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Elizabeth Allison Martin

 

Elizabeth Allison Martin, 97, of Taylorville, passed away at 6:44 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born December 12, 1919, in Cleaton, Kentucky, the daughter of Harmon and Bertha (Sampson) Allison. During WWII, Elizabeth worked to support the war effort. She worked at Western Cartridge in Alton, Allis Chalmers in Springfield, and the Illiopolis munitions plant. She spent many years working for the State of Illinois in health services, running a halfway house in Peoria where she assisted many parolees and mentally disabled. Elizabeth was a skilled quilter and was well known for the dumplings she made.

She is survived by her sons: Jack (Helen) Martin of Arlington Heights, Donald (Cindy) Martin, of Springfield, and James Martin of Springfield; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, including special caregivers: Linda (Tom) Bellegante of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: “Duke” Allison; sisters: Rita DeMartini and Wanda Danko; and grandchildren: Brad Martin and Lori Martin.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with the Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service. Inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the choice of the donor. McClure Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memories of Elizabeth, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Velma Lorrene Nicks

Velma Lorrene Nicks, 96, of Nokomis, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:20 p.m. at Nokomis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nokomis. She was born on June 7, 1920 in Nokomis, IL, Daughter of Albert and Mary (Grimes) Howell. She married Anthony Nicks on May 2, 1953 in Effingham, IL and he later preceded her in death on January 20, 1999. She worked as a cook at South School in Nokomis and she managed the Edinburg School Cafeteria for 25 years.

She is survived by her Nieces: Joyce Owens, Carol Beeler, Judy Spindel and Mary Ann Howell. Nephews: Lonnie and Dean Compton. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Siblings: Grace Nash, Lewis Howell, Leona Kroenlein, Mary Workman, Dale Howell and Marjorie Compton.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Funeral services will follow the visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Father Dan Willenborg officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church 311 S Elm St Nokomis, IL 62075

Arrangements by Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis.

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Elmer Ray Beaty

Elmer Ray Beaty, 80 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 8:06 p.m. at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville. He was born on January 13, 1937 in Christian County, IL the Son of Glen E. and Beulah V. (Woods) Beaty. He married Sheryl Hill in Palmer, IL and they later divorced. He then Married Rochelle “Shelly” Elston Black on December 24, 1986 in Saginaw, MI. Elmer worked as a Carpenter for Local 334 in Saginaw, MI and then later maintenance for Design Corrugating in Taylorville, IL.

Surviving are his Wife: Rochelle “Shelly” of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Rodney Ray Beaty of Litchfield, IL; Kyle Woodson Beaty of Joliet, IL; Robert Black of Decatur, IL; Timothy A. Black of Taylorville, IL, Glenn A. Black of Taylorville, IL, Daughter: Melissa Hill of Taylorville Grandchildren: Elizabeth Louise Taylor of Litchfield, IL; Jeannine Nicole Beaty of Taylorville, IL; Trista Marie Norris of Mt. Auburn, IL, Holly Ann Black, Sarah June Black; Great Grandchildren: Cassandra Renee Taylor of Litchfield, IL; Nicholas Drake Taylor of Litchfield, IL; Arianna Willow Norris of Mt. Auburn, IL; Skyler Mae Taylor of Litchfield, IL; Sister: Aleta L. Kettelkamp of Nokomis, IL; Letha (Andy) Buchson of Kincaid, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Son: Jim Black; Brother Wayne Beaty and Brother-in-Law: Kenneth Kettelkamp.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Ted Marrinan officiating. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church 1919 N 1000 East Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568

 

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

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Mary Jo Robinson

Mary Jo Robinson, 64 of Taylorville, passed away at 10:48 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born on August 3, 1952, the daughter of Clarence “Joe” and Mary (McAvoy) Emerson. On February 13, 1981 she married Morris Robinson in Stonington. Mary Jo retired after 25 years with Walmart as a Department Manager. She was a member of Moose Lodge #1516 and the Women of the Moose. In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, bowling, playing piano and cards and was an avid Cubs fan. She enjoyed supporting her children in all the sporting events they played in. Mary Jo adored her grandkids and loved all the time she spent with them.

She is survived by her husband: Morris Robinson of Taylorville; children: Kristi Luttrell (David) of Edinburg, Mark Robinson (Christine) of Naperville, Kim Timmons (Jason) of Bloomington, and Doug Robinson (Brandy) of Temple, Texas; grandchildren: Cortez Luttrell, Matthew Luttrell, Payton Robinson, Cameron Robinson, Avery Timmons, Austin Timmons, Alaina Timmons, and Dax Robinson; brothers: Robert Emerson (Anita) of Loves Park, and Pat Emerson (Chris) of Erie, Colorado; and uncle: John McAvoy of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters: Ann Hodges and Jan Jolly.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Msgr. David Lantz officiating. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Mary Jo, or condolences to the family, may be made online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com  

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Estle Ramsey

 

Mr. Estle “Bud” Ramsey, 89, of Kincaid, IL passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:55 P.M.
 
He was born in New Burnside, IL., October 19, 1927 the son of Leslie “Les” and Rose (Fustin) Ramsey.  
 
Mr. Ramsey was a member of Midland United Methodist Church, Kincaid.  “Cue-Ball”, as he was affectionately known to his co-workers, and later to everyone, worked 45 years in area coal mines retiring from Peabody Mine #10 in 1989.  Bud also served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.  He was a current member of the Kincaid American Legion and the United Mine Workers of America and was a former member of the Taylorville V.F.W.
 
Surviving is a grandson Rev. Chad (Jennifer) Foster of Morrisonville, IL., great-grandchildren Seth, Gabby and Sophie Foster of Morrisonville, IL., a niece Susan Lynn Sammons of Springfield, IL., a son-in-law Tom Foster of Tovey, IL., a brother-in-law George Sammons of Springfield, IL along with a great many friends.  
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Vickie, grandson Thomas Scott, 2 sisters Ida Mosley and Lorraine Sammons and a brother Hubert “Red” Ramsey.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, IL.  Rev. Chad Foster will officiate.  Visitation for Mr. Ramsey will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 21, at Masterson Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Taylorville, IL.  Memorials in memory of Mr. Bud Ramsey are suggested to: Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, St. Louis. MO.  On-line condolences may be left at www.mastersonfh.com
 

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Donald Orville Wareham

Donald Orville Wareham, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:24 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville. He was born on December 17, 1926 in King Township in Christian County, IL the Son of Orville and Flossie (Payne) Wareham. He married Bonnie J. Vedder on January 25, 1948 in the Nokomis United Methodist Church in Nokomis, IL. Don was the owner and operator of Wareham’s Dairy and Wareham’s Security in Taylorville. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Doneff and USS Antietam. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #73, VFW Post #4495 and NRA. He served several terms as a Taylorville City Alderman.

Surviving are his Wife: Bonnie of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Jeanine (Steve) Biondolino of Taylorville, IL; Teri (Paul) Kuntz of Edinburg, IL; Wendy (Jim) Keller of Nokomis, IL; Cindy (Rob) Kinney of Taylorville, IL; Son: Donnie Wareham of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Christopher Biondolino, Sarah (Chris) Baker, Elizabeth (Neil) Hohenstein, Joshua Kuntz, Eric Kuntz, Melissa (Blake) Engelman, Ashlee (Jared) Peno, Michael (Samantha) Keller, Susan (Corey) Black, Maggie Wareham, Julia Wareham, Amanda Kinney and companion Jason Christopher, Chase (Nicole) Kinney, Tabitha Miloncus; Great-Grandchildren: Lincoln, Matthew, Maria, Keaton, Ella, Beckett, Garrett, Griffin, Gwynn, Aubrey, Jackson, Austin, Olivia, Madeline, Charlie, Myla, Adyline and Estella; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers: Darrell and Fred Wareham; Sisters: Erma Kevie and Marcella Pittenger.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 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. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Home Services Hospice 720 N. Bond St. Springfield, IL 62702

 

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

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Diane Louise Oldham

 

Diane Louise “Bitsy” Oldham, 57 of Taylorville passed away peacefully at 10:20 PM on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Taylorville Care Center.

 

Bitsy was born on June 7, 1959 at Taylorville the daughter of Robert and Dolores (Dycus) Oldham. She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; 2 aunts and 2 uncles.

 

Bitsy was a member of First Baptist Church in Taylorville. She competed for several years in the Special Olympics, winning many medals. She worked several years at the Christian County Mental Health Workshop and graduated from Central School with the class of 1980.

 

She is survived by: Sister, Rebecca (husband, David) Reed of Edinburg, IL; Brothers, David (wife, Norma) Oldham and Douglas (wife, Dana) Oldham both of Taylorville, IL; Step brother, Michael Izatt of Chicago, IL; Nieces, Beth Oldham and Keri Oldham both of Taylorville, IL; Nephew, Timothy Oldham of Springfield, IL; Great niece, Isabel Vincent; Great nephews, Kristopher Oldham and Aden Toberman; 3 cousins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM at Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home.

 

Condolences to her family may be left at www.perfettifuneralhome

 

Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas Edward Kersey

 

Thomas Edward “Tom” Kersey, age 65, of Mattoon went to his eternal peace at 5:28 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

 

Memorial Mass for family and friends will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Mattoon. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Tom was born on January 6, 1952 in Mattoon, the son of Roscoe and Virginia (Byus) Kersey. He married Susan Jane Simmering on December 22, 1972. She preceded him to heaven in 2011.

 

Survivors include his son, Tim (Charity) Kersey of Woodstock, GA; daughters, Mary Ellen (Kathleen) Kersey of Nampa, ID and Kelly (Jim) Standish of Dawson, IL; grandchildren, Julia and Xander Kersey, Taylor and Brendon West; brothers, Dave Kersey of Mattoon, IL and Tony Kersey, IL of Taylorville; sisters, Judy Canupp of Washington, MO and Suzie Wright of Mattoon, IL. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Meredith “Bud” Kersey and sister, Anita Kersey.

 

Tom spent his working life in healthcare, working first at Mattoon Memorial Hospital and then at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for over 40 years. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Shelbyville, IL. Tom was active in many community services, donating his time to worthwhile causes including; The American Red Cross, United Way and Sarah Bush Lincoln Foundation. He was active in the Loyal Order of the Moose fraternity where he achieved the Pilgrim Degree of Merit. He was a 3rd degree Mason. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Foundation Children’s First Program.

 

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James M. Messmore

James M. Messmore, 64, of Irving, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:07 a.m. at his residence in rural Irving. He was born on July 5, 1952 in Decatur, IL the Son of John and Dora (Keown) Messmore. He married Yvonne Joyce on March 24, 1973 in Witt, IL and she preceded him in death on September 25, 2016. He worked as a mechanic and Truck driver for K & K Coating and he was later the Owner and Operator of James and James Trucking and Sooner Sun Tanning.

He is survived by his Son: James Henry Messmore of Witt, IL; Daughters: Michelle Fegler and Companion Chad King of Nokomis, IL; Lucy Messmore of Nokomis, IL; Grandchildren: Jamie Fegler of Lyman, Nebraska; Christopher and Cody Norine of Nokomis, IL; Brothers: Lynn (Debbie) Messmore of Tenneessee; Darrel Messmore of Gibson City, IL; Dennis Messmore of Sibley, IL; Sisters: Patsy (Roger) Croy of Mattoon, IL; Teresa Winget of Texas; Dianne Messmore of Texas; Chris Blair of Montana; Rita Messmore of Montana; Carol More of Kentucky; Toni (Mike) Steele of Sibley, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife and Sister-in- Law: Delores Golitko.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Witt, IL.

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family C/O Sutton Funeral Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568

 

Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangments.

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Hazel A. Augenstein

Hazel A. Augenstein, 83, of Taylorville passed away at 4:29 A.M. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on October 21, 1933 in Arthur, the daughter of John and Glyda (Kingery) Raymer. She married Don R. Augenstein on July 9, 1955 in Mattoon and he preceded her in death on December 13, 1982. Hazel was a homemaker and a member of the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Moose Lodge in Mattoon, and previously worked as a door greeter at Walmart and Dixie Cream in Effingham. Hazel enjoyed crocheting and often made items to give to babies at St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham, where she was also part of the Auxillary. She also enjoyed making mints and volunteered as a ticket taker for Stewardson/Strasburg sporting events.

She is survived by her children: William Augenstein (Rebecca) of Mattoon, Rhonda Scothorne of Springfield, Jim “Augie” Augenstein (MariEtta) of Athens, and Veronica Howard (Nathan) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Tara Spraker (Rob), Jeffrey Augenstein, Sarah Fisher (Kenny), Jesse Cobble (Barbie), David Scothorne, Christopher Scothorne, Derrik Augenstein, Natalie Howard, Kimberly Howard, Drake Howard; brother: Herold Raymer (Ellen) of Neoga. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings: Jessie Cowick, Kenneth Raymer, Lorraine Wiltermood, Charles Raymer, Bertha Miller, Derral Raymer, Gerald Raymer, James Raymer, and Vicki Raymer; son-in-law: Richard Scothorne.

The family will host a memorial service at 11A.M. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Jim Wolfe officiating. Inurnment will be at 2pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Stewardson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Hazel, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com  

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Norma Jean McKinney

Norma Jean McKinney, 87 of Morrisonville, joined her heavenly family on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

 

She was born on July 22, 1929 at Morrisonville the daughter of Clarence Edward and Lillian Jane (McDaniel) Eyman. Jean married Charles E. McKinney on June 19, 1949 at the First Presbyterian Church in Morrisonville; he preceded her in death on December 6, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her parents; Brother, Warren E. Eyman; Brother in law, William “Bill” Kent; Nephew, Benjamin Kent; Great nephew, Kinsey Muffick.

 

Jean was a 60 year member of Leslie Reddick American Legion Post 721 Ladies Auxiliary, Morrisonville United Methodist Church, Rebekah Orient Lodge and Eastern Star. She was loved by all who knew her and will be forever missed.

 

Survivors include: Son, William “Bill” McKinney of Morrisonville, IL; Grandchildren, Zachary Taylor of Ft. Worth, TX, Adam McKinney of Midlothian, TX and Taylor McKinney of Aledo, TX; Brother, Albert (Beverley) Eyman of Morrisonville, IL; Sisters, Irene Kent of Taylorville, IL and Mary (John) Harper of Assumption, IL; Sister in laws, Marie Durbin of Morrisonville, IL and Linda Bonacorsi of Taylorville, IL; Many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating. Burial will follow at Morrisonville Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 12 from 2:00-4:00 PM at Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville.

 

Memorials are suggested to American Legion Post 721, Morrisonville United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society.

 

Condolences to her family may be left at www.perfettifuneralhome.com

 

Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville is in charge of arrangements.

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Kevin Wayne Klee

 

Kevin Wayne Klee, 43, of Taylorville took his own life on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in his residence. He was born on July 3, 1973, the son of Jimmy and Martha (Drake) Klee. Kevin graduated from Pana High School, and later from the University of Illinois with a double major Bachelor degree in Arts for English, and in Science for Psychology. Kevin loved making people laugh, and he enjoyed performing stand-up comedy in his spare time. He competed in “The Funniest Man in Austin” contest. He also had a passion for acting, having acted in Idiocracy, Gretchen, as well as being an extra in Friday Night Lights. He adored the Yoga community, and trained in California to become an instructor. When Kevin wasn’t busy entertaining others, he found solace in traveling and camping, often in solitude. The family’s wish is that for anyone who is struggling, when life seems too much to handle, please reach out for help.

 

He is survived by his mother: Marty (John) Bunzey of Taylorville; sister: Erin Klee of Springfield; grandmother: Merida Drake of Lincoln; aunts and uncles: Diane Moore of Pana, Warren Drake (Gerry) of Mahomet, Harold Drake (Nancy) of Beason, and Laura G Enger (Marc) of Farmer City; and several cousins. Kevin was preceded in death by his father and grandparents: Wayne and Aggie Klee and David L. Drake.

 

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services, also in the church. Pastor Becky Lembke will officiate. Kevin’s body will be cremated following the services and a scattering will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made in his memory to: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, Missouri 63110 or to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, c/o Memorial Behavioral Health, 710 N Eighth St, Springfield IL, 62702.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.

Memories of Kevin or condolences to his family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

 

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Deborah Louise Schnell

Deborah Louise “Debbie” Schnell, 66, of Taylorville died at 11:58 P.M. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Illinois. She was born on October 28, 1950, the daughter of Leroy and Vivian (Tolly) Whitehead. On August 10, 1996, she married Douglas Lynn Schell in Taylorville. Debbie worked for over 37 years in the vehicle services section of the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. She proudly served under 7 Secretaries of State including: Powell, Lewis, Howlett, Dixon, Edgar, Ryan, and White. After retirement, she and Doug started Schnell Services Inc. where she was President and CEO. She was a past member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. Debbie was also a former member of the Taylorville Lioness, treasurer for the Taylorville Eagle’s Women’s Auxiliary, secretary for the Christian County Republican Women’s Club, and was a candidate for Taylorville Township Supervisor. In her free time, she enjoyed collection angels, and cherished the times she was able to spoil her great nephews, Hunter and Remington.

Debbie is survived by her husband: Doug L. Schnell of Taylorville; daughter: Nicole “Nikki” Ayers (Steven) of Taylorville; and brother: Larry Whitehead (Kay) of Aviston; and former husband: Joseph Hunt of Mayfield, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Richard Lynn Whitehead of Taylorville and mother and father-in-law: Duane and Janet Schnell of Kankakee.

A visitation will be held from 5 until 7 P.M. on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. Debbie will be cremated following the visitation and inurnment will be at a later date in the Edinburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Fire Department EMS. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements. Memories of Debbie, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Sharon Peters

 

Sharon Marie (Mills) Peters,70 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10:58 p.m. at her daughter’s residence in Taylorville. She was born on September 28, 1946 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Orville and Erma (Prior) Mills. She married to Robert L. Peters on August 21, 1976 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville, IL and he later preceded her in death. She worked in assisted living and as a playground supervisor in Taylorville. She was a member of the First Church of The Nazarene in Taylorville.
 
Surviving are her Son: Richard (Beth) Peters of Springfield, IL; Daughters: Theresa (Russell) Krah of Taylorville, IL, Roslyn Tarrant (Rick Harris) of Taylorville, IL Grandchildren: Kyle, Shannon, Rebekah, Damien, Ryan, Dylan, Austin, and Sami; Brother: James (Carolyn) Mills of Edinburg, IL; Sister: Barbara (Michael) Dudley of Indiana; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was greeted at heavens gates by her husband Robert and father Orville.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service be held at 10am on Thursday March 9, 2017 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville with Pastor Bob Turner officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.
 
Memorials may be made to The First Church of the Nazarene or to the family C/O Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568
 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
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Marion P. Clark

Marion P. Clark, 92, of Taylorville passed away at 12:14 A.M. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on September 1, 1924 in Grand Tower, Illinois, the daughter of Elbert L. and Lola (Wilson) Poe. She married Cyrus F. Clark on October 26, 1946 and he preceded her in death on January 6, 1981. Marion was a World War II Veteran of the AAF/WAC. She was a lifetime member of the AMVETS and American Legion and a charter member of Women in Military Service for America. She was also a member of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Marion taught school for many years in Sikeston, Missouri in the gifted program, and special education in Cobden and Taylorville. She was a Director Emeritus of the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation. She enjoyed playing Bridge and was a voracious reader, always keeping up on current events. She enjoyed basketball and football and for many years kept the clock for Jr. High boy’s basketball games. She often enjoyed placing wagers on ballgames, but the bet was always a Coke. Marion loved her sweets, especially cheesecake and Lorna Doone cookies, and would often eat only part of her meal to ensure room for dessert.

She is survived by her daughters: Margaretha Strawn (Thomas) of Taylorville and Jenness Starks (John) of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren: Thomas C Strawn (companion, Barb Magness) of Taylorville, Amy M. Strawn of Springfield, Annie Dolan (Kevin) of Seattle, Washington, and William C. Starks (Sara) of Seattle; great grandchildren: Marshal Tucker Strawn, Daniel Dolan, William Dolan, and Henry Starks; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with military honors. Visitation will be held from 10 until the time of the service. Inurnment will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Walker Hill Cemetery in Grand Tower. A luncheon will follow the inurnment on Monday at the Grand Tower Community Center. Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Junior High School c/o the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements. Memories of Marion, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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James E. Nation

James E. Nation, 85 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:17 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on October 15, 1931 in Mt. Auburn Township, the Son of William Isaac and Cora Helen (Ashinhurst) Nation. His first marriage was to Lola Chamness and they were later divorced. He then married Wilma Brunk they also were later divorced. On October 13,1999 he married Kay Parks. He worked as a Farmer and an auto parts salesman. He served in the United States Navy as an aircraft mechanic and received many medals. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville, Taylorville VFW Post #4495.

Surviving are his Wife: Kay Nation, Sons: Troy Nation of Stonington, and Ty Nation of Taylorville Daughters: Teresa (Bill) Zuro of Ballwin, MO, Grandchildren: Nicholas Buzzard of Ballwin, MO, Emily Nation of Taylorville, IL, Seth Buzzard of Mt. Auburn, IL, Brothers: Granvel “Spud” (Doris) Nation of Taylorville, IL, Roscoe Paul (Jackie) Nation of Taylorville, Kenneth Franklin (Juanita) Nation of Taylorville, IL, Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers: Ira Nation, Ernie Nation, Jack Nation, Everett Nation, Robert Nation, Ivan Nation, Earl Nation, Sisters: Florien Bailey, and Uldien White

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will be held on Friday March 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Burial will be held in Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church 900 Northern Ave. Taylorville, Illinois 62568

 

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

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Dale William McQuire

Dale William McQuire, 48, of Assumption, died at 9:39 a.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in his home. He was born on August 4, 1968 in Taylorville, the son of Gerald and Karen (Tirey) McQuire. Dale loved sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoyed weight lifting. Dale was a loving son, brother, uncle, and grandson, and he had a big heart. He will be dearly missed.

Dale is survived by his father, Gerald (Sue) McQuire of Jeiseyville; brothers: Shawn (Kathleen) McQuire of Moweaqua, Chris (Melanie) McQuire of Edinburg, and half-brother: Mike Rakers of Pana; daughters: Kaylee (Brad) Turner of Taylorville, Alison McQuire of Taylorville, and Mariah McQuire of Crown Point, IN; nieces and nephews: Jakob McQuire, Christopher McQuire, Hunter Vocks, Karley Durbin, Ashley Snow, Carissa McQuire, Veronica McQuire, Amanda Crist, Alaina Calloway, Lainey Sides, Josh Nation, and Christian McQuire.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Karen Palmer, and grandparents, George “Pop” and Vivian McQuire.

Per his wishes, Dale will be cremated and his memorial service will take place at a later date at the First Baptist Church in Moweaqua. Memorial donations may be made to his family. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. 

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Dennis Edward Stapleton

 

Dennis Edward Stapleton, 64, of Taylorville, died at 11:50 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Meadow Manor Nursing Home.

 

Dennis was born on October 4, 1952 in Pana, the son of Cyril and Elizabeth (Macon) Stapleton. He married Sandra Kay Langiano on November 28, 1987 in Assumption, and she preceded him in death on February 2, 2012. Dennis worked for over 26 years at the Taylorville WalMart and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption. He also belonged to the NRA, ISRA, and in his spare time he enjoyed camping, fishing, black powder rendezvous, and pilgrimages to Our Lady of the Snow with his wife.

 

Dennis is survived by his special sister and brother: Nancy and Bill Fennell, many cousins, and special friend, Vivian Lester of Taylorville.

 

Along with his wife Sandra, Dennis was preceded in death his parents.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Fr. Don Wolford officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00 until the time of service. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Assumption. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memories of Dennis or condolences to his family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Brent L. Pinkston

 

Retired ISP Master Sergeant Brent L. Pinkston, age 57, of Butler, formally of Raymond passed away in Ft. Myers, FL on February 18, 2017.
He was born Nov. 4, 1959 in Litchfield the son of Verne Marvin and Dorothy Donini Pinkston.
 
Brent began working for the Illinois State Police in April of 1984 as Trooper in District 20, in 1994 he was Promoted to Sergeant, and later was transferred to District 18 where he promoted to a Accident Reconstruction Officer and later promoted to Master Sergeant before retiring in January of 2010 after 25 yrs of service.
 
He belonged to St. Raymond Catholic Church, He was a member St. Raymond KofC 4696, F.O.P., Retired State Police Association of IL, and He was a member of the Montgomery Co. DU Committee and golfed on the Shoal Creek Men’s Golf League where he was League President, He was also involved in a number of leagues at Lake Shore Golf Course in Taylorville.
 
Brent was involved in Scouting, having obtained the rank of Eagle Scout, served as a Scout leader for Troop 77, and currently served on the Scout Board of Review. 
 
Brent served as a Lincolnwood HS Golf Coach; he being an avid golfer took pride in the game and was devoted to teaching others the sport.   
 
He is survived by his mother Dorothy Pinkston of Raymond, brothers Verne (Tricia) Pinkston, Scott Pinkston both of Raymond, 2 nephews Phillip Pinkston of Springfield and Brad Pinkston of Indianapolis, IN and niece, Shelby Pinkston of Raymond, also survive him. Long time companion, Tina Walke of Taylorville also survives. His Dad, Verne, preceded him in death 
 
Visitation will be held Monday, February 27 from 4 -8 PM at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Raymond.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 28 at 10 AM at St Raymond’s Church in Raymond.
Burial will be held at St. Raymond Cemetery in Raymond; Fr. Jerry Bunse will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Raymond Park, Boy Scout Troop 77, or Lake Shore Golf Course Improvement or the donors choice.
 
Condolences to the family may be left at www.houghfuneralhome.com
The Hough Funeral Home in Raymond is assisting the family.
 

 

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Clara Rossea Stain

 

Clara Rossea Stain, 83, of Bulpitt, died at 8:34 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in her home.

 

Clara was born on January 13, 1934 in Champaign, the only daughter of Hadley and Laura (Mirgon) Weakley. Over the years, she was a proud small business owner in both Sullivan and Bulpitt. Clara served on the Board of Trustees in Bulpitt, holding many different positions over the years including Mayor. She was well-liked in her community, kind, and generous. Clara had many friends, most of whom she considered extended family. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of her company over the years.

 

She is survived by her two sons: Steve Springer of San Antonio, TX; Fred & Cynthia Brown of Punta Gorda, FL; three grandsons: Joseph, Matt, and Michael; two granddaughters: Valerie & January; and ten great grandchildren.

 

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter-in-law Irma Springer, and one grandson, Wesley Roberts.

 

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Robinson will officiate. Following the service, a luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Angelos in Taylorville. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Christian County Animal Control. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memories of Clara or condolences to her family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Glen Ray Griffin Sr.

 

Glen Ray Griffin Sr., 66, of Taylorville passed away at 6:07 P.M. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 7, 1950 in Taylorville, the son of Wilbert H. and Rachel Agnes (Ennis) Griffin. He married Sheryl Sue Durbin on October 12, 1968 in Taylorville. Glen worked as a machine operator for Specialized Products in Taylorville. He was a fantastic gardener, enjoyed fishing, and always stayed informed on current events and didn’t mind a lively debate.

He is survived by his wife: Sheryl Griffin of Taylorville; son: Glen Griffin Jr. (Melissa) of Girard; son-in-law: James Hopkins Jr. of Antioch; grandchildren: Zach Griffin, Erin Griffin, Andrew Griffin, Ryan Hopkins, and Chelsea Hopkins; great grandchildren: Penelope Hopkins; siblings: Bonnie Mitchelson of Taylorville, Albert Griffin of Cynthiana, Indiana, Michael Griffin (Jan) of Decatur, and Rose Cooper (Robert) of Granite City. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Penny Hopkins; siblings: Gerald Griffin, William Griffin, and Margie Hurst.

A celebration of Glen’s life will be held at 11AM on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. A visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society. Memories of Glen, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  

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Marjorie A. Mollohan

Marjorie A. Mollohan, 95, of Taylorville, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

 

Marjorie was born May 8, 1921, in Owaneco, IL, to Albert Walter and Mildred Grace (Cleary) Wilhour. She graduated from Taylorville High School and later went to Practical Nursing School in Decatur. She worked at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville for over 21 years. She was a member of Owaneco Methodist Church and a member of Nimble Thimble Quilting Club. She married Burl M. Mollohan and later divorced.  

She is survived by her son, Larry (Patty) Mollohan of Taylorville; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great- grandson; a daughter-in-law, Hilde Mollohan of Taylorville and one son-in-law, Robert Crites of Taylorville. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary Mollohan; one daughter, Barbara Crites; two great-grandsons; and two brothers, Maurice Wilhour and Melvin Wilhour.

 

Graveside services to celebrate the life of Marjorie Mollohan will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Buckeye Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Owaneco United Methodist Church 101 South Church Street, Owaneco, IL 62555. 

 

The family of  is being served by Moran & Goebel and cremation services, 2801 North Monroe Street, Decatur, IL 62526. Send condolences and share memories with the family at www.moranandgoebel.com

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Elaine Prior

Elaine Prior, 86 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. She was born on November 13, 1930 in Sharpsburg, IL the Daughter of Carl and Beulah (Violet) Durham. She married Lloyd Prior on January 14, 1950 in Taylorville, IL. She worked as a homemaker and she and Lloyd attend Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville.

Surviving are her Husband: Lloyd Prior of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Sue Ann (Steve) Witte of Lawrenceville, GA; Grandchildren: Brett (Rebecca) Witte of Enterprise, FL; Mellissa (Jeff) Louty of North Port, FL; Christopher (Elisha) Witte of Silver Springs, FL; Eight Great-Grandchildren; Brother: Lyndell Durham of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Son Roger Prior and Brother Marvin Durham.

It was Elain’s wish to be cremated and have no services. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Christian County Senior Citizens 701 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568

 

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

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Donald E. Brown

Donald E. Brown, 78 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:52 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. He was born on February 20, 1938 in Stonington, IL the Son of Alyah and Martha (Dooley) Brown. He married Janet S. Kinnett on December 21, 1958 in Taylorville, IL. Don retired as Chief Deputy Sheriff for Christian County Sheriff’s office and also served as assistant fire Chief for Taylorville Fire Department and was the founding member and Chief of the Taylorville Rescue Squad. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of AMVETS post #23.

Surviving are his Daughter: Tamara Thomas of Taylorville, IL; Son: Jeffrey (April) Brown of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Quinton (Margaret) Thomas of Davenport, FL and Nathan Brown and companion Tiarra Hill of Taylorville, IL; Brother-in-Law: Lee Roy DeLay of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents and Sister: Beverly DeLay.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite E Springfield, IL 62704 or to the American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674-0001.

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

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M. Lorraine Mollohan

M. Lorraine Mollohan, 74, of Taylorville passed away at 6:45 P.M. on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, North Carolina. She was born on December 5, 1942, the daughter of Wesley Frank and Mildred Fae (High) Hodges. She married James A. Mollohan on April 28, 1963 at the Old Stonington Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on September 27, 1990. Lorraine was an active member of the Old Stonington Baptist Church where she served as treasurer. She retired after working over 30 years as a manager for Ameritech. Lorraine also worked as an assistant to Judy Swigert at her Principal Financial office. She was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and adored her grandsons.

Lorraine is survived by her daughter: Andrea Shoemaker, husband Andy, of New Bern, North Carolina; grandchildren: Tristan and Nathan Shoemaker; siblings: Joyce Jacobs (Bernard) of Taylorville, Dane Hodges (Barb) of Decatur, and Cindy McWard of Taylorville; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 grandchildren in infancy; and brother: Melvin Hodges.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Old Stonington Baptist Church with Rev. Joel Lohr officiating. Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 P.M. on Sunday at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. Memorials may be made to the Old Stonington Baptist Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements. Memories of Lorraine, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Joseph Dale Peden

Joseph Dale Peden, 47 of Springfield, formerly of Taylorville passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9:54 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on December 24, 1969 in Springfield, IL the Son of Dale Peden and Harriet Morrissey. He worked as a laborer for Brandt Consolidated.

Surviving are his Daughters: Jessi Gumm of Chenoa, IL; Alexis Peden of Springfield, IL; Abigail Peden of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Dade, Ryker, Bentley and Ellie Gumm; Parents: Dale and Cathy Peden of Taylorville and Larry and Harriett Morrissey of Taylorville, IL; Companion Susie Williams of Springfield, IL; Sister: Mary (Mike) Ishmael of Murfreesboro, TN, Robbie (Steve) Harbour of Taylorville, IL; Terra Thacker and companion Bubba Hart of Albany, GA; Brother: Phillip (Michelle) Peden of Alton, IL, Cale (Misty) Peden of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Brother: Gary Morrissey.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Father Robert Spriggs officiating. Inurnment will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL at a later date.

Memorials may be made to a college scholarship for his children C/O Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

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Marilyn Bauman

Marilyn Bauman, 88, of Nokomis, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. at Life’s Journey Senior Living Center in Pana. She was born July 3, 1928 in Greenwood Township in Rural Christian County, IL, the Daughter of Edgar and Freida (Schneider) Kettelkamp. She married Paul Bauman on November 26, 1949 in South Fork United Methodist Church in Rural Nokomis and he preceded her in death on August 28, 2000. She worked as a homemaker, helping her husband on the farm. Marilyn was a member of South Fork United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her Sons: Roger (Jan) Bauman of Nokomis, IL; Dennis (JoAnn) Bauman of Nokomis, IL; Daughter: Paula (Dale) Prater of Fillmore, IL; Grandchildren: Nate (Joy) Prater, Amy (Matt) Stolte, Craig (Holly), Curt (Amanda), Brad (Michelle), Kelsey and Devin Bauman; Great-Grandchildren: Brian, Lily, Griffin and Nolan Prater; Kohen and Kinley Stolte; Greyson, Wyatt, Tatum and Brenham Bauman; Sister: Frances Pray of Coffeen, IL; Sister-in-Law: Aleta Kettelkamp of Nokomis, IL and Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Granddaughter Melissa Bauman, Grandson Jeffrey Bauman, Brother Kenneth Kettelkamp and Sister Georgia Janssen, Brothers-in-Law: Dwight Pray and Dale Janssen.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 6, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm at South Fork United Methodist Church in Rural Nokomis. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at South Fork United Methodist Church in Rural Nokomis with Dr. John Ray and Rev. Ric Miles officiating. Burial will be in Kettelkamp Cemetery in Rural Nokomis, IL.

In Lieu of Flowers the family asks that you make Memorials to South Fork United Methodist Church 1431 E. 100 N. Rd. Nokomis, IL and Kettelkamp Cemetery.

Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Jim W. Lancaster

 

 

Jim W. Lancaster, 79, of Taylorville died at 9:40 P.M. on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on November 28, 1937 in Bulpitt, the son of William F. and Mary R. (Hardin) Lancaster.  On January 28, 1961 he married Estralita “Lita” Green in Taylorville.  He served in the Air Force from 1955 until 1959.  Jim retired from Peabody mine #10 after 34 years of employment.  He was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church.  Jim and his brother Bill were well known for their work as “shade tree” mechanics.  Jim was a member of the Taylorville Moose Lodge, the UMWA, and a social member of the VFW.  He enjoyed playing cards and often did so with his friends at the Christian County Senior Center.  Jim enjoyed flying RC airplanes for many years and was a founding member of the Christian County Propbusters Club.  Jim and Lita enjoyed ballroom dancing together and in their retirement provided transportation to many friends with their airport shuttle service.  
He is survived by his wife: Lita Lancaster of Taylorville; sons: John W. (Mary Cay) Lancaster of Lake Orion, Michigan, James E. (Michele) Lancaster of Sugar Grove, and Joel A (Cynthia) Lancaster of Germantown Hills; grandchildren: Robert (Cary) Lancaster, Laura Lancaster, Daniel Lancaster, Brittany Burns, Baylee Lancaster, Kelsey Lancaster, Jenna Lancaster, and Delaney Lancater; sister-in-law: Bonnie Lancaster; and niece: Madelyn Lazzarini.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Bill Lancaster; sister: Marilyn Lazzarini; nephew: Walter Lazzarini; and great grandson: Conor James Lancaster.
The funeral service for Jim will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Taylorville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Becky Lembke officiating.  Burial will be in Glen Haven Cemetery in Taylorville.  Visitation will be held from 10 until 11:30 A.M. on Tuesday in the church.  Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Christian County Senior Citizens Center.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  Memories of Jim, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Robert Chester Howard

Robert “Bob” Chester Howard, 68, of Smithboro, Illinois, formerly from Monticello, passed away in his home at 12:21 P.M. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. He was born on April 14, 1948 in Urbana, the son of Joseph and Billie (Turner) Howard. On April 28, 1979 he married Karen Ann Blakeman at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, Illinois. Bob retired in 2011 after working more than 35 years as a proud union laborer for Local 703 in Champaign. He was a member of St. Theresa/Marydale Catholic Church in Carlyle. Bob was a man of love, a man of faith, and a man of many opinions. Bob was an avid sports fan. He loved the Dodgers, golfing and gardening. He graduated from Tolono Unity High School in 1966. Those who knew Bob knew that he touched many kids lives coaching T-ball, baseball, and JFL football. After his retirement he had a passion for his grandkids, gardening, and golfing. Bob so looked forward to traveling on Fridays and watching his 2 sons Robbi and Jon coach high school football games.

Bob is survived by his wife: Karen A. Howard of Smithboro; sons: Robert (Robbi) Blake Howard, wife Alissa, of Athens, Alan Joseph, wife Lindsay and granddaughter Blakely Ann of Springfield, and Jon Thomas, wife Alicia and grandsons Hutley Blake and Maverick Briar of Aviston; father-in-law: Leroy Blakeman of Decatur; sisters: Betty Howard of Urbana, Kay Howard and one brother: Tom Howard both of Pesotum, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law: Shirley Blakeman.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Inurnment will be in the Old Stonington. Visitation will be from noon until 3:00 P.M. on Sunday at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville and from 10:00 A.M. until the mass on Monday at the church in Stonington. Because of Bob’s love for children, memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Bob, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Wilhelmina Sue Mills

Wilhelmina Sue Mills, 75 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7:54 p.m. at her residence in Taylorville. She was born on April 25, 1941 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Cecil Leroy and Mary Elizabeth (Collebrusco) Mills. She worked as a housekeeper at Taylorville Care Center and St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. Wilhelmina was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Taylorville.

Surviving are her Sister: Vickie (Larry) Barker of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: Gary (Brenda) Mills of Taylorville, Ricky Mills of Taylorville, IL; Nieces: Becky Hopskins, Margo Michaud, Heather Mills. Nephews: Alan Mills, Dane Mills, Scott Mills, Pete Barker, Nathan Barker, Tristan Mills, Brent Mills, Colby Mills, Sean Mills. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Brother David Allan Mills in infancy, and Brother Robert J. Mills.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674-0001 or to American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

 

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

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Edmond J. Ahrendt

Edmond J. Ahrendt, 59, of Taylorville passed away at 2:03 P.M. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on June 9, 1957 in Decatur, the son of Donald L. and Ruby M. (Gordon) Ahrendt. He married Mona S. Cowgill on July 26, 1975 in Taylorville. Ed worked for the Bunn Corporation as a welder and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a social member of the American Legion. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, and above all spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife: Mona S. Ahrendt; son: Jeremy Ahrendt (Colleen); grandchildren: Taylor Ahrendt and Kayden Ahrendt, all of Taylorville; brothers: Danny Ahrendt (Jean) of Conroe, Texas and Richard Ahrendt (Rita) of Winter Park, Florida; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law: Barbara Damery of Taylorville; sisters-in-law: Deborah (Billy) Prince of Taylorville and Barb Watson of Taylorville; and brother-in-law: Jon Damery of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: David Ahrendt; and father-in-law: Kenneth Damery.

In accordance with Ed’s wishes, he will be cremated and no service will be held. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Ed, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Norma Y. Fountain

Mrs. Norma Y. Fountain, 96 of Edinburg passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10:10 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville. She was born on February 3, 1920 in Edinburg, the daughter of Glenn A. and Ada B. Younker. She married Leslie A. Fountain on December 24, 1938 in Springfield. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2006 after 67 years of marriage.

Surviving are Children, Elaine (husband Russ) Kruse of Yakima, WA, Shirley (husband Bob) Sloan of Edinburg, Larry (Wife Cindy) Fountain of Edinburg, Richard (Wife Eva) Fountain of Granger, IN, Gayla (Husband Terry) Wingo of Mt. Auburn, Sharon (Husband John) Ridgeway of Edinburg. 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren and 4 step great-great grandchildren, Brother Robert Younker of Camden, IL and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband, 1 grandson, 1 great-great granddaughter, 1 step great-great grandson, Brothers Allen and Jean Younker, Gale and Mary Younker, Sister Doris and William Swope, and sister-in-law Maxine Younker.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Dan Spruell and James Baldwin officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Edinburg Fire Department and Rescue Squad 107 W Douglas St, Edinburg, IL 62531.

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Jonne Louise Welton

Jonne Louise Welton, 79 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 6:25 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Taylorville. She was born on October 29, 1937 in Ashland, OH the Daughter of Ralph and Gladys (Ricker) Worst. She graduated from Ashland Highschool and Business College in Omaha, NE. Jonne worked for the Federal Government in Washington D.C. as a librarian and she later worked for Standard Mutual Insurance Company in Springfield, IL for 29 years until retirement.

Surviving are her Sisters: Judy (Bob) Baldridge of Arizona, Janet Fackler of Ohio; Life Long Friend: Loretta Luttrell, Extended family: Darlene Collebrusco, Nancy Andrews, and Joyce Woods; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents and Brother Phil Worst.

It was Jonne’s wish to be cremated and there will be a graveside service at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

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

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John G. Kohl

 

John G. Kohl, 78 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on December 25, 1938 in Bolivia, IL the Son of Irvin Kohl and Ruth (Hartsock) Doyle. He married Carol Afrecht Truax on December 7, 1973 in Edinburg Christian Church in Edinburg, IL. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, he worked in construction and he was a T.V. repairman. John was a member of the Edinburg Christian Church and the NRA.

Surviving are his Wife: Carol Kohl of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Lisa Marlene Kohl of Edinburg, IL; Son Kenneth Wayne Truax of Edinburg, IL; Grandchildren: Amanda (Jarrod) Pasquale of Edinburg, IL; Zachary (Angela) Lancaster of Stonington, IL; Lealah Truax of Edinburg, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Malachi Truax of Edinburg, IL; Riley Jo Lancaster of Stonington, IL; Landyn Pasquale of Edinburg, IL; Ryanne Lancaster of Stonington, IL; Sister: Ruth Ann Powell of Rochester, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers: Harvey and Leroy Kohl.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10:00-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Dan Spruell officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to Edinburg Christian Church 305 W Washington St, Edinburg, IL 62531

 

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Verne LeRoy Fulk

 

Verne LeRoy Fulk, 85, of Assumption passed away at 1:45 P.M. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville. He was born on March 25, 1931 Decatur, the son of Verne Wheeler and Mildred Mae (Harper) Fulk. He married Shirley Lee Cearlock on February 26, 1950 in Moweaqua and she preceded him in death on January 11, 1998. LeRoy was a lifetime farmer and BoJac seed dealer. He was also a member of the Christian County Pork Producers and the Decatur Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his children: Gary Fulk (Nancy) of Assumption, Sandy Harper (Dave) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Nancy Bennett (Mark) of Bethany, and Alan Fulk (Melissa) of Stonington; grandchildren: Elizabeth Blondis (Craig) of Memphis, Tennessee, Ben Fulk (Wendy) of Seymour, Lindsey Holler (Ryan) of Decatur, Adam Sperry (Shayla) of Lacon, Claire Fulk of St. Louis, Missouri, and Wilson Fulk, Jack Fulk, Karly Fulk, and Chloe Fulk all of Stonington; great grandchildren: Charlotte Blondis and Graham Blondis of Memphis, Taylor Fulk of Seymour, Landen Sperry, and Shilar Sperry both of Lacon; brothers: Robert Fulk (Janet) of Hoschton, Georgia, and Richard Fulk of Arlington Heights. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

A private family graveside service will be held at the West Side Cemetery in Moweaqua. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements. Memories of LeRoy, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Douglas L. Garwood

 

Douglas L. Garwood, 72, of Stonington passed away at 3:44 P.M. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 8, 1944 in Taylorville, the son of Harold L. and Lillian (Kerns) Garwood. He married Alice Elizabeth “Betsy” Stout on August 25, 1973 in State College, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Stonington High School in 1962. In 1966 he earned his B.S. in Agricultural Science and in 1968 his M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Penn State University in 1973. He then served as faculty at Penn State as an Associate Professor, teaching plant breeding and also conducting sweet corn research. In 1980, he and Betsy returned to Stonington to join the family Golden Harvest seed corn and soybean business, Garwood Seed Company, and he continued to remain active in agriculture throughout his lifetime. He always enjoyed keeping up to date on scientific, economic, and agricultural trends and sharing his knowledge with others. He was a member of the Christian County Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association, and was active with the Christian County Extension Office. He was a member of Old Stonington Baptist Church and served as secretary and treasurer of the Old Stonington Cemetery Association for many years. He was a fan of Illini and Penn State sports and the St. Louis Cardinals. Most of all he was a kind, thoughtful, and loving son, husband, father, and grandfather.

Doug is survived by his wife: Betsy Garwood of Stonington; son: Mark Garwood (Candice) of Canton, Michigan; daughter: Karen McMeel (Michael) of Chicago; grandchildren: Eli Garwood, Nora Garwood, and Andrew McMeel; step-grandchildren: Michael McMeel, Ryan McMeel, and Thomas McMeel; and several cousins and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant daughter: Amy Garwood.

A funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, February 3, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Billy Bob Howard officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 until 7 P.M. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Old Stonington Cemetery Association or the Old Stonington Baptist Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Doug, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Robert F. Credi

 

 

Robert F. Credi of Taylorville, IL died at 4:00am Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in South Bend, IN.
He was born March 8, 1935 in Bangor, MI the son of Erminio and Bertha (Pat) Krohn Credi. On March 16, 1961 he married Etta Mae Ford at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Kincaid. Bob was a retiree from Freeman United Coal Company and a former employee of the Department of Revenue at the State of Illinois. Bob was an avid hunter, sports fan, especially, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini, and a long time H.S. football referee. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and active member of St. Mary's Parish and the Knights of Columbus in Taylorville.  

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Surviving are his Children: Dr. Greg Credi and wife Alison of South Bend, IN, Mindy Credi of River Forrest, IL, Geoffrey Ford Credi and wife Jami Mitchell of Chicago, and Melissa Bergen and husband Bill of Newtown Square, PA. There are 7 Grandchildren: Zachary Credi, Madeline Credi, Kalyn Credi, Garrett Credi, Katherine "Katie" Bergen, Molly Credi, and Kyle Bergen. He is survived by his Sister, Anita Young of Edwardsville, Il. Bob was preceded in death by his Wife, Etta Mae (Ford), his Brother, Erminio (Bill) Credi Jr, and his Sister, Gloria Credi.

A Funeral Mass will be held at
10:30 am Saturday, February 4, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday at McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. A prayer service will be held at 4:45 pm on Friday, prior to the visitation.

Memorials may be made to: The Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund, 401 S. Walnut St, Taylorville, IL 62568 or Schiffler Cancer Center, Attn: Dr. Gregory Merrick, 1 Medical Park, Wheeling, WV 26003.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements. Memories of Bob, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Larry J. Besson

 

Larry J. Besson, 74, of Stonington passed away at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on October 20, 1942 in Taylorville, the son of Hyppolite and Blanche (Campbell) Besson. On August 24, 1963 he married Mary Jane Hodges in Augusta, Georgia. Larry was a veteran of the US Army, specializing in communications. Larry retired as an electrician for Caterpillar, where he worked for over 30 years. He was a member of the Stonington First Baptist Church. Larry devoted much of his life to the American Legion and served in many capacities including: Post Commander and Financial Officer for Post 257 in Stonington, Past Commander of District 21, Division, and Illinois State Commander where he also served as National Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Stonington for over 25 years. Larry was a member of the Stonington Masonic Lodge 1066 and was also a member of the Ansar Shrine. He loved hunting for many years and had many memorable trips.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Jane Besson of Stonington; sons: Mark (Racheal) Besson of Topeka, Kansas and Brad (Julie) Besson of Jacksonville; grandchildren: Alisha Besson, Matt Besson, Gart Besson, Leah Besson, Lucas McKenna, Travis McKenna, Chelsea Landzettel, Skylar Tucker, and Kassidy Tucker; 8 great grandchildren; brother: Robert “Buz” Besson of Taylorville; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 12noon on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. William Mitchel officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 A.M. until the time of the service. Burial, with veteran’s honors, will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements. Memories of Larry, or condolences to the family, may left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Wanda Howard

 

Wanda Howard, 80 of Bolivia passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. at her residence in Bolivia surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 24, 1936 in Bolivia, IL the Daughter of Johnnie and Edith (Dillon) Prior. She married Melvin Howard on February 18, 1956 in Roby, IL. Wanda worked as a homemaker and she was a member of the Taylorville Weight Watchers Club. She loved camping, sitting around the camp fire and taking long drives looking for deer and eagles.

Surviving are her Sons: Randy (Sandra) Howard of Delavan, WI; Bob (Kelley) Howard of Bolivia, IL; Daughters: Kathy (Troy) Cobbs of Kamiah, ID; Kerry (Jon) Sims of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Jessica Howard, Phillip Howard, Ty Howard, Tess Howard, Shelby Patient, Austin Patient, Brock Rodden, Gracie Rodden, Dustin Berry, Herschel Rhodes; Great-Grandchildren: Reegan and Camden Berry; Sisters: Lois (Gary) Adams of Rural Mt. Auburn, IL; Patsy Wicker of Blue Mound, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Step-father Roy Henderson, Brother-in-Law Bob Wicker, Nephew Paul Wicker, Mother and Father-in-Law: Ted and Ruth Howard.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Dick Wamsley officiating. Burial will be held in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Christian County Senior Citizens Transportation 701 W Adams St, Taylorville, IL 62568

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

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Chester Basil

 

Mr. Chester W. “Bill” Basil, Jr., 80, of Kincaid, IL passed away at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, January 21, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side.

Mr. Basil was born in Clarksdale, IL September 6, 1936 the son of Chester W. and Zelma (Peacher) Basil, Sr. Bill married Mary “Charlene” Tippitt on December 24, 1953 in Union City, TN. Mr. and Mrs. Basil celebrated 63 years together.

Bill, as he was affectionately known by all, attended First Church of Nazarene in Taylorville, IL. He was a member of U.M.W.A. local #9819 and retired after working 33 years at Peabody Mine #10 near Pawnee. Mr. Basil served as President of Kincaid Little League Association, and was an associate member of the Kincaid American Legion Post #905. Bill loved his family, the St. Louis Cardinals and fishing.

He is survived by: his wife Charlene of Kincaid, IL a daughter Anita (Mark) Lemanski of Taylorville, IL 2 sons Dale (Debra) Basil of Jeisyville, IL Jeff (Gina) Basil of Kincaid, IL 2 brothers Darrell (Nancy) Basil of Joliet, IL Ronald (Mary Ann) Basil of Decatur, IL a sister Shirley (Donald) Dunkirk of Taylorville, IL 6 grandchildren Cody Basil and companion Madison Siegrist, Jennifer Lemanski and companion Randy Prince, Jr., Amanda (Chris) Dempsy, Kayla Basil, Kim (Nick) Todd, and Kendra Carter along with 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Basil was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers Robert and Charles Basil.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL. Pastor Bob Turner of Taylorville 1st Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Burial will follow in Thomas Anderson Cemetery rural Palmer, IL. Visitation for Mr. Chester Wm. “Bill” Basil will be held from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Masterson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene 300 S. Shumway St. Taylorville, IL 62568

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Gary Ray

 

Gary Ray, 61 of Mt. Auburn passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. at his residence in Mt. Auburn. He was born on November 23, 1955 in Monterey, CA the Son of John and Beatrice (King) Ray. He married Nadine Turnbow on March 5, 1977 in Sullivan, IL. Gary worked as an Architectural Draftsman and later at Masterbrand Cabinets in Arthur.

Surviving are his Wife Nadine Ray of Mt. Auburn, IL; Daughters: Jennifer (Eugene) Dickey of Pana, IL; Aimee (Kent) Beck of Mt. Auburn, IL and his service dog Jake; Grandchildren: Zara Beck and Zamon Beck of Mt. Auburn, IL; Reine Ray and Canyon Dickey of Pana, IL; Father: John Ray of Sullivan, IL; Sisters: Janet (Rick) McFarland of Sullivan, IL; Brenda (Scott) Weaver of Mattoon, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Mother Beatrice Ray, and several Aunts and Uncles.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. His ashes will be spread in Wyoming and California.

Memorials may be made to AAMP (Autism and Movement Project) 11 S. Locust St. Pana, IL 62557

 

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

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Betty Runge

 

Betty Runge, 64 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at _______ p.m. at her residence in Taylorville. She was born on September 5, 1952 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Albert E. and Mabel (Emerson) Miller. She married Melvin Runge on December 22, 1983 in Taylorville. Betty worked at Wal-Mart, memorial school on the playground, at Stonington School, Smiths Nursing Home, State of Illinois Drivers License in Springfield. She loved her family, Church friends, television, talking on the phone, flowers and the kids that she worked around at the schools for many years.

Surviving are her Husband: Mel Runge of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Roxanne (David) Warner of Myrtle Beach, SC; Son: Andrew (Gina) Runge of Carlinville, IL; Grandchildren: Zakkary, Isaiah, Warner and Dalton Runge; Sister: Loretta Huebner of Taylorville, IL and several Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church 900 Northern Ave. Taylorville, IL 62568 or to Bethel Baptist Church 1919 N 1000 East Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568

 

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

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Berthen P. Boldini

 

Berthen P. “Bert” Boldini, 84, of Stonington passed away at 4:56 A.M. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on December 3, 1932 in Stonington, the son of Sisto and Germaine (Lamorille) Boldini. He married Lillian “Lil” Coffey on October 26, 1957 in Stonington and she precede him in death on September 20, 2001. Bert worked for 43 years at the ADM East plant in Decatur at a prep operator. He was a member of the Ponting Cemetery Association Board and a former scout leader for many years. Bert and Lil enjoyed traveling, camping, and hosting family and friends for gatherings in their gazebo. Bert also enjoyed reading and was an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Steve and Annette Boldini of Stonington, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son: Sam P. Boldini; brother: Samuel O. Boldini; sisters: Palmyre Whittaker and Margaret Robinson.

A memorial service will be held at 10 A.M. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Steve Robinson officiating. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will take place at Ponting Cemetery in Stonington. Memorials may be made to the Ponting Cemetery Association. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements. Memories of Bert, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Jane Pugsley

Jane Pugsley, 77, of Altamont, died at 2:01 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 2017 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Pee Wee Denton officiating. Burial will follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park, Effingham. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Golden Circle Nutrition Center, Altamont or the donor’s choice.

 

Jane was born on Friday, November 17, 1939 in Altamont to Louis Glenn and Emma Anne (Buchholz) Finfrock. Growing up in the Dexter community, she attended the McCoy School and Dexter Methodist Church. She married Danny Pugsley on January 3, 1965 at the Dexter Methodist Church. In 1980, Danny unexpectedly died and she continued to raise their two young children and later retired from Owens-Brockway, Vandalia. She was a member of New Horizons Church, St. Elmo. As a dedicated volunteer at the Golden Circle Nutrition Center, she assisted with the Meals-on-Wheels and her kind, soft-spoken smile was appreciated in the numerous capacities over the years where she bestowed her time.

 

Always treasuring her family she will be sadly missed by her daughter, Sarah McCammon and her husband Travis of Altamont; son, Paul Pugsley and his wife Lynn of St. Elmo; granddaughters, Lacy Kennard and her husband Quentin of Altamont, Catherine Graves and her husband Blake of St. Elmo, and Elizabeth McCammon of Altamont; grandson, Daniel McCammon of Altamont; great grandson, Ezekiel Kennard of Altamont; great granddaughter, Jaynel Kennard of Altamont; brother, John W. Finfrock of Altamont; sisters, Mary Ann Young and her husband Gerald of Altamont and Allegra Ellis and her husband David of Altamont; brothers-in-law, Stanley Pugsley, Sr. of Pana and Dave Culp and his wife Nancy of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Marsha Finfrock of Altamont, Mary Jones of Fillmore, and Virginia Miller and her husband Jerry of Pana and many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; brother; Benson Finfrock; sisters, Sarah (James) Warren and Luella (Harland) Hooks.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com.

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Max Straughn Siegrist

Max Straughn Siegrist, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 3:17 p.m. at his residence in Taylorville. He was born on May 3, 1926 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Walter M. and Pauline E. (Straughn) Siegrist. Max was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, Mound Lodge #122 AF & AM Taylorville, IL, VFW Post #4495, American Legion Post 72, Taylorville Senior Citizens and he loved Taylorville Sports. He worked as a bricklayer.


Surviving are his Sister: Sue Siegrist-Wilson of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: John Montrose “Monte” (Lucy) Siegrist of Taylorville, IL; Nephews: Mark, Jay, Scott and Kirk Siegrist; Michael Wilson, Paul John Wilson; Nieces: Julie Siegrist, Michelle (David) Speagle, Paula (Kevin) Lee, Jeannie Masters; Several Great-Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was precede in death by his Parents, Sister: Ellen Siegrist, Brother Malcom Siegrist, Nephew John Lyndon Siegrist. 


Visitation will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 10:00-12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Bob Cook officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.


Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave., Taylorville, Illinois  62568 or the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Christian County Senior Citizens 701 W Adams St, Taylorville, IL 62568

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

 

Harold William Miller, 76 of Kincaid, passed away at 7:42 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Harold was born in Williamsville, IL on September 21, 1940 to Lawrence and Louise (Blackburn) Miller, after 35 years of service retired from National Energy, INC of Moweaqua.

He is survived by the love of his life of 54 years Wanda (O’dell) Miller, Children Pam Chasteen of Taylorville, Gary (Julie) Miller of Dallas City, Brenda (Kirk) Rohdemann of Blue Mound, Bill (Tracy) Miller of Kincaid, Sister Audrey Lahr of Tovey. Grandchildren Brandon Miller, Jennifer Salyers, Stephanie Watkins, Aaron Luck, Heather Agnew, Nichole Rohdemann, Billy Brunk, Hailee Chasteen, Logan Miller, Mason Miller, eight Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister: Nancy, Grandchildren Brittany Brunk, Zachary Chasteen.

Harold was a member of the Eagles Club, Moose Club, Taylorville VFW Post #4495, he enjoyed cooking, visiting all of his friends on his golf cart, never knew a stranger. He would travel miles for a good buffet. The Davita Dialysis in Taylorville became his extended family.

Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Following the services there will be a dinner celebration of his life at the Taylorville Eagles Club. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Autism Society of Central Illinois 5220 S. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62703.

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

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Evan Young Allen

 

Evan Young Allen, 93, of Stonington passed away at 5:27 A.M. on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on May 19, 1923 in Dahlgren, the son of James Ola and Grace Lillian (Leslie) Allen. On May 9, 1943 he married Alberta Mae Brock in Perry County, Missouri. Evan was an Army Veteran of World War II. He attended SIU Carbondale, graduated from the University of Illinois, and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He taught agriculture and general science courses in Tower Hill and Stonington for many years and also worked as a crop adjuster for Country Companies. He served as an FFA advisor for many years. Evan was a founding member of the Stonington and Tower Hill Lions Club and a member of the Old Stonington Baptist Church. In his free time he enjoyed camping and fishing, and above all loved the time spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife: Alberta Allen of Stonington; children: Everett Young Allen (Janet) of Pana, Rodney Lee Allen (Rhea) of Stonington, Kevin James Allen (Daniel Menzies) of Champaign, Stephen Ray Allen (Adriana) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Randy Allen, Richard Allen, Ronald Allen, Rena Burkhart, Danny Cook, Jenny Fikan, Brian Allen, Craig Allen, Chad Allen, Zachary Allen, Christian Allen, Selah Allen, Kamila Allen, Kristina Allen, and Evan Allen; 15 great grandchildren and 11 great- great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son: Ivan Leslie Allen; granddaughter: Tracy Lynn Allen; 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

The funeral service for Evan will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Old Stonington Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Bob Howard and Rev. Joel Lohr officiating. Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 until 7 P.M. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville and from 10 until the service Friday in the church. Memorials may be made to the Old Stonington Baptist Church or to the FFA for a scholarship fund. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements. Memories of Evan, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Terry L. Buzzard

 

Terry L. Buzzard, 72, of Mt. Auburn passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in his home, surrounded by those who love him. The second son of Carl and Lois (Truitt) Buzzard, Terry was born in Effingham, Illinois on October 10, 1944. The family moved to the Mt. Auburn area to farm when Terry was young, and he continued to live on and farm the same land until his death. In addition to farming, Terry was a DeKalb seed dealer and co-owner of The Buzzards Roost bar in Mt. Auburn.

Family was at the heart of everything Terry did, and he built his family with the love of his life, Judy Herman of Mt. Auburn. They were joined in marriage on July 25, 1965 at the Mt. Auburn Methodist Church. Together they created a home full of support, love, and laughter for their three children, and, later, seven grandchildren.

Spending his life in Mt. Auburn, Terry devoted much time and effort to improving his community. After graduating from Mt. Auburn High School, where he was active in sports, FFA, and causing mischief with his brother Gary and friend Ike Leeper, among others, Terry was involved in many organizations. They included the Mt. Auburn Lions Club, Mt. Auburn Picnic Association, and the Mt. Auburn Community (Building) Club. He served on the Mt. Auburn Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years, serving as chief for 18 of those years. He greatly enjoyed taking the fire truck to the elementary school and hosting tours for students at the fire house, allowing them to see and sit on a real fire truck. Terry was also involved with AirEvac of Illinois, and helped plan visits of the medical helicopter to the community.

Politics, from local to national, was another passion of Terry’s. He spent several years as the Mosquito Township Republican Precinct Committeeman, and he worked on various local and county elections throughout the years. Fox News was usually required viewing. He loved a good political discussion, and never altered his views based on who the conversation might be with.

Terry is deeply loved, and will be greatly missed, by his wife of 51 years, Judy, and their children, Denise (Brian) Ward, Dennis (April) Buzzard, and Debbie (Steve) Kuntzman, all of Mt. Auburn. He was also a special grandpa to Jessi and Brooke Ward, Nic, Seth, Hanna and Brody Buzzard, and Lacey Kuntzman. His influence will forever be felt in their lives.

Many of those he loved left his life too soon, including his parents, sister Janet and brother-in-law David Greene, brother Gary Buzzard and nephew Todd Buzzard. Loved ones surviving, in addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, include sister Cheryl (Gary) Butcher and mother-in-law Mildred Herman, all of Mt. Auburn, and several special cousins, nieces and nephews.

To honor and celebrate Terry’s life, a visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, from 4 p.m. until 7p.m., with services held the following day, also at McClure Funeral Home, at 10 a.m. Memorials may be made to either the Mt. Auburn Fire Department or the Mt. Auburn Community Club. Additional information can be found at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Darrell McWard

 

Darrell McWard, 77 of Decatur formerly of Taylorville passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:10 a.m. at his home in Decatur. He was born on August 5, 1939 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Lester Price and Mary Ann (Maloney) McWard. He married Patricia Wiseman on July 15, 1961 in Taylorville, IL. He worked as a Millwright at Wagoner Castings in Decatur. Darrell was a member of American Legion Post #0105 in Decatur.

Surviving is his Wife: Patricia of Decatur, IL; Daughter: Mary Louise (Chuck) Alvey of Taylorville, IL; Granddaughter: Ashley Alvey of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Son Brian McWard and two daughters in infancy: Barbara Jo and Susan Lynn McWard Brothers: James Lester McWard.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville 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.

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Mell Silva

Mell Anthoney Silva, 64 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:23 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on March 24, 1952 in Hilo, HI the Son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Cavalleo) Silva. He married Debbie Jean Durbin on November 16, 1974 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on August 31, 2016. Mell worked as an electrician at Meadow Manor skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and he later was a machine operator at GSI.


Surviving are his Sons: Anthoney Thomas (Kelly) Silva of Lafayette, LA; Christopher (Jaime) Silva of Kincaid, IL; Daughters: Noelani Mae (Ronald) Sheffield of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Larissa “Lacey”, Sierra and Zaksimus Silva; Anthoney (Kelly), Hailey, Hope and Chloe (Chris), Danielle, Feylin, Isaac, Dante, Isis, Tegan, Jack, Yazlynn, Dominick (Noelani); Parents: Bernard and Elizabeth (Cavalleo) Silva; Brothers: Robert Pihi, Phillip and James Silva all of Hawaii; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Wife, Mother: Dolores Pihi and Grandson Dominick Sheffield, Brother Gary Silva.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 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 Steve Robinson officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


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

 

Deborah Sue Johnson, 61, of Taylorville, went home to be with the Lord at 6:37 A.M. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 26, 1955 in Springfield, the daughter of Lawrence W. and Bernice L. (Haferkamp) Catron. She married Robert L. Johnson on December 17, 1977 at the Christian Bible Church in Springfield. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and a member of the Buckeye United Methodist Church. She knitting for over 30 years, and enjoyed giving away the projects she created. She loved listening to southern gospel music and enjoyed fishing. She had raised and cared for over 18 pets, and is survived by 5.

She is survived by her husband: Robert Johnson of Taylorville; father: Larry Catron of Springfield; brothers: Gary (Peg) Catron of Phoenix, Arizona, and Donald (Joyce) Catron of Auburn; sister: Lori (Robert) York of Rochester; 1 niece and 2 great nieces. She was preceded in death by her mother, and paternal and maternal grandparents.

A funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at McClure Funeral Home with Rev. John Ray officiating. Burial will be in the Buckeye Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 P.M. on Monday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Buckeye United Methodist Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Memories of Deborah, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Eileen H. Page

 

Eileen H. (Daykin) Page, 100 of Taylorville passed away at 12:32 PM on Monday, January 2, 2017 at her home.

 

She was born on September 3, 1916 at Alberta, Canada the daughter of Harley and Albertina (Mix) Wilcox. She married Jason Daykin on May 17, 1942 at Taylorville; he preceded her in death on February 25, 1988. She then married Melvin Page on August 18, 2002 at Taylorville; he also preceded her in death on September 22, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Son, Eric Daykin, Sisters, Elizabeth Mills and Lillian Johnson, Brothers, Charles Wilcox and Ernest Wilcox and Half Sister, Lucille Phares.

 

Eileen worked as a cosmetician at Morton Drug Store in Taylorville and was trained as a beauty consultant by Charles of the Ritz. She had also worked at the A & P Store and Woolworth’s. In the 1930’s, she and her sister Eleanor DeRochi had a radio show where Eileen yodeled, played the harmonica and guitar while Eleanor harmonized. She was very active member of the Community of Christ Church where for many years she delivered meals on wheels until 2011 at the age of 95. She was a 50 year member of the Taylorville Women’s Club where she served two terms as President, stepped down as an election judge at the age of 90, assisted with the Red Cross Blood Drive and was past President of the Quilters Guild. She was a foreign exchange host mother to 3 exchange students, Kirsti Husum of Norway, Jacki Santana of Brazil and Lisa Yama of Finland. Eileen was very active and proud of the Taylorville community and helped in many ways to promote Taylorville, such as the Taylorville Home Tour.

 

Survivors include: Daughter, Kay (husband, Robert) Schutte of Apple Valley, MN; Grandchildren, Erika Schutte of Kansas City, MO and Chad Schutte of Austin, TX; Brothers, Dean (wife, Mae) Wilcox of Selma, AL and Jim (wife, Joyce) Wilcox of Owaneco, IL; Sisters, Eleanor DeRochi of Taylorville, IL and Betty (husband, Sam) Wood of Mattoon, IL; Step Daughters, Beverly Bergschneider and Kay Champley both of Taylorville, IL; Many step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Community of Christ Church in Taylorville with Elder Lori Smothers officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church.

 

Condolences to her family may be left at www.perfettifuneralhome.com

 

Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.

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Robert W. Shewmaker

 

Robert W. Shewmaker, 90 of Stonington passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 11:20 a.m. at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville. He was born on February 15, 1926 in Moweaqua, IL the Son of Pete and Hadgie (Royalty) Shewmaker. He married Mary Coffey on November 27, 1949 in Stonington, IL and she later preceded him in death. Robert retired form Mueller in Decatur where he worked in the test lab. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and a member of VFW Post #4495, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and the Stonington American Legion Post #257.

Surviving are his Daughter: Vickie (David) Busby of Stonington, IL; Grandchildren: Clint Shewmaker of Normal, IL; Sarah Beth (Raymond) Gray of North Pole, AK; Jacob Busby of Stonington, IL; Great-Granddaughter: Molly Gray; Daughter-in-Law: Carol Shewmaker White of Stonington, IL; Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Brother: Horace Shewmaker, Son: Chuck Shewmaker.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will be held in Old Stonington Cemetery in Stonington, IL with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to the Stonington Rescue Squad 423 Walnut Street Stonington, IL 62567

 

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Dorothy R. Vota

 

 

Dorothy R. Vota
Jan. 3, 1930 — Jan. 1, 2017


Dorothy R. Vota, 86, of Taylorville, passed away Jan. 1, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
She was born Jan. 3, 1930, in Chicago, a daughter of John and Anna (
Czabala) Spisak. She was
raised in the Roseland neighborhood and attended Fenger Academy High School. Following
graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper at both Celotex and Hart, Schafner and Marx in
downtown Chicago.


Dorothy met her husband, Martin Vota, at Lake 26 near Spooner, Wisconsin, in 1951, where
they would continue to vacation for the next four decades. She married Martin on May 30, 1953,
at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Chicago. Dorothy and Martin then moved to Decatur, Illinois,
and opened Decatur Television Engineers when WAND-TV began broadcasting. In 1966,
Dorothy and her family moved to Taylorville to continue to sell and repair televisions. She
worked at Pepsi Cola in Taylorville before joining Martin to work at Vota TV and Appliances in
Kincaid, Illinois, which the couple owned and operated until their retirement in 1989. Martin
preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2015.


In her retirement, Dorothy took painting classes with her friends and crocheted afghans for her
grandchildren. She gave her paintings to family and friends as gifts, some of which were featured
in a display at the Christian County Courthouse. Dorothy loved shopping at the Taylorville
Memorial Hospital gift shop for her loved ones and attending the hospital’s Christmas bazaar.
She enjoyed following her family and friends on Facebook and emailing relatives in Europe. One
of the special moments of her life was attending and participating in her grandson Matthew’s
wedding.


Dorothy was known for her great singing voice and released her own album in her early 20s. She
was proud of her Slovakian heritage and was a lifelong member of the First Catholic Slovak
Ladies Association.


Dorothy is survived by her children Cathy (Marty) Arnold of Aurora, Illinois, Martin (Deanna)
Vota of Taylorville, Cindy Drea of Taylorville, Lori Ward of Rochester, Illinois, and Robin Vota

of Springfield, Illinois; grandchildren Matthew (Paula) Arnold and Kaitie Arnold, Heidi (Tyson)
Corbin and Haylen Vota, Andrew and Bridget Drea and Arika and Keegan Ward; an expected
great-grandchild; nephews Dennis (Carol) Zarr of Overland Park, Kansas, and Richard (Susan)
Zarr of Cedar Lake, Indiana; a brother-in-law Juan Cruz of Blue Island, Illinois; and several
other nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister Rita Cruz.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at St. Rita Catholic Church, Kincaid. The
Rev. Valery Burusu will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid,
preceded by a short prayer service to begin at 4:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis.
A guestbook is available at mastersonfh.com.
  

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John O. Rever

John O. “Jack” Rever, 76 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1:10 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born on September 30, 1940 in Moweaqua, IL the Son of John H. and Wanda (Simpson) Rever. He married Rita Ann Nixon on August 9, 1985 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on March 4, 2014. He was retired from the Illinois Child Support division and he was a veteran in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard. John was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Taylorville, IL.

Surviving are his Daughters: Shara (Greg) Schuh of Taylorville, IL and Rhonda Beck and Companion Everett Johnson of Taylorville, IL; Sons: John (Jodi) Rever of St. Joseph, MO and Rob (Mary) Rever of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Samantha (Stephan) Eckert, Andrew, Alex and Nick Rodgers; Dallas (Dixie) Beck; Steven (Ashley), Matt (Alyssa), Zach, Tim and Luke Rever; Great-Grandchildren: Dalten Beck, Trenten Rever and Logan Rodgers; Sister: Sr. Kristin Rever of Jackson, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Jim Wolfe officiating and military honors being performed. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois 423 Keys Dr. Normal, IL 61761-1958

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Kathy Bona

Kathy May Bona, 62, of Taylorville died at 8:57 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on December 18, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Gordon and Bethel (Handley) Cline. She married Bradley M. Bona on June 21, 1974 in Fridley, Minnesota. Kathy was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church. In 1992, she and Brad opened A-Frame on the square in Taylorville. Kathy was a gifted artist, who excelled in oils and loved all mediums. 
She is survived by her husband, Brad Bona of Taylorville; children: Jarod Bona (Mary) of Rancho Santa Fe, California, Heather Bona of Taylorville, Chris Bona (Janna) of Round Rock, Texas, and Jamie Bona of San Diego, California; grandchildren: Oscar Bona and Liam Bona; siblings: Connie Holman of Plano, Texas, Judy Holman of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and Nancy Carlson (Don) of Plymouth, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and step father: Roy Holman.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Taylorville First United Methodist with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. Memories of Kathy, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Mary Elizabeth Bresh

 

Mary Elizabeth Bresh; 70 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 3:49 p.m. at Life’s Journey Senior Living Center in Taylorville. She was born on October 1, 1946 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of George Edward and Marcella Arlene (Durbin) Bresh. She graduated from St. Mary’s School, Taylorville High School and Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana. She received her masters towards her teaching degree in Louisiana. She was a member of Faith Community Church in Taylorville, IL and she loved her Christian faith, family, friends, children and animals. She taught elementary school in Hodge and Jonesboro Louisiana for 30 years.

Mary was survived by her Siblings, Shirley Tarrant, Georgianna (Jerry) Pagliai and Marlena Gartshore. She also has several Nieces and nephews including Debbie (Dave) Hill, Doug (Maureen) Tarrant, Brian Tarrant, Steve (Cindy) Tarrant, Joe (Melanie) Tarrant, Stephanie (Tony) Verardi, Kim (Tim) Metsker, Jeana (Steve) Lomprez, Tina (Brad) Chamness; Close friends Jamie Penrod of Taylorville, IL; Judy Greer of Quitman, LA., Several Great- Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, nephew Greg Tarrant and Brother-in-Law Joe Tarrant.

Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville With Pastor Jerry Thorpe officiating.

Memorials may be made to Vision Way Christian School 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568

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Julia P. Zeitler

Julia P. “Judy” Zeitler, 84 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and rehabilitation Center in Taylorville. She was born on February 28, 1932 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Chester and Elva (Brookens) Cook. She married Delmar C. “Zeke” Zeitler on June 10, 1950 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on March 31, 2016. Judy worked as a Purchasing Agent for Georgia Pacific and later she worked as a secretary in the Taylorville City Clerk’s office.

Surviving are her Son: Mike (Lori) Zeitler of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Jeremy (Colleen) Zeitler of Naperville, IL; Kurt Zeitler and Companion Caitlin Donovan of Taylorville, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Ava, Mazy, Van and Amelia; Sisters: Rosetta (Jack) Neal of Phoenix, AZ, Marcia Shelite of Pana, IL; Brothers: Bob Cook of Cheyenne, WY and Larry Cook of Belleville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brothers: Stanley Cook and Leroy Cook; Sisters: Minnie Griffin, Elizabeth Murray and Janice Beck.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tom Belegante officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite E Springfield, IL 62704.

 

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August William Huebner

August William Huebner; 64 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 4:48 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on October 15, 1952 the son of Fritz John and Ruth Martha (Krouse) Huebner. He married Cheryl Schultz and they were later divorced. He worked as an engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad.

He is survived by his Son Matt Huebner of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Paul Huebner of Decatur, IL and Several Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his Brother Fritz Huebner Jr.

Mr. Huebner was cremated and there will be a Memorial Service announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.

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Elsie L. Baccadutre

 

Elsie L. Baccadutre, 86, of Taylorville passed away at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 16, 1930 in Tower Hill, the daughter of Frec C. and Edna Marie (Severe) Russell. On February 3, 1951 she married Michael Baccadutre in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on May 4, 2001. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She worked several jobs throughout the years including: a beautician at Howard’s Beauty Salon, Rothly Clothing Manufacturing, as an operator for the Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, and she retired from St. John’s Hospital where she worked as a switchboard operator. She loved gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, and writing poetry. Elsie was loved by everyone that knew her. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter: Lana Hixenbaugh (Dave) and son: Mark Baccadutre (Carole) both of Taylorville ; grandchildren: Matthew Hixenbaugh (Calli) of St. Louis, Missouri, Jason Baccadutre (Nicolette) of St. Joseph, and Michelle Fortado (Jordan) of Effingham; great grandchildren: Cloey Hixenbaugh, Auggie Baccadutre, and Marcus Fortado; siblings: Shirley Coultus of Tower Hill, Rosemary Russell of Shelbyville, and Carl Russell of Pana; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 9 siblings.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 23, 2016 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Fr. Valery Burusu and Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday. Memorials may be left to St. Mary Catholic Church. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Elsie, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Gladys E. Tippitt

Gladys E. Tippitt, 84 of Dawson passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 12:39 a.m. at her residence in Dawson. She was born on November 3, 1932 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Walter and Alma (Elders) Prior. She married Donald Tippitt on November 5, 1950 in Taylorville, IL. She worked as a homemaker and she was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville.

Surviving are her Husband: Donald of Taylorville, IL; Son: Daniel (Fiancée Laura) Tippitt of Dawson, IL; Daughter: Linda (Patrick) Regan of North Carolina; Nine Grandchildren; Fourteen Great-Grandchildren; Sisters: Margaret Burge of Taylorville, IL; Laverta Tewell of Taylorville, IL; Erma Mills of Taylorville; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Daughter: Diana, Son: Bruce, Brothers: William Prior, Bob Prior, Tom Prior, Wayne Prior, Sisters: Vesta Hendricks, Edna Prior.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 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 Bob Turner officiating. Private immediate family burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene 300 S. Shumway St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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Dennis Lee Cox

 

Dennis Lee Cox, 81, of Taylorville, died at 12:35 a.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville. He was born on August 23, 1935 in Herrin, Illinois, the son of Cyrus and Mary (Bond) Cox. He married Barbara Jaeger on October 8, 1983 in Farmersville, Illinois.

 

Dennis graduated from Tilden Tech High School in Chicago and worked as a draftsman and sold real estate before coming to Taylorville, where he worked as an electrician until his retirement. He served for two years in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as a trustee and elder for many years.

 

He is survived by his wife: Barbara Cox of Taylorville; nieces: Mary Jo (Bill) Dively, Kathy (Bob) Noblet, Sharon (Bill) Matthews all of Taylorville, Rhonda (Steve) Wagner of Frankfort, Jessica (Joe) Chappelear of Hillsboro, Erin (Mitch) Rosenthal of St. Joseph, Kirby (Justin) Orr of Troy, and Taylor Wernsing of St. Louis, Missouri; numerous great nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law: Kathy (Larry) Wernsing of Raymond. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Betty McNamara, and brother-in-law: Corky McNamara.

 

The funeral service will be held at 12noon on Thursday, December 22, 2016 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday in the church. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or TLC Child Care Plus Day Care. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Cox family with arrangements. Memories of Dennis, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Chantel Murphy

 

Chantel Murphy, 38 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:54 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on October 30, 1978 in Springfield, IL the Daughter of Steve and Betty (Durbin) Perry. She married Sean Murphy on September 24, 2005 in Taylorville, IL.ber 8, 2005. She was the Administrator/Nurse at Taylorville Estates. Chantel was a proud Air Force Mother.

Surviving are her Husband Sean Murphy of Taylorville; Son: Tyler Murphy of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Maggie Murphy of Taylorville, IL; Emma Murphy of Taylorville, IL; Justine Murphy of Taylorville, IL; Jasmine Murphy of Taylorville, IL; Parents: Steve and Betty Perry of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Terra (Bart) Grafton of Kincaid, IL; Brothers: Steve Perry Jr. of Kincaid, IL; Several Nieces and Nephews including Courtnee Grafton of Kincaid, IL; Blake Perry of Springfield, IL; Quinton Perry of Kincaid, IL; Dustin, Lane and Alyson Murphy of Mt. Pulaski, IL; Dillan, Brody and Casey Gaddis of Niantic, IL. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents, Cousin: Jessica Kettelkamp, Aunt: Debbie Silva; Mother-in-Law: Linda Radtke.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to her children’s education fund C/O Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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Pauline Lavina Reid

Pauline Lavina (Walker) Reid, 86 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 1:35 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. She was born on April 19, 1930 in Edwardsville, IL the Daughter of William and Recka (Streustc) Walker. She married Joe Cioni and he preceded her in death, She then married Richard Reid and he also preceded her in death. She was a retired tavern owner and a member of the Free Methodist Church in Taylorville.

Surviving are her Sister-in-Law Catherine Walker; Several Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces and Nephews and Great-Great Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and her sister: Betty Bentley.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

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Shirley Menin

 

Shirley Menin, 81, of Nokomis, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:15 a.m. at her residence in Nokomis. She was born December 9, 1935 in Fillmore, IL. The Daughter of Raymond and Eileen (Hanabarger) Williams. She married Larry Menin on May 8, 1966 in Vandalia, IL and he later preceded her in death on March 9, 2010. She worked as a homemaker.

She is survived by her Son: Frank Menin (Trisha Beaty) of Gilbert, AZ; Daughters: Teresa (John) Stephens of Nokomis, IL; Tamra (Mike) Stone of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Bryan Nash of Fort Campbell, KY, Bobby Nash of Nokomis, IL; Isabella and Natalia Menin of Gilbert, AZ, Samantha Stone of Springfield, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Abby and Piper Nash of Fort Campbell, KY. Autumn Nash of Litchfield, IL; In-Laws: Ellen Menin of Nokomis, IL; Roxanne Williams of Coffeen, IL; Jay LaLonde of Nokomis, IL; Karen Williams of Taylorville, IL; Olga Vittone of New Lenox, IL; Several Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Son: Robert Menin; Son-in-Law: Larry Nash, Brothers: Earl and Jim Williams, Sister: Janet LaLonde; Brother-in-Law: Reno Menin; Sister-in-Law and Brother-in-Law: Sylvia (Ed) Malec; Brother-in-Law: Sam Vittone.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Father Dan Willenborg officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Nokomis, IL. Visitation will be held Friday, December 16, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis.

Memorials may be made to Montgomery County Cancer Association 19 Circle Dr, Litchfield, IL 62056 or to Donors Choice

 

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Lillian Linton

 

Lillian "Maxine" (Shaw) Linton, 90 of Edinburg arrived in heaven at 7:55 p.m. December 12, 2016. Maxine was born October 29, 1926, the daughter of Walter and Floy (White) Shaw. Maxine married Donald Linton on July 11, 1946. Donald preceded her in death on April 25, 2012.

Maxine loved serving God. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church for sixty-six years. She taught Sunday School for many years and she and her husband Donald served as Sr. High Baptist Youth Fellowship (BYF) leaders. She was also assistant church treasurer and cooked for many turkey dinners and pot lucks. She loved volunteering at the Edinburg and Pawnee schools assisting with reading and a variety of school events. Her family was the center of her life and she took an active role in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

 

 

Maxine loved to work and enjoyed many jobs throughout her life. After graduating from high school Maxine received a special teaching certification so she could teach school during World War II. Maxine taught at Greenwood School, a one room school house in rural Edinburg. Maxine worked at the Kincaid Lumber Company and was a partner in L.W. Realty, Edinburg and The World of Health, Taylorville. She kept busy on the family farm by keeping the farm records and delivering many meals to the field. Maxine worked for 20 years at Horace Mann and retired from her job as an agent secretary at the age of 85.

 

 

Maxine is survived by her children: Marsha (Frank) Farr of Taylorville, L.W. (Kathy) Linton of Edinburg; grandchildren: Todd (Aubrie) Megginson of Pawnee, D.R. Linton of Edinburg, Ashley Linton of Stonington, Dylan (Tiffany) Linton of Fisher, MacKenzie Stork of Taylorville, Morgan Farr of Taylorville, A. Shaw Megginson of CA; great grandchildren: Rand Linton, Tadd and Marlee Megginson, Sydney Stork, Brody DeClerck; sister: Marilyn Osborne of Iowa City, IA.; niece and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

 

 

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Rand Linton Megginson, a sister-in-law, and brother-in-laws.

 

A service to celebrate Maxine's life will be held at the Bethel Baptist Church, 1919 N. 1000 East Road, Taylorville on Saturday, December 17th at 11:00 a.m., and the Honorable Judge Ron Spears presiding. Visitation will be held prior to the service at the church from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Bethany Cemetery, Lake Sang Chris.

 

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church 1919 N. 1000 East Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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Blake Hoffman

 

Blake Hoffman, 25 of Morrow, Ohio passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. in Warren County, OH. He was born on December 17, 1990 in Springfield, IL the Son of Grant Hoffman and Marcia Fleming-Hoffman. He married Kristin Brown on April 1, 2013 and they were later divorced. He worked as a concrete finisher for ACR Concrete in Ohio.

Surviving are his Father: Grant Hoffman and Fiancé Sara Pennock and Mother: Marcia Fleming-Hoffman of Taylorville; Daughter: Aliyah Grace Hoffman of Ohio; Brothers: Dante Matthew Hoffman of Springfield, IL; Josh Emmerling of Taylorville, IL; Grandparents: Steve and Donna Lounsberry of Springfield, IL; Brenda Adams of Springfield, IL; Niece: Alyssa Emmerling and Nephew: Zac McPeek.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Blake is going to be cremated following the visitation.

Memorials may be made to a college fund for Blake’s daughter Aliyah C/O: Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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Robert R. Deweese

Robert R. Deweese; 76 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 5:30 a.m. at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana, IL. He was born on October 4, 1940 in Taylorville to Orman and Mary (Oller) Deweese. He married Dixie Ethridge in 1969 and they were divorced. He attended Taylorville High school.

He is survived by his Son Larry (Eric) Wilson-Deweese of Willowbrook, IL; Nieces: Linda (Armand) Tippet, Rhea (Don) Williams, Mary Kessler, Dawn (Bob) Zwick; Several Great Nieces and Nephews; Great Great Nieces and Nephews and a Great Great Great Nephew. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sister Betty (Oscar) Green, Brother Don Deweese, two nephews and his ex wife.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with his son Larry Deweese officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

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

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Brian McWard

 

Brian McWard, 53 of Decatur passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. He was born on September 3, 1963 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Darrell and Patricia (Wiseman) McWard. He worked as a Janitor for Jan San Janitorial Company in Decatur.

Surviving are his Parents: Darrell and Patricia McWard of Decatur, IL; Sisters: Mary Louise (Chuck) Alvey of Taylorville, IL; Niece: Ashley Alvey of Taylorville, IL; Several Aunts and Uncles. He was preceded in death by his Maternal and Paternal Grandparents two sisters in infancy: Barbara Jo and Susan Lynn McWard.

It was Brian’s wishes to be donated to science and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date

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

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Michael J. Fleigle

 

Michael J. Fleigle, 60, of Taylorville passed away at 11:15am on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital E.R. He was born on December 9, 1955 in Taylorville, the son of Joseph and Barbara (Jones) Fleigle. On March 10, 1981 in Taylorville he married Gwendolyn Stockon. He previously served in the US Navy. Mike had many jobs throughout the years, and most recently owned and operated his own lawn care business. He was a fan of NASCAR, wrestling, and enjoyed collecting coins.

Michael is survived by his wife: Gwendolyn Fleigle of Taylorville; mother: Barbara Fleigle of Taylorville; siblings: Patrick Fleigle (Janet) of Pawnee, Christine Barrow (Nick) of Springfield, and Melanie Howe (Kevin) of Dyer, Indiana; step-children: Harold Gist (Terenia) of Taylorville and Vivian Neff of Taylorville; step-grandchildren: Eboni Kelsey, Jesse Perry, Brittany Neal, Tyler Gist, and Ashley Basil; 4 step-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews: Heidi Henry, Nicole Payne, Justin Pop, Ashley Barrow, Holly Lutes, and Megan Simpson. He was preceded in death by his father: Joseph Fleigle.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016 at McClure Funeral Home with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Interment will take place at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer. Visitation will be held from 10 – 11:00 am Friday. Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Michael, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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James Faris Brubeck

 

James Faris Brubeck, 84, of Palmetto, FL, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Jim was the youngest child of Harry A. and Iva Lopossa Brubeck, and grew up on a farm outside Taylorville, Illinois. He was an avid Boy Scout, earning Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout, and serving as Scout Master for many years in Normal, IL.

 

Jim met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Hughes, while they were attending Eastern Illinois University, and they married on March 7, 1952. Jim earned his master’s degree at Ball State University, and did doctoral work at Colorado State College in Greeley. He taught in Muncie, Indiana; Litchfield, Illinois; and at University High School in Normal before joining the faculty at Illinois State University in 1957. As a professor, Jim taught sales, business, and marketing courses, and supervised many students at internships in local businesses. Jim used his sales expertise working at Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penney’s, and Johnny Martin Chevrolet during their years in Normal.

 

Jim reveled in family gatherings, always accompanied by Barb’s great cooking. Disney World was a special place for the family, and long before any tour guidebooks listed tips, Jim had already figured out the best route to take to avoid the huge crowds in the park.

 

He loved camping, and took the family on many trips. He and Barb built a KOA campground in rural Carlock in 1971, which they operated for 13 years. Together, they won many awards for Excellence from KOA, and for Sales Leadership from Fleetwood RV. He continued to sell RV’s after retirement.

 

The entertainer in Jim loved music – especially ballroom dancing with Barb. He played trombone, enjoyed singing, and in recent years emceed dances at several parks near their home in Florida.

 

Jim was a lifelong Methodist, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Normal.

 

He is survived by his wife Barbara; children Becky (Thomas) Nicol, Denise (Barry) Mears, Teresa (Mike) Payne, Harry (Sheri) Brubeck, Brenda (Dennie) Williams, David (Cornelia) Brubeck; grandchildren Bonnie (Andrew Rizzo) Benton, James (Jenni Sisson) Benton, Aubrey Benton, Tim Leonard, Troy (Jean) Leonard, Brett Leskovisek, Tom (Daiana) Brubeck, Rachel Brubeck, Chris Williams, Adam Williams, Cayman Brubeck, and Adrian Brubeck; and great-grandchildren Brittany Ann Marie Symons, Frankie Symons, Haley Grace Leonard, James David Leonard, and Cameron Benton Rizzo. He was preceded in death by his parents, and this year by his sisters, Jean Ellis and Harriet White.

 

Visitation will be held from 11a.m. – 1p.m. on Monday, December 12, at Taylorville First United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the church and will be officiated by Rev. Becky Nicol, with interment at Grove City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Normal, Illinois. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences to the family, or memories of Jim, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Andrew E. Marucco

 

Andrew E. Marucco, 93, of Stonington passed away at 8pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at his daughter’s home in Rochester. He was born on July 17, 1923 in Stonington, the son of Charles and Sophia (Sebastian) Marucco. He married Kathryn Shadowens on October 29, 1945 in Sacramento, California. She preceded him in death on August 9, 2003. Andy was a veteran of the US Navy. He served Christian County Sheriff’s Department as Sheriff from 1958 until 1962 and Chief Deputy from 1954 until 1958. After being Sheriff, he was the Superintendent of Lake Taylorville from 1962 until 1964. Before retiring in 1984, he was the chief investigator for the State of Illinois, Department of Regulation and Education. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus where he was a past Grand Knight, Sheriff’s Association, Stonington American Legion, and the VFW post 4496. Andy was the manager of the CVA for over 20 years. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing.

He is survived by his son: Joe Marucco (Nancy) of Cleveland, Tennessee; daughters: Mary Ann Yoho (John) of Bradenton, Florida and Helen Crusen (Tom) of Rochester; 7 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother: Maggio Marucco, and sister: Elsie Taylor.

A funeral mass will be held at 10am on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial with military honors will take place in the Ponting Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 until 5 at McClure Funeral Home with a prayer service at 3pm. Memorials may be left to Holy Trinity Catholic Church or Memorial Home Hospice. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Andy, or condolences to the family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Laura Lynn Copenbarger

 

Laura Lynn Copenbarger, 53, of Blue Mound passed away at 8:53p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital ER. She was born on January 25, 1963 in Springfield, the daughter of Buel and Flora (Bartlett) Morgan. She married David A. Copenbarger on October 22, 1983 in Mt. Auburn. She loved horseback riding and was a member of Prairie Trail Riders. She loved all kinds of animals, especially her horses and her two golden retrievers. She enjoyed being outdoors, especially on the lake, kayaking and boating, and spending time with her girls and family. She had a passion for life, loved others selflessly and had the best sense of humor. Those around her were sure to be laughing.

Along with her husband, Dave Copenbarger of Blue Mound, Laura is survived by her daughters: Allison Vance (Nick) of San Antonio, Texas, and Erica Copenbarger of Charleston, IL; siblings: Mike Morgan of Blue Mound, Stephen Morgan (Linda) of Grayville, Rob Morgan of Mt. Auburn, and Cheri Davis (Mark) of Stillman Valley; nephews: Chris Copenbarger (Gina), Sean Davis, Aaron Davis, and Brandon Davis (Jennifer). She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved aunt: Rose Morgan and nephew: Rusty Morgan.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 1, 2016 at McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery, Niantic. Visitation will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30 at the funeral home. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Laura, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Marcella Ruth Pittenger

 

Marcella Ruth Pittenger, 96 of Taylorville passed away at 6:49 PM on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on August 23, 1920 in May Township, Christian County,  the daughter of Orville and Flossie (Payne) Wareham. Marcella married Ivan C. Pittenger on May 21, 1941 in Yuma, Arizona. He preceeded her in death on March 25, 2003. Marcella was also preceded in death by her parents; Son: Daniel I. Pittenger; Sister: Erma Kevie; Brothers: Darrell Wareham and Fred Wareham.

 

Marcella was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville, Presbyterian Women and former deacon. She spent many hours working in her yard. She loved her dog Annie. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed bird watching and visiting on her porch. She loved Big Band Music. Marcella was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor while her husband Ivan was stationed in the Navy.

 

Survivors include: Daughter  Dolores J. “Dee” (Stephen) McLaughlin of Taylorville, IL; Brother Donald   (Bonnie) Wareham of Taylorville, IL; Daughter-in-law Judy Pittenger of Richfield, WI; Grandchildren: Tara (Jason) Kowalczyk of Gainesville, GA; Matthew (Lyndsey) McLaughlin of Morton, IL; Jarrod McLaughlin of Taylorville, IL; Danette Pahl (Thomas Miller) of Tucson, AZ; Erin (John) Edgington of Cobb, WI; Shannon (Robert) Oitker of Bloomington, IL; Vanessa (John) Clark of McHenry, IL; and Gareth (DeAnne) Pittenger of Slinger, WI; 18 Great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville with Rev. Michael Evanchak officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the First Presbyterian Church.

 

Marcella’s family would like to offer a special thank you to Kim Craggs and Jourdan Craggs for their excellent and compassionate care.  They would also like to thank Pat McVey for her kindness.

 

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

 

Condolences to her family may be left at www.perfettifuneralhome.com

 

Shafer-Perfetti Funeral Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Allen Wicker Jr.

 

Robert Allen “Bob” Wicker Jr., 76 of Osbernville passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11:10 a.m. at his residence in Osbernville. He was born on November 19, 1940 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Robert Allen and Doris Catherine (McDonald) Wicker Sr. He married Patsy Lou Prior on June 2, 1962 in Mt. Auburn Methodist Church. He was retired from Mosquito Township Road District.

Surviving are his Wife: Patsy of Osbernville, IL; Daughters: Sharon Wicker of Decatur, IL; Beth (Dan) Gregory of Mt., Auburn, IL; Sons: Johnnie Wicker of Decatur, IL; Tim (Michelle) Wicker of Edinburg, IL; Grandchildren: Krystle (Jaried) Savage, Courtney (Matt) Gipson, Nick (Hannah) Stilts, Sloane (Travis) Arnold, Tosha (T.J.) Green, Shelby (Joshua) Savage, Keanna (Trent) Wicker, Brittany Morgan, Kenneth Alcala, Dylan Mullen, Jordyn Alcala, Sarah (Mark) Burton, Matthew Gregory, Andy Gregory; Great-Grandchildren: Aiden, Brennen, Cailey, Conner, Kaiden, Nakoda, Brentley, Griffin, Mila; Sisters: Debbie Maynard of Illiopolis, IL; Misty (Derick) Heath of Lincoln, IL; Brothers: Roger (Mary) Wicker of Mechanicsburg, IL; Larry (Toni) Wicker of Decatur, IL; Joe Wicker of Illiopolis, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Son Paul (Amos) Wicker, Brother: Rick Wicker.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Dick Wamsley officiating. Burial will be held in Hall Cemetery in Blue Mound, IL.

Memorials may be made to Christian County Senior Citizens Center 701 W. Adams 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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