Obituaries

Ronald G. Wall

TISKILWA – Ronald Glenn Wall passed away Thursday morning, July 9, 2020, at his home in Tiskilwa, Ill. at the age of 85.

He was preceded in his death by his parents and his grandson, Andrew Wall. He is survived by his wife, Blanche; six children, Lynn (Robert) Grohman of Wolverton, Minn., Craig Wall of Bradford, Jeff (Rachael) Wall of Hemet, Calif, David (Lana) Wall of Bradford, Carol Wall of Bradford, and Jon Wall of Bradford; and four siblings: Mary (Robert) Herrmann, Janith (Kenneth) Brown, Ann (Robert) Brushwyler, and Gary (Connie) Wall. Also surviving, the joy of Ron’s life, are 15 loving grandchildren: Amber, Robert, Richard, Alexander, Zachary, Avery, Emerald, Savannah, Bradley, Victoria, Samantha, Colby, Emily, Abigail, and Natalie.

Ron was born on April 22, 1935, in Bradford, the son of Glenn and Marguerite (Scott) Wall. Ron graduated from Bradford High School in 1953. He married Blanche Lois Rogerson of Moline, Ill., on April 2, 1960, and settled to a life of farming around Bradford shortly thereafter.

He was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Bradford where he led worship and taught Sunday School for many years and also served on the Bradford School Board. His favorite pastimes were singing with the Covered Bridge Chorus and the Second Wind Quartet, family cookouts, and spending time with his grandkids.

The family will be celebrating his life at a small private ceremony at the Osceola Grove Cemetery. Memorials in Ron’s memory may be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Covered Bridge Chorus of Princeton, Ill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Prosper Tournear

WYOMING – Rev. Prosper Tournear of Princeton formerly of Wyoming, Ill., passed away on July 11, 2020, at Aperion Care Princeton.

He was the son of Otis Henry and Emma Augusta Heberlein Tournear, born on Aug. 22, 1932, in their Liberty, Ill., home. They preceded him in death, as did his three brothers, Carl (Audrey) Tournear, Walter (Millie) Tournear, Russell C. Tournear (who died in infancy), and one sister, Naomi (Leonard) Jergens.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Schwebel Tournear of Princeton. They were married on Sept. 10, 1955. Also surviving are their four sons, John (Carolyn) Tournear of Decatur, Ill., Charles Tournear of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom (Joyce) Tournear of Dover, Ill., Prosper Allen Tournear of Dixon, Ill., and one daughter, Susannah Tournear of Princeton. He has two grandchildren, Sarah (Julius) Aigbe and Nathaniel Tournear.

He graduated from Liberty High School at 16 years old and did his undergraduate work in accounting at Carthage College when it was still in Carthage, Ill. Then he continued on to get his Masters of Divinity degree at Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis) and Missouri School of Religion (Jefferson City, Mo.). He served 42 years as a United Methodist Minister and after he retired, he filled in for other pastors and served as an interim pastor for churches in transition.

He was involved in Consistory, Kiwanis, Rotary (wherein he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow), Scottish Rite, Mason (and was Most Wise Master several times, Chaplain, and past Master), and Bloomington York Rite. He was a member of the American Passion Play in Bloomington, Ill., for 33 years in which he played several roles, including that of the apostle Peter. He was instrumental in forming an ambulance service at both Knoxville and Wyoming.

He traveled to the Holy Land three times, was chaplain of the day at the Illinois House of Representatives and gave their invocation for that day. He was faithful to the Cubs, enjoyed spending time with his wife, Charlotte, going out for meals, and telling amusing stories from his childhood during his sermons. He has been to the United Nations twice and met some extraordinary people including Adlai Stevenson, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Abel Muzorewa (the first black prime minister of Zimbabwe), Sam Walton, a brief encounter with the King of Yugoslavia, and so many of God’s great children. He was on the finance committee for the formation of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., and founded a hospice program for Pittsfield, Ill. He also was instrumental in the creation of a bill in the Illinois Legislature to support the mentally/physically handicapped youth in the “forgotten years,” 18-20 years old, and it passed. He worshipped with and met Oral Roberts and Robert Shuller. He worked with the building of three new churches, drove a school bus for many years, and helped start a PTA in Illiopolis and served as its first president. He helped organize and coached Little League for several years. He also started an ambulance service at both Knoxville and Annawan.

One Sunday he brought an unprecedented 45 confirmands into church membership. There was no time for a sermon that Sunday.

He served 22 churches pre-retirement and several more after retirement as an interim pastor, guided two parishioners to enter the ministry, preached more than 4,900 sermons, had more than 620 weddings, more than 350 baptisms, and received more than 1,060 new members into the church. He never met anyone that he didn’t like and he tried to live by Robert Schuller’s advice: using the power of positive thinking (Norman Vincent Peale), “find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.”

He was proud that religion has played a part in his children and grandchildren’s lives. His oldest son and daughter-in-law, as well as his grandson have even gone into the ministry and his granddaughter has worked as a missionary.

His best advice when people were frustrated with others at work was, “Just love them.” It made one stop praying for oneself so much as to pray for the clients and personal love and tolerance, and that made all the difference.

A funeral for the family was at the Wyoming United Methodist Church on July 15, 2020, presided over by Rev. Rebecca Klemm. The funeral was recorded and is available to watch on YouTube under the name “Funeral of Reverend Prosper Tournear” by the following day. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 1 p.m., there will be a memorial service at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy for extended family followed by fellowship in the park pavilion across the street. Duker & Haugh Funeral Home in Quincy will oversee the burial.

Memorials may be sent to the Preachers’ Aid Society and Benefit Fund in Springfield, Ill. (helps retired pastors) and/or the American Heart Association.

Carolyn M. Taylor

WYOMING– Carolyn Mary (Schupbach) Taylor, 77, of Wyoming passed away at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Carolyn was born on March 28, 1943, in Henry, Ill., the daughter of John Emil and Mary Esther (Thiel) Schupbach. She married Robert Wade Taylor on Dec. 22, 1998. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2018.

Surviving are two stepsons, Lance (Ana) Taylor of Norcross, Ga., and Kyle Taylor of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Carolyn graduated from Bradford High School with the class of 1961. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. Carolyn taught business classes at Hononegah Community High School in Rockton, Ill., retiring after 30 years of service. She enjoyed flower gardens and loved her dog dearly. She was a good cook and particularly liked to bake.

Graveside services are being held for Carolyn Taylor on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Henry Cemetery Association, Henry. Nicole Reed, Certified Funeral Celebrant, will officiate.

Memorial contributions in Carolyn’s name may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association-Central IL Chapter, 606 W Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL, 61614. Condolences may be left for Mary’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Donald F. Stewart

CASTLETON – Donald F. Stewart, 84, of Castleton, Ill., passed away on July 5, 2020, in Dahinda, Ill.. doing what he loved most in life, fishing.

Donald was born in Waynesville, Mo., to Glen and Ada (Green) Stewart on May 23, 1936. Donald lived with his family in the Pulaski County Missouri area for the early part of his childhood. He spent many days exploring the hill country with his friends and cousins learning how to fish and hunt. He would pass these traits along to many generations. Donald later moved to East Peoria, Ill., where he lived for over 60 years before moving to Castleton.

He married the love of his life, Shirley Smith on Aug. 18, 1957, in East Peoria. Donald worked at Libby’s in Morton before attending welding school in Chicago. Once he graduated from welding school, he began his employment at Caterpillar as a machine operator. He retired from Caterpillar in 1994.

Don served in the U.S. Army. He loved anything outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, being a Winter Texan and traveling with his family. He was a long-time member of Gamber Cove and Oak Run. His favorite sports team was the St. Louis Cardinals, which he loved to listen to on the radio. He was the best storyteller and always had a joke ready.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Ada (Green) Stewart. His siblings, Elva Lea (Stewart) Henson and Gladys (Stewart) Reardon.

Donald is survived by his wife, Shirley (Smith); his sister, Ella Mae (Stewart) Crossland; his children, Bill (Janna) Knowles of Columbia, Mo., Bonnie (Jim) Welch of Kewanee, Ill., Barbara (Carl) Harris of East Peoria, Brenda Coons of East Peoria, and Sharlena (Lance) Nofsinger of Washington, Ill. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Delbert Ray Daniels, Bill Knowles II, Robert Knowles, Carl Harris Jr., Debbie Harris, Brandon Coons, Brett Coons, Jonathan Coons, Alexander Nofsinger, Drake Nofsinger, Courtney Nofsinger, Dakota Nofsinger, and Brooklynn Nofsinger. He also is survived by 11 great grandchildren and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family of Donald Stewart wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Oak Run First Responders and the fellow members of Gamber Cove, who offered their assistance on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Memorials may be given to Oak Run First Responders, American Diabetes Association or St. Jude in his name.
A memorial service was held July 11, 2020, at Taylor Masonic Lodge 119 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington. Dinner and fellowship followed. Attendees were invited to share their best memories.

Burial will be at a later date.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com.

Ralph E. Richoz

PRINCEVILLE – Ralph Eugene Richoz, 73, of Princeville, passed away of natural causes Jan. 21, 2020, at his home in Princeville. He was born March 8, 1946, to Cecil Paul Richoz and Florence Elizabeth Delbridge.

Surviving are one sister, Linda Taylor of Clarkston, Wash.; one nephew, William F. Taylor of Paducah, Ky.; one niece, Jennifer L. Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; two great-nephews, Tyrin L. Taylor and Jeremy Z. Aubrey, both of Clarkston, Wash.; and many close friends.

Ralph attended Princeville Grade School and Princeville Community High School, graduating in 1964. His favorite school, however, was the farm, working with his Dad every day after getting off the school bus until supper, and many days until sundown. By the time he was six years old he was driving the Ford tractor, taking over his sister, Linda’s job.

The U.S. Army called Ralph to serve and he became a soldier in January 1965. After training in the U.S., he was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany as an Army Clerk for the remainder of his two-year duty. In August 1966 he and a friend went to Paris, where they met his sister, Linda, who was on a tour of Europe. What a great few hours they had together. After Ralph’s Army tour, he was happily back to farming and later worked for German-Bliss Implement, where he was employed for many years.

He was very civic oriented, having been a member of the Princeville Lions Club, the Township Board, the Princeville Alumni Association, and the Princeville American Legion Post 248, where he served as Commander for many years. He was also a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church and was active in the Princeville Heritage Museum start-up.

Ralph’s family is very thankful for his friends and neighbors, who helped him on the farm and in other ways for the past few years.
A graveside service for Ralph will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2020, in Princeville Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service.

A graveside service for Ralph will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2020, in Princeville Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service.

Marthanna M. Laughlin

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Marthanna M. “Marty” Cowley Laughlin, 74, of Davenport, Iowa, went home to the Lord on Friday, May 15, 2020. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020, in The Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until service time. Memorials in her honor may be made to Coram Deo Bible Church or Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Online condolences and tributes may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Marty was born a daughter of James and Austa (Sellon) Cowley on July 16, 1945, in Kewanee, Ill. She was united in marriage to Raymond Laughlin and they later divorced. She was a graduate of Moline Public Nursing School, and worked her entire life as a Registered Nurse, retiring from Scott County Health Department.

Marty was a caring and selfless woman who devoted much of her time to her children, foster children, being an active member of her church, and volunteering at the blood bank. She was also a board member of Optimist Noon Club, Davenport, and a founding member of Elevate, formerly known as FLHA. She had a passion for people in need and difficult circumstances. She was focused on doing outreach, helping her community, and charities.

Those missing her dearly are her son, D.J. (Shelly) Laughlin; daughter, Denise (Douglas) Kroeger; adopted children: David R. Laughlin, Ernest Laughlin, Heaven Bale-Laughlin, Bobbie Bale-Laughlin, and Tiffany Bale-Laughlin; siblings, James I. Cowley of Galva, and Janene C. (Steve) Felter of East Helena, Mont.; along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Karol Jane.

Joan Doss

CAMBRIDGE – Joan Doss, 85, of rural Cambridge, died peacefully at 11:20 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2020, at Betty’s Garden Memory Care in Kewanee.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., July 15, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Dan Wright officiated. Burial was at the Galva Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Betty’s Garden Memory Care or to Abilities Plus. The funeral home will monitor capacity limits to maintain compliance with COVID regulations. The funeral home requires that all guests wear a mask for the safety of all those attending.

She was born July 3, 1935, in Geneseo, the daughter of Daniel and Gertha (Chrisman) Rogers. She married Kyle Lynn Doss on Sept. 15, 1954, in Geneseo and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Robert, Harold, Ray and Betty.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Debra (Jerry) Gibson of Dahinda, Susan (Skip) Turnbull of Toulon, Christine (Mike) Wexell of Galva, Jane (Rich) Bell of Kewanee and Nancy (Mark) DeFauw of Atkinson, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Joan graduated from Geneseo High School in 1954. She was a homemaker and had worked alongside her husband on the family farm. She enjoyed watching birds, especially Cardinals, gardening, going for coffee with her friends but especially loved babysitting and sharing the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn J. Chesser

WYOMING – Marilyn J. Chesser, 83, of Wyoming, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at her home.

Marilyn was born on June 28, 1937, in Galesburg, the daughter of Clifford and Margarie (Daves) Powell. She married George Chesser on Sept. 23, 1955, in Galva; he survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Chris) Chesser of rural Bradford and Robert (Karla) Chesser of Edelstein; one daughter, Christine (Rodney) King of Wyoming; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gary Powell of St. Paul, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Marilyn loved working in her yard, mowing, gardening and tending to her flowers. She was a giving person, always taking care of those around her.
Her graveside service was Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Wyoming Cemetery. Nicole Reed, Certified Funeral Celebrant, will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be left for Marilyn’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Lewis E. Marinich

FARMINGTON – Lewis E. “Lou” Marinich, 70, of Peoria, stepfather of a Farmington woman, died June 27, 2020, at 9:14 a.m. at his residence.

He was born on May 31, 1950, in Peoria to Anthony and Mary (Brown) Marinich. He married Miece Compton on Dec. 24, 1983, in Hanna City. She passed away on Sept. 28, 2007, in Lovelock, Nev. Survivors include two sisters, Angie Marinich of Peoria and Ginny (Greg) Larke of Hanna City; three brothers, Mike Marinich of Peoria, Andy (Vikki) Marinich of Unionville, Nev., and Joe Marinich of Peoria; one step-son, Ryan Compton of Jacksonville, Fla.; two step-daughters: Vicki (Roger) Woodcock of Farmington and Julie Compton of Peoria; and three stepgrandchildren, Seth, Jake and Selena.

Lou was a United States Army veteran. He was a Breakman working with sheet metal in California for years, then moved to Nevada, where he worked for several ranchers. He was a member of the American Legion. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in West Peoria at a later date. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

Esther J. Brant

BRIMFIELD – Esther J. Brant, 83, of Peoria, mother of a Brimfield man, passed peacefully on June 25, 2020, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born on March 19, 1937, in Champaign County to William and Bertha (Watson) Force. She married James F. Brant in Champaign on July 16, 1955. He preceded her in death on March 29, 2018.

Her parents, six siblings and an infant granddaughter also preceded her in death. Surviving are her three sons, Kerry (Jennifer) Brant of Brimfield, Perry (Cathy) Brant of East Peoria and Larry (Janette) Brant of Peoria; 8 grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren, with one on the way.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of Esther’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences can be left online at www.ClaryFunerals.com.

Rickey L. Schupbach

PRINCEVILLE – Rickey L. Schupbach, 70, of Princeville, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2020, at 12 p.m. at Oak Run Campers Village in Victoria. He was born June 22, 1950, in Peoria, to Benjamin and Bonnie Lindley Schupbach. He married Linda L. Mathisen on Nov. 29, 1969. She preceded him in death on March 10, 2020. Surviving are four children; Jenni (Loren) Gallup of Chillicothe; Jamie Schupbach of Dunlap; Dr. Joshua (Tricia) Schupbach of Princeville, and Brandi Schupbach of Peoria; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Charlene (Joseph) Rickey of Peoria; brother, Larry (Barb) Schupbach of Chillicothe; and sister, Kathy (Chuck) Koller of Brimfield; several nieces and nephews; and four very special people, whom he raised as his own children, Erik Richey, Rochelle (Lucas) Chase, Forrest Park and Ted (Melissa) Richey.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Donald Schupbach. Rickey served in the United States Army Reserves, 724 Transportation Battalion.

He worked alongside his father in heating and cooling, while also working for Caterpillar for 30 years, retiring in 2002. He then went on to own and operate Schupbach Heating and Cooling. Rickey was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his time camping at Oak Run. He was a member of the Peoria Casting Club, and loved to cook and share his meals with family and friends. The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the community at Campers Village for all their love and support during Rickey’s short illness.

A visitation was July 3, 2020, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Burial was private at Princeville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Run Campers Village 1818 Knox Highway 7, Victoria IL, 61485. To leave your name and condolences for Rickey’s family on his tribute wall, please visit www.haskellfuneral.com

Dale A. McNaught

LaFAYETTE – Dale Alan McNaught, 74, of La Fayette, died at 10:49 p.m., Saturday, July 4, 2020, at his home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 10, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Angie Fleming officiated. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 9, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. The funeral home monitored capacity limits to maintain compliance with COVID regulations. The funeral home requires that all guests wear a mask for the safety of all those attending.

He was born Jan. 2, 1946, at home in Truro Township, Williamsfield, Ill., the son of Alvah S. and Laura Jean (Leng) McNaught. Survivors include his children, Tammy (Ed) Main of La Fayette, Timmy (Becky) McNaught of Mahomet, Ill., Tiffany (Jon) Woods of Toulon, and Alvah J. McNaught of LaFayette; his grandchildren, Brittany (Ryan) Ketterling of Belgrade, Mont., Kasey Main of Toulon, and Julia, Laura and Annika McNaught, all of Mahomet, and Novalee Hoffmann of Toulon; his siblings, Jim (Ruth Ann) McNaught of Victoria, Dolores McNaught of Atkinson, Mary Jane LaFollette of Williamsfield, Betty McNaught and Bonny McNaught Engelmeyer, both of Galesburg and Margie McNaught of Peoria; and many, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. Dale had worked as a dragline operator for various coalmines including; Midland Coal Company, Captain Mine, Horse Creek Mine, Arch of Illinois, Inc. and Arch of West Virginia, Inc. He also worked for Cain & Reynolds Excavating and Mainland Home Improvement.

He was a collector of many things and enjoyed tinkering on small engines and watching NASCAR. He relished his time hanging out with neighbors and friends. Dale was also close to his siblings and was very proud of his children and family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

James R. Houlihan


BARTONVILLE – James R. Houlihan, 85, of Bartonville, passed away at 1:11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

He was born on June 23, 1935, in Peoria, a son of Earl J. and Margaret L. (Cox) Houlihan. He married Ruth Hess on Feb. 15, 1974, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his six children, Erin Sheckler of Peoria, Lynne (Mark) Houlihan Wood of Libertyville, Steve (Angie) Houlihan of Brimfield, Kim (Dick) Wilkinson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom (Suzy) Gray of Bartonville, and Vicki (Steve) Scott of Midland, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Houlihan. Jim worked as a police officer for the City of Peoria for 28 years, retiring in 1999. He was the first motorcycle patrolman for the City of Peoria. He also was the owner/operator of Houlihan Trucking in Peoria for many years. He was a lifetime member of Wilmor Sportsman’s Club in Morton, PB & PA Unit #27 in Peoria, Peoria Casting Club, Pheasants Forever and the NRA. He also was a member and former partowner of Stonefort. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt, fish, ride motorcycles and snowmobiles.

Jim’s funeral service will be private at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Burial will take place in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peoria Youth Hockey at Owen’s Center.

Online condolences may be sent to Jim’s family at www.davison-fulton-
bartonvillechapel.com.

John. D. McKirgan

WAGGONER – John D. McKirgan of Waggoner died Friday, July 3, 2020, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was 72.

He was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Kewanee, son of Lowell T. and Aina McKirgan of LaFayette.

He married Linda Pocklington of Springfield on July 5, 1978. She survives along with a daughter, Ginger (Tim) Murray of Riverton. Also surviving is a brother, Lowell E. “Bud” (Becky) McKirgan of LaFayette.

Also surviving are six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Betty N. McKirgan, and a grandson.

Mr. McKirgan was a graduate of LaFayette High School and Sangamon State University. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a building contractor in the Springfield area.

He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva and the Toulon American Legion.

Graveside services were on Wednesday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the Macoupin Creek Cemetery near Farmersville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to his widow at 179 McCullough St., Waggoner, IL 62572.

Edward J. Newell


LaFAYETTE – Edward J. Newell, 91, of LaFayette, died at 5:30 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer officiated. Burial was in Galva Cemetery, where military rites were accorded by the Galva Fusiliers.

Memorials may be directed to the Lake Calhoun Country Club.

Edward was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Mining City, Ky., the son of Verner and Althea (Lathrop) Newell. He first married Jessie Gayle McGovern on April 3, 1948, and she preceded him in Feb. 1, 1987. He later married Patricia Rollins on May 16, 1992.

Survivors include his wife; his daughter, Gay (Harold) Hall; a step-daughter, Judy Crystal; his grandchildren, Mike (Misti) Thurston, Missy Thurston and Matt Thurston; and great grandchildren, Dylan, Hailey and Maverick Thurston.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Lyle “Butch” Newell, sisters, Faye and Sylvia and his daughter, Barbara.

Edward attended school in Swedona and Bishop Hill. He served his country in U.S. Marines. He worked at the Galva and Bloomfield Foundries, where he was a salesman and vice president of manufacturing. He was also co-manager of Lake Calhoun Country Club, farmed for 15 years and drove a truck for Zivich Concrete.

He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Lake Calhoun Country Club, the VFW and the American Legion where he was a past commander. He was a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan and enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, playing cards, reading, going to the boat and mowing and he especially enjoyed being with his family.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Fred Lantz


ELMWOOD – Fred Lantz, 89, of Elmwood, passed away at 4:55 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Fred was born on Feb. 28, 1931, in Tazewell County, the son of Logan Wood Lasley and Freda Lantz. He married Ruth Siens on Sept. 29, 1951, in Gardena. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Paul (Susie) Lantz of Wyoming, Fred (Linda) Lantz of Elmwood, Larry (Carlyon) Lantz of Greensboro, NC, and David Lantz of Bellevue; 11 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 1 sister, Wilma Stogoski. He was preceded in death by two sons, Harold and Howard Lantz; one daughter, Robin Diduik; one grandchild; two sisters, Bernice and Ellsie; and one brother, Logan.

Fred served in the United States Army and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #4724 in Elmwood. He previously worked in maintenance for Commercial National Bank.

A graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020, at Elmwood Cemetery in Elmwood. A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Face coverings and social distancing are encouraged. Nicole Reed, Certified Funeral Celebrant, will officiate.

Memorials contributions may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Condolences may be left for Fred’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Philip G. Nodeen


GALESBURG – Philip Gordo Nodeen, 83, of Galesburg, died at 5:45 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020, at his home.

He was born Oct. 10, 1936, in Galesburg, the son of Arthur L. and Beda (Ulvan) Nodeen. He attended Wataga Schools and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1954. He worked in the office at Brown Specialty Company in Galesburg where he met Erma Farquer-Chaika and they were married on May 25, 1962, at the Methodist church parsonage in Williamsfield. On that wedding day he became a father to Erma’s three children whom he later adopted.

Gordon served his country in the Illinois National Guard, Battery A of the 125th Artillery-33rd Infantry, obtaining the rank of E-6. Following his marriage, he attended Mid-State College in Peoria and got a job in the office at the Galva Foundry Company where he retired after 30 years of service. He and Erma also operated the Glendale Barn Antique Shop at their farm east of Galva. He helped Erma care for her parents and they also raised their grandson, Mark Nodeen. They eventually retired to Galesburg in 2011.
He was a gentleman who loved his children. He was a great artist and his paintings won awards at the Galva Arts Council Shows. He loved to grow and arrange flowers. He finished and restored antiques for the shop. He was a member of the Galesburg Covenant Church.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Arlene Nodeen. Survivors include his children; John (Marsha) Nodeen of Monticello, Ill., Gerald Nodeen of Sarasota, Fla., and Linda (Steve) Scott of Bloomington, Ind., grandchildren; Mark (Abby) Nodeen of Sarasota, Fla., Jason (C.P.) Nodeen of Vienna, Ill., Karen (Adam) Waddell of Suffolk, Va., Patrick Jesse of Indianapolis, Ind., and Lisa Lytle of Galesburg; great grandchildren: Miranda Nodeen, Ashley Lytle, Michaela Waddell and Jordyn Grzella; three great-great grandchildren: Grace, Parker and Maddoux; and his brother, William Nodeen of Lancaster, Penn
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Cremation was accorded and graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 2, at Williamsfield Cemetery. Rev. Philip Lauren officiated.
Memorials may be directed to the Gordon Behrents Senior Center, 2015 Windish Drive, Galesburg, IL 61401. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.


Barbara J. Sloan


WYOMING – Barbara J. Sloan, 88, of Wyoming, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2020, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Toulon.

Barbara was born on March 16, 1932, in Hersman, the daughter of Lyle and Helen (Lenz) Clark. She married Leo Victor Sloan on Aug. 20, 1953, in Cameron, Ill., and he preceded her in death on July 27, 2000 in Peoria.

Surviving are one son, Steve (Jill) Sloan of Wyoming; seven grandchildren, Shonna, Jackie, Ashley, Haley, and Josh, Justin and Jeniah; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gerald (Janet) Clark of Lakeside, Ariz., Will (Alice) Clark of Monmouth, Bob Clark of Cadillac, Mich., and Ed (Belinda) Clark of Galesburg; and two sisters, Ruth Ann Olson of Galesburg and Marjorie Hawk of Chandler, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Catherine Clark of Camden. She was preceded in death by one son, Michael W. Sloan; one brother, Richard Clark; and sister-in-law, Cecelia Clark.

Barbara was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church. She worked as a secretary for Wyoming High School before retiring in 1993.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Wyoming Cemetery. Rev. Rebecca Klemm will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Fire Department or Hospice Compassus. Condolences may be left for Barbara’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


Opal Austin


WASHINGTON – Opal Austin, 82, of Washington, formerly of Princeville, died June 23, 2020, at her home in Washington.

Private graveside services will be held at Osceola Cemetery in rural Bradford.

She was born on June 24, 1937, in Osceola, to the late Mabel Amburgy. She was raised by her grandparents, Jerry A. and Iva Amburgy, whom she deeply loved.

She was married to Robert L. Nelson, and later to David H. Austin.


Harley J. Grove


WYOMING – Harley James Grove, 82, of Creve Coeur, brother of a Wyoming man, died June 27, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Sept. 8, 1937, in Forrest to James Edward and Elizabeth Anna (Brackman) Grove, he married Rita Mae Sharp on May 31, 1955, at Elmira, N.Y. She died on July 4, 2011, in Peoria.

Surviving are four daughters; 16 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; and 1 great-grandchild on the way.

Also surviving are two brothers, Paul (Dorita) Grove of Wyoming and Lyle (Margaret) Lawrence of Peoria; and four sisters, Darlene Elmore of Wellington, Fla., Juanita Prather of Metamora and Donna Kirkpatrick and Bonnie (Jack) Marsh, both of Marquette Heights.


Mary M. Libby


GALVA – Mary M. Libby, 76, Galva, died June 24, 2020, at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, July 3, 2020, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery.


Dean H. Mosher


GALVA – Dean H. Mosher, 95, formerly of Galva, died Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Marigold Nursing and Rehab Center, Galesburg.

Arrangements are pending and have been entrusted with Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville.

Audrey C. Stapel

TOULON – Audrey C. (Gerard) Stapel, 87, of Toulon, passed away at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at her residence.

Audrey was born on Sept. 5, 1932, in Toulon, the daughter of Elsie Pearl (Roberts) and Frank Charles Gerard. She married Gerald C. “Jerry” Stapel on March 29, 1954, in Kewanee; they were married 59 years before he preceded her in death on May 6, 2013, in Toulon.

Surviving are one son, Gerald “Jerry” J. (married to Cindy L.) Stapel; three grandchildren, Christopher J. Stapel of Minneapolis, Minn., Jonathan L. Stapel (married to Mary) of Congerville, and Bethany L. Stapel of Champaign; four great-grandchildren, Anna Bryn, Micah Qin, Joel Jax, and Asher Brennan; two siblings, Shirley Frail and John (Donna) Gerard; and several nieces and nephews who she deeply cared for.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Arlene Ingle, Betty Fell, Helen Simmons; and her brothers, Frank Jr. Gerard, Rodney Gerard, and Wendell Wayne Gerard.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, including going to Bradley games, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and trips to the Wisconsin Dells.

She and Jerry were actively involved in the lives of their grandchildren, taking care of them before and after school, and going to their sporting and extra-curricular events. She also enjoyed working in the yard, country music, volunteering with Old Settlers’ Association and the Stark County Historical Society and working toward city beautification.

She was loyal to Toulon and her extended family and enjoyed hosting family gatherings.

During her lifetime, she worked at the A & P store, Les’ Diner and Kraft. But she always said the best job she ever had was taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was well loved by her family and will be greatly missed.

A private family graveside service was June 1, 2020, at Toulon Cemetery. Rev. Paul Wier officiated. A vehicle visitation was May 31, 2020, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or Toulon United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be left for Audrey’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

William D. Smith

GALVA – William D. “Bill” Smith, 71, of Galva, died at 5:18 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, private services will be held at Rux Funeral Home in Galva but a golf outing in his memory for everyone to attend is planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sarcoma Foundation of America for research, the Galva Athletic Boosters or to the Galva Youth Sports Association and can be sent to Rux Funeral Home, 313 Market St., Galva, IL 61434.

He was born May 30, 1949, in Kewanee, the son of Dale S. “Smitty” and Lois A. (Erickson) Smith. He married Tammy J. Nazer. Survivors include his wife of Galva, his children, Michelle (Larry) Cheline of Galva and Ryan (Jill) Smith of Plainfield, Ill., two step-sons, Todd (Jenny) Good of Galesburg and Scott (Bridget) Good of Springfield, Ill., three brothers; Jerry (Donna) Smith of Galva, John (Therese) Smith of Pingree Grove, Ill. and Bruce Smith of Galva, four sisters; Jean (John) Huff of Galesburg, Lori (Mike) Lamb of Gays, Ill., Barb (Ronald) Franklin of LaSalle, Ill., and Mary Jane “Chick” Johnson (Fred Carlson) of Sheffield and eight grandchildren; Cameron, Cooper, Nolan, Addison, Liam, Kennedy, Owen and Kian and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.

Bill graduated from Galva High School in 1967, where he was a standout in basketball and track and he also attended Black Hawk East. He worked as a Union plumber for Local #130. Bill’s love of sports, especially basketball and softball, easily transitioned into coaching many youth teams. He coached 5th and 6th grade basketball and little league baseball for many years. Bill impacted many young athletes and shared his passion with the youth of Galva.

He thoroughly enjoyed attending his grandkids’ events and activities. He was extremely proud of all of them and their achievements. He was an avid golfer, loved westerns and was a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Fighting Illini, Green Bay Packers and Boston Celtics.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Nellie May Golder

BRADFORD – Nellie May Golder, 86, of Peoria, Ill., and formerly of Bradford, Ill., passed away at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home on Friday, May 29, 2020.

She was born in Crothersville, Ind., on Aug. 27, 1933, to Harry H. Hopper and Mabel R. Hopper.

She married Francis Golder at the Methodist parsonage in Bradford, on Dec. 17, 1953. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2015. She spent her married life in Bradford.

Surviving are her daughter, Rose M. Walker, of Peoria; her grandson, William D. (Lacey) Walker of Bradford; two step-great-grandsons; three nieces: Sheila Sapetti of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Sherrie (Roy) Johnson of Princeton, Ill., and Linda (Larry) Nelson of Princeton, Ill.; one nephew, Charles (Kathy) Dorff of Summerfield, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, three sisters and their spouses, her parental in laws, her brother-in law and his wife.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a private burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Marjorie A. Gelvin

TOULON – Marjorie Ann Gelvin, 88, of Toulon, passed away at 5:57 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Marjorie was born on June 25, 1931, in Princeville, the daughter of Alva and Zelma (Sloan) Peterson. She married John Phillip, who preceded her in death on March 9, 1998, and later married David Gelvin, who also preceded her in death on March 10, 2011.

Surviving are one daughter, Joann (William) Combs of Crossville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Brian Mendell of Taylorville, Christiana (Shawn) Wilson of Galva, Julie Mendell of Crossville, Tenn., David Mendell of Lake Zurich, and Elizabeth Combs of southern Illinois; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn Wiss of Princeville; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Melvin Peterson; and one sister, Martha Mock.

A celebration of Marjorie’s life and a burial of her ashes in Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee will be held at a later date when social distancing guidelines have been lifted. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org.

Marion “Bud” Blair

TOULON – Marion “Bud” Blair, 100, of Kewanee, formerly of Toulon, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020, at Courtyard Estates where he was living.

Bud was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Wyoming, Ill., the son of Orland and Trella Blair. He served in the Army Aircorps in World War II and married Imogene Meaker on June 17, 1945. They had an amazing 72 years together. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2018.

They farmed until retiring in 1965. For years Bud enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and keeping bees as hobbies. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Toulon. He belonged to the Lions Club, VFW, and the American Legion. Bud will be forever remembered for his love of family and friends and for his always kind and caring ways.

He is survived by daughter Connie Shannon of Bloomington and son John (Shannon) Blair of Broken Arrow, Okla. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Ryan (Rebecca) Shawgo of Somerville, Mass.; Michael Shawgo of Irvine, Calif.; Jessica (Tra) Griffith and Emily (Gavin) Wood, of Coweta, Okla. and Melody (Nathan) Poverud of Broken Arrow, Okla.; six great-grandchildren and his younger sister Arlene Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska. Also preceding him in death were his brother Dean Blair and sister Lena Clausen. His sister-in-law Ida and her husband Joe Rosebeck of Kewanee have been devoted family members spending lots of time with him.

Bud’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the Courtyard Estates Staff and to the Transitions Hospice staff. Their wonderful level of care and attention provided great comfort to Bud.

A vehicle visitation was Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services, 101 S. Galena Ave., Wyoming. Bud’s funeral was private. Rev. Leon Pomeroy officiated. Burial was in Toulon Cemetery.

To view Bud’s memorial video and to leave your name and online condolences, please visit his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to theToulon United Methodist Church.

Mary E. Coon

ELMWOOD – Mary Ellen Coon, 83, of Elmwood, died May 20 at her residence. Arrangements are pending with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington.

Randall G. Damron

PEORIA – Randall G. Damron, 85, of Peoria, father of Kickapoo and Brimfield men, died May 16 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born June 11, 1934, in Rosiclare. He married Marilyn Fricker Jan. 14, 1953, in Golconda. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Randall Gene (Mary) Damron of Kickapoo, Sandra Gail (Robert) Lang of Springfield, Robert Allen (Terry) Damron of Brimfield and David Scott Damron of Peoria; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; 5 sisters; and 1 brother.

Edward L. DeVries

BRIMFIELD – Edward Lee DeVries, 66, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at his residence in Brimfield. Cremation rites will be accorded by Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria.

A family Memorial Mass is scheduled on Edward’s birthday, Monday, June 1, 2020, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish of Kickapoo. A live-stream of the Memorial Mass will be on Facebook, please search St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and School of Kickapoo.

Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Tracy Gilinsky

FARMINGTON – Tracy Gilinsky, 59, of Farmington died May 20 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Tracy was born on Feb. 10, 1961. Surviving are her two sons, Adam Gilinsky of Seattle, Wash., and Jacob Joyce of Peoria; and a sister, Tammy Felenstein of Stanford, Conn.

Olladene Parish

FARMINGTON – Olladene Parish, 99, of Peoria, formerly of Farmington, died May 19, 2020 at Proctor Place in Peoria.

She was born near Fairview on Oct. 24, 1920. She married Max Martin on Oct. 23, 1941 and he died Dec. 4, 1980.

She later married Wilson Geeseman on Sept. 16, 1983 and he died April 27, 1989.

She later married Darrell Parish on Nov. 5, 1995 and he died Jan. 6, 2003.

Surviving is one step-son, Paul Parish of Gilbert, Ariz., and three step-grandchildren.

Harold J. VanHouten

FARMINGTON – Harold J. “Sunny” Van Houten, 88, of Bartonville, formerly of Farmington, died May 22 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. He was born on July 17, 1931, in Peoria.

He married Norma J. Higgins on May 9, 1959, in Bartonville. She died June 12, 2013. Sunny is survived by his two daughters, Kim (Marty) Duda of Pekin and Lisa (Peter Sabinske) Higdon of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lloyd D. Stubbs

PRINCEVILLE – Lloyd D. “Dick” Stubbs, 78, of Princeville, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2020, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

Dick was born on Jan. 26, 1942, in Princeville, the son of Cecil and Lois Carter Stubbs. He married Judith A. Ward on June 18, 1961. She preceded him in death on Nov. 25, 2003.

Surviving are one son, Mark Stubbs of Princeville; one daughter, Carrie (Mark) Streitmatter of Burlington, Wisc.; three grandchildren, Kaylee, Megan, and Allison Streitmatter; and two sisters, June (Al) Schierer of Brimfield, and Pat (Gary) Lacont of Morton. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Christina Stubbs; one son, Tony Stubbs; and one sister, Virginia Piercy.

Dick formerly owned and operated Economy Builders in Princeville and KMA Storage. He served as a trustee and former Mayor of the Princeville Village Board, was a 54-year member of the Princeville Masonic Lodge #360 A.F. & A.M. and was a former active volunteer and member of the Peoria Mohammed Shriners. He was an avid Chicago Bears & Cubs fan, often attending games with his friends and family. Traveling with his wife, Judy and family always brought great joy to Dick. He was longtime member of the Princeville United Methodist Church.

A vehicle visitation took place on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. A private graveside service was held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Princeville Township Cemetery. Rev. Zach Waldis will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You may leave your name and condolences on Dick’s tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com

Margaret E. Kirtley

PRINCEVILLE – Margaret E. Kirtley, 96, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Princeville, Ill. passed away peacefully at 4:45 a.m. Friday May 22, 2020, at West Chester Hospital in Mason, Ohio, from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Margaret was born March 11, 1924, in Speer, Ill., the daughter of Jacob “Hugh” and Gertrude Streitmatter Bush. She married Dale C. Kirtley in Speer and he preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2004.

Surviving are her three children, John (Sophia) Kirtley of Concord, Calif., Alan (Linda) Kirtley of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bonnie (Gary) Nix of Edmond, Okla., and a stepson Dale Kirtley II (Maria) of Peoria, Ill.; five grandchildren, Andre Vogel, Kelly Vaughn, Casey Nix, Kimberly Krupp and Lindsey Iannucci; eight greatgrandchildren; and one brother, Richard “Dick” Bush of Chillicothe.

She is also survived by her sister-inlaw, Phyllis Hunt of Middlebury, Ind. Margaret, aka “Peg”, grew up on the family farm near Speer, attending both grade school and high school in Princeville. It was there that she met her high school sweetheart, Dale Kirtley, and they were wed on Feb. 11, 1943. They took up farming nearby and began their own family in 1947. Margaret became the quintessential Midwestern wife and mother, devoting her entire life to her beloved family.

She was an accomplished cook and an extraordinary homemaker. But it was her boundless love and generosity of spirit that truly set her apart. Her friendship was a treasure to all who knew her, none more so than her brother Dick, with whom she maintained a lifelong bond. Margaret was active in the Princeville Presbyterian Church, and served as a deacon of that body in her later years.

Personal passions included gardening, sewing, reading, genealogy and travel. When she eventually entered the work force, she brought the same determination and perseverance that always characterized her role in the home.

She held a variety of responsible positions at local firms including Foster-Gallagher, eventually retiring as Accounting Supervisor for Kimberly Quality Care in Peoria. Margaret’s husband Dale passed away in 2004, while they were living in Florida. Following that, she moved back to Princeville to be near her brother Dick and her childhood friends, and to resume her connection with the Presbyterian Church.

All were a great comfort to her during that difficult time. Eventually she left Princeville and moved first to Oklahoma, to be near daughter Bonnie, and later on to Ohio, near son Al. She spent her final days in Ohio, refusing to surrender her spirit to the infirmities of age and blessing all who encountered her with that warm and infectious smile that was her trademark. She was a remarkable soul who will be greatly missed.

A private graveside service will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held after COVID-19 restrictions ease and people can safely gather to share an appropriate tribute to Margaret’s remarkable life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/. You may also leave online condolences on Margaret’s tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com

Mildred Dooley-Green

ONEIDA – Mildred “Millie” Dooley-Green, 80, of Oneida, Ill., died on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. She was born on July 26, 1939 in Hanna City, Ill., the daughter of Willard “Bill” and Elna (Olson) McDonald.

She was reared and educated in the Fulton County area, attending and graduating from Farmington High School with the class of 1957. In 1961, Millie was married to George Dooley in Farmington, Ill.; he preceded her in death. She later married Tom F. Green in June of 1994 in Las Vegas. Tom preceded her in death on Dec.11, 2006.

Millie is survived by her three loving children: Randy (and Chris) Dooley of Beckmeyer, Ill., Rhonda (and Frank) Paxton of Kewanee, Ill., Kathy Dooley of Vandalia, Ill.; five grandchildren: Megan (and Liz) Claussen of Edwardsville, Ill.s, Joe Lambert of Macomb, Ill., Nick Lambert of Knoxville, Tiffany (and Phil) Pullen of Peoria, Ryan Lambert of Farmington; five great-grandchildren: Alex Claussen, Lane Claussen, Grant Lambert, Brenly Pullen, Cayson Pullen; and one sister, Mary Lou (and Lee) Anderson of Farmington.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands.

Millie worked for many years as a bookkeeper for the former Lee Implements in Oneida. She would go on to work for the United States Postal Service as a postal worker in Galesburg, Ill., until her retirement.

There were many past times that she enjoyed, but she especially loved tending to her flower gardens. Millie also took great pride in taking care of her home, husband, children, and grandchildren. Collecting antiques of all kinds was also a favorite hobby of Millie’s.

She will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services were held on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Oneida Cemetery in Oneida.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or Gift of Hope, care of the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home & Crematory, 120 South Public Square, Knoxville, IL 61448. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Carol A. Ericson

GALENA – Carol Ann Ericson, 85, Galena, died peacefully May 6, 2020, in her residence at Sunset Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa.

Carol was born Sept. 28, 1934, in Bishop Hill, daughter of Glenn and Louise (Lewis) Lindstrum. She went to school in Galva and graduated high school in 1952. Carol married Raundle “Ron” Ericson on Feb. 25, 1956, in Bishop Hill and he preceded her in death on June 29, 2019. After living in Kewanee and then Freeport in their earlier years, Carol and Ron called Galena “home” for the past 25-plus years.

She is survived by her three sons, Stephen (Susan) of St. Charles, Brent (Véronique) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Mark of East Galesburg; along with her sole sibling, Jean Mitton of Cordova.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com.

Gertrude Pheiffer

MONMOUTH – Gertrude Pheiffer, 89, of Monmouth, Ill., and treasured mother of two Wyoming men, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2020, at Courtyard Estates in Kewanee.

Gertrude was born in Mercer County on April 5, 1931, the eldest of five children of Marion and Frances McMeekan. She attended schools in New Windsor, Ill., and following graduation, married William D. Pheiffer on Nov. 20, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 10th, 2004. They raised three sons: William G. (Cork), Don and Barry while farming in the Gerlaw, Ill. area.

Gert was a master gardener, raising over 2,500 varieties of hybrid day lilies and her gardens were on several Garden Bus Tours.

Following the death of her husband, she moved to Monmouth and brought her favorite plants with her, to begin a garden at her new home. When her health prevented her from caring for the garden, she passed the flowers on to family and friends, who have in turn also shared them with others. All the gardening was performed on evenings and weekends as Gert worked full time as a bookkeeper/accountant for many venues.

She was a fabulous cook and made many wonderful meals for her family. She had a special gift for turning Christmas into an extravaganza that has stayed in the memories of all her children and grandchildren for a lifetime. She was also involved in many women’s church and social groups over the years.

Surviving are her two sons, Don (Terry) and Barry Pheiffer; two brothers, Neil (Lynn) McMeekan, Duane (Rhonda) McMeekan; a daughter in law, Coleen Pheiffer; and nine grandchildren, Jobie, Natalie, Ryan, Maureen, Andrea, Lori, Valerie, Jaran and Jaime. She has 19 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill; one son, William (Cork) Pheiffer, one sister-Sharon McMeekan Brown, one brother-Melvin McMeekan and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Pheiffer.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private graveside service will be held at the Alexis Cemetery in Alexis, Ill., at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607 or the donor’s choice.
McGuire and Davies Funeral Home in Monmouth is in charge of arrangements.

Following the death of her husband, she moved to Monmouth and brought her favorite plants with her, to begin a garden at her new home. When her health prevented her from caring for the garden, she passed the flowers on to family and friends, who have in turn also shared them with others. All the gardening was performed on evenings and weekends as Gert worked full time as a bookkeeper/accountant for many venues.

She was a fabulous cook and made many wonderful meals for her family. She had a special gift for turning Christmas into an extravaganza that has stayed in the memories of all her children and grandchildren for a lifetime. She was also involved in many women’s church and social groups over the years.

Surviving are her two sons, Don (Terry) and Barry Pheiffer; two brothers, Neil (Lynn) McMeekan, Duane (Rhonda) McMeekan; a daughter in law, Coleen Pheiffer; and nine grandchildren, Jobie, Natalie, Ryan, Maureen, Andrea, Lori, Valerie, Jaran and Jaime. She has 19 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill; one son, William (Cork) Pheiffer, one sister-Sharon McMeekan Brown, one brother-Melvin McMeekan and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Pheiffer.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private graveside service will be held at the Alexis Cemetery in Alexis, Ill., at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607 or the donor’s choice.

McGuire and Davies Funeral Home in Monmouth is in charge of arrangements.

Janice D. Hoehn

PEORIA – Janice D. Hoehn, 79, of Peoria, passed away at 12:31 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Janice was born on April 26, 1941, in London Mills, the daughter of Wilfred and Dorothy(Terwilliger) Ring. She married John Hoehn on March 11, 1989, and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1996.

Surviving are one daughter, Cathy (Rod) Stahl of Brimfield; two sons, Mike (Marianne) Cable of Graham, North Carolina, and Joe (Kelly) Cable of Glendale, Ariz.; one step-daughter, Susan (Andy Stein) Hoehn of Morton; one step-son, Mike (Trudy) Hoehn of Peoria; 15 grandchildren, Ashley (Zachary) Hatcher, Tonia Cable, Shandra (Tyler) Nielsen, Cody Pollack, Elijah Cable, Adam Cable, Kelsie (Matt) Zarko, Kendall (Carrie) Stahl, Kristi (Bobby) Koch, and Kaylie, Kourtney, Kami, Kassie, Kenzie and Kenna Stahl; eight great-grandchildren, Ava Grace, Reid, Annalee, Margaret-Ann, Remington, Piper, Hutchinson, and Kyser; one brother, Dean (Nancy) Ring of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one sister, Lynda (Doug) Gilbreath of Morton. She was preceded in death by one son, Steve Cable, and one granddaughter, Danielle Cable.

Growing up as the oldest daughter of a farmer and interior decorator, Jan spent many hours both in a tractor and tearing down furniture. She had an eye for decorating and loved to rearrange furniture as her sons and son-in-law could attest.

Though she had a wide variety of jobs through the years, much of her time was spent in the food industry, managing several restaurants including Win Schuler’s, the Nordic House, and an A&W Root Beer stand. She also was head cook at Valley Grade School where she enjoyed the challenge of getting the kids to eat their vegetables.

Many wonderful memories were made while owning and operating the restaurant Cable’s Corner in Wyoming, Ill., with her children. In later years Jan joined her husband John in the real estate and property management business, earning her broker’s license.

Jan will be remembered for her sense of humor and perseverance through challenging times, which she passed on to all her children. She had a great love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, encouraging them in their interests and taking part in their lives. After her husband passed, she spent many hours making quilts and afghans for her family as well as painting ceramic Nativity sets.

Though Jan walked through many hardships in her life, she found hope and peace in the Lord and longed to be with Him one day. Highlighted in her Bible is 1 Peter 2: 9. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness intohis marvelous light.”

Janice was a member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church where a vehicle visitation will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Staff will be on site to assist and direct traffic, as guests will greet the family from their cars. 

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2020, at the church for immediate family only. It may be viewed live online via the church’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PrincevilleACChurch. A link to the church’s Facebook may also be found on the homepage of their website at http://princevilleacchurch.org/. Ministers of the church will officiate. 

Burial will be at Wyoming Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

 Memorial contributions may be given to the Apostolic Christian Skylines or the Esther House. You may leave your name and condolences on Janice’s tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Robert E. Campbell Jr.

CHILLICOTHE – Robert Elliott “Bob” Campbell, Jr., 74, of Chillicothe, passed away at 11:58 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2020, at his home. He was formerly of Dunlap.

Born Aug. 7, 1945, in Peoria to Robert Elliott, Sr. and Vera Marie (Carver) Campbell, he married Darlene Johnson.

Surviving are his partner, Kay Ann Gladson of Chillicothe; three children, Kathryn (Dan) Callahan of Bartonville, Clay (Chrissy) Campbell and Wesley Campbell, both of Washington; three grandchildren, Maddi, Kenna and Tucker Campbell; and his twin sister, Rebecca (Don) May of Princeton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother in 1938 and his beloved dog, Baby.

A United States Army veteran, he served from Oct. 28, 1965, to Oct. 20, 1967.

Bob worked for Caterpillar, Inc. on the manifold line and later was a time-keeper in East Peoria, retiring in 1998 after 33 years of service. He also had driven grain trucks, did mowing and tree trimming. He was known as “Wood Cutter Bob.”

He was a former member of the American Legion. He enjoyed traveling.

Private burial will be at Prospect Cemetery in Dunlap. A gathering celebrating Bob’s life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to The ARK Animal Shelter, 477 State Route 26, Lacon, Ill. 61540 or to the Dunlap American Legion Post #1078, 5511 Legion Hall Road, Dunlap, IL, 61525.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

Ronald W. Smith

DAHINDA – Ronald W. Smith, 73, of Silvis, formerly of New Windsor and father of a Dahinda woman, died April 26, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Nancy Jean Smith; a son, Shea Smith of Silvis; three daughters, Stephenie Smith of Galesburg, Tara (and Chad) Case of Dahinda and Brandy (and Todd) Greenman of Alpha; a brother; four sisters; and five grandchildren. Condolences may be left online at www.h-p-w.com.

Robert W. Plym

ELMWOOD – Robert W. Plym, 83, died April 25, 2020, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. He was born July 24, 1936, in Elmwood, to John Wilson Plym and Alma Lafollette Plym. He graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1954. He married Henrietta Traenker on Feb. 8, 1958. Lived in Marlton, N.J. They had four children, Richard Plym (Linda), Kevin Plym, Shirl Ellis (Richard) and Darryl Plym. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years. He had six grandchildren. Surviving is one sister, Linda Kelly (Dick) of Wataga.

Ralph Northrup

TRIVOLI – Ralph Northrup, 99, of Trivoli died April 26, 2020, at Farmington Country Manor.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1921, in Trivoli. He married Dorothy Downing on March 16, 1947, in Hanna City. She preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, Danny (Sharon) Northrup of Trivoli; two grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Condolences may be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Mary D. Galloway

GALESBURG – Mary D. Galloway, 85, of Galesburg, mother of a Dahinda woman, died April 18, 2020, at her home. Surviving are two daughters, Debbie (Joe) Steck of Galesburg and Lori (Mark) Walker of Dahinda; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Friends may pay their respects from 3-7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg.

Gary E. Stevenson

PEORIA – Gary E. Stevenson, 72, of Peoria, father of an Elmwood man, passed away on April 29, 2020 in Peoria.

He was born in Peoria on Sept. 16, 1947 to Edward and Fern (Schertz) Stevenson. Gary married JoAnn M. Curry on March 15, 1969, in Peoria, she survives. Also surviving are his two sons, Kip (Tristan) Stevenson of Elmwood and Ryan (Melissa) Stevenson of Peoria; five grandchildren, Reagan, Eli, Kam, Aidan, and Remy Stevenson; two sisters, Kathy (Victor) Johnson of Bartonville and Bonnie Spiller of Plainfield; and his beloved dog, Brewsky. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary was a 1966 graduate of Limestone High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, served during the Vietnam War, and received a Purple Heart. Gary started his career working for Standard Heating and Cooling and then Sam’s Heating and Cooling. In 1994 he became co-owner and operator of G & B Heating and A/C, Inc. until retirement in 2007.

Gary was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He enjoyed spending time with his many close friends. He was also very active in his grandchildren’s lives, attending many of their sporting events. Gary’s funeral service will be private at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria with full military honors accorded.

A celebration of life gathering will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited or Hooked on Fishing Park. Condolences may be left online at www.davison-fulton.com.

Mary Whittaker

BRIMFIELD – Mary F. Whittaker, 74, of Brimfield, passed away at 7:23 a.m., on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at her home.

She was born on Oct. 15, 1945, to John and Hila (Purvis) Newton, in Eugene, Oregon. Mary married Buzz Whittaker on March 17, 1965, in Elmwood. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1990. She later married Kenneth “Coke” Cochennour. He survives.

She is also survived by one son, Scott (Michelle) Whittaker; one brother, Bob (Joyce) Newton; one sister, Hila (Karl) Swanson; one grandchild, Patrick (Michelle Hosang) Whittaker; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John Newton, Edward Newton, and Jimmy David Newton; one sister, Janie Wilkerson; and one grandchild, Nicholas Whittaker.

Mary F. (Newton) Whittaker was raised in Meridian, Calif., with her five siblings. She moved to Illinois in the 1960s and married Andrew “Buzz” Whittaker. They raised their son Scott on the family farm in Brimfield, Ill. She felt blessed to be a grandmother to Patrick and Nicholas.

She loved her family and was thought of as “the family historian.” Mary’s supportive, positive personality and love of conversation was appreciated by her family and many friends. As purchasing manager, Mary worked at Kress Corporation for over 30 years. She enjoyed her retirement and kept busy as the curator for the Whittaker farm. Mary and her sister Hila joined the Peoria County Master Gardener Club where Mary was later nominated by her peers as the Outstanding Master Gardener. She also enjoyed buying and selling Fiestaware which is how she met Ken “Coke” Cochennour, her husband for the past 23 years. Even her illness did not stop Mary from spending time in her extensive flower garden.

A private burial of ashes will be held at a later date at Brimfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OSF Hospice or the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

The family wants to send their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Illinois Cancer Care. To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Donna M. Rahn

KICKAPOO – Donna M. Rahn, 86, of Kickapoo, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on May 2, 2020.

Donna was born in Peoria County on May 2, 1934, to John and Genevieve (Maher) Clark. She married Leo J. Rahn on Oct. 6, 1953, in Brimfield. They were married for almost 60 years. He preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 2013, in Kickapoo.

Surviving are her children, Linda (Randy) Siegel of Kickapoo, Joseph (Cindy) Rahn of Yates City, Sharon (Dale) Lynn of Chillicothe, Julie (John) Wieland of Brimfield, and Connie (Steve) Schindler of Laura; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, David Clark of Washington; and two sisters, Jeanne Challacombe and Susie Clark of Brimfield. She was also preceded by her sons, James and Charles; and sisters, Dora Struck and Judy Steimle.

Donna assisted her husband in farming and last worked at Pearl Insurance Company. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo, where she served in many capacities including the Altar and Rosary Society. She was involved with the Brimfield Historical Society, the WW Club and Red Hatters. Donna was a humble, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to many. The love of the Lord and the fruit of the Spirit were evident in her life.

She enjoyed music, the wildlife she viewed from her home and was a talented artist. Her family would like to especially thank her granddaughter, Sarah, who provided loving care over the last year for Donna in her home, and Helping Hands Hospice nurses Mary and Ashley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or St. Mary’s Parish of Kickapoo. The Rev. Joseph Dondanville will officiate a private graveside service at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Richard Graham

PRINCEVILLE – Richard “Dick” Graham, 86, of Peoria, formerly of Princeville and Wyoming, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020, at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria, Ill., where he was lovingly cared for.

Dick was born on Nov.16, 1933, in Kewanee, Ill., to Earl and Alice Saul Graham. At age 12, he went to live with Nick and Gladys Knobloch who became his forever family. He married Jeanette Rumbold on Sept. 27, 1959, in Princeville. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2016.

Surviving are five sons, Bruce (Pam) of Peoria, Brent (Deb) of Edwards, Blake (Rachel) of Princeville, Brandon of Peoria, and Ben “BJ” (Suzanne) Graham of Carmel, Ind.; three daughters, Doreen (Jerry) Leuthold of Fishers, Ind., Darlene (Roger) Herrmann of Laura, and Deanne (Jay) Knobloch of Edelstein.

He was blessed with 30 grandchildren whom he lovingly called “kid” and six great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Jayla. His Graham siblings are, Gene (Maria), Jack, Louis, Robert, Don (Addie), Ruth Ann, Jerry, Doug, Judy, Annie, Linda, and Carol. His Knobloch siblings are Dave (Judy), Marsha (Alan), Cindy (Dennis), Keith (Lisa), Ronnie, and Ken. Dick served his Lord, his family, and many others faithfully.

His favorite things were mission trips, painting for others, and spending time with his family. He was full of life and lived it unselfishly. He rarely complained and was content with the circumstances life brought his way.

He was a farmer for many years and later owned Graham Painting. He volunteered many places using his paintbrush but mostly sharing his laughter and fun. In addition to loving his own children very well, he also loved any children who entered his home.

He served on the Wyoming Grade School Board for 20 years. He served as a medic in the United States Army and was able to experience an Honor Flight in 2017.

A vehicle visitation was to be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions, cards, and gifts were to be given at this time.

A private funeral service for immediate family only will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. The service may be watched live on the church’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PrincevilleACChurch. A link to the church’s Facebook may also be found on the homepage of their website at princevilleacchurch.org/. Burial will be in the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria or Apostolic Christian HarvestCall. Condolences may be left for Dick’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Marcy C. Fritsch

PEORIA – Marcy C. (Bridson) Fritsch, 40, of Peoria, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.

Marcy was born on Oct. 5, 1979 in Peoria, the daughter of Roger Bridson of Brimfield and Theresa (Michael) (Fuller) Carroll. She married Lee Do of Peoria in March 1999 and later married Gary Fritsch of Peoria on Feb. 3, 2014; they all survive. Also surviving are two sons, Adrian Do of Green Valley and Jordan Do of Peoria; one daughter, Alasia Do of Peoria; one sister, Abby Carroll; and one brother, Zachary Bridson both of Brimfield. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Roy and Marcelene Fuller; her paternal grandparents, George and Guyneth Bridson; two uncles, James Bridson and Larry Fuller; and one aunt, Valerie (Randy) Bridson.

Marcy worked at a variety of restaurants through her life, most recently at Avantis. She was a very hard worker and free spirit, along with being a very loving daughter, mother, wife, and friend to all.

There will be no public services at this time. The family may host a celebration of Marcy’s life at a later date. A burial of ashes will be in Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. As an expression of sympathy please leave your name and an online condolence for Marcy’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Steven W. Carter

CANTON – Steven Carter, 66, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born on Sept. 18, 1953, in Peoria to William and Carol (Weyhrich) Carter. They preceded him in death. He married Kathy AndersonLomelin on Feb. 22, 1992, in Morgan Hill, Calif. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Candice Reynolds of Kan., Raquel Anacker of Badger, Calif., Levi Carter of Oklahoma City, Okla., William Carter of Conway, Ark., three sisters, Terry Reeder of Metamora, Roberta Carter of Trivoli, Connie Cook of California, 13 grandchildren and his Uncle Robert Weyhrich and Aunt Virginia Harper.

Steve graduated from Elmwood High School in 1971 and later graduated from Carl Sandburg College and the University of Illinois majoring in Industrial Engineering.

He was active in the New Hope Fellowship Church in Farmington and enjoyed studying American Christian History. He was a very patriotic man and he held a Brown Belt in Judo. He loved all outdoor activities, especially camping with his boys and was involved in the Royal Rangers for over 20 years. He enjoyed working on and custom painting cars and motorcycles. Most of all he loved his family and worked hard throughout his life to provide for them.

Cremation rites will be accorded through the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation toward final arrangements C/O New Hope Fellowship of Farmington with Kathy Carter in the memo line.

Please send to 1102 N. Illinois Route 78, Farmington IL 61531. To leave online condolences please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Richard “Dick” Graham

PRINCEVILLE – Richard “Dick” Graham, 86, of Peoria, formerly of Princeville and Wyoming, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020, at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria, Ill., where he was lovingly cared for.

Dick was born on Nov. 16, 1933, in Kewanee, Ill., to Earl and Alice Saul Graham. At age 12, he went to live with Nick and Gladys Knobloch who became his forever family. He married Jeanette Rumbold on Sept. 27, 1959, in Princeville. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2016.

Surviving are five sons, Bruce (Pam) of Peoria, Brent (Deb) of Edwards, Blake (Rachel) of Princeville, Brandon of Peoria, and Ben “BJ” (Suzanne) Graham of Carmel, Ind.; three daughters, Doreen (Jerry) Leuthold of Fishers, Ind., Darlene (Roger) Herrmann of Laura, and Deanne (Jay) Knobloch of Edelstein. He was blessed with 30 grandchildren whom he lovingly called “kid” and six great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Jayla. His Graham siblings are, Gene (Maria), Jack, Louis, Robert, Don (Addie), Ruth Ann, Jerry, Doug, Judy, Annie, Linda, and Carol. His Knobloch siblings are Dave (Judy), Marsha (Alan), Cindy (Dennis), Keith (Lisa), Ronnie, and Ken.

Dick served his Lord, his family, and many others faithfully. His favorite things were mission trips, painting for others, and spending time with his family. He was full of life and lived it unselfishly. He rarely complained and was content with the circumstances life brought his way. He was a farmer for many years and later owned Graham Painting. He volunteered many places using his paintbrush but mostly sharing his laughter and fun. In addition to loving his own children very well, he also loved any children that entered his home.

He served on the Wyoming Grade School Board for 20 years. He served as a medic in the United States Army and was able to experience an Honor Flight in 2017.

A vehicle visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Staff were on site to assist and direct people as they greeted the family from their car.

A private funeral service for immediate family only was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church officiated.

Burial was to be in the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria or Apostolic Christian HarvestCall.
Condolences may be left for Dick’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Myrna I. Moats

WYOMING – Myrna I. Moats, 80, formerly of Yates City and mother of a Wyoming man, died April 13, 2020, in Roseville Rehab and Health Care Center.

She was born Oct. 29, 1939, in Galesburg. She married James R. “Jim” Moats on April 3, 1956. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2019.

She is survived by four children, James D. Moats of Wyoming, Mark (Angela Orin) Moats of LaVista, Neb., Christine (Samuel) Smith of Bushnell, and Brian (Laura Wright) Moats of Galesburg; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.

A private family graveside service was April 18, 2020, in East Linwood Cemetery.

Condolences can be left online at www.h-p-w.com.
schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

John P. Harney

BRADFORD – John Philip “Phil” Harney, 95, of Peoria, a Bradford native, died April 15, 2020.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1924, in Peoria. He married Kathleen Theresa Waugh on Jan. 26, 1952. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2018.
Phil is survived by eight children; one sister-in-law; and one brother-in law.
Phil was a graduate of St. John’s Grade School and Bradford High School.

Private graveside services will be at a later date at St. John Cemetery in Bradford, officiated by the Reverend John Waugh, his brother-in-law,. Full military rites will be accorded by the Bradford American Legion Post 445.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

John W. Dewey

GALVA – John Wheelwright Dewey, 96, of Kenosha, Wis., who grew up in Galva, died April 13, 2020, in the presence of his loving family.

John was born in Peoria on Aug. 23, 1923, to the late Maurice Adams Dewey and Alice (nee Wheelwright) Dewey. John grew up in Galva, where he graduated from Galva High School.

John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Betty (nee Melter) O. Dewey. Also surviving are: five daughters; two stepsons; his brother, Phelps T. Dewey and sister, Judith Ann Newell; three sisters-in-law; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grand-children with one to come, 4 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

Burial will take place in the Toulon Cemetery.

Milton W. Nicholas

KEWANEE – Milton W. “Nick” Nicholas, 86, of Kewanee, died Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Toulon Health and Rehabilitation.

Milton was born May 29, 1933 in Sterling, Ill., the son of Milton, Sr. and Alice (Amsbaugh) Nicholas. He graduated from Rock Falls High School. Milton married Joan Groezinger on June 15, 1958.

Milton is survived by his wife Joan and their three children, Garth Nicholas, Vikki Nicholas, Jedidiah (Shawna) Nicholas; grandson, Jacob; and sister, Rita Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Don Olson.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Milton overcame his disability with a sharp mind and curiosity for all things mechanical. As a young man he was introduced to radio through a part-time job at WSDR in Sterling, which led to a career as self-taught electronics engineer at WCOJ in Coatesville, Pa. Then at WKEI in Kewanee where he built the FM station, WJRE, and remained for 30 years, retiring in 1995. Milton was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Toulon, where he was a deacon and treasurer. He enjoyed ham radio (call-sign W9JEO) and especially spending time with his family.

There will be no visitation. A private burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences for the family may be left at www.schuenemantumbleson funeralhome.com.

John J. Addis

LaFAYETTE – John J. Addis, 70, of Burbank, California, formerly of LaFayette, Ill., died at 12:04 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Belmont Village, Burbank, Calif.

Born May 18, 1949, in Peoria, Ill., the son of John Cutler and Eleanor Alma (Smith) Addis. He is survived by his mother of LaFayette.

Also surviving are his brother, James D. (Mary Alice) Addis of LaFayette; nephew, James Dustin (Katherine) Addis and grand-niece, Emma James Addis of Valley Village, Calif. His father preceded him in death.

John was a graduate of Toulon High School and studied theology at Illinois Wesleyan University. He moved to Salt Lake City to study theater and dance at the University of Utah. He was a professional performer, choreographer and director on stage, screen and television. His credits include “A Chorus Line” (Broadway), “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Murder She Wrote.” He enjoyed an extensive stage career with celebrities Juliet Prowse, Ann-Margaret, Debbie Reynolds and Bobbi Gentry. He was a member of SAG /AFTRA.

He rejoined The Walt Disney Company in May 1985, and retired a Sr. Show Director, October 2019, after a career of creating magic for millions of children and adults around the world. John received Disneyland’s Golden Spirit award and was inducted to the Entertainment Hall of Fame.

John was a member of the West Jersey United Methodist Church and attended the Hollywood United Methodist Church.

His calm, patient and supportive nature will be missed by all who knew John. His magic and guidance is a legacy to “What [He] Did for Love”.

A private family funeral will be held at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate. Private burial will be at Princeville Township Cemetery. A memorial service for John will be held at later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to City of Hope, 5522 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. 91411, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38105, or, Starlight Children’s Foundation 400 Corporate Pointe. Suite 590 Culver City, CA. 90230.

As an expression of sympathy, please leave your name and an online condolences for John’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Gary E. Blake

PUTNAM – Gary E. Blake, 65, of Putnam, father of a Bradford man, died April 1, 2020, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Born to the late Eldon and Mary Troyer Blake, he married Susan Hill on Dec. 23, 1973, in East Peoria.

Gary is survived by his wife Susan; son Gary (Alayna) Blake of Bradford; sisters Jeannie Zimmerman of Champaign, Jane (John) Bateson of Clinton and Cathy (Don) Williams of Bono Ark.; brothers Larry Blake of Congerville and Jim (Bev) Blake of Deer Creek; two grandsons; and brother-in-law Dennis (Diana) Hill of Spring Bay.

A graveside service was held April 8 at the Putnam Cemetery.
Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com.

Davy L. Moline

GALVA – Davy Lee Moline, 88, of Galva, died April 11, 2020, at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, private graveside service will be held with just his family at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Bradford.

Memorials may be directed to the Galva Food Pantry and may be sent to Rux Funeral Home, 313 Market St., Galva, IL 61434.

Steven P. Maher

BRIMFIELD – Steven P. Maher, 59, of Galesburg, formerly of Brimfield, passed away at 9:40 a.m., on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at his home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1960, to Thomas and Anna (Kettenring) Maher, Jr., in Peoria. He is survived by three brothers, Dan (Diana) Maher of Brimfield, Mark Maher of Laura, and David (Tonia) Maher of Brimfield; four sisters, Kathy (Mark) Noe of Montoursville, PA, Mary (Greg) Kerby of Washington, Ill., Colleen (Vernon) Kirkland of Brimfield, and Susan (Troy) Sandhagen of Brimfield; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Michael Maher.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield at a later date. A funeral mass will also be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women’s Facility or a Charity of the Donor’s Choice.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth I. Bohannan

KICKAPOO – Ruth Irene (Hill) Bohannan, 84, of Peoria, who grew up around Kickapoo, died April 8, 2020, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Jan. 28, 1936, in Peoria to Richard Collier and Margaret Eleanor (Voorhees) Hill. She married Melvin Glen Bohannan Sr. on March 29, 1953, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 2005. Also preceding her in death were her parents; two sons, Terry and Carl; sister, Mary Ellen Hill; and brother, Richard Dale Hill. Born to this union were five sons, Melvin Glen (Cindy) Bohannan Jr., Terry Joe (Mary) Bohannan, Richard Benton (Brenda) Bohannan Sr., Tommy Gene (Cheryl) Bohannan and Carl Dennis (Nina) Bohannan; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ethel May (Herb) Gress (affectionately known as Aunt Nan) and Collen K. (Bill) Dearman. Ruth and her sisters attended a one room schoolhouse in Kickapoo. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Condolences may be left online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Georgianna L. Haynes

PRINCEVILLE – Georgianna L. Haynes, 101, of Peoria, mother of a Princeville man, died April 5, 2020, at the Christian Buehler Memorial Home. She was born on April 15, 1918, in East Lynn, to Lawrence and Hazel (Hammerton) Leigh. Georgianna married Howard Haynes on Dec. 23, 1941, in East Lynn. Georgianna is survived by her three sons, Larry Haynes of Peoria, Steve Haynes of Peoria and Scott (Bert) Haynes of Princeville; seven grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. A private family service was held April 10. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Condolences may be left online at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.

Michael W. Mitchell

BRIMFIELD – Michael W. Mitchell, 74, of Maquon, father of a Brimfield woman, died April 11, 2020, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born Oct. 2, 1945, in Maquon, to Beryl and Grace (Barlow) Mitchell. He is survived by three children, Brian D. Mitchell of Maquon, Alisa (Kory) Endress of Brimfield, and Jason M. Mitchell of Maquon; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A private graveside service with immediate family only will be held at Maquon Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

John D. Schoon

PRINCEVILLE – John D. Schoon, 64, of Midland, Texas, brother of a Princeville woman, died in Midland on April 9, 2020. He was born in Canton Aug. 21, 1955, to John W. and Ann (Geier) Schoon. He married Teresa Swast in 1975. He later married Christina Acosta in 2012. She survives. Also surviving are one son, John A. Schoon and wife Errin; one daughter Emily and husband Cass Litle of Lajunta, Colo.; one brother James (Susan) Schoon of Tucson, Ariz.; sister Pamela (Matt) Price of Princeville; brother-in-law Gary Knussman of Trivoli; and three grandchildren. Condolences may be left online at npwelch.com/obituary/john-d-schoon/.

Paul J. Sheets

BRIMFIELD – Paul J. Sheets, 79, of Washington, a Brimfield High School graduate, died April 9, 2020, at his home, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born on July 8, 1940, in Peoria to William and Rose (Danz) Sheets. He married Phyllis Miller on Oct. 1, 1960, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Andrew (Diana) Sheets of Peoria; a daughter, Valerie (Paul) Litten of Washington; and five grandchildren.

Paul graduated from Brimfield High School and later pursued an engineering degree from Bradley University.

He was a gifted salesman and was vice president of sales for Tremco and Garland roofing companies, receiving many sales awards.

A private graveside service will be conducted. Condolences may be left online Condolences may be left online at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

Sally G. Stone

LAURA – Sally Gleason Stone, 65, of Laura died April 7, 2020, at Royal Oaks Care Center, Kewanee.

Sally was born Jan. 11, 1955, in Peoria, the daughter of William and Dorothy (Donnelly) Gleason. She attended Academy of Our Lady High School, graduating in 1973. Sally married Leslie Stone in 1982; he survives.

Sally is also survived by one daughter, Jessica (David) Hull, Kewanee; step daughter, Angela (Robert) Williams, Geneseo; step son, David (Tera) Stone, Kokomo, Ind.; two grandchildren; several step grandchildren; several step great grandchildren; and siblings, Gerald (Carolyn) Gleason, Marian Monas, Michael (Jane) Gleason, Daniel (Sylvia) Gleason, and John (Carrie) Gleason. Upon marrying Leslie, she moved to the country, and spent her time gardening and doing macramé. She also loved arrowhead hunting.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. Condolences may be left online at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Lois M. Werkheiser

KICKAPOO – Kathleen J. Porter, 70, of Peoria, mother of a Kickapoo woman, died April 2 at her residence. Kathy was born Oct. 31, 1949. In 1974, she married Dennis Porter.

Kathy is survived by her three children, Lisa (Nate) Shissler of Dunlap, Jaimee (Tim) Schaub of Kickapoo and Todd (Anna) Porter of Germantown Hills; brother, Michael Davis of Peoria; sister, Sally (Dave) Carty of Indianapolis; one step-sister and five grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Robert Nicholas Franzen

WYOMING – Robert Nicholas Franzen, 81, of Wyoming, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Toulon Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Robert was born on May 22, 1938, in Oak Park, the son of William and Marie (Zupke) Franzen. He married Gladys Edwards on Aug. 6, 1966; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, William Franzen of Winfield; one daughter, Christa (Donald) Franzen-Garrison of Wyoming; three grandchildren, Arianna (Ryan Gilles) Franzen, Madelyn (Matthew Wilson) Cozad, and Brandon (Mackenzie Brown) Franzen all of Wyoming; one great-grandson, Connor; one great-granddaughter, Grace; three brothers, Jim (Sue) Franzen of Chicago, Jerry Franzen of Michigan; and Roger Franzen of Chicago; three sisters, Darlene (Don) Klueg of Schaumburg, Deborah Grumad of Carpentersville, and Barbara (Bob) Gonke of Norridge. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard Franzen; one sister, Evelyn Franzen; and one brother-in-law, Casey Grumad.

Robert worked as a teacher for the former Wyoming High School and Stark County High School, where he taught government, social studies and history before retiring in 2000. He was a Northern Illinois University alumnus, and former owner of Stuf ‘n Things in Wyoming. He was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church.

There will be no public services at this time. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Ambulance, Kewanee Animal Shelter, Toulon Rehabilitation and Heath Care Center or Wyoming Fire Department. Condolences may be left for Robert’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Also surviving are one son, William Franzen of Winfield; one daughter, Christa (Donald) Franzen-Garrison of Wyoming; three grandchildren, Arianna (Ryan Gilles) Franzen, Madelyn (Matthew Wilson) Cozad, and Brandon (Mackenzie Brown) Franzen all of Wyoming; one great-grandson, Connor; one great-granddaughter, Grace; three brothers, Jim (Sue) Franzen of Chicago, Jerry Franzen of Michigan; and Roger Franzen of Chicago; three sisters, Darlene (Don) Klueg of Schaumburg, Deborah Grumad of Carpentersville, and Barbara (Bob) Gonke of Norridge.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard Franzen; one sister, Evelyn Franzen; and one brother-in-law, Casey Grumad.

Robert worked as a teacher for the former Wyoming High School and Stark County High School, where he taught government, social studies and history before retiring in 2000. He was a Northern Illinois University alumnus, and former owner of Stuf ‘n Things in Wyoming. He was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church.

There will be no public services at this time. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Ambulance, Kewanee Animal Shelter, Toulon Rehabilitation and Heath Care Center or Wyoming Fire Department. Condolences may be left for Robert’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Ardis M. Welch

WILLIAMSFIELD – Ardis Mary Welch, 93, of Peoria, formerly of Williamsfield, died at 1:40 p.m. April 6, 2020 at Manor Court Skilled Nursing in Peoria.

Arrangements are pending at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield.

Judith A. Strother

PRINCEVILLE – Judith A. Strother, 80, of Peoria, mother of a Princeville woman, died March 29 at her home.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1939, in Peoria to Adolph and Lucille (Retoff) Fellin.

She married William A. Strother on March 27, 1971. He survives, as well as their son, Arthur Strother of Jakarta, Indonesia; and two daughters, Stacie (Brad) Pipkins of Princeville and Tracie (Joseph) Khoury of Dunlap.

She is also survived by six grandchildren; two sisters; and four brothers.

A private graveside service was held at Glendale Cemetery in Washington Condolences may be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Linda J. Streitmatter

YATES CITY – Linda Jean Streitmatter (Rosecrans), 72, died March 28 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 2, 1947, to Robert (Mary) Rosecrans. She had one brother, Robert “Brad” Rosecrans. She was preceded in death by them all.

Surviving are her son, Dan (Jonna) Schaub; grandson, Brendan Case; and sister-in-law, Linda Rosecrans.

Cremation has been accorded by Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory. There will be a graveside service at a later date.

Condolences may be left online at www.watsonthomas.com.

Bruce C. Simpson

EDWARDS – Bruce C. Simpson, 81, of Peoria, father of two children who live in Edwards, died March 30 at Grand View in Peoria.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1939, in Peoria, the son of Clifford and Ruth (Gansch) Simpson. He married Judith Ann Lawrence on Feb. 11, 1961, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are two children, Gregg (Karen) Simpson of Edwards and Lynn Weeks of Edwards; and four grandchildrens.

A private graveside service will take place at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Condolences may be left online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Edward D. Pryor

EDWARDS – Edward “Ed” Dale Pryor, 60, of Edwards, died April 1 at
his home.

He was born Sept. 16, 1959, in Peoria. He married Sheryl “Sheri” Messer, in Peoria Heights, on June 14, 1986.

Surviving is his wife, one son, Anthony of Edwards, one brother and two sisters. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be left online at www.schmidthaller.com.

Kathleen J. Porter

KICKAPOO – Kathleen J. Porter, 70, of Peoria, mother of a Kickapoo woman, died April 2 at her residence.

Kathy was born Oct. 31, 1949. In 1974, she married Dennis Porter. Kathy is survived by her three children, Lisa (Nate) Shissler of Dunlap, Jaimee (Tim) Schaub of Kickapoo and Todd (Anna) Porter of Germantown Hills; brother, Michael Davis of Peoria; sister, Sally (Dave) Carty of Indianapolis; one step-sister and five grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be left online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Wayne P. Meyer

EDWARDS –Wayne P. Meyer, 85, of Peoria, father of an Edwards woman, died March 28, 2020, at Bickford of Peoria.

Wayne was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Peoria. He married Marian (Menke) Meyer, on April 7, 1956. Marian died in June of 2015.

Wayne is survived by four daughters, Cindy (Phil) Bruckner of Bozeman, Mont., Janet (Jerry) Abramson of Nashua, N.H. Kathy (Bill) Wallace of Peoria, and Diane (Rusty) Russell of Edwards; 10 grandchildren; and one brother.

A memorial Mass will be planned for a later time.

Rae Jean Day

OAK HILL – Rae Jean “Jeanie” Day, 64, of Wyoming, who grew up in Oak Hill, died April 3, 2020.

She was born in Peoria on Dec. 14, 1955, to Ray and Billie Snider. On Dec. 1, 1973, Jeanie married Ken Day. He survives. Together they had two daughters, Katrina (Brian) Rewerts of Wyoming and Staci Day of Puyallup, Wash.

Other survivors include her mother of Canton; five sisters: Cherie (Rick Perry) Leezer of Toulon, Sandi (Larry) Jackson of Glasford, Becky (Joe) Beck of Wyoming, Debbie Miller of Toulon and Lori (Brian) Porter of Brimfield; and one granddaughter.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be left online at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Kenneth E. Davis

YATES CITY – Kenneth E. “Kenny” Davis, 77, of Galesburg, brother of a Yates City man, died March 29 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

He was born July 15, 1942, in Persifer Township, Knox County, the son of Amer and Mary (Mattson) Davis. He married Judy Morris on Jan. 12, 1985.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Amanda Davis of Galesburg, Linda Ledbetter of Wataga, Mary (Pete) Grimes of Wataga, Jennifer Davis of Kirkwood, Barbara (Bret) Sargeant of East Galesburg, and Becky Sabotta of Galesburg; a son, Jeff Gabel of Galesburg; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Amer “Leroy” Davis of Smithfield, Gerald “Shorty” Davis of Yates City, Carl (Shirley) Davis of Rio, and Chuck Davis of Humansville, Mo.; two sisters, Mary Jean Ehens of Arroyo Grande, Calif. and Pauline (Steve) Albritton of East Peoria.

A service was held on April 3. Condolences may be left online at www.h-p-w.com.

Cathy I. Bloomer

YATES CITY – Cathy I. Bloomer, 65, of Maquon, step-mother of a Yates City woman, died March 26.

She was born Nov. 13, 1954, in Ottawa, the daughter of Harold James and Florence Mae (Morrison) Locke, who preceded her in death. On Dec. 12, 1992, she married Alan T. Bloomer in Galesburg. She leaves behind her husband; one son, James A. Bloomer of Maquon; three stepchildren, Steven (Shelly) Bloomer of Maquon, Jamie (Chad) Way of rural Gilson and Christine Mason of rural Yates City; seven stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat grandchildren.

Services will take place at a later date in her hometown of Ottawa.

Condolences may be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Darlene M. Barman

DAHINDA – Darlene M. Barman, 85, Little York, a Dahinda native, died March 31, 2020, at her home. She was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Dahinda, the daughter of Roy and Ava (Gardner) Myers. Darlene married Dale Barman on June 11, 1955, in Knoxville. He died June 26, 2006.

Survivors include her daughters, Tina Barman, Linda Shimmin and Susan (Doug) Moulden, all of Little York; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held. Condolences may be left online at
mcguireanddaviesfuneralhome.com.

James D. Young, Sr.

PEORIA – James D. Young, Sr, 80, of Peoria, passed away at 8:15 p.m., on Monday, April 6, 2020, at Heddington Oaks in Peoria.

He was born Sept. 19, 1939, in New York, N.Y., to Paul and Ruth (Ellis) Young.

He is survived by four children, Rebecca (Lynn) Canada of Columbus, Ohio, Lisa (Jeffrey) Roberts of Elmwood, Ill., Rachel (Scott) Lake of Colorado Springs, Colo., and James D. (Shannon) Young, Jr., of Livonia, Mich.; one brother, Peter (Pat) Young; and nine grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Phillip (Nancy) Young.

James was a graduate of Wheaton College. He was also an Automotive Sales Engineer.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wheaton College.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.
com.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Julia A. Shissler

ELMWOOD – Julia A. Shissler, 65, of Elmwood, passed away at 4:24 a.m., on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. She was born Dec. 15, 1954, in Libertyville, Ill., to Frederick and Elizabeth (Howard) McCoy.

She married Tom Shissler on May 25, 1973, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elmwood. He survives. She is also survived by three sons, Jack (Jen) Shissler of Canton, Ill., Andrew (Wei) Shissler of Wheaton, Ill., and Adam (Lauren) Shissler of Topeka, Ill.; one brother, Alan (Suzanne) McCoy; three sisters, Valerie (Randy) Blodgett, Jill (Jim) Fries, and Jody (Todd) Werneberg; and six grandchildren, Ian, Brynn, Ashley, Aaron, Graham, and Elise.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Julia worked at Ruppman’s Marketing and Daley Insurance. She was also a member of the Prairie Quilters and the Peoria County Farm Bureau. Julia’s journey in life ended March 28, 2020, but the memories we had with her will be etched in our souls for eternity. She somehow handled her final days with class and dignity and rarely complained. She loved her family and often spoke about how sorry she was she couldn’t go on. She enjoyed traveling earlier in life from the western mountains to the coast of Maine, from the Caribbean beaches to Hawaiian Islands, and from Canada to the Gulf. She had a
variety of interests at home cooking holiday meals, baking, sewing, gardening, and playing games on the computer. She enjoyed playing computer games like Farming Game, Bingo and Candy Crush late into the night.

She had many great recipes, and she achieved blue ribbons at county fairs for cookies, candy, and vegetables. Julia was an accomplished quilter and created too many to count quilts and baby blankets.

Through all of these things, she strived for perfection and refused to accept mediocrity. She had a unique sense of humor and always enjoyed a good or bad joke. Throughout her life, her children and grandchildren were the focal point of her life. It seemed she could never stop buying presents at Christmas time and birthdays when she was able to shop in stores or online.

So, now as she is gone from our lives, we want to always remember this remarkably talented and wonderful woman. May she rest in peace. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

To leave online condolences, visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Vicky Lyn Woods

TOULON – Vicky Lyn Woods, 62, of Galesburg, mother of a Toulon man, died March 17, 2020, at Marigold Health Care and Rehab in Galesburg.

Vicky was born July 16, 1957, in Cheyenne, Wyo., the daughter of Harold Curtis and Opal Marie (Palmer) Bates. She married Dale L. Woods on Dec. 16, 1978, in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2000.

Vicky is survived by two sons, Jon (Tiffany) Woods of Toulon and James (Lila) Woods of Monmouth; two daughters, Jennifer Woods of Galesburg and Jessica Coyer of Chanute, Kansas; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Vicky is also survived by a brother, Steve (Patsy) Bates of Galesburg; and a sister, Marilyn (Doug) Raver of Decatur.

Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory in Galesburg.

Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.

Carole Swearingen

BRADFORD – Carole (Kronholm) Swearingen, 99, formerly of Bradford, died March 19, 2020, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.

She was born on March 2, 1921, in Chicago and adopted by Emil and Esther Lindstedt Kronholm of Moline.

She graduated from Moline High School, Brown’s Business College and Civil Aeronautics School in Chicago. She was transferred to the Bradford Airport as a weather communicator.

Carole loved to bowl, play cards and do crossword puzzles and was an avid reader of mysteries.

She married the love of her life, Keith Swearingen, on May 4, 1944. They would have been married 72 years. He passed away on June 25, 2015.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Diana (Randy) Patton of Tremont and Linnea (John) Ruth of Menomonie, Wisc.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation rites have been accorded, per her wishes. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery at a later date.

Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont is handling the arrangements.
To express condolences online, visit www.davisoswaldfh.com.

Robert L. Sampson

TOULON – Robert “Bobby” L. Sampson, 81, of Galesburg and formerly of Abingdon, brother of a Toulon man, died March 20, 2020, at Aperion Care Galesburg North.

He was born Dec. 13, 1938, in Hermon, the son of Robert “Pappy” H. and Ethel M. (Jennings) Sampson. He married Mildred “Midge” Taylor on March 8, 1957, in London Mills.

Bobby is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Midge; one daughter, Beth Sampson Swanson of St. Louis, Missouri; one son, Doug Sampson of Abingdon; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Donald Sampson of Toulon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Howard Sampson.

Cremation will be accorded. Private burial of his ashes will be at a later date and as he said “on a nice day” in the Abingdon Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

Charles ‘David’ Rachel

WYOMING – Charles “David” Rachel, 73, of Wyoming, died March 22 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was born Aug. 31, 1946 in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of Harry and Martha (Needham) Rachel. He married Jr. Ferris on June 12, 1966 in Wyoming; she survives.

Also surviving are their four children, daughter, Michelle (Scott) Draminski of Wyoming, son, Marland (Nicole) Rachel of Galva, son, Matthew (Toni) Rachel of Ozark, Missouri, and daughter, Marlo (Jason) Ingram of Wyoming; 11 grandchildren, Seth, Shad, Shai, Wade, Caden, Tyler, Ashlynn, Alex, Baylee, Addison and Elizabeth; two brothers, Joe Rachel of St. Louis, Missouri and Dale Rachel of Illinois; three sisters-in-law, Karen Rachel of Oregon, Eleanor “Peaches” Tiller of Florida, and Sandi (Bob) Clark of Wyoming.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Tom Rachel; one sister-in-law, Jackie Rachel; brother-in-law, James Tiller; and two baby angels.

David served in the United States Navy and worked for Caterpillar in Mossville for 44 years. He was a pipe fitter and in management for 10 years. He also assisted with the startup of ATS. He had a natural talent for woodworking that started after his father passed away, and he would plant a tree for every piece he made. He was a vegetable gardener, sewer, and collected paper weights, rocks and elephants. David was a member of the Wyoming American Legion Post #91 and the Wyoming Masonic Lodge #479 A.F. & A.M.

A vehicle visitation was March 25, 2020 at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. David’s funeral and burial with military honors was March 26 in Osceola Grove Cemetery.

Larry L. Potter

TOULON – Larry Lee Potter, 81, of Peoria Heights, a Toulon native, died March 22 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, with his wife by his side.

Larry was born on Aug. 22, 1938, in Toulon, a son to William Tilden and Rena Esther (Goodale) Potter. On July 30, 1972, he married Nancy Mattern in Peoria.

He worked for Hiram Walker for 26 years and went to work for Par-a-dice Casino as an auditor for 7 years.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Peoria Heights; three children, Kevin (Michele) Potter of East Peoria, Karrie Potter of Oregon and Kim Potter of Peoria; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and one brother, William T. Potter of Pekin.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kathy Reiser; and three sisters, Phyllis, Margie and Nola.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Larry’s life will take place at a later date.

Shirley A. Foglesonger

WYOMING – Shirley A. Foglesonger, 90, of Wyoming, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at St. Joseph nursing home in Lacon.

She was born July 25, 1929, in Wyoming, Ill., the daughter of Harry A. and Drucillia G. McIntyre Ryan. She married Roy James Foglesonger April 8, 1948, in Wyoming. He preceded her in death in 1984.

Surviving are her six children, son, J. Pat (Becky) Foglesonger of Wyoming; daughters, Linda (Lyal) LeCompte of Wyoming, Suz Howard (fiancé Jim Turner) of Wyoming, Sally (Kevin) Hoffman of Brimfield, son, Ed (Kim) Foglesonger of Wyoming, and daughter, Karen (Matthew) Tracy of Wyoming; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews; two sisters, Marcella Fritch of Wyoming, and Jane Childers of Marion.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ron, Jim, John, and Kenny Ryan; sister, Rosie Breese; and son-in-law, Fred Howard.

Shirley worked in the local Breese and Aldrich factories during World War II. She drove a school bus for Wyoming School District for many years, and was a cook and office aid at the Wyoming High School before her retirement. Shirley’s greatest joy was her family, her gardens, and her many travels. Along with her husband Roy, they traveled around the country with their camper. After Roy’s death, Shirley bought a mini motor home and continued her travels with her dog, CoCo.

Shirley was a member Wyoming American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, U of I Home Extension, Princeville Garden Club, St. Dominic’s Altar and Rosary Society, Prairie Chickens Camping Club, and a lifelong charter member of Allendale Conservation Club.

Shirley’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to those who cared for her the last several years – Courtyard Estates in Bradford, St. Joseph nursing home in Lacon, Vitas Hospice and OSF St. Francis
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A private graveside service was March 30, 2020 at St. Dominic Cemetery in Wyoming. Father John Cyr officiated. Haskell Funeral & Cremation services is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic’s Pipe Organ Fund or the Wyoming Fire Department. Online condolences may be left for Shirley’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Barbara A. Fogarty

TOULON – Barbara A. Fogarty, 68, of Toulon, passed away at 1:59 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, at her home. Barbara was born on Aug. 18, 1951 in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Keith and Betty (Lowery) Janssen.

Surviving are three children, Tom Salamon of Toulon, Katalina Moreno of Alabama; and Megan Wood of Altoona, Iowa; one grandchild, Deven Moreno; two sisters, Virginia Riley and Carol Alsted both of Des Moines, Iowa; and long-time significant other, Michael Hockett of Toulon. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Barbara loved to crochet and enjoyed making blankets, along with hats and booties for babies. She loved her family dearly.

There will be no public services at this time. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Toulon is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left for Barbara’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Donna J. Ehnle

BRADFORD – Donna J. Ehnle, 87, of Bradford, passed away at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka, Ill., where she received excellent care for four months.

Donna was born Aug. 1, 1932, in Kewanee, Ill., the daughter of Dale and Erma (Nelson) Price. She married Roy Ehnle on Feb. 12, 1950, in Kewanee. He survives.

Also surviving are three sons and one daughter, Gary (Carole) Ehnle of Buda, Karen (Bill) Ringger, Donn (Tracy) Ehnle, and John (Sara) Ehnle all of Bradford; 23 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, 2 brothers Dale Jr. (Frances) Price of Kewanee and her twin Darrol (Barb) Price of Durant, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Mark, infant daughter Linda, and infant great-grandson Jacob.

Donna was a member of the Apostolic Christian Faith of Camp Grove Illinois. Due to COVID-19 a private funeral service will be held. Church ministers will officiate. Burial will be in the Camp Grove Apostolic Christian Faith Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home, PO Box 128, Eureka, Illinois 61530.

Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Nancy Smith Craig

BRADFORD – Nancy Smith Craig passed away at 12:55 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

  She was born to Shaw and Lillian Blaisdell Terwilliger at her grandparents home in Bradford, Ill.,on May 29, 1932.  Her grandmother, Dr. Viola Shaw attended her birth.

Nancy was always interested in sports and participated in all that were available to her.  She qualified for the Illinois Sports Festival held at Memorial Stadium in Champaign where she won the high jump setting a new state record for girls her age.  She was subsequently invited to try out for the Olympic Team, but declined. The highlight of that day was meeting Dwight Edelman, U of I athlete from Centralia, whom she admired. 
He won 11 varsity letters and went on to play on the Illinois football team that defeated UCLA in the 1947 Rose Bowl. During her high school years, she played softball and basketball on independent teams sponsored by Bradford merchants.

She graduated from Bradford High School with the class of 1950.  The following month she married Verne Smith and together they raised 5 children. They attended many track meets, basketball, baseball, football and softball games. The kids participated in all sports.

Nancy enjoyed sewing and made many of her own clothes as well as school and play clothes, sports coats and formals for her children.  The family belonged to Leet Memorial Methodist Church where she served on various committees, taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was also a 4H leader.

In 1963, she was elected to the Bradford Elementary School board where she served two terms. During that time, they formed the first Unit District in the County and added a new gymnasium and cafeteria to the school building.  In 1974, with her children leaving for college, she started work at Caterpillar. She worked there for 20 years.

After retirement, she volunteered for several local non-profit groups. In 1994, her high school graduating class held their 50th anniversary, and she reconnected with former classmate, Jack Craig. They married a month later and she moved with him to Port St. Lucie, Fla., where he had retired. Jack passed away five years later and she returned to Illinois to be near her children.

Nancy is survived by her children, Steve Smith of Princeville, Sandra (Randy) Chiaravalle of Hopewell, Sue Chaudoin of Normal, Stan Smith of Bradford and Sherm (Shauna) Smith of Dixon, step sons Donald (Andi) Craig of Texas and Jeff (Erin) Craig of Wash., 7 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, JudyBriggs of Virginia, Ill., and Sally (Marc) Dahman of Champaign, Ill. and brothers Dr. John (Dr. Edith)Terwilliger of Charleston and Dr. Jim (Carlene) Terwilliger of Colo. as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Verne Smith and Jack Craig, beloved grandson, Eric Smith and son-in-law Lucky Chaudoin.

 There will be a small, private family burial with a celebration of life at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Wyoming Public Library. The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation to the many doctors and caretakers who helped care for her, as well as her many friends and neighbors who were always available with a helping hand.
 
If at any time Nancy hurt or offended anyone, she expresses her regrets and asks forgiveness.

Roger Louis Vail

WYOMING – Roger Louis Vail, 75, passed away at his home in Wyoming, Ill., on March 17, 2020.

He was born on Nov, 3, 1944, in Norman, Okla., the son of Gerald (Jerry) Vail and Dorothy Newell Vail.

Surviving to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life are his wife, Judy Eberle; and grandson, Christopher Morrow of Wyoming; his mother, Dorothy Vail of Macomb, Ill.; his sisters, Norene Vail Lowery of Houston, Tex. and Gerilee Vail of Macomb; two daughters, Ginny (Doug) Kroeger of Salina, KS, and Juli (Eric) Moden of Wakeeney, Kans.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; five nieces; five nephews; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Vail; and brother, Don Vail.

Roger grew up in Macomb, Ill., graduated from Macomb High School and Western Illinois University and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a brilliant student of science formulating innovative ideas that he shared with the science community. As an outstanding musician, he went by the stage name Dr. Longhair and played hundreds of gigs from coast to coast.

Growing up in a musical family, he shared his talents in various ways as guitarist, singer, bass player, piano and harmonica player as well as songwriter. He loved playing music and often mentored other musicians. Roger performed in bands such as The Vectors, Osgood, and others. A 45-rpm record of two of his original songs hit number 10 on the Cincinnati market in 1968. More about his musical career may be found in a featured article in the Kenosha News, Oct. 10, 2003, issue.

His philosophy about music was: It is only music when it’s live!

Genevieve L. Smith

BRADFORD – Genevieve L. Smith, 100, of Bradford, Ill.,passed away at 9:57 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

A private, immediate, family graveside service will be held at Bradford Cemetery, Bradford, with Pastor Jan Ringenberg officiating. Burial will take place in Bradford Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 2, 1919, at home in Bradford the daughter of Richard T. and Ethel J. (Seeds) Hall. Gen married Merlin Smith on April 16, 1942, at the Leet Memorial United Methodist Church, Bradford. He preceded her in death in 1991.

She is survived by two sons: Rick (Marsha) Smith of Bradford and Greg (Nora) Smith of Bradford; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter: Patsy Smith; four brothers, and two sisters.

Gen graduated from Bradford High School and she completed nurses training at Methodist College of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois.

She worked as a Registered Nurse at the Methodist Hospital for many years and then as a private nurse for Dr. Sandor Apathy in Bradford.

Gen was an active lifelong member of Leet Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Bradford Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting and was a great baker.

Memorials may be directed to Leet Memorial United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Janice M. Lewis

GALVA – Janice M. Lewis, 78, of Galva, died at 5:43 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be held in Altona Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Galesburg, the daughter of Asa and Lois (Slifer) Thrasher. She married Robert Lewis on April 27, 1979, in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1991.

Survivors include her two children, Kelli Sargant of Kewanee and Marvin Rasmussen of Galva, her siblings; Carolyn (Gary) Cromien of Galva, Ed (Linda) Thrasher of LaFayette, Sandy (Phil) Atchley of Arizona, Rita (Warren) Werkheiser of Galva, Bob (Natalie) Thrasher of Missouri, Ron (Robin) Thrasher of Elmwood, Donnie (Judy) Thrasher of Oklahoma and Dale Thrasher of Arizona, two grandchildren, Chelsie (Cody) McDonley and Jesse (Katie) Sargant, seven great grandchildren; Briar, Kaylee, Logan, Dixie, Jaxson, Kaydence and Stella and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Janice graduated from Toulon High School in 1958. She worked as a cook and cashier for the Jack & Jill and Galva Food Pride grocery stores and had driven a school bus for the ROVA School District. She enjoyed reading and cooking and she especially enjoyed her dogs, Buford, Buddy and Little One and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Walter N. Harmon

TISKILWA – Walter N. Harmon, 89, of Tiskilwa, Illinois passed away at 3:39 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, at his home.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a private graveside service will be held at Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Ill., with Deacon John Murphy officiating.

Walter was born March 5, 1931, in Olney, Ill. the son of Vern and Mabel (Clodfelter) Harmon. He married N. Muriel Campbell on Oct. 28, 1951, in Bradford. She preceded him in death on October 3, 2014.

He is survived by three daughters: Nancy (Mark) Johnston of Tiskilwa, Deb (John) Bohm of Walnut, and Cindy (David) Jennings of Rhome, Texas; one son-in law, Gary Grindley, of Urbana, nine grandchildren: Joseph (Kady) Dever, Corey (Bethen Campbell) Dever, Chad (Stephanie) Dever, Jana (Brady Nordstrom) Bohm, Kyle (Hannah) Bohm, Eric (Olivia) Johnston, Nick (Jessica) Johnston, Nikki (Bo) Duge, and Megan Jennings; and 22 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one daughter, Peggy Harmon-Grindley, one grandson, Christopher Johnston, three brothers, and two sisters.

Education: Walter graduated from Bradford High School with the Class of 1949. Though he never went to college, he was a lifelong learner. He received his real estate broker license, pilot and boat license, received his HAZMAT endorsement and was a tax assesor in Bureau County.

He, along with his wife, owned and operated Harmon Real Estate and Harmon Excavating in Tiskilwa, Ill.

Walter enjoyed gardening, working, and spending time with his family.

Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice in Walter’s Memory.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Terry L. Bent

WYOMING – Terry Leland Bent, 58, of Wyoming, passed away at 6:44 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Select Specialty in Davenport, Iowa.
Terry was born on April 17, 1961, in Kewanee, the son of James and Kathleen (Groy) Bent. He was formerly married to Dianne Sherbeyn of Toulon.

Surviving are his father, James “Jim” Bent of Wyoming; one daughter, Taylor Bent of Toulon; three sisters, Debra (Jim) Bent-Clark, Kathy (Wendell) Cochran, and Lisa (David) Morland all of Toulon; and one brother, Steve Bent of Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, Clifford and Leathe Bent, and Clarence and Margaret Groy; and his two dogs, Harley a Golden Retriever and Gizmo a Pekingese.

Terry served in the United States Army. He worked as a truck driver for over 25 years, and his most recent eight years being with Tyson Food Inc. He loved landscaping his yard, tinkering with his car and motorcycle, and always staying active.

There will be no public services at this time. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be left for Terry’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Ernest R. Hulstrom

GALVA – Ernest “Ernie” R. Hulstrom Sr., 60, of Galva, died March 12, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria with his family by his side.

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 the visitation for Ernie Hulstrom has been canceled. A private celebration of life will be held. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 13, 1959, in Kewanee, the son of Howard and Helen (Wilson) Hulstrom. He married Brenda K. Plummer on March 15, 1980 at the First Baptist Church in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Galva, three children; Natalie Hulstrom of Hennepin, Ernie Hulstrom Jr. and Brandon (Michelle) Hulstrom, both of Galva, two sisters; a sister-in-law; and two grandsons.

Condolences can be left online at ruxfuneralhome.com.

Donna J. Tucker

KEWANEE – Donna J. Tucker, 90, of Kewanee, formerly of LaFayette, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

LaDonna was born Aug. 29, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of John and Thelma (Leach) Sizemore. She married Francis J. Tucker on Aug. 31, 1947, at the former Kewanee Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; he preceded her in death on April 18, 2017.

LaDonna is survived by children, Trena A. Jones (Jeff Casanova), East Moline, Linda J. (Michael) Murray, Kewanee, Richard F. (Laurie) Tucker, Andalusia, Ala., Fred A. Tucker, Wyoming, Jeff J. Tucker, Kewanee; 11 grandchildren, Reneé, Shane, Kerry, Katie, Darryl, Dawn, Derrick, Daniel, Corey, Kalvin, and Dalton; and 12 great grandchildren; and a great-great on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Charles, Jack, and Gerald Sizemore.

LaDonna worked with Francis at Tucker Equipment Sales. She owned and taught at her ceramic shop. She decorated cakes for area families. LaDonna organized bus trips to the Casinos. She enjoyed bowling and is in the bowling hall of fame for Kewanee. She enjoyed crafting and fishing. She especially loved spending time with her family.

A memorial service will tentatively be set in May, and the service announcement will be ran the week of the service. You can also check the Schueneman-Tumbleson website for updates on the service date and time. Please leave online condolences at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Bernard J. Hickey

EDELSTEIN – Bernard (Bernie) J. Hickey, 78, of rural Edelstein, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at St. Joseph Home in Lacon, Ill. He was admitted there July 2019, and his family wishes to thank all caregivers for their loving care and compassion.

He was born Jan. 6, 1942, to John and Helen (Fuertges) Hickey of Camp Grove.

He graduated from Bradford High School and St. Ambrose College. He was employed at Camp Grove State Bank, retiring in 1990 as Executive Vice President, and continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the bank.

He was an active and involved member of the Peoria Chapter of the ACLU.
He is survived by siblings Denny (Val) of Bradford, Jim (Peg) of Bellingham, Wash., Rosemary (Hank) Welch of Evanston, Ill., Kathy (Dan) Czarniewski of Boca Raton, Fla., sister-in-law Mary Hickey of Seattle, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Philip.
Bernie was a member of the Universalist Unitarian Church, 3000 W.

Richwoods Drive in Peoria. A Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date at St. Patrick Cemetery in Camp Grove, Ill.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Universalist Unitarian Church, American Heart Association or St. Joseph Home, Lacon, Ill.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Elizabeth “Betty” A. Banz

WYOMING – Elizabeth “Betty” A. Banz, 95, of Wyoming, Ill., passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at 9:02 a.m.

She was born July 18, 1924, in Wyoming, the daughter of Ralph M. and Bernadette (Sager) Cox. She married Douglas S. Banz on May 3, 1947, in Wyoming. He preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 2006.

Surviving are one daughter, Barb (Jeff) Peterson of Wyanet; one son, Jeff (Michelle) Banz of Davenport, Iowa; four grandchildren; Kelly and Kim Banz, and Tyler and Lauren Peterson; one brother, William (Jeanie) Cox of Wyoming; one sister, Lois Smith of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by two sons, Gregory and Stephen Banz; three brothers, Clement, Kenneth and Robert Cox; and two sisters, Jeane Saline and Mildred Stear; and a nephew, Keith Cox.
Betty graduated from Wyoming High School with the class of 1942. She was an inspector for Caterpillar from 1942-1948 during WWII, where she met her beloved husband, Doug, and then was a lifelong and dedicated homemaker. She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and their Altar & Rosary Society.

A visitation was March 17, 2020, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming, with a graveside service immediately following at St. Dominic Cemetery. Father John Cyr officiated. A memorial mass for Betty will be held once the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic Catholic Church or P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter).

Online condolences may be left for Betty’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Betty Jane Orwig

WYANET – Betty Jane Orwig, 95, of Wyanet passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, March 8. Betty was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Stark County. The daughter of Murray and Bertha (Beall) Babock. Betty graduated from Wyoming High School and worked at the Beall Café in Wyoming. She also worked for the telephone company in Peoria.

Betty was united in marriage to Dean Lyle Orwig of LaFayette on Jan. 6, 1945 in Wyoming. She was a farm wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She farmed alongside Dean until his passing in 2011.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Betty is survived by her son, Leslie (Becky) Orwig, Wyanet; daughter, Carolyn (Allen) Butterbaugh, Stone Lake, Wis.; and her sister, Mary Mummert, Wyoming; three grandchildren, Steven (Ann) Orwig, Wyoming, Jonathan (Shelley) Orwig, Ohio, Erin (Brandon) Orwig, Macomb; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 12 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

Condolences can be left online at schuenemantumbleson funeralhome.com.

Brenda Jack

EAST PEORIA – Brenda Jack, 47, of East Peoria, a Wyoming High School graduate, died March 5 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.

Brenda was born on Jan. 5, 1973, in Peoria, the daughter of William Atwood of Elmwood and Mary (Peterson) Atwood of East Peoria. She married John Jack on Aug. 6, 2005 in Pekin; they are all surviving.

The family will host a time of gathering to celebrate Brenda’s life from 1-5:00 p.m. today, March 13, at Stoney Creek in East Peoria.

Patty L. Derry

KEWANEE – Patty L. Derry, 54, of Kewanee died March 1 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Johnny Y. Koelling

TOULON – Johnny Y. Koelling, 65, of Toulon, Ill., passed away at UnityPoint Proctor Hospital on March 6, 2020.

She was the daughter of Richard and Shirley (Rivers) Mikkelson. Johnny married Victor Koelling on June 26, 1994, in Alexandria, La. Her parents, a sister Monique and her son, Jason Johns, preceded her in death.

Johnny is survived by her husband, Victor; two daughters, Shanna (Chris) Calcotte and Deanna Lacour; three sons, Michael Johns, John Paul Johns and Richard (Selena) Johns; two step children, Joe Koelling and Chad (Samantha) Koelling; and two brothers, Richard and Daniel Mikkelson; 15 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and the AMVETS Auxiliary. Johnny loved to travel and had traveled to most of the states in the U.S.

There have not been any services scheduled.

Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services assisted the family with cremation rites. Online condolences can be made at www.schmidthaller.com.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.StJude.org or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children at 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or online at donate.lovetotherescue.org.

Franklin D. Henderson

KNOXVILLE – Franklin Delano Henderson, 87, a long-time resident of Knoxville and brother of an Elmwood woman, died Feb. 29, 2020, at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.

He was born March 2, 1933, in Lewistown, the son of Floyd Lee and Mary Ellen (Rutledge) Henderson. He was one of many namesakes of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He graduated from Spoon River Valley High School in 1950. He married Eleanor Jane Hutson on Aug. 3, 1952, at the Knoxville United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on April 17, 2007.

Surviving are his daughters, Karen (and Robert) Kennedy of Alcoa, Tenn., Martha (and Steven) Thomas of Farmington, N.M., Lisa (and Carl) Hinshaw of Heyworth and Amy (and Gregory) Lomax of Sturgis, Michigan; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marilyn Goetze of Elmwood.

He worked at the former Maytag in Galesburg, retiring in 1996. While working at Maytag he also farmed until he retired in 1977.

Visitation was to be 6-8 p.m.Wednesday, March 4, at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory in Knoxville. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today March 5, at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory in Knoxville.

Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Allen L. Ginger

CHILLICOTHE – Allen “Ace” Leroy Ginger, 72, of Chillicothe, an Elmwood native, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.

Allen was born on Aug. 1, 1947, in Elmwood to Floyd and Madeleine (VanGilder) Ginger. He married Cindy Crose on June 13, 1970, in Peoria. Surviving are his wife, Cindy; his children, Scott (Laura) Ginger of Marion, Iowa, Kelly Ehringer of Chillicothe and Troy (Marcia) Ginger of Chillicothe; six grandchildren, Bailey, Colin, Brynn, Drew, Lindsay and Eli; and his sister-in-law, Carol Ginger of Bradley.

Services were to be Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be at Chillicothe City Cemetery following the services.

Condolences can be left online at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.

Robert A. Delost

FARMINGTON – Robert Andrew “Farmer Bob” Delost, 73, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, surrounded by his family and friends at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1946, in Peoria to Joseph and Sylvia (Bruketta) Delost. They preceded him in death along with one sister Kathryn Siebenthal.

He married Lou Ann Ferro on Sept. 23, 1967, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. She survives. Also surviving are two children, Jeff (Tracy) Delost of Norris, Jennifer (James) Mies of Dunlap, four grandchildren, Anthony J. and Izabella Delost and Rachel and Marshall Mies, sister, Barbara (Bill) Brower and brother-in-law, Gary Siebenthal. Five Nephews, Jered (Veronica) Siebenthal. Joshua (Trina) Siebenthal, Kevin (Brandi) Brower, David Delost, Darron Delost, along with his lifelong close friends, John Dare and D.J. Johnson also survive.

Bob served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Farming-
ton American Legion. He was a self-employed farmer in Fulton County devoting his life to farming and the farming community.

A visitation was March 3, 2020 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Can-
ton. A funeral Mass was to follow on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. Burial with military honors will follow Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery in Canton.

Memorials may be made to Greater Peoria Honor Flight or St.
Mary’s Catholic Church. Condolences can be left online at oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Orin R. Mottaz

Orin R. Mottaz, Jr. YATES CITY – Orin Ray (Bud) Mottaz, Jr., 95, of Yates City, passed away at 1:05 p.m., on Thurs- day, Feb. 27, 2020, at Farmington Country Manor.

He was born Feb. 27, 1925, to Orin Ray Sr., and Elizabeth (Knox) Mottaz in Reedsville, Mo. He married Ro-letta Florence Dikeman on April 27, 1946, in rural Maquon, Ill. She preceded him in death on June 30, 2006.

He is survived by three sons, Ted (Janet) Mottaz of Elmwood, Steve (Linda) Mottaz of Canton, and Jeff (Karen) Mottaz of Elmwood; one daughter, Jeannine (Jim) McCullough of Rio; two sisters-in-law, Rosa Simkins and Norma Lee Bigger; 10 grandchildren, Phillip (Rachel) Mottaz, Emily (Joe) Webel, Tim Mottaz, Curt (Bonnie) Mottaz, Brenda (Doug) Passmore, Paige (Zach) Lozier, Adam Mottaz, Austin Mottaz, Sarah (Casey) Grant, and Ryan McCullough; 11 great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Doris Williams.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sarah Marie Mottaz; and one sister, Helen Goodyear.

Orin was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an active and progressive grain and livestock farmer in Knox and Peoria Counties. He served on the Yates City School Board and was a Salem Township Trustee. He was also a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau for over 50 years and a founder of Sunnyside School for disabled children in Galesburg. He was of the Protestant faith.

A funeral service was to be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was held the night before on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial at Yates City Cemetery was to immediately follow the funeral service.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance, Elba Salem Fire District, and Knox County 4-H Foundation. To view Orin’s tribute video, or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce M. Stollenwerk

KEWANEE – Joyce M. Stollenwerk, 67, of Kewanee, died March 1 at her home.

Joyce was born July 22, 1952 in Brillion, Wisc., the daughter of Clarence and Marie (Siegwarth) Krueger. Joyce married Fred Stollenwerk on Sept. 26, 1969; he survives.

Joyce is also survived by her children, Shannon (Eric) Allen, Geneseo, Daniel Stollenwerk, Kewanee, Jacquelyn (Kristopher) Kell, Kewanee, Chad Stollenwerk, Athens; son in law, Mike Yepsen, Galva; grandchildren, Dalton Pearson, Gabrielle Allen, Elijah Allen, Maya Stollenwerk, Addison Yepsen, Adam Yepsen, Braden Kell, Carver Allen; brothers, Clarence Jr. (Sandy) Krueger, Butch (Diana) Krueger; sister, -Jane Krueger; and sister-in-law, Joan Krueger. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Julie Yepsen; and brother, Roger Krueger.


Memorial services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 5, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A private family burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation was after the service from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m on Thursday, March 5, at the funeral home.

Condolences can be left online at schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Deborah (Debbie) Ann Miller

WOODHULL – Deborah (Debbie) Ann Miller, 57, of Woodhull died March 1 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 7, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, March 6, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. A luncheon will be offered following the service at Genisio’s in Woodhull.

Memorials may be made to the family or to a children’s charity of your choice in Debbie’s name.

Debbie was born Aug. 29, 1962, in Galesburg to Arnold and Lois (Goodale) Jacobs and welcomed by her big brother Rick. She grew up in Galva creating family traditions, which she would pass to her family, along with loving music and friends.

After school, Debbie met and married Alan Anderson, with whom she had her two children, Brad and Heather.

She later married Jed Miller on Aug. 30, 2008.

She is survived by her husband, Jed Miller of Woodhull; children Brad (Britton) Anderson of Oneida and Heather (Brian) Nance of Galva; step-children Amber (Jared) Desmet of DeWitt, Iowa, and Eric (Mariah) Miller of Bettendorf, Iowa, grandchildren Adam Robertson, Grady and Avery Anderson of Oneida; Ethan, Eva, Emma, Elise and Evelyn Nance of Galva; Grace Patterson, Jonah, Elijah and Emilia Desmet of Dewitt, Iowa; and Matthew Miller of Bettendorf, Iowa; father Arnold (Arnie) Jacobs of Galva; and brother Rick (Patty) Jacobs of Bryan, Texas.

Debbie was preceded in death by her mother Lois Jacobs.

Condolences can be left online at ruxfuneralhome.com.

Mark D. Fogliano

FRANKLIN GROVE – Mark D. Fogliano, 69, of Franklin Grove, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, Ill. He was a truck driver for Rumbold & Kuhn for many years prior to his retirement.

Mark was born, Jan. 31, 1951, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Frank and Norma (Rudd) Fogliano. He married Nancy Brecunier on Dec. 9, 2006, in Franklin Grove. Mark was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Franklin Grove; one son, Michael Layne of Pekin; two daughters, Kim (Jason) Adams, Trista Meacham both of Toulon; two step-children, Chad (Cassie) Brecunier of Chicago, Shawna (Wyatt) Berogan of Franklin Grove; Seven Grandchildren, Kale Layne, Tyler Lane, Kyle Gehrt, Heather Gehrt, Jayden Meacham, Peyton Meacham, Lily Carroll; five step-grandchildren, Caitlin Berogan, Emily Berogan, Bailey Berogan, Luke Brecunier, Sydney Brecunier; and one sister, Cherryle Shields.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother; one son, Mark; and one brother, Rick Fogliano.

A memorial service for Mark will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Timothy Mitchell, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial of cremains with full military rites provided by the combined veterans organizations, will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be directed to Lee County Honor Flight.

Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com.

Shirley Marie (Heinz) Colgan

BRIMFIELD – Shirley Marie (Heinz) Colgan, 93, went home to her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Apostolic Christian Skylines Care Center.

Born Feb. 3, 1927, in Kickapoo she was the daughter of John and
Barbara (Brutcher) Heinz. Shirley married John D. Colgan on Aug. 20, 1949, in Kickapoo. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2007. She also was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are children; Barbara (Richard) McKown, Clifford Colgan, Connie (Daniel) Hornickel, Kenneth (Cheryl) and Marilyn Colgan, grandchildren; Clint McKown, Nicole (David) Burgess, Katie Colgan, Matthew Colgan, Stacey (Corey) Kincaid, Lindsey Hornickel, Kelly (Cory) Hood, Molly (Shawn) McIntyre, Shaun (Jenna) Colgan, great grandchildren; Owen and Kinley Burgess, Colton, Cason and Camden Kincaid, Avery and Grayson Hood, Harrison McIntyre and Wyatt Colgan. Shirley was a 1945 graduate of Academy of Our Lady in Peoria and was a lifelong devout Catholic. She was a longtime member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield and was a recent member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria.

Shirley and Jack farmed together at Brimfield for more than 20 years. Later she worked at Proctor Hospital Central Supply by night and crafted artistic gifts for family and St. Jude fundraisers by day.

In retirement, Shirley became as much of a fan as Jack in following
the St. Louis Cardinals. Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Saturday, April 18, 2020, followed by a “Celebration of Life“ at St. Jude Parish Hall. Private family graveside services will be held in Brimfield. Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Bill Henry

DAHINDA – Bill Henry, 75, of Dahinda, Ill., (Oak Run) passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2020, at home. He was born May 15, 1944, in
Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1962. His life-time career was with L.R. Nelson, Peoria, Ill., from
where he retired.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Nancy E. (nee Kataoka); one
daughter, Kitty M. Henry; one son, Kevin L. (Melissa) Henry; and one step-son, Troy L. (Carrie) Stringer. He was preceded in death by two sons, Keith and Paul; and two sisters, May Davis and Mita Parken.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, Western Region, 3405
North Seminary Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401.

To leave online condolences please visit www.oakhinesfuneralhome.com.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge
of arrangements.

Joy Lynn Bays

PRINCEVILLE – Joy Lynn Bays, 75, of Princeville, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at 5:27 a.m. at Toulon Health Care and Rehabilitation. She was born Nov. 22, 1944, in Pekin, to parents, Everett and Maxine (Skandas) LeRoi. They both preceded her in death. She married William “Bill” Bays in Metamora on March 16, 1963; he survives. Also surviving are four sons, Mike (Jenny) Bays of Brimfield, Mark (Dawn) Bays of Peoria, Scott (Amber) Bays of Wyoming, and Rob Bays of Princeville; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Walsh of Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, Don (Patricia) LeRoi of Old Lyme, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her stepparents; a brother-in-law; and two nieces.

Joy graduated from Pekin High School in 1962. She and Bill moved
to the farm in 1973 and together they raised their family. She had an amazing green thumb, growing all sorts of flowers and perennials on their property and was always willing to share cuttings and bulbs with anyone. She also loved watching and photographing birds that came to visit her feeders, taking in all
types of stray animals, rescuing horses, reading novels, collecting
hundreds of beanie babies with her sister, Carol and collecting rocks with her granddaughter.

Joy last worked in quality control at L.R. Nelson. She enjoyed keeping up with old friends through Facebook, was kind and generous; but her greatest love in life was her family, especially babysitting all of her grandkids.

A visitation will be on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, from 5-7 p.m. at
Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Her funeral will be private. Burial will take place in Princeville Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences can be left for Joy’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Vicki L. White

BEASON – Vicki L. White, 46, of Beason, joined the angels in heaven at her home at 9:08 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, from 5-8 p.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.

Funeral Services for Vicki will be on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Mr. Maurice Stribling will officiate. Burial will follow at Keyes Cemetery in Beason.

Victoria Lynn Gale was born May 3, 1973, in Kewanee, the daughter of Daniel and Suzie Hulstrom Gale. She was united in marriage with Jason D. White on Nov. 17, 2001. He survives.

Vicki is also survived by their children: Oliver D. and William S. White; one brother: Jeff Gale; and one sister: Paula (Nick) Johnson. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Vicki was a 1991 graduate of Toulon-LaFayette High School and a 1993 graduate of Black Hawk College – East. She had worked at Big R in Lincoln for 23 years. She was the Animal Health Manager. Vicki was an assistant leader of the Beason Ag 4-H Club and a member of the Land of Lincoln Antique Tractor and Engine Club.

Vicki enjoyed gardening and baking cookies and cakes for other people, along with working with horses, sheep, and dogs. She mostly enjoyed spending time with her boys – fishing and watching Oliver show his sheep.

Memorials may be made to the family for an education fund for Oliver and William.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

Mary “Merry” Marie Metz-Ranson

AMHERST, Va. – Mary “Merry” Marie Metz-Ranson, 60, of Amherst, Va., departed this life surrounded by family and friends in her home on Feb. 1, 2020 at 1:34 p.m.

Mary was creative, free-spirited, fun loving, an artist, a welder, a horse trainer, you name it she would always find a way to do it! Mary danced to the beat of her own drum and enjoyed life to its fullest. She was a native of Illinois and graduated from Princeville High School.

Mary is preceded in death by her father, John Ewing Sutton and her oldest brother, William Larry Sutton. She leaves behind her husband, Thomas “Tommy” Garrett Ranson; her only son, Dustin R. Metz and wife Kelly; two grandsons, Alex and Karter Metz; her mother, Dorothy M. Sutton; her sister, Carolyn J. Dickerson and husband Walter Dickerson; her brother, Donald W. Sutton and wife Margaret Sutton; nieces, Valerie Sutton and her two sons, Crystal L. Oliver and husband Tyrese Oliver and their children, Carrie A. Bennett and husband John Bennett and their children, Fawna R. Gillam and husband Larry Gillam and their two sons, Farrah L. Garretts and husband Scott Garretts and their two children; and her special friends, Donald and Lori Helms.

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” (Author – Osho). Keep dancing your dance Mary, we love you. Burch-Messier Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Robert Lee Johnson

LaFAYETTE– Robert Lee Johnson, 89, of LaFayette, passed away at 11:31 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Heartland Health Care in Galesburg.

Robert Lee Johnson was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Stronghurst, Ill., to John and Laura Johnson. Robert was the sixth born of family of seven brothers and sisters. Robert married Janet Lee Emery on Dec. 24, 1954, at the LaFayette Methodist Church; she preceded him in death on Dec. 18, 2017, at their home.

Robert is survived by two sons, Jeffrey of LaFayette and Jay (Dawn) of Collinsville, Ill.; one nephew, John Bolt of Kalamazoo, Mich.; four grandchildren, Dade Johnardt of Eugene, Ore., Megan Johnson of San Diego, Calif., Megan Happle of Glen Carbon, Ill, and Melanie Johnson of Collinsville, Ill; three great-grandchildren, Jaylin Anderson of San Diego, Calif., Evan Weatherford of Glen Carbon, Ill., and Nova Johnardt of Eugene, Ore.; and one brother-in-law, Ed King of Marion, Ill.


Robert was preceded in death by his parents, John and Laura; his six brothers and sisters, Kenneth, Irene, Doris Jean, Keith, Donald and Barbara; fathers-in-law, Forest Emery and Henry Winans; mother-in-law, Ruth Emery Winans; brothers-in-law, Claude Hunter and Kenneth Sturtewagen; sisters-in-law, Marlene Johnson and Annabelle Sturtewagen; and two nephews, Shad Sturtewagen and Jimmy Bolt.

Robert attended Stronghurst Grade & High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 1954. He and Janet moved to Colorado Springs after their marriage and had a son, Jeffrey, born in 1956.

In the spring of 1957, they returned to the farm in LaFayette, where their son, Jay, was born in 1959. Robert farmed with Forest Emery until Forest passed. He held the position of board member with several organizations including the State Bank of Toulon, Galva Co-Op, and LaFayette School board, and spent his free time fishing.

There will be no public services at this time. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Toulon is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to LaFayette Fire Department of Stark County Ambulance Service.


Condolences may be left for Robert’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Janet E. Davidson

CAMP GROVE – Janet Ellen Davidson, 81, of Camp Grove, passed away at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Janet was born on Nov, 24, 1938, in Henry, Ill., the daughter of Omar and Kathryn (Johnston) Ringenberg. She married James W. Davidson on Oct. 3, 1955, in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 2019, in Peoria.

Surviving are three daughters, Karen Davidson Turk of Camp Grove, Danell (William) Nixon of Rochelle, and Kathy Davidson of Camp Grove; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Joan Myroth of Creston and one brother-in-law, Dave Moline of Galva.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Philip Ringenberg; one sister, Doreen Moline; one sister –in-law, Edna Ringenberg; and one brother-in-law, Bill Myroth.

Janet was a devoted homemaker, who supported her family and was very involved in the community. She took care of and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply, and enjoyed watching their various sporting activities. She was an avid reader, a crossword puzzle fanatic, and loved the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. She was a member of the former St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and their Altar & Rosary in Camp Grove, and was a current member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and their Altar & Rosary in Bradford.

Her funeral mass was Feb. 24, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bradford. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Bradford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be left for Janet’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Philip Ringenberg; one sister, Doreen Moline; one sister –in-law, Edna Ringenberg; and one brother-in-law, Bill Myroth.
Janet was a devoted homemaker, who supported her family and was very involved in the community. She took care of and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply, and enjoyed watching their various sporting activities. She was an avid reader, a crossword puzzle fanatic, and loved the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. She was a member of the former St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and their Altar & Rosary in Camp Grove, and was a current member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and their Altar & Rosary in Bradford.
Her funeral mass was Feb. 24, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bradford. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Bradford.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or the American Heart Association.
Condolences may be left for Janet’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Brian Emory Carrier

WYOMING – Brian Emory Carrier, 58, of Wyoming, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at OSF St. Luke in Kewanee.

Brian was born on July 31, 1961, in New Milford, Conn., the son of Emory and Donna (Schollard) Carrier. He married Bonnie Kear on Nov. 18, 1989 in Columbia, Conn.

A memorial service for Brian will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at the Wyoming United Methodist Church. Rev. Rebecca Klemm will officiate.

Arthur Whittaker

TOULON – Arthur Wayne Whittaker, 80, of Toulon, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, surrounded by three generations of his family.
Art was born on Feb. 18, 1939, in Princeville. His parents were Robert E. and Emma (Hazel) Whittaker. On July 2, 1960, he married Rosana “Rosie” L. Duggins, and they have two sons: Anthony W. and Shawn E. Whittaker. Art was proceeded in death by his mother, his father, and his older brother, Robert.

Art is survived by Rosie Whittaker (his spouse of 59 years); his brothers, Eldon and Paul Whittaker; his sons, Anthony and Shawn Whittaker and their spouses Jan and Janet Whittaker; his granddaughter, Kate Whittaker; his granddaughters, Janet (and her husband, Brandon) Hill and Lauren (and her finance, David Sloan); nieces, Julie and Sue; and nephew, Bill Whittaker.

Art worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 40 years and retired as a Technical Service Superintendent of the Chemical Products Division. He served the Toulon area throughout his life. He was a life member of the Toulon American Legion and was Post Commander for 10 years. He was a member of Stark Co 40-8 where he served as Correspondent and twice as Chef-De-Gare. For 20 years he served as West Jersey Clerk, Supervisor, and Trustee, and was president of West Jersey Township Cemetery for 25 years. Art organized the Veteran Memorial and Cannon Restoration with his best buddy, Don Fifer. He was a VIP Blood Donor, a former member of the Lions Club, and a member of Stark County Genealogy Society.

Art’s funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Toulon. Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Jersey Cemetery in West Jersey, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to the American Legion, Post #416, 112 E. Court Street, Toulon, Ill., 61483.

Brittany Schaffer

WYOMING – Brittany Schaffer, 26, of Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. at 11:50 p.m. at home, surrounded by family after her long battle with cancer. She was born May 20, 1993 in Peoria to parents, Lori Smith and Larry Schaffer.

She is survived by her mother, Lori Smith of Wyoming; father, Larry (Doug) Schaffer of Wyoming; two brothers, Justin (Miranda) Schaffer and their daughter, Sage, of Killeen, Texas, and Richard Schaffer of Wyoming; grandparents, Roger and Candy Smith of Chillicothe, Phyllis and Scott Menold of Princeville, and grandmother, Judy Schaffer of Wyoming; uncle Tony Schaffer and his wife, Teresa of Wyoming; uncle Ron Smith and his wife, Margaret of Peoria; and many cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Dennis Schaffer.

Brittany graduated from Stark County High School in 2011, where she was a member of the dance team. She loved spending time with family, attending concerts, playing games, spoiling her niece, and caring for others even when fighting for her life. She was also a member of the Wyoming American Legion Women’s Auxiliary 91. Brittany had a strong, courageous and outgoing soul. The family would like to give a special thanks to the community that supported them and Brittany during her long battle, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate and all the staff that cared for her. We cannot express our gratitude enough.

A funeral mass will be on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming. Father John Cyr will officiate. Burial will be in St. Dominic Cemetery. Visitation was to be Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, from 5-8 p.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Midwest Affiliate or the Ronald McDonald House.

Daryl M. “Buck” Bouton

PEORIA – Daryl M. “Buck” Bouton, 83, of Peoria, a Princeville native, died Feb. 12, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Born Oct. 29, 1936, in Princeville to Lyle and Sarah Burns Bouton, he married Minnie Hayden on Feb. 3, 1968 in Peoria. She passed away on Oct. 15, 2008, in Chillicothe.

Buck is survived by his daughter, Tina (Kevin Bridges) Davidson of Peoria; son, Robert (Audrey) George of Blytheville, Ark.; 3 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com

Nivia E. Bouchez

HANNA CITY – Nivia E. Bouchez, 81, of Hanna City died Feb. 13, 2020, at Farmington Country Manor. She was born on April 3, 1938, in the Republic of Panama to Aquilino and Herminia (Agudelo-Miranda) Sánchez-Garcia.

Surviving are six children, Kathrine Bouchez of Phoenix, Ariz., Richard (Donna) Bouchez of Pleasant Valley, Herminia “Marie” (Thomas) Inglis of Hanna City, Robert (Debra) Bouchez of Bartonville, Denise Siadek of Hanna City and Annette (Rocky) Hemp of West Palm Beach, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Homes in
Farmington.

Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

William L. Keyser

ELMWOOD –William “Bill” L. Keyser, 86, of Elmwood, passed away at 5:35 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. He was born Sept. 8, 1933, in rural Elmwood, to Frederick and Lois (Miles) Keyser. He married Robbie Lacewell on Sept. 1, 1957, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. She survives. He is also survived by five children, Trudy (George) Clarke of Cheyenne, Wyo., Cindy Blodgett of Brimfield, Verna Haley of Elmwood, Jodi (Joe) Harkness of Elmwood, and Patrick (Karessa) Keyser of Hannibal, Mo.; three sisters, Freida (the late Frank) Caulkins, Joy (the late Duane) Patton, and Judy (Bob) Groeper; 13 grandchildren; and nine and one-on-the way great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by one brother, Frederick Keyser, Jr.; and one sister, Grace Bossingham. William served in the Army in Germany for two years. He then worked at Keystone as a machinist where he retired from after 40 years. A graveside service was held Feb. 16, 2020, at Lehigh Cemetery in rural Elmwood.

To view Bill’s video tribute or leave online condolences, please
visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and
Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.


Dr. Lee W. Hammond

ELMWOOD – Dr. Lee W. Hammond, 87, Elmwood, passed away at 11:55 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Country Comfort Assisted Living in Elmwood. He was born March 4, 1932, to Levi andDorothy (Frye) Hammond. He married Carol Semrad on Dec. 26, 1955, in Milwaukee, Wisc. She preceded him in death. He later married Mary Jo Stovall on May 5, 1981, in Peoria, She survives.

Also surviving are five children, Lynn (Russ) Avery of Cartersville, Ga., Marilee (Larry) Laskey of Chicago, Paul (Shelly) Hammond of Elmwood, Scott Stovall of San Jose, Calif., and Brett (Lisa) Stovall of Jekyll Island, Ga.; one brother, Rich “Dick” (Barb) Hammond; 13 grandchildren; and 13 and one-on-the-way great-grandchildren.

Lee played football at Spalding High School in Peoria and was an all-state-center. Lee graduated from there as the salutatorian. He later went to Marquette University where he played football for one year and received his Medical Degree. He then had a family practice in Elmwood and worked in Peoria for over 40 years.

He was a master gardener and was a member of the Hosta Society.

The family would like to thank Country Comfort for their wonderful
care and B.Y.E. for their assistance. Cremation rites have been accorded.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Maple Lane Country Club in Elmwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.
com Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge
of arrangements.

Arthur Earl Moats, Jr.

BRADFORD – Arthur Earl Moats, Jr., 69, of Bradford died Feb. 3, 2020.
Cremation rites will be accorded at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

He was born Oct. 21, 1950, in Freeport, the son of Arthur Earl and Velma Mae (Taylor) Moats, Sr. He married Salinda Lucas in Kewanee on Feb. 14, 1997. She survives in Bradford.

Also surviving are three children: Phillip Moats of Peoria, Susan Moats of Peoria, and Ashley Lucas of Bradford; four grandchildren: Austin, Madison, Alyssa, and Dylan; one brother: Leslie Moats of Elmira, two sisters: Velma (Sue) Huber of Kewanee, and Rosemary Hegewood of Kewanee.

Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Verla Frietsch

Verla Frietsch

WYOMING – Verla Frietsch, 95, of rural Deer Creek, a Wyoming native, died Feb. 4 at Hopedale Nursing Home.

Verla was born on April 28, 1924, in rural Wyoming, to Arnold and Hannah (Moser) Siebenthal. She married Edward Frietsch on June 2, 1945, at St.

Mark’s Church in Peoria, He preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2017.

Surviving are her three sons; two daughters; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ellen McCrorie of Gaithersburg, Md., and Rita (Rich) Lamoreaux of Eastport, Mich.

Condolences can be left online at www.knappjohnson.com.

Berniece B. Orwig

WYOMING – Berniece B. Orwig, 92, of Wyoming, passed away at 8:51 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at her home.

Berniece was born on Sept. 25, 1927, in Peoria, the daughter of Judd and Burnette (Blue) Holford. She married Carl Edward Orwig on Feb. 16, 1946, in Bloomington.

Surviving are four children, Cindy Orwig of Kennesaw, Ga., Mark (Connie) Orwig, Gary (Kendra) Orwig of Wyoming, and David (Leigh Ann) Orwig of Pekin; one daughter-in-law, Gail Mulvaney of Fort Worth, Texas; one sister, Judy Holford of Peoria; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Carl Jr., and Michael Orwig; one daughter, Vickie Crystal; and nine brothers and sisters.

Berniece began working outside the home at 16 years old delivering telegrams and often told stories of her childhood of growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930s. She worked for Maple City Manufacturing during WWII where she met Carl when he returned from the war. She became a farm wife, tending livestock and raising their children. She was an avid reader, loved doing puzzles and word searches, and working outside.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Toulon. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Toulon Women’s Auxiliary. Condolences may be left for Berniece’s family at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Martha J. Mock

TOULON – Martha J. Mock, 90, of Toulon, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Martha was born on July 5, 1929, in rural Princeville, the daughter of Alva F. and Zelma (Sloan) Peterson. She married James E. Mock on Oct. 31, 1948, in Rock Island; he preceded her in death on July 9, 1994.

Surviving are two daughters, Crystal (Randy) Clair of Loraine, and Cynthia (Bob) Hatfield of Toulon; one daughter-in-law, Crystal (Dean) Rosebecke of LaFayette; eight grandchildren, Heather (Larry) Hollis, Brandi Meyer, Erin (Bob) Price, Amy (Bart) Snyder, Holly (Jason) Peed, Ivy (Josh) Zimmerman, Nic (Karin) King, and Thad (Alison) King; 28 great-grandchildren: two sisters, Marjorie Gelvin of Toulon and Marilyn (Ed) Wyss of Princeville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Randy James Mock; and one brother, Melvin Peterson.

Martha worked various jobs including Young Sales and Service, owner/operator of Stark County Ambulance Service for 25 years, office worker for the City of Toulon for 7 years and volunteered at the Kewanee Public Hospital Alcove.

She was a 60+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a former Toulon Chamber of Commerce secretary and member, member of the Grandmas and Grandpas, the Toulon Women’s Club, Toulon Congregational Church and assisted in the Old Settler’s 150th Celebration. She also helped with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, was a Sunday school teacher, and was involved with the Women’s Fellowship Club.

Martha was an avid sports fan and loved attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s games. She and Jim enjoyed hosting the yearly Christmas party at the Toulon Health Care Center dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, delivering gifts to the residents.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Toulon. Elder Nic King will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
Condolences may be left for Martha’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Kevin Bruce Larson


WYOMING – Kevin Bruce Larson, 62, of Wyoming, passed away at 11:58 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

He was born April 30, 1957, in Peoria to Frank and Dena (Brazee) Larson. His parents and one brother, Steve Ray Larson, preceded him in death.

Surviving is one son, Anthony Ray “Tony” (Ji-hae “Cookie”) Larson of Englewood, Colo.

Kevin worked at F.M.C. in Wyoming for 23 years as a chemical processor, retiring in 2001.

Kevin enjoyed fishing, camping, and working on cars.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at Wyoming Cemetery. Pastor Joe Hamilton will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

Charlene R. Bourlet

WYOMING – Charlene R. Bourlet, 84, of Wyoming, died Jan. 29 at her home. 
Charlene was born on Oct. 4, 1935, in Peoria, the daughter of Carl J. and Charlotte F. (Webb) Hoerdeman. She married William F. Bourlet on Oct. 30, 1954; he preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2017. 

Surviving are one daughter, Karen Bourlet of Peoria; one son, Raymond Bourlet of Peoria; two grandchildren, Cammie (Adam) Heald and Raynor (Miranda) Bourlet; two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Leah Heald; two brothers, Robert (Jennifer) Hoerdeman of Plainfield and Michael Hoerdeman of Lombard; one sister, Joanne (Rollin) Garland of Peoria; close family friend, Charles Miller of Chillicolthe; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many special friends in Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Carl John, Jr.; and two sisters, Delores Stevens and Charlotte Wright. 

Charlene graduated from Academy of Our Lady in 1953. She attended St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Wyoming and was a member of their altar and rosary society. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and the Wyoming Betterment Association. Charlene loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren more than anything. 

Her funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Wyoming. Father John Cyr officiated. Burial will be at St. Dominic Cemetery in Wyoming. Visitation was from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, also at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic Catholic Church, the Wyoming Fire Department, or OSF Hospice Western Region. 

Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left online at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Donna Goodwin Clark

GALVA – Donna L. Goodwin Clark, 89, Galva, died Jan. 31 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Graveside service were Feb. 5, 2020, at Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville.
Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 20, 1930, in Illinois and was raised by her adoptive parents, Gilbert and Verna (Cation) Swanson. She married Sheldon Goodwin on Dec. 27, 1953; he preceded her in death in 1983. She later married Duaine L. “Ole” Clark on Jan. 2, 1993, in Galva; he preceded her death on Nov. 28, 1996.

Survivors include a son, Kim (Suzanne) Goodwin of Williamsfield; two stepsons, Gale (Jan) Clark of Galva and Daryl (Karen) Clark of Colona; four grandchildren, Jodi (Kevin) Lewis, Gina O’Dell, Kristen Ferris and Marissa Goodwin; several great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents.

Donna graduated from Victoria High School in 1948. She had taught music and voice lessons in the Yates City, Williamsfield and Knoxville school districts and also did private lessons.

She was a member of St. John Catholic Church, where she was the church organist. She also directed church choirs and was the church organist at churches in Dahinda, Williamsfield, Canton and Knoxville.

Condolences can be left online at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

John Arthur Graves

EUSTIS, Fla. – John Arthur Graves, 83, of Eustis, Fla., died Jan. 25, 2020. Born in Peoria, he moved to Eustis in 1983 from Chattanooga, Tenn. He was a member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church of Eustis, where he was a founding member and Elder Emeritus.

John was a born problem solver and loved nothing better than to be of help wherever it was needed. John is predeceased by his sister, Sue Dehority.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Graves of Eustis, Fla.; Daughters, Daphne Sanders of Columbia, S.C., and Lisa Smith of Knoxville, Tenn.; Brother, James William “Bill” Graves of Peoria; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Eustis on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Hope Presbyterian Church for the Memorial Gardens fund, 19535 Eustis Airport Road, Eustis, Fla. 32736.

Condolences can be left online at www.hardenpauli.com.

John E. Ingalls

GLEN CARBON – John E. Ingalls, 94, of Glen Carbon died Jan. 21, 2020, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.

He was born May 20, 1925, in Fraser, Iowa, a son of the late John Edward and Esther (Anderson) Ingalls.

He married N. Elizabeth (Perry) Ingalls on April 6, 1947, and she passed away on Feb. 19, 2019.

He was a teacher and principal and retired as a superintendent after 35 years of dedicated service in education with many schools throughout the years. He was an administrator at Elmira Grade School and for the Stark County Schools.

The U.S. Army veteran proudly served his country during WWII and was the recipient of three Bronze Stars and numerous other medals and recognitions.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan, a voracious reader and had a love of history.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, John L. and Blenda Ingalls of Red Bud, Gerald Ingalls of Alton and Marlin Ingalls of Iowa City, Iowa; two grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. James Ingalls of Springfield, Mo. and Wayne Ingalls of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Carol Ingalls of Pasadena, Calif. and Sharon Ingalls of Bear Mountain, Calif.; and other extended family and friends.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings, Rev. Richard, Virginia, David and Bonnie.

In celebration of his life, graveside services and military honors were held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis on Jan. 28, 2020.

Lauretta L. Nordstrom

BISHOP HILL – Lauretta L. Nordstrom, 78, of Bishop Hill, died Jan.29, 2020, at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services were Feb. 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial was to be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Old Settlers Association or to the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.

She was born June 21, 1941, in Kewanee, the daughter of Willard F. and E. Louise (Muir) Leff. She married Robert L. Nordstrom on April 21, 1963, in Bishop Hill.

Survivors include her husband of Bishop Hill, a son, Larry (Terri) Nordstrom of Galva, a daughter, Susan Weimer of Galva, her sister, Pat Emmerson of Galva and five grandchildren; Lauren, Matthew and Allison Nordstrom and Savana and Emma Weimer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, William “Bill” and Odetta Leff and a brother-in-law, Jerry Emmerson.

She graduated from Galva High School in 1959. She worked as a secretary for the Henry County Probation Office and the Henry County States Attorney’s Office and had also worked at Red Oak Restaurant, Chuck Hay Insurance, Massie Law Office and for the State of Illinois Department of Public Aid.

She was a member of the Bishop Hill United Methodist Church, Old Settlers Association and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and was instrumental in helping save the Bishop Hill Post Office.

Condolences can be left online at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Mireille Vilatte

WYOMING – Mireille “Mimi” Vilatte, 59, of Wyoming died Feb. 2, 2020.
She was born on March 7, 1960. All services will be private.