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John M. "Jack" Conrath

John M. “Jack” Conrath, 84 of Kincaid passed away Wednesday, August 5th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Conrath was born on July 15, 1936 to Joseph and Jennie “Eleanor” (Hatfield) Conrath in Bulpitt, IL.  He married Mary F. Forsythe on December 31, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church in Taylorville, IL.
Jack started his work career working for the F.B.I.  He later worked for IBM from which he retired and then went to work for the State of Illinois from which he also retired.  He was a drummer and singer in bands including “5 Jokers”, “Steve Walko Trio”, and “Los Medicos Locos”.
Mr. Conrath was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kincaid and was very active member at St. Rita Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife Mary of Kincaid, a son Rick Conrath and his wife Barbara of Lombard, IL, his daughters Michelle Brookens of Taylorville, IL  and Lisa Conrath-Bova husband Mark Bova of Geneva, IL, , grandchildren Kaitlin Brookens of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Jeffrey (Rachel) Brookens of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kevin Conrath and companion Kelsey Shinner of Denver, CO, Meagan Conrath of Detroit, MI, Hailey Bova and Logan Bova of Geneva, IL, and great-grandson Jackson Brookens of Cedar Rapids, IA, along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death his parents, one brother and three sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid, IL at 11 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020. Fr. Tony will officiate.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pawnee.  Visitation for Mr. John M. “Jack” Conrath will be held from 9:30 am to 11am at the Church.  Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Kincaid is honored to be entrusted with his care.
Jack wanted everyone to know:  “I Made It Home”  I just wanted to let you know I made it home.  Everything is so pretty here, so white, so fresh, so new.  I wish that you could close your eyes so you could see it too.  Please try not to be sad for me. Try to understand. God is taking care of me… I’m in the shelter of His hands.  Here there is no sadness, and no sorrow, and no pain.  Here there is no crying, and I’ll never hurt again.  Here it is so peaceful, when all the angels sing. I really have to go now… I’ve just got to try my wings.  PS… I’ll be the first face you see when you get here!  
Memorials in loving memory of Mr. John M. “Jack” Conrath are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place - Memphis, TN 38105
 

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Richard Black

Richard Earl Black, 70, of Taylorville, passed away at 9:10 a.m. on August 5, 2020, at his home. Rich was born April 12, 1950, in Taylorville. He was a 1968 graduate of Taylorville High School. He married Suzi Denning of Taylorville on June 27, 1974. They later divorced. Rich was a proud Army veteran who served in Vietnam and he was a longtime employee of Illinois Consolidated. Rich’s favorite pastimes were fishing with his buddies at Lake Taylorville and cheering on his beloved baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He very much enjoyed his weekly poker game; completing woodworking projects in his garage; and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandsons. He was a friend to many, and his humor will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his children Jeffrey Black of St. Louis, MO, and Christopher (wife, Theresa) Black of Peoria, IL; grandchildren Sam and Hayden Black and Shane Black; brother Don Black of Taylorville; sister Carol (husband, Joe) Stepping of Stonington, IL; and several nieces and a nephew. Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Carol (Molly) Griffin and Leslie Black; his brother, Jim Black; and his niece, Leslie Jo Black.
Cremation will be accorded, and a graveside ceremony will be held on August 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
The family has entrusted Sutton Memorial Home, 327 N. Clay St., Taylorville, IL 62568 with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Bobbie Powell

Bobbie Powell, 83 of Rochester passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:20 a.m. at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 3, 1937 in Shreveport, LA the Son of Alvin Jackson and Ruby Jewell (Bamburg) Powell. He married Ruth Ann Kohl on June 14, 1958 in Des Plains, IL. Bobbie worked as a Union Carpenter for the Bloomington and Chicago Area Unions for 35 years. He was a member of the Blueville Masonic Lodge #647 AF& AM, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, IL, Christian County Shrine Club and the Scottish Rite. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, be on his farm and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his Wife: Ruth Ann Powell of Rochester, IL; Daughter: Belinda (Jack) Hafliger of Edinburg, IL; Grandchildren: Jaclyn (Kyle) Owens of Taylorville, IL; Samantha and Sabrina Hafliger both of Edinburg, IL; Great-Granddaughter: Kilyn Owens of Taylorville; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents: Alvin (Ruby) Powell and his siblings: Alvin “Red” Powell, Alva Rue Galloway.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10:00-12:00 Noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Masonic Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon. The Funeral Service will follow the Masonic Services starting at approximately 12:15 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Caleb McGregor officiating. Burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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James "Keith" Morgan

James “Keith” Morgan, 68, of Taylorville, passed away at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at his residence.
Keith was born February 5, 1952 in Vandalia, the son of Charles Herbert and Betty Mae (Lockart) Morgan.  He married Diane Crowder on December 5, 1971 in Taylorville.


Keith proudly served our country in the United States Army during Vietnam.  After his honorable discharge, he worked for Ziegler Coal Company until his retirement.  He then worked for Capital Redi-Mix for an additional 20 years.  Keith was a hard worker, and he took pride in everything he did. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, and any other outdoor activities that involved being around his family.  Keith was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini football and basketball fan. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; and his infant brother, Charles Morgan, Jr.


Keith is survived by his wife, Diane Morgan of Taylorville; sons, Jim (wife, Shannon) Morgan of Taylorville, and Kevin (wife, Caryn) Morgan of West Lafayette, IN; daughter, Bobbie (husband, Bob) Fenno of Coulterville; grandchildren, A.J., Mercedez, Hunter, Ryan, Greg, and Drew; siblings, Sharon Scott, Charlie Morgan, Ivan Morgan, Mike Morgan, and Lenna Morgan; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville.  In keeping with CDC guidelines, only 50 guests at a time will be allowed to visit in the funeral home, and the wearing of masks is suggested.


Private family ceremonies will be held with Chaplain Abraham Mogerman officiating.


Memorial Contributions may be made to: Kindred Hospice, 2815 Old Jacksonville Road Suite 202, Springfield, IL 62704, or Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, 210 W. McKinley Ave. Suite 1, Decatur, IL 62526.


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

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Robert E. Fleming

Robert E. Fleming, 88, of Taylorville, passed away at 3:56 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020 at his residence.
Robert was born on May 15, 1932 in rural Christian County, the son of Steven Gatton and Gladys Fleming.  He married Shirley Absher on June 7, 1957 in Hebron, and she preceded him in death in 1984.  Robert then married Darlene Porter on June 20, 1987 in Taylorville, and she preceded him in death September 10, 2009.


Robert proudly served our country in the United States Navy.  He served in the Korean War as a gunner.  After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Robert worked many years at the Freeman Coal Company, where he retired.  He also farmed the family farm for the majority of his life. Robert was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, and he served as the Commander of the V.F.W. Post #4495 twice.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals fan, and he enjoyed carpentry and gardening.  Most of all, Robert enjoyed the time that he spent with his family.


He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Gerald and Edward Fleming.


Robert is survived by his sons, Robert J. Fleming of Tovey, Jeffrey A. (wife, Susan) Fleming of Taylorville, Todd M. (wife, Suzanne) Fleming of Cape Coral, FL, and David Jon (wife, Wendy) Fleming of Taylorville; grandchildren, Jenny, Megan, Kiley, Chelsea, Jackson, Emily, Braden, Kalene, Kourtni, and Shaun; great grandchildren, Cameron, Liam, Chazden, Oliver, Crew, and Connor; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved lap dog, Nick.


Private graveside ceremonies with military honors will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.


The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.

 

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

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Richard Prakel

Richard Dean Prakel, 53 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on December 5, 1966 in Clinton, IL the son of John Richard and Constance Kay (Clements) Wood. Richard worked as a roofer for Eric Allard roofing.
He is survived by his parents: Connie (Jim) Wood of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Alisa (Brandon) Noren and Brooke (Josh) McLeod both of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Lindsay, Kayden, Beckett and Bowen; Sisters: Julie (Mike) Boyd, Nicole (Derek) Snyder both of Indiana; Step-Sister: Jennifer (Andy) Petzold of Iowa; Step-Brother: Jeff (Stacey) Wood of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Father: John Prakel.
Richard will be cremated and there will be no services. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Sharon Follis

Sharon K. Follis, 75 of Owaneco, passed away at 12:28pm on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.  She was born on August 19, 1944 in Clay City, the daughter of Harold L. and Hazel M. (Ile) Hildebrand.  She married Bobby D. Follis on October 25, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona and he preceded her in death on November 27, 2007.  Sharon was an animal lover and had several gypsy horses over the years as well as her beloved dog Trivett.  She was a fan of country music and enjoyed live music performances.  
She is survived by her daughters: Lisa Caddell (William) and Machelle Rodabaugh.  
Sharon will be cremated, and no services will be held at this time.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Sharon, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Donna Peterson

Donna Jean Peterson, 84 of Mattoon, IL formerly of Edinburg, IL passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL. She was born on July 2, 1936 in Sullivan, IL the daughter of Carl and Bernadine (Kidwell) Weakley. She married John A. Peterson on September 2, 1988 and he preceded her in death on October 7, 2015. Donna worked as Regional Coordinator for the Heart Association, a Floral Designer and she was a member of Taylorville Christian Church. John and Donna enjoyed taking trios and cruises.
She is survived by her sister Joyce and brother in law Michael Edmonds, sons Jeffrey (Sherry) Beierman, Michael (Maureen) Beierman, Marshall Peterson and Reidd (Patti) Peterson. Several grandchildren and special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Bernadine and Carl Weakley, brother and sister in law: Lynn and Sally Weakley, son Robert Beiermann and husband John Peterson.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Camfield Cemetery in Sullivan, IL with Pastor James Jones Officiating.
Memorials may be made to Taylorville Christian Church 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568 and/or to the American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle Chicago, IL 60674-0001.  
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Travis Hunt

Travis Donald Hunt, 39 of Taylorville, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in his home.  He was born on July 26, 1981 in Taylorville, the son of Dennis D. and Kathleen M. (Murray) Hunt.  He married Melissa Kretzer on October 5, 2013 in Kincaid.  Travis attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduated from Taylorville High School, and attended Lincoln Land Community College.  He worked several jobs throughout his life including the Pawnee Food Center, Cowell Tree Service, Tullis Excavating and most recently Urban Rental Company.  Travis was known as a genuinely happy person who never knew a stranger.  He lived an active life, enjoying bowling, snow skiing, snowmobiling, riding his bike, playing cards, and even tried skydiving.  He loved to be outdoors, no matter if he was throwing bags or playing mud volleyball with his team the Cadillac Shirley’s.  For many years he co hosted the Hunt Mud Volleyball Tournament.  Travis was also artistic; he enjoyed painting and had a knack for turning junk into art.  He had a love for music; not only listening, but also playing.  He taught himself how to play the electric bass and enjoyed taking part in open-mic nights.  Traveling was another passion of Travis’s.  He spent time traveling all around the world including a backpacking trip through Europe.  Travis lived a life full of peace, love, and joy and will be dearly missed by his large family and countless friends.  
He is survived by his wife: Melissa Hunt of Taylorville; father: Dennis Hunt (companion Gloria McClard) of Stonington; siblings: Tom (Anita) Hunt of Taylorville, Kim (Frank) Herkert of Morrisonville, Tim (Kristin) Hunt of Taylorville, Tyler (Betsy) of Edinburg, Todd Hunt of Owaneco, and Kristin (Jeremy) Stanton of Taylorville; mother and father-in-law: Sue and Patrick Kretzer of Taylorville; brother-in-law: Eric (Nicole) Kretzer of Seattle, Washington; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his beloved Mastiff: Ringo .  He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents: William and Mary Murray and Steven and Evelyn Hunt; aunt: Carolyn Brusca; uncles: Jim Murray, Bob Sinnard, and Don Hunt.  
A visitation for Travis will be held from 4p.m. until 7p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  A service of remembrance will begin at 7p.m.  Due to the pandemic, only 50 visitors will be allowed in the building at a time and masks are encouraged as well as casual attire.  A private family graveside inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials may be left to St. Mary’s Catholic School or the Dinner Seasoned with Love organization.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Travis, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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James Anthony Graham Sr.

James Anthony Graham Sr., 74, of Taylorville passed away at 3:39am on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on December 1, 1945 in Tovey, the son of Bernard Joseph and Lorraine Rose (Basil) Graham.  He married Jennifer Alma Honea on August 10, 2002 in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on December 19, 2015.  James served as a heavy equipment operator in the US Airforce during the Vietnam era.  He worked as a manager at KFC for many years in both Springfield and St. Augustine, Florida and he also drove a school bus in Rockford.  He worked for Addis Home Healthcare before his retirement.  James enjoyed the beach and loved to cook, especially his homemade noodles.  
He is survived by his children: James A. Graham Jr. (Barbara Granada Piteiro) of Astor, Florida, Deanna Stanten (Aaron) of Floresville, Texas, and Melissa Wilkinson (John) of Palatka, Florida; brothers: John C. Graham (Cathy) of Rochelle, Thomas Graham (Sherry) of Welaka, Florida, Ronny Graham (Polly) of Griffin, North Carolina; sisters: Mary Ann Crosby of Crescent City, Florida and Cheryl Drnjevic of Jeisyville; half-brothers: Dale Carmichael (Roberta) of Homosassa Springs, Florida, Dwayne Carmichael of Crescent City, Florida, and Terry Lee Carmichael (Sheryl) of Taylorville; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; half-brothers: Rudy Bill Carmichael and Leslie Carmichael; stepfather Gordon Carmichael; and mother-in-law: Juanita Conyers.  
Mr. Graham will be cremated, and a graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating.  Military graveside rites will also be conducted.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of James, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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John William Johnson

John William Johnson, 70, of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at his residence.
John was born on March 12, 1950 in Hillsboro, the son of Charles “Chuck” and Lucia (Marley) Johnson.  He graduated from Nokomis High School, and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Air Force.  John worked for many years at Sangamon Paper Company.  He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis.  John was an avid fisherman, and he especially enjoyed fishing the pond at the family farm.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Jim, Robert “Babes”, and Roger “Onze” Johnson.
John is survived by his son, Jimmy (wife, Christine) Johnson of Seminole, FL; grandson, Benjamin; brother, Charles “Chaz” Johnson of Holiday, FL; the mother of his son, Sally Dickerson of Trilla; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Kettelkamp Cemetery in Nokomis.
The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Kenneth Ray Badman

Kenneth Ray Badman , 75, of Taylorville, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Ray was born July 12, 1945 in Moweaqua, the son of Leonard and Margaret “Maggie” (Stockon) Badman.  He married Barbara Shanks in 1967, and they later divorced.  Ray, then, married H. Dayle Nelson on December 9, 2007 in Lincoln.

Ray graduated from Morrisonville High School, and then proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps.  He served during Vietnam, and attained the rank of Corporal before his honorable discharge in 1968.  Once Ray was out of the service, he worked as a mechanic in California, and he coached little league while he was there.  Upon his return to Illinois, he and his father operated the Shell Station in Taylorville, until 1973.  Ray then worked as a long-haul truck driver for 47 years, and spent his later years as a bus driver for the Taylorville school district.  He had a famous sweet tooth, never enjoying too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup F5’s from Tastee Treet.  Ray enjoyed working on trucks in his spare time, but he enjoyed being a dad and grandpa the most.  He was a member of the Morrisonville United Methodist Church.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Darren Durbin; and brother-in-law, Cayle “Fuzz” Davis.

He is survived by his wife, H. Dayle Badman of Taylorville; children, Jeff (wife, Tara) Graham of Stonington, Lisa (husband, David) Durbin of Palmer, Kenny (wife, Jodie) Badman of Morrisonville, and Teri (husband, Phillip) Deal of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Tiffani, and Jaden Graham, Ashley Lowis, Corey (wife, Kalie) Badman, Mackenzie (husband, Justin) Drone, and Alex, Austin, Adam, and Alaina Deal; great grandchildren, Allison and Luke Lowis, and Lane Badman; brothers, Jimmy (wife, Sue) Badman, and Billy (wife, Nita) Badman, both of Palmer; sisters, Janet Davis of Palmer, Connie (husband, Tony) Cook of Pana, and Vickie (husband, Tom) Grundy of Morrisonville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville.  In keeping with CDC guidelines, only 50 guests at a time will be allowed to visit with the family, and the wearing of masks is suggested.

A private family funeral ceremony will be held, followed by interment with military honors at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Morrisonville-Palmer Fire Protection District, 205 SE 6th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or Bear Creek Community Club, PO Box 18, Palmer, IL 62556.  Donations of food may be made to the Palmer Community Building on Tuesday morning.

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

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Sharon Tarrant

Sharon Tarrant, 75 of Taylorville passed away at 9:34 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in her home.  She was born on November 5, 1944 in Taylorville, the daughter of Gerald and Mildred (Sparks) Hartel.  She married Archibald Tarrant on September 5, 1964 in Grove City and Archie preceded her in death on December 5, 2000.  She graduated from Sangamon State University with a degree in accounting.  Sharon retired after working many years for Christian County.  She was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church , BPW, and the Red Hat Society.  Sharon enjoyed taking part in chili cooking competitions for several years.  Traveling, especially spending time in Gulf Shores during the winter, was a joy in her life.  More than anything she loved her family and many dear friends.  
She is survived by her daughters: Tanya Holze of Poplar Grove and Erica Tarrant-Wilson (Daniel) of Hillsboro; grandchildren: Devon Holze, Phoebe Wilson, and Brandon Holze; siblings: Jerry Hartel (Carol) of Paris, Missouri, Marilyn Milewski of Chicago, and Jane McIntyre of Springfield; nieces and nephews:  Brian Traughber, Cydney Hartel, Jill Hartel, Penny Milslagle, Brooke Morris, Tiana Cooper, Daisy Richards, and Antonio Freemon; and several great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.  
A memorial service for Sharon will take place at 11am on Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Taylorville First United Methodist Church with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10am until 11am at the church.  Inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Due to the pandemic, all attendees are asked to wear a mask and follow all health guidelines.  Memorials may be left to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Sharon, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Knox Michael Bradly Gatons

Knox Michael Bradly Gatons, 18 Months old of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:02 a.m. at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born on January 24, 2019 in Springfield, IL the son of Chase Gatons and Alexis Black.

He is survived by his Parents: Chase Gatons and Alexis Black of Taylorville; Maternal Grandparents: Brian (Carrie) Burge of Taylorville and Tysha Wells of Taylorville, IL; Paternal Grandparents: John (Carmen) Nation of Stonington, IL, Rich (Crystal) Gatons of Taylorville, IL; Maternal Great-Grandparents: Rick (Debbie) Burge of Nokomis, IL and Lana Loomis of Taylorville, IL; Paternal Great-Grandparents: Ann (Bob) Nation of Stonington, Jeff Mendenall of Stonington, IL, Beth Lahr of Taylorville, IL, Jerry Gatons of Taylorville, IL and Debbie Sassatelli of Taylorville, IL; Aunts and Uncles: Taylor Black, Halle Burge, Lucas Burge, Brandon Black, Hallie Nation, Hunter Gatons and Keyda Liberty. He was preceded in death by his Grandpa: Bradly Black, Great-Grandma: Pat Black, Great-Grandpas: Donnie Nation and Dave Myers; Great-Great-Grandpa: Jack Mendenall, Great-Great Grandma: Francis Frost.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Mike Profeta officiating. Inurnment will be in Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore, IL at a later date. Due to COVID-19 and the CDC recommendations we will only be able to allow 50 people in the funeral home at a time. For those in attendance please try to practice social distancing.

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

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Madge L. (Geiling) Perkinson

Madge L. (Geiling) Perkinson, 94, of Taylorville, passed away at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Taylorville.

 

Madge was born August 29, 1925 in Brocton, the daughter of Roy and Oceola (Cash) Geiling.  She married Eugene “Perk” Perkinson on July 11, 1942 in St. Charles, MO.  He preceded her in death on January 4, 2013.

 

Madge was a homemaker, and she assisted Perk with their family business, Perky Transit.  She was a devoted and active member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, where she was a past-member of the Methodist Women and active in Sunday School.  In her younger years, Madge enjoyed bowling in the local leagues, flower gardening, and helping Perk with the bus business and everyday duties.  Later in life, she loved attending exercise classes at the Senior Citizens Center.  Madge was also an avid animal lover, taking in many strays and nursing them back to health.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Wanda Hill; brothers, Leroy and Marion Geiling; and sons-in-law, Ronald Molohon and Joe Rodden. 

 

Madge is survived by her daughters, Dianna Molohon and Judith “Judy” Rodden, both of Taylorville; grandchildren, Brad (wife, Carrie) Molohon, Beth Peters, and Vikki Rodden, all of Taylorville; 5 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two special caregivers, Bonnie Collingwood and Tammy Morgason Fixsal.

 

Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Walnut Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

 

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568 with ceremonies.

 

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

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John M. McClure

John M. McClure, 84, formerly of Taylorville, passed away at 5:04 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.

 

John was born October 30, 1935 in Mt. Vernon, the son of William Leuty and Laura M. (Beishline) McClure.  He married Nancy Everingham on August 3, 1958 in Fort Madison, IA, and they later divorced.  She survives him of Taylorville.

John graduated from Taylorville High School, and furthered his education at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.  He then proudly served our country in the United States Army, where he was stationed in South Korea.  After his time in the service, John owned and operated McClure-Halberg Insurance and Real Estate until his retirement in 2000.  He was a devoted member of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club, and in 2019 he was honored by the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District with the “Amador Award” for his many years of service.  John was also a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church, Christian County Shrine Club, and the Taylorville Masonic Lodge #122.  In his youth he enjoyed piloting airplanes, and in his later years boating and spending time at his lake lot.

 

John is survived by his children, Dr. J. Miles McClure II of Saginaw, MI, Casey (wife, Toni) McClure of Taylorville, and Lynn (husband, Ron) Fleming of Taylorville; grandchildren, Abbey McClure, Carey McClure, Elizabeth McClure, and Jack McClure, all of Ohio, Adam (wife, Brittani) McClure of Taylorville, Alexander McClure of Florissant, MO, Alexis McClure of Taylorville, Carly Fleming of Kirkwood, MO, and Heath Fleming of Taylorville; great grandson, Ryen McClure; sister-in-law, Sheary McClure of Lincoln; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, William L. McClure.

 

Private family ceremonies with military honors will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Taylorville Kiwanis Club, PO Box 53, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568 with ceremonies.

 

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

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Geraldine McKinney

Geraldine McKinney, 96 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:00 a.m. at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on July 4, 1924 in Mt. Vernon, IL the daughter of Ed and Louise Heil. She married Wayne L. McKinney on September 10, 1949 in the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville, IL. Geraldine was a homemaker, she loved to Cook and she especially loved her family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville.
She is survived by her son: Wayne McKinney of Springfield, IL; daughter: Karen McKinney of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren: Mark (Jody) Anderson of Waverly, IL; Heather Digiovanna of Springfield, IL; great-grandchildren: Rachel and Brandon Dempsey, McKenna Anderson, Noah Anderson, Blayton Anderson, Callie Anderson, Remmi Anderson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and her brothers: Wallace Heil and Chuck Heil.  
Private graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev. Tom Belegante officiating.
Memorials may be made to Quad County Hospice 1 Huber St. Pana, IL 62557.  
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Wileen "Sue" (Skinner) Hendricks

Wileen “Sue” (Skinner) Hendricks, 66, of Taylorville, passed away at 2:00 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020 at her residence.


Sue was born July 10, 1954 in Taylorville, the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Oller) Skinner.  She worked for many years as a CNA, and taking care of people was what she did best.  Family meant everything to Sue.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morrisonville, and a member of Royal Neighbors of America.  Sue was an avid reader, especially of her favorite book, The Bible.


She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ruby Helms, Alberta Delahunt, Violet Woodkirk, Betty Skinner, and Brenda Skinner; and brothers, Melvin “Bill”, Earl, Sherman, and Clifford Skinner.


Sue is survived by her son, Terry Skinner of Hobart, WA; daughter, April (husband, Jean) Abboud of Taylorville; grandchildren, Zackarayah, David, Aubrey, Destiny, and Brandon; 1 great grandchild; siblings, Larry Skinner of Blue Mound, Sheila Skinner of Taylorville, James (wife, Marilyn) Skinner of Morrisonville, Mary (husband, Claude) Grandfield of Blue Mound, Donald (wife, Brenda) Skinner of Harvel, and Clarissa (husband, William) Hirtman of Decatur; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Morrisonville, 209 School Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.


Interment will follow the ceremony at Harpers Ferry Cemetery in Palmer.


Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 4215 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108


The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with ceremonies.


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

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Janet Marie Tarrant

Janet Marie Tarrant, 64, of Mt. Auburn, passed away at 12:02 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Prairie Creek Village in Decatur.

 

Janet was born February 22, 1956 in Jacksonville, the daughter of Melvin and Fern (Stephens) Alexander.  She worked for many years providing in-home healthcare to senior citizens.  Janet also worked for HD Smith in Springfield, as well as for Moffitt Funeral Home in Morrisonville as a receptionist.  She was a member of the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ, and she volunteered for many years at the Morrisonville-Palmer Food Pantry.  Janet loved playing BINGO with her friends, and she enjoyed yard sales, mushroom hunting, picking berries, and vegetable gardening.  Most of all, she enjoyed being a mother and grandmother.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jarod A. Tarrant; and son-in-law, Tommy Wiseman.

Janet is survived by her children, Christina Wiseman of Palmer, JayR Tarrant of Morrisonville, and Jonathan (Elise Fryman) Tarrant of Mt. Auburn; grandchildren, Kelly (Michael) Hadley, Matthew Tarrant, Alissa Sharp, Jayson Tarrant, Lucus Tarrant, Bailee Rigney, Mason Tarrant, Trenton Tarrant, Alexander Tarrant, Damien Tarrant, Andrew Tarrant, Sara Fryman, Emma Fryman, and Grayson Fryman; sister, Thelma “Jeannie” (Roland) Richards of Chandlerville; sister-in-heart, Kathy Garmon of Taylorville; special nieces, Jenny Garmon and Kimberley (Jesse) Adrian; and friend and ex-husband, Harry Horrer.

 

Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville.  In keeping with CDC guidelines, only 50 guests at a time will be allowed to visit with the family.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.

 

Interment will follow the ceremony at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Morrisonville-Palmer Food Pantry, or Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry, or Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois.  Donations of food may be brought to the Palmer Community Building on Thursday morning.

 

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

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Harriet Faye Bonn

Harriet Faye Bonn, 95 of Mt. Auburn passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:35 a.m. at Moweaqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Moweaqua, IL. She was born on December 2, 1924 in Mosquito TWP in Christian County, IL the daughter of Robert H. and Gladys (Greer) Hobbs. She married Raymond Arthur Bonn and he preceded her in death. Harriet was a member of the Birthday Club of Blue Mound and the Stonington American Legion. 


She is survived by her Son: Danny Ray Bonn of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Marsha Kay (Carl) Parry of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Pamela Jett, Michelle Buhle, Philip Palmer, Jon Palmer, Jason Parry, Sarah VanOstran, Annie Halsema, Ashley Ahrens and Kelly Coen; Great-Grandchildren: Alex, Abby, Aiden, Carter and Madelyn Parry; Christen and Tayea Henderson; Jennifer, Cheyene Palmer, Amelia and Natalie Buhle; Ashley Keeling, Samantha Mink, Amanda Bratcher, Gina Palmer, Tara Sehi, Mary, Lilly, Dealan and Ciara Aherns; Riayn and Jude Helsema; Ahria and Jacob Coen; Jade Babbit, Trey VanOstran; Many Great-Great Grandchildren; Sister: Julia Stuart of Grove City, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters: Roberta Thomas and Mildred Crain. 
Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL with Pastor Greg Mathias officiating.


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

 

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

 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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DeLilah K. Varner

DeLilah K Varner, 78, of Macon, IL passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at her daughters’ residence in Edinburg, IL. She was born on June 17, 1942 in Lodge, IL the Daughter of Robert and Wanda (Parker) Helm. She married Roger Varner in April of 1985.
She is survived by her husband: Roger Varner, two daughters and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Keller Cemetery in Lovington, IL with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Donald Joseph Moutrey

Donald Joseph Moutrey, 73, of Keller, Texas (formerly of Taylorville, Illinois), passed away July 11, 2020, with his loving wife by his side. He fought a courageous battle with cancer since 2017. He was born on February 6, 1947, in Taylorville, Illinois, the son of William and Alice (Purkes) Moutrey. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda, on March 1, 1970. They celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. Don graduated from Taylorville High School in 1965. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and served in Vietnam. He was a 50-year member of the Taylorville VFW. He was employed by Freeman United Coal Company for 14 years and retired from Pillsbury/Cargill after 25 years. During his career with Cargill, he was the Maintenance Director in Illinois, Virginia, and Texas. At work and at home, Don always loved a project and nothing was ever too big to tackle. Don was a quiet and unassuming man, who loved his family with all of his heart. He was a dedicated NASCAR, Dallas Cowboys, and Dallas Mavericks fan. And, he never missed an opportunity to purchase his weekly Lottery ticket.

Don is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Paula (Howard) Brown, and Lindsay Moutrey; brother, Ted (Colleen) Moutrey; brothers-in-law, Steve (Angie) Kocurek, Paul (Judy) Kocurek; nieces and nephews, Angela (Pam) Duncan, Todd (Gina) Moutrey, Melissa (Andy) Kerr, Kelli Kocurek, Shanon (Valerie) Kocurek, Charlee Kocurek, Kyle (Jessica) Kocurek. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; in-laws Paul and Gloria Kocurek; and nephew baby Stephen Kocurek.

Due to COVID-19, a graveside service with military rites will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating the services. Friends and family are welcome.

Memorials may be made in memory of Don to the Taylorville VFW Post #4495 515 W. North St Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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Mae Belle Christian

Mae Belle Christian, 88, of Pana passed away on Saturday, July 11th 2020 at 6:15 p.m. in her home.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Greenwood Cemetery, Assumption, IL. Memorials may be made to the organization of your choice.
Mae Belle was born on December 14, 1931 in Langleyville, Illinois, the daughter of William Arthur and Mary Elizabeth (Condor) Phillips. Mae Belle married Leland Christian on April 7th, 1947 in Taylorville, Illinois and he preceded her in death on June 9, 1996. Mae Belle worked as a nurses aid at Pana Community Hospital for 28 years. Mae Belle loved to play bingo.
Mae Belle is survived by her daughters: Patricia Presnell of Pana, IL and Linda (Shawn) Durbin of Vero Beach, Florida. Grandchildren: Dede (Mike) Pollard, Timothy (Jennifer) Christer, Kevin (Jamie) Christer, Samantha Mounts, Alicia (Cody) Mounts all of Pana, IL and Dennis Elmore of Coco Beach, Florida. 17 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Mae Belle was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers: Laverne, Eugene, John and Bernard Phillips, Leo and Jim Thomas. Sisters: Ruby Kalka and Pearl Moomey. Also by her beloved Jake.
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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Richard Sutton

Richard Sutton, 68 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 7:04 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on January 22, 1952 in Taylorville, IL the son of Harold and Phyllis (Schaefer) Sutton. He married Tammie Smith on December 30, 1982 in Taylorville, IL. Rick was a retired police officer from the Taylorville Police Department. He served as Police Chief for Nokomis and Morrisonville Police Departments. Rick also worked as a part time officer for Edinburg and Harvel Police Departments and served as Deputy Coroner for the Christian County Coroner’s office for 13 years. He was a member of the Pawnee Masonic Lodge # 675 AF & AM, The Police Benevolent Association, and VFW Post #4495 in Taylorville.
He is survived by his Wife: Tammie Sutton of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Ashley (Mike) Kerney of Dade City, FL; Grandchildren: Rian and Jacob Kerney; Sisters: Pam Holder of Tucson, AZ; Trish Haines of Tucson, AZ; Step-Mother: Rosalie Magos of Taylorville, IL; Mother-in-Law: Mary Porter of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.  
It was Rick’s wishes to be cremated and services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Wishes of the Family C/O: Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568.  
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Larry L. Uhrick

Larry L. Uhrick, 79, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Larry was born July 2, 1941 in Hartford City, IN, the son of Harry and Pearl (Ludwig) Uhrick.  He married Mary Ellen Oller on July 4, 1980.  Larry proudly served our country in the United States Army, and then worked for Bunn-O-Matic in Springfield for many years.  He was a past-member of the Moose Lodge #1516, and he was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #4495.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Sanders; brother, Orla Uhrick; step-sons, David, J.R., and Danny Smith, and Timothy and Tony Beeson; and step-daughters, Monica Hughes, and Kelly Jo Beeson.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Uhrick of Taylorville; step-sons, Edward (wife, Pam) Smith of Killeen, TX, and Mark Beeson of Taylorville; step-daughters, Denise Beeson of Longview, TX, and Nina Worker of Pana, IL; 13 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and brother, Charles (wife, Deloris) Uhrick of Port Richey, FL.

Private family burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568 with ceremonies.

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

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