Obituaries

Patricia Rhea Aaberg, 69. of LaHarpe

Patricia Rhea Aaberg (Hallowell), 69, died peacefully after a brief illness in Corinth, Mississippi on April 6, 2018.
 
Pat was born on January 18, 1949 in Muscatine, Iowa to Henry (Hank) Rhea and Lillian Marie (Green) Hallowell. She graduated from La Harpe High School in 1967. She graduated from the College of the Ozarks with two degrees in teaching. In 1974, she joined the Army and was assigned to Fort Dix where she served as a Recreational Specialist. She was transferred to Tripler Army Base in Hawaii and was honorably discharged as an Staff Sergeant. Due to injuries sustained while on Active Duty, she was designated as a disabled veteran.
 
She received her master’s degree while in Hawaii in 1982. She moved to Fruitland Park, Florida on a permanent basis in 2001 where she cared for her mother until her death in 2007. She was a member of the American Legion Post 219 in Fruitland Park. On November 9, 2004 (Veteran’s Day), she married Donald Martin Aaberg. They moved from Florida to Adamsville, Tennessee in 2010.
 
Pat had a passion for painting. She painted many pictures for family and friends, specializing in pastels. She was known for her quick wit, infectious smile, magnetic personality and her kind and compassionate spirit.
 
Pat was preceded in death by her father, Hank, her mother, Marie and her brother, Donald W. Hallowell and her stepson William Aaberg. She is survived by her husband Donald, and her beloved grandchild Liberty Jane Bean and many lifelong friends including Margaret Haecherl of Nashville, TN, Kathy Butler of Blandinsville, Ill., and Betty Quigle of Smyrna, TN.
 
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the La Harpe Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.
 
Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe is assisting with arrangements. 
 
Visit banksandbeals.com to leave a condolence or sign the guest book.

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Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Ash, 91, of Macomb

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Ash, 91, of Macomb, IL passed away ay 3:25 AM on Sunday July 15, 2018 at Courtyard Estates of Bushnell. She was born February 7, 1927 in McDonough County to Philip and Marie (Crew) Woerly. She married Garland William Ash on October 25, 1947 in Macomb, IL. He survives.
 
Also surviving are two daughters, Marsha (John) Huckabey of Macomb, IL, Glenda (Steve) Harvey of Chatham, IL; three grandchildren, Jennifer Kitch, Trenton Huckabey, Greg Harvey; two great-granddaughters, Karissa Kitch, Lily McSperritt and one great-great-grandson, Aden Kitch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Loretta Roberts and two brothers Paul and Alfred Woerly.
 
Betty owned and operated Betty’s Beauty Corner for over 40 years. She was an active member in the Macomb Elks Lodge 1009 Auxiliary and the Macomb Eagles Club. As a pastime, she enjoyed bowling and was a master at playing 4-point pitch. She and her husband enjoyed to travel together, they particularly loved taking bus tours. Betty enjoyed spending time with family especially with her grandchildren. She was so proud of each of them.
 
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be on hour prior to the services. Father Deptula will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded after the service. Private burial of ashes will be in St. Paul Cemetery at a later date. 
 
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 
 
Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com 
 
 
 
 

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Evelyn R. "Sally' Young, 83, of LaHarpe

Evelyn R. "Sally" Young, 83, of LaHarpe, IL passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:08 PM at the Countryview Care Center in Macomb, IL.

 

She was born May 27, 1935 in Burlington, IA the daughter of William V and Mary Connor Sliger. She was first married to William L. Akers, Sr. They later divorced. On January 1, 1964 she married Carl A. Young in Carthage, IL. He preceded her in death on June 15, 1998.

 

She raised horses and hunting dogs. She enjoyed caring for other people and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She attended the Agape Church in LaHarpe.

 

She is survived by 1 son, William L. "Bill" (Kathy) Akers, Jr. of rural Blandinsville, IL, 2 grandsons, Bill (Angel) Akers of Mediapolis, IA and Justin (Jenna) Akers of rural Blandinsville, and 2 great-grandchildren, Kilie and Keegan Akers.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, 1 brother, William "Bud" Sliger, 1 sister, Leota Bright and her parents.

 

No services are planned. A memorial fund has been established to help with final expenses. Contributions may be mailed to; Sally Young Memorial, c/o Banks & Beals Funeral Home, PO Box 503, LaHarpe, IL 61450.

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Don Wendell Mathis, 73, of Macomb

Don Wendell Mathis, 73, of Macomb went to be with his Lord and Savior at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family.

 

He was born on August 3, 1944 in Pittsfield, Illinois to Wendell W. and Helen A. Douglas Mathis. He married Shirley E. Martin on January 3, 1968 in Nogales, Arizona. She survives.

 

Also surviving are three daughters, Sherri (Steven) Oyler of Millstadt, Illinois, Vicki (Corey) Millard of Oregon, Wisconsin and Diana (Chad) Wade of Decatur, Illinois; one son, Marcus (Kara) Mathis of Normal, Illinois; grandchildren, Jared and Zachary Farniok, Tyler and Hayley Millard, Lucas and Owen Wade and Skylar and Josie Mathis and two brothers, Ray (Amy) Mathis of Seminole, Florida and Lee (Janet) Mathis of Simpsonville, South Carolina.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

 

Don attended Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas and was a member of Macomb Church of Christ. He worked in residential carpentry owning Don Mathis Construction for 53 years before his retirement.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Macomb Church of Christ with Tim Burke officiating. The family will meet with friends from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church. Private burial of ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

 

Memorials may be made to 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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Donald "Don" B. Christopher, 92, of Avon, IL

Donald “Don” B. Christopher, 92, of Avon, IL passed away at 2:15 PM on July 11, 2018 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL.

 

He was born September 5, 1925 in Grand Rapids, MI to Leonard and Marion (Cook) Christopher. He married Gloria Miller on December 28, 1995 in Memphis, TN; she survives.

 

Also surviving is one son, Paul (Debbie) Christopher of Memphis, TN; two grandchildren, Michael and Brian Christopher; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, William Christopher of Rochester, NY.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

 

Don bravely served his county in the 8th Army-Air Corp in England during WWII. He retired from International Harvester after 34 years of service. He was a member of the Bushnell Rotary Club, Macomb University Baptist Church, and Avon Rescue Squad.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be announced at a later date. Martin-Hollis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

 

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Roger L. Clark age 77 of Plymouth, Illinois

Roger L. Clark age 77 of Plymouth, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois. 

 

He was born February 20, 1941 in Lamoine Township, McDonough County, to Newell and Bernice Lester Clark.  Roger was united in marriage in Carthage on June 8, 1960, to Lynda McCracken. 

 

Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife of 58 years Lynda Clark, 1 Son: Tim (Stacy) Clark, Macomb, 3 Grandchildren: Kallie Jo Clayton, Britta Clark, Austin Clark, 2 Great Grandchildren: Veronica Dillman, Bruce Dillman, 2 Brothers: Richard (Helen) Clark, Colchester, Stanley (Paula) Clark, Plymouth, 1 Sister: Nadene Hoing, Macomb, and many Nieces, Nephews and cousins.

 

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers: Gerald Clark and Larry Clark.

 

Roger was a lifetime farmer, he had worked at Haeger Pottery in Macomb and retired after 16 years from Yetter Manufacturing in Colchester.  He loved to go fishing and deer hunting.  He enjoyed his old cars and going to car shows with the love of his life Lynda and taking rides in the cars around the area.  Roger’s greatest joy came from the time he spent with his family.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded.  No services will be held.  Memorial to St. Jude Children's Hospital can be sent or dropped off to the Jones Mortuary in Colchester Box 352, Colchester, 62326. 

 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

 

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Donald L. "Tailspin" Smith, 88, of Macomb

Donald L. "Tailspin" Smith, 88, of Macomb passed away at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2018 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana.

 

He was born on May 25, 1930 in Walnut Grove to Russell and Rose Morrow Smith. He married Elnora Wilson on October 3, 1952 in Macomb. She passed away on October 27, 2011.

 

He is also preceded in death by his parents and one brother Russell Gene Smith.

 

Donald is survived by one son, Tim (Vicki) Smith of Macomb; two daughters, Karen (Rick) Kitch of Polson, Montana and Tammy (Todd) Potter of Carthage; six grandchildren, Todd (Michelle) Kitch, Chad (Laurie) Kitch, Jaime Dygert, Jason (Jennifer) Smith, Jessica (Matt) Koeppen and Lucas Potter; ten great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Shelby, Sydney, Addley and Maisey Kitch, Allison and Nicholas Smith and Silvi and Reva Koeppen, one brother Chester Lyle (Nona) Smith, sisters-in-law Joanna Smith, Betty (Ed) Agans, and Alice Hodges, several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Donald served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1947 until 1951. He worked as a union electrician for many years, and was a member of IBEW Local # 34. He retired in 1992. Donald very much loved his family and was an avid Chicago Bears, Bulls ,White Sox, and Blackhawks fan, and was honored as a veteran in October 2017 during the National Anthem at a Blackhawks game in Chicago.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Crossing in Macomb with Pastor Ben Ellefritz officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with full military rites conducted by Macomb American Legion and Macomb VFW.

 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Macomb V.F.W.

 

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

 

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Dorothy "Dotty" M. Cramblet, 72, of Bushnell

Dorothy “Dotty” M. Cramblet, 72, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 7:47 PM on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

 

She was born March 15, 1946 to John and Dorothy (Kepple) Lawson. She married Ron Cramblet on July 17, 1966, they were married for 35 years.

 

She is survived by her three children, Neil (Elizabeth) Cramblet of O’Fallon, MO, Lisa (Stacey) Worthington of Bushnell, IL, Kim (John) McKay of Minonk, IL; eight grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Alex and Bryce McKay.

Dotty was an active member of the Bushnell Christian Church and served on the Bushnell-Prairie City School Board for 8 years. Her and her husband owned and operated Upsy Daisy Flowers in Bushnell for 18 years. She did in home daycare and then retired from Walmart after 23 years.

 

Services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday July 16th, 2018 at the Bushnell Christian Church. Pastor John Simmons will officiate. Interment will be in Bushnell Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday July 15, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home.
 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell Christian Church.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

 

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Ruth W. Bryan, 89, of Lincoln

Ruth W. Bryan, 89, of Lincoln, formerly of Macomb passed away at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Christian Village Nursing Home in Lincoln.

 

She was born on April 10, 1929 in Industry to Harry B. and Leona Neer Soper. She married Lowell Bryan on October 27, 1956 in Macomb. He passed away on August 26, 2012.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; stepson, Michael Bryan; five brothers and one sister.

 

Ruth is survived by two sons, Paul (Beth) Bryan of Emden, Ill., and Dan (Janis) Bryan of Ashland, Oregon; one stepson, Ben Bryan of Naples, Florida; one stepdaughter, Lynn (David) O’Hern of St. Augustine, Florida; nine grandsons, David, Curtis (Christina), Clinton, Cole, Michael, Leonard, Matthew, Elijah and Zachary; one granddaughter, Savanna; five great-grandchildren Will, Joshua, Justin, Zeirn and Hunter and one step-great-granddaughter Tessa Nichole.

 

Ruth graduated from Bardolph High School in 1947. She lived all of her married life in Macomb. She worked for the McDonough County Circuit Clerk’s office for 18 years. She then worked as a legal secretary for C. Don Weston and finished her working career at McDonough County Division of Children and Family Services. She retired in 1991.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Macomb with Father Adam Stimpson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Bardolph Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy or St. Paul’s Church.

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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Jack H. Mariner, 94, of Bushnell

Jack H. Mariner, 94, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 1:00 PM on Monday July 9, 2018 at the Meadows Retirement Community in Chenoa, IL.

 

He was born February 16, 1924 in Macomb, IL to Charles “Jack” and Edythe (Harris) Mariner. He married Reta M. Raymond in Roseville, IL on December 9, 1956; she preceded him in death on August 12, 1980. He later married Patricia Everly on November 11, 1983; she preceded him in death on May 15, 1996.

 

He was also preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Tom LaCourse.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Pam (Timothy) Good of Manhattan, IL, Nancy Mariner of Normal, IL; six step-children, Jeannie Phillips of Indianapolis, IN, Deb (Dockstader) Randy of Galesburg, IL, Larry “Boge” LaCourse of Bushnell, IL, Tim (Daphne) LaCourse of Bushnell, IL, David (Starr) LaCourse of Robertsdale, AL, Rhonda (John) Warren of Pontiac, IL; several grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

 

Jack served his country as a U.S. Marine during WWII and Korea, and was active in the Bushnell VFW for many years. He served on the McDonough County Planning Commission, Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and the Bushnell Fire Protection District, as a trustee and president.

 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday July 13, 2018 at the Bushnell Cemetery. Timothy Good will officiate. Calling hours will be held before the service from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home.

 

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Bushnell Fire Department or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

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Earl Eugene Little, 33, of Quincy

Earl Eugene Little, 33, of Quincy, formerly of Rushville, passed away at 11:21 PM, on Friday, July 6, 2018, in Pinckneyville, Illinois.

 

He was the son of Jay E. and Michelle Marie (Marvel) Little born on July 23, 1984 in Quincy.

 

Surviving are two sons Tycen Little and Landon Little both of Beardstown, his father Jay Little and wife Teresa of Frederick, two sisters Dana Caley and husband Andy of Quincy and Jennifer Graham and husband Josh of Paducah, Kentucky, one brother Hank Little of Nashville, Tennessee and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his mother Michelle Little and grandparents James and Eva Little and Horace and Jonquil Marvel.

 

Earl was a 2003 graduate of Rushville High School.  He served in the United States Air Force and attended the Fireman’s Academy in San Angelo, Texas.  He was stationed with the fire department at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.  He worked for Caley Construction and was a programmer for Titan Wheel both in Quincy.  He was an Illini, Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls sports teams fan.  He was most proud of being a father and loved his sons beyond measure.

 

Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, July 13, 2018, at the Rushville City Cemetery with Andy Caley officiating.  There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials are suggested to his son’s education fund.  The Wood Funeral Home in Rushville has been entrusted with assisting the family. 

 

You are invited to share your memories of Earl and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

 

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Clara Mable Thompson, 93, of Canton

Clara Mable Thompson, 93, of Canton, IL formerly of Bushnell passed away at 5:17 PM July 9, 2018 at Heartland Healthcare Center.

 

She was born August 11, 1924 in Smithshire, IL to George and Olive (Lauver) Wright. She married Robert J. Thompson on February 2, 1946 in Phoenix City, Alabama. He preceded her in death October 9, 2011.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Douglas Thompson, two sisters, Nola Wallis; Frances Hass and one brother G. Duane Wright.

 

Surviving are four children, George R. (Peggy) Thompson of Prairie City, IL; Roberta (Gilbert) Stutes of Canton, IL; Gary L. (Mary) Thompson of Macomb, IL; Linda (Robert) Lewis of St. louis, MO; eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

 

Clara was a long time employee of the Bushnell Ben Franklin Store, she was a hard worker and enjoyed helping others. She was also a member of the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday July 14, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to services. Pastor Dean Reverts will officiate. Interment will be in the Prairie City Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell Rescue Squad.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

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Martin D. Edwards, 55, of Rushville

Martin D. Edwards, 55, of Rushville, passed away at 10:31 AM, Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

 

He was born on April 7, 1963, in Rushville, the son of Robert J. and Bernita (Hoffmeier)

Edwards. He married Shari Murray on August 31, 1984, in Rushville and she survives.

 

Also surviving are his children Chris (wife Amber) Edwards of Fairbury, Emma (Jake

Hendricks) Bentz of Arenzville, and Kelli (Curtis Terwelp) Edwards of Rushville, three

grandchildren Carson Bentz, Harper Edwards, and Tucker Edwards and one granddaughter on the way, his brothers and sisters Joe Edwards and wife Vickie of Frederick, Terrie Loughary and husband Mike of Beardstown, and Susan Crook of Rushville, sisters-in law Diane Edwards of Rushville, and Susan Seymore and husband Bill of Macomb, brother-in-law Kevin Murray and wife Nancy and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Steve Edwards.

 

Martin first worked as a baker at Kozy Korner in Rushville. He was currently a custodian at Webster School in Rushville, having begun on June 8, 1987. He loved the kids and his coworkers as though they were his own family. He also worked for Bruiser’s food stand.

 

He was a devoted and committed member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rushville. He had a passion for collecting telephones and was a member of the Antique Telephone Collectors Association and the Telephone Collectors International. He enjoyed playing with his pet bull Junior that he had raised from a baby, along with his other cattle Rosie and Chance. He loved the television show, “The Walton’s”, and often commented he would like to join their family. His grandson now carries the love of the show with him. Martin never met a stranger and loved to visit every chance he could get. His grandkids held the most important place in his heart.

 

Services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Mike Burdick officiating. Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery on Honey Point Road, near Meredosia. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.

 

Memorials are suggested to his grandchildren’s education.

 

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

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Paul Byers Lescher, 75, of Blandinsville

Paul Byers Lescher, 75 of Blandinsville, IL died Saturday July 7, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 26, 1942 in Macomb, Il to Arthur and Elgin (Hensley) Lescher. He married Betty Frye in Macomb July 31, 1959. She survives.

 

Also surviving are two children, Kathryn (Kenny) Rutledge of Adair, IL; Kris (Cathy) Lescher of Macomb, IL; three grandchildren, Krista (Tim) Herrin of Manito, IL, Kolette (Chad) Kirkenmeier of Bolingbrook, IL, Doug (Erica) Lescher of Hamilton, IL; five great grandchildren, Avery and Clayton Herrin, Caden Kirkenmeier, Baby Girl Kirkenmeier due in September, Taylor and Byers Lescher; Sister Ann(Gene) Welsh; Aunt Elaine Deems and several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved yellow lab, Leo.

 

Paul was a 1960 graduate of Western High School.  He was a member of the Western High football team which was undefeated. He scored 20 touchdowns in one season and selected for the Little All-State team. He was a heavy equipment operator. He worked for IDOT for 30 years until his retirement in 2002. He was a lifelong farmer in Blandinsville and lifetime member of the Macomb Elks Lodge 1009.

 

In his youth, Paul and his sister Ann were well known for their participation with their Shetland ponies in the Fancy Turnout Class.  They won many awards at various fairs, including the Illinois State Fair. Paul and Betty enjoyed running and traveled to many races throughout the years. They were some of the original members of the Macomb Road Runners. He loved boating with his family on the Mississippi River and Lake of the Ozarks. He was great water-skier and taught his children and his grandchildren how to ski. He loved spending time with family, especially his great grandchildren.

 

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday July 13, 2018 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with Rev. Kelly Ingersoll officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday July 12, 2018 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Blandinsville Fire Rescue Squad or to the Donor’s Choice. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Sharon K. Walter, 75, of Prairie City, IL

Sharon K. Walter, 75, of Prairie City, IL passed away at 9:45 PM on July 8, 2018 at Heartland Health Care in Galesburg, IL.

 

She was born January 10, 1943 in Warren County, IL to Aquilla and Kathryn (Moore) Foust. She married Jerry Walter on December 9, 1962 in Roseville, IL; he survives.

 

Also surviving are her children, Kevin Walter of Prairie City, IL, Kim (John Douglas) Walter of Bushnell, IL, Kyle Walter of Bushnell, IL; three sisters, Beverly Jean (Don) Waller of Macomb, IL, Donna Stopplewerth of Colchester, IL, and Kathy Foust of Colchester, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Jacob Walter; two brothers; and one half-sister.

 

One of Sharon’s favorite hobbies was tending to her flower garden and she loved watching the hummingbirds. She also enjoyed operating a Ham Radio, with her call sign being N9TGA. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Wednesday Hit and Miss Bowling League, Friendly Neighbors Club, and Bushnell United Methodist Church. She ran the nursery in the church for many years, was in the United Methodist Women’s Circle, and the church choir. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday July 12, 2018 at the Bushnell United Methodist Church. Pastor Amy Holman will officiate. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell United Methodist Church or the Bushnell Rescue Squad.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

 

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Dixie A. Weaver, 76, of Bushnell

Dixie A. Weaver, 76, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 7:34 AM on July 5, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

 

She was born May 16, 1942 in Canton, IL to Ora and Wynona (Camp) Rittenhouse. She married Francis E. Weaver on March 15, 1959 in Ipava, IL; he survives.

 

Also surviving is one son, Tim (Michelle) Weaver, of Macomb, IL; three grandchildren, Keeley, Ava, and Laney Weaver.

 

Dixie loved and solely listened to country music, especially Elvis Presley. She enjoyed making jewelry and loved spending time with her three granddaughters, who she was crazy about.

 

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday July, 8, 2018 at the Highway Family Restaurant in Bushnell, IL.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation. Martin-Hollis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

 

 

 

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Rosalie James, 87, of LaHarpe

Rosalie Kimler James, 87, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 6:12 AM, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL.

 

She was born on February 20, 1931 in Blandinsville, Illinois to Leonard and Sylvia Sweasy Kimler. She married Merlin James on August 28, 1949 in Blandinsville.

 

Rosalie was a member of the Sciota Christian Church and in 1998, transferred her membership to the Blandinsville Christian Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed doing for others. She loved giving hugs to everyone.

 

Surviving to mourn her passing are, 1 Daughter: Charlotte Nelson (Mike) of Colchester, IL, 2 Sons: Mike James (Donna) of LaHarpe and Greg James (Anna) of Blandinsville, 10 grandchildren: Amy Chambers (Lance), Derrick James, Nicole Allensworth (Derek), Todd Nelson (Megan), Joanna Johnson (Cory), Craig James, Tim Nelson (Sara), Grant James (Bobi), Luke James (Jena) and Brice James (Jason) and 18 great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; one son: Mitchell James, one grandson: Evan James, and one sister: Marjory Kempher.

 

Visitation will be Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Blandinsville Christian Church from 9:00 until 11:00AM followed by the funeral at 11:00AM at the church with Pastor Gordon Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in the Glade City Cemetery, Blandinsville, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville Fire Department, the Blandinsville Christian Church or to BWP Football (because she loved watching her sons, grandsons and great grandsons play football).

 

Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, IL is assisting with arrangements.

 

To leave a condolence, please visit her obituary at banksandbeals.com.

 

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David Wilson, 76, of Blandinsville

David Wilson, 76, of Blandinsville passed away at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

 

He was born on January 2, 1942 in Macomb to Wendell and Mary Irey Wilson.

 

He is survived by one daughter, Beth (Tyler) Carson of rural Colchester; two grandchildren, Lauren and Reid Carson; two sisters, Sandra Riggins of Macomb and Jane (Dennis Hoerner) of Aledo; one brother, William (Denise) Wilson of Springfield; one sister-in-law, Carol Wilson of LaHarpe; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Sally Day of Stronghurst.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a twin brother, Joe Wilson and a brother-in-law, Roger Riggins.

 

Dave lived in Blandinsville all of his life. He was a 1960 graduate of Western High in Macomb. He worked for United Feeds for many years before his retirement. He also worked for the ordinance plant in Middleton, Iowa and construction for several years.

 

He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, playing pool, watching NASCAR and going to car shows. He mowed several area cemeteries for several years. He was on the Blandinsville-Hire Fire Department and a member of Twin Oaks Country Club. He was an Army veteran.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family burial of cremains will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville.

 

Memorials may be made to the Blandinsville-Hire Fire and Rescue Squad.

 

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

 

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Harlin L. Terry, 93, of Littleton

Harlin L. Terry, 93, of Littleton, passed away at 4:10 PM, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Culbertson
Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
 
He was born on December 22, 1924, in Beardstown, Illinois, the son of Charles E. and Lillian
Elizabeth (Riggall) Terry. He married Margaret Trone on August 24, 1947, at the First Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.
 
Surviving are his wife Margaret of Littleton, son Stephen Terry and wife Cathy of Littleton,
daughter Rita Geisler and husband James of Rushville, five grandchildren Stephanie Maliongas,
Sally Trone and husband Steve, Terri Belville and husband Dennis, Scott Terry and Anne Oliver
and husband Justin, 12 great grandchildren Cody Morris and wife Jayme, Abigail Morris, Alex
Kellerman, Jakob Maliongas, Deni Trone, Tyler Trone, Madelyn Belville, Carson Belville,
Charlie Terry, Ethan Oliver, Mitchell Oliver and Emersyn Oliver, five great great grandchildren
Keaton, Dawsyn, Jaxson and Oliver Morris and Lillian Zeisler, one sister Carolee Gorsuch of
Littleton and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother
Earl Terry and a grandson-in-law Adam Maliongas.
 
Harlin joined the United States Navy, during WW II. He served as a ships cook Second Class
Petty Officer aboard the SS America, which was the first cruise ship converted to a troop
transport ship. After the service, he worked for a short time at Porcelain Plant in Macomb. He
then became a farmer for his entire life, surveying the crops the last week of his life. He and his
son operated a logging business for over 50 years, until 2008.
 
He attended the Littleton Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting raccoons and mushrooms. He
cherished time with his family and everyone looked forward to Sunday get togethers. He was a
dedicated caregiver to his parents for many years. He loved humor and was a practical jokester.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville,
with Steve Hoover officiating. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation
will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in
Rushville.
 
Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler School District Lunch Program or the
First Baptist Church of Littleton
 
You are invited to share your memories of Harlin and leave
condolences at www.woodfh.net.

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Marjorie Jennings, 84, of Macomb

Marjorie Jennings, 84, of Macomb, formerly of Silvis, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.

 

She was born on December 30, 1933 in Adair to Doyle and Elsie Reneau Hensley. She married Donald Lee Jennings on June 26, 1953. He passed away in 1972.

 

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Rebecca Jennings; son-in-law, David Serrano; three brothers and two sisters.

 

Marjorie is survived by one daughter, Donella Serrano of Coal Valley; grandchildren, David N. (Julie) Serrano, Jr. of Coal Valley and Denise J (Roger ) Rouse of Largo, Florida and five great-grandchildren, Austin Danner, Dylan Rouse, Manuel Serrano, Kayden Serrano and Lakyn Serrano.

 

She lived in Silvis for many years before moving to Macomb in 2004. She worked as a secretary for United Van Lines moving company for 29 years.

 

She is a member of Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Donnie Case officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made in her memory.

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Martha B. Miller, 74, of LaHarpe, IL

Martha B. Miller, 74, of LaHarpe, IL, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 while vacationing in Mexico City, Mexico.

She was born on July 5, 1943 in Keokuk, IA the daughter of Delbert and Mary Gemming Wyatt. On December 22, 1963 she married Richard V. Miller in Swan Creek, IL.

Mrs. Miller was a 1961 graduate of Roseville High School. She then attended Western Illinois University and took courses through Illinois State University. She served as Librarian for 25 years at the LaHarpe Carnegie Library. She was responsible for automating the system at the Library and one of her favorite duties at the Library was overseeing children’s story hours. Martha was a member of the Chapter B.O. of the LaHarpe P.E.O. and the Good Hope United Methodist Church. She loved music, sewing, stitching projects and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Richard, one daughter, Sarah Kerfoot of Colchester, IL, four grandchildren, Konnor Bellmore of Scottsdale, AZ, Calvin Kerfoot, AJ Kerfoot and Brady Thomas all of Colchester, one sister, Mary Prueter of Macomb and one brother, James Wyatt of Good Hope, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Eric and two sisters, Ruth Shragal and Rebecca Stillwell. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Good Hope United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Herdt officiating. The family will meet with friends following the service in the church basement where light refreshments will be served. Burial will be held at a later date in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Chapter B.O. of the LaHarpe P.E.O. or the Good Hope United Methodist Church Music Program.

 

To leave a condolence please visit Martha’s obituary at banksandbeals.com

 

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John P. Frank, 71, of Bushnell

John P. Frank, 71, of Bushnell, Illinois passed away at 9:15 PM Friday June 29, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital. He was born October 22, 1946 in Keokuk, Iowa to Paul H. and Doris L. (Spurgeon) Frank. He married Rosemary L. Allen on August 3, 1974 in Bushnell, IL. She survives. 

 

Also surviving, daughter Paula (Matt) Carpenter of Marquette Heights, IL and their two daughters Julia and Jocelyn Carpenter; two sisters, Jean (Bob) Douglas of Bushnell, IL; Judy (Larry) Shepard of Swan Creek, IL; and one brother Jim Frank of Fulton County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, half-sister Donna Ruble and half-brother Deo Dover.

 

John worked at Porcelain Products in Macomb from 1965 until it closed in 2003. He went on to work for Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Bushnell for 15 years retiring in February of 2018. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed fishing. Most important to John and his true happiness came from spending time with his family, especially his two granddaughters and watching them grow.

 

John was a veteran of the United States Army having served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 where he received a Purple Heart award. He was a Life Member of the Pierce-McDonald VFW Post 1422, where he served many terms as the Post Commander and as a member of the Honor Guard. John was also a member of the Macomb American Legion and Veterans Assistance Committee of McDonough County. John was a veteran on the September 2017 Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

 

John was of the Baptist faith.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 4, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Bushnell VFW. Private burial of ashes will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF).

 

Memorials may be sent to Martin-Hollis Funeral Home or made online at http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=6919&pg=personal&px=12170129

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

 

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Larry R. James, 64, of Blandinsville

Larry R. James, 64, of Blandinsville, formerly of Colchester, passed away at his home in Blandinsville on Monday, June 25, 2018. He was born September 22, 1953 in Macomb, to Benjamin and Elgin McCullough James. Larry was united in marriage on June 23, 1984, in Colchester, to Paula Graham.

 

Surviving to mourn his passing is his father: Benny James of Colchester, 2 Sons: Steve (Ashley) James, Macomb, Roger James, Macomb, 2 Brothers: Sidney (Jennifer) James, Bardoiph, Michael (Marjorie) James, Prairie City, 2 Sisters’: Bonnie (Tom) Wilson, Colchester, Becky (Mike) Campbell, Estero, Florida, Larry’s ex-wife: Paula Matthew, Morrow Georgia, along with many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Larry was preceded in death by his mother: Elgin James, 1 Sister: Sarah Jane Burke and both sets of Grandparents.

 

Larry had worked for 31 and 1/2 years at Cooper Industries in Macomb, while he was at Cooper, he held offices in the Local ABG Union 86, and 12 years at Western Illinois University in Building Services, where he retired. He served his country in the United States Army. He was an active member in the Blandinsville First Christian Church. He enjoyed going uptown in the mornings to have coffee at Tinks and visiting with his friends. He also enjoyed playing pool, going to the Y.M.C.A. and watching the Cincinnati Reds play ball. The thing that brought the most pride was the time he spent with his family, friends and his boys.

 

Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Gordon Blankenship. Military Rites will be held at the funeral home by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion. The family will meet with friends 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Saturday. Private burial of the Cremains will be held at a later date, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Friday, then from 8:00 A.M. till time of services Saturday. Memorial is to the Blandinsville First Christian Church.

 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Richard "Dick" Toland, 67, of Rushville

Richard “Dick” Toland, 67, of Rushville, passed away at 1:50 PM, Monday, June 25, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

 

He was born on May 21, 1951, in Rushville, the son of Charles and Laura (Fuqua) Toland. He married Laura Parker on August 26, 2000 in Rushville and she survives in Meredosia.

 

Also surviving are his son Chris and wife Chelsey of Rushville; two grandchildren Kaisen and Paisley Toland; two step children Dustin Parker and fiancée Loretta and Andrew Parker all of Meredosia; three step grandchildren Lakyn Parker, Addy Parker and Bryleigh Parker; one brother James Toland and wife Sally of Rushville; two nephews Jamie Toland and wife Sarah and Matthew Toland and husband Saul Nache; one niece Cara Ham and husband Terry; one aunt Joanne Grate and one uncle Jerry Thurman, both of Rushville, and several cousins.

 

Dick was a 1969 graduate of Rushville High School and a graduate of Spoon River College. He worked for over 40 years as a union cable splicer. He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the Rushville City Cemetery with Pastor Charla Meyers officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to Hope Blooms or the charity of one’s choice.

 

Wood Funeral Home in Rushville has been entrusted to assist the family. You are invited to share your memories of Dick and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

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John R. Farris, 73, of Blandinsville

John R. Farris, 73, of Blandinsville passed away at 7:58 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 at his residence. He was born on July 7, 1944 in Abingdon to Irene Wells. He married Marietta Foster on April 16, 1963 in Macomb. She survives.

 

Also surviving are his mother, Irene Wells of Galesburg; two sons, William (Rosetta) Farris of Galesburg and Carl (Sheila) Farris of Augusta; two daughters, Lucinda (Tom) Graham of Michigan and Patricia Osborn of Iowa; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and one brother, Jim Curtis of East Galesburg.

 

He is preceded in death by his sister, Patsy Perkins.

 

John lived in Cameron for many years before moving to Blandinsville in 2006. He worked for ADM in Galesburg and Midwest Awning.

 

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at South Cemetery in Blandinsville. There will be no visitation.

 

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

 

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

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Gordon J. Hocker, 87, of Pekin,IL

Gordon Jeremiah Hocker 87 of Pekin, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Pekin.  He was born July 29, 1930, in Colchester, to Thomas Clayton and Flora Irene (Harpe) Hocker.  He married Violet M. Tyler on June 6, 1965, in DeKalb, Illinois.

 

Surviving are his daughter, Denise Hocker of Pekin, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Loretta Jones Degitz, Hannah Lucille Turner and Lolita Hocker.

 

A United States Air Force veteran on the Korean War, he served from January 12, 1951 to January 11, 1955.  He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1958 and a Master of Science degree in Education in 1966, both from Western Illinois University in Macomb.  From 1958 to 1968 Gordon served as a teacher, coach, superintendent and principal in Mapleton and Laura, Illinois.  In 1968 he began with Pekin Public Schools District 108 as Principal of C.B. Smith.  He spent the last tree years of his career back in the classroom teaching physical education at Jefferson school.  He retired in June of 1988.  Following his retirement, Gordon worked for Mike Fahnders Auction in Pekin for several years and assisted with the Pekin AMBUC Charity Auction for several years.  He had a lifelong of sports, especially the Chicago Cubs.  In his youth, he was an exceptional athlete earning the nickname as “The Little Giant” in high school. Gordon was an outdoorsman with hunting, fishing and mushrooming as particular favorites.

 

Graveside services will be approximately 12:30 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Pastor Mark Hanson, following the committal service of his cousin Norma Lee Jones.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handleing arrangements. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church 1315 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.  

 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

 

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Norma L. Jones, 96, of Colchester,IL

Norma L. Jones age 96 of Colchester passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Illinois.  She was born July 9, 1921, in Colchester to Leland S. and I. Mildred Fentem Hocker. 

 

Norma was united in marriage to Howard “Vic” Jones, September 24, 1947, in Pawnee, Illinois, he preceded her in death on February 12, 1995.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and 1 Brother: Robert Hocker.

 

Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Sister In Law: Virginia Hocker Gerhardt, 1 Niece: Bonny (Kenny) Brown, 1 Nephew: Scott ( Sharon) Hocker along with several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and many good friends.

 

Norma had worked for 25 years as an Accountant Tech, for the State of Illinois Department of Revenue.  In her earlier years she had also worked at the Colchester Maid Rite.  She was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Macomb V.F.W. Post 1921 Ladies Auxiliary.  Norma was an avid Chicago Cub fan, she got a special treat in 2009 when she got to go to Wrigley Field and watch the Cubs play.  She enjoyed making baby blankets, and afghans as gifts for her family and friends.  Norma always stayed busy doing jigsaw puzzles going to the local nursing homes on Sundays to visit or taking flowers to graves of family and friends.  Her love for her family and friends always showed by her never forgetting to send a birthday, holiday or special occasion greeting card.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Pastor Mark Hanson, burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Colchester.  The family will meet with friends 1 hour prior to the services Wednesday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 12 Noon to 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, then after 8:00 A.M. Wednesday till the time of services.  Memorials are to PAW Animal Shelter, Macomb V.F.W. Post 1921 or Colchester United Methodist Church. 

 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

 

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Edith V. Lee, 100, of Augusta, IL, formerly of Astoria, IL

Edith V. Lee, 100, of Augusta, IL, formerly of Astoria, IL passed away 11:49 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at the Golden Good Shephard Home in Golden, IL.

 

She was born on April 6, 1918 in Astoria, IL to Hugh and Susie (Farwell) Curless. She married Mark Stambaugh and later married Harry Lee on February 27, 1960 in Ipava, IL.

 

Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lee; son, Charles Stambaugh; grandson, Jeff Heaton; granddaughter, Cynthia Maybe; 4 brothers, John, Jack, Bill, and Ted Curless; and 4 sisters, Opal Schisler, Nellie Ruth, Olive Howell, and Nora Curless.

 

She is survived by her son, Raymond Stambaugh of Ipava, IL; daughter, Janice Roberts of Augusta, IL; daughter-in-law, Colleen Stambaugh of Canton, IL; sisters, Myrne Phillips of Astoria, IL and Doris Robertson of Ipava, IL; and 7 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Edith worked as a homemaker because family was her life. She enjoyed fishing, hunting mushrooms and gardening.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. at the Shawgo Memorial Home. Private burial will follow the service at the Ipava cemetery.

 

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials may be made to the Blessing Hospice in Quincy, IL.

 

Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org

 

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Karen S. Sager, 64, of Astoria, IL

Karen S. Sager, 64, of Astoria, IL passed away at 10:29 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at home.

She was born on November 10, 1953 in Browning, IL to Junior “Bill” and Dorothy (Edwards) Stambaugh. She married Kevin Sager on July 10, 1977 in Astoria, IL.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and brother, Billy Stambaugh.

She is survived her two sisters, Patsy (and Mike) Belden of Pleasant Plains, IL; Alicia (and Rick) Hager of Pleasant Plains, IL; two brothers, Gary (and Lila) Stambaugh of Fayetteville, IL; Dennis (and Debbie) Stambaugh of Beardstown, IL; sister-in-law, Peggy Stambaugh of Browning, IL; special friend- Larry Jones of Astoria, IL; and her son, Adam Sager of Astoria, IL.

 

Karen worked as a CNA at Astoria Gardens. She also worked at the Fulton County Rehabilitation Center. She was a volunteer at Mississippi Valley Blood Center and the South Fulton Senior Center Meals on Wheels Program.

 

She was also a member of the Fulton County HEA and the Astoria Rescue Squad. She was named Mrs. Astoria 2017. She loved cats.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL with Pastor Lisa Fike officiating. Visitation will take place 1-2 p.m. Private burial will follow the service at Ridgeview Cemetery in Browning, IL.

 

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials may be made to Astoria Rescue Squad.

 

Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org

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Patricia Ann Elam, 87, of Macomb

Patricia Ann Elam, 87, of Macomb, formerly of Bushnell, passed away 10:26 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

 

She was born on May 11, 1931 in Davenport, Iowa to Elmer and Willodine Branson Doak. She married Richard Elam on June 18, 1950. He passed away on May 8, 2009.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Elmer Doak.

 

Patricia is survived by two daughters, Debbie (Tom) Mueller of Taylor Ridge, Illinois; Teresa Randall of St. Louis, Missouri; one son, Jeff (Rose) Elam of Macomb; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Todd) Hamm; Susan (Jonathan) Coppess; Michael (Katie) Mueller; Erica (Alan) Blair; Christopher (Kristen) Randall; Sean (Greg Peterson) Elam; Brian Randall; and Allison (Andrew) Entrikin; nine great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter due in September; and one sister, Peggy Mueller of Springfield, Illinois.

 

She worked at King-Sealey in customer service and was a union steward. She went back to school at the age of 50 and received her Associate’s Degree from Spoon River College. She then worked for McDonough County United Way as an administrative assistant. She also was an election judge for many years.

 

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb and a charter member of the Jolly 20 Club in Bushnell.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb with Reverend Erin Marth officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m.Saturday at the Church. Private burial will follow the service at Bushnell Cemetery.

 

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials may be made to Loaves and Fishes, Bushnell Library or Macomb Library.

 

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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Ronald Lee Peak, 71, of Rushville

Ronald Lee Peak, 71, of Rushville, passed away at 7:52 AM, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at
Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
 
He was born on September 22, 1946, in Macomb, the son of Ernest and Wilma (Heaton) Peak.
Ron grew up in the Marietta/New Philadelphia area and graduated from Bardolph High School,
with the class of 1964. He served his country in the United States Army, serving with the 4th
Infantry Division in Vietnam.
 
On March 30, 1984, in Lancaster, Missouri, he married Jane Downs Kessler, who survives. Also
surviving are two sons Michael Kessler and wife Michele of Rushville and Mark Kessler and
wife Tina of Astoria, three grandchildren Seth and Ali Kessler of Astoria and Macon Kessler of
Rushville, one sister Patricia Andrews of Elizabeth, Colorado, one niece and one daughter
Rhonda Grafton and husband Michael of Good Hope. He was preceded in death by his parents
and step father Temple Teel.
 
Ron was an over-the-road truck driver for many years, working for Munson Transportation,
Gully Transportation and MG Industries. He retired from the Illinois Department of
Transportation in September 2013, after over 10 years of service. Ron was recognized as a 50
year member of the American Legion in 2017. He was a member of the Illinois Draft Horse and
Mule Association and the American Shire Horse Association and was serving as trustee for
Woodstock Township.
 
Ron enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching old westerns on television and
baling hay. His jovial attitude will be missed by many.
 
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 22, 2018, at Camp Butler National
Cemetery, in Springfield, with David Haney officiating. The procession to the cemetery will
leave from Wood Funeral Home in Rushville at 9:30 AM, Friday, June 22, 2018. Military rites
will be conducted by the Interveterans’ Burial Detail of Sangamon County and US Army Honors
Detail. A Celebration of Life will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in the
fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church in Rushville. In lieu of flowers the family
request donations in memory to either the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, P.O. Box 288,
Dwight, IL, 60420 or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice, 1121 Broadway, Quincy, IL, 62301.
Wood Funeral Home in Rushville is assisting the family. You are invited to share your memories
of Ron and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

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Sally Stickle, 81, of Macomb

Sally Stickle, age 81 passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Lake Placid, Florida. 

 

She was born July 9, 1936 to the late Ehrman and Lettie Mae (Johnson) Crawford in Macomb, Illinois. 

 

Sally’s life was one of caring and giving to others.  She taught first grade in Wilson Elementary School in Macomb for 40 years, she was active in her church having served as a Eucharistic Minister and faithful in the homebound ministry.  She worked with the Meals on Wheels program and assisted many in receiving their GED.  She was a member of the VFW Post 3880, the Elks and the American Legion, all in Lake Placid. 

 

She is survived by her two sons: George Daniel and Jon Christopher Stickle–Lake Placid; two grandsons: Jordan Stickle–MN and Nathan Martin–IL; one granddaughter: Whitney Bushong (Nick)–IL; she is also survived by two great-granddaughters: Mayla and Hayden. 

 

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 45 years George N. Stickle, a brother, Robert Crawford and sister-in-law Connie Crawford. 

 

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Burial of Ashes will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Sally’s memory to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

 

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Eloise Snyder, 88, of Rushville, IL

Eloise Snyder, 88, of Rushville, passed away at 11:55 AM, Friday, June 15, 2018, at the
Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville. She was born on September 24, 1929,
in Burlington, lowa, the daughter of Lyle E. and Erna (Hoover) Grate, Sr. She married John W.
Snyder on September 17, 1950, in Rushville and he preceded her in death on August 8, 1998.
 
Surviving are one daughter Marilyn Ring and husband Wayne of Rushville, one grandson
Alexander Ring and wife Reyna, three great grandchildren Chloe, Penelope and Alexander Ring,
Jr., one sister-in-law Joanne Grate of Rushville, and several nieces and nephews. She was
preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother Lyle E. Grate, Jr.
 
A 1948 graduate of Rushville High School, she completed cosmetology school in
Decatur. She then operated her own beauty shop while also working as a clerk at the A&P Store.
 
Eloise and her husband owned and operated Snyder Hardware and Appliance from 1954 to 1965.
After the closing of the store, she returned to A&P for 5 years. In 1971, she began working as a
bookkeeper at Arthur Ring and Sons in Rushville, retiring in 2008. She was also a longtime
antique and collectibles dealer.
 
She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville. She served as
a Girl Scout Troop Leader and later Consultant. She was a founding member of the Rushville
Depression Glass Club. She and her husband were members of the Midstates Jeepster
Association. She enjoyed music, especially playing her piano, sewing and watching old movies.
 
Services will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Wood Funeral
Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in the Rushville City
Cemetery Calling hours will be from 8:00 AM until service time Wednesday 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 Eloise and leave condolences at
www.woodfh.net

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Ralph E. Umphryes, 86, of Macomb

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

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Ronald Lee Peak, 71, of Rushville

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

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Carroll Laverne McBride, 85, of rural Colchester

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

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

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

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

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

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Herschel Mourning, 99, of Colchester

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

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Frank Hite, 67, of Industry

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

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Stephan J. Thomas, 64, of Astoria

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

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Joseph Henry Myers, 85, of Macomb

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

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Donald G. Windsor, 61, of Table Grove

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

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Rex Gilbert Chance, Jr., 54, of Industry

Rex Gilbert Chance, Jr., 54, of Industry, passed away at 1:10 AM, Friday, June 1, 2018, at his home.
 
He was born on October 23, 1963, in Lawton, Oklahoma, the son of Rex Gilbert and Bonnie Lucille (Vaughn) Chance, Sr.  He married Nancy Steele Lawhorn on May 7, 2018, in McDonough County and she survives.
 
Also surviving are five children Shalee Chance of Kansas, John Chance of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Shayla Lawhorn of Mattoon, Tyler Lawhorn of Humboldt, and Britlynn Lawhorn of Industry, six grandchildren, five sisters Cheryl Riley and husband Danny of Tyler, Texas, Renee D’Ambrosi of Amarillo, Texas, Brenda Frost of Arkansas, Linda Sue Chandler and husband David and Donna Santos all of Wichita Falls, Texas, two brothers Mike Chance and wife Michelle of Littleton and Wendell Chance of Salisbury, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, step father Dean Rose, sister Heidi Carlson and brother Gary Morris.
 
Rex worked as a jack of all trades, including being a mechanic, carpenter and over the road truck driver.  He loved to tinker and could fix anything.  He could disassemble a motor and put it back together again in no time.  He loved being outdoors hunting and fishing.  He never met a stranger and loved to talk.
 
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.  The Wood Funeral Home in Rushville has been entrusted with the care of Rex.  You are invited to share your memories and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

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Lucy Betsy Shephard, 89, of LaHarpe

Lucy Betsy Shephard, 89, of LaHarpe, IL, formerly of Galesburg, IL, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at her home.
 
She was born of December 20, 1928 in Woodburn, IA the daughter of Arthur and Bernice Scadden Sharp. She was first married to Ervin McConnell. He preceded her in death. She later married Robert Bundy on August 27, 1966. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1986. Lucy later married Fred Shephard. He preceded her in death on November 7, 2013.
 
Lucy retired from Shaefer Pen Company in Ft. Madison, IA. She was a member of TOPS and enjoyed collecting owl figurines, cooking, baking pies, sewing, mushrooming and fishing.
 
Survivors include four children, George (Ruth) McConnell of LaHarpe, Larry Helfrich of Washington, IA, Alice Reynolds of LaHarpe, Lois (Don) Harris of Quincy, IL, one step-daughter, Sonda (Steve) Laporte of Galesburg, IL, eight grandchildren, Michelle, Dawn, Chris, Shannon, Michael, Nicholas, Nathan and Patty, nine great-grandchildren, Gage, Noah, Raylee, Brodie, Kierstin, Zeak, Talon, Zeak and Kennedy, one brother, Walter Sharp of West Des Moines, IA, one sister, Betty Marks of Las Vegas, NV, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many cousins.
 
Mrs. Shephard was preceded in death by her husbands, two sons, Ray and Roger McConnell, two sisters, Mary and Ester, and two brothers, Carl and Henry.
 
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Pastor Darrell Grimm officiating. Burial will be in the LaHarpe Cemetery. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Banks & Beals where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for MDH Hospice. To sign the guestbook or leave a condolence please visit Lucy’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.
 

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Edward Burnett, 82, of Plymouth

Edward Burnett, 82, of Plymouth passed away at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
Private graveside services will be held at Blackburn Cemetery near Brooklyn with Reverend Tom Spain officiating. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorials may be made in his memory.
 
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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Barry S. Anderson, 75, of rural Colchester

Barry S. Anderson age 75 of rural Colchester, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  He was born April 4, 1943, in Macomb, to Edwin B. and Margie Lefler Anderson, of which both have preceded him in death.  Barry was united in marriage on January 7, 1967, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Roberta Henry.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing is his wife of 50 years, Roberta Anderson, 1 Son; Mahlon (Matthanawee) Anderson, South Korea, 1 Daughter: Rachel (Todd) Anderson-Sprinkle, Blandinsville, 6 Grandchildren: Wesley Dodds, Morgan Dodds, Azrael Anderson, Malinee Hokkhunthod, Nattawut Hokkhunthod, Reed Sprinkle, and 1 Sister: Marsha Anderson, Colchester.
 
Barry retired from the Macomb Water Treatment Plant after 35 years. He was a member of the M.M.L.R.A.  He had been very active in the Macomb Community Theater.  Portrayed Buffalo Bill in several functions around the area including many parades. He was active in area Civil War Reenactments, avid gun collector, past president of the McDonough County Historical Society.  Barry never went anywhere that he didn’t meet some one he knew. The greatest love of his was his family.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Rev. Jim Clayton. Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Friday. Memorial is to the McDonough County Animal Shelter. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
 

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Janie Irish, 96, of Colchester

Janie Irish age 96 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the La Harpe Davier Health Care Center in LaHarpe, Illinois. She was born January 13, 1922, in Macomb, to Ralph R. and Hazelle Hoyt Welch.  Janie was united in marriage on July 13, 1947 in Macomb to Eben Irish.  He preceded her in death on March 1, 1993, she was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Martha Irish, 1 Son: Ralph Irish, and 1 Sister: Virginia Welch.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: John Irish, 3 Daughters: Laura Irish, Karen (Don) Bierman, Julie Irish, 6 Grandchildren that were the joy in her life, Jane, Ashley, Andrew, Jacob, Sarah, Ethan, 7 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Daughter In Law: Kathy Irish.
 
Janie spent her life in Macomb, Blandinsville and Colchester. She served her country in the United States Navy during World War II, and left the Navy with many lifelong friends. She was an enthusiast of antique cars, rocks, jewelry making, birds, going to auctions, gardening, horses, photography, raising baby deer and being in parades.  He home was always open for visits with friends, cousins, and animals.  Her generous spirit was an inspiration to all. The family wishes to thank the staff of the LaHarpe Davier Care Center for the compassionate care that Janie received.
 
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Military rites will be preformed at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral prior to visitation by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Burial will take place at Friendship cemetery at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday. The family request memorial contributions to any Veteran charity especially Navy women. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Annastacia L. Plate, 33, of Industry

Annastacia L. Plate, 33, of Industry, IL., passed away at 10:59 AM Tuesday May 22, 2018.
She was born July 18, 1984 in Macomb, Illinois to Robert and April Johnson Plate.
 
She is survived by her father and Step-mother Robert and Scarlett Plate of Industry, IL; her mother, April Johnson of Florida; her children, Kaleb Johnson of Ipava, IL; Josey Parker of Colchester, IL; Daisy Hinderliter of Ipava, IL; brothers, Davis and Jonathan Johnson both of Florida; sisters, Ashley Plate of Vermont, IL; Shyann Plate of Industry, IL; Skyler (Miranda) Taylor of Blandinsville, IL; Myles Taylor and Marcie (Brian) Lannery both of Ipava, Illinois.
 
Graveside services will be at 10:30 AM Saturday May 26, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb. Pastor Jime Eddy will officiate. Visitation will be Friday May 25, from 5-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Annastacia Plate Family. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Roy E. Lung, 87, of Canton

Roy E. “Bud” Lung, 87, of Canton, passed away at 9:00 AM, Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Elms in Macomb.
 
He was born on August 3, 1930 in Roseville, Warren County, Illinois, the son of Lloyd L. and Cloah P. (Lickey) Lung.  His family moved to Schuyler County in 1944.  He attended Brooklyn High School.  He married Darlene Cook on April 8 1959, in Brooklyn, Illinois and she preceded him in death on January 23, 2018.
 
Surviving are four sisters Edna Peterson and husband Robert and Helen Caldwell Koester all of Macomb, Emmie Vawter of Industry and Theda Bedwell of Peoria, and several nieces and nephews.  His parents and a nephew Phillip Caldwell preceded him in death.
 
He served overseas in the Korean Conflict with the US Army.  He was employed for several years at International Harvester in Canton.
 
Bud enjoyed racing go-carts, riding motorcycles and flying airplanes.  He and Darlene 
loved roller skating and would travel around the state to different rinks.  He had a deep religious faith, having read the entire Bible several times.
 
Graveside Services will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Rushville City Cemetery, with military rites by Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4. There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to MDH Hospice. You are invited to share your memories of Bud and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Marvin Gene "Spaz" Corbin, 54, of Ripley

Marvin Gene "Spaz" Corbin, 54, of Ripley, passed away at 6:28 PM, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at this home.
 
He was born on June 11, 1963, in Rushville, Illinois, the son of Larry Eugene and Velma Faye (Moore) Corbin.  He married Diane Rose Lung on May 9, 1982, in Mt. Sterling and she survives.
 
Also surviving are his daughter Alicia Nicole “Nikki” Martin and companion Justin Chancy of Littleton, one grandson Anthony Scott Martin, grandmother Maurine Corbin of Quincy, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents two brothers William “Ballpark” Park and Harold Park, grandparents Eugene Corbin and Russell and Ruby Moore.
 
Marvin served with the United States Marine Corps.  He was a truck driver for various companies, the last being Ryan Fuqua Trucking, who he considered family.
 
He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, fishing, the St. Louis Cardinals and trucking across America. Spending time with his family, watching his grandson grow into an adult, long motorcycle rides with his wife, seeing his daughter smile and helping others in any way he could were his favorite things to do.
 
Services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Brother Matt Haberman officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ripley Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to his grandson Anthony’s education fund.                          
 
You are invited to share your memories of Marvin, leave condolences, and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Maxine Miller, 99, of Bushnell

Maxine Miller passed away at 7:30 Am on May 17, 2018. She was 99 years old and had a wonderful life up until the last 4 months.
 
Maxine was born on June 8, 1918 to Joseph Ralph and Ester (Bauer) Dare. She married Hubert L. Miller about one month after graduation from High School on June 28, 1936. He preceded her in death on September 8, 2007 after 71 years of a wonderful marriage.
 
She is survived by one son, James (Marjorie) of Bushnell. 4 Grandchildren, 4 Step Grandchildren, 5 Great grandchildren, 13 Step Great Grandchildren, and 3 Step Great Great Grandchildren.
 
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 1 daughter (Jeanne Ann), son in law (Kenny), 1 sister, 2 step sisters, 1 step Brother, and 1 Daughter in law.
 
Maxine worked with her husband farming in the Bushnell area, raised a huge garden every year, canned lots of tomatoes, drove tractors, and was a homemaker her entire life. To say she was just a farmer’s wife is an understatement.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday May 22, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home; where visitation will be Monday May 21, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Pastor John Simmons will officiate. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Bushnell Rescue Squad or to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com 
 

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Joyce Marie Norcross Howe, 83, of Macomb

Joyce Marie Norcross Howe, a longtime Macomb resident, passed away on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018 at 9:21 a.m. It was a day that was always very special to her given the important role that being a mother, and later a grandmother, played in her life. She died in Sunnyvale, CA at the age of 83 after battling complications brought on by giant cell arteritis while vacationing in Florida.
 
Joyce was born on January 9, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio to former Bushnell residents Dalton and Julia Lay. She moved from Toledo to Bushnell during high school and was a 1953 graduate of Bushnell-Prairie City High School and a graduate of Gem City Business College in Quincy, IL, spending the rest of her life as a resident of Western Illinois.
 
Joyce was caring, giving and loyal. She was always there for her family, in good times and in bad, with kind words, love and support. She was dedicated to her friends and also enjoyed dining and dancing with them at favorite Macomb institutions such as the Macomb Country Club, The Red Ox, Magnoila’s, The Macomb Dining Company, Damone’s, The Frontier Room and others that have come and gone during her 50+ years in Macomb. Joyce had an appreciation for the arts and was an active member of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs at Western Illinois University for many years as well as a supporter of the Western Illinois University Leatherneck Club and other clubs and groups both at WIU and also the Macomb school district. A bookkeeper at heart, Joyce was meticulously well organized and could recall the location of any file or record in her office within seconds of sitting down in front of her vintage typewriter that she used since her secretarial days at C.S. Norcross & Sons, the Bushnell-based manufacturing company, in the 1960s.
 
Joyce is survived by her husband Leland Howe of Macomb, IL, whom she married on May 29, 2010; her son Chipp Norcross, his wife Alexandra and grandsons Luc-Alexander and Max-Noel of Menlo Park, CA; and her son Robert Norcross and granddaughter Riley of Naples, FL. She was preceded in death by her first husband Charles E. Norcross of Macomb, IL and her parents Dalton and Julia Lay of Macomb, IL.
 
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home at 303 E. Washington St., Macomb, IL and will be presided over by Rev. Elissa M. Bailey from the First United Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the time of the services.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorial contributions to be made in Joyce’s memory. A Go Fund Me campaign has been created with all donations going to the support of the study and awareness of delirium in hospitalized senior citizens. Delirium affects an estimated 80% of senior citizens who are treated in intensive care units and is frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated as dementia. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com and search for "Joyce Norcross Howe Memorial" Alternatively, you can make a donation in her memory directly to the First United Presbyterian Church in Bushnell, Ill. where she and Leland were married on May 29,2010. You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.
 

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Marta Beth Logan, 73, of LaHarpe

Marta Beth Logan, 73, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 6:08 AM Monday, May 14, 2018 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.
 
Marta was born on July 14, 1944 in Burlington, IA the daughter of Merwyn and Margaret Behne Kimble. On August 14, 1963 she married Jan Logan. They later divorced.
 
Marta was a 1962 graduate of the Dallas City High School and later graduated from WIU. She worked as an elementary teacher in LaHarpe for 19 years. She was a member the LaHarpe P.E.O. Marta was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington.
 
She is survived by her former husband, Jan, one son, Jon Logan of Chicago, IL, one daughter Jill (Jason) Stone of Olathe, KS, three grandchildren, Lauren, Nathan and Adam Stone, three brothers, Brad Kimble of St. Louis, MO, Martin Kimble of Peoria, IL, Mark Kimble of Fenton, MO, and one sister, Mary Kimble of Fort Madison, IA.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marcia Forquer.
 
A P.E.O. and memorial service will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Rev. Bruce Goettsche will officiate the memorial service. Burial will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the services begin. A memorial fund has been established for the P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund and the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. Please visit banksandbeals.com to leave a condolence or sign the guest book.

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Maycel E. Gebhardt, 89, of LaHarpe

Mrs Maycel E. Gebhardt, 89, of LaHarpe, IL died at 1:10 AM Monday, May 14, 2018 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center in LaHarpe.
 
She was born April 7, 1929 in LaHarpe, the daughter of Amos and Flo Nelson Bundy. On July 2, 1947 she married Edward L. Gebhardt in LaHarpe. He preceded her in death on December 3, 2013.
 
Growing up, Maycel worked in her parents restraunt and attended LaHarpe Schools. She later worked at the Lomax Canning factory, W.R.I.C. in Burlington, IA. She also enjoyed babysitting for many years. Maycel loved being around her family and following her grandchildren’s sporting activities. She also liked bowling and walking. She was a member of the LaHarpe United Methodist Church and a 45 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
 
She is survived by 3 sons, William Ed (Carol) Gebhardt of Burlington, IA, Kerry L. (Beth) Gebhardt of Blandinsville, IL and Marvin (Kelly) Gebhardt of LaHarpe, 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and one sister Frances (Eldon) Neff of Burlington.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Byron Gebhardt, 5 brothers, Julian, Harold, Billie, Amos and James "Dude" Bundy, 4 sisters, Pauline Link, Betty Melvin, Viola Hainline and Edna Furrow and her parents.
 
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the LaHarpe Cemetery with Rev. Rick Goettsche officiating. Friends may call at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe after 3:00 PM Wednesday where the family will meet with friends from 5:00 until 6:30 PM. A memorial fund has been established for the Activity Fund at LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. To leave a condolence and sign the guest book, please visit her obituary at banksandbeals.com.

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Grace E. Payne, 107, of Macomb

Grace E. Payne, 107, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 6:00 AM Saturday May 12, 2018 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, Illinois.
 
She was born January 8, 1911 in Warren County, Illinois to Jacob Peter and Nellie Blanche Duan Waymack; she married Clarence Samuel Payne September 21, 1929. He preceded her in death on February 13, 1979.
 
She was also preceded in death by her sons, Jay Neale and Don Ray; brothers, Ame and Kenneth Waymack; sisters, Frances Luster and Martha Parkins.
 
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Colley of Moberly, Missouri, grandchildren, Lisa (P.K.) Krieg of Carthage, Illinois, Brad (Sara) Payne, Brent (Robyn) Payne both of Good Hope, Illinois and Martin Ham of Macomb, Illinois; 9 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren survive.
 
She was a seamstress for the Elms Nursing Home in Bushnell and later at the Macomb facility.
 
Graveside services will be at 11 AM Thursday May 17, 2018 at the Good Hope Cemetery. Rev. Michael Herdt will officiate. Visitation will be held Wednesday May 16, from 5-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elms Nursing Home. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com
 

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Barbara Jeanne Williams Haney, 81, of Vermont and Camden

Barbara Jeanne Williams Haney, 81, of Vermont and Camden, passed away at 5:40 PM, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Heritage Health in Beardstown.
 
She was born on September 9, 1936, in Browning, Illinois, the daughter of Russel Wayne and Marcella L. (Curtis) Kennedy.  She first married Ellis “Al” Williams on November 3, 1956, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville.  She later married Phillip “John” Haney, Sr. on November 6, 1993, at the Vermont United Methodist Church.  He preceded her in death on December 1, 2016.  She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Marcie Williams, one stepson Phillip Eugene “Joe” Haney, Jr., one stepdaughter Cheryl Ann Thomas.
 
Surviving are three children Roxanne Morey and husband Scott of Springfield, Alan Williams of Rushville, and Susanne Hendricks and husband Ed of Mt. Sterling, one step son Steve Haney and wife Tess, of Vermont, one stepdaughter Sharon Stracker and husband Randall of Table Grove, one stepson-in-law Dave Thomas of Vermont, one stepdaughter-in-law Donna Haney of Rushville, six grandchildren Andrew Goldsby, Chris Williams, Jordan Williams, Ryan Williams, Sara Hendricks, and Jeremiah Hendricks, 10 step grandchildren Steve Haney, Ben Haney, Jennifer Bollinger, Adam Haney, Danny Thomas, Chris Haney, Sara Schmalshof, Cara Stracker, Scott Haney and Mandy Haney, five great grandchildren, 22 step great grandchildren, a cousin who was raised as a brother Gary Kennedy and wife JoAnn of Camden and several nieces and nephews.
 
A 1955 graduate of Quincy Beauty Academy, Barbara was a hairdresser first in the Chicago area.  Later she operated Barbara Beauty Shop in Camden for over 50 years, retiring in 2007.  She was also the hairdresser at the Golden Good Shepherd Home in Golden for over 30 years.
 
She was a member of the Camden United Methodist Church and attended the Vermont United Methodist Church.  She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and the Schuyler Home Extension.  She enjoyed knitting, cooking and baking.
 
Services will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Robert Greene officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the Camden United Methodist Church or the Vermont United Methodist Church.  You are invited to share your memories of Barbara, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Pauline Parsano, 90, of Rushville

Pauline Parsano, 90, of Rushville, passed away at 9:05 AM, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
 
She was born on November 29, 1927, in Brown County, Illinois, the daughter of Ralph and Alta Mildred (Hughes) Bowman.  She married Harley “Parsie” Parsano on September 23, 1946, in Peoria.  He preceded her in death on March 5, 1993.
 
Surviving are four daughters Sharon Gossage, Sandi Prather and husband Rick, and Sally Toland and husband Jim all of Rushville and Rissa Keck of Bartonville, one son-in-law Larry Trone of Rushville, ten grandchildren Deano Trone and wife Courtnie, Jo Trone and wife Emily, Shelley Kveton and husband Kevin, Stacey Briney and husband Nathan, Nick Prather and wife Missy, Brett Prather and wife Jen, Jamie Toland and wife Sarah, Matthew Toland and husband Saul Nache, Cara Ham and husband Terry, and Shanna Flowers and husband Josey, 27 great grandchildren Dallas Trone, Austin Trone, Ainsley Trone, Maggie Trone, Tanna Trone, Tyson Trone, Clay Stambaugh, Madison Kveton, Julia Kveton, Bailey Ervin, Kaylynn Briney, Casey Prather, Cole Prather, Connor Prather, Colin Fuqua, Tyler Prather, Lyric Prather, Jack Prather, Jayden Prather, Kope Prather, Carter Toland, Elise Toland, Megan Ham, Mylie Ham, Micah Ham, Camryn Flowers, Joaney Flowers, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters Rhonda Lea Parsano and Sue Trone, son-in-law Stan Gossage, one grandson Doug Trone, one sister Norma Foiles, four brothers Vernon, Truman, John and Joe Bowman.
 
Pauline worked for 7 years at Ball Variety Store, Mode-O-Day,  and Antiques and Trumpery all in Rushville. She also cleaned houses.  She and her husband help manage the Rushville Roller Rink.  They also managed the Ayerco Convenience Store for many years.
 
She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Rushville.  She enjoyed dancing and roller skating.  She loved reading.
 
Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Rushville City Cemetery in Rushville, with David Haney officiating.  Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or Hope Blooms. You are invited to share your memories of Pauline, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Martha Darleen (Logan) Gray, 88, of rural Tennessee

Martha Darleen (Logan) Gray, 88, of rural Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. She was born on October 18, 1929 to David and Gladys (Bloom) Logan in Tennessee, Illinois. She was one of eight children.
 
One of the things that Martha will be remembered for most was her love of talking. She could talk to anyone, at any time, about anything. Everyone she met was a friend and she was always telling people, no matter the circumstance, how beautiful they looked, how pretty their hair was, or how good they smelled. She saw the best in everyone and everything. Besides talking, Martha enjoyed taking walks, spending time with friends and family, taking trips, riding the train, telling stories, rock collecting, and taking pictures of sunsets, flowers, and scenery. No one left her house without being offered food or money.
 
In 1947 she graduated from Colchester High School and in 1949 she met the love of her life, Britten Gray Jr.. The two were united in marriage on June 8, 1956 in Colchester. In August of 1958 Martha began working at the Post Office in Tennessee, IL and in May of 1976 she began working at the Post Office in Colchester, IL. She worked in Colchester for several years before becoming the Postmistress in Plymouth, IL where she worked until she retired in 1993.
 
On July 8, 1957, Martha began the hardest job of her life; being a mother to three very rambunctious, ornery, and stubborn boys: Freeman, Richard and Robert.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are her brother Donnie Logan and wife Betty of Blandinsville; three sons: Freeman A. Gray of rural Tennessee, Richard E. Gray and wife Kathryn (Nell) Gray of rural Plymouth, and Robert A. Gray and Susan Vanwinkle of Colchester; five grandchildren: McKinzie (Gray) Parlier and husband Daniel Parlier of Roseville, Zoey Gray of rural Plymouth, Cori (Dill) Billingsley and husband Cameron of Lewiston, and Dalton and Dyllon Deeter of Colchester; five great grandchildren: Iris and Eleanore Parlier of Roseville, Simon Peterson and Seth Parlier of rural Rio, and Salem Billingsley of Lewiston; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters: Mildred, Irene, Viola, and Shirley, and two brothers: Wayne and Bob.
 
Funeral service will be 10 A.M. Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Gerald White.  Burial will follow the services at Hutchinson Cemetery, rural Tennessee, Illinois.  Visitation with the family is 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday May 10, 2018, at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to the family of Martha Gray.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
 

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James G. Pullins, 61, of Stronghurst

James G. Pullins, age 61, of Stronghurst, IL passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at University Of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. He was born January 17, 1957 in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of Louis and Diane Freitag Pullins. On May 19, 2007, he married Peggy Carnes in Stronghurst.
 
Mr. Pullins lived in Macomb, IL for several years where he managed the Hardees Restaurant and also worked as a woodworker and cook. He was a former member and deacon of the First Christian Church in Macomb, the Macomb Jaycees, Macomb Lions Club, and was a current member of the Stronghurst Christian Church. He was proud to have been involved in, and taught, the Dale Carnegie Enrichment Program in Macomb for several years.
 
Survivors include his wife, Peggy, one daughter, Krista (Ben) Ellington of Bushnell, IL, two sons, Zach Swisher of Chatham, IL, Michael (Kelley) Dupree of LaBelle, FL, his father, Louis Pullins of Naples, FL, his mother, Diane Kautz of Greeley, CO, six grandchildren, Dylan, J.T., and Caylin Dupree, Gracelyn, Frances and Violet Ellington, one sister, Debbie (Roy) Breen of Greeley, CO, one brother, John (Pam) Pullins of Fountain, CO, and one half-sister, Tammy Delvasto of Naples, FL. He was preceded in death by a sister, Adele Pullins and a half-brother, Rick Pullins.
 
The funeral service for Mr. Pullins will be at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday May 8, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst, with Steve Minkler officiating. Burial will follow in Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for the M.S.T. Fire Department. Please visit banksandbeals.com to sign the guest book.

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Donna L. Ritchey, 75, of Rural Macomb

Donna L. Ritchey, 75, of Rural Macomb passed away at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1st at home. She was born December 27, 1942, to Noel and Nellie DeWeese. She married James Ritchey February 15, 1989. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and was happiest when they were by her side.
 
She is survived by one son, Gregory Baucom of Macomb; one daughter, Lisa Bourn, of Overland Park, KS; as well as Jim’s children, Jimmy Ritchey, Oregon; Dawn Thady of Macomb and Penny Savage of Arenzville;  10 grandchildren, Kristen Baucom of Palm Coast, Fl; Jena Bourn of Lincoln Nebraska; Evan Bourn of Athens Ohio; Jennifer Phillips of St. Louis, MO; Jessica Phillips of Macomb, IL, Andrea Frank of Beardstown, IL; Erica Thompson of Vermont, IL and J.W. Savage of Arenzville and Ava Goldring of Canton, IL. and six great grandchildren. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. She is survived by her husband, one sister Patricia Cooper of Roseville. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Noel DeWeese, and four sisters; Dorothy Hamilton, Thelma Mason, Betty Amos, and Roberta Cramer.
 
She graduated from Northwestern High School. She was a lab tech at NTN Bowers for 40 years.  She was a volunteer at McDonough District Hospital for many years. Donna was a member of Good Hope United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and loved her flowers and watching her birds. Donna strongly supported her husbands hobbies and interests and enjoyed traveling together.
 
Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 PM Monday May 7, 2018 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Rev. Michael Herdt will officiate. Cremation has been accorded. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Darius L. Seckman, 97, of Rushville

Darius L. “Jerry” Seckman, 97, of Rushville, passed away at 4:08 AM, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
 
He was born May 3, 1920, in Ripley, the son of Darius and Mildred (Hess) Seckman.
 
For two years from the age of 15 to 17, Jerry worked at a Conservation Camp in Wisconsin.  He made $30 a month, which he kept two and sent $ 28 back to his family.  He met Eloise Smith in Mt. Sterling and they were married on January 17, 1942, in Shelbyville, Missouri. Jerry and Eloise moved to various military bases out west during Jerry’s service in WW II.  After his discharge, they moved back to Schuyler County, where they lived on a farm for 13 years, before moving into the City of Rushville.  He then drove a school bus and became an electrician with IBEW.  He last worked for Darrell Greenlee retiring in 1982.  After his retirement, he volunteered to wire many community buildings including the Schuyler American Legion and the new clubhouse at Scripps Park golf course.
 
Jerry was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4, Guthrie Pierce VFW # 1239 in Beardstown, Voiture 40et 8.  He enjoyed playing baseball, horseshoes and bowling.  He was a devoted golfer, playing after work and most weekends.
 
Surviving are three children Karen Ham and husband Jim of Mt. Sterling, Rod Seckman and wife Penny of Tennessee, Illinois, and Pam Seckman of Rushville, daughter-in-law Debra Rossiter and husband Walter of Clayton, 11 grandchildren Traci Block, Michelle Post, Kimberly Seckman-Stabler, Matt Seckman, Lauren Seckman, Brian Seckman, Aaron Seckman, Cora Billingsley, Lora Rapplean, Kala Peacock and Kyle Peacock, five step grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step father Clifford Vincent, his wife Eloise passed away on August 21, 2015, a son Steven Seckman, two brothers Clifford Vincent and Harlan Vincent, two sisters Evelyn Bean and Florence Vincent.
 
Services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ripley Cemetery, with military rites by the US Army Burial Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  Visitation will be 1:00 PM to service time, Sunday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the Ripley Cemetery.  You are invited to share your memories of Jerry and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.

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Donald Creasy, 82, of Colchester

Donald “Bud” Creasy age 82 of Colchester, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Adams Home in Mendon. Bud was born September 7, 1935 in Colchester, to Ralph and Irene Marlow Creasy.  He was first united in marriage on December 2, 1956, to Lois Edgerton. He then was united in marriage September 2, 1978 in Colchester to Iris (Clark) Miller.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife: Iris of Colchester, 1 Son: Stanley (Renea) Creasy, Colchester, 2 Daughters: Shawnna Schertz, Macomb, Shelley Beldon, Florida, Step Sons: Dave (Dee) Miller, Plymouth, Rick Miller, Plymouth, Eric Miller Plymouth, Dean (Tammy) Miller, Murreyville, Aaron (Joyce) Miller, Augusta, Justin (Teretha) Miller, Plymouth, 2 Step Daughters: Ann (Phil) Keefauver, Colchester, Nannette Miller, Arkansas, Several Grandchildren, Several Great Grandchildren, 1 Sister: Ada Darling, Greenup, Illinois, 1 Sister In Law: Sandra Lovell, Plymouth, Several Nieces and Nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Son: Stacey Creasy, 1 Brother James Creasy, 3 Sisters: Edna Mae Sheppard, Vera Clark, Donna Clauson, 1 Infant Brother: Asa and 2 Infant Grand Daughters: Emily and Amanda.
 
Bud was a member of the Colchester First Christian Church, Past member of the Colchester Fire Department and Colchester Lions Club.  He had worked for Thermagas, Dolly Enterprise, Carson's Plumbing and Heating and the City of Colchester where he was head of the Water and Street Department from which he retired.  Bud also farmed his entire life.
 
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary, with Rev. Dan Ormond.  Cremation will follow the services.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Saturday and after 9:00 A.M. Sunday till time of services. Memorial is to the North Adams Home in Mendon, Colchester Fire Department or Colmar Christian Church.

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Billy I. Thornton, 83, of Rushville

Billy I. Thornton, 83, of Rushville, passed away at 9:05 AM, Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.
 
He was born on March 17, 1935, in Mounds, Illinois, the son of Earnest and Lola (Parmley) Thornton.  He first married Elaine Harris in 1956, in Ithaca, New York.  He later married Patricia Prather on January 24, 1976, at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church near Rushville and she survives.
 
Also surviving are his four sons Tommy Thornton and wife Johnna of Springfield, Andrew Thornton and wife Laura of Canton, Scott Thornton and wife Bridgett of Savannah, Missouri, and Tracy Thornton and wife Amy of Petersburg, three daughters Lynne Shelton of Quincy, Suzy Hammon and husband Bob of Rushville, and Brenda King of Quincy, son-in-law John Hamm and wife Cindy of Chatham, 19 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, two sisters Virginia Gerard of Glen Carbon and Karen Walls of Mt. Vernon, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter Terri Hamm, a son-in-law Greg Shelton, and three brothers Eugene, Wilburn and Ray Thornton.
 
Billy served in the United States Air Force, during the Korean Conflict, as a dog handler.  He was severely injured in French Morocco. He first managed the produce section of the Piggly Wiggly in Sarasota, Florida.  He then worked as a journeyman meat cutter at Piggly Wiggly stores in Collinsville and St. Louis, for 17 years.  In 1974, he moved his family to Rushville, where he managed Feigl’s and Jack and Jill Grocery Stores. He served as a mentor to many young workers at the store.  For a time, he and his wife owned the Jack and Jill Store in Ottawa.  He then returned to Rushville and worked as a supervisor at Excel in Beardstown retiring in 1997. 
 
He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.  He was active with the Boy Scouts for many years.  He enjoyed coin collecting, gardening, nature, and gambling, including horse racing and video machines.  He was an avid Cardinals fan and loved his grandchildren, attending all of their events.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, with Reverend Karen Merrick officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery, with military rites by the United States Air Force Honor Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, May 4, 2018, at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). You are invited to share your memories of Billy, leave condolences and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Henry Ivan Kliffmiller, 81, of Rushville

Henry Ivan Kliffmiller, 81, of Rushville, passed away at 2:22 PM, Monday, April 30, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, surrounded by his family.
 
He was born on February 13, 1937, in Willow Springs, Missouri, the son of Henry Iva and Gladys Ellen (Whited) Kliffmiller.  He married Anna Carver on November 23, 1954, in Mt. Grove, Missouri and she survives.
 
Also surviving are five children Blaine Kliffmiller and wife Carol of Rushville, Deborah Edwards and husband Gene of Industry, Shelia Campbell and husband John of Orland Park, Jeffrey Kliffmiller and wife Jane, and Kevin Kliffmiller all of Rushville, eleven grandchildren Stephanie Adolphson and husband Jon, Jason Kliffmiller and wife Amber, Kristin Johnson and husband Kevin, Heidi Geiman and husband Heath, Jennifer Rice and husband Matt, Dylan Layne and significant other Kelly, Emily Kliffmiller and fiancée Tyler Crum, Andrea Kliffmiller, Olivia Kliffmiller, Meagan Hood and Molly Kliffmiller and significant other Jackson, two step grandchildren Jennifer Edwards and Aaron Edwards, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter, one sister-in-law Irene Mannbeck and husband Ronald of Owasso, Oklahoma, seven nieces and 1 nephew.  He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Jessica Cox, nephew Alan Mannbeck, and two sisters Lea Estes and Cleta Brashear.
 
Ivan worked in the lumber business all of his life.  In 1960, he began Kliffmiller Logging.  His sons worked with him in the business also. In 2007, he retired due to ill health.  After his health improved he turned his career into a hobby.  He was a work-aholic.  He was of the Methodist Faith.  He and his family had a softball team and would play in a league in Vermont.  He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play softball.
 
Services will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Fred Fritz officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Rushville Little League.  You are invited to share your memories of Ivan, leave condolences and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net

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Robert Anstine, 81, of Macomb

Robert "Bob" Anstine, 81, of Macomb, passed away on Friday, April 27, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born on January 27, 1937, to Harold and Dorothy Anstine, in the village of Industry. Five years later, the family moved to Adair, where Bob attended school. In the early 1950s he attended Western High School in Macomb, while working part time at Jack Stites Pharmacy. After graduating in 1955, he attended the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, receiving his degree in 1959. Then, for a dozen years he worked for Jack Stites Pharmacy and also managed the Grant Street location, near McDonough District Hospital.
 
During that time, he also served in the military (1959-1965), with the 180th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Air Force National Guard. He was called to active duty in 1961-1962, by President Kennedy, during the Berlin Wall crisis.
 
Bob married Sue Kaufman of Peoria in 1962. They raised two children of their own. Doug now resides in Discovery Bay, California, with his wife Beverly and their children, Jacqueline and Colette. Susan now resides in Novi, Michigan, with her husband, Scott Eiler, and their children, Stephanie, Madeline, and Elizabeth. When Sue’s brother and sister-in-law died, the Anstines also raised their niece and nephew. Patti (John) Kaufman Sloca has three children (Chris, Wesley, and Brianna) and resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Their nephew, John (Nancy) Kaufman, has three children as well (Emily, Haily, and Ethan) and resides in Manteno, Illinois.
 
Bob's only brother Ed (Jean) Anstine lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His nephew Eddie Anstine also lives in Sioux Falls and his other nephew Jay (McKenzie) Anstine and their children (Rubie and Hill) live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
 
Committed to community service, Bob served on the Board of Directors of both the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and the McDonough County Cancer Society, and he was Vice President of the Macomb Jaycees, as well as Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge, before his career in government began. Bob was also a founding member of the Bears and Bulls investment club in Macomb.
 
He then served on the Macomb City Council for a year (1972-1973) and was elected mayor in 1973. At the age of 36, he was the youngest and the longest-serving mayor in Macomb’s history as he was re-elected six times and held the office until 1991.
 
Bob and Sue also developed a wedding photography business, and he was for twenty years a member of the Professional Photographers of America.
 
Bob was the inspiration behind the Macomb Downtown Development Corporation that was founded in 1975 and a co-founder of the Macomb Area Industrial Development Corporation (MAIDCO) in 1983. He also formed the Macomb Public Building Commission, which joined with the McDonough County Board in constructing the Elms Nursing Home. Also, he was the originator of Heritage Days, Macomb’s largest annual festival, in 1981-1982.
 
Bob served on the state level, too. He was a leader in the Illinois Municipal League for several years and served as that group’s president, 1989-1990. That organization included the mayors of 1,279 Illinois cities and villages. After his years as mayor, he was an assistant to Governor Jim Edgar during the early 1990s, living much of the time in Springfield. Then, he became the senior advisor for local government at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. During that work in the 1990s, he established a public relations network with regional councils, local government associations, development groups, and local officials throughout Illinois and was the state government’s authority on issues relating to community development. Bob also served on the governor’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Task Force and the Illinois River Coordinating Council.
 
After his governmental service, in his Macomb retirement years, Bob continued as a civic leader, serving as president of the McDonough County Historical Society, co-chairman of the Heritage Days Festival, co-founder of the Macomb Community Foundation, and board member of the Friends of Oakwood Cemetery. He returned part-time to his first career as a pharmacist as he maintained his pharmacy licenses in 3 states for over 50 years. He also received several local awards during his long career in community service.
 
Bob was honored to receive the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia award (for pharmacists with outstanding community service) for the state of Illinois in 2002. This award is particularly meaningful because it represents a culmination of Bob's working life – pharmacy and community service.
 
On a personal level, the family has cherished Bob as a loving, thoughtful, easy going husband and father, who always displayed his affection and concern, despite his time-consuming responsibilities as a governmental and civic leader.
 
Bob is survived by his wife, children and brother. Bob was preceded in death by his parents (Harold and Dorothy Anstine) and great niece, Naya Sloca.
 
The visitation will be at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, on Wednesday evening, May 2, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm. Masonic services will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, at 10:30 am., on Thursday, May 3, 2018 with Reverend Dr. Howard White officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with full military rites being conducted by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb VFW. A luncheon at the church will follow immediately after the graveside services at Oakwood Cemetery.
 
Memorial gifts may be made to Macomb Library, Wesley United Methodist Church or WIU Foundation.
 
Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Linda S. Rouse, 67, of Prairie City

Linda S. Rouse, 67, of Prairie City passed away at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
 
She was born on April 20, 1951 in Hancock County to Robert and Melba Fugate Applegate. She married Michael Rouse on January 12, 1969 in Macomb. He survives.
 
Also surviving are three children, Corey (Amy) Rouse of Fairbanks, Alaska, Tim Rouse of Macomb and Jaime Rouse (Brandon Smith) of Macomb; four grandchildren, Corey Michael, Evan, Brooklin and Ean; one brother, Gary Applegate of Macomb and four sisters, Terry (Lloyd) Stambaugh of St. Augustine, Dixi Applegate of Colorado, Deb Applegate of Florida and Dawn (Max) Ford of Macomb.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
She was a loving wife, mom and grandmother. She had an infectious laugh that could light up a whole room, loving arms that could cure any hurting and a good joke to keep up with her grandchildren. She loved crafting, sewing, being around her pond, sweet treats and card games with her family and her beloved dog, Sammy. She was her grandkids biggest fan and great friend.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Jim Vancil officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to Cancer Research for Liver Cancer.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Rebecca Hofmeister, 75, of Blandinsville

Rebecca Hofmeister, 75, of Blandinsville passed away at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
She was born on November 25, 1942 in Blandinsville to Wyatt F. and Eleanor L. Bridges Anderson. She married Frederick Hofmeister on March 29, 1958 in Blandinsville. He passed away on August 29, 2005 after 47 years of marriage.
 
She is also preceded in death by her parents and one infant daughter, Tammy Jo Hofmeister.
 
She is survived by two sons, Steven (Becky) Hofmeister of Smithville, Missouri and Michael (Amy) Hofmeister of Blandinsville; one daughter, Rhonda (Gary) Frederick of Bushnell; six grandchildren Logan (Andrea) Frederick of Normal, Addison, Eleanor, and Wyatt Hofmeister of Smithville, MO., Emma and Maya Hofmeister of Blandinsville, two great-grandchildren Elsa and Paige Frederick of Normal, sisters-in-law, Linda Hofmeister, Mardell Wagy and Carol (Phillip) Ellrich; brother-in-law, Arthur Hofmeister; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
 
She worked at the Blandinsville School as a cook for many years, and at Gene and Bev’s grocery store before retiring when the store closed.
 
Her favorite pastimes were working with Fred in their yard and garden and traveling, particularly to see their children and grandchildren.
 
She was active in the Blandinsville Community Organization and several other community activities. Becky was a true native of Blandinsville, a village with many friends and neighbors that she truly loved. Becky and Fred were the third generation of her family to raise their children in the very house in which she was born. Becky and Fred lived in Bushnell for a few years early in their marriage prior to returning to live in the family home.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville with Reverend Lyren Haney officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.
 
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Blandinsville Community Organization, Blandinsville Park District, Blandinsville-Hire Library or Blandinsville Fire Department.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Robert A. Fairchild, 71, of Colchester

Robert A. Fairchild, age 71 of Colchester, passed away April 26, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.  He was born January 15, 1947, in Princeton, Indiana, to Arthur Howe and Sarah Dicus Fairchild. He was married to Connie E. Hoelscher on September 30 1966, in Plymouth, Illinois.  He later married Susan J. (Beal) VanFleet on November 30 1984.  Robert was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-father and sister: Betty Lou Fairchild.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife: Susan of Colchester, 1 Daughter: Mary Fairchild Bunney, Plymouth, 1 Son Benjamin (Tina) Fairchild, LaHarpe, 7 Grandchildren: Gwendolyn Bunney, Schylar, Shelby, Shyanne, Brett, Shaylee, Shantaye Fairchild, Step Children: Lisa (Paul) Butterfield, Troy (Kelly) VanFleet, Vicki (Rick) Williams, Step Grandchildren, Jill (Dylan Cook, Courtney Butterfield, Koal (Sarah) Twaddle, Jacob and Bailey VanFleet, Wyatt and Walker Williams, 2 Sisters: Sarah (Dick) Myers, Quincy and Nancy (Ray) Steele, Winchester.
 
Robert graduated from Plymouth High School in 1965, then served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970.  He served in Korea, Japan, Texas and Florida  He farmed, had rental houses, was a relay driver for the Peoria Journal Star and hauled Amish for several years.  He had several horses during his life time and raised Golden Retrievers.  He was a member of the Colchester First Baptist church where he served as head usher and greeter for many years.
 
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Colchester First Baptist Church, with Rev. Dennis Clements and Rev. Earl Beal.  Burial with Military services by the  Macomb American Legion and Macomb V.F.W. will be at St. Marys Cemetery in St. Marys. Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday. Memorial is to the Colchester First Baptist Church or Colchester Rescue Squad. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Nola Lee Baugh, 83, of Macomb

Mrs. Nola Lee Baugh, 83, of Macomb, IL passed away at 3:45 pm Thursday, April 26, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
She was born September 2, 1934 near Blandinsville, IL, the daughter of Joyce Allen and Beulah Kimler Combites. On August 31, 1959 she married Richard J. Baugh in Macomb.
 
Nola had worked as a bookkeepper for several businesses in Macomb, including, F.S., Kimler’s Service Station, Numa Crowder Realtors and Dick’s Barber Shop.
 
She was a member of the Macomb Church of Christ. Nola enjoyed studying family history, reading, target shooting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, attending garage sales and shopping.
 
She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, Cynthia (Anthony) Clements of Astoria, IL and Lori (Sunny) Baugh-Castellano of Lisbon, ME, 3 step-grandchildren, Steven Clements, Stephanie Belless and Luke Clements, 5 step-great-grandchildren, Casey Clements, Quilliam Moodey, Rileigh Clements, Hunter Clements and Brysen Clements and 2 brothers, Paul Kimler Combites of Blandinsville and Charles Martin (Sue) Combites also of Blandinsville.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters, Carol Jean and Martha Ann Combites and 1 brother, Lyle Allen Combites.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, April, 30, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, IL with Tim Burke officiating. Burial will be in the Central Cemetery, rural Blandinsville. No visitation is planned. Memorials may be made to the Macomb Church of Christ or St. John’s Hospital Hospice. To leave a condolence, please visit her obituary at banksandbeals.com

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Michael L. Fitch, 61, of Macomb

Michael L. Fitch, 61, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 12:48 AM Saturday April 21, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
 
He was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Macomb, Illinois to Donald and Mary Lou Millard Fitch.
 
He is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Bland of Bardolph, Illinois; daughters, Teresa (Eddie) Finan of Midlothian, Texas, Jessica (Tony) Quintero of Ft. Worth, Texas, grandchildren, Jullianna Lynn Scott, Isabell Annamarie Quintero, Allison Joan Finan, Anthony Michael Quintero; a brother, Jon Fitch of Bardolph, Illinois; 2 sisters, Deann Pearson of Macomb, Illinois, Jullianna Judkins of Ft. Worth, TX; step brothers, David Bland of Colchester, Illinois and Larry Bland of Quincy, Illinois; his girl friend Deborah John of Macomb, IL; and former spouse, Carol Ann Flanagan
 
He was preceded in death by his father, and Blondel Bland who raised him; a son, Michael Lyn Fitch; and brother, Donald Fitch.
 
He served in the Navy from 1975-2006
 
He was a lifetime member of the Macomb VFW and American Legion. He was a past Commander of the Macomb VFW and Committee chair for Flags of Love.
 
Military Rites will be held at Macomb VFW 1:00 PM Sunday April 29, 2018 followed by a Celebration of Life. Cremation has been accorded. Memorial Contributions may be made to VFW Post 1921 or Flags of Love. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Brett J. Meier, 20, of Hooppole, formerly of Macomb

Brett J. Meier, 20, of Hooppole, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in rural Kewanee, IL, from injuries received in an accident while spending time with his friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole, IL. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. A private inurnment will take place at Hooppole Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 26, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Brett J. Meier Memorial Fund.
 
Brett was born on August 28, 1997, the son of Douglas J. and Lisa A. (Knowles) Meier, in Macomb, IL. He attended Annawan High School and graduated with the Class of 2016. During his high school career, Brett played for the A-W Titans football team, and was an active member of the Annawan FFA. Brett was currently employed with Wright Electric in Geneseo, IL. He was a lifetime member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole, IL. Brett enjoyed fishing, hunting, and longboarding. Most of all, Brett loved his family and friends, and all of the time he spent with them. 
 
Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Doug and Lisa Meier, Hooppole, sister, Jill Meier, Hooppole, grandparents, Dean & Norma Meier, Hooppole, Dwight & Alberta Schrodt, Macomb, IL, and Jan Knowles, Macomb. Brett is also survived by his uncles & their spouses: Junior (Sharon) Meier, Annawan, Merle (Lori) Meier, Illinois City, and Larry (Tammy) Knowles, Macomb, along with many cousins, and dear friends.
 
Brett was preceded in death by his grandfather, Michael Knowles, and by his great-grandparents.
 
Share a message of sympathy with Brett’s family at vandemorefuneralhome.com

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Janet D. Ryan, 79, of Macomb

Janet D. Ryan, 79, of Macomb passed away at 1:48 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
 
She was born on December 24, 1938 in Macomb to Chester and Bernice Kelly Springer.
 
She is survived by two daughters, Tammy Price and Tonna McMenemin both of Macomb; one son, Ricky L. (Milllicent) Ryan of Bowling Green, Missouri; five grandchildren, Lexie Price, Michela Ryan, Nolan Ryan, Shawn McMenemin and Matt McMenemin and 3 great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson ; two sisters and one brother.
 
Janet lived all of her life in the Macomb area. She worked at Western Illinois University Building Services Building 1 for many years before her retirement.
 
Janet’s wishes were that cremation rites be accorded, and that there be no services.
 
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Delores Rowe, 60, of Macomb

Delores Rowe, 60, of Macomb, passed away at 2:52 p.m. on April 19, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.
 
Cremation rights have been accorded, there will be no services.
 
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangments.
 
You may sign the guest book and leave condolences on-line at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Kathryn Jean "Katie" Riley, 88 of Stronghurst

Kathryn Jean "Katie" Riley, 88 of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Burlington Care Center in Burlington, Iowa. She was born November 23, 1929 in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Samuel and Blanche Jennings Hendrickson. On March 7, 1953, she married Richard A. Riley in Champaign, Illinois. He preceded her in death on February 13, 1997.
 
Mrs. Riley was a graduate of Western Lab High School in Macomb and received a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois State Teachers College in Macomb. She taught high school for one year in Erie, Illinois, then worked as a caseworker for the Illinois Department Of Public Aid for many years. She was a member of the Stronghurst Christian Church.
 
Survivors include two daughters, Lynn (Ron) Ehlers of Elburn, IL, Sandra Riley of Yorkville, IL, one son, Richard (Carol) Riley of Ossian, IN, ten grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, and two sisters, Ruby Purdum and Ellen Ausbury.
 
The funeral for Mrs. Riley will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday April 22, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst, with Steve Minkler officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb, IL. Visitation will be from Noon until time of services on Sunday, at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for the Humane Society. Please visit banksandbeals.com to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

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