Obits Archives for 2020-07

Sharon Tarrant

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

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Knox Michael Bradly Gatons

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

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

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

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

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Madge L. (Geiling) Perkinson

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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John M. McClure

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Geraldine McKinney

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

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Wileen "Sue" (Skinner) Hendricks

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Janet Marie Tarrant

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Interment will follow the ceremony at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.

 

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

 

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

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Harriet Faye Bonn

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


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


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

 

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

 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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DeLilah K. Varner

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

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Donald Joseph Moutrey

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

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

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

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

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

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Mae Belle Christian

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

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Richard Sutton

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

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Larry L. Uhrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lee Edward Fisher

On Monday, July 6, 2020, WWII Veteran, Lee Edward Fisher, loving husband of 72 years, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away at the age of 94 at Deaconess Hospice Center in Evansville, IN.  Lee was born on April 25, 1926 in Owaneco, IL to Jess and Josephine Fisher.  

 

Lee was a true American patriot.  After high school, he enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during WWII.  This was one of his proudest accomplishments.  Returning from the war, Lee and his father Jess founded Fisher's Meatpacking Plant and Restaurant.  Several years later, Lee made his way to the University of Illinois at Champaign, family in tow, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. 

 

Service was a major theme in Lee Fisher's life.  After graduation he came back to Owaneco to take over the business from his father.  Lee and his wife, Catherine, operated Fisher's until their retirement.  During these years, Lee found time to dedicate himself to charitable work with the Masonic Lodge.  Lee was a Past Master and received a 50-year lifetime member award in 2002.  

 

Lee was also a very adventurous man.  To keep his pilot license current, he began taking skydivers up to accrue flying hours.  Not surprisingly, he tried it himself and became hooked - his last jump was at age 78, acquiring over 1,000 jumps in his lifetime.  He also loved snow skiing, motorcycle riding, and shooting pool.  

 

After retirement, Lee and Catherine enjoyed spending their winters in Texas and Arizona with family and friends.  But age didn't stop Lee from picking up another hobby.  Retirement gave him time to become a skilled wood worker.  Cherished family and friends have many beautiful bowls, cutting boards, and rolling pins proudly displayed in their homes.  

 

Lee's family and friends will remember him as prankster, lover of a good debate, kind-hearted button-pusher, and a wicked joke and storyteller.  Thank you to all of those who made his life so full and memorable.  He loved the life he lived.  

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Josephine Fisher; his son, Neil Fisher; and his sister, Charlotte Bentley.  Lee will be missed every day by his wife, Catherine Fisher; two daughters and son-in-law, Marcia Lutz, and Kathy and Gordon Freisinger; four grandchildren, Kara Freisinger, Lindsay and Ian Grieves, Jodie Parks, and Abby and Curtis Kremer; and four great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Matilda Grieves, and George and Oliver Kremer.  

 

Lee will be laid to rest in the family plot in Owaneco cemetery surrounded by immediate family due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

 

Condolences can be sent to: Catherine Fisher 7525 E. Gainey Ranch Road, House 150 Scottdale, AZ 85258.

 

Memorial Donations can be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital (donate.lovetotherescue.org)

 

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

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Sharon Jo Kramer

Sharon Jo Kramer, 73, of Taylorville, passed away at 8:23 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at home with her family at her side.

 

Sharon was born May 14, 1947 in Taylorville, the daughter of Clarence and Marcella (Redman) Denning.  She married Bernard “Barney” Kramer on April 4, 1985 in Paducah, KY.  He preceded her in death on March 4, 2017.

 

Sharon graduated from Taylorville High School in 1965.  She worked for Essen Hardware, Davis Memorial Christian Church, Christian County Medical Clinic, and then retired from Springfield Clinic.  Sharon was a devoted and active member of Davis Memorial Christian Church, where she was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.  Sharon went out to eat with “The Girls” every Wednesday night at Whit’s End, and she loved vacationing at her timeshare in Pigeon Forge.  

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Susan (Dunn) Pumphrey; sister, Ruth Ann Hendricks; and step-son, Randy Kramer.

 

Sharon is survived by her children, Bob (wife, Paula) Dunn, and Gena Dunn, both of Taylorville; grandchildren, Danielle Morrison, Garrett Pumphrey, Cassie (husband, Brandon) Rush, Clinton Pumphrey, Ellie Pumphrey, Savanah (fiancé, Evan Burgett) Dunn, Marissa Heinz, and Quint Dunn; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Rush, Victoria Pumphrey, Kaden Rush, Christopher Pumphrey, and Beckett Rush; sister, Janet (husband, David) Hendricks of Taylorville; step-daughter, Deb Kramer; step-daughter-in-law, Kay Kramer; step-grandchildren, Mike Kramer, and Krista (husband, Andy) Turner; step-great-grandchildren, Arlo Turner, and Sophie Kramer; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville.  In keeping with CDC guidelines, only 50 guests at a time will be allowed to visit in the funeral home.

 

Private family ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Kerns officiating.

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Christian County Senior Citizens Center, 701 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, or Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

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Ellen Kay Woods

Ellen Kay Woods, 74 of Taylorville passed away at 2:02pm, Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  She was born on June 25, 1946 in Pontiac, Illinois, the daughter of Clarence Wesley and Geraldine (Anderson) Mies.  Ellen and her family moved to Waverly in 1954 and she still has relatives in that area.  Ellen earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Illinois.  While at the U of I she was a member of and quite active in 4-H House until she married Robert Woods in December of 1967.  She traveled with her husband and worked as a librarian or teacher at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and a 1 ½ years in Germany from 1969 to 1972.  Ellen earned her Library Science Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her family returned to the Taylorville family farm in 1975 where she worked as an elementary school librarian at the Decatur Schools for many years until she began helping her husband farm.  She was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church.  Ellen was devoted to her family and loved her daughters and grandchildren dearly.  She was an avid reader and loved visiting and corresponding with family and friends.  


She is survived by her husband: Rob Woods of Taylorville; daughters: Stephanie Freier (Ross) of Modesto, California and Valerie Pasqua (Don) of New Lenox, Illinois;  grandchildren: Mahalia Freier, Chloe Freier, Donny Pasqua, Katie Pasqua, and Cici Pasqua; and siblings: Jane Hall (Dick) of Auburn, Ed Mies (Jean Ann) of Waverly, David Mies, (Sharron) of Mahomet, and Vera O’Donnell (Patrick) of Springfield.  She was preceded in death by her parents.


A private family service will be held with Rev. Becky Lembke officiating.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Wares Grove Cemetery. A video recording of the service will be shared on the funeral home website following the service. Ellen was a huge supporter of the Taylorville Schools music program, and instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the music department, in care of McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville that is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Ellen, or condolences to her family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Jill Parker

Jill Parker, 50, of Taylorville passed away at 4:48pm on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  She was born on August 9, 1969 in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Wilbur Dean Diel and Phyllis Blankenship-Marshall.  Jill worked as the manager at Dollar General in Taylorville.  Jill lived life to the fullest, together with her previous husband, Trevis Parker, they spent many days traveling the country in Trevis’s truck, taking in the beauty the country has to offer.  She loved her time traveling, especially in the mountains of Colorado.  She enjoyed photography, motorcycle riding, long walks and drinking coffee on her porch while taking in nature.  Jill enjoyed cooking and trying new vegan recipes.  Music was a large part of Jill’s life.  She spent several years playing the drums with her band FJM.  Jill will be deeply missed by her family and many friends that loved her.  
She is survived by her family, children: Mikhail Findlay of Hannibal, Missouri, Paige Carl of Liberty, Illinois, and Chandler Grave (fiancé Devin Bessell) of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren: Kaelynn Klauser, Graceann Carl, Brantley Findlay, Eli Carl, Georgia Carl, and Violet Findlay; father: Wilbur Dean Diel of Taylorville; mother: Phyllis Blankenship- Marshall of Taylorville; sister: Dana Oldham (Doug) of Taylorville; brother: Alan Hathaway (Jody) of Quincy; nieces and nephews: Beth Oldham, Keri Oldham, Michael Hathaway, Jordyn Hathaway, Brad Bedinger (Alycia), Lyndsey Ringler (Mitch), and Stefan Bedinger (Bailey Reed); and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law: Lori and Tim Bedinger; and grandparents: Wayne “Bud” and Grace Blankenship.  
Jill’s family will host a celebration of her life at a later date.  Memorials may be left to the Parker Family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Jill, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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