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James E. Gelsthorpe

James E. Gelsthorpe 81 of Waynesville, Illinois passed away 2:20 AM December 14, 2017, at his family residence, Waynesville, IL.
 
Services will be 12 Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with David Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 11:00-12:00 Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to The United Cerebral Palsey. 
 
James was born February 13, 1936, in Waynesville, IL the son of Jessie and Martha (McCallister) Gelsthorpe. He married Marsha L. Wright on December 16, 1961, in Clinton, IL. She passed away April 9, 2013. 
 
Survivors include his children, Rita Byrd, Russellville, KY; Randall Gelsthorpe, Waynesville, IL; Ricky Gelsthorpe, Waynesville, IL; 3 Grandchildren; 7 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Great-great-Grandchildren; and sisters: Mary Gelsthorpe, Lincoln, IL; and Ginny French, Lincoln, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 4 sisters, and one brother.
 
James proudly served his country as a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a member of the Laborer’s Union in Bloomington, IL. He was a handyman that loved country and western music, fishing, singing, and especially, being with his family.

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Helen J. Miller

Helen J. Miller 80 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:52 PM, December 9, 2017, at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be at 11:30 am Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be immediately prior to the funeral from 9:00-11:30 am, December 16, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to “Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant.” 
 
Helen was born September 20, 1937, in Clinton, the daughter of Raymond E. and Opal D. (Atteberry) Wagner. She married Merle S. Miller December 12, 1959, in Clinton, Il. He passed away December 13, 2014. 
 
Survivors include her 3 sons, Brett (Jill) Miller, Clearwater FL; Bart Miller, Albany, NY; Brad (Janeen) Miller, Fort Wayne, IN; 4 Grandchildren, Brianna, Ryan, Ashley and Grace; and two sisters, Wanda (Jack) Schroeder, Rockford, IL and Dorotha (Tom) Duggan, Sequim, WA.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters. 
 
Helen was a professional homemaker who loved to cook. Her chocolate sheet cakes were a sought-after treat from a long list of friends at holiday times. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Clinton Country Club and the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks. As a young woman, Helen worked as a telephone switchboard operator in Clinton where she had a reputation for being the first to catch incoming calls. A little-known fact is that Helen and Merle were great dancers and once won a dance competition while traveling on vacation. Helen also had a flair for style and served as the Director for the Farmer City Fair Queen Pageant and as an Illinois State Fair Queen Pageant advisor and coach for many years. During the years Merle served as the Director of the Division of Fairs and Horse Racing for the State of Illinois, Helen was always at his side as the true “queen” of the fair.

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Paul K. Matthews

Paul K. Matthews, 90, of Mt. Pulaski passed away at 11:46 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2017, at his home.
 
Private family graveside services will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery on a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

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Harrison A. Turley

Harrison A. "H.T.” Turley, 92, of Lincoln, passed away Saturday Morning at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side.
 
Harrison was born on March 30, 1925, in Lincoln, IL; son of Ora Harrison and Ora Emily Clemens Turley. He married Nola Willmert on June 14, 1952, in Searcy, AR. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are his children: Darnell L. Turley of Cantonment, FL, Kevin A. Turley of Whitesburg, TN, Mark V. Turley of Murfreesboro, TN, Randall D. Turley of Clinton, IL, Cinda L. Lubich of Litchfield, IL, Rhonda J. Manus of Lincoln, IL, and E. Gerian Rahn of Lincoln, IL; one brother: Charles E. Turley of Kimberling City, MO; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Henry and Harold Turley, and one sister: Mary Elizabeth.
 
Harrison graduated Lincoln Community High School in 1943, after high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy for active duty from March 29, 1943- April 5, 1946. He served as Chief Radio Operator for the Merchant Marines from 1946-1955.
 
He worked at PPG for 30 years and retired in 1987. He was chosen PPG Citizen of the Year in 1978 and received 1,000 dollars for charity of choice. H.T. also worked for over 20 years at Lincoln Park District. Harrison was very active in Boy Scouts of America, serving many areas. He enjoyed the annual fishing derby at Goodman’s Ponds in Atlanta, IL, coached Little League Baseball and loved baseball, as he was a pitcher for the Men’s Fast Pitch Baseball. He was a member of the American Legion Post #263 and Lincoln Southern Baptist Church.
 
A memorial service for Harrison will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Rev. James Williford officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service. Burial at Zion cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Harrison’s name to Boy Scouts Of America.

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Ronald E. Bowen

Ronald E. Bowen, 65, of Bloomington, Illinois, formerly of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 9:07 P.M., Sunday, December 10, 2017, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the McLean County Humane Society.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Mr. Bowen was born on April 15, 1952, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Donald R. and Lila B. Miller Bowen.
 
Ronald is survived by his two sons, Elliot (Trisha) Varner of Bloomington, Illinois and Gregory (Carly) Varner of Peoria, Illinois; five grandchildren, Blaze Gmeiner, Blake and Mason Harold, and Duncan and Elliot Varner; one brother, Roger (Sharon) Bowen of Champaign, Illinois; one sister, Darlene (Paul) Bishop of The Villages, Florida; and three nieces, Debbie Deedrich of Champaign, Illinois, Katie (Kevin) Builta of Windsor, Colorado and Lisa Brewer of Coco Beach, Florida.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Doris Goodall

Doris Louise Goodall 83 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:14 PM December 11, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Lane Christian Church.
 
Doris was born May 6, 1934 in Lane, IL the daughter of Cecil and Jewel (Wantland) Benefiel. She married Don E. Goodall August 1, 1954 in Lane, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Don E. Goodall, Clinton, IL; daughter, Stacey (Dave) Williams, Speedway, IN; grandchildren:  Kolby Louise Williams, Speedway, IN; Justin Ryan Williams, Marines, Munich, Germany; Delany Rae Williams, Speedway, IN; two sisters, Alberta Burton, DeWitt, IL and Shirley Ellis, Clinton, IL; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Doris worked at John Warner Bank for 43 years before retiring as an officer.  She loved flowers, baking, reading, and working on Seek-and-Finds.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Juanita Elliot

Juanita Elliott 79 of Heyworth, Illinois passed away on December 9, 2017, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL after courageously battling multiple medical problems.
 
Per her wishes, a graveside service will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL with Rev. Jim Warren officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Juanita was born in Clinton, IL to Veryl and Freda (Swartz) Crutcher on September 19, 1938. She attended Clinton High School and graduated in 1956.  She married Ronald Elliott on June 28, 1957.  Juanita became a passionate and talented homemaker, loving mother and extraordinary grandmother.  Her family and home brought her unlimited joy.
 
Juanita became a dedicated affiliate of the First Christian Church in Bloomington, IL where she enjoyed preparing for and teaching Sunday school lessons as well as contributing to funeral meals at the church.  Juanita delighted in planting and tending to her many flower gardens each year.
 
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; son, Steven Elliott; sister, Diana Crutcher; brothers, Russell Crutcher, Roy Crutcher and Merl Crutcher.
 
Juanita is survived by her husband Ronnie of 60 years; son David and his daughter Faith; daughter Chris and her husband Michael and their sons Evan, Grant, and Carter; son Tim and his wife Tami and their sons Logan, Levi and Layten.  She is also survived by her brother Veryl Crutcher and his wife Sue.
 
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the dedicated and caring staff at OSF Medical Center particularly the nurses, who provided care and comfort to Juanita and her family throughout her difficult illness.

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Dallas Harris

Dallas E. Harris 71 of Clinton, Illinois passed 1:30 PM December 7, 2017, at his family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Cody Monkman officiating, military honors will follow. A Celebration of Life at the Eagles Lodge will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the ALS Association or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Dallas was born October 28, 1946, in Clinton, IL the son of Reo and Ruby (Smith) Harris. He married Betsy A. West March 21, 1970, in Anna, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife: Betsy A. Harris, Clinton, IL; sons: Bret (Sherrie) Harris, Clinton, IL, Bart Harris, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Allie and Livie Sanders, Braden and Trevor Harris; great-grandson: Rylan Sanders; brother: Duane “Arkie” Harris, Clinton, IL; brother-in-law: Andy (Veronica) West, Marion, IL, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Donna Cox and brother-in-law: Jim West.
 
Dallas retired from the Dept. of Natural Resources after 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and avid Cardinal fan. He became a member of the Eagles Lodge in 1974, attaining the status of Golden Eagle. He was a former commissioner of finance for the Clinton City Council.  He loved his dogs, Bella the Queen and Toby.

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Dorothy Cunningham

Dorothy Frances Avery Cunningham passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family, including her husband of 64 years, Bruce T. Cunningham, son Mark D. Cunningham and daughter Terri L. Cunningham.
 
Dorothy was born on August 19, 1931, in Vernon, NY. She graduated in 1949 from VVS High School and went on to work at Oneida Silver, where she worked with Peggy Cunningham who subsequently introduced “Dottie” to her future husband, Bruce. They married on March 28, 1953. They eventually moved to Clinton, Illinois and lived there for several years before moving to Rome, NY due to Bruce’s job, which eventually took them back to Clinton, where he retired. In 2010, they decided to be closer to their daughter, so they uprooted once more to move to Carolina Lakes, Sun City, Fort Mill, SC, only 15 miles from Terri’s home in Charlotte, NC.
 
Dorothy’s priorities were always her husband and children. Considered the last of the great American housewives, one of the world’s best cooks, and a fierce, protective Lioness by her family, she leaves an empty void in their lives that can never be filled. Her only other true passion was golf, which she didn’t start playing until she was 40 years old; she excelled at it and played every chance she got, right up until she became ill over three years ago. Even in her last few days of life, she could still tell you the month, year, and who she was playing with when she shot her first and only hole-in-one. Dorothy also loved baseball and was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. 
 
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Dora Burdick Avery, brothers John Robert and Richard, and sister, Virginia Avery Lewis.
 
She is survived by her husband, Bruce; son, Mark and wife Pam of Clinton, IL; daughter, Terri, Charlotte, NC; sister, Emogene Corcoran, Verona, NY; granddaughters, Amanda Jo and husband Natu Visinia, Clinton, IL; Jamie Cunningham, Bloomington, IL; three great-grandchildren, Leilani, Matai and Koa Visinia, Clinton, IL; along with several nieces and nephews.
 
A Memorial Service was held at 3:30 pm on November 26, 2017, at Forest Hill Church, Charlotte, NC followed by a Celebration of Life at Terri’s home.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kindred Hospice, 223 S. Herlong Ave, Suite 120, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.
Cremation services were provided by Wolfe Funeral Home, Fort Mill, SC.

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Rosemary Clark

Rosemary Clark, 80, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 5:15 P.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. 
 
Her visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 11, 2017, at the Mansfield Community Church of the Nazarene. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. James Blue officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to the Mansfield Community Church of the Nazarene.
 
Rosemary was born on March 21, 1937, in Wilmington, Illinois, to Lester and Laura S. Frost Calhoun. She married Leslie E. Clark on March 2, 1954, in Wilmington, Illinois. He passed away, December 1, 1991.
 
She is survived by her son, Neal A. (Debbie) Clark of Mansfield, Illinois; daughters, Susan B. (Cecil) King of Farmer City, Illinois, Mary Jane (Bob) Justice of Eagle Point, Oregon and Laura I. Clark of Mansfield, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren; brothers, David Calhoun of Georgia, Larry Calhoun of Mahomet, Illinois, Roger (Betty) Calhoun of Braidwood, Illinois, and Gary (Brenda) Calhoun of Braidwood, Illinois; sisters, Jeanette (Elwin) White of Florida; Delores Volkert of Minot, North Dakota; Phyllis (Steve) Gaines of Florida; Gloria (Bob) Stern of Florida; and Beverly Mansfield of Bourbonnais, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; two sisters; a granddaughter; and three great-great-grandchildren.
 
Rosemary loved to sew. She was a member of the Mansfield Community Church of the Nazarene and Treasurer of the church for many years.
 
Rosemary was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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David Michael Franklin

David Michael Franklin, 74, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 5:07 P.M., Friday, December 8, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Normal, Illinois, surrounded by his family. 
 
His visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M., Monday, December 11, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois. The funeral service will follow at 2:30 P.M. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth, Illinois, with military rites accorded by Carl E. Miller Post 624, Heyworth, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or Prairieland Anglers Association, P.O. Box 31, Heyworth, IL 61745.
 
David was born September 5, 1943, a son of Blanco and Margaret Schooley Franklin. He married Carol Ann Cruise on July 27, 1963, in Heyworth, Illinois. She survives.
 
David is also survived by his son, Timothy (Darci) Franklin; daughter, Davina Franklin; grandchildren, Brenton, Logan and Lia Franklin; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Jordan Franklin; two brothers, Thomas (Ann) Franklin and Richard (Lillie) Franklin; sister, Parmalee Franklin; several nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Kenny and Kevin Cruise; and sister-in-law, Candice Cruise.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Stephan and James Franklin and his mother-in-law, Bette Cruise.
 
David was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from October 1961 to February 1966 aboard the USS Chilton (APA-38) during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the USS Mountrail (APA-213) during his final years of service. He was a member of the Carpenters Local 63 Bloomington and Millwright Local Union 1051, Lincoln, Illinois, for over 30 years. He loved to fish and tie flies. He was a member of the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, treasurer of the Prairieland Anglers Association and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Heyworth, Illinois. 
 
David was very proud of having a great-grandson, Jordan Michael John Franklin, and 
great-nephew, Isaak David Glass named after him. 
 
He was a loving husband; father; grandfather; great-grandfather; a brother; an uncle; and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Bette Cook

Bette Cook 80 of Argenta, IL passed away 3:29 PM December 7, 2017, at Heritage Health, Mt. Zion, IL with her family at her side.
 
Private services will be held at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Bette was born July 14, 1937, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Earnest and Edith (Meier) Bell. She married Donald Lee Cook June 30, 1956, in Decatur, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Donald Lee Cook, Argenta, IL; sons, Mark A. (Rosena) Cook, Argenta, IL and Lynn A. (Carol) Cook, Forsyth, IL; 7 grandchildren: Daniel (Mindy) Cook, Argenta, IL; Blake Cook, Argenta, IL; Sean Cook, Decatur, IL; Tony (Samantha) Knierim, California, MO; Stephen Barnes, Kansas City, MO; Alyson (Jacob) Martin, Decatur, IL; and Samantha Cook, Decatur, IL; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and very dear friends. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry Lee Bell; daughter, Kimberly Suzanne (Cook) Barnes; and grandson, David Lee Cook.
 
Bette graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and retired from Kroger, Fairview Plaza, Decatur, IL. She was an avid bowler and die-hard Cubs fan. Bette loved to go gamble with her friends Betty Jean and Sharon. She loved to travel and followed her grandchildren in their sports during High School. Bette loved to shop! She would go with her friends Lisa and Joanne frequently. She was a military wife and traveled the world with her family. Bette loved her grandchildren very much and devoted herself to family and friends. Bette will be greatly missed but heaven gained an awesome angel. 
 
Mom, we love you and your presence will be greatly missed.

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Ramona C. Henricks

Ramona C. Henricks, 94, of Cerro Gordo, died December 7 after a brief, serious illness. 
 
Ramona was the daughter of Bert L. and Lorraine W. (Wilson) Chapman. She graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 1940, and attended Millikin University, where she was the first female drum major. She enlisted in the US Navy WAVES, honorably discharged November 17, 1945. 
 
She married Firman E. Henricks, also of Cerro Gordo, on June 25,1944. The couple had 5 children. Mrs. Henricks worked as secretary in the Cerro Gordo schools. She completed her degree at Millikin in 1966, then taught in Cisco and Deland-Weldon before earning her Master's degree at the U of I. She taught business education at Cerro Gordo High School until her retirement in 1985. Mrs. Henricks was active in the CG Woman's Club, the Cerro Gordo Alumni Association, Retired Teachers' Association, and the Macon County Salon of the 8 &40. She was very involved in the American Legion, and was a charter member of the Cerro Gordo American Legion Auxiliary Unit 117. She filled numerous local, county, District, and Division offices in the Auxiliary, and served as IL State President in 1971-72. She was also a National Central Division Vice President. Ramona was a long-time volunteer at the VAMC in Danville, IL, and the Decatur VA clinic, having served over 15,000 hours for our Veterans. She was a member of the Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church. 
 
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, sister Caroline Chapman, sister Martha C. Glennon (Robert), brother Lawrence R. Chapman (Clare), son Craig Henricks, daughters Madeline H. Devereux (Harry) and Barbara Jo Bennett (Rodger), and great-granddaughter, Lauren Young. 
 
She is survived by sister Karen Hale (Felix) of Sullivan, IL, daughter Doreen Henricks of Tucker, GA, son Todd Henricks (Jane) of Cerro Gordo, grandchildren Jay Bennett (Beth), Nicole Young, Andrea Catchings, Leah Henricks, Noah Henricks, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
 
Visitation will be Saturday, December 9, at the Cerro Gordo United Methodist Church from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a funeral service at 2:00pm at the church, with Pastor James Allison and Chaplain Matt Filiscky officiating. Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, IL. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Cerro Gordo, will be assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Cerro Gordo Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Department of Illinois American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

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Dallas E. Harris

Dallas E. Harris, 71, of Clinton, passed away 1:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 7, 2017) at his home.
 
His graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with Cody Monkman officiating. Military honors will follow. A celebration of life at the Eagles Lodge will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the ALS Association or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Dallas was born Oct. 28, 1946, in Clinton, the son of Reo and Ruby (Smith) Harris. He married Betsy A. West on March 21, 1970, in Anna.
 
Survivors include his wife, Betsy A. Harris, Clinton; sons, Bret (Sherrie) Harris and Bart Harris, all of Clinton; grandchildren, Allie and Livie Sanders and Braden and Trevor Harris; great-grandson, Rylan Sanders; brother, Duane “Arkie” Harris, Clinton; brother-in-law, Andy (Veronica) West, Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Cox; and brother-in-law, Jim West.
 
Dallas retired from the Department of Natural Resources after 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran and avid Cardinal fan. He became a member of the Eagles Lodge in 1974, attaining the status of Golden Eagle. He was a former commissioner of finance for the Clinton City Council. He loved his dogs, Bella the Queen and Toby.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Richard Vernelle Nixon

Richard Vernelle Nixon, 102, of Farmer City, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 7, 2017.
 
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. His funeral will be at 2 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home with Curt Glawe and Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will follow in McCord Cemetery. 
 
Vernelle was born December 5, 1915, on a family farm in DeWitt County near DeWitt, IL, the son of Thomas Edwin Nixon and Lyda Jane Dawson Nixon. Vernelle was an identical twin to Vernon Nixon. Vernelle attended the Swigart country school his first eight years and then Moore Township High School. Vernelle and Vernon attended the University of Illinois with a major in Dairy Technology. Vernelle took a job as Plant Manager of a dairy in Savanna, IL. Vernelle met his future bride, Bernie on a blind date.
 
Vernelle married Bernie Toepfer on May 3, 1941, in the Savanna Methodist Church and enjoyed 73 years together. They started home keeping in Danville, with Vernelle working in milk plants, in Danville, Decatur, and Berwyn. In 1942, they moved to the Nixon family farm where they farmed for more than 30 years with Bernie, his brother, Vernon, and his wife, Mildred.
 
Survivors include his three children, Connie (Tom), Farmer City; Bob (Joyce) Nixon, Albert Lea, MN; and Kay (Gary ) Turner, White Heath; six grandchildren, Curt (Rhonda) Ellis, Kristi (Brent) Jayne, Tempest (Brad) Arends, Heidi (Rod) Brandt, Toni (Matt) Dalton, Tasha (Jeremy) Lane and 16 great-grandchildren, Tyler (Amy), Taylor, Lauren and Lexi Ellis; Cory and Aaron Jayne; Amanda, Abigail and Emily Arends; Cody, Zachary and Joseph Brandt; Alexandra and Raegan Dalton, and Elena and Raymond Wachob.
 
Vernelle was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernie and his brother.
 
Vernelle was baptized and joined the Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church on March 25, 1951. He was very dedicated to his faith.
 
After retiring in 1979, they took up residence in Farmer City, with winters spent in Lakeland, FL, enjoying friends and playing bridge, shuffleboard, golfing, playing cards, particularly pitch and ponce along with enjoying the weather.
 
Vernelle was a warm, kind, fun-loving dad, grandad and great-grandad with his family and friends.
 
The family would like to express their appreciation for the care received by Dr. David Webb and all of the other wonderful caregivers with their gentle kindness and love shown to Vernelle. 
 
We will miss you but know that our loss is your eternal gain.
 
Memorials may be made to Fullerton Cumberland Presbyterian Church or other charities of choice.

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Pamela (Bateson) Coppenbarger

Pamela (Bateson) Coppenbarger, 54, of Clinton, IL passed away at 2:00 AM, December 7, 2017, at Fair Havens Christian Village, Decatur, IL. 
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Monday, December 11, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with Jim Kilson officiating. Visitation will be 4 – 7 P.M Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Lane Christian Church; Lincoln or Douglas Schools in Clinton.
 
Pam was born December 25, 1962, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Delbert Arthur “Art” and Beverly Jane (Isaac) Bateson. She married Alan Coppenbarger May 9, 1987, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Alan Coppenbarger, Clinton, IL; children: Toni (Scott) Richardson, Forsyth, IL, Seth Coppenbarger, Clinton, IL, Tara (fiancé, Gabriel Lueras) Coppenbarger, Clinton, IL; grandchild: Lainey Richardson, Forsyth, IL; siblings: Brenda Griffin, Clinton, IL and Darrin (Sara) Bateson, Clinton, IL. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Pamela was an avid Garth Brooks and Keith Urban fan. She collected snowmen and enjoyed being a library aid at the Lincoln and Douglas schools. Also, she enjoyed campfires in the backyard, but most of all spending time with her family.

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Raymond P. Buch

The departure for Raymond P. Buch of Lincoln, IL came on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. As the apostle, Paul wrote, "The time of my departure is at the hand. I fought the good fight and kept the faith, and henceforth there is made up for me a crown of righteousness; but not for me alone, but for all those who love the Lord.” 2nd Timothy 4:7.
 
Ray was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, who taught chemistry and science at the Lincoln Jr. High School. Ray is survived by his sons: Ron (Dianne) Buch of Highland, IL, and Dave (Mary Ellen) Buch of Springfield, IL; one daughter: Carol (Mike) Forbeck of Shamong, NJ. He had five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ray was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 12, 1926. He graduated from Perry High School in 1944, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific theatre, ending with the battle at Okinawa Island.
 
Ray held a BA in Radio, a Masters in Speech, and a Masters of Divinity from Lincoln Christian College. He held preaching ministries in Illinois and Florida and was an Associate Professor of Speech at Lincoln Christian College. He retired from Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
 
Services for Ray will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ken Genicks officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service, where full military rites will be accorded by American Legion post #263. Memorials may be made in Ray’s name to Lincoln Christian Village.

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Russell Barry

Russell Barry, 56, of Emden passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
 
Russell Dean Barry was born on January 12, 1961, in Emden, Illinois, the son of Allen and Lula Belle (Conrady) Barry.
 
Russell attended Emden Grade School and was a member of Hartsburg-Emden High School’s Class of 1979. Russell was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Sons of the American Legion, Post 506, Emden, IL. Throughout his working life, he drove a semi-truck, both cross-country and locally. He also worked construction and helped on the family farm.
 
When Russell was home, he spent as much time as he could outdoors, fishing and hunting at local ponds and on the river. Russell was a supporter of Hartem Athletics and was very proud of his nieces, who play volleyball. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also enjoyed nice dinners and trying his luck at the card table.
 
Russell will be missed by his mother, Lula Belle; sister, Roberta (Ron) Gray of Byrnes Mill, MO, and brother Ron (Vanessa) Barry of Emden; nieces and nephews, Rebekah (Jason) Gray-Long of High Ridge, MO, Robert Gray of West Lafayette, IN, and Lexi and Lily Barry of Emden; great-nephews, Jace and Grayson Long; aunt, Darline Becker of Emden; and special friend Tina Coers, of Emden.
 
Russell is preceded in death by his father, Allen Barry; grandparents William and Lilly (Hilgendorf) Barry, Seide and Anna (Rademaker) Conrady.
 
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8 from 3-7pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, December 9 at 1 pm. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Emden Fire & Rescue and Hartem Athletics. Interment will follow the service at Hartsburg Union Cemetery.

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James Larry Andrews

James Larry Andrews, 69, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:30 AM, November 28, 2017, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. 
 
Graveside Services will be 11 AM Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning officiating, with Military Honors. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Memorials may be directed to Angel Tree or Second Chance Pet Adoption. 
 
Larry was born March 24, 1948, in Clinton, IL the son of William H. and Florence A. (Keatley) Andrews. 
 
Survivors include his children: Leslie Andrews, Clinton, IL; Daniel (Keri) Andrews, Gibson City, IL; and Thomas Andrews, Carmichael, CA; 3 grandchildren: Kaleb Volker-USAF, Charleston, SC; Abbey (Colton) Nixon, Clinton, IL; and Jack Andrews, Gibson City, IL; Siblings: William G. (Phyllis) Andrews, Bloomington, IL; and Jane (Jered) Hooker, Clinton, IL; and former son-in-law: Keith Volker, Clinton, IL. 
 
Larry married Cynthia L. Armstrong on March 20, 1971, in Clinton, IL. 
 
He was preceded by his parents. 
 
Larry bravely served his Country during the Vietnam War in the US Marine Corps. from 1968-1970. He worked for Illinois Central Gulf, Southern Pacific, and retired from Union Pacific Railroad. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, and attending their sporting events.

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Linda K. Overbey

Linda K. Overbey 73 of Chestnut, IL passed away 2:16 PM December 4, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at McClimans Cemetery, Hallsville, IL. Visitation will be 10 - 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to a charity of the Donor's Choice.
 
Linda was born September 24, 1944, in Mount Pulaski, IL the daughter of Irwin George and Mary Louise (Allison) Grathwohl. She married Thomas L. Overbey July 3, 1964, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Thomas L. Overbey, Chestnut, IL; 2 children: Tommy Overbey, Alton, IL and John (Jenni) Overbey, Hallsville, IL; 2 granddaughters: Katie and Bethany Overbey, Clinton, IL; siblings: Pat Burman, Forsyth, MO, and Ruth Ann (Jim) Frye, Kenney, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Wanda Burton

Wanda C. Burton 88 of Heyworth, Illinois passed away 5:55 PM December 2, 2017, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Il.
 
Services will be 1 PM, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with Rev. Darrel Arndell officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Visitation will be 6 - 8 PM, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Wanda was born November 22, 1929, in Willow Branch Township in Piatt Co., IL the daughter of Victor J.. T. and Mattie C. (Dalton) Burton. She married Vernon M. Burton August 18, 1945, in Nancy, KY. He passed away February 16, 1979.
 
Survivors include her three daughters: Barbara Ryburn (Tom) Carr, Oxford, FL; Betty (Darrel) Arndell, Litchfield, KY; and Lynn (Doug) Necessary, Clinton, IL; 7 Grandchildren, 18 Great-grandchildren, and 2 Great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter, 1 great-grandson, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers.
 
Wanda retired from Jackson Heights Nursing Home at the age of 75.  She loved working in her garden and flowers.  Wanda loved baking Christmas cookies, banana bread, and other sweet treats for her family.

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Viola Williamson

Viola Williamson, 102, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 7:55 P.M., Sunday, December 3, 2017, at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Her graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, December 7, 2017, at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, Illinois, with Jeff Mayfield officiating.
 
There will be no visitation. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LeRoy Peace Meal or the LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service.
 
Mrs. Williamson was born on August 25, 1915, in LeRoy, Illinois, to Moss and Neva Hendren Shifflett Riggs. She married Howard E. Williamson on April 15, 1933, in Monticello, Illinois. He passed away on October 17, 1992.
 
She is survived by her son, Wilbur (Karen) Williamson of Bloomington, Illinois, two grandsons, four great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, LaDonna Ruth Phillips and three sisters.
 
She worked for 10 years at General Electric and was the site supervisor for the LeRoy Peace Meal for 10 years. She was a past member of the Ruel Neal American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79.

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Michael Joseph Maxwell

Michael Joseph Maxwell, 64, of Heyworth, Illinois, passed away at 8:19 P.M., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at his home in Heyworth, Illinois.
 
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be made to the Michael Maxwell Memorial, c/o First State Bank, Heyworth, Illinois.
 
Mr. Maxwell was born on October 5, 1953, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Wayne C. and Elizabeth J. Burns Maxwell.
 
He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth J. Maxwell of Heyworth, Illinois; one sister, Cecilia E. (Terry Wise) Prochnow of Heyworth, Illinois; two nieces, Nicole Prochnow of Normal, Illinois, and Brittany Wise of Bloomington, Illinois; and his caregiver, Jeff Prochnow of Heyworth, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, John P. Maxwell.
 
Michael had worked at Eureka Co., Bloomington, Illinois, for 22 years and Wal-Mart, Normal, Illinois, for 10 years. He was a member of the Machinist’s Local 1000, Bloomington, Illinois, and past member of the Sons of the American Legion, Heyworth, Illinois.
 
He loved baseball and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He played football at Heyworth High School and was a part of the team that won the Sangamon Valley Conference title in 1971.
 
Michael had a big heart and would do anything for anyone.

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Georgina A. Collins

Georgina A. Collins, 46, formerly of Havana, IL passed away at 5:35 a.m. on November 26, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
 
Georgina was born on February 6, 1971, in Havana, IL; daughter of Melvin Allen and Ruth Charlene (Mason) Rilea. She married Jerry Skelton Sr. on July 7, 2017, in Lincoln, IL. He survives her.
 
Also surviving are her children: Misty (Ronald) Mendenhall of Springfield, IL, Charlene (Aaron) Morris of Springfield, IL, and Moriah (Tiffani) Snider of Lincoln, IL; two step-sons: Jerry Skelton Jr and Kyle Merreighn. of Lincoln, IL one grandchild: Zaydin Pellhum; two sisters: Daleta Wilkey and Brenda Simers both of Havana, IL; several stepbrothers and sisters; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Georgina was of the Christian faith.
 
A Remembrance will be held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, at Lifepoint Church of God with Jacob Skelton officiating. A celebration of life will be held on the evening of February 6, 2018. Memorials may be made in Georgina’s name to the Humane Society of Logan County.

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Garth T. Taylor

Garth T. Taylor, 93, of Saybrook, Illinois, passed away at 9:28 P.M., Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.
 
His funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois, with Pastor Wayne Giermann officiating.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook, Illinois or David Humphrey Daniel American Legion Post 427, Saybrook, Illinois.
 
Garth was born February 24, 1924, in Saybrook, Illinois, a son of William V. & Hazel Holt Taylor. He married Myra LaTeer on February 17, 1946, in Piggott, Arkansas. She passed away January 24, 2017.
 
He is survived by his son, Lyndall Taylor of Saybrook, Illinois; daughter, Sidney Ann (Larry) Schaefer of Saybrook, Illinois; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; brother, Nile Taylor of Saybrook, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
 
Garth owned and operated Taylor Earth Moving, Saybrook, Illinois. He also had worked for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation. Garth was an Army Veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Wesbein United Methodist Church, Saybrook, Illinois, David Humphrey Daniel American Legion Post 427, Saybrook, Illinois and  Milton Hill VFW Post 2029, Saybrook, Illinois.

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Robert "Bob" Edward Stone

Robert “Bob” Edward Stone, 82, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 1:10 P.M., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at his residence with his family at his side.

 

His funeral will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 4, 2017, at the Mansfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign, Illinois with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice, American Cancer Society or Habitat For Humanity Piatt County, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce funeral home, Mansfield, Illinois, in charge of arrangements.

 

Bob was born May 31, 1935, in rural Seymour, Illinois, a son of Edgar J. & Dorothy Irene Kingston Stone. He married Alberta Louise White on November 24, 1956, in Golden Gate, Illinois.

 

He is survived by his wife, Alberta Louise Stone of Mansfield, Illinois; siblings, Ruby Perry of Champaign, Illinois, Clarence Eugene “Stoney” Stone of Monticello, Illinois, Virginia Ann Stone of Champaign, Illinois, and Faith (Charles) Kennedy of Troy, Illinois. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charles and Richard Stone and one sister, Ruth Stone.

 

Bob had worked at Humko in Champaign, Illinois for 25 years, retiring in 1992, due to health reasons. He graduated from DeLand-Weldon High School, class of 1954; an  Army veteran of the Korean War;  member of the Mansfield United Methodist church and served in several capacities during the years;  member and past commander of Kelso M. Garver American Legion Post 650, Mansfield, Illinois;  Bob was a past commander of the Piatt County American Legion;  Past president of Mansfield Lions Club, where he held different offices in the club;  served on the Lions Lifeline Board for 12 years;  helped organize the Piatt County Veterans Assistance Commission;  held local and district level positions in Boy Scouts;  served on the Piatt County Habitat For Humanity Board for a number of years;  served 36 years on the Mansfield Village Board; and was a volunteer fireman for 36 years for Northern Piatt Fire Protection District.

 

The family would like to thank George, Cece, Heather, and Kayla of Harbor Light Hospice of Forsyth, Illinois for the special and excellent care that was given to Bob.

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Priscilla L. Reynolds

Priscilla L. Reynolds, 65, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 1:30 A.M., Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Healthcare.
 
A graveside service will be 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois, with Bud McMasters officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, in charge of arrangements.
 
Priscilla was born December 25, 1951, in Watseka, Illinois, a daughter of Kenneth Virgil & Myrtle Elizabeth Hall Larkin. She married Kevin Paul Reynolds. He passed away April 14, 2017.
 
She is survived by her son, Greg (Jamie) Larkin of Mansfield, Illinois; three stepdaughters, Kerri Reynolds of LeRoy, Illinois, Shannon (Steven) Cox of Bloomington, Illinois and Krystal Reynolds of LeRoy, Illinois; two grandchildren, Colby and Cory Larkin; three brothers, Larry (Mariam) Larkin of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kenneth (Robert Dahm) Larkin of St. Louis, Missouri and Martin A. Larkin of Kansas City, Kansas; one sister, Jo C. (Norman) Hunt of Downers Grove, Illinois.
 
Priscilla was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
 
 Priscilla was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, Illinois.

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John Davison

John Davison, 89, of Middletown passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
 
John was born on March 16, 1928, in Logan County; the son of James and Matilda (Steinhour) Davison. He married Ione Leinweber on June 22, 1952, in Minooka, IL. She survives him in Middletown, IL.
 
Also, surviving John are his children: Julie (Rex Gill) Brown and Gail (Karen) Davison; one sister: Delores Burger; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild.
 
John proudly served his country as a member of The Military Police in The U.S. Army. John enjoyed being outside, especially while spending time in his garden. When he wasn’t outside, he would often be found watching his beloved Chicago Cubs. He also loved his western shows and movies, John Wayne was his favorite. John was truly a hard working man, but he always made time for his family; especially listening to his grandchildren’s stories.
 
 Services for John will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Josh Gorrie officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial at Irish Grove Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in John’s name to First United Methodist Church in Middletown, IL.

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Tori Nicole Lanter

Tori Nicole Lanter, 17, of Monticello, passed away at 5:55 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Carle Hospital, Urbana.
 
Tori was born April 11, 2000 in Champaign, IL the daughter of Ricky L. Lanter and Elta D. (Clesson) Finke.
 
Tori is survived by her father, Ricky Lanter of Monticello; mother, Elta Finke (Scott) of Farmer City; brother, John Lanter of Monticello; grandparents, Pam Lanter of Monticello, Terry Lanter (Phyllis) of La Grange, GA, Linda Scott of Gilbertsville, KY; great grandmothers, Phyllis Stukins of Decatur and Betty Miller of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her grandfather David Clesson and her great grandfathers, Wilbur Stukins and Leslie Miller.
 
Tori was a senior at Monticello High School, worked at Shopko and enjoyed being a member of the FFA. She loved spending time with her boyfriend Isiah and her friends. There wasn’t a day that she didn’t miss spending time with her dog Twinkie
 
Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the Family of Tori Lanter in c/o First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust of Monticello 219 W. Center St. Monticello, IL 61856.
 
Tori was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin who will be missed dearly by family and friends. She was a very loving girl who never met a stranger.
 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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Jeffrey A. Moery

 Jeffrey A. Moery, 60 of Urbana, IL., passed away at 8:52 P.M., on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Kirby Medical Center, Urbana, IL.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Monday, December 4, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, 249 N. Macon St., Bement, IL. Pastor Marsha Frederick will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Hinds Funeral Home, 348 N. Piatt St., Bement, IL. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement. Memorial contributions can be made to the John Ovid Moery Scholarship at Bement High School, the Bement Ballpark Fund, or the First Presbyterian Church, Bement.
 
Jeff was born on November 3, 1957, in Urbana, IL., a son of John Ovid and Audine M. Tompkins Moery. He married Vicki L. Preston on August 30, 1981 in Decatur, IL., and she survives of Urbana, IL. Surviving are 4 daughters; Cherie (Joe) Moery-Metzka of O'Fallon, IL., Jennifer (Jeff) Griffin of Bolingbrook, IL., Alycia Moery of Urbana, IL., and Krista (Brian) Chassee of Hoffman Estates, IL. as well as a grandaughter; Mackenzie Griffin. Also surviving is his mother; Audine M. Severns of Bement, IL., sister; Jill (Terry) Lawson of Bement, IL. and a brother; John Allen (Kathryn) Moery of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Jeff worked for over 26 years for Archer Daniels Midland CO., Aventine and Bunge North America. He loved watching football, and the Illini. He loved working on projects around the house, and loved being with family. The family would like to say a special thank you to the Presence Home Care and the Harbor Lights Hospice Program.
 
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL, have the honor to serve the Moery family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family.”

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Betty Jean Lewis

Betty Jean Lewis, 92, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:21 A.M., Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Healthcare.
 
Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M, Friday, December 1, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Farmer City Rehabilitation and  Healthcare activity fund.
 
Betty was born July 20, 1925, in Farmer City, Illinois, a daughter of Jesse and Marguerite Ruch Anderson. She married Carry Allen “Bud” Lewis, May 2, 1947, in Farmer City, Illinois. He passed away, November 8, 2011.
 
She is survived by her son, Gene (Anita) Lewis of Mahomet, Illinois and daughter, Pamela (Richard) Chapman of Broadlands, Illinois; four grandchildren, Chad (Kathy) Lewis of Mahomet, Illinois, Blake (Jamie Jarboe) Propst of Foosland, Illinois, Wesley (Jordan) Propst of Farmer City, Illinois, and Ryan (Courtney Johnson) Propst of Mahomet, Illinois; three stepgrandchildren, Samantha (Ian) Estes of Fisher, Illinois, Katie (Brett) Taylor of Mahomet, Illinois and Bailey (Todd) Schiff of Ogden, Illinois; eight great-grandchildren, Abbie Lewis; Faith Lewis; Julian Hudspath; Charlotte Propst; Conner Propst; Gabbie Jarboe; Corbin Johnson; and Josie Johnson; eight stepgreat-grandchildren, Tanner Estes; Morgan Estes; Kayla McKinney; Kassie McKinney; Kallen Taylor; Kade Taylor; Beau Hauersperger; and Dean Schiff; siblings, Duane (Sylvia) Anderson of Bellflower, Illinois; Louise Jiles of Farmer City, Illinois; Judy (Dale) Marshall of LeRoy, Illinois; Jack (Rita) Anderson of Wyoming and Arizona; and Carolyn (Walt) Jiles of Atkinson, Illinois; sister-in-law, Roxee Anderson of Atkinson, Illinois.
 
Betty was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Ronald, Donald, Robert, and James Anderson; sisters,  Martha Anderson, Anna Mae Okeson and Mary Lou Flegel.
 
Betty had been a train master clerk for the New York Central Railroad and Conrail Railroad. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, Illinois. Betty loved bowling and craft work.

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Nancy R. Dale

Nancy R. Dale, 76, of Lincoln passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at her residence.
 
Nancy was born on June 22, 1941, in Lincoln; the daughter of Clyde and Birdie (Stigl) Davis. Nancy is survived by her daughter, Kim (Ron) Skelton; her brother, Robert (Laura) Davis; her sister, Patricia (Donald) Augspurger; and her grandson, Tyler M. (Ana Velasquez) Skelton. Additionally, Nancy is survived by her four-legged friends, Molly and Snowball.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her longtime companion, Ralph "Bud” Lawrence.
 
Nancy was an avid reader; she truly enjoyed a good book. Nancy also had a love for animals; she often would be found feeding birds and leaving food for any lone critter. The family would like to extend special thanks to "Help At Home and Senior Services” after their many faithful years of service to Nancy.
 
Services for Nancy will be held at 6:30 P.M. on Friday, December 1, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Michael Mallick officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-6:00 P.M. on Friday, December 1, 2017, also at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Nancy’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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William R. "Bill" Wurth

William R. "Bill” Wurth, 91, of Lincoln passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
 
Bill was born on October 27, 1926, in Lincoln; son of Leo H. and Ethel May (Carpenter) Wurth. He married Ruth Ellen Wiggers on April 3, 1948, in Lincoln, she preceded him in death on June 23, 1993. He later married Vera L. Wilson on December 29, 1995, in Lincoln, IL. She survives in Lincoln.
 
Bill is also survived by his daughter, Cynthia Lee (Roger) Boerma of Athens, GA; two sons, Michael Lynn (Judith) Wurth of Bloomington, IL, and Stephen Robert (Linda) Wurth of Hartsburg, IL, three stepsons; one sister, Sister Mary Alan Wurth of Redbud, IL. Additionally, he is survived by eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and seven step great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Ruth Ellen.
 
Bill retired from farming after forty-three years in Orvil Township. He did custom farming and ran Wurth Ceramics with his wife, Ruth Ellen for many years. He attended Holy Family Church in Lincoln. Bill proudly served his country in The U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Hartsburg American Legion Post #1146, The Knights Of Columbus, and Lincoln Elks Lodge #914.
 
Services for Bill will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, December 1, 2017, at Holy Family Church in Lincoln. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. A rosary will be recited at 3:30 P.M. (prior to visitation). Burial will follow the services at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lincoln where full military rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made in William’s name to Holy Family Church, Lincoln or St. Clara’s Manor, Lincoln.

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Donna Westen

Donna Westen, 81, of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 3:44 P.M. Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Manor Court in Clinton.
 
Donna was born on February 7, 1936, in Logan County, IL to Woodrow and Ruby (Montgomery) Allison. She married Robert Westen on December 17, 1954, in Latham, IL. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2017
 
Donna is survived by her children Kim (Doug) Chandler of Decatur, Kristy Westen of Mt. Pulaski, Casey (Stephanie) Westen of Latham, "adoptive son” Bruce (Sue) Lamb of Latham, her grandchildren Libby (Steve) Hayes of Cerro Gordo, IL, Blake Smith of Decatur, CPL Kyle Westen of Fort Stewart, GA and Colton Westen of Latham, and five great-grandchildren, Josh, Jacob and Hannah Hayes and Ava and Gianna "Gigi” Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons Terry and Randy Westen and one sister.
 
Donna was a farmer’s wife and enjoyed going to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren” sporting events, county fairs and showing cattle.
 
Services for Donna will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Latham with Rev. Mark Morgan and Rev. Ziola Marty officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services from 9:00-10:00 A.M. Memorials may be made in Donna’s name to the Latham Fire and Rescue. Private graveside services will be held at Lake Bank Cemetery at a later date. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski.

 

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Clarence A. "Jack" Ackerson

Clarence A. "Jack” Ackerson, 93, of Lincoln passed away at 1:05 p.m. on November 25, 2017, at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
 
Jack was born on June 2, 1924, in Lincoln; son of Clarence E. and Mamie (Cuzick) Ackerson. He married Margaret Ann Amberg on October 8, 1949, in Paragould, AR. She survives in Lincoln.
 
Also, surviving is his daughter: Dawn (Gerald) Begolka of Atlanta, IL; one grandson: John Cunningham; one brother: Robert "Bob” Ackerson. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Essie Marie Altman, Isabel Stout, and Erma Naugle.
Jack was a Lincoln City Police Department Sergeant and owner and operator of Jack’s Sunoco Station in Atlanta, IL. He attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln with his wife and was a lifetime member of the VFW #1756 in Lincoln.
 
Jack loved his family and his Lord. He took pride in being a WWII veteran, where he was stationed in France, Germany, the Philippines, and Japan. He loved nature and his rides through Scully Park. He will be missed as a great family man and friend. He lived a full life.
 
Visitation for Jack will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Memorials may be made in Jack’s name to The Lincoln VFW #1756.

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Randall Tungate

Randall Tungate, 58, of Illiopolis, IL passed away at 7:00 A.M. Thursday, November 23, 2017, at his home.
 
Randall was born on July 19, 1959, in Kentucky, to Milburn and Hallie Tucker Tungate. He married Debbie Reinhart in Lincoln, IL. He later married Fawndalin Boyle on May 31, 1996, in Lincoln. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are two daughters, Crystal Ann Tungate and Kasey Marie Tungate, two sons Dustin Boyle and Gary Boyle, four sisters, Mary Lou (JT) Noe of Bradsfordville, KY, Debbie (Gary) Brandt of Lincoln, IL, Ann (Mitch) Rohlfs of Lincoln, IL and Susie Tungate of Shawnee, OK, three brothers, Jr. (Diane) Tungate and Glenn Tungate, both of Lincoln, IL, and Hoagie Tungate of Lebanon, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, James, Robert and Sandy and one sister Marsha.
 
Randall was a welder at Trall Carr and Matcor Metalcraft. He had been a welder for 35 years.
 
There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the family of Randall Tungate. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is entrusted with arrangements.

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Glendora Allen

Glendora Allen, 80, of Lincoln, passed away at 12:59 A.M. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Christian Nursing Home in Lincoln.
 
Glendora was born on December 29, 1936, in Mt. Pulaski, IL, to Robert and Maude (Banner) Allen. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Esther Allen, of Springfield.
 
Services for Glendora will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, November 27, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Burial will take place at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski at a later date. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Terrence "Terry" Ollis

Terrence "Terry” Ollis, 80, passed away at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
 
Terry was born on July 7, 1937, in Lincoln, to Clifford and Marguerite (Schrishuhn) Ollis. He married Judith "Judy” Jones on August 26, 1959. He later married Deanna Sue Kodatt on June 23, 1982. She survives in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Also surviving are two daughters Areta (Steve Karvunis) Carlin of Rochester, IL and Yvonne Litterly of Mt Pulaski, IL, one son Michael (Dianna) Ollis of Omaha, Nebraska, one step-daughter Kelly (Scott) Faith of Mt. Pulaski. He also has 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, infant son Byron Clifford, and one stepson Chip Kodatt.
 
Terry was an Insurance Agent with State Farm Insurance for many years. Terry was a United States Veteran serving in the US Navy. In his younger days, he coached kids in baseball, basketball and swimming teams.
 
A memorial gathering will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pulaski EMS or the Lincoln American Post #263.

 

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Merrill Bishop

Merrill Bishop, 90, of Decatur, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 3:48 P.M. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Heritage Manor in Mt. Zion.
 
Merrill was born on July 12, 1927, in Fairfield, IA, to Sherman and Etta (Murphy) Bishop. He married Patricia Karns on September 18, 1947. She survives him in Decatur.
 
Also surviving are three sons, John (Julie) Bishop of Mt. Pulaski, David (Leann) Bishop of Corpus Christi, TX, and Michael (Chay) Bishop of Decatur, 3 sisters, Patricia Peebler of Red Bluff, CA, Connie Miller of Las Vegas, NV, and Mary Jane Johnson of Green Lake, WI, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 
Merrill managed several fertilizer plants during his career. He was a United States Navy veteran serving in WWII. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post #447 where he was a past commander and was also a member of the VFW Post #777.
 
Services will be on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Mt. Pulaski with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services (10:00-11:00) at the church. Military honors will follow services at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski.

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Dean Edward Skelton

Dean Edward Skelton, 67, passed away at 5:00 a.m. on November 23, 2017, at Heritage Health in Springfield, IL.
 
Dean was born on January 1, 1950, in Springfield, IL; son of Burt and Edith Marie (Allen) Skelton. He married Joyce A. Gurnsey on June 8, 1977, in Middletown, IL. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2015.
 
Surviving Dean are his mother; two children: Adam (Catherine) Skelton of Chatham, IL and Michelle (Jeff) Killion of Elkhart, IL; six grandchildren: Austin, Brayden, Cadence, Hayden, Camrynn, and Graedy; three sisters; one brother.
 
Dean was a United States Army Veteran and was a member of the Middletown American Legion Post #594.
 
Services for Dean will be 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2017, also at the funeral home. Burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by the Lincoln American Legion Post# 263. Memorials may be made in Dean’s name to Heritage Health Hospice in Springfield, IL.

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Joan Lewis

Joan Lewis, 81, of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:07 A.M. November 29, 2017, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
A celebration of Joan’s Life will be 10 AM Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to The Vault.
 
Joan was born April 15, 1936, in Wapella, IL, the daughter of Jesse Wayne and Nellie Aretta (Nelson) Thoms. She married Paul William Lewis August 30, 1954, in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Paul William Lewis, Clinton, IL; Children: Belinda “Lindy” L. (Daniel J.) Hubert, Lowell, IN; William “Bill” Wayne (Jill) Lewis, Chino Hills, CA; and Loretta “Lori” (Jerry) Benedict, Clinton, IL; 9 Grandchildren; 10 Great-grandchildren; Siblings: Sara (Larry) Stewart, Blain, PA; and Jay Wayne (Barb) Thoms, Clinton, IL.
 
She was preceded by her parents, Brother: Ray Marvin Thoms, Sister: Ida Ellen Gentry, and Grandson: Tyler Lewis.
 
Joan worked for the Clinton School District for 25 years until her retirement. She supported Paul’s music career and was his #1 fan. She was sassy and spunky, but, was extremely loving to everyone, especially children.

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Mary Louella Lane

Mary Louella Lane 82 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:10 AM November 27, 2017, at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Vespasian Warner Library or the DeWitt Co. Animal Shelter.
 
Mary was born December 9, 1934, in Clinton, Illinois the daughter of Virgil and Lorine (Anderson) DuPree. She married John Corwin Lane March 27, 1955, in Clinton, IL. He passed away October 2, 2002.
 
Survivors include her children, Tom Lane, Clinton, IL; and Nancy Lane, Clinton, IL; and her manpanion of 15 years, Mike Jordan, Decatur, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents and 1 Brother.
 
Mary worked at the Vespasian Warner Library.  She loved reading, golfing, and bird watching.   She also enjoyed traveling and Illini Basketball. 

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Gertrude Evelyn Clark

Gertrude Evelyn Clark, 92, of Kenney, Illinois passed away 1:05 AM November 24, 2017, at Symphony of Decatur, Decatur, Illinois.
 
Per Gertie’s wishes, there will be no services. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Symphony of Decatur.
 
Gertie was born January 22, 1925, in Weldon, IL the daughter of William and Bertha Mae (Smith) Morrow. She married James Welton Clark February 17, 1946, in Clinton, Illinois. He passed away November 17, 2007.
 
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Welch, Decatur, IL; and one sister.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, one sister, and two brothers.
 
Gertie was a member of Texas Christian Church and the DeWitt County Amateur HAM Radio Club. She loved cooking, gardening, crocheting, playing BINGO, and living on the farm.
 
The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the staff at Symphony of Decatur, especially, Nicki, Tamisha, Marge, Jean, Warren, Janice, and Julie; along with special friends, Wanda, Chuck, and Bessie.
 
Gertie was a loving wife, mother, and friend who will be greatly missed.

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Quint A. Stephenson

Quint A. Stephenson, 53 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:30 A.M. November 23, 2017, at his family home in Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Monday, November 27, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 4 – 6 PM, Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Guardians of the Children.
 
Quint was born March 25, 1964, in Clinton, IL the son of William and Sharon (Mears) Stephenson.
 
Survivors include his mother: Sharon Stephenson, Clinton, IL; children:  Chase (Whitney) Stephenson, Clinton, IL; Jackson Stephenson, Clinton, IL; and Callie Stephenson, Clinton, IL; grandson, Wesley Stephenson, Clinton, IL; brother, Bob (Diane) Stephenson, Lincoln, IL; nephew and nieces:  Andrew (Emily) Stephenson, Indianapolis, IN; Amber (Brian) Potthoff, Lincoln, IL; and Alyssa Stephenson, Lincoln, IL; step-grandnephews:  Alex and Chase Potthoff.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Quint worked at DynaGraphics in Decatur, IL.  He liked to ride motorcycles and went to Sturgis during the summer of 2017.

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Jeffrey Nechkash

Jeffrey Nechkash, 63, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away on November 23, 2017, at his home.
 
His service will be from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Downs, Illinois. Donations can be made in care of Jordan Nechkash to help with funeral expenses.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois, is handling arrangements.
 
Jeff was born April 3, 1954, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin a son of John and Evelyn Nechkash. He married Kelly Cook in 1982, she survives.
 
Jeff is also survived by his two sons, Graham (Audriana) Nechkash of Bloomington, Illinois and Jordan (Ashley) Nechkash of South Carolina; three grandsons, Wyatt, Case, and Clayton; his sister, Becky (Frank) Toohill of LeRoy, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph, his parents and his in-laws. 
 
Jeff graduated from Tri-Valley in 1972. He worked for Heartland Printing for 16 years.
 
Jeff was an amazing brother, uncle, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
 

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Denver Lee Bailey

Denver Lee Bailey, 60, of Bellflower, Illinois, passed away at 7:58 A.M., Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at his residence.
 
His visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M., Monday, November 27, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 North Main Street, Famer City, Illinois. A Memorial Service will follow at 5:00 P.M. with Rev. Wayne Clevenger officiating. Please wear your casual Cubs attire. Memorials may be made to the Carle Hospice Program, Champaign, Illinois.
 
Denver was born July 2, 1957, in Somerset, Kentucky, a son of Hubert and Marie Wooton Bailey. He married Terrye Flannery on January 29, 1977, in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his wife, Terrye Bailey of Bellflower, Illinois; mother, Marie Bailey of Gibson City, Illinois; three daughters, Jennifer (Jeremy) Duke of Gibson City, Illinois, April (Blake) Warren of Gibson City, Illinois and Krystal Bailey of Bellflower, Illinois; five grandchildren, Owen, Ethan and Declan Duke; Anna and Carly Warren. Preceded in death by his father.
 
Denver was a truck driver and looked forward to coming home to see his grandkids. He loved to watch his grandsons wrestle and play football at GCMS.
 
Denver was a die-hard Cubs fan before it was “cool”!

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Della Bernice Alsup Disbrow

Della Bernice Alsup Disbrow, 95, passed away November 24 in Chandler, AZ. A gathering to celebrate her life will be announced later. Memorials may be made in her name to the Macon County Genealogy Society or the charity of your choice. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur, is assisting the family.
 
Bernice was born on October 21, 1922 to parents Margaret and Charles Alsup in Latham, Illinois, the fifth of seven children. She was raised on a farm in the Warrensburg area. Bernice attended Warrensburg Latham schools and married her high school sweetheart, Lewis Benning Disbrow, on August 22, 1940.
 
Ben and Bernice had 4 sons, Jim, Ted, Bob and Tom. The family initially lived on the farm, but later transitioned to living in Argenta. Eventually, Ben and Bernice moved to the Disbrow Family Farm outside of Warrensburg where they lived for many years. Bernice worked outside the home most of her career. She was an excellent secretary and book keeper and spent most her career in the insurance industry. She ended her career running her own federal crop insurance agency.
 
Upon her husband Ben’s retirement from Caterpillar, they started Black Bart’s Pumpkin Patch on the historic Disbrow family farm on Wyckles Road east of Warrensburg. For several years they hosted many school field trips for local students who enjoyed a free pumpkin and tales of Black Bart.
 
Ben and Bernice extensively researched family genealogy with great interest. Bernice published two books which trace the family history from the early days of our country to the publishing date with many stories of ancestral life and times.
 
Ben and Bernice were married for almost sixty-nine years until he died in 2009. They were social, outgoing, friendly people who enjoyed their large family and many friends. Ben and Bernice lived their entire lives in and around the Decatur Communities. Bernice lived the last six years in Chandler, AZ close to one of her sons and his family.
 
Bernice was preceded in death by one son, Jim, her husband and all the Alsups and Disbrows of her generation except her sister, Mable McCane of Ft. Myers, FL and sister-in-law Rose Ellen Wentworth of Decatur. She is survived by sons Ted (Jackie) of Chandler, AZ, Bob (Jessica) of Decatur and Tom (Lee) of Columbia, SC and 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
 
Bernice’s family was the true love of her life and she always had time, energy and love for all of them. To quote a grandson “I have learned so many wonderful life lessons from her words over the years, some of which I find myself reciting to others and my family. She truly defines matriarch and is an enduring role model for all of us.”
 
See the expanded obituary and share condolences and memories at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

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Rita Jostes

Rita Foster Jostes, 87 of Monticello, IL formerly of Argenta, IL passed away 3:48 A.M. November 21, 2017 at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Rev. Andrew Maxwell officiating. Burial will follow at Harristown Cemetery, Harristown, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed the Roman Family Foundation, 737 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1520, Chicago, IL, 60611.
 
Rita was born April 30, 1930, in Normal, IL, the daughter of James and Opal Crowe Foster. She was raised in Niantic, IL in a loving home by her Aunt Erma and Uncle Bryan Spencer. She married Dick E. Jostes on December 11, 1949 in Niantic, IL. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2014, having been married for 65 wonderful years.
 
Survivors include her son, Dave (Cheri) Jostes of Argenta, IL; a daughter, Deborah (John) Crow of Vinton, IA; five granddaughters: Laura (Jaiman) Fisher of Orlando, FL; Kristin (Scott) Craig of Clinton, IN; Abby (Aaron) Siek of Blairstown, IA; Kari Jostes of Shelbyville, KY; and Danielle (Doug) Spalding of Shelbyville, KY; and six great-grandchildren: Adelaide and Everett Fisher, Owen Siek and Amelia, Lily and Kate Craig.
 
She was preceded in death by both her parents, an infant son, Rodney, 3 brothers and two sisters.
 
She was a member of Forsyth United Methodist Church.
 
Rita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and loved to entertain. She was well-known for her delicious meals, cookies and cakes, and her ability to put together a meal quickly for the unexpected guests her late husband would often bring home. Although she will be missed greatly , the family takes great comfort in knowing that Rita has left this earthly place to be with her beloved husband and family members she lost at too young of an age.
 
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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Monte Earl Jenkins

Monte Earl Jenkins, 74, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 2:20 A.M., Sunday, November 19, 2017, at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.
 
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Monte was born April 24, 1943, in Bloomington, Illinois the son of Earl and Mabel Fern Montgomery Jenkins. He married Pamela Sue Moore on October 24, 2003, in Bloomington, Illinois. She survives in Bloomington, Illinois.
 
He is also survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Jenkins of Bloomington, Illinois, one niece and one nephew.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Doty.
 
Monte was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed the Cubs and the Bears. He also enjoyed his motorcycle.

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Michael D. Hardin

Michael D. Hardin of Norwich, CT formerly of Lincoln, IL passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in Willimantic, CT.
 
Michael was born on June 4, 1951, in Lincoln, IL the son of William and Louise (Eimer) Hardin. He married Bear Nolan on March 16, 2010, in Willimantic, CT. She survives in Norwich.
 
Michael is also survived by his children: Sherri (Scott) Rappé, Sarah (Michael) Kendrick, Michael R. Hardin, William J. Hardin, and Conall N. Hardin; his siblings: Dan (Debi) Hardin, Tom Hardin, Jayne (Peter) Hintzman, and Phil (Michelle) Hardin. Additionally, he is survived by his grandchildren: Dallas Rappé, Hailey Rappé, Hunter Kendrick, and Blake Kendrick.
 
Michael was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Michael was a longtime employee of Gunther International. He was dedicated to customer service in the technology and manufacturing field. He was a hard worker and worked until his last days. He encountered many people through his line of work and all would describe him as charismatic. He was a very accomplished bowler with many perfect games. One of his highest achievements was holding the highest series of 858 for a number of years as well as being inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame at age 41.
 
Services for Michael will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at St. Mary Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to Ronald McDonald house or gofund Jamaica AED.

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Phyllis A. Ruwe

Phyllis A. Ruwe, 68, of Maroa passed away Friday, November 17, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 22, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held 5:00 - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 21 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to service time, Wednesday, at the church. Burial will be in Upper Ridge Cemetery, Maroa, IL (west of Maroa).
 
Memorials in Phyllis’ honor may be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church or New Life Pregnancy Center.
 
Phyllis was born July 31, 1949, in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Albert and Mildred (Koester) Johnson. She married Alan Ruwe on February 1, 1970, in Lincoln, IL.
 
She was a teacher for the GED program at Richland Community College and was a counselor at New Life Pregnancy Center for over 30 years. Phyllis was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Decatur and a member of the Bible Study Fellowship.
 
She is survived by her husband, Alan; children, Chad Ruwe and wife Beth of Maroa, IL, Brad Ruwe and wife Lori of Aurora, IL, and Ryan Ruwe and wife Elaine of Dripping Springs, TX; grandchildren, Kiersten, Alexandra, Braden, Peyton, Aryn, Logan, Jack, and Dylan; sisters, Betty Hamann of New Holland, IL and Donna Ware of Holt Summit, MO.
 
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com

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Jay Haning

Jay Michael Haning, 40, of Morton, passed away 12:11 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15, 2017) at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
 
His funeral will be noon Monday at Minier Christian Church. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Davis-Oswald Mortuary, Hopedale, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Jay Haning Memorial Fund.
 
Private interment will be at a later date.
 
Jay was born March 10, 1977, in Bloomington, a son of Duane and Joyce Ruwe Haning. His mother preceded him in death on June 26, 1996.
 
Surviving are his father, Duane Haning, Minier; one brother, Brad (Julie) Haning, Mackinaw; one sister, Jill (Mike) Leahy, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; and three nephews, Brady, Nolan, and Calan Leahy, all of St. Croix Falls.
 
Jay graduated from Olympia High School, Stanford, in 1995. In August 1995, he entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He majored in agronomy and joined Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity, where he lived during his college years. He also worked for Ken and Barb Dalenberg on their grain farm during this time, which he enjoyed thoroughly. Jay graduated in 1999, earning a bachelor’s degree.
 
After graduation, he went to work with John Deere Company in the Hay and Forage Equipment Division. He tested a prototype and new introduction baling equipment. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and lived in Australia for a short time, testing machines there. From there, he went to Davenport Training Center where he was an ag service training instructor. He taught dealer service training for dealer techs and personnel. He developed an extensive background for John Deere Ag machines.
 
After some years at the training center, he went to the customer support division, where he was a territory customer support manager in western Illinois. He supported dealers in several territories throughout Illinois. He gained many wonderful friends throughout his career with John Deere. He wore no other hat.
 
Besides Jay’s time with Deere, he maintained his absolute passion for farming and continuing the family farm. He was very adamant about keeping up with the latest technologies introduced in agriculture and he applied his experience from one career to the next. He was first and foremost an Illinois farmer.
 
Jay’s hobby was tractor pulling. He started at age 14. His first pulling tractor was a 1934 Hart Parr. He then expanded his hobby with Paul, Bill, Joe, and Herb of Friedrich Farms Pulling Team. They spent the last 12 years pulling throughout the Midwest. They ran in the 10,000-pound pro-stock class, most recently running a new component tractor named Buck with No Doe. This was Jay’s biggest thrill and he spent many hours working on the tractor with the guys. The team received ITPA Sportsmanship of the Year Award in 2015 and received Friedrich-Haning pulling team family of the year 2017.
 
Jay will be greatly missed by his family and thousands of friends. He will be remembered for his “off the wall” sense of humor, his infectious laugh, and his engaging smile. Godspeed Driver!

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Lorraine Johnson Bayer

Lillian Lorraine Johnson Bayer, 96, of Lincoln, passed away Friday (Nov. 17, 2017) at St. Clara’s Manor, Lincoln.
 
Lorraine was born April 20, 1921, in Chicago, the daughter of James and Lottie (Beck) Morriss. She married Everett Johnson on Nov. 21, 1940, in Downers Grove. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1971. Lorraine later married Edward A. Bayer on April 1, 1977, in Lincoln. He preceded her in death.
 
Lorraine is survived by her children, Christel Huff, Creigh (Linda) Johnson, and Curtis (Debra) Johnson; her stepchildren, Bonnie (Gabe) Vuolo, Ted (Mare) Bayer, Mary Ann (Pat) Johnson, and Edie Bayer; many grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.
 
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and one brother, Richard Morriss.
 
Lorraine was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, and Lincoln chapter 351 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a life member of ALMH Auxiliary and an ALMH life member senior citizen of Logan County. Lorraine was a longtime member of Oasis Senior Center.
 
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will take place one hour prior to her service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at New Union Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Lorraine’s name to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln, Arthritis Foundation, and Humane Society of Logan County.

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Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson, 60, of Elkhart passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
 
Michael was born on September 3, 1957, in Carlinville, IL; the son of Conrad Joseph and Betty (Baggs) Dawson. He married his best friend, Michelle Danley on September 13, 2003, in Elkhart, IL She survives.
 
Michael is also survived by his children: Jason Dawson, Melissa (Josh) Brown, Tosha (Travis) Brannum, and Jessica (Shun) Hicks; his brothers: Phillip Dawson, Steve (Linda) Dawson, Jim (Pam) Dawson, and John (Janelle) Dawson; additionally he is survived by seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, as well as many great-nieces and nephews.
 
Michael was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Anne; and his four-legged pal, Jack Dawson.
Michael enjoyed traveling with Michelle. He was the owner and operator of The Taste of Illi restaurant in Illiopolis, IL. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family.
 
A celebration of Michael’s life will be held from 2:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to The Elkhart Fire Dept.

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Anthony J. "Tony" Hable and Karen S. Hable

Anthony J. "Tony" Hable 57 and Karen S. Hable 57 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:58 PM November 11, 2017, from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of  Rt. 51 North and Autumn Rd., Clinton, IL.
 
Mass Of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Friday, November 17, 2017, St. John's Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. Burial will be  St. Joseph Cemetery, Farmer City, IL. Visitation will be 4 - 7 PM, Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the church with Rosary at 3:30. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, Masses or donations may be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, St. Paul's Catholic School in Bloomer, Wisconsin, or another organization of your choosing.
 
Tony was born March 24, 1960, in Chippewa Falls, WI, in his early years was a resident of Bloomer, WI, the son of William and Marcella (Grill) Hable. Karen was born June 19, 1960, in Evansville, IN the daughter of Albert W. and Ruth (Ahlering) Schoettlin, Jr. Tony and Karen were married on June 16, 1984, in Evansville, IN.
 
Survivors include their children, Alan (Ashley) Hable, Champaign, IL and Emily Hable, Indianapolis, IN; granddaughter, Ava Hable, Champaign, IL and one grandchild on the way.
 
Also surviving are his siblings:  Monica (Michael) Dimino, Watertown, MA; Patricia Zastrow, Sun Prairie, WI; Jean (Kirby) Bischel, Cincinnati, OH; William (Judy) Hable, Bloomer, WI; Peter Michael "Mike" (Sally) Hable, Bloomer, WI; David (Nancy) Hable, Beraby, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Tony was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas Hable; sister-in-law, Gloria Hable; and brother-in-law, Milfred Zastrow.
 
Also surviving are Karen's siblings: Ruthanne (Thomas) Otto, Baltimore, MD; and Mary Kaye Mooney, St. Louis, MO.
 
Karen was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Timothy Mooney.
 
They were dearly loved as a brother and a sister, as parents, as grandparents, as an uncle and aunt, as in-laws, as cousins, and as friends.
 
Tony worked his entire post-college career for the Clinton Power Station as a Professional Engineer and spent many hours in his garden in his free time. Karen raised their two children and volunteered her time and energy in caring for many people in the Clinton community and doting on her granddaughter.
 
Their lives will be marked not by themselves or their careers, but rather, by those that they affected. They often chose to serve others rather than living for themselves. They were both members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clinton, IL where they served as lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, singers in the choir, Sunday school teachers, parish council members, and general servants of all. Along with their parish, they participated in the Cursillo community and their generosity was known by many.
 
They often remarked that they loved being with their family. Whether it be around the table for a nice meal or on a trip to somewhere new, they loved being with their kids and especially loved being together.

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Dr. Donald Reed Jensen

Dr. Donald Reed Jensen, 86, of Bloomington, Illinois, died at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 13, 2017.   
 
His visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 17, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Le Roy, Illinois. His funeral service will follow at 3:00 P.M. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Le Roy, Illinois.  Military rites provided by Ruel Neal Post 79 American Legion LeRoy, Illinois.  Memorial donations may be made to the Dept. of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University or Donor's Choice.
 
Reed was born May 4, 1931, in Pocatello, Idaho, the third of four sons, to Joseph Golden and Myrtle Lillie Reddish.  He married Brigitte E. Becker in Heuchelheim, Kreis Giessen/Lahn, Germany November 2, 1956.  She survives.  
 
Surviving are two daughters, Linda C. (Chad) Covert and Donna M. (Mark) Brent Hicks; son, David R. (Kaori) Jensen; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
 
Mr. Jensen attended Pocatello public schools, Idaho State University (BS, Chemistry, 1953), University of Washington, Seattle (BA, Zoology, 1954).  He served in the United States Army Medical Corp from 1954-1957.  Upon release from the military, he attended Utah State University where he earned advanced degrees in Physiology (MS, 1961; Ph. D. 1964).  He was awarded a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship and conducted research in Germany at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University from 1964 to 1966.  Dr. Jensen then accepted a position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Illinois State.  During his tenure at ISU, he was known for his great love for teaching and for the unselfish dedication of his time to students.  He served as Assistant to the Department Chairman for 10 years directing affairs of the Undergraduate Program, Inventory and Space allocation, advising students in the Academic Advisement Office, and Chairman of the Physiology and Anatomy Section of the Department for many years.  He was elected to the status of Fellow in the American Association of Sciences in 1959.  Mr. Jensen retired in September 1994.
 
At home, "Reed" was known for his great devotion to family, friends, neighbors, and gardening.  Passers-by were always pleased to see his flowers.  The raspberries, gooseberries, currents, and apples he grew were always a delight to his children and grandchildren.  Reed was loved and adored by all that knew him and he truly will be missed.  Reed Jensen (Papa) had a strong Faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  God's comfort and promises bring peace to his loved ones.  "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."   Amen.

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Richard L. Treatch

Richard L. Treatch, 83, passed away at 12:51 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on November 7, 2017.
 
Richard was born on October 2, 1934, in Grand Forks, North Dakota; son of George and Helen Evelyn Olson Treatch. He married Betty Ann Gordon on May 19, 1954, in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death, he then married Nancy E. Curry on May 22, 1993, in Cambria CA.
 
Surviving Richard are his children: Richard B. (Phyllis) Treatch of Fresno, CA, Charles E. (Rhonda) Treatch of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, Marci (Douglas) Haas of Clovis, CA, and Lori (James) Erickson of Madera, CA; step-children: Gregory (Lisa) Curry of Lincoln, IL, William Jeffrey (Jackie) Curry of Lincoln, IL, Robert Curry of Lincoln, IL, and Janet Sue (Roger) Alsup of Lincoln, IL one nephew Willie; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
Richard was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan.
 
A memorial service for Richard will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ron Otto officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given in Richard’s name to the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation.

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Betty Lou Kopatz

Betty Lou Kopatz,88, passed away at 5:36 a.m. on November 11, 2017, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Betty was born on January 28, 1929, in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Theodore and Cleva (Brashear) Aderman. She married Carl Kopatz on June 18, 1966. He preceded her in death on November 15, 2016.
 
Surviving Betty is her son: Rev Dr. Perry Kopatz of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren: Jeremy Kopatz and Christine Kopatz both of Phoenix, AZ; two great-grandchildren: Peyton Rose Kopatz and Ryden Quinn Kopatz; one nephew: Don Zelle of St. Louis, MO; one niece: Deborah (Jim) Stahl of Sherman, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister: Mildred Aderman Haynes, and two aunts: Alma Bridges and Ann Brashear.
 
Until age 17, she lived on the Elias Buckles farm west of Mt. Pulaski. She graduated from Buckles Grade School and Mt. Pulaski Township High School. She then graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, IL received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in art and a minor in science. She took classes in Normal at the University Of Illinois and did graduate work at S.I.U. in literature and writing.
 
She taught school kindergarten through eighth grade as well as art and music for grades one through six and science for grades one through four. She taught for 20 plus years in several communities in Illinois and Prince Georges County, Maryland with poetry writings published in several anthologies.
 
Betty worked one year as a district director for the Land Of Lincoln Girl Scouts and two years at The Franklin Life in Springfield, IL. She was a member of Mt. Pulaski Historical Society and the Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski.
 
Services for Betty will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service also at the church. Burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Betty’s name to Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Kyle Eric Sigler

Kyle Eric Sigler, 44, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 6:35 P.M., Friday, November 3, 2017, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Zion, Illinois.
 
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Trinity Community Fellowship, Farmer City, Illinois with Pastor Dave Ashby officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the church.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Trust for his son, Nick.
 
Kyle was born June 8, 1973, in Normal, Illinois, to Stephen L. and Linda L. Crow Sigler. He married Tiffany Hodges on October 8, 2016, in Monticello, Illinois. She survives in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
He is survived by his father, Stephen L. (Gail) Sigler of LeRoy, Illinois and his mother, Linda L. Crow Sigler of Monticello, Illinois; four children, Gregory (Anna) Sigler of Brooklyn, Indiana, Tyler Dale Sigler of Mahomet, Illinois, Dakota Marie Sigler of Farmer City, Illinois, and Nickalas Roger Dale Sigler of Clinton, Illinois; two grandchildren, Naomi and Samuel Sigler of Brooklyn, Indiana; one sister, Jennifer Nicole Sigler of Monticello, Illinois; one stepbrother, Jon Thomas of Lincoln, Illinois; one stepsister, Abby Cannon of Bloomington, Illinois; mothers of Kyle’s children, Holly Lane of Brooklyn, Indiana, Lisa Sigler of Farmer City, Illinois and Dawn Copeland of Clinton, Illinois; and a lifetime friend, Tabitha Keysear of Washington, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Phyllis Crow, his paternal grandparents, Edison and Dorothy Sigler and one uncle, Nick Crow.
 
Kyle was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He took part in the American Passion Play – Roman Soldier (4th generation of the family) for several years. He liked to shoot pool and hang out with friends and family.

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Richard D. Abbott

Richard D. Abbott 58 of Waynesville, IL passed away 6:05 AM November 8, 2017, at his family residence, Waynesville, Il.
 
Graveside services will be 1:00 PM, Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Dudley Cemetery, Dudley, MO with Pastor A. Lynn Ash officiating.  Visitation will be 10 AM – 12 Noon, Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Masonic Services at 12 noon.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Richard D. Abbott Memorial Fund.
 
Richard was born April 16, 1959, in St. Louis, MO the son of William and Velma Louise (Jarrell) Abbott.  He married Pauline K. Davis March 14, 1987, in Dudley, MO.
 
Survivors include his wife, Pauline K. Abbott, Waynesville, IL; children:  Amy L. Abbott, Lincoln, IL and Kristina D.  (Devon C.) Lashbrook, Wapella, IL; grandson, Rylan C. Lashbrook;  mother, Velma Louise Abbott, Dudley, MO; sister, Vicki (Wayne) Holmes, Carrollton, GA.
 
He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Richard worked at Lincolnland, Lincoln, IL.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #210 AF & AM in Lincoln, IL.  Richard loved fishing, gardening, and the outdoors. 

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Marjorie Ann Hayes Spencer

Marjorie Ann Hayes Spencer, 99 of Ankeny, Iowa formerly of Clinton, Il. passed into her heavenly home 7:50 A.M. November 5, 2017, at Millpond Retirement Community, Ankeny, Iowa.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 - 11 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, Mill Pond Retirement Community or the donor's choice.
 
Marjorie was born May 14, 1918, in Crow Agency, MT the daughter of J.R. and Maud (Billings) Johnson. She moved to Watauga, TN at an early age and grew up there. She graduated from Happy Valley High School. Marjorie married Frank Hayes in Bristol, VA in 1939. In 1990 she married Robert Spencer in Clinton, IL. She was a great caretaker of both of them before they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister: Eloise Phillips, grandson: Paul Michael Hayes and step-grandson: Sean Rogers.
 
Frank and Marjorie moved to Clinton in 1951 where she lived until her health needs required her to move to Mill Pond Retirement Community in Ankeny, IA in 2005.
 
Some of the great loves of her life were her family, her friends and her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a very active member of First Baptist Church in Clinton, as long as health allowed. She loved to teach the Bible to children in Sunday School Classes and Back Yard Bible Clubs. She also regularly shared her faith with teens and adults throughout her life.
 
She was known for and enjoyed being a fine homemaker, a fantastic cook, wonderful hostess, a very happy and friendly lady with a southern accent and charm. She worked as a telephone operator and dental assistant. In later years she also enjoyed Wii Bowling and Bingo with friends at Mill Pond.
 
Left to cherish her memory is a daughter: Judy (Russell) Delaney of Lecanto, FL; son: Joe (Marty Abbott) Hayes of Ankeny, IA; step-daughter: Dianne Rogers of Cumming, GA; grandchildren: Sheila (Jeff) Clark, Allen, TX, Karen (Paul) Findling, Tampa, FL, James Hayes, Overland Park, KS, John (Deb) Hayes, Grand Island, NE, Dan (Trish) Hayes, Shawnee, KS; step-grandson: Bryan Rogers, Cumming, GA; 13 great-grandchildren; nephew: Jack (Marilyn) Phillips, Hudson, IL and other relatives and friends.
 
Mom, we are looking forward to seeing you again soon and forever.
 
The family would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to the staff at Mill Pond, much other medical personnel and her dentist for their wonderful care of Mom.

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Eileen Catherine Edwards

Eileen Catherine Edwards 87 of Maroa, Illinois passed away 2:15 PM November 4, 2017, at the Eastern Star Home, Macon, IL.
 
Services to celebrate Eileen's life will be 11 AM, Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Graveside services will be at 2:30 PM, Friday at Mottarville Cemetery, Rochester, IL. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice.
 
Eileen was born October 7, 1930, in Springfield, IL the daughter of William H. and Clara Agnes (Schmidt) Ryan. She married Charles "Don" Edwards October 15, 1948, in Springfield, IL. He passed away December 16, 2008.
 
Survivors include her children: David E. (Rose) Edwards, Nicholasville, KY; Carole L.  Barnhorst, Greenwood, IN; Darla Rae (Roger) Wiseman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings: Mary E.. Springer, Springfield, IL; Carolyn Vancil, Springfield, IL.; William J. Ryan, Murphysboro, IL; Donna Ryan Neuman, Chatham, IL; and special caregiver, and longtime family friend, Larry Pumphrey, Maroa, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and one brother.
 
Eileen was a retired secretary. She was a member of the Hazlemere Chapter #221 O.E.S., Taylorville, IL.  She loved to do arts and crafts, sew, and cook.

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Steven Mac Cook

Steven Mac Cook 66 of Decatur, Illinois passed away 7:37 PM October 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, Illinois.
 
A celebration of his life will be held from 2 – 4 P.M. Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Argenta Community Building.  The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to Argenta-Oreana Booster Club.
 
Steven was born June 28, 1951, in Decatur, IL the son of Bob and Norma (LeHew) Cook.
 
Survivors include his father and step-mother: Bob and June Cook, Loxely, AL; sister and brother-in-law: Tara and John Fornear, Argenta, IL; nephew and nieces: Audra Heckwine, Adam Fornear, Erin Fornear and Morgan Fornear.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.
 
Steven was a 1969 graduate of Argenta-Oreana High School.

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Lillian Ruth Goldberger

Lillian Ruth Goldberger, 92, passed away at 5:25 p.m. at The Christian Village on November 6, 2017.
 
Ruth was born on September 7, 1925, in St. Louis, MO; daughter of Otis Conrad and Lillian (Eckberg) Moore. She was united in marriage with Rev. Arthur J. Goldberger on March 13, 1943, at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2011.
 
Surviving Ruth are her children: Linda Loos of Lincoln, IL, Rev. Arthur Jack (Kay) Goldberger of Bettendorf, IA, Susan Moore of Champagne, IL, Kathleen (Pete) Bishop of West Lafayette, IN, Patricia (Jim) Dermody of Monee, IL, Laura Williams of Lincoln, IL, and Nancy Goldberger of Skokie, IL; fourteen grandchildren; thirty two great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: King, Conrad, and Edgar Moore, two sisters: Olive Moore and Jacqueline Younger.
 
Ruth was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL where she was very active in church activities, one being she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a realtor for many years and was the President of Realtors Association of Logan County and also served as Executive Secretary. Because of her love for children, she and her husband conceived the idea of building a Christian based school that is now Zion Lutheran School.
 
Service for Ruth will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran School, or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Marvin "Marv" Board

Marvin "Marv” Board 86, passed away at 10:25 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL surrounded by his loving family.
 
Marvin was born on February 8, 1931, in Lincoln, IL; son of Herbert and Blanche (Miller) Board. He married Joyce Joann Anderson on July 4, 1958, in Lincoln, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are his children: Vicki (Keith) Hasprey of Lincoln, IL, Victor Board, Scott Board, and Doug (Regina) Board all of Lincoln, IL, Jeff Board of Encino, CA; three sisters: Carol Meents, Marcie Brooks, and Alice Tuma; two brothers-in-law: Speed (Jo) Anderson and Ronnie (Nancy) Anderson; two sisters-in-law: Doris Anderson, Carol (David) Young; six grandchildren: Nathan, Nick, Katlyn, Aurora, Maya May, and Maverick. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Gene Board, one sister: Louise Coombs, and four brothers-in-law: Robert, Eugene "Bugs”, Larry, and Gary Anderson.
 
Marvin was a member of Jefferson Street Christian Church. He was an ironworker out of Local 46 Springfield, IL. for twenty-five years, and local 433 of Los Angeles, CA for ten years. He has been owner-operator of Family Custom Cleaners since 2000.
 
He was a member of the APA Nine Ball Wednesday Night, and Eight Ball Thursday Night Pool League as well as a member of the Eagles Lodge, Ford Antique Club, and a Golden Glove Boxer in his youth.
 
He loved all sports and games and traveling the world with his family. His favorite past time was building birdhouses and taking care of his birds. Big R has his special mixture of birdseed "Marv’s Mix”.
 
Always fun loving and happy go lucky, he never met a person he did not like and was a friend to all with a big smile on his face and no heart he didn’t touch. Those who knew him would say he was one of a kind and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was doing what he loved: building a home with his wife, daughter, son, sons-in-law, and best friend Vic when he went to be with his Lord and Savior.
 
A celebration of Marvin’s life will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017, at The Lincoln Eagles Lodge. Memorials may be made in Marvin’s name to:
 
Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry 125 North Logan St. Lincoln, IL 62656. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Special thanks to Dr. Laya and The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and Staff.

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Donna Jean Lessen

Donna Jean Lessen, 88, passed away at 3:15 p.m. at St. Clara’s Manor on November 4, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
 
Donna was born on April 24, 1929, in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Oliver William and Edna (Hilgendorf) Kromminga. She married Henry "Hank” Lessen Jr. on December 26, 1948, in Lincoln, IL. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2002.
 
Surviving Donna are her children: Terry (Sheila) Lessen of Lincoln, IL and Pamela (Dean) Bismark of Hennepin, IL; one brother: Oliver William Kromminga Jr. of Sacramento, CA; six grandchildren: Terry Lessen Jr., Josh Bismark, Annie Armstrong, Jeff Bismark, Matthew Fricke, and Erik Fricke. Nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Kristie Fricke, and one grandson: Scott Alan Lessen.
 
Donna was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she was very active in church activities and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #263. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, really looked forward to cousins reunion day, loved singing and playing the piano; she loved animals, and always had a furry companion.
 
A memorial service for Donna will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Roger David officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Donna’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Carolyn "Sue" S. Slater

Carolyn "Sue” S. Slater, 77, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in her home surrounded by her family.
 
Carolyn was born on April 15, 1940, in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Gladys (Doty) Proctor. She married Brad Slater on April 22, 1978, in Lincoln, IL, he survives.
Carolyn is also survived by her son, Tom (Teri) Perry; her daughter, Kerri (Shane Lucas) Slater; her grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, Hayden, Hilary, Aubrey, Mary, and Ashley. Additionally, Carolyn is survived by her great-grandchildren, Landon, Tate, and Sydney.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sons, Randy Heinzel and Greg Slater; two sisters; and one brother.
 
A Celebration of Carolyn’s life will be held from 3:00-6:00 P.M. on Friday, November 10, 2017, at The Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Carolyn’s name to her family.
 
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

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Loren Edward Murphy

Loren Edward Murphy, 48, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 10:15 A.M., Friday, November 3, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
There will be a casual gathering of friends from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Victory Christian Center, Farmer City, where friends and family can meet and tell stories about Loren.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Carle Foundation Hospital Rehabilitation Unit.
 
Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Loren was born February 21, 1969, in Monticello, Illinois, to Herschel and Elda Lembke Murphy. He married Khristina Lee Kirk on November 29, 1997, in Farmer City. She survives in Farmer City.
 
He is survived by his children, Damien Murphy, Kenny Murphy and Chelsea Ferguson all of Farmer City, Illinois; sisters, Julie Murphy Graning of Farmer City, Illinois, Pam (Kelly) Lyle of Bloomington, Illinois and Donna Sue Nickison of Grant City, Missouri; brothers, Ray (Cathy) Murphy of Johnsonville, Illinois and Thomas (Donna) Murphy of Brodhead, Wisconsin.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David Lee and Von Haas.
 
Loren was an employee of Cabinetland in Farmer City for thirty years.
 
He was a loving husband; father; a brother; son; and friend to many. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

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Ramona Joan Irvin

Ramona Joan Irvin 89 of Kenney, Illinois passed away 12:28 AM November 5, 2017, at the Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 – 10:30 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Kenney Christian Church or the Kenney Heritage Foundation.
 
Joan was born October 22, 1928, in rural Kenney, IL the daughter of Harold and Delta (Kemp) Ferry. When Joan was two years old her mother died and she was adopted by her great uncle and aunt, Ivon and Helen Kemp.  She married Wilbur Irvin December 25, 1951, in Kenney, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Wilbur Irvin, Kenney, IL; sons: Robert Irvin, Clinton, IL; Roger (Paula) Irvin, Kenney, IL; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Norman.
 
Joan was a homemaker and a member of the Kenney Christian Church.

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Vernon H. Jacobs

Vernon H. Jacobs, 102, of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away at 12:45 A.M., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Gibson City Annex.
 
His visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois.  A graveside service will follow at 11:00 A.M. in Union Cemetery.
 
Memorial donations may be made to Ridgeview High School FFA.  
 
Vernon was born January 9, 1915, in Arrowsmith, Illinois, to Howard V. and Bernice Lemons Jacobs.  He married Doris Hensley on September 30, 1935, in Waukegan, Illinois.  She passed away September 29, 2006.
 
He is survived by one son, Gary (JoAnne) Jacobs, Ellsworth, Illinois; two daughters, Janet Butler, Arrowsmith, Illinois and Jean (Wally) Ward, Hudson, Illinois; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and sixteen great-great-grandchildren. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one sister; son-in-law, Larry Butler; and an infant grandson, Steven Butler.
 
Vernon farmed all his life in Arrowsmith, officially retiring in 1978.  His life was the farm and his family.  He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.

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Margaret Steiling

Margaret "Margo" H. Steiling, 83, of Atlanta, passed away at 7:05 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
 
Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2017) at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Dave Harmon will officiate. A private family burial at Atlanta Cemetery will follow.
 
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service Wednesday.
 
Margaret H. Johnson was born Sept. 14, 1934, in Peoria, the daughter of Carl B. and Eliza Maddox Johnson. She first married Harold S. Stout Sr., who is deceased. She later married Don Steiling.
 
Margaret is survived by children, Betty (Angela Younker) Stout, Atlanta; Rita (Steve, deceased) Billings, Emden; Rick Stout, Atlanta; Sharon (Ric) Cheek, Atlanta; Judy (Greg) Nichols-Harris, Normal; and Dustin (Wendy) Steiling, Normal; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, five sisters, one infant son; and son, Harold Stout Jr.
 
Margaret had worked at Lehn & Fink, Caterpillar and Nestle-Beich. She was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church.
 
Margaret adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was nothing she would not do for them. She also loved working in her yard and planting flowers.
 
Memorials may be made to Atlanta Rescue Squad or the Logan County Paramedic Association.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted to Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Albert S. Rosenberger

Albert S. Rosenberger “Rosie”, 89, of Severn, MD, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 with family by his side. Al was born on August 21, 1928 in New Britain, PA to the late Albert and Rella (Bean) Rosenberger. He graduated from Girard College in Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University in New York. He married his lifelong sweetheart, Elizabeth (Betty) Hopstein, in 1951.
 
Al proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1978. During that time, he and Betty had seven children and traveled the world. From Germany to Pakistan, then onto Okinawa and England, plus three state-side tours – they were always on the move. After retiring at Ft. Meade, Maryland, Al worked for the Department of Defense from 1983 to 1995.
 
In his spare time, Al loved to bowl and was often recruited for the “base teams". All of his children learned to bowl at a young age. He never lost his bowling touch even when it had to be amusement park bowling. After retiring, Al and Betty continued their travels around the USA and Canada, visiting their children and grandchildren. He delighted in finding the latest hot toy, whether it was Beanie Babies, Barbie dolls, or Thomas the Tank Engine, for his much-loved grandchildren. He loved a good game of cards and was quick to show his competitive spirit as his many grandchildren will confirm.
 
Rosie and Betty built many friendships over the years. Many of their closest friends also retired on the east coast. Instead of cards and bowling, the group would gather at the pool or in the evenings for a spirited game of bunko.
 
Al was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters (Martha and Peg) and his loving wife, Elizabeth and son, Craig. He is survived by his son, Randy Rosenberger, of Severn, MD; five daughters, Sheri (Charlie) DeBose of Argenta, IL, Vicki (Ken) Cichocki of Granite Bay, CA, Debra (Steve) Morgen of Windsor, CO, Jill (Jay) Hanchey of Hanover, MD, and Michele (Jim) Uhler of Columbia, MD; and eleven grandchildren - Tegan, Tyler, Chelsea, Jillian, Jeff, Greg, Kristen, Cody, Hope, JT and Zach. Al is also survived by four brothers: Ray (Myra) Rosenberger of Kempton, PA, Roy (Barb) Rosenberger of Camarillo, CA, Herb Rosenberger of Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Dale of Mesa, AZ.
 
The family gives thanks to all the caregivers and nurses who lovingly helped Al in his last years. Their cheerful dispositions and dedication to keeping him busy with wonderful crafts helped him to more fully enjoy life in his final years.
 
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7474 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, Maryland on November 9th at 10:00 a.m. Private interment will take place later that day at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Albert’s name may be made to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090.
 
The family of Albert Rosenberger is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N Oakland Ave, Decatur, IL Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com

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Carl Robert Hillman

Carl Robert Hillman, 94, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth, IL.
 
Visitation will be held from 6 - 8 pm Tuesday, November 7 at Brintlinger and Earl Cerro Gordo Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday, November 8 at Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren. Interment will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cerro Gordo Booster Club or American Cancer Society.
 
Carl was born on October 27, 1923, in Mahomet, Illinois, son of Lewis and Laura (Schwear) Hillman. He married Ethel Elanor Eades on April 18, 1954, in Oakley, IL. She passed away January 20, 2000 in Decatur, IL.
 
Surviving are three daughters: Carla Luann Hillman of Kewanee, IL; Janie Carlene (John) Savage of Skokie, IL and Debbie Carcl Wilson of Cerro Gordo; and one son: Harl Lewis (Deanne) Hillman of Decatur, IL; two grandsons: Carl Wilson and Hayden Hillman; two granddaughters: Hayley and Hannah Hillman; two step-granddaughters: Erin Waltemate and Sarah Savage; one brother: Delmar Hillman of St. Joseph, IL, and many nieces and nephews.
 
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and five sisters: Vera Cleek, Vivian Sprau, LaVern Grant, Pauline Bateman, and Naomi Kroner, and one brother: Estal Hillman. He also had one brother and one sister who both died in infancy.
 
After graduating from Mahomet High School in 1942, where he held the baseball record with 17 strikeouts in seven innings, Carl played in competitive softball leagues until age 60 and coached several youth baseball teams. Carl was a lifelong believer in the Chicago Cubs and was a loyal Cerro Gordo Broncos fan. He was honored as Broncos #1 Fan in 2009. He farmed with his father Lewis Hillman in Central Illinois from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s. Carl retired from the Firestone plant in Decatur, IL in 1989, after 23 years of service and many dedicated overtime hours. He was a member of the Lions Club in Cerro Gordo for 48 years.
 
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com

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Carolyn Sheets

Carolyn Sheets, 83, of Monticello, passed away at 9:15 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2017 at her residence.
 
Carolyn was born February 11, 1934 in Joplin, MO the daughter of William Cleo and Lela Mae (DeGraffe) Brasher. She married Albert Dale Sheets on April 11, 1952 in La Jolla, CA. He passed away August 18, 1999.
 
Carolyn is survived by her sons, David E. Sheets, Bill L. (Leslie) Sheets, and Tim D. Sheets all of Monticello; 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Susan Sheets of Evergreen, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Gary W. Sheets, 1 grandson, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
 
Carolyn was a retired Respiratory Therapist. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Monticello and she enjoyed quilting and square dancing.
 
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Monticello Township Cemetery with Rev. Steve Ingram officiating. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello is handling the arrangements.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com

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Wayne A. Conrady

Wayne A. Conrady, 86, of Lincoln, passed away at 4:40 a.m. on October 29, 2017, at his home at Timber Creek Village, Lincoln, IL.
 
Wayne was born on December 5, 1930, in Lincoln, IL; son of Benjamin Franklin and Viola Ferne (McChesney) Conrady. He married Lois Elaine Paulus on October 7, 1951. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2014.
 
Surviving Wayne are his children: three daughters: Elaine Conrady, Lincoln; Carla (Greg) Jurgenson, Atlanta; Jan (Mark) Schleder, Green Valley; two sons: Gary (Valerie) Conrady, Lincoln; and Greg (Lisa) Conrady of Hartsburg; twelve grandchildren: Ryan (Lyndi) Alberts, Alissa (Rob) Smith, Theresa (Justin) Kegley, Leanne (Dan) Walton, Caleb (Jordan) Schleder, Sawyer, Schyler, and Sage Conrady, and Cody, Savannah, Wyatt and Shyanne Conrady; and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers: Gene (Joyce) Conrady and Benjamin (Rosemary) Conrady both of Lincoln; one sister-in-law: Alice Paulus. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Harold (Margaret) Conrady, brother-in-law: Wilbur Paulus and son-in-law: Daniel Hayes.
 
Wayne graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School, Hartsburg, IL and attended Lincoln College of which he served on the Alumni Board.
 
As owner-operator of Big Oak Farms and Big Oak Hunting Paradise, Wayne’s true passions were Family, Agriculture, and Civics. If Wayne was not at an event with family, he was out working with livestock or raising crops, or advocating for the rural community, agriculture and natural resources. Through Wayne’s lifetime, he was a member of Lincoln Jaycees (Outstanding Young Farmer, 1964); Logan County Board (Chairman ‘82-‘86), Land of Lincoln Workforce Board (35 yrs.); Lincoln Courier Man of the Year, Lincoln Elks; Logan County Agriculture Toastmasters; Logan County Soil and Water District; Agriculture Advisor to USDA Secretary Edward Madigan; Logan County Pork Producers; Illinois Pork Producers (Pork Promoter of the Year, 2011); Annual Illinois State Fair Pork Patio Cashier; Logan County Angus Association; Illinois Angus Association Director; American Angus Association; Breeder of the Year Logan County Calf Scramble; Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited, and a proud NRA member.
 
Wayne was an active member of St. John United Church of Christ where he served on Church Council in various leadership roles.
 
Wayne’s love for life was fueled by his active support of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His loyalties encompassed Hartem Stags, Lincoln Railers, Midwest Central Raiders and most recently Mt. Pulaski Bruins. Livestock shows were his summer highlight, Angus cattle, and swine shows. He also enjoyed attending music programs, award ceremonies, and the Farm Progress Show to see his grandsons’ contributions to the Ag industry. Thank goodness for FaceTime so he could interact with his great-grandchildren who do not live locally. His greatest joy was food, fun, and laughter as he retreated with the whole family each summer in various locales.
 
A memorial service for Wayne will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln with Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, and one hour prior to the memorial service. Burial at Hartsburg Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Wayne’s name to the Logan County 4-H Foundation/Ross B. Conrady Scholarship Fund or Land of Lincoln Workforce (to provide training funds for individuals in need).
 
Wayne’s family would like to thank the staff of Timber Creek and Jennifer Wallace for all the care, love and support that was given to their father.
 
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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