Obits Archives for 2021-01

Velma Durbin

Velma Marie Durbin, 95, of Morrisonville, passed away at 12:48 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at her residence.

Marie was born April 12, 1925 in rural Palmer, the daughter of William Frank and Lillie Mae (Skinner) McKinney.  She married Connie Durbin on February 2, 1946, and he preceded her in death on September 2, 1990.  Marie retired from St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1991, after over 20 years of service, and she was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Morrisonville.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Connie Sue Underwood; and brothers, Charlie McKinney and his wife, Jean, and LeRoy McKinney.

Marie is survived by her daughters, Carol Mae Durbin of Morrisonville, Rosanne (husband, Arlen) Olinger of Morrisonville, Kathy Durbin of Morrisonville, and Peggy Jo (husband, Jerry) Anderson of Butler; 9 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; sister, Linda Bonacorsi of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating

Interment will follow the ceremony at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Deacon Fund at First Baptist Church of Morrisonville, 209 School Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or the American Cancer Society, 4215 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.

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

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Edward Rees

Mr. Edward Henry Rees, 85, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at home with family by his side.
He was born June 5, 1935 in Quincy, IL the son of Edward Francis and Agnes Leona (Daily) Rees.  Mr. Rees attended St. Francis Elementary School, Christian Brother’s High School and Quincy University College all in Quincy, IL.  After college he joined the Illinois National Guard and then served in the U. S. Army stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood and later Ft. Sam Houston.  He was a fourth-generation owner and operator of Rees Construction in Quincy until his retirement in 2001.  Mr. Rees was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL, Quincy Historical Society, and the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.  Following retirement, he joined the Master Gardeners in Christian County, IL through the University of Illinois Extension.  He was on the Board of 6 counties representing the U of I of Christian County’s Extension of Master Gardeners.  Mr. Rees was an Avid Cardinals Baseball Fan.  Ed, as he was fondly known, lived in Quincy for many years before relocating to Kincaid, IL in 1990.  Mr. Rees eventually married the former Ruby Workman Krehel in 2005 in Kincaid, IL and she survives.
Surviving along with his wife of Kincaid, IL are 5 children: Mark Edward Rees of Chesterfield, IL Randall Anthony Rees, James Russell Rees, Dana Elaine Rees Rivies, and Leslie Suzanne Rees all of Quincy, IL 4 step children Harry Davis of SC Velma Copeland of Kincaid, IL Aaron Clayton Davis of Effingham, IL and Jimmie Davis of Taylorville, IL 2 brothers Ronald “Ronnie” Rees of MO and David Rees of Quincy, IL 1 sister Judy Thuer of NC along with 11 grandchildren, 19 step grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother William “Bill” Rees.
Cremation rites have been accorded and private family entombment will take place at a later date at Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum.  Masterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kincaid is assisting his family with arrangements.  Condolences may be left at www.mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to his family.

 

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Patricia Hartel

Patricia Ann Hartel, 89 of Springfield formerly of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:06 a.m. at her granddaughters’ home in Springfield, IL. She was born on May 18, 1931 in Hillsboro, IL the daughter of Parker and Helen (Minnis) Kious. She married William Hartel on December 18, 1949 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on December 27, 1995. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. 
She is survived by her Sons: William (Kelly) Hartel of Potosi, MO; Steven (Virginia) Hartel of Springfield, IL; Wayne (Theresa) Hartel of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Heather Janes of Montana, Stacey Fournier of Tolono, IL; Patricia Hartel of Springfield, IL; Craig Hartel of Farmington, MO; John Hartel, Kari Hartel and Sagan Pluth all of St. Louis, MO; Benjamin Hartel of Springfield, IL and Olivia Hartel of Springfield, IL and Nine Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Son: Jim Hartel and brothers: Robert Kious and Parker Len Kious.  
Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Grove City Cemetery in Grove City, IL with Pastor Becky Lembke 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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Gary Emerson

Gary Allen Emerson, 61 of Moweaqua passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:26 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL. He was born on November 10, 1959 in Taylorville, IL the son of Elmo and Viola (Pfeifer) Emerson. 
He is survived by his by Brothers: Dale Emerson of Moweaqua, IL and Richard Emerson of Perry, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery in Stonington, 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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Flora Morrissey

Flora J. Morrissey, 89 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:38 a.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. She was born on February 22, 1931 in Westville, IL the daughter of Steve and Laura (Dupont) Kocurek. She married Arnold Morrissey on August 18, 1951 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on November 30, 2005. She worked many years as a cashier at County Market and Franks Food Fair in Taylorville. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She loved her job working with the public and she loved her family especially her dog Cubby
She is survived by her Sons: William Morrissey of Taylorville, IL, Dale (Susie) Morrissey of Champaign, IL, Larry (Harriet) Morrissey of Guyton, GA; Grandchildren: Mark Morrissey, Michelle Morrissey, Mary Ishmel, Phillip Peden and Thirteen Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Grandchildren: Gary Morrissey, and Joe Peden, Sister: Laura (Val) Reffett, Brothers: Paul (Gloria) Kocurek and Aime (Rose) Kocurek. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 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 Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
In Leu of Flowers the family would like donations to St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S Washington 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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Tanner Mitchell

Tanner James Mitchell, 23, of Taylorville, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 22, 2021, as the result of an automobile accident.
Tanner, known as TMitch by his friends and family, was born July 23, 1997 in Taylorville, the son of Shawn and Connie (Ackerson) Mitchell.  He was a 2016 graduate of Taylorville High School, where he was a standout in football and FFA.  While in school, Tanner worked for Curtin Land & Cattle, and later Franklin Construction.  Currently he worked as a commercial electrician, and was a member of the IBEW Local 146 in Decatur.  Tanner was also working part-time, as security, for The Funky Monkey and South Fork Dirt Riders.  He lived life to the fullest.  Tanner loved boating with his friends and family, riding dirt bikes, fishing, and he was especially proud of the recent renovation of his home.
He is survived by his parents, Shawn and Connie Mitchell of Taylorville; sisters, Nicole (husband, Eric) Hartley of Woodstock, GA, and Shannon (husband, Trent) Culberson of Taylorville; nieces, Hayden, Avery, Paisley, and another on the way; maternal grandparents, Barb and Jim Ackerson of Stanford; paternal grandparents, Donna (husband, Mike) Snyder of Arcadia, FL, and Richard (wife, Margaret) Mitchell of Newton; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  A private funeral ceremony will be held with Lori Smothers, officiating. Friends are invited to the burial ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Tanner Mitchell Electrician Scholarship Fund.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Tanner, or offer condolences to his family.

 

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Marshal Thomas "Tom" Froelich

Marshal Thomas “Tom” Froelich, 78 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:17pm on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  He was born on Monday, November 23, 1942 in his parents’ home in Piper City, Illinois, the son of Marshal and Mayanna (Kelley) Froelich.  He married Arlene Swenny on August 6, 1977 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pana.  Tom proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 73 and Moose Lodge #1516 both in Taylorville.  Tom worked for many years as a real estate appraiser and is a member of Westside Christian Church in Springfield.  Tom had a deep love for his family and trust in God.  He loved to golf, travel, and enjoyed local sports.  
He is survived by his wife: Arlene Froelich of Taylorville; daughter: Paula Anane (Yacine) of St. Louis, Missouri; grandson: Rhett Thomas Anane; siblings: Raymond Froelich (Barbara) of Piper City, Leo Froelich (Sue) of Gilbert, Arizona, and Lois Birkenbeil of Gilman; sister-in-law: Darlene Schisler of Abingdon; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Ralph Froelich; and sister: Mary Jo Mills.  
A memorial service for Tom will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Pastor Mike Harney officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 until 11 am at the funeral home.  Following the memorial service, a graveside inurnment with military honors will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Pana.  CDC health guidelines will be followed including social distancing and the use of masks.  Memorials may be made to Westside Christian Church, Springfield.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Tom, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

 

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Gary Frost

Gary Lynn Frost, 65 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:35 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on September 10, 1955 in Taylorville, IL the son of Reva Blaine Frost and Kathleen (Champley) McNeil. He married Connie Cook in 2001 and she preceded him in death in May of 2014. He then married Donna Podeschi-Kovack in June of 2019. Gary served in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Taylorville Knights of Columbus and the Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516. Gary had a long career in the Car business where he made a lot of lasting friendships. He enjoyed golfing, boating and spending time with his family especially his grandkids. 
He is survived by his Wife: Donna Frost of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Beverly (Jim) Quinn of Springfield, IL; Jackie (Tony) Walker of Decatur, IL; Valerie (Brian) Fox of Springfield, MO; Sons: Gregory Frost of Taylorville, IL; Jeremy (Brandi) Frost of Glen Carbon, IL; Jarrod (Tara) Frost of Bradenton, FL; Jeff (Shannon) Kovack of Taylorville, IL; Brad (Taylor) Kovack of Heyworth, IL; Grandchildren: Preston, Colton, Nolan, Blake and Lane Frost; Ila Fox; Jamie (Sean) Diehl; Erin Quinn, Kayla and T.J. Walker and two on the way; Great-Grandchild: Reagan Diehl; Sister: Carol Dunkel of Taylorville, IL; Brothers: Ron (Donna) Frost of Thomaston, GA; Jack (Margie) Frost of West Frankfort, IL and Kevin Frost of Bradenton, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and his Wife Connie.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus 401 S Walnut 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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Laverne "Verne" Endsley

Laverne “Verne” Endsley, 85 of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2020 at 11:36 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on October 29, 1935 in Taylorville, IL the son of Clayborn and Lena (Davis) Endsley. He married Janice Millburg on March 24, 1955 in Morrisonville, IL and they later divorced. He then married Carol Schmid Curry on February 14, 1995 in Merrill, WI. Vern worked for IBEW Local 193 Electricians Union of Springfield, IL for 48 years. He was a member of the Copper River Snowmobile Club in Merrill, WI, Central Illinois Corvette Club of Springfield, IL; 40 MPH Club and Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516. Vern loved his family, friends, cars and a cold beer. He especially enjoyed that beer watching NASCAR races because he was a NASCAR Super Fan. Weekends spent on his Harley or the Corvette we always relished. If he wasn’t driving one of these, he loved navigating the RV, attending car shows, IBEW reunions to see his union brothers and traveling throughout the country with his wife Carol, and their pup, Paco. Great memories with family and friends were made during these travels. He looked forward to the winters in Wisconsin riding snowmobiles across frozen lakes and through the snow-covered pine forests. All will dearly miss him.
He is survived by his Wife: Carol Endsley of Taylorville; Daughters Doria Flaugher of Washington, MO; DeAnna (Randy) Call of East Peoria, IL; Son: Donald (Julie) Endsley of California; Step-Children: Kimberly Spinnie of Decatur; Mary Jane (Derek) Hancock of St. Louis, MO; Patti Salmon of Springfield, IL; Bradley Curry of Arkansas; eleven grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Betty Emerson, Grandsons Landon Burget and Gerald “Lee” Spinnie Jr. 
Verne will be cremated and Celebration of Life 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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Elizabeth Ferry

Mrs. Elizabeth Lyman Ferry, 97, of Taylorville, IL, passed away Jan 18, 2021.
Elizabeth was born November 29, 1923 in Niantic, IL, a daughter of Homer C. and Helen A. (Beal) Lyman. She attended the University of Illinois where she met her future husband and love of her life, George F. Ferry; they were married February 21, 1944 in Miami. Elizabeth was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, founding member of St. Vincent Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, member of D.A.R since 1939, Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Board for 6 years, past president of Taylorville Women’s Club, Docent at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and a member of Davis Memorial Christian Church.
Elizabeth is survived by her 3 sons, George F. (wife, Dayle) Ferry of Palmer, AK, Dr. John L. (wife, Susan) Ferry of Taylorville, IL, and William K. (wife, Gayla) Ferry of Millstadt, IL, 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Proceeding in death were her parents, her husband, Dr. George F. Ferry, brothers, Dr. Homer C. Lyman and Robert B. Lyman and an infant sister Helen E. Lyman.
Private family graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL. Rev. John Huxtable officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Dr. George Ferry Memorial Scholarship in care of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.  A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later date. Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Phyllis Watson

Phyllis Anne Watson, 69 of Kincaid, passed away at 11:50pm on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on October 3, 1951 in Waukegan, the daughter of Richard and Phyllis (Young) Selzer.  She married Michael Watson on October 12, 1973 and they later divorced.  Phyllis previously worked as a bookkeeper for Federated Funeral Directors and R.P. Lumber.  She was a member of Midland United Methodist Church.  Phyllis was a talented quilter and a member of the Christian County Quilters Guild.  She used her quilting talents to help children in need through Project Linus.  In her spare time, Phyllis enjoyed playing BINGO.  
She is survived by her mother: Phyllis Selzer of Kincaid; children: Michael Watson of Taylorville, Brent Watson of Westfield, Indiana, Andrew Watson (Desiree) of Assumption, Timothy Watson (Laci) of Taylorville, and Thomas Watson (Lissa) of Kincaid; grandchildren: Brady Watson, Kennady Watson, Adalyn Watson, Ava Watson, Roman Watson, Ellen Watson, and Alba Watson; great grandchildren: Jah’Rai Watson and Amarri Watson; brothers: Raymond Selzer (Clair) of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and Louis Selzer (Sue) of Kincaid; sister: Sandra Simmons (Thomas Jonek) of Dayton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, previous husband: Michael Watson; Daughter: Ame Lil Watson; brother: James Selzer; and sister-in-law: Anna Selzer.
In accordance with her wishes, Phyllis will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time.  Memorials in her memory may be left to the Christian County Quilters Guild or Project Linus. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Phyllis, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Ronald Seiler

Ronald E. Seiler, 72 of rural Owaneco passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2020 at 4:50 p.m. at his home in rural Owaneco, IL. He was born on November 5, 1948 in Taylorville, IL the son of Gene and Lucille (Ayers) Seiler. He married Myrna Sims on September 5, 1992 in Owaneco, IL. He was a member of the Taylorville American Legion Post #73, Moose Lodge #1516 and Owaneco Masonic Lodge AF & AM where he was a past master. He was also a veteran of the United States Army. 
He is survived by his Wife: Myrna Seiler of rural Owaneco; Daughter: Rachael (Brad) Cox of Owaneco, IL; Sons: Steve (Melisa) Seiler of Owaneco, IL; David (Sylvia) Seiler of Owaneco, IL; Grandchildren: Kayla (Kyle) Paine of Taylorville; Kayla (Chelsea) Boehme of California; Kyle (Shelbey) Stilwill of St. Louis, MO; Ashley (Ben) Baker of Taylorville; Zack Seiler of Owaneco; Brittany Moore and Companion Ryan Crews of Owaneco; Malorie Oller of Kincaid; Taylor Seiler of Pevely, MO; Wyatt Cox of Owaneco; Damon (Mikayla) Moore of Taylorville; Kade Cox of Owaneco; Aiden Seiler of Owaneco; Great-Grandchildren: Alexus Paine of Decatur; Kylie Paine of Taylorville; Kelby Martin of Kincaid; Charlotte Jackson of Taylorville; Declan Boehme of California; Oliver Paine of Taylorville; Cayde Baker of Taylorville; Sister: Rosella Wise of Owaneco; Brothers: Garyl Seiler of Pana, IL; and Chris Seiler of Pana, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Gena Lou Seiler in infancy and two grandsons Derek Michael and Logan David Seiler.
Private family services will be held with Pastor Tom Young officiating. Burial will be in Buckeye Prairie Cemetery in rural Owaneco, IL with military graveside honors. 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

 

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 John "Raz" Radzimanowsky

 John W. “Raz” Radzimanowsky, 66 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:34am on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on October 26, 1954 in Taylorville, the son of Fritz Paul and Eleanor (Durbin) Radzimanowsky.  He married Deborah Hendricks on December 14, 1974 in Taylorville.  John graduated from Edinburg High School in 1973.  He previously worked at Lee Norse and the Sangamon Company in Taylorville before retiring from Borden/Formosa in Illiopolis.  John was a die-hard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals as well as NASCAR.  He had a love for music, especially Blues, and enjoyed attending many festivals and concerts.  John enjoyed time in the outdoors, especially when he was fishing, mushroom hunting, gardening, bird watching, or simply enjoying the peace of his backyard from his pergola.  More than anything he was dedicated to his family.  He loved attending all of his grandchildren’s activities and the family Monday night cookouts were always a favorite.  
He is survived by his wife: Debbie Radzimanowsky of Taylorville; daughters: Tina Paine (Chad) of Tovey and Kristi Carey (Shane) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Daniel Brest II, Alexis Scott (Kyler), Ava Carey, and Cohen Carey; sister: Mary Tolle of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews including his “Good Buddy”, Brandon Clayton.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Paul, Fritz, Thomas, Ronald, and Robert; and beloved dog: Lukey.
A private family funeral will be held, and burial will take place in Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.  A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.  CDC health guidelines will be followed including social distancing and the use of masks.  Memorials in his memory may be made to the Salvage Dawgs in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of John, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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James Scott

James E. “Jim” Scott, 72 of Pawnee passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:57 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 11, 1948 in South Bend, IN the son of Ray and Rose (Maltby) Scott. Prior to moving to Pawnee, Jim lived in Carlinville, Springfield, Rochester, and Stonington, Illinois.  Jim graduated from Stonington High School in 1966 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973; he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE.  After Jim’s years of military service, he worked for Bunn Capitol Company in Springfield, IL and retired from Sysco Corporation. 
He is survived by his Daughter: Kirsten (Peter) Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Son: Cory Scott of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Madeline and Jack Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Mother: Rose Scott of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Jackie Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ; Debbie (Rick) Burge of Nokomis, IL; Becky Bell of Bloomington, IL; Brother: Sid (Marie) Scott of Brooklyn, MI; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved dogs, Sadie and Trixie. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Scott, and brother-in-law, Roger Mitchell.
Throughout his life, Jim focused on service to his family, his country, his church, and his community.  He was a member of the Pawnee United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 257. Jim was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, enjoyed traveling, and loved being a grandpa.
James will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Pets for Vets (https://www.petsforvets.com/donate).
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 E. Scott

James E. “Jim” Scott, 72 of Pawnee passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:57 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 11, 1948 in South Bend, IN the son of Ray and Rose (Maltby) Scott. Prior to moving to Pawnee, Jim lived in Carlinville, Springfield, Rochester, and Stonington, Illinois. Jim graduated from Stonington High School in 1966 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973; he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. After Jim’s years of military service, he worked for Bunn Capitol Company in Springfield, IL and retired from Sysco Corporation.

He is survived by his Daughter: Kirsten (Peter) Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Son: Cory Scott of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Madeline and Jack Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Mother: Rose Scott of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Jackie Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ; Debbie (Rick) Burge of Nokomis, IL; Becky Bell of Bloomington, IL; Brother: Sid (Marie) Scott of Brooklyn, MI; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved dogs, Sadie and Trixie. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Scott, and brother-in-law, Roger Mitchell.

Throughout his life, Jim focused on service to his family, his country, his church, and his community. He was a member of the Pawnee United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 257. Jim was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, enjoyed traveling, and loved being a grandpa.

James will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Pets for Vets (https://www.petsforvets.com/donate).

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Jesse Cameron

Jesse Adam Cameron, 19, of Pana passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 in his home. He was born May 3, 2001 in in Astrakhan, Russia and he joined his forever family on October 2, 2002.

Jesse was a graduate of Pana High School, Class of 2020 and was a member of the Pana FFA. He worked for Cameron Farms, Inc and loved the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Rams & the Perdue Boilermakers. He had many friends in school and was well-liked by everyone.

Jesse is survived by his parents: Danny & Christy Cameron, Pana, IL; grandparents: Donald & Beverly Cresswell, Jr. & Armelda Cameron; siblings: Tyler Cameron & Anna Cameron and many aunts, uncles & cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Merle Cameron.

Funeral services for Jesse will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be in Owanceo Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time in the funeral home.

Memorials in Jesse’s honor may be made to the Pana FFA and will be accepted McCracken-Dean Funeral Home who is assisting the family.

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Carl Brown

Carl E. Brown, 83 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:32 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 10, 1937 in Washburn, IL the son of Chester Roy and Blanche (Porter) Brown. He married Janet Fight on October 12, 1984 and she survives. 
Also surviving are his daughters: Carla (Randy) Myers of Springfield, IL; Jodie (David) Simpson of South Pekin, IL Four Grandchildren, seven Great-Grandchildren and sister: Gladys Call of Spring Bay. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Elmer, William “Red” and Chester “Fat”. 
Carl served in the United States Army and retired from the Illinois State Police. He loved baseball, animals, gardening, and spending time with his family. He was an active member of the NFOP Lode #41.
Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or Christian County Animal Shelter 300 S Baughman Rd, 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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Wayne "Skip" Caldwell Jr.

Wayne F. “Skip” Caldwell Jr. of Springfield, IL passed away suddenly due to an accident in Vero Beach, FL on December 27, 2020. He was born in Marion, IL the son of Wayne F. Caldwell Sr. and Marian A. Wilson, Skip grew up in Taylorville, IL graduating with the class of 1959. His initiation into Decatur IBEW Local 143 was May 8, 1962. He later transferred to Springfield Local 193 working on many projects throughout the state and Springfield one of which was for several years at the IL State Fair. He last worked and retired from St. Johns Hospital in 2003. In earlier years he was an avid Taylorville/Springfield bowler. He enjoyed playing bridge, loved the old 50’s and 60’s songs and loved cars especially Corvettes. He customized 1950 Chevy & restored 2 corvettes. In the 60’s he partnered with David Walters to build a “B-Gas” Drag Race car winning trophies at Springfield drag strip.

He is survived by his sister Kay C. Swiney and husband Leo T. of Owaneco, IL and his nephew Lane W. Caldwell of Taylorville, IL. He was preceded in death his parents, grandparents, brother: Mark D. Caldwell and his fur baby, Queenie, whom he loved and missed.
Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Rev. Diwan Tiwade officiating please feel free to attend. Will have social distancing in place. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL 
Memorials may be made to the Christian County Animal Shelter 300 S. Baughman Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568.   

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Norma Boshell

Norma J. Boshell, 77 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2020 at 8:35 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. She was born on March 13, 1943 in Christian County, Illinois the daughter of Kenneth and Hazel (McConnell) Babbs. She Married Charles Roger Boshell on December 18, 1963 in Fairfax, VA. 
She is survived by her husband: Roger Boshell of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Diana (Kirk) Siegrist of Taylorville, IL; Son: Dennis Boshell of Taylorville and Alan (Judi) Boshell of Vero Beach, FL; Grandchildren: Lauren Boshell, Grace Boshell and Evan Boshell; Sisters: Emma Wilson of Taylorville, IL, Shirley Piercy of Fulton, IL and Ruth Hinton of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sister: Mary Sims and Brother: Charlie Babbs.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or 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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Henry "Jake" Wolf

Henry P. “Jake” Wolf, 81 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:04am on Friday, January 8, 2021 in his home.  He was born on February 16, 1939 in Pana, the son of Henry and Bonnie (Atkins) Wolf.  He graduated from Pana High School where he was an accomplished athlete.  He was proud to be part of the 1955 undefeated football team that Pana has ever had.  Jake served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of VFW post 4495. He retired from the Christian County Highway Department.  He was a talented gardener, loved cooking, and could always find the biggest mushrooms in his secret hunting spots.  Jake loved his faithful canine companions, Max and Annie.  
He is survived by his sons: Henry Eric Wolf (Alissa) of Taylorville and James David Wolf (Rachelle) of Raymond; grandchildren: Brianna Wolf, Sydney Wolf, Kenneth James Wolf, Kyley Wolf, John Wolf, and Bryce Wolf; life-partner: Patricia Ann Hartsfield Martin; and sister: Marian Klein.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Robert Wolf and James “Jimmy” Wolf.
Mr. Wolf will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials in his honor may be made to the American Lung Association, Raymond Boy Scout Troop 77, or Taylorville VFW Post 4495.  Memories of Jake, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Mary Louise Allen Heiman

Mary Louise Allen Heiman, 81, of Shelbyville, IL, formerly of Herrick, IL, passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in the Shelbyville Manor with her loving daughter by her side.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden with George Allen officiating.  Burial will take place in Myers Cemetery in rural Herrick.  Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden.  Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Chloe West Toy Drive at the Community Banks of Shelby County in Cowden or Herrick or mailed to Lockart-Green Funeral Home, %Mary Heiman, 302 W. Main St., Shelbyville, IL 62565.  Arrangements are in the care of Lockart-Green Funeral Home.    

 

Mary was born on December 1, 1939, in Herrick, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Sarver) Allen.  She married Harvey J. Heiman in 1957 and from that union they were blessed with five children:  Ricky, Alan, Veronica, Jeanie and Meronda.  Mary was a homemaker who treasured her time caring for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.   She was a member of the Church of the Living God.  One would often find Mary sitting quietly in the room reading her Bible, listening to gospel music or crocheting. 

 

Surviving are her son, Alan Boyd (Marla) Heiman of Cowden; daughters:  Jeanie (Neal) West of Cowden and Meronda (Robert) Barnes of Beecher City; brothers:  Glenn Allen, George Allen and Alva Allen; sister, Donna Galvin; half-brothers:  Lloyd Allen and Richard Allen; half-sisters:  Connie Allen, Lori Miller and Audrey Enyart and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren whom she dearly loved.    

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Ricky Heiman; daughter, Veronica Beck; granddaughter, Chloe West; grandsons:  Alan Boyd Heiman and John Michael Beck.

 

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Mary’s honor at www.lghfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Bobby Ray Bell

Bobby Ray Bell passed away the morning of January 7, 2021 in Bonita Springs, Florida.   He was born in Lumberton, North Carolina the son of James Edward and O'Dessa Oxendine Bell.

 

He graduated from Fair Grove High School in Fairmont, North Carolina in 1962.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.  Bob was a coach of softball and baseball for both of his children through the years.  He worked for Capitol Napa Auto Parts, ABF Freight Systems and CIT Truck Centers in Springfield, Illinois.  He served as a trustee for Buckhart Township.  Bob retired December, 2003 and has been living seasonally in Bonita Springs, FL since that date where he enjoyed golfing and going out to eat with family, especially with his wife and best friend, Carol. He has been employed by Bonita Fairways Golf Course for several years in Bonita Springs.

 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara Carol Bell, son, Michael Bell and wife, Jenny Bell, of Palmer, Illinois, his daughter Alecia Suzanne Lane and son-in-law John Lane of Estero, Florida,  his sister, Valen Bell Seals and brother-in-law Earl Seals, granddaughter, Cassidy Bell Dvorsky of Estero, Florida, grandson Justin Bell (Allison), granddaughter Mikayla Bell (Damon Moore), great-grand daughter Evelynn, brother-in-law Warren Buzzard of Shelbina, Missouri and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Albert Bell and his wife Carolyn Bell, and sister Lola Jacobs and her husband, Woodrow, grandparents, granddaughter Nicole Raye Stade and sister-in-law Beth Ann Buzzard.

 

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones Officiating. Burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL with military graveside honors.

 

Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Vision Way Christian School 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

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Terry Lee Dobyns, Jr.

Terry Lee “Red” Dobyns, Jr. 45, of Bunker Hill, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

 

Red was born December 11, 1975 in Hillsboro, the son of Madonna Plopper and Terry Lee Dobyns, Sr.  He was a loyal, giving, caring, supportive husband and father, and an inspiration to many. Red was proud of his current ten years of sobriety, and he helped many individuals on their journeys to sobriety as an NA sponsor.  He was also a standout employee for Hydrochem PSC, where he was currently a field supervisor, and where he was honored with the 2018 Employee of the Year.  Red loved animals, especially his dogs.  He also loved Harleys and Cadillacs, and going fishing. Of all his loves and interests, Red loved nothing more than his family, and being the best father to his children.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Jeffry Dobyns; maternal grandfather, John J. “Buzz” Plopper; sister, Jennifer Ann Dobyns; and many other extended family members.

 

Red is survived by his wife, Candi Lea Stamper of Bunker Hill; children, Carleigh Fisher, Candra Dobyns, Haidyn Dobyns, and Hazel Dobyns; bonus daughter, Jennifer Ann Franklin; his mother, Madonna Plopper of Wentworth, MO; father, Terry Lee (wife, Tracy) Dobyns, Sr. of Purdy, MO; maternal grandmother, Carole Ann Plopper of Morrisonville; siblings, John (wife, Linda) Dobyns of Pontoon Beach, Cody Dobyns of Sarcoxie, MO, and Lacey Rivera of Purdy, MO; nieces and nephews, Kenzleigh, Patience, Madyson, Zyqiera, Nyonna, and Danterius; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Visitation & Graveside Ceremony:  The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville.  Social distancing will be required, as well as the wearing of masks.  A graveside ceremony will follow the visitation at 2:30 p.m. at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Terry Lee Dobyns, Jr. Fund (for his children) c/o United Community Bank, 129 N. Washington Street, Bunker Hill, IL 62014.

 

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

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Helen R. Burney

Ms. Helen R. Burney, 90, of Bulpitt, IL passed from this life at 9:23 a.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Tolar, TX.

She was born in Bonham, TX on Saturday, January 18, 1930 the daughter of Olen & Edith (Miller) Murley. Helen married Charlie Richard Burney, Jr. May 23, 1946 in Wellington, TX. He preceded her in death August 22, 1977.

Helen had worked as a bus driver with South Fork School District years ago and stayed busy helping raise her beloved grandchildren and a few great grandchildren.

Surviving are: a daughter Mary (Harry) Bandy and son Curtis Burney of Bulpitt, IL., daughters’ Linda Waters, LouAnn (Lonnie) Pack, Karen (Paul) Hollaway, and Charlene Burney all of Tolar, TX., a son Bruce Burney of Glen Rose, TX., along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband and 3 sons Joseph Burney, James “Red” Burney and Charles Burney.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kincaid, IL.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.  Visitation for Mrs. Helen R. Burney will be held for one hour before her service at Masterson’s. Masks are required along with all other standard Covid 19 precautions.

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Allen Lee Slater

Allen “Lee” Slater, 90, of Windsor, IL passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at home.  

 

Lee was born on August 23, 1930, in Pana, the son of John and Mildred Slater.  Lee grew up in Windsor, graduating from Windsor High School in 1948, he was a star basketball player.  After graduation, Lee attended Millikin University before marrying Elizabeth Kays, his high school sweetheart, in 1949. Lee joined the family business, Windsor Supply Co., where he worked building and remodeling homes.  He built many homes in and around the Windsor area, including the Slater Subdivision.  Lee retired as an owner of Windsor Supply Co. after 65 years.  

 

Lee was a volunteer fireman and later served on the Board of Directors for the Windsor Fire Department.  He proudly kept his badge in his billfold the rest of his life.  He also served on the Shelby County State Bank Board of Directors for many years.  Lee was known to be a generous benefactor to many local causes.  He was an adventurous entrepreneur. Lee loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed working in the family garden.  

 

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, to whom he was married to for 71 years; daughters:  Pam (Gene) Uptmor, Sandy (Clay) Hopkins and Jill (Stephen) Roy.  He leaves four granddaughters and ten great-grandchildren whom he dearly loved. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one granddaughter.

 

Private family services will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor with Pastor Rena Whitcher officiating.  Burial will take place in Windsor Cemetery.  Memorials may be made in Lee’s name to the Windsor United Methodist Church, the Windsor Fire Department or Sarah Bush Lincolnland Hospice and mailed to Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, 207 N. Oak, Windsor, IL 61957.  Arrangements are in the care of Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.

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Rita Crowder

Rita K. Crowder, nee Ayers, 60, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of Taylorville, IL, born December 27, 1960, in Springfield, IL, died Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

 

Rita graduated from Taylorville High School, class of 1979. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1992, and Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University in 1998. Rita was the Executive Director at Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care of Collinsville, IL, from 2014 to 2019. Prior to 2014, she worked in the healthcare industry for Pinckneyville Community Hospital, Perry County Health Department, and Sparta Community Hospital. For twelve years, she was a member of the management team and a Vice President for the communications and information technology company, CTS Technology Solutions in Sparta, IL. For two years, Rita worked for School Center, one of the first Content Management Systems for K-12 educational professionals.

 

She was a guest instructor and motivational speaker for business students at universities, colleges, high schools, and corporations, and an early organizer of the Randolph County Youth CEO program through the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship. Rita was active in church and often served as a youth mission leader. She enjoyed music, played the flute, piano, and organ. She liked being outdoors, traveling with her family, and decorating for the holidays with her husband, David.

 

Rita was preceded in death by a son, Hunter Crowder, in infancy; her maternal grandparents, Doyle and Stella, nee Ritter, Mulvaney; and her paternal grandparents, Ernest and Marguerite, nee Brunk, Ayers.

 

Surviving are her husband of 30 years, David Crowder, whom she married on May 26, 1990;

a son, Elliott Alexander Crowder of Pensacola, FL;

a daughter, Jolena Elizabeth Maria Crowder, of Freeburg, IL;

her parents, Everett and Joyce, nee Mulvaney, Ayers of New Minden, IL;

two sisters, Bonita Suzanne, nee Ayers, Davis of Taylorville, IL,

and Anita, nee Ayers, (Ken) Henderlight of Knoxville, TN;

a sister-in-law Gina Marie Williams of Percy, IL;

two nieces, Brooke Davis and Ronna (Mike) Henniger;

three nephews, Brandon (Leah) Davis, Blake (Stevi) Davis,

and DonRay (Lori) Williams;

and great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Taylorville High School Band Program, 815 Springfield Road, Taylorville, IL, 62568, Freeburg Community High School Band Program, 401 S. Monroe St., Freeburg, IL 62243, or to the St. Paul's UCC Youth Mission Program, 7 North Belleville St, Freeburg, IL 62243. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 

Funeral:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Nic Showalter and Rev. Rick Mortimer officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page.

 

A celebration of Rita’s life for friends and the community will be held at a later date.

 

Arrangements by George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL

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Stephen Neal

Stephen L. Neal, 65 of Morrisonville passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home in rural Morrisonville, IL. He was born on May 28, 1955 in Anderson, IN, the son of Richard Neal and Joyce (Southers) McCurdy. He married Charla (Herman) McGuire on February 14, 2001 in Springfield, IL. He was a retired hog farmer, and owned his own cabinet making business. He was a member of the Illinois Pork Producers Association and the SanChris Bass Club. Steve was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He valued time spent with family and friends. He was always quick to lend a hand when needed, and will be sadly missed by family and friends.  
He is survived by his wife: Charla Neal of Morrisonville, IL; Step-Daughters: Angela (Don) Humphrey of Taylorville, IL; Erin (Brett) Hogge of Taylorville, IL; Step-Son: Will McGuire of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Matthew and Mary Tucker of Taylorville, IL; Elliott, Evan, Ethen and Ella Hogge all of Taylorville, IL; Kyle and Tyler McGuire both of Pana, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Sophia and Lydia Tucker of Taylorville, IL; Emersyn Hogge of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Kelly (Dan) Baylis of Howell, MI; Brother: Tim (Denise) McCurdy of Pendleton, IN; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, a sister: Deb Reed and father-in-Law: William Herman. 
Due to Covid-19 there will be no visitation and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Christian County Animal Shelter 300 S Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568 or to the Morrisonville Community Ambulance Service 311 6th St, Morrisonville, IL 62546.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Rodney Ray Beaty

Rodney Ray Beaty, 61, of Girard, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center.

 

Rodney was born December 16, 1959 in Taylorville, the son of Ray Beaty and Sheryl (Hill) Rhoades.  He owned Rodney Beaty Lawn Mower Service for many years, providing maintenance on lawn implements as well as lawncare for the community.  Later in life he worked for various organizations as a security guard.  Rodney loved attending demolition derbies, watching racing, and playing BINGO.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Rodney is survived by his fiancée, Janice L. Smith of Girard; daughters, Elizabeth (husband, Steve) Taylor of Litchfield, and Jeannine (husband, Ray Budde) Beaty of Decatur; grandchildren, Kassandra Taylor, Drake Taylor, Skylar Taylor, Bella Budde, and Bailey Budde; sister, Rhoda Whipple of Taylorville; brothers, Kyle Beatty of Joliet, and Kevin Beatty of Salinas, CA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his faithful dogs, Slick and Cookie.

 

Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville.  Social distancing will be required, as well as the wearing of masks.  A private funeral ceremony will follow the visitation with Pastor Eric Stillwell officiating.

 

Interment will follow the ceremony at Morrisonville Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: The family of Rodney Ray Beaty.

 

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

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Lloyd Sylvester Washburn

Lloyd Sylvester Washburn, 89 of Taylorville, passed away at 10:50am on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on December 4, 1931 in rural Assumption, the son of Edward Zenith and Marge (Buzzard) Washburn.  He married Hilda Bea Blount on March 7, 1952 in Oxnard, California.  Lloyd graduated from Pana High School in 1949 and attended the University of Illinois.  He served his county during the Korean War as part of the U.S. Navy Seabees.  Lloyd was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pana.  He was a longtime farmer, working hard all his life raising crops and cattle.  He served on the Christian County Board for many years and was a member of the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge #681 A.F. & A.M.  


He is survived by his wife: Bea Washburn of Taylorville; children: Michael Washburn (Nora) of Rosamond, Debra Menn (Roger) of Ames, Nebraska, Ted Washburn of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Lloyd Washburn (Brenda) of Pana, and Mark Washburn of Taylorville; daughter-in-law: Rene Corso of Taylorville; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren; sisters: Shirley Barber (Fred) of Mascoutah, Penny Osborn of Pana, and Sarah Washburn of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son: Daniel Washburn; and sister Charry Fines.


Mr. Washburn will be cremated and a graveside memorial service with military honors will take place at 11:00am on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Rosemond Grove Cemetery with Rev. Nat Kealen officiating.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pana. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Lloyd, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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