Local Obituaries

Reva Isabelle Nelson,101, of Macomb, Illinois

Reva Isabelle Nelson,101, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 10:12 PM Friday Sept. 6, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, Illinois.


She was born September 14, 1917 in Hire Township, McDonough County Illinois to Earl and Etta Yard Argenbright; she married Frank Clair Nelson on February 20, 1936 in Galesburg, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 18, 1981.


She was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry Nelson; son-in-law Rodney Bean and a granddaughter Beverly Nelson; brothers, Dale and Don Argenbright and a sister, Marjorie Nell.


She is survived by William Nelson of Colchester, Illinois; daughters, Linda Bean of Bushnell, Illinois, Marcia (Dennis) Bunt of Taylorville, Illinois; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren with one great-great-grandchild expected in October and several nieces and nephews.


Reva attended the one room school, Thompson College, and also Blandinsville High School.

She was a member of the Church of God Abrahamic Faith.


Graveside services will be held at 1 PM Thursday Sept. 26, 2019 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Bonnie Gaddis will officiate.

Cremation has been accorded.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Church of God Abrahamic Faith.

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

Eleanor Shutwell, 92, of LaHarpe, Il

Mrs. Eleanor Shutwell, 92, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst, Illinois.

    She was born on December 13, 1926 in LaHarpe the daughter of Estes and Anna Berkshire Thompson. On August 9, 1946 she married Dale Shutwell at the Union Church in LaHarpe. He survives.

    Mrs. Shutwell graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1944 and attended a Junior College in Burlington, Iowa.  After taking a Civil Service test she went to Washington D.C., where she worked at the Pentagon in the Navy Records Department. Eleanor worked as a cook at the LaHarpe High School and Durham Illinois Elementary School and also worked as an order-buyer for Hamilton and Miller Gro. Store. She spent most of her life working as a legal Secretary for Richard Rasmussen, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the LaHarpe Union Church where she was active in the Kum Join Us Class.

    Survivors include her husband, Dale; one son, Ted (Rosann) Shutwell of LaHarpe; one grandson, Jared (KaDee) Shutwell of Carthage, Illinois; two granddaughters, Willo (Ryan) Quivey and Anna Shutwell of LaHarpe; six great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Ella, Ava and Myah Shutwell and Shane and Sam Carpenter. Also surviving is one brother, James (Mary Joyce) Thompson of Centennial, CO and several nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Linda; one son, Ken Shutwell and three sisters, Jane Thompson, Alice Kelso and Ann Lundeen.

    The funeral service for Mrs. Shutwell will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. Burial will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Banks & Beals. A memorial fund has been established for the Union Church, Blandinsville-Hire Library, LaHarpe Fire Department, LaHarpe Ambulance Service or LaHarpe American Legion Post #301. To leave a condolence please visit Eleanor’s obituary at banksandbeals.com.

Stephen C. Lewis, 69, of Macomb, Il

Stephen C. Lewis, 69, of rural Macomb, Illinois; passed away at 8:50 PM Friday September 13, 2019 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.
Stephen was born May 16, 1950 in Macomb, IL. He was bron pre-mature, weighing 2lbs. 14 oz. at birth and spent 2 months in an incubator, before coming home in July of 1950.
Steve’s parents William M. and Minnie McMullen Lewis preceded him in death as did a brother John William Lewis who died in infancy.
He is survived by his sisters, Judith Lewis and Nancy Dobey both of Macomb, IL; a niece, Sara (Jeremy) Semonis of Normal, Illinois, nephews, Shawn (Penny) Dobey of Summerville, South Carolina, and Russell (Laura) Dobey of St. Charles, Missouri.
Stephen graduated from Macomb High School. He lived in Emmet Township his entire life and over the years worked for Sodexo, McDonough County YMCA, Lloyd’s Bakery and several other businesses.
Memorial gathering will be held Sunday Sept. 21, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Cremation has been accorded. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Burial of ashes will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Media, IL.
Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Robert G. "Bob" Wheeler, 82, of Macomb

Robert G. “Bob” Wheeler, 82, of rural Macomb passed away at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
He was born on November 18, 1936 in McDonough County to Robert L. and Helen Cortelyou Wheeler. He married Kay Morrow on August 3, 1957 in Bushnell.  She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Robert L. Wheeler of Macomb; one daughter, Ruth (Brian) Hinman of Macomb; two grandchildren, Mary (Joel) Foulk of Macomb and Scott (Kristyn) Hinman of Adair; one great-grandson on the way and two sisters, Marjorie Watt of Silver Spring, Maryland and Norma Foster of Dubuque, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bob lived in rural Macomb in New Salem Township for 59 years. He is a member of the Macomb Masonic Lodge and the Quincy Consistory.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside burial of ashes will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at Pennington Point Cemetery west of Adair with Reverend Jeremy Westlake officiating. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the West Prairie Presbyterian Church or MDH Hospice.
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.

Margery L. Smith, 87 of Tennessee, Illinois

Margery L. Smith age 87 of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Heartland Health Care in Macomb.  She was born July 23, 1932 in Rural Colchester, to Marion and Ethel Nelson Martin.  She was united in marriage in Tennessee, Illinois on July 8, 1950, to Harvey L. Smith, he preceded her in death September 10, 2012.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 2 Sons: Kent Smith, Rod Smith, 1 Daughter in Law: Debbie Smith, 2 Brothers: Kerman Martin, Marion Martin and 1 Sister: Dollie Stacker.


Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Grandchildren: Michael (Michelle Hinterscher) Smith, Strasburg, Illinois, Jennifer Smith, Colchester, 3 Great Grandchildren: Rylan Hynek, Emilrigh Hynek, Ivey Annalyn Smith, and 6 Nieces.


Margery lived most of her life in Tennessee.  She had worked at NTN Bower in Macomb for 22 years retiring in 1989, she then worked for Marriott at Western Illinois University till 1992.  She was a  member of the Colchester United Methodist Church, Graduated from Colchester High School in 1949.  She and Harvey traveled to all 50 States and took many Cruses.  She enjoyed word search books along with Crocheting.  The time she spent with her family brought her the greatest joy in her life.


Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Jim Clayton.  Visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the services a the funeral home.  Burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 1:00 P.M Tuesday.  Memorial is to Colchester United Methodist Church.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com







Rita Vaughn Nielsen, 97, formerly of Macomb, Illinois

Rita Vaughn Nielsen, 97, formerly of Macomb, Illinois, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Normal, Illinois.


She was born on April 12, 1922, in Benton, Wisconsin to Albert and Irene Grotkin Vaughn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jane Vaughn McCabe and an infant son.


Rita is survived and lovingly remembered by her four daughters from her first marriage to Ronald C. Gee (deceased); Barbara Radcliffe (Jim) of Berkeley, CA; Mary Moon of Normal, IL; Martha Metropulos (John) of Grass Valley, CA and Deborah Topinka (Frank) of Bloomington, IL. She was a beloved grandmother to seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “Mer.” She was a loving aunt to thirteen nieces and nephews.


She was later married to Maurice Nielsen (deceased) of Macomb, IL.


Rita received a teaching degree from Platteville State Teachers College. She also received a Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University, and was a member of the honorary educational fraternity, Kappa Delta Pi.  She had a long career as an elementary school teacher, a high school substitute teacher and enjoyed keeping in touch with her students through the years.


Rita participated in community and church activities and played bridge for many years with dear, lifelong friends. She loved to read, arrange flowers, sing and dance. Rita will be remembered as being kind and friendly with a smile for everyone she met.


Memorial Mass will be held at 10 AM Tuesday Sept. 10, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Visitation will be Monday Sept. 9, from 4-6 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Burial of ashes will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.


Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at

322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor in New York, NY 10001 or www.alzfdn.org/‎. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

Judith M. "Judy" Gedney, age 78 of Macomb, Il

Judith M. “Judy” Gedney, age 78 of Macomb, Il., went to be with her Lord and Savior at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb..
Judy was born on September 26, 1940 in Chicago, Il. to John and Alvina Snow, who preceded her in death.
Judy will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband, Roger Gedney, their son, David of Des Moines, Iowa and her brother, John Snow and family of Chicago, Il.
Judy graduated from Taft High School in Chicago, received her undergraduate college degree from the State University of Iowa, her MS degree from Northern Illinois University and further graduate work at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, La. Judy taught dance at Grinnel College in Grinnel, Iowa for one year before taking a position of chair person of women’s physical education at East Lyden High School in Franklin Park, Il., and then on to WIU for 37 years. Judy was a gymnastics coach at each institution and an accomplished gymnast herself. Then at the age of 40, Judy focused her attention towards Women’s powerlifting. Over a competitive span of 30 years, Judy established multiple records as World Champion and World Record holder. Judy competed in such contests in Sweden, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, France, Belgium, Italy and Russia. Judy was inducted into the WIU Hall of Fame and the USA Powerlifting Hall of Fame.
Judy then focused on the subject of drug testing in women’s powerlifting and her along with Jan Todd of University of Texas, fought and accomplished the testing goal ushering in the first such testing with the USPLF National Championships in 1986. Judy then in 1988 met with her European believers in a drug free sport and established the first International World Free Powerlifting Federation. Judy served as the first Secretary General of the WDFPF and remained in that position for the next 20 years. During the same time frame Judy spent much time at her and her husbands home in Guirand, Haiti.
She worked at the Salvation Army Bethany Hospital in Fond de Negres, Haiti. Judy taught English as a second language to Haitian children and adults and helped deliver a few babies on the side.
Judy and her husband planned and developed a 10,000 word Creole/English Dictionary in the late 80's and 90's, one of the first of its kind in rural Haiti. The dictionaries are still being used by missionaries and interested parties today. Judy is missed.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Macomb with Reverends Jon Self and John Simmons officiating. The family will meet with friends for a short while following the services. Private burial of ashes will be in the Hill Crest Memorial Park in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Village.
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.

Pamela Sue (Carson) Johnson, 70, of Macomb, IL

Pamela Sue (Carson) Johnson of Macomb, IL. passed suddenly and peacefully from this life on August 11, 2019. Pam was born November 24, 1948 to Hazel (Spicer) Carson and Joseph Cuyler “Tink” Carson in Macomb, Illinois. She was raised in Macomb with older twin siblings Randolph and Rebecca (Randy and Becky) and younger brother John.


Pam graduated from Macomb Western Illinois University Lab School in 1967 and went on to study art and art education at Western Illinois University. Her passion and gift for ceramics and weaving led her into a career teaching art in Illinois public and private schools, and the Macomb Park District. In addition, Pam was a member of the Two Rivers Arts Council, a former nature interpreter at Argyle State Park, and former manager of the Lakeview Nature Center through the Macomb Park District.          


Pam married Robert E. “Bob” Johnson of Jacksonville, IL. on August 4, 1979. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Pam and Bob raised three wonderful children together: Daniel, Nancy, and Alex.        


Pam was so many things for so many people. She had a passion for civic engagement and support for the arts. A brilliant teacher, she taught several classes for gifted students through Western Illinois Universities’ Youth University program for many years. Her creative development for youth defined her life. She was a dedicated Girl Scout troop leader & service unit volunteer, organizing many years of Girl Scout Day Camp at Spring Lake. She was a proud MHS band booster parent. In the Early 1980s she participated in authentic reenactments of prairie pioneer life at Argyle State Park. She was a prolific potter and taught pottery at Macomb Park District until she retired. Pam enjoyed creating art with friends and especially enjoyed Raku firing ceramics at the Brickyard in Colchester. Pam was awarded citizen of the year in 1993 by then Mayor Tom Carper.       


Pam is proceeded in death by her parents, Hazel and Tink Carson; sister Becky Carson White; and mother-in-law Maryann Rickert Johnson.


She is survived by devoted husband Bob of Macomb; Daniel (Alyssa) Johnson of Oklahoma City; Nancy (Steve) Cope of Lake Villa, Illinois; Alex (Erika) Johnson of Dallas, Texas; brother Randy (Barb) Carson of McHenry, Illinois; brother John Carson of Macomb, Illinois; grandchildren Paul, Phillip, Gabe, Lance and Cynthia as well as much-loved nieces and nephews Carrie, Brooke, Jake, Caron and Anne.     


Celebration of life will be held from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM Sunday September 1, 2019 at the Macomb Arts Center. Please make memorial contributions to your favorite local arts organization or Macomb Loaves and Fishes. Arrangements are being handled by Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com


Ruth Kristin (Kris) Edwards, 78, of Macomb, IL

Macomb, Il--Ruth Kristin (Kris) Edwards passed on to her eternal rest at 3:42 a.m on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Macomb, Illinois. She was born on June 3, 1941 in Madison, Wisconsin to Clifford and Ruth (Schroeder) Hawley. She spent her early childhood in Midland, Texas where her father was a Colonel in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Her family then returned to Madison where she graduated from Madison West High School and University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Social Work. She married Dr. H. Herbert (her beloved Herb) Edwards at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Madison on August 18, 1962.


She moved to Macomb in 1967 when Herb became a professor of botany at Western Illinois University. In 1975 she received her LPN license and worked at several nursing homes in the area. She was also the office manager for Dr. Blair Fraser for many years before retiring. She loved to sit and watch the songbirds at the small farm that the family moved to in 1976. She was also passionate about her hummingbirds, or “hummers” and she called them. Upon retirement, she and Herb spent winters in the Rio Grande Valley where they had many friends and indulged in their passion of bird watching. She was very active in the First Presbyterian Church, serving on many church committees and sang in the choir for many years. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer (Jennie) Edwards-Ring, and two sons Dan (Alyssa) Edwards and Paul (Sayword) Edwards, as well as three grandsons, Sean Ring, Dion and Bryson Edwards, one granddaughter, Mercedees Edwards, and two sisters, Gail Tessen and Sue Jerome. Her parents and one grandson, Toby Edwards, preceded her in death. Private burial services were held at Camp Creek Cemetery.


A celebration of life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Erin Marth will officiate. Memorials may be made to the church. Following the services all are invited for a light lunch at the church.

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

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

Randy Wrink Ebert, 60, of Bushnell, IL

Randy Wrink Ebert, 60, of Bushnell, IL, passed away at 6:02 PM on August 14, 2019 at OSF St. Francis in Peoria, IL. He was born January 8, 1959 in Macomb, IL to Lloyd Jr. and Marilyn (Hood) Ebert. He married Barb McCullough on May 12, 1979 in Macomb, IL; she survives.


He is also survived by two sons, Joshua (Staci) Ebert and Michael (Tashina Bradford) Ebert. He has left six

Grandchildren, Mackenzie, Marcus, Jacob, Jarod, Jaelea, and Dacey. He is survived by two brothers, Jerry

and Dan; three nephews, Cory (Amy) Ebert, Matthew (Christina McCullough), and Greg McCullough; four nieces, Madison (Patrick) Maphies, Kylie, Ciara, and Michelle McCullough; and two great

nephews, Brendan and Colby Ebert.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Marilyn Hood Ebert and Lloyd Ebert, Jr.; a sister, Lana Sue; and

Grandparents, Lloyd and Letha (Ide) Ebert and Floyd and Florence (Bair) Hood.


Randy enjoyed his younger days at his dad’s gas station. As an adult, he enjoyed having his own station

for a short period of time before becoming unable to work. He lived for his six grandchildren and enjoyed them coming around to “take care of Grandpa.” Randy spent most of his time working on cars and loved drag racing on the weekends. He won the regional bracket drag racing title to go to Bowling Green, KY and also was chosen to race at Denver, CO. He was the Byron, IL Firecracker Bracket Champion in 1979. Randy was unable to continue with his love of racing and wrenching on cars, but his children have taken on the family’s love of this hobby. He will be greatly missed, but is finally at peace.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Schulte officiating. The family will meet for visitation from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Bushnell Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Bushnell Rescue Squad, The Grand kids college fund, or for PSP (Progressive SupraNuclear Palsy) Research. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com