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Robert Lush of Newburgh, IN

Robert Lush, 70, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. He was born March 6, 1945 in Taylorville, IL, the Son of Leo and Lillian (Clark) Lush. He married Ruth Ann Reid on July 17, 1966 in Kincaid, IL. he was a retired Supervisor from Commonwealth Edison.Robert was also a Member of Calvary Church in Springfield.

He is survived by his Wife: Ruth Ann; Daughters: Becky (Paul) Milby of Springfield; Son: Mark (Jenny) Lush of Haubstadt, IN; Grandchildren: Angel Morgan, Aaron Luttrull, Adam Luttrull and Alyssa Luttrull; Great-Grandchildren: Cole Richardson, Levi Luttrull, Sammy Luttrull and Carley Luttrull; Sister: Barbara Lush of Springfield; Brother: Jim (Mary) Lush of Carlinville; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Church in Springfield with Rev. Mark Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held Monday, June 1, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Calvary Church in Springfield.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Church 1730 W Jefferson St, Springfield, IL 62702

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.

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Murrell Leroy Carroll of Wenonah

75 year old Murrell "Leroy" Carroll of Wenonah passed away at 8:20pm Wednesday 27th, 2015 at his residence.

The Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis is in charge of arrangements.

Services for 75 year old Murrell "Leroy" Carroll will be held at 11am Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Friends may call at the Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, May 29, 2015.

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Sherilyn Ann Evans of Nokomis

Sherilyn Ann Evans, 65, of Nokomis, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born July 21, 1949 in Taylorville, IL; the daughter of Ted and Maxine (Rogers) Durbin. She married Victor K. Evans on April 11, 1987 in Vandalia, IL. She retired as a clerk for the Illinois Secretary of State. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Nokomis, IL.   


She is survived by her Son: James Carroll of St. Louis, MO; Daughter: Jennifer (Mike) Dooley of Monticello, IL; Grandchildren: Kyle and Trey Dooley of Monticello, IL; Devante Carroll-Lee of St. Louis, MO; Sisters: Marla (Mike) McCall of Nokomis, IL; Nieces and Nephews: Angie McCall of Taylorville, IL; Jason McCall of Nokomis, IL and Bret McCall of Clearwater, FL; Several Aunts and Uncles. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brother: Ted Durbin Jr. and a Brother in infancy Joseph Theodore Durbin Jr.

 
Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis with Pastor Chris Huff officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association  3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674-0001                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Arrangements by Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. 


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Hazel Tester of Nokomis

Hazel Tester, 98, of Nokomis, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. at Nokomis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nokomis. She was born August 14, 1916 in Nokomis, IL; the daughter of Leonard and Effie (Ward) Hard. She married John Tester in 1936 in Hillsboro, IL and he later preceded her in 1988. She was a retired homemaker.

 
She is survived by her Sons: Larry (Norby) Tester of Nokomis, IL; Paul (Pamela) Tester of Nokomis, IL; Daughter: Linda (Rick) Graden of Glenarm. IL; Grandchildren: Michael (Lisa) Tester, Erica (Terry) Schwoeppe, T.J. (Fiancé Shellie) Graden, Stacey (Jon) Smith, Brian (Patty) Tester, Gina (Dominic) Carnduff, Toni (Brad) Kaye; Great-Grandchildren: KAylee and Remi Tester; Jacob and Avery Schwoeppe; Charlotte Smith; Cameron and Carson Tester; Aiden and Ava Carnduff; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her her husband, and her siblings.


Funeral services will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Church in rural Nokomis with Pastor Jim Vargo officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in rural Nokomis, IL. Visitation will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Church in rural Nokomis.


Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements by Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. 


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Sylvia Mae Cross of Owaneco

Sylvia Mae Cross, 102, of Owaneco, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at 10:10 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born December 21, 1912 in Owaneco, IL, the Daughter of Herman Fred and Nanette Grace (Hall) Rodefelt. She married Andrew Minks on July 14, 1932 in Benton, IL He preceded her in death in 1946.  She later married Troy Cross on September of 1956 and he also preceded her in death. She was a retired housewife. She was also a Member of The First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, IL. She loved flowers, gardening and cooking for her family.  


She is survived by her Daughters: Louise (Jerry) Reinders of Springfield, IL; Betty Tomei of Taylorville, IL; Son: Charles Minks of Owaneco, IL; Grandchildren: Debbie Reinders, Connie Reinders and Husand Nam Nadimi, Vickie McCaslin and Husband Kenny, Michael Minks and Wife Shelly, Dontoe Tomei, Jr. and Doug Tomei and companion Kimberly Cunningham; Great-Grandchildren: Kori Carman, Kevin Carman, Andrew Minks, Courtney Minks, Tawney Minks and Davis Tomei. She was preceded in death by her Parents; Husbands, Sisters, Hazel Coleman, Stella Barding, Martha McCleary, Eleanor Moore, Dorothy Darlene Rodefelt; Brothers Earle Rodefelt, Ivan Rodefelt, Russell Rodell Rodefelt, Richard Lee Rodefelt, Leo Clark Rodefelt and Billy Rodefelt.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be in Owaneco Cemetery in Owaneco, IL. Visitation will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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


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Helen I. Oyler of Taylorville

Helen I. Oyler, 89, of Taylorville, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015 at 10:32 a.m. at
Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. She was born March 3, 1926 in Owaneco, IL, the Daughter of Thomas and Anna (Loreth) Norris. She married Robert L. Oyler on October 18, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville and he later preceded her in death on February 12, 1993. After High school Graduation she taught at Spring Creek School and Blue Mound Country School. She was a bookkeeper for many years at Blakely’s Department Store until retirement. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL and Catholic Daughters of America. Helen was a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.


She is survived by her Daughters: Margaret (Charles) Burgener of Taylorville, IL; Mary (Richard) Crawford of Norfolk, VA; Teresa (Joe) Nolan of Taylorville, IL; Anne (Garrett) Yocum of Warr Acres, OK; Sons: Robert (Laura) Oyler of Taylorville, IL; David (Penny) Oyler of Baytown, TX; Grandchildren: Lindsey, Ryan, and Jessica Oyler; Jason, Stephen, Josh and Samantha Oyler, Jacob Matthiesen; Megan Bertolino, Erin Coatney, Jill Bilbruck; Katie and Emily Burgener; Blaine Bilbruck Great-Grandchildren: Craig, Colt and Camille Bertolino; Maddox and Jaedyn Oyler; Brothers: Jim Norris of Taylorville, IL and George (Evelyn) Norris of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brother: Joe Norris and Great Granddaughter Lia Bertolino.


Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Father Alan Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church 108 W. Adams St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or St. Mary’s School 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Taylorville Memorial Hospital 201 E. Pleasant St. Taylorville, IL 62568


Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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Richard Smith of Witt

Mr. Richard Smith, 91, of Witt, IL formerly of Tovey, IL passed away at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at home.  

He was born in Tovey, IL August 14, 1923 the son of Herman Warry and Jessie (Sterner) Smith.  Richard married Frances Belle White July 23, 1948 in Palmer, IL and they celebrated 66 years together before she passed away on October 12, 2014.

Richard was a past member of Tovey United Methodist Church.  He formerly owned Smith Neon Signs and Services in Hillsboro, IL he drove a Pepsi truck in his younger years and worked in the ammunition plant in Illiopolis.  He and his wife managed a campground in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., he loved camping, riding his Harley with his wife Frances, and spending time with his family especially his grandkids.   Mr. Smith retired in 1972 after 23 years as a Chief Electrician from Freeman Coal Mine #8.  

Surviving are 2 daughters Pastor Sue Bryce and Sherry Terneus both of Witt, IL 4 grandchildren Rick (Nedra) Bryce of Irving, IL Tara (Brian) Brown of Heyworth, IL Stacy Terneus and Scott Terneus both of Decatur, IL a great granddaughter Emily Brown, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents, his wife Frances, 4 brothers Ed, Cliff, Orville and Robert Smith and 3 sisters Mariam Hunt, Lillian and Pearl Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, IL.  Rev. Joy Caschetta will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery, rural Edinburg, IL.  Visitation for Mr. Smith will be held from 9 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. 

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Barbara Jean Johnson of Taylorville

Barbara Jean Johnson was born on December 20, 1937. She fell asleep in death on May 24, 2015 at 8:05 a.m. after a long battle with cancer at the age of 77. Preceded in death are her one sister Dorothy Zoltowski and her parents Loraine and Dale Cottman. Surviving is one brother Virgil Cottman. Barbara will be dearly missed by her husband of 61 years, Allen Armstrong Johnson and her two children Allen Dale Johnson and his wife Theresa and their children Karena Garland, Timothy Johnson, Daniel Johnson; also her daughter Deborah Jean Beshears, her husband Darrell and their children Shane Beshears, Heather Drysdale, Joshua Beshears, Sarah Beshears, Jonathan Beshears. Her eleven great grandchildren will greatly miss their loving grandmother. She married Allen Armstrong Johnson on April 9, 1954. Their first child was born April 8, 1955, Allen Dale Johnson, Two and a half years later on September 13, 1957 their daughter Deborah Jean was born. Barbara and Allen became Jehovah’s witnesses in the early 1960’s in the Chicago Area and shortly after settled in Taylorville. Barbara was a loving homemaker and for over 50 years she participated in a door to door ministry and conducted home bible studies with many in the community. She loved sharing with interested people her hope in the Bible prophecies of a paradise earth when pain, suffering and death will be no more. (Rev. 21: 1-5) She will be interred at a private family service at Oak Hill Cemetery. A Public memorial service will be held on Sunday May 31st at 2:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 3540 Lincoln Trail. The Kingdom Hall will be open at 1:00 if anyone wants to visit with the family. Memorial Donations can be made to the local Kingdom Hall to support the world Wide Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Robert Carter of Taylorville

Robert Carter, 88, of Taylorville, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:46 a.m. at his residence in Taylorville. He was born January 7, 1927 in Stonington, IL. The Son of Chris and Hattie (Allen) Carter. He married Gloria A. Rasmussen on September 12, 1948 in Taylorville, IL.  He was a Member of Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, lifetime member of the VFW Post #4495, he was on the board for the Owaneco Elevator, a trustee for the drainage ditch commission in Locust Township, he was a member of the board on the Production Credit Association; he was also an original member of the American Agricultural Movement and he was involved in the grassroots movement to create an ethanol plant in Christian County. He was a veteran of the United States Army in Korea. After retiring from farming for 39 years he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, painting, reading western novels, Cardinals baseball, and Illini basketball. He and his grandson Rob built a reproduction of the army jeep he drove in Korea which they drove in area parades. He went on the Honor Flight in March of 2013.


He is survived by his Wife: Gloria; Daughters: Janeen (Greg) Gruber of Pana, IL; Barbara (Joe) Miller of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Rob (Mollie) Waterman, Carrie Waterman, Nick (Rachel) Waterman, Chris Miller, Jake Miller; Great-Grandchildren: Ben, Eli, Ashton, Aaron and Rowan; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and Sister Betty Solliday.  


Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville with Pastor Tiney Walker officiating. Burial will be in Owaneco Cemetery in Owaneco, IL. Visitation will be held Monday, May 25, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to Memorial Home Services 720 N. Bond St. Springfield, IL 62702 or Davis Memorial Christian Pre School 1500 W. Franklin St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or The American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718


Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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Troy R. Achenbach of Taylorville

Troy R. Achenbach, 92, of Taylorville, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:17 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville. He was born August 29, 1922 in Taylorville, IL. The Son of Walter and Ethel (Fesser) Achenbach. He married Virginia “Jean” Hiller Cies in 1971 in Taylorville, IL and she later preceded him in death on November 30, 2014. He retired from Peabody Coal Company after 30 years of service. He and his wife owned and operated Achenbach Investment Properties in Taylorville area for over 25 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army in World War II; graduated from Taylorville High school and Millikin University in Decatur, IL


He is survived by his Son: Alan T (Denna) Achenbach of Taylorville, IL; Seven Grandchildren; Eight Great-Grandchildren; Son-in-Law: Robert Jenkins of Elmhurst, IL; Step Daughter-Dr. Janet Hiller of Missoula, MT; Step-Son: Craig Cies of Indianapolis, ID; Brother: W.B. (Jean) Achenbach of Naples, FL; Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and Daughter Dr. Sally Jenkins


Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army 530 N 6th St, Springfield, IL 62702


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Beverly Joan Sims of Taylorville

Beverly Joan Sims, 81, of Taylorville passed away at 2:47 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville. She was born on September 26, 1933, the daughter of Buck and Nellie Waterman.  She married Dallas R. Sims in Hillsboro, Illinois on February 6, 1949.  He preceded her in death on October 10, 1999.  Mrs. Sims was a homemaker, and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville.  She loved cooking, fishing, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Alice (Rod) Boensel, Jody (Chuck) Campbell, David (Jamye) Sims, Myron (Tammy) Sims, Myrna (Ron) Seiler, and daughter-in-law Barb Sims all of Taylorville; 30 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Betty Kinnett, Doris Waterman, Donna Waterman and Hope Waterman all of Taylorville, Viola Sims of Norfolk, VA; brother-in law: Ronnie Sims of Georgia; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dallas Sims, son Allen Sims, grandchildren Joseph Welge and Faith Sims, and all her siblings.     


Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with visitation one hour before the service.  Pastor Steve Switzer will officiate and burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois.

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Sandra J. Johnson of Taylorville

Sandra J. Johnson, 65 of Taylorville, IL passed away at 12:05 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  She was born on March 16, 1950 in Taylorville daughter Larry and Mildred (Mills) Caulder.  She married Richard Il (Daffy) Johnson on April 10, 1971 in Taylorville, IL. Sandra was retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and she was the secretary of the Regional Superintendant of Education.


In addition to her husband, Richard she is survived by her sons, Robbie (Toni) I. Johnson of Taylorville and Bradley J. Johnson of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Ryan and Macie Johnson and Jeffrey and Hanna Waterman; sister, Sheila (Chris) Matthews of Taylorville, IL; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents


Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015  at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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


Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois
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Eugene Lambin of Taylorville

Eugene Lambin, 88 of Taylorville passed away at 5:19 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015  at the Illinois Adjutant Veterans Home in Quincy, IL.  He was born on March 23, 1927 in Kincaid, IL. The son of Constant and Pauline (Maquet) Lambin Jr.  He married Gertrude M.  Lambin  in Taylorville and she preceded him in passing on October 21, 2011. Eugene was a coal miner at Peabody Mine #10. He was also an excellent carpenter. He was a member of VFW Post # 4495 in Taylorville and the UMWA. Eugene could fix or build anything, he loved to fish and to be on his boat,  and he passed his love of water on to the rest of the family.  
He is survived by his daughters, Shelly (Steve) Dennis and Pam (Robert) Houdeshell both of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, John (Joan) Mitsdarffer of Assumption, IL, Heather (Steve) Durbin of Assumption, IL, Jason (Cherish) Bough of Taylorville, IL and Zac Bough of Stonington, IL; several great grandchildren, son-in-law, Steve Mitsdarffer and his much loved dog  Bailey.  He was preceded by his parents, wife, Gertrude; son, Ralph Bough; daughter, Sheila Mitsdarffer; granddaughter, Katie McCarty and son-in-law, Roger McCarty.


Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Steve Dennis officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.


Memorials may be made to:
The Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home - Quincy
1707 N. 12th Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois


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Howard Lee Criswell of Edinburg

Howard Lee Criswell, 79, of Edinburg, IL died at 8:57 pm Sunday May 17, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was born February 13, 1936 in Stubenville, KY the son of Lee and Daphne Lair Criswell. On July 15, 1956 he married Ruth M. Corr in Pleasant Plaines, IL. Mr. Criswell was retired from the State of Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and a Veteran of the U.S Army.

Surviving are his wife: Ruth M. Criswell of Edinburg, IL; Son: Lynn Criswell and wife Karen of Amarillo, TX; Daughter: Carol Criswell of Highland, IL and a granddaughter: Amy Schoenfelder and husband Jameson of Memphis, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Paul Criswell.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday at McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Thursday at the Funeral Home. Mr. Criswell will be cremated following services.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society of the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.

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Martin Allen Newlin of Taylorville

Martin Allen Newlin, 37, of Taylorville, IL died at 11:39 am Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

He was born November 22, 1977 in Springfield, IL the son of Jonathan W. and Helen “Mickey” Newlin. Martin was a Machinist with Design Corrugating in Taylorville. He was a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, was a Life Scout with Troop 68 Boy Scouts of America and had been a drummer with the Taylorville Junior High School Band and the Taylorville High School Band. He loved to fish and was an avid NASCAR fan and was a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan.

Surviving are his fiancée, Amanda S. McMillon of Taylorville; Children: Alysha Newlin, Hayle McMillon and Zachary McMillon all of Taylorville; Parents: Jonathan and Mickey Newlin of Taylorville and Brother: Anthony Newlin and partner Benjamin Boswell of Dallas, TX.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 20 at McClure Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Kerns officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until time of service in the Funeral Home on Wednesday. Martin will be cremated following services.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to: Alysha Newlin Education Fund C/O the family.

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

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Richard Dean Binkley Jr. of Pana

Richard Dean Binkley Jr., 61 of Pana, passed away at 9:11 AM on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born on March 25, 1954 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Richard and JoAnn Gaynor Binkley. Richard was a retired heavy equipment auctioneer. He was a veteran of the US Army.

Mr. Binkley is survived by his children: Kathy Binkley of Christiansburg, VA, Joshua Binkley, wife Nikki, of Alpena MI, Jessica Binkley of McBain MI, and Krista Binkley of Sherman WY; Sisters: Cynthia Dunphey, husband Dan, of Decatur, Denise Richey, husband Jeffrey, of Chicago, and Angela Binkley of Pana; Brother: Kevin Binkley of Benton KY; 4 Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother: Earnest L. Binkley.

A graveside committal with military honors will take place on Friday, May 22, 2015, at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Riverton, Illinois. McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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John A. Newlin of Taylorville

 

John A. Newlin, 62, of Taylorville, IL died at 4:55 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

 

 

He was born November 4, 1952 in Taylorville, IL the son of Allen G. and Nona Yvonne Stutzman Newlin. On March 25, 1972 he married Alice J. Daniels at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville. John was a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church where he was a Deacon and an Elder, he was very active in Boy Scouting and was a past member of Boy Scout Troop 67 and was an Eagle Scout. He played in the Muni Band for several years and he loved fishing and camping and adored his Grandchildren.

 

 

Surviving are his wife, Alice J. Newlin of Taylorville; Son: Shane Newlin and wife Danette of Taylorville; Daughter: Keri Jo Tucker and husband Josh of Clinton; Grandchildren: Alexis Newlin, Kylie Newlin, Brittany Newlin, Maddie Tucker, Colette Merker, Matthew Cody and Angelica O’Dell. Great Granddaughter: Mayzie Raee Fielding; Twin Brother: Jonathan Newlin and wife Mickey of Taylorville. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, May 16 at Davis Memorial Christian Church with Rev. Bill Kerns officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until time of service in the Church on Saturday. Mr. Newlin will be cremated following the services.

 

 

McClure Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements

 

 

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

 

 

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John A. (Jack) Vasconcellos, Jr. of Mt. Auburn

John A. (Jack) Vasconcellos, Jr.
Jack was born on March 23, 1919, in Jacksonville, IL, to John Antonio Vasconcellos, Sr. and Mary Frank Vasconcellos. He grew up in Bolivia, IL, where his parents owned the kind of country store that sold everything needed for rural life. He attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1941 with a degree in electrical engineering. He married Dorothy V. Reeter in 1943 in Mt. Auburn, IL. During World War II, jack served in the Army Signal Corp radar unit. He rose to the rank of Major, commanding a company of 350 men. Jack and Dorothy’s daughter, Mary Ann, was born in 1944 in Florida where Jack was stationed at the time.


When the war ended, the three of them moved to Milwaukee where Jack worked for several years Allis Chambers. In 1957, they moved to the Chicago area where he worked for JSG, serving as a manufacturer’s rep to power companies in a 3-state region.
Jack retired in 1967 and moved to Dent, Minnesota, an area he loved from vacationing there as a child. For nearly forty years, Jack and Dorothy lived on McDonald Lake where he gained a reputation as the most skilled fisherman around. He fished for at least a short time virtually every day, and over the years, he dressed and gave away thousands of fish to friends and the elderly. The couple was active in the Dent United Methodist Church, and they always enjoyed entertaining and socializing with their many friends. Dorothy, his beloved wife and constant companion for 60 years, died in 2004, but Jack stayed on the lake until he was 89 years old, at which point he moved to Mill Street Residence in Fergus Falls. In 2014, Jack moved to Texas to be close to his daughter, Mary Ann and her family. He died on March 21, 2015, two days before his 96th birthday. He will be buried in Mt. Auburn, IL, alongside his wife and his parents.


Jack is survived by his daughter and Son-in-Law, Mary Ann and Bruce Dickson of College Station, TX; by two granddaughters and their husbands, Stephanie Dickson and Chris McCloud of Geneva, IL. And Sarah and David Woods of Spring, TX; one sister-in-law, Doris Mateer of Taylorville, IL; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. 

    
Arrangements in care of Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois


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Joseph Kalka of Taylorville

Joseph Kalka, 82, of Taylorville, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:18 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born December 4, 1932 in Bad Axe, MI. The Son of Frank and Minnie (Maikizak) Kalka Sr. He married Bonnie Humes on October 13, 1951 in Taylorville, IL and she later preceded him in death on July 12, 2012. He worked as a machine operator and with the Lay Out Department of Caterpillar Tractor CO for 30 years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and UAW Local 751. He enjoyed fishing, Gardening, Golf, Bocce Ball, Hunting, Woodworking, Playing Cards, Reading, Camping, but most of all spending time with his family and friends.


He is survived by his Daughters: Lori (Tim) Collins of Taylorville, IL; Jennifer (Jack) Bryan of Hamilton, OH; Ruby Jo (Dennis) Knight of Muscatine, IA; Ten Grandchildren; Twelve Great-Grandchildren; one Great-Great grandchild; 2 Sisters Marian Goodrich of MO and Betty Ann Saulsberry of Illiopolis, IL; Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Minnie (Maikizak) Kalka Sr.; wife, Bonnie; Son, Joseph; Grandson, Adam Collins; Brother Alex Kalka; Frank Kalka Jr. Sisters: Ann Long, Eleanor Meads and Lucille Whitmer.


Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to Moose Charities 155 N. International Dr, Mooseheart, IL 60539
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.


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Lois L. Cook of Taylorville

Lois L. Cook, 86, of Taylorville, died Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. She was born July 30, 1928 in Shelby County, IL, the daughter of Henry & Edna (Raymond) Godwin, deceased.

Lois was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Taylorville and part of the golf league at Lake Shore Golf Course in Taylorville. She had worked as a bookkeeper for many different businesses. She loved working in her garden and tending to her flowers, golfing, trips to the boat, and animals. Most of all, she loved her family.

Lois Godwin and Arden L. Cook were married on November 17, 1945 in the Henton Church of God. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons: Phillip Cook, Taylorville, IL and Dave Cook, Springfield, IL; 3 grandchildren: Kenny Cook; Zachary Cook; Zoey Cook; great grandson, Hunter; brother: Henry Wayne Godwin & wife Dixie, Baxter, TN ; and sisters: Ilena Steeby, Pana, IL; Doris Cox, Pana, IL; Linda Sarver, Pana, IL. Besides her parents & husband, she was preceded by 2 brothers, Leroy & Leon Godwin.

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

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Burial will be in Tower Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Light a virtual candle or send condolences to the family at www.mdfh.com.

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Shirley A. Coady of Taylorville

Shirley A. Coady, 83, of Taylorville, IL died at 12:40 pm Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Gowin Parc, Taylorville.

She was born July 3, 1931 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Thomas and Louisa Comerford Bantner. On February 17, 1953 she married John J. Coady in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana. He preceded her in death on August 22, 2007. Mrs. Coady was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Surviving are her sons: Mark Coady and wife Joanne and Mike Coady and wife Kathy all of Taylorville, Greg Coady and wife Mary Jo of Rochester and Stephen Coady and wife Susan of Chatham. There are 13 Grandchildren: Michelle Coady of Riverton, Chad Coady, Matthew Coady, Elizabeth Coady, and Johnathon Coady all of Taylorville, Joshua Shapiro of Nashville, TN, April Kataras and husband Jason of Naples, FL, Jennifer Coady and Danielle Johnson and husband Jake of Taylorville, Sean Coady of St. Louis, MO, Kyle Coady of Rochester and Morgan Coady and Olivia Coady of Chatham. Great Grandchildren: Xander Crisp, and Griffin Coady of Riverton, Alex Tomlin, Nicholas Coady, Derek Coady and Alexis Coady all of Farmer City, Kayla Coady and Chase Coady of Taylorville, Trey Lewis and Rylee Lewis of Winter Springs, FL, Wyatt Buck of Naples, FL, Keston Baxton of Springfield, Kiya Baxton and Leeah Coady and Coady Johnson all of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and infant grandson, Jason Coady.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Father Alan Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Monday at McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. There will be a prayer service at 4:45 p.m.

Memorials may be made to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 470, Taylorville, IL 62568-0470.

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

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Debra Wagahoft of Taylorville

Debra Wagahoft, 60 of Taylorville passed away Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. at her home.  She was born on September 21, 1954 in Taylorville daughter of Fielding B. McPeek and Elizabeth (Rodden-Leaderbrand) She married Richard Wagahoft on April 28, 1978 in Hillsboro, IL. Debra was an Assistant branch manager at Regions Bank in Taylorville, IL


She is survived by her husband: Richard, sons: Trevor Wagahoft and Fiancé Holly Scherer of Taylorville, IL and Travis (Amy) Wagahoft of Morrisonville, IL; Grandchildren: Alea and Tyce Wagahoft of Morrisonville, IL; Father: Fielding McPeek of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Steven McPeek of Savannah, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in passing by her mother and sister: Linda Horchem.


A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL.


Memorials may be made to:  The Debra Wagahoft Memorial Fund at Regions Bank 725 W. Spresser St. Taylorville, IL 62568

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois


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William H. Briggs Jr. of Taylorville

A kind and fun-loving soul quietly left the suffering of this earth for a better life with his Lord. William H. Briggs, Jr., age 66 of Taylorville, formerly of Assumption and Edinburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born March 13, 1949 in Taylorville to William H. and Eileen (Baillie) Briggs. He attended Assumption schools and entered the U. S. Air Force  upon graduation, proudly serving his country in  the U. S. and in Misawa, Japan  he served from 1968 to 1972 retiring as a Sergeant. Upon returning to Illinois, he worked many years for Wagner Castings in Decatur, and later as a cross-country truck driver for JB Hunt. He loved traveling the country and was presented with one of JB Hunt’s top national driving awards, an achievement he greatly valued. He was an avid sports fan, cheering for the Illini and the Chicago Cubs and Bears. As much as he loved life and loved driving, he loved his family more, and was always concerned for their welfare. We will  greatly miss his fun-loving ways, for his heart came through in the ways he laughed with and teased those who were closest to him. He never lost his unique sense of humor that we loved.

He leaves to mourn and to cherish fond memories his dear son, Wesley Briggs and wife Lisa, grand-daughter Courtney Briggs and step-grandsons Cole Link and Noah Link, all of Olathe, Kansas; three sisters, Anna (Dennis) Jeffrey, of Taylorville; Sally (John) Riley of Macon; Susie (Don) Christopher, of Edinburg; and brother Gary (Rita) Briggs of Blue Mound; ten nieces and nephews, eighteen great-nieces and nephews; lifelong friend Jon Lowrance of Assumption, and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bill gave his heart to Jesus in recent years and was baptized in a beautiful multi-denominational service in his home a few months ago. He was a member of Edinburg Christian Church, and was ministered to by Rev. Rob Petersen as well as Sister Rose McKeown, from Hospice, both of whom he was very fond of.

Services for Bill will be this Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, with visitation starting one hour prior to the funeral. Rev. Rob Petersen will be officiating. Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery, Stonington, IL. The family would like to thank Springfield Memorial Hospice and Taylorville Care Center for their care of Bill, with special thanks to Sister Rose and Rev. Rob, and others who visited with him.


Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois


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James D. Hendricks of Taylorville

James D. Hendricks, 96, of Taylorville passed away at 1:00pm, Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville. He was born on April 28, 1919 in Taylorville, the son of Herschel and Mable Shake Hendricks. On February 1, 1947 he married Vesta Prior in Taylorville. She preceded him in death on December 7, 2013. Mr. Hendricks owned and operated Hendricks Eel Service and previously had worked as a carpenter. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville and a lifetime member of VFW post 4495.

He is survived by his daughters: Vickie Clayton and Debbie Radzimanowsky, husband John; Son: Michael Hendricks, wife Lori, all of Taylorville; Grandchildren: Brandon Clayton, Tina Brest, Kristi Carey, Corey Hendricks, Matthew Hendricks, Tyler Hendricks, Brian Hendricks, Jeff Hendricks, Gary Swindall, and Terri Lyn Edwards; brother: Herb Hendricks of Taylorville; and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Parents, wife: Vesta Hendricks, daughter: Carol Durbin, son: Jim Hendricks, grandson: Roger Clayton Jr., brothers: Calvin Hendricks, Adam Hendricks, Dwight Hendricks, Wayne Hendricks, Ray Hendricks, and Johnnie Hendricks, and sister: Edna Neighbors.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville with Don Tewell officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 until 7pm at McClure Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will the in the Anderson Cemetery in Palmer. McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, 300 S. Shumway, Taylorville. Memories of Mr. Hendricks or condolences to the family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Shirley D. Snow of Nokomis

Shirley D. Snow, 68 of Nokomis, IL passed away at 9:10 AM on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at her home.  She was born in Taylorville, IL on July 15, 1946 daughter of Dwight and Marjorie (Ellrich) Hendricks.  She married Tommy Lee Snow, Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1976. She was a member of the Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville, IL.  She loved Art, Embroidering, Shopping and her animals.  Most of all, she loved and cherished her family, especially her grandchildren.


She is survived by her sons, Tommy Lee Snow Jr. and his wife Angela of Nokomis, IL and Robert Lee Snow and his wife Robin of Taylorville, IL, daughters Shari Lyn Riech of New Berlin, IL and Stephanie Rena Snow of Nokomis, IL, grandchildren Amanda Kay Snow, Amanda Katherine Hernandez, Kristal Margaret Price, Brandon Lee Snow, Mikayla Page Snow, Hannah Nicole Riech, Matthew Root, Madisyn Leigh Snow and Brandon Lane, brothers David Hendricks and his wife Janet of Taylorville, IL and Ronald Hendricks and his wife Sue of Taylorville, IL; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Husband and her grandson, Tyler Snow.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville with Pastor Jerry Thorpe officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL.


Memorials may be made to the Faith Community Worship Center, 2493 South Spresser, Taylorville, IL 62568.


Arrangements in care of Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois


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Rae Ann Richardson of Taylorville

Rae Ann Richardson, 72, of Taylorville passed away at 7:15AM on Friday, May 1, 2015 at Taylorville Care Center. She was born on October 14, 1942 in Plymouth, Indiana, the daughter of Gerald and Elizabeth Gowin Walterhouse. On October 21, 1978 she married Ralph Workman, and he preceded her in death on September 15, 1986. She then married Clint Richardson on January 3, 1989 and he preceded her in death on November 30, 2004. Mrs. Richardson was a homemaker and previously worked for CIPS. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Taylorville where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years.

Mrs. Richardson is survived by her sister: Jerrie Poulosophos, husband Peter, of Chicago; half-brother: Donald Walterhouse of Amana Iowa; 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and 2 aunts, and special friend: Brenda Travis of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 husbands.

Mrs. Richardson will be cremated and a memorial gathering will be held at a later time. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Richardson family. Memories of Rae Ann or condolences to the family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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