Obits Archives for 2020-10

Louis Tognacci

Louis Nello Tognacci of Chandler, Arizona passed away on October 14, 2020.  He was born March 30, 1940 to Virginia and Ned Tognacci and grew up in Taylorville, Illinois.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jack Ronchetto and Tommy Tognacci, sisters Margie Tilton and Elaine Brown, and his son, Mark Tognacci.  He leaves behind Marilyn (Weiss), his wife of nearly 50 years, their sons Ned Tognacci (Rachelle), Bob Tognacci (Emily), his brother Jim, and grandchildren Chloe, Lizzy, Ava, Joey and Sam.  
 Lou grew up in quintessential small-town America.  He spoke fondly of his hometown of Taylorville, IL, where he spent his teenage days playing sports, singing in local groups, playing the trombone with the municipal band, and frequenting the local bakery.  Lou graduated from Taylorville Highschool in 1958.  
After graduation, Lou maintained his love of music, art, literature, and philosophy.  Influenced by Jack Kerouac and James Dean, Lou spent a summer in Venice Beach, CA.  Later, he joined the United States Air Force where he spent much of his time in White Sands, New Mexico with his first wife, Sandy and their son, Mark.  Lou graduated with a master’s degree in Social Psychology from New Mexico State University.  Lou pursued a doctorate at the University of Colorado where he conducted research and taught.  While in Boulder he also worked as the manager of The Foot of the Mountain Motel, a place his young sons loved to visit. After relocating to Arizona, Louis worked at the Marc Center and then as a senior transportation planner for ADOT. 
After retirement, Lou enjoyed spending time with family, and putting his love of statistics and strategy to use by committing fully to his fantasy sports teams.  Lou, Marilyn, and family enjoyed the beautiful outdoors by hiking and playing sports together.  He shared his love of learning with his sons by reading, playing chess, and engaging them in discussions about many topics. He continued this tradition with his grandchildren and spent many family dinners engaging them in conversation.  He marveled at each grandchild’s individual development and made sure they all knew they were wonderful and cherished.  
Lou, an avid conversationalist, thrived on the human connection.  Although a perfectionist himself, he was accepting, generous, and caring towards all others.  He was a true intellectual and even achieved the ranking of Grandmaster in Chess.  He was interesting and shared unique perspectives on movies, books, current events, and life. He never missed an opportunity to tell a loved one he cared.  Despite declining health, he made sure to tell each visitor, “I love you.”   We love you, Lou.  You were wonderful. 

 

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Richard Hubbard

Richard Allen Hubbard, 75, of Forsyth, passed into eternity on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Villa Clara Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur.

Allen, known by many of his friends as “Sam”, was born April 5, 1945 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, the son of Wilbur and Katherine (Cockrahan) Hubbard, Sr.  He worked for Bill Hager, assisting with auctions, yard work, and numerous other jobs until Bill passed into eternity.  Allen then continued doing odd jobs, and providing handyman services for others in the community. He resided at Park Glen in Taylorville until 2013, when he moved to Decatur to be closer to his sister, Sharon. Allen lived in Belvedere Centre Plaza for two years, before moving to Hickory Point in Forsyth, where he resided until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; great grandmother, Minnie Spears; grandmother, Mary Cockrahan; aunts, Hattie Duffy and Bea Mitchel; brother, Wilbur Hubbard, Jr.; and nephew, C.J. Hubbard.

Surviving Allen to cherish his memories are his sister, Sharon L. (Hubbard) Willis of Forsyth; brother, Carl Hubbard of Taylorville; cousin, Sheila of Las Vegas, NV; nephews, Anthony of Hillsboro, Norman of TX, and Reginald Jr. of MD; nieces, Angela and Cori, both of MD, and Candy of TX; second cousins who called him “Uncle Allen”, Thuron (Angel), Little Thomas, and Julian of Harvey, and Missy (Raymond), Roz, Dymond, and Dezmond, all of Las Vegas.

Visitation and Funeral Ceremony:  The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Tiney Walker officiating. 

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

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to all those who called, sent cards, and expressed their condolences. They would also like to thank Leslie Evey, and Marina Neufield for their help in keeping the family informed of Allen’s condition during his illness.  Sharon L. Willis would like to express her deepest appreciation to Rev. Tiney Walker for always being there for her and the Hubbard family.  Thank you, Rev. Walker!

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Family od Richard Allen Hubbard c/o of Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville.

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

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Mary Laquita Dorr   

Mary Laquita “Joy” Dorr, 87 of Taylorville passed away October 17, 2020 at Taylorville Care Center.


She was born September 12, 1933 in Tovey, Ill. to parents Bernard and Mary (Martin) Hake. She married Donald Dwight Door on July 11, 1959 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid, Ill. Donald preceded her in death on January 9, 2013.
Mary was a homemaker, member of St. Rita’s Church in Kincaid and enjoyed photography and collecting antiques. She graduated from Kincaid High School.


Survivors include daughter Dena (Joe) Goeckner of Newberry, S.C., son Joe (Gloria) Dorr of Pana, Ill., sister Beverly (Dwight) Taylor of Taylorville, Ill., grandchildren: Lacey (JB) Head of Brookhaven, Ga., Luke (Kimberly) Goeckner of Mooresville, N.C., Caleb Goeckner of Irmo, S.C., Hannah (Ben) Nichols of Pomaria, S.C., great-grandchildren: Wynn Goeckner of Mooresville, N.C., Aubrey and Riley Head of Brookhaven, Ga., Meghan Nichols of Pomaria, S.C., and numerous cousins and one aunt. She is preceded in death by her husband, brother Bernie Hake, and her parents. 
Private graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

Memorials may be left to the Christian County Meals on Wheels program.  McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Memories of Mrs. Dorr or condolences may be left online at: www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Philip Martin

Philip Martin, 89 of Springfield, died at 12:08 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2020 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. 


Mr. Martin was born on May 18, 1931 in Lincoln, to Sidney & Marguerite (Fisher) Martin. He attended Lanphier High School in Springfield and graduated in 1949. During his high school years, he showed sheep for the FFA. Mr. Martin, the first in his family to attend college, completed his undergraduate work at ISU, and later attended the U of I for his Masters in Art Education. He married Nancy Ann Campbell on August 21, 1951, and she preceded him in death after almost 66 years of marriage on June 27, 2017. Mr. Martin started the Art Program at Taylorville High School in 1953, and he retired in 1991. He taught as a substitute teacher for 11 years after retiring. He also taught adult art education classes at Lincoln Land College. In addition to his love of teaching art, Mr. Martin enjoyed flying, was a licensed pilot, and inspired many others to fly. Many will remember him for moonlighting as a sign painter, his mural work and his graphic design. Mr. Martin was a member of the Illinois Art Education Association. 


Mr. Martin is survived by his three children: Pamela Martin of Springfield; Jane DeBerry of Taylorville; Christopher Martin of Springfield; and his grandsons: Drew Martin, Blake Martin, Alexander Rickman, Brandon Rickman. 

 

In addition to his wife Nancy, Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Frank Fisher, sister, Shirley Gilmore, brother Carlis Martin, and one nephew, Michael Martin. 

 

Following Mr. Martin’s wishes, a private inurnment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be left to: Mid-Central Illinois Scholastic Art Awards, ATTN: Rosemary Buffington, 2001 Barberry Dr., Springfield, IL 62704. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Memories of Mr. Martin or condolences may be left online at: www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Leland R. Boehme

Leland R. Boehme, 83 of Taylorville, passed away at 4:30am on Friday, October 16, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on August 2, 1937 in Litchfield, the son of Marvin Jon and Harriet Louise (Bierbaum) Boehme.  Leland graduated from Litchfield High School where he played football and was named All Conference in the Midstate Conference.  He went on to play football at Upper Iowa University where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree.  On November 21, 1955 he married Carol Ann Slightom in Corinth, Mississippi and she preceded him in death on March 25, 2013.  He was a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church.  Leland taught biology in the Nokomis and Taylorville School Districts for many years.  He enjoyed coaching throughout his years of teaching.  Leland was an accomplished vocalist and performed in and directed many plays and musicals.  His proudest role was playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Millikin University.  He enjoyed playing the role of Santa for many years, bringing smiles to countless children.  He impacted and influenced the lives of all that he knew.  Leland had a personality bigger than life.  His will be forever remembered for his wit, humor, stories, and love of life.


He is survived by his children: daughter: Yvonne Rae Fletcher of Taylorville, 3 sons: Kevin Dean Boehme and wife Tracie, Brian Kurt Boehme and wife Tammy all of Taylorville, and Andrew Jon Boehme and wife Janine of Ringgold, Georgia; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother: Marvin Dean Boehme (Irma) of Iowa; and beloved dog: Fred P. Boehme.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother: Keith Boehme.


Leland will be cremated, and a memorial service will take place at noon on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Bill Kerns officiating.  Visitation will he held from 10:00am until the time of the service on Tuesday.  CDC health guidelines will be followed including social distancing and the use of masks.  Memorial donations may be made to Davis Memorial Christian Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Leland, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  
 

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Danny Lee Rose

Danny Lee Rose, 65 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on May 4, 1955 in Goodrich, Michigan the son of Robert and Betty (Sexton) Rose. He married Karen Gates in April of 1979. Danny worked as a Machinist at Fiat Allis and he was a member of the NRA.
He is survived by his Wife: Karen Rose of Springfield, IL; Mother: Betty Rose of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Richard Rose of Nokomis, IL; Sister: Diane (Mike) Scarpaci of Taylorville, IL; Nieces and Nephews: Robert “Bobby” Rose, Jennifer Stremmel, Thomas Ziri, James Scarpaci, Joseph Scarpaci, Elizabeth Scarpaci, Jean Breckenridge, Jamie Breckenridge, Jessica Breckenridge and Brother-in-Law: Bill Breckenridge. He was preceded in death by his father and his Sister: Debbie Breckenridge.   
Danny will 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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Charles Saul

Charles Harvey Saul, 96 of Taylorville passed from this life on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Charlie was born on June 27, 1924 in Springfield, IL the son of George and Alice (Smith) Saul. He married Ruby Morris on December 24, 1947 in Springfield, IL and she survives. Charlie began his working life as a paper boy and a grocery delivery boy in Springfield, moving on to work at Allis Chalmers. Later Charlie was engaged in farming for 50 years and rounding out his life as the Plant Manager for Midstate Salvage Corp for 21 years retiring at 81 years of age.
Charlie is survived by Ruby, his bride of 73 years, children: Carolyn (Neal) Lebeter of Taylorville, Sharon (Randy) Smith of Kingman, AZ, grandchildren: Randy C. Smith of Taylorville; Jennifer Lebeter of Morrisonville, and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins including his special cousin Pat Sapp Sawyer. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: George Saul and Larry Saul; Sisters: Betty Hoggit and Alice Mae Tuebner. Charlie was often teased about having been preceded in death by one famous grandparent King Saul of Israel.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville. Memorial Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. The family requests that the CDC health guidelines of wearing a mask and social distancing be followed.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Norman Smith

Norman L. Smith, 91 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:05 p.m. at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorville, IL. He was born on November 22, 1928 in Taylorville, IL the son of Floyd R. and Mildred (Buffington) Smith. He worked as a farmer and was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Army.
He is survived by his Brothers: Dale (Annie) Smith of Pennsylvania, James (Judy) Smith of Florida; Sisters: Beulah Buhr of Bourbonnais, IL, Shirley (Herb) Hendricks of Taylorville, IL, Beverly Rathgeber of Morrisonville, IL; Floanna Crowley of Wichita, KS, Carol Herren of Springfield, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Ricky Reed officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with military graveside honors.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #73 110 W Franklin 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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Otto Borgic

Otto Thomas Borgic, 64, of Taylorville, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Otto was born March 7, 1956 in Taylorville, the son of Darrell and Martha (Kessler) Borgic. He married Brenda Stewart in May of 1979 in Taylorville, and they later divorced.  Otto graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1975, and earned a certificate from Bailey Technical School in St. Louis.  He was engaged in farming for most of his life, and he enjoyed fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father; maternal grandparents, George and Jessie Kessler; and paternal grandparents, John and Evelyn Borgic.

Otto is survived by his mother, Martha Borgic of Taylorville; children, Tracie (husband, Robbie) Wise of Greenville, Brian Borgic of Taylorville, and Aaron (fiancée, Dana) Borgic of Troy, MO; siblings, Raymond (wife, Diane) Borgic of Chicago, Barb (husband, John) Rankin of CO, John (wife, Bonnie) Borgic of CA, Vince Borgic of Joliet, Dale (Linda Getz) Borgic of Taylorville, and Mark (wife, Violet) Borgic of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no public services planned, at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Family of Otto Thomas Borgic c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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

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Virginia Sassatelli

Virginia Sassatelli, 91 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 8:38 p.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on June 10, 1929 in Kincaid, IL the daughter of Lester and Elizabeth (Loveless) Blake. She married Reno A. Sassatelli on June 25, 1949 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on June 30, 2006. She worked as a homemaker and she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville, Taylorville Catholic Daughters of America and Christian County Home Extension. She loved to sew, knit and she loved to cook. She especially loved her grandchildren. 
She is survived by her son: John (Denise) Sassatelli of Taylorville, IL; daughter: Susan (Roger) Ingram of Pawnee, IL; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, brothers: David, Joseph and Dennis Blake; Sisters: Lillian Greene, Louise Mitchell, Betty Frisch, Helen Blake and Patricia Halleck; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son: Reno Alan Sassatelli, brothers: Darrell Blake, Eugene Blake, Lester Blake, James Blake, Edward Lee Blake and sister: Shirley Burdzilauskas.    
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. The family requests that the CDC health guidelines of wearing masks and social distancing be followed.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or The American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Linda Lou Richards

Linda Lou Richards, 67 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 6:20 p.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on October 12, 1952 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Woodrow and Beulah Richards. Linda worked as a nurse’s aide and she was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville.


She is survived by her: Daughter: Amanda Thomas of Taylorville, Sister: Judith Richards; Nieces and Nephews: Ann Mantell, Wendy Cooley, Van Mantell, Brandi Porter, Michele Richardson, and Jeffrey Perona. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: August Mantell, George Mantell, and Patricia Richards.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Internment will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.


Memorials may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).


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


Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Sarah Cook

Sarah L. Cook, 86 of Edinburg passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7:35 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on August 30, 1934 in Edinburg, IL the daughter of Finley and Ida Francis (Humphrey) Truax. She worked as a housekeeper at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
She is survived by her Half Sisters: Shirley (David) Gurski, Joyce (Dennis) Barnett of Springfield, IL; Rosemary Libbens, Alice Bell all of Petersburg, IL; Jeanie (Carl) Brodie of Peoria, IL; Mary Courtney of Canton, IL; Brothers: Darrell (Jan) Humphrey of Alabama, Larry (Jane) Humphrey of Oklahoma and David (Brenda) Humphrey of Petersburg; Sister-in-Law: Carole Humphrey of Petersburg, IL; Uncles: Daniel (Lois) Cook of Carlinville, IL; Donald (Anna) Cook of Minnesota; Aunt: Lucy (Robert) Gideon of Mechanicsburg, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother: Thomas Humphrey, nephews Teddy Humphrey, Darrell Humphrey Jr. and David Truax brothers-in-law: Wayne Truax, Ronnie Libbens, and Dick Courtney, 2 aunts, 8 uncles and grandparents Walter and Mary Cook. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Graveside Service will be held following the visitation starting at 11:45 a.m. at Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Inurnment will be in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Ronald Lee Verbiski


Mr. Ronald Lee Verbiski, 81, of Bulpitt, IL passed from this life at 2:35 a.m. Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
He was born in Kincaid, IL February 15, 1939 the son of John and Mary Mildred (Burkhart) Verbiski.  Ronald married Priscilla A. Grobosky August 17, 1959 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2005.  
Mr. Verbiski graduated from Kincaid High School in 1957 and honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961.  He was a member of the Kincaid Baptist Church, and U.M.W.A. #1819.  Ron worked as a coal miner for 37 years at Mine #10 and 4 years at Marissa.  He enjoyed spending time with and was immensely proud of his family.  Mr. Verbiski was known as a Patriot.
Surviving are a son Greg and wife Michele Verbiski of Jeisyville, IL a daughter Mary and husband David Baker of Murrells Inlet, S.C. grandsons Gregory and wife Amy Verbiski of Altus, OK, Evan German of Murrells Inlet, SC great-granddaughters Payton and Payslee Verbiski of Altus, OK and Rory and Ansley German of Murrells Inlet, SC., a sister Joyce Miller of Springfield, IL his loyal companion Jan Stover of Bulpitt, IL along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Priscilla, and a brother Robert “Bob” Verbiski.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL.  Rev. Chad Foster will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery near Lake Sangchris.  Visitation for Mr. Ronald L. Verbiski will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Masterson’s in Kincaid.  Condolences may also be left online at mastersonfh.com and will be printed off and given to his family.  All COVID-19 restrictions will be rigorously followed.

 

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Evelyn (Jones) Emerson

Evelyn Beatrice (Jones) Emerson, 68 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:25 a.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on October 2, 1934 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Raymond and Myrtle (Yard) Jones. She married Frank T. Emerson Sr. on August 20, 1955 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on July 25, 2006. 
She is survived by her Children: Vanessa (Joe) Leach, Frank T. (Mickey) Emerson, Bart (Julie) Emerson all of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Joshua Leach, Colton (Tavia) Leach, Evy Leach, Stephanie (Glen) Goodrich, Franklin T. (Kayla) Emerson III, Gabriel Emerson, Timothy (Amanda) Prehn; Great-Grandsons: Emrys and Gunner Leach; Siblings: Mary Mollet, Bud Jones, Bill Jones, and Donna Pasqueno. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandsons: Bryce and Slade Leach, granddaughters: Christine and Katelyn Emerson and Brothers: Earl “Joe” Jones and George “Tom” Jones. 
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville 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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Mike Rea

Mike Rea “Gunslingr”, 76 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on October 30, 1943 in Chicago, IL the son of Clarence B. and Lorene E. (Pifer) Rea. Mike retired from Caterpillar in Decatur. He was a member of the Taylorville Eagles, Mound Lodge #122 AF & AM in Taylorville and Ansar Shrine. He enjoyed to hang out with his local Taylorville friends.  
He is survived by his Sons: Danny (Heidi) Rea of Warrensburg, IL; Mike “Mikey” Rea of SC; R. Rea and Wife; Daughter: Julie (Ron) Hadley of Pana, IL; Grandchildren: Daniel and Hanah Rea of Illinois, Shayna Hadley of Colorado and Blake (Kaley) Hadley of Pana, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Paisley Rea-Ann, Natalyn Blake Rose, Maebry and Landry. He was preceded in death by his Parents. 
Mike will be cremated and there will be a celebration of life 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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Alan (Doug) Reid

Alan (Doug) Reid, 67, passed away in his home on Monday, October 5, 2020. 

Alan was born on January 5, 1953, the son of Betty (Kalips) Reid and John Paul Reid. 

Years ago, Alan worked for G.P in Taylorville and a lawn service in Florida. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew. 

He is survived by two sisters, Kathy (husband, Dick) Coy and Ruth (husband, Bob) Tex of Taylorville; one brother, John David (wife, Ann) Reid of White Mills, KY; special cousin, Linda Breeden of Durant, OK; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Cremation will be provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society. Due to COVID-19, no ceremonies will be held at this time. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, 110 West Franklin St., Taylorville, IL  62568. 

Please visit lincolnlandcs.com to offer your condolences. 

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Debra LeFever

Debra Rena LeFever, 59 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:01 p.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on June 8, 1961 in Broward County, FL the daughter of Carl Douglas and Betty (Edwards) Nolen. Debbie was a member of the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church and she worked at Springfield Clinic in Taylorville and SIU School of Medicine in Springfield for many years.
She is survived by her Daughter: Stephanie LeFever of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Richard Douglas (Shirley) Nolen of Wilton Manor, FL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.  
Memorial Service 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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Brent Binger


Brent Walter Binger, 86 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Brent was born to Henry David Binger and Lorrene (Lester) Binger on August 4, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA. They moved to Pittsburgh, PA when he was 10 months old in the only vehicle they owned, a Harley Davidson motorcycle with a sidecar. He had all his schooling in Pittsburgh except his senior year that he finished at Mt. Zion High School, graduating in 1952 while living in Dalton City, IL. Brent married Maxine Lowe, they later divorced. He married Linda Sue Beckham in Boody, IL on March 20, 1959; they celebrated their 60th anniversary in March, 2019.

Brent was owner/operator of the Taylorville Dairy Queen for 18 years (1983-2000). He was previously employed at superior Welding Company (25 years) and Mason Steel Company in Decatur.
He was a life Member of the National Rifle Association, member of Taylorville Rifle and Pistol Club, past member of Superior Welding bowling team and American Motorcycle Association. He enjoyed target shooting, riding his Harley, and collecting his beer bottle collection of over 700 bottles from all over the United States and other countries.
Brent is survived by his wife: Linda, daughter Cheri Jean Engle of Blue Mound, IL, sons: Rustin David Binger (Lauren Berry) of Stoughton, WI and Devin Michael Binger (JoAnn) of Decatur, 5 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, cousin Dean (Betty) Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bill Kerns officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Township Cemetery in Mt. Zion, IL
Memorials may be made to Northern Plains Reservation Aid, 2401 Eglin St. Rapid City, SD 57703.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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William "Bill" Garrett

William “Bill” Garrett of Taylorville, Illinois died unexpectedly in an automobile accident in Kincaid, Illinois on Saturday, October 3 at the age of 67.

 

Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia (Chausse) Garrett of Taylorville, his daughter Stacey Wallace and her husband Chris of Apison, TN, his son Eric Garrett and his wife Jamie of Owaneco, IL, his grandsons Brody and Ethan Garrett of Owaneco, and his brother Darrell Garrett (Lis) of Palmer, IL. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Ruth (Harmon) Garrett.


Bill was born in Springfield, Illinois on June 20, 1953. He graduated from Morrisonville High School in 1971 and attended Lakeland Community College in Mattoon, Illinois. Bill operated and actively farmed Garrett Farms for 36 years before ultimately retiring in 2009. His work was his passion and in addition to bringing him professional success was something that he truly loved. Locally, for nearly a decade, Bill was a board member at the Assumption Cooperative Grain Co., and he, along with his son Eric, donated significant time to coaching youth baseball and basketball teams.


Bill was regarded by all who knew him as a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He never met a stranger and was known for his inviting smile, which would light up a room. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who relished his opportunities to fish or hunt, and he was an animal lover who took great pleasure in spending time with his cats Morris and Tommy. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Pat to see different parts of the country, indulging in great meals along the way. In all, Bill visited 46 of our country’s 50 states, an accomplishment of which he was quite proud. He was also a regular nearly every morning at the Taylorville McDonald's, where he enjoyed coffee with some of his many friends, but most of all Bill enjoyed being with and mentoring his grandsons, to whom he was a figure larger than life.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating and all are welcome to attend. Burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Boy Scout Troop 132 at the Taylorville Presbyterian Church, South Fork United Methodist Church, or the Taylorville FFA.

 

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Edward F. Voggetzer

Edward F. Voggetzer, 84 of Taylorville, passed away at 4:05am on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.  He was born on December 16, 1935 in Pana, the son of Anthony “Tony” and Velma (Fink) Voggetzer.  He married Marilyn D. Noren on July 19, 1958 in Taylorville and they recently celebrated 62 years of marriage.  Ed was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in occupied Germany.  He was the oldest living Past Commander of VFW Post 4495 in Taylorville.  Ed owned and operated Auto Parts and Machine in Taylorville for many years.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Ed served for over 20 years on the City of Taylorville Board of Appeals.  He was an avid golfer and worked as a ranger at Lake Shore Golf Course for many years.  Ed was a diehard fan of the Chicago Bears and Fighting Illini, and was proud to be a member of the U of I Foundation President’s Club.  Ed will always be remembered for his sense of humor.  He was a true people-person, having never met a stranger.  He adored his family, especially his grandchildren by whom he will be dearly missed.  


Ed is survived by his wife: Marilyn Voggetzer of Taylorville; children: Vonnie L. English (Ron) of Plainfield, Indiana and Anthony F. Voggetzer; grandchildren: Mary C. English and Emily A. English of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jacob A. English of Plainfield, Indiana, and Andrew Zajac and Alex Zajac of Mesa, Arizona; and beloved dog: Baxter.  He was preceded in death by his parents.


Ed will be cremated, and a memorial mass will be held at 1pm on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville with Fr. Alan Hunter officiating.  Visitation will be from 11am until 1pm on Thursday in the church.  Inurnment with military honors will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be left to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or VFW post #4495.  CDC health guidelines will be followed including social distancing and the use of masks.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Ed, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Richard Patrick Moran

Richard Patrick Moran, 89, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at 5:25 a.m. on Saturday,
October 3, 2020 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

 

Richard, known to many as “Red”, was born April 11, 1931 in Decatur, the son of Richard Bernard and Alta (Drone) Moran.  He married Dina Pelati on February 4, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, and they enjoyed over 65 years of marriage.  She preceded him in death on September 7, 2016.

 

Richard graduated from Taylorville High School in 1945, where he was a talented running back.  He went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Air Force, serving two tours of duty in the Korean War.  Upon his honorable discharge, he worked as a union laborer for 20 years.  Richard was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, as well as a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post #73 and V.F.W. Post #4495, where he served on the honor guard for 25 years.  He was a true patriot, and was proud of his service to his country.  Richard was a Taylorville sports fanatic, rarely missing a game on the radio, and he was an avid pool player.  Above all, he loved spending time with his family, and he always enjoyed an iced cold beer. 

 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Christopher P. Venters; great grandson, Samuel Egizii; daughter-in-law, Michelle (Ward) Moran; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Schultte Bishop, Jr.; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dante and Barb (Noren) Pelati.

 

Richard is survived by his daughters, Kathy (husband, David) Coplea of Springfield, and Janine (Dennis Miller) Fabian of Taylorville; sons, Steve (wife, Renee) Moran of Taylorville, Mark (wife, Lisa) Moran of West Chester, OH, Bill Moran of Taylorville, and Dave (wife, Marcie) Moran of Springfield; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Barney.

 

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568. A private family funeral mass will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant.  In keeping with CDC guidelines, social distancing will be required, and the wearing of face masks is recommended.

 

Interment with military honors will follow mass at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Legion Post #73, 110 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568 or Christian County Burial Detail c/o V.F.W. Post #4495, 515 N. West Street, 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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Brenda Sue Tirey-Spoon

Brenda Sue Tirey-Spoon, 62 of Virden formerly of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7:37 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on February 27, 1958 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Floyd and Geneva (Jones) Tirey. She married Daniel Spoon on February 11, 2011 in Auburn, IL. Brenda worked as a housekeeper for the Staybridge Suites. She was a member of the Pinfall Wrestling Association in Springfield. She loved to play with her animals and cook. Brenda always wanted to be sure that her family and friends were happy and taken care of.

 

She is survived by her Husband: Daniel Spoon of Virden, IL; Son: Michael Craft of Pawnee, IL; Daughters: Tina LeeAnn Wheeler of Girard, IL; Jennifer Steele of Chatham, IL; Grandchildren: Taylor Steele, Chelsy Garren, Kaydence Wilson, David Garren, Stephanie Bown, Damien Stilwell, Matthew Stilwell, Emily Stilwell, Kalvyn Craft, Krystal Craft, Kyler Kahl, Lizzie Craft; Great-Granddaughter: Allysin Embree; Brother: Richard Tirey of Jeiseyville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister: Judy Brown. 

 

Brenda will be cremated and there will be services at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to a go fund me will be set up to help with expenses.

 

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 Tippitt

Donald T. Tippitt, 89 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:25 p.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. He was born on November 28, 1930 in Taylorville, IL the son of Dudley and Hazel (Foster) Tippitt. He married Gladys E. Prior on November 5, 1950 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on December 18, 2016. Don worked as a maintenance man at Nazarene Acers and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville. He loved singing and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his Son: Daniel Tippitt of Dawson, IL; Daughter: Linda (Patrick) Regan of Havelock, NC; Nine Grandchildren; Fifteen Great-Grandchildren; Brother: Earl Tippitt; Sisters: Charlene Basil and Anna Michels; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter: Diana, son: Bruce, sisters: Zelma, Rita and brothers: Gerald and Rondal.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Bob Turner officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene 300 S. Shumway 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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Betty Jackson

Betty Jean Jackson, 90 of Taylorville, passed away at 2:30am on Friday, October 2, 2020 in Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on July 2, 1930 in Visalia, California, the daughter of Edward and Cora (Rogers) Jackson.  Betty was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Nokomis.  She operated Betty’s Tavern for several years and also was a home healthcare provider.  She was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and loved watching games while enjoying a cold Stag beer.  More than anything, she loved her family and was blessed to be able to help babysit her great grandchildren.  
She is survived by her daughters: Deby Dickey, Karen Argo, and Joni Durbin, all of Taylorville; grandchildren: Wendy Michelle Oller of Taylorville, Teresa Ann Kunkes (Nick) of Bloomington, and Thomas Trevor Oller of Taylorville; great grandchildren: Marissa Elizabeth Burkey, Will Morrison Burkey, Makenna Wilson Burkey, Jonathan Thomas Gattuso, Rose Tyler Kunkes, and River Song Kunkes; and great-great granddaughter: Hadleigh Grace Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents; 7 brothers and 3 sisters; and sons-in-law: Bill Dickey and Leroy Argo.
A graveside service for Betty will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, October 5, 2020 in the Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery outside of Nokomis with Rev. Rodney Blomquist officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Care Center activity fund.  CDC health guidelines will be followed including social distancing and the use of masks.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Betty, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Kristine Kay Kline-Pugh

Kristine Kay Kline-Pugh, 70 of Stonington, passed away at 5:57pm on Monday, September 28, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on June 8, 1950 in Decatur, the daughter of Fred Orville and Darlin Estella Marie (Kramer) Kline.  Kristine worked in central supply at Taylorville Memorial Hospital for 17 years.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She married Randy Pugh on May 4, 2010 in Stonington.  Kristine enjoyed genealogy.  
She is survived by her husband: Randy of Stonington; daughters: Angie, Naomi, Kenna, Amanda, and Lorinda; sons: Aaron, Abe, Zach, and Randy; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother: Rick Kline; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughters: Lisa and Renae.  
Mrs. Pugh will be cremated and her family will hold a celebration of life at a later time.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Kristine, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

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Gary Lee Dodson

Gary Lee Dodson, 63, loving son, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away early Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Springfield Memorial Hospital due to complications from the coronavirus and other health issues. Youngest of three children, Gary was born on February 13, 1957 to the parents of Byron and Wanda (Hill) Dodson of Owaneco, IL. Gary spent most of his life in Owaneco, spending his time with his family and daughter’s BreAnne (True) and Ashley (May), camping and fishing at Lake Taylorville, listening to rock and roll on his record player, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and reminiscing at the annual family reunions. Gary was a member of the Owaneco United Methodist Church. When Gary was younger, he was a Cub Scout, delivered newspapers for the Breeze Courier, and enjoyed participating in sports. As a young adult, Gary liked riding his motorcycle, going to lake parties, and hanging out with his friends. Gary started working for Longden’s Welding as a welder in high school and later worked in the press room at the Breeze Courier, before becoming disabled. In 1978, he married Pamela Longden of Owaneco. Together, they had two daughters, BreAnne (Jeremiah) True and Ashley (Aaron) May, both of Taylorville. Gary is the proud Grandfather of six; Halle, Payton, Jackson, and Wyatt True and Ava Zeitler and Brooks May. He was always so excited to see his grandchildren dressed up in their Halloween costumes waiting for their own family sized bag of candy he was giving out. There wasn’t a time that he wasn’t making you laugh with tears from his contagious snorting cackle with a silly joke or acting mischievous. He is survived by his brother, Byron David Dodson of Owaneco, his daughters; BreAnne (Jeremiah) True and Ashley (Aaron) May, his grandchildren; Halle, Payton, Jackson and Wyatt True and Ava Zeitler and Brooks May, all of Taylorville, in addition to several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Wanda Dodson and his sister, Shirley (Dodson) Best. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all those who gave their comfort and support and reached out with kind words, warm gestures, and constant prayers. You have our eternal gratitude. 


The funeral service for Gary will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at McClure Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald McPhillips officiating.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service on Saturday.  Burial will be in the Owaneco Cemetery.  CDC health guidelines will be followed including social distancing and the use of masks.  Memorial donations may be made to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Gary, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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