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LeRoy B. Shelton

LeRoy B. Shelton, 75 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on June 11, 1944 in Hillsboro, IL the son of William and Anita (Striegal) Shelton. He married Glenda Jean Ryan on August 11, 1971 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on May 5, 2003. LeRoy Worked as a coal miner at Peabody Mine #10 and he was a member of the United Mine workers of America. He was a former member of the Taylorville American Legion and the Eagles Club.


He is survived by his Children: Robert (Toni) Germann of Leesville, LA; Jeffrey Germann of Springfield, MO; Scott (Tanja) Flemming of Morrisonville, IL; Eldon “Butch” Shelton of Milan, MI; Tracie Cook and companion Michael Antonacci of Taylorville, IL; Jacqueline “Nikki: Brasche and Fiancé Aaron Richards of Taylorville, IL; Connie Anderson of Beardstown, IL; Twenty one Grandchildren; Seventeen Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Son Matthew Aaron Shelton; Brothers Charlie, Louie, Denny, and Billy Shelton, Bobby, Vernon and Herbert Jacobs and Sisters: Kathleen “Katie” Elam, Shirley Adams, Charlotte, Helen and Hazel Shelton, Darlene Christian, Violet Jacobs and Dottie O’Neil. 


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. Burial will be in Ponting Cemetery in Stonington with military graveside honors. 


Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Dale C. "Chuck" Bonacorsi

Dale C. “Chuck” Bonacorsi, 79 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:35 p.m. at Timberlake Estates Senior Living Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on April 17, 1940 in Taylorville, IL the son of Anselmo A. and Nora I. (Bruder) Bonacorsi. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, Wii Bowling, Cardinals, Bears, Illini Football, Cruising with Sharon Cagle, Outings with friends at Timberlake and attending West Side Christian Church.


He is survived by his Sons: Dale L. (Lisa) Bonacorsi of Rochester, IL; Jeff C. (Pam) Bonacorsi of Springfield, IL; Daughter: Raimee (Josh) Craggs of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Eric Bonacorsi, Cory Bonacorsi, Zachary (Jessica) Bonacorsi, Talon Bonacorsi, Ethan Bonacorsi, Olivia Bonacorsi, Gavin Craggs, Griffin Craggs, Grayson Craggs; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by his parents, Siblings: Francis Dexheimer, Marguerite Fioni, Betty Pigati, Augusta “Gussie” Hoffmeier, Vera Todt, Gale “Sam” Bonacorsi. 


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL. 


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

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Rodney Allen Aten

Rodney Allen Aten, 41 of Taylorville, passed away at 9:41p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R.  He was born on October 14, 1977 in Decatur, the son of Ronald Aten and Mary Ann (Ansell) Aten.  Rodney was known as a wild-spirit, with a heart of gold, always willing to help out a friend or family member.  He had a passion for climbing trees and enjoyed fishing.  He enjoyed working with his hands building projects and working on small engines.  Above all, he loved his children and cherished the time he spent with them.  


He is survived by his children: Rilley Aten and Reiss Aten of Mascoutah, and Isaiah Aten and Myleigh Aten of Taylorville; father: Ronald Aten (Rita) of Taylorville; sister: Tammy Vandenbergh of Taylorville; brother: Robert Aten of Taylorville; niece: Autum Vandenbergh; and nephews: Drake Aten and Quentin Wooten.  He was preceded in death by his mother: Mary Aten and infant brother: Ricky Aten.


Rodney will be cremated and the family with host a celebration of his life at a later date.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Memories of Rodney, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Waneta M. Durbin

Waneta M. Durbin, 91 of Springfield, passed away at 8:55p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on April 29, 1928 in Taylorville, the daughter of Clifford and Helen (Stroud) Pearson.  She married Andrew “Bill” Durbin on November 23, 1946 in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on March 20, 1989. Waneta worked for the Illinois Secretary of State for over 25 years where she retired as a clerk.  She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham.  Waneta enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, old westerns and solving word puzzles.  She loved taking photographs with her Polaroid camera and did so for many years until replacement film became unavailable.  More than anything she cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  


She is survived by her daughter: Ruby Durbin of Springfield; sister: Mabel McConnell of Taylorville; daughter-in-law: Trudy Durbin of Springfield; grandchildren: Chris Woodside (Candace) of St. Charles, Missouri, Aaron Broida (Carrie) of Springfield, Jason Broida (Kristie) of St. Peters, Missouri, Eric Broida (Ellen) of Litchfield, Ginny Anders (Shaun) of Springfield, and Cory Jobe of Atlanta, Georgia; great grandchildren: Summer Woodside, Christian Bradley, Cade Woodside, Samantha Woodside, Baylen Jobe, Atticus Anders, Archer Anders, Tinley Anders, Emily Broida, Jasmine Broida, Ashley Broida, Abby Broida, Julia Broida, and Gage Broida; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son: Gerald Durbin, 2 sisters and 1 brother.  


The funeral service for Waneta will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Fr. John Nolan officiating.  Burial will take place at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.  Visitation will be held from 10a.m. until 11a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

 

Memories of Waneta, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Edward Andrew Heberling

Edward Andrew Heberling, 98 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:11a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 8, 1921 in Greenwood Township, Christian County, the son of Henry Curtis and Alberta Estella “Bertie” (Elliott) Heberling, the 3rd of 6 children.  Ed had a strong work ethic from an early age, working as a farm hand after school and on weekend.  When he was 15, he quit school and went to work full time in a local foundry to help support his family. When he was 18, he met the love of his life, Mary, and they dated until he was drafted into the Army during World War II.  Ed fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was honorable discharged on May 31, 1946.  Upon his return home, he married Mary Elizabeth Hill on September 21, 1946 in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on March 30, 2017.  Ed was a man of his word and always willing to lend a helping hand to those that needed it.  Because of his boss’s outstanding recommendations and references, Ed was able to rent his first farm south of Taylorville.  On January 1, 1948 Ed and Mary moved to the farm where they stayed until his retirement in 1993.  He was a member of the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge.  Ed and Mary were inseparable, whether it was milking the herd of Guernsey cows, raising Duroc hogs, or bringing in the harvest, they always worked together. Mary and Ed enjoyed watching 3 generations of kids exhibit livestock at various fairs throughout the years and attended many performances at Nashville North.  Most of all, they loved and adored all of their grandchildren.   


He is survived by his sons: Edwin Eugene “Gene” (Carol) Heberling of rural Taylorville, Robert Dale “Rob” (Kathy) Heberling of Taylorville, and Marion Lee “Punk”(Jodi) Heberling of Owaneco; 10 grandchildren: Holly Lomprez of Taylorville, Christopher (Amy) Heberling of Waynesville, Missouri, Andy Heberling (Narcie Rogers) of Palmer, Wendy (Shannon) Snow of Lima, Ohio, Jennifer (Billie) Heberling of Taylorville, Eddie (Laura) Heberling of Longden, Utah, Beth (Jeremy) Piatt of Taylorville, Robert Edward “Ward” Heberling (Carla Tan) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mathew Heberling of Owaneco, and Amy Heberling of Bellevue, Nebraska; 17 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sisters: Anna Lou Yoho of Springfield and Grace Greffe of Taylorville; brother: Leroy Heberling of Taylorville; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson: Gabriel Alan Heberling; great granddaughter: Jessica Kettlekamp; sister: Nellie Vitali; and brother: Jordan Heberling.


The visitation for Ed will be held from 5 until 7p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with Rev James Jones officiating.  Burial with military graveside rites will take place at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.  

 

Memorials may be made to Taylorville FFA or Christian County 4H.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

 

Memories of Ed, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Mary Agnes Kennedy

Mary Agnes Kennedy, 99, of Taylorville passed away at 6:45a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on December 11, 1919 in Coles County, Illinois, the daughter of James and Mary Agnes (O’Donnell) Sullivan.  She married Samuel F.  Kennedy on February 16, 1939 and he preceded her in death on November 2, 2001.  Mary was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.  She also was active with the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as well as the VFW Auxiliary where she served as the first president and delivered meals-on-wheels in Taylorville.  Mary was an avid golfer and 4-time Ladies City Golf Champion and had a hole-in-one to her credit.  When she was younger, she competed in the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair typing competition and also received a lifetime scholarship to Eastern Illinois University for her academic achievements.  More than anything she was proud of her 7 children she raised as well as her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  


She is survived by her children: Mike Kennedy (Helen) of Taylorville, Deborah Kennedy-Payne (Robert) of Atlanta, Georgia, Joseph Kennedy (Patrice) of Sarasota, Florida, Molly Kennedy of Springfield, Martie Lieberman of Sarasota, Florida, and Colleen Kennedy-Jacobs (Terry Longdon) of Taylorville; grandchildren: John Dukes, Lisa Tarr (Blake), Ashley Logsdon (Todd), Nathan Fye, Sarah Adams (Chris), Gianna Kennedy, Karli Kennedy (Jesse Mathews), Meghan Reese, Bryan Tippy (Kelly Thompson), and Ryan Kennedy (Laura Falat); several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; son-in-law: David Dukes; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Samara Kennedy Dukes; grandson: Andy Jacobs; sister: Virginia “Ginger” Negley; and brothers: Andrew Sullivan, James Sullivan, and Don Sullivan.


Mary was a very devout Catholic lady who also possessed a great sense of humor and loved to have fun with her family and friends.  She especially enjoyed sports like golf and basketball (Go Illini!).  She loved puzzles, solitaire, bridge, and was an avid reader.  Mary was an excellent cook. Her homemade noodles, ice cream and specialty cakes were amongst the family favorites.


The funeral service for Mary will be held at 11:30a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday. Following the service, she will be cremated, and inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  

 

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School or the Taylorville Food Pantry.  

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

 

Memories of Mary, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Clay Durham

Clay Durham, 93 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 5:28 p.m. in his home in Taylorville. He was born on February 10, 1926 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Julius and Floy (Cook) Durham. He married Betty Jean Ward on September 27, 1946 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on September 9, 2018. He was a retired postal worker and a veteran of WWII in the United States Navy serving on the LST 1040 in the Pacific China Sea and Yangtze River.


Surviving are his Son: Ted (Bev) Durham of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Anji Durham of Springfield, IL; Lisa (Adam) Reeter of Taylorville, IL; Aaron Durham of Taylorville, IL; Christopher (Frankie) Durham of Pana; Kenton (Chelsie) Durham of Ohlman, IL; Fifteen Great-Grandchildren; One Great-Great-Grandchild; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Son: Thomas R. Durham, Brother and sister-in-Law: Russell “Rusty” (Janiece) Durham; Brother: James Durham and Sisters: Rosalie Weiman and Laurel Quaid. 


Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.


Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or The First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

 
Sign on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Joan Bollinger

Joan Bollinger, 90, of Stonington passed away surrounded by her family and friends at 8:25 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville.  She was born on May 27, 1929 in Sicily, Illinois, the daughter of Ernest “Fritz” and Lela Blanche (Batty) Thein.  She married Merle Bradley Bollinger on January 3, 1948 at the Stonington United Methodist Church.  Brad preceded her in death on May 24, 2008.  Joan was a very active member of the Stonington United Methodist Church where she served in many areas including teaching Sunday school and helping provide funeral dinners.  Joan believed in leading an active life, no matter if it was mowing the yard, line dancing with friends, exercising at the YMCA, or her yearly jump into the pool with her grandchildren.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed her time at the Stonington Library.  She loved to cook and entertain her friends and family.  She spent many years coordinating fundraising drives in her neighborhood for the American Cancer Society.  

 

She is survived by her children: Tim Bollinger (Jean) of Stonington and Andrea Bach (Brian) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Nicholas James (Rebecca Bolte) and Matthew Lynch both of St. Louis, Missouri, Laurel Patrick of Chicago, Brett Bollinger of Denver, Colorado, Suzanne Strle (Johnny) of Nashville, Tennessee, Meredith Bollinger of Chatham, Claire Nolan of Columbia, Missouri, and Wyatt Bollinger of Champaign; great grandchild: Tesla Bolte; son-in-law: Joe Hunt of Phoenix, Arizona; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter: Christina “Beth” Hunt; and sisters: Marj Merris (Gene) and Jean Burton (Bill).

 

The family will gather for a service to celebrate Joan’s life at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Stonington United Methodist Church with Pastor Caleb McGregor officiating.  A visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Burial will take place at the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorials in Joan’s memory may be left to the Stonington United Methodist Church or the Christian County YMCA.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Joan, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefunerahome.com.  

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Mary Jo Dobyns

Mary Jo Dobyns, 84, of Taylorville passed away at 4:33 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  She was born on May 17, 1935 in Searcy, Arkansas, the daughter of Floyd and Clister (Greer) Grissom.  She married Boyce E. Dobyns on February 21, 1953 in Arkansas, and he preceded her in death on September 20, 2000.  Mary attended Harding University where she and Boyce met.  They owned and operated S&W pest control in Taylorville for many years.  Mary was a long-time, active member of the Taylorville Christian Church where she served in many roles and was also involved in the founding of Vision Way Christian School.  Over the years she was active in many groups such as her bridge club and sorority group and she loved to read.  Mary and Boyce were avid boaters and enjoyed racing.  Traveling was a passion for the family, having traveled across the United States in their RV and being active in the Family Motor Coach Association.  Mary was a caregiver from the time she was very young, having assisted in raising of several family members including siblings, her children, and grandchildren.  

 

She is survived by her son: Joseph Dobyns (Danielle) of Edinburg; grandchildren: Chelsey Stout (Caleb Sitton) of Springfield, Jordan Stout of Cape Coral, Florida, Courtney Musgrove of Taylorville, Joey Lynn Dobyns and Elliott Elizabeth Dobyns both of Edinburg; great grandchild: Cayden Sitton; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter: Gina K Dobyns-Musgrove.

 

Mrs. Dobyns will be cremated, and the family will host a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Taylorville Christian Church with Pastors James Jones and Dick Wamsley officiating.  Inurnment will take place in the Honey Hill Cemetery in Searcy, Arkansas.  Memorials may be left to the Taylorville Christian Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Mary, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Leo James King

Baby Leo James King, too sweet for this world, was born with his angel wings at 10:58 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. He weighed 5 pounds 13 ounces, was 20 inches long, and had a full head of dark curly hair. He spent just over 37 weeks listening to his mother’s heartbeat, his father’s singing, and his sister’s giggles before he was called home too soon.

 

Leo will be forever remembered by his parents, Staci and Dakota King, his big sister: Farah King, all of Stonington; Paternal Grandparents: Paul and Darlene King of Stonington; Maternal Grandmother: Tammy (partner Mark Coffey) Scott, Maternal Grandfather: Robert Scott, all of Taylorville; Maternal Great Grandfather, Robert Scott Sr.; Paternal Great Grandmother: Sheila Dudra; Aunts and Uncles: Paul King, Lacey & Randy Jones, Zach King, Bobby Scott, and April & Dee Owens; Eight Cousins: Harper Scott, Allyson Scott, Jaclyn Scott, Michael Scott, Madison King, Laila King, Annalise King, and Lily Jones; as well as several extended family members. Leo was preceded in death by his Maternal Great Grandmother: Donna Franklin, Maternal Great Grandmother: Wanita Durbin, Paternal Great Grandparents: Quinten & Mary King.

 

A private family memorial service will be held. In lieu of cut flowers, the family welcomes any plants or flowers seeds they may gather for a garden they’re planting in Leo’s memory.  McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Leo, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Star Halbrook

Star E. Halbrook, 96, of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville, IL.  

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville, IL with Pastor Larry Clonch officiating.  Burial will take place in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville, IL.  Memorials may be given in Star’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Adventist Community Services (ACS), 501 Sligo Ave., Silver Springs, MD, 20910.

 

Star was born on September 29, 1922, in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Carl and Mabel Pearl (Bottrell) Drysdale.  She was a 1940 graduate of Blue Mound High School and attended Sparks Business College in Shelbyville, IL.  Star and Paul Halbrook were united in holy matrimony on January 16, 1943 in Decatur, IL and were blessed with 65 wonderful years before his passing on January 5, 2008.  Star was a homemaker who cherished her time at home raising their family.  She was an active member of the Tower Hill United Methodist Church for many, many years and enjoyed playing bingo.  

 

Surviving are daughter, Pamela J. (Russell) Summers of Decatur, IL; grandchildren:  John Troy (Michelle) Wilson, Joseph (April) Wilson, Benjamin (Hillary) Summers Sr., Angela Halbrook and Andrew Halbrook; 16 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Drysdale and several nieces and nephews.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Timothy Halbrook; grandson, Neal Halbrook; three sisters and one brother.

 

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Star’s honor at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Aimee Sutton

Aimee Sutton, 33 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, IL. She was born on June 24, 1986 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Timothy and Debora (Young) Sutton. Aimee worked as an underwriter for Wells Fargo where she was on the United Way Committee and she was also a member of the Taylorville University Women’s Association.

Even though she was only with us for 33 short years, she lived life to the fullest. Her positivity was infectious, and she was the light in many people’s lives. She never knew a stranger and would always put others first. She was the absolute model of a caring, thoughtful and sweet daughter, granddaughter, sister, and aunt. She enjoyed winning at water volleyball, playing poker, and baking delicious treats for all to enjoy. Above all else, Aimee loved her family and friends and valued every moment she spent with them.

She is survived by her Parents: Tim (Debbie) Sutton of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Chad (Heather) Sutton of Taylorville, IL; Niece: Claire Sutton of Taylorville, IL; Aunts and Uncles: Myra Sue McChristy of Dublin, OH; Jerry (Beth) Sutton of Edinburg, IL; Terry (Rhonda) Sutton of Richland Center, WI; Bradley Young of Dwight, IL; Heather (Jason) Drake of Charleston, IL; maternal grandparents: Sandi Frisina of Taylorville and Robert (Margaret) Young of Arlington, TX. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Myron and Cecelia “Celi” Sutton; Aunt: Robbie Sutton.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 8, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville with Shane Sims officiating. Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

In Leu of Flowers Memorials may be made to the Riley Hospital for Children 705 Riley Hospital Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.


 

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Phyllis June Angelo

Phyllis June Angelo, 83, formerly of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 in Longwood, FL at her residence.Phyllis was born July 15, 1935 the daughter of Clarence N. and Amy Alice (Jenkins) Smith.  She married Vincent Angelo in Orlando, FL, and he preceded her in death.


Phyllis graduated from Morrisonville High School with the class of 1953.  She went on to be a bookkeeper for many businesses in the Orlando, FL area.  Phyllis also had her own in-home tax preparation business in Florida that she operated for many years.  She enjoyed spending her free time in the outdoors, especially bird watching. Phyllis was a life-long Methodist.


She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul W. Smith; sister, Marian A. Keith; and brother-in-law, LaVerne O. Paulson.


Phyllis is survived by her sister, Carrol N. Paulson of Madison, WI; sister-in-law, Alberta Smith of Morrisonville, IL; and many nieces and nephews.


Graveside Ceremony: 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Morrisonville Cemetery with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.


The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546 with ceremonies.


Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family. 

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Leticia Champley

On Friday, June 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm, surrounded by her loving family, Leticia Diane Champley, passed away at the age of 70. Diane was born on March 21, 1949 in Taylorville, IL to Evan Hershel and Stella Sparling. On November 28, 1965 she married Joseph Frances Champley. She received her certification as a beautician in 1966 and worked in this field for 16 years. In 1982 she began work as a teachers aid for the Taylorville Community School District until retiring in 2004. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Joseph and children Joseph (Wife Debra) Champley, Michael (Wife Bobbi) Champley and Rebecca Champley; grandchildren: Tanner, Evan and Lia Champley, Ryan and Katie Womack, Payton Champley ans Leighton Morrissey; great-grandchild Ella Womack all of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Linda (Tom) Marini of Dixon, IL and niece Pamela McConnell, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. Siane considered her grandchildren as the light of her life and selflessly devoted herself to caring for her husband, children, grandchildren and family. She enjoyed her weekly coffee club meetings with her special cousins and niece. Diane was preceded in death by her father Hershel, mother Stella, sister Patricia Emerling and niece Barbie Emerling. Visitation will be held in Monday, July 1, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Msgr. David Lantz officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 108 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.


 

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Elsie Reed

Elsie Mabel (Hendricks) Reed, 80 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:51 p.m. at Life’s Journey Senior Living Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on June 26, 1939 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Adam and Verda (Stephens) Hendricks. She married Carl Reed on September 1, 1956 in Mississippi. Elsie worked as a hairdresser for many years.

She is survived by her Husband Carl Reed of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Rusty (Heidi) Reed of California; Ricky Reed of Taylorville and Mickey (Christine) Reed of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Jacob Reed, Adam Reed, Shannon (Dan) Guetter and Brandon (Laura) Reed; Great Granddaughter: June Guetter and Sister-in-Law: Bonnie Stolte of Shumway, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister: Brenda Credille, Brother: Everett Hendricks and infant brother: Stephen Hendricks.

Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Richard Warren Covington

Richard Warren Covington, 89, of Stonington passed away at 10:50p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 5, 1929, the son of Paul and Verna (Buckmire) Covington.  He married Helen Snyder on December 3, 1949 and they enjoyed 69 ½ years together. Richard graduated as Salutatorian from Stonington High School.  During high school he competed in track, baseball and basketball and played in the high school band.  As a trumpet player in school, he played Taps at many veteran’s graveside services.  Richard farmed in the Stonington area for 48 years and was a member of the Christian County Farm Bureau.  He was a life-time member of the Stonington United Methodist Church where he served in many roles including church treasurer.  Richard was also very active in his community having served on the Stonington School Board and Stonington Township Board for many years.  In his free time, he enjoyed reading and enjoyed attending many sporting events that his children and grandchildren took part in.  Richard and Helen enjoyed spending part of their retirement traveling to Gulf Shores, Alabama during the winter months.    
He is survived by his wife: Helen Covington of Stonington; children: Richard Covington Jr. (Jill), Jeannine Covington, Tom Covington (Cheryl) all of Stonington, and Vicki Furry (Jeff) of Normal; grandchildren: Brent Covington (Abby) of Chesterfield, Missouri, Natalie Sutimek (Thay) of Bloomington, Kyle Furry (Margaret) of LaGrange, Matthew Covington (Tiffany) of Roselle, and Megan Cocagne (Chase) of Taylorville; great grandchildren: William, Jane, and Kate Covington, Mason, Graham, and Sophie Sutimek, Kendall and Reese Cocagne, Joey, and baby Furry due in September, and Elle Covington.  He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter: Kate Covington.


Visitation will be held from 3 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  The funeral service will be at 10a.m. on Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Caleb McGregor officiating.  Burial will take place at Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Stonington United Methodist Church.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

 

Memories of Richard, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Janice "Elaine" McKinney-Johnston

Janice “Elaine” McKinney-Johnston, 58 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on April 26, 1961 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Larry and Barbara (Boehler) McKinney. She married Wade Johnston on October 27, 1990 in Las Vegas, NV. She and her husband Wade managed mobile home parks in California and later moved back home to Taylorville where she worked as a cashier at Taylorville Food Center in Taylorville. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, she loved the lake, traveling and she never met a stranger.


She is survived by her Husband: Wade Johnston of Taylorville, IL; Parents: Larry and Barbara McKinney of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Eric McKinney of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Susan Nelson of Taylorville, IL; Maureen Landers of Citrus Springs, FL; Nieces: Amelia White, Elizabeth Nelson, Rebecca Nelson, Nephew: Michael Nelson and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister: Donna White, Grandparents: Nick and Helen Boehler of Waggoner and Earl and Florence McKinney of Palmer. 


Elaine will be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 14th from 1-4pm, at the American Legion in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to the Charity of the donors choice.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Donald William Hendricks

Donald William Hendricks, 58, of Taylorville passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in his home, surrounded by his family.  He was born on October 15, 1960 in Taylorville, the son of Herbert and Shirley (Smith) Hendricks.  He married Leann Nizzio on January 14, 1999 in Taylorville.  He attended Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, earning his degree in Building Trades. Don retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation where he worked as a highway maintainer for 28 years.  He had a love of woodworking and home improvement projects.  More that anything, he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.  


Don is survived by his wife: Leann Hendricks of Taylorville; parents: Herb & Shirley Hendricks of Taylorville; daughters: Jayme Hardin (Matt) of Taylorville and Jessica Hendricks of Centralia, Missouri; bonus children: Aubrey Jordan, Lindsay Hoover (Jason), and William Jordan all of Taylorville; sister: Diane Lewis (Gary) of Springfield; brothers: Doug Hendricks and David Hendricks (Hilda) of Taylorville; 8 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a son, Drew Hendricks.


In keeping with his wishes, Don will be cremated, and no services will be held.  

 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Memories of Don, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Arthur G. LeBeane Sr.

Arthur G. LeBeane Sr. 96 formerly of Taylorville, IL, moved to his eternal home on Monday, June 17, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. Arthur or Bud, as many knew him, was born on February 17, 1923 in Chicago, IL the Son of James and Juanita (Young) LeBeane. He volunteered for military service in WWII but was declared 4f due to a bad eye. He spent the war in Chicago, working as a drill press operator for 7 years. But when the nation called a second time, he volunteered for service again, this time in the Korean War. He fought on that Peninsula from late summer of 1950 through spring of 1951, earning a Bronze Star with the V designation for valor and the oak leaf cluster. He was exceptionally proud of his service for our country. On July 4, 1952 he parried Esther M. Ealey at a farm in Bolivia, IL eventually settling in Illiopolis, IL. Arthur worked the majority of his life at the DeKalb AgResearch chicken farm in Illiopolis, IL, retiring in 1979. He moved to Mt. Auburn, IL after retirement but then went back to work at the chicken farm until 1985. When he finally retired for good, he and the Mrs. moved to Taylorville.


He is survived by his Sons: Arthur G. LeBeane Jr. of Taylorville, IL; Randy A. LeBeane of Taylorville, IL; Ricky L. LeBeane of Springfield, IL and Joseph W. LeBeane of Nashville, TN; nine Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and four Great-Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Earl, Clyde and Norbert and an unnamed infant son.


Visitation will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Following the visitation, a graveside service with military honors will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL at 2:00 p.m.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.


Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Claudia Mae (Beard) Droke

Claudia Mae (Beard) Droke, 72 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on November 3, 1946 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Floyd “Huck” and Arlena (Heiple) Beard.

She married Harvey Droke and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her Children: Floyd (Pamela) Meacham, Brenda Meacham-Travis, Connie (Jay) McEvers, Teresa Vaughn, Barbara (Kristy) Droke, Harvey (Bobbi) Droke, Steve (Bonnie) Droke and Judy Droke and Jerry (Freda) Smith; Grandchildren: Zachary, Stephanie, Derek, Angela, Harvey, Jessica, Toby, Adam, Claudia, Cristina, Tiffany, Justin, David, Michael, Austin, Carter, Traci, Payton and Christopher; Thirty seven Great-Grandchildren and several Great-Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, life partner Donald “Duck” Meacham, Granddaughter: Sierra Droke, Grandson: Raymond Meacham, brothers: Raymond and Frank Beard and several Aunts and Uncles.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home with Rev. Russell Beard officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

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John Walter Bogan, Jr.

John Walter Bogan, Jr., 79 of Taylorville, IL, was called home to our Lord’s heavenly angel band at 5:55 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Heritage Health in Springfield, IL.

 

John was born December 13, 1939 in Springfield, IL, the son of John Ludwig and Catherine Louise (Pekol) Bogan, Sr. Both of his parents were accomplished musicians. John Sr., a concert violinist and maker of violins and violas, taught at the Springfield College of Music and gave private lessons as well. Catherine was a concert pianist and also gave private lessons in their home. John Walter was likewise a gifted and an accomplished musician, trained as a classical accordionist and pianist. He showcased his accordion skills playing in his band, “The Five Keynotes”, for many years. He played the accordion and piano daily. Everyone enjoyed his playing, especially his pieces by Liszt on the grand piano. John enjoyed many genres of music, but his favorite composers were Liszt, Beethoven and Mozart plus the Polka King Frank Yankovic on accordion.

 

John Walter graduated from high school in Springfield, IL, then went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army, completing Advanced Individual Training in Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Regiment, Engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. John was stationed in Germany during the Berlin Crisis.  In Germany he was able to put his musical talents and knowledge of the German language to good use by accompanying his Colonel everywhere by jeep. Following his service, he enrolled in Springfield Computer College. He also worked for several siding companies in the Springfield area, and eventually retired from Griffiths Construction as a top-notch salesman.

 

He married Elizabeth Alice (Shehan) Minnis on April 4, 2002 in Springfield, IL. With Elizabeth’s many musical talents, including classical piano, they were a great match.  He enjoyed driving her to attend Classical Concerts at Millikin University and UIUC’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.  They especially enjoyed piano concerts by UIUC Professor Emeritus Ian Hobson. When not playing music, John enjoyed traveling with Elizabeth, including twice to South Dakota and extensively in Missouri plus many local excursions to go hiking and birdwatching with his many pairs of fine binoculars. John loved dogs and raised several Miniature Afghans. John also enjoyed telling good jokes, tinkering with electronics, dark room photography, and was a great model train aficionado. A final passion was his love of fast cars, and he was a highly skilled driver.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-son Kevin Charles Minnis.


John is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Alice Bogan of Taylorville, IL; step-daughters Dr. Denise DeNell Bader of Litchfield, IL and Sylvia Suzanne (husband, Eric) Minnis-Woebling of WI; and 5 step-grandchildren.


Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:30 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. Bereavement dinner to follow interment will be held back in Taylorville, IL at the First Presbyterian Church

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Memorial Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville, 116 E. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62569.


Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the Family.

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Allen J. Mizeur

Allen Joseph “Zeke” Mizeur, 74 of Owaneco, died at 3:33 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Allen was born June 15, 1944 in Pana, the son of Raymond and Betty (Neel) Mizeur. He married Donna Hill on May 15, 1965 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pana, by Fr Bernard LaBonte. She survives.

Allen lived his entire life in Owaneco. He is a 1962 graduate of Taylorville High School.

Allen passed away peacefully with his wife of 54 years and his four beloved daughters at his side. He adored his loving wife and cherished the family they built together. Allen’s Catholic Religion was equally important in his life. He knew the balance between hard work, family and religion.

Allen and his twin brother Alvin were the oldest of twelve children. The children are all still very close, even in adulthood.

Allen was a strong advocate for giving back to those who were less fortunate. Allen will be remembered as a gentle giant who always had a smile on his face and thought of others before himself. He volunteered his time and resources to those in need. He was a farmer, factory worker, Township Road Commissioner, owned a trucking business and was a volunteer fireman in his community for 55 years.

Allen had a second love in his life which was drag racing. The family spent many a Saturday evening at the Assumption Raceway, running his 55 Chevy “Ole Blue’ down the quarter mile. Prior to the illness that took this extraordinary man from our presence, he had begun a project to restore “Ole Blue.” His dream was to have his daughters have the opportunity to share his love of the sport. Allen expressed his disappointment in not being able to fulfill this dream, but asked his daughters to do their best to carry on his dream.

Along with his wife, Allen is survived by his daughters: Christine Ann (Jeffrey) Yucaneer of Owaneco; Karen Lynn (Steve) Miller of Morrisonville; Mary Frances (Rick) Coy of Taylorville; Samantha Jo of Taylorville; grandchildren: Carey, Shane, Corey, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Alana, Miranda, Larson, Shelbi; seven great-grandchildren; siblings: Alvin (Janet) Mizeur of Owaneco; Rick (Kathy) Mizeur of Owaneco; Larry (Cathy) Mizeur of Owaneco; Dale (Doris) Mizeur of Blue Mound; Phillip (Karen) Mizeur of Oconee; Chuck (Bill) Mizeur of Springfield; Sandra Moma of Decatur; Mary (Kim) Petschow of Elgin; Patty Beck of Taylorville; Judy (Mike) Wilhour of Altamont; many nieces & nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many inherited family members.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law: Todd & Frances Hill; one brother: Paul Mizeur; nieces: Michelle Mizeur and Haley Wilhour; nephew: Johnny Cartee; and one brother-in-law: Bill “Boomer” Beck.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Interment will follow at Owaneco Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 4 – 7 p.m. also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers and food, the family requests donations please be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611 or the St. Mary’s School We Believe Campaign. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Mizeur family with arrangements. Memories of Allen, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Kathryn Loretta Roth

Kathryn Loretta Roth, 90 of Stonington passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:05 a.m. at her home in Stonington, IL. She was born on October 28, 1928 in Moweaqua, IL the daughter of Fred and Bessie Murray. She married William John Roth on October 21, 1947 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, IL and he preceded her in death on April 6, 2014. Kathryn worked as a school teacher and she was a lifelong partner to her husband. She was a lifelong resident of Stonington, IL, she taught school in a one room school house east of town and she was active in the Holy Trinity Parish all of her life. Kathryn farmed with her husband and they were the owners and operators of Reel Manufacturing and Sales. In retirement they travelled extensively to enjoy their family.


She is survived by her Sons: Mark (Diana), Fred (Lori), Tim, Ted and Tony Roth; Grandchildren: Keely (Traves), Ryan (Danielle), Connor (Keri), Zachary, Gregory (Valerie), Karen (Heidi), Emily, Joseph, Stephen, Delaney, Daniel, and Christian; Great-Grandchildren: Everett, Griffin, Owen and Quinn; Sister: Margaret Pieper; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband, Brothers: Wayne, Leo, Jim, and Francis.   


Visitation will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, IL. Funeral Mass will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. 


Memorials may be made to the Alter and Rosary Society at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 308 N Pine St, Stonington, IL 62567. 


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Richard Jack Risdon

Richard Jack Risdon, 72 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 at 10:50 p.m. at Pana Community Hospital in Pana, IL. He was born on May 16, 1947 in Vinton, IA the son of Charles Oliver and Virginia Marie (Jack) Risdon. He married Rietta (Schwab) Howell on January 6, 1996 in Springfield, IL. Richard worked as a Public Inquiry Officer for the Illinois Secretary of State, he was a manager at Gordon Olds in Taylorville and he was a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Richard was a member of the Buckeye United Methodist Church in Owaneco.
He is survived by his Wife: Rietta Risdon of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Dawn (Steve) Carlson of Cedar Rapids, IA; Amy (Darren) Neiss of Fargo, ND; Grandchildren: Brandon Arion, Mitchell Neiss, Piper David; Great-Grandchildren: Noah Neiss, Chloe Arion, Riley Arion; Step-Son: David (Tammy) Howell of Taylorville, IL; Step-Daughter: Karrie (Brian) Gatton of Taylorville, IL; Step-Grandchildren: Kayla, Karlee and David Howell; Colton and Avril Gatton; Step-Great-Granddaughter Isabella McQuinn; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter: Carrie David and sister: Karen Blackburn. 


Visitation will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Tami Werschey-Kessinger from Buckeye United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Buckeye Cemetery in Owaneco, IL with military graveside honors.


Memorials may be made to the Buckeye United Methodist Church 600 N 1600 East Rd, Owaneco, IL 62555.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


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Ralph Mathers Sloman

Ralph Mathers Sloman, 90, of Taylorville died Monday, May 27, 2019 at his home. Mr. Sloman was born March 22, 1929 in Springfield, the son of George and Jennie (Mathers) Sloman. After graduating from Morrisonville Community High School, Ralph attended Shurtluff College in Alton and then transferred to the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture. He enlisted in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He married Eva Elizabeth (Beth) Monroe on July 9, 1954; she preceded him in death in 2011. To this union was born a daughter, Dawn Ilene Sloman, who tragically died in 1982 in an automobile accident. Ralph enjoyed life as a farmer retiring after 39 years from the fields of Christian County. In 1985 he received the prestigious Prairie Farmer "Master Farmer" award. For more than 50 years, he was a member of Zenobia Baptist Church and later continued to serve his Lord at Bethel Baptist Church. He was a King Township trustee and served on boards of Morrisonville School District, Morrisonville-Palmer Fire District, Lake Springfield Baptist Camp as well as over 40 years of service to University of Illinois Extension Council and was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Ralph loved being a part of his community, enjoyed mentoring and was faithful in his visitation of shut-ins.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews: Maude Higgins (Duane) of Matthews, NC; John Sloman (Rita) of Rockfield, KY; Rachel Broughton (Perry) of Pawnee, IL; Vicki McMillian (Joe) of Galloway Township, NJ; Carol Fontenot (Dave) of Sulphur, LA; Ray Pryne of Iowa Park, TX; one sister-in-law: Paula Pryne of Galloway Township, NJ; and one very special “adopted daughter,” Patty Taglioli, Taylorville, who cared for him like he was her father.

Mr. Sloman was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and daughter, brother and sister-in-law Wheeler and Catherine Sloman.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Internment with full military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. at Morrisonville Cemetery.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 1919 N 1000 East Road, Taylorville 62568.

Memories of Ralph or condolences to the family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

 

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