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Danny J. Casarez

Danny J. Casarez, 33 of Decatur, IL passed away 7:52 A.M. July 15, 2017 at his family home in Decatur, IL.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 A.M. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with celebrant Rev. Fr. James Henning. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M. Friday, July 21, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rosary services at 4:30 P.M.
 
Memorials may be made to his children C/O Chelsie Casarez.
 
Danny was born April 10, 1984 in Chicago, IL the son of Segundo Cazares and Eufracia Gomez. He married Chelsie Stukins November 13, 2015 in Decatur, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife: Chelsie Casarez, Decatur, IL; children: Daeviny J. Casarez and Adrianna E.N. Casarez both at home; parents: Segundo Cazares and Eufracia Gomez, Clinton, IL; siblings: Miguel (Mandi Cox) A. Cazares, Argenta, IL, Yaritza (Jordan) Bladen, Clinton, IL, Marilyn Casarez, Clinton, IL, Ernesto Cazares, Chicago, IL; paternal grandfather: Ambrocio Cazares; nephews: Terrel Cazares, Karsyn Bladen, Drayven Bladen; nieces: Jasmyn Bladen and Aneisa Cox.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother.
 
Danny was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church and the Boiler Makers Local #158 of Peoria, IL.
 
He loved watching the Philadelphia Eagles football and loved to fish. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his girls.

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Kyrie 'Reve' Bratcher

Kyrie’ Reve’ Bratcher, infant daughter of Tim and Arial Bratcher of LeRoy, Illinois passed away at 9:15 A.M., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 P.M., Friday, July 21, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois. Pastor Eric Swanson will officiate. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M., Friday, July 21, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Kyrie’s Korner c/o Busey Bank, LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Kyrie’ was born June 18, 2017 in Urbana, Illinois to Timothy Ryan and Arial Reve’ Stephens Bratcher. They survive in LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Also survived by one sister, Layla Kaylie Bratcher at home; maternal grandmother, Patricia Stephens of Carlisle, Iowa; maternal papa, John (Beth Jacobson) Stephens of Sioux City, Iowa; paternal grandmother, Sue Bratcher of LeRoy, Illinois; and maternal great-grandparents, Eldon & Hisako McDade of Waterloo, Iowa.
 
She was preceded in death by two infant siblings, her Papa, James Bratcher, and great-grandmother, Mary Lou Flegel.

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John D. Short

John D. Short, 78, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 9:05 A.M., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Illinois.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Ruel Neal American Legion Post 79 Memorial Wall Project, the LeRoy Boy Scout Troop # 0950, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Mr. Short was born July 9, 1939 in Bloomington, Illinois to Thelma M. McClintock. He married Judy E. Pray September 9, 1966 in LeRoy, Illinois. She survives in LeRoy, Illinois.
 
Survived by his sons, Tim L. (Amy) Short of St. Joseph, Illinois and Jason John Short of LeRoy, Illinois; granddaughters, Maureen, Audrey, and Katharine Short all of St. Joseph, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Jackie Burton.
 
John was a Vietnam Era Army veteran. He worked for the Eureka Company in Bloomington for 40 years and was a custodian at the LeRoy High   School for 8 years.
 
He was active with the Boy Scouts in LeRoy in the late 1970s through the late in1980s.

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Norma Jo Roth

Norma Jo Roth, 85, of Saybrook, Illinois passed away at 1:35 P.M., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Heritage Health, Bloomington, Illinois.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Colfax, Illinois with Fr. Carl LoPresti, Celebrant. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Colfax, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
 
Norma was born March 30, 1932 in Saybrook, Illinois, a daughter of Clair & Mildred Ryan Denny. She married Robert J. Roth September 2, 1950 in Gibson City, Illinois. He passed away November 13, 2005.
 
Survived by her children; Sue (Dennis) Bain of Saybrook, Illinois; Pam (Todd) Graham of Bloomington, Illinois; LeAnn (George) Hale of Normal, Illinois; Judy Hawthorne of Bloomington, Illinois; Timothy (Penny) Roth of Bloomington, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Connie Roth of Sibley, Illinois; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 step-grandson; 2 step-great-grandchildren; brother, William (Delores) Denny of Mesa, Arizona; sister, Barbara (Raymond) Murrell of Gibson City, Illinois. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert J. Roth; son, Michael Roth; infant son, Steven Roth and grandson, Bradley Hale.
 
Norma was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Colfax, Illinois. She worked for many years as a cook at the Saybrook Nursing home and Indian Springs Country Club, Saybrook, Illinois.

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Michelle Phipps

Michelle Phipps, 51, of Lincoln passed away on July 14, 2017 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
Michelle was born on April 14, 1966 in Alton, IL, the daughter of Ronald Phipps and Amy Phipps.
Michelle is survived by her son, Zachary (Jessie Maus) Tremaine; three grandchildren, ZJ, Amelia, and Adeline Tremaine; her mother, Amy Phipps of Chestnut, IL; her father, Ron (Chris) Phipps of Pittsfield, IL; her sister, Teresa (Jon) House of Chestnut, IL; her brother-in-law, Jimmy White of Ohio; and her long time significant other, Robert Nylin. Additionally she is survived by several nieces and nephews as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
 
Michelle was preceded in death by her sister, Robin White of Ohio.
 
Services for Michelle will be held at 6:30P.M. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. with John Smith officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday from 4:00-6:15P.M. also at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Michelle’s name to The American Stroke Foundation.

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Lynda Sue Ruff

Lynda Sue Ruff, 70, of Lincoln passed away at 10:40 A.M. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
 
Lynda was born July 26, 1946 in Logan County; the daughter of Norman and Mary (Sutton) Hart. She married Lyle Ruff on October 10, 1965 in Lincoln, IL. and he survives.
Lynda is also survived by her son, Doug Ruff; one brother, Terry (Linda) Hart; two grandchildren, Vanessa Ruff and Angie Ruff; one niece, Tani (Troy) Scott and one nephew, Brandon Hart.
 
Lynda was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Lynda worked for the State of Illinois as an Administrative Assistant for over 25 years. Lynda was an avid Rendezvousor for over 10 years; where she received the Indian name "Summer Storm” through a traditional Indian ceremony. She was a volunteer for years at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. She was also a past President of The Zonta Club of Lincoln.
 
Services for Lynda will be held at 10:00A.M. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00P.M. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Lynda’s name to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Fannie Frances Holl

Fannie Frances Holl 84 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 7:42 AM July 15, 2017 at her family residence, Clinton, Il.
 
There will be no services. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Fannie was born March 17, 1933 in DeWitt County, IL the daughter of Proctor and Lula (Cundiff) Ballenger. She married Henry Francis Holl may 1952. He passed away May 1981.
 
Survivors include her children, Janelle D. Paire, Ann Arbor, Mchigan; Susan E. Huffman, Clinton, Il.; Donald W. (Kim) Holl, Shiloh, Il.; Lu E. (Cecil) Dunlap, Clinton, Il.; 9 Grandchildren, Douglas Clark, Bethany Clark, Lindsey Paire, Aimee Pair, Andrew Huffman, Ashley Huffman, Amber Lowe, Jennifer Lowe and Jacob Holl; 9 Great-Grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Son, Kevin Michael Holl, 4 Sisters and 5 Brothers.
 
Fannie was an Airforce wife for 21 years. She had retired from Revere Copper & Brass Inc and was a
waitress at the Taylor McGill Hotel. She enjoyed cooking, the outdoors and animals but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren. Fannie was an avid Cubs fan.

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Sallie Francis Simpson

Sallie Frances Simpson, 72, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 12:20 AM, July 14, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
 
Sallie was born November 25, 1944 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Troy Harold and Helen (Welch) Dubson.
 
Survivors include her two sons, Duane Thackrey, Clinton, IL and Jesse Thackrey, Rushville, IL; 6  grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Bateson, Clinton, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
 
Sallie was a die-hard Cubs fan.

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Lynn Lamont

Lynn Lamont, 89, of Clinton, IL passed away 8:55 AM July 15, 2017 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Phil Yakey officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, IL at 2 PM with Military Honors. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM, Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wapella Christian Church or Little Galilee Christian Camp.
 
Lynn was born September 30, 1927 in Solomon, IL the son of George and Hyla (Defenbaugh) Lamont. He married Margaret F. Lindelof on August 28, 1953 in Bloomington, IL.  She passed away February 14, 1991. He later married Marjorie Ann (Leggett) Borland August 14, 1993 in Wapella, IL. 
 
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Ann Lamont, Clinton, Il.; Children, Peggy Watkins, Bloomington, Il.; David (Lita) Lamont, Wills Point, TX.; Danny Gene (Brenda) Borland, Wapella, Il.; Jodie D. West, Normandy, TN.; Grandchildren, Louis (Mary) Watkins, Ben (Jennifer) Watkins, Zach Watkins, Maggie (Joseph) Poindexter, Brandy Montgomery, Crystal Lamont and Chelsea (Cody) Lamont-Hall; Faith Borland, Rachel Borland, Luke Borland, Kellie Borland, Katelyn Lockard; 11 Great-Grandchildren;
Brother, Lyell Lamont, Spring Green, Wisconsin; Sister, Lois (Wally) Beeler, Peoria, Il.
 
He was preceded in death by his Parents, 1 infant son, Richard Lynn and 1 Sister, Lola Kaufman.
 
Lynn was a member of the Wapella Christian Church.  He farmed most of his life in McLean and DeWitt Counties. He was an Army Veteran serving his country during the Korean conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star. Lynn was a special Christian man. He loved his family, the church, and farming. Heaven has received a special Angel.

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Joseph D. McRae

Joseph D. McRae, 56, of Mt. Zion, IL passed away at 2:10 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in his residence.
 
A service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 17, 2017, at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion. Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Township Cemetery with military honors provided by the Macon County Honor Guard and the US Navy Honor’s team. The family will receive friends for visitation Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Dalton City United Methodist Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
 
Joe was born August 17, 1960, in Decatur, IL the son of John and Barbara (Sills) McRae. He served in the US Navy for eight years. Joe worked for Caterpillar in the Parts Line. He was a member of the UAW Local #751. He married Luanne Gaitros on September 18, 1993. Joe attended Dalton City United Methodist Church and had a passion for motorcycles and his pets. He was a die-hard Cubs fan.
 
Surviving is his wife: Luanne of Mt. Zion; his father: John of Thomasville, NC, sister: Debbie Sensing and her husband Gary of Thomasville, NC; brothers: John B. McRae and his wife Carol of Mt. Zion and Jim McRae and his wife Michelle of Pinkerington, OH; mother-in-law: Kay Gaitros of Dalton City; special canine companions: Schultzy, Peanut, and Willie.
 
Joe was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law: Carl Gaitros.

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Judith Anne Coogan

Judith Anne Coogan, 78, of Lincoln, passed away at 8:41 a.m. Thursday (July 13, 2017) at her home.
 
Judith was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Lincoln, the daughter of Paul Sr. and Mildred Blaum Beaver. She married Judge David Coogan on June 12, 1971, in Lincoln; he survives.
 
Judith is also survived by her brothers, Paul (Sue) Beaver and John (Kathy) Beaver, both of Lincoln; nieces, Ann (Ron Wolpert) Beaver Witting and Amy (John) O’Donnell; nephews, Frederick (Amy) Blanford, Brian (Christine) Beaver and Brad (Michele) Beaver; great-nieces, Hannah Witting; Kyleigh Snavely; Lauren O’Donnell; Caitlin Beaver; and Camille, Abigal and Claudia Blanford; and great-nephews, Ethan Witting, Kevin O’Donnell, Corey Beaver and Brandon Beaver.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and her infant sister.
 
Judith retired from Chester-East Lincoln and Northwest schools after teaching there for 35 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, DAR and the Logan/Dewitt Retired Teachers Association. She was truly devoted to all of her nieces and nephews.
 
Services for Judith will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, with Father Simon Taabu officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services Tuesday at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln. Memorial donations may be made in Judith’s name to Logan County 4-H Foundation or Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Agnes Marie Franklin

Agnes Marie Franklin, 91, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 12:20 A.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 surrounded by family at home. 
 
Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Mary's Church, Bloomington, Illinois.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Greg Nelson officiating.  Inurnment will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, Bloomington, Illinois or Ruel Neal American Legion Unit 79 Auxiliary, LeRoy, Illinois.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
 Agnes was born June 18, 1926 to Charles and Ida Mae Kridner Roberts in El Paso, Illinois.  She married Walter E. Franklin in 1946.  He preceded her in death May 1, 1997.  
 
 She is survived by her daughter, Mary Booker of Sterling, Illinois; sons, Charles (Sandra) Franklin of LeRoy, Illinois and Richard (Pamela) Franklin of Mt. Vernon, Washington; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
 
 She was preceded in death by her four brothers and one sister.
 
 Agnes was a member of St. Mary's Church, Bloomington, Illinois.  She was an employee at State Farm Insurance for over 20 years, retiring in 1990.  She lived a very active life enjoying travel; quilting; crafting; puzzles; reading; and most of all spending time with her family and family pets.

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Norma Jean Sams

Norma Jean Sams 74 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 6:00 PM July 12, 2017
at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home,
Clinton, Il. with Rev. Randy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 4 - 7 PM, Sunday,
July 16, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Clinton United Methodist Church or the
Weldon Springs Foundation.
 
Norma was born May 12, 1943 in Jacksonville, IL the daughter of James E.
and Ruth Esther (Rimbey) Hart. She married Jim Sams November 5, 1961 in
Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Jim Sams, Clinton, IL; children:  Roger
(Diana) Sams, Bellevue, NE and Janelle (Brad) Thomas, Clinton, IL; four
grandchildren:  Collin Sams, Ramstein AFB, Germany; Ross Thomas; Paige
Thomas (fiancé, Clayton Dunn); and Reid Thomas, all of Clinton, IL;
sister, Brenda (Dale) Rueger, Clinton, IL.  Several nieces and nephews
also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ned Harrold.
 
Norma worked for the Clinton school system for 30 years as a secretary.
She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church where she served
on several committees.  Norma was a member of the Weldon Springs
Foundation, the Clinton Zoning Board of Appeals, and the DeWitt County
Restoration Committee.  She was also a member of the Alpha Sigma Masters
Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for 50 years and the Collectors of Illinois
Pottery and Stoneware as well as numerous Bridge clubs.  Norma was a six
year cancer survivor.

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James L. Welch

James L. Welch, 53, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:10 P.M., Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home in Farmer City, Illinois.

 

A memorial visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Kelso M. Garver American Legion Post 650, Mansfield, Illinois. Inurnment will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery, Bellflower, Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Pavilion, Champaign, Illinois.

 

Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

 

Mr. Welch was born March 8, 1964 in Urbana, Illinois to G. Larry and Karen Kammeyer Welch.

 

Survivors include his parents of Mansfield; sons, Dylan James Welch of Mansfield and Devin Scott Welch of Farmer City; grandson, Gavyn James Welch; brother, Craig (Seleena) Welch of Farmer City; sister, Angela (Chris) Mitchell of Mansfield; aunt, Joyce Kelly of Long Beach, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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Mollie Theresa Evans

Mollie Theresa Evans, 78, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 12:36 A.M., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois. Pastor Ed Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Ingram Cemetery, White Heath, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mansfield United Methodist Church.
 
Mollie was born on May 18th, 1939 in Bondville, Illinois to Robert and Myrtle (Wardlow) Beckett.
 
She was the 8th of 10 children: James Beckett; Robert Beckett; Mary (Harrison) Rexroad; George “Joe” Beckett; Thomas Beckett; Gene (Phyllis) Beckett; John Beckett; Larry (Inez) Beckett; and Fred Beckett. She married Jimmie C. Evans on July 1, 1966 in Mahomet, Illinois. He passed away February 7, 2005. They had two sons, Keith (Jane) Evans of Farmer City, and Christopher (Merry) Evans of Farmer City. She was a grandmother to 7 grandkids, Joella Evans; Kevin (Tonya) Evans; Adam (Nancy) Evans; Misty Evans; Mandy (Brad) Lewis; Rex Evans and Ali Evans. She was the proud great-grandmother of 8 great-grandchildren, Brianna; Annah; Parker; Evan; Ciara; Sydnee; Brayden; and Clayton. She was also the loving mother of her dog, Max.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and her husband.
 
She lived in Mansfield for 51 years. She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church and was blessed with many caring neighbors and friends: Sue Hopkins; John and Carolyn Houser; Mike and Carolyn Pace; and Jo Kirby. Mollie loved her family, her dog, and Elvis Presley.
 
She was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
 

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Berlin L. Sargent

Berlin L. Sargent 73 of Clinton, IL passed away 6:50 PM July 11, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.
 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M. Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. John's Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with celebrant Rev. Fr. James Henning. Visitation will be 10 - 11 A.M. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL at a later date. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to DOVE.
 
Berlin was born November 17, 1943 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Pearl (Coffland) Ward. She married William D. Sargent December 9, 1961 in Lacon, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: William D. Sargent, Clinton, IL; children: Duane (Olga) Sargent, Bloomington, IL, Robert Sargent, St. Louis, MO, Shawn (Heather) Sargent, Creve Coeur, IL and Betty Grebe, Mesa, AZ; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with one on the way; sister Rosalyn Varney, Winter Haven, FL.
 
She was preceded in death by her mother and 1 brother: Robert Ward.
 
Berlin was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and was active member with the Alter & Rosary Society as well as a secretary at the church for many years. She was an avid crafter and camper. She was a very giving person no matter what the need.

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Betty Louise Williamson

Betty Louise Williamson, 93, of LeRoy, Illinois, formerly of Downs, Illinois, passed away at 3:07 P.M., Sunday, July 9, 2017 at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy, Illinois.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Hopewell Cemetery, Downs, Illinois.  Memorial donations may be made to the Downs United Methodist Church.
 
Betty was born February 16, 1924 in Downs, Illinois, a daughter of James "Andy" Adam and Jewell Marie Clark Waybright.  She married Millard Elmo "Smitty" Williamson on June 8, 1947 in Downs, Illinois.  He preceded her in death, March 15, 2006.
 
She is survived by one brother-in-law, Ivan "Tide" Williamson, sister-in-law, Viola Williamson and many nieces and nephews.
 
Betty graduated from Downs Community High School in 1943.  She was a member of the Downs United Methodist Church.  When she was younger she worked for the elders of Downs and her Aunt and Uncle's restaurant.  She then went to work for State Farm where she worked for 42 and a half years retiring on February 16, 1986.  She started at State Farm as a skater who delivered the mail on her floor and to Mr. G. J. Mecherle.
 
Betty was a loving wife, aunt, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed. 

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Margaret McCarty Hoffman

Margaret McCarty Hoffman, 96, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 10:50 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Farmer City Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Mrs. Hoffman was born July 21, 1920 in Rutledge Township, DeWitt County, Illinois, a daughter of Rolland R. and Louise Walden McCarty. She married E. Eugene Hoffman in Farmer City, Illinois on October 27, 1946. He survives in Farmer City, Illinois.
 
Survived by her daughter, Ellen (James) Zellmer of Blue Springs, Missouri; two sons, John (Kathy) Hoffman of Lake Tapawingo, Missouri and William (Catherine) Hoffman of Farmer City, Illinois; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Jean McCarty of Eureka, Illinois.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, James and her brother, John McCarty.
 
Margaret was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism and worked on newspapers in Chicago and the Champaign News-Gazette before her marriage. She later worked for the Farmer City Journal.
 
She was a member of the Farmer City United Methodist Church; the Farmer City Genealogical and Historical Society; Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, and Theta Sigma Phi Professional Journalism Sorority. She was a member of the Farmer City Public Library Board where she served as president for 24 years. She was a member of the Woodlawn Country Club where she was an avid golfer. Her hobbies were reading, golf, genealogy, and bridge.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Inurnment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City, Illinois. There will be no visitation.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmer City Public Library.

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Sue Howe

Sue Howe, 64, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 7:14 A.M., Friday, July 7, 2017 at her residence.
 
Her funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois and from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to the Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Illinois or Northern Piatt Fire Protection District, Mansfield, Illinois. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
 
Sue was born June 20, 1953 in Champaign, Illinois, a daughter of Robert C. & Geneva L. Martin Huchel. She married George Howe on June 26, 1983 in Mansfield, Illinois.
 
Survived by her husband, George Howe of Mansfield, IL; son, Dave Kirby of Mansfield, IL; two stepsons, Jeffrey (Eileen) Howe of Lincolnshire, IL and Brian (Gina) Howe of Lewis Center, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kaleigh Kirby and Ryken Kirby; seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Gerald (Malou) Huchel of Albuquerque, NM and Billy (Sue) Huchel of Mansfield, IL; one sister, Penny Shonkwiler of Champaign, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Jimmy Huchel and Michael Huchel.
 
Sue was a retired LPN. She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church and had been a trustee for the Mansfield Library.

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Stephen W. Shehorn

Stephen W. Shehorn, 66, of Chestnut, IL suffered from Type 2 Diabetes and heart failure at Presence Covenant Medical Center surrounded by his family on July 7, 2017.
 
Stephen was born on May 29, 1951 in Lincoln, IL; son of Robert and Zella (Ayers) Shehorn.
 
Surviving Stephen is his wife: Charlotte of 12 years of marriage, daughters: Kayla (David) Turner and Angela (Bradley) Westner, his mother: Zella, and many loving grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.
 
Stephen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. Stephen loved hard work and worked as a heavy machine operator for 30+ years until he was forced to stop due to his illness. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, drag racing, and watching horse racing. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He was always there to help friends with any type of project they needed him for.
 
Special thanks to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home for all the arrangements. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday July 13, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Martha Cleo Prince

Martha Cleo Prince, 89, passed away at 10:40 a.m. on July 8, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
 
Martha was born on December 22, 1927 in Monette, AR; daughter of Manuel T. Duncan and Virgie Garrett Lay. She married Morris Prince on March 11, 1944 in Paragould, AR. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2015.
 
Surviving Martha are her two daughters: Sandy (Larry) Bailey of Lincoln; Phyllis (Reynold) Goff of Chestnut; one grandson: Scott Luckhart of Riverton; three granddaughters: Pamela (John) Mays of Wentzville, MO; Laura (Keith) Brewer of Wentzville, MO; and Stephany (Chad) Kutz of Lincoln; one step granddaughter: Amy (Shawn) Lawrence of Beason; great grandchildren: Brady, Garrett, and Wyatt Luckhart of Mt. Pulaski; Delaney Mays of Wentzville, MO and two great step grandchildren: Jacob and Jayden Lawrence of Beason. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: James Duncan.
 
Martha was a member of Lincoln Southern Baptist Church. She retired from Lincoln Developmental Center on March 28, 1990 where she worked as a Dietary Supervisor. She enjoyed fishing, puzzles, and her family.
 
Services for Martha will be 12:00 Noon Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. James Williford officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (11:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon). Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Martha’s name to Lincoln Southern Baptist Church.

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Mark E. Stewart

Mark E. Stewart, 60, passed away at 1:55 a.m. on July 5, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
 
Mark was born on April 29, 1957 in Mt. Pulaski, IL; son of William John and Mildred Fern (Beck) Stewart. He married Jody Lynn Seitz on June 18, 1977.
 
Mark is survived by his children: Shannon (Brian) Moos of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Jason Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL; five grandchildren: Jade, Makayla, Keyleigh, Chasey, and Kendra; his siblings: Kenny Stewart of Illiopolis, IL, Ronald (Mary) Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Richard Stewart of Lake Fork, IL, Delmar (Sue) Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL, Dennis Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL, and Janice Cook of Mt. Pulaski, IL; sister-in-laws: Phyllis Stewart of Lake Fork, IL and Charlene Stewart of Mt. Pulaski, IL; and his special friend: Jody. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Gary and Jerry Stewart.
 
Mark worked for Borden Chemical/ Formosa in Illiopolis and Eaton Corporation in Lincoln, IL. He was a member of Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and going to the races.
 
Graveside services for Mark will be 11:00 a.m. Monday July 10, 2017 at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery with Mark Weber officiating. Memorials may be made to the family of Mark E. Stewart. Services are entrusted toFricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Dwain Cecil Marten

Dwain Cecil Marten, 93, passed away at 2:53 p.m. on July 4, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski, IL.
 
Dwain was born on December 17, 1923 in Mt. Pulaski, IL; son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Marten. He married Mildred Seefeldt on December 27, 1949, she preceded him in death on July 29, 1979. He married Leatha Faye Paul in 1980, she preceded him in death on December 6, 2012.
 
Dwain is survived by his son: Randy and his wife Bobbi Marten of Dallas, TX; stepchildren: Larry Tallent of McLean, IL, and Ann Winchell of Bushnell, IL; one grandchild; seven step-grandchildren.
 
Dwain was a WWII Marine veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was a lifelong farmer and electrician. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chestnut, American Legion, Chestnut Fire Department, Logan County Sheriffs Auxiliary, and he was an avid model train enthusiast.
 
Services for Dwain will be 11:00 a.m. Friday July 7, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chestnut, IL with Rev. David Dunlop officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Burial at Laenna Cemetery will follow the service, where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dwain’s name to the Chestnut EMS. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL.

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Gerald Frederick Litterly

Gerald Frederick Litterly was born December 8, 1936 in rural Lake Fork, Illinois, to Jesse Earl and Rosie Mae Litterly. He passed away, July 3, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.
 
He married Barbara Carol Cyrulik, December 24, 1958. They had three sons, Steven, Jeffery, and James. She preceded him in death.
 
He married Connie Fisher, February 2, 1994. She preceded him in death.
Gerald farmed in the Mt. Pulaski area until his death, for over 60 years. He also lived on the Centennial Family Farm. He was a member of the Lake Fork Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge #87 A.F.&M. Mt. Pulaski, Illinois.
 
He leaves behind three sons, Steven, Jeffrey (Susan), and James (Jan). Five grandchildren, Carly Winkelmann (Rob), Mitchell, Tyler, Jacob, and Luke Litterly; two great-grandchildren, Camden and Macyn Winkelmann.
 
Gerald loved life and loved spending time with his grandchildren and his dog Jazzie.
 
Gerald was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Forrest Litterly.
 
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society or The Mt. Pulaski Future Farmers of America. The family plans a Celebration of Life at a later date. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Catherine Viola Kwasny

Catherine Viola Kwasny, 99, of Forsyth, Illinois passed away at 6:21 pm. on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
 
Funeral service to celebrate Catherine’s life will be at 1:00 pm. Monday July 10, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Decatur, Illinois, with Rev. Russell Weise officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois. Memorials in Catherine’s name may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Catherine was born December 26, 1917, in Warrensburg, Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Clara Binkley. She had eight brothers and sisters. Catherine attended school in Warrensburg and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1931. She worked at Hi Flyer Kite Factory, Oaks Products Company and during World War II, at Wagner Casting Company. She loved to spend time in the garden and yard. She enjoyed the outdoors whether camping, hunting, or fishing. She bowled for many years in two leagues and continued her love for bowling as an avid Wii bowler on the Hickory Point Christian Village team. She enjoyed being with her family and rarely missed a family gathering. Catherine married Robert William Kwasny on May 16, 1935. Robert preceded her in death after seventy-two years of marriage.
 
Surviving are her three children- Nancy Miller, Sandra (David) Shinn, of Findlay, Illinois, Ronald (Jacqueline) Kwasny of Bloomington, Illinois, five grandchildren-Jodi (Donald) Doyle, Brian (June) Miller, Lance (Lisa) Kwasny, Curtis (Myka) Shinn, Matthew Shinn, fourteen great grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings, husband, son-in-law, Wilbur Miller, and one great grandchild.
 
The family would like to thank Hickory Point Christian Village and staff, Haven Hospice and DMH Hospice for their care and support to our mother and our family.
 
Catherine has been a faithful and active lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Her confirmation verse is Revelation 2:10 “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life”. These words are certainly true. Catherine has gone to be at peace in the arms of her Lord and Maker where she awaits to once again be reunited with all who believe.
 
Please sign the guestbook at www.tanzyuslogan.com

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Christine M. Stewart

Christine M. Stewart, 65, formerly of Kenney, IL, died on July 3, 2017, following a long illness. She was the youngest child of Robert Roy Hunter, Jr., and Eleanor P. (Dorr) Hunter. Christine was born in 1951 in Framingham, Mass, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in nearby Westborough, Mass. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Gary H. Stewart, of Gardner, Mass., and by numerous nieces and nephews. She had been a dispatcher for an industrial gas company and later worked in retail. She was an avid seamstress and became quite adept at scrapbooking. She belonged to the First Baptist Church of Westborough and worshiped at other congregations after she left her home town. She will be interred in the family plot in Westborough. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may wish to donate to the Christine Stewart Memorial Fund in care of https://www.youcaring.com/garystewart-868602

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Darrick James Rieck

Darrick James Rieck, 43, of Rock Springs, WY, formerly of Arrowsmith, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
Darrick was born January 1, 1974 to Dennis and Judy Andresen Rieck in Clinton, Iowa.
 
Darrick is survived by four daughters, Katy; Morgan; Emma, and Jensen; his father, Dennis Rieck; four brothers, Darren; David (Daisy); Jason (Heather), and Jeff (Linda) Rieck.
 
His mother, Judy, preceded him in death.
 
Darrick loved spending time with family and friends. Most of all, Darrick loved his kids. He would talk about them to everyone. He was a loving father, brother and son.

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Evelyn Ann Anderson

Evelyn Ann Anderson, 87, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away peacefully the afternoon of Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Carle Hospital with family and friends by her side. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 P.M. in Blue Ridge Township Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to Carle Hospice.
 
Evelyn was born on February 4, 1930 in Dana, Illinois. She attended and graduated from Minonk Dana Rutland School District. Shortly after graduation, moved to Bloomington, Illinois where she held various office jobs. While in Bloomington and enjoying a night of dancing at O’Neals Dance Hall, she met her future husband Paul K. Anderson. They were married on August 19, 1951. Evelyn and P.K. spent the next 47 years dancing through life together until he passed away on July 23, 1998. Together they raised two sons, Craig (Della) of Champaign and Brian of Mansfield. Evelyn greatly enjoyed the time she spent with her grandsons, Aaron and Brian W. from their childhood visits to Dewey’s until their most recent pizza parties at Monicals.
 
To know Evelyn was to know a committed lady. For almost three decades she worked side by side with P.K. cultivating the fields in the spring and harvesting the crop in the fall. Amazingly, she was the first one to rise and the last one to rest while she maintained a busy household between the hours she was working beside Paul Keith. Without a whisper of complaint, Evelyn assured that all of those around her, family, friends, shelling crews, equipment mechanics, and hired hands came before herself. Evelyn was often reminded of, and complimented on the fantastic meals, desserts, and snacks she would provide to those working at the farm.
 
At a time when many would consider starting to slow down, Evelyn began a 25 year career with Carle Clinic and Hospital. She enjoyed many of those years in the Eye Department where she began countless friendships with doctors, staff, and patients that lasted long after her retirement at the age of 75.
 
One of Evelyn’s greatest wishes was that she never had to leave the farm. She spent the last years of her life shuttling and feeding “the boys”, her own and those that worked with them, while they continued the farming operation. Always willing to help, many in the neighborhood will remember the petite lady bundled up from head to toe mowing the roadsides on her John Deere until only a year ago. Always a mother, as she began to slow down, she would keep a watchful eye on the comings and goings of trucks and machinery. Numerous times a day she would check in with Craig and Brian to keep informed of where they were working, how they were getting along, who was helping, and of course, to remind everyone not to work all night.
 
Regardless of the subject, whether it was her family, friends, the farm, her work, or volunteering, Evelyn was committed to giving her all too every task and person.

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Eric Holt

Eric A. Holt 35 of Bloomington, IL passed away 5:27 AM July 5, 2017 in Flanagan, IL.
 
Visitation will be 5 - 7 P.M. Friday, July 7, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to Eric A. Holt Memorial Fund.
 
Eric was born September 25, 1981 in Tampa, Florida the son of Kenneth E. Holt and Tamara S. Hamann.
 
Survivors include his children: Skylar Holt, Waynesville, IL and Peyton Holt, Bloomington, IL; father and step-mother: Kenneth E. and Casimira Holt, Columbia, TN; siblings: Sherri (Rusty) Stamp, Wapella, IL, Kenny (Crystal) Holt, Clinton, IL and Sarah (Joshua) Prescott, Heyworth, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother.
 
Eric worked for a roofing company. He loved to go four wheeling and enjoyed making people laugh.

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Wesley Cusey

Wesley W. Cusey 60 of Wapella, Il. passed away 2:35 PM July 4, 2017 at his family residence, Wapella, IL.
 
Services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home,Clinton, IL with Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 9 - 10 A.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family is requesting casual attire.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Wapella Fire and Rescue.
 
Wesley was born January 23, 1957 in Bloomington, IL the son of Exley E. and Nellie Jean (Leggett) Cusey.
 
Survivors include his brothers: Curtis Cusey, Lothian, MD, Eldon (Michelle) Cusey, Wapella, IL; nephew: Vincent Cusey, Wapella, IL.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister: Amy Cusey.
 
Wesley was an avid outdoorsman with a beautiful vegetable and flower garden.. He enjoyed long walks, hiking, camping and small game hunting of squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and opossum. Along with working part time at a bookstore in Bloomington, he was a welder of big or small jobs. Also,
Wesley attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Heyworth.
 
Wesley spent much of his time and energy as a caregiver to his mom until she passed away at the age of 82.
 

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Margaret Ella Murphy

Margaret Ella Murphy 91 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:07 PM July 2, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Margaret was born August 15, 1925 in Wilson Township, DeWitt County, Illinois the daughter of Pleasant and Nora (Bell) Bray. She married Paul Murphy in 1943. He passed away in 1972.
 
Survivors include her grandchildren, Paul D. (Beverly) Murphy, Clinton, IL; Jodi (Josh) Turney, Clinton, IL; great-grandchildren:  Amanda (Cali) Murphy, Pekin, IL; Brett Murphy, Rochelle, IL; Wynn Turney, Clinton, IL; and Payne Turney, Clinton, IL; sister, Della Cooper, Clinton, IL.  Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Son, Paul Eugene Murphy, 3 Brothers and 3 Sisters.
 
Margaret retired from the A.S.C.S. office, Clinton, IL. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL and the Eagles Lodge in Bloomington, IL.  Margaret worked part time at the Clinton Antique Mall and the DeWitt County Building.  She liked exercising at Curves and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

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George Orville Hiser

George Orville Hiser, 87 of Mt. Zion, formerly of rural Hammond, passed away at 9:38 PM Sunday July 2, 2017 in Fair Havens Christian Home, surrounded by his family.
 
Services to celebrate George’s life will be held at 2 PM Wednesday July 5, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, conducted by Pastor David Brown. Visitation will be held from noon until the service time. Interment will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Cerro Gordo Volunteer Fire Department.
 
George was born on January 28, 1930 in rural Oakley, IL the son of Orville O. and Hattie (Lanter) Hiser. He was a lifetime farmer. He married Harriet Catlin on November 22, 1951 in Boiling Springs Church of God in Decatur. George was a member of the Cerro Gordo Lions Club, former Board Member of the Cerro Gordo Grain Association, former board member of the Cerro Gordo Ambulance Service, member of the former Oakley United Methodist Church, and a former Cub Scout Master. George enjoyed gardening, tinkering in the shed fixing things and going to coffee at the elevator.
 
Surviving are his wife Harriet of over 65 years of Mt. Zion, children- Lynn and his wife Diana of Oakley, Marcia and her husband Larry Gaitros of Oakley, Darryl and his wife Vickie of Argenta, Tami and her husband Tim Newell of Oakley and Daniel and his wife Soraya of Cerro Gordo, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
 
George was greeted in Heaven by his parents, two sisters- Alberta (Francis) Morr and Lena Mae (Joe) Peterson and his infant brother Willard A. Hiser.

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Margaret Murphy

Margaret Ella Murphy, 91, of Clinton, passed away at 9:07 p.m. Sunday (July 2, 2017) at Manor Court, Clinton.
 
Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Greg Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Margaret was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Wilson Township, DeWitt County, the daughter of Pleasant and Nora Bell Bray. She married Paul Murphy in 1943. He passed away in 1972.
 
Survivors include her grandchildren, Paul D. (Beverly) Murphy, Clinton, and Jodi (Josh) Turney, Clinton; great-grandchildren, Amanda (Cali) Murphy, Pekin; Brett Murphy, Rochelle; Wynn Turney, Clinton; and Payne Turney, Clinton; sister, Della Cooper, Clinton; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Paul Eugene Murphy; three brothers and three sisters.
 
Margaret retired from the ASCS office, Clinton. She was a member of First Christian Church, Clinton, and the Eagles Lodge in Bloomington. Margaret worked part time at the Clinton Antique Mall and DeWitt County Building. She liked exercising at Curves and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Martha L. Donnelly

Martha L. Donnelly, 84, of Lincoln, IL formerly of Lombard, IL passed away at 10:36 A.M, Wednesday June 28, 2017 at her home.
 
Martha was born on July 26, 1932, the daughter of James P. and Dorcie Smith Donnelly.
 
Martha was a social studies teacher at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL for 25 years, and for many of those years, she also headed the Social Studies Department. Before her tenure at Glenbard East, she taught social studies In Los Angeles, CA, Waukegan, IL, Crete, IL, and for the United States Armed Services in Japan.
 
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Martha attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where she earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. During her years of teaching, she also completed extensive academic work beyond a master's degree. She received one Fulbright Scholarship to India and a second one to Israel.
 
Martha traveled extensively taking trips to numerous destinations, such as, England, Ireland, China, Southeast Asia, and Australia. When she lived in the Chicago area, she enjoyed the theater and had subscriptions to the Steppenwolf, Court, and Goodman theaters. She loved to read, and at one time would set aside whole days to read.
 
Martha expressed much gratitude for the kindness and generosity of her many Lincoln friends who helped her through illnesses during the past few years.
 
Services for Martha will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday July 6, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL, with Rev. Brad Curtis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services from 10:00-11:00A.M. Burial will be at New Union Cemetery, Lincoln, IL. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

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Elizabeth Jane Hamm

Elizabeth Jane Hamm, 95, formally of Peoria, passed from this life on June 29, 2017 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.
 
Jane was born in Lewiston, IL on March 30, 1922 to Whitnah and Irma Campbell. She graduated from Lewiston High School. Jane married Kenneth Hamm on December 14, 1941. Together they had a daughter, Barbara (Bob) Walter of Appleton, WI, and son, Richard (Betty) Hamm of Hudson, IL. Since the 1950’s, Jane was a member of Timber Lake Country Club where she enjoyed golfing, swimming, camping and many friends. She was a proud member of the DAR, Lewiston chapter. Theatre was a passion and Jane was a longtime supporter of Peoria Players and Cornstock Theatre. Jane was member of University United Methodist Church and was actively involved in volunteering at the Corner Closet. She was blessed to travel worldwide with her husband and loved vacationing on Sanibel Island, FL.
 
Jane is survived by her son, Rick (Betty) Hamm; four grandchildren: Robert (Sarah) Walter, Kelly (Scott) Smith, Stacey Hamm and Adam (Heather) Hamm, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and daughter Barb. Jane was beloved and will be greatly missed. The family would like to say a special thank you to the nursing staff and aides at the Meadows Memory Unit who always made sure Jane had what she needed and was well cared for.
 
Services for Jane will be held at 11:00A.M. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Brandon Boyd officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services (10:00-11:00A.M.) also at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, IL at 2:30P.M. on Monday, July 3, 2017 with pastor Penny Frame officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the memory unit at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.

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Edna L. Stine

Edna L. Stine 89 of Clinton, Il. passed away 11:25 PM June 30, 2017 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.
 
A Celebration of Edna’s Life will be 6 PM, Thursday, July 6, 2017 at New Beginnings Church of God, 814 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL with Pastor Aaron Stine, grandson, officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to the New Beginnings Church of God, Normal, IL.
 
Edna was born July 11, 1927 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Frank and Leila Dell (Quiggins) Probus. She married Leland D. Stine May 3, 1947 in Bloomington, Il.
 
Survivors include her husband, Leland D. Stine, Clinton, IL; children:  Larry (Julie) Stine, Kappa, IL; Sandra (Roger) Griffith, Clinton, IL; and Steven (Gina) Stine, Chicago, IL; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Goldie Shickle, Bloomington, IL and Charlotte Moews, Normal, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 1 great-great-grandson.
 
Edna loved her church and her family.

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Melissa S. Cler

Melissa S. Cler 30 of DeLand, Illinois passed away 6:20 PM June 30, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Il.
 
Celebration of Her Life will be 11:30 AM, Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Lodge Church of God, Lodge, IL..  There will be a time of gathering for friends and family from 10 AM – 11:30 AM at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Melissa Cler Cancer Benefit.
 
Melissa was born July 14, 1986 in Champaign, IL the daughter of Max E. and Lori M. (Duncan) Neathery.. She married Garret Cler September 18, 2010 in Monticello, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Garret Cler, DeLand, IL; children, Hadley Cler and Maddox Cler at home; parents, Max and Lori Neathery, DeLand, IL; siblings, Libby Neathery, Pesotum, IL and Caleb Neathery, DeLand, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her Grandparents, 1 Son, Carson Phillip Cler and 1 Brother, Andrew “Andy” Keith Neathery.
 
Melissa was a Nurse at Carle Foundtion Hospital for 10 years.  She was an avid Cubs fan.  Most of all, she loved her family – especially her children.

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Trooper Ryan Albin #5718

Illinois State Police (ISP) officials continue to grieve the loss of their fallen brother, Trooper Ryan Albin, who was killed in the line of duty on June 28, 2017.  Trooper Albin was traveling on I-74 westbound near Farmer City when his vehicle collided with a box truck as both vehicles entered a construction zone.  Trooper Albin joined the ISP in 2006 and was currently assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer.
 
As a member of the ISP, Trooper Ablin was an extraordinary Trooper who was tremendously dedicated to his unit and the Department. Trooper Albin was well known for his significant drug, weapon, and illegal cigarette seizures.  Trooper Albin served as a juvenile officer and a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) trustee.  Trooper Albin was a member of the National Criminal Enforcement Association and dedicated his career to criminal interdiction work.  Trooper Albin received the following awards within the Illinois State Police and other agencies:
 
2015 District 6 Nominee for Officer of the Year 
2015 Department Commendation for Illinois MEG Directors and Task Force Commanders Association
2010 Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists Award (101 DUI arrests in a year)
2009 District 6 Centurion Award for DUI Arrests (Over 100 DUI arrests in a year)
2009 Dewitt County Officer of the Year Nomination
2008 Heroes of the Highway for McLean County Sheriff’s Office and MADD
2007 MADD Dewitt County Law Enforcement Recognition 
 
“Trooper Ryan Albin was universally loved by his peers.  He was a big man who spoke softly, yet had a booming laugh that instantly let everyone in the building know he was there,” said ISP District 6 Commander Steven Riesenberg.  “Ryan was a true professional and a very effective crime fighter.  He will be sorely missed.  The men and women of the Illinois State Police count themselves fortunate to have served with him and pray for his family,” Captain Riesenberg added.
 
“Although no words may heal the pain, I can offer this promise…. We will never forget,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.  “We will never forget Ryan’s sacrifice, his courage, or commitment to service.  We will never forget his family, and we will honor his legacy,” he added.
 
Trooper Albin grew up in Bellflower, IL.  He attended Bellflower Grade School, Blue Ridge Junior High, and Blue Ridge High School.  Trooper Albin obtained a bachelor’s degree from Eureka College in Eureka, IL.  Trooper Albin was an inspiration to his fellow officers who often consulted with him for guidance.  He will be remembered for his work ethic and dedication to selfless service.
 
Trooper Ryan Albin is survived by his parents, two sisters, six year old daughter and two year old son. 

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Erma Lucille Letterle

Erma Lucille Letterle, 83, of Chestnut passed away on June 28, 2017 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.
 
Erma was born on September 27, 1933 in Warrensburg, IL the daughter of Anton and Mary (Woodside) Horn. She married Oliver Letterle on May 17, 1952 in Mt. Pulaski, IL, he survives.
 
Erma is also survived by her children: Tony (Eva) Letterle of Mt. Pulaski, Patricia (Kevin) Jason of Chestnut, Kevin (Kathy) Letterle of Robinson, IL, and Bryan (Shelley) Letterle of Mt. Pulaski; her daughter-in-law, Lynda Letterle of St. Joseph; her brother, Floyd (Betty) Horn of Decatur; her sister, Hazel Agee of Maroa; her nine grandchildren, Michael Letterle, Angie Stewart, Mary Jane (Ben) Gilly, Stephanie (Jordan) Klein, Ryan (Jess) Jason, Korey (Rebekah) Letterle, Kody (Ashley) Letterle, Olivia Letterle, and Jamee Letterle; her ten great-grandchildren, Jade, Makayla, Keyleigh, Chasey, Kendra, Elliana, Levi, Miles, Isabelle, and Isaac.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents, her son, David, and her brother, Howard.
 
Erma loved to babysit and drive kids to school in the school bus. She also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles.
 
Services for Erma will be held at 12:00P.M. noon on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski with Mark Weber officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (11:00-12:00P.M.) on Saturday, July 1, 2017 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Lake Bank Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Erma’s name to Chestnut EMS.

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Jean Marlene Naylor

Jean Marlene Naylor, age 81, of Quitman, Arkansas passed away June 26, 2017. Born July 5, 1935 in Lincoln, Illinois she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Eunice Naomi Shyer Vandevender. She was a retired employee of the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.
 
Jean was member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Cleburne County Extension Homemakers.
 
Her hobbies included making crafts, sewing, quilting, she loved to travel and visit with family, grandchildren and great grand children.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald Scott; daughter, Melody Reed; brothers, Hershel and Clifford Vandevender; children’s father, Frank Naylor, Sr. and one step-son, Douglas Scott and a sister, Fern Sotzen.
 
Survivors include: three daughters, Tracey Hutchinson of Heber Springs, AR; Penny Patton and husband Steve of Vienna, Illinois, Beverly Parker of Hopewell, AR; son, Frank Naylor Jr. of Mt. Pulaski, eighteen grandchildren and step-grandchildren; twenty-eight great and step great children and seven great-great grandchildren.
 
Visitation for Jean will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday June 30, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski, IL. Graveside service will Saturday, July 1, at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery, Mt Pulaski, Illinois.
 

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Joan Halm Crumbaugh

Joan Halm Crumbaugh, 84, of LeRoy, Illinois, passed away at 10:28 P.M., Friday, June 23, 2017, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois. 
 
A Graveside Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Peru City Cemetery, Peru, Illinois, with Abbott Phillip Davey of St. Bede Abbey officiating.  Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
 Joan was born August 6, 1932, in Spring Valley, Illinois, a daughter of John and Mary Marenda Balsavich.  She married Roger Halm on August 7, 1954, in Spring Valley, Illinois.  He passed away July 10, 1969.  She married Richard Crumbaugh on December 27, 1975, in Bloomington, Illinois.  He passed away September 19, 2008.
 
 Surviving are sons, David (Cheryl) Halm of Peoria, Illinois; Gregory (Carrie) Halm of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter, Nancy Halm of LeRoy, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
 
 She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Abbott Marion Balsavich.
 
Joan attended Sacred Heart in Farmer City. She was a member of the LeRoy Garden Club. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.
 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Bede Academy, 24 US – 6, Peru, Illinois 61354.

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Michael Christopher Aper

Michael Christopher Aper, 36, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday June 22, 2017 at 7:20a.m. at his home after a brief illness.
 
Michael was born September 12, 1980 in Lincoln the son of David Eugene and Kim (Windschanz) Aper.
 
Michael is survived by his parents, David and Kim Aper of Lincoln, his children: Ella, Brayden, and Paternal Grandmother Mary Ann Aper of Lincoln.
 
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents.
 
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Lincoln American Legion Post #263 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. Saturday July 1, 2017. The family would like to extend a special thank you to David and Katie Parn for their special care and support. Memorials may be made to the Michael C. Aper family. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Anna Louise Shockey

Anna Louise Shockey, 92, of Lincoln passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at The Christian Village in Lincoln.
 
Anna was born on November 15, 1924 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of Joseph Charles and Olga Clara (Ahrens) Buckstegge. She married Jerry Bock Shockey on November 24, 1948 in Lincoln, IL at Anna’s grandparents’ home. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2012.
 
Anna is survived by her two daughters: Gail (George) Petro of Lincoln, Melissa Shockey of Springfield, two sons: Roger Shockey of Cape Coral, FL, and Jerry Bock Shockey (Heather Haborstroh) of Tucson, AZ, her sister: Dorothy Harrison of Lincoln, IL, three grandchildren: Ben (Sarah) Petro of St. Charles, IL, Drew Von Waldner of Denver, CO and Taylor Shockey (Justin Joyce) of Cincinnati, OH; two great grandchildren.
 
Anna graduated from Memorial School of Nursing in 1946. She attended school through the Cadet Nurse Program. She also attended St. Francis College in Joliet, IL and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Anna worked as a registered nurse at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and with Dr. Arthur Williamson. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Lincoln, and American Legion Auxiliary Post#263.
 
A celebration of life for Anna will be 2:00 p.m. Friday June 30, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, IL with Father Mark Evans officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Anna’s name to The Christian Village of Lincoln, Trinity Episcopal Church, or Donor’s Choice. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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Suzanne E. Aper

Suzanne E. Aper, 73, of New Holland, IL died at 12:15 a.m. June 23, 2017 at her home.
 
Suzanne was born on December 7, 1944 in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Gilbert and Dixie (Long) Blaum. She married Myron Aper on June 16, 1963 in New Holland. He preceded her in death on March 2, 2016.
 
Surviving Suzanne is her children: Teresa (Otis) Tripplett of Middletown, IL, Tim Aper of New Holland, IL, and Butch Long of Bloomington, IL; three grandchildren: Bret, Nicole, and Brandon; one brother: Dr. Gene Blaum of Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Suzanne was a receptionist/office manager for Dr. Miller for 41 years; she currently worked for Midwest dental. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in New Holland, IL. She was elected mayor of New Holland in 2009 and held the position currently. She and Myron ran Aper’s crafts for 25 years, enjoyed going to craft shows, and she was a real estate agent for several years. She loved spending time with family and friends.
 
Services for Suzanne will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday June 27, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in New Holland, IL with Rev. Charles Olander officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday June 26, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL. Burial at Richmond Grove Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made in Suzanne’s name to Zion Lutheran Church or New Holland Fire Department.

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William Joseph "Joe" Matthews

William Joseph "Joe” Matthews, 93, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in his home.
 
Joe was born on August 31, 1923 in Mt. Pulaski, IL, the son of William and Irene (Volle) Matthews. He married Jean Ogden in St. Louis, MO, in 1961. She preceded him in death on May 12, 2005.
 
Joe is survived by his children: Jennifer Fettis, Peter (Pam) Matthews, Jacquelyn (Bob) Laurent, and Colin Matthews; his brother: Paul Matthews; his sister-in-law: Pauline Matthews; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Additionally, Joe is survived by his very good friends Derek (Renee) Martin and Denise "Bama” Quinn.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brother Bob, and his sister Helen.
Joe proudly served in The U.S. Army during World War II and The Korean War. He was also a member of various clubs including The Knights Templar, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Rotary, and the Clinton Elks Club.
 
A memorial gathering will be held in Joe’s honor from 4:00-7:00P.M. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski. Masonic Services will be performed by Mt. Pulaski Lodge #87 at 6:15P.M. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 also at the funeral home. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s name to The Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge #87.

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William L. "Sonny" Neal

William L. "Sonny" Neal 78 of Normal, Illinois passed away 11:10 PM June
25, 2017 at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal, IL.
 
Masonic Services will be 7 PM, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Calvert Funeral
Home, Clinton, IL.  Religious Services will follow with J. Kent Hickerson
officiating.  Visitation will be 5 - 7 PM, Thursday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to his Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren's
Education Fund.
 
Sonny was born March 13, 1939 in Bloomington, IL the son of Wilbur and
Florence (Black) Neal.  He married Norma J. Spencer August 10, 1958 in
Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include his wife, Norma J. Neal, Normal, IL; children:  Michael
K.. Neal, Normal, IL  and Mark S. Neal, Normal, IL; 2 grandchildren:
Jordan (Daniella) Neal, Wapella, IL and Nathan (Brittany) Neal, Niles, MI;
2 great-grandchildren:  Sophia Neal and Wyatt Neal; sister, Martha (Joe)
Underwood, Clinton, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister, Betty Baker.
 
Sonny retired from GTE and then worked for Busey Bank.  He enjoyed
golfing, fishing, camping, hunting, and boating.  Sonny was a member of
the DeWitt Masonic Lodge #84 AF & AM for 50 years.  He especially enjoyed
spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The family
would like to extend a "thank you" to Heritage Health, Bloomington and the
McLean Co. Nursing Home, Normal, IL for their excellent care.

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Steven D. Sebok

Steven D. Sebok, 62, passed away on June 22, 2017, surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes. Visitation follows from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 
Steve was born on July 26, 1954, in Decatur, Illinois, son of Joseph and Margaret Sebok. He graduated from Niantic Harristown High School in 1972. He began making cabinets alongside his brother at the age of 13 and embarked on his lifelong career as a skilled craftsman after graduation. Steve never met a stranger, he loved the simple things in life, treasured spending time with friends and family, and adored his grandchildren.
 
Left to cherish his memories are his wife Debbie of Forsyth; their daughters Tina and Zach Palmer of Forsyth; Lori and Joey McCoy of Forsyth; grandchildren Hailee, McKayla, Shae, Kylee, Keegan, Chloe, Ryne, and Cruz; brother Joseph James Sebok, Jr. of Decatur, sister Judy and husband Phillip Gallagher of Decatur, and beloved nieces and nephews.
 
Steve was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Peggy McGhee.
 
Memorials: Maroa-Forsyth School District Foundation
 
Steve’s golden heart stopped beating and his hard working hands are at rest. Our hearts are broken, God has taken one of the best.

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Janet Smith

Janet Wilson Smith, 62, of LeRoy, died at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday (June 21, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
 
There will be a funeral service for Janet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Northside Church of Christ, Normal. Minister Larry Sharp will officiate. There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral. Interment will be in Secor Cemetery, Secor.
 
Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements.
 
Janet was born on July 4, 1954, in Bloomington, to Frank and Betty Barnett Wilson. Celebrating her birthday along with the birthday of our nation was always a big deal to her and it was an event every year.
 
She married Roger Smith on March 23, 1985, in Funks Grove. He survives.
 
Also surviving are her children, Kristen Smith, LeRoy; Katelyn Smith, St. Louis, Mo.; JT Hollenstain, Bloomington; and Sarah Smith, LeRoy; and her siblings, Linda (Warren) Johnson, Salida, Colo.; Jim (Mary) Wilson, Benson; and Pat (Ed) Fox, Secor.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one nephew, Andrew Johnson.
 
For over 30 years, Janet worked for area doctors as a registered nurse, coding specialist and office manager. She loved what she did but her true passion was being a mother, a wife and friend to all.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue, Colfax.
 
Condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Edward J. Shepherd

Edward J. Shepherd, 45, of Saybrook, Illinois, passed away at 11:55 A.M., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Windsor Township, Shelby County, Illinois.
 
A loving and supportive husband of Michelle J. Shepherd of Saybrook, Illinois. I will miss dancing in the kitchen with you!
 
A kind and adoring father to Sydney, Julia and Stella D. The beloved son of Fred and Vicki Shepherd of Saybrook, Illinois. The good-hearted brother of Tami (Steve) Martin and nieces Logan and Emily all of Morris, Illinois and Fred (Bea) Shepherd and nephews Patrick and Dylan all of Saybrook, Illinois.
 
An avid hunter; Free Mason; Shriner; and lifelong NRA member; animal whisperer; and lover of everything outdoors.
 
An incredibly hard working, fun loving guy that was a friend to everyone.
 
A memorial service will be held at his house at 39130 S. East St., Saybrook, Illinois at 10:00 A.M., Sunday, June 25, 2017.
 
You will be missed dearly, Eddie Shepherd.

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Patrick Lee Stafford

Patrick Lee Stafford, 73, of Mansfield, IL, passed away at 2:00 A.M., Monday, June 19, 2017 at his residence. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Patrick was born September 9, 1943 in Reno, Nevada, a son of Lee L. and Helen Fullam Stafford. He married Mary McKenzie on June 18, 1994 in Mahomet, IL. She survives in Mansfield, IL.
 
He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Patrick M. Stafford and Shawn Lee Stafford; step-sons, Mitchell (Mary) Crawford; Joe (Bonnie) Crawford; Charlie (Cindy) Crawford; Donald Crawford; step-daughters, Mander Vernell Crawford and Brenda (Jeff) Tucker; three grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; Several step-great-grandchildren; brothers, John P. (Denise) Jones and Stanley M. (Corrine) Jones; sister, Kathleen (Ken) Currie. Preceded in death by parents, and 3 step-great grandchildren.
 
Patrick was a retired machinist from Kraft Foods. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

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Ellyn Campbell

Ellyn Campbell, 66, passed away at her home on June 17, 2017 at 12:35 AM.
 
Ellyn was born on July 10. 1950 in Springfield, IL; Daughter of John and Phyllis (Anderson) Campbell.
 
Ellyn is survived by one brother: Kevin (Paula) Campbell of Decatur, IL., one niece, Julie (Michael) Clark, and one nephew Joseph Campbell, both of Decatur, and four great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one infant brother: John Spencer Campbell.
 
Ellyn developed Cerebral palsy at birth and faced many challenges in her life. At age 10, Ellyn became a resident of Lincoln Developmental Center (LDA) until 2002. After spending a year in a group home in Tinley Park, IL, Ellyn returned to central Illinois to a CTF group home in Atlanta, and then finally in Lincoln. Ellyn loved to attend summer camp each year, and loved fishing, boating and making crafts. Ellyn loved Jesus and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln.
 
The family would like to thank Linda Shafer for faithfully taking Ellyn to church for many years. Special thanks go to Ellyn’s extended family at CTF that took such excellent care of her: Brandy Smith, Sarah, Jessica, Amanda, Stellakay, Steven, Chelsee, Cara, Bradly, Skylir and Shay.
 
Services for Ellyn will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday June 24, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with Rev. Mark Peters officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Burial at Oak Ridge cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, and Faith Lutheran Church.

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Donald A. Ramlow

Donald A. Ramlow, 89, of Lincoln passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 in his home surrounded by his loving family.
 
Donald was born on August 6, 1927 in Hartsburg, IL. the son of Carl and Lena (Skonetski) Ramlow. He married Vera Hutchison on October 17, 1948 in Broadwell, IL. she survives in Lincoln.
 
Donald is also survived by his children: Judy (Dean) Kukuck of Lincoln, Donna (Bob) Twist of Elkhart, and Gary (Lisa) Ramlow of Lincoln; five grandchildren, Dawn Peterson, Laura Stephenson, Joel Kukuck, Christopher Ramlow and Betsy Ramsey, four great-grandchildren; his sisters: Ruth Ackerman of Lincoln and Lena Ingram of Lincoln.
 
Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947. Donald was a very active member in the Lincoln Christian Church. He was a member of Jolly Seniors and active in the Harvest of Talents. He loved woodworking and making things for his kids and grandkids and loved to garden. He was a great husband and loved his family.
 
Services for Donald will be held at 10:00A.M. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Lincoln Christian Church in Lincoln with Tim Searby officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:00P.M. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln where full military rites will be accorded by the Lincoln American Legion Post #263. Memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to Jolly Seniors or Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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Margaret E. (LaMar) Werner

Margaret E. (LaMar) Werner 86 of Maroa, Illinois passed away 3:33 PM June 20, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
 
Services will be 10 AM, Monday, June 26, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with Rob Talbot officiating.  Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL.  Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Margaret Werner Memorial Fund.
 
Margaret was born July 31, 1930 in Latham, IL the daughter of Wendell and Sarah (Hays) Duncan.  She married Bertel Beard “Blue” LaMar September 3, 1948.  He passed away July 8, 1969.
 
Survivors include her children:  Juanita (James) Bona, Florence, AZ; Danny (Charlotte) LaMar, Maroa, IL; and Darla (Rob) Talbot, Mesa, AZ; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, and 7 sisters.

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Hal R. Clark

Hal R. Clark, 71, of Saybrook, Illinois, passed away at 1:47 P.M., Sunday, June, 18, 2017 at Gibson City Area Hospital, Gibson City, Illinois.  Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M., Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook, Illinois.  A funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Wayne Giermann officiating.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Illinois.  Memorial donations may be made to the Gibson City Area Ambulance.  
 
Hal was born April 16, 1946, a son of Eugene and Edith Miller Clark.  He married Barbara Taylor on November 13, 1966. She survives. 
 
Surviving are three sons, David (Ashley Simpsen) Clark of Farmer City, Illinois; Jason (Dakota) Clark of Saybrook, Illinois; Lucas Clark of Saybrook, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Amara; Jaron; Wesley; Austin; Trevor; Rocco Clark; Leona Rodriguez; two brothers, Warren (Charlotte) Clark and Mark (Peggy) Clark of Saybrook, Illinois; two sisters, Connie Key of Georgia and Marian (Kenneth) Morgan of LeRoy, Illinois.
 
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Marilyn, Lila and Donna.
 
Hal was an Army veteran, a great brother, husband, father and grandfather.  He loved his faithful companion, Polar.  He was a Ford man and a diesel mechanic for over 40 years.  He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

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Charles Robert "Bob" Lord, Sr.

Charles Robert (Bob) Lord, 86, of Clinton passed away on Fri. June 16, 2017 at home surrounded by family.
 
There will be no visitation or funeral service. There will be a open house on Tues, June 20, 2017 from 2pm to 4 pm at the home of Bob & Pat Lord -- 516 S. East St, Clinton, Il 61727.
 
Bob was born January 26, 1931 to Henry and Mary Hammer Lord. He married Patricia Willoughby on February 27, 1954. She survives.
 
Other Survivors include 1 son Charles Robert (Robbie) of Riverview, Fla. 3 daughters: Denise Becker of Mattoon, Teresa (Chester) Walker of Waynesville and Cindy Monkman of Clinton. 4 grandchildren & 2 great-grandchildren. Also, special Nephew Doug Willoughby & family of Clinton.
Bob was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister & brother.
 
Bob was a member of Clinton Eagles & Elks. He worked various construction jobs through the years & retired as a bartender from the Vermillion Bowl after 30 years of service. Bob was an avid Chicago Cubs & Bears fans. Bob loved to golf & sports in general.
 
Memorials may be made to Safe Haven Hospice Care in Lincoln, Il., or Warner Hospital & Health Services in care of Family Medicine.

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Gayle McKee

Gayle McKee, 82, of Mansfield, Illinois, passed away at 5:00 P.M., Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello, Illinois.
 
A graveside service will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, June 19, 2017 at Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Illinois with Pastor Ed Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., Monday, June 19, 2017 at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, Illinois.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Mr. McKee was born October 7, 1934 in Mansfield, Illinois, a son of, Frank and Pauline Smock McKee Sr. He married Patricia Joan “Pat” Cheser on May 15, 1965 in Monticello, Illinois. She passed away, February 19, 2002.
 
Survivors include two sons, Martin G. McKee of Chicago, IL and Matthew C. (Amanda) McKee of Florissant, MO; one brother, Frank McKee Jr. of Ft. Pierce, FL; and one sister, Marilyn (Robert) Harvey of Urbana, IL.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, Harold, and Donald McKee.
 
Gayle served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1958 and was stationed in Germany.
 
He worked for Clifford & Jacobs Forging Company, Champaign, Illinois for 38 years.

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Douglas Allen Gondek

Douglas Allen Gondek, 66 of Decatur, IL passed away 9:50 A.M. June 15, 2017 at his family home in Decatur, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.
 
Doug was born September 24, 1950 in Michigan City, IN the son of Edward and Allene (Eikelberg) Gondek. He married Edna M. Hale (Fleischauer) June 20, 1981 in Decatur, IL.
 
Surviving Doug is his wife: Edna M. Gondek, Decatur, IL; sisters: Peggy (Tom) Bushore, Fleshing, MI, Marylou (Greg) Goode, Fort Lauderdale, FL; brothers: Patrick (Diane) Gondek, Brimingham, AL, David (Susan) Gondek, Viera, FL.  He didn’t have kids of his own but really he did: step-daughter: Debbie Ellen (Greg) Ooton; step-sons: Brad (Eva) Hale, Greg (Renee) Hale, Sr.; grandchildren: Sean Hoelzen, Wesley Ooton, Gregory (Julie) Hale, Jr., Adam (Courtney) Alburtis and Whitney Ooton; 6 great grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents;
 
Doug was a truck driver working for ADM Trucking and later Farmer’s Express.
 
He enjoyed collecting and selling guns, along with poker games. But most of all he enjoyed his family, especially his grandkids.

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Micah Bradley "Bubba" Wakeman

Micah Bradley "Bubba” Wakeman, 43, of Mt. Pulaski passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Emden, IL.
 
Micah was born on December 25, 1973 in Decatur, IL. the son of Jerry Wakeman and Gwendolyn Gilman. Micah married Laura Pierdos on September 22, 1995 in Westfield, IN.
 
Micah is survived by his wife: Laura Wakeman; his children: Ashton, Emily, Josie, and Zeke Wakeman all of Mt. Pulaski; his father: Jerry (Gail) Wakeman; his mother: Gwen Wagner; his sisters: Cynthia (Scott) Broadway of Westfield, IN, Heather (Rodney) Case of Arcadia, IN, and Amanda (Jim) Grubaugh of Cicero, IN; his brother: Andrew (Jenny) Wakeman of Amelinghousen, Germany; his step-sister: Kristin (Jason) Quimby of Anderson, IN; his mother-in-law: Deborah Pierdos; father-in-law: John Pierdos; sister-in-law: Lisa (Luke) Gilliatt of Westfield, IN; 16 aunts & uncles, 14 nieces & nephews and numerous cousins. Additionally, Micah was a father figure to TeNejah and Taylah; as well as many other foster children.
 
First and foremost he was a servant of Christ. Because of this he was able to serve his family, his church, and his community selflessly. He found joy in farming and had a passion for the fatherless which led him to foster children in need--causing him to lead mission trips around the world.
 
Micah was a Firefighter in Decatur, IL. He was an elder at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church where he also taught Sunday school, was a youth group leader, and filled countless other roles. He was associated with the Emmaus Community and was the Director of Mt. Pulaski EMS.
 
Services for Micah will be held at 11:00A.M. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Life Foursquare Church in Decatur, IL with Mark Weber officiating, where full Fire Department Honor Guard services will be accorded. Visitation will take place from 3:00-7:00P.M. on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Mt. Pulaski Christian Church (in the Family Life Center). Fire Department line up will be at 5:30P.M. with the Fire Department walk through at 6:00P.M. Burial will take place after the services at Illini Cemetery in Warrensburg, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Micah’s name to The Micah Wakeman Memorial Fund. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski.

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Donald E. Semple

Donald E. Semple, 84, of New Holland passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
 
Donald was born on July 16, 1932 in New Holland, IL the son of John and Lorene (Langenbahn) Semple. He married Barbara Allison on August 16, 1953 in New Holland, IL. She survives.
 
Donald is also survived by his children: Leland (Becky) Semple of Hartsburg, and Melinda Semple of Springfield; his grandchildren, Kara Costello of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Scott Semple of Hartsburg, Erin Semple of Lincoln, and Mitchell Semple of Bloomington; his brother, Wayne Semple of Decatur; his sister, Doris Kelly of Farmer City; additionally he is survived by two great-grandchildren. 
 
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
 
Donald was a member and the Finance Officer of the Porter Bell American Legion Post #715 for 26 years. Donald proudly served his country in The U.S. Army where he spent 19 months in Korea; prior to his service he had engineering training in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Donald was a member of the Logan Co. Farm Bureau and The Richman Community Club. He enjoyed camping, farm auctions, thrasher shows, dancing, and polka music.
 
Services for Donald will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln with Rev. Stephanie McCullough officiating. Visitation will also be at the funeral home from 5:00-7:00P.M. on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Burial will follow the services at Richmond Grove Cemetery in Hew Holland. Memorial donations may be made in Donald’s name to Porter Bell American Legion Post #715.

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Larry Funk

Larry Funk, 85, passed away at 12:57 a.m. Saturday June 10, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
 
Larry was born on February 20, 1932 in Lincoln, IL; son of Daniel and Lula (Huff) Funk. He married Patricia Rickord on June 22, 1952 in Lincoln, IL. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2011.
 
Surviving Larry are his two sons: Michael (Sandra) Funk of Williamsville and Daniel (Sheri) Funk of Flatrock; five grandchildren: Evan, Ashton, Matt, Megan, and Dustin; and his four legged companion: Cha Cha. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, six brothers, and one granddaughter: Katie Jo.
 
Larry was a United States Air Force veteran. He was a member of Lincoln Christian Church, Masonic Lodge, Ansar Shrine, Scottish Rite, and Eastern Star.
 
Larry had a green thumb and enjoyed taking care of his flowers and plants. As an avid fisherman, he also shared many great memories with his family on several fishing trips.
 
Masonic Services for Larry will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 15, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL conducted by the Lincoln Masonic Lodge #210 following Masonic services a funeral service will be held with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Zion Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to the American Kidney Fund.

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Beverly J. Bryant

Beverly J. Bryant, 77 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:10 A.M. June 12, 2017 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services.
 
Graveside Services will be 10 A.M. Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials maybe directed to Warner Hospital Health Services Family Medicine. Beverly was born June 1, 1940 in McLean Co., IL the daughter of Leslie and Edna (Ratliff) Hasler. She married Clarence Wendell Bryant on December 7, 1958 in Clinton, IL. He passed in August of 1981.
 
Survivors include her son: Ira (Christine) Bryant, DeWitt, IL; William G. Bryant, Clinton, IL; several Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren; along with one sister: Mary Lou Shockey, Maroa, IL.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter; Cathy J. Miller; one brother; and 3 sisters.
 
Beverly was a loving mother and grandmother, and loved just about everyone she met. She was an avid Cubs fan.

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Katherine M. "Kathy" Staton

Katherine M. “Kathy” Staton, 61 of Clinton, IL passed away 12:40 P.M. June 11, 2017 at her family home in Clinton, IL.
 
Services will be 11 AM Saturday June 17, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at McClimans Cemetery, Hallsville, IL. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 AM June 17, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
Memorials may be directed to Kathy Staton Memorial Fund.
 
Kathy was born March 6, 1956 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Ellis E. and Bonnie (Floyd) Stone. She married Marvin Staton September 3, 1976 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband: Marvin Staton, Clinton, IL; son: Nick Staton and grandson: Dexter of Clinton, IL; brother: Bill (Debbie) Stone, Mansfield, IL; sister: Barb (Gene) Towns, Harvest, AL; son: Thomas (Elizabeth) Staton, Lincoln, IL along with 4 grand and 4 great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister: Sue (Stone) Overcash.
 
Kathy was owner and operator of the restaurant K&M Yak Shak in Clinton, IL. She loved her restaurant and enjoyed spending time with her customers, but especially loved spending time with her family.
 
She was a member of the Clinton Eagles Lodge. Kathy was a die-hard Cubs fan.

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Norman L. Simmons

Norman L. Simmons, 77 of Wapella, IL, passed away peacefully at 9:35 P.M. Monday, June 12, 2017 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.
 
Celebration of Norman’s life will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Family Life Center at the First Christian Church Clinton, IL with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be 5 – 7 Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John’s Hospital, First Christian Church, or Second Chance Pet Adoption.
 
Norman was born July 23, 1939 in Lane, IL, the son of Robert and Marie (Cowles) Simmons.  He married Sharon Phelps on June 25, 1961, in Clinton, IL. They had two daughters, Janet (Mark Johnson) and Mary Beth (Lora Novak).  On February 10, 1990, he married Kelley Fryman in Maui, HI.
 
Survivors include his wife: Kelley Fryman, Wapella, IL; daughters: Janet and Mary Beth; grandsons: Hunter, Connor, and Kyler, along with numerous adoring nieces and nephews.
 
“Stormin’ Norman” was a member of the Clinton Country Club for 59 years.  He defined the term “avid golfer” with a number of club championships and twelve holes-in-one.  Besides golf, he loved his family, a good martini with a blue cheese olive, and breakfast with his golf buddies every Thursday.

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Reta Joyce Allen

Reta Joyce Allen, 86 of Greenwood, IN formerly of Champaign, IL passed away 5:40 P.M. June 10, 2017 at Aspen Trace, Greenwood, IN.
 
Services will be 3 P.M. Friday, June 16, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL. Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL. Visitation will be 2-3 P.M. Friday prior to services.
 
Memorials may be made out to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl. New York, N.Y. 10001.
 
Reta was born July 8, 1930 in Heyworth, IL the daughter of William and Hazell Irene (Russ) Francisco.
 
Survivors include her son: Todd (Martha) Allen, Bargersville, IN; 5 Grandchildren; and 8 Great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 daughter: Reta Lynn Englehardt, Sioux Falls, SD, passed in 2011; 4 brothers: Harald, Bill, Charles, and Earl; 5 sisters: Dolly, Susie, Mary, Annie, and Agnus; 4 half-brothers and half-sisters.
 
Reta retired from Kraft foods in 1992. She enjoyed golfing, going to garage sales, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

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Jane Geske Amerman

Jane Geske Amerman, 95, of Heyworth, passed away at 11:07 p.m. Friday (June 9, 2017) at Heritage Health, Bloomington.
 
Jane was born Sept. 22, 1921, in Randolph, to Al and Florence Smith Geske. She married Kenneth Amerman on April 8, 1944, in LeRoy. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1979.
 
Surviving are a daughter, Melissa (Larry) Ross, Matthews, N.C.; four grandchildren, Stacy (Todd) O’Sadnick, Mendota; Eric (Heather) Ross, Worthington, Ohio; J. Bryce (Moriah) Davis, Westerville, Ohio; and Megan (Daniel) Charlton, Concord, N.C.; and 10 great-grandchildren.
 
Jane was a very active member of Heyworth Christian Church and active in her community.
 
Jane’s celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Heyworth Christian Church with Pastor Vernon Oakley and Pastor Pete Hopkins officiating. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, and an hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
 
Memorials may be made to Heyworth Christian Church missions for the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Sarah Ellen Terry

Sarah Ellen Terry, 58, of Clinton, IL passed away at 7:50 PM, June 11, 2017 at
Springfield Memorial Hospital, Springfield, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Sarah was born August 18, 1958 in Clinton, IL the daughter of John Richard and Phyllis Jean (Lange) Alwood. She married Michael Terence Terry February 19, 1977 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her husband, Michael Terry, Clinton, IL; daughters: Christy (Thomas) Terry-Porter, Weldon, IL and Theresa Terry, Clinton, IL; mother; 5 grandchildren, 9 sisters and 2 brothers.
 
She was preceded in death by her father and 2 brothers.

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Kathleen Dalton

Kathleen Ruth Dalton, 88, of Weldon, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Thursday (June 8, 2017) at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.
 
Her service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Weldon Baptist Church, with Brother Barry Lawson and the Rev. Clyde Shreve officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
 
Memorials may be directed to Weldon Baptist Church.
 
Kathleen was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Monticello, the daughter of Ceasar and Ada Johnson Eastham. She married Beecher Dalton Aug. 9, 1947. He passed away Feb. 4, 1993.
 
Survivors include her son, Harold Dalton, Weldon; granddaughter, Darinda Ripper, White Heath; great-grandchild, Adam Ripper; sisters, Audrey Eastham, Russell Springs, Ky., and Delora Parker, Monticello; niece, Shirley Mae Lawson, Russell Springs, Ky.; and dear friends, the McDormand Family.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Don Eastham, James Eastham, Cassie Cornthwarte, Edith Stephens, and Junior “Nook” Eastham.
 
Kathleen was a member of Weldon Baptist Church. She was a cook for DeLand-Weldon School District and worked in the housekeeping department for Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton.
 
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Mackenzy Sue Ann Brown

Mackenzy Sue Ann Brown, 6 years old, of Lincoln IL, passed away at 9:10am Monday, June 5, 2017 at The Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.
 
Visitation will be Monday, June 12th, 2017 from 4-7 pm. The funeral will be Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am. Both will take place at the Lincoln Christian Church, 204 N. McLean St. Lincoln, IL 62656.
 
Burial will be at the Harmony Cemetery in Beason, IL (Logan County).
 
Mackenzy was born February 1st, 2011 in Lincoln, IL. The daughter of Jeremy Brown (Paula Lawhorn) and Tina Brown (Roger West). Mackenzy attended school at Chester East Lincoln Elementary in Lincoln where she just finished Kindergarten.
 
Mackenzy was a daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, sister also the best friend of Bella her puppy. Mackenzy was a beautiful, outgoing, fun loving little girl with a touch of sass! She loved music, playing, dancing, shopping with mommy and fishing with daddy. She was loved by all!
Mackenzy is survived by her parents as well as her siblings Steven, Kayleigh, Joanna, Jayden and Alivia Brown. Along with two step brothers Joshua and Paul Lawhorn of Mattoon, IL. Also surviving are her grandparents Julie Brown (Rex Gill), Frank Brown. Kathy Dale, and special friend Mary Martin as well as her special cousin Rachel Sexton all of Lincoln. Great Grandparents John and Ione Davison of Middletown as well well as Duane Perry also survive.
 
She is also survived by several Aunts and Uncles including Jon (Samantha) Brown, Gina (Chris) Welchel, Robbie (Carrie) Dale, April Dale, Kim (Ron) Skelton, John Boswell (Cheryl Butts), Ella (Dean) Mahnke, Susan (Melvin) Schwenke, Tammy (Rob) Dunn, Twilla (Joe) Wilcoxen, Doris Brown, Roy Lawhorn, Jr., and Step Uncle Rex Gill, Jr.
 
Preceding her in death were Great Grandma Nona Perry, Grandpa Roy Lawhorn, Sr., Grandma Emma Lawhorn, Great Grandparents Sara and Marvin Brown, Uncle Jason Brown and Grandpa Larry Dale.
 
Although we mourn the loss of Mackenzy, we rejoice knowing that she will live on in the lives of others through The Gift of Hope Organ Donor Program.
 
The family would like to say a special thank you to the caring staff at The Children’s Hospital of Illinois and The Gift of Hope as well as all the others who were involved with her care.
 
The family would also like to thank all of their family, friends and members of the community for their loving support.

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Annie Mae Davis

Annie Mae Davis, 74, passed away at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL on June 6, 2017 at 8:43 a.m.
 
Annie was born on December 30, 1942 in Mounds, IL. She is the daughter of Andrew and Ethel Nellie (Frazier) Hunt.
 
Annie married Ronald W. Davis May 19, 1965 in Lincoln, IL.
 
Annie was the last of her immediate family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Davis; parents; 1 child, Bonesia; 1 brother and 4 sisters.
 
She leaves her loving memories to be shared with her surviving daughters: Rowlettia "Letia” (Doug) Gossard, Springfield, IL and Annettia Davis – Cook, MN; 5 grandchildren: E’pris Krushall, Josh (Courtney) Gossard, Aly Gossard, Davin McCray and Janeesa Cook.
 
Annie valued education. She was Valedictorian of her class and went on to earn a degree in nursing at Carbondale University.
 
Annie worked at IL State School (Now known as Lincoln Developmental Center), St. Patricks Church Rectory (Now known as Holy Family), was a Foster Grandparent, assisted with the Head Start Program and a retiree from the State of Illinois.
 
Annie was a member of Holy Family Church, very kind and gentle soul. She had a loving and generous heart and was always giving to others. She enjoyed providing for her family, cooking, park recreation, eating at Bonanza and Western movies!
 
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Abraham Lincoln Hospital, Springfield Clinic, Memorial Hospital, the staff at Kroger Pharmacy, Help at Home, Memorial Home Health, Visiting Nurses and Therapist for all their support in her final months and days.
 
In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS. This is for research for early detection for Communicating and Non-Communicating Cerebrospinal Fluid, CFS.
 
Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.
 
A service for Annie Davis will be held on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Lincoln, IL with Father Simon Taabu officiating.
 
Burial will follow at Camp Butler, Springfield, IL.

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James R. "Chubs" Edwards

James R. "Chub” Edwards, 74, of Lincoln, formerly of Beason passed away on June 6, 2017.
 
James was born on December 6, 1942 in Beason, IL, the son of Eugene Hall and Rachel Elizabeth (Zook) Edwards.
 
James is survived by one brother, Harry David "Bear” (Margaret) Edwards of Lincoln, two sisters: Carolyn Elizabeth (Gary) Schall of Springfield, IL and Marilyn Louise Jackson, two grandchildren, Austin Lee Jones of Lincoln, IL and Megan McGrath of Springfield, IL.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Carol Lynn Edwards and Vicki Viola McGrath, and one sister, Mary Catherine Bland.
 
James was an avid NASCAR Fan, a member of the Beason Sportsman’s Club, the Chestnut Sportsman’s Club, and the Eagles Lodge #2708. He worked for Reckitt/Coleman and Beason Ag Center.
 
Services for James will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, with Ron Otto officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 A.M. prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will take place after the services at Harmony Cemetery in Beason. Memorial donations may be made in James’s name to the Beason Fire Department or Beason Sportsman’s Club.

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Martha Vorwerk

Martha Vorwerk 83 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 6:30 PM June 7, 2017 at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.
 
No services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.
 
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
Martha was born March 10, 1933 in Christian County, KY the daughter of Roy and Mary (Hester) Morris.
 
Survivors include her daughter-in-law: Kathy Evans, Clinton, IL; grandchildren: Matthew Evans and Kristin Evans; great grandson: Irie Evans; 2 sisters: Geneva Hughes, Evansville, IN and Ruby Underwood, Clarksville, TN.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Norman Evans, 7 brothers and sisters.

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Lila Lee Andrews

Lila Lee Andrews 86 of Clinton, Illinois moved to her new eternal residence of “Streets of Gold” in the Kingdom of God, where Jesus reigns, 4:30 PM June 7, 2017.
 
Services will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Lane Christian Church, Lane, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Tuesday at the Church. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to the Lane Christian Church Ministries or a charity of the donor’s choice.
 
Lila was born June 16, 1930 in Clinton, IL the daughter of John D. and Ella (Campbell) Johnson. After graduating from Clinton High School she married Donald Andrews June 10, 1949 in Clinton, IL.
 
Survivors include her 5 children: David (Darlene) Andrews, Jacksonville, FL, Linda (Mark) Walston, Clinton, IL, Terry (Mallon) Wood, Minier, IL, Julie (John) Meeks, Bradenton, FL, and Janet (John) McKay, Ocala, FL; sister: Esther Covey, Clinton, IL; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and 2 more on the way.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, 7 sisters, 1 granddaughter and1 great granddaughter.
 
Lila loved her family and was an active member of the Lane Christian Church until she moved to Liberty Village in July 2014.
 
She as a diehard Cub fan and was so thrilled to see them win the World Series. We know she will be watching them win big this year, Go Cubs! As an amateur genealogist, she kept track of all the births and deaths in her large family. She loved to send cards to her family and friends, and enjoyed word search puzzles. Above all, she was a sweet, kind hearted lady who loved her family and gracefully dealt with what life handed her.

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Kevin Lane

 Kevin Michael Lane 31 of Urbana, IL formerly of Clinton, IL passed away 1:12 PM June 5, 2017 at his family residence, Urbana, IL.
 
Services will be 1 PM Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Lane Christian Church, Lane, Illinois with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Valley Cemetery, Adams, County, Nebraska. Visitation will be 12 Noon to 1 PM on Friday at the Church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
 
Memorials may be directed to Kevin Michael Lane Memorial Fund.
 
Kevin was born July 26, 1985 in Clinton, IL the son of Kenneth L. and Kay E. (Long) Lane.
 
Survivors include his daughter: Daisy Lane; mother: Kay (Jerry) DeMuth, Ayr, NE; father: Kenneth Lane, Clinton, IL; siblings: Sherry (CJ) Hawkins, Clinton, IL, Dean Lane, Ayr, NE, Lisa (Mike) Nissen, Harvard, NE, Kristina (Josh) Deerwester, Clinton, IL; step-sisters: Josie DeMuth, Jocelyn (Nick) Glore; nieces & nephews: Alexis Remmers, Hailee Hawkins, Olivia Hawkins, Dylan Wold, Rylie McAleese, Victoria Nissen, Jaxton Nissen, Samantha Nissen, Aaron Nissen, Alex Deerwester, Logan Deerwester; step-nephew & step-niece: Judah Glore and Jessa Glore.
 
Kevin was baptized at the Lane Christian Church. He graduated from Blue Hill High School in 2003; then moved back to Illinois. Kevin was employed as a warehouse supervisor. He enjoyed fishing, animals, music and riding four wheelers. With pens or tattoos, Kevin was an amazing artist. Kevin was a family man and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.

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Richard Thomas Morgan

Richard Thomas Morgan, 84, passed away at Memorial Medical Center on June 5, 2017 at 5:55 am.
 
Richard was born on December 27, 1932 in Virden, IL; son of Harold and Phyllis (Thirlwall) Morgan. He married Sandra Jannette Beaver on July 4, 1963 in Girard, IL. She survives him.
 
Also surviving are his children: Kathy (Al) Anderson of WI, Greg (Jolene) Morgan of UT, Rodney (Justine) Morgan of Lincoln, Rhonda (Don) Howard of Lincoln, Rochelle (Richard) Joseph of Lincoln, and Randy (Laura) Morgan of CA; one sister: Geraldine(Clyde) Stone of Havana, IL; 13 grandchildren: Eric, Garrett, Jacqueline, Ryker, Katrina, Skylar, Noah, Lucas, Jackson, Brittany, Morgan, Megan, and Owen; 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one son-in-law.
 
Richard served in the United States Navy in the Korean War. He was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ, was a deacon for many years and helped with repairs, the American legion #263, and Boy Scout leader. He specialized in making shelves and trunks, he was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed working in the yard, camping, and in his retirement years ran Pine Tree County Crafts. He was a manager of a shoe store, carpenter, electrician, and retired as a correctional officer.
 
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday June 9, 2017 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service (4:00-6:00 p.m.) Burial at Lucas Chapel Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Richard’s name to the Humane Society of Logan County, Logan County Food Pantry, or American Legion Post #263.

 

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Paula Mills

Paula Mills, 59, passed away at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on June 3, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.
 
Paula was born on September 12, 1957 in Springfield, IL; daughter of Myron and Patricia (Burg) Mizeur.
 
Paula is survived by her mother, her daughter: Katie (Luke) Hanger of Lincoln, IL; one grandson: Harrison Hanger of Lincoln, IL. She was preceded in death by her father and sister: Pammy Mizeur.
 
Paula was a graduate of Ursline and I.S.U. she retired from Illinois Department of Corrections as a counselor. Through the years at Logan County Corrections she made lasting friendships which continued through get togethers and the birthday clubs. Paula enjoyed trips to Riverboats, Las Vegas, Florida, and Europe. She became a Cub fan later in life plus NCAA basketball and avid QVC fan, but her #1 fan was her grandson Harrison. Her infectious laugh and sense of humor will be remembered forever.
 
Services for Paula will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 8, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Geoffrey Horton officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service (9:00-11:00 a.m.) also at the church. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Springfield ,IL. Memorials may be made in Paula’s name to Carroll Catholic School of the Humane Society of Logan County. Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

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