Local Obituaries

Baxter B. Brandon, 94, of Macomb, IL

Baxter B. Brandon, 94, of Macomb, IL, formerly of Fountain Green, IL, passed away Thursday February 14, 2019 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. He was born July 2, 1924 near Fountain Green, the son of Lynn G. and Minnie Greenig Brandon. On August 10, 1987, he married Aileen Cooper-Lankford.

 

Mr. Brandon served as a cook in the United States Army. He worked at King-Sealey Thermos in Macomb for over 25 years. He also worked at Coopers in Macomb and at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield for many years. He enjoyed beekeeping, gardening, and going for walks. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist in Macomb.

 

Survivors include his wife, Aileen, one daughter, Donna Fowler of Hannibal, MO, one son, Delbert (Connie) Lankford of Vermont, IL, one daughter in law, Mala Lankford of Smithshire, IL, 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, and one on the way, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Ronald Lankford, one son in law, Gerry Fowler, one grandson, Kevin Lankford, one great grandson, four sisters, Arlene McConnell, Maxine Bean, Kathleen Carlson, Bessie Gillette, and one brother, George Brandon.

 

The funeral for Mr. Brandon will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, with Pastor Doug Kuster officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the McConnell Cemetery, near Fountain Green. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at Banks & Beals. Family and friends are invited to the Fountain Green United Pesbyterian Church following the committal service for a luncheon and time of fellowship.

 

A memorial fund has been established to assist with expenses. Please visit Baxter’s obituary at banksandbeals.com to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

 


John Louis Curless, 72, a long-time resident of Macomb

John Louis Curless, 72, a long-time resident of Macomb, passed away surrounded by family on February 14, 2019.  He was born to Leslie and Doris (nee Stone) Curless on January 1, 1947, in Macomb. 

 

John worked for Laidlaw School District as a driver and enjoyed working with students and teachers. He was a die-hard Bears fan, but also loved car shows and anything to do with Harley-Davidson. John answered the call of service to his country as a member of the Illinois National Guard out of Quincy. He was a Vietnam veteran and a member of American Legion Post #6. John is remembered as a man who was outgoing and was known to do anything for anybody in need.  He will be truly missed.

 

John is survived by Judy (nee Willey), his devoted bride of 45 years. He is the beloved and cherished father of Christine (Mark) Sullivan and Justin (Jennifer). His grandchildren, Taylyn, Alex, and Addison remember him as a loving and funny grandpa. John is the younger brother Roger (Marilyn), of Aurora, Illinois, and an amazing uncle to his nephews and nieces. 

 

Please join John’s friends and family for a celebration of his life on Tuesday, February 19, from 5-7 pm at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral home, 201 W. Carroll Street, Macomb.  Funeral services will be held at the same location at 10:30 am on February 20, 2019.

 

Memorial donations in memory of John to his home church, Calvary Baptist Church, 1315 Maple Ave., Macomb. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Neil Curtis, 82, of Blandinsville

Neil Curtis, 82, of Blandinsville passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 10:57 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

 

He was born on March 14, 1936 to Maurice and Iris Eyler Curtis. He first married Diana Bryan. He later married Christy Creacy-Taylor on August 31, 1996 in Blandinsville. She survives.

 

Also surviving are one daughter, Laura (Rocky) Krause of Blandinsville; one son, Doug (Sue) Curtis of Waukesha, Wisconsin; one step-son, Neil Taylor; six grandchildren, Andrea (Tim) Nevins, Teddi Skelton, Alex Skelton, Dylan Taber, Rachel Curtis and Joe Curtis; four great-grandchildren, Poppy Nevins, Cadence Nevins, Shawn Curtis and Max Curtis; one brother-in-law, Bernie Sell and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Janet Sell.

 

Neil lived all of his life in the Blandinsville area. In the 1950's and 1960's Neil farmed with his father. In the early 1970's he started Neil Curtis Trucking. He was a member of the Blandinsville United Methodist Church, Macomb Elks Lodge #1009 and Mid-West Truckers Association.

 

Neil’s hobbies included restoring Dodge Military Power Wagons and antique IH tractors. He loved steam trains, train museum’s and riding steam trains. He enjoyed traveling and trucking.

 

He and Christy created a bird habitat next to their home and he loved caring for that property. He also sponsored the Blandinsville women’s bowling team for many years and also sponsored Special Olympics. He had a great passion for stock car racing.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Blandinsville United Methodist Church with Reverend Beth Nelson officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

 

Memorials may be made to either Blandinsville Fire and Rescue Squad, Shriner’s Hospital for Children or Macomb American Legion.

 

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


Martina M. Westlake, 74, of Astoria, IL

Martina M. Westlake, 74, of Astoria, IL passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:22 am while in her home.

 

She was born March 15, 1944 in Beardstown, IL to parents John and Pearl Hardy. Martina married Glen Allen Westlake on November 18, 1961 in Beardstown, IL. He survives. Also surviving are sons, Gene Westlake of Astoria, IL, Stanley Westlake of Browning, IL, Scott Westlake of Astoria, IL; 7 Grandchildren; 5 Great-Grandchildren; Half-Brother, Donald Durell of Browning, IL; and Half-Sisters, Beane Ray of Mississippi, and Rosie Brockley of Astoria, IL.

 

Martina was preceded in death by son, Mark Edward Westlake; 2 sisters, Mary Kimbro and Velma Bloom; brother, Sherman Hardy; and her half-brother, Junior Durell.

 

She worked at Dana Corporation in Havana. She also worked at the Illinois Glove factory, later the Ansell Hawkeye Glove factory, in Beardstown, IL. Martina enjoyed going to yard sales.

 

Services will be held 12 noon on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL with Jeremy Westlake officiating. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday. Internment will be at Browning Cemetery, Browning, IL.

 

Memorials can be made out to Area Church of donor’s choice or the Astoria Lions Club.

Services provided by Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org


Wayne L. Curless, 80, of Astoria, IL

Wayne L. Curless, 80, of Astoria, IL passed away on Monday, February, 11, 2019 at 9:30 am while in his home. He was born September 30, 1938 in Bluff City, IL to parents Leo and Eva Curless. They preceded him in death.

 

Wayne married Betty Estes on June 10, 1961 in Bluff City, IL. She survives. Also surviving are daughters, Tonya Holmes of Ipava, IL, Wanette Dwyer of Clinton, IL; 4 grandchildren, DJ Holmes, Jake Holmes, Laney Dwyer, and Keegan Dwyer; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy Brennan of Havana, IL, Pauline Atchley of Lewistown, IL, and Janie Atterberry of Sherman, IL; and brother, Paul Curless of Murfreesburo, TN.

 

He retired from Navastar. He also was a retired minister. As a minister, he volunteered at the prison in Canton for 19 years. Wayne always took the opportunity to preach if given the chance. He also served his country in the US Navy from age 17 to 21. In the Navy, Wayne worked in the boiler room of a Naval Destroyer Ship. After the service, he was a member of the Peoria VA.

 

Wayne had a great since of humor and always liked to make people laugh. He would often refer to himself as James Bond along with telling lots of jokes to try to get a laugh. He loved to garden and would grow the biggest onions around. He also loved to fish and hunt. He would hunt everything and bring it back to Betty who would always cook it. He was also an avid golfer with his cousin Jack Curless. Wayne never meant a stranger and to him, family was everything.

 

Services will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL with Harry Ellison officiating. The Astoria American Legion will provide military rites. Visitation will be held 1-3pm prior to the services on Tuesday. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

 

Services provided by Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org.


Mary Ellen Roe, 88, of Winfield, Illinois

Mary Ellen Roe, 88, of Winfield, Illinois passed away at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Dupage Care Center in Wheaton, Illinois. She was born June 26, 1930 in LaHarpe, Illinois to the late Tom and Marie (Kemp) Porter. She married Harold J. Roe, who was the love of her life, on August 28, 1950 in Pocahontas, Arkansas and was married for 58 ½ years until his death in May of 2009.

 

She is survived by three children, Patricia Berger of Excelsior, Minnesota, Jim (Cindy) Roe of Thornton, Colorado and Mary Kay Lunt of Winfield, Illinois; eight grandchildren Jim Roe, Bill Roe and family. Christopher Sornberger, Michael Sornberger and family, Farrah Roe, Chad (Jennifer) Lunt, Ryan (Emily) Lunt, Luke (Rosemarie) Lunt and 13 great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold Roe, her daughter Gloria

Glicksman, her son-in-law Art Berger, four brothers, Lewis, Robert, Richard and Tom Porter;

four sisters, Kate Seals, Joyce Lohmeyer, Rose Woodworth Neustadt and Betty Johnson.

 

After graduating high school in LaHarpe, Illinois, she moved to Macomb, Illinois and worked

in the restaurant business. She and her husband purchased Roe’s Dairy in 1955 and purchased

the Roe-Boat Supper Club in 1966. She worked there until their retirement in 1990.

 

Her passion was working in the restaurant. She loved the people and missed them terribly

after she retired. Another passion she had was watching her grandchildren play sports. She

often said it was the best time in her life.

 

Visitation will be held at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb on Monday, February 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Private family burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.

In leiu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mary Roe memorial fund.

 

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


Hollis J. "Hoppie" Campbell, 89, of Macomb

Hollis J. “Hoppie” Campbell, 89, of Macomb, IL passed away at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home. He was born on August 4, 1929 in Bushnell, IL to Hollis W. and Dorothy Campbell. He married Virginia L. Dilts on September 15, 1952 in Bushnell, IL; she survives.

 

Also surviving are two children, Tony (Lynne) Campbell of Adair, IL, Trudy Ketcham of Fiatt, IL; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy Yaste of Bushnell, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Terry Lee Campbell, one brother, Bob Campbell, two infant sisters and one great grandchild Korbin Rogers.

 

Hollis attended Bushnell Schools and after his graduation in 1948 he enlisted in the Navy for 4 years, serving in the Korean War. When discharged in 1952 he married Virginia Lee Dilts. As partners they owned and operated the Sealtest Milk Distributers for several years. They also owned the Western Grill in Bushnell for over 3 years. Hollis then went to work at Western Illinois University and retired with 28 years of service. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Macomb, the Macomb American Legion Post 6 and the Macomb VFW post 1921. 

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM Sunday February 10, 2019 at the Wesley Community Center in Macomb. Full Military Rites will be held at 1:00 PM. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later date in the Bushnell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary Baptist Church. Martin-Hollis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com


Ann Barry, 89, of Macomb

Ann Barry, 89, of Macomb, formerly of Good Hope passed away at 3:24 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

 

She was born at Marietta Phelps Hospital in Macomb on January 8, 1930 to Frederick George and Lanah Pearl Wilson Robinson. She married Floyd Keith Barry in 1964. He passed away in 2000.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Robinson.

 

She is survived by one daughter, Michelle (Barry) Billeter of Blandinsville and Sonia (Tiger) Hamilton of Blandinsville whom she considered a daughter.

 

Ann attended grade school in Vermont Township. She attended Ipava High School her freshman year and attended her last three years at Astoria High School graduating in 1947. She went to Western Illinois University for one year.

 

She worked for Lock’s Ford Motor Company in Canton and Astoria. In 1950 she moved to Macomb and worked for Howe Motor Sales Lincoln-Mercury until Michelle was born. She stayed home for several years before going back to work for Gentry-Bryant Ford, Western Ford and then Mac Ford-Lincoln-Mercury before retiring in 1999.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Good Hope Cemetery in Good Hope with Reverend Gordon Blankenship officiating. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Lamoine Saddle Club or McDonough County Humane Society new animal shelter project.

 

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


Richard D. Kreider, 86, of Silvis, IL

Richard D. Kreider, 86, of Silvis, IL, formerly of Prairie City, IL, passed away at 10:00 AM on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Genesis Senior Living Illini Restorative Care Center. He was born on October 31, 1932 in Prairie City, IL to James Ray and Lola (Helton) Kreider. He married Cornelia A. Coombs on July 7, 1956 in Walnut Grove, IL. She preceded him in death on August 31, 2011.

 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.


He is survived by one daughter, Lace (Troy) Patton of Winter Haven, FL; three grandchildren, Lisa Wisdom of St. Clair Shores, MI, Natasha Hardin of Winter Haven, FL, and Daniel Hardin of Flagstaff, AZ; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Richard enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He proudly served in the United States Navy.


Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Interment will be in the Prairie City Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com


George R. "Rusty" Wilson, 70, of Table Grove, IL

George R. “Rusty” Wilson, 70, of Table Grove, IL passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:11 pm at the OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.

 

George was born on August 29, 1948 in Canton, IL to his parents George and Margie Wilson. He married Mary Dennis on March 31, 1984 in Vermont, IL. She survives. Also surviving is daughter, Peggy Eddington of Vermont, IL; Sons, Johnny Dennis of Table Grove, IL and Dusty Wilson of Austin, TX; 11 Grandchildren, Nichole Miller of Ipava, IL, Jonathan Vance of Vermont, IL, Danny Vance of Freeburg, IL, Aaron Eddington of Texas, Michael, Austin, MacKenzie and Ethan Dennis of Table Grove, IL , Abagail, Madison, and Andrew Wilson of Austin, TX; 4 Great-grandchildren, Katie and Keagan Miller of Ipava, IL, Hayden and Dexter Vance of Vermont, IL; and Sister, Sandy Belville of Princeville, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by infant son, Wayne Wilson.

 

George worked at R and M Service and Sales in Vermont, IL for 5 years, where he sold appliances and T.V.’s and serviced what he sold. He then worked at Graham Hospital for over 20 years as a bio-med technician.

 

He served his country in the US Army, starting March 8, 1968 to March 5, 1971 in the 4th US Army. He served in Vietnam from February 28, 1969 to May 27, 1969 where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He also received the Vietnam Service medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars. He went on to receive the National Defense Service medal and the Sharpshooter badge as well.

 

George was a member of the Vermont United Methodist Church and Vermont Masonic Lodge #116, AF and AM. His hobbies included ham radio, fishing, and hunting. He loved to travel and go caving and camping with his family. “Rusty” loved his family and loved playing cards. He enjoyed each and every one of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

 

Services will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11:00am at the Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL with Reverend Robert Green and Pastor Bennett Woods officiating. Visitation will take place 6-8 pm on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the funeral home with Masonic Rites at 8:00 p.m. Internment date TBA.

 

Memorials can be made out to Vermont United Methodist Church or the Table Grove Rescue Squad.

 

Services provided by Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, IL. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.shawgomemorialhome.org