Obituaries

Dolores J. Cox

PRINCEVILLE – Dolores Jennie (Mangold) Cox, 81, of Princeville, passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at 10:50 p.m. at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born Oct. 23, 1940, in Alta, Ill., to Benjamin and Jennie (Kruse) Mangold. She married Robert Lee Cox on Nov. 19, 1966, in Peoria, and they were married almost 56 years. He survives, along with three children, Gregory Allen Cox, Bradley Allen Cox and Theresa Lynn (Cox) Holshouser; her grandchildren, Kaitlynn (Holshouser) Geiger, Anthony Holshouser, Brittany Holshouser, Brody Cox, Logan Cox and Branden Cox; and one great-grandchild, Tyler Geiger.

Dolores graduated from Dunlap High School and worked at Equifax until she was married. She was a stay-at-home mom and took care of the family farm until returning to work at the State Bank of Speer, which she retired from.

She loved her family, livestock and anything outdoors. Gardening was her passion along with making chocolate chip cookies for all the kids. She was loved and will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her.

Graveside services will be Thursday Oct. 6, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Prospect Cemetery outside Dunlap. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Dunlap Gives Back c/o Dunlap School District, 400 S Fourth Street, Dunlap, IL, 61525, or to the charity of your choice.

You may view Dolores’s obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Sharon Stone

KICKAPOO – Sharon “Sue” Stone passed peacefully in her home, in Kickapoo, surrounded by her family on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Sue was born on April 4, 1941, in Drakesville, Iowa, to Myrtle (Hasting) and Berl Wilcox. Sue later moved to Gladstone, Ill., where she met her husband. Sue married Jim Stone on Sept. 6, 1961. After their wedding they moved to Nome, Alaska, where their two children were born. In 1964, Sue and Jim moved back to Peoria and then moved to Kickapoo in 1971.

Surviving are husband Jim Stone; daughter Leslie Swearinger (John); son Jim Stone Jr. (Angie); granddaughters Brandi Lester, Jamie Gray and Tessa Merkel; great-grandson Duncan Gray; and one sister, Ann Schach (Kim). Also surviving are step-daughters Marla Stone and Lynda Gates and granddaughter Jenny Pearson.

Funeral services were to be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with a half-hour prior visitation, also at the mortuary. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.



Janet L. Ferris

WYOMING – Janet L. Ferris, 79, of New Braunsfels, Texas, formerly of Wyoming, Ill., and Castleton, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Janet was born on Aug.23, 1943, in Kewanee, Ill., to Charles R. and Zelda M. (Burton) Hegwood. She married Donald Keith “Don” Ferris, her husband of 54 years, on July 3, 1964, in Coeur d’alene, Idaho. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2019 in Peoria.
Surviving are two daughters, Teri (Rodney) Rummerfield and Tracy (Rodney) Hollis, both of Wyoming; one son, Donald Keith Ferris II (Mary) of Lincoln Park, NJ; nine grandchildren, Brandon, Jon, Terry, Heather, Josh, Matt, Jessica, Geri, and Donald Keith Ferris III “Bubba”; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, MaryJayne Hegwood of Byron, Ga., and Debbie Burnett of Chicago, formerly of Galva, Ill.; one brother, Kevin (Tony) Hegwood of Des Plaines, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, BettyAnne Dickinson, Deloris Nelson and Laura Bayes; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Gunn and William DeReu.
Janet was a long-time member of the Wyoming American Legion Women’s Auxilary and also of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wyoming, where she served as deacon for several years.
Janet loved cooking and baking. She was lovingly known as the “Cookie Lady” and her famous potato salad could be found at many legion cookouts, along with the funeral luncheons she helped organize at the legion. She loved spending time with her family and having a large Sunday dinner with everyone gathered around the dining room table.
Janet and Don bowled together on various couples’ leagues in Galva and Wyoming. She was hardworking and kept busy with her children’s activities when they were young as a Girl Scout leader, taking them camping, and enjoying traveling together for their family vacations.
Her graveside service will be Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at 11 a.m. in Wyoming Cemetery. Pastor Ross Wyman will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made directly to Janet’s family. Condolences may be left for her family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Duane W. Hagy

GALVA – Duane W. Hagy, 90, of Galva, died at 6:22 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Allure of Geneseo.
Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with his brother-in-law, Dan Kenney officiating. Burial was to be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Duane Hagy Memorial Fund for a memorial to be established.
He was born April 20, 1932, in Toulon, the son of Charles and Maggie Mae (Pickering) Hagy. He married Helen L. Kenney on Nov. 1, 1980, in Galva. She survives of Galva, as does a daughter, Laura Easley (Donnie Trenholm) of Kewanee; five grandchildren, Ashley (Dylan) Davis, Zackery (Krista) Dailey, Julie Lindsey (Kris Specht), Sheila (Patrick) Goforth and Josh (Breann) Lindsey; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Lee Hagy of Galva. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Charles, Myrtle Mae, Dean, Jean and Larry.
Duane had worked as a welder for 32 years at Pearson’s in Galva. He had attended Grace Methodist Church and enjoyed fishing, trapping and deer hunting. He also had an extensive collection of caps and ball point pens and enjoyed watching westerns and movies.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences may be left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.



Lawrence C. Hammer

HANNA CITY – Lawrence Charles “Larry” Hammer, 79, of Hanna City, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Unity Point Health-Proctor in Peoria.
He was born on April 13, 1943, a son of Verlin Dwight and Fern (Houchins) Hammer.
Larry spent the last 20 years of his life with Mary “Jane” Lopeman. They were united in marriage on Sept. 22, 2017, in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by his three sons, Patrick C. Hammer of Princeville, Lawrence T. Hammer of Bloomington, Ind., and Andrew W. Hammer of Hanna City; stepdaughter, Leslie (Chad) Gavelys of Yates City; stepson, Christopher Zeglen of Anchorage, Alaska; three grandchildren, Carissa, Carmen and Carter Gavelys; and several nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; son, V. “Ed” Hammer; and three sisters, Pat, Barbara, and Nancy.
He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1961-66, a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Larry last worked for the Peoria Park District Police and was the first horse mounted police unit for the park district, retiring in 2016. He previously had worked as a police officer for the Elmwood Police Department for 12 years, retiring in 2012. He was also a sergeant for the Peoria Police Department for 33 years, retiring in 2000.
He was a member of Hanna City United Methodist Church where he served for years as a lay leader. Larry was also a member of the River City Saddle Club, Jubilee Saddle Club, Police Benevolent Association and American Legion Limestone Post 979.
Larry was most happy living on his acreage, he loved being out at his “farm.” He enjoyed his horses and watching westerns. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all.
Larry’s funeral service was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at the Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Rev. Walter Wilkins and Rev. Robert DeBolt were toofficiate. His visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at the funeral home. An additional visitation was to be from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, also at the funeral home.
The committal service will take place at Princeville Township Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hanna City United Methodist Church or the BYE Ambulance Service.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with Larry’s family at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Mildred J. Lapsley

CANTON – Mildred “Millie” J. Lapsley, 95, of Canton, formerly of Elmwood, passed away to her Heavenly home at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at Sunset Manor in Canton. Millie was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Brimfield, to Thomas and Olive (Cluskey) McDonough. She married John “Jack” Lapsley on Feb. 23, 1952, in Alcorn, County Mississippi.
They had one son, Martin Lapsley, who with her husband, preceded her in death; along with seven siblings.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews whom she loved and was loved by them.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Calvary Cemetery in rural Brimfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, American Cancer Society, and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elmwood.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Helen O. Schrimp

ELMWOOD – Helen O. Schrimp, 101, of Elmwood, passed away at 7:55 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, at Country Comfort in Elmwood.
She was born Dec. 21, 1920, in Elmwood, to Harley and June (Bandy) Green. They divorced when she was 2 years old, and she was raised by her mother and maternal grandparents, Robert and Gertrude Bandy.
She was the devoted wife of Richard S. Schrimp, whom she married in Elmwood on April 23, 1954. She had worked for several years as a beautician.
She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood where she sang in the choir and served on the Board of Deacons. She was also a member of the Elmwood Community Chorus and the Elmwood Woman’s Club for many years.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. A one-hour visitation will be held prior to the service from 10-11 a.m., at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Elmwood and the Samaritan’s Purse.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.



Beatrice A. DeSpain

BRADFORD – Beatrice A. DeSpain (nee Azarskis), age 88, of Bradford, died on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, at her daughter’s home in New Lenox, Ill. Beatrice was born in Chicago to Joseph and Marie (nee Mazeda) Azarskis in 1933. Fondly known as Bea, she grew up in Granville, Ill.

She met Carl DeSpain at a roller rink, and they were married in 1953. They had 11 children. Carl preceded her in death in 1975. Also preceding her in death are her parents, Joe and Marie and one brother Raymond.

She is survived by seven daughters, Fran Meadow (Ron), Bridget Lottman, Paulette Six (Dave, deceased), Cathy Kieser (Mark), Charlene Mings (Ken), Tracy Tijerina, and Carla Wallis (Tim); and four sons, Dennis (Susan), Patrick (Annette), Michael (Mary), and Chris (Deb); many grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother Eugene and two nephews, Gene and Rodney.

Bea retired from Prairie View Nursing home and then worked at the Plantation in Princeton while becoming a master gardener at age 65. She enjoyed her garden club and the many trips they took. She also enjoyed recipes and magazines, that she loved to share.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials in Bea’s name may be made to Lightways hospice in Joliet, Ill.

Diannia Collopy

WILLIAMSFIELD – Diannia Collopy, 75, of Summerfield, Fla., died Aug. 7, 2022, after a lengthy battle with breast cancer with her loving family and friends by her side.

Born in Salem, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ocie and Michael Gryziecki, Diannia was raised in Illinois and went to Williamsfield High School.

She is survived by her husband Arlyn Collopy of Summerfield, Fla.; her children, the late Michael Collopy, Michelle (Rob) Collopy Dombek and Craig Collopy of Summerfield, Fla.; three grandchildren; and siblings Robin Gryziecki and Roger Dunn.

Diannia owned and managed two clothing stores in Illinois and moved with her husband to Florida in 1994 where she started a pet-sitting business.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Williamsfield Cemetery. Immediately following the service, a continuation of the Celebration of her Life will be held at the American Legion Hall in Williamsfield.



Vernon D. Broadfield

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – Vernon D. Broadfield, 83, of St. Cloud, Fla., went home to be with the Lord, Aug. 19, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Vern was born May 20, 1939, in Maquon, Ill., the son of Marion and Ruby (Dalton) Broadfield. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, three sons, six grandchildren and five sisters.

He married Carolyn (Patty) Broadfield on June 13, 1964. She survives along with three sons, Matthew (Susan) Broadfield of Tyler, Texas, Daniel (Dawn) Broadfield of Estes Park, Colo., and David (Maria) Broadfield of Fort Worth, Texas.

Other survivors include sisters Betty (Meade) Montgomery of Peoria, Ill., Carol Henry of Genesee, Idaho, Peg Brackett of Mill City, Ore., Evelyn (Jim) Forney of Brimfield, Ill., and Mariann (fiancé Wayne Cross) of Brimfield.

Vern was raised in Elmwood, Ill., and graduated from high school there. After high school he joined the service and was in the Drill Team and served at the 59th parallel in Korea. Vern taught school in Delavan, Ill., for several years before joining the Wycliffe Bible Translators team. He served them for 34 years. Cremation rites are pending.

Jeffrey J. Howard

KNOXVILLE – Jeffrey John Howard, 46, formerly of Knoxville, Ill., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, surrounded by his family. Jeff was born on Feb. 9, 1976, the son of Delmar and Virginia “Ginny” Howard.

Jeff is survived by his parents; his children, River Dean and Isabella “Bella” Maria, and their mother Ingrid; one sister, Carrie (Eric) Gerdes, one nephew, Owen, and one niece, Brennah; one brother, Chris (Amy) Howard and three nieces, Jessica, Chelsey and Carly. He has one uncle John (Karen) Miller and two aunts, Donna (Dick) Smith and Denise (Terry) Howe. He is also survived by many cousins and his girlfriend, Sherri Motz. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Shirley Howard and Deane and Florence Miller.

He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1994, where he enjoyed and excelled in the music program. He was in chorus, concert band, marching band, pep band and jazz band. He earned the all-state jazz award on the trumpet. He entered the U.S. Army in 1995 and served his country for 14 years as a Patriot missile specialist. He attained the E6 rank of SSG. He was deployed to war conflicts in Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Kosovo and to Iraq, for the invasion in 2003 for six months and then again in 2005 for 15 months.

Jeff’s greatest joys were his children, his love of music and fishing and spending time with his family.

Visitation was Aug. 22, 2022, at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, with funeral services following, Rev. Russ Collister officiating. Interment was in the Williamsfield Cemetery in Williamsfield, Ill., with military rites conducted by the Williamsfield American Legion Post #371.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the family to establish trust funds for his children. Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Alejandro E. Kirk

STAFFORD, Va. – Alejandro “Alex” Edward Kirk, 20, passed away at 7:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Stafford, Va. He was born on March 4, 2002, in San Diego, Calif., a son of Jason and Candice (Lawson) Kirk. They survive.

Also surviving Alex are his maternal grandparents, Mark and Alberta Jones; paternal grandparents, Edward and Deborah Kirk; great-grandmother, Ethel Tapia; his three brothers, Daniel, Christian and Felix; and his four sisters, Lexi, Rebecca, Ana and Chloe.

Cremation rites will be accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home. A celebration of life service and burial of ashes will be held at a later date.

To leave an online condolence you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Debra R. McDaniel

TRIVOLI – Debra Rae McDaniel, 69, passed away Aug. 23, 2022, at Gulfport (Miss.) Memorial Hospital. Debra was born Nov. 04, 1952, in Peoria, Ill., to Donald and Lois Anne McCoy. Debra was raised in a small farm town of Trivoli, Ill., where she graduated from Farmington High School, class of 1970.

After high school she moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where she raised her two oldest children from her first marriage.

Thereafter, Debbie married James McDaniel and moved to Boise, Idaho, and had their youngest son.

Debra worked as a manager and consultant for a few years traveling to the extent of Hawaii, Alaska, the Virgin Islands and many places in between. In the last four years Debra finally settled in Gulfport, Miss., to be closer to her youngest son in the Navy.

She is preceded in death by her father, William D. McCoy, and one sister, Lynda McCoy. She is survived by her mother, Lois McCoy; loving husband, James McDaniel; sons, Mac McDaniel and Albert (Donna) Anderson; daughter Rachalle Bealer; brother William (Paula) McCoy; sister, Vicki (Scott) Burmood; and grandchildren Nailah and Debranna Bealer, Autumn Miller and Dakota Miller.

Debra also leaves a current legacy of four great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is having private services.

Eleanor R. Shane

WEST PEORIA– Eleanor R. Shane, 89, of West Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Eleanor was born on July 13, 1933, in the family home in Kickapoo, Ill., to Joseph and Clara (Hageman) Wagner. She married Russell E. Shane on May 3, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2006.

She is survived by a daughter, Vicky (Merle) Turner of Brimfield; 1 son, Paul R. (Veronica) Shane of Brownsville, Texas; 7 grandchildren, Meghan (Andrew) Smith of Peoria, Becky (Justin) Montgomery of Bloomington, Paul A. (Kathrine) Shane of New Braunfels, Texas, Jacqueline (Tristan) Sitz of New Braunfels and Andres, Alexander and Max Shane of Brownsville, Texas; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Leroy, Melvin, Jerome and Dale Wagner; and five sisters, Lourdes Bieneman, Velda Gavin, Martha Coleman, Kolleen King and Mardell Bleichner.

Eleanor was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo, where a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. Father Jim Pankiewicz will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the mass at the church. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Memorial contributions may be given to the West Peoria Fire Department, St. Mary’s School in Kickapoo or to St. Mary’s Church of Kickapoo.

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

Carol J. Young

DOUGLAS – Carol Jean Young, 92, of Douglas, passed away Aug. 24, 2022, at Courtyard Estates of Knoxville.

Carol was born on Aug. 30, 1929, in Yates City. She was the daughter of Frank and Alice (Kleen) Gorham. She married Edward Cox on Dec. 26, 1947. She later married Glenn Young in 1965.

She is survived by her daughters, Lori (David) Bybee of Maquon and Carolyn (Kevin) O’Brien of Centennial, Colo.; sons-in-law Mike Frank of Farmington and Steve Reese of Peoria; siblings Ruth McCoy of Elmwood, Janice Maxwell of Knoxville and Richard (Carol) Gorham of Galesburg; 9 grandchildren, Melissa, Damien, Chris, Nichole, Joe, Danielle, Tim, Adam and Rachel; and 10 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters Candi Frank and Cathy Reese; great-grandson Sen; siblings John Gorham and Judy Johnson; and husband, Glenn.

Carol was a 1947 graduate of Yates City High School.

A memorial service was to be held 11 a.m, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Douglas United Methodist Church. Visitation was to be one hour prior to services at the church.

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

Diannia Collopy

WILLIAMSFIELD – Diannia Collopy, 75, of Summerfield, Fla., died Aug. 7, 2022, after a lengthy battle with breast cancer with her loving family and friends by her side.

Born in Salem, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ocie and Michael Gryziecki, Diannia was raised in Illinois and went to Williamsfield High School.

She is survived by her husband Arlyn Collopy of Summerfield, Fla.; her children, the late Michael Collopy, Michelle (Rob) Collopy Dombek and Craig Collopy of Summerfield, Fla.; three grandchildren; and siblings Robin Gryziecki and Roger Dunn.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Williamsfield Cemetery. Immediately following the service, a continuation of the Celebration of her Life will be held at the American Legion Hall in Williamsfield.

Jacqueline K. Gard

ELMWOOD – Jacqueline Kay (Powell) Gard, 83, of Elmwood, lost her very long battle with Alzheimer’s on Aug. 25, 2022.

Born on July 28, 1939, to James F. and Gladys A. (Strassburger) Powell, she married Carroll W. Gard on April 18, 1959, in Peoria.

She is survived by four daughters, Kathy (John) Smith of Bartonville, Julie (Kevin) Reynolds of North Carolina, Carrie Kelly of Farmington and Dianna (Jeff) Price of Elmwood, with whom she lived. She also leaves behind her brother, Dan Powell of Arizona; 12 grandchildren; 1 stepgrandson; 14 great-grandchildren and 5 stepgreat grandchildren.

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



Clint J. Bottenberg

BRIMFIELD – Clinton John Bottenberg, 58, of Sandy, Ore., died unexpectedly Aug. 5, 2022, at his home. Clint was born on May 2, 1964, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Ill., the son of George E. and Ann Marshall Bottenberg.

He attended Brimfield schools and graduated from Brimfield High School in 1982. He kept in touch with many of his classmates and enjoyed attending class reunions whenever possible.

Clint married Deborah A. Smith with daughter Alishia M. Smith in Portland, Ore., June 29, 1990. He worked in the nursery industry in Oregon for 36 years, spending 5-plus years in China, managing three nurseries and growing shade trees and shrubs.

Clint liked to cook and he did it very well. He worked at numerous restaurants/pubs over the years working to perfect some of his favorite recipes. He was extremely social and loved being around people. Clint also loved nature and being out in it hiking or bicycling. He was an avid reader and enjoyed all types of music. He was our own version of Siskel & Ebert, offering up reviews of his latest read or new band he had found. He will be dearly missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.

Clint was preceeded in death by his grandparents, Edwin and Doris Bottenberg of Ipava, Ill., and Max and Viola Marshall of Table Grove, Ill.

Clint is survived by his wife, Deborah, of Sandy, Ore.; daughter Alishia (Tyler) Guest; and grandchildren Emma Alison, Tessa Marie, Dean Thomas Clinton and Fionna Powell Guest of Mollala, Ore.; his mother and father, George and Ann Bottenberg of Charles City, Iowa; siblings Charles (Ellyn) Bottenberg of Princeville, Ill., Deborah (Joe) Laverdiere of Peoria, Ill., and Mary Jones (Ron) of Waterloo, Iowa; and his beloved uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date.

Patrick L. Kelch

BRIMFIELD – Patrick L. Kelch, 63, of Brimfield, passed away at 11:44 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Patrick was born on March 16, 1959, in Peoria, the son of Lawrence D. and Jacqueline M. (Kitlan) Kelch. He married Teresa J. Miller on Sept. 29, 1990, in Elmwood; she survives.

Also surviving are three children, Casey (Brad) Melton and Travis (Jordan Eiten) Kelch, all of Peoria, and Jordan Kelch of Brimfield; three grandchildren, Lorelei, Finley and Maeve; siblings, Cathy (Harry) Napple of Sparta, Tenn., John (Joyce) Kelch of Conroe, Texas, his identical twin, Mike (Janet) Kelch of East Peoria, and Barb (Greg) Rodgers of Scott Air Force Base; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Jason Patrick Kelch (March 11, 1987).

Known to all as “Howie,” Pat grew up in Kickapoo, playing baseball and listening to a ball game on the radio with his dad, Bud. An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, he loved sitting in the man-cave he built in his barn with his dog, Benelli, watching a ball game on TV.

Pat believed in hard work and making an honest living. He always had a project he was working on, most often in the house or garage. A man with numerous skills, he could build or fix anything at home, and always left his (unfortunate) “mark” on everything he did. When he wasn’t busy with a project, he enjoyed dropping a line in the water on occasion and said that catching a fish was a bonus.

Labeled a pyro by his kids, Pat loved a good fire. The kids remember well his Christmas-morning burning of boxes and wrapping paper, barely allowing them to get all the toy pieces out of the boxes before they went out to the burn pile. The rest of the year you could find him enjoying a fire in his firepit on the patio.

Howie retired as an elevator constructor with Kone Elevator Company on July 1, 2016, after 30 dedicated years of service. He was a proud member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 55. He believed in living a simple life; a cold beer after work at the Gilles Tap with buddies and enjoying the fruits of his labor at home with his family were his favorite things. His kids Casey, Travis and Jordan were the light of his life.

He fiercely loved his grandchildren, Lorelei, Finley and Maeve. He was meticulous about his lawn, and he would employ their help picking up pine cones in the yard with his grabber and wagon. He kept careful count of every pine cone, keeping a tally of every 5-gallon bucket he filled.

Pat and Terry were married almost 32 years and were by each other’s side through thick and thin.

His funeral mass was Aug. 23, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield. Father John Verrier presided. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Brimfield Fire Department.

Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for Patrick’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Mark L. Sunderland

EDWARDS – Mark Lee Sunderland, 62, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at OSF, Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Feb. 9, 1960, in Peoria, Ill., to Loren Dean and Lois Ann (Hilst) Sunderland. Surviving are one daughter, Lacey Falk of East Peoria, Ill.; one parent, Lois Sunderland (mother), of Gold Canyon, Ariz.; one brother, Rick Sunderland of Edwards, Ill.; and two sisters, Tammy Sunderland of Gold Canyon, Ariz., and Lynn Hazzard of Carbondale, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father.

After graduating from high school, he worked at Peoria Union Stockyards. Later he worked locally as a union laborer for Cliff Kauffman, Michael Brothers, Otto Baum. In St. Louis, he was a foreman for Vee-Jay Concrete until 2018 when he returned to Edwards. He was hard working and well-respected by fellow workers and those who worked under his management.

He was a talented athlete and had several track records at Peoria Heights High School, including the high jump (6-feet-6), which he still holds today. In addition he was an exceptional football player. He excelled as a field goal kicker and once scored a 75-yard touchdown.

He was a passionate outdoorsman spending time hunting with a bow, trapping, and fishing. While living in Bartonville, Ill., he won a “Fishin’ With Style” competition by catching a channel catfish that weighed in at 10 pounds, 10 ounces.

He loved the outdoors and vegetable gardening. In recent years he took up the game of golf.

He was a devoted son and provided tender loving care to his mother in Arizona whenever needed.

He was an excellent cook and prepared meals using wild game, fish and veggies from his garden.

His nickname was “Stork” and he was known for his lifelong friendships, kindness, helpfulness, generosity and endless energy. Strong in heart, body and soul; he was loved by all who knew him.

Especially close to his heart was his dog and companion “Lizzie.” She brought him much love and joy.

The first memorial will be held at City Heat in Peoria, Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon until 6 p.m. A second memorial will be announced in the spring.

Joanne M. Johns

FARMINGTON – Joanne M. Johns, 84, of Farmington, formerly of Trivoli, passed away Aug. 15, 2022, at Courtyard Estates of Farmington.

As per Joanne’s wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be in the Trivoli Cemetery at a later date.

She was born on June 17, 1938, in Blue Island, a daughter of Edwin T. and Anna (Maliszewski) Allison. She married Clifford D. Johns on May 23, 1959. He preceded her in death on March 25, 2016. Also preceding her in death are her parents, and one grandson, Matthew D. Johns.

Surviving is one son, David A. (Becky) Johns of Trivoli; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Butkus of Morrison.

She worked as a secretary at Farmington High School, a bookkeeper at Trivoli State Bank, and a bookkeeper at Fliginger Equipment, Inc. in Trivoli.



Donald E. Colgan

GALVA – Donald Eugene “Don” Colgan Sr, 86, of Galva, died at 2:40 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 at his home after a lengthy battle with skin cancer.
He has deeded his body to medical science through the University of Iowa College of Medicine. No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be directed to the University of Iowa Foundation or the Galva Library. Rux Funeral Home, Galva is assisting the family with arrangements.
He was born during the blizzard of ’35 on Dec. 14, 1935, on the family farm in Yorktown Township in Henry County, Ill., the son of James and Darlene (DeCrane) Colgan. He was first married to Bonnie Kemerling and then later married Deanna Marie Halsall on June 5, 1976, in Galva.
She survives as do 3 sons, Don (Pat) Colgan Jr. of Toulon, Terry (Carole) Colgan of Wyoming and Jeff (Kim) Colgan of Cartersville, Ga.; 4 daughters, Jacque Lawson of Davisboro, Ga., Mary Christine “Christy” (Fred) DeFilippi of Bradford, Angie (Terry) Peterson of Galva and Amanda (Dale) Johnson of Kewanee; several grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Carlson of Peoria; and a half-brother Jerry DePauw of Kings, Ill.
Donald was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Colgan; his mother and step-father, Darlene and Raymond DePauw; a brother, Robert Colgan; a sister, Kathy Porter; a son, Dave Colgan; and a grandson, Chad Colgan.
Don had worked as a truck driver and mechanic for Livek Trucking and Bell Trucking. He also did snow removal for Bell Trucking. He was a “Jack of all Trades.” And was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Galva.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Hedgepath

BRADFORD – Patricia Hedgepath, 65, of Bradford, Ill. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
She was born April 24, 1957, in Peoria the daughter of Wannie C. and Meda Jean (Russell) Perry.
Patricia married Daniel Hedgepath on March 14, 1980, at the Leet Memorial United Methodist Church in Bradford. They shared 42 years together. He survives in Bradford.
She is also survived by two children, Rebecca (Justin) Gosch of Sheffield, Ill. and Joshua (Sarah) Hedgepath of Pekin, Ill.; six grandchildren, Johnathan (Lee Ann) Gosch, Thomas Gosch, Katelyn Kowitz, Jasmine Kowitz, Kiera Osborne and Areyana Hedgepath; one great-grandchild on the way, Ronin Kowitz; her mother, Meda Jean Perry of Oklahoma; five siblings, Barb (Terry) Chasteen of Kewanee, Steve (Marsha) Perry of Oklahoma, Bill (Cheryl) Perry of Oklahoma, Judy (Michael) Shwabe of Oklahoma and Nancy (Michael) Grundy of Wyoming; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wannie, and her grandparents.
Born and raised in Bradford, she attended Bradford High School.
She became a CNA and worked at various nursing homes in the surrounding area. She also worked briefly at Great Dane in Kewanee.
She was an active member of Allendale Conservation Club where she enjoyed fishing, camping, walking, kayaking, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family.
Patricia enjoyed giving back to her community by raising money for fundraisers. She was a loving and caring person and even in her death she gave to others through organ donation.
A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home in Bradford after the visitation. Burial will take place in Osceola Grove Cemetery, rural Bradford. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com. Grant-Johnson Funeral Homes, Princeton.

Mary A. Hollingsworth

GALVA – Mary A. Hollingsworth, 80, of Galva died Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 15, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastor Bryan Griem officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug., 14, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church in Galva.
Mary was born Jan. 20, 1942, in Coon Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of John and Grace (Messersmith) Haines. She married Ronald Hollingsworth on March 8, 1960, in Sigourney, Iowa, and he preceded her in death on June 3, 2022. Survivors include her children, Randolph (Sandra) Hollingsworth of Beech Island, S.C., Richard Hollingsworth of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ronda Davis of Galva and Rita (Ken) Meaker of Toulon; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Brianna, Robert, Mike, Doug, Crystal, Kendra and Becky; several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jean Harris of What Cheer, Iowa, Frances (Dean) Schropp of Williamsburg, Iowa, and Joan Hodgson of Grinnell, Iowa; and her sister-in-law, Joyce. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ronald; a sister, Janice; two brothers, Richard and John; and a grandson, Joshua Hollingsworth.
In her earlier years, Mary worked at Jacobson’s Bakery and at various restaurants. She worked as a processor at Bob Evans Farms for 28 years. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Galva and enjoyed cooking and sewing.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Diana L. LaMaster

ALEXIS – Diana Lynn LaMaster, 74, of Alexis, Ill., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 6, at her home surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer.
She was born on March 10, 1948, to Floyd and Evelyn LaMaster of Bishop Hill, Ill. Her survivors include one younger sister, Carol Wallace of Woodland Park, Colo.; three nieces, Denise Wallace of Paris, Mo., Janelle Saar of Woodland Park, Colo. and Ginger (Rodney) Byers of Roseville, Ill. She had two great nieces, Brittany Gruber of Hannibal, Taylor Gruber of Troy; and three great-nephews, Trentin and Spencer Minks of Paris, all of Missouri, and Ryan Byers of Roseville, Ill.
Diana graduated from Galva High School and went on to receive her teaching degree from Western Illinois University. She started teaching at Alexis Community School District in 1970, and retired in 2004, teaching 6th grade for her entire career. She was also the librarian for Alexis Elementary School. Diana touched the lives of many kids in her career as a teacher.
In addition to teaching, she also took on many other things. Diana spent most of the holiday season making wreaths at her parents’ Christmas tree farm, Elf Tree Farm near Bishop Hill. She owned Alexis Floral Boutique from 1987-95. Diana became first President of the Alexis Museum in 1995 and continued in that position off and on until her death. Diana was also a member of the Alexis Ladies League and Lion’s Club as well as serving on the board of the Alexis Community Fund.
Diana loved being creative. After her retirement from teaching, she worked at several different flower shops including Galesburg Flower Company and Blooms by Beck. She really enjoyed the flowers in her yard and spent many hours gardening.
Diana, her sister Carol and their parents were instrumental in getting demonstrations started in the Bishop Hill area. They volunteered to do such things as blacksmithing, quilting, candle making, and Diana was the spinner. She still has a spinning wheel sitting in her living room. Diana also helped get a gift shop going in the Steeple Building when she was in college.
Diana was an extremely giving person. She always volunteered to help in any way she could including baking for a bake sale, helping serve food, taking tickets at the gate of an event or being on the board of an organization. Diana loved the Alexis community and left her legacy there. She always wanted to make her town better and from a very young age she volunteered in many ways to make that happen.
Diana was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and her brother-in-law, Harry Wallace.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastor Jeff Uddin officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Alexis Museum, North Henderson Methodist Church or the Alexis Community Fund.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

James A. McCauley

WYOMING – James “Jim” Allen McCauley, 62, walked into his Savior’s arms on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Jim was born on Dec. 21, 1959, to Don and Cleo McCauley. They preceded him in death.
He married the love of his life, Mary Bond McCauley, on June 22, 1985. She survives along with his pride and joy, their son Sam of Peoria. Jim is also survived by five siblings, Don (Diane) McCauley, Cathy (Mike) Breese, Lori McCauley, Debbie (Denny) Van De Sampel and Mark (Gloria) McCauley. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.
Jim was a Christian, last attending The Gathering Church in Wyoming. He loved fishing, gardening, shooting trap, the Green Bay Packers and being with his family. He was a mechanic for many years, owning Mac’s Auto Service in Wyoming. Jim later worked at Quality Cable in Wyoming for almost 15 years, retiring in 2020. Jim was active in his community and in his son’s life as a soccer and T-ball coach, Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and youth group leader.
  His funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Gathering Church in Wyoming. Steven Nash will officiate. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gathering Church. 
Condolences may be left for Jim’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Frederick E. Schupbach Jr.

BRADFORD – Frederick E. Schupbach Jr., 82, of Bradford died Aug. 4, 2022, at Methodist Hospital, Peoria, surrounded by his family.
Fred was born May 10, 1940, in Princeville, the first born child of Frederick E. and Mary (Stapp) Schupbach. He married Valerie Shull on Nov. 5, 1966, at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Tiskilwa. She survives in Bradford. They shared 55 years together.
He is also survived by two children, Matthew (Kelly) Schupbach of Algonquin and Stephanie (Eric) Christensen of Geneva; six grandchildren; five siblings, Lucille (Larry) Thomsen of Moline, Steven (Pamela) Schupbach of Belvidere, Paul (Deb) Schupbach of Wyoming, Philip Schupbach of Branson, Mo., and Joanne (Jeff Heller) Schupbach of Downers Grove.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Fred attended Bradford Grade School in the building where the funeral home is now located. He graduated from Wyoming High School with the Class of 1958.
He served in the United States Army National Guard.
Fred was a well-known business owner of Schupbach & Streitmatter LP Gas Company in Wyoming for 64 years.
Fred was a an active member of the St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Illinois. He formerly served on the Bradford Village Board, working on the Bradford Church and Community Project that gave jobs to the area youth.
He was a member of the Bradford American Legion Post #445, where he served as treasurer for many years and helped prepare the food at every fish fry for over 50 years. Taking care of veterans was important to Fred. He would make sure that all the graves of veterans at Osceola Grove Cemetery had a flag holder and flag. He also would purchase and donate clothes, candy and Girl Scout cookies to veterans.
Fred had many collections. One of Minneapolis Moline Tractors that he valued from his childhood, a root-beer themed collection, and a nostalgic gas station, oil, and car memorabilia collection.
He built a chapel in his home with stained glass windows, pews, and altar railings that he restored from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wyoming where he attended as a child.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their various activities.
Due to COVID-19 concerns a drive through visitation will be held from 4 -7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford, Ill. Please enter the through the east drive.
A private funeral service will be held for the family. Burial will take place in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Wyoming, Illinois at a later date.

Donna Larson

GALVA – Donna Larson, 86, of Galva, died at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at ProMedica SNF in Galesburg. Arrangements are pending at Rux Funeral Home, Galva.

Esther M. Martin

PRINCEVILLE – Esther M. Martin, 92, of Princeville, died Aug. 9, 2022, at home. Esther was born on March 8, 1930, in Alta, the daughter of Karl and Wilhelmina (Rapp) Klumpp. She married Nathan Martin on March 20, 1955, in Princeville. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children, Alan (Janice) Martin of Edelstein, Carol Martin, Craig (Terri) Martin of Princeville, Denise (Tim) Kieser of Edelstein, and son-in-law, Wendell Stahl of Bradford; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one sister.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Stahl; her parents; two brothers; and two sisters, Emma Stahl and Martha Streitmatter.



Jerry L. Benson

WILLIAMSFIELD – Jerry L. Benson, 75, of Williamsfield, died at 3:15 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church with Deacon Michael Crummer officiating. Masonic Rites were at 3 p.m. followed by his funeral service. Jerry was transported from the church to his place of burial at Williamsfield Cemetery by his team of mules.
Memorials may be directed to the Jerry Benson Memorial fund for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is assisting the family with arrangements.
He was born Oct. 7, 1946, in Galesburg, the son of Donald and Audrey (Maxwell) Benson. He married Debra L. Masse on Sept. 2, 1981, in Knoxville. She survives, as do two sons, Todd (Stacey) Benson of Pekin and Terry (Cindy) Benson of Newark, Ill.; a stepson, Joshua Porter of Farmington; five grandchildren, Michael, Jessica, Courtney, Donovan and Jake; seven great-grandchildren, Colton, Cheyenne, Waylon, Hailey, Ryan, Ava and Caelyn; two brothers, Larry Benson of Maquon, Ill., and Gary (Judy) Benson of Galesburg; and two sisters, Mary (Larry) Isenberg of Lake Summerset, Ill., and Janet (Eric) Windish of Yates City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Sharon.
He had farmed until 1981 and then had worked at Caterpillar, W.R. Grace and Westbay Implement. He loved horseback riding and was a director for ISSHA and a member of the Maquon Masonic Lodge. He also loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Patrick G. Gilroy

PRINCEVILLE – Patrick G. Gilroy was born on Oct. 27, 1954, in Lost Nation, Iowa, to parents Robert P. and Madonna (Bauer) Gilroy. Patrick attended Lost Nation High School and Iowa State University.
On April 29, 1983, Patrick married the love of his life, Teresa (Park) Gilroy. They raised seven children that were his life and his love. Patrick was a devout Catholic who enjoyed singing in the choir. He loved singing to his children and grandchildren.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Teresa (Park) Gilroy; six children, Lyndsay (Jon) Blank of Princeville, Rose Gilroy of Westfield, Ind., Patrick (Cara) Gilroy of Clinton, Mass., Molly (Troy) Timmerman of Cambridge, England, Peter Gilroy of Ames, Iowa, and Bridget Gilroy of Princeville; five grandchildren, Benjamin, Madelyn and Joseph Blank, Cayleigh Gilroy and Cecilia Timmerman; three sisters, Kathleen Gilroy of Villa Park, Ill., Mary Gilroy Larson of Davenport, Iowa, and Margaret Gilroy of Lost Nation, Iowa; and one brother, Frank Gilroy of Waubeek, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Madonna Gilroy; two brothers, Robert and Joseph Gilroy; and his beloved daughter, Caitlin Gilroy.
Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick Gilroy were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at St. Mary’s of the Woods Catholic Church, 407 S. Walnut St., Princeville, IL, 61559. Father Corey Krengiel presided. The Christian burial was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery after the funeral.
An open-house visitation occurred at the Gilroy family residence, 332 S. Santa Fe Ave., Princeville, IL, 61559, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, from 2-8 p.m. Rosary began at 8 p.m. All were welcomed.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church or Akron-Princeville Ambulance. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for Patrick’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

James M. Omohundro

FARMINGTON – James M. Omohundro, 71, of Farmington, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at his residence.
Cremation rites have been accorded by the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood. There will be no services per his wishes.

Shirley H. Moore

FARMINGTON – Shirley M. Moore, 87, of Farmington, passed away at Farmington Courtyard Estates.
She was born on Oct. 22, 1934, in Pocahontas, Ark., to Jasper and Elsie (Presley) Bennett. Shirley married Herman Moore on Aug.4, 1950. He preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 2021. Also preceding her in death were her parents, son Randy Moore and one grandchild.
Surviving are 5 children, Dennis (Helen) Moore of Washington, David (Linda) Moore of Peoria, Regina (Buddy) Davis of Farmington, Jim (Amy) Moore of Fort Myers, Fla., and Chris (Pam) Moore of Fort Myers; brother Cletus Bennett of California; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Shirley worked at Customer Development Corp, where she sorted mail. She loved to go camping.
Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Burial of ashes will take place at a later date. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Laura J. Spahn

CANTON – Laura J. Thomas Spahn, 49, of Canton, sister of a Farmington man, passed died Aug. 1, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Oct. 6, 1972, in Canton to Charles “Steve” Thomas and Gatha “Janie” Boggs. She married Christopher Spahn Sr. on Oct. 16, 1994. He preceded her in death in 1995.
Laura is also preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Stephen “Buddy” Thomas.
She is survived by four children, Michael (Courtney) Ashwood of Canton, Kara (Arthur Hankins) Zuckerman of Canton, Christopher Spahn Jr. (Stephen) of Pensacola, Fla., and Sierra Logue of Canton; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Tony (Stacey) Newton of Canton and Joey (Ronda) Boggs of Farmington.
A service was held Aug. 6, 2022, at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Rev. Monroe Bailey officiated. Burial followed at Highbridge Cemetery in Dunfermline.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Wayne D. Thomson

DAHINDA – Wayne D. Thomson, 91, of Oak Run, Dahinda, died on Monday, August 1, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, Peoria.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Table Grove, the son of Virgil and Gladys (Trimmer) Thomson. He married Patricia Ann Anderson on June 17, 1950, in Altona. She preceded in death on July 15, 2021.
He is survived by 6 children: Lana Jo Bjorling of Victoria, Allan Wayne (Cindy) Thomson of Galva, Rodney Lee (Kathy) Thomson of Oglesby, Steven Michael (Laura) Thomson of Florida, Toni Sue (Larry) Huffman of Altona and Bradley Scott (Shae) Thomson of Laura; 20 grandchildren; 35 great- grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister, Charlene (Stu) McKecknie of Elmwood; and his dog, Peppy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two grandsons, Joshua and Jesse; two brothers; and two sisters.
Cremation rites were accorded. No funeral services are planned at this time.
Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.



Sharon L. Dolan

YATES CITY – Sharon Lee Dolan, 75, of Yates City, passed away at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. She was born on Aug. 21, 1946, a daughter of Donald and June (Fleisher) Whisenand. She first married Larry Reents, and later married James Dolan on March 25, 1995. He preceded her in death.

Her parents also preceded her in death.

Surviving is her daughter, LeeAnn (Ryan) Hinthorne of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; her three stepchildren, James (Laura) Dolan, Mike (Kathy) Dolan and Cathy (Greg) Frangipane; three grandchildren, Hailee, Ashlee and Ryan Jr.; seven step-grandchildren, Chris and Jeff Dolan, Giana Greer and Nick Frangipane, Morgan Bennett, Kelsey Dolan and Hunter Dolan; special niece Sara (Justin) Hanlin of Trivoli, and their children Madilyn, Claire and Jolene; special nephew Bart (Beth) Boyer of Springfield, and their children, Garrett and Cameron; special niece Julie Boyer, of Pekin; and her sister Donna (Ronald) Boyer of Trivoli.

Sharon worked as a hairdresser for over 50 years and was a member of United Methodist Church of Elmwood. She was also an avid baker for the Meals on Wheels program.

Visitation was held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2022, at Anderson- Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Rev. David Pyell officiated. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Oak Ridge Cemetery.

To leave an online condolence you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Patricia J. Fincham

ELMWOOD – Patricia “Patty” J. Fincham, 77, of Elmwood, passed away at 8:05 a.m., on Monday, July 25, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

She was born Nov. 21, 1944, in Peoria, to Gene and Betty (Sandall) Runyon. She married Gary Fincham on Oct. 14, 1967, in Elmwood. He preceded her in death on June 14, 2015.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen Fincham of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jeffrey Fincham of Elmwood; two grandsons, Bryce Fincham and Dylan Fincham; one brother, Richard Runyon; and one sister, Trudy Runyon.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Duane Runyon, Dale Runyon, Terry Runyon, Charles Runyon and Michael Runyon; and three sisters, Janice Reicheneker, Nancy Reicheneker and Mary Carroll.

Patty was a loving wife, devoted mother and a homemaker. She loved to cook and especially enjoyed baking at the holidays. Patty was a very dedicated fan to her two sons and their sports often cheering the loudest in the crowd. During her life she also helped to raise several other children that she treated like her own. Her caring nature and humor touched all who met her. Her life’s journey led her to St. Peters, Mo., Charlotte, N.C., and back to Elmwood. She was blessed with many wonderful friendships along the way. Patty was accepting of life’s hardships and always had an “it is what it is” attitude. Patty’s legacy will live on through the many lives she touched.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her grandsons, Bryce and Dylan Fincham and Fresenius Kidney Center in Canton, Ill.

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

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


Everett E. Koller

PRINCEVILLE – Everett E. “Gene” Koller, 74, of Princeville, passed away at 4:04 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Gene was born on Feb. 19, 1948, in Peoria, the son of John and Mabel F. (Logan) Koller Sr. He married Patricia Bailey on June 23, 1972, in Peoria; she preceded him in death on May 18, 2003.

Surviving are two sons, Bobby Koller of Princeville and John (Debbie) Koller of Mahomet; six grandchildren, Keith, Kelsey, Kurtis, Jack, Luke and Ryan; and three great-grandchildren, Kallee, Kurtis and Lilly. He is also survived by one brother, Chuck (Kathy) of Brimfield; one sister, Donna (Steve) Sutherland of Spring Bay; sister-in-law Nancy Koller of Peoria; and good friend Larry Simpson of Princeville. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rose Prouty; and two brothers, John Jr. and Jim Koller.

Gene served in the U.S. Army. He then began his career at Caterpillar and later worked at Mitsubishi Motors. He was a member of St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church. He loved riding his Harley and watching and attending NASCAR races.

Burial will be in St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Fire and Rescue or Akron-Princeville Ambulance.

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

Rose M. Johnson

YATES CITY – Rose Marlene (Dunham) Johnson, 86, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Yates City, passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Brookdale Southpoint Senior Living in Jacksonville.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1936, in New Boston, Ill., a daughter of Harold and Helen (Bedwell) Shotwell, they both preceded her in death. She married Eugene “Swede” Johnson on July 4, 1954, in Avon. He preceded her in death on Jan. 28, 2017.

Surviving is one daughter, Valerie Heineman of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandsons, Craig Joseph (Meagan) Heineman of Jacksonville and Kyle Scott Heineman of Dallas, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Randi Heineman, both of Jacksonville; and one sister, Sandy Dunham of Indianapolis.

Funeral services were Aug. 2, 2022, at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Rev. Kevin VanTine officiated. Burial was in Yates City following the services.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Donor’s Choice.

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

Gary M. Kukuk

LaFAYETTE – Gary M. Kukuk, 80, of rural LaFayette, father of a Dahinda woman, died July 30, 2022, comfortably in his home surrounded by family.

Funeral services were Aug. 2 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva, with Pastor Teri Shane officiating. Burial was at West Jersey Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Williamsfield American Legion.

Gary was born June 28, 1942, to Thelma (Murphy) and Merle Kukuk in Geneseo. He met his wife Suni Carter in 1986. They celebrated 36 years of marriage this past May.

Gary is survived by his children, Kristina (Luke) Johnson of Chillicothe, Suzy (Mike) Lewis of Dahinda, Jeff (Amanda) Kukuk of LaFayette, Ind., and Jennifer Kukuk of Schaumburg; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Forrest Cain, his parents and grandparents.

Jo Anne P. Little

WILLIAMSFIELD – JoAnne P. Little, 82, of Williamsfield, died at 12:21 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 1 at St. James Catholic Church in Williamsfield. Celebrant was Fr. John Verrier. Burial was in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. James Catholic Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

She was born June 20, 1940, in Galesburg, the daughter of Carl and Grace (Kidder) Sherwood. She married LeRoy N. Little on Oct. 1, 1960, in Peoria.

Survivors include her husband of Williamsfield; 2 daughters, Roberta Little of Havana and Rebecca (John) Cabrera of Galesburg; 5 sons, Timothy Little of Rock Island, Ted (Ann) Little of Mount Prospect, Doug (Anne) Little of Bend, Ore., and Monty (Mary) Little and Neil (Ashley) Little, both of Williamsfield; a sister, Rita (Phil) Miller of Springfield; and 12 grandchildren, Rachel, Emma, Paul, Alexis, Evan, Allison, Grace, Emily, Matt, Claire, Nick and Eli.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings; Ray Sherwood, Alice Mills and Kay Gillenwater.

JoAnne graduated from Corpus Christi High School in Galesburg and was employed with the Williamsfield School District for 32 years. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Williamsfield and enjoyed sewing, quilting and traveling. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.



Charles H. Kraft

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Charles H. Kraft, 83, of Claremont, Calif., died July 5, 2022. He was born on Jan. 15, 1939, in Princeville, Ill., to Hedwig and Joseph Kraft, who immigrated from Germany to Princeville in the 1920s.

He grew up in Princeville but lived in California for most of his adult life. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He is survived by his wife Florence (Braccio) Kraft, with whom he just celebrated 60 years of marriage; daughter Leah Moreno of Claremont; son Allen Kraft of Vancouver, Wash.; and two grandchildren, Daelan Moreno and Jenna Moreno. He is also survived by his two sisters, Doris Snyder of Peoria, Ill., and Juliann Shafer of Wyoming, Ill.; and three brothers, Frank (Joan) Kraft of Dahlonega, Ga., Jim (Sue) Kraft of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tom Kraft of Peoria.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth Kraft, and brother
Bill Kraft.

JoAnne P. Little

WILLIAMSFIELD – JoAnne P. Little, 82, of Williamsfield, died at 12:21 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1 at St. James Catholic Church in Williamsfield. Celebrant will be Fr. John Verrier. Visitation will be held from 2- 4 p.m., Sunday, July 31, at St. James Catholic Church in Williamsfield with recitation of the Rosary at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to St. James Catholic Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

She was born June 20, 1940, in Galesburg, the daughter of Carl and Grace (Kidder) Sherwood. She married LeRoy N. Little on Oct. 1, 1960, in Peoria. Survivors include her husband of Williamsfield; 2 daughters, Roberta Little of Havana, Ill., and Rebecca (John) Cabrera of Galesburg; 5 sons, Timothy Little of Rock Island, Ted (Ann) Little of Mt. Prospect, Ill., Doug (Anne) Little of Bend, Ore., and Monty (Mary) Little and Neil (Ashley) Little, both of Williamsfield; a sister, Rita (Phil) Miller of Springfield, Ill.; and 12 grandchildren, Rachel, Emma, Paul, Alexis, Evan, Allison, Grace, Emily, Matt, Claire, Nick and Eli. She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Ray Sherwood, Alice Mills and Kay Gillenwater.

JoAnne graduated from Corpus Christi High School in Galesburg and was employed with the Williamsfield School District for 32 years. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Williamsfield and enjoyed sewing, quilting and traveling. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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

Marcine E. Rashid

GALVA – Marcine E. Rashid, 92, of Galva, died at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 30, at the Osceola Grove Community House near the grounds of the Osceola Grove Cemetery where she will be laid to rest. Pastor Dean Lane will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 29, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Memorials can be directed to the Country Research Club.

She was born June 5, 1930, in Modena, the daughter of Arlie and Mildred (Loudenburg) McKeever. She had first married Frank Watson and they divorced. She then married Quinton Rashid and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clifford McKeever; two sisters, Charlotte Nelson and Betty Harris; a grandson Brandon Bowman; and a nephew, Mike Nelson, who she helped raise.

She is survived by two daughters, Darcy Rosebeck of Galva and Lorie Watson of LaFayette; four grandchildren, Sarah Catton (John Shofner) of Sheffield, Dylan Thompson, Kiersten (John) Howard and Karlie (Brandon) Greene, all of Galva; and eight great-grandchildren, Jayse and Korbyn Bowman, of Colona, Eli and Elin Johnson of Sheffield, Lora, Leah and Lane Howard, Cameron Greene, all of Galva, and several nieces and nephews.

She attended church at The Oaks in rural Dahinda. She had worked as a bookkeeper at a number of places over the years including Hyster, Mechanical Insulation and Montgomery Ward. She had also been a telephone operator and a librarian and president of the Ira C. Reed Library in LaFayette. She most recently had worked at the Steeple Building in Bishop Hill and retired at the age of 87. In her early years, she was a talented musician and played the organ and the accordion and sang with the Three Little Sister’s Trio. She enjoyed genealogy, garage sales, quilting and attending the concerts in the park. She had been a long-time member and president for 25 years of the Country Research Club of Osceola Grove. Her greatest love was for her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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



Sharon L. Dolan

YATES CITY – Sharon Lee Dolan, 75, of Yates City, passed away at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. She was born on Aug. 21, 1946, a daughter of Donald and June (Fleisher) Whisenand. She first married Larry Reents, and later married James Dolan on March 25, 1995. He preceded her in death.

Her parents also preceded her in death.

Surviving is her daughter, LeeAnn (Ryan) Hinthorne of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; her three stepchildren, James (Laura) Dolan, Mike (Kathy) Dolan and Cathy (Fred) Frangipane; three grandchildren, Hailee, Ashlee and Ryan Jr.; seven great-grandchildren, Chris and Jeff Dolan, Giana Greer and Nick Frangipane, Morgan Bennett, Kelsey Dola, and Hunter Dolan; special niece Sara (Justin) Hanlin of Trivoli and their children, Madilyn, Claire, and Jolene; special nephew Bart (Beth) Boyer of Springfield and their children, Garrett and Cameron; special niece Julie Boyer of Pekin; and her sister, Donna (Ronald) Boyer of Trivoli.

Sharon worked as a hairdresser for over 50 years and was a member of United Methodist Church of Elmwood. She was also an avid baker for the Meals on Wheels program.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Anderson- Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Rev. David Pyell will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Oak Ridge Cemetery.

To leave an online condolence you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Wanda J. Forsman

ELMWOOD – Wanda J. Forsman, 81, of Elmwood, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born on July 6, 1941, in Richmond, Va., and was raised by Arthur and Margaretta Doubet.

Wanda is survived by her daughter, Dana (James) Dawson of Edwards; son, Ryan (Misi) Inskeep of Prophetstown; six grandchildren, Lindsey and Zachary Inskeep, and Jeremy, Dillon, Austin and Matthew Dawson; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Wanda retired after 38 years working at Associates in Dentistry in Elmwood. She also drove a school bus when her children were young and was an active volunteer for the B.Y.E. Ambulance Service for many years. Wanda loved attending her family’s sporting events and the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be at North Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to BYE Ambulance Service or Richard L. Owens Hospice.

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

Charles H. Kraft

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Charles H. Kraft of Claremont, Calif., died July 5, 2022. Born on Jan. 15, 1939, in Princeville, Ill., to Hedwig and Joseph Kraft, who immigrated from Germany to Princeville in the 1920s.

He grew up in Princeville but lived in California for most of his adult life. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

He is survived by his wife Florence (Braccio) Kraft, with whom he just celebrated 60 years of marriage; daughter Leah Moreno of Claremont, Calif.; son Allen Kraft of Vancouver, Wash.; and two grandchildren, Daelan Moreno and Jenna Moreno. He is also survived by his two sisters, Doris Snyder of Peoria, Ill., Juliann Shafer of Wyoming, Ill., and three brothers, Frank (Joan) Kraft of Dahlonega, Ga., Jim (Sue) Kraft of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tom Kraft of Peoria.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth Kraft, and brother Bill Kraft.

Dennis R. Roberts

PRINCEVILLE – Dennis R. Roberts, 65, of Princeville, passed away at 6 p.m., on Friday, July 22, 2022, at his home.

He was born Feb. 17, 1957, in Pekin, Ill., to Bedford Roberts Jr. and Lucretia (McCluskey) Brown. He married Tonya Lutz on July 24, 1998, in Edelstein, Ill. She survives. He is also survived by one daughter, Nichole Roberts of California; one brother, Steven (Barb) Roberts; two sisters, LaDonna (Steve) Fest and Rita (Mary Haynes) Roberts; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Dennis served in the Army for four years. He was also an Animal Control Officer for the Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter for 28 years.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Per his request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to S.A.M.S. Animal Shelter in Hanna City, Ill.

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

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

Jack Rozene

HIGHLAND – Jack Rozene, 89, of Highland, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at CedarHurst Memory Care in Highland. He was born on April 12, 1933, in Shelbyville to Donald L. and Mildred (Lovins) Rozene.

Jack married Sharon Sloan on Jan. 13, 1962, in Urbana. She preceded him in death on April 10, 2008, along with his parents.

Surviving are two children, Colleen (Scott) Becker of St. Jacob and Tal (Tina) Rozene of Effingham; four grandchildren, Brittany, Jennifer, Ethan and Ada; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Ellie.


Jack retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1996 after working for 30 years as an electrical/mechanical engineer. He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Jack was a member and officer of the Troy VFW Post #976.

His hobbies include woodworking, fishing, golfing and deer hunting with his wife. Jack was an avid Illini and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He was also a member and past President of the Brimfield School Booster Club and supporter of Brimfield HS FFA and Jubilee Patriots 4-H club and coached his son’s summer baseball team.

Services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood, where visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either American Stroke Association or the Wounded Warrior Project.

To view Jack’s DVD or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Gisela Schuman

FARMINGTON – Gisela Schuman, 89, of Farmington passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Unity- Point Health-Methodist in Peoria.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1932, in Heidelberg Germany, to Heinrich and Susanna (Sieber) Schwarz. She married Hubert Schuman on Aug. 8, 1953, in Heidelberg, Germany.

Gisela is survived by her sister Inge Kappings of Heidelberg, Germany; four children, Dale (Cynthia) Schuman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Susan (Robert) Carroll of Peoria, Ill., Mike Schuman of Grayslake, Ill., and Ken (Michele) Schuman of Geneva, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert; her parents; and two sisters, Lore Stammler and Anneliese Nollert.

Working alongside her husband, Hubert, they built a new home in Farmington largely by themselves. They lived in the home from 1959 until this year. Gisela worked at the Canton State Bank where she enjoyed working with customers. She retired with her husband in 1991.


Gisela was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed knitting. Over the years, she used these talents in various charitable endeavors like making pillows and small blankets for her American Sewing Guild local chapter’s donation campaigns and reworking masks for OSF at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. She also made much of her own and some of her family’s clothing. She made all sorts of special pieces from children’s sport coats to prom dresses. Gisela was very active in the local American Sewing guild chapter. She attended national meetings and was the treasurer for a time. For years Gisela also volunteered at the Graham Hospital gift shop.

She joined the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington in 1962 and was an active member. For several years she served as church treasurer and was active in the church Women’s Society.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington. A lunch will follow after services at the church. David Schuman, her grandson, will officiate.

Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington.

Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

To leave an online condolence, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Dorothy A. Stephenson

ELMWOOD – Dorothy A. Stephenson, 83, of rural Elmwood, passed away peacefully at 10:35 p.m., on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at her home.

She was born July 23, 1938, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Francis and Dorothy (Colwell) Grada. She married Francis Stephenson on June 30, 1999, in Alachua, Fla. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2008.

Dorothy is survived by one cousin, Dale Regguinti.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Elaine Morris.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Per her request, there will be no services.

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

Dennis K. Freres

PRINCEVILLE – Dennis K. “Dennie” Freres, 71, of Bayview Gardens, East Peoria, father of a Princeville man, died July 18, 2022, in Spring Bay.

Dennie was born on Oct. 7, 1950, in Peoria, the son of Jack and Betty (Glass) Freres. He married Trina Yates on Oct. 4, 1972; she survives.

Also surviving are his two sons, Chad (Jennifer) Freres of Princeville and Daniel Freres of Peoria; four grandchildren, Conner, Brayden, Dawson and Rylan; three sisters; and four brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Thomas Johnson Sr.; and brother Mike Freres.

Services were July 24. Burial will be at a later date in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Rose Isbell

FARMINGTON – Rose Isbell, 82, of Farmington, died July 25, 2022, at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Peoria, to Edward and Marie (Eden) Nau.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Roger Isbell. Also surviving are four children, Christopher Dentino, Deborah (John) Strickland, Fredrick (Shelby) Isbell and Barbara Marie (Bobby) Hawkinson; five stepchildren, Deanna (Martin) Hoopingarner, Alice (Scott) Payne, Kathy (Clifford) Haggard, Barbara (the late John) Brentrup and Timber Isbell; one brother Edward (Eleanor) Nau, one sister, Mary Lou (the late Bill) Haste; numerous grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A burial of her ashes will take place at a later date at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Donna L. Thurman

FARMINGTON – Donna L. Thurman, 83, of Canton, a Farmington native, died at her home on July 22, 2022, with her family by her side. She was born on Oct. 12, 1938, in Farmington to the late Hazel and Charles Thurman.

She is survived by her son Jim (Lori) Eddy; daughter Teresa (Wes) Jones, brother Dick Thurman; 7 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, with 1 on the way; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were July 26, 2022. Burial was in Norris Cemetery.

Nancy A. Wilson

YATES CITY – Nancy A. Wilson, 71, of Yates City, passed away July 17, 2022, at her home. She was born on Nov. 1, 1950, in Rushville, to Raymond and Mary Ann (Utter) Walker. Nancy married Gerald Wilson on Aug. 14, 1993, in Elmwood. He preceded her in 2016.

She is survived by 1 brother, Ray (Pam) Walker; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and two children, Roberta Miller and Rhonda Siegel.

A graveside service was held July 21, 2022, at Yates City Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.



Virginia M. Colgan

BRADFORD – Virginia M. Colgan, 82, of Bradford, Ill., passed away at 3:43 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born June 27, 1940, in Wayland, Mo., the daughter of Hobart and Mary Louise (Fletcher) Muir. She was the stepdaughter of Bryan Buxton.

Virginia married Bob Colgan on Sept. 2, 1961, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria. He survives in Bradford. She is also survived by three children, Mike Colgan of Bradford, Mitch (Kathy) Colgan of Bradford, and Kelly (Charles) Puent of Washington, Ill.; five grandchildren, Zach Colgan, Chelsea Colgan, Nick, Nolan and Samantha Puent; and one great-granddaughter, Aria Krans.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Vilas “Bud” Muir and Vancel Muir.

Virginia graduated from Dallas City High School, Dallas City, Ill., with the Class of 1958, as the valedictorian of her class. She then graduated from Methodist School of Nursing in Peoria as a registered nurse.

She retired from OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She spent 25 years of her career at the Community Clinic.

Virginia was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Bradford, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and taught third-grade CCD. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and following their sports and activities.

A visitation was to be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Bradford with a Rosary Service recited at 4:30 p.m. prior to the visitation at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2022, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Bradford, Ill., with Father Patrick Henehan officiating. Burial will take place in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Bradford.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

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

Charles D. Hood Jr.

TOULON – Charles D. “Dan” Hood Jr., 80, of Toulon, died at 3:55 p.m., Monday, July 11, 2022, at his home.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 9, 1942, in Kewanee, the son of Charles D. Hood Sr. and Louise (Brand) Turngren. He married Sarah Cochran on Dec. 18, 1975, in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Toulon; two sons, Shawn Hood and his special friend, Sue and Bryan (Brooke) Hood, both of Kewanee; grandchildren, Conner, Kasey and Riley; a brother, Berton “Jim” (Carmelina) Hood of Newport, Va.; three half-brothers and a half-sister, Greg (Alice) Hood of DeWitt, Iowa, Guy (Shelly) Hood of Galesburg, Paul Hood of Kewanee and Pam Hood of Kewanee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Margaret Hood and stepfather Irv Turngren, and a sister in infancy, Carol Kathleen.

Dan graduated from Kewanee High School in 1961 and served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-66. He worked at Compaction America (formerly Hyster Co.) until his retirement.

He was a lifetime member of the Kewanee VFW, joining in 1975, a member of the Walter Bros. Motorcycle Club and a former member of the Kewanee Jaycees. He loved playing pool, riding his Harleys, fishing and working on puzzles. Dan was a friend to many and especially loved his wife, family and grandchildren. He also loved his animals Blaze and Lucky and animals who have gone before him, Cupcake, Brandi and Rusty.

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

Margaret J. Malamphy

WYOMING – Margaret J. Malamphy, 100, of Wyoming, passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. Margaret was born on Sept. 21, 1921, in Stark County, the daughter of John and Jennie (Hedstrom) Malamphy.

Margaret is survived by four cousins, Jim (Mary) Irwin of Peoria, Phil (Vicki) Irwin of St. Louis, Randy Irwin of Wyoming, and James (Cheryl) McCuen of Chambersburg, Pa.; special friends, Dorothy Reay and Christine (Jack) Sullivan both of Wyoming, and Annetta Webber for her assistance at Bradford Estates.

She was preceded in death by her four sisters, Mary, Mildred, Alice and Dorothy; and her brother John.

Margaret was a member of the former St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Camp Grove and St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming, where she served on the altar and rosary society.

She was born and raised on the family farm house, living there her entire life. She worked for the Bradford Oil Company and the former Bradford hardware store.

Margaret enjoyed volunteering and was a wonderful friend to many. She loved her family and cared for all of her siblings until their deaths.

Her funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming. Fr. Do and Father Rayson will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. also on Friday at the church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Camp Grove.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bradford Fire and Rescue, St. Dominic Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research.

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

Garrett L. Scott

BRADFORD – Garrett Lee Scott, 20, of Bradford, Ill., passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove from injuries sustained as a passenger in a vehicle accident.

He was born Aug. 24, 2001, in Peoria, the son of Tim and Andrea (Evans) Scott.

He is survived by his parents; his younger brother, Connor Scott of Bradford; his paternal grandparents, Wynn and Patricia (Smith) Scott of Bradford; his maternal grandparents: Richard and Gayle (Williams) Evans of Rock Falls, Ill.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.

Garrett attended Bradford Grade School and graduated from Bureau Valley High School with the Class of 2019, where he played football for four years. Garrett was in scouting since he was in first grade and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2019. He attended Illinois Central College in East Peoria for Industrial Technology.

Garrett loved to work. He learned a lot of skills while renovating houses after high school. Then he became a valued partner in his family’s furniture-making business.

He was always busy and had several projects of different variations going on at once. Garrett never knew a challenge he wouldn’t tackle or hill he wouldn’t climb. Garrett would always lend a hand to those who needed it and was generous with his time. He valued and respected life, liberty, and family. Garrett loved and cherished both sets of his grandparents and spent valuable time with them. He was an all-around great kid who will be missed by all who knew him.

A visitation was held Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the First Baptist Church, Bradford. A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at the First Baptist Church with Garrett’s uncle, Pastor John Mix, officiating. The musician was Garrett’s aunt, Sara Mix.

Burial took place in Osceola Grove Cemetery, in rural Bradford. Pallbearers were Connor Scott, Adam Scott, Tim Scott, Charles Leeper, Dean Waldinger, Patrick Dietz, Shawn Liggett and William Fisher. Honorary pallbearers were Marc Fansler, James Krieger, Gage Aber and Corbin Walsh.

Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

William E. Spencer Sr.

WILLIAMSFIELD – William E. “Bill” Spencer Sr., 88, of Williamsfield died July 8, 2022. He was the son of William A. and Oletha A. (Squires) Spencer.
Bill married the love of his life, Janet L. Miars on Jan. 31, 1953, in Kohoka, Mo. She preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2017.

Surviving Bill are his children, Debbie (Bill) Machin of Williamsfield, Kirt Spencer of Galesburg, Becky Miller of Williamsfield and Bill Spencer Jr. of Woodhull; siblings Jim Spencer of Peoria, Judith Rhoades of Novelty, Mo., and Stanley Spencer of Newark, Mo.; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; grandson, Ed Spencer and sister, Pat Carlson.



Thomas R. Barnabee Jr.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thomas Robert “Bob” Barnabee Jr., 85, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn., surrounded by his family. He was born March 5, 1937, to Thomas and Ferne (Brocklehurst) Barnabee in Canton, Ill., the oldest of three children.

Bob is survived by Constance (Gibb) Barnabee, his loving wife of 51 years, as well as by his children Randall Barnabee (Christine), Brian Barnabee (Rosalyn) and Craig Barnabee (Jennifer); his grandchildren, Rachel, Robert and Matthew; and his great-grandchildren, Chase, Levi, Leonardo and Liam.

Bob grew up in Farmington, Ill., and attended Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Although he worked for a short time at the FBI in Washington, D.C., and later as an insurance adjuster outside Chicago, his true passion was music. He played the accordion and performed as part of the award-winning Arlingtones a cappella chorus and a barbershop quartet. However, he made music part of his full-time occupation when he became a renowned, itinerate square dance caller. This unique job took him all around the country and even to Japan, where he inspired square-dance lovers on the other side of the world.

In retirement, Bob continued to feed his musical passion by performing as part of the North Shore Voices and the Lake Superior Community Theatre.

Aside from work and family, Bob was a volunteer fireman and supported many charitable organizations. He was also a great story teller and nature lover. He planted countless trees on the properties he and Connie shared near Grand Marais and in Finland, Minn. In this way, he truly left the earth more beautiful than he found it.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Sandra Strappe, and his brother, David Barnabee.

Services will be private.

Mary E. Graves

WARSAW, Ind. – Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Graves 78, of Warsaw passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022, in her home.

Born on March 10, 1944, in Peoria, Ill., Mary Beth was the daughter of Daniel A. and Mary E. (Mulvaney) Fetgatter. She was united in marriage to Edward Graves on Nov. 26, 1966, in Elmwood, Ill.

After graduating from high school, she continued her education at Western Illinois University obtaining her BSE degree in 1967. She formerly worked as a receptionist and was also a substitute teacher.

Mary Beth loved her dogs and she enjoyed reading. She was known to be a ruthless Scrabble and Jeopardy player. She was a Delta Zeta Sorority member as well as a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Warsaw, where she sang in the choir.

Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 55 years, Ed Graves of Warsaw; daughter Shannon E. Giles; son Eric V. Graves; grandchildren, Meredith S. Giles, Katlyn Giles (Carver) Melton and Taylor Graves; great grandson Ezra C. Melton; brother Walter (JoAnna) Fetgatter of Avon Lake, Ohio; and sister-in-law Karen Fetgatter. She was preceded in passing by both parents and a brother Daniel A. (Karen) Fetgatter.

Burial will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Elmwood.

McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels, Warsaw have been entrusted with arrangements for the family.

The family kindly request that all memorials be made to:
Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice
1515 Provident Dr. Warsaw, IN 46581; or to Warsaw Community Public Library- 310 E Main St, Warsaw, IN 46580.

To sign the guestbook or send a condolence go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

Abigail F. McWethy

BRIMFIELD – Abigail F. McWethy, 27, of Brimfield, passed away at 12:27 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2022, in Canton. Abigail was born on Jan. 21, 1995, to Thomas McWethy and Debbie (Snider) Rynearson.

Surviving are her mother, Debbie (Josh) Rynearson of Brimfield; father, Thomas (Marcy) McWethy of East Peoria; daughter, June Bedwell of Elmwood; three sisters, Kaitlin and Grayson Rynearson of Elmwood and Greta McWethy of East Peoria; two brothers, Alex Cusack of Edwards and Henry McWethy of East Peoria; and grandmother Carolyn Sue McWethy of Peoria. She was preceded in death by her brother Jason Cusack; and grandfather Dennis McWethy.

Abigail enjoyed music, crafting, art, drawing and riding bikes. She was a very artistic person.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for Abigail’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Hubert D. Schuman

FARMINGTON – Hubert D. Schuman, 93, of Farmington passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022, at Farmington Country Manor. He was born on Dec. 17, 1928, in Pekin, Ill., to Kenneth and Anna (Camp) Schuman. He married Gisela Schwarz on Aug. 8, 1953, in Heidelberg, Germany. She survives.

Hubert is also survived by four children, Dale (Cynthia) Schuman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Susan (Robert) Carroll of Peoria, Ill., Mike Schuman of Grayslake, Ill., and Ken (Michele) Schuman of Geneva, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Max, Robert, Richard and Ronald Schuman; and one sister, Dorothy Urbanc.

Hubert was an electrician for CILCO for 34 years and retired in 1991. He served on the Farmington City Council for 12 years and later for many years on the board of the Farmington Sanitary District. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington since 1962 and a long-time member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. He loved to travel with his wife to Florida and Germany. He built his own house in 1959. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed golfing after retirement.

Hubert was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington. A lunch will follow services at the church. David Schuman will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington.

To leave an online condolence, go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Robert E. Almasi

ELMWOOD – Robert Eugene Almasi, 81, of Peoria, brother of an Elmwood man, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1940, in Moline to Gazel and Eva (Younkowski) Almasi. He married Patricia Marchand on Sept. 28, 1963, in Metamora, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 2021.

He is survived by his son, Michael (Nancy) Almasi of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter, Michele (Craig) Matthis of Bartonville; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, Joseph Almasi; and sister, Rosemary Oppe.

Robert graduated from Farmington High School in 1959.

Daniel J. Gomes

ELMWOOD – Daniel Joe Gomes, 69, brother of an Elmwood woman, died July 7, 2022, at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born June 27, 1953, in Peoria to Charles and Gloria (Carlson) Gomes. He married Sharon Righi on Nov. 25, 1988. She preceded him in death March 4, 2018.

Surviving are his children, Sheila (Scott) Stenger of Hanna City, Ruth (Bill) Hyde of Wayland, Iowa, and Curtis (Amanda) Gomes of Norwalk, Iowa; step son Charlie Hainline of Canton; sister Patricia Gomes of Elmwood; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Kathryn J. Metzger

PRINCEVILLE – Kathryn Jean Brownell Metzger, 92, of Princeville died June 12, 2022, at her residence.

Kathy was born on July 27, 1929, in Gary, Ind. She married John William Metzger on April 18, 1953, in Lowell, Ind. He preceded her in death in 2011. They had one son, William Craig Metzger, who also preceded her in death in 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap. Burial will be Friday, July 15, 2022, at 2 p.m. in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill.

Darlene F. Thurman

ELMWOOD – Darlene Faye Thurman, mother of an Elmwood woman, died on July 4, 2022, at her home in Canton. She was born March 23, 1947, to Dale and Mary (Grigsby) McCance. She married Jim English on Dec. 31, 1965. They divorced and she later married Jack Thurman on Nov. 11, 2012. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2013.

Darlene is survived by her children, Jimmy English of Canton, Peggy (Jeff) Baysingar of Elmwood, and Dwayne (Wendy) English of Plainfield. She is also survived by her twin sister, Arlene Ford (late Harold Ford) of Geneseo/Canton; sisters Linda Shaver of Willcox, Ariz., and Sue (David) Roberts of Cuba; brother Bob (Sherry) McCance of Marietta; sister-in-law Sue McCance of Cuba; and nine grandchildren.

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



Ruth J. Lantz

ELMWOOD – Ruth J. Lantz, 88, of Elmwood, passed away at 3:42 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Ruth was born on May 29, 1934, in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Paul and Lillian (Hand) Siens. She married Fred Lantz on Sept. 29, 1951, in Gardena. He preceded her in death on June 30, 2020.
Surviving are 4 sons, Paul (Susie) Lantz of Wyoming, Fred (Linda) Lantz of Elmwood, Larry (Carlyon) Lantz of Greensboro, N.C., and David Lantz of Elmwood; 11 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Harold and Howard Lantz; one daughter, Robin Diduik; one grandchild; three brothers; and three sisters.
Ruth was a former member of the Bartonville Christian Church. She was the head chef at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, before retiring. She enjoyed collecting Hummels.
A graveside service was held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Elmwood Township Cemetery in Elmwood. Veronica Haskell, Certified Funeral Celebrant, officiated. A visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville.
Memorials contributions may be made to the Elmwood Fire Department Building Fund. Condolences may be left for Ruth’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

June McMillen

NORMAL – June McMillen, 98, of Normal, formerly of Toulon, passed away on Nov. 10, 2020. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, July 8, 2022, visitation will be at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. at the Toulon United Methodist Church. A luncheon will be served afterwards by the Toulon United Methodist Women. Contributions and memorials may be made to the Toulon United Methodist Church or Chaddock Children’s Foundation at 205 S. 24th Street, Quincy, IL 62301; online options are available.
June was born at home on Dec. 21, 1921, in Viola, Ill., to Lawrence and Susanna Smith. She is survived by her children, Mike Bookwalter (Linda) of Noble, Ill.; Barb Beach Bush (Ed) of Normal; Fran Beach Kemerling (Monroe) of Cary; and step-children Mary Louise Beach Davis (Thorne) of Castle Rock, Colo.; Chris McMillen (Carolyn) and Tim McMillen (Mary) of Toulon; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and brother, Eugene Smith of New Boston.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Edwin Smith; sister, Lillian Smith; step-daughter, Vickie McMillen; great-granddaughter, Hailey McMillen; and husbands, Benjamin Bookwalter, Edmund Beach and Harold McMillen.
After growing up on a farm in Viola, June graduated from Allentown Business College in 1941, and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper in Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio and Illinois. She worked for the Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque, where she met her husband, Edmund. After moving to Toulon in 1966, and the death of her husband in 1968, she was a bookkeeper for the Toulon Community Unit School District #2 for 15 years and worked for Mower’s Soil Testing for 18 years.
She was an active member of Toulon United Methodist Church for more than 40 years before moving to Normal in September of 2007. June loved her family and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and co-worker who will be missed by all who knew her. She was friendly, responsible, independent, and caring, thinking of others before herself. She enjoyed being active in her church, researching family history, reading, puzzles of all kinds, playing with her grandchildren, crocheting and the outdoors.

Donald Duley

HANNA CITY – Donald “Don” Duley, 95, of Hanna City passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Dexter, Mo., to Henry and Ethel (Appel) Duley. Don married the love of his life, Rosemary Stenger, in Kickapoo, Ill., on Oct. 1, 1947. Rosemary preceded him in death on Aug. 6, 2008.
Don was also preceded in death by one son, Bob; one daughter-in-law, Cindy; his parents; five brothers, Earl Duley, Carl Duley, Estel Polen, Russell Polen and Charles Polen; and three sisters, Mary Brown, Ruth Getting, and Alfreda Crane.
Surviving siblings are one brother, Ralph (Judy) Duley of Yates City, Ill.; and one sister, Dorothy Schell, of Peoria, Ill.
Don and Rosemary had six children: five sons, Steve (Sandie) Duley of Pulaski, Wis., Bob (Cindy) Duley of Farmington, Ill. (Bob passed away July 25, 2009, and Cindy passed away Oct. 23, 2021); Ron (Kathy Thomas) Duley of Volcano, Calif.; Tom (Pat) Duley of Lexington, Ill.; Gary (Tammy) Duley of Hanna City; and one daughter, Charlene (Chuck) McCollum of Peoria, Ill. They also have 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Don is survived by his special friend, Vernece Homan. They have enjoyed the last 11 years together.
Don worked briefly at Shissler Seed Company in his early years and was a lifetime farmer, still actively farming in his late 80s. He was the man you did not want to disappoint, not because you feared him but because you loved and respected him so much. He showed honesty, outstanding work ethics and fairness. He always set a good example. Don was a great man and father, our family’s rock. He will always be deeply missed and never replaced. May he rest in peace forever in Heaven with those he loved who went before him.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at noon at the Farmington Moose following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Logan-Trivoli Fire Department and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To view Don’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Paul L. Gilles

BRIMFIELD – Paul L. “Jake” Gilles, 100, of Brimfield/Kickapoo passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Country Comfort Retirement Home in Elmwood.
He was born on May 7, 1922, in Kickapoo, son of Edward I. and Lucy M. Brutcher Gilles. Paul married Mildred “Mickie” Oppe on April 2, 1945, in Kickapoo. They celebrated 77 years of marriage and Paul’s 100th birthday this year.
Surviving are his wife Mildred, 5 children: Patsy (Peter) Cahill, Mary Kay (Dale) DeVries, Edward (Janet) Gilles, Steven (Candy) Gilles and Paul (Susan) Gilles Jr.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and all his sisters and brothers.
Paul retired from farming and Caterpillar. Paul was also a proud member of Local Union 974. He served as a board member of Brimfield Schools and member of Brimfield St Joseph Catholic Church.
Paul loved to fish and hunt.
Paul’s family would like to thank his nurse Carrie and all the caregivers at Country Comfort Retirement Home in Elmwood for their kindness and support.
Paul’s visitation and funeral service will be Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield. Visitation is at 9 a.m. immediately followed by Mass at 10:30. Burial will be at the Brimfield Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brimfield, Yates City, and Elmwood Ambulance Service (BYE) or Brimfield St. Joseph kids CCD.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Everett Staffeldt

FARMINGTON – Everett Staffeldt was born Jan. 10, 1932, to Frank Staffeldt and Mary Staffeldt, née Bauman. Raised in Naperville, Ill., he spent many hours on the DuPage River where he learned to appreciate the outdoors and its wildlife, documenting his observations through notes and drawings.
At 24, Everett married Arlene Turner, née Staffeldt. He adopted Arlene’s four children from her first marriage, and the couple had two children of their own.
Everett served in the United States Marine Corps, spending a year in Japan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at North Central College in Naperville, IL and later attended Northern Illinois University. He worked at Argonne National Laboratory in radiation biology, aging experiments and cancer research for nearly 30 years. His work also included supervising and educating teachers and college students who desired to pursue other medical fields. Additionally, Everett performed some of the necropsies on animals from the Brookfield Zoo.
During his lifetime, Everett had many interests, including reading, performing in men’s chorus and barbershop chorus, playing the saxophone for the Naperville Municipal Band, hunting, fishing, taxidermy, painting, carving birds, as well as making rocking horses and other toys for his grandchildren. He was a self-taught artist and has taught many people how to carve and do taxidermy. Seminary students from Naperville and some of his wife’s high school students were among his pupils. Thursday night was taxidermy session at the Staffeldt’s kitchen table! In 1978, his skills were honored when he was selected to paint the Illinois Migratory Waterfowl stamp.
After retiring in 1988, Everett and Arlene moved to a 185-acre property near Farmington, Ill., to reclaim the land from coal mining by planting tens of thousands of trees, reestablishing original Illinois prairie plants and creating habitat for wildlife. In 2012, the two were awarded Wildlife Landowner of the Year, Region 1, from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in recognition of outstanding achievements in the development of wildlife habitat.
Everett passed away on June 24, 2022, at the age of 90. His cremains will be placed in a dapple grey rocking horse of his own creation. He is survived by his wife, Arlene and their 6 children, Georgene (William) Hawkins, Renee Staffeldt, William (Darlene) Staffeldt, Kristine (Bruce) Ogonowski, Brandt Staffeldt and Michael Staffeldt, along with 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be left at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.



Vivian M. Fowler

BRIMFIELD – Vivian M. Fowler, 82, of Brimfield passed away at 9:25 p.m., on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria. She was born July 24, 1939, in Manila, Ark., to Carlos and Rhoda (Johnson) Canamore. She married Harold Fowler Sr. on June 8, 1957, in Peoria. He preceded her in death in 2011.
She is survived by 2 sons, Wayne (Wendy) Fowler of Brimfield and Jim (Patti) Fowler of Eureka; 1 brother, Carlos (Sharon) Canamore; 1 sister, Charline (Don) Fowler; 10 grandchildren, Joel, Ryan, Emily, Mariah, Macy, Nick, Megan, Makayla, Marlana and Abigail; and 5 great-grandchildren, Bridget, Wyatt, Axel, Corbin, and Wade.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 27, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held the same day prior to the service from 10-11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
To view Vivian’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Gwendolyn L. Howard

HANNA CITY – Gwendolyn L. Howard, 86, of Hanna City, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on Feb. 7, 1936, in Quincy, Ill., to the late Dale F. and Ruth V. (O’Brien) Strickler. She married Robert L. Howard on April 7, 1973, in Brimfield and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2022.
She was also preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.
Surviving are two sons, David (Terryann) Howard of Farmington, Ill., and Daniel (Michele) Howard of Cypress, Texas; five grandchildren, Ashley Howard, Paige (Tyler) George, Brooke (Anthony) Abreu, Lauren (Katie) Howard and Robert Howard; and great-granddaughter Nevaeh Lee Howard.
Gwendolyn worked for various CPA offices in California and Texas from 1987 until 1995, and at United Facilities for many years, filling many different office positions.
Gwendolyn was a member of Hanna City United Methodist Church where she was involved in the United Methodist Women’s Group. She was also a member of the United City Methodist Church Order of the Eastern Star.
A funeral service will be today, June 23, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hanna City United Methodist Church in Hanna City. Pastor Walter Wilkins will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church before the funeral service, from 9-10:30 a.m. Entombment will follow the service at Swan Lake Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Peoria.
Memorial donations may be made to Hanna City United Methodist Church.
Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be left at www.Davison-Fulton-BartonvilleChapel.com.

William D. Robinson

PRINCEVILLE – William Dea “Buff” Robinson, 81, of Princeville, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. William was born on Nov. 15, 1940, in Princeville, the son of Floyd and Lillian (Mitchell) Robinson. He married Linda Warren Scholl on March 18, 2000, in Princeville; she survives.
He is also survived by one son, William (Debbie) Dea Robinson, II of Morris; one daughter, Heather (Brook) Bolton of Elmwood; two stepsons, Troy (Kimberly) Scholl of Dunlap and Trent (Kary) Scholl of Peoria; 13 grandchildren, Carmen, Cameron, Kuper, Karsyn, Kenleigh, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Grant, Téa, Kenzi, Maclin, Tali and Gabe; one sister, Wanda Ely of Florida; two brothers, Rick (Kim) Robinson of Texas and Lloyd (Pat) Robinson of Chillicothe; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Carole (Atherton) Robinson; one brother, Robert Robinson; two nephews, Greg and Doug; and one niece, Brenda.
Buff was a lineman and also worked in management for 35 years for the former CILCO, where he received a Lifesaving Award from them for performing CPR on an individual in need. He was a volunteer on the Akron-Princeville Fire Department; served on the Princeville Township Board; was a member of the Central Illinois Nomad Club; and was an overall car enthusiast, enjoying drag racing at Cordova. He was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan and loved attending his grandkids’ events, especially fishing with them. He was a mentor to many, without judgment.
Buff was a member of Princeville United Methodist Church, where his funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Rev. Zach Waldis officiated. Visitation was Monday, June 20, also at the church. Burial was in Princeville Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Fire Protection District, Akron-Princeville Ambulance or the Princeville United Methodist Church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left for Buff’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Judy E. Seeley

QUINCY – Judy Elaine Seeley, age 78, of Quincy died peacefully, Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 11:01 p.m., in Blessing Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Judy was born on May 18, 1944, in Quincy, Ill., the daughter of Dave and Rosa Viola Crumbley Feil. On March 28, 1964, she married Guy Seeley at First Christian Church in Quincy. He survives.
Judy was a 1962 Q.H.S. graduate and faithfully attended monthly class of 1962 lunches at various restaurants in Quincy. She was a natural caregiver. She worked in home health care for “Lend A Hand” for over 10 years. Judy was a wonderful wife and mother and loved her grandchildren more than words can say.
Survivors, in addition to her husband, include: three children, Todd (DuAnne) Seeley of Fairhope, Ala., Christine (Dan) Ostrander of Nixa, Mo., and Douglas (Julie) Seeley of Elmwood, Ill.; four grandchildren, Matthew Seeley of Atlanta, Ga., Aaron Seeley of Fairhope, Ala., Austin (Kirsten) Seeley and Ashley Seeley, both of Elmwood; and two great- grandchildren, Mason and Maeve. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David Eugene Feil.
A memorial service was June 20, 2022, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Pastor Jason Shults officiated. Visitation was at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Blessing Foundation for Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Memorial donations may be made online at memorials.hansenspear.com.

Julie A. Snider

ELMWOOD – Julie A. Snider, 49, of Canton passed away June 15 at her residence. She was born on Aug. 13, 1972, in Peoria to Lee and Kendra (Book) Snider.
Survivors include her father, Lee of Canton, one son, Riley (Christina Van De Vanter) Koedijk of Metamora, one daughter, Bellamy of Pleasant Hill, and four brothers, David (Tammie) Snider of Canton, Bill Snider of Elmwood, Jamie (Sherry) Snider of Yates City and Jody Snider of Canton.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial of ashes will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Jon P. Mazzuckelli

HANNA CITY – Jon Paul Mazzuckelli of Hanna City passed away peacefully on June 15 in his home, with the presence of his family.
Jon was born in Peoria on July 17, 1942, the son of Marshall and Catherine Mazzuckelli. He married Donna Smith in 1961. They were married for 56 years at the time of her death in 2017. Together, they raised three daughters who all survive, Lori Mazzuckelli (Keith Fouts) of Hanna City, Amy (Dave) Murphy of Peoria and Paula (Todd) Sheridan of Elmwood. Jon is also survived by grandchildren Matthew Murphy of Napa, Calif., Jon “Jack” Murphy of Milwaukee, Wis., Tyler Sheridan of Elmwood and Abigail Sheridan of Elmwood.
Jon and Donna, throughout their life together, were fortunate to share the same passions for sport and hobby. Early in their marriage, both were avid skeet shooters, earning Illinois Skeet Shooting Association All-State Honors multiple times. Jon was recognized for breaking 463 straight targets without a miss in 12 gauge competition. His passion turned to training Labrador retrievers when he and Donna acquired their first puppy some 45 years ago.
Jon earned national recognition as a retriever trainer. The culmination of Jon and Donna’s passion for retrievers and field trials was when their dog Jeep entered the Field Trial Hall of Fame in 2006.
A funeral mass was at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Elmwood on June 18, 2022. Burial was in Texas Union Cemetery in Hanna City.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.


Dennis W. Hoag

MONICA – Dennis William Hoag, 73, life-long resident of Monica, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2022, at his home. Dennis was born on Aug. 2, 1948, in Peoria, the son of William and Frances (Camp) Hoag. He married Paula Milaccio on Sept. 3, 1977; she survives. 
Also surviving are one daughter, Karen Renee (Adam) Shreck of Alberta, Canada; one son, Casey William (Meghan) Hoag of Elkhart, Ill.; three grandchildren, Charlotte, Sydney and Henry, and one more grandson, Harvey, on the way. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents. 
Dennis worked as a chemist at many local operations over the years, including for Midwest Grain, Continental Can Company and Pabst Brewing Company. He was a Past Master of Princeville Masonic Lodge #360, and later a member at Lincoln Masonic Lodge #210 where his son Casey is the current Worshipful Master. Dennis loved all of his lodge brethren. He also loved hunting, fishing, trap shooting and seeing the beauty of God in nature. Dennis loved his family so much and always looked forward to spending time with them.
His funeral, with Masonic rites, was at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Visitation was one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 to 6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dennis to the Bikes for Kids Foundation at www.bikesforkidsfoundation.org. Condolences may be left for Dennis’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Karen E. Burrows

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa – Karen Elizabeth Burrows, 60, of Central City, Iowa, passed away on June 9, 2022, at her home. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Marion is assisting the family.
Karen was born on June 26, 1961, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Kenneth and Florence (Wolschlag) McAlister. On Oct. 2, 1982, Karen was united in marriage to Jimmy Burrows in Elmwood, Ill. She enjoyed golfing at Meadowview, fishing, camping, Iowa women’s basketball and being with her grandchildren. Karen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Karen is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, Laura (Beau) Sadberry, and Josh (Sarah) Burrows; grandchildren, Wren, Eddie, Norah and Charlotte,; mother, Florence McAlister; and siblings, David (Elaine) McAlister, Connie (Van) Taylor, Kathy (Scott) Polhemus and Brian McAlister.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy; and father, Kenneth. Please share a memory of Karen at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

Richard A. Powers

ELMWOOD – Richard A. Powers, 81, of Elmwood passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 14, 1940, in Peoria, to John and Vera (Northrup) Powers. He married Sherry Clark on May 5, 1963, in Elmwood. She survives.
He is also survived by three daughters, Jill (Quentin) Osborne of Galva, Michelle (Mike) Largent of Elmwood and Denise Powers of Elmwood; one sister, Norma (the late Ken) Hanley; one sister-in-law, Peggy Powers; and three grandchildren, Michael (Megan) Largent, Marissa Largent and Clayton Bumphrey.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jack Powers and Robert Powers.
Richard served in the Army Reserves. He worked as a coal miner for 10 years and eventually retired as a truck driver at Thermogas in Farmington. After retiring, he worked for the City of Elmwood mowing the ballparks. He also helped John McKinty at McKinty Farms during harvest. He was a member of the Farmington Moose.
A funeral service will be at noon on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Elmwood Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to My Place’s St. Jude Fundraiser.
To view Richard’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis J. Sprague

FARMINGTON – Phyllis J. Sprague left this life and went to be with the Lord June 9, 2022. Phyllis was born in Pekin, Ill., to Virgil and Minnie Lord Dorsey on Dec. 16, 1939. She was the youngest of 11 siblings (4 sisters) Virginia, Ethel, Joan and Bernetta and (6 brothers) Cecil, Melvin, Don, Oscar, Jim and Lyle. They all greeted her in Heaven but she had a strong group of loving nieces and nephews remaining.
Phyllis married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Frank Sprague, on July 7, 1957. They lived in Farmington and raised four children – Julie (Dave) Werland, Dan Sprague, Darren (Brynda) Sprague, all of Farmington, and Doug (Tricia) Sprague of Decatur. They loved their 13 grandchildren all over the country: Heather (John) Messer, Holly (Mike) Arnett, Josh (Jennifer) Sheckler, John (Becca) Werland, Desera (Randy) Evans, Meghan (Troy) Kateman, Liza (Joe) Dziki, Kerrick (Angel) Sprague, Aspen Sprague, Kierney Sprague, Kayla (Chase) Welker, Alli (Nic) Scapecchi and Macie Sprague. They were also blessed to enjoy 18 great-grandchildren: Meisa and Joslyn Brown, Cody, Samuel and Josh Arnett, Sarah and Connor Sheckler, Wesley Miklus, Caden and Brynja Werland, Mallorie Manning, Carlye Dicketts, Emily and Ben Dziki, Wesley and Braden Sprague, Brynden and Brexley Welker.
Phyllis graduated from Farmington High School as a straight-A student. She spent her life as a loving and hard-working homemaker and lived her life loving and taking care of her family and her beloved dog Lucy.
The love, caring and respect between Frank and Phyllis was an example to all who knew them. Phyllis’ early married life was happy but included losing everything they owned to fire and their children being born premature. Through it all they faced it together. She was very involved in all of her children’s activities, most notably summer Little League. Frank was a longtime baseball coach and Phyllis worked the concession stands. They loved their trips to Minnesota fishing and after retirement spent each winter for 20 years in Florida on the beaches and then fishing at Crooked Hook campground. They loved the people and activities there.
As Phyllis wrote last year, “After they sold their Florida home, they enjoyed life at home with their Children, Grandchildren and Great- Grandchildren. I think we were able to have this beautiful life because we loved each other and trusted in God to guide us. You can face anything if you believe and trust in God and each other!”
Frank took such good care of her and never left her side during her illness.
The measure of person is best learned by the words those who knew and loved them use to remember her: “beautiful … holding my grandpa’s hand … strong fighter … loved fishing … enjoyed line dancing to country music … watching Fox News … a month away from their 65th wedding anniversary … fiercest woman I knew … loved endlessly … unwavering in her values and beliefs … taught me to be strong and sure in what I stood for … instilled an interest in news and politics … fun of puzzles in the paper every morning, love of a good cup of coffee … the value of loving your family and your significant other with no end … amazing example my grandma and grandpa set for all of us for marriage and making a life together … life will not be the same without you … thankful and privileged to say you were such a huge part of my life … you and grandpa never missed a sporting event … countless summers spent at your house … card games and puzzles … the love Grandpa and you shared is something I will cherish … catching crappies … dancing … life well lived … thank you for showing me what pure unconditional love is especially held up in sickness and in health … learned to explore, swim, enjoyed morning coffee and got my Grandpa off to work … taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family … I will miss our phone calls and visits … until next time … miss you already … love you more than you will ever know.”
A family Celebration of Life will be held in July and burial at a later date. Memorials can be made to Farmington Rescue Squad or Unity Point Hospice. Please share your memories, thoughts and condolences at sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Harold R. Bell

LAURA – Family members have opted to cancel a July 3 Celebration of Life for the late Harold R. Bell, who died March 16, 2022.

Edwin F. Meyer

FARMINGTON – Edwin F. Meyer, 86, of Farmington died June 5, 2022, at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born on Sept. 19, 1935, in Kiester, Minn. He married Bernadine Bauman in April 1964. She preceded him in death in 2020.
He is survived by two children, Drew Meyer of Owatonna, Minn., and Kelli (William) Clayton of Farmington; and one great-grandson.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

James K. Waltrip

DAHINDA – James Kenneth “Wally” Waltrip, 77, of rural Dahinda died June 6, 2022, at his home. He was born on May 24, 1945, in Clarkton, Mo. He married Reva (Pruett) Schubert Dec. 4, 1993, in Sunnyland.
Surviving is his wife, Reva Waltrip of rural Dahinda; children, Betty M. Waltrip, Sharon L. Waltrip of Peoria, Nick (Jody) Schubert of Williamsfield, Ryan L. Schubert of Pekin, and Shaun M. Schubert of Sunnyland; and five grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory have been entrusted with his wishes.
On-line condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.



Jason Calef

WYOMING – Jason Calef, 45, of Wyoming, passed away at UPMC Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 11, 2022, after a six-month battle of complications with COVID-19.
Services will be held on Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m. at first Congregational United Church of Christ, 202 N. 7th St., Wyoming, Ill. Burial will follow immediately after at Wyoming City Cemetery.
Jason was born June 28, 1976, in Kewanee, Ill., to Erwin and Kathy Calef. They proceeded him in death, along with an infant brother. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather. He married Craig Cox on Sept. 1, 2018; he survives. He is survived by his son Alex, his sister Chrissy Calef (Alec Rabas), and brother Jeremiah Calef (Amber Bowyer), and several nieces.
Jason ran Calef’s Cleaning with his son and was number one on Angie’s List. Jason loved helping others. He loved doing home improvements. He loved their three dogs (Buster, Lucas and Sammy) very much. Jason donated much of his time at Habitat ReStore before being hired full time. He enjoyed making the store a success. He also enjoyed helping his aunt run her church’s food pantry. He loved his family and spending time with his relatives. Most important to Jason was his son Alex.
In lieu of flowers, donate to Habitat in Jason’s memory, please visit www.habitatpeoria.org. If you would like to volunteer at Habitat, please call (309) 676-6729.

Roger C. Gray

TOULON – Roger C. Gray (86) from Toulon, Ill., passed away to meet his Heavenly Father on Sunday, June 19, 2022.
The funeral service for Roger will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 23, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be open from 9-11 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Pastor Don Reul was to officiate. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers.
Following the funeral will be a memorial luncheon at the United Methodist Church in LaFayette. For those family and friends too remote to attend, the services will be streamed at www.facebook.com/events/1675058626182345/.
Roger was born Oct. 15, 1935, to Raymond L. Gray and Eva (Behnke) Gray. Both have proceeded him in death. Roger married Peggy L. Robinson in the First Baptist Church of Galva on Oct. 30, 1955. Roger is survived by Peggy and their two sons, Alan R. Gray (Sally) of Monroe, N.C. and Michael D. Gray (Amy) of Chesterfield, Mo. There are six grandchildren, Amanda Elizabeth Porth (Mark) of Kansas City, Mo., April Jillian Gray of Kansas City, Mo., Abigail Rose Richey (Paden) of Oak Harbor, Wash., Nicole (Chad) Hall of Lancaster, Ky., Michael David Gray (Charity) of Hardinsburg, Ind., Gabriel A. Gray of Monroe, N.C. and three great-grandchildren, Trinity, David Roger and Eleanor Grace.
During grade school, Roger went to one room schools. From grade 1 through grade 5, he attended the West Jersey Hickory Grove School, then to the School in West Jersey, followed by grade 7 and 8 at the Pleasant View School two miles east of West Jersey. Roger completed all four years at the Toulon Township High School in Toulon, graduating in 1953.
After graduation, he took several agriculture short course classes at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Some of his civic endeavors were being elected to the West Jersey Township Board, the Toulon High School Board of Education and being president of the Toulon Stark County Board.
He enlisted in an Artillery Unit of the Galva National Guard in March of 1954. There he was promoted up the ranks to first sergeant. Then in 1970, he transferred to the Kewanee National Guard, operating the maintenance shop for the battalion, retiring in 1995 as a Veteran Chief Warrant Officer CW4 with over 40-1/2 years Army military service. He performed duty in several of Illinois’ flooding assignments and took part in quelling the 1968 Chicago Riots. He was also assigned military duty in both Germany and Egypt.
Roger held several positions in the West Jersey Methodist Church, the Lafayette United Methodist Church and, most recently, the Baptist Church of Galva.
For 15 years he and Peggy were snowbirds going to Florida, and while there, were active in the Sunny Breeze Christian Community Church. Roger and Peggy celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Oct. 30, 2021. He so much loved his family, enjoying the times that could be spent together, fishing and enjoying the wonders of Mother Nature.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Galva or to the Stark County Ambulance Service.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Sherrill L. Webber

GALVA – Sherrill Lynne Webber, 78, of Galva, died Sunday, June 19, 2022, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Cremation will be accorded and private graveside services and inurnment will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 5, 1944, in Galesburg, the daughter of Harry Van DerVeer Wilson Sr. and Gladys Louise (Ramp) Wilson. She was first married to Robert L. Zook and then to Larry Dale Swedeen in 1962. She then later married Richard L. Webber on May 19, 1979, in Galva and he preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 2021.
Survivors include 6 children: Robert Barry Swedeen, Tracy (Ceasar) Interial of Galva, Stacey (Chris) Kendall of Kewanee, Kacey (Hans) Hoelzel of Washington, Ill., Krystal (Donnie) Pridemore of Port Byron, Ill., and Melissa (Landon) Horrie of Kewanee; 18 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
Sherrill had worked as a truck driver along with her husband, Richard. She also worked at the Admiral Division of Maytag in Galesburg and at Breeze-Illinois Inc. in Wyoming, Ill.
She loved her dogs and especially loved her family and spending time together.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Michael E. Hockett
TOULON – Michael Edward Hockett, 69, of Toulon, died Monday, June 13, 2022, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Michael was born on Jan. 28, 1953, in Bangor, Maine, the son of Lloyd and Betty Hockett.
Surviving are sons, Stephan, Chad, Patrick and James; daughter, Michelle; step-son, Tom; step-daughter, Kathy; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Michael was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Danny and John; and life-partner of 26 years, Barbara Fogarty.
Michael served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971-72. He loved nature, dogs and his family. Michael also enjoyed taking pictures of the nature around him.
There will be no public services at this time. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jerry Gene Klein
GALVA – Jerry Gene Klein, 80, of Wyoming passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Allure of Geneseo Skilled Nursing.
He was born Jan. 21, 1942, in Peoria, Ill. the son of Wayland and Nevelyn (Meyer) Klein.
Jerry married Barbara Ferris June 15, 1960, at the Snareville Methodist Church. They shared 62 years together. She survives in Wyoming.
He is also survived by one daughter, Elizabeth (Ralyn) Hepner of San Angelo, Texas; one son, Timothy Klein of Williamsfield; two grandchildren, Dillyn and Sabrina Hepner of San Angelo, Texas; one brother, Gary (Karlene) Klein of Galva; one sister, Elsie (Gary) Heaton of Toulon; one uncle, Robert Klein of Hanna City; five sisters-in law; two brothers-in law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws.
Jerry was self employed all his life. He ran Klein’s Autobody in Castleton from 1963-71. He moved to Texas in 1973, and opened Custom Cabinet and Trim until 1994, when he retired back to Illinois.
He was a member of the Central Faith Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas. He liked gardening and reading western books. He was very proud of both of his grandchildren and loved them very much.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Osceola Grove Cemetery, rural Bradford.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.



Richard F. Becket

TOULON – Richard F. Becket, 79, of Toulon, passed away at 11:04 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022, at his home. Richard was born on Aug. 1, 1942, in Mendota, the son of Frank and Dorothy (Forster) Becket. He married Paula J. Pyle on May 27, 1977, in Toulon; she preceded him in death on July 26, 2009.
Surviving are five children, Tim (Dena) Becket, Tammy (Terry) Hand, Gary (Karen) Becket, Chris Becket and Donald (Judy Kimzey) Becket; one grandson, whom Richard raised, Nicholas Becket; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother; and his beloved dog, Jake. Richard was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kenneth Becket and Bridgette Becket.
Richard served in the United States Army from 1961-67. He was a member of the Toulon American Legion Post #416, and former NRA member. In his earlier years, he was an avid trapper and hunter. Later on, he simply enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife in his backyard. Richard was very loyal and generous to his family and friends. He enjoyed rousing conversations and handing out sage advice when needed. He was a great mentor and teacher, most especially to Nick. Rich loved the many dogs he had over the years, and he leaves for now his best friend, Jake.
Rich spoke often of his many adventures with Paula and looked forward to being reunited. He believed that family is not bound by blood; it is what is in one’s heart that makes family.
His graveside burial will be held at a later date in Toulon Cemetery in Toulon. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Abilities Plus Special Olympics Team or OSF Home Health and Hospice. Condolences may be left for Richard’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Nancy E. Eagelston
WYOMING – Nancy E. Eagelston, 89, of Wyoming, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2022, at Lacon Rehab and Nursing in Lacon.
Nancy was born on Sept. 9, 1932, in Peoria, the daughter of John and Velma (Jacks) Noppenberger. She married Charles Eugene Eagelston on Aug. 22, 1959, at St. Mark’s Church in Peoria; he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1992.
Surviving are two sons, John (Sheila) Eagelston of St. Pete Beach, Fla., and James Eagelston of Makanda; three daughters, Mary Ellen Eagelston of LaJolla, Calif., Marie Green of Wyoming and Aliceann Eagelston of Wyoming; eight grandchildren, Ann (Ryan) Boarman, Heather (Mitch) Mustard, Emily Green, and Cameron, Madison, Rick, Christa and Andrew Eagelston; and six great-grandchildren, Charlie, John Patrick “JP” and Hattie Boarman, and Max, Brooks and Isla Mustard. She was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Tim Green.
Nancy graduated as the Salutatorian from Peoria High School and was the editor of The Opinion. She graduated from OSF St. Francis School of nursing, and then was a member of the first graduating nursing class at Bradley receiving her Bachelor of Science Nursing. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority at Bradley. She went on to work as a teacher at the OSF St. Francis School of Nursing for a few years, and later in life returned to work as an RN at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.
She was a founding member and served on the board of the former Wyoming Ambulance Service, working as both a dispatcher and an EMT. Nancy was also a member and served on the board of the Wyoming Lions Club, member of the Red Hat Society, member of the Wyoming Betterment Association, member of St. Dominic Catholic Church where she was in the Altar and Rosary Society, and served 21 years on the Stark County Health Board. She loved learning new things, taking various classes as an adult. She served as a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader for many years. Nancy enjoyed playing singles and couples bridge with various clubs.
Her funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Her visitation was June 14, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Rosary service took place prior to the visitation. Burial was to be in St. Dominic Cemetery in Wyoming.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming or the Wyoming Lions Club.
Condolences may be left for Nancy’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.



Shirley A. Crotts

TOULON – Shirley A. Crotts, 71, of Toulon, formerly of Princeville, passed away at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center. Shirley was born on Sept. 8, 1950, in Galesburg to parents Charles R. and Agnes L. (Foster) Burns. She married William E. Crotts on Dec. 31, 1971.
Surviving are her husband, William of Dixon; her children, Tina (David) Gehrt of Wyoming, Dawn (Bruce Sr.) Appenheimer of Toulon, Charles (Jennifer) Crotts of Elmore, and Daniel (Tara Williams) Crotts of Elmore; 11 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 9 great- grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Pickel of Toulon. Also surviving are many close extended family including cousins, Pat Ross of Lacon and Stephan Kock of Peoria; sister-in-law, Nannette (Steve) Wilson of Creve Coeur; brother-in-law, Thomas (Jean) Crotts of Stronghurst. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; grandson, Kash Lee Kelly; and brothers, Frank and Bill Burns.
She worked as a CNA at Toulon Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center as well as at Sharon Oaks. Shirley enjoyed working for her parents at their hometown pool hall and café. She sold Tupperware and Avon while being a stay at home mom later in life. Some of her passions included John Wayne, Elvis Presley, country music, and collecting key chains. Shirley enjoyed crochet and painting.
Her funeral service will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Nicole Reed, Certified Funeral Celebrant, will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in High Bridge Cemetery in Dunfermline at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron/Princeville Fire Protection District or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Condolences may be left for Shirley’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Ronald Hollingsworth

GALVA – Ronald Hollingsworth, 83, of Galva, died at 2:35 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2022, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bryan Griem officiated. Visitation was Monday, June 6, at the funeral home. Burial was at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church.
He was born May 8, 1939, in Rose Hill, Iowa, the son of Ivan and Leonara (Bradley) Hollingsworth. He married Mary Haines on March 8, 1960, in Sigourney, Iowa. She survives as do his children, Randolph (Sandra) Hollingsworth of Beech Island, S.C., Richard Hollingsworth of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ronda Davis of Galva and Rita (Ken) Meaker of Toulon; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Brianna, Robert, Mike, Doug, Crystal, Kendra and Becky; several great grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Ronald “Ron” Hollingsworth Jr. and a grandson, Joshua Hollingsworth.
Ron had worked for the past 32 years for Bell Trucking as a driver and mechanic. In his earlier years, he worked at the Galva Creamery. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed feeding the birds, reading the newspaper and spending time with his family.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

F. Dean Russell

TOULON – F. Dean Russell went to be with his Lord Sunday, June 5, at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Center.
A funeral service was to be Thursday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home In Bradford. Visitation was to be at the funeral home on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial was to follow at the Bradford City Cemetery.
Dean was born in Bradford on July 11, 1934, to Floyd and Myrtle (Frey) Russell.
He married Jennet Gillespie of Annawan, Ill. on Sept. 9, 1956, in Annawan.
He was employed by the State of Illinois for 10 years as the Manager of the Driver’s License Facility in Wyoming. He retired from there.
He was a lifetime member of the 1st Baptist Church in Bradford.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years; two children, Christy Paver of Wheaton, Ill., and Larry Russell of Germantown Hills; three grandchildren, Kevin Paver of Fort Myers, Fla., Stephanie (Kyle) Lemerand of Warsaw, Ohio, and Ryan Russell of Peoria; six great grandchildren, Jake, Aiden, Skyler, Harley, Arlynn and Kalvin; one sister, Doris (Delbert) Howell of Ankeny Iowa; two half brothers, Bruce and Mark Russell of Kewanee; three half sisters, Audrey and Sharyn Russell and Leatha Moon of Kewanee; and one step brother, Bob Gerard of Galva.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step father, Raymond Gerard; one sister, Wilma Savage; and two step sisters, Joyce Defenbaugh and Sherrie Goodman.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.grantjohnsonfh.com.

Adam W. Decker

WYOMING – Adam Wayne Decker, age 40, of Wyoming, formerly of Bartonville, died June 5, 2022, at 1 a.m. He was born on Dec. 18, 1981, in Peoria to Donald and Pamela (Rowe) Decker.
Survivors include his girlfriend-best friend and her daughter, Melissa and Lexie Lantz of Wyoming; his mother, Pamela Decker of Bartonville; four children, Tyler Decker of Bartonville and Devon Decker, Dameian Decker and Savannah Decker, all of Wyoming; two sisters, Stacie Decker of Bartonville and Kimberly Wood of Bartonville; and his maternal grandparents, Wanda (Jerry) Whetsell of Bartonville and Wayne Rowe of Peoria.
Visitation will be Friday, June 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a memorial fund for Adam’s children set up through Hometown Community Bank in Bartonville.

You may view Adam’s obituary online at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.



Dennis W. Hoag

MONICA – Dennis William Hoag, 73, life-long resident of Monica, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2022, at his home. Dennis was born on Aug. 2, 1948, in Peoria, the son of William and Frances (Camp) Hoag. He married Paula Milaccio on Sept. 3, 1977; she survives. 

Also surviving are one daughter, Karen Renee (Adam) Shreck of Alberta, Canada; one son, Casey William (Meghan) Hoag of Elkhart, Ill.; three grandchildren, Charlotte, Sydney and Henry, and one more grandson, Harvey, on the way. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents. 

Dennis worked as a chemist at many local operations over the years, including for Midwest Grain, Continental Can Company and Pabst Brewing Company. He was a Past Master of Princeville Masonic Lodge #360, and later a member at Lincoln Masonic Lodge #210 where his son Casey is the current Worshipful Master. Dennis loved all of his lodge brethren. He also loved hunting, fishing, trap shooting and seeing the beauty of God in nature. Dennis loved his family so much and always looked forward to spending time with them.

His funeral, with Masonic rites, was at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Visitation was one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 to 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dennis to the Bikes for Kids Foundation at www.bikesforkidsfoundation.org. Condolences may be left for Dennis’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Karen E. Burrows

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa – Karen Elizabeth Burrows, 60, of Central City, Iowa, passed away on June 9, 2022, at her home. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Marion is assisting the family.

Karen was born on June 26, 1961, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Kenneth and Florence (Wolschlag) McAlister. On Oct. 2, 1982, Karen was united in marriage to Jimmy Burrows in Elmwood, Ill. She enjoyed golfing at Meadowview, fishing, camping, Iowa women’s basketball and being with her grandchildren. Karen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Karen is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, Laura (Beau) Sadberry, and Josh (Sarah) Burrows; grandchildren, Wren, Eddie, Norah and Charlotte,; mother, Florence McAlister; and siblings, David (Elaine) McAlister, Connie (Van) Taylor, Kathy (Scott) Polhemus and Brian McAlister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy; and father, Kenneth. Please share a memory of Karen at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.



ELMWOOD – Richard A. Powers, 81, of Elmwood passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 14, 1940, in Peoria, to John and Vera (Northrup) Powers. He married Sherry Clark on May 5, 1963, in Elmwood. She survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Jill (Quentin) Osborne of Galva, Michelle (Mike) Largent of Elmwood and Denise Powers of Elmwood; one sister, Norma (the late Ken) Hanley; one sister-in-law, Peggy Powers; and three grandchildren, Michael (Megan) Largent, Marissa Largent and Clayton Bumphrey.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jack Powers and Robert Powers.

Richard served in the Army Reserves. He worked as a coal miner for 10 years and eventually retired as a truck driver at Thermogas in Farmington. After retiring, he worked for the City of Elmwood mowing the ballparks. He also helped John McKinty at McKinty Farms during harvest. He was a member of the Farmington Moose.

A funeral service will be at noon on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to My Place’s St. Jude Fundraiser.

To view Richard’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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

Phyllis J. Sprague

FARMINGTON – Phyllis J. Sprague left this life and went to be with the Lord June 9, 2022. Phyllis was born in Pekin, Ill., to Virgil and Minnie Lord Dorsey on Dec. 16, 1939. She was the youngest of 11 siblings (4 sisters) Virginia, Ethel, Joan and Bernetta and (6 brothers) Cecil, Melvin, Don, Oscar, Jim and Lyle. They all greeted her in Heaven but she had a strong group of loving nieces and nephews remaining.

Phyllis married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Frank Sprague, on July 7, 1957. They lived in Farmington and raised four children – Julie (Dave) Werland, Dan Sprague, Darren (Brynda) Sprague, all of Farmington, and Doug (Tricia) Sprague of Decatur. They loved their 13 grandchildren all over the country: Heather (John) Messer, Holly (Mike) Arnett, Josh (Jennifer) Sheckler, John (Becca) Werland, Desera (Randy) Evans, Meghan (Troy) Kateman, Liza (Joe) Dziki, Kerrick (Angel) Sprague, Aspen Sprague, Kierney Sprague, Kayla (Chase) Welker, Alli (Nic) Scapecchi and Macie Sprague. They were also blessed to enjoy 18 great-grandchildren: Meisa and Joslyn Brown, Cody, Samuel and Josh Arnett, Sarah and Connor Sheckler, Wesley Miklus, Caden and Brynja Werland, Mallorie Manning, Carlye Dicketts, Emily and Ben Dziki, Wesley and Braden Sprague, Brynden and Brexley Welker.

Phyllis graduated from Farmington High School as a straight-A student. She spent her life as a loving and hard-working homemaker and lived her life loving and taking care of her family and her beloved dog Lucy.

The love, caring and respect between Frank and Phyllis was an example to all who knew them. Phyllis’ early married life was happy but included losing everything they owned to fire and their children being born premature. Through it all they faced it together. She was very involved in all of her children’s activities, most notably summer Little League. Frank was a longtime baseball coach and Phyllis worked the concession stands. They loved their trips to Minnesota fishing and after retirement spent each winter for 20 years in Florida on the beaches and then fishing at Crooked Hook campground. They loved the people and activities there.

As Phyllis wrote last year, “After they sold their Florida home, they enjoyed life at home with their Children, Grandchildren and Great- Grandchildren. I think we were able to have this beautiful life because we loved each other and trusted in God to guide us. You can face anything if you believe and trust in God and each other!”

Frank took such good care of her and never left her side during her illness.

The measure of person is best learned by the words those who knew and loved them use to remember her: “beautiful … holding my grandpa’s hand … strong fighter … loved fishing … enjoyed line dancing to country music … watching Fox News … a month away from their 65th wedding anniversary … fiercest woman I knew … loved endlessly … unwavering in her values and beliefs … taught me to be strong and sure in what I stood for … instilled an interest in news and politics … fun of puzzles in the paper every morning, love of a good cup of coffee … the value of loving your family and your significant other with no end … amazing example my grandma and grandpa set for all of us for marriage and making a life together … life will not be the same without you … thankful and privileged to say you were such a huge part of my life … you and grandpa never missed a sporting event … countless summers spent at your house … card games and puzzles … the love Grandpa and you shared is something I will cherish … catching crappies … dancing … life well lived … thank you for showing me what pure unconditional love is especially held up in sickness and in health … learned to explore, swim, enjoyed morning coffee and got my Grandpa off to work … taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family … I will miss our phone calls and visits … until next time … miss you already … love you more than you will ever know.”

A family Celebration of Life will be held in July and burial at a later date. Memorials can be made to Farmington Rescue Squad or Unity Point Hospice. Please share your memories, thoughts and condolences at sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Harold R. Bell

LAURA – Family members have opted to cancel a July 3 Celebration of Life for the late Harold R. Bell, who died March 16, 2022.

Edwin F. Meyer

FARMINGTON – Edwin F. Meyer, 86, of Farmington died June 5, 2022, at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born on Sept. 19, 1935, in Kiester, Minn. He married Bernadine Bauman in April 1964. She preceded him in death in 2020.

He is survived by two children, Drew Meyer of Owatonna, Minn., and Kelli (William) Clayton of Farmington; and one great-grandson.

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

James K. Waltrip

DAHINDA – James Kenneth “Wally” Waltrip, 77, of rural Dahinda died June 6, 2022, at his home. He was born on May 24, 1945, in Clarkton, Mo. He married Reva (Pruett) Schubert Dec. 4, 1993, in Sunnyland.

Surviving is his wife, Reva Waltrip of rural Dahinda; children, Betty M. Waltrip, Sharon L. Waltrip of Peoria, Nick (Jody) Schubert of Williamsfield, Ryan L. Schubert of Pekin, and Shaun M. Schubert of Sunnyland; and five grandchildren.

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

Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory have been entrusted with his wishes.

On-line condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Richard F. Becket

TOULON – Richard F. Becket, 79, of Toulon, passed away at 11:04 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022, at his home. Richard was born on Aug. 1, 1942, in Mendota, the son of Frank and Dorothy (Forster) Becket. He married Paula J. Pyle on May 27, 1977, in Toulon; she preceded him in death on July 26, 2009.

Surviving are five children, Tim (Dena) Becket, Tammy (Terry) Hand, Gary (Karen) Becket, Chris Becket and Donald (Judy Kimzey) Becket; one grandson, whom Richard raised, Nicholas Becket; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother; and his beloved dog, Jake. Richard was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kenneth Becket and Bridgette Becket.

Richard served in the United States Army from 1961-67. He was a member of the Toulon American Legion Post #416, and former NRA member. In his earlier years, he was an avid trapper and hunter. Later on, he simply enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife in his backyard. Richard was very loyal and generous to his family and friends. He enjoyed rousing conversations and handing out sage advice when needed. He was a great mentor and teacher, most especially to Nick. Rich loved the many dogs he had over the years, and he leaves for now his best friend, Jake.

Rich spoke often of his many adventures with Paula and looked forward to being reunited. He believed that family is not bound by blood; it is what is in one’s heart that makes family.

His graveside burial will be held at a later date in Toulon Cemetery in Toulon. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Abilities Plus Special Olympics Team or OSF Home Health and Hospice. Condolences may be left for Richard’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Nancy E. Eagelston

WYOMING – Nancy E. Eagelston, 89, of Wyoming, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2022, at Lacon Rehab and Nursing in Lacon.

Nancy was born on Sept. 9, 1932, in Peoria, the daughter of John and Velma (Jacks) Noppenberger. She married Charles Eugene Eagelston on Aug. 22, 1959, at St. Mark’s Church in Peoria; he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1992.

Surviving are two sons, John (Sheila) Eagelston of St. Pete Beach, Fla., and James Eagelston of Makanda; three daughters, Mary Ellen Eagelston of LaJolla, Calif., Marie Green of Wyoming and Aliceann Eagelston of Wyoming; eight grandchildren, Ann (Ryan) Boarman, Heather (Mitch) Mustard, Emily Green, and Cameron, Madison, Rick, Christa and Andrew Eagelston; and six great-grandchildren, Charlie, John Patrick “JP” and Hattie Boarman, and Max, Brooks and Isla Mustard. She was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Tim Green.

Nancy graduated as the Salutatorian from Peoria High School and was the editor of The Opinion. She graduated from OSF St. Francis School of nursing, and then was a member of the first graduating nursing class at Bradley receiving her Bachelor of Science Nursing. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority at Bradley. She went on to work as a teacher at the OSF St. Francis School of Nursing for a few years, and later in life returned to work as an RN at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

She was a founding member and served on the board of the former Wyoming Ambulance Service, working as both a dispatcher and an EMT. Nancy was also a member and served on the board of the Wyoming Lions Club, member of the Red Hat Society, member of the Wyoming Betterment Association, member of St. Dominic Catholic Church where she was in the Altar and Rosary Society, and served 21 years on the Stark County Health Board. She loved learning new things, taking various classes as an adult. She served as a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader for many years. Nancy enjoyed playing singles and couples bridge with various clubs.

Her funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Her visitation was June 14, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Rosary service took place prior to the visitation. Burial was to be in St. Dominic Cemetery in Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming or the Wyoming Lions Club.

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



Alfred E. Arnold

BRIMFIELD – Alfred E. Arnold, 91, of Roanoke, formerly of Brimfield, passed away at 8:12 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke. Al was born on Aug. 7, 1930, in Peoria, the son of Ernest and Julie (Remm) Arnold. He married Carol Kowalske on May 15, 1955, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Chris (Traci) Arnold of East Peoria; two daughters, Laurie (Patrick) Weber of Secor and Julie (Al) Barron of Elgin; seven grandchildren, Jakob (Amanda), Ryan (Kyounghee), Maggie (Eric), Joanna (John), Julie (Garmer), Michael and Gavin; seven great-grandchildren, Kassandra, Ethan, Makenna, Viktoria, Celeste, Roscoe and Casey; and one brother, Edwin Arnold of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Carl and Herbert Arnold.

Al graduated from Trinity Lutheran Grade School and, in 1948, from Woodruff High School. He attended Brown’s Business College. He was a paper boy for the Peoria paper and sold the extra edition when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He worked at F. Meyer & Bro. Hardware in Peoria. Al served in Korea in the United States Army in Company A of the 79th Engineer Construction Battalion. He bought Brimfield Hardware in 1955, and owned and operated it until 2000.

Al was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield, where he served in multiple offices. He was also a member, former commander, and held many other offices with the Brimfield American Legion, and served several terms on the Brimfield School Board. He was a member of the Historical Society of Brimfield, the Brimfield Area Planning Commission and the Brimfield Area Health Services Committee.

His funeral service was to be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield. Rev. Michael Liese was to officiate. Visitation was to be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Brimfield. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke, Greater Peoria Honor Flight, Brimfield American Legion, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Eugene F. Bitner

BLOOMINGTON – Eugene (Gene) Frederick Bitner, 89, passed away on May 25, 2022, in Bloomington. He was born on Jan. 1, 1933, in Trivoli, Ill., to Charles and Florence (Rindfleisch) Bitner. He married Carol Ann Crane on Nov. 17, 1956, in Berryville, Ark.

They had four children: Ann Brooks of Canton, Ill.; Daniel Bitner; Trish (Bruce) Van Houten of Farmington, Ill.; and Rich (Libby Mitchell) Bitner, of Washington, Ill. Gene has seven grandchildren: Jamie (Travis) Ward, Kelly (Mike) Hitchcock, Mary (Jaco) Duvenhage, Andry Brooks, Sam Mitchell, Alex Mitchell and Maggie Mitchell. He also has six great-grandchildren: Aurora and Elliott Ward, Jovie and Grady Hitchcock and Berlin and Jasper Gene Duvenhage.

He was preceded in death by 10 brothers, 5 sisters, his wife (2011), his son Daniel (1963), and his daughter, Trish (2018). He is survived by one sister, one brother, two children and all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He and his wife lived in Farmington after they married and in the same house on Main Street for all but one of those years. He was a mechanic and owned his own gas and service station for many years. He loved to play cards, golf, bowl and fish.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan for all of his life. He belonged to the Farmington Moose, the Hanna City Sportsmen’s Club and the Tri County Senior Center in Farmington.

He was cremated in Bloomington. There will be a Celebration of Life on June 23, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Farmington Moose Lodge 1571, 1001 E. Fort St., Farmington, Ill. A potluck meal will start at 11:30 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, 8940 N. Wood Sage Rd; the Humane Society of Fulton County, 22988 Illinois Route 9, Canton, Ill., 61520; and to the Farmington Moose Lodge.

Warren E. Downard, Jr.

ELMWOOD – Warren E. Downard, Jr., 86, of Elmwood, passed away at 6:55 a.m., on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Elmwood. He was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Farmington Township, to Warren and Kathleen (Bollinger) Downard. He married June Foreman on June 3, 1955, in Vandalia, Ill. After 53 years of marriage, she preceded him in death in 2007.

He is survived by two sisters, Patricia Walsh and Judy (Gary) Dieckow; two grandchildren, Curtis (Amy) Sprout and Cristina (Matt) Kenny; and three great-grandchildren, Crystal Sprout, Kaydence Sprout, and Caleb Kenny.

He is also preceded in death by his two children, Timothy Downard and Crystal Sprout; two brothers, Jack Downard and Richard Downard; one sister, Loretta Timm; and one grandchild, Emma Kenny.

Warren graduated from Farmington High School. He then worked as a foreman at Caterpillar where he retired in August 1986. He later worked at “Dale’s Standard” in Elmwood. Warren enjoyed gardening, yardwork and woodworking. He frequently attended the Elmwood United Methodist Church and enjoyed the Bible study group at the church.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was held prior to the service the night before, on Monday, June 6, 2022, at the funeral home. Burial was to immediately follow the service at Norris Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

To view Warren’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com

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

Vickie A. Maness

ELMWOOD – Vickie Ann Maness, 63, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Elmwood, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022, surrounded by her family in the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Born Aug. 6, 1958, in Peoria, the daughter of Onie V. Maness and Emma Lou Seely Maness. She was preceded in death by her father, Onie, in 1995.

Vickie is survived by her mother, Emma Lou Maness of Elmwood; brother, Gary Maness of Maquon; sister and brother-in-law Cheryl and Todd Kellar of East Peoria; and sister, Pam Almasi of Elmwood.

Vickie had a great love for her nieces and nephews: Leigh Ann and Justin Largent, Melissa and Justin Schwartz, Dimitri and Natalie Almasi, and Anastasia and Jordan Wegs. Her smile would light up the room when her great-nephews and nieces were around: Gatlin, Torrin, Lexi, Brayden, Ransom, Demi, Theo and Anthony. Vickie is also survived by her loving friend Carmen Santiago.

She graduated from Elmwood High School in 1976, and later graduated from the St. Francis School of Radiology in 1978. Vickie then moved to Wyoming, eventually finding her home in Colorado Springs. She had a thriving career in radiology. She had the joy of getting to know many patients and even imaging animals from the zoo, including a Siberian tiger. Vickie participated in the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, in which you run to the top of Pikes Peak. She loved camping and golfing with her family.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. Veronica Haskell, Certified Celebrant will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Rides.

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

Carol A. Zotalis

FARIBAULT, Minn. – Carol Ann Zotalis, 71 of Faribault, Minn., died peacefully on Wednesday,

June 1, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., surrounded by family.

Carol Ann Keefer was born Nov. 20, 1950, at St. Francis Hospital in
Peoria, Ill., to Wesley Deane Keefer and Suzanne Jenny Gilmant (of Charleroi, Belgium). She graduated from Elmwood High School in 1968 and from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Ill., in 1973 with a BS in mathematics.

She was employed by IBM in Rochester, Minn., for 35 and a half years.
Carol and the guy who stole her heart, Jim Zotalis, were married on March 29, 2014. They had a happy and active life and shared many interests. Their families were the most important to them and they spent as much time with them as they could.

Carol will be remembered for her love of people and life in general. She was always very active in her church, serving on many committees and singing in the choir. Carol was a member of several boards: Shepherd Center of the Cannon Valley, Lutheran Evangelical Braille Association, SEMCAC in Kasson,

Minn., Care and Share in Kasson. She also helped with Meals on Wheels, entertained at nursing homes and Faith in Action in Kasson. She traveled to many places (some with her husband Jim). Some of the highlights were Belgium, Israel, Turkey, Greece, England, Ireland, France and Hungry.

However, much of her travel was to visit family and especially grandchildren.

Carol enjoyed biking and rode 20 years in Multiple Sclerosis benefit rides with her close friend Bonnie Holt. She enjoyed music (played guitar and sang), travel, biking, hiking and helping others. She was an active volunteer and lived with the motto “make a difference in the world.”

Carol is survived by her husband The Reverend Canon James C. Zotalis; her children, Shawn (Andrea) of West Chester, Ohio, Kelli McKitrick of Lebanon, Tenn.; Jim’s children, Anna (Chuck) Ahrens of Gig Harbora, Wash., Peter (Jamie) Zotalis of Welch, Minn., Rachel Zotalis of St. Thomas Island and Nicola

(Jason) Viana of Burnsville, Minn.; her sister, Yvonne (Pastor Ken) Gibson of Mendota, Ill.; her brothers, Claude (Franke) Keefer of Elmwood, Ill., and Marc (Mary) Keefer of Bloomington, Ill.; Jim’s sister Cynthia (Loren) Gustafson of
Helena, Mont.; 14 grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of her life was Monday, June, 6, 2022, at 11 a.m. at
the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault, Minn., with The Right Reverend Craig Loya officiating and assisted by retired Priest Nick Mezacapa.

Committal will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Faribault.

Visitation was at the Cathedral Cloister on Monday.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Compassion International, Food for the Poor, or Multiple Sclerosis Society.



Patricia L. Daniels

FARMINGTON – Patricia L. Daniels, 91, of 1000 E. Fort St. Farmington, Ill., passed away May 19, 2022, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Ford, Kan., to Wallace and Edna Hartshorn. She married Billy Leon Daniels on Aug. 29, 1948, in Holly, Colo. He passed away Aug. 2, 2012.

She is survived by four sons, Wallace Daniels of Cheyenne, Wyo., David (Darla) Daniels of Garden City, Kan., Michael (Cindy) Daniels of Farmington and Darrell Daniels of San Diego, Calif.; and one daughter, Becky (Jerry) Brown of Farmington. Two sisters survive, Kay Fry and Dianna Hamm, both of Lamar, Colo. She has 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She was a dedicated homemaker, also working for a time in real estate sales in Farmington and Garden City, Kan. She also worked for H&R Block preparing income tax returns in North Platte, Neb.

Among her many hobbies were needlecraft and genealogy. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and active for a time in Methodist Women.

There will be a graveside service at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington at a later date. Marla Bauler will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Courtyard Estates, 1000 E. Fort St. Farmington, IL 61531.

To leave an online condolence you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Wesley W. Koehler

PRINCEVILLE – Wesley William Koehler, 33, died unexpectedly in his home on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Princeville.

A 2011 graduate of Illinois State University, an Eagle Scout with Troop 52, and the Peoria County Democrat’s 2020 Precinct Committee Person for Princeville, Wesley’s avid interest in local politics and belief in working to improve his community was evident in all he undertook. Like many Americans, he suffered from a myriad of mental illnesses. After five years of sobriety, Wesley lost his battle with addiction, to the heartbreak of all who loved him.

Born on Earth Day, April 22, 1989, Wesley maintained a passion for Boy Scouting, camping and environmental preservation. He worked as a lab technician at AgReliant in Brimfield. He was incredibly proud of his lab and thoroughly enjoyed working with his colleagues. There was never a day he didn’t spend time with his best friend, Tony Koller, and his family, after a long day of “crushing seeds.”

Wesley is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Julia Koehler of Princeville; and his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Kendall of Dunlap.

Surviving are his parents, Dennis and Colleen Koehler of Princeville; sister, Katie Koehler of San Tan, Ariz.; sister and brother-in-law, Megan Koehler and Sam Vicari of Chicago; and exchange brother, Panit Anaurat of Bangkok, Thailand. Also surviving is his indomitable grandfather, John Laverne Kendall of Princeville; along with dozens of beloved uncles, aunts, cousins and close friends.

Wesley’s funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Fr. Corey Krengiel and Celebrant Nicole Reed will co-officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today, May 26, 2022, at the funeral home in Princeville. A private burial will take place in Princeville Township Cemetery. A light luncheon will be provided in a private event room at the Holiday Inn & Suites Peoria at Grand Prairie at 12:30 p.m. following the funeral service on Friday.

You are the pride of our family, Wes. We love you for every day you fought the pain that haunted you. Forever in our hearts, Mom, Dad, Katie, Megan, Sam and Panit.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wesley’s honor to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Tri-County Illinois at www.namitri-countyillinois.org or to the Boy Scouts of America.

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

R. Patrick Strom

WILLIAMSFIELD – R. Patrick Strom, 87, of Williamsfield, Ill., passed away peacefully on his farm on May 21, 2022, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s.

Pat was born to Ross and Irene Strom on March 6, 1935. The family were coal miners and farmers near Victoria, Ill. He attended one-room country schools along with his younger brother Bob. Pat graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1953 and enlisted in the Marines immediately after. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Leah Dykeman. Together they carved out a farming life and raised four children, Mike, Doug, Rhonda and Lee.

Along with Bob (and wife Edna), Pat and Leah founded the Seldom Rest Farm. Aptly named, the farm business grew and included row crops, livestock and a dairy. In the 1980s the brothers branched out to run their own farms. Pat and Leah established Strom Farms and expanded the family farm to include Mike and Doug with a focus on row crops, hay, outdoor hogs and beef cattle. Doug’s family has grown the operation to its fourth generation.

Pat was a true son of the prairie with a staunch work ethic. In his childhood, he worked with the last of the draft horse farming equipment before being replaced with tractors. He loved his rural upbringing and always knew he wanted to work the soil. The Korean War draft meant a four-year “break” in the Marines, and he returned to farming in 1957. He was known for hiring many young adults to help with farm upkeep, working livestock, walking beans and baling hay – it was hard work, yet there was the added reward of Leah’s home-cooked noon dinners and late afternoon field treats. He kept active as a beef farmer until he was 80 and helped bring in the crop harvest just 18 months ago. He was known for sharing his sweet corn with personal delivery to neighbors and family (through last year’s crop). He maintained his willpower throughout life – mowing the yard (with military precision) and playing cards (pitch) with family in his last days.

Pat was known for his kindness, honesty and fairness to all. He was a lifelong outdoorsman and enjoyed country music, Westerns, rodeo, farm equipment shows and supporting FFA and 4-H. He rode the pastures as a skilled horseman to check on his cattle until four-wheelers came along. He taught his kids the value of hard work and there was a new chore list placed on the bench each morning. He and Leah visited all 50 states and spent generous time on the West Coast with Rhonda and Lee’s families. With his grandkids and great grandchildren, he was known for his practical jokes, light-hearted teasing and “country sayings” that couldn’t help but make you smile.

Pat is preceded in death by his parents, brother and daughter-in-law Julie (Mike). He is survived by his wife of 65 years and his four children. He leaves behind a son-in-law Barry (Rhonda); daughters-in-law Marsha (Doug) and Andrea (Lee); 9 grandchildren, Joanie (Jeff) Stiers, Grant (Kristen) Strom, Angela (Tyler) Snow, Tabitha Beardsley, Cody (Brittany) Strom, Emily (John) Gilbert, Sherene (Scott) Brouwer, Clayton Strom and Bijan Sonboli; and 14 great-grandchildren, Sidney, Trent, Gavin, Layla, Georgia, Noah, Wayne, Aubrey, Mason, River, Milo, Leo, Seth and Shawn; as well as numerous and well-loved nieces, nephews, extended family and community.

All services are on Saturday, May 28, in Williamsfield. Visitation is from 8-10 a.m. at Rux Funeral Home and will conclude with a memorial service, to be followed by a procession to Williamsfield Cemetery for graveside burial rites with military honors accorded by the Williamsfield American Legion. Beginning at noon the family will host a celebration of life at the Legion Hall. Memorials can be made to the Williamsfield FFA Alumni & Friends.

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

Barbara L. Sullivan

DUNLAP – Barbara L. Sullivan, 85, of Dunlap passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 8:06 p.m. at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Barb was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Simpson, Ill., to parents Theo and Pauline (Phelps) Lauderdale. She married Michael James “Mick” Sullivan in 1959 at the former St. Clements Church in Dunlap. He survives.

She is also survived by her son, Sean O’ Grady Sullivan of Brimfield; her daughter, Shannon Kathleen (Brian) Pinkston of Dunlap; three grandsons, Mitchell (Samantha) Pinkston of Fairhope, Alaska, Jacob (Casey) Pinkston of Tallahassee, Fla., and Nicholas Pinkston of Geneseo, Ill.; great-granddaughters, Paige Pinkston and Madelyn Pinkston; sister, Pat Smith of Manito, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Barb was preceded in death by her father and mother.

Barb grew up in Peoria, graduated from Peoria High School, and from Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Education.

She started teaching at Dunlap High School in 1958, later took some time off when her children were young, and then returned to DHS where she completed 33 years of teaching, retiring in 1997. She was a member of the Peoria Area Retired Teachers, the Illinois Retired Teachers, and the National Education Associations. After retirement, Barb volunteered for 15 years at the gift shops at Wildlife Prairie Park.

Barb was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the Women of St. Jude. She was a dedicated teacher who loved her students.

Her true passion was her family. Barb and Mick would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in June.

Barb enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great granddaughters, and extended family. She touched each of their lives in a special way and she will be dearly missed.

A private family service will take place at St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria. Burial will be in St. Clement Cemetery in Dunlap. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Community Farm, 21529 N. Blue Ridge Rd., Chillicothe, IL 61523 or St. Jude Catholic School, Peoria, IL.

Online condolences may be left for Barb’s family at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Eleanor R. Bourke

FARMINGTON – Eleanor Rose Bourke, 94, of, The Villages, Fla., a Farmington native, died on May 25, 2022, in her home.

Born July 25, 1927, in rural Farmington to Edward C. Vivian Milner Ashton, she married William F. Bourke on April 28, 1951, in Canton. He died April 8, 1995 in Canton.

Surviving is granddaughter, Kelly Kae (Richard) Sharpe of Pasadena, Md., and one sister Mrs. June (John) Heckard of Bradenton, Fla.

Funeral services were May 24, 2022. Burial was to be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

Condolences can be left online at oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Nancy A. Kirk

TRIVOLI – Nancy A. Kirk, 68, of Bartonville, mother of a Trivoli man, died May 15, 2022, at her residence. She was born on May 22, 1953, in Peoria, a daughter of Jack and Alice (Self) Modlin.

Surviving are her children, Nick Bridges Jr. of Trivoli; Katie (Michael) Mueller of Washington; two grandchildren, Milo, and Leo; two sisters, Barbara (Rich) Gillespie of Bartonville, and Mary Jane (Ron) Strawser of Bartonville, and a “same as a sister,” Rhonda Welsh of Naples, Fla.

Services and burial were May 20, 2022, at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

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



Susan S. Schertz

PEORIA – Susan Slane Schertz, 99, of Peoria, formerly of Peoria Heights and Princeville, peacefully passed away at 8:38 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at her residence in Proctor Place Senior Living in Peoria.

She was born Nov. 23, 1922, on a farm near Princeville, the daughter of Wilbur P. and Nettie (Lawrence) Slane. She married Marion G. Schertz on July 30, 1949. He passed away Feb. 12, 1976.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Vera Slane and Josephine Slane; and one half-sister, Elza Peck.

Susan was a secretary/bookkeeper for several Peoria businesses, and was one of the first women members of the Peoria Board of Trade. She was a charter and life member of the Historical Association of Princeville, and a former member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau. Susan was also a Peoria County Election Judge.

A graveside service was to be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria. Mike Martin was to officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Peoria Rescue Ministries, 9015 W. McCullough Road, Peoria, IL 61607. Online condolences may be left for on Susan’s tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Joseph P. Hahn

EDWARDS – Joseph P. Hahn, 76, of Edwards passed away on May 6, 2022, in Peoria.

Joseph was born on Sept. 9, 1945, in Chicago to Joseph and Dorthea (Henricksen) Hahn. He married Katherine Polakow on April 16, 1983, in Chicago. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2017, in Edwards. Also preceding him in death were his parents.

Surviving are three sisters, Dorthea (Kenn) Kubica of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Mary (Larry) Bielski of Park Ridge, and Barbara Brown of Bethlehem, Ga.; and one sister-in-law, Darlene Westerberg of Mesa, Ariz.

Joseph served in the U.S. Army and then worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Defense Department.

Services were May 14. Cremation was accorded. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria at a later date.

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

John H. Hoerr
EDWARDS – John Henry Hoerr, 92, of Edwards passed away, with his family by his side, on May 9, 2022, at his home.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1930, a son of David A. and Rose (Yoder) Hoerr. John married Dorothy “Dot” Mae Weyeneth on Jan. 27, 1952, in Eureka. She preceded him in death on Feb. 1, 2017, in Peoria.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, David, Ralph, Irvin, Carl, James and George; three sisters, Marie, Ruth and Florence; and one grandson, Alex Barth.

John is survived by his six children, Jack and Jody (Waibel) Hoerr of Brimfield, Julie and Jim Barth of Metamora, Joan and Bill Schick of Edwards, Jeff and Jada (Phillabaum) Hoerr of Peoria, John and Serena (Sauder) Hoerr of Peoria and Jane and Breck Nelson of Greenville; 37 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Millie Moser and Eloise Meister; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Hoerr.

Along with two of his brothers, John was an owner of D.A. Hoerr and Sons, Inc. in Peoria. The Hoerr Nursery name has a long history in Peoria. His father, David August Hoerr, the son of German immigrants, began delivering topsoil in his truck and doing other landscaping jobs in 1926. The business continues the family tradition today under the third generation. John developed the Hardy Turf sod business in the early 1970s. His stone and masonry work is found all throughout the Peoria area.

Services were May 13, 2022, at the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church. Burial was in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Edwards.
Condolences can be left online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Susan Riccioni

FARMINGTON – Susan Riccioni, 75, of Farmington, passed away surrounded by her immediate family May 11, 2022, at her residence.

She was born on June 13, 1946, in Canton, a daughter of Thomas C. and Virginia (Picton) Wilson. She married Richard Riccioni on Aug. 15, 1964, in Farmington. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Gina (Scott) Voice of Farmington, Rick (Ann) Riccioni of Farmington; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Joel) Hill, Spencer Henderson, Jordan (Molly) Painter, Hunter Henderson, Erica Riccioni; and two great-grandchildren, Beau and Josie Hill.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty Ann Stookey.

Susan graduated from Farmington High School in 1964, and later started working as a part-time secretary of transfer of facility, and later went to full-time secretary dean of transfer and occupational facility, where she retired on Jan. 29, 1999 after 24 years of service to Spoon River College.

She was of the Catholic faith, member of the Canton Garden Club, as she enjoyed her flower beds, hummingbirds and playing cards with the ladies of her card club. But most of all, she was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother to her beloved grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 17, 2022. Burial followed at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington.

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



Dennis P. Carton

PRINCEVILLE – Dennis P. Carton, 57, of Princeville, passed away at 10:08 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. Dennis was born on Aug. 25, 1964, in Geneseo, the son of Dean and Sylvia (Slama) Carton. He married Debbie Smith on Sept. 29, 1990; she survives.

Dennis is also survived by his two daughters, Jamie (Heath) Moore of Gilbert, Ariz., and Samantha Carton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-son, Michael (Juana) Wilson of Chicago; four grandchildren, Gwendolyn Moore, Callen Moore, Brayden Wilson and Landon Wilson; two brothers, Dave Carton of Geneseo and Dan (JoLynn) Carton of Sullivan; sister, Connie (Mike) Clark of Geneseo; brother-in-law, Kevin (Deanna) Smith of Mississippi; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

Dennis formerly worked at Keystone Steel and Simmers Crane. His most current job was as a sales manager for VPG. Dennis loved animals, specifically dogs and horses; guns; leather and knife making; and hosting fish frys with his friends. He never knew a stranger and could make friends easily. Dennis deeply loved his children and his grandchildren.

His funeral will be Friday, May 13, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Pastor Gary Webb will officiate.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Princeville Township Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home or Akron-Princeville Ambulance. Condolences for Dennis’ family may be left at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Patricia L. Duthoo

PRINCEVILLE – Patricia Lee Berardi Duthoo, 78, Princeville, passed away at 2:27 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2022, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was the daughter of Margaret (Wood) and Nello Berardi. Pat was born on Dec. 29, 1943, in Pekin. She married Jim Duthoo on April 24, 1965, he survives.

Pat is also survived by her three children, Denise (Sean) Rainsford of Orland Park, Jeff (Elizabeth) Duthoo of Newburgh, Ind., and Cherise (Brian) Murphy of Marshall; six grandchildren, Sarah (Mitchell) Birch, Zack (Samantha) Lueken and Jake Lueken, William and Sam Duthoo, and Michael Rainsford; one great-granddaughter, Audrey Lueken; one brother, Pete Berardi; and four nieces, Jessica Berardi, Melanie Wallinger, Beth Pullen and Kristi Riley. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pat spent 57 of her 78 years married to her best friend, Jim. A big part of their life in Princeville was spent as volunteers of the Akron-Princeville Fire Department, where Pat was a charter member of the Ambulance Service and the Ladies APFD Auxiliary. They were business partners and owned the Villa Variety Store on Main Street in Princeville for several years.

Pat’s other careers were centered on community involvement and service to others, a natural fit for her best qualities: a compassionate spirit, a warm, welcoming smile, easy to talk to, and usually possessing an opinion or words of wisdom to share. She knew no strangers.

She loved spending time with family and friends who were like family. Camping, card playing, reading and crossword puzzles were among her favorite hobbies. She and Jim shared an avid interest in NASCAR, the Fighting Illini and the St. Louis Cardinals. They loved their Schnauzers, Heidi, Lucy and Bob.

She was a champion of her children’s lives and absolutely adored her grandchildren. She traveled up and down the state, sometimes at a moment’s notice, to comfort them, cheer them on, celebrate milestones and just simply be with them.

In recent years, she and Jim enjoyed retirement and camping life.

A visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services. A time of reflection to remember Pat’s life will begin at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. All are invited to stay and to share a memory or story of Pat during this time. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service, The A.R.K. animal Shelter in Lacon, or directly to the family.

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

Loretta D. Hall

ELMWOOD – Loretta D. Hall, 75, of Peoria, born Christmas Day, 1946, was received into the loving embrace of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 10, 2022. Upon accepting Christ as her Savior as a young adult, she committed to growing in His knowledge and serving Him, a lifelong testament of faith and a gift to all who knew her. Northwest Baptist Church was her second home where she taught Sunday School for many years.

She married her high school sweetheart, George Hall, on Aug. 22, 1962, and he was by her side as she drew her last breath, as were their two children, Randy and Linda (Sheri Anger). Loretta showered affection upon her family and took great pride in their accomplishments, largely attributable to her nurturing and loving encouragement.

Aside from her faith and family, her friends meant so much to her. Loretta loved Elvis Presley’s music and was still dancing to it on her last birthday. She was George’s number one fan and pit member during the decades he drove race cars and was elated when she won a Powder Puff Derby.

While family and friends give thanks that her physical and mental suffering have ended, she will be dearly missed until the gift of eternal life brings them together again.

Loretta is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Pearl Jones, and her brother Larry Jones, all formerly of Elmwood, Ill.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10-11:30 a.m., at the funeral home. A burial will immediately follow at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Northwest Baptist Church, Peoria, Ill., or Shriner’s Hospital.

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

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

Richard L. Harkness

ELMWOOD – Richard Lee Harkness, more commonly known as Dick or “Snuffy,” 85, of Canton, an Elmwood High School graduate, died Feb. 8, 2022, at Graham Hospital in Canton. Richard was born on Feb. 16, 1936, to Milo and Vera (Oldfield) Harkness in Elmwood.

In 1963, Richard met Coralie Ellen Willson and they were married on Nov. 15, 1964.

He is survived by his children, Lanny Williams of Des Moines, Iowa, Lori (Harry) Rumler of Canton, Terry Williams of Canton and Shawn (Jen) Harkness of Huntington, Ind.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and one great-grandson to be born later this year; and one brother.

Services will Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at Youth Acres, with dinner to follow at the 1st Baptist Church in Canton.

Marilyn Utsinger

CANTON – Marilyn Utsinger, 75, sister of an Edwards man, died May 5, 2022 at her residence in Canton.

She was born on June 2, 1946, in Canton to Robert and Lucy (Warren) Cleer. They preceded her in death. She married Richard “Rick” Utsinger on June 21, 1964, in Canton. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Melissa (Alan) Sollenberger of Canton and Gregory Utsinger of Canton; one brother, Richard (Janet) Cleer of Edwards; and one grandson, Jacob Sollenberger.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Betty Cleer.

Marilyn retired in 2011 from Graham Hospital in Canton working as the Emergency Room Nursing Unit Secretary and lastly as Nursing Administration Secretary for a total of 38 years. She was a member of the Canton Assembly of God Church and enjoyed working in her yard and gardening.

Most of all she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

A funeral was held May 9, 2022 at 11 am, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with a visitation.

Cremation rites will be accorded following the services and the burial of ashes will be at the White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Condolences can be left online at oakshinesfuneralhome.com.



Sylvia Berg

TOULON ­– Sylvia Berg departed her loving family on April 30, 2022, at Toulon Nursing Home. Sylvia was born at home in Sonora, Ky. on May 21, 1933, to Dewey and Pearl Childress. She met her husband to be in Fort Knox where they married on May 26, 1951, in Elizabethtown. Sylvia came to live in Stark, Ill., while her husband left for Korea. Donald Berg preceded her in death.

Sylvia was mother to Rebecca Williams, Kathy Markham and Ronald Berg (deceased). She had seven grandchildren, Dedre Dennison, Nathan Torbert (deceased), Levi Berg (deceased), Kaylee Berg, Lucas Berg, Andrea Schreiber and Chelsea Markham. She has eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. The untimely deaths of her son and grandchildren bent her but she remained unbroken.

Sylvia was known for her blunt and matter of fact manner. She lacked tact but made up for that in compassion. She had a very dry sense of humor that she used even on her last day of life. She was a wonderful cook and worked at the Princeville Migrant Daycare and Leaps and Bounds Daycare. She worked at Home Comfort for many years.

Sylvia was a member of Stark Congregational church. Her partner in later years, Lonnie Drawyer, preceded her in death. Sylvia is survived by one sister, Barbara Brown of Ky. Her sisters Frances, Betty, Mary and brother, Carlos also proceeded her in death. Sylvia loved her pets and adopted several from shelters.

In lieu of flowers,we request contributions to Kewanee Humane Society or Hog Capitol Wildlife Rescue. Her family has adopted her beloved pets, Rocky and Bella. Graveside services will be May 21, 2022, at Wyoming cemetery at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will be held following at the Spoon River Bowl.

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

Charles L. Haradon

LaFAYETTE ­– Charles LeRoy Haradon was born on June 9, 1936, to Leo and Susan (Todd) Haradon in LaFayette, Ill. He passed away on the morning of May 2, 2022.

LeRoy graduated from LaFayette High School in 1954 after spending his last year of high school living with Russel John and Lois Collinson from Victoria, Ill., two very special people to him, which allowed him to work and stay on the farm that he loved.

LeRoy married, Joyce Ann Chapman “the girl next door,” in September of 1959. They were married until her passing in 1980. He married MaryAnn (Rollins) in August of 1981 and they spent 41 years together on their farm south of LaFayette.

LeRoy loved working and it showed by farming for 55+ years. He especially loved raising his herd of black Angus cattle, and retiring from 33+ years of working as a heavy equipment operator for the United Mine workers of America. He worked for several coal mines in the area.

He shared his farm by hosting catfish fry’s and sharing them with his family and neighbors. He also tried his hand at the sport of harness racing, despite the long travels to Chicago and back, he enjoyed this with his friends and wife Mary Ann.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Haradon; son, Dennis Haradon of Illinois; daughter: Rene’e (Dean) Bauknecht of Wisconsin; step-children, Mark, Brian Rollins and Paula Boston of Illinois; grandchildren, Jessie Haradon of Indiana, Colton (Caitlin) Opinker of North Carolina, Hunter Opinker of Wisconsin and Sumer Opinker of Texas; step-grandhildren, Nathan Carlson, Tessa (Paul) Thompson and Chase Rollins; brother: Roger Haradon of Florida; half sisters, Patricia Galli of Illinois and Nira (John) Beard of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, foster parents, first wife, and half-brother, David Haradon.

He will be truly missed by many friends and his family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 6, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Rev. Martin Gutzmer officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Gerald T. Hinds

MILO – On Saturday, April 16, 2022, Gerald “Todd” Hinds died at home at the age of 76.

Todd was blessed to have survived a seven-way heart bypass in 2010 and after being diagnosed in 2019 with advanced prostate cancer, succumbed after three years. He is survived by his wife, Laurie McNamara Hahn Hinds; his step-son, Paul J. McNamara of Peoria, Ill.; his sister Jayree Hinds Caskey; and two nieces, Marcee and Kristie and their families, all of Florida.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1946, in Peoria to Gerald and Della Mae Holliday Hinds. Through his mother and paternal family, Todd is a documented 5th great-grandson of frontiersman Daniel Boone.

He graduated from Manual High School in 1964. In 1967 his family moved to Milo Township to farm with his Aunt Annie (Margaret Ann Harmon) and Uncle George Orin Hinds (both deceased). He was drafted into the U.S. Army during Vietnam and served two years as a mechanic. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Todd continued to farm and care for his mother throughout good times and the not so good times. Working from before dawn until the day’s work was done, regardless of the hour, or the weather. He could fix anything that broke with about anything he could find. He always stopped to help dig a neighbor out of a snowdrift, or change a tire, or fix a fence, which is how he found his wife in 2007– under a hedge tree entangled in a mess of old woven wire and four-point barb. They continued to mend fences together as well as raise cows, sheep, chickens, and cats. On Oct. 11, 2016, he actually took an afternoon off and decided to get married – guess he decided Laurie could keep up with him.

He loved going to farm auctions and always had a load to haul home. Friday nights were spent at the local sale barn. He enjoyed seeing all his friends and hearing the local news.

In accordance with Todd’s wishes, cremation was accorded and no memorial service or funeral will be held, as it’s spring and you are all too busy doing what’s got to be done. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, Eat More Beef!

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

Raymond C. Klumpp

BRADFORD ­– Raymond C. Klumpp, 100, of Bradford, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2022, at the home of his daughter.

Raymond was born on July 5, 1921, in Akron Township, the son of Karl and Minnie (Rapp) Klumpp. He married Eunice M. Feucht on Oct. 29, 1950, in Princeville; she preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1979.

He is survived by one son, David (Barb) Klumpp of Wyoming; two daughters, Eileen Klumpp of Bradford and Gladys (Edwin) Martin of Dunlap; one son-in-law, Ron Baer of Edelstein; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lucy Schmidgall of Morton and Esther Martin of Princeville. He is also preceded in death by one daughter, Deann Baer; two sisters, Emma Stahl and Martha Streitmatter; one infant brother, Herman; and one great-granddaughter.

Raymond was a member of the Bradford Apostolic Christian Church. He was a lifelong farmer in rural Wyoming.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Bradford Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation was to be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Additional visitation will be from 9-9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Graveside services and burial will be in the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian LifePoints in Morton or the Bradford Community Fire Protection District. To leave condolences for Raymond’s family, please visit his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Philip O. Laurin

DAHINDA ­– Pastor Philip O. “Phil” Laurin, 87, of Dahinda, died Saturday, April 30, 2022, in his home in Oak Run.

A funeral service will be held at 11a.m., Friday, May 6, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva with Pastor Katie Gallagher and Pastor Randy Swanson officiating. Visitation was to be Thursday, May 5, 4-7 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery.

Pastor Laurin was born Sept. 22, 1934, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the son of Philip and Florence Warner and brother to John Laurin. He married Amy Dean Staples on Sept. 8, 1962, in Lockport, Ill. She survives, as do his brother John (Liz) Laurin; his daughters Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz (Sam Kovitz), Karin (Rob) Cooper and Katie Laurin (Jayme Hopping); three grandsons Eliot Kovitz, Andy Cooper and James Hopping; four granddaughters Kyle Kovitz, Caroline Cooper, Laurin Hopping and Anna Cooper; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Pastor Laurin was preceded in death by his father and mother and his mother-in-law, Frances Staples.

After graduating high school in New York, Pastor Laurin attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., earning his Bachelor of Arts. He subsequently attended North Park Seminary in Chicago and received his Master of Divinity and was ordained in the Covenant Church.

His first pastoral call was to 1st Covenant Church in Lockport, where he served from 1960-66. He joined the rolls of the Lutheran Church in America and served Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Ill., from 1966-69 until moving to St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Antioch, Ill., from 1969-79. He served the next 20 years at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva, 1979-2000. Upon his retirement in 2000, Pastor Laurin had completed 40 years of ministry.

In addition to being a Lutheran pastor, he was truly a great man who had a gift for making everyone feel loved and valued. He touched many lives and displayed a compassion that is rarely seen in the world.

Pastor Laurin loved to spend his free time with his family and friends and enjoyed golf and bowling. He was an avid sports fan watching and listening to a diversity of sports from golf to baseball to basketball to football to swimming. He enjoyed with particular interest the New York Yankees and the sports teams at schools his children and grandchildren attended including Galva High School, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern, Bradley, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Green Bay and, of course, his beloved Augie. GoVikes!

Memorials may be directed to Lutheran World Relief for Ukraine emergency support. Alternatively, checks payable to Lutheran World Relief can be sent to Mrs. Amy Laurin, 338 Sherwood Circle, Dahinda, IL 61428, for the family to forward on your behalf.

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

Larry W. Townsend

LaFAYETTE ­– Larry Warren Townsend, 79, of LaFayette, Ill., passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022, at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee, Ill. Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded, and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

Larry, the son of Warren Townsend and Jessie Barron, was born on May 21, 1942, in Seattle, Wash. He married Annette Bennett 35 years ago; she survives.

His career was spent working in the maintenance departments for Galva Foundry, Maytag in Galesburg and then for Great Dane in Kewanee.

He enjoyed playing video games, fishing, collecting hot wheels, tinkering in the garage and rebuilding things. Some of his fondest memories were camping at Allendale and fishing with his kids, but most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, Annette. One of Larry’s favorite quotes that he would say to Annette through the years was: “Through the good and the bad, love conquers all.”

Larry’s legacy was being kind, generous, and always helping others.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Annette; brother, Tom (Sue) Tomlinson of Kewanee; 9 children; 31 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, stepfather, a daughter in infancy, and his three brothers.



Janice J. Ewalt

CANTON – Janice J. Ewalt, 79, of Canton, formerly of Yates City, passed away at 3:35 p.m., on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the Renaissance Nursing Home in Canton.

She was born Jan. 11, 1943, in Peoria, Ill., to Howard and Elaine (Elliott) Windish. She married Tom Ewalt on June 30, 1961, in Elmwood. He preceded her in death in 2002.

She is survived by four children, Everett (Michele) Ewalt of Elmwood, Todd (Robin) Ewalt of Canton, Britton (Heather) Ewalt of Yates City and Tonya (Adam) Swingle of Beardstown; one brother, John Windish; two sisters, Glenene (Dale) Benson and Cheryl (the late Larry) Fleisher; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents.

Janice worked at the Yates City School Cafeteria for 15 years and was later a Mary Kay Director. She was a also a member of the Arenzville United Methodist Church.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Yates City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at noon at the Banquet Hall, 112 Magnolia St., Elmwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude and Elba-Salem Fire Department.

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

Billy Joe Sharp

BRIMFIELD – Billy Joe “Bill” Sharp, son of the late Hubert and Bead Wood Sharp was born Dec. 9, 1943, in Waterloo, Ala. He attended public schools in Lauderdale County and was a 1963 graduate of the Waterloo High School “Cougars.”

He started his professional life by emigrating away from his sweet home Alabama to Peoria to follow his brother’s dream of getting away. He worked as a professional seamless gutter installer at Sharp’s Gutter Service for most of his working life, retiring in 2021.

Bill married his “soul-mate” Judith Anne Hayworth of Peoria, on June 13, 1985. They settled in Brimfield, where they built a life together surrounded by family and friends. He was a dedicated and loving family man who nurtured his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman and lover of the flora and fauna of central Illinois. He was a renowned finder of morels, smoker of venison and catcher of fish. He was also a world-famous squirrel whisperer. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of the hole-in-one club at Oak Run Golf Course in Dahinda.

Though an Illinois transplant, he never lost his southern accent and was often referred to as a “Hillbilly.” This Southern charm compelled him to be a friendly and outgoing person, eager to meet new people and strike up interesting conversations.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert (Bead) Sharp of Waterloo, Ala.; and by other family members, Jack (Patricia) Sharp of Peoria; Coren (Thomas) South of Florence, Va.; (Grayford) Wallace of Cloverdale and William “Tiny” Sharp of Waterloo, all of Alabama.

His life will be forever cherished in the lives of his beloved bride Judith, his children, Greg (April) Sharp of Creve Coeur, Jeffery “Scott” (Tammie) Sharp of Princeville, Jeffrey (Amber) Smith of Elmwood, Ronald (Veda) Smith of Farmington, and his favorite, Jennifer (Will) Grady of Goodfield; one brother, William Charles Sharp of Waterloo; two sisters, Betty Arnold of Florence, all of Alabama and Sarah Smith of Roanoke, Va.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill’s funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday April 30, 2022, at the Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Will Grady officiated. His visitation was from 1-3 p.m. also on Saturday at the funeral chapel. A celebration of life followed at the Farmington Sportsmen’s Club at 4904 N. Stone School Road in Elmwood.

Online condolences may be left for Bill’s family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

Susan M. Chandler

DAHINDA – Susan M. “Susie” Chandler, 74, of Dahinda, passed away at home on April 28, 2022.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville has been entrusted with her arrangements.

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

Philip O. Laurin

DAHINDA – Reverend Philip O. “Phil” Laurin, 87, of Dahinda, died at 2:07 a.m., Saturday, April 30, at his home in Oak Run.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 6, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva with Pastor Katie Gallagher and Pastor Randy Swanson officiating. Visitation will be today, May 5, 4-7 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery.

Pastor Laurin was born Sept. 22, 1934, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the son of Philip and Florence Warner and brother to John Laurin. He married Amy Dean Staples on Sept. 8, 1962, in Lockport, Ill. She survives as do his brother John (Liz) Laurin; his daughters Kirsten Laurin-Kovitz (Sam Kovitz), Karin (Rob) Cooper, and Katie Laurin (Jayme Hopping); three grandsons; and four granddaughters.

Pastor Laurin was preceded in death by his father and mother and his mother-in-law, Frances Staples.

After graduating high school in New York, Pastor Laurin attended Augustana College in Rock Island, earning his Bachelor of Arts. He subsequently attended North Park Seminary in Chicago and received his Master of Divinity and was ordained in the Covenant Church. His first pastoral call was to 1st Covenant Church in Lockport, where he served from 1960-66. He joined the rolls of the Lutheran Church in America and served Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford from 1966-69 until moving to St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Antioch from 1969-79. He served the next 20 years at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva, 1979-2000.

Upon his retirement in 2000, Pastor Laurin had completed 40 years of ministry. In addition to being a Lutheran pastor he was truly a great man who had a gift for making everyone feel loved and valued.

Pastor Laurin loved to spend his free time with his family and friends and enjoyed golf and bowling.

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

Becky J. Whitehouse

CANTON – Becky J. Whitehouse, 69, of Canton, died April 27, 2022, at Renaissance Care Center in Canton. She was born on Feb. 27, 1953, in Peoria, a daughter of Virgal and Janet (Clark) Day. She married William “Bill” Whitehouse on Dec. 9, 1978, in Elmwood. He survives.

Also surviving are her two daughters, Tricia (Sean) Davis of Canton; Sarah Thompson of Pekin, four grandchildren; one brother, Steven Day of Mountain Home, Ark., and one sister, Lori Cantrell of Mountain Home, Ark.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one infant sister.

A memorial service was held April 30, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton. Cremation rites will be accorded through Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Orndorff-Breeds Cemetery.

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



Marjorie A. Mauch

PEORIA – Marjorie “Marge” A. (Barnewolt) Mauch, 90, was born on Aug. 1, 1931, in Peoria, and passed peacefully at Lutheran Hillside Village of Peoria on April 19, 2022.

She was the daughter of Charles R. and Marguerite (Niemann) Barnewolt, who preceded her in death. She was married to William “Bill” Mauch on Dec. 26, 1953. He died in 2006. They had one son, William Jr. He preceded in death her by just 13 days this April. Her only brother, Charles Barnewolt Sr., also preceded her in death, along with two beloved nephews, Charles Barnewolt Jr. and Brian Barnewolt.

Marge’s sister-in-law, Agatha (Bateman) Barnewolt, survives, along with two nephews, Michael and Jeffrey Barnewolt.

Marge spent her childhood in Peoria and on the family farm, Robin’s Nest, just north of Kickapoo. She was a graduate of Peoria Central High.

After continuing at Western State College, she was employed by Great Central Insurance Co. of Peoria until her marriage to Bill. His career in the motion picture Industry then took her to Hollywood, where she raised their son, and was hostess to Bill’s many friends and acquaintances.

A funeral service is to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022, at The Wilton Mortuary. Interment will follow at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. A luncheon will follow services with a location to be announced following the committal service.

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

Floyd Mudd

HANNA CITY – Floyd Mudd, 79, died April 12, 2022, at his home in Hanna City.

He was born on March 28, 1943, in Toledo, Ill., to Arvilla Mae (Williams) and Richard Jesse Mudd.

Floyd is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marjorie (Laughary) Mudd. They have three children, Charles (Julie) Mudd of Eden, Teresa (Rick) Gorrie of Washington and Michelle (Danny) Fritz of Edelstein. Together, Floyd and Marjorie have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Monroe (Ruth) Mudd of Smithville and David (Sherry) Mudd of Tremont; and two sisters, Phyllis Morse of Bartonville and Vera (Rollin) Morse of Peoria. His parents, one brother, four sisters and one granddaughter preceded him in death.

Cremation rites have been accorded. All friends and family are cordially invited to an informal celebration of life at the former Hanna City Grade School gymnasium, 511 N. Main Street, Hanna City, from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

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



Archie C. Foster

ELMWOOD – Archie C. Foster, 75, of Elmwood, passed away at 7:03 a.m., on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at his residence. He was born Sept. 9, 1946, in Brimfield, to Everett and Violet (Rynearson) Foster. He married Roberta Hall on Oct. 6, 1962, in Elmwood. She preceded him in death in 2004.

He is survived by five children, Rodney (Cindy) Foster of Peoria, William Foster of Elmwood, Lynn Foster of Elmwood, Robert Foster of Elmwood and Beth Foster of Elmwood; one sister, Joyce Foster; seven grandchildren, Lynn Marie Foster, Ashley (John) Brentrup, Jerimay Keel, Brittany (Joe) Bushong, Jessica (Jeremiah) Lacomb, Aaron (JoAnna) Bernal and Austin Foster; and eight great-grandchildren, Alex, Destiny, Faith, Saffron, Aiden, Evan, Brooklyn, Weston and one-on-the-way.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Foster; six brothers; and four sisters.

Archie worked as a machinist at Caterpillar where he retired from after 30-plus years. He was also a Peoria County Police Officer for seven years and worked for Whitney & Associates in Peoria for seven years.

After retiring, he was a paper carrier for the Peoria Journal Star.
He adored his family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his dogs.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., on Monday, April 25, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial immediately followed the service at Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

To view Archie’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit, oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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

Jo Lynne Hofer

PRINCEVILLE – Jo Lynne Hofer, 52, of Princeville, passed away at 10:09 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist. Jo was born on Sept. 29, 1969, in Peoria, devoted daughter of Vernon Miller and Janet (Newman) Miller. She married her high school sweetheart, Harry Hofer, on Aug. 11, 1990. He survives.

Jo is also survived by her children, Brooke (Owen) Hofer of Chicago and Bennett (Olivia) Hofer of Overland Park, Kan.; her parents, Vernon and Janet Miller of Princeville; her siblings, Lea Anne Miller of Peoria and Matthew (Rhya) Miller of Flower Mound, Texas; numerous siblings-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

When we think of Jo’s different roles and the ways she impacted lives around her, the list is a long one. Jo taught elementary school for over a decade. She fiercely loved and protected her students. She regularly stayed late to help tutor kids who needed extra help and her excitement when talking about their progress was infectious. She spent a lot of time thinking about how she could help improve her students’ lives both in and out of school. She spearheaded a program at her school that helped provide supplemental food and nutrition to families who were going without. And the collection of children’s books in her reading corner was truly epic and ever-growing.

She was incredibly close to her parents and went to visit with them often. She enjoyed reminiscing about her childhood in Laura, Ill., and was full of stories about being outside as much as possible. Jo loved having her family around her. Jo’s parents, mother-in-law Sue, children, siblings, and siblings-in-law have helped create a phenomenal support system throughout her cancer treatment. Many in Jo’s community are reminded of her when they see one of the many stained glass or blown glass creations she gave away. Jo was a true artist.

Her sense of adventure and curious spirit is something she shared with her husband, Harry. Harry and Jo were truly best friends and always happiest in each other’s company. Harry’s tireless caregiving for over a decade is a true testament to their deep bond. Their banter was full of goofs, sarcasm, and laughter. Most nights, you could find them snuggling up to watch a movie. Jo was always planning out their next vacation.

Of all her roles, Jo considered being a mom the most important. There was never a day where she wasn’t thinking about Brooke and Bennett and praying for their contentment. Her first words out of surgery were always to tell them that she loved them. Sitting around a fire with a s’more and having a deep chat with her family was a happy place for Jo.

Her funeral service will be at Princeville United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Rev. Zach Waldis will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, April 29, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville from 4-6 p.m. Burial will be in the Princeville Township Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Akron Princeville Ambulance, Children’s Literacy Initiative, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance or the American Cancer Society.

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

Dale E. Kenney

FARMINGTON – Dale E. Kenney, 77, of Farmington passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at his residence surrounded by family.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1944, in Green Valley Ill., the son of Everett Burl and Martia (Lee) Kenney. On Jan. 22, 1971, Dale married Sheila M. Davis in Bryant, Ill.. She survives.

Together they had three beautiful children, Monte (Melissa) Kenney of Brimfield, William (Rachel) Kenney of Farmington and DeeDee Johnson of East Moline. Dale also had six grandchildren, Dylan, Ethan, Ty, Tanner, Alison and Brody.

Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers and one sister. He has one surviving brother, George (Kay) Kenney of Canton.

Dale was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. He had earned a Purple Heart during the war. He was also an avid toy tractor collector. He was retired and enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.

There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or The American Parkinson Disease Association.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at csmico.com.

Michael M. Whitledge

PRINCEVILLE – Michael M. Whitledge, 64, of Princeville, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at his residence. Michael was born Nov. 12, 1957, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Melvin and Helen (Schreck) Whitledge. He married Ruth Mohring on April 5, 1983, in Alva, Okla.; she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Shauna Whitledge of Peoria; one son, Matthew Ballard of Princeville; his mother, Helen Whitledge of Dunlap; one brother, Dale (Cheryl) Whitledge of Peoria; four sisters, Mary (Tim) Shea of Peoria, Donna (Marc) Hall of Wooddale, Vickie (Steve) Garretts of Greeley, Colo., and Aimee (Rick) Cottrell of East Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Bill Whitledge.

Michael received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Bradley University and worked for Caterpillar. Being an engineer, he always enjoyed tinkering with electronics, especially old TVs.

Michael loved to race the modified class of race cars at Peoria Speedway and Spoon River Speedway, which he did from 1996-2002, even winning the mid-season championship.

A celebration of Michael’s life and burial in Prospect Cemetery will be held at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Condolences may be left for Michael’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Charles W. Carter

HANNA CITY – Charles Winston “Wynne” Carter, 80, died Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at his home in Hanna City, surrounded by family.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1942, in Dunlap to Aune (Wainio) and Carl Woodrow “Woody” Carter.

On June 29, 1962, Wynne married the love of his life, Marilyn (Willis) Carter. Marilyn survives. Also surviving are his four daughters, Wendy (Curt) Kooken of Peoria, Charla Dixon of Hanna City, Jennifer (Tyrone) Redd of Bloomington and Kristi (James) Stephens of Hanna City; five brothers, Donald (Shela) Carter of Oklahoma, Gail Carter of Princeville, Jerry (Loree) Carter of Bartonville, Kevin (Mary) Carter of Dunlap and Mike (Kim) Carter of Dunlap; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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



Helen A. Barton

WYOMING – Helen Agnes Barton, 87, of Wyoming, passed away at 8:42 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2022, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Helen was born on Nov. 21, 1934, in Bradford at her Grandma Hodges’ house. She was the daughter of Edwin (Ted) and Velma L. (McLane) Hodges. She married Charles Eugene Barton on March 15, 1959, at the Wyoming Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, Bruce Barton (Jeanie Lindahl) of Kewanee, Ill.; a daughter, Ruth (Bruce) Lang of Galva, Ill.; three granddaughters, Stephanie (DJ) Johnson, Brandi (Rob) Temple and Sarah Barton; a great-granddaughter, Leilani Johnson; two great-grandsons, Carsyn Abbott and Cypress Temple; and another great-granddaughter arriving soon. Also surviving are two brothers, Clarence O. Hodges and John E. Hodges; a brother-in-law James Darnell; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister Alma L. Darnell; and two sisters-in-law, Sharon Hodges and Raylene Hodges.

Helen was a farm wife, seamstress, and homemaker who enjoyed making pies and baking cookies for special events, to share with others, and to freeze for eating and sharing with others later.

She was also known as the “cookie lady” by many people.

She was a member of the Elmira United Presbyterian Church where she actively served through the years in many different capacities including Clerk of Session, Elder, Deacon, and Trustee. She also served on multiple church committees. And if food was being served at the Church, you could find Helen working in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes.

Helen’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2022, at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church in rural Toulon. Rev. Art Blegen will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, also at the church. Burial will follow in the Toulon Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elmira United Presbyterian Church or the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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

Ruby E. Bass

HENRY – Ruby Eleanor Bass, 85, of Henry, passed away Wednesday April 6, 2022, 10:25 am at Country Comfort Retirement Home, Henry.

Visitation was Friday April 8, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at the Henry United Methodist Church. Funeral services was Saturday 10:30 a.m. at the church, with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Will Meachum officiated. Burial followed at Toulon Cemetery, Toulon, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Henry United Methodist Church, or to the MSW Projects.

Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of arrangements.
Ruby was born March 6, 1937, in Modena Township, Ill., to Elmer and Hazel (Hall) Thurston. She married Roger L. Bass on June 21, 1959, in Elmira, Ill. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2019.

Surviving are her children, Ann Lindstrom and Julie Briner, both of Henry, and Danny (Mary) Bass, of Brooklyn, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, Aaron, Adam, Tasha, Jolynn, Nikki and Daniel; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 brother. Elmer Thurston, Jr., of Galva; 2 sisters, Doris Stevenson, of California, and Mary Gramery, of Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, Nathan Bass, one brother, Kenneth, one sister, Shirley Wilmes, and her dog Cody.

Ruby was a member of the Henry United Methodist Church. Ruby and Roger were members of the Chillicothe Sportsman Club, and the ASPCA. She had started working as a CNA in Kewanee. She later worked for over 30 years at the Henry-Senachwine Grade School as the noon supervisor and worked in the kitchen.

She will be remembered for her love of decorating and the holidays, dressing up for Halloween and visiting the Grade School for many years after her retirement.

Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.

Patricia Dennison

KEWANEE – Patricia Mae Dennison, 79, of Kewanee, formerly of Galva, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Betty’s Garden Memory Care of Kewanee.

Patricia was born on Jan. 5, 1943, in Kewanee, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret “Peg” (Girven) Stout. She married Steve Bodine on Aug. 31, 1969, and he preceded her in death on July 4, 1992. She later married Bruce Dennison on May 15, 2004, in Kewanee.

Surviving are her husband, Bruce Dennison of Kewanee; one daughter, Kara (Darren) Beeler of Princeville; one step-son, Dave (Lisa) Dennison of Kewanee; three grandchildren, Kyle, Lexi and Alison (Dalton Jones) Dennison; one sister, Teri Brading of Oakland; one aunt, Audrey Girven of Galva; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jan Aden.

Patricia graduated from Galva High School in 1961 and was the alumni class secretary for many years. She worked in administration for the Galva School District #224 for 26 years, retiring in 1996. Pat served as Treasurer for the City of Galva for several years. She was a member of the Kewanee PEO, the Galva Retired Teacher’s Club, the Women Who Do Lunch Club and the First Methodist Church of Kewanee. Pat was an antiquer for many years, had a passion for shopping, traveling with Bruc, and a love for continual learning.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Veronica Haskell, Certified Funeral Celebrant will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2022, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Pamela M. Foley

GALVA – Pamela M. Foley, 57, of Galva, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in the emergency room of St. Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson officiated. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Galva Fusiliers. Visitation was April 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Memorial may be made to the Pam Foley Memorial Fund.

Pamela Marie Whaley was born March 27, 1965, in Phoenix, Ariz., the daughter of Floyd “Irv” and Marilyn M. Goodrich Whaley. She was educated in Galva schools and graduated from Galva High School in 1983. Pam then attended Black Hawk College in Kewanee and received an Associate Degree in Business Technology in 1986. She enlisted in the United States Air Force in Jan. of 1987, and served until Sept. of 1994. Her marriage to Timothy J. Foley took place on June 8, 1991, in Galva.

She operated the Tiny Tike’s Home Day Care from Sept. 1994 to August 1998. Pam then worked as a secretary at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva from 2004 to 2008. She was a teacher aid from Oct. 2008 to June 2013 at the Galva Elementary School, and then as secretary at the Galva Junior High School from Aug. 2013 to March 2017. Pam was then employed as a secretary at the Galva Elementary School from Aug. 2017 until the present. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Galva Athletic Boosters.

Those surviving are her husband, Timothy Foley, Galva; four sons, Trevor Foley, Navarre, Fla., Derek Foley, Chicago, Brennan Foley, Davenport, Iowa, and Caelin Foley, Champaign, Ill.; and her mother and stepfather, Marilyn and George Wilson, Galva. Other survivors include sisters, Wende (Kevin) Devlin, Rio, Ill., Rebecca Riley, Atkinson, Ill.; a brother, Steve Whaley, Bloomington, Ill.; a step sister, Kristine (Eric) Anderson, Galva; nephews, Rick (Kelly) Preston, Geneseo, Ryan Preston, LaFayette, Ill., Seth (Angela) Devlin, Fortville, Ind.; a niece, Jera (Coty) McCaw, Viola, Ill.; great nephews, Karson Devlin, Fortville, Ind., and Reed Preston, Geneseo; and great nieces, Payton Devlin, Bristol, McCaw and Remi Greer, all of Viola, Rylie Preston, Geneseo, and her two dogs, Shiloh Bean and Lucy Loo. Her father, Irv Whaley, and her grandparents, Hardy and Helen Goodrich, preceded her in death.

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



Kenneth C. Archibald

ELMWOOD – Kenneth C. Archibald, 80, passed away Monday, April 4, 2022, in St. Charles, Ill.

He was born in Peoria County, Ill., on April 16, 1941, to Arwine and Jeanette Archibald.

Kenneth graduated from Elmwood High School in 1959 and received his Associate in Electronics from DeVry University. In 1993, he retired from International Business Machines (IBM) in Chicago.

Ken had a love of music and greatly enjoyed playing the organ.

Ken is survived by his son Kevin C. (Catherine) of Streamwood, Ill.; daughter Kendra (Paul) Nespor of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandson, Logan Nespor of Phoenix; sister MaryLyn (J.D.) Kingsley of Glasford; niece Tiffany (Rob) Duhs of Trivoli; and great niece Shelby of Trivoli. He is preceded in death by his parents Arwine and Jeanette Archibald.

A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to a local animal shelter or a friend in need.

Helen A. Barton

WYOMING – Helen Agnes Barton, 87, of Wyoming, passed away at 8:42 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2022, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Helen was born on Nov. 21, 1934, in Bradford at her Grandma Hodges’ house. She was the daughter of Edwin (Ted) and Velma L. (McLane) Hodges.

She married Charles Eugene Barton on March 15, 1959, at the Wyoming Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, Bruce Barton (Jeanie Lindahl) of Kewanee, Ill.; a daughter, Ruth (Bruce) Lang of Galva, Ill.; three granddaughters, Stephanie (DJ) Johnson, Brandi (Rob) Temple and Sarah Barton; a great-granddaughter, Leilani Johnson; two great-grandsons, Carsyn Abbott and Cypress Temple; and another great-granddaughter arriving soon. Also surviving are two brothers, Clarence O. Hodges and John E. Hodges; a brother-in-law James Darnell; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Alma L. Darnell; and two sisters-in-law, Sharon Hodges and Raylene Hodges.

Helen was a farm wife, seamstress, and homemaker who enjoyed making pies and baking cookies for special events, to share with others, and to freeze for eating and sharing with others later. She was also known as the “cookie lady” by many people.

She was a member of the Elmira United Presbyterian Church where she actively served through the years in many different capacities including Clerk of Session, Elder, Deacon and Trustee. She also served on multiple church committees. And if food was being served at the church, you could find Helen working in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes.

Helen’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2022, at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church in rural Toulon. Rev. Art Blegen will officiate. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, also at the church. Burial will follow in the Toulon Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elmira United Presbyterian Church or the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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

Phillip W. Koeppel

WYOMING – Phillip Willard Koeppel, 83, of Wyoming, passed away at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at his residence. Phillip was born on Aug. 23, 1938, in Peoria, the son of Willard and Dorothy (Minnick) Koeppel. He married Karen Webber on April 28, 1991; she survives.

Also surviving are 5 children, Kimberly (Ron) Shipp of Peoria, Kathleen (Mike) Harmon of Elmwood, Phillip “Bud” (Susan) Koeppel of East Peoria, Kelley (Tim) Lane of Peoria and Nicole Koeppel of St. Louis; 1 stepson, Michael Webber of Lafayette, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Gloria Koeppel of Hills, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, James and William Koeppel; and one infant sister.

Phillip attended Spalding High School and graduated from Manual High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956-60 and was stationed for two years in Japan and two years in Hawaii. He had worked at Keystone, Caterpillar and Oberlander Security. He retired as a regional manager for the Secretary of State’s office in Illinois.

Sensei Koeppel was internationally recognized in the world of karate, a lifelong passion that began with his training while stationed in the Navy in Yokohama, Japan. Phil was an early pioneer of the sport in the United States and opened the first karate school in Illinois in 1960. He practiced and taught the style of Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu. In 1984 he founded the non-profit organization, United States Karate Do-Kai, which grew to an international level. Phil had attained a level of 10th degree black belt and was actively involved in the organization until his passing. In his spare time, Phil enjoyed going out to dinner with friends and family, playing euchre and rooting for his Iowa Hawkeyes.

His visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. His funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2022, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming. Fr. John Cyr will officiate. Burial will be in Snareville Cemetery in Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Condolences may be left for Phillip’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Larry G. O’Connell

EDWARDS – Larry G. O’Connell, 51, of Edwards, passed away April 8, 2022, at his home.

He was born on May 13, 1970, in Peoria, to Richard “Dick” O’Connell and Doria (Grubb) Malmgren.

He is survived by three children, Heather Slater of Canton, Andrew (Laura Theyse) O’Connell of Cuba, and Jersey Putman of Galesburg; two brothers, John (Shellie) O’Connell and Math Smith; two sisters, Crystal (the late Delbert) Plain and Kelly (Doug Bowman) O’Connell; and two grandchildren.

There will be no services at this time.



Donald G. Martin

BRADFORD – Donald Gene Martin, 89, of Bradford, Ill,. passed away Monday, April 4, 2022, on his late daughter’s birthday, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

He was born Sept.10, 1932, in Princeton, Ill., the son of Robert and Mary (Sullivan) Martin.

Gene married Nancy Alexander on Sept. 10, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tiskilwa. She survives in Bradford.

He is also survived by 6 children, Lucinda Jenkins of Campbellsville, Kent., Rhonda (Roy) Keller and William Martin of Sarasota, Fla., Donald Martin, Jr. of Bradford, Joseph (Karen) Martin of Englewood, Fla., and Linda (Dean) Bailey of Camp Grove, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, Carla Bearup, Jessica (Aaron) Ward, Krista (Rob) Albrecht, Dustin Martin, Corbin Martin, MaKayla Martin, Britnee (Mitchell) Spetsios, Kayla Martin, Shannon Martin, Erika Bailey, Christopher Bailey, and Nicholas Bailey; 5 great-grandchildren: Noah, Alivia, Blake, Audra and Bryant; 1 sister, Ruth Ann Maybry of Missouri; and his special chihuahua, Cora.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Patricia Martin; two sons-in law, Richard Jenkins and Willie Martin; and one brother, Robert Martin, Jr., in infancy.

Gene attended Bradford Schools before enlisting in the United States Navy.

He was a truck driver throughout his life. He started his career helping his father at Martin and Son Trucking and eventually retiring from Bosch Trucking. After retiring from trucking he mowed many lawns in the Bradford area.

Gene enjoyed listening to music, hanging out in his garage, and cruising the back roads with his dog, Cora.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bradford with Father John Cyr, officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bradford.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bradford.

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

Janice K. Bowen

GALVA – Janice K. McCurdy White Bowen passed away peacefully surrounded by her sons on Feb. 25, 2022. She was 82 years old, born June 3, 1939.

Graveside services will be held at the Galva Cemetery on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 11 a.m. with a Celebration of Life at the Galva First Baptist Church to follow.

The family is inviting all family and friends to come to the Celebration of Life to share love and stories of Janice.

Lynne Myhre

BISHOP HILL – Lynne Myhre, 83, of Bishop Hill, died Saturday, April 2, 2022, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 8, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Jeff Goard officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the VASA Order of America in Bishop Hill or to Illinois Cancer Care in Galesburg.

Lynne was born Feb. 1, 1939, in Auburn, N.Y., the daughter of Walter and Evelyn (Winters) Miller. She married James VanArsdall in 1962, and they later divorced, and he passed away in 2017. She married Theodore A. “Ted” Myhre in 1978, and he preceded her in death in Dec. of 2004.

Survivors include her children, John (Joan) VanArsdall of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Debbie (Ray) Boyle of Lombard, Ill.; two grandchildren, R.J., and Gavin Boyle; three stepsons, David (Christine) Myhre of Sterling, Ill., Mike (Kim) Myhre of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ted (Willow) Myhre Jr. of Sadorus, Ill.; step-grandchildren, Charity, Daniel, Sam, Matthew, Nathan (Diane), Ben (Sheena) Matthew (Diane), Mark, Joseph, Christian and Christina; two step-great grandchildren, Wyatt and Elouise; and her nephew, Timothy (Nadine) Miller. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Walter.

Lynne had worked as a nurse in various hospitals. She was an avid knitter and a member of the VASA Order of America in Bishop Hill. She was a long-time member of the Midwest Electric Railway and the Old Threshers Association in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Lynne was a passionate fan of the Chicago Bears and Army West Point football.

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

Donald N. Robertson

TOULON – Donald “Don” N. Robertson, 61, of Toulon, formerly of Galva, died Friday, April 1, 2022, at his home. Don was born Feb. 15, 1961, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Rev. Byron and Donna (Edwards) Robertson. He graduated from Galva High School with the class of 1979. Don married Joy V. McDaniel on July 29, 1998, in Toulon; she survives. 

  Don is also survived by his mother; two children, Renee (Tom Nelson) Johnson, Toulon, Charles (Rachel) Manning, Washburn, Ill.; grandson, Maverick Manning; siblings, Loraine Splear, Geneseo, Dawn (Rob) Bowman, Santa Cruz, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother-in-law, Sam Splear.

  Don worked in quality control with Elecsys Inc, Pekin. He worked for Bryton in West Jersey before Elecsys, Inc. Don was a diehard Cubs, Bears and Chicago Blackhawks fan. He was on a pool and bowling league. He enjoyed fishing and camping at Hook and Bullet. 

  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the funeral home. Pastor Andrew Christman will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Henry County Humane Society, Kewanee.

Please leave an online condolence for Don’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn and Clifford Steward

GALVA – Marilyn Ann (Ingle) Steward was born on Dec. 6, 1932, in Kewanee, Ill., to Ora and Thalia Ingle and passed away on Jan. 15, 2020. Clifford Eugene Steward was born on Sept. 16, 1931, in Oneida, Ill., to Clifford and Myrtle (Murry) Steward and passed away on Sept. 10, 2021.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home in Galva, Ill. Followed by a reception at the Galva American Legion at 3 p.m.

They are survived by their sons, Ronald (Barbara) and Steven Steward; two granddaughters, Katie (Greg) and Sarah (Rocky); eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Geri McLaughlin. They are preceded in death by their parents; siblings; son, Eugene; and great-grandson Josiah.

Gene and Marilyn were teenage sweethearts. They were married on June 3, 1950, and had three sons. Together they built a life of love, family, farming, toy shows and travel. After 31 years of farming south of Galva, they retired to Zephyrhills, Fla., where they were blessed to become grandparents and enjoy life with a family they loved!

They enjoyed the adventures of travel and Marilyn greeted every stranger as an instant friend. Their hard work, dedication, enjoyment of retirement and the love they had for each other are an inspiration. Over the years, they took turns taking care of each other. Neither of them complained, but considered it an honor to be growing old together.

They are truly missed. The love they had for us all will always be with us, and we look forward to being together with them again.

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

Joan M. Thomas

WYOMING – Joan Marie Thomas, 87, of Peoria Heights, formerly of Wyoming, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Joan was born on Aug. 25, 1934, in Peoria, the daughter of D. Hamilton, Sr. and Marjorie E. (Killey) Hickey. She was formerly married to Gordon Thomas, the father of her daughters, for 32 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Rebecca Sue (Greg) Abbott of Peoria and Anne Marie (Jim) Mercer of Wyoming; four grandchildren, Christi (Dan) Foster, Scott (Lilly Burton) Abbott, Eric Mercer and Lindsay (Nate) Phillips; seven great-grandchildren, Daniel Foster, Liam Mercer, Kerrington Mercer, Emersyn Phillips, Jude Phillips, Hunter Abbott and Marida Abbott; four sisters, Suzanne Krause of California, Janet Dean of Washington, Anne Rutledge of Peoria and Terry Abercrombie of Peoria; one sister-in-law, Anita Allen; and many nieces and nephews who she cared for deeply.

She was preceded in death by one brother, David Hamilton Hickey Jr.; and two sisters, Shirlee Von Bergan and Patricia Ringland.

Joan worked in collections and banking throughout the Peoria and Jacksonville, Fla., areas. She was proud to be a United States Navy wife, and member of the Catholic faith. She loved gardening or as she would say, “playing in the dirt,” playing cards with her sisters, and was an avid fan of college sports. Her true joy came from time spent time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

An informal gathering of family and friends will be from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pets for Seniors in Peoria or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

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

Elsie J. VanVooren

ATKINSON – Elsie J. VanVooren, 93, of Atkinson, Ill., passed away on March 30, 2022, at Allure of Geneseo. Private family services will be held with Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory-Atkinson Chapel. She will be laid to rest at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson. In lieu of flowers and gifts, Elsie’s wishes were to have memorial donations go to the Elsie VanVooren Memorial Fund to be distributed to her favorite charities.

Elsie was born on Jan. 27, 1929, in Atkinson, the daughter of Camiel and Rosalie (Galle) Mille. She married Royce F. VanVooren on April 18, 1953, and he preceded her in death in 2015.

Elsie and her siblings were the first American born children in her family.
Elsie was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Also, the Henry County Farm Bureau and Catholic Order of Foresters.

She loved antiquing, crocheting, reading Danielle Steel books, watching the birds and collecting depression glass, glass baskets and Isabelle Blooms. Elsie enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s various sporting events and activities, and was an avid Chicago Bears fan.

She is survived by her children, Karen Anderson of Galva, Sandra Henson of Peoria and James (Beth) VanVooren of Aledo; grandchildren; Carl J. (Rhonda Blakey) Anderson, Dale L. (Courtney) Anderson, Emma M. (Andrew Latimer) VanVooren and Becca E. VanVooren; sisters-in-law, Mary Margaret (Tom Herm) Susman and Bonnie (Ron) Obrecht; and all her loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Helen Demanes Kreighbaum, Joseph Mille, Dorothy Hallas and infant brother, Leonard Mille; son-in-law, Dennis Anderson; and one infant grandson, Matthew Anderson.



Fairy ‘Ann’ Avery

ELMWOOD – Fairy “Ann” Avery, 80, of Elmwood, passed away at 9:05 a.m., on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Elmwood surrounded by her family. She was born on Aug. 27, 1941, in Quincy, Ill., to Robert and Fairy (Bostic) Johnston. She married Walter E. Avery, Jr., on Aug. 28, 1993. He survives.

Also surviving are her 3 children, Larry (Angie) Shideman of Elmwood, Julie (David) Wagner of Elmwood and Jackie (Tim) Harms of Elmwood; 3 step-children, Walter E. Avery, III, David Avery and Amanda (Greg) Avery-Klein; 1 son-in-law, Bryan Coulter: 2 brothers, John Johnston and Steve Johnston; three sisters, Deb Miars, Mary Bell and Cindy McIntyre; 10 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Ruby Coulter; one infant son, Keith Wyman; and one brother, Ronnie Johnston.

Ann and her daughter, Ruby, owned and operated The Lunchbox for several years. Ann was also a Crossing Guard for Elmwood School District #322 for 19 years. In honor of Ann’s dedicated service, there is an honorary memorial sign at the corner of Ash and Magnolia.

Per her wishes, there will be no services. A private burial of ashes at Elmwood Township Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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.

James L. Dawson

ELMWOOD – James “Jim” L. Dawson, 81, of Elmwood, passed away at 2:50 p.m., on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Country Comfort in Elmwood.

He was born July 23, 1940, in Peoria County, Ill., to Chester and Isabelle (Rushing) Dawson. Jim married Mary McBeth on Feb. 6, 1959, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church’s parsonage. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2021.

He is survived by 3 children, Denise (Ricky) Clark of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Kathy (Bob) Hamby of Elmwood and Mark (Rhonda) Dawson of Farmington; 2 brothers, Larry (Cheri) Dawson and Robert “Bob” (Norma) Dawson; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Jim was a Steamfitter for Local #353 for over 50 years. He was also a former volunteer for the Elmwood Fire Department where he served as a Captain for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge #363 and an active member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church. He was also a diehard Cubs and Bears fan.

Masonic rites and funeral services will be held at noon, on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance, Elmwood Fire Department, or the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

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

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

Corinne Dehn

PEORIA – Corinne “Cori” Dehn, 88, of Peoria, formerly of Kickapoo and Rockford passed away at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Liberty Village Manor Court. She was born on Dec. 30, 1933, in Rockford, Ill., to parents Fay and Hildur (Hammerstrom) Onley.

Cori is survived by her 4 children, Lynn (Kent) Worthington of Edwards, Brandt (Bren) Dehn of Chenoa, Wayne (Lori) Dehn of Delafield, Wis., and Le Fife of Sarasota, Fla.; 7 grandchildren, Erik Force, Julie Gilles, Keri Dehn, T.J. Dehn, Jordan Fife, Miles Fife and Tyler Dehn; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Connie Swanberg; one brother, Donald Onley; her parents; and brother-in-law, Marston Swanberg.
Cori was a legal secretary, retiring in 1988. But above all, she loved and cared for her family deeply. She was also known to be an excellent baker and her specialties were sugar cookies and Swedish rice pudding with lingonberries. Christmas holidays will not be the same for her family without those traditional items.

The family will hold a celebration of Cori’s life at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

Dorothy A. Hyde

PRINCEVILLE – Dorothy Ann Hyde, 92, of Princeville, died on April 2, 2022, at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 24, 1929, in Princeville, to Russell and Caroline (Friedman) Camp. She married Samuel Hyde on May 1, 1948, in Princeville; he preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 2018.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Russell B. (Cathy) and Joseph A. (Julia) Hyde both of Princeville; three grandchildren, Kassandra C. (Pat) DuMais, Nathaniel J. (Valerie) Hyde and Sarah E. (Dayton) Winborn; seven great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Ava DuMais, Gavin, Jacob and Tyler Hyde, and Henry and Abigail Winborn; and two nieces, Diana Donsbach and Jan Bryan.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Virginia Sloan, Jeanette Williams and Iva Swiger.

She was a lifetime member of the Princeville United Methodist Church and Eastern Star. Dorothy was a secretary for the Princeville School District for many years, retiring in 1984. She was an avid card player, having played in several bridge clubs.

Her funeral service will be at the Princeville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Rev. Zach Waldis will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, April 7, 2022, also at the church from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in the Princeville Township Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Princeville United Methodist Church.

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

Vera Tiezzi Titus

BOONVILLE, Calif. – A bright light went dim on March 21, 2022, when Vera Tiezzi Titus, passed away peacefully in her home in Boonville, Calif., surrounded by family.

Vera was born on July 16, 1925, in Farmington, Ill., where her parents had settled as immigrants from Arezzo, Italy. When she was 3 years old, Vera’s own mother passed. She and older sister Nancy were sent to an orphanage where nuns would raise them for the next two years of their childhood. Relatives took the girls in at ages 5 and 7.

Vera eventually relocated with a school friend and her family to Napa, Calif. After graduating from Napa High School, she went to work for Bell Telephone Company. Being one that enjoyed music and dancing, she met Paul Titus at a popular dance hall, The Dream Bowl, in Napa County. The dream came true, and they were married on July 20, 1947.

Looking to be closer to his family’s Manchester Homestead, her husband Paul purchased the Union Oil Distributorship in Boonville, and they moved into the house they called home for 63 plus years in July of 1959. Once settled into their new community, Paul and Vera did what was right; they got involved and served the Boonville community in many capacities for the years to come.

Vera was an avid reader, a fine seamstress, a devoted Scrabble and Words with Friends player, gardener and outstanding cook. She outfitted herself, family and friends for numerous special occasions with handmade wedding gowns, prom dresses, etc. She went on to serve as a 4H mentor and sewing instructor for many Anderson Valley youth. Many of her friends today met her when she worked at the Boonville branch of First National Bank of Cloverdale, in the 1970s. She was also a Cub Scout and Coyote Cowboy Den Mother.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and dear friend, Vera is preceded in death by her husband Paul and eldest son Mark. She is survived by her sons Craig (Marti) and Dean (Susan); grandchildren, Deanna Parrish (Ryan) and Jared Titus; great grandchildren Gwynn, Ky and Shay Parrish; brother Gene Tiezzi; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as Betty Nelson, her longtime friend, who resides in Napa.

The family greatly appreciates the help these past few months of another longtime friend, Sandra Knight.

The family would also like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Judy Nelson and Mark Apfel for their continued guidance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vera’s memory to the Anderson Valley Health Center, P.O. Box 338, Boonville CA 95415.

A Celebration of Life will take place July 16, 2022, on what would have been her 97th birthday. We’ll keep you “postered.”

Arrangements are under the direction of the Eversole Mortuary, Ukiah CA. 95482.

Anthony J. Dworak

WILLIAMSFIELD – Anthony “Tony” J. Dworak, 61, of Canton, brother of a Williamsfield woman, died March 30, 2022, at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1961, in Canton to Marion and Viola (Carlstrom) Dworak. They preceded him in death along with one brother Darren and one sister, Janice Royer.

Surviving are his children, Joseph (Lindsey) Dworak of Canton, Jillian Dworak of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Ann Murdock of Williamsfield; and three grandchildren.

Tony worked for International Harvester in Canton and lastly for ALCOA in Princeville. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM. He enjoyed to hunt and fish. His true passion was his carving, paintings and selling his work on the Spoon River Drive.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Please subscribe to his obituary to receive updates.

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

Bryan L. Williams

GILSON – Bryan L. Williams, 62, of Gilson, died with his family at his side, on Monday, March 28, 2022, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center.

Bryan was born on July 29, 1959 in Canton. He was the son of John Robert and Dorothy Ann (Griffith) Williams. He attended Farmington schools.

Bryan married Susan Hackelton in 1977. He later married Sandra Boettcher on May 18, 2001, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on June 5, 2016.

Bryan is survived by his children, Jonathon (Amanda) Williams of Abileen, Texas, and Kellie (Keri) Curtis of Abingdon; siblings, Linda (Stephen) Skaggs of Trivoli, Bruce Williams of Texas and Craig (Margie) Williams of Chilicothe; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Sandra.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be left at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.


Fairy ‘Ann’ Avery

ELMWOOD – Fairy “Ann” Avery, 80, of Elmwood, passed away at 9:05 a.m., on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Elmwood surrounded by her family. She was born on Aug. 27, 1941, in Quincy, Ill., to Robert and Fairy (Bostic) Johnston. She married Walter E. Avery, Jr., on Aug. 28, 1993. He survives.

Also surviving are her 3 children, Larry (Angie) Shideman of Elmwood, Julie (David) Wagner of Elmwood and Jackie (Tim) Harms of Elmwood; 3 step-children, Walter E. Avery, III, David Avery and Amanda (Greg) Avery-Klein; 1 son-in-law, Bryan Coulter: 2 brothers, John Johnston and Steve Johnston; three sisters, Deb Miars, Mary Bell and Cindy McIntyre; 10 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Ruby Coulter; one infant son, Keith Wyman; and one brother, Ronnie Johnston.

Ann and her daughter, Ruby, owned and operated The Lunchbox for several years. Ann was also a Crossing Guard for Elmwood School District #322 for 19 years. In honor of Ann’s dedicated service, there is an honorary memorial sign at the corner of Ash and Magnolia.

Per her wishes, there will be no services. A private burial of ashes at Elmwood Township Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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.

James L. Dawson

ELMWOOD – James “Jim” L. Dawson, 81, of Elmwood, passed away at 2:50 p.m., on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Country Comfort in Elmwood.

He was born July 23, 1940, in Peoria County, Ill., to Chester and Isabelle (Rushing) Dawson. Jim married Mary McBeth on Feb. 6, 1959, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church’s parsonage. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2021.

He is survived by 3 children, Denise (Ricky) Clark of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Kathy (Bob) Hamby of Elmwood and Mark (Rhonda) Dawson of Farmington; 2 brothers, Larry (Cheri) Dawson and Robert “Bob” (Norma) Dawson; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Jim was a Steamfitter for Local #353 for over 50 years. He was also a former volunteer for the Elmwood Fire Department where he served as a Captain for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge #363 and an active member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church. He was also a diehard Cubs and Bears fan.

Masonic rites and funeral services will be held at noon, on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance, Elmwood Fire Department, or the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

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

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

Corinne Dehn

PEORIA – Corinne “Cori” Dehn, 88, of Peoria, formerly of Kickapoo and Rockford passed away at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Liberty Village Manor Court. She was born on Dec. 30, 1933, in Rockford, Ill., to parents Fay and Hildur (Hammerstrom) Onley.

Cori is survived by her 4 children, Lynn (Kent) Worthington of Edwards, Brandt (Bren) Dehn of Chenoa, Wayne (Lori) Dehn of Delafield, Wis., and Le Fife of Sarasota, Fla.; 7 grandchildren, Erik Force, Julie Gilles, Keri Dehn, T.J. Dehn, Jordan Fife, Miles Fife and Tyler Dehn; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Connie Swanberg; one brother, Donald Onley; her parents; and brother-in-law, Marston Swanberg.
Cori was a legal secretary, retiring in 1988. But above all, she loved and cared for her family deeply. She was also known to be an excellent baker and her specialties were sugar cookies and Swedish rice pudding with lingonberries. Christmas holidays will not be the same for her family without those traditional items.

The family will hold a celebration of Cori’s life at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

Dorothy A. Hyde

PRINCEVILLE – Dorothy Ann Hyde, 92, of Princeville, died on April 2, 2022, at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 24, 1929, in Princeville, to Russell and Caroline (Friedman) Camp. She married Samuel Hyde on May 1, 1948, in Princeville; he preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 2018.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Russell B. (Cathy) and Joseph A. (Julia) Hyde both of Princeville; three grandchildren, Kassandra C. (Pat) DuMais, Nathaniel J. (Valerie) Hyde and Sarah E. (Dayton) Winborn; seven great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Ava DuMais, Gavin, Jacob and Tyler Hyde, and Henry and Abigail Winborn; and two nieces, Diana Donsbach and Jan Bryan.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Virginia Sloan, Jeanette Williams and Iva Swiger.

She was a lifetime member of the Princeville United Methodist Church and Eastern Star. Dorothy was a secretary for the Princeville School District for many years, retiring in 1984. She was an avid card player, having played in several bridge clubs.

Her funeral service will be at the Princeville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Rev. Zach Waldis will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, April 7, 2022, also at the church from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in the Princeville Township Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Princeville United Methodist Church.

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

Vera Tiezzi Titus

BOONVILLE, Calif. – A bright light went dim on March 21, 2022, when Vera Tiezzi Titus, passed away peacefully in her home in Boonville, Calif., surrounded by family.

Vera was born on July 16, 1925, in Farmington, Ill., where her parents had settled as immigrants from Arezzo, Italy. When she was 3 years old, Vera’s own mother passed. She and older sister Nancy were sent to an orphanage where nuns would raise them for the next two years of their childhood. Relatives took the girls in at ages 5 and 7.

Vera eventually relocated with a school friend and her family to Napa, Calif. After graduating from Napa High School, she went to work for Bell Telephone Company. Being one that enjoyed music and dancing, she met Paul Titus at a popular dance hall, The Dream Bowl, in Napa County. The dream came true, and they were married on July 20, 1947.

Looking to be closer to his family’s Manchester Homestead, her husband Paul purchased the Union Oil Distributorship in Boonville, and they moved into the house they called home for 63 plus years in July of 1959. Once settled into their new community, Paul and Vera did what was right; they got involved and served the Boonville community in many capacities for the years to come.

Vera was an avid reader, a fine seamstress, a devoted Scrabble and Words with Friends player, gardener and outstanding cook. She outfitted herself, family and friends for numerous special occasions with handmade wedding gowns, prom dresses, etc. She went on to serve as a 4H mentor and sewing instructor for many Anderson Valley youth. Many of her friends today met her when she worked at the Boonville branch of First National Bank of Cloverdale, in the 1970s. She was also a Cub Scout and Coyote Cowboy Den Mother.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and dear friend, Vera is preceded in death by her husband Paul and eldest son Mark. She is survived by her sons Craig (Marti) and Dean (Susan); grandchildren, Deanna Parrish (Ryan) and Jared Titus; great grandchildren Gwynn, Ky and Shay Parrish; brother Gene Tiezzi; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as Betty Nelson, her longtime friend, who resides in Napa.

The family greatly appreciates the help these past few months of another longtime friend, Sandra Knight.

The family would also like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Judy Nelson and Mark Apfel for their continued guidance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vera’s memory to the Anderson Valley Health Center, P.O. Box 338, Boonville CA 95415.

A Celebration of Life will take place July 16, 2022, on what would have been her 97th birthday. We’ll keep you “postered.”

Arrangements are under the direction of the Eversole Mortuary, Ukiah CA. 95482.

Anthony J. Dworak

WILLIAMSFIELD – Anthony “Tony” J. Dworak, 61, of Canton, brother of a Williamsfield woman, died March 30, 2022, at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1961, in Canton to Marion and Viola (Carlstrom) Dworak. They preceded him in death along with one brother Darren and one sister, Janice Royer.

Surviving are his children, Joseph (Lindsey) Dworak of Canton, Jillian Dworak of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Ann Murdock of Williamsfield; and three grandchildren.

Tony worked for International Harvester in Canton and lastly for ALCOA in Princeville. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM. He enjoyed to hunt and fish. His true passion was his carving, paintings and selling his work on the Spoon River Drive.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Please subscribe to his obituary to receive updates.

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

Bryan L. Williams

GILSON – Bryan L. Williams, 62, of Gilson, died with his family at his side, on Monday, March 28, 2022, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center.

Bryan was born on July 29, 1959 in Canton. He was the son of John Robert and Dorothy Ann (Griffith) Williams. He attended Farmington schools.

Bryan married Susan Hackelton in 1977. He later married Sandra Boettcher on May 18, 2001, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on June 5, 2016.

Bryan is survived by his children, Jonathon (Amanda) Williams of Abileen, Texas, and Kellie (Keri) Curtis of Abingdon; siblings, Linda (Stephen) Skaggs of Trivoli, Bruce Williams of Texas and Craig (Margie) Williams of Chilicothe; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Sandra.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be left at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.



Nancy J. Bird

PRINCEVILLE – Nancy Jean Bird, 88, of Princeville, passed away at 1:06 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2022, at Henry Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Henry.
She was born on April 28, 1933 in Knox County, Ill., to parents Dolph and Dottie (Heck) Clark. She married Carlyle Bird in Knoxville, Ill., on Sept. 27, 1951. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1990.
Nancy is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Glenn) Mendell of Ottawa; son, James (Debbie) Bird of Princeville; seven grandchildren, Matthew Johnston, Lisa (Ryan) Woods, Sara (Billy) Troccoli, Josh (Kim) Bird, Jamie (Matt) Lauber, Jason Bird and Joni (Shawn) Goodwin; 15 great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Madelyn, Hadlee, Grayson, Emma, Kyle, Izzy, Olivia, Jasmine, Cariah, Kaylee, Blake, Oliver, Deacon and Tate; and one brother, Paul (Dora Jean) Clark of Gilson.
She was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Bird; one daughter, Linda Johnston; one son-in-law, Tom Johnston; one granddaughter, Stacy Johnston; four brothers; one sister; and two infant sisters.
Nancy was a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church and led the Princeville Woman’s Club for many years. She enjoyed working on the farm, walking the fence, canning and feeding and caring for the cattle. Family was everything to Nancy and she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Yates City Cemetery. Rev. Zach Waldis will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeville United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left for Nancy’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Charlene M. Bollinger

FARMINGTON – Charlene Marie Bollinger, 86, of Farmington, Ill., passed away at 12:11 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2022, in her home. She was born on Jan. 9, 1936, in London Mills, Ill., a daughter of Charles and Blanche (Murphy) Reed. She married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Ernest Bollinger on July 13, 1952, in Farmington. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2018.
Charlene is also preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by three children; Robert “Bob” (Tina) Bollinger of Elmwood, Greg (Michelle “Miki”) Bollinger of Plainfield and Cynthia Myers of Farmington; six grandchildren, Cory (Marisa) Bollinger of East Peoria, Scott (Jennifer) Slayton of Elmwood, Christina (Todd) Lasswell of Havana, David (Joni West) Slayton of Canton and Aiden and Avery Bollinger of Plainfield; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lyle “Tom” (Rose) Reed of Farmington and Wayne (Nancy) Reed of Farmington; and one sister, Carol Roberts of Farmington.
Charlene spent her entire life caring for her family as a very devoted Wife, Mom, Grandma and Ma. She will be greatly missed by her family.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. A visitation will be held the same day from 11 a.m. to noon. Rev. Robert Henderson will officiate. Burial will follow services at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad 1100.
To view Charlene’s DVD or to make online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Steven M. Brackett

FARMINGTON – Steven M. Brackett, 61, of Farmington passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at his residence.
He was born May 26, 1960, in Peoria to Larry K. and Peggy M. Broadfield Brackett. His father preceded him in death.
He married Rhonda K. Leach March 28, 1981, in Peoria; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Brandon (Julia) Brackett, Wesley (Krysta) Brackett and Brittney (Zach) Bomhold; grandchildren, Conner Brackett, Chloe Brackett, Olivia Brackett, Foster Brackett and Lola Brackett; step-grandchildren, Carson Myers and Mary Bomhold; and siblings, Mike Brackett and Teri (Keith) Butler.
A celebration of life was March 26 at the Hanna City Community Center.
Online condolences may be made at csmico.com.

Eleanor D. Chudoba

MAQUON – Eleanor D. Chudoba, 80, of Maquon, died March 21, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 13, 1941, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Virgil and Elizabeth (Felder) Balcom.
She is survived by 2 children, Mark (Laurie) Chudoba and Elizabeth (Howard) Cooper; 1 son-in-law, Edwin Lebron; 12 grand- children, Caleb, Kira, Emily, Adara, Marianne, Kaitlyn, Joshua, Alexis, Brody, Luke, Sydney and Samantha; and 1 great-grandchild, James.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Becky Lebron; and one sister, Evelyn Larue.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life was March 24, 2022, at the Farmington Baptist Church.
Condolences can be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

William J. Kauzlarich

FARMINGTON – Known far and wide as Bill aka Big K aka Mr. Bill, William J. Kauzlarich, 71, died peacefully on March 24, 2022, at his residence in Farmington, Ill., that he shared with his wife Mary Alice (Sprague). She survives.
Bill was born on Sept. 30, 1950, in the Graham Hospital, Canton, Ill., to Julian & Betty (Stockman) Kauzlarich, both of whom are deceased.
He is also survived by his daughter Jessica (Daniel) Slater of Farmington and two grandchildren, Scarlett and Sebastian Slater. Other survivors include Austin Ensor “the son he never had” also from Farmington, also daughter in-law Heather (Kevin) Cupples of Missouri and step-granddaughters Malloree Hedrick, Rylee Cupples and Kallee Cupples (Coty) all of Iowa.
Bill was an only child, raised on a small farm south of Farmington just down the country road from his paternal grandparents, Tony and Olga Kauzlarich. His small world existed in Fulton County between the small farm life and the small river town of Liverpool, where his mother was from. He always looked forward to going to his Liverpool family for holidays and other events.
This small family of three attended St. Matthew Catholic Church in Farmington. His most prized childhood possessions were his AM/FM radio and the set of WORLD BOOK Encyclopedias that his parents purchased for the family. The radio introduced him to his beloved Chicago White Sox and his idol Nellie Fox but the Encyclopedia introduced him to the WORLD outside of Farmington, and all the knowledge one little farm boy could muster. This gave him the lust for learning and collecting data and statistics.
Bill attended Farmington School District all the way from first grade through his graduation in 1968 from High School and started his love of “Purple & Gold.”
Even though he played baseball in his youth, he was more of a spectator than a participant. One exception was a story of how he wanted to be on the varsity football team, and he discovered the position of place kicker. So, he built a goalpost at his homestead in which he could practice kicking the football. He did earn a place on the football team and was proud of that honor.
At his last class reunion, he had the honor of inviting his High School Coach Ron Ellberg to attend and personally thanked him for letting him try out for the team.
Another memory he had was on his 17th birthday, friends from high school invited him to attend his very first baseball game in St. Louis. It would be hard to count how many baseball games he has attended since.
He attended Western Illinois University, again proud of the “Purple & Gold.” But he heard that the Midland Coal Company was hiring, and at that time the mine was one of the top companies around Fulton County to get a job, not only because of the pay but for the benefits that were offered. Bill worked for the mine for over 20 years, then worked at Caterpillar and Mitsubishi.
His greatest achievement in life was the birth of his daughter. He was a devoted father, and literally took a second shift job so he could be a more active father in her school years. He coached her softball team, never missed her games and plays, took her and her friends on trips, all along passing down his knowledge and love for history, sports trivia, travel and his sense of humor. He was so proud of her and her accomplishments, but especially for making him a Papa.
He was known for his humor. It warmed his heart when he evoked a smile or chuckle with one of his many “Bill-isms” and one liners.
It broke his heart that, in the end, the one thing that this horrible cancer took from him was his ability to talk and communicate how incredibly happy he was with all his friendships from over the years.
He is truly a life that was taken way before his time. He had so much more to say.
Private family burial of ashes will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery on Saturday, April 9, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences can be left at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.


Judy L. Anderson

GALVA – Judy L. Anderson, 70, of Galva, Ill., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Viola, Ill., with her daughter Heidi by her side. Judy’s strength and endurance throughout her battle with cancer truly amazed her family, friends and even her doctors and nurses. Her strength was fueled by the great love of her family.

Visitation services will be held from 4-7 pm, on Friday, April 1, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Friends and family are also invited to attend a Celebration of Life in Judy’s honor to be held at the Galva Arts Council on April 2, from 11 a.m-3 p.m. Bob Lewin will be providing a prayer service at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Donations may be made in Judy’s memory to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Henry County Humane Society, the Galva Arts Council, the Galva Freedom Fest, or the Galva High School Class of 1970 in c/o Connie (Rick) Anderson.

Per Judy’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded through Watson Thomas Funeral Home in Galesburg. All other arrangements are being handled by Rux Funeral Home in Galva.

Judy was born on March 11, 1952, the daughter of Howard Lee and Rose (Holmes) Craig, in Kewanee, Ill. She is survived by three sisters: her twin sister, Trudy, sister Tina and her youngest sister Patty. Judy graduated from Galva High School and married Larry G. Anderson of Altona, Ill., in April of 1972, and together they had two daughters, Heidi and Jennifer. The couple later divorced. Judy worked hard during her life in order to provide for her daughters, which included working as a certified nurse’s aide, at the Kewanee Leather Factory and Dixline Corporation in Galva.

In her younger years, Judy enjoyed crocheting and cross-stitch, ceramics, fishing, karaoke and going on lunch outings and shopping with her loved ones.

Her family was her driving force in life, and she always looked forward to all family holidays and get togethers. Judy and her sisters shared the planning and hosting of an individual annual holiday event, with Judy’s annual holiday celebration being the 4th of July. Her yearly freedom celebration was a family favorite and consisted of lots of food and drink, talent shows, horseshoes the parade and fireworks at the Galva Park District. Judy was famous in her family for her delicious zucchini bread, and brownies; both of which no one can quite replicate.

Judy was very blessed to know how many people truly cared for and loved her with all of the gifts, cards, letters, messages, food and flowers she received on almost a daily basis during her illness. The love from her friends and family kept her spirits up and helped her stay hopeful even on her hardest days. She was able to celebrate her milestone 70th birthday with her twin sister and loving family.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Heidi (Jeff Cook) Martin of Viola and Jennifer (Shawn) Rohrig of Galva; and three grandchildren, Kylie Martin of Peoria, Ill., Tyler (Maia Leach) Henry of Layfette, Ind., and Wyatt Rohrig of Galva. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, as she was theirs. Also left to cherish her memory are; her twin sister Trudy (Steve Knasko) Kircher of Dubuque, Iowa/Galena, Ill., her sister Tina (Bill) Hutchinson of Galva, and sister Patty (Larry) Collinson also of Galva; along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and a great-nephew who were all very dear to her heart. Judy is also survived by several family canine companions, whom she loved very much.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Howard Lee and Rose Craig, and her nephew, Frank Sellers.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice Compassus for providing such wonderful care in our time of need, and also to Western Illinois Home Healthcare, for their care and compassion, not only from a patient standpoint, but also for their compassion, patience and understanding for their employee, Judy’s daughter Heidi, as she took time off to care for her mother. Also, a special thanks to Kathryn Sharer of Aledo, Ill., Judy’s caregiver and daytime angel.

Joan M. Rumbold

LaFAYETTE – Joan Marie Rumbold, 85, of LaFayette, passed away at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at her home.

Joan was born on Sept. 15, 1936, in Peoria County. She was the daughter of George and Clara (Streitmatter) Berchtold. She married Raymond Rumbold on June 30, 1957. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Rumbold; 2 sons, Randy (Jill) Rumbold of LaFayette and Rick (Joyce) Rumbold of LaFayette; 1 daughter, Brenda (Michael) Rose of Galva; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great- grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Katherine Peterson; and her brother, Lavern Berchtold.

Joan was deeply loved and cherished by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved spending time with her family and was always looking for an opportunity to host a family event so everyone could spend time together. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and late fall wiener roasts were all times that the family could count on Grandma wanting to gather and spoil her family.

Joan graduated from Princeville High School in 1954 and began working at Caterpillar. In 1959, her first son was born, and she left Caterpillar to be a homemaker and to help her husband with the family farm. Joan loved to garden and spend time taking care of her yard. She spent many hours in the seat of her mower trimming her yard to perfection. She attributed her love for mowing to her memories of mowing her parents’ lawn as part of her childhood chores. Joan was also an exceptionally talented baker and cook. Her family always looked forward to enjoying her cooking and baked goods whenever they could. She also loved to share her gift by providing meals and baked goods to various events and people over the years. She was a member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2022, at the Princeville Apostolic Fellowship Hall. Additional visitation will be from 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Midwest Food Bank or Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria. To leave condolences for Joan’s family, please visit her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Alan D. Johnson

WYOMING – Alan D. Johnson, 59, of Wyoming, formerly of Dundee, Ill., and Las Vegas, Nev., passed away on March 15, 2022, at his residence. He was born on April 22, 1962, in Evanston to parents David and Jacqueline (Prost) Johnson. He is survived by his brother, Brian (Nancy) Johnson of East Dundee.

Alan grew up in Northbrook.

Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements.



Harold R. Bell

LAURA – Harold R. “Hair Ball” Bell, 58, of Laura, died Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Williamsfield.

Cremation will be accorded and graveside services were Tuesday, March 22, at Williamsfield Cemetery with Rev. Teri Shane officiating. A Celebration of Life will also be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, July 3, at the Williamsfield American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church or to the SAMS Animal Shelter in Hanna City, Ill. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Aug. 26, 1963, in Greensburg, Ind., the son of Omer “Ed” and Marie “Mary” (Amburgey) Bell. He married Connie S. Johnson on July 3, 2014, in Peoria. Survivors include his wife, Connie of Laura; his mother, Mary of Williamsfield; two brothers, Glen (Linda) Bell of Kewanee and Keith Bell of Dahinda; four sisters, Sue Damitz, Teresa (Phil) Doubet and Norma (Fred) Hartz, all of Williamsfield, and Sandy (Tom) Farrow of Dahinda; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ed Bell; by two nephews, Wesley Bell and Billy Damitz; and by Sue’s companion, Dick LaFollette.

Harold graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1981. He worked for nearly 25 years at the Ag-Land FS Grain Elevator in Williamsfield. He enjoyed his car, fishing and all sports, including football, boxing and NASCAR. He especially enjoyed his three cats, Trinity, Sadie and Morris, and his dog, Rocco.

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

Joseph J. Christensen

WATERLOO, Iowa – Joseph James Christensen (Joe), 26, formally of Waterloo, Iowa, passed away Friday March 11, 2022, of cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family.

Born on Dec 6, 1995, in Waterloo to Gary and Cass (Evans) Christensen, Joe married Allie (Duncan) Christensen on Oct. 14, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Joe is survived by his wife, Allie; his parents Cass and Gary; his brother Samuel; and his Nona, Connie Bigliazzi Evans of Farmington, Ill.

He is proceeded in death by his Nono, Joseph Evans, and grandparents, Robert and Mary Lou Christensen.

Joe attended West High School before graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018. He earned a degree in Engineering Manufacturing with a dual emphasis in metal casting and design. Upon his graduation, Joe was offered a position with Emerson, where he excelled. During his time there, Joe worked to revolutionize the company by automating the metal-casting design process. Thanks to Joe’s work, a process that used to take weeks can now be completed in a matter of hours.

Although Joe left this world way too soon, he made sure to take adventures. Before he had even graduated college, Joe had traveled to Australia as a People-to-People Ambassador, the East Coast and London with UNI’s marching band to play in the New Year’s Day parade. His passion for travel continued to New York City, where he surprised the love of his life, Allie Duncan, with a wedding proposal in Central Park. Joe’s adventures went on to Mexico and across India for work.

Though his adventures were wonderful, his bountiful life was not limited to work and travel. He was an accomplished musician in both the violin and the trumpet. While those were his primary instruments, Joe had a beautiful singing voice, heard only by a lucky few. Finally, his love for video and fantasy games was renown, consistently bringing together loved ones to conquer fantasy worlds.

Joe was a complex person and his humble, caring core was cherished by many. He was the leader of his tribe of cousins and his band of friends, always the person to call and check in, just to let you know he cared. Joe lived his life to the fullest, bringing endless joy to the people who surrounded him.

Joe, you took a piece of us when you left, but a piece of you will forever be in our hearts.

Please direct memorials to the Joe’s Journey GoFundMe at gofund.me/41dd7cce. You can type in the above link or go to GoFundMe.com and search for Joe’s Journey created by Michelle Duncan.

Celebration of life will be held on April 2, 2022, from 1-4 p.m., at the Faith Assembly of God, 5112 Lafayette Rd, Elk Run Heights, Iowa 50707.

Helen E. Hanks

YATES CITY – Helen E. Hanks, 90, of Yates City, passed away at 12:19 p.m., on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on March 21, 1931, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Oscar and Estelle (Metcalfe) Mason.

She is survived by four children, Nancy Hanks of Yates City, Penny Hanks of Yates City, David Hanks of Algonquin, Ill., and Kenneth (the late Sue) Hanks, of Brimfield; five grandchildren, Stacy, Derek, Nathan, Zachary and Ryan; and four great-grandchildren, Brady, Brynley, Moira and Landon. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Helen was a secretary for the City of Peoria Engineering Department for 17 years. She was also a longtime Peoria Rivermen and Mustang hockey fan. She was of the Methodist faith.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was to be held the night before, from 5-7 p.m., on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home. A burial will immediately follow the service at Yates City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Yates City Fire Department and B.Y.E. Ambulance.
To leave online condolences or view Helen’s video tribute, please go to www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
Anita L. Wight
WILLIAMSFIELD – Anita L. (Stodgel) Wight, 97, of Williamsfield, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Courtyard Estates in Knoxville, Ill.
Anita was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Williamsfield, the daughter of Vergil and Vera (Spencer) Stodgel. She graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1942 and met the love of her life, Gordon L. Wight, who was in the Army and stationed at Camp Ellis near Western Illinois University where she graduated in 1946. They married on July 18, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 2012. Also preceding her in death were her parents.
Survivors include her three children: Leland (Connie) Wight of Williamsfield, Dennis (Denise) Wight of San Diego, Calif., and Marianne (Gary) Hess of Galesburg, Ill., and ex-daughter-in-law Tina Wight of Chicago. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Alan (Kathy) Wight, Darren (Kristin) Wight, Nathan (Monica) Wight, Alex (fiancée Juanita Aleo) Wight, Amanda Wight, Brionna Wight, Shea Wight, Rhianna (fiancé Patrick Lewis) Schroeder and David (Amy) Hess; and 14 great-grandchildren: Parker (fiancée Kelly Grady), Garrett (fiancée Libbie Rammage), Harrison and Graham Wight, Ellie, Ava, and Maya Wight, Mela and Reagan Wight, Camden, Carson and Preston Schroeder, and Olivia and Kolby Hess.
Anita taught English and was a librarian at the Williamsfield Schools for 14 years. She mentored numerous students from high school into the business world. So many of her former students said they never knew a nicer, more caring teacher. She also was a business manager and owner at Stodgel Chevrolet Sales, which later became known as Wight Chevrolet.
Anita was a loyal member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, having taught Sunday School there for a number of years. She was also a member of the Spoon River NSDAR and the Williamsfield American Legion Auxiliary. Anita and Gordon enjoyed traveling in their younger years and treasured their retirement years on Sanibel Island, Fla.
Family was Anita’s #1 priority, and her heart and home were always open to friends and family. Everyone who was blessed to know her could feel the love and kindness she had to give.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Courtyard Estates of Knoxville and Hospice Compassus for all the great care and compassion showed to Anita and her entire family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 27, at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Teri Shane officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will follow at Williamsfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Betty L. Cernich
FARMINGTON – Betty Lou Cernich, 91, of Farmington, passed away at 4:23 a.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born on July 1, 1930, in McDonough County, Ill., a daughter of Harvey and Pearl (Johnson) Simpson.

She married Frank Cernich on Nov. 4, 1951, in Canton. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2013.

Also preceding her in death are her parents; five brothers, Louis, Carl, Wayne, Leroy and Robert; three sisters, Mildred Winship, Helen Elliott and Joan Smith; and three great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her 3 daughters: Anne (Chuck) Widener of Lewistown, Helen “Babe” (Paul) Untz of Elmwood and Audrey (Aaron) Reed of Farmington; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 1 sister, Dorothy Canevit of Fairview.

Betty helped her husband, Frank at the Farmington Locker Plant, which they owned and operated for many years, and she also took care of the bookkeeping for the business.

She was of the Catholic faith, and was the costume chairwoman and sang with the Sweet Adaline’s.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral in Farmington, where a visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Rev. Russell Rhodes will officiate. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To view Betty’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Wilma J. Olson

KNOXVILLE – Wilma J. “Tillie” Olson, 94, of Knoxville died on Monday, March 14, 2022, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1928, in Norris, Ill., the daughter of William F. and Lena Belle (Wilson) Roseboom.

She attended and graduated from Farmington High School in 1946. She married Harold Olson on May 29, 1948, in Yates City, Ill. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2008.

Surviving are a daughter, Lynne (Greg) West of Knoxville; a son, Brad Olson of Normal; three grandchildren, Christine (Jake) Chiodo of Normal, Adrienne (Nick) Caccamo of Schaumburg, and Emily West of Edwards; and four great-grandchildren, Addison, Dominic, William and Charlotte.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and four sisters.

She worked for the Dan Stevens Insurance Agency in Williamsfield. She was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the Women’s Club in Williamsfield.

Funeral services were March 18, 2022. She was laid to rest at the Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.

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

Gordon J. Collinson

GALVA – Gordon J. Collinson, 89, of Galva, formerly of Champaign and Delavan, died at 2:10 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Courtyard Estates in Galva.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Private inurnment will follow at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2102 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign, IL, 61820.

He was born March 24, 1932, in Galva, the son of Joseph I. and Doris A. (Smith) Collinson. He married Marie G. Anderson on Sept. 7, 1950, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 1984. He later married Joan Countryman on May 11, 1985. Survivors include his wife of Galva, his children; Cathy (Rick) Colbert of Mansfield, Ill., Doug Collinson of Couer d’Alene, Idaho, James (Bonnie) Headley of Galva, Carlin (Robert) Follis of Galva, Cherrie (Richard) Rosander of Cambridge, Jeff (Brenda) Puckett of Vinita, Okla. and Brian Headley of Galva, a brother, Leo (Virginia) Collinson of Galva, 15 grandchildren; Codi (Jamie), Roth (Kristina), H.R. III, Jake (Hailey), Mia, Jill, Andy, Scott, Laurie, Nicole, Carson, Hank, Alison, Mollie and Jesse and 23 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Harold Dean and Lyle, a sister, Leotta and two sons, Greg Collinson and John Headley.

Gordon worked as a union electrician. He was a charter member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Champaign. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, a collector of treasures and enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting and spending time at the family cabin.

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

Don E. Ehnle

DUNLAP – Don Errol Ehnle, 82, of Dunlap passed away peacefully at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill., where he was surrounded by his loving family and caring staff.

Don was born April 7, 1939, at home in Dunlap, Ill., to Chris and Lydia (Eberle) Ehnle.

He married the love of his life, Nellie Jo Morrissey, on Nov. 17, 1962, in Wyoming, Ill., at Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church. She survives, and they shared their love together for almost 60 years.

Also surviving are his children Tony (Laura) Ehnle Edelstein, Suzette (Mark) Swanson Dunlap, and Steve (Tammy) Ehnle Brimfield; 11 grandchildren Erin (Garret) Brown Laura, Paige (Jon) Heaton Toulon, Christian Ehnle Dunlap, Kelsey (Jeremy) Bassett Pittsburg, Pa., Taylor Ehnle Chicago, Sierra Swanson Dunlap, Brock (Paige) Swanson Princeville, Ridge Swanson Edwardsville, Slade Swanson Dunlap, Ethan Ehnle Brimfield, and Emily Ehnle Brimfield; 3 great-grandchildren Hugh Brown, Landon Brown, and Julian Bassett; sister Eleanor (George) Dunn, brothers Eldon (Mary Jane) Ehnle, Dean (Carol) Ehnle and Joel (Nora) Ehnle; sister-in-laws Anna Mae Christie, Jeanne (Bud) Porter, Sharon Morrissey and Carol Ehnle; and his reliable sidekick Roxie the Rottweiler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roland Ehnle, sister Alice Williamson, son Douglas Ehnle, brother-in-law Patrick Morrissey and John Cox, as well as nephews Joe Cox and Kevin Ehnle.

Don graduated from Wyoming High School in 1957, and played football for four years. He was an all-conference end his senior year and earned a scholarship to college. Instead of going to college, Don stayed home to support the family and attended Bradley University in Peoria at a later time
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He worked at Stahl Lumber Company for two years, Al Baer Lumber Company for six years, was superintendent at Noah Herman and Sons for 18 years and was part owner of Trimco for a good number of years before selling out to focus on his construction business. He was self-employed for 40 years. In 1997, due to a job injury, Don became a paraplegic, but that did not derail his ambitions as he continued his construction business and taught himself AutoCAD allowing him to design and draw plans for residential homes and commercial buildings throughout the Peoria area.

He taught us many life lessons and skills.

Don was a member of St. Clements and St. Jude Catholic Church where he was the trustee for a number of years and on the building committee. He had a great passion for sports and loved teaching others how to play. He was involved in the Dunlap Recreation Association, coaching the kids for 15 years and helped bring JFL to the Dunlap Community. He helped build concession stands and the original Eagles Nest at Dunlap High School. Don was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini. He enjoyed watching football and college basketball. During the summer he enjoyed boating, fishing, gardening, and setting off fireworks. One of his most adventurous vacations was packing up the motor home with the whole family going to Colorado skiing at Breckenridge and Keystone.

Don’s family is very appreciative of the thoughts and prayers from family and friends during this time. They invite you to share fond memories or a message of support by visiting csmico.com

In honoring Don’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or services. Private burial services will be at a later date at St. Dominic’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Memorial giving 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tenn., 38105 and OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home Peoria, IL.

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

Fred J. Hefner

BISHOP HILL – Fred James Hefner, 70, of Bishop Hill, born April 26, 1951, passed away at home on March 15, 2022. He will be missed by Joanne Hefner; three children, Jeanine (John) Sarnacki, James (Casi) Hefner and Jillian (Heath) Rodseth; and five grandchildren, Gabriel, Dominic, Mikayla, Landon and Sebastian.

Online condolences may be expressed at stackhousemoore.com.



Evelyn E. Bonomo

PRINCEVILLE – Evelyn Eva Mae Bonomo, 93, of Princeville, passed away at 5:49 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at her home.

Evelyn was born on May 2, 1928, in Chicago, the daughter of Robert E. and Olive I. (Ingols) Stengle. She married Richard S. Bonomo on April 28, 1946. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2013.

Surviving are three sons, Stephen (Like Yeng) Bonomo of Princeville, David (Lisa) Bonomo of Naperville and Gregory (Ann) Bonomo of Princeville; two daughters, Deborah (Stan) Mercer of Macomb and Cynthia (Brian) Housour of Chardon, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Robert and Ray; and two sisters, Emma and Edith.

Eva graduated from Woodruff High School and worked as the office manager and accountant for her husband’s business, Dick’s Tool & Die. She enjoyed cooking, was a member of the Edelstein Community Church, and loved to study the Bible.

Eva’s funeral service was at noon on Monday, March 14, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Ernie Russell and Mike Martin officiated. Her visitation was from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., also on Monday at the funeral home. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service.

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

Judith A. Kraft

PRINCEVILLE – Judith Ann Kraft, 80, of Princeville, passed away at 7:24 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2022, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Judy was born June 11, 1941, in Peoria, the daughter of George and Cecilia (Franzen) Heninger. She married John A. Kraft on June 20, 1964, in Peoria. He passed away Nov. 6, 2011, in Princeville.

Surviving are three sons, Eric (Jeanine) Kraft of Princeville, Kyle (Tina) Kraft of Germantown Hills and John A. (Megan) Kraft, III of Brimfield; and six grandchildren, Jordan (Trevor) Nelson, Nicholas, Peyton, Jackson, Camden and Charlie Kraft. She is also preceded in death by her son, Scott A. Kraft.

Judy graduated from Peoria Central High School and was a lifelong homemaker. She was involved in the Peoria County Farm Bureau; was an avid reader and bridge player; she volunteered for OSF St. Francis Medical Center, where she lovingly crocheted hats for newborn babies and she also crocheted slippers for the women’s shelter. Judy loved traveling the world with her husband.

She was a devoted member of St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville, where she was a longtime member of the Altar & Rosary Society. Judy, more than anything, cherished her time with family, especially playing card games.

Her visitation was Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Funeral mass was to be Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville, where her burial in the church cemetery was to be held immediately following. Father Corey Krengiel was to preside.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church, Akron-Princeville Ambulance or Akron-Princeville Fire Department.

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

Robert L. Howard

HANNA CITY – Robert Lee Howard, 92, Hanna City, Ill., passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington, Ill.

He was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Washburn, Ill., to Thurman and Lena (Behrendes) Howard. He married Gwendolyn L. Strickler on April 7, 1973, in Brimfield, Ill. She survives.

Also surviving are their two sons, David (Terryann) Howard of Farmington and Daniel (Michele) Howard of Cypress, Texas; five grandchildren, Ashley Howard, Paige (Tyler George) Howard, Brooke (Anthony) Abreu, Lauren (Katie Peterson) Howard and Robert Howard; and great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Lee Howard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and six sisters.
Robert worked for Keystone Steel and Wire for over 30 years retiring in 1979. He then worked for Davis Wire in Irwindale, Calif., from 1979 until 1989.

He was a member of Hanna City United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and finance chairman. He was also a member of the Hanna City Sportsman Club, where he was treasurer, and was a member of Joseph Robbins Masonic Lodge #930 A.F.& A.M., and Scottish Rite, Valley of Peoria.

Robert was a member of the Hanna City Village Board and also served as a volunteer fireman in Hanna City. He enjoyed coaching Little League in Hanna City for over 20 years, and in the summer he could be found watching baseball, sometimes listening on the radio at the same time, as he rooted on his favorite team, the Yankees.

A funeral service was on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 9 a.m. until the start of the service at the Hanna City United Methodist Church in Hanna City. Pastor Walter Wilkins officiated. Entombment followed the service at Swan Lake Memory Garden Mausoleum in Peoria. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hanna City United Methodist Church.
Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

Sarah J. Perryman

WILLIAMSFIELD – Sarah Jane Perryman, 88, of Williamsfield, died at 3:23 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022, at her home.

Funeral services were to be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield. Chaplain Kevin Copeland officiated.

Visitation was to be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private burial services with her family will be at Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Beacon of Hope Hospice or to Central Illinois Friends.

She was born March 31, 1933, in Williamsfield, the daughter of Royce “Rusty” and Susie (Lewis Lindgren) Kimler. She had married the love of her life, Delbert Perryman on Sept. 9, 1954, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1972. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Elizabeth (Lindgren Heffernan) Blust and Linda (Kimler) Harpman.

She is survived by a daughter, Loretta Perryman of Galesburg, a brother Willard “Butch” (Denise) Kimler of Williamsfield and several nieces and nephews, including her great-great nephew Casen, whom she referred to as her doctor because he always held her hand when she received her B-12 shots.

Sarah completed her GED in 1981. She had worked as a babysitter, bartender and as a clerk at Walgreens before finally landing a job at LR Nelson Corporation, where she worked her way up to team leader and retired in 1998.

After her retirement, she worked at the gas station in Williamsfield. She enjoyed trips to the gambling boats and babysitting her great nephew Nic with her Aunt Dorothy Kelly and Cousin “Ermer” Erma Brooks. They were the “Golden Girls” babysitting team. In her later years, she enjoyed coloring, doing word search puzzles, playing hand held Yahtzee, reading about her great nephews’ sports exploits in The Weekly Post and watching animal shows.

Kenneth E. Rynearson

BRIMFIELD – Kenneth “Kenny” E. Rynearson, 64, of Brimfield, passed away at 4:06 p.m., on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Jan. 20, 1958, in Peoria, to Forrest and Nora Belle (Sprout) Rynearson, Jr.

He is survived by his fiancé, Lorie Vance; one daughter, Nichole (Chad) Kellem; two step-sons, Michael (Melissa) Vance, and Joe Vance; three brothers, Danny (Carolyn) Rynearson, Alan (Linn) Rynearson and Robert (Theresa) Rynearson; one sister, Jeanie Rynearson, and three grandchildren, Logan Kellem, Brody Kellem and Brielle Kellem.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Susan Rynearson.

Kenny was a semi-driver for many years and most recently worked for Heinz Brothers. He loved working on small engine repair and watching Westerns and Jerry Springer. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Brimfield Township Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Illinois Autism Association, B.Y.E. Ambulance, or the Brimfield Fire Department.

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

Anita L. Wight

WILLIAMSFIELD – Anita L. (Stodgel) Wight, 97, of Williamsfield, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Courtyard Estates in Knoxville.

Anita was born Dec. 5, 1924, in Williamsfield, the daughter of Vergil and Vera (Spencer) Stodgel. She graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1942 and met the love of her life, Gordon L. Wight, who was in the Army and stationed at Camp Ellis near Western Illinois University where she graduated in 1946. They married on July 18, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 28, 2012.

Survivors include her three children: Leland (Connie) Wight of Williamsfield, Dennis (Denise) Wight of San Diego, Calif., and Marianne (Gary) Hess of Galesburg, and ex-daughter-in-law Tina Wight of Chicago. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Alan (Kathy) Wight, Darren (Kristin) Wight, Nathan (Monica) Wight, Alex (fiancée Juanita Aleo) Wight, Amanda Wight, Brionna Wight, Shea Wight, Rhianna (fiancé Patrick Lewis) Schroeder and David (Amy) Hess; and 14 great-grandchildren: Parker (fiancée Kelly Grady), Garrett (fiancée Libbie Rammage), Harrison and Graham Wight, Ellie, Ava and Maya Wight, Mela and Reagan Wight, Camden, Carson and Preston Schroeder and Olivia and Kolby Hess.

Anita taught English and was a librarian at the Williamsfield Schools for 14 years. So many of her former students said they never knew a nicer, more caring teacher. She also was a business manager and owner at Stodgel Chevrolet Sales, which later became known as Wight Chevrolet.

Anita was a loyal member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church having taught Sunday School there for a number of years. She was also a member of the Spoon River NSDAR and the Williamsfield American Legion Auxiliary. Anita and Gordon enjoyed traveling in their younger years and treasured their retirement years on Sanibel Island, Fla.

Family was Anita’s #1 priority, and her heart and home were always open to friends and family. Everyone blessed to know her could feel the love and kindness she had to give.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 27, at Williamsfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Teri Shane officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will follow at Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Williamsfield United Methodist Church.

Montana J. Hackman

PEORIA – Montana James Lee Hackman, 21, of Peoria, formerly of Brimfield, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. Montana was born on Aug. 24, 2000, to Tracey Linder and Adam Hackman.

Surviving are his mother, Tracey Linder of Laura; his father, Adam (Brittney) Hackman of Canton; five half-siblings, Samantha (Robert) Landgrebe, Adam Hackman II, Ryan Winters, Aaliyah Hackman and Osyrys Hackman; maternal grandmother, Judy Linder of Brimfield; paternal grandfather, Frankie Jones of Astoria; two aunts, Kaitlin (Mat) John and Kirsten Linder both of Brimfield; and four cousins, Mason, Karen, Jodie, David and another, Oaklee Jo, on the way.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Linder and his paternal grandmother, RoseMary Hackman.

Montana attended Brimfield High School. He enjoyed being outdoors, spending time at the lake and rock hunting. He loved animals, especially his cats Diesel and Dexter.

There will be no public services at this time. A graveside service for Montana will be in Lehigh Cemetery in rural Elmwood at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

Don E. Ehnle

DUNLAP – Don Errol Ehnle, 82, of Dunlap passed away March 8, 2022, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Don was born on April 7, 1939, at home in Dunlap to Chris and Lydia (Eberle) Ehnle. He married the love of his life, Nellie Jo Morrissey, on Nov. 17, 1962, in Wyoming, at Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church. She survives and they shared their love together for almost 60 years.

Also surviving are his children, Tony (Laura) Ehnle of Edelstein, Suzette (Mark) Swanson of Dunlap and Steve (Tammy) Ehnle of Brimfield; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor (George) Dunn; brothers, Eldon (Mary Jane) Ehnle, Dean (Carol) Ehnle and Joel (Nora) Ehnle; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Christie, Jeanne (Bud) Porter, Sharon Morrissey and Carol Ehnle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roland Ehnle; sister, Alice Williamson; son, Douglas Ehnle; brother-in-law, Patrick Morrissey; brother-in-law, John Cox; and nephews, Joe Cox and Kevin Ehnle.

Don worked at Stahl Lumber Company, Al Baer Lumber Company, was superintendent at Noah Herman and Sons and part-owner of Trimco before selling out to focus on his construction business. He was self-employed for 40 years.

In 1997, due to a job injury, Don became a paraplegic, but that did not derail his ambitions as he continued his construction business and taught himself AutoCAD, allowing him to design and draw plans for residential homes and commercial buildings throughout the Peoria area. He taught us many life lessons and skills.

Don was a member of St. Clements and St. Jude Catholic Church.
Condolences can be left online at csmico.com.

In honoring Don’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or services. Private burial services will be at a later date at St. Dominic’s Cemetery.



Kenneth J. Fussner

ELMWOOD – Kenneth J. Fussner, 50, of Elmwood, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Kindred Hospital in North Lake, Ill. He was born July 2, 1971, in Galesburg, to Frank and Shirley (McCoy) Fussner.

He is survived by two brothers, Francis “Dale” Fussner of Brimfield and Jeffrey (Erica) Fussner of Elmwood; two nephews, Kenneth L. Fussner and Jeffrey Fussner, Jr.; and two nieces, Bailey Fussner and Mikayla Norville.
He is preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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

David B. Cox

WILLIAMSFIELD – David. B. Cox, 43, of Chicago, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021.

David was born March 20, 1978, in Peoria, a son of Tonette and Grant Cox.
He attended school in Chillicothe and Williamsfield.

Surviving are his brothers, Bruce, Brian and Phillip Cox. Also surviving is one sister, Nicole Brockett.

A memorial will be 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the American Legion Hall in Williamsfield, 222 Illinois Route 180.

Bonnie C. Hagen

MAQUON – Bonnie C. Hagen, 86, of Maquon, passed away with her family by her side on Feb. 27, 2022.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1935, in Canton, the daughter of Alva and Leota (Ashby) Lingenfelter. She married her loving husband of 65 years, John L. “Jack” Hagen on July 1, 1953, in Canton. He died in 2020.

She is survived by her children, John G. Hagen, of Rapatee, Tim (Michelle) Hagen of Peoria,

Lynnette Hagen of Lakewood, Calif. and longtime best friend, Sonya Levitt and one brother, Ronald Lingenfelter (Judy) of Salem, Ala.

Services were March 4. Burial of ashes will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton at a later date.

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

Frances L. Hartle

FARMINGTON – Frances L. Hartle, 95, of Canton, a Farmington native, died Feb. 28, 2022, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

She was born on Nov. 1, 1926, in Farmington to Tony and Olga (Delak) Kauzlarich. She married Ray Hartle on July 13, 1947. He preceded her in death in 2008.

She is survived by four children, Marianne (Victor) Pilkinton of St. David, Dennis (Wanda) Hartle of Savannah, Tenn., Bernard and George Hartle both of Canton; and a sister, Berniece Young of Florida.

Services were March 4.

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



Anita M. Arnold

JASPER, Ga. – Anita May Arnold, 87, of Jasper, Ga., was called home on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, to be with her Lord Jesus.

Anita was born in St. Louis, Mo., on May 23, 1934, to Paul and Viola Brown. She is survived by her husband Edwin Arnold, of Jasper (formerly of Edwards, Ill); daughter Julie Harrington, of Edwards; son Jim Arnold and his wife Robin, of Brimfield; daughter Cathy Aubley and her husband George of Jasper; grandchildren Paul Harrington, Emily Aubley, Matthew Aubley, Cody Arnold; brother Kenneth Brown and his wife Marijean, of Marietta, Ga.

Anita is preceded in death by her parents and brother Paul Leon Brown.

Anita was a seamstress and homemaker. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, friendly character and the delicious pies she was famous for at the Brimfield Old Settler Days. Anita never met a stranger.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date in Georgia and Illinois. Care and trust placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations, (706) 253-5060.

Vencon E. Davis

GALESBURG – Vencon (Vince) E. Davis, 62, of Galesburg, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at Marigold Nursing Home in Galesburg, Ill.

Vencon was born on March 23, 1959, in Galesburg, to David Leo and Arlean Louise (Clark) Davis. He married Sandra Morris in 1977 and together they had four children, Vince, Christopher, Rachel and Dayna.

Surviving are his children, Vince M. Davis, of Brooklyn, Wis., Rachel A. (Cory) Tucker, of Williamsfield, Ill., and Dayna L. (Seth) Hart, of Elmwood, Ill.; his grandchildren, Abagale Davis, of Oregon, Wis., Kaitlyn Davis, of Brooklyn, Wis., Dylan and Dawson Tucker, of Williamsfield, and Payton, Wallace and Lewis Hart, of Elmwood; his sister, Kathryn (Gerry) Atwell, of Oneida, Ill.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher L. Davis; his parents; and a brother, David Davis.

Vencon lived most of his life in Dahinda and Knoxville. He loved spending time noodling in the Spoon River, tinkering with anything and everything, and food (especially his biscuits and gravy and fried taters). He was known to be a hard worker and held many jobs. Vencon lived his life and left this world his way. Vencon’s sense of humor stayed with him until the end, when his last verbal words were said in response to him being told to “be good.” He said, “I am always good. Even when I’m bad, I’m good at it.”

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Compassus Hospice of Galesburg for their amazing care, incredible companionship, help in finding forgiveness, non-judgmental love and beyond this world comfort.

Per Vencon’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services; his body was donated to science. There will be a memorial service (food party) at a later date. Memorials may be made to Dahinda United Methodist Church or Compassus Hospice of Galesburg.

Jama M. Kriz

ELMWOOD – Jama M. Kriz, 63, of Elmwood, passed away, surrounded by family, at 6:26 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born Nov. 28, 1958, to Max and Patricia (Marston) Morse in Peoria, Ill. Jama attended her undergrad at the University of Illinois and then received her Juris Doctorate from University of Minnesota. Initially a secondary math educator, she moved on to insurance underwriting and finally got the itch to become a lawyer. During her 33 years of practicing, she achieved partner status at Leonard Street & Deinard, region council at SuperValu and finished of council at Stinson LLP.

Jama is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Jeff Kriz, whom she married in Peoria on Sept, 5, 1982. She will be greatly missed by her three children, Zachary (Laura) Kriz of Lisle, Ill., Amanda (Derrick) Stanton of Grand Forks, N.D., and Elizabeth (Alex Slater) Kriz of Bismarck, N.D.; and her grandchild, Lily Kriz. As well as her two brothers, Mark and Fred Morse, sister, Amy Kepple, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and countless friends she loved like family. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Jama was selfless, strong, positive and always looking after others. She had the innate ability to light up any room and everyone she met was an instant friend. Heaven is a brighter place with her smile. Jama was a recent Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Elmwood, where her memorial will be held March 19, 2022, at 11 a.m.

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

Larry E. Shideman

FARMINGTON – Larry E. Shideman, 79, of Farmington, passed away at 8:49 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 3, 1942, in Galesburg, Ill. to Warren and Carol (Babbitt) Shideman. He married Sally Martin on Feb. 2, 1980, in Trivoli, Ill. She survives.

He is also survived by five children, Holly Shideman of Farmington, Brooke (Jason) Thurman of Farmington, Larry (Angie) Shideman of Elmwood, Julie (Dave) Wagner of Elmwood, and Jackie (Tim) Harms of Elmwood; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; step-mother, Betty (Meade) Montgomery of Peoria; and father-in-law, Kenny Martin of Farmington.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lynn Shideman; and mother-in-law, Rena Martin.

Larry worked and retired from Caterpillar after 32 years. He later worked for Farmington Township. He graduated from Yates City High School. He was a member of the Farmington American Legion Post #140. He was an avid sports fan who never missed a Chicago Cubs or Illinois basketball game. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and time with family. A note from his loving family, life is going to be so different without you, we will miss you incredibly, that contagious smile, funny jokes, and being the most loving husband, dad and papa. We will miss and love you forever.

A heartfelt thank you from Larry’s family to Dr. Erin Martin, Angie and the entire staff. Also, a thank you to Unity Point Hospice Care.

Larry was a veteran of the United States Navy.

A private burial with military honors will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date. John McKinty will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington.

To view Larry’s DVD or to leave an online condolence you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

William C. Wagner

ELMWOOD – William “Bill” C. Wagner, 87, of Elmwood, passed away peacefully at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, in Elmwood, surrounded by his family.

He was born Dec. 21, 1934, to Charles and Julia (Cox) Wagner. He married Karla “Kay” Windish on June 16, 1960, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church. She survives.

He is also survived by three children, Diane (Joel) Smith of Normal, Krista (Jerry) Gray of Lewistown, and David (Julie) Wagner of Elmwood; two sisters, Dorothy Rusch and Eileen Harding; and six grandchildren, Luke Smith, Logan Smith, Laura Martin, Louis Gray, Jordan Wagner and Elizabeth Wagner.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Mary Dungan and Tillie Schulz.

Bill served in the Army and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, past president of the Elmwood Fire District and served on the Elmwood Morrison & Mary Wiley Library Board, as well as the Elmwood Elevator Board and later Heartland FS. In 2013, he received the Soil and Water Conservation Award. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he served many positions.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield. A visitation was held on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial with military rites followed the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to My Place’s St. Jude fundraiser and the building fund for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

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

Ronald E. Robbins Sr.

FARMINGTON – Ronald E. “Ron” Robbins Sr., 89, of Farmington, formerly of Peoria, passed away on Feb. 22, 2022, at Farmington Country Manor.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1933, in Richland Center, Ind., a son of Raymond Arthur and Elsie (Schrieber) Robbins. Ron married Patricia M. Knott on May 31, 1954, in Hernando, Miss. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2008, in Peoria.

Ron is survived by his five children, Ron (Sheila) Robbins of Canton, Teckla Kosieracki of Peoria, Jeanette Robbins of Peoria, Teresa (John) Lefler of Toluca, and Jonathan Robbins of Farmington; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Jan (Clyde) Durr of Charlotte, N.C.; and three sister-in-laws, Pat Robbins of Bartonville, Carol Robbins of Peoria and Diana Knott of Glasford.

Ron worked as a pipefitter for Keystone in Bartonville for 37 years, retiring in 1991.

Ron’s funeral service was Feb. 26, 2022, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Interment was in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton.com.

Ronald V. Stear

HANNA CITY – Ronald Vincent Stear, 87, of Hanna City passed away on Feb. 24, 2022.

Born in Hanna City on Feb. 8, 1935, he joins those preceding him in death: his wife of 66 years, Velma (Reader) Stear; his parents, John and Maude Stear; brothers, James Crim, John Stear, Frank Stear, Gene Stear, Melvin Stear and Harold Stear; and one sister, Elizabeth Powers.

Ronald leaves behind one brother, Bill Stear; his six children, Pam (Raul) Rodriguez, Ronald A. Stear, Connie (George) Burek, Tim (Susie) Stear, Penny (Mike) Baxter and Jeff (Michelle) Stear. Ron was blessed with 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, with another on the way. Even in his final weeks, he expressed his love for his family.

Ron worked for 42 years at Caterpillar, Inc. Ronald served on the Village Board, the Sanitary District, the School Board and various church roles, but his second job and true love was being a volunteer fireman on the Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District. He started on the fire department on Feb. 2, 1955, and continued in active duty until his retirement 67 years later on Feb. 2, 2022. In 2015, the LTFPD renamed the firehouse the Ronald Stear Firehouse.

Funeral services were Feb. 28. Interment was in Smithville Cemetery in rural Hanna City.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.



William A. Brewer

HOPEWELL – William A. Brewer, 74, of Hopewell, Ill., died on Feb. 28, 2022, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born in Streator, Ill., on Nov. 10, 1947, to the late Earl and Lorraine (Uftring) Brewer, he married Ruth Ann Boettger on March 20, 1976, in Wenona, Ill. Ruth Ann died on Sept. 16, 2012.

Bill spent his career as a member of UAW Local 974 at Caterpillar as a line assembler at Mossville building BB for caterpillar for over 30 years. He then started Bill’s Mowing, mowing yards for over 20 years. He was very proud that in his retirement years he would collect aluminum cans from many people and businesses, smash them and donate them to the St. Jude Runners.

Bill is survived by his children William (Christy) Brewer of Chatham, Kimberly (Joe) Kinsella of Wyoming; siblings Dwayne Brewer of Varna, Corrine (Jim) Kinsolving of Rutland and Wanda Cook of Bloomington; sister-in-law Mary Lou Boettger of Peoria; grandchildren Brayden, Brevin and Chet.

He was also preceded in death by sister Diane Brewer, an infant sister and brothers-in-law Bob and Tom Boettger.

Funeral services for Bill will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon with Peter Glock officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March, 4 at Lenz Memorial. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery and memorials can be made to the St. Jude Runners.

Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com.

R. Dean Gale

GALVA – R. Dean Gale, 97, of Galva, died at 8:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 4, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva, with Rev. Martin Gutzmer officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Galva Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Gale was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Galva, the son of Thomas and Rose (White) Gale. He married Helen Irene Sandquist on Oct. 30, 1943, in Peoria and she preceded him in death on April 4, 2012.

Survivors include his daughter, Shirley Crisco of Galva; his son, Robert (Rebecca) Gale of Galva; grandchildren, Bradley (Jill) Crisco, Julie (Dudley) Ricketts, Kyle (Sheliah) Gale, Kevin (Bryann) Gale and Kraig (Dawn) Gale; 17 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and his son-in-law, Willie Crisco.

Dean was a documented descendant of William Bradford, a passenger on the Mayflower and early governor of the Plymouth Colony. Dean graduated from LaFayette High School in 1942 and farmed for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva, the Galva Manx Society, Galva Masonic Lodge, the Henry County Farm Bureau and the American Angus Association. He was a former member of the barbershop quartet, SBSQSA, and also sang at church and for many funerals.

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

Melvin Thompson

GALVA – Melvin “Tommy” Thompson, 84, a resident of Marigold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Galesburg, formerly of Galva, died Feb. 25 at the center.

Graveside services were March 1 at Altona Cemetery in Altona. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 8, 1937, in Victoria, the son of James and Mary (Deckle) Thompson. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Tommy worked in maintenance at Dixline Corporation in Galva and for the Galva street department.

Condolences can be left online at ruxfuneralhome.com.



Donna Currier

PEORIA – Donna Currier, 91, of Peoria, Ill., formerly of Toulon, Ill., passed away on Monday Feb. 21, 2022, at OSF Hospital in Peoria at 5:04 p.m., surrounded by her loving children.

She was born in Kewanee, Ill., on Sept. 13, 1930, to William Leonard and Grace Irene (Harvey) Moore.

Donna married Roland Frederick Currier in Kewanee, at the First Presbyterian Church on June 12, 1949.

She is survived by her children, Anita (Roger) Milburn of Peoria, Lucinda (Tom) Milburn and Preston (Angie) Currier, both of Kewanee, Gretchen (Mike) Main of Altona, Ill., Sally (Bill) Corrigan of Mendota, Ill., and Jeanne (Carl) Ryan of Wyoming, Ill.; 17 grandchildren, Douglas (Jana Zollinger) Milburn, Kalamazoo, Mich., Suzanne Milburn, Tacoma, Wash., Rhonda (Justin Ahlman) Milburn of Peoria, Bridget (Colton, Nora, Ava) Anderson of Chillicothe, Ill., Natalie Milburn, Kansas City, Mo., Katy (Chris, Wyatt, Kaden) Boyd, Mt. Airy, Md., Logan (Valerie, Presleigh, Asa) Currier, Galva, Ill., Reuben (Carissa, Clyde, Milo, Elsie) Currier, Toulon, Maureen Currier, Victoria, Ill., Jacqueline (Drew) Clark, Chicago, Jenna (Joe and Anna) Tolley, Avon, Ill., Nolan Jenkins, Mendota, John (Savannah Carroll) Jenkins, Grundy Center, Iowa, Julie (Nick Fisher) Jenkins, Fraser, Colo., Addison (Sydney, Hayden, Hudson) Ryan, Wyoming, Justine (Jim Code) Ryan, Chicago, and Clayton (Caitlyn & Warner) Ryan, Wyoming; 3 step grandchildren: Billy (Missy, Quinn) Corrigan with Baby number 2 on the way, Valerie (Shea, Brogan) Kreiser and Vanessa (Herb) Goslin, and 2 more great grandbabies on the way!

Donna is also survived by her special friend of many years, Harold McMahon of Kewanee. Just to name a few things they enjoyed together, they would enjoy dinners out, golfing and winter trips to Texas over the years.

Donna was preceded in death by ­her parents, infant sister Elaine Moore and sister Gwendolyn (Moore) Krause of Kewanee.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roland Frederick, on July 17, 1987. Up until this time, she was a devoted farm wife and mother who worked hard each and every day for her family. She helped with the livestock, the farming and, of course, her daily duties including cooking, cleaning and taking care of their six children. Donna was an avid seamstress, making the majority of the clothing for her children. She loved design and colors and would create beautiful skirts land dresses for her daughters. She was also wonderful at creating a beautiful home, interior design was a passion of hers that she shared with her husband. All of this was in addition to her being a wonderful cook and baker!

She grew up during the Great Depression and with that, she learned to be creative, conservative with money and became a very astute businesswoman. When she married Roland, life was not easy at first, however, they had plans to create a great life for their family and she knew it would only get better. They bought farm land and established the Currier Family Farms, adding land and livestock to it as the years passed by, only to have their marriage cut short by tragedy and the death of Roland.

At this point, Donna had to reinvent herself. She was a determined, fierce woman who held onto the family farm and expanded it over the years. She took up golf and yoga, she expanded her love of sewing into the world of quilting, where she made many brilliantly colored quilts, some of her own design, gifting them to family over the years. She went to work in the business sector for many years after her husband’s death while her son ran the farming operation.

Donna graduated from Kewanee High School in 1948. She went on to attend Brown Business School and Black Hawk College, thus furthering her knowledge of the business world. She was very passionate about learning, even up until the day she died. Just days prior, she was saying that she needed something new to learn. One thing that you could always hear her saying to her family, “You can never stop learning. You must keep your mind active.”

In addition to schooling, she was a 4-H Leader, a member of the Stark County Homemakers Extension, Toulon PTA, Business Professional Women, member of several quilting clubs (Stark County Quilters, Prairie Queen Quilters of Bishop Hill, Ill., Covered Bridge Quilt Guild of Princeton, Ill., and Gems of the Prairie Quilters of Peoria) and was an Elder and lifelong member of the Elmira United Presbyterian Church. Donna was also instrumental in putting on a quilt show at Courtyard Estates in Galva.

In addition to all of the above, she would tutor children and even go as far as making a high school graduation dress for a girl who had nothing to wear. Donna was generous in many ways to many, many people behind the scenes.

As a child, she had a beloved horse named Penny that she enjoyed riding.

Donna lived a very full live, constantly adapting, changing and pivoting to meet the demands of life with grace and dignity. She will be forever missed by all that knew her. She was an inspiration to many young women, especially her granddaughters who admired her perseverance and independence. She was brilliant.

Services for Donna will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Elmira United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Art Blegen officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the service time.

Burial will follow in Toulon Municipal Cemetery. Grandsons Douglas Milburn, Logan Currier, Reuben Currier, Nolan Jenkins, John Jenkins, Addison Ryan and Clayton Ryan will serve as pallbearers. Wasmer Funeral Home is privileged to assist the family. Memorials may be directed to Elmira United Presbyterian Church or Donor’s Choice.

Condolences may be left at wasmerfuneralhome.com.

Ivan L. Nelson

TOULON – Ivan Lee Nelson, 75, of Toulon, passed away Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at 11:25 p.m. at Kindred Hospital in Peoria. He was born Jan. 29, 1947, in Kewanee, to parents Ivan D. and Margaret (DeWulf) Nelson. He married Marlene Jenkins on Jan. 12, 1988, she survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jeff (Vicki Nowlan) Nelson of Toulon, LeeAnn (Kent Smith) Hufnagel of Toulon, Jennifer (Scott) Eberle of Edelstein, and Zack (Carly) Nelson of LaFayette; eight grandchildren, Tucker, Ashley, Josie, Payton, Chase, Macy, Noah, and Kohen; five great-grandchildren, Bryant, Iva, Donald Louis IV (Blue), Nickolaus and Carter; four siblings, Rosanne Mohr of Davenport, Brad (Pat) Nelson of LaFayette, Tom (Renee Johnson) Nelson of Toulon and Pat (Tom) Winkler of Washington.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents.

Ivan attended Toulon High School, graduating in 1965. He was a United States Army veteran, he served in Germany during the Vietnam Era. Ivan was a lifelong farmer and owner of Nelson Auto Sales.

Ivan was active and involved in his community, he served on the Toulon City Council, he was a Stark County Board Member and he was a lifelong member of the Toulon American Legion.

Anyone that knew Ivan, knew he did it his way, whether it be making his own parking spot or blocking the road to chat with a friend or foe. He never knew a stranger and is often referred to as “One of a Kind.” Ivan’s passing is a great loss not only to his family and friends, but also to his entire community.

A visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., with a Rosary led by Father John Cyr beginning at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Ivan’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, also at the funeral home. Father Cyr will officiate. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

Per Ivan’s wishes memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Gladys I. Neal

SPEER – Gladys I. Neal, 102, of rural Speer passed away peacefully at UnityPoint Health Proctor on Feb.15 after a short illness.


Gladys was born on Oct. 7, 1919, in rural Stark County to Daniel and Mary Kuntz Streitmatter. She married George J. Neal on Feb. 4, 1945, in Peoria. He passed away on July 1, 2016.

Gladys is survived by two sons, Doug Neal, and Curt Neal, both of Speer; one sister, Bernadine Cambron of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at csmico.com.

Jacob M. Swearingen

KEWANEE – Jacob “Jake” M. Swearingen, 25, of Kewanee, died Feb. 18. Jake was born Aug. 7, 1996, in Kewanee, the son of Gary Shoen and Billie Swearingen. He attended Galva Schools.

Jake is survived by his mother, Billie Garcia, Kewanee; dad, Tracy Stevens, Peoria; father, Gary Shoen (Kim Espinoza), Kewanee; son, Khristopher W. Swearingen; papa, Jerry DeBord, Kewanee; papa and nana, Douglas and Glenda Carlson, Galva; grandma, Annie Shoen; brother, Brandon (Jasmine) Stevens, Wyoming; aunts, Wendy Swearingen, Kewanee, Kerry (Bill) Hallberg, Kewanee, Tracy (Kyle) Chayer, Altona, Brenda Rouch, Galva; Chris Carlson, Galva, Richelle DeBord, Waco, TX; close cousin, Michael Rouch; uncles, Joshua (Rose) Carlson, Kewanee, Bo (Cathy) Swearingen, Kewanee, Jeremy DeBord, Kewanee; nephews, Isaac and Zayne Stevens, Wyoming; several cousins; and close friend, Angela French, Kewanee.

He was preceded in death by Norman and Bessie Swearingen, Butch Carlson, Gary (Chrissy) Nelson, Christy DeBord and George Shoen.

Jake was a member of the Baptist Church, Galva.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 12, 2022 at the American Legion, Galva.

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


Bailey C. Spencer

ELMWOOD – Bailey Christian Spencer, 20, of Okinawa, Japan, formerly of Elmwood, passed away at 8:06 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Okinawa, Japan.

Bailey was born on June 14, 2001, the son of Debra M. Spencer and brother of Maxwell A. Spencer.

His funeral service will begin promptly at 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Rev. David Pyell will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to his funeral. Bailey will be laid to rest with military honors and with his great-grandparents in Smithville Cemetery, off Hanna City-Glasford Road in rural Hanna City. His funeral service may also be viewed live in the “Bailey C. Spencer Funeral Service” group on Facebook.

For Bailey’s full obituary, for memorial contribution information and to leave online condolences for his family, please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.

Wilma Brown

MAQUON – Wilma Brown, 86, of Maquon passed away on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Galesburg.

Wilma was born on Nov. 1, 1935, in Schuyler County. She was the daughter of Fred and Tilpha (Dodds) Mohlenbruck. She married Aurthur “Art” C. Brown on Oct. 24, 1967, in Browning. Together they celebrated 11 years of marriage before his passing on July 1, 1978.

Wilma is survived by a brother, Dick Mohlenbruck of Fredrick; 13 nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Becky Mohlenbruck of Creve Coeur; and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings, Etha Stambaugh, Frieda Walker, Ila Weishaar, Herman Mohlenbruck and Sam Mohlenbruck.

She was a past member of the Maquon Village Board and an avid bingo player. Wilma had an extensive collection of owls (somewhere near 400). Most of all, Wilma loved spending time with her family, especially attending various family functions or reunions where she was known for bringing her favorite pies.

Services were Feb. 19, 2022. Burial was at the Maquon Cemetery in Maquon.

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

Earle R. Johnson

OAK HILL – Earle “Bub” R. Johnson, 80, of Maquon, a native of Oak Hill, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2022, in rural Ellisville, surrounded by family.

He was born March 10, 1941, to Henry and Lois (McKown) Johnson in Oak Hill. He married Cathy Johnson and had two children, Lori (Istvan) Szabo of Macomb and Tricia (Thomas) Wages of Ellisville.

Also surviving are one brother, Paul (Bonnie) Johnson; three grandchildren, Jessica (Colton) Roberts, Andrea (Paul) Pollitt and Anna Szabo; and two great-grandchildren, Charlie Roberts and Eleanor Roberts.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Glenn Johnson.

Bub farmed many years alongside his brothers, enjoyed watching big machines move dirt, and had an infectious, ornery sense of humor that only those close to him got to see. The man loved ice cream and could eat it faster than anyone, never getting a headache. His greatest gift was his unconditional love for his girls. He taught them many life lessons.

A funeral service was Feb. 20, 2022. Burial was at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

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

Dianna L. Threw

FARMINGTON – Dianna Lynn Threw, 73, of Farmington, passed away at 1:47 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2022, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1948, in Peoria to Milo and Virginia (Bourne) Threw.

She is preceded in death by her parents and by aunts Doris Abbott, Fern Suydam, Ruth Potter, Amber LeMaster and Ethel Threw; uncles Clifford and Clair Threw; and cousins Helen Franklin Kester, Gene Varnes, Betty Dehm, Jim LeMaster and Eric Abbott.

She is survived by three first cousins and their spouses Gary (Janice) Threw, Marilyn (Bill) Kirkley and Judith (Wayne) Patchin.

Dianna was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Farmington. She was also a member of the Farmington Rebekah Lodge #155. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1966. She has been a long term resident of Farmington Country Manor and loved living there.

Services were Feb. 18, 2022. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

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



Arlene Scholl

PRINCEVILLE – Arlene Scholl, 85, of Princeville passed away peacefully at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at her home.

Arlene was born on Jan. 16, 1937, in rural Edelstein, the daughter of Harold W. and Anna L. (Elsasser) Streitmatter. She married Robert Scholl on March 6, 1960, in Princeville; he preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2020.

Surviving are two sons, Kyle (Jane) Scholl of Peoria and Kevin (Joyce) Scholl of Wyoming; two daughters, Karen Scholl of Washington and Krista (Perry) Kieser of Wyoming; six grandchildren, Quintin (Lacey) Scholl, Chassi (James) Jensen, Ethan Scholl, Treyton Scholl, Allison Kieser and Alyssa Kieser; four great-grandchildren, Mason Scholl, Kadence Scholl, Oliver Scholl and Presley Jensen; sister, Mary Jane Streitmatter; four brothers, Floran, Rich, Bill and Cleon Streitmatter. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Norman Streitmatter and one grandson, Colin Scholl.

Arlene lived for the Lord for 67 years. She was a member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. She was an amazing organizer and coordinator, served on the church funeral committee, managed the Princeville Fellowship Hall, sang in the church choir, and was instrumental in the design of the Prairie Villa.

Arlene graduated from Princeville High School and then worked as a bookkeeper in Peoria. After marriage, Arlene fully embraced the role of a farm wife and helped manage the farm with Bob. She was active in the marketing, accounting and operation of equipment. She enjoyed knowing the community by visiting with neighbors who came to pick up fresh eggs, and by planning many school events. She supported her husband on various boards and committees of which he served.

Arlene exemplified love, trust, and a calm steady spirit through life’s challenges. She was deeply loved by her children and grandchildren and treasured spending time with them. In recent years she shared a mutual love among the many caregivers who came into their home. Arlene and Bob were knit together in oneness through life, and she longed to meet him in heaven. Her countenance reflected eternal peace and joy as she entered her heavenly home.

Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church officiated. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Additional visitation was held at the Apostolic Christian Church from 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. Burial was in the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to her caregivers at AC Skylines Home Care Services and her private duty caregivers.

Memorial contributions may be made to AC Skylines Home Care Services. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

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

Linda L. Storey

TOULON – Linda L. Storey, 73, of Toulon, formerly of LaFayette, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Toulon Rehab and Health Care Center.

Linda was born on Aug. 10, 1948, in Peoria, the daughter of Kenneth and Wanda Patton Foste. She married Robert Storey May 31, 1973, in LaFayette. He preceded her in death May 7, 2014.

Surviving are four daughters, Sally (Rob) Ramsey of Kewanee, Danielle (Marty) Selby of Chillicothe, Theresa (Dana Christmas) Storey of Jacksonville, Fla., Michelle (Doug McCarty) Storey of Counce, Tenn.; and one son, Randy (Darinda) Storey of West Jersey; eight grandchildren, Christopher (Ashley), Kendra, Chase (Melissa), Chadd (Meghan), Kaylie (Mitch), Kirstie, Michael, and Dylan; sister, RuthAnn Newby of Ala.; Linda’s companion for the last several years, Gene Musselman; and two bonus daughters, Jen Davis and Misty Turnbull.

Linda was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Alta, Ill., and the Caterpillar Motor Sports Club. She enjoyed bowling, golf, and dancing at the former Hub Ballroom. She was a graduate of Chillicothe High School class of 1966. She retired from Caterpillar after 35 years of service.

Linda’s funeral was to be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Michelle West officiated. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at the funeral home. Burial was at West Jersey Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kewanee Elks or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Online condolences may be left for Linda’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Leathe D. Wilson

WYOMING – Leathe Dorthea (Dort) Wilson, 88, of Wyoming, Ill., died at her home in Chillicothe, Ill., on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Dorthea was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Wyoming, the daughter of Clifford and Leathe (Russell) Bent.

She married Frank Wilson of Princeville, Ill. on Jan. 28, 1952. She is survived by her daughter Candace (Gene) Zaehringer and son David (Kathy) Wilson of Chillicothe. Dorthea had three Grandchildren, Nolan Wilson, Amanda (Joey) Rediger and Timber (Eric) Motyl. She also had two great grandchildren, Oliver Rediger and Sophia Rediger.

Dorthea was the oldest of eight children born to Clifford and Leathe Bent. She is proceeded in death by her husband Frank Wilson (2013), brother Leland Bent, brother Clifford Bent Jr., brother Ronald Bent and brother Robin Bent. She is survived in death by her sister Margie Crook, brother James Bent and brother Donald Bent.

Dorthea was primarily a home maker but worked for a number of years at Black Hawk East College in Kewanee, Ill., as a paraprofessional in the Office Careers Center. Dorthea was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and a Chicago Bears fan. She was a member of the Rome Baptist Church for many years where she had taught Sunday School and Bible School. She had a close personal relationship with the Lord.

Dorthea was cremated and burial will be held in the Chillicothe Cemetery at a later date when family and friends can get together.

Claryce A. Gomes

GALVA – Claryce A. Gomes, 90, of Galva, died Feb. 10, 2022.

Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time.

Claryce was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Deshler, Neb. She married Louis Gomes on Nov. 27, 1949, and he proceeded her in death in 1996.

Survivors include her children; Cyndie Powers Bright of Toulon, Becky Gomes of Galva and Chris (Kathy) Gomes of LaFayette; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

Karla S. Layne

BRIMFIELD – Karla Sue Layne, 59, of Brimfield, passed away at 8:57 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at Unity-Point Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

She was born on Feb. 13, 1962, in Peoria, a daughter of Charles H. and Darlene (Groenhagen) Umholtz. She married Dennis Layne on Oct. 1, 1983, in Edwards. He survives.

Also surviving is her mother, Darlene Umholtz of Hanna City; one son, Christopher Layne of Brimfield; two brothers, Mark (Kathy) Umholtz of Glasford and Thomas H. (Lisa) Umholtz of Hanna City.

She worked at Bradley University in Peoria for 30 years, and attended Cottonwood Church, in her early years.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where visitation will be from noon until the time of services. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Burial will be held in Cottonwood Cemetery following the services. Memorials can be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance or to Brimfield Fire Department.

To view Karla’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Sarah L. May

BRIMFIELD – Sarah Louise May, 88, of Brimfield, passed away at 4:20 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at Farmington Country Manor. She was born Nov. 29, 1933, to John and Minniebelle (Rupp) Bleichner in Rosefield Township. She married Floyd May on Aug. 15, 1953, at the Peoria County Courthouse. He preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 2009.

She is survived by one son, Martin May of Brimfield; one daughter, Susan Rusk of Chillicothe; one sister, Eileen; two grandsons, Viston (Rochelle) Batey and Joseph (Cassi) Batey; one great-grandson, Gunner Batey; one sister-in-law, Joyce May; one brother-in-law, James Dean; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Deborah (Viston) Batey in 1997; three sisters, and two brothers.

Sarah Louise graduated from Brimfield High School in 1951. She worked at the Bank of Yates City for five years and then volunteered her time as an election judge for Rosefield Township for many years.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance and the Brimfield Fire Department.

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

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

Ronald G. Millard

PEORIA – Ronald “Ron” Gene Millard, Sr., 80, of Peoria, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

He was born on May 19, 1941, a son of Leslie R. and Martha V. (Nelson) Millard. Ronald married Carolyn Hart and they had one son, Chris Lee (Linda) Millard. He later married Jane Lowe at Christ Lutheran Church in Peoria on June 12, 1971. To them were born, Angela S. “Angie” (Dr. Lonny) Lannert and Rev. Ronald G. “Ron” (Carol Broz) Millard, Jr.

Surviving is his wife, Jane; all three children; eight grandchildren, Rachel, Connor, Heather, Meta, Jake, Grace, Faith and Luke; three brothers, Ken (Linda), Alan and Steve (Shannon); one aunt, Dolores White; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 40 years, hiring in as an hourly employee and progressing to upper management. Ron was a member of the American Legion Post #979 in Bartonville. He was currently a member of Redeemer Lutheran, a former usher and served on the Board of Elders.

Because of COVID, cremation rites have been accorded by Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, and a private family service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left for Ron’s family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

Bailey C. Spencer

ELMWOOD – Bailey Christian Spencer, 20, of Okinawa, Japan, formerly of Elmwood, passed away at 8:06 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Okinawa, Japan. Bailey was born on June 14, 2001, the son of Debra M. Spencer.

Surviving are his mother, Deb of Elmwood; brother, Maxwell Spencer of Peoria; his grandfather, Robert F. Spencer of Peoria Heights; grandmother, Fern L. Spencer (Markley Madden) of Freeport, Fla.; aunt, Juli D. (Mark) Crider and cousin, Isabella Crider all of Rydal, Ga.; great-aunt, Christina Wagner of Madison, Wis.; godmother, Colleen Tammeus of Peoria; and godbrother, Joshua Tammeus (Melissa Marnell) of Oceanside, Calif. Bailey was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Claude F. Spencer; great-grandmother, Lucille A. Spencer; and great-grandparents, Roma and Fred Wagner.

Max and Bailey shared a very close relationship with their great Grandma Roma and great Aunt Chris, spending every Christmas holiday with them for Bailey’s entire life. Their presence in the boy’s lives left an indelible impression. Bailey will be laid to rest with his Great Grandpa and Grandma Wagner.

Bailey attended schools in Peoria, Chicago and Elmwood, and had friends in each of these places. Bailey genuinely believed that you do not have to have a traditional education to be successful and reach your goals and insisted on trying a non-traditional way of receiving his diploma. After much convincing, Bailey enrolled in Penn Foster Online High School. His family often refers to Bailey as “not a butt in a seat.” He graduated from Penn Foster while also participating in PERFECT (Peoria Educational Region For Employment and Career Training), which is an amazing career and technical education program that includes Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Science, Health Science and the Industrial/ Technical trades. Bailey additionally worked at both Gil’s and The Warehouse in Hanna City during these years and showed that he had an amazing work ethic.

Bailey grew up being mentored by his older brother and many close friends, three of whom enlisted in the Marine Corps. While at Richwoods High School, Bailey participated in JROTC, which also impressed upon him the importance of the military. At the age of 14, Bailey made the decision that he wanted to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and was proud to do so at the age of 17. He went to boot camp in July of 2019, one month after turning 18 years old, ended up breaking one foot during the Crucible, yet finishing it, and subsequently healing just to end up breaking his other foot in combat training.

After healing, he attended his training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was finally stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in July of 2020 working as a Motor Transport Operator, where he resided until this time.

Bailey, or Bay, as his family nicknamed him, was always following in the footsteps of his big brother and godbrother, tagging along with them in any way he could. Max was Bailey’s biggest role model and influence, often referred to him as his “mini me.” Max inspired his main passion for cars and working on them. From hours of working with his dear friend, Ethan, on his Toyota 4Runner, which was gifted to him from his godbrother Josh, to purchasing one of his dream cars in Japan, a Nissan 180sx, Bailey labored over his cars in every spare minute. Bailey’s dream was to go to Japan in the military and purchase his dream car. He certainly accomplished this dream. He built lifelong friendships while in Japan and loved the country, its culture, and its many attributes.

While Bailey was serving overseas it was common for him and his “Ma,” as Bailey lovingly referred to his Mom, to FaceTime or exchange pictures with his many pets back home, which included his nephew dog, Tucker, Roma, his many cats, goats and chickens. Bailey adored his pets and missed them immensely. His beloved Lab, Riley, held a special place in his heart and will be interred with him.

His funeral services are pending scheduling. He will be laid to rest with military honors and with his great-grandparents in Smithville Cemetery, off Hanna City-Glasford Road in rural Hanna City. Please visit the “Bailey C. Spencer Funeral Service” group on Facebook for service updates and to view his funeral service live. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

The Bailey Spencer Memorial Fund has been created to support and encourage others to follow in his path and take the non-traditional route of education and career in the trades, technical, or mechanical programs and the military. Memorial contributions may be made payable to the Bailey Spencer Memorial Fund, in care of Bank of Farmington, P.O. Box 320 Farmington, IL 61531 or via the following link https:// bit.ly/BaileySpencer to help financially support those working to achieve their goals (a 501c3 will be set up at a later date).

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

Brenda K. Grubb

HANNA CITY – Brenda K. Grubb, 71, of Hanna City, passed away on Feb. 10, 2022, at her residence. She was born on April 13, 1950. She married Shelby Grubb on April 29, 1966, in Farmington. He preceded her in death.

Surviving is one daughter, Nicki (Todd Abraham) Grubb of Farmington; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Danny Stone of Hanna City, and one sister, Lisa (Rick) Moore of Trivoli.

Services and burial was Feb. 14 at Cottonwood Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Richard L. Harkness

ELMWOOD – Richard Lee Harkness, 85, of Canton, an Elmwood native, died Feb. 8, 2022, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

Richard was born on Feb. 16, 1936, to Milo and Vera (Oldfield) Harkness in Elmwood. Richard married Coralie Ellen Willson on Nov. 15, 1964.

He is survived by his children, Lanny Williams of Des Moines, Iowa, Lori (Harry) Rumler of Canton, Terry Williams of Canton and Shawn (Jen) Harkness of Huntington, Ind.; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and one brother Ronald (the late Cathy) Harkness, of London Mills and sister-in-law, Rosalee Doherty of California.

Services will be held at a later date.

Willard F. McCombs

DAHINDA – Willard Frank McCombs, 86, of Washington, formerly of Oak Run in Dahinda, died Feb. 6, 2022.

Survivors include his wife, Geralyn; daughters, Terri (Rob) Davis and Debbie (Mitch) Lishman, both of Lacon; son, Lonne McCombs of Creve Coeur; and four grandchildren.

Virginia E. Musselman

PRINCEVILLE – Virginia E. Musselman, 89, a Princeville native who is formerly of Knoxville, died Jan. 27, 2022, at OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

Virginia was born on Sept. 20, 1932, in Princeville. She married David Lee Musselman in 1950.

She is survived by her children, David W. (Rani) Musselman, Dan L. (Roxanne) Musselman, both of Texas, and Delores (Monte) Walker of Dunlap; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joanne McGinn.

Services were Feb. 12. Burial was at the Princeville Township Cemetery, Princeville.

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

Arlene Scholl

PRINCEVILLE – Arlene Scholl, 85, of Princeville passed away peacefully at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at her home.

Arlene was born on Jan. 16, 1937, in rural Edelstein, the daughter of Harold W. and Anna L. (Elsasser) Streitmatter. She married Robert Scholl on March 6, 1960, in Princeville; he preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2020.

Surviving are two sons, Kyle (Jane) Scholl of Peoria and Kevin (Joyce) Scholl of Wyoming; two daughters, Karen Scholl of Washington and Krista (Perry) Kieser of Wyoming; six grandchildren, Quintin (Lacey) Scholl, Chassi (James) Jensen, Ethan Scholl, Treyton Scholl, Allison Kieser and Alyssa Kieser; four great-grandchildren, Mason Scholl, Kadence Scholl, Oliver Scholl and Presley Jensen; sister, Mary Jane Streitmatter; and four brothers, Floran, Rich, Bill and Cleon Streitmatter. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Norman Streitmatter and one grandson, Colin Scholl.

Arlene lived for the Lord for 67 years. She was a member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. She was an amazing organizer and coordinator, served on the church funeral committee, managed the Princeville Fellowship Hall, sang in the church choir and was instrumental in the design of the Prairie Villa.

Arlene graduated from Princeville High School and then worked as a bookkeeper in Peoria. After marriage, Arlene fully embraced the role of a farm wife and helped manage the farm with Bob. She was active in the marketing, accounting and operation of equipment. She enjoyed knowing the community by visiting with neighbors who came to pick up fresh eggs and by planning many school events. She supported her husband on various boards and committees of which he served.

Arlene exemplified love, trust and a calm steady spirit through life’s challenges. She was deeply loved by her children and grandchildren and treasured spending time with them. In recent years she shared a mutual love among the many caregivers who came into their home. Arlene and Bob were knit together in oneness through life, and she longed to meet him in heaven. Her countenance reflected eternal peace and joy as she entered her heavenly home.

Her funeral was to be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church were to officiate. Visitation was to be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Additional visitation was to be at the Apostolic Christian Church from 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. Burial was to be in the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to her caregivers at AC Skylines Home Care Services and her private duty caregivers.

Memorial contributions may be made to AC Skylines Home Care Services. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

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


Phyllis A. Carroll

PRINCEVILLE – Phyllis Ann Carroll, 88, of Peoria, Ill., formerly of Princeville, Ill., passed away at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe, Ill. Phyllis came into this world on July 6, 1933, in Toulon, Ill., to Albert and Beulah (McClure) Miller. Both parents preceded her in death.

She had two siblings; Gene Miller (who precedes her in death) and Robert (Bob) Miller.

On Feb. 11, 1974, she married Clyde Carroll, of Wyoming, Ill. Clyde died on Jan. 11 of this year. She met the news of his demise with some irritation, as they had a verbal agreement that she would go first.

Phyllis had three children Mickey (Debbie) Meeker of Bloomington, Valerie (Robert) Schreck of Chicago (deceased) and Jeff (Lois) Jones of Metamora.

When she married Clyde, she gained five step-children. God blessed Phyllis with many grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

While she worked for many businesses over the years, most will remember her for her time working at Murphy’s Insurance Agency and at City Hall.

As members of the Princeville Presbyterian Church, she and Clyde attended services with regularity. It was there that they made an abundance of friends. They loved to meet with others to study the Bible, play cards and to socialize. The gatherings allowed her to indulge in one of her favorite hobbies – cooking. Spreads of cookies, sandwiches and other dishes were her way of blessing others.

After moving to Peoria, they attended PrayerView Church of Peoria until their health made it too difficult to continue.

A thrifty person by nature, Phyllis took great delight in scouring garage sales for good deals. With those treasures, she enriched her wardrobe and adorned her home. Many marveled at her knack for assembling striking outfits and her eye for revitalization her home decor.

Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Rev. Sue Robbins­­­ officiated. Visitation was from 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Health in Chillicothe.
Condolences may be left for Phyllis’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Floyd F. DeWester

FAIRVIEW – Floyd F. DeWester, 77, of Fairview, passed away at 12:24 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in East Peoria, Ill. He was born on Jan. 26, 1945 in Peoria, Ill., to Floyd L. and Caroline (Myers) DeWester.

Floyd is survived by 3 children, Bobbi Jo (Mike) McClain of Farmington, Jeremy S. (Joan) DeWester of Farmington and Annette (Tim) Stucky of Fairview; 10 grandchildren, Kenny (Laura) Atchley, Jonny (Ashley) Atchley, Brandon (Kristen) Atchley, Miah Atchley, Summer McClain, Dustin (Ashley) DeWester, Austin (Melaina) DeWester, Carter Stucky, Parker Stucky and Lilly Stucky; 6 great-grandchildren; and life-long companion, Judith DeWester.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Floyd worked and retired after 33 years from Keystone Steel & Wire in Bartonville. He also worked for eight years at Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria. He attended New Hope Fellowship in Farmington and was a past commander of the Farmington American Legion Post # 140. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his buddy/grandson Jonny. He also enjoyed and won the chili cook off at Bass Pro Shop. He loved his family and grandkids.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Visitation was to be held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at Anderson Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. A visitation will also be held an hour prior to service. A burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Pastor Tom Wright will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the family.

To view Floyd’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Michael D. Heikes

YATES CITY – Michael D. Heikes, 75, of Yates City, passed away at 3:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria.
He was born Nov. 18, 1946, in Roseville, Ill., to Paul and Mabel (Alexander) Heikes.

He is survived by three children, Margie (Russ) Clark of Elmwood, Ken (Theresa) Heikes of Elmwood and Kim (David) Henson of Springfield, Ohio; two brothers, Keith Heikes and Paul (Teresa) Heikes; four sisters, Mary (Jim) Hagerty, Patricia (Phil) Yeoman, Adrienne (Randy) Wickline and Kathie Arnold Branch; five grandchildren, Brittany, Brett, McKenna, Quinn and Chloe; and four great-grandchildren, Brashen, Adelaide, Calvin and Colton.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jim Heikes.

Michael was a welder at International Harvester/Navistar for 42 years. He was a member of the Old North West Company. He enjoyed fishing, blacksmithing and rendezvous.

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 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.

Joseph R. Kuck II

ELMWOOD – Joseph Russell Kuck II, 94, of Elmwood, passed away at 3:59 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at his home.

Joseph was born Feb. 11, 1927, to Joseph R. and June (Perrin) Kuck in Peoria. He married Mary Jane Gibbs on May 2, 1949, in Santa Rosa, N.M. She preceded him in death in 2009.

He is survived by three children, Sherida (Tom) Houlihan of Elmwood, Joseph R. (Ha) Kuck III, of Elmwood and Kayce (Marc) Hoover of Colorado; one brother, John (Laura) Kuck; one sister, Zada Lasco; six grandchildren, Sheila Kuck, Joe (Kate) Hoover, Alan Houlihan, Ton Joseph (Ivy) Kuck, Anne Kuck and Hien John Kuck; two great-grandchildren, Max Swedeen and Sam (Emma) Casetta; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nancy Laurence; and one grandchild, Jessica Hoover.

Joe joined the Navy when he was 17 and served in the engine room of the USS Rockbridge. After the war, he returned to Peoria and started working as a journeyman ironworker. He was a lifetime member of Ironworkers Local #112. During his career, he worked on the DEW Line radar installations in Greenland, the desalination plant at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Vietnam.

Joe loved gardening, puttering around in his garage, his many cats and dogs and making his grandchildren spaghetti. Most of all, he loved our mother “Janey.”

Cremation rites have been accorded. A joint memorial service for Jane and Joe will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance and the American Cancer Association.

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

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

Cleo F. Ayers

DAHINDA – Cleo F. Ayers, 84, of Dahinda died Jan. 30, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born Feb. 15, 1937, in Liberty, Ky., to Chester and Viola Bertram.

She married Ervin Ayers; he preceded her in death April 11, 2003.

She is survived by her son, Allen Ayers; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Phillip Bertram, Paul Bertram, Randel Bertram, Raymond Bertram and Patsy Knight.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Condolences can be left online at csmico.com.

Patricia C. Bedwell

ELMWOOD – Patricia Carolyn (Gray) Bedwell, 87, of Elmwood, passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1934. She went on to marry Gordon Bedwell, and they had three children; Christi (the late Denny) Herold of Wyoming, Ill., Dennis Bedwell and Stacy (PJ) Adair of Peoria. She is preceded in death by her father; her mother; her only sister, Corrine Blake; her son, Dennis Bedwell; and her grandson, Ray Bedwell.

She is survived by her daughters, Christi and Stacy; her significant other, Shorty Davis; 5 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family will not be holding services at this time.

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

Rena L. Gunter

BRIMFIELD – Rena L. Gunter, 23, of Brimfield, died Feb. 2, 2022, at her home.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1998, in Peoria, to Martin Behnke and Tonja Gunter. They survive. She was loved and cared for by many extended family members.

A funeral service was to be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was to be prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial was to be at Cottonwood Cemetery.

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

Sylvia W. Shawgo

FARMINGTON – Sylvia W. Shawgo, 79, of Farmington, died Jan. 30, 2022, at her home. She was born on Jan. 18, 1943, in Galesburg to Raymond L. and La Norma (Terwilliger) Pippitt. She married Roger L. Shawgo on June 2, 1961. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Jenni R. (William) Hardesty of Woodbury, Tenn.; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Debbie (Frank) Martin of London Mills; and her companion of 12 years, Tom Kennedy.

Services were Feb. 6, 2022. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

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

Edward L. Vallas

WILLIAMSFIELD – Edward L. Vallas, 62, of East Peoria, a Williamsfield High School graduate, died at his home on Feb. 2, 2022.

Ed was born on Oct. 11, 1959, in Galesburg. He married Carol (Peters) Slagel on Aug, 31, 2001, they later divorced. He is survived by his siblings, Evelyn Johnston and Michael Vallas, both of Galesburg.

No services are planned. A private burial will be held at a later date. Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.


Mary J. Conner

WASHINGTON – Mary Jane Conner, 74, of Washington, Ill., passed away at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg surrounded by her family.

Mary Jane was born July 11, 1947, in Kewanee, the daughter of Morris and Marjorie (Orwig) Johnson. Survivors include her daughter, Gail (Pat) Sherbeyn of LaFayette, Ill.; her son, Patrick (Sue Ann) Conner of Galva; her sister, Karen of Deerfield, Ill.; her brothers, John (Nancy) of Springfield, Va., Paul (Becky) of Lafayette, Tenn., Bill (Ellie) of Lake Placid, Fla., Gary of Tellico Plains, Tenn., and Ed (Debbie) of Kewanee; two granddaughters, Amber (Craig) Sherbeyn and Kristin Spiegel; four great grandchildren, Ethan, Carter, Addy and Westley; and eight nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Jennifer, Stephen, Michelle, Beth, Matthew, Justin and Kathy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary Jane was a very special lady to anyone who crossed her path. She was a hard-working farm wife for many years before taking a career at IME in Galva and later hiring on at Komatsu in Peoria, moving her to Washington, Ill. She retired from Komatsu in 2013.

She loved sewing, crocheting, volunteering at Illinois Cancer Care, making bears for Sojourn Bear through UnityPoint Health and hats for cancer patients, but most of all she loved and cherished being with her friends and family.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation was held from 2- 4 p.m., Feb. 6 at the funeral home. Burial was in Galva Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Illinois Cancer Care of Peoria or to Sojourn Bear c/o UnityPoint Health-Proctor.

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

Patricia C. Bedwell

ELMWOOD – Patricia Carolyn (Gray) Bedwell, 87, of Elmwood, passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1934. She went on to marry Gordon Bedwell, and they had three children; Christi (the late Denny) Herold of Wyoming, Ill., Dennis Bedwell and Stacy (PJ) Adair of Peoria. She is preceded in death by her father; her mother; her only sister, Corrine Blake; her son, Dennis Bedwell; and her grandson, Ray Bedwell.

She is survived by her daughters, Christi and Stacy; her significant other, Shorty Davis; her grandchildren, Amy (David) VanRiel, Kelsey Adair, Sarah (Jesse) Peterson, Jason Marliere and Jeremy West; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Patricia, better known as Pat, loved hard and bigger than the moon and past the stars. She had a deep love for her people and all animals. She was a woman stronger than most and loved nothing more than sipping on a Pepsi, barefoot in her shady backyard on a beautiful summer day.

The family will not be holding services at this time.

Memorials may be made to Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria or an animal shelter of the donor’s choice.

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



Orville J. King

TOULON – Orville John King, 95, of Toulon, passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at 4:50 p.m. at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee.

He was born May 15, 1926, in Princeville, to parents Robert R. and Lillian May (Penn) King. He married Virginia Ruth (Stapel) King on Oct. 18, 1953, in Kewanee. She preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 1998.

Surviving are daughter, Karen (Michael) VerShaw of Kewanee, Ill.; son-in-law, Dave Snyder of Neponset, Ill.; three grandchildren, Dalton Snyder of Neponset, Tanner VerShaw of Green Bay, Wis., and Madison VerShaw of Macomb, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. Orville was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; six brothers; and his daughter Karol Snyder.

He served in Korea with the United States Army. He was in the 3rd Division Anti-Aircraft Unit from 1950-1952. He was the manager of the former Toulon Grain Company for 40 years, retiring in December of 1988. Orville was a member of the First Baptist Church in Toulon, Toulon American Legion #416 and the Toulon V.F.W. Post #8825.

He enjoyed watching baseball and basketball, as well as spending time with his family. He helped others in his community by driving them to appointments and helping at his church.

A visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday also at the funeral home. Rev. Al Harmon will officiate. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Toulon, Toulon American Legion #416, or the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


Mary E. Rynearson

PEORIA ­– Mary E. Rynearson, 91, of Peoria, passed away at 6:17 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on June 23, 1930, to Fred and Zella (Stegall) Cole in Warren County. She married Charles Rynearson on Oct. 5, 1949, in Springfield. He preceded her in death on April 10, 2008.

She is survived by four children, David (Nancy) Rynearson of Hanna City, Mark (Neva) Rynearson of Metamora, Mary Rynearson of Peoria and Michele (Jim) Eastwood of Paducah, Ky.; one brother, Frederick “Jack” Cole; two sisters, Grace Courtright and Jean Gummerson; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; three children, Dennis Rynearson, Michael Rynearson and Crystal Rynearson; one sister, Ruby Melton; and one grandchild, Jolene Eastwood.

Mary was involved with the Girl Scouts for over 25 years and member of T.O.P.S. for many years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Edwards.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood. A visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed at Combs Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association.

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

Wilma I. Shipley

BRIMFIELD – Wilma I. Shipley, 87, of Brimfield, passed away at 10:12 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

She was born Oct. 24, 1934, in Oak Hill, Ill., to Harry and Sena (Behrends) Peters. She married Robert Shipley on June 5, 1955, in Brimfield. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2010.

She is survived by 2 children, David (Cathy) Shipley of Yates City and Barbara Shipley of Brimfield; 3 brothers, Henry Peters, Everett Peters and Ralph Peters; 5 grandchildren, Melissa (Tom) Jacobus, Mindy (Josh) Bruner, Molly (Seth) Gilles, Micalena (Tyler) Armstrong and Jennifer (Rusty) Craig; and 12 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one child, Stephen Shipley; two brothers, Harry Jr. Peters and Heye Peters; five sisters, Carrie Hanlon, Henrietta Asbel, Violet Binder, Reaka Schmitt and Hilda Stretch; and one grandson, Stephen Shipley (Allen).

Wilma sold Avon for several years. She also worked at Casey’s General Store in Brimfield for 23 years. She was involved with the Brimfield Auxillary Legion #452 as well as donated her time to helping veterans. She was also a member of the Historical Society Club in Brimfield and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brimfield.

Wilma knew no stranger and had a heart of gold. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Brimfield Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance and St. Paul Lutheran Church of Brimfield.

To leave online condolences or to view Wilma’s video tribute, please www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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

Francis D. Webster

ELMWOOD – Francis “Frank” D. Webster, 83, of Elmwood, passed away at 10:11 a.m., on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on July 25, 1938.

He married Mary Ruth Dikeman on June 9, 1963, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. She preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2018.

He is survived by three children, Cynthia (John) Alcaraz of Hanna City, Brent (Janice) Webster of Elmwood and Andrea Brush of Elmwood; one sister, Wintress (the late Ed) Dehne; eight grandchildren, Mitchell (Karmen) Webster, Matthew Webster, Matthew Hollis, Andrew Hollis, Kyle Alcaraz, Katelynne Alcaraz, Cory Alcaraz and Allison Brush; and three great-grandchildren, Grace Lynn Smith, Autumn Webster and Tripp Webster.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Sidney (the late Marilyn) Webster; and one grandchild, Shannon Brush.

Frank was born and raised in the small town of Laura, Ill., and he helped his parents by working at the family business, Webster’s Grocery Store. During his years at Princeville High School, he was an excellent athlete. Frank led the football team as the quarterback, pitcher for the baseball team and point guard for the basketball team, earning an all-state title. Popular with his classmates, they voted him homecoming king his senior year.

After high school, he pursued his degree in history education at Western Illinois University. It was here that he met the love of his life, Mary. Frank’s career as an educator and coach at Elmwood High School began in the early 1960s. He influenced generations of students with his humor and calm nature while teaching history, economics, drivers education and driving a school bus. Many students reflect on drivers education, telling stories of times with Mr. Webster remaining calm as they went “speeding” down the road, almost hitting buildings, or ditches. They also enjoyed being able to go for ice cream or a burger during their drive. He taught at Elmwood High School for 40 years.

In addition to teaching, he also farmed for over 55 years through the generations with his father, brother, son and grandsons. He was a leader for the First Presbyterian Church as an elder and a deacon and was strong in his faith. Frank also took great pride in his family and enjoyed spending time outdoors camping, boating and water skiing with them through the years. During retirement, he remained active while traveling, socializing with groups for breakfast at the café, tending to the land-mowing and farming. With his constant smile, cheery disposition and love for telling stories, he will be dearly missed by his family and the community.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. A visitation will be held the night before from 3-6 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at the church. Burial will immediately follow at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elmwood Education Foundation and the Elmwood First Presbyterian Church.

To leave online condolences, please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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

Earl R. Duley

MAQUON – Earl R. Duley, 89, of Maquon, passed away Jan. 27, 2022, at OSF Saint Mary’s Hospital in Galesburg. Earl was born March 1, 1932, to Henry and Lou Ethel (Appel) Duley in Stoddard, Mo. He married Emma Jane (Hills) on June 17, 1954 in Oneida. She survives.

A graveside service with military rites will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Yates City Cemetery.

Wendy A. Hoops

EDWARDS – Wendy A. Hoops, 57, of Edwards passed away Jan. 21, 2022, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. She was born Nov. 20, 1964, in Peoria to Wendell and Julie A. Jones Hoops.

She is survived by her mother; sister, Ronda Hoops; step-grandfather, Ralph Bacher; and aunts and uncles, James “Herkie” (Julie) Jones, Curtis Jones and Gene (Vicki) Hoops.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Feb. 4, from 6-11 p.m. at the Elmwood Banquet Hall at 100 S. Magnolia St.

Tyrone M. Vlahovich

FARMINGTON – Tyrone M. “Ty” Vlahovich, 73, of Farmington, passed away Jan. 23, 2022, at his residence. Ty was born June 2, 1948, in Farmington to Steve and Esola (Veterane) Vlahovich. Ty married Michele Stapleton on Sept. 19, 1998. She survives along with four children, Stephanie (Vince) Lombardi of Rockford, Jennifer (Scott) Sabourin of Appleton, Wis., Nick Stapleton of Peoria Heights and Jessie Stapleton of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Jack Vlahovich and Tommy Vlahovich; two sisters, Trisha Kendall and Sonja McCormick; and nine grandchildren.

Connie L. Wheeler

FARMINGTON – Connie Lee Wheeler, 60, of Farmington, died Jan. 29, 2022, at Unity-Point Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

She was born June 28, 1961, in Canton. She married Lawrence Gene Wheeler on Oct. 15, 1977 in Elmwood. He survives.

Also surviving is her mother, Donna Harkness of Farmington; her loving children, Brett (Jennifer) Wheeler of Farmington, Nathan (Kate) Wheeler of Hanna City and Crystal (Jermiah Seymour) Wheeler of Peoria; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Candy McVey and Tammy Nagel, both of Farmington.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Cabin Fever in Victoria.

Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington at a later date.

Donna J. Whittinghill

ELMWOOD – Donna J. Whittinghill, 82, of Elmwood, passed away at 11:11 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A burial of ashes will be held at Cottonwood Cemetery at a later date.



James L Colgan
BRADFORD – James L Colgan, 77, of Bradford, passed away on Jan. 23, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born July 24, 1944, to Francis and Lucille Colgan. He married Mary Carol Hall on Nov. 30, 1968, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria Ill. She preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 2013.

He is survived by his children: Blake Colgan, Jamie (John) Murphy, Lindsey Colgan and Brock Colgan all of Bradford; Three brothers Bill (Carol) Colgan of Princeville, Robert (Virginia) Colgan of Bradford, Joe (Sandi) Colgan of Bradford and three sisters Helen (Ken) Slane of Peoria, Mary Ann (Butch) Knobloch of Tiskilwa, and Peggy (Robert) Bauer of Marcy, N.Y. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Natalie and Ryan Murphy, Hayden Holton, Julius Tyus and Taylor and Nolan Colgan.


Jim served in the Army Reserves then worked as a residential carpenter in Peoria. Following this he started his own general contractor company, Jim Colgan Builder, which he continued to work up until this past year. He built numerous custom homes over the years and he truly loved his work. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and his lifelong passion of raising cattle.

The family would like to thank the Nurses and CNAs at OSF St. Luke’s in Kewanee for the outstanding care they gave Jim.

The family is having a private service with Father Patrick Henahan at St John’s Catholic Church in Bradford.

Betty Lou Mallery

LaFAYETTE – Betty Lou Mallery, 87, of rural LaFayette, died at 10:25 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at her home.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in LaFayette Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 5, 1934, in Kewanee, the daughter of Stanley Eugene and Ellen M. (Braden) Oldeen. She married Harry Mallery on Nov. 17, 1956, per Harry’s request since that would be after the crops were out. Survivors include her husband of LaFayette, two sons, Brian Mallery (Tina Hufford) of LaFayette and Bruce (Beth) Kuster of Shelton, Wash., a brother, Melvin (Doris) Oldeen of Manteca, Calif., six grandchildren; Cheyenne Mallery (Ryan) Rocker, Braden, Nolan and Delaney Mallery and Shawn and Jeffery Kuster, eight great grandchildren; Brijett, Drake, Cayleigh, Michael, Jordan, Carley, Hayley and Tyler and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, LeRoy Oldeen and her daughter, Lori Mallery.

Betty was educated in Kewanee, graduating in 1952, as the Salutatorian. She worked as a legal secretary for 30 years. She loved reading and taking her family on vacations and visiting her brothers and their families and especially going to Las Vegas with Harry to spend time with her daughter, Lori and later to Laughlin, Nev. visiting retired friends. Betty was able to give her grandchildren the appreciation of reading, learning and education while caring for them. Her greatest love was her children. In her last month’s her best moments were when a child or infant entered the room. It instantly and always brought a smile to her face and loving words from her heart.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the OSF Hospice Care Team and to Betty’s caregivers; Jennifer Crotts, Jennifer Taylor, Tina Hufford and Becky Bennison.

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

Evelyn M. Goffrier

PRINCEVILLE – Evelyn M. (Gruner) Goffrier, 92, of Princeville, went to her heavenly home at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1929 in rural Princeville to parents Leroy and Maria (Fritz) Gruner. She married Theodore E. “Ted” Goffrier March 28, 1948, in Peoria. He preceded her in death Nov. 23, 2016.

Surviving are two daughters, Melinda McCullough of East Peoria, and Mary (Tim) Fail of Wyoming; two sons, Ted (Connie) Goffrier of East Peoria and Ron Goffrier of Texas; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Also preceding her in death are her parents; one brother, Albert Guner; one sister, Viola (Gruner) Bateman; one son-in-law, Charles McCullough; and two infant brothers.

Evelyn worked for Princeville Canning Company and as a switchboard operator for the Village of Princeville, while raising her four children until 1977, when she started driving the bus for the Princeville School District, retiring in 1989. She was a den mother for Cub Scout Troop #52 while her two sons were in Scouts. She was a member of the Princeville Presbyterian Church, secretary for the Princeville Historical Association for many years, and was an active member for the preservation of the Princeville Township School House, where she attended. Evelyn was the first ambulance driver for the Akron-Princeville Ambulance.

Services were Jan. 24, 2022. Burial was in Princeville Township Cemetery.

Online condolences can be left at www.haskellfuneral.com.



Gerald D. Begner

PRINCEVILLE – Gerald Duane “Pete” Begner, 54, of Princeville, passed away at 4:23 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Pete was born on Oct. 24, 1967, in Peoria, the son of Louis and Thella Begner.

Surviving are his mother, Thella of Princeville; five brothers, Mack (Clara) Conway of Wyoming, Ben (Jeanne) Conway of High Springs, Fla., Kevin Conway of Princeville, Butch Begner of Princeville and Thomas Begner of Columbus, Ind.; six sisters, Gale Linder of Princeville, Dianna Presseller of Chillicothe, Terry (Matt) Bohm of Chillicothe, Bonnie (Todd) Christner of Crothersville, Ind., Reba (Rick) Wathern of East Peoria and Alesia (Dennis) Bohannan of Princeville; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

Pete worked as a carpet installer for many years and worked at Alcoa Building Products. He loved riding his bicycle, working with horses, listening to music, helping people on the job or those in need. Pete explored many jobs and enjoyed doing them.

Pete’s visitation with family and friends will be Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, from 6-7 p.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Rev. Chris Carpenter will officiate. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. immediately following the visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice.

Larry D. Chatten

FARMINGTON – Larry D. Chatten, 77, of Farmington, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. He was born on May 17, 1944, in Canton, a son of Thomas and Margaret (Garlish) Chatten. He married Sheila Hoover on Dec. 2, 1967, in Farmington. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Bill (Sonja) Chatten of North Carolina and Jennifer (Brian) Deppermann of Arkansas; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Richard Chatten of Farmington.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gene Chatten.
Larry worked and retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service, and later worked for Lane Transfer in Farmington for 20-plus years. He attended the Presbyterian Church of Farmington.

A private graveside service and burial of ashes will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington, where Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Air Force. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate.

Memorials can be made to the Presbyterian Church of Farmington.

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

Joan Clark

TRIVOLI – Joan Clark, 89, of Trivoli, passed away at 3:25 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington. She was born on March 9, 1932, in Clinton, Ind., a daughter of Cecil H. and Faith M. (Putman) Clayberg. She married Robert E. “Bob” Clark on Oct. 3, 1953, in San Diego, Calif. He preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2020.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Clark; and one brother, James R. Clayberg.

Joan is survived by five children, Karen (Dave) Arrenholz of Trivoli, Sherill (Kenny) Balagna of Farmington, Linda (Kevin) Cotter of Peoria, Janell (Stan) Smith of Denver, Colo., and Joseph (Wendy) Clark of Farmington; seven grandchildren, Sara (Marcus) Miller of Stroudsburg, Pa., Zachary (Heather) Clark of Muscatine, Iowa, Luke Balagna of Farmington, Josie (Dakota) Horn of Farmington, Jacob (Bonny) Cotter of Gibson City, Issac Cotter of Peoria and Alex Clark of Farmington; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Clayberg of Cuba, Ill.

She worked and retired from Ozark/TWA Airlines as an airline reservations agent, and was a lifesaving and swim instructor. She was in the Rise & Shine quartet and the Sweet Adelines Chorus. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and singing. Joan was of the Methodist Faith. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, Ill. A burial and graveside service will be held at Trivoli Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to Farmington Country Manor activities department or Logan/Trivoli Fire Department.

To leave online condolences, go to sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

L. Wayne Kersh

FARMINGTON – Lawrence Wayne Kersh, 79, passed away on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at his business, Kersh Standard Service.

Born Jan. 14, 1943 in Canton, the son of Kemper and Wyvonee (Henderson) Kersh, Wayne married Linda (Howard) Kersh March 21, 1964. She survives along with their 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Survivors include Kelli (Doug) Fruendt of Galesburg, Eric (Jackie) Kersh of Farmington, Jon (Amy) Kersh of Canton and Jason (Sherry) Kersh of Galesburg; 10 grandchildren, Nena, Caleb and Clay Fruendt, Madison and Regan Kersh, Jackson Kersh, and Jacie, Emmie, Ava and Izzie Kersh. His sister, Virgene Hoops Seward, preceded him in death along with his parents.

Wayne and Linda are the owners of Kersh Standard Service and Cafe. They bought the business in 1965 from his parents, Kemper and Wyvonee Kersh. Wayne will be remembered as a skilled mechanic, who handled oil changes, tire repairs, gas fill-ups and snow removal – always with his sarcastic wit with his customers. His sister, Virgene, operated Kersh Cafe and was always known for homemade cooking and pies.

Wayne will be especially warmly remembered for his coaching and mentorship of hundreds of young athletes, especially baseball players. He coached Little League and Junior and Senior Legion Teams over the years. Proudly, the city of Farmington honored him in 2011 with a monument, Wayne Kersh Field.

In addition, he was a volunteer fireman for 25 years and was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church.

But most of all, Wayne will be remembered as a loving and loyal husband, father and grandfather who helped nurture a wonderful family.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, from 2-4 p.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton, with a funeral service to follow on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.

Memorials can be made to Farmington United Methodist Church or Farmington Fire Department.

To leave online condolences or to view his memorial tribute, visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Mary J. Metz

YATES CITY – Mary Jeanne (Westart) Metz, of Yates City, formerly of Princeville, passed away on Jan. 15, 2022. Mary was born May 8, 1937. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Westart and Lois (Overend) Westart, twin sister Martha (Westart) Belford, brothers Robert Westart, Daniel Westart and John Westart, and one daughter, Ramona Metz.

She is survived by her five sons, Craig (Twilla) Metz of West Virginia, Eric (Brenda) Metz of Texas, Tim Metz of Missouri, Duane Metz of Yates City and Jeff (Cindy) Metz of Peoria Heights. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Rosie Scroggins and Barbera Linehan, 1 brother, Mark Westart, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

Mary was a devoted respiratory therapy nurse at UnityPoint Health- Methodist for over 25 years. She enjoyed reading, working in her garden, and was an unbeatable Scrabble Master. She was greatly loved by her family who will miss her captivating stories and unique view on life.

A celebration of life will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, at Wildlife Prairie Park in the Log Room. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation or the American Heart Association.

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

Alfred J. Schierer

BRIMFIELD – Alfred “Al” Joseph Schierer, 88, of Brimfield, passed away Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at 5 a.m. at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care. He was born Aug. 16, 1933, in Woodford County, to parents Isadore and Josephine (Kirchgessner) Schierer. He married June Stubbs on Nov. 3, 1956, in Princeville. She survives.

Also surviving are 4 daughters, Susan (Steve) Scheeler of Dunlap, Lora (Robert) McCullough of Chillicothe, Julann (Don Lucas) Schierer of Washington and Pamela (Craig) Spence of Havana; 3 sons, Joseph (Mary) Schierer of Princeville, Jeffrey (Angie) Schierer of Brimfield and Jay Schierer of Elmwood; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Clara Grebner and Darlene Atkins; 4 brothers, Donald (Shirley), Herman, Wilbur (Sandy) and Russell (Penny) Schierer.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bernadine Appel; and two brothers, Richard and Francis Schierer.

Al was a United States Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict from 1953-55. He was hardworking and loved farming and trucking. His love for growing things continued through gardening after he retired. He was always up for playing a game of cards and he loved his family, especially playing with the little children and babies. Al was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield.

A visitation was to be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Al’s funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield. Father John Verrier will officiate. Burial will be in Princeville Township Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance Service or to the Brimfield Food Pantry.

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

Sandra L. Scotti

ELMWOOD – Sandra L. Scotti, 80, of Pekin, mother-in-law of an Elmwood woman, died Jan. 19, 2022, at her home.

She was born July 11, 1941, in Pekin, to William “Spud” Dagit and Louise “Smitty” Dagit. They, along with Sandra’s brother, Earl, and oldest son, Greg, preceded her in death. She was married to Richard “Dick” Scotti on Sept. 2, 1961. He survives, along with daughter-in-law, Jill; and four children, James “Jim” (Barbara), Brian, Rick (Dori) and Christine “Christy” (Tom) Bresnahan. Also surviving are her 10 cherished grandchildren, Tori, Jenna, Trent, Jon, Trey, Ashley (Rand), Lindsey, Josh, Kennedy and Samantha; and great-grandson, Jace.

A funeral Mass was held Jan. 24.

Online condolences can be left at abtsmortuary.com.

Virginia M. Soper

ELMWOOD – Virginia Monroe Soper (Gini) passed away peacefully at her residence in Peachtree City, Ga., on Jan. 10, 2022. Gini was born Oct. 21, 1942 in Peoria, Ill., to Maurice and Ruth Monroe of Elmwood, Ill. She is survived by her only son, Bradley Monroe Soper, daughter-in-law, Laura Furman Soper and her three grandchildren, Mark Bradley Soper, Adam Monroe Soper and Margaret Anna Soper of Peachtree City.

Gini grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School in 1960. Her father ran the floral shop in Elmwood and her mother was a teacher in Elmwood. She went on to graduate from Augustana College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. She was a cheerleader and toured with the Augustana choral group during her college years.

After graduating from college, Gini married Bruce Soper and in 1965 moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., and was hired by the Godwin School District where she worked until she retired.

In 1974 Gini earned her Master’s of Education degree from the University of Michigan. Her love of learning led her to take night classes to earn her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984 while continuing to teach and raise her young son. She passed the bar exam on her first attempt and was admitted to the bar on May 23, 1985. In the late 1980s, Gini became an entrepreneur and started her own business specializing in supplemental educational materials that supported the state of Michigan’s standardized testing mandates. For almost 20 years, she successfully ran Virginia J., Inc even after retiring from the Michigan public school system.

In 2005, Gini began to spend winters in Sarasota where she enjoyed golfing and biking in the warm Florida sun. After 10 years she moved permanently to Sarasota and spent her golden years actively engaged in her beloved Heritage Oaks community. In 2020 she moved to Peachtree City to be closer to her family.

In addition to golfing and biking, Gini loved to snow ski and was very active in the Grand Rapids Ski Club traveling with the club all over the U.S. as well as to Switzerland and New Zealand. Adventure traveling was another passion; Gini explored all seven continents during her lifetime visiting over 25 countries.

Gini was a devoted mother to Brad, never missing a football game, a wrestling match or any other event in Brad’s life. She instilled in him the love of travel and of sailing on Lake Michigan. Gini was the best “Nana” to her three grandchildren. She loved them beyond measure and each summer would host them for a week in Grand Rapids. After she moved to Florida, she loved having her grandchildren during their winter break from school.

Gini will be missed by her close-knit circle of girlfriends, her family and her long-time companion, Walter. The family will hold a private ceremony at a later date. Donations may be made to the Elmwood Historical Society, a charity Gini supported through the years.

Evelyn M. Goffrier

PRINCEVILLE – Evelyn M. (Gruner) Goffrier, 92, of Princeville, died Jan. 19, 2022, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1929, in rural Princeville. She married Theodore E. “Ted” Goffrier March 28, 1948, in Peoria. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Melinda McCullough of East Peoria, and Mary (Tim) Fail of Wyoming; two sons, Ted (Connie) Goffrier of East Peoria and Ron Goffrier of Texas; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Services were Jan. 24, 2022.

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

Edmund F. Harmon

PEORIA – Edmund F. Harmon, 91, of Peoria, a Monica native, died Jan. 16, 2022, at his residence.

Edmund was born on the family farm of Monica on Oct. 15, 1930.

His younger sister, Mary Sheila Harmon Sasso, survives. Also left to grieve are his wife and the mother of his three children, Mary Hayter Harmon of Georgia; his daughter, Cathy Harmon Christian of Georgia; and his son, Ed (wife, Cheryl) Harmon of California; and three grandchildren.

For 35 years, Ed was sole caregiver for his youngest son, Kevin Harmon, after Kevin was paralyzed.

A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to mass. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be at a later date, next to Kevin, at St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery in Princeville.

James E. Tallyn

PRINCEVILLE – James E. “Jim” Tallyn, 92, of Peoria, formerly of Princeville, died Jan. 17, 2022, at Liberty Village Manor Court. Jim was born June 21, 1929, in Peoria County. He married Winona M. Rosenow April 29, 1949. She preceded him in death.

Surviving are four children, Loni Lahey of Las Vegas, Nev., Jo-ette (Michael) Dunbar of Bristow, Okla., James Tallyn of Laura and Janine (Greg) Lais of Peoria; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel Jones of Florida.

He was buried at Prospect Cemetery in Dunlap.

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



Ruth W. Begner

PRINCEVILLE – Ruth W. Begner, 95, of Princeville, passed away at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at Heritage Health, Chillicothe.

Ruth was born on Feb. 10, 1926, in Henry County, the daughter of Samuel and Laura Burton. She married George A. Begner on March 15, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 8, 1979, in Peoria.

Surviving are 3 children, Steven Begner of Princeville, Ronald Begner of Wyoming and Cheryl (Thomas) Down of Wyoming; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Billie Begner, two brothers and two sisters.

Ruth last worked at L.R. Nelson’s in Princeville and Peoria. She loved gardening, canning, woodworking, bird watching and taking care of the farm and her family with husband George.

Her graveside service was Jan. 11, 2022, at Princeville Township Cemetery. Nicole Reed, certified funeral celebrant officiated. Visitation was prior to her service at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Illinois Cancer Care.

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

Steven F. Bell

ELMWOOD – Steven F. Bell, 72, of Elmwood, passed away at 8:01 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born July 27, 1949, in Pekin, to Albert and Cecil (Bishop) Bell. He married Mary Johnston on July 10, 1971, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elmwood. She survives.

He is also survived by two children, Melissa Turner of Oak Hill, and Derek Bell of Pekin; and five grandchildren, Bre, Addy, Colton, Aydenn and Catalina.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Steve was a pipefitter for Local #353 for 27 years. He retired in 1994. He later drove a bus at Elmwood School District #322 from 1995 to 2016.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2022, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was held prior to the service. A private burial of ashes was to be held at Southport Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Elmwood High School basketball program.

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

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

Sue E. Eberle

SPARLAND – Sue Ellen Eberle, 78, of rural Sparland, Ill., died on Jan. 4, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill. 

Sue was born on Feb. 4, 1943, in Creston, Iowa, to Doctor Leigh and Hazel (Webster) Beamer. She was proud to be raised in Tingley, Iowa, to graduate from Princeville High School and to attend Spoon River College. 

On March 7, 1965, she married Ron Eberle, and together they had three sons, Kevin, Kreig and Kurt (Amy) Eberle; and four grandchildren, Tyler, Terra, Turner and Aubryn.

Sue worked with her husband and family in their farming, trucking, fertilizer enterprises and other agricultural interests for many years. She attended Bradford Apostolic Church and volunteered many hours at the Apostolic Christian Skylines retirement community.  She was particularly known for her kind and generous spirit and her friendly and helpful nature.

Sue was a member of the Red Hat Society, a former member of the Henry Yacht Club, was very active in the Sparland Boosters when her children attended school and participated in many other clubs and assisted with various activities. Sue enjoyed family reunions, class reunions, dinners out with friends and, especially, the annual winter trips to Fort Myers Beach, Fla., with her husband and friends. 

She enthusiastically attended virtually every one of her grandchildren’s sporting and school events and was also beloved by her nieces and nephews.

Sue is survived by her husband, her sons, and their families.

She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Jackie Beamer; her brother-in-law, Orville Eberle, and her parents. 

Her funeral service was at the Princeville Apostolic Church on Jan. 10, 2022. Ministers of the church officiated. Visitation was Jan. 9, 2022, from 2-5 p.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Burial was to be in the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sue’s name to Apostolic Christian Skylines, Illinois CancerCenter P.C., or the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

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

Cindy Elliott

HANNA CITY – Cynthia “Cindy” Jean Elliott, 68 of Hanna City passed away at 2:20 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at her home.

She was born to Cyrus and Dona (Lambert) Severs on March 27, 1953, in Peoria, Ill. She married Kenneth Dahlstrom. She later married the love of her life, Kevin Elliott, on Oct. 19, 1991, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 2016.

Cindy was also preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Robert Severs.

She is survived by: one daughter, Jody (John) McKinty of Yates City; two grandchildren, Jacklyn and Ashlynn McKinty; one brother, Ronald (Lila) Severs of Sawyer, Minn.; two beloved nephews and one niece.

Cindy was a member of Salem Lutheran church. She owned and operated Kevin and Cindy’s Hanna City Tap. She previously owned Cindy’s Café, Cindy’s 116 and Kevin and Cindy’s Café.

She enjoyed camping, fishing and vacations. In her rare time off, she loved to hang out with friends, and enjoy her grandchildren. She had a strong work ethic, and enjoyed her work very much.

A Celebration of Cindy’s Life will be held beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Kevin and Cindy’s Hanna City Tap.

Henderson Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Amy A. Holman

PEORIA – Pastor Amy Ann Holman, a mentor to many and friend to all, died Jan. 8, 2022, at Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Born July 21, 1961, to Greg and Barb Ellcey, Amy embraced the 60s hippy movement as a lifelong lover of nature, music and her fellow man.

In her youth, she was active in the Wataga Congregational Church and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1979 making too many friends to count and building lasting relationships along the way.

Her two children, Samuel and Emily, kept her busy for many years as she volunteered at Sunday school, helped lead both boy and girl scouts, served as room mother for school parties, participated in after-school programs, made it to every sporting event and was a taxi to all the kids in the community.

She was a book worm, a talker, a singer, a gardener, a cat lover and, above all, a nurturer.

Amy spent the last 16 years of her life dedicated to ministry and sharing God’s word working as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. She served churches in the Washburn, Bradford, and Bushnell areas.

In her time with the church, she welcomed three grandkids who quickly became the light of her life. Despite a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis in 2019, Amy truly lived life by continuing to support her children, grandchildren and anyone in need.

Amy leaves behind her cherished parents Barbara and Gregory Ellcey of Marshalltown, Iowa; two children, Sam (Corinne Nance) Holman of Wataga and Emily (Ben Leezer) Holman of Toulon; three beloved grandbabies Charlotte, Rylan and Archer; a sister and best friend Beth (Jeff) Holt of Galesburg; an uncle, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many friends and lives touched through her kindness and guidance in faith.

Visitation for Amy will be held Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services of Galesburg. Funeral will be held at the United Methodist Church of Elmwood at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Rev. David Pyell and Rev. Rebecca Klemm will officiate.

Due to guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, facemasks will be required.

Memorial contributions may made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society, or Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

Kim D. LeHew

BRIMFIELD – Kim D. (Foster) LeHew, 56, of Brimfield, passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at her home. She was born on Nov. 30, 1965, in Peoria to William “Bill” and Carol (Schulthes) Foster. She married her best friend and love of her life, Rick A. LeHew, on Sept. 19, 1998, at Weaver Ridge Golf Club in Peoria; he survives.

Kim took great pride in and loved being the mother of her daughter, Zofia, who survives, along with her sister, Janis (Dean) Waite-Hayden of Elmwood; and her brother, Tim (Jackie) Foster of Trivoli. Kim loved her family and always looked forward to their time together.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Kim graduated from Elmwood High School Class of 1983, then earned a degree from Illinois State University. She began working for Cullinan Properties as an administrative assistant on June 1, 1995, and last worked in commercial real estate.

Kim was known for her beautiful smile and positive attitude. She was a true leader in the community. In 2012, she chaired Wines & Polo on the Prairie for Easter Seals. For all who knew her, Kim was an inspiration of strength and kindness. She was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in 2015, which later progressed to Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

Throughout her courageous battle, enduring countless treatments and five brain surgeries, Kim never lost her will to fight and continued to remain active in the community.

In 2016 she served as the President of the Board of Directors for the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, while also receiving the 25 Women in Leadership Award. The following year, she received the Cullinan Spirit of Hope Award from Hult Center.

In 2017, she started Kim’s Kommandos, a fundraising team for breast cancer awareness, whose motto was “Be Fierce.” That year, she was also named chairwoman of Susan G. Komen’s More Than Pink Walk; a position she held for three years.

Kim’s family held a celebration of her life on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at Weaver Ridge Golf Club in Peoria. Gary Deiters Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family.

To continue Kim’s fight against cancer, the family has requested, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Kim’s Kommandos c/o Susan G. Komen.
Online condolences may be left at www.GaryDeitersFH.com.

Marilyn J. Doubet

TRIVOLI – Marilyn J. Doubet, 90, of Trivoli, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at Unity Point Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

She was born on, June 29, 1931, in Canton, to Walt and Freida (Foster) Williams. They preceded her in death along with two brothers, Edward and Lenard.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Doubet, whom she married on April 25, 1953, at the Trivoli United Methodist Church. Also surviving are three children, Jill (Mike) Butt of Humble, Texas, Jeff Doubet of Smithfield and Jerilyn Almes of Canton; one sister Donna (the late Don) Sharpe; five grandchildren, Chandler, Madison, Mollie, Tyler and Jasmine; and four great grandchildren.

Marilyn graduated from Graham Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She worked at Methodist Hospital in Peoria for 25 years retiring in 1990, she went on for another 7 years working in home health care. Marilyn always enjoyed taking care of her youngest daughter Jerilyn and she loved spending time with all her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at Lancaster Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Logan-Trivoli Fire Department or to Trivoli United Methodist Church.

To leave online condolences please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Rose M. Huber

EASTON – Rose Mary Huber, 93, of Easton passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Mason City Area Nursing Home.

She was born on May 11, 1928, in Metamora to Otto and Rose Catherine (Meismer) Giehl. On June 26, 1952, in Port Hueneme, Calif., she married Marvin “Bud” Huber who preceded her in death in 2017.

Rose is survived by six children: Patti Strader (companion Greg Laun) of Easton, Steve (Eileen) Huber of Elmwood, Jim (Lori) Huber of Sherman, Cathy (John) Scarcliff of Canton, Bill (Debbie) Huber of Leroy and Karen (Rob) Leinweber of Easton; nine grandchildren: Brian Strader, Brittany Huber, Andrew (Emily) Huber, Justin Scarcliff, Nick (Lex) Huber, Seth (Jessica) Scarcliff, Hannah (Stephen) Trott, Rebecca Leinweber and Lorena (Nick) Fraley; and seven great-grandchildren: Brayden and Brylie Strader, Michelina and Bennett Huber, Arlo Huber, Cohen Scarcliff, Lorelei Fraley; her sister Bernadette West and brother Thomas Giehl. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings: Francis Giehl, Eugene Giehl and Paul Giehl.

Rose graduated from Illinois State Normal University and taught math until deciding to stay home to raise her children.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln. Rose was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Columba’s Church and volunteered at the Food Pantry and the kitchen at the Easton schools. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and loved her specialty of baking bread, cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls.

A private family service will be held with burial at Easton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mason City Area Nursing Home or Holy Family Catholic Church. Online condolences can be left at www.hurleyfh.com. Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Peterson

ELMWOOD – Jean Peterson, 79, of Elmwood, passed away on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Sept. 3, 1942, in Canton, Ill., a daughter of Baxter and Helen (Whited) Lightfoot. She married Dale Peterson on Sept. 16, 1960, in Farmington, Ill. He preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 2019.

Jean is also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Don Lightfoot; and twin sister, Jane Johnson.

She is survived by four children, Cindy (Mike) Daniels, Mike (Karen) Peterson, Linda (Darrell) Elliott and Mark (Kim) Peterson; nine grandchildren, Kurt, Keith, Greg, Eric, Michele, Brian, Rachel, Haley and Ben; seven great-grandchildren, Adriane, Brayden, Logan, Owen, Morgun, Avery, and expecting Luke any day.

Jean worked as a pharmacy technician for several years at Rogers Pharmacy in Farmington. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Women of the Moose in Farmington.

She loved going on ski trips, boating and several sporting events for grandkids.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. A visitation will be held the same day from noon-1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Trivoli Cemetery in Trivoli, Ill. Rev. David Swain will officiate.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Farmington.

To leave an online condolences, go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Dylan W. Phillips

PEORIA – Dylan William Phillips was born on Nov. 7, 1991, in Peoria Ill., and left this world to go home to Jesus on Dec. 31, 2021, in Peoria.

Surviving is his devoted mother, Mary Lee Strickfaden of Trivoli, Ill., his father Curtis Phillips and Kathy of Washington, Ill., his brother Brock Phillips and Tiffany of Hillsdale, Ill., two half-sisters; Miranda and Emily and a step-brother, Jake Strickfaden of Bellevue, Ill.

He adored his niece Bailey Phillips and nephew Conner Phillips. He had many aunts, uncles and cousins but was particularly close to his Uncle Donnie Wykoff and cousin Alicia Phillips. He leaves behind his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Axel.

He went to Farmington High School and got his GED and then his plumber’s certificate.

Dylan was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved to go fishing and sit in the night and listen to the sounds of the lake. He was very proud of his time spent with The Peoria Fighting Club, he was a great artist and he was a Christian man. Dylan brought many, many people to the Lord. One of his favorite verses was Matthew 7:7. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Rest In Peace my Son until we meet again.

Cremation will be accorded and burial of the urn will be at Trivoli Cemetery with a Celebration of Life at a Later date. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation service is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Peoria Fight Club.

Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.schmidthaller.com.

Cathy E. Howell

FARMINGTON – Cathy E. Howell, 69, of Farmington, passed away on Jan. 5, 2022 of heart-related issues at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born on June 13, 1952, in Peoria, a daughter of Elmer and Maxine (Jones) McIntosh. She married Gary Howell on Nov. 7, 1997, in Lewistown. He survives.

Also surviving are two brothers, and two sisters. Cathy loved her family and was known as Aunt Cathy to many and to some who were not even her direct relation. Active with animals in her early years she was involved with police dog training, and later became involved in horse pedigree research and breeding. In high school she saved up her money and purchased her first horse which led to a further love and desire to be more involved with equestrian sports. During her time with horses, she showed in many parades, won state champions, and qualified for the world show three different times.

Her love of her family was such that she made sure her siblings and her great nephews and nieces always received both Christmas and birthday gift boxes without fail. She was extremely proud of both of her sisters and brothers and spoke very highly of them every time she got a chance.

Per Cathy’s wishes, there will be no services, cremation rites will be accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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



Steven F. Bell

ELMWOOD – Steven F. Bell, 72, of Elmwood died on Dec. 28, 2021.
Services are pending at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood.


Denise J.D. Hayes

YATES CITY – Denise June Davis Hayes, 62, of Yates City, Ill., passed away in the early morning of Dec. 31, 2021, at her home with the love of her life, her husband, Tom, by her side.

She was born on Nov. 2, 1959, in Peoria, Ill. She was the daughter of Roger and Janet (Lishman) Davis of Yates City. She married Tom Hayes on April 23, 1977, at the United Methodist Church of Farmington, Ill. He survives.

Denise is also survived by her mother, Janet; her sisters, Tammy (Joe) Brokaw of Monmouth, Connie (Russell) Krans of LaFayette, and Christine (Joel) Clark of Sherwood, Wis.; her brother, Ronald (Kari) Davis of Elmwood; her daughter, Stephanie Hayes of Bushnell, Ill.; her son, Andrew Hayes of Bushnell; her grandson, Jason Hahn of Yates City; her granddaughter, Alyxandria (Bailey) Sturgis of Monmouth; her great- grandson, Aeric Sturgis; and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

Denise was a 1977 graduate of Yates City High School where she was active in chorus, drama and pompons. She worked as a waitress at the Packinghouse Dining Company in Galesburg while attending Carl Sandburg College during the 1980s, after which she worked as the office manager for Zelmer’s Dinner Theater in Farmington. She then worked as assistant to the director of tourism for the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also worked part-time as the secretary of the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

She was best known as the librarian for the Salem Township Library, a job she loved for over 16 years. She only retired when her health would no longer allow it. It was her great passion to organize activities, and programs for the young and old as well. She wanted everyone to feel welcome, and to love the library as much as she did.

Denise was an avid reader, finishing one book after another, and would always give helpful reviews of these books to anyone who would ask her about them. She loved to suggest books to patrons of the library. Her personal favorites were “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara and “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. She gravitated toward historical novels, but would read any type of book she found of interest.

Denise loved her family very much and was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was a master at knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch, and delighted at making gifts such as quilts, afghans and cross-stitch art for her children, grandkids, family and friends.

She loved playing Scrabble with her sister, Chris, and anyone else who could present a challenge to her at the game, although there were few.

Denise was a Christian woman who loved Jesus, and an active member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed attending services as well as bible studies, helping with food pantry and Sunday School, as well as other activities. She also helped organize Vacation Bible School every summer for many years.

She loved to travel with her husband, Tom, and together they enjoyed many wonderful trips all over the United States during their 44 years of marriage. She loved the mountains and caves, and they made sure to visit them whenever possible. The two also enjoyed old movies, “Casablanca” being their favorite. She loved the theatre, trivia games, “Jeopardy!” and cheering on her beloved Chicago Cubs, who won the World Series on her birthday in 2016.

She had a wonderful happy life, and was blessed with many good friends, a loving husband and a terrific family, all of whom loved her very, very much.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m., at the church. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall, directly after the service. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Salem Township Library or the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

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

Oaks Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Edward A. Hougham

PRINCEVILLE – Edward Arlen Hougham, 81, of Princeville, Ill., died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, with the love of his life, Sharron, holding his hand. He was surrounded by his six children during this time and went out of this world to be with the Lord, knowing he was truly loved.
Ed was born on Jan. 31, 1940. His wonderful life’s journey took him to serve in the Air Force, working on the Titan Missiles and aircraft carriers. He was an honored and respected 50-year member of the Local 353 Steamfitters Union in Peoria, and retired from Ruyle Heating and Cooling after a successful career.
Most importantly, his greatest accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Sharron M. Hougham of Princeville and his six children and their families: Kimberly Houchin; Dawn Miller; Sonya Goodman and husband, Chris; Brent Hougham, Bryan Hougham and wife, Nicole; Brad Hougham and wife Brooke. He is also survived by grandchildren, in order: Cole Miller, Clint Miller, Kyle Schoenbein, Taylor Hougham, Ava Hougham, Luke Hougham, Lauren Hougham, Maclain Hougham, Gabrielle Schupbach, Christopher Goodman, Griffin Hougham and Sydney Hougham; and great-grandchildren: Pawnee Miller and Canyon Miller. He is also survived by his baby sister, Carole Lansford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Frances Hougham; along with his younger brother, Terry Hougham.
Edward enjoyed his family, farming, raising cattle, traveling, cards and golf.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Rev. Chris Goodman will officiate. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Jubilee Churchyard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans www.ihelpveterans.org. Condolences may be left for Edward’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Amanda Oldfield

FARMINGTON – Amanda Oldfield, 46, of Farmington, passed away at 1:11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at her residence. She was born on Jan. 11, 1975, in Canton, a daughter of James and Donita (McAdams) Maccanelli. She married Rob Oldfield on May 21, 2011, in Middlegrove. He survives.
Also surviving is her mother, Donita of Farmington; two children, Brandon Moore of Farmington and Samantha (Jordan) Folsom of Hartsburg; one grandson, Braxton; two sisters, Becky (Josh) Guy of Alabama and Cassy (Duke) Anderson of Farmington; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father and a son, Jonathan Moore.
Amanda loved her family more than anything. She grew up babysitting everyone’s kids while dreaming of someday having a family of her own. After surviving the devastating loss of her first son Jonathan, Amanda became a loving mom to Brandon and Samantha. Raising loving, caring kids became her world as she watched them grow. She then married her best friend and true love Rob Oldfield. They enjoyed family gatherings, long drives in the country, camping, catching up with friends and watching kids anytime they were asked.
First known as “Aunt Mimi and Uncle Ra” by all the nieces and nephews, they were most recently proud to be called “Mimi & Papa” when their first grandchild Braxton was born. They adored Braxton and loved being with him as much as possible. Amanda had the kindest heart and will forever be remembered and missed by all those who love her.
Amanda was a member of Farmington Moose Lodge #1571.
Per Amanda’s wishes, cremation rites were accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Graveside services and burial of the ashes were held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Brunswick Cemetery in rural Trivoli. Rev. David Swain officiated. Memorials can be made to an education fund for her grandson, Braxton. To leave online condolences, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Diana L. Jenkins

FARMINGTON – Diana Lynn Jenkins, 59, of Canton, mother of a Farmington woman, died Dec. 17, 2021, at her residence.
She was born on Sept. 29, 1962, in Peoria. She married Steven Williams on Oct. 5, 1991. He preceded her in death in 1999. She later married Michael Jenkins on Oct. 12, 2013 in Canton. He survives.
Also surviving is one daughter, Katie (Charlie) Smith of Farmington and six grandchildren.
Online condolences can be left at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Patricia A. Stump

ELMWOOD – Patricia A. Stump, 85, passed away on Dec. 24, 2021, at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe.
She was born on Dec. 13, 1936, in Farmington to Gazel and Eva (Yonkouski) Almasi.
She married Kenneth Fishel Sr., whom was the father of her children, Kenneth (Sue) Fishel Jr. of Brimfield, Danny (Janet) Fishel of Brimfield and Tim (Shelly) Fishel of Edelstein. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Joseph Almasi of Elmwood, Robert Almasi of Peoria, 1 sister, Rosemary Oppe of Chillicothe, 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A funeral service was Dec. 28, 2021. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date.
Online condolences can be left at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Shirley M. Vollmer

CANTON – Shirley M. Vollmer, 74, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, at Proctor Hospital Emergency Room in Peoria.
She was born on June 4, 1947, in Canton, to Sam and Florence (Heath) Hamby. She married Carl Vollmer in 1969 in Elmwood. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2012.
She is survived by four brothers, Bob (Kathy) Hamby, Roger (Brenda) Hamby, Terry (Jody) Hamby and Jerry (Bonnie) Hamby; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Donald Hamby and Ronald Hamby.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Condolences can be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Wheeler

FARMINGTON – Robert Wheeler, 76, of Farmington, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on March 12, 1945, in Peoria, a son of Charles and Goldie (Raymond) Wheeler. He married Nancy Jones on Feb. 14, 1990, in Lewistown. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Michelle (Kenny) Johnson of Trivoli, Cindy Copeland of Farmington, Debby Young of Yates City, Roy A. Wheeler of Farmington and Erin (Ethan) Wyse of Farmington; 29 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren, and 5 brothers, Gale Wheeler of Canton, John Wheeler of Farmington, Richard Wheeler of southern Illinois, Lawrence Wheeler of Farmington and Chuck Wheeler of Galesburg.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Betty Wheeler, two brothers and two sisters.
Per Robert’s wishes, there will be no services, and cremation rites will be accorded.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Robert C. DeSchepper

ANNAWAN – Robert C. “Bob” DeSchepper, 85, of Annawan, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at his home. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life was to be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht was to be celebrate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Annawan, with military honors. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Toulon American Legion or the Annawan/Alba Fire District. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Robert Charles DeSchepper was born July 21, 1936, in Mineral Township, Bureau County, Ill. the son of Charles and Irene Christian DeSchepper. He was educated in Neponset schools and graduated from high school there in 1954. His marriage to Darlene VanDeRostyne took place on Sept. 12, 1959, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. They spent their first two years of married life in Germany from 1959 to 1961 while Bob served in the U. S. Army. Their first child, Michael, was born there.
Bob continued his inactive reserve status until being discharged in September of 1965, at the official start of the Vietnam War. After returning home, they lived in Kewanee and Neponset before moving to Toulon to raise their family. Upon retirement they move to Annawan. She passed away on Feb. 16, 2017.
He worked for Martin Engineering, Kraft Cheese Company, Pearson Bros., IME, Pine’s Trailer and Mutual Electric. Bob was the Toulon Township road commissioner from 1983 to 2005, farmed, and volunteered for several community organizations, including membership with the Old Settlers, Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years, earning the honorary award of Silver Beaver, Lions Club (president) and served as pancake breakfast chairman, Toulon American Legion, and was part of the color guard, and helped run several pedal tractor pulls, big wheel races and soap box derbies. He enjoyed camping with family, going to craft shows, and restoring his ’47 Studebaker, which won several car show awards. He also liked to take Rich’s Case SC tractor on rides and in parades. He thoroughly enjoyed watching Andrew’s figure 8 races.
Those surviving are five children, Michael (Laurie) DeSchepper, Dixon, Julie (Gary) Frail, Toulon, Douglas (Chris) DeSchepper, Davis, Richard (Beth) DeSchepper, Altona, and Todd (Jodie) DeSchepper, Kewanee. Other survivors include 11 grandchildren, Larissa (Adam) Frantz, Kelsey (Andrew) Sarver, Sarah (Jerry) Ehrnthaller, Emily and Andrew DeSchepper, Kaitlyn (Renee) DeSchepper, Kiley DeSchepper, Kyra DeSchepper, Olivia Frail, Abigail and Nathaniel DeSchepper; and 5 great grandchildren, Ben and Lucas Johnson, Addison Frantz, Chloe Ehrnthaller and Kinsley Sarver.
His parents, his wife, Darlene, a sister Elaine Carr, and several close extended family preceded him in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at stackhousemoore.com.



Marjorie E. McDonough

BRIMFIELD – Marjorie Elizabeth McDonough, 95, of Peoria, formerly of Brimfield passed away Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at 2 a.m. at Grand View Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Peoria. She was born July 7, 1926, in Peoria County to parents Milton and Ruth (Graves) Shaw. She married John McDonough in 1949. He preceded her in death in 1981.
Surviving are 4 children; Tom McDonough of Brimfield, Chuck McDonough of East Peoria, Jean (Bill) Kenney of Peoria, and Dan McDonough of Morton; 1 son-in-law, Donn Damos of North Henderson; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by her daughter, Marsha Damos and a daughter-in-law, Victoria McDonough.
Marjorie was the Brimfield Township tax collector for over 40 years. She enjoyed helping her husband John on the farm, playing cards with him, and dancing at the former Hub Ballroom in Edelstein. She loved hosting family dinners, tending to her vegetable and flower garden and attending her children and grandchildren’s activities as often as she could.
Marjorie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield, where a funeral mass will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at 11 a.m. A visitation will be one hour prior, also at the church. Father John Verrier will preside. Burial will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery in rural Brimfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left for Marjorie’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

H. Michael Meehan
PEORIA – H. Michael Meehan, 82, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at OSF St. Francis in Peoria, Ill.
Mike was born on April 5, 1939, in Peoria, a son of William J. and Mabel Frances (Denman) Meehan.
He was a graduate of Spalding Class of 1957. Mike proudly served in the U.S. Reserves from 1950-1962.
On May 16, 1964, he married Joan Erickson at St. Luke’s in River Forest, Ill., and together they celebrated 57 years of marriage. She survives. Also surviving are their children, Sean (Michelle) Meehan of Trivoli, Colleen (Doug) Tomlinson of Elmwood, Tracy Brooks (Lloyd Norris, fiancé) of Edwards, Ryan Meehan of Edwards, Erin (Chris) Milliman of Brimfield and Shannon (Brett) Baker of St. Johns, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Mike owned and operated Ted’s Barber Shop in Peoria. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo, Ill., where he was a eucharistic and pastoral minister. He was a member of the Charismatic Renewal and his faith was very important to him.
Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Kickapoo. Mass of Christian Burial was to be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a one hour prior visitation, also at the church. Fr. James Pankiewicz was to officiate and burial was to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Right to Life Resource Center, 109 N. 8th St., Quincy, IL 62301 or the Women’s Care Center, 7620 N. University St. Suite 106, Peoria, IL 61614.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Daniel W. Richardson
ELMWOOD – Daniel W. Richardson, 69, of Elmwood, passed away at 6:08 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, in Peoria.
He was born April 2, 1952, in Peoria, to Donald and Rosemary (Ausmis) Richardson. He married Connie Eldridge on Dec. 3, 1995. She survives.
He is also survived by two children; five step-children; and many grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Daniel served in the Navy. He retired from Buhs Truck ’n Trailer in 2014. He enjoyed fishing and camping. He also loved life and never met a stranger.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Melvin L. Siegel
EDWARDS – Melvin L. Siegel, 77, of Peoria, father of two Edwards residents, died Dec. 18, 2021, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born April 12, 1944, in Peoria, to Elwood and Helen (Moon) Siegel. He married Frances Traver on July 6, 1962, in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by three children: Justine (Mike) Morefield of Edwards, Melvin L. Siegel, II, of Edwards and Jack (Debbie) Siegel of Peoria; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tommy L. Siegel; and two deceased granddaughters.
Melvin was a truck driver for over 40 years, most recently for Interstate Brands. He enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A private graveside service will be held at Cottonwood Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Fanconi Anemia Foundation, in honor of his grandson, Caleb.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Mary P. Harper
TRIVOLI – Mary Patricia Harper, 87, of Trivoli, passed away at 6:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, at her residence with her loving family by her side.
She was born on June 20, 1934, in Thompsonville, Ill. She married Robert Dean Harper on Jan. 1, 1954, in Pontiac, Mich. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 2019.
Also preceding her in death were one brother, David Burlison, and one sister, Diane Hand.
Surviving are her loving family: daughter Teresa Lynne (Charles) Crowell of Trivoli and two grandchildren, Kyle and Claire Crowell. She very much loved her daughter and grandchildren, and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mary graduated school early, and started her journey to the St. Louis area, then off to Pontiac, Mich., to start working with Michigan Bell where she became the youngest supervisor telephone operator with Michigan Bell. She had met Robert while in high school, and after marriage they moved to the Peoria area, Robert worked at Caterpillar, and Mary transferred to Illinois Bell Telephone Company, where she worked until 1961, when it was time to take care of her family.
She loved animals, was a great seamstress, avid gardener, enjoyed cooking and reading and was blessed with wonderful neighbors everywhere they lived.
Graveside service and burial were Dec. 21, 2021, at Trivoli Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.



Evelyn M. Bates

GALVA – Evelyn Mae Bates, 97, of Galva, went home with her Lord and Savior at 10:04 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Evelyn was born Dec. 17, 1923, in in Burns Township, Kewanee, Ill., the daughter of Oscar and Nancy (Huffman) Warner. She grew up her whole life in the Galva area and graduated from Galva High School in 1941. She married Elwyn “Bud” Bates on Sept. 15, 1945, in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2006, in Galesburg.
Surviving is a son, Roger (Vicki) Bates of Galva and 3 daughters; Diane (Steve) Adkison of Denver, Colo., Susan (David) Mowers of Toulon and Rita (Glenn) Edwards of Dawson, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; Justin Bates, Jordan Bates, Bailey Bates, Darcy (Greg) Dukes, Tyler Adkison, Rebecca (Andy) Nelson, Amanda Mowers, Elizabeth Mowers, Jacob Edwards and Kylie Edwards; 6 great grandchildren, Riley and Madison Bates, Abigail and Noah Nelson and Rowan and Juniper Dukes; a brother, Dwain (Elaine) Warner of Galva; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Warner; and several special nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Timothy Edwards, three brothers; James (Darlene) Warner, Carl Warner and Marvin Warner and a sister, Marian in infancy.
Evelyn and her beloved husband, Bud, farmed for many years. She retired as bookkeeper from the Galva Co-op. She was a member of the Galva First United Methodist Church, Wesley Weds Sunday School Class, Flemish American Club, Henry County Farm Bureau and several card clubs. She taught Sunday School and served on many committees. She enjoyed reading, knitting, puzzles, playing cards and paint by number. Evelyn really enjoyed life, especially her family and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastors Rebecca Gearhart and Chet Travis officiating. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva First United Methodist Church or to the Galva Park District.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Gerald E. Hughes

HELENA, Mont. – Gerald E. “Jerry” Hughes, 86, of Helena, passed away on Nov. 27, 2021, after facing dementia and cancer the same way he faced all things in life – with dignity, a sense of humor, his larger-than-life smile and his faith. He was at home with family and friends – including those many miles away who were able to visit virtually in his last days. He is the beloved husband of Rose M. Hughes.
Jerry was born June 26, 1935, to Bernard James Hughes and Virginia May Knowles Hughes, in Wyoming, Ill. who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his two older sisters, Virginia Lee Babb (Herb) and Bernadine Watkins (Bruce), who apparently took it upon themselves to protect him and to teach him the important things in life like how to dance and find dates. He also had a younger brother Bernard James “Jim” Hughes, Jr., who was the politician in the family, and passed too early, leaving his older brother wondering what might have happened in his political career had he lived longer.
Jerry is survived by his wife, children and step children; grandchildren and great grandchild named above; brother-in-law Herb Babb of Wyoming; sisters in law Helen Silvia, Tiverton, R.I., Mary Lopes, Erie, Pa., Irene Davis (Bill), Manassas, Va., and Dianne Fontaine (Normand), Little Compton, R.I.;  as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren across the pond – Rosi Hughes (Charley); Ed Hughes (Kate) and great grandchildren Amber, Emilia and Iris; Max Hughes (Fleur) and great granddaughter Summer; Sarah McRae; and Shannyn McRae and great grandchildren Lily and Willow Buchan – all of the United Kingdom; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating Jerry’s life will be held Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 311 Power Street, Helena.  Rev. Laura Jean Allen and Rev. Eugene C. Hill will officiate. A reception will be held in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Graveside service with military honors will beheld at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Retz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William P. Morrissey

PEORIA –William Patrick Morrissey, 88, of Peoria, passed away at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. William was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Kewanee to William Thomas and Bertha Mae (Haynes) Morrissey. He married Sharon (Cunningham) Morrissey on Nov. 4, 1961, in Princeville; she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Kenneth P. “Tater” (Julie) Morrissey of Stark; one daughter, Kelly Mae Morrissey of Peoria; two granddaughters, Sydney (Addison) Ryan of Wyoming and Hannah (Curt) Campbell of Williamsfield; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Ryan, Hudson Ryan, and Dean Campbell; four sisters, Anna Mae Cox of Ottawa, Mary Jane (Eldon) Ehnle of Wyoming, Nellie Jo (Don) Ehnle of Dunlap and Jeanie (Bud) Porter of Wyoming; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.
William served in the U.S. Army and was later employed by the former Pabst Brewing Co. for 22 years. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He enjoyed feeding the squirrels and rabbits, escorting geese to the lake, and was also known to raise and release various wildlife. He was a former member of Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Peoria.
A graveside service for family and close friends will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec, 17, 2021 at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery in Wyoming. Father Cyr will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Richard L. Owen’s Hospice Home or Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be left for William’s family on his tribute wall at haskellfuneral.com.

Debra Kay Stoecker

PRINCEVILLE- Debra Kay Stoecker, 65, Celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Princeville United Methodist Church fellowship hall.



Ronald L. Hess

YATES CITY – Ronald L. Hess, 79, of Yates City, passed away at 3:21 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at his home. He was born on March 4, 1942, in Peoria, to Wallace Hess and Mildred (Shockey) Gorham.
He is survived by three children, Daniel (Angela) Hess of Wylie, Texas, James (Amy) Hess of Bloomington, Ill., and Rhonda (David) Ross of Springfield, Ill.; three brothers, Jerry (Jacqueline) Hess, Jeffrey (Katrina) Pittman Hess, and Michael (Beverly) Hess; one sister, Toni Foreaker, seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents. Ron was a 1960 graduate of Yates City High School. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from 1960-63. He was stationed in Berlin, Germany, during the Cold War and served in the Military Police Battalion as a MP on the railway corridor between West Berlin and free West Germany. After his military service, Ron spent his career as a pipefitter. He retired from the Peoria Steamfitters Local #353 in 2005.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be held at a later date.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

John F. Johnson

BRIMFIELD – John F. Johnson, 78, of Brimfield passed away at his residence on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. He was born March 6, 1943, in Brimfield to parents Menno and Louise (Mangold) Johnson. He married Elaine Johnson on Sept. 12, 1971, in Eldridge, Iowa; she survives.
Also surviving are four children; David Johnson of Brimfield, Doug (Alison) Johnson of Princeville, Jennifer (Steven) Manzke of Edwards and John Johnson of Brimfield; five grandchildren, Abby, Rebecca and Wyatt Johnson, and Henry and Claire Manzke; three sisters, Berniece Town of West Lafayette, Ind.; and Eloise (Lynn) Liable and Marilyn (Richard) Dieffenbach, all of Princeville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Menno, Jr., Raymond, LeRoy, Ben and Harold; and one infant sister, Bernice Johnson.
John was a lifelong farmer who loved growing corn. His favorite pastimes were attending auctions and going to the local coffee shop for breakfast. He was a member of the Brimfield Union Church.
Services for the Johnson family will be private. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to BYE or the Brimfield Fire Department. Condolences may be left for John’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Jacob A. Look

PRINCEVILLE – Jacob Andrew Look of Princeville passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at 4:07 a.m. He was just 17.
Jacob was born on Dec. 17, 2003, in Peoria, Ill., to his parents, Craig and Anne (Wendt) Look. In life, he endeared himself to all those whom he met with his kindness, humor, charisma and a beautiful smile. He won his friends with his loyalty, compassion and his tremendous heart. Without any doubt, he was a bright light to the spirit, soul and life of everyone he met.
He is survived by his parents, Craig and Anne, and one brother, Evan Look, all of Princeville; his grandmother, Doris Wendt of Janesville, Wis.; grandparents, Jane and Russell Look of Mapleton; many aunts and uncles, Susan Dickson of Cabot, Ark., Cindi (Robert) Brandt of Lexington, Russell (Leann) Look, Jr. of South Elgin, Bradley (Clayton) Look of Glendale, Calif., Andrew Look of Bartonville, and Christopher (Christine) Look of O’Fallon, Mo.; and cousins, Jeremy, R.J., Katrina, Sarah, Caroline, Paige, Rachel, Max, Zachary, Gabriel and Benjamin; and his dogs Gunner and Maizy. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Wendt and his dog Lucky.
Jacob had an extraordinary enthusiasm for life, and it was a beautiful thing to witness his passion. At 6-foot-5, his dad called him “his gentle giant,” but his height was eclipsed by his enormous heart and capacity for love. He loved his loud Dodge Charger, his brother’s grilled steaks, a giant bag of Goldfish crackers, Buffalo chicken wings and the world’s greatest discovery – ranch dressing. He also adored all things NBA, especially his Milwaukee Bucks. He was inspired by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s story, his work ethic, true kindness and loyalty to family and friends. He loved playing pickup basketball at the Kickapoo court, summer basketball with his new Paladins teammates, Mamba candy and hanging out with his many friends. He was always ready for adventures with his best buddies Slate, Peter and Caleb.
Most of all, because it gave him time with the people he loved most, his greatest joys were his mom’s chili dinners, movies or rocking to old school music with his dad and visiting his brother, Evan, at college. His parents were his heroes and his brother was his best friend.
He was a senior at Brimfield High School where he was an eager student and actively involved, including being a member of the varsity basketball team. Jacob worked hard at everything he did and was rightfully proud of all he accomplished.
A visitation was held at the Brimfield High School gymnasium on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, from 1-4 p.m. A funeral service immediately followed. Services were officiated by Pastor Michael Jones of St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville, where Jacob was a member.
In lieu of flowers, his parents have established the Jacob Look Memorial Scholarship, and contributions can be made to his parents or at his GoFundMe page: gofund.me/9959a2c9.
Also, online condolences may be left for the family at www.haskellfuneral.com. #lovelikeJake

William P. Morrissey

PEORIA – William Patrick Morrissey, 88, of Peoria, passed away at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. William was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Kewanee to William Thomas and Bertha Mae (Haynes) Morrissey. He married Sharon (Cunningham) Morrissey on Nov. 4, 1961, in Princeville; she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Kenneth P. “Tater” (Julie) Morrissey of Stark; one daughter, Kelly Mae Morrissey of Peoria; two granddaughters, Sydney (Addison) Ryan of Wyoming and Hannah (Curt) Campbell of Williamsfield; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Ryan, Hudson Ryan and Dean Campbell; four sisters, Anna Mae Cox of Ottawa, Mary Jane (Eldon) Ehnle of Wyoming, Nellie Jo (Don) Ehnle of Dunlap and Jeanie (Bud) Porter of Wyoming; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.
William served in the U.S. Army and was later employed by the former Pabst Brewing Co. for 22 years. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He enjoyed feeding the squirrels and rabbits, escorting geese to the lake, and was also known to raise and release various wildlife. He was a former member of Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Peoria.
A graveside service for family and close friends will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery in Wyoming. Father Cyr will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Richard L. Owen’s Hospice Home or Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be left for William’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Camron Passie

PEORIA – Camron “Cam” Passie, 25, of Peoria, died on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, of complications with the COVID virus. He was born in Peoria on Aug. 28, 1996. His parents were Charles Passie and Cindy (McMorris) Passie. He is survived by his mother; one brother, Cole; grandparents, Rex and Sue McMorris and Judy and Bill Passie; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. His father, Charles “Chuck” Passie preceded him in death.
Whatever Camron did in his life he did with great enthusiasm and exuberance. He was a happy person and a delight to know and spend time with. He was a great debater and posed as an expert on just about any topic. He liked to play sports and began playing basketball and football while still in grade school. He played football all four years while at Brimfield High School and was an outstanding defensive player. He was a big guy, but more of a gentle giant. Showing his softer side, he belonged to the chess club and took courses on cooking and even sang in the chorus.
He loved to catch fish. If he went fishing and did not catch anything, it could ruin his day. If he did catch something, he would send pictures. He so enjoyed fishing in “Sweeney’s Lake.” He usually caught a nice bass or two. He had the opportunity to catch walleyes and northern pike on his fishing trips to Canada with his grandpa. He was a good fisherman and tried to do it as often as possible.
Early in life, he decided to become a policeman. His Uncle Jeff was in law enforcement and encouraged and guided him. While still in high school, he was a police cadet and helped with traffic control and did ride-a-longs with various police officers. After high school, he attained a criminal justice degree from Illinois Central College. With that, he was able to work for security companies and ultimately as a correctional officer at the Peoria County jail.
One of his other jobs was being a checkout clerk at the Brimfield supermarket. It was while he worked there, that folks from Brimfield got to know him. You would often hear the term “everyone knows Camron.” Those that met Camron will never forget him. He was a very special person who loved you regardless of your race, creed or color. He set a good example for us all to follow. He will be thoroughly missed. His last bit of advice would be for everyone to get their Covid vaccine shots.
Cremation rites were accorded. A funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield. A visitation was held prior to the service and at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift in Camron’s name to the Illinois Cancer Center located on Wood Sage Road in Peoria.
To view Camron’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Tompkins

NASHVILLE – Edith Tompkins, 98, of Nashville passed away Dec. 11. She was born in Dongola, Ill., to the late Calvin and Bessie Keller.
Edith passed away peacefully holding the hands of those she loved dearly. The hands that she helped create, the hands that she nurtured, were the ones that grasped tightly as she made her transition. She loved deeply and without hesitation. It didn’t matter if you were a child of her own or someone she just met, she loved you with the same intensity. Her laugh could brighten even the darkest moments. Her humor and humility kept us all entertained and forever adoring. She will truly be missed by those remaining and embraced by those who have been awaiting her arrival.
Edith is proceeded in death by her sister Wanda Fuller, her husband Roy Tompkins Jr. and her daughter Karla Kay Reynolds. Edith is survived by her son Kevin Tompkins, son in law Jack Reynolds, granddaughters Lincy Reynolds and Kaylie Taylor, and great grandson Rawlee Taylor.
The family will be celebrating Edith’s life in a private ceremony.



Richard Burwell

PEORIA – Richard “Ricky” Burwell, 44, of Peoria, passed away on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
He was born in Kewanee on June 9, 1977, to Terry and Debra (Carter) Burwell.
Ricky is survived by his mother, Deb Burwell, of Wyoming; two children, Alec Burwell (Paige Owens), of Brimfield and Eliana Burwell of Brimfield; one brother, Jon Randall (Lucretia Smith) of Wichita, Kan.; three nieces, Shawna, Ella and Zoe; two nephews, Devan and Justin; two great-nieces, Aliyah and Serenity; and one great-nephew, Shawn. Ricky also leaves behind his beloved dog and best friend, Juice. Ricky was preceded in death by his father, Terry Burwell; his sister, Terri Jo Burwell; and his grandparents.
Ricky proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1999 to 2009, completing three deployments in Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He was medically discharged and finished his military career as a Staff Sergeant.
Ricky had a heart of gold. His laugh was contagious, loud and easily recognizable by anyone who knew him. More than anything, Ricky loved his children, nieces and nephews, and his dog Juice. Family was everything to him.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Wyoming City Cemetery in Wyoming, where military honors will be conducted. Gary Deiters Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family.
After suffering multiple injuries while serving, Ricky felt a deep commitment to the Wounded Warrior Project. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his honor.
Online condolences may be left at www.GaryDeitersFH.com.

Patricia A. Freed

OWATONNA, Minn. – Patricia Ann (Appell) Freed, 77, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Owatonna, surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren. She had a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s/Lewy Body Dementia.
Pat was born on April 11, 1944, in Galesburg to Martin and Lucille Appell. She graduated from Galva High School and continued her education at Bradley University in Peoria. In 1964, Pat married Allen (Butch) Freed, her high school sweetheart. They celebrated their 57th anniversary in October.
Pat had a love of travel that led her to pursue a fulfilling career as a travel agent. She and Al enjoyed many trips and adventures over the years. She loved their daily walks, spending time at the beach, and especially loved the holidays when she could be with family, friends and grandchildren. Though she enjoyed her many travels, her true happy place was her role as “Grammie.” Pat was so generous, always helping those around her. She touched many lives with her bright and energetic personality.
Pat is survived by her husband, Al Freed; two daughters, Kim (Pat) Smith of Owatonna, Minn., and Kelli Gardner of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Lauren Smith, Heather Peters, Rachel Fenske, Ty Gardner, Nicholas Smith, Nathan Smith, Taylor Gardner, Lexi Gardner and Chase Gardner; and three great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Becky Olson Merritt of Phoenix and Deb (Mike) Tarleton of Galva; three nieces and one nephew.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (parkinson.org/ways-to-give).

Brandon L. Graham

PEORIA – Brandon L. Graham, 46, formerly of Wyoming, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Brandon was born on June 12, 1975, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Richard “Dick” and Jeanette (Rumbold) Graham. His parents both preceded him in death. A niece, Jayla Knobloch, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his seven siblings whom he loved spending time with: Bruce (Pam) of Peoria, Doreen (Jerry) Leuthold of Fishers, Ind., Darlene (Roger) Herrmann of Laura, Deanne (Jay) Knobloch of Princeville, Brent (Deb) of Edwards, Blake (Rachel) of Princeville, and Ben “BJ” (Suzanne) of Carmel, Ind. Also surviving him are 30 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews who he was very proud of and meant a lot to him.
Despite Brandon’s many difficulties, he was a friend to all and cared deeply about people. He was a constant source of humor to those around him. He most recently worked at EPIC workshop.
He loved traveling, golfing, snow skiing and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. He shared deep bonds with his high school friends, who were very good at making memories and staying in touch with him, which made Brandon feel very special. His family is very thankful for those in the community, church, family and EPIC who were so kind and patient with Brandon.
Brandon loved and attended the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church where his funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to either AC Skylines Nursing Home, where he worked for a couple of years, or Apostolic Christian LifePoints in Morton, Ill. where he lived for four years.
Condolences may be left for Brandon’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Debra Kay Stoecker

PRINCEVILLE- Debra Kay Stoecker, 65, Celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Princeville United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Winifred L. Hays

BRADFORD – Winifred L. Swearingen Hays, 103, of East Peoria, Ill., formerly of Bradford, Ill., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at her home. She was born on March 8, 1918 in Bradford to Pearl and Mable (Noyes) Swearingen.
She married Raymond H. Hays on May 24, 1957, in Lincoln, Ill., and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her brother Jim and two sisters Lillian O’Donoghue and Gertrude Comstock.
She leaves behind sister-in-law Grace Swearingen; nieces Sheila Flaherty, Paula Stevenson, Kimberly Rusesky and Sally Johnson; and nephew TJ Swearingen; as well as many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Winifred graduated from the University of Illinois in 1940 and has been an Illini sports fan for years, as well as a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan. Her legacy includes becoming a “Gypsy Coed,” and she was the last living of the several college girls who traveled in a 1927 Model T from Bradford to various parts of the United States, including meeting and becoming friends with Henry Ford at his home in Michigan. Her photos and stories were endless and very entertaining.
At 102 she experienced pneumonia and was hospitalized with COVID for only four days but bounced right back to enjoying her family and friends. Her favorite thing to do recently was to be sure the many birds and squirrels in her yard were fed and the bird bath was full.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful people that cared for her over the last couple of years.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family burial will take place in Bradford Cemetery in Bradford, Ill. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, 2141 West White Oaks Drive, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 530 NE Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences can be made at masonfuneralhomes.com.

Willard H. Carroll

KEWANEE – Willard H. Carroll, 89, of Kewanee, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, of complications with COVID. Willard was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Rural Stark County, the son of Sylvester and Iceil (Webster) Carroll. He graduated from Toulon High School with the class of 1950, and attended Blackburn College in Carlinville.
Willard married Martha A. Dyer on Dec. 5, 1954, in Galesburg; she survives.
Willard is also survived by two daughters, Leslea Carroll, Kewanee, Jill Stieghorst, Peoria; grandson, Blake (Sarah) Stieghorst; and a great granddaughter, Rylee Stieghorst, all of West Jersey.
Willard was a farmer as well as a Supervisor of Assessment for Stark and Henry County, retiring in 1993. Willard loved his family, farming and traveling. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of Cambridge Rotary, Kewanee Kiwanis Club, and the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Willard was a chairman of the board at the Kewanee Hospital, a Kewanee City Council member, co-owner of K-Town Travel Kewanee and ACF Travel in Princeton and the Tremont Forum, Kewanee. He was also a long-time Shriner and Mason.
Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Masonic Service was held Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at the funeral home. Funeral Services were Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial was in the West Jersey Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to OSF Healthcare Foundation, First United Methodist Church, of Kewanee, or the donor’s choice.
Condolences for Willard’s family can be left online at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.



Marsha L. Archibald

BRIMFIELD – Marsha Lynn Archibald, 75, of Brimfield, passed away at 7:57 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at her home. Marsha was born on Aug. 6, 1946, in Peoria, the daughter of Howard E. and Esther E. (Smith) Schooley. She married George Richard “Dick” Archibald on June 17, 1970; he survives.
Also surviving are one son, Jamie Archibald of Elmwood; one daughter, Tricia Archibald of Norwood; three grandchildren, Nicholas Clark Archibald, Shelbey Clark Archibald and Jessica Clark Archibald; several nieces and nephews; and her dog, Bailey. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ronald E. Schooley; and sister, Nancy Stone.
Marsha attended Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and Richwoods High School. She drove the school bus for over 30 years for the Willard Hasselbacher Bus Company, and worked and volunteered with the Peoria County Veterans Assistance for 15 years. She was also the official score keeper for the Brimfield Grade School and High School volleyball and basketball games for over 30 years. Marsha was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, stock car races, and enjoyed playing cards and cooking. She was a member of the Brimfield Women’s Auxiliary Post 452, holding various positions, including president for many years of the Brimfield chapter and former 16th District President. The unit was often 100% and she won awards for this endeavor and loved attending the state conventions. She was also a member of the Farmington Moose, was active with the Bartonville Relay for Life, and attended Brimfield Evangelical Free Church. Marsha was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
A celebration of Marsha’s life will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Brimfield Evangelical Free Church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the BYE Ambulance Service or Transitions Hospice. Condolences may be left for Marsha’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Brandon L. Graham

PEORIA – Brandon L. Graham, 46, formerly of Wyoming, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Brandon was born on June 12, 1975, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Richard “Dick” and Jeanette (Rumbold) Graham. His parents both preceded him in death. A niece, Jayla Knobloch, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his seven siblings whom he loved spending time with: Bruce (Pam) of Peoria, Doreen (Jerry) Leuthold of Fishers, Ind., Darlene (Roger) Herrmann of Laura, Deanne (Jay) Knobloch of Princeville, Brent (Deb) of Edwards, Blake (Rachel) of Princeville, and Ben “BJ” (Suzanne) of Carmel, Ind. Also surviving him are 30 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews who he was very proud of and who meant a lot to him.
Despite Brandon’s many difficulties, he was a friend to all and cared deeply about people. He was a constant source of humor to those around him. He most recently worked at EPIC workshop.
He loved traveling, golfing, snow skiing and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. He shared deep bonds with his high school friends, who were very good at making memories and staying in touch with him, which made Brandon feel very special. His family is very thankful for those in the community, church, family, and EPIC who were so kind and patient with Brandon.
Brandon loved and attended the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church where his funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Additional visitation will be from 9-9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to either AC Skylines Nursing Home, where he worked for a couple of years, or Apostolic Christian LifePoints in Morton, Ill.,where he lived for four years. Condolences may be left for Brandon’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Charles A. Emken

BRIMFIELD – Charles A. Emken, 56, of Spring Grove passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. He was born on Nov. 3, 1965, in Peoria, Ill., to Edward and Barbara (Baldwin) Emken. He was a 1983 graduate of Brimfield High School and continued his studies at Illinois State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree, graduating in 1987. Charles was employed at Baxter Healthcare for 24 years and managed Baxter’s compliance regulations for analytical data storage and retrieval.
Charles enjoyed spending his time being outside, either while working or relaxing. The beach was one of his favorite places to soak up the sunshine. He loved spending time in the kitchen, cooking and trying out new recipes. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his sons, Zachary, Joshua Emken; father, Edward Emken; brother, Bruce (Jeneva) Emken; former wife, Rachel; cousins, Mark Baldwin, Ann Mayon; and nephews Carter and Vaughn Emken.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at Thompson Spring Grove Funeral Home, Spring Grove, Ill., on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
Memorial donations may be made to World Central Kitchen (wck.org), an organization that provides meals in the wake of natural disasters.

Ronald L. Hess

YATES CITY – Ronald L. Hess, 79, of Yates City, passed away at 3:21 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at his home. He was born on March 4, 1942, in Peoria, to Wallace Hess and Mildred (Shockey) Gorham.
He is survived by three children, Daniel (Angela) Hess of Wylie, Texas, James (Amy) Hess of Bloomington, Ill., and Rhonda (David) Ross of Springfield, Ill.; three brothers, Jerry (Jacqueline) Hess, Jeffrey (Katrina) Pittman Hess and Michael (Beverly) Hess; one sister, Toni Foreaker, seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation rites have been accorded. To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda L. Hitchcock

FARMINGTON – Wanda Lee Hitchcock, 87, of Farmington, Ill., passed away at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Farmington Country Manor.
She was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Farmington to Everett H. and Louise J. Fulton. She married Richard (Dick) Hitchcock on July 4, 1954, in Farmington. He preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2011.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister Marcia Grzanich (Jim) and a brother George “Bud” Fulton (Debbie).
Surviving is one son, Richard Jr. (Sherry) of Farmington, three grandchildren; Joe (Krista), Mike (Kelly) and Jennifer as well as six great-grandchildren (Khloe, Dane, Everett, Jovie, Grady and Evie). Also surviving are several cousins, nieces and nephews that she tried her best to stay in touch with through the years, especially through the family reunions that she arranged.
She was a life-long housewife, mom and grandmother. She worked outside the home a little at one time or another for Caterpillar, Inc., Economy Shoe Store in Farmington, Peoria Suppliers (Murray’s) and as a toy sales representative.
She was active in her son’s life as he grew serving as a room mother, Cub Scout den mother and band chaperone among other “jobs.” She loved them all and really threw her heart into being a room mother and den mother.
She had a few passions that she pursued. She and Dick loved to dance and were fun to watch on the dance floor. She loved bowling and did so for several years, carrying a high average while throwing a 16-pound ball, which was quite an accomplishment for a 5-foot-2, 120-pound (and that’s being generous) lady. She absolutely loved going to Quad City Downs and betting on the horses. She sure won more than she lost. Later, she enjoyed going to the Par-A-Dice with her husband, playing the games and meeting the people. She made several friends there who will remember her and Dick, even though they were unable to make it there in the past few years. She was always involved with family, too, which was probably her favorite passion. She loved to tell her stories of days gone by and always found an interested audience at family events. Be it storytelling, baking, cooking, attending events (sports, dance recitals, etc.) or just spending time together at holidays and birthdays – Wanda Lee was there with bells on and completely involved.
She outlived a great deal of her friends, but it would be remiss not to mention Brenda, Elaine and Ruth, as well as Wilma, Susie and Dick P. (friends and neighbors) and Kenny and Shirley among several others (sorry if we forgot to mention you, but you know who you are and what you meant). Also, the wonderful and caring staff at Farmington Country Manor were so good to her and definitely deserve a special mention. Our family cannot thank them enough.
A private, family graveside service will be held. No visitation or formal funeral is planned.
Memorials, if you feel the need, should go to Farmington Rescue 1100, 49 N. Cone St., Farmington, IL.
To leave an online condolence you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Joyce E. Johnson

PRINCEVILLE – Joyce E. Johnson, 94, of Elmwood, passed away at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at Country Comfort Assisted Living in Elmwood.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1927, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Eugene and Willie Bell (West) McLaughlin. She married Carol Johnson on June 30, 1946, in Campbell, Calif. He preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2002.
Joyce is survived by one daughter, Katherine (John) Maher of Brimfield; four grandchildren, Kyle (Laura) Hasselbacher, Lee (Jim) Hasselbacher Trifone, Sean (Shalaine) Maher, and Kerry (Michael) Head; 10 great-grandchildren, Brenna and Logan Hasselbacher, Bastian, Westley, and Lilly Trifone, Ashlyn (Austin Golemon) Maher and Erin Maher, and Kadence, Kourtney, and Kolton Head; and one son-in-law, Bob Beaumont.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Carolyn Beaumont; and two infant brothers.
Joyce worked 30 years at Caterpillar Tractor Company where she retired from on Feb. 1, 1982. She lived in Elmwood since 1957. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Elmwood.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Per her wishes, Joyce didn’t want a visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Reverend Marla Bauler will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may made to the First United Presbyterian Church of Elmwood or the Charity of the Donor’s preference.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Sprecher

YATES CITY – Margaret Sprecher, 89, of Yates City, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at her home.
Margaret was born on Jan. 11, 1932, to Loren and Ruth (Beckner) Shoop in Youngstown, Ill. After graduating from Elmwood High School, she began working at Farmers State Bank in Elmwood. Later she started her career in the airline industry working for Northwest Airlines, Sabina Airlines and Ozark Airlines. During her career she lived in Chicago, Billings, Mont., and Anchorage, Ala., before returning in 1966 to Elmwood, where she worked for Ozark Airlines until retirement.
Margaret was of the Christian faith and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Elmwood. She enjoyed traveling, family visits, and had a love of books, as demonstrated by frequent visits to the Elmwood library.
She started a new chapter of her life when she met and married Lewis Sprecher in the early 1980s.
She loved being a homemaker and so enjoyed farming and caring for crops and livestock with Louie. She loved Louie dearly and cared for him until his death on July 4, 1996.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lewis, as well as brothers, Dale (Dorothy), Donald, Robert (Mary Jean), Richard (Jane) and Edward. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Yates City Fire Department or BYE Ambulance Service.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Debra K. Stoecker

PRINCEVILLE – Debra Kay Stoecker, 65, Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. at the Princeville United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Jean Jorgenson

DAHINDA – Jean Jorgenson, 69, of Dahinda, died Nov. 9, 2021, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Jorgenson; and daughters, Dana Jorgenson (Robert Farris) of Fort Morgan, Colo., Alexandra (Michael) Civalleri of Irvine, Calif., and Dr. Laura Jorgenson (Daniel Garrett) of Peoria. Also surviving are three granddaughters; one step-daughter; an “adopted” son, Ossian (Christine) Mogensen and children, Linnea, Karl, and Erik; and her sister, Kathleen (David) Konkle of Brier, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Dorothy (Gehrig) Bodell.
Jean was born on Jan. 20, 1952, in Peoria. After graduating from Peoria High School in 1970 and attending college at the University of Illinois and Truman State University, she became a respiratory therapist, working in local hospitals.
She climbed the Grand Teton as a teenager, backpacked extensively in Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Jean rock and ice-climbed across the U.S. and hiked thousands of miles in her lifetime.
At Jean’s request, cremation has been accorded and no service is planned. To share a memory or send a condolence to her family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.



Emma A. McIntyre
PRINCEVILLE – Emma A. McIntyre, 98, of Princeville, passed away at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Proctor in Peoria. Emma was born on Nov. 11, 1923, in Lacon, the daughter of Andrew and Irene (Lewis) Baldwin. She married Louis McIntyre on Nov. 18, 1945, in Lacon. He preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 1992.
Surviving are two daughters, Connie (Fred) Fusco of Crossville, Tenn., and Becky (Bernie) Colgan of Princeville; five grandchildren, Jason (Natalie) Krey, Jeanette (Jake) Grant, Jeramie (Janelle) Krey, Neal (Kelly) Fusco and Kyle (Abby) Colgan; six great-grandchildren, Luke and Elise Grant, Savannah and Caleb Krey, and Bella and Stephen Fusco. Also preceding her in death is one infant son, Louis McIntyre; one grandson, Brian Fusco; six brothers; and one sister.
Emma was a member of the Birthday Club, the Greet Your Neighbor Club in Edelstein and was active in the Princeville Women’s Club. She was a hostess at the former Hub Ballroom, was a line dancing instructor for many years, and danced with the Do-Si-Do Square Dancing Club. She previously worked for Foster & Sons Drug Store in Princeville for 20 years.
Emma was known for playing the spoons. She was a three-time champion at the Heritage Days Talent Show in Princeville and always wanted to “go play for the old folks at the nursing homes.”
Her funeral was to be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at the Princeville United Methodist Church, where she was a 50+ year member. Visitation was to be from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Rev. Zachary Waldis and Funeral Celebrant, Nicole Reed were to co-officiate. Burial was to be in Princeville Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Akron-Princeville Ambulance Service, Akron-Princeville Fire and Rescue, or Princeville United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be left for Emma’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Marsha L. Archibald
BRIMFIELD – Marsha Lynn Archibald, 75, of Brimfield, passed away at 7:57 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at her home. Marsha was born on Aug. 6, 1946, in Peoria, the daughter of Howard E. and Esther E. (Smith) Schooley. She married George Richard “Dick” Archibald on June 17, 1970; he survives.
Also surviving are one son, Jamie Archibald of Elmwood; one daughter, Tricia Archibald of Norwood; three grandchildren, Nicholas Clark Archibald, Shelbey Clark Archibald, and Jessica Clark Archibald; several nieces and nephews; and her dog, Bailey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ronald E. Schooley; and sister, Nancy Stone.
A celebration of Marsha’s life will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Brimfield Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Don Blasing will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the BYE Ambulance Service or Transitions Hospice.
Online condolences can be left at www.haskellfuneral.com.
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Geraldine R. Ely
PRINCEVILLE – Geraldine Ruth Ely, 89, of Chillicothe, formerly of Princeville, passed away at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe.
Geraldine was born on July 2, 1932, in Peoria, the daughter of Willis and Frances (Kuntz) Felton. She married Eugene Ely on March 27, 1951, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on July 30, 2018.
Surviving are 9 children, David (Jan) Ely of Kankakee, Nina (Daryl) Stensberg of Durand, Wis., Pam Fleming of Princeville, Jennifer (Randy) Armstrong of Kickapoo, Matthew (Marlys) Ely of Princeville, James (Kim) Ely of Chillicothe, Paula (Donnie) Gladfelter of Williamsfield, Mary (Tim) Silva of Fort Madison, Iowa, and John (Kim) Ely of Princeville; 26 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Jean (Will) McCoy of Princeville.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Timothy Joseph Ely; and two brothers, Bill and John Felton.
Geraldine was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo, the Land of Lincoln Basket Weavers, the Peoria Herb Guild, WW Club and was a volunteer with Jubilee College, also serving on their cemetery board. She received the 1982 Farm Wife of the Year Award for her work on the family farm, and she was previously employed by the FBI in Washington D.C. checking fingerprints.
Her funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Fr. Jim Pankiewicz will officiate. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting with arrangements. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Condolences may be left for Geraldine’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Linda D. Johnston
WYOMING – Linda Diane Johnston, 69, of Wyoming, passed away at 12:53 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Unity Point Methodist.
Linda was born on Jan. 8, 1952, in Canton to Carlyle and Nancy (Clark) Bird. She married Thomas Johnston on June 27, 1981, in Wyoming. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1993.
Surviving are her mother, Nancy; son, Matthew Johnston of Wyoming; one sister, Kathy (Glenn) Mendell of Ottawa; one brother, Jim (Debbie) Bird of Princeville; and her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carlyle; infant daughter, Stacey; and brother, Daniel Bird.
Linda worked at Auto Owners Insurance Company as an underwriter for 41 years. She was a member of St. Dominic Church in Wyoming, where she was a former member of the choir, eucharistic minister, lector, and taught CCD. Linda loved spending time with her nieces, nephews and family.
Funeral Mass was held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at St. Dominic Church in Wyoming. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Burial was at the church cemetery. Visitation was 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic Church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting with arrangements.
Condolences may be left for Linda’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

James R. Sluga
YATES CITY – James “Jim” R. Sluga 87, of Yates City, passed away 2:57 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at Renaissance Care Center in Canton.
Jim was born July 26, 1934, to Hilar William “Bill” and Ida (Elbert) Sluga in Peoria. He married Norma Spencer on July 30, 1955, in Metamora. She preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 2012.
Jim is survived by two children, Jim D. (Melody) Sluga of Elmwood and Kim (Steve) Frakes of Missouri; two grandchildren, Doug Sluga and Christina Frakes; three great-grandchildren, Ella, Ava and Sophia Shay; and two brothers, Harland (Irene) Sluga and Myron (Delores) Sluga.
Jim is also preceded in death by his parents; and two granddaughters, Melissa Frakes and Amanda Sluga Shay.
Jim worked as a storage controller at Caterpillar where he retired from on July 1, 1983. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elmwood.
A visitation was held from 2-3 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial followed on Nov. 22, 2021, at Yates City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Debra K. Stoecker
PRINCEVILLE – Debra Kay Stoecker, 65, of Princeville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at 12:07 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist. Debra was born on March 30, 1956, in Manchester, Iowa, to Donald and Donna (Duffy) Smock. She married Ron Stoecker on Jan. 6, 1990, in Princeville.
Surviving are her husband, Ron; 3 daughters, Amy (Jeff) DeMoss of St. Charles, Michelle (Tim) Wright of Paxton, and Kristina (Michael) Robinson of Bloomington; 2 sons, Phil (Olivia) Neuhaus of Manchester, Iowa, and Michael Stoecker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Shiela (Jerry) Dunn of Dubuque, Iowa, and Sue (Rich) Langel of Manchester, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Carter.
Debra enjoyed gardening and reading, but above all else, she loved the time spent with her kids and grandkids.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting with arrangements.
Condolences may be left for Debra’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Deborah A. Stratton
BRIMFIELD – Deborah “Debbie” Ann Stratton, 63, of Brimfield, Ill., passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at 5:10 a.m. at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Debbie was born on Jan. 6, 1958, in Alton, Ill., the daughter of Shirley Cardwell. She met the love of her life, Rick Stratton, in 2004. After a 10-year whirlwind courtship, they were married in January of 2015 in Negril, Jamaica; he survives.
Also surviving are her mother, Shirley of Brimfield; brothers, Ralph (Gina) Cardwell of Hubert, Okla., and Don (Miriam) Cardwell of Melissa, Texas; two daughters, Cassie (Sean) Wilson of Princeville, Ill., and Dawn Cleer of Peoria, Ill.; granddaughter, Cadance Wilson of Princeville; and bonus daughter, Carrie Mulligan and grandkids, Coen and Cade of Edwards, Ill.
Debbie started Brimfield Tax & Accounting in 1995, and continued in business until her cancer diagnosis earlier this year. She loved her clients, many of whom spanned several generations. Debbie also worked as an accountant for various companies over the years, most recently as staff accountant for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.
Debbie received her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Illinois in 2017. We were exceptionally proud of her for this accomplishment.
Debbie was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, but she did tolerate Cub fans because of her husband Rick. She loved the 1985 Bears and wished they were back.
Debbie and Rick loved to spend time at their second “home,” Couples Swept Away resort in Negril, Jamaica. They traveled there 14 times over the years, most recently this past September. They loved their morning tennis game, followed by drinks on the beach, good meals and watching the sunset.
Most of all, Debbie loved and was very proud of her daughters, Cassie and Dawn, and the women that they have become. But no one could make her smile like her granddaughter, Cadance. These three women are Debbie’s legacy.
Her funeral will be held Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, from 10-11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Private family burial will be at Brimfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left for Debbie’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Lavern F. Berchtold
PRINCEVILLE – Lavern F. Berchtold, 86, of Peoria, formerly of Princeville, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria. Lavern was born on Dec. 28, 1934, in Peoria County, the son of George and Clara (Streitmatter) Berchtold. He married Joan Baer on March 18, 1962, in Princeville; she preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2006.
Surviving are 1 son, David (Leann) Berchtold of Edelstein; 1 daughter, Mary Beth (Curtis) Wagenbach of Toulon; 11 grandchildren, Jill (Luke) Hoerr, Tanya Puckett, Courtney Wagenbach, Colton and Connor Wagenbach, Lynelle (Lucas) Herrmann, Rhea (Adam) Pfaffmann, Claire (Joe) Metz, and Cassie, Tessa and Sophie Berchtold; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Joann (Raymond) Rumbold of LaFayette. Also preceding him in death are his parents and one sister, Katherine Peterson.
Lavern was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He owned and operated Berchtold & Knobloch Tiling and was a long-time farmer in the rural Speer area. He was a faithful member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church, where he gave his heart to the Lord in 1956.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Additional visitation is 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria. Condolences may be left for Lavern’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Richard A. Conner
GALESBURG – Richard “Rich” A. Conner, 54, of Galesburg, Ill., died at 7:34 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1967, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Gary W. and Sharon (Workheiser) Conner, Sr. He married Laura Lea Lasley on July 7, 1992, in Galesburg.
Surviving is his wife, Laura L. Conner of Galesburg; one son: Richard (Corinne) Conner, Jr. of Wataga, Ill., and one step-daughter: Ashley (Andrew) Le of Princeville, Ill.; five grandchildren: Natalia, Sophia and Carson Conner and one on the way Blakeleigh, and Tesla and Gwynevere Le; one sister, Susan (Dave) Williams of Dahinda, Ill. and Gary (Becky) Conner, Jr of Knoxville, Ill.; several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Rich started working at the Flavor Freeze in Galesburg at the age of 15, then became the owner and operator. He enjoyed playing pool when he was younger and wasalways an avid Cubs fan. He loved his grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville. Due to the new COVID-19 mask mandate, the funeral home will maintain compliance and ask that guests wear a mask. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Barbara J. Miller
EDWARDS – Barbara J. Miller, 80, of Edwards, formerly of Washington, died Nov. 17, 2021, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
She was born Sept. 15, 1941, in Quincy, the daughter of Robert and Alice Littleton Curtis. She married Clifton “Bill” Miller on March 15, 1962, in Peoria.
Surviving are her husband and two daughters, Kelly J. Miller and Penny (John) Rozenich, both of Kickapoo. Also surviving is one grandson; one sister, Janet (Ronald) Wright; and one brother, Robert (Linda) Curtis Jr., all of Washington.
She owned and operated Antiques Unlimited in Kickapoo for 50 years.
Condolences can be left online at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

Imogene Porter
FARMINGTON – Imogene “Jean” Porter, 87 of Peoria, formerly of Farmington, died Nov. 19, 2021, at Liberty Village of Peoria.
She was born on May 4, 1934, in Macomb, a daughter of Clinton and Jesse (Jackson) Harwick. She married William J. Porter on Jan. 7, 1954, in Elmwood. He preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 2013.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one infant brother, Jimmy; and three sisters, Joann, Martha and Evelyn.
Surviving are her children, Randy (Linda) Porter of Kansas; Steve (Sandy) Porter of Bloomington, Ind.; Darla Summerson of Peoria; Kris Benson of Peoria; Rae (Tim) Lee of Peoria; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 1 sister Pat Ihnes of Florida.
A funeral service was Nov. 23. Burial was to be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Donald E. Rollins
DAHINDA – Donald E. Rollins, 67, of Dahinda, died Nov. 16, 2021, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.
Funeral services were Nov. 22. Burial was at Galva Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
He was born July 13, 1954, in Galesburg, the son of Thomas L. “Tom” and Nancy I. (Parker) Rollins. Survivors include his son, Dustin Rollins of Rio; a daughter, Tia Rollins of Iowa; 3 stepchildren, Randi Welsh and her boyfriend Gregg Anderson of Woodhull, Michelle (Brian) Alderson of Galesburg and Levi Fouts and his girlfriend Tasha Wilson of Galva; his 5 brothers, Ronald (Tammy) Rollins of Victoria, Roger (Linda) Rollins of Altona, Thomas (Connie) Rollins of Victoria, Jonathan (Anne) Rollins of Oneida and Kenneth (Nancy) Rollins of Altona; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and longtime companion, Patricia Fouts.
Condolences can be left online at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Lavern F. Berchtold
PRINCEVILLE – Lavern F. Berchtold, 86, of Peoria, formerly of Princeville, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.
Lavern was born on Dec. 28, 1934, in Peoria County, the son of George and Clara (Streitmatter) Berchtold. He married Joan Baer on March 18, 1962, in Princeville; she preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2006.
Surviving are 1 son, David (Leann) Berchtold of Edelstein; 1 daughter, Mary Beth (Curtis) Wagenbach of Toulon; 11 grandchildren, Jill (Luke) Hoerr, Tanya Puckett, Courtney Wagenbach, Colton and Connor Wagenbach, Lynelle (Lucas) Herrmann, Rhea (Adam) Pfaffmann, Claire (Joe) Metz, and Cassie, Tessa and Sophie Berchtold; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Joann (Raymond) Rumbold of LaFayette. Also preceding him in death are his parents and one sister, Katherine Peterson.
Lavern was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He owned and operated Berchtold & Knobloch Tiling and was a long-time farmer in the rural Speer area. He was a faithful member of the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church, where he gave his heart to the Lord in 1956.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Additional visitation will be from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria. Condolences may be left for Lavern’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Patrick D. Horrie
TOULON – Patrick David Horrie, 72, of Toulon, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Pat was born on March 16, 1949, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Virgil Gene and Mary Praxedes (Masterson) Horrie. He married Cindi Stone Clements on June 2, 2011, in Deadwood, S.D. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Jamie (Randy) Mullinix of Toulon; 10 siblings, Larry Horrie of Bradford, Mary (Lawrence) Shipp of Princeville, Mike (Molly) Horrie of Bradford, Nora (Greg) Smith of Bradford, George (Alice) Horrie of Kewanee, Paul Horrie of Jeromesville, Ohio, Clay Horrie of Silvis, Sara Foster of Metamora, Steve (Marie) Horrie of Princeville and Lisa Miller of DeKalb; 2 step-sons, Brad (Bridgette) Clements of Pekin and Tyler (Miranda) Clements of Bozeman, Mont.; 3 step-grandchildren, Isla, Moria and Declan Clements; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Hazel (Randy) Kiesewetter; and one brother, Chris.
Pat graduated from Bradford High School in 1968. He went to work for M&D Printing in Henry before joining the United States Army. He served from March 1969 to December 1970, including a tour of duty in Korea. Upon returning from overseas, he attended Illinois Valley Community College graduating with a degree in Law Enforcement. Pat worked as a Stark County Deputy Sheriff until 1989. He then attended the Illinois Conservation Police Academy where he had a very successful career and retired in 2008. After that he worked at Reiman’s Harley-Davidson and eventually returned to law enforcement, where he served as Chief of Police in Bradford and most recently retired as a Stark County Deputy Sheriff in July 2021.
Pat was most happy when he was outside in the woods. He was an avid deer, grouse and elk hunter. Most recently he hunted elk in Idaho with fellow conservation officers, camping in the wilderness and being in nature’s elements. As John Muir said, “going into the woods is going home.”
He enjoyed cutting wood, working in the garden and trap shooting with Cindi and friends at Peoria Skeet and Trap. He loved hearing about Jamie’s cattle shows, having bought her first head and getting her started in the show ring. He valued family and friends and regularly swapped stories at the local coffee shop.
Visitation will be at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services, 101 S. Galena Ave., Wyoming, IL 61491, on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, from 5-7 p.m. His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming and burial will follow at the Osceola Grove Cemetery in rural Bradford. Veronica Haskell, Certified Funeral Celebrant, will officiate. Seating within the funeral home is limited. His service may be viewed live in his Facebook Group “Patrick Horrie Funeral Service.”
Memorial contributions may be made to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 Il-91, Peoria, IL 61615 or the Brimfield High School Trap Team, 11226 N. Autumn Trail, Brimfield, IL 61517.
The family would like to thank the home for their compassionate and tireless care in keeping Pat comfortable and free from pain during his battle with ALS. We are eternally grateful.
Condolences may be left for Pat’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Linda D. Johnston
WYOMING – Linda Diane Johnston, 69, of Wyoming, passed away at 12:53 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Unity Point Methodist.
Linda was born on Jan. 8, 1952, in Canton to Carlyle and Nancy (Clark) Bird. She married Thomas Johnston on June 27, 1981, in Wyoming. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1993.
Surviving are her mother, Nancy; son, Matthew Johnston of Wyoming; one sister, Kathy (Glenn) Mendell of Ottawa; one brother, Jim (Debbie) Bird of Princeville; and her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carlyle; infant daughter, Stacey; and brother, Daniel Bird.
Linda worked at Auto Owners Insurance Company as an underwriter for 41 years. She was a member of St. Dominic Church in Wyoming, where she was a former member of the choir, eucharistic minister, lector, and taught CCD. Linda loved spending time with her nieces, nephews and family.
Funeral Mass was Nov. 20, 2021, at St. Dominic Church in Wyoming. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Burial was at the church cemetery. Visitation was Nov. 20, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic Church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be left for Linda’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Roger A. Sherbeyn
LaFAYETTE – Roger A. Sherbeyn, 63, of LaFayette, died at 9:36 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at his home.
Funeral services were held Nov. 24, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation was Nov. 23, at the funeral home. Burial was to be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the LaFayette Fire Department.
Roger was born June 28, 1958, in Galesburg, the son of Donald and Marie (Erdman) Sherbeyn. Survivors include his mother Marie; children Brittany Sherbeyn of Galva and Cody Sherbeyn of Moline; his brothers; Pat (Gail), Terry, Chris, Paul, Jeff and Lee Sherbeyn; sisters Karen, Jill, and MaryJo; two step-daughters Amber and Tara; and his granddaughter, Payton. He was preceded in death by his father, his first wife Roxanne, his second wife Libby and his uncle John.
Roger graduated from Toulon High School. He worked for Big River Resources in Galva where he was a material handler. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and camp at Hook & Bullet. Roger also had a passion for riding Harley Davidsons and spending time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at ruxfuneralhome.com.

Fred Stevens
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Fred Stevens, 80, of Louisville, Ky., died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the home of his daughter in Galva, Ill.
He was a devoted and loving husband of the late Marsha (Hughes) for 50 years, father to Mark (Laura) and Carey (Alan Homer) and brother to Linda (Mike Kirchner). Fred loved his grandchildren; Jason, Blake (Danielle), Justin and Hannah beyond measure.
He was a fan of old movies and music, particularly Neil Diamond. He was a member of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish and a 1959 graduate of Trinity High School. Fred retired from Westerfield-Bonte Printing Company after 45 dedicated years.
A private service will be held at a later date.



Louise Mackie

WILLIAMSFIELD – Louise Mackie, 92, of rural Williamsfield, died at 8:38 a.m., Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Teri Shane officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today, Nov. 4, at the church. Burial will be at Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church or to the Williamsfield Public Library. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home will maintain compliance with COVID regulations and requires all guests to wear a mask for the safety of all those attending.
Louise was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Truro Township in Knox County, Ill., the daughter of Loren and Susie (Kimler) Spencer. She married Ralph E. Mackie on Jan. 1, 1947, in Williamsfield and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2015.
Survivors include her children, Donna (Greg) Kneer of Galesburg, Greg (Theresa) Mackie of Elmwood, Rod (Cheryl) Mackie of Laura and Curt (Susan) Mackie of Williamsfield; one sister, Lorna (Everitt “Cowboy”) Yelm of Williamsfield; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several great- great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Theda Denniston, Mary Lou Baird and Grace Thomas.
Louise graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1946. She had worked alongside her daughter at the Lady Bug Dress Shop in Knoxville and had also worked as a secretary in the office at Gates Rubber Company and at Arco Farm Supply. She was a longtime member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Spoon River Chapter of the DAR.
She enjoyed golfing, boating, reading, sewing, crocheting and gardening. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Martin D. Lapsley

ELMWOOD – Martin D. Lapsley, of Elmwood, died at 6:32 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Elmwood.
He was born on Dec. 15, 1952, in Peoria, to John “Jack” and Mildred (McDonough) Lapsley.
He is survived by his mother and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his father.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A private burial of ashes will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to B.Y.E. or Elmwood Fire Department.
Online condolences may be posted at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Reginald M. Freeze

DAHINDA – Reginald Merlyn Freeze, 73, of Dahinda died Oct. 30, 2021. He was born July 1, 1948.
Dale M. Geiss
PEORIA – A Celebration of Life will be held for Dr. Dale M. Geiss, 77, on Friday, Nov. 12, from 6-9 pm at the Warehouse on State,736 SW Washington St., Peoria.

Fred L. McMaster

FARMINGTON – Fred L. McMaster, 64 of Farmington, died Oct. 22, 2021, at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg. He was born June 24, 1957, in Peoria. He married Chris Watters on Feb. 25, 1978, in Elmwood. She survives.
Also, surviving are his children, Jami (Richard) Crawford, Ryan (Heather) McMaster, Lynsey (Ben) Vermillion all of Farmington: seven grandchildren, Jace Crawford, Landon Crawford, Haven McMaster, Aniston McMaster, Presley Vermillion, Easton Vermillion and Maddox Vermillion; and one sister, Georgia Morse.
A memorial visitation was Oct. 29. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington at a later date.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Roger B. Potter

WYOMING – Roger B. Potter, Sr., 61, of Wyoming, died Oct. 26, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Roger was born on Nov. 30, 1959. He married Patricia L. (Foster) Potter on May 13, 1978, in Oak Hill; she survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Mary Potter of Wyoming; three children, Roger B. (Carolyn) Potter, Jr. of Wyoming, Kristina (Joseph) Avery of Wyoming, and Cody (BreAnna) Potter of Toulon; nine grandchildren; six siblings, Susie (Paul) Lantz of Wyoming, Marvin (Lisa) Potter of Wyoming, Jeff (Marlena) of Livermore, Calif., Teresa (Kevin) Foster of Williamsfield, Rolly (Jenn) Potter of Princeville, and Michele (Bob) Bohm of Wyoming; and adopted brother Aaron Robbins of Chillicothe.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Burial is Saturday in Wyoming Cemetery.



Cynthia S. Duley

FARMINGTON – Cynthia “Cindy” Sue Duley of Farmington, passed away peacefully at home at 3:28 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2021, after courageously battling cancer for nearly nine years.
She was born on Sept. 10, 1949, in Peoria to Richard “Dick” and Helen (Collins) Westerby. She married Robert Duley on March 20, 1971. Her preceded her in death in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, father and one brother, Jimmy Westerby.
She is survived by her mother, four sisters, Kelly Westerby of Peoria, Joanna Shearer of Lincoln, Stacey (Ken) Strange of East Peoria and Andrea (Brett) Craft of Pekin; son, Craig (Tammy) Duley of Maquon; daughter, Shannon Duley of San Diego, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Gracie, Ellie, Landry and Iselle.
Cindy touched the lives of many others through her work as a kindergarten teacher at Yates City and Farmington elementary schools. She loved teaching and spending time with close friends and her grandchildren. She also enjoyed watching sports, traveling with Shannon and living on the farm, especially in the fall.
In respecting her wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral. Thank you to Cancer Care and to Unity Point Hospice. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorials may be made to the Farmers Closet in Farmington, Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To view Cynthia’s tribute video or to make online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Carol M. Emerick

YATES CITY – Carol M. Emerick, 84, of Yates City, died at 7:32 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Dunlap.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1937, in Brimfield, to Martin and Ida (Shane) Reinhart.
She married Gene Emerick on Dec. 31, 1953. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2017.
She is survived by 5 children: Martin “Marty” (Dorothy “Kay”) Emerick of Yates City; Steven Emerick of Davenport, Iowa; Lisa (Steve) Staggs of Yates City; Terri (Doug) Cosby of Elmwood; and Cherri (Tom) Hoefft of Dunlap; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Maynard Reinhart, Wilson Reinhart, Robert Reinhart and Richard Reinhart; and five sisters, Margaret Mulvaney, Earlene Luthy, Bertha Bridson, Phyllis Kingdon and Mary “Willadean” Cady.
Carol worked as a Central Supply Technician at Proctor Hospital for over 25 years. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home.
Burial followed the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and OSF Hospice.
Online condolences may be posted at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Hartley

BRIMFIELD – Juanita “Phyllis” Hartley, 92, of rural Brimfield, passed away at 1:33 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at her home. Phyllis was born on Feb. 11, 1929, at home in Rosefield Township, Ill., to Aaron and Elizabeth (Antrim) Bleichner.
Phyllis married Richard Hartley on Jan. 31, 1953, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield. They were married for 59 years. He preceded her in death in 2012.
Phyllis is survived by four children, Phillip Hartley of Oak Hill, Russell (Joyce) Hartley of Creve Coeur, Vanessa Hartley of Elmwood and Larry (Becky) Hartley of Farmington; five grandchildren, Jay Hartley, Aaron Hartley, Jesse Hartley, Brianna Hartley and Emily Hecox; and three great-grandchildren, David, Joshua and Madelyn.
She is also preceded in death by her parents.
Phyllis went to Elmwood High School. She was a former president and member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Brimfield. She was very active at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield.
A funeral service was to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield. A visitation was held an hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m., at the church. An additional visitation was held the night before on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m., at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial was to immediately follow the service at Southport Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to 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.

Judith A. Rogers

YATES CITY – Judith A. Rogers, 84, of Yates City, Ill., passed away at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Judy was born on Aug. 10, 1937, to Martin and Marguerite Sandfort in St. Charles, Mo. She attended Immanuel Luthern School in St. Charles and graduated Pattonville High School in St. Louis in 1955.
Judith earned her B.S. in Education with a major in English from Truman State University in 1958 where she was named in the “Who’s Who of American College and Universities” her senior year. Judy taught at Pattonville High School, Galesburg High School, Elmwood High School, Spoon River College and tutored for Illinois Central College.
In 1962, she married Louis F. Rogers and resided in rural Yates City from that time until the time of her death. She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, John Sandfort, and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Fred Taylor. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Louis and two children, Jon S. Rogers of Peoria, Catherine L. (Mark) Bovard of Mattoon; a sister-in-law, Fran Sandfort of Asheville, N.C.; four wonderful nieces who were very special to her; as well as several cousins.
She was an active member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church of Yates City, where she served as an elder, Women’s Association officer, and Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of chapter AO of PEO in Elmwood, Ill., and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma national social sorority.
Judy was an active member of the community and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies included painting, cooking, gardening and reading. She was a frequent patron of the Salem Township Library and Parlin Ingersoll Library in Canton. Judith was always a good listener and an extremely giving person who made people feel very special and loved.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Yates City. A visitation will be held prior to the service, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.
Burial will immediately follow at Yates City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Faith United Presbyterian Church of Yates City or the Salem Township Library.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Charles E. Wallick

YATES CITY – Charles “Chuck” E. Wallick, 81, passed away at 7:50 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at Country Comfort Assisted Living in Elmwood. He was born on Sept. 1, 1940, in Fulton County, to James and Dorothy (Myers) Wallick. He married Bonnie Slater on Feb. 12, 1961, at the Church of the Brethern in Canton. His wife of 60 years survives.
He is also survived by two children, Kevin Wallick of Delaware and Kathleen (Rob) Paquin of Oshkosh, Wis.; two brothers, William (Beverly) Wallick and Dale (Bonnie) Wallick; one sister, Jean Peters; three grandchildren, Ashley Pederson, Sarah Anderson and Sierra Ryan Wallick; and one great-grandchild, Sophie Pederson.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gary Wallick; two half-brothers, George Emery and Bob Emery; and four sisters, Ann Simmons, Wanda Parker, Kay Davidson and Connie Wallick.
Chuck was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood carving (especially making decoys), and tending to his garden. He was a member of the United Faith Presbyterian Church in Yates City.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was prior to the service on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial immediately followed the service at Yates City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Elba-Salem Fire Department.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Norma J. Broadfield

FARMINGTON – Norma J. Broadfield, 90, of Farmington, died Oct. 20, 2021, at Courtyard Estates of Farmington. She was born April 12, 1931, in Rapid City, S.D., a daughter of Clifford and Ester (Barber) Stillman. She married Floyd Broadfield; he preceded her in death in 1997.
Surviving are two brothers, Darrel Stillman of Gillette, Wyo., and Merle Stillman of Rapid City, S.D.; and one sister, Eleanore Moore of St. Louis.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

William J. Carman

KICKAPOO – William “Bill” J. Carman, 57, of Kickapoo died Oct. 22, 2021. Bill was born Feb. 15, 1964, to Robert and Judith (Hanley) Carman. He married Teresa “Teri” Ewers on July 4, 1986, in Keokuk, Iowa. They survive.
They were blessed with four children Dr. Rob Carman of Williamsburg, Va., Ryan (Kaitlyn) Carman of Peoria and Amberose and Andria Carman of Kickapoo. They all survive along with his three sisters Patty (George) Medland, Joan (Tom) Carroll, Juli (Mike) Plack; and his in-laws Bill and Ginger (Hendricks) Ewers; Lori (Phil) Orth, Debi (Tom) Boeck and Billy (Diane) Ewers.
His funeral mass is 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at St. Mary’s School Gym in Kickapoo. Additional visitation is one hour prior to the mass at the church.
Private burial will follow at St. Patrick’s in Kickapoo.

Fred McMaster

FARMINGTON –Fred McMaster, 64, of Farmington has died. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, is in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn M. Giacabazi

FARMINGTON – Kathryn “Katie” Marie Giacabazi, 101, of Farmington, formerly of Peoria, died Oct. 15, 2021.
Katie was born in Peoria on Dec. 21, 1919, the daughter of Carol and Mary (Downey) Hebel. She married Charles E Giacabazi on Aug. 1, 1953. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2007.
Katie is survived by: her children Mary (Tim) Driscoll of Peoria, Mike (Dawn) Giacabazi of Canton, Angela (Jorge) Freyre of Farmington, daughter-in-law Nora O’Neill of Peoria; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Peoria from 9-11 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria. All are invited to a lunch reception in the parish hall. Please follow COVID restrictions.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Linda L. Morgan

FARMINGTON – Linda L. Morgan, 78, of Farmington died Oct. 20, 2021, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
Graveside services will be held at Foster Cemetery in rural Fairview at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, where she will be reunited with her loving husband on what would have been their 58th wedding anniversary.
Surviving are her children, Michelle (Fred) Alcocer of Farmington, Melanie (Scott) Nickerson of Manito, Melinda (Ron) Spencer of Hopedale; 11 grandchildren; 3 great granddaughters and 1 on the way. Also surviving is one brother, James Evans of Hanna City and one sister Carol Danz of Farmington.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Cecelia Stickelmaier

BRIMFIELD – Cecilia “Cee Cee’’ Stickelmaier, 71, of Brimfield passed away Oct. 19, 2021, at her residence.
Born Feb. 13, 1950, to Harold “Casey” and Kathryn (Bienemann) Schmitt, she married David Stickelmaier on June 27, 1980. He survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Kasey (James) McMurray of Peoria; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; three brothers, Casey (Debbie Joy) Schmitt, Bob (Debbie Lea) Schmitt and Mark (Darlis) Schmitt; two sisters, Becky (Sebastian) Arrigo and Nellie (Russell) Burrell; two brothers-in-law, James (Mary) Stickelmaier and Phil (Berna) Stickelmaier; and two sisters-in-law, Julie (Gerry) Kirchgessner and Ann (Paul) Horst.
Her funeral mass was Oct. 25. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Florence E. Turner

PRINCEVILLE – Florence Evelyn Turner, 96, of Peoria, a Princeville native, died Oct. 8, 2021.
She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Princeville, a daughter of Ward and Rena (Reicheneker) Mummert. Florence married Glen S. Turner on April 25, 1952, in Princeville. He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1998, in Peoria.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers. Florence is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Turner of Peoria and sister-in-law, Mary Mummert of Wyoming.
Florence’s graveside service was Oct. 20, 2021, at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
Condolences can be left online at www.woolsey-wilton.com.



Charlotte L. Benson

YATES CITY – Charlotte Lucille Benson, 79, of Yates City passed away at home on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Charlotte was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Harriman, N.Y., to James and Myrtle (Youmans) Conley.
She married Raymond (LeRoy) Benson on Jan. 11, 1969. He preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 2020.
They settled in Yates City after Raymond’s retirement from the U.S. Air Force. Charlotte held many jobs over the years, but her career was being a wife and mother.
She and LeRoy worshipped and served as members of Faith United Presbyterian Church. They were past members of Yates City Order of the Eastern Star and current members of the Galesburg chapter. They loved working with, visiting, and traveling with other Eastern Star members.
Charlotte was loving, generous, and always willing to help.
She is survived by her 3 children, Tammy (Terry) Bjerke of Manvel, ND; Raymond (Michelle) Benson, Jr. of Galesburg; Marjorie (Derek) Hagerdorn of Yates City; 10 grandchildren: Ian (Kathryn), Tanner (Carly), Dakota, Mercedes, Trevor, Connor, Braden, and Jacob; and 6 great-grandchildren.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; her brother; and her sister.
A funeral service was to be held at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation was to be held the night before from 5-7 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Faith United Presbyterian Church in Yates City or the Eastern Star Home in Macon, Ill.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas M. Miller

BRIMFIELD – Thomas M. “The Governor” Miller, 80, of Brimfield, passed away at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.
Thomas was born on Oct. 24, 1940, in Brimfield, the son of Murray F. and A. Catherine (Maher) Miller. He married Barbara J. Robison on July 23, 1960, in Brimfield. She passed away on Jan. 13, 1998.
Surviving are his two daughters, Teresa (Pat) Kelch, Jennifer (Mike) Bays; one son, Timothy Miller, all of Brimfield; seven grandchildren, Casey (Brad) Melton, Travis (Jordan Eiten) Kelch, Shelby (Avery Swarms) Mikrut, Jordan Kelch, Wayde Miller, Jack Mikrut, and Jolene Miller; three great-grandchildren, Lorelei, Finley and Maeve; three brothers, Gerald (Carol) Miller of Bloomington, Richard (Peg) Miller of Williamsfield, and Robert Miller of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one sister, Mary (Mark Sutherland) Miller of North Palm Beach, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joseph Miller; and one brother Fred Miller.
Tom graduated from Brimfield High School, class of 1959. He retired in 2003 from the East Peoria Caterpillar after 31 years and was a proud UAW member. Prior to working at Caterpillar, Tom worked as the parts manager at Manning-McComb Chevrolet. A master mechanic and gifted diagnostician, he was known in the area for building and rebuilding engines and ran his own garage.
Tom spent many years mentoring local kids and aspiring young mechanics. If the goal was getting from 0 to 60 faster than the other guys, Tom was the man to consult.
Aside from his family, Tom’s greatest love was auto racing. He watched all types of racing, but he enjoyed Indy and NASCAR the most. Tom attended every single Indy 500 from the late 1950s until the Indy Racing League was formed in the mid-1990s.
Tom lived a colorful life. Sitting around the dinner table at the holidays, the grandkids never failed to say, “Grandpa, tell us about the time you…”, and the stories flowed while everyone listened intently. Tom and Barb loved to travel the country, visiting numerous states, museums and historical sites before her passing.
He was also a former member of the Brimfield Area Men’s Club, and former Assistant Fire Chief for the Brimfield Fire Department.
His funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Oct. 11, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield. Father John Verrier presided. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Brimfield. A visitation was Oct. 10, 2021, at the church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brimfield Fire Department or the Calvary Cemetery.
Condolences may be left for Thomas’ family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Rowena H. Roake

PEORIA – Rowena H. Roake, 81, of Peoria, Ill., passed away at 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
She was born Janu. 31, 1940, to Ralph and Vada (Bath) Geeseman. She married Frederick Roake on April 29, 1972, in Brimfield, Ill. He preceded her in death on May 11, 2008.
She is also preceded in death by her parents, one nephew; one brother; and one sister.
Rowena is survived by one brother Richard (Jo) Geeseman of Elmwood, Ill.; and other several nieces and nephews.
She worked and retired from Great American Insurance Company of Peoria. Rowena volunteered at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. She attended Brown ‘s Business College and was of the Lutheran faith.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville. Rev. Kara Wiechmann officiated. A burial will be held at Prospect Cemetery in Dunlap, Ill., at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded with Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to PAWS.
To view Rowena’s DVD or to make online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Mildred I. McDermet

YATES CITY – Mildred I. McDermet, 95, of Knoxville, formerly of Yates City, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.
She was born June 22, 1926, to Charles and Bessie (Kilburn) Oyler, in Fairfield, Iowa. She married Gerald McDermet on Nov. 12, 1949, in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1984.
Surviving are 2 children, David McDermet (Patty) of Beech Grove, Ark., and Danny McDermet (Sherri) of Custer, SD; 1 brother, Clarence (Christine) Oyler; one sister, Barbara (the late Paul) Bernhart; 7 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Charles Jr. Oyler and Cecil Oyler.
A funeral service was Oct. 12 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood, with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. Burial followed at Yates City Cemetery.
To leave online condolences, visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy M. Sutton

PRINCEVILLE – Dorothy Mae Sutton, 97, of Sanford, N.C., formerly of Princeville, has died. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements.


Marcus L. Barackman

LaGRANGE, Texas – Marcus Linn “Mark” Barackman, 59, of La Grange, Texas, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, with his wife by his side. Mark courageously fought cancer for a little more than two years.
Mark was born in Canton, Ill., on May 12, 1962, the son of Bobby and Mary Alice (Lederbrand) Barackman. He grew up in Yates City, Ill., and attended Yates City High School where he played baseball and graduated in 1980. After graduation, Mark attended trade school to become a welder. Mark worked for A+ Auto Body, located in central Illinois, as a vehicle repairman for many years. This vocation opened him to the hobby of restoring old cars and motorcycles.
Mark began his career with State Farm Insurance in Peoria, Ill., and was employed with them for 32 years before his retirement in June 2020. During this time, he held many positions including estimator, auto representative and technical support. For the past 15 years, he traveled as a part of State Farm’s catastrophe team, setting up claim offices across the United States for the catastrophe workforce. He was loved and respected by his co-workers and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Mark was blessed with his daughter, Britney, in 1989. While Britney was in school, Mark spent time coaching his daughter’s softball and basketball team. He loved his role as “Coach” and his competitive edge led the teams to many victories. Britney and Mark shared a special father-daughter bond she will always cherish. He was so proud of the woman and mother she had become.
He met his best friend, Claire Frick, and they were married on Sept. 28, 2013. They were blessed to share many years of friendship and marriage. In their spare time, Mark and Claire loved to dance and listen to live country music. They shared the same passion of travelling together to assist with catastrophes. They also enjoyed remodeling projects and he welcomed the opportunity to share his wood-working skills with others. There was no task too big or too challenging for him.
Mark was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and cherished his rides through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He was a true outdoorsman. Mark treasured his time hunting, fishing, grilling, golfing and learning the life of a rancher through is father-in-law. An additional favorite pastime was rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Mark will be always be remembered as a devoted son, beloved husband, amazing dad and adoring Papa B. He was a true family man and held a special place in his heart for his daughter and three precious grandchildren. Mark and Claire were blessed to return to Illinois on several occasions to spend quality time with his family, making wonderful memories. Although Mark’s family will miss him dearly, they find comfort in knowing he is now at peace.
He is survived by his wife, Claire; father, Bobby Barackman of Farmington, Ill.; daughter, Britney Gunter and husband, Justin of Brimfield, Ill.; brother, Sam Barackman and wife, Linda of Palm Springs, Calif.; three grandchildren: Eloise, Maggie, and Beau Gunter of Brimfield; aunt, Pat Barackman of Carlyle, Ill.; uncles: Gary Barackman and wife, Pat of Fla.; and Elvin Barackman of Keyesport, Ill.; nephew, Adam Barackman of Las Vegas, N.V.; niece, Sarah Holden of Missoula, Mont.; father and mother-in-law, Howard and Jane Frick of Schulenburg, Texas; sister-in-law, Amy Frick of Washington D.C., and her children Minnie and Iris Koppenheffer; along with numerous cousins and special friends: Sunny and Richard Keelan of College Station, Texas.
Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Alice Barackman; grandparents: Samuel and Frieda Lederbrand; and Joseph and Irene Barackman; brother, Michael Barackman; and uncle, Charles Barackman.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Texas Oncology, Dr. Matthew Meeneghan, Sarah Cervantes-ARNP, along with Hospice Brazos Valley and his hospice nurse, Sarah Weishuhn for their compassion and the outstanding level of care Mark received.
Mark’s visitation was Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home and Cremations in La Grange.
Funeral Services were at St. Mary’s Catholic Church~ High Hill, 2833 FM 2672, Schulenburg, TX 78956 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Burial followed at the Old High Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Esophageal Cancer Action Network, P.O. Box 243, Stevenson, MD 21153; Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, TX 78945; or to Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter, 240 Svoboda Lane, La Grange, TX 78945.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations, 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas.
Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.

Carolynn L. Gawthorp

PRINCEVILLE – Carolynn L. Gawthorp of Princeville, formerly of Clinton, Ill., died Sept. 24 at The Village of Mercy Creek in Normal, Ill., with her daughters by her side.
Carolynn was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Clinton, the daughter of Elwyn and Nodene (Brittin) Bowling. She married Jerry Gawthorp on Aug. 23, 1968, in Clinton. Jerry preceded her in death (Nov. 12, 2016).
She is survived by her daughters Rachel Gawthorp and Rebecca Rock and their families.
Carolynn resided in Clinton most of her life. She retired from the County Clerk’s office. She also worked at the Vespasian Warner Library as a Research Librarian. Carolynn’s passions were the research of genealogy and history. She loved gardening and delighted in being with her family.
Cremation Rites were accorded and a private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Norman L. Johnson

DAHINDA – Norman L. “Norm” Johnson, 65, of Dahinda, died at 9:40 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield with Cody Niebuhr officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. The funeral home will maintain compliance with COVID regulations and requires that all guests wear a mask for the safety of all those attending.
He was born Dec. 6, 1955, in Galesburg, the son of Richard and Mary Jane (McNamara) Johnson. He married Janice Kay “Jan” Mackie on April 21, 1974, in Williamsfield and she preceded him in death on April 30, 2009.
Survivors include two sons, Mack Johnson and Beau (Amber) Johnson, both of Williamsfield, a daughter, Lacy (Cody) Niebuhr of Williamsfield, a brother, Richard (Carline) Johnson of Maquon, Ill., a sister, Joyce (Kevin) Scholl of Wyoming, Ill., four grandchildren; Austin, Joseph, Caiden and Bentley and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Norm had worked for the BNSF Railroad as a pipefitter and conductor for 42 years until his retirement. He also had been the road commissioner and helped area farmers and worked with cattle for several years. He enjoyed doing mechanical work and welding and was known to be able to fix anything. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Charlotte ‘Joan’ Carter

ELMWOOD – Charlotte “Joan” Carter, 90, of Peoria, mother of an Elmwood man, died Oct. 3 at Farmington Country Manor.
Charlotte is survived by two children, Diann (Lester) Carey of Sycamore and Stephen Carter of Elmwood; one brother; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Charlotte is also preceded in death by her parents; and eight siblings.
A private burial will be held at Elmwood Township Cemetery.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com




Roger B. Potter

WYOMING – Roger B. Potter, Sr., 61, of Wyoming, passed away at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Roger was born on Nov. 30, 1959, in Peoria, the son of Milton B. and Mary L. (Allsup) Potter. He married Patricia L. (Foster) Potter on May 13, 1978, in Oak Hill; she survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Mary Potter of Wyoming; three children, Roger B. (Carolyn) Potter, Jr. of Wyoming, Kristina (Joseph) Avery of Wyoming, and Cody (BreAnna) Potter of Toulon; nine grandchildren, Savannah, Tessah, and Weston B. Potter, Dawson and Alyssa Dyken, Jaxson Avery, and Adley, Layla, and Landyn Potter; six siblings, Susie (Paul) Lantz of Wyoming, Marvin (Lisa) Potter of Wyoming, Jeff (Marlena) of Livermore, Calif., Teresa (Kevin) Foster of Williamsfield, Rolly (Jenn) Potter of Princeville, and Michele (Bob) Bohm of Wyoming; one adopted brother, Aaron Robbins of Chillicothe; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Milton; his sister, Elizabeth “Ebbie” Potter-Aguilar; and brother, Ronnie “Roco” Potter.
Roger was owner and operator of Potter & Sons Blacktopping, Inc. in Wyoming for 35 years. He was an avid motorcycle rider and member of the AOA Outlaws and president of the Northwest Crew in Wyoming. He loved hunting and fishing.
Roger’s family was his world. He was a loving husband of 43 years, and he treasured the time spent with his children and grandchildren.
His visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov, 5, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Wyoming Cemetery.
Condolences may be left for Roger’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


Bonnie J. Anderson

GALVA – Bonnie J. (Ferris) Anderson, 97, of Galva, died at 8 a.m., Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastor Don Reul and Rev. Bryan Griem officiating. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. Burial was in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church in Galva.
Bonnie was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Galesburg, the daughter of Clark Western and Alice (Hendricks) Ferris. Bonnie graduated Salutatorian of Oquawka High School, Class of 1942.
After graduation, Bonnie moved to the Catherine Club in Galesburg and worked as a secretary for a Red and White grocery store distributer. At the Catherine Club, she met Millie Browne, who was dating Robert “Bob” Peck of Galva. Millie and Bob introduced Bonnie to Bob’s best friend, Irving “Ike” Anderson from Galva. Bonnie and Ike married in a blizzard on March 4, 1952. Bonnie and Ike were married for 51 years until his death on Oct. 9, 2003.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia, her parents, two sisters, Betty (Shorty) Groom and Darlene Lester and a brother, Walter Ferris. Survivors include her son, Alan (Marie) Anderson and a daughter, Nancy (Lynn) Sutton, her grandchildren, Joshua (Jenny Curtis) Sutton, Valerie (Logan) Currier, Natalie Sutton Collins, Benjamin Anderson and Emma Anderson, great grandchildren, Alayna and Eleanor Sutton, Aubree Curtis, Presleigh Currier and Baby Currier, due in Feb., a sister, Cassilee Mabey and a brother, Clark “Bill” Ferris.
Bonnie was a faithful member of the Galva Baptist Church for 60 years with 50 years of perfect attendance. She was an excellent cook, gardener and seamstress. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Gerald L. Kieser

WYOMING – Gerald L. Kieser, 83, of Wyoming, Ill., passed peacefully at 7:28 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at UnityPoint Health – Proctor in Peoria. He was born Feb. 9, 1938, in Speer, Ill., to Samuel and Lucille (Spahr) Kieser. He married Wilma A. Moser on Feb. 14, 1960, in Elgin, Ill., and she survives.
Also surviving are 4 sons, Joseph (Geraldine), Robert (Kelly), both of Wyoming, Matthew (Tracy) of Bradford and Bradley (Rachel) of Wyoming; 3 daughters, Barbara (Leslie) Fehr of Bradford, Mary Ann (Craig) Wettstein of Gridley and Donna (Philip) Nenadov of Wyoming; 27 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bertha Jean Herrmann, Darlene “Jane” (Marvin) Leman both of Princeville, and Bonnie Kieser of Peoria; and 1 sister-in-law Shirley Kieser of Princeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, David and Loris; one sister-in-law, Martha Kieser; and one brother-in-law, Harry Herrmann.
Gerald was a lifelong farmer in the Wyoming area. Faith in God and Jesus was an important part of his life, being baptized June 2, 1957. He leaves behind a legacy of love and faith to his children and grandchildren.
He was a faithful member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Bradford where his funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Ministers of the church officiated. Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Additional visitation was from 9-9:45 a.m. at the church immediately prior to the funeral on Wednesday. Burial was in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Bradford. Gerald’s funeral may also be viewed live at www.youtube.com/channel/UCYIejhjwZR_lp2rDDN6aKLA/videos?view=572.
Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines, 7023 NE Skyline Drive, Peoria IL 61614.
Condolences may be left for Gerald’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Doris D. Plotner

BRADFORD – Doris D. Plotner, 92, of Bradford passed away at Kewanee Home Care on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at 1:18 p.m.
Doris was born Nov. 21, 1928, to Robert and Freeda (Sanders) Leadley in Wyoming, Ill. She married Harold R. Plotner Oct. 24, 1951, in Bradford, Ill. Harold preceded her in death in 2009.
Surviving are four sons, Harold “Butch” (Dorothy) Plotner of Bradford, Kevin Plotner of Bradford, Kim Plotner of Bradford and Kent Plotner of Kewanee; one daughter, Faith Vaughn of Edelstein; five grandchildren, Dan (Faith) Plotner, Wes Plotner and Erik Plotner, Aaron (Becky) Vaughn and Ryan Vaughn; six great-grandchildren, Lucy, Lucas, Linus and Leia Plotner, Yosef Plotner, and Adalynn Vaughn; and one sister, Carole Fischer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; daughter, Charity Plotner; three sisters, Lois Chapman, Auliece Olson and Gayle Harrison; and one brother, Franklyn Leadley.
Doris graduated from Wyoming High School in April 1946. She then graduated from Liberty Beauty School in Peoria in December of 1946. She was a beautician in Bradford for many years and later received her Teacher’s License to teach Beauty Culture in 1968.
Doris was a longtime member of Leet Memorial United Methodist Church in Bradford and served on many church committees. She also played the piano and organ for church services.
Doris was an active TOPS member and became a lifelong KOPS member and served many roles in that organization.
Memorials may be directed to the Bradford Fire Department, or Leet Memorial United Methodist Church, Bradford.
The immediate family will have a private graveside service and burial will be in the Bradford Cemetery in Bradford, with Rev. Jan Ringenberg, officiating. There will be no other services in accordance with Doris’ wishes.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.



Daniel J. Empson II

GALVA – Daniel John Empson II, 54, of Galva, died Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at his home.
Cremation will be accorded and private graveside services will be held at Galva Cemetery at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
He was born May 10, 1967, in Kewanee, the son of Daniel John and Krisann Katherine (Kelly) Empson I. Survivors include his mother, Krisann K. Smith of Galva, his father, Daniel Empson of Altona, his children; Shanlin (Mike) T H Fujimoto of Maui, Alexandra Empson of Peoria and Abbigail Empson of Princeville, four grandchildren; Dagan, Dalus, Dante & Sherrie Fujimoto, a half-sister, Thali Empson & her children, Alani & Alonzo of Kewanee, two step-sisters, Amy (Brian) Groeper of Brimfield and Sheila Smith, Great Aunt, Marilyn Kelly of Galva, Aunt Kay Palmer of Cambridge, Aunts; Amy Empson of Maui & Kelly Empson and Teresa (Keith) Fell of Oneida and Uncle Andrew Empson of Long Beach, Calif. A special friend for several years, Tara Petrowski of Green River and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Burton & Eleanor Empson, maternal grandparents, Russell T. & Ruth Kelly, a step-grandmother, Shirley Kelly, two uncles, Casey & James Empson, two aunts, Rosemary Empson & Jane Nelson, his step-father, Eddy Smith and his beloved dog, Milo.
Daniel attended Cambridge schools and graduated from high school in Maui and had also attended Carl Sandburg College. He was a truck driver for Hueneman Farms in Garner, Iowa and had also driven a truck for various other places including River Valley Cooperative. He had also worked as an EMT for the Stark County Ambulance Service. In his early years, he was a member of the Galva Odd Fellows Lodge. He enjoyed working on and refurbishing computers. He enjoyed reading and learning about Middle East History, Biblical Prophecy, and other world religions. He trained and entered bodybuilding competitions, winning 1st place in his age group in 2017. He was always a hard worker. He loved his daughters and grandchildren even if he was unable to show it while alive.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences sent to www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Nicholas A. Johnson

KEWANEE – Nicholas “Nick” A. Johnson, 58, of Kewanee, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at OSF St. Luke’s Medical Center. Nick was born Jan. 11, 1963, in Kewanee, the son of Oliver “Bud” and Katie (DeConinck) Johnson.
Nick graduated from Wethersfield High School with the class of 1981. He attended Monmouth College where he was in the ATO Fraternity. Nick married Paula Gale on May 31, 2018, in Cambridge; she survives.
Nick is also survived by his dad, Bud Johnson, Kewanee; 1 son, Lucas Johnson; stepdaughter, Ashley Gale, Sterling; siblings, Christina (Peter) Tanzillo, Kewanee; Michael Quagliano, Chicago; 4 nieces, Michele, Amy, Trisha, Amber; 2 nephews, Riley, Quinton; and 10 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother; maternal grandparents, Albert and Patricia DeConinck; and by his paternal grandparents, Oliver S. and Oralee Johnson.
Nick worked at Pines/Great Dane for numerous years and Katie’s House of Steaks, Kewanee. Nick owned Rookie’s Food and Spirits in Bradford. He also worked at Shallowbrook Farms and Wanee Theater.
Nick enjoyed many sports, especially golf, the Chicago Cubs and Bears. He was a basketball, football and baseball official. Nick especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Visitation will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Masks are required, please observe social distancing guidelines. Funeral Services will be 3:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice. Please leave an online condolence for Nick’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Florence Turner

PEORIA – Florence Evelyn Turner, 96, of Peoria passed away in her sleep on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at her home.
She was born on Nov. 24, 1924, in Princeville, a daughter of Ward and Rena (Reicheneker) Mummert. Florence married Glen S. Turner on April 25, 1952, in Princeville. He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 1998, in Peoria.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers.
Florence is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Turner of Peoria; sister-in-law, Mary Mummert of Wyoming; cousins, Doris Reicheneker of Peoria and Barbara Reicheneker of Texas; and other numerous cousins.
Florence was raised in Princeville, where she attended grade school and graduated high school during World War II. While she was in high school, she was tasked with the ceremonial hoisting of the American flag every morning up the flagpole and the lowering of the flag every evening. As a teenager, she worked as a babysitter and also at a local label manufacturing plant. She later worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria as a clerk.
Florence’s interests were in politics, reading the Journal Star, volunteering at the Peoria Heights Library, sewing arts and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed watching CBS News, local news and weather, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the Grace Worship Hour on NBC. She was a former member of the Princeville Presbyterian Church.
Florence’s graveside service was Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. There was be no visitation. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Florence’s honor to the Mayo Clinic Department of Development at philanthropy.mayoclinic.org to continue research on colorectal cancer in honor of her late husband.
Online condolences may be left for Florence’s family at www.woolsey-wilton.com.



Dwain E. Jacobson

GALVA – Dwain E. “Jake” Jacobson, 92, of Kewanee, formerly of Galva, died at 9:11 p.m., Thursday, Oct, 14, 2021, at Betty’s Garden Memory Care in Kewanee.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Galva Cemetery with Chaplain Jordan Knight officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, St. 800, Chicago, IL 60631. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Galva, the son of Carl E. and Minerva E. (Troline) Jacobson. He married the love of his life, Delabele “Del” Wheeler on Feb. 14, 1949, in Toulon. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, 3 children; Diane (Steve) Winslow of Toulon, Dan (Linda) Jacobson of Cambridge and Denise (Mike) Kellogg of Kiowa, Okla., 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donna Wilkins.
At the age of 10, Dwain was injured in a farming accident resulting in the amputation of his left arm. From that time forward, he could do with one arm any task he chose to accomplish. He met each challenge with determination and excitement.
Dwain graduated from Galva High School in 1947. Shortly thereafter, he started farming in the LaFayette area. Later, Dwain and Del moved to the Toulon area, where they farmed, which included milking cows until 1986.
Dwain’s next successful venture found him and Del in the longtime family business of baking. Jacobson’s Bakery in Galva was started by his parents in 1928, the year he was born. The bakery was known for Jacobson’s Rusks, Swedish toast, which was his mother’s secret recipe. Dwain and Del continued operating Jacobson’s Bakery until retirement on Jan. 1, 2018.
He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. Dwain and Del were inseparable. They loved and always enjoyed being with family.
His work ethic was unsurpassed and has and will continue to be passed on to each generation. We will keep his life’s story alive about the man that never realized he lived life with only one arm.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Rosemary H. Owens

BRADFORD – Rosemary Honore Owens, 99, of Bradford died peacefully at her home on Oct. 13, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Geneseo, Ill. to James and Rose (O’Brien) Collins on Oct. 17, 1921, the fourth of five children. She was preceded in death by her husband Gregory Arnold Owens on Aug. 1, 1992. Her sisters Patricia Boehm, Frances Rudolf, Dorothy Voorhees and her brother James Collins all preceded her in death.
Rosemary graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa in 1939. She attended Saint Francis School of Nursing in Peoria, Ill., through the Cadet Nursing Program, graduating on Sept. 10, 1946. Following her graduation from nursing school, Rosemary remained at St. Francis Hospital and worked in the obstetrics department there.
She married Greg Owens of Bradford on Sept. 18, 1948, at Visitation Church in Kewanee, Ill. Rosemary is survived by her five children, Kathleen (Tim) Reuland of Aurora, Ill.; Dennis (Norene) Owens of Manhattan, Mont.; James Owens of Bradford; John (Roxanne) Owens of Chicago, and Mary (Marc) Sussman of Chicago. Rosemary is also survived by 8 grandchildren, John (Jamie) Reuland, Meg Reuland, Tom Reuland (Lana Gersten), John Owens, Frank (Kelly) Owens, Joe (Corrie) Owens, Jimmy (Laura) Owens and Ruth Owens, and 11 great-grandchildren, Russell and Jerome Reuland, Simon and Ava Reuland, Hannah and Claire Owens, Lucy, Mary and Olivia Owens, and Jacob and Jane Owens.
Rosemary was a stay-at-home mother until her children graduated from college. She returned to the obstetrics department at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria to work for six years. She was active in the Bradford community as a longtime member of St. John’s Altar and Rosary Society, the Bradford American Legion Auxiliary #0445, and the Bradford Women’s League.
Rosemary’s family attended St. John’s Catholic Church in Bradford. She was a long-time supporter of EWTN, and for as long as she was able to attend, Rosemary always enjoyed the conversations and companionship she found with her friends at the Bradford Senior Center.
Visitation will be held at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, 217 East Main St., Bradford, IL 61421, on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, from 5-7 p.m., preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, an additional visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Rosemary at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 218 First Street, Bradford, Ill. 61421, followed by interment at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Bradford.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions and requests for Masses for the repose of Rosemary’s soul be sent to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 218 First Street, Bradford, IL 61421.
Funeral arrangements have been made by Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, grant-johnsonfh.com, (815) 699-7711.

Katherine M. Mattson

GALVA – Katherine M. Mattson, 73, of Knoxville, a Galva native, died Oct. 8, surrounded by family at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
She was born on March 25, 1948, in Galva on the family farm, the daughter of Rueben Palmer and Audrey Arlene (Burns) Anderson.
She married Robert Mattson on July 15, 1972 at the Messiah Lutheran, Galva. Surviving is her husband, Robert Mattson of Knoxville; four daughters: Erin (Edward) Matern of Monmout, Amy (Buck) Farley of Normal, Kristina (Aaron) Brodrick of Knoxville, and Meredith (Tyler) Rundle of Monmouth; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerald.
A Celebration of Life will be held Oct. 30 at Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville. Visiting with the family will be from 10 a.m. until noon. Memorial Services will follow. After the services, please join the family for a meal at the church.
Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.



Arnold L. Pettit

BRADFORD – Arnold L. Pettit, 98, of Lonetree, Colo., and previously Bradford, Ill., passed away peacefully on Oct. 13, 2021.
Born on a farm in Castleton, Ill., on Oct. 24, 1923, he was raised by his parents Gilbert and Vera (Newton) Pettit along with his four younger siblings Noland, Roland, Carolyn and Howard.
Arnold was married for 73 happy years to the love of his life, Eileen Barler. Married in Wyoming, Ill., on July 29, 1943, Arnold and Eileen farmed in Stark County upon his return from service in World War II. They built and ran a farm outside Bradford together along with their children, Sharon, Jim, Connie and Chris. In their later years, the happy couple retired to Colorado to be closer to some of their adult children.
From an early age, Arnold was a true patriot with a deep love for his country, and felt the call to duty in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941. Initially, he was denied enlistment despite multiple efforts, as the ongoing national crisis of the Great Depression made farm labor too important to sacrifice to the war effort. But a lifelong stubborn streak proved too much even for Uncle Sam to deny and he ultimately enlisted in 1943, and found himself on a ship heading for the Pacific front in the spring of 1945.
Arnold gave heroic and courageous service during the war as a member of the 127th Regiment of the 32nd Infantry Division, at one point saving a group of his platoon-mates pinned down by a Japanese machine gun nest by exposing himself long enough to draw the gunner’s attention. That gave his fellow GIs a chance to escape to a safe position. His commanding officer planned to recommend him for the Silver Star for valor, but was killed in action before he could formally make the application. Arnold’s humility made him reluctant to follow up any further, but the memory of his actions, along with the rest of his time overseas, stayed with him the rest of his life.
After his service in the Army, Arnold came home to Eileen and they began their life together in earnest. They bought 240 acres of land back in Bradford and set out to build a thriving farm from scratch. Over the next 65 years they raised cattle, pigs and chickens, and farmed fields of corn and soybeans. Farming was Arnold’s passion, and he and the family enjoyed every aspect of life on the farm.
Arnold and Eileen were lifelong best friends, and as their children grew older and started lives of their own the two lovebirds set out to continue the shared adventures they began when they fell in love as kids. They spent 23 winters drinking margaritas and doing the chicken dance in Brownsville, Texas, surrounded by a wonderful group of friends and neighbors. During the rest of the year back home Arnold and Eileen loved attending ice cream socials and pancake breakfasts, taking the fifth wheel to tractor pulls, trips to Mt. Pleasant, and as many state fairs as they could find. After many years of laughter and love, their lifelong partnership came to an end when Eileen passed on June 20, 2015.
In the years since, Arnold continued serving his country as a member of the American Legion, attending the funerals of hundreds of fellow service veterans as a member of the color guard.
In addition to his beloved wife, Arnold is predeceased by his brother Howard, and his grandson Troy Lewis.
He is survived by his brothers Noland and Roland, sister Carolyn; daughter Sharon (John) Marshall, son Jim Pettit (Terri Giorgi), daughter Connie (Bob) Lewis, daughter Chris Lawrence; grandchildren, Sean (Lisa) Lewis, and Jaki (Rob) Lawrence; and great-grandchildren Amelia Lewis and Lucas Riebling; and many nieces and nephews whom he also loved dearly.
A private ceremony was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Centennial, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Arnold’s memory to the American Legion of Castle Rock, Colo., or Bradford.
Donations can be sent to: The American Legion Dept. of Colorado. 7465 E 1st Ave Ste D, Denver, CO 80230 or to Illinois Post 0445, PO Box 391, Bradford, IL 61421-0391.



Dwain E. Jacobson

GALVA – Dwain E. “Jake” Jacobson, 92, of Kewanee, formerly of Galva, died at 9:11 p.m., Thursday, Oct, 14, 2021, at Betty’s Garden Memory Care in Kewanee.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Galva Cemetery with Chaplain Jordan Knight officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, St. 800, Chicago, IL 60631. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Galva, the son of Carl E. and Minerva E. (Troline) Jacobson. He married the love of his life, Delabele “Del” Wheeler on Feb. 14, 1949, in Toulon. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, 3 children; Diane (Steve) Winslow of Toulon, Dan (Linda) Jacobson of Cambridge and Denise (Mike) Kellogg of Kiowa, Okla., 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donna Wilkins.
At the age of 10, Dwain was injured in a farming accident resulting in the amputation of his left arm. From that time forward, he could do with one arm any task he chose to accomplish. He met each challenge with determination and excitement.
Dwain graduated from Galva High School in 1947. Shortly thereafter, he started farming in the LaFayette area. Later, Dwain and Del moved to the Toulon area, where they farmed, which included milking cows until 1986.
Dwain’s next successful venture found him and Del in the longtime family business of baking. Jacobson’s Bakery in Galva was started by his parents in 1928, the year he was born. The bakery was known for Jacobson’s Rusks, Swedish toast, which was his mother’s secret recipe. Dwain and Del continued operating Jacobson’s Bakery until retirement on Jan. 1, 2018.
He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. Dwain and Del were inseparable. They loved and always enjoyed being with family.
His work ethic was unsurpassed and has and will continue to be passed on to each generation. We will keep his life’s story alive about the man that never realized he lived life with only one arm.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Rosemary H. Owens

BRADFORD – Rosemary Honore Owens, 99, of Bradford died peacefully at her home on Oct. 13, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Geneseo, Ill. to James and Rose (O’Brien) Collins on Oct. 17, 1921, the fourth of five children. She was preceded in death by her husband Gregory Arnold Owens on Aug. 1, 1992. Her sisters Patricia Boehm, Frances Rudolf, Dorothy Voorhees and her brother James Collins all preceded her in death.
Rosemary graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa in 1939. She attended Saint Francis School of Nursing in Peoria, Ill., through the Cadet Nursing Program, graduating on Sept. 10, 1946. Following her graduation from nursing school, Rosemary remained at St. Francis Hospital and worked in the obstetrics department there.
She married Greg Owens of Bradford on Sept. 18, 1948, at Visitation Church in Kewanee, Ill. Rosemary is survived by her five children, Kathleen (Tim) Reuland of Aurora, Ill.; Dennis (Norene) Owens of Manhattan, Mont.; James Owens of Bradford; John (Roxanne) Owens of Chicago, and Mary (Marc) Sussman of Chicago. Rosemary is also survived by 8 grandchildren, John (Jamie) Reuland, Meg Reuland, Tom Reuland (Lana Gersten), John Owens, Frank (Kelly) Owens, Joe (Corrie) Owens, Jimmy (Laura) Owens and Ruth Owens, and 11 great-grandchildren, Russell and Jerome Reuland, Simon and Ava Reuland, Hannah and Claire Owens, Lucy, Mary and Olivia Owens, and Jacob and Jane Owens.
Rosemary was a stay-at-home mother until her children graduated from college. She returned to the obstetrics department at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria to work for six years. She was active in the Bradford community as a longtime member of St. John’s Altar and Rosary Society, the Bradford American Legion Auxiliary #0445, and the Bradford Women’s League.
Rosemary’s family attended St. John’s Catholic Church in Bradford. She was a long-time supporter of EWTN, and for as long as she was able to attend, Rosemary always enjoyed the conversations and companionship she found with her friends at the Bradford Senior Center.
Visitation will be held at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, 217 East Main St., Bradford, IL 61421, on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, from 5-7 p.m., preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, an additional visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Rosemary at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 218 First Street, Bradford, Ill. 61421, followed by interment at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Bradford.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions and requests for Masses for the repose of Rosemary’s soul be sent to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 218 First Street, Bradford, IL 61421.
Funeral arrangements have been made by Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, grant-johnsonfh.com, (815) 699-7711.

Katherine M. Mattson

GALVA – Katherine M. Mattson, 73, of Knoxville, a Galva native, died Oct. 8, surrounded by family at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
She was born on March 25, 1948, in Galva on the family farm, the daughter of Rueben Palmer and Audrey Arlene (Burns) Anderson.
She married Robert Mattson on July 15, 1972 at the Messiah Lutheran, Galva. Surviving is her husband, Robert Mattson of Knoxville; four daughters: Erin (Edward) Matern of Monmout, Amy (Buck) Farley of Normal, Kristina (Aaron) Brodrick of Knoxville, and Meredith (Tyler) Rundle of Monmouth; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerald.
A Celebration of Life will be held Oct. 30 at Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville. Visiting with the family will be from 10 a.m. until noon. Memorial Services will follow. After the services, please join the family for a meal at the church.
Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.



Ronald E. Worsfold

ELMWOOD – Ronald E. Worsfold, 69, of rural Elmwood, passed away at 7:36 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill.

He was born Dec. 1, 1951, in Canton, to Merle and Maxine (Camp) Worsfold. He married Suzanne Coulter on July 14, 1979, at the First Federated Church in Peoria. They were together for 42 years. She survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Dave (Shirley) Worsfold; one sister, Patricia (Jim) Boon; several nieces and nephews; and his two cats, Ellis and Emmie.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Dennis Worsfold.

After Ron graduated from high school in 1971, he worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for a few years. He then sold cars and had his own body shop. During the same time, he worked at Caterpillar as a Quality Control Leader. He retired in 2007 after 35 years.

More recently, Ronald enjoyed traveling and helping his brother farm. Ronald was of the Christian faith.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church. A service will then immediately follow at 1 p.m. at the church.

Due to the Covid mandates, the family has requested that all attending please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance and the Elmwood United Methodist Church.

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

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

Joseph M. Binder

EDWARDS – Joseph Michael Binder, 54, of Edwards died Sept. 4, 2021, at his residence.

He was born May 23, 1967, in Peoria to Diane Harrison and adopted into the loving family of Joseph and Barbara Lyons Binder. His parents preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Jarred Binder of Bloomington; daughter, Jocelyn Binder of Oswego; former wife and friend, Heather Binder of Oswego; and Diane and Rachel Harrison of Arizona.

Joe “Szepi” proudly served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division including combat duty in Panama and Operation Desert Storm.

He worked for Caterpillar as a Supply Chain Manager.

Joseph will be interred at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo in a private ceremony with a celebration of life luncheon to be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Peoria.

Condolences can be left online at csmico.com.

Kathleen A. Ricca

PRINCEVILLE – Kathleen Agnes (DuBois) Ricca, 93, of Fishers, Ind., formerly of Princeville, passed away on Sept. 12, 2021, in Fishers, Ind.

She was born on Sept. 9, 1928, in Peoria to Francis and Agnes (Sheppard) DuBois. Recently a resident of Fishers, Ind., she was a longtime resident of the Chesterton area. She was raised on a farm near Princeville.

Kathleen is survived by her daughters, Barbara Ricca, Joyce (Randy) Christians, Joanne (Ricardo) Salazar and Carol (Rod) Howard; son, Daniel (Jean) Ricca; sister, Margaret (Allen) Keegan; 12 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Francis N. DuBois; mother, Agnes E. DuBois; husband, Harold E. Ricca; and brothers, Glenn DuBois, Thomas DuBois and Terrance DuBois.

Services were Sept. 16 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton, Ind.
Condolences can be left online at www.ee-fh.com.

Robert F. Stejskal

HANNA CITY – Robert F. “Bob’’ Stejskal, 76, of Hanna City died Sept. 17, 2021, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

He was born on July 25, 1945, in Chicago, a son of Gustav and Elsie Marie (Pochop) Stejskal. Bob married Cheryl Lea Swords, on Feb. 10, 1968, in Peoria. Together, Bob and Cheryl had three children. She survives.

Bob is also survived by their three children, Robert Scott (Lorey) Stejskal of Chillicothe, Jeffrey David (Kimberly) Stejskal of Peoria and Janelle Lea Stejskal of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Lhotka; brother-in-law, Bill Lhotka; his father-in-law, Harold Lester Swords; and his mother-in-law, Laura Rosella (David) Swords.

Bob was one of the top high hurdlers in the U.S. in track and field in high school. He trained for the Olympics and, unfortunately, suffered an injury during the pre-trials.

Bob received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bradley University. He worked in steel mills in Valparaiso, Ind., and at Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, Pa. While working for Westinghouse Electric, he helped establish an automated steel mill in Dunkirk, France. He last worked for Caterpillar, Inc., retiring as a manager in engineering in 2007.

Memorial services were private. Inurnment will take place at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria at a later date.

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

Michael J. Streitmatter

PRINCEVILLE – Michael J. Streitmatter, 71, of Fremont, Calif., formerly of Princeville, died Sept. 12, 2021, at his home, with family at his side.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1949, in Peoria to parents, Paul W. and Mary M. (Luft) Streitmatter.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; children, Shelley (Anthony) Van Renselaar and Brian Newton; two grandchildren, A.J. and Abby; one brother, Steve Streitmatter of Carnelian Bay, Calif.; and one sister, Joy (Kirk) Stuaan of Peoria Heights. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Michael graduated from Princeville High School in 1967 and received a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He then moved to California, where he worked for over 30 years as an electronics engineer in the semi-conductor industry, retiring as a Vice President of Engineering from Magnum Microwave in 2001.

His visitation was to be from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. A graveside service was to follow the visitation at Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Ministers of the church will officiate.

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



David E. McDermott

WYOMING – David Eugene McDermott, 72, of Wyoming, passed away at 9:13 a.m. Friday, July 9, 2021, at his home. David was born on May 29, 1949, in Peoria, the son of Charles and Alvena (Unsicker) McDermott. He married Sondie L. Mear on Jan. 18, 1974; she survives.

David’s memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wyoming. Rev. Linda Strader will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church or PAWS.

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

Shirley A. Strode

CHILLICOTHE – Shirley Ann Strode, 85, of Chillicothe formerly of Bradford, Ill., went to be with her Lord after a sudden short illness on Friday Sept. 17, 2021, at Unity Point Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

She was born on April 27, 1936 in Rushville, Ill., to Clyde and Nina (Phillips) Walker. They preceded her in death. Shirley married Max Strode on June 28, 1955 in Rushville.

She was a devoted and loving wife to her husband for 66 years. He survives.

Shirley is also survived by her two daughters, Michelle Hyter of Lacrosse, Wisc. and Yvonne Strode of Peoria; one son, Bill (Theresa)
Strode of Wyoming, Ill.; 7 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Shirley took great pride and joy in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always remembered birthdays.

She and her husband spent two seasons volunteering for the U.S. Forest Service as Forest Fire Lookouts at St. Mary’s Peak in Montana.

Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services.

Memorial donations may
be made to the Southwest Indian Foundation.

Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Leonard H. Bengston

GALVA – Leonard H. Bengston, 65, of Galva, formerly of Kewanee, died Sept. 15, 2021, at his home.

Cremation will be accorded and private services were held with his family. Memorials can be directed to the family c/o his mother, Janette Bengston.

He was born on July 10, 1956 in Moline, the son of Leonard and Janette (Schelfaut) Bengston. He is survived by his mother Janette of Harrison, Ark., a sister, LuAnn of Arkansas, four brothers, John and Mike, both of Galva and Jerry and David, both of Kewanee.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He had worked as a sorter and bailer operator at Eagle Enterprises in Galva.



Vern E. Goodell

KICKAPOO – Vern E. Goodell, 69, of Kickapoo, passed away at 5:49 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria.

He was born April 6, 1952, to Gene and Dorla (Bitler) Goodell. He married Linda Anderson on April 21, 1973, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Jason Goodell of Oak Hill, and Joshua (Rebecca) Goodell of Hanna City; and two grandchildren, Melanie and Samuel Goodell.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jay Goodell.

Vern was a machine repairman for skill trades at Caterpillar, where he retired in 2003 after 30 years of service. For several years, he was also involved in designing and building race cars as well as racing at Spoon River Speedway.

He loved going fishing, hunting and camping with the Free Trappers Rendezvous Group. He also loved to cook and try new recipes.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-4 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at the Hanna City Sportsman’s Club.

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

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

Danny J. Streitmatter

PEORIA – Danny Jean Streitmatter, 92, of Peoria, passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at 1:29 a.m. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Danny was born on Dec. 16, 1928, in Archer City, Texas, the daughter of Daniel and Genevive (Seelye) Daub. She married Milford L. Streitmatter on Feb. 1, 1947. He preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 2005.

Surviving are her two sons, Steve (Fran) Streitmatter of Princeville and Gary (Pam) Streitmatter of Peoria; four granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.

Danny was a member of the Women of Trinity as well as many other local women’s clubs. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria and recently attended Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria.

A private graveside service will be at Streitmatter Cemetery in Princeville. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Side Mission or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Online condolences may be left for Danny’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Kenneth J. West

VICTORIA – Kenneth “Kenny” Jay West, 84, of rural Victoria died peacefully on Aug. 27, 2021, in the home he built on the family farm where he was born.

A 10 a.m. “Pepsi break” will begin at the family farm on Saturday, Sept. 4, followed by a procession to the Victoria Cemetery. Pastor David Pyell will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. The funeral home will maintain compliance with COVID regulations and requires that all guests wear a mask for the safety of all those attending. Memorials may be directed to ROWVA FFA or ROWVA Industrial Arts Department.

Kenneth was born the only child of Jay and Hazel (Gutshall) West on April 25, 1937. He married Mary Elizabeth Stevens on Sept. 5, 1965, in Roseville, Ill.

His wife of nearly 56 years survives, along with their three children; a daughter, Teresa (Mike) Welch, son, Jay (Janelle) West and son, Todd (Stacey) West; 10 grandchildren, Sean, Nathan and Erin Welch; Tyler, Dylan and Emily West; Eli, Camden, Leo and Millee West; and Heinrich Thaler, a German exchange student who is considered a member of the family.

Kenneth graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1955 and served in the Army from 1960-62, the only extended period of time he was away from the family farm. He was a Mason and involved in Rural Youth, he served on the Board of Directors for the Knox County Farm Bureau and Spoon River FS/Riverland FS. Farming was his career and passion. Kenneth was always building or working to fix or improve a machine or building. He built many things in his life time, but nothing that gave him more enjoyment than a cabin at Oak Run.

From the time Kenny got his first boat ride on the lake (the lake was barely full) in the early 70s he knew it was a special place. Kenny and Mary got involved right away, in Halloween parties, boat parades and even put on a greased pig contest on the 4th of July for several years. They served on many of the Oak Run committees that helped shape the lake into what it is today. Mary was instrumental in getting the 4th of July fireworks started.

He recognized the value of spending time with family and friends. He never missed an opportunity to take a boat ride, or to teach someone to water ski even though he had never skied himself. Kenny and Mary loved sharing the lake with countless number of people of all ages. Kenneth always enjoyed a good meal and fellowship.

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

Gary P. Rogers

GOODFIELD – Gary P. Rogers of Goodfield, formerly of Elmwood, died Aug. 27, 2021.

Rogers was born May 11, 1946.

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

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

Joyce D. Bean

PEORIA – Joyce Diann Bean of Peoria, 60, a sister of Elmwood and Princeville women, died on Aug. 14, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Diann was born Nov. 16, 1961, in Peoria, the daughter of John Bean and Dorothy (Melton) Kessler. They preceded her in death along with her brother, Victor Bean.

Surviving are her children, Cory, Jamie and Kodie Veatch; and her siblings, Sue Poston of Elmwood, Annette (Skip) Ashcraft of Princeville and Dale Kessler Jr of Peoria.

At her request, there will be no services. Cremation will be accorded, and a private service will be held at a later date.

Condolences can be left online at csmico.com.

David F. Duke

DAHINDA – David Franklin Duke, 78, of Galesburg, brother of a Dahinda woman, died Aug. 22, 2021, at home.

David was born Jan. 16, 1943, in Galesburg, the son of Muril and Amy (Stephens) Duke. He married Janice L. Liniger on Nov. 4, 1973.

He is survived by his loving wife; two sons, Aaron (Dara) Duke of Galesburg and James Duke of Clinton, Iowa; a bonus son, Brian Hutchison of Galesburg; two sisters, Donna Peters of Bloomington and Patti “Pat” Cherrington of Dahinda; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was Aug. 25.

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

Lucille Endress

EDELSTEIN – Lucille “Lutz” Endress, 101, formerly of Edelstein, passed away on Aug. 28, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Proctor in Peoria. Lucille was born on Aug. 24, 1920, in Latty, Ohio, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Streitmatter) Stoller. She married John Endress on Feb. 16, 1941, in Princeville. He preceded her in death on March 25, 2012.

Surviving are two sons, Dale (and Cindy) Endress of Dunlap and Dennis (and Cathy) Endress of Tremont; one daughter, Pamela Endress of Chillicothe; three grandsons; one granddaughter; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe Stoller of Princeville; one sister, Pat Ringger of Roanoke; and two sisters-in-law, Bernice Stoller of Princeville and Martha Stoller of Bradford.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Bradford.

Kathy J. Morris

PRINCEVILLE – Kathy Jeanne (Duckworth) Morris was born in Peoria, on March 30, 1952, and passed away Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

She was raised in Princeville and attended Princeville Grade School and High School.

Kathy is survived by her husband of 43 years, Daniel; and her three sons, Sean (Kate), Aron (Nicole) and Ryan (Sarah); along with six grandchildren.

Services were Aug. 28.

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

Rosalie Williams

FARMINGTON – Rosalie (Columbia) Williams, 79, of Farmington died Aug. 25, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

She was born on June 2, 1942, in Peoria to Anthony “Tony” and Margaret (Arnet) Columbia. She married Jackie D. Williams on Aug. 11, 1962, at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Farmington. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2011.

Rosalie was also preceded in death by her parents; two children, Steven D. Williams and Patrick “Pat” Williams; and one sister, Christine Chasteen.

Surviving are one daughter, Kathleen (Williams) McDermott of McKenna, Washington; four grandchildren; one sister, Suzanne (Jim) Humphrey; and one brother-in-law, Harold “Jr.” Chasteen.

Rosalie worked as city treasurer and with Harris School crosswalk. She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Farmington Moose Lodge 1571, Farmington American Legion Post 140 and was a Fulton County election judge. Rosalie was a boy and girl scout leader, she helped with the Santa parade and helped start the Farmington Museum.

A funeral mass was Aug. 31. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

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

Leonard E. Williams

TRIVOLI – Leonard Eugene “Len” Williams, 80, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., a Trivoli native, died Aug. 21, 2021.

Len was born in Trivoli to Walter and Freida Williams. He was the younger brother to Ed, Marilyn (Doubet) and Donna (Sharpe). He has two children, Angela and Eric; daughter in-law, Eleanor (Dean); and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at First Baptist Church in Fairhope, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Len’s memory to Woman’s Care Medical Center, P.O. Box 1610, Robertsdale, AL 36567.



Martha J. Hudson

ELMWOOD – Martha J. Hudson, 93, passed away at 2:50 a.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at Proctor Place in Peoria.

She was born March 4, 1928, to Howard and Louise (Shissler) Schlots. She married Lester Hudson on Jan. 15, 1949, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1990.

Martha is survived by 4 children: Pat (Gene) Vaughan of Elmwood, Joan (Dave) Gorham of Elmwood, Ellen (Paul) Marincic of Oglesby, and Rocky (Karen) Hudson of Mapleton; 8 grandchildren, Matt (Renee) Vaughan, David (Katie) Vaughan, Jennifer (Brad) Kennedy, Tom (Anne) Gorham, Angela (Joe) Wyatt, Hannah Marincic, Alisha (Jason) Brown, and Sam (Hiral) Hudson; 20 great-grandchildren; and 1-great-great-grandchild.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Schlots; and one sister, Marjorie Klemm.

Martha was a former member of the Elmwood Community Chorus, P.E.O. Chapter AO, and the First Presbyterian Church of Elmwood for 80 years.

A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. The family requests that all attending wear masks and social distance.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Elmwood, B.Y.E. Ambulance and the Elmwood Fire Department.

To view Martha’s video tribute and memorial service or to leave online condolences please visit www.oakhinesfuneralhome.com.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood has been entrusted with arrangements.

Kenneth G. Welker

FARMINGTON – Kenneth G. Welker, 77, of Farmington, passed away at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

He was born July 21, 1944, in Canton, to Kenneth O. and Lorena (Ciardi) Welker.

He married Sharon Starcevich on April 28, 1968, at the Methodist Church in Farmington. She survives.

Also surviving are his brother-in-law and wife, Larry and Carilyn Starcevich; two sisters-in-law, Shirly and Gene Allen and Velma Harris; two special nephews, Bob and Eric Allen; two great nephews, Caden and Colton Allen; and one special niece, Ketra Shump; and a host of other nieces and nephews; and two fur babies, Annie and Amanda.

Kenneth served in the Army Reserves for more than six years. He then worked as a Machinist Repairman at International Harvester for 21 years and then at the Greater Peoria Sanitary District for 20 years.

More recently, he enjoyed attending the Farmington football and basketball games. He also farmed and enjoyed restoring antique tractors as well as raising and showing horses.

He had a “Bucket List” and one of his greatest accomplishments was to raise a World Champion, which he did not only once but twice!

Kenneth was a member of the Farmington Moose, American Paint Horse Association and Knox County Farm Bureau.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., on Friday Aug. 27, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood. Cremation rites will then be accorded and a private burial of ashes will be held at a later date at Yates City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Farmington Athletic Booster Club, Elba-Salem Fire Department and B.Y.E. Ambulance.

To leave online condolences or to watch Kenneth’s video tribute, please view www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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

Peggy K. Brooks

FARMINGTON – Peggy K. Brooks, 78, of Galesburg, sister of a Farmington woman, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at her home with her family by her side.

She was born June 30, 1943, in Aledo to Harlan and Dorothy (Wood) Johnson. She married Thomas J. Brooks, Nov. 24, 1979, in Cameron. He preceded her in death Nov. 17, 2015.

Surviving are 2 sons, Ronald (and Ellen) Callihan of Morrison, and Greg “Fatman” Callihan of East Galesburg; 2 daughters, Lori (and Phil) Bladel of Durant, Iowa, and Jodi (and Michael Pascarella) Kappesser of Syracuse, N.Y.; 2 stepsons, Dan (and Danny Queen) Callihan of Jacksonville and David Callihan of Abingdon; a brother, Kenny (and Elizabeth) Johnson of Clay Center, Kan.; 2 sisters, Sandra (and Louis) Powell of Aledo, and Wanda (and Delano) O’Haver of Farmington, 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, William Todd Callihan, a brother, James Clyde “Butch” Johnson, two sisters, Connie May Johnson and Judy Newton, a grandchild, Blake Marie Callihan and a great grandchild, Jesse Alexander Callihan.

Visitation will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the chapel. Burial will be in Warren County Hope Cemetery.

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

Forrest L. Haney

ELMWOOD – Forrest Leon Haney, 71, of Kildeer, father of an Elmwood woman, died Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Michigan City, Ind., on Dec. 20, 1949, to Forrest Foy and Amelia E. (nee Slamkowski) Haney.

Forrest is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Julie (nee Lottman) Haney; children, Stephen (Jennifer) Haney of Geneva, Lisa (Joel) McCormick of Elmwood, and Mark (Olga) Haney of Chicago; and six grandchildren.

Forrest is also survived by a brother, sister, and many loving friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Arthur N. French

ZEBULON, Ga. – Arthur Neal French, 85, of Zebulon, died Tuesday,
Aug. 10, 2021, at his home.

Graveside funeral services for French were held Aug.13, 2021, at 10 a.m. in Upson Memorial Gardens with Monty Eason and Chaplain Jack Landham officiating. French laid in repose at Fletcher-Day Funeral
Home until the graveside service.

French was born in Edwards, Ill., on Oct. 11, 1935, a son of the late James Leonard and Nora Jane Lafollette French. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.

After his discharge from the Army French moved to Thomaston in 1957. He married the late Wynette Boyt French in 1958. He was employed
with the Atlanta Gas Light Company and was the office manager
when he retired. After the death of his first wife he married the late Rachel Ann Hammock French in 2008.

French earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mercer University. He loved to play golf and loved to travel.

French was a member of the North Church Street Church of Christ in Thomaston.

French is survived by his daughter, Kim (Eddie) Mason of Thomaston,
Ga., and his son, Jim French of Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother, Warren French of Brimfield, Ill.; six grandchildren, Kelli (Ricky) Marker of Waxhaw, N.C., Mari-Beth (John) Hagin of Buena Vista, Ga., Alicia (Ron) Adams of Griffin, Ga., Leann (Brent) Terry of Williamson, Ga., Michelle (Luke) Harmsen of Forsyth, Ga., and Clint Shaw; and numerous great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dean French, and his sister, Georgia Weaver.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences
and remembrances may be expressed at www.fletcherdayfuneralhome.
com.

Alvin L. Gould

WILLIAMSFIELD – Alvin Lester Gould of Kuttawa, Ky., formerly of Williamsfield, died Aug. 6 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville Tenn., where he was life flighted following complications from a single-
vehicle accident.

Born Aug. 12, 1931, in Gardner, Ill., he was one of four children to bless the union of Leonard and Catherine (Meaker) Gould. He is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Catherine Meaker Gould, one sister, Dorothy Murphy and one brother, William Gould.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene (Enders) Gould, Kuttawa, Ky.; 1 daughter, Charisse Barnes, Winchester, Tenn.; 4 sons, Bobby Gould, Sheffield, Ill.: Ronnie Gould, Buda, Ill.; Gerald Wheaton, Galva, Ill., and Tim Gould, Galesburg, Ill.; 1 sister, Irene Dunn, Sheffield; special
nephew Leonard Dunn; 14 grandchildren; several great grandchildren
5 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Alvin was a Korean War Veteran serving two years as an infantry soldier.

He was a Believer, who loved time with family, his numerous dogs over the years, stock car racing, hunting, fishing and was an avid scrapper of all things automotive.

Alvin ran a scrap yard in Monica, Ill., for years, drove the bus for Williamsfield School District, and spent the last 20+ years as night time security officer at Iron Hill Park, Kuttawa, Ky.
Cremations rites have been accorded.

David A. Schooley

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – David A. Schooley, 57, of Germantown passed away Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis,
of heart complications due to a month-long battle with Covid. He was born Sept. 22, 1963, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Virginia R. (Techau)
and the late Floyd Schooley (biological father). He married Sherri Thompson on Dec. 22, 1990, after meeting her June 22, 1990, and celebrated their 30th anniversary this past year.

David worked his way through college and, in 1989, obtained a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa. He was hired by Caterpillar, Inc. in Peoria, Ill. He left Caterpillar for ALLDATA, a job he had for one year, as AutoZone moved it to its headquarters-in Memphis. He and his family reluctantly followed his job to Memphis.

He worked for AutoZone for seven years, then took a job with ALSAC/St. Jude, where he worked for six years, happy his efforts helped cure children. His last job was at Express Scripts/Cigna, where he was able to work from home as an AGILE coach. He enjoyed his job, and his colleagues became like family during the pandemic.

What set David apart was the kindness, humor and a sense of informality and familiarity he brought into every situation.

He would often say outrageous things or little sly comments to elicit a smile. Often, he would regale his children with stories of when he fought in the jungles or various scenarios, completely fictional, of course.

He was an avid student of history, a love he shared with his dad, James. He loved his family deeply and had a way of making each one of them feel special. He spoiled each of them outrageously. His grandchildren were the light of his life, and despite clogged toilets and marked-up walls, he was so thankful to have lived with them for these past four years. His one fear, while in the hospital, was never seeing them again. In God’s kindness, he allowed David to come home for a few days.

David loved Legos – buying and selling Legos, building and displaying
Legos and talking about and watching videos about Legos! He loved music and movies and reading. Pre-family addition, he was an artist and spent hours meticulously painting his War Hammer soldiers before Saturday battles. Most recently, he engaged in role playing games that he could play with Caleb and John and online strategy games that he played with his brother Donny and nephew Chris. He really enjoyed the games but he was intentional about building relationships.

He built relationships while serving as a deacon and as a children’s teacher for several years at St. Patrick. He was always comfortable with children, probably because he was just a big child himself! After being a member for 16 years, his life reflected the values of St. Patrick: He loved God, he loved people, and he loved life. He will forever be loved and missed by those surviving: his wife, Sherri; children Andrea (John) Bray, Caleb, Ashlyn, Arlana, Savannah, and Ian; his grandchildren Rosemary, Nathaniel, and Gideon, all of the Memphis area; his mother, Virginia; brother, Donny Schooley; and sister, Dianna Lahue, of Marion, Iowa; brother-in-laws Kenny (Diane) Thompson and Larry Thompson of Elmwood, Ill., and Keith Thompson of Bloomington, Ill.,; two sister-in laws, Louise Thompson of Elmwood, and Sherri Schooley of Shellsburg, Iowa; nephews Chris (Georgia) Walker and family and Devin Schooley ; nieces Jenny Armstrong and Katie (Jacob) Ingalls and family, and Ayla Mease and family, all of Iowa; nieces Amber (Dru) Lesnick of Clive, Iowa, and Stacey Seipel and family of Elmwood.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Joslin, and his brother, Danny Schooley. Services will be held: Tennessee service was Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Presbyterian Church, Collierville, with an hour visitation preceding. The Illinois service will be Saturday, Aug. 21, at Lehigh Cemetery, Elmwood, at 11 a.m., and is open to the public.

Please make memorials to St. Jude or to St. Patrick Presbyterian Church for an educational fund for his children.

Ronald L. Tarter

ELMWOOD – Ronald L. Tarter, 83, of Elmwood, passed away at 5:16 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, at his home. He was born Aug. 20, 1937, to Archie and Margaret (Jenkins) Tarter. He married Martha Metz on April 29, 1978, at the Elmwood United Methodist Church. She survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Emily (Troy) Roberts of Elmwood, and Molly (Cory) Herendeen of Carmel, Ind.; and five grandchildren, Rebekkah, Jacob, Anna, Colton, and Caden.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harry, Gerald, and Paul Tarter; and one sister, Helen Saunders.

Ron was a 1968 IFYE to Finland. He then remained active in IFYE, serving on the National and International Boards. Ron was also a former Mason, Shriner, Kiwanis member, RY USA National President, Maple Lane Country Club board member, founding member of the Elmwood Strawberry Festival, elder of the Elmwood First Presbyterian Church and served during the 1960s in the Illinois Air National Guard.

Ronald was a skilled carpenter who worked for B&B Builders for many years until he opened his own business, the Country Carpenter. He enjoyed traveling, being outdoors and spending time with his family, especially watching his grandkids’ activities.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. A visitation will be prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. at the church. A burial of ashes will then take place immediately after the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood in honor of Ronald Tarter. To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia A. Arnold

WILLIAMSFIELD – Patricia Ann Arnold, 90, of Galesburg, a Williamsfield native, died Aug. 11, 2021, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg. Patricia was born June 16, 1931 in Williamsfield, the daughter of Everett Walker and Ruth Irene (Maher) Tucker. She married Harold James Arnold, Sr. on Dec. 29, 1951. He preceded her in death. Online condolences can be left at www.watsonthomas.com.

Shirley J. Whitson

WILLIAMSFIELD – Shirley Jane Whitson, 80, of Williamsfield died Aug. 11, 2021, in her home. Shirley was born on Dec. 16, 1940, in Brimfield, the daughter of Everett and Violet Foster. She married Audley B. Whitson on March 24, 1961, in Elmwood. He died Dec. 1, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, seven brothers, an infant daughter, Tina, and one son, Audley Daniel Whitson. Survivors include one daughter-inlaw, Michelle M. Whitson of Delong; one daughter, Danita Whitson of Galesburg; one son, Darin (Pam) Whitson of Manhattan, Kan.; one sister, Joyce Foster of Galesburg; and one brother, Archie Foster of Elmwood. Shirley was raised and educated in Brimfield. With her husband and family, she operated Whitson Yates City Meats from 1989-94. A private family burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. Condolences can be left online at hurdhendricksfuneralhomecom.



Beverly A. Baxter

BARTONVILLE – Beverly Ann Baxter, 86, of Bartonville, passed away peacefully on Aug. 8, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Brimfield, comforted by her loving family.

Bev was born on June 10, 1935, to Robert and Frances (Schoch) Ellwanger in Peoria. She married William Charles Baxter on Feb. 20, 1965, at the First Methodist Church in Peoria. He preceded her in death on June 28, 1969.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, LeVonne Hermes; and brother, Robert J. Ellwanger, Jr.

She was a 1953 graduate of Woodruff High School in Peoria.
Bev worked for 32 years at Caterpillar, retiring in 1992. She started at the Caterpillar Credit Union (now CEFCU) and finished in the Accounts Payable Division of Caterpillar.

As a single mother, Bev put her daughter’s needs before her own and did her best to provide for and support her in whatever she was doing. Even after a full day’s work, she was never too tired to spend quality time with Brenda. They were the best of friends. She was also the aunt who was always the one to sit on the floor and play games with the kids at the family gatherings. She remained a kid at heart until the very end.

In her younger years, Bev enjoyed roller skating and traveling around the country. Later in life, one of Bev’s favorite hobbies was bowling. She was a member of the USBC and the 600 Club, and spent over 45 years bowling in different leagues in the Peoria area. In many of those leagues she was voted in as a treasurer. At home, she enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. It was not uncommon to see her sitting in her favorite chair with a crossword puzzle book on her lap and a dictionary within arm’s reach. She also enjoyed watching all of the birds and woodland creatures that came to visit the backyard.

Brenda would like to give a special thank you to her partner, Debi Jones, for helping take such good care of her mom the past three years.

There will be no visitation. Bev’s graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. Service has been entrusted to Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TAPS or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be left for Bev’s family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

Franklin ‘Tip’ Bowers

YATES CITY – Franklin “Tip” E. Bowers, 94, of Yates City, Ill., passed away at 1:02 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born Aug. 13, 1926, to Harry and Bernice (Dikeman) Bowers, in Yates City. He married Jean Mathews on Dec. 10, 1949, in Yates City. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2018.

He is survived by one son, James (Melodee) Bowers of Hoopeston, Ill.; one brother, Richard (Darline) Bowers; one sister, Sue (the late Tom) Ramp; two grandchildren, Kevin (Lyndi) Bowers and Megan (Rob) Butterfield; and eight great-grandchildren, Olivia Bowers, Noah Bowers, Ethan Butterfield, Zoe Butterfield, Jude Bowers, Henry Bowers, Simone Bowers and Keaton Bandur.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Jerald Bowers. Tip farmed until 1972 when he started working for Westbay Equipment Co. He retired from there after 25 years of service. He served in the Army during World War II.

He was also a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau, Farmington Moose and the Farmington American Legion. Tip was a mountain of a man with a generous heart. He was ornery, kind, loving and the glue of this family. Tip enjoyed long rides through the countryside and would reminiscence about who once lived there and a story would follow. His family was his first priority and he always made a point to attend as many events as possible. Tip was a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and, most of all, a friend to everyone.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held starting at 3 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, at Yates City Community Center. Memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance and Elba-Salem Fire Department.

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

Eugene Heitzman

PRINCEVILLE – Eugene “Gene” Heitzman, 83, of Princeville, was called to his heavenly home at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Gene was born on April 13, 1938, in Hollis Township, the son of Joseph A. and Margaret C. (Garrett) Heitzman-Kirgan. He married Lillian Smith on Sept. 11, 1960, in Peoria; she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Lisa McBride-Gill of Portage, Ind.; one son, Loren (Jennifer) Heitzman of Mt. Auburn, Ill.; six grandchildren, Christina McBride (Dalton), Jacob McBride, Richard (Linda) McBride III, Jeffery McBride (Samantha), Kristofer Heitzman, and Danielle (Colby) Huddleston; five great-grandchildren, Remmi, Henry, Maryilee, Zoe, and Everly; and one sister, Joann Stauthammer of Mapleton. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Neil Gill; and brother-in-law, Louis Stauthammer.

Gene was a local farmer for over 30 years. He previously worked as a carpenter, a custodian and at Caterpillar. He enjoyed mowing and loved spending time with his family. Gene was a faithful member and long-time treasurer at the Princeville Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and is now at peace home with Him.

His funeral was at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at the Princeville Baptist Church in Princeville. Rev. Lee Taylor officiated. Visitation was an hour prior to the service from noon. to 1 p.m. at the church. Burial was in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeville Baptist Church or the Akron-Princeville Ambulance.

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

Betty J. McCoy

YATES CITY – Betty J. McCoy, 94, of Yates City, passed away, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.

She was born on Nov. 15, 1926, in Elba Center, Ill., to Elmer and Maude (Elliott) Heller. They preceded her in death along with one sister, Marie Bodinus.

She married John McCoy on Oct. 30, 1949. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1999.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Gary) Inskeep of Yates City; three grandchildren, Sean Ulm, Ryan (Misi) Inskeep, and Dana (Jim) Dawson; eight great-grandchildren, Ella, Betty, Lindsey, Zachary, Jeremy, Dillon, Austin and Matthew; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Betty was a member of the Douglas United Methodist Church in Douglas. She was a farm wife with her husband for many years.

A private graveside service will be held at Yates City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Douglas United Methodist Church or to Farmington Country Manor.

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

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

Carl E. Moon

PEORIA – Carl Emmett Moon, born Sept. 27, 1940, in Peoria, Ill., passed away July 30, 2021, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Carl, son of the late Sam and Florence Moon, graduated from Woodruff High School, served in the U.S. Army, and eventually became a Peoria firefighter, retiring in 2000 after 29 years.

He married Mary Lintz Powers on Feb. 16, 1991. She survives along with 6 children John (Sarah) Moon, Christine Moon (Alec Kowalewski), Mike (Karen) Powers, Suzie (Mike Hutt) Sturm, Pat (Kathy Barrett) Powers, and Tim Powers; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Sandy (Dave) Dean and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Colleen (Mark) Heinz and a brother, Ronnie (Darlene) Moon.

Along with his career as a fireman, Carl also worked as an electrician. A lovingly devoted husband and family man, Carl enjoyed spending his time with family and friends fishing on the river or at the beach in Florida, and hunting. His gentle yet strong way anchored the people who knew him well.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life Aug. 14, 2021, from 4-8 p.m. at the Peoria Firefighter’s Club, 203 N. 4th St, Dunlap, Ill.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Gift of Hope and the National Association for Mental Illness.

To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

Lisa L. Williams

DELAVAN – Lisa Lynn Williams, 55, of Delavan, formerly of Princeville and Victoria, turned into glitter and went to fly with the fairies at 10:34 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at Pekin Hospital. Lisa was born on Sept. 25, 1965 in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Dan (Marcia) Wilcox and Bonita (Ken) Ellington Hymer; they survive.

Also surviving are the love of her life, Victor Sarnes; her three amazingly spirited daughters, Amanda (Jared) McDermet of Athens, Deana Simpson of St. Louis, Mo., and Katelyn Williams of Delavan; three grandbabies, AJ Siller, and Brody and Charlotte McDermet; two brothers, James (Chris Riddick) Thurston and Todd Wilcox; and sister, Jennifer (Peter) Kottke.

She was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents Marvin and Dorothy Ellington; and bonus dad, Alan Thurston.

Lisa fulfilled her life dream of being a mother and grandmother. You could always find her in her gardens, playing games with her family. She loved to sneak a nap with her fur baby, Lily. A great storyteller who was a creative soul, she could make something out of nothing. Her favorite hobbies included, finding roadside treasures, thrift shopping, collecting random rocks, rolling pins, rusty and old treasures and making beautiful dollhouses. She never left a single conversation without making sure there were laughs. Living life to the fullest and finding beauty in every minute of every day of life; Lisa would want those who miss her to smell the flowers, dance in the rain, love fiercely and laugh.

Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. There are no services scheduled at this time.

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

Virgil L. Graf

PRINCEVILLE – Virgil Lewis Graf, 82, of Peoria, formerly of Temple City, Calif. and father of a Princeville woman, died Aug. 1 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. Virgil was born on Nov. 13, 1938.

He married Marilyn Kay Dotterer on March 19, 1967. She survives, along with daughters, Elaine Graf of Whittier, Calif., and Carol (Douglas) Blunier of Princeville; three grandchildren; one sister; and a brother.

Online condolences can be left at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Judith A. Hardesty

MIDDLE GROVE – Judith “Judy” A. Hardesty, 73, died Aug. 5 at her home. She was born on Feb. 25, 1948. She is survived by her husband, William “Skip” Hardesty III; two sons: Brad (Nicole) Hardesty of St. David and William (Jenni) D. “Skipper” Hardesty IV of Woodbury, Tenn.; three grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers.

Judy worked with her husband, Skip, as owner-operator of the E-Z Stop in Yates City for many years.

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

Donald G. Hoffman

BRIMFIELD – Donald G. Hoffman, 87, of Peoria, father of a Brimfield man, died July 31 at OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Donald was born March 26, 1934. He married Carol Ann Philipp. She preceded him in death.

Surviving is his companion, Jean Bochnik and sons; Dan (Rose) Hoffman of Metamora and Mark (Cindy) Hoffman of Brimfield and daughters; Terri (Dennis) Brooks of Liberty, Mo., and Rene (Barry) Dornon of Manito; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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

Betty J. Riggs

DOUGLAS – Betty June Broadfield Riggs, 97, of Knoxville, a Douglas native, died July 29 at Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville.

Betty was born on July 8, 1924, near Douglas, the daughter of Ralph and Ila (Young) Steck. She graduated from Yates City High School in 1942. She married Dale Broadfield in 1944. She later married Alfred L. Riggs in 1960.

She is survived by one daughter, Jean Ann (Broadfield) Ashton and (Stew Fuller); one granddaughter; and one great-grand-daughter; three step children, Donna (Kenneth) Peterson, Carrie Jo Doxsee and Helen Ann Stewart; seven step grandchildren; and nine step great grandchildren.

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

Michael W. West

PRINCEVILLE – Michael Wallace West, 76, of Princeville died July 28 at OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home. Michael was born July 31, 1944. He married Lucy (Tacadina) West May 20, 1989. She survives.

Also surviving are: 8 children, Amy (Jeff) Stedman of Deer Creek, Michelle (Dan Barker) West of Wyoming, Heather (Rob Chandler) West-Kimberlin of Moraine, Ohio, Leah (Jeremy) Kirk of Cantrall, David (Julie) West of Washington, Deanna (Don) Slavens of Peoria, Lucy Jo (Corey) Noonan of Chillicothe, and Donald (Trish Singleton) Kirby of Wyoming; 42 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.

Flossie Wilcoxen

FARMINGTON – Flossie “Eileen” Wilcoxen, 92, of Farmington, died Aug. 1 at Farmington Country Manor. She was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Farmington. She married Hubert Wilcoxen on Nov. 1, 1946.

Surviving is one daughter-in-law Diane Wilcoxen, of Galesburg; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were Aug. 7. Burial was at Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.


Kendra Pahlow

GALVA – Kendra Pahlow, 79 of Windermere, Fla. formerly of Galva passed away, Sunday Nov. 8, 2020, at ORMC Orlando. She slipped away peacefully, with family present.

She was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Kewanee, Ill. She was the daughter of Russell and Kathryn (Vincent) Alderman. She is survived by husband Larry, three children; Scott (Robbie Ann) Memphis, Larken, Windermere, Fla. and Ryan (Ashley) Ponte Vedra, Fla. and seven grandchildren: Ryan, Eston, and Mason: Ben and Luke Holderman; Anna Grace and Lilly Russell. Also surviving is Brother Richard Alderman (Lynn) of Pontiac, Ill. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kendra graduated from Galva High School in 1959. She was a cheerleader, band and choir member and attended many band and vocal festivals. She was a class officer, student council representative, FAA Sweetheart and Homecoming Queen.

She attended Illinois State University and sang with a vocal group there. During that time, she also sang with a dance band, The Dreamtimers.

Prior to marriage, Kendra worked at the YMCA in Kewanee, where she taught swimming, lifesaving and water related sports. She most enjoyed working with handicapped children. During that time, she was active in Beta Sigma Phi, a national women’s service organization.

Kendra married Larry Pahlow on March 17, 1963, in Galva. Initially, they lived in Charleston, S.C. where her husband’s ship was ported. Post Navy, moves to Memphis, Gross Isle, Mich., Little Rock and Florida provided a number of good friends in many places. Their children grew up primarily in Little Rock where they lived from 1975 until 1986.

The family was active in the Lutheran church and all three children attended Christ Lutheran School. Kendra was a substitute teacher there and was involved in many of the schools’ extracurricular activities. She started the school’s first marching and drill team. Most significantly, she produced and directed “The Music Man” recruiting all the actors, singers and musicians. It was on the church’s grandest and most successful fund raisers.

While the family moved to Florida in 1986, Kendra obtained her realtor’s license and worked in a large Coldwell-Banker office. She was a charter member of the Central Florida Women’s League, a large and highly successful charitable organization. She also became a member of the Sunshine Singers, a group of ladies who performed for the enjoyment of senior citizens, veterans, etc. She grew up in a musical family and stayed at it as long as she could.

Like so many other grandmothers, her greatest joy was her grandchildren; whether attending ball games, recitals, or making them fried chicken or milk shakes, she loved doing things for them.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Private inurnment will be held in Galva Cemetery. Donations in Kendra’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Galva, Illinois Volunteer Fire Department, Galva Lions Club.

Richard L. Gartin

PEKIN – Richard L. Gartin, 63, of Pekin, formerly of Galva, died at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Graveside inurnment was held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 at Galva Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Drane officiating. Military rites were accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or the Henry County Humane Society. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is assisting the family with arrangements.

He was born May 20, 1958, in Galesburg, the son of Billy Richard and Mary V. (Garrett) Gartin. He is survived by three sisters, Crystal Hall of Altona and Teresa Hampton and Shirley (Kevin) Thomson, both of Kewanee, two brothers, Alan (Ulanda) Gartin of Geneseo and Gary Swank of Galva and several nieces and nephews and his furry companion, Alf. He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Gartin, his mother, Mary Gartin Swank and a brother, Will Gartin-Wagner.

Richard graduated from Galva High School in 1976 and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1976-84. He had worked as a CAD Designer for Geometric Americas. He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the American Legion Post 2910 in Bloomington. He was an avid knife maker and collector. He also collected firearms and enjoyed target shooting. He also enjoyed watching civil war reenactment gatherings.

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

Randy S. Riggins

BLOOMINGTON – Randy Shawn Riggins, 69, of Bloomington, passed away on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born March 13, 1952, in Kewanee, son of Jean and Cleta Stewart Riggins. Randy was a 1970 graduate of Wyoming High School and he attended Illinois State University. He married Rebecca McCormick in 1985, later divorcing.

Randy made carpentry his career. He was a fourth generation, master carpenter. He later worked as head of maintenance for Bridgeway.

He is survived by his mother, Cleta, Princeville; one sister, Candi (Dean) Corn, Kewanee; three nieces, Seana Silvaggio, Kewanee, Sierra (Geoffery) Hansen, Erie, Colo. and Somar (Russ) Bryson, Dixon.

He was preceded in death by his father and one infant daughter.

Per Randy’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no public services are to be held. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home is assisting with cremation arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
To express condolences online, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com

Janice L. Chamberlain

WEST JERSEY – Janice Lucille (Wigant) Chamberlain, 90, of West Jersey, Ill., was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Geneseo, Ill., to Hanan and Martha (Bismark) Wigant and passed away peacefully on Aug. 1, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Minnesota.

Preceded in death by parents, Hanan and Martha (Bismark) Wigant; sons, Randy Howard and Kevin Wayne; “adopted” son, Scott Mason; infant granddaughter, Christina Joy Breezley.

Survived by husband of 71 years, Harold, West Jersey; sister, Shirley (Harley) Johnson, Geneseo, Ill.; daughters, Chris (Dave) Mohler, Zumbro Falls, Minn., and Beth (Jim) Breezley, Farmington, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Diana Chamberlain and family, Princeton, Ill.; grandchildren, Randy Ray Chamberlain, Heather (Tim) Boyum, David Mohler, Holly (Garrett) Meier, Will (Val) Mohler, James (Katie) Breezley, Trevor (Dena) Breezley, Kylie Breezley; 15 great grandchildren, nephew and nieces, and special friend of 73 years, Anne (Jack) Fisher, West Jersey.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service at First Baptist Church, 110 West Jefferson St., Toulon, 61483. Interment to follow. Outdoor meal served at Harold’s home following interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to First Baptist Church of Toulon or Toulon Nutrition Site.



Lonnie L. Drawyer

PRINCEVILLE – Lonnie L. Drawyer, 89, of Princeville, passed away at 5:17 p.m., on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at his residence with his family by his side.

Lonnie was born May 4, 1932, in Kewanee, to Melvin and Irma (Hulbert) Drawyer.

He is survived by his companion of 24 years, Sylvia Berg; two grandchildren, Kaylee Berg and Lucas Berg; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton Berg and Maverick Cunningham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and a grandson, Levi Berg.

Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services.

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

Carl E. Moon

PEORIA – Carl Emmett Moon, born Sept. 27, 1940, in Peoria, Ill., passed away July 30, 2021, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Carl, son of the late Sam and Florence Moon, graduated from Woodruff High School, served in the U.S. Army, and eventually became a Peoria firefighter, retiring in 2000 after 29 years.

He married Mary Lintz Powers on Feb. 16, 1991. She survives along with 6 children John (Sarah) Moon, Christine Moon (Alec Kowalewski), Mike (Karen) Powers, Suzie (Mike Hutt) Sturm, Pat (Kathy Barrett) Powers, and Tim Powers; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Sandy (Dave) Dean and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Colleen (Mark) Heinz, and a brother Ronnie (Darlene) Moon.

Along with his career as a fireman, Carl also worked as an electrician. A lovingly devoted husband and family man, Carl enjoyed spending his time with family and friends fishing on the river or at the beach in Florida, and hunting. His gentle yet strong way anchored the people who knew him well.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on Aug. 14, 2021, from 4-8 p.m. at the Peoria Firefighter’s Club, 203 N 4th St, Dunlap, Ill.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Gift of Hope and the National Association for Mental Illness.

To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

Edward Moore

BRIMFIELD – Edward “Ed” Moore, 89, of Brimfield, formerly of East Peoria, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1931, to Ralph and Ida (Tennis) Moore in Terre Haute, Ind. He married Barbara Nichol on May 4, 1952, in East Peoria; she preceded him in death on Feb. 15, 2003.

He is survived by his daughter, Gina Simmons of East Peoria; his son; Mark E. Moore of Brimfield; his sister, Linda Bailey of Matteson; six grandchildren, Joshua (Danille) Moore, Jessica (Terry) Watson, Travis Burbidge, Jayme Moore, Jenna (Joe) Smith, and Josie Moore; and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his three siblings, Bill Edwards, Jean Edwards, and Kenny Moore.

Ed graduated from EPCHS Class of 1949 then joined the Marine Corp and served during the Korean Conflict. He then worked construction for his dad, until he ultimately started his own construction company, Edward H. Moore Concrete & Construction, from which he retired in 1996. He constructed many houses and businesses in the East Peoria community.

His main hobby in life was being an equine professional. He started and operated OBARX Ranch in Brimfield for many years. He also enjoyed time with family and friends.

Visitation was Aug. 2, 2021, at Gary Deiters Funeral Home & Cremation services in East Peoria. Funeral services were Aug. 3, 2021, at the funeral home, followed by burial with military rites at Fondulac Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Central Illinois Riding Therapy (C.I.R.T.).
Online condolences may be left at www.GaryDeitersFH.com.

Raymond J. Stenger

KICKAPOO – Raymond J. Stenger, 90, of Kickapoo, passed away at 6:18 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Heartis of Peoria with his family by his side.

Born April 20, 1931, in Kickapoo, he was a son to Charles and Cecilia (Loescher) Stenger. Ray honorably served as a Corporal in the United States Army from 1952-54. On May 24, 1952, he married Mary Ann Rahn in Kickapoo and together they cherished 63 years until her passing on March 16, 2015.

Ray worked at Prairie Farms Dairy for 36 years. He drove a milk tanker for Willard Hasselbacher for many years, collecting milk from area farmers. Ray always took along one of his kids who looked forward to the carton of chocolate milk upon arrival back at the dairy. Upon retirement he and Mary would enjoy many fishing trips to Kentucky.

Ray was a cub scout leader and a long-time member of the Kickapoo Sportsman Club and the St. Mary Men’s Club.

Survivors include 6 children: John (Cathy) Stenger of Peoria, Cathy (Tony) Sherlock of Kickapoo, Pat (Dave) Jones of Hanna City, Debbie (Norman) Lock of Peoria, Brenda (Randy) Rundle of East Peoria and Mary (Dave) Cantrall of Surprise, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters: Ceil Guth of Metamora and Mary Louise Stenger of Milwaukee, Wis.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Mary Ann, three children, one grandchild, three great-grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters.

Visitation was July 31, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Father James Pankiewicz officiated and burial followed in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Memorials in Ray’s memory may be made to Easter Seals or St. Mary’s Parish of Kickapoo.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Scott P. Van Velsor

DAHINDA – Scott Paul Van Velsor, 52, of Dahinda, died at 10:16 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.

Scott was born May 17, 1969, in Galesburg, the son of Larry Eugene and Katherine Joyce (Callahan) Van Velsor. He married Christine (Trulson) Van Velsor in Galesburg on July 16, 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; his parents Larry and Katherine Van Velsor of Galesburg; one son, Jacob (Taylor Sprenger) Van Velsor of Galesburg; two daughters, Jessica Van Velsor and Katie (“Sir” Nick) Wolf, both of Galesburg; and one brother, Todd (Gwen) Van Velsor of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Scott worked as an instructor for BNSF for 19 years until June of 2017 due to ALS. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 2012 and was a chief petty officer. He was a member of the American Legion, Corpus Christi Catholic Church since 2017, was a past board member of Camp Kidz and a Patriot Guard rider. He also coached JFL Streaks for 8 years in Galesburg.

Funeral Mass was Friday, July 30, 2021, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Galesburg. Father Miller officiated. Cremation was accorded following Mass. A celebration of life was Aug. 1, 2021.

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

Edward Moore

BRIMFIELD – Edward “Ed” Moore, 89, of Brimfield, formerly of East Peoria, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.



He was born on Nov. 24, 1931, to Ralph and Ida (Tennis) Moore in Terre Haute, Ind. He married Barbara Nichol on May 4, 1952, in East Peoria; she preceded him in death on Feb. 15, 2003.

He is survived by his daughter, Gina Simmons of East Peoria; his son; Mark E. Moore of Brimfield; his sister, Linda Bailey of Matteson; six grandchildren, Joshua (Danille) Moore, Jessica (Terry) Watson, Travis Burbidge, Jayme Moore, Jenna (Joe) Smith, and Josie Moore; and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his three siblings, Bill Edwards, Jean Edwards, and Kenny Moore.

Ed graduated from EPCHS Class of 1949 then joined the Marine Corp and served during the Korean Conflict. He then worked construction for his dad, until he ultimately started his own construction company, Edward H. Moore Concrete & Construction, from which he retired in 1996. He constructed many houses and businesses in the East Peoria community.

His main hobby in life was being an equine professional. He started and operated OBARX Ranch in Brimfield for many years. He also enjoyed time with family and friends.

Visitation was Aug. 2, 2021, at Gary Deiters Funeral Home & Cremation services in East Peoria. Funeral services were Aug. 3, 2021, at the funeral home, followed by burial with military rites at Fondulac Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Central Illinois Riding Therapy (C.I.R.T.).
Online condolences may be left at www.GaryDeitersFH.com.

Raymond J. Stenger

KICKAPOO – Raymond J. Stenger, 90, of Kickapoo, passed away at 6:18 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Heartis of Peoria with his family by his side.

Born April 20, 1931, in Kickapoo, he was a son to Charles and Cecilia (Loescher) Stenger. Ray honorably served as a Corporal in the United States Army from 1952-54. On May 24, 1952, he married Mary Ann Rahn in Kickapoo and together they cherished 63 years until her passing on March 16, 2015.

Ray worked at Prairie Farms Dairy for 36 years. He drove a milk tanker for Willard Hasselbacher for many years, collecting milk from area farmers. Ray always took along one of his kids who looked forward to the carton of chocolate milk upon arrival back at the dairy. Upon retirement he and Mary would enjoy many fishing trips to Kentucky.

Ray was a cub scout leader and a long-time member of the Kickapoo Sportsman Club and the St. Mary Men’s Club.

Survivors include 6 children: John (Cathy) Stenger of Peoria, Cathy (Tony) Sherlock of Kickapoo, Pat (Dave) Jones of Hanna City, Debbie (Norman) Lock of Peoria, Brenda (Randy) Rundle of East Peoria and Mary (Dave) Cantrall of Surprise, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters: Ceil Guth of Metamora and Mary Louise Stenger of Milwaukee, Wis.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Mary Ann, three children, one grandchild, three great-grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters.

Visitation was July 31, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Father James Pankiewicz officiated and burial followed in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Memorials in Ray’s memory may be made to Easter Seals or St. Mary’s Parish of Kickapoo.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Scott P. Van Velsor

DAHINDA – Scott Paul Van Velsor, 52, of Dahinda, died at 10:16 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.

Scott was born May 17, 1969, in Galesburg, the son of Larry Eugene and Katherine Joyce (Callahan) Van Velsor. He married Christine (Trulson) Van Velsor in Galesburg on July 16, 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; his parents Larry and Katherine Van Velsor of Galesburg; one son, Jacob (Taylor Sprenger) Van Velsor of Galesburg; two daughters, Jessica Van Velsor and Katie (“Sir” Nick) Wolf, both of Galesburg; and one brother, Todd (Gwen) Van Velsor of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Scott worked as an instructor for BNSF for 19 years until June of 2017 due to ALS. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 2012 and was a chief petty officer. He was a member of the American Legion, Corpus Christi Catholic Church since 2017, was a past board member of Camp Kidz and a Patriot Guard rider. He also coached JFL Streaks for 8 years in Galesburg.

Funeral Mass was Friday, July 30, 2021, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Galesburg. Father Miller officiated. Cremation was accorded following Mass. A celebration of life was Aug. 1, 2021.

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

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Dale Bennett

WYOMING – Dale Bennett, 88, of Wyoming, passed away at his residence Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 5:45 p.m. He was born Nov. 17, 1932, in Moline, Ill., the son of Walter and A. “Dorothy” (Booth) Bennett. He married Patricia Hofstetter Aug. 29, 1954, in East Moline; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Brad (Lisa) Bennett of Gainesville, Fla.; four daughters, Tammy (Nick) Dahlkamp of Eden, Utah; Erin Bennett of Wyoming, Ill., Lisa (Ron) Kitterman of Rome, Wis., and Tina (Curt) Samo of Rochelle, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Laverna Stromquist and Anita Delp; and one grandchild, Luke Musselman.

Dale was a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and worked at the Wyoming Veterinary Clinic until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Veterinary Association, a Wyoming High School Board member, a member of Wyoming Lions Club and of the church council at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, where he was a 60-year church member. He was a 4-H leader, loved hunting, fishing, golfing, reading and family vacations.

Dale’s memorial service was at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Wyoming. Rev. Linda Strader officiated. Visitation was from 3-3:30 p.m. Friday at the church, with a time of fellowship afterwards. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left for Dale’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Jeanette Arlene Cox

CHILLICOTHE – Jeanette Arlene (Gould) Cox, 85, passed away on Dec. 11, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at St. Dominic Cemetery in Wyoming. The family invites friends to a celebration of her life following the service at Bradford American Legion.

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

Elizabeth Joan George

DUNLAP – Elizabeth Joan (Bayer) George of Dunlap, Ill., passed away on June 20, 2021, at Broward Health, Coral Springs, Fla.

She was born on May 27, 1932, in Peoria, Ill. to Elmer Paul Bayer and Hazel Violet (Flinner) Bayer. To that union was born one son, E. Dale Bayer, and four daughters, Marcella Jean, Pauline Jane, Elizabeth Joan and Christine Joyce. Proceeding Jody in death were her husband, Donald W. George, Brother Dale, Sisters Polly Heward, and Marcella Cox Roszhart.

Jody was baptized April 10, 1939, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Castleton, Ill.

Jody married Donald W. George from Danville, Penn. on March 27, 1954, in Wyoming, Ill. Donald passed on March 5, 2016. They were married 62 years. She is survived by four sons, Mark Donald (Gemma), of McLeod, Mont.; Thomas Paul (Tami), of Chugiak, Alaska; Todd Matthew (Louise), of Durham, N.C. and Christopher Scott (Melissa) of Wilmington, N.C.

She is also survived by her sister Chris Larison and eight grandchildren, Julia Grace Tompkins and (Luke), Tyler Scott George (Alana) and Candace Faith George, Charlotte Louise, and Daniel Matthew, Jim Zachman, Cheri Wilson, Janna Wilson, and one great-grandchild Maren Leigh Tompkins, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jody graduated from Wyoming Community High School in 1950. She graduated from Proctor Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1953. She received the Medical/Surgical award at her graduation. Her career in nursing took her too many fields. She was staff nurse at Proctor Hospital, Visiting Nurses Association, office nurse at Dr. Don Burhans (Peoria), staff nurse at Western Illinois Home Health Care (Monmouth, Ill.), and school nurse at Roosevelt Military Academy (Aledo, Ill.).

In 1962, she was nominated volunteer of the year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Peoria, Ill. She was honored with the “Jody George Service Award” from Western Illinois Home Health Care in 1997. She retired from nursing on May 27, 1997, after 40 years of nursing.

Jody was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo for 28 years and a member of First English Lutheran Church, Peoria, until her death. Jody was a member of Ruth Circles, quilters program, Barnabas Minister Program, and was an active member at First English for many years. She was active with Lutheran World Relief and she served on the Board of Governors of Lutheran Social Services of Western Illinois, and on the board of the adult day care center of (LSSI) in Galesburg, Ill. She also was a member of the Amicus Cirtus network of women in Chicago (LSSI). Jody and her friend Jane Schirett founded the Service Overseas Group. Personal items were sent to the 85th Evacuation Hospital at Qui Nhon, Vietnam.

She enjoyed making wedding cakes, she wrote a cookie recipe book in 1973, the proceeds were given to the Moline Boys Choir of which Christopher was a five-year member. Her grandchildren were the love of her life.

Memorial Services will be held on Aug. 7, 2021, at First English Lutheran Church, at 11a.m. Christian burial will take place at Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Route 17, Wyoming. Officiating is Rev. Ryan Anderson. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First English Lutheran Church- Youth Mission Program, 725 East Forrest Hill Ave, Peoria, IL 61603.

Alice Ann Golby

PRINCEVILLE – Alice Ann Golby, 83, was born in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Cecil and Katherine (Noonen) Simons of Princeville, Ill., on March 20, 1938. She graduated from Princeville Community High School in 1956, and from Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa in 1960. She passed away on July 15, 2021.

Alice Ann married James L. Golby at St. Mary of the Woods Church in Princeville on July 25, 1964. They are the parents of four children: Katherine (Eric) Stewart of Dwight, Ill., Margaret (Craig) Gustafson of Kewanee, Ill., Dr. Angela Golby of Morton, Ill., and Dr. James T. (Kristen) Golby of Austin, Texas. Grandchildren are Sarah (Jacob) Burd, Ethan Stewart, Melissa Stewart, Matthew Gustafson, Alison (Connor McDonald) Gustafson, Elizabeth Gustafson, Kathleen Golby, Madeline Golby, John David Golby, Luke Golby, and Peter Golby. Sarah and Jake gave Grandma and Grandpa Golby the blessing of their first Great-Grandchild, Sadie Ann Burd.

She was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee and its Altar and Rosary Society and C.F.M. Alice Ann served two years as an officer of Rock Island Deanery as Rural Life Chairman.

Employed with the University of Illinois Extension Service in Henry County, she worked extensively with adult and 4-H youth programs. Weekly columns appeared in the Star Courier, and regular features “Coffee Time Comments” were routinely given on Radio WKEI. Professional articles were published in the Journal of Home Economics and in FORECAST magazine. She enjoyed presenting numerous programs for service clubs, social gatherings and youth workshops throughout the area. As a leader in the Extension District, she was accepted into Gamma Sigma Delta, Illinois Chapter. She was listed during successive years in Outstanding Young Women of America. Alice Ann was honored with the Marycrest Distinguished Service Award by her alma mater in an annual recognition ceremony.

Alice Ann impacted many in the Henry County and Kewanee communities in her professional life and with her personal touch. Her leadership roles included serving as a member on the Henry County Assessment Committee for the White House Conference on Children and Youth, the Henry County Welfare Services Committee, and Henry County Home Economists. She was a board member for the School for Handicapped Children and for United Fund of Kewanee. Alice Ann served as secretary of the Kewanee Commission on Human Relations. She was a member of Catholic Book Club, Ladies Reading Club, and Chapter CS, P.E.O. She was a charter member and officer of the Kewanee branch of A.A.U.W. She chaired the all-inclusive highlight “Small World Kewanee,” an event of unity and celebration.

Alice Ann was preceded in death by her parents who meant the world to her and whom she has missed dearly. As an only child, her close family circle included wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins whom she loved and many of whom have passed on. She was also preceded in death by her in-laws, John and Elizabeth (Larkin) Golby.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 20, at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant was Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m., Monday, July 19, at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4 p.m. Burial took place at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 20 at St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery in Princeville. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Schools Foundation and the Henry County 4-H Foundation.

Her family would like to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to all those who have touched Alice Ann’s life. She cherished those friendships and many kind and caring gestures.

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

Glennadean R. Good

WYOMING – Glennadean R. (Tout) Good, 99, of Wyoming, passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at UnityPoint Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

Glennadean was born Nov. 4, 1921, at Ursa, Ill., the daughter of Joseph Gale and Dorothea (McBride) Tout. She married Eugene W. Good on Aug. 14, 1949, in Davenport, Iowa. He passed away Aug. 28, 1984, in Wyoming, Ill.

Surviving are three daughters and one son, Deborah (Rob) Mannon, of Lacon, Ill.; Gloria (David) Bickett, Cheryl Himlin (George Knowles) and Michael Good, all of Wyoming, Ill. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandson Jeremy Snyder, son-in-law Bob Himlin.

Glennadean was a 1940 graduate of Quincy High School in Quincy, Ill., and of St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Davenport, Iowa, in 1947. She worked at St. Luke Hospital prior to coming to Wyoming, Ill. She then worked at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria for 25 years, after which she worked at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Toulon. She retired at age 76.

She and her husband owned and operated Pla-Mor Lanes in Wyoming for 25 years. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #91, the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wyoming, a former volunteer for the American Red Cross, and volunteered doing local in-home health care for those who needed it. She cared deeply for her dogs, Tippy and Bubba.

Glennadean’s funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Rev. Ross Wyman officiated. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in rural Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Ambulance, the Wyoming Fire Department or the Wyoming American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #91. Condolences may be left for Glennadean’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Richard C. Hardy

WYOMING – Richard C. Hardy, 83, of Wyoming, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at his residence. Richard was born on Jan. 5, 1938, in Peoria, the son of Jess and Katherine (Frisby) Hardy. He married Betty Burwell on Sept. 23, 1956, in Wyoming; she survives.

Also surviving are 3 sons, Rick (Kim) Hardy of Wyoming, Tony (DeDe) Hardy of Wyoming and Brock (Barbara) Hardy of Jamestown, Ohio; 8 grandchildren, Josh, Joe, Jason, Timmy, Darcy, Bailey, Brock and Jozie; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, Scott (Linda) Hardy of Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tonia Hardy Allen; infant son, Danny Jo Hardy; and two brothers, Jess and Gordon Hardy.

Richard retired from Caterpillar. He enjoyed horse trading and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His graveside service was on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Wyoming Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Fire Department. Condolences may be left for Richard’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Ronald M. Johnson

WASHINGTON – Ronald M. Johnson, 82, of Washington, formerly of East Peoria, passed away at 7:58 a.m. Friday, July 9, 2021, at his home with his daughters by his side.

   He was born Oct. 17, 1938, in Kewanee, to Keith and Marjorie Landergren Johnson. He married Catherine A. Lyle on June 4, 1961, in Kewanee. She preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gary.

   Surviving are two daughters, Tracy Johnson of Lisle, Jill (Glenn) Wibowo of Lancaster, Calif.; two grandchildren, Kobe and Wesley Wibowo; brother, Ted (Mary) Johnson of McHenry; sister, Jayne (Bob) Winn of Toulon; sister in law, Kathleen Johnson of Princeville; his companion, Mary Carlson of Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews.

   Ron graduated from Kewanee High School in 1956. He worked for Kroger for 17 years starting as a bagger while in high school and worked his way up to Zone Manager. After that, he became a food broker to restaurants and food service establishments in Central Illinois and earned many awards and prizes for his talents in sales and marketing. He also enjoyed mentoring many younger people in his professional and personal endeavors. In his retirement, he was an N.R.A. certified gun safety and shooting instructor and member of local Sportsmen’s Clubs, until his health no longer permitted. He loved watching local high school sports, especially when his brother Gary was coaching football, and he enjoyed attending the activities of his great niece and nephews. He was an avid Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinals fan.  

   Cremation has been accorded. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Metamora on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington with recitation of the Rosary at 3:45 p.m. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Kewanee at a later date.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Apostolic Sisters of St. John, 10809 W. Legion Hall Rd. in Princeville, IL 61559 or to the Coach Gary Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund at Better Banks, 200 W. Williams St. in Wyoming, IL 61491.

   Ron’s memorial website is available at deitersfuneralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.

Steve L. Loudenburg

BRADFORD – Steve L. Loudenburg, 64, of rural Bradford, Ill. passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at his home.

He was born June 18, 1957, in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Loren and Mary (Eble) Loudenburg.

Steve married Marjie Rumbold in Princeville, Ill., Feb. 14, 1987. She survives in rural Bradford.

Also surviving are two children: Jason Loudenburg of Bradford and Jenna (Ryleigh) Clark of Kewanee, Ill.; three siblings: Jean Rohrig, Nancy (Rick) Heaton, and Jeff (Rebecca) Loudenburg; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated from Bradford High School with the Class of 1975.
Steve was a lifelong farmer and truck driver.

Steve enjoyed Sunday family dinners, hunting and his beloved blue heelers. He helped the Stark County 4H club, including the fair every year and was an Osceola Grove Cemetery trustee for many years.

A visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford, with officiant, Gregg Rumbold. Burial will took place in Osceola Grove Cemetery, rural Bradford. Memorials may be directed to the Stark County Junior Fair Building fund or the Osceola Grove Country Research. Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Hazel Lundeen

TOULON – Hazel L. Lundeen (Schmidt), 84, formerly of Toulon and East Moline, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, after years of decline from Alzheimer’s Disease. Hazel was buried on Jan. 8, 2021, next to her husband, Jack, at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, in a private family service, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A Celebration of Life / Open House will be Aug. 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall (3801 7th St, East Moline, IL 61244). Coffee and brunch will be served while gathering with Hazel’s family and friends to remember her life through stories, photos and stitchery displays.

Lewis L. Nelson

BISHOP HILL – Lewis L. “Louie” Nelson, 93, of Bishop Hill, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa.

Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of his life will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Bishop Hill Colony School. Memorials may be made to the Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church or the Old Settlers Association of Bishop Hill. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is assisting the family with arrangements.

Daryl Pittman

TOULON – Daryl Pittman’s family and friends are having a celebration of life in Daryl’s memory on Saturday, July 31, beginning at 3 p.m. Friends and relatives and family are invited at his home.

John C. Sterling

GALVA – John C. “Jack” Sterling, 78, of Galva, died at 8:49 p.m., Thursday, July 22, 2021, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, July 29, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation.

Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born July 10, 1943, in Spring Valley, Ill., the son of Conway J. and Mary D. (Rue) Sterling Sr. Survivors include his four children; Tom Sterling and Toby Sterling, both of Kewanee, Jeremy (Nicole) Sterling of Galva and Jackie (Chad) Nyert of Kewanee, five brothers; Glenn Sterling of Peru, Ill., Earl Sterling of LaSalle, Ill., Albert (Terri) Sterling of Gilbert, Ariz., Henry (Kathy) Sterling of Joliet, Ill. and Louis Sterling of Peoria, four sisters; Sharon Bango of Hennepin, Ill., Betty Moore of Avon Park, Fla., Virginia Garza and Gaylene (George) Harden, fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Jack worked construction and was a self-employed painter. He enjoyed fishing and camping, going to auctions and tinkering on old cars.

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

Wilbur L. Weber

LaFAYETTE – Wilbur L. “Sonny” Weber, 94, of LaFayette, passed away at 11:11 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at OSF St. Luke Medical Center. Wilbur was born on Sept. 9, 1926, in Peoria County, the son of Lee and Etta (Voland) Weber. He married Marcella Huber on March 5, 1949; she survives.

Also surviving are his 3 children, Barbara (Leo Seckman) Shambaugh, of Toulon, Betty (Richard) Willard, of Texas, and Robert Weber, of LaFayette; daughter in law, Susan Weber, of Nashville; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 12 step great-grandchildren; and his dog Reba. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronald Weber; and one grandson, Travis Weber.

Wilbur was a retired farmer and trucker. He was a member of several antique tractor clubs and enjoyed tinkering with his tractors.

His graveside service was at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Kewanee. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry County Humane Society, the LaFayette Fire Department or the LaFayette United Methodist Church.

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

Aaron J. Wulf

LaFAYETTE – Aaron J. Wulf, 66, of LaFayette, passed away at 6:22 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Aaron was born on July 10, 1955, in Sterling, the son of Aaron Snoke and Ella Hazelwood. He married Pam Morse on Jan. 14, 1978; she survives.

Also surviving are his four sons, Nathan (Lauren) Wulf of Peoria, Donavon Wulf of Coal Valley, Courtney Wulf of LaFayette, and Alex Wulf of LaFayette; four grandchildren, Kaytlyn, Dawson, Dominic, and Cameron; one brother, Terry (Jenny) Wulf of LaFayette; two sisters, Vicki (John) McRell of LaFayette and Anna Vannoy of Mt. Zion. Aaron was preceded in death by his parents; one brother-in-law, Mike Vannoy; and one niece, Jennifer Curry.

Aaron worked as a mechanic, retiring from Martin Implement in LaFayette. He served on the LaFayette Cemetery board. He enjoyed mowing and fixing mowers, and he loved fishing, woodworking, painting and drawing.

Aaron’s funeral service was at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Rev. Angela Fleming officiated. His visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LaFayette Fire Department or the Stark County Ambulance.

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



Dorothy M. Elliott

YATES CITY – Dorothy M. Elliott, 90, of Yates City, passed away at 6:25 a.m., on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Farmington Country Manor.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1930, in Trivoli Township, to Phillip and Grace (French) Knussman. She married Dale Elliott on Nov. 18, 1950, in Yates City. He preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 2014.

She is survived by 3 children, Doug (Mary) Elliott of New Hampshire, Brent (Susan) Elliott of Yates City and Brian (Pam) Elliott of Williamsfield; 1 sister, Johanna (the late John) West; 6 grandchildren, Jarame (Tina), Nikki (Cody), Jessica (Jim), Tori (Mike), Evan, and Chris (Liz); 10 great-grandchildren, Madi (Nick), Madyson (Rhett), Jayde (Nick), Kaden, Austin, Waylon, Cash, Addison, McKenzie, and Denver; and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Laken and Reese.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Phyllis Bridenstein and Arlene Hartman.

Dorothy worked at Ladd’s in Yates City for many years, and she also drove a truck for her husband’s and brother-in-law’s business, Elliott Custom Service. She also cooked for the Senior Citizen Drop-in at the Methodist Church in Yates City.

She loved reading and feeding birds. She also loved her lottery tickets, gambling at the boat and her Vegas trips. Most of all, though, she loved spending time with her family. She was of the Methodist faith.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Yates City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m., following the service on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at the Elmwood Banquet Hall, 112 S. Magnolia St., Elmwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elba-Salem Fire Department, B.Y.E. Ambulance or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

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

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

James W. Grimm

ELMWOOD – James W. (Jim) Grimm of Elmwood, Ill., passed away peacefully at home on July 13, 2021, after a hard and bravely fought battle with cancer. Jim was born on Feb. 26, 1949, in Dodgeville, Wis., the son of Joseph and Margaret Joan Grimm of Mineral Point, Wis.

Jim married Joyce (Moody) Grimm on May 25, 1974, in Elmwood.

Jim is survived by Joyce and their three sons: Joseph Grimm of Champaign, Ill., Justin (Heather) Grimm of Urbana, Ill., and Jarrod (Jordan) Grimm of Dunlap, Ill.; grandchildren, Quinn Penelope and Wilson James; his mother, Margaret Joan Grimm of Mineral Point, Wis.; siblings, Ann (Tim) Terrill of Mineral Point, Sue Howdle of Mineral Point, Mary Jo (James “Buck”) Rolli of Mineral Point, Larry (Tiwani) Grimm of Middlesboro, Ky., Marcia (Kent) Roberts of Mineral Point and Gerry (Paige) Grimm of Mineral Point; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, baby brother and brother-in-law.

Jim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in mining engineering. After graduating, Jim started work at ASARCO (Midland Coal Company) where he met his wife, Joyce. Jim and three partners acquired the land and equipment from ASARCO to establish their own company, Midstate Coal Company. He later worked at McBride & Shoff until retirement.

Jim enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad with his wife, Joyce. Jim also enjoyed the outdoors and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Over a three-year period, he dedicated one week a year towards hiking a portion of the trail; this was a great accomplishment for Jim. He also loved ice fishing, entertaining and spending time with his family and friends.

Jim immensely treasured time with his grandchildren, Quinnie and Wilson.

For Jim, caring and loving his family, being a loyal friend, having integrity and having a strong work ethic inspired him throughout his life.

Jim will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation was Friday, July 23, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A Funeral Mass was Saturday, July 24, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Church in Elmwood, followed by a private family burial of ashes at Elmwood Township Cemetery. A funeral dinner was held at St. Patrick’s Church immediately after the burial of ashes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois CancerCare and St. Patrick’s Church.

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

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

George M. Hoerr

PEORIA – George M. Hoerr, 88, of Peoria, peacefully entered his heavenly home on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

George was born on Feb. 6, 1933, in Peoria to David A. and Rose (Yoder) Hoerr. He married Kathryn Lou Baer on Dec.19, 1953, in Roanoke. They spent 59 years together dedicated to spreading the Word of God and building their family. George’s favorite verse was Joshua 24:15. Katie preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2012.

George was also preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; two sisters; granddaughter, Tara Marie Hoerr; and two grandsons, Quentin George Kellem and Thomas Mark “Tommy” Hoerr.

He is survived by his 12 children, George R. (Jeanne) Hoerr of Virginia Beach, Va., Betty (Ken) Downing of Brimfield, Bill (Linda) Hoerr of Edwards, Fred Hoerr of Los Angeles, Calif., Bonnie (Charles) DePalma of Brimfield, Ted (Carly) Hoerr of Ozark, Mo., Gary (Rosalba) Hoerr of Emporia, Kan., Matt Hoerr of Eldon, Mo., Mark (Shelli) Hoerr of Brimfield, Sarah (Jim) Borop of Peoria, Sam (Jodi) Hoerr of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Annie Kellem of Edwards; 37 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great- grandchildren; 1 brother, John Hoerr; 3 sisters, Millie Moser, Florence Barkley and Eloise Meister; and many nieces and nephews.

George served his country in the United States Air National Guard for nine years, from the age of 16. He was a graduate of Woodruff High School and salutatorian of his class at Tennessee Temple Bible College. He continued his studies at Fort Wayne Bible College and went on to be a pastor and evangelist for many revival meetings in Missouri and throughout the Midwest.

George and Katie were always quick to light up a room with song, he strumming his guitar and both harmonizing familiar hymns. During their time in Missouri, George was owner and operator of George Hoerr Excavating, working with several of his sons. After the family moved back to Illinois, George was a minister at the former Twelve Oaks Apostolic Christian Church in Peoria. During his retirement, George enjoyed traveling with Katie in their motor home, teaching bible studies and writing. George is a member of the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church.

Visitation was July 18, 2021 at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria and July 19, 2021, at Bethany Baptist Church, Edwards. Funeral services followed at Bethany Baptist Church. Matt Feucht and Ken Hoerr officiated. Interment was at the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Edwards. Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines or the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Online condolences may be left for George’s family at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Clara S. Rodriguez

PRINCEVILLE – Clara S. Rodriguez, 79, of Del Rio, Texas, passed away in Peoria on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 7:53 p.m. She was born Aug. 12, 1941, in Cd. Acuña Coahuila, Mexico, to Teodoro and Augstina (Ibarra) Soto.

She married Aurelio Rodriguez Dec. 24, 1960, in Mexico; he survives.

Also surviving are 7 children; Araceli “Chely” Rodriguez and Mã Cristina “Cristy” Arredondo of Del Rio, Texas, Jose A. “Frijol” Rodriguez of Acuna, Mexico, Norma “Normita” L. Mota of Princeville, Marco A. “Marcitos” Rodriguez of Princeville, Clara A. “Keky” Rodriguez of Chillicothe and Yolanda “Yoly” Rodriguez of Princeville; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and 4 brothers, Roberto Soto, Raul Ramos, Reynaldo Ramos and Juan Ramos.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Jose Juarez, one son, Tonin and one sister, Vicenta Juarez.

Clara’s favorite thing to do was play Loteria, go on drives to see the herons (garzas) at the pond in Del Rio and she enjoyed watching her Spanish soap operas on TV. She was a member of the White & Black Club, Joe Ramos Club and the San Felipe Exes Club in Del Rio.

Services for Clara will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences may be left for Clara’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra B. Polhemus

HANNA CITY – Pastor Sandra “Sandy” B. Polhemus, 78, of Hanna City, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. She was born on Jan. 16, 1943, in Highland Park to Henry Alvin and Dorothy Josephine (Chaney) Hensley. She married Richard Polhemus on July 1, 1961, and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this month.

Sandy is also survived by her children, Dustin Polhemus of Hanna City, Patti (Ron) Mauerman of Tremont, Tammy Polhemus of Brimfield, and Rick (Toni) Polhemus of Normal; grandchildren, Kyle (Jenn) Mauerman of Sunnyland, Laynee Mauerman of Morton, Jordan Jones of Broadman, Ohio, Dakota Polhemus of Mackinaw, Colton Polhemus of Mackinaw, Sadie Shilling of Brimfield, and Avery Gibson of Normal; great-grandchildren, Grace and Maddison Mauerman, both of Sunnyland; and sister, Judith (Stan) Mandrell of Pekin. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Sandy started her own church, Warriors for Christ International Church, in the basement of her home in 1993. She was the current pastor at Warriors for Christ in Peoria Heights. She also enjoyed traveling.

A funeral service was held on July 20, 2021, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel at 11 a.m. Pastor JoAnne Herndon presided. Visitation was held one hour before the funeral on Tuesday, and also on July 19, 2021, at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Smithville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Warriors for Christ International Ministry or Logan-Hanna City Fire Department. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel and condolences may be left at www.Davison-Fulton-BartonvilleChapel.com.

John P. Turner

ELMWOOD – John P. Turner, 64, of rural Elmwood, passed away at 3:31 p.m., on Friday, July 23, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Nov. 7, 1956, in Joliet, Ill., to John E. and Ann M. (Miles) Turner.

He is survived by his mother of Elmwood; two children, Josh (Amanda) Turner of Peoria, and Jake Turner, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; and one sister, Lori (Jean-Marc) Turner-Cournac.

He is preceded in death by his father.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Cremation rites will then be accorded and a burial of ashes will be held at a later date.

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

Harry Yoakum

ELMWOOD – Harry George Yoakum, 78, of Elmwood, Ill., passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at his home surrounded by family.

Harry was born on April 1, 1943, to Paul E. and Lucille (Thomas) Yoakum in Colfax, Iowa. He married the love of his life Teresa (Jane McCoy) Yoakum on Aug. 25, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Harry is survived by his wife Jane; two daughters, Kerry Williams and Paula (Scot) Jehle, all of Elmwood, and one son Jeff (Dianna) Yoakum of Weatherford, Texas; nine grandchildren: Jessica (Johnny) Mathis of Washington, Ill., Sawyer Williams, Nick Jehle and Jaeden Legaspi, Matthew Jehle, and Ethan Jehle, all of Elmwood, Shaye Yoakum and Clayton Ruter of Lanark, Ill., Parker Yoakum of Elmwood, and Yalile Johnson and Jada Portillo of Bella Vista, Ark.; one brother, Terry Yoakum of Red Oak, Iowa; several sisters and brothers in laws: Sally (Ron) Lapointe of Peoria, Ill., Lisa (Andy) Dzurocivin of Hillsboro, Ill., Mike (Peggy) Powers of Elmwood, Ill., and Pam (Barry) Yoakum of Newton, Iowa. He also had lots of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, whom he loved so dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister, several sister and brother in laws.

Harry graduated from Colfax High School in 1962 in Colfax, Iowa. He worked for the City of Elmwood Water and Street Department before retiring in 2005 after 32 years. He loved his job, took pride in his work, loved all the compliments and cookies he would get from the wonderful people of Elmwood. He was a past member of Elmwood Fire Department, Elmwood Maple Lane Country Club, Elmwood Trap Club and Farmington Moose.

Harry enjoyed golfing and shooting trap. He absolutely loved the beach and going on family vacations. He enjoyed family gatherings, especially Christmas time and the games that were played, most notably the dice game to take everyone’s money.

His laughter, smile, and wittiness and most of all his love for life were contagious. He loved his friends; so many, many friends. He had no regrets and said, “I’ve lived a long life and wouldn’t change a thing.”

Harry adored and loved his wife, kids and grandchildren with all his heart and soul. He would want us all to remember the happy memories we have of him and most of all his signature wave.

We were all #1 in his eyes, right in front of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be given to Elmwood Fire Dept, BYE Ambulance or American Cancer Society.

Cremation was requested. Burial of Ashes will be in the Elmwood Township Cemetary where a private family service will be held at the gravesite. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elmwood Maple Lane Country Club on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 3-7 p.m.

Patrick M. Berry

PEORIA – Patrick Michael Berry, 57, of Peoria, died suddenly on July 20, 2021.

Mike is survived by his children, Laura (Kenny) Atchley, of Farmington, Mackenzi (Chris) Alm, of Anchorage, Jessica (Alex) Ewalt, of Yates City, Danielle Berry, of Bushnell and Aaron Berry, of Arkansas; partner, Renee Bullen, of Peoria; sister, Dee Chesley, of East Peoria; brother, Fred Berry, of Peoria; 16 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

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

Gayle J. Fidler

PRINCEVILLE – Gayle Jean Fidler, 69, of East Peoria, mother of a Princeville woman, died July 18, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born Oct. 11, 1951. She married Thomas Fidler on June 29, 1974, in Pekin, and he survives.

She is also survived by two sons, Chad (Cherise) Fidler of Bennington, Neb., and Nicholas (Stephanie) Fidler of East Peoria; daughter, Courtney (Dan) Cinnamon of Princeville; brother, Dyke (Sharon) Hanson of Metamora, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

Alice A. Golby

PRINCEVILLE – Alice Ann Golby, 83, of Kewanee, a Princeville native, died July 15, 2021.

She was born in Peoria, the daughter of Cecil and Katherine (Noonen) Simons of Princeville, on March 20, 1938. She graduated from Princeville Community High School in 1956.

She married James L. Golby at St. Mary of the Woods Church in Princeville on July 25, 1964. Survivors include 4 children, Katherine (Eric) Stewart of Dwight, Margaret (Craig) Gustafson of Kewanee, Dr. Angela Golby of Morton and Dr. James T. (Kristen) Golby of Austin, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

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

Leland Grigg

PRINCEVILLE – Leland Grigg, 65, of Princeville has died.
Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services of Central Illinois, Peoria, is handling arrangements.

Patricia A. Jones

HANNA CITY – Patricia Ann Jones, 66, of Hanna City died July 8, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

She was born on April 5, 1955. She married Vernon L. Jones on June 6, 1981. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include three children, Thomas Evans and Vernon L. Jones, Jr., both of Farmington, and Terri M. Jones (Brandon) of Hanna City; two grandchildren; brother Thomas R. Evans of Hanna City; and sister Doris P. Evans of Hanna City.

She worked as a bartender and cook for the Hanna City Sportsman’s Club for many years.

Inurnment will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, at Smithville Cemetery in rural Hanna City.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

Patricia A. Thomson

DAHINDA – Patricia Ann “Pat” Thomson, 89, of Dahinda, died at home on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 11:45 p.m. and was pronounced on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 1:49 a.m.

Pat was born on May 20, 1932, in Galva. She married Wayne Thomson on June 17, 1950, in Altona.

Pat is survived by her loving husband, Wayne at home; children, Lana Jo Bjorling of Victoria, Allan Wayne (Cindy) Thomson of Galva, Rodney Lee (Kathy) Thomson of Oglesby, Steven Michael (Laura) Thomson of Florida, Toni Sue (Larry) Huffman of Altona and Bradley Scott (Shae) Thomson of Florida; siblings, Dave Anderson and Jim (Janice) Anderson, both of Galva; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Roger Tuttle
FARMINGTON – Roger Tuttle, 86, of Pontiac, who attended Farmington schools, died July 18, 2021, at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac.

Roger was born in Peoria County on Aug. 18, 1934, a son of Frank and Mae (Johnson) Tuttle. He married Joyce Scott on Nov. 1, 1952. She survives in Pontiac. Also surviving are their children, Deb Leisner of Needville, Texas, Lynn (John) Wakey of Herscher, Karin (Doug) Evans of Naples, Fla., and Mark (Ellen) Tuttle of New Rochelle, NY. ; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy Wilcoxen of Walnut.

Roger attended rural schools until 8th grade, when his parents “tuitioned” him to Farmington Junior High. In 1952, he graduated from Farmington High School.

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

Thomas H. Wilson

PRINCEVILLE – Thomas Henry Wilson, age 79, of Hopewell, father of a Princeville woman, died July 20, 2021, at his home.

Tom was born on March 9, 1942, in Peoria. He married Roberta Nelson on Sept. 24, 1960, in Varna.

Surviving are his wife, Roberta; his daughters, Cynthia Wilson of Arizona, and Natalie (Ross) Elsasser of Princeville; five grandchildren; and his sister, Donna Spicer of Henry.

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



Lois M. Bleichner
YATES CITY – Lois M. (Clark) Bleichner, 89, of Yates City, passed away at 3:20 p.m., on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at OSF St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Bloomington, Ill.

Lois was born Oct. 31, 1931, to William “Earl” and Lillie May (VanDeusen) Clark in Yates City.

She married Glenn Richard Bleichner on Nov. 24, 1950. He passed away on March 5, 2007.

Lois is survived by one son, Richard “Rick” (Nichol) Bleichner of Normal; her three grandchildren, Richard “Michael” (Brittany), Nicholas Patrick, and Olivia Jade Bleichner; and one great-grandchild, Elliot Bleichner; two brothers, George (Sue) Clark of Galesburg and Gerald “Jerry” (Martha) Clark of Yates City; and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary “Eileen” Sollenberger and Verna Lou Clark; two brothers, William “Gene” Clark and Russell Earl Clark.

Lois graduated from Yates City High School in 1949. She retired April 1, 1988, after 36 years and 3 months with the Peoria County branch office of the U.S. Government – then USDA – ASCS.

Lois had a trailer on a lake near Dunlap. She was a longtime member of the Radnor Rod and Gun Club at Dunlap, where she formerly served on the Board of Directors, as well as the treasurer for the Women’s Auxiliary.

Lois enjoyed playing Bingo and playing cards. She greatly enjoyed watching the activities of her grandchildren. She was very proud of the achievement of her son, Normal Police Chief, Rick, and of her daughter-in-law, Nichol, Deputy Chief for Illinois State University Police in Normal.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Yates City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elba-Salem Fire Department.

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

Gerald R. Dunne
BRIMFIELD – Gerald R. Dunne, 85, of Brimfield, passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Born Oct. 2, 1935, in Peoria to Raymond and Rosemary Gorman Dunne, he married Carole Knox on Aug. 13, 1955, in Peoria. She survives along with 2 daughters, Jeanne (Patrick) Barrett of Peoria, and Jennifer (Paul) Bazzano of Franklin, Tenn.; 5 sons, Martin (Lori) Dunne of Elmwood, James (Diane) Dunne of Brimfield, Patrick Dunne of Peoria, Timothy (Malana) Dunne of Elmwood, and Brian (Heather) Dunne of Brimfield; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Mary Anne Abegg of Peoria and Linda Perardi of Trivoli.

Gerald was a 1953 graduate of Spalding High. He was a bricklayer for almost 20 years for Bricklayer’s Local #3. He then started the Health, Welfare and Pension Fund and became the administrator full time until he retired in 1995. Gerald also had his own income tax service for decades. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and was an avid Chicago Cub and Bear fan. Gerald loved to travel to Vegas, where he had great luck in playing the machines.

Visitation was from 9:30 until the time of service at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Father Daniel McShane officiated and entombment followed in Resurrection Mausoleum.

Memorials in Gerald’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, jdrf.org.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Bradley N. Eagle
WILLIAMSFIELD – Bradley Neil Eagle, 71, of Williamsfield, passed away at 1:37 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington. A funeral service was to be held Wednesday, June 30, at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Visitation was Tuesday at the church where masonic rites were by the Altona Masonic Lodge. Burial was at the Williamsfield Cemetery with military rites by the Williamsfield American Legion. Memorials can be directed to the Altona Masonic Lodge, the Williamsfield American Legion or the Victoria Rod & Gun Club. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is handling arrangements.

Brad was born on Dec. 25, 1949, at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, the son of Delbert and Lola (Carlson) Eagle. He married Melodie (Tucker) Kimler on June 7, 1980, in Altona. Together they raised four daughters, Lisa (Eagle) Bohannan of Elmore, Tracie (Kimler) Peterson (Mike Alford) and Annette (Charlie) Sams, both of Williamsfield and Melisa Eagle of East Galesburg. Other survivors include his grandchildren: Jeremy (Molly) Eagle, Lacy, Calvin and Lorin Peterson, James, Tucker and Lewis Sams and Ava Alford, all of Williamsfield; Rachel Bohannan of Lincoln; Alivia Alford of Bartonville; and Michael Alford, stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army; and four great grandsons with a great granddaughter on the way.

He is also survived by his mother, Lola (Wayne) Mohr of Galesburg, his mother-in-law, Beverly “Bev” Tucker of Williamsfield, his sister Cheryl (Dan) Koeritz of Wheaton, Ill., his brother, Richard “Rick” (Ruth) Eagle of Abingdon, his sister-in-law Diana Biddle and brother-in-law, William “Bill” (Gale) Tucker, all of Williamsfield. He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Kay Eagle, his father-in-law, Samuel “Sam” Tucker, his grandparents, Marvin and Viola Eagle and Wesley and Verla Carlson.

Brad was a graduate of R.O.V.A. High School in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army from August 1969 to August 1971, and served in Vietnam from January 1970 to December 1970. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and an Air Medal.

He was employed at Gale Products until they closed in 1983. He worked for his friend Carl Swanson at Swanson Electric until going to work for the City of Galesburg, retiring in 2009. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending quality time with family and friends, especially at Victoria Rod & Gun Club. He and Mel also enjoyed traveling, particularly out west.

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

Thomas ‘Steve’ Hall
ELMWOOD – Thomas “Steve” Hall, 74, of Elmwood, passed away at 3:28 a.m., on Friday, June 25, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born on April 23, 1947, in Peoria, to Floyd and Lois (Settles) Hall.

He is survived by one brother, David (Diana) Hall of Elmwood; and one sister, Sharon Hall of Elmwood.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his significant other for 34 years, Marlena Settles.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m., on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Wilfred E. Hanson
MONICA – Wilfred Eugene Hanson, 91, of Chillicothe, formerly of Monica, passed away at 6:07 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Proctor in Peoria.

Wilfred was born on Aug. 16, 1929, in Laura to Everett Edward and Eleanor Evelyn (Malone) Hanson. He married Donna (Boyer) in Cambridge, on Feb. 14, 1948.

Surviving are his wife, Donna of Chillicothe; 1 son, Steve (Miriam) Hanson of Edelstein; 2 daughters, Deborah (Robert) Duckworth of Princeville and Lori (James) Cochran of Monica; 7 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wilfred retired as a general contractor for Hanson Construction and previously worked as a lineman for the former CILCO Power Company. He was a life-long member of the Princeville Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #360, the Scottish Rite, Peoria Consistory, Shriners and the Monica United Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.

His funeral service, with Masonic rites will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Nicole Reed, Certified Funeral Celebrant will officiate. Burial will be in Princeville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Princeville Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #360.

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

James N. Burley
ELMWOOD – James “Jim” N. Burley, 96, of Peoria, father of an Elmwood woman, died June 19, 2021, at Farmington Country Manor.

He was born on May 4, 1925, in Chicago. He married Catherine Driscoll on Aug. 16, 1958, in Peoria.

Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years; three daughters, Lee Burley of Bellevue, Barbara (Frank) Young of Elmwood and Maryann Sprout of Peoria; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton.com.

Alice Chaika
KNOXVILLE – Alice “Dolly” Chaika, 90, mother of a Farmington man, died June 16, 2021, at Heartland Healthcare Center, Galesburg.

Dolly was born on Aug. 7, 1930, in Brimfield. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Bleichner) LaFollette. Dolly married Francis “Finn” Chaika on May 4, 1956, in Brimfield. He preceded her in death.

Dolly is survived by her son, Toby (Kristin) Vallas of Farmington; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Dolly was a graduate of Williamsfield High School.

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

Walter J. Fehl
WEST PEORIA – Walter J. Fehl, 80, of West Peoria died June 24, 2021, at his home.

Born July 25, 1940, in Peoria, he married Loretta Sanders on Feb. 3, 1962, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Timothy (Laurie) Fehl of Edwards, John (Pam) Fehl of Peoria; two daughters, Lynn (David) Krutz of Brookfield, Wis., Jennifer (John) Klohr of Melissa, Texas; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law.

Jeffrey G. Givens
EDWARDS – Jeffrey Gene Givens of Peoria, father of an Edwards man, died June 24, 2021, at his home. He was born April 22, 1945, attended Princeville schools and graduated in 1963. Survivors include his wife, Paula; sister, Sally (Richard) Cloyd of Peoria; brother, Erik Givens (Deb) of Princeville; daughters, Carrie Givens and fiance, Roger Monke, of Normal, and Jennifer (James) Curtis of Laura; and three grandchildren.

Sharon I. Jacobson
 ELMWOOD – Sharon I. Jacobson, 79, of Altona, mother of an Elmwood man, died June 23, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Galesburg to Claude and Violet (Barber) Bellamy. She married Donald Jacobson on Aug. 12, 1961, in Galesburg. He survives.

Also surviving is a son, Donald (Chrissy) Jacobson of Elmwood; two daughters, Marquie Smith of Altona and Penny (and Paul) Leafgreen, Jr. of Altona; a sister, Alice (and Fred) Madvig of Galesburg, six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

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

Noel McMullin, Jr.
EDWARDS – Noel “Buddy” McMullin, Jr., 76, of Edwards, died June 25, 2021, at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1945.

Survivors include his wife Edith of Edwards; two children: Jennifer (Moe) Lafountaine of Maryland and David (Jessica) McMullin of Bartonville; three grandchildren; and one brother.

Private memorial services will be held and a Celebration of Life will also be held from 5-7 p.m. on July 5, 2021 at Club Phoenix in Bartonville.

Roy E. Perkins
ELMWOOD – Roy Elvin Edwards, a former Elmwood resident, died June 22, 2021. Roy was born on March 23, 1955, to Roy Edwards and Marie Livingston, in Peoria. Roy was raised by his grandfather, Alvin Livingston, in Elmwood after his mother died.

Roy graduated from Elmwood High School.

Roy is survived by his wife, Sadako; two children; five grandchildren; stepmother Verna Keyes; and eight siblings.

Edith E. Richards
FARMINGTON – Edith E. Richards, 93, of Farmington died June 18, 2021, at Farmington Country Manor.

She was born on March 23, 1928, in Eden. She married James E. Richards on Dec. 21, 1946, in Hanna City.

Surviving are four children, Michael (Raelynn) Richards of Jefferson City, Mo., Ronald (Deb) Richards of Pekin, William (Beth) Richards of Canton, and Janet Jordan of Peoria; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Isabell of Farmington.

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


Gail L. Baysingar
BRIMFIELD – Gail L. Baysingar, 81, of Brimfield, passed away at 3:41 p.m., on Monday, June 14, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born July 5, 1939, in Peoria County, to Russell and Geraldine (Rook) Pillman. She married Russell Baysingar on May 22, 1961, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 2016.

Gail is survived by 4 children, Sue (the late Brad) Larson, of Eugene, Ore., Diana (Keith) Wagner, of Brimfield, Lisa (David) Wiltz, of Elmwood, and Jeffry (Peggy) Baysingar of Elmwood; 2 brothers, Larry (Cheri) Pillman and Gary (the late Betty) Pillman; 2 sisters, Sharon Swindler and Martha (Bob) Koll; 2 special nieces, Charlotte Mutton and Charlene (Dave) Dye; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerry Pillman and Jimmy Pillman; and one sister, Marilyn Pillman Mutton.

Gail was a beautician for over 38 years in the Elmwood and Brimfield areas. She was very active and enjoyed the outdoors, walking and gardening. She was a former member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Brimfield United Methodist Church where she was very involved.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 21, 2021, at the Brimfield United Methodist Church. A visitation was held prior to the service from 9:30-11:00. Burial of ashes followed at Brimfield Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brimfield United Methodist Church.

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

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

Lois M. Bleichner
YATES CITY – Lois M. Bleichner, 89, of Yates City died June 17, 2021. She was born Oct. 31, 1931.

Services are pending and Oaks-Hines Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Theresa E. Gilles
KICKAPOO – Theresa E. Gilles, 94, of Kickapoo, peacefully passed away at 11:20 p.m. on Friday, June 18th at Buehler Home in Peoria, Ill.

She was born on April 17, 1927, in Peoria to Matthew and Bridget Sullivan Phelan. She married Eugene “Shorty” Gilles on July 19, 1952, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1993.

She is survived by her children, Dave Gilles (Becky Richards) of Kickapoo; Susan Gilles McDonough of Kickapoo; Lynn (Roger) Kelch of Hanna City; Nancy (Tony) Moushon of Brimfield; and Patrick (Leslie) Gilles of Brimfield; also, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Jim and Ed Phelan and her sister Loretta Atkins.

She was a graduate of Brown’s Business College and was then employed at Hiram Walker.

She was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed her weekly lunches and poker games with her friends. She was very proud of her Irish heritage as well.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo.

Graveside services will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 1 p.m. Fr. James Pankiewicz will officiate. A celebration of her life will be celebrated later this summer.

Memorials may be made to Easter Seals or St. Mary’s of Kickapoo.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Shirley J. Kellstadt
BRIMFIELD – Shirley J. Kellstadt, 79, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 5:25 a.m. at her residence.

She was born Dec. 15, 1941, in Princeville to James and Ruby (Sands) White. On Oct. 15, 1960, in their home church, the Union Church at Brimfield, she married Charlie Kellstadt, and was first attracted to him by his fancy car. He passed away April 1, 2016.

Survivors include 3 sons, Chuck (Cindy) of Brimfield, Allan (Melissa) of Lebanon, Ind., and Steve (Tina) of Brimfield; 8 grandchildren, Ashlee, Terra, Tim, Brian, Eric, Kathy, Skylar and Crystallynn; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Siegel and Barbara Sandall, both of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, Tim, and grandson, Jacob.

Shirley was a former Brimfield School District board member, who left her elected position to work as the cafeteria manager for 25 years. In addition, she collected tickets for the high school basketball games and enjoyed talking with the parents and students. She loved her farm life and especially her Hereford cattle, and was a lifetime member of the American Hereford Association. She was a 10 year 4-H leader for the Jubilee Patriots, spent many summers with her grandchildren at cattle shows and also sold Tupperware and Dutchmaid clothing. She was a member of the Union Church at Brimfield.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Funeral services were to be Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., also at the funeral home, and were to be officiated by Rev. Stephen Barch. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Union Church at Brimfield or the Brimfield Area Food Pantry.

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

Richard M. Secrist
WILLIAMSFIELD – Richard M. “Rick” Secrist, 63, of Williamsfield, died at 2:26 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at his home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 18, at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Teri Shane officiated. Visitation was 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Cremation was accorded following the services.

Memorials may be directed to ROWVA-Williamsfield Cougars Baseball or to ROWVA-Williamsfield Volleyball. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

Rick was born Oct. 3, 1957, in Galesburg, the son of George Marvin and Ethel Marie (Miles) Secrist. He married Peggy Likes on June 16, 1983, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Survivors include: their seven children, Chris (Amy) Howard of Gilson, Sam (Amanda) Secrist and Zachary Secrist, both of Williamsfield, Jake (Aaren) Secrist of Abingdon, Gabe (Lori) Secrist and Ashley (Neil) Little, both of Williamsfield and Meggie Thielbert of Galesburg; his sister, Vickie (Bob) Anderson of Williamsfield; sister-in-law, Alice Likes of Williamsfield; and 14 grandchildren; Jessica, Chelsey, Carla, Brodie, Chloee, Sawyer, Stone, Duncan, Alexis, Nicholas, Cali, Jordan, Marley and Matthew. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Keith Likes.

Rick graduated from Williamsfield High School. He worked as a shift supervisor at Par-A-Dice Casino in Peoria for 27 years.

He was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church and the Galesburg Basketball League. He coached baseball of all ages and played in the Kickapoo Valley League. He enjoyed traveling the country and taking a trip to Cooperstown. Rick especially enjoyed fishing on the Spoon River with his sons and grandchildren.

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

John M. Tanney
PRINCEVILLE – John M. Tanney, 73, of Princeville, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at his home. John was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Peoria, the son of Leo M. and Grace A. (Kelly) Tanney.

Surviving are three brothers, Ed (Karen) Tanney of Princeville, Thomas (Bev) Tanney of Dunlap, and Donald (Crystal) Tanney of Normal; one sister, Mary Ann (Peter) Skuba of Normal; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece.

John graduated from Princeville High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University, where he played basketball. He was very proud to have been a Princeville High School basketball coach. He previously worked for German-Bliss before working for the Village of Princeville for many years. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Vietnam.

John was a member of the former Princeville VFW, was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus at the Spalding Council in Peoria and an active member of St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church, where he was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus and often was a lector.

He enjoyed many of his meals with friends at Ellen’s Diner and Jubilee Café. John was a loving big brother and uncle and will be missed by many.

John’s funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville. Fr. Corey Krengiel officiated. Burial was at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Cemetery, Princeville. Visitation was 9-10:30 a.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church.

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

Phillip E. Azbell
FARMINGTON – Phillip E. Azbell, 86, of Farmington died June 15, 2021, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was born on Jan. 21, 1935, to John K. and EvaLeta (Braden) Azbell. He married Annabelle (Senders) on July 12, 1953. She preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Randy (the late Julie) Azbell of Arenzville; sister, Shirley Moore of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Lelia Azbell of Mesa, Ariz.; three granddaughters; and six great grandchildren.

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

Larry E. Barkley
DOUGLAS – Larry E. Barkley, 84, of Modoc, Ill., a Douglas native and brother of a Farmington woman, died June 13.

He was born to the late Paul and Grace (nee Tasker) Barkley on March 30, 1937, in Douglas. Larry married Audrey Arie on Dec. 10, 1965, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2002.

He is survived by three children; three siblings, including Alice Urish of Farmington; a significant other; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Condolences can be left online at www.wpfh.net.

Charles R. Houston
FARMINGTON – Charles R. Houston, 74, of Farmington died June 13, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist. He was born on Jan. 23, 1947. He married Diana R. Helm on Nov. 19, 1977 in Decatur. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Craig (Sarah) Houston of Decatur and Christina (Greg) Calvin of Mt. Zion; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be held on July 31, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

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

Margaret F. Mayo
FARMINGTON – Margaret “Maggie” F. Mayo, 76, died June 12, 2021, at her home in Farmington.

She was born to the late Jesse and Ivey (Winstead) Matthews on Dec. 20, 1944. She married Robert D. Mayo on Dec. 23, 1959, in Jacksonville, N.C, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 2018.

Maggie is survived by her children, Mike (Sharon) Mayo of Edwardsville, Kelly Mayo of Peoria and Ken Mayo of Farmington; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 siblings.

Condolences can be left online at www.Davison-Fulton.com.

Irene M. Metcalf
LAURA – Irene Metcalf, 100, former owner-operator of the Laura Café in Laura for many years, died June 19, 2021, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe.

Irene was born Feb. 4, 1921. She married Gerald A. Metcalf on April 29, 1940. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include: two sons, Gerald (Roselynn) Metcalf of Chillicothe and William (Carol) Metcalf of Irmo, S.C. ; five grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass was June 22 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe.
Condolences can be left online at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.

Paula J. Sapinski
EDWARDS – Paula Jean Sapinski, of Edwards, 74, died June 14, 2021, at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria with her family at her side.

Paula was born on Feb. 27, 1947, in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of James and Loah (Holder) Finks. She married James Goodmiller in December of 1964. She later married Vincent Sapinski on Dec. 27, 1974, and enjoyed 46 years of marriage until his passing on February 19, 2021.

She is survived by: four children, Dawn Kocher of Dahinda, Dana Goodmiller of Bettendorf, Iowa, Erica (Ryan) Knox of Edwards and Aaron (Chrissy) Sapinski of Edwards; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held June 19, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Interment was at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.

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

Russell L. Sherlock
EDWARDS – Russell Leo Sherlock, 89, of Edwards, died June 17, 2021, at his residence.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1931, in Peoria, to Earl and Hazel Sherlock Sr. Russell married Beverly Ann Dembinski on June 25, 1955, in Peoria. They were married almost 66 years before her passing in January of this year.

Russell is survived by his son, W. A. “Tony” (Cathy) Sherlock of Kickapoo; daughter, Dawn Featherston of Peoria; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald Sherlock, James (Janet) Sherlock and Harry (Barb) Sherlock, all of Peoria; sister, Mary Ann Pate of East Peoria; and sister-in-law, Debby Whited of Peoria.

Russell attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo, with his wife, Beverly, for several years. He was very active in his community, which included serving as Past Governor of the Peoria Moose Lodge #1220, Cottonwood Cemetery board, Kickapoo Township Advisory board, past president of the Edwards School Board, past president of the Edwards Homeowner’s Association, and was involved with the proposal for Edwards to obtain a city water supply.

A visitation was 5-7 p.m. on June 22, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic School. The funeral service was to be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, also at St. Mary’s Catholic School, with a visitation prior, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial was to follow the service in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

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

Joyce L. Stodgel
WILLIAMSFIELD – Joyce L. (Burgess) Stodgel, 91, formerly of Williamsfield, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services were June 12, 2021, at the Williamsfield Cemetery.

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


Gail is survived by 4 children, Sue (the late Brad) Larson, of Eugene, Ore., Diana (Keith) Wagner, of Brimfield, Lisa (David) Wiltz, of Elmwood, and Jeffry (Peggy) Baysingar of Elmwood; 2 brothers, Larry (Cheri) Pillman and Gary (the late Betty) Pillman; 2 sisters, Sharon Swindler and Martha (Bob) Koll; 2 special nieces, Charlotte Mutton and Charlene (Dave) Dye; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerry Pillman and Jimmy Pillman; and one sister, Marilyn Pillman Mutton.

Gail was a beautician for over 38 years in the Elmwood and Brimfield areas. She was very active and enjoyed the outdoors, walking and gardening. She was a former member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Brimfield United Methodist Church where she was very involved.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 21, 2021, at the Brimfield United Methodist Church. A visitation was held prior to the service from 9:30-11:00. Burial of ashes followed at Brimfield Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brimfield United Methodist Church.

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

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

Lois M. Bleichner
YATES CITY – Lois M. Bleichner, 89, of Yates City died June 17, 2021. She was born Oct. 31, 1931.

Services are pending and Oaks-Hines Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Theresa E. Gilles
KICKAPOO – Theresa E. Gilles, 94, of Kickapoo, peacefully passed away at 11:20 p.m. on Friday, June 18th at Buehler Home in Peoria, Ill.

She was born on April 17, 1927, in Peoria to Matthew and Bridget Sullivan Phelan. She married Eugene “Shorty” Gilles on July 19, 1952, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on March 18, 1993.

She is survived by her children, Dave Gilles (Becky Richards) of Kickapoo; Susan Gilles McDonough of Kickapoo; Lynn (Roger) Kelch of Hanna City; Nancy (Tony) Moushon of Brimfield; and Patrick (Leslie) Gilles of Brimfield; also, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Jim and Ed Phelan and her sister Loretta Atkins.

She was a graduate of Brown’s Business College and was then employed at Hiram Walker.

She was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed her weekly lunches and poker games with her friends. She was very proud of her Irish heritage as well.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo.

Graveside services will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 1 p.m. Fr. James Pankiewicz will officiate. A celebration of her life will be celebrated later this summer.

Memorials may be made to Easter Seals or St. Mary’s of Kickapoo.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Shirley J. Kellstadt
BRIMFIELD – Shirley J. Kellstadt, 79, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 5:25 a.m. at her residence.

She was born Dec. 15, 1941, in Princeville to James and Ruby (Sands) White. On Oct. 15, 1960, in their home church, the Union Church at Brimfield, she married Charlie Kellstadt, and was first attracted to him by his fancy car. He passed away April 1, 2016.

Survivors include 3 sons, Chuck (Cindy) of Brimfield, Allan (Melissa) of Lebanon, Ind., and Steve (Tina) of Brimfield; 8 grandchildren, Ashlee, Terra, Tim, Brian, Eric, Kathy, Skylar and Crystallynn; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Siegel and Barbara Sandall, both of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, Tim, and grandson, Jacob.

Shirley was a former Brimfield School District board member, who left her elected position to work as the cafeteria manager for 25 years. In addition, she collected tickets for the high school basketball games and enjoyed talking with the parents and students. She loved her farm life and especially her Hereford cattle, and was a lifetime member of the American Hereford Association. She was a 10 year 4-H leader for the Jubilee Patriots, spent many summers with her grandchildren at cattle shows and also sold Tupperware and Dutchmaid clothing. She was a member of the Union Church at Brimfield.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Funeral services were to be Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., also at the funeral home, and were to be officiated by Rev. Stephen Barch. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Union Church at Brimfield or the Brimfield Area Food Pantry.

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

Richard M. Secrist
WILLIAMSFIELD – Richard M. “Rick” Secrist, 63, of Williamsfield, died at 2:26 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at his home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 18, at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Teri Shane officiated. Visitation was 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Cremation was accorded following the services.

Memorials may be directed to ROWVA-Williamsfield Cougars Baseball or to ROWVA-Williamsfield Volleyball. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

Rick was born Oct. 3, 1957, in Galesburg, the son of George Marvin and Ethel Marie (Miles) Secrist. He married Peggy Likes on June 16, 1983, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Survivors include: their seven children, Chris (Amy) Howard of Gilson, Sam (Amanda) Secrist and Zachary Secrist, both of Williamsfield, Jake (Aaren) Secrist of Abingdon, Gabe (Lori) Secrist and Ashley (Neil) Little, both of Williamsfield and Meggie Thielbert of Galesburg; his sister, Vickie (Bob) Anderson of Williamsfield; sister-in-law, Alice Likes of Williamsfield; and 14 grandchildren; Jessica, Chelsey, Carla, Brodie, Chloee, Sawyer, Stone, Duncan, Alexis, Nicholas, Cali, Jordan, Marley and Matthew. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Keith Likes.

Rick graduated from Williamsfield High School. He worked as a shift supervisor at Par-A-Dice Casino in Peoria for 27 years.

He was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church and the Galesburg Basketball League. He coached baseball of all ages and played in the Kickapoo Valley League. He enjoyed traveling the country and taking a trip to Cooperstown. Rick especially enjoyed fishing on the Spoon River with his sons and grandchildren.

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

John M. Tanney
PRINCEVILLE – John M. Tanney, 73, of Princeville, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at his home. John was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Peoria, the son of Leo M. and Grace A. (Kelly) Tanney.

Surviving are three brothers, Ed (Karen) Tanney of Princeville, Thomas (Bev) Tanney of Dunlap, and Donald (Crystal) Tanney of Normal; one sister, Mary Ann (Peter) Skuba of Normal; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece.

John graduated from Princeville High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University, where he played basketball. He was very proud to have been a Princeville High School basketball coach. He previously worked for German-Bliss before working for the Village of Princeville for many years. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Vietnam.

John was a member of the former Princeville VFW, was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus at the Spalding Council in Peoria and an active member of St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church, where he was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus and often was a lector.

He enjoyed many of his meals with friends at Ellen’s Diner and Jubilee Café. John was a loving big brother and uncle and will be missed by many.

John’s funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville. Fr. Corey Krengiel officiated. Burial was at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Cemetery, Princeville.

Visitation was 9-10:30 a.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church.

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

Phillip E. Azbell
FARMINGTON – Phillip E. Azbell, 86, of Farmington died June 15, 2021, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was born on Jan. 21, 1935, to John K. and EvaLeta (Braden) Azbell. He married Annabelle (Senders) on July 12, 1953. She preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Randy (the late Julie) Azbell of Arenzville; sister, Shirley Moore of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Lelia Azbell of Mesa, Ariz.; three granddaughters; and six great grandchildren.

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

Larry E. Barkley
DOUGLAS – Larry E. Barkley, 84, of Modoc, Ill., a Douglas native and brother of a Farmington woman, died June 13.

He was born to the late Paul and Grace (nee Tasker) Barkley on March 30, 1937, in Douglas. Larry married Audrey Arie on Dec. 10, 1965, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2002.

He is survived by three children; three siblings, including Alice Urish of Farmington; a significant other; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Condolences can be left online at www.wpfh.net.

Charles R. Houston
FARMINGTON – Charles R. Houston, 74, of Farmington died June 13, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist. He was born on Jan. 23, 1947. He married Diana R. Helm on Nov. 19, 1977 in Decatur. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Craig (Sarah) Houston of Decatur and Christina (Greg) Calvin of Mt. Zion; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be held on July 31, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

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

Margaret F. Mayo
FARMINGTON – Margaret “Maggie” F. Mayo, 76, died June 12, 2021, at her home in Farmington.

She was born to the late Jesse and Ivey (Winstead) Matthews on Dec. 20, 1944. She married Robert D. Mayo on Dec. 23, 1959, in Jacksonville, N.C, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 2018.

Maggie is survived by her children, Mike (Sharon) Mayo of Edwardsville, Kelly Mayo of Peoria and Ken Mayo of Farmington; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 siblings.

Condolences can be left online at www.Davison-Fulton.com.

Irene M. Metcalf
LAURA – Irene Metcalf, 100, former owner-operator of the Laura Café in Laura for many years, died June 19, 2021, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe.

Irene was born Feb. 4, 1921. She married Gerald A. Metcalf on April 29, 1940. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include: two sons, Gerald (Roselynn) Metcalf of Chillicothe and William (Carol) Metcalf of Irmo, S.C. ; five grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass was June 22 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe.
Condolences can be left online at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.

Paula J. Sapinski
EDWARDS – Paula Jean Sapinski, of Edwards, 74, died June 14, 2021, at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria with her family at her side.

Paula was born on Feb. 27, 1947, in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of James and Loah (Holder) Finks. She married James Goodmiller in December of 1964. She later married Vincent Sapinski on Dec. 27, 1974, and enjoyed 46 years of marriage until his passing on February 19, 2021.

She is survived by: four children, Dawn Kocher of Dahinda, Dana Goodmiller of Bettendorf, Iowa, Erica (Ryan) Knox of Edwards and Aaron (Chrissy) Sapinski of Edwards; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held June 19, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Interment was at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.

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

Russell L. Sherlock
EDWARDS – Russell Leo Sherlock, 89, of Edwards, died June 17, 2021, at his residence.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1931, in Peoria, to Earl and Hazel Sherlock Sr. Russell married Beverly Ann Dembinski on June 25, 1955, in Peoria. They were married almost 66 years before her passing in January of this year.

Russell is survived by his son, W. A. “Tony” (Cathy) Sherlock of Kickapoo; daughter, Dawn Featherston of Peoria; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald Sherlock, James (Janet) Sherlock and Harry (Barb) Sherlock, all of Peoria; sister, Mary Ann Pate of East Peoria; and sister-in-law, Debby Whited of Peoria.

Russell attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo, with his wife, Beverly, for several years. He was very active in his community, which included serving as Past Governor of the Peoria Moose Lodge #1220, Cottonwood Cemetery board, Kickapoo Township Advisory board, past president of the Edwards School Board, past president of the Edwards Homeowner’s Association, and was involved with the proposal for Edwards to obtain a city water supply.

A visitation was 5-7 p.m. on June 22, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic School. The funeral service was to be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, also at St. Mary’s Catholic School, with a visitation prior, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial was to follow the service in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

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

Joyce L. Stodgel
WILLIAMSFIELD – Joyce L. (Burgess) Stodgel, 91, formerly of Williamsfield, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services were June 12, 2021, at the Williamsfield Cemetery.

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



Teresa A. Dawson
TOULON – Teresa A. Dawson, 49, of Toulon, formerly of Brockport, N.Y., passed away at 8:18 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021, at her home. Teresa was born on June 14, 1972, in Albion, N.Y., the daughter of Paul and Ruth (Davis) Dawson of Amarillo, Texas; they survive.

Also surviving are her fiancée, Kenny Lain of Toulon; one brother, Terry (Christi) Dawson of Herford, Texas; one niece, Danielle (Mingo) Pena; two nephews, Josh and Zach Dawson; one great-nephew, Noah; one great-niece, Layla; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Teresa worked at RLI Corp. in Peoria for eight years. She loved to be at home with her animals. She enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and squirrels, and trying new recipes.

Her visitation waa from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Graveside service followed at 10:30 a.m. at Toulon Cemetery in Toulon. Rev. Art Nutzhorn officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry County Humane Society. Condolences may be left for Teresa’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Cheryl R. Glisan
GALVA – Cheryl R. Glisan, 70, of Galva, died at 9:27 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 24, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastors Josh Ryner and Bob Curry officiated. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, at the funeral home. Burial was to be in Galva Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Auxiliary or to the Galva Congregational Church.

She was born Nov.16, 1950, in Galesburg, the daughter of Daryl D. and Emma Jean (Yelm) Olander. She married Wayne E. Glisan on March 5, 1976, in Galva.

Survivors include her husband of Galva; her 3 daughters; Darci (Michael) Gustafson, Billi (Duane) Clevenger and Brenda (Jeff) Weber, all of Galva; daughter-in-law, Tabatha Glisan of Geneseo, a brother, Pete Olander of Galva; 3 sisters; Karen (Warren) Ahlberg of Knoxville, Donna Marie Wallentine of Galva and Shirley (Richard) Sizemore of Cassville, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Derrick Glisan, a sister, Sharon Ingels and a brother, Donald “Deke” Olander.

Cheryl graduated from Galva High School in 1968. She had worked at Maytag in Galesburg for 30 years. She was also a beautician and had owned and operated the Galva Hair Co. since 2003.

She was a member of the Galva Congregational Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, camping and quilting. She especially enjoyed being a caregiver and lending a helping hand to anyone and she dearly loved her grandchildren.

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

Lehlan J. Murray
GALVA –There will be a celebration of life held Saturday, July 3, from 1-4 p.m., for Lehlan J. Murray at the Galva Legion Post #45. Originally from Galva, Lehlan, 70, was born Aug. 29, 1950, and died Nov. 28, 2020, at home in Kentucky. All friends and family are welcome to join in celebrating his life.

John B. Pettegrew
PALO ALTO, Calif. – John B. Pettegrew, 91 of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away Sunday, June 13, at Stanford Hospital.

He was born April 19, 1930, on the family farm in Milo, Ill., the son of James Elting Pettegrew and Elsie Lucille Bowyer.

John married Bonny Jean Reinbeck in 1950. She preceded him in death after 20 years of marriage and two children.

John then married Hela Bursztyn in the early 1970s and they were together until her death in 2005.

He is survived by: two siblings, Jay Pettegrew and Jerry Pettegrew; his daughter Laura Blechen (California); two grandchildren; Chris Tomera (California) and Yvonne Davis (California); and three great-grandchildren; Molly Davis, Samuel Davis and Lucy Davis, all in California also.

John’s son Joseph Lynn Pettegrew (Nevada) preceded him in death.

John attended the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the varsity track team and won his numerals and letter sweater. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1953. In 1958, he moved his family to Palo Alto, Calif. due to an offer of employment. John worked as an engineer until he retired.

He was a lieutenant in the Army ROTC and a member of the Synton Radio Club.

He enjoyed traveling to England with Hela, spending time with his grandchildren and walking every day in the park, located behind his home in Palo Alto. He had a passion for cars and took great pride in his 1965 Jaguar E-Type. He was an artist and painted for many years.

A funeral service will be held at Boyd’s Grove Methodist Church near Bradford on June 24, 2021, at 1 p.m. Burial is to follow at Mound Cemetery. He will be laid to rest next to his parents. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Merle E. Walker
WYOMING – Merle E. Walker, 93, of Washington, formerly of Wyoming, Bradford and LaFayette, passed away at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Morningside of Washington. Merle was born on July 5, 1927, in Huron, S.D., the son of Herbert and Martha (Powell) Walker. He married Lorraine Witten on Aug. 22, 1948, in Stark County; she preceded him in death on March 22, 2012, in Kewanee.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Walker of Normal and Sue McGarvey of Washington; three grandchildren, Michael McGarvey, Matt (Autumn) McGarvey, and Jeremy (Shawnna) McGarvey; three great-grandchildren, James, Maddie and Leo McGarvey; and one sister, Ruth Coakley of Kenosha, Wis. He was also preceded in death by one grandson, James McGarvey; one brother, Stephen; and three sisters, Elnora, Marjorie and Pearl.

Merle attended Toulon High School and graduated from La Fayette High School. He was a United States Army veteran, spending a year in Germany. Merle grew up working as a farmer, before working as a custodian for the LaFayette School District for 11 years. He later worked as an electrician for LTV Steel Mill in Hennepin until his retirement. Merle was proud to be a volunteer fireman in LaFayette. He enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, going to antique tractor shows and collecting scale toy tractors. He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan. Merle was formerly a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church.

Merle’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 28, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Veronica Haskell, Certified Funeral Celebrant, will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left for Merle’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Gloria J. Webster
TOULON – Gloria J. Webster, 74, of Toulon passed away Friday, June 18, 2021, at 10:04 p.m. at OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born April 2, 1947, in Morrison, to parents, Lee and Jeane (Brandts) Osborne. She married Dwain Webster on May 2, 1970, in Hooppole; he survives.

Also surviving are 5 children, Mischell Raver, Jamie (Amber) Webster, Jeania (Seth) Hoskins, Sharon (Alex) Perez, all of Toulon, and Toni (Jamar) Medina of Fort Worth, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Avery Raver, Madison and Logan Webster, Paisley, Magnolia, Indigo and Everest Perez, Tatyana, Justice, Maximus, Massimo and Tuscany Medina; 1 brother, Gary Osborne of Jacksonville; and 1 half-sister, Sherrie (Danny) Coppejans of the Quad Cities. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Family was very important to Gloria. As a homemaker she loved and cared for her family. She was dedicated to her faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Since her faith was so important to Gloria, many may have questions regarding her beliefs. Find answers at JW.org.

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 Gloria’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


Gregory Donath
DANVILLE – Gregory (Greg) Donath, 68, of Danville, Ill., went home to be with the Lord on June 12, peacefully and surrounded by family.

Greg was born Jan. 9, 1953, to Frank and Betty (Snyder) Donath in Peoria, Ill. Both preceded him death. Greg was in construction, and he partnered with his brother, Doug, in Donath Brothers Construction. Greg was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Elba-Salem Yates City Fire Department.

Greg graduated from Lincoln Christian College as an ordained minister and Christian counsellor. He pastored a church in Thompson Falls, Mont. After moving back to Illinois, he pastored at local churches.

Greg’s love of people led him to be manager of Schultz House, Christian Counsellor at Crosspoint and later Drug and Alcohol counsellor, a founding member of Crisis Team and Drug Court Counselor for Prairie Center. After leaving Prairie Center, he went into contractor sales for Menards.

Among his many interests were his love of scroll sawing and wood working. With his talents, he created many beautiful pieces. He started a biker ministry with his wife, Judie, where they set up at rallies offering free food for the body and spiritual food for the soul. Together they established the Vermilion County chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association. They traveled all over while spreading the word of Christ.

Greg loved holidays and decorating for them. Their house inside and out was always lit up for everyone’s enjoyment. In 2011, Greg was diagnosed with lung cancer. June 25 would have been his 10-year survivor anniversary. Greg loved the honor of helping his daughter, Laura, with Beauty of Hope Pageant, an American Cancer Society fundraiser and playing Santa for Toys for Tots.

On June 12, 1996, Greg met Judie Strohl and they married on June 14, 1997. Greg is survived by his wife, Judie; 3 daughters, Laura Bell (Eric), Chaille Smith, Ivy Donath; 3 sons, Justin Donath, R. Kenneth Smith and Michael (Lynn) Donath; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Frank (Robin) Donath and Doug (Pam) Donath; as well as many nieces and nephews. Greg will be missed very much.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Ill., 3940 N Vermilion St. Miles Clark will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following services and burial will be at a later date in Shelbyville, Ill. Visitation was to be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the funeral home.

It is kindly requested that those in attendance of the visitation or service wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Memorials may be made in Greg’s memory to American Cancer Society.

Please join Gregory’s family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Betty J. Frank
PEORIA – Betty J. Frank, 87, of Peoria, passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 6, 1933, in Canton, a daughter of Ernest and Beulah (Murphy) Deam. She married Rogers M. Frank on Oct. 16, 1955, in Canton. He preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death are her parents, three brothers, one sister and one son-in-law, William Arrowsmith.

Surviving are her children, Teresa (Anton) Pavesich of Downers Grove; Sherry (Joe Simmons) Arrowsmith of Trivoli; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Jordan) Suits, Courtney (Joshua) Fisher, Kelsey (Adam Zuppardo) Pavesich, Andrew (Nikki) Pavesich, Justin Arrowsmith; and eight great-grandchildren.

Betty met the love of her life while attending Graham Hospital School of Nursing. She married him soon after graduating as a Registered Nurse. She was very proud of her profession and cared for patients for more than 50 years. She was a caring and compassionate caregiver which was reflected in all facets of her life.

Betty’s first love was her family, watching them grow and assisting them along the way. She was only a phone call away, and no matter the circumstance, would be by their side to help with whatever was needed.

Betty was an avid sports fan, and whenever you would stop for a visit, there was a game (or a Hallmark movie) on the television. Her passing left an empty seat in the bleachers of basketball, softball, football, swimming, baseball and soccer games. She rarely missed an opportunity to watch a game with a family member playing. She showed her own competitive spirit, pitching softball well into her 70s. There was no one more excited when her beloved Cubs won the World Series.

Betty was always up for an adventure whether it was a long road trip with the family, a flight to see a new place, a cruise to a faraway place with a friend, or taking in a flea market looking for treasures. She was always making things, she spent many hours with her grandchildren making crafts that they could give, as a gift, to someone special.

Betty always filled her house with laughter. Everyone was welcome for an overnight filled with pizza and movies, a holiday meal, or a simple night of playing cards. The sound of her laugh and the warmth of her smile will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Per Betty’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Graveside service and burial of ashes will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Trivoli Cemetery. Rev. Walter Wilkins will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in care of Grandview Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, or to Trivoli Fire Department.

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

Helen I. Howard
ELMWOOD – Helen I. Howard, 98, of Peoria, formerly of Freeport, passed away at 12:27 a.m., on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Liberty Village in Peoria.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Elmwood Banquet Hall. Due to Covid mandates, social distancing and masks will be required.

She was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Fargo, N.D., to Hardin and Emma (Engstrom) Morris. She married Robert Howard on Dec. 20, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2008.

Helen is survived by four children, John Howard, II, of Arizona, Stephen (Vickie) Howard of Washington, Ill., Wayne (Janet) Howard of Bloomington, Ill., and Kenneth (Trudy) Howard of Elmwood; one sister, Mary Whiteman; four grandchildren, Brandy Howard, Beth Howard, Stephanie Brecklin and Michael Howard; and four great-grandchildren, Mikayla Howard, Briella Howard, Paige Brecklin and Kaeden Brecklin.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruth VanNote; and one grandchild, Brett Howard.

Helen enlisted into the WAVES on March 25, 1943. She decided to be an Airplane Mechanic instead of K.P. She was honorably discharged on Nov. 11, 1945, at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Helen worked for the Research Hospital in Galesburg for several years. Then she did some bookkeeping for a couple businesses in Galesburg and Knoxville. She was also a substitute teacher in Williamsfield. Later, she worked at ALCOA in Princeville, then moved to Freeport, where she and her husband managed the apartment building that they built. In 2005, she retired.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

James E. Schmitt
KICKAPOO – James E. Schmitt, 79, of Kickapoo, passed away at 5:15 pm Friday, June 11, at Lacon Rehab & Nursing (formerly St. Joseph’s Home), where he had resided the past three and a half years.

Jim was born Jan. 4, 1942, in Peoria to Edward “Ernie” and Betty (Binegar) Schmitt. He married Violet Ann Schaub Jan. 28, 1967, in Kickapoo. She preceeded him in death March 5, 2017.

Jim was also preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patricia Charlton.

Surviving are children Anne Marie (Darin) Hinderman of Peoria, Steve (Annie) Schmitt and Jason Schmitt, both of Brimfield; and five grandchildren.

Also surviving are brother, Tom Schmitt, of Chillicothe, and sisters Marilyn Diviney of Washington and Mary Jo Wilcox of Canton.

Jim was a operator for IUOE Local 649 for 46 years, retiring in 2007.

He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo and a member of the Kickapoo Sportsman’s Club.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, between the hours of 5-7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Kickapoo with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo with an additional visitation being held 30 minutes prior to mass. Father James Pankiewicz and Father Joe Dondanville were to officiate and burial was to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Kickapoo.

Memorials in James’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church in Kickapoo.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Arletta Ford
BRIMFIELD – Arletta Ford, 97, of Peoria, mother of a Brimfield woman, died June 8, 2021, at home.

She was born on Oct. 4, 1923, in Knoxville, Tenn. She married Joseph R. Ford and he preceded her in death on March 16, 1997.

Arletta is survived by five children, David C. England of West Chicago, Bernard P. (Georgia) England III of Peoria, Karen L. Hasselbacher of Brimfield, Diana L. Fenski of Washington and Craig L. (Karen) England of Peoria; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 19, at 3 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be held an hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton.com.

Shirley A. Haley
MAPLETON – Shirley Ann Haley, 82, of Mapleton, mother of several local residents, died June 12 at Hallmark House in Pekin.

She was born on Feb. 1, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa. She married George Haley on Oct. 30, 1955. He died March 11, 2019, in Peoria.

Survivors include 5 children, Debbie Francis of Jefferson, Ga., Theresa Mattson of Pekin, Dale Haley of Princeville, Rick (Sherri) Haley of Hanna City and Janet (David) Gill of Princeville; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Phyllis (Sam) Nash of Mapleton.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will June 19, from 1-5 p.m. at the Glasford Legion, 11319 S. Glasford Road.

Gregory Donath
DANVILLE – Gregory (Greg) Donath, 68, of Danville, Ill., went home to be with the Lord on June 12, peacefully and surrounded by family.

Greg was born Jan. 9, 1953, to Frank and Betty (Snyder) Donath in Peoria, Ill. Both preceded him death. Greg was in construction, and he partnered with his brother, Doug, in Donath Brothers Construction. Greg was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Elba-Salem Yates City Fire Department.

Greg graduated from Lincoln Christian College as an ordained minister and Christian counsellor. He pastored a church in Thompson Falls, Mont. After moving back to Illinois, he pastored at local churches.

Greg’s love of people led him to be manager of Schultz House, Christian Counsellor at Crosspoint and later Drug and Alcohol counsellor, a founding member of Crisis Team and Drug Court Counselor for Prairie Center. After leaving Prairie Center, he went into contractor sales for Menards.

Among his many interests were his love of scroll sawing and wood working. With his talents, he created many beautiful pieces. He started a biker ministry with his wife, Judie, where they set up at rallies offering free food for the body and spiritual food for the soul. Together they established the Vermilion County chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association. They traveled all over while spreading the word of Christ.

Greg loved holidays and decorating for them. Their house inside and out was always lit up for everyone’s enjoyment. In 2011, Greg was diagnosed with lung cancer. June 25 would have been his 10-year survivor anniversary. Greg loved the honor of helping his daughter, Laura, with Beauty of Hope Pageant, an American Cancer Society fundraiser and playing Santa for Toys for Tots.

On June 12, 1996, Greg met Judie Strohl and they married on June 14, 1997. Greg is survived by his wife, Judie; 3 daughters, Laura Bell (Eric), Chaille Smith, Ivy Donath; 3 sons, Justin Donath, R. Kenneth Smith and Michael (Lynn) Donath; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Frank (Robin) Donath and Doug (Pam) Donath; as well as many nieces and nephews. Greg will be missed very much.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Ill., 3940 N Vermilion St. Miles Clark will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following services and burial will be at a later date in Shelbyville, Ill. Visitation was to be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the funeral home.

It is kindly requested that those in attendance of the visitation or service wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Memorials may be made in Greg’s memory to American Cancer Society.
Please join Gregory’s family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Betty J. Frank
PEORIA – Betty J. Frank, 87, of Peoria, passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 6, 1933, in Canton, a daughter of Ernest and Beulah (Murphy) Deam. She married Rogers M. Frank on Oct. 16, 1955, in Canton. He preceded her in death.

Also preceding her in death are her parents, three brothers, one sister and one son-in-law, William Arrowsmith.

Surviving are her children, Teresa (Anton) Pavesich of Downers Grove; Sherry (Joe Simmons) Arrowsmith of Trivoli; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Jordan) Suits, Courtney (Joshua) Fisher, Kelsey (Adam Zuppardo) Pavesich, Andrew (Nikki) Pavesich, Justin Arrowsmith; and eight great-grandchildren.

Betty met the love of her life while attending Graham Hospital School of Nursing. She married him soon after graduating as a Registered Nurse. She was very proud of her profession and cared for patients for more than 50 years. She was a caring and compassionate caregiver which was reflected in all facets of her life.

Betty’s first love was her family, watching them grow and assisting them along the way. She was only a phone call away, and no matter the circumstance, would be by their side to help with whatever was needed.

Betty was an avid sports fan, and whenever you would stop for a visit, there was a game (or a Hallmark movie) on the television. Her passing left an empty seat in the bleachers of basketball, softball, football, swimming, baseball and soccer games. She rarely missed an opportunity to watch a game with a family member playing. She showed her own competitive spirit, pitching softball well into her 70s. There was no one more excited when her beloved Cubs won the World Series.

Betty was always up for an adventure whether it was a long road trip with the family, a flight to see a new place, a cruise to a faraway place with a friend, or taking in a flea market looking for treasures. She was always making things, she spent many hours with her grandchildren making crafts that they could give, as a gift, to someone special.

Betty always filled her house with laughter. Everyone was welcome for an overnight filled with pizza and movies, a holiday meal, or a simple night of playing cards. The sound of her laugh and the warmth of her smile will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Per Betty’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Graveside service and burial of ashes will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Trivoli Cemetery. Rev. Walter Wilkins will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in care of Grandview Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, or to Trivoli Fire Department.

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

Helen I. Howard
ELMWOOD – Helen I. Howard, 98, of Peoria, formerly of Freeport, passed away at 12:27 a.m., on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Liberty Village in Peoria.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Elmwood Banquet Hall. Due to Covid mandates, social distancing and masks will be required.

She was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Fargo, N.D., to Hardin and Emma (Engstrom) Morris. She married Robert Howard on Dec. 20, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2008.

Helen is survived by four children, John Howard, II, of Arizona, Stephen (Vickie) Howard of Washington, Ill., Wayne (Janet) Howard of Bloomington, Ill., and Kenneth (Trudy) Howard of Elmwood; one sister, Mary Whiteman; four grandchildren, Brandy Howard, Beth Howard, Stephanie Brecklin and Michael Howard; and four great-grandchildren, Mikayla Howard, Briella Howard, Paige Brecklin and Kaeden Brecklin.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruth VanNote; and one grandchild, Brett Howard.

Helen enlisted into the WAVES on March 25, 1943. She decided to be an Airplane Mechanic instead of K.P. She was honorably discharged on Nov. 11, 1945, at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Helen worked for the Research Hospital in Galesburg for several years. Then she did some bookkeeping for a couple businesses in Galesburg and Knoxville. She was also a substitute teacher in Williamsfield. Later, she worked at ALCOA in Princeville, then moved to Freeport, where she and her husband managed the apartment building that they built. In 2005, she retired.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
To leave online condolences please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

James E. Schmitt
KICKAPOO – James E. Schmitt, 79, of Kickapoo, passed away at 5:15 pm Friday, June 11, at Lacon Rehab & Nursing (formerly St. Joseph’s Home), where he had resided the past three and a half years.

Jim was born Jan. 4, 1942, in Peoria to Edward “Ernie” and Betty (Binegar) Schmitt. He married Violet Ann Schaub Jan. 28, 1967, in Kickapoo. She preceeded him in death March 5, 2017.

Jim was also preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patricia Charlton.

Surviving are children Anne Marie (Darin) Hinderman of Peoria, Steve (Annie) Schmitt and Jason Schmitt, both of Brimfield; and five grandchildren.

Also surviving are brother, Tom Schmitt, of Chillicothe, and sisters Marilyn Diviney of Washington and Mary Jo Wilcox of Canton.

Jim was a operator for IUOE Local 649 for 46 years, retiring in 2007.
He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo and a member of the Kickapoo Sportsman’s Club.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, between the hours of 5-7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Kickapoo with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kickapoo with an additional visitation being held 30 minutes prior to mass. Father James Pankiewicz and Father Joe Dondanville were to officiate and burial was to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Kickapoo.

Memorials in James’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church in Kickapoo.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Arletta Ford
BRIMFIELD – Arletta Ford, 97, of Peoria, mother of a Brimfield woman, died June 8, 2021, at home.

She was born on Oct. 4, 1923, in Knoxville, Tenn. She married Joseph R. Ford and he preceded her in death on March 16, 1997.

Arletta is survived by five children, David C. England of West Chicago, Bernard P. (Georgia) England III of Peoria, Karen L. Hasselbacher of Brimfield, Diana L. Fenski of Washington and Craig L. (Karen) England of Peoria; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 19, at 3 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be held an hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton.com.

Shirley A. Haley
MAPLETON – Shirley Ann Haley, 82, of Mapleton, mother of several local residents, died June 12 at Hallmark House in Pekin.

She was born on Feb. 1, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa. She married George Haley on Oct. 30, 1955. He died March 11, 2019, in Peoria.

Survivors include 5 children, Debbie Francis of Jefferson, Ga., Theresa Mattson of Pekin, Dale Haley of Princeville, Rick (Sherri) Haley of Hanna City and Janet (David) Gill of Princeville; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Phyllis (Sam) Nash of Mapleton.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will take place on June 19, from 1-5 p.m. at the Glasford Legion, 11319 S. Glasford Road.



Omer Land
EDELSTEIN – Omer “Jun” Land, Jr., 91, of Peoria, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. His celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021, at the Edelstein Community Church. Ernie Russell, officiating. Military honors will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at his graveside in Chillicothe Cemetery. A time of fellowship will follow his service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” memo Team Lillian, mail to: 68 County Road 350 N. Edelstein, IL 61526, or Easter Seals for Cerebral Palsy c/o Petra Petty in Peoria, Illinois or to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

To leave condolences for Jun’s family, please visit his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Ella Louise Toland
WYOMING – Ella Louise Toland, 62, of Wyoming, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 3:54 a.m., at her residence. Ella was born on Oct. 3, 1958, in Kewanee, Ill., to Raymond and Delores (Piersall) French. She married Robert David Toland on Sept. 12, 1980, in Wyoming, he survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Melissa Shepard, Danielle Toland, and Jennifer Toland; two sons, Josh (Violet) Toland and Courtney Toland; two sisters, Lorry Powell and Kathy French; one brother, Frank French; and five grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; one infant son; and two brothers, Tom and Aaron French.

Ella attended Stark County Schools and worked at FCA in Princeville for over 15 years. She most recently worked at Casey’s in Wyoming, until her retirement in October of 2020. She loved traveling, reading, playing games and cards. Perkins was her favorite place to eat.

Her visitation will be Tuesday, June 15, 2021, from 6-7 p.m. at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Vickie Linn Cornell
EDELSTEIN – Vickie Linn Cornell, 69, of Edelstein died May 18, 2021, at her home.

She was born in Peoria on July 6, 1951. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and her grandparents.

Surviving are her sisters, Judy of Edelstein, Melody of Peoria and Douglas (Denise) of Wyoming.

Vickie attended Edelstein Community Church, where a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 11 a.m. Pastor Ernie Russell will officiate.

Memorials may be directed to Judy Cornell, 20122 N. Route 40, Edelstein, IL 61526.


Teresa L. Carlton
BRADFORD – Teresa Lynn Carlton, 60, of Bradford, passed away at 1:55 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021, at her home. Teresa was born on Sept. 5, 1960, to Harry and Carolyn (Grieve) Foglesong. She married Tony Carlton on Feb. 18, 1995, at the First Baptist Church in Toulon; he survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Carolyn Foglesong of Toulon; two daughters, Molly Carlton of Wyoming and Lara (Justin) Bickett of Kewanee; one son, Michael Carlton of Hennepin; three grandchildren, Izzy and Izach Carlton and Jordan Bickett; two brothers, Steven Lee (Linda) Foglesong of Astoria and William “Stan” (Lorene) Foglesong of Toulon; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Foglesong; and one nephew, Cole Foglesong.

Teresa currently worked as a secretary for Farm King in Kewanee for 37 years and was a former secretary for the correctional facility in Hanna City. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Toulon, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and member of the ministry board. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi in Bradford, the pageant director for the Old Settlers Association, and volunteered at various events in Bradford and Toulon. Above all, Teresa loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Her graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, at the Toulon Cemetery. Rev. Al Harmon will officiate. Visitation was to be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Toulon or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

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

Gladys L. Franzen
WYOMING – Gladys Lucille Franzen, 78, of Wyoming, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021, at Toulon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Toulon. Gladys was born on July 16, 1942, in Peoria, the daughter of Herbert and Iona (Davis) Edwards. She married Robert Nicholas Franzen on Aug. 6, 1966, in Peoria; he preceded her in death on April 2, 2020, in Toulon.

Surviving are one son, William Franzen of Winfield; one daughter, Christa (Donald) Franzen-Garrison of Wyoming; three grandchildren, Arianna (Ryan Gilles) Franzen of Wyoming, Madelyn (Matthew) Wilson of Toulon, and Brandon (Mackenzie Brown) Franzen of Wyoming; two great-grandchildren, Connor and Grace Wilson; one brother, Herbert (Patricia) Edwards of Chillicothe; one sister-in-law Cathy Edwards of Elkhart, Ind.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Also preceding her in death were her parents; and one brother, David Edwards.

Gladys is an Illinois State University alum. She previously worked as a teacher for the Wyoming High School and as a librarian at the Lillian Evans Library in Princeville until her retirement in 2014. She was also the former owner and operator of Stuf ’n Things in Wyoming with her husband. She was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church.

The family will hold a private service, but 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 Kewanee Animal Shelter, Stark County Ambulance, Toulon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center or the Wyoming Fire Department.

Joy D. Baurer
PRINCEVILLE – Joy D. Baurer, 85, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 31, 2021, at 4:40 am at OSF in Peoria. Her sudden death was brought on by an apparent fall which led to a severe head injury.

She was born Sept. 8, 1935, in Eureka to John and Dorothy Bittner and married Arthur Baurer Oct. 9, 1955, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Roanoke.

Joy is survived by three children, Bradley Jay (Cheryl) of Roanoke, Clark Thomas (Irica) of Chicago and Deonne Marie (Philip) Snare of Vienna, Va.; seven grandchildren: Brooke (Andy) Feucht, Brock (Jen) Baurer, Amelia and Simon Baurer, Victoria, Garrett and Katherine Snare; and seven great grandchildren: Annika, Alexa, Eliana and Drew Feucht and Audrey, William and Thomas Baurer. Two sisters, Judie Bittner of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Peg (Don) Heinold of Eureka, Ill., a sister-in-law, Carol Baurer and a brother -in-law, Noah Herrmann, also survive.

As a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Joy sang for many years in the choir in addition to singing at hundreds of funerals. She volunteered at the Skyline Nursing Home for more than 30 years, and at the Methodist Medical Center, while frequently participating in mission trips. Joy also worked for over 10 years at The Bixby Eye Center in Peoria.

Joy Baurer’s legacy lives on in her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She loved the Lord greatly, along with her family and friends, who relished her warmth, gentle strength and undeterred joy. A life this rich and full leaves an enduring presence, long after the physical body departs us. We are grateful that Joy has left us with countless memories to cherish and an example to follow that will continue to touch future generations.

Her funeral was held June 4, 2021, at Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church presided. The burial service was performed at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make memorial contributions to Apostolic Christian Skylines or Jill’s House, 9011 Leesburg Pike, Vienna VA 22182, jillshouse.org.

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

Beverly A. Holmes
BRIMFIELD – Beverly Ann Holmes, 89, passed away peacefully in her home, with family at her bedside, 12:28 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2021.

Born Aug. 14, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio to John C. and Olive L. (Wilson) Eisele, she married Donald Wendell Holmes on July 28, 1957, in Peoria. He preceded her in death May 11, 2015, in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one son, Dean A. Holmes, with whom, we are certain, she is enjoying much long-awaited conversation.

Surviving are their son, Mark W. Holmes of Edwards; daughter, Karen E. Holmes (A.B. Ghazanfari) of Peoria; four grandsons, Idan V. Ghazanfari, Matthew W. and Steven L. Holmes and Joseph D. Ghazanfari; and two brothers, Jack R. (Judy) Eisele of Germantown Hills and Jim W. Eisele of Bartonville. Care for her, in her home, could not have been possible without the love, devotion and prayers of Joan Kelch, Twylla Streitmatter and Cindy Youngren.

Beverly attended Bradley University, where she joined Sigma Kappa Sorority and made life long friends/sisters. She enjoyed “lunch with the girls,” Mary Dinan, Joan Schmidt, Dotie Mugavero and Sherry Haig, for the rest of her life. Bev joined the debate team at Bradley. She and her partner won a national debate championship in the mid-1950s. She went on to teach at Princeville with a beloved co-worker, Corky Robinson, both of whom, went on to Peoria Central High School, where she taught English until retirement.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Professional Sorority, and served as president for a period of time. She was a city girl, but adapted quickly to farm living, as she married a farm boy. They enjoyed challenges together. They designed and built their own home and started a you-pick strawberry business. They enjoyed collecting American Brilliant cut glass, played Bridge, Pitch, Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles together. Bev loved to travel, and fondly remembered being placed on a train, at 12 years of age, by herself. (Her dad worked for the R.R. and knew she was in good hands!) She loved to read and garden.

Beverly was a 60-year member of Salem Lutheran Church in Peoria, where her funeral was to be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Pastor Craig Swenson was to officiate. Guidelines regarding social distancing and wearing of masks were to be followed. Visitation was to be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Brimfield Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be given to Salem Lutheran Church, 1700 West War Memorial Drive, Peoria, IL 61614.

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

Mary M. Davis
PRINCEVILLE – Mary M. Davis, 92, mother of a Princeville man, died June 1, 2021, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Mary was born on Nov. 22, 1928, in Parkston, S.D., a daughter of Albert and Frances (Friedrich) Roth. She grew up on the family farm in Saybrook. She married Thomas William Davis Jr. on Sept. 22, 1956, in Peoria. They were married over 27 years until Tom passed away on March 18, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Robert, Sylvester and Eugene.

Mary is survived by two sons, Thomas W. (Susanna) Davis III of Gulf Shores, Ala., and Daniel (Miley) Davis of Princeville; one sister, Bernice (Donald) Vrobel of Cincinnati, Ohio; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was June 4, 2021. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Nelda F. DeForest
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Nelda F. (Goodwin) DeForest, 89, of New Port Richey, Fla., died April 7, 2021 at the Marliere Hospice Care Center in New Port Richey.

Nelda was born on Dec. 20, 1931, in Maquon Township, Knox County, to the late Walter and Florence Dikeman.

She married James M. Goodwin in Yates City on Sept. 17, 1950.

Nelda was a stay-at-home mother before expanding her opportunity to go to work. She began a lengthy and successful career working at the Abingdon Argus. She also worked as a Manager at General Nutrition Center in Sandburg Mall in Galesburg for several years.

Nelda moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived at the Landings of St. Andrews for six years.

She was preceded in death by her parents as well as sons, Greggory and Jeffrey Goodwin; husbands, James M. Goodwin and LaVergne D. DeForest; brothers, Wilson and Harold Dikeman and sisters, Dorothy Dikeman Cooper and Evelyn Dikeman Loy.

Survivors include: her daughter, Peggy Goodwin Boyer, Florida, and her son Thomas Goodwin (and Debra) of Galesburg; six grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nelda Goodwin DeForest will be held June 19 at 11 am. at the Yates City Cemetery. Dress as you would for a gathering of friends rather than a somber event.

Food and drink will be provided afterwards at the Yates City Community Center, where you are welcome to bring your precious memories and stories to share.

Charles C. Haggerty
CANTON – Charles C. “Chuck” Haggerty, 86, of Canton, a Farmington native and brother of an Elmwood man, died June 2, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1934, in Farmington, a son of Ira C. and Lael (Ebbe) Haggerty. He married Carol Spiegler on June 30, 1956, in Des Plaines. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Andrea (Randall) Mooberry of East Peoria, and Chris (Jennifer) Haggerty of Bloomington; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Colleen) Haggerty of Elmwood; and one sister, Lael Boerckel of Peoria.

Chuck was an owner, along with his family, of American Pest Control, retiring after 61 years, and he also enjoyed farming.

Funeral services were June 8, 2021, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. A burial followed the services at Brunswick Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Sonita M. Negley
FARMINGTON – Sonita Marie Negley, 73, formerly of Farmington, passed away on May 29, 2021, at Aperion Care in Marseilles.

A celebration of Sonita’s life will be held at a later date. Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.

Sonita was born on Jan. 23, 1948, in Canton to Clifton and Irene (Tourtillott) Negley. She grew up in Farmington, where she also raised her three daughters.

Sonita is survived by three daughters, Michelle Taylor of Colchester, Tristann (Bruce) Saari of Montgomery and Teresa Maccanelli of Pittsburgh, Pa.; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and her siblings, Ronald Negley, Randy (Kathy) Negley and Rae Gina (Jane Dille) Negley; and her sister-in-law, Sue Negley.

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

Robert L. Zimmerman
ELMWOOD – Robert L. Zimmerman, 90, of Metamora, father of an Elmwood man, died June 2, 2021, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

He was born on March 20, 1931, in rural Metamora to Louis and Fannie Yergler Zimmerman. He married Madlyn M. Widmer on Augt 30, 1959, in Fairbury. She passed away on March 21, 2007.

Surviving are two sons, Robert (Kathy) Zimmerman of Elmwood and Stan Zimmerman of Metamora; one daughter, Tamara (John) Lehman of Wolcott, Ind.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, William (Myrna) Zimmerman of Georgia; and one sister, Mary (Robert) Bradle of Roanoke.

Funeral services were June 7.
Condolences can be left online at knappjohnsonharris.com.



Marjorie Christine Guidi
FARMINGTON – Marjorie Christine (Arnett) Guidi, 94, of Farmington, Ill., passed away on May 24, 2021, at 11:45 a.m. at Courtyard Estates of Farmington.

“Marj” was born on Feb. 27, 1927, in Decatur, Ill., to Lydia Catherine (Sternes) Arnett and Irving W. Arnett.

Marj had two sisters, Karen Lee (deceased) and Joyce Hamilton (deceased), and two brothers, Robert Arnett (deceased) and Paul Arnett (deceased).
Marj married Elmer C. Guidi on June 11, 1946. They were married for 58 wonderful years. She was proceeded in death by Elmer on June 13, 2005, and son, Bruce C. Guidi on Nov. 17, 1963.

She is survived by her son, Bradford C. Guidi (Willa) of Princeville Ill., daughter, Catherine C. Goldstein (Mitchell) of Boca Raton, Fla., and son Todd C. Guidi of Farmington. She considered Joe (Jose) Dionisio Rodriguez (Marilia), a Brazilian exchange student in the Guidi home from July 1965 to August 1966, as her son, as well.

She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Eula Arnett (Paul) and nine grandchildren, Tasha Guidi Guth (Landon), Dominique Guidi, Aaron Goldstein, Matthew Goldstein, Cameron Guidi (April), Myranda Whitman (Scott), Chris Guidi, Kara Lair (TJ) Shaw Guidi; six great grandchildren Lia Guth, Karma Goldstein, Corrigan Whitman, Max Guidi, Ben Guidi and Piper Whitman.

She was a member of the Farmington Presbyterian Church for over 75 years. She was a member of the session, choir and deacon, participating
in and teaching Sunday school, events, decorating for holidays.

Her oil painting of Jesus stands as a testimony to her faith in the entrance foyer of the church. She loved to share her faith with all who would listen.

Marj and Elmer owned and operated Marj-El Studio and Camera Shop in Farmington for 50 years. Marj was extremely involved in the studio as an artist, oil colorist, and coordinator, assisting Elmer at weddings, portrait sitting and school pictures. Marj was an accomplished artist in her own right in oils, acrylics and pastels. She won many awards in art, as well as being given a special recognition as a colorist by the Illinois Professional Photographers Association.

Marj was extremely involved in many sports throughout her life time. She participated in bowling leagues at Ace Lanes, instructing junior league bowlers. She was a member of Maple Lane Country Club for 53 years and, although it was the truth, joked that she could beat the men from their tee-offs. She loved the outdoors and participated in many activities including fishing, target shooting, mushroom hunting, gardening and softball.

Marj’s greatest joy was Camp Big Sky, an accessible camp for children
and adults with disabilities and their families, friends and caregivers.
She was co-founder of the camp, long-time member of the board of directors and volunteer. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested
that donations be made to Camp Big Sky, P.O. Box 56, Farmington,
IL 61531.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff and nurses of Courtyard Estates for all of the love, support and care that they have shown our mother over the last 2 and a half years. They also wish to thank the staff and nurses of Spoon River Home Health and Transitions Hospice for the countless hours they spent providing palliative care in her final week of life. The compassion you showed and unconditional love that you displayed not only to our mother, but to our family and friends, was exemplary.

A visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral
Home in Farmington. Rev. Dr. Linda Philabaun officiated. Burial followed at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

To view Marj’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Rogers Lofgren
DAHINDA – Rogers Lofgren, 91, of Dahinda, passed away on Sunday,
May 23, 2021, 7:40 p.m., at his home surrounded by his family.

Rogers was born on Sept. 15, 1929, in Galesburg. He was the son of Theodore and Maude (Weedman) Lofgren. He married the love of his life, Christine Goff, on Dec. 14, 1968, in Knoxville.

Rogers is survived by his wife, Christine; children, Douglas (Jenni) Lofgren of Dahinda, and Teresa (Clayton) Chandler of Lake Villa; two grandsons,
Jake and James; and a great-grandson, Harrison. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rogers graduated from Galesburg High School. He served as a tank driver for the United States Army during the Korean War. He was proud of being a veteran, and was honored with being an attendee for the 2015 Greater Peoria Honor Flight. He was a carman for over 35 years at Burlington Northern Rail Road before he retired. He also ran a body shop out of his garage for 20 years.

Rogers enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed playing cards with his buddies in Williamsfield and playing board games with anyone who would accept his challenge.

He also had no problem letting you know when he was winning. He had a great sense of humor and often times was a little bit ornery, but he loved making people laugh. Most of all, Rogers loved to spend time with his family and friends.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory,

Knoxville have been entrusted with arrangements. Memorials
may be donated to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, IL, 61601.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.hurd-hendricks.com.

Donna J. Baldock
EDWARDS – Donna Jean Baldock, 81, of West Peoria, mother of an Edwards man, died May 25, 2021, at her residence.

She was born in Peoria on Sept. 18, 1939, to Donald D. and Mary A. (Letanofsky) Rogers. She married William E. “Ernie” Baldock on March 22, 1958. He survives.

Also surviving are 3 children, Steve (Dian) Baldock of Niceville, Fla., William E. (Shannon) Baldock Jr. of Bartonville and Dan (Tracy) Baldock of Edwards; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, Larry Rogers of Rome, Ga.

She was the co-owner/co-operator of Ernie’s Dairy Dream with her husband before retiring in 1999.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton.com.

Daniel R. Black
FARMINGTON – Daniel “Bud” R. Black, 75, of Farmington, died May 23, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist.

He was born on Nov. 4, 1945, in Farmington to Robert William and Hannah Marie (Hewitt) Black. He married Deborah DeWester on May 19, 1973, at the First Baptist Church in Farmington. She survives.

Also surviving is one daughter, KaraLyn Black; two brothers, James (the late Dawn) Wilcoxen of Farmington and Walter (Carolyn) Black of Maitland, Fla.; and one sister, Rosemary (the late James) Melbourne of Kewanee.

Daniel worked as an assembler at Caterpillar and retired after over 30 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Farmington.

Daniel enjoyed bowling, gardening, card games, puzzles and Wheel of Fortune. He always had a good sense of humor.

A memorial service was held May 29, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in Farmington.

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

Bertha M. Clark
YATES CITY – Bertha “Bert” M. Clark, 94, formerly of Galesburg and a Yates City native, died May 26, 2021, at the Meadowbrook Manor in Naperville.
Funeral services were at the Maquon United Methodist Church on May 29. Burial was in Yates City Cemetery.

Bertha Marie Goedeke was born June 4, 1926, in Yates City, the daughter of August Frederick William and Pearl (Dalton) Goedeke. She lived most of her life in Knox County and attended Galesburg High School. Her marriage to Robert Clark took place in 1944 and they had three sons.

Those surviving include: 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Terry L. and Janice (Stackhouse) Clark, Aurora, Larry E. and Kathy Clark, Gilson, and Robert W. Clark, Collinsville; five grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. Her parents and six brothers preceded her in death.

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

Margaret A. Graber
FARMINGTON – Margaret “Arlene”
Graber, 88, of Peoria, mother of a Farmington man, died May 24, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist
in Peoria.

She was born in Peoria on Nov. 15, 1932. She married Donald A. Graber on Nov. 20, 1948, in Pekin. He preceded her in death on May 16, 2012, in LaSalle.

Arlene is survived by her 3 children,
Donald (Brenda) Graber Jr. of Brownsburg, Ind., Ed (Penny) Graber of Farmington, and Debra (Mike) Seibert of Peoria; 9 grandchildren;
29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; 2 sisters, Annette
(Glen) Mulvaney and Sally (Pat) McGrew, both of Peoria; and 1 brother, Gary (Jody) Finley of Peoria.

Services were May 29, 2021. Interment
was in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.
com.
Joyce A. Hilyard
EDWARDS – Joyce Annette (Jiles) Hilyard of Edwards, died April 20, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria.
She was born Oct. 23, 1955, in Decatur. She is survived by her husband,
Dave Engfer; three sons, Ryan, Aric, and Justin; two grandchildren;
Addyson and Grayson; parents, Jim Jiles and Juanita Dale, and six siblings.
Cremation has been accorded and no services will be held.
The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois
Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at csmico.com

JoAnn Maxwell
PEORIA – Jo Ann “Joby” Maxwell,
81, of Peoria died May 21, 2021, at Aperion Care Center in Peoria
Heights.
She was born on March 29, 1940, in Peoria to Stanley and Eloise Morgan.
She married Richard Maxwell on March 28, 1956, in Peoria.
He survives, along with 2 children,
Scott (Dawn) Maxwell of Peoria and Richilyn Allsup of Trivoli;
6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister, Lynn Stanfill of Farmington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Greg Maxwell; and one great-grandson.
Family services will be private.
Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.
com.
Byron G. Payne
PEORIA – Byron G. Payne, 85, of Peoria died May 23, 2021, with his wife, Cecilia, and their daughter, Donna J. Malone, by his side.
He was born on April 7, 1936. Byron married Cecilia (C.C) Ryan on May 15, 1965. They were married after only eight months of knowing each other and had just celebrated their 56-year wedding anniversary.
C.C survives. Other survivors include
his sister, Marilyn Vise; his two daughters, Donna (Chris) Malone of Brimfield and Kim (Curt) Young of Maroa; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Condolences can be left online at www.davison-fulton.com.
Thomas Zeglen, Sr.
FARMINGTON – Thomas Zeglen Sr., 82, of Fairview, a Farmington native, died May 24, 2021, at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1939, in Farmington to Adolph and Marie (Turner) Zeglen Sr.
Surviving are 3 children, Theresa Abbadusky of Crossville, Tenn., Leota Carrigan of Norris, and Thomas Zeglen Jr., of Canton; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren;
2 brothers, Adolph Zeglen Jr., of Farmington and John Zeglen of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and 1 sister, Cynthia
Schriner of Farmington.
Services were May 29, 2021, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.



Marilyn B. Anderson
GALVA – Marilyn B. Anderson, 85, of rural Galva, died at 1:04 a.m., Monday, May 31, 2021, at her home.
Cremation will be accorded and there will be no services. Private inurnment will be held on the family farm. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born July 21, 1935, in Morris, Ill., the daughter of Lyle and Lois (Ames) Stitt. She married Eugene R. “Gene” Anderson on Sept. 25, 1953, in Dyersburg, Tenn. and he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2016. Survivors include her four children; Philip (Raymonde) Anderson of Tallahassee, Fla., Norman Anderson of Woodhull and Esther Anderson and Carrie Anderson, both of Galva, her brother, Jerry Stitt of Verona, Ill. and four grandchildren; Jeffrey Anderson of Gary, Ind., Callie Anderson of Cambridge, Sebrina Occeus of Houston, Texas and Aurellio Anderson of Tallahassee, Fla. She was also preceded in death by her parents and six siblings.
Marilyn had worked as a nurse practitioner in Pikeville, W.Va. and had also been a farmer’s wife.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Thomas R. Conover
TREMONT– Thomas R. Conover, 82, of Tremont, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born Dec. 29, 1938, in Castleton, the first of seven children born to Robert and Ruth George Conover. He married Mary Ann Hedges on Nov. 27, 1958, in LaFayette, Ill., and she passed away Feb. 27, 2014.
Tom graduated from Wyoming High School in 1957and further education included Dale Carnegie Course Study, PTI at U of I and ICC.
In his youth, he worked at the Wyoming Bowling Alley as a pin setter and ran the projector for the movies at the Wyoming Paramount Theater downtown Wyoming. He was American Airlines O’Hare Field Chicago Customer Service Representative to some of the celebrities in the 1960s and worked Quality Control for airline electronics at Breeze Inc. He was a deputy with the Stark County Sheriff’s department and retired as a law enforcement officer for the city of Tremont. He held eight years as a Tremont Village Trustee and was a Zoning and Code Enforcement board member.
In the late 1960s, he and Mary Ann were members of the National Council of Mustang Club Road Rally’s and members of the Kewanee Kicker’s Square Dance Club. He also worked at Lake Calhoun Country Club as a greenskeeper and was a caddy at several Quad Cities John Deere Classic and Springfield State Farm Rail Classic golf tournaments. He placed in several local golf tournaments over the years. He was in a local senior men’s weekly golf outing and was on bowling leagues, Brother’s Tournament, and Couple’s bowling with his wife. He bowled a 300-game and bowled on several Special Olympics Bowling Leagues in Pekin. Tom served as a past snowmobile special safety instructor for Tremont and was a recent winner of the traveling trophy for Fantasy Football League with a local Tremont group. He was a member of the Tremont Masonic Lodge #462.
He is survived by three daughters, Karyl Conover of Tremont, Kristine (Ron) Anderson of Edwards, and Kathie (Josh) Perez of Washington; three grandchildren, Abbygayle (Austin) Garner of Iowa, Nathanael Anderson of Calif., and Elizabeth Anderson of Edwards; one step-grandson, Cheng Lu (Aram Seong) of Texas; one daughter-in-law, Shuju Li of Texas; two brothers, David (Carolyn) Conover of Wyoming and Bill (Sandy) Conover of Creve Coeur; three sisters, Frances Thornton of Bloomington, Mary Servis of El Paso, and Lora Meadows of Missouri; eight nephews and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years; one son, Cary; and one sister, Carolyn Delbridge of Princeville.
Cremation has been accorded. A graveside service with Masonic Rites will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Tremont. There is no visitation. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont is handling the arrangements.


Margaret Ann Farley
KEWANEE – Margaret Ann “Mig” Farley, 92, of Bradford, Ill. passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, Ill.
She was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Kewanee, Ill. the daughter of Lloyd and Mary (Ratliff ) Sturm.
Mig married Willford “Red” Farley on Sept. 16, 1950, in Bradford. He preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1997.
She is survived by three sons: Kevin (Charlotte) Farley of Stonewall, La., Kent (Pattie) Farley of Chadwick, Ill., and Jan Farley of Bradford; five grandchildren: Joseph, Michael, Shanda, Alissa, and Kelsey; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Floyd Sturm of Bradford; her twin sister, Pauline “Pollie” Roland of Lacon, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister, Lucille Mundy.
Mig worked as a nurses’ aide in Geneva, Ill.
She was known for her baking skills, especially her pies and cookies. She enjoyed painting, arts and crafts. Most of all, she loved her family.
Cremation rites was accorded. A visitation was held 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford, following the service. Casual attire was preferred. Burial took place in Mt. Bloom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Lewis L. Nelson
BISHOP HILL – Lewis L. “Louie” Nelson, 93, of Bishop Hill, Ill., passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021, at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa. Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of his life is due to be held at a later date. Rux Funeral Home of Galva, Ill., is assisting the family with arrangements.
Louie was born on Dec. 12, 1927, to Lawrence and Vernice (Lindstrom) Nelson. He was raised on his family’s farm just north of Bishop Hill. In school, he excelled in basketball, football and track. Louie graduated from Galva High School in 1946. After high school, he played and pitched for the Bishop Hill Swedes fastpitch team.
On Aug. 7, 1949, Louie married the love of his life, Marion Anderson, in Bishop Hill. Together, they raised five daughters; Cathy, Chris, Connie, Cari and Cheri. The love and devotion Louie and Marion had for one another was unwavering and something to aspire to. They truly built a life they loved and were blessed to have had 71 wonderful years of marriage.
Louie worked for Earl King before starting his own contracting business, Nelson Construction. In his early years, he restored a large portion of the Colony Building in Bishop Hill. He also built the Bishop Hill Fire Station. He was a skilled carpenter who enjoyed the trade and was in business for over 50 years before retiring.
Louie belonged to the Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Old Settlers Association. He volunteered and served as president of the Bishop Hill Fire Department for many years. He was part of the SVEA Mutual Insurance Board for 27 years.
Louie brought light and laughter to everyone he knew. You knew he loved you if he was teasing you, as he had such a sense of humor. Louie was an avid Cubs fan; he never missed an opportunity to watch a game. If you stopped by, chances are you would find him in his chair watching his Cubs and if he was visiting you, he’d want to be sure you had the channel they’d be playing on. He also enjoyed watching fastpitch tournaments. For many years, Louie and Marion belonged to a card club where they made lifelong friends and lasting memories. But, perhaps Louie’s greatest joy in life, was just spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was so entertained by them; they could always make him laugh and put a smile on his face.
Louie is survived by his wife, Marion; five daughters, Cathy Nelson (Deborah Redmond) of Wash. D.C., Chris Nelson (Tom Davis) of Neponset, Ill., Connie Adkison of Cambridge, Ill., Cari Nelson of Swansea, Ill. and Cheri (Brent) Vincent of Cambridge, Ill.; six grandchildren, Natasha (Jason) Riley of O’Fallon, Ill., Adrienne Adkison of St. Louis, Mo., Taylor Iorio of St. Petersburg, Fla., Kayla (Ian) Wiles of Cambridge, Ill., Austen (Lauren) Vincent of Cambridge, Ill., and Garrett Vincent of Cambridge, Ill. ; seven great-grandchildren, Kellyn, Norah, Rian, Violet, Lincoln, Cecilia and Rhett.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Jerry, a sister, Lois, and his parents.
Memorials may be made to the Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church or the Old Settlers Association of Bishop Hill.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Melissa Ann Westefer
KEWANEE – Melissa Ann Westefer, 38, of Kewanee, Ill., passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.
She was born Oct. 7, 1982, in Peoria, Ill. the daughter of Mark Ross and Annetta Webber.
Melissa married Kenneth Westefer in Henry County on Dec. 27, 2007. He survives in Kewanee.
She is also survived by her mother: Annetta Webber of Bradford, Ill.; her father Mark Ross of Sarasota, Fla.; two daughters: Makenzie Kruiz and Rhyan Emmoree both of Kewanee; two brothers: Matthew (Rachel) Ross of Princeton and Zachary Ross of Bradford; two sisters: Angela (Travis) Porter of Silvis, Ill. and Michelle (Brice) Magarity of Deer Creek, Ill.; one step-brother, Tom (Michaele) Webber of Princeville, Ill.; one step-sister, Renee (Jesse) Wagner of Kewanee; her paternal grandmother, Margaret Ross of Sarasota, Fla.; her mother and father-in law, Connie and Jerry Westefer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her step-father, Larry Webber; step-brother, Brian Webber; paternal grandfather, Don Ross; maternal grandfather, Glenn Owens; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Owens.
Melissa attended Bradford High School and earned her LPN from Blackhawk College, Kewanee, Ill.
She worked as an LPN and her last place of employment was Petersen Healthcare, Kewanee.
Melissa enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her primary joy in life was her children.
A visitation was held from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford, Illinois. A funeral service was held at noon following the service Saturday at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford, officiated by Rev. David Hamilton. Burial took place in Evergreen Memorial Garden, Kewanee, Ill. Memorials may be directed to her family. Online condolences may be sent www.grant-johnsonfh.com.


Larry E. Down
WYOMING – Larry E. Down, 65, of Wyoming, passed away at 2:02 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021 in his home. Larry was born on April 14, 1956, in Kewanee, the son of Robert “Warren” and Arlene (Geary) Down.
Surviving are one son, Bryan (Rachael McRell) of LaFayette; one daughter, Tarrah (Dan) Sornberger of Dahinda; six grandchildren, Payton and Kayla Down, and Parker, Mason, Nolan and Piper Sornberger; one sister, Char Hughes of Peoria; and three brothers, Don (Dorita) Down, Tom (Cheryl) Down, and Gary “Butch” (Celeste) Down all of Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Larry was a long-time local farmer. He loved restoring lawn tractors and NASCAR. His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Wyoming Cemetery. Nicole Reed, Certified Funeral Celebrant will officiate.
Condolences may be left for Larry’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Verlus L. Fowler
PEORIA – Verlus “Lucky” L. Fowler, 90, of Peoria, passed away at 1 a.m., on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in rural Brimfield.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1931, in Parthenon, Ark., to Henry and Zelphia (Harris) Fowler.
He married Dorothy Stahl in 1972, in Peoria, Ill. She survives.
Verlus is also survived by four children, Verla (Mike) McLemore of Peoria, Artie Fowler of Peoria, Jeff Waddle of Peoria, and Tonya (Ryan) Crawford of Brimfield; one step-daughter, Bobbie Buskirk of Bartonville; raised nephew, Dwight May of Peoria; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe Fowler, Shannon Roger Fowler, and Wonder Fowler; and two sisters, Eva Mae Smith and Arden Faye Fowler.
Verlus was a Pressman at Fleming & Potter in Peoria where he retired from after 31 years. He was very hardworking and stayed busy taking care of rental properties. His motto was always, “Tell it like it is, and I love everybody.” He regularly attended Glad Tidings in East Peoria. One of his favorite hymns was “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakhinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

E. William Bambrick
LAURA – E. William “Bill” Bambrick, 81, of Peoria, father of a Laura man, died on May 14, 2021, surrounded by his beloved family.
Bill was born on Jan. 9, 1940, in Peoria to Jim and Dorothy (Johnson) Bambrick. He worked as an electrician in the Peoria area for 40 years until his retirement. On June 21, 1964, he married Judith A. (Ellis) Bambrick and raised three children together.
He loved cars, motorcycling, flying and any project he could fix at his workbench. He enjoyed racing at the Peoria Drag Strip. He founded the Peoria chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association and was active in many groups at his church.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law, Ed Rink, and his sister-in-law, Ann Metzger. Survivors include his wife, Judi Bambrick of Washington; his children, Mike (Alecia) Bambrick of Peoria, Mark (Jaime) Bambrick of Laura and Kelli (Adam) Moser of Morton; sister, Peggy Rink of Beardstown; nine granddaughters; two great grandsons; and three great grandbabies to come.
A Celebration of Life service was held May 25.
Online condolences can be left at www.wiltonmortuary.com.

Roger L. Grigg
GALESBURG – Roger L. Grigg, 65, of Galesburg, brother of a Williamsfield man, died May 23, 2021, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. He was born June 22, 1955, in Kewanee to parents, Donald and Marilyn (LaMay) Grigg.
He is survived by his three brothers, Dennis (Pat) Grigg of Williamsfield, Sam Grigg of Toulon, and Stan (Kathy) Grigg of Toulon; six sisters, Linda (Chester) Davis of Litchfield, Ky., Kathy (Dale) Faull of LaMoille, Rose (Mark) McCallister of Chillicothe, Marsha Grigg of Toulon, Donna (Mike Rowland) Lepianka of Kewanee and Jenny (Donald) Pegram of Kewanee.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. A graveside service will be immediately following the visitation at Wyoming Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Marlene T. Miller
BLOOMINGTON – Marlene T. “Honey Bee” Miller, 87, of Bloomington, sister of Brimfield and Farmington women, died May 20, 2021, at Carriage Crossing Senior Living of Bloomington.
She was born Nov. 4, 1933, in Peoria, daughter of Thomas J. and Effie Joseph Williams. She married William “Bill” Miller on Jan. 10, 1958, he preceded her in death in August of 1998.
Surviving are four children, Mark (Mary Barbara) Miller of Indianapolis, Ind., Marty (Therese) Miller of Washington, Mary (Randy) Schmidt and Matt (Jennifer) Miller, both of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren; and her siblings, Carl (Kathryn) Williams of Peoria, Tom (Rita) Williams of Germantown Hills, Maureen “Doll” Couri of Brimfield, Pat Schelp of Peoria, Kitty (Bob) Lewis of Farmington and Margie McDonald of Maple Grove, Minn.
Her funeral was May 25, 2021.
Condolences can be left online at www.carmodyflynn.com.

Peter D. Shea
BRIMFIELD – Peter D. Shea, 72, of Dunlap, father of a Brimfield man, died May 18, 2021, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Peter was born on Oct. 14, 1948, in Peoria. He is survived by two sons, Jason (Jill) Shea of Brimfield and Joshua (Stacia) Shea of Roswell, Ga.; two grandchildren, Carter and Lawson; two brothers, Thomas and Timothy Shea; and four sisters, Mary Gover, Ann Hickey, Patricia Bednar and Frances Crusen.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Michael and John; and one sister, Delia Ryan.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.



Ellen Kay Bressner
TOULON – Ellen Kay “Ellie” Bressner, 59, of Toulon, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 8:39 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021, at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg. She was born in Peoria on March 8, 1962, to James L. and Mary E. (Newcomb) Magner. She married John Bressner on Sept. 28, 1990, in Peoria. He survives.
Ellie is also survived by her mother, Mary Greene of Peoria; step-mother, Jackie Magner of Peoria; brother, Dave (Becky) Magner of Ninety-six, S.C.; sister, Susan (Scott) Faulkner of Dunlap; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father; and step-father, Gary Greene.
Ellie volunteered for the Salvation Army in Kewanee for the past 15 years. She was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. She loved all animals, especially horses, and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Ellie’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Her visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. also on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army of Kewanee at 119 N Tremont St, Kewanee, IL 61443.
Online condolences may be made to Ellie’s family at www.davison-fulton.com.

Jannie JoAnn Lucas
BRADFORD – Jannie JoAnn (Forbes) Lucas, 71 , of Bradford passed away Friday, May 7, 2021, at her home.
A visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford. A graveside service immediately followed the visitation at Bradford Cemetery, with Pastor Jan Ringenberg officiating.
Jannie was born Dec. 18, 1949, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Leslie and Dorothy (Jones) Forbes.
She married Marion D. Lucas on Oct. 3, 1969, in Bradford. He preceded her in death Dec. 30, 2016.
She is survived by 10 children: Terry Goforth, Melinda (Steve) Grier, Michael (Amy) Goforth, Salinda Moats, Marion Lucas, Jr., Raymond (Crystal) Lucas, Jeffery (Elsie) Lucas, Annette (Jack) Atkins, Katy (Anthony) Moore, and Melissa Lucas; 4 step-children: Becky Mercer, Steven Lucas, Russel Lucas, and Tim Lucas; 77-plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers; five sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Brenda Goforth, one step-son, Randal Lucas; two brothers, and five sisters.
Jannie worked for MSW in Bradford and cleaned homes occasionally. She was an avid bingo player. She also enjoyed making jewelry and gardening.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Raymond R. Wagenbach
PRINCEVILLE – Raymond R. Wagenbach, 93, of Peoria, formerly of Princeville, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, May 9, 2021, at the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria. Raymond was born May 10, 1927, to George and Elizabeth (Aberle) Wagenbach. He married Betty Knapp on Feb. 18, 1951, in Cissna Park; she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Raylene (Jerry) Getz of Roanoke and Karen (Kenny) Elsasser of Dunlap; three sons, Daryl (Kenna) Wagenbach, Curtis (Marybeth) Wagenbach, and Dennis (Jennifer) Wagenbach all of Toulon; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Bernice Stoller of Princeville and MaryEllen Martin of Eureka.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rodney Wagenbach; brother, Lawrence Wagenbach, and sister, Louise Wagenbach.
Raymond was a medic for the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a farmer for 43 years and owned Wagenbach Trucking, where he was a driver until age 82.
Raymond was a faithful Christian serving as a Trustee and member at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. He was a loving husband to his wife for 70 years, and loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly.
His funeral service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church officiated. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Additional visitation was Wednesday at the church. Burial was to be in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Princeville. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.
Condolences may be left for Raymond’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Thomas ‘Joe’ Shinkle
BRADFORD – Thomas “Joe” Shinkle, 69, of Bradford died Monday, May 3, 2021.
He was born on July 28, 1951, in Peoria, the son of George “Bob” and Rosemary (Barrowman) Shinkle. Joe married Pamela Dreier on May 19, 1984. She survives in Bradford.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela K. Shinkle and his daughter, Rosemary Shinkle and siblings, Jim Shinkle and Angie (Ron) Jolliff; and his father-in-law, Udo Dreier.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.


Jennifer L. Clark
WYOMING – Jennifer L. Clark, 68, of Wyoming, passed away at 2:23 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was comfortable, peaceful and able to see her entire family before she died.
Funeral services were May 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Cpt. Sarah Eddy of The Salvation Army providing the ceremonial tribute and remembrance. Visitation was held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial was in Galva Cemetery. She will be laid to eternal rest close to several family members.
She was born March 20, 1953, in Carthage, Ill., the youngest child of Grover G. and Betty Lorraine (Sall) Jackson. Almost 45 years ago, she married Richard “Dick” Clark on a beautiful spring day on May 15, 1976, at Martin’s Lodge in LaFayette, Ill. They resided and raised their family in Galva, Toulon and Wyoming, Ill.
Survivors include her husband of Wyoming, her children; Laura Clark of Peoria, Marcia Clark of Wyoming, Stephanie (Derek) Waldschmidt of Chillicothe and Lucas (Amanda Dunn) Clark of Peoria, 2 bonus-children, Michelle Kelly and Jamie Morss, both of Peoria, a brother, Daren Sall of Cambridge, a sister-in-law, Barb Jackson of Bushnell, a sister-in-law, Kathy Clark of Moline, 10 grandchildren; Zachary, Jenna, Colton, Emma, Jackson, Cooper, Caleb, Carly, Briggs and Amelia; and 2 great grandchildren, Spencer and Scarlette. She also had several half-sisters and a half-brother on her father’s side.
She had several fond memories of her aunts, uncles and cousins growing up and always wished she could spend more time with her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and brother-in-law, Karen “Sue” and Les “Butch” Morss, one brother, Dennis Jackson, and her mother-in-law, Annabelle Clark.
Jennifer attended Galva schools and in her early years attended Four Square Church in Galva. Over the years she held a variety of exciting jobs, most recently, she had worked at L.R. Nelson before her health forced her to retire. However, her favorite “job” was wife, mother, and grandmother. She was dedicated to her family. She was a champion Uno player and an avid animal lover. Her dream was to move to the country and open an animal rescue sanctuary. She loved sitting in her kitchen with Dick looking out the window watching the birds, especially cardinals. Cardinals were her favorite – bird and baseball team. She loved her Cardinals. She also enjoyed crafting, scrapbooking, genealogy and looking for hawks and eagles and taking photos of landscapes and scenery, before camera phones – they confused her. Hallmark movies brought her much joy. Most of all, she enjoyed being with her family and grandchildren, cookouts, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, concerts, baseball games, dance recitals – she always tried her best to be there.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St Jude will always hold a special place in the family’s collective heart for taking care of Marcia when she was sick and offering hope to the family through the tough times.
A Celebration of Life was held at The Catalpa Grove in Toulon, Ill. – a place that holds many happy memories from long ago for Jennie and Dick.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Lorna D. Dalrymple
KEWANEE – Lorna Dale Dalrymple, 66, of Kewanee, formerly of Bradford passed away at 2:08 p.m. on May 1, 2021, at 1850 Lake St. Apt. 113, after fighting a long, hard battle with multiple myeloma.
Lorna was born on Feb. 7, 1955, in Kewanee, Ill., to parents Gale and Lola (Manning) Kopp. On July 25, 1975, she married Ronald Milo Dalrymple in Peoria, Ill.
Lorna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Gary Wright, and granddaughter, Danielle Jordan Walker.
Lorna is survived by daughters, Donna Dalrymple of Peoria, Sherry (Mike) Emmons of Bradford, Pamela Allsup of Peoria, Connie Dalrymple of Peoria Heights, Tanya (David “Tony”) Walker of Bradford, and Paulette Dalrymple of Kewanee; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Larry Wright of Toulon; and 1 aunt, Doris Bruner of Princeton.
Lorna attended Bradford High School. She worked at Breeze, Inc in Wyoming, Ill., Elysis, Inc in Peoria, and Great Dane in Kewanee, where she was a trailer cleaner, last working in 2017.
She and her husband lead trail rides at the Bradford Saddle Tramps for years. She enjoyed horseback riding, crocheting, knitting, fishing, reading books, word search puzzles, putting puzzles together and spending time with her family.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial visitation will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford. A private service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Illinois Cancer Care. Online condolences may be sent to www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Glenda A. Wallace
GALVA – Glenda Amelia Wallace, 57, of Galva, passed away at 1:02 p.m., Thursday, April 29, 2021, at her home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 7 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Thursday, May 6, at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Henry County Humane Society or to Visitation Catholic School.
She was born Dec. 18, 1963, in Kewanee, the daughter of Donald and Alma (Dhondth) Hampton. She married John “Mike” Wallace on Sept. 12, 1992, and he survives of Galva. Also, surviving is her father of Galva, her son, Nicholas P. Wallace of Kewanee, five siblings; Donya (Dennis) Price of Kewanee, Shirlee (Greg) Fritch of Silvis, Sheila (DeWayne) Willey of Kewanee, Sharon (Dan) Jaques of Colorado and Chris (Lisa) Hampton of Monmouth, a sister-in-law, Barbara Wallace of California, two brothers-in-law, Jim Wallace of Kewanee and Jim Mueller of Moline and nieces and nephews: Stephanie (Brad) Fritch of Farmington, Chet Fritch of Peoria, Dean (Rachelle) Price of Kewanee, Duane (Torri) Price of Sheffield, Brett (Jessica) Johnson of Kewanee, Donald (Stephanie) Johnson of Monmouth, Jerry Johnson, Chris (Britney) Johnson and Joyce Willey, all of Kewanee, Stephan Johnson DeRosalyn of Minnesota, Juliana (Luke) Quedenfield of Pennsylvania, Jared (Trish) Jaques of Colo., Alyssa (Dom) Greer of Monmouth and Matthew Mueller of Moline. She was preceded in death by her mother, a sister-in-law, Deb Mueller and her nephew, Justin Hampton.
Glenda graduated from Visitation Catholic School in 1978 and from Kewanee High School in 1982. She attended Black Hawk East and the American Institute of Commerce in Davenport, Iowa. She worked as retail manager for various businesses including; Chess King, Target and the Colony Store and also operated the Grape Vine Art Studio in Bishop Hill. She attended Saint John Paul II Parish and was a member of the Target Volunteers for 18 ½ years and was a volunteer for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Debra A. Beckelman
BRADFORD – Debra A. Beckelman, 48, of Bradford died Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at her home. Burial will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a later date.
She was born April 2, 1973 in Chicago and married David A. Beckelman on Feb. 14, 1997. He preceded her in death April 11, 2020.
Survivors include four children: Lea (Kyle) Harlan of Wyoming, IL, Savannah Beckelman of Bradford, IL, Sebastian Beckelman of Bradford, and Shayden Beckelman of Bradford; 3 grandchildren: Kadence, Avery, and Kiera Harlan; her father, Don Frey of Bradford; mother-in law, Dorothy Beckelman of Chicago; one sister, Denise Hill of Bradford and her twin brother, Donnie Frey of Wyoming.


Ronald L. Goldner
HENRY – Ronald Lee “Mouse” Goldner, 75, of Henry, passed away Tuesday April 27, 2021, at 1:44 a.m. at Proctor Hospital, Peoria.
Visitation was May 1, 2021, at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, 416 Edward St., Henry. Graveside services were held at Henry Cemetery, where full military rites were accorded by the Henry American Legion.
Memorials may be made to MSW Project, The Senior Nutrition Site, The Outreach Program of St. John XXIII Parish, or to the Henry Food Pantry.
Ron was born Oct. 17, 1945, in San Diego, Calif., to Donald Lee and Mary J. (Johnson) Goldner. His mother later married Max Dycus. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Jim and Adabell Pillman, throughout his grade and high school years.
Ron married Jean Waughop on Jan. 6, 1974. She survives in Henry.
Ron was raised with Jim and Adabell’s children, Connie LaFollett, of Peoria, Brenda (Fred) Carroll, of Brimfield, Netta (Ed) Braun, of Missouri and Kathy (Jerry) Coffey, of Florida. Also surviving are Jean’s sisters, Mary (Roger) Rutherford, of Sellersburg, Ind., and Becky (Jerry) Wyatt, of Edwards, and many nieces and nephews.
Ron graduated from Elmwood High School. He had served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1964-67, spending most of his time in Germany. He reached the rank of Sergeant.
Ron was employed by the Peoria County Highway Department. He then worked for Paul DeWeerth as a farm hand, Pabst Brewing for seven years until its closing, and later worked at B F Goodrich/Poly One for 25 years.
Ron was a lover of horse’s and riding. He rode cross country with the “Wounded Warriors” when they were in Henry and rode to Bradford. He will be remembered for many things; one was his willingness to help others. He took care of many yards in Henry and did alot of garden tilling. He enjoyed riding his golf cart and was a very big fan of John Wayne.
Ron always supported and admired our veterans and police officers.
Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.

Jerold Wright
TRIVOLI – Jerold “Jerry” Wright, 81, of Trivoli, passed away April 17, 2021, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria. His private graveside service was at Penn Ridge Cemetery, Trivoli. Marc Boon, Jerry’s son-in-law, officiated. Memorials may be made to Illinois State University Foundation. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry was born Nov. 20, 1939, in Canton, Ill., the son of Jarvis and Mary Wright, who preceded him in death. He married Norma Carson on Aug. 5, 1961, in Decatur, Ill. She survives. Jerry is also survived by three children: Doug (Jean) Wright, Trivoli; CJ (Marc) Wright-Boon, Danvers; and Jane (Tim) Goeken, Delavan. There are seven grandchildren: George (Lana) Wright, Baton Rouge, La.; Hannah (Jack) Horky, Kansas City, Kan.; Zach Goeken, Delavan; Zach Kingston, Danvers; Alli Goeken, Delavan; Sarah Kingston, Danvers; and Matt Behrends, Delavan. There is one great granddaughter, Olivia, who brought great joy and happiness during this last year. Also surviving is his half-sister, Barb Garrott.
Jerry graduated from Farmington High School and started at the University of Illinois, but ultimately transferred to Illinois State Normal University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
While at ISNU, he served as Vice President of the Industrial Arts Club, participated in the ISNU Jazz Band and Gamma Phi Circus, and was elected as President of Iota Lambda Sigma. He was also selected as one of 16 Outstanding Seniors. He taught high school in Midlothian, then came back to the Peoria area to first work as a director at a Boy Scout camp (he was an Eagle Scout) and then to obtain his Master’s Degree from Bradley University. While at Bradley, he was elected to both Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Kappa.
He joined Caterpillar in 1965 and worked there for 35 years in a variety of managerial capacities, most of which focused on training and development, including overseeing the development of the ThinkBig Technician Training Program, a collaborative program between Caterpillar and ICC.
Jerry was active in promoting education. He served as a member of the Balance of State Private Industry Council for the Governor’s Office of Commerce and Community Affairs. He was a vice president and member of the Board of Directors for the Tri-County Industrial Education and Labor Council in Peoria and has served on several state committees related to the Education for Employment efforts in Illinois. He also served as a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Schools Advisory Committee. He has been a member of the American Foundry Society, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Society of Training and Development. He was elected as a Trustee to Illinois Central College in Peoria and served on the Board for 18 years and as Chairman three times. He was elected to the ISU Alumni Board and served a variety of roles during his time on the Board. In 2011, he was inducted into ISU’s College of Applied Science and Technology Hall of Fame.
While he was a rather accomplished career man, Jerry was most proud of his family. They wish to thank the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home staff for their care and compassion during his last days.

Max E. Young
DUNLAP – Max E. Young, 93, of Dunlap, finished his journey and joined his wife of 69 years, Gladys, in heaven at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at his home.
Max was born on June 23, 1927, in Avon the son of Alva Young and Vola (Gillette) Hillyer. He married Gladys Barrett on Feb. 28, 1952, in Princeville; she recently preceded him in death on April 7, 2021 in Dunlap.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Ashcraft of Princeville and Brenda (Joseph) Slyman of Elmwood; three grandchildren, Chelcee (Justin) Owens, Sarah Slyman, and Michael Slyman; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Gavin Owens; and one half-sister, Martha Hillyer of Carthage. He was also preceded in death by one son, Michael Young and one brother, Robert Young.
Max served in the United States Army. He worked as a life-long truck driver, beginning with Ellis Turner in Princeville, then over 40 years with OK Trucking. After his retirement, he still worked with Long Rock Trucking and most recently with Caldwell & Son’s Trucking.
Max was an ace mechanic who could fix anything. He was full of wisdom and a great story-teller. He loved spending winters in Mission, Texas, with his wife. His family would like to extend a special thank you to the hospice nurses who cared for him, especially his CNA Angie.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Please wear a facial covering and respect social distancing guidelines. Burial will be in West Jersey Cemetery in West Jersey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dunlap Fire Department. Condolences may be left for Max’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

James N. Brentz
FARMINGTON – James Norman Brentz, 87, of Sandy, Utah, died April 23, surrounded by family.
Jim was born on May 9, 1933, to Harry and Esther Brentz in Pittsburgh, Kan. He grew up in Farmington, graduating from Farmington High School in 1951. He served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War.
Jim is survived by his wife, Judy; their daughters, Susan (Jay) Holland and Karen (Mardi) Perri; and four grandchildren.
Jim had two children from a previous marriage to Jean Brentz: Chuck (Betsy) and Lisa (Alan) Heth. They blessed him with five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Nancy K. Gilles
PEORIA – Nancy Kay (Graf) Gilles of Peoria died April 30, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, due to complications from COVID-19.
Born April 27, 1947, in Peoria to Edward and Geraldine (McKinsey) Graf, Nancy married Roger A. Gilles on Dec. 4, 1965, in East Peoria.
Nancy was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her life to taking care of her handicapped son, Randy Gilles.
Survivors include her son, Randy Gilles of Edwards; and her sister, Jeanette Errion of Washington.

Darrell Latham
ELMWOOD – Darrell G. Latham, 71, of Elmwood, died April 26, 2021, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 6, 1950, in Peoria, to Carl and Norma (Mager) Latham. He married Karen Wolfe, and she preceded him in death in May 2014.
He is survived by one son, Paul (Phyllis) Latham of Elmwood; one brother, Pat Painter; one sister, Jackie (Jim) David; one grandchild, Noah Latham; and two step-children, Christa Loundsberry and Jacob Loundsberry.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Condolences can be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Rolland D. Wilson
PRINCEVILLE – Rolland D. Wilson, 86, of Peoria, father of a Princeville man, died April 27, 2021. He was born on May 7, 1934. He married Nancy Payne on July 4, 1964. He is survived by his children, Richard (Lori) of Dunlap, Robert (Rachel) Wilson of Princeville, Rhonda (Michael) Renner of Chillicothe and Rebecca Wilson of Portland, Maine; and seven grandchildren.
A private mass will be held at Resurrection Mausoleum. Fr. Patrick Henehan will officiate.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.

PeeWee Duncan


TOULON – PeeWee Duncan, 86, of Toulon, passed away at 12:42 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
PeeWee was born on Feb. 26, 1935, in Toulon, the son of Clarence and Grayce (Large) Duncan. He married Mary Heinrich on Dec. 28, 1998. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Merlin Duncan; and step daughter Heidi Heinrich.
Surviving are his wife, Mary of Toulon; two sons, Jeffrey (Chris) Duncan of Galesburg, Ill., James Duncan, of Mansfield, Texas; daughter, Jill Fisher of Knoxville, Ill.; two step-sons, Richard Heinrich of Mooresville, N.C., and Jeffrey (Laura) Heinrich of Kewanee, Ill.; two step-daughters, Theresa (Mike) Rediger of Toulon, Toni Nowlan of Kewanee; 18 grandchildren; six great-grand-children; brother, James (Louise) Duncan of Mobile, Ala.; sister, Anita Armstrong-Timmons of Morton, Ill.; and sister-in-law, Pearl Duncan of Toulon.
PeeWee made his living as a farmer and was an avid outdoors-man. He enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with friends and family throughout the U.S. and Canada. PeeWee could also be found at PeeWee’s playhouse enjoying cards. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Toulon American Legion.
Visitation was held from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming with a funeral service immediately following at 11:30 a.m. Burial was in Toulon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Toulon American Legion or to any memorial of the donor’s choice. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming, Ill. is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be left for PeeWee’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


Arnold George Jacobs


GALVA – Arnold (Arnie) George Jacobs, 92, of Bryan, Texas, formerly of Galva was reunited with the love of his life and his beloved daughter at 9:53 a.m., Friday, March 19, 2021, at the home of his son. Arnie left a lifetime of wisdom and love for his family and friends for them to carry on into the future.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 29, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Scott Miller officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, March 28, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. In lieu of memorials Arnie would want you to do something nice or kind for a neighbor or friend. 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.
Arnie was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Moorhausen, Germany, the son of Hans Carl and Tini (Peters) Jacobs. He came to Ellis Island on a ship from Germany with his parents when he was a small child. They settled on a farm in Sibley, Ill., and later in Walnut, Ill. Arnie loved this beautiful country.
Due to his love, devotion and desire to serve his country and its people, Arnie faithfully served in the United States Armed Forces from 1951-56. He served in the Korean conflict and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal with Bronze star, The United Nations Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.
Arnie met the love of his life, Lois Darlene Goodale, during a fun night of bowling at the Bowling Alley in Walnut. They wed on July 31,1955. They started their life together in Galva. Their love was unlike any other. Their unwavering devotion and love for each other was something to aspire to. Everyone knew that when Arnie told Lois to put on her lipstick, he was taking her out for supper so she didn’t have to cook. Arnie and Lois created a beautiful family together. It was through their steadfast love that their two children, Rick and Debbie were born. Arnie was a very proud father and always ensured that his children knew how special they were to him and how much he loved them.
Arnie’s love and adoration didn’t stop at his children. He was a very proud “Papa” and could always be found at any event his grandchildren were in. He loved spending time with his grandchildren whether it was working on tractors, having a meal, taking a shopping trip, or watching an event or game; Arnie was present. He was a role model of what it meant to present for all of his family. His grandchildren always enjoyed their sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa Jacobs. Grandpa Arnie would always pack them all up in the Buick and drive to Happy Joes for Pizza and ice cream. He had the best advice and gave the best hugs. He never left without telling you how proud he was of you.
Arnie’s hands were always busy and he didn’t like to sit down for too long. Arnie was a mechanic throughout his life, working at various places including the Galva School District. He also worked for the City of Galva after retirement. He enjoyed helping out on the farm as well. It was through these jobs that he had many interactions with area youth. He was a father and grandfather figure to many who did not have people to fill those roles in their life or he simply acted as an adopted father or grandfather to them. He always wanted people to know that they were important, special, and loved. He could also give the best advice in a gentle and meaningful way.
Arnie wasn’t afraid to show people he cared and wasn’t afraid to say “I love you.” Arnie was not only loving but he was playful and fun. He was always good for a prank or an ornery joke. Arnie was a friend to all. He knew no stranger. He was a good neighbor and was always willing to step up and help anyone who needed it. His family and friends will miss him terribly but know that he is reunited in heaven with his girls. Surviving family members include his son and daughter in law Richard and Patty Jacobs of Bryan, Tex., son in law Jed Miller of Woodhull, Ill., grandchildren Brad (Britton) Anderson of Oneida, IL, Heather (Brian) Nance of Galva, Ill., Amber (Jared) DeSmet of Dewitt, Iowa, Eric (Mariah) Miller of Bettendorf, Iowa, Bobby (Angela) Siddons of Cape Corral, Fla., Scott (Leslie) Siddons of College Station, Tex., Joyce (Drew) Geick of College Station, Tex., along with 27 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Arnie was preceded in death by his parents Hans and Tini Jacobs, his wife Lois Jacobs, daughter Deborah (Debbie) Miller, three brothers Albert, Edward, and Alfred Jacobs as well as his second wife Arleen (Houtzel) Jacobs.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.


Ruby Jean Turnbull


TOULON – Ruby Jean (DeBord) Turnbull died peacefully March 11 at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Ruby was a model of living a life of kindness, compassion and generosity toward all people. She lived the ideal of her Methodist faith stated by John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.”
Ruby was the third daughter born to Irene (Keller) and Charles DeBord on June 28, 1926. Her sisters Ruth (Roland) Webster and Helen DeBord preceded her in death, as well as her parents. She was educated in Toulon schools and graduated from Toulon High School, as well as Brown Business School in Peoria. Ruby married William O. Turnbull in 1945 and raised their five children on the family farm in Elmira. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, a daughter Judy, a son Bill and a grandson Michael. She is survived by her sons, Ron (Sue), Don (Denise), daughter Kim (Steve) Abel, daughter-in-law Pam Turnbull. Also surviving are her beloved nine grandchildren Adam (Cara) Turnbull, Emily (Kevin) Powell, Brant, Charity, Blaine Turnbull, Stephanie Abel (Marcos Rutiaga), Kylie (Evan) Sanford, Luke and Zach Turnbull. She was also the proud Great-Grandmother of eleven great-grandchildren Price, Khaiden, Maggie, Amelia, Audrey, Isabelle, Oliver, Brooks, Meredith, Gianna and Scarlett. Ruby showed great determination to survive great tragedy in her life when her first born child, daughter Judy (14) was killed in an automobile accident. Ruby worked at Kewanee Public Hospital as a CNA. Many parents remember her for her work in the Obstetrics and Maternity Department, caring for mothers and new babies – especially rocking all the newborns!
Ruby’s determination and caring were shown in life from the committees she served on at the Toulon United Methodist Church including assisting her granddaughter in her after-school program featuring much-anticipated treats. Later in her life many of those children cared for her at Toulon Rehabilitation Center. Her family recalls her wonderful baking especially pies, cookies and monkey bread. Sunday dinners at her parent’s home with all the extended family were renown for the three DeBord sisters cooking. Ruby was an incredible card player! She played on many bridge clubs spanning several generations. She shared that love with her grandchildren with resounding games of Hand and Foot, Spoons and Kings on a Corner. Ruby loved to babysit taking her grandchildren on many trips across the street to the library to continue their love of reading. Ruby valued how important family was in her childhood and took every opportunity for her children and grandchildren to spend happy times together at her home. She taught them to be responsible for their own actions! Times spent making cookies, finding the hidden quarters, playing cards and games and later, watching instructional videos. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have her gift of beautiful handknitted personalized Christmas stockings. She also made special crocheted name table runners. A strong and independent woman many people benefitted from her generosity whether in Toulon or around the world.
Ruby’s life will be remembered and celebrated by family at the Toulon United Methodist Church, Saturday, March 20, 2021, 2:30 pm. Burial will be at Evergreen Memory Gardens, at a later date. Funeral arrangements were made by Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Toulon United Methodist Church prioritized to Cunningham Home, Toulon Public Library and the Toulon Nutrition Site. Condolences for Ruby’s family may be left on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


David A. Anderson


FARMINGTON – David A. Anderson, 69, of Farmington, passed away at 4:51 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Graham Hospital.
He was born on Oct. 31, 1951, in Canton to William Earl and Evalyn (Cowser) Anderson. He married Patricia “Pat” Stear on Aug. 1, 1981, in Farmington, Ill. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2020.
Also preceding him in death were his parents, one daughter, Joni Johnson, and one grandson, Christian Adkins.
Surviving are three children, Dale (Patricia) Adkins of Farmington, Rhonda (Mark) Dawson of Farmington, and John (Helen) Adkins of West Peoria; son-in-law, David Johnson of Chillicothe; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
David worked as a meat cutter at the Farmington Locker Plant for over 40 years. He was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge 1571, Farmington Odd Fellows, Ducks Unlimited and the Farmington Sportsman Club.
A visitation was held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Services were held Monday, March 22, 2021, at the funeral home. Rev. Kevin VanTine officiated. Burial followed at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.
Memorials can be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad 1100.
To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.


Solon Ray Ekhoff


PEORIA – S. Ray Ekhoff, 91, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at his home.
Ray was born on July 2, 1929 in Aurora, Mo., to John F. and Olive G. (Beyer) Ekhoff. He married Ruth Meylink on Aug. 24, 1950, in Cedar Grove, Wis. She preceded him in death on April 19, 2020, just a few months shy of their 70th wedding anniversary. Also preceding him in death are his parents and his brothers, Claire Gene Ekhoff and Dean Ekhoff.
Surviving are his siblings, Charlotte Pieper of Burnsville, Minn., Judy McColl of Chillicothe, and Bruce (Rose) Ekhoff of Peoria; children, John (Nohora) Ekhoff of Peoria and Susan (John) Price of Brimfield; grandchildren, Lauren Coyle, Jessica (Dane Canada) Ekhoff and Erin (Price) Pudik; and three great-grandchildren.
Ray wore many hats during his life. He first served in the U.S. Army. After the Army, he worked for Brimfield Bank for over 25 years, where he served as CEO and stayed active on the board for many years after his retirement in 1989. Ray also served as a board member for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Midwest Affiliate and the Peoria County Sheriff’s Merritt Commission. He was the Medina Township Supervisor for many years. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria and the First Baptist Church in Gulf Shores, Ala., where he taught Sunday school class.
Ray was an avid golfer, tennis player and a skilled woodworker. He made countless pieces of beautiful furniture and wooden crosses over the years that he gave to many of his friends and family members. After his retirement, he and his wife Ruth enjoyed spending many winters in Gulf Shores. Ray valued his faith, family and friendships and will be dearly missed by those who knew him.
The family would like to thank Ray’s wonderful caregivers and OSF Hospice for their compassion and care, especially his nurse, Christine and CNA, Jason.
Services will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 1:30pm at Cumerford-Clary Funeral Home in Peoria. Visitation will also be on Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice and St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Online condolences may be made through www.cumerforclary.com.


Daniel W. Kinney


FARMINGTON – Daniel W. Kinney, 24, of Springfield, formerly of Elmwood, passed away at 1:22 a.m., on Monday, March 16, 2021, in Springfield, Ill.
He was born in Springfield and came to live in Elmwood after being adopted and raised by John and Elizabeth “Beth” (Martin) Kinney. They survive.
He is also survived by one brother, Michael Kinney; two aunts, Kandice Guppy and Sarah Cox; four special cousins, Patrick, Thomas, Abigail, and Nathan Cox; and many more aunts and uncles.
Daniel loved playing and watching sports with his dad, John. He spoke last to his dad on Monday morning to talk about the Illini basketball game on Sunday. Daniel always seemed like a lost soul. Maybe now he can find peace.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.


Imogene Thompson


ELMWOOD – Imogene H. Thompson, 94, of Elmwood, died Friday, March 19, 2021, at her home.
She was born June 12, 1926, in Peoria County, Ill., to Andrew F. and Edna M. (Hoffman) Hauk. She married Sidney F. Thompson on Feb. 28, 1948, at her parents’ home at Rural Route 2, in Peoria, Ill. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 1994. Her parents; brothers, Howard and Andrew Hauk; sisters, Helen Schick and Irene Guyer also preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Louise Thompson of Elmwood, and Sherri (David) Schooley of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Kenneth (Diane) Thompson of Elmwood, Keith Thompson of Bloomington, Ill., and Larry Thompson of Elmwood; eight grandchildren, Amber (Dru) Lesnick, Stacey Seipel, Andrea (John) Bray, Caleb Ashlyn, Arlana, Savanah, and Ian Schooley; four great- grandchildren, Colten Seipel, Rose, Nathaniel and Gideon Bray; one sister, Leila Beetler; one brother, William Hauk; sisters-in-law, Helen Hauk, Dorothy Cunningham, Joyce Hauk, and Suzanne Thompson; many nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.
Imogene graduated as Valedictorian from Brimfield High School in 1944 and received her Associate Bachelor Degree from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. She taught grade school for two years at Walters School near Mapleton, a one-room schoolhouse. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in rural Elmwood.
Imogene was a member of Bethel Bible Church in Edwards and founding member of Elmwood Bible Church. She taught Good News Club and 5 Day Clubs in Elmwood for several years. For many years, Imogene and Sidney drove a van picking up children for Sunday School and church. She always said that the most important decision of her life was when she received the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior.
Imogene was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and was known as Grandma to many others.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m., on Friday, March 26, 2021, at LeHigh Cemetery in rural Elmwood. Family will be greeting friends and family at Brunswick Community Church, South Stone School Road, Trivoli, Ill., from 5-7 p.m., on Friday, March 26, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Bible Camp or Child Evangelism Fellowship.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.


Ronald L. Hamm Jr.


KICKAPOO – Ronald “Ronnie” L. Hamm Jr., 53, of Kickapoo died March 16, 2021, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Ronnie was born on Jan. 5, 1968. He was the son of Ronald Sr. and Rosemary Hamm. He married Cheryl Hamm on Oct. 18, 1986, in Peoria. Ronnie is survived by his parents Ronald Sr. and Rosemary Hamm of Peoria; children, Jena (Andy) Slotter of Peoria, Jered (Cassidy Ioerger) Hamm of Kickapoo, Alyssa Hamm of Kickapoo, Tara (Sameed Osman) Hamm of Peoria; three grandchildren; brother Thomas (Jennifer) Hamm; and sister Heather (Paul) Brussow.
Ronnie was a graduate of Brimfield High School.
In high school he was voted most likely to become a pastor. He never officially earned that title but he was known locally as “Reverend Ronnie” and was frequently caught sharing the gospel to everyone around him. His favorite song lyric was “Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done.”
A celebration of life was held on March 20.
Condolences can be left online at csmico.com.


Albert E. Minner


BRIMFIELD – Albert E. Minner, 93, of Metamora, grandfather of a Brimfield woman, died March 19.
He was born on May 8, 1927. He married Joan A. VanDeVeer in Peoria on Feb. 11, 1951. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Stephen (Judy) Minner of East Peoria and David (Trina) Minner of Moorseville, Ind.; five grandchildren, including Megan (Spencer) Curtale of Brimfield; 11 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Fred (Wilma) Minner of Florida.
Albert loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Condolences can be left online at www.deitersfuneralhome.com.



John J. Dries Sr.


KICKAPOO – John J. “Jack” Dries Sr., 88, of West Peoria died March 7, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
Jack was born on July 28, 1932, in Chicago, a son of George W. and Bernadine (Gerten) Dries.
Jack proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a plumber, working for Dries Brothers Plumbing for many years.
Jack attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo.
Jack is survived by six children, Jack (Joy) Dries Jr., Beth (John) Meister, Debbie (Jack) Siegel, Cyndi (Chris) Polhemus, Tim Caughey and Dennis (Kim) Caughey; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and first wife, Mary Buchanan.
A funeral mass was March 12, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.


Toni M. Horton


ELMWOOD – Toni M. Horton, 64, of Galesburg, sister of an Elmwood woman, died at 10:39 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2021, in OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
She was born October 27, 1956, in Galesburg, the daughter of Stanley C. and Irene (Winkler) Horton.
She is survived by two sisters, Cynthia Dunn of Elmwood and Dixie Gustafson of Galesburg; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews, including the two she was helping to raise. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rhonda McFadden; and a brother-in-law, Rex Dunn.
Toni was raised and educated in Galesburg, graduating from Galesburg High School in 1974. She went on to graduate with her B.S. in Nursing from Bradley University in 1978. Her nursing career included work at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, in the home health field for a time, and for the past several years for OSF Galesburg Clinic.
Toni was an avid reader. She taught reading to newly Americanized citizens and enjoyed volunteering at the Galesburg Public Library. She also enjoyed watching classic TV and knitting.
A private funeral service was to be Wednesday. Those wishing to attend the funeral “virtually” may tune into the funeral home’s Facebook page at 1 p.m. at www.facebook.com/Hinchliff-Pearson-West-Funeral-Directors-and-Cremation-Services-160333664037824
Condolences can be left online at www.h-p-w.com.


Doris M. Keeney


WILLIAMSFIELD – Doris M. Keeney, 85, of Galesburg, a Williamsfield High School graduate, died March 9, 2021, at Heartland Healthcare Center, Galesburg.
Doris was born on Sept. 16, 1935 in Knox County. She was the daughter of Hubert and Gladys (Lethleider) Hodges. Doris married the love of her life, Bob G. Keeney on Aug. 31, 1968 in Elizabethtown, Ill. Together, they celebrated 52 years of marriage.
She is survived by her husband, Bob at home; stepchildren, Bob Keeney of Kankakee and Jesse Keeney of Holister, Mo.; two siblings, Inez Miller of Burlington, Iowa, and Verla Wexell of Galva; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings.
Doris worked as a secretary for Admiral’s in Galesburg; and then later worked with her husband at their dairy farm and also at Emerson Electric in Ava, Mo. Doris enjoyed knitting, crocheting and reading books. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family and friends visiting.
Funeral Services were March 12, at Hurd-Hendricks Fellowship Hall, Knoxville.
Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.


Bernice R. Knapp


PRINCEVILLE – Bernice R. “Bernie” Knapp, 90, of Roanoke, formerly of Congerville and sister of a Princeville woman, died March 4, 2021, at Roanoke Apostolic Christian Nursing Home in Roanoke.
She was born Jan. 17, 1931. She married Willis “Bake” Knapp on June 26, 1949.
Surviving are 3 daughters, Lynn (John) Getz of Eureka, Janet (Ben) Leman of Congerville, and Julie (Dave) Schumacher of Eureka; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchild; and 1 sister, Virginia Streitmatter of Princeville.



Patricia J. Lowe



HANNA CITY – Patricia “Patty” J. Lowe, 45, of Hanna City, died Sunday, March 14, 2021, at her home. She was born on Sept. 23, 1975, in Peoria to James L. and Patricia M. (Bales) Lowe.
She is survived by her mother, one son, Trevor Cox; one brother, Jimmy Lowe; and one sister, Teresa (Scott) Skaggs.
Patty is preceded in death by her father; maternal and paternal grandparents.
Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.


Dan A. Miller


EDWARDS – Dan A. Miller, 77, of Mason City, father of an Edwards man, died March 1, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born on July 21, 1943. On May 27, 1994, he married Helen Leann Owens, who survives.
Dan is also survived by his four children, including Bruce (Christy) Miller of Edwards; three step-children; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.


Christopher M. Perdue


HANNA CITY – Christopher M. Perdue, 41, of Hanna City passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. He fought a long, hard battle from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in September of 2020.
Chris was born on June 25, 1979, in Peoria to Michael (Marla) Perdue and Cathy (Vince) Bublitz.
Surviving are his father and stepmother of Washington; his mother and stepfather of Brimfield; two daughters, Christina Brown (Chas Rice) of Elmore and Lynzie Perdue of Elmwood; three grandchildren, Evelyn, Emma and Hayden of Elmore; two brothers, M. Todd (Krystal) Perdue of Elmwood and Michael T. (Traci) Crabtree of Columbus, Ohio; two step-brothers, Jason Gaal and Tony Bublitz; two step-sisters, Mindi Meierhofer and Sara Brattain; paternal grandmother, Peggy Novak of Crete; and maternal grandmother, Pauline Hall of Elmwood.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Homer Perdue; and his maternal grandfather, Robert Hall.
Chris was a graduate of Farmington High School. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren. He liked to live life to its fullest. He loved music, singing and cooking. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Cremation has been accorded. A celebration of life will be held sometime in the future.


Robertta R. Staples


FARMINGTON – Robertta R. Staples, 94, of Farmington, died March 1 at Farmington Country Manor.
She was born on Sept. 1, 1926, in McCook, Neb. She married Bernard Staples on May 15, 1946. He preceded her in death on June 15, 2010.
Surviving are three children, Larry (Alice) Staples, Lynda (Gary) Langen, and LeAnn Wood; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Laura (David) Anderson.
Robertta worked as the treasurer at Manual High School. She was a member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church and also played the organ there for several years.
Graveside services were March 6, 2021, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. Pastor David Pyell officiated.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

John ‘Rocky’ Bennett


ELMWOOD – John “Rocky” Bennett, 67, of Bigfork, Mont., formerly of Elmwood, died Feb. 26, 2021.
He was born April 14, 1953 in Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Katherine Bennett, and his sister, Karen (Robert) Woodcock. He wished to have no services.


Beverly J. Keefer


ELMWOOD – Beverly J. Keefer, 89, formerly of Elmwood, passed away at 12:15 p.m., on Monday, March 8, 2021, at Farmington Country Manor.
She was born on Nov. 23, 1931, to William and Mary (Bollinger) McKinney, in Farmington.
She married Robert Keefer on June 10, 1949, in Farmington. He preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2009.
She is survived by two children, Daniel (Patricia) Keefer of Elmwood and Brenda (James) Barton of Hanna City; four grandchildren, Tammy (Paul) Seaman, Brian (Andrea) Keefer, Jason (Jennifer Ray) Barton and Adam (Samantha) Barton; and eleven great-grandchildren.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Wilma Purtle.
Beverly was a cafeteria worker at Elmwood High School for 18 years. She was a former member of Rebecca’s Lodge and the Elmwood Historical Society. She also was a member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church and was very involved with the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed playing cards, doing needle point, and making strawberry jam for the Elmwood Strawberry Festival.
A graveside service will be held at 11:15 a.m., on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Cottonwood Cemetery in rural Elmwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood United Methodist Church.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.


Willis ‘Wayne’ Dalton


ELMWOOD – Willis “Wayne” Dalton, 80, passed away at 6:16 a.m., on Friday, March 5, 2021, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, surrounded by his family.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1940, in Galesburg, Ill., to Willis Earl and Florence (Pennington) Dalton.
He married Connie King on Sept. 15, 1961, in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by two children, Cathy (Mike) Clark of Tremont, and Jeremy (Denise) Dalton of Elmwood; and one grandson, Christopher Wayne Dalton.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Robert Lee Dalton.
Wayne was a carpenter for over 40 years and was a member of the Peoria Carpenter’s Union. He was a skilled woodworker and could fix anything. More recently, he worked at Peoria Airport and was an Elmwood School bus driver. Wayne had a God given talent for music, which he shared with many people, bands, choirs and the Senior Citizen Luncheon, M.A.N.N.A Meals. He also had a quick wit and a sense of humor about everything. Wayne was also a member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at LeHigh Cemetery, in rural Elmwood. Pastor Cathy Clark, his daughter, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood United Methodist Church, B.Y.E. Ambulance, or Alzheimer’s Association.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakhinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.


Veva J. Ehens


CANTON – Veva Jane Ehens, 95, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Sunset Manor in Canton.
She was born on April 17, 1925, in Hanna City to Elmer and Oral (Williams) Karstetter. They preceded her in death.
She married Louis Ehens on Feb. 16, 1946, in Hanna City. He preceded her in death in 1999.
Surviving are her children, Richard (Pamela) Ehens of Yates City, Lou Ann (Tony) Morris of Oxford, Ala., Michael (Teresa) Ehens of Fairview, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death is one brother and two sisters.
Together with her husband, she was a self-employed farmer. Veva was a member of South Park United Methodist Church in Canton.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at South Park United Methodist Church at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the South Park United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels in Canton.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.


Don L. Miyler


GALESBURG – Don L. Miyler, age 83, of Galesburg, Ill., died at 4:46 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill., surrounded by his family.
Don was born on Aug. 19, 1937, in Galesburg, the son of David Somerset and Pearl Minnie (Wright) Miyler. He attended and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1956. He served in the United States Air Force from Dec. 22, 1958, to Jan. 18, 1963. He served at the Air Defense Command – NORAD and received the Bronze Star. He married Marion E. (Eaton) Vilardo on April 10, 1989, in Springfield, Ill. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2012.
Surviving is his companion Cheryl “Cheri” Phillips of Galesburg; his children: Jodi (Todd) Phillips of Marshall, Texas, Julie (Dan) A’Hearn of Galesburg, and Todd (Kelly) Vilardo of Charleston, Ill.; seven grandchildren: Brooke (Dillon) Lottinger of Marshall, Texas, Abby Phillips of Marshall, Texas, Megan (Traig) Hurd-Cheney of Peoria Heights, Ill., Amanda (Jarred) Beckman of Galesburg, Colby Vilardo of Spring Lake, N.C., McKenzie Vilardo of Charleston, Nicholas (Ashlynne) Vilardo of Charleston; five great grandchildren: Olivia, Lorelei, Brooksley, Gavyn, and Steelie Rae; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers: Stan, Glen, and Jack; three sisters, Mary Jane Johnson, Annabelle Buskirk, and Oceymae Bridger.
He worked for the former CB&Q Railroad as a fireman/engineer, then he worked for Gates Rubber company until he retired in 1999. He was a member of the Alpha Masonic Lodge #155 A.F. & A.M. and the National Rifleman’s Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and shooting sports. He raced motorcycles when he was younger and was an avid runner, running five miles a day.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at the Knoxville Cemetery. Chris McIntyre officiated. Military rites were conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285.
Memorials may be made to the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #249. Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.


John B. Powers


BRIMFIELD – John (Jack) Powers, 87, of Corpus Christi, Texas, a Brimfield native, died Feb. 20, 2021.
Jack was born on Aug. 4, 1933, the son of Vera and John Powers. He married Nancy Abramson on June 25, 1960. She died Sept. 14, 2015.
He is survived by two children, Janet (Tom) Doyle of LaGrange, Ill., and Richard (Leslie) Powers of Corpus Christi, Texas; five grandchildren, Jane Doyle, Carlos Doyle, Madison Powers, Casey (Jennifer) Powers and Lane Powers; three great grandchildren, Aaliyah, Alexis and Penelope; one sister, Norma Lee Powers Hanley of Brimfield; one sister-in-law, Margaret (Peg) Powers of Brimfield; and one brother, Richard (Sherrie) Powers of Elmwood.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert N. Powers of Brimfield.
Jack was a 1951 graduate of Brimfield High School. He was a Veteran and a retiree of Caterpillar, working in Aurora, Ill. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge.
After the death of his wife, he made his home in Corpus Christi, near his son Richard.


Robert (Bob) S. Caldwell


EDELSTEIN – Robert (Bob) S. Caldwell, 84, of Edelstein, Ill., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on March 3, 2021, after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was born June 21, 1936, on a farm near Deer Grove, Ill., to Gerald and Dorothy (Rasmussen) Caldwell.
His family moved to rural Edelstein where he attended the one-room South Hampton Grade School, and where at 6 years old, he met Carol Gronewold who would later become his wife of over 64 years. They both graduated from Dunlap High School in 1954, were married July 1, 1956, and became parents of three sons.
Bob was dedicated to his family and is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Craig (Jamie) Caldwell of Edelstein, and Rodney (Vickie) Caldwell of Clancy, Mont.; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha (Jeremy) Schaub, Sydney (Richard) Heinz, James, Taylor, Abigail, Darcie, and Heath; three great-grandchildren, Waylon, Bexley, Hampton and one on the way; sisters Judy Elwell and Helen (Bernie) Rock; and several cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Jerome Elwell; and his beloved son, Doug who passed in 2016.
Bob started working for his father at Caldwell Brothers Soil Service, took an apprenticeship at Caterpillar, retired after 34 years at Long Rock Company, and then established Caldwell Trucking with his sons, Craig and Doug. He also farmed nearly his entire life.
Bob loved spending time with his friends and family, taking fishing trips to Canada, hunting, camping, and traveling the U.S. He and his wife enjoyed ballroom dancing at the Hub and square dancing with the Edelstein Do Si Do club.
Bob was honest, humble and sincere, and we will miss his laughter and guidance. We are thankful for Pastor Ryan Anderson, members of First English Lutheran Church – at which he was a member – and the friends and family who called on him during his final days. The family wishes to thank Dr. Brian Cohen, Dr. J. Crabb, staff at Lincare, Dr. Fishkin and staff at Illinois Cancer Center. A special thanks for the second opinion of Dr. Bond, who saw the value of saving a man’s eyesight even as he approached the end of his life. We are especially grateful for Ruby, Jeanette and the staff at UnityPoint Hospice who helped us through this journey.
Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no public service at this time. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left for Bob’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


Verna M. Westfall


TOULON – Verna Mae Westfall, 90, of Toulon, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 9:26 a.m.
Verna was born on June 1, 1930, in Galesburg. She was the daughter of Myrl L. “Mike” and Beulah G. (Lundeen) Kenney.
Verna is survived by her 7 children, Susan (Randy) Stewart of Florida, Joanne (Thomas) Benge of Bishop Hill, Rita Singer of Toulon, John (Pamela) Westfall of Joy, Cindy Adams of Florida, Tom Westfall of Wataga, Lisa (Kevin) Collinson of Galva; 2 sisters, Lois Winkler of Galesburg and Delores Barman of Okla.; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Allan Westfall and Theresa Westfall; two grandsons, Caleb and Joshua; and two sisters, Ruth and Leona.
Verna graduated from Altona High School. She also attended Black Hawk East and various other colleges. She had a love to study and could be deemed a “professional student.” Verna worked as a custodian for the Stark County School District and also worked for WJRE-FM Kewanee as a receptionist.
Verna loved to tend to her plants, flowers and her Farmville farm. She was a photographer and an artist. She loved to draw and paint local landscaping. Verna was a strong, determined Christian woman, who had a heart of gold. She was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone or any cat that may have needed it. Her grandchildren were her greatest treasure and she took pride in being the “best grandma ever!” She will be greatly missed by everyone who loved her.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville has been entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be made at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.


Ruby J. Turnbull


TOULON – Ruby Jean (DeBord) Turnbull died peacefully March 11 at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Ruby’s life will be remembered and celebrated by family at the Toulon United Methodist Church, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 2:30 pm. Burial will be at Evergreen Memory Gardens, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Toulon United Methodist Church prioritized to Cunningham Home, Toulon Public Library and the Toulon Nutrition Site.
For a full obituary and to leave condolences for the family, please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.


Iva M. Tracy


GALVA – Iva Marie Tracy, 85, of Galva, died March 14, 2021 at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo.
Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time.
She was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Buffalo, Ky. She married Jackie Tracy and he survives of Galva. She is also survived by a son, Earl Tracy of LaFayette, two daughters, Vicky (Ron) Werkheiser of Kewanee and Sue (Ed) Secrist of Bishop Hill; a brother, Orville (Margaret) Turner of Wyoming; a sister, Imogene Sterling of Galva; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

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TOULON – Ruby Jean (DeBord) Turnbull died peacefully March 11 at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Ruby’s life will be remembered and celebrated by family at the Toulon United Methodist Church, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 2:30 pm. Burial will be at Evergreen Memory Gardens, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Toulon United Methodist Church prioritized to Cunningham Home, Toulon Public Library and the Toulon Nutrition Site.
For a full obituary and to leave condolences for the family, please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.


Iva M. Tracy


GALVA – Iva Marie Tracy, 85, of Galva, died March 14, 2021 at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo.
Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time.
She was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Buffalo, Ky. She married Jackie Tracy and he survives of Galva. She is also survived by a son, Earl Tracy of LaFayette, two daughters, Vicky (Ron) Werkheiser of Kewanee and Sue (Ed) Secrist of Bishop Hill; a brother, Orville (Margaret) Turner of Wyoming; a sister, Imogene Sterling of Galva; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Nancy Jane Ingels


GALVA – Nancy Jane Ingels, 81, of Galva, died at 4:29 a.m., Friday, March 5, 2021, at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 9, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu officiating.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church in Galva.
She was born May 8, 1939, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Fred and Nancy (Ray) Lord. She married Roger W. Ingels on Aug. 16, 1969, in Galva.
Survivors include her husband of Galva, three children; Kelly Duke of Chicago, Alex (Carol) Ingels of Galva and Brooke (Mike) Fenske of Normal, Ill., her sister, Pat (B.J.) Johnson of Mt. Carmel, Ill. and her grandchildren; Austin, Dexter, John, Ella, Eli, Holden and Harper Ingels and Emma Wallace.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Fred Lord and son, Mark Ingels.
Nancy graduated from Galva High School in 1957, and from the University of Illinois in 1963. She had been a real estate broker owning and operating Nancy Ingels Realty in Galva for many years.
She was a member of St. John Catholic Church and the Chamber of Commerce where she was past president and had been awarded the Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. She had also been a member and past president of the Galva Rotary Club and the Galva School Board. She was an avid Fighting Illini fan and enjoyed hosting a yearly holiday open house at her home.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.


Teresa ‘Gail’ Lee


WYOMING – Teresa “Gail” Lee, 63, was born in Kewanee, Ill., on Sept. 4, 1953, to parents Willis D. and Barbara J. Lee. Gail passed to a better place on March 3, 2021, at her home. Gail lived with her cousin and best friend, Crystal McRell, in Toulon, Ill.
Gail is survived by three brothers: Scott (Cindy) Lee of Chillicothe, Ill., Bill (Cindy) Lee of Bloomington, Ill., and John (Pam) Lee of Menominee, Mich. She greatly loved and was loved in return by many nieces and nephews and their children as well.
Gail was a graduate of Wyoming Community High School, Wyoming, Ill. – Class of 1971 – and lived much of her life in Wyoming. After graduation, Gail attended Black Hawk East Junior College and then transferred to Illinois State University. There she was active in her sorority, making lifelong friends.
After college, Gail worked in the restaurant industry managing the Central Station Restaurant, a Denny’s location, the Crestwick Country Club Restaurant and later the Elks Club all in Bloomington-Normal area. She also managed the Prime Time Restaurant in Carbondale, Ill.
Eventually tiring of the 7-day work week schedule, she returned to Wyoming to work with her parents who operated the Wyoming Dry Cleaners until their retirement. Gail next worked as a teller at the Wyoming Bank and Trust and then as a Receptionist/Security at multiple Caterpillar facilities in the Peoria area, last working in December of 2020.
Gail was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church and a member of the PEO Chapter in Wyoming. She was also a true animal lover and had several dogs over the years which she treated as if they were her kids.
She loved to laugh and loved music and was a member of the Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in Kewanee, Ill., for several years.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Gail’s internment in a family plot at the Galva Cemetery will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society or to the Wyoming United Methodist Church.
Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left for Gail’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.


Robert S. Caldwell


EDELSTEIN – Robert (Bob) S. Caldwell, 84, of Edelstein died March 3, 2021, after a three-year battle with lung cancer.
He was born June 21, 1936, on a farm near Deer Grove, to Gerald and Dorothy (Rasmussen) Caldwell.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Craig (Jamie) Caldwell of Edelstein and Rodney (Vickie) Caldwell of Clancy, Mont.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and 1 on the way; and two sisters Judy Elwell and Helen (Bernie) Rock.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Jerome Elwell; and his beloved son, Doug who passed in 2016.
Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no public service at this time.
Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.


Wyona Iles


DAHINDA – Wyona (Haptonstall) Iles, 94, of Victoria, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, 1:42 a.m. at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
Wyona was born on June 26, 1926, to Sadie (Rice) and Maurice Clinton Haptonstall in LaFayette, Ill.
She married Bert L. Iles on April 10, 1942, in Kahoka, Mo. They began their married life together in Victoria. Then they started raising their children in Dahinda, later moving to Altona on a small four-acre farm. In 1958, Wyona and her family moved to Toulon due to a transfer with Bert’s coal mining work. Wyona continued to live in Toulon for 54 years, until November of 2012, when she moved to Oak Run, Dahinda, with her daughter, Priscilla.
Wyona was a 1943 graduate of Victoria Community High School. She was a member of the Victoria United Methodist Church. While Wyona kept busy raising seven children, she also enjoyed working in the family garden each year and canning vegetables. She also loved to sew and cook. Summer was her favorite time of year and would love to take her family vacationing at her brother and sister-in-law’s resort in Park Rapids, Minn.
Surviving Wyona are her children, Ginger (Dave) Talbert, Priscilla Muckey, James (Barbara) Iles, Melody (Larry) Bennett, Patricia (Don) Colgan, and Penny (Wade) Bennett; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; and 2 step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Bert; a son, Richard Iles; grandson, Chad Colgan; brother, Maurice Haptonstall; and a sister, Naomi Eldert.
Cremation rites will be accorded. No services are planned at this time. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorials may be donated to the Victoria United Methodist Church.
Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com

Bill Turnbull


TOULON – William Douglas “Bill” Turnbull, 70, of Toulon, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Bill was born on March 13, 1950, in Kewanee to William O. and Ruby (DeBord) Turnbull. He married Pamela V. Redfearn on Dec. 3, 1977, in Kewanee; she survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Ruby Turnbull of Toulon; step-mother, Janet Turnbull of Toulon; one son, William “Adam” (Cara) Turnbull of Washington; one daughter, Emily (Kevin) Powell of Kirksville, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Maggie Grace, Amelia Christine, Audrey Marie and Isabelle Claire Turnbull, and Oliver Wayne, Brooks Douglas, and Meredith Victoria Powell; one sister, Kim (Steve) Abel of Mendota; two brothers, Don (Denise) Turnbull and Ron (Sue) Turnbull both of Toulon; his god-daughter, Kylie Turnbull of Colo.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Judy Turnbull; and one nephew, Michael Abel.
Bill attended Elmira Grade School. He graduated from Toulon High School in 1968. He attended Eureka College where he was on the football team. Bill was a farm boy at heart and farmed for many years on ground that belonged to his great-grandfather Turnbull. As student of his father, William Oliver Turnbull, he developed a love for working with wood and carpentry. Bill worked as a carpenter in Toulon and surrounding communities for over 25 years. As a devoted Dad he did many remodeling projects large and small for his children, as well as many at home.
Bill was voted “Best All-Around” in the Class of ’68 which sums up how he lived his life. His reach was to his family and to his community. He served on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Lions Club as President, Stark County Board and the Toulon School Board. He especially enjoyed helping to plan and enjoy Class of ’68 reunions.
Bill was a pseudo-class sponsor while his children were in high school – helping to make those floats move; chaperoning and hosting post-prom at his home. He was always at football games; track meets as well as high school and college basketball games. Bill will be remembered for grilling lots of great “Billy Burgers” for Adam and Emily’s friends! Sports as a boy were so important to him so he enjoyed coaching baseball and JFL, as well as helping out with swim team.
Bill was a Dad who loved his children and they could grow up on the farm, like he did, knowing the value of hard work and cooperation. They always knew “no meant no” but that his love always backed every decision. He was proud of their life choices and the paths they pursued as adults.
He found unexpected fun and joy at being a Papa to his seven grandchildren! They all loved his pumpkin patch, his swings and treehouse, swimming in Papa’s pool and especially the secret sips of his Gatorade and ice cream “sammies”. They were often seen carrying hammers and tape measures alongside Papa.
Bill and Pam have had 43 years of love, fun and the trials of life but Bill’s quiet courage and solid determination saw them through. During Pam’s hospitalization and recovery from bacterial meningitis, Bill was an amazing support providing everything that was needed for her full recovery. There were amazing memories of trips together, especially 35 years of family trips to the beach in Michigan.
Bill lived as an unpretentious man. He worked hard at every job and task. He was always a kind listening ear. If you needed him – he was there. Bill loved and enjoyed good times with his friends, especially his Poker Club. He was devoted to his family and was proud of the Turnbull name.
Bill will be deeply missed by his loving family and dearest of friends. While we grieve the loss of our husband, father, Papa and friend we take comfort in knowing he lived his life to his fullest. He lived, just like his class determined, Best All-Around.
Bill was a long-time blood donor and continued his legacy of helping others by also being a bone and tissue donor.
At this time there will be no public services. A celebration of life will be held a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Ambulance Service or the Ronald McDonald House. Condolences may be left for Bill’s family at www.haskellfuneral.com

Lynn T. Banks, Jr.


KEWANEE – Lynn T. Banks, Jr., 95, of Kewanee, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Lynn was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Alexandria, Mo. the son of Lynn Thomas and Esta (Verhees) Banks. Lynn graduated from the Keokuk Catholic School. He married Mary L. Boardman on July 14, 1952, in Keokuk, Iowa.
Lynn is survived by wife, Mary, Kewanee; son, Patrick Banks, Kewanee; granddaughter, Harmony (Kevin) Green; great grandchildren, Madeline and Ethan Green; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael “Banksie” Banks; sisters, Viona Mae (Rudy) Cooper, Lona Banks, Gerildine (William) Thomas, Helen Banks, and Doris (Wilbur) Gull; nieces, Esta Morgan, Carrol Cooper; and nephew, Don Cooper.
Lynn joined the United States Navy during WWII. He was stationed on an LSM in the Pacific Ocean. He worked for the Concrete Paving Company of Cameron and Joyce of Keokuk in the summers, running the mixing machine. During the winter he worked for General Mills in Keokuk, where he met his wife of 68 years, Mary Boardman.
In 1957, Lynn’s father-in-law and brother-in-law drowned while fishing in the Rock River. Lynn came to help with the chores and crops and ended up staying to buy the farm, where he lived until 2019.
He enjoyed hunting in his younger years. Lynn also enjoyed fishing and making things out of metal for the farm. Lynn loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter and great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Service will be livestreamed on the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home Facebook page. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at the funeral home. Masks are required and please observe social distancing guidelines.
Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus. Please leave an online condolence to Lynn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Beverly Carnell


TOULON – Beverly Carnell (Bev), passed on Feb. 11, 2021. She was born on July 18, 1938, in Galesburg, Ill. to Pauline Durbin.
Bev was always such a strong person. She had her trials throughout her life but was always full of love for life and all of those around her. She loved living in Saint George and visiting on the patio with her friends.
Bev is survived by her son Curtis Alan Watson (Nancy) her grandson Zebadiah W. Watson, granddaughter Jessica Franich (Trevor) and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Watson and her mother Pauline Wilson.
Bev Durbin attended Toulon High School and graduated with the class of 1956. Bev made lifelong friends who will miss her. Among them are Becky (Edwards) Heaton, Ruth Ann Durbin, Kay (Page) Grieve. Bev attended the First Baptist Church in Toulon when she lived in Toulon. Bev took part in many activities in High School. Her sophomore year, she was a cheerleader with Kay Page, Kayleen Green and Donna Armstrong. Bev was the FHA Queen at the FHA Formal her senior year.
The family would like to extend their gratitude for the compassionate care given to Bev by the ICU unit at Saint George Regional Hospital during her last days. We would also like to say a huge thank you to all of her friends and neighbors. You were so special to Bev and we appreciate all of the help and love extended to her.

Richard LaFollette

WILLIAMSFIELD – Richard “Diesel Dick” LaFollette passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.
Richard led quite an impressive life with lots of fun adventures from start to finish. When he was 18, he ran away to get married with no money and no clue how to get out of the state. He raced cars and motorcycles on race tracks and country roads. He was a fantastic driver and all-around great operator of any machine. His grandson, Ben didn’t inherit that skill, it’s a story involving Grandpa’s snowmobile and a birdbath.
One of the things he was most proud of was being an Operating Engineer for Local 649, their “Blademan,” working on many projects including the Peoria Civic Center.
When not watching baseball, football, Dr. Phil or NASCAR (he loved Richard Petty), you could find him driving around his beloved Billtown, smiling and waving and maybe causing a little trouble along the way. Every now and then you could catch him at the Par-A-Dice Casino playing the poker machines and having some crab legs.
He was very “into” rules and would sometimes let people know when they weren’t following them. So much so that at one point, he managed to get four meals for $4 at Steak n Shake (if only they had known how to word their board correctly which was changed after he left the drive-thru!)
Although he seemed tough, he would cry at a sad story or just because he felt things so deeply.
We are sure that everyone in town can thank Dick for some type of lesson or experience and also for all the golf balls on the roof of the school.
Richard Edwin LaFollette was born in rural Knox County on May 14, 1941, the son of Clarence and Hazel (Plum) LaFollette. He married Florann Johnson and Janet Crouch and later divorced.
Survivors include his girlfriend and companion, Sue Damitz of Williamsfield, Chad (Cassie) Bell of Pekin, a daughter, Denise (Keith) Fishel of Williamsfield; grandchildren, Lacy (Derick) Dykeman of Williamsfield and Benjamin Fishel of Peoria; and great grandchildren, Oliver “Bubba” Dykeman and Morton Dykeman. He was preceded in death by Billy Damitz, his parents and his brothers, William C. and Carl LaFollette.
Private graveside services were to be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Williamsfield Cemetery. A celebration befitting of everything that Richard deserves in a Celebration of Life will be held at later date.
Richard loved sitting at the park and would love the idea of memorials being directed to the Williamsfield Parks Association.
Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Paul J. Newell

YATES CITY – Paul J Newell, age 89, of Yates City, Ill., died at 3:20 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on June 30, 1931, in Chillicothe, Ill., the son of John H. and Blanche A. (Beaumont) Newell. He attended Senachwine Country School in rural Chillicothe. He married Mary C. Stoecker on June 18, 1955, in Chillicothe.
Surviving is his wife Mary Newell of Yates City; 3 sons: Randel (Leah) Newell, Roger (Julie) Newell, and Ronald (Debbie) Newell all of Williamsfield, Ill.; 1 daughter: Marsha (Doug) Strom of Dahinda, Ill.; 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, three sisters, one daughter-in-law and one grandson.
He served his country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, serving in Germany for 13 months. Paul was of Methodist faith. Paul began his farming career with his wife, Mary, on a grain and livestock farm south of Williamsfield where he raised his family and continued to farm with a hard work ethic for over 50 years. He loved caring for his livestock and took great pride in his precisely planted straight rows long before GPS was invented. Paul farmed with his sons until his retirement and was so proud that all of his children and grandchildren are involved in agriculture. He loved his family very much and will be deeply missed by all of them.
Graveside services were Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at the Williamsfield Cemetery in Williamsfield. Pastor Teri Shane officiated.
Memorials may be made to the Williamsfield FFA Alumni & Friends and Williamsfield United Methodist Church.
Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Adam J. Ellison


FARMINGTON – Adam J. Ellison, 24, of Spring Bay, formerly of Washington and brother of a Farmington woman, died Feb. 14, 2021, at his residence.
He was born on March 5, 1996, in Peoria to Scott E. and Jennifer (Dinkins) Ellison.
Surviving are his son, Lucas Ellison at home; Lucas’ mother, Samantha Schoon of Spring Bay; parents, Jennifer (Matthew) Ritterbusch of Peoria, Scott (Stacey) Ellison of Lacon and Shane (Michelle) Hendrickson of Eureka; sisters, Ellise Anderson of Farmington, and Emelia Ritterbusch of Peoria; and his grandparents.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Condolences can be left online at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

John A. Hilliard Sr.

FARMINGTON – John “Frog” “Ol’Man” Allen Hilliard Sr., 59, of Farmington died Feb. 18, 2021, in Morton.
He was born June 14, 1961, in Peoria to John Stokes and Jean Kay Ronk Hilliard. His parents and brother, Ronnie Hilliard, preceded him in death.
He married Christine Ray; she survives. He is also survived by his son, John (fiancée, Kelsi) Hilliard Jr.; daughter, Misty (Andrew) Formhals; and three grandchildren: Scarlett, Savannah and Everest.
Cremation was accorded and a memorial service was Feb. 23, 2021, at Brunswick Community Church in Trivoli.
Condolences can be left online at csmico.com.

Marilyn Owen

EDWARDS – Marilyn Owen, 93, of Tremont, formerly of Peoria and mother of an Edwards woman, died with her family by her side on Feb. 18, 2021, at her home.
She was born June 8, 1927, in Tremont. She married William H. Owen on April 24, 1948, in Tremont, and he passed away on Oct. 5, 2000.
Surviving are two daughters, Becky (Bill) Porritt of Tremont and Sally (Dave) Maloof of Edwards; six grandchildren, Luke (Debbi) Porritt, Nathan (Bethany) Porritt, Alissa (Dan) Hawkinson, Kara (Matt) Loomis, Joel (Lance Wahl) Maloof, Zachary (Alexis) Maloof; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Carol Stuber of Tremont.
Her funeral was Feb. 22, 2021, at Northfield Christian Fellowship in Tremont. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Tremont.
Condolences can be left online at www.davisoswaldfh.com.

Vincent A. Sapinski

EDWARDS – Vincent A. Sapinski, 73, of Edwards, died at his home with his family at his side on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
Vincent was born on April 15, 1947. He married Paula Finks on Dec. 27, 1974, in Rock Island.
Survivors include his wife, Paula, three daughters; Dawn Kocher of Dahinda; Dana Goodmiller of Bettendorf, Iowa, Erica (Ryan) Knox of Edwards; one son Aaron (Chrissy) Sapinski of Edwards; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Vince was a member of the Peoria Skeet & Trap Club, the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, the Elmwood Trap Club and Ducks Unlimited for many years.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 at St. Mary’s in Kickapoo. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to mass. A private family internment will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.
Condolences can be left online at www.wrightandsalmon.com.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Dennis F. Putney

ELMWOOD – Dennis Frederick Putney, age 69, of Elmwood, passed away on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Dennis was born on June 16, 1951, in Peoria, Ill., to Frederick Earl and Donna Jean (Stewart) Putney. He married Pamela Ellen Williams on Feb. 18, 1978, in Peoria.

Surviving are his wife, Pamela; his children, Robin (Ronald) Thrasher of Elmwood and Tom (Jessica) Putney also of Elmwood; 10 grandchildren, Addison, Hallie, Gena, Kaleb, Lillian and Autumn Thrasher, Michael (Ragan) Thrasher, and Brielle, Isla, and Thomas Putney, Jr; and two greatgrandchildren, Roderick and Aurora Thrasher. Also surviving are his siblings, Charlene (Bill) Weber of Wisconsin and Ronald (Faith) Putney of Florida and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lonnie Putney.

Dennis worked for Mitsubishi Motors for 10 years and then worked for Caterpillar for over 25 years before he retired in 2016. He was a 30-year member of the Horeb Masonic Lodge #0363 in Elmwood. Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR and stock car racing. Most of all, he loved his family and friends.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood Fire Department. Arrangements are under the care of Cumerford-Clary Funeral Home in Peoria.

Online condolences may be made to www.cumerfordclary.com.

Catherine P. Satterfield

ELMWOOD – Catherine “Kathy” P. Satterfield, 93, of Elmwood passed away at 4:26 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Dec. 2, 1927, in Altus, Ark., to Carl and Elizabeth (Wiederkehr) Metz. She married Wallace Satterfield on July 24, 1948, in Peoria, Ill. He preceded her in death on June 12, 2012.

She was a loving mother to her four surviving children, Larry (Sue) Satterfield of Brimfield, Betty (Doug) Dean of East Peoria, Tom (Nancy) Satterfield of Brimfield, and Jim (Lori) Satterfield of Laura and a wonderful grandmother to her 10 grandchildren, Thomas (Lyzz) Satterfield, Laura Satterfield (Andy Mathes), Marsha (Rosalie) Satterfield-Howell, Sean (Michelle) Dean, Heather (Jason) Lied, Brian (Danielle) Dean, Mindy Satterfield, David Satterfield, Josh Lopeman, and Zach Robertson. She loved and greatly enjoyed her 11 great grandchildren, Vivian, Loulabelle, Logan, Ben, Chris, Jack, Henry, Violet, Oliver, Serenity and Noah.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Menold. She was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings.

She worked at Palace Cafeteria and Illinois Bell Telephone. She also worked with her husband, Wally, on their Brimfield farm for over 40 years. She was a long-time member of the Brimfield American Legion and an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for over 40 years.

She loved the outdoors and spent many happy days gardening and camping with her family. She enjoyed canning, and the family looked forward every year to her delicious jams and applesauce made with apples picked from trees in her yard. She relished being a wife and mother, and it brought her great joy raising her children and watching them create families of their own. She was extremely proud of her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and loved being involved in their lives. She could be counted on to be at car shows, auto races, concerts, recitals, sporting events, birthday parties, family gettogethers, or any other excuse to support her family or spend time with them. She never missed an opportunity to send a hand-written card for any occasion to both friends and her ever-growing family.

Many friends and neighbors have fond memories of her being there to help them in their time of need, doing anything from baby-sitting to giving people rides to giving away her canned goods. No request was too small and no one was ever turned away.

In her later years, Kathy was lovingly cared for by her four children. In her last 14 months, she lived with and was cared for by her daughter Betty and her son-in-law Doug, a challenging responsibility appreciated by everyone.

We would like to thank Spoon River Home Health Services, OSF Hospice, Rev. John Verrier and our many friends for their help and support.

A private mass and memorial service will be held. Burial will be in Brimfield Township Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be organized at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Brimfield Area Food Pantry 125 Knoxville St. Brimfield, IL, 61517, www.facebook.com/Brimfield-AreaFood-Pantry-108064664245872 or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 314 W. Clay St. Brimfield, IL 61517 www.stjosephbrimfield.org.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Gerald E. Haist

FARMINGTON – Gerald E. Haist, 85, of Farmington, died Feb. 6, 2021, at Graham Hospital.

He was born on June 2, 1935 in Table Grove to Dale E. and Isabel (Patterson) Haist. He married Carolyn K. Fairhust on Feb. 16, 1991. She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Scott Haist of Farmington, DeWayne Arington of Bartonville and Cynthia Spears of Atlanta, Ga.; one greatgranddaughter; five step-grandsons; three step-granddaughters; five stepgreat-grandsons; three step-greatgranddaughters; and two sisters.

Moose rites were to be held at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home where a visitation was to follow from 5-7 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at the Farmington United Methodist Church.

Burial of ashes will be held on June 2, 2021, at Oak Ridge Cemetery with a celebration of life following at Gerald and Carolyn’s house.

Online condolences can be left at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Sharon Hillebrand

FARMINGTON – Sharon Hillebrand, 86, of Farmington, died Feb. 6, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist.

She was born on Jan. 22, 1935, in Pekin. She married David Hillebrand on Jan. 13, 1961. He preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 1985.

Surviving are three children, John (Diana) Hillebrand of Farmington, Lisa Hillebrand of Farmington, and Susan Hillebrand of Fayetteville, Ark., nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

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

Chloe J. Hutchison

ELMWOOD – Chloe Jo Hutchison, 7, of Elmwood died Feb. 3, 2021. She was born March 4, 2013.

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

Charlotte A. Slaughter

BRIMFIELD – Charlotte A. Slaughter, 83, of Mesa and Pinetop, Ariz., formerly of Peoria and mother of a Brimfield woman, diedJan. 27, 2021.

Charlotte was born June 30, 1937, in Peoria. She is survived by 2 brothers; 1 sister; and 6 children, including Susan Osborne of Brimfield; 2 stepchildren; 22 grandchildren; and over 30 greatgrandchildren.

Donald E. Whelan

ELMWOOD – Donald E. Whelan, 87, of Chillicothe, formerly of Elmwood, died Feb. 2, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1933, to Francis and Myrtle (Hill) Whelan in Peoria. He married Mary Emery on Sept. 20, 1952, in Elmwood. She survives.

He is also survived by 2 daughters, Mary (John) Fullen of Chillicothe and Sheralyn “Sherry” Whelan of Chillicothe; 7 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Whelan; one sister, Frances Stenger; and one great-grandchild, Luke Rynearson.

A funeral service was held Feb. 5, 2021, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial with military rites followed at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

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

Martha K. Knowles

WYOMING – Martha K. Knowles, 80, of Wyoming, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at 1:47 p.m., at her residence.

Martha was born on Nov. 25, 1940, in Buffalo, Ky., to Harvey and Minnie
(Cruise) Turner. She married Merle Knowles on March 10, 1958. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1994, in Peoria.

She is survived by one son, Pete Knowles of Wyoming; four daughters,
Debra Blake of Wyoming, Tina (Clifford) Smith of Chillicothe, Chris Schmidt of West Jersey, and Arletta (Paul) Pack of Rock Falls; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; two sisters, Iva Tracy of Galva, Imogene Sterling of Galva; one brother, Orville Turner of Wyoming; and one sister-in-law, Rosebell Moore of Wyoming.

She is also preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.

Martha loved shopping, crossword puzzles and most of all her grandchildren.

Her graveside service and burial took place Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Wyoming Township Cemetery.

Rev. David Utt officiated. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Lion’s Club. Online condolences may be left for Martha’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Sally R. Smith

GALVA – Sally R. Smith passed away on Jan. 30, 2021. She was born on Feb. 4, 1943, in Chicago and was educated in Chicago public schools. Arriving in Galva in 1979, she was the owner/operator of the Ben Franklin store for 18 years from May 1979, to June 1997. While in Galva she was president of the Galva Chamber of Commerce for two years. In June 1997, she took over the roll as manager of the Colony Store in Bishop Hill. She successfully ran the store until retiring in October of 2011.

Sally achieved anything she set her mind to, including being a successful business woman, a wonderful mother and grandmother, and buying and living on her own farm. In the end, she wanted to live and retire in Bishop Hill, so about a year prior to retiring, she and Jim moved into their dream home in Bishop Hill.

Her life partner since 2000 has been James Nolan. She was the beloved mother of two sons. The oldest, Roger E. Voss, is married to Lori of Bushnell. Together they have two sons. Lance E. Voss of Macomb. Aaron R. Voss is married to Ciara and lives in Bushnell. Her youngest son, Gregory A. Voss, is married to Annette and lives in Brookfield.

Sally’s wishes were to have no services and to be cremated. She loved the view of beautiful rolling farm fields and seeing cows grazing. Her wishes are to have her ashes spread across a farm field to spend eternity in a place she loved.

Vernon I. Rummerfield

SPARLAND – Vernon I. Rummerfield, 85, of Sparland and Lacon died on Feb. 4, 2021, at UnityPoint Methodist in Peoria. Vern was born on Oct. 10, 1935, in Quincy, Ill., to the late Claude and Irene Acton Rummerfield.

He was married to Mary Rogers in 1954, Claudia Littlejohn in 1974 and Barb Fardel Holocker in 1998.

Vern was a Caterpillar employee for 40 years. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed camping fishing and was a longtime member of the Allendale conservation club. His greatest joys were created while spending time with family and friends.

Vern is survived by: his sons Vernon “Butch” (Barb) of Sparland, James of Chillicothe, Rodney (Teresa) of Wyoming; daughters Deborah (Rick) Kelly of Wyoming, Paula Brown of Chillicothe, Phyllis (Ron) Endress of Lacon; sisters Norma Gronewald of Chillicothe, Lorene Joos of Peoria; 15 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by wives Claudia and Barb, daughter Rena, brother Claude “Jack”, sister Millie Dobbins, and grandsons William
J. Kelly and Joshua M. Neuhalfen Cremation rights have been accorded
and a graveside service will be held at the LaPrairie cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. Memorials can be made to Saint Jude, UnityPoint
Hospice, or Illinois CancerCare. Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com.

John D. Flowers

WYOMING – John Douglas Flowers, 45, of Wyoming, passed away at 1:46 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at his home. John was born on Dec. 10, 1975, in Lancaster, Pa., the son of James R. Flowers and Bonnie (Kear Flowers) Carrier.

Surviving are his mother, Bonnie Carrier of Wyoming;
one brother, James “Jim” (Tracy) of Charleston, S.C.; and several
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James Reynolds Flowers and step-father, Brian E. Carrier.

John was hardworking. He was currently employed as a driver for Stahl Ready Mix in Wyoming and formerly worked for Greenfield Contractors
in Princeville. He loved helping his mom and enjoyed cookouts with family and friends.

A memorial service for John will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at the Wyoming United Methodist Church. Rev. Rebecca Klemm will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left for John’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Frederick W. Allen

PEORIA – After a full life in which he found great success as a pitcher, as a pilot and as one of the country’s most prominent plaintiff’s attorneys out of his office in Peoria, Ill., Frederick Walton Allen, 97, died at his home on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, surrounded by his devoted family.

Fred was born June 10,1923, to Frederick William Allen and Laura Josephine (Johnson) Allen in the family’s house in Ripon, Wis. They preceded him in death. He married Tilley (Derges) Allen on July 26, 1952, at the First Methodist Church of Peoria. Tilley preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2018, after 66 years of marriage. Tilley’s final words on her deathbed were, “I love Fred so much.” Similarly, Fred’s love and devotion to Tilley throughout their long marriage was beyond measure. Fred and Tilley traveled the world, attending professional meetings, touring sites, golfing and making life-long friends.

Survivors include two daughters: Diane (Doug) Allen Cullinan Oberhelman of Peoria and Rita Allen Graves of Fort Worth, Texas; 7 grandchildren, including Kathleen Cullinan (Tyson) Brill of Chicago; Maureen Cullinan (Christopher) Bennett of Chicago; Alison Cullinan (Matt) Unkovich of Peoria; Allen (Laura) Cullinan of Peoria; Crystal Curfman (Coby) Shaw of Chicago; Colette Curfman of Tampa, Fla.; and Whitney Graves of Fort Worth, Texas; and 13 great grandchildren, including: Austin Brill, Hudson Brill, Cameron Brill, Michael Bennett, Avery Bennett, Luke Bennett, Duane Douglas Cullinan, Mary Michael Cullinan, Frances Cullinan, Duke Unkovich, Tilley Unkovich, Adelaide Lott and Coleman Lott. An additional great grandchild was on the way at the time of Fred’s passing and will be born to Alison and Matt Unkovich this summer, making 14 greatgrandchildren.

Fred was also preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Allen Curfman of Peoria, and a sister, Jane (Allen) Waters.

Fred had a long and distinguished career as a plaintiff’s attorney. He was the first downstate Illinois lawyer to win a $1 million award for a client. That 1974 jury verdict against the Ford Motor Company earned Allen membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates, an elite national group limited to plaintiff’s attorneys who had won seven-figure awards. At the time of Fred’s inclusion in the Inner Circle, there had been only 55 such awards paid out in the United States.

He built his own law firm as a self-made businessman by working hard and treating people the right way. He regularly made time for pro bono legal work and was known to be humble and generous. But Fred was also exact in his actions and earned the admiration of other attorneys for his work ethic. He had a reputation for taking cases to trial by jury instead of settling for less, always seeking the best result for his clients. He personally funded each case and hired experts, often “betting the farm” on a favorable verdict. That entrepreneurial spirit was a guiding example for his daughter, Diane, who credits her father’s influence as giving her the confidence to start her own business, Cullinan Properties, Ltd.

Outside the courtroom, Fred was very active in many national and international legal organizations that kept him in a leadership role with prominent attorneys from across the United States and Europe. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He also played prominent roles in many Illinois legal groups. He was president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in 1974-75, the Peoria County Bar Association in 1979-80 and the invitation-only Society of Trial Lawyers of Illinois in 1983-84. He was active in the Illinois State Bar Association for more than 50 years and was a fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Despite being born in a town that was also the birthplace of the Republican party, Fred stayed true to the Democratic party for his entire life. Fred ran for Congress in 1956 against Bob Michel. While Fred lost that election, he also started a lifelong friendship with Michel, who years later would introduce Fred as, “The man who got me elected to Congress.”

Fred was elected for eight years as the 18th Congressional District State Central Committeeman for the Democratic party. It was in that capacity that he had a chance to spend time with President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, Senator Daniel Inouye, of Hawaii, and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, among other political leaders.

It was also in the latter role that Allen had a notable first encounter with JFK, who arrived in Peoria for a political rally in 1959, one year prior to his election as president. When Kennedy – who was running late – asked to use a restroom, Fred told him there was no time for that and whisked JFK to the rally, where Fred introduced the future president. That was Fred, a confident, self-made man who would give an honest answer to anyone.

Even at a young age, Fred demonstrated a knack for enterprise. In his first job, at age 12, Fred earned $1 a day as a caddy at the Lawsonia Golf Club in Green Lake, Wis. That led him to a lifelong love of golf and to hundreds of friendships at country clubs across the U.S. The job also earned young Fred extra benefits. At age 13 he purchased his first car, a 1923 Ford Model T, and transported fellow caddies to the golf course for five cents per ride.

Fred graduated from Ripon High School in 1941 and enrolled in Ripon College. He halted his studies to voluntarily enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces on Dec. 7, 1942, the first anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

During active duty he learned to fly the B-29 bomber, the same type of plane used to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As a member of what would become the U.S. Air Force, Fred spent time as a pilot stationed at: Keesler Field in Biloxi, Miss.; the College of Waynesburg in Pennsylvania; the Classification Center at Nashville, Tenn.; Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Ala.; Douglas, Georgia; and Cochran Army Airfield in Macon, Ga. He received his pilot’s wings on Aug. 5, 1944, at Moody Field in Valdosta, Ga., and completed his training with the rank of second lieutenant.

Following his military service, Fred signed a contract as a pitcher with the Papermakers of Appleton, Wis., a minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Before World War II, Fred had signed with a farm team of the New York Yankees, where he was known for his fastball. While he never realized the dream of becoming a Major League pitcher, Fred remained a devoted baseball fan. In particular, he rooted for the Chicago Cubs, dating back to age 7 when his father took Fred to see the Cubs play the New York Giants. In 2016, Fred realized one of his dreams when he watched with his family as his beloved Cubs won the World Series. Fred said that was something he never expected to see.

With the assistance of the GI Bill, Fred attended law school for two years at Northwestern University. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1949 and, based on the recommendation of a college advisor, he took the Rock Island Rocket train to Peoria to interview for an attorney’s position. It was his first visit to Peoria. Fred was hired and began work at the law firm of Louis Knobloch, earning $125 a month while living at the YMCA to make ends meet. He remained a devoted Peorian for the rest of his life. It was in Peoria where he met the love of his life, Tilley Allen. He loved his adopted hometown and made many untold contributions to better the community.

Like many of his “Greatest Generation,” Fred worked hard to make a living but still found time to be active in the community. Fred was a member of the Elks Club for more than 70 years. He was a president of the Country Club of Peoria and was also a member of the American Legion; the First Methodist Church of Peoria; Union League Club of Chicago; Springs Country Club of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Old Baldy Club of Saratoga, Wyo.; and Mascoutin Golf Club of Berlin, Wis.

Fred’s love of family was of utmost importance to him. He especially enjoyed spending time with his daughters. His pride in his daughters, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and their families was boundless. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A private service will be held and a private burial will follow at historic Springdale Cemetery. A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at a future date.

Fred’s family memorialized his remarkable life in a book published last year, “The Frederick Walton Allen Story: One of the Greatest of the Greatest Generation.” Copies can be obtained from dcull@cullprop.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois or Easterseals Central Illinois. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences at wrightandsalmon@aol.com.

Irene M. Seiwell Gulley

DUNLAP – Irene M. Seiwell Gulley, 100, of East Peoria formerly of Dunlap, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at 6:15 a.m. at Generations at Riverview in East Peoria.

Irene was born on Jan. 28, 1920, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Joseph and Ethel (Monroe) Bishop. She married Charles Gulley on June 7, 1997. He preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2002.

Surviving are her three children, James (Bonnie) Seiwell of Princeville, Edward (Mary) Seiwell of Wyoming, and Roberta (Earl) Scroggins of Dexter, Mo.; one stepdaughter Corine Gulley; nine grandchildren; and several great and great-great grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by one grandson and one son-in-law, Earl Scroggins.

Irene loved to play bingo and was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the VFW in Bartonville. She was a long time member of the Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap.

Her graveside service will be Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, her 101st birthday, at 1:30 p.m. at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Pastor Jason Persinger will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to any local VFW. Online condolences may be left for Irene’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Scott H. Cochran

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. – Scott Harris Cochran, 76, passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2021, at his home in Green Valley Ariz., after a short battle with cancer.

He was born on April 27, 1944, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to parents Paul L. and Joanne I. Cochran. Scott married his love, Judith Mendenhall on Dec. 28, 1996.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his loving wife, Judith K. Cochran; his children, Shamra (Kurt) Noy of Hanna City, Ill., Scott Cochran Jr of Pontiac, Ill., Chris (Wendy) Cochran of Brimfield, Ill., and Troy Thompson of Visalia, Calif.; his sister, Ellen (Ray) Heiman of Morton, Ill.; his grandchildren, Rachel and Carson Noy and Kadyn and Liam Cochran; his nephews, Blake (Michelle) Centers and Jason Centers.

Scott attended school in Port Clinton, Ohio. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served for four years at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Scott was a very proud American. He loved his country and proudly displayed the American flag at his homes, businesses and on his vehicles. He was honored to serve this great country in the USMC.

Scott moved his family to Peoria, Ill., in 1978 when he and his father purchased a PIP Printing franchise and planted roots in Peoria. His career spans more than 40 years as owner of PIP Printing and more recently YESCO Sign and Lighting. Scott’s passion was his business, and his business was his hobby. He cared very much for his employees and thought of them as family. Under Scott’s leadership he grew the busi – ness to include many small, medium and large businesses in central Illinois as well as customers throughout the United States. His accomplishments include leadership roles in the PIP national franchise group, serving as President of the National Advisory Council in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Scott was honored for his outstanding contributions and named PIP Printing’s Franchisee of the Year in 1994. The Franchisee of the Year award is given to an individual who not only runs a successful and efficient operation, but to one who has also made significant contributions to reinforce and improve the franchise network, by supporting and encouraging fellow franchisees and working to strengthen the PIP network. He also served many years as a consultant for PIP corporate. He was a true visionary and pioneer in the printing industry and his accomplishments will always be remembered.

Scott loved to travel. He and his wife Judy were blessed to vacation throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia. They loved to cruise and spent many days traveling the seas throughout the world. Along with traveling, Scott had a love for cars. He was often found tinkering on the latest vehicle he had in his garage. He was known for customizing his vehicles to represent his individual personality. One of his most recent and unique purchases was a Japanese fire truck which he enjoyed driving through the neighborhood with his grandkids in tow and sirens blaring. He will be missed and always remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Memorial contributions can be made to the Peoria Humane Society at peoriahs.org. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Peoria.

Sandra McFadden

EDELSTEIN – On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, Sandra “Sandy” McFadden of Edelstein, formerly of Creve Coeur, passed away at the age of 77. Sandy was born on Sept. 20, 1943, in Peoria, Ill., to Husia & Mary Alice Brinkley. She graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Danville, Ill., in 1964 and practiced for over 50 years in many settings. Sandy and Joe were married on April 24, 1965, in Creve Coeur, Ill. Together, they raised two kids, Suzanne and Matthew.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Husia and Mary Alice Brinkley. She is survived by her husband, Joe; daughter, Suzanne (Rod) Fitzpatrick; son, Matthew (Rachel) McFadden; grandkids, Alex (Madison), Jaylynn, Colton, Clara; great granddaughter, Rooney; sister, Pat (Jerry) Jones; dog, Buddy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sandy’s grandkids were her real pride and joy. She was known as Grammy Sandy, not just by her biological grandchildren, but also by so many of their friends and other kids in the community. She attended every graduation, game, concert, and play she could. She was an amazing cheerleader and the rowdiest, loudest spectator at every ball field, holding the umpires, coaches, and players all accountable. And she never showed up without cookies for the entire team. Her one and only great-granddaughter, Rooney, was truly the apple of her eye.

Sandy was an immensely talented lady! She loved to bake cookies, pies and cobblers for the people she cared about, and rarely did she show up without homemade cinnamon rolls or a loaf of banana bread. She made the world’s best lasagna. (Many have tried to duplicate, but none have succeeded.) She was a gifted seamstress and quilter. She enjoyed travelling the country with Joe and hosting large family gatherings. Sandy was an amazing source of encouragement to all and she loved fiercely. Sometimes she expressed that love with her middle finger – she claimed it was hereditary.

She was a true example of living life to the fullest. If you are looking for a way to honor her, we recommend hitting the slot machines while drinking a manhattan. Don’t share your cherries! She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria, where her visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, from 10-11:30 a.m., with a funeral mass to immediately follow at 11:30 a.m., also at the church. Father O’Brien will preside. Burial will be at St. Clements Cemetery in Dunlap.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Blue Ridge Community Farm or St. Jude Catholic Church. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for Sandy’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Carolyn J. Abel

PEORIA – Carolyn J. Abel, 83, of Peoria died Jan. 15, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Proctor. She was born on Dec. 31, 1937, in Peoria. She married Terrence J. Abel on June 1, 1957, in Peoria. He preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Timothy (Barbara) Abel of Carlock; three daughters, Teresa (Robert) Sprague of Peoria, Cheryl (Douglas) Dietrich of Mackinaw, and Tamara “Tammy” (Chris Bickett) Sanders of Farmington; three granddaughters; seven grandsons; two brothers; and three sisters. Services were Jan. 22 at Trivoli Cemetery.

Robert W. DeBolt

WYOMING – Robert W. “Bob” DeBolt, 64, of Wyoming died Jan. 21, 2021, at his home. Bob was born on Dec. 14, 1956, in Streator. He married Marianna (Southard) on June 13, 1998, in Smithfield, N.C. She survives. His funeral service was to be Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Wyoming United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

Harold R. Johnson

BRIMFIELD – Harold Robert Johnson, 82, of rural Streator, a Brimfield native, died Jan. 4, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Johnson was born on July 1, 1938, in Brimfield. He married Carol Lynn Epsen on April 28, 1963. Survivors include his wife, Carol; four children, Daniel Johnson of Streator, Cathy (Perry) Doucette of Sugar Grove, Julie (Jeff) Vogt of Inverness and Amy (Don) Parker of Chatham; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Berniece Towne of Fort Wayne, Ind., Eloise (Lynn) Liable of Princeville and Marilyn (Richard) Dieffenbach, also of Princeville; and one brother, John (Elaine) Johnson of Brimfield.

Charles Stevens

YATES CITY – Charles “Chuck” Stevens, 69, of Yates City, died Jan. 18, 2021, at his home. He was born Feb. 11, 1951. He married Carolyn Ward on Dec. 7, 1989, in Galesburg. She survives. He is also survived by four children, Candace Hall of Elmwood, Chad (Maryann) Stevens of Menominee, Mich., Linda (Frank Catton) Dykes of Yates City, and Donna (Drew) Craig of Dunlap; one brother; one sister; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Lester W. Theinert

Sr. PEORIA – Lester “Les” W. Thein – ert Sr., 73, of Peoria, formerly of Hanna City, died Jan. 23, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist. He was born May 6, 1947. He married Sharon Goostree on July 14, 1984. She preceded him in death. Surviving are two sons: Bill Theinert of Hanna City and Tom Theinert of West Peoria; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six siblings, including Cheryl (John) Schell of Hanna City, Laurel Theinert-Bott of Farmington and Deb (Wolford) Scott of Hanna City. Funeral services were to be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.

William C. Trigger

EDWARDS – William “Bill” C. Trigger, 95, of Edwards died Jan. 20, 2021, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was born on Dec. 31, 1925. He married Eileen Mason on Dec. 15, 1951. She preceded him in death. William is survived by 1 daughter, Peggy (Jeffery) Donahoo of Edwards; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchil – dren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and 1 brother, Wayne R. Trigger of Iowa.

Lawrence L. Cantwell


BRADFORD – Lawrence Leon “Larry” Cantwell passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at his home in San Juan, Texas.

Larry was born Aug. 19, 1943, in Bradford, Ill., the son of Roy and Bernice (Cade) Cantwell.

From 1965-1969 Larry served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61). After being honorably discharged, Larry worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., as a pipefitter, retiring in 1993.

Surviving are two daughters Leona (Clifton) Hall of Gig Harbor, Wash. and Elise (Paul) Walters of Port Orchard, Wash.; four grandchildren, Anna, Johnathan, Amanda, and Tyler; brothers Dennis, and Roy Jr.; and sisters Connie, Sally, Phyllis, and Karen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Jeff, and sisters Mary and Janice.

Larry enjoyed being with family and friends, and will be remembered for his thoughtfulness. He was proud to sponsor a student scholarship through Mabel’s Children’s Refuge.

Robert W. DeBolt


WYOMING – Robert W. “Bob” DeBolt, 64, of Wyoming, passed away at 7:49 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at his home. Bob was born on Dec. 14, 1956, in Streator, Ill., the son of Glenn F. and Ruth E. (Ellenwood) DeBolt. He married Marianna (Southard) on June 13, 1998, in Smithfield, N.C.; she survives.

Also surviving are his mother Ruth, of Princeton; sister, Barbara Hewitt of Princeton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nina and John Pellegrino of Flemington, N.J.; several nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and his fur-baby, Harley. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn; parents-in-law, Willie and Marion Southard; and an unborn child.

Bob grew up on a farm north of Sheffield, graduated from Buda Western High School in 1975 and fulfilled his life-long dream of railroading by starting his work on the Rock Island Railroad as a fireman. He attended Illinois Valley Community College, then attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, where he graduated in 1980. Bob began his funeral career working at Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, Ill. as a student during school, then he worked for Johnson-Gill-Schster Chapel in Galva as an apprentice following graduation.

In 1982, Bob began working for J. Merlyn Kidd at Toulon and Wyoming, managing the Wyoming Funeral Home. In 1990, Mr. Kidd passed away, and Bob continued operating both the Toulon and Wyoming Funeral Homes for Mrs. Kidd until Bob and Joe Hott purchased the business in 1992; later purchasing the Hammitt Funeral Home in Princeville in 1994. Bob retired from funeral service in 2009 to pursue his avocation as a railfan.

Bob was an active member of the Wyoming Lions Club and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. He was a long-time I FUND Supporter and season ticket holder at the University of Illinois. He supported several historical railroad associations and enjoyed reading and special family occasions.

Bob’s visitation was from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at the Wyoming United Methodist Church in Wyoming. His funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Rev. Rebecca Klemm officiated. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery in Wyoming. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Monticello Railway Museum in Monticello, Ill., or the Wyoming Lions Club. Condolences may be left for Bob’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Joe Hand

PEORIA – Joe Hand, 81, of Peoria, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at his home. He was born on Oct. 7, 1939, in Kewanee to Joseph Edward, Sr. and Catherine June (Crockett) Hand. He married Janet L. Morrell on Sept. 4, 1960, in Toulon. She survives.

Joe is also survived by his three children, Pamela (Howard) Curry of Gibson City, Edward Hand of Renton, Wash., and Michael (Karina) Hand of Noblesville, Ind.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Margaret) Hand of Osceola and John (Crystal) Hand of Elmira; and two sisters, Janet (Richard) Ingle of Oneida and Becky (Kent) Vigor of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters.

Joe was a claims adjustor for Allstate Insurance for 32 years, retiring in 1996.

He volunteered with Wildlife Prairie Park, working with Mikitcha, an American Bald Eagle for many years. He also worked at the POTC, training dogs. He attended Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Joe’s graveside service will take place at a later date in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria is in charge of cremation arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Friends of Wildlife Prairie Park. Online condolences may be left for Joe’s family at www.davison-fulton.com.


Donald C. Bates


GALVA – Donald C. Bates, 95, of Galva, died Jan. 14, 2021, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Marian; a daughter, Eileen Neuhalfen of Galva; four sons, Donald E. Bates, Elizabethton, Tenn., Leslie and Gary Bates, Galva, and James Bates, Phenix City, Ala; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.


Patsy J. Hockenbury


WYOMING – Patsy Jane Hockenbury, 78, of Wyoming, died Jan. 23, 2021, in her home. Patsy was born on July 9, 1942, in Edelstein. She married Earl T. Porter; he preceded her in death in 1971. She later married William L. “Bill” Hockenbury on Dec 21, 1974, in Wyoming; he preceded her in death in 2018.

Surviving are three sons, Daniel Hockenbury of Wyoming, Steve (Christine Beeler) Porter of Wyoming, and Tim (Jane) Harlan of Racine, Wis.; two daughters, Julie (Steve) Hansard, and Crystal (Mark) Ouart of Kewanee; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and siblings Willard (Judy) Harlan of Princeville, Helen Harlan of Wyoming, Donnie Harlan of Wyoming, Robert (Diane) Harlan of Chillicothe and Ralph Harlan of Wyoming.

Frederick W. Allen

PEORIA – After a full life in which he found great success as a pitcher, as a pilot and as one of the country’s most prominent plaintiff’s attorneys out of his office in Peoria, Ill., Frederick Walton Allen, 97, died at his home on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, surrounded by his devoted family.

Fred was born June 10,1923, to Frederick William Allen and Laura Josephine (Johnson) Allen in the family’s house in Ripon, Wis. They preceded him in death. He married Tilley (Derges) Allen on July 26, 1952, at the First Methodist Church of Peoria. Tilley preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2018, after 66 years of marriage. Tilley’s final words on her deathbed were, “I love Fred so much.” Similarly, Fred’s love and devotion to Tilley throughout their long marriage was beyond measure.

Fred and Tilley traveled the world, attending professional meetings, touring sites, golfing and making life-long friends. Survivors include two daughters: Diane (Doug) Allen Cullinan Oberhelman of Peoria and Rita Allen Graves of Fort Worth, Texas; 7 grandchildren, including Kathleen Cullinan (Tyson) Brill of Chicago; Maureen Cullinan (Christopher) Bennett of Chicago; Alison Cullinan (Matt) Unkovich of Peoria; Allen (Laura) Cullinan of Peoria; Crystal Curfman (Coby) Shaw of Chicago; Colette Curfman of Tampa, Fla.; and Whitney Graves of Fort Worth, Texas; and 13 great grandchildren, including: Austin Brill, Hudson Brill, Cameron Brill, Michael Bennett, Avery Bennett, Luke Bennett, Duane Douglas Cullinan, Mary Michael Cullinan, Frances Cullinan, Duke Unkovich, Tilley Unkovich, Adelaide Lott and Coleman Lott. An additional great grandchild was on the way at the time of Fred’s passing and will be born to Alison and Matt Unkovich this summer, making 14 greatgrandchildren.

Fred was also preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Allen Curfman of Peoria, and a sister, Jane (Allen) Waters.

Fred had a long and distinguished career as a plaintiff’s attorney. He was the first downstate Illinois lawyer to win a $1 million award for a client. That 1974 jury verdict against the Ford Motor Company earned Allen membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates, an elite national group limited to plaintiff’s attorneys who had won seven-figure awards. At the time of Fred’s inclusion in the Inner Circle, there had been only 55 such awards paid out in the United States.

He built his own law firm as a self-made businessman by working hard and treating people the right way. He regularly made time for pro bono legal work and was known to be humble and generous. But Fred was also exact in his actions and earned the admiration of other attorneys for his work ethic.

He had a reputation for taking cases to trial by jury instead of settling for less, always seeking the best result for his clients. He personally funded each case and hired experts, often “betting the farm” on a favorable verdict. That entrepreneurial spirit was a guiding example for his daughter, Diane, who credits her father’s influence as giving her the confidence to start her own business, Cullinan Properties, Ltd.

Outside the courtroom, Fred was very active in many national and international legal organizations that kept him in a leadership role with prominent attorneys from across the United States and Europe. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He also played prominent roles in many Illinois legal groups.

He was president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in 1974-75, the Peoria County Bar Association in 1979-80 and the invitation-only Society of Trial Lawyers of Illinois in 1983-84. He was active in the Illinois State Bar Association for more than 50 years and was a fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Despite being born in a town that was also the birthplace of the Republican party, Fred stayed true to the Democratic party for his entire life. Fred ran for Congress in 1956 against Bob Michel. While Fred lost that election, he also started a lifelong friendship with Michel, who years later would introduce Fred as, “The man who got me elected to Congress.” Fred was elected for eight years as the 18th Congressional District State Central Committeeman for the Democratic party. It was in that capacity that he had a chance to spend time with President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, Senator Daniel Inouye, of Hawaii, and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, among other political leaders.

It was also in the latter role that Allen had a notable first encounter with JFK, who arrived in Peoria for a political rally in 1959, one year prior to his election as president. When Kennedy – who was running late – asked to use a restroom, Fred told him there was no time for that and whisked JFK to the rally, where Fred introduced the future president. That was Fred, a confident, self-made man who would give an honest answer to anyone.

Even at a young age, Fred demonstrated a knack for enterprise. In his first job, at age 12, Fred earned $1 a day as a caddy at the Lawsonia Golf Club in Green Lake, Wis. That led him to a lifelong love of golf and to hundreds of friendships at country clubs across the U.S. The job also earned young Fred extra benefits.

At age 13 he purchased his first car, a 1923 Ford Model T, and transported fellow caddies to the golf course for five cents per ride. Fred graduated from Ripon High School in 1941 and enrolled in Ripon College. He halted his studies to voluntarily enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces on Dec. 7, 1942, the first anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

During active duty he learned to fly the B-29 bomber, the same type of plane used to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

As a member of what would become the U.S. Air Force, Fred spent time as a pilot stationed at: Keesler Field in Biloxi, Miss.; the College of Waynesburg in Pennsylvania; the Classification Center at Nashville, Tenn.; Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Ala.; Douglas, Georgia; and Cochran Army Airfield in Macon, Ga.

He received his pilot’s wings on Aug. 5, 1944, at Moody Field in Valdosta, Ga., and completed his training with the rank of second lieutenant.

Following his military service, Fred signed a contract as a pitcher with the Papermakers of Appleton, Wis., a minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Before World War II, Fred had signed with a farm team of the New York Yankees, where he was known for his fastball.

While he never realized the dream of becoming a Major League pitcher, Fred remained a devoted baseball fan.

In particular, he rooted for the Chicago Cubs, dating back to age 7 when his father took Fred to see the Cubs play the New York Giants.

In 2016, Fred realized one of his dreams when he watched with his family as his beloved Cubs won the World Series. Fred said that was something he never expected to see.

With the assistance of the GI Bill, Fred attended law school for two years at Northwestern University. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1949 and, based on the recommendation of a college advisor, he took the Rock Island Rocket train to Peoria to interview for an attorney’s position. It was his first visit to Peoria.

Fred was hired and began work at the law firm of Louis Knobloch, earning $125 a month while living at the YMCA to make ends meet. He remained a devoted Peorian for the rest of his life. It was in Peoria where he met the love of his life, Tilley Allen.

He loved his adopted hometown and made many untold contributions to better the community. Like many of his “Greatest Generation,” Fred worked hard to make a living but still found time to be active in the community. Fred was a member of the Elks Club for more than 70 years. He was a president of the Country Club of Peoria and was also a member of the American Legion; the First Methodist Church of Peoria; Union League Club of Chicago; Springs Country Club of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Old Baldy Club of Saratoga, Wyo.; and Mascoutin Golf Club of Berlin, Wis.

Fred’s love of family was of utmost importance to him. He especially enjoyed spending time with his daughters. His pride in his daughters, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and their families was boundless. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A service will be held at the First Federated Church of Peoria, 3601 N. Sheridan Rd., on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Burial will be private. A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at the Peoria Country Club on Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. Fred’s family memorialized his remarkable life in a book published last year, “The Frederick Walton Allen Story: One of the Greatest of the Greatest Generation.” Copies can be obtained from dcull@cullprop.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois or Easterseals Central Illinois. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences at wrightandsalmon@aol.com.

Irene M. Seiwell Gulley

DUNLAP – Irene M. Seiwell Gulley, 100, of East Peoria formerly of Dunlap, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at 6:15 a.m. at Generations at Riverview in East Peoria.

Irene was born on Jan. 28, 1920, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Joseph and Ethel (Monroe) Bishop. She married Charles Gulley on June 7, 1997. He preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2002.

Surviving are her three children, James (Bonnie) Seiwell of Princeville, Edward (Mary) Seiwell of Wyoming, and Roberta (Earl) Scroggins of Dexter, Mo.; one stepdaughter Corine Gulley; nine grandchildren; and several great and great-great grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by one grandson and one son-in-law, Earl Scroggins.

Irene loved to play bingo and was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the VFW in Bartonville. She was a long time member of the Prospect United Methodist Church in Dunlap.

Her graveside service will be Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, her 101st birthday, at 1:30 p.m. at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Pastor Jason Persinger will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to any local VFW. Online condolences may be left for Irene’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Stephanie M. Lemm

FARMINGTON – Stephanie Marie (Spirling) Lemm, 40, of Farmington has died. Arrangements are being handled by the Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria.

Herman L. Moore

FARMINGTON – Herman Loyd Moore, 89, of Farmington, died Jan. 11 at Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Palestine, Ark. He married Shirley Bennett on Aug. 4, 1950 in Pocahontas, Ark. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Dennis (Helen) Moore, David (Linda) Moore, Gina (Buddy) Davis, Jim (Amy) Moore, Randy (Diane) Moore, Chris (Pam) Moore; 8 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and a brother, James David Moore. Burial of ashes will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria at a later date.

Beverly A. Sherlock

EDWARDS – Beverly Ann Sherlock, 84, of Edwards, died Jan. 10 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 1, 1936, in Edwards. She married Russell Leo Sherlock on June 25, 1955, in Peoria. Beverly is survived by her husband; sister, Deborah Whited of Peoria; brother-in-law, Dean Hayden of Elmwood; son, Tony (Cathy) Sherlock of Kickapoo; daughter, Dawn Featherston of Peoria; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Beverly graduated from Elmwood High School in 1954. A private service will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Edwards. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

Edward F. Smith Jr.

FARMINGTON – Edward “Eddie” Franklin Smith Jr., 73, of Farmington died Jan. 13 at his home. He was born on Sept. 23, 1947, in Peoria. He married Margaret “Peggy” Thompson on Aug. 12, 1967, in Peoria. She preceded him in death. Surviving are his 4 children, Dan (Margaret) Smith of Canton, Regina Burgett of Canton and Coral (David) Nichols of Yates City; Jim (Kim) Bush whom he raised; 4 siblings; 10 grandchildren; and 5 five great-grandchildren. A funeral mass Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service at St. Ann Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in West Peoria. A celebration of life will be at a later date.

Ruth E. Stinson

EDWARDS – Ruth E. Stinson, 84, of Edwards died Jan. 9, 2021, at her residence. Funeral services were Jan. 15. Entombment was at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Virginia M. Thomas

ELMWOOD – Virginia Mae Thomas, 89, formerly of Elmwood, died Dec. 30 in Georgetown, Texas. Born Aug. 9, 1931, in Eden, she married William Max Thomas on May 30, 1953, in Glasford. He preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, Karl Lewis Thomas of Georgetown, Texas; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren and one greatgreat-granddaughter. She grew up in Eden and attended Farmington High School. She moved to Omaha, Neb., in 1971 until returning to Elmwood in 2001. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.

Terry A. Welch

NEKOMA – Terry A. Welch, 75, of rural Woodhull, died at 7:20 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of his Life and inurnment at Davenport Memorial Park will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Galva Assembly of God Church. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.­

He was born July 30, 1945, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Orville and Lillian Welch. Survivors include his close friends, Ron Hepner and Robert Hook and he was preceded in death by his parents.

Terry was a tax accountant and had Welch’­­­s Tax Service in Nekoma and then later sold to Compton Accounting. He was a member of the Galva Assembly of God Church where he was an overhead music projectionist and a member of its board. He was a member of the Galva Food Pantry board and was also executive secretary of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois.

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

Raymond F. Morrissey

WYOMING – Raymond Francis Morrissey, 85, of Wyoming, passed away at 7:54 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.

Ray was born on May 25, 1935, in Kewanee, the son of Raymond J. and Mary R. (Keough) Morrissey. He married Dorothy Ann King on Feb. 27, 1960, in Wyoming; she survives.

 Also surviving are three children, Bill (Karen) Morrissey of Wyoming, Debbie (Rob) Miller of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Raymond Joseph (Michelle) Morrissey of Wyoming; eight grandchildren, Matt, Lauren (Logan), Brandon, Logan, Jake, Ryan (Ashley), Emily (Jake), and Tyler; six great-grandchildren, Brigid, Patrick, Colin, Norah, Vera, and Clara; three sisters, Kay Euchaski of Valmeyer, Jayne (Les) Perrigo of Wyoming, and Margaret Morrissey of Moline.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Jennifer Morrissey, and one brother, Michael Morrissey.

Ray was a member of the United States Navy, serving from 1954 to 1958, during the Korean War. While in the Navy, he learned the refrigeration trade, starting his own business in 1959. He started out installing milk coolers at dairy farms in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He also did household appliance repair and commercial refrigeration for surrounding grocery stores, restaurants and taverns.  

Shortly after Ray and Dorothy opened their appliance store in 1977, his two sons joined the family business where they all worked side by side. There were many late nights and early mornings when Ray was called out on calls but never complained. Ray and Dorothy were the Grand Marshalls of the Moonlight Madness Parade and recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Business Member award from the Wyoming Chamber of Commerce. They also received the Wyoming Lions Club Joe Colgan Community Champion Award in 2019.  

His family business received the Wyoming Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. Ray was a member of the American Legion Post #91 and attended the Peoria Honor Flight. He also was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming.

Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and his annual RV trips to Walt Disney World with Dorothy, where he was the Magic Kingdom Honorary Veteran of the day on Jan. 29, 2013, and helped lower the flag.  

Ray will always be remembered for his infectious smile, his kindness to all he came in contact with and his unending love and dedication to his family. His funeral mass was on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is in charge of arrangements. Burial was to be in St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery in Wyoming.

 Memorial contributions may be to Abilities Plus in Kewanee or the Wyoming 4-H Building Fund.

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

Joanne R. Clow

GALVA – Joanne R. Clow, 86, formerly of Galva, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.

There was a private committal service on Friday, Jan. 8, at the Rock Island National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Joanne Clow Memorial Fund. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Galva, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Joanne Ruth Taylor was born Dec. 27, 1934, in Keene, N.H., the daughter of Charles W. and Ruth Barrett Taylor. She was educated in New Hampshire schools. Her marriage to Albert F. Clow took place on Sept. 20, 1959, in Keene, N.H. He passed away on March 16, 2014.

In her early years, Joanne worked as a shoe assembler in a shoe factory and later enjoyed being a mother and homemaker. Her hobbies were knitting and patchwork quilts.

Those surviving are three sons, Albert Clow, Jr., Macomb, Wayne (Debby) Clow, Toulon, and Chuck (Pam) Clow, Des Moines, Iowa; and six grandchildren, Duke, Denny, Donald, and Deandra Clow, Madeline Clow, and Zacharia Clow. Other survivors include four sisters, Bessie Hands, Knoxville, Barbara Reich, Blue Island, Ill., Marsha Staley, Galesburg, and Mary McGunningal, Fla.

Her parents, her husband, a son, Earl, and a daughter, Paula, preceded her in death.

C­­ondolences may be expressed at www.stackhousemoore.com.

Christopher M. Vicary

ELMWOOD – Christopher Maddox Vicary, 3, of Elmwood passed away at 6:28 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in the loving arms of his mother at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Christopher was born April 25, 2017, in Peoria. He was the beloved son of Megan Marie Miller and Mark Wayne Vicary.

He is survived by his parents; four siblings, Chance Vicary, Michael Vicary, Mitchel Vicary and MacKenzie Vicary; his grandparents, Johnna Ingersoll of Peoria and Stuart Ingersoll of Elmwood; along with a great-grandfather, John Wilson of Elmwood. He also leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Frank and Sharon “Jean” Vicary and his great-grandmother, Mary Wilson.

Christopher will be remembered for his sweet spirit, amazing personality and his attention to detail. Christopher showed love to everyone and had an amazing drive and determination. His love for tractors, farming, cars, building blocks and his family was undeniable.

Funeral services were Dec. 23, 2020, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Stephen W. Barch officiated. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions given to the family will be distributed to another family dealing with childhood cancer.

The family would like to extend their gratitude for the continuing love and support of friends and family, Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, and their friends and co-workers at UnityPoint Health-Methodist.

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

Robert E. Wolschlag

ELMWOOD – Robert (Bob) E. Wolschlag, 87 of Arizona, formerly of Elmwood, passed away at 2 a.m., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at The Palms in Sun City, Ariz. He was born on March 30, 1933, in Peoria, Ill., to Chester and Mary (Parr) Wolschlag. Robert grew up in Knox County and graduated from Yates City High School. He married Charlene At – water on June 22, 1957, at the Presbyterian Church in Yates City. They were married for 63 years and she survives him.

He is also survived by his children, Donald (Gayle) Wolschlag of Sun City West, Ariz., and Ronald (Jane) Wolschlag of Normal, Ill.; six grandchildren, Denise Wolschlag of Normal, Scott Wolschlag of Bloomington, Ill., Kimberly (Matt) Simonsen of Surprise, Ariz., Mark Wolschlag of Chandler, Ariz., Brett Wolschlag of Champaign, Ill., and Stephen Wolschlag (Yasari Molina) of Glendale, Ariz.; sister, Florence McAlister of Elmwood and sister-in-law, Betty (Burdess) Wolschlag of Bartonville along with several nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Howard and Earl Wolschlag, and two sisters, Shirley Reaktenwalt and Mar – ilyn Bomhold.

Robert served in the Air Force and Korean War retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1963 and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #638. He retired from Caterpillar after 32 years, had a self-employed trenching business until 1995 and was a member of the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Associations (ILICA). Robert was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. As an avid traveler, Robert enjoyed taking pictures while traveling with his wife to many places. A few places they traveled to were China, Switzerland, Alaska, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Greece, Greenland, Thailand, Kenya, Morocco and Canada.

He was also a member of camera clubs in both Peoria and Sun City, where he had a great number of special friends.

He was a fan of the St Louis Cardinals (as an avid Cub fan, his wife wanted to leave this out, but his sons wouldn’t allow it) and the Green Bay Packers. Bob was very proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed their activities.

A private service will be held with immediate family only. Burial will follow at Elmwood Township Ceme – tery. Due to COVID concerns, a celebration of life will be held on a later date at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood or memorial of the donor’s choice.

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

Mary Jo Montgomery

EAST PEORIA – Mary Jo Mont – gomery, 60, of East Peoria, Ill., died at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at her home. She was born on Dec. 11, 1960, in Peoria, Ill., to Robert and Mary Em – erick Short.

Surviving is her mother, Mary Short of Peoria, IL, two children, Penny (Brad) Womacks of Champaign, Ill., and Clayton Mont – gomery (Meghan Frost) of Pesotum, Ill.; one grand – daughter, Elsa Jolee Womacks of Champaign; one brother, Steve (Bonnie) Short of Brimfield, Ill.; two sisters, Theresa (Dean) Anderson of Eureka, Ill., and Janet (George) Stenger of Brimfield.

She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

Jo obtained her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and was a great basketball player at Brimfield High School, #21. She enjoyed writing, gardening and doing pottery. She was also a self- taught piano player and enjoyed fishing and vacationing in Minnesota. She also was a Tennessee Squire.

She worked at Eastern Illinois Uni – versity for over 25 years where she was an Administrative Aide with the School of Technology. She later worked at University of Illinois Col – lege of Medicine – Peoria, as a Busi – ness Administration Associate for the OB/GYN Department. She retired in 2019.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Deiters Funeral Home and Crema – tory in Washington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jo’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to her family. Amanda K. Sluga Shay

Amanda Kay Sluga Shay

CHAMPAIGN – Amanda Kay Sluga Shay, 36, of Champaign, passed peacefully amongst family at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at 2:15 pm after a courageous 7-month battle with Leukemia.

Amanda was born May 14, 1984, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of James and Melody (Spurlock) Sluga of Elmwood, Ill. They survive, along with her brother, Douglas Sluga of Elmwood.

Amanda married Bryan Shay of Delavan, Ill., on Oct. 1, 2005. Bryan and Amanda shared three beautiful daughters, Ella (13), Ava (11) and Sophia (8). They later divorced but remained a family.

Joel Schneider flew into Amanda’s life in 2016 with his two beautiful daughters, Tegan (10) and Rylee (8). Joel helped Amanda overcome her fear of flying and together they set out to see the world. Never a dull or quiet moment with him at her side to the very, very end.

Amanda was fierce. Her spirit and tenacity guided every part of her life: her girls, her work, her love of her family, her protection of them, her desires for them, her goals and dreams for them. Amanda loved and lived as passionately as her spirit allowed. There is a huge gap and empty space where Amanda’s laughter, comments, smile and spirit once danced.

Amanda is survived by her parents, her brother and her beautiful, blended family: Bryan and their three girls, Ella, Ava, and Sophia, Joel and his two girls, Tegan and Rylee, and all of the rest of us who love and will miss her dearly.

Our family wishes to thank all the untold heroes. Those who donated bone marrow, platelets, plasma and blood-the precious cells that gave Amanda the life necessary to carry on and fight this battle until the end, the entire medical team at Barnes Jewish Hospital who provided their expertise and compassion, and our extended families who gave us the strength and courage to endure. Memorials for Amanda are encouraged by the way of becoming a donor. You may become a bone marrow donor with Be The Match organization. You may donate platelets, plasma and blood through your local American Red Cross. We encourage consideration of donating your new – born’s umbilical cord which can save the life of another. A GoFundMe has been set up for Bryan Shay and their girls.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date

Susan M. McKeever

FARMINGTON – Susan Marie McKeever, 60, of Farmington, passed away Friday, Dece. 18, 2020, at her home in Farmington.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1960, to Paul McKeever and Mary (Stobaugh). They both preceded her in death.

She is survived by two children, Jason (Cassie) Kling of Yates City, and Jeremy (Kim) Kling of Creve Coeur; three brothers, John McKeever, Mitch Stobaugh, and Jim McKeever; two sisters, Cathy Passmore, and Debbie VanHouten; seven grandchildren, Ricki, Avery, Jasmine, Lily, Christopher, Caleb and Emma; and one great grandchild on the way.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

Bonnie A. McFall

ELMWOOD – Bonnie Anne McFall, 75, of Elmwood, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, surrounded by her family.

Bonnie was born to Anthony Joseph Ulrich and Margaret Emma Swanson, on July 26, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio. She married Harry Glen McFall, III, on June 18, 1976. She often said, “It was a package agreement.” She was blessed with a loving husband and three children on the same day. Harry and Bonnie were also blessed to add their daughter, Beth Margaret, in 1979.

Bonnie is survived by her husband Harry; her children, Coleen McFall Elmwood, Ill., Harry McFall (Christen) Elmwood, Matthew McFall (Trisha), and Beth Morrell (Nathan) Pana, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Kirsten, Hailey, Bridget, Regan, Riley, Braden, Kyran, Ada McFall and Paige and John Morrell; and 2 great-grandchildren, Gabriella Downing and Kaleb McFall. She is also survived by her brother, Joseph Ulrich (Lisa) Peoria, Ariz.. Her father, mother, and brother, Anthony Joseph Ulrich Jr., preceded Bonnie in death.

In May 1966, Bonnie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Saint Francis in Joliet, Ill. She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. Bonnie also earned a teaching certificate in special education. She started her teaching career for the Bridgeview-Justice School District. She was a teacher for the majority of her career for the Farmington School District. After retirement, she continued teaching and volunteering at Pleasant Hill School District. Bonnie spent over 40 years in education.

Bonnie was baptized into the Christian faith as an infant. She maintained that faith and rejoiced in the worship of God with all who believe that the Bible is the Holy Word of God. She believed that Jesus is the only way to God. For the past five years, Bonnie has worshipped and studied with the Christian Church family at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Elmwood. Bonnie was also an active member of Elmwood’s PEO Chapter.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Crossroads Assembly of God Food Bank.

A private service for the family and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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

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

Thomas T. Malmberg

BRIMFIELD – Thomas (Tom) T. Malmberg, 82, of Brimfield passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at OSF Hospital in Peoria.

Born Aug. 27, 1938, to Arnold T. and Emily (Moult) Malmberg in Kentucky, he grew up in New Jersey and Connecticut.

He is survived by his wife Sally, his daughter Lauren of Elmwood, son Scott (Janice) of Elmwood, grandson Dane (Kendall), and great granddaughter Karsyn of Mapleton. He is further survived by his sisters Elizabeth (John) Van Seters of Ontario and Eunice Murphy of South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers David and John.

Tom attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where he studied botany and zoology, played football and met Sara (Sally) L. George. They married in 1958 in Hanna City.

The Peoria area became his adopted home town as he lived and worked here for 62 years. Tom worked as a head of the Traffic Division of Caterpillar Inc. for more than 35 years where he helped create innovative transportation systems. He retired in 2000.

He loved animals and nature; he used his property to preserve and conserve its natural environment and wildlife. He raised cattle and also produced and raised Appaloosas and Quarter Horses for 20 years. He thoroughly enjoyed sports – particularly football and basketball, and played in racquetball, handball, basketball and softball leagues for many years. He enjoyed his garden and classic cars. In his retirement, he was able to devote all his time to his family, hobbies and property.

Tom was known for his honesty, strength, forthrightness and generosity. He was protective of and devoted to his family, and that support extended to his extended “family” of friends. He touched many lives and quietly helped those in need. He dearly loved children. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and his help, support and wise counsel will be missed.

Cremation will be accorded and services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association hoidsa.org/. To leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Ronald F. Dwyer

EDWARDS – Ronald Francis Dwyer, 77, of Edwards, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, surrounded by his family at home after an eight-year battle with cancer.

Ron was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Kickapoo where he belonged to Bishop Rossati Council of the Knights of Columbus. As a result of his deep faith and dedication to Catholic Education, he received the PRO Ecclesia ET Pontific Medallion from the Diocese of Peoria in 2000, the Peoria Notre Dame Foundation award in 2004 and the Alumni of the Year Award in 2017.

Ron spent 21 years as a sports official in basketball, baseball and football.

He is a member of the Peoria Sports Officials Hall of Fame. In his summers away from working in schools, he served the Peoria Park District as little league director at Keller, director of Proctor Center and Pool and director of softball leagues in Peoria at the Peoria Stadium. Ron was a member of the Old Timers Sports Club and the Independent Sports Club of Peoria.

He was a member of the Bradley “B” Lettermen’s Club in football and baseball, and inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a high school athlete at Spalding Institute, and College Athlete at Bradley, a coach (Spalding Football 1967), (Spalding Basketball 1969 and 1970) (East Peoria Baseball 1973 & 1974) and an administrator. Ron worked in education for 46 years as a teacher/counselor, coach and principal for: Spalding High School, Limestone High School, East Peoria High School, Notre Dame High School, Armstrong Oakview Grade School in East Peoria, Paul Bolin Grade School in East Peoria and Central Junior High School in East Peoria. His last job in education was principal of St. Mary’s Grade School in Kickapoo, Ill. After his retirement from (23 years in public schools and 23 years in private schools), he served for 3 years as a bailiff for the Peoria County Court House.

From three-sport athlete to Peoria Park District Official, teacher, coach, administrator and sports official, Ron did everything he could to serve others with honesty, faithfulness and passion always investing himself with 100 percent effort. But there was one thing he relished above all, and that was being known as a good and faithful husband, father and grandfather.

Ron married Margaret MacDonald on July 24, 1965, in Peoria. She survives along with three children: Ronald (Stefanie) Dwyer, Ginny L. (Doug) Hanley and Rick D. Dwyer; seven grandchildren: Daniel, Matthew, Cooper, Benjamin, Madalyn, Tucker and Jack: one brother: Bernie (Pat) Dwyer and three sisters: Patricia Dwyer, Linda (Roger) Kilpatrick and Mary Hermann. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Jack (Patricia) Dwyer.

A private Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s in Kickapoo on Dec. 29, 2020, with a public burial at St. Patrick Cemetery at noon. Father Joseph Dondanville officiated.

Memorials in Ronald’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church and School in Kickapoo or Peoria Notre Dame.

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

Raymond LeRoy Benson

YATES CITY – Raymond LeRoy Benson, Sr., 78, of Yates City, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. LeRoy was being visited and comforted by his loved ones at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born Feb. 6, 1942, in Canton, Ill., to Raymond and Marjorie (Gunther) Benson. LeRoy grew up on the family farm raising Chester White Duroc cross breed hogs and participating in 4- H and FFA. He graduated from Yates City High School in 1960. A year later he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he honorably served for 20 years.

LeRoy married Charlotte Conley on Jan. 11, 1969, in New York. After his retirement from the Air Force, they moved to Yates City where LeRoy worked for the U.S. Postal Service. They worshipped and served as members of Faith United Presbyterian Church and were active in several Masonic organizations. LeRoy was Past Master of Yates City Lodge #338 and a member of Royal Arch Masons. He and Charlotte enjoyed serving as members of the Yates City Order of the Eastern Star and were current members of the Galesburg Chapter. He was a Past Patron of the Yates City OES, and it was his great honor to serve as Worthy Grand Patron of the Order of Eastern Star of Illinois in 2011-2012. He was also a member of the Farmington American Legion.

As a husband and father, LeRoy was beloved by his wife and three children. He was a kind and loving man who gave his life in service to others.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte and three children: Tammy (Terry) Bjerke of Manvel, N.D.; Raymond (Michelle) Benson, Jr. of Galesburg, and Margie (Derek) Hagerdorn of Yates City; one sister, Louise (Larry) Boyer; 10 grandchildren: Ian (Kathryn), Tanner (Carly), Dakota, Mercedys, Trevor, Connor, Braden, and Jacob; and 5 greatgrandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George “Bill” (Carol) Benson. A private funeral service will be held with immediate family only at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith United Presbyterian Church in Yates City or the Eastern Star Home in Macon, Ill.

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

Warren Tourangeau

Father. Husband. Teacher. Adventurer. Warren Tourangeau was all these and more. Warren, 70, died unexpectedly Dec. 7, 2020, at his home with his wife by his side.

Warren was born on Sept. 7, 1950, (or the 8th, depending on Daylight Savings Time). The youngest of three children, he is fondly referred to as “General Nuisance” by his family. He excelled in athletics and played many roles in the neighborhood’s Menard Theatrical Society, winning “Best Actor” for his portrayal of The Witch in Snow White and the Dwarf (limited acting pool). Warren’s early theater career served him well, on April 21, 1967: while rehearsing line for a high school play, he spotted the deadly Oak Lawn Tornado out his bedroom window. He rushed downstairs, hustled his family into the basement, and their lives were spared, unlike 55 others who were killed. It was just one of many “famous family stories,” and in this one Warren played the hero.

Theater and speech became Warren’s way of life as he majored in speech communication at Illinois State University, graduating in 1972. He taught at several high schools in Illinois, most notably Farmington High School. There, he coached state champions, directed “Camelot” for the inaugural Illinois HS Theater Festival, and co-directed an All-State Musical. During his Farmington career, he met his future wife, Patricia (Pat). They connected when she also attended ISU, majoring in theater; they fell in love and married in 1980, spending the next few years kicking around NYC, Maine and Illinois for graduate school.

In 1985, the couple moved to Kooskia, Idaho. Warren worked at Kamiah High School with Pat, and at Grangeville High School, where he taught English and speech, coached speech and debate, and directed plays. The two enjoyed their collaboration, working as a teaching-coaching-directing team.

Warren was an avid reader and journaled about his life and adventures for over 50 years. Warren’s greatest enjoyment in life was the outdoors: camping, hiking, rafting, and exploring wildlands in the U.S. and Canada. He found his ideal travel companion in Pat, for adventuring through National Parks (favorite: Yellowstone!) and baseball stadiums (Go Cubs!), to remote forest lands in Idaho and Montana, and eventually in retirement on their snowbird adventures throughout the Southwest. They spent 40 years as partners in life and travel. He was most at home on the Lochsa and Selway Rivers in Idaho.

In 1995 their son Marc was born. Warren considered Marc the single best thing he ever produced in his lifetime. Marc accompanied them on all their adventures, hiking and biking and camping across the U.S. He remains their pride and joy.

In 2005, the family moved to Boise, Idaho. Warren taught Speech and Debate at Centennial High School in Meridian; he retired in 2013. In all, Warren worked for 40 years in public education, mostly getting students on their feet to speak in front of others with confidence. He impacted countless student lives.

Warren is survived by his wife Patricia in Boise; son Marc (Rachel DeArman) in Helena, Mont.; his brother Frank (Dan Pal) in Chicago; sister Joyce (James) Trent in San Diego, as well as beloved nieces Sara Trent and Heidi (Taylor) Burnett and their children; and his cousin Al Tourangeau in Ft. Myers, Fla. His Stobaugh family survivors include father-in-law Bud Stobaugh (Micki Rodrick) of Farmington; brothers-in-law Michael (Sherry) Stobaugh of Bartonville and Timothy (Janice) Stobaugh of Elmwood; nieces and nephews David (Katie) Stobaugh of Peoria, Erica (Tom) Davis of Urbana, Sarah (Michael) Perardi and their children of Farmington, Rachel (Jarod) Miller and their children of Farmington, and Ryan (Kaitlyn) Stobaugh and their children of Farmington.

There will be no formal services. In summer 2021 there will be a hellacious party for friends and family, good food and great stories, laughter and tears, along the Lochsa River in North Central Idaho, one of his favorite places. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Yellowstone Forever Foundation.

Tina M. Kear

PRINCEVILLE – Tina Marie Kear, 62, of Princeville, passed away on her oldest brother Tim’s birthday at 1:46 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Tina was born on Oct. 6, 1958, in Peoria, the daughter of Edward and Wynnellee (Hawksworth) Kear. She is survived by her mother, Winnie of Princeville; two brothers, Tracy Kear of Princeville and Terry Kear of Havana; one sister-in-law, Tammie Kear; six nieces and nephews; and friends, Robin Kitterman and Brenda Potter who always stuck by her side and did so much for her. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Tim Kear.

Tina graduated from SEAPCO Academy in Peoria. She never knew a stranger, was an angel on earth as she loved everyone she met, and always had a big smile. She loved listening to her music on CDs and records, and was a member of the St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery in Princeville. Monsignor Kruse will officiate.

Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left for Tina’s family at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Sue E. Gilbert

PRINCEVILLE – Sue E. Gilbert, 78, of Princeville, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at her residence.

Sue was born Dec. 27, 1941, in Princeville, the daughter of Merle and Marie (Farris) Cunningham. She married Ray Gilbert March 13, 1960, in Princeville. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2019.

Surviving are one son, Fred (Gale) Gilbert of Laura; one daughter, Raylene (Nick) Dippel of Princeville; three grandchildren, Adam (Ashley) Gilbert of Princeville, Stacy Bridson of St. Louis, Mo., and Paige (Drew) Eads of Princeville; six great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mary Gilbert of Plano, Texas; and two nephews, Dave and Rick Gilbert both of Plano, Texas. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Sue worked at Villa Variety, Gary’s Grocery and Bank in Princeville and for Dori Jo’s Dress Shop. She later worked as a bookkeeper at her daughter’s hair salon in Peoria. A graveside funeral will be on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee. Mike Martin will officiate. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron-Princeville Fire Department or Akron-Princeville Ambulance Services.

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

Donna M. Cotter

FARMINGTON – Donna M. Cotter, 83, of Farmington, Ill., passed away at 3:08 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on July 18, 1937, in Peoria, Ill., to Roy and Agnes (Holtz) Coake.

Donna is survived by five children, Kellie (Ron) Streitmatter, Kim (Dan) Archdale, Kevin (Linda) Cotter, Kristie (Tim) Weniger, and Konnie (Craig) Lansford; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren on the way.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Dan Coake.

Donna worked as a dental office manager for many years. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington. She was also actively involved with the Altar and Rosary Society, Prayer Chain Ministry Team and was a eucharistic minister. She enjoyed writing poetry, and craft making. She also embroidered baby blankets for her grandkids and great-grandkids and loved doing activities with the grandkids.

A private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Farmington. Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Daniel Ebker, assisted by Deacon Gary Schultz. Burial will follow Mass at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

To leave online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Stanley E. Combs

LONDON MILLS – Stanley Eugene Combs, 75, of London Mills, Ill., died on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at his home. He was born on June 22, 1945, in Canton, Ill., son of Vivian H. Combs and Margaret J. (Cathcart) Combs.

Stan is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kristi (Peterson) Combs; daughter, Christy (Larry) Bailey of Brooksville, Fla.; son, Jason (Lynn) Combs of Nashville, Ill.; and grandchildren, Kyle and McKensie Shaft of Tyler, Texas, Patrick, Michael and Valerie Combs of Nashville, Ill. Also surviving are sisters, Jane (Charles) Watkins of Bloomington, Ind., and Karen (Jerry) Agnoletti of Farmington, Ill.; sister-in-law, Kelly Schmeeckle of Cozad, Neb.; brothers-in-law, Kent (Krystal) Peterson of Anchorage, Alaska, and Gregg (Debbie) Peterson of Lyons, Colo.; and father-in-law, Blaine Peterson of Gothenburg, Neb.

Preceding him in death were his parents, mother-in-law, Arlene (Aden) Peterson, daughter, Patricia Combs, sister, Carolyn Wright and brother-in-law, Ron Schmeeckle.

Stan enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War. After his naval service he was employed on missile tracking ships off the coast of California. He later began his career in the coal mining industry as an electrical and maintenance superintendent working in Illinois, Arizona, Alabama and Wyoming. After retiring, he returned to the farm he had grown up on in rural London Mills and spent time enjoying travel and family.

Family graveside services were held on Dec. 10, 2020 at West Midway Cemetery, London Mills, Ill. Donations were made to either St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to OSF Hospice of Western Region through the Wise Family Funeral Home of Avon, Ill.

Shawn C. Swanson

PEORIA – Shawn Charles Swanson, 54, was born on Sept. 15, 1966 in Peoria, Ill. He died from COVID-19 on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Shawn attended Farmington High School, where he was a member of the undefeated football team of 1984. Shawn was a member of the Illinois Angus Association and the American Angus Assoc. He showed Angus cattle during his teenage years, showing in Denver, Colo., North American and in Reno, Nev.

Shawn attended the University of Illinois, where he graduated from the College of Engineering in 1989. He immediately went to work at Caterpillar, where he worked for 27 years. He married Geeta Jain on Dec. 18, 1992. She survives. Also surviving are his parents, Fred and Karen Swanson of Trivoli; his sister, Sherri Swanson of West Peoria; his brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Sandy Acharya of Florence, Mo.; three nephews, Dezmend Swanson of Peoria, Roman and Aaron Acharya of Florence, Mo.; and a niece, Emily Jain of East Peoria. Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Leonard and Irene Swanson and his maternal grandparents, Don and Olive McKeever.

In later years, Shawn enjoyed golf, bowling, rooting for his favorite sports teams, and was a history buff. He was a devoted husband and son and was a genuine, caring person. Gone too soon! Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorials can be made to the Trivoli United Methodist Church.

To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Joy A. Steiner

ELMWOOD – Joy A. Steiner, 86, passed away at 12:50 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, at Farmington Country Manor. She was born June 13, 1934, to John and Delphine (Mazerati) Gagliardo, in Peoria.

She is survived by three children, Julie (Randy) Barnard of Elmwood, Jim (Diane) Steiner of Pekin, and Chad Steiner of Elmwood; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her much loved companion, Lily.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John Gagliardo, Jr.; and one grandchild. Joy was a secretary at Caterpillar for many years. She was also a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pekin. She enjoyed spending time with her dog, Lily, and her family, as well as reading and decorating.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SAM’s Rescue in Hanna City. To leave online condolences, please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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

Joan Kathleen McNeeley

PRINCEVILLE – Joan Kathleen McNeeley, 95, of Princeville, passed away at 9:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.

Joan was born on Oct. 13, 1925, in Cwmcarn, South Wales, the daughter of Gilbert and Evelyn (Brooks) Jones. She married Frederick E. McNeeley on Oct. 27, 1945 in Abercarn, South Wales. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2003, in Princeville.

Surviving are one daughter, Jackie (Ray) Gilles of Princeville; one son, Fred (Karyl) McNeeley of Princeville; four grandchildren, Chad Gilles (David Barroga), Stephanie (Steve) Janssen, Eric (Bridget) McNeeley, and Ryan (Tara) McNeeley; and five great-grandchildren, Justin, Kalin, Connor, Dylan, and Landen. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and a greatgrandson, Mitchell Janssen.

Joan was a beautician in Princeville for many years and also did styling for the former HammittHott Funeral Home. She helped her husband establish the Princeville Baseball Little League, and was a VFW Women’s Auxiliary member in Princeville as well as being one of the first dispatchers for Akron Princeville Ambulance Service.

Joan was an avid sports fan, loved the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing, playing cards, bowling and spending time with family. Joan was a 60-year-plus member of the Princeville United Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held at a later date. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Princeville Ambulance Service or the Princeville United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left for Joan’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

John L. Matern

PEORIA – John Lafe Matern, 50, of Peoria formerly of Galesburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Peoria.

He was born Aug. 15, 1970, in Galesburg to Francis G. and Grace Downard Matern.

He is survived by his mother, Grace D. Matern Bates of Dahinda, Ill.; siblings, Edward F. (Erin) Matern of Monmouth, Ill., Katrina M. (Dana) Dorethy of Laura, Ill., Michael Bates of Hazel Green, Ala., Penny (Byron) Devers of Galesburg, Ill., Gina (Dennis) Bantz of Williamsfield, Ill., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis G. Matern; stepdad, William R. Bates; maternal grandfather, Chester Downard and maternal grandmother, Ruby “Fern” Downard.

Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life will be held later in 2021. The Cremation Society of MidIllinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com

George W. (Bill) Cackley

HANNA CITY – George William “Bill” Cackley, 87, of Hanna City, Ill., died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. He was born April 12, 1933, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of William E. and Alma A. (Pearson) Cackley. He married Elizabeth Joann Pontius on June 26, 1955, in Keokuk. She preceded him in death in 2001.

Bill is survived by his children, Linda (DeVere) Vernon of Hanna City, Diana Fitzgibbons of Bloomington, Ind., and Steve (Becky) Cackley, also of Hanna City; four grandchildren, Elyse Vernon, Leann Vernon, Erin Fitzgibbons and Ryan Fitzgibbons; two nieces and eight nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Donald P. Cackley, his sister, Marilyn E. Schroder and his infant son.

Mr. Cackley graduated from Iowa State University (BSME) in Ames and Bradley University (MBA) in Peoria. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. He lived in Hanna City since 1959 while working for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Engineering and Purchasing, retiring in 1995 after 37 years. His contributions resulted in numerous patents, such as track type, drive mechanism and components, including steering brake and clutch control. He worked on the original design team for the D10 tractor, which introduced the elevated sprocket.

He served 14 years on the Hanna City Village Board and was a founding director at the Hanna City State Bank where he served on the board for 30+ years. During retirement, he enjoyed volunteering as radio operator for the Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District, serving on their board of trustees for 9 years. He was a former longtime member of First English Lutheran Church in Peoria and most recently attended St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville.

Due to COVID-19, private graveside services will be at Scandinavian Cemetery in Montrose, Iowa. A memorial service is anticipated at a later date. DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk, Iowa, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District or Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Donna L. Cecil

ELMWOOD – Donna Lee Cecil, 74, of Elmwood, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Elmwood.

Donna was born March 18, 1946, in Ontario, Ore., the daughter of Delmar and Jane (Burke) Pierce. She married James R. Cecil, at the Maquon United Methodist Church on Nov. 11, 1977. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2015.

Surviving are her four children, Steve Parker of Maquon, Stephanie (Walt) Knox of Maquon, Stacy Dikeman (John Wisniewski) of Hanover Park, and Jamie (Geoff) Monari of Elmwood; seven grandchildren, Dustin (Casey) Knox, Shawn (Jenell) Knox, Travis Knox, Kelsey Knox, Justin (Erin) Dikeman, Mathew (Emily) Dikeman, and Kailey Monari; seven great-grandchildren, Lilyann, Rune, Linus, Campbell, Kameron, Grace, and Kaiden; one brother, Charles (Sandy) Pierce; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Pierce. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Bob Pierce; and one sister, Mary Cathryn Pierce.

Donna worked at Butlers in Galesburg, retiring after 30 years. She later worked as a custodian at Maquon United Methodist Church, where she attended since 1967. She served on many committees, and was assistant superintendent of Membership Cultivation, Commission on Christian Social Concern, Missions Committee, Stewardship, Commission on Education, Lay Leadership Committee, Youth Council, Ways & Means, Parsonage Committee, and she also helped with Bible School. She was currently serving on the Pastor Parish and Memorial Committees.

Donna was past President of the United Methodist Women and was one of the original members of the Older Adult Ministry Team. She served as the director until the program ended. This program involved planning monthly meals, buying groceries, supplies, preparation and serving of the meals, plus clean up. She made arrangements for a nurse to come and take blood pressure for the attendees once a month prior to the meal. She has served in the kitchen for many other meals including: Mother-Daughter Banquets, funeral dinners, Scenic Drive, and plays.

She was also an avid Cubs fan who loved spending time and traveling with her family, who brought her much joy. Family and friends were invited to a graveside service at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Maquon Cemetery, Maquon, Ill. Pastor Scot Shelburne officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maquon United Methodist Church or OSF Hospice. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for Donna’s family on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Rita J. Groeper

FARMINGTON – Rita J. Groeper, 78, of Farmington, passed away at 7:50 a.m., on Nov. 25, 2020, at Farmington Country Manor.

She was born on Jan. 22, 1942, to Henry and Sophia “Ellen” (Shea) Groeper, in Peoria.

She is survived by two brothers, Robert (Judy) Groeper of Elmwood, and Paul Groeper of Sun City, Ariz,; one sister, Mary Groeper of Galesburg; five nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death her parents; one brother, James Groeper; and an infant brother. Rita was a C.N.A. at Buehler Home in Peoria for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield.

A private graveside service will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Kickapoo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brimfield.

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

Betty E. Morse

ELMWOOD – Betty E. Morse, 87, of Elmwood, passed away at 2:50 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at Country Comfort in Elmwood.

She was born on April 7, 1933, to Earl and Margaret (Gmahle) Maher in Peoria. She married Keith Morse on June 2, 1951, in Maquon. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2015.

She is survived by five children, Raymond (Sally) Morse of Rochester, Minn., Arlan (Ronna) Morse of Ashburn, Va., Debra Morse of Elmwood, Brian (Kate) Morse of Peoria, and Tammy (Patrick) McCoy of Elmwood; one brother, Mart (Judy) Maher; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by one brother, Bill Maher; and one sister, Margaret Ann Hasselbacher.

Betty worked in the cafeteria at the Elmwood Schools for many years. She was a member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church. She loved playing the piano and organ at church as well as singing in the choir. She was also a former member of the Legion Auxiliary, Peoria County Farm Bureau, Elmwood Township Board, Modern Woodmen of America, the Lorado Taft Campers Club, and the Slide thru Square Dance Club.

She loved watching Wheel of Fortune and rooting for sports teams. She enjoyed baking on Saturdays, which was her special day to bake. She enjoyed her daily calls to her sister, Margaret. One of her dreams was to visit every state.

A farewell procession was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Burial was at the Elmwood Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to B.Y.E. Ambulance or the Elmwood United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences or watch services, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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