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Ruth Letzkus

Ruth Arlene Letzkus, 73, of Heyworth, passed away at 11:57 A.M., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
 
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Heyworth Christian Church, Heyworth. Pastor Mark Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in Randolph Township Memorial Cemetery, Heyworth. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth is in charge of arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
 
Mrs. Letzkus was born December 7, 1943 in Atwater, IL to Charles Lee and Claudia Marie Simmons Harms.
 
Survivors include two sons, Gregory P. Harms of Heyworth and Jon R. (Pam) Letzkus of San Diego, CA; two daughters, Angie D. (Bernie) Wiltshire and Kelly J. (Matt) Lembke all of Heyworth; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Phillip (Judy) Harms of Atwater; and one sister, Janet (Jerry) Wills of Lexington.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jeffrey Letzkus.
 
Ruth was a college professor and had taught at West Virginia Northern Community College and recently was a systems educator and trainer at State Farm Insurance.
 
She was a member of the Heyworth Christian Church and All Hands Around Quilt Guild, Bloomington.

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Joseph Bennett

Joseph Powell Bennett, 87, of Sherman, IL, formerly of Greenview, IL and Elkhart, IL, passed away at 9:04 A.M. Saturday March 18, 2017 at Villa Health Care East in Sherman.
Joe was born on July 26, 1929 in McDaniels, KY, the son of Julian Joseph and Nellie Ray (Powell) Bennett. He married Erma Fae Heissinger on February 14, 1954 in Williamsville, IL. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2016.
Surviving Joe are his daughters, Brenda (Roger) Doll of O’Fallon, IL, Jill (Dan) Urish of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Jodi (Randy) VanKeuren of Champaign, IL, three grandchildren, Abby Doll of Washington, D.C., Tyler Urish of St. Louis, MO, Reed VanKeuren of Champaign, IL, and one sister Clara Jane (Ken) Johnson of Lincoln, IL . Joe was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother Ralph, and one sister Nell Boner.
 
Joe served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the Elkhart Christian Church, Middletown American Legion, and Williamsville Masonic Lodge AF & AM and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
A graveside service for Joe will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday March 24, 2017 at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Williamsville. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Thursday March 23, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Following the graveside service, the family would like to invite everyone back to the Huddle House in Williamsville for a celebration of life. Memorials may be made to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or to the Logan County 4H.

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Gene Getz

Everett E. “Gene” Getz, 89, of Cerro Gordo passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Gene was born August 7, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Cecil and Amy (Carberry) Getz. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Gene was a member of the American Legion Post #0117 in Cerro Gordo and enjoyed riding his Harley and playing pool. He married Margaret Montgomery February 27, 1946 and she preceded him in death on April 13, 1950. He then married Thelma L. Miller April 12, 1952 and she preceded him in death on July 6, 1998.
 
Surviving is his son Jimmy Getz and wife Julia and brother Larry H. Jacobs and wife Sandy.
 
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, brothers Coney Edward Getz and Gary Lee Jacobs, and sister Carol Sue Miller.
 
The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Moweaqua Nursing Home, Safe Haven Hospice, DMH Hospice, and the 4th floor at DMH for all of their loving care.
 
Graveside services with military honors to celebrate Gene’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Graceland Cemetery.
 
The family of Everett E. “Gene” Getz is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL.

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Charlene Followell

Charlene “Inky” Followell age 73 of Clinton, Il. passed away 2:38 AM March 23, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.
 
Arrangements are incomplete at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.

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William Towns

William H. Towns, 85 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:20 A.M. March 20, 2017 at John Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Stronghurst Township Cemetery, Stronghurst, IL with Rev. Jean Wollenberg officiating, along with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Friday, March 24, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, IL.
 
Bill was born March 21, 1931 in Flora, IL the son of Leland Milner and Florence Ethel (Bass) Towns. He married Barbara Brown in 1952 and later married Ruth Allen June 9, 1973. Ruth passed away February 4, 1992. Later, Bill married Susan Anne Herring October 1, 1996 and she passed away April 2, 2005.
 
Survivors include his children: Robert Eugene (Traci) Towns, Douglas, WY, Bonnie Sue (Richard L.) Christianson, Waynesville, IL, Brenda Marie (Mark Behrend) Woltz, Garnavillo, IA, Rebecca Ann (Tim) Tackett, Clinton, IL, Lily (Paul) Vadakin, Peublo, CO, and Annette (Steve) Brossette, Jacksonville, FL; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; brother: Gene (Barb) Towns, Harvest, AL; sister: Janetta Watson, Fairfield, IL and step brother: Bob (Beverly) Bass, Mt. Erie, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by parents and 4 step brothers.
 
Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, IL. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated the Mobil gas station in Clinton, IL and also farmed in the Stonington area for many years.

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Dorothy Schilt

Dorothy Coleen Schilt, 89, of Mount Pulaski, IL passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, IL.
 
Dorothy Coleen Schilt was born April 7, 1927, in West Salem, IL to Daisy Wilma (Smith) and Victor Paul Kerster. She graduated from West Salem High School in 1945. She taught in one-room schools in West Salem for two years following her graduation. She married Paul E. Schilt in West Salem on July 10, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 5, 2007.
 
Dorothy had been a child care aide at Lincoln Developmental Center, and later a nursing assistant at Horizon Hospital in Pinellas Park, Florida, before retiring in 1989. At Horizon Hospital, she was highly regarded by residents and staff, earning an Employee of the Year award.
 
Dorothy enjoyed sewing, crafts, bird watching, picture-taking, the daily news, and especially, spending time with her family. She delighted in vegetable and flower gardening, and for many years grew and sold hybrid iris bulbs. In recent years, she enjoyed telling stories of her childhood on a family farm (without running water or electricity) and teaching in one-room schools immediately after WWII.
 
She is survived by two daughters, Heidi C. (Mark) McCormick of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Arlene Rose (Jeff Burgett) Schilt of Honolulu, HI; her son, F. Steven Schilt of Mt. Pulaski and Portland, OR; sister, Betty Matthes of West Salem, IL; brother, Richard (Ida Mae) Kerster of Naperville, IL; brother-in-law Wayne D. (Bonnie) Schilt of West Salem, IL; granddaughter, Elyse C. McCormick of Mt. Pulaski; and many nieces and nephews.
 
In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by two infant brothers; sister, Wilma Holsapple; brother, William Kerster; and one nephew and four nieces.
 
The celebration of life services will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Zoila Marty officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (one hour prior to service). Interment will be at Macedonia Cemetery in West Salem, IL at a later date.
 
The family thanks Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homefor their assistance. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Mt. Pulaski Library, the Lincoln Logan Food Pantry, or the donor’s choice.

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Elaine White

Elaine White, 90, of Argenta, IL passed away 9:03 PM, March 20, 2017 at her residence, Argenta, IL.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with Rev. Dr.. William Keagle and Pastor Kate Pyle officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. Visitation will be 6 – 8 PM, Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the funeral home.  The family requests casual attire.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Argenta Fire Dept. or the Argenta History Museum.
 
Elaine was born May 15, 1926 in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of Louis Raymond and Verna (Fischer) Barclay and later Step-Daughter to Louise (Reed) Barclay. She married Noel Dean White January 3, 1945 in Argenta, Il. He passed away January 16, 2004.
 
Survivors include her children, Lynn (Linda) White, Argenta, Il.; Larry (Carol) White, Decatur, Il.; Bruce (Linda) White, Argenta, Il.; Anita “Nikki” Foertsch, Decatur, Il.; Karen (Jerry) Jennings, Argenta, Il.; 10 Grandchildren, Jason White; Kirby Gholson; Cory (Hannah) White; Jenny (Terry) Collins; Scott White; Melissa (Jason) Hesse; Colin Gholson; Amy (Charlie) Naills; Shannon White; Shawna (Jarred) Askren; 4 Step-Grandchildren, Rodney Young; David Black; Kaitlyn Jennings and Sydney Jennings; 16 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Step-Great-Grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents and Step-Mother.
 
Elaine was a very active member of the Argenta Presbyterian Church. She had taught cake decorating classes. She enjoyed dancing, water coloring and most of all spending time with her family.

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Barbara Morris

Barbara H. Morris, 75 of Wapella, IL passed away 2:23 P.M. March 19, 2017
at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Long Point
Cemetery, Wapella, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Calvert Funeral
Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 
Barbara was born April 2, 1941 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Albert and
Helen (Sojka) Yardeen. She married Jerry T. Morris December 23, 1961 in
Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Jerry T. Morris, Wapella, IL; children:
Jerry Dean Morris, Wapella, IL, Roy Neal (Peggy) Morris, Clinton, IL, Mary
Kay (Nick) Godby, Clinton, IL and Nicholas (Cherish) Morris, Indiana; 4
grandchildren: Max, Amanda, Shayna and Shelby; sister: Sandy Swanzy, FL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Barbara enjoyed crocheting and especially spending time with her
grandchildren.

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Joyce Conover

Joyce L. Conover, 62 of Clinton, IL passed away 10:45 A.M. March 19, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 10 A.M. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Patrick Conover and Pastor John Roberson officiating.
Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9 - 10 A.M. Monday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Joyce L. Conover Memorial Fund.
 
Joyce was born September 8, 1954 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of William Wayne and Georgia Murphey. She married Alfred Paul Conover May 20,
1970 in Farmer City, IL. He passed away June 24, 2012.
 
Survivors include her children: Paula Conover and Darrell Conover both of
Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Patrick Conover and Joey Conover both also of
Clinton, IL and one brother: David Murphy.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: Wayne and sisters:
Sharon and Barb.

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Waltraud "Vi" Friedrich

Waltraud "Vi" Sophie Friedrich, 82, of Heyworth died Saturday (March 18, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
 
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church in Bloomington, with the Rev. Gregory Nelson officiating. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Normal immediately following services. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's School or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital-Midwest Affiliate.
 
To express condolences online, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.
 
She was born on Nov. 4, 1934, in Essen, Germany, daughter of Gottfried and Christine Engel Decker. She married Paul Joseph Friedrich on Nov. 22, 1958, in Bloomington.
 
Surviving are her husband, Paul of Heyworth; her five children, son, Joseph (Nancy) Friedrich of Heyworth, daughter, Kathleen (Paul) Ohanian of Scottsdale, Ariz., twin sons, Billy Friedrich and Bobby (Betsy) Friedrich and daughter, Jackie Friedrich, all of Heyworth. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Emily, Austin, Taylor, Logan and Michael Friedrich, Karly and Lily Sage, and Samuel, Ethan and Sophie Ohanian; one brother, Walter Decker of Washington; and one sister, Renee (William) Mueller of Dunlap.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Vi immigrated to the United States from Germany as a teenager. She worked as a secretary at Beich’s Candy Company before meeting Paul at St. Mary's Church. Her loyalty remained with her family, farming, gardening, cooking and raising their five children.
 
She was a member of St. Mary's Church and because of her love of singing, she was in the church's choir. She was a talented artist and member of the Red Hat Society.

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Lou Ceil Gordon

Lou Ceil Gordon, 93, of Villa Park, Calif., formerly of Clinton, passed away March 12, 2017, in Villa Park, Calif.
 
A celebration of life with her family will take place on her birthday in August in Fullerton, Calif., officiated by pastors Bill Tarka and Michael Cooper.
 
She was the youngest child of Robert E. and Anna Pringle Kimmons, born Aug. 6, 1923, in Ash Grove Mo. She was preceded in death by siblings Rex, Lee (Louise), Jack (Tilly), Joe (Marge) and Bea Thrasher. She married Jodie Buntin on Feb. 14, 1945, in Clinton. They had three daughters and lived in Clinton until his death in 1961. She later married G.B. Gordon on Jan. 23, 1965, in Long Beach, Calif., and remained there after his death in 1992.
 
Survivors include daughters, Bonny (Bruce) Cooper, Clinton; Jill (Jim) Hull, Clinton; Vicki Ann Gayton, California; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Matt (Brooke) Cooper and Owen, Fletcher, Jaxon and Wrigley, Wapella; Betsy (Travis) Hoffman and Cole, Zion and Riah, Maroa; Michael (Megan) Cooper and Aubrey and Aurora, Las Vegas, Nev.; Paul (Jennifer) Gaudino and Paul and Nickolas, Pennsylvania; Shae (Bill) Tarka and Braden, Reese and Ryah, California; and special family friend, David Lemons, Champaign.
 
Lou Ceil received her registered nursing degree from Evangelical Deaconess School of Nursing in Lincoln. She worked as a psychiatric nurse during World War II at the military hospital in Greenville, N.C. She returned home, where she married Jodie Buntin and worked at John Warner Hospital. She later got her certification in interior design and aided in her husband's real estate business. Upon his death she obtained her real estate and insurance license to take over the business. She ran Starkey's Insurance and multiple real estate developments for two years before selling them and moving to Long Beach, Calif., again working as a registered nurse. She obtained her bachelor of science in nursing at University of California Long Beach and later married G.B. Gordon.
 
She taught missionary first aid and medical procedures at Pacific Christian College, then in Long Beach, Calif. She was very active in her church and most of all was a servant to the Lord; James was her favorite book.
 
Memorials can be made to Little Galilee Church Camp, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton, IL 61727, or Hope University, 2500 E. Nutwood Ave., Fullerton, CA, 92831.

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Lesa K. Dillon

WELDON – A memorial service for Lesa K. Dillon, 61, of Weldon, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday (March 19, 2017) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Craig Brock officiating. Visitation will precede the service at 4 p.m.

Mrs. Dillon passed away on March 16, 2017, at her home following a lengthy illness.

Lesa was born Nov. 19, 1955, in Bloomington, the daughter of David H. and Lorna L. Smith.

A graduate of Normal Community High School, Lesa continued her education, earning certification from the Bloomington Practical School of Nursing.

She worked as a nurse at Brokaw Hospital in Normal, then with Unit 5 schools in Normal, retiring after 23 years in 2012.

On Feb. 15, 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart, Robert Dillon, in Normal and traveled through life together for 42 years.

She loved her husband, her family and her animals. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren.

Lesa also loved reading, crafting, going to garage sales and traveling.

 

Survivors include her husband; a son, David Dillon (Sara Spenik), Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Michelle Dillon (Jason McDonnald), Bloomington; two sisters, Holly (David) Miller, Harker Heights, Texas; Angie (Ralph) Hernandez, Austin, Texas; and five grandchildren, Mackenzie, Austin, Dillon, Hailey and Bo.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be made to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.

 

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Phyllis "Pat" Hickey

Phyllis A. “Pat” Hickey, 84, passed away at her home in Lincoln at 9:18 a.m. on March 16, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
 
Phyllis was born on December 29, 1932 in Urbana, OH; daughter of Marion and Bertha (Huffman) Detwiler. She married T. Edward Hickey on June 29, 1957 in Lincoln, IL; He survives her.
 
Also surviving is her daughter: Debbie (Ron) Ackerman of Lincoln, IL; her siblings: Richard (Jane) Detwiler and Kathryn Sapp both of Urbana, OH; sister-in-laws: Adele Detwiler of St. Paris, OH and Pauline Williams of Lincoln, IL; three grandchildren: Chris (Katelyn) Ackerman of Plainfield, IL , Craig (Ellen) Ackerman of Lincoln, IL, and Sarah Fuller of Columbia, MO; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter: Lisa Fuller, three brothers: Donald, John, and Thomas Detwiler, and one sister-in-law: Phyllis Smith.
 
Pat worked at Lehn and Fink and State Bank of Lincoln, where she retired from after 29 years of service. She loved to read and spend time with friends and family.
 
Services for Pat will be 11:00 a.m. Monday March 20, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday March 19, 2017 also at the funeral home. There will be a prayer service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday March 19, 2017, a half hour prior to visitation. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery will follow the service on Monday. Memorials may be made in Pat’s name to Memorial Home Hospice.

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Ruth Sturgeon

Ruth Irene Sturgeon 84 of Kenney, Illinois passed away 6:42 P.M., March 15, 2017 at her family residence, Kenney, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 10 AM, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 PM, Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Kenney Fire Dept.
 
Ruth was born November 25, 1932 in Braymer, Missouri, the daughter of Charles L. and Leota May (Summers) Phillips. She married Lawrence Eugene Sturgeon January 23, 1950 in Clinton, IL. He passed away December 17, 1989. 
 
Survivors include her children: Linda Coleman, Clinton, IL; Mike Sturgeon, Kenney, IL; 4 grandchildren: William Coleman, Maroa, IL, Teresa (Dale) Jimison, Kenney, IL, Michelle (Andrew) Fortune, Clinton, IL and Kaitlin Sturgeon, Kenney, IL; 11 great grandchildren: Alexis Howard, Dylan Jimison, Xavier Jimison, Tabitha Coleman, Skye Coleman, Brooklyn Coleman, Alana Coleman, Ryan Stapleton, Baze Stapleton, Morgan and Austin Fortune; 1 great-great granddaughter: Amazetta Russell.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers: Gene Phillips and Dale Phillips.
 
Ruth was a member of the Kenney Christian Church and a member of the Kenney Cemetery Board. She had been involved with several cemeteries in the DeWitt County area. She worked as an in-home care giver and became very close with the families she served. Along with being a St. Louis Cardinals fan, she enjoyed gardening, flowers, and farming.

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Dorothy Ferguson

Dorothy Ferguson, 84, of Theodore, Ala., formerly of Heyworth, died at 1:20 a.m. Monday (March 13, 2017) at her home.
 
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington.
 
Burial: East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
 
Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials: the donor’s choice.
 
Survivors: her daughter, Kelly (Harold), Theodore, Ala.; son, Terry (Margie), Springfield; son, Steve (Patty), Heyworth; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
 

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Carol Sutton

Carol S. Sutton, 60, passed away at 6:40 a.m. on March 7, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center of Mt. Pulaski.
 
Carol was born on February 8, 1957 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of John and Geneva Belle (Sharp) Troyer. She married William Larry Sutton on October 5, 1986 in Lake Fork, IL. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2003.
 
Surviving Carol are her children: Chris (Stacy Menard) White of Lincoln, IL, Matt (Angela) White of New Holland, IL, and Nick (Erica) Sutton of Springfield, IL; her mother Geneva Troyer; three sisters: Geneva Snapp of St. Joseph, MO, Eleanor (Donald) Sharp of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Marcia (Paul) Strieker of Breese, IL, two brothers: John (Nadine) Troyer of Park Falls, WI and Brian (Jane) Troyer of Wausau, WI; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father.
 
Carol was a member of Buffalo Christian Church. She enjoyed watching Cardinal Baseball and Illini Basketball.
 
Services for Carol will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 11, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Grant Ray officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to service (9:00-11:00 a.m.). A private burial at Laenna Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Carol’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the family of Carol Sutton.

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Lori Annette Kocialkowski

Lori Annette Kocialkowski, 50, of Mt. Pulaski, IL, passed away at 5:30 A.M. Tuesday March 7, 2017 at her home.
 
Lori was born on May 1, 1966 to Larry and Carol (Schroth) Alsup in Lincoln, IL. She was a hospice nurse in New Mexico and Florida.
 
Lori is survived by her parents Larry and Carol Alsup of Beason, her brother Michael Alsup of Beason, two sisters, Lisa (Tyler) Messer of Burlington, IA, and Lynne (Randall) Maus of Mt. Pulaski, her nieces Haley Maus, Emily Maus, and Kira Messer, her nephew Toby Messer and a great-niece Tinley Rubenacker.
 
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leonard and Leona Alsup and Irvin and Wardie Schroth.
 
Services for Lori will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday March 11, 2017 at the First Christian Church of Mt. Pulaski with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. A private family burial at Harmony Cemetery in Beason will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Tinley Rubenacker Medical Account. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski is entrusted with services.

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Barbara Rainey

Barbara M. Rainey 92 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:30 AM March 11, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Tuesday at the funeral home.  The family requests casual attire.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Vespasian Warner Library, Clinton, IL.
 
Barbara was born January 8, 1925 in DeWitt County, IL the daughter of Samuel and Myrtle (McConkey) Ijams. She married Earle E. Rainey June 24, 1943 in Clinton, Il. He passed away December 18, 2004. 
 
Survivors include her children, Thomas E. (Judy) Rainey, Kennewick, Washington; Robert D. (Cherie) Rainey, Johnston, Iowa; Samuel L. (Janie) Rainey, Clinton, IL; Carol A. (Dick) Sturgeon, Kenney, IL; 12 Grandchildren:  Christi Osborne, Michael Rainey, Cara Findley, Tricia Mattes, Hillary Cherry, Kirk Rainey, Heath Rainey, Nick Rainey, Sarah Brown, Natalie Totten, Tim Sturgeon, and Nicholas Long;  17 Great-Grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers:  Vincent Ijams and Robert Ijams.
 
Barbara was an avid Cub fan and enjoyed playing cards and golf.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

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Norma Jane Schroeder

Norma Jane Schroeder, 90, of Lincoln, passed away at 6:08 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at The Christian Village in Lincoln.
 
Norma was born on November 26, 1926 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of S. Harold and Ruth (Crumback) Fay. After Ruth’s passing, S. Harold and Dorothy L. (Crumback) Fay raised Norma.
Norma married Paul Cosby on January 17, 1945 he preceded her in death. She later married Paul Schroeder on April 21, 1978. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2004.
 
Norma is survived by her son, Robert T. (Mona) Cosby from Broadwell, IL; two daughters, Barbara (Rodney) Oltmanns of Elkhart, IL, and Ruthie L. (Lester) Marten of New Holland, IL; one sister, Linda S. Fay of Chicago, IL, step son, Dale E. (Kathy) Schroeder; two step daughters, Connie R. (Steve) Haseley, and Cathy A. Baker; seven grandchildren, 23 great-grand-children, and four great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Ruth Lucille.
 
Norma retired from Regions bank in Lincoln; she also worked at the ASCS office. Norma enjoyed being outdoors and traveling. She was a lifeguard when she was younger and has always loved being near water; especially the beaches in Florida. Norma enjoyed serving the Church, food pantry, and her neighbors; her volunteering was a true labor of love.
 
Services for Norma will be held at 11:00A.M. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00A.M.) on Friday, March 10, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will take place after the services at Zion Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Norma’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or Broadwell Christian Church.

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Mildred Meeks

Mildred V. Meeks, 95, of Clinton, IL passed away at 8:51 PM, March 6, 2017 at Heritage Health, Normal, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Friday, March 10, 2017 at the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, IL.  Visitation will be 10 -11 AM Friday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.
 
Mildred was born April 21, 1921 in Parnell, IL the daughter of Rufus and Ethel (Warren) Russell.  She married Ralph Bishop August 18, 1938 in Farmer City, IL.  He passed away April 30, 1965.  She married Ovilee Meeks
June 22, 1968 in Clinton, IL.  He passed away December 5, 2001.
 
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Smith, Bloomington, IL; son, Bob
Bishop, Waynesville, IL; step-children:  Judy Mahle, Stillwater, OK; Joe
(Karen) Meeks, Bloomington, IL; and Bob (Kathy) Meeks, Bloomington, IL;
five grandchildren:  Shelley (Tim) Schultz, Bensen, NC; Steve (Elaine)
Smith, Susan Geske, Sandi Russell all of Bloomington, IL and Bobby Bishop,
of Waynesville, IL; six step-grandchildren:  Angela (Jimmy) Eppler, Ada,
OK; Greg (Kelli) Mahle, Edmond, OK; Joseph (Francine) Meeks, Burlington,
NJ; Leanne (David) Macrowski, Hudson, IL; Sarah (David) Kaye,
Fredericksburg, VA; and Katie (Adam) Havens, Bloomington, IL; ten
great-grandchildren, fifteen step-great-grandchildren, and four
great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sister, Edna Sparrow;
son-in-law, Dale Smith, step-son-in-law, Bill Mahle; infant
great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Russell; and step-great-grandson, Nicholas
Kaye.
 
Mildred was employed at Revere Copper and Brass in Clinton from 1954 until
her retirement in 1983.  She was an active member in the First Christian
Church and its Young at Heart group.  She enjoyed the many trips,
activities and friends of that group.  Mildred was also active in the
Revere Recreation Club and a former member of Rebekah Lodge #852.  As an
avid gardener, Mildred could grow anything, anywhere and often shared her
advice and many blooms with family and friends.

 

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Karl Ives

Karl Kimble Ives, 92, of Forsyth, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Hickory Point Nursing Home in the care of Safe Haven Hospice.
 
Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.  According to Karl's wishes there will be no visitation.  A graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with Military Honors.
 
Karl was born April 1, 1924, in Birkbeck, Illinois.  He was the son of True and Clara (Willson) Ives. He graduated from Wapella High School in 1942.  Karl attended Millikin before proudly serving in the U.S. Navy at Solomon Island for three years.  
 
He married Phyllis Jean Hulburt on May 4, 1946 in Freeport, IL.  
 
Karl was a grain and livestock farmer in Wapella.  He was a director on the Dewitt Savings Bank, Clinton, IL board for 20 years and was also a member of the Clinton Country Club, the Clinton Elks, and the Clinton Presbyterian Church.   Karl and Phyllis had many fond memories with dear friends in their gourmet club, bridge club, and their swim club.  After retiring from farming the couple moved to Clinton, and also enjoyed their winters in Florida.  For the past eleven years they
have resided in Forsyth.   He also loved spending time with their dog Millie.  Last May Karl and Phyllis celebrated 70 wonderful years together. 
 
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Ives, Forsyth, one daughter,
Karla Jean Manceaux, Decatur, one grandson, Chad (Jessica) Stewart, Blain,
Pennsylvania, and five great grandchildren, Taylor, Larry, Kevin, Casey,
and Timothy Kimble Stewart.  Karl will also be missed by his 4 nieces and
2 nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Steven
Kimble Ives, two sisters, Harriet Jane Bruning, Orange, California, Anita
M. Gibson, Clinton, Illinois, and a brother-in-law Dr. James Hulburt,
Madison, Wisconsin.
 
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of
Home Helpers of Clinton for their love and kindness over the past few
years, and also a special thank you to Safe Haven Hospice for their care
and support.
 
Memorials can be directed to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or
Clinton Presbyterian Church.

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Carol O'Rourke

Carol O’Rourke, 69, of Lincoln, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on February 25, 2017 at Symphony of Lincoln.Carol was born on August 15, 1947 in Lincoln, IL; daughter of Cal and Alyce (Bridges) Martin Jr. She married Donald O’Rourke in 1982. He preceded her in death in 1994.
 
Surviving Carol is her mother: Alyce Marie Martin of Lincoln, IL; her daughter: Christina (Daniel) Teague of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren: Madison Marie and Jack Daniel Teague of Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her father and husband.
 
Services for Carol will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial at New Union Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Carol’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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Dale Warren

Dale D. Warren, 86, of Farmer City passed away at 12:25 A.M., Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
Funeral service will be 11 A.M., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City with Rev. Bob Beckman officiating. Burial will be in McCord Cemetery, Fullerton, IL with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 10-11 A.M. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Farmer City or Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190 Farmer City.
 
Dale was born March 15, 1930 in Bloomington, IL, a son of Wilby C. and Lyla Neal Warren. He married Juanita Marshall on September 3, 1948 in Fairfield, IL.
 
Survived by his wife, Juanita of Farmer City, IL; daughter, Anita (Gene) Lewis of Mahomet, IL; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one on the way.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Norman Warren.
 
Dale was a retired farmer, truck driver and school bus driver for Blue Ridge School District #18. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Dale was a member of the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church. He attended the First Christian Church of Farmer City. He was a life member of the Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City and a past Commander. Dale was a life member of the Fred G. O’Malley V.F.W. Post 6190, Farmer City.

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William Sinkosky

William Stanley Sinkosky 84 of Maroa, IL passed away 6:15 PM March 2, 2017 at Farmer City Rehab & Health Care, Farmer City, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, March 6, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, Il. with Pastor Nic Showalter officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 4 - 6 PM, Sunday, March 5, 2017 at  Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Farmer City Rehab & Health Care, Farmer City, IL.
 
William was born February 18, 1933 in Springfield, IL the son of William S. and Vernetta E. (Deatherage) Sinkosky. He married Ellen Marie Agee January 16, 1953 in Argenta, IL. She passed away November 26, 2013.
 
Survivors include his children, Tony Sinkosky, Monticello, Il.; Tim
(Cindy) Sinkosky, Maroa, Il.; Tamara (Kevin) Ripley, Argenta, Il.; 7
Grandchildren, Cara (Chris) Doak, Lisa (Blake) Doss, Michael Ripley,
Bradley Ripley, Laura Ripley, Antanas Sinkosky and Maximus Sinkosky; 2
Great-Grandchildren, Brady Doss & Drake Doss; and one great-granddaughter
on the way.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Connie Casey; and one
daughter-in-law, Rhonda Killian Sinkosky.
 
William served in the US Army from 1953-1955.  He was a farmer and
building and repair contractor.
 
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Farmer
City Rehab & Health Care and to Compassus Hospice for their loving care of
our Dad.
 

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Beatrice H. 'Bea' Thomas

Beatrice H. “Bea” Thomas, 98, of Farmer City, passed away at 1:10 P.M. Thursday (March 2, 2017) at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care.
 
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, with Pastor Randie White officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Farmer City, or the activity fund at Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Bea was born July 30, 1918, in Nancy, Ky., a daughter of James Franklin and Bertha Ellen Simpson Todd. She married Jesse Thomas on March 24, 1940, in East Somerset, Ky. He passed away Oct. 26, 1979.
 
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Joyce Thomas, Farmer City; grandchildren, Karyn (Brian) Bohannon, Wapella; Kayla (Kevin) Maxwell, Farmer City; great-grandchildren, Amber (Mike) Lorance; Kyler Thomas; Courtney Page; Ryan, Kristan and Austin Maxwell; great-great-grandchildren, Rowan and Maddie Bea Lorance; sister-in-law, Helen Thomas, Monticello.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry Thomas, on May 17, 2007; brother, Zelmer; and sister, Thelma.
 
Bea helped her husband farm, was an avid gardener, walker, quilter and reader. She was a charter member of First Baptist Church, Farmer City, and Sunday school teacher until 2009. She was a proud mother, grandmother, a loyal friend, and will be dearly missed.

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Virginia Ryan, 'Bud' Ryan

Virginia E. Ryan, 92, of Clinton, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Friday (March 3, 2017) at Manor Court, Clinton. F.E. “Bud” Ryan, 87, of Clinton, passed away 2:40 p.m. July 6, 2011, at their family home, Clinton.
 
Their graveside service will be 9 a.m. July 24 at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church Food Pantry, Clinton.
 
Virginia was born June 25, 1924, in Fullerton, the daughter of William and Alma (Lafferty) Nixon. F.E. “Bud” Ryan was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Wapella, the son of Patrick D. and Nellie Fern (Moberly) Ryan. They married July 24, 1943, in Clinton.
 
Survivors include Virginia’s brother, Joe (Martha) Nixon, Clinton, and sister-in-law, Jean Nixon, Minier; Bud’s sisters, Jean Nowlin, Mexico, Mo., and Rosalie “Tootie” Eaton, Clinton; and several of their nieces and nephews.
 
Virginia was preceded in death by her brothers, Sheldon, David and Ted Nixon, and sister, Helen Baker. Bud was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Margaret Brewer; and nephew, Doug Brewer.
 
Virginia was the owner and operator of Gottliebs, Clinton. Bud retired from Illinois Central Railroad, Decatur.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Sharon Stephenson

Sharon Elizabeth Stephenson 78 of Clinton, IL went to be with the Lord 12:10 AM March 2, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.
 
Services will be 2 P.M. Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Michael Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 1 - 2 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to First Church of the Nazarene Clinton, IL.
 
Sharon was born March 12, 1938 in Patterson, IL the daughter of Clyde and Orlena Goacher. She married Robert Lee Stephenson June 16, 1956 in Valley City, IL. He passed away May 28, 2011.
 
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents: Clyde and Orlena Goacher, and
her son: Tim Stephenson.
 
She leaves behind her children: Jim (Penny) Stephenson, Clinton, IL, Kim
Stephenson, Clinton, IL, Teresa (Neil) Cooper, Clinton, IL; grandchildren:
Jamie (Nick) Sutherland, Leroy, IL, Travis Stephenson, Austin, TX, Austin
(Emily) Stephenson, Champaign, IL, Tim Cooper, Clinton, IL, and Dylan
Cooper; great grandchildren: Boston, Balor, and Adler Sutherland, LeRoy,
IL and Miya Stephenson, Champaign, IL; brothers: Gary (Barbara) Goacher,
Taylorville, IL, Ron (Carla) Goacher, Millstadt, IL; sister: Dixie (Stan)
McNeme, FL, Edie (Gary) Webb, Phoenix, AZ and Mary Goacher, Affton, MO.
 
The family would like to thank BroMenn Hospital in Normal, IL for the
wonderful care that Sharon was given. A "Thank  You" to Pastor Michael
Taylor of the Nazarene Church, for the phone calls and visits of comfort
to Sharon; to Pat Bryant, her niece, who was Sharon's Angel and travel
buddy. Without Pat, Sharon would not have been able to pursue her love of
travel; to her hairdresser, Mendy Procarione, who always made sure her
hair looked great and always took time to do her nails. Sharon always
looked forward to seeing her once a week.
 
Sharon worked at G.E. in Bloomington-Normal for 30 years. After retiring,
she loved traveling and seeing Dinner Theatres. She also enjoyed dining
out and visiting with her friends.
 
Her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She always thought
they could do no wrong and always loved showing her friends and family
their pictures.
 
Sharon was a beloved mother, grandma and great grandma. We, her family,
will truly miss her. We will miss her good cooking, and the great
memories, visiting Sharon in her warm, cozy home.

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Jason Phillips

Jason Alexander Phillips, 11, of DeWitt, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27, 2017) at his home.
 
A service celebrating Jason’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Thomas Wirsing officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Trinity Lutheran Church, or University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
 
He was born June 15, 2005, in Bloomington, a son of Nicholas J. and Kimberly J. Modine Phillips.
 
Surviving are his parents, Nick and Kim Phillips, DeWitt; a brother, Jacob Phillips, DeWitt; his maternal grandparents, Jan and Jim Modine, Hudson; his paternal grandmother, Linda Kampfe, Las Vegas; an aunt and uncle, Kelly and Charlie Payton, Hudson, and Jason's cousin, C.J.
 
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John A. Phillips of Moline.
 
Jason was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Trinity Lutheran School. An avid learner, he never missed a day of school up until his diagnosis in November 2014. Jason was an adventurous outdoorsman with a love of hiking, four-wheeling, fishing, swimming and helping his dad with various projects. The consummate foodie, he was always willing to try new and different foods. Jason was a great conversationalist and a bit of an old soul who took great pleasure in meaningful conversation.
 
A lifelong animal lover, his ultimate dream was to be a veterinarian and rescue every animal he could.
 
He will be remembered for his great sense of humor … he was always entertaining and looking to put a smile on someone’s face. More than anything, Jason was a young man of strong faith who had a huge heart and a deep, abiding love for his family.

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Joyce Ann Miller

Joyce Ann Miller, 71, of Farmer City, IL, passed away at 9:29 A.M., Monday, February 27, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Farmer City, IL.
 
There will be no services. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, IL at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City in charge of arrangements.
 
Joyce was born January 23, 1946 in St. Charles, Mo., a daughter of Raymond Edward and Gladys Emile Schell Hayes. She married Larry Miller on January 27, 1962 in Farmer City, IL. He passed away October 4, 1976.
 
She is survived by her children, Rhonda (Michael) Brandt of Farmer City, IL, Jaime (Michael) Smith of Farmer City, IL and Larry E. Miller of Farmer City, IL; four Grandchildren, Michael (Shelby) Brandt; Anthony (Keisha) Smith; Jamison Brandt; McKenna Miller; three Great-grandchildren, Eva Smith, Luna Smith and Haven Anderson; Siblings, Jack (Gloria) Hayes of DePue, IL; Joanne Folder of Mt. Dora, FL; Marilyn (Bob) Wooldridge of Bluffton, IN; Bobby Hayes of Hamilton, IA; and Georgie Hayes of DePue, IL. Preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, two brothers, Ray Hayes and Donny Hayes.
 
Joyce worked as a custodian at Blue Ridge High School, Farmer City, IL. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, IL. She loved gardening, sewing and especially her family.

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Johnny Burton

Johnny B. Burton 86 of DeLand, Illinois passed away 7:02 AM February 28, 2017 at his family residence, DeLand, IL.
 
Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Calvary Baptist Church, Monticello, IL with Pastor Blake Brewer officiating. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Visitation will be 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. at the church. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Baptist Church, Monticello, IL.
 
Johnny was born May 9, 1930 in Delmar, KY the son of Benjamin Shelby and Charitie Belle (Burton) Burton. He married Susie Kelley June 17, 1950 in Science Hill, KY.
 
Survivors include his wife, Susie Burton, DeLand, IL; daughters: C. Lanette (Phil) Holdcroft, Champaign, IL and Ruby A. (Leonard Riquelme) Hottinger, Indianapolis, IN; 3 Grandchildren; 4 Great-Grandchildren; sisters: Vernia Brock, KY and Rhodia Stevens, TN.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers, and 3 sisters.
 
Johnny was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello, IL. His biggest enjoyment in life was his grandchildren.

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Leonard F. Hursh

Leonard F. Hursh of Heyworth died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
 
He was born July 30, 1934, in Bloomington, a son of Leonard M. Hursh and Pearl Scott Hursh. Leonard's first wife, Mary, is deceased. He married Patricia Robinson on June 10, 1978. She survives.
 
Also surviving are his daughter, Laurie Hursh; son, Todd (Laura Schoolman) Hursh; grandson, Zack Hursh, all of Heyworth; stepchildren, Mike (Liz) Robinson, Goodfield; Dave Robinson, Las Vegas, Nev.; Kelly (Reid) Doner, Aurora; Dan (Della) Robinson, Rosamond, Calif.; and Barry (Molly) Robinson, Normal; 19 stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-granddaughter; one sister, Patricia Prouty, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and two infant children.
 
He inspired many others with his love of music. He enjoyed his Thursday night jam sessions with friends in his basement. He also enjoyed playing pool and cards. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
 
A private family memorial service will be held. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. March 12 at Heyworth American Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

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C. Scott McLaughlin

C. Scott McLaughlin, 41, of Mount Pulaski, formerly of Atlanta, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2017) in Atlanta.
 
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with the Rev. Mark Thompson officiating.
 
Visitation: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 
Burial: Blue Grass Cemetery, Atlanta.
 
Memorials: The Education Fund for the Children of C. Scott McLaughlin, in care of The Farmer’s Bank of Mount Pulaski.
 
Survivors: His parents, Glen and Donna (Donath) McLaughlin; his wife, Tara, Mount Pulaski; his children, Lane Davis and Wade Davis, of Mount Pulaski; Luke McLaughlin, Annie McLaughlin and Jenny McLaughlin, of Tamms; and Meghan McLaughlin, of Mount Pulaski; and his sister, Lynette (Bryan) Cavinder of Normal.

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Larry Lohrenz

Larry L. Lohrenz, 76, of Lincoln passed away at his home on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
 
Larry was born on August 8, 1940 in Lincoln, IL, the son of Stanley and Leona (Bentley) Lohrenz. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Karen Newman, on August 26, 1961 in Lincoln, IL, she survives.
 
Larry is also survived by his children; Eric Lohrenz, Todd (Lynn) Lohrenz, and Michelle (Glenn) Putnal; his brother, David (Sheila) Lohrenz; and his grandchildren, Courtney Lohrenz, Evan Lohrenz, MacKenzie Putnal, Glenn “Bro” Putnal, Cooper Putnal, and Mallory Putnal.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his twin sister, Linda Robinson.
Larry was a member of Holy Family Church in Lincoln. He was a carpenter by trade; he lived with his family for over 40 years in the house that he built. Larry retired from Logan Correctional Center as a carpenter. He had a true passion for woodworking; he enjoyed making many different pieces of furniture and loved all kinds of music. Larry also served as a member of the Carroll Catholic School Board.
 
Services for Larry will be held at 11:00A.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Holy Family Church in Lincoln, with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service (9:00-11:00A.M.) also at the church. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lincoln following the service.
 
Memorial donations may be made in Larry’s name to Carroll Catholic School or Holy Family Parish. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
 

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Imogene Skaggs

Imogene Skaggs, 88, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at The Christian Village Nursing Home in Lincoln, IL.
 
Imogene was born October 27, 1928 in Horntown, KY, the daughter of Clovus and Ethel (Fulkerson) Williams. She married Lester Skaggs on April 26, 1947 in Louisville, KY. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2002.
Imogene is survived by her daughter, Nena (Tony) Parn of Groveland, IL; her sisters, Betty Whitfill, Shirley (Bob) Jones, and Maxine Bentley all of KY; her six grandchildren, Crystal Thomas, Dawn Musick, Katie Darnall, A.J. Parn, Rob Parn, Beth Anderson; and twelve great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her son, Alan Skaggs, two brothers, Rupert, Arlee, and one sister, Freda.
 
Imogene was a hard working woman and an avid gardener; she loved the outdoors. Above all else, Imogene loved her family.
 
Services for Imogene will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, with Pastor Chuck Brannock officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 two hours prior to the service (10:00 A.M.-12:00P.M.) also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Lake Bank Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Imogene’s name to The Christian Village or Prayer Shawl Ministry.

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Erma Holderly

Erma Irene Holderly, 92, of Farmer City, Illinois passed away at 6:45 P.M., Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois with Pastor Jeremiah Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Erma I. Holderly memorial fund c/o First Farmers State Bank, 101 S. Main St., Minier, Illinois 61759 to be used for something at the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
Erma was born September 11, 1924 at Colfax, Illinois, a daughter of Oscar P. & Irene Sweet Morefield. She married Harvey Kenneth Holderly February 12, 1950 in Colfax, Illinois. He passed away July 9, 2011.
 
Survived by her children, Karen (Mark) Harvey of Ellsworth, IL; Alan (Clarice) Holderly of Arrowsmith, IL; Don Holderly of Farmer City, IL; 8 Grandchildren, Kevin (Jennifer) Lambert; Wesley Harvey; Dylan Harvey; Christopher Holderly; Alex Holderly; Matthew Holderly; Christina Holderly; Emily Rauschenberger; 5 Great-grandchildren; Brother, Floyd (Carol) Morefield of Bloomington, IL; Sister, Ellen (Don) Runge of Waynesville, IL; Sister-in-law, Donna Morefield of Bloomington, IL.
 
Preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Bob Morefield.
 
Erma was a member of the First Christian Church, Farmer City, IL.

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Vicki Kammeyer

Vicki Kae Kammeyer, 61, of Bloomington, formerly of San Jose, IL, was called to the Lord at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
 
She was born May 10, 1955 in Lincoln, daughter of Carlyle and Mary Worstall Manus. 
 
Surviving are her husband and high school sweetheart, Bruce A. Kammeyer, Bloomington; her son, Aaron Kammeyer, Clinton; one brother, Greg (Rhonda) Manus, Lincoln; two sisters, Carla (Rick) Sellers, Green Valley and Carol (Russell) Hancock, San Jose, IL.  Also surviving are her step-mother, Nadine Harvey Manus, Mason City abd several nieces and nephews. 
 
Cremation rites have been accorded by Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington.    A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 11 to 1 p.m.  on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the San Jose United Methodist Church, fellowship hall.  Inurnment will be at Green Valley Cemetery, San Jose, IL, at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Heart Association or the Humane Society of Central Illinois.

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Dr. William Johnston

Dr. William Lee Johnston, 95 of Bloomington, IL passed away 7:30 A.M. February 19, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.
 
Memorial services will be 11 AM, Friday, February 24, 2017 at Calvary United Methodist Church, Normal, IL with Rev. Randy Reese officiating. Private graveside services were held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Military Honors. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvary United Methodist Church, 1700 Towanda Ave. Normal, IL 61761.
 
William was born February 3, 1922 in Clinton, IL the son of William Henry and Ora Lee (Ford) Johnston. He married Bette Jean Daily December 24, 1943.
 
Survivors include his wife of 73 years: Bette Johnston, Bloomington, IL; son: William Grant (Debbie) Johnston, Schoolcraft, MI; grandson: William Douglas Johnston and granddaughter: Laura Ann (Greg) Hunt; great-grandson, Carter Hunt, all of Schoolcraft, MI; several nieces and nephews also survive.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Mary Beth Johnston.
 
William graduated from Kenney Community High School in 1939 and Illinois State University with a BS in 1946, attended the Trinity College of Music, London, England in 1946, the University of Illinois with an MS in 1948 and an Ed. D. in 1966. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force – 759th AAF Band from March 3, 1943 to March 16, 1946 and served with the 9th Air Force in the European Theater for a period of 15 months.
 
His memberships include: Music Educators National Conference; Illinois Music Education Association; National Council of State Supervisors of Music (Chairman); Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Society of Consumer Professionals in Business; Association for Consumer Research; National Coalition for Consumer Education; American Council on Consumer Interests; and several other music and consumer education associations. Dr. Johnston was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha, honorary music fraternity; Phi Beta Mu, honorary bandmasters fraternity and the American School Band Directors Association.
 
He was a professional musician in Bloomington from 1940 to 1943, playing saxophone with the “Hank” Messer dance band and in the Bloomington Municipal Band. From 1948 to 1957, he was the Director of Instrumental and Vocal Music in Plainfield, IL; Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1957 to 1961; State Supervisor of Music Education, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the State of Illinois from 1961 to 1971; Director of Curriculum Services, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Illinois, 1965 to 1971; Director of Consumer Education, New Jersey State Department of Education 1971 to 1977; Adjunct Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Rutgers University 1972 to 1976; Professor of Consumer Studies, Director of the Center for Consumer Services and Director of the National Consumer Internship Program at Oklahoma State University 1977 to 1987 and Professor Emeritus of Consumer Studies since 1987.
 

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Genevieve Farnsworth

Genevieve Louise Farnsworth, 95 of Clinton, IL passed away February 15, 2017, Ollie Steele Burden Manor, Baton Rouge, La.
 
Services will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be at 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.
 
Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly.
 
Genevieve was born September 3, 1921 in Heyworth, IL the daughter of Clyde and Ruby (Roark) Padgett. She married Harry Farnsworth May 6, 1942 in Fullton, MO. He passed away October 25, 2000.
 
Survivors include her Children, Diane Sympson, Gonzales, LA, Paul (Bonnie) Farnsworth, Fort Pierce, FL, 3 Grandchildren, Shawn (Tracy) Smith, Prairieville, LA, Jeff (Kristy) Sympson, La Place, LA, John Sympson, La Place, LA, 4 Great-Grandchildren, Jordan (Jacob) Cross, Lauren Smith, Kelsey Smith, Maddie Sympson and Harper Sympson; Sister, Helen Polley, Clinton, IL. Also surviving are Step-Brother: Raymond (Anna Marie) Moss, Clinton, IL, 3 Nephews, Mike (Sharon) Polley, Bloomington, IL, Kenneth (Camelia) Dieckmann, San Clemente, CA, and Joseph (Sandy) Johnson, Gettysburg, PA.
 
Genevieve was preceded in death by her Parents, one sister Catherine Dieckman, and one Granddaughter, Leslie Sympson.
 
Genevieve was a retired school teacher and taught over 30 years at Webster and Washington Elementary schools. She was a member of the Myrtle Chapter #131of the Order of Eastern Star.
 
Genevieve was a lifelong member of Clinton 1st Christian Church and served faithfully there as a Sunday school teacher, as well as registrar for Little Galilee for over 50 years.
 
Genevieve was an honest, generous, and caring person who set an example for how to lead a life worth living as a Christian. She has left a legacy that will last beyond a lifetime and will be missed dearly by friends and family.

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Thomas Polston

Thomas O. Polston, 77, of Clinton, IL passed away at 9:25 AM, February 15, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Thomas was born October 14, 1939 in Lincoln, IL the son of Otho Cleveland and Alberta Lee (Allison) Polston. He is survived by many cousins.
 
Thomas was an artist.

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Nancy Day

Nancy B. Day 78 of Maroa, IL passed away 3:20 AM February 18, 2017 in her home surrounded by family.
 
Services will be 10 A.M. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nic Showalter officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Nancy was born February 14, 1939 in DeWitt County the daughter of Gilbert and Alice (Armstrong) Florey. She married Maurice W. Day July 28, 1956 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Maurice W. Day, Maroa, IL; sons: Michael (Kim) Day, Decatur, IL and Les (Jenny) Day, Herrick, IL; daughter: Pamela (John) Vogel, Decatur, IL; grandchildren: Andrea Cullison, Stephanie Kiley, Heather Hodges and Melanie Casner; 7 great grandchildren and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and son Melvin Day.
 
Nancy’s greatest joy in life was her family; she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She leaves behind many broken hearts and will be truly missed by all that knew her. Nancy had retired from Kay’s Merchandise in Decatur, IL.
 
The family wishes to extend a sincere “Thank You” to Becky of DMH Hospice for her loving care of our Mother and Grandmother.

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Roger Witt

Roger Brent Witt 80 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:55 AM February 18, 2017 at Henry & Jane Vonderlieth Living Center, Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held 1 – 3 PM, Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Buttered Bun, Maroa, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association, American Cancer Society or Second Chance for Pets Adoption.
 
Roger was born May 3, 1936 in Liberty, Kentucky the son of Paul and Mary (Taylor) Witt.
 
Survivors include lifelong companion Vernadine Witt, Clinton, IL; daughter: Tammie (Jim) Inman, Clinton, IL; step children: Carol (Waylon) Burton, Scottsdale, AZ, Donna (Bob) Turney, Clinton, IL, Nancy (Rick) Jackson, Mesa, AZ, Barb (Tony) Scogins, Decatur, IL; 2 granddaughters: Heather (Adam) Blue, Normal, IL and Latonia Eagleson, Olney, IL; great grandson: Gavin Blue; sister: Joyce Witt, Oregon; along with several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter: Paula.
 
Roger enjoyed riding motorcycles and bicycles. He was also a member of the Clinton Eagles Lodge.

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Robert Yeagle

Robert Albert Yeagle, 56, of Farmer City, passed away at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2017) at his home.
 
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Farmer City, with Father James P. Henning, O.F.M., Conv., officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, with the rosary recited at 5:30 p.m., at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
 
Robert was born Nov. 5, 1960, in Bloomington, a son of Ambrose N. and Eleanor M. Thoms Yeagle. He is survived by his son, Seth A. Yeagle, Farmer City; daughter, Kayla (Joseph) Kyrouac; five grandchildren; brothers, Mark A. Yeagle, Farmer City, and William A. Yeagle, Farmer City; sisters, Ann E. (Greg) Petry, Champaign, and Sallie M. (Ted) White, Farmer City.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Matthew A. Yeagle; and nephew, Nicholas Yeagle.
 
Robert worked as an electrician and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
 
A Mass of Christian burial for Matthew A. Yeagle will be at the same time as for Robert A. Yeagle.

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Roberta Cowgur

Roberta Cowgur, 92, of Chestnut, IL passed away at Autumn Accolade Assisted Living in Green Valley, IL on February 13, 2017 at 10:21 a.m.
 
Roberta was born October 22, 1925; daughter of Ernest W. and Essie (Tackett) Koehler. She married Maxwell Eugene Cowgur on October 18, 1947 in Vandalia, IL ( 59 years). He preceded her in death in August of 2006.
 
Surviving her are two sons: Lester E. (Patsy) Cowgur of Chestnut, IL and Brian Cowgur of Springfield, IL; one daughter: Becky Landis of Danville, IL; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; one brother: Richard Koehler of Brownstown, IL; one sister: Iris Bernhardt of Green Valley, IL; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son: Bruce E. Cowgur, granddaughter: Alaina Landis; and great grandson: Brian Harmony Jr.
 
Mrs. Cowgur worked at the Sangamon Ordinance Plant west of Illiopolis, IL in the mid 1940’s. She was a dedicated homemaker for many years and later worked at Landauer’s Clothiers in Lincoln in where she served as seamstress before retiring in 1976. Mrs. Cowgur loved to cook and to garden. She was most famous for always having homemade cookies in abundant amounts for family and the neighborhood kids. She also loved to crochet and made everything from Christmas Tree ornaments to blankets for friends and family. Roberta will be greatly missed by family and friends.
 
Services for Roberta will be Monday February 20th 11am At Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL with Rev. Jack Wolf officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery will follow the service.
 
Memorials may be made in Roberta’s name to:
Bridgepointe Kids, Bridgepointe Christian Church
850 Waterman Ave 
East Providence RI 02914
http://​http://www.bridgepointechristian.com/h

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Thomas Hunter

Thomas Hunter, 85, of Lincoln, passed away at 12:01 a.m., Feb. 8, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.
 
Thomas was born June 30, 1931, in Lincoln, Ill., son of Samuel Hunter and Ernestine Sparrow Hunter. He married Mary B. McKinney on Aug. 28, 1965, in Lincoln, Ill. She preceded him in death on June 9, 1998.
 
He is survived by nieces and nephews. 
 
Thomas was the last of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by parents; one daughter, Cheryl; one sister, Norma; and two brothers, George and Ernest.
Thomas was a U.S. Air Force veteran. 
 
He was a member of Lincoln Christian Church, and Heritage In-flight Museum at the Lincoln Airport.
 
Services for Thomas will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 11, 2017, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, Ill., with Ron Otto officiating. 
 
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m.
Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service where full military rites will be accorded by the Lincoln American Legion Post #263.

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D. Marlene Howell

D. Marlene Howell, 71, of Lincoln passed away at 3:07 P.M. on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
 
Marlene was born on October 13, 1945 in Effingham, IL, the daughter of Lester and Deloris (Morton) Manuel. Marlene married Ronald Howell on February 5, 1966 in Altamont, IL. He survives in Lincoln.
 
Marlene is also survived by her children, Marnie (Ronald) Harris of Lincoln, Blaine Howell of Chestnut, and Laura (Eric) Davis of Streator; her sister, Florence (Delbert) Mooney of Plainview, TX; and her five grandchildren, Caleb Harris, Daniel Harris, Lauren Harris, Lance Davis, and Holly Davis.
 
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Marlene worked for the State Street Baptist Academy. She lived for her husband, kids, and grandkids; Marlene also loved gardening and raising flowers. She loved the Lord and wanted her family to.
 
Services for Marlene will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Park Meadows Baptist Church in Lincoln, officiated by Pastor Jeremy Vance. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service (11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.) on Friday, February 17, 2017 also at the church. Burial will be held at Zion Cemetery after the services. Memorial donations may be made in Marlene’s name to Park Meadows Baptist Church. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Sandra Doty

Sandra M. Doty, 78, of Lincoln passed away at 3:25P.M. on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at The Christian Village Memory Unit, in Lincoln.
 
Sandra was born on February 4, 1939 in Bloomington, IL; the daughter of Earl and Mabel (Montgomery) Jenkins. She married Thomas H. Doty on June 5, 1982 in Buffalo, IL.
 
Sandra is survived by her daughter, Valerie (Clem) Martin of Waynesville; her son, Mitch (Missy) Graham of Lincoln; her brother, Monte (Pam) Jenkins of Bloomington; her granddaughter, Shyanne Martin of Waynesville; and her niece, Julie Jenkins of Bloomington.
 
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 33 years, Thomas H. Doty.
 
Sandra worked for Hoagland Transfer in Lincoln as a bookkeeper for many years. She was a longtime member of The Eagles Lodge #2708 in Lincoln as well as The Moose Lodge #1441 in Lincoln. Sandra enjoyed spending time with her family whether it was camping, or watching her beloved Illini. Sandra also enjoyed watching The Chicago Cubs, The Chicago Bears, and NASCAR; Sandra loved watching her soap operas too. Above all else, Sandra loved her family; she will be greatly missed by anyone fortunate enough to have known her. Especially the squirrels that lived near her house, whom Sandra would feed from her hand.
 
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at Lexington Township Cemetery, Lexington, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Sandra’s name to The Christian Village in Lincoln. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Kay Ann Schmid

Kay Ann Schmid, 65 of Waynesville, IL passed away 11:16 A.M. February 10, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because of her love of children.
 
Kay was born February 18, 1951 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of Roger and Wilma (Nichols) Sampson. She married Richard “Dick” Schmid February 8, 1969 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Dick Schmid, Waynesville, IL; children: Travis (Andrea) Schmid, Clinton, IL; Trent (Paula) Schmid, Teutopolis, IL; and Misti (Doug) Tucker, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Aaron Sams, Carson Schmid, Jordan Williams, Julia Schmid, Brylee Williams, Tanner Schmid, Tessa Defebaugh, Tatum Defebaugh; two sisters:  Carol (Jack) Sampson, Waynesville, IL and Karen TeVoert, Waynesville, IL; many nieces and nephews also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Charles “Bud” Sampson and Duane “Duke” Sampson.
 
Kay was the previous leader of the Jimtown 4-H Club.  In 1993, she started Kay’s Collectibles at the Clinton Antique Mall, booth #41. Always looking for that special bargain, Kay loved going to auctions, garage sales and tag sales. Kay’s love for her family was more important than any special bargain.
 
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Liberty Village for the special care that Kay received.

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Rev. Richard Vettrus

Rev. Richard Vettrus, age 78, interim pastor of Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church of Rolette, ND, passed away on Monday morning, February 6, 2017 at Trinity Hospital, Minot, ND after an extended illness.
 
Richard Vettrus was born the third child of Rev. Ole and Clara (Olson) Vettrus when they served Zoar Lutheran Brethren Church in Superior, WI, on October 23, 1938. He is preceded in death by his parents, as well as his youngest sister, Jean Vettrus Spahn. Richards grandparents, Kolben and Bertha Vettrus homesteaded south of Rolette in the North Ox Creek area.
Pastor Vettrus graduated from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and later Lutheran Brethren Seminary, both is Fergus Falls, MN. He also attended Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA and received a Masters in history from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. Richard served congregations in Floral Park and Brooklyn on Long Island, NY as well as Nanuet, NY, Princeton, NJ, Pasadena, CA, West Union and DeWitt, IA with interim pastorates in Arvada, CO, Eugene, OR, and Rolette, ND.
Richard is survived by older siblings, David Vettrus of Minnesota and Donna Vettrus of California, and younger siblings, Rhoda Vettrus Rubey of Oregon, Joel, Jerome, and Rev. Timothy Vettrus, all of Wisconsin.
 
Honorary Bearers are all family and friends.  Music by Judy Martinson and Timothy Vettrus.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church, Rolette, ND with Pastor Dan Chell and Pastor Bob Overgard officiating. Burial will be in North Ox Creek Cemetery, Rolette, ND in the spring.  Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.

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George Armstrong

George R. Armstrong 80 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:35 PM February 9, 2017 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Military honors will follow the services. Visitation will be 5 - 7 P.M. Monday, February 13, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Clinton AM Vets Post 14.
 
George was born March 28, 1936 in Tunbridge Township, DeWitt County, IL the son of George E. and Marie (Thomas) Armstrong. He married Betty F. McKinney March 14, 1959 in Phoenix, AZ.
 
Survivors include his wife: Betty E. Armstrong, Clinton, IL; children:
Lisa (David) McMurtry, Channahon, IL, Dee Kirwan, Macomb, IL, Ron
Armstrong, Clinton, IL, Robert (Jen) Armstrong, Decatur, IL;
grandchildren: Derek Vickers, Drew Vickers, Sean Kirwan, Brent McMurtry,
Morgan McMurtry, Hope Kirwan, Natalie Kirwan, Nathan Armstrong; great
granddaughter: Sophia Jordan; siblings: Joyce Zieters, Bloomington, IL,
Janice Laramee, Clinton, IL, Marilyn (Joe) Bourn, Lisle, IL, Carol (Noel)
Hutchcraft, Gibson City, IL, and David (Mary) Armstrong, Mansfield, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother: Walter A. Armstrong.
 
George was a member of the Clinton First Christian Church and a U.S. Army
veteran serving with NATO in Izmer, Turkey.
 
He loved to fish and had been a mail courier and farmer.

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Virginia Samuel

Virginia Mae Samuel, 85 of Decatur, IL passed away 4:04 P.M.  February 7,
2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
No Services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home assisted the
family with cremation rites.
 
Virginia was born October 3, 1931 in Decatur, Il. the daughter of Arthur
and Sophie (Stogsdill) Gordon.
 
Surviving, Daughter, Tracey Tull, Indianapolis, IN.
 

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Laura van Dyk

Laura van Dyk 85 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 4:21 PM February 5, 2017
at her family residence, Clinton, Il.
 
Services to celebrate Laura's life will be 11 AM, Monday, February 13,
2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with Rev. Father James
Henning officiating. Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Monday, February 13,
2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the DeWitt County Friendship Center.
 
Laura was born June 14, 1931 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Murrel Samuel
and Maude Louise (Wilson) Campbell. She married Richard Waranius in March
1951 in Las Vegas, NV.  She later married Frans van Dyk March 25, 1962 in
Long Beach, CA. He passed away March 25, 2008.
 
Survivors include her children, Kenneth (Connie) Waranius, Shasta, CA;
Lana (Case) Ophorst, Clinton, IL; Sharon Waranius, Redding, CA, Cyndi
(Tery) Beaver, Riverside, CA ; step-children, Dirk van Dyk, Strawberry,
AZ; Karl (Renee) van Dyk, Placerville, CA; 5 Grandchildren, 1
Great-Grandson, and 2 step-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents.
 
Laura was a CNA for many years.  She lived in California from 1952 until
she moved to Clinton in 1985.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed going on
walks and riding the Show Bus.

 

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Kole Bishop

Kole Frances Richard Bishop 25 of Peoria, IL passed away 11:43 AM, February 5, 2017. Born July 5, 1991 in Peoria, IL the son of William S. Bishop and Maureen (Dahman) Dubson, Kole graduated from Clinton Community High School in 2009. Known for his fierce love and loyalty to the Chicago Blackhawks, his ready smile and wicked sense of humor, he will be forever loved and missed by those whose lives he touched.
 
Survivors include his parents, William S. Bishop, East Peoria, IL; mother, Maureen (Odell) Dubson, Clinton, IL; sisters: Paiton Dubson, Clinton, IL and Skylar Bishop, East Peoria, IL; paternal grandmother, Charlene Bishop, Peoria, IL; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Welcoming him to eternal life are five grandparents who preceded him in death.
 
Visitation will be 2 – 5 PM, Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL, with Celebration of Life services at 5 PM. Graveside services will be 1 PM, Monday, February 13, 2017 at Hewitt Cemetery, Lovington, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Kole Bishop Memorial Fund.

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Mary Helen Holt

Mary Helen Holt, 87, of Farmer City, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 4, 2017) at the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
Her celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with Jerry Hawn officiating. There will be no visitation. Private family inurnment will be in Greenleaf Cemetery, Farmer City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mary Helen Holt Memorial Fund, in care of Heartland Bank, Farmer City. The funds will be for the Carle Hospice Program and Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care.
 
Mary Helen was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Blue Ridge Township, Piatt County, a daughter of Albert Linuel and Bertha Maude Van Gorder Larson. She married Richard Eugene “Gene” Holt on July 9, 1949, in Farmer City. He passed away Dec. 22, 2009.
 
She is survived by five daughters, Jan (Joe) Necessary, Heyworth; Chris (Ken) Hermann, DeLand; Anita (Mac) Harden, Farmer City; Diana (Chuck Penny) Thomas, Weldon; and Nanci Holt, Farmer City; eight grandchildren, Mike (Joanna Powell) Necessary, Travis (Melissa) Hermann, Brett (Janelle) Hermann, Daci (Joe) Lehnert, Josh (Jesse) Harden, Jessi (Aaron) Price, Kati (Nick) Bumgardner and Logan (Annie Shiley) Anderson; great-grandchildren, Bella Necessary; Naomi, Isaiah and Titus Hermann; Tate and Dane Harden; Landon Price; Emme Bumgardner; and three more on the way; several stepgrandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Clara Belle (Junior) Lamb, Farmer City; and sister-in-law, Helen Larson, Sun City, Ariz.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers, Charles William Larson and Albert Paul Larson; and sister-in-law, Laura Larson.
 
Mary Helen graduated from Moore Township High School in 1948, and attended Illinois State Normal University. She was baptized at Bethel Church, near Galesville, at the age of 12. She was a kindergarten aide and librarian aide for 35 years at the Farmer City elementary schools.
 
For 34 years, Mary Helen, along with Gene, furnished and chauffeured their classic convertible for Judy Frazier in the Farmer City Christmas Parade. In 1981, Mary Helen was chosen Mother of the Year in Farmer City. In 2005, Mary Helen and Gene were awarded Outstanding Volunteer of the Year from East Central Illinois Council on Aging. Over the years, Mary Helen was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader; delivered Peace Meals; was a Red Cross Bloodmobile worker; avid seamstress and quilter; and helper to many elderly and shut-in people. Mary Helen, along with Gene, restored several landmark homes, player pianos and antique furniture.
 
Most of all, she was dedicated to her family, always providing a fun place with lots of really good food and extravagant love. 
 

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David Duff

David E. Duff, 75, of North Fort Myers, FL formerly of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:19 PM, February 6, 2017 at Cape Coral Hospital, Cape Coral, Florida.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
David was born April 21, 1941 in Gary, IN the son of Rex and Josephine (Oakman) Duff.  He married Judith L. Prawl July 1, 1960 in Clinton, IL.  She passed away September 17, 2007.  He later married Beverly J. Armstrong March 14, 2009 in Ormond Beach, FL.
 
Survivors include his wife, Beverly J. Duff, North Fort Myers, FL; children:  Dru Corwin, Clinton, IL and Dana Archer (Todd Burlingame), Battle Creek, MI; grandchildren:  Dave Corwin, Clinton, IL; Josh Girard, Nashville, TN; Lauren Archer, Battle Creek, MI; four great-grandchildren:  Chloe, Shay, Antonio, and Ashontez; step-children:  Teresa Armstrong, Clinton, IL and Debbie (Dave) Defebaugh, Sherman, IL; step-grandchild, Juston Triplett, Carlinville, IL; sister, Suellen (Ron) Randolph, Bloomington, IL; brother, Richard (Rose) Duff, Bloomington, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, JoDean Koget and Mary Danison.
 
David worked for Caterpillar Tractor for 38 years before retiring in 2003.  He moved to Florida full time in 2014.  David was an avid Cub and Illini fan but most of all he was a devoted family man.
 

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Tammy Chapman

Tammy Lynn Chapman, 51, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:25 AM, Monday,
February 6, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, IL.
 
Services to celebrate Tammy's life will 10 A.M. Friday, February 10, 2017
at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating.
Visitation will be 9 - 10 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Tammy Lynn Chapman Memorial Fund.
 
Tammy was born August 10, 1965 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Perry and
Judith (Centofonti) Renfroe. She married Gregory Wayne Chapman October 12,
1991 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her mother: Judith Renfroe, Lincoln, IL; children:
Elizabeth Marie Chapman, Clinton, IL, Emily Anne (Alex) Champion, Lincoln,
IL and Erika Lynn Chapman, Clinton, IL; fiancé: Gerald Robinson ,Peoria,
IL; brother: Tim Renfroe, Chicago, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her father.
 
Tammy was a hair stylist for 19 years in Clinton.

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Shirley Allspach

Shirley Jean Allspach, 90, of Mount Pulaski, died at 7:03 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 4, 2017), at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mount Pulaski.
 
Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski, with Mark Weber officiating.
 
Burial: following the service at Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski.
 
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Mount Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center.
 
Memorials: Vonderlieth Living Center or Mount Pulaski Christian Church.
 
Survivors: one son, George (Karen) Allspach, Mount Pulaski; four daughters, Kathryn (Scott) Steinfort, Sunrise, Fla.; Linda (Dennis) Sheehan, Lincoln; Jerilee (Brad) Gibbs, Crawford, Colo.; and Jo Ellen (Mark) Gilbert, Paris, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

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LeRoy Black

Leroy C. Black 82 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 8:20 AM February 3, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 10 AM Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Lincoln Gun Club.
 
Leroy was born May 8, 1934 in Addison Township, DuPage County, IL the son of William “Bill” and Dorothy (Morrow) Black. He married Carolyn J. Carter November 20, 1953. She passed away August 23, 2016.
 
Survivors include 2 grandsons, Ryan Black (Shelby), Clinton, IL; Daryn Black (Jennifer), Rogersville, MO; 5 great-grandchildren: Avery, Ethan, Saddie, Kyla and Lilly; daughter-in-law: Marjorie Black.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons: Randy Black and Carter Black, 13 brothers and sisters.
 
Leroy served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He was an avid trap shooter and worked for Illinois Bell, retiring as a foreman in 1989.

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Richard Cleaver

Richard Lee Cleaver, 72, of Farmer City, went to be with the Lord at 6:05 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2017) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
 
Richard was born Jan. 20, 1945, in Springfield, the son of Aubra E. Cleaver and first wife, Lula Mae McCubbin Cleaver Ryder. He married Jeanne A. Bollman on June 9, 1973, in Peoria.
 
Richard was a graduate of Bloomington High School, Class of ’63, and worked at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria for 35 years, retiring as a manufacturing engineer on April 30, 1999. He and his wife Jeanne moved to Stoutsville, Mo., where they started a construction business called RLC Deck Builders. In November 2001, they moved to Farmer City and Richard went to work for M & W Gear (now Alamo Group). He started as a CNC programmer and quickly worked his way up to manufacturing engineering manager. After leaving there, he and his wife developed and started a restaurant called The Whistle Stop Café in Weldon. It was sold and became Mama D’s Smokehouse.
 
He was a member of Tri-Valley Baptist Church in Downs and was past treasurer. He was also a member of Joe Williams American Legion Post 55, Farmer City, and served on the firing squad of the Honor Guard. Richard served in the Illinois Army National Guard for six years and in the Illinois Air National Guard for three years.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Josephine Cleaver and Betty Hughes, both of Springfield, and Mary Lou Gleason; three brothers, William Cleaver, Frank Cleaver and John L. Cleaver of Champaign. Richard was the youngest of nine children; still living are Joseph T. Cleaver and Virginia M. Dixon of Bloomington. He also has six half brothers and one half sister living in the Pekin area.
 
Richard is survived by his wife, Jeanne A. Cleaver, Farmer City; their children, Jennifer (James) Brown, Illiopolis; Chad Cleaver, Mackinaw; and Jesse (Keri) Cleaver, Peoria. He had five grandchildren, Sam and Mitchell Cleaver, Jora Cleaver, Fisher Cleaver and Briana Brown. Richard also had three grandchildren by a son from a previous marriage. They are son, Richard L. (Patti); grandson, Richard G.; and granddaughters, Jennifer and Summer Matheson, of Farmer City.
 
Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 106 N. Main St., Farmer City.
 
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, with Pastor Ron Woodrum officiating.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-Valley Baptist Church Memorial Fund.
 
Interment service will follow the service at the funeral home at Camp Ground Cemetery, southwest of Farmer City on Route 54. Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 will perform military honors.
 
A meal will follow the burial at Tri-Valley Baptist Church in Downs; address is Tri-Valley Baptist Church, 8385 North 1900 East Road, Bloomington, IL 61704.
 

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Jordan Brooks

Jordan Brooks, 25, of Atlanta, passed away 7:20 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 28, 2017) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
 
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Atlanta Christian Church. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Atlanta Christian Church. Pastor Joe Bowman will officiate. Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.
 
Jordan Lee Brooks was born March 14, 1991, the son of Rodney Brooks and Angie Leesman-Brooks.
 
He is survived by his parents; one son, Abel; the mother of his child, Kayla Bailey; one brother, Caedan Brooks; paternal grandparents, Dan and Linda Brooks; three uncles, Darren Leesman, Keith Brooks and Brad Brooks; and four cousins, Meagan, Ryan, Austin and Rebecca.
 
Jordan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Darrell Leesman and Linda Leesman.
 
Jordan attended Olympia High School and Heartland Community College. He was employed at Eaton Corp. in Lincoln. He was a self-taught musician who never found an instrument he couldn't learn to play, and he also had a keen interest in cars. Jordan was a devoted father. He took care of his son every day.
 
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta National Bank for an education fund for his son, Abel.
 
In this tragedy, his family has taken comfort in the knowledge that his life will continue through the gift of organ donation to multiple recipients.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Connie Miller

Connie G. Miller, 61, of Waynesville, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Monday (Jan. 30, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
 
Her celebration of life visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Waynesville United Methodist Church. A brief remembrance service will follow at noon. The Rev. William Ramsdale will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded.
 
Connie Gail Stillwell was born April 8, 1955, in Frankfort, Ind., the daughter of William R. and Josephine L. Bybee Stillwell. She married Steven Lee Miller on July 12, 1974, in Bloomington. He survives.
 
Connie is also survived by their children, Brian (Carrie) Miller and William (Tanya Fancher) Miller; two brothers, Benjamin (Beth) Stillwell and Reece Stillwell; eight grandchildren, Emery Miller, Brody Miller, Brenley Miller, Braden Higdon, Tristan Higdon, Audree Miller, Avery Higdon and Laikyn Miller; and her loving pets, dogs Lady and Ozzy, and cat Cheyanna.
 
Connie was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Caleb Miller.
 
Memorials may be made to her family.
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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David Camfield

David R. Camfield 73 of Argenta, Illinois passed away 3:38 AM February 2, 2017 surrounded by his sons at his family residence, Argenta, IL.
 
Services will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Argenta United Methodist Church with Pastor Bret Bone officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Monday, February 6, 2017 at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
David was born June 17, 1943 in Decatur, IL the son of William “Chief” and Ima (Bean) Camfield. He married Joan Boyd and later married Rhonda F. Dively February 22, 1984 in Gainesville, Florida. She passed away September 27, 2014.
 
Survivors include his sons:  William W. Camfield, Decatur, IL; Jonathon W. Camfield, Illiopolis, IL; David L. Camfield, Decatur, IL; step-children: Jerry Reinstorf, KY and Amy McCoy; Bement, IL;  daughter-in-law, Sherri Camfield, Decatur, IL; 15 Grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers:  Jerry (Sandy) Camfield, Decatur, IL; Joe (Carol) Camfield, El Paso, TX; Terry (Shelly) Camfield, Oreana, IL; Tom Benton, Maroa, IL; Dennis (Brenda) Crowder, Argenta, IL; sister, Patricia Camfield, Oreana, IL; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard David Camfield, grandson, Jason David Camfield, and brother, Don Benton.
 
David was an entrepreneur of several businesses.  He co-founded, owned and operated the Soy City Sock Co. in Monticello, IL.  For 51 years, David was an avid Race Car driver and a member of the MARA, POWRi, and USAC race clubs.

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Ernest Thorp

Ernest N. Thorp 95 of rural Clinton, Illinois passed away 8:47 PM, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Hawthorne Inn, Clinton, Il. Our family wishes to thank the staff at Hawthorne Inn as well as the 24/7 caregivers that gave such loving and dedicated care to Ernest.
 
Services for Ernest will be 11 AM, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Clinton United Methodist Church, 308 E. Main St., Clinton, IL, with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 4 – 8 PM, Friday, February 10, 2017 at the church with Masonic Rites at 4 PM. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Clinton United Methodist Church Endowment Fund or the American Red Cross, Central Illinois Processing Center, PO Box 811460, Chicago, IL 60681-1460 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Ernest was born February 3, 1921 in Clinton, IL, the son of Claude W. and M. Louise (Carter) Thorp. He married Mary Ellen Harris in 1945, she passed away in 1986, Verneal Dunn in 1990, she passed away in 2005, and Helen Hume in 2006.
 
Survivors include his wife, Helen; son, Nelson I. (Linda) Thorp, rural Wapella, IL; daughters: Carol van Rossum, Lincoln, NE; Marjorie Thorp, Bothell, WA; and Zelda Lewis, Joliet, IL; and son, Lewis A. (Cathy) Thorp, Herndon, VA; 7 grandchildren: Jennifer (Trent) Klomhaus, Natalie (Rory) O’Connell, Jered (McKenzie) Thorp, Emily (Jason) Plourde, Kira (Gabrial) van Rossum, Sarah (Steve) Kaminsky, Doug (Emily) Lewis; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters: Andrea Miller, Winston-Salem, NC; Ruth Lutz, Dewey, IL; and Norma Wedekind, Raymond, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl E., 3 sisters, Evalyn, Mary Alice Moberly, and Sarah Jackson, and son-in-law, Charles van Rossum.
 
Ernest lived and thrived on the farm. He attended Thorp Grade School, Wapella High School Class of 1939, Illinois State Normal University for 2 years and then graduated from the University of Illinois in 1943. Ernest obtained his private pilot’s license in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps 1943-1945 as a B-17 pilot.He was shot down over the North Sea and was a POW for 9 months. Upon coming home, he joined his brother and father in the family seed business, Thorp Seed Company. He retired from the US Air Force Reserve as a Captain. His community involvement included the Methodist Churches of Prairie Center and Clinton. He was proud to become a certified lay leader of the church and served on district and conference boards of the United Methodist Church.
 
He served on the Wapella School Board and was able to give all 5 of his children their high school diplomas.
 
Other involvements included being a director of First National Bank of Clinton, the Masonic Orders, Kiwanis, Farm Bureau, DeWitt County Housing Authority, DeWitt County Building Commission, DeWitt County Conservation Board, DeWitt County Co-op, and the Clinton YMCA.
 
Ernest was an active member of the International Flying Farmers and served through the executive offices. He received great satisfaction in speaking publicly about his World War II experiences. His passions were flying, accumulating over 7000 hours over 70 years, reading, trees, birds and his beloved Chicago Cubs baseball team. Numerous people had their first airplane ride with Ernest as a pilot.
 
Ernest was known about town for his 1977 White Ford LTD station wagon that he drove until 2014. Whether it be driving to the Post Office or busting snow drifts it was special to him in many ways.
 
Ernest was recognized by the community for his philanthropic gifts.
 
Ernest’s life was based on his faith, his love of family, flying and community. A man who made a difference to many, in many different ways. “He was just a boy that wanted to be home on the farm.”

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David Buck

David N. Buck 77 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:18 A.M. February 1, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Monday, February 6, 2017 at the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 10 - 11 AM, Monday at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in
charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Young at Heart at First Christian Church.
 
David was born October 23, 1939 in Clinton, IL the son of Sherman B. and Virginia (Wilmore) Buck.  He married Judy Anderson June 21, 1962.
 
Survivors include his former wife: Judy Buck, Springfield, IL; three
daughters: Lori Markey, Springfield, IL Amy (Gary) Kiphart, Dalzell, IL
and Jenny (Matthew) Morrell, Springfield, IL; five grandchildren;
siblings: Charlotte (Jerry) Milton, Clinton, IL, Martha (Robert) Bray,
Wapella, IL, along with special friends: Lauren and Hannah Miles.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Craig and 1 sister, Jan
Eldridge.
 
David was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton, IL and Young at
Heart at the church.  He was a salesman for New York Life Insurance and
worked at Buck Appliance for several years.  He loved antiquing.

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Robert Laramee

Robert "Bob" Lavon Laramee 80 of Clinton, IL passed away at 8:02 AM Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 1 P.M. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. David Dunlop officiating. Burial will follow at Laenna Cemetery, Chestnut, IL.  Visitation will be 5 - 7 P.M. Friday, February 3, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Due to Bob's commitment to being a faithful servant of the Lord, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Clinton, IL or to St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Bob was born December 29, 1936 in Lincoln, IL the son of Ed and Verna (Carlson) Laramee.  He married Janice Armstrong June 30, 1957 at the First
Christian Church in Clinton, after a longer courtship than Bob cared for.  They were happily and committed to marriage for 59 1/2 years and were expected to celebrate many additional years together.
 
Survivors include his wife: Janice M. Laramee, Clinton, IL; sons:  Michael (Lori) Laramee, Ft. Worth, TX; Alan (Cindy) Laramee, Vandalia, IL; Roger (Tim) Laramee, Champaign, IL; daughter, Margo (Ed) Hodges, Delavan, IL; 5 grandchildren:  Hanna (Gus) Schmillen, Blythe (Nathaniel) Bergstrom, Dillon Hodges, Sam Hodges and Charlie Hodges; 2 great-grandchildren:
McKay and Westin Bergstrom; sister, Kathy (Marlin) Roos, Lincoln, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Duane Laramee; and twin brothers, Ronald and Arnold.
 
After graduating high school with the last class attending Kenney High School in 1955, Bob was employed as a Layout Developer for Caterpillar in Decatur for 30 years.  In addition, he was a long-time farmer and Chester White swine producer and showman within DeWitt County where he was a lifetime resident.
 
Bob was a compassionate, hard-working, generous and faithful husband, father, and grandfather.  He enjoyed fishing, chasing a little white ball around the golf course with his buddies, hunting, boating, playing cards with friends and at family gatherings, but most of all he was most proud
of his grandchildren and often boasted to his friends.
 
He was an avid Illini and Cubs fan - no matter their record; he also traveled many miles following his grandsons and cheering them in their many sports activities.  He was very proud of each of his grandchildren and was known as "Grandpa Bob" by his great-grandchildren who loved and
cared for him deeply.
 
Bob was a member of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau, Fire Protection Board,
Clinton Country Club and Christ Lutheran Church.
 
Bob's family wishes to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to Pastor Dunlop and to all the physicians, nurses and staff members of St. Mary's who kept fantastic care for both Bob and his family during such a difficult time.

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Larry Edwards

A Celebration of Life honoring Larry T. Edwards will be held February 4, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at the American Legion in Farmer City. Larry passed away December 8, 2016 at his home. Larry graduated from Monticello High School and resided most of his life in Cisco, moving to Farmer City in 2003.
 
Larry's wife, Martha, and his children and grandchildren invite his friends and family to come share memories and Oreos.
 

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Ruth Markword

Ruth V. Markword, 95, of Lincoln, (formerly of Quincy, IL) passed away on January 29, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
 
Ruth was born on February 15, 1921 near Hannibal, MO; the daughter of Charles and Floye (Oliver) Irwin. Ruth married W.E. (Sprout) Markword on October 12, 1959.
 
Ruth is survived by her son, Mark (Vicki) Kuhlmeier of Quincy, IL, her daughter, Barbara Hadsell of NV; her grandchildren, Steve (Teresa) Hadsell, Jay (Krishell) Hadsell, of NV, Scott Hadsell, of MO, Jean (Ted) Wagner, of TX, Brian (Kelly) Cale, Chad (Lisa) Cale of Lincoln, IL, Amy (Scott) Kuhlman, of New Holland, IL, Jeremy (Cindy) Cale, of IN, Lauren Kuhlmeier of  Hamilton, IL, Colby (Stasha) Kuhlmeier, of Quincy; her 13 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews including her beloved niece Delores Gunterman and family of SC.
 
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and three sisters, one daughter, Mary Colleen Cale, one son-in-law, Jerry Hadsell, two great-grandchildren, Ashley Bringer and Nick Cale.
Ruth will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Per Ruth’s request there will be no services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Ralph Holland

Ralph Dean Holland 73 of Heyworth, IL passed away 2:38 AM January 30, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL.
 
Private family graveside services will be held at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, IL with military honors. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Ralph was born May 15, 1943 in Wapella, IL the son of Paul and Martha (Collins) Holland.  He married Karen Lea Willis on August 12, 1967.  They were married for 21 years.
 
Survivors include his son: Brian (Jill) Holland, Heyworth, IL; three grandchildren: Matthew, Ben and Anna Holland; siblings: Betty Ellis, Clinton, IL, Ronnie (Joyce) Holland, Maroa, IL, and Kathy (Vernon) Meadows, Wapella, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: William Richard and John Wesley Holland and one sister: Beverly Ann Kraft.
 
Ralph was a 1961 graduate of Wapella High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran. After working for Holland Brothers Plumbing and Heating until 1996, he started Ralph Holland Plumbing Inc. in Heyworth, IL with his son and worked until present day.
 
The family wishes to extend a special “Thank You” to the staff of the Progressive Care Unit at BroMenn Regional Medical Center.

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Joyce Compton

Joyce A. Compton, 80, of Atlanta, passed away Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017) at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
 
Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Atlanta Cemetery. Andy Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Atlanta Cemetery.
 
Joyce Ann Johnson was born June 29, 1936, in Atlanta, the daughter of Oren Brock and Alma Leesman Johnson. She married Orville E. "Speed" Compton on July 10, 1954. He preceded Joyce in death on March 25, 2012.
 
Joyce is survived by their children, Peggy Aper, Atlanta; Susan (Dean) Benedict, Atlanta; and Matthew (Nancy) Compton, Colorado Springs; nieces, Shelly (Randy) Brooks, Atlanta, and Julie (Paul) Homan, El Paso, to whom she was a caring mother; six grandchildren, Angie Neville, Atlanta; Elizabeth (Darrell) Miller, Danvers; Elaina (R.J.) Romani, Washburn; Lyndi (Kory) Leesman, Hartsburg; and Meghan and Rachel Compton, Colorado Springs; five great-grandchildren, Kolton Neville; Raelyn and Clayto Romani; and Levi and Luke "Little Speed" Leesman; one brother, James L. (Barbara) Johnson, Minier; two cousins, Gaylord Wikle, Waynesville, and Ben Leesman, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Jane Bottoms and Judy Ford, and one son-in-law, Ron Aper.
 
Joyce was a 1954 graduate of Atlanta High School. She had served as president of the Atlanta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1824 Auxiliary. Joyce enjoyed reading, playing cards, crocheting, hunting for morel mushrooms, and fishing at Patterson Bay.
 
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Christian Church or the Atlanta Public Library.

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Forrest Appleton

Forrest Lee Appleton, 73, went to be with the Lord Friday morning (Jan. 27, 2017) in Peoria.
 
Lee was born June 13, 1943, in Logansport, Ind., to Forrest Leo and Hanna Fultz Appleton, both preceding him in death. He was raised in Camden, Ind., along with his three brothers.
 
Upon graduation from Camden High School, Lee attended Purdue University for two years and played trumpet in the band before he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1964 at the age of 20. A Vietnam veteran, 1965-1966, Lee reached the rank of staff sergeant while serving his country at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., where he met his bride-to-be, Geraldine "Gerre" Higgins. He completed his service at the Pentagon for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leaving active duty in 1971.
 
Lee and Gerre moved to Stanford, where he began working for State Farm in Bloomington, and raising three children, Forrest David, Theodore "Ted" Appleton and Laura Appleton Shuler. He also worked for Mitsubishi Motors and as a truck driver, a profession he enjoyed while in high school and college. Lee was also very active in his community as a Freemason since the age of 21 in the Scottish Rites, 32nd degree, belonged to the Bloomington Consistory, and the Minier Comet Lodge. He participated in the Passion Play at the Consistory, enjoyed woodworking and shooting, and was a historian and published author. Later in his life, Lee researched and published multiple articles and books on the railroad system in Indiana and historical articles pertaining to central Indiana, where he grew up. He also spent as much time as he could loving on and enjoying his grandchildren.
 
Loved and respected by all who met him, Lee Appleton was a man of honor, loyalty and integrity; believed in hard work; was a good friend of many; and a provider for his family.
 
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gerre; brothers, Dean, Brian and Bill Appleton; sons, Dave and Ted Appleton; daughter, Laura (Kevin) Shuler; and eight grandchildren, Amber Kasner; Alek, Kendra, Alyana and Talon Appleton; and Gavin, Carlee and Aubrey Shuler.
 
His celebration of life is being planned for June 13 at First Baptist Church in Camden, Ind., and he will be interred in a family plot at the Camden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shriner's Hospital for Children.
 

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Dorothy Paxton-Butler

Dorothy J. Paxton-Butler, 84, of Lincoln, died at 8 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017) at Christian Village, Lincoln.
 
Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating.
 
Burial: following service at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.
 
Visitation: noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Survivors: her children, Allan Butler, Kansas City, Kan.; Charles Butler, Lincoln; Suzan Butler, Milwaukee, Wis.; Sherri (Wade) Wimp, Bloomington; and Mike Butler, Normal; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Ralph Holland

Ralph Holland 73 of Wapella, IL passed away 2:38 AM January 30, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 

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Edna Ryan

Edna Ruth Ryan, 77 of Oreana, IL, went home peacefully in her sleep and is celebrating with Jesus, family and friends, dancing and walking the streets of gold at 5:40 AM January 30, 2017 at her family residence in Oreana, IL.
 
Graveside services will be 1:30 P.M. Friday, February 3, 2017 at Macon County Memorial Park Cemetery, Harristown, IL with Paul Roberts officiating. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
 
Edna was born November 23, 1939 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Clifton Vance and Betty June (Rardin) Ball. She married Robert E. Ryan, Jr. September 6, 1958 in Decatur, IL. He passed away January 1, 2006.
 
Survivors include her children: June (Mike Price) Yates, Nokomis, IL, Terri (Roger) Browning, Decatur, IL and Cindy Gahwiler, Oreana, IL; grandchildren: Shauna Rush, Jason Benge, Tyler Yates, LaRae (Paul) Roberts, Nichole (Robert Goyen) Foster, Levi Gahwiler, along with several great grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings: Nadeen (Carl) Williams, Decatur, IL, Arleigh (Sandy) Ball, Rockledge, FL and Clifton Ball, Oreana, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother: Charles Ball.
 
Edna loved flowers and British sit-coms. She was a very caring and loving person, always putting others first.
 

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Ruth Vandiver

Ruth Vandiver 81 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:35 PM January 29, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 – 11 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association.
 
Ruth was born June 20, 1935 in Macomb, IL the daughter of Hallie and Margaret (Drake) Reeves. She married Max E. Vandiver June 5, 1955, in Brooklyn, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Max E. Vandiver, Clinton, IL; children: Paul (Lisa) Vandiver, LaCygne, KS, Susan (Larry) Duling, Clinton, IL, Steve (Mary) Vandiver, Heyworth, IL, Phil Vandiver, Bloomington, IL; 9 grandchildren: Barbara, Michael, Bryan, Colin, Abby, Maggie, Molly, Lucy and Liam.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
 
Ruth enjoyed cooking and quilting.

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Floyd E. Payne

Floyd E. Payne, 87 of Lincoln passed away at 12:05 a.m. January 23, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital of Lincoln, IL.
 
Floyd was born March 1, 1929 in Union Illinois the son of Everett and Edna (Oltman) Payne. He married Norma JoAnn Teaney on February 4, 1950 in Hartsburg, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are his children: Kerry Payne of Lincoln, Roger (Randy) Payne of Lincoln, Reggie (Tracy) Payne of Hartsburg, and Robyn Redfairn of Lincoln. Two brothers: Ray (Charlene) Payne of Lincoln, Harold (Ann) Payne of New Jersey; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents and one brother Howard.
 
Floyd was a member of Jefferson Street Christian Church. He worked and retired as a forklift operator at PPG.
 
A Memorial service for Floyd will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday January 27, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Joe Sanders officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the service. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Floyd’s name to American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
 

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Jean Bachman

Jean Eileen Bachman, 91, of Chenoa, formerly of Heyworth, passed away at 11:31 a.m. Monday (Jan. 23, 2017) at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, rural Chenoa.
 
She was born on March 23, 1925, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Samuel and Viola I. Roszhart Rediger.
 
As a young child, she moved to Meadows and graduated from Chenoa High School. Jean met Roy Bachman at the Eureka Pumpkin Festival, and they later married in 1946. She took great joy in the role as a farm wife and mother to their nine children. They had been married 36 years when Roy passed away in 1983.
 
She is survived by her children, Linda (Paul) Woith, Normal; Leroy (Ethel) Bachman, Auburn; Peter (Connie) Bachman, Lexington; Connie (Calvin) Schick, Ruth (Joe) Haney and Roger Bachman, all of Bloomington; Gary (Linda) Bachman, Hudson; and Phillip (Rhonda) Bachman, Heyworth; 17 grandchildren, Jeff Woith, Tami Cappos, Melissa Courtney-Willis, Chris Bachman, Kim Berg, Cara Penn, Stacy Haney-Strnad, Tony Haney, Eric Haney, Roger Bachman, Ben Bachman, Megan Bachman, Christina Messerschmidt, Noah Bachman, Katie Bachman, Jacob Bachman and Audra Bachman; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Betty; and son, Marlin.
 
Jean was a member of the Calvary Mennonite Church of Washington and later the Meadows Mennonite Church. She is remembered by her family and friends for her love of baking, gardening, her joyful laughter and spending time with her grandkids. She will be forever missed and held in the hearts of those who knew her.
 
Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mennonite Church of Normal with Pastor Tim Schrag officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to her service at the church. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Stewart Harmony Cemetery, rural Metamora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Community Cancer Center or Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home. Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, is handling arrangements.

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