married Lois Idel Link in 1943. She preceded him in death on September 26, 2000.
 
Donald was involved in the community in various ways. He served on the Blandinsville-Hire Fire Department, PABOB, and had served as City Clerk. He had worked at Thermogas and as a Veteran’s Assistance Coordinator.
 
Donald is survived by his children: Delbert (Rhonda) Kreps of LaHarpe, Keith (Wendy) Kreps of Blandinsville, Karen Bratton of Burlington, IA, Steve (Peggy) Kreps of Champaign, IL, Gayle (Steve) Harn of Blandinsville, Rita (Greg) Siegworth of LaHarpe, Dean (Kathy) Kreps of Holland, MI, and Diana Mealey of Blandinsville, 14 grandchildren: Debby Kreps, Kim Larson, Christopher Kreps, Brian Kreps, Jake Kreps, Michele Stubbs, Teri Bratton, Stacey Carlson, Kammie Harn, Jason Siegworth, Jennifer Hobby, Kyle Kreps, Sam Kreps, and Blake Mealey, two step-grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, four sisters: Evelyn Doney, Edith Pursell, Wilma Kelly, and Maxine Dark, two brothers: Robert and Floyd, one son-in-law Greg Bratton and one grandson, Alecs Kreps.
 
A funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Gordon Blankenship officiating. Burial, with military rites, will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. Friends may call any time after 3:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. A memorial fund has been established for the Blandinsville-Hire Fire Department and Hospice Compassus. Please visit banksandbeals.com to leave a condolence or sign the guest book.
 

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Paul V. Bell, 72, of Macomb

Paul V. Bell, 72, of Macomb formerly East Prairie, Missouri passed away at 11 a.m. Monday, September 4, 2017 at Grand Prairie Assisted Living Center in Macomb.

He was born on July 15, 1945 in East Prairie, Missouri to Clark Eugene and Mary Pearl Parker Bell.

He is survived by two daughters, Tammie (Jeff) Mabrey of Macomb and Cindy (Michael) Larkin of Ironton, Missouri, two sons, Shaun Bell and Joshua Bell both of Cape Girardeau, Missouri two brothers, Billy Bell and Gary Bell, both of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clark E. Bell, Jr., in infancy and three sisters, Delores Ferguson, Vivian Bell and Eugenia Ray.

Vernon lived most of his life in Missouri before moving to Macomb. He worked as a carpenter.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s.

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.

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Payton Lynn Edwards, 17, of Plymouth, IL

Payton Lynn Edwards, 17, of Plymouth, IL, passed away at 10:26 a.m. Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  She was born on September 15, 1999 in Rushville, IL.  She was a daughter of Michael J. & Cathy Taber Edwards.  She is survived by her mother & step father, Cathy Edwards & Jeff Clark of Plymouth, IL, her father & step mother, Michael & Roxanne Edwards of New Braunfels, TX,   (1) brother, Harley Taber of Plymouth, IL, (2) sisters, Mary & Kali Edwards both of New Braunfels, TX,   maternal grandparents, Dean & Diane Taber of Rushville, IL, paternal grandparents, Terry & Christy Allen of Mason City, IL, several aunts, uncles & cousins.  She was a beautiful soul who carried light in her smile & love in her heart.  She was always carefree and spunky.  Her favorite thing was hanging with her friends.  Payton was one of the rare ones so effortlessly herself and the world loved her for it.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to her family.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com
 

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Genevieve I. "Genny" Petty, 89, of Macomb, IL

Mrs. Genevieve I. "Genny" Petty, 89, of Macomb, IL, formerly of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:30 AM Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Wesley Village in Macomb.
She was born March 30, 1928 in Barry, IL, the daughter of Chester and Vila Booth Sparrow. On November 6, 1948, she married Clarence "Sam" Petty in Plymouth, IL. He preceded her in death on October 6, 1996.
She and her husband farmed and raised chickens. She loved cats and was always taking in strays. She enjoyed playing cards, knitting and crocheting. She especially enjoyed her nieces and nephews.
Surviving are 2 step-granddaughters, several step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and one step-son, James R. Petty.
A Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, September 15, 2017 at the LaHarpe Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Cremation has been entrusted to Banks & Beals Funeral Home. To sign the guest book or to leave a condolence please visit Mrs. Petty’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

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Homer Eugene Wright, 86, of Vermont

Homer Eugene "Gene" "Pistol" "Sarge" Wright, age 86 of Vermont, IL, passed away peacefully with family by his side at 4:51 PM on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Unity Point Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL. He was born on November 22, 1930, in Vermont Township, Fulton County, Illinois, the son of Della May (Emig) Wright. Gene married Annemarie Elise Wassmuth on September 13, 1960, in Fulda, Germany. She proceeded him in death on May 14, 1982.
 
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Max D. Wright, Cecil Wright Jr., and his sister Hilma Guppy. He has a sister Bessie Ellen Bricker and brother Robert Wright.
 
Gene is survived by his sons Cecil E. Wright of Rock Island, IL, Dennis (Marnie) Wright of Fountain Hills, AZ, and his daughter Kathryn (Mike) Holliday of Gilbert, AZ, Four grandchildren: Darrell Adkins, Jordyn Wright, Samantha Wright, and Colby Wright.
 
He was an Army Veteran and served over 20+ years. He also did a Vietnam tour in 1967. SFC Wright retired in 1971. He then went to work for Caterpillar as a Heavy Crane Operator and retired in 1986.
 
Gene especially enjoyed playing cards, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 
Gene was a very special person with a unique personality. To his close friends he was best 
known as Pistol with no explanation needed.
 
Services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Vermont Cemetery with full military rites.
 
In lieu of flowers, family are requesting donations to be made to Unity Point Health Methodist-Proctor Foundation, 120 NE Glen Oak, Ste. 101, Peoria, IL 61636.
 

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Sammy Allen Evans, 72, of Frederick, formerly of Bloomington

Sammy Allen Evans, 72, of Frederick, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at 2:20 PM, Saturday, September 2, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
 
He was born on May 1, 1945, in Bloomington, the son of Emmitt and Lydia (Smith) Evans.
 
Surviving are two sons Randy Evans and wife Kathy of Normal and Terry Evans and wife Rebecca of Boaz, Alabama, one grandson Zachary Evans, one brother Bobby Evans and wife Dorene of Normal, one sister Judy Probus and husband John of Holder, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by four sisters Beatrice Bell, Virginia Wirrick, Margaret Meyers, and Vivian Evans, and two brothers Jimmie Evans and Ronald Evans.
 
Sammy worked as a stonecutter for Walsh Monuments in Bloomington.  He later worked as a material handler at Eureka Williams for 25 years retiring in 1996. In 1997, he moved to his farm in Frederick.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being outdoors.  Watching the deer and wildlife were a great part of his retirement years
 
Graveside Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Messerer Cemetery near Frederick.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to Friends of Ever Bloom or McLean County Sportsman’s’ Association.  You are invited to share your memories of Sammy and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Delores J. Crouse, 81, Rushville

Delores J. “Dee” Crouse, 81, of Rushville, passed away at 4:40 PM, Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born on September 30, 1935, in Rushville, the daughter of Claude H. and Nina R. (Armel) Sipes.  She married Robert Crouse on March 27, 1954, in Rushville and he survives.

Also surviving are four children Ricky Lee Crouse and wife Linda of Gillette, Wyoming, Robert Allen Crouse of Norris City, Roger Eugene Crouse and wife of Shirley of Freeburg, Connie Sue Sommer and husband Marty of Springfield, six grandchildren Milisa Close, Richard Crouse and wife Lisa, Melinda Leastman and husband Wallace, Robert D. Crouse and wife Nikkilina, Ryan Crouse and wife Moli, and Cody Crouse and wife Brittany, one step grandson Travis Ethen and wife Amber, 16 great grandchildren Jacob , Rebecca and Taylor Close, Abbie, Isabel, Rhett, and Wyatt Crouse, Hadley and Breckyn Leastman, Reagan and Matthew Crouse, Ryleigh Crouse, Syler, Slader, Zoey and Bladen Crouse, one step great granddaughter Danika Ethen, two sisters Gwen Root and husband George of Gillespie and Sandra Chockley and husband Dick of Rushville, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law Vicki Crouse and two sisters Portia Brierton and Gladys Taber.

Dee was a homemaker.  She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4 Auxiliary and the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  She and her sister Gwen owned and operated C & R Ceramics in Marissa.  Dee was very artistic and enjoyed painting and arts and crafts.  Dee was always concerned with how her friends were doing and what was going on in their lives.  She always enjoyed entertaining at home and could prepare a meal on a moment’s notice.  Every meal had to have at least a couple of desserts.  Her greatest joy was spending time with family.

Services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with her grandson Robert D. Crouse officiating.  Interment will follow in the Messerer Cemetery near Frederick.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the Schuyler County Food Basket.  You are invited to share your memories of Dee, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfh.net.

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Laura Elaine Taylor, 60, Macomb

Laura Elaine Taylor of St. Robert, Missouri, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 30, 2017, after a 3-year battle with cancer. She was born on March 16, 1957, in Quonset Point, Rhode Island to Lloyd and Alice (Jackson) Mills. Laura attended schools in Rhode Island, California, and Illinois, as the daughter of a Naval Service Member. She graduated from Bushnell-Prairie City High School in 1975 and Western Illinois University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and psychology. While at Western Illinois University, Laura met a Scottish soccer player, Raymond Taylor, at The Regulator. Laura and Raymond were married in August 2, 1980 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb, Illinois.

As newlyweds, Laura and Raymond lived in Canada while he pursued a professional soccer career. Later, they lived at U.S. Army bases in Virginia and Missouri while Raymond was a US Army Service Member. Laura was a social worker for the Pulaski County Department of Children and Family Services and a paraprofessional for elementary schools in the Fort Leonard Wood, MO area. Laura enjoyed all types of music, playing the guitar, watching musicals and classic movies, antiquing with her sisters, collecting anything Snoopy, taking care of and spending time with her dogs, and reading-especially mysteries. She made amazing chocolate chip cookies and created beautiful cross stitch designs. Laura and Raymond raised two children: Rachel (Jessica Daws) Taylor of Salem, OR, and Andrew Taylor of Birmingham, AL, of whom she was so very proud.

Laura is survived by her husband; 2 children; daughter-in-law; father, Lloyd Mills of Macomb, IL; sisters--Kristine (Gene) Frakes of Macomb, IL, and Julia (Steven) Ruckman of Freeport, IL; mother-in-law--Catherine Taylor of ON, Canada; sisters-in-law--Catherine (Allen) McElroy and Jaqueline (Shervin) Reyhani of ON, Canada; brother-in-law--Ian (Cherie) Taylor of ON, Canada; nieces--Amanda Frost Frakes, Brittany Frakes, Mya Campbell (great-niece), Nicolette Reyhani, Keyana Reyhani, and Lauren McElroy; nephews—Justin (Erin) Frakes, David (Janet) Frizzell, Michael Frizzell, Gannon Ruckman, Cameron McElroy, Scott Taylor, Ian Taylor, Bryan (Brittany) Taylor, Paityn Taylor (great-neice), Bentley Taylor (great-nephew); and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother--Alice Mills; father-in-law--John Taylor; brother-in-law--Brian Taylor; maternal grandparents--Grover and Myrtle Jackson; paternal grandparents--Ray and Goldie Mills; 7 aunts; and 7 uncles.

Visitation will be 6th, September, from 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, 303 East Washington Street, Macomb, IL.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fort Leonard Wood, MO School District libraries, Pulaski County Humane Society, and the Dachshund Rescue.

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

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Barbara Jean Miller, 81, Macomb

Barbara Jean Miller age 81 of Macomb, IL formerly of Bushnell, IL and Prairie City, IL passed away at 7:30 A.M. Saturday August 26, 2017 at the McDonough District Hospital E.R.  She was born on April 12, 1936 in Avon, IL to Marshall E. and Geneva L. Walters Buchen.  She married Dell E. Miller on June 12, 1954 in Prairie City, IL on her farm.  She is survived by 4 Children – Steve (Tammy) Miller of Bushnell, IL, Bill (Cindi) Miller of Dallas. TX, Robin Miller Myers of Peoria, IL and Jeff (Lisa) Miller of Macomb, IL, 8 Grandchildren - Jenny, Matt, Drew, Stephany, Curt, Austin, Darian, and Jacob; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Declan, Ellie, Liam & Brette, 1 Brother – Marshall “Goose” (Sue) Buchen of Bushnell, IL, 2 Sisters – Donna Ide of Monmouth, IL, Carol (Gene) Markley of Adairsville, GA, and Sister-in-Law Sara (Bob) Hudson of Bushnell, IL.  She was preceded in death by her Parents and brothers-in-law Dick Ide and Clarence “Peachy” Miller.
Barbara loved to crochet, knit, attend her kids and grandkids sporting events, and the Chicago Cubs.  She worked as Blue Bell, Tastee Freeze, Marriott, and Mosaic.  She retired in 1998 and had been living in Lafayette Square in Macomb, IL.  Cremation Rites have been accorded and there will be a Memorial Service at the Bushnell Christian Church on Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.  Family will greet friends beginning 1 hour prior to the time of services at the Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Bushnell Christian Church.  A celebration of life is planned for Saturday October 7, 2017 from 1 – 4 P.M. at the Jenny Wren in Bushnell, IL.  Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in in charge of arrangements.  Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com.

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Betty H. Mansfield, 93, of Macomb

Betty H. Mansfield, 93, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:40 p.m. at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb. She was born on May 17, 1924 in Blandinsville to Frank and Margaret Frank Huston. She married Harrison Mansfield at her parents home in Blandinsville. They were divorced.
 
Betty is survived by her two sons, Mark and John. Mark Mansfield, spouse Susan and son Paul reside in Redwood City, CA. John Mansfield, spouse Dawn, and their two children Olivia and Robert reside in Flower Mound, TX. Betty also had several nieces and nephews including Janice Bocke of Quincy, IL, and Miles Simonson of Long Beach, CA. She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas, and sister and bother-in-law, Katherine and John E. Simonson of Roseville, IL.
 
Betty attended Blandinsville H.S.. Culver Stockton College and Western Illinois University. While attending Culver Stockton College she joined Chi Omega sorority and helped establish a chapter at Western Illinois University and served as an Advisor to the sorority for many years.
 
During her life she also lived in Kansas City, MO; Pana. IL; Monmouth, IL; and Macomb, IL. She worked at Southwestern Bell in Kansas City, MO, and also at the Western Auto hardware store which she owned with her husband Harrison in Pana, IL She also was a secretary at WIU, substitute teacher in Macomb and employee at State Police HQs in Macomb.
 
Betty was also a member of the Presbyterian Church were she was a Sunday school teacher and also served as a Deacon and Elder. She was actively involved in a number of clubs and organizations including the Macomb Country Club, Business and Professional Club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Anna L. Parker Book Club and P.E.O. Sisterhood.
 
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb with Reverend Mark Merrill officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Private burial of ashes will be held in Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville at a later date.
 
Donations in her memory can be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Nancy Ellen Gulley Smith, 78, of Macomb

Nancy Ellen Gulley Smith, 78, of Macomb, Illinois passed away at 9:30 PM Saturday August 26, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital.
 
She was born October 23, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Mari (Haungs) Gulley. She married J. David Smith on August 11, 1962. He preceded her in death on November 28, 1993.
 
She is survived by four children: Moira Kathleen (Mike) Arzich of Aurora, IL; Michael Terence Smith of Macomb, IL; Patricia Eileen (Tim) Taylor of Good Hope, IL, and Catherine Mary (Henry) Kamerling of Seattle, WA. Nancy had seven grandchildren: Christopher Seaver, Kevin Seaver, Kayla Seaver Gill, Chris (Jenn) Fortcamp, Megan Taylor, Maeve Kamerling, Dashiell Kamerling, and three  great-grandchildren: Colin Gill, Cale Seaver, and Gavin Fortcamp. Nancy has two sisters: Eileen Gulley of Wood Dale, IL, and Ginger Goomis of Omaha, NE.
 
Nancy graduated from Trinity High School in River Forest, IL in 1956. Four years later she obtained her BA at Rosary College (Dominican University). In 1978 she graduated with her Master of Accountancy from WIU and in 1986 Nancy completed her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 
Nancy began her career as a Mathematics teacher at York High School in Elmhurst, IL from 1960-1962. In 1977, she became an associate professor of Accountancy at WIU, retiring in 2000.
 
Nancy's volunteer activities included being a clerk at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for many years, a collection counter for St. Paul's Church, acting as the First Chair of the Survivor’s Assistance Team (WIU-SUAA), Treasurer of Macomb Beautiful, Treasurer of the League of Women Voters, and on the board for the WIU Chapter SUAA.  She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Western Illinois Museum, and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.  Nancy was a registered certified public accountant in the state of Illinois.
 
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday August 31, 2017 at St. Paul Church. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate.  There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the J. David and Nancy Smith Scholarship at the WIU Foundation.  Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
 

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Charlotte M. McGinnis, 90, of Lewistown

Charlotte M. McGinnis, 90, of Lewistown, passed away at 11:57 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Prairie View Care Center in Lewistown. She was born to Roy and Lucille (Beadles) Gray on Monday, April 4, 1927 in Canton.

 

She married Hartford P. "Jack" Curless on February 22, 1946 in Peoria, IL. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1981. Also preceeding her in death were her grandson, William D. Ogden, 3 sisters, Harriett Lazzod, Helen Mayall and Maxine Sutton and 5 brothers, Gene, Bill, Dennis, Chuck and Leo Gray. 

 

Survivors are Daughter- Connie (and Bill) Ogden of Havana, IL, Daughter- Dianna Hilton of Chester, IL

5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren, Sister- Colleen Pitts of Phoenix, AZ, Sister- Joann Roberts of Denver, CO, Sister- Betty Harp of Mason City, IL, and Brother- Robert Gray of Phoenix, AZ. 
 
She worked at Canton Manufacturing Company for 21 years, retiring in 1989. She also was cook at South Fulton Grade School for 7 years and Dana Corporation in Havana for 5 years. Charlotte enjoyed quilting, sewing, and fishing. 
 
Services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Visitation will be held 6-8 pm on Monday, August 28, 2017 at the Funeral Home. Internment will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Astoria. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org.
 

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Claire Elizabeth McCombs, four month old daughter of Cheryl Frank & Shawn McCombs

Claire Elizabeth McCombs, four month old daughter of Cheryl Frank & Shawn McCombs, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IL.  She was born on April 17, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL.  
 
She is survived by her parents of Rushville, IL, a brother, Jordan McCombs, a sister, Delilah McCombs, both at home, grandparents, Nancy Carpenter of Springfield, IL, Danny Large of Rushville, IL, Steven Frank of Mt. Sterling, IL, Kimberly McCombs of Rushville, IL, Patrick McCombs of Beardstown, IL, great grandparents, Patrick McCombs, Sr., of Beardstown, IL, Cheryl & Mike Frank of Beardstown, IL, several aunts, uncles & cousins.  
 
She was a happy baby, always smiling & seldom crying.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Triplett officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.  Memorials may be given to her family.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com
 

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Richard D Stambaugh, 84, Astoria

Name:   Richard D. Stambaugh                          Age: 84

Address:   Astoria, IL

Date of Death: Wednesday, August 23, 2017  Time: 6:00 am      

Place:  home

Date of Birth:    March 19, 1933  Place:     Astoria, IL

Parents:  Freeman D. and Mary E. (Trone) Stambaugh

Married: Jeannette B. Norton July 11, 1954 in Beardstown, IL.  She survives.

Survivors: Wife-Jeannette Stambaugh of Astoria, IL
  Daughter-Mary (and Johnny) Groves of Astoria, IL
  Son-Ricky (and Michelle) Stambaugh of Rushville, IL
  Daughter-Peggy McCombs of Astoria, IL
  Son-Ronald Stambaugh of Astoria, IL
  Son-David (and Carolyn) Stambaugh of Beardstown, IL
  Son-James Stambaugh of Galesburg, IL
  Daughter-Rhonda (and John) Hunter of Browning, IL
  Daughter-Denise (and fiance’ Chad Mertens) Stambaugh of Macomb, IL
  Son-Daniel (and Tracy) Stambaugh of Augusta, IL
  Daughter-Angela (and Harry) Waugh of Monmouth, IL
  24 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren
  Sister-Verna (and Dorvan) McCormick of Astoria, IL
  Brother-Paul (and Carol) Stambaugh of Astoria, IL

 
Preceded by:  parents, two grandsons, Emanuel and Samuel, and his son-in-law Jim McCombs

Occupation:  He was a dedicated and hard working livestock and grain farmer.

Military:         No

Memberships:   He enjoyed hunting mushrooms, ginseng, and raccoons.  Richard enjoyed sports of all kinds and was a Los Angeles Raiders fan.  He enjoyed making homemade ice cream, BBQ chicken, and eating pond raised catfish.  He loved his animals and enjoyed playing with his cats and dog.  Richard also enjoyed gardening.

Services:  2:00 pm Saturday, August 26, 2017

Place:    Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL

Officiating:  Pastor Matt Haberman

Visitation:    6-8 pm Friday, August 25, 2017 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL

Interment:     Oak Grove Cemetery, Astoria, IL

Memorials:   Astoria Fire and Rescue Squad

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

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Carol L. Hobby, 70, Blandinsville

Carol L. Hobby, 70, of Blandinsville, Illinois passed away at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at her residence.

She was born on September 28, 1946 in Pittsfield, Illinois to Otto and Vada VaNatta Gray. She married Roger Hobby on September 5, 1965. He survives.

Also surviving is her mother, Vada Gray of Blandinsville; one daughter, Robin (Bryan) Hofmeister of Acworth, Georgia; one son, Kevin Hobby of Blandinsville; three grandchildren, Jacob (Kristy) Hobby, Brandon Gebhardt and Clayton Gebhardt; four great-grandchildren and two brothers, Jim Gray of Blandinsville and Craig Gray of Morrison, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Carol lived her early life in Baylis, Illinois and has lived in Blandinsville since she was six years old. She formerly bowled in the Blandinsville Bowling leagues, coached girls softball summer leagues in her younger years and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She worked as a bus driver for Northwestern School District and later for West Prairie School District for over 30 years. She had also worked as a waitress.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2017 at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville with Reverend Gordon Blankenship officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville.

Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice or the Blandinsville Rescue Squad.

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

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Joshua M.Green, age 28, of Macomb

Joshua M.Green, age 28, passed away on August 19, 2017 in rural Pike County.
 
He was born on September 21, 1988, the son of Marcia Mathias Green.
 
He is survived by, his grandfather Marshall Mathias of Macomb, twin sister Amber( Lyman) Jones of Good Hope, sister Kristina (Michael) Forman of Macomb, uncle Randy Mathias of Bushnell, nephew J. Malachi Forman of Macomb, and niece Layla Forman of Macomb.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother Marcia, grandmother Estelene Mathias, aunt Rebecca Mathias and uncle Steven Mathias.
 
Joshua was employed at Dot Foods in Mt. Sterling for the last three years, where he worked in the Dry Storage Department. Joshua enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, and working with his sister at Carbon Acres in Good Hope.
 
Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00 P.M..
 
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Clugston - Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. You may sign the guest book and leave condolences online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Wilma M. Wells, 95, of Macomb

Wilma M. Wells, 95, of Macomb passed away at 9:43 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
She was born on May 10, 1922 in Hancock County to Milo and Hazel Nelson Roberts. She married Keith Wells on July 16, 1941 in Palmyra, Missouri. He passed away on August 18, 2008.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Merle Roberts and Arthur Roberts and sister, Lola Mae Kempher.
 
Wilma is much loved and will be greatly missed by her children, Sharon (Lyle) Kreps of Des Moines, Iowa, Janice (Warren) Crane of Oak Island, North Carolina and Melvin Wells of Macomb; five grandchildren, Brian, Douglas, Jason, Amy and Jennifer; fourteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Edna Clark of Macomb and one sister-in-law, Jean Roberts.
 
She lived most of her life in McDonough County. She liked to read and cook. She was employed as a cook at various establishments in Macomb.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to the Macomb VFW.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Harold C. "Hal" Rasmussen, 88 of Greeley, CO

Harold C. "Hal" Rasmussen, 88 of Greeley, CO, passed away at 1:47 am on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Greeley, CO.  He was born on October 3, 1928 in South Bend, IN, the son of Henry Carl and Myrl (Hammond) Rasmussen.
 
Hal served in the army during the Korean conflict, then graduated from the University of Illinois.  He enjoyed a long career in petroleum exploration. He loved to sail the great lakes of Michigan, fly recreational aircraft, and follow baseball.
 
Hal is survived by his children, Beth, Ann, and John Rasmussen of Denver, CO, his step-sons Marc and Matt Williams of Traverse City, MI, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Dorothy Clemens and Myrle Ann Anthony, his first wife Charma Clift Rasmussen and his second wife Sally Anne Williams.
 
Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL.  Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service.  Pastor Matthew Thiner will officiate.  Interment will be in the Ipava Cemetery with military rites provided by the Ipava American Legion.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ipava American Legion.

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Rose Mary Root, 70, of Sherman, formerly of Rushville

Rose Mary Root, 70, of Sherman, passed away at 1:56 AM, Friday, August 18, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
 
She was born on October 25, 1946, in Rushville, the daughter of Emery and Dorothy (Hiles) Phillips.  She married Byron F. Root on September 25, 1964, in Rushville and he survives.
 
Also surviving are one son David G. Root of Daytona Beach, Florida, one daughter Karla M. Wilham and husband Brian of Williamsville, two grandchildren Zach and Kourtney Wilham, one brother Terry Phillips of Rushville, three sisters Shirley Baker and husband Alan of Bullhead City, Arizona, Norma Jones and husband Bob of Maryland, and Carol Lynn Kokenes of Chicago, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one brother Robert A. Phillips and one sister Sara Conlin.
 
Rose Mary was a 1964 graduate of Rushville High School and attended Lincoln Land College.  She worked as an accountant with the Illinois Department of Human Services retiring in 2002.  She enjoyed flower arranging, crossword puzzles, going to Florida and enjoying the beach. She also loved attended her grandchildren’s extra-curricular activities.
 
Services will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Greg Fish officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.  You are invited to share your memories of Rose Mary, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online.

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Elizabeth Ann Soule, 92, of Galesburg, formerly of Blandinsville

Elizabeth Ann Soule, 92, of Galesburg, formerly of Blandinsville, Illinois passed away on July 31, 2017 at Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg.
 
She was born on August 3, 1924 in Hire Township to Willis Earl and Cordia Bice Kline. She graduated from Western Academy in 1942 and attended Western Teacher’s College.
 
Elizabeth worked for the Corps of Engineers in Chicago from 1943 to 1946. She later worked for Culligan Water Company of Macomb retiring after 25 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blandinsville.
 
She married Wallace P. Soule on August 3, 1948. He passed away on April 1, 2016.
 
She is also preceded in death by one brother, Kermit Kline and two sisters, Isabel Sly and Ella Mae Lewis.
 
Elizabeth is survived by her children, Phillip (Patti) Soule of Osterville, Massachusetts, Jacqueline (Christopher Kent) Glass of Galesburg, Brian (Bobbi) Soule of Germantown Hills and Annette (Rick) Saul of Galesburg; eight grandchildren, Ellen (Matt) Fulton, Eric Soule, Kelly Soule, Jennifer Soule, Sheena (David) Leonard, Kelcey (Mark) Steadman, Amie Saul and Taylor Saul; six great-grandchildren, Amelia Fulton, Cash Fulton, Jayce Kubis, Asher Kubis, Benett Leonard and Norah Leonard; one sister-in-law, Jean Soule of Springfield and many nieces and nephews.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville with Reverend Dean Reeverts officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will be in Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.
 
Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville Rescue Squad.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Martha Myers, 93, of Colchester

Martha Myers age 93 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Wesley Healthcare Center in Macomb.  She was born May 15, 1924 in Macomb, to William and Zella Provine Barclay.  For 48 years, Martha was united in marriage to John D. Myers.  They started their journey together as husband and wife on,  January 19, 1947, in Macomb, he preceded her in death on November 30, 1995.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Sons: Donald Myers (Sue), GoodHope, Charles Myers (Anne), Macomb, 1 Daughter In Law: Christine Myers, Colchester, 4 Grandchildren: Alison Myers Jefferson (Steve), Amber Driskell (Rick), Crystal Zulauf (Josh), Jonathan Myers, 5 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Brother: Kenneth Barclay, Macomb.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 Sons: Wendell Myers, Richard P. Myers, and 1 Grandson: Nicholas Myers.
Martha is a member of the Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, and Singing Seniors.  She had been a bookkeeper at Union National Bank in Macomb along with a Homemaker.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Gary Elg.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Church.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  Memorials are to  Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church, or McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Mark Taft, 57, of Macomb

Mark Taft, 57, of Macomb passed away at 8:53 p.m. on July 9, 2017 at his home in Macomb with his family by his side.
 
He was born in Avon on September 22, 1959 to Nancy Taft. He married Vickee Tait. She survives.
 
Also surviving are three children, Melissa English, Matt Taft, and Shane Taft, all of LaHarpe; eight grandchildren; three aunts, Mary Harn of Macomb, Gloria (Jack) Statler of Hamilton and Edwina Mitchell of Carthage; special friends, Jean Kipling and Christy Cozadd and several cousins.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Taft; grandparents, Chester and Garnet Taft; four uncles, Bronald Taft, Kenny Kreps, Harry Smith and Don Lantz; three aunts, Martha Kreps, Betty Smith and Cynthia lantz and three cousins, Gary Taft, Kent Kreps and Harry Smith.
 
Mark lived most of his life in Blandinsville before moving to Macomb. He was a supervisor for Whalon Manufacturing and then later worked for Pioneer until his retirement.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Macomb VFW.
 
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.

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Hazel Louise Josefina Murray, 0, of Augusta

Hazel Louise Josefina Murray, 6lb, 11oz, infant daughter of Ryan Scott & Liway “Lee-y” Santos Murray was stillborn at 2:11 a.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  
 
Surviving are her parents of Augusta, IL, a brother, Keller Murray of Rushville, IL, grandparents, Loreto & Josefina Santos of  the Philippines, Kevin Murray & wife Nancy, Lori Murray all of Rushville, IL, great grandparents, Leon & Ruby Passmore of Rushville, IL, four uncles, Alex Santos, Jojo Santos, Lee-Jay Santos, Cory Parry, four aunts, Andrea Murray, Kayla Sargent, Lorin Grafton, Shelby Parry.  
 
She was preceded in death by great grandparents, Jim, Josephine and Louise Murray, great-great grandparents, Hazel & Bill Crum, great-great aunt, Jane DeWitt.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Kirkham officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.  Memorials may be given to her family.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
 

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Jeanine Pollmeier, 63, of Macomb

Jeanine Pollmeier, 63, of Macomb passed away at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at her residence.
 
She was born on June 8, 1954 in Fort Madison, Iowa to William and Cora Wagner Pollmeier.
 
She is survived by her mother, Cora Pollmeier of Macomb; her brother, Randall (Anka) Pollmeier of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; niece, Jessica Pollmeier of Winter Springs, Florida; nephew, Brandon of Kansas City, Missouri; two great-nieces, Madelyn and Callie Pollmeier and one great-nephew, Bennett Pollmeier.
 
She was preceded by her father, William Pollmeier.
 
Jeanine grew up in LaHarpe and has lived in Macomb for several years. She worked for Western Illinois University as a Admissions Record Supervisor. She also worked for many years at the Macomb VFW.
 
She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at a later date.
 
Memorials may be made to the MDH Hospice.
 
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

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Reid James Brewer, 7, of Bushnell

Reid James Brewer, age 7, of Bushnell, passed away on Sunday August 6, 2017 in his mother’s arms after a long battle with cancer, at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, IL. 
 
Reid was born June 30, 2010 at Graham Hospital in Canton, IL to James and Katie Brewer. Reid was the youngest of a large family. Surviving are his older sisters Michelle (Tony) Utter, Tammie (Jason) Brewer and Brittany (Clint) Wickert, along with his brothers Gage Bowen and Caleb Brewer. Also surviving are his grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly. 
 
From the moment that he was born, “Reidy Pea” brought joy and sunshine into other’s lives. He had a magnetic personality that drew others to him. Reid danced his way through life and made you want to dance right along side him. Reid was skilled in the finer arts of zombie hunting, Lego creating and becoming a YouTuber. Reid’s charm captured the hearts of people all over the world through his Facebook page, Team Reid.
 
Even throughout his 2 year battle with cancer, he remained positive, silly and full of high energy, possibly due to the toasted marshmallow lattes that nurses supplied him with when in the hospital. Reid was described by many as an old soul in a young body in regards to his compassionate nature. Always thinking of others, Reid helped raise funds for causes such as supporting other local families affected by childhood cancer, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald Houses, and his biggest accomplishment of donating 16 X-Box One systems, games and controllers to the upcoming Hematology/Oncology ward at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. 
 
There will be a visitation on Thursday, August 10 from 4-7pm at the BPC High School at 845 Walnut St, Bushnell, IL. A Celebration service will be held on Friday, August 11 at 11am also at BPC High School. In true Reid style, the family requests everyone to wear their favorite Team Reid shirt, superhero shirt or a red t-shirt, displaying Reid’s favorite color. Following the services, burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery, followed by a meal at the CC Center at 355 W. Main St. Martin Hollis Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. 
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Doris Eileen Prather, 89, of Rushville

Doris Eileen Prather, 89, of Rushville, passed away at 12:46 PM, Thursday, August 3, 2017, at her home.
 
She was born on September 29, 1927, in Oakland Township, Schuyler County, Illinois, the daughter of John Leonard and Lillie Ray (Goodin) Ebbert.  She married Francis “Franner” Prather on November 10, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Macomb.  He preceded her in death on May 4, 1966.
 
Surviving are four daughters, Patricia Thornton and husband Billy of Rushville, Pamela Kelly and husband Jim and Kathy Artis and husband Gale all of Camden and Mary Yockey and husband Michael of Naperville, ten grandchildren, Andrew Thornton and wife Laura, Scott Thornton and wife Bridgett, Tracy Thornton and Amy, Tom Thornton and wife Johnna, Chad Kelly and wife Haley, Jami Kelly, Shawn Artis and wife Jennifer, Randall Artis, Sarah Yockey and Kate Yockey, six great grandchildren Isabelle, Olivia and Jackson Thornton, Billy Thornton, Lance and Paxton Kelly, one brother, Victor Ebbert of Havana and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Terri Thornton Hamm, four sisters, Lucille Curtis, Leona Smith, Mary Hill and Barbara Joan Ebbert, two brothers, Paul and Louis Ebbert.
 
Doris graduated from Rushville High School with the Class of 1945.  Soon after graduation, she began working as a bookkeeper at Alexander Lumber in Rushville, until 1950. She and Franner moved to California while Franner was in the United States Navy.  While there, their two daughters Patty and Pam were born.  In March 1953, they returned to Illinois where they farmed in Schuyler and Warren Counties until Franner’s health declined.  Doris resumed working at Alexander Lumber in 1970 until her retirement on September 1, 1996.  She later worked as a clerk at County Market in Rushville for 8 years. 
 
She was a devoted member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, where she served as a deacon and the Financial Secretary for many years.  She was also a volunteer in the church office and nursery for many years and was the last surviving member of the Sooner Sunday School Class.  She was also a member of the Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed reading, cooking and baking.  The heart of Doris’s life was her family and her church.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, with Reverend John Sowers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, August 7, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.  You are invited to share your memories of Doris, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online.

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William James "Jim" Robeson, 70, of Rushville

William James “Jim” Robeson, 70, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 3:54 a.m. Friday, August 04, 2017, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  He was born on August 28, 1946 in Rushville, IL. He was a son of the late William & Leona Icenogle Robeson. He married Judith Ann Allen on September 6, 1964 in Rushville, IL.  She survives along with (2) daughters, Melissa Prather & husband Nick, Nicole Stambaugh & husband Mike both of Rushville, IL, (3) grandchildren, Casey, Cole & Connor Prather.  He was preceded in death by (1) brother, Robert Robeson, (1) sister, Teresa Orr.  
 
He worked at Bartlow Brothers Packing in Rushville for ten years. He then worked at Oscar Meyer & Co., Excel Meat Solutions, and later Cargill Corp. for forty years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of the Rushville Odd Fellows Friendship Lodge #24 and Schuyler Co. Coon Hunters Association. Jim was an avid coin collector and gardener.  He was a Green Bay Packers and all around sports fan. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and dog, Abby.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Larry DeSha officiating.  Interment will follow at Sims Cemetery in Huntsville, Twp, Schuyler Co., IL.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday.  Memorials may be given to Schuyler Humane Society.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
  

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Robert Leroy "Bob" Yeast, 95, of Macomb

Robert Leroy "Bob" Yeast, 95, of 330 East Grant Street, Macomb, Illinois, passed away at

1 0:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

He was born on a farm, one and a half miles southeast of Macomb on September 8, 1921, to

William Ernest and Ruth (Archer) Yeast. Ernest was a grain and dairy farmer. Surviving are one

son, John Stephen (Judy) Yeast of Sciota; three grandchildren, Melissa (Leandro) Telles, of Macomb

Michael (Elizabeth) Yeast of Chandler, Arizona and Ashley (Mitch) Tanney of Centennial,

Colorado. Also surviving are one sister-in-law, Barbara Rosenberger of Calabasas, California;

two nephews, Bradford Rosenberger of Pasadena, California, William (Elizabeth) Yeast of Mill

Valley, California; four nieces, Janice (Larry) Wayland, Sharon (William) Butcher, and Debbie (David)

Taylor, all of Macomb and Lou Ann (Bert) Glader of Stanford, California.

Mary, his wife of 60 years, preceded him in death in 2007.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William Richard Yeast; one sister,

Dorothy (Jess) Davidson; two nephews, James Campbell and Roger Campbell; and two brothersin-

law, Robert (Dorothy) Campbell and John (Louise) Campbell.

Robert’s first eight grades of schooling were in a one room country school. He attended and

graduated from Macomb High School in 1939. He married Mary LaRue (Campbell) Yeast on

N o v e m b e r 3 0 , 1 9 4 0 , i n M a c o m b .

Upon graduation he worked for two years at the Illinois Electric Porcelain factory as a precision

grinder. With war in the air Robert was ordered to take his precision grinding skills to the Arsenal

in Rock Island, Illinois. There he drilled and finished machine gun barrels until 1943 when he was

drafted into the Army Infantry and ordered to report to Camp Blanding, Florida. Prior to

deployment he received a Combat Infantryman Expert Marksmanship Badge with an M1.

Robert sailed to Europe aboard the Queen Mary and soon found live combat experience in

Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Shortly thereafter it was Robert’s company that crossed

the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen. During his deployment he was awarded two Overseas Service

Bars, a European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars, a Good Conduct

Medal, and a WWII Victory Medal. He returned to civilian life in 1946 after fulfilling his military

obligation.

Upon his return, Robert found employment at the McDonough Power Company. He worked there

for 13 years serving as a groundsman, lineman, storekeeper, power use advisor and assistant

manager. In 1957 he left McDonough Power to open his own business, Yeast Printing, Inc. He was

president and CEO of the business for 58 years until retiring in 2015.

Through the years Mr. Yeast was very active in the community. His accomplishments

included service as a member of the Macomb School Unit #185 school board; serving as a Boy Scout

scoutmaster, district chairman and member of the Prairie Council Executive Committee; Trustee,

Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church; Worshipful Master in the Masonic Lodge;

Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year" in 1986; president of the Macomb

Area Chamber of Commerce in 1987; member of the V.F.W. and American Legion Post 6; served as

a board member of the McDonough County Red Cross and the Tuberculosis Association. In 2013,

Robert was honored for his significant contribution to the community throughout his business

life by Macomb Mayor Mike Inman who declared September 9, 2013 as Robert L. Yeast Day.

Robert joined the Macomb Chapter of Rotary International in 1962, serving as president in 1979-

80. He was awarded Rotary’s prestigious Paul Harris award in 1984. As a member of Rotary he

achieved over 54 years of perfect attendance.

Bob Yeast was initiated into the Macomb Elks Lodge in 1942 while in basic training at Camp

Blanding, Jacksonville, Florida. Following WWII he became very active in the Elks, serving as

exalted ruler in 1965-66, the same year he donated the first Easter Bunny costume to Macomb

Lodge for their Easter Bunny program. In 1967, he was chosen as Macomb Lodge "Elk of the

Year." As an active member of the Lodge he served a term on the House Committee, and a five

year term on the Board of Trustees. During this time he sponsored a team in the Macomb Elks

Bowling League which continued into the 1980’s. He also served in several capacities on the Board of

Directors of the Illinois Elks Bowling Association, including 14 years as treasurer and as president.

In 1975 he began his journey through the Illinois Elks Association’s (IEA) District offices, being

elected District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 1980-81. In 1984 he was elected third vice-president

of the IEA and in 1988-89 he served as president. From 1988-93 he was an Area 5 Ritual Committeeman.

During 1988-99 he was selected as the Grand Esteemed Loyal Knight. From 1993-95 he

was chairman of the Grand Lodge Ritual Committee. On November 16, 2013, Macomb Lodge

honored Robert Yeast with a Roast to recognize his 71 years of outstanding service and dedication to

furthering the goals of Elkdom.

Through the years Bob Yeast was often kidded for not having any hobbies. His passion was

work, Rotary and attending Elks events at the Lodge and at state association and Grand Lodge

conventions. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and NASCAR. When the grandchildren were

young, he and Mary would take them to Chicago every Christmas season to see the wonderful

light displays.

Bob Yeast was an astute businessman, but more importantly a kind and compassionate human

being. His gift to mankind was not in talking but in listening and doing. Raised on a farm in the

1930’s Bob was accustomed to hard work, to take nothing for granted, and appreciate what you

have. As a businessman he was generous in giving back to the community, never asking for public

recognition. He was successful because he treasured friendship and respect for his peers. He was

a quiet man, not comfortable in long-winded conversations. If there was work to be done then he

wanted to work, not chat. In high school Bob wanted to be an architect. Circumstances dictated he

follow a different path. He did demonstrate he had the skills to be an architect when he was called

upon to design the original McDonough Power Co-op building and then again, in 1950, when he

designed and performed all the major construction on the first and only home he and Mary would

ever own. They both resided in that home until they were no longer able to care for themselves.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the First Presbyterian

Church in Macomb with the Rev. Mark Merrill officiating, Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in

Macomb. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 8, from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macomb Elks Veterans Service, the Illinois Elks

Children’s Care Corporation or the McDonough County Humane Society.

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

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Larry Ross Jameson, 68, of Macomb

Larry Ross Jameson, 68, of Macomb, Illinois passed away at 10:52 AM Thursday August 3, 2017 at his residence. He was born March 9, 1949 in Danville, Illinois to Dale William and Margaret Elizabeth (Dixon) Jameson and raised by an aunt and uncle, Don and Jo Jameson. He married Nancy K. Neuhardt in 1972. He later married Beth A. McGinnis on December 30, 2016. They both survive.
He is also survived by two children, Kelly M. (Patricia) Jameson of Chicago, IL; Eric R. (Courtney Williams) Jameson of Macomb, IL; seven siblings, Dave (Barb) Jameson of Bushnell, IL; Doug (Gloria) Jameson of Bloomington, IL; Susan (John) Odenthal of Geneva, IL; Dan (Kathleen) Jameson of Munster, IN; Sally (John) Allhands of Watseka, IL; Gary Jameson of Peoria, IL; Lee (Loretta) Jameson of Downers Grove, IL; sister-in-law Sandy Jameson of McGregor, TX; step mother Phyllis (Raymond) Gibson and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dean Jameson, one brother in infancy and his long time best friend Randy Heil.
Larry graduated in 1967 from Richwoods High School in Peoria, IL. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a BA in 1971 before graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1972. In 1983, Larry and Patrick J. Burke became business partners and purchased Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home from Glenn Wallen and Esther Dodsworth. This was the beginning of a long and successful partnership. Larry was elected McDonough County Coroner in 1980 after being selected to fill a vacancy. He was elected seven more times, serving 28 years as the McDonough County Coroner. While Coroner, Larry served on the Board of Directors for a number of years and was elected to be President of the Illinois Coroner’s and Medical Examiners Association in 1991. He became involved in the 1st Illinois Funeral Directors Disaster Response Team, helping write the guidelines book. Larry also, became a FEMA certified Disaster Response Coordinator, and longtime member of the Cook County Disaster Response Team.   
Larry enjoyed living in Macomb and was very proud of his community. He was involved as a member of Jaycee’s, Odd Fellows Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Macomb Elks Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, Quincy Consistory, Mohammed Shrine, Macomb Rotary Club, the Leatherneck Club, served on the Board of Directors for the Macomb Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors for the Carl Sandburg College Mortuary Science Program.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday August 7, 2017 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Deacon Tony Ensenberger officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday August 6, 2017 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Macomb Bomber Boosters Club or to Western Illinois University Athletics. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com
 

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Keith E. Murfin, 78, Bushnell

Keith E. Murfin age 78 of Bushnell, Illinois, passed away Monday July 31, 2017, at O.S.F. in Peoria.  He was born November 6, 1938 in Macomb, to Sam and Maxine Hodge Murfin.  Keith was united in marriage on June 11, 1960 in Macomb, to Judy Roberts Murfin, she survives of Bushnell.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 57 years Judy of Bushnell, 1 Son: Brad Murfin (Luz), Vacaville, Calif., 3 Daughters: Kelly Raymond, Yellville, Ark., Laura Malott (Brian), Bushnell, Holly Luna (Kirk), Minooka, Illinois, 7 Grandchildren: Matthew Raymond (Lindsay), Madison, Wisconsin, Elliott Malott, Fort Myers Florida, Chase Malott, Bushnell, Illinois, Cyndi Anderson (Meryl), Yelloille, Arkansas, Brad Murfin Jr., Vacaville, California, Tommy Luna (Rangel), Minooka, Illinois, 3 Great Grandchildren: Deserae Marie Hamilton, Cole Roger Anderson, Emmaline Grace Raymond, 1 Sister: Carol Stormer (Paul), Danville, Illinois.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Sisters: Ruth Huston, Norma Jean Fyffe Haws.
Keith had worked at the Colchester Brick and Tile Company, then as a farm hand in the Bushnell area for over 50 years.  He was a hardworking man, who loved his family with every fiber of his being.
Graveside services will be 3:00 P.M. Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Rev. Mark Wolford.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family.  Memorial has been established to Keith's Grandchildren, that were his world. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Betty F. Leefers, 94, Macomb

Macomb-Betty F. Leefers, 94, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 12:00 PM Monday July 31, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
She was born April 23, 1923 in Roseville, Illinois to Edgar and Fern Reed Dakin. She married Kenneth Leefers on Nov. 17, 1954. He preceded her in death on March 27, 2010.
She was also preceded in death by her parent; sisters, Doris Hennenfent and Mary Lou Miller.
She is survived by her children, Charles Leefers of Tucson, Arizona, Susan Kay Leefers of Macomb, Illinois; and a grandson, Alex Leefers of Flagstaff, Arizona.
She worked for the McDonough County Circuit Clerk’s Office for over 10 years. She was also a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday August 5, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Howard White will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Friday August 4, 2017 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Lafayette Square Residential Fund.  Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


 

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Donald F. Scharfenberg, 86, Macomb

Donald F. Scharfenberg passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Wesley Healthcare from complications related to a recent stroke. He was born on May 13, 1931 to Joseph and Alma (Ploog) Scharfenberg in Sterling, Illinois. There he grew up and met and married the love of his life of the past 70 years, Peggy (Beach).

He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Macomb, and son, Jon (Carol) Scharfenberg of Decatur and grandchildren, Taylor and Tucker Scharfenberg, daughter, Jill Roby of O’Fallon, Missouri and grandsons, Ryan and Alex Roby and great-granddaughter, Everleigh Roby, son, Tom (Diane) Scharfenberg of Naperville and grandchildren, Jim and Sarah Scharfenberg. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Paul.

Don was a veteran and served in Japan during the Korean War. Upon his return from his Army service, he earned a degree in Art Education from Northern Illinois University. He went on to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois and his Doctoral degree from Illinois State University. He began his teaching career at National College of Education Evanston, then with the Rockford Public Schools. In 1960, he began his tenure as an art educator at Western Illinois University. He loved teaching students how to understand and appreciate the need for art, and to encourage their artistic growth until his retirement in 1993. He also created numerous works of art that can be seen on display in the Macomb area.

In addition to his artistic talent, he was blessed with a love of music and was proud to have been a member of the University of Illinois Marching Illini, and he sang in numerous choirs throughout his life, including the First Presbyterian Church choir up until his passing.

He had many interests and hobbies including a tremendous love of the outdoors and nature. He enjoyed gardening and watching the birds he would attract to his feeders. He and Peggy spent many hours with their family and friends on their boat. And the only activity he loved more than fishing was cheering for the Fighting Illini, the Chicago Bears, and his beloved Chicago Cubs.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the extraordinary care and compassion we all received from the Emergency Team at McDonough District Hospital, the ICU doctors and staff at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, the Staff at Wesley Healthcare, and the remarkable care of Kristie from MDH Hospice. Special gratitude is extended to Theo Epstein and the World Champion Chicago Cubs.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with Reverend Mark Merrill officiating. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Music Fund or MDH Hospice.

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.

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Velma M. Welch, 85, Tennessee, IL

Velma M. Welch age 85 of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away at her home with her family at her side on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  She was born on July 7, 1932, in the Oak Grove Community located in Hancock, County, Illinois, to George W. and Sarah E. Whelchel Carle.  Velma was united in  marriage to William N. Welch Jr. on August 21, 1949, in Hamilton, Illinois, he preceded her in death November 13, 1984.  She then became very dear friends with Sam Logan and Carroll Weaver, who also preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother: Gerald Carle, 1 Sister: Nellie Shipman, 1 Grandson In Law: Eric Beekman.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Sons: Bill Welch (Theresa), Macomb, Illinois, Bobby Logan, Colchester, Illinois, 3 Grandchildren: Eric Welch (Mary), Macomb, Illinois, Laurie Beekman, Bushnell, Illinois, Chad Welch (Jeri), Macomb, Illinois, 7 Great Grandchildren: Austin Welch, Alex Welch, Sofia Welch, Brooklyn Welch, Caden Welch, Aaron Logan, and Brody Logan.
Velma was a social member of the Macomb V.F.W., Colchester Senior Center, Faith Fellowship Church, Tennessee, Illinois,  Velma enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, crafting, bingo, playing cards, gathering with friends and family, traveling, camping, listening and watching bands perform blue grass and country music.  Of all the things, that she did, her greatest enjoyment came when she watched her son Bill with his antique tractors in the tractor pulls, along with spending time with her family.  Velma had been employed at Western Illinois University for 20 years in Building services.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Dave Scott.  Burial will follow the services at St. Marys Cemetery, St. Marys, Illinois.  Visitation with the family will be 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Memorials are to Faith Fellowship Church, Colchester Senior Center, McDonough District Hospital Hospice, or Colchester Rescue. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Mary E. Howard, 76, Rushville

Mary E. Howard, 76, of Rushville, IL passed away at 9:11a.m., Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.  She was born on July 26, 1941 at Alton, IL a daughter of the late Lloyd Cal & Anna Mae Blurton Clayton.  She married Clifford Eugene Howard on December 2, 1958 in Beardstown, IL.  He preceded her in death on June 1, 1999.  She is survived by (2) sons, Jimmie L. Howard & companion Cheryl Stone, Tommie P. Howard & wife Cheryl of Rushville, IL, (2) daughters, Sue E. Rosen & husband Bill of Houston, TX, Nancy A. Minter & husband Donald of Houston, TX, (6) grandchildren, (3) great grandchildren, (3) brothers, Edward Clayton & wife Pam of Canton, IL, Robert Clayton & wife Sharon of Merritt, IL, Jack Clayton & wife Cindy of Macomb, IL, (1) sister, Dorothy Reische of Springfield, IL, brother-in-law, Mike Vaughn of Ipava, IL & numerous nieces & nephews  She was preceded in death by (1) son, Roger Howard, (1) brother, Lloyd Clayton, (2) sisters, Sue Vaughn, Carolyn Yates.  She worked at Haber Car Wash, Mary’s Dari Maid, Dee’s Café & Brown’s Restaurant until retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Unit #4. Mary loved her vegetable & flower gardens.  Her hobbies were canning, cooking, baking, bird watching and in later years her cats.  Funeral arrangements will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com

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Wanda L. Miller, 99, Havana IL

Name:   Wanda L. Miller                           Age:    99

Address:   Havana, IL

Date of Death: Friday, July 28, 2017   Time: 8:23 pm       

Place:  Havana Health Care Center in Havana, IL

Date of Birth:    June 22, 1918  Place: Sheldons Grove, IL

Parents: Pete and Lula Maye (Curless) Hamm

Married: Fred Miller on November 22, 1943 in Palmyra, MO. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1984.

Survivors: Son- Richard (and Connie) Miller of Rushville, IL
  Son- Pete (and Pam) Miller of Lewistown, IL
  9 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, 9 Great-Great-Grandchildren
  Brother- Pete (and Lois) Hamm, Jr. of Browning, IL

Preceded by:    son, Tim Miller, daughter, Joyce Korth, 5 brothers, Marshall, Dallas, J.C., Dale,      and Virgil Hamm and her sister Glenna Hursch

Occupation:  Homemaker


Memberships:   Wanda lived at and enjoyed overlooking Anderson Lake before making her home with her daughter, Joyce, in Bath.
She was an avid bowler. She bowled in Pro-Ams all over the country and was inducted into the Illinois Bowling Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Havana Women’s Bowling Association in 1982. At age 82, she finally retired her bowling ball.
Wanda traveled to Las Vegas several times. She attended many Miller reunions and was known for her cooking and homemade noodles. 

Services:  Graveside service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Sheldons Grove Cemetery.

Place:    Sheldons Grove Cemetery

Officiating:  Pastor Wayne Cureless

Visitation:    

Interment:     Sheldons Grove Cemetery

Memorials:          Hickory-Kerton Fire Department

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

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D. Jane LeFebvre, 77, of Macomb

D. Jane LeFebvre, 77, of Macomb, Illinois passed away at 4:11 AM Friday July 28, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital.  She was born November 9, 1939 in Macomb to Norris and Bertha (McCammon) Moon.  She married John “Max” LeFebvre in Macomb, IL on November 11, 1961. He preceded her in death in 2007.
Surviving are two children Tracy (Rick) VanBrooker of Macomb, IL; Joe (Melissa) LeFebvre of Macomb, IL; seven grandchildren, Kellen (Seth) Hughes, Makenna LeFebvre, Mariah Manzo, Heather Mesick, Hanna Mesick, Holli (Spencer) Raleigh and Andie (Mark) Cokel; four great-grandchildren, Tessa Jane Hughes, Briar Allen Taft, Jaden Elizabeth Taft and Ellison Eileen Cokel; one sister Mary Ann Fowler of Macomb, IL; and her special friend, significant other and companion Craig Duyser.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two siblings, Saranelle Deane and Frank Moon.
Jane and Max owned and operated the Black Bull Taco House in Macomb for several years. She was a member of the Macomb VFW Post 1921, American Legion Post 6, Elks Lodge #1009 and the Macomb Eagles Club.  Jane was also an avid Cubs fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends especially her grandchildren.
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Visitation will be held Tuesday August 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial of ashes will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Macomb American Legion Post 6 or to the Macomb Eagles Club. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Ronald O. Weaver, 80, Adair

Ronald O. Weaver, 80, of Adair, Illinois passed away Wednesday July 26, 2017 at his residence.       He was born March 29, 1937 in Hancock County, IL to Melvin and Irene (Curtis) Weaver.  He married Shirley Chapman on June 12, 1960 in New Philadelphia, IL, she survives.

Also surviving is one daughter, Kathy (Kurt) Gibson of Anderson, SC; two grandsons, Michael and Ryan Gibson; six brothers, Francis (Dixie) Weaver of Bushnell, Il; Jerry (Dorothy) Weaver of Decatur, IL; Scott (Roberta) Weaver of Macomb, IL; Danny (Norma) Weaver of Cobden, IL; Bennie (Nancy) Weaver of Augusta, IL; Lyle Weaver of Macomb, IL; four sisters, Beverly (Jim) Manley of Plymouth, IL; Melvina Gilbert of Macomb, IL; Betty (Richard) White of Macomb, IL; Linda (Vernon) Twait of Carbondale, IL; one step-sister, Patty (Ray) LuBash of Good Hope, IL.

Ronald retired from NTN Bower’s in 1999, after 33 years of service.  He was a member of the New Salem Christian Church.  Ronald, along with his brother Francis, enjoyed playing country music at local nursing homes and square dances for many years.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday July 29, 2017 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home where visitation will be one hour prior to services.  Rev. Jim Eddy will officiate.  Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Adair Rescue Squad.  Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com
 

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