Obits Archives for 2020-08

John M. "Jack" Conrath

John M. “Jack” Conrath, 84 of Kincaid passed away Wednesday, August 5th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Conrath was born on July 15, 1936 to Joseph and Jennie “Eleanor” (Hatfield) Conrath in Bulpitt, IL.  He married Mary F. Forsythe on December 31, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church in Taylorville, IL.
Jack started his work career working for the F.B.I.  He later worked for IBM from which he retired and then went to work for the State of Illinois from which he also retired.  He was a drummer and singer in bands including “5 Jokers”, “Steve Walko Trio”, and “Los Medicos Locos”.
Mr. Conrath was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kincaid and was very active member at St. Rita Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife Mary of Kincaid, a son Rick Conrath and his wife Barbara of Lombard, IL, his daughters Michelle Brookens of Taylorville, IL  and Lisa Conrath-Bova husband Mark Bova of Geneva, IL, , grandchildren Kaitlin Brookens of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Jeffrey (Rachel) Brookens of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kevin Conrath and companion Kelsey Shinner of Denver, CO, Meagan Conrath of Detroit, MI, Hailey Bova and Logan Bova of Geneva, IL, and great-grandson Jackson Brookens of Cedar Rapids, IA, along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death his parents, one brother and three sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid, IL at 11 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020. Fr. Tony will officiate.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pawnee.  Visitation for Mr. John M. “Jack” Conrath will be held from 9:30 am to 11am at the Church.  Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Kincaid is honored to be entrusted with his care.
Jack wanted everyone to know:  “I Made It Home”  I just wanted to let you know I made it home.  Everything is so pretty here, so white, so fresh, so new.  I wish that you could close your eyes so you could see it too.  Please try not to be sad for me. Try to understand. God is taking care of me… I’m in the shelter of His hands.  Here there is no sadness, and no sorrow, and no pain.  Here there is no crying, and I’ll never hurt again.  Here it is so peaceful, when all the angels sing. I really have to go now… I’ve just got to try my wings.  PS… I’ll be the first face you see when you get here!  
Memorials in loving memory of Mr. John M. “Jack” Conrath are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place - Memphis, TN 38105
 

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Richard Black

Richard Earl Black, 70, of Taylorville, passed away at 9:10 a.m. on August 5, 2020, at his home. Rich was born April 12, 1950, in Taylorville. He was a 1968 graduate of Taylorville High School. He married Suzi Denning of Taylorville on June 27, 1974. They later divorced. Rich was a proud Army veteran who served in Vietnam and he was a longtime employee of Illinois Consolidated. Rich’s favorite pastimes were fishing with his buddies at Lake Taylorville and cheering on his beloved baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He very much enjoyed his weekly poker game; completing woodworking projects in his garage; and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandsons. He was a friend to many, and his humor will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his children Jeffrey Black of St. Louis, MO, and Christopher (wife, Theresa) Black of Peoria, IL; grandchildren Sam and Hayden Black and Shane Black; brother Don Black of Taylorville; sister Carol (husband, Joe) Stepping of Stonington, IL; and several nieces and a nephew. Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Carol (Molly) Griffin and Leslie Black; his brother, Jim Black; and his niece, Leslie Jo Black.
Cremation will be accorded, and a graveside ceremony will be held on August 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
The family has entrusted Sutton Memorial Home, 327 N. Clay St., Taylorville, IL 62568 with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Bobbie Powell

Bobbie Powell, 83 of Rochester passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:20 a.m. at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 3, 1937 in Shreveport, LA the Son of Alvin Jackson and Ruby Jewell (Bamburg) Powell. He married Ruth Ann Kohl on June 14, 1958 in Des Plains, IL. Bobbie worked as a Union Carpenter for the Bloomington and Chicago Area Unions for 35 years. He was a member of the Blueville Masonic Lodge #647 AF& AM, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, IL, Christian County Shrine Club and the Scottish Rite. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, be on his farm and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his Wife: Ruth Ann Powell of Rochester, IL; Daughter: Belinda (Jack) Hafliger of Edinburg, IL; Grandchildren: Jaclyn (Kyle) Owens of Taylorville, IL; Samantha and Sabrina Hafliger both of Edinburg, IL; Great-Granddaughter: Kilyn Owens of Taylorville; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents: Alvin (Ruby) Powell and his siblings: Alvin “Red” Powell, Alva Rue Galloway.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10:00-12:00 Noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Masonic Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon. The Funeral Service will follow the Masonic Services starting at approximately 12:15 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Caleb McGregor officiating. Burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg.
Memorials may be made to the 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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James "Keith" Morgan

James “Keith” Morgan, 68, of Taylorville, passed away at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at his residence.
Keith was born February 5, 1952 in Vandalia, the son of Charles Herbert and Betty Mae (Lockart) Morgan.  He married Diane Crowder on December 5, 1971 in Taylorville.


Keith proudly served our country in the United States Army during Vietnam.  After his honorable discharge, he worked for Ziegler Coal Company until his retirement.  He then worked for Capital Redi-Mix for an additional 20 years.  Keith was a hard worker, and he took pride in everything he did. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, and any other outdoor activities that involved being around his family.  Keith was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini football and basketball fan. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; and his infant brother, Charles Morgan, Jr.


Keith is survived by his wife, Diane Morgan of Taylorville; sons, Jim (wife, Shannon) Morgan of Taylorville, and Kevin (wife, Caryn) Morgan of West Lafayette, IN; daughter, Bobbie (husband, Bob) Fenno of Coulterville; grandchildren, A.J., Mercedez, Hunter, Ryan, Greg, and Drew; siblings, Sharon Scott, Charlie Morgan, Ivan Morgan, Mike Morgan, and Lenna Morgan; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 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, and the wearing of masks is suggested.


Private family ceremonies will be held with Chaplain Abraham Mogerman officiating.


Memorial Contributions may be made to: Kindred Hospice, 2815 Old Jacksonville Road Suite 202, Springfield, IL 62704, or Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, 210 W. McKinley Ave. Suite 1, Decatur, IL 62526.


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

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Robert E. Fleming

Robert E. Fleming, 88, of Taylorville, passed away at 3:56 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020 at his residence.
Robert was born on May 15, 1932 in rural Christian County, the son of Steven Gatton and Gladys Fleming.  He married Shirley Absher on June 7, 1957 in Hebron, and she preceded him in death in 1984.  Robert then married Darlene Porter on June 20, 1987 in Taylorville, and she preceded him in death September 10, 2009.


Robert proudly served our country in the United States Navy.  He served in the Korean War as a gunner.  After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Robert worked many years at the Freeman Coal Company, where he retired.  He also farmed the family farm for the majority of his life. Robert was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, and he served as the Commander of the V.F.W. Post #4495 twice.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals fan, and he enjoyed carpentry and gardening.  Most of all, Robert enjoyed the time that he spent with his family.


He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Gerald and Edward Fleming.


Robert is survived by his sons, Robert J. Fleming of Tovey, Jeffrey A. (wife, Susan) Fleming of Taylorville, Todd M. (wife, Suzanne) Fleming of Cape Coral, FL, and David Jon (wife, Wendy) Fleming of Taylorville; grandchildren, Jenny, Megan, Kiley, Chelsea, Jackson, Emily, Braden, Kalene, Kourtni, and Shaun; great grandchildren, Cameron, Liam, Chazden, Oliver, Crew, and Connor; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved lap dog, Nick.


Private graveside ceremonies with military honors will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.


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

 

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

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Richard Prakel

Richard Dean Prakel, 53 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on December 5, 1966 in Clinton, IL the son of John Richard and Constance Kay (Clements) Wood. Richard worked as a roofer for Eric Allard roofing.
He is survived by his parents: Connie (Jim) Wood of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Alisa (Brandon) Noren and Brooke (Josh) McLeod both of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Lindsay, Kayden, Beckett and Bowen; Sisters: Julie (Mike) Boyd, Nicole (Derek) Snyder both of Indiana; Step-Sister: Jennifer (Andy) Petzold of Iowa; Step-Brother: Jeff (Stacey) Wood of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Father: John Prakel.
Richard will be cremated and there will be no services. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Sharon Follis

Sharon K. Follis, 75 of Owaneco, passed away at 12:28pm on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.  She was born on August 19, 1944 in Clay City, the daughter of Harold L. and Hazel M. (Ile) Hildebrand.  She married Bobby D. Follis on October 25, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona and he preceded her in death on November 27, 2007.  Sharon was an animal lover and had several gypsy horses over the years as well as her beloved dog Trivett.  She was a fan of country music and enjoyed live music performances.  
She is survived by her daughters: Lisa Caddell (William) and Machelle Rodabaugh.  
Sharon 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. Memories of Sharon, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Donna Peterson

Donna Jean Peterson, 84 of Mattoon, IL formerly of Edinburg, IL passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL. She was born on July 2, 1936 in Sullivan, IL the daughter of Carl and Bernadine (Kidwell) Weakley. She married John A. Peterson on September 2, 1988 and he preceded her in death on October 7, 2015. Donna worked as Regional Coordinator for the Heart Association, a Floral Designer and she was a member of Taylorville Christian Church. John and Donna enjoyed taking trios and cruises.
She is survived by her sister Joyce and brother in law Michael Edmonds, sons Jeffrey (Sherry) Beierman, Michael (Maureen) Beierman, Marshall Peterson and Reidd (Patti) Peterson. Several grandchildren and special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Bernadine and Carl Weakley, brother and sister in law: Lynn and Sally Weakley, son Robert Beiermann and husband John Peterson.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Camfield Cemetery in Sullivan, IL with Pastor James Jones Officiating.
Memorials may be made to Taylorville Christian Church 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568 and/or to the American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle Chicago, IL 60674-0001.  
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Travis Hunt

Travis Donald Hunt, 39 of Taylorville, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in his home.  He was born on July 26, 1981 in Taylorville, the son of Dennis D. and Kathleen M. (Murray) Hunt.  He married Melissa Kretzer on October 5, 2013 in Kincaid.  Travis attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduated from Taylorville High School, and attended Lincoln Land Community College.  He worked several jobs throughout his life including the Pawnee Food Center, Cowell Tree Service, Tullis Excavating and most recently Urban Rental Company.  Travis was known as a genuinely happy person who never knew a stranger.  He lived an active life, enjoying bowling, snow skiing, snowmobiling, riding his bike, playing cards, and even tried skydiving.  He loved to be outdoors, no matter if he was throwing bags or playing mud volleyball with his team the Cadillac Shirley’s.  For many years he co hosted the Hunt Mud Volleyball Tournament.  Travis was also artistic; he enjoyed painting and had a knack for turning junk into art.  He had a love for music; not only listening, but also playing.  He taught himself how to play the electric bass and enjoyed taking part in open-mic nights.  Traveling was another passion of Travis’s.  He spent time traveling all around the world including a backpacking trip through Europe.  Travis lived a life full of peace, love, and joy and will be dearly missed by his large family and countless friends.  
He is survived by his wife: Melissa Hunt of Taylorville; father: Dennis Hunt (companion Gloria McClard) of Stonington; siblings: Tom (Anita) Hunt of Taylorville, Kim (Frank) Herkert of Morrisonville, Tim (Kristin) Hunt of Taylorville, Tyler (Betsy) of Edinburg, Todd Hunt of Owaneco, and Kristin (Jeremy) Stanton of Taylorville; mother and father-in-law: Sue and Patrick Kretzer of Taylorville; brother-in-law: Eric (Nicole) Kretzer of Seattle, Washington; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his beloved Mastiff: Ringo .  He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents: William and Mary Murray and Steven and Evelyn Hunt; aunt: Carolyn Brusca; uncles: Jim Murray, Bob Sinnard, and Don Hunt.  
A visitation for Travis will be held from 4p.m. until 7p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  A service of remembrance will begin at 7p.m.  Due to the pandemic, only 50 visitors will be allowed in the building at a time and masks are encouraged as well as casual attire.  A private family graveside inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials may be left to St. Mary’s Catholic School or the Dinner Seasoned with Love organization.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Travis, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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James Anthony Graham Sr.

James Anthony Graham Sr., 74, of Taylorville passed away at 3:39am on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on December 1, 1945 in Tovey, the son of Bernard Joseph and Lorraine Rose (Basil) Graham.  He married Jennifer Alma Honea on August 10, 2002 in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on December 19, 2015.  James served as a heavy equipment operator in the US Airforce during the Vietnam era.  He worked as a manager at KFC for many years in both Springfield and St. Augustine, Florida and he also drove a school bus in Rockford.  He worked for Addis Home Healthcare before his retirement.  James enjoyed the beach and loved to cook, especially his homemade noodles.  
He is survived by his children: James A. Graham Jr. (Barbara Granada Piteiro) of Astor, Florida, Deanna Stanten (Aaron) of Floresville, Texas, and Melissa Wilkinson (John) of Palatka, Florida; brothers: John C. Graham (Cathy) of Rochelle, Thomas Graham (Sherry) of Welaka, Florida, Ronny Graham (Polly) of Griffin, North Carolina; sisters: Mary Ann Crosby of Crescent City, Florida and Cheryl Drnjevic of Jeisyville; half-brothers: Dale Carmichael (Roberta) of Homosassa Springs, Florida, Dwayne Carmichael of Crescent City, Florida, and Terry Lee Carmichael (Sheryl) of Taylorville; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; half-brothers: Rudy Bill Carmichael and Leslie Carmichael; stepfather Gordon Carmichael; and mother-in-law: Juanita Conyers.  
Mr. Graham will be cremated, and a graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating.  Military graveside rites will also be conducted.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of James, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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John William Johnson

John William Johnson, 70, of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at his residence.
John was born on March 12, 1950 in Hillsboro, the son of Charles “Chuck” and Lucia (Marley) Johnson.  He graduated from Nokomis High School, and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Air Force.  John worked for many years at Sangamon Paper Company.  He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis.  John was an avid fisherman, and he especially enjoyed fishing the pond at the family farm.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Jim, Robert “Babes”, and Roger “Onze” Johnson.
John is survived by his son, Jimmy (wife, Christine) Johnson of Seminole, FL; grandson, Benjamin; brother, Charles “Chaz” Johnson of Holiday, FL; the mother of his son, Sally Dickerson of Trilla; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Kettelkamp Cemetery in Nokomis.
The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Kenneth Ray Badman

Kenneth Ray Badman , 75, of Taylorville, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Ray was born July 12, 1945 in Moweaqua, the son of Leonard and Margaret “Maggie” (Stockon) Badman.  He married Barbara Shanks in 1967, and they later divorced.  Ray, then, married H. Dayle Nelson on December 9, 2007 in Lincoln.

Ray graduated from Morrisonville High School, and then proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps.  He served during Vietnam, and attained the rank of Corporal before his honorable discharge in 1968.  Once Ray was out of the service, he worked as a mechanic in California, and he coached little league while he was there.  Upon his return to Illinois, he and his father operated the Shell Station in Taylorville, until 1973.  Ray then worked as a long-haul truck driver for 47 years, and spent his later years as a bus driver for the Taylorville school district.  He had a famous sweet tooth, never enjoying too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup F5’s from Tastee Treet.  Ray enjoyed working on trucks in his spare time, but he enjoyed being a dad and grandpa the most.  He was a member of the Morrisonville United Methodist Church.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Darren Durbin; and brother-in-law, Cayle “Fuzz” Davis.

He is survived by his wife, H. Dayle Badman of Taylorville; children, Jeff (wife, Tara) Graham of Stonington, Lisa (husband, David) Durbin of Palmer, Kenny (wife, Jodie) Badman of Morrisonville, and Teri (husband, Phillip) Deal of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Tiffani, and Jaden Graham, Ashley Lowis, Corey (wife, Kalie) Badman, Mackenzie (husband, Justin) Drone, and Alex, Austin, Adam, and Alaina Deal; great grandchildren, Allison and Luke Lowis, and Lane Badman; brothers, Jimmy (wife, Sue) Badman, and Billy (wife, Nita) Badman, both of Palmer; sisters, Janet Davis of Palmer, Connie (husband, Tony) Cook of Pana, and Vickie (husband, Tom) Grundy of Morrisonville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 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, and the wearing of masks is suggested.

A private family funeral ceremony will be held, followed by interment with military honors at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Morrisonville-Palmer Fire Protection District, 205 SE 6th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or Bear Creek Community Club, PO Box 18, Palmer, IL 62556.  Donations of food may be made to the Palmer Community Building on Tuesday morning.

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

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