Local Obituaries

Sandra (Good) Olson, 70, of Lomax, IL

Sandra (Good) Olson, 70, of Lomax, IL, passed away at the home of her friend and companion, Robert Dowell of rural Niota, IL.


She was born April 14, 1948 in Carman, IL, the daughter of John D. and Ida Bell Ash Good. On September 23, 1967 she married Ronnie L. Olson. He preceded her in death on January 13, 1990.


Sandy was a 1966 graduate of the Warsaw High School. Throughout her life she worked at Thermos Company in Macomb, Methode in Carthage and the Henderson County Home Health Care. Sandy enjoyed attending horse shows, dancing, karaoke and gardening. She would help anyone in need.


Survivors include two children, Michelle (Carlos) Ruiz of Lomax, IL, Krista Lynn (Curtis) Johnson of Lake Charles, LA, her companion, Robert Dowell of Niota, two grandchildren, Sebastion Carey and Raven Adams and four great-grandchildren, Olajuwon Rooney, Noah Adams, Leonardo Adams and Xander Adams.


She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister, Kay, and one brother, David.


A private family memorial service will be at the Grace Bible Church in Dallas City. A memorial fund has been for the Shriners Hospital for Children. Contribution may be mailed to: Sandra Olson Memorial Fund, c/o Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 70, Dallas City, IL 62330. To sign the guest book or leave a condolence please visit her obituary at banksandbeals.com 

Florence J. Stewart, 86, of LaHarpe

Mrs. Florence J. Stewart, 86, of LaHarpe, IL died at 6:15AM Friday, October 19, 2018 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.


She was born April 29, 1932 in Colchester, IL, the daughter of Herbert and Mary Powell Wayland. On March 13, 1951 she married Donald L. Stewart in Peoria, IL. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1996.


Florence worked at Hoffmeisters Meat Market in LaHarpe, the Basket Factory in Burlington, Ia and most recently worked at Haeger Pottery in Macomb, IL, retiring in 1987.


She is survived by six children, Shirley (Dick) Anders of Terre Haute, IL, Randy (Debi) Stewart of LaHarpe, IL, Donna (Dave) Mershon od LaHarpe, Betty (Ivan) Nichols of LaHarpe, Mary Lou Stewart of LaHarpe and Donnie Stewart also of LaHarpe, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Vernon Lee Bundy of Washington, IL who was raised by Florence, three sisters, Mary Ellen Oakman, Sandra Eddington and Pauline Silva all of Colchester.


She was preceded in death by her husband, son, Terry Stewart, brother, Gayland, sister, Patsy Jung and two brothers and one sister in infancy.


Graveside services will be held at 11:15 AM Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the LaHarpe Cemetery with Rev. Lee Unger officiating. The family will meet with friends from 9:00 until 11:00Am Tuesday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. A memorial fund has been established for the Hospice Compassus or the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center. To leave a condolence, please visit her obituary at banksandbeals.com.

Charles "Russell" LeMaster, 92, of Adair

Charles “Russell” LeMaster, 92, of Adair, IL passed away at 4:52 PM on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, IL. He was born December 31, 1925 in Mound Township, IL to Verne and Ruby (Moore) LeMaster. He married Marjorie Brooks on October 16, 1948 in Macomb, IL; she preceded him in death on August 24, 1997.


Surviving are two children, Nancy (Rex) Still of Adair, IL; Steven (Nancy) LeMaster of rural Littleton, IL; four granddaughters and three grandsons; one brother, Clarence LeMaster of Stanwood, WA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Maurice LeMaster; sister, Eloise Castle; and infant brother, Robert LeMaster.


Russell was a graduate of Bardolph High School. From 1943 until 1948 Russell proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He farmed all of his adult life in McDonough and Fulton Counties. As a pastime he enjoyed bowling. Upon his retirement in 1985 Marjorie and Russell moved to Adair, IL where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends. They also enjoyed traveling in their camper, especially in the winter months to Texas and Florida. He was a past member of the Bardolph and Table Grove Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour prior to service. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Interment will be in Industry Cemetery, with full Military Rites. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Adair Rescue Squad. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com


Eva Jayne Drummond, 82, of Good Hope

Eva Jayne Drummond, 82, of Good Hope, IL passed away at 6:58 AM on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at McDonough District Hospital.


She was born August 19, 1936 in Sciota, IL to John T. and Millie (Irwin) Morrell. She married Harry LaVerne Drummond on March 8, 1971 in Springfield, IL; he survives.


Also surviving are seven children, Sandra (Steven) Blue of Carthage, IL, Myka (Jeff) Clark of Green Bay, WI, Teresa (Maurice) Holdefer of Emmetsburg, IA, Cynthia (Wayne) VanFossen of Tama, IA, Patricia (Harold) Feikert Jr. of Bushnell, IL, Patrick (Chrissy) Drummond of Springfield, IL, Nancy Drummond of Macomb, IL; many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a few great-great grandchildren; one sister, Carol Cobb of Macomb, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Richard Dean Rhea and Harry Louis Drummond; two brothers; and two sisters.


Eva absolutely loved crocheting, she crocheted over 70 Afghan Blankets for every member of the family. She also enjoyed making Lace doilies that she would give away. She was an animal lover, she especially loved her own dogs. Through the years Eva and Harry enjoyed camping, gardening, junking, going to yard sales and flea markets. In her later years she enjoyed reading.


Cremation Rites have been accorded. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday October 22, 2018 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Visitation will be held just prior to services from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date.


Memorial contributions can be made to the McDonough County Humane Society or the American Heart Association.


Mark E. Dailey, 57, of Colchester

Mark E. Dailey, 57, of Colchester, Illinois, passed away at 12:10 AM Monday October 15, 2018 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.


He was born Sept. 23, 1961 in Canton, Illinois to Raymond and Marie Wise Dailey.


He is survived by his son, Max Dailey of Macomb, Illinois; mother and step-father Marie & John Gage of Colchester, Illinois; brothers, Scott (Jennifer) Dailey of Colchester, Illinois, Mike (Sue) Dailey of Ipava, Illinois.


He was preceded in death by his father and son, Trenton Dailey.


He was a Plumber for 28 years for EPH Service Company.


A Memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday Oct. 20, 2018 at Maple Ave. Christian Church. Pastor Donnie Case will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Cremation has been accorded. Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.


Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworth.com




Arthur (Man) Robin Thorpe, 66, of Macomb

Arthur(Man) Robin Thorpe was born in Macomb, Illinois on January 26, 1952 to Carrie Lou (Thorpe) Davis. He graduated from Kewanee High School. 


August 4, 1972 he joined the Army. In the Army he was promoted to Sergeant. He received a Good conduct medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Marksman (Rifle M-16). Arthur was honorably discharged on March 20, 1978.


He started working at CIPS until 1981. He then married Benita Mesick in March 1981, she survives. He became a Firefighter September 1981 and resigned June of 1983. Arthur started as a Building Service worker at Western Illinois University. He retired from WIU as a Building Service worker supervisor on December 31, 2011. 


Arthur departed this life at 5:14 AM, Thursday October 4, 2018 at his residence he shared with is daughter and grandchildren. Surviving are his children Jeanetta and Adrian Thorpe both of Macomb, Illinois; two grandchildren Nari' and Charlie Jr. Bodiford; three brothers, David (Teresa) Thorpe of Macomb, Illinois, James (Laurel) Thorpe of Hazelcrest, Illinois, Jeremiah Davis of Lebanon, Tennessee; a sister Rebecca (Kortney) Leatherwood of Springfield, Illinois; 5 nephews; 3 nieces; and 3 great nieces. 


He will be missed tremendously and remembered always. He was such a great father, Papa, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was the type of guy that always stayed calm in every situation. 


Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM Saturday October 20, 2018. at the Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ 1500 E. Pierce St. Macomb, IL. Visitation will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM at the church. Military rites will follow the service. Repast immediately after the services at the American Legion 221 E. Washington St. Macomb, IL.


Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Robert "Bob" C. Pittman, 88, of Astoria

Robert “Bob” C. Pittman, age 88 of Astoria, Il, passed away at 10:30 am on Friday, October
12, 2018 at his home. He was born on March 23, 1930 to Arthur and Leta (Mellier) Pittman,
the 4 th of 8 children.

Bob graduated from Cuba High School, Cuba, IL, where he participated in 4H and FFA,
earning the State Farm Award. He graduated from McPherson College with a BS Degree in
Industrial Arts and from the University of Illinois where he earned his Masters Degree in
Vocational Education.

He married Marianne Rhoades on July 24, 1955 in Astoria, IL. She survives. They have
three children by birth, Oralea Anne Pittman of Bellefontaine, OH, Paul Arthur (and Julie)
Pittman of Woodside, CA and their daughters, Allison and Catherine, and Rhonda Kathleen
(and Mark) Gingrich of Minneapolis, MN, and their daughters Sophia and Addison, Bob and
Marianne’s family was enlarged and enriched by An and the late Hoa Tran, Vietnamese
refugees who adopted them as their mother and father and gave them two more grandchildren,
Huy (and Shama) Tran, and their son Arjun, and Linda (and Jorge) Lopez and their two children
Lucas and Liliana.

Bob is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Miller of Astoria, IL and Elizabeth Gramm of
Nashville, TN, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his four brothers, Howard, Richard, Charles, and Arthur “Jack”
Pittman and one sister Marilea Kessler.

Bob taught school for 27 years, 25 of them in Vocational Building Trades, building houses
with students.

He was active in the Church of the Brethren where he held leadership positions at the local,
district, and denominational level. He worked with the Church of the Brethren Disaster
Ministries where he served in many states directing the work of volunteers helping in the
recovery following a disaster. His teaching experience was valuable in this work. He served as
a trainer for other project directors and served as Interim Director of Brethren Disaster
Ministries from January 1999 to June 1999.

Bob worked as the supervisor of volunteers in the building of churches, parsonages, and
church camp facilities.

His hobbies included traveling, wood crafts (especially turning rolling pins), and collecting
antique tools.

Services will be held on Wednesday, October 17 th at 11:00 am at Shawgo Memorial Home in
Astoria, IL. Reverends Ed Woodard, Lisa Fike, and Dan Cole will officiate. Visitation will

take place from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, October 16 th at the funeral home. Interment will be in the
Woodland Cemetery, Astoria, IL.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Brethren Disaster Ministries, 601 N. Main, PO Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776-0188 or Camp Emmanuel, PO Box 557, Astoria, IL 61501

Dorothy Mae Snyder, 91, of rural Burnside, IL

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Snyder, 91, of rural Burnside, IL died at 5:25 AM Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at her home.


She was born February 10, 1927 in Cuba, IL, the daughter of Chester Arthur and Adah Frances Haigh Bartlett. On March 15, 1943 she married Glenn LeRoy Snyder in Rushville, IL. He preceded her in death on October 19, 1991.


Dorothy attended school in Colchester, IL. She and her husband farmed near Burnside for many years. In 1981 they established Quality Machine Quilting and to date over 11,000 quilts have been stitched. She and her family traveled extensively in this country and in Holland, Brussels and France. She and her husband often portrayed Santa and Mrs. Clause at area nursing homes, schools and parades. She enjoyed cooking, baking pies and especially cherished times with her family.


She is survived by eleven children, Beverly Stephen) Brunk of Denmark, IA, Barbara (Edward) Burford of Warsaw, IL, Betty (Rene) Medina of West Point, IA, Becky (Larry) Flowers of West Burlington, IA, Chester (Joyce) Snyder of Colusa, IL, Billie Jo (David) Mosher of Fort Madison, IA, Bonnie (Gene) Willdrick of rural Dallas City, IL, Brenda Womack of Fort Madison, IA, Dale Snyder of rural Burnside, IL, Bea (Alan) Huls of Wataga, IL and Glenn (Terry) Snyder, Jr. of Buffalo, MN, 32 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Patricia Faye Knapp of Visalia, CA.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, three sisters, two grandsons, Kevin Snyder and Aaron Huls, one great-granddaughter, Mikhaila Palmer and one great-grandson, Matthew Brookhiser.


Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City with Rev. Nancy Love officiating. Burial will be in the Harris Cemetery, near Dallas City. Friends may call after 3:00 PM Friday at the funeral home where the family will meet with friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.


A memorial fund has been established for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.


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

Michael Lee Selmon, 73, of Macomb

Michael Lee Selmon, 73, of Macomb passed away at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at his residence.


He was born on September 5, 1945 in Paris, Texas to Bennie Foster, Sr. and Arie Lee Dolleff Selmon.


He married Donna Kay Jackson on March 1, 1981 in Dallas, Texas. She survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Jennifer Ratcliff of Aledo, Texas, Jessica (Selmon) LeBoeuf of Gray, Louisiana, Krystal Garcia of Industry, Illinois and Felicia Selmon of Macomb; one son, Christopher Parker of New Braunfels, Texas; eight grandchildren and one brother, Jerry Selmon of League City, Texas.


He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Faye Price and Francis Smith and brothers, Bennie Selmon, Jr., Bill Selmon and Bobby Selmon.


Michael lived in McDonough County since 2004. He was a graduate of Wilmer Hutchins High School and Southern Methodist University. He was self-employed working in the electronic/computer field. He served in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1969 during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the National Rifleman’s Association.


He enjoyed reading, sports, coin collecting and music.


Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 with Pastor Jon Keck officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb with full military honors being conducted by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb VFW.


Memorials may be made to the Michael Lee Selmon memorial fund.


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

June E. Chapman, 94, of Macomb

June E. Chapman, 94, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 3:05 AM Wednesday Oct. 10, 2018 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb, IL.


She was born June 10, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to Francis and Ella Lembrecht MacArthur; she married Stuart Chapman May 24, 1947. He preceded her in death on June 17, 1994.


She is survived by her sons, Edward “Hap” (Dawn) Chapman of Oceanside, California, Keith (Carol) Chapman of Macomb, Illinois; 4 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren.


She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb and Chapter K PEO.


Cremation has been accorded. There will be no services. Memorial Contributions may be made to the McDonough County Humane Society. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com