Obits Archives for 2020-02

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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