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Knierim (Wilcoxen) Margery
Jan, 17, 1940
- May 22, 2023
Margery Lois Knierim Wilcoxen, 83, of Springfield, formerly of Decatur, passed
away on Monday, May 22, 2023, at her home.
She was born
on January 17, 1940, in Decatur, the daughter of Chester A. and Colborne Sims
Knierim. She married Samuel Wilcoxen on August 26, 1962, and he preceded her in
also preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters: Helen "Susie" Knierim,
Jeanette Brix, and Charlene Kessler.
survived by her three children: David (Lisa) Wilcoxen of Chicago, Dan (Angela)
Wilcoxen of Springfield, and Carol (Brad) Conley of Kansas City; her seven
grandchildren: Gail (Bine), Mark, Bethany, Lyndsey, Carly, Ben, and Emma; two
brothers-in-law; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Staab Funeral
Home, Springfield. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 1,
2023, at Cherry Hills Church with Pastor Jeff Nelsen officiating. A lie-in-state
will take place from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Graceland
Cemetery in Decatur.
Contributions may be made to the Cherry Hills Global Mission Fund or to the
Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) Heritage of Sharing.
Published by Decatur Herald & Review on May 26, 2023.
the early development of the site, Marge provided the yearbook pictures from all
three schools. These evolved into the heart of the whole operation. Thanks
Behrend (Edwards) Diane
Maris Diane Edwards, 82, of Springfield, passed away at Memorial Medical Center
on May 1, 2023. She was born July 15, 1940, in Decatur, Illinois to Albert and
Mary Elizabeth Behrend.
Diane was a 1958 graduate of Decatur High School. She received her BA in
Elementary Education from Millikin University in 1962. She taught second grade
at Excelsior Elementary School in Decatur, and then at Fairview Elementary
School in Springfield, before the birth of her first child. In 1977, Diane
returned to work with Springfield Public Schools, District #186, where she spent
25 years, most of it in the Computer Services office.
Diane and Jim joined First Christian Church of Springfield in 1963, where Diane
happily served as a deacon, a church council officer, and a member of Disciples
Women. She especially loved singing and playing handbells with the choir.
She was a member of multiple social and philanthropic organizations including
PEO, AAUW, Jazz Society, bridge club, garden club, dance club, mahjong group,
and several book clubs. Diane also volunteered for downtown festivals and other
With Jim, she enjoyed travel, art exhibits, cooking, music performances,
theater, and reading.
Diane was the loving wife of 60 years to Jim; mother of Jill (Kent) Bragg,
Jennifer (Aaron) Kaufman, and Josh (Kathy Stokosa) Edwards; and “MOST” to
granddaughters Mackenzie (Gary) Nutt, Hannah Kaufman, Emma Kaufman, Madison
Bragg, Mallory Bragg; great-granddaughter, Scottie June Nutt; and loving sister
of Lynn (Brenda) Behrend.
Cremation was provided by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at First
Christian Church, 700 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL, with a reception to follow
until 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Diane may be made to Springfield Area
Arts Council, 420 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62701, Springfield Art
Association, 700 North 4th St., Springfield, IL 62702, or First Christian
The family is being served by Butler Funeral Home-Springfield, IL, 900 S. 6th
St., Springfield, IL.
Oppedal Janice Lee (Henken)
March 23, 2023
Janice Henken, 84, of Crystal Lake, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March
23, 2023 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice in Mason City.
Memorial services for Janice Henken will be held at 2:30 PM, Wednesday, March
29, 2023 at Ewing Funeral Chapel 178 Center Street West in Britt with Pastor Les
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home on
Janice Lee (Oppedal) Henken, the daughter of Donald and Vivian (Robison) Oppedal,
was born on August 18, 1938 on her grandparent's farm outside of Garner. Janice
graduated from MacArthur High School in Decatur, Illinois.
After high school, Janice moved back to her grandparent's farm in Garner where
she met her husband Fred W. Henken, Jr. The couple was married on April 15,
1961. To this union, three children were born Jennifer, Jeffrey and Jason.
The couple raised their family in Crystal Lake where Janice excelled at taking
care of her home and family. With her loving and kind ways, Janice was a nursing
assistant and did in-home health care for many years in the area. She also
worked at El-San in Crystal Lake.
In her free time, she enjoyed fishing and hunting for Indian artifacts with her
husband, was an avid reader, and was always up to date with her grandchildren's
activities. She was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, the Women's
Legion Auxiliary and the Senior Center in Crystal Lake.
She truly loved her family and put everyone ahead of herself. She was a loving
wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Janice is survived by her daughter Jennifer (Steve) Kloberdanz of Plainfield,
Illinois and their children Shannon (Tyler Fritsch) Kloberdanz and Trevor
Kloberdanz; son Jeffrey (Andrea) Henken of Sachsenhausen, Germany and their
children Christina (Thomas) Heid and Lisa Henken (Dennis Schönig); son Jason
(Heather) Henken of Garner and their children Andrew (Kayla) Henken, Carter
Henken and Riley Henken; great-grandchildren Marlon Heid, Jannis Heid, and Miles
Henken; sister Cathy (Jeff) Spengler; brother Paul Oppedal along with many
nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Fred W. Henken, Jr.
Murray Mary Margaret
Dec. 19, 1939—March, 9, 2023
DECATUR — Mary Margaret (Murray)
Zinn, 83, of Decatur, IL, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Lincolnshire
Memorial Mass will be 11:00 a.m.,
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at St. James Catholic Church, Decatur, with Rev. John
Burnette, Celebrant. Visitation will be 10:00–11:00 a.m., Wednesday at the
church. Burial will be in Boiling Springs Cemetery, Decatur, IL.
Mary grew up on the West end of
Decatur the only daughter of William Howard and Margaret Olive (Harris) Murray.
She was born on December 19, 1939 in Decatur, IL. As a young girl she attended
St. Pats Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson Jr. High and graduated from
Decatur High School, Decatur, IL. She worked in her father’s insurance business
McNamara & Murray Insurance in Decatur, IL. She married Ronald Zinn in Decatur,
IL on Nov. 30, 1991. Mary was a member of St. James and Patrick Parish. Mary
loved traveling, reading and attending plays at the Little Theater on the Square
in Sullivan, IL.
Mary is survived by her husband
Ronald; stepsons: Scott Zinn and Randy Zinn and wife, Candy all of Decatur,
Brian Zinn and wife, Kelly of Warrensburg; four step-grandchildren; brother, Joe
Murray and wife, Susan of Mattoon, IL; brother, William H “Bill” Murray and
wife, Patty of Amarillo, TX; sister-in-law, Cleda Murray of AZ; and several
nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her
parents, Howard and Margaret Murray and brother, John Murray.
The family would like to thank the
staff of Lincolnshire Place and Safe Haven Hospice for their compassion and care
Condolences and memories may be
shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
Clendenen Sr. James - no photo
James William Clendenen Sr., 82, of
Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 3, 2022
James served his country in the
United States Marine Corps as well as the United States Air Force. After his
military service he worked as an engineer for Norfolk Southern for 34 years. He
was also a member of Green River Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife
of 38 years, Elizabeth Jane Clendenen. He is survived by his son, James
Clendenen Jr., wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Brenda Reynolds, husband, Greg Welker;
daughter, Jennifer Campbell, husband, Scott; grandchildren, Michael, Kathryn and
Heather Clendenen, Ashley, Heather, Joshua, and Sydney Welker, Evan and Luke
Campbell and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family will honor James's wishes
and not have any public services. Entombment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial
Gardens. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home (540)366-0707.
Kelly (Hazelrigg) Norma link
Feb. 11, 1940 - Dec. 8, 2022
DECATUR - Norma Lee Hazelrigg, of Decatur, our beloved wife,
mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away December 8, 2022.
Norma was born to Helen Marie Alumbaugh and Hugh J. Kelly on
February 11, 1940. She married David T. Hazelrigg on December 22, 1962, in
Norma graduated from Millikin University with a BS in Education
in 1962. Norma received a MS in Education from Illinois State University with
additional graduate work from Eastern Illinois, Illinois State and the
University of Illinois. Norma taught for fifty-one years in the Decatur Public
Schools. She taught in every grade level from kindergarten to sixth grade. She
also became a Reading Strategist-Instructional Coach. Teaching kindergarten was
her enduring love and her greatest passion was that of reading.
Norma was a member of Alpha Chi Omega at Millikin University
where she became House Corp president for numerous years as an Alumni. She was a
longtime member of Delta Kappa Gama-Beta Phi, Beta Sigma, Who's Who in American
Education and All States Club.
Surviving are her husband, David of Forsyth; daughter, Kelly
Nicole of Forsyth; sons: Jeffrey Todd of St. Louis, Matthew (Cera) of
Bloomington, IL; brother, Jim Kelly of Decatur; daughter-in-law, Debbie
Hazelrigg of Cozemel; grandchildren: Sam of Decatur, Jake (Nicole) of Decatur,
Brittany of Florida, Zach (Jessica) of Arizona, Kayla of Washington;
great-grandchildren: Bentley and Bryant of Decatur, Nova and Aria of Arizona;
special family friend, Michelle (Doug) Vanderberg of Decatur.
Norma was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Marie and Hugh;
and her beloved son, Michael David.
Norma will be extremely missed and fondly loved. What a lovely
person we have lost from our tree.
Memorial service will be Saturday, December 17, 2022, at St
Paul's Lutheran Church. Visitation from 11:00 - 1:00 with service immediately
Memorials may be made to Decatur School s Foundation 101 W. Cerro
Gordo Street Decatur, IL, 62523.
Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the
Markley Barbara Elaine
Barbara E. Davis, 82 of Moweaqua, IL died at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur,
IL., on Friday, September 16, 2022. Private graveside services will be held at a
later date. Barb was born April 30, 1940, in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Robert
L. and Mabel M. (Blacet) Markley. She married Donald D. Davis on August 29,
1959, in Decatur, he survives.
Barb was a member of the First Christian Church, Moweaqua, IL and former owner
of D. Davis & Sons Hardware & Custom Cabinets in Moweaqua.
Surviving is her husband; Don: daughter; Marcia Maynard of Moweaqua, IL: two
grandchildren; Heather (Chad) Smith of Moweaqua, Matt Maynard of Moweaqua:
Daughter-in-Law, Mischelle (Bolt) Davis; four great-grandchildren; Sydney Sloan,
Makenzie Sloan, Chloe Smith, all of Moweaqua, IL, and Colin Smith of Hammond,
Preceding her in death is her son, Bradley Davis, parents and great-grandson,
William F. Sowa, 81, passed away on Tuesday
August 23rd, 2022. Bill was born in Decatur, IL on November 15th, 1940, a son of
the late Gustav and Hattie (Kayhs) Sowa. Following several years in the United
States Marine Corp, he attended the University of Illinois and received a degree
in civil engineering.
He was married to Judith E. Roeske from Feb. 9,
1965 to her passing in April 2022. Bill worked his entire professional career
(1967-2002) for Turner Construction Company with major projects in Chicago,
Peoria, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Pittsburg, Boston, and Houston.
Since 2004, he had lived an active life in
Ogunquit, ME with many close friends throughout the community and a love of the
natural beauty of Maine which he had thoroughly explored with Judy. He served on
the Ogunquit Planning Board from 2006-10.
Bill leaves two sons, David Sowa, wife Joanne
Sowa, and their children Tucker, Joshua, and Haley Grace; Mark Sowa, wife Marta
Verhoff, and their children Frederick, Ruth Anne, Henry, Therese, and Peter;
brother Ronald Sowa M.D., his wife Mary Louise Sowa, sons Erik, Kurt, and Karl;
sister-in-law Julie Sowa, her daughters (and their children) Dawn, Leslie,
Allison, and Sara.
A funeral home service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Lucas
& Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, ME, with a period of visitation
from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the First
Parish Cemetery, York, ME. For additional information see
Seitz Judith Jane
January 15, 1940 - February 6,
McEvoy Jean E. link
19, 1940 - November 23, 2019 Jean was a kind man, supporting husband, caring
father, good brother, writer, avid reader, feminist, liberal democrat, and a
loyal Raiders fan. Jean had a great sense of humor and Zen outlook on life and
death. Born in Illinois, he left the state after he enlisted in the USMC where
he was stationed in Japan. He moved to Calif. after he was honorably discharged
from the Marines. Jean was a resolute individual and a great support to his
family and friends. In the twilight of his life, he worked at Trader Joe's,
enjoyed taking his dog Xena to the dog park, and loved writing stories. He loved
to talk about movies, science, and politics. He passed away at home surrounded
by family after having made his farewells. Jean is survived by his wife of 45
years, Debra McEvoy, daughter Caitlin, son-in-law Jesper, grandson Bruce Evan,
and in-laws, pets and friends. We miss you everyday.
Miller Vern Lynn link
DECATUR - Vern Miller, 81, of Decatur, passed
away in his home on June 6, 2022.
Vern served as a Decatur police officer for
23-years. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Miller; daughter, Julie Leisure;
stepdaughter, Karry Layette; and grandchildren. A daughter, Joyce George,
preceded him in death.
In honor of his wishes, there will be no funeral
service. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Brumley (Bickes) Sandra link
Oct. 3, 1940 - June 2, 2022
DECATUR — Sandra A. Bickes, 81, of Decatur, IL,
passed away Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM,
Monday, June 6, 2022, at Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur. Brintlinger and Earl
Funeral Home, Decatur, is assisting the family.
Sandra was born October 3, 1940, in Decatur, IL,
the daughter of Howard and Jane (Cloyd) Brumley. Sandra graduated with honors
from Richland Community College and also attended Millikin University where she
earned a bachelor's degree and was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority. She
became an air hostess for TWA in 1960 and she moved to Los Angeles for flight
duty. Sandra loved to travel.
Sandra married Wayne Bickes, also from Decatur,
IL, in December of 1966. In their 52-years of marriage, she was a loving wife
and mother of three children.
Sandra is survived by Kurt B. (Wendy) Bickes of
Decatur, Barry B. (Denise) Bickes of Tupelo, MS, Timothy L. Bickes of Decatur;
grandchildren: Christopher R. (Danielle) Meurlot of Florida, Casey W. (Jessi)
Bickes of Nashville, TN, Cory A. (Hannah) Bickes of Forsyth, Shelby J. (Thomas)
Toole of Tupleo, MS, Kellie M. Bickes of Tupelo, MS; great-grandchildren:
Lilliana, Cullen and Micah.
Sandra was a friend of Bill W. for over
30-years. Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the
family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
Harris (Bachman) Barbara J.
Barbara J. Bachman, 82, of Findlay, IL, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2022,
in Shelbyville Manor, Shelbyville, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Findlay
United Methodist Church, Findlay, IL with Rev. Jake Wetterlin officiating.
Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday in the church. Burial will be
in Findlay Cemetery, Findlay, IL. Memorials may be given to Findlay United
Methodist Church Bag Ladies. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home,
Barbara was born on January 9, 1940 in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Floyd E. and
Leota Erline (Warren) Harris. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and
went on to study at Richland Community College. Barbara worked as a Secretary at
ADM in Decatur until her retirement. She later worked as Town Clerk for Okaw
Township. She married Leo Alexander “Sonny” Bachman on December 31, 1961 and he
preceded her in death on April 28, 2014. Barbara was a member of the United
Methodist Church in Findlay, where she participated in the choir and was active
in the Bag Ladies, a program to help the homeless.
Barbara is survived by her children, Lynette Bachman-Phillips of Shelbyville,
IL, Alexander Bachman of Findlay, IL and Ronda Kay Nesser (Chris) of St. Louis,
MO; three grandchildren, C.J. Nesser, Breanna Bachman and Ethan Bachman; and
sisters-in-law, Charlene Harris of San Diego, CA, and Sally Wills Crofford of
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Roger and Keith
Dean Hardin Huffman Obituary
Here is Dean
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We are sad
to announce that on April 9, 2022 we had to say goodbye to Dean Hardin Huffman
of Rowlett, Texas. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on
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was held on Saturday, April 23rd 2022 at 1:45 PM at the Central Christian Church
(1651 E Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75082). A celebration of life was held on
Saturday, April 23rd 2022 at 2:30 PM at the same location.
In lieu of flowers please
send donations to Ukraine Relief Fund-Central Christian Church.
Charlotte (Char) Ann Howard (nee Weatherholt) -
CREEK, California - Charlotte (Char) Ann Howard (nee Weatherholt) was born and
raised in Decatur, IL, to Wallace E. and Gertrude Rowley Weatherholt.
After graduating from Eisenhower High School in 1958, Char attended Brown's
Business School in Decatur after which she began working at Mueller Co. In 1962
family circumstances took her to Palo Alto, CA, where she worked at
After having twins in Santa Barbara, Char moved to Huntington Beach, CA, and
eventually attained her BA degree from UC Irvine in 1975. She received a Master
of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California in 1981.
Char's chosen career was in mental health, and as a clinical social worker she
worked in psychiatric hospitals and clinics and developed a private practice in
psychotherapy in Manhattan Beach, CA. For ten years, she worked as a psychiatric
case manager for Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, CA.
After retiring, Char moved to Walnut Creek, CA, where she lived for many years
in Rossmoor, a semi-retirement community of 10,000 residents. She enjoyed the
Fitness Center, the Happy Hackers golf club, the Democrats, and the Travel Club,
and made many wonderful friends.
In 2005, while hiking across the Golden Gate Bridge with the Trails Club, Char
met Jack Cassidy, who became her long-time companion. The two of them enjoyed
countless dinner dances and traveled the world together, visiting more than 40
countries. Their favorite trips with the Trails Club were hiking in New Zealand
and in the Swiss Alps.
Char is survived by her daughter, Kristin Winn of San Diego, CA; son, Bill Winn,
daughter-in-law, Annette Winn, granddaughter, Bridget Winn and grandson: Charles
Winn, of Coronado, CA. She also leaves her sister, Sharon Pledger, of Oklahoma
City; and brother, Wally Weatherholt, of Naples, FL; as well as godson, Joshua
Cook, of Fate, TX.
(Riddle) Patterson, 81, of Decatur, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by
her family on Friday, January 14th , 2022. She joins her Savior, Jesus Christ,
and reunites with her husband of 48 years, Gary Alan Patterson (d. 2015), in
The daughter of
Walter R. and Ferne Roos Riddle, Maribeth was born in Decatur on March 12 th ,
1940. As a resident of the Decatur community her entire life, she was proudly a
member of the first graduating class of MacArthur High School. Maribeth is
remembered for her deep Christian faith, for her devotion to her husband and
family, and for her life-long relationships with her closest childhood friends.
As a homemaker, she raised her six children in the same home in which she grew
up. As a baby-sitter for many years, she provided a safe, loving environment for
countless children entrusted to her care. Maribeth will also be remembered for
her beautiful smile, for her unbounded servitude to those around her, and for
her love of cats.
Surviving are her
daughters Laura Harris (David) of Pryor, OK, Christina Patterson of Decatur, IL,
her sons Eric Patterson, of Rincon, GA, Michael Patterson (DeeDee), of Decatur,
IL, James Patterson (Meri) of Olathe, KS, Daniel Patterson (Michelle) of
Decatur, IL, and her four grandchildren, Morgan, Cooper, Andrew, and Elizabeth.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, her husband Gary, her brother John Riddle (Marcia) of
Peoria, IL, and one granddaughter, Erin.
A special thank you
to Christina from her siblings for the care she provided as both loving daughter
and dedicated, full-time nurse to our mother in her final years.
The family will hold
a celebration of Maribeth’s life at a later date, and memorials may be made to
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Decatur, IL, where she was a life-long member.
Nov. 1, 1939 - Dec. 11, 2021
DECATUR - Harold "Dean" Burrous, beloved husband and father, passed away at his
home on Saturday December 11, 2021.
Born in Decatur, IL, on November 1, 1939, he was a member of the United States
Army (1958-1961) and member of the Army Reserve (1961-1964). He was employed at
Bridgestone Firestone Manufactory from where he retired as a die-maker after 37
years. In recent years, Dean was a real estate agent, most recently with Vieweg
He is survived by wife Kay; son, Douglas Burrous (Shannon); stepchildren: Jamie
Penk (Rachel) and Nicole Dennison (Eric); grandchildren: Jaxson Burrous, Riley
Burrous, Stacy Pajak (Mike), and Phillip Burrous Jr. (Bianca);
great-grandchildren: Grayson and Harry; and sister, Mary Creekmur (Lloyd).
He was preceded in death by his son, Philip Sr.; three brothers, and one sister.
Services will be private, and memorials are to be omitted. Cremation
arrangements are being handled by Tanzyus Logan at the request of the deceased.
Dean will be deeply missed and was greatly loved by all.
McQuality Ed - no yearbook photo
1939 - Nov. 20, 2021
DECATUR - Ed McQuality, 82, of Decatur, passed
away on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Ed was born October 7, 1939, in Decatur, IL, the
son of Lola and Harvey Boomer and Kenneth and Leona McQuality. He graduated from
MacArthur High School class of 1958. Ed proudly served his country in U.S. Army.
He married Ilene Sims on November 18, 1973. He retired from the USPS in October
of 1992, as Supt of Window Services. Ed then worked at the Postal Credit Union
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for
fifty-five years, having served as usher, head elder, and president of
Companionship Guild. He was Service Officer Edwards Chapter of National Active &
Retired Federal Employees, and volunteered with RSVP-Dove.
He enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, golfing,
and bowling. He organized and hosted a league for the Cincinnati Hoinke Bowling
Tournament for five years, and placed 2nd in the doubles tournament one year.
Ed is survived by his wife Ilene; children:
Pamela Powers and Brian (Wendy) McQuality; grandchildren: Andrew, Genny, Ryan,
Rick, Griffin, and Connor; great-grandchildren: Jameson, Colton, Harrison,
Constance, Lilly, and Sebastian; and brother, Dick.
Ed is preceded in death by his parents.
Services to celebrate Ed's life will be 11:00
a.m. Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1960 E. Johns Ave.
Decatur, with Pastor Matthew Versemann officiating. The family will receive
friends from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Dawson & Wikoff
Funeral Home in Mt. Zion. Burial with military honors will be in Graceland
Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity's KFF
Arrangements by Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home,
105 W. Main St. Mt. Zion, view the online obituary, send condolences, and share
memories at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Strocher John F. (Buddy) -
STROCHER, John Frederick, Jr. 81
died 27 Sept 2021. A private memorial will be held at a later time.
John (“Bud”) to his childhood
friends and family was born July 24, 1940 in Decatur IL to Fred and Ruby
He enjoyed being part of the car
business, meeting people and making deals; the biggest supporter of his family
and encouraged everyone to rise to their full potential; had a heart of gold and
was always willing to help a friend in need; enjoyed hunting, fishing and
gambling; was a hugh sports enthusiast and made his home in Houston, Tx for 32
Survivors include. his wife,
Kathleen, children Cindy (Kevin) Ploch, Sandy (Mike) Mathews, Philip (Susannah)
Strocher, stepchildren, Amy (Donald) Frank, Steven Campbell; 10 grandchildren;
sister Shirley (Dave) Dillman, nieces and nephews.
His parents, son Greg Strocher, and
two brothers preceded him in death.
DECATUR - Darla Sue Lienemann, 81, of Decatur, passed away peacefully at her
home with her husband by her side on September 26, 2021.
Funeral service will be 12:30 PM, Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Brintlinger
and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. Visitation will be 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM,
Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Darla was born August 4, 1940 in Decatur, the daughter of Raymond and Lucille
(Kessler) Grunert. She was in the first graduating class of Eisenhower High
School in 1958.
She married Norman D. Lienemann on August 15, 1959 in Decatur, celebrating 62
years of marriage. Darla was the office manager for 15 years at Plumbers and
Steamfitters Local 65 in Decatur where she worked until her retirement in 1995.
She enjoyed traveling the US and abroad extensively with her husband and
spending time Up North with her family. Darla was an avid reader and a wonderful
cook. She also enjoyed time spent with family and made every family occasion
"fun". Darla attended Prairie Avenue Christian Church and most recently was a
member of Central Christian Church in Decatur.
She is survived by her husband Norman D. Lienemann; daughters: Alice (Doug)
Drobisch of Maryville and Janice (Derek) Malcom of Decatur; grandchildren:
Nathan Drobisch of Maryville and Abby (Tyler) Theilken of Decatur.
Darla was preceded in death by her parents.
Our lives were blessed with her presence and abundant happy memories. "Loving
you forever and always".
Memorials in Darla's honor may be made to Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois
Charitable Fund, 210 W. McKinley Ave., Ste. 1, Decatur, IL 62526.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger
and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
CITY, Missouri - Larry K Siders, age 81, of Crystal City, Missouri, passed away
Monday, July 5, 2021, at his home. He was born February 4, 1940, in Dawson,
Illinois, the son of the late Eva (nee Workman) and Lloyd Siders.
He is survived by his wife, Deloris Jane (nee
Haffer) Siders; daughter, Julie (Brett) Thompson of Monticello, Illinois; son
Rob Siders of Toledo, Ohio; daughter, Angie Siders of St. Louis, Missouri and
daughter Erin (Sara) Siders of Savoy, Illinois, and; stepchildren: Connie (Gary)
Doss of Farmington, Missouri, Carl (Sandy) Harmon of Crystal City, Sherri
(Raymond) Matchell of Festus, Missouri, and Susie (Marty) Evans of Festus; and
numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in
death by brothers: Earl (the late Anna Bell) Siders, Stacey (Barbara) Siders,
Nick (Linda) Siders, and Gene (Mary) Siders; and a sister, Marjorie (the late
Larry was an Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam
War; a member of Radiant Life Church, Festus; a retired Illinois State Trooper,
and the owner/operator of Larry Siders Cabinet Shop and Carpentry. He was a life
member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and member of American Legion Post
A memorial graveside service and interment with
full military honors, in the Haffer Cemetery of Steelville, Missouri, will be
held at a later date.
Ginny Nichols - Wife of
Classmate Dug Nichols
DECATUR - Virginia (Ginny) Nichols passed away
on June 10, 2021, peacefully at home with her family around her.
Ginny is survived by her loving and devoted
husband Doug Nichols; sons: Steve Nichols (Suzie) and John Nichols and daughter
Laura Rayhill (David); Grandchildren: Nicholas, Ryan and Alexis Rayhill, Brandi
Myers, Cheyenne Childers; and great-grandson Alden Myers; sisters: Nancy
Stroyeck, Cissy Born (Gerald); and several nieces and nephews. Ginny's love of
life did not come to an end with her passing. She has moved on to join her
mother and father in a better place. Ginny lost her battle with Alzheimer's
disease on earth but is now free of the disease in her death.
Those who knew Ginny will remember her toothy
and infectious smile. Her smile would light up a room. Ginny never knew a
stranger and loved meeting new people. She was known as the fix-it lady in the
neighborhood. She was always ready and willing to fix a flat tire or put on a
bike chain. Ginny has this whistle that all of the kids in the neighborhood knew
and would let her children know it was time to go home. She loved to attend her
grandchildren's sporting events. She was known as the sucker lady because she
always has a bag of suckers for the kids.
Ginny's body has left us, but her spirit remains
in her husband, children, and grandchildren. If Ginny has a choice of what
heaven would look like it would be her beach on Silver Lake with her family
The family would like to thank April Huffaker,
Brielle Harvey and Jayden Cutler for their love and care for Ginny and Doug.
They went above and beyond to care for them and for that the family will be
forever grateful. They would also like to thank Tim and Jamie Hatfield for
always having a warm delicious meal every evening for Doug and Ginny.
Ginny's visitation will be at Moran & Goebel
Funeral Home on Friday, June 18, 2021, from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM. A private family
burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's
Association, Macon County Animal Control and Care, and the Macon County
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home is in charge of the
arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.moranandgoebel.com.
Charles “Kent” Holderby, husband to Classmate Jeane Holderby
“Kent” Holderby, age 83 of Mt. Zion, died Friday February 26, 2021 in St. Mary’s
Private family services were held.
Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is assisting the family with the
Kent was born May of 1937 in
Decatur, IL., son of Charles Emmitt and Wilma Lee Holderby. He was a graduate of
Stephen Decatur High School class of 1955. He was a member of Shriners and the
Warrensburg Gun Club. He began his career putting away fittings at Reidel
Plumbing Co. in Decatur at the age of 14. He later joined the Plumber’s Union
Local #65 and formed Holderby Plumbing Co. He was a master at his craft. He
married Jeane Wilms in June of 1962.
Surviving is his wife of 58 years
Jeane Holderby, of Mt. Zion, daughter, Carrie Holderby , of Decatur sister,
Janice Curtis (Wally) of Petaluma, CA., cousin, Judy Townsend of Decatur and
several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, and sister, Nancy Garver.
McKenzie, Ronald D. "Mac"
passed away on December 18, 2020. Beloved husband of Helen McKenzie (nee Howarth);
loving father of Susan (Keith) Wagner and Gregory (Carrie) McKenzie and
step-father of Karen (Brian) Groppe; cherished grandfather of 5 and
great-grandfather of 1; our dear brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
Services: Visitation at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, on
Sunday, December 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with funeral at 7:00 p.m. Service
concludes at the funeral home. Memorials to the Crestwood Elks Lodge # 2503
DECATUR - Judith
Ann Webb, of Forsyth, died March 5, 2021 at Fair Havens Senior Living.
Judi was born
August 18, 1940 in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Fern Britton.
She was a member of Crestview Christian Church and enjoyed reading, painting and
beading. She worked at Mueller Company for 38 years in the Quality Assurance
Department, becoming the only woman qualified to calibrate gauges in the history
of the company.
enjoyed decorating her home, traveling, and editing manuscripts for her husband.
She was a volunteer for Project Read helping in the adult reading program. She
survived three strokes and Parkinson's Disease and battled through almost six
years in a nursing home. At Fair Havens she quickly became the bingo Queen.
A believer in
Christ, Judi had a heart for all people. Many times, elderly people would engage
her in discussion. She would listen, often hearing a life story, and offer
encouragement to that person. They would all leave smiling.
James David Webb in 1967. Survivors include her husband; sisters: Karen (Bill)
Havener, and Janis Smith of Decatur, Penny McLean of Peoria, Bonita Blakey of
Moweaqua, and Debbie Williams (Phil) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; many nieces
and one sister preceded her in death.
services will be held. Entombment will take place in the Star of Hope Mausoleum
at Graceland Cemetery.
The family of
Judith Ann Webb is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation
Center, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. Condolences and memories may be
shared at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Theodore (Ted) Ralph
Theodore "Ted" R. Peoples Jr., 80, of Boody, IL passed away November 26, 2020 at
his residence with his family by his side.
born July 21, 1940, in Decatur, IL the son of Theodore R., Sr. and Jean (Bashore)
Peoples. He married Debra "Deb" Long on June 22, 1991 in Decatur, IL.
as a sheet metal worker.
are his wife, Deb; children: Randy Peoples (Amy) of Brazil, IN, Ted Peoples III
(Michelle) of Decatur, IL, Angela Edgar (Vondel) of Springfield, Christopher
Peoples of Rochester, IL; brother, James Peoples (Barbara) of Decatur, IL, and
ten grandchildren. He also leaves behind his beloved pets Ollie, Max and Punkin.
preceded in death by his parents, sister, Beverly Kermitz, one granddaughter,
and a nephew.
service will be held at Brown Cemetery.
Memorials may be left to
Shriners Children's Hospital or Macon County Animal
Condolences may be left to Ted's family at
Nov. 15, 1940 - Oct. 31, 2020
DECATUR - Dennis Chaney, 79,
formerly of Decatur, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Carle Foundation
Hospital, Urbana, IL. Dennis was born on November 15, 1940, the son of Lawrence
and Betty Jane (Boyd) Chaney. He graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1958.
On September 5, 1959, Dennis married his high school sweetheart and love of his
life, Judith Donaldson. They shared over 47 years together, until her death in
2007. Dennis began his career at Field & Shorb Company in Decatur and retired in
2013 from Way Engineering, Houston, TX. While living in Decatur, Dennis was a
member of St. John's Lutheran Church and served on the Lutheran School
Association School Board. Dennis was a terrific storyteller and had a great
sense of humor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and spending time with his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid reader, could solve any
crossword puzzle and would beat you at gin rummy every chance he got.
Surviving are his children: Lisa (Jim) Burgener of Champaign, IL, Paul (Melinda)
Chaney of Glendale, AZ, Joseph (Kelli) Chaney, Renton, WA, brother, Larry
(Rhonda) Chaney of Decatur; sister-in-law Donna Chaney of Oreana, and Aunt,
Marlene Gladden of Springfield. Also surviving are his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren: Joel (Sara), Jason (Katie) and Jordan Burgener (fiancee
Shelby Hicks), Rachel Wilcox, Julia Chaney (fiance Derrick Johnson), Stephanie
Chaney and Andrew Chaney, Kayla Chaney (fiance Rey Pagan) and Morgan Chaney,
Isaak, Isabel and Ingrid Burgener, Daisy and Charlie Burgener, Natalie, Aiden,
and Emma Wilcox, Olivia, Aaliyah, and Ava Chaney, Anna Camacho. He was preceded
in death by his wife, parents, brother, Patrick Chaney, and lifelong friends Tom
and Dorothy Brabender. Graveside services to be held at a later date. Memorials
may be sent to the
Alzheimer's Association. Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements. Condolences may be left to Dennis's family at
Janice B. Freeman (Wife of Classmate
Cave Creek - Janice B. Freeman age
75, passed away June 30, 2020 in Scottsdale, Az. She was born in Litchfield, IL.
On April 10, 1945 she was born to Lyle Bowhay and Lorrain Tietze Bowhay. She
leaves behind her husband of 37 years, Gerald C. Freeman.
Her father worked in the Chicago area after WWII and Janice grew up in that
area. When she graduated from HS, she and her friend moved to the Valley of the
Sun where she became an International Flight Attendant with TWA. She loved her
job and flew all over the world while working for TWA. She traveled on her own
as well and loved to travel to see other parts of the world.
After 25 years Janice retired from TWA and returned to school to become a
radiographic technician landing her dream job as a mammographer at the Susan B.
Komen center in Peoria, Ill where she lived at the time.
In 2002 she and Gerald moved to the Valley area where she took up retirement
full time. Loving to travel, the pair had many vacations in places they visited.
Still lovers of flying, they bought their own plane and traveled within the US.
Janice had a winning personality and people instantly liked her for her upbeat
and pleasant personality. She loved to laugh and always elicited laugher from
those around her.
Besides her husband, Gerald, she leaves behind her much-loved stepchildren who,
in turn, loved her dearly as well. Never having her own children, she leaves
Brad (Cinda) Freeman, Kirk (Laure) Freeman and Gregg (Tonya) Freeman as well as
her niece Jessica Bowhay and her grandniece Lilly Fraime. She also leaves behind
six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by her friends and especially Penny Moss and Marlene
Halacka who were her lifelong friends.
A celebration of her life will be held later. Memorial contributions may be sent
to the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, PO Box 874, Carefree, Az. 85377 in the
name of Janice B. Freeman. Messinger Mortuary Pinnacle Peak Mortuary is in
Zona Gayle Crackel, 79 of Decatur died Thursday
June 18, 2020.
Graveside service will be 10:00 am Wednesday
June 24, 2020 at Boiling Springs Cemetery. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and
Care is in charge of the arrangements. Sign the family guestbook at
Charmaine Diane Coffer
James (Jim) Day McQuality
— James (Jim) Day McQuality passed away at his home in Parker, Colorado on
January 23rd, 2020 surrounded by his beloved family. Jim was born September 30,
1940 in Decatur, Illinois, to James (Jim) Wilmer McQuality of Decatur, IL and
Charlotte Ellen Day of Alton, IL. He was raised in Decatur along with his
brother, Lawrence Lynn. He was an avid golfer who also had a passion for
fishing, traveling and a good game of cards with friends. He had a long
successful career in the radio business as a salesman, sales manager and general
He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Lurlene Carole
Graves. Together they had many adventures, travels and wonderful times with
family and friends. He was proudest of the accomplishments of his 3 children
Jill, Neil and Jennifer.
Jim was active in his communities, participating in Jaycees, Masons, AMBUCS,
Rotary and Kiwanis. He also served on the boards of the Salvation Army and his
local golf club.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Lurlene McQuality of Parker, Colorado, his
devoted children Jill Lynnette Colbeck (James) of Lone Tree, Colorado, James
Neil McQuality (Dawn) of Montgomery, Illinois, and Jennifer Sue Westby (Michael)
of Parker, Colorado. He is also survived by his brother, Lawrence Lynn McQuality
(Janet) of Evergreen, Colorado and 6 grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at 8486 Green Island Circle, Lone Tree,
Colorado on Saturday, February 22nd at 4:00 pm.
Clarence Lester “Happy” Ethington (no class photo available)
OAKLAND — Clarence Lester “Happy” Ethington, age 80, of Oakland, IL passed away
on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
was born June 26th, 1939 in Green Bay, WI to James Vernon and Evalyn (Gibson)
Ethington. He married Mary Mae Creekmur on July 30, 1960 in Forsyth, IL, and
they enjoyed 59 years together before she preceded him in death on September 2,
2019. Happy worked at VanZetti Bakery for 24 years and went on to purchase the
Oakland Bakery in 1979, and later renamed it the Oakland Bakery and Noodle
Company, which he owned and operated with his wife, Mary, from 1979-2015. Happy
was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church, the Oakland City Council, and
the Lion's Club. He was one of the organizers of the Oakland Cornbread and Bean
Festival, and was an active member of the Oakland community in many ways. He was
an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and enjoyed caring for wild birds. Most of
all, he loved his family, especially playing with and cooking for his grandkids
was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, an infant daughter, one brother:
Richard Ethington; one granddaughter: Amberlyn Humes; two brothers-in-law: James
Mahlmeister and Art Haley.
survived by four children: Timothy Ethington of Toledo, IL; Tonya (Richard)
Fowler of Oakland, IL; Todd (Kimberly) Ethington of Oakland, IL; Toby Ethington
of Normal, IL; three brothers: James (Sandy) Ethington of New Iberia, LA;
Ferrand (Gladys) Ethington of Iron Mountain, MI; and Robert (Anne) Ethington of
Rhinelander, WI; two sisters: Teri Haley of Amarillo, TX; and Grace Mahlmeister
of Mattoon, IL; ten grandchildren: Aiden, Dustin, Matthew, Lawrence, Ryan,
Danielle, Eleni, Seth, Jayden, and Brittany; fourteen great-grandchildren, and a
sister-in-law: Terri Paige of Wausau, WI.
visitation will be held Sunday, January 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Krabel
Funeral Home in Oakland, IL. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 20th
at 12:00 p.m. at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur, IL. Visitation will
be held one hour prior to the funeral, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will
follow at Star of Hope Mausoleum at Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur. For those who
wish, memorials may be made to the Douglas Hart Nature Preserve in Mattoon, IL.
Online condolences may be left at
www.krabelfuneralhome.com and at
Michael David Ater
Michael David Ater, passed
Saturday November 30, 2019 after a brief but mighty battle with cancer.
Mike was born June 9, 1940 to Leland James and Emma Mae (Clements) Ater. Mike
graduated from Eisenhower High School and went on to serve in the US Marine
Corp. Upon his return to Decatur he returned to work at Mueller Company and
retired after forty-three years. While at Mueller, Mike was a proud member of
the Local #3878, serving as President for many years and many years on the
bargaining committee. He followed his father's love of horses, riding and
showing horses with Trail Riders, went on to train and race quarter horses and
an occasional thoroughbred. He enjoyed crappie fishing, hunting, the Cards,
Bears, Bulls and Illini.
Missing him are sons, Rodney (Linda) Ater of Shelbyville, John (Kelly) Ater of
Manchester, TN., grandsons, Chris, Matt, Brandon, Ben, sister and
brother-in-law, Marty and Shirley Trolia of Decatur, brother and sister-in-law,
Richard and Marilyn Ater of Sallisaw, OK., loving companion, Bonnie Grunden,
five great grandchildren, Bently, Gabriel, Lexus, Jersy and Vivian, Bonnie's
daughters and grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life well lived will be held at 11:00 am. Saturday, December 7,
2019 at the Venue (2882 Dineen Street Decatur, IL. 62526). Tanzyus-Logan Funeral
Service and Care is assisting the family with the arrangements. Sign the family
79 of Wildwood, Missouri passed away, Thursday, September 19, 2019. He is
survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Edna Frances (nee Jones) Reinhold.
and raised in Decatur, Illinois, Jim was a son of the late Raymond Robert and
Helen (nee Kurek) Reinhold, Sr. Jim received a bachelor's degree from Millikin
University and a master's from the
University of Illinois.
He was a teacher in the public schools in Illinois and Missouri. His favorite
hobby was playing video poker at Hollywood Casino. He also was fond of the New
York Times, his Mercedes, reading, travel, and Starbucks Cappuccino.
Surviving in addition to his wife Edna, are a sister-in-law Linda Myers
Reinhold; niece Gina Reinhold; nephews Sunny Reinhold, Chong Reinhold and David
Reinhold. Jim was preceded in death by his brothers Raymond Robert Reinhold, Jr.
and Ronald Wayne Reinhold.
"Rest in peace dearest Jim"
All services are private with the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960
Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin. Friends may sign the family's online
Brabender - Wife of Classmate Tom Brabender
MOUNT ZION -- Dorothy M. Brabender, 75, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, July 30,
2019, in her home.
Dorothy was born July 20, 1944, in Decatur, the daughter of Carl and Lucille
(Vest) Sperl. She married Thomas William Brabender November 6, 1965. He preceded
her in death November 2, 2015. Dorothy retired from A.E. Staley and Custom Tool
in Decatur. She was an avid shopper and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her son, Andrew Brabender and wife Marcie of Goshen, IN;
daughter, Mindy Humphrey and husband Larry of Decatur; grandchildren, Brooke,
Emma, Meghan, Beau, Kate, and Luke; brother, George Hays of Decatur.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, and son,
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger
and Earl Funeral Homes at
DALTON CITY -- Barbara Henneberry, 78, of Dalton City, passed away Tuesday,
April 2, 2019, in her home.
Barbara was born August 15, 1940, in Decatur, to Chester Phillip and Neva
Harriet (Phipps) Boyle. She married Donald P. Henneberry in February 1976. He
passed away July 24, 1996. Barbara was an x-ray transcriber for St. Mary’s
Hospital for many years. She was very active in St. James Catholic Church and
loved to travel especially on the St. Mary’s Tours. She volunteered at St.
Mary’s Hospital as well. Barbara also enjoyed collecting butterflies and
She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Edward
Raymond Boyle; and two sisters, Rose Marie Nihiser and Retha May Schenkel.
Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Barbara Henneberry will be 11
a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at St. Patrick Church. Burial will be in Calvary
Cemetery, in Decatur. Memorials may be directed to Ss. James and Patrick Parish
407 E Eldorado St, Decatur, IL 62523.
of Barbara Henneberry is being served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N.
Monroe St. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and
share memories at
Elda “Darlene” McIntyre, 78, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019,
in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Darlene was born November 8, 1940 to Edward Nelson and Mabel M. (Cooper)
McRoberts, in the old St. Mary’s Hospital on Wood Street. She lived in the same
house at 2146 East Damon until her marriage to Robert Dean McIntyre on July 17,
1964. They were married 54 years and had one daughter Jackie (Jeffrey) Habing.
Darlene graduated in the first graduating class of MacArthur High School
along with her best friend Betty Hagen. They were friends until the end.
Darlene retired from AT&T in 1995 after 35 years. Once again, her best friend
Betty Hagen shared the same retirement date with her.
She leaves behind her husband, Robert; her daughter, Jackie (Jeffrey) Habing;
granddaughters, Jennifer Clifton, Stacey (Ronnie Miller, Jr.) Clifton; Step
granddaughter, Tiffany (Luke) French; five great-grandchildren, Alex, Dustin,
Abigail, McKenzie and Brody; sister-in-law's, Tillie McRoberts, Helen McRoberts,
Darlene McIntyre, Nancy McIntyre, Beverly McIntyre; two brother-in-law's,
Charles McIntyre and Dick McIntyre; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arnold, Karol and
Wendell McRoberts; and her sister, Elnora McRoberts.
A special thank you to all of her doctors and cousin, Geraldine Lowe, who
became her chauffer in times of need. Her many friends and family who were there
for her. And her granddaughter, Stacey Clifton, for watching over her and her
grandfather, taking them wherever they needed to go. As my Aunt Lela used to
say, “There will be another jewel in your crown, for all you’ve done.”
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Darlene McIntyre will be 11 a.m.
Friday, March 29, 2019, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Visitation will be from
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be
in Graceland Cemetery.
The family of Darlene McIntyre is being served by Moran &
Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe St. Decatur, IL. Please view the online
obituary, send condolences, and share memories at
John Douglas Fagin
CHANDLERVILLE — John Douglas Fagin, 79, of Chandlerville passed away at 7:04
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
He was born on Dec. 6, 1939, to Harry D. and Madge Fagin in Robinson. He married
Ruth Steigleder on Dec. 1, 1963. She preceded him in death in June 2015.
John is survived by his sons, John Jr. (Racquel) Fagin of Greenup and Donald
(Terni Hinrichs) Fagin of Chandlerville; grandchildren, Andrew, Christian,
Michael, Noah and Jordan Fagin; a great-granddaughter, Zoey Fagin; and a
daughter-in-law, Deb Fagin. He also is survived by his brother, Allen (Chris)
Fagin of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and twin
John was in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a postal carrier for the United States
Postal Service. He enjoyed playing pool and working in the yard.
Cremations rites have been accorded. A private graveside service will be at a
Memorial donations in John's name may be left to the Diabetes Foundation or the
American Heart Association. Online condolences
can be left for the family at
Gloria Pulliam Leeds
Gloriann P. Leeds, age 78, a native of Decatur, IL and a resident of Daphne, AL,
passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018.
She is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Leeds of Daphne; daughter, Susan
Harrison of Fairhope; son, Scott Leeds of Decatur, IL; grandchildren: Sarah,
Dylan, Gailan and Rachel; other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Gloria’s Life will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00
a.m. at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Fairhope. The family will receive friends
beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Memorials may be made to Save a Stray, 3488 Spring Hill Ave. Mobile, AL 36608.
was in the Decatur schools until he was a senior in high school. Then his
parents moved and he graduated from Lakeview.
He is not in the web site's class roster, we feel he should be treated as though
he was in the class. There is no obit at present and no further details.
Terry Musgrave link
Dr. Terry H. Musgrave, optometrist, a resident of Grand Junction for 52 years,
passed away on October 3, 2018 at Hope West. Terry was born May 26, 1940, in
Evansville, Indiana, to Basil H. and Lillie Schumaker Musgrave. He grew up in
Decatur, Illinois. He played basketball as a freshman at the University of
Illinois before earning his Doctorate of Optometry at Illinois College of
Optometry in Chicago, IL, in 1963.
Following Optometry school, Terry entered the United States Air Force as a
Second Lieutenant. He was a member of the Medical Corps at Fairchild Air Force
Base from 1963-1966. He and Mary Day Kilborn were married March 14, 1964 in
Decatur, IL. They moved to Grand Junction in September, 1966 where Terry joined
the optometric partnership of Drs. Broderson, Kendrick and Musgrave He
practiced optometry in Grand Junction for 38 years, establishing his own
practice in 1978. Dr.Musgrave was a Fellow of the American Academy of
Optometry, served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Optometric
Association and held several COA committee positions regarding professionalism,
ethics and advancement of optometry in Colorado.
In 1972, Dr. Musgrave, as an Air Force reservist, become a liaison officer for
the United States Air Force Academy’s Office of Admissions. He served 19 years
in that capacity and advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded
the Meritorious Service Medal upon his retirement in 1990 for the exemplary
group of cadet candidates he identified for the Academy as well as another group
of young men and women he recruited for USAF ROTC scholarships.
Terry loved people and their stories. He enjoyed getting to know his patients,
and many became life-long friends. He was a talented coach, working with his
sons’ youth basketball and baseball teams. He initiated an interest among other
youth basketball father-coaches in establishing the Mesa County AAU Basketball
program for junior-high boys and girls in the early 1980’s.
Terry put his family before all else. No one disputed his love for his wife,
sons and their families. He enjoyed making memories with family members through
stories, trips, games and watching their various academic, athletic, and
He is survived by his wife, Mary Day; sons Bill (Neely) of Denver and Atlanta
and Doug (Amy) of Bend, OR; and grandchildren Carter, Luke, Eli, Miranda, Colt
and Delaney. His parents pre-deceased him.
A memorial service will be held Monday, October 8, at 11:00 at First United
Methodist Church. Burial will be Tuesday, October 9, at 10:00 at Veterans’
Cemetery. Donations in memory of Terry H. Musgrave may be made to HopeWest
Hospice, 3090 North 12th, Street, Unit B, 81506 or First United Methodist
Church, 522 White Avenue, 81501.
Passed from Classmate Rick Stark: "I learned another of our class of '58 group
passed away early August this year. I could not find an obituary, so only know
he was living in the Daytona Beach, Fl area. It was Larry Burcham.
Information came from his 1st wife, Janice (Duncan) Ford. Larry's widow,
Brenda, was not from Decatur.
Heidgerken (Wagner) Joan
OAKLEY -- Joan Wagner, 78, of Oakley, IL, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at
Amber Glen Memory Care in Urbana, IL.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 2, at St.
Patrick Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, August 1
with prayer service at 4:30 p.m. at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur.
Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, IL. Memorials in Joan's
honor may be made to the Humane Society.
Joan was born March 30, 1940, in Milwaukee, WI, daughter of Lawrence and Edna
(Grade) Heidgerken. She married Ronald Eugene Wagner May 19, 1962, in Decatur.
He preceded her in death. Joan was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church,
Small Business Association and the Farm Bureau. She was the owner of Almost Home
Joan loved gardening, animals, traveling, taking walks and nature, and was a
Cardinal baseball fan.
Surviving are her son: Mark Wagner and wife Barbara of Urbana, IL;
daughter-in-law: Dana Wagner of Oakley, IL; grandchildren: Tiffany and Ronnie
Wagner of Oakley, IL; siblings: Jeanine Laroe of Ivesdale, IL, Lawrence
Heidgerken and wife Tanya of Decatur, IL, David Heidgerken of Cerro Gordo, IL
and Mary Martin and husband Mike of Champaign, IL.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Scott, and
brother-in-law James Laroe.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger
and Earl Funeral Homes at
BOODY -- Harriet J. Stoutenborough, 74, of Boody, IL passed away on Tuesday
(Dec. 16, 2014) at St. Mary’s Hospital.
A graveside service to celebrate Harriet’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on
Saturday (Dec. 20, 2014) at Maroa Township Cemetery. The family will receive
friends for a time of visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Dawson &
Wikoff North Chapel.
Harriet was born on October 6, 1940 in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Harry and
Nell Schultz. Harriet retired from Decatur Transfer & Storage. She married Roy
Barr Stoutenborough on June 29, 1963. She enjoyed playing bingo and loved dogs
Harriet is survived by her husband: Roy Barr Stoutenborough of Boody, IL;
daughter: Jodi Stoutenborough of Boody, IL; grandchildren: Taylor Overheul,
Samantha Overheul and Evan Overheul.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant child.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at
Obituary written by family members.
Judy Branch Kirby
-- Judith Kay Kirby, age 75, of Sullivan, received her perfect healing at 12:00
a.m. Friday, June 19, 2015 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur. Her last few days
were spent surrounded by her loving family listening to the gospel songs she
loved, preparing for her journey with the angels to Heaven.
Celebration of Life services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Reed Funeral Home
with Pastor Don Evans officiating assisted by Chaplian Patrice Hunt. Burial will
be in the Mt. Zion General Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 -
7 p.m. Monday. Memorials are suggested to the Shelbyville Manor Activity Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Judy was born June 4, 1940 in Urbana, IL, the daughter of Clyde Morris and Velma
Pearl Helms Branch. Judy was a member of the Sullivan Southern Baptist Church.
Judy graduated from Eisenhower High School and Brown’s Business College, both in
Decatur and worked for Lynn & Scruggs in Decatur. After Judy married she raised
her children and as they got older she became a CNA working at Eastview Terrace,
Hawthorne Lodge and Sullivan Living Center all in Sullivan. She went on to work
at several CILA group homes and the Patterson House all in Sullivan. Judy also
was a caregiver for Jeff Clayton until his death. Judy loved to sew and do
crafts, but most of all she loved to crochet and left behind many beautiful
afghans and lots of yarn. Judy also loved her Facebook friends. Judy married
Marvin Kirby on December 31, 1959 in Sullivan.
Surviving are her husband Marvin of Sullivan; children Tammy (Dave) Thomas of
Lerna, CB ‘Clyde’ Kirby of New York, Tracy (Scott) Ramsey of Charleston and
Trudy (Josh) Fleshner of Sullivan; grandchildren Adrian (Amy) Thomas of St.
Robert, MO, Amanda (Keith) Powers of Knoxville, TN, Amelia (fiancé George
McGonigle) Thomas of Arthur, Michael Ramsey of Charleston, Cassidy (fiancé John
Maguire) Ramsey of Charleston, Sheldon Ramsey of Charleston, Skyler, Brandon and
Marissa Fleshner, all of Sullivan; great grandchildren Rhea, Morgan and Kenneth
Thomas of St. Robert, MO, Ethan Longstreet of Arthur, Madalyn Ramsey and Baby
Maguire of Charleston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Joyce Branch and her
best friend and beloved dog Corky.
DECATUR -- Bruce Edward Rudow went on to be with Jesus, April 21,
2018. He was born June 10, 1940 in Decatur, IL.
A home going celebration will be held Sunday, April 29th at 4 pm
at Resurrection Life Church (1083
W McKinley, Decatur, IL), Pastor Doug Rudow officiating. Visitation 1 hour
before and an early birthday party for Bruce at 6 pm at Donnie’s Pizza in
Decatur. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of arrangements.
After Bruce’s ’58 Decatur High graduation he left for New York to
attend the Traphagen School of Fashion where he studied Interior Design. In the
late 60’s & 70’s he became a successful fashion designer appearing in Vogue,
Bazaar and many other publications. One of his many models was Twiggy. There he
was a close friend with many famous people, his best friend, David Johansen of
the New York Dolls, Sylvian Sylvian, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, including
artist Andy Warhol where he appeared in one of his first films, “The 13 Most
Beautiful Boys” and a cameo on “Midnight Cowboy” staring Jon Voight and Dustin
Hoffman. Singer Patty Smith writes about him in her book “Just Kids” where she
credits him for her start.
None of this was in comparison to his return to Decatur to raise
his son, Tiavi whom he loved dearly. He lived a life of limitless love and was a
friend to all. He wanted everyone to know about his precious Jesus and his
unconditional love for each of them.
He was preceded in passing by his parents, Walter Edward Rudow &
Gwendolyn (Reatherford) Rudow, the love of his life Ronna Page Schwartz, mother
of his only child. Surviving is his son, Tiavi Blade Rain Rudow; sister, Rene
(Jim) Birge; brother Douglas (Carla) Rudow and many (great) nieces and nephews.
Taylor ... Husband to Classmate Shirley Morenz
Larry Taylor, 79, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Hickory
Point Christian Village with his wife by his side.
Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 22, at St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. until service time. Brintlinger and
Earl Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made to St. Paul’s Building Fund, 1 Bachrach Ct., Decatur, IL 62526 or Northeast
Community Fund, 825 N. Water, Decatur, IL 62521.
Larry was born January 7, 1939, in Decatur, IL, the son of Orval and Dorothy
(Hood) Taylor. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Morenz in 1960.
Larry was a Decatur High graduate, served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years, and
earned a degree, B.S. in Education, at Eastern Illinois University. Larry was in
the dairy business for over 50 years. He began his dairy career as a teenager,
working for his father, delivering milk door to door. When the opportunity came,
he purchased the family dairy, Sunshine Dairy. Later he sold the business to
Prairie Farms & Co. and was the manager until his retirement in 2007.
Larry enjoyed time and travel with his family and friends, collecting cars and
trucks, and working in his yard.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; 3 sons, Douglas Taylor (Cathy)
of Richards, TX, Jeffrey Taylor (Sonya) of Marana, AZ, and Jason Taylor (Kendra)
of Decatur; 9 grandchildren, Zachary, Hannah, Skyler, Sierra, Sebastian,
Spencer, Seth, Sianna, and Kennedy; brother, Joe (Linda) Taylor of Clinton;
sisters, Myrna Kirchhoefer of Mt. Zion and Jan (Jim) Wilson of McMinnville, TN;
a host of nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Bill Kirchhoefer and
Fred (Butch) Morenz, and nephew Skip Morenz.
The family wishes to extend this sincere appreciation to the nurses, support
staff and therapy staff at Hickory Point Christian Village Center for the care
and support given to Larry and his family.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger
and Earl Funeral Homes at
Mike Andrix passed away Fall 2017.
We have no further info and no obit.
Sue Alexander, of Bloomington, passed away at 3 p.m. Friday (Jan. 19, 2018) at
OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
She was born May 21, 1940, in Champaign, the only child of Harold and Verna (Eshelman)
Murphy. She married Julius Alexander Jr. on Aug. 12, 1962, in Decatur.
Sue is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Julius;
their two sons, Julius “JR” (Amy) Alexander III, Bloomington, and Brett Murphy
(Susan) Alexander, South Bend, Ind.; two grandsons, Julius IV “Alex” Alexander,
San Francisco, Calif., and James Todd Alexander, Bloomington; sisters-in-law
Loretta “Toots” Steil, Normal, and Henrietta “Rhett” Winebrinner, McLean; and
many nieces and nephews. Sue also leaves behind many dear friends near and far.
Sue graduated from Stephen Decatur High School, Decatur, in 1958. In 1962, she
completed a degree in education from Illinois State Normal University. After
college, she taught English at Maroa, and was a long-time substitute teacher for
the Unit 5 School District. Sue eventually opened her own business and was a
partner in About the House, a custom framing shop at Eastland Mall. She was also
a realtor at Alexander Reality in Bloomington, working with her brother in-law,
Orville Alexander. In later years, Sue was the bookkeeper for the family
business, Alexander’s Distinctive Autos and Trailers, Bloomington. Sue had many
hobbies including reading, gardening, cooking, sewing, antiques, attending
collector car auctions, boating, and traveling. Sue and Julius traveled all over
the world and made friends and wonderful memories wherever they went.
When traveling, Sue loved to support local artists and purchased many works of
ceramics, art glass, jewelry, paintings, textiles and leather. And she loved
jumping in her car to go meet friends for coffee at the local bookstore. Sue
served on the Board of Directors for the McLean County Arts Center and as a
volunteer at the McLean County Museum of History until her death. She was also a
member of the McLean County League of Women Voters, the Jesse Fell Chapter of
Questers, the Brigham Elementary School PTA, the Porsche Club of America, the
Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club, the McLean County Antique Automobile Club, a
monthly book club, the Ladies Night Out dining group and a monthly ladies
luncheon club. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed
by all who knew her.
A visitation is being held on from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Calvert & Metzler
Memorial Home in Bloomington. A celebration of life for family and close friends
will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in
Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the
McLean County Arts Center or the McLean County Museum of History. Sue was
passionate about both organizations.
Beverly J. (Kearney) Martin
Beverly J. (Kearney) Martin passed away surrounded by her family, on December 26, 2017 at
her home in Grass Valley, CA. She battled Parkinson’s Disease for the last 10
years of her life, but it didn’t slow her down until the very end.
Beverly was born in 1940, in Decatur, Illinois to Vaughn Dean Kearney and
Rosalie Storm Kearny. She was always “that kid” who stood up to bullies and did
the right thing and
knew how to have a good time. Her parents would say she was a near perfect
Beverly went to Johns Hill School and then to Eisenhower High School where she
was voted homecoming queen, participated in many clubs, and was a great friend
After attending a year at Western Illinois University, she became a stewardess
with American Airlines. This was a glamourous and exciting time of her life.
While living in Santa Monica & Redondo Beach, she flew across the U.S., meeting
fun and new people. After two years of living in Southern California, she
decided to stay. She started her family and had two daughters, Katie and Jenny,
and was a super mom doing everything imaginable for them. While raising her
daughters, she became a very successful Broker Realtor with Red Carpet Realty.
She loved her job and formed lifelong friendships and memories at this office.
In 1980, she met and later married the man of her dreams, Monte S. Martin.
Through this union, she also become a mother to Phil and Holly Martin. In 1982,
the family moved to Grass Valley, Ca.
Monte ran his “MM” Trucking company, and Bev took care of the books for the
business. She also continued her real estate career and joined Rolling Hills
Realty in Grass Valley and then transferred to the Century 21 Gold Dust office
from where she eventually retired. She met some of the best friends of her life
during her career as a realtor. Sometimes the family was worried about just how
much fun they had in the office!
Beverly was deeply involved with her husband Monte’s membership in the Grass
Valley Sportsman’s Club, helping at the crab feeds and events, and enjoying
Weaver Lake Lodge. Bev loved to fish. The Ophir Hill Fire Department was also
near and dear to her heart. Monte was a volunteer fireman and Beverly was on the
Board of Directors for years, and again helping with so many events, having fun
along the way! She made so many genuine friends through the Sportsman’s Club and
The Ophir Hill Fire Dept.- friends for life and many, many good times.
One of her biggest passions was being a mom and raising her kids to be the best
that they could be. When the grandkids started coming into the family, it sent
her to the moon and back with happiness! Her love as a grandma overflowed.
Her smile lit
up every room she entered, and she left an everlasting bright, positive, and
happy impression on everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by so many. She
leaves us with a beautiful imprint and the message to simply
Bev left behind her amazing husband Monte, who has been the Superman of all
husbands. He was her constant caregiver the past years, always being there for
her and her needs and doing everything he could to make her smile.
Bev is survived by her husband Monte Martin, and children Katie Jones, Jennifer
Walters Staniar, Phil Martin and Holly Baez. She is also survived by her mother
Rosalie Kearney, and grandchildren Trevor, Emmy, Brett, Julia, Alex, Alexis,
Larissa, Olivia, Franky and great grandson, Carter.
It would be impossible the show our gratitude to so many friends that touched
her life, but we do thank you all for being part of her wonderful world.
You are welcome to join us in her Celebration of Life Service on: Saturday,
January 13 at 11:30 AM · Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City
*Reception to immediately follow · Nevada County Board of Realtors · 336 Crown
Point Circle, Grass Valley. We invite everyone to dress casual and happy, as we
all know… Bev sure was!
Obit Pending - Passed Sept 1, 2017
From: John Karolus <email@example.com>
Date: November 6, 2017 at 9:09:57 PM CST
Subject: Class reunion
Sad to report my wife, Wanda Dillinger Karolus, MHS class of ‘58, suffered a
stroke on Sept. 21 and passed away peacefully with her family by her side on
Oct. 7, 2017.
Honorable Julian L. Ridlen, 77, Logansport, passed away Tuesday, October 10,
Born in Decatur, Illinois, on February 4, 1940, Julian was the son of Charles
Fred and Doris Franklin Ridlen.
DECATUR -- Donald Wayne Collins, 77, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, October
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Brintlinger
and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, with visitation Monday, October 16, from 5
to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park,
Harristown, IL. Memorials may be made to Antioch Christian Church or American
Wayne was born February 15, 1940, in Decatur, the son of Donald and Doris (Schaniel)
Collins. He married Barbara M. Rickey on September 3, 1961 in Decatur.
Wayne graduated from MacArthur High School in 1958 and Millikin University in
1963. He had been a member of First Christian Church since 1961, had served as
an Elder and two years as Board Chairman, and was in the Searchers Sunday School
Class. Wayne worked for Lindsay-Schaub, GE, CBQ, and Wagner Castings (Intermet)
until they closed. His retirement job was in the mailroom at the Herald &
Wayne was a Boy Scout for 67 years, starting as a Cub Scout. He worked at Camp
Robert Faries and later served in various leadership roles. He was also involved
in FCC’s Youth Group when his children were teenagers. Wayne was a race car fan,
especially NASCAR. He liked history, both reading it and writing about it. He
had recently been attending Antioch Christian Church and especially enjoyed his
Sunday School class. Wayne got his first toy train when he was 10 months old,
had loved trains all his life, and this summer he drove the train at Scovill
He is survived by his wife Barbara of 56 years; daughter Cheryl Collins of
Bloomington; son David (Kathy) Collins of Muscatine, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Condolences may be left to the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral
Home, Decatur at
March (no yearbook photo and no obit photo)
Frank Lee March, 77, of Springfield, IL, formerly of Decatur, IL, passed away
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village, Springfield.
There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewis
Memorial Christian Village or St. John’s Hospice at St. John’s Hospital,
Frank was born September 11, 1940 in Decatur, IL, son of Robert E. and Dorothy
F. (Moyer) March.
Frank served his country in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He worked as a tool and die
maker for Borg Warner.
Surviving are his daughters: Tammy McIntire and husband Robert of Tallahassee,
FL and Tina Ashenfelter and husband Mark of Springfield, IL; sons: Tim March and
Tracy March, both of Tallahassee, FL; four grandchildren and three great
grandchildren; brother in law: Ross Lake of Florida.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and sister Phyllis Lake.
Hambrecht, 76, of Forsyth passed away on Thursday, July 20th in Decatur Memorial
Hospital with his family at his side.
was born on Sept 21st, 1940 in Decatur, Il, the son of Lawrence and Martha Jo
Hambrecht. He married Ruth Ann Brown in 1962.
enjoyed cooking corn dogs, fishing, talking, hunting and telling stories. Phil
was a member of the Macon County Historical Society and USWA Local 713. He
proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1958 to 1963. He
retired from Firestone in Decatur after 33 years of service and he also owned
and operated Hambrecht Hambrecht Concessions from 1976 to 2012.
leaves to cherish his precious memory his wife, Ruth of Forsyth, two sons, PJ of
Shelbyville and Jamie of Moroa, one sister, Deborah (Kevin) Smith, five
grandchildren Jennifer Hambrecht, Nathan Hambrecht, Pharryn Hambrecht, Ashlynne
Hambrecht and Chloe Hambrecht; four great grandchildren Aleeya, Alexia, Jaye and
Alex; two neices Kelly (Kris) Bailey and Shelby (Jeff) Tate.
was preceded in Death by his parents.
memorial service to honor the life of Phil will be held at Graceland Fairlawn
Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 25th at 6:00 pm with visitation one hour before.
Memorials may be made out to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny
Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Family of Phil Hambrecht is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home.
DECATUR -- Leo Chase, 76, of
Decatur, passed away early
Thursday morning, June 29, 2017,
at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Leo was born June 30, 1940, in
Piatt County, Illinois, to Harry
W.G. and Pauline (Graham) Chase.
He married Barbara M. Aichele on
October 28, 1961, in Decatur,
IL. He worked at Muellers for
more than 43 years. He also
volunteered at the Decatur
Memorial Thrift Shop.
He is survived by his wife of 55
years, Barbara; three children,
Shannon (David) Chase-Stevenson,
Steven (Karen) Chase and David
(Shawna) Chase; five
grandchildren, Elaine, Derek,
Zachary, Andrew and Leim; and
two sisters, Alberta Schuman and
He was preceded in death by his
parents; three brothers and four
Funeral services to celebrate
the life of Leo Chase will be 11
a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017, at
Home. Visitation will be from 9
a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday before
the service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Graceland
The family of Leo Chase is being
served by Graceland/Fairlawn
Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view
the online obituary, send
condolences, and share memories
“Skip” Tillman Mueller, 77, of Janesville, WI, passed away Wednesday, June 14,
2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Skip was born December 3, 1939 in Chicago, IL and raised in Decatur, IL. He was
a 1958 graduate of Decatur MacArthur High School and later served in the
Illinois National Guard. In November of 2000, Skip married Louise Sanders. Over
the years, Skip and Louise enjoyed several trips to Europe and traveled
throughout the United States, visiting his children at their various military
posts. Skip was a retired financial investor and had a great passion for German
history, foreign cars, and stamp collecting. He had a booming radio voice, a
contagious laugh and enjoyed talking with people wherever he went.
In addition to his wife, Louise, he is survived by his three children, Robert
“Andy” Mueller and wife Alexandra of Garmisch Germany, Thomas Mueller and wife
Cathy of Clarksville, TN, and Catherine Guinn and husband Rollie of Accomac, VA;
seven grandchildren, Kashina, Alina, Ethan, Lin May, Madeline, Zachary, and
Jacob; one great-granddaughter; and several step-nieces and step-nephews. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Arlene Mueller; and his brother,
A Memorial Visitation and Mass will be held at the St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in
Niles, IL, on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or online at www.stjude.org.
DECATUR -- Lynn E. McWilliams, 76, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at
Decatur Memorial Hospital surrounded by loving family. Lynn was born on October
28, 1939, son of David and Marguerite McWilliams. He served in the U.S. Navy and
Naval Reserve from 1962-1967 and was a Corpsman at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. A
foundryman for most of his career, Lynn worked at Wagner Castings, Decatur, IL,
starting as a laborer and retiring as General Superintendent, Malleable Foundry.
He took pride in his family and his work.
survived by his wife and best friend Brenda (Huff), whom he married on October
28, 1962. He is also survived by his son Brad (Teena), Decatur, IL; daughters
Stephanie (John) Marshall, Ootlewah, TN; Amy (Darin) Bray, Cape Coral, FL;
grandchildren Sam McWilliams, Santa Cruz, CA; Jack Marshall, Graham Marshall,
Ootlewah; Evan Bray, Payton Bray, Cape Coral; Navigational Electronic Technician
Dempsey Bray, U.S. Navy, Groton, Connecticut; and Lynn’s pal Buddy. A private
service will be held at a later date.
may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association
to support research for treatment of two diseases that impacted Lynn’s life.
Patricia Anne “Patti” Allen, 76, of Peoria, formerly of Decatur, passed away
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Patti was born April 3, 1940, in Decatur, the daughter of Boyd and Evelyn
(Dickens) Allen. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and then
attended Eastern Illinois University where she majored in dance. She was
previously employed at Velde Ford and Velde Lincoln-Volvo retiring with over
forty years of service.
Patti is survived by her brother Boyd (Theresa) Allen Jr. of Dallas, Texas;
nephew Brian (Sandi) Allen of Dallas, Texas; and niece Heather Allen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother David Allen.
Patti enjoyed dancing and music and would break out into song anytime she had
the chance. She also loved, loved, loved her Cubbies and had a delightful sense
of humor (which was necessary as a loyal Cubs fan).
Patti will be remembered as a warm and generous friend loved by many.
Graveside services will be Monday, June 20, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at North Fork
Cemetery in Decatur. A celebration of Patti’s life will be held at the Last
Hurrah in Peoria on Friday, July 8, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL is handling
arrangements. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share
Obituary written by family members
Dennis Herbert Fonk
Fonk, 76, beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother and uncle passed away at
Hospice WPB on Thursday, March 10, 2016, after a lengthy illness and broken
heart following the loss of his wife, Janet last November.
Dennis was born on February 4, 1940 as the son of Herbert & Ann Fonk (now
deceased) in Decatur, IL, where he lived until they moved to South Florida in
1963. Dennis served in the military as an MP in the US Army and was honorably
discharged in 1968. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life
Janet in 1968. Together they had one daughter, Johanna “Jodi”, and continued to
live in South Florida until both he and Janet passed.
Professionally, after leaving the military, Dennis embarked on a career at Winn
Dixie Supermarkets. Dennis enjoyed a 30 plus year career at Winn Dixie and
retired as a Market Manager 1998.
Since his retirement, Dennis loved spending time with his “greatest joy”; his
wife, daughter, grandkids and family. He also enjoyed going to the gun range and
working outside. Dennis was lovingly called “The Mayor” by his neighbors. Dennis
always enjoyed helping his neighbors with anything mechanical. If anyone had
lawn equipment or a golf cart that was broken, they could always rely on Dennis
for lending the tools to fix it or even helping or taking over fixing it
himself. Dennis also had an extensive love of firearms and would offer
information to anyone in need and would always lend a hand in educating people
about firearms and maintaining them, repairing them and teaching people how to
be a responsible gun owner. In short, Dennis was the go-to-guy in the
Dennis leaves behind the legacy of a beautiful family who adored him and many
friends who cherished and respected him. Dennis is survived by his only daughter
Johanna “Jodi” (& Jimmy) Ellis, and his two grandchildren, Jillian & Jeremy. He
is also survived by his brother, Alan Fonk; his brother/sister-in-laws, A.
Conrad Kurtz, and David and Cheryl Ross; his cousins: Darlene (& Jim) Ludwig,
Bonnie (& Dick) Payette, Gary (& Joan) Skovronski; his many nieces and nephews -
Lisa, Phillip, Sandy, Mike, Chad, Jessica, Emily, Billy, Autumn, Jenny, and
James; and those that we are honored to call close friends/family.
The Celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at Palms West Funeral Home on
Tuesday, March 22nd from 5 to 8 PM with services beginning at 7 PM, followed by
his entombment on Wednesday, March 23rd starting at 11 AM at Boca Raton
Jodi asks that in lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Hospice of Palm
Beach n/k/a Trust Bridge for the caring, peaceful services that they provided to
both Dennis & Janet.
A. (Robb) Norton, 75 yrs. old, passed away March 17, 2016 at home with family by
her side in Monticello, Illinois. Judy was born on November 17, 1940 in Decatur,
IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Norton, parents-Merle &
Maude Robb, brother-Jack (Rose) Robb, 2 daughters, and a step-daughter-Cynthia
S. (Norton) McKinney. Surviving are her sister, Pat (Victor) Lockridge,
step-children-Debra (Ron) Barton in Seneca, SC, David (Cindy) Norton in
Colchester, IL, Tracy (Randy) Wright in Mahomet, IL, and Jamie Norton in
Mahomet, IL, 14 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Judy worked at State
Bank in Champaign, IL, for many years. Judy was a "daddy's girl." She loved her
pets, reading, shopping, cooking, auctions, estate sales and fishing with her
husband. She was loving, independent and always had a positive outlook on life.
Her family and friends will miss her greatly, but know she is happy to be
together again with her husband in heaven.
graveside service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the
Monticello Township Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Bealmear officiating
E. (Jim) Bryant of Brentwood (Contra Costa County), CA passed away on April 10,
2016 after a year long illness. He was born January 10, 1940 to Roy and Martha
Bryant in Sullivan, Illinois, and moved to Decatur as an infant.
Jim was a graduate of Western Illinois University (BS), Northern Illinois
University (MS in Ed), and the University of Missouri (EdD). He began his
teaching career in Frankfort, Illinois and was a graduate assistant at the
University of Missouri. From Mizzou, he went to Metropolitan State University
(Denver) where he coached basketball for four years, taught, and later became
chair of the Department of HPERD (Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and
Dance). In 1986 he accepted a position at San Jose State University as chair of
the Kinesiology Department, one he held for 12 years. Jim was active in
several professional organizations and wrote three textbooks on tennis,
handball, and sports sociology.
Jim and his wife retired in 1998 and moved to Brentwood where he pursued his
hobbies of photography, travel, sports, and the arts. He is survived by his
wife, Virginia (Harker), EHS '58; son Timothy (Melissa) Bryant and grand
daughters Charlene, Johanna, and Margaret of Ithaca, NY; and daughter Jill
(Christopher) Meyers and grandsons Cole and Karl of Livermore, CA.
The family may be reached at
Michael Douglas Harris - Son fo Classmates Marilyn and Jim Harris
Born: November 26, 1974
Died: October 21, 2015
Harris, 40, of St. Jacob, Ill., born Nov. 26, 1974, in Decatur, Ill., died
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 in St. Jacob, Ill.
Mike loved his family more than life. He was a graduate of UMSL
classof 2003, and a member of the East Side Brewers Club. He enjoyed the outdoors,
fishing, camping, and his cats, and was an avid craft beer brewer. He loved and
rooted for his team the St. Louis Blues Hockey.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Alfred A. Telker.
Surviving are his wife, Christina, nee Telker, Harris; parents, James B. and
Marilyn J., nee Schmitt, Harris of Troy, Ill.; brothers; James W. (Mary P.)
Harris of Lebanon, Ill., Timothy B. (Leasha A.) Harris of Troy, Ill., and Kraig
R. (Trixy J.) Harris of Edwardsville, Ill.; mother-in-law, Carolyn, nee Pearson,
Telker; brother and sister-in-law, David (Simon Paca) Telker of Chicago, Ill.,
and Mary B. (Sean) Cotten of Marine, Ill.; nieces, Kimberly D. Harris, Hannah C.
and Emma L. Cotten; an aunt, Gloria (Don) Parrott; and an uncle, Bradford B.
(Lois) Harris; cousin and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Partners for Pets. Online expressions of sympathy may
be made at www.Richesonfh.com.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Richeson
Funeral Home, Troy, Ill. The family encourages friends and relatives to dress
casual and Blues Hockey apparel is appropriate.
Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the funeral
home with Rev. Dennis
Priceofficiating. Mikes wishes were to be cremated.
RICHESON FUNERAL HOME, Troy, Ill.
Fonk Wife of Classmate Dennis Fonk
Fonk, 74, our beloved wife, mom, grandma and aunt passed away on Sturday,
November 21, 2015, after a valiant battle with
She was a long time resident of West Palm Beach, FL. Janet was born on August
10, 1941, the daughter of the late Bud and Helen Ross and sister of the late
Barbara Kurtz. Janet was grew up in Decatur, IL. but has resided in south
Florida since 1968.
Janet loved collecting angels, reading, sewing/creating things and the holidays.
If anyone had a baby, they could always rely on Jan for sending a
burp cloth or two.
Janet worked at Pratt-Whitney for many years and then went into private
consulting for many major corporations. She
from SIU and received her Master's and Doctorate (minus dissertation) from Nova
Jan’s greatest joy was her family. She leaves behind the legacy of a beautiful
family who adored her and many friends who clearly loved her as well. Janet is
survived by Dennis, her husband of 47 years; her daughter Johanna “Jodi” (&
Jimmy) Ellis, and her two grandchildren, Jillian & Jeremy. She is also survived
by her brother, David (& Cheryl) Ross; her Aunt, Chris Dreschel; her
brothers-in-law, A. Conrad Kurtz and Alan J. Fonk; and her many nieces and
nephews - Stacy, Eric, Lisa, Phillip, Sandy, Mike, Chad, Jessica, Emily, Billy,
Autumn, Jenny, James, Kayla, Mackenzie, Erin,
A Celebration of Janet’s life will be held at the Palms West Funeral Home on
Wednesday, December 2nd from 5 to 7 PM with services
at 7 PM, followed by her entombment on Thursday, December 3rd starting at 11 AM
at Boca Raton Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers please feel free to either donate to TrustBridge of the Palm
Beaches (Formerly Hospice of Palm Beach County) or the American Lung Association
for the fight against
Janet Fonk, 74, our beloved
wife, mom, grandma and aunt passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015, after a
valiant battle with
She was a long time resident of West Palm Beach, FL. Janet was born on August
10, 1941, the daughter of the late Bud and Helen Ross and sister of the late
Barbara Kurtz. Janet was grew up in Decatur, IL. but has resided in south
Florida since 1968.
Janet loved collecting
angels, reading, sewing/creating things and the holidays. If anyone had a baby,
they could always rely on Jan for sending a
specializedburp cloth or two.
Janet worked at Pratt-Whitney
for many years and then went into private consulting for many major
graduatedfrom SIU and received her Master's and Doctorate (minus dissertation) from Nova
Jan’s greatest joy was her
family. She leaves behind the legacy of a beautiful family who adored her and
many friends who clearly loved her as well. Janet is survived by Dennis, her
husband of 47 years; her daughter Johanna “Jodi” ( & Jimmy) Ellis, and her two
grandchildren, Jillian & Jeremy. She is also survived by her brother, David (&
Cheryl) Ross; her Aunt, Chris Dreschel; her brothers-in-law, A. Conrad Kurtz and
Alan J. Fonk; and her many nieces and nephews - Stacy, Eric, Lisa, Phillip,
Sandy, Mike, Chad, Jessica, Emily, Billy, Autumn, Jenny, James, Kayla,
A Celebration of Janet’s life
will be held at the Palms West Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 2nd from 5 to
7 PM with services
beginningat 7 PM, followed by her entombment on Thursday, December 3rd starting at 11 AM
at Boca Raton Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers please
feel free to either donate to Trust Bridge of the Palm Beaches (Formerly Hospice
of Palm Beach County) or the American Lung Association for the fight against
MOUNT ZION -- Thomas W. “Tom” Brabender, 75, of Mt. Zion, IL, passed away
Monday, November 2, 2015, at Aspen Creek in Sullivan, IL.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 6, 2015, at St. John’s
Lutheran Church, with visitation from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 5, at
Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, and one hour prior to services
on Friday at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery,
Decatur, IL, with military rites conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Tom was born March 8, 1940, in Decatur, IL, the son of August and Ruth (Novack)
Brabender. He married Dorothy Hays on November 6, 1965 in Decatur, IL.
Tom was a life long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was very active in
the church. He was a 1958 graduate of Eisenhower High School, then attended
Western Illinois University for 2 years on a football scholarship. Tom worked
for many years at Tate & Lyle, and after retiring he was a salesman for R.D.
McMillen Enterprises. He enjoyed sports and devoted many years to coaching, and
was a role model to many, on and off the baseball field. He coached baseball for
40 years, including American Legion ball teams, and was a University of
Illinois, Chicago Bears, and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. Tom was a U.S. Army
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy of Mt. Zion; children: Andrew
(Marcie) Brabender of Goshen, IN, and Mindy (Larry) Humphrey of Decatur;
grandchildren: Brooke and Meghan Humphrey, Emma, Beau, Kate, and Luke Brabender;
and one sister: Linda (Pat) Haugh of Quincy, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son Jason Brabender.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Aspen Creek
staff for their love and support through this difficult time.
Condolences may be left to the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral
Obituary written by family members.
Gary Lee Sebens
MOUNT ZION -- Gary Lee Sebens 74, of Mt. Zion, IL passed away Sunday, September
27, 2015 at 7:00 a.m., in his residence.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation Thursday evening,
October 1, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home,
Mt. Zion. The family request casual attire for services. A graveside service
will be held in the Mt. Zion Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the
International Essential Tremor Foundation, P.O. Box 14005, Lenexa, KS 66285.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Gary was born October 3, 1940 in Decatur, IL the son of Lloyd J and Bertha M.
(Luttrell) Sebens. He attended Decatur High school and went on to graduate from
Eisenhower High School in 1958 and was part of the first graduating class at
Eisenhower. Gary went on to attend at Millikin University and worked along side
his father at Sebens Concrete. He served in the 5th Army during the Vietnam Era.
He owned and operated Gary Sebens construction, Gary’s True Valve Hardware Store
and later Gary’s Mower Shop, along with commercial real estate development. Gary
was active in volunteering in the community, including serving eight years as a
trustee on the Mt. Zion Village Board and most recently serving as a
commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Board for the village. He married Vivian
L. Smith on December 20, 1990.
Surviving are his wife: Vivian of Mt. Zion daughters: Aileen. Paula, and
Alexandria Lee; step son: Brian Gee and his wife Carol; five grandchildren and
one great grandchild. Gary also leaves behind his special friend Robert King and
many other friends, and you all know who you are.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter: Penny Lee.
The family wishes to thank St. John’s Hospice Care, Cancer Care Specialists of
Central Illinois, and Dr. James Wade III for all their care and compassion.
Obituary written by family members
Mumma, 74, of Newburgh, IN, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015, at
Signature Healthcare in Newburgh. He was born October 13, 1940, in Decatur, IL,
to the late Floyd and Dorothy (Edwards) Mumma.
He graduated from Millikin University and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi
fraternity. Steve retired from Atlas Van Lines
where he worked as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. He was an avid golfer. He
served on the board of Easter Seals in Evansville.
Steve was preceded in death by his wife, Carol
(Farkas) Mumma; and his parents.
He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Peters (Jeff) and Laura Stroud; son, Eric
Mumma; grandchildren, Heather, Will, Danielle, John, Drew, Cara; one
great-grandchild, Damon; sister, Marilyn Kruzan; and brother, Philip
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 17, 2015, at
Alexander Newburgh Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, 3701
Bellemeade Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714.
C. Major Carson
Patricia C. Carson: February 13, 1940~July 14, 2015 in Raleigh. Patricia C.
Carson, 75, of Kettering Ohio, more recently living in Raleigh, North Carolina,
passed away on July 14, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and
Josephine Major, her sisters Linda Hughes and Marilyn Major, and her husband
Richard Carson. Patricia is survived by her children Doug (Katrina) Carson,
daughter Mary Beth Schell, and Joseph (Kandice) Carson, and 5 grandchildren:
Kristina, Patrick, Sarah, Anna, and Joey.
Pat was born in Decatur, IL on February 13, 1940. An accomplished pianist,
lifelong musician, and passionate music educator she founded The Kettering
Theater Under the Stars and The Miami Valley Chorale and The Miami Valley
She taught music for many years, and was also a church musician. Pat was loved
by all who knew her and will be deeply missed by her family, friends,
caregivers, and former students.
A Memorial Service for local friends and family will be held at 4:00 pm Saturday
July 18, 2015 at the Soapstone UMC, 12837 Norwood Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613.
Saturday July 25, 2015 at 2pm Memorial Service will be held in Ohio at Church of
the Cross UMC, 3121 Wilmington Pike, in Dayton, OH 45429. If so led, please give
in Pat Carson's name to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 300 Saint Mary's St
Raleigh, NC 27605.
DECATUR -- Larry
Leon Cuttill, 75, of Decatur passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 in Heartland
Manor Care of Decatur.
born on February 13, 1940 in Decatur the son of Floyd K. and Francis B. (Riley)
Cuttill. He was the owner of the Bethany Star Market and a member of East Park
Baptist Church. He enjoyed computer games, and camping. He married Darlene on
March 22, 1958 in Decatur.
Surviving are his wife Darlene; sons, Gregory Cuttill (Tracy) of Bethany, IL;
Mark Cuttill (Jenna) of Arnold, MO; Jeff Cuttill (Angela) of Sullivan, IL;
Michael Cuttill (Dawn) of South Carolina; sister, Shirley Davis of Decatur, IL;
sister-in-law Charleen Cuttill of Arizona; grandchildren, Joshua; Casey (Ian);
Alex; Jordan; Megan; Alan:
Weston (Anabel); Anthony; nephews Danny Cuttill (Angelica) and Don Davis; niece,
Cindy Davis; and six great-grandchildren.
preceded in death by his parents, brother, Don Cuttill, grandson, Larry Cuttill,
niece Becky Davis, and nephews Don Cuttill Jr. and David Cuttill.
services to celebrate Larry’s life will be 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at East
Park Baptist Church, 1919 S Baltimore Ave, Decatur. Memorials are suggested to
the Children’s Miracle Network or East Park Baptist Church.
of Larry Leon Cuttill is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091
N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. Send condolences to the family at
Conifer - Oct 10th
Mary “Judy” Starr Confer, 74, died Friday, Oct. 10, under hospice care in
Judy’s 10-year tenure as executive director of the L. Alan Cruikshank River of
Time Museum resulted in the museum receiving its “certified museum status,” just
nine months after it opened. Certification general takes up to five years.
She and her long-time partner Stephen Busker moved to Fountain Hills in 1989.
After moving here, her interest in history and design prompted her to join the
Fountain Hills & Lower Verde Valley Historical Society. She served three terms
on the board and was most active with the Museum Design Committee.
Judy was born May 15, 1940, in Decatur, Ill. An interior designer by trade, she
is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She also attended classes at the
University of Madrid.
She was predeceased by her brother Fred. Survivors include Steve Busker, sons
Scott Confer and Christopher Confer, five grandchildren, her sister Betty Herren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life tentatively is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the
River of Time Museum. The service is expected to start at 5:30 p.m.
Gordon L. Johnson,
husband of Classmate Judie nee
BUFFALO GROVE -
Gordon L. Johnson, age 83. Beloved husband of Judie nee Hehmeyer for 50 years.
Loving dad of Michael (Kerri) Johnson, Michelle (Kevin) Kruse and Matthew (Amy)
Johnson. Dear grandpa of Hannah, McKenna, Kelly, Jake, Kate, and Sierra. Fond
brother in-law of Gayle (Tom) Peterson and Ann (Lyle) Tracy. Uncle of Alissa,
Jennifer and Caitlyn. Gordon grew up in the Chicagoland area attending Lutheran
Memorial Church and Lane Technical High School. Upon graduation he earned an
appointment to the US Naval Academy, where he became a proud member of the Class
of '54 in the 2nd Company. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the US Air Force and
flew in All-Weather Fighter/Interceptors. Upon completion of multiple tours of
duty throughout the United States and his service commitment, he resigned his
commission and moved back to Chicago where he attended the University of Chicago
to complete his MBA. He met his future bride, Judie, at Fourth Presbyterian
Church in Chicago. They married in 1965 and moved to Buffalo Grove to begin
raising their family. Gordon was very active in his church and community,
volunteering as an usher, elder, coach and election judge. His greatest
community passion was collecting food from local grocery stores for
redistribution to the hungry in Wheeling Township and the Uptown Ministries of
Chicago. Visitation Sunday, September 14th at 1:30 pm at St Matthew Lutheran
Church (www.stmatts.net), 24480 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorne Woods, IL 60047
followed by a 2:30pm Life Celebration. Inurnment St. Matthew Cemetery - Private.
In lieu of flowers, donations
requested for St Matthew Church or American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
For Funeral info; 847.537.6600 or www.funerals.pro or Facebook.
Wallace H. “Wally” Williams
DECATUR -- Wallace H. “Wally” Williams Sr., 73, of Decatur, passed away
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in San Diego, California.
He was born April 27, 1941 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of William Otis and
Evelyn Jean (Plunkett) Williams. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.
He was previously employed with ADM retiring after thirty-eight years of
service. He was a member of GT Church and loved spending time with children and
grandchildren. He married Sharon L. McCarty May 27, 1963. She preceded him in
death June 26. 2014. They shared over fifty-one years together.
He leaves behind his children Melanie (Jesus) Godinez of San Diego, California,
Valarie (Lyle “Eddie”) Street of Macon, and Wallace Jr. of Decatur, mother
Evelyn Williams of Decatur, grandchildren Jennifer, Jessica, and Michael Hector,
Andrea Betzer and John Street, and Brittany (Sean) Manual and Austin and Coltin
Williams and their mother Rhonda, great-grandchildren Caden, Hayley, and Kylie
Betzer, brother Larry Michael Williams, sisters Patricia Buckner, Terri Logue,
and Beverly Ann Williams, brother-in-law Stanley (Carol) McCarty and his beloved
He was reunited in Heaven with his father, wife, brother David Lee Williams, and
infant twins Lynn and Lenett.
Services to celebrate Wally’s life will be 11 AM Friday, September 12, 2014 at
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the
services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery with Military
honors conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard. The family of Wallace H.
“Wally” Williams is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N.
Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and
share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
J. “Chuck” Lyon, 74, of Decatur passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at I.U.
Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home,
Decatur, IL, will be handling the arrangements.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm, on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at North
Fork Cemetery, Decatur, IL.
Memorials to the American
Chuck was born on Feb. 06, 1940 in Chicago, IL the son of Charles and Jonann
(Rankin) Lyon. He married Helen Stewart in 1968 in Decatur, IL.
Chuck was a graduate of Western
with a B.S. in Education. He was co-owner of Crane Potato Chip Company for many
years and then became a sales representative for Kelly Potato
Chips. In his
earlier years Chuck was an avid golfer. In his later years he loved
to watch old
Western movies and
his T.V. favorites, including, Walker Texas Ranger and Gunsmoke.
Surviving are his wife Helen of Decatur; and children Lynnette (husband, DuWayne)
Milner of Edwardsville, IL; Lori (husband, Tim) Elliott of Clayton, MO; son,
Jerry (wife, Mary Kay) Lyon of St. Charles, MO. Also surviving is one stepson
John (wife, Martica) Lancaster of Decatur, IL. Also eight grandchildren and one
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.
Harold I. (Tony) Lents, husband of Classmate Kay Gray Lents
DECATUR -- Harold I. (Tony) Lents, born May 13, 1939 in Decatur, Illinois, left
this earthly home for his eternal home in Heaven on May 31, 2014 at age 75. His
passing occurred following a massive stroke. In 1957, Tony graduated from St.
Teresa High School in Decatur, Illinois, where he excelled in basketball and
baseball. His first year of college was at St. Louis University; he subsequently
went on to graduate from Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois, in 1961.
After several years of working on the floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
and the Chicago Board of Trade, Tony and his family moved to Marshalltown, Iowa,
in 1973, where he was a commodity broker, continuing in that position until the
day of his stroke.
Tony loved sports, both as a participant and as a spectator. He played
basketball and baseball, not only in high school but also in college. Golf was
also a high priority whenever the Bandits would gather at Elmwood. Wednesday
evenings often were taken up with a group of friends, playing a game of Pitch.
Every Sunday found him at First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Lents; son, Kurt (Vickie) Lents of
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, granddaughters, Samantha and Aimee; son, Thad
Lents of Marshalltown, grandchildren, Drayton and Kaelin; brother, Mike (Judy)
Lents of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida; sister, Kaye (Ralph) Pool of Washington,
Illinois; many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Tony was preceded in death by his
parents, Harold and Marie Lents; and his daughter-in-law, Tara Lents.
The family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at
the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on
Friday, June 6, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown.
Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Graceland
Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials
to First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown, Iowa. Mitchell Family Funeral
Home is caring for Tony and his family. For condolences or questions please
visit www.mitchellfh.com. Phone 641-844-1234.
Obituary written by
F. Harding, husband of Classmate Pat Forcum link
DECATUR -- John F.
Harding, 73, of Decatur, IL, died 11:04 p.m., Sunday, May 25, 2014, at his
will be 2:00 PM Friday at Graceland Cemetery. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.
John was born
December 12, 1940 in Sullivan, IL, the son of Glenn Clifton and Eva A. (Justice)
Harding. He married Pat L. Forcum on March 14, 1970 in Decatur, IL.
He had operated
Harding’s Service in Sullivan, IL. He later worked for the City of Decatur
Water Dept. for 18 ½ years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the
Moose Lodge #1219 in Centralia, IL.
He is survived by his
children Tammy L. Leigh, John F. Harding, Jr., Kevin Patrick Harding, all of
Decatur, IL; and 4 grandchildren.
He was preceded in
death by his parents, and brothers: Mike, Glenn, Bob, and George.
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-- Samuel N. Dempster, 74, of Decatur passed away on Sunday (May 4, 2014) at
Moweaqua Nursing and Retirement Center.
A service to celebrate Samuels’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday (May
9, 2014) at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Burial will be Macon County Memorial Park,
Harristown, IL. Memorials can be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Dawson &
Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Samuel was born on March 19, 1940 in Decatur, IL the son of Wilbur Norbert and
Mary Elizabeth (Blauser) Dempster. He was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
He married Elizabeth “Bettye” Lee (Sparks) Schroat on October 20, 1979. Samuel
served in the U.S. Navy during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He worked for NCR
Corporation (formerly National Cash Register) for 32 years and eight months as a
field engineer and then worked for Decatur Electronics for 12 years. He was
previously married to Barbara Root for 16 years before he married Bettye.
Surviving is his wife, Bettye of Decatur, IL; sons: David W. Dempster and his
wife Kristin of Raleigh, MO and Charles N. Dempster; granddaughter: Angela
Michelle Wiggins; brother: Robert L. Dempster and wife Lynn of Plano, TX;
step-daughter: Barbara M. Edlen and husband James of Clyde, N.C.; step-son:
Scott Andrew Schroat of Winston Salem, N.C.; step-granddaughter: Chelsea Jackson
and husband Chad of King, N.C.; two step-grandsons: Zachary Edlen of North
Carolina and Cory Schroat of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Peter Kevin Schroat.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff at
Moweaqua Nursing and Retirement Center.
Obituary written by family members.
Leo Bachman -
Husband of Classmate Barbara Harris Bachman
Leo Alexander “Sonny” Bachman Jr.75, of Findlay, IL, passed away at 12:29 PM
Monday April 28, 2014 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Coles County, IL.
Sonny was born Feb. 26, 1939 in Decatur, IL the son of Leo and Sarah Wilson
Bachman. He married Barbara Harris on
31. 1961 in Decatur, IL
Sonny served his country honorably in the United States Army during the cold war
and was deployed to France for two years. He then served in the National Guard.
was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Findlay. He
formerly owned Bachman Insurance Agency in Decatur and also worked in the
insurance business while he lived in Wasilla, AK. He then worked in sales for
International Truck Co. dealerships in Illinois and Alaska.
Sonny was a commercial pilot and held his pilot’s license since childhood. He
enjoyed restoring and flying vintage aircraft. He was former president, vice
president and treasurer of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 274 in
Decatur. He, formerly, held the position of chairman of the” Train a Pilot
Association” in Decatur. Sonny was a member of the Clarence Bixler American
Legion Post #409 of Findlay.
Surviving are his wife Barbara; children: Lynette Bachman Phillips of Avon, IN,
Alexander Leo (Maria) Bachman of Chesterfield, VA and Ronda (Chris) Nesser of
St. Louis, MO; grandchildren: C.J. Nesser Jr., Breanna Bachman and Ethan
Bachman; sisters Patsy Cox of Decatur, IL ; Sally Crofford of Scottsdale, AZ and
brother-in-law John Casey.
was preceded in death by his parents, sister Norma Casey and three siblings in
Funeral services will be held at
10:30 AM Saturday May 3, 2014 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in
Findlay. Pastor Tom Compton will officiate. Visitation will be from
6:00-8:00 PM Friday in the funeral home.Burial will be in Findlay
Cemetery, Findlay. Military rites will be performed by Clarence Bixler American
Legion Post #409. Memorials may be made to the” Train a Pilot Program” in Decatur. On line condolences:
DECATUR — Darrell R. Fyke, 73, Decatur, Marine Corps veteran and retired Sheet
Metal Hall employee, died Thursday (April 24, 2014).
Graveside services: 1 p.m. Monday, Graceland Cemetery, with military rites.
Memorial gathering: after services, Disabled American Veterans Hall.
Arrangements by: Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Memorials: Disabled Veterans
or Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethany. Send condolences:
DECATUR -- Patsy A. (ed Crawford) South, 74, of Decatur, IL, passed away
Saturday, March 8, 2014 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Patsy was born December 25, 1939
in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Ervin Tucker and Stella (Russell) Crawford. She
was the President of the Union of High Flyers. She loved bowling and watching
the Chicago Cubs. She married Roger South on October 3, 1987 in Decatur. They
shared 26 wonderful years together.
leaves behind her husband, Roger; children, Jean Yatta of Tempe, AZ; Scott
Leslie Brown of Decatur; Bobby Ray Brown of O’Fallon, MO; Teddy Michael Brown of
Decatur; stepson, Gary Lee South of South Carolina; sister, Marjorie Tucker
Alderson; grandchildren, Coty Michael Brown; Christopher Lee South; Allyssa Lee
Master; Jason South; and Travis James South. She is preceded in death by her
parents; brother, Ervin Leslie Tucker; and sisters, Betty Tucker Christison;
Marilyn Maxine Wise; Beverly Jean Crawford; and Lena Mae Tipsword.
A graveside service to celebrate Patsy’s life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March
13, 2014 at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12,
2014 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory
of Patsy may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family of
Patsy A. South is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N.
Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. View the online obituary and send condolences to
the family at
Obituary written by family members.
Ann McDavid Lienhart (DHS Class of 57 with many, many friends in Class of 58)
CHAMPAIGN – Ann McDavid Lienhart, 74, of Champaign passed away at 10:39 a.m.
Wednesday (March 5, 2014) at her home.
She was born on June 19, 1939, in Decatur to Thurman and Martha Rugh McDavid.
She married Robert Lienhart on Dec. 29, 1962, in Decatur and he preceded her in
death on Nov. 6, 2000.
Surviving are one son, Todd (Amy) Lienhart of Monticello; one daughter, Lori
(Ron) Michalski of Hawthorn Woods; and six grandchildren, Katherine Lienhart,
Cooper Michalski, Lydia Lienhart, Jack Lienhart, Will Michalski and Biniam
Also surviving are two sisters, Jean Toney of Decatur and Sue Tomlinson of
Ann was employed as a secretary at the Champaign County Sheriff's Office for
over 25 years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign and the P.E.O.
Visitation for Ann will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Morgan Memorial
Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church,
302 W. Church St., Champaign, with the Rev. Chuck Carlson officiating. Private
interment will take place in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign.
Memorials should be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Brenda Palian Tabor
-- Brenda Tabor, age 74, of Warrensburg, MO, passed away Friday, February 28,
2014, at her home.
She was born February 22, 1940, in Cooperstown, IL, the daughter of John Joseph
and Beulah Maxine (Wells) Palian.
On June 13, 1964, she was united in marriage to Richard Tabor in Decatur, IL.
Brenda was a gifted teacher. She received her BS degree in Education from Drake
University. Brenda spent 34 years teaching school, 25 of those years in the
Warrensburg School District teaching Kindergarten. She treasured all her friends
and students she met while teaching. Brenda was proud to have taught so many
students and then to teach those students’ children years later. She was a
loving teacher who inspired her students to be lifelong learners. Brenda was a
member of the PEO, Chapter MI, a former member of Secunda Club, and her favorite
Thursday bridge group. She traveled the world with husband and family. Brenda
enjoyed shopping, playing bridge, gardening, and reading. She was happiest
spending time with her husband, daughter, granddaughters, and her dog, Daisy.
Brenda is survived by her husband Richard, one daughter Laura Stropes and
husband Matt of Lee’s Summit, MO, and two granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the First
Presbyterian Church in Warrensburg, MO, with Reverend Heather Jepsen
Private interment will be held at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or
Harvesters or the PEO Foundation, and all can be left in care of
Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg, MO.
George Brunk McMinn, 74, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in
Decatur Illinois Saturday, January 4, 2014.
and Earl Funeral Homes will be handling arrangements. There will be no funeral
or immediate Memorial Service. However, there will be a social event to
remember and celebrate George, to be announced at a later date.
born on September 3, 1939, in Springfield Illinois, the son of Dorothy and
Aaron McMinn. As an infant his parents moved to Decatur, where he spent the
remainder of his life. Growing up in Decatur he attended Dennis Elementary,
Woodrow Wilson Jr High, and was a graduating member of the memorable class of
'57 at (then) Decatur High School.
sampled college life at the University of Illinois, Lincoln College, and
Millikin University, where he met his life partner Meredith. Shortly following
her graduation, they married in 1960.
He made his
career in Law Enforcement, working for the City of Decatur Police Department
for almost 30 years. He retired from actively fighting crime in 1990 after
many years as a "plain clothes" detective, although many of the local
haberdashers saw to it he was not "plain" at all. His love of distinctive
sports coats, shirts, and ties was legendary. Following his retirement he kept
his finger on the pulse as a Private Investigator in Central Illinois.
love of life was as large as his appetite. Through the years he found much joy
in bass fishing as a member of the Kaskaskia Valley Bass Club, there known for
his love of "shotgun starts" as he raced his bass boat to the waiting fish. He
also enjoyed cooking for his family, and amassed a large collection of
cookbooks. He was always recognizable and welcomed at many local
establishments; The Winery, Circa 1880, the Lincoln Lounge, Lock, Stock and
Barrel, The Blue Mill, Jimmy Ryan's,
the Moose Lodge, and many others. He
was a great story teller; his telling always full of conviction and dramatic
search of something different, he collected among other things antiques,
Lionel "O" gauge trains, police memorabilia, and escapes and illusions from
the world of magic. Later in his retirement he became a local, regional and
nationally ranked chef of Chili and Salsas, traveling to competitions all over
the United States to present his secret recipes, which will forever remain
secret as he never divulged them, even to his children.
survived by his wife Meredith, of Decatur; son Dan McMinn and daughter-in-law
Tami Seegrist McMinn of Gold Bar, WA; son Doug and daughter-in-law Louise
Butcher McMinn of Breese, IL; as well as his Grandchildren: Kristin Heckel of
Everett, WA; Aaron McMinn of Libertyville, IL; Sarah Case, of Sultan WA; and
Jonathan, Luke, Dylan and Jake McMinn of Breese, IL. As well as family he is
survived by many lifelong friends throughout Central Illinois. He was
predeceased by his younger brother John, beloved Aunt Betty Lynd of
Springfield, IL, as well as his parents Dorothy and Aaron.
In lieu of
flowers donations can be made to the Police Benevolent and Protective
Association of Decatur, Unit 39, or Camp Ondessonk, Ozark, IL.
may be left to the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
Obituary written by family members.
Ralph Edward Tozer
Ralph E. Tozer 73, of Decatur, passed away at 2:20 a.m., Friday, December
27, 2013, in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
to celebrate Ralph's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 30,
2013, at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Burial will be in
Graceland Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation
on Sunday evening from
5:00 p.m. Till
7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the
donor's choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
born December 22, 1940, the son of Byron and Ruth (Lindsay) Tozer. He
married his best friend and love of his life Mary F. Coulson on February 15,
1963. Ralph graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and spent many of his
childhood days at his Uncle's pool hall where he
became a Snooker champion. He worked at A. E. Staley Company for over thirty
years until his retirement. Although he worked every different shift at
Staley's, he never missed any of his kid's ballgames. He coached little league
for his son's teams and was loved by all of his players. Ralph was the
neighborhood Dad and always opened his home to everyone.
Ralph began a
business venture with his best friend Jerry "J. Bob" Shaw. They owned and
operated Ralph's Westside Bar and Grill and R.J.'s Bar and Grill. Ralph never
met a stranger and always had a story to tell. But what Ralph was most proud of
was his family and especially his grandchildren.
to cherish his legacy his wife of fifty years: Mary of Decatur; children:
Mike Tozer of Charleston, Tom Tozer and his wife Theressa of Decatur; his
baby-girl: Mary M. Tozer of Decatur; like-children: Tiffany Hall, Jim and Sarah
Hall; grandchildren: Willy, Wesley, Dianna, Brooke, Kennedy, Brian, Claire, and
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Charles; nephew: Scott; his
loyal dog: Dolly; and his best friend: Jerry "J. Bob" Shaw.
Judith was born on September 15, 1940 in Decatur the daughter
of Paul and Ruth (Nichols) Boland. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic
Church. She enjoyed gardening and country western dancing. She married Richard
Jacobs on January 3, 1959 in Decatur.
Surviving are her husband, son, Kenny Jacobs of Bloomington;
daughter, Diana Leischner (Vern) of Monticello; brothers, Dick Boland of
Decatur; Stan Boland (Carol) of Decatur; Charlie Boland (Nancy) of Southern
Illinois; grandchildren, Curtis Leischner, Lauren Jacobs, Joshua Jacobs, Justin
Jacobs, Aaron Jacobs, and Sarah Jacobs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother,
Judy was a loving wife and devoted mother, grandmother, and
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM
Monday, October 7, 2013 in Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Joe Molloy as
Celebrant. Visitation will be 3:30 – 5:30 Sunday in Moran & Goebel Funeral home
with a Vigil Prayer Service at 3 PM. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
The family of Judith Ann Jacobs is being served by Moran &
Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe Street, Decatur, IL.
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— Robert Louis Gendry (Sweet Ole Bobby), died Sept. 20, 2013, in Fort Worth
after a short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer.
p.m. Wednesday, at Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel, 3100 White Settlement Road in
Fort Worth. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday
in Greenwood Funeral Home.
lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be donated to Meals on Wheels,
Inc. of Tarrant County.
Bob was born
in Decatur, Ill., on Sept. 8, 1940, to Theodore A. Gendry and Edna A.
(Hitzemann) Gendry. He graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in Decatur,
Illinois in 1958, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Millikin University
in Decatur, Ill., in 1962, and an MBA from the University of Illinois in 1964.
Bob was working for IBM in 1967 when he joined the US Navy. After Officer’s
Training School, he was assigned to a destroyer, the USS Collette
link. His first
cruise lasted 88 days when the ship was involved in the effort to extricate the
USS Pueblo from North Korea. After that he served off the coast of Vietnam in
combat operations. Bob was very proud of his service to the country and had many
good stories to share from that time. Bob retired from IBM in 2000, after 36
years with the company in Poughkeepsie, Chicago, San Jose, and finally at the
IMS Systems Center in Dallas. He traveled extensively, visiting 49 of the 50
states, and nearly 100 independent countries or territories on all seven
continents. He especially enjoyed his international trips with Habitat for
Humanity. His volunteer activities in retirement included working with the local
Habitat organization, Texas Ramps, and Meals on Wheels.
Bob is survived by his wife and partner of 30 years, Pamela; brothers, Thomas
Gendry and wife, Diana of San Antonio, and David Gendry and wife, Mary Margaret
of Decatur, Ill.; children, Wendy Clay and husband, David of Benbrook, Ronda
Fellingham and husband, Lincoln of North Richland Hills, and Larry Bearden of
Bedford; four precious grandchildren; a very large and supportive extended
family and his favorite companion, his boxer, Oscar.
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Husband of Classmate Brenda Mathis
DECATUR — Jack Lester Gordy, 77, of
Decatur, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in Imboden Creek Living Center
with his wife by his side.
Jack was born January 16, 1936 in
Decatur, the son of Lester Earl and Freida (Toole) Gordy. He graduated from
Decatur High School where he was a standout athlete in football and held the
school record in the shot put. He attended the University of Illinois before
proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army. He then went to Millikin
University where he received his bachelor’s degree. He retired with thirty-one
years of service from Wagner Casting Company where he was previously employed as
the manager of the cost accounting and budgeting department. He then became a
real estate appraiser for Ed Drobisch Co. retiring after fifteen years of
service. He also officiated football for many years. He was a member of St.
John’s Episcopal Church. He loved woodworking, jigsaw puzzles, reading, and was
an excellent dancer. He married Darla Lebo in April of 1958. She preceded him in
death in November of 1979. He then married Brenda Mathis Sensenig September 30,
He leaves behind his wife Brenda,
daughters Christine (Bill) Glenney, Julia (Don) Wright, and Mary Kay (Eric)
Martin, stepdaughter Amy (Kent) Sterling, stepsons Christopher Kevin (Bethany)
Sensenig and Earl Andrew (Kristi) Sensenig, brother Ronald (Darlene) Gordy,
sister Jeanette (Pete) Daugherty, twelve grandchildren, and six
He was reunited in Heaven with his
parents and first wife.
The family would like to give a
special thanks to Dr. Richard Fritz his nurses and staff and the nurses and
staff at Imboden Gardens for all of their loving care.
Services to celebrate Jack’s life
will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 130
W. Eldorado Decatur. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2013
at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in the Columbarium at the
church. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The family of Jack Lester Gordy is
being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave.
Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share
memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
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— Barbara Kent, Ph.D, 72, died June 24, 2013 in Hancock, Maine from
complications related to a recent fall. She was born July 29, 1940 in Decatur,
Illinois the daughter of William and Charlotte (Conklin) Boyer.
from Emory University. Through 1990, Barbara taught medical students and fellows
as she undertook extensive biomedical research projects, authoring dozens of
papers relating to her research work. In 1968, Barbara, then a graduate student
doing research in physiology, began working with Converse Peirce, MD, a New York
physician and researcher. Dr. Peirce regularly invited Barbara to join him in
his lab at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories (MDIBL), Hulls Cove,
Maine where he worked while summering with his family on Hancock Point. Barbara
grew to love Hancock Point and endeavored to make it her year-round home.
decades of commuting between Hancock Point and her research work at Mount Sinai
School of Medicine, Barbara was appointed as MDIBL’s first full-time
Administrative Director in 1991 where she continued to work until her retirement
in 2002. While at MDIBL, Barbara was instrumental in promoting the lab’s
reputation as a world renowned biomedical research facility and its
transformation from a seasonal to a year-round research institution.
tenure at MDIBL, Barbara guided and mentored hundreds of young people who began
their science/research careers at MDIBL. She established special programs for
Maine students and minority students from New York City, facilitating their
entry into science. Following her retirement, Barbara served on the MDIBL Board
of Trustees; in 2012, she received a lifelong achievement award from the Board.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Barbara was deeply committed to
volunteerism, providing leadership and support to many organizations. While at
Emory, she became involved in the Civil Rights movement. She was active on the
Hancock Point Chapel Board, the Hancock Point Village Improvement Society, the
Frenchman’s Bay Conservancy, Acadia Community Tennis Association, the Rotary
Club and the MDI Hospital Board, all of Maine. She contributed generously to
many worthy causes—showing a particular interest in science, classical music and
When she was
young, Barbara was a nationally ranked tennis player who ultimately opted to
pursue science instead of a tennis career. However, she never lost her passion
for the sport and continued to compete as an adult. (She sported the vanity
plate of “40 LUV.“)
was diagnosed with cancer in 1981 and, again, in 1983, radiation therapy
severely damaged her upper torso, rendering her dominant arm useless. Instead of
giving up tennis, Barbara spent endless hours learning to play one-handed with
her non-dominant arm and ultimately competed in USTA matches. Her courage and
dogged determination would inspire tennis players throughout Down East Maine.
accomplishments spanned other endeavors as well. Despite her physical limits,
she continued to pilot her boat between Salisbury Cove, ME and Hancock, ME and,
as long as her health permitted, she rode her bike.
heart and lung damage caused by her
Barbara’s health and physical abilities declined in recent years. Although this
severely limited her activity and made daily function challenging, Barbara never
gave up. She and her life-long friend and supportive companion, Rita Fernando,
traveled the world and were active in social and charitable activities
throughout Hancock, ME.
survived by her companion, Rita Fernando, a brother Bill Boyer and two nephews.
Other special friends included Esther Peirce, Dr. Ron Adelman and the members of
the Scherbel/Flynn family, who shared the last 12 extraordinary years with
Barbara and Rita. Because Barbara was a fixture in the community, it is
impossible to capture the names of the many close friends who are affected by
Barbara’s passing. Barbara’s courage, grace and brilliance were admired by
hundreds of friends and colleagues.
Service will be held 4 pm, Sunday, August 1, 2013 at the Hancock Point Chapel,
lieu of flowers should be made to the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory,
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd, Salisbury Cove, Me 04672 or to the Frenchman Bay
Conservancy, P.O. Box 150 Hancock, Me 04640.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin Street, Ellsworth. Condolences may
be expressed at
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DECATUR — Bruce Alan Dempster, 72, of Sarasota, Fla., died 12:03 a.m.
Wednesday (July 3, 2013) in Tidewell Hospice House, Sarasota.
Graveside services will be at a later date in Decatur.
Memorials: Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, or donor’s
Bruce was born Aug. 6, 1940, in Decatur, the son of Howard
and Jane Dempster. He was a graduate of MacArthur High School and an Air Force
veteran. He enjoyed his Harley-Davidson motorcycles and was an avid reader.
Surviving are his son, Brian Alan Dempster of Columbia, S.C.;
sister, Nancy J. Swank of Decatur; nephew, Raymond E. Swank of Decatur; several
cousins; special friend, Melody Pugh of Springfield, Mo., and daughter Chelsea
of Clearwater, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Wood - Husband of Classmate Sue Fletcher Wood
Clarence Donald Wood 71, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 in St.
Johns Hospital in Springfield.
He was born
June 10, 1941 in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Hubert L. and Gertrude A. (Rathje)
Wood. “Woody”, as he was known, graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1959.
He graduated from Brown Business School and took various classes at Millikin.
Woody received various community service awards for his dedication for many
years in boys baseball at Hess Park in Decatur. He was a former member of the
Moose Lodge in Decatur and the Elks. Woody retired from Firestone in Decatur
after more than 30 years of service and later sold Rv’s at Four Winds in Maroa
and Jerry Pressleys Rv’s in Decatur. Woody was an avid Chicago Cubs and Viking
football fan. He loved his daily coffee and solving the world’s problems with
the Firestone coffee gang. Woody was a devoted member of First Christian
Church in Decatur.
behind his loving wife Sue of 53 wonderful years; son, Christian Wood of
Danville; daughter Dana (John) Allsup of Forsyth; grandchildren Erica and Evan
Allsup were his pride and joy; best friends Darrell and Avis Batson of
Hopkinsville, KY; sister in law Betty (Dale) Mise of Decatur; sister Barbara
Robert of Hermit, CA to sister Sherry Conant of Wyoming and beloved dog Lacey,
to his parents, Woody was preceded in death by his brother Leonard Overhulser
would like to thank Dr. Gregory Totel and his staff and Dr. Luis Caceres for
their compassion and care.
celebrate Clarence’s life will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at First
Christian Church 3350 N MacArthur Rd. Visitation will take place Tuesday the
night before from 5-7pm. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
may be directed to the American Heart Association or Humane Society of Decatur
and Macon County.
family of Clarence D. Wood is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
and Cremation Center, 2801 N. Monroe St. Decatur, IL. Please view the online
obituary, send condolences, and share memories at
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Kathleen “Kay” Bryant of Evanston
DECATUR — Kathleen “Kay” Bryant of Evanston, age 72, died unexpectedly of
heart failure March 11, 2013 at Evanston Hospital. Kay was the loving wife of
Ed Bryant, for a few months short of 50 years, and was his high school
sweetheart at Decatur High School in Decatur, IL. Besides Ed, Kay is also
survived by three daughters, Laura (Greg Ugolini), Diane (Skip Childress) and
Emily, as well as two grandchildren, Sydney and Miles, and her heartbroken dog
Curby. Also surviving are her mother, Naomi Davis, of Forsyth, IL, her sister,
Barbara Unser, brothers, Michael and Geoffrey Buck, and brothers-in-law
Michael, Thomas and James Bryant. Finally, she is survived by many close
friends who will miss her smiling face, her sharp wit and her loving
friendship. Kay was born in Lincoln, IL to Wallace and Ruth Buck, but grew up
in Decatur, IL. In 1958, she entered Northwestern University and just
finished, in 2012, her 50th year as a dedicated Speech School Alumna (speech
pathology) and being a rabid Wildcats football fan. She was an Evanston
resident for 55 years and loved its diversity and its schools. They helped
make her the ultimate successful stay-at-home mom. Besides her extended family
and devoted dog, Kay loved reading, crossword puzzles, gin rummy, relaxing
trips to Jamaica with her dear friends, her New Year’s Eve group of close
friends, her tennis group, “Girls’ Weekends” with her mom and sister, and
camping and fishing with Ed and Curby. Kay’s death leaves a large and
permanent hole in the hearts of all who knew her. A Memorial Service for Kay
will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at the Donnellan Family
Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Rd. Skokie, IL 60077. In lieu
of flowers, please donate, in Kay’s memory, to your favorite charity,
remembering that Kay preferred charities supporting animals. Information:
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Cynthia Ann (Miller) LaCroix
Cynthia Ann LaCroix, 71, of
Phoenix, Arizona, beloved mother and wife, went to Heaven July 3, 2012. She was
born in Decatur, IL., and moved to Phoenix in 1958. She was highly regarded
during her 45-year career in the medical field. She was preceded in death by her
husband Paul. She is survived by her son Douglas McCarthy, daughter Holly Imes,
her husband Michael Imes and Michelle LeCroy. Memorial service will be held at
6:00 on Tuesday, July 10,2012 at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. 7th street.
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DECATUR — Carolyn Mae (Huffer) Grasch
72, of Decatur passed away at 6:20 PM on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Decatur
Memorial Hospital. She was born in Decatur to her Christian parents Edward and
Minnie. Jesus Christ became her Savior through baptism and has now taken her
home to heaven.
A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th from 5
PM to 7 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, (new building) #1 Bachrach Court,
Decatur, IL 62526. (the corner of Mound Rd and Taylor Ave). A Celebration of
Life Service will be Friday, October 12th at 10 AM, also at the church. Burial
will be in Macon County Memorial Park. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, to
the Lutheran School Association. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is In
charge of arrangements. Please sign condolences to her family online at
Carolyn graduated from Millikin University in 1962 and later
attended Illinois State University for Masters Studies. She married Gerald
Grasch on August 28, 1964. They had a loving marriage of 48 years.
Carolyn had a vast career in education where she taught in
the Decatur School District, the Lutheran School Association, the Adolf Meyer
Mental Health Center, and Illinois Macon/Piatt County- Futures Unlimited. She
began at John’s Hill in 1962 and retired as Director of Futures Unlimited in
She was a member of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of National
Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was active in various church and civil organizations
throughout her life.
She is survived by husband Gerald; son Michael,
daughter-in-law Sarah, grandchildren David & Jonathan; daughter Susan Green,
son-in-law Chris, and grandchildren Megan & Luke; and sister, Joyce Cain. She
was preceded in death by her parents.
Carolyn was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend
and will be dearly missed. Special thanks are extended to all who touched her
life and cared for her and her family. Obituary written by family members.
Harry “Bo” Logue
Harry “Bo” Logue Jr., 72, of Decatur passed away at 6:27 pm on Thursday, August
9, 2012 in his home.
born July 30, 1940 to Harry “Bobe” and Edna (Craft) Logue. He worked at Meullers
Co. for over 40 years. Bo lived life to the fullest.
Peggy (Fowler) of Edinburg on February 10, 1962. They had 2 sons, Jeff and
Trent. Bo was involved with many things with his family. He was a member of Mt.
Auburn Beagle Club and Warrensburg Gun Club. He loved watching his sons play
fast pitch softball and watched them play in the Youth National Tournament. He
never met a stranger and was always there to help his family and friends out.
Becoming a “Grandpa” was his best achievement. He enjoyed watching the deer and
birds and he loved a good fire.
behind his wife Peggy, sons Jeff (Angie) Logue of Blue Mound and Trent Logue of
Edwardsville, IL., and Paige of Clinton IL; 5 Grandchildren Kyle Logue in the
Navy, Hannah, Jake, Eli and Sage. Also his brothers Jack (Marie) Logue and Jerry
(Trish) Logue; sister Sue Binkley; brother-in-law Larry (Martha) Fowler; nephews
Danny (Becky) Binkley, Tim Binkley, Gary (Kristy) Binkley, Bob Logue, Mike
Osborn and Daren (Tami) Fowler; nieces Wendi (Randy) Campbell, Lori (Bill)
Younger, Alena (Mark) Timms and many great friends.
to his parents, Bo was preceded in death by 2 nephews Mike Logue, David Binkley
and brother-in-law Kenny Binkley; and great nephew Marshal Binkley
service to celebrate Bo’s life will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8:00 pm Monday in the
funeral home. Interment will be at Mt. Gilead Cemetery and conclude with the
“Flight Home” ceremony. Memorials are suggested to Decatur Memorial Cancer Care.
We want to thank Dr. Pav Gill, Dr. Velasco and the nursing staff at Cancer care,
The family of
Harry “Bo” Logue Jr., is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091
N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. View the on line obituary and send condolences
to the family at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
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Fred A. Rice,
71, of Decatur, passed away at 1:19 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2011 in his home
with his family by his side. Services to celebrate Fred's life will be 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will
be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the funeral home. Interment with
military honors provided by the Macon County Honor Guard and the "Flight Home"
Ceremony will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to
the American Cancer Society or Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation.
Fred was born February 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois the son of Harold and Gladys
Rice. He proudly served his country as a member of the Illinois Air National
Guard and United States Air Force serving during the Berlin Crisis. He was
retired from Illinois Bell Telephone Co. He was a member of the Coles County
Corvette Club and an avid collector and restorer of classic cars. Fred loved
spending time with his family and many friends and could often be found
presiding over morning "board meetings" in the Man Room. He married Kay Jividen
on December 23, 1960 in Decatur. He leaves behind his wife Kay, son Jeffry A.
Rice of Nashville, TN, daughter Angela Bateson and husband Tom of Oreana, IL,
son Stanley Rice and wife Lisa of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren Daniel Bateson
and Kristen Rice, and sister Judy Hart and husband Joe of Decatur, IL. He was
preceded in death by his parents. The family would like to give a special thanks
to Dr. Mario Velasco and the nurses and staff of Cancer Care Specialists of
Central Illinois, Alpha Care, and the nurses and staff of DMH Hospice. The
family of Fred A. Rice is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL.
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DECATUR - Joseph A. "Joe" Sepich, 75, Decatur, drafting teacher, died Sunday
(Nov. 6, 2011). Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, St. Patrick
Catholic Church. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Moran & Goebel Funeral
Home, with 4:30 p.m. rosary. Burial: Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorials: St.
Patrick's School Sister Lucy Fund, Saints James and Patrick Church or CMTA
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association. Send condolences:
Conroy: From Dave Brobst: "Ralph Conroy passed away today (Oct 6th) - Obit from
— R. E. “Bill” Conroy, 71, Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Bloomington,
passed away Wednesday (Oct. 5, 2011) at Tidewell Hospice Inc. in Port
service with military honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at Sarasota
National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, Fla., 34241-9574.
born July 23, 1940, in Decatur, and moved to Florida in 2000 from Bloomington.
He was a Vietnam War veteran who served with honor as a major of the U.S.
Marine Corps. Bill was a proud graduate of Illinois State University. He
worked for State Farm Insurance for more than 30 years in Bloomington. He was
an avid golfer and enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a remarkable husband,
father, brother and friend and will be missed dearly by all who loved and knew
include his wife of 32 years, Margee B. Conroy; three sons, Jed (Viviana) and
Ben Conroy, both of Bethalto; and Clay Conroy, Alton; a sister, Debbie (Bill)
Laibach, Hyde Park, N.Y.; a brother, David L. (Doris) Conroy, Berea, Ky.; his
stepmother, Betty Banks, Winchester, Ky.; his mother-in-law, Marjorie Morris,
Port Charlotte; and two grandchildren.
Friends may visit online at
sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by
Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.
This photo is
from Dave Miller. It was taken January 1959. Ralph is on the left and Mike
Sheehan is on the right.
Sarah Rice Compton, 69, of Groveland passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at
Riverview Care Center in East Peoria. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on April
20, 1942, to W.H. and Esther L. Johnson Rice. She married
in Syracuse, N.Y., at Park Central Presbyterian Church on Oct. 1, 1965. He
survives along with her son, William R. (Aimee) Compton and his children, Jacob
and Madelline of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter, Amy L. (Tom) Trent and her
children, Joshua and Lauren of Coralville, Iowa; a brother, Richard (Ruth) Rice
of Palm Desert, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Rice of Brick Township, N.J.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, W.H. Rice II and Peter C.
Rice. Sarah graduated from Syracuse University with her BS degree in audiology
and speech pathology in 1969, and Bradley University with her MS degree in
special education in 1983. She was a member of the Pi Lamda Theta Alpha Omega
Chapter at Bradley University, 1983 (the National Honor and Professional
Association in Education). She was a special education teacher in Princeville,
Ill., for the Special Education Association of Peoria County, Ill., retiring in
June 2003 after 20 years of teaching. Previously she worked at Syracuse
University Research Corporation, Syracuse, N.Y., from 1962 to 1967, and Speech
Pathology and Audiology Associates, Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, Ill., from
1978 to 1983. Sarah enjoyed knitting, traveling with her husband, family and
friends, watching college basketball and college and professional football,
spoiling the grandchildren, sharing spring, summer and fall evenings with
neighbors and friends on her gazebo and gourmet cooking. She was a member of
Morton United Methodist Church, where a memorial service will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Paul Walles will officiate. In
lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shawl-Knitters of MUMC c/o Morton
United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550. Cremation has
been accorded. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria, is
assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at
csmico.com. Published in Peoria Journal Star on September 28, 2011
DECATUR - Elwin Ray
Hogan, 71, of Decatur passed away at 4:56 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2011 in his
home. Services to celebrate Elwin's life will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2011
at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday,
August 1, 2011 at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Mary Queen of Angels
Mausoleum in Graceland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion
Christian Church. Elwin was born July 14, 1940, in Shelbyville, Illinois the son
of Carney and Iva (Miller) Hogan. He was previously employed as a Chief
Draftsman with Homer L. Chastain and Associates from January of 1957-March of
1980. He then was employed as a Plant Engineer at ADM from March of 1980-January
of 2006. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Christian Church where he served as an
elder and Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and writing
poetry. He married Joan Campbell April 7, 1962. He leaves behind Joan, his
beloved wife of over forty-nine years, mother, Iva of Decatur, sons, Todd Hogan
of Decatur and Scott Hogan and wife Teresa of Normal, daughter, Laura Guy and
husband Jeff of Granger, Indiana, grandchildren, Carmin, Jacob, Zachary,
Nicholas and Kayla Hogan, and Claire and Richard Guy, sister, Carol Logan and
husband James of Decatur, and brother, Craig Hogan of Decatur. He was reunited
in Heaven with his father. The family of Elwin Hogan is being served by
Graceland/ Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. View the
online obituary, send condolences, and share memories with the family at
www.gracelandfairlawn.com. Obituary written by family members. Online guest book
"Buddy" Beal, 71, of Fresno, California, died March 14th 2011. Don was born
February 11th 1940, in Decatur, Illinois, son of Donald and Hylah (Gasaway)
Beal. Obituary pending.
Witzgall (High) Beth Frances - 2008
Albers (Landahl) Carolyn
Carolyn J. Landahl, nee Albers, age 70, of Riverside. Beloved wife of 46
years to Paul, who recently served as Bishop of the Chicago Synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, loving mother of Elizabeth
(Heather Cusick), Amy (Marc Hill) and Matthew (Jeannette Payne); cherished
grandmother of Eleanor and Nathan Hill, dear sister of George, Steven, the
late Margaret Bleeke and the late Paul Albers. Carolyn will be remembered
for her deep love of family, her service to the community and her honesty
and grace. A Memorial Visitation will be held at Ascension Lutheran
Church, 400 Nuttall Rd., Riverside, IL 60546 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6
followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family
asks that donations be made to the Ascension Lutheran Church Mission
Endowment Fund or the Greater Chicago Food Depository (www.chicagosfoodbank.org).
Arrangements entrusted to Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines
Ave., North Riverside. 708- 447-2500 or
Published in Chicago Tribune on November 3, 2010
TAYLORVILLE - Dominic
Keith Rigoni, 70, of Taylorville, IL, died 10:45 P.M., Wednesday, January
19, 2011, at Taylorville Care Center, Taylorville, IL. Graveside services
will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, January 22, 2010, at Rosamond Grove Cemetery,
Rosamond, IL. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, will be
handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to
American Diabetes Association.
Dominic was born October 10, 1940 in Nokomis, IL, the son of Dominick and
Jacquelyn (Gudehus) Rigoni. He was a
U.S. Navy veteran,
serving 5 years during Laos and was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 146 for
45 years. He is survived by his daughters Tanya Lynette Engelman and husband
Brent of Nokomis, IL, Nicole Tonette Stauder and husband Scott of Nokomis,
IL; son Mike Rigoni and wife Lisa of Chatham, IL; 9 grandchildren; sister
Rena Cripe of Monticello, IL; and two nieces. He was preceded in death by
his parents and stepmother Anna Rigoni. Condolences may be left to the
Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at
Parshall, husband of Classmate Marilyn Chaney
Parshall, husband of Classmate Marilyn Chaney (MHS-58), passed away on Dec 17th.
David was a 1958 graduate of Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois.
Marilyn met him in the Millikin University Choir.
Borrowing from a wise and compassionate but unknown author: "A Joy Shared is
Twice a Joy, a Sorrow is but Half."
Class of 58 offers are prayers and thoughts to Marilyn and her family. God Bless
and Keep Them at Peace.
Mark Alan Fleckenstein, son of our Classmate
Sharon Essex Fleckenstein
DECATUR - Mark Alan Fleckenstein, 50 of Decatur died
2:40 a.m. Saturday Dec. 25, 2010 in his residence. Funeral Mass will be 5:00
p.m. Friday Dec. 31st with visitation one hour before at St. James Catholic
Church with Fr. Jeff Grant celebrant. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Fleckenstein Family C/O of Linda and her girls.
Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of arrangements. Mark
was born Jan. 14, 1960 in Decatur son of Anthony and Sharon Essex
Fleckenstein. He was a 1978 graduate of MacArthur High School. He was a hard
worker for the N&W Railroad and Wagner's Castings for 24 years. He had a
passion for Karate. Mark married Linda Craig Sept. 13, 1991 in Decatur.
Surviving is his wife, Linda J. Fleckenstein, daughters, Madison Lyn, Morgan
Paige, and Alexis Jordon Fleckenstein, sisters, Laura Groves, Mindy Walter
Ray, brother, Shane Walter. He was preceded in death by his parents,
grandparents, John and Winifred McGinnis. Mark loved his wife, kids and his
dogs and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends. Obituary
written by family members. Online guest book at
Flowers, brother of Classmate Bob Flowers SDHS '58
- Donald Eugene Flowers, 72, of Decatur, passed away 5:40 p.m. on December 19,
2010 in his residence. A celebration of Don's life will be held at 12:00 p.m.
Monday December 27, 2010 at
& Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery
with full military honors provided by the Macon County Honor Guard and the U.S.
Army Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till service time at the
funeral home on Monday. Memorials may be made to St. John's Hospice Care.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com. Don
was born July 22, 1938 in Decatur the son of Joseph E. and Evelyn A. (Faught)
Flowers. He married Sandy on November 5, 1983. Don had served in the U.S. Army.
He began his work career for Bachrach's and went on to work for Muirheads Men's
Wear. He went into a partnership and owned The Company Clothing Stores. He then
went on to work for many years as a salesman for Lakeside Motors. Don was an
avid Illini and Maroa-Forsyth fan. He was a collector of antique toys and cars
and enjoyed his household pets. Don had a love of people and was a friend to
many. Surviving is his wife: Sandy of Decatur; brother: John Flowers and his
wife Margaret of Decatur; sister: Karen Doran of Decatur. Several nieces and
nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by
his parents, daughter: Cherie;
and his mother-in-law:
Gwendolyn Schroeder. Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home "A Life
Celebration Home" Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at
www.legacy.com/ herald-review/Obituaries. asp
We have had very sad news
that Classmate Sharon Leigh Essex Walter
link has passed away.
- Sharon Lee Walter, 69, of Decatur passed away peacefully at home Wednesday,
September 29, 2010 with her loving family by her side. Memorial Services to
celebrate Sharon's life will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2010 at
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, with Chaplin Dan Spruell officiating.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be
made to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences and memories may
be shared with the family at
www.gracelandfailawn.com. Sharon was born
December 23, 1940, in Canton, IL the daughter of Gerald and Winifred (McGinnis)
Essex. Sharon enjoyed her weekly bunko game with her dear friends. She married
Glenn Walter, December 14, 1969. Sharon leaves behind husband Glenn, sons; Mark
and wife Linda Fleckenstein of Decatur, Shane Walter and wife Cassie Walter of
Decatur, daughters; Laura Groves of Decatur and Mindy Ray and husband Joe of
Decatur, grandchildren; Madison Fleckenstein, Morgan Fleckenstein, Lexis
Fleckenstein, Autumn Ray, Bailey Walter and Bella Walter all of Decatur. She
greeted into Heaven by her parents and grandparents. Obituary written by family
members. Online guest book at
This is from Suz Marquardt: "It
is with heavy heart I tell you that our dear friend and classmate, Sharon Walter
passed away this evening just after five o'clock (09/29/10 ed) in her home with
family at her side.
Sharon has endured much over the past couple of years
in her battle with a foe she could not defeat. While visiting her a couple of
times this past year I was inspired by her willingness to make the most of
each day no matter the circumstance she faced. I treasure the time we spent
together and will always be thankful I had the chance to love and be loved by
her. I will miss her as I know each one of you will also.
God rest her soul until we meet again in Paradise ...
Michael M. Myers, EHS
DECATUR - Michael M. Myers, 70, of Decatur, IL passed away at 4:04 P.M. in
his residence on September 1, 2010. Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion, IL
with Pastor B. G. Nevitt officiating. Burial will be in Florey Cemetery,
Long Creek, IL with full military honors provided by the Macon County Honor
Guard. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral
home on Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the
American Diabetes Association . Messages of condolence may be sent to
the family at
www.dawson-wikoff.com. Michael was born on February 25, 1940 in Decatur,
IL, the son of Hugh Elbert and Myrna Caldwell (DeBaun) Myers. He worked as a
Senior Chemist for Mueller Company. He served in the U.S. Army and was a
member of the American Legion Castle Williams Post #105. He was a member of
the American Pit Bull Terriers Club. He married Carol (Nichols) Ishee on
October 8, 1983. Surviving is his wife, Carol of Decatur, IL; daughters:
Michelle McDaniel and her companion Patrick of Jacksonville, FL and Lindsay
Myers of Decatur; sons: John Myers of Ft. Myers, FL and Todd Ishee of Pass
Christian, Mississippi; grandchildren: Kenneth McDaniel, Jack McGowan,
William Arthur Myers and Josie Ishee; sister: Nancy Carrig of Denmark. He
was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Hugh "Bud" Myers.
Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at
James N. Bragg: DECATUR - James N. Bragg, 69, Decatur,
retired certified mechanic, died Thursday (May 27, 2010). Graveside services: 10
a.m. Saturday, Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mount Zion, with 7:30 p.m. vigil prayer
service. Memorials: American Cancer Society . Send condolences:
The only photo I have for Jim is French School 5th
Grade. I am unsure if he graduated with us.
Jim Bragg, Ted Cruz, Tom Dillman;
Martha Bell, Cynthia Miller, Nita Ayers, Sue Armsworth, Judy Wolf, Jane
Sanders, Judy Wright, Phyllis Thompson, Nancy Cruz;
Walter Sadowski, Mike Andrix, David Miller, Bill Sweetnam, Bruce Campbell, Sue Michl,
David Robinson, David Washburn, Bobby Lyman;
Thelma Bradshaw (teacher), Steve Sanner, Nate Hines, Helen Johnson, Janetta
Robinson, Frazier Bonds, Steve Eyer, Ken Arrick
William "Bill" Max Milligan (no photo available), 70, of Decatur, IL, died 11:45 P.M., Wednesday,
June 3, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, IL. Funeral services will be
10:00 A.M., Monday, June 8, 2009, at First United Methodist Church, Decatur, IL.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 P.M., Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Brintlinger and Earl
Funeral Home, Decatur, IL. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, IL.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Decatur, St. Mary's
Hospital or Decatur Choral Society. Bill was born March 15, 1939 in Decatur, IL,
the son of Chester and Zilpah (Krutsinger) Milligan. He married Christine
Rosenberger on July 3, 1976 in Warrensburg, IL. Bill was a member of First
United Methodist Church and served on and led various committees. He was a Past
President of Illinois Purchasing Agents Association, and held offices on the
Board of Decatur Choral Society. Bill loved music and sang in many choirs
beginning at an early age. He most recently sang in the Choir at First United
Methodist Church and Opus 24. Bill worked as Purchasing Agent at St. Vincent
Hospital, Taylorville, IL, was General Manager for Central Medical Services, and
retired from St. Mary's Hospital in 2001 as Manager of Purchasing and Receiving.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Char (Jim) Hutchison of Eureka Springs, AR;
brother David (Evelyn) Milligan of Decatur, IL; grandchildren Becky, Kayla, Kim
and Travis; great grandchildren Hailey, Braden, and Ayden; nephews John and Jim;
nieces Susie and Lori; great nieces Leslie, Beth, Jessica, Jody, Anna and Jamie;
great nephews Josh and Zach; three great nephews including Jaxson who was born
on the day Bill departed; brother-in-law Gil Rosenberger of Decatur, IL; many
close friends including Paige, Lori, Elizabeth and Hillary. He was preceded in
death by parents, granddaughter Kathleen and close friend Dr. George F. Ferry.
Bill is remembered for his love of others, his love of music and his fun loving
ways. The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation to Pastors Kent
and Kathy King-Nobles, Dr. Dan Smith, Dr. Dust, Dr. Trachtenberg, Dr. Esparaz,
Dr. Reyes, the staff of Mt. Zion Family Care Center and the staff of St. Mary's
Hospital. We thank them for their care and compassion and for going above and
beyond. Condolences may be left to the family at www.brintlingerandearl.com.
Obituary written by family members.
DECATUR (Herald and Review) - Cazier, Harold W., 69, of
Orlando, Florida and Outing, Minnesota, passed away on May 14, 2010. Survivors
are his wife, Janice; son, Blake (Stephanie) and their son, Ansel, of Duluth,
Minnesota; son, Craig and his children, Alec and Sophia of Lakeville, Minnesota;
brother, William (Jane) of Decatur, Illinois; brother, Richard of Lakewood,
Colorado; sisters and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Harold was
born on May 17, 1940 to Clara and Marvin Cazier in Decatur, IL. They preceded
him in death. After graduating from MacArthur High School in Decatur, Harold
became a licensed plumber, served in the Army Reserves and graduated from
Southern Illinois University. He began a successful career with the Powers
Regulator Company and retired in management from Siemens Building Technologies
in 2000. After retiring, he volunteered with SCORE in Orlando, the Lake Washburn
Association in Outing, MN and Outdoor (ed)Ventures in Duluth, MN. A memorial
service will be held in Minnesota at a later date. Memorials may be given
to Minnesota Waters, 720 W. St. Germain, Suite 143, St. Cloud MN, 56307 or the
Lake Washburn Association, PO Box 26, Outing, MN 56662. Obituary written by
family members. Online guest book at
Betty Jo Campbell, Wife
of Our Classmate Roger Campbell
Campbell, 66, of Warrensburg, died Monday, April 12, 2010. Funeral services were
held on Thursday, April 15, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, with Pastor
David Catron officiating and Pastor Norm Eitner assisting. Burial was in
Harristown Cemetery, Harristown, IL.
Memorials may be made to the
American Diabetes Association.
Jo was born April 18, 1943, the daughter of Emma and Bailey Sullivan. Her mother
passed away shortly after birth. Jo was raised by an older sister and her
husband; Opal and Vic Childress. Jo graduated from Niantic Harristown High
School. Jo married Michael E. Johnston and they had three sons. On October 18,
1986, Jo married Roger Campbell. He survives her. Jo has worked as a realtor in
Decatur for over 30 years. She has been recognized with many awards throughout
her career. Most notably, GRI Realtor of the Year 2002. Jo also loved to
volunteer her time to sponsor children in the Big Brother Big Sister
Organization. Jo was a member of Life Foursquare Church.
Jo is survived by a sister Jean Jones; a brother Gary Sullivan; three sons and
their wives; Michael T. and Peggy Johnston, Brent and Angie Johnston;
Christopher Johnston. She is also survived by five grandchildren Mackenzie and
Mallory; Holly; Kennedy and Christopher; and four step grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters.
Jo loved to spend time with her family and friends. She took great pride in her
grandchildren and was very active all their lives.
Please send your
& Miss Eline Svendsen
M. Svendsen, 85, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in
Decatur Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday,
January 30, 2010, in Dawson & Wikoff North Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial
will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. till
service time at the funeral home.
Messages of condolence may be sent
to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com. Eline was born on February 7, 1924
the daughter of Niels and Johanne (Moeller) Svendsen in Decatur. After
graduating from Decatur High School and Millikin University, Eline taught in
Decatur Public Schools for 22 years.
She earned Master's Degrees from
Columbia University and Purdue University. Eline then taught in the Math
Department at Lakeland College from 1969-1993. Eline was a G.E. Fellow at
Purdue University, an N.S.F. Fellow at the Universities of Iowa and
Illinois, and a C.M.S.F. Fellow at Rutgers. She was a life member of P.T.A.,
NEA, IEA, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Illinois Council
of Teachers of Mathematics. She was also a member of AAUW and the Gamma
Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
Eline was a member of First
Lutheran Church. Eline is survived by her sister, Elsie Svendsen of Decatur
and nieces and nephews including John (Karen) Svendsen, Jayne Svendsen,
Johanne (Mark) Maple, Bob (Karen) Albers, and Susie (Bill) Augustine.
A very dear friend, Alice Eversole,
also survives. She is also survived by several great nieces and nephews and
great, great nieces and nephews. Eline was preceded in death by her parents,
brother Ervin, sister Lilly, nephew Ervin Jr., and nephew Jim. Obituary
written by family members.
Online guest book at
Many Classmates who went to Roosevelt
may fondly remember Miss Svensen in Math Class. Classmate Alice Eversole had
maintained a life long friendship with Miss Svensen and the photo above dates
and prayers are with Miss Svensen and her family and close friends. May God
touch their hearts and bring peace.
Lorenz-Gerhard - EHS year book photo
- Mary Ann Gerhard, 69, of Decatur, died Friday, December 18, 2009 in St.
Clare Health Center, Fenton, MO. Mary Ann was born in Decatur, on July 26,
1940 the daughter of Martin and Lucille (Roarick) Lorenz. A member of St.
Paul's Lutheran Church, Mary Ann worked as teacher's aid and child care
director for the LSA. She was an avid Cubs fan who loved to read, work on
her computer and do needle work. She married Ronald L. Gerhard November 8,
1959 in Decatur. Surviving is her husband, Ron of Decatur; children:
Michelle (Jim) Glass of St. Louis, MO, Scott (T.J.) Gerhard of Cincinnati,
OH, and Clayton (Andrea) Gerhard of Decatur; grandchildren: Casey Gerhard,
Jack Gerhard and Ainsley Gerhard; brother, Dave (Barb) Lorenz of Reno, NV;
niece, Kristen Lorenz and nephew, Brian Lorenz. Visitation will be from 6 to
8 pm, Monday, December 21, 2009 in the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Funeral
service: 11 am, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church
with burial to follow in Boiling Springs Cemetery. Memorials: St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, Lutheran School Association, or Bethesda Health Group
Foundation. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents. The family of
Mary Ann Gerhard is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and
Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St. Decatur IL 62526. View the online
obituary and send condolences to the Gerhard family at:
www.moranandgoebel.com. Obituary written by
family members. Online guest book at
Janet Curry -
DECATUR - Janet L. Broske, 69, of Decatur died Saturday
December 12, 2009 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. Janet was born on June 28,
1940 in Decatur the daughter of Rodell and Vera (Grindol) Curry. She loved
to play games on the computer and play Bridge with her lady friends. She
married William Broske on August 30, 1958 in Decatur. She is survived by her
husband, William, children, Lance Eric Broske (Kathleen) of West Bend, WI;
Lisa Kay Broske of Union, NJ; Lon William Broske (Kerry) of Columbia, IL;
sisters, Beverly Brandenburg (Jack) of Shelbyville; Barbara McKee (David) of
Mt. Zion; Karen Heneberry (John) of Moweaqua; brother, James Curry;
grandchildren: Alec, Abigail, Allyse, Lukas, and Camden. She was preceded in
death by her parents, and one son, Thomas William Broske. Graveside service
will be 11:00 am Thursday, December 17, 2009 in Macon County Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association
or the American Lung Association. The family of Janet L. Broske is being
served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe
Street, Decatur, IL. View the online obituary and send condolences to the
Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at
From Earlier Days: Mike Campbell,
Jim Hiser, Carol Harnish, and Dave Miller
Harnish 10/10/41 - 11/04/09
Friend: Nancy Alverson Bagley
A very sad
Dana Hallihan Biehler
regarding Classmate Nancy Alverson Bagley. "Nancy passed away peacefully this
evening..." (Oct 19th 2009). She lost a long and very difficult battle with
cancer. Nancy was a real Trooper.
attended the 50th Reunion in 2008 and is included in the EHS group photo
Nancy with her
Friend, Bob Easoz
- Taken about 4 years ago by Dave Miller
Nancy A. Bagley, nee Alverson
69, of Crest Hill
and longtime of Woodridge, IL. At peace October 19, 2009 at Edward
Hospital, Naperville. She was born March 22, 1940 in Decatur, IL.
Nancy is survived by
her loving sons, James (Amy) Bagley of Oswego, Michael Bagley of Glenview and
Timothy (Amy) Bagley of Oswego; her beautiful grandchildren, Sean, Patrick,
Christopher, Jenna, Kristen, Nicholas, Dillon and Connor Bagley; and her special
significant other, Bob Easoz of Crest Hill.
Nancy was a teacher
with the Woodridge Elementary School for 25 years. She enjoyed the game of golf
and played when she could. Nancy loved to travel, cook and to make homemade
cards with her many stamps.
For those who
prefer, memorials in Nancy’s honor may be directed to the Edward Cancer Center
c/o of Edward Foundation, 801 S. Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540.
Visitation will be
Thursday, October 22, 3:00 until 8:00 PM at the Overman-Jones Funeral Home,
Plainfield. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October
23, 11:00 AM at St Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 15629 S. Route 59,
Plainfield. Interment will follow at Risen Lord Cemetery, Oswego.
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