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Helen Ruth Cumstay of Taylorville

Helen Ruth Cumstay, 90, of Taylorville passed away at 1:30 PM on Monday, October 27, 2014 at her home.

 

She was born on September 7, 1924 at Morrisonville the daughter of Charles Everett and Hazel Irene (Redman) Furray. She married Wilifrid Cumstay on December 12, 1946 at Terre Haute, IN; he preceded her in death along with her parents, an infant daughter, 2 sisters and 1 nephew.

 

Helen retired as a policy service specialist with State Farm Insurance Company.

 

Survivors include: 2 Nieces, Diane (David) Sullivan and Susan (Larry) Langen both of Morrisonville, IL; 3 Nephews, Joe Anderson of Florida, Ken Anderson of Lovelock, NV and John DeClerk of Owaneco, IL; Many great nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lincoln. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM until service time at the funeral home.

 

Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or American Cancer Society.

 

Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville is in charge of arrangements.

 

Condolences for Helen’s family may be left at www.perfettifuneralhome.com

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Victor Lee Smith of Tilden

Victor Lee Smith, 82, of Tilden, IL, formerly of Taylorville died at 8:32 am, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at his residence.

He was born January 30, 1932 in Edinburg, IL the son of Ernest and Mary Margaret Deom Smith. On May 29, 1954 he married Marilyn Jean Emerson in Taylorville. She preceded him in death on April 6, 2014. Mr. Smith retired from Coal Mining after 23 years working for Peabody Coal Company at Mine #10 and Marissa and Consol Coal Co. Prior to that he had worked at the Morrisonville Elevator for 20 years. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the Knights of Columbus in Morrisonville.

Surviving are his sons: James V. Smith of Taylorville and David L. Smith and wife Frances of Tilden; Daughters: Mary Margaret Mize and husband Harley, and Michelle Schmidt of Peoria; Brother: Donald Gilbert Smith of Springfield; Sisters: Helen Barding of Taylorville, Mary Kelly and husband Paul of Wood River, and Joyce Lutchka and husband Jim of Petersburg. There are 14 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Brother: Glen Allen Smith, and Sisters: Reba Best, Louise Mrotzek, and Betty Neikes.

Private Family Services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, October 30 at McClure Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Mr. Smith will be cremated following services.

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

Memories of Victor or condolences to the family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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William J. Green of Taylorville

William J. Green, formerly of Taylorville, passed away Saturday, October 11th in Sumter County Florida. Bill was born and spent most of his 92 years living in Taylorville where he met and married Ella May Lawyer in 1946. He was the son of the late William J. Green and Nellie (Ritter) Green. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers and a sister. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army Air Force.

He is survived by son John (wife Dianna) of Oxford, Florida, his grandson Anthony Green (wife Lindsay), his great grandson William (Liam) Green of Land-O-Lakes, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be held on Saturday, October 25th at 10:00 a.m. at Anderson Cemetery, Clarksdale, IL. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to a hospice organization of their choice.

McClure Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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Donna J. Pyle of Taylorville

Donna J. Pyle, 77, of Taylorville, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born September 17, 1937 in Morrisonville, IL the daughter of Alvey and Georgia (Dowdy) Yard. She married Howard Pyle on February 11, 1956 in Taylorville, IL. She worked at Sangamon Paper Company in Taylorville and was a board member for kids are kids.  


She is survived by her Husband: Howard Pyle of Taylorville, IL; Son: Ron Pyle of Taylorville, IL; Granddaughter: Jessica Boyer of Seymour, TN; Sister-in-Law: Carolyn Yard of Taylorville, IL; Aunt: Betty Sikes of Taylorville, IL; Uncle: Bill Dowdy of Winchester, KY; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Son: Doug Pyle, Daughter: Lori Pyle and Brother: Leroy Yard.


Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Sutton Memorial Home  with Rev. Josh Phillips officiating.  Graveside Services will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Morrisonville Cemetery, Morrisonville, IL

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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Roger D. (Bronco) Prior of Taylorville

Roger D. (Bronco) Prior, 60, of Taylorville, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born September 28, 1954 in Springfield, IL the Son of Lloyd and Elaine Durham Prior. He had recently retired from Caterpillar, was a man that enjoyed drinking coffee and enjoyed aggravating the waitresses to no end. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing (Bless his heart). He was a member of the NRA, Pheasants Forever and Whitetails Unlimited.  


He is survived by his Companion Wanda Purcell, Parents: Lloyd and Elaine Prior of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Sue Ann (Steve) Witte of Lawrenceville, GA. 1 Niece, 2 Nephews, 2 Aunts, 1 Uncle, Several Great Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, 2 Uncles, 1 Cousin.


Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be at a later date.


Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association 425 S. Woods Mill Rd. ,Suite 110, Town and Country, MO 63017 or Whitetails Unlimited Attn: Memorial Donation P.O. Box 720 2100 Michigan Street Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235


Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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Robert J. Cekay of Taylorville

Robert J. Cekay, 88, of Taylorville, died at 4:00 pm Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Taylorville Care Center.

He was born June 12, 1926 in Chicago, IL the son of Robert A. and Margaret Young Cekay. On August 30, 1947 he married Rita T. Hopkins in Chicago, IL and she preceded him in death on May 20, 2005. In 1945 Bob entered the U.S. Army one week after high school graduation. He went to Korea in 1946 and served as an M.P. He was honorably discharged in 1947 with the rank of Sargent.

After returning home to Chicago and marrying Rita he went on to serve a three year apprenticeship and became a Journeyman plasterer in 1950. He was a member of the Plasterers Union and the Teamsters.

Bob and Rita raised their family of seven children in Mundelein, IL. In 1968 he assumed the responsibility as Manager for the Village Green Golf Course in Lake County, IL. As a father of five sons Bob became very active with the Boy Scouts of America in Mundelein.

The couple retired to Taylorville in 1990. Bob served as a Volunteer Transporter with the Taylorville Hospital. He received a 1000 hour recognition award for his volunteer services.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Surviving are his Children: Robert A. Cekay and wife Roberta of Indianapolis, IN, Maureen Appleton and husband Bob of Taylorville, Mary Allen and husband Rick of Chapel Hill, NC, Daniel Cekay and wife Susan of Wheaton, John Cekay and wife Martina of Grunberg, Germany, Patrick Cekay of Chicago, and Daughter-in-law LuAnn Zanzola (widow of Thomas Cekay) of Roselle, IL. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren: Mary Beth Appleton, Laura, Hanson and Emerson Chau, Carolyn Kevin, Benjamin, and Ryan Zinter, Anthony and Erica, Nathaniel and Mary Cekay, Christopher and Alison, Andrew and Sean Allen, Kelan, Christen and Eileen Cekay, Michael and Cristopher Cekay, and Robert and Cameron Cekay Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rita, and a son, Thomas Cekay, and a brother George Cekay.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Father Alan Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until time of service in the Church on Tuesday. McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 470, Taylorville, IL 62568 or Christian County Senior Citizen’s Center, 701 West Adams, Taylorville, IL 62568

Memories of Bob or condolences to the family may be made online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Richard Arlin Farthing of Hanamaulu, Kauai

Sept. 23, 2014
Richard Arlin Farthing, 63, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, a Navy veteran and a retired cook, died in Hanamaulu. He was born in Oakland, California, parents Arlin and Phyllis L. Zemke Farthing. He is survived by wife Georgianna Jerves-Farthing, son Steven, daughters Aubrey Crouch and Summer Shrader, stepsons Wilfred and Gregory Jerves, stepdaughter Adrienne Crowell, sisters Sally Dickerson and Mary Comerford, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Services: 10 a.m. Friday October 3rd at Hanamaulu Beach Park. Scattering of ashes to follow.

He is preceded in death by parents and maternal grandparents Carl Edward and Helen Childers Zemke of Taylorville, Il and paternal grandparents John Oscar and Anna McNeely Farthing of Portland, Oregon

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Mary Elizabeth Johnson of Springfield

Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 89, of Springfield, died at 3:20 am Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Gowin Parc, Taylorville, IL.

She was born October 8, 1925 in Springfield, IL the daughter of William P. and Helen Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Plummer. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Springfield.

Surviving are her daughter: Gail Dennis and husband Damon of Pawnee and a son: Mark Allen Rodgerson and wife Ann of West Palm Beach, FL. There are 4 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands and a brother.

There will be no visitation or services held.

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

Memories of Mary or condolences to the family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Jane Skinner of Taylorville

Jane Skinner, 80, of Taylorville, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:16 a.m. at her residence in Taylorville. She was born February 20, 1934 in Houston, TX daughter of Earl and Linda (Draper) Brown. She married Rodney S. Skinner on March 7, 1952 in Las Vegas, NV and he preceded her in death in 2009. She was a homemaker and loved Oil Painting. 

She is survived by her Daughter: Linda (Gary) Durbin of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Aaron House and companion Amber Osborn of Taylorville, IL; Brandon (Becky) House of Pana, IL; Great Grandchildren: Preston, Lola and Logan House; Katrina, Brandon, Jr. House, Emily and Lauren Kiser and Alyssa Jones; Sister: Doris Brown of Los Angeles, CA; Several Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Son: Mark Skinner and Brother: George Brown.

Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be at a later date.

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.

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Glenn L. Skinner of Raymond

Glenn L. Skinner 84 of Raymond was received by his lord on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:32 AM at his home.

 

Glenn was born on March 22, 1930 at Morrisonville the son of Orville and Edith (Oller) Skinner. He married Virginia Smith on June 18, 1949. Glenn worked for the Morrisonville Farmers Co Op for 11 years before beginning his career of farming in 1957, from which he retired in 1994. Upon retirement, Glenn engaged in fishing and loved spending this time with his sons, grandsons and friends.

 

Glenn received the Lord as his Savior during a tent revival meeting on the grounds of the Morrisonville Baptist Church in 1943. He served as a deacon for the church for 24 years and then became a deacon at the Farmersville Baptist Church where his oldest son, Michael was the pastor. He was currently a member of Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville.

 

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Skinner of Raymond, IL; Sons, Michael (Kathy) Skinner of Farmersville, IL, Terry (Chris) Skinner of Newburg, IN and Dennis (Mary Ann) Skinner of Raymond, IL; Daughters, Glenna (Larry) Tolliver of Morrisonville, IL and Rhonda (Mike) Hawley of Springfield, IL. He also has 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; Sister, Helen (Jay) Hadley of Booneville, IN as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 Brothers, Norman Ray (Shorty) Skinner and Arnold Lee Skinner; Son in law, Steven Peat.

 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville with Pastor Michael Skinner officiating.

 

Burial will follow at Morrisonville Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

 

Memorials are suggested to Taylorville Christian Church or VisionWay Christian School.

 

Perfetti Funeral Home in Morrisonville is in charge of arrangements.

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Frances B. Smith of Witt

 Mrs. Frances B. Smith, of Witt, IL passed away at home at 12:30 am Sunday, October 12, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Pana, IL the daughter of James and Emily (Beauchamp) White.  Frances married Richard E. Smith formerly of Tovey, IL on July 23, 1948 in Palmer, IL.

 Mrs. Smith worked at the Cardinal Plant in Kincaid, IL and Rothley’s in Taylorville, IL and at one time managed a Camp Ground in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  She loved sewing, crocheting, working ceramics, in her younger years riding a Harley with her husband, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

 Surviving are her husband of 66 years Richard Smith of Witt, IL 2 daughters Sue Bryce of Witt, IL Sherry Terneus of Charleston, IL 4 grandchildren Rick (Nedra) Bryce of  Irving, IL Tara (Brian) Brown of Heyworth, IL Stacy Terneus and Scott Terneus both of Decatur, IL and a great granddaughter Emily Brown along with several nieces and nephews.

 Her parents, 3 brothers Gene, Carroll and Jim Smith and a sister Donna Ritchey preceded her in death.

 Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, IL. Pastor Joy Cashetta will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery, rural Edinburg, IL.  Visitation for Mrs. Smith will be held from 9 to 11 am Wednesday at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid.  Please visit her on-line obituary at mastersonfh.com

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Clifford G. Conaway of Taylorville

Clifford G. Conaway, 103, of Mt. Auburn, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:34 a.m. at Hickory Estates in Taylorville. He was born February 25, 1911 in Lake Forest, IL. The Son of Rial B. and Charlotte (Foster) Conaway. He married Nellie Ethel Courtney in Springfield, IL on September 23, 1938 and she preceded him in death on January 8, 1995.He was a Life- long farmer and retired as Assistant Chief of Security for the Treasurer of the State of Illinois.

She is survived by her Son: Dale Conaway of Edinburg, IL; Daughters: Darlene (Rodney) Eastep-DeLay of Kincaid, IL; Yvonne “Bonnie”(Ric) Lynch of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Don (Gwen) Eastep Jr., Derek (Jennifer) Eastep, Shawn Conaway, Christopher (Barb) Conaway, Carson (Melissa) Conaway, Courtney (Conrad) Selle, Jennifer (Chris) Williams, Kari (Shannon) Brown, John (Julie) Lynch, Richard (Sara) Lynch; Twenty-Three Great Grandchildren; One Great-Great Grandchild; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded by His Parents; Wife; 2 Great-Grandchildren; 5 Brothers, and 4 Sisters

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Dick Wamsley officiating. Burial will be in Grove City Cemetery in Grove City, IL. Visitation will be held Monday, October 13, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Masonic Services at 8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or American Diabetes Association 425 S. Woods Mill Rd. ,Suite 110, Town and Country, MO 63017

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. 

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Tenneal Lunsford of Taylorville

Tenneal Lunsford, 62 of Taylorville, IL passed away at 7:04 a.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  She was born on August 22, 1952 in Taylorville, IL. The daughter of George Wilbur Sams & Norma (Ellinger) Allison. She married Robert Lunsford on February 14, 1998 in Taylorville, IL. She was a laborer at GSI. Tenneal was a hard worker and very kind hearted. Her granddaughter. Dylan, was the joy of her life. She was always there for everyone!

She is survived by her husband Robert; Mother, Norma Allison of Decatur; daughter, Lacey Durbin of Taylorville, IL; granddaughter, Dylan Nicole Durbin; siblings, George Sames of Taylorville, Donald (Patty) Sams of Taylorville, Mark (Cindy) Sams of Taylorville, Jenneth (Phil) Doyle of Boody; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by her father and sister, Carole J. McMillon

Visitation will be from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to:  The Autism Society of Illinois, 2200 S. Main St. #203, Lombard, IL 60148

 

 

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Ellen M. Brotzman-DeSart of Taylorville

Ellen M. Brotzman-DeSart, 52, of Taylorville, IL died at 8:21 am Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at her residence after fighting a valiant battle with Cancer.

In Ellen’s own words: I am so happy, blessed and grateful for the life I have had. I was born July 24, 1962 in Cuba City, WI. I grew up in a small, interesting little town, Galena, IL, where my loving hardworking parents, Marvin O’Dean and Anne Mary Bailey Brotzman, allowed us the freedom to explore and the encouragement to dream. I was surrounded by six siblings. I loved being a part of and was proud to be from a big family. We had so much fun together then and now. I love them all dearly.

I started living out my dreams by attending Blackburn College in Carlinville. There I met my wonderful, loving, and caring husband, Zane. Together we created a life that I could not have predicted but was absolutely perfect for us. At Blackburn I also made many lifelong friendships which have been so influential throughout my journey. I love these friends dearly and have much pride in being a part of the Blackburn Family. My time there was life changing.

After College we lived coast to coast in such places as New York City, Colorado, California, Iowa, and back to Illinois. We had so much fun exploring all these places. During that time period we married, I obtained my Masters in Social Work and worked at interesting not-for profits like Girl Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sister, and Boys and Girl Clubs doing what I loved to do; planning and management. Lastly I worked for SIU School of Medicine for my newest passion; helping others cope with cancer.

The most important thing I did besides marrying my husband was to become a mother. I am the mother of two wonderful sons who are growing everyday into young men who I am very proud of and who bring me great joy. I love them so much and enjoyed every minute of being their mother. Life has had many ups and downs but mostly it has been wonderful. Thanks to each and everyone of you who have crossed my path and who have helped me live such a joyful life. I died as I wished in the comfort of my home with my family near me.

I am survived by my husband of 26 years, Zane, and precious sons Zack and Nick. Also by my mother Ann Brotzman of Galena; My six siblings: Cathy (Ron) Moon, Mary (Gary) Flynn, and Jennifer (Matt) Calvert of Galena, Andy (Denise) Brotzman of Elizabeth, IL, Sara (Mike) Polo of Huntley, IL, and Martha (Gregg) Papke of Dubuque, IA; Brother-in-law: Mel (Faye) DeSart of Seattle, WA. There are 16 Nieces and Nephews, 9 Great Nieces and Great Nephews. I was preceded in death by my father, Marvin Brotzman and my father-in-law and mother-in-law: Louie and Jane DeSart.

A celebration of my life will be held on Saturday, October 11 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. On Sunday at 1:00 pm a Memorial Service will be held in Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating.

Memorials in my memory may be sent to: Blackburn College, Trinity Lutheran Church, or Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Anyone wishing to write a memory of me or send a message to my family may do so at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Don E. Lowis of Tower Hill

Don E. Lowis, 67, of Tower Hill, IL died at 12:45 am, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at his daughter’s residence in Pana.

He was born July 23, 1947 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Howard Thomas and Wanda Alma Dowdy Lowis. He formerly owned and operated Don Lowis Auto Sales in Greenwood, IN.

He is survived by his children: Renee Singleton and husband Mitch of Brownsburg, IN, Jamie Curry and fiancé Tim Dean of Taylorville, Donna Hausman and husband Michael of Pana, Lisa Hays of Taylorville, Chris Adams and wife Misty of Whitesburg, KY and Wes Lowis of Indianapolis, IN; Grandchildren: Tyler Singleton, Blake Singleton, Madison Singleton, Donald Felton, Shawntae Reed, Shaylynne Barrard, Zach Simonton, Howie Wise, III, Ashley Wise, Brian Hays, Jr., and Grant Hays; Great Grandchildren: Gabrial Reed, Sophia Reed, Jayce Felton, and Shelby Simonton. Mother: Wanda Lowis of Palmer; Brothers: Dale Lowis and wife Mary of Palmer, Bill Lowis and wife Mary of Morrisonville, Vernon Lowis of Taylorville, David Lowis and wife Brenda of Taylorville, Gary Lowis of Taylorville, Richard Lowis of Palmer, Danny Lowis and wife Sande of Atlanta, GA, and Steve Lowis of Palmer; Sisters: Doris Melvin and husband Charlie of Tovey, and Jean Overcash and husband Dana of Minot, ND. He was preceded in death by his Father, Howard Lowis and a Great Granddaughter Ariel Reed.

Private Family Services will be held at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memories of Don and condolences to the family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Charles F. Beyers of Taylorville

Charles F. Beyers, 66 of Taylorville, IL passed away at 1:16 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at his home.  He was born on June 18, 1948 in Taylorville, IL. The son of Frank E. and Anna Lois (Stickel) Beyers.  He married Anna Johnson on May 23, 1970 in Taylorville, IL. He was a Farmer and a Truck Driver. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Taylorville.


His survived by his son, Andy (wife, Kari) Beyers of Quincy, IL; daughters, Angie (husband, Matt) Morrison of Taylorville, IL and Christa (husband Bill) Sheedy of Morrisonville, IL; grandchildren, Lynzi, Riley, Reagan, Elizabeth, Ian, Liam and Zoey; sisters, Peg Games of Decatur, IL and Mary Gayle (husband, James) Garrison of Dallas, TX; brother, Ed (wife, Candy) Beyers of Olney, IL; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his parents


Visitation will be from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, IL. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville with Deacon Ray Roth officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.


Memorials may be made to:  The American Lung Association of Illinois, 3000 Kelly Lane
Springfield, IL  62711

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois


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Jerry Lee Seymour of Mt. Auburn

Jerry Lee Seymour, 82, of Mt. Auburn, IL joined his Creator on October 2, 1014 at 5:49 pm with his family present. Jerry was born August 8, 1932 the son of Helen E. (Leonard) Seymour and S. Wayne Seymour. He graduated from Alton Senior High School, the Industrial College of Armed Services and he University of the Armed Services. Jerry retried from the U.S. Army as a Major after 25 years of service. He served in combat in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During his military career he was awarded the Silver Star, four Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, and numerous other medals for outstanding service to his country. Jerry also retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Company at the Alton Plant. He was a Life Member of the American Legion, V.F.W., Korean War Veterans Association, and Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of numerous Veterans Organizations and also serviced as the Mayor of Mt. Clare and Mt. Auburn.

Surviving are his wife of over 30 years Carolyn F. (Moore) Seymour of Mt. Auburn, and their seven children: Helen E. Seymour (Michael Nicholson) of Gillespie, IL, Debbie Reagan (Kenny) of Cottage Hills, IL, Steve Seymour (Tracy) of Trenton, SC, Amy Fair (Mark) of Bethalto, IL, David Seymour (Sandra) of Bethalto, IL, Dana (Seymour) (Jim) Holland of Alton, IL, Phillip Seymour (Monica) of South Roxana, IL. Jerry is also survived by one sister, Judy (Seymour) Sawyer of East Alton, IL.

Jerry’s legacy lives on with his wife and in his children and 16 grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. And in one granddaughter he helped raise from birth, Nicole C. Seymour of Gillespie, IL. Nicole and her Papa enjoyed numerous activities together including building, welding, gardening, swimming, lunch dates at McDonalds, and many more. Jerry enjoyed fishing, golf, working and volunteering for Veteran’s Organizations, hand crafting many items and projects. Jerry was also an original member of the Branson Veteran’s Task Force. He loved his family deeply and the U.S. Army. Two of his children, Steve and Helen followed his footsteps into the Armed Forces. One Grandson, Gregory Seymour followed even closer becoming an Air Borne Ranger just as his Grandfather had been. Jerry never met a stranger in his life. He owed everything he learned to his Grandfather who raised him, as well as his family, friends, and the U.S. Army.

Please join the family in the celebration of life to which Jerry lived to the fullest each and every day. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ with Pastor Dan Armstrong and Pastor Mike Smith officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Macon County Honor Guard will be held in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 6 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. The Korean War Veterans Association will perform a pass in review in honor of our fallen hero.

Memorials may be made to the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 24 in Decatur or the Macon County Honor Guard.

Memories of Jerry or condolences to the family may be made online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Consetta Louise Crepin of Taylorville

Consetta Louise Crepin, 81 of Langleyville, IL passed away at 10:38 AM Thursday, October 2, 2014 at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on November 11, 1932 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of John A. and Ethel (Fleming) Jackson. She married Eugene Crepin on September 5, 1953 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on May 15, 2000.  She was a homemaker and a Nurses Aid at Meadow Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville and was a strong, loving person with a big heart.                                                                                                                              
She is survived by her son, Nestor (wife, Diana) Crepin of Langleyville, IL; daughters, Patrica Ann (husband, Russell) Durbin of Langleyville, IL and Shelia Peters of Taylorville, IL; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sister Margie Bough of Langleyville, IL and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eugene; daughter, Connie Blumenstein and brother, John Jackson.


Visitation will be Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Taylorville, IL at a later date.


Memorials may be made to:  American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL  60674-0001                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois


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Mary Ann O'Brien of Stonington

Mary Ann O’Brien, 79, of Stonington, IL died at 7:00 pm Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Gowin Parc in Taylorville.

She was born August 18, 1935 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Luther R. and Mary Johnson Little. On December 7, 1961 she married Thomas Edward O’Brien in Decatur. He preceded her in death on January 3, 2004. Mary Ann was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Stonington and Women of the Moose in Taylorville.

Surviving are her Children: Kelly Yoder and husband Jeff of Edinburg, John O’Brien and wife Shelli of Taylorville, Becky Long and husband Mike of Stonington, Mike O’Brien and wife Beth of Stonington, and Michelle O’Brien of Taylorville. Grandchildren: Monica Yoder, Kyle Yoder, Brian Yoder, Adam Yoder, Katie O’Brien, Tommy O’Brien, Ryan Long, Mackenzie O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Maggie O’Brien, Eric Winans, and Travis Winans. Also surviving is a brother: Raymond Little and wife Delores of Shelbyville. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 4 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Father Mariadas Chatla officiating. Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until time of service in the Church on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Stonington, IL 62567 or Gowin Parc, 928 McAdam Drive, Taylorville, IL, 62568

Memories of Mary Ann or condolences to the family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Ida Maude Nolen of Owaneco

Ida Maude Nolen, 75, of Owaneco, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:40 p.m. at her residence. She was born June 3, 1939 in Vanderville, IL. The Daughter of  Paul Edward and Alberta Ruth (Pittenger) Garrett. She married Lyle Edward Nolen on January 26, 1957 in Silver City, NM. She was a homemaker, Charter Member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, Women of the Moose in Mattoon.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her Grandkids and Great Grandkids.  


She is survived by her Son: Joseph Garrett (Lori) Nolen of Palmer, IL; Daughters: Ruth Jayne (Noah) Kemp of Neoga, IL: Paula Jo (Ricky) Smith of Owaneco, IL; Tracy Kay (Elvin) Klitzing of Altamont, IL; Grandchildren: Teresa J. (Donnie) Stuart, Joshua D. (Kandi) Achenbach, Stacia R. (Benjamin) Shuler, Shayla N. (Justin) Roberts, Arsemus Lane Smith, Luke P. (Anna) Dunaway, Shane L. Dunaway, Naomi C. Klitzing, Tina (Michael) Hill, Jason (Sarah) Kemp, Matthew Kemp; eighteen Great Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by Her parents, husband, Granddaughters: Amanda N. Holley and Katherine S. Achenbach; Great Grandson: Garrett Lee Addison Dunaway


Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. Burial will be in Owaneco Cemetery in Owaneco. Visitation will be held Friday, October 3, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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


Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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

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Robert J. Bob Mitchelson of Taylorville

Robert J. “Bob” Mitchelson, 84, of Taylorville, IL, died at 9:06 am Monday, September 29, 2014 at his residence.

He was born November 24, 1929 in Taylorville, the son of James W. and Mandy Faye Peters Mitchelson. On March 28, 1954 he married Bonnie M. Griffin in Drexel, NC. Bob was a member of the First Baptist Church in Taylorville, an Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post 73, Taylorville. He retired from Peabody Mine #10 in 1992 after 43 years of service. Bob was a member of U.M.W.A. Local 9819 and was an avid fisherman that loved all sports including bowling.

Surviving are his wife: Bonnie Mitchelson of Taylorville; Daughter: Terri Wilson and husband Willie of Taylorville; Son: Robert W. Mitchelson and wife Lisa of Dunnellon, FL; Grandchildren: Mandy Dempsey of Chicago, Adam Dempsey of Taylorville, and Logan Mitchelson of Dunnellon, FL; Step-Grandchildren: Nick Burkey and Alex Burkey of Gainesville, FL and Darlene Weigle of Renton, WA; Great Grandchild: Kinley Dempsey of Taylorville; Sister: Donna Brown of Diamond Head, MS; Step-Sister: Marlene Morris of Springfield and Sister-in-Law: Bonnie J. Mitchelson of Taylorville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Step-Mother: Ruth Mitchelson Morris; Daughter: Lynette Susan Mitchelson; Sisters: Berry Ferguson, Dorothy Beers, Patty Taylor, and Brother: James H. Mitchelson.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, October 3 at McClure Funeral home, Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 303 E. Market, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Remembrances of Bob or condolences to the family may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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