Obits Archives for 2021-05

Richard Edwin Kerns

Richard Edwin Kerns, 65 of Taylorville, passed away at 3:14am on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in his home following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on January 4, 1956 in Decatur, the son of Roy and Roberta “Betty” (Dasher) Kerns. He married Carla Jo Arthur on July 31, 1999 in Taylorville. Richard received an electronics technician degree from Lincoln Land Community College and worked for many years as an IBEW Union Electrician. He attended Taylorville Evangelical Free Church. He and his family were very active in Boy Scouts throughout the years and Richard earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was an avid fan of the L.A. Dodgers and Fighting Illini Sports. He loved spending time outdoors especially working in his large garden. Richard loved bowling and competed in many leagues throughout his life. More than anything, he had a love of family, especially his grandchildren and great nieces and nephews.


He is survived by his wife: Carla Jo Kerns of Taylorville; children: Dustin Hensley of Cleveland, Ohio and Meagan Knepler of Taylorville; grandchildren: Zachary Hensley, Kolby Ford, and Korbin Ford; sister: Doris Green (Randy) of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Marty Kerns-Boosinger (James) of Sherman; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Michael Kerns.


The funeral service for Richard will take place at 10:00am on Monday, May 10, 2021 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Don Beetem officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm until 6:00pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials in Richard’s memory may be made to the Kerns Family or Cub Scout Pack 132. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Richard, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at





Earl Ray Acup

Mr. Earl Ray Acup, 83, of Taylorville, IL died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

He was born in East Alton, IL on May 1, 1938 the son of Josh and Eunice (Beatty) Acup. He married Dayna L. Ray on December 18, 1982 in Lincoln, IL.

Mr. Acup retired from the Illinois State Police as a Master Sergeant. He served in the United States Naval Reserve and was a social member of V.F.W. Post 4495 in Taylorville, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and was a 60-year member of the Taylorville Moose Club.

Surviving are his wife Dayna Acup of Taylorville, IL. a son Steven (Tammy) Acup of Florida, with 2 granddaughters Anna and Stephanie Acup of Virginia a son Dayne Altman of Lincoln, IL with a grandson Aaron (Danielle) Altman of Decatur, IL and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Lloyd Acup.

Graveside services at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL will be announced at a later date. Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is honored to be assisting with his care. Condolences may be left at and will be forwarded to his family.


Kathy Ann Oglesby

Kathy Ann Oglesby, 61 of Kincaid, IL passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:000 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on June 6, 1959 in Vandalia, IL the daughter of Ira S.and Betty J. (Mullen) Oglesby Sr. She was a CNA for several years.

She is survived by her fiancée of over 30 years, James M. Timm of Kincaid, IL, Daughter: Stacey A. Nance of Taylorville, Grandchildren: Angela N. McKinnon of Kincaid, IL and Kelly A. McKinnon of Taylorville, IL, Sister: Brenda J. Oglesby of Vandalia, IL, Brothers: Jim Oglesby of Springfield, IL, Randy (Diane) Oglesby of Greenville, IL, John Oglesby of Vandalia, IL and Ira “Jr” (Julie) Oglesby Jr. of Greenville, IL and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Ron Oglesby.

There will be a visitation on Monday, May 10. 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. She will be buried in Oak Hill Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

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

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Mr. David "Dave" Howard

Mr. David "Dave" Howard, 69, of Tovey, IL departed this life Saturday, May 1, 2021 from St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
He was born in Taylorville, IL December 15, 1951 the son of Leo T. and Dorothy (McKinney) Howard.
Mr. Howard was a 1971 graduate of South Fork High School.  He retired from Peabody Mine #10.  He was a huge Elvis Presley and St. Louis Cardinals Fan, and member of the U.M.W.A. Dave enjoyed good times with family and friends and he especially enjoyed spoiling his granddaughters.
Surviving are a daughter Meagan and her husband Charlie Burney, a son Chris Howard and 2 granddaughters Emilee and Bristol Burney, a brother Kevin (Joann) Howard all of Tovey, IL along with nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Kenneth and Richard Howard.
Private Family Services will be held with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.  A Celebration of the life of Mr. David Howard will begin at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 8th, 2021 at Bart's Place in Tovey, IL.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is honored to be assisting his family.  Condolences may also be left at and will be forwarded to his family.


Bart Keith Thomas

Bart Keith Thomas, 57 of Flora, passed away at 3:02am on Sunday, May 2, 2021 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 20, 1963 in Taylorville, the son of Ward and Sue (Beaty) Thomas. Bart had a love of people, he was the most content when he was surrounded by friends and family that were engaging in good conversation. He enjoyed bells, and when he wasn’t holding one, there would certainly be one found nearby.


He is survived by his mother: Sue Thomas of Edinburg; siblings: Delton Thomas of Warrensburg, Jo Ellen Davis (Kenneth) of Edinburg, Matthew Thomas (Barbara) of Monticello, and Jill Morman (Kent) of Edinburg; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Bart was preceded in death by his father Ward Thomas.


Bart will be cremated, and no services will be held at this time. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences to his family may be left online at



William Ronald Harris

William Ronald Harris, 89 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:42am on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Taylorville Care Center. He was born on September 3, 1931 in Chicago, the son of Leonard David and Violet Mae (White) Harris. He married Emma Jane Rea on October 22, 1950 in Sesser, Illinois. Mr. Harris proudly served his country during the Korean conflict with the U.S. Navy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and went on to receive his master’s degree from Arizona State University. Bill retired as principal of Memorial School in Taylorville where he worked for many years. He was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, member of the Lion’s Club, V.F.W., and the Moose Lodge. Bill enjoyed spending time outside fishing, hunting, and golfing. Above all he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.


He is survived by his wife: Emma Harris of Taylorville; daughter: Linda Micenheimer (Jim) of Taylorville; son: Michael Harris (Deborah) of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren: Michelle Feasel (Barry) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jamie Werve (Kyle) of North Aurora, Curt Micenheimer (Jessica) of Taylorville, and Chase Micenheimer (Katie) of Taylorville; and great grandchildren: Cole Werve, Paige Werve, Collin Micenheimer, Kaylee Micenheimer, and Emmitt Micenheimer. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 siblings.


Mr. Harris will be cremated and a graveside service with military rites will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Memorials in his honor may be left to the Taylorville VFW/American Legion Honor Guard or the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of William, or condolences to his family, may be left online at






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