Obits Archives for 2019-02

Thomas Cutright Jr

Thomas Cutright Jr., 91 formerly of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:10 p.m. at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. He was born on June 23, 1927 in Keysport, IL the son of Thomas V. and Lena (Rueff) Cutright. He married Shirley Dowell on January 26, 1946 in Shelbyville. They were married 58 years and she preceded him in death on December 10, 2004. Tom served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during World War II. He worked as a farm laborer for Louis Briggs of Stonington, IL for 17 years. He then worked and retired from GSI in Assumption, IL. After retiring he went to work at Taylorville Walmart as a greeter for 10 years.

He is survived by his two daughters: Donna (Andy) Curtner of Rochester, IL and Carol (Dave) Cook of Morton, IL. Four Grandchildren: Jason (Jennifer) Cook of Summersville, MO; Douglas (Tara) Curtner of Springfield, IL; Jared (Jennifer) Cook of East Peoria, IL; and Marla (Lawrence) Hurst of Rochester, IL. 13 grandchildren: Brett, Courtney, Dylan, Evan, Pierce, and Peyton Cook, Alanna, Hannah, Kayden and Caleb Curtner; Hailey, Charlie and Joseph Hurst and 3 Great-Grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters:  Ina Faye Taylor, Ruth Moore, Florence Burris, two half-brothers, and two half-sisters.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 4:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Don Bettis officiating. Graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Tower Hill Cemetery in Tower Hill, IL with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to Rochester Fire Department 700 E. Main St. Rochester, IL 62563 or to the Illinois Veterans Home-Quincy 1707 N. 12th St. Quincy, IL 62301.

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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Katie Ellen Parks

Katie Ellen Parks, 95 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 9:12 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville. She was born on September 23, 1923 in Nauvoo, AL the daughter of Thomas Isaiah and Alice Lavonia (Davis) Hopson. She married Robert Allen Parks on December 2, 1940 in Jasper, AL. He preceded her in death on December 17, 1999. Katie was a longtime member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville.


She was loved by all who knew her. Her sense of humor, her willingness to help anyone and everyone, her love of singing hymns, and her ready smile endeared her to all she met. Katie could keep her children and countless grandchildren enthralled with her stories of growing up in the old south, her life as a stone mason’s daughter, her struggles as a new mother whose husband had gone off to war and the trials and tribulations of raising six children to adulthood. Katie was a fantastic cook with the knack for making every meal special and no one ever left her table hungry. She taught her family to never take life too seriously and most problems could be solved with “just a little piece” of something sweet and a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. And who doesn’t remember “get over here and give me a hug” “I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in”, “I’m fine as frog’s hair”.  Grandma, as you would say “We love you with all of our heart and part of our gizzard”. We will miss you.


She is survived by her Son: Robert (Margaret) Parks Jr. of Suffield, Connecticut; Daughters: Mable (Robert) Burchett of Chatham, IL; Judy Seiler of Taylorville, IL; Mary Ann Miles and companion Ron Livingston of Taylorville, IL; Barbara Cave of Buchanan, TN; 12 Grandchildren; 21 Great Grandchildren; 6 Great-Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Preceded in death by: Parents, Husband, Son: Thomas Michael Parks, granddaughter: Charley Miles, Great-Grandsons: Derrick and Logan Seiler, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.


Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the services at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Don Tewell officiating. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First Church of the Nazarene 300 S. Shumway 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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Jessie Eileen Wilson Yarnell

Jessie Eileen Wilson Yarnell was born September 10, 1925 to Beatrice Frailey Wilson and William Charles Wilson. She passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the Hawthorne Inn in Shelbyville, Illinois. She graduated from Herrick Community High School and later attained her real estate license. Jessie married the love of her life, Ray Yarnell, in Ft. Worth, Texas, on September 10, 1943. He preceded her in death on October 22, 1988.

Jessie was very active in the Cowden community including the PTA, the founding committee of the Cowden Pioneer Days, many offices of the Eastern Star, including Worthy Matron, and numerous committees of the First Christian Church. She traveled to Austria to serve at an international educational center for world religion. She loved to travel and enjoyed seeing the United States with Ray and later many European countries and Russia.

Jessie lived a long and full life and felt that she had been fortunate to have such a great family who loved her and looked out for her as she grew older. She leaves behind children: Judith Giberson (Jerry) of Decatur, Brenda Yarnell (Susan Fonfa) of Springfield, Anita Lorton (Mike) of Cowden and David Yarnell (Kim) of Cowden. In addition, she leaves a huge loving family of 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Cowden with Pastor Nate Harper officiating. Burial will take place in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Cowden. Memorials may be made in her name to the First Christian Church of Cowden, 404 E. Locust Street, Cowden, IL 62422 or Quad County Hospice, 1 Huber Street, Pana, IL 62557. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden is assisting the family.

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Jessie’s honor at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.

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Leonard Keith Miller

Leonard Keith Miller, 89 of Fillmore passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:45 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. He was born on December 31, 1929 in Farmersville, IL the son of Harrison Daniel and Beatrice Adeline (Robinson) Miller. He married Melba Dorothy Haines on May 29, 1953 in Decatur, IL. Leonard was the owner and operator of Miller’s Lime Service in Fillmore, IL after he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his Wife: Melba Miller of Fillmore, IL; Sons: Everett (Kay) Miller of Coffeen, IL; Jeff (Brenda) Miller; Gary (Joyce) Miller both of Fillmore, IL; Daughters: Leona Miller of Macon, IL; Cynthia Miller of Brownstown, IL; Debra (Mike) Jackson of Fillmore; Susan (Wayne) Jackson of Vandalia, IL; Paula (Tony) Fullerton of Westervelt, IL; Sister: Frances Keiser of Nokomis, IL; Brother: Warren (Hazel) Miller of Nokomis, IL; Brother-in-Law: Mike Driscoll of Chatham, IL; 19 Grandchildren; 29 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren and Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sisters: Verda Driscoll, Theresa VanOstran, Imogene Greenwood, Brothers: Elmer Miller, Richard Miller and Kenneth Miller; Granddaughter: Abigail Fullerton; Great-Granddaughter: Isabella Chapman; Half Sisters: Helen Smith, Agnes Waldeck and Mildred Garin.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Fillmore Baptist Church in Fillmore, IL. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Fillmore Baptist Church in Fillmore, IL with Rev. Mike Plummer officiating. Burial will be held in Bost Hill Cemetery in Fillmore.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 or Taylorville Memorial Hospital 201 E. Pleasant St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

Allen & Sutton Funeral Home in Fillmore, IL is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


 

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Gina K. Dobyns-Musgrove

Gina K. Dobyns-Musgrove, 53 of Kincaid, passed away at 9:40a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019 at St John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born on January 6, 1966 in Springfield, daughter of Boyce and Mary Jo (Grissom) Dobyns. Gina attended Illinois College in Jacksonville and Lincoln Land Community College. She previously worked for Illinois Consolidated phone company. Gina loved her two dogs, Daisy and Dakota, and she enjoyed cookouts and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her mother: Mary Jo Dobyns of Taylorville; daughters: Chelsey Stout of Springfield, Jordan Stout of Cape Coral, Florida, and Courtney Musgrove of Taylorville; brother: Joseph Dobyns (Danielle) of Edinburg; and nieces: Joey Lynn Dobyns and Elliot Elizabeth Dobyns. She was preceded in death by her father.

Gina will be cremated, and the family will host a celebration of life at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Gina, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Jon K. Davis

Jon K. Davis, 81 of Taylorville, IL passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at his home in Taylorville, IL. In honoring Jon’s wishes he is going to be cremated and have no services. To honor Jon, he would have liked you to donate to Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute C/O: Trail Readership Fund Development office 600 N, Wolfe St. Blalock 536 Baltimore, MD 21287 in memory of him.

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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Joanne B. Barra

Joanne B. Barra, 88 of Taylorville, passed away at 9:38p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in her home. She was born on March 16, 1930 in Columbus Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Rolla Verne and Nevada Clarice (Fisher) Cover. She married Raymond P. Barra on August 16, 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 7, 2001. Joanne previously worked at the Sangamon Card Company as well as assisting her husband in his law practice. She previously was involved in the Women’s Club, a Girl Scout leader, and volunteered with the Taylorville Christmas Home Tour.

She is survived by her sons: Raymond P. Barra (Tammy) of Shiloh and Thomas Barra (Barb) of Taylorville; daughters: Denise McCullough (Gary) of Taylorville, Donna Davis (Mike) of Peoria, Marcia Callan (Mike) of Stonington, and Angela Barra (Chris Thomas) of San Diego, California; grandchildren: Allison Whitney (Josh) of Moweaqua, Tommy Daniels (Michelle) of Katy, Texas, Megan Tryon (Doug) of Palmer, Abbey Callan-Thomas of Edinburg, Matt Barra (Lindsey) of Collinsville, and Alex Barra of Shiloh; 10 great grandchildren; siblings: Donna Adams of Columbus, Ohio, Frances Holt of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Mary Kelly of Texas, and Richard Cover of San Jose, California; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother: James Cover.

The funeral service for Mrs. Barra will be held at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home with Gary McCullough officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will take place from 10:00a.m. until the time of the service at 11. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian County Animal Control or Juvenile Diabetes. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Barra family with arrangements. Memories of Joanne, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Bart "Tony" Beeson

Bart “Tony” Beeson, 59, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 12:31 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at his residence.

Tony was born November 22, 1959 in Decatur, IL, the son of Glenn and Dolores (Lake) Beeson.

He worked for many years as a cable installer for Charter and New Wave Communications. Tony enjoyed racing and working on cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Timothy Beeson; sisters, Monica Hughes and Kelly Jo Beeson; and niece, Stephanie Dis Pennett.

Tony is survived by his siblings; Denise Beeson of Longview, TX, Nina Worker Armstrong of Pana, IL, and Mark Beeson of Taylorville, IL; step-father, Larry (wife, Mary) Uhrick of Taylorville, IL; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation will be accorded, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Family of Tony Beeson, c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home.

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

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

 

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Jeannie Martincic

Jeannie Martincic, 73, of Assumption, died February 18, 2019, in her home. Jeannie was born September 5, 1945 in Assumption, IL, the daughter of Leo Jay and Flonia (Levi) Norris. She married Verlon Richard “Dick” Martincic January 30, 1964 in Hillsboro, IL. He preceded her in death May 15, 2018.

Jeannie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Assumption, IL, St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Societies and Democratic Women’s Organization. She owned and operated Jeannie’s Fashion in Assumption for 28 years. Jeannie was a caregiver, wonderful mother and exceptional grandmother.

Surviving are her son, Frank Martincic of Assumption, IL; daughter, Tracie Langley of O’Fallon, MO; grandchildren: Clayton, John, Hunter and Hayden; brothers: Paul (Dorie) Norris of Decatur, IL and Walter (Jamie) Norris of Orange Beach, AL; and sisters: Helen (Herman) Porter of Assumption, IL, Sue Mathias of Assumption, IL, Barb Kling of Lincoln, IL and Margie Puckett of Pana, IL.

Preceding her in death are her husband, parents, brother, Leo and sisters, Kathryn Greutman and Leona Norris.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Assumption. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Assumption. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund.

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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Joan Wemple

Joan Wemple, 88, of Pana, died February 16, 2019 in her home. Joan was born October 24, 1930 in Maroa, IL, the daughter of Frank and Zelma (Tolby) Caldwell. She married E. Wayne Wemple February 28, 1948 in Moweaqua, IL. He preceded her in death October 31, 2018. Joan was a member of Pana Christian Church and a housewife.

Surviving are her sons, Gary (Nancy) Wemple of Hillsboro, IL and Don (Liz) Wemple of Nokomis, IL; six grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her husband, parents, three brothers, four sisters, grandson, Aric Wemple and great-granddaughter, Sidney Theresa Wemple.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Memorials may be made to AAMP for Autism of Pana or VisionWay Christian School of Taylorville. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Assumption.

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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Helen Morgan

Helen Louise Morgan, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. at her residence in Taylorville, IL. She was born on January 15, 1929 in Bethany, IL the daughter of William Thurman and Sarah (Reed) Smith. She married William Morgan on December 31, 1947 in Morrisonville, IL and he preceded her in death. Helen worked for the Illinois Secretary of State’s office until her retirement.

She is survived by her Son: Billy Morgan of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Gloria Johnson of Taylorville, IL and Linda Jenkins of Chatham, IL. Grandchildren: Jeff and wife Kami Morgan, Katrina and husband Curt Rhodes, Greg Johnson, Nicole and husband Mitch White, Morgan Jenkins and Bradley Jenkins and several great grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Brother: Kenneth Smith, Great-Great-Grandson: Kaysen Kocurek, and Sisters: Virginia Skinner and Lois Overby

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev.Bill Kerns officiating.

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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Thomas Williams

Thomas John Williams, 60, of Taylorville passed away at 7:55p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 28, 1958 in Chicago, the son of Gerald and Hermine (Holbach) Williams. He married Celeste Usher in July of 2016 in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on August 3, 2018. Thomas previously worked in maintenance at State of Illinois offices in Springfield. He enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, working on home improvement projects. He always was a hardworking man, no matter what the task.

He is survived by his mother: Hermine Williams of Taylorville; sons: Billy Williams (Pamela), Robert Williams (Jamie), and Bradley Williams (Gwen Kersey) all of Taylorville; grandchildren: Alyson Williams and Steven Williams; brother: Kenny Williams (Kathie Huson) of Virden; and sister: Kathy Mandros (Mark) of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his father and wife.

Mr. Williams will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Gerald McPhillips officiating. Visitation will be from 10 until 11a.m. on Thursday. Inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

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

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

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Lawrence L.C. Caldwell

Lawrence “L.C.” Caldwell, 103 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1:18 a.m. at Life’s Journey Senior Living Center in Taylorville. He was born on June 22, 1915 in Milltown, KY the Son of Joseph and Etta (Dohoney)Caldwell.  He married Clara L. Peters on May 18, 1938 in Greenville, KY and she preceded him in death on April 4, 2007. He started out as a Chef at Kings Café in 1931 on the Taylorville Square and then later the Chef for 47 years at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Taylorville, IL where he finally retired at age 95. After retirement he loved to play golf, hunt, fish, planted a large garden, and he loved to take long walks. L.C. won a nationwide sandwich contest where he won a fully paid trip to New York City staying at the hotel Pierre. He also won $500 for his 3rd place sandwich- Cheese Barbecue. He was a World War II war hero serving from 1942-1945 in the United States Army 82nd Airborne and 13th Airborne Glider Division. He also served in the European Theater of Operation and was fortunate to go on the honor flight in 2015. L.C. was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, IL, American Legion Post #73 and VFW post #4495.
He was survived by Nieces: Martha Etta (Bill) Kayse, Willie Katherine Sandusky, Caralynne (Chuck) Detmers, Lisbeth (Darrell) Garrett and Coleen (Larry) Murphy; Nephews: Richard (Donna) Caldwell, David (Charlene) Nettleship and many other nieces, nephews, Great- Nieces, Great-Nephews Great-Great Nieces and Great-Great Nephews. He is also survived by Sisters-in-law: Pat Peters of Taylorville, IL and Dorothy Peters of Taylorville, IL, Special Cousin: Jim (Margaret) Blakeman of Edinburg, IL and Special Niece: Pastor Cynthia Anderson of Rolling Meadows, IL.  L.C. was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Brothers: Caleb, Jim, Frank, Joe Jr., Twyman and Sisters: Cecil, Carol and Sally.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. The funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.
Memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church 200 S. Walnut St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or American Legion post # 73 110 W Franklin St, Taylorville, IL 62568 or VFW Post #4495 515 N West Ave, Taylorville, IL 62568.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Sign on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com. 

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Alpha Leroy Blakeman

Alpha Leroy Blakeman, 90, of Decatur, formerly of Stonington, passed away at 9:36 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. He was born on March 23, 1928 in rural Nokomis, the son of Wilbur and Mabel (Moomey) Blakeman. He married Shirley Ann Myers on March 4, 1950 in Blue Mound. She preceded him in death on October 4, 1999. Leroy served as a Sergeant in the Medical Corps of the Army Air Corps. He worked as a carpenter for several years and served as the Chief of Police in Stonington for over 20 years as well as with the Stonington Fire Department where he volunteered for 20 years and served as Fire Chief. Leroy also worked for the Stonington Coop Grain Elevator for several years. He was a member of the Stonington American Legion for 45 years where he served in many roles including Commander and was also active in the state level. For over 20 years Leroy coached and umpired summer baseball for the Stonington Park District.

He is survived by his children: Karen Ann Howard of Smithboro, David L. Blakeman (Molly) of Stonington, and Jim D. Blakeman (Marsha) of Kincaid; grandchildren: Michelle Rogers (Nathan), Erinne Blakeman, Heather Taylor, Eric Blakeman (Jodi), Jason Blakeman (Tanya), Holly Bradshaw, Robert Howard (Alissa), Alan Howard (Lindsay), Heidi Click, Jon Howard (Alicia), Russell Stockon (Twilla); 18 great-grandchildren; brother: Donnie Blakeman (Mary) of Taylorville; sister: Marilyn Wattelet of Stonington; several nieces and nephews; and companion: Loretta Umfleet of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter: Katherine Gail Stockon, son-in-law: Robert Howard; and 7 siblings.

A funeral mass for Leroy will be held at 10:00a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Fr. Joe Molloy officiating. Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7p.m. on Thursday, February 14 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, and from 9 until 10a.m. on Friday in the church.

Memorials may be left to the Stonington Fire Department or the Shriner’s Hosptial for Children in honor of his granddaughter Sabrina Taylor.

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

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

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Ada Vidmar

Ada O. Vidmar, 105 of Taylorville, passed away at 8:36a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019 in Taylorville Care Center. She was born on May 31, 1913 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Domenic and Mary (Costa) Pacioni. She married Edward Vidmar on September 23, 1944 in Taylorville. He preceded her in death on February 27, 1996. Ada retired from the Sangamon Card Company where she worked for many years. She also previously worked at the old St. Vincent Memorial Hospital located on south Walnut St. She was a member of the St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was also a member of the VFW and Moose Lodge and enjoyed playing Bingo and cards with her friends.

She is survived by her daughter: Mary F. Duckworth (Michael) of Tovey; granddaughter: Suzi Gay (Todd) of Springfield; great-grandchildren: Jett Gay of Springfield and Zoey Gay of Denver, Colorado; and sister-in-law: Laura Pacioni of Taylorville. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers: Attilio Pacioni and Nello Pacioni.

A funeral mass for Ada will be held at 1p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Ada, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Dean Compton

Dean Allen Compton, 65, of Nokomis died Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1:50 p.m., at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Dean was born August 15, 1953, in Hillsboro, a son of Lawrence “Bus” and Marjorie Compton. He married Brenda L. Miller on November 17, 1979, in St. Louis Catholic Church, Nokomis, and she survives.

Mr. Compton graduated with the Nokomis High School Class of 1971 and attended Kaskaskia College in the automotive technology program. After working for his dad and uncle at C&W Garage for 22 years, he owned and operated Compton’s Garage until 2000. Dean then went to Wright Automotive and worked as a parts technician until March 2018. He was a lifelong member of Nokomis Masonic Lodge #456, former member of the Nokomis Lions Club, Nokomis Sportsmen’s Club, serving as secretary for many years, and Nokomis Fire Department, serving for 21 years and held both fire chief and assistant fire chief positions.

He loved doing activities with his family, camping, trap shooting, and motorcycle riding.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, April (husband Jeffrey) Drake of Sullivan and Laura Compton of Springfield; one granddaughter, Emma Drake of Sullivan; one brother, Loren (wife Christine) Compton of Nokomis; one sister, Carol (husband James) Beeler of Nokomis; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Masonic rites being performed by Nokomis Masonic Lodge #456 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Father Albert Allen officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. 

Memorials may be directed to donor’s choice in honor of his name.

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

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

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Lillian Hoover

Lillian C. Pierson Hoover, 92, of Huntsville, passed away at 7:27 AM, on Friday, February 8, 2019, in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
 
She was born on August 9, 1926 at Camp Point. She was the daughter of Ray W. and I. Marie (Whitehead) Pierson.  On October 9, 1947, in Sciota, she was united in marriage to Neil E. Hoover. He preceded her in death on November 12, 1985.
 
Lillian graduated from Augusta Community High School, Augusta, in 1943 and Gem City Business College in Quincy.

She worked as a teller for Augusta State Bank and Marine Bank in Carthage.  She also worked at Globe Products, in the library of Western Illinois University both in Macomb and as a teacher’s assistant at Brown County High School.  She was active with the family farm raising registered Angus cattle, through the Black Gem Angus Farm and as President of Colonel’s Pride Seed Company.
 
Lillian was an active member of the Camden United Methodist Church in Camden, where she was a faithful ticket taker at the church dinners and chaired the church board. She sang at many funerals.  She was active with the United Methodist Women.  She was a member of Be-Kik-A-Nin-Ee Chapter National Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a past regent of the chapter. She was an avid genealogist and devoted many hours helping people search their family tree.  She published several genealogical materials. For many years, she was the chairman of the Schuyler Jail Museum in Rushville.  She also served as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.  She was also a member of the Macomb Eastern Star. She enjoyed cooking.
 
She is survived by one son, Neil J. Hoover and wife Rhonda of Taylorville and one daughter, Cynthia Diane Rigsbee and husband David of Mendon, 4 grandchildren, Neil Jason Hoover, Justin Hoover and wife Venus, Karen Lee and husband Ben and Nancy Geissler and husband Mark, 4 great-grandchildren Marcus and Nathan Lee and Claire and Lee Geissler, sister-in-law Joan Woodworth several nieces and nephews and her beloved cat Garfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and an infant brother William Maurice Pierson.

Services will held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at the Camden United Methodist Church, with Dan Wise and Reverend George Bucks officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Horeb Cemetery, near Golden, Illinois.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Schuyler Jail Museum or Camden United Methodist Church.  You are invited to share your memories of Lillian, leave condolences and view her memorial video at www.woodfh.net. 

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Raymond Joseph Collingwood

Raymond Joseph Collingwood, 82, or Taylorville passed away at 9:15a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. He was born on December 8, 1936 in Taylorville, the son of Ray and Mary Collingwood. He married Dorothy Marie Faulhaber on July 23, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on August 3, 2015. Raymond retired from Commonwealth Edison where he worked as an instrument mechanic. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was devoted to caring for his family.

He is survived by his sons: Mike Collingwood (Mindy) of Taylorville and Doug Collingwood (Kathy) of Edinburg; daughter: Deborah Steele (Dave) of Springfield; and grandchildren: Tyler Collingwood (Kate), Allison Collingwood, and Ryan Collingwood (Ashley). He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Mr. Collingwood will be cremated, and a memorial mass will be held at 1p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. No visitation will be held.

Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society.

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

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

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Jerry Dean Williams

Jerry Dean Williams, 75, of Stonington, IL, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his residence.

Jerry was born May 24, 1943 in Grayville, IL, the son of Royal and Viola Marie (VanSchoyck) Williams. He married Linda Lou Majors on June 9, 1962 in Calvin, IL.

Jerry worked for Firestone in Decatur for many years, and then went on to drive semi-trucks for Go Forth Trucking, Triple A Farms Trucking Co., and then Byron & Robert Brown Trucking, from where he retired. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, mowing, tinkering on cars, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jerry was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Stonington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Michael Williams, Jr. and Sheldon Snyder; brothers, Paul, Donald, Vernon, and Gale Williams; and sisters, LaVeta Marse, Betty Sanders, and Wilma Ann Williams.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Linda Williams of Stonington, IL; children, Timothy Dean Williams of Stonington, IL, Kimberly Kay (Leroy) Snyder of Kenney, IL, Michael Todd (Jennifer) Williams, Sr., of Stonington, IL, Deborah Ann (Greg) Tungate of Lincoln, IL, and Crystal Diane (Kenny) Holt of Clinton, IL; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sisters, Gladene Seigle of Carmi, IL, and Reba Jo (John) Guinn of Crossville, IL; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Williams of Crossville, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be accorded, and no public services will be held.

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

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

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Melvin Duane Gregg


Melvin Duane Gregg, 76, of Cowden, Illinois passed away at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois with his family by his side.  

Melvin was born November 17, 1942, in Cowden, the son of Lester and Eileen (Miller) Gregg.  He was a 1960 graduate of Cowden High School and a veteran of the United States Airforce.  Melvin and Wanda Litz were united in marriage on September 3, 1965 and celebrated 53 joyous years together.  He was retired from Caterpillar and he also farmed in the Cowden area for many years.  Melvin was a Past Master of Oconee Masonic Lodge #392, Greenland Masonic Lodge #665 of Beecher City and Clover Leaf Masonic Lodge #990 of Herrick.  He was a plural member of Altamont Masonic Lodge #533 and was raised in the Joppa Masonic Lodge #706 of Cowden.  Melvin was a Past District Deputy Grand Master, a Certified Lodge Instructor and 32nd Degree Mason.  He was a 37-year member of the Masonic Fraternity.  Melvin was an avid tractor pulling enthusiast, enjoyed traveling the back-country roads taking in the countryside, eagle watching and eating fish on the Mississippi river.  

Surviving are his lovely wife, Wanda of Cowden; children:  Cindy (Clint) Hovde of Eden Prairie, MN and Darrin Gregg of Clarksville, TN; grandchildren:  Jessica Hovde of Eden Prairie, MN and Alexander Gregg of Clarksville, TN; sister, Shirley (David) Hall of Cowden; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law:  Rosalee Kaiser of Pana, Janice (Jim) Trosper of Pana, Christina (Ron) Morris of Nokomis, Connie Litz of Arcola, Dennis Litz of Shelbyville and Gail (Lawrence) Beck of Urbana and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden with Reverend Darrell Hinkle officiating.  Burial will take place in Bob Doan Cemetery in rural Beecher City with military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard.  Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden.  Masonic rites will be held at 7:30 p.m. by the Greenland Masonic Lodge #665 of Beecher City.  Memorials may be made in Melvin’s name to the American Cancer Association, American Heart Association or the Shriners Hospital for Children.  

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Melvin’s honor at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.


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Donald Robert Hurelbrink

Donald Robert Hurelbrink, 78 of Edinburg passed away at 7:41p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in his home.  He was born on July 5, 1940 in Taylorville, the son of Arthur and Cleta (Chandler) Hurelbrink.  He married Margaret “Peggy” Thomas on May 25, 1963 in Taylorville and was a follower of the Lutheran faith.  Mr. Hurelbrink retired from Peabody Mine #10 after 29 years of work.  Before he worked in the mine, he became a trained master carpenter, a trade he continued following his retirement from mining.  He was extremely talented craftsman, skilled in all aspects of carpentry.  Donald was a fan of all sports, especially NASCAR.  

He is survived by his wife: Peggy Hurelbrink of Edinburg; daughter: Anna Hurelbrink-Nick of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren: Katie Nick and James R. Tousignant; brothers: Mel Hurelbrink (Sandy) of Edinburg, Paul Hurelbrink (Sue) of Mt. Auburn and Richard Hurelbrink (Amy) of Colorado.  He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson: Matthew Nick.

Mr. Hurelbrink will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be planned at a later date on the family farm in rural Edinburg.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Donald, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Joseph "Joe" L. Pellinghelli

Mr. Joseph “Joe” L. Pellinghelli, 57, of Kincaid, IL passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

He was born in Springfield, IL March 13, 1961 the son of Giuseppe “Joe” and Florence (Mose) Pellinghelli, Sr.

He married Lucia Lancaster November 10, 1990 in Taylorville, IL.

Joe attended Lanphier High School, Springfield, IL while working at St. John’s Coffee Shop. He moved with his family to Tovey, IL in 1980 and worked at the Italian Store J & M Grocery owned by his father and step mother, where he met his wife Lucia. He and Lucia dated for 10 years before they married. Joe worked at the Kincaid IGA in the 80’s and worked at Cardinal Products for several years. He owned and operated the DJ service “Spectrum” for many years with his helper Marvin Kemmerling, Jr. Joe worked for Bunn-O-Matic from 1997 to the present. He had a great love for camping with his family and was an avid mushroom hunter on their land at Lake Shelbyville. He took great pride in his brush clearing job on that land with the help of his children and his best friend Kent Rule.

Surviving are his wife Lucia Pellinghelli daughter Paige Ann Pellinghelli and son Joel Don Pellinghelli all of Kincaid, IL his mother Florence and her husband Glen Fox of Texas, step mother Martha Pellinghelli of Tovey, IL 3 sisters Maryanna Pellinghelli and Tiffany Brooks both of Tovey, IL Pam Beitel of Pawnee, IL 2 brothers John and Jim Pellinghelli both of Texas along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Jeff Pellinghelli and his father Giuseppe “Joe” Pellinghelli Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Monday, February 4, 2019 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, IL. Burial will follow near Lake Shelbyville at Wright Cemetery, rural Findlay, IL. Visitation for Mr. Joseph “Joe” L. Pellinghelli, Jr. will be held from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid on Monday.

Memorials may be made to Lucia and will be designated at a later date.

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