Obits Archives for 2019-06

John Walter Bogan, Jr.

John Walter Bogan, Jr., 79 of Taylorville, IL, was called home to our Lord’s heavenly angel band at 5:55 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Heritage Health in Springfield, IL.


John was born December 13, 1939 in Springfield, IL, the son of John Ludwig and Catherine Louise (Pekol) Bogan, Sr. Both of his parents were accomplished musicians. John Sr., a concert violinist and maker of violins and violas, taught at the Springfield College of Music and gave private lessons as well. Catherine was a concert pianist and also gave private lessons in their home. John Walter was likewise a gifted and an accomplished musician, trained as a classical accordionist and pianist. He showcased his accordion skills playing in his band, “The Five Keynotes”, for many years. He played the accordion and piano daily. Everyone enjoyed his playing, especially his pieces by Liszt on the grand piano. John enjoyed many genres of music, but his favorite composers were Liszt, Beethoven and Mozart plus the Polka King Frank Yankovic on accordion.


John Walter graduated from high school in Springfield, IL, then went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army, completing Advanced Individual Training in Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Regiment, Engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. John was stationed in Germany during the Berlin Crisis.  In Germany he was able to put his musical talents and knowledge of the German language to good use by accompanying his Colonel everywhere by jeep. Following his service, he enrolled in Springfield Computer College. He also worked for several siding companies in the Springfield area, and eventually retired from Griffiths Construction as a top-notch salesman.


He married Elizabeth Alice (Shehan) Minnis on April 4, 2002 in Springfield, IL. With Elizabeth’s many musical talents, including classical piano, they were a great match.  He enjoyed driving her to attend Classical Concerts at Millikin University and UIUC’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.  They especially enjoyed piano concerts by UIUC Professor Emeritus Ian Hobson. When not playing music, John enjoyed traveling with Elizabeth, including twice to South Dakota and extensively in Missouri plus many local excursions to go hiking and birdwatching with his many pairs of fine binoculars. John loved dogs and raised several Miniature Afghans. John also enjoyed telling good jokes, tinkering with electronics, dark room photography, and was a great model train aficionado. A final passion was his love of fast cars, and he was a highly skilled driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-son Kevin Charles Minnis.

John is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Alice Bogan of Taylorville, IL; step-daughters Dr. Denise DeNell Bader of Litchfield, IL and Sylvia Suzanne (husband, Eric) Minnis-Woebling of WI; and 5 step-grandchildren.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:30 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. Bereavement dinner to follow interment will be held back in Taylorville, IL at the First Presbyterian Church

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville, 116 E. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62569.

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Allen J. Mizeur

Allen Joseph “Zeke” Mizeur, 74 of Owaneco, died at 3:33 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Allen was born June 15, 1944 in Pana, the son of Raymond and Betty (Neel) Mizeur. He married Donna Hill on May 15, 1965 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pana, by Fr Bernard LaBonte. She survives.

Allen lived his entire life in Owaneco. He is a 1962 graduate of Taylorville High School.

Allen passed away peacefully with his wife of 54 years and his four beloved daughters at his side. He adored his loving wife and cherished the family they built together. Allen’s Catholic Religion was equally important in his life. He knew the balance between hard work, family and religion.

Allen and his twin brother Alvin were the oldest of twelve children. The children are all still very close, even in adulthood.

Allen was a strong advocate for giving back to those who were less fortunate. Allen will be remembered as a gentle giant who always had a smile on his face and thought of others before himself. He volunteered his time and resources to those in need. He was a farmer, factory worker, Township Road Commissioner, owned a trucking business and was a volunteer fireman in his community for 55 years.

Allen had a second love in his life which was drag racing. The family spent many a Saturday evening at the Assumption Raceway, running his 55 Chevy “Ole Blue’ down the quarter mile. Prior to the illness that took this extraordinary man from our presence, he had begun a project to restore “Ole Blue.” His dream was to have his daughters have the opportunity to share his love of the sport. Allen expressed his disappointment in not being able to fulfill this dream, but asked his daughters to do their best to carry on his dream.

Along with his wife, Allen is survived by his daughters: Christine Ann (Jeffrey) Yucaneer of Owaneco; Karen Lynn (Steve) Miller of Morrisonville; Mary Frances (Rick) Coy of Taylorville; Samantha Jo of Taylorville; grandchildren: Carey, Shane, Corey, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Alana, Miranda, Larson, Shelbi; seven great-grandchildren; siblings: Alvin (Janet) Mizeur of Owaneco; Rick (Kathy) Mizeur of Owaneco; Larry (Cathy) Mizeur of Owaneco; Dale (Doris) Mizeur of Blue Mound; Phillip (Karen) Mizeur of Oconee; Chuck (Bill) Mizeur of Springfield; Sandra Moma of Decatur; Mary (Kim) Petschow of Elgin; Patty Beck of Taylorville; Judy (Mike) Wilhour of Altamont; many nieces & nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many inherited family members.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law: Todd & Frances Hill; one brother: Paul Mizeur; nieces: Michelle Mizeur and Haley Wilhour; nephew: Johnny Cartee; and one brother-in-law: Bill “Boomer” Beck.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Interment will follow at Owaneco Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 4 – 7 p.m. also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers and food, the family requests donations please be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611 or the St. Mary’s School We Believe Campaign. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Mizeur family with arrangements. Memories of Allen, or condolences to his family, may be left online at


Kathryn Loretta Roth

Kathryn Loretta Roth, 90 of Stonington passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:05 a.m. at her home in Stonington, IL. She was born on October 28, 1928 in Moweaqua, IL the daughter of Fred and Bessie Murray. She married William John Roth on October 21, 1947 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, IL and he preceded her in death on April 6, 2014. Kathryn worked as a school teacher and she was a lifelong partner to her husband. She was a lifelong resident of Stonington, IL, she taught school in a one room school house east of town and she was active in the Holy Trinity Parish all of her life. Kathryn farmed with her husband and they were the owners and operators of Reel Manufacturing and Sales. In retirement they travelled extensively to enjoy their family.

She is survived by her Sons: Mark (Diana), Fred (Lori), Tim, Ted and Tony Roth; Grandchildren: Keely (Traves), Ryan (Danielle), Connor (Keri), Zachary, Gregory (Valerie), Karen (Heidi), Emily, Joseph, Stephen, Delaney, Daniel, and Christian; Great-Grandchildren: Everett, Griffin, Owen and Quinn; Sister: Margaret Pieper; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband, Brothers: Wayne, Leo, Jim, and Francis.   

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, IL. Funeral Mass will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. 

Memorials may be made to the Alter and Rosary Society at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 308 N Pine St, Stonington, IL 62567. 

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

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