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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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Tom Prehn Sr.

Tom Prehn, Sr., 65, of Taylorville, IL passed away at 9:23 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
 
Tom was born October 30, 1952 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Harold G. and M. Corrine Smith Prehn.
 
Tom graduated from Taylorville High School in 1970.  As a summer job, he helped plant the trees that would become Sangchris Lake State Recreation Area.  Tom would later work and retire from Borg Warner.  He was then head of maintenance for Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for over 20 years, before his retirement there.  Tom enjoyed long car rides and anything involving being outdoors, especially fishing.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Tom is survived by his children, Tricia Prehn of Morrisonville, IL, Thomas Prehn, Jr. of Herrick, IL, Eric (wife, Katie) Prehn of Taylorville, IL, and Tim (wife, Amanda) Prehn of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, Jourdan Prehn of Kansas City, MO, Rachel Prehn of Taylorville, IL, Emma Prehn of Morrisonville, IL, Shianne and Caleb Prehn of Farmersville, IL, and Kenton, Peighton, and Ryker Prehn of Taylorville, IL; great grandchildren, Kynleigh, Brantley, Pasleigh, and one on the way; siblings, Linda Angell of Normal, IL, Carolyn Johnson of Decatur, IL, and Henry (wife, Pam) Prehn of Taylorville, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
 
Cremation will be accorded and private family ceremonies will be held at a later date.
 
Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
 
Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 has been entrusted with arrangements.
 
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.
 
 

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Doris J. Buck

Doris J. Buck, 77, of Taylorville, IL passed away at 11:31 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Doris was born December 23, 1940 in Witt, IL, the daughter of Jesse O. and A. Pauline (Kessler) Oller.  She married Thomas L. Buck on November 1, 1975 in Waukegan, IL.  He preceded her in death on January 28, 2005.

Doris worked for over 25 years for Sara Lee in Deerfield, before moving back to the Taylorville area.  She received her CNA certification, and spent many years as an in-home healthcare aid for Addias Healthcare.  Doris was a long-time member of Taylorville Christian Church, where she was member of their hospitality group.  She was recently involved with the Respiratory Therapy Club at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  Doris enjoyed sewing, crocheting, scrap booking, and flower gardening.  Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Barbara R. Merrick; brothers, Keith, Earl, Butch, and Chuck Oller; sisters, Joyce Dees, Donna Travelsted, and Juanita Lawrence; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Doris is survived by her daughters, Nylene (fiancé, Steve Kuhn) Wilson of Avon, IN, and Diane (husband, Scott) Smith of Eastland, TX; grandchildren, Brian Wilson of Taylorville, IL, Nicole Wilson of Indianapolis, IN, Jessica (husband, Josh) Williams of Taylorville, IL, Billy Merrick of Taylorville, IL, Jenny Merrick of Fargo, ND, Chase Smith of Marengo, IL, and Kalyn Smith of Eastland, TX; great grandchildren, Nathan, Nygel, Heather, Isaias, Destiny, Jocelyn, Noah, Drew, and Hunter; sisters, Barbara McKinnon and Linda (husband, Bill) Moma, both of Taylorville, IL; one aunt; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568 with Rev. Dick Wamsley officiating.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Taylorville Christian Church for Youth Activities, 1124 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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Ruth I. Garrett

Ruth I. Garrett, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8:58 p.m. at Hickory Estates in Taylorville. She was born on August 20, 1927 in Greenwood TWP the daughter of Floyd and Fern (Milslagle) Harmon. She married Bernard Garrett on June 23, 1947 in Morrisonville, IL and he preceded her in death on June 11, 2002. She worked as a homemaker and was a graduate of Morrisonville High school in the class of 1944.  


Surviving are her sons: Darrell (Lis) Garrett of Morrisonville, IL; Bill (Pat) Garrett of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Mindy Beeler, Curt Garrett, Stacey Wallace, Beth Bauer, Eric Garrett and Megan Beeler; Twelve Great-Grandchildren; Brothers: Elmer Harmon of Taylorville and Charles Harmon of Ohio; Sisters: Bertha Hill of Taylorville and Donna (Gene) Peters of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brothers: Russell, Wilbur, Lyle and John Harmon; Sisters: Marilyn McShanog and Norma Hubbartt.


Private graveside services will be held at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL


Memorials may be made to the Christian County Historical Society

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


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

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Mary Jane Barry

Mary Jane Barry, 88, of Taylorville died at 11:17a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on September 4, 1929 in Pawnee, Illinois, the daughter of Mary E. (Fitzsimmons) Minder and William Springer Minder. She married William L. Barry on October 27, 1962 in Pawnee, and he preceded her in death on November 12, 2007. She retired from working first at St. Mary’s School and then at the Christian County Medical Clinic.  Mrs. Barry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville and the Catholic Daughters of America.  She was a tireless volunteer throughout her life, devoting her time to many organizations including: Meals on Wheels, Advantage 55, the Red Cross Blood Bank, and St. Vincent Memorial Hospital.


She is survived by her son: Michael Barry (Jennifer) of Nashville, Tennessee; daughter: Mary Rita Barry of Taylorville; sister: Anne Minder; brothers: John Minder and William Minder; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers: Joseph Minder and James Minder, and sister: Barbara Adcock.


A funeral mass for Mrs. Barry will be held 10:30a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will take place on Monday from 5 until 7p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  A prayer service will take place at 4:45p.m., prior to the visitation on Monday. 

 

Memorials may be left to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. 

 

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

 

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

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Philip S. Buckmire

Philip S. “Buck” Buckmire, 95, of Taylorville passed away at 2:25a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in his home.  He was born on July 16, 1922 in Owaneco, the son of Loyd S. and Fern V. (Sturgeon) Buckmire.  He married Constance E. Tomazic on November 21, 1950 in Pekin, Illinois.  She preceded him in death on November 10, 2014.  Philip grew up in rural Owaneco on the family farm, a place that he loved to spend time at throughout his life.  He attended the Lawton Country School, Owaneco Grade School and High School, and graduated from Stonington High School in 1941.  He worked for many years at Continental Grain in Taylorville, where he retired as a supervisor. He had previously worked at Caterpillar in Peoria.  Agriculture was his passion and he farmed most of his life.  Buck was an avid bowler, playing on many leagues over the years.  He also loved playing croquet and horseshoes at many family gatherings.  Later in life, Connie and Buck enjoyed going out to lunch and taking long rides in the country, checking out the crops and wildlife during all the seasons.  Above all, his family was most important to him, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  


Philip is survived by his twin daughters: Sharon Lee Jamison (Mike) and Karen Lynn DeMichael (Mike) both of Taylorville; son: Bruce Buckmire (Shelia Wareham) of Owaneco; grandchildren: Brent DeMichael (Stacey) of Kincaid, Shaun Vincent of Decatur, Susie McClure (Scott) of Taylorville and Michelle Jamison-Klein of Taylorville; great-grandchildren: Hudson DeMichael, Hayden DeMichael, Peyton DeMichael, and Brayden McClure; sister: Ardeth Buckmire of Champaign; niece: Dale Riaska of San Mateo, California; nephew: Roger McLean of Texas; and great-niece: Lee Riaska of San Mateo, California.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son: David Buckmire; sister: Vemba McLean; and brother: Loyd Dale Buckmire.


The funeral service for Philip will be held at 5p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Gary McCullough officiating.  Visitation will be from 3 until 5p.m. on Sunday.  Inurnment will take place at 10a.m. on Monday at Glen Haven Cemetery in Taylorville. 

 

Memorials may be made to MS: One Step at a Time. 

 

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

 

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

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Thomas I. Nation

Thomas I. Nation, 60 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 3:55 p.m. at Auburn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Auburn, IL. He was born on June 17, 1957 in Taylorville, IL the Son of Granvel “Spud” and Patty (Sounders) Clark-Nation. Tom was in the United States Army and served in Germany where he met his 1st Wife Carla Norman. His first son was born in Germany, when he was discharged he settled in Pasco, Washington where his wife was from. Around 1980 they moved to Decatur, IL where he worked for ADM, he loved sports and he played on 2 softball teams. He divorced and married his second wife Cheryl Spencer. They had about 16 years together before she developed cancer and passed away. Tom moved to Taylorville and he also developed cancer that took his life.


Surviving are his Father: Spud Nation of Taylorville, IL; Sons Timothy, Stephen, Kyle and Trevor all of Washington State. Step-Daughter: Kim Norman also of Washington State. He was preceded in death by his Mother, wife and Brother: Donald Nation.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. The Funeral service will immediately follow the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Hall Cemetery in Blue Mound, IL.


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


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


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

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Owen Sharp

Owen Sharp, 98 of Taylorville went home to be with the Lord 11:34 a.m. on Monday May 14, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. He was born April 11, 1920 to parents John W. and Maude (Driskell) Sharp in Edinburg, Illinois. After school, Owen served from February 18, 1942 to December 26, 1944 in the US Army 36th Infantry Division during World War II where his selfless efforts throughout Africa, Italy and France lead to the liberation of Europe. This decorated war hero served with distinction then returned home to be a successful farmer just north of Taylorville. He married Marian (Prater) Sharp December 16, 1945 and was blessed with a family that flourished several generations. Not only a farmer, a storyteller, and a landmark of the Christian County people who put others before himself, Owen was a pillar most proud of his loving family with whom he spent much time making memories and guiding them with timeless life lessons. He was a member of Taylorville Christian Church.


He is survived by children: Wayne (Cheryl) Sharp of Taylorville, Marilyn (Rich) Payne of Taylorville, Linda (Cliff) Mansfield of Taylorville; grandchildren: Bryan (Betsy) Sharp of Taylorville, Ryan (Brandon) Wingard of Mahomet, Andrea (Steve) Younker of Taylorville, Lacy (Taylor) May of Taylorville, Ali (Brent) Riva of Taylorville, Lauren Mansfield (Ed DelValle) of Taylorville. Great-grandchildren include: Owen, Wyatt, and Levi Younker; James and Clint May, Lane and Cooper Riva; Mia DelValle, Nora Sharp and good friend Ruth Weiser. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Marian (Prater) Sharp, his parents, brothers Bill and Dorritt, and his Sister Edith.


Visitation will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. The funeral will follow the visitation on Friday, May 18, 2018 starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Rev. Tom Belegante officiating. Burial will be held in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL with military graveside honors.


Memorials may be made to Vision Way Christian School 1124 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL 62568 or American Legion Post #73 110 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, Illinois.


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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Lela Mae Williamson

Lela Mae Williamson, 83 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. at Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville. She was born on March 7, 1935 in Herrick, IL the daughter of George D. and Devona M. (Emmons) Davis. She married Lowell Metcalf in 1948 and he preceded her in death in 1981 then she then married Clarence Williamson in 1982 and then he also preceded her in death in 2012. She worked as a forklift driver at GP. She loved her family and grandchildren very much as well as her best friend and companion “Wiggles”. A special thank you to the nurses and staff at Meadow Manor Nursing Home. Lastly a sincere heartfelt thank you to our brother Darcy for being there and taking such wonderful care of mom when we couldn’t be there.


Surviving are her Sons: Darcy Metcalf of Langleyville, IL, Bruce Metcalf of Kentucky and Mark (Roxanne) Metcalf of Wisconsin; Grandchildren: Danial, Christopher, Bruce Jr, Aaron, Nicholas, Nicole, Christina, Trevor and Brittany; fifteen Great-Grandchildren; Sisters: Jane Woodard of Morrisonville; Gloria Romine of Arizona; Brother: Jerry of Arizona; Half Sisters: Bonnie of California, Mary of Pana and Sarah of Oregon and Many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Devona Davis, Brothers Tom, George and Junior Davis, Husbands Lowell Keith Metcalf and Clarence Williamson; sons: Lowell Keith Metcalf Jr, Brett Paul Metcalf and Great Granddaughter Taylor Mae Metcalf.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Graveside service will follow the visitation starting at 12:15 at Antioch Cemetery in Herrick, IL. a celebration of life will be held in the Tom Davis Memorial Park in Herrick, IL immediately following the graveside service.


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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Mildred Clara Garwood

Mildred Clara Garwood, 86, of Stonington passed away at 11:38p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville.  She was born on June 17, 1931 in Taylorville, the daughter of Charles and Clara (Huffman) Brown.  She married Robert H. Garwood on September 7, 1952 in the Old Stonington Baptist Church.  He preceded her in death on July 15, 2013.  Mildred was a homemaker and a long-time member of the Old Stonington Baptist Church where she was active in the Missionary Circle.  Bob and Mildred were long time farmers in the Stonington area.  She loved to garden, especially caring for her flowers and raised many cats and dogs throughout the years.  Most of all she dedicated her life to raising her daughters, caring for her family and was a loving and devoted grandmother and great grandmother.


She is survived by her daughters: Joan Bohnhoff (Kent) of Bloomington, Janet Cook (Jessie Dumont) and Jill Spengler (Dave) both of Stonington; grandchildren: Kyle Bohnhoff (Allie), Olivia Bohnhoff, Kayla Reinebach (Brent), and Kurtis Spengler( fiancé Tess Howard); great-grandchildren: Wyatt Bohnhoff and Simon Bohnhoff; step-great grandson: Hayden Reinebach; siblings: Ellen Davis, Milford Brown, and Marilyn Dixon all of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Jean Callan of Stonington; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister: Martha Greffe, brother: Charles Brown Jr., grandson Joel Bohnhoff, and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Virgil Greffe, Vivian Brown, Bob Davis, Charles Guthrie, Norman Dixon, and John Callan.


The funeral service for Mildred will take place at 12p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 in the Old Stonington Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Mason officiating.  Burial will take place in the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10a.m. until the service at noon on Friday at the church. 

 

Memorials may be made to the Christian County Animal Control. 

 

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

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Janice Marie Buttram

Janice Marie Buttram, 66, of Edinburg passed away at 7:04p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  She was born on March 6, 1952 in Springfield.  Jan owned and operated Jan’s Bar & Grill in Edinburg for 22 years, a business she was devoted to.  Aside from her business, Jan was a loving grandmother, affectionately known as “Gee” by Shelbi and Larson.


Jan is survived by her son: Mike Helton (Samantha) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Shelbi Huston (David) of Hull and Larson Helton of Taylorville; step-daughter: Shelly Warren (Kris) of Bulpitt; step-son: Aron Buttram of Decatur; step-grandchildren: Brandon Warren, Austin Warren, and Alaina Buttram; sisters: Shirley Blankenship (Ron) of Virden, Sharon Robinson (Rich) of Auburn, and Betty Clouse (Eric) of Springfield; brothers: Robert Charles Brown (Linda) of Richmond, Kentucky and Ron Brown (Beth) of Plainview; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents: Charles Brown and Dorothy Ilene (Richeson) Brown.


In keeping with her wishes, Jan will be cremated, and the family will host a celebration of her life at a later date.  The family would like to extend their appreciation to all of Jan’s friends for their support over the last few years.

 

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

 

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

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Ivan J. Law

Ivan J. Law, 99, of Park Forrest, IL passed away on April 28, 2018 in Sunnyvale, California. He was born on December 19, 1918 in Owaneco, IL, the son of Lloyd F. and Nellie N. Law. He married Mildred M. Goban on June 4, 1951 in Iowa. They had 56 years together and were blessed with 2 daughters Teresa of California and Marie of Park Forest, IL. He graduated from the ROTC program at the University of Illinois with a degree in architectural engineering and traveled all over the world with his work. He served in WWII as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and had many stories to tell his family.


He is survived by daughters Teresa (Jim) Zazkowski of Sunnyvale, CA and Marie Law of Park Forest, IL; grandchildren Nicole, Matthew and Harmony Zazkowski of Sunnyvale, CA; Brothers: Eugene Law of Decatur, IL; Richard (Kathy) Law of Taylorville, IL. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, 1 brother Chester in infancy and Sister-in-Law Julia Law.


Visitation will be on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Don Bettis Officiating. Burial will be held in Owaneco Cemetery in Owaneco, IL with Military graveside services provided by VFW Post# 4495, American Legion Post #73 and AMVETS Post #29.    


Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association


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


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

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Michael McGovern

Michael McGovern, 83, of Edinburg, formerly of Addison, died peacefully Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8:15 a.m. in his home, surrounded by his loving family

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Mike was born in Dubuque, Iowa on September 23, 1934, son of Kenneth and Marie (Finzel) McGovern. He married Cynthia Franz on September 28, 1963 in River Grove, IL. In his younger years, Mike worked as a calf skinner, a trade he learned from his father. After almost 20 years of working in the butcher industry, Mike attended Coyne Trade School in Chicago and studied heating & air conditioning and went on to build commercial air conditioners for much of his later working life. For over half a century, Mike was the owner and manager for several properties and truly took pride in property management. He always worked hard and loved his life. He maintained a positive attitude, and could often be found dancing in the kitchen to Elvis Presley. When he wasn’t dancing, he was working on cars – a hobby that had him purchasing broken down vehicles to fix them up and resell them. Mike also bowled and was a member on two different teams at one time. He always smiled, always asked about you, and always kept a genuine, positive attitude. He was a loving husband and father, and his spirit will live on in all the lives he touched.


Along with his wife Cynthia, Mike is survived by their three children: Roxann (Daniel) Moore of Rochester, Steven (Hayley) McGovern of Kankakee, Jennifer (Clint) Corrick of Edinburg; 10 grandchildren: Rachyl Worrall, Tarnah Worrall, Jazmyn Jarrett, Jadah Jarrett, Keenan Jarrett, Jessica DeLuca, Haven McGovern, Adam McGovern, Timothy (Fiancée, Chelsea Major) Corrick, and Noah Corrick; one great grandchild: Aiden Worrall; siblings: Kenneth (Josie) McGovern, Mary (Dale) Kavanaugh, Patrick (Karen) McGovern, Roseann (Butch) Cunico, Susie Marcatante, John McGovern; many cousins, nieces and nephews, and his #1 visitor and best friend: Mr. Beans (Mike’s miniature horse).
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Kenneth McGovern.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Brother Sam Wright officiating.

 

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

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

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Mary Ann Noren

Mary Ann Noren of Taylorville, passed away at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

Mary Ann was born in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Richard and Myrtle Mallonee Reish.  She married James A. Noren on September 16, 1949 in Springfield, IL.

Mary Ann worked for the Secretary of State’s office for many years, before becoming the proud owner of “Mary Ann’s Fashion House” in Taylorville.  She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served as a past secretary of the Young Democrats.  Mary Ann enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and was an avid golfer.  Most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren, and taking care of her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dane “Poncho” Miller; sisters, Katherine and Irene Reish; and brothers, Richard and Charlie Reish.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Jim Noren of Taylorville, IL; sons, Richard J. (wife, Marcia) Noren of Seward, AK, and Kevin F. (wife, Nancy) Noren of Taylorville, IL; daughter, Diane (husband, Leland) Miller-McCravy of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Matthew Noren of Eagle River, AK, Timeri (husband, Joseph) Noren-Listina of Eagle River, AK, and Roni (husband, James) Day of Taylorville, IL; great grandchildren, Gabe, Luke, Alisa, and Brooke; great-great grandchildren, Lindsay, Beckett, and Kayden; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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Gloria Ann Carter

Gloria Ann Carter, 87, of Taylorville passed away at 6:45p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 in her home surrounded by her family.  She was born on September 20, 1930 in Taylorville, the daughter of Joseph and Iva Ann (Mahan) Rasmussen.  She married Robert Carter on September 12, 1948 in Taylorville, and he preceded her in death on May 21, 2015.  Gloria graduated from Taylorville Township High School.  She is a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church where she was active in many ministries, including the Worship Committee, Christian Women’s Fellowship, Evangelism Team, and served as an Associate Diaconate.  Gloria was a homemaker and also farmed alongside her husband for over 40 years and they were active in the American Ag Movement.  Gloria was also involved in many organizations including: PTA, Meals on Wheels and the Food Pantry, Home Extension, and enjoyed crocheting with the Happy Hookers at the Senior Center.

 
She is survived by her daughters: Janeen (Greg) Gruber of Pana and Barbara (Joe) Miller of Taylorville; grandchildren: Rob (Mollie) Waterman, Carrie Waterman, Nick (Rachel) Waterman, Chris Miller, and Jake Miller; great grandchildren: Ben Waterman, Eli Waterman, Ashton Bennison, Aaron Waterman, and Rowan Waterman; sister: Barbara Davis of Seattle, Washington; sister-in-law: Jean Rasmussen of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother: Royal Rasmussen; brother-in-law: Dick Davis; and son-in-law: Benjamin Waterman.  


The funeral service for Gloria will be held at 10:00a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville with Rev. Bill Kerns officiating.  Visitation will be Monday form 5 until 7p.m. in the church.  Burial will be in the Owaneco Cemetery. 

 

Memorials may be made to Davis Memorial Christian Church or the Davis Memorial Preschool. 

 

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

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

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Terry Burrus

Terry Burrus, 73 of Fillmore passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. at his home surrounded by his loving family in Fillmore. He was born on April 17, 1945 in Herrick, IL the son of Ivan and Hattie (VanAmburg) Burrus. He married Teresa Pugh on Septmeber 9, 2000 in Mulberry Grove. Terry worked as a foreman at Owens Brockway in Vandalia, IL and he was a member of Greenville First Christian Church. The family would like everyone to be in casual attire for the services.
Surviving are his Wife: Teresa Burrus of Fillmore, IL; Son: Chad (Kim) Burrus of Washington, IN; Daughter: Casey Burrus of Bingham, IL; Grandchildren: Sibella and Zander Tate of Washington, IN; Brother: Wendal (Betty) Burrus of Herrick, IL; Sister: Florabelle Marmor of Columbus, OH; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sisters: Delores Burrus, Rosaline Fry, Bernadine Simmons and Glenda Burrus; Brothers: Marvin and Frank Burrus. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Allen & Sutton Funeral Home in Fillmore, IL. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ramsey Christian Church in Ramsey with Gary Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery in Herrick, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Ramsey Christian Church 206 S Jefferson St, Ramsey, Illinois 62080 or Greenville First Christian Church 1100 Killarney Dr, Greenville, IL 62246
Allen and Sutton Funeral Home in Fillmore is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

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William Douglas Hudelson

William Douglas “Doug” Hudelson, 69, of Taylorville, went home to Heaven on April 25, 2018.  He was an identical twin born to John Thomas and Imogene Hudelson in Hillsboro, IL.  After high school he served in the US Navy, first as Yeoman at Naval Station Brig Philadelphia and then brother duty on board Air Craft Carrier USS Coral Sea during Vietnam with twin brother Donald Harry and older brother Gary John.  Doug worked for the United States Postal Service until his second bone marrow transplant in 1988.  He then went on to work for the Department of Rehab Services for the State of Illinois until he retired in 2009.  He was again diagnosed with leukemia in 2017 and had a stem cell transplant which was unsuccessful. He enjoyed playing piano, watching Cubs baseball games, and reading.  Doug was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Taylorville.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dalena Hudelson; sons, Matthew Scott Hudelson of Kingston, NY and Adam (Erica) Hudelson of Pana, IL; granddaughters, Megan Nicole and Samantha Leigh Hudelson; older brother Gary (Susan) Hudelson of Roanoke, VA and twin brother Donald (Deb) Hudelson of Hillsboro, IL.  He was preceded in death by both parents.

Memorials in Doug’s honor may be made to the Washington University’s leukemia and bone marrow transplant program – Washington University, Division of Oncology, Box 8007, Attention Robert Barczewski, St Louis, MO  63110 or Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.

Funeral service will be Tuesday May 1, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville with Rev. Gerald McPhillips officiating, visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 until service time at the church.

Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield with full military rites conducted grave side by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.

Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro are in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left at houghfuneralhomes.com

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Korby L. Herzog

Korby L. Herzog, 43 of Edinburg passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1:53 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on July 6, 1974 in Ottawa, IL the daughter of Jerry Pitsenbarger and Jill Peterson. She married Brad Herzog on October 16, 2001 in Ottawa, IL. She worked as a retail service representative for Mattel Toys.


Surviving are her Husband: Brad Herzog of Edinburg, IL; Sons: Zachary Bonnell of North Aurora, IL; Hunter Herzog of Edinburg, IL; Daughters: Brittney Keafer of Kincaid, IL; Kira Herzog of Edinburg, IL; Karlee Herzog of Kansas, IL; Grandchildren: Trenton Keafer, Bryce Keafer, Aurora Keafer, Keefer Herzog, Mya Mills, Jace McCollum; Parents: Jill (Delwyn) Peterson of Marseilles, IL Jerry Pitsenbarger of Ottawa, IL; Grandmother: Lois Leich of Seneca, IL; Brother: Jared Pitsenbarger of Ottawa, IL; Sisters: Lindsey Pitsenbarger of Ottawa, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents: Owen Knutson and Adolph Leich; William and June Pitsenbarger; Father-in-Law: James Herzog.


Visitation will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018 from 11:00-3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Gaylord Spilker officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery in Raymond, IL.


Memorials may be made to American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle
Chicago, IL 60674-0001 or Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network Attn: Ashley Ocasio 425 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143-2076


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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Florence M. "Flossie" Pinkston

Florence M. "Flossie" Pinkston, 84, of Pana, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana, IL, surrounded by her family and friends.

 

Born July 10, 1933, in Centralia, IL, the daughter of Harlan Homer & Ethel Mae (Beck) Smail. Flossie was a Retired Beautician & former Owner/Operator of Town & Country Salon, Ramsey & Pana, IL; a member of First Christian Church, Ramsey, IL and attended the Wesleyan Bible Holiness Church in Salem, IL. Flossie will be greatly missed by many dear friends.

 

Survived by: Daughters - Paulette Catt, Anderson, IN, Judy Beyers & Tom, Odin, IL, and Kathy Bauer, Greenville, IL; 15 Grandchildren; 30 Great Grandchildren; 4 Great Great Grandchildren; Son of My Heart - Glenn Caulk & Judy, Pana, IL; Sister of My Heart - Doris Jordan, Memphis, TN; and Special Care Giver - Cheryl Easley, Salem, IL.

 

Preceded in death by: Parents; 2 Brothers - Stanley and Sam Smail; and 1 Grandson.

 

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, April 30, 2018, at Ramsey Cemetery, Ramsey, IL with Pastor Ron Bailey, officiating. Friends may gather at the cemetery between 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 30, 2018.

 

Memorials: Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana, IL.

 

Miller Funeral Home, Ramsey, IL, is in charge of arrangements.

Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.millerfh.net.

 

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Joseph E. Adams

Joseph E. Adams, 65 of Kincaid, died at 5:56 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in his home. Joe was born on March 6, 1953 in Mt. Auburn, one of nine children born to Charles and Bessie (Shartzer) Adams. He left high school to join the United States Army, and he served our country proudly during the Vietnam War. Joe spent his last 20 years with Deborah Nance, and they’ve shared countless happy memories together. He will be dearly missed.


Along with Debbie, Joe is survived by his three children: Peggy, Jeff, and Vanessa; step-son: Charles (Crystal) Nance of Decatur; six step-grandchildren; four sisters: Harriett Carey of Illiopolis; Grace (Jr.) Christopher of Edinburg; Mamie (Donald) Patrick of Farmersville; Shirley Quinlin of Mt. Zion. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Benjamin, Frederick, Arthur, and Leroy; and step-son: Donald W. Nance, Jr.


Following Joe’s wishes, he will be cremated, and no service will be held.

 

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

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

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Lawrence David "Larry" Oller

Lawrence David “Larry” Oller, 82 of Taylorville began his journey to his heavenly home at 11:16p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.  He was born on September 19, 1935 in Taylorville, the son of Clyde C. and Ruth H. (Young) Oller.  He married Wanda Daughtry on October 11, 1958 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.  Larry was a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1955 until 1957 and was stationed in Berlin, Germany.  He was a devoted farmer and gardener.  He was an antique gasoline enthusiast and a big band and classical music lover.  Larry loved being with his family, going to farm sales, and playing with his grandchildren and their four-wheelers.  He served on the board of directors of the Christian County Fair Board, the Christian County Farm Bureau, and 37 years on the Shelby Electric Cooperation board, and the Stonington Cooperative Grain and Legacy Grain boards.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  


He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Wanda Oller of Taylorville; children: Larry Dale (Lori) Oller of Addieville, Jeffrey (Ronette) Oller of Waverly Hall, Georgia, and Jon (Brenda) Oller of Taylorville; grandchildren: Alyssa Oller of Addieville, Jessica Oller of Addieville, Amber (Shayne) Miller of Decatur, Laramy (Amanda) Oller of Taylorville, Cody Oller of Seattle, Washington where he is serving in the US Navy, Skyler Oller of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Christopher (Brittany) Oller of Taylorville, Heather (Michael) Watson of Taylorville, great-grandchildren: Carson Harris, Malorie Oller, Brooklyn, Quentin, and MacKenzie Miller, Emma, Camden, and Rylie Oller, and Beckett Watson; great-great grandson: Kelby Martin; sisters: Rita (Jim) Hancock of Taylorville and Wilma (Edward) Weitekamp of Raymond; brothers: Clyde L. Oller and Russell (Irene) Oller both of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother: Howard; sister and brother-in-law: Helen and Luke McGehee; sister-in-law: Doris Oller; and nephew: Andrew Jacob Oller.


A funeral mass for Larry will take place at 12noon on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Visitation will take place from 11a.m. until the time of the mass in the church on Thursday.  Burial, with military rites, will take place at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. 

Memorials may be made to the Taylorville FFA. 

 

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

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

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Roland J. "Mac" McShanog

Roland J. “Mac” McShanog, 90, of Savoy, Illinois passed away at 11:33a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 in his home.  He was born on June 12, 1927 in Danville, the son of Lester E. and Simone (Stassart) McShanog.  He married Marilyn Harmon on June 16, 195 in Taylorville.  She preceded him in death on February 18, 2015.  He was a World War II veteran of the US Navy and a member of VFW Post #4495 in Taylorville and the Champaign American Legion.  In 2015 Mr. McShanog, along with his close friend David Washington, was honored to take part in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit the war monuments. Following his time in the service, he graduated from the University of Illinois where he also was a member of the U of I Marching Band. Roland worked as a District Manager for the A.O. Smith Corporation.  Following his retirement, he also worked as a professor of history in North Carolina.  He was a life-long, avid, Chicago White Sox fan and enjoyed attending many games over the years.  He also enjoyed spending time with his men’s group drinking coffee as well as sharing his talent of singing by entertaining residents at the local nursing home.  


He is survived by his sister: Virginia Foster of Watseka; nieces: Julie Ann Ladd (Larry) of Watseka and Mary Beth Firestone (Dix) of Dayton, Ohio; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Norma Hubbartt of Taylorville, Ruth Garrett of Taylorville, Elmer Harmon of Taylorville, Charles “Chuck” Harmon (Gloria) of Springboro, Ohio, Bertha Hill of Taylorville and Donna Peters (Gene) of Taylorville; and close friends: David Washington (Amy) and their family of Rochester, Michigan and Charlotte of Savoy. His parents and wife preceded him in death.

 
The funeral service for Roland will be held at 1:00p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Michael Evanchak officiating.  Burial, with military honors, will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Visitation will be from 12noon until 1p.m. on Friday in the funeral home. 

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 Roland, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Aaron Rathgeber

Aaron Rathgeber, 31 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:02 p.m. at his residence in Taylorville. He was born on April 2, 1987 in Taylorville, IL the son of Greg and Carol (Reber) Rathgeber. He married Jeanie Welge on June 6, 2016 in Taylorville IL. Aaron worked as a machine operator at GSI in Assumption and he loved to play guitar, music and going on hikes. He also loved building forts in the house with his kids and to make them laugh.


Surviving are his Wife: Jeanie Rathgeber of Taylorville, IL; Son: Paul Rathgeber of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Jaina and Violet Rathgeber of Taylorville, IL; Parents: Greg and Jean Rathgeber of Springfield, IL Carol Rathgeber of Taylorville, IL; Grandmother: Patricia Reber of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Damon Rathgeber of Taylorville, IL; Several Cousins, Aunts and Uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Don and Betty Rathgeber, Richard and Patricia Reber, Great-Grandparents: Carl and Cleona Rathgeber, Freda Oseland.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home.

 

Following the funeral service Aaron will be cremated and there will be a private family inurnment at a later date in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.


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


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

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Barbara Jean Millburg

Barbara Jean Millburg, 87, of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at 1:47 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
 
Barbara was born April 14, 1931 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of Vincent and Maria (Jones) McKinney.  She married Glenn E. “Kelly” Millburg on January 10, 1952 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springfield, IL.  Glenn preceded her in death on May 22, 1993.

Barbara graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1949.  Following high school, she worked for a short time as a secretary for the Illinois Department of Highways, before becoming a homemaker and the CEO of the Millburg Household.  Barbara was a member of St. Maurice Catholic Church, the St. Maurice Altar and Rosary Society, and a past member of the Morrisonville Foresters group.  She enjoyed BINGO, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and watching gameshows, especially Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Family Feud.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Adam Millburg; sister, Nancy Drury; and brother, Jim McKinney.

Barbara is survived by her children, Joe Millburg of Springfield, IL, Jean (husband, Walter) Williams of Hillsboro, IL, Mike (wife, Denise) Millburg of Morrisonville, IL, Mary (husband, Bobby) Hunt of Litchfield, IL, Patty Nail of Collinsville, IL, Margie Mettler of Littleton, CO, and Paul (wife, Kelly) Millburg of Taylorville, IL; 17 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sisters, Rose, Janet, Donna, Terry, and Karen; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation & Prayer Service: The family will receive guests from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.  The visitation will be begin with a prayer service.

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th St., Morrisonville, IL 62546 with Rev. Gerald Bunse celebrant.

Interment will follow at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Morrisonville Ambulance, P.O. Box 641, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or the charity of donor’s choice.  Food donations may be brought to the Morrisonville Knights of Columbus Hall on Tuesday.

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

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Arthur Lewis Brandt

Arthur Lewis Brandt, 82, of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at 2:18 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Heritage Health in Springfield, IL.
 
Arthur was born November 23, 1935 in Green County, IL, the son of Lewis and Mary (Hardwick) Brandt.  He married his beloved wife, Edna Mae Smith, on August 29, 1954 in Green County, IL.

Arthur attended Greenfield High School, and then went on to work for Lessor’s Trucking in Palmyra, MO as a semi-truck driver.  He would then drive for Bettis Trucking in Girard, IL, W.H. Kent, and New Products in Taylorville, before retiring from Buske Lines in Litchfield, after many years of service.  Arthur was mechanically inclined, and found enjoyment in working on his own vehicles, and building model cars and semis.  He also enjoyed boating, camping, and taking meticulous care of his yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Edna Mae Brandt of Morrisonville, IL; children, Mary (husband, Rich) Ladage of Taylorville, IL, Lee (wife, Kim) Brandt of Taylorville, IL, Danny (wife, Suni) Brandt of Litchfield, IL, Mike (wife, Kim) Brandt of Marion, IL, Cindy (significant other, Jim Paul) Brandt of Taylorville, IL, and David (significant other, Aimee) Brandt of Sullivan, IL; 11 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Bill (wife, Paula) Brandt of Greenfield, IL, and Richard (wife, Doris) Brandt of Spokane, WA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville, with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating.

Interment will follow at Morrisonville Cemetery. 

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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John Trevis Wade

John Trevis Wade, 51 of Stonington passed away on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born December 16, 1966 in Carbondale, Il. the son of John and Judy (Royer) Wade. He married Catherine Kube on June 12, 1992 in Stonington, Il. He graduated form Stonington High School, attended Lake Land College and Southern Illinois University. He was a farmer, painter and loved wood working.

 

Surviving are his wife: Catherine Wade of Decatur, Il., son: John Paul Wade of Stonington, daughter: Emily Wade of Carbondale, parents: John and Judy Wade of Stonington, grandmother: Maxine Royer of Taylorville, brother: Chris (Amy) Wade of Stonington, and niece: Sophie Wade of Stonington. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Cecil Royer and paternal grandparents Charles and Loretta Wade.

 

John will be cremated and there will be a memorial service on Saturday April 28, 2018 at 1pm at the Stonington United Methodist Church in Stonington.

 

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

 

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

Pleases sign their on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

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Carol Ann Workman

Carol Ann (Arthur) Workman, 75, of Taylorville, died at 8:30 a.m., Monday April 16, 2018 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Carol was born on October 31, 1942, the daughter of Vincent and Eileen (Piper) Arthur. She married Lynn “Jr” Workman on April 14, 1997 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and he survives. For 28 years, Carol worked for the Sangamon Greeting Card Co. as a machine operator. She also worked at Bill’s Toasty for many years. Carol was a hard worker, and she enjoyed keeping busy. In her spare time, she loved to travel with her husband. Her presence will be dearly missed by all the lives she touched.


Along with her husband Jr, Carol is survived by her step-daughter: Dana Workman of Taylorville; granddaughter: Laken Workman of Atlanta, Georgia; siblings: Gloria Hunt of Chicago; Sharon Durbin of Taylorville; Hiram “Butch” Arthur of Kincaid; Robert (Linda) Arthur of Stillwater, Oklahoma; Patricia (Gerald) Gordon of Taylorville; Katherine (Mike) Lozier of Alto, New Mexico; sisters-in-law: JoAnn (James) Lack of Webb City, Missouri; Deloris Brackett of Decatur; and Bonnie (Bob) Fleetwood-Fulcher of Springfield; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Carol was preceded in death by her parents, daughter: Christine; and her bother: Donald Arthur.


In following Carol’s wishes, she will be cremated, and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

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

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

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Mildred R Herman

Mildred R. Herman, 96, of Mt. Auburn passed away at 5:59p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur.  She was born on January 22, 1922 in Mt. Auburn, the daughter of Clarence O. and Ruby (Ward) Butcher.  She married Paul W. Herman on September 10, 1941 in Mt. Auburn.  Paul preceded her in death on November 26, 1988.  Mildred was a homemaker and farmed along side her husband Paul on the family farm.  She was a member of the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ.  She enjoyed crafts, especially quilting, sewing, and basket weaving.  The family would like to extend their appreciated to the staff of Imboden Creek Gardens and Living Center for the dedicated care they provided to Mildred. 
She is survived by her children: Joan Anderson (Wes) of Kenney, Judy Buzzard of Mt. Auburn, and Gary Herman (Laniesa) of Blue Mound; 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter: Janet Sue Herman in infancy; son-in-law: Terry Buzzard; and siblings: Lois Butcher, Carl Butcher, Lucille Bottrell, and Vera Herman.
The funeral service for Mildred will take place at 11:00a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Bob Cook officiating.  Visitation will be held from 9:30 until 11:00a.m. on Friday in the funeral home.  Burial will take place in Hall Cemetery in Blue Mound.  Memorials may be left to the Mt. Auburn Community Club.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  Memories of Mildred, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Telles Jay LaLonde

Telles Jay LaLonde, 82 of Nokomis passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:13 pm.  He was born on December 19, 1935, in Chicago, IL the son of Kari (Syrtand) and Telles Joseph LaLonde.  He married Janet Williams on January 9, 1976 in Manteno, IL.  Jay lived a very full life of travel as a Sergeant with the Army 34th Infantry in the Korean War 1954-1956 and as a Merchant Marine on the Ore Boats in the Great Lakes. With music as an accomplished left handed Accordion player, who spent many years with the Swing Kings of Kankakee.  And his talent for delivering the perfect joke, he is loved and will be greatly missed.
 
Surviving is his partner Connie Rowcliff of Tower Hill, Daughters: Kimberly Stanberry of Nokomis, IL, Karen and Michael Vancura of Worth, IL, Son: Telles Jean LaLonde of Nokomis, IL.  Grandchildren: Kevin, Kristina and Kara Kay Gibbs of Nokomis, IL, Austin and Katie LaLonde of Mattoon, IL and Ashjin LaLonde of Worth, IL. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife Janet LaLonde, Son-in-Law Jim Stanberry and Sister/Brother in Law Shirley and Larry Menin.
 
Visitation will be held on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL with reception at Mia Azteca Restaurant 100 S. Pine St. Nokomis, IL following the visitation.   
 
Memorials may be made the Wounded Warriors Project P.O. Box 758517Topeka, KS 66675 or the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements

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Carroll Dean Rench

Carroll Dean Rench, 74 of Nokomis passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 6:45 a.m. at his home in Nokomis. He was born on August 14, 1943 in Highland, IL the Son of Raymond and Helen (Sussen) Rench. He married Betty Dirks on March 9, 1968 in Ft. Worth, TX. He was a truck driver and a veteran of the United States Navy.
Surviving are his Wife: Betty Rench of Nokomis; Son: Larry Dean (Teressa) Rench of Nokomis; Eric Harvey (Tonya) Rench of Fillmore; Grandchildren: Shawnee, Cheyenne, Cody and Tyler Rench; Brothers: Gene (Judy) Rench, Darrell (Judy) Rench; Sisters: Betty Watkins, Sandra Thornton; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers: John Rench and Bill Rench and sister Helen Campbell.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL. Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 7:30 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Bishop Thomas Suey officiating. Following the service Carroll will be cremated and Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Montgomery County Cancer Association 19 Circle Dr. Litchfield, IL 62056 or to Mid America Preparatory School (MAPS) P.O. Box 300 Herrick, IL 62431.  
Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Willie D. Wilson II

Willie D. Wilson II, 60, of Taylorville passed away at 3:45p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on September 4, 1957 in Harlingen, Texas, the son of Willie D. and Helen L. (Shadowens) Wilson.  He married Terri D. Mitchelson on December 29, 1986 in Taylorville.  Willie worked for over 35 years as a heavy equipment operator for the City of Taylorville.  Willie was a veteran of the US Air Force.  He loved to hunt and fish, was an avid NASCAR fan, and previously spent time working at South Fork Dirt Riders. 
He is survived by his wife: Terri D. Wilson of Taylorville; daughter: Darlene Weigle (Will) of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren: Tyler Farrell, Ethan Weigle, and Elizabeth Weigle; step-children: Adam Dempsey (Monica) and Mandy Dempsey; step-granddaughter: Kinley Dempsey; siblings: Sharon Newell (David) of Harlingen, Texas, Ruby Gooldy of Washington State, Mary Bailie (Chuck) of Oakford, Willie Pope of Taylorville, and Rita Oldakowski (John) of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son: Staff Sgt. Robert J. Wilson; and brother: Martin E. Wilson.
Mr. Wilson will be cremated, and inurnment will take place on his son’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.  The family will host a celebration of Willie’s life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Willie, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Kayson Ryan Kocurek

Kayson Ryan Kocurek, infant son of Kassandra Rhodes and Tim Kocurek passed away on April 10, 2018 at St. John’s Carol Jo Vecchie Women’s Center in Springfield, IL. He was survived by his parents, Brother: Domynik Kocurek, Maternal: Curt and Katrina Rhodes of Taylorville, IL; Paternal Grandparents: Mark and Susan Kocurek of Taylorville, IL; Aunts: Taylor, Rylee and Markie Kocurek; Uncle and Aunt Zachary and Megan Rhodes; Great- Grandparents: Gene and Gloria Johnson of Taylorville and Jim and Suds Cunningham of Taylorville, IL. He was preceded in death by his Great-Grandparents: Jerry and Antje Rhodes; Amie and Rose Kocurek.

There will be no services.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Marion Joseph "Joe" Galvin

Marion Joseph “Joe” Galvin, 77, of Assumption, died April 11, 2018 in his home.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 in Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption.  Visitation will be from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to service time.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Assumption.  Memorials may be made to Assumption Woman’s Club.

Joe was born May 14, 1940 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Marion and Mary (Barry) Galvin.
He was an auditor with the Department of Public Health and enjoyed music, traveling, water skiing and playing the piano. Joe loved the Bridge Club and enjoyed hosting parties at his home.

Surviving are his mother, Mary; his closest friend, Mark (Latisha) Demascal of Assumption, IL.; brothers, Charles W. Galvin of Taylorville, IL and James E. Galvin of Assumption, IL; and sisters, Joan Beamer of Nokomis, IL and Dorothy (Alan) McMaster of Leesburg, VA.

Preceding him in death is his father, Marion Galvin.

The family of Joe would like to thank Kristen Coy, Lauren Demascal and all other caregivers, nurses and doctors for their care during his illness.

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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Robert Dean Snow

Robert Dean Snow, 80 of Bingham passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2:55 a.m. at his residence in rural Bingham. He was born on November 14, 1937 in Coffeen, IL the Son of Asa and Fern (Kell) Snow. He married H. Lucille Siebert on November 26, 1958 in Mulberry Grove and she preceded him in death in 1989. Bob worked as a Farmer, welder and a cowboy. He enjoyed roping and rodeoing his entire life and he also loved to work on small engines for his friends around Fillmore. In his later years people called him “Mr. Fix it”. He was a member of  the Mt Moriah Church in Coffeen, IL and the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association for over 50 years. The family requests that you dress casual for the services.  


Surviving are his Son: Rodney (Rose) Snow of Bingham, IL; Daughters: Cindy (Lonnie) Rich of Herrick, IL, Margaret (Rodney) Nees of Shelbyville, IL; Grandchildren: David Jay (Kaytlin) Nees, Russell Snow (Jessica Shaw), Michael Nees, Douglas Rich, Rachel Snow; Great-Granddaughter: Addison Snow; Brothers: Donnie (Vicky) Snow; Sisters-in-Law: Shirley Snow, Patricia Snow; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife and Brothers: Benny Snow and Chester Snow.


Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Allen & Sutton Funeral Home in Fillmore. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. also at Allen & Sutton Funeral Home in Fillmore with Pastor Harry Kirk officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore.


Memorials may be made to the Liberty Church in rural Bingham or Quad County Hospice 1 Huber St. Pana, IL 62557
Allen & Sutton Funeral Home in Fillmore is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Maurice Brannan

Maurice “Mick” Brannan, died Sunday April 8, 2018 at 1:46pm at his residence. He was born on October 18, 1941 in the Carrollton, Illinois hospital to Carmen and Harold Brannan of Eldred, Illinois. He lived in Eldred and went to Eldred grade school. After graduating from Carrollton High School he spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy. Mick served on the USS WASP aircraft carrier. He met and married his wife Beverly in Chicago and soon after moved to Taylorville, Illinois where he worked for Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company. Mick was an avid street rod enthusiast and ran around for many years with the Early Idlers and Tag-A-Long car clubs. Mick was well known for restoring cars over the years.

 

His family attended car shows and rod runs all over the Midwest. Family meant everything to Mick. Mick and Bev loved to ride his motorcycles and belonged to the Christian Motorcycle Association, the International Brotherhood of Motorcycle Campers and the Roadrunner Goldwing Motorcycle clubs. He combined his love of camping with motorcycling after he retired by pulling a small camper behind his Goldwing Trike. Mick and Bev one summer traveled to 48 states camping with their trike and camper. Mick and Bev also went camping in their motor home with the Prairielanders Good Sam Cub.

 

He is survived by his wife Beverly, his son Steven Brannan (Tina), his daughters: Shari Thompson (Bob) and Susan Justice (George), his grandsons: Seth Brannan (Kelsey), Sean Brannan, Frank Justice John Justice, Aric Walton (Stephanie), Laura McNeely (Scott), and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Mick was preceded in death by his mother Carmen Fisher, his father Harold Brannan, his step father Jack Fisher, his brothers Doug Brannan and Tom Cadel, and his sister June Leib (Gary) and his grandson Scott Brannan.


Visitation will be on Thursday April 12, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville, Illinois with private family services the next day. Memorials in Mick’s name can be sent to the Missionary Fund at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville, Illinois. Please keep his family in your prayers as he will be greatly missed  


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


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

Larry G. Miller, 73, of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at 11:14 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at his residence.
 
Larry was born December 17, 1944 in Taylorville, IL, the son of William Edward and Alma Anna (DeWerff) Miller.  He married Claudia Davis-Skinner on September 8, 1970 in Morrisonville, IL.  They later divorced.

Larry graduated from Taylorville High School, and then went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army.  He served tours in Korea as well as Germany.  Following his service, Larry worked as a farmhand, before gaining employment at Georgia Pacific, where he would retire from after over 26 years as a machine operator.  During his time at Georgia Pacific, he was given the nickname “Rooster.” He worked for GSI briefly after his retirement.  Larry was a lifetime member of the Eagles Club 1425, American Legion Post 73, and a past member of the Taylorville Moose Lodge 1516.  He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and enjoyed painting, crossword puzzles, cryptograms, and sudoku.  Larry’s greatest enjoyment was being outside, with his children and grandchildren, enjoying a beer, and visiting with the neighborhood folks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Carol Mann; and brother, Charles Miller.

Larry is survived by his daughters, Carol Ann (husband, Tim) Beiermann of Carrollton, IL, Mary Lee (companion, Kirk Spurgeon) Miller of Morrisonville, IL, Lisa M. (husband, Walter) Harker of Taylorville, IL, and Barb (fiancé, Chris Flaherty) Miller of Williston, ND; grandchildren, Zachary, Matthew, and Mara Beiermann of Carrollton, IL, Kaysey Jayne Spurgeon and John Wyatt Spurgeon of Morrisonville, IL, Katie LeDuc of Shelbyville, IL, Keirsten Jones of Kincaid, IL, Shaylynn Rockford of Taylorville, IL, and Jack, Sydney, and Madison Miller of Taylorville, IL; great grandchildren, Luna, Leo, Major, Sadie, Ayva, Myah, Bentley, Levi, and Lily; sisters, Evelyn Rogers of Taylorville, IL and Lillian Grace Mangan of Tremont, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation will be accorded prior to ceremonies.

Memorial Ceremony and Visitation: The memorial ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.  The family will receive guests following the ceremony until 7:00 p.m.  Military honors will be provided at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at Morrisonville Cemetery. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 217 E. Main Cross St., Taylorville, IL 62568, or the American Legion Post 73, 110 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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Helen Messerle

Helen Messerle, 98 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 12:54 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville. She was born on March 11, 1920 in Litchfield, IL the daughter of John and Fern (Dover) Clarkson. She married Harold Ramey on July 18, 1937 and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1991. She then married Virgil Messerle on August 10, 1996 and he also preceded her in death on August 6, 2010. She worked as a Nurse at Dr. Somers office in Litchfield, IL.


Surviving are her Son: Darrell (Judy) Messerle; Grandchildren: Tammy Brachear, Sheila Cowell, Phillip Ramey, John Ramey, Linda Ramey, Bob Ramey, Larry Ramey, Peggy Lynn Holdman, Katherine and Kurt Messerle; Several Great-Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husbands Harold Ramey and Virgil Messerle, Sons Harold Richard and Steven Ramey, daughter Kathryn Sue Ramey, sister Doris and brother John.

 

Visitation and Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post #73 in Taylorville, IL. Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #73 110 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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Daniel A. Phillipi

Daniel A. Phillipi, 61, of Moweaqua died April 3, 2018, in his home.

Daniel was born September 23, 1956 in Decatur, IL, the son of Berlin A. and Ruby (Johnson) Phillipi.  He married Mary Demascal in Decatur, IL September 15, 1996.  She survives.

Daniel was affiliated with First Christian Church of Moweaqua.  He was a Taxidermist and Truck Driver.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; son, Daniel L. (Nitiya) Phillipi of Moweaqua, IL; daughter, Charity (Chris) Miller of Mt. Zion, IL; stepsons: Michael (Kelly) Scoles of Taylorville, IL and Larry (April) Scoles of Assumption, IL; stepdaughter, Dena (Charles) Tucker of Taylorville, IL; twenty one grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Bill (Dana) Best of Decatur, IL; and brothers-in-law: Joseph (Diana) Demascal of Louisiana, Larry Demascal of Shelbyville, IL and Robert (Latisha) Demascal of Assumption, IL.

Preceding him in death are his parents; sister, Shelia and son, Adam.

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

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Gladys Merkel

Gladys E. Merkel, 103, of Nokomis, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Heritage Health Care Center in Pana, IL. She was born on September 20, 1914 in rural Bingham, IL the daughter of Homer and Dora (Matthews) Cole. She married Chester Merkel on March 6, 1937 in Nokomis and he preceded her in death on November 29, 1992. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Nokomis.  


She is survived by her Son: Loren E. (Phyllis) Merkel of Pana, IL; Daughter: Barbara (Bill) Kook of Pana, IL; Grandchildren: Christine Flynn of St. Charles, IL; Karen Kook of Chicago, IL; Brian Merkel of Belgrade, MO; Great-Grandson: Gunnar Merkel of Potos, MO; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, four sisters, four brothers and 1 grandson.


Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Nokomis with the funeral immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Steve Williams Officiating. Burial will be held in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.


Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Nokomis 220 S Cedar St, Nokomis, IL 62075
Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Dorothy Yattoni

Dorothy Josephine Yattoni, 92, of Stonington, died at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Concordia Village, Springfield. Dorothy was born on a farm in East Fork Township, Montgomery County, on April 23, 1925, to August and Mary Elizabeth (Limper) Brown. She married Carson Ellis Benson on November 3, 1945, and he died on May 26, 1959. She then married Louie Yattoni on April 8, 1961, and he died on May 18, 1981.


Dorothy graduated from Coffeen High School. Following high school, she worked at Brown Shoe Factory in Litchfield. Dorothy was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington. She owned and operated several bars and restaurants in central Illinois, including the Blue Danube in Litchfield, West Side Tavern in Taylorville, and Sam & Louie’s Lounge in Stonington. She retired to help raise her grandchildren. The contributions which she made to her family were invaluable. Her legacy and love will live on in all our hearts forever.


Dorothy is survived by her children: Toni (John) Marucco of Springfield, William (Jennifer) Yattoni of Rochester; grandchildren: Kori (Pat) Aldrich, Gia (Nathan) Simmons, Charles (Katie Winn) Marucco, Hannah Yattoni, Austin Yattoni; great grandchildren: Aaron Aldrich, Grant and Adelyn Simmons, and Wes Benson Marucco. She is also survived by one brother, Wilbur Brown of Weldon, IL.


In addition to both of her husbands, Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Leo, Leonard, Omar, Lawrence, and sister, Rita Crites.


Mass for Dorothy will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until the time of mass, also at the church. Interment will take place at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: the Holy Trinity Altar Society. 

 

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

 

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

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