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Robert R. "Bud" Painter, 74, of Terre Haute, Illinois

Robert R. "Bud" Painter, 74, of Terre Haute, Illinois passed away at 11:45 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
 
Born on July 14, 1942 in LaHarpe, Illinois, Bud was the son of Lowell and Lois Manifold Painter. On March 17, 1973 he married Jennifer Bruyn in the Terre Haute United Methodist Church. She survives.
 
Bud was a 1960 graduate of LaHarpe High School. He farmed all his life in the Terre Haute area. He was a volunteer fireman for the Terre Haute Fire Department for many years. Bud was a member of the Terre Haute United Methodist Church where he had also served as Trustee. He was an avid bowler and had achieved a perfect 300 game. He served as a softball coach for the summer league for many years.
 
Besides his wife, Bud is survived by three daughters: Michelle (Dan) Oilar of Kahoka, MO, Dawn (Chane ) Combites of Terre Haute, and Jena (David) Oilar of Kahoka, MO; five grandchildren and his twin sister: Roberta (Dick) Blackhurst of Farmington, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson: Matthew Oilar and sister: Louise Rash.
 
A memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Rev. Jim Clayton officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call anytime after 3:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM. A memorial fund has been established for the Terre Haute United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

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Linda S. Moore, 75, of Macomb

Linda S. Moore, 75, of Macomb passed away at 12:29 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on May 10, 1941 in Macomb to Karl and Dorothy Wilkerson Albee.
 
She is survived by four sons, Rick (Donna) Moore of Macomb, Dan (Ann) Moore of Macomb, Tim (Susie) Moore of Sciota and Tom Riester of Texas; long time friend, Shihan George Vance of Bushnell, 10th degree black belt of the Black Dragon Triad; eleven grandchildren, Amber (Curtis) Bisby, Ryan (Brittney) Moore, Kassandra (Bradley) Mason, Kristyn (Scott) Hinman, Tashina Moore, Rebecca Moore, Heather Moore, Brian (Baylee) Moore, Angela (Richard) Otis, Tabitha Riester and Cody Riester; eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, Dennis (Debbie) Albee of Fort Madison, Iowa; one sister, Dyna Young of Arkansas and her two special dogs, Tomo and Zoey.
 
Linda lived most of her life in Macomb. She attended the First Christian Church of Macomb, later becoming a member of the Sciota Christian Church. She taught most of her life, starting with baton, guitar and tumbling while still in high school. She added martial arts and aerobics as an adult. She was a 6th degree black belt Hanshi, the highest ranked woman in the Black Dragon Triad.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.
 
Memorials may be made to the MDH Hospice or Pawsitive Beginnings.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Albert "Eddie" Cobb, 86, of Good Hope

Albert "Eddie" Cobb, 86, of Good Hope passed away at 4:29 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
 
He was born on February 12, 1931 in Industry to Bailey and Nellie Robinson Cobb. He married Jacqueline L. Johnson on July 23,1954, she preceded him on March 23,2010. He later married Betty Clark on January 4, 2014. She survives.
 
Also surviving are two children, Vickie (Randy) Brown of Taylor Ridge and Mark (Jackie) Cobb of Rock Island; grandchildren, Andrea (Jeremy) Miles, Vanessa (Fred) Larson, Rhonda (Chad) Sowards and Matt Brown; nine great-grandchildren and three brothers, Wayne (Sheila) Cobb, Joe Cobb and Lee (Janet) Cobb.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Thomas Brown; one brother, Richard Cobb and one sister, Barbara Cobb in infancy.
 
Eddie had lived in Peoria, Milan, St. Charles and Macomb before moving to Good Hope in 2002. He worked as a tool and dye maker for Caterpillar, International Harvester and McDonnell-Douglas.
 
He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1952 to 1954.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Macomb VFW with Rev. Mike Smith and Terry Goben, State Worthy President of Fraternal Order of Eagles officiating.
 
Memorials may be made to the MDH Hospice or the Center for Sight and Hearing in Rockford.
 
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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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 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at The First Christian Church in Phoenix. A memorial Service and burial is pending in LaHarpe, IL. A memorial fund has been established for the LaHarpe Christian Church and Hospice of The Valley in Phoenix. Contributions may be mailed to The Bill Hasten Memorial Fund, C/O Banks & Beals Funeral Home, PO Box 503, LaHarpe, IL 61450. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

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Eloise Baxter, 95, of Rushville

Eloise Baxter, 95, of Rushville, passed away at 10:30 PM, Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville.
 
She was born on May 2, 1921, in Rushville, the daughter of Glenn Ellis and Lura (Settles) Moore.  She married Dwight Baxter on March 22, 1944, the First United Methodist Church in Rushville.  He preceded her in death on October 21, 2014.
 
Surviving are one daughter Betty Sue Ford of Chapin, four grandchildren Beth Susan Peterson and husband Erik, Ronald Dale Ford, Jr., Stephen Matthew Ford and wife Sarah Beth, and Sarah Elizabeth Wheeler and husband Robert, nine great grandchildren Leslie Carmean, Morgan Wheeler, Hannah Garman, Jadon Wheeler, Jonah Garman, Joshua Ford and Rachel Ford, Savanna and Emma Ford, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, step father Harlan Robinson, son-in-law Ronald D. Ford, one sister Maxine Moore and one brother Glenn E. Moore.
 
After graduating from Rushville High School, she worked as a legal secretary for Bottenberg and Garrison Law Firm.  She served as Deputy Schuyler County Clerk from 1942 to 1944, was a clerk at J.C. Penney and Krauss Drug both in Rushville, a secretary in the Schuyler County School system for 12 years.  She and her husband owned and operated the What’zit Shop in Rushville.
 
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  She was very active in the community having served on the Schuyler County Home Bureau Board, serving as 4-H County Chairman and 4-H Leader, past member of the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, Past President and volunteer at the Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center in Rushville, Past President of the Schuyler-Brown Historical Society, Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteer, member of the Business and Professional Women.  She was the Grand Marshall for the Smiles Day in 1997 and received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for community service in 2000. In 1928, as a young girl, she helped unveil the tablet in Central Park, marking the location where Abraham Lincoln spoke.
 
Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, February 24, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville, with David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursdayat the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Houston United Methodist Church, both in Rushville.  You are invited to share your memories of Eloise, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online

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Richard W. (Dick) Winship, 83, of Good Hope

Richard W. (Dick) Winship, 83, of Good Hope, IL; passed away at 11:15 AM Sunday Feb. 19, 2017 at his residence.
 
He was born Jan. 30, 1934 in Peoria, IL, to George and Mary Weeks Winship.
 
He is survived by his wife, Sara; a sister, Pat Lambert of New Jersey; 2 sons, Jeff and Kevin of East Peoria; a daughter, Cara (Kurt) Snell of Clay City, IL;  2 grandchildren, Austin and Jesse McLaughlin of Clay City; 4 step-children, Tammy Teel of Bowen, Tresea Luster of Macomb, Jeff Norris of Macomb, Gene Norris of Bushnell; 5 step granddaughters, Kathryn Gabriel of Elk Grove Village, Krystal (Scott) Everett of Mackinaw, Kayla Sternbergh of Decatur, Kara Luster of Macomb, Macy Norris of Monmouth; 4 great-granddaughters, Kaleigh, Abby, Sydney Everett of Mackinaw, Theah Marie Rodriguez of Decatur.
 
Dick had several hobbies; he loved hunting and fishing, especially with his children. They have collected a few trophies over the years.
 
Dick was a retired electrician; he owned a wood shop in Good Hope where he enjoyed making custom pieces for his customers. He was an excellent Wood Smith.
 
Dick served in the US Army.
 
Cremation has been accorded. There will be no visitation or services.
 
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com
 

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Barbara Jean Phillips, 81, of Rushville

Barbara Jean Phillips, 81, of Rushville, passed away at 10:35 PM, Friday, February 17, 2017, at Heritage Manor in Beardstown.
 
She was born on July 14, 1935, in Decatur, the daughter of Edward Ceril and Mabel Easter (Page) Keith.  She married Maurice “Woody” Phillips in July of 1956.
 
Surviving are three children Nancee O’Hara and husband Steve and Cindy Shaw and husband Rick all of Rushville and Brian Phillips of Rushville, four grandchildren Nicole Roegge and husband Aaron, Ashley Earles and husband Drew, Tyler Shaw and wife Alexa and Kyle Phillips, six great grandchildren Alissa and Hunter Ballinger, Ena Earles, Harley and Hayden Shaw and Caroline Phillips and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
A 1953 graduate of Beardstown High School, she first worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Springfield. She later worked an aide at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville and as a waitress at the Schuy-Vista in Rushville.  For many years, she operated her own home and commercial cleaning service.
 
Barb was a member of the Women of the Moose in Rushville.  She enjoyed playing bingo, camping, fishing and crafting.  She was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mickey Mouse.
 
Services will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Interment will follow in the Palm Cemetery, west of Rushville.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or the Heritage Manor Activity Fund.  You are invited to share your memories of Barb, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
 

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Robert Henry Michel

Robert Henry Michel, the longest-serving Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives and recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, died early this morning, Friday, February. He was 93.
 
Michel served as the top Republican in the House for 14 years, during a transformative era in American history.  He led Republicans through the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and in the years preceding the transfer of power in Congress from Democratic to Republican for the first time in 40 years. 
 
Michel had a reputation as a skilled legislative craftsman, who knew his members, and who could achieve consensus among his colleagues, making him a vital and indispensible ally in the passage of the Reagan and Bush agendas in a Democratic-controlled House.   He played a critical role in garnering majority votes for Republican budget resolutions, increased defense spending, landmark tax reform laws, trade legislation, criminal justice, reform of Social Security, the Gramm-Latta budget reforms, spending reductions, congressional sanction of the Persian Gulf War, and other major legislative initiatives.
 
Michel orchestrated the talents of a leadership team that included three future Cabinet secretaries,  a  Vice President, and a future Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate.  While loyal to Presidents Reagan and Bush, Michel was considered a man of the House, who did not hesitate to defend the Legislative Branch when he believed its constitutional prerogatives were being usurped by the Executive. 
 
The hallmark of his tenure was his deep respect for Congress as an institution of government, his respect for his colleagues, and the practice of civility in the deliberation of public policy. He was a consummate legislator and consensus builder who believed that regardless of your political ideology or partisan agenda, you had to build bridges to be successful.  Michel was known as a straight shooter whose word was as good as gold, and his firm handshake a guarantee of good faith. He was a powerful advocate for his Peoria-based district, particularly through his long tenure on the House Appropriations Committee.
 
Michel served under six Speakers of the House and seven presidents, and as Republican Leader served as permanent chairman of three Republican national conventions.  
 
Michel did not seek re-election in 1994, the year Republicans won control of the House for the first time in 40 years.  His successor, Ray LaHood, said of his mentor:  “Michel came to the House every day to do the work of the people, and not to engage in ideological melodramas or political vendettas…To Bob, the harsh, personal rhetoric of ideological warfare had no place in his office, no place in the House and no place in American politics.”
 
Michel was born in Peoria, IL., March 2, 1923, to Anna Baer Michel,  who was born in Tremont, Utah, the child of German immigrants , and Charles Henry Michel, who emigrated here from Nancy, France.  The elder Michel lived in Clearwater, Oklahoma, harvesting wheat, before moving to Peoria to work at Keystone Steel and Wire as a toolmaker, while his mother was a domestic in Peoria, IL.  Both parents were active in the Apostolic Christian Church. 
 
The elder Michel insisted that his son work while being educated in Peoria public schools.  He did, mowing yards, delivering papers and working in a tailor shop, factory and grocery store.   
Michel was graduated from Peoria High School, the president of his class, and attended one semester at Bradley University in Peoria, prior to joining the Army in World War II.  
 
Michel landed in Normandy on the fourth day of the D-Day invasion of Europe with the Thirty-Ninth Infantry Regiment and fought his away across France to Belgium and the Battle of the Bulge.  He was wounded in action and credited with capturing a German machine-gun unit.   He received two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, and four battle stars.
 
After the war, Michel re-enrolled at Bradley, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.   There he joined the a cappella choir, where he met his wife of 55 years,  the late Corinne Woodruff.   They married on December 26, 1948, the same year they were graduated from Bradley, she with a degree in music and he in business administration.
 
Michel began a career in politics that spanned nearly 50 years, joining the congressional staff of then Congressman Harold Velde in 1949, as his administrative assistant.  While Velde was consumed with his chairmanship of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Michel tended to the needs of the District, substituting for the Congressman at events and serving constituent needs.
 
Upon Velde’s retirement in 1956, Michel prevailed in a hotly contested, four-man primary race and eventually defeated Democrat Fred Allen in the general election to take the seat from Illinois’s 18th Congressional District, a region of the state once represented by Abraham Lincoln and Everett McKinley Dirksen.   Allen, 57 years after his defeat, made it to Washington to attend Michel’s 90th birthday celebration in 2013.
 
Michel, had a conservative voting record in the House.  He first served on the House Committee on Government Operations Committee and was appointed to a subcommittee chaired by the future House Speaker John McCormick of MA and ranking member, Bud Brown of Ohio, one of the most influential House Republicans of the era.  
 
Michel was named to the House Appropriations Committee, on which he served for 24 years, 12 of which as the senior Republican on the Labor, Health, Education and Welfare Subcommittee.  He advanced in Republican leadership ranks, serving as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 1973 through 1974, and despite the loss of 42 seats in the 1974 Watergate midterm elections, he was elected Republican Whip in 1975, serving as the number two Republican in the House until 1981.  
 
He was elected the House Republican Leader following the 1980 elections that sent Ronald Reagan to the White House and gave the GOP 192 seats in the House and control of the U.S. Senate.  Michel defeated Michigan Congressman and Chairman of the NRCC, Guy VanderJagt, for Leader in a close race dubbed the Workhorse (applied to Michel because of his legislative skills), versus the Showhorse ,VanderJagt, (a spellbinding orator).
 
Michel was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1994.  President Reagan conferred upon him the presidential Citizens Medal in 1989.  He received the first Congressional Distinguished Service Award in 2000.  
 
Then President of France, Jacques Chirac, named Michel to the country’s most prestigious order, the Knights of the Legion of Honor in June 2004, during the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landing,  “in recognition for your participation in the liberation of France and Europe during the Second World War.”  Michel participated in ceremonies marking the anniversary in England and France, and was presented with his Legion of Honor award in September of that year by the French Ambassador to the United States, Jean-David Levitte.
 
Michel received many honors and recognitions.  Speaker Newt Gingrich named the leadership offices on the second floor of the United States Capitol, the Robert H. Michel Rooms.  A bridge spanning the Illinois River is also named after him as is a Veterans’ clinic in Peoria, the student center at Bradley University and the cloakroom at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.  Michel was also named to the Roll Call Baseball Hall of Fame for his record as a winning pitcher in the annual Congressional Baseball Game sponsored by the newspaper. 
 
The Leader was a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs and an avid golfer as well.  He was a lover of music and an accomplished singer, often accompanied on the piano by his wife, Corinne.   He performed the national anthem at the Republican National Convention in Houston, TX and was afforded the honor of conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Gardening was also among his most favored pastimes.
 
Michel was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and his wife, Corinne.  He is survived by a sister; four children, Scott, Chicago, Illinois; Bruce, San Antonio, Texas; Laurie, Alexandria, Virginia; and Robin,  San Francisco, California; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Larry F. Boone, 76, of LaHarpe

Larry F. Boone, 76, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 9:35 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
He was born on June 14, 1940 in LaHarpe the son of Murlie E. and Margaret Petty Boone. On June 19, 1960 he married Carol Browning in LaHarpe. She preceded him in death on August 16, 1987.
He was a 1959 graduate of the LaHarpe High School. Larry held many jobs in his life many of which involved food. He worked in the grocery store as a meat cutter and then worked stocking grocery stores all over the state. He even owned a grocery store.
 
He created businesses such as, the flower shop that he and Carol had in various locations. He loved people and even got into their homes with various forms of sales such as fabric parties and sweeper sales. Most notably he was in the food business, owning The 8-Ball Café, The Country Café and Larry’s Country View as well as the Traveling Chuck Wagon working with local auctioneers.
 
He managed a motel, apartment complex, storage facility, and worked a route filling the "junk machine" with stuffed animals and goodies the kids loved. He was a jack of all trades, a friend to all he met. If he didn’t have a job he’d create one and often included members of the family.
 
Larry was the director of Bicentennial Celebration where he was chosen as Man of the Year. He was instrumental in establishing the LaHarpe Summerfest Celebration. He was a member of the LaHarpe Lions Club and the Golden Rule Club.
 
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda (Brad) Burt of Disco, IL and Rebecca (Max) Quivey of LaHarpe, one son, Scott (Michelle) Boone of St. Louis, MO, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two brothers, Roger Boone of LaHarpe and Randy Boone of Sioux City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his prarents, wife, Carol, and one brother, Gary Lee Boone.
 
Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Bruce Goettsche and Larry Hobby officiating. Burial will be held in the LaHarpe Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

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Dale A. Wells, 74, of Rushville

Dale A. Wells, 74, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 8:35 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.   He was born on July 26, 1942 in Rushville, IL a son of George Arthur & Hazel Marie Ogden Wells. He married Bonnie Bates on June 12, 1970 in Rushville, IL.  

 

She survives along with, (2) sons Gordon Wells & fiancée Julie Springer of Tallula, IL, Rick Gordley of Victoria, B.C. Canada, (3) daughters, Mindy Krumboltz & Brent of Beardstown, IL, Terri Cooper & Tom of Beardstown, IL, Lori Wells Cates of Tallula, IL, (11) grandchildren, Illyssa Gordley, Ricky Gordley, Zac Gordley, Kalina Gordley, Trevor Gordley, Taylor Wells, Dylan Power,  Raegan Krumboltz, Brock Krumboltz, Clinton Cooper, Allie Cooper, (8) Great Grandchildren, (2) sisters, Marilyn A. Lafary & Larry of Marquette Heights, IL, Janice S. Grady & Charles of Denver, CO, Daughter-in-Law, Jennifer Gordley of Rushville, IL.  He was preceded in death by (1) brother, Willis Wells, (1) sister, Norma Wells Kenney.  

 

Dale was a U.S. Army Veteran serving overseas in Germany.  He owned & operated Wells Construction over forty years and was a licensed Real Estate Broker.  He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 for over fifty years.  He was also a member of Moose Lodge # 506 and Beardstown Elks BPOE #1007.  

 

Funeral services will be held at11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Richard Young officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military honors by a U.S. Army Honors Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Hope Blooms.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Barbara Allen Spencer 87, of Beardstown

Barbara Allen Spencer 87, of Beardstown, IL, passed away at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  

 

She was born October 5, 1929 in Astoria, IL.  She was the daughter of the late Charles D. and Lillie I. Woodford Smith.  She married Robert R. Spencer October 23, 1948 in Rushville.  He passed away November 27, 2015.  

 

Surviving is a daughter, Melody Smith & husband Dan of Branson, MO; two sons, Robert D. Spencer & wife Ruth of Knoxville, TN, Daryl Spencer of Orange Beach, AL; two grandsons; five granddaughters; four great grandsons; seven great granddaughters; two brothers Ivan Smith, and Stan Smith & wife Barbara all of Rushville, IL; a sister-in-law, Donna Smith of Rushville, IL.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Lynn Smith.  

 

Barbara was a lifelong housewife and a non-denominational Christian.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. Jeffrey Vogelzang & Mr. Scott Hanks officiating.  

 

Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.  Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.  Private condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Dennis Ray Johnson, 63, of Littleton

Dennis Ray Johnson, 63, of Littleton, IL passed away at 10:15 p.m. Monday, February 13, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  
 
He was born on April 1, 1953 in Ottawa, IL a son of Herman D. & Ide Mae Reeser-Wilson Johnson.  He married Dianne  Syverson on January 26, 1977 at the First Baptist Church in Ottawa, IL.   She survives along with (1) son, Chad Johnson of Springfield, IL, (2) daughters, Robin Johnson of Rushville, IL, Amber McFarland & Scott of Springfield, IL, (5) grandchildren, Sierra Johnson, Shania Johnson, Annastasia McFarland, Addison McFarland, Clark McFarland, (1) brother, Edward Woodyer & Linda of St. Petersburg, FL, (1) sister, Pat Handren & Dick of Elgin, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-father, Beauford Wilson.  
 
He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1971 and attended the University of Wisconsin.  He worked for Warner Brothers pictures as a musician & singer. He later worked for Sunstrand Corp in LaSalle, IL, Sheridan Correctional Center in Sheridan, IL, Western IL Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling, IL and Schuyler Co. Sheriff’s Dept. in Rushville, IL, until retiring due to ill health.  
 
He was a member of the Ottawa Rescue Squad & was a Sergeant in the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Auxiliary.  Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
 
Visitation will be held Monday, February 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL. Visitation will also be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Gladfelter Funeral Home in Ottawa, IL.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Gladfelter Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Oakwood Memorial Cemetery in Ottawa.  Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, Fresenius Kidney Care Center in Springfield, IL.   Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com

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Richard "Dick" Rasmussen, 81, of LaHarpe

Mr. Richard "Dick" Rasmussen, 81, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Memorial Hospital in Carthage, IL.
 
Dick was born on May 15, 1935 in Exira, IA the son of Chester Cole and Clara Kathryn Thielen Rasmussen. On June 6, 1968 he married Sally Ann Bradshaw in Carthage. She survives.
 
Following high school Mr. Rasmussen attended Iowa State College. He then served in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of 1stLieutenant. Following his military service, he attended the University of Iowa Law School. He began practicing law in 1963 where he operated Fort & Fort’s law office in LaHarpe and shortly after he assumed ownership. He continued to practice in the LaHarpe area for many years.
 
He served as the LaHarpe City Attorney for more than 40 years. Dick served on the First State Bank of Illinois Bank Board for a number of years. He was a member of the Twin Oaks Golf Course in Blandinsville, IL, Macomb Country Club in Macomb, IL, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dallas City, IL. He was an avid avid golfer and Iowa State Cyclones fan. He always enjoyed spending as much time with his grandchildren as possible.
 
He is survived by his wife, 1 daughter, Susan Jewell of Asbury, IA, 1 son, William A. "Bill" (Betsy Wujek) Rasmussen of Carthage, IL 5 grandchildren, Bryce, Taylor, Olivia, Lucas and Hunter, 2 great-grandchildren, Gannon and Anastasia, nine siblings, Pat (Austin) Rice of Bradenton, FL, Marty Kafer of Concord, CA, Charlie (Jo) Rasmussen of Boise, ID, Katie (Larry) Graff of The Woodlands, TX, Toni (John) Krieger of Iowa City, IA, Gary (Carol Lea) Rasmussen of Exira, IA, Frank (Dorothy) Rasmussen of Tempe, AZ, Mike (Kay) Rasmussen of Exira and Sheila (Roger) Richards of Dallas, TX and two sisters-in-law, Pat Rasmussen of Leawood, KS and Judy Rasmussen of Winterset, IA.
 
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Leo and John Rasmussen and one brother-in-law, Keith Kafer.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Carthage with Father Tom Szydlick as celebrant. Burial, with military rites, will be held at the LaHarpe Cemetery.
 
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m.Monday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe where the Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. followed by visitation with the family from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

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Mrs. Kathleen Marguerite Bradley, 84, of LaHarpe

Mrs. Kathleen Marguerite Bradley, 84, of LaHarpe, IL passed away at 3:50 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.
 
Born on September 1, 1932 in West Point, IL, Kathleen was the daughter of Leonard and Katherine Newell Peterson. On December 27, 1952 she married Harry Bradley in Warsaw, IL. He survives.
 
Kathleen attended Carthage College and graduated with an associates degree. She then taught in Warsaw. She was a member of the Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Dallas City, IL and the Altar and Rosary Society.
 
Besides her husband Kathleen is survived by three daughters: Mary (Doug) Norvell of Nauvoo, IL, Patricia (Joe) Plackett of Springfield, IL, Judy (Jeff) Stevenson of Nauvoo; one son: Mike (Brenda) Bradley of LaHarpe; seven grandchildren: Molly (Eric Poehlein) Sartorius, Nathan (Michell) Sartorius, Brandon (Joy) Plackett, Brianne (Bob) Stuchel, Trent (Leisha) Stevenson, Taylor Stevenson, Cicely Stevenson; and 10 great-grandchildren.
 
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and one sister: Agnes Gregory.
 
A Rosary will be recited at 5:30 PM Sunday, February 19 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe followed by a visitation with the family from 6:00 until 8:00. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, February 20, 2017 at The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dallas City, with Father Tom Szydlik officiating.
 
Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Carthage. A memorial fund has been established for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, or Harbor Light Hospice. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

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Virginia Metzger, 93, of Plymouth

Virginia Metzger, 93, of Plymouth passed away at 8:29 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
 
She was born on December 7, 1923, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, to John Philip and May M. Morrow Metzger.
 
She is survived by close friend and neighbor, Norma Gooding, and distant cousins.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents.
 
Virginia graduated from Plymouth High School in 1942. She then attended William Woods College, a two year all Womens’ College, in Fulton, Missouri, graduating in 1944. After a summer at Western Illinois University in Macomb, she attended the University of Illinois, Champaign, graduating in 1946 with a Sociology Degree. She moved to Chicago and worked at Marshall Field for five years before moving to Boulder, Colorado to attend grad school. She did not like the grad program and subsequently moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, and then back to Chicago to work at Cook County Hospital. She returned to her beloved hometown of Plymouth when her father became sick to assist her parents, where she continued to live out her life.
 
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in St. Mary with Reverend Jerry Taylor from the First Baptist Church of Plymouth officiating. There will be no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded.
 
Memorials may be made to Hearts of Hancock Humane Society, St. Mary’s Cemetery Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
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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Chuck W. Neidy, 71 of Colchester

Chuck W. Neidy, 71 of Colchester, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at his home in Colchester, with his family at his side.  He was born February 14, 1945 in Monmouth, Illinois, to Earl C. and Gladys D. Hodges Neidy.  Chuck was united in marriage September 9, 1995, in Macomb to Evelyn M. Lehr.  
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are his Wife: Evelyn of Colchester, 2 Sons: Jon Charles Neidy, Erik Michael Neidy, 1 Step Son: Kenneth Mitchell, 2 Step Daughters: Kathleen Mitchell, Brenda Donaldson, 2 Grandchildren: Jane Elizabeth Neidy, Luke Michael Neidy, 4 Step Grandchildren: Jacob Mitchell, Daniel Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, Taylor Donaldson and 2 Step Great Grandchildren: Allie Mitchell and Gavin Mitchell.
 
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Sister: Marjorie Ann Detroy and his beloved Sheltie, Colby.
 
Chuck had been employed at Western Illinois University, Building Services.  Chuck served his country, he loved so much, in the United States Army.  He had been stationed in Germany.  He was very active with memberships in the Colchester Lions, Colchester Senior Citizens, Colchester Garden Club, delivering meals on wheels and visiting with all the people, that he got to meet.  He loved spending time doing family genealogy, collecting coins, woodworking, and marbles, taking pictures, working in his garden, watching current events on Fox News, Fishing, taking road trips around the local area and mentoring David from his Church.  Chucks greatest love was the time he spent with Evelyn, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his shelties.  
 
Celebration of Life Service will be 7:00 P.M. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Jack Wingate.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. Friday before the service at the funeral home.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 10:00 A.M. Thursday.  Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Good Hope Cemetery with Military rites by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Memorials are to The Alan G. Birtch MD, Center for transplant services, Located in Springfield, Illinois or Colchester Rescue Squad. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Joyce Ann Phelps, 79 of Colchester

Joyce Ann Phelps, 79 of Colchester, passed away at 1:52 A.M. Monday, February 13, 2017, at Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb, with her family at her side.  She was born July 14, 1937, in West Frankfort, Illinois, to Orval and Lena Schoof Adams.  Joyce was united in marriage to Gean Everett Phelps Sr. in Chicago, Illinois on February 1, 1954, he preceded her in death on October 13, 1995.
 
 Surviving to mourn her passing are 3 Sons; Gean Phelps Jr., Colchester, Tim (Lora) Phelps, Colchester, David (Erin) Phelps, Mt. Sterling, 4 Daughters: Fortune (Bill) Brayfield, West Frankfort, Becky Phelps, Colchester, Kate Phelps, Colchester, Velta Phelps, Chatham, 14 Grandchildren: Robbie Phelps, Nici (Jon) Simon, Billy (Amber) Brayfield, Michael Phelps, Matt (Nicole) Icenogle, Kelly (Matt) Wilson, Alicia Phelps, Amber Phelps, Dallas Phelps, Braxton Phelps, Brodie Phelps, Crystal (Jon) Wingerter, Amber Friday, Shelby (Jake)Olsen, 13 Great Grandchildren: Jayden Phelps, Madi Hilligoss, Eldon Brayfield, Hoyt Icenogle, Addison Phelps, Karley Simon, Amya Filburn, Kayla Simon, Ella Brayfield, Grace Lynn Bainter, Harlow Brewer, Kelsey Ellison, Justin Wingerter, 1 Sister: Vyvan Lucas and 1 Honorary Sister: Rosalie Haddix.
 
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 Brother: Bob Adams, and 1 Sister: Pat Visi.
 Joyce had been employed at Colchester Nursing Center, Thompson Food Basket in Macomb and Apollo Cleaners in Macomb.  Joyce was very skilled at Crocheting and enjoyed making gifts for her family and friends.  She loved to set up a booth at the Colchester Labor Day Celebration to sell her Crocheting and visiting with every one that passed by.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.  She was always on the go attending her children’s and grandchildren’s many activities.
 
Funeral services will be 7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Dale Gadberry.  Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the funeral home.  Private Graveside services will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester at a later date.  
 
In Leiu of flowers the family has chosen Wesley Villiage as the memorial.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Tommy G. Mendenhall, 69, of Macomb

Tommy G. Mendenhall, 69, of Macomb, passed away at 6:30 PM Friday Feb. 3, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.
 
He was born Dec. 4, 1947 in Macomb, Illinois to Keith and Rosalea Evelyn Sims Mendenhall; he married Rosemary Freeman on Aug 29, 1965. She survives.
 
Also surviving are his children; Lori (Rod) Green, Angela (Steve) Barker, Christopher Keith (Theresa) Mendenhall, Tim Mendenhall, Jon Mendenhall all of Macomb; 4 grandchildren, Rodney Green, Brian (Stephanie) Green, Zachery Green, Brooke Baker; 2 great-grandchildren Nicholas and Bradley Green.
 
He was preceded in death by a daughter; Kimberly Mendenhall and a great-grandson Brian Green.
 
He was a Farmer and Truck Driver and member of St. Paul Church. Tom worked many years over the road to provide for his family.  His greatest pride in life was his family he was proud of all his children and what they have accomplished in their life.  His love for his grandchildren was undeniable with his special relationship with Brooke to his pride in what the other grandchildren were doing in their life.  
 
Tom's home life is where he was the happiest, weather it was helping to fix something, to build something, or help someone else out.  He could always be found with one of his dogs near him, watching one of his favorite British comedies, and enjoying visits from everyone who stopped by.
 
Memorial Mass will be at 10 AM Saturday Feb. 11, 2017 at St. Paul Church. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Cremation has been accorded. There will be no visitation. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul Church or Lurie 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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Robert D. "Bob" Smith, 72 of Macomb

Robert D. "Bob" Smith, 72 of Macomb passed away at 11:02 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Roseville Rahabilitation and Nursing Home.
 
He was born on March 26, 1944 in Macomb to Ernest Eugene and Mary Evelyn Birdsell Smith.
 
He is survived by his children, Mary (Kenneth) Bartell of Raritan, Lisa (Eric) Arnold of Good Hope, Robert Smith, Jr of Good Hope and Crystal Smith of Peoria; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four brothers and one sister.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.
 
Bob lived most of his life in the Macomb area.
 
Cremation rites have been accoreded. Private burial of ashes will be held in the Industry Cemetery at a later date.
 
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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Karen McCrary Soland, 77, of Macomb

Karen McCrary Soland, 77, of Macomb, IL passed away at 7:25 AM Saturday February 4, 2017. She was born September 26, 1939 in Chillicothe, MO to Lewis and Genevieve (Cain) Anderson. She was married to Jim McCrary, and later married Larry Soland .
 
Surviving are three children, Wendy (Patti Heidorn) McCrary of Lake Worth, FL; Robin (Rick) Severs of Macomb, IL; Michael (Robyn) McCrary of Springfield, OH; four grandchildren, Grant and Nick Severs; Kelsey and Paige McCrary.
 
Her parents and her sister Dana preceded her in death.
 
Karen had a passion for playing cards of any kind. She had a particular love for duplicate bridge.  So much so, that she achieved her ACBL Life Master ranking.
 
Karen was also a sports fanatic.  If she wasn’t watching a sport on TV, she was following her grandchildren as they played softball, wrestling, golf, basketball and football. She was so proud to brag about their latest achievements of any kind.
 
Cremation Rites have been accorded. A celebration of Karen’s Life will be held on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at the Macomb Country Club from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Burial of ashes will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested you contribute in her honor to the Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center, McDonough District Hospital, 505 E. Grant Street, Macomb, IL 61455. 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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Jessie Sue Morrell, 66, of Rushville

Jessie Sue Morrell, 66, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2017 at her home.  She was born on December 19, 1950 at the home of her parents in Buena Vista Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.  

 

She was a daughter of the late Gene and Nedra Shores Lung. Sue married Dennis Morrell August 28, 1970 in Camden.  He survives along with her son, Jamie Morrell of Rushville; her daughter, Melissa Morrell Lauher & husband Bret of Heyworth, IL; three granddaughters, Chloe Morrell, and twins Caroline & Anora Lauher all of Heyworth; a sister, Ruth Johnson & husband Leonard of  Wayland, MO; a brother, Frank Lung & wife Clara of  Rushville.  She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sharon Beadles & Kathryn Lee; two brothers, Ronnie and Roy Lung.  

 

A 1968 graduate of Rushville High School, Sue worked as a nursing aide with Home Health Care as long as her health permitted.  Sue was an active member of the Rushville Assembly of God Church always helping with any church activities.  

 

Sue always put the needs of others before herself.  She was a loving wife, mother & grandmother.  She loved mowing her lawn & tending her flower garden.  She enjoyed being a homemaker & decorating her home.  

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Rushville Assembly of God Church with Rev. Terry Lucas officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Worthington Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given to Rushville Assembly of God Church.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Shirley Ann Mathewson Mohlenbruck, 85, of Frederick

Shirley Ann Mathewson Mohlenbruck, 85, of Frederick, passed away at 1:23 AM, Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
 
She was born on April 18, 1931, in Ripley, Illinois, the daughter of James Leo and Irma Helen (Scherrer) Hendricks.  She first married Leland Mathewson on December 18, 1949, in Ripley.  He preceded her in death on March 7, 1987.  She later married Herman Mohlenbruck on April 20, 1990, in Ripley and he survives.
 
Also surviving are two sons Rick Lee Mathewson and wife Kay of Rushville and Tony Mathewson and wife Linda of Timewell, one step son Rudy Mohlenbruck of Rushville, two step daughters Katherine Murphy of Girard and Debra Tomhave and husband Ben of Jacksonville, five grandchildren David, Donna and Chris Mathewson , Drew and Marcy Mathewson, 7 step grandchildren Morgan, Luke and Matt Murphy, Quinn Louderback, Andy Tomhave, Will and Maddie Tomhave, eight great grandchildren, three sisters Lyla Ashbaker of Ripley, Darla Whaley and husband Bob of Meadview, Arizona, and Karolyn Hendricks of Mt. Sterling, and several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Harlan Edward Hendricks and David Eugene Hendricks and one sister Rosemary Aldrich.
 
Shirley was a 1949 graduate of Mt. Sterling High School.  She and her husband Lee owned and operated L & S Grocery Store in Ripley from 1964 to 1980.  She later worked as a secretary for The Tank Clinic,  Dr. Shaw and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, retiring in 1990.  She served as the Ripley Village Clerk, Township Clerk, Township Trustee and Ripley Village President.  She was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed flower arranging, crafts and gardening.
 
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, south of Rushville, with Richard Young and Pastor Charla Meyers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ripley Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, the Ripley Cemetery or the Ripley Church of God.  You are invited to share your memories of Shirley, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfuneralhome.online

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Anita L. Bennett age 74 of Colchester

Anita L. Bennett age 74 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.  She was born February 11, 1942, in Ecorse, Michigan, to Carl L. and Hazel Ellen McQueen Miller.  Anita was united in marriage on May 12, 1967, in Bowen, Illinois to Stephen A. Bennett.

 

Surviving to mourn her passing are her Husband of 49 years; Stephen Bennett, Colchester, Illinois, 3 Sons; Evan L. (Jennifer) Bennett, Burlington, Iowa, Eric G. (Tammy) Bennett, Alexis, Illinois, Stephen M. (Christina) Bennett, Lafayette, Indiana, 4 Granddaughters and 4 Grandsons, 3 Brothers: Daniel C. (Kay) Miller, Knoxville, Illinois, Carl A. (Kathy) Miller, Galesburg, Illinois, Alan E. (Joanne) Miller, Maricopa, Arizona, 2 Sisters: Claudia C. Eskridge, Alpha, Illinois Marilee (Bill) DeVena, Cameron, Illinois, 1 Brother-In-Law: James V. Bennett, and 1 Sister-In-Law; Jenny Christine (Jack) Schoeninger.

 

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Granddaughter; Chloe Alexis Bennett, 1 Nephew; Fred V. Eskridge, and 1 Sister-In-Law; Janice Bennett.

 

Anita was a member of the Colchester United Methodist Church, She had worked at Western Illinois University in the Department of Guidance and Counseling, Secretary for the Superintendent of Schools with Colchester Unit 180, and last worked and retired from Western Illinois University Registrar’s office. 

 

Anita loved sitting down and reading a good book, Her Faith in the Lord was very strong and she lived her life according to her faith. Anita's faith was evident by how generously she loved and served her family, friends and those in need. She was truly and greatly loved and she truly loved greatly.

 

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Mark Smith.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Family visitation will be1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Jones Mortuary. 

 

Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. Sunday, then after 8:00 A.M. Monday till time of services. Memorial is to the Colchester United Methodist Church.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

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Wayne A. Moulton, 71, of Macomb

Wayne A. Moulton, 71, of Macomb, passed away at 8:54 PM Monday Jan. 30, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL.

 

He was born May 13, 1945 in Beardstown, Illinois to Richard Moulton and Hazel Fengel.

He is survived by his fiancé, Michelle Tipton who he shared his home with; his children, Rick Moulton of Moline, Illinois, Jason Moulton, Jami (Stacy) Moulton, Jonah Moulton, Jessica (Jarred) Helmick all of Quincy, Illinois, Michael Moulton of Streator, Illinois; 23 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, William (Leta) Moulton of Beardstown, Illinois, Clifford Moulton of Virginia, Illinois; a sister; Claire Moos of Jacksonville, Illinois; and life-partner of 21 years Susan Larson of Macomb, Illinois.

 

He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Dickie Moulton and Clarence Moulton; and 3 sisters, Catherine Moulton, Linda Moulton and Karen Salinas.

 

Wayne lived his life with a love of Elvis Presley music and Harley Davidson motorcycles.  He enjoyed bonfires and cookouts with his family and  spending time watching his children and grandchildren grow. One of his greatest prides was being a Taurus and touting the bull sign.  He had a special love of eagles and the freedom of the outdoors they represent.  He lived his life as a kind, humble man wanting nothing more from life than happiness for his family and friends.

 

Cremation has been accorded. Visitation will be held Monday Feb. 6, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the family. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Mrs. Marlise R. Dunblazier, 92, of Mount Pleasant, IA, formerly of Burlington and LaHarpe

Mrs. Marlise R. Dunblazier, 92, of Mount Pleasant, IA, formerly of Burlington and LaHarpe, IL passed away at 3:35 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Arbor Court Care Facility in Mount Pleasant.
 
She was born March 31, 1924 in Blandinsville, IL, the daughter of Charles A. And Bernice E. Lance Butterfield. On November 24, 1942 she married Max Dunblazier in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death on October 12, 2012.
 
Mrs. Dunblazier was a homemaker and worked as a secretary. She also worked at Montgomery Wards in Burlington. She loved baking and sharing with the neighbors. Her grandchildren especially loved her spaghetti. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Happy Helpers Club.
 
Surviving are one daughter, Diane (Carl) Wickham of Mount Pleasant, 6 grandchildren, Lori (Brent) O’Donnell, Lisa (Dusty) Palmer, Stacey (Rob) Swigart, Mike (Steff) Wickham, Marcy (Mark) Shrum and Lance Dunblazier, 11 great-grandchildren, Brailey O’Donnell, Makenzie (Nick) Kruger, Todd, Elaina and Mallory Swigart, Benjamin Wickham, Shay and Alexandra Palmer and Mason, Makiah and Max Shrum, 2 great-great-grandchildren, Addison and Kolton Kruger, and many nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, 1 son, Loren Dunblazier and 2 brothers, Howard and Dick Butterfield.
 
The family will greet friends at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Thursday, February 2, 2017. A graveside service will immediately follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery with Pastor Earl Swigart officiating. A memorial fund has been established for the Arbor Court Care Facility and the PAWS Animal Shelter. Condolences may be left at banksandbeals.com.

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Lt. Charles Edward Young, Schuyler Co. Sheriff's Dept. (Ret.), 84, of Rushville

Lt. Charles Edward Young, Schuyler Co. Sheriff’s Dept. (Ret.), 84, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.  He was born May 16, 1932 in Powhatan Point, OH, the son of the late William Wayne and Sarah Elizabeth Green Young.  

 

Charles married Frances Pauline Parsano June 21, 1957 at the First Methodist Church in Rushville.  Frances passed away November 10, 2014.  He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sarah Esther Young, one son, Jeffery Alan Young, one brother, Franklyn Young, one sister, Alberta Faye Weatherford.  Charles is survived by two daughters, Karen Kirkham & husband George of Rushville and Kristine Ogden of Lewistown, IL; two sons James Young & wife Patsy of Phoenix, AZ and Jon Young & wife Alesia of Madison, VA; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Olive Toland & husband Roger of Industry, IL    

 

At the age of 3, Charles moved to Ray, IL in Schuyler Co. with his parents and sister, Alberta Faye, where their father worked as a farm hand. Charles attended many of the elementary schools in both Schuyler and Fulton Counties. In 1951 and 1952 due to hardships his parents were having, he took a job with Ivan and Rose Busby on a farm near Rushville so that he could graduate from Rushville High School.  

 

In August of 1952, after graduation from high school, he entered the US Air Force and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX, to complete his basic training.  After basic training, Charles was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, NM, where he trained to become a Military policeman. After two years and six months he was stationed at Lajes Air Field, Azores Island, Portugal, to complete his tour of duty.  Charles was linked to factory work and law enforcement for most of his life.  

 

At the closing of Oscar Myer & Company in Beardstown, he did not give up when the other company did not call him back to work.  He entered a retraining program by returning to school at Spoon River College, where he obtained his Associate of Arts Degree.  Charles then went on to Western Illinois University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree at the age of sixty.  

 

After college he was given the opportunity to work at the Schuyler Co. Sheriffs’ Dept. with his friend, Sheriff Don L. Schieferdecker, whom Charles had known for years. His greatest desire in life was that of making friends with those whom he came in contact with, both the young and the elderly.  He loved his children & grandchildren and would do anything for them. Charles leaves this life with no regrets.  God has been good to him.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Bounds officiating. Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and a U.S. Air Force Honors Detail.  

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the D.A.R.E. Program or First Southern Baptist Church.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Bertha Virginia Castlebury, 93, formerly of Good Hope

Bertha Virginia Castlebury, 93, of Donalds, South Carolina, formerly of Good Hope, passed away at 8:25 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Donalds.
 
She was born on June 30, 1923 in Warren, New York to William and Viola LaFountain Spires. She married Billie Keith Castlebury in 1944. He passed away in 1995.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edward and Clifford Spires.
 
Bertha is survived by two daughters, Barbara (David) Crear of Sycamore, Illinois and Marie (Danny) Reed of Macomb; two sons, Gary (Carmen) Castlebury of Phoenix, Arizona and David (Sharon) Castlebury of Donalds, South Carolina; eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
 
Bertha lived most of her life in Good Hope before living in South Carolina for the last five years. She worked as an RN for McDonough County Health Department for many years before her retirement.
 
Private family graveside services will be held at the Good Hope Cemetery in Good Hope with Reverend Earl Beal officiating. There will be no visitation.
 
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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Helen Hodges, 89, of Macomb

Helen E. Hodges age 89 of Macomb, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017, at Wesley Village Health Care Center in Macomb. She was born February 28, 1927 in Macomb, to Kenneth and Ida Mary Gamage Egerton.
 
Helen was united in marriage on April 1, 1947 to James R. Hodges. He preceded her in death on November 10, 1975, she was also preceded in death by her parents Surviving to mourn her passing are 3 Sons; J. Rodney ( Sue Ellen) Hodges, Augusta, Illinois, Curtis Hodges, LaHarpe, Illinois, Kevin Hodges, Blandinsville, Illinois, 1 Daughter: Linda (Wayne) Wayland Colla, Nevada, 10 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers: John Egerton, Florida and James A. Egerton, Burlington, Iowa.
 
Helen was a homemaker. Most of all she loved her family especially her grandchildren. Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville, with Rev. Lee Unger.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial is to Wesley Village Health Care. 
 
 

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