Obituaries

John W. Farris, 58, of Sheldon

ohn W. Farris, 58, of Sheldon passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born November 26, 1959 in Watseka and was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Rose Marie (Walker) and Wayne Farris.

He married Teri Vaughn on January 22, 1983 in Watseka and she survives in Sheldon. Also surviving are two daughters, Ashley Farris of Fowler, IN and Judi Farris of Sheldon; one son, Jonathan Farris of Logansport, IN; one brother, Dave Farris of Watseka; two sisters, Sherry Farris and Donna Farris both of Watseka; and one granddaughter, Maria Provo of Sheldon.

Mr. Farris was a supervisor at Huber Inc. in Kankakee. He loved golfing, fishing, camping and baseball, especially the White Sox.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

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Darren Thomas Rust, 34 of Rural Cissna Park

Darren Thomas Rust, 34 of Rural Cissna Park died at 3:51 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018, in rural Rankin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin with Rev. Jennifer Hartweg-Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Rankin Union Cemetery, Rankin.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton and one hour before the funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin.

Darren was born June 16, 1984 in Urbana the son of Thomas Wayne and Barbara L. Kuchenbrod Rust. He married Nicole Reno.

He is survived by his parents of Rural Cissna Park; a son, Levi Thomas Rust; one brother, Travis (Abigail) Rust of Rural Rankin; paternal grandfather, Wayne Rust of Rural Rankin; maternal grandmother, Barbara Kuchenbrod of Armstrong; maternal grandfather, Harry Kuchenbrod of Pensacola, Florida; a niece, Adilynn, a nephew Nolan and numerous aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Jean Rust.

Darren graduated from Cissna Park High School in 2002 and from Parkland College with an Associate’s Degree in Diesel Mechanics. He was a diesel mechanic for Birkey’s Farm Store, Hoopeston for more than ten years.

He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and turning wrenches. Darren loved to “rawk”. His greatest love was his son, Levi.

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

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Gerald A. Butturff, 81, of Onarga

Gerald A. Butturff, 81, of Onarga passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. He was born July 11, 1936 in Lima, OH, the son of Harold and Sarah May Strawbridge Butturff and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Roger Butturff.

He married Mary Wilkey Doyle on August 3, 1993 in Clifton and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Karen Hess of Mokena; one son, Michael (Debbie) Butturff of Maryville, WA; one step-daughter, Angela Whitlock of Chenoa; one step-son, Darrel Doyle of Chattanooga, TN; one brother, Ralph (Maxine) Butturff of Waynesfield, OH; one sister, Janet Mayotte of Pandora, OH; sister-in-law, Cheryl Butturff of Lima, OH; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Butturff served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge. Gerald retired from Chanute Air Force Base after 23 years of service.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the 2:00 pm funeral service on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Gerald at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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James Emmett DuVall, 71, of rural Chebanse

James Emmett DuVall, 71, of rural Chebanse passed away at his home on Saturday, June 30, 2018 surrounded by his family. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse at 10:00 am, the Rev. Fr. Charles Wheeler will officiate. Friends may call on Friday at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton from 4-8 pm. Burial will be in the Sts. Mary and Joseph Cemetery in Chebanse. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or Sts. Mary and Joseph Cemetery. Please share a memory of James at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. DuVall was born on June 14, 1947 in Lepanto, Arkansas, the son of Emmett Earl and Mallie Dean Jones DuVall and his parents are deceased. He married the former Betty J. Elliot in Chebanse on February 7, 1970 and she survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Dana DuVall (fiancé Tim Hill) of Valparaiso, IN; a son, Chad (Kristin) DuVall of Tampa, FL; a grandson, Jacob; mother-in-law, Mary Elliot of Chebanse; three brothers, Dick (Willow) DuVall of Watseka, Sam (Sandy) DuVall of California and Cleo (Sally) DuVall of Bourbonnais; six sisters, Bennie Ehrich of Kankakee, Lois (Larry) Smith of Florida, Shirley Downing of Florida, Lenora Raboin of Bloomington, Ruth (Dale) Anderson of Paris, IL and Hazel Russell of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Debi DuVall of Bradley; brother-in-law, Louis Bake of Virginia; brothers-in-law, Randy (Linda) Elliot, Larry (Donna) Elliot and Chuck (Becky) Elliot all of Chebanse; and sisters-in-law, Bev (Dick) Benge of Chebanse and Dee Elliot of Mt. Vernon. Also surviving are special pets “Bubba” and “Igor”.

In addition to his parents, Mr. DuVall was also preceded in death by a brother, LeRoy DuVall; sisters, Earldean Moore, Fran Bake and Lu Howard; his father-in-law, William Elliot; brothers-in-law, Doug Moore, John Howard and Dennis Elliot.

Mr. DuVall was the owner and operator for 28 years of DuVall Auto Sales and Auto Body in Chebanse. He was a longtime member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church and ushered at the church for many years. He is a member of Central Council of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. DuVall was very active in the village of Chebanse. A man of many talents, he enjoyed helping friends, family and local businesses with their projects. He greatly enjoyed being with family and friends.  

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Dorothy (Hammond) Johnson, 96, of Watseka

Dorothy (Hammond) Johnson, 96, has passed to be with her heavenly Father. She was blessed with good health until six weeks ago when she became seriously ill. She was born in June of 1922 at home near Pittwood. She attended Schoon, Belmont and County Farm Schools. She walked to school with her younger brother, Bernard (BR). Dorothy enjoyed helping her father, Ray, on the farm and her mother, Orpha (Tipton), with household chores. While working at the county farm, she met Albert Johnson and they were happily united in marriage in 1938 at the Kentland Methodist Parsonage. In 1940 their daughter, Dorothy Lou “Dottie”, was born. Dorothy’s father, Ray, passed in 1942. In 1946 their daughter, Diane, was born and in 1961 their granddaughter, Faye “Faith”.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident and retired farmer. She truly enjoyed their Guernsey dairy cattle and running the combine. Dorothy’s mother, Orpha, passed in 1967 and her brother, BR, in 1972. Dorothy enjoyed helping with dinners at the Woodland Church and collecting for the American Cancer Society.

She was blessed with her great-grandchildren, Alcy in 1984 and Charles in 1990. Albert and Dorothy retired from farming in 1985 and moved to Watseka. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Dorothy lost her daughter, Dottie, in 1998 and her beloved husband, Albert, in 2005. In 2016 Dorothy became a great-great-grandmother celebrating the birth of Lucian.

Left to mourn her passing are her daughter, Diane; granddaughter, Faith; great-grandchildren, Alcy and Charles; and great-great-grandson, Lucian.

We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to all who so kindly assisted us during her illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Private family services will be held at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

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Donald M. Stowe, 91, of Milford

Donald M. Stowe, 91, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born September 15, 1926 in Blue Island, the son of George and Mary Krueger Stowe. He married Shirley J. Krause on June 2, 1945 in Steger and she preceded him in death on March 25, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; and one daughter, Donna J. Stowe.

He is survived by two granddaughters, Dianna (Jason) Reed of Milford and Bobbie Jo (Chad) Sanford of Sheldon; and four great-grandchildren, Blake Reed, Jacob Reed, Hannah Sanford and Caiden Sanford.

Mr. Stowe served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Donald was a member of NRA, and enjoyed woodworking, traveling and using his metal detector.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Relay for Life.

Please share a memory of Donald at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Timothy Portwood, 56, of Sheldon

Timothy Portwood, 56, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

He was born on November 4, 1961 in Watseka, the son of Bill and Cleta (Johnson) Portwood.

Tim served in the ARMY. He was recently a Heavy Equipment Operator. He was a member of the State Line Riders ABATE of Illinois, Watseka Amerian Legion Honor Guard, and the Sheldon Masonic Lodge 609. Tim enjoyed spending time with his father, daughter, friends, watching football especially the BEARS, and Harley Davidson.

Surviving Mr. Portwood is his father, Bill Portwood of Sheldon; daugther, Page Portwood of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; brother, Mark (Amy) Portwood of Sheldon; grandchild, Airabella Davenport; nieces and nephews, Ashlen Risley, Alaina Portwood, Alex Portwood, and Adin Portwood.

He is also preceded in death by his mother, Cleta.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 3-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Sundaya, July 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Milton will officiate.

Burial will follow at a later date at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Portwood's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.

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Cynthia L. Snyder, 60, of Chebanse

Cynthia L. Snyder, 60, of Chebanse passed away at her residence on Monday, June 25, 2018 following a lengthy illness. Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 am at the funeral home and Mr. Christopher Peet will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the service time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley. Please share a memory of Cynthia at knappfuneralhomes .com.

Mrs. Snyder was born on October 23, 1957 in Chicago, the daughter of Neils and Katherine Hansen Heilskov and her parents are deceased. She married Philip J. Snyder in Orland Park on June 27, 1992 and he survives. Also surviving are her sister, Linda (Jeff) Binnett of E. Hazel Crest; and two nieces, Katherine Ann Christiano of Hickory Hills and Karen (Carlos) Morales of Homewood. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by one sister, Wendy Derwinski.

Mrs. Snyder was a retired dental assistant. She was of the Lutheran Faith and enjoyed gardening.

     

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Ronald Leroy Phillips, 72, of Fowler

Ronald Leroy Phillips, 72, of Fowler, died, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He was born, May 31, 1946, in Danville, IL, to the late Leroy "Firp" & Ethel Marie (Moore) Phillips. He was a 1964 graduate of Ambia High School. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, serving as a Medic in the United States Army from 1965-1968. Ron worked as a mail handler for the US Postal Service, for 33 years, retiring in 2013. He married Nancy (Kult Daws) Phillips, December 15, 1993, in Watseka, IL; she survives. Ron was a Lifetime member of the VFW, in Hoopeston, IL; he was also a member of the AMVETS, in Fowler & the American Legion in Hoopeston, IL, Boswell & Fowler. He enjoyed spending time with his Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren, bowling & golfing. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Surviving with his Wife, Nancy, Fowler, are his Son,  Jeffrey (Wife, Nikki) Phillips, Indian Rocks Beach, FL, 2 Grandsons, Cole (Fiancé , Sara) Phillips & Cellen Phillips, 3 Step-Sons, Matt Daws, Adam Daws & Phillip (Wife, Sharyl) Daws, 5 Step-Grandchildren, Ashley Boundy, Kaylee (Fiancé, Jason Whitaker) Daws, Kerri Daws & Chelsy & Cheyenne Stepp, 2 Step-Great-Grandchildren, Karter & Leroy, Sister, Jane Painter, Ambia & Brother, Jim Phillips, Hoopeston. He is preceded in death by a Brother-in-Law, Jay Painter.

A Celebration of Ron's Life will be Sunday, July 1, 2018, from 1-4 PM, at Shoemaker Funeral Home, Otterbein. Graveside Military Honors will be, at 11 AM, Monday, July 2, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (Dunnington), 2960 S. State Road 71, Fowler. In following Ron's wishes PLEASE dress casual; preferably shorts. Also, NO flowers, Memorial Contributions may be given to Fowler AMVETS Post #102, 116 E. 5th St., Fowler, IN 47944 or St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (C/O, Mark Flook) 1616 S. 600 W., Fowler, IN 47944. Visit www.shoemakerfh.com or Shoemaker Funeral Home- Otterbein, Indiana Facebook page to leave any condolences or to share a memories & pictures of Ron.

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James Anderson 58 of Watseka

James Anderson 58 of Watseka. 

 

Visitation will be Thursday 6/28 from Noon until 2pm, services at 2pm all at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

 

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James Leroy "Jim" Schultz, 91, of Iroquois

James Leroy “Jim” Schultz, 91, of Iroquois, IL, went to be with his lord and savior on June 21, 2018.

James was born August 29, 1926 to Roy and Donna Schultz in the farm house where he would spend he next 71 years. He married Phyllis Eckstein on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. They were married 50 years at the time of her passing in June of 1999.

Surviving Mr. Schultz include his children Brad (Kathy) Schultz of Florida, James Schultz Jr. of Iroquois, and Carol Massey of Kentland, IN; grandchildren, Steven (Lisa) Eilers, Scott Eilers, Ali Eilers, Eric (Monica) Schoonveld, Lacey (Bill) Buss, Kevin (Elayne) Obenland, Paul McEnterfer, Josie Goyette, Bradley Goyette, and Jaclyn Cruz; sixteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Philip and Paul; sister, Hazel; and daughters, Chris Schoonveld and Connie Goyette.

Jim never met a stranger and brightened the day of every person he met with his great sense of humor and kindness. Jim greatly enjoyed his season tickets to the Country Theatre, playing cards with anybody he could, and eating ice cream every day. His faith in the lord, loyalty and love of family and friends will be unmatched and greatly missed by us all.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. Father Belanger will officiate.

Burial to follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials in Mr. Schultz name can be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park.

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Rodney B. Schroeder Sr., 76, of Hoopeston

Rodney B. Schroeder Sr., 76, of Hoopeston passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born February 18, 1942 in Chicago, the son of Charles and Ruth Carter Schroeder and they preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, Charles, Melvin and Arthur “Arkie”; and two sisters, Evelyn Schroeder and Waneta Lane.

He married Betty Mae Jones on January 23, 1960 in Milford and they had five sons who all survive, Rodney “Butch” (Carol) Schroeder of Milford, Tim (Michelle) Schroeder of Tilton, Danny (Linda) Schroeder of Watseka, Bill (Charlotte) Schroeder of Thomasboro and Randy (Margo) Schroeder of Rantoul. Betty preceded Rodney in death on June 28, 2000. He later married Addie Bell Calvert in May of 2003 in Milford and she survives in Hoopeston. He is also survived by one sister, Charlene Schroeder of Milford; two brothers, Terry Schroeder of Milford and Ron (Theresa) Schroeder of Milford; many grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Milford Nazarene Church, where Rodney was a member. Rev. Robert Killion will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Milford Nazarene Church or Carle Hospice.

Please share a memory of Rodney at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Steven J. Swigart, 66, of Watseka

Steven J. Swigart, 66, of Watseka passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 20, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Joseph E. and Carolyn Anderson Swigart. He married Debra Kissack at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka on January 20, 1973.

Surviving are his wife Debra “Cookie” Swigart of Watseka; two daughters, Shannon (Rob) Belcher of Bloomingdale, IN and Sadi (Erich) O’Donnell of Mahomet; one son, Steven J. Swigart Jr. (Miranda McNeely) of Champaign; six grandchildren, Kaleigh (Ben) Ford, Kelcie Basan, Madelyn Belcher, Charles Belcher, Talynn O’Donnell, and Raegan O’Donnell; one great grandson, Joseph Ford; his father, Joseph E. (Helen) Swigart of Watseka; one sister, Sarah (Gary) Lambert of Watseka; sister in law, Marybeth Noel; brother in law, Ben Walters; and several nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn; one sister, Susan; and one brother, Scott.

Mr. Swigart was a gifted musician and was well known for playing music and shows in the area since the early 1970’s. The Blue Ribbon Band and Shatterkane were two of his most popular bands. Steve wrote and recorded music throughout the years. He built his very first guitar in shop class in high school and continued to build guitars throughout his life. Steve was well known for his unique talent of being a slide guitar player. He was very proud of playing with The Marshall Tucker Band on stage at the Watseka Theater last June. Steve always wanted to share his gift of music with others.

Steve enjoyed traveling to Brown County, Indiana with his wife. He also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who meant so much to him.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Private Family burial will take place at a later date at Body Cemetery in Woodland.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Centennial Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to ICARE Animal Rescue in Iroquois.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Mary Beverly Stiegman, age 94 of Thawville

Mary Beverly Stiegman, age 94 of Thawville passed away on Saturday June 23, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born in Ogden, IA on February 13, 1924 to Amicas and Clara Mertens Van Steenberghe whose business was importing Belgian work-horses and farming. Following high school, she joined other women aiding the war effort by learning telegraphy and becoming a depot agent for the Central Illinois Railroad. She worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for 7 years and eventually resided in Thawville, IL. There, she met and married Marvin L. Stiegman on June 12, 1948 in Thawville. They farmed successfully near Thawville for many years. Beverly and Marvin celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary 11 days prior to her passing.

Mrs. Stiegman is survived by her husband, Marvin, two children, Dr. Gregory Stiegmann of Denver, CO and Eric Stiegman of Thawville, daughter-in-law, Dr. Sarah J. Chilton and two grandchildren, Captain (Dr.) Regan Stiegmann-Stafford of Colorado Springs, CO and Andrew A.V. Stiegmann of Honolulu, HI. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Naoma Chipman.

Beverly was very active her entire life. She understood and appreciated her obligation to be a good steward of the land and all the creatures that lived from it. She enjoyed gardening as well as nurturing, propagating and understanding trees and had a keen interest in preserving the beauty and natural flora and fauna of Central Illinois.

Private funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Pastor Brian King will officiate. Burial will be in Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery in Thawville.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Thawville.
Please share a memory Beverly at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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Linda Blair, 71, of Watseka

 Linda Blair, 71, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

She was born February 17, 1947 in Lafayette, IN, the daughter of William and Jewel (Merrick) Jones.

Linda married Jerry Blair on May 1, 1965 in Watseka, IL.

She was a receptionist and biller for Teverbaugh, Croland & Mueller OBGYN. She enoyed cooking, baking, spending time with the grandkids, and taking care of her husband.

Surviving Mrs. Blair is her husband, Jerry Blair of Watseka; son, Jerrod Blair of Chatham, IL; daughters, Dr. Lori (Chad) Teverbaugh-Kunkle of Peoria, IL and Debra (Dan) Hankey of Watseka; brothers, Virgus Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX, Richard (Laura) Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX, Donald (Norma) Jones of Somerset, KY, and Gerald Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX; sisters, Betty Jones of Colorado, Delorus (Mason) Campbell of Lexington, KY, Kathleen (Rick) Cadwallader of St. Pete, FL; grandchildren, Ian Teverbaugh, Skyler Hankey, Blair Hankey, Dylan Hankey, Gavin Ray Blair, and Collin Robert Blair; great grandchild, Jude Hankey; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry Ray Blair Jr.; and sister, Carolyn Sue Miller.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Ray Jackson will officiate.

Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.

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John & Reta Dowling 84 of Watseka

John R. Dowling, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Watseka. He was born on August 20, 1933 in Murrayville, IL, the son of John W. and Hattie Mae (Cooper) Dowling.

Reta A. Dowling, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on January 6, 1934 in Danville, IL, the daughter of Myron R. and Blanche H. (McGahan) Miller.

John and Reta were high school sweethearts at Danville High School. They married in Danville on January 28, 1955. Surviving are three sons: Michael (Kathy) Dowling of Chester, VA, David (Kathy) Dowling of Paxton, and Robert (Kary) Dowling of Bourbonnais; seven grandchildren: William Dowling of DeKalb; Laura Dowling of San Francisco, CA; Chris Dowling of St. Louis, MO; Elizabeth Dowling of Hagerstown, MD; Kelsey Dowling of Boston, MA; Jori Dowling of Bourbonnais; and Mason Dowling of Bourbonnais; and two nieces: Susan (Miller) Bruner and Sonja Miller.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hattie. Reta was preceded in death by her parents, Myron and Blanche, and one brother, Fred Miller.

John served in the United States Army Reserves during the Korean Conflict. He received his Bachelors of Science in History from Eastern Illinois University and his Masters of Science in Educational Administration degree from Illinois State University. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, IHSA Board of Directors where he was a past-president, member of the Iroquois County Board, and served as the Middleport Township Supervisor. In 1955, he started teaching and coaching in Armstrong then continued at Crescent-Iroquois High School from 1959-1963. In 1963, he joined the Watseka High School teaching staff, where he also served as principal for twelve years, ending in 1984. He then became the grade school principal at both Wanda Kendall and Nettie Davis schools. He also served as acting superintendent for a short time. He was awarded Iroquois County Teacher of the Year in 1968. In 1989, he was awarded Watseka Area Citizen of the Year. John was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Iroquois County Republican Precinct Committeeman, Ford-Iroquois Board of Health, Watseka Library Board, I-KAN Joint Education Committee, Iroquois Memorial Hospital volunteer, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Watseka community. He was a frequent volunteer at Iroquois Memorial Hospital and helped organize the annual Hospice brunch for many years. John enjoyed history and he was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He had a love for baseball all of his life, starting with being a batboy for the Dodgers minor league team in Danville. He authored a book on the history of the Three-I League, which is in the library of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Talking baseball and being an advocate for Iroquois County and Watseka were some of his greatest passions.

Reta was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, singing in the choir and was also part of the Iroquois County Cantata Choir. She started teaching in Bismarck Grade School and later taught at Crescent City Grade School and the Glenn Raymond Junior High School. She graduated from Illinois State University in 1969 with her Bachelors of Science in Education and that year started the Art Department at Watseka Community High School. Reta also co-owned and taught at the Pied Piper and Building Blocks Preschool. After she left the preschool she went on to teach 4-H students for many years. Reta served as President of the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was also a member of the board for the Iroquois Mental Health Association, the Watseka Bridge Club and the Iroquois County Republican Women. She enjoyed ceramics and was a watercolorist. Reta was a former Iroquois County 4-H judge and was a blue ribbon winner for her angel food cakes. She was always taking on a new project, whether it be framing pictures for friends, making pies for the Gooseberry Festival, or immersing herself in her grandchildren’s latest school project. Reta was the official costume maker for all of her children and grandchildren, and inspired them all to bring creativity into their lives. She was a life-long learner, adopting her grandchildren’s hobbies as her own, so she could keep up with them. Reta was known for her can-do attitude, approaching every situation with grace and selflessness, and always having a kind word for everyone.

Together, John and Reta traveled the world, usually with friends and family and always making new friends along the way. The St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training was one of their favorite places. They were both avid readers and loved spending time with their grandchildren, playing games with them and attending their activities.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Rev. Tom McCann will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, as well as one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Unit 9 Academic Foundation.

Please share a memory of John and Reta at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Kenneth Booi Decker, 90 Danforth

Kenneth Booi Decker was born February 3, 1928 in Danforth Illinois, the son of George Eddward Decker and Angie W. Booi Decker. He passed away Sunday June 17, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee Illinois. He married Eleanor Louise Moore on September 15, 1950. She passed away February 5, 1997. He was also proceeded in death by his parents, several aunts and uncles as well as his brother Eugene Decker, his sisters Alice Mardell Mickens, Marie C. Decker Martin, an infant sister Edna Decker and an infant daughter Karlyn Michelle Decker.

He is survived by his sons Kenneth M. Decker (Patricia), Keith A. Decker (Barb), daughters Kris A. Glicken (Kerry), Karla M. Felesena (Mark) and his wife Lois B. Decker. His grandchildren are Lauren C. O’Leary (Robert), Michael M. Glicken (Claudia), Ashley E. Glicken, Tony D. Felesena(Stephanie), Jenna E. Koch (Nick), Kristen M. Warman (Nate), Kyle R. Decker, Korey R. Decker, Kenneth M. Decker, Kathryn M. Decker, Kirk M. Decker(Whittni).

He is also survived by his great grandchildren Ella O’Leary, Willow O’Leary, Autumn O’Leary, Ceneca Glicken, Jaelyn Koch, Kaleb Koch, Landry Koch, Anthony (AJ) Felesena Jr. and Caton Decker.

Mr. Decker attended Danforth and Gilman Illinois schools then pursued his college degree at Hope College in Holland, Michigan graduating in 1950. Following graduation, he taught school in McBain Michigan, then moved to Chebanse, Illinois where he taught English and other subjects in the Chebanse Middle School. From there he began his next job, teaching Driver Education and coaching Football and Track at Central High School in Clifton Illinois. He was most proud of the hundreds of students he taught to drive and the athletes he taught, especially those who were able to overcome their personal obstacles to become outstanding young citizens. He was recently recognized as a Charter Founding member of the Chebanse Lions Club where he was a member for many years.

He earned a Master’s Degree from Illinois State University and left education to become the Supervisor of Driver Education in Springfield for the State of Illinois. It was there that he had his experiences, working with the State Legislature and Local, County and State agencies.

Those interactions were important, as he used those contacts, in his new role working for Eastern Illinois Electrical Cooperative. There, he lobbied the General Assembly and at times the Congress of the United States regarding Rural Electrical Legislation and the needs of the rural Illinois farmer.

After that tenure, he realized the importance of Sludge Application to farm land and began selling sludge application machinery with Big Wheels and Big A. That experience gave him the opportunity to begin his own business applying municipal sludge to farm land. Very quickly, he became the preeminent expert on the technique of application and the regulation of land application of municipal and farm sludge. That expertise honored him with speaking engagements in Springfield and Washington DC. and in cities across the country.

He sold that business to retire to the farm in rural Chebanse, Illinois where he has spent many summers with his children and grandchildren teaching them the skills of a farmer. During the winter, he has lived in Willcox, Arizona with his wife Lois and his two sisters, Marie and Mardell. There he became the honorary Mayor of Willcox, during the winter months, with a proclamation he wrote himself and was ratified by the retired men at the local coffee shop.

He will be remembered for his love of family, his empathy and willingness to help those less fortunate, as well as his many stories and jokes about life and his love of the Lord. Memorials can be made, in his name, to the Children’s Brittle Bone Foundation, P.O. Box 619 Zion IL 60099. Visitation will be at the Knapp Funeral Home 415 N. Main Clifton Il from 3-7 PM Friday, June 22 2018. Saturday visitation will be at 10 AM June 23 with services beginning at 11AM at the Life Church 1411 Crescent St. in Gilman IL. Burial will follow at the Danforth Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held at 10 AM at the Nazarene Church in Willcox Arizona on July 14, 2018.

     

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Richard W. Zaremba, 77, of Milford

Richard W. Zaremba, 77, of Milford passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his home. He was born May 22, 1941 in Chicago, the son of William and Mary Zdeb Zaremba and they preceded him in death.

He married Katherine Setinsky on August 7, 1993 in Chicago and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Ronald (Marla) Zaremba of Mt. Prospect; one daughter, Robin Zaremba of Mt. Prospect; one sister, Jacqueline (Wilson) Curtis of Rossville; three step-daughters, Paula Haylie of Kansas City, MO, Haylie Justice of Waupan, WI and Mary Wright of LaCrosse, Wi; two grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Mr. Zaremba was a retired police officer after 39 years of service, having served in Chicago for 33 years and in Milford for 6 years. He was a member of a Barber Shop Quartet and Chorus and Church Chorus. Richard was a Boy Scout Leader and just loved being a mentor to many. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Riverside Clinic in Watseka or Watseka Police Dept.

Please share a memory of Richard at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Nancy Hari, 75, of Rankin,

Nancy Hari, 75, of Rankin, IL passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born December 30, 1942 to Lorin and Louise (Smith) Nease of Rankin. She graduated from Rankin High School as valedictorian in 1961. On June 4, 1961 she married Dennis Hari in Rankin.

In the fall of 1961 she started college at Illinois State University in elementary education. In 1964 she started teaching in East Lynn and then Hoopeston. She retired after 30 years of teaching elementary students.

She loved to read, garden, sewing, and playing with grandkids. After retirement Nancy and her husband spent 19 summers fishing at their place in Northern Wisconsin and traveling the world, visiting all 7 continents.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Lorin and Louise Nease; her sister, Phyllis Hulmes; one brother, Robert “Bob” Nease; and two sisters, Shirley and Patti, who died shortly after birth.

She is survived by her husband Dennis; two daughters, Kathy (Lewis) Brown of Rankin and Terri (Casey) Skelton of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Nathan, Grace, and Allison Skelton and Anna and Eva Brown; three sisters, Beverly Overbey of Rankin, Carolyn Unzicker of Champaign, and Jean Swanson of Laurens, Iowa; and two brothers, Tom (Dolly) Nease and Larry (Pam) Nease both of Effingham.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, daughters, grandchildren, and the rest of her family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Rankin United Methodist Church. Rev. Charlie Graul will officiate. Burial will follow in Rankin Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the funeral services on Friday at church.

Memorials may be made to the Rankin Library or the Rankin United Methodist Church where she was a long time member.

Please share a memory of Nancy at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Dorothy M. Geddes, 93, formerly of Watseka

Dorothy M.  Geddes, 93, formerly of Watseka passed away at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Hoopeston, IL.  She was born on June 26, 1924 in Wapakoneta, OH, the daughter of Eylar and Ethel (Stoltey) Brunskill.

 

Dorothy married Charles Geddes of Milford on October 28, 1951 in Reddick, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1998.

 

Dorothy touch many children’s lives having taught for 28 years.  She started her teaching career in Manlius, Illinois, then as the Home Economics teacher at Milford Township High School.  She then taught 3rd grade at Milford Grade School and finally 2nd grade at Nettie Davis in Watseka, Illinois.  Dorothy was a firm believer in education and had a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Illinois and was a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.  She had an interest in genealogy.  She always enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and had a passion for teaching.

 

Dorothy was a longtime member of the Watseka Methodist Church and Fortnightly Group, various Bible studies groups, along with the Retired Teachers Association.  She was interested in Agriculture, a member of the 4-H House at the U of I, and was a member of the University of Illinois Home Extension Group.

 

She is survived by her children Robert (Becky) Geddes of Hoopeston, IL., Richard (Melinda) Geddes of Colorado Springs, Co., and Barbara (David) McCann of Clifton Park, NY., and several grandchildren.

 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to any local public library or to the donor’s choice.

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Dorothy’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

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Nancy J. Hari 75 of Cissna Park

Nancy J. Hari 75 of Cissna Park

 

Arrangements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. 

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Dr. George Cuonzo 82 of Florida, Formally of Watseka

Dr. George Cuonzo 82 of Florida, Formally of Watseka.

 
Mass is pending at a later date. 

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Patricia Balanoff 85 of Milford

Patricia Ann Balanoff, 85, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Carle Regional Health Center in Hoopeston. She was born March 18, 1933 in Harvey, the daughter of George and Mary Krueger Stowe. She married Victor Balanoff on November 20, 1970 in Stockland and he preceded her in death on May 30, 1992. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by three daughters, Christy Cartwright of Danville, Debra Dawson of Milford and Lisa (Gerald) Allen of Milford; one son, Bruce (Hang Ye) Cartwright of Milford; seven grandchildren, Cody Cluver, Adam Cluver, Stephanie Dawson, Andrea Luthy, Nick Dawson, Kori Cartwright and Kyle Allen; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Don Stowe of Milford; and her very special friend, Maynard Marquis of Donovan.

Mrs. Balanoff was a member of the Milford Christian Church. She had worked at Uarco in Watseka for many years. She loved her grandchildren and attended all of their events. She also loved her animals.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Milford Christian Church or ICARE.

Please share a memory of Patricia at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Huldah Buhrmester Callahan, 99, of Watseka

Huldah Buhrmester Callahan, 99, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Born on May 18, 1919 to John and Clarissa (Clara) Houmes on the family farm near Stockland, IL. She graduated from Stockland High School. She was a housewife and loving mother. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and her flowers; she said flowers made a house more of a home. Huldah worked for 32 years as a nurse’s aide and in central supply at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Surviving Mrs. Callahan are her sons, Michael (Renee) and Robert (Nalena) Buhrmester of Watseka; daughters, Phyllis (Robert) Feller of Washington, Susan (Werner) Carron and Imogene (David) Brandenburg of Missouri; sister, Jane Smith of Tennessee; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Glenn Buhrmester and Lee Callahan; and siblings, Lucille, William, Paul, John, and Dale.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Milton will officiate.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Mrs. Callahan’s name can be made to the IMH Hospice.

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Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka

Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

She was born on September 15, 1942 in Corydon, IN, the daughter of William Richert and Lucy (Harrison) Richert.

Barbara married Virgil Burdick on April 3, 1965 in Watseka. 

Mrs. Burdick was a secretary for Hamilton for eight years. She enjoyed bowling, computers, and doing taxes for others.

Surviving Mrs. Burdick are her sons and daughter-in-law's, Virgil and Kathy Burdick of Woodland, Duane and Jana Richert of Watseka, Dennis and Charlene Bruner of Watseka, Mark and Kathy Burdick of Watseka, Elmer Scott of Jeffersonville, IN, and Linda Burdick of Watseka; daughters and son-in-law, Alice and William Yonke of Mauston, WI, Susan Felty of Florida, and Juanita Philpot of Sellersburg, IN; brother, Floyd and Sherry Richert of Fowler, IN; sister, Karen Richert of Watseka; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother; one son, Lucky; and two granddaughters, Paige and Alice.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor John Franklin will officiate.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Mrs. Burdick's name can be made to the First Christian Church, American Cancer Society, or Donor's Choice.

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Ronald "Jim" Roach, 92, of Martinton

Ronald "Jim" Roach, 92, of Martinton, IL, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

He was born on February 6, 1926 in Martinton, IL, the son of John Roach and Aldea (Benoit) Roach.

Jim married Esther (Duclos) Wehling on June 18, 1966 in St. Martins Catholic Church in Martinton, IL.

Mr. Roach was an Insurance and Real Estate Broker. He served in the ARMY as a Corpral, serving in the Korean Conflict and was a Medical Corpsman. He was a clerk for the Martinton Township and Village Board for 20 years. Jim was a member of the St. Anne Church in St. Anne, and the Watseka American Legion Post #23. He enjoyed doing yard care, especially landscaping for his wife. He also liked watching his crop grow. Jim took pride in helping take care of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery starting when he was only 9, until eventually taking over and running/managing it up until recently.

Surviving Mr. Roach is his son, David (Nancy) Wehling of Racine, WI; son-in-law, Dave Webster of Martinton, IL; grandchildren, Adam Wehling, Sara Merten, and Scott (Michele) Webster; great-grandchildren, James Wehling, Chase Merten, and Tiffany Webster; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; wife, Esther; daughter, Sandra; three sisters, Romella LeReau, Rethel Tatro, Rueletta "Betty" Tilton; two brothers, Romeo Roach and Ruel Roach.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018 fom 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Father Jim Fanale will officiate.

Buriall will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Roach's name can be made to the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka

 Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

She was born on September 15, 1942 in Corydon, IN, the daughter of William Richert and Lucy (Harrison) Richert.

Barbara married Virgil Burdick on April 3, 1965 in Watseka. 

Mrs. Burdick was a secretary for Hamilton for eight years. She enjoyed bowling, computers, and doing taxes for others.

Surviving Mrs. Burdick are her sons and daughter-in-law's, Virgil and Kathy Burdick of Woodland, Duane and Jana Richert of Watseka, Dennis and Charlene Bruner of Watseka, Mark and Kathy Burdick of Watseka, Elmer Scott of Jeffersonville, IN, and Linda Burdick of Watseka; daughters and son-in-law, Alice and William Yonke of Mauston, WI, Susan Felty of Florida, and Juanita Philpot of Sellersburg, IN; brother, Floyd and Sherry Richert of Fowler, IN; sister, Karen Richert of Watseka; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother; one son, Lucky; and two granddaughters, Paige and Alice.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor John Franklin will officiate.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

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Dennith "Rosie" Rosenberger 58 of Watseka

Dennith "Rosie" Rosenberger 58 of Watseka.

 

Visitation will be held Saturday Jume 9th from 4-7pm, With Memorial Services at 7pm.

 

All at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

Burial at a later date in Iroquois Gaffield Cemetery. 

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Ronald J. Sanders, 83, of Onarga

Ronald J. Sanders, 83, of Onarga passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at his residence.

Ron was born October 14, 1934 in Peoria, the son of John and Roberta Scharp Sanders and they both preceded him in death. He married Gail Yarger on July 10, 1965 in Richmond Heights, MO and she survives.

Besides his wife, Gail Sanders of Onarga, he is survived by one son, Kent Miles of Seymour, IL; three daughters, Kim Sanders of Olathe, KS, Kris (Tom) Tapocik of Springfield, IL and Karel (Kenneth) Troxell of Washington, IL; one brother, Alan Sanders of Tremont, IL; one sister, Sara (Paddy) Liles of Springfield, IL; five grandchildren including Arianna Melsome, Mary Beth Tapocik, and Jimmy Tapocik; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Sanders was employed at Morton Buildings for over 50 years where he was Sales Manager at the Watseka location. He was a 40-year member of Watseka Kiwanis, 40-year member of Watseka Lions Club, Past President of Iroquois County Mental Health Board, and member of Onarga United Methodist Church. Ron was a former boy scout leader and was an avid fisherman and golfer.

Visitation will be from 9:00 until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Onarga United Methodist Church. Rev. Vicki Killus and Rev. Elizabeth Reis will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to Onarga United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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Aldine Hines, 88, of Watseka

Aldine Hines, 88, of Watseka, IL passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018.

She was born on February 20, 1930 in Goodwine, IL, the daughter of Smith Gillins and Hazel (Leaver) Gillins.

Aldine married John Hines on May 18, 1951 in Kentucky.

Mrs. Hines was the Vice President at MainSource Bank where she worked at for thirty years. She enjoyed playing cards and was an avid Chicago Bulls Fan.

Surviving Mrs. Hines is her daughter, Julie (Wes) Handy of Mundelein, IL; grandchildren, Adam (Janet) Handy and Jessica (Joe) Cozza; great grandchildren, Christopher and Jacob Handy; and great nephew, Travis Martin.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Al "Razor" Gillins.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 12pm-1pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will follow on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Burial will take place at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL.

Memorials in Mrs. Hines's name can be made to the Milford Park and Pool Foundation or Carle Auxiliary Guest House.

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Helen Mary Enders 90, Sheldon

Helen Mary Enders (Rathburn), NEE Piotrowicz – Age 90 passed to our Lord on 25 May 2018 in Watseka, Ill. She was born 28 January, 1928 in LaPorte, Indiana the daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara Piotrowicz of Fish Lake, Indiana.

She married Meredith “Pete” Rathburn on 8 June, 1946 in LaPorte, Indiana. He preceded her in passing in 1966. She is also preceded in death by step-daughter, Nancy Kujawski (Jim).

One of 10 children she is survived by brother Joseph “Babe” Piotrowicz (Peggy). Her children Barbara Rowland (Chuck), Diana Gooding (Richard), Michael Rathburn, and Jeffery Rathburn (Angela); step-son Larry Enders (DeLina) Grandchildren Charles Rowland (Amy), Christina Rowland, Joseph Gooding, Erin Debolt (Josh), Megan Gooding (Lynn), Jason Gooding (Jill), and Colena and Shayan Rathburn. Step-grandchildren, Bret Enders, Blake Enders, Melanie Kujawski, and Lisa Badell (Jeff). Great Grandchildren Charlie, Benjamin, Oaklyn, Victoria, and Clayton; step-great grandchildren, Katie Kujawski and Olivia Badell.

Helen moved to Sheldon, Illinois in 1971. She met and married Gene Enders in 1973, who survives her today.

Helen lived a full and active life. She was a beautiful seamstress, became a licensed hair dresser, and loved to cook. Her Pierogis were so good the whole family would gather at home to help make them and get their share! Helen was also a devout member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, IN.

Visitation will be held at Baier Funeral Home at 102 W. Oak St.; Watseka, IL 60970 on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 5-8pm, with Rosary at 4:45pm. Funeral Mass will take place at St Joseph Catholic Church at 409 E Allen St; Kentland, IN 47951 on Saturday, June, 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Fr Robert Bernotas will officiate. A small gathering will be held following services. Interment will be held at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Walkerton, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice (200 North Laird Lane; Watseka, IL 60970) and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kentland, IN.

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Donna Hull 75, of Ashkum

Pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. 

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Alan Jackson, 49, of Beaverville

Alan Jackson, 49, of Beaverville, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

He was born on December 29, 1968 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Edward Jackson and Beatrice (Hutson) Myers.

Alan was a laborer, welder, and a carpenter. He enjoyed sports, especially the CUBS, rodeoing, playing pool, and spending time with family.

Surviving Mr. Jackson is his significant other, Brenda Lane; son, Brandon Cornell; daughter, Heather Coffey; brothers, Robert (Judith) Jackson, David (Debra) Jackson, and Brian Jackson; sister, Sheila Floriant; grandchildren, Brayden Dewitt, Bryton Cahoe, and Paisley Cornell; twenty nieces and nephes; and twelve great nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pamela Jackson; and brother in law, Kenneth Floriant.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11am until 2pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Jim Frary will officiate.

Memorials in Mr. Jackson's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

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Gerhard A. "Gary" Bohlmann, 91, of Chebanse

Gerhard A. “Gary” Bohlmann, 91, of Chebanse passed away Sunday evening, May 20, 2018, at Butterfield Court in Kankakee following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse. Rev. Kene Whybrew will officiate. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and on Friday for 1 hour prior to the services at church. Burial with full military honors will be on Tuesday morning, May 29, 2018 at 10:30 am at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at Elwood. Memorials may be made to the Clifton Food Pantry or Suzi-Q Foundation. Please share a memory of Gary at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Bohlmann was born on November 15, 1926 in Random Lake, WI, the son of Ernst and Amelia Zuengler Bohlmann. His parents are deceased as are two wives; one daughter, Susan Lord; one grandson, Nicholas; one sister, Irmgard Arndt; and two brothers, Walter and Donald Bohlmann.

Mr. Bohlmann is survived by three daughters, Cheri (Tim) Jones of Bonfield, Jean (Clyde) Meents of Chebanse and Beth Marth of Dublin, OH; three sons, Robert (Linda) Bohlmann of Ashkum, Steve (Ruth) Bohlmann of Tulsa, OK and Brian (Sharon) Bohlmann of Monument City, CO; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bohlmann operated a dairy farm in Wisconsin from 1949 to 1959 and at that time he moved to Illinois and stayed active in agriculture, becoming associated with Americana Seed Co. and ultimately became a District Manager for Americana Seeds in this area. He was a man of God and lived accordingly, he was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse and was very active in church affairs. He belonged to VFW Post 2131 of Chebanse and the Chebanse Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. Mr. Bohlmann was a veteran of WW II and served with the US Army in the Pacific–Asiatic Theatre of operations most notably at Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands.  

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Earl "Bates" Brown, 93, Milford

Earl “Bates” Brown, 93, a lifelong Milford resident passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home in Milford. He was born on September 14, 1924 in Milford, the son of Earl and Mary (Adams) Brown. He married Frances Minard on June 26, 1948 and she preceded him in death on February 16, 2016.

Surviving are two daughters, Deborah (Tom) Landry of Tucson, AZ and Linda (Jay) Slife of Union Grove, WI; one son, Daryl Brown of Hoopeston; four grandchildren, Justin and Ben Slife and Jessica and DJ Brown; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew, Leah, Alana, Maggie, Layla, and Jay R.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bates was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty McCray and Lauradean Hinkle; and one brother, Cecil.

Bates was an avid sports fan. In high school, he was the captain of his football team and athlete of the year in 1942. He liked to talk about his team’s achievement as conference champs, which didn’t happen again until his son’s team years later. In his youth, he also played on the Milford Indies softball team. He later served as a Boy Scout leader, financial secretary of Carpenter’s Union Local 1793 and on the Milford High School Board of Education.

Being drafted right out of high school, Mr. Brown served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II as Crew Chief on a B29 bomber on the island of Tinian in the South Pacific. He was assigned to the atomic bomb squadron and helped maintain the famous B29 Superfortress, Lucky Lady.

Upon returning home after the war, Mr. Brown owned and operated Bates Brown & Son General Contracting for 40 plus years. During that time, he built close to 100 homes and businesses in Milford and the surrounding area. After retirement from his own business, he served for 20 years as Iroquois County Construction Inspector retiring from that position a few weeks prior to his passing.

Mr. Brown was a member of the Milford Christian Church and served humbly. He had enthusiastically built the church earlier in his career, an effort he wore as a great badge of honor.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Milford Christian Church in Milford. Revs. Neil Larimore and Brent Zastrow will officiate.

Burial will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Maple Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Milford Christian Church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Please share a memory of Bates at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Alma Schroeder 92 of Danforth and Crescent City

Alma Emilie Schroeder, 92, of Danforth and formerly of Crescent City, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, May 18, 2018 at Faith Place in Danforth surrounded by her family.

Alma was born February 6, 1926 to John C. and Mary D. (Seggebruch) Luhman in Ash Grove Twp. She attended Parochial School in Woodworth and Milford High School. She married Lavern Schroeder November 21, 1943 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. Their marriage was blessed with three children and 57 years together.

Survivors include a son, Clifford (Ruth) Schroeder of Chebanse and daughter, Delores (Bob) Butzow of Onarga. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Edgar Luhman of MN; one uncle, Melvin Seggebruch of Cissna Park; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Alice; and one brother, Clarence.

Alma enjoyed being a housewife and farmed alongside her husband until they retired. She was a 4-H leader for many years. She loved her flower gardens, quilting, and babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed being snowbirds for many years in AZ, and later Alma wintered in San Antonio near her granddaughter.

Alma was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth where a celebration of her life will be Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour beforehand. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Visitation will also be on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth, Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth or the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Alma at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Patricia McKay 53 of Milford

Arrangements were handled  with Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. 

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Audrey Bergstrom 92 of Florida formerly of Watseka.

Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Sharon Marlene Hickey, 77, of rural Chebanse

Sharon Marlene Hickey, 77, of rural Chebanse passed away Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee following a lengthy illness. At her request, cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no services or visitation. The Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton is handling the cremation rites. Memorials may be made for the Family’s Wishes. Please share a memory of Sharon at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Hickey was born on October 4, 1940 in St. Anne, the daughter of Henry and Eleanor Spitler Easter and her parents are deceased. She married Joseph Bateman Hickey Jr. in St. Anne on August 29, 1987 and he survives in Chebanse. She is also survived by two daughters, Terry L. (Roger) Taylor of Donovan and Valorie J. (Alan) Watts of Watseka; one son, Brian S. Page of Watseka; two step-daughters, Bettina (James) Penney of Crete and Angelique (Marcus) Garrison of Beecher; one step-son, Joseph M. Hickey of Beecher; seven grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elaine (Wayne) Hickman of Watseka.

Mrs. Hickey had worked in numerous capacities in banking for Crest Savings Bank and had most recently worked in realty for Caldwell Banker. She enjoyed reading, traveling, sewing and crocheting.

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Betty Jean Bedeker 88 of Woodland

Betty Jean Bedeker 88 of Woodland

 

Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Phyllis Hartman, 87, of Sheldon,

Phyllis Hartman, 87, of Sheldon, Illinois, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. She was born on February 19, 1931 in a Model A in the parking lot of IMH Hospital, Watseka, IL, the daughter of Harry Brubaker and Emma Thalia (Beard-Barrows) Brubaker. Phyllis married Robert Hartman on July 1, 1956 at the Sheldon Methodist Church. Phyllis was a Teacher for English, French, Girls PE, and Drama at Milford. Elementary Vocal Teacher at Bryce Ash Grove Grade School and Stockland Grade School. Librarian and Teachers Aid at Grace Baptist Academy from 1978 until 1983. She was also a Farm Wife. A Member of the 4-H Sheldon Square Shooters Agriculture Club where she held all four offices, Sheldon Sun Beams all girls 4-H Club where she also held all four offices. 4-H Leader from 1967 until 1973, Aberdeen Angus Purebred Association County. She sang at the Chicago Land Music Festival and State Fair while in chorus in 1947 and received a scholarship to Duquoin. Mrs. Hartman was also a Member of the Music Camp Woman’s Club, Egas, Phi Alpha Omega Drama Club, President on The Independent Woman’s Organization, Youth Director at Asberry Church from 1953 to 1955, Twin State Woman, and the Pembroke Township Auxiliary. Additionally, she was a Member of Home Extension for 12 years at U of I, room mother for each of her children, Directed Traveling Youth Choir (All Stars of Light), Pioneer Club and Sunbeams at Trinity, and part of the Agricultural leaders in the Farm Bureau. Phyllis also filled in her time as a Secretary for the Kankakee Methodist Church, but she is most well known for Hartman Packaging which she owned and operated for over 20 years with her husband. She enjoyed designing and sewing clothes, notably making five wedding dresses, making and designing wedding cakes, and poetry. She played the organ for the churches that she served. Phyllis also enjoyed being a Sunday School teacher, which she did for 45 years. She embroidered hundreds of pillow cases for gifts. Surviving Mrs. Hartman is her sons, Todd (Margo) Hartman of Charleston, IL, Marty (Julie) Hartman of Greenville, SC; daughters, Laurie (Roger) Poindexter of Fowler, IN, and Gena Hafstrom of Brook, IN; sister, Marjorie (Robert E.) Hix of Pine Grove, CA; grandchildren, Josh (Megan) Shufflebarger, Ian Shepard, Taylor Shepard, William (Amy) Hornbuckle, Matthew Poindexter, Daniel (Terry) Poindexter, Christa (Christopher) Karge, Jake (Ashley) Hartman, Emma Hartman; great-grandchildren, Tristan Brown, Josie Ray Sylvester, Adriana and Allyson Gonzales, Eli and Josie Hornbuckle, and Jordyn Poindexter Saide Rae Sylvester, Sara and David Gonzalez, Ryan Lane, Sophia, Coltyn, and Kinley Shufflebarger; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; two sisters, Nancy Brubaker and Mary Wells; and one grandson, Stephen Poindexter. A Gathering of Friends will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 3-4pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Memorial Service will follow on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Pastors Marty Schoenleber, Ryan Mustard, and Bart Koester will all officiate. Burial will take place at Sheldon Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Hartman's name can be made to IMH Hospice, Missionaries, or Trinity Caring for Others Fund. 

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Peggy Brammer 72 of Milford

Peggy Ellen Brammer, 72, of Milford passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Cissna Park. She was born May 24, 1945 in Milford, the daughter of Lillian Kincade Buhrmester and LeRoy Haxton. She married Jim Brammer in Milford on April 1, 1994 and he survives.

She is also survived by two sisters, Judy England of Cissna Park and Glenda Evans of Lexington, KY; three brothers, Harvey (Portia) Haxton of Clarksville, TN, Orville Haxton of Cissna Park, and Jim (Linda) Buhrmester of Milford; two grandchildren; step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one daughter-in-law, Anita Perkins.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Troy and Keith Perkins; her father, LeRoy Haxton; her parents, Vernon and Lillian Buhrmester; sister-in-law, Gay Haxton; and brother-in-law, Don England.

Mrs. Brammer attended Milford schools and enjoyed knitting.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice (525 E. North St., Suite C in Bradley, IL 60915) or the donor’s choice.

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Kenneth Isenhower 63 of Crescent City

Kenneth Isenhower 63 of Crescent City

 

Private Burial will be in Paxton's Glenn Cemetery. 

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Marvin W. Young, 90, of Cissna Park

Marvin W. Young, 90, of Cissna Park passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton. He was born October 25, 1927 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Joe and Emma Lehmann Young. Marvin married Dorothy Berg on December 20, 1950 in Buckley and she survives.

Besides his wife, Dorothy Young of Cissna Park, he is survived by two sons, Wayne Young of Watseka and Donald “Red” Young of Cissna Park; one daughter, Beverly (Steve) Kuester of Cissna Park; one brother, Larry (Karla) Young of Buckley; one sister, Elizabeth (Steve) Schivley of Peoria; ten grandchildren, Cindy Mitchell, Jeffery Young, David Young, Travis Young, Tammi Noonon, Jason Kuester, Vanessa Levan, Neal Kuester, Wayne Lee Stafford, and Dorothy Scarbrough; and nineteen great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leslie, William, Robert, and Kenneth; one sister, Wilma Phiffer; one daughter, Connie Whaley; one granddaughter, Michelle Kuester; and two daughter-in-laws, Donna Young and Connie Young.

Mr. Young served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Cissna Park American Legion and Gold Wing Motorcycle Touring Association. Marvin was a life-long farmer and mechanic in the area and enjoyed traveling with his wife on their motorcycle in the lower 48 states as well as in Canada and Newfoundland.

Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park with graveside military rites by Cissna Park American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Fire Department, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park, or family’s wishes.

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Kathryn Day, 61, of Sheldon

Kathryn Day, 61, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

She was born on October 12, 1956 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Delbert Trobaugh and Carol (Bray) Trobaugh-Brammer.

Kathryn served in the ARMY. She worked as a CNA for over 10 years, before becoming a cook, and then eventually a homemaker. In her free time she enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, and horses. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving Ms. Day is two sons, Joshua Christman of Fort Collins, CO and Ryan (Alicia) Hansen of West Chester, PA; daughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Eheart of Watseka; brothers, Michael (Susan) Trobaugh of Kankakee, and David (Mary) Trobaugh of Clifton; grandchildren, Hannah and Lilian Eheart; and nieces and nephew, Amanda (Robert) Jamieson of Bourbonnais, Megan (Jeremy) Berns of Hersher, and Seth Trobaugh of Clifton.

She is also preceded in death by her paretns; step-father, Donald Brammer; and one son, Jeffrey.

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 12pm (Noon) until the 2pm Memorial Service, at Baier Funeral home in Watseka. Pastor Ric Olson will officiate.

Burial will follow services at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

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Harry "Randy" Jackson, 59, of Papineau

Harry "Randy" Jackson, 59, of Papineau, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on October 6, 1958 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Harry Jackson and Wilma (Jackson) Jackson.

Randy worked in construction and enjoyed fishing, football, and baseball.

Surviving Mr. Jackson is his brother, Richard Jackson of Crossville, TN; sisters, Peggy (Steve) Keath of Noblesville, IN, and Melinda Wilson of Watseka; nieces and nephews, Evelyn Lubben, Lori Trotter, David Clevenger, Melinda Schramm, Marcia Bridges, Stacy Hauber, Scott Keath, Steven Keath, Heater Bennett, Ashley Mathews, Nathan Wilson, and Debra Wilson.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Deloris Calero.

Gravside Services will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:00pm, at the St. Anne Cemetery. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.

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Nancy R. Allen, 79, of Milford

Nancy R. Allen, 79, of Milford passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at her home. She was born May 8th, 1938 in Milford, the daughter of Levi E. and Marie Long Allen.

She is survived by her four sons, Gordon French of Ft. Myers, FL, Dan French of Springfield, IL, Brad Dean (Myriam) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Mark Dean (Natalie) of Sherman, IL; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her brother, Elmer Allen of Milford; her sister, Opal Long of Milford; and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Joan (Richard) Gossett; and one brother, Charles "Chas" Allen.

Nancy was a devout Christian and beloved mother with a beautiful singing voice and a green thumb. She was a great cook and enjoyed following the activities of her children and grandchildren. She loved to sing and play the piano. Nancy spent over 25 years working for the ARC of Iroquois County.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the 3:00 pm funeral service on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Private burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

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Holly Suzanne White, 43, of Watseka

Holly Suzanne White, 43, of Watseka, IL, passed away at 10:36 A.M. Sunday May 6, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. She was born January 16, 1975, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Phyllis Jean O’Neal White.
She is survived by one son, Garrett White of Watseka, IL; one sister, Amy White of Milford, IL; one half-brother, Anthony Lane of Ocala, FL; and two nieces, Emily Buhrmester of Milford, IL and Heather Scott of Sheldon, IL. She is also survived by long-time family friends, Shawn Lane, Angel Coburn, Norma Clawsen, & Deana Clawsen.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis White; one son, Grayson White; and maternal grandparents, Arvil and Ruby O’Neal.
Holly worked as a home healthcare provider and had previously worked as a correctional officer. She was a member of the State Line Riders Motorcycle Club (A.B.A.T.E). She loved crafts, sports, and was a volleyball official.
Cremation rites will be accorded, and a visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday May 14, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. A private memorial service will be held.
Memorials may be made to the family of Holly White, C/O Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.

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Norvell E. Blanchard, 93, of Wellington

Norvell E. Blanchard, 93, of Wellington passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at his home in Wellington. He was born on June 23, 1924 in VanDuser, MO, the son of Elves and Ella (Campbell) Blanchard. He married Ruth Brown on June 29, 1946 and was married to her for 45 years until she passed away on November 18, 1991. He later married Della Huffman.

In addition to his wife of 26 years, Della Blanchard, he is also survived by two daughters, Terry (Roger) Bowyer of Cedar Lake, IN and Teena (Michael) Finton of Cedar Lake, IN; three step-sons, Rick Huffman, Alan Huffman, and Tim Huffman; five grandchildren, Shannon Finton, Nicole Finton, Stephen Blanchard, Heather Anderson, and Scott Blanchard; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruth; three brothers; five sisters; and one son, Tony Blanchard.

Mr. Blanchard raised his family in Cedar Lake, IN. He later retired to Momence for a period of time before moving to Wellington. Norvell enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Private family services have been handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Norvell at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Daiton Allen Burton, 2 weeks old

Daiton Allen Burton, 2 weeks old, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born April 17, 2018 in Hoopeston, the son of Alyssa Eighnor and Jarrod Burton.

He is survived by his mother, Alyssa Eighnor of Sheldon; father, Jarrod Burton of Hoopeston; two brothers, Caleb Clevenger and Daysin Burton both of Sheldon; three uncles, Eric (Stacy) Davenport of Watseka, Zack Burton (Alicia Allison) of Rossville and Dawson Burton of Milford; one aunt, Shannon (Dave) Randles of Clifton; maternal grandparents, Rick and Kathy Eighnor of Sheldon; maternal great-grandmother, Charlottie McKay of Milford; paternal grandparents, Mary Vaughn and Paul Baker of Hoopeston; and paternal grandfather, Christopher Burton of Rossville.

Daiton was preceded in death by his aunt, Nichole Eighnor; maternal great-grandfather, Earl McKay; maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Eighnor; maternal great-grandfather, Everett Eighnor; paternal great-grandmother, Jean Vaughn; paternal great-grandfather, Kenny Vaughn; and paternal great-grandfather, Rory Burton.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

Please share a memory of Daiton at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Norman Owens 77 of Watseka

Norman Owens 77 of Watseka. 

 

Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home Watseka.

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Dolores Hippner 75 of Watseka

Arrangements are pending with Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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John L. Urban, 70, of Onarga

 John L. Urban, 70, of Onarga, IL, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home.

He was born on November 5, 1947 in Chicago, IL, the son of Leonard Urban and Rose (Chorack) Urban.

Mr. Urban was self employed doing scrap yard work. He enjoyed auctions and his dogs. He was a member of the ASPCA.

Surviving Mr. Urban is his wife, Carol Urban of Watseka; one son, John A. (Keagon) Urban of Martinton; daughter, Christina (Jake Ladd) Urban of Watseka; and grandchildren, Mackenzie Rose Urban, Ainsley Urban, Chase Urban, Olivia Ladd, and Andrew Urban.

He is also preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10am until 12pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Cremation rites have been made accordingly.

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Gary V. Baker, 77, of Ventura, Ca, formerly of Watseka

Gary V. Baker, 77, of Ventura, Ca, formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Community Hospital in Ventura, CA.  He was born May 16, 1940 in Watseka, IL to Clarence and Althea (Clements) Baker.  
He is survived by sons Steve (Christina) Klemme of Indianapolis, IN, Michael and Bradley Baker of Watseka, IL and Gary R. Baker of Ventura, CA, one daughter, Tammy Patton of Ventura, CA and wife, Candy Polhemus Baker of Ventura, CA and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one brother, Glenn Baker of Chrisman, IL and four sisters, Sharon Nelson and Bonnie Fanning of Bremen, IN, Kay Lynn Neisewander (Norm Meadows) of Watseka, IL and Debbie (Jim) Smith of Cissna Park, IL. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Kelly Puetz.  
Gary was a 20 year veteran of the US Army and worked several years for Hi-Pro Manufacturing in Watseka, IL. 
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and loved playing the bass guitar and other stringed instruments.  
Visitation will be Sunday, May 6th from 2-4 pm at Baier Funeral Home, 102 W Oak St, Watseka, IL. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

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James D. "J.D." Butler, 79, of Milford

James D. “J.D.” Butler, 79, of Milford passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. He was born July 31, 1938 in Baxter, IA, the son of Fred and Florence Crawford Butler and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Gale.

He married Elaine Johannsen on November 8, 1959 in Baxter, IA and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Linda Sims of Murfreesboro, TN and Lisa (Dale) Henrichs of Woodworth; two sons, Lyle (Peggy) Butler of Nevada, IA and Larry (Tiina) Butler of Lees Summit, MO; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

J.D. was a member of the United Methodist Church in Milford where he helped with the maintenance of the church and parsonage. He started out in farming and the transportation business before moving to Illinois to work for Crow’s for 30 years. When he retired from Crow’s as the Production Manager, he went into the Real Estate business with Bob Nielsen. He enjoyed gardening, yardwork and wine making. He also enjoyed making people laugh and smile, took great pride in his yard, and enjoyed sharing his wine with visitors.

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Milford. Pastor Gail Meyers will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to the Milford United Methodist Church or Milford Ambulance.

Please share a memory of J.D. at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Erma Martin Tebo, 92, of Cissna Park

Erma Martin Tebo, 92, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at her residence. Erm was born on February 5, 1926 in Buckley, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Lillian Feller Kaufmann. She married Maurice “Dutch” Martin in Cissna Park on June 13, 1948 and he preceded her in death on August 13, 1992. She later married Roger Tebo on September 28, 1996 and he passed away on July 31, 2008.

Survivors include three daughters, Mic (Ralph) Henrichs of Cissna Park, Audrey (Carl) Block of Mesa, AZ, and Denise Horner of Rantoul; one son, Rex Martin of Champaign; two sisters, Arlene Gutwein of Surprise, AZ, and Dorothy (Joel) Koonce of Watseka; two sisters-in-law, Irene Lowe of Watseka and Engel Kaufmann of Watseka; one step-daughter, Pauline Scharf of Oswego; one step-daughter-in-law, Kate Tebo of Chillicothe; eleven grandchildren Nick Willoughby, Jeremy Willoughby, Adam Martin, Ben Henrichs, Lizzie Blunier, Joey Henrichs, Andy Henrichs, Joshua Block, Amanda Thompson, Martin Horner and Mason Horner; and twenty-three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leslie Kaufmann, Marvin Kaufmann, and Harry Kaufmann; three sisters, Evelyn Hartman, Wilma Light, and Viola Redman; one son, Randall Martin, and one step-son, Mark Tebo.

Erm was a painter and wall paper hanger for over 35 years and still enjoyed painting for her friends and family. Just last week she helped paint her great-granddaughters bedroom.

One of her greatest joys was spending time with her children, grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. She loved babysitting them, taking them on golf cart rides, hosting them for sleepovers, and watching their activities. She was a member of Grace Bible Church and enjoyed hosting in her weekly ladies bible study. She served at her church as an AWANA leader for many years and was known as the jello lady at the Sunday Diner.

Visitation will be from 4:00–7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday at church.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Grace Bible Church in Cissna Park with Rev. Trey Scheffer officiating. Burial will be in the Cissna Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Education Foundation.

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David H. Cluver, 83, of Watseka

David H. Cluver, 83, of Watseka passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

Dave was born December 20, 1934 in Woodworth, the son of Henry J. and Amanda E. Hopmann Cluver. He married the love of his life, Judy Grice on November 11, 1956 at Ash Grove and she survives.

Besides his wife, Judy Cluver of Watseka, he is survived by one daughter, Jillene (Steve) Bjorklund of Elgin; two sons, Michael (Mary) Cluver of Aurora and Mark (Norma) Cluver of Watseka; five grandchildren, Aaron Cluver, Amy Bruens, Kelly Teal, Katie Cluver, and Kyle Cluver; five great grandchildren, Connor, Sophie, Keller, Trey, and Baby Boy Teal; one sister, Carol Kane of Watseka; two brothers, Bob (Shirley) Cluver of Kankakee and James Cluver of Watseka.

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

Mr. Cluver was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Dave enjoyed watching the Cubs, flying radio control airplanes, playing fast pitch softball, and was an avid euchre player. He owned and operated McCord Tire Service for forty-nine years.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Donald Love will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Frances R. Strean, 80, of Iroquois

Frances R. Strean, 80, of Iroquois passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on April 24, 1938 in Sheldon, the daughter of Wilbur and Katherine (Mohler) Hall. She married James E. Strean Sr. in Sheldon on June 30, 1956 and he preceded her in death on January 20, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are one son, James “Jim” Strean (Marie Ross) of Enos, IN; one grandson, Dustin Strean (Christine Bond) of Lake Village, IN; and one great-granddaughter, Chelsea Strean.

Mrs. Strean was a member of the United Methodist Church in Iroquois. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading and spending time with her friends and family. She loved her dog, Tiny.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 pm on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois. Rev. Vicki Killus will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Iroquois or Concord Twp. Fire Department.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Frances at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Carol Ann Crusie, 69, of Milford

Carol Ann Crusie, 69, of Milford passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Watseka Rehab & Health Care Center. She was born October 7, 1948 in Watseka, the daughter of Harold and Celora Keith Reed and they preceded her in death.

She married John E. Crusie on June 26, 1993 in Milford and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Gina (Tim) Worthey of Milford; one son, Harold Biggs of Etna, Ohio; four granddaughters, Miranda (Jake) Sanford, Megan Krueger, Katana (Noah) Fetherstone and Kaley Biggs; two grandsons, Kyle (Mandi) Krueger and Nicholas (Cassandra) Krueger; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Carol was a waitress and cook at Town & Country Steakhouse in Milford. After receiving her dietician license, she worked at Sheldon Health Care Center and Magnolia Wood Health Care Center in Watseka. She later was the Donut Lady at Casey’s in Milford. Carol was a Cubs fan and enjoyed bowling, Yahtzee, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the 1:00 pm funeral service on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove at Milford.

Memorials may be made to the Family to help with expenses, Watseka Rehab & Health Care Center Activity Fund or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Carol at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Willie B. "Curley" Collins, 90, of Milford

Willie B. “Curley” Collins, 90, of Milford passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on November 18, 1927 in Clinton County, KY, the son of Eddie and Ida Mae Poulson Collins. He married Emeline Allen in Milford on July 1, 1950 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Emeline Collins of Milford, he is also survived by two grandchildren, Amy (Marc) Johnson of DeKalb, IL and Mark (Crystal) Collins of Tampa, FL; four great-grandchildren, Noah, Evan, Lucas and Maverick; and two brothers, Eugene and Overland.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Jonathon, Robert and William; and one brother, Raymond.

Willie was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Milford for over 70 years where he played in the band, New Life Singers, for five years. He had a love for music and enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene in Milford. Rev. Robert Killion will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday.

Memorials may be made to Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland or Church of the Nazarene in Milford.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Anna J. Savoree Disosway, 94, of Watseka

Anna J. Savoree Disosway, 94, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her home. She was born September 6, 1923 in Donovan, the daughter of William and Daisy Fry Donovan and they preceded her in death. She married Marion Savoree on September 30, 1940 in LeClair, Iowa and he preceded her in death on February 12, 1977. She later married Charles W. Disosway on July 18, 1981 in Donovan and he preceded her in death on December 27, 2015. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Strahl and Lula Wood; one daughter, Susan Savoree; and many great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Annabel Iliff of Kentland, IN; one son, Michael Savoree of Watseka; grandchildren, Troy Iliff of Kentland, IN, Lisa Iliff of Kentland, IN, Michele (Scott) Webster of Martinton, Brenda (Mike) Babaj of Sweetwater, TN, Tim (Elaine) Kleckner of TN, Teresa Anderson of Watseka, Rick (Crystal) Kleckner of Clinton, Dave (Renae) Kleckner of Towanda, and Dale (Jane) Moore of Hobart, IN; several great-grandchildren including, Tiffany and Jackie; and many great-great-grandchildren.

Anna was a member of the Darrow Church of Christ and American Legion Auxiliary #633. She had worked at Hi-Grade Egg Farm outside of Donovan. She enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, bowling, dancing, playing rummikub, and being with family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Anna also enjoyed collecting seashells, butterfly memorabilia and elephant memorabilia.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery at Iroquois.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Joseph Sinodinos 47, Watseka

Joseph Sinodinos 47 of Watseka. 

 

Arrangements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Penelope Pearl Keith, 77, of Wellington

Penelope Pearl Keith, 77, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 3:49 P.M. Tuesday April 17, 2018, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, IL.  She was born June 1, 1940, in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Clifford and Hazel (Bell) Smith.  She married Thomas C. Keith on September 28, 1957, in Sheldon, Indiana.  He survives in Wellington.

She is also survived by two daughters, Debra Keith of Danville, IL and Lisa Rath of West Frankfort, IL; two sons, Timothy (Penny) Keith of Monroe, GA and Tony Keith of Loganville, GA; 2 granddaughters; 2 grandsons; 2 great-granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Jean (Bud) Feller; and one brother, Eddie (Mickey) Smith.

Penelope worked at Howard Industries.  She later worked at Grant Ross Credit Union in Hoopeston and then at CCMSI in Danville, IL.  She enjoyed volunteering for the Jerry Lewis MDA and playing the piano and organ.  Penelope also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and loved to play on pogo.com.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Monday April 23, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  No burial will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500 Chicago, Illinois 60606.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Penelope’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Lois Schmidt 93 of Milford

Lois Anne Schmidt, 93, of Milford passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at her residence.

Lois was born December 28, 1924 in rural Cissna Park, the daughter of Ernest and Mary Yergler Bauer. She married Henry E. Schmidt on July 22, 1945 in Woodworth and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Sandra Schmidt and Sherry Schmidt; five brothers and sisters, Ernest, Earl “Bud” Bauer, Alvin Bauer, Marjorie Rinkenberger, and Ella Wittmer.

She is survived by four sons and daughters, Sue (Curt) Spaur of Hoopeston, Chuck (Sheila) Schmidt of Milford, Joan (David) Stuart of Port Moody, British Columbia, and Mark (Lisa) Schmidt of Elburn; six brothers and sisters, Wilma Blunier of Eureka, Marie Hohulin of Roanoke, Dorothy Walder of Cissna Park, Carol (John) Waldbeser of Cissna Park, Robert (Sonnie) Bauer of Cissna Park, and Pete Bauer of Cissna Park. Lois dearly loved her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lois was grateful for her long, blessed life. She believed in and practiced taking one day at a time, truly being present in the moment. Her care and love for Sherry led to her work at the R.P. Roberts Friendship Home in Watseka where she utilized her special gifts of attending to the needs of others and sharing her positive attitude. Lois and Henry were founding members of IARC, now called the ARC of Iroquois County. Lois had a never ending patience, listened without comment and worked to reserve judgment. Her strong faith, sense of humor, and clarity stayed with her until the end.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park. Pastor Silas Montgomery will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Visitation will be from 4:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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James "Jim" Yohnka 62 of Chebanse

James "Jim" Yohnka 62 of Chebanse

 

Visitation will be Tuesday 4/17 from 4-8pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Also one hour prior to the 11 am Wednesday service at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse. 

 

Cremation rites will follow, burial at a later date. 

 

 

 

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Russell David Carley, 73, of Milford,

Russell David Carley, 73, of Milford, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his home.

He was born June 28, 1944 in Watseka, the son of Allen and Velma (Scheiwe) Carley.

Russell married Verla Edwards on December 31, 1966 in Crescent City, IL at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

He was a farmer. In his spare time his hobbies included fishing, playing with his grandchildren, golfing, watching the CUBS, remote control airplanes, flying, and attending men's church group.

Surviving Mr. Carley is his wife, Verla Carley of Milford, IL; parents, Allen and Velma Carley of Watseka; daughters, Marci and Roy Gray of Milford, IL, and Beth and Darren Batdorf of Kankakee, IL; brothers, Leon and Janet Carley of South Beloit, WI, and Kenton and Lisa Carley of Milford, IL; sisters, Virginia and Bob Buhr of Milford, IL, and Bonita Rajala of Watseka; grandchildren, Carley and Jake Mitchell, Cade and Abby Batdorf, Colson Carley, and Gage Gray; nieces and nephews, Kirsten and Amy Rajala, Erin and Carey Buhr, Derek and Damon Carley, and Trenton and Clayton Carley.

He is also preceded in passing by son, Scott Carley; and nephew, Jeff Buhr.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.

Burial will follow at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.

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Bennett Willis 66 of Watseka

Bennett Engle Willis, 66, of Watseka passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at his home. He was born May 11, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Bennett Engle and Irene Gum Willis Jr. and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bill McGary and Bob McGary; and three sisters, Sheila Corke, Carroll Wessels and Shirley Savoree.

He married Teresa Denise Gossett on May 18, 1985 in Watseka and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Tim Willis of Manhattan, Keith (Jamie) Willis of Clifton and David (Karen) Willis of St. Anne; one daughter, Denise (Jim) Janssen of Pekin; and nine grandchildren, Corey Willis, Jacob Willis, Tyler Willis, Blake Willis, Kodie Willis, Hannah Marcier, Abbi Marcier, Alex Willis and Drew Willis.

Mr. Willis was a graduate of Watseka Community High School. He worked at BASF for 43 years as a chemical worker. Bennett loved his family, shooting guns, bowling, dancing, playing cards, and Mustangs.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Jerry Parker will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Dennis Bright 59 of Rankin

Dennis Bright 59 of Rankin

 

Private Services will be a a later date. 

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James A. Casper 67 of Cissna Park

James Caspers 67 of Cissna Park

 

Graveside Services will be 11am Monday April 10th at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park. 

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Dwayne B. Bayston, 97, of Pickerington, OH and formerly of Gilman

Dwayne B. Bayston, 97, of Pickerington, OH and formerly of Gilman passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Amber Park Assisted Living Facility in Pickerington, OH.

Dwayne was born December 11, 1920 in Payton, IA, the son of Howard and Elnora (Haase) Bayston. He married Fern H. Froehling on December 14, 1941 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman and she preceded him in death on October 16, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one granddaughter, Cynthia McMillan; and one son-in-law, Gary Grohler.

He is survived by two daughters, Christine (John) McMillan of Venice, FL and Mary Grohler of Pickerington, OH; one son, Tom (Debra) Bayston of Onarga; and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Bayston served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Dwayne was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman where he served on the church council and played dartball. Mr. Bayston was a lifelong farmer in the Onarga area. He was a member of the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and served on the Board of Directors at Delrey Farmers Grain.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 11:00 am on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Lynn Podoll will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at Onarga Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman.

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LeRoy H. Krumwiede, 87, of Clifton

LeRoy H. Krumwiede, 87, of Clifton passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his home. He was born January 31, 1931 in Buckley, the son of Emil and Theda Hankey Krumwiede. He married Alberta H. Papineau on June 26, 1954 in Clifton and she preceded him in death on February 18, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lial Krumwiede; one sister, Verna Heimlich; and one great-grandchild, Lonnie Sweeney.

He is survived by one daughter, Crystal Krumwiede of Clifton; two sons, Michael (Nancy) Krumwiede of Paxton and David Krumwiede of Chicago; four grandchildren, Amy Jo (Ben) Schunke of Gilman, Michael (Tamara) Sweeney Sr. of Lake Village, IN, Brian Krumwiede of Paxton and Drew (Shelley) Krumwiede of Paxton; nine great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Gerald (Monica) Papineau of Providence, KY; seven nieces; three nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mr. Krumwiede served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. LeRoy worked at Baron-Huot Oil Company for 35 years. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton, Clifton American Legion, Chebanse Twp. Fire Department, having served as assistant chief and chief, Clifton Sportsman’s Club and was a former member of the Clifton Lion’s Club. LeRoy was Scout Master for the Clifton Boy Scouts, coached for the Clifton Little League Association, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. Rev. Ray Bowers will officiate. Burial will be in the Clifton Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice, 482 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 or Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton.

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Robert L. Rudin, 74 of Clifton

Robert L. Rudin 74, of Clifton.

 

Visitation will be Friday April 6th, 2018 4-8pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Also one hour prior to the 11am Saturday Service at Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. 

 

Burial will follow in Clifton Cemetery. 

 

 

 

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James E. Clinton, age 52, of Watseka

James E. Clinton, age 52, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

He was born on August 23, 1965 in Kankakee, Illinois, the son of Ronnie and Ruth (Leveque) Clinton.   Jim married Nicole Ellis on February 28, 2014 in Watseka, Illinois.  

Jim worked as supervisor at Gilster-Mary Lee in Watseka for 31 years.   He enjoyed trains, old vehicles and camping.  

Survivors of Jim are his wife Nicole of Watseka, daughter Amanda (Miguel) Gonzalez of Onarga; son Dalton Clinton of Watseka; his mother Ruth Clinton of Watseka; step-children Vanessa Ellis of Bourbonnais, IL and TJ Epps of St Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren Abby and Jayla Gonzales of Onarga; sister Brenda (Lewis) Bebout of Pickneyville, IL; brother John (Naomi) Clinton of Greenup, IL; mother-in-law Climether Ellis of Pembroke Twp.   He was proceeded in death by his father, Ronnie and grandparents Clarence and Belva Leveque. 

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.   Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00am at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.   A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services.  Burial will follow at the Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka, Illinois.

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Deborah Ann Johnson, age 53 of Watseka

Deborah Ann Johnson, age 53 of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.  She was born on April 7, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Robert Netzband and Judith Johnson. 

Surviving Mrs. Johnson are her Fiance Larry "Butch" Harer of Watseka; her children, Julie Juarez of Joliet, Rebecca  Juarez and Fiance Edwin Santiago of Joliet; step-daughter Jamie Harer of Watseka; brothers, Dominic Prate of Maryland and Thomas Netzband of California; sisters, Shirley Poplawski of Watseka and Barbara Netzband of Willowbrook; grandchildren, Brianna, Lilyanah, Amara, Elijah, Delilah, Maylinah, Isaiah, and Noah; God children, Raychell Ward, Wilde Vermillion, and Bobby Netzband; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Johnson is preceded in death by her parents, son, Steven Juarez Jr, granddaughter Alajandra and Celia Juarez, brother, Robert Netzband. 

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed watching TV and gambling. 

Visitation for Mrs. Johnson will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Interment is private.  

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Rose Ann Buck, 93, of Watseka

 Rose Ann Buck, 93, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

She was born on November 27, 1924 in Ojibwa, WI, the daughter of Adam Kraft and Rose (Brown) Kraft.

Rose Ann married Warren Buck on November 27, 1943 in Schwer, IL.

Mrs. Buck helped farm with her husband. She also worked for Condenser and TRW for 10 years before starting up and owning a school bus company for Unit 9 Schools for 24 years. Rose Ann enjoyed gardening and traveling. She enjoyed traveling so much so that she had visited all 50 states.

Surviving Mrs. Buck are her daughters, Susan (Jack) Zimmerman of Baltimore, MD, and Gloria (Jeanie) Kalhust of West Lafayette, IN; sister, Gladys Beers of Webster, WI; grandchildren, Timothy Mathis, Pamela Piper, Eric Kalhust, Amy White, and Shannon Lange; great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Ashley, Jacob, Kaleb, Gavin, Julia, and Aiden; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Warren; daughter, Patricia Buck; two brothers; and one sister.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Jordan Cooper will officiate.

Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL.

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