Obituaries

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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Jacob Benjamin Walter, 26, of Bushnell

Jacob Benjamin Walter, 26, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 1:28 PM Tuesday April 17, 2018 in Galesburg, IL. He was born March 19, 1992 in Macomb, IL to Kim Walter. She survives.
 
Also surviving are his maternal grandparents Jerry and Sharon Walter of Prairie City, IL; paternal grandmother Ella Smith of Bushnell, IL; two uncles Kevin Walter of Prairie City, IL; Kyle Walter of Bushnell, IL; biological father David Smith; three half siblings and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Sam Smith.
 
Jacob joined the Illinois National Guard between his Junior and Senior year in High school having served for a total of 8 years before being honorably discharged in 2017. During his time in the National Guard among other things he served with the Military Funeral Honors division. He enjoyed playing high school football, computer games and joking around with friends.  Jacob loved his dog Ginger and his special aunt Donna with the lady bugs. 
 
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday April 24, 2018 at the Bushnell United Methodist Church with Pastor Amy Holman officiating. Visitation will be Monday April 23, 2018 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home. Burial of Ashes will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the McDonough County Animal Shelter. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

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Patricia Ann Lovell Arvin Allison, 89, of Macomb

Patricia Ann Lovell Arvin Allison went to be with her Lord on April 17th, 2018, at the Elms Nursing home, Macomb, Illinois.
 
Patricia was born on April 11, 1929, at St. Francis Hospital in Macomb, Il. She was seventh of fourteen children born to Harry Russell and Naomi (Kerr) Lovell of Adair, Il., later of Bushnell, Il. She had 8 brothers and 5 sisters.
 
Through a divinely inspired turn of events during the Depression years, the Lovells allowed a loving couple who lived nearby to help in caring for Patricia in her early years. When this couple was overcome with personal health concerns and no longer able to help, the Lord brought Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Arvin into Patricia’s life. Having lost all 3 of their own children to childhood illnesses many years earlier, the Arvins were ready and most willing to be a support to the Lovells and take Patricia into their home for the next 3 years. The Arvins and Patty bonded immediately and in July, 1934, when Patty was 5 years old, the Lovells, at great personal sacrifice, allowed Eddie and Claudie Arvin to adopt their daughter. She took a new name, but continued to spend quality time with her siblings and her parents as much as possible.
 
Patricia attended Fairview Country School, entering when she was in the 2nd grade, having been taught the early basics at home. She graduated from Adair High School on May 21, 1946. There were 8 students in her graduating class, all of whom she stayed in touch with throughout her life.
 
The Arvin's took her to Campbellsville, KY, each year so she could know her ‘new’ extended family there. Her Kentucky kinfolk readily and lovingly accepted her, and she was able to establish lifelong friendships with many of her new cousins.
 
On the night of her high school graduation, she met the man who would later become her husband, Thomas Gardner Allison. They were married on April 6, 1947, and were together for 48 years until he died of lung cancer on March 22, 1995. She cared for him at home throughout his illness, with the help of the Hospice. They raised four children together.
 
Surviving are her children, Linda (Husband, Dave) Leavitt of Willamina, Oregon and Dave’s son, Jesse, Lois (husband, Gordon) Hartman of Atalissa, Iowa, Randy of Willamina, Oregon, formerly of Macomb and Lori (husband, Robert) McCullough of Macomb; her grandchildren, Hannah (husband, Travis) Miller of Creston, Iowa, Whitney (wife, Amy) Hartman of Clarence, Iowa, Justin (wife, Kim) Hartman of Rockford, Illinois, Kinsey (wife, Ashley) Hartman of Acworth, Georgia, Matthew McCullough (fiancé Christina) Glendale Heights, Illinois, Greg McCullough and Michelle McCullough, both of Macomb; her precious great-grandchildren, Preston, Olivia, Abigail and Aaron Miller of Creston, Iowa, Alyssa, Lydia and Melanie Hartman of Clarence, Iowa, Victoria and Jacob Hartman of Rockford, Illinois and Trenton and Tyler Hartman of Acworth, Iowa; and one sister, Joan Winegardner (husband, Bill) of Geneseo, Illinois.
 
In addition to her husband, those who preceded her in death were both her birth parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lovell; her adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Arvin; and her siblings, Delmar Wayne Lovell, Darlene Ramona Lovell Holiday, Darrell Ernest Lovell, Doris Lee Lovell Allison, Betty Lou Lovell Moody, Barbara Jean Lovell Loy, Robert Kerr Lovell, Rev. William (Bill) C. Lovell, Russell Max Lovell, Carl Donavan Lovell, James Douglas Lovell and Harry Stephen Lovell.
 
Patricia lived all of her life in McDonough County. She worked several places around Macomb after she was married, including F.W. Woolworth, J.J. Newberry’s, and Mohr Value. Perhaps she is most remembered as a smiling, friendly check-out cashier at the Eagles Grocery Store, where she worked for 17 years until she retired in 1991. She also volunteered at the Gift Shop at the McDonough District Hospital for a time.
 
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Macomb, for several years and in more recent years, the First Baptist Church, also in Macomb.
 
Through the years, she and her husband went on several bus tours across the country and also to Canada, destinations including New England, Florida, Nashville, and Texas. Her favorite places were Plymouth Colony and the Grand Old Opry.
 
She and her husband were also faithful to organize and document Tom’s Army Reunions, keeping records of correspondence, photographs, and notices. Many life-long friendships came from the bond they had with their "Army Buddies".
 
Patricia was ‘famous’ for a number of things, the most obvious being her love for her family and friends. This was evident in her greeting card ministry, as she consistently and sacrificially purchased and mailed cards to loved ones and friends for most of her life, until she became seriously visually impaired. She sent literally thousands of cards during her life.
 
Patricia became ‘Grandma Pat’ for the first time in 1978, a blessing she experienced a total of 7 times over the next few years. She became a Great-Grandma 11 times, and cherished each one as if they were the only one.
 
In April, 2008, she was hospitalized with congestive heart failure, and by April, 2010, her kidneys began to shut down. She began receiving dialysis in June, 2010. She stayed at the Elms Nursing Home for a few months in the beginning, but was able to come home for another year, with a support system and home help services coming in on a daily basis. In January, 2012, she returned to the Elms, where she could receive 24-hour care.
 
She continued her dialysis for a total of just under 8 years, until she was physically unable to receive it.
 
She was such a blessing to those around her, and will be greatly missed by not only her family and friends, but also the staff and residents of the Elms.
 
She passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 18, and went immediately to be with the Lord and all those who were there waiting in Heaven for her.
 
Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
 
Memorials: To the Elms Nursing Home Activity Department, for the specific purchase of "It’s Never 2 Late" digital touch screen devices for the residents of the Elms Nursing Home, 1212 Madelyn Ave., Macomb, IL 61455.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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James Lee Moore, 91 of rural Blandinsville

James Lee Moore, 91 of rural Blandinsville, Illinois, passed away at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday April 18, 2018 at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst. He was born April 27, 1926 in Monmouth, Illinois, the son of Harvey and Bertha Rosen Moore.
 
Mr. Moore was a army veteran of the Korean War. After his military service he farmed all of his life in Henderson County. He enjoyed history, tractors, steam engines, and attending the Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and the Western Illinois Threshers in Hamilton, Illinois. He also enjoyed hosting the annual Raritan Fireworks display on his farmland. He was a member of the LaHarpe American Legion.
 
Survivors include one brother, Lewis (Karen) Moore of Blandinsville, one sister-in-law, Margaret Moore of Normal, IL, one nephew, Lewis Lee (Mindy) Moore of Blandinsville, three nieces, Deborah Moore of Bloomington, IL, Kathy Moore of Normal, IL, Lynne Anne Moore of Ashburn VA, two great nephews, Austin Moore and Jackson Moore, and two great nieces, Maria Moore and Mazie Moore. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harvey, John, and Robert Moore.
 
The funeral service for Mr. Moore will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday April 23, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. Burial with military rites will be in the Raritan Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Monday at Banks & Beals. A memorial fund has been established for the Raritan Fire Department First Responders. Please visit banksandbeals.com to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

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Sharon K. Barnes, 73, of Macomb

Sharon K. Barnes, 73, of Macomb, Illinois passed away at 9:04 AM Monday April 16, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Illinois.
 
She was born July 29, 1944 in Macomb, Illinois to Wendell and Kathryn Cromer.
 
Surviving are her children, Julia Stoneking of Macomb, Il; Tony Barnes of Oklahoma City OK; 5 grandchildren, Stephanie, Zachary, Rainie, Gabrielle, and Jesse and 5 great-grandchildren.
 
Graveside burial of ashes will be Monday, April 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie City Cemetery. Rev. Jim Eddy will officiate. Cremation has been accorded. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com
 
 

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Donald Gene Smith, 86, of Macomb

Donald Gene Smith, age 86, of Macomb, IL, a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, mentor, and friend to many peacefully passed April 16, 2018, at McDonough District Hospital.
 
Donald was born August 9, 1931, to Tressa and Alfred Smith, the youngest of four children. He graduated High School from Western Lab School in Macomb in 1950. It was during this time that he met his wife, Carolee Mason, and they were married in February of 1951 at the First Christian Church in Macomb.
 
Don soon enlisted in the Navy, attended boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Base, and was transferred to Oakland, California, He proudly served in the Navy for four years stationed in Oakland. It was here that his son, Doug, was born in 1953. Upon returning to Illinois with a young son and wife, Donald attended Western Illinois University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Arts. He began his teaching career in Greenview, IL in 1958 where his second child was born, Julie (Smith) Rheinheimer in January of 1959.
 
He was then accepted into Ball State University in Indiana where he earned his masters degree and moved to Duarte, California, where he taught industrial arts for the next five years. Don and his young family enjoyed the pleasures of California life during those years with friends and family who had also "gone West."
 
In 1964, Don, or "Red," as he was known to many family members and friends, moved back to LaHarpe, IL, where he taught Industrial Arts, Drafting, and Vo-Tech until 1976. Don also taught Industrial Arts in Dallas City for several years, where he was also known and loved. During those years Don was known to the people in the area as a kind and caring teacher, mentor, and community leader. Over the years living in LaHarpe, Don was a member of the Methodist and Union Churches, Lion's Club, Volunteer Fireman, and served as alderman for several years. As a top-notch craftsman and builder, he worked in many homes around the community doing remodeling and even designing and building homes that are still in use today. Students in Donald's classes continue to admire his knowledge, patience, and sense of humor to this day. He was a true believer in working hard and accepting people of all kinds, making students love and respect him for all his years in the classroom and on construction sites.
 
In 1986, after both his children were married and out of the house, Don and Carolee moved to Salt Springs, FL where he continued to teach Industrial arts for five years. There he enjoyed fishing, boating, and seeing his grandchildren regularly. He was able to enjoy the ocean and sun throughout the winter months, and then come back to a summer cabin on the Mississippi near Nauvoo. He and Carolee enjoyed many hours on the river with family and friends over the years. After several years of living in both Florida and Illinois, Don and Carolee decided to move to Macomb where they could enjoy the closeness of their hometown, friends, and family. Donald is a member of the First Christian Church, where he and his wife were married so long ago.
 
Donald is survived proudly by a son, Douglas Smith, and a daughter, Julie (Smith) Rheinheimer, both of Florida. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, HIlary (Smith)Churchill of LaHarpe, Tyler Smith and Tanner Smith, both of Florida. He has four great-grandchildren all from Florida. Don also has several nieces and nephews in the Midwest. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his gentle nature, sense of humor, and, his intelligent, thoughtful advice. As the number 1 Cardinal fan, his family proudly continues in his legacy.
 
Services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the VFW in Macomb with Rev. Kelly Ingersoll officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a meal and time of fellowship at the VFW. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
 
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for the VFW in Macomb. Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a condolence please his obituary at banksandbeals.com.

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

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

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

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

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Huey A. Cain, 74, of Rushville

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

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

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

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Janyce "Jan" Heath Lynn, 84, of Macomb

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

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

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

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

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

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Leroy Bollinger, 75, of Rushville

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

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Ralph W. Beck, 88, of Colchester

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

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Charlie "Chuck" Ingersoll, 80, of Macomb

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

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Robert R. "Bob" Walker, 88, of Macomb

Robert R. "Bob" Walker, 88, of Macomb, formerly of Industry passed away at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
 
He was born on April 27, 1929 in Toulon, Illinois to Harold and Ella May Bedwell Walker. He married Joan Cobb in Macomb. He later married Frances Brewer of Roseville.
 
He is survived by one daughter, Jill (Tim) St. Pierre of Cerro Gordo; five step-children, Marcia (Bill) Brooks, Roseville, John (Bev) Brewer, Macomb, Bonnie (Skip) Rochotte, Moooresville, North Carolina and Richard (Jan) Brewer, Roseville; one son-in-law, James Porter, Mexia, Texas and 12 step-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sandra Walker; daughter, Robin Walker Siepel and step-daughter, Becky Porter.
 
Bob and his father owned Sinclair Station and Walker’s Ford Garage in Industry for 30 years. Later he owned and operated Walker’s Garage and Dairy Cone in Macomb. In 1974, he and his wife, Fran moved to McAllen, Texas where they managed a Mobile and RV Park until their retirement upon which time they returned to Macomb.
 
During WWII, Bob was a semi driver carrying material to the east coast and railroad ties and lumber to Camp Ellis.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Tom Mehaffy officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery.
 
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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Violet M. Gooding, 41, of Colchester

Violet M. Gooding age 41 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.  She was born January 15, 1977, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Lorna Morrell.  Violet was united in marriage on May 22, 1998, to Jeremy Gooding.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing is her Mother: Lorna Morrell, West Virginia, Husband: Jeremy Gooding, Colchester, her twin daughters: Alissa and Cheyenne Gooding, both of Colchester, 2 Brothers and 1 Sister.
 
Violet was preceded in death by her beloved Bull Dog this year Mac.
 
Violet had worked for the Macomb School District in food service. Violet’s life was her family, she loved being with her girls, whether playing games, shopping, taking walks or going out to eat.
 
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  No services will follow the visitation. Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday, April 16.  Memorial is to the family to help with funeral expenses.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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David Neal Feld, 74, of Colchester

David Neal Feld age 74 of Colchester, passed away at his home in Colchester, on Friday, April 6, 2018, with his family at his side.  He was born October 18, 1943 in Macomb, to Everett and Margaret Louise Tice Feld.  Dave was united in marriage June 1966, in Colchester to Sherry Kipling. Dave was then united in marriage to his love Cindy Kay Sears in Macomb on December 31, 2013.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing is his Wife: Cindy Kay Feld, Colchester, 1 Son: Lonnie (Rosa) Feld, Colchester, 4 Daughters: Angie (Shawn) Creasy, Lake Ozark, MO., Jessica (Jay) Smith, Hillary Humes, both of Dana Point, CA., Haley Humes, Maryville, MO., 5 Grandchildren: Gavin Feld, Trevor Feld, Jackson Creasy, J.J. Smith, Jacob Smith, 1 Brother: Ron Feld, Colchester, several nieces, nephews, and some very dear friends that became Dave’s family.
 
Dave was preceded in death by his parents: Everett and Louise Feld and 1 Sister In Law: Helen Feld.
Dave was the proud owner and operator of Feldos in Colchester for 25 years.  
 
Through the years, Dave gave many young men and women their first job, who then became a very important part of his life. Many people from around the area would come for his lemon ice cream, tenderloins and conversation. He served his county in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968.  He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Colchester Lions Club, A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Vulcans Car Club, and past member of the Colchester Fire Department. Dave was one of the original members of the Acoustics Band, that was loved and followed by many from this area. Dave was also a very important part of M & S Light and Sound Productions for many years.  
 
Dave loved to ride his Harley Davidson with his friends who became part of his family. During his trips to Sturgis and Daytona he gained life long friends. Dave enjoyed visiting in his garage with family or friends with a cold drink. In the past few years, Dave and Cindy enjoyed crafting and woodworking. Of all the things in Dave’s life, the most important were was his wife, children, grandchildren and his very dear friends.
 
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the Macomb Elks Lodge, with Pastor Ben Ellefritz.  Graveside services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Military Rites will be held at a later date. Memorial is to the Illinois Cancer Care, which can be left at the Celebration of Life service or mailed to Jones Mortuary, Box 352, Colchester, Illinois, 62326. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Wilma J. (Geltmacher) Ren, 85, of Good Hope

Wilma J. (Geltmacher) Ren, 85, of Good Hope, passed away at 3:55 a.m., Monday, April 9, 2018 at The Elms Nursing Home. She was born June 12, 1932 in Good Hope, IL to Orville and Mabel (Beal) Geltmacher; she married Lee E. Ren on January 28, 1951. He passed December 8, 2008. 
 
She is survived by two sons; Timothy (Ronda) Ren of Parsons, KS, Tony (Frankie) Ren of Thompson Station, TN; one daughter; Christine (Robert) Cornell of Danville, IL; five grandchildren; Jonathan Ren of Galva, IL, Patrick and James Ren of Thompson Station, TN, Robin (Brad Beasley) Cornell of Martinsville, IL, Kristen (Jon) Rhinehart of Westville, IL; one great-grandson; Gabriel Valdez of Westville, IL, two great-granddaughters; Kylee Jodry, Martinsville, IL and Annabelle Rhinehart of Westville, IL; four step-great grandchildren; Hayden, Dylan, Leah and Owen Rhinehart all of Oakwood, IL; two sisters: Helen Young Glenn of Monmouth, IL and Opal (Ernie) Heierle of VA Center, Quincy, IL, sister-in-law Bernice Huston Brooks, Macomb, IL, special local niece and nephew Becky (Rick) Fross and Donald K. Geltmacher, Macomb, IL; many nieces and nephews and special helping friends Ron and Marilyn Ruebush. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: William Harrison, Donald D. and Robert Geltmacher; sister Vivian Raymond and nephew Guy Geltmacher.
 
Mrs. Ren attended Tank Grade School and graduated from Good Hope High School. She was a bookkeeper at various places including McDonough County Farm Bureau, Americana Nursing Home and Western Illinois University.
 
Wilma placed her membership in the Sciota Christian Church in March 1951 where she taught and was involved in church activities over the years. She attended the Bushnell and Blandinsville Christian churches after the Sciota Christian Church disbanded.
                    
She was the Grand Marshall of the Good Hope Sodbuster’s Day Parade in 2017. 
 
Services will be at 2 PM  Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be Friday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Rev. John Simmons will officiate. Cremation has been accorded. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Elms nursing home or MDH Hospice. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Larry Gene Shelts, 67, of Camden

Larry Gene Shelts, 67, of Camden, passed away at 2:26 PM, Saturday, April 7, 2018, at his home.
 
He was born on December 3, 1950, in Rushville,Illinois, the son of Bernard Eugene and Faye Virginia (Milby) Shelts.  On June 7, 1970, he married Brenda Jean Peak, at the Camden United Methodist Church in Camden and she survives.
 
Also surviving are one daughter Jennifer Deanne Briney and husband Melvin of Astoria, one son Jeffrey Eugene Shelts and wife Jennifer of Camden, five grandchildren Alex David Briney, Abbie Jene Briney, Emily June Briney, Collin Eugene Shelts, and Justin Floyd Shelts, step mother Doris Shelts, one sister Sheila Teaney, half-brother David Avery, all of Mt. Sterling, mother-in-law Phyllis Peak of Rushville, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Brian Peak and wife Stacy of Quincy, Stephanie Downs, Lori Ruth and husband Gareld, Angie Dyche and husband Mike, Jr. all of Rushville, and Stacie Kuta of St. Charles, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Bernard Eugene Shelts and Faye and Andy Avery and his father-in-law Jack Peak.
 
Larry graduated from Rushville High School in 1968 and attended Robert Morris Junior College, where he graduated receiving an Associate Degree in Applied Science.  From there he attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 1972, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.  He worked for the Schuyler County Soil and Water District as Resource Conservationist for 25 years.
 
He served on the Camden Township Board for over 20 years and was a 4-H leader for over 36 years with the Camden Good Neighbors.  He was most proud of serving on the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District Board and serving as Co-Chair for three years.  He was a Schuyler Farm Bureau member and a member of the Camden United Methodist Church.
 
Private Services will be held at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Charla Meyers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation, for the Dr. Cox Therapy Clinic or the Camden Good Neighbors 4-H Club.  You are invited to share your memories of Larry, and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Betty May Chase, 93, of Bushnell

Betty May Chase, passed away at her home April 7, 2018 at 6:25 AM. She was 93 and had a full life up until the last 6 months.
 
Betty was born April 28, 1924 to Nealy and Eva (Bowen) Woods. She married Willis C. Chase March 4, 1945 after church services at the Bushnell United Methodist Church.
 
She is survived by her 4 children; Francis (Drinda) Chase, Neal (Mary Jane) Chase, Keith (Cindy) Chase, Beth and her favorite son-in-law (Curtis) Pierce. Betty has 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 7 great greatgrandchildren and one on the way.
 
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter (Margret Ann), 2 granddaughters (Kacey and Krista) and 2 sisters (Doris Connor and Cleona Chase).
 
Betty had a beautician’s license for 70 years and a shop in her home. For some of her last customers she would go and pick them up did their hair and served them lunch before taking them back home.
Betty was a true Farmers wife, she raised a big garden and took meals to the field during farming season. She loved cooking and baking, church activities, donating pie’s and cakes to the Fall Festival and many other fundraisers. She was always willing to help if someone asked. Betty also enjoyed exercising with her friends at the YMCA pool and playing cards. She also loved to sew and crochet Christmas gifts for her family and church.
 
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday April 12, 2018 at the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Dean Reeverts officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday April 11, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program or to the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com  
 

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Rhonda S. Foutch, 61, of Marietta

Rhonda S. Foutch, 61, of Marietta, IL passed away at 5:05 AM Thursday April 5, 2018 at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born April 22, 1956 in Canton, IL to Wayne H. and Sharon J. (Hodgkins) Ludwig. She married William Lee Foutch Sr. at the Point Pleasant Church in Marietta, IL May 28, 1977. He preceded her in death on September 4, 1991.
 
She is survived by her mother Sharon (Harry) Ford of Marietta, IL; three children, Fawn Foutch of Marietta, IL; Dawn (Jacob) Bartels of Macomb, IL; William (Jessy) Foutch Jr. of Bushnell, IL; six grandchildren, Summer Shannon, Emma Rhinberger, Makala Jones, Paizley Kirby, Rhett and Finley Foutch; six siblings, Roberta Daily, Rita Jones, William Morey, Terry Ford, Patrick Ford and Melissa Ludwig.
 
She was preceded in death by her father, husband and one sister Robin Waters.
 
Rhonda was very hard working, strong willed, independent woman. She loved the outdoors, riding horses, hunting and fishing. Most of all Rhonda loved her family, especially her grandchildren, watching them grow and play made her the happiest.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday April 11, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home. Where visitation will be Tuesday April 10, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Reverend John Douglas will officiate. Interment will be in the Marietta Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Marietta Fire Rescue Squad or to the family of Rhonda Foutch. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com      

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Lynn P. Beck, 65, of Good Hope

Lynn P. Beck, 65, of Good Hope, Illinois, passed away at 5:23 AM Friday April 6, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL.
 
She was born Feb. 13, 1953 in Macomb, Illinois, to William E. and Dorothy L. Thrasher Ebey; she married Jerry L. Beck on June 5, 1976. He preceded her in death on Sept. 26, 2015.
She was also preceded in death by her father.
 
She is survived by her daughters, Stacey (Joshua) Steele of Table Grove, Illinois, Mindy (Jason) Featherlin of Industry, Illinois; mother, Dorothy Melvin, step father, Gordon Melvin both of Macomb, Illinois grandchildren, Makelle (Robert) Arnett, Garret Beck, Makenna LeFebvre, Kysa Steele, Olivea Featherlin and Kyler Steele; great-grandson, James Arnett; brothers, James Ebey of Beardstown, Illinois, Kevin (Janet) Ebey of Bushnell, Illinois; sisters, Carol (Leon) Bainter, JoAnn Beck both of Macomb.
 
She worked at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens for over 31 years. She was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge 1009 in Macomb.
 
A Celebration of Life Dinner will be held at 1:30 PM Sunday April 8, 2018 at The Crossing in Macomb, Illinois. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Macomb Elks Hoop Shoot. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be in Good Hope Cemetery at a later date. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Arline F. Lovell, 91, of LaHarpe

Arline F. Lovell, 91, of LaHarpe, IL, passed away at 12:54 a.m. day, April 6, 2018 at the McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL.
 
She was born on October 19, 1926 in LaHarpe, IL, the daughter of Arlie L. and Grace Collins Owsley. On May 29, 1947 she married Ardis L. Lovell in Atchison, KS. He preceded her in death on February 22, 2011.
 
Arline graduated from the Burlington Beauty Academy and worked as a beautician for a short time. She also worked at the Former LaHarpe Hospital, former Americana Nursing Home, Macomb and NTN Bower, Macomb. She enjoyed quilting, reading, crosswords, and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
 
Survivors include four children, Marcia (Dallas) Neff of LaHarpe, LaVerne (Peggy) Lovell of Memphis, TN, Brian (Joyce) Lovell of LaHarpe and Layne (Mary) Lovell of St. Louis, MO, eleven grandchildren, Jacob (Carolyn) Neff, Stacie (Nathan) Wisehart, Josiah (Erin) Neff, Lacie (Bart) Thompson, Hunter (Aimee) Lovell, Conrad (Jenny) Lovell, Natalie (Willis) Young, Alex (Katie) Lovell, Hollie Lovell, Jolequyn Abby, and Meredyth (Curtis) Schroyer, twenty-three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Samuel, and Rebekah Young, Mackenzie, Adriana, Noelle and Victoria Jerabek, Julie Rose and Rachel Lovell, Laney Weaver, Van Angel, Cooper and Myles Neff, Cyrus, Daphne, Phoenix and Vaughn Lovell, Carson and Kylie Lovell, Tessa Abby, Grayson Schroyer and Charlotte and Penelope Thompson, one sister, Violet Allen, two half-sisters and four half-brothers.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ardis, grandchild, Kelly Lovell Jerabek, and one brother Donald Owsley.
 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Nate McCarter officiating. Burial will be at the LaHarpe Cemetery. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Monday, at Banks & Beals where the family will receive friends from 6:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Christian Church. To sign the guest book or leave a condolence please visit Arline’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

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Jeffrey A. "Jeff" France, 57, of Pacific, Missouri

Jeffrey A. "Jeff" France, 57, of Pacific, Missouri passed away and went to his heavenly home at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at his home in Pacific.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with Reverend Dr. Howard White officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Macomb Country Club, 20 Hickory Grove Road.
 
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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Chris Maye, 80, of Macomb

Chris Maye, 80, of Macomb, IL., passed away at 8:45 PM Monday April 2, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
She was born January 30, 1938 in Gregory, SD. She was the daughter of Emil and Evelyn Vavruska. She moved to Missouri in 1953, graduated from Niangua High School in 1956 and St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, MO in 1959. She married George Maye in 1960. His job transfers with the USDA moved them to both coasts and all across the Midwest.
 
Always a caring person, she worked as a nurse throughout their marriage. They enjoyed 20 years of retirement in the house they built in Joplin, MO. Due to health reasons they moved to Macomb, IL in 2014 to be close to family.
 
She had a deep faith and belonged to St. Paul Catholic Church. Chris enjoyed camping, yoga, her family and friends, puzzles, coloring, and working outside. Chris was proceeded in death by her 5 ½ year old son Curt, 80-year-old husband George, sister-in-law Therese Koester, brother-in-law Ben Koester, and both parents.
 
Survivors are son, Chuck Maye (Tracy) of St. Charles, MO, daughter, Dawn Piper (Tim) of Macomb, IL. Six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Brother Jim Vavruska (Pat) of Niangua, MO, sister-in-law Ann Davis (Duane) of Neosho, MO, and Jeanne Pekarek (Larry deceased) of Joplin, MO. She was loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
 
Chris was a deeply compassionate and loving person who never met a stranger. Always willing to help out, she had a personality that lit up every room she was in and made people smile. She was a strong, independent, hard-working woman who did things her own way. She was peaceful at her death and had her daughter with her. She led a beautiful life and taught us all so much by her example. Though she will be greatly missed, she told her daughter she was ready for what was next and left this world in love.
 
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 AM Saturday April 7, 2018 at St. Paul’s Church in Macomb, IL. Father Matthew Deptula will officiate. Visitation will be Friday April 6, from 5-7 Pm at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Cremation will be accorded after the Mass. Burial of ashes will be in Marshfield Cemetery in Marshfield, Missouri at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army or Loaves and Fishes. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Bonnie J. (Utterback) Cobb, 81, of Macomb

Bonnie J. (Utterback) Cobb of Macomb, IL., passed away at 3:15 AM Tuesday April 3, 2018 at her home.
 
She was born Feb. 9, 1937 in Barry, IL. She was one of seven children, born to Clarence and Mary (Constable) Utterback; she married Larry Cobb on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1955 in Macomb. He preceded her in death Dec. 31, 1999.
 
Also preceding her in death were two sons, Jim and Steve Cobb.
 
Surviving is one grandchild, Jamie (Nathan) Adkisson of Roseville and three great grandchildren, Payton, Paxton, and Palmer of Roseville, and a special friend, Joyce Stoneking of Macomb.
 
She was a devoted wife and mother and spent her lifetime residing as a homemaker in Macomb. She enjoyed reading the Bible and hearing verses read to her by a pastoral friend. Her wishes were to have graveside services which will be held at 2 PM Thursday April 5, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 10AM-10:45 AM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of McDonough County in lieu of flowers. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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James E. Owen, 91, of Rushville

James E. Owen, 91, of Rushville, passed away at 8:50 AM, Thursday, March 29, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
 
He was born on December 28, 1926, in Deer Ridge, Missouri, the son of James E. and Nena Maureen (Wildman) Owen, Sr..  He married Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Smith on February 21, 1947, at the home of her parents in La Belle, Missouri and she survives.
 
Also surviving are three children Larry Owen and partner Diana Rounds of Rushville, Jeffrey Owen of Springfield, and Elizabeth Ingles and husband Jon of Camden, 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, a brother-in-law Harlan Smith and wife Dorothy of Paola, Kansas, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a son Richard “Rick” Owen, a grandson Adam Maliongas, a brother David Owen and wife Maxine, a sister Leota “Sally” Best and husband Robert, and a sister-in-law Martha Jean Lay and husband Delbert.
 
Jim graduated from La Belle High School and entered the United States Navy, serving from March 2, 1945 to August 26, 1946.  He first farmed with his dad and other farmers in Lewis County, Missouri, before moving to Chicago.  In Chicago, he farmed and worked for the VandenBoom Farm and also David Forsythe.  In 1954, his family moved to Rushville, where he worked on the Hess Farm as a dairyman and farmer.  In 1960, he began his career with Rushville Farmer’s Elevator and retired from Schuyler–Brown FS in 1988.  After retirement, he worked part-time at Bartlow Brothers in Rushville, for the next 8 years.
 
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville and served as Master of the Rushville Lodge # 9 A.F. & A.M..  He was a coach for Rushville Little League.  He enjoyed gardening, camping, bank pole fishing, and hunting.  His family was his greatest treasure.  He was always the first one there to support and help his family in any way he could.  Family events and attending his children and grandchildren’s events were special times to him.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery, with military rites by the US Navy Burial Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation or Hope Blooms. You are invited to share your memories of Jim, leave condolences and view his memorial video at www.woodfh.net

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Laura Elizabeth "Betsy" Nicholson, 93, of Macomb

Laura Elizabeth "Betsy" Nicholson, 93, of Macomb passed away at 7:04 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 surrounded by her family at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
She was born on September 30, 1924 in Beason, Illinois to Louis Dee and Lucille Parker Kindred. She married Charles Nicholson, III on June 27, 1947. He preceded her in death on June 3, 2012.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Wendy Marie Nicholson and one sister, Barbara Jean Rubenking.
 
Betsy is survived by three children, Debra Nicholson Czestochowski, and her spouse, Joseph, of Memphis, Tennessee; Kathleen Nicholson-Tosh, and her spouse, Terry, of Bloomington, Illinois; and Charles "Chip" Wesley Nicholson IV, and his spouse, Candace, of Collierville, Tennessee; grandchildren; Stefan Parker Czestochowski and his wife Laura Casalegno of Chicago; Charles Wesley Nicholson V and Gabriel David Louis Nicholson of Collierville, Tennessee; Tony Tosh of Palatine, Illinois; Joan Tosh Steidinger of Morton, Illinois; and Mikle (Keri Davis) Brady of Indianapolis, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Eric (Cecelia) Steidinger; Shari (Dustin) Fritsch, Ashlin and Ayden Brady; Tyler Joshua and Trevor Tosh; and Ciani Marshall; two great-great-grandchildren, Olive and Maverick Steidinger and several nieces and nephews.
 
Betsy was a gentle woman. She was devoted to family and community, serving both with her gracious wit and and love of learning.
 
Like her husband, Chuck, and many family members, she was graduated from the University of Illinois, where she was affiliated with 4-H House. She applied her degree in Home Economics to every aspect of her life, from high school teaching to sewing fine designs and creating welcoming homes for family and friends alike.
 
She loved books, animals, and travel. She was passionate about ice cream. Her apple dumplings are unsurpassed. She was kind and patient, tough and gritty, smiling and lovely. Her heart was open and she will be missed as a wonderful friend, mother and grandmother.
 
Betsy was active in First Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Parker Club, Circle, Macomb Country Club and other organizations.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb with Reverend Erin Marth officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church. A reception will be held immediately following the services Tuesday at the Macomb Country Club. Burial will be held on Wednesday at the McCliman’s Cemetery in Hallsville, Illinois where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Chuck.
 
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, Wesley Village, P.E.O. or MDH Hospice.
 
The family wants to thank the staff of Wesley Village, McDonough District Hospital and MDH Hospice for the wonderful care that she received.
 
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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Elizabeth M. Rankin, 84, of rural Lomax

Elizabeth M. Rankin, 84, of rural Lomax, IL, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2018 at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst. She was born December 18, 1933, near Wapello, IA, in the country home of her parents, Jesse J. and Clara E. Bigger Landrum. On June 11, 1954, she married Delbert Rankin in Stronghurst. He preceded her in death on May 30, 2011.
 
Mrs. Rankin graduated from Stronghurst High School in 1951, and Gem City Business College in Quincy in 1952. She assisted her husband in the operation of the family farm, and also was employed at H&R Block in Burlington, IA for twenty eight years. She was past president of the Henderson County Home Extension, Stronghurst American Legion Auxiliary, and 14th District American Legion Auxiliary. She was a volunteer at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab for many years and was a member, and served as Treasurer, of the Terre Haute United Methodist Church for many years.
 
Survivors include one sister-in-law. Patricia Rankin of rural Media, IL, several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
 
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst with Rev. Lee Unger officiating. Burial will be in the Stronghurst Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Banks & Beals. Memorials have been established for Terre Haute United Methodist Church Building Fund, Stronghurst American Legion Auxiliary, and Girls State Fund. Please visit banksandbeals.com to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

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Lowell A. Lueck, 84, of Macomb

Lowell A. Lueck, 84, of Macomb, Illinois passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born August 3, 1933 in a farmhouse near Jewell, IA to Arthur D. and Cora Myrtie (Teig) Lueck. He married Lois J. Madsen on December 17, 1960 in Cedar Falls, IA. She survives.
 
Also surviving are three children: David (Cindy) Lueck of Macomb; Diane (Terry) Kestner of Cedar Falls, IA; Linda (David) Bollivar of Normal, IL; along with nine grandchildren: Erin (Jim Cutright) Lueck of Fort Wayne, IN; Tyler (Katrina) Lueck of Bloomington, IL; Matthew and Andrew Lueck of Macomb; Nathan (Kimber Wicks) Clark of Evansville, AK; Kelly and Jill Kestner of Cedar Falls, IA; Brian Bollivar of Normal, IL; and Greg Bollivar of Greenwood, IN. He is also survived by two sisters, Florence Botine and Yvonne Stevens, and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marilyn Marshall and Ardeth Grove, as well as a niece and nephew.
 
Lowell graduated from Clarion High School, and attended Iowa State University for two years. He then entered the U. S. Army, serving on an Air Force base in England during the Korean War. He returned to Iowa State and completed his degree in Agricultural Education. He served as an Agricultural Extension Agent in Primghar, IA, before entering Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI). There he met the love of his life, and earned a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. He served schools in Rolfe and Gowrie, IA, and Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown, IA. In 1969 the family moved to Macomb where he served as the Assistant Director, then Director, of Institutional Research and Planning at Western Illinois University, until his retirement in 1993. During that time, he also completed his Doctor of Education Administration at Indiana University.
 
Lowell never wasted a moment. He was a life-long learner and gave selflessly to his community through service on many boards and committees including many church activities, Western Illinois Museum board, WIRC board, and the WIU Library Foundation Board. He was also a member of the Genealogical Society and Historical Society, and a longtime member of the Macomb Lions Club. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and had been a member of Cotillion for many years. Whenever he was involved in an activity, he performed many behind-the-scenes tasks that people were unaware of. He loved traveling as well as spending time with his family and friends. In order to achieve his personal goal of walking five miles per day, he was always on the move with a twinkle in his eye, and a smile or witty comment for those who crossed his path.
 
Visitation will be held Monday, April 2, 2018 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.
 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Youngshim Pitcher will officiate. Cremation rites and burial will follow at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Western Illinois Museum, the Macomb Lions Club, or to the Lueck Non-Traditional Scholarship Fund at WIU.
 
Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Rosemary I. Williams, 82, of Canton

Rosemary I. Williams, 82, of Canton, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 2:05 a.m. at Heartland Health Care in Canton, IL. She was born July 23, 1935 in Fulton County, IL to Orville and Fern (Thomas) Trone. She married James Williams on July 9, 1960 in Summum, IL. He preceded her in death on January 22, 1998.

 

She is survived by Son- Randy Williams of Canton, IL, 6 Grandchildren- Rick Williams, Ashley Williams, Fawn Sackrider, Joshua Williams, Randy Williams II and Emily Williams, 7 Great-Grandchildren, Sister- Jeanette (and Eddie) Hopkins of Astoria, IL, Sister- June (and David) Hicke of Glasford, IL, Sister- Opalene Stambaugh of Astoria, IL, Brother- Tom (and Pam) Trone of Astoria, IL, Sister- Ida (and Dave) Clark of Astoria, IL and Brother- Stephen Trone of Astoria, IL.

 

She was preceeded in death by her husband, as well as sisters Ruth Trone and Dorothy Plate. 

 

She was a homemaker and telephone operator in Astoria. She also worked at Wilbur’s Coffee Cup in Astoria and restaurants in Chanderville and Virginia. 

 
Rosemary was a member of TOPS in Astoria for many years. She enjoyed her visits “home” to Astoria. She loved cooking, baking and being the oldest of 9 children, in which she was always the caretaker.
 
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Pastor Gary Sheets will be officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.    
 

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Shirley Jean Bergman, 80, of Glasford, formerly of LaHarpe

Shirley Jean Bergman, 80, of Glasford, IL passed away at 11:10 PM Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Timbercreek Rehab & Health Center in Pekin, IL.
 
She was born March 11, 1938 in LaHarpe, IL, the daughter of James and Coralena E. Feikert St. Clair.
 
Shirley worked as a bartender in Peoria, most recently at the Cooler Tap. She later worked in the drapery department at JC Penny’s in Peoria. In her spare time she enjoyed watching movies and spending time with her family.
 
Surviving are 3 daughters, Debra Bitner of Peoria and Joanna Frank and Brenda Guntorius, both of Princeton, IL, 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 infant brothers and 1 great-grandson.
 
Her family will meet with friends from 5:00 until 8:00PM Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Burial will be held, at later date, in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in her memory. To sign the guest book and leave a condolence, please visit her obituary at banksandbeals.com.

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Linda S. Markley, 71, of Bardolph

Linda S. Markley, 71, of Bardolph passed away at 11:35 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 surrounded by family and friends at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on September 17, 1946 in Burlington, Iowa to Roy G. and Mary A. Powell Eberhard. She was united in marriage to Ronald Markley on August 28, 1962. He survives.
 
Also surviving to mourn her passing are a daughter, Cristine Mason; five grandchildren, Ashley, Tara, Brittany and Adam, all of Macomb and Tyler of South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren, Isaac, Jaedyn, Darian, Sienna, Zuri and a set of twins due in October and one brother, R. Dale Eberhard of Florida.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son-in-law, Rick Mason.
 
Linda worked 30 plus years at McDonough District Hospital first as a LPN and then as unit secretary before her retirement in 2013.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2018 at Industry Assembly of God Church with Reverend Jon Keck officiating. There will be no visitation. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date.
 
Memorials may be made in her memory.
 
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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Sandra S. Pigg, 76, of Canton, formerly of Summum

Sandra S. Pigg, 76, of Canton, IL, formerly of Summum, IL, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. She was born Sunday, August 31, 1941 in Canton, IL to Aubrey L. and Betty J. (West) Ford. She married Lloyd Pigg on June 7, 1960 in Smithfield, IL. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2014.

 

She is survived by: Son- Michael (and Ruth “Kikey”) Pigg of Summum, IL, Son- Mark (and Alison) Pigg of Statesville, N.C., Granddaughter- Taylor Pigg, Grandson- Bruno Pigg, Brother- Donald Ford of Texas, Brother- Vernon Ford of Smithfield, IL, and Several Nieces and Nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Judy Tarter. 

 

She worked as a homemaker. She was a part of a sewing guild. She also enjoyed China painting and doll making and taking care of her family. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff in the Neuro Science ICU at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria for their time and efforts during Sandra’s time there.    

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private service with family will be held at a later date. Services will be conducted by the Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org.

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Sidney H. Thomas, 75, of Vermont

Sidney H. Thomas, 75, of Vermont, IL, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born September 26, 1942 in Macon, GA to Sidney M. and Esther L. (Anderson) Thomas.

 

He married Marion Grimmer on September 24, 1962 in Astoria, IL. She survives. 

 

Also surviving are: Daughter- Michelle McDougal of New Braunfels, TX, Daughter- Tracie (and Gary) Wyatt of White Hall, IL, Daughter- Cynthia Bowie of College Station, TX, Son- Eric (and Thelma) Thomas of Roan Mountain, TN, 13 Grandchildren, and 5 Great-Grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lowell Kent Thomas. 

 

He worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company, retiring after 31 years. He served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam War Veteran.

 

He was a member of the Vermont American Legion. His hobbies included woodworking and automotive work. He was well known in the Vermont area for his mechanical expertise, as many people would go to him with their automotive troubles. Sidney and Marion enjoyed taking their children on vacations all across the country. He loved his family and was a great family man. He also had a great love for animals.
 
Cremation Rites have been accorded. A graveside service in the Vermont Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Sidney Thomas Memorial Fund in care of CEFCU. Services will be held Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org.   
 

 

 

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Duke Anthony Banks, 58, of Bushnell

Duke Anthony Banks, 58, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 12:40 AM Sunday March 18, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital. He was born May 11, 1959 in Greenfield, IN to John and Rosalie (Craig) Banks. He married Vickie Ann Ausmus on November 24, 1982 in McDonough County. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Samantha Allison Banks of Bushnell, IL; Nicole Marie Banks of Bushnell, IL; one sister, Rose M. Medina of Galesburg, IL; two grandchildren, Mya Faith Mutyzek; Julia Rosalie Mutzek and several nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Sheila Banks and one brother, John Banks.
Duke loved music especially the guitar, having played the guitar in several bands throughout the years. He was also an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for cars. Duke had a passionate attitude, a big heart always helping others to no fault of his own. Duke absolutely loved his wife Vicky and children, he also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
 
Celebration of Life will be held Thursday March 29, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell High School Music Department. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com   
 

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Gary K. Benjamin, Sr, 69, of Rushville

Gary K. Benjamin, Sr, 69, of Rushville, passed away at 1:19 AM, Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
He was born on September 11, 1948, in Pittsfield, Illinois, the son of Raymond and Marjorie (Butler) Benjamin.  He married Pamela Shelton on February 11, 1978, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.
 
Surviving are his wife Pam, daughter Lyndi Smith and husband Cody of Rushville, son Kortney Ellis and wife Michelle of Beardstown, two children from a previous marriage Kirby and Shannon, four grandchildren Drew, Gavin, Katie, and Connor, two step grandchildren Landen and Harley, sister Rose Blackburn of Rushville and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Terry Benjamin, and niece Loy Clayton.
 
Gary was a 1968 graduate of Rushville High School and served in the US Army, stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.  He began his career at NTN Bower in Macomb as an operator and later in quality control.  He retired as a supervisor in 2014 after 36 years of service.
 
He was a member of the Beardstown Elks BPO Lodge No 1007, the Camden Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M # 648, and Rushville Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M # 9.  He served on the board of the Hickory-Kerton Water Co-op.  He enjoyed piddling around his house, doing carpentry and yard work.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan.
 
Services will be at 2:00 PM Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Mike Courson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Beardstown City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 25, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Hope Blooms or the First Christian Church in Beardstown.  You are invited to share your memories of Gary and leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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Marybeth Reedy Murphy, 82, of Quincy, formerly of Warsaw

Marybeth Reedy Murphy, 82, was born in Macomb, Illinois on May 18, 1935. After a brief struggle with cancer, she died at home on March 20, 2018.
 
Marybeth grew up in Macomb, and graduated from Western Illinois University Lab School. She married Richard Carson Murphy in 1954. The two of them owned and operated multiple businesses in Warsaw. Marybeth enjoyed reading, community volunteer work, spending time with family, and motorcycling with her husband.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Q. Ray Reedy and Mary Waggoner Reedy, her sister, Rhae Jeanne Webb, her husband, R.C. Murphy, her daughter, Lisa Murphy, and her sons-in-law, Dan Petersen and Brad Haukom. Left missing her are her daughters, Devon Murphy-Petersen, Dawn (Pete) Tripp, and Beth Ann Haukom, her grandchildren, Dick (Cora) Tripp, Andrea (Rob) Turek, Cody (Samantha) LaBonte, Shelby (Terry Stice) LaBonte, and Andy (Christina) Boyles Petersen, and her great-grandchildren, Richard and Arahbella Tripp, Madelaine and Eleanor Turek, and Trinity and Terry LaBonte. 
 
Visitation with the family will be held at Union United Methodist Church in Quincy from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, March 25. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 26 at Trinity United Methodist, in Warsaw, followed by luncheon, at the Church. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm on Monday, March 26, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blessing Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
 

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Joan V. Ford, 81, of Bardolph

Joan V. Ford, 81, of Bardolph, IL passed away at 4:47 PM Monday March 19, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. She was born April 22, 1936 in New Philadelphia, IL to Roy and Virginia (Sims) Price.  She married Guy Bolen on July 5, 1952 in Smithfield, IL. He preceded her in death June 5, 1960. She later married Max H. Ford on July 2, 1966 in Macomb, IL. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2001.

Surviving are three children, Brandy Bolen of Bardolph, IL; Max (Dawn) Ford of Macomb, IL; Shanda (Chris) Manland of Macomb, IL; five grandchildren, Holly Mason, Skyler Ford, Max Dalton Ford,  Caden Manland and Brooklyn Manland; one great-grandchild, Aubrey Mason; seven siblings, June Chambers, Jim Paul, Jack Paul, Juwana Rutledge, Jay Paul, Carl Price and Nancy Little.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one son Rick Bolen and six siblings.

Joan worked for many years as a Homemaker for the McDonough County Health Department. She liked to take long drives and cruise around checking on friends, family and everything in between.  Joan took pride in her belongings always sorting and tracking her personal belongings. She also loved spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren and her special friend Flip the cat.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday March 24, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home. Where visitation will be Friday March 23, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Reverend Jim Eddy will officiate. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the McDonough County Animal Shelter. Please sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com

 

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Harold Quentin Morrow, 99, of Macomb

Harold Quentin Morrow, 99, of Macomb, IL passed away at 8:52 PM Friday March 16, 2018 at Wesley Village Health Care Center. He was born November 28, 1918 in McDonough County to Alonzo and Hannah Rose Ethelyn (Covington) Morrow. He married Vera Ruby Huff on March 24th, 1939 in Cahoka Missouri. She preceded him in death on October 9, 1986.
 
Surviving are two children, Ron (Therese Trotochaud) Morrow of Good Hope, IL; Jerry (Joyce Hempstead) Morrow of Dorchester, MA; six grandchildren—Alison Morrow, Allison Grand, Bethany Morrow, Peter Morrow; great-grandchildren Ashley Percival, Megan Percival and Chris Morrow; one brother, Bill (Deanna) Morrow of Portland, OR, and one sister Mary Stapleton, also of Portland, OR—the last two siblings in a family of twelve.
 
He was also preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings. 
 
He attended Macomb High School and in the late 1930s, was in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs), serving in Wisconsin. He was drafted into the US Navy in 1943, and was part of the communications network for the WWII Omaha Beach D-Day invasion of Europe in June of 1944. After returning to Macomb he began as a draftsman at the Globe American Corporation until 1955, became plant industrial engineer at McGraw-Edison Power Systems until 1968, worked in design at Mayrath Corporation in Monmouth until 1969, earned his Journeyman Electrician’s card in 1970, when he worked as a construction electrician until 1971. He then began at Western Illinois University as a control electrician, where he worked until his retirement in 1988.
 
His community activities included public speaking at Toastmaster’s International, numerous presentations favoring the establishment of the Municipal Airport Authority, and serving eight years as a PTA president, including two as District 185 president, and three years as scoutmaster of Troop 38. After his his wife Vera died, he did extensive traveling throughout the U.S., Europe, and East Asia with his dear friend and traveling companion Deloris Estell.
 
Harold lived his entire life in McDonough County. In his own words he has said “…other than all this, I just read books, wrote poetry, built stage sets, painted pumpkins, and goofed off.” 
 
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday March 23, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church where visitation will be one hour prior to service. Pastor Youngshim Pitcher will officiate. Interment will be in the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com 
 

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Robert Otis Haines, 53, of Peoria, formerly of Colchester

Robert Otis Haines age 53 of Peoria, formerly of Colchester, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at O.S.F. Peoria.  He was born August 4, 1964 in LaHarpe, Illinois to Dwight and Dianne Crum Haines.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Parents Dwight and Dianne Haines, Colchester, 1 Son: Caleb Haines, Farmington, 2 Daughters: Emily Haines, Peoria, Marianne Haines, Farmington, 2 Brothers: Seth (Tanya) Haines, La Harpe, Ernie (Tabby) Haines, Macomb, 1 Sister: Laura (Tony) Irvin, Burlington, Iowa, 2 Nieces, 2 Nephews, and 1 Great Niece.
 
Otis was preceded in death by his Maternal and Paternal Grandparents.
 
Otis graduated from Western Illinois University, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity.  He had worked in commercial food service for Marriott Food Service on several college campuses, also with Hunters View and then with River City Commercial Laundry.  He was a member of the Farmington Masonic Lodge, Coached Farmington Junior Football League, avid St. Louis Cardinal and, San Francisco 49er fan.  In his free time he enjoyed hunting.  He was of the Baptist faith.  Otis always gave of himself to anyone that needed help.  His greatest joy was the time he spent with his family and friends.
 
Graveside services will be 3:30 P.M. Monday, March 26, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Pastor Jim Richardson.  The family will meet with friends following the services on Monday,  March 26, at Bethel Baptist Church.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family. Memorial is to help with the funeral cost. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Duke Anthony Banks, 58, of Bushnell

Duke Anthony Banks, 58, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 12:40 AM Sunday March 18, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital. He was born May 11, 1959 in Greenfield, IN to John and Rosalie (Craig) Banks. He married Vickie Ann Ausmus on November 24, 1982 in McDonough County. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Samantha Allison Banks of Bushnell, IL; Nicole Marie Banks of Bushnell, IL; one sister, Rose M. Medina of Galesburg, IL; two grandchildren, Mya Faith Mutyzek; Julia Rosalie Mutzek and several nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Sheila Banks and one brother, John Banks.
Duke loved music especially the guitar, having played the guitar in several bands throughout the years. He was also an avid outdoorsman and had a passion for cars. Duke had a passionate attitude, a big heart always helping others to no fault of his own. Duke absolutely loved his wife Vicky and children, he also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
 
Celebration of Life will be held Thursday March 29, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell High School Music Department. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com   

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Pauline J. Ford, 93, of Macomb, formerly of Vermont

Pauline J. Ford, 93, of Macomb, formerly of Vermont, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 11:17 a.m. at Bickford Cottage in Macomb, IL. She was born  February 18, 1925 in Vermont to Glenn and Iva (Hayes) Danner. She married F. Jerry Ford on October 9, 1946 in Astoria, IL. He preceded her in death on October 1, 1998.

 

She's survived by:  Daughter- Gwen (and Duane) Easley of Englewood, FL, Daughter- Kathy (and Rick) Heller of Canton, IL, Daughter- Cindy Ford of Vermont, IL, 9 Grandchildren- Megan (Steve) Witt, Jared (and Gayle) Heller, Josh Creasey, Cristin Easley, Jessa (and Travis) Wilcoxen, Abigail (and Jackson) Moreland, Solomon Snyder, Mandy (and Andy) McClelland and Isaac Snyder, 9 Great-Grandchildren, and Aunt- Geraldine Hayes of Macomb, IL

 

She was preceeded in death by her parents, daughter Dinah Ford, and her uncle Charlie Hayes. 

 

Pauline graduated from Vermont High School in 1943. She would then become a graduate of Gem City Business College in Quincy, IL. After graduating, she was a secretary in the Commanders office at Camp Ellis until it closed. She was an active part of the farms. She also worked for Bybee’s Dime Store in Vermont, as a clerk. 

 

Carroll Rankin American Legion Post 26 Ladies Auxillary in Vermont, IL and Vermont United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for 60 years and held many offices in the Church. She loved attending the many events and games of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as long as her health allowed her to. She enjoyed quilting, cooking and reading her bible.   

 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at United Methodist Church in Vermont, with Pastor Bennett A. Woods officiating. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the services on Thursday. Internment will follow at the Vermont Cemetary in Vermont. 

 

Memorials may be made to the Vermont United Methodist Church or Vermont American Legion Auxiliary. Services by Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org 

 
 

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Juanita B. Specht, 66, of Palos Heights, IL

Juanita B. Specht, 66, of Palos Heights, IL, passed away at 3:52 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.
 
She was born on July 28, 1951 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Walter and Hilda Collins Sanders.
Juanita enjoyed dancing, playing bingo, watching Elvis impersonators and especially her family.
 
Survivors include three children, Richard Specht of Palos Heights, IL, Kristal Holmes of Crown Point, IN and Ronald Specht of Cedard Lake, IN, seven grandchildren, two sisters, Verna Satala of Cape Coral, FL and Joanne Sanders of Oak Forest, IL and two brothers, David Sanders of San Jose, CA and John Sanders. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Anitra Specht.
 
Visitation will be noon until 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. A graveside service will be held at 2:15 p.m. Monday at the LaHarpe Cemetery. Condolences may be left by visiting Juanita’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

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Sarah Jane Westen, 84, of Macomb

Sarah Jane Westen, 84, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 3:01 PM Thursday March 15, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.
 
She was born May 27, 1933 in Sidney, Illinois to Alfred and Willetta Franklin Mullen; she married Brodie Westen on Feb. 3, 1960 in Champaign, Illinois. He survives.
 
Also surviving are her children, Curt (Sue) Westen of Castle Rock, Colorado, Kristi (Jim) Dakin of Macomb, Illinois, Joe (Beth) Westen of Macomb, Illinois, Stu (Ginger) Westen of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, Rob (Amy) Westen of Macomb, Illinois, Rich (Cheryl) Westen of Macomb, Illinois, Tony (Leslie) Westen of Macomb, Illinois; 14 grandchildren, Erik (Amber Clark) Dakin, Brodie Dakin, Lauren Westen, Caleb Westen, Max Dakin, Breeden Jones, Bryce Westen, Mason Westen, Zachary Westen, Delaney Westen, Dane Westen, Cade Westen, Zoey Westen, Abigail Westen; 2 great-grandchildren,  Larissa Clark, Jaxton Dakin; a brother, Jerry D. Mullen of Sidney, Illinois and brother-in-law Charles Westen of Franklin, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews also survive.
 
She was a graduate of the Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing and Director of Nursing at Burnham City Hospital at the time of their marriage. Member of Macomb Country Club, and Macomb BPOE Deer.
 
Brodie and Jane’s Family will celebrate their loving 58-year marriage, her close and loving relationships with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
She was the biggest fan of her children and grand-children’s sporting events, and the ultimate coach’s wife loved by dozens of members of Brodie’s teams over the years. Her love of family and many dear friends in the community of Macomb, Illinois will always be cherished.
 
Services will be at 10:30 AM Tuesday at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Mark Hendrickson will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 4-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.
Cremation will be accorded after the service. Burial of ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Macomb Bomber Booster Club-Football Program, where all 6 of her sons participated. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
 

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Esther I. Boyd, 91, of LaHarpe

Esther I. Boyd, 91, of LaHarpe, IL, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.
 
She was born on December 26, 1926 in Blandinsville, IL, the daughter of Clarence and Bertha MaHarry Miller. She married Glen Boyd on January 5, 1947 in Macomb, IL.
 
Esther was a graduate of the Blandinsville High School and a member of the LaHarpe Union Church where she was an active member of the Come Join Us Class. She enjoyed mushrooming, crocheting, doing crafts, gardening, cooking and bird watching.
 
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Glen, two daughters, Lana Boyd of LaHarpe, Jan (Max) Burg of Dallas City, one son, Mike (Janet) Boyd of Burnside, eight grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by eight sisters and two brothers.
 
The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Bruce Goettsche officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 Tuesday at Banks & Beals. Burial will be held in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for LaHarpe Senior Citizens or the LaHarpe Union Church. Condolences may be left by visiting Esther’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

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Phyllis E. Trone, 89, of Macomb

Phyllis E. Trone, 89, of Macomb passed away at 8:52 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
 
She was born on July 25, 1928 in Table Grove to Dewey Carl and Edna Pauline Trimmer Trone.
 
Phyllis is survived by two sisters, Ina Louise Doran of Macomb and Gail E. Trone of Port St. Lucie, Florida; one brother, John (Leslie) Trone of Macomb; two nephews, Jon R. Trone of Las Vegas, Nevada and Barry (Dana) Trone of Roseville and two nieces, Kimberly A. Trone of Manhattan, Kansas and Cheryl (Chris) John of Galesburg.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Darlene Trone and one brother, Dewey A. Trone.
 
She worked for Lefler Cleaners and Hillyer Cleaners in Macomb for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Macomb.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family burial of ashes will be held at a later date at the Bardolph Cemetery with Reverend Kelly Ingersoll officiating.
 
Memorials may be made to the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
 
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Howard Dwain Prather, 84, of Rushville

Howard Dwain Prather, 84, of Rushville, passed away at 8:35 AM, Thursday, March 8, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
 
He was born on November 3, 1933, in Schuyler County, Illinois, the son of Clifford A. and Elvera (Lancaster) Prather.  He married Glenna Martin on November 22, 1958, in Rushville and she survives.
 
Also surviving are three children Peggy Marcelino of Rushville, Phyllis Metz and husband Tim of Versailles, and Allan Prather and wife Jennie of Cherryvale, Kansas, one grandson Seth Marcelino and wife Lacey, four step grandchildren Justin Workman and wife Jaci, Tara Ratcliff an husband Jeremy, Lori Camp and Thomas Marcelino and wife Cassie, two great grandchildren Kendyl and Karson Marcelino, 10 step great grandchildren and 2 step great great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law Joyce Prather of Rushville and Patricia Martin of Colchester. He was preceded in death by two sisters Emma Lee Prather and Ruth Ann Prather, five brothers Virgil, Max, Gene, Don, James “Jimmy” Prather, one brother-in-law Donald Martin, four sisters-in-law Virginia Prather, Eleanor Prather, LeIsle Prather and Estel Prather
 
A 1952 graduate of Rushville High School, Howard served in the United State Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was stationed in Presidio, California where he was assigned to the guided missiles unit.  After his time in the service, he returned to Schuyler County where he was a grain and livestock farmer until his retirement in 2005.
 
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rushville and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  After he moved to town, he enjoyed working in his garden.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
 
Services will be at 1:00 PM, Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery, with military rites by the US Army Burial Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Saturday, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Schuyler Senior Center, First United Methodist Church or the Schuyler County Humane Society.  You are invited to share your memories of Howard, leave condolences at www.woodfh.net.
 

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