Obituaries

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

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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

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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

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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

 

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Clarence Martin

Clarence Martin, 79, of Colchester, Illinois passed away at 2:09 PM Sunday Nov. 10, 2019 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

 

He was born Aug. 17, 1940 in Colchester, Illinois to Hiram and Georgia (Scudder) Martin; he married Judith Kull on June 17, 1967. She preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 2016.

 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter and a brother, Lloyd Martin.

 

He is survived by his children, Tami Martin of Colchester, Illinois, Tony (Debra) Martin of Blandinsville, Illinois, Kelley Martin of Quincy, Illinois, Britany Martin of Blandinsville, Illinois; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and a brother, Kerman Martin of Beardstown, Illinois, and sister, Mary Jean Montgomery of Mason City, Illinois.

 

He was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Macomb.

 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 AM Friday Nov. 15, 2019 at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday Nov. 14, from 5PM -7 PM at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Martin Family. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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  

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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.

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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

 

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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

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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.

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Virginia L. Fentem, 95, formerly of Emmet Township

Virginia L. Fentem, formerly of Emmet Township, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Wesley Village in Macomb. She was 95. She was born May 30, 1924 in rural Colchester to Frank and Beulah Stookey Hoyt. Virginia married Arlin D. Fentem in Colchester on November 10, 1946. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2016. They were married for more than 69 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents, by her daughter-in-law Jayne A. Fentem, and by a brother, Billy Hoyt.  

 

Surviving to mourn her passing are her son, Thomas H. Fentem of Quincy, her granddaughters Claire Elaine Click of Quincy and Sarah Lynn Fentem of St. Louis, her brother, Joe Hoyt of Colchester, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  

 

Virginia worked as a bookkeeper at the Citizens’ National Bank in Macomb, the Colchester Sale Barn, the Horne Beverage Company in Macomb, and at McDonough District Hospital. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of many clubs. She was a past member of the Eastern Star and a long-time member of the Colchester First Christian Church. She loved horses and birds, tolerated cats and detested garden pests, especially moles. She had vivid memories of her time riding and showing her horses as a girl.  

 

Virginia travelled with Arlin on many trips to London and European cities, but she was always a farm woman at heart. She looked forward to family gatherings and was famous for her pies, tuna salad and poppy seed cake. At Christmas, she would hide a new glass ornament inside a 7-foot-tall tree that family members would race to find. She adored her twin granddaughters and always knew exactly what to do when they sought her grandmotherly advice.  

 

The family will host a celebration of life service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. Family and friends may attend a visitation following the service until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will hold a private graveside ceremony later at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may sign the book at the funeral home after 9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Memorials may be made to Wesley Village Health Care. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com  

 
 
 
 
 

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Andy Lee Fugate, 59 of Industry, Il

Andy Lee Fugate age 59 of Industry, Illinois, passed away with his family at his side Monday, September 23, 2019.  He was born February 19, 1960, in Macomb, to Melvin and Patricia Riggins Fugate.  Andy was united in marriage to Pamela Royer in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 28, 2002.  

Surviving to mourn his passing is his wife Pam “Buttercup” Fugate, Industry, 1 Daughter: Tisha Miller, Macomb, 2 Grandchildren: Lacey and Colby Miller, 1 Sister: Kathy Fugate, Industry, his beloved dog Diesel, many Nieces and Nephews, his work wife: Melissa Garzee, and his life long partners in crime, Tim Taylor, Paul McHone and Jack Clawson.

 

Andy was preceded in death by his parents and 1 Brother: Alan Fugate.

Andy drove 20 years for Heil trucking, logging in over 1 million miles with only 1 accident when the wind blew him over.  He enjoyed Corvettes, trivia, N.R.H., He had a passion for traveling with his favorite trip to Alaska with Meridtih and Lucille Kepple.  Andy was a member of the F.A.L. Ipava Legion and Ipava Masonic Lodge.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded.  A Celebration of life service will be held at the Ipava American Legion Post 17 at a later date.  Memorial is to Andy’s Grandchildren’s Education fund. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com  

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Karen K. Liggett age 70 of Colchester

Karen K. Liggett age 70 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Carthage, Illinois.  She was born September 26, 1949 in Macomb, to Estle Dale and Virginia Eileen Sparrow Cromer.  Karen was united in marriage to Donald Rittenhouse, June 14, 1974, in Macomb, he preceded her in death on February 6, 1995.  She was then married to Ira Liggett on November 28, 2004, in Fandon.

 

Surviving to mourn her passing is her Husband: Ira Liggett, Colchester, 3 Sons: Kerry (Carmen) Foxall, Colchester, Lance (Steffanie) Rittenhouse, Brunswick, Georgia, Scott Rittenhouse, LaHarpe, 1 Daughter: Sherri (Marte) McKee, LaHarpe, 10 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers: Richard  (Dottie) Cromer, Burlington, Iowa and Dale (Melva Jean) Cromer, Colchester.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Wendy Gilbert, 1 Brother: Roger Cromer and Husband: Donald Rittenhouse.

 

Karen had owned and operated Karen’s Hair Affair in Colchester, past member of the Macomb American Legion and Macomb Eagles Club.  She was a member of Fandon Christian Church.  She was a graduate of the Burlington Beauty Academy and a 1967 graduate of Colchester High School.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, and playing bingo.  The thing that brought the most joy to Karen was the time she spent with her family at the pool or family meals.  She loved her kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded.  A private family burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements.   Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

 
 
 

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Jeanette Lorrie Weaver, 62, of Blandinsville

Jeanette Lorrie Weaver, 62, of Blandinsville passed away at 12:05 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2019 in Macomb. She was born September 17, 1957 in Chillicothe, Illinois to Robert and Alice Arbogast Streitmatter. She married Scotty Weaver on October 11, 1999 in Macomb. He survives.

Also surviving are children, Alicia (Steve) Greaúx of Peoria and Dean Featheringill of East Moline; one granddaughter, Anya Greaúx of Peoria; one sister, Annette (Dan) Buttrum of Chillicothe, one brother, Robb (Kelli) Streitmatter of Litchfield; sister-in-law, Joy Streitmatter of Litchfield and two nephews, Cameron Streitmatter and Christian Streitmatter, both of Litchfield.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jon Streitmatter.

 

Jeanette lived in Blandinsville since 1992 where she helped Scotty with his farm repair business since 1999. She also worked for Loop and Lotz Veterinary Clinic in Macomb, performed  home health care, cleaned the post office in Blandinsville and worked as a waitress for several area restaurants.

 

She loved her family and talking on the phone with her granddaughter, Anya, enjoyed helping people and animals, liked to read and birdwatch and loved her many pugs and cats, especially her pug, Roy. Jeanette is greatly missed by her family and friends.

 

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2019 at Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville with Pastor Les Featheringill of Fort Madison, Iowa officiating. Visitation will be held from 1p.m to 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2019 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville.

 

Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Humane Society.

 

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Belinda F. Wilson, 60, of Bushnell, IL

Belinda F. Wilson, 60, of Bushnell, IL passed away at 7:10 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at McDonough District Hospital. She was born on March 10, 1959 with the given name, Tracy Lyn Butts and adopted by Leland “Mac” and Faylene (Thompson) McMahill. She married Mike D. Wilson on December 24, 1985 in Bushnell, IL; he survives.

 

Also surviving is one son, Jesse (Angel) Wilson of Bushnell, IL; two daughters, Michelle Crawford of Belle Fourche, SD, Michaela Sigmon of Bushnell, IL; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Joan) McMahill; two nephews; and one niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James McMahill; and one daughter, Wendy Wilson.

 

Belinda was always grateful to her parents, Leland “Mac” and Faylene, who chose her and raised her her entire life. She graduated from Bushnell High School. She loved music, baking, and decorating for holidays, Halloween being her favorite. Belinda referred to herself as an old hippie soul. She treated everybody like family and had a huge heart. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, always taking care of her family. Belinda quit her job after 25 years to take care of her granddaughter Lexi, who had cerebral palsy. She dedicated her life to seeing that all of Lexi’s needs were taken care of. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour prior. Pastor Jim Eddy will officiate. Interment will be in the Prairie City Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the family of Belinda Wilson, for help with funeral expenses. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.martinhollisfh.com 

 

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Barbara Olson, 90, of Macomb

Barbara Olson, 90, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away 12:50 PM Monday, September 23, 2019 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb.

 

Barbara was born November 11, 1928, the daughter of Ronald “Bud” and Thelma McMillan Rutledge of Good Hope.  They preceded her in death.

 

Barbara is survived by her husband, Galen, of Macomb.   They were married on July 30, 1949 and Barbara was so proud to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this July.  She is also survived by her daughter, Vicki Duba, of Bushnell; two granddaughters, Galena Duba-Weaver (Jim) of Jamestown, New York; and Nikki Conley of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  She has one great-grandson, Uriah Duba, of Jamestown, New York.

 

Graveside services will be at 10 AM Saturday September 28, 2019 at Good Hope Cemetery. Rev Lyren Haney will officiate.  Visitation will be Friday Sept. 27, from 5-7 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassus Hospice of Galesburg, Illinois.

 

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

 

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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

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