Local Obituaries

Paul William "Bill" Porter

Paul William “Bill” Porter, 83, of Vermont died on November 6th, 2019 at home. He was born June 9th, 1936 in Macomb, IL, son of Paul and Lela (Howell) Porter. He first married A. Janette Easley on August 31st, 1958 who preceded him in death on April 6th, 1994. He then married Nancy Ward on January 26th, 2002 who survives. 

 

Also surviving are two sons, Raymond (and Crystal) Porter of Ipava, John (and Sara) Porter of Ipava, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three step-sons, Eldon Stambaugh of Vermont, Craig (and Lynn) Stambaugh of St. Augustine, FL, and Brad (and Jodi) Ward of Yorkville, IL, one step-daughter, Christy (and Larry) Miller of Montrose, CO, six step-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, and  his brother, Sam (and Linda) Porter.

 

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Miller and Mary Jo Keefauver.  

 

After graduating high school Bill served in the Navy for 3 years. Upon returning home, he farmed in the Ipava area, first with his father and brother, then with his two sons. He served as a Pleasant Township official and church board member. His hobbies included restoring vintage tractors and he was a member of the South Fulton Antique Tractor Club. He was a member of the Ipava Presbyterian Church but attended the Vermont Christian Church for the past 17 years.

 

Bill was a strong but gentle man who loved the Lord, his family, and his friends. Even unto his final days here with us on this earth, he put the needs and concerns of others ahead of his own. Many of his final words were still encouragements and advice to others. He was a godly example and inspiration to those who knew him. Bill will truly be missed by us all.

 

Funeral services will be held at the Vermont Christian Church on Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 10 AM with Cody Stinnett officiating. Burial will be in the Ipava cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 from 3 to 5pm at the Vermont Christian Church. Memorials can be made to the Vermont Christian Church or Safe Haven Hospice.

 


Beverly J. Simmons, 87, of Macomb

Beverly J. Simmons, 87, of Macomb passed away at 1:52 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville, West Virginia surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 26, 1932 in Macomb to Virgil and Gertrude Parsons Doney. She first married Theodore Ellis in 1950. He passed away in January of 1963. She later married Francis “Mick” Simmons on April 20, 1967. He passed away on January 10, 2006.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, William Doney and one grandson, Robert Simmons, Jr.

 

Beverly is survived by two sons, Robert G. Simmons, Sr and Mike Ellis; two daughters, Deborah Markley and and Linda Ellis; five grandchildren, Heather (Matt) Adams, Christy McSperritt, Shannon Moore, Wesley Simmons and Lucas Simmons; two-step-grandchildren, Brianna Simmons and Lindsay Lankford; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Beverly lived most of her life in Macomb. She worked at Western Illinois University in Building Services.

 

She was a member of the Macomb VFW Auxiliary and the Macomb American Legion Auxiliary.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside burial of ashes will be held in the spring at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb with Robert Simmons officiating.

Memorials may be made to the 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.


Robert E. Chatterton, 93 of Macomb, IL

Robert E. Chatterton, 93, of Macomb passed away at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

 

He was born on November 9, 1925 in Macomb to Orin and Della Lansdown Chatterton. He married Elizabeth Ann Hutton on December 6, 1946 in Monmouth. She passed away on July 26, 2015.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven; two brothers, Keith Chatterton and Floyd Chatterton and four sisters, Hazel Green, Goldie Wiger, Dorothy Swartzbaugh and Ellen Garrison.

 

Robert is survived by his children, Pat (Len) Chatterton of Avon, Indiana, Carol (Don) Allison of Macomb and Michael (Carmen) Chatterton of Gloucester, Virginia; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Chatterton of Simpsonville, South Carolina; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Robert lived all of his life in Macomb. He was the parts manager for Howe Motors in Macomb and LaHarpe Motors in LaHarpe.

 

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a veteran serving during WWII in the Army-Air Corp.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Shea Trost officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.

 

Memorials may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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.


Donald Bucholtz, 86, of Macomb, Il

Donald Bucholtz, 86, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 10:34 PM Wednesday, Oct. 16. 2019 at the Lamoine Retirement Community in Macomb, Illinois.

 

He was born July 7, 1933, in Detroit, Michigan to August and Genevieve (Wysocki) Bucholtz; he married Lady Mae Battle on March 7, 1952. She survives.

 

Also surviving are her children, Debbie( Butch) Atwood of Greenville, Illinois, Karen Bucholtz of Macomb, Illinois, Jeff Bucholtz of Bloomington, Illinois, Keith (Sheri) Bucholtz of New Port Richey, Florida, Donna (Mark) Kroll of Evanston, Illinois; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dennis Bucholtz of Sarasota, Florida, a sister, Sylvia Watson of Roscommon, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lorraine Buchanan.

 

Don worked at NTN Bower for 58 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church and a longstanding Choir member.

 

Don participated in bowling and golf leagues for many years. He loved to landscape and flower garden, he was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved to cook and eat good meals. Most of all, he was a wonderful, loving father and grandfather and his happiest moments were spent with his family.

Memorial Mass will be at 10 AM Saturday Oct. 26, 2019 at St. Paul Church. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Friday Oct. 25, at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home with a Wake Service at 4:45 PM. Cremation has been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery immediately after the Mass.  Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or St. Paul’s School. Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Jean Simmons, 100, of Macomb

Jean Simmons, 100, of Macomb passed away at 2:25 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

She was born on February 17, 1919 in Fulton County near Vermont to Harry and Bessie McCarty Wickert.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Janice (Ron) Scott of Macomb, Phyllis Billeter of Galesburg and Joyce Bilbrey of Macomb; seven grandchildren, Mark (Stephanie) Whiting, Kelly (Kevin) Lester, Troy (Terri) Billeter, Scott (Tanya) Billeter, Michelle Billeter, Curt (Lori) Bilbrey and Christen (Harry) McFall; three step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim (Judy) Wickert of Canton; two nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Tommy Wickert and one sister-in-law, Betty Wickert.

 

Jean lived in Fulton and McDonough Counties. She was a graduate of Ipava High School in 1936. She worked at several area stores and ran a pre-school daycare center in her home for 20 years.

She was a member of the Grandmothers Club and First Baptist Church in Macomb.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Private Memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Macomb with Reverend Jon Self officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Ipava Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Macomb.

 

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.


Robert K. "Bob" Laird, 90 of Macomb

Robert K. “Bob” Laird, 90 of Macomb, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.  He was born October 25,1928 in Colchester, to Charles and Virginia Hunt Laird.  Bob was united in marriage to Bonnie Booth on December 8, 1950, in Seattle, Washington.

 

Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 68 years Bonnie Laird, Macomb; 2 sons, Scott (Shirley) Laird, Macomb, Chuck (Kim) Laird, Macomb, 1 step-granddaughter, Becky (Mike) Quesenberry and 1 step great-grandson, Talan Quesenberry.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Herbert Warne and 1 brother, Dewey Guy.

 

Bob served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Force from 1946 to 1949.  He later served in the Reserves from 1949 to 1953.  During his time in the service, he was active duty from 1946 to 1949 and 1950 to 1951.  He was stationed in Alaska, Japan and Korea from 1947 to 1951. Bob worked as an accountant for King-Seeley Thermos in Macomb and later worked as the business manager for the McDonough County Housing Authority.  He was a member of the Macomb American Legion, Macomb Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Macomb Elks.  Bob enjoyed reading books, listening to Dixieland Jazz, traveling with his wife, spending time at the beach, and cheering his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Bob’s greatest joy was spending time with his wife and family.

 

Private family graveside services will be held at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Rev. Jim Clayton officiating.  Military honors will be performed by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb V.F.W.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Humane Society. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com  


Charlotte W. Hughes, 91, of Macomb

Charlotte W. Hughes, 91, of Macomb passed away at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.

Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.


Dana Allen Nelson, 59 of Colchester

Dana Allen Nelson age 59 of Colchester, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019, at his home.  He was born May 31, 1960, in Macomb to Garry E. and Patsy M. McCord Nelson.  Dana was united in marriage to Jodi Haddix on March 20, 1983, in Colchester.

 

Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife of 36 years Jodi Nelson, Colchester, 2 Sons: Jesse (Emily) Nelson, Macomb, Ryne Nelson, Colchester, 1 Daughter: Danielle (Jake) Caho, Colchester, 4 Grandchildren: Gauge Caho, Kenda Nelson, Chase Caho, Josie Caho, 3 Brothers: Garry (Marlene) Nelson, Bushnell, Richie (Donna) Nelson, Colchester, Caleb Nelson, Davenport, Iowa, 3 Sisters: Teresa (Jim) Shaw, Wasilla, Alaska, Jeanne (Craig) Patterson, Colchester, Mary Marlene Dunkle, O’Fallon, Missouri, and many Nieces and Nephews.

Dana was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Dana was a farmer and carpenter. He loved to work with wood from cutting down the tree to running it through his sawmill, then building the project that was at hand.  His favorite type of wood to work with was Cedar.  He enjoyed being outdoors in nature, spending time at his Koi pond to working with the Sheep.  Dana also enjoyed passing on to his family the lessons he had learned from working with the Sheep to building a project for the house.  Dana loved to visit with everyone and he was the best at telling a story, that would make everyone laugh.  The time Dana spent with his family brought him the greatest joy.  He loved his family.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  A private family graveside will be held at a later date.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Memorial is to the Education fund of his Grandchildren.   Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

 


Rosemary Knowles, 88 of Macomb, Il

Rosemary Knowles, a long-time resident of Macomb, Il. and recently of Springfield, Il. passed away on October 3, 2019, in her home.

 

She was born on May 25, 1931, in Havana, Illinois, to the late Otis and Ada (Hatton) Hughes.  She graduated from Havana High School in 1949 and entered the St. Francis School of Nursing.  She married Harlan Specketer on July 25, 1952, and later married A.L. "Buck" Knowles on October 18, 1980.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother-in-law Joe Griffin, and nephew Tom Griffin. 

 

Surviving Rosemary are two daughters, Julie Rodgers of Springfield, Il., Susan (Leroy) Angst of Peoria, Il. and one son, Kevin (Karen Herrman) Specketer of Lincoln, Il; two step-sons, Steve (Eileen) Knowles of Macomb, Il., John Knowles of Hillsboro, Oregon and one step-daughter, Nancy (Rich) Kucharz of Monmouth, Il.  Seven cherished grandchildren - Heather Rodgers, Heidi (Jon) Jacobus, Bart (Sarah) Rodgers, Lindsay (Robb) Craddock, Samantha (Rick) Auch, Tara (Dwane) Morris, and Josh (Nicole Derias) Specketer; eleven great-grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren, Amy (Knowles)Churchill of Morton, IL; Nick (Liz) Knowles of Macomb, IL; Michael Kucharz of Carbon Cliff, IL; Elizabeth Kucharz of Monmouth, IL; Ian Knowles of Portland, OR; 5 step-great-grandchildren and seven beloved nieces and nephews.  One sister, Marte Griffin Woodward of Port Isabel, Texas. 

               

She continued her career in nursing for 45 years.  Mostly in the offices of Dr. Don Stehr in Havana and Drs. Tim Kling & Tom Koch in Macomb.  Rosemary was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, and belonged to Macomb Beautiful, Macomb Country Club, St. Francis alumni, and St. Paul's Catholic Church.  She had been given an annual Macomb Beautiful award 3 separate years for her flower gardens. 

 

She and Buck met in Honolulu and continued their love of travel for many years, spending the winter months in South Padre, Texas. 

 

Rosemary loved to entertain,  be with her family and host Thanksgiving. 

 

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at St. Paul’s Church in Macomb, IL. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul School in Macomb, Il.

 

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


Linda Lou McDermeit, 78, of Good Hope

Linda Lou McDermeit, 78, of Good Hope passed away at 8:40 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2019 at her residence.
 
She was born on September 30, 1941 in Macomb to Ralph and Rhea Morris Heaton. She married Donald McDermeit on July 11, 1959 in Macomb. He passed away on March 23, 2009.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Edward Heaton.
Linda is survived by two sons, Bradley McDermeit of Good Hope and David (Betsy) McDermeit of Bloomington; three daughters, Lisa (Daniel) Adams of Rushville, Chris (Glen Bugos) Hainline of London Mills and Ellen (Jim) Cale of Littleton; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Linda lived most of her life in Good Hope. She worked at the East Student Prince, Admiral in Galesburg, sold Avon and worked as a home health aide.
 
Linda was a member of the Good Hope United Methodist Church.
 
A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Good Hope Methodist Church with Reverend Randy McGeehon officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial of ashes will be in Good Hope Cemetery following the service.
 
Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice in Peoria.
 
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.