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Arthur "Red" N. Nelson Sr., 91, of Hoopsten

Arthur “Red” N. Nelson Sr., 91, of Hoopeston, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Monday, September 16, 2019, Iroquois Memorial Hospital, in Watseka.
Red was born on April 15, 1928, in Chicago, the son of George D. and Rose Mary (Wiengart) Nelson.  He married Marjorie Malott in September of 1948 and later married Florence Elizabeth Schinkey on December 31, 1955, in Danville.  She preceded him in death on December 23, 1992.  
He is survived by one daughter- Rosanne (Terry Chandler) Coffman of Hoopeston; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sons- Don, George and Nick Nelson; one daughter- Theresa “Sissy” Nelson; one brother and four sisters.
Red served in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948 and later served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955.  He worked for several years as an equipment operator at Chanute Air Force Base, in Rantoul, until his retirement in 1971.  He later worked as a custodian and bus driver for Hoopeston Schools, until he retired in 1991.  Red was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #384, VFW Post #4826 and Am Vets, in Rantoul.  He enjoyed walking, doing yardwork, helping others and spending time with his friends.  Red was a great storyteller and he never forgot a face.  He also enjoyed watching train and tractor shows and his cats and dog-Tiger.  
A Celebration of Arthur “Red” N. Nelson Sr’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with Pastor Phillip Callahan officiating.  Burial will follow the service in Rankin Union Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, at Blurton Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or the Hoopeston American Legion.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Red’s life.  Memories or condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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David E. Geiken, 67, of Cissna Park

David E. Geiken, 67, of Cissna Park passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Urbana.

David was born June 12, 1952 in Watseka, the son of Marvin and Juanita (Mohler) Geiken. He married Karen Anderson on June 10, 1978 in Ashkum and she survives.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Geiken of Cissna Park; one daughter, Cara (Scott) Lucht of Cissna Park; one son, Chad (Renee) Geiken of Cissna Park; three grandchildren, Addison and Aubrey Lucht and Taylor Geiken; his mother, Juanita Geiken of Rantoul; two sisters, Donna (Stan) Kopmann of Gifford and Debbie (Bill) Long of Lynn Haven, FL; two brothers, Deane (Cordelia) Geiken of Paxton and Darryl (Tammy) Geiken of Crowley, TX; his father-in-law, Durl Anderson of Ashkum; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Darla; and his mother-in-law, Velma Anderson of Ashkum.

Mr. Geiken was a member of the Cissna Park Fire Department, Sons of American Legion, and trustee at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. David was a Cissna Park FFA Alumni as well as served on the Cissna Park Village Board.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Fire Department or Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park.

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Nina J. Gillenwater

Nina J. Gillenwater, 95, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, September 12th at Gilman Health Care Center.

 

Nina is survived by her 3 children; Rodger Gillenwater of Normal, William Gillenwater of Watseka, and Deana Gregoire of Saranac, Michigan as well as 8 Grandchildren, many Great Grandchildren, and many Great-Great-Grandchildren. 

 

A graveside service is to be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 21st at Memorial Park in Watseka. Knapp Funeral Home is conducting the service

 

More information is pending.

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Mary Lou Pentecost, 90, of Milford

Mary Lou Pentecost, 90, of Milford passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born November 29, 1928 in Milford, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Probasco) Books and they preceded her in death. Mary married Philip “Flip” E. Pentecost in Kankakee on April 17, 1946 and he preceded her in death on August 9, 2005. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Vickie (Joe) Bachman of Pontiac; one brother, George Books of Indiana; one sister, Betty (Books) McGee of Indiana; and three grandchildren, Tammie Sue Perry, David Wayne Garrelts, and William Eugene Pentecost.

Mrs. Pentecost is survived by seven children, Phyllis (L.B.) McLaughlin of Milford, Thelma (Fred Wright) Garrelts of Milford, Dennis (Dolores) Pentecost of Milford, Richard (Becky) Pentecost of Woodland, Cindy (John) Cloutier of Danville, Troy Pentecost of Milford, and Shelley (Brian) Meier of Milford; 18 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; and one brother, Russell Books of Peru, IN.

Mary was a member of Milford Christian Church and the Jolly Grandmothers Club. She loved attending East Enders annual event. She also loved sewing, crocheting, cooking, playing cards, cross stitching, and putting together puzzles.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral service will be held Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Milford Christian Church in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to Milford Christian Church or Milford Ambulance.

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

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Roscoe H. Mason, 90, of Gilman

Roscoe H. Mason, 90, of Gilman passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Gilman Health Care Center. He was born April 26, 1929 in Watseka, the son of Alva and Clara (Wheat) Mason and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Schafroth; five brothers, Edward, Oscar, James, Herman and Russell; and one sister, Lenora Prater.

He married Phyllis Bull on March 18, 1978 in Gilman and she survives. Also surviving are one son, John (Denise) Mason of Gilman; three daughters, Cindy (Gary) Reitz of Gilman, Julie (Bob) Kraft of Gilman and Kelly (Billy) Short of Crescent City; son-in-law, Duane “Auggie” Schafroth of Ashkum; sisters-in-law, Rose Mason of Holt, MI and Mary Mason of Kankakee; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his special buddy, "Cubbie".

Mr. Mason was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman and was a Dartball League member. Roscoe worked for Jones Dairy for 9 years before becoming an Illinois State Trooper for 27 years retiring in 1984. He was then a Bailiff for 22 years for Iroquois County. Roscoe served on the City Council in Gilman for two terms, was a former member and president of Gilman Rotary, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, September 13, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at the Gilman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Please share a memory of Roscoe at knappfuneralhomes.com

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Rolland W. Maddin, 96, of Watseka

Rolland W. Maddin, 96, of Watseka passed away September 7, 2019 at deGreef Hospice House in St. Louis, MO. Rolland was born October 30, 1922 in Watseka, the son of James W. and Marcia Glee (Conn) Maddin and they preceded him in death. He married Barbara M. Boughton in Watseka on September 19, 1942 and she preceded him in death on February 9, 2017. Rolland was also preceded in death by his two sisters.

He is survived by one son, Michael (Barbara) Maddin of Springfield; one grandson, James (Laura) Maddin of St. Louis, MO; one granddaughter, Amy (Molly Dilley) Maddin of St. Louis, MO; and two great granddaughters, Evelyn and Emma Maddin.

Mr. Maddin was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, Watseka Masonic Lodge, and the Watseka American Legion. Mr. Maddin served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Rolland enjoyed woodworking.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2019, also at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Ben Stone will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. 

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Merrill M. Redman, 90, of Watseka

Merrill M. Redman, 90, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

Merrill was born February 6, 1929 in Stockland, the youngest son of Guy and Hazel (Martin) Redman. He was married to Patricia Shropshire of Watseka from 1949-1989. He was then married to Mary Debus and she survives.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Redman of Watseka; son, Jack (Ruth) Redman of Denton, TX; daughter, Jill (Gary) Pratt of Chisago City, MN; step-son, Jim (Melissa) Debus of North Carolina; grandchildren, Jeremy (Jenice) Pratt, Cory (Jennifer) Redman, Tyler (Magon) Redman, James (Erin) Redman, and McKenna, Tanner, and Brenneka Debus; great-grandchildren, Abigail Pratt, Alex Pratt, Graham Redman, and Jackson Redman.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hobert, Jack, and Eugene Redman; and infant son, James Kenneth Redman.

Merrill attended the First United Methodist Church in Watseka and was a member of the Watseka Kiwanis Club and Watseka Masonic Lodge. He was a Sales Manager at Uarco for thirty years as well as owned and operated Pine Forest Lodge in Mercer, WI for twelve years.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. memorial service on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Kara Berg will officiate. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Merrill at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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James "Jim" Lee Brammer, 73, of Gilman, formerly of Milford

James “Jim” Lee Brammer, 73, of Gilman, formerly of Milford, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at Gilman Health Care Center. He was born October 12, 1945 in Watseka, the son of James J. and Viola (Newnum) Brammer and they preceded him in death. Jim married Peggy Haxton on April 1, 1994 in Milford and she preceded him in death on May 12, 2018.

Mr. Brammer is survived by one special cousin, Nita Dubble of Watseka.

Jim was the police chief for the town of Buckley, retiring in 2010 and was the police chief in Onarga for several years. He served as a police officer for several southern Iroquois County towns. Jim was the owner and publisher for the Milford Area Bulletin Board for eight years, 2002 – 2010.

A celebration of life will take place at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Life Church in Gilman. Cremation rites were accorded.

Memorials may be made to Life Church of Gilman, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, or Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Shirley J. Wright, 77, of Milford

Shirley J. Wright, 77, of Milford passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019 at her residence.

Shirley was born January 11, 1942 in Cave City, KY, the daughter of Roy Cecil and Golda (Ooten) Flowers. She married Clifton Wright on February 20, 1960 in Gallatin, TN and he survives.

Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, John (Carla) Wright of Birchwood, TN; two daughters, Jamie (Steven) Fritz of Manteno and Jeannie Wright of Summerville, SC; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Pat Richardson.

Cremation rites were accorded and private family services will be held.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Jeannette M. Winder, 83 of Buckley

eannette M. Winder, 83 of Buckley, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 209 W. Jones St., Milford with Pastor Karl Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Buckley.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 306 E. Lincoln, Buckley and Wednesday one hour before the service from 10-11 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milford.

Jeannette was born October 24, 1935 in Watseka the daughter of Elmer W. and Clara Hecht Hartke. She married Warren Winder April 16, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buckley. He survives.

Along with her husband, Warren, she is survived by two sons, Gene (Stephanie) Winder of West Lafayette, Indiana; James Winder of Buckley; a daughter, Susan DeAtley of Paxton; five grandchildren, Victoria Kaufmann, Morgan Winder, Wesley Ricketts, Grant Sondgeroth, Garrett Sondgeroth and two great grandchildren, Rowan and Scarlett Kaufmann.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Wesley Warren Winder.

Jeannette graduated from Buckley High School in 1953. She worked for General Telephone of Paxton as a secretary, the Times Spirit Newspaper, Milford and Watseka and Dr. Jon Link, Chiropractor, Milford. Before returning to Buckley, she and her husband lived in Paxton, Shannon and Milford.

She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milford, the Dorcas Society and the church choir. Jeannette enjoyed visiting with friends, neighbors and relatives. She took great pride in being a penny pincher and coupon clipper. Jeannette had a love for gardening and canning. But nothing meant more to her than reading her devotions and the Bible.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milford or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

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Tori Jessilyn Irvin, 21, of Gilman

Tori Jessilyn Irvin, 21, of Gilman, IL, passed away at 8:20 P.M. Tuesday August 20, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born July 13, 1998, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Milton W. (Amanda) Irvin Jr. and Pamela Basler Irvin (Ray Seegmiller). 

She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Monet Basler of Champaign, IL and Sky Irvin of Springfield, IL; six brothers, Gage Irvin of Gilman, IL, Daniel James, Christopher Irvin, Jayden Irvin, and Milton Irvin III all of Maynardville, TN, and Devon Irvin of Danville, IL;  paternal grandparents, Carol (Butch) Calvert Irvin Schroeder of Milford, IL; maternal grandmother, Judy Basler of Gilman, IL; two nieces, Olivia Basler and Alayna Mason; and aunt and uncles, Frank (Karyn) Basler, Josh (Danyel) Irvin, Tony Irvin, and Amy (Jeremy) Irvin.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Milton Irvin Sr.

Tori worked at the Loft in Ashkum and later at McDonald’s in Gilman.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and listening to music.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Tuesday August 27, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Pastor David Bowen officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the family C/O Carol Schroeder.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Lorraine S. Goldenstein, 96, of Gilman

Lorraine S. Goldenstein, 96, of Gilman passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at her home. She was born March 15, 1923 in Onarga, the daughter of Harm and Lydia (Bultman) Doeden. She married Edwin L. Goldenstein on January 17, 1943 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on September 2, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents; all of her brothers and sisters; two sons-in-law, Dale St. Peter and Byron Borchers; and one grandson, Vaughn Borchers.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Borchers of Gilman and Brenda St. Peter of Watseka; three grandchildren, Dana (Paul) Borchers Grosse of Skokie, Julie St. Peter of Nashville, TN, and James (Jenifer) St. Peter of Gilman; one granddaughter-in-law, Julie Borchers of Gilman; eight great-grandchildren, Zachary (Kristin) Borchers, Dakota Borchers, Sara Grosse, Joshua Grosse, Amelia Grosse, Logan St. Peter, Nathan St. Peter and Emily St. Peter; two great-great-grandchildren, Bridon Zachary Borchers and London Lorraine Borchers; and special caregivers whom she loved and cared for dearly.

Mrs. Goldenstein was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. She was a farm wife and loved cooking, taking care of people, and her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at Wenger Cemetery in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to God’s Food Pantry.

Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Evelyn Rose Piggush, 92, of Milford

Evelyn Rose Piggush, 92, of Milford passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Hoopeston.

Evelyn was born January 24, 1927 in Milford, the daughter of Joseph and Ada (Doud) Kennedy. She married Fred E. Piggush on August 26, 1950 in Milford and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter, Bryan Piggush of Hoopeston, Laurie Deitcher of Milford, and Kevin (Michelle) Piggush of Effingham; eight grandchildren, Michael, Scott, and Christopher Piggush, Michelle Deal, Jamie and Rose Deitcher, and Hannah and Grant Piggush; eleven great grandchildren; and one special daughter, Nancy Jo Langellier.

Evelyn was a devoted Christian. She was a member of the Milford Christian Church for over 80 years.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until the 6:00 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Milford Christian Church. Revs. Brent Zastrow and Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Memorials may be made to IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service).

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Margaret "Maggie" Griswold, 70, of Claytonville

Margaret “Maggie” Griswold, 70, of Claytonville passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born October 25, 1948 in East Chicago, IN, the daughter of William R. and Donna (Popovich) Barnett. She married Gary A. Griswold on January 20, 1973 in Griffith, IN and he preceded her in death on January 3, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Louise and Floyd Sanders; and one nephew, David Sanders.

She is survived by one daughter, Sarah (Adam) Schleef of Onarga; two grandchildren, Gracie Elizabeth Schleef and Benjamin Adam Schleef; one niece, Melissa (Kendall) McGibney of Montpelier, VT; two great-nieces, Molly Louise McGibney and Maggie Parker McGibney; and many special paternal nieces and nephews.

Maggie was a member of the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. She and her husband owned and operated Griswold Feed, Inc. since 1992.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. Rev. Molly Spence-Hawk will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral service at church from 9:00-11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carle Hospice or Cissna Park United Methodist Church.

The Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka is in charge of arrangements.

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Deborah S. Schafroth, 65, of Ashkum

Deborah S. Schafroth, 65, of Ashkum passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Gilman Health Care Center in Gilman. She was born March 31, 1954 in Fairbury, the daughter of Roscoe and Zelda (Mitchell) Mason. Deborah married Duane K. "Augie" Schafroth in Gilman on September 17, 1994 and he survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Lisa (Carl) Quinlan of SC and Ryan (April Gross) Leggott of Clifton; one grandson, Jackson Leggott of Chebanse; her father and step-mother, Roscoe (Phyllis) Mason of Gilman; her brother, John (Denise) Mason of Gilman; two step-daughters, Lisa (Jim) Cote of Ft. Meyers, FL and Theresa Hines of GA; one step-son, Paul (Jennifer) Schafroth of CO; and ten step-grandchildren.
Deborah is preceded in death by her mother, Zelda Mason.

Mrs. Schafroth was a member of the Gilman United Methodist Church. She was active in Sunshine Circle and G.R.O.W. Deborah loved to tend to flowers and attend flea markets and antique shows. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandson, Jackson.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Gilman United Methodist Church, as well as an hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., also at Gilman United Methodist Church. Rev. Malcolm Jones and Gary Fairchild will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Gilman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Ivan Joseph "Sonny" Weber, 84, of Piper City

Ivan Joseph “Sonny” Weber, 84, of Piper City passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born March 30, 1935 in Kankakee, the son of Adam and Mildred (Grubbs) Weber and they preceded him in death in addition to one daughter, Carolyn Weber and one son, Michael Weber.

He married Bernice Hansen on June 1, 1963 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Piper City and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Joanne Kelly of Rantoul; one sister, Erma Hewerdine of Loda; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Weber of Union Town, OH; four grandchildren, Carson Weber and Aisha, Rashida and Kenya Kelly; and five great-grandchildren.

Sonny served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958 during the Korean Conflict. He was a welder and retired in 1984 from Caterpillar and also farmed with Read Brothers. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Piper City, Knights of Columbus and Chatsworth Snowmobile Club. He was a volunteer firefighter in Piper City and enjoyed snowmobiling and Nascar. His favorite Nascar driver was Kyle Busch. Sonny loved to talk and be the center of attention.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Piper City. Fr. John Peeters will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Piper City.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to Masses.

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Braeden "Bubba" Vincent Seabert, 19, of Watseka

Braeden “Bubba” Vincent Seabert, 19, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Springfield, MO. He was born November 23, 1999 in Watseka, the son of Jamin H. Seabert and Crystal J. Tiarks.

Braeden is survived by his mother, Crystal Tiarks of Watseka; three sisters, Gracie Seabert of Watseka, Abby Cyr of Reeds Spring, MO; and Kinzie Seabert of Reeds Spring, MO; one brother, Jakin Seabert of Reeds Spring, MO; his paternal grandparents, Jim and Sue Seabert of Martinton; maternal grandparents, Pam and Mick Thurston of Watseka; maternal grandfather, Mike “Opa” Tiarks of Poplar Bluff, MO; maternal great-grandfather, Herb Clatterbuck and friend, Janice of Watseka; maternal great-grandmother, Joan Tiarks of Clifton; three uncles and aunts, Brian and Lezlie Tiarks and their children, Chandler, Joseph, and Amelia; Paul and Stephanie Tiarks and children, Delia and Eli; Stacey and Jason Lareau and children, Caleb, Josh, Kimmy, and Tabby; and numerous great aunts and uncles.

Braeden was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Jamin H. and Kim Seabert; great grandmothers, Norma Clatterbuck and Ruth Whitlow; and great grandfather, Herbert Tiarks.

Braeden was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. He was a 2018 graduate of Watseka Community High School where he was a member of the Watseka Marching Warriors. He loved fishing, food, hunting, and his dog, Apollo.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Dan Belanger officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WCHS Band Boosters or Braeden Seabert Memorial Fund at Iroquois Federal.

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Gloria Boone, 69, of Martinton

Gloria Boone, 69, of Martinton, IL, passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019.
She was born August 17, 1949, the daughter of Silven Ray and Helen (Young) Ray.
Gloria married Rodney Boone at St. Martin’s Church on August 8, 1970.
Mrs. Boone was a Secretary for the St. Anne Grade School for over 25 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving Mrs. Gloria Boone is her husband, Rodney Boone of Martinton, IL; children, Ryan (Kristy) Boone of Martinton, IL, Renee (Jay) Morris of Watseka, IL, and Robyn (Brandon) Branson of Mahomet, IL; one brother, Gary Ray of Aroma Park, IL; and grandchildren, Cole, Blakley, Kaylee, Lucas, Aidan, Austin, Addison, Preston, and Teagan.
She is also preceded in death by her parents.
A Gathering of Friends will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials in Mrs. Boone’s name can be made to the IMH Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Louanne Bratcher, 64, of Watseka

Louanne Bratcher, 64, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
She was born on September 10, 1954 in Chebanse, IL, the daughter of Carl Nordmeyer and Blanche (Ehrich) Clark.
Louanne married Artie Bratcher in Clifton, IL on July 8, 1978. He preceded her in passing.
Ms. Bratcher was an in-home health care provider for the elderly. She was an animal and plant lover. She enjoyed gardening.
Surviving Ms. Bratcher are her sons, Alan Bratcher of Watseka, and Eric (Kim) Bratcher of Rocklin, CA; brothers, Terry (Halina Gumiela) Nordmeyer of Kankakee, and Robert Nordmeyer of Arizona; sister-in-law, Helen Nordmeyer of Clifton; special friend, Greg Nourie of Watseka; and nieces and nephews, Kerri Mummert, Jay and Geoff Nordmeyer.
A Gathering of Friends will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Ms. Bratcher’s name can be made to ICARE.

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Ryland Snow, 77, of St. Joseph, formerly of Gilman and Herscher

Ryland Snow, 77, of St. Joseph, formerly of Gilman and Herscher, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at his residence in St. Joseph. He was born on February 5, 1942 in Watseka, the son of Carl and Mary (Cordray) Snow and they preceded him in death. Ryland married Arlene M. Schuler in Gilman on September 19, 1964 and she preceded him in death on September 30, 2016. In addition to his wife and parents, Ryland was preceded in death by his brother, Ted Snow and his sister, Audrey Richardson. 

Mr. Snow is survived by two sons, David C. Snow of Columbus, OH and Steven S. (Peggy Brown) Snow of Gilman; four grandchildren, R.C. (Nicole Johnson) Snow, Jackie Snow, Nicole (Dakota) Snow-Reardon, and Mike Snow; one sister, Ann Foreman of Tuscola; one sister-in-law, Joan Snow of Decatur; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Mr. Snow served in the United States Navy during Vietnam. Ryland was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman. He loved fishing, camping, and tinkering with old cars. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and pets. Mr. Snow worked as a barber and later worked for Natural Gas Pipeline in Herscher. 

Visitation will be Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Rod Snow will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery in Thawville. Military graveside rites by Gilman American Legion Post #499.

Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice. 

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Randall Glen Garrett, 70, of Milford

Randall Glen Garrett, 70, of Milford passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at his home. He was born April 18, 1949 in Byrdstown, TN, the son of Arthur and Jane (Neal) Garrett and they preceded him in death in addition to two brothers, four sisters and one son, Ernie.

He married Anna “Dids” Bryant on April 10, 1969 in Milford and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Quinton Q. Garrett of Milford; one brother, Leslie (Bonnie) Garrett of Smyrna, TN; one sister, Aleta Cain of Brentwood, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Garrett served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion in Rossville. He worked at FMC for 20 years. Glen enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and any challenge to fix things that didn’t work.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Milford Christian Church. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Milford Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Glen Garrett Memorial Fund or Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Catherine Buhrmester, 56, of Watseka

Catherine Buhrmester, 56, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born December 28, 1962 in Kankakee, the daughter of James and Sandra (Donaldson) Warner and they preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death, two brothers, James Warner and Stacey Warner; one sister-in-law, Katherine Warner; her grandmother, Darlene Donaldson; one son, Dean Buhrmester; and one daughter, Rebecca Buhrmester.

Catherine married Gary Buhrmester at Milford Christian Church on August 24, 2001 and he survives. In addition to her husband, Catherine is survived by four daughters, Christine Farahs of Gardner, Jammie (Roger) Brys of Watseka, Missy Buhrmester of Momence, and Breanna (Paulo Lara) Buhrmester of Donna, TX; one son, Steven Buhrmester of Seattle, WA; one sister, Shaunda Jenkins of Hobbs, NM; one brother, Brian Warner of Hobbs, NM; 5 grandchildren, Johnathan Buhrmester, Patrick Farahs, Meghan Buhrmester, Amaya Buhrmester, and Hazel Lara; one great grandson, Oliver; two uncles, Carl Donaldson of AL and Charlie Donaldson of Rockford; six aunts, Toyna Sarcent of Cissna Park, Sharon Stalnecker of Kankakee, Mary Klonowski of Danforth, Carlene Jester of OK, Donna Montague of Bradley, and Lois McFaren of FL; special friends, Tammy Kilgore, Don Breky, “Gump”, and Gwen Childress; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Buhrmester loved her grandchildren, making jewelry, listening to music, playing her Nintendo DS, watching scary movies, shopping, cooking, and baking.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes. 

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Richard C. Knol, 87, of Watseka

Richard C. Knol, 87, of Watseka passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at his home in Watseka. He was born July 8, 1932 in Chicago, the son of Cornelius and Nellie (Tuitman) Knol and they preceded him in death. Rich married Marlene Frederick in Chicago on February 8, 1958 and she preceded him in death on May 27, 1999.

Rich is survived by three sons, Thomas (Laura) Knol of Manteno, Daniel Knol of Crown Point, and Andrew (Candi) Knol of Lowell, IN; one daughter, Carrie (Jake) Schroeder of Watseka; fourteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Peterson of Minnesota and Dorothy Rex of Tennessee; and one brother, Robert (Maggie) Knol of California.

Rich graduated high school at Pullman Tech in Chicago. He served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War and was later a design engineer at International Harvester for many years. Rich enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family. He was a loving father, a man of strong faith, and was always willing to help others.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Jack McCormick will officiate. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Chicago.

Memorials may be made to Youth for Christ. 

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Gordon E. Winger, 84, of Cissna Park

Gordon E. Winger, 84, of Cissna Park passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Faith Place in Danforth. He was born January 28, 1935 in Cissna Park, the son of George A. and Gladys K. (Hari) Winger and they preceded him in death. Gordon married Aldine Young in Cissna Park on June 28, 1959 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Guy (Sarah) Winger of Cissna Park and Gil (Anita) Winger of Bloomington; one daughter, Abby (Bud) Petry of Cissna Park; three sisters, Irma Jean Knapp, Lila Winger, and Marilyn Winger all of Cissna Park; seven grandchildren; and one great grandson.

Gordon served in the United States Marines during the Korean War. He later worked at Uarco as a pressman from 1954 – 1994. Mr. Winger attended the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, traveling, and loved the outdoors.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., also at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Tom Stock will officiate. Burial will follow the service at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. 

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Marvin Perzee 76 of Ashkum

Marvin E. Perzee, 76, of Ashkum passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born October 9, 1942 in Watseka, the son of Nellie (Koets) Perzee. He was preceded in death by his mother; one brother, Wendell Perzee; one daughter, Karen Cox; one grandson, Zachary Rabideau; and one niece, Alana Perzee.

He married Sharon K. Durst on September 21, 1979 in Danville and she survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Merle Perzee of Danforth and Wayne (Cheryl) Perzee of Olathe, Kansas; one daughter, Kim (Robert) Rabideau of Clifton; one son-in-law, Kevin Cox of Bloomington; grandchildren, Quentin (Christy) Rabideau, Alex and Sean Rabideau, Jeremy Giles, Cory (Marisa) Giles, and Noah, Annalise and Conner Cox; great-grandchildren, Camden and Grayson Rabideau, Amina, North and Ani Rabideau, and Cillian Giles; and nieces and nephews, Chrissy (Kevin) Marose and Aaron Perzee.

Marvin was a member of many professional organizations and received several awards and honors including: in 1963, American Farmer Degree – FFA; 1963-1969, Army Reserves; 1963-1992, Iroquois County Republican Precinct Committeeman and Chairman for 14 years; 1965 to present, leader of the Ashkum Chargers 4-H Club; 1965 to present, served on the Board of Directors of the Iroquois County Agricultural and 4-H Fairs Association and was elected President in 1973 and then assumed the role of Vice-President in 2019; 1968 to present, member of Elks Club, Moose Club, American Hampshire Sheep Association and Farm Bureau; 1971-1981, member of Iroquois County Extension Youth Council; 1971, Vice-Chairman American National Red Cross Fund Campaign; 1973, Outstanding Young Farmer Award recipient – Illinois Jaycees; 1974, appeared in Awards Volume of Outstanding Young Men of America; 1979 to present, member of Legislative Committee for the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs and Chairman for 40 years; 1979-present, Vice-President of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Association – Northern District; 1979-1984, member of Department of Agriculture Advisory Board; 1980, recipient of the Iroquois County Extension Council Alumni award for distinguished service; 1982-1983, President of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Association- Northern District; 1983-1984, member of Advisory Board for Division of Fairs and Horse Racing; 1984-1989, Director of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs; 1984, recipient of Department of Agriculture, Fairman of the Year Award; 1990-1998, appointed to the State Fair Advisory Board; 1990-1991, President of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs; 1992-1996, Director at Large of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs; 1999, Prairie Farmer – Master Farmer Award; 1999-2003, appointed to Attorney General Jim Ryan’s Advisory Board; 2005, Watseka Times Republic – Lifetime Achievement Award; 2006, Kankakee Daily Journal – Farm Family of the Year Award; 2007, inducted into the University of Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame; 2014, Certificate of Appreciation – OPTIONS Center for Independent Living; 2014 to present, State of Illinois Advisory Board Carnival Safety Board; and 2019, Recognition of Service to Fair Industry From Illinois House and Senate.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until the 5:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, north of Crescent City. Visitation will also resume after the funeral service. Pastor Don Gillespie will officiate. Burial will be on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Danforth Reformed Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iroquois County Fair.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Marvin at knappfuneralhomes.com

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