Obits Archives for 2022-01

Michael Kevin Ochs

Michael Kevin Ochs, age 54, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at his home in Lake Stevens, Washington. The family is deeply saddened by his sudden death. Michael, aka Mike, was born on July 4, 1967, in Springfield, Illinois to Michael Henry Ochs and Lenora Kay (Brinson) Brown. His parents share that Mike was a firecracker from day one, and he always made life more interesting (and amusing) for the people around him. Mike grew up in Riverton, Illinois where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. After graduating from Riverton High School in 1985, he studied at DeVry University in Chicago before joining the United States Navy. He served in the Navy from January 2, 1992, to January 1, 2001, achieving the rank of BM2. 


After a decade in the Navy, Mike spent several years repairing appliances and exploring his creative side by carving artistic signs from wood. He was twice married and divorced but found his tribe with his stepdaughter, Strawberry Fields, her partner James Baldwin, and their children Hailey, Jacob, and Olivia Baldwin with whom he lived until he passed. He was an amazing “grandfather” to the three kids, and he was happiest when he was spending time with them. Mike will be fondly remembered for his unique and creatively worded stories, his dry wit, his hilarious sense of humor, his sharp mind, and his kind smile. He touched the hearts of many while he was with us, and we take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace. 


His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his parents and stepparents, Michael Henry Ochs and his wife Mary Ellen of Pawnee, Illinois; Lenora Kay Brown and her husband Dave of Morrisonville, Illinois; his two sisters and their spouses, Marla Kay (Ochs) Rhutasel and her husband Lance of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jessica Lyn (Brown) Armentrout and her husband David of Morrisonville, Illinois; his two nieces, Sabrina Rhutasel and Josie Armentrout; his two nephews, Aiden Rhutasel and Mack Armentrout; his beloved chihuahua, Mort, and the rest of his extended family. 


Inurnment with military honors will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022. A celebration of live will be held at the American Legion in Morrisonville, Illinois following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or Tunnels to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306. 

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Janice Sloan

Janice Franklin Sloan, of Danville, passed away on January 15, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She was 85 years old. 

 

She is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, James Joseph (“JJ”) Sloan, and by their six children: Suzanne (Morey-Sloan); Colleen (Jones), Michael, Gregory, Thomas, and Patricia; as well as her three sisters: Barbara Franklin and Phyllis Bloome, both of Morrisonville, and Kay Franklin, of Estes Park, Colorado. She is also survived by 8 beloved grandchildren: Meredith, Melissa, Siobhan, Rhiannon, Lukas, Mathilde, Ash, and Carolina; and one great-grandchild, Sloan.

 

Janice was born January 2, 1937, in Taylorville, to Lowell and Ina Mae (Deal) Franklin, and raised on the family farm. As a young girl, Janice attended Cottonwood Grade School, a one-room country school near Morrisonville, and later Morrisonville High School, graduating in 1954. After high school, she attended the University of Illinois for a year, taking courses in Home Economics. She later worked for Gilbert Large Chevrolet in Taylorville. At twenty, she became engaged to her high school sweetheart, James, who was enlisted in the Marine Corps and stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Clemente, California. After a four month engagement, the couple were married at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente on April 20, 1957. For the rest of her life, Janice reminisced about their wonderful “extended honeymoon” in California. 

 

After James was honorably discharged from the Marines a few years later, the couple moved to Springfield, where they welcomed their first four children. After settling permanently in Danville in 1966, Janice and Jim had two more children. While her husband started his own insurance adjustment business, Janice worked tirelessly to raise their children, four of whom were born before her twenty-fifth birthday! Janice spent fifty-three years of her life in Danville, devoting all of her time to her husband and family. She and Jim were longtime parishioners of St. Paul’s Catholic Church; Janice found profound faith in the Church, prompting her conversion to Catholicism in 1970. At eighty, Janice discovered a newfound love of exercise, and took up gym workouts and daily, six-mile walks. Throughout her life, she remained in active communication with all of her children and grandchildren as they traveled and found homes in far-flung places. 

 

She will be remembered by those who loved her for her love of learning and literature, her wide knowledge of plants and flowers, her fondness for Colorado blue skies and purple mountains, her sharp wit and sense of humor, her tenacity, her love of babies and small children, and her compassion.

 

Visitation for Danville area friends will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL 61834.

 

Visitation for Morrisonville area friends will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022, at the Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

 

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. John C. Burnette as celebrant.

 

Interment will follow mass at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville.

 

For those who would like to donate in memory of Janice, memorial gifts may be given to the Morrisonville High School, 204 N. Perrine St., Morrisonville, IL 62546, or St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.

 

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

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Janice, or offer condolences to her family.

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Ardeth Buckmire

Ardeth Buckmire, 90, of Taylorville, formerly of Champaign, passed away at 12:13a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Carriage Crossing Senior Living in Taylorville.  She was born on July 24, 1931 in Owaneco, the daughter of Loyd Sumner and Vemba Fern (Sturgeon) Buckmire.  Ardeth attended the Owaneco Grade School and graduated from Taylorville High School in 1949 where she participated in band playing the flute.

 

Following high school, she attended the Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing in Champaign.  Upon receiving her nursing degree, she began working at the Burnham City Hospital in Champaign in the surgery department, a job she continued until her retirement.  She loved cats, especially Cali Rose, chocolate, traveling to various countries, and her family and friends.  

 


She is survived by her nieces: Philis Dale Riaska of Mesa, Arizona, Sharon Jamison (Mike), and Karen DeMichael both of Taylorville; nephews: Roger McLean of Ennis, Texas and Bruce Buckmire (Shelia Wareham) of Owaneco; great nieces: Lee Riaska of Mesa, Arizona, Susie McClure (Scott) and Michelle Jamison both of Taylorville; great nephews: Brent DeMichael (Stacey) of Kincaid and Shaun Vincent (Jennifer) of Maroa.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sister: Vemba McLean; brothers: Philip Buckmire and Loyd Dale “L.D.” Buckmire; and nephew: David Buckmire.  

 


A funeral service for Ardeth will take place at 2:00p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Brennan Hurley officiating.  Burial will be at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.

 

Memories of Ardeth, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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David A. Prater

David A. Prater, 72 of Fillmore passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 12:45 a.m. at his home in Fillmore, IL. He was born on June 23, 1949 in Vandalia, IL the son of Norval and Wilda (Walker) Prater.  

 
He is survived by his Sister: Dana (Steve) Reincke of Nokomis, IL, Brother: Dale (Paula) Prater of Fillmore, IL; Nieces and Nephews: Nate (Joy) Prater, Vince (Heather) Reincke, Jeff (Jennifer) Kibler, Amy (Matt) Stolte, Craig (Rachelle) Reincke, Jennifer (Patrick) Rose and many Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Donna Kibler


Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. in Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore, IL with Ruthie McCario officiating. 


Memorials may be made to the Glendale Cemetery P.O. Box 136 Fillmore, IL 62032.


Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Myrna R. Felix

Myrna Rae Felix, 66 of Springfield passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022 at The Christian Village in Lincoln following years of living with Friedreich’s Ataxia disorder.  She was born on August 29, 1955 in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Paul C. and Jacqueline (Kirk) Felix.  Myrna graduated from Taylorville High School in 1973 and was a graduate of Illinois State University.  She went on to earn a post-graduate degree in computer science and a master’s of English Literature from the University of Illinois.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

 

Myrna previously worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue, Springfield Center for Independent Living, and wrote editorials for the State Journal-Register.  She loved literature and writing, especially poems.  She will be remembered by her infectious laugh and quick wit.  Myrna lived her entire life trying to help others, always wanting to make the world a better place.  She was a philanthropic person, giving to multiple causes.  She was an activist for many causes including helping those living with disabilities.  When her battle with her disorder caused her to need a home more suitable for her life, she teamed with Habitat for Humanity, to personally work towards the goal of a fully accessible home for herself.  The beauty of nature, especially flowers and trees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and pictures of the moon, was something she always appreciated.  The way in which Myrna lived her life is an inspiration to many, including her family.

 


She is survived by her father: Paul C. Felix (Sharon) of St. George, Utah; sisters: Kristi Tegge (Scott) of Geneva and Laurie Felix of Taylorville; nieces and nephews: Zachary Tegge (Katie), Jordan Hall (Garrett), and Cole Tegge; 1 great nephew and 3 great nieces: and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her mother: Jacqueline Felix, infant sister: Diana Anita Felix, and her beloved support dogs: Yoda and Sunshine, and cat: Tybalt.

 


A funeral service for Myrna will take place at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Dr. Paul Kay officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday.  Burial will be in the Grove City Cemetery.  Memorials in Myrna’s name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Animal Protective League.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Myrna, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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Angela Sue Bell

Angela Sue Bell, 51 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on November 12, 1970 in Decatur, IL the daughter of James Robert and Marcia Ruth (Webber) Patton Sr. Angela worked at the Christian County Mental Health Work Shop for 26 years.
She is survived by her brothers: Michael Patton of Ohlman, IL, James Robert Patton Jr; Father James Robert Patton Sr. of Fillmore, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her mother.  


Angela will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Memorials may be made to the family to assist with expenses 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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Lester Weeden

Lester R. “Jim” Weeden, 80, of Pana, formerly of Taylorville, IL passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Pana Community Hospital in Pana, IL. He was born on September 4, 1941, in Taylorville, the son of Lester O. “Shorty” and Anna (Browning) Weeden.  Lester married Barbara A. Tolly on January 5, 1964 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on April 29, 2014.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving on the Sullivan DD537 and his memberships include the American Legion Post # 168 of Pana, IL and IBEW Local #1361. He was a mechanic at Commonwealth Edison in Kincaid, IL from February 27, 1968 until his retirement on December 11, 1995.
Lester is survived by his daughter: Wendy (Steve) Brookens of Taylorville, IL, Granddaughter: Hayden Baker of Taylorville, IL, Brother: Robert Weeden of Florida and several nieces, nephews and cousin. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and Brother: Jackie Weeden
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Graveside service will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.at Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL with Pastor Earl Baker officiating. Inurnment will be in Edinburg Cemetery with military graveside honors immediately following the service. 
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association PO Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Antonia Verardi

Antonia Verardi, 100 of Langleyville, passed away, surrounded by her family, at 6:50pm on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on April 6, 1921 in Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of Angelo and Celestina (Sebben) Andrighetti.  On February 9th, 1939 she married Andrew Verardi in St. Charles, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on January 17, 1972.  Antonia was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.  She previously worked at the Kincaid dress factory and Sangamon Card Company.  Antonia enjoyed playing bingo and growing flowers.  She especially enjoyed sharing her Italian heritage through cooking many types of pasta and other dishes.  Most of all she loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Ron Verardi (Margaret) and Sharon Allen (Terry) both of Taylorville; grandchildren: Anthony Verardi (Stephanie) of Taylorville, Gina Torricelli (Steve) of Chatham, Nick Verardi (Jennifer) of Taylorville, Aaron Allen of Taylorville, and Kristy Doan (Jason) of Chatham; great grandchildren: Lauren Blakeman, Abby Siegrist, Luke Verardi, Gabe Verardi, Olivia Torricelli, Victoria Verardi, Vinny Verardi, Brody Doan, and Jackson Doan; 3 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law: Gretta Andrighetti; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 3 sisters and 1 brother.
The funeral service for Antonia will take place at 11:00am on Friday, January 14, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.  Visitation will be held for 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  In accordance with CDC guidelines, the use of masks is requested.  Memorials may be left to Christian County Senior Citizens.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Antonia, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

 

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Marilyn Eson

Marilyn Eson, 68 of Taylorville passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 12:55 a.m. at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on November 16, 1953 in Hillsboro, IL the daughter of William Phillips and Annie Howard. She married Robert Wayne Eson on February 28, 1975 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death in 1995. She worked as a housekeeper at Taylorville Memorial Hospital for 46 years when she retired in 2018. Marilyn was a very hard worker who enjoyed helping others as well as baking cookies and sharing them with her friends and family.

 

She is survived by her Son: Kevin Wayne Eson (Fiancé Rebecca); Grandchildren: Zaydin Eson, Neil Eson, Paige St. Clair and Garrett St. Clair all of Taylorville, IL.  Sisters: Alice Fevold of Pekin, IL, Brenda Grissom of Pekin, IL, Janet Mays of Springfield, IL and Sharon Thompson of Springfield, IL; Brothers: Terry Phillips of Springfield, IL, Larry Phillips of Taylorville, IL, Dean Phillips of Kincaid, IL and Randy Phillips of Springfield, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister: Patsy Lamb, step father: Ramone Smith and brother: Artie Phillips.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2021 starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Eric and Rev. Jennifer Stilwell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to benefit a fund for Marilyn’s grandchildren 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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Patricia Sue Huddleston

Patricia Sue Huddleston, 81 of Palmer passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on October 22, 1940 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Guy Ballard and Virginia Dowdy. She married Cecil Leo Huddleston on January 28, 1967 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on October 27, 2006. Patty was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morrisonville. She was a homemaker for many years while she raised her children. Her home was always welcoming to anyone.  She made everyone feel like family. Patty enjoyed cooking and took pride in her sparkling laundry. She loved her little home and was so thankful for God’s blessings. Her children always came first in her life and she admired her grandchildren. She was selfless, always willing to help others in need. She loved watching Christian speakers and listening to Christian music especially the Happy Goodmans and the Gaithers. She longed for her homecoming day with her daughter and husband. She put her faith in Jesus Christ and now she is finally Home!

 

She is survived by her daughters: Elizabeth Huddleston of Taylorville, IL; Jennifer (Chad) Foster of Palmer, IL; sons: Bradford Huddleston of Rockford, IL, Steven (Cindy) Huddleston of Taylorville, IL; Chris (Loni) Huddleston of Taylorville, IL; Jason Huddleston of Springfield, IL; Robert (Tonya) Huddleston of Shelbyville, IL; grandchildren: Blake (Alex) Huddleston, Colby (Dani) Huddleston, Tristan Huddleston, Seth, Gabrielle and Sophie Foster; sisters: Marlene Dunn of Blue Mound, IL; Marcia “Lou” Smith of Palmer, IL; Marie Crowder of Florida; brother: David (Marcella) Ballard of Tovey, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Daughter: Laura “Missy” Huddleston, Sister: Barbara Stafford and Grandson: Cody Huddleston. 

 

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Burial will be held in Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Morrisonville 209 School St, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

 

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

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Kenneth A. Rosenthal

Kenneth A. Rosenthal, 95, of Morrisonville, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Carriage Crossing in Taylorville.
 
Kenny was born September 6, 1926 in Edwardsville, the son of the late Arthur and Edna (Johnson) Rosenthal.  He moved to the Morrisonville area in 1936, and had lived there ever since.  Kenny graduated Valedictorian from Morrisonville High School in 1944.  He was an avid participant in school sports and activities, starring in basketball, baseball, and track.  Kenny was also Class President, Co-Editor of the Crest Yearbook, and an orator in the school’s literary competitions.  Upon graduation, he proudly served our country in the United States Navy Air Force.  Kenny married LaDonna Mae Bedinghaus on May 31, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Farmersville.  She preceded him in death on May 27, 2005, after nearly 57 years of marriage.

 

Kenny was a lifelong farmer.  He also worked for the State of Illinois, first as a driver’s license examiner in Pana, before retiring as Regional Administrator of Illinois Central Division of Meat-Poultry and Livestock Inspection.  He then went on to another full-time career as a Crop Adjustor Supervisor for Country Companies, where he retired at the age of 87.  Kenny’s hard work and community mindedness continued within his community.  He was a faithful member of St. Maurice Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Post 1151.  Kenny wore many other hats in his community, such as a member of the American Legion Post 721 where he held several different offices, Community Club, V.F.W. Post 4495 in Taylorville, as well as a former Village Trustee.  He will be best remembered for his commitment to education and youth sports.  Kenny served as a school board member for Morrisonville District #1 for 20 years, past president of the Abraham Lincoln Division of School Boards for 7 years, and the official time keeper for Mohawk Basketball for 27 years.  He was instrumental in starting the Morrisonville American Legion youth baseball league.  His commitment to young people did not go unnoticed.  Kenny was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.  He was an avid bowler, and sports fan, especially loving the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams, and Fighting Illini.

 

He was also preceded in death by his daughters, Carolyn Rosenthal and Donna Elmore; and infant twin great granddaughters.

 

Kenny is survived by his children, Wayne (Marcia) Rosenthal of Morrisonville, David (Kathy) Rosenthal of Taylorville, Diana (Allyn) Braun of Edgerton, WI, Nancy (Jeff) Hessel of Edwardsville, Angela (John) Christian of Taylorville, and Jon (Phyllis) Rosenthal of Morrisonville; son-in-law, Jim Elmore of Springfield; 17 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and 3 more on the way; brother, Shirlen Rosenthal of Raymond; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

 

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022 at St. Maurice Catholic Church, with Rev. John Burnette as celebrant.

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Danny Jay Nation

Danny Jay Nation, 53 of Taylorville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  He was born on February 12, 1968 in Taylorville, the son of William E. and Sheila A. (Denning) Nation.  Danny worked as an over-the-road truck driver for over 30 years.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and camping.  Danny loved spending time with his family and will be remembered for his sense of humor, especially the jokes he enjoyed telling.

 
He is survived by his long-time companion: Lesa Newkirk; parents: Bill and Sheila Nation of Taylorville; siblings: Steve (Renee) Nation of Keller, Texas, Mike (Aggie) Nation of Fort Worth, Texas, Bill (Debbie) Nation of Granite City, Eric Nation of Bedford, Texas, John (Caroline) Nation of Fort Worth, Texas, Melanie (Don) Prachel of Winter Springs, Florida, Crystal Nichols of Taylorville, and Jaime (John) Doolin of Decatur; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Elwood and Rose Denning and Evert and Rita Nation.


In keeping with Danny’s wishes, he will be cremated, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to S.I.U. O.R.S. Home Services, PO Box 19647, Springfield, Illinois 62794.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Danny, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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William R. "Bill" Everett

William R. “Bill” Everett, 82, of Owaneco, IL, formerly of Strasburg, IL, went home to Heaven at 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2022 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.


    Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 9, 2022 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL with Pastor Stan Pratt and Pastor Bob Turner officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Grace Cemetery, Strasburg, IL.  Memorials may be given to the Mode Camp or Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond.  


    Bill was born on January 31, 1939 at home in Strasburg, IL, the son of Loren and Vera (Fluke) Everett.  He graduated from Stewardson-Strasburg High School in the Class of 1957.  Bill began working as a cabinet maker.  He later worked as a machinist for American Brass in Mattoon, then as a self-employed carpenter at Everett Construction and was always a farmer.  He married his high school sweetheart, Jana Lee Stierwalt on December 10, 1959.  Bill was a former member of the Washington United Methodist Church near Strasburg and currently attended Way of Life Church in Taylorville, IL.  He loved to sing and was a member of the Coles County Barbershop Chorus. Bill served on the Board of Directors for the Mode Camp in Mode, IL.  He enjoyed working on the farm, woodworking, caring for his animals, gardening, sharing his faith with anyone he met and spending time with his grandchildren.   On May 24, 1997, Bill married Jane Elaine (Shuler) McLaughlin.


    He is survived by his wife, Jane; daughter, Dorinda Everett of Salem, IL; step-children, Chad McLaughlin (Kelly) of Owaneco, IL, Michael McLaughlin (Krissy) of East Peoria, IL and Mandy Boehler (Dave) of Owaneco, IL; brother, Jim Everett of Shelbyville, IL; sister Melba Talbott of Wildwood, MO; and six grandchildren, Mikayla Brown (Michael), Briar McLaughlin, Will Boehler, Abby Boehler, Hadley McLaughlin and Grayson McLaughlin.


    He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Jana; son, Jeff Everett; and sister, Joanie Gentry.


    Send condolences at www.howeandyockey.com

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Norman Gene Huddlestun

Norman Gene Huddlestun, 86 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 10:05 a.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on January 5, 1936 in LaGrange, IL the son of Wilbert Eli and Elsie Melvina (Jackson) Huddlestun. He married Nancy M. Graham on March 27, 1968 in Langleyville, IL and she preceded him in death on June 3, 2015. Gene worked as a Machinist at Wagner Castings where he retired. He was especially grateful to David and Amy Graham for always taking care of him.


He is survived by his brothers: Junior, Wes and Gary Huddlestun, his Sister Diane Huddlestun and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Nancy, son: Norman, daughter: Brenda, grandson: Zachary, siblings: Alvin, Alfred, Alvena, Delbert, Shirley, Mabel, Varlin, Larry and David.   


Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.


Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-9959. 


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


Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Dawn A. Ray

Dawn A. Ray, age 50 of Golden, MO., formerly of Kincaid, IL., passed away
Dec. 31, 2021 in Springfield, MO.


She is survived by her mother and step-father, Carol and Patrick Shields, 
her loving fiancé, Tim Jacob and his family.  Also surviving are her sister,
Gina Shellenbarger, brother, Erik Ray and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dawn was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Ray and both maternal
and paternal grandparents.


At this time her memorial service  is undetermined. 
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Dawn’s name to
Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd., Taylorville, IL. 62568

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Lisa Ann Cunitz

Lisa Ann Cunitz, 58 of Taylorville, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2021 at her home in Taylorville, IL. She was born on August 13, 1963 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of George and Doris (Lukach) Cunitz.  Lisa was a waitress and cleaned homes for several people over the years.


She is survived by her Mother: Doris Cunitz of Taylorville, IL, Brothers: Scott (Christine) Cunitz, Eric Cunitz and George William Cunitz II, Nephews: Richard Scott (Brittany) Cunitz Jr., Randy Cunitz, Niece: Erica Cunitz, Uncle Frank (Phyllis) Lukach, Aunt: Donna Dance and several great nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lisa will be cremated and the family will have a memorial service followed by inurnment in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL, at a later date.


Memorials may be made to Christian County Animal Control 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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Genevieve Ryan

Genevieve Ryan passed away in her sleep on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Taylorville, IL. Genny was born near Edinburg, IL in July of 1923 to August “Gus” Prasun and Corrine McIntire Prasun. Her childhood was spent in a farm near Willeys Station. After graduating from Taylorville High School, she worked at the Illiopolis Ammunition Plant during WWII. Then, in 1944 she married Albert Ryan and the two of them farmed and raised a family together in the Blue Mound, IL area.


Genny loved everything about farm life. She worked in the field, hauled grain, gardened and raised chickens. After Albert’s death in 1989, Genny moved to Taylorville, but remained active by hauling grain for her son, Dan, for a number of years. A country girl at heart, she loved to be outside as much as possible, maintaining her lawn, planting flowers and tending to the birds until age 97.


Genny will be remembered by family and friends as fiercely independent, hardworking, creative, and easy to make laugh. She was an excellent seamstress, a good cook, a dog lover and above all else proud of her family, Donna Ryan (Ed Gehlbach), Dorrine Neal (Ron), Dan Ryan (Debbie), Denise Blakeman (Mike) and Della Peck (Dwight), 10 grandkids, and their spouses, 20 great-Grandkids and 4 great great grandkids.


Genny was preceded in death by her two brothers, Paul and Leo Prasun, and Albert’s sisters, Catherine Brunner, and Elizabeth Forbes, but she leaves behind an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews from both the Prasun and Ryan sides of the family.


The family would like to thank the staff at Taylorville Estates for the extraordinary car that Genny received during her stay there.


Sutton Memorial Home is assisting with a private burial at Grove City Cemetery.

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MacKenzie J. Brion

MacKenzie J. Brion, 28 of Mt. Zion, formerly of Taylorville, passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.  He was born on December 29, 1993 in Decatur, the son of Jeremy and Penney (Allen) Brion.  MacKenzie graduated from Taylorville High School.

He lived a fearless life and loved spending time outdoors.  He enjoyed mud trucks, spending time at the lake and fishing.  MacKenzie will be remembered by his smile and his outgoing personality.  He truly cared about others and their feelings and never knew a stranger.  Above all he loved his family, especially his brother.  


He is survived by his father: Jeremy Brion (Christi) of Mt. Zion; mother: Penney Domonousky (Nate) of Taylorville; son: Kannon Brion; brother: Laken Brion of Mt. Zion; stepbrother: Cody Coffman of Mt. Zion; grandparents: Donna and William Weiser of Taylorville, Susan Brion of Mt. Zion, Judy Brion of Macon, and Jack Allen of Kenney; nephew: Jacob Shehadah of Taylorville; girlfriend: Taeloree Teel of Cameron, Missouri; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by grandmother: Linda Allen; grandfather: Leon Brion; and great grandmother: Patricia Goodspeed.


The funeral for MacKenzie will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Visitation will be from 5:00pm until the time of the service at 7:00pm. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund for his son, Kannon.

 

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of MacKenzie, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

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