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Franklin and Janet Hoyt of Macomb

A Memorial service for Franklin and Janet Hoyt of Macomb will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Industry Assembly of God Church. All family and friends are welcome. Burial of ashes will be held following the service in the Harris Cemetery west of Table Grove.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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Herbert "Merle" Brown, 81, Table Grove

Herbert "Merle" Brown 81 of Table Grove passed away at 10:40 Sunday June 25, 2017 at Vibra Hospital in Springfield, IL.

He was born December 12, 1935 son of Herbert Gifford "Snakey" & Maudie Heltzel Brown. He married Louise Potter August 10th 1955 in Ipava.

He worked multiple jobs in his lifetime, starting at D.O. Smiths garage in Table Grove to Ulmers Ford Sales in Ipava, he worked for the Table Grove Elementary School, International Harvester in Canton, Pioneer Seed in Good Hope and West Central FS in Adair.

He was a volunteer fireman for the Table Grove Fire Department for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Louise, his son Rick (Ann) Brown of Table Grove, a daughter LaMerle (Jim) Czarnecki of Table Grove, a daughter LeAnna (John) Ritter of Macomb, four grandkids Shane (Kat) Brown of Macomb, Kristina Ashbaker of Macomb, Cassie (Dan) Fosdyck of Table Grove, and Mitch "Bubba" (Elizabeth) Czarnecki of Quincy, and 5 great grandchildren and a 4 legged kid TEDDY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Edward Brown, and 1 sister Marie Schisler and two grandchildren Paul and Suzy Ritter.

Services will be at 1:30 PM Thursday June 29, 2017 at the Dodsworth- Piper- Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Mike Ulmer will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be private. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Table Grove Volunteer Fire Dept. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Lois G. Kreps, 84, Prairie City

Lois G. Kreps age 84 of Prairie City, IL formerly of Avon, IL passed away on Saturday June 10, 2017 at the Prairie City Rehab & Health Care Center in Prairie City, IL.  She was born on October 17, 1932 in Avon, Lee Twp. Fulton Co. IL to Forrest and Charlotte Serven Hornbaker.  She married Edwin L. Kreps in Warrenton, MO on December 5, 1954 and he preceded her in death on October 11, 1977.  Lois is survived by 1 Daughter and 1 Son – Karen R. Shamblin of Prairie City, IL and Greg K. (Teresa) Kreps of Mahomet, IL, 7 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by her Parents and 2 Sisters.
Lois attended and was very active in the Prairie City Presbyterian Church for many years.  She more recently had been attending the Bushnell Baptist Church.  She graduated from Cottage Hospital School of Nursing and spent several years at McDonough District Hospital as an RN serving as a surgical Nurse and later retired from Monmouth Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday June 29, 2017 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL with visitation being held 1 hour prior to the time of services at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice.  Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com.

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Esther Meryl Cook, 97, of Macomb

Esther Meryl Cook, 97, of Macomb passed away at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
 
Baptized in Bethel Baptist Church at the age of 8 and longtime active member in Baptist churches in Blandinsville and Macomb. Meryl served as Sunday School teacher, church clerk, delivered tapes and visited shut-ins, was a member of Missionary Society and served on various committees.
 
Meryl was a 4H leader for 13 years and was a 50 year member or Homemakers Extension. She also joined the Host Family Program and served as American "mom" to International Students for 25 years. Some have continued to stay in contact.
 
She married Carol J. Riggins on February 25, 1939. Her children are Roger (Sandra) Riggins of Macomb, Marilyn D. (Steve) Pastorelli of Macomb, Ronald J. (Gale) Riggins of Tremont, Illinois and J. Kathleen (Alan) Theis of Wales, Wisconsin. Carol was killed in a milk truck accident on November 19, 1954.
 
Meryl moved to Macomb in 1958 so her children could attend college. She rented rooms to college men for 13 years.
 
On October 9, 1966, Meryl married Curtis R. Cook. He died on December 24, 1973.
 
Meryl worked at McDonough District Hospital for 30 years, retiring in October, 1989.
 
After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, making unusual recipes, helping whenever needed and spending time with her grandchildren. She was known as the "cookie grandma". She went on Mission trips to India, Zaire, Costa Rica, and Alaska. Other travels included trips to Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan and bus trips in the U.S. and Canada. More recent years she enjoyed traveling with family.
 
Meryl was preceded in death by son, Roger Riggins and son-in-law, Steve Pastorelli and siblings, Garold Holstine, Otho Holstine, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Ruth Parks and Marjory Parks. Children, Marilyn Pastorelli, Ronald (Gale) Riggins and Kathleen (Alan) Theis, daughter-in-law, Sandra Riggins and brother, Walter Holstine of Aledo survive.
 
Meryl’s family includes ten grandchildren: Julie Melvin of Macomb, Dianne Cash and Sue Walker of Ft. Myers, Florida; Cindy Lueck of Macomb, Debi Mathew of Ottawa, Canada, Rick Riggins of Peoria; Ryan Riggins of Macomb and Amanda Riggins of Bloomington; Becky Theis of Denver, Colorado and Lindsay Kaufman of Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Fourteen great-grandchildren include Ashley Foster of Marion, Illinois, Hannah Melvin of Industry, Baylee and Cody Walker of Ft. Myers, Florida, Addison Riggins of Peoria, Erin Lueck of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tyler Lueck of Bloomington, Matthew and Andrew Lueck of Macomb, Lexi, Sierra and Ravi Matthew of Ottawa, Piper and Riley Riggins of Macomb and Elaina, Sienna and Cora Kaufman of Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Two great-great-grandchildren are Olivia Foster of Marion and Emmett Cox of Industry.
 
Meryl has two step-daughters, Juanita Cherry of Trenton, New Jersey and Teresa Gilbert of San Angelo, Texas. Step-grandchildren include Melanie Brennan of Las Vegas, Stephen Pastorelli of Ely, Nevada and Gina Bickers of Macomb. Step-great-grandchildren include Zach and Colin Cherry of New Jersey, Brandon, Benjamin and Nicholas Gilbert of Texas, Zachary Connor, Emily and Abigail Brennan of Las Vegas, Brandon and Tyler Bickers of Macomb and Joe and Tony Pastorelli of Ely, Nevada.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Macomb with Reverend Claudia McCain officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery south of Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the McDonough County YMCA.
 
The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Elms, the nurses and doctor from the McDonough District Hospital Hospice, and the Home Healthcare nurses for the amazing care they provided for our mother in the past months. Their compassionate care was a blessing to Meryl and a comfort to the entire family. We extend to every one of them our deep, heartfelt appreciation.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Lori Ann McKee, 46

Lori Ann McKee; The McKee Family sadly announces the passing of Lori Ann McKee , loving wife and mother.  Lori was born to Joseph Virgil Davis Jr. and Cindy Beth Herndon Davis of Tucson, AZ on August 12, 1971. She and her family moved to Bullhead City, AZ in 1988.
On July 4, 2001 she married Doug McKee and together, they raised two boys and three girls:  Douglas Tyler McKee currently at Southern Utah University, Matthew Laurence McKee also at Southern Utah University, Saylor Nicole McKee who will be an attending Senior at Mohave High School this fall, and twin girls, Lexi Taylor McKee and Laci Ann McKee who will be advancing into the 7th Grade at Montessori Preparatory Academy this coming year.
Lori was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She was a loving and passionate mother and wife; nothing was more important to her than her family.  With her family, she enjoyed outdoor activities and attending the numerous athletic events and musical programs that her children participated in. Lori also celebrated life with her friends everywhere she went, from church events to school functions to friendly lunches. Lori had a permanent smile and a kind, sweet heart.
In 2012 Lori was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.  Although the odds were stacked against her, she courageously battled the disease for over five years, inspiring those around her and baffling the medical community as she fought the disease back time and time again...Lori was the living embodiment of the term "never give up".  Sadly, and despite all her efforts, the cancer spread too rapidly and she succumbed to the disease on the evening of June 9, 2017.  She passed peacefully and comfortably in their family home surrounded by all five children, her brother-in-law Jeff McKee, her niece Maria McKee Plott, her mother-in-law Delores McKee and her loving husband Doug.  Each was privileged to give her a kiss goodbye and whisper a sweet and private message into her ear before she slipped the bonds of earth and returned to her Heavenly Father.
Lori is the niece of Scott Herndon, cousin of Kolette and Jessica Herndon, Granddaughter of Donovan and Marge Herndon, niece of Hodge and Jalane Herndon, and niece of Kermit and Norma Danner of Macomb Il.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday June 20, 2017 at the Pennington Point Cemetery. 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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Norma Rowland, 94 of Rushville

Norma Rowland, 94, of Rushville, passed away at 6:40 AM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born on January 24, 1923, in Schuyler County, Illinois, the daughter of Wesley and Myrtle (Rittenhouse) Paisley.  She married Thomas J. Rowland on March 24, 1944, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville.  He preceded her in death on April 30, 2006.

Surviving are one son Thomas Lee Rowland and wife Donna of South Jacksonville, seven grandchildren Kris Atwell and husband Corey, Kim Fruehling and husband Chris, Thomas Jonathan Rowland, Patti Murphy and husband Mike, Brad Greer, JoLynn Greer and Trisha Scott and husband Stephen, great grandchildren Morgan and Nathan Atwell, Sydney and Taylor Fruehling, Samantha and Lindsey Harmon, Brooke and Hunter Greer, and Jake and Cole Scott, two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Linda Ann Greer, four brothers Kenneth, Jack and Lyle Paisley, and an infant brother, five sisters Doris Logan, Evelyn Akers, Minnie Stephens, Vera Crockett, and Mary Lou Phillips.

Norma was a graduate of Rushville High School and Illinois State University.  During her college years, she worked at State Farm Insurance and was the supervisor of the bookkeeping department and later as an assistant to the President of the company.  She returned to Rushville, to fulfill her passion for teaching.  She taught Bookkeeping and Shorthand for 25 years.  She later performed the accounting for the family business Rowland & Sons until 1986, when the business closed.  She and Tom served as Parade Marshalls for the Smile’s Day Parade in 1989.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary both in Rushville and a bridge club.  She was a founding member of the Monday Night and Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf Leagues.  She was the City Champion of the Scripps Park Members Tournament.  She volunteered at the HELP Center in Rushville.  She and her husband enjoyed wintering in Florida.

Memorial Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend John Sowers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Friday, June 23, 2017,   at the Wood Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Scripps Park Golf Course or the First United Methodist Church.  You are invited to share your memoires and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
 

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Thomas R. Downs 72 of Bushnell

Thomas Robert Downs age 72 of Bushnell, IL passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 13, 2017 after a courageous battle with Leukemia and Alzheimer’s for the last 7 years.  He was born on June 4, 1945 in Canton, IL to Franklin and Lydia Johns Downs.  He first married Vickie Bowton in 1962.  He later married Deborah Ann Cook in Canton, IL on April 2, 1984.  Tom is survived by his wife Debbie of Bushnell, IL, 5 Children – Mike (Lana) Downs, John (Jennifer) Cardosi, Tim (Pam) Downs all of Canton, IL, Wayne (Tina) Cardosi of St. Louis, MO, and Lora (Kevin) Becker of Steeleville, IL, 12 Grandchildren and 7 Great-Grandchildren.  He is also survived by brother John (Patty) Downs, sister Jane (Larry) Wages, and mother-in-law Charlotte Cook all of Canton, IL.

Tom was on the Fulton Co. Board from 1974 to 1978 and Deputy of Fulton County from 1978 to 1982.  He worked at International Harvester for 21 years as a Journeyman Machinist Machine Repairman and also as a Gunsmith for many years.  In 1984 he joined the Bushnell Police Dept. retiring as a Sergeant in 2010.  Tom was also a master woodworker having owned and operated Tom’s Woodworking.  He received many awards for his work plus many people in Bushnell and surrounding towns have some of his work.  In his spare time he loved fishing with Joe Francis and hunting in his younger years.  His main love was spending time with his grandchildren especially teaching Eric and Morgan Cardosi to fish and passing on his woodworking skills to Eric.

A visitation will be held from 4 – 6 P.M. on Friday June 16, 2017 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia Assoc. or the Alzheimer’s Association.  Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com.

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Norma Jean Wilson 92 of Colchester

Norma Jean Wilson age 92 of Galva, Illinois, formerly of Colchester, passed away at her home in Galva, Monday, June 12, 2017, with her family at her side.  She was born September 9, 1924 in Brooklyn, Illinois, to Ira and Mary Moore Arnold.  Norma was united in marriage, November 3, 1948 in Blandinsville, Illinois to James Woody Wilson.  He preceded her in death February, 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 4 Brothers: Walter Arnold, Calvin Arnold, Jimmy Arnold, Jerry Arnold, 2 Sisters: Martha Willis, Mildred McMahan and 2 Grandchildren.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Steve Wilson, Augusta, Illinois, 1 Daughter: Lorena K. Siverly, Galva, Illinois, 4 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild on the way, 3 Brothers: Bill Arnold, Quincy, Illinois, Chester Arnold, Hettick, Illinois, Tommy Arnold, Florida, and 1 Sister: Florence Dunn, East Moline, Illinois.
Norma was a member of the Colchester First Baptist Church, She had worked at the Blandinsville Nursing Home, Colchester Nursing Home, Hilton Nursing home in Colchester, She cared for elderly people in her home and helped her husband farm.  She loved to quilt, gardening, cooking, and baking.  She would share her harvest from her garden with many local friends and family.  All of Norma’s quilts were hand quilted and she made sure to make a quilt for all of her family.  She was a regular at many local farmers markets, where she would sell her baked goods along with what she grew out of her garden.  Norma’s greatest love of all was when she could cook and baked for her family and have them all gather together.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dennis Clements.  Burial will follow the services at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to O.S.F. Hospice Care out of Galesburg, Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Marion C. Dobbs 92 of Macomb

Marion Dobbs, 92, of Macomb passed away on May 28, 2017 in Pennsylvania.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
 

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Bobby L. Mathena and Juanita A. Mathena, of Colchester

Bobby L. Mathena age 81 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.  He was born June 13, 1935, in Williamstown, Missouri, to Russell and Nancy Anna Davies Mathena.   Bobby was united in marriage on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois to Juanita A. Fisher.  She preceded him in death on January 4, 2017.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing  Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte,  2 Brothers: Russell and Mary Mathena, Joliet, Illinois,  Bill Mathena, Macomb, Illinois, 4 Nephews: Gary, Frank, Charles, Dennis, 3 Nieces: Brenda, Nancy, and Luana.
 
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Juanita, 1 brother: Basil, 1 sister: Betty Mathena Swanson, 1 Sister-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and 2 nieces.
 
Bobby served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He attended Grade School in Missouri and was a Graduate of Macomb High School.  He worked at McGraw Edison in Macomb before joining the carpenters Local 644 in Pekin, Illinois where he retired after 30 years.  Bobby was a Member and served as Past Patron of OES #123, Past Master of AF & AM #0017.  He was a member of the Macomb VFW Post 1921, and Macomb American Legion Post 6.
 
Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pitch and mushrooming. He loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years.  Of all the different things that Bobby did in his life, the greatest treasure was his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
Juanita A. Mathena age 92 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb, Illinois.  She was born May 27, 1924 in Bluff City, Illinois, to Loren and Evanna Parks Fisher.  Juanita was united in marriage to Wayne K. Brown, April 1945, she was later united in marriage to Bobby L Mathena on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are, Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte, 2 Half Sisters, Romona Teel, Industry, Darlene Jarnot, Macomb, 1 Half Brother: Gary Fisher, Macomb.
 
Juanita had been employed at Western Illinois University in Building services.  She was a member of the Colchester Eastern Star, Colchester United Methodist Church, Women’s Bowling Association of which she bowled all over the United States.  Upon the death of her mother, she was raised by her Grandparents, Worley and Hattie Parks. In 1937 she moved with her grandparents to Colchester, where she graduated from Colchester High School in 1943.
 
She loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years.  When she was not fishing she loved her country music, always having the radio on.  She attended many Country music Concerts all over the country and taking her kids with her.  After the kids grew up, they started taking her to many concerts in St. Louis or Chicago.  
 
Juanita also loved her Chicago Cubs, which she was proud to let you know she was a Cub Fan.  Of all the different things that Juanita did in her life, the greatest treasure was her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
Graveside service will be Friday, June 16, 2017, at Mt Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Rev. Mark Smith. Military rites will be preformed by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  In Lieu of flowers the family would like a memorial be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Teddy Mac Parsano, 79, of Rushville

Teddy Mac Parsano, 79, of Rushville, passed away at 1:45 PM, Friday, June 9, 2017, at his home.
 
He was born on January 8, 1938, in Rushville, Illinois, the son of Harley and Ada (Chockley) Parsano, Sr.
 
Teddy served as a cook in the US Navy, from 1956 until retiring in 1976.  He then worked as a machine operator at NTN Bower in Macomb for 20 years retiring in February of 1999.
 
He was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and the White Hat CB Club.  He enjoyed woodworking, dancing and camping.
 
Surviving are his longtime buddy Steve Campbell of Rushville, the children of his longtime companion Helen Kelly: Jeanie Kirkham and husband Bud of Camden, Joyce Stambaugh of Astoria, Jim Kelly and wife Pam, Jack Kelly and wife Dixie all of Camden, Helen’s grandchildren and great grandchildren, one sister-in-law Pauline Parsano of Rushville, one brother-in-law Harold Anderson of Peoria Heights, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, longtime companion Helen Kelly, her son Jerry Kelly, her grandson Scott Kelly, her granddaughter Cindy Mangold, two brothers Harley “Parsie” Parsano, Jr., and George Parsano, three sisters Frances Young, Ida Mae Anderson and Jenny Emery.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery with military rites by the US Navy Honors Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Big Buddy Program in Rushville.  You are invited to share your memories of Teddy and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.

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Diana Lynn Morris, 63, of West Point, Illinois, formerly of Carthage and Blandinsville

Diana Lynn Morris, 63, of West Point, Illinois, formerly of Carthage and Blandinsville passed away at 8:20 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Carthage.
 
She was born on May 24, 1954 in Danville, Illinois to Walter "Hub" and Minnie Porter Terrell. She married William Lee Morris on March 13, 1990. He survives.
 
Also surviving are two sons, Duane Thompson of West Point, and David Thompson; daughter-in-law, Kim Thompson of West Point, nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Don (Jackie) Terrell of Blandinsville and three nieces.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother in infancy.
 
Diana lived in Carthage and has lived in West Point for the last five years.
 
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville with Reverend A. Lee Unger officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Fredrick Combites, 66, of Colchester

Fredrick Combites, 66, of Colchester passed away on June 2, 2017 in Macomb.
 
Services for Tuesday, June 13 have been temporary postponed due to health reasons. They will be rescheduled at a later date.
 
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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Donna Jean Burt, 78, LaHarpe

Donna Jean Burt, 78, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 5:40 PM Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at The LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.

Born on January 17, 1939 in Kirkwood, IL, Donna was the daughter of Ward and Alice Whitmore Melvin. On August 5, 1959 she married Ronald Burt. They later divorced.

Donna was a 1957 graduate of the LaHarpe High School. She enjoyed crocheting and above all, she loved being a mother and grandmother.

Survivors include one daughter: Rena Quigle of LaHarpe; one son: Roger Burt of LaHarpe and six grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter: Rhonda Quigle; one son: Rodney Burt; one granddaughter; three brothers: William, Ward and Ralph Melvin and one sister: Nancy Johnson.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, June 9, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Bruce Goettsche officiating. Burial will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. The Family will meet with friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service on Friday. A Memorial Fund has been established for The LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. Please visit banksandbeals.com to leave a condolence or sign the guest book.

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Danny Lee Engelbrecht, 50, of Littleton

Danny Lee Engelbrecht, 50, of Littleton, IL, passed away at 7:24 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 3, 1967 in Jacksonville, IL a son of Ronald & Linda Lyttaker Engelbrecht.
 
He married Amy L. Barrett on July 2, 1999 in Lewistown, IL.  She survives along with his parents of Rushville,  his grandmother, Dorothy Lyttaker of  Rushville, IL, (2) sons, William T. Engelbrecht & Faxon of Beardstown, IL, Darrell W. Engelbrecht & Jennifer of Rushville, IL, (1) grandson, Cedric J. Engelbrecht.  
 
Danny was a Dredge & Pump Operator for Mid-America Dredging of Good Hope, IL.  He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Rushville. He was a C.B. & Ham Radio Operator. He was also an avid collector of revolver pistols, especially cap & ball side arms. He enjoyed recreational boating. Danny was always willing to help anyone with a project, problem or task anytime he was needed.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with officiating. Interment will follow in Christian Neck Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until the time of services on Friday. Memorials may be given to his family. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
 

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Charles Wayne "Chuck" Nelson, 73, of Canton, formerly of Rushville

Charles Wayne “Chuck” Nelson, 73, of Canton, IL, formerly of Rushville, IL, passed away at 10:14 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Graham Hospital in Canton, IL.  He was born on August 13, 1943, in Rushville, a son of the late Lyle C. & Lucille Blurton Nelson.
 
He is survived by a brother, Vernon Nelson & wife Carolyn of Springfield, IL, a niece, Natalie Ruth (Nelson) Jensen & husband Michael of Fishers, IN, a nephew Bryan Nathaniel Nelson of St. Louis, MO, a great niece Penelope Jensen, a great nephew, Felix Jensen, and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Clella Nelson.
 
When Chuck was growing up on the farm he enjoyed working with the livestock, tending the chickens & taking care of the family pets. He also liked helping his mother with home chores.  He was a former client at Bridgeway in Macomb, IL & at Fulton Co. Rehabilitation Services in Canton, IL. He was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church.  
 
He lived at Renaissance Group Home where he volunteered helping with simple chores & tasks. He loved making & collecting rubber band balls. Although his disabilities limited him in many ways he was always ready & willing to help others in any way he could. He was a joy to be around.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Rushville First United Methodist Church Elevator Fund or Fulton County Rehabilitation Services Building Fund.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
 

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Billie L. "Bill" Hasten, 86, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of LaHarpe

Billie L. "Bill" Hasten, 86, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of LaHarpe, IL passed away 1:11 AM Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Ryan House Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. Bill was born on December 13, 1930 in Fountain Green, IL the son of Carl and Jessie McConnell Hasten. He married Cerece Alton on June 24, 1951 in Fountain Green.
 
After graduating from LaHarpe High School in 1948 he enlisted in the Navy. He served for 2 years and then joined the reserves. Bill and Cerece then purchased Hasten Newstand. In 1952 he was called back to active duty and served in Washington DC on the USS Keller for 2 additional years. Following his active duty Bill returned to LaHarpe to assist his wife in running Hasten Newstand. Bill and Cerece Sold Hasten Newstand and then Bill went into partnership with Wayne Yetter to form LaHarpe Motor Sales. Bill continued in business until 2001.
 
Bill was active at the LaHarpe Christian Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon and Elder. He was a volunteer fireman for the LaHarpe Fire Department. He was a member of the Lions Club, Golden Rule Club, and was a member of the LaHarpe Masonic Lodge. He was a man of strong faith and honesty. All who knew Bill admired his character, humor and loyalty. He loved spending time with his family and friends and will be missed by all who knew him.
 
He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Janel Schneider of Phoenix, AZ, Jill (Bill) Dyer of Golden, CO; four grandchildren: Jessica Schneider Morris, Justin Schneider, Ashley Dyer McManus, Brice Dyer; three great-grandchildren: Brady McManus, Benjamin McManus, Amelia Morris and one sister: Margie Walker.
 
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law: Kirk Schneider; two brothers: Carl Jr. and Jim Hasten and two sisters: Jean Blumer and Christine DeHaven.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the LaHarpe Christian Church, LaHarpe, IL with Nate McCarter officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Christian Church and Hospice of The Valley in Phoenix. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

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Gloria M. McNeely, 75, of Avon

Gloria M. McNeely, 75, of Avon, Illinois passed away at 11:14 AM Friday, June 2, 2017 at her residence. She was born on Sunday, May 10, 1942 in Dayton, OH to Harold and Kathryn (Sullivan) Wilson. She married Russell A. McNeely in Bushnell, IL on October 11, 1974. He survives.
Also surviving are six children, Bobby (Alice) Douglas of Bushnell, IL; Penni (TJ) Sigler of Brownsburg, IN; Brian (Lisa) Douglas of Safford, AZ; Jack (Glenda) Wensloft of Battle Creek, MI; Mike (Tina) McNeely of Thayer, IN; Michelle (David) Keep of Twin Falls, ID; thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one step-brother, Bob Weaver.  
Gloria worked at Wayne Feeds in Bushnell for 24 years and at the Bushnell Veterinarian Clinic for 4 years.
 
Gloria enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and keeping up with their school and extracurricular activities. She was always helping others.      
 
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Graveside memorial services will be held at 12:30 PM Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Bushnell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Corman Memorial Home in Avon. Memorial Contributions can be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.cormanmh.com.

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Maxine Cravens, 94, of Macomb

Maxine Cravens, 94, of Macomb, passed away at 4:54 PM Tuesday May 30, 2017 at the Wesley Village Health Care Center. She was born January 27, 1923 in Madison, WI to William and Marie (Potts) Martin. She married Ralph Earl Cravens on September 21, 1940 in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1977.
 
Surviving is one daughter, Rosemary (Dennis) Sims of Macomb, IL; three grandchildren Bruce (Kim) Sims of Macomb, IL; Troy Connelly of Austin, TX  and Angie (Foster) Jackson of Huston, TX; six great grandchildren; seven great greatgrandchildren; one brother, Junior (Nancy) Martin; two sisters, Kay Crew; Chloe Yonash  and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three children, twins Larry and Gary Cravens, and Jeanette Connelly; six brothers, Merlin, Claire, Larry, Paul, Lawrence and Stanly Martin; two sisters, Madeline Howell and Genieve Blake.
 
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday June 2, 2017 at the Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage, IL with Pastor Jim Richardson officiating.  Memorial contributions can be made to Wesley Village Dinner or the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program. 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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David Tracy Heitz, 58, of Rushville

David Tracy Heitz, 58, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Beardstown, IL.  He was born on April 24, 1959 at Rushville, IL a son of the late Kermit & Esther Butler Heitz.  
 
He married Bonnie Eck on April 25, 1980 at Rushville, IL.  She survives along with, (2) sons, Cole Heitz & Alaina of Rushville, IL, Andrew (A. J.)  Heitz of Springfield, IL,  (2) grandchildren, Lily & Lucy Heitz, (3) brothers, Dennis Heitz & Joyce of Rushville, IL, Dan Heitz of Colchester, IL, Dean Heitz & Kay of Rushville, IL,   (1) father-in-law, Jim Eck of New Berlin, IL, (2) brothers-in-law, Tim Eck of Godfrey, IL, Tom Eck of Dallas TX, (1) sister-in-law, Bev Tucker & Brad of Colorado Springs, CO.  
 
He graduated from Rushville High School and received an Associate’s Degree in Ag Mechanics from Spoon River College.  He was employed at Arthur Ring & Sons in Rushville, Arends Awe, Inc. in Perry, IL, Western IL Equipment in Macomb, IL and Stevens Implement in Havana, IL as an equipment salesman.  
 
He served as Rushville Township Trustee, Schuyler County Fair Sheep Superintendent and was a member of the RHS FFA Alumni Association.  His passions in life were spending time with his family, caring for the family farm and crafting various projects in his woodworking shop.  
 
A celebration of David’s life will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL. Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or Starhill Forest Arboretum.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to  www.worthingtonfh.com.
 

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Jane Mohr, 83, of Terre Haute, IL

Jane Mohr, 83, of Terre Haute, IL, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab Center in Stronghurst, IL.
She was born on September 14, 1933 in Macomb, IL the daughter of Lowell and Etta Gustafson Butler. On April 10, 1955, she married Lowell Mohr in LaHarpe, IL.
 
Jane attended country grade schools and was a 1951 graduate of the former Terre Haute High School, graduating as valedictorian. She then attended Western Illinois State Teachers College. Jane was a former president of the Henderson County Republican Women. She was a member of Terre Haute United Methodist Church, serving as secretary of the church board for many years and also a member of the Durham G.T. Club.
 
Survivors include her husband, Lowell, one daughter, Annetta (Rowen) Ziegler of LaHarpe, one son, James (Joan) Mohr of LaHarpe, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one brother, Gary (Sherry) Butler of LaHarpe. Mrs. Mohr was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Marion and David Butler.
 
The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Burial will be in the Terre Haute Cemetery. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the Terre Haute United Methodist Church or Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book please visit, banksandbeals.com.

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Rella H. Bice, 93, of Macomb, formerly of LaHarpe

Rella H. Bice, 93, of Macomb, IL, formerly of LaHarpe, IL, passed away May 29, 2017 at the Wesley Village Health Care Facility in Macomb. 
 
She was born July 14, 1923 to Vernon and Lodine Carpenter Hopkins in Lomax, IL. On August 16, 1942 she married Marion Bice in Lomax, IL. He preceded her in death on May 10, 2011.
Rella was a devoted wife and mother. She worked for Dr. Laverne Myers and then Dr. Steve Rodeffer in the LaHarpe Dental Office for 25 years. After retiring, she and Marion moved to Wesley Village in 2008.
 
Rella loved to read and was a member of the LaHarpe Christian Church where she loved serving in many capacities. She was also an active member of the LaHarpe DAR Chapter for many years. While residing in Macomb she attended Maple Avenue Christian Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Sheila (Demming) Moon of Macomb, sister-in-law, Jean Hopkins of Higginsville, MO, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Clinton and Eleanor Sears of Macomb, and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 68 years, one brother, William Hopkins, four sister-in-laws, Mildred Sticklen, Lucille Rodeffer, Maxine Long and Eileen Purdy, and two brother-in-laws, Robert and Ben Bice.
 
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Donnie Case and Nate McCarter officiating. Burial will be held in the LaHarpe Cemetery. Friends may call Monday at the funeral home from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Christian Church, Maple Avenue Christian Church, Wesley Village, or MDH Hospice. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book please visit, banksandbeals.com.

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Glen E. Trone, 96, of Rushville

Glen E. Trone, 96, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  He was born on May 7, 1921 in Browning Twp., Schuyler Co., IL a son of the late Carl A., Sr. & Bertha Adeline "Addie" Kinnear Trone.  

 

He married Vivian Fuqua on October 9, 1949 at the Rushville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  She survives along with (1) son; Tom Trone & wife Sue of Moline, IL, (1) daughter, Janet Steinman & husband Robert of Hamilton, IL, (6) grandchildren, (9) great grandchildren, and numerous nieces & nephews.  He was preceded in death by (1) daughter, Lisa Marie Trone, (7) sisters, Nancy Trone, Clarice Dickerson, Mary Stambaugh, Madeline Dunlap, Lois Jones, Jean Sieber, Marcella Taylor, (4) brothers, Carl Jr., Virgil, Donald & Howard Trone.

 

Glen graduated from Rushville High School in 1939 & the University of Illinois, with high honors, in 1943.  He served in the Army in Europe during WWII. After his discharge in 1946, he worked for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Farmers Home Administration, from 1947 to 1959. He also worked as VP loan officer at Citizen’s First State Bank of Walnut, IL and other banks until retirement in 1989.  

 

He was a member of both the Rushville and Walnut United Methodist Churches where he served as a Trustee & Sunday School Teacher. Glen served on Walnut High and Grade School as well as Sauk Valley Community College Boards. He was a member of Rushville and Walnut Rotary.  He served as President of both clubs during his tenure. Glen was a member of the American Legion Posts in Rushville and Walnut as well as the Walnut Masonic Lodge #722, A.F. & A.M. Glen was active in Boy Scouts and was a Scout Master for many years.  

 

Glen enjoyed photography, gardening, landscaping, coin collecting, painting, wood carving, classical music, traveling and, of course, spending time with his immediate and very large extended family. Glen loved to hunt for morel mushrooms in Schuyler County.

 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Rushville City Cemetery with Rev. Grant Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation or American Cancer Society.  Worthington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Private condolences may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Ralph Gilbert Countryman, 83, of Stronghurst

Ralph Gilbert Countryman, 83, of Stronghurst, IL passed away at 7:25 PM Saturday, May 27, 2017 at his home.
 
He was born on January 22, 1934 in Wilmington, IL the son of Paul and Margret Calhoun Countryman. On November 17, 1954 he married Mary Lue Williams in Joliet, IL. They later divorced.
 
Ralph served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was later honorably discharged. He was very proud of the time he served in Korea. In 1970 he married Lucy Bean in Joliet, IL. They later divorced.
 
Ralph first worked for Uniroyal in Elwood, IL. He then went to work for Haliburton Co. in Houston, TX for over 20 years, retiring in 1998. Upon retirement he moved to LaHarpe, IL. He was an avid White Sox fan, enjoyed golfing as well as playing Dice and Dominos. He had a soft spot in his heart for children.
 
Survivors include six children, Ralph (Fran) Countryman of Wilmington, IL, Wade (Pam) Countryman of Oquawka, IL, Debbie Peterson of Stronghurst, Roger (Jackie) Countryman of Stronghurst, Candy Countryman of Houston, TX, and Shelly Fye of Texas, 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, five brothers, Paul, Chuck, Floyd, Walter, Hank and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Randy Countryman, five brothers, Clarence, Robert, Tom, Calven, Ed, one sister, Arlene Greer, two daughter-in-laws, Luann and Janice, and one son-in-law, Jeff Peterson.
 
A funeral service, with military rites, will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, IL with Aaron Baker Officiating. A visitation will be held from Noon Wednesday until the time of Service. Burial will be held at a later date in the Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington, IL. A memorial fund has been established for The Ronald McDonald House. Please visit banksandbeals.com to leave a condolence or sign the guest book.
 

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Ida Darlene Lindsey, 84, of Macomb

Ida Darlene Lindsey, 84, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at Heartland Healthcare Center, on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 4:21 p.m.
 
Ida was born on December 16, 1932 in Table Grove, Illinois to Arthur and Danna Killan Abernathy. She married Howard E. Lindsey on August 22, 1952 in Table Grove, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; sons, Melvin Daniel and Howard Eldon; her parents; three sisters and five brothers.
 
Ida is survived by four grandchildren: Angie (Matt) Doerhman, Amy (Glen) Busch, Josh Lindsey, and Blaine (Delaina) Lindsey; seven great-grandchildren: Ryan (Tiffany) Lindsey, Kayla and Kaitlyn Busch, Brenna Heist, Landyn, Dylan, and Owen Lindsey; three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Mary Abernathy and Vera Wheeler; daughter-in-law, Connie Lindsey; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Ida worked as a waitress and at the WIU physical plant.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
 
Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice or WIU Foundation.
 
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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Eloise M. Lowderman, 93, of Macomb

Eloise M. Lowderman, 93, of 501 Candy Lane, Macomb, passed from this earth on Tuesday, May 24. Born May 8, 1924, in Swan Township, Warren County, IL, to Sidney and Esther (Neidy) Smith, she married Wayne H. Lowderman on March 10, 1943, in Palmyra, MO. He preceded her in death on October 6, 1998.
 
Eloise is survived by two sons, Jack (Sherry) Lowderman, and Ron (Charlotte) Lowderman of Macomb; twelve grandchildren, Monte (Carrie) Lowderman of Macomb, Brent (Kris) Lowderman of Macomb, Cody (Abby) Lowderman of Macomb, Kim (Matt) Lund of Gurnee, Mark (Laura) Lowderman of Lake Zurich, Kristi (Clayton) Schmidt of Macomb, Mitch (Marilyn) Wooldridge of Macomb, Lori (Scott) Schwerer of Blandinsville, Cathy (Chris) Cook of Columbia, MO, Mary Lou (Benny) Ortiz of Tulsa, OK, John (Chris) Henkle of Web City, MO, Ted Henkle of IL; twenty-six great grandchildren; and ten great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Vince (Betty) Smith of Roseville, and two sisters, Erma (Arthur) Lewis, and Gaila (Raymond) Parsons, both of Roseville.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wayne, infant son, Larry Wayne, infant daughter, Rita Rue, daughters, Linda (Bob) Henkle of Tulsa, OK, and Nelrose (Raymond) Wooldridge of Macomb, grandson, Cory Lowderman, and sister, Ima Jean (Roy) Bycroft of Roseville.
 
Eloise spent her early years near Roseville, IL, and moved to Macomb with her husband following her marriage. She was a supporting partner as Wayne built a successful livestock dealer and bull leasing business with a reputation founded on honesty and integrity. In 1969, they developed the mobile home park on East Jackson Street, Macomb, now known as Kiljordan Meadows. Additionally, they developed the shopping area near the former K-Mart building, as well as Wesley Village Retirement and Health Care Center.
 
Eloise was a patriot who was passionate about her nation and community. Active in the Republican party for a number of years, she served as McDonough County Republican Chair Woman from 1972 through the early 80's. A highlight of her service was being named as the 17th Congressional District Coordinator for the Ronald Reagan campaign and elected as delegate to the Republican National Convention during the 1976 Presidential election.She and Wayne were honored to be invited by Reagan to attend his inauguration as President in 1981.
 
A member of Macomb Women's Club for many years, she was named as the club's Woman of the Year in 2004. As a member of BPOE Deers for over sixty years, she served as a frequent officer. She was a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church, and enjoyed her membership in the Macomb Country Club, Macomb Eagles, and the VFW Auxiliary. An avid card player, she thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of a pitch or canasta game, and valued the special friendship of those with whom she shared her passion.
 
Family and time spent together were genuine treasures for Eloise. Most holidays and special occasions centered about her extended dining table where all gathered to enjoy her delicious home cooked dishes.
 
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, May 30, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, with the Rev. Dr. Gary Elg officiating. The family will meet with friends from 5 to 7 PM on Monday, May 29 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley Village or to MDH Hospice.

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William Roy Hodges, 92, of Macomb

William Roy Hodges, 92, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 8:00 AM Tuesday May 23, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb, Illinois.
 
He was born April 17, 1925 in Macomb, Illinois, to Herman and Clara Carey Hodges.
 
He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Breedlove of San Diego, California; a son, Anthony Hodges; 2 grandchildren, Lisa Breedlove, Meghan Pearce and 6 great-grandchildren.
 
He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.
 
Graveside Services will be at 2 PM Friday at Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Kathryn Jeffries, 62, of Macomb

Kathryn Jeffries, 62, of Macomb, passed away at 9:27 AM Monday May 22, 2017 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
She was born August 14, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois.
 
She married Edward G. Jeffries on Nov. 4, 1978. He survives.
 
She was active in the McDonough County Humane Society.
 
Cremation has been accorded. A visitation will be held 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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Robert Lynn Petty, 63, of Colchester

Robert Lynn Petty, 63, of Colchester, Illinois, passed away May 20, 2017 in his home in Colchester.  He was born March 15, 1954 in Quincy, Illinois, to James and Mable Brown Petty.  He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Denver and Margie Petty.
 
Bob is survived by 2 Sons: James (Heather) Petty of Colchester, Illinois, and Shawn Hilton (Deb Clem) of Colchester, Illinois, 5 Grandsons: Riley, Denver, Dallas Petty, Logan and Xavier Hilton, 2 Granddaughters: Belle Petty and Joslyn Hilton.  1 Sister: Hope Clark of Macomb, Illinois, along with many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Aunt and uncle, 2 Brothers: Mike Petty, Ernie Petty, 2 Sisters: Donna Wardell and Marilyn Geremiah.
 
Bob was a 1972 graduate of Macomb High School.  He had many jobs over the years with the last being a union painter at Western Illinois University.  Bob had a rough exterior, but on the inside he had a heart of gold.  He would give the shirt off his back to help someone out.  Bob was very proud of his grandkids and loved them dearly.  He made sure to stop by multiple time per day to see them.
 
Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 27, 2017, at LaHarpe Cemetery in LaHarpe, Illinois. Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday. Memorial is to his Grandchildren's Education Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Virginia K. McKinney, 88, of Macomb

Virginia K. McKinney, 88, of Macomb passed away at 6:18 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on February 24, 1929 in Dallas, Texas to James Philip and Jewell Carter Kimmel. She married James E. McKinney on December 30, 1950 in Midlothian, Texas. He survives.
 
Also surviving are one son, Kimmel (Ingrid) McKinney of Lewisville, Texas; two daughters, Alma (William) Beile of Liberty, Missouri and Melanie McKinney of Warren Achievement Center in Monmouth; five grandchildren; one great-grandson and one brother, James Kimmel.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Virginia was a Cum Laude graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri with a major in art and interior design. She and her husband, Jim have lived in Macomb since 1966. Virginia was a skilled interior decorator and was well known for her needlework.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Macomb Country Club.
 
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Loaves and Fishes or the Warren Achievement Center in Monmouth.
 
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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Shirley Anne (Parker/Bell) Henninger, 89, formerly of Macomb

Shirley Anne (Parker/Bell) Henninger, 89, passed away peacefully, at her residence in Good Samaritan Society Nursing Facility in Geneseo, Illinois, on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 3:45 p.m. Shirley was born February 9, 1928, to Sam and Aline Parker in Hillerman, IL in Massac County. She married Ralph Harrison (Jack) Bell II on June 29, 1947. Jack preceded her in death in September, 1974. She married Andrew Henninger on January 3, 1978. Andy preceded her in death in April, 2011. Also, preceding Shirley in death were her parents and brothers Kenneth and James Parker.
 
Shirley is survived by her sons, Ralph (Jean) Bell of Beech Grove, Indiana and Jack (Susie) Bell of Benton Harbor, Michigan; daughters Roxie Rittenhouse (Dave) Jones of Kansas City MO, Suzy Bell (Jay) Heaton of Geneseo IL, and Juli Bell (Mike) Hubbard of Woodridge, IL. Also surviving are Shirley’s grandchildren Jason Bell, Mindy Rittenhouse, Niki Rittenhouse, Jeremy Heaton, Stephanie Heaton Mowers, Jaran Heaton, Samantha Heaton Whitham, Jenelle Hubbard, Chris Hubbard, Jack Bell Jr, Andrew Bell, and Henry Bell. Also surviving her are great grandchildren Vivian Bell, Sam Bell, Lucas Heaton, Benjamin Mowers, and Grace Heaton. She is also survived by stepson, Thomas (Cynthia) Henninger of Rushville IL, Stepdaughters Jane (Rich) Lafnitzegger of Long Grove, IL, Lynn (Kelly) Stambaugh of Rushville IL, and Edie Henninger Williams (Damien) Cook of Ponte Vedra, FL. Step grandchildren include Paige Henninger, Andrea and Laura Lafnitzegger, Zeke and Julie Staubaugh, and Emma, Joshua, and Olivia Williams, and Sloan and Sawyer Cook.
 
Shirley is also survived by her very dear sister Judy (Bill) Schehl of Geneseo, IL, brother Dan (Donna) Parker, VT, and sisters-in-law Sarah Parker and Donna Cottrell.
 
Shirley worked for Western Illinois University for 25 years retiring as the Director of Registration. She loved working with college students and enjoyed her co-workers. Shirley loved to travel, read, and spend time with her family. During the spring she liked mushroom hunting, bird watching, and enjoyed the flowers in her yard. She was known for her sweet smile and her kindness.
 
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 12:00 am at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, IL. with Dr. Howard White officiating. Shirley’s family will meet with friends for an hour prior to services at the funeral home. Friends and family are invited to a luncheon at the Wesley United Methodist Church directly after the service.
 
Memorials may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church of Macomb, IL or Liberty Village of Geneseo IL.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Richard Marion Young, 70, of Pana, formerly of Camp Point

Richard Marion Young, 70, of Pana, formerly of Camp Point, passed away at 12:10 AM, Friday, May 19, 2017, at Heritage Health in Pana.
 
He was born December 25, 1946, in Kahoka, Missouri, the son of Marion Francis and Corrine (Blum) Young.
 
Surviving are his twin brother Robert Young and wife Linda of St. Joseph, Missouri, his aunt Doris Young of Rushville and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, step mother Dorothy Rose Young and a brother Arthur Byron Young.
 
Richard loved music, especially the banjo.  He also enjoyed playing the bongos.
 
Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Rushville City Cemetery, with Reverend Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to Heritage Health in Pana.  The Wood Funeral Home in Rushville is assisting the family.  You are invited to leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
 

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John E. Trotter, 68, of Adair

John E. Trotter, 68, of Adair, IL passed away at 5:50 AM Wednesday May 17, 2017 at Heartland Health Care Center of Macomb. He was born August 5, 1948 in Adair, IL to Max L. and Doris L. (Spencer) Trotter.
 
He is survived by his daughter, Angela (Kyle) Knapp of Franklin, PA; longtime friend and companion Joyce Maxson of Adair, IL; step son, Lonny (Amy) McKee of Clarksville, TN; 3 grandchildren, Maxwell, Kaylee and Ethan Knapp; two step grandchildren, Dalton Sprinkle and Colby McKee.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Maxine Murfin.
 
John graduated from Industry High School in 1967. He was drafted into the United States Army on March 27, 1968 and honorably discharged on August 7, 1969. He was a proud member of the Vermont American Legion and lifetime member Macomb VFW Post 1921. John was a farmer; he farmed his entire life and absolutely loved his family’s farm. Family was very important to John, he enjoyed spending time with family especially his grandchildren, telling them stories about trips to cattle shows and of course the Chicago Cubs.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday May 19, 2017 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home; where visitation will be Thursday May 18, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Mike Ulmer will officiate. Burial will be in Harris Cemetery with Military Rites.
 
Memorial contributions can be made to the Macomb VFW Post 1921 or to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.    

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Florence Agnes Bottorff, 93, of Rushville

Florence Agnes Bottorff, 93, of Rushville, IL passed away at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at her home.  She was born on July 21, 1923 in Missouri Twp., Brown Co., IL. She was a daughter of the late George Garfield & Minnie Agnes McClelland Roberts.  
 
She married Jack Nelson Bottorff on October 10, 1944 in Mt. Sterling, IL.  He preceded her in death on March 29, 1998.  Florence is survived by (1) daughter, Barbara Huntley & Richard of Loraine, IL, (2) sons, Robert N. Bottorff, Steven E. Bottorff & Brenda all of Rushville, IL, (4) grandchildren, Susan Huntley, Bobbie Jo Hicks, Jeremy Barrow & Beth, Christopher Bottorff, (8) great grandchildren, Kirstin Kitch, Anthony Baker, Matthew Baker, Justin Love, Cheyenne Hicks, Blake Burris, Jake Burris, Libby Burris, (2) great-great grandchildren, Ella Mayes, Makynleigh Baker.  She was preceded in death by (1) great grandson, Noah Hicks, (2) brothers, Leon Roberts, Melvin Roberts, (3) sisters, Maxine Wallace, Mary Roberts, Norma Wittner.  She attended the one room school, Sunny Hill, in Missouri Twp., Brown, Co. IL.  
 
In 1941 she graduated from Brown County High School.  She later graduated from Blessing School of Nursing in 1945.  She was a Registered Nurse and first worked at Culbertson Hospital. She later worked for Dr. Russell R. Dohner from 1957 until he retired in October of 2013. She was 90 years old at that time.  
 
She was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Morning Miriams Circle. She was a scout leader for her boys when they were growing up.  Florence enjoyed her vegetable & flower gardens. Her favorite flowers were her roses. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother & great-great grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Rushville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  
 
Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church Elevator Fund.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
     

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Randy Toland, 69, of Rushville

Randy Toland, 69, of Rushville, passed away at 5:15 AM, Monday, May 15, 2017, at his home.
 
He was born on October 3, 1947, in Rushville, the son of Kenneth Raymond and Leona G. “Gerry” (Roudebush) Toland.  He married Teresa Greenlee on August 30, 1996, in Rushville and she survives.
 
Also surviving are three children Angie Toland and friend Derek of Paloma, Barbara Rowland and husband David of Quincy and Catherine Green and husband Darin of Lincoln, six grandchildren Cole Gilham and friend Charlotte of Aurora, Caleb Gilham of Rushville, Nick Rowland and friend Cami of Canton, Daniel Neese of New Canton, Ryder Neese of Paloma and Josh Green and friend Bronagh of Springfield, three great grandchildren Raveigha Rowland of Canton and Kieran and Emelia Green of Springfield, one sister Donna Bollinger of Browning, his In-Laws Jim Liesen of Quincy, Tony Busen of Mt. Sterling, Jim & Karen McCombs of Rushville, Randy and Darlene Royalty of Ursa, Joe and Connie Vermeire of Quincy, Sue Toland of Rushville and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenny Lee Toland, brother-in-law Leo Bollinger and sisters-in-law Rose Ann Liesen and Linda Busen.
 
Randy was a 1965 graduate of Rushville High School.  After high school, he worked at his family’s service station Toland’s Skelly Service.  From 1966 to 1972 during the Vietnam Era, he served in the United States Navy.  After returning to Rushville, he worked for 3 years at Rushville Motors.  He then began farming, first for Brines Strong for 4 years and later 12 years for Wayne Wheelhouse.  He later drove a truck for Dave Clinard Truck Service for 12 years until retiring.  
 
He was a member of the Rushville Fire Department for 7 years, Schuyler American Legion Post #4 for over 47 years and the Schuyler Voiture 40et8 #1100, for 39 years.  He loved golfing and roadin’.  His grandchildren always held a special place in his heart and he loved attending their activities.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Jason Triplett officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery, with military rites by the US Navy Honors Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4.  
 
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice. You are invited to share your memories of Randy, leave condolences and view his memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online
 

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Nancy C. Murfin, 83, of Colchester

Nancy C. Murfin, 83, of Colchester, passed away at the home of her daughter in Macomb with her family at her side on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  She was born June 12, 1933, in White Springs, Florida, to William H. (Buck) and Nita Carrie Chesire Sistrunk.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are 3 Sons: James Michael Durrance, Lake City, Florida, Larry William Allbritton, Lake City, Florida, Mark Lane (Rhonda) Cherry, Rochester, Illinois, Joyce A. Register, Colchester, Illinois, Thelma (Mack) Chaney, Adel Georgia, Gloria Masters Grain View, Missouri, Mary Helen (Terry) Sparrow, Macomb, Illinois, T.C. ( Justin) Miller, St. Marys, Illinois, 6 Step Children, 28 Grandchildren, 40 Great Grandchildren, 4 Great Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother: Caulia (Buddy) Ogburn, Florida, 2 Sisters: Bernice Davis, Lake City Florida and Edna Barrs, Florida.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents 1 Grandson: Brandon Sparrow and 1 Brother in law: Glen Barrs.
 
Nancy had worked at the Country Kitchen in Colchester,  General Electric in Florida, Western Illinois University, and  Sodexo at Western Illinois University.  She loved fishing, dancing, cooking, flowers, ice cream, sewing, painting, playing card, doing puzzles, getting a pepsi with peanuts and taking a drive in the country, sitting on her porch with a fresh cup of coffee and enjoying listening to the birds and watching the animals in the early mourning or late evening.  Her greatest joys came from her children.  Spending time with them listening to Mark and Larry play music or laughing with the whole family.  It didn’t matter to Nancy what they were doing as long as she had her family at her side.
 
Funeral Services will be 4:00 P.M. Tuesday May 16, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Bruce Goettsche. Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial is to The Elms Nursing Home or McDonough District Hospital Hospice. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Alice Arlene (Jackson) Mills, 82, of Macomb

Alice Arlene (Jackson) Mills went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 13, 2017. She was born in Macomb, IL, on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1935 to Grover D. and Myrtle B. (Harris) Jackson. She attended Macomb Schools through her junior high year and graduated from Industry High School in 1952. Through her sister who worked at a Macomb restaurant. She met the love of her life, a young sailor, Lloyd B. Mills, whose mother also worked at the restaurant.
 
On October 17, 1953, Alice and Lloyd were married. For 20 years, they lived at various naval bases where Lloyd was stationed. Their union produced 3 daughters: Kristine (Gene) Frakes of Macomb; Laura (Raymond) Taylor of St. Robert, MO; and Julia (Steve) Ruckman of Freeport, IL. Her beloved grandchildren include Gannon Ruckman of of Freeport, IL; Andrew Taylor of Birmingham, AL; Rachel (Jessica) of Salem, OR; Amanda Frost Frakes of Glendale Heights, IL; Justin (Erin Benish) of Chicago, IL; Brittany Frakes of Peoria, IL; David (Janet) Frizell of Bloomington, IL; Mike Frizell of Bloomington, IL; and great-granddaughter, Mya Campbell of Peoria, IL. Alice is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.
 
Alice graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Illinois University where she worked full-time, retiring in 1997. She was a volunteer for the Personal Reader Service at WIU and the McDonough District Hospital Hospice. She enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles, bird-watching, and spending time with her family. Alice’s greatest pride and joy was her family. She will be missed forever, and she will always be in our hearts.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers-Leslie, Morris, Garald, Dennis, and Ernest; and five sisters-Darline Jackson, Claudean Fowler, Kathleen Carey, Judy/Evelyn Coate, and Patsy Clayburn Schoonover.
 
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., and funeral services will be Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, 303 East Washington St., Macomb, IL. Burial will be at LaHarpe City Cemetery in LaHarpe, Illinois, immediately following the service.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice and Wesley Village Healthcare where Alice received loving care which was greatly appreciated.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Dixie A. Bryant, 81, of Macomb

Dixie A. Bryant, 81, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away a 9:00 AM Saturday May 13, 2017 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
She was born July 1, 1935 in Colchester, Illinois, to Franklin and Mary Stewart Marshall.
 
She is survived by 3 daughters, Candice Glover of Oak Park, IL; Cynthia Boyd of Vero Beach,, FL; Catherine (Tim) Toth of Warrenville, IL; 6 grandchildren, Samantha Toth, Danaan Boyd, Alex Toth, Ciara Beatty, Adam Toth, Gailie Glover; 2 nephews, Zachary (Misty) Ebey, Michael Sean Haines; 2 nieces, Sandra (Jim) Taylor and Julie Justice.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Roxie Justice. She worked at Connor Company for over 30 years. She was a member of the BP& W Club and League of Women Voters.
 
Cremation has been accorded. Memorial Services will be announced in mid-July. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Macomb Library. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Robert J. "Bob" Edwards, 87, of Rushville

Robert J. “Bob” Edwards, 87, of Rushville, formerly of Beardstown, passed away at 1:17 AM, Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
 
He was born on May 2, 1930, in Mason County, Illinois, the son of Burlie E. and Grace L. (Lane) Edwards.  He married Bernita Hoffmeier on August 31, 1962, at Immanuel Lutheran Church Honey Point. She preceded him in death on November 5, 2014.
 
Surviving are four children Joe Edwards and wife Vickie of Frederick, Terrie Loughary and husband Mike of Arenzville, Susan Crook of Frederick and Martin Edwards and wife Shari of Rushville, daughter-in-law Diane Edwards of Rushville, 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, brother-in-law Mike Page of Rushville, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Dianna Edwards, one son Steve Edwards, one great grandson Eric Loughary and one sister Linda Page.
 
Bob first worked as a logger with his father and also farmed.  He also worked for Casswood Industries.  In 1962, he began Edwards Shop in Beardstown until his son Steve took over the business and Bob retired in 1992.
 
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville, before transferring his membership to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rushville in 2014.  He enjoyed fishing, cutting firewood, tinkering and his tractors.  His faith was very important to him and he read the Bible every day.  He was a patient man who had a great sense of humor.  He never spoke a bad word against anyone, always finding the good in someone. 
 
A visitation celebrating Bob’s life will be from 2:00 PM to 5:00PM Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Private graveside services will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, near Meredosia with Pastor Douglas Evenson officiating.  Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rushville. You are invited to share your memories of Bob and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.

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Igolima Tubobelem Dagogo Amachree, 80, of Macomb

Igolima Tubobelem Dagogo Amachree, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the University of Iowa Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.  He was born on March 8, 1937 into the Amachree Royal Family, established since the 15th century in Nigeria.
 
He graduated from Durham University in England before completing his Master's Degree at Michigan State University, where he ultimately graduated in 1967 with his Ph.D. in Sociology.  Igolima taught as a professor, edited newspapers, and served as the Sociology department chair at Western Illinois University.  Igolima was not only accomplished, but widely published in academic publications the world over, as well as deeply involved in numerous organizations throughout the United States and internationally.
 
Igolima was passionate about international development, education, and peace. He served as a consultant for developing nations to the World Bank, assisted in the drafting of the 1985 Liberian Constitution, and was instrumental as a consultant on institutional issues in the Accra, Ghana Peace Conference that produced the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement on Liberia. His work in academia prompted him to form and head the Liberian Commission on Higher Education and Constructed the Research Proposal on "The Status of Higher Education in Liberia". He again answered the call to public service as a consultant to the Liberian Government on the Joint Needs Assessment presented to the United Nations in February 2004, which he attended as an Official Delegate of the Liberian Government to the United Nations on the International Conference for Reconstruction in Liberia.
 
Aside from his academic career, Igolima was one of the most beautiful souls one could ever have known. He touched so many lives with his gift for human connection. Igolima was incredibly thoughtful and kind. Brilliant yet humble. Insightful, curious, wise, grateful, and understanding.  He always radiated joy. He had so much love in his heart and was genuinely interested in every person that crossed his path.  We will keep our memories of him alive as we remember Igolima's infectious laugh and captivating smile.
 
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his Wife, Mara; Children Selepri (Danyelle), Tonye, Opuene (Karen); and Grandchildren: Kennen, Christian, Devin, Ella, Kaema, Nakai, Amaya, Kory, Ava, and Emma.
 
Online condolences may be expressed at http://prof-igolima-amachree.forevermissed.com.
 
Memorial Services will be held 3pm, Friday May 19 at Wesley Community Center in Macomb, Illinois.
 
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 27, at 11am Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Road in Lansing, Michigan, with visitation one hour prior.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made here
 
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel.

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Betty L. Shoopman, 92, of Tennessee

Betty L. Shoopman age 92 of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Elms Nursing Center in Macomb.  She was born December 8, 1924, in Colchester, to John and Maude Tandy Coghill.  Betty was united in marriage to Blondell Shoopman, in Kahoka, Missouri in 1941, he preceded her in death August 19, 2001, she was also preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: Thomas Alan (Valerie) Shoopman, Florida, 1 Daughter: Janice (Chuck) Butterfield, Colchester, 3 Grandchildren: Paul (Lisa) Butterfield, Kelly Butterfield and Justin Lundgren, Scott (Andrea) Shoopman, 4 Great Grandchildren: Dalton, Madison, Jill and Courtney.
 
Betty had worked at Mcdonough Telephone, Colchester State Bank and helped her husband on the family farm.
 
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Lee Unger. The family invites everyone that attends the service to share their memories of Betty during the service. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.  
 
Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorials are McDonough County Animal Shelter or McDonough District Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Mary Ellen Walters Graff, 101, of Table Grove

On July 3, 1915, Mary Ellen Walters (Graff) was born on a farm north of Table Grove, Illinois, to Oscar and Elizabeth (Baughman) Walters.  She died Friday, May 5, 2017, at home, 101 years of age, in Macomb, Illinois.  Throughout her life Mary Ellen maintained a close relationship with Western Illinois University and she was an inveterate traveler.
 
Mary Ellen’s education began at the Western Illinois University Lab School where she started grade school.  Later she returned to the WIU where she finished high school and earned a two year teaching certificate.  In 1934, she was hired to teach at a one-room school house at the South Hickory School near Ipava, Illinois.  By 1940, she had completed her Bachelor’s degree at WIU, and eventually moved to the Springfield School System. In 1944, she married August Konrad Graff. Their son Thomas was born in 1947.
 
In 1960, Lincoln Library (Springfield, Illinois) and the Springfield School District initiated a program to have a library and full-time librarian in each of its grade schools, and Mary Ellen was selected as the first Librarian. The following year Mary Ellen was offered the position of Grade School Librarian at the Lab School at Western, provided she complete her Master’s degree. In 1962 she earned her Master’s of Library Science at the University of Illinois and the family moved to Macomb.  
 
When the WIU Lab School closed, she joined the faculty of the College of Education.  Her proudest accomplishments were initiating many of library programs for the grade schools at WIU and leading tours of the sites of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.  She retired in 1984 after twenty-one years as a public school teacher and twenty two-years on the WIU faculty.
 
Mary Ellen probably earned the title as the most traveled farm girl from Table Grove, Illinois.  She visited all of the states in the United States, all of the provinces in Canada, and all seven continents.  In her travels she crossed all of the lines of longitude and crossed the parallels of latitude from 70 degrees north to 70 degrees south.  Among her travel highlights were visiting Antarctica, the Galapagos, and Cape May, New Jersey. Her only child became a geographer.
 
Mary Ellen was politically active as well. She was a long-time board member of the League of Women Voters.  She was a New Deal Democrat. Her hundredth birthday was proclaimed Mary Ellen Graff Day by Macomb’s mayor in recognition of the great amount of volunteer work she did after her retirement.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband August (1975), her two sisters Alice Maureen Walters, and Dorothy Margaret (Walters) Sheffield Unsell and her beloved sister-in-law, Maxine (Snowden) Walters.  She is survived by her son Thomas and his wife Deborah and grandson Patrick of Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Her brother Albert Ellsworth (Jack) Walters of Chillicothe, Illinois, three nieces; Mrs. Mike Danner, Mrs. Virg McElfrish, Ms. Denise DeWitt and several great grand nieces and nephews. 
 
Graveside Services will be held at 11 AM Monday May 15, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery. Cremation has been accorded. There will be no visitation.
 
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the Macomb Educational Foundation for the School District Library. 322 W. Washington St. Macomb, IL. 61455. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Mildred I. Crum, 87, of Rushville

Mildred I. Crum, 87, of Rushville, more recently of Walker Nursing Home in Virginia, passed away at 11:45 AM, Sunday, May 7, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
 
She was born on August 21, 1929, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Thomas Edward and Pearl Esther (Crabtree) White.  She married H. Don Crum on June 23, 1947, in Rockford.  He preceded her in death on July 31, 1999.
 
Surviving are one son Stacey James of Chatham, one daughter Deanna Clapp of Concordia, Kansas, one daughter-in-law Mindy Crum of Rushville, three grandchildren Mallory Moore and husband Brandon, Tyler Crum and fiancée Emily Kliffmiller, and Ambir Clapp, four great grandchildren Dani Jean, Rayelynn, Andrea and Javan Moore, one brother Benjamin White and wife Karen of Grafton, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one son Danny Crum, two brothers Tommy White and Nyland White and two sisters Mary Jane White and Dorothy Brown.
 
Mildred was a homemaker and attended the Rushville Free Methodist Church.  Her greatest joy was taking care of her family.
 
Services will be at 11:30 AM, Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Rob Kirkham officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Rushville Free Methodist Church.  You are invited to share your memories of Mildred and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
 

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Charles Howard "Red" Clayton, 89, of Macomb, Formerly of Vermont

Charles Howard "Red" Clayton, 89, of Grand Prairie Retirement Center in Macomb, formerly of Vermont, peacefully went to be with our Lord at 8:53 a.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
He was born on April 3, 1928 to Charles Garnet and Abbie (Hott) Clayton in McDonough County. He married Marcile "Midge" Bowman in 1948 in Macomb and were happily married for 68 years.
 
He is survived by his spouse, Midge of Macomb, and his six children, Paulette and Dr. Gary Payne of Austin, Texas, Elaine Clayton of Galesburg, Michael and Pat Clayton of Walcott, Iowa, Mark and Mary Clayton of Ave Maria, Florida, Janet and Brad Hall of Vermont, and Karen and Thomas Akers of Carol Stream. He was fortunate to share a good part of his life with ten loving grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Red graduated from Industry High School in the class of 1946. He was a farmer, carpenter, and was employed at Haeger Lamp Company from which he retired in 1993.
 
He was a member and past trustee of the Vermont United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Farm Bureau.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded and private burial of ashes will be held at a later date in the Chockley Cemetery in Eldorado Township.
 
All are invited to join us in a Celebration of Life that will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017 at Wesley Village Community Center in Macomb for a time of fellowship, sharing and refreshments. Reverend Robert Greene will officiate. The family will meet with friends following the service from 10:30 to 12:00.
 
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Grand Prairie Garden Fund or Mississippi Valley Blood Center.
 
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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Virgil Dean Gobel, 84, of Browning

Virgil Dean Gobel, 84, of Browning, IL, passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at his residence.  He was born on May 31, 1932 at home at Kelly Lake Drainage area in Hickory Twp. near Browning.  He was the son of the late William and Effie Moss Gobel.  

 

He married Elsie Weishaar at his mother’s home near Kelly Lake in Browning on December 30, 1950.  She survives along with two daughters, Patricia Bucher & husband Dayle of Bedford, IA, Nancy Cox & husband Daniel of Rushville; nine grandchildren, Dale Bucher & wife Lorna, Nathan Bucher & wife Pam, Jason Bucher & wife Amber, Shawn Bucher & wife Kelli, Chris Gobel & wife Misty, Michelle Gobel & husband Brett, Michael Gobel & wife Beth, Zac Cox, Nic Cox; (13) great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, David Gobel; two great granddaughters; three brothers, Wilmer, Elmer, and William; two sisters, Elma and Cassie.  

 

He was a Commercial Fisherman, Pushed Duck Hunters, worked Road Construction & was a Carpenter.   Virgil was a member of the Browning Assembly of God Church, Modern Woodmen of America &Jacksonville Local Laborers Union.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Browning Assembly of God Church with Rev. Wayne Curless officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheldon’s Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Worthington Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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William Henry Hawkshaw Jr., 83, of Rushville

William Henry Hawkshaw, Jr., 83, of Rushville passed away at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.  He was born on November 26, 1933 in Beardstown, IL.  He married Betty Clapton on May 26, 1962 at Cheltenham Register Office in England.  She preceded him in death on June 11, 2013.  

 

He is survived by (1) brother, Donald Hawkshaw in Birch Tree, MO, (8) step-daughters, Margaret, Dorothy, DeDe, Rosemary, Annette, Coral, Cindy & Natlee, (8) step-grandchildren, Kim, Andrea, Mark, Tracy, Joanne, Sean, Martin & Rachal.  He was preceded in death by (1) brother, David, (1) step-daughter Janet.  He worked at USAF Base in England and at Oscar Mayer for 18 years until retirement.  

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia, IL with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow with Military Rites by a US Air Force Honors Detail and Meredosia American Legion Post #516.  Worthington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Private condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com

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Elsie June Campbell, 85, of Beardstown

Elsie June Campbell, 85, of Beardstown passed away at 3:58 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, IL.  She was born on March 8, 1932 in Rushville Twp., Schuyler Co., IL a daughter of the late Glenn & Alta E. Steadman Keller.  She married Richard Lee Campbell on May 18, 1952 in Beardstown, IL.  He preceded her in death on May 11, 1995.  
 
She is survived by (7) children, Patricia A. Spoon of Beardstown, IL, Judy Kay Campbell of Beardstown, IL, Richard L. Campbell & Fonda of Jacksonville, IL, David G. Campbell of Beardstown, IL, L. Jean Campbell of Beardstown, IL, Gary Mark Campbell & Michelle of Sandwich, IL, Barbara L. Brewer & Chris of Beardstown, IL, (20) grandchildren, (34) great grandchildren, (4) great-great grandchildren, (1) sister, Norma Jean Keller of Beardstown, IL, (1) sister-in-law, Gloria Keller of Rushville, IL.  She was preceded in death by (5) brothers, Franklin, Bill, Clarence, Donnie & Russell Keller, (3) sisters, Annie Keller, Mary McKinley, & Helen Dober.  
 
Elsie was a life-long housewife. She enjoyed reading, playing cards & visiting casinos throughout the country.  She loved spending time with her extended family. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Christian Neck Cemetery with Rev. Stephen Bounds officiating. Interment will follow.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
   

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Alice Louise Flynn Mourning, 90, Formerly of Colchester

Alice Louise Flynn Mourning passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 4:15 P.M. at Heartland Health Care Center In Macomb, Illinois. Alice was born on April 28, 1926, She was the third daughter of George and Grace Rigg Carnahan of Fandon, Illinois.  
 
She graduated from Colchester High School in 1943.  She married J. Lester Flynn, October 2, 1944.  They had three Children: Susan Beth, Stanley Lester and Sydney Jay.  She graduated from Quincy Beauty Academy in 1959 and continued working as a hair dresser for the next 30 plus years.  On May 20, 1999 she married Herschel Mourning.  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Colchester for 80 years.  Her hobbies were sewing and making noodles.  She had retired to Texas then to Florida and then made her way back to Macomb.
 
Proceeding her in death were her parents George and Grace Carnahan, her husband J. Lester Flynn on July 15 1996 after 52 years of marriage, Sisters: Ann Nudd and Iris Martin, and Daughter In Law: Tena Flynn.
 
She is survived by her Daughter: Susan Lightle (Ken), Sons Stanley (Dianne) Flynn and Sydney Flynn.  Nine Grandchildren: Matthew Flynn, Mark Flynn, Michael Flynn, Marshall Flynn, Mitchell Flynn, Scott Flynn, Stacy Flynn-Brenz, Kenneth Lightle III, Kandice Prillaman, Ten Great Grandchildren: Kylie Flynn, Abigail Flynn, Keegan Flynn, Cicely Flynn, Liam Flynn, Sara Flynn, Victoria Flynn, Kaylee Prillaman, Emma Prillaman, and Ryan Brenz. and several Nieces and Nephews. and her husband Herschel Mourning.
 
Celebration of Life Service will be, 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Ken Worcester.  The family will meet with friends following the services at the funeral home.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Edna L. Lotz, 82, of Colchester

Edna L. Lotz age 82 of Colchester, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017, at Bettendorf, Iowa.  She was born February 17, 1935, in Mooresville, Indiana, to Vern and Eva Gibson Robinson.  Edna was united in marriage in Macomb, Illinois in 1955, to Perry L. Lotz.  He preceded her in death on July 18, 2003.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, and 1 Sister: Margie Robinson.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are 3 Sons: Thomas L. (Sandra) Lotz, Lynchberg, Virginia, Dean J. (Erin) Lotz, Pearl City, Illinois, Scott H. Lotz, Davenport, Iowa, 1 Daughter: Lucinda (Bill) Lenger, Coal Valley, Illinois, 8 Grandchildren, and 1 Great Grandchild.
 
Edna was a graduate of Western High School in 1953.  She went on to be ahead of her time, being the only girl in the Biology class at Western Illinois University, graduating with a Masters in Biology along with Physics, and Chemistry.  She taught school at Bardolph, Cornell, Aledo, Beardstown and Industry.  She was able to teach many students male and female that they could dream big in the sciences.
 
She was a past member of the Aledo United Methodist Church and the McDonough County Retired Teachers Association, of which she served as the treasure for many years.  In her spare time, Edna enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading, and, puzzles. Of all the accomplishments in her life, greatest joy to her was knowing the kids that she had taught and most of all, her family.
 
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mike Hrabal.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home 1:00 P.M. Saturday.  
 
Memorials are to McDonough County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Fund or Western Illinois University Biology Department.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Everette L. Drawve, 85, of Canton, IL, formerly of Rushville

Everette L. Drawve, 85, of Canton, IL, formerly of Rushville, passed away at 1:38 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL.  He was born on July 26, 1931 in Rushville, IL a son of the late Lawrence & Ada Logsdon Drawve.  He married Cora Eileen Sylvester on March 13, 1965 in Alton, IL.  She preceded him in death on February 27, 2017.  

 

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Monica Tjarks & Doug of Cary, NC, a step-granddaughter, Tracy Adams & Jeff, a step-grandson, Ross Tjarks & Andrea, (3) nephews, James Drawve, Phil Searle & Judy, Stephen Searle, (6) nieces, Joyce Kice & Jeff, Carla Ragland & Rick, Marla Searle, Pauline Bauer & Tom, Debbie Biddle & John, Michelle Clark.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Searle and a brother, Wayne Drawve.  

 

He was a US Army Veteran. He worked at DMI in Goodfield, IL for several years. Everette loved the outdoors and being around farming.  He also loved all types of cars and driving them. He enjoyed taking long drives with his wife Eileen to enjoy the countryside and visit family or friends.

 

The family would like to extend special thanks to the physicians and staff of the surgical ICU at OSF Saint Francis and to Dr. Olsson, staff and Sister Veronica at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home for their love and compassion while caring for Everette.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Jeremy Norton officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.  

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 N. Illinois Route 91, Peoria, Illinois 61615.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Lorraine Pointer, 82, of Macomb

Lorraine Pointer, 82, of Macomb, passed away at 6:40 PM Sunday April 30, 2017 at Courtyard Estates of Bushnell.
 
She was born Sept. 13, 1934 in Schuyler County, IL. to John and Erma Schisler Skiles; she married Russell C. Pointer on November 19, 1949. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2013.
 
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Wes and Hubert Skiles.
 
She is survived by 3 daughters, Sherry (Tim) Grzanich of Ipava, Illinois, Charlotte (Greg) Jones of Bushnell, Illinois, Jan (Chris) Robertson of Avon, Illinois; 5 grandchildren, Teresea (John) Reedy, Eric Powell, Chanda (Roger) Vawter, Tyler (Brittani) Robertson, Erin (Matt) Robertson; 5 great-grandchildren, Jennifer Reedy, Riley Powell, Hadley Powell, Christen Posey, Audrey Robertson; 2 sisters, Marilyn McSperritt of Adair, Illinois and Karen Brobston of Alexa, Illinois.
 
She worked at Zeta manufacturing in Macomb for several years.
 
Graveside Services will be at 11 AM Friday May 5, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Rev. Rick Weiss will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
 

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Bert Thomas Hillyer, 72, of Macomb

Bert Thomas Hillyer, 72, of Macomb, passed away at 10:48 AM Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
He was born on December 2, 1944 in Macomb, Illinois to Bert & Eula Cromer Hillyer Sr.
 
He is survived by 2 nephews, Billy and Bernard Helms and 2 nieces, Brenda Schweickert and Barbara Ruhl.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Wanda Helms and Ethel Marie Hillyer.
 
Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday May 27, 2017 from 1-3 PM at the Church of Christ 850 W. McDonough St. Macomb, IL. Memorial Contributions may be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program.
 
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
 

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Joyce E. Gabbert, 71, of Camden

Joyce E. Gabbert, 71, of Camden, passed away at 11:31 PM Friday April 28, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born Aug. 20, 1945 in Plymouth, Illinois to Lester and Geraldine Magin Hetzel; she married Larry Gabbert on Aug. 20, 1991. He survives.
 
Also surviving is one son, Howard Michael Kreps of Macomb, IL; one grandchild, Shelby Glee Kreps of Waco, Texas; two brothers, William Hetzel of Colona, IL. Gary Hetzel of Virden, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, two bothers, Donald and Carroll Hetzel and a sister, Vera Longanecker.
 
She worked as a Register Nurse at the VA Hospital in Iowa City and McDonough District Hospital in Macomb for several years retiring in 2011.
 
A visitation will be held on Thursday May 4, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation. Private burial of ashes will be held at Rosemont Cemetery at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Joyce Gabbert Nursing Scholarship Fund at McDonough District Hospital. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Marie R. McMillen, 86, of Table Grove

Marie R. McMillen, 86, of Table Grove, passed away at 5:54 AM, Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Unity Point Health – Methodist in Peoria.
 
She was born on July 13, 1930, in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Clifford) Lundahl.  She married Billy Gene McMillen on July 30, 1949, in Quincy.  He preceded her in death on June 23, 2011.
 
Surviving are two children Gilbert McMillen and Myra Bruketta and husband Joe all of Table Grove, four grandchildren Robert McMillen of Germantown Hills, Billie Marie McMillen of Macomb, Jeremy Bruketta of Fox River Grove, and Joshua Bruketta of Normal, two great grandchildren Kylan McMillen and Cali McMillen, six sisters June Lundahl, Norma Jean Lundahl and Virginia Lundahl all of of Wheeling, Esther Goodrich of Hartford, Michigan, Deloris Graziano and husband Blaize of Melville, New York, and Sally Robinson and husband Christopher of Huntley, brother-in-law Norman McMillen of Rushville, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by two sisters Ruth Lierly and Arlene House.
 
A graduate of Quincy High School, Marie worked at the Ken-Ray Foundry in Vermont, and Gardner-Denver and the Quincy Public Library both in Quincy.  
 
She was a member of the Vermont United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  She enjoyed needlework, sewing, flowers, gardening and cooking.  She loved the country life even though she grew up in the city.
 
Services will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Reverend Steve Granadosin officiating.  Interment will follow in the Harris Cemetery, in Table Grove.  Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tuesday, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Unity Point Health Methodist- Hospice.  You are invited to share your memories of Marie and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
 

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Roderick Dean Beck, 69, of Macomb

Roderick Dean Beck,69, of Macomb, passed away at 8:54 A.M. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 15, 1947 in Macomb, Illinois the son of Dean and Dorothy Sherman Beck. He married Delores Easley on February 17, 1968 in Industry, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his wife Delores, two daughters Barbara (Scott) Coker of Macomb, and Stephanie (Todd) Moon of Macomb, five grandchildren Jacob Moon, Hannah Moon, Sydney Coker, Hayley Coker, and Macy Coker, two brothers Lindell (Joy) Beck of Colchester, and Kent (Sandy) Beck of Bloomington, several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Rod graduated from Industry High School and went to work at the porcelain plant in Macomb, he then served in the Army in Vietnam from 1966 until 1969. Following his tour of duty in Vietnam he farmed with his family in Vermont and Eldorado Township and later south of Colchester. He then served as the Eldorado Township Road Commissioner for several years, he then became the Director of Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association, he retired in July of 2015. Rod was also an Industry School board member and Industry Assembly of God Church board member. He was a former state officer for the Illinois Young Farmers Association and he was proud to be an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Rod was an extraordinary, hard-working, dutiful and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Industry Assembly of God Church. Rev. Jon Keck will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb. Full military rights will be conducted at the graveside by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb VFW. Family will meet with friends on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Memorials may be made to the Industry Assembly of God Church. You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Ann Marie Powell, 85, of Macomb

Ann Marie Powell, 85, of Macomb, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois.  She was born March 7, 1932 in Colchester, to Sam and Mae Hotten McGrann.  Ann was united in marriage to Lindy R. Powell in Macomb on December 30, 1950, he preceded her in death on April 24, 2014.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son: Lindy Rex Jr. Powell and 1 Brother: Paul McGrann.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: David Marshall and Julie Powell, Macomb, 2 Daughters: Rose Marie Powell, Bloomington, Illinois, Natalie Jane and Tom Derry, Mountain View, California, 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Sister: Rachel Louderman, Colchester.
 
Ann was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, Colchester Area Gathering Place Back Pack Program.  She Graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Science and Special Education in 1974.  Ann had been a special education teacher in both the Dallas City and Northwestern School Districts.  Owner and Broker of Ideal Realty in Macomb, Co Owner of Lindys Drive Inn, Macomb and Co Owner of Macomb Skateland.
 
Private Graveside services will be held at Bethel Cemetery with Pastor Jim Richardson.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.   Memorials are to Colchester Area Gathering Place Back Pack Program, P.O. Box 69, Colchester, Illinois, 62326.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Nicole Elizabeth Hunter, 23, of Macomb

Nicole Elizabeth Hunter
 
May 24, 1993 – April 24, 2017
 
”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23.
 
Nicole’s life was a fulfillment of those words. Her life began in Lafayette, Indiana, on May 24, 1993. she was soon exploring many avenues in her life. A product of Macomb schools, Nicole enjoyed  music  and science, graduating in 2011.  She completed her education Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor in Recreation and Park Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, where she was very active in the university’s Campus Crusade for Christ and as a residence counselor.
 
Nicole always had a deep seated love for the outdoors and being psychically active. As a young girl, Nicole first attended the church camp CILCA with her father and became passionate about camp, spending every summer at the camp. She took that passion and focused it early on in high school, becoming a counselor at CILCA the first summer she was eligible.
 
Having pursued a career in parks and recreation, Nicole’s spark shined through the kids and parents she worked for. With large portions of her later life dedicated to being a teacher and counselor to thousands of young individuals at organizations like WinShape Camps for Communities, Camp Kenthaten and Bricks 4 Kidz, Nicole’s message for enjoyment and positivity fell on the hearts of many. Her campers (whether children sent by their parents, underprivileged youth who worked hard to be selected to attend camp, or special needs adults) sought her out for direction, affection, and compassion.
 
Outside is where Nicole was most happy. Whether she was on a bike or shooting arrows, you could always find her in her comfort zone. You could tell from an early age that this was a person who loved to move. From playing little league softball, running with her siblings around the block, or hiking the Idaho Mountains, the outdoor life was always in her eyes.
 
Outside of the outside, Nicole was an intellectual and hobbyist. One of her proudest achievements was being invited to go to Intel’s Annual International Science Show with a science presentation on her work with power efficiency in cars. She showed her creativity through a breath of outlets, from guitar to craft arts to Legos, and filled her free time with strumming complex melodies and building intricate creations.
 
In 2015 Nicole learned she had neuroendocrine cancer primary to the ovary and returned home to recover. While fighting the disease she served as a substitute teacher for the Macomb School District, rode her bike and practiced archery.  Nicole’s fighting spirit stayed with her to the very end.  She was here a short time, but lived a full and memorable life.  She will be missed by the many she touched.
 
She has left her parents, G. David and Debra Hunter, sisters Jessica (Nick) Bohrhunter and Amanda Hunter, brother Oliver Hunter and nephew and godson Theodore Bohrhunter. Those greeting her in Heaven are her aunt, Heidi Schoedel, grandparents Betty and Garland Hunter Sr. and uncle Garland Hunter Jr.
 
Nicole valued experience over material things. In keeping with her sensitivities and her dream of becoming a camp director, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to Camp CILCA (where her camp passion began) www.cilca.org and Camp Mak-a-Dream (a camp for young adults with cancer and Nicole’s last camp experience ) www.campdream.org  Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 PM Monday May 1, 2017 at the Immanuel Lutheran Student Center 303 N. Clay St. Macomb, IL. Rev. Michael Burdick will officiate. Burial of ashes will be at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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James Lynn Chance, 71, of Quincy, formerly of Blandinsville

James Lynn Chance, 71, of Quincy, formerly of Blandinsville, passed away, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He was born August 29, 1945 in Macomb to Carl and Veola McCullum Chance.  
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are 2 Nieces: Debra DeCounter, Melanie Ball, 2 Nephews: Greg Chance, Mike Ball, 1 Sister In Law: Sara Chance, and several Great Nieces and Nephews.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother: Ronald Chance, 1 Sister: Karlean Ball, 1 Sister In Law: Janice Chance, and 1 Brother In Law: Jack Ball.
 
Lynn served his country in the United States Air Force for 1966 to 1970, he was stationed in Thailand for a period of time.  He was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Blandinsville American Legion.  He loved the time he spent with his friends playing cards and having a good time.  He also farmed with his Dad.
 
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Military rites at the grave by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb V.F.W..  
 
Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester,  from 1:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M. Wednesday and from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to the Blandinsville Veterans Memorial. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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James M. Beadles, 66, of Macomb

James M. Beadles, 66, of Macomb, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at O.S.F. Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.  He was born May 10, 1950, in Macomb, to Basel Ralph and Opal Norris Beadles.  Jim was united in marriage on May 25, 1990, in Macomb, to Clare Chatterton.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Clare of Macomb, 1 Son: Rusty Beadles of Burlington, 2 Step Daughters: Deanna Carr and Kim Huston, 2 Step Sons: Tony Carpinella , Minnesota, and Jim Carpinella, Tuttle, North Carolina, 16 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren, 8 Sisters: Shirley Frances and Cranston Williams of Cleveland, Ohio, Vonna Kay and Robert Gross, Lincoln, Illinois, Christina Creasy , Colchester, Illinois, Lois and Schuyler Sandeen, Torrance, California, Peggy and Rick Augustoski, Dumfries, Virginia, Carol Sue Boggs, Santa Rosa, California, Karadeen Burns, Missouri, Sharon Square of Long Beach, California 1 Brother: Butch and Melinda Beadles, the State of Tennessee, along with numerous Nieces, Nephews,  great nieces and great nephews.
 
James was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Sister: Linda R. Nunn and 1 Brother: Louis Kelly.
James served his country in the U.S. Army.  He had worked at Albee Florist, Haeger Pottery, and Woodrum Chevrolet.  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb, AM. Vets of Macomb, Gold Wing Road Riders Association, of which he was an officer in the club for 19 years, Anita’s Kids, Lamoine Christian Camp, Macomb V.F.W. for 12 years, Patriot Guard for 10 years.
 
Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb with Rev. Paul Parker.  Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church.  Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will take place at a later date.  
 
Memorials are to Macomb Trinity Lutheran Church, Anita’s Kids or the Lamoine Christian Camp.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Mark William Hutchins, 57, of Colchester

Mark William Hutchins, 57, of Colchester passed away peacefully at 6:45 P.M. on April 20, 2017, in his home due to complications from ALS. 
 
He was born May 8, 1959, to Kenneth and Doris (Rigg) Hutchins. 
 
On February 22, 1997, he married the love of his life Cheryl K Walley. She survives.
 
Mark was a 1977 graduate of Macomb High School and worked at NTN Bower until his retirement. Before ALS he was an avid gardener and woodworker. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Denver Broncos fan.
 
Also surviving are his two step children, Sarah (Paul) Nelson of Colchester, IL, Seth (Melissa) Sappington of Plymouth, IL, one brother, Michael (Barbara) Hutchins of PlantCity, FL, a sister-in-law, Connie Hutchins of Macomb, IL, his father-in-law John Walley; sister-in-law Polly (Mark) Buddemeyer of Newburgh, IN; brother-in-law, Tom (Melissa) Walley of Fulton, MO. Two aunts, Patricia Ward of Macomb, IL and Linda (Cap) Spangler of Bushnell, IL; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
 
Mark’s favorite role was Papa Bear to Donovan and Jonothan Nelson, Lyndee, Norma and Cody Sappington, his adopted granddaughter Joslyn Hilton and his therapy dog, Maizy Grace.
 
Preceding him in death were his mother and father, his grandparents Pat and Irene Hutchins and Eldon and Marie Rigg, his brother Mitchell Hutchins, his uncle George Ward and aunt Pattie Swanson, mother-in-law, Norma Walley, sister-in-law Barbara Roskamp and brother-in-law David Roskamp.
 
Graveside services at will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Mt Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Pastor Jim Richardson.  Friends may sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday.  Memorials may be made to Colchester Rescue Squad or the family through Jones Mortuary. The family wishes to express their thanks to Alex Little, Melissa Beatty and Meghan Carter for the love and care shown to Mark during his heroic battle with ALS and to his friends and classmates who made a positive difference.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
 

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Mary Ellen Ward, 89, of Rushville

Mary Ellen Ward, 89, of Rushville, passed away at 2:35 AM, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
 
She was born on December 12, 1927, in Troy, Alabama, the oldest child of Roy Benjamin and Frances Oree (McCurley) Conner.  She married Albert Merle Ward on September 22, 1945, by Pastor William Bush of the South Side Baptist Church in Troy, Alabama.  He preceded her in death on December 16, 2014.
 
Surviving are three sons Ronald Gene Ward and wife Cynthia of Macomb, Robert Merle “Bob” Ward and wife Linda and Roger Allen Ward all of Rushville, six grandchildren Mariah DiGrino and husband Sam, Andrea Ward and husband Oscar Fischer, Muriel Ward and fiancée Jeff Jones, Robert Merle “Bobby” Ward, Jr and wife Dana, Shari Thurman and husband Brad and Samuel Ward, seven great grandchildren Madeline DiGrino, Sophia DiGrino, Reanna Orr, Cole Thurman, Brianna Johnson, Rylee Thurman and Mason Ward, one great great granddaughter Kahli Morris, one sister Jacqueline “Jackie” Gulledge of Ozark, Alabama, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers Ray Connor and Billy Connor.
 
Mary first worked at The L & H Drive-In, The Cozy Corner, and was the manager of the Maid Rite.  She worked for 22 years at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, as Food Service Manager and Supervisor of the Dietary Department retiring in December 1985. She and Albert also operated Mary’s Ceramics from their home from 1982 to 2000.              . 
 
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she volunteered for many activities, Wesley Ann Circle, and the Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary Post #4 in Rushville.  She was also a member of the American Diabetes Association, where she served as Central Illinois District President and won the 100% Presidents Award.  She was very proud of this accomplishment.  She served as a Room Mother at school along with being Cub Scout Leader for 9 years.
 
She enjoyed gardening and working on her family genealogy.  She loved people and most of all her family.
 
Services will be at 11:30 AM, Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Saturday, at the Wood Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.  You are invited to share your memories of Mary, leave condolences and view Mary’s memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online.

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James Hunter, 92, of Boulder, Colorado, formerly of Colchester

James Hunter age 92 of Boulder, Colorado, formerly of Colchester, Illinois, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at Manor Care in Denver, Colorado.  Jim was born January 9, 1925, in Colchester to Bert and Mabel Coplan Hunter.  He was united in marriage on February 15, 1947, in Table Grove, Illinois to Doris E. Foster, She preceded him in death on April 29, 2014.  Jim was also preceded in death by his parents and 1 Infant Sister.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are many Nieces, nephews, cousins and long time friends.
Jim was a past member of the Colchester Lions Club, Colchester United Methodist Church.  He was a 1942 Graduate of Colchester High School.  He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Air force, he graduated airplane airframe school in Gulfport, Ms. Aircraft Engine School, Willow Run, Michigan, B -24 Mechanic School, Charleston, South Carolina.  He was given a beautiful round the world trip by the USAF with crossing Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, by ship, India by train, 3 flights over the Hump, one year in Kunming China at the China end of the Berma Road, Crossed the Pacific by ship and the U.S. by troop train.  
 
Thanks to his GI bill, Jim enrolled at Western Illinois University as Accounting Major and also became the drummer for Western’s Band.  Jim had been employed at Ogle motors Pontiac-Packard Dealer as the Accountant, Cook Chevrolet, for 15 years, he was with Yetter Manufacturing in Colchester as the accountant of which he was later promoted to Vice President.  
 
After his time at Yetter’s, Jim started selling Hammond Organs, which led to Jim and Doris moving to Boulder Colorado and opening a Hammond Organ Dealership, of which Jim and Doris won a trip to Portugal. Later in Jim’s life, he and Doris sold the business and Jim started working for the FDIC, as an accountant. Jim got his private pilots license which made it easy for him and Doris to return back to Colchester to visit friends and family.  He also loved when he and Doris got to travel on his motorcycle.
 
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Military services will be held at the grave by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  
 
Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorial is to the Donors Choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Dannie Lee Royer, 76, of Macomb

Dannie Lee Royer, 76 of Macomb, passed away on Monday, January 9th at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb, Illinois.  He was born April 28th, 1940 in Macomb, Illinois, to Richard Henry Royer and Ella Bernetta Willey Royer.  
 
Dannie was united in marriage on August 20th, 1961 in Industry, Illinois to Sandra Kay Breeden Royer.  Preceded in death by his wife Sandra, July 20th, 2016 and his parents Richard H. Royer, September 18th, 1996 and E. Bernetta Willey Royer, September 6th, 1966.  
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are 2 daughters:  Theresa J Royer of San Mateo, California and Christina K (Royer) and husband Robert Hughes of Kenosha, Wisconsin, 3 Grandchildren: Amanda M Hughes, Zachary D. Hughes and Kaylin C. Hughes.  
 
Also surviving are two brothers, Donnie Dean Royer of Plymouth, Obie Paul Royer of Macomb and a half-brother Timothy Todd Royer of Colchester.
 
Dannie was a member of the Macomb Church of Christ. He worked for many years at Royer’s Custom Butchering in Doddsville.  Dannie enjoyed being out of doors, especially fishing with his family and friends.
 
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 21st at 11:00 am at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb, Illinois.  Graveside services will be officiated by Pastor Ted Shirley.  A celebration of life luncheon will follow at the Red Ox Restaurant.  
 
In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully asking for donations to assist with funeral expenses.

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Mary L. Raymer, 84, of Macomb

Mary L. Raymer was born in Crawford County, Iowa on May 14, 1932 to Harry and Olga (Olson) Sharp and passed on April 16, 2017 at 7:06 p.m. Her Mother preceded her in death in 1963 and her Father in 1973. On September 20, 1953 Mary married Myron H. Raymer in Oceanside, CA. He preceded her in death on June 27, 2011.
 
To their union was born three sons, Dirk (Shelly), of Normal, IL, Scott of Schaumburg, IL and Alex of Elgin, IL. To mourn her passing are sons and seven grandchildren : Josh Raymer, Clinton, IL, Chris (Sarah) Raymer of Temecula, CA, Michelle Raymer, Chicago, IL, Courtney Raymer and Rachel Raymer of Schaumburg and Jake Raymer and Jessica Raymer of Elgin, IL. Mary leaves four great- grandchildren: Zack and Kiley of Clinton, and Tyler and Maddie of Temecula, CA. Also, she is survived by one sister, Alma (Jerry) Ganatos of Murrieta, CA , one brother Jesse (Sue) Sharp of Havasu City, Nevada And many nieces and nephews from both her side as well as Myron’s side of the family.
 
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband Myron, one daughter-in-law Jackie Raymer, two brothersVernon Sharp and Vinton Sharp, three sisters Beulah Mulligan, Irene Cole and Betty Larson, six brothers-in-law Ben Mulligan, Whitey Cole, Floyd Wade, Robert Larson,Ross Raymer and Lowell Raymer, five sisters-in-lawRosemary Sharp, Irene Sharp, Marianne Sharp, Virgie Raymer and Edith Raymer.
 
Mary graduated from Ute High School in 1950, after which she worked in the office of Rath Packing Co., in Waterloo, Iowa. She then went to Sioux City, Iowa to work at Weatherwax, Inc., a men’s clothing store, in accounts receivable. Mary left there to go to California to marry Myron, who was there in the Marines. They moved to Macomb in 1968. Mary then worked in the City Clerk’s office of the City of Macomb. Mary worked for the City of Macomb for twenty-six years retiring in December 1994. Since her retirement she has been an active member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Macomb, where she served as an elder, deacon, financial secretary, and on several committees as well as officers of her Disciples Women group. She was a member of the Auxiliary to McDonough District Hospital where she served as president and 1st Vice-president, as well as serving on committees and volunteering in the gift shop. She was a member of the B.P.O. Deer and held the offices of secretary and treasurer. While her sons were in school Mary was a member of the Bomber Booster club and helped with raising funds for bleachers at Macomb High’s football field.
 
Favorite past-times for Mary were reading and playing games on the computer. Mary also read her Bible and kept a daily journal. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Macomb with Reverends Kelly Ingersoll and Wally Holt officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m Friday April 21, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to MDH Hospice.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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James Albert Sturm, 80, of Sciota

James Albert Sturm, 80, of 1708 1700th Road, Sciota passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Tavares, Florida.
 
He was born on March 8, 1937 in Macomb to George Albert and Vera Irene Hickman Sturm.
 
He is survived by two sisters, Lujean Scaman of Oregon and Ann Jones of California and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Charles, Donald, Carl and William Sturm; one brother in infancy, Thomas Sturm and two sisters, Irene Wiegman and Barbara Sturm.
 
He lived in the Macomb area most of his life. He was a sheet metal worker and worked at several power plants.
 
He was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed enduro racing.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with Reverend A. Lee Unger officiating. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Fund.
 
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Anita Louise Siltman Duvall, 70, of Macomb

Anita Louise Siltman Duvall, 70, of Macomb passed away at 7:23 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on December 1, 1946 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida to Paul and Juanita Alford Siltman. She married Larry Duvall on January 14, 1967 in Quincy. He survives.
 
Also surviving are two sons, Tom (Liz) Duvall of Macomb and Scott (Megan) Duvall of Bloomington; four grandchildren, Rayne Duvall, Levi Duvall, Zachary Duvall and Hailey Duvall; her mother, Juanita Siltman of Quincy; her siblings, Yvonne (Jim) Wellman of Quincy, Ronald (Patty) Siltman of Quincy and Paul Francis Siltman of Idaho and a special friend, Sue Armstrong.
 
Anita and Larry just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
 
Anita worked for Motorolla in Quincy. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family. Larry and Anita enjoyed riding their motorcycle with the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter B. She loved playing board games and having Pepsi parties with the grandchildren. Her family will always remember her contagious laughter.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Pastor Rosetta Whitfield officiating. Entombment of ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb following the services.
 
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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Mary Eloise Nelson, 94 of Macomb, formerly of Colchester

Mary Eloise Nelson, 94 of The Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, formerly of Colchester, Illinois went home to be with her Lord, April 13, 2017.  She was born March 4, 1923, in Hardeman County, Tennessee, the daughter of James Oscar and Frances Athelia (McAlpin) Sain.  She married Thomas John Nelson on March 15, 1942, in Huntsville, Alabama.
 
Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, 2 Sisters: Faye Chambers and Bobbie June Flake, 3 Brothers: Robert Windell Sain, Gordon Sain, and and infant Brother: James Oscar Sain Jr., 3 half - sisters: Annie Owen, Pearl Luttrell and Jewel Winn, 2 half - brothers: Thomas Sain and Jim Sain, and a Great Granddaughter: Emily Nicole Biswell.
 
Surviving are 2 Daughters: Vicki (Terry) Biswell of Quincy and Anita (Ken) Brown of LaHarpe and 1 Son: Mike (Charlotte) Nelson of Colchester, 1 Brother: Travis Sain, of Bartlett, Tennessee, 1 sister in law: Elaine Sain of Olive Branch, Mississippi, 7 Grandchildren: Matt Biswell (Lori), Michael Biswell (Jen), Jolyn Whitman (Alan), Brian Brown (Amy), Amy Chambers (Lance), Todd Nelson (Megan), and Tim Nelson (Sara), 18 Great Grandchildren: Abby and Blake Biswell, Gianna, Will and Thomas Biswell, Cory and Jordan Thorman, Matthew and Mason Whitman, Bailey and Laney Brown, Cole, Brynn and Cade Chambers, Andy, Claire, and Austin Nelson, Eve Nelson, and many nieces and nephews.
 
Eloise was a member of the First Baptist Church of Colchester where she served in many ways, including working with the Good News Club after school program.  She also volunteered at the Colchester Grade School as a lunchroom monitor and served as a Girl Scout leader for many years.  She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family.
 
She was blessed by many people while she resided at the Elms, those who volunteered by faithfully reading to her,  Pearl Bradley and Wanda Bartlett, and those who cared for her in a kind and loving manner.  The family would like to thank these people for enriching her life.
 
Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Colchester First Baptist Church, with Rev. Dennis Clements.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the Family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  
 
Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Memorials Colchester First Baptist Church or The Elms Nursing Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Betty Moore, 83, of Frederick

Betty Moore, 83, of Frederick, passed away at 9:30 AM, Friday, April 14, 2017, at her home.
 
She was born December 31, 1933, in Ripley, the daughter of Russell Roscoe and Ruby Pearl (Gossage) Moore.
 
Surviving are her son Kem Moore and wife Marlene of Yates City, three grandchildren Janet Moore of Springfield, Brian Moore and wife Jennifer of Jacksonville and John Moore of Springfield, three Lena Lambert of Beardstown, Nina Young of Ripley and Kaye Jones of Mt. Sterling, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion Jack Strong, and three sisters Opal Hedges, Rosalie Childers, and Faye Corbin.
 
Betty was a long time caregiver for the elderly and also worked at the Sugar Grove Store for many years.  She attended the Black Oak and Rushville Church of the Nazarene.  She loved her cat and to mow her yard.  She was very proud of her grandchildren.
 
Services will be at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Fred Fritz officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Springfield.  You are invited to share your memories of Betty and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
 

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Virginia E. Rittenhouse, 90, of Macomb

Virginia E. Rittenhouse, 90, of Macomb, passed away at 8:15 AM Friday April 14, 2017 at Countryview Care Center in Macomb.
 
She was born Nov. 14, 1926 in Macomb, Illinois to William and Hallie Logan Rittenhouse.
 
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Cecil, Herschel, Hiram, Richard and Robert Rittenhouse; and 2 sisters, Irene Miller and Opal Spires.
 
She is survived by her brothers, Gene Rittenhouse of Tennessee, Illinois, Jack Rittenhouse of Macomb, Illinois.
 
Virginia enjoyed all of her family. She enjoyed many outings with her niece Debbie Forman.
 
Virginia was fond of the nurses at Countryview Care Center and appreciated the excellent care she received.
 
Virginia worked for Bridgeway Inc. in Macomb.
 
Cremation has been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the McDonough County Animal Shelter.
 
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
 

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James Ralph Pontifex, 62, of Macomb

James Ralph Pontifex, 62, of Macomb passed away at 7:53 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at his residence.
 
He was born on August 9, 1954 in Macomb to C. Richard and Eleanor Litchfield Pontifex.
 
He is survived by two sisters, Janice (Thomas) Gates and Jennifer Pontifex, both of Macomb; one brother, John Pontifex of Macomb; two nephews, Tim Gates of Macomb and Andrew Pontifex of Burlington, Iowa and one niece, Sarah Gates of Macomb.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
James lived in Macomb all of his life. He worked in janitorial services for Bridgeway. He had also worked for the Holiday Inn, Roe Boat Supper Club, Damones, Niemans and the Presbyterian Church.
 
He attended the Macomb First Presbyterian Church.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with Reverend Mark Merrill officiating. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorials may be made to Bridgeway.
 
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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Ruth D. Sharon, 82, of Bushnell

Ruth D. Sharon, 82, of Bushnell, passed away at 5:45 AM Tuesday April 11, 2017 at Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg.
 
She was born June 2, 1934 in Adair, Illinois to Ray Nelson and Ethel Mae Dorothy Seitz; she married Alan W. Sharon on Feb. 14, 1953. He preceded her in death on June 25, 2004.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Marilyn Thompson.
 
She is survived by her son, Mark (Lori Hardebeck) Sharon of Wickenburg, Arizona; a brother, James (Judy) Seitz of West Point, Iowa; a nephew, James Seitz of Ft. Madison, Iowa; grandchildren, Wesley and Derek Sharon; several other grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
 
She attended a 1 room School house- Frog Pond in rural Adair and was in the last class before it closed. She also in the final graduating class of Adair High School in 1952.
 
Funeral Services will be at 12 noon Saturday April 15, 2017 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service. Rev. Amy Holman will officiate. Burial will be in Pennington Point Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Bushnell Fire & Rescue Squad. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences to www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Christopher Wayne "Chris" Thompson, 43, of Peoria Heights, formerly of Rushville

Christopher Wayne “Chris” Thompson, 43, of Peoria Heights, formerly of Rushville, passed away at 8:37 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, at OSF Hospice Home in Peoria.  

 

He was born February 15, 1974 at the Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.  He was the son of Wayne and Patricia Sue “Trish” Walters Thompson.  He married his high school sweetheart of 25 years, Carrie M. Ritchey on June 30, 2016 in Peoria.  

 

She survives along with his mother, Trish Thompson of Rushville; his father Wayne Thompson of Chandler, AZ; a brother, Jeremy Thompson, and a sister, Megan Thompson both of Rushville; two nieces, Piper and Marin Thompson; his maternal grandfather, Zane Morrell of Astoria; in-laws, Roger & Alice Jo Ritchey; and a brother-in-law, Todd Ritchey & wife Nicole all of Camden, IL, two nephews, Vance & Ty Ritchey.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Delores A. Belville Jones; maternal grandfather, Fred Jones; and paternal grandmother, Marie E. Thompson Kessler.  Chris graduated Rushville High School in 1992.

 

He attended Spoon River College from 1999-2001 where he earned certifications in computer applications and networking and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, the President’s Honors List and the National Dean’s List. He also attended Bradley University from 2001-2002.  

 

He was a Network Security Analyst employed by CIAN to service the US Treasury Dept. Prior to that he had numerous years of experience with a variety of technology companies in the Peoria area. He achieved the elite designation of Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in July 2016. He also held several Microsoft Certifications across a range of areas including Enterprise Administration, Network Infrastructure, hardware and software. Prior to attending college, Chris held a variety of jobs in the Rushville area and at one time owned his own DJ business.  

 

He loved technology-trying out the latest gadgets, watching movies and listening to music in his home theater. He was also an avid World of Warcraft (WOW) gamer. He enjoyed cooking new recipes and grilling out.  He also loved spending time with his two dogs, TaraBelle Trouble & Murphi.  A Jeep fanatic, he enjoyed spending time in his garage modifying his Rubicon. His favorite way to spend a summer day was with the top down and doors off, just driving.  

 

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL.  Private family graveside services will be at the Camden West Cemetery with David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow.  Memorials may be given to Melanoma Research Foundation. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com

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Gregory R. Tingley, 59, of rural Plymouth

Gregory R. Tingley, 59, of rural Plymouth, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at his home with his family at his side.  He was born April 29, 1957, in Macomb, to Rex and Helen Mason Tingley.  He was united in marriage to Lisa Ernst on July 24, 1993.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Lisa of rural Plymouth, his 3 Dogs: Elvis, Sassie, Foster Child, his Cat: Tinker, 1 Brother: Larry (Anita) Tingley, 2 Sisters: Sue Barnes, Janet (Ken) Nicholas, 2 Sister In Laws: Vee Tingley, Merri Tingley and several Nieces and Nephews.
Gregory was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers: Tom Tingley, and Randy Tingley.
 
Gregory had worked for many contractors in the area along with being self employed, doing asbestos removal, carpentry, and concrete.  He had also been the Superintendent of the Tri County Golf Course between Plymouth and Augusta.  He loved living on Gin Ridge, where he could do what he wanted.  His passion in life was deer and turkey hunting, fishing, mushrooming, visiting with friends.  His greatest love was the time he spent with his wife, Lisa , his dogs and his family. 
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  A memorial has been established to McDonough District Hospital Hospice, Memorials can be left at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Donald Leigh Brown, 64, of Macomb

Donald Leigh Brown, 64, of Macomb, passed away at 5:18 AM Tuesday April 11, 2017 at the Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.
 
He was born May 30, 1952 in Canton, Illinois to Robert Leo and Frances Irene Melum Brown. He is survived by his sisters, Patricia (Wayne) Sauer of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Peggy (Michael) McDaniel of Macomb, Illinois and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Cremation has been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery.
 
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Charity of the donor’s choice.Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Donna Jean Davis, 64, of Macomb

Donna Jean Davis, 64, of Macomb passed away at 7:38 a.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on March 22, 1953 in Macomb to Edward "Bud" and Vera Butcher McCoy.
 
She is survived by her mother, Vera McCoy of Macomb; three daughters, Amanda (Matt McRaven) Green of Macomb, Vallerie (Josh) Peters of Macomb and Marlena (Scott) Lee of Macomb; seven grandchildren, Caden Green, Zakery Green, Cohen Green, Kylee Peters, Isabelle Lee, Jeffery Lee and Claire Lee; two sisters, Jackie (Kent) Oster of Industry and Debbie (Steve) Miller of Macomb; two brothers, Edward (Jan Mac) McCoy of El Paso, Texas and Michael McCoy of Macomb; eleven nieces and nephews; twenty-eight great-nieces and great-nephews and her dog, Elsa.
 
She was preceded in death by her father; one son, James Sterling Davis and her beloved dog, Tuffy.
 
Donna lived all of her life in the Macomb area. She was co-owner and operator of Macomb Auto Body in Macomb for over 30 years. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Mark Merrill officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery south of Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s or the Donna Jean Davis Memorial Fund to be used for her grandchildren’s college fund.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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