Obits Archives for 2019-09

Elner Russell

Elner F. Russell, 77 of Pana, passed away at 5:50a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Heritage Health in Pana.  She was born on December 13, 1941 in Beecher City, the daughter of Sereno Wade and Leona Violet (Renfrow) Tipsword.  She married Carl Leroy Russell on January 17, 1969 in Tower Hill.  Elner worked for many years as a Certified Nursing Assistant in several area healthcare facilities.  In her free time, she enjoyed reading, taking walks, window shopping, and playing the occasional video game.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.  She was a member of the Shelbyville congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

 
Elner is survived by her husband: Carl Leroy Russell of Pana; children: John Russell, Serena Merritt (Joe) and Peter Russell, all of Pana; grandchildren: Joseph Merritt and Kaitlyn Merritt; great granddaughter: Alice Eckhart; siblings: Bessie Potter, Leona Mae McMillan, Lavesta Rickfelder, and Linda Canada; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters.


Mrs. Russell will be cremated, and the family will host a memorial service at the Shelbyville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, outside of Tower Hill, at 10:30a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 with Tony Roettgers officiating.  Inurnment will he held at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Russell family with arrangements.  Memories of Elner, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Margaret Carlene Fenicle

Margaret Carlene Fenicle, 79 of Stonington passed away on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 2:27 a.m at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. She was born on January 8th, 1940 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Carl Franklin and Essie Mae (Foster) Brandon. Her mother, Essie Mae passed away in the first year of her life and Louada (Fleming) Brandon became her mother. She married Larry Dean Moore on May 29, 1958. Larry and Carlene had two daughters and traveled the United States while Larry was in the United States Marine Corp and later returned to Taylorville, IL to raise their family and were blessed with another baby girl. They continued to live in Taylorville until Larry passed away in 1993. She married Thomas Fenicle in 1996. Breathe Easy Now, Our Beautiful Mama! You are the light and the strength that fills our heart. You are the epitome of love! Family and friends have always meant so much to you. Your smile could always light up a room and turn a dark, gloomy day into hope for a brighter tomorrow. Whenever you wrapped your arms around us, everything was right in the world. I’m sure Shannon, Daddy, Grandma Essie Mae, Grandpa and Grandma Brandon, Uncle Bub, Uncle Frank, Uncle John, Uncle Dan, Aunt Betty, Aunt Rose, Aunt Nora, all our lost babies, and so many, many more were there to greet you and are in your loving arms once again! You helped to bring countless babies into this world in the 35 years that you worked as an Obstetric Technician at St Vincent Memorial Hospital. Your loving arms and hands swaddled and cuddled each and every baby as they took their first breaths. You passed your precious gift of Love to them from their beginning. I’m sure that Elvis Presley is singing while you are dancing in Heaven! I know that one day you will be there to welcome all of us to Heaven. Right now, here on earth, everything doesn’t make sense! Anyone who ever met you, will never forget your smile, kind words, loving heart, strength, wisdom, and healing hands. We Love You So Much; So Much, We Love You! Always, Always In Our Hearts...We Love You Margaret Carlene Brandon Moore Fenicle. Breathe Easy and Rest In Peace For You Will Never Be Forgotten because All of us are your legacy of Love. She enjoyed traveling,playing cards, watching and identifying all of the birds that flocked to greet her outside her window. Most of all, she enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends. She was a member of Taylorville Southern Baptist Church and had been a member of the choir for many years.


She is survived by her Husband: Thomas H. Fenicle of Stonington, IL; Daughters: Sherry (Randy) Schorey of Stonington, IL; Debra Friedrich of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Donnie (Jen) Schorey of Shelbyville, IL, Joshua (Holli) Schorey of Moweaqua, IL, James (Amy) Morgason of Mt. Zion, IL, Cherish Bittle and Cassandra (Mike) Padilla both of Centralia, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Jackson and Kylie Schorey, Riley Bittle, Logan and Aidan Wooters, Ruby, Remington and Rafe Schorey, Lexi Morgason, Jordan (Will) Huggins of Las Vegas, NV, Samuel and Joshua Geary and Faith Padilla; Great-Great Grandson: Bentley Huggins of Las Vegas, NV; Step-children: Mark (Denise) Fenicle of Ft. Myers. FL, Karen Eramo of Orlando, FL; Step-Grandchildren: Jamie Friedman Brian Fenicle of Portland, OR; Heather Fenicle of Houston, TX; Amy Fenicle of Ft. Meyer, FL; Megan Fenicle of Minneapolis, MN; Sisters: Nancy Saunders and Carlotta (Jimmy) Shelton and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, first husband: Larry D. Moore, Daughter: Shannon Morgason, Husband: Larry Moore, Brothers: Frank, Carl Jr, John and Danny; Sisters: Rose, Nora and Betty.

   
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.

 

Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 3:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Tim Smith and Rev. Richard McKirahan officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery in rural Sharpsburg, IL. 


Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 E. Ohio St. Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60611.


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


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

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Dale J Durbin

Dale J. Durbin, 82, of Palmer, IL, passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
 
Dale was born May 29, 1937 in Palmer, IL, the son of Florence R. and Ruby P. (Skinner) Durbin.  He married Rose M. Clevenger on February 9, 1958 at the First United Methodist Church of Taylorville.  Dale worked on a farm, and he loved nothing more than farming and talking about farming. He also enjoyed just being outdoors, and spending his time with family and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters.

 

Dale is survived by his wife, Rose M. Durbin of Palmer, IL; son, Terry (wife, Sue) Durbin of Westville, IL; daughter, Pam (husband, Tom) Harrison of Dixon, IL; grandchildren, Amanda Spinka of Livermore, CA, Susan Lipa of Covington, IN, Laura Koehn of Cincinnati, OH, Kate Burgoni of Deforest, WI, and Rodger Durbin of Georgetown, IL; 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Morrisonville Cemetery with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Morrisonville Ambulance, PO Box 641, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

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 (Wilson) Christer

Janet (Wilson) Christer, 67, of Morrisonville, IL, passed away unexpectedly at 7:47 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 at her residence.
 
Janet was born February 25, 1952 in Hillsboro, IL, the daughter of Robert L. “Rabbit” and Mary Aileen (Denning) Wilson.  She married Michael J. Hough on November 7, 2008 in Missouri, and he preceded her in death on February 11, 2017.

Janet graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1970, where she was very active in 4-H.  She went on to work for the State of Illinois in the office of the EPA for over 30 years.  Following her retirement, Janet worked as a part-time courier for the post office.  She was an entrepreneur at heart, owning many businesses in the Taylorville and Morrisonville area, including Taylorville Liquor, City Limits, The Curve, Dooley’s Corner Tavern, B & B Cab Company, and was a past owner of Morrisonville Lumber.  Janet had a passion for floral design and knitting, making many arrangements for friends and family.  She was also an avid bowler and pool player.  Janet was a member of St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

Janet is survived by her children, Aaron Davis of Morrisonville, IL, Jennifer Davis of Taylorville, IL, and Jessica Dooley of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, Bradley Davis of Chicago, IL, Jacob and Chaz Davis of Taylorville, IL, Calynn Workman of Taylorville, IL, Luke Davis of Litchfield, IL, and Wilson Johnson of Taylorville, IL; sister, Mary Bockewitz of Wildwood, MO; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 11:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546, with The Very Rev. Albert Allen officiating.

 

Interment will follow at St. Raymond Cemetery in Raymond, IL.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th St., Morrisonville, IL 62546, or Alzheimer’s Association, 2309 W. White Oaks Dr. Suite E, Springfield, IL 62704.

 

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

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Marcia Thomas

Marcia Faye Thomas, 69 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 8:32 p.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. She was born on September 4, 1950 in Hillsboro, IL the daughter of Joseph and Myrtle (Landers) Hadley. She worked as a CNA.


She is survived by her Daughters: Tammy Turley of Taylorville, IL; Terri England of Taylorville, IL; Tiffany (Robert D.) Burke of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Brandon (Lisa) Drew of Springfield, IL; Logan Neville of Springfield, IL; Shiloh Thomas of Taylorville, IL; Phoenix Martin of Georgia; Tristan Thomas of Taylorville, IL; Jayce Thomas of Taylorville, IL; Great-Granddaughter: Adelynn Drew of Springfield, IL; Brother: Joe (Colleen) Hadley of Taylorville, IL; David (Sharon) Hadley of Jacksonville, IL; Paul (Tammy) Hadley of Taylorville, IL; Wayne (Bonita) Hadley of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Karen Lowis of Taylorville, IL; Violet (Mark) Borgic of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents.


Marcia will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. 


Memorials may be made to her grandchildren’s benefit fund C/O: First National Bank in Taylorville.


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


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

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Byron Peters

Byron A. Peters, 91, of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 12:55 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center. He was born on May 3, 1928 in Taylorville the son of Charles and Letta Grace (Elliott) Peters. He graduated from Taylorville High School and the University of Illinois with a Bachelors Degree in science. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict. He married Jane Spesard and she preceded him in death on April 27, 1981. He then married Nora DeClerck in 1982. Byron was employed by Continental Grain for 37 years. Byron’s pride and joy was working in his vegetable garden. He also enjoyed fishing and camping with the Avion Travel Cade club and the Taylorville Miners Camping Group. He and Nora were associate members of the Midwest RV Club until his health declined.


He is survived by his Wife Nora, daughter: Sharon (Dave) Jasper; sons: Charles, Steven and Jeffery Peters; grandsons: Nate Jasper, Corwin Peters, Dirk Peters and Griffin Peters. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Everett Peters and sister Evelyn Oldham.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.

 

Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.


Memorials may be made to the VFW Post # 4495 515 N. West Ave. Taylorville, IL 62568 or 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 on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Rodney Pettus

Rodney Pettus, 64 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 5:50 a.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on December 9, 1955 in Taylorville, IL the son of Thomas A. and Patricia Jane (Flahart) Pettus. Rodney worked as a security specialist for Wareham’s Security and then later as an Electronic Engineer at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. He graduated from Taylorville High School in the Class of 1974 and he served in the United States Navy.


He is survived by his Mother: Patricia Pettus of Taylorville, Twin Brother: Ronald (Susan) Pettus of Mechanicsburg, IL and Brother: Randy (Dawn) Pettus. He was preceded in death by his Father Thomas A. Pettus, and baby sister Ronda Rochell.


A Private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with military graveside honors.


Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.


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

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

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Marianne Chapman

Marianne Chapman, 75, of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 9:50 p.m. at her home in Taylorville. She was born on June 8, 1944 the daughter of Carl and Nellie (Snider) Reincke. She married Bill Chapman on June 1, 1969 in the South Fork United Methodist Church in Rural Nokomis, IL. Marianne attended Millikin University in Decatur where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She was involved in a music sorority and she worked at the Clinton Fine Arts Center. She and Bill met in Hammond while they were both teaching. They later moved to Edinburg where she taught band, music and choir for 22 years. She directed the school music program for Christmas programs, school plays, and swing choir dinner theater. She was a member of the Edinburg United Methodist Church where she assisted with the music at church, she was the choir director and she played for many funerals and weddings. She also led several cantatas with other churches and she gave many music lessons. She was a past grand marshal for the Edinburg Labor Day Parade. 


She is survived by her Husband Bill Chapman of Taylorville, Nephews: Aaron and Cody Chapman of Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edinburg United Methodist Church in Edinburg, IL with Pastor Caleb McGregor and Pastor Ray Radae officiating. Burial will be in Kettelkamp Cemetery in rural Nokomis, IL.


Memorials may be made to Edinburg United Methodist Church 102 W Douglas St, Edinburg, IL 62531 or Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois 210 W McKinley Ave, Suite 1 Decatur, Illinois 62526.


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


Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com   

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Betty Miller

Betty Miller, 90, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 4:35 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

 

Betty was born August 30, 1929 in Stonington, IL, the daughter of Oma G. & Hazel Marie (Perrine) Spillman. She married Leslie Miller on July 5, 1949 in Fairfield, IL, and he preceded her in death on July 3, 1999. Betty attended Mt. Auburn High School, and after she and Leslie married, she stayed home to run the household and raise her children.  There was nothing in life more important to her than her children and grandchildren. Betty enjoyed car rides through the country, crafts, and a good game of BINGO.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, and a past member of the Eagles Club #1425, and the Red Hat Society.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sons, Leslie E. and Oma “Andy” Miller; great grandchildren, Tori Lanter, Brandon Hudson, and Zachery Jacob Reeter; sister, Dorothy Zini and Ona Ruth Hoffman; and brothers, Jay and Russell Spillman.

 

Betty is survived by her children, Linda Scott of Gilbertsville, KY, Gary L. (wife, Rena) Miller of Taylorville, IL, Mary Ann (husband, Tim) Reiser of Springfield, IL, Penny Presnell of Great Falls, MT, and Dwight (wife, Michelle) Miller of Belton, MO; daughter-in-law, Deborah Jean Miller of Taylorville, IL; 14 grandchildren; several great and great-great grandchildren; sister, Shirley (husband, Don) Wilhour of Pana, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Pastor Bob Turner officiating.

 

Interment will follow at Grove City Methodist Cemetery in rural Edinburg, IL.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

 

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

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Fern Hornbuckle

Fern Hornbuckle, 89, of Taylorville, IL, formerly of Morrilton, AR, passed away at 1:34 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.


Fern was born on January 20, 1930 in Cleveland, AR, the daughter of Hayes and Bertie (Russell) Scroggins.  She married Robert Hornbuckle on November 29, 1958 in Bee Branch, AR. 


Fern was a member of the Church of Christ in Pana, IL and Morrilton, AR.  She was a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, formerly known as Arkansas State Teachers College.  Fern was an avid reader and excellent crossword puzzle player.


She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Euin (wife, Elosie) Scroggins, Weldon (wife, Eulita) Scroggins, Dewey Crow, and Mildred (husband, Jim) Mahan; and her grandson, Clinton J Hornbuckle.


Fern is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons, Greg (wife, Patty) Hornbuckle of Taylorville, IL, and Bruce Hornbuckle of Arlington, TX; grandchildren, Cynthia (Jason Handegan) Woods, Kate Graham of Taylorville, IL and Chad (wife, Nena) Hornbuckle of Edwardsville, IL; great grandchildren, Kyle Woods of Hilton Head Island, SC, Cole Woods of Taylorville, IL, Katie & Erik Hornbuckle of Walnut Creek, CA, Lucas Hornbuckle of Taylorville, IL, Michael and Monroe Mason of Taylorville, IL, and Brynn, Grant and Brock Hornbuckle of Edwardsville, IL.  


Graveside ceremonies will be held at Old Liberty Cemetery, near Cleveland, AR at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 with Pastor Charles Bain officiating.


Memorial Contributions in Fern’s memory may be made to: the Clinton J Hornbuckle Memorial Foundation, by mail at 1315 E 1000 North Road, Taylorville, IL  62568.


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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Doris Eloise Nation

Doris Eloise Nation, 94 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 2:15 a.m. at Taylorville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville. She was born to Walker and Fern Baldis in November of 1924. She was wed to Alvin Leinen until his death in 1967, and they had one son, Richard Alvin Leinen. Doris was married to Earl R. Vangeison from 1969 until his death in 2005. Doris wed Granvel “Spud” Nation in 2009.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Ray and Don Baldis, and Jean Bilyeu; her son Rick; Earl’s son Harry Lee Vangeison, son-in-law Glenn Klein, grandson Sam Vangeison; and, Spud’s son Tom Nation.    

Doris is survived by her husband, Spud Nation, of Taylorville. She is survived by her Leinen family: Rick’s wife, Lanette Leinen and their children Chris (Dee) Elsner, K.C. (Rachel) Leinen, Dustin (Chelsea) Leinen, eight great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Doris is survived by her Vangeison step-family: Debbie (Phil) Svoboda, Roger, Mary (Jim) Daughtery, Sandy Klein, Sharon (Jim) Hill, Linda Vangeison, and Fred (Elaine) Vangeison; along with 16 step-grandchildren, 26 great step-grandchildren, and 10 great-great step-grandchildren.  

Since 1954, Doris Leinen-Vangeison-Nation was known as the “Stanley Lady” in Taylorville and around the region. She met each sales challenge Stanley Home Products posted, being among the top 100 dealers in the United States for many years. Most importantly, she made dear friends at her home parties and at kitchen tables selling Stanley talking about the news of the day and children. She was a consummate cook, baker, gardener, and could freeze or can anything that grew. She once was in nursing school, a square dancer, a Democratic party official, and a snow-bird who traveled to Texas for 25 years each winter. Doris was strong in her faith and is a founding member of Grace Baptist Church of Taylorville.     
 
Doris was blessed to have her long life on Lincoln Trail with three loving husbands. She will be missed and her memory can be honored in lieu of flowers with a donation to a charity of the giver’s choosing. 

Visitation will take place on Friday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home, 327 N. Clay Street in Taylorville, Illinois. A family graveside service will be held at a later date with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. 

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

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Kenneth E. Gatton, Sr.

Kenneth E. Gatton Sr., 89 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 14, 1930 in Taylorville, IL the son of Charles and Flossie (Lancaster) Gatton. He married Dorothy Pauline Rohdemann on July 14, 1956 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on April 26, 2015. Kenneth retired from Caterpillar in Decatur where he worked as a welder inspector. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. His family considered him a jack of all trades. He was good at woodworking, fixing cars, building vehicles, gardening, he loved to play guitar, sing, and take his wife Dorothy Dancing. When he wasn’t tinkering in his garage, he enjoyed playing bebop with his great-granddaughter Isabella or throwing a beer back at the T-Bird. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville and VFW Post 6408 in Havana, IL.
He is survived by his Sons: Kenneth (Debbie) Gatton Jr. of Taylorville, IL; Brian (Karrie) Gatton of Taylorville, IL and LeRoy Gatton of Minnesota; Daughter: Tammy (David) Howell of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren: Kristy Miller, Brandon (Marie) Gatton, Justin (Jeff Oller) Gatton, Tracy Edwardsen, Katherine Bravo-Gatton, Kory Gatton, Ryan (Brooke) Gatton, Joshua (Aundrea) Gatton, Colton Gatton, Avril Gatton, Kayla (Harley McQuinn) Howell, Karlee Howell and Davey Howell; Several great-grandchildren; Sister: Norma (John) Bandy of Blue Eye, MO; Several Nieces and Nephews; his Special friend/caregiver: Mary Sylvester and his thunderbird lounge family.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with military graveside honors provided by VFW Post #4495, American Legion Post # 73, AMVETS Post # 29 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral and Honors Detail. 
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Drive Suite E. Springfield, IL 62704 or the No Veteran Will Die Alone Veteran Pinning Program C/O: Quad County Hospice 8 Huber St. Pana, IL 62557. 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our on-line guest book at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Milford Francis Brown

Milford Francis Brown, 82 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 8:45 p.m. at Life’s Journey Senior Living Center in Taylorville, IL.

 

He was born on May 12, 1937 in Taylorville, IL the son of Charles A. and Clara (Huffman) Brown. He graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1955 and Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Education. Later he got his masters degree and any kind of math was his subject. Milford started teaching in 1959 starting at Tower Hill, then moving to Canton where he was also a member of the Lions Club and he produced the school plays. He was awarded Teacher of The Year in 1967. From Canton he taught in Bethany and retired in 2000 from Morrisonville School District where he was grade school principal, he taught grade school and high school.

   
Milford never married but was survived by his sisters: Ellen Davis and Marilyn Guthrie Dixon of Taylorville, 9 nieces and nephews, 11 great nieces and nephews, and 6 great-great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Martha Greffe, Mildred Garwood, brother: Charles J. Brown, brothers-in-law: Virgil Griffe, Robert Garwood, Robert Davis, Charles Guthrie, Norman Dixon and sister-in-law: Vivian Brown.


Private family services will be held at a later date.


Memorials may be made to the Taylorville High School Sports Boosters C/O: Taylorville High School 815 W. Springfield Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568.


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

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Ward K. Thomas

Ward K. Thomas, 87 of Rochester, formerly of Edinburg, passed away at 10:05a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.  He was born on May 28, 1932 in Danville, the son of Leo Delton and Grace (Ward) Thomas.  He married Sue Beaty on December 7, 1958 in Edinburg.

 

He was an Army Veteran, having served during the Korean War.  Ward was a long-time coal miner and retired from Peabody Mine #10.  He was a member of the South Fork Church of Christ.  He enjoyed working in the yard and was known as the family handyman, able to build anything from a shelf to his own home.  Ward and his family enjoyed the many summers they spent at the lake with family and friends.

 

He is survived by his wife: Sue Thomas of Rochester; children: Delton Thomas of Warrensburg, Bart Thomas of Flora, Jo Ellen Davis (Kenneth) of Edinburg, Matthew Thomas (Barbara) of Monticello, and Jill Morman (Kent) of Edinburg; grandchildren: Beau Thomas, Wade Thomas, Rylie Davis, Wyatt Morman, and Delaney Morman; great grandchildren: Jace Sparks, Baylor Thomas, and Ryder Thomas; sister: Mary Ann Osborne (Frank) of Morton; and brother: Don Thomas (Gladys) of Marengo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Frances Thomas and Bill Thomas.
Mr. Thomas will be cremated and a private family inurnment will be held in the Edinburg Cemetery with Rev. Dave Johnson officiating.

 

Memorials may be made to the South Fork Church of Christ or the donor’s choice.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Ward, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Jet K Brown

Jet K Brown, 61 of Taylorville, passed away at 8:23p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on July 9, 1958 in Lombard, Illinois. She married Donald E. Brown on September 15, 1990 in Taylorville. Jet previously earned her associate degree in accounting and retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation where she worked on web design. She was an avid fan of Mickey Mouse, liked putting puzzles together, and enjoyed spending time outside watching the birds and squirrels or working in her flower garden. More than anything she loved her family, especially her 2 grandchildren and was looking forward to the arrival of her newest granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband: Donald E. Brown of Taylorville; daughters: Ambre Cherven of St. Louis and Crimson (Joseph Lawrence) of Taylorville; grandson: Granite Stockon; granddaughter: Nikyla Lawrence; brothers: Ronnie Schulmeister (Jacqueline) of Gurnee and Mike Schulmeister of Florida; niece: Jamie Roberts of Cincinnati, Ohio; and great niece: Keely Eads (Raleigh) of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents: Ronald and Marilyn (Pierce) Schulmeister; and siblings Bonnie Roberts, Jimmy Coulson, and Bret Steier.

In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Brown will be cremated, and the family will host a celebration of her life at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jet, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefunerahome.com.

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Cayle "Fuzz" Davis

Cayle “Fuzz” Davis, 67, of Palmer, IL, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019 at his residence.

Cayle was born May 8, 1952 in Taylorville, IL, the son of Floyd and Marcella (Allen) Davis.  He married Janet Badman on September 19, 1971 in Taylorville, IL.

 

Cayle graduated from South Fork High School in 1970, and went on to work as a master machinist at Howden Fan Company Springfield for many years.  He later retired from GSI, where he was also a machinist.  Cayle was also a gunsmith in his free time.  He enjoyed catfishing, camping, hunting, throwing horseshoes, and competing in truck pulls.  Most of all, Cayle cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.  He was a member of the Taylorville Rifle and Pistol Club.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Sharon Sherman and Sissy Sexton.

 

Cayle is survived by his wife, Janet Davis of Palmer, IL; daughter, Linda (spouse, Sheila Norris) Davis of Clinton, IL; son, Jed (wife, Sessey Lynch) Davis of Palmer, IL; grandchildren, Kelsie (fiancé, Nathan Mink) Davis of Taylorville, IL, and Levi, Lance, and Lacey Davis of Palmer, IL; siblings, William (wife, Shirley) Davis of Kincaid, IL, Peggy Crabbe of Sandwich, IL, and Becky Malone Davis of Savannah, MO; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Services will be held at a later date.

 

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

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

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Charles Mahan

Charles “Leon” Mahan, 86 of Chatham formerly of Taylorville passed away at 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Sunrise Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Virden, IL. He was born on July 12, 1933 in East St. Louis, IL the son of Otis Mahan and Cleo (Mahon). He married Sylvia Dowdy on February 9, 1952 and then later married Hope Strumpher on November 8, 1973. Leon was a retired Master Sargent for the Illinois State Police, and he was also the Christian County Sheriff from 1986-1990. He was a member of the Leslie-Reddick Legion Post #721 in Morrisonville, Fraternal order of Police Lodge #41, Morrisonville Lodge #681 AF & AM, Mid America Sports Parachute Club and the Illinois Police Association. Leon was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1951-1955.

 

He is survived by his Wife Hope Mahan of Chatham, IL; Daughters: Jane (Bernie) Held of Plainfield, IL; Gayle Nickey of Decatur, IL; Rhonda (Declan) Boyle of Auburn, IL; Son: Jeff (Cheryl) Mahan of Ozawkie, KS; Grandchildren: Stephanie (Kevin) Como; Melissa (Dan) Johnson; Jason (Holly) Held; Becky (Jim) Ramey; Michael Mickey, Kevin Mickey, Tera (Eric) Enderlin; Jessika (Bobby) Goff; Amanda (Shane) Mitchell; Adam Mahan; Ashley (Jonnie) Gentry; Step-Grandson: Justin Harris; Twenty-Two Great-Grandchildren; Sister-in-Laws: Margaret (Mag) Mahan, Judith Mahan, Kathy (Mahan) O’Roarke and Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Siblings: Wayne Mahan, Russ Mahan, Keith Mahan, Danny Mahan and Sister-in-Law Delores Mahan.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Ted Chapman and Bob Kinderman officiating. Burial will be in Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with military graveside honors.  


Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 2309 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite E. Springfield, IL 62704.


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

 

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