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Joyce Earline Ballion

Joyce Earline Ballion, 88, of Mt. Auburn passed away at 6:27p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Mill Creek Care Center in Springfield.  She was born on March 5, 1931 in Mt. Auburn, the daughter of Earl and Helen (Watts) Scholes.  She married Turenne Victor “Sonny” Ballion on November 19, 1954 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on August 22, 2005.  Joyce graduated as Valedictorian in 1948 from Mt. Auburn High School and went on to attend Millikin University.  She worked many jobs throughout the years including secretary for Hershey-Bliss Law Office in Taylorville, Gene Kennedy Construction, and the Illinois Veterans Commission.  She served as bookkeeper for Christian County States Attorney, Alvin T. Durr.  While all her jobs were important to her, none were as meaningful as farming alongside her husband.  Joyce had a passion for farming and had a part in every aspect.  From doing field work, to walking beans, to helping birth cattle, she loved every aspect of farming.  She attended the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ where she was proud to be one of the oldest members.  Joyce was a 60-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mt. Auburn.  She and Sonny enjoyed their many trips to Las Vegas and the gambling boats throughout the years.  She enjoyed playing cards and Bunco and tending to her flower garden.  Joyce was known for the large number of chicken figurines that she collected over the years.  

 

She is survived by her children: Alan Reeter (Becky) of Mt. Auburn and Jan Hartwig (Tom) of Niantic; grandchildren: Kris Reeter of Seattle, Washington, Samantha Becker (Chad) of Batavia, and Sabrina Hartwig of Chicago; and sister: Marcia Montgomery of Mt. Auburn.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter: Vicky S. Ballion; and brother: Chuck Scholes.

 

Mrs. Ballion will be cremated, and a memorial service will take place at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Melissa Ebken officiating.  Visitation will take place from 10:00a.m. until the time of the service.  Following the service, inurnment will take place in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to the Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry in Mt. Auburn.  

 

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

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Brenda S. Jones

Miss Brenda S. Jones, 75, of White Hall, IL formerly of Bulpitt, IL passed from this life Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at white Hall Nursing & Rehab Center.


She was born in Taylorville, IL Thursday, July 20, 1944 the daughter of Cledis E. and Opal Rexine (Austin) Jones, Sr.  She grew up in the Midland area attending Kincaid Schools.


Brenda first worked as a cook at The Frisina Hotel and later cooked at the Starlight in Kincaid.  She sold Avon and last worked in home health care.


Surviving are 3 sisters Julitta (Keith) Wingo of White Hall, IL Renee (Alan) Burchi and Rhonda Jones all of Kincaid, IL 2 brothers Cledis Jones, Jr. of Riverton, IL and Robert (Pamela) Jones of Morrisonville, IL along with several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers Larry Ray Jones and Russell “Rebel” Jones.


As per Brenda’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  Graveside services will be announced at a later date, to be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Taylorville, IL.  Masterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kincaid is honored to be entrusted with her care.  Condolences may be left at www.mastersonfh.com which will be printed out and given to her family. 

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Teressa Mae Rench

Teressa Mae Rench, 50 of Pana, IL passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:50 a.m. at her residence in Pana, IL. She was born on July 24, 1969 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Robert G. & Phyllis Marie (McKinney)Vaughn.  She married Larry Rench on December 16, 2006 in Pana, IL. Teressa was an LPN and a member of Christ’s Tabernacle and Nokomis Sportsmen’s Club. She enjoyed her family, cooking and camping and she was a lifelong hard worker and was always willing to help out anyone in need. 


Teressa is survived by her husband; Larry Rench of Pana, IL, sons; Brett Peters of Springfield, IL, Cody Rench of Pana, IL and Tyler Rench of Pana, IL, daughter; Traci(Nathan) Pollman of Assumption, IL, Grandchildren; Carson, Spencer & Ryker Peters, Taylen Caudle and Rhett Pollman, Brothers; Dennis(Kathi)Vaughn of Altamont, IL, Greg Vaughn of Herrick, IL, Rich Vaughn of Herrick, IL and Jim Vaughn of Pana, IL. Sisters; Dianna (Victor)Gulley of Clinton, IL and Tammie (friend Tyson McNeese) of Shelbyville, IL.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Bobby & Donnie, Sister-in-law; Betty Jean Vaughn and mother-in-law; Betty Rench


There will be no formal services but there will be a Celebration of Life on March 1, 2020 at Eye of the Tiger in Tower Hill, IL from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family. 


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

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Robert L. "Bob" Cummings

Mr. Robert L. “Bob” Cummings, 82, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life at 11:47 a.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2020 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, IL.
He was born in Palmer, IL Friday, May 7, 1937 the son of William and Anna (Gatewood) Cummings, Sr.  Mr. Cummings married Sandra E. Harriss on October 5, 1959 in Kincaid, IL and she preceded him in death May 21, 2010.
Robert retired from Peabody Mine #10 near Pawnee, and was a member of the U.M.W.A.  He enjoyed mining, carpentry, metal fabrication, Blue Grass Music, riding the rail cars at the mine, and he also worked intermittently as a Teamster driving trucks.  “Bob” as he was affectionately known by all around the Midland area especially enjoyed socializing with his friends at Bart’s.
Surviving are his daughter Jenny Lyn Wolfe of Tovey, IL 3 grandchildren Charles Phillip Wolfe, Jr. and his significant other Catrice Dowd of Wisconsin Dells, WI Laci L. (husband Tim) Watson of Taylorville, IL and Robert H. Wolfe of Morrisonville, IL 6 great grandchildren Ava Elizabeth, Roman, Ellen, Alva, Dakota and Charlie, 2 sisters Jean Pagliai of Kincaid, IL Carolyn (husband Harry) Summers of Coello, IL 1 brother Richard Cummings of IN, along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sandra, 4 sisters Grace Cornwell, Mary Ann Anderson, Shelby Behl, and Helen Booker along with 1 brother William Cummings, Jr.
Visitation for Mr. Robert “Bob” Cummings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 22 at Masterson’s in Kincaid.  Rev. Chad Foster will officiate.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.  Memorials in loving memory of Mr. Robert L. “Bob” Cummings are suggested to Midland Food Pantry c/o Midland United Methodist Church P.O. Box 530, Kincaid, IL 62540.  Masterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kincaid is honored to be entrusted with his care. 

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Jay A. Deem

Jay A. Deem, 99, died Thursday February 13, 2020 at 9:05 am in Taylorville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, Il. He was born December 23, 1920 in Alton, Il. 

 

Jay graduated from Alton High School and joined Owens Illinois Glass Co. He enlisted in the Navy with the start of WW2 and completed radio/radar training at Naval Training School, Treasure Island, there after joining the crew of the newly commissioned submarine USS Puffer. He served on all 8 war time patrols of the USS Puffer and received the silver star for his service. Following the war, he joined Illinois Bell Telephone Co. working there until his retirement. His hobbies included bicycling and amateur radio where he held an extra class license as W9GK. 

 

Jay was preceded in death by his wife Mary H. Deem (2008), his parents, and his brother, Clark.
Survivors include his two daughters, Jade Deem and Holly Deem; his two sons Jim Deem and Jake Deem; five grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren.

 

Cremation has already occurred. Jay will be receiving a military service at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a date to be determined. Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Jessica Carpenter

Jessica Carpenter, 31, of Murfreesboro, TN, formerly of Kincaid, IL passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:25p.m. at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN She was born on September 16, 1988 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Anton Golladay and Jerrilynn Waldrop-Carpenter.  She was a homemaker and loving mother, daughter, sister and niece. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.


Jessica is survived by her sons; Kaleb Magyer and Jamarius Malone both of Murfreesboro, TN, daughters; Kelsey Lilly, Karley Lilly and Kenzie Carpenter,  Parents; Anton Golladay of TN and Jerrilynn Waldrop-Carpenter of Murfreesboro, TN,  Aunts and Uncles; Wally and Tamie Martin of Kincaid, IL, Linda Carpenter of  Colorado, Grandmother: Francis Irvin of Murfreesboro, TN.,Brothers; Christopher Golladay of Pekin, IL, Ryan(Michelle) Golladay and Anton Golladay both of TN., and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her Great Grandmother; Lucy Porter and Step dad; Lanny Waldrop.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL.

 

Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Jerrilynn Waldrop-Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Buckhart, IL.


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

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Peggy Brun

Peggy Brun, 68 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11:18 p.m. in Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL. She was born on May 7, 1951 in Springfield, IL the daughter of David and Norma (Porter) Stone. She married Leslie Brun in 1991 in Taylorville, IL. Peggy was a cashier at Wal-Mart for over twenty-six years; she loved her family and enjoyed playing Scrabble and other board games with them, as well as taking occasional trips to the casino. 


She is survived by her husband: Leslie Brun of Taylorville, Daughters; Holly (Nate)Hapner of Taylorville and Melissa Hall also of Taylorville. Father; David Stone of Pana, IL, Four Grandchildren, brothers: Randy (Leann)Stone of Springfield, IL, David” Tom”Stone of Columbia, MO and Danny (Jessica)Stone of Mattoon, IL; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother and one brother.  

 

There will be no formal services but a Celebration of Life 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 Kay Pierce

Sharon Kay Pierce, 78, of Taylorville passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.


Sharon was born April 28, 1941 in Taylorville, the daughter of Herschel and Rose (Maquet) Schroyer.  She graduated from Stonington High School in 1959, and went on to work for Illinois Consolidated as an operator.  Sharon left Consolidated to stay home and raise her kids, and later went back to work for Sangamon Paper Company where she eventually retired.  


Sharon was a devout member of Davis Memorial Christian Church, always volunteering to help with anything the church needed.  She also volunteered her time as a Girl Scout troop leader, and for Kid’s Club.  Sharon enjoyed reading, baking, traveling anywhere with a beach, and spoiling her grandchildren as much as possible.


She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Ronald W. Schroyer.


Sharon is survived by her daughters, Lisa (husband, Gabe) Corey of Des Plaines, and Loretta (husband, Miguel) Bonilla of Statesville, NC; grandchildren, Gabriel (wife, Elisabeth), Alexander (fiancée, Kinga Purta), George, Woodrow, Alecia, Samuel, and Louis Corey; brother, Roger (wife, Linda) Schroyer of Taylorville; sister-in-law, Dorris Schroyer of Taylorville; nephew, Steven Shroyer; and nieces, Stephanie Stivers and Sarah Heberling.


Cremation will be provided prior ceremonies.


Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Pastor Bill Kerns officiating.


Inurnment will be held at a later date, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Memorial contributions may be made to: Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, or Taylorville Public Library, 121 W. Vine Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.


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

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Ernest D. "JR" Smith Jr.

Ernest D. “JR” Smith Jr., 65 of Effingham, passed away at 5:30p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020 in his residence.  He was born on December 26, 1954 in Taylorville, the son of Ernest D. Smith Sr. and Mary Ellen (Oller) Smith.  He married Ruth A. Hatley on December 30, 1987 in Edwardsville.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and worked in maintenance for the Bunn Corporation.  JR had a love for motorcycles, old trucks, and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed keeping busy with handyman projects.  He will always be known as a good-hearted man.  More than anything he loved his family, especially his grandsons.  

 

He is survived by his wife: Ruth A. Smith of Effingham; sons: Brian Hatley of Effingham, Andrew Smith of Shelbyville, and Gabe Meece of Florida; mother: Mary Ellen Uhrick of Taylorville; step-father: Larry Uhrick of Quincy; grandchildren: Austin Edward Hatley of Taylorville, Jayden Asher Smith of Shelbyville, and the grandson who is expected: Talon Daniel Smith; brother: Harold “Ed” Smith (Pam) of Killeen, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his father; brothers: David Smith and Daniel Smith; nephews: Colley Kane Smith and David Wayne Smith; and grandparents: Vivian and Frank Oller.

 

The funeral service for Mr. Smith will be held at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.  Visitation will take place from 10:00a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday.  Burial, with military graveside honors, will take place at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.  Memorials may be left to the Smith family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Ernest, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Richard F. Stout

Richard F. Stout, 93 of Taylorville, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6:20 a.m. at Heritage Health Care Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on January 3, 1927 in Bridgeton, MO the son of E. Cleve and Ethel Ray Stout. He married Marjorie Evans in 1958. Richard was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy, and was a life member of Mound Lodge #122 AF & AM in Taylorville, Springfield Consistory, life member of the Ansar Shrine, VFW Post #4495 for 72 years, Teamsters Union for 40 years and was an FAA Certified Weather Station Technician at the Taylorville Air Port for 10 years. He worked as a manager and projectionist with Frisina Amusement Co. for 40 years, was a photographer and worked at the Kennedy Redi-Mix plant. 


His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Richard E. Stout of Las Vegas, NV; Rebecca (late Ron) Adams of Girard, IL and Michael (Tracy) Stout of Springfield, IL. As well as grandchildren: Lauren (John) Thompson, Joseph Stout, Gerald (Kim) Stout, Jessica (Travis) Healey, Jordan Stout, Kaeleb Hutchison, Tara Hutchison, DeAnna (Zach) Kettelkamp, Dillon Adams, Demeri Adams and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Sgt. Cleve H. Stout U.S. Army Air Corp. killed in action in WWII and two sisters: Francis Stout and Edna L. Hamilton.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, IL. Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with Chaplain Gerald Stout officiating.


Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children 4400 Clayton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 or VFW Post #4495 515 N West Ave, Taylorville, IL 62568. 


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


Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com   

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David L. Lowis

David L. Lowis, 61, of Morrisonville, IL passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 10, 2020.
 
David was born September 16, 1958 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Howard “Squab” and Wanda (Dowdy) Lowis.  He attended Morrisonville Schools, and went on to work for the Crown 3 Mine in Farmersville for 20 years.  David also worked for Farmer’s Trucking in Jacksonville, BBT in Waverly, and Randy’s On-Site Big Truck Repair as a mechanic.  Currently he was employed Lowis & Sons Tree Service in Morrisonville.

 

David married Brenda Barker on September 23, 2010 in Taylorville.  He was strong, hardworking, and loved his grandchildren more than anything.  David loved hogging for catfish, mushroom hunting, and tinkering with mechanic work.  He was a longtime member of the United Mine Worker Association.

 

He was preceded in death by his father; and brother, Don Lowis.

 

David is survived by his wife, Brenda Lowis of Taylorville; mother, Wanda Lowis of Taylorville; children, Molly (Rustin) Williams of Shelbyville, Adam Lowis of Taylorville, John (Patty) Lowis of Morrisonville, Kaci (D.J.) DeVore of Taylorville, and Amy (Shane) Skebe of Springfield; grandchildren, Kristen Goodwin, Logan, Drake, and Myles Williams, Thomas, Ava, Allison, and Luke Lowis, Trevor Abbott, Gage McCallum, Jaylynn DeVore, and Gage Price; siblings, Danny (Sandy) Lowis of Waverly Hall, GA, Doris Melvin of Tovey, Dale (Mary) Lowis of Palmer, Bill (Mary) Lowis of Morrisonville, Jean (Dana) Overcash of Esmond, ND, Dick Lowis of Palmer, Gary (Tammy) Lowis of Taylorville, Steve Lowis of Palmer, Vern (Maureen Dowdy) Lowis of Taylorville, and Jim (Dawn) Cummins of Interlochen, MI; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

 

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.

 

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 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: The Family of David L. Lowis, c/o Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, PO Box 20, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

 

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

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Michael Allen Wasson

Michael Allen Wasson, 58 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 10:40 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. He was born on December 11, 1961 in Taylorville, IL the son of Ivan L. Wasson and Virginia “Carol” (Coy) Boone. Michael was a veteran of the United States Army where he served 8 years. He also worked at Walmart in Taylorville.


He is survived by his Mother: Virginia “Carol” Boone of Taylorville, Brothers: Robert Wasson of Litchfield, IL; Ronald G. Beesley Jr of Taylorville, IL; Kenneth Boone of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Sue (Tracey) Hunt of Taylorville, IL; Pamela Fanning of Edinburg, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Harold and Myrtle Coy and his dad: Ivan Wasson.  

 
Michael will be cremated and there will be a celebration of Life and Inurnment 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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Joseph R. O'Bryan

Joseph R. O’Bryan, 89, of Taylorville passed away at 6:50a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 30, 1930 in Taylorville, the son of David and Anna (Allen) O’Bryan.  He married Marilyn Ruth Spresser on February 11, 1956 in Beardstown.  Mr. O’Bryan was a Veteran of the U.S.  Marine Corps and retired from Peabody Mine #10 where he worked for many years.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knight of Columbus.  Joe enjoyed his time outdoors and was an avid fisherman.  He spent many days fishing for Salmon in the waters of Michigan where he and Marilyn enjoyed camping.  He enjoyed tending to his garden and growing roses.  Joe was known all across town for the large tree in the front of their home that he decorated every year with countless, colorful homemade Christmas ornaments.  More than anything he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  

 

He is survived by his wife: Marilyn of Taylorville; children: John O’Bryan (Stephanie), Mark O’Bryan (Wendy), and Loretta O’Bryan, all of Taylorville; grandchildren: Kelly Schmitz (Paul) of St. Louis, Trevor O’Bryan of Taylorville, and Chelsey O’Bryan of Springfield; great grandchildren: Kyle, Rafe, Dane, and Reid Schmitz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.

 

A funeral service for Joseph will take place at 1:00p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service at 1:00p.m.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials in Joseph’s honor may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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Brenda E. Beamer

Mrs. Brenda E. Beamer, 78, of Bulpitt, IL passed away at 12:20 pm Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.

She was born October 31, 1941 in Edwards, IL. She was the daughter of James H. and Leona A (Warren) Binegar. She married Elmer L. Beamer on December 6, 1958 in Taylorville, IL.

Brenda attended Kincaid High School and later went on to receive her GED. Brenda was a homemaker and served on the South Fork Sanitary District Board for 21 years and the Village Board of Bulpitt for many years. She enjoyed seeing and talking to her many customers at Taco Bell in Taylorville, IL where she worked for 19 years. Brenda loved going to her granddaughters sporting events. Brenda was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid where she was also a member of their Alter and Rosary Society.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years Mr. Elmer L. Beamer, 2 children Wendy M. Beal and James Bradley “Brad” Beamer all of Bulpitt, IL 2 granddaughters Brianna (Nick) Kessler of Granite City, IL and Jaclyn (Zach) Kunkler of Scott Air Force Base, Shiloh, IL 2 great grandchildren Emrie Kunkler and Ronan Kessler, a sister in law Ruthann Binegar of Kincaid, IL 2 nieces Laurie (Roscoe) Kirchhoff and Jane (Terry) Workman, Sr all of Bulpitt, IL 1 nephew Timothy (Michelle) Binegar of Mt. Vernon, IL along with several great nieces, great nephews as well as many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 1 brother Timothy L. Binegar.

Visitation for Mrs. Brenda Beamer will be held from 10 AM to 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 Noon at St. Rita’s with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Horse Creek Cemetery, Pawnee, IL. A meal will be served at the church following her committal at the cemetery. Masterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kincaid is honored to be entrusted with her care. Condolences may be left at www.mastersonfh.com and will be printed and given to her family.

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Betty J. Rench

Betty J. Rench, 71 of Nokomis passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 9:07 a.m. at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana, IL. She was born on November 30, 1948 in Hillsboro, IL the daughter of Harvey John and Ruth Aleen (Engelman) Dirks. She married Carroll Dean Rench on March 9, 1968 in Ft. Worth, TX. and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2018. She retired as an accountant at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, IL.

 

She is survived by her Sons: Larry Dean (Teressa) Rench of Nokomis; Eric Harvey (Tonya) Rench of Fillmore; Grandchildren: Traci Pollman, Brett Peters, Shawnee West, Cheyenne Lash, Cody Rench and Tyler Rench; Great-Grandchildren: Carson, Taylen, Spencer, Ryker, Rhett and Huntleigh; Sisters: Linda Waters; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister: Cinda Retherford, Brothers: Dave Dirks, John Dirks and Charles Dirks. 

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Funeral Service will be immediately following the visitation starting at 7:30 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Following the funeral Betty will be cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date in Ohlman Cemetery in Ohlman, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Cancer Association 19 Circle Dr. Litchfield, IL 62056. 

 

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

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Lawrence R. "Larry" Freese

Lawrence R. “Larry” Freese, 72, of Taylorville passed away at 4:30a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.  He was born on April 4, 1947 in Taylorville, the son of Lawrence S. and Sarah M. (Sawyer) Freese.  He married Sandra Jean Erbes on June 7, 1969 in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington.  She preceded him in death on January 16, 1997.  Larry was a veteran of the US Army and retired from Caterpillar after a 30-year career.  He was an avid bowler, Chicago Cubs fan, and a talented woodworker.  


Larry is survived by his son: Jeremy Freese of Taylorville and sister: Brenda Windell, husband Larry, also of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and mother-in-law and father-in-law: Marcel & Eleanor Erbes.  


Larry will be cremated, and a private graveside service will be held at a later date at Ponting Cemetery in Stonington. Memorials in Larry’s memory may be made to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.  

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Larry, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com

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Joseph Louis Savaris

Joseph Louis Savaris, 98, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 7:45 a.m. on Monday,
January 27, 2020 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

Joseph was born January 4, 1922 in San Gregorio, Italy, the son of Victor and Tersilia (Luca) Savaris.  He graduated from Taylorville High School, where he was an outstanding basketball player.  Joseph proudly served his country in the United States Navy, where he was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class for Blimp Headquarters during World War II.  After his honorable discharge, he worked for Fiat Allis as a machinist until his retirement.

Joseph was a devout Catholic, and long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.  He was an equally dedicated member of the V.F.W. Post #4495 and American Legion Post #73, and he spent many years serving on their honor guard and burial detail.  Joseph was also a long-time member of the AmVets IL-Post #29.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Louise Mary Savaris; brother, Robert Savaris; and sister-in-law, Rina Savaris.

 

Funeral Mass: 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W.
Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant.  There will be no visitation prior to the mass.

Interment will follow the mass at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, with military honors provided by the V.F.W Post #4495, American Legion Post #73, and the United States Department of Defense.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568, or Christian County Burial Detail (payable to V.F.W. Post #4495), 515 N. West St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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Jay Todd Edwards

Jay Todd Edwards, 60, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

 

Jay was born March 20, 1959 in Vandalia, IL, the son of Joseph Max and Lou (Gatewood) Edwards.  He attended Edinburg Schools and worked as a self-employed carpenter and handyman for many years.  Jay was an animal lover, especially horses.  He enjoyed barrel and keg racing, and was excellent at breaking and training horses.  The meaner the horse, the better.  Jay also enjoyed fishing, and he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, J. Max Edwards; and great niece, Brynslee Kay Edwards.

 

Jay is survived by his son, Joshua (wife, Debbie) Hooper of St. Charles, MO; mother, Lou Edwards of Edinburg, IL; brothers, Bill (wife, Beanie) Edwards of Leslie, MI, Kevin Edwards of Edinburg, IL, Gary (wife, Terri) Edwards of Taylorville, IL, John (wife, Lori) McNeely of Vandalia, IL, and Bill (wife, Paula) McNeely of Effingham, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Private family inurnment will be held at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd., Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

 

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

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Beulah I. Lewiski

Beulah I. Lewiski, 92 of Coalton passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 9:55 p.m. in Hillsboro Are Hospital in Hillsboro, IL. She was born on May 17, 1927 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Albert and Mabel (Stephens) Christian. She married Albert Lewiski Sr. on June 2, 1948 in Nokomis, IL and he preceded her in death on November 23, 2004. She worked as a seamstress at the dress factory in Nokomis, IL and she was a member of the First Baptist Church also in Nokomis.


She is survived by her Son: Albert Lewiski Jr. of Coalton, IL; Daughter: Sharon Carlock of Nokomis, IL; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons: Robert Lewiski and Greg Lewiski, daughter: Alberta Lewiski, brothers: Herman, Alvey and John Christian; sisters: Treva Austin, Louise Peters, Monzella Routzen, Geneva Chrisitan and Rosie Hillard.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Funeral Service will be immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Rev. Rena Bell officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, IL.


Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family C/O: Sutton Funeral Home 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Montgomery County Cancer Association 19 Circle Dr, Litchfield, IL 62056. 


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

 
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Julie Christine Smith

Julie Christine Smith, 50, of Taylorville passed away at 7:00a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in her mother’s home.  She was born on October 7, 1969 in Springfield, the daughter of Virgil Nelson Smith Jr. and Patricia (Santarelli) Smith.  Julie loved the outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and spending time with her friends at the lake.  She was a caring person, especially to her family but also to animals.  She had a love for animals and cared for countless pets throughout her lifetime. 

Julie is survived by her son: Patrick Emmerling of Taylorville; mother: Pat Vogel of Taylorville; sisters: Justine Smith (fiancée Bob Churchill) of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jolene Lamb (Michael) of Taylorville; niece: Ellie Reber; nephews: Brandon Reber, Nic Reber, and Zac Adams; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Julie will be cremated, and her family will host a celebration of life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is serving Julie’s family.  Memories of Julie, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Gehrig Ralph Engel

Gehrig Ralph Engel went to be with his Lord & Savior on Saturday, January 18, 2020 as a result of complications from dementia. Gehrig was born in Strasburg, IL on August 31, 1940 to Ralph & Wilma (Hobson) Engel. He graduated from Stewardson-Strasburg High School in 1958 and married Bonnie L. Elliott at Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg in 1960. They had three daughters, Sarah, Missy, and Kathleen. He retired from Caterpillar Decatur in 2001.

Gehrig is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Decatur, daughters Sarah & Joe Marsaglia (Taylorville, IL), Missy & David Hester (Sandwich, IL), & Kathleen Engel (Oakland, TN), grandsons Joshua Hester and Caleb Hester (Sandwich, IL). Also surviving are his sisters and brother Phyllis Rhodes (Winchester, IL), Shirley Lawson (Winchester, IL), Sharon Grieco (Effingham, IL) and Jim "Butch" (Glenda) Engel (Salem, IL) along with many neices and nephews and dear friends.

Gehrig was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Barbara.

Funeral services will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church (2155 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6 pm - 8pm at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home and an hour before the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Camp CILCA, or Discovery Ministries.

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Bryan Mitchell

Bryan Mitchell, 40, of Pana, IL, formerly of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at 3:10 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his residence.

 

Bryan was born August 23, 1979 in Taylorville, IL.  He graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1999, and was a long-time employee of Christian County Mental Health, and was currently employed by Macon Resources.  Bryan was a past-member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville, and he was an avid NASCAR fan.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Buel and Zelma Mitchell; and maternal grandparents, Earl and Helen Jones.

 

Bryan is survived by his father, Wayne (wife, Tammy) Mitchell of Morrisonville, IL; siblings, Emilee Mitchell, Tabitha Mitchell, Andrew Helfrich, and Aryonna Mitchell, all of Morrisonville, IL; aunt and uncle, Betty and Charles Angelo of Morrisonville, IL, and aunt, Carla Roberts of Warrenton, MO; and cousins, Chad Angelo of Colorado Springs, CO, Kelli Showalter of Rochester, IL, and Peggy Phillips of Kirksville, MO.

 

Private family ceremonies will be held with Pastor LuAnne Stewart officiating.

 

Interment will follow the ceremonies at Morrisonville Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Road, Taylorville, IL 62568.

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546 with ceremonies.

 

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

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James H. Brown

Jim Brown, 78 of Nokomis, Illinois passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in his home
surrounded by his family. He was born on May 9, 1941 in Nokomis the son of Virgil and Ila
(Ishmael) Brown. He married Shirley Cochran on March 18, 1962 in Nokomis, Illinois.


Jim’s passion and life were spent as a Farmer and many of those years as a Dairy Farmer. He
was a member of the Holstein Association and a supporter of the 4-H program. Jim enjoyed
fishing and playing the slot machines on the numerous casino trips he and Shirley took
throughout the years. And if a good country song was playing, Jim loved showing off his dance
steps with his favorite partner, Shirley.

 

He is survived by his wife: Shirley Brown of Nokomis, son: Howard (Paula) Brown of Nokomis; daughters: Ruth (Jamie) Wilks of Taylorville and Rachel Brown (companion Buck Osborn) of Hillsboro; grandchildren: Mitch and Mariah Brown, Christopher (Aimee) Longden, Revin (Ryan) Ward, Dakota Brown (Chris Cooze), and Mady Brown; great-grandchildren: Kaiden and Kolton Ward, Rylee, Allison, and Bailey Brown, and Kalyx Longden; brother: Archie (Brenda) Brown of Pana; sisters: Dorothy Kaiser of Sullivan, Delores Eddington of Irving, Lola (Frank) Karbach of Dunedin, FL and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Ed and Don Brown, sisters: Helen Garland and Margaret McClain, brothers-in-law: Harvey Kaiser, Dean Garland, Bob Eddington, and John McClain, and sister-in-law: Dorothy Brown. 
  
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at Sutton Funeral Home, Nokomis. Funeral Service will be held Saturday immediately following the visitation starting at 3:00 P.M. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Neil Kaiser officiating. Cremation rites to follow the service.

Donations may be made to the organization of your choice. 

 

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

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Monica K. Belsher

Monica K. Belsher, 71 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 A.M. in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.   She was born on September 19, 1948 in Taylorville, Il, the daughter of Walter and Freida (Hamilton) Green.  She married James Belsher on April 8, 1967 in Morrisonville and they later divorced.   Monica retired from the Christian County Sheriff’s office after serving 26 years as a dispatcher.  She was a member of St. Maurice Catholic Church, Morrisonville


She is survived by her son: James W. Belsher Jr. of Taylorville; daughter: Laura Humphrey of Taylorville; grandchildren: Jake and John Beard, Jenna, Jade, D’Artagnan “Jess”, Jewel, and Jemma Humphrey and Steven Lowis; great-grandchildren: Karsen Beard, Harper and Lily Humphrey.  She is preceded in death by her parents.


Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. at Sutton Memorial Home.  Funeral Services will be held at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 17, 2020 in the funeral home with Pastor Chad Foster officiating.  

 

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Alice I. Simpson

Alice I. Simpson, 79, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 4:46 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Taylorville Care Center.
Alice was born November 10, 1940 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of William B. and Emma (Swedick) Adams.  She married Leslie Philip Simpson on June 10, 1961 in Champaign, IL.  He preceded her in death December 7, 2016.
Alice graduated from Taylorville High School in 1958, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Pathology from the University of Illinois.  She worked as a clinical microbiologist for 20 years at Carle Clinic in Urbana, IL, before transferring to Indian University Medical Center where she retired in 2008. 


Alice was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Taylorville.  She was also the past Area Director for the American Society for Clinical Microbiology, as well as past member of the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology.  Her passion for her field of expertise lead her to donate her time as a proctor for many continuing education courses.  She loved quilting, and was a member of the American Quilter’s Society.  Alice also enjoyed gardening and needlepoint.


She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thomas and William Adams; and sisters, Ruth Ferchow, Mary Ann Durbin, and Emma Adrian.


Alice is survived by her son, Philip Simpson of Melbourne, FL; step-granddaughter, Sara (husband, Gregory) Rolfsen-Kohn of Fayetteville, NC; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation and Funeral Ceremony:  The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Walnut Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.


Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Memorial contributions may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Walnut Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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


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