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Joseph Robert Brown

Joseph Robert Brown, 31 of Des Moines, IA, passed away of natural causes on Sept. 18, 2018 at his home in Des Moines, Iowa. He was born on March 11, 1987 in Concord, Calif. He is a graduate of Walnut Creek High School in Des Moines and was working in the food services industry. Joe had a passion and talent for music from a very young age. He played bass guitar and loved playing music with his family. He cherished being a big brother to his younger sisters and he devoted much of his life to his loving partner Michelle and his many close friends. He loved watching movies, playing vintage video games, camping, being outdoors, and he always enjoyed a good Midwestern thunderstorm. He was devoted to his pets and will be terribly missed by his three loving cats: Leon, Juniper, and Gonzo. He will always be remembered for his kindness, his compassionate heart, and his amazing sense of humor. Although he left this Earth far too early, he will be kept alive in the hearts and memories of all the people whose lives he touched.

Joe is survived by his parents, Mary (Burton) Brown of Taylorville, and William and Tara Brown of Irvine, Calif. He also is survived by his brother Michael of Des Moines, lowa; sisters Victoria and Rachael Brown of Irvine, Calif; Grandmother: Rosemary Brown, uncle Robert and aunt Julie Brown of Taylorville, aunts Rita Werner, Kathleen (David) Driskell of Taylorville, Mary Anne (Jeffery) Oller of Houston, Texas, Donna (David) Hardin of Taylorville, Dorothy (Clete) Davis of Taylorville, and Nancy (Raymond) of Des Moines, Iowa and his partner Michelle McCullough. Joe also leaves behind many cousins, friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Gladys Burton, his paternal grandfather William J. Brown and his uncle Stephen L. Brown.

A "Celebration Of Life" service was held in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday Sept. 22, 2018 for friends to share their memories and love for Joey.

Local services will be at Sutton Memorial Home on Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018 with a visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. and the funeral service beginning at 3:00 p.m. with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

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

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James Hal Phillips

James Hal “Red” Phillips, 82 of Taylorville passed away at 5:00am on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Pana Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 24, 1935 in Broughton, Illinois, the son of Hal and Iva Lucille (Pyle) Phillips. He married Sue Ellen Millman on August 31, 1984 in Taylorville. James graduated from Eldorado High School and was a Union Boilermaker by trade. He was a member of the American Legion, attended the First United Methodist Church, and enjoyed being outside on his tractor. Red was a talented, life-long horseman, an interest that he shared with his wife Sue. James had an incredible love for his family, and cherished the time spent with them, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife: Sue Phillips of Taylorville; son: Russell Phillips (Carmen) of Paducah, Kentucky; step-children: Brent Morgan (Lori Trelz) of Taylorville and Danita Drake (Greg Miller) of Shelbyville; grandchildren: Max Phillips and Ashley Clark; step-grandchildren: Hunter Smith and Seth Morgan; great grandchildren: Draxton Aud, Owen Clark, and Davyn Aud; son-in-law: Robbie Crouse of Eldorado; brother: Edward Phillips (Bonnie) of McLeansboro; sister: Dana Gaines of Hominy, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Vicki Crouse; siblings: Don Phillips (Juanita), Dena Ruth Phillips, Sara Jane Phillips, and Max Glenn Phillips.

 

A memorial service for James will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Barry Wright officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11am Thursday at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Red, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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John R. Weaver

John R. Weaver, 70, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 5:27 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at his residence.

 

John was born January 24, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the son of Verne and Vera (Roberts) Weaver. Following high school, he proudly served our country in the United States Army. John went on to work for Norfolk Southern as a car man for 16 years, and then retired from Olin’s in Alton, IL. He enjoyed playing lap and pedal steel guitar, and was a long-time member of the VFW Post 4495 in Taylorville. John was also a CB radio enthusiast, using the handle “Red Dragon”.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Larry Weaver.

 

John is survived by his brother, Patrick V. Weaver of Taylorville, IL; and many life-long friends.

 

Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL, with military honors being provided by the Department of Defense and Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. Inurnment will follow the ceremony.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: The family of John R. Weaver, c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, IL has been entrusted with ceremonies.

 

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

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Marian "Ruth" Puccetti

Mrs. Marian “Ruth” Puccetti, 84, of Kincaid passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her daughters home.

She was born January 6,1934 in Taylorville IL, the daughter of Gordon and Wilma (Davis) Alexander. She married Geno Puccetti in 1990 in Las Vegas and he preceded her in death in September 1992.

 

Marian was a member of Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid. She first worked as a cook at South Fork Elementary School and retired in 1993 after 20 years with Midland Community bank. She was a member of the Red Hats and the South Fork Senior Citizens.She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, fishing and entertaining friends.  She had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. 

 

Surviving are daughter Cynthia (Ed) Salter of Chatham, IL, two sons Gordon Crawford of Kincaid, and Douglas (Brigette) Crawford of Taylorville, and a daughter Jamie Springman and her companion Douglas Wright of Kincaid, six grandchildren, Jason Grauer, Ryan Grauer, Brittny Brewer, Rachael Crawford, Christian Springman, Logan Crawford, two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Jacob Grauer,  along with two sisters Marie Ziegler of Seattle WA, and Judy Pond of Bowman, ND and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Geno, one brother Russell Alexander and two sisters Betty Holzmer and JoAnn Alexander.

 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday September 15th at 11:30 am at Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid. Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation for Mrs. Marian “Ruth” Puccetti will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Midland United Methodist Church.

 

Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Memorials in loving memory of Mrs. Marian “Ruth” Puccetti are suggested to Midland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 530, Kincaid IL 62540.

 

To share a memory or light a candle please visit www.mastersonfh.com.

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Therese Anne Clarke

Therese “Tee Tee” Anne (Crivello) Clarke, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 5:32 p.m. on Monday,

September 10, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

 

Tee Tee was born August 23, 1929 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Anthony Bernard “Joe” and Thelma Agnes (Brooks) Crivello. She graduated from Taylorville High School in 1947, and went on to attend Michigan State University, and eventually obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Sangamon State University. Tee Tee retired from Memorial School in Taylorville, where she was a Title 1 Reading Instructor for over 20 years.

 

Tee Tee was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, where she ran concessions for all school events for years. She had a passion for writing, authoring multiple books, authoring a column for the Carlinville paper for many years, and submitting editorials to the Breeze-Courier. She also took great pride in her “Empty Nest” newsletter, that she would send out monthly to her family and friends. She will be remembered not only for being patriotic and the St. Louis Cardinals #1 Fan, but for being the original loving, independent woman.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Kevin James Clarke.

 

Tee Tee is survived by her children, Ric Clarke of Nashville, TN, Anne Marie (husband, Albert) Lotter of Dallas, GA, Terry (wife, JoAnn) Clarke of Elmhurst, IL, Tracy Mahan of Taylorville, IL, and Mark Anthony (wife, Fran) Clarke of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, D.W. Clarke, Douglas William (Honor) Taft, Allison Vaughn (Kasey) Learned, Anthony (Emma) Clarke, Daniel Mahan, Kelly (Aaron) Johnston, Karri (C.J.) Mathis, Jazmine Clarke, Michele Clarke, Taylor Lynn Clarke, and Patrick Ryan Clarke; great grandchildren, Devon, Jackson, Gwyneth, Wyatt, Tage, Leni, Layne, Landry, Maylin, Paxton, and Tesley; and siblings, Mary Crivello of Taylorville, IL, and J.B. Crivello of Monticello, IN.

 

Cremation will be accorded prior to ceremonies.

 

Visitation & Memorial Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the

memorial mass at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W.

Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant.

 

In lieu of flowers, and in Therese’s honor memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Senior Citizens Center, 701 W. Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been

entrusted with ceremonies.

 

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

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Betty Jean Durham

Betty Jean Durham, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. at The Villa Health Care Center in Sherman, IL. She was born on March 28, 1928 in Newport, IN the daughter of William and Luceal (Blagrave) Ward. She married Clay Durham on September 27, 1946 in Taylorville, IL. Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville.

 

She is survived by her Husband: Clay Durham of Taylorville, IL; Son: Ted (Bev) Durham of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Anji Durham of Springfield, IL; Lisa Sims of Taylorville, IL; Aaron Durham of Livonia, MI; Christopher Durham of Pana; Kenton Durham of Ohlman, IL; Fifteen Great-Grandchildren; One Great-Great Grandson; Brothers: Norman Ward of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Judy Catlin of Decatur, IL; Sister-in-Law: Janiece Durham of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Son: Thomas R. Durham, sisters: Shirley Roseberry, Thelma Hauk and Brother Bill Ward.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.

 

Memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

 

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

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Patricia Ganey

Patricia Ganey left the world as she arrived on September 8, 2018 on her 92nd birthday. Born and raised in Taylorville, she attended high school at Ursuline Academy in Springfield, and Brown’s Business College in Springfield. As a matriarch of a large family, she prospered in delight of their lives, their children’s lives, and their children’s lives. This interest in family was only matched by her enthusiasm for sports – sports that bridged youth through professional. As a fixture at the Red Bland Little League Manner’s Park in the 1960’s, her interests evolved as those of her family. She was integral to St Mary’s Midgets Basketball concessions to support the team, and as a fan was unrivaled in her support for the Taylorville home side. Patricia Jane Kennedy was born September 8, 1926 in Taylorville to Malachy Leo Kennedy and Florence Ann Keiser who were born in Stonington, Illinois. The youngest of four children, 3 brothers Wayne, Robert, and John preceded her in death. Patricia was married to Michael (Mick) Ganey in 1949 and he preceded her in death in 1994. Mick and Patricia relocated to Moultrie, Georgia in 1977 with Sangamon company, and both worked in Moultrie until Mick’s death. Patricia remained an active asset to the Moultrie community as a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and as stalwart fan of Colquitt County Packer sports. Patricia was known for not only being genuine but for her generosity with others. She gave and supported and expected optimism and integrity as assets that were never qualified. Quick with the aphorism and short of accepting excuses, she leaves 7 children, 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren who each appreciate the spark of life she has shared with them. Each has offered remembrance that they felt like they were the special person in her life, and in fact that case can be made without exception of all she touched in every walk.

 

Her family remains respectful and appreciative; children Tim (Tish) Ganey, Tampa, Florida; William (Barbara) Ganey, LaGrange, Illinois; Michelle (Tim) Maurer, Bloomington, Illinois; Denis Ganey, Gautier, Mississippi; Barbara (Larry Kupferschmid) Schaad, Bloomington, Illinois; Kathleen (Long term friend Judy Teague) Ganey, Huntsville, Alabama; Mary Ann (Ed) Creech, Moultrie, Georgia. Grandchildren Nova Belote, Milisa Ganey, Margaret Ganey, Camille Ganey (Tim); Samantha (Brent) Sordyl, Colleen (Brian) Keilers (William), Crissy (Bryan) Strand, Michael (Chelsea) Ganey; Lucas, Hannah, Claire Mauer (Michelle); Annarose Schaad, Natalie (Felipe) Schaad de Bessa, Peter (Maggie Beneke) Schaad (Barbara); Kacey, Matthew, and Nate Creech (Mary Ann) will miss her recognition of each of their birthdays with a card and note. Great Grandchildren include Shannon Ganey-Stevenson (Milisa); Will, Oliver, Emmett, Lucas, and Harrison Sordyl (Samantha); Gerald, Noah. and Maddock Keilers (Colleen); Greta and Sarah Strand (Crissy); Nora and Clark Ganey (Michael); Sophie and Heidi Schaad (Annarose); Lua de Bessa (Natalie); and Oscar Schaad (Peter). They too have been given the inertia of pride in what you can do for others. In addition to Patricia’s immediate family, sister—in-law, Mrs. Mary Alice Schafer, and nieces and nephews all will miss her life in theirs.

 

Services will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Cobb Funeral Home, Moultrie, Georgia. Family will receive friends from 6-8PM at 2441 Georgia Highway 37 West, Moultrie, Georgia.

 

A funeral mass and burial will be held in Taylorville, Illinois at St. Mary’s Church. Patricia was an active parishioner there for more than 50 years before moving to Moultrie, Georgia. A mass will be held at 10AM on Saturday, September 15, and the Reverend Robert (Father Bob) Porter celebrating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Illinois. Family will receive friends at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville on Friday evening, September 14 from 4-7PM.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

 

Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Caroline V. Curl-Johnson

Caroline “Carolyn” V. Curl-Johnson, 94 of Taylorville, died ay 11:54 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018 in her home.

Mrs. Johnson was born on January 22, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence and Carrie Louise (Tibbie) Campbell. She graduated from Manteno High School and attended the University of Illinois where she studied home economics. She married Glenn W. Curl on June 28, 1947 in Kankakee, and he preceded her in death on October 22, 1979. She later married Harland M. Johnson on March 27, 1995 in Alabama and he preceded her in death on October 15, 1999. Mrs. Johnson was an active member of the Methodist churches in Manteno and Rochelle. She was a home maker most of her life, as well as an in-home caregiver. She also worked at a munitions plant during World War II. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, animals, art, sewing, and spending time outdoors.

 

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her three daughters: Rita (Tyrone) Curl-Langager of Minot, ND, Norma (David) Oldham of Taylorville, and Mary Ann Carter of Red Lion, PA. In addition to her two husbands, Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, her sister: Mary Drazy and husband Elbert, and her brother: Clarence Campbell and wife Evelyn.

 

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Manteno Methodist Church, 255 W. 2nd Street, in Manteno with Rev. Joy Schlesselman officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior, also in the church. Burial will take place in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.

 

Memorials may be made in her memory to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, PO Box 97007, Washington DC, 20090-7007 .

 

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

 

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

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Clyde Ray Jett Jr.

Clyde Ray “Bug” Jett Jr., 51 of Taylorville passed away at 8:45a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in his mother’s home surrounded by his family and friends. Clyde was born on January 10, 1967 in Taylorville, the son of Clyde R. and Joyce A. (Fecho) Jett Sr. He enjoyed working on construction projects. He also enjoyed fishing, was an avid pool player, and loved spending time with his friends.

 

He is survived by his mother: Joyce Jett of Taylorville; sister: Tanya Jett of Taylorville; nieces: Kendall Beck and Sierra Beck; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, companion: Michelle Hott, and his faithful furry friend, Bella. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

A funeral service for Clyde will be held at 5p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Chaplain Ricky Reed officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 until 5 on Sunday in the funeral home. Following services, Clyde will be cremated, and inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorials may be left to the Christian County Animal Control.

 

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

 

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

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Geraldine Thompson

Geraldine Thompson, 75 of Palmer, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 7:56 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.

 

Born in Taylorville on April 6, 1943, Geraldine, a twin, was the last of 9 children born to Cordell and Ollie (Fuqua) Huffines. She married William Thompson on February 18, 1967 in Shawnee Town, IL, and he survives. Geraldine was a home maker and loved her family dearly. In addition to her family, she was also happily crazy about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and NASCAR. She enjoyed playing Bingo. Geraldine also played rummy fiercely with her grandchildren, and she was very serious about her card games, never letting her grandchildren win. Above all, she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and her presence will be deeply missed by her family.

 

In addition to her husband of over 51 years, Geraldine is survived by her children: Kathy ( Shawn) McQuire of Moweaqua, Kyle Miller of Brownstown, Rhonda (Donnie) Martin of Taylorville, Susan (Robert) Taylor of Morrisonville; grandchildren: Carissa McQuire, Veronica McQuire, Ashley (Chris) Snow, Amanda McQuire, Maria (Paul) Parkin, Kenny Martin, Jakob McQuire, Kinley Miller; great grandchildren: Talan, Cameron, Hayden, Liam, Avalynn, Reese, Grayson, Myles; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings: Lucille Harp, Louise Zake, Joanne Swinger, Juanita Orr, Rommie Huffines, Darlene Blevins, her twin: Terry Huffines, Diane Harter, and son-in-law: Gareld Belsher.

 

Per her wishes, Geraldine will be cremated, and a private family service will be held at a later date. Her family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Taylorville Care Center for their kindness and dedication.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Taylorville Care Center.

 

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

 

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

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Donald R. Adams

Donald R. Adams, 83, of Taylorville, died September 4, 2018 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL. Donald was born October 9, 1934 in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Fred and Verna (Bryson) Morris. He married Connie Lewellyn in Assumption, IL, August 4, 1961. She survives.

 

Donald worked as a Mechanic for the US Postal Service and proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

 

Surviving are his wife, Connie; son, Lane (Amy) Adams of Olivette, MO; daughter, Angie (Steve) Swiney of Woodstock, IL; grandchildren: Aden and Cerys Adams; and sisters: Sue (Claire) Adams of Owaneco, IL and Jane Ann Travis of Pana, IL.

 

Preceding him in death are his parents.

 

Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 7, 2018 in Pleasant View Cemetery, Assumption, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to Christian County Animal Shelter.

 

Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption has been entrusted with the care and service arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left at www.seitzfh.com .

 

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Willard Paul Reber

Willard Paul “Popeye” Reber, 82 of Palmer passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:33 a.m. at his residence in Palmer, IL. He was born on December 23, 1935 in Taylorville, IL the son of Clyde F. and Stella P. (Walker) Reber. He married Ottilie E. Wolfe on September 7, 1960 in Mainz, West Germany and she preceded him in death on September 14, 2010. Willard was a retired 1st Sargent Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army and served 2 tours in Germany, 2 tours in Vietnam and 1 tour in Korea. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd airborne division and a drill Sargent in Ft. Ord, CA. After his retirement from the military he worked for Smith Bus Company for 10 years and Bob Ridings in Taylorville for 5 years.

 

He is survived by his Sister-in-Law: Debbie Reber of Taylorville, IL and several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville with military graveside honors.

 

Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

 

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

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Betty Jane Waterman

Betty Jane Waterman, 91, of Carmichaels, PA, died at 3:35 P.M. on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital.

 

Mrs. Waterman was born October 11, 1926 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of the late Rudolph and Marie Anna (Hielscher) Melzer. She was a graduate of Taylorville High School and resided in Carmichaels, PA since 1958. On March 30, 1947 she married William E. Waterman, and he preceded her in death on June 8, 1986. She was a member of the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church in Carmichaels, where she was a member of the Woman in the Church, taught Sunday school and vacation bible school for over 50 years, and was the director of Christian education. Mrs. Waterman was instrumental in leading many children to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the former Ideal Chapter No. 213, O. E. S., Masontown, PA, and a current member of Uniontown Chapter No. 263, O. E. S. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

 

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Oscar Melzer, Monroe Melzer, Gus Melzer and Rudolph Melzer; and sister, Ramona Leitschuh.
 

Mrs. Waterman is survived by her son, Carl W. (wife, Linda) Waterman of Stockbridge, GA; three grandchildren, Malichi (wife, Krista) Waterman, Erik (wife, Sandra) Waterman, and Brendan (wife, Leybel) Waterman; five great grandchildren, Jackson, John, Jacob, Christopher and William; sister, Rudolphine Pranske of Las Vegas, NV; three sisters-in-law, LaVerne Melzer, Helen Melzer and Marian Melzer; several nieces and nephews and a precious friend, Jessica Frederick Nicklow of Hopwood, PA.

Graveside Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating.
 

Memorial contributions be made to the Greene Valley Presbyterian Church, PO Box 363, Carmichaels, PA 15320.

 

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

 

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

 

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Muriel Constance "Connie" Carlyle

Muriel Constance “Connie” Carlyle, 91 of Bethany, passed away at 9a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2018 in her home. She was born on September 19, 1926 in Oswestry, England, the daughter of Richard E. and Mariam E. Davies. Connie was proud to be a “war bride”, having met her husband James while he was serving the United States during World War II in England. They married on July 21, 1945 in Oswestry, England. James E. Carlyle passed away on December 27, 1983.

 

Connie worked as a cook for 25 years in the Bethany Schools as well as other local restaurants. She was a very active member of the Bethany community serving on the town board, cleaning the post office, and helping with countless community meals. She was an active and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church in Bethany for many years. Above all she loved her family and spending time with them.

 

Connie is survived by her children: Mary Beth Carlyle of Bethany, Jim Carlyle (Connie) of Taylorville, and Betty Jo Emel (Gary) of Sullivan; grandchildren: Brenda Robinson (Kevin) of Greenwood, Indiana, Brad Emel (Fayanne) of Sullivan, Sarah Melvin (Dave) of Sullivan, and Molli Carlyle of Taylorville; 7 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son: Clyde Carlyle, and 9 brothers and sisters.

 

A funeral service for Connie will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in the Bethany United Methodist Church with Rev. Ted Hartley and Rev. Marge Overlot officiating. Visitation will be held from 10am until noon on Saturday in the church. Burial will take place in the Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.

 

Memorials may be left to the Bethany First United Methodist Church or the Marrowbone Township Library.

 

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

 

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

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Shirley Conaway

Shirley Conaway, 80 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 3:20 p.m. at her daughters’ home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on July 16, 1938 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of W.A. and Margaret (Young) Scott. She married Gary Lee Conaway on December 24, 1958 in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on October 24, 1967 while serving in Vietnam. Shirley worked as a homemaker and she enjoyed baking, watching her grandchildren play sports, Gardening and holidays with her family. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL and former member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

 

She is survived by her Son: William (Tonya) Conaway of Mt. Zion, IL; Daughter: Tina (Tom) Link of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Carey (Tyler) Carter of Clinton, IL; Corey (Lauren) Conaway of Taylorville, IL; Taylor Link of Taylorville, IL; Tarryn Link of Taylorville, IL; Taryssa Link of Taylorville, IL; Caden Conaway of Mt. Zion, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Jaidah Strocher, Ethan Carter and Dominik Carter; Granddog: Tumbleweed; Brothers: Donald Scott of Taylorville, IL; Russell (Nancy) Scott of Irvine, CA, Leon (Beverly) Scott of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Mary Lou Clayton of Mt. Auburn, IL; Anita Grundy of Morrisonville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brother: Bernard Scott and Sister: Catherine Bailey.

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to Taylorville Highschool Athletics 815 W. Springfield Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568 or The American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

 

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

 

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


 

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Marilyn Ann Minder

Marilyn Ann Minder, 70, of Pawnee died Tuesday August 28, 2018 at home with family. Marilyn was born December 22, 1947 in South Holland, Illinois, the daughter of Arch and Alice Mlinek McLaughlan. She married Walter Laverne Minder on Nov. 1, 1969. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Mike McLaughlan.

 

Marilyn attended the Pawnee Christian and Rochester Christian Churches. Marilyn started her career in teaching before devoting her time to her children as a full-time homemaker where she was active in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She enjoyed gardening, reading, fellowship at the YMCA of Taylorville, and helping her husband on the farm.

 

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 49 years, Walter Laverne Minder, of Pawnee; one son, Wes (wife, Jody) Minder, of Kansas City, Missouri; two daughters Maureen Minder, of Richmond, Virginia and Ellie Minder of Madison, Wisconsin; one brother John (wife, Susan) McLaughlan, of Fisher, Indiana; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Marilyn’s family will meet friends from 1 p.m. until the time of a funeral service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at the Pawnee Christian Church with Rev. Kevin Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow at Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee.

 

Memorials honoring Marilyn may be made to the American Cancer Society, 675 East Linton Ave., Springfield, IL 62703.

 

Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee is serving the family of Marilyn Minder.

 

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

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Mary L. Fudge

Mary L. Fudge, 82, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 9:34 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.

 

Mary was born April 13, 1936 in Van Burensburg, IL, the daughter of John Wesley and Marguerite Sarah (Thacker) Flannigan. She married Glen P. Fudge on April 27, 1970 at Taylorville Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2017.

 

Mary was a devoted homemaker, and enjoyed spending time surrounded by her family and friends. She loved word search books, playing BINGO, and going on trips to the state fair and the Apple Barn.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; twin brothers, Earl and Pearl Flannigan; and sister, Betty Hawk.

 

Mary is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

 

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: Friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Dayle Badman, officiating.

 

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

 

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

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William Lyle "Bill" Sims

William Lyle “Bill” Sims, 75, of Taylorville passed away at 12:43p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Meadow Manor in Taylorville. He was born on August 19, 1943 in Taylorville, the son of William Earl and Gladys (Jacobs) Sims. Bill retired from Caterpillar where he worked for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Bill had a love for the outdoors where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting. He liked to surprise his daughters by bringing home large turtles that he would find. He was a proud member of the NRA, was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears, enjoyed bowling, and was a member of the Methodist faith. More than anything he loved his family and spending time with them.

 

Bill is survived by his daughters: Melinie (Derek) Richards of Rochester, Kathy (David) Jostes of Rochester, Crystal (Chris) Rora of Taylorville, Laura (Sam) Hughes of Taylorville, Karla (Shawn) Watkins of Taylorville, and Casandra (Bryce) Pinnell of Morrisonville; 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; siblings: Richard Sims and Larry (Linda) Sims all of Texas, and Earlene (Jack) Beaman of Taylorville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Rita Maschke; brother: Robert Sims; sisters-in-law: Lois Sims and Pat Sims.

 

In keeping with his wishes, Bill will be cremated and a memorial service for Bill will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Bill’s nephew, Jimmy Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 until 11:00a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment with military graveside rites will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, the NRA, or Illinois Sheriff’s Association.

 

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

 

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

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Alice Petro

Alice Petro, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2:48 p.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on July 9, 1928 in Richey, MT the Daughter of John and Ruth Madora (Carroll) Conley. Alice was a retired teacher.

 

She is survived by her Sons: Richard Smith of Taylorville, IL and Larry Pruitt- Smith of Mexico, NY; Grandchildren: Andrea (John) Coers, Tami (Randy) Grigg, Jason Wilham, Sandra (Fred) Delahunt, Benjamin Smith, Holly Farrell, Aaron Smith, Laura Smith, Alicyne (Josh) Schafer, Ryan Smith; Several Great-Grandchildren; Sisters: Martha Theil of Santa Fe, NM; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Allen Wayne Smith Sr., Daughter: Joyce Wilham, Sons: Gary Smith, Allen Wayne Smith Jr.

 

There will be no services and Inurnment will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Oasis Senior Center 2810 Woodlawn Rd, Lincoln, IL 62656

 

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

 

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

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Carolyn Sue (Nolen) Burch

Carolyn Sue (Nolen) Burch, 69 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11:58 a.m. at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on November 21, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Godbey) Nolen. She married Bob Schalk on February 14, 1975 and they were later divorced. Carolyn worked as a caregiver at Christian County Mental Health.

 

She is survived by her Sons: Bret Nolen and wife Angel of Taylorville, IL; Kevin Schalk of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Brandon Schalk and Will Nolen; Brother: Dale Nolen and wife Marie of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Candy Johnson and Husband Bill of Taylorville, IL and Nephew: Jeremy Johnson and family of Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her Parents.

 

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Bilyeu Cemetery in Moweaqua, IL.

 

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

 

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

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Kevin Stich

Kevin Stich, 71 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 3:33 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 9, 1947 in Lancaster, WI the son of Elden and Helen Virginia (Johnsrud) Stich. He was the President/Treasurer of Taylorville Community Credit Union for 37 years and he was recognized for his service on the Fire and Police Commission Board for over 28 years. Kevin was involved in many charitable organizations including Relay for Life, the Corvette Club and he was known to bring donuts to the volunteers on Election Day for his township. Kevin loved corvettes and boating at Lake Shelbyville.
He is survived by his Daughter: Andrea L. Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Grandsons: Colin and Joshua Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Brothers: Spencer and Lyndell Stich and Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents and his Brother Kent Stich. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL. 
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Dr. Suite E Springfield, IL 62704.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 

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Rosanne (Hicks) Loesch

Rosanne (Hicks) Loesch, 80, of North Captiva Island, FL, formerly of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO. Rosanne was born March 28, 1938 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of John “Jack” and Rose (Kastelic) Hicks.

 

Rosanne graduated from Taylorville High School, and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University where she met her future husband. She told her college roommate, after her first date with John, that he was the man she was going to marry. She married Dr. J. John Loesch on July 17, 1960 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. They were happily married for 58 years. She worked as a registered nurse for a period of time, then had a most successful career raising her five children and supporting her husband in his private anesthesia practice. Rosanne was dedicated to John and her children, ensuring their future success. She would joke that when her husband asked her what she had been doing all day, she would reply, “Drinking gin and eating bonbons!” She enjoyed organizing family and social events, always making sure everyone was taken care of and had a great time. Her favorite place was the beach on North Captiva Island, where she enjoyed listening to the ocean, watching many amazing sunsets, and occasionally seeing the “green flash” with a glass of wine and family at her side. Rosanne was an active member of P.E.O., a past member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL, and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Joplin, MO.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Joseph “Joey" Hicks.

 

Rosanne is survived by her husband, J. John Loesch, M.D. of North Captiva Island, FL; son, John Loesch, DDS; daughters, Michelle Dunne of Waterford, VA, Susanne ( David) Hopkins, MD of Monroe, WA, Heather Loesch, MD of Wilmington, NC, and Holly (Ray) Tantillo, MD of Roswell, GA; grandchildren, John, Ken, and Peter Dunne, Emma and Phoebe Hopkins, and Devin, Elizabeth, and Joel Tantillo; siblings, Susan (John) Jones Bloomington, IL; Bill (Cheryl) Hicks of Normal, IL. She also leaves behind nieces Alison, Courtney, and Bridget plus many loving friends.

 

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the

funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W.

Adams St., Taylorville, IL, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, please include Rosanne and her family in your prayers.

 

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

 

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

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Randy D. Samson

Randy D. Samson, 64, of Taylorville, IL died peacefully, on Monday, August 20, 2018, at Lake Taylorville, the place he loved best. Randy was born July 23, 1954 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Bobby H. and the late Marjorie L. (Southard) Samson.  He married Ellen M. Brown on December 21, 1974, and have been happily married for over 43 years.
Randy was a self-employed, over the road semi-truck driver for forty-two years.  The companies he drove for referred to him as “Top Dog”, for his reliability and excellence in his field.  He logged over one million miles on two different occasions.  Randy was a loyal member of the Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and playing volleyball.  


He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lynn and Lena (Luttrell) Samson; maternal grandparents, Charles and Nellie (Richardson) Southard; sister, Roberta L. (Samson) Dillon; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Randy is survived by his wife, Ellen M. Samson of Taylorville, IL; daughter, Tammy (husband, Kevin) Kater of Stonington, IL; granddaughter, Kourtney (husband, Alex) Kater of Stonington; great grandson, Myles Kater of Stonington, IL; father, Bobby H. Samson of Taylorville, IL; siblings, Rick (wife, Debbie) Samson, Steve (wife, Tammy) Samson, Janet (husband, Stanley) Gordon, and Sandy (husband, Gary) Rexroad all of Taylorville, IL, and Danny (wife, Olivia) Samson of Pueblo, CO; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568. Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Pastor James Jones officiating. Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


Memorial contributions may be made to: Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516, 720 McAdam Dr., Taylorville, IL 62568.


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

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Kevin Stich

Kevin Stich, 71 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 3:33 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 9, 1947 in Lancaster, WI the son of Elden and Helen Virginia (Johnsrud) Stich. He was the President/Treasurer of Taylorville Community Credit Union for 37 years and he was recognized for his service on the Fire and Police Commission Board for over 28 years. Kevin was involved in many charitable organizations including Relay for Life, the Corvette Club and he was known to bring donuts to the volunteers on Election Day for his township. Kevin loved corvettes and boating at Lake Shelbyville.


He is survived by his Daughter: Andrea L. Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Grandsons: Colin and Joshua Frank of Reedsburg, WI; Brothers: Spencer and Lyndell Stich and Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents and his Brother Kent Stich.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


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


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


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

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Dorothy A. Folkers

Dorothy A. Folkers, 86, of Taylorville passed away at 12:14p.m. On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in her home.  She was born on June 20, 1932 in Coffeen, the daughter of Vourse and Jessie (Smith) White.  She married Dwight Folkers on June 20, 1953 in Coffeen.  Dorothy worked for the State of Illinois, Secretary of State's office and also taught piano lessons for many years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville. Dorothy had a great love for music which she passed on to her son, Michael.  She greatly enjoyed attending concerts in which he and his wife, Daniela performed.  Dorothy also loved trees and enjoyed planting and caring for a variety of species in her backyard.  She was a voracious reader and had a special interest in history that led to her taking many college courses to learn all she could about world history. Dorothy's greatest passion was reading and studying the Bible.

She is survived by her husband: Dwight Folkers of Taylorville; son: Michael Folker (Daniela) of Arlington Heights; grandson: Christopher Folker of Arlington Heights; sister: Nadine Roe of Plano, Texas and Richard White (Mary) of Stillwater, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service for Dorothy will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Following the service, inurnment will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton.  A visitation will be held from 10:30 until 11:30 on Friday in the funeral home.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Dorothy, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Glenn Edwin Pruett

Glenn Edwin Pruett, 66, of Taylorville passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Glenn was born on March 4, 1952 in Vandalia, IL the son of Donald L. and Betty L. Lansford Pruett.

Glenn, also known as “Ole Dad” or “Pops” to those who knew him best, graduated from Brownstown High School in 1970, and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Army.  Following his service, he went to work as a telephone lineman, and then later as a plumber.  Glenn moved back to Taylorville, from Aberdeen, NC where he lived for 20 years, following his retirement.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, but most all he enjoyed making everyone he met smile.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald L. "Bud" Pruett and Oscar I. "Ike" Pruett; sisters, Linda Kay Pruett and Nancy Jo Pruett; and brother-in-law, Paul Boulanger.

Glenn is survived by his son, Billy (wife, Julie) Pruett of Ft. Worth, TX; grandsons, Connor and Evan Pruett; sisters, Nella (husband, Donald) Vandenbergh of Taylorville, IL, Teena (fiancé, Bob Shivley) Boulanger of Jeisyville, IL, and Sherrie Barnes of KY; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: the family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL, with military honors provided by the United States Department of Defense, V.F.W. Post 4495, and American Legion Post 73.

Glenn's family has requested that casual attire be worn.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Glenn’s family.

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

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Robert Edward Jacobs

Robert Edward Jacobs, 71 of Jacksonville, IL formerly of Pawnee passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2:05 a.m. at Aperion Care Center in Jacksonville, IL. He was born on May 28, 1947 in Taylorville, IL the son of Robert and Delores M. (Moore) Jacobs. Robert worked as an Electrician at Commonwealth Edison and he served in the United States Navy.


He is survived by his Son Ryan Jacobs of Decatur, IL; Brother: Richard Jacobs of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Debbie Jacobs of Decatur, IL and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter Erica and Brother David.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Graveside service will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave. Taylorville, IL 62568.


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


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

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Tyler Inman

Tyler Inman, 22 of Ohlman passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11:41 p.m. as the result of an ATV accident. He was born on April 19, 1996 in Springfield, IL the Son of Jim and Gina (Smith) Inman. He worked as an operator at Pana Limestone and was a member of local 965 operating engineers and south fork church.
 
Surviving are his Parents: Jim and Gina Inman of Ohlman; Sister: Taylor Inman of Mattoon; Grandparents: Donna Inman of Pana; Jane and Wendell Smith of Ohlman; Great-Grandmother: Bernice Dixon of Pana; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather: Jim Inman and Uncle Dan Smith. 
 
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at South Fork United Methodist Church in rural Nokomis. Burial will be in Rosemond Grove Cemetery in Rosamond, IL.
 
Memorials may be made to the Ohlman Park Fund P.O. Box 43 Ohlman, IL 62076.
 
Sutton Memorial Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements. 
 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Walter Gerald Hughes

Walter Gerald Hughes, 87, of Taylorville passed away at 7:54p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center.  He was born on May 13, 1931 in Edinburg, the son of John E. and Leah Fern (Rhodes) Hughes.  Mr. Hughes retired from the Hughes Insurance Agency and previously worked at Caterpillar. He was a former member of Davis Memorial Christian Church.  He was a 50 year member of Mound Lodge #122 A.F. & A.M., and was also a member of the Ansar Shrine and Consistory, White Shrine, and Arcana Chapter #493 O.E.S.  He was a life member of Moose Lodge #2210 in Taylorville where he has been very active including serving as Governor and was also a member of the Eagles.  He was a veteran of the Navy and in his free time enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking, gardening, and garage sales.

He is survived by his son: Gary Allan Hughes of Springfield; daughter: Beth Grubaugh of Taylorville; grandchildren: Heather Taylor (Dustin) of Clay City, Brittany Grubaugh, and Nicholas Grubaugh both of Taylorville, and great grandson Mason Taylor Clay City; brothers: Ronald Hughes of Taylorville, Edward Hughes (Doris Ann) of Taylorville, and Marvin Hughes (Judy) of Mt. Zion; 5 nieces, 5 nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, former wife: Dolores Hughes-Baker and sister-in-law: Patricia Hughes.

Funeral services for Mr. Hughes will be held at 2p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Tiney Walker officiating.  A Masonic Service will take place at the start of the funeral.  Visitation will be from 1 until 2pm on Tuesday.  Burial with military honors will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  Memories of Walter, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Ruben Franklin Harty

 

Ruben Franklin Harty, 82 of Taylorville formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 4:03 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville, IL. He was born on March 20, 1936 in Bloomfield, MO the son of Ruben Franklin and Miriam Cecelia (Cowgar) Harty. He married Phyllis Prior on September 4, 1954 in Nahunta, GA and she preceded him in death on January 9, 2018. Ruben worked as a plant services manager at Dekalb Ag Research in Illiopolis, IL. He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps serving from 1954-1958. He enjoyed attending auctions and wintering in Texas with family and friends.
He is survived by his Daughter: Kelly Jo (Scott) Goodman of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Cody Long of Taylorville and Stacy Alfredson of Pekin, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Dalton Long of Taylorville, Amelia and Isabella Alfredson of Pekin, IL; Sister: Peggy Ayers of Virginia, IL; Brother-in-Law: Lloyd Prior of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Son Lyle Harty, Brother-in-Law Irvin Ealey, Sister-in-Law: Elaine Prior and Nephew Roger Prior. 
There will be a private family service with an inurnment at a later date in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL.
Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N West Ave, Taylorville, IL 62568 or DaVita Dialysis 901 W Spresser St, Taylorville, IL 62568.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 
 

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David E. Johnson

David E. Johnson, 62 of Taylorville, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018. One of 10 children, Dave was born in Springfield on November 26, 1955, to Leonard and Allene (McClelland) Johnson. He graduated from Griffin High School and worked at Fiat Allis in Springfield for ten years. He married his best friend and soulmate, Debbie Porter, on April 15, 1978, and together they shared over 40 beautiful years of life. Dave enjoyed working in many capacities, including his family farm, managing Aldi Foods in Taylorville for 12 years, and for the last 20 years as a Retail Manager for Walmart. Dave was incredibly resourceful and enjoyed working with his hands. Mostly woodworking, Dave carefully, immaculately crafted nearly all the woodwork and furniture within his home.  Dave would have done anything for anybody, and truly lived for others. He treasured tending to his garden. Dave was a proud member of the NRA.  Anything extracurricular his children did, Dave was there including boy scouts and girls softball. His selfless zest for life and his happy spirit will live on in those he left behind, and he will be deeply missed.


Along with his beloved wife, Dave leaves behind their two children: Jason (Kathy High) Johnson of Portland, OR, and Jamie (John) Jeffers, of Sparta, IL; siblings: Sally Prewitt, Robert (Connie) Johnson, Rose Johnson, Patricia Duknowski, Ed (Ann) Johnson, all of Springfield; his mother-in-law, Norma Porter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Along with his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Paul Porter; and four siblings: John Johnson, James Johnson, Tom Johnson, and Beth Prather.


A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 6 at McClure Funeral Home, with Pastor Dr. Ryan Follis officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, also at the funeral home.

 

Private inurnment will take place at a later date. 

 

Memorials may be made to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

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

 

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

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Mary A. Cambruzzi

Mary A. Cambruzzi, 94, of Taylorville, passed away at 2:06 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center. She was born in Taylorville on June 30, 1924, the daughter of John and Mary (Mazzotti) Servi. She married Relio “Red” Cambruzzi on September 25, 1949 in Taylorville, and he preceded her in death on August 3, 2016. Mary worked for Sangamon Paper Company, Taylorville Jr. High School Cafeteria, and in dietary at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where she finally retired. She enjoyed her work so much, she continued on at St. Vincent’s part time well into her 70’s. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, the Catholic Daughters of America, the VFW Post 4495 Auxiliary, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Mary is survived by her son: Mike (Lorene) Cambruzzi of Taylorville; grandchildren: Jenelle (Myron) Stine of Dallas Center, IA; Kris (Stacie) Hancock of Carlinville; Vincent (Kelsey) Cambruzzi of Forsyth; Nikolas (Nicole) Cambruzzi of Tacoma, WA; great grandchildren: Hailie Hancock, Keira Stine, Addilyn Stine, Owen Hancock, Hollie Hancock, Dominic Hancock; one sister: Annetta Calandro of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Shirley Servi; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband Red, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: John “Pete” Servi, Nathanial “Babe” Servi, Andrew Servi; brother-in-law: Sam Calandro, and sister-in-law: Helen Servi.


Visitation for Mary will be held Thursday, August 2, from 5 – 7:00 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Funeral mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Fr. Al Allen officiating.  Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Patient Programs, 675 East Linton Avenue, Springfield, IL 62703. 

 

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

 

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

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Guy R. Hunt

Guy R. Hunt, 55, of Petersburg, IL, formerly of Auburn, IL, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Siberia, Russia, while there on business.


Guy was born January 31, 1963 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Clarence R. and Paula C. Richards Hunt.  He married Laura A. Keefe on July 26, 1986 at the First Congregational Church in Springfield, IL. Guy graduated from Auburn High School in 1981.  He then completed his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Mining Engineering and later obtained his Professional Engineering certificate.  He started working at the Turris Coal Company in Elkhart, IL in 1988.  Following his time there, Guy became the Director of Engineering at MaRyan Mining in Carlinville.  He was currently a project manager, reporting directly to the president, for SUEK in Siberia, Russia.  Guy was an active alumnus with the Delta Chi fraternal organization.  His passions were flying his airplane and collecting Ford Mustangs. Guy also enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, and raising turkeys. His most valued love was spending time with family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his mother, Paula C. Hunt; and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Brown) Keefe. Guy is survived by his wife, Laura A. Hunt of Petersburg, IL; children, Ky L (wife, Katie) Hunt of Plantation, FL, and Kara Elizabeth (fiancé, Paul Jarusevicius) Hunt of Roselle, IL; father, Clarence R. Hunt of Auburn, IL; siblings, Ty C (wife, Jan) Hunt of Athens, IL, Hy H (wife, Karen) Hunt of Auburn, and Tara (husband, Tim) Kaeding of Mechanicsburg, IL; in-laws, Harvard and Betty Keefe of Springfield, IL; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568. Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Tim Kaeding officiating.


Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


Memorial contributions may be made to: The Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, Springfield, IL 62702.


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

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Nancy Mae Smart

Nancy Mae Smart, 75, of Pana, passed away peacefully at 7:07 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2018.  Born on November 2, 1942 in Pana, Nancy was the daughter of Robert and Mae (Milligan) Goethuys. She graduated from Pana High School and went on to earn her Associates Gegree in Child Care from Lakeland College in Matton. She married Hubert “Frank” Smart on August 3, 1960, and he survives.


Nancy truly enjoyed her work as a Teacher’s Aide and treated every child as though they were her own. Her love for children was made stronger when her grandchildren came into the world, and she cherished every moment with them. In her spare time away from school, she enjoyed traveling and camping, and riding motorcycles with her husband.
In addition to her husband of almost 58 years, Nancy is survived by their children: Julie (John) Kaufman, Franklin (Amanda) Smart, daughter-in-law: Carla Smart; grandchildren: Kyle (Karey) Smart, Matthew Kaufman, Cassidy, Michael (Whittney) Smart, Jessica Smart, Elizabeth Smart; great grandchildren: Adalee and Charlotte Smart; three sisters: Roberta, Mary, and Sharron. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, one son: Robert Smart, and one great grandson: Liam Smart.


Nancy’s husband would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff at Heritage Health in Pana for the dedication and care they showed her.

 

Per her wishes, Nancy will be cremated, and a private family service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post 0168 in Pana. 

 

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

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Joseph C Large II

Joseph C Large II, 89 of Owaneco passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. at home in rural Owaneco IL. He was born on April 28, 1929 in Pana, IL the son of Clarence and Harriet (Wilcox) Large. Joe worked as a farmer and lived his entire life on the home place.  He loved the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing, water skiing, eating out at Chick-Fil-A, his John Deere farm toys and being with family and friends. Joe was a Past Master of Masonic Locust Lodge #623 in Owaneco and a member since 1953. He was a member of the Ansar Shrine, the Christian County Zoning Board, Christian County Farm Bureau Board, and Taylorville United Methodist Church Board. He served as a Christian County Republican Committeeman, a chairman for the Land of Lincoln farm toy show, and served on the Buckeye Cemetery Board.

Joe married Nita Joyce Ryan on October 3, 1948 in Morrisonville, IL.  She survives along with sons: J.C. (Connie) Large of Owaneco, IL, Douglas Large of Owaneco, IL, Tim (Cheryl Bursa) Large of Springfield, IL; daughters: Rebecca (Ron) Boddie of Katy, TX, Deborah (David) Keith of Fisher, IL; grandchildren: Kellie (Mike Austin) Large-Cass of Springfield, IL, Brandon (Lori) Large of Taylorville, IL, Brian (Mary) Keith of Bloomington, IL, Robert (Nicole) Keith of Carol Stream, IL, Lindsay Boddie of San Marcos, TX, Bryce Boddie of Katy, TX; great-grandchildren: Paige Large of Taylorville, IL, Brody Large of Taylorville, IL, and baby boy Keith due in November; sister: Ruth Large Allen of Galesburg, IL; and several nieces and nephews.  Joe was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with masonic services starting at 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with Pastor Becky Lembke and Pastor Bob Cook officiating. Burial will be held in Buckeye Cemetery in Rural Owaneco.  
Memorials may be made to Taylorville First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, Illinois 62568 or Shriners Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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James L. "Jimmy" Jones

James L. “Jimmy” Jones, 55, of Taylorville, passed away at 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Jimmy was born August 3, 1962 in Taylorville, IL, the son of James G. and Rita (Durbin) Jones.  He married Robin Robinson on August 26, 2017 at the Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville, after over 18 years of companionship.

Jimmy graduated from Taylorville High School in 1980, and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  He went on to work for J.E. Merritt in Decatur for several years, before being employed by Stephen Coy Construction, Inc., as a roofer, for many years.

Jimmy was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, and actively worked to bring new members into the church.  He had a forgiving heart and would help anyone in need.  Jimmy lived his life for the Lord and was beloved by his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Tom and Edith Jones; maternal grandmother, Agnes Durbin; uncles, Paul, Herman, and Francis Durbin, and Tommy Jones; aunts, Theresa Murray and Eldora McDonald; and cousins, Bart Rickman and Crystal Cox.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Robin Jones of Taylorville, IL; sons, Josh Hill of Kincaid, IL, Matthew and Shane Jones, both of Taylorville, IL, and Brandon Jones of Kincaid, IL; daughter, Rachel Jones of Taylorville, IL; step-daughters, Melissa Orstead of Tennessee and Rebecca Orstead of Pontiac, IL; 14 grandchildren; parents, James G. and Rita Durbin of Ludington, MI; siblings, Michael Jones of Florida, Julie (fiancé, Mike Prosser) Jones Gilmore of Herrick, IL, and Kristi Jones of Ludington, MI; uncles, Joseph Durbin of Taylorville, IL, Sam Jones of Parhump, NV, and Earl Jones of Springfield, IL; aunt, Margaret Crowder of Tovey, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation will be accorded prior to ceremonies.

 

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the time of ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene, 300 S. Shumway St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Pastor Bob Turner, celebrant.  Dinner will follow the ceremony at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Church of the Nazarene, 300 S. Shumway St., Taylorville, IL 62568 or to the family of Jimmy Jones, c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Homes, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

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

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Ira Thomas "Tom" Halsey

 Ira Thomas "Tom" Halsey passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, at his home in Normal. 
 
 
 
Graveside services for Mr. Halsey will be held at a later time at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville with full Military Rites.  Mr. Dave Taylor will officiate.  Cremation Rites have been accorded.
 
 
 
Tom and his forever sweetheart Virginia Duvall married in Clinton on Dec. 17, 1965..  She survives.  One son, Brett (Casey) Halsey; one grandson Gavin; one granddaughter Harper; special friend Rita Beyer; and loving dog Turk also sadly survive.
 
 
 
With his passing, Tom was reunited with his parents Carl B. Halsey and Anna Ruble Halsey, along with all his sisters: Carmen Mearida, Mary Rich, and Melva Neaville; brothers Joseph, Carlyle, Oozie, and Glenn Halsey; friends before him; and his dogs Scooter, Jordan, We and Flakey.
 
 
 
Tom graduated from Waynesville Academy, then joined the United States Navy where he served on the USS Tarawa and crossed the equator.  Tom retired from Deluxe check printers.  He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post #1189 and served as Vice Commander and Commander.
 
 
 
He was a loving uncle to 17 nieces and nephews and a good man who would help anyone in need.  Tom always loved Waynesville and the people there.  As a Times Past Inn breakfast and Denny's Donuts afternoon coffee regular he made lasting friendships that are a treasure to us.  Loved to dance and always had a full dance card.
 
 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tom's family who will in part donate to American Legion Post #1189 for the new roof fund.
 
 
 
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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Wayne Leo Huber

Wayne Leo Huber, 73, of Nokomis passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 3:40 p.m. at Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Nokomis. He was born on August 27, 1944 to Leo and Rosa (Linderman) Huber. Wayne worked the past few years at Fay Co. in Hillsboro, IL. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends particularly his nieces and nephews.

 

Wayne is survived by his Siblings: Melvin (Evelyn) Huber of Vandalia; Donald (Helen) Huber of Nokomis; Dorothy Archibald of Nokomis; Clement (Doris) Huber of Nokomis, Charlie (Wib) Huber of Tolono, IL, Barb Duncan of Taylorville several nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, nephew Seth Marquess, brother-in-law Stanley Archibald and niece Karen Huber.


Rosary will be held at 9:15 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis. Funeral mass will follow the visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis with Father Albert Allen officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.


Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic School 509 East Union Street Nokomis, IL 62075 or to an organization of the donor’s choice.


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


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

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Michael L. Mollohan

Michael L. Mollohan, 55, of Lincoln, a goodhearted, old fashioned and honest member of the community, passed away at 5:46 p.m. on July 21, 2018, at his home.

 

Michael Lawrence Mollohan was born February 18, 1963, in Taylorville, the son of Lawrence W. and Patty I. Engeling Mollohan. He first married Geraldine "Geri" Mayernick. He later married Dana Janell King.

Mike is survived by his wife, Dana; five children: Madison Mollohan, Casey Mollohan, Morgan Mollohan, Courtney Mollohan, and Jacob Fleener; and his parents: Larry and Patty Mollohan.

He was preceded in death by one infant son: Patrick Michael Mollohan.

Mike was a 1981 graduate of Taylorville High School, Illinois State University in 1985, and Southern Illinois University Dental School in 1989.  He purchased the Atlanta Dental Center in 1991.  He was a member of Atlanta Rotary, Lincoln Knights of Columbus #1250, and the Illinois State Dental Association.  He is also a member of George's Cub Cadet and Kenny's Tractor Clubs.  He loved working on Cub Cadets and Yamaha Big Wheels, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and his wildflowers fields, evergreen trees, and feeding the birds.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 2:00 p..m. at the Atlanta Cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible will officiate.

A time of visitation with his family will be held at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta Il, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  

Cremation Rites have been accorded.  Burial will be at the Atlanta Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children in care of the Atlanta National Bank.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta

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Tedd Allen Behrends

Tedd Allen Behrends, 65, of Lincoln, Illinois passed away at 3:01p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018 in his home.  He was born on September 9, 1952 in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, the son of Henry Edward and Mary Jane (Stauthammer) Behrends. 

 

Tedd graduated from Taylorville High School in 1970 and earned his Associates Degree from Lincoln Land Community College.  He married Mary Kay Greive in 1974 and they later divorced.  In 2002 he married Tina Hawkes, and she preceded him in death in 2008.  He worked in maintenance at the Eaton Corporation in Lincoln.  Tedd was a member of the NRA and the Lincoln Sportsman Club.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles, air rifle target shooting, reading science fiction books, and watching college basketball, especially the Illini.  More than all he loved his daughters and grandchildren.


He is survived by his daughters: Heather Whetsell (Aaron) and Holly Orr (Jeremy) both of Taylorville; mother: Mary Jane Behrends of Kincaid; grandchildren: Mallory Westrick, Macey Westrick, Dominic Orr, and Isaac Orr all of Taylorville; siblings: Nancy McKinney (Dana) of Taylorville and Dennis Behrends (Barb) of Kincaid; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Henry and wife Tina.


Mr. Behrends will be cremated, and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date. 

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Tedd, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Eva May Gagne

Eva May (Cyr) Gagne, 96, of Taylorville, IL, passed away peacefully at 3:05 p.m on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Eva May was born November 6,1921 in Rumford, Maine, the daughter of Louis P. and Theresa T. (Fecteau) Cyr. She married Stephen J. Gagne on May 23, 1941 in Lewiston, Maine. He preceded her in death on February 7, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Gagne; daughter-in-law Catherine Gagne; and brother Maurice Cyr.

Eva May is survived by her six loving children, Lorraine (husband, David) Judy of Ocala, FL;James (wife, Linda) Gagne of Edwardsville, IL; Elaine (husband, Frank) Mussich of Danville, PA;Robert (wife, Pat) Gagne of Johnston, IA; Paul (fiancée, Betty Asmussen) Gagne of Taylorville, IL; Lisa (husband, Bill) of Mt. Holly, NC; grandchildren, Laurie Gagne of Irving, TX; Julie Gagne of Glen Carbon, IL; Stephen and Daniel Judy of Ocala, FL; Gregory Mussich of Tannersville, PA; Kim Mussich of Danville, PA; Cory Monnens and Monica Gagne of Minneapolis, MN;Patrick Gagne of Taylorville, IL; Brittany Tinkham of Henderson, IL; Brandon Asmussen and Kayla Asmussen of Edwardsville, IL; Matthew and Tim Owens of Maryland; and great grandchildren,Collette Judy, Kaylee Mussich, Beckett Judy, Greer Judy, Paige Johnson, and Colten Gagne.

Eva May retired from Bates Mill Factory in Lewiston, Maine where she was a seamstress. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and a past member of the St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered her time.

Eva May was passionate about her Catholic faith, belief in God and love for her family. She was an incredibly strong woman and fiercely loyal to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, praying the rosary, shopping, and beautiful flowers. Eva May will be missed by many as her loving spirit was contagious and her laughter infectious.

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Mary School, 422 S. Washington St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

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

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Katrina Marie Davis

Katrina Marie Davis, 30, of Taylorville, passed away unexpectedly at 3:08 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2018 in Blue Mound. Katrina was born on August 23, 1987 in Springfield to Jim and Wendy Davis. She graduated from Pawnee High School. Nine years ago, Katrina became a mother to Jadyn, who became the love of her life. She was a talented photographer who truly enjoyed seeing the world through her lens, and she adored having Jadyn as her muse and inspiration. She loved being a mother more than anything, and she will be dearly missed.  


Katrina leaves behind her daughter, Jadyn Chronister; one sister: Kayla Davis; her paternal grandmother: Janet Davis; aunts and uncles: Beth (Bob) Todd; Michael (Jennie) Davis; Susan (Chad) Wilkins; David Artis; Richard Dinger; Jadyn’s dad: Jason (Amanda Austin) Chronister; and many cousins. Katrina was preceded in death by her parents: Jim Davis and Wendy Davis, and her paternal grandfather: James J. Davis.


A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

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

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Pamela Barnes

Pamela Barnes, 59 of Owaneco passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. She was born on February 9, 1959 in Colorado Springs, CO the Daughter of Donald Eugene and Iona Darlene (Sampson) Moffitt. She married Charles E. Barnes on May 3, 2003 in Palmer, IL and she worked as a homemaker.
She is survived by her Husband: Charles Barnes of Owaneco, IL; Sons: Daniel (Gerry) Barnes of Boyertown, PA; Samuel Joseph Foote of Springfield, IL; Christopher Wayne Barnes of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Dawnsule (Matthew) Stephens of Moore, OK, Danielle Moffitt of Taylorville, IL, Darci Moffitt of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Myrical Moffitt, Kyrie Moffitt, Ryland Stephens, Raedyn Stephens, Myka Moffitt, Kynci Moffitt; Mother: Iona Moffitt of Springfield, IL; Brothers: Steve (Jenna) Sampson of Greely, CO; Jim (Charlotte) Moffitt of Midland, TX; Sisters: Brenda Grossner of Nacogdoches, TX; Patti (Dave) Decatiore of Rochester, IL; Renee Moffitt of Springfield, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Father, Brother: Donald Moffitt Jr., Brother-in-Law: Brad Grossner, Nieces Neala Rogers and Julia Galluzzio.  
Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ church in Taylorville with Pastor Ellis Sills officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
 

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Hilda Wallace

Hilda Wallace, 81 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 8:20 p.m. at her residence in Taylorville, IL. She was born on April 6, 1937 in Bumpus Mills, TN the Daughter of Alec and Cora (Wallace) Lawrence. She married Allen Wallace on April 23, 1966 in Taylorville, IL and he later preceded her in death. Hilda worked as a homemaker

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She is survived by her Sons: Ronald Barrett of Dover, TN; Ricky Lashbrook of Springfield, IL; Daughters: Linda Boyd of Vienna, IL; Nancy Wallace (Jim Sigler) of Taylorville, IL; Lisa Longden (Randy Hall) of Taylorville and Susan (Jeff) Daugherty of Kincaid, IL; Grandchildren: Ed (Amelia) Shoemaker, Autumn (Michael) Carter, Krystal Longden (Jim Baker), T.J. (Kayla) Shoemaker, Cicily (Mitch) Daigh, Zachary (Thien) Longden, Brian Shoemaker, Nicole Daugherty (Judson Conn), Kurt (Stephanie) Longden, Leanne Rice, Brandon Rice; Great-Grandchildren: Scarlett, Mabel, Lydia, Emmylou, Lilly, Alyssa, Jordan; Half Sister: Janette (Eric) Maxwell, Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brothers: Carley Lawrence, Frazier Lawrence, Sidney Lawrence, George Lawrence; Sisters: Sarah Earhart, Willie Maude Mansfield, Edith Murphy.


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be held in Jackson Cemetery in Dover, TN on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.


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

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

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Robert L. "Bob" Brockelsby

Robert L. “Bob” Brockelsby, 66 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at his home in rural Taylorville. He was born on February 3, 1952 in Springfield, IL the son of Carl and Norma (Nave) Brockelsby. He married Hattie Mae Reed on December 21, 1991 in Edinburg, IL. He enjoyed working as a farmer and field tileing for Carl Michel, he loved gardening and having coffee with his friends. He also enjoyed family get togethers and he loved food. Bob was a member of Moose Lodge #1516, and he had years of service on the Edinburg Park Board.


He is survived by his wife: Hattie Brockelsby of Taylorville, IL; Son: Aaron Robert Brockelsby of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Shelly (Joe) Wade, Kelly (Steven) Brown, and Heather (Eric) Adams all of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: BreAnna and Mikel Adams of Taylorville; six step-Grandchildren, seven step great-grandchildren; brother Lee (Karen) Brockelsby of Edinburg, IL; sisters: Cathy Padget of Rochester, IL, Sue (Ralph) Mateer of Blue Mound, IL; seven nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews and several cousins He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brother Daniel Brockelsby and Brother-in-Law: Donald Padget.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Monday July 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will be held at Edinburg Cemetery Edinburg, IL.


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.


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

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Ronald R. Large

Ronald R. Large, 80, of Owaneco passed away peacefully at 3:30p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in his home with his family by his side.  He was born on August 20, 1937 to Rodell and M. Hazel (Still) Large.  Ron graduated from Taylorville High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Millikin University in 1960.  He married K. Maxine Campbell in 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Taylorville.  


Ron worked as an accountant for Gene Kennedy Construction for 22 years.  In addition, he farmed for over 50 years until retiring in 2012.  He loved farming, old Western TV shows, and sports, especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball.  He was known for his dry-wit and sense of humor.  Ron served as treasurer, Deacon, and taught Sunday school classes at First Baptist Church in Taylorville for many years.  In 2013 he became a member of 1st Baptist Church in Pana.


He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Maxine Large of Owaneco; sons: Michael Large (Kiersten) of Riverton, and Mark Large (Carol) of Tinley Park; daughter: Julie Blue of Owaneco; sister: Charlotte Manfredo of Springfield; grandchildren: Mallory Hall (Tom) of Orland Park, Brian Large of Tinley Park, MacKenzie Large of Tinley Park, Isaac Blue (Jenna) of LaPorte, Indiana, Matt Blue (Melynda) of Normal; great grandchild: Jordan Ronald Hall of Orland Park; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Geraldine Heberling; and a baby brother: Meredith Lynn.


Visitation for Ron will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 2 until 4p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  The funeral service will take place at 10:00a.m. on Monday at McClure Funeral Home with Rev. Nat Kealen officiating.  Burial will take place at the Owaneco Cemetery. 

 

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pana. 

 

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

 

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

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Brian M. Bergschneider

Brian M. Bergschneider, 47, of Taylorville passed away at 3:43p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 in his home.  He was born on May 19, 1971 in Hillsboro, Illinois.  Brian graduated from the Witt High School in 1989 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army.  He was very proud of his time in the service and was active during the Desert Storm period and was stationed in Berlin, Germany, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.  Brian worked as a manager at GSI in both Taylorville and Assumption.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his motorcycle, and couldn’t start a day without his cup of Casey’s coffee.  More than anything, Brian adored his children.  He was always eager to talk about them any chance he had.  


Brian is survived by his sons: Jacob M. Bergschneider and Alex S. Bergschneider both of Taylorville; daughter: Lauren T. Hendrix (Lucy) of Alton; mother: Teena Durbin (Marlin) of Kincaid; grandmother: Adelia “Dee” Bale of Kincaid; brother: Todd A. Bergschneider of Petersburg; sister: Jaime Silva (Christopher) of Kincaid; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.


In accordance with Brian’s wishes, he will be cremated, and a private inurnment will take place at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton. 

 

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

 

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

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Ashley Kay Anselm

Ashley Kay Anselm, 36 of Taylorville, died in her residence on July 7, 2018 at 7:01a.m. surrounded by family, both in person and in spirit.  She was born on July 14, 1981 in Decatur, the daughter of Aaron and Angela (Engeling) Anselm.  Even in birth, Ashley decided to do her own thing, presenting herself as breach. She attended St. Mary’s pre-school and grade school and graduated from Taylorville Senior High School with the class of 2000.


Despite her autism, and “supposed” lack of social skills, Ashley touched many lives in her short lifespan.  She loved the years she spent babysitting Tucker Long in the backroom of Little Luxuries and hours spent visiting with clients at her sister’s salon, Hello Beautiful.  Never having obtained a driver’s license, she loved to walk to Dana’s Book Store, Family Video, and Cottage Rose.  She spent many Saturdays picking up lunch for the “Jensen Furniture Store Ladies”.

 

In 2013 Ashley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, which she and her family referred to as “Fred”.  Despite Fred’s unwanted appearance in her life, she remained her positive, smiling, upbeat self up to the very end.  Not once during her fight with cancer did she ever complain.  She was an inspiration to all those she touched.  


Ashley will be forever celebrated by her parents: Aaron and Angela Anselm of Taylorville; brothers: Andrew (Julie) Anselm of Sugar Grove and Alex (Meghan) Anselm of Glenarm; sister: Aimee “Sweetie” Anselm of Taylorville; grandparents: Charles and Janet Engeling of Morrisonville and George and Donna Anselm of Taylorville; nieces: Peyton and McKenna; nephews: Dallas, Charlie, and Baby Anselm, who’s pending arrival any day; and a close extended family of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.  


A funeral mass for Ashley will take place at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Burial will take place at Old Stonington Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 until 7p.m. on Friday at McClure Funeral Home and from 10 until 11a.m. Saturday at the church.  A celebration was being planned for her 37th birthday on July 14, and her family requests that her service be a celebration of her life.  Instead of normal funeral attire, please wear something representing the things she loved: #fightingwithAshley t-shirts, her beloved Chicago Cubs, crosses, books, NCIS, Gilmore Girls, and Vera Bradley.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made through McClure Funeral Home to help with medical expenses of two other families whose children are fighting serious illness: Drake Lucas and Christian Evans.


Fly High Angel!


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

 

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

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Mary Louise Johnson

Mary Louise Johnson, lifelong resident of Taylorville, died on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Mary was born on July 5, 1930 in Taylorville, IL the Daughter of Lewis and Lula (Tex) Wright. She graduated from Taylorville High school. Mary married Wayne K. Johnson of Nokomis in Austin, TX on June 17, 1951. Mary was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mary met and made many friends through art classes, antique shopping, and she loved going to art shows, Mary had a knack for decorating and she and Wayne definitely enjoyed their flower garden and sweet home at 604 E. Main Cross. After Wayne retired the traveled abroad many times. Mary and Wayne were always quick to offer up trips to friends to the covered Bridge Festivals and other fun spots. Mary was a lively person with a contagious laugh and friends, nurses, aides loved her “spunk”.
Mary was survived by her brother-in-law, Robert Brown of Taylorville, several nieces, nephews and very close friends. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, infant brother Francis, and sisters Helen Mae Brown and Agnes who was in the Benedictine Order (Sister Mary Regina).
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Msgr. David Lantz officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. 
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 108 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 
 

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Benny Alan Baran Sr.

Benny Alan Baran, Sr., 77 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 11:56 am at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. He was born on December 25, 1940 in Georgetown, IL the son of Ben and Pansy (Burch) Baran. Benny was a military veteran as he proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He later worked as a coal miner for the Peabody Coal Company for over 30 years at Mine #10 in Pawnee/Kincaid IL.  He retired from Peabody as a Mine Manager in 1994. Benny married Edith Duquenne on February 23, 1963.  They enjoyed traveling the country together in their RV, watching television, and playing cards with his friends and family members.  Benny was well known for his polite manner and good-natured sense of humor.   
 
He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Edith Baran of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Benny Jr. (Sue) of Springfield, IL; Tim (Jody) of Las Vegas, NV; and Bruce (Brenda) Pearson of Jackson, MO; Grandchildren: Bryan, Bridget, Matthew, Ariel, and Mason; Great-Grandson: Andrew; Brothers: Richard Baran of Burlington, WA and Jim (Sandra) Baran of Springboro, OH; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 am at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. 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 with military graveside honors. 
 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 

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Shirley Young

Shirley Young, 83 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 2:08 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on April 30, 1935 in Morrisonville, IL the Daughter of Clyde G and Myrtle (McKee) Thacker. Shirley retired as a registered nurse after 52 years at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield in OB and NICU. She was a member of Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. She married John Young on March 5, 1955 in Palmer, IL


She is survived by her husband: John Young of Taylorville; sons: David (Linda) Young of Fredericksburg, VA, Mark Young of Taylorville, and Scott (Jamie) Young of Taylorville; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother: Dr. Robert (Margaret) Thacker of St. Petersburg, FL; sisters: Lorrie Nation of Taylorville, Sandra (Jim) Gibson of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Cleo Thacker of Taylorville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: Richard Thacker; and sister: Donna Watkins


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 3:00 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville with pastor James Jones and pastor Dick Wamsley officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Memorials may be made to Vision Way Christian School 1124 N Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center 500 N Walnut St. Taylorville, IL 62568


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


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

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Norma Jean Smith

Norma Jean Smith, 84, of Venice, Florida, formerly of Kincaid, passed away at 6:10p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Tidewell Hospice in Venice, Florida.  She was born on September 18, 1933 in Kincaid, the daughter of Cletus “Buster” and Dema (Guidotti) Foster.  Norma graduated from South Fork High School in 1951.  She married Norman Glenwood Smith on August 19, 1951 and he preceded her in death on September 21, 2011.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived on a farm west of Tovey for 60 years.  She was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid.  Norma worked for the State of Illinois for 12 years, retiring in 1992.  Taking care of the farmstead was her life’s joy.  She spent many hours manicuring the yard and house.  They loved to travel the country, first in a pickup truck camper, and then the “RV” that they truly cherished, retiring it to “the lot” in Silver Lakes R.V. resort in Naples, Florida for winters in 2005.  The summers spent at Estes Park, Colorado were some of the most cherished memories.


More than anything, Norma loved her family by whom she will be greatly missed.  She is survived by her children: Cleta (Vic) Menossi of Taylorville, Cinda (Dave) Johnson of Rochester, David (Gloria) Smith of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Julie (Paul) Moody of West Palm Beach, Florida; grandchildren: Shannon German, Ryan Menossi, Kevin German, Adam Menossi, Michael Smith, and Sarah Smith; 8 great grandchildren; sister: Donna Wilson of Dectur; and her great dog Lola.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandchild: Jamie German.  


Private family services will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid with interment at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton, Illinois. 

 

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

 

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

 

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

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Eugenia Roxelyn Wells

Eugenia Roxelyn “Genie” Wells, 66 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:50 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville. She was born on August 3, 1951 the daughter of Wm. H. and Ida Evelyn Wells at St. Vincent Hospital, Taylorville, Il.  She was at Lincoln State School from September 1957 until 1967.  She lived in Springfield and worked for Goodwill Industries.  She moved to Taylorville, Il. and worked for Christian County Mental Health Association until her retirement in 2017.  She moved to Taylorville Care in 2017. Genie loved music, dancing, hand crafts, and socializing with her many friends as well as many shopping trips around the Taylorville square.  She was an active member of First United Methodist Church participating in their many classes and community activities and also enjoyed the group activities at Taylorville Care Center.

She is survived by her sister Dorothy McHenry, nephews Sean McHenry, Steve (Rhonda) Conover, great nephew Billie Conover, great niece Bailey (Tim) Danneman and great grandniece Lilelia Danneman, Aunts Fran Michael, Judy Sparlin, and many cousins. Eugenia was preceded in death by her father Wm.  H. Wells, mother Ida Evelyn Wells, sister Delia Selvy, brother-in-law Jack McHenry and nephew Terry McHenry.


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church in Taylorville the funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


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


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

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Martin David Ayers

Martin David Ayers, 55 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 4:23 a.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. He was born on November 19, 1962 in Taylorville, IL the son of Burbin and Virgina (Rhodes) Ayers. He worked as an LPN for several area Nursing homes and later at the Decatur VA Clinic. Martin loved his son Colin, The Beatles and his dog Beatles.


He is survived by his Son: Colin Ayers of Taylorville, IL; Companion: Cheryl Robinson of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: Mike (Joe) Ayers of Taylorville, IL; Neil Ayers of Margate, FL; several nieces, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sister: Patti Lou Sides, Brother: Mark Ayers.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Ellen Moma officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Memorials may be made to Colin Ayers Memorial Fund C/O Taylorville Community Credit Union 422 W Main Cross St. Taylorville, Illinois 62568


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


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

 

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Lloyd Smith

Lloyd Smith, 86 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 5:00 a.m. at his home in Taylorville. He was born on June 6, 1932 to Earl T. and Winona (Meeker) Smith. He Married Ruth Ellice Lynn on August 14, 1954 in Stonington, IL and she preceded him in death on January 22, 2013. Lloyd Served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 and he was a member and past master of Locust Lodge #623 AF & AM, the Springfield consistory and Ansar Shrine. He also served on the board of Christian County FS, Assumption Co-op and Growmark.


He is survived by his children: Kathy (Scott) Durbin, Joseph (Jenny) Smith, Jeffrey (Teresa) Smith and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Wife, brothers: Earl L. Smith Jr and Robert T. Smith.


It was Lloyd’s wishes to donate his body to science and have no services.


Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children’s 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO. 63110.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Esther Mae Thompson-Hill

Esther Mae Thompson-Hill, 102 of Danville, IL formerly of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:40 p.m. at North Logan Health Care Center in Danville, IL. She was born on September 16, 1915 in Sefton TWP in Rural Fayette County, IL the daughter of Ransom and Esma (Nichols) Bagley. She married Elmer Thompson on September 6, 1938 in Decatur, IL and he preceded her in death in February of 1989, then she married John Lovell in September of 1994 and he preceded her in death in 1999, then she married Lloyd Hill on October 30, 2000 and he also preceded her in death on January 29, 2014. She worked as a homemaker and She was a charter member of Taylorville Christian Church, a member of Prescott Valley Christian Church in Prescott Valley, AZ and the oldest member of the second Church of Christ in Danville, IL. 
She is survived by her Son: Dr. Leroy (Virginia) Thompson of Muskogee, OK; Daughters: Niaolvia Pop of Danville, IL; Nancy Crowe of Taylorville, IL; Judith (Dean) Huffman of Rockwall, TX; Carolyn Wands of Danville, IL; thirteen Grandchildren; Nephew: Stephen Bagley of California; Several Great-Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 Husbands, Brother: Wayne Bagley, Sons- in-Law: Ignatius Pop, Keith Crowe, and Gene Wands and 2 great grandchildren.  
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with her son Dr. Leroy Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in Brownstown, IL. 
Memorials may be made to Bacone College 2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee, OK 74403 or Taylorville Christian Church building project 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
 

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Lee "Kermit" Spracklen

Lee “Kermit” Spracklen, 77 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 after over an 8-year battle with Mesothelioma. He was born on October 18, 1940 in Hillsboro, IL the son of Walter and Martha Spracklen. Kermit graduated from Nokomis High School in 1958. He married Linda Durbin on December 9, 1961. He retired from Caterpillar in Aurora after 35 years and returned to the Nokomis area. Prior to his illness he enjoyed bowling, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, basketball, cards, and classic cars. He was well known for his sense of humor and smile. He will be forever known as iron man by his daughters.

He is survived by his daughters: Krystal (Sandy) Spracklen, Kebra (John) Crafton, Grandchildren: Miranda and J.J. Crafton, Great-Granddaughter: Braylynn Crafton, sisters: Shannon King and April (Gary) Getz, several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and in-Laws. Special friends Ron & Sharon Mills, Christine Santelli and Cassie Knepp. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Linda, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Special thanks to Dr. Velasco and his staff for their dedicated service to our dad.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL.

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

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

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Harold Haines

Dr. Harold “Doc” Frederick Haines Jr., 87 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on July 2, 1930 in Chicago, IL the son of Dr. Harold and Mildred Haines Sr. He married Delmarie Smith on April 21, 1957 in Saybrook, IL. Doc worked as a chiropractor owning his own practice in Taylorville. He was a Charter Member and Deacon at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville and Past President and member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He served in the United States Air Force spending time in Japan and the Asian Theatre. Doc graduated from Taylorville Senior High School, the University of Illinois and Lincoln Chiropractic College. He was an avid golfer at Lakeshore Golf Course.    


He is survived by his Wife: Delmarie Haines of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Lynnette Haines and husband Jeffrey Lynn of Janesville, WI; Grandchildren: Jordan (Loretta) Wiley of Castle Rock, CO; Elyse Wiley (Jim Wennmacher) of Peoria, IL; Brothers: Duane (Sharyn) Haines of Richmond, TX; Sisters: Erlene (Tom) Strenfel of O’Fallon, IL; Diane (Larry Cooper) Godat of Greensboro, NC; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter: Paula Windell.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville, IL with the funeral service immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating assisted by Pastor Philip Neumann. Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.


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


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


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

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Ann N. Ettinger

Ann N. Ettinger, 97, of Orange City, FL, formerly of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Fish Memorial Hospital in Orange City, FL.

Ann was born March 6, 1921 in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Charles Arthur and Anna Marie Alt Norman.  She graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and she was employed as a reporter for the Decatur Herald and Review.  It was there that she met her future husband, W. Hayden Ettinger, who was a staff photographer.  They married on May 14, 1949 in Decatur, and were married for 59 years, until Hayden passed away in 2007.  Together, they raised their three children on the family farm near Taylorville.

Ann had a life-long love of reading, and she developed an avid interest in gardening.  She also enjoyed family genealogy, needle work, collecting antiques, and her affiliation with P.E.O.  She and Hayden permanently moved to Florida in 1985, living first in the Hammock near Palm Coast, and then moving to John Knox Village in Orange City in the early 2000’s.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary A. Yeaman; brother, Charles A. Norman, Jr.; and step-mother, Katharina Norman.

Ann is survived by her son, William H. (wife, Karen) Ettinger of Springfield, IL; daughter, Nancy Tullis of Taylorville, IL; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother, James H. (wife, Gail) Norman of Houston, TX; one nephew, two nieces, three great nephews, and two great nieces.

Cremation was accorded prior to ceremonies.

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 116 E. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Michael Evanchak officiating.  The visitation will be held in the fellowship hall, located in the lower level of the church.

Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Cottey College Scholarship Programs, 1000 W. Austin St., Nevada, MO 64772, or Kemmerer Village, 941 N. 2500 East Road, Assumption, IL 62510.

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with ceremonies.

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

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James P. Miller

James P. Miller, 64, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in his residence.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 101 East Virginia Avenue, Effingham, IL. Visitation was from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL. Memorials may be given to the DOVE Program, Shelbyville, IL.

Jim was born on June 18, 1954, in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Forrest W. “Frosty” and Lorraine J. (Miller) Miller. He was a 1972 graduate of Shelbyville High School, Shelbyville, IL, a 1974 graduate of Lake Land College and a 1988 graduate of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. Jim was a driver for Sun Oil Company from 1975-1987, Danneberger Oil Company from 1997-2002 and Shelby Energy Company from 2002-2014 all in Shelbyville, IL. He worked for the Shelbyville Police Department as an officer from 1987 until 1995 and as the Chief of Police from 1991 until 1994. Jim was a part of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Auxiliary for 12 years and has been a part-time Sheriff’s Deputy from 2010 to present. Jim served under four Shelby County Sheriffs: Bob Collins, Lloyd Spencer, Mike Miller and Don Koonce. He also taught the DARE program for four years in Shelbyville Schools and worked for the Strasburg Police from 2005-2009. Jim and his father, Frosty, owned and operated the Miller Campground near Moore Bridge until 1990. Jim attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham, IL. He was active in the Democratic Party and served as the Vice Chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Central Committee. He served as the facilitator in Shelby County for Senator Dick Durbin, attended the Democratic National Committee meeting in Philadelphia, PA and met President Obama when he was in Springfield, IL. Jim loved to collect Oliver tractors, Jeeps, and International trucks. He also had a love for his second home, Niemerg’s Steak House in Effingham, IL. Jim married Ann Watson Marten on October 5, 1991, and she passed away on February 11, 1998.

Jim is survived by his sister, Frostine Thomas (Mike) of Herscher, IL; nephew, Matthew Thomas (Jennifer) of Channahon, IL; niece, Stephanie Addicks (Aaron) of Bloomington, IL; four great nephews and nieces; and special friends, Larry and Tracey Danneberger of Shelbyville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann; and half-sister, Virginia L Durland and her husband Don.

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Gary L. Blackman

Gary L. Blackman, 76, of Taylorville passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18 in his home. He was born on December 27, 1941, in Logansport, Indiana the son of Kenneth and Bonnie (Shaefer) Blackman. He married Marsha Pacotti on June 1, 1984, in Taylorville.

 

Gary graduated from Logansport High School in 1959 and went on to Indiana University where he earned his undergraduate degree and was ultimately awarded the Doctor of Optometry Degree. Dr. Blackman was a long time partner in the Central Optometric Associates (Advance Eye Care) in Taylorville, retiring in May of 2014 after 50 years of practice.

 

Gary was extremely active in many professional organizations. He was a member of the Illinois Optometric Association and was named Optometrist of the Year in 1997. During his tenure as President of the IOA, he was instrumental in the creation of laws allowing optometrists to prescribe therapeutic drugs for eye health. He was also passionate about providing eye care to nursing home residents having developed many of the protocols, something he continued to do even in his retirement. He was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and was also a member of the American Optometric Association, serving in various leadership roles up to Vice President. In addition, Dr. Blackman was a devoted volunteer to V.O.S.H. (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity), making countless humanitarian trips to Central and South America, as well as Poland and Africa to care for the less fortunate. He served as the first President of Illinois V.O.S.H. Gary was equally involved in his local community in many ways. He was a member of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, helped for the Key Club at Taylorville High School, and was named Kiwanian of the Year in 1967. He, along with the husbands of other junior high teachers, helped start what is now known as Coats for Kids in Taylorville. Another community activity was serving on the board for the Christian County Mental Health Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and participated in a men’s Bible Study Group. In his spare time, Gary loved to golf, garden and work in his yard, work on his 1937 Packard, and exploring new technologies. He also had a love of travel and traveled extensively to many locations in the United States as well as around the world, including Africa, China, Europe, Cuba, Southeast Asia, Russia, Poland, Central and South America, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel. Most recently he returned May 19, 2018, from a trip to Sicily and the Amalfi Coast. One of his most memorable and moving experiences was being baptized in the Jordan River at the exact sight where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.

 

Above all, Gary loved his family and cherished his time spent with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed attending their sporting events, which included local venues, many states, and overseas venues such as England and France. He will be greatly missed are his wife Marsha, son Jeff (Laura DeBruce) Blackman of Sanibel, Florida; daughter Stephanie (Andy) Ballard of London; and daughter Amy (Jeff) Juhlin of Chatham, IL. Grandchildren include Abigail, Margaret and Katherine Juhlin; Luke Blackman; and Nathaniel, Joshua, Benjamin, Jessica, and Quentin Ballard; brothers include Stan (Susan) Blackman, Tucson, Arizona, and Tom (Ginny) Blackman , Carmel, Indiana. Nieces and nephews include Neil and Blake Blackman; Greg and Lindsey Blackman; and John and Angela Pacotti.

 

A memorial service for Dr. Blackman will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Taylorville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Becky Lembke officiating. Inurnment will take place in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 until 6 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.

 

Memorials in Gary’s honor may be made to V.O.S.H. Illinois, Taylorville First United Methodist Church, or the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation.

 

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

 

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

 

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Cassandra Agnew

Cassandra Agnew, 38 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 9:50 p.m. at her residence in Taylorville, IL. She was born on December 8, 1979 in Decatur, IL the Daughter of William and Mary (Miller) Agnew. Cassandra worked as an associate at Walmart in Taylorville. She was a loving mother, cherished daughter and sister. She adored her animals, spending time with her family and listening to music.


Surviving is her Son: Matthew Noller of Taylorville, IL; Father: William Agnew of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: William (Elaine) Agnew of Edinburg, IL; Timothy (Heather) Agnew of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: April (Jeff) Jefferies of Springfield, IL; Christyl (Nick) Crowe of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Mother.

 
Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville with Pastor Don Bettis officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to her son Matthews college fund C/O: Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568


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


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

 

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David Eugene Slagel

David Eugene Slagel of San Antonio, Texas passed away on May 11, 2018 at the age of 53.  A former Taylorville, IL resident, he retired as a Tech Sergeant for the US Air Force after serving his country for 20 years.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends for his compassion and sense of humor.  


David is survived by his brother, Daniel Slagel, his sisters, Princess Slagel-Bucshon and Faith Collins, and his step-mother, Shirley Slagel.  He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne E. Slagel.


A private memorial service will be held for David later this year.


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

 

Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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Helen Ruth Foley-Bilyeu

Helen Ruth Foley-Bilyeu, 93, of Assumption, passed away at 8:00a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 in her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born on September 2, 1924 near Dalton City, the daughter of John “Jay” T. and Pearl (Hogan) Foley.  She was confirmed in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dalton City.  After graduating from Bethany Township High School, she attended Brown’s Business College in Decatur and was employed as a secretary at the Merchants & Manufacturers Association for three years prior to her marriage.  She was later employed in the Secretary of States office in Springfield.  She was a member of several genealogical societies and compiled a family genealogy.  She married Robert Edward Bilyeu on November 19, 1946 in Chicago, at the Chicago Temple First United Methodist Church.  Helen farmed alongside her husband Robert for many years while she raised their three daughters.  She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed puzzles.  


Surviving are her husband: Robert E. Bilyeu of Assumption; daughters: Michelle Mullendore of Chicago, Ramona Stalets (Lon) and Lesia Adcock (Tom) both of Assumption; grandchildren: Sasha Schaive (Chad) of Springfield, Allegra Muellner (Mike) of Chicago, Adam Stalets (Kim) of Bloomington, Luke Stalets (Mandy) of Heyworth, Adrian Kuffel (Adam) of Forsyth, and Weston Adcock of Assumption; great grandchildren: Kaylin Cunningham, Eva Stalets, Alex Stalets, Max Muellner, Avery Muellner, and Tighe Kuffel.  She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sisters: Irene Moody and Eloise Jurgens.


A private family funeral will be held at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will take place in Pleasant View Cemetery in Assumption.

 

Memorials may be left to the Moultrie County Genealogical Society or donor’s choice. 

 

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

 

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

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Russell Eugene Durham

Russell “Rusty” Eugene Durham, 89 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville. He was born on June 15, 1928 in Taylorville TWP in Rural Christian County, IL the son of Julius and Floy (Cook) Durham. He married Janiece Mosley on April 16, 1949 in Kincaid, IL. Rusty served in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked at the Breeze Courier and later in maintenance at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville where he retired. He was a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville and a past member of the Carpenters Union Local 270 in Springfield. He loved to play cribbage with his children and grandchildren, he loved gardening, working on bicycles, having garage sales and doing carpentry projects for his friends and family.  


Surviving are his Wife Janiece Durham of Taylorville; Children: William Durham of Taylorville; Robert Durham of Texas; James Durham of Arizona; Mary and Donna Durham both of Taylorville and Brenda Durham of Pana, IL. Grandchildren: Jason Durham of Taylorville; Jennifer Durham of Wapella, IL; Seth Durham of Texas; Michael and Misty Durham of Arizona; Joseph Kilhoffer and Hamilton Norris of Alaska; Caleb Sexson of Decatur, IL and Jacob Sexson of Texas; Ten Great-Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great-Grandson; Brother Clarence (Betty) Durham of Taylorville; many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Rusty was preceded in death by his parents, Brother: James Durham and Sisters: Rosalie Weiman and Laurel Quaid.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Tiney Walker officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with military graveside honors.


Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Davis Memorial Christian Church 1500 W Franklin St, Taylorville, IL 62568.


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


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

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Mary Pauline Curry

Mary Pauline Curry, 92 of Taylorville, passed away at 10:10p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  She was born on September 23, 1925 in Taylorville, the daughter of Dwight and Thelma (Bethard) Neece.  Pauline married Charles K. Curry on February 6, 1946 in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2000.  She was an active member of the Taylorville First Presbyterian Church for many years.  Before her children were born, Pauline owned and operated Curry’s Studio of Dance in Taylorville.  Her love of dance continued throughout the years along side her husband who together with other seniors entertained for many years as “Charlie and His Angels”.  She loved her time spend at the Senior Center where she always stayed active including teaching tap lessons.  Pauline also had a love of games, including watching Wheel of Fortune and playing puzzle games such as crossword and cryptogram.  She was also skilled at many crafts such as cross stitch and quiling-creating paper sculptures.  


Pauline is survived by her children: Rev. Charles K. Curry (Kathy) of Springfield and Christina Chrisman of Taylorville; grandchildren: Ted Curry Jr., Barbie Curry, Alyse Curry, Melissa Loy, Michael Chrisman, Amanda Fisher, Joshua Curry, Dusty Doyle, Gabriel Curry, and Clinton Curry; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; niece: Sherri Waterman and nephews: Troy Neece, Todd Neece, and Tim Neece.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son: Ted Curry, sister: Wilma Jean Waterman, and brother: Dwight L. Neece.  


A funeral service for Pauline will take place at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Michael Evanchak officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10 until 11a.m. Tuesday.  Following the services, Pauline will be cremated, and inurnment will take place Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. 

 

Memorials may be left to the Taylorville First Presbyterian Church or the Christian County Senior Citizens. 

 

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

 

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

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Amanda Y. Vedas

Amanda Y. Vedas, 76 of Taylorville passed away at 3:25p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in her home following a lengthy illness of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.  She was born on January 12, 1942 in Taylorville, the daughter of Clyde and Dorothy (Kuntzman) Yonker.  She married Jack W. Vedas on August 10, 1963 in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on December 24, 2011.  Amanda graduated with a nursing degree from the Capital Area Vocational Center and was valedictorian of her class.  She worked as a nurse for many years in the ICU at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville and the burn unit of Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  She was involved with the Christian County Extension and enjoyed cooking, playing cards, camping, traveling and spending time with her close group of friends.  


She is survived by her son: Kirk Vedas (Fen Tamanaha) of San Francisco, California; brothers: Paul Yonker (Daurice) of Pawnee, Gene Yonker (Will) of Taylorville, Stephen Yonker (Penny) of Anchorage, Alaska, and Darrell Yonker (Maxine) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter: Carla Griffiths.  


Mrs. Vedas will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. 

 

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

 

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

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Ruth Anne Sullivan

Ruth Anne Sullivan, 83, of Taylorville passed away at 10:02a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.  She was born on May 22, 1935 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the daughter of Noble M. and Oleta E. (Scarborough) Hawkins.  She married Russell McClane “Mick” Sullivan on August 25, 1956 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  Ruth attended the Oklahoma College for Women, Illinois State University, and received her Master’s Degree as part of the first graduating class from Sangamon State University.  She taught for many years at Sacred Heart in Springfield teaching business and computer classes.  Ruth was a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville where she was very active in many aspects of the church’s ministry.  She loved to garden and to travel.  She was active in many activities while raising her 4 daughters including volunteering as a Girl Scout leader.  


She is survived by her husband: Russell M. “Mick” Sullivan of Taylorville; daughters: Amy Nuss of McHenry, Sherry Ward of Belleville, Kathy Sullivan of Taylorville, and Patty Sullivan (Ted Brannon) of Springfield; grandchildren: Alexis Wisniewski (Timothy), Zachary Nuss, Alex Ward, and Ryan Ward; great grandchild: Niah Wisniewski; brother: Edward F. Hawkins (Peggy) of Arvada, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law: Brian Nuss.


Mrs. Sullivan will be cremated, and a memorial service will take place at noon, on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville with Rev. Tiney Walker officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00a.m. until the time of the service at noon, Saturday in the church.  A funeral luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall of the church following the service and inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date. 

 

Memorials may be left to Davis Memorial Christian Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

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

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Brett K. Mense

Brett K. Mense, 57 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 4:59 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on March 9, 1961 in Taylorville, IL the son of Larry and Sharon (Hunt) Mense. He married Laurie Kenny on March 15, 1985 in Springfield, IL. As an inventory analyst at ADM in Decatur, IL, he was able to travel extensively, forming friendships both here and around the world. Brett loved all sports and spent many years playing and coaching baseball and softball. He was an active member of the community and loved by all who knew him. Brett knew no strangers, and always had a smile, a laugh or helping hand for anyone in need. 
 
Surviving are his Wife: Laurie Mense of Taylorville, IL; Sons: Brett Mense of Brooklyn, NY and Kyle Mense of Taylorville, IL; Grandpuppies: Elle, Lucy and Gus; Parents: Larry and Sharon Mense of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Rhonda Mense of Taylorville, IL; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and many Friends who are family. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents: Tony and Sis Hunt and Henry and Irene Mense; Great-Uncle: Ed Smith; Uncles: Davey Hunt and Duane Hunt.
 
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
 
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142 Memphis, TN 38101 or Shriners Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 
 

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Lanny Weston Barker

Lanny Weston Barker, 52, of Taylorville, passed away peacefully at 7:34 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in his home with his wife and sons by his side.  Born on July 15, 1965 in Evanston, Wyoming, Lanny was the son of George and MaryAnn (Mills) Barker. He married Lori Manion on September 26, 1992. Lanny worked as a water plant operator for the City of Taylorville. He also worked as a mechanic and formerly owned and operated Lanny’s A to Z Automotive Repair. Besides his family, Lanny’s true loves were music, playing his guitar, and fishing.


Along with his wife, Lanny is survived by his sons: Jake and Riley, of Taylorville; parents: George and MaryAnn Barker of Randolph, UT; brother: Pat (Renae) Barker of Randolph, UT; sister: Kathi (Deb Wagstaff) Barker of Bear River, WY; mother-in-law: JoAnn (Verlin) Hibbs of Springfield; father-in-law: Tommy (Chris) Manion of Aubrey, TX; sister-in-law: Lisa Funderburg; brothers-in-law: Stu Funderburg, Kyle (Havey) Manion; Doug (Taffy Coventry) Hibbs; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


In accordance with his wishes, Lanny will be cremated and his family will host a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Park Pavilion in Taylorville.

 

McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

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

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L. Michael Fleetwood

L. Michael Fleetwood, 76 of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on June 4, 2018 at 1:35pm at his home. He was born on August 12,1941 the son of Jack Fleetwood and Opal (Goodwin) Fleetwood.
 

He married Nancy (Lilly) Fleetwood on May 23,1987 at the Kindgom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Taylorville, Illinois. He was preceeded in death by his parents and his brother Gary Fleetwood.

 

He had various occupations throughout the years. He raced motorcycles, owned a hair salon called Michaels in Taylorville and later owned a janitorial company. His primary mission in life was serving as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He felt priveleged to spend much of his time for the last 50 years of his life in various volunteer efforts including the door to door ministry, domestic and international construction as well as assisting other members.

 

He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter J. Renee Lyons, son Brad R (Anjanette C) Fleetwood and granddaughters Mycah Scoggins and Madison Lyons.

 

A visitation and memorial will be held June 10, 2018 at the Kindgom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 3540 Lincoln Trail, Taylorville, Illinois. Visitation begins at 3:00 pm and Memorial Talk at 4:30pm.

 

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Jay Russell Denning

Jay Russell Denning, 65, of Taylorville passed away at 11:20p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2018 in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.  He was born on August 15, 1952 in Taylorville, the son of Elwood and Rose Marie (Curry) Denning.  He married Diana L. Bailey on November 14, 1998 in Taylorville.  Jay worked for over 25 years at for the Taylorville Park District, a job he truly loved.  One of his favorite times of year was getting ready for Christmas in the Park.  Jay was gifted with the ability to repair countless items including small engines, cars and electronics.  If he didn’t know how to fix something, he would find out and keep learning until he knew how.  He enjoyed time outdoors metal detecting and spend many hours helping his neighbors by mowing yards.  He was often found enjoying time on the porch of his house.   
Jay is survived by his wife: Diana Denning of Taylorville; children: Jason Denning of Taylorville, Breezy Denning (Jeremy) of Waverly, Melissa Hughes (Kris) of Waverly, and Joseph Denning (Jennifer) of Peoria;  step-children: George Bailey (Heather) of Kincaid, Kissi Sullivan (Louis) of Taylorville, Tiffani Bailey of Taylorville, Michelle Smith (Norman Mays) of Langleyville, Kristi Smith of Tennessee and Josh Lomprez of Taylorville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings: Shelia Nation (Bill) of Taylorville, Joyce Denning of Taylorville, Jeff Denning (Rose) of Branson, Missouri, David Denning (Judy) of Kemper, Texas, Brad Denning of Taylorville, and Todd Denning (Nikki) of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Carol Bixler Denning, and brothers: Ronnie Denning, Leland Denning, and Bruce Denning. 
The funeral service for Jay will take place at 10a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Visitation will be from 5 until 7p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home.  Memorials may be left to the Denning family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Jay, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com 
 

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M. Fay Tryon

M. Fay (Sagle) Tryon, 85, of Morrisonville passed away at 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at her residence.

Fay was born on December 4, 1932 in Mechanicsburg, IL the daughter of Byron and Mary (Hansen) Sagle. She married Murl E. Tryon on December 8, 1950 in Mechanicsburg, IL. He preceded her in death on May 11, 2017.

Fay graduated from Buffalo Tri-City High School in 1950.  She worked for Montgomery-Ward in Taylorville before staying home on the family farm to raise her children and help Murl with farming.  Fay was a long-time member and organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville.  She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word searches, and sewing.  Fay was an excellent seamstress and baker, well-known for her pie making.  

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and son, M. Leon Tryon.

Fay is survived by her daughter, Grace (husband, Glenn) Himstedt of Bristol, VA; sons, Lynn Tryon of Morrisonville, IL, and Lyle (wife, Vicki) Tryon of Palmer, IL; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 4 nephews.

Graveside Ceremony: 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL with Rev. Chuck Banning and Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Morrisonville-Palmer Food Pantry, 307 SE 6th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

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

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

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Everett A. Hendricks

Everett A. Hendricks, 80 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:43 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on July 20, 1937 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Adam and Verda Stephens Hendricks. He graduated from Taylorville High School in 1956 and married Marilyn Joann Elam on April 5, 1957 at the 1st Baptist Church in Taylorville, where they were both members. Everett worked many jobs but started working at the foundation of the Kincaid power plant, Commonwealth Edison in 1967 as a janitor and retired from the plant after 27 years, as an A-man electrician in 1994. He loved his job and many great friends at Commonwealth. Over the years Everett was a member of the Jaycees, Masons and the Moose Club. One of the hobbies he had was collecting antique gas engines. He participated in Pablo Agricultural Museum, Christian County Historical Society and many parades throughout Christian County pulling a trailered display of these antique engines with his Minneapolis Moline Tractor. Another of his hobbies was bee keeping and selling honey to many, as well as raising field corn to sell as squirrel food. Everett liked to visit grade schools, senior citizen groups and Christian County Mental Health where he taught those attendees all about bee keeping and honey production. Everett was a lifelong hard-core Chicago Cubs baseball fan and was so fortunate to watch them winning the 2016 World Series. Everett’s greatest joy in life was buying and living on 10 acres of his grandfather Stephens, farm ground, where he raised his children and taught them and his grandchildren and great grandchildren many wonderful things on the farm.


Surviving are his daughters: Sharron (Denny) Taft and Tina (Lee) Pownall, both of Taylorville, as well as sweetheart and companion of 9 years Mary Amos; Grandchildren: Scott (Elizabeth) Brockelsby, Sandra Brockelsby, Robert (Amanda) Hancock, Jeffrey (Bailey) Hancock, Chad (Amy) Hancock, step-grandchildren: Regan (Danielle) Taft and Dr. Erin (Brendan) Grgurich. Great-grandchildren Reece, Ryan and Rhyten Brockelsby, Xavier and Quinn Hancock and Laila and Jace Hancock; step-great grandchildren at Kieran Taft and Aubree Grgurich. Sister: Elsie (Carl) Reed and sister-in-law: Wanda (Dennis) Sabin. He has many nieces and nephews he thought the world of as well as great nieces and nephews. Everett was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Marilyn (Elam) Hendricks, his son Stephen Everett Hendricks, parents Adam and Verda Hendricks, father and mother-in-law Charley and Irene Elam, Sister Brenda Swedick Credille, sister-in-law Kathy J. Smith and brother-in-law Tom Askelson.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10:00 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Pastor James Baldwin officiating. Burial will be in Fraley Cemetery in Rural Taylorville, IL.


Memorials may be made to Vision Way Christian School 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Taylorville FFA 815 W. Springfield Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568


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


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

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Nancy Jean Greffe

Nancy Jean Greffe, 74, formerly of Edinburg, passed away at 10:30p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Heritage Manor in Pana.  She was born on January 12, 1944, the daughter of Ronald Gene and Frances (Hooper) Greffe.  Nancy graduated from Edinburg High School with the class of 1962.  She went on to work at Horace Mann Insurance for over 40 years, retiring as a Financial Control Specialist.  Nancy loved to read and crochet and was an avid NASCAR fan.  She was also a dog lover and cared for many throughout the years.


She is survived by her sisters: Becky C. Blount of Taylorville and Kathy L. McGee of Aurora, Colorado; nieces and nephew: Dyanne Skinner (Lee) of Taylorville, Tony McGee (Lisa), and Mehgan McGee both of Aurora, Colorado; great nieces and nephews: Hannah Van Dorn (Joe) of Bloomington, Trey Buckley and Kole Buckley both of Taylorville, and Hailey McGee of Aurora, Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her parents; nephew: Douglas Blount; and brother-in-law: Gary McGee.


A memorial service for Nancy will be held at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in the Bethel Baptist Church in Sharpsburg with Ron Spears officiating.  Inurnment will take place in the Bethel Baptist Cemetery following the service.

 

Memorials may be left to the Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville.   


McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Greffe family with arrangements.  Memories of Nancy, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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