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Richard Edwin Kerns

Richard Edwin Kerns, 65 of Taylorville, passed away at 3:14am on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in his home following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on January 4, 1956 in Decatur, the son of Roy and Roberta “Betty” (Dasher) Kerns. He married Carla Jo Arthur on July 31, 1999 in Taylorville. Richard received an electronics technician degree from Lincoln Land Community College and worked for many years as an IBEW Union Electrician. He attended Taylorville Evangelical Free Church. He and his family were very active in Boy Scouts throughout the years and Richard earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was an avid fan of the L.A. Dodgers and Fighting Illini Sports. He loved spending time outdoors especially working in his large garden. Richard loved bowling and competed in many leagues throughout his life. More than anything, he had a love of family, especially his grandchildren and great nieces and nephews.

 

He is survived by his wife: Carla Jo Kerns of Taylorville; children: Dustin Hensley of Cleveland, Ohio and Meagan Knepler of Taylorville; grandchildren: Zachary Hensley, Kolby Ford, and Korbin Ford; sister: Doris Green (Randy) of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Marty Kerns-Boosinger (James) of Sherman; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Michael Kerns.

 

The funeral service for Richard will take place at 10:00am on Monday, May 10, 2021 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Don Beetem officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm until 6:00pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials in Richard’s memory may be made to the Kerns Family or Cub Scout Pack 132. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Richard, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.


 


 


 

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Earl Ray Acup

Mr. Earl Ray Acup, 83, of Taylorville, IL died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

He was born in East Alton, IL on May 1, 1938 the son of Josh and Eunice (Beatty) Acup. He married Dayna L. Ray on December 18, 1982 in Lincoln, IL.

Mr. Acup retired from the Illinois State Police as a Master Sergeant. He served in the United States Naval Reserve and was a social member of V.F.W. Post 4495 in Taylorville, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and was a 60-year member of the Taylorville Moose Club.

Surviving are his wife Dayna Acup of Taylorville, IL. a son Steven (Tammy) Acup of Florida, with 2 granddaughters Anna and Stephanie Acup of Virginia a son Dayne Altman of Lincoln, IL with a grandson Aaron (Danielle) Altman of Decatur, IL and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Lloyd Acup.

Graveside services at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL will be announced at a later date. Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is honored to be assisting with his care. Condolences may be left at mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to his family.

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Kathy Ann Oglesby

Kathy Ann Oglesby, 61 of Kincaid, IL passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:000 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on June 6, 1959 in Vandalia, IL the daughter of Ira S.and Betty J. (Mullen) Oglesby Sr. She was a CNA for several years.

She is survived by her fiancée of over 30 years, James M. Timm of Kincaid, IL, Daughter: Stacey A. Nance of Taylorville, Grandchildren: Angela N. McKinnon of Kincaid, IL and Kelly A. McKinnon of Taylorville, IL, Sister: Brenda J. Oglesby of Vandalia, IL, Brothers: Jim Oglesby of Springfield, IL, Randy (Diane) Oglesby of Greenville, IL, John Oglesby of Vandalia, IL and Ira “Jr” (Julie) Oglesby Jr. of Greenville, IL and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Ron Oglesby.

There will be a visitation on Monday, May 10. 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. She will be buried in Oak Hill Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

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

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Mr. David "Dave" Howard

Mr. David "Dave" Howard, 69, of Tovey, IL departed this life Saturday, May 1, 2021 from St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
He was born in Taylorville, IL December 15, 1951 the son of Leo T. and Dorothy (McKinney) Howard.
Mr. Howard was a 1971 graduate of South Fork High School.  He retired from Peabody Mine #10.  He was a huge Elvis Presley and St. Louis Cardinals Fan, and member of the U.M.W.A. Dave enjoyed good times with family and friends and he especially enjoyed spoiling his granddaughters.
Surviving are a daughter Meagan and her husband Charlie Burney, a son Chris Howard and 2 granddaughters Emilee and Bristol Burney, a brother Kevin (Joann) Howard all of Tovey, IL along with nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Kenneth and Richard Howard.
Private Family Services will be held with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.  A Celebration of the life of Mr. David Howard will begin at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 8th, 2021 at Bart's Place in Tovey, IL.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is honored to be assisting his family.  Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to his family.

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Bart Keith Thomas

Bart Keith Thomas, 57 of Flora, passed away at 3:02am on Sunday, May 2, 2021 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 20, 1963 in Taylorville, the son of Ward and Sue (Beaty) Thomas. Bart had a love of people, he was the most content when he was surrounded by friends and family that were engaging in good conversation. He enjoyed bells, and when he wasn’t holding one, there would certainly be one found nearby.

 

He is survived by his mother: Sue Thomas of Edinburg; siblings: Delton Thomas of Warrensburg, Jo Ellen Davis (Kenneth) of Edinburg, Matthew Thomas (Barbara) of Monticello, and Jill Morman (Kent) of Edinburg; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Bart was preceded in death by his father Ward Thomas.

 

Bart 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. Condolences to his family may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.


 

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William Ronald Harris

William Ronald Harris, 89 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:42am on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Taylorville Care Center. He was born on September 3, 1931 in Chicago, the son of Leonard David and Violet Mae (White) Harris. He married Emma Jane Rea on October 22, 1950 in Sesser, Illinois. Mr. Harris proudly served his country during the Korean conflict with the U.S. Navy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and went on to receive his master’s degree from Arizona State University. Bill retired as principal of Memorial School in Taylorville where he worked for many years. He was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, member of the Lion’s Club, V.F.W., and the Moose Lodge. Bill enjoyed spending time outside fishing, hunting, and golfing. Above all he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

 

He is survived by his wife: Emma Harris of Taylorville; daughter: Linda Micenheimer (Jim) of Taylorville; son: Michael Harris (Deborah) of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren: Michelle Feasel (Barry) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jamie Werve (Kyle) of North Aurora, Curt Micenheimer (Jessica) of Taylorville, and Chase Micenheimer (Katie) of Taylorville; and great grandchildren: Cole Werve, Paige Werve, Collin Micenheimer, Kaylee Micenheimer, and Emmitt Micenheimer. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 siblings.

 

Mr. Harris will be cremated and a graveside service with military rites will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Memorials in his honor may be left to the Taylorville VFW/American Legion Honor Guard or the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of William, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.


 


 


 

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Robert C. Huston, Sr.

Mr. Robert C. Huston, Sr., 84, of Jeisyville, IL. died late Wednesday evening, April 28, 2021 at his home with family near his side.

He was born in Detroit, IL., January 31, 1937 the son of Orville and Edith (Bishop) Huston.  Robert married Mable B. "Bonnie" Ray on April 29, 1954 in Union City, TN.  She preceded him in death March 4, 2004.

Mr. Huston honorably served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957.  He retired from Peabody Mine #10 near Pawnee.  Robert enjoyed: fishing, mushroom hunting, hunting, woodworking, camping, a good cup of coffee, wintering in Texas, spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren.

Surviving are: 2 daughters Bonita (John) Deck of Crossville, TN., Cheryl (Darrel) Moore of Pawnee, IL., 2 sons Robert C. (Crystal) Huston, Jr. of Jeisyville, IL., Shawn (Debbie) Huston of Morrisonville, IL., 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, his companion Dasie McCalister, 2 sisters Carol (Hal) Behrens and Donna Wolfe and 2 brothers Howard Huston and Ronnie (Joyce) Huston along with many nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bonnie, and a significant other Sandra Gilmore of Blue Mound.

Visitation for Mr. Robert C. Huston, Sr. will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 4 at Masterson's.  Rev Chad Foster will officiate.  Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, rural Taylorville, IL with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps.  Please wear a mask.  Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to his family.

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Sharon Irene Christer

Mrs. Sharon Irene Christer, 76, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life at 5:08 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, IL.

She was born in Kincaid, IL July 6, 1944 the daughter of Marvin and Irene (Behl) O'Dell.  Sharon married Robert Christer on September 5, 1964 in Kincaid, IL and he preceded her in death on June 23, 2010.

Sharon was a member of the Kincaid Baptist Church.  She really enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are a son Robert "Bob" (Tathlyn) Christer of Tovey, IL daughter Sherie (Randy) Aymer of Tovey, IL a son Matt Christer and companion Missy Hamilton of Kincaid, IL 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchild, sisters Kathryn (John) Tomazic of Taylorville, IL Donna (Jerry) Stewart of Pana, IL Roberta (Dale) Akers of Zeigler, IL Marla O'Dell of Kincaid, IL and a brother Mike O'Dell of Kincaid, IL

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Wanda Miller.

Visitation for Mrs. Sharon Christer will be held from 10 am to Noon on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL.  Funeral services will immediately follow with Rev. Louis Kunz officiating.  Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery, Rural Stonington, IL.   Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to her family.


 

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David Glee Haynes

David Glee Haynes, 69 of Tovey passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:38 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on May 20, 1951 in Trimble, TN the son of Willie Newt and Betty Ruth (Morris) Haynes. He married Madonna Graham on June 28, 1976 in Union City, TN and they renewed their vows in June of 2020. He worked as a Machine Operator at R&R in Girard, IL. He loved to ride his motor cycle, on the river run and riding in other charity runs. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He loved working in his yard and on his house.

He is survived by his Wife: Madonna Haynes of Tovey, IL; Daughter: Donna (Steve) Gatons of Taylorville, IL; Son: Christopher (Zokoma) Haynes of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Cody Gatons, Logan Gatons, Madison Gatons, Payton Haynes, Ashlyn Haynes; Brothers: Bill (Mary) Haynes, Jack (Retha) Haynes, Scott Haynes and Bobby Haynes; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Clyde Edward Haynes, Charles Newt Haynes, William Jerry Haynes, Bobby Joe Haynes, Sisters: Kathy Blackwell, Rebecca Ann Haynes and Betty Mae Haynes.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials may be made to 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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Virginia Lynn (Ginny) Lukach

Virginia Lynn “Ginny” Lukach, 43 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:55 a.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on March 30, 1978 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Frank and Phyllis (Zeiter) Lukach. She worked at Christian County Mental Health Workshop for a short time.

She is survived by her parents Frank and Phyllis Lukach of Taylorville, IL; sisters: Myra Duby, Bobbi (Larison) Droke; brothers: Rik Duby, Mark Duby, David Scott Duby; aunts: Doris Cunitz, Donna Dance, Nancy Beard, and Donna Benton; uncle: Norman (Gloria) Zeiter; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Edward and Virginia Lukach, Norman and Sadie Zeiter, Niece: Sierra Droke, Uncle Charlie Howard, and Aunt Delores Davis.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com


 

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Robert Bucshon

Mr. Robert Bucshon, 56, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life Sunday, April 25, 2021 at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, IL.

Robert Bucshon was born June 16, 1964 to parents Andrew and Letha Bucshon. Robert graduated from South Fork High School in Kincaid, Ill. and studied at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Lincoln Land Community College . Robert is a veteran of two wars and served in the United States Navy for six years.

Later in life, Robert worked as a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas, making many friends and acquaintances across the country. Upon returning home to his family, Robert worked many odd jobs before settling into a proprietary role at South Fork Pub in Kincaid for a short time. Robert is remembered for his humor and helpfulness. He spent most of his time with family, playing pool, golfing, and socializing with his friends at Boones Saloon and other establishments in downtown Springfield.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Letha Bucshon.

He is survived by his aunt, Aleta Kettelkamp; his sister, Susan (Lloyd) Hovey; his nephew, Sean Hovey; his nieces, Morgan (Andy) Graham and Erin (Nick) Schafer; his great-nephew Garrett Schafer; as well as other cousins and relatives. 

Visitation for Mr. Robert Bucshon will be held from 11:00 AM until 1:00 P.M. Friday, April 30, 2021 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL.  A short memorial service will follow at 1:00.  Burial will take place immediately afterwards at Calvary Cemetery, Pawnee IL with basic military rites by the U. S. Navy. A luncheon will be served following the memorial service at Bart's Place 615 Midland Blvd, Tovey, IL 62570

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Mark E. Pearse

Mark E. Pearse, 51 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 4:09 a.m. in rural Taylorville, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born on November 14, 1969 in Hillsboro, IL the son of Larry Pearse and Gloria Barclay. He married Terressa Fox on September 25, 1997 in Stonington, IL. He recently retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections after working there for over 30 years. He also served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. Mark loved to play cards, coach his children’s sports teams, play golf and hunt. His greatest passion in life was spending time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife: Terressa, children: Brittney Womack (Tod Gunther), Amber Pearse, Malique Pearse, Nevaeh Pearse, Zariah Pearse all of Taylorville, IL, grandchildren: Lyndon and Emry Gunther, Father: Larry (Debbie) Pearse of Nokomis, IL, Sister: Dawn Manuel (Tobi Simonton), Brothers: David (Cyndee) Pearse, Stephen (Mindy) Pearse, Tim (Jamie) Pearse, Josh (Kira) Barclay, Jerry Manuel, Mother-in-Law: Monica Fox, Sister-in-Law: Trina Szabo, Brother-in-Law: Kelvin (Denise) Fox and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sister: Debra Ann Hussain and Father-in-Law: William Fox.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Private family graveside services will be held at a later date in fraley Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Switzer officiating.

Memorials may be made to the family C/O: Sutton Memorial Home 327 N. Clay 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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George Arthur Lumb III

George Arthur Lumb III, 74 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:30 a.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on October 28, 1946 in Springfield, IL the son of George A. (Natalie) Lumb II and Rosemary Yusko. He married Joanne Brown on March 23, 1968 in Taylorville, IL. He was the owner and operator of Lumb Trucking and he was a member of the 40 MPH Club.George loved to travel in his semi. He also loved to collect trains, antiques, and to do puzzles. He enjoyed going to Country Kitchen to have coffee with all of his friends. But most of all he loved buying, selling, and restoring old cars and spending time with all of his family. Anyone who knew him could say that you were never around him without laughing.

He is survived by his wife: Joanne Lumb of Taylorville, IL; daughter: Nicole (Dayle) Lawyer of Owaneco, IL; sons: George (Michelle) Lumb of Tovey, IL; Robert (Cathy) Lumb of Kincaid, IL; grandchildren: Justin, Jenna, Jeff, Bobby, Brittany, Austin, Brent, Nate, Joey; eight great-grandchildren; sisters: Kathleen (Dave) Dunkel of Crestwood, MO; Gail Lumb of Taylorville, IL; Maryellen (John) Lair of Streator, IL; Sally Yusko of Streator, IL; Julie (Arnold) Niederer of La Porte, IN; Barb (Steve) Whalen of Bloomington, IL; brothers: James (Retha) Lumb of Taylorville, IL; David (Laura) Yusko of Florida; Michael Yusko of Streator, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and Mother-in-Law.

George will be cremated and the family will host a celebration of life at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Joanne Lumb 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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Raymond Bock

Raymond Bock, 74 of Palmer, formerly of Highland Park, died at 7:50 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at his home. He was born in Highland Park to George and Louise Bock. He graduated from Highland Park High School and went on to serve his country in the United States Army. He married Patricia Bock in 1996 in Las Vegas, and she survives. He retired from serving as Foreman of the Public Works Department for the City of Highland Park. He served as Trustee for the Village of Palmer. In his younger years he was a member of the Bocce Ball Club in Highland Park, and in his retirement he loved fishing and reading, and walking his dog, “Loser”.

 

Along with his wife Patricia, Mr. Bock is survived by his son, Karl (Tyneal) Bock of Olney, IL; stepchildren: Amy (Frank) Quirk of Springfield, OH, Daryl VanDyke of Waukegan, and Kelly (Scott) Hensley of Lorraine, OH; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; and sisters: Audrey (Sherman) Andrews and Ruth Blevins; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mr. Bock was preceded in death by his parents, one sister: Ann Espinosa, and one brother: George (Joanne) Bock.


 

Services for Mr. Bock will be announced at a later date. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Mr. Bock, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.


 

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Larry E. Dooley

Larry E. Dooley, 77, of Stonington, passed away at 9:48am on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Heritage Manor in Pana. He was born on October 27, 1943 in Taylorville, the son of Orville L. and Mabel Lucille (Blakeman) Dooley. He married Nancy Carole Light on April 16, 1966 in the First Baptist Church in Taylorville. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2018. Larry graduated from Stonington High School where he played on the high school basketball team. He served his country in the US Army working on communication systems, a trade he continued throughout his working career. He retired from AT&T where he constructed fiberoptic communication networks. Larry was a member of the Taylorville Christian Church. He was an avid golfer, a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and followed many area high school basketball teams. Most of all he loved his family, and cherished his role as a grandpa, and recently became a great grandfather.

 

He is survived by his family, son: Rodney Dooley (Trisha) of Atoka, Tennessee and their children Kali (Gabe) Cicero, son Mateo, and Dallas Dooley; daughter: Monica Wamsley (Jon) of Taylorville and their children: Jesse Bertoldo and Cody (Amber)Bertoldo; son: Jason Dooley (Rhea) of Stonington and their children: Lane Dooley, Lydia Dooley, Lillian Dooley, and Luke Dooley; son: Jeremy Dooley (Amber) of Mt. Auburn and their children: Blake Dooley, Clayton Dooley, Jacob Dooley, and Nathan Dooley; brother: Roger (Donna) Dooley of New York; sister: Kay Lynn (Joe) Gano of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter: Deanna Jo Dooley; granddaughter: Lucy Wamsley; sister: Patsy Beamer; and brother: Gary Dooley.

 

Mr. Dooley will be cremated, and a visitation will be held from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Friday, April 23, 2021 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. A private family graveside service will be held in the Old Stonington Cemetery with Rev. James Jones officiating. Memorials may be left to Hope House of Central Illinois. 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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Mark G. Minnis

Mark G. Minnis, 76, of Morrisonville, passed away at 10:16 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Mark was born February 10, 1945 in Taylorville, the son of Lavora “Flint” and Catherine (McQuade) Minnis. He married Yola A. Newman on September 16, 1972 at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville, and they have enjoyed over 48 years of marriage.

Mark graduated from Morrisonville High School with the Class of 1964, and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Air Force. Upon his honorable discharge, Mark worked for Borg Werner from 1970 until 1981. He then went on to work for St. Maurice School and the Knights of Columbus in Morrisonville as head of maintenance. Mark retired in 2006 from the Sacred Heart Griffin Convent. Throughout his career he owned and operated his own floor cleaning business as well, Minnis Floor Cleaning. Mark was a life-time member of St. Maurice Catholic Church, and a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus in Morrisonville. Mark was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son.

Mark is survived by his wife, Yola A. Minnis of Morrisonville; daughters, Tonia (fiancé, Ed Neal) Minnis of Morrisonville, and Catherine Minnis (husband, Jay) Fassero of Kincaid; granddaughters, Kendra (fiancé, Edward Radaker) Johnston of Jacksonville, and Reagan and Lena Fassero of Kincaid; siblings, Philip (wife, Linda) Minnis of Marion, Brian Minnis of Morrisonville, Maureen (companion, Vern Lowis) Dowdy of Palmer, Kurt (wife, Rhonda) Minnis of Morrisonville, and Raymond Minnis of Morrisonville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Florent Kanga, S.A.C. as celebrant.

Interment with military honors will follow the mass at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Morrisonville Community Ambulance Service, PO Box 641, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

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

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Mark, or offer condolences to his family.

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Rene Roger Trudeau Jr.

Rene Roger Trudeau Jr., 63 of Kincaid, passed away at 7:10pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Illinois. He was born on November 26, 1957 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Rene married Debra E Britton on December 26, 1981 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He worked for many years as an over-the-road truck driver for Hogan Transport. Rene was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Papa, as he was affectionately known to family and friends, loved spending time outside, fishing and enjoying the family lake lot. Spending time with family and friends was the highlight of his days, and he never passed up an opportunity to throw a party, no matter the reason. He and his family also enjoyed taking many driving trips together.

 

He is survived by his wife: Debbie Trudeau of Kincaid; daughter: Andrea Trudeau of Taylorville; grandchildren: Jade Mendenall, Jarrett Logue, Jesse Logue, and Renee AnnaBella Gunning; great granddaughter: Brave Mendenall; father: Rene Roger Trudeau Jr.; mother: JoAnn (Bakes) Stefanovic; siblings: Joanne Jarvis (David) of Greenfield, MA, Marianne Nooney (Stephen) of Westfield MA, and Edward Trudeau (Linda) of Holyoke, MA; sister-in-law: Melinda (Dwight) Wagahoft, brother-in-law: John (Carol) Britton, sister-in-law: Barbara Britton; and honorary family: Jeremiah Gunning, Joseph and Brittany Gunning, Tyveon Gunning, Emma Malone, Doug Malone, Jennifer Baird, Cynna Kabrud, Jazmin Molden, Camerin (Tommy) Britton, and Mike Gant. He was preceded in death by his daughter: Renee Trudeau; father-in-law: Cletis Britton, mother-in-law: Margaret Britton; and brother-in-law: Phil Britton.

 

A funeral mass for Rene will be held at 10:00am on Monday, April 26, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Visitation will take place from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Sunday at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Taylorville High School Football team, or Red Bland Little League. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Rene, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.


 


 


 

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Jeanne Marie Pusch

Jeanne Marie Pusch, 96 of Taylorville, passed away at 9:18pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at her home in Taylorville. She was born on May 27, 1924 in Chicago, the daughter of Theodore W and Marie (Abbott) Anderson. She married Glenn Darrell Pusch on July 3, 1954 in the Grace EUB Church in Chicago, and he preceded her in death on January 30, 2019. Jeanne attended Chicago Teachers College and earned her master’s degree in Mathematics from Loyola University. She taught 4th grade for several years in Chicago before starting a family. Glenn and Jeanne moved to Taylorville in 1975, where they made their life-long home. Following working from home raising their children, Jeanne went to work for the Sangamon Company for 8 years and also spent time substitute teaching, teaching homebound students, and tutoring. Jeanne was a long-time member of the Taylorville Presbyterian Church, active in many aspects of the church’s ministry including being a member of the choir and bell choir, Presbyterian Women, Outreach Committee chair, Elder, Deacon, and others. She was a member of the St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, active in helping with the gift shop and holiday bazaar. Jeanne and Glenn were very active with the Taylorville Sertoma Club, both serving as President of the organization at different times. She was an avid bridge player and active with the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Jeanne had a passion for travel that started when she was 10 years old. As a child, her family attended the Chicago World’s Fair where her interest in travel was sparked. In 1940 her family took a weeks-long trip to the Golden Gate Exposition in California, seeing many of the country’s landmarks and national parks along the way. The following year the family spent time traveling east, to attend the exposition held in New York. She traveled to many destinations in her younger years, and her travels continued when she and Glenn married. Together they traveled the world, embarking on 10 Elder Hostel trips to destinations as far away as New Zealand. Glenn and Jeanne also enjoyed taking many cruises to the Caribbean, the Baltic, and South America. Their last big adventure was celebrated with their entire family, a 2-week cruise exploring the Mediterranean, a memory that will never be forgotten.

Jeanne is survived by her son: Dr. Gordon Pusch of Naperville; daughters: Kathryn "Kathy" Huddleston (Joe) of Little River, South Carolina, and Amy Elizabeth Adler (Dave) of Naperville; grandchildren: Brady Huddleston of Indian Trail, North Carolina and Tanner Beck of Chicago; 2 nieces and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother: Theodore Anderson II.

Mrs. Pusch will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 11:00am, on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Taylorville First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Michael Evanchak officiating. Visitation will take place from 10:00am until the time of the service Saturday in the church. Following the memorial service, family and friends are invited for a coffee reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jeanne’s memory may be made to the Taylorville First Presbyterian Church, Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation, or God’s Littlest Angels, Haitian Baby Ministry, www.glahaiti.org. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jeanne, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.


 


 

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Lee Roy DeLay

Lee Roy DeLay, 81 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 4:52 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 8, 1939 in Taylorville, IL the son of Hobert and Agness (Seward) DeLay. He married Beverly Ann Brown on September 18, 1960 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on June 4, 2009. He worked as an Engineer for Illinois Department of Transportation where he retired in 1995. He was also the Owner of DeLay Land Surveying where he was a Licensed Land Surveyor. Lee Roy was a member of the 40 MPH Club and the Registered Land Surveyors Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on antique cars, going on fishing trips, especially to Bennette Springs, and he was a craftsman in woodworking.

He is survived by his Sons: Brent (Michelle) DeLay of Taylorville, IL; Kent DeLay and Randy Stieren of Palmer, IL; Honorary Son: Danny Quimby of Clinton, IL; Grandchildren: Emilee DeLay of Springfield, IL; Devon DeLay (fiancée Miranda Henson) and Marisa (Jessica) DeLay of Springfield IL; Brother: Francis (Karen) DeLay of Rochester, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and Brother: David DeLay.

Private family services will be held and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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Kenneth Eugene Cook

Kenneth Eugene Cook, 77 of Witt passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:43 p.m. at his daughters’ home in Moweaqua, IL. He was born on June 26, 1943 in Granite City, IL the son of Robert and Myrtle (Graves) Cook. Kenneth married Kay Havera on September 2, 1982 in Clayton, MO. He was a proud father, grandfather and would never pass up the opportunity for a family get together. He had many hobbies, but loved nothing more than to brag on his kids and grandbabies. Ken has always loved the St. Louis Cardinals and wouldn’t miss a chance to listen to them on the radio. He’s had many occupations through the years but his main passion was selling cars. He loved people and putting a smile on their faces. Over the last couple years, Kenneth has been employed at Jachino’s Auto and has truly enjoyed every second of it. It didn’t matter if he sold one or five, he loved being out there by the people.

His favorite of all time was Elvis Presley. In his younger days, some even said he resembled him. Some of his greatest memories were spent playing Bocce ball! He would play any day, any time and in any season. He was always ready for some friendly competition during a bocce tournament. Days before he passed, a friend of his came to visit and asked if he was ready to play….his reply “Lets Go!”

If we remember one thing about Ken, it was that he never knew a stranger. He was always ready to rumble if someone needed a tough guy in their corner. He welcomed everyone with the tightest handshake and a bear hug. We will never forget his hugs.

He is survived by his Wife: Kay Cook of Nokomis, IL; Children: Kelli (Brian) Hanley of Moweaqua, IL; Shane Cook (Fiancé Kristen Pearse) of Pana, IL; Tami (Chris) Kirpes of Texas; Michelle (Jerry) Busch of Texas; Grandchildren: Lanae, Skylar and Amelia Hanley; Levi Patterson, Austin and Nickalaus Kirpes, Jacob, Makayla and Zachary Busch; Brothers: Keith (Lisa) Cook of Missouri, Kevin (Kathy) Cook of Holiday Shores, IL; Siblings-in-Law: Mike (Cherie) Havera of Nokomis, IL; Mary Ann (Tony) Fox of Nokomis, IL; Jim (Tricia) Havera of Nokomis, IL; Debbie (Terry) Schulte of Fillmore, IL; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert and Myrtle Cook and parents-in-law: Albert and Vickie Havera.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Memorial Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 8:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis with Pastor Tim Revis officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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

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

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Roger Gale Patton

Roger Gale Patton, 59 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at _____ p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on September 25, 1961 in Pana, IL the son of Robert W. and Peggy D. (Billerman) Patton. He worked as a maintenance man at Meadow Manor Nursing Home for 13 years.

He is survived by his Wife: Linda Patton of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Whitney (Jeremy) Lebon of Pana, IL; Mother: Peggy Patton of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Trevor, Vincent and Nova Lebon; Bailey Matthews-Patton, Charleigh Mendenall, Joshua Moore, Isaac, Kimber and Summer Altig, Brandon and Bentley Matthews-Patton, Bella and Brody Burtle, Step-daughters: Brandie Altig and Megan Waldrop; Brother: Robert C. Patton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date in Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating.

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

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Mary Ellen (Ess) Greenwood

Mary Ellen “Ess” Greenwood, 80, of Taylorville, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at her residence.

Mary was born June 14, 1940 in Buckingham, the daughter of Willard and Elvira (Sumner) Essington. She married William “Tom” Greenwood on June 29, 1963 at the Buckingham Methodist Church. They have enjoyed nearly 58 years of marriage.

Mary graduated from Herscher High School with the Class of 1958, and went on to work for Armour Pharmaceutical, in Bourbonnais, for over 35 years. After their retirement, Mary and Tom moved to the Taylorville area.

 Mary loved to spend time with her family. She was a hard worker and had a great sense of humor and quick wit. When she was younger she enjoyed dancing (especially to Ike and Tina Turner Proud Mary), bowling, fishing, cutting the grass on her riding lawn mower, and collecting antiques. She shared many laughs (and sometimes loud disagreements) over lively games of Euchre and Pinochle with her family. She cross-stitched, wrote poems, loved old movies, and still watched General Hospital. She loved animals and always had many pets.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Brittany Blumenthal - Hines; and sisters, Geraldine West and Betty Jean Wilkins.

Mary is survived by her husband, Tom Greenwood of Taylorville; daughters, Cindy (husband, Joe) Blumenthal of Chicago, and Mary Beth (Jason Lindsey) Greenwood of Taylorville; son, Jason (Kelly Lash) Greenwood of Vandalia; sister, Dolores Piggush of Kankakee; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor Caleb McGregor officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Family of Mary Ellen Greenwood.

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

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Mary, or offer condolences to her family.


 

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Hailey Anne Shoot

Haley Anne Shoot, 19 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:04 p.m. as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Taylorville Township, IL. She was born on September 30, 2001 in Mattoon, IL the daughter of Wade Obanion and Ashley Woods. Hailey worked as an associate at Walmart in Taylorville.

Words cannot describe who Haley was, she was a wonderful daughter, best sibling in the world, and the bestest best friend in the world. She was a force to be reckoned with when she was mad, but she was always the most loveable person ever. Haley was a beautiful soul, she touched everyone in her own way, she helped everyone she could and would do anything for anyone she loved. Haley is a legend, she lived as one, and passed as one but, she will always be there in our hearts, our minds, and right next to us everywhere we go. We never have to say goodbye to her because, we will see her again. She will look over us forever until it’s our time to join her, everyone will forever love you.

She is survived by her Parents: Ashley Woods of Springfield, IL and Wade Obanion of Oakland, IL; Brothers: Christopher Shoot of Taylorville, IL, Jacob Hughes of Kincaid, IL; Grandparents: Patty Phelps and Paul Dague; Robert Obanion; Step-sisters: Jennifer McKinney (Jacob Noren), Heather McKinney, Kayla (Kurt) Parker; Step-Fathers: Neil Hughes of Kincaid, IL and David Shoot of Kansas, IL; Uncles: Jason Stubbs of Springfield, Jason Anders of Springfield, IL, Jim (Margie) Phelps of Charleston, IL; Aunts: Michelle Bryant of Phoenix, AZ, Andrea Woods of Charleston, IL and Marie Seafler of Kansas, IL; Best Friend: Jade Thomas, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her Grandmother: Jeanne Woods, Deanna Tucker, Great-Grandparents: Delpha and Pete Phelps, Dolores Dague, Uncle: Josh Woods, Aunts: Tamera Jo Obanion, Wilma Cunningham and Maggie White.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. There will be no funeral service. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Sutton Memorial Home to help with funeral expenses 327 N. Clay St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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Carolyn S. "Carely" Winn

Carolyn S. "Carely" Winn, 74, of Stonington passed away 3:45 pm, Friday, April 9, 2021, at HSHS St. John's hospital, Springfield, IL.

 

She was born August 4, 1946 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Ralph and Evelyn (Moore) Young, of Stonington.

Carolyn was a class of 1964 Stonington High School graduate.

She married Stewart (Stu)Winn, October 1, 1975, in Divernon Illinois, and he preceded her in death on March 25, 2012.

Throughout her life, Carolyn was employed with Allis Chalmers, Horace Mann, Stonington Community Bank (later, Illini Bank), People's Bank and Trust, Prairieland Fertilizer, and Blue Mound State Bank. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and a member of the Stonington American Legion Auxiliary. Carolyn was the Stonington Village Trustee for a time, volunteered at Summerfest, an election judge, and a lifelong, smiling face in the Stonington community.

Carolyn and Stu enjoyed traveling. Visiting Disney World many times, NASCAR races, Vegas, Branson, New York, Mexico, and many other adventures. Dining out often with her forever best friends, Janet, and the late Zeke Bell. Carolyn was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, attending many ballgames with dear friends, Larry and Janet Morrell. Most recently, Carolyn enjoyed attending Bingo around the area, with her cousin, Sandy Brewer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband. She will be dearly missed by her family, and friends.

 

A funeral service for Carolyn will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will take place at Old Stonington Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5:00 until 7:00pm Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Stonington Fire and Rescue, 1 Fire House Rd, Stonington, IL 62567. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Carolyn, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Zaydin Jon Dudra

Zaydin Jon Dudra, 20, of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 as the result of an automobile accident.

 

Zaydin was born September 25, 2000 in Taylorville, the son of Jessica L. Dudra and Aaron W. Augustine. He graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 2019. While in high school, Zaydin worked for Arby’s, and the summer of his graduation he worked for the City of Taylorville Water Department. For the past year, he had been employed at Kroger in Taylorville.

 

Zaydin was goofy, in the best possible way. He was athletic, playing many sports in his youth, but his favorites were always biking and skateboarding. Zaydin was a shoe aficionado, a bookworm, and a fantastic cook. Most of all, he was the best son, brother, grandson, and friend. Zaydin would do anything for his family and friends. He also loved animals, especially his dogs, Benny and Clyde, and his cat, Monroe.

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lisa A. Dudra; and many great grandparents.

 

Zaydin is survived by his mother, Jessica Dudra of Taylorville; father, Aaron Augustine of Taylorville; brother, Kellen Augustine of Taylorville; sister, Kayla Hector of Springfield; maternal grandfather, John Dudra of Taylorville; paternal grandmother, Erica (husband, David) O’Brien of Moweaqua; paternal grandfather, Glenn (wife, Connie) Augustine of Lake Lillian, MN; great grandfather, Ronald D. Augustine of Decatur; uncle, Josh Dudra of Taylorville; great aunts, Crytal Farris of Pana, and Donna Maninfior of Mattoon; great uncle and great aunt, G.J. and Molly Miller of Edwardsville; several other aunts and uncles from the Augustine family; 1 niece; many cousins; and his best friends, Robert, Spencer, David, Robert, Tommy, and Zaylan.

 

Zaydin’s family would like to send their thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the other families who were affected by this tragedy.

 

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Funeral Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Zaydin’s Family c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, or the American Cancer Society, 4215 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Zaydin, or offer condolences to his family.

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