Local Obituaries

Dr. Janel K. Harris, 70

Dr. Janel K. Harris, 70, passed away December 12 after a courageous struggle to overcome multiple myeloma.

 She was an 18-year-survivor of breast cancer, having successfully fought that disease. She was admired throughout her life for her strength and resilience.    Janel was born in northern Wisconsin on March 20, 1949 to William Kenner “Kenner” Harris and Kathryn “Kay” Mary (Lawson) Harris.


She was raised in Macomb, Illinois, and graduated with the Western High Class of 1967, whose classmates remained close-knit over the years.  Janel shared her love of life through her beautiful smile, delightful laugh and wry sense of humor to the very end.


She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Western Illinois University in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1985.  She received two National Research Service Awards for post-doctoral study.Most recently, she counseled adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in western Illinois as a licensed clinical psychologist with Psychology Specialists.


She was an expert in improving health habits through cognitive therapies.


Janel was a brilliant and generous woman, who found life-long joy in horses, gardening, delicious food, art, music, and nature.  She loved hiking on her farm south of Macomb and watching the songbirds and other animals who visited there.  She was an accomplished pianist, guitarist, and vocalist. Her musical interests ranged from classical to Celtic to rock-and-roll.


 As a teen, she adored the Beatles, seeing them several times and was lucky enough to win first row tickets for a Chicago concert


Janel treasured her family and fostered close relations even when they lived far apart.  Like her mother, Kay, Janel was an avid genealogist, who conducted extensive research on the Harris and Kenner families, making trips to Locke, New York, Mystic, Connecticut, and Mt. Carmel, Kentucky.


 Locally, she curated an extensive collection of privately owned artifacts and documents related to west-central Illinois and dating back more than 150 years, and donated them to the Western Illinois University Archive.


 She was inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2018, and maintained an active role in Clan MacQuarrie.


Janel met Thomas W. “Tom” Storie through the Minnesota Coalition of Scottish Clans, and they married in June, 2004 at St. Clement's Church in Rodel, Scotland, on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.  They were married for over 10 years and remained very close companions for the rest of her life. He was a valued caregiver until her death.


Janel was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents William R. Harris (Dorothy), Arie Opal (Kenner) Harris, Sylvester Lawson, and Madge Edith (Larrabee) Kleckner; and her two beloved Arabian horses, Zarathustra “Zara” and Adjohvi “Solas.” She is survived by sisters, Jean F. Harris (Steve Gunn) and Emily Sue Harris Gale (Sean); her niece, Kathryn Harris Gunn; nephews Alexander Harris Gunn (Hannah Jahnke) and Harrison Peder Gale; and her former husband, Thomas W. Storie.   She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, as well as numerous cousins.


 Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. with services to immediately follow at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 16, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb, where Janel had served as a Deacon,  Moderator of the Deacons, and Co-Facilitator of a Discernment Process for the Session.  Rev. Erin  Marth will officiate.


 There will be a private burial at the Kenner plot at Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb immediately following the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Macomb.Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbitsfh.com.

Jerry E. Lewis 69, Good Hope, Illinois




Jerry E. Lewis, 69, of Good Hope, Illinois, passed away at 2:40 PM Tuesday December 10, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb, IL


He was born March 30, 1950 in Macomb, Illinois to Leslie Eugene and Wilma (Hughes) Lewis; he married Leslie Switzer on Aug. 8, 1975. She survives.

Also surviving is one son, Joel (Deidra) Lewis of Good Hope, Illinois; grandchildren, Liam and Toby Lewis; 2 sisters, Rebecca (Steve) Conklin of Elmwood, Illinois and Debra (Bill) Carson of Colchester, Illinois. Several nieces and nephews survive.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Brook E. Lewis.


Jerry loved his family, farming and construction work.


Services will be at 10 AM Monday December 16, 2019 at the Crossing in Macomb. Rev. Gordon Blankenship will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday Dec. 15, also at the Crossing from 2-5 PM.


Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Wesley Village Healthcare Center or MDH Hospice Program.


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





Arthur F. Gallagher 86, Colchester, Illinois




Arthur F. Gallagher, 86, of Colchester, Illinois, passed away at 10:32 AM Monday Dec. 9, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.


He was born Aug. 21, 1933 in Rushville, Illinois to Percy & Elizabeth Cubik Gallagher.

Surviving are a son, Randy Burton; 2 sisters, Dorothy Taylor of Woodale, Illinois and Carol Allen of Macomb, Illinois He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jim Gallagher and sister, Darlene Dalzell.


He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked as a Union Pipefitter and Welder.

Graveside burial of ashes will be held at 11AM Saturday Dec. 14, 2019 at St. Paul’s Cemetery with Military rites. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Memorial Contributions Colchester Fire Dept. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Eldon R. Hare 82, Macomb, Illinois

Eldon R. Hare, 82, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 4:26 PM Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.


He was born Sept. 15, 1937 in Huntsville, Illinois to Maurice and Meda (Cady) Hare; he married the love of his life Maureen Caley on Aug. 21, 1960. She survives.

Also surviving are his sons, Kevin (Terri) Hare, Kirk (Kimberly) Hare both of Macomb, Illinois; grandchildren, Nicholas (Audrey) Hare, Morgan Hare, Kate (Shane) Curry, Brett Murphy, Sydni Hare (Zach Ebbert), Jordyn Hare; great-grandchildren, Ella Hare, Findley Hare, Beckhem Ebbert, Murphy Curry and Carter Curry.


Eldon joined the WIU Department of Physics as an instructor in Fall 1968 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1972. While he resigned from his academic faculty position in 1973 to move to a civil service position to manage the physics lab, he continued to serve as an instructor. He retired in 1996 but continued to serve as an instructor and Physics lab manager and assisted with special events and activities throughout the years, until 2011. He treasured his teaching years at WIU.


 Before joining the WIU faculty, he taught physics at Turner Junior High in Jacksonville, District 201-U in Crete and District 227 in Park Forest. 


He received his bachelor's degree in physics education from WIU in 1959, and his master's degree in physics education from Western in 1960. He traveled with his young family while he took doctoral-level physics classes at Yale University's Summer Institute in the areas of atomic, nuclear and solid-state physics, William and Mary, University of Wyoming and Mankato State University.


Eldon had many hobbies and passions. He played the steel guitar for the Country Timers band (1972-1981) and Last Minute Band (1981-1985). His love for books led him to own a successful online book business. He also enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, spending time at his and Maureen's lake house in the Ozarks, but he especially loved watching his granddaughters' and great-granddaughter's ball games.


He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge for over fifty years and served as the Elks Easter bunny to area nursing homes for many years. 

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday December 10, 2019 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be Monday December 9, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Pastor Donnie Case will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Western Illinois Marching Band or the Parkinson’s Foundation. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Elaine Heffner

Elaine Heffner, age 84, of Industry, Illinois, passed away at 5:10 a.m.  December 3,2019, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb.


She was born on October 2nd, 1935 to Ernest and Inez (Kelly) Heaton.  She married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Heffner, on December 25, 1957.  Bob passed away July 3rd, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Betty Heaton; a stillborn daughter; and a great grand-daughter, Alexis Miller.


Surviving are 3 brothers, Eugene Heaton of Springfield; Wayne (Pat) Heaton of Canyon City, CO and Eldon (Sherill) Heaton of Henderson, NV, one daughter, Tonia (Kevin) Miller of Littleton; one son, Mark (Debbie) Heffner of Athens; Four grand-children, Andy (Chelsea) Miller of Industry; Doug (Kristen) Miller of Littleton; Lyndsey (Jake) Bosie of Cantrell, and Jarob Heffner of Denver, CO, six great grand-children and many nieces and nephews.


Elaine graduated from Industry High School in 1953 and also attended Gem City Business College in Quincy from 1953-1954. She was a secretary/bookkeeper for several Macomb businesses and was also a Telecommunicator at McDonough County Sheriff’s office for 10 years until retiring in 1994. Elaine was a current member of Order of the Eastern Star #123 in Macomb and also a member of the United Methodist Church of Industry. Elaine enjoyed painting and spending time with family and friends at her and Bob’s Mississippi River cabin on Spring Island in Hamilton.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Rex Featherlin officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019 at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Industry Cemetery.


Memorials may be made to Industry/Littleton Fire Department or Macomb Salvation Army.

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

Maurice Litchfield

Maurice Litchfield, age 90, of Macomb, formerly of Industry, passed away at 6:35 am Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at The Lamoine in Macomb.


He was born on April 23, 1929 in Industry to Dewey and Alma (Gruber) Litchfield. He married Georgia Bedwell on September 9, 1951 in Industry, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Botts and Maxine Greuel, two brothers, Marshall Litchfield and Deane Litchfield who died as a toddler, and one granddaughter, Nicole Fowler.


He is survived by his wife, Georgia Litchfield, three daughters, Donna (Louis) Fowler of Macomb, Diane Sayers of Industry, and Debra (Jay) Fowler of Fayetteville, NC; grandchildren, Brent (Carrie) Fowler, Tara (Brad) Heath, Tyler (Jess) Sayers, Travis Sayers, Corey (Liz) Fowler and Lawson (Sarena) Fowler; and great-grandchildren, Weston Fowler, Whitney Fowler, Wyatt Fowler, Alexis Sayers, Kayden Fowler, Bailie Fowler, Zoey Fowler, and Taylor Huffman; sister Millie Beans of Vermont; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.


Maurice lived his entire married life in Industry before moving to The Lamoine (Macomb, IL) in March of 2019. He was a member of the Industry United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men, Gideons, and the Masons. He enjoyed farming, tractor pulls, playing cards, and spending time with his family. Maurice will be missed dearly.


Visitation will be held from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Industry United Methodist Church with Pastor Bennett Woods officiating. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery. You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com. Memorials may be made to Industry United Methodist, The Lamoine, or MDH Hospice.

Blanche "Jan" Mathers

Blanche “Jan” Mathers (née Wilkins), age 77, of Macomb, IL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 28 after spending a lovely day with friends and family; beloved wife of Richard Mathers for 54 years; loving mother of Suzanne (Robert) Fuhr, Scott (Yana Fisher) Mathers, and Sara Mathers; proud grandmother of John & Jacob Fuhr; dear sister of the late Addison Wilkins; also predeceased by loving parents, Roland and Lavalette Wilkins; aunt, cousin, & friend of many, Jan will be dearly missed.


Jan was born in Roanoke, Virginia on September 13, 1942 and she grew up in nearby Farmville. Her early life there was not always easy. Her father passed when she was four years old. She felt great support from both her grandmother and from Elizabeth, her grandmother's housekeeper. She earned a degree in social sciences at Richmond Professional Institute in 1965. She met Richard there and they married the day after graduation. Her brother Addison died the next year. 


Jan's role as wife and mother gave her great pleasure. She took a lot of pride in her children, grandchildren and family and spent many years focusing on the hard work of being a mother and housewife. Jan loved arts, music and culture and was an active patron in those arenas, making sure that Suzanne, Scott and Sara played classical instruments (whether they wanted to or not). While raising children she worked for a time at the McDonough County Health Department and was active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Macomb, University Women, the League of Women Voters, and the McDonough County Democrat Committee where she and Rich won the Truman Award for long-term service. Later in life, when her grandchildren John and Jacob became active in sports, she expanded her interests, to varying degrees of success. John and Jacob got the pleasure of Jan as a defense attorney, she was always quick to take their side and argue with their parents in their favor. She was quick to fund any cultural experience and enjoyed shopping for the ever-growing boys.  


She opened her heart and home to various Western Illinois University students, many of whom majored in music. Bao Ze Qiang, a clarinet student from China, Ju Hai Kim, a piano student from Korea, and the late Sara Christensen (Pschigoda), a french horn student from Michigan all lived with Jan and Rich. Jan attended as many of their concerts as possible and included them in all family activities. Nang Khine Zan Lin and husband Kyaw Pyke Tyae and Hnin Ei Aung, all pre-med majors from Myanmar, also spent years living with Jan and Rich while finishing their degrees and have maintained contact. Nang visited with Jan on her last day of life. Interaction with these students was a great joy for Jan. Many affectionately speak of Jan as being their American mother.  


In the last years of her life, Jan spent a lot of time in the Elms Nursing home where she enjoyed learning about the personal lives of the incredibly caring staff. She shared in their joys and reported them to her family members with pride. Our heartfelt thanks to all the Elms staff who took care of her on and off over the course of several years. 


A celebration of life and short service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on December 8, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Macomb. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Jan’s name to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Macomb, Loaves and Fishes, or any music or art program of the donor’s choice are appreciated. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com 

Betty Marie Tate

Betty Marie Tate, 94, of Macomb, IL passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center. She was born February 24, 1925 in Avon, Illinois to Johnnie and Mary (Hendrickson) Albert. She married Dale Tate February 17, 1947 at the Roseville Christian Church. He preceded her in death April 4, 2010.


She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Albert and his wife Midge, Richard Albert,  Arlene Albert and his wife Mila; her sister, Mary Askew and her husband Harold;  her brothers-in-law, Kenneth Tate and his wife Ida, Leland Tate; sister-in-law, Norma Chatterton and her husband Neil.


She is survived by sons, Rodney Tate, Dennis (Diane) Tate, Kevin (Vicki) Tate, and daughter, Janet (Bob) Harwick. Grandchildren Amber (Rick) Driskell, Ryan (Tina) Tate, Brandon (Lori) Tate, Jordan (Dorothy) Tate, Austin (Taylor) Tate, Kristin Tate, Adam (Alicia) Tate, Jesse (Amber) Lesko, Christa (David) Houck, Cheri (Wes) Emge, Chris Harwick and 18 Great Grandchildren, with more on the way.


Betty graduated from Roseville High School. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother that enjoyed being a homemaker and helping with the family farm operation. After retirement, she and Dale moved to Good Hope and later to Wesley Village. She was a member of the Good Hope United Methodist Church, the Macomb Order of Easter Star where she had served as Worthy Matron, the former Tri County Saddle Club, and the former Rolling Rivers Camping Club. She enjoyed spending winters in Texas, camping, dancing, playing cards and loved to babysit and care for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.


There will be no visitation. Rev. Lyren Haney will officiate. Interment will be in the Good Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Village Benevolent Fund or the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Lloyd Wayne "Charlie" Miller

Lloyd Wayne “Charlie” Miller, 91, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 4:50 AM Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb, IL.


He was born Aug. 12, 1928 in McDonough County, Illinois to Howard and Lenora Larson Miller; he married Mary Lou Dakin on Aug. 18, 1954. She preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 2011.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Scott and Paul Miller; a sister, Martina Thorman.

He is survived by his daughters, Kay (John) Wyne of Dallas;Texas, Sara Settles of Macomb, Illinois;

four grandchildren, Blake (Merriam) Wyne, Lindsay (Wesley) Henry, Lee Settles and Casey Settles;

five great-grandchildren, Charlie, Peter and Ruthie Henry, and Oliver and Charlotte Wyne;  

a sister in-law, Beth Miller, brother in-law Lloyd Thorman, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.   

Charlie graduated from Western High School in 1946 and Western Illinois University in 1950, then served in the US Army from 1951-1953.

He was a teacher, coach and principal at Blandinsville Jr. High, an independent contractor, building trades instructor at Macomb Senior High and building inspector for the City of Macomb.

He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Macomb Elks Club and Macomb American Legion, Four Rivers Bass Masters, and Gin Ridge Carving.


Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Monday Nov. 25, 2019 at Oakwood Cemetery with Military rites. Rev. Scott Grulke will officiate. Cremation has been accorded.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church or 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

Marjorie Sullivan

Marjorie Sullivan, 84, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 4:12 AM Tuesday Nov. 12, 2019 at her residence.


She was born June 18,1935 in Swan Creek, Illinois to Grant Peterson and Gatha McDonald ; she first married Gene A. Moon on July 31, 1954. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1975; she then married Kent B. Sullivan on March 2, 1978. He preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 1986.

She was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild Cayden Moon-Schaub.


Surviving are her children, Gene (Butch) Moon (Vicky) of Elkhart, Illinois, Jay Moon (Jeanette) of Macomb, Illinois, Brenda (Vawter) Yaeger (Chuck) of Sheridan, Illinois; 6 grandchildren, Ingrid (Moon) Fanella (Jim), Alia Moon (Austin Schaub), Alex Moon, Jayson Moon, Malory Moon, Jessie (Vawter) Adams (Ross); 6 great-grandchildren, Nolan Fanella, Jameson-Moon-Tillquist, Emersyn Moon-Schaub, Peyton Moon-Schaub, Addy Adams and Gunner Adams.


She was a Secretary for the Department of Continued Education at Western Illinois University for several years.


Graveside services will be at 1:30 PM Monday Nov. 18, 2019 at Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Cremation has been accorded There will be no visitation. Memorial Contributions may be made to the McDonough County Animal Shelter. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook and leave condolences to www.dodsworthfh.com