Obituaries

Sharon Gerber, 82, Martinton

Sharon Gerber, 82, Martinton, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

She was born July 21, 1936 in Belmont Township in a farm house, the daughter of Mearl Eckstein and Florence (Leveque) Eckstein.

Sharon married Robert Gerber on October 13, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, IL. He preceded her in passing April 11, 2014.

Mrs. Gerber ran a license Day Care from home from 1983 until 2016. Sang in the Watseka Cantata from 1988 until 2016, worked at Radio Condensor/TRW for ten years, Watseka McDonald’s for nine years, sang in Prairie Singers for five years, and Hardee’s for four years. She was a member of the Donovan Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for twenty-nine years, youth group assistant for six years, first woman to serve communion in the church, on the church board as a treasurer for twenty-six years, song leader for the last five years until the church closed and then sold in October of 2011. She later became a member of the Methodist Church of Christ in Donovan, IL. Sharon was also a member of the Tender Loving Karegiver of Our Young Day Care, Watseka Day Care Association, and Watseka “Share” Program. Her hobbies included doing word books, reading, being outside, working with children, being with family and friends, baking, canning, gardening, and playing the organ.

Surviving Mrs. Gerber is sons, Daniel (Diane) Gerber of Manteno, IL, Joseph (Penny) Gerber of Watseka, and Retired Captain Steven (Jenny) Gerber of Waverly, TN; daughter, Susan Gerber of Watseka; sister-in-law, Jean Yates of Watseka; sister, Nancy Leach of Fresno, CA; grandchildren, Scott Neff of Watseka, Shawn (Alyssa Hanford) Neff of Lafayette, IN, Stephanie and Sydney Gerber of Louisville, KY; step-grandchildren, Wesley and Cobie Turpin of Waverly, TN, Keisha Winding of Mansfield, Texas, Jeremy (Kim) Aldridge of Bradley, and Aaron Farley of Manteno; great-grandchildren, Scott Neff of Watseka and Brooke Neff of Lafayette, IN’ step-great-grandchildren, Clayton, Ayden, Skyler, Ryder, Lilly Aldridge of Bradley, IL and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Beverly Eckstein; brother-in-law, Jerry Leach; and twin nephews, Ricky and Richard Ritter

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.

Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate.

Burial will take place at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL

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Barbara H. Hillary, 92, of Watseka

Barbara H. Hillary, 92, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born February 11, 1926 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of Earl and Helen Talbert Hurt. She married Howard Hillary on November 9, 1957 in Kentland, IN and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Marge Jones; and one son, Bobby Thornburg.

She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Thornburg (Victoria Goller) of Watseka, Donna (Greg) Crouch of Milford and Bonnie Thornburg (Sonja Strahl) of Iroquois; three grandchildren, Dustin McCullough of Alabama, Darci (Erik) Thordarson of Indiana and Danielle (Ross) Huntley of Indiana; five great-grandchildren, Paityn, Ainsleygrace & Emery Thordarson and Asher & Keaton Huntley; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hillary was a member of the Watseka Rebecca Lodge and Watseka V.F.W. She worked in the nursery at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka for 18 years. Barbara enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting, playing cards and Bingo, watching Wheel of Fortune, and spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 12:00 pm funeral service on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Ryan Mustered will officiate. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Iroquois Resident Home or the Donor’s Choice.

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Daryl "Popcorn" Thada, 59, of Cissna Park

Daryl “Popcorn” Thada, 59, of Cissna Park passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on November 18, 1958 in Belmond, Iowa, the son of Dean and Alvira (Meinders) Thada and they preceded him in death, along with his mother-in-law, Doloris Luhrsen. Daryl married Bobbi Luhrsen at Ash Grove on September 3, 1988 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Mike (Joey) Fisher of Peru; one daughter, Erica (Jason) Rayfield of Cissna Park; one brother, Byron (Karen) Thada of Crawfordsville, Indiana; one sister, Diane (Dan) Schultz of Clear Lake, Iowa; four grandchildren, Kayla Fisher, Jack Wessels, and Justin and Jamie Rayfield; and his father-in-law, Bob Luhrsen of Cissna Park.

Daryl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan, and loved spending time with his grandkids. He was employed in the agriculture industry for many years and most recently was employed by Greene Galvanized Stairs in East Lynn.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.

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

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Homes in Cissna Park. 

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David A. Meyer, 55, a lifelong resident of Gilman

David A. Meyer, 55, a lifelong resident of Gilman, Illinois passed away at 10:29 A.M., Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the Iroquois Memorial Emergency Room in Watseka, Illinois following a sudden illness. His funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth, Illinois with Rev. Donald J. MacDonald III officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice.

David was born on June 22, 1963 in Fairbury, Illinois to Arnold Meyer and Doris Finckbone. His mother Patricia Louise (Zirkle) Meyer raised him from an early childhood. His childhood was spent in Gilman and he graduated from the last class of Gilman High School in 1981.

He married Rhonda R. Hall on September 10, 1994 in Watseka. She survives.
David is also survived by his children Aimee Meyer of South Bend, Indiana; Zak (Brittany) Trumann of Sanford, Florida; Morgan Essington of Kankakee, Illinois; Dani Meyer of Gilman, two grandsons Logan Trainor and Wyatt Trumann, his father Arnold Meyer of Gilman, mother Doris Lavender of Watseka and his siblings Jim (Melissa) Meyer of Danforth, Robert (Kimberly) Meyer of Phoenix, Arizona; Paul Meyer of Pontiac, Illinois and Sandi (Marty) Weaver of Gilman. David was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Meyer, a sister Lori Ann Meyer and a brother Earl Thomas Meyer.

He attended the Danforth Reformed Church.
David owned and operated Dave's Carpentry and was the General Contractor.
He had been a member of the Iroquois Highlife Pool League. He was an avid card player and enjoyed shooting pool, cooking, gardening, canning, watching the Cubs and loved his German Shepherds.

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June E. Focken, 103, of Danforth and formerly of Crescent City

June E. Focken, 103, of Danforth and formerly of Crescent City passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born January 24, 1915 in Roberts, the daughter of Burton and Elizabeth (Ortlep) Harwood and they preceded her in death along with one sister, Arlene Salisbury, and two daughters; Betty Whaley and Mary Jean Harms. She was also proceeded in death by her first husband, Harley Harms and she later married Arnold G. Focken on June 16, 1940 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2005.

She is survived by one son, Gary (Linda) Focken of The Villages, FL; one daughter, Harlean Barth of Chicago, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 15 great great-grandchildren.

June graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1964 with a Bachelor’s in Education. She was a member of St. Peter’s Luther Church in Crescent City, Martinton Christian Ladies Society, Royal Neighbors of America, and Iroquois County Historical Society where she served on the board. She was also a member of the Iroquois County Retired Teachers Association, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the National Retired Teachers Association. June and Arnold were active members of the Iroquois and Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and loved to travel throughout the United States and Europe throughout the years. June was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City. Rev. Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City.

Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City, Iroquois County Historical Museum, or Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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Ila L. Bailey, 91, of Watseka

Ila L. Bailey, 91, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born April 6, 1927 in Odell, the daughter of Harley and Hattie (Branz) Shelton and they preceded her in death. Ila married Earnest Bailey in Emington, Illinois on June 8, 1946 and he survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, James (Judy) Bailey of Ashkum; six daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Hughey of Wilmette, Cynthia Curl of Chebanse, Elaine (Robert) Tammen of Danforth, Ila Jayne (Russell) Hiatt of Danville, Lois (Todd) Bayston of Kankakee, and Marjorie (Kevin) Clabby of Chebanse; one brother, Fred Shelton of Dwight, 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

Ila was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, baking, and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. 

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Betty J. Henrichs, 83 of rural Onarga

Betty J. Henrichs, 83 of rural Onarga passed away on Saturday October 27, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on November 29, 1934 in rural Paxton the daughter of Harvey and Beulah Callahan Landrey. Betty married Melvin Henrichs in Woodworth on June 2, 1956 and he survives. Also surviving are three sons- Dennis (Suncha) Henrichs of O’Fallon, IL, Alan (Rhonda) Henrichs of Onarga, and Kenneth (Glenda) Henrichs of Wellington; one daughter- Penny (Tom) Smith of Springfield; one sister- Gloria Charlier of FL; one brother in law- David Finney of FL; 12 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, one sister- Judy Finney, one grandchild, and one great grandchild.

She was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. Betty was a farmer’s wife and Certified Nursing Assistant for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Visitation will be on Tuesday October 30, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to service at the church. Funeral services will be on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at 11:00 am at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth with Rev Michael Stoerger officiating. Burial will follow in St Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Alzheimers Association in memory of her sister, Judy.

Please share a memory of Betty at knappfuneralhomes.com. 

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Kenneth Paul Leonard, 62, of Milford

Kenneth Paul Leonard, 62, of Milford passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at his home. He was born October 26, 1955 in Mendota, the son of John Robert and Mary Lou Conklin Leonard. He is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Leonard of Earlville; three brothers, Kevin (Diane) Leonard of Sartell, MN, Kelly Leonard of Earlville and Kris (Sharon) Leonard of Elmhurst; nieces and nephews including, Matthew Leonard, Michael Leonard, Laura Leonard, Michaelene Leonard, Katherine Leonard and Sean Leonard; one aunt, Kay (Roger) Cantlin of Naperville; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Leonard was a teacher for 38 years with his last position being at the Milford School District. He coached many girls and boys basketball teams at the Jr. High and High School level throughout his career. Ken was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame having been inducted in May 2018. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame and Indiana University basketball and legendary coach Bobby Knight. Ken loved running and competed in over 300 races including several half-marathons and the Chicago Marathon. He also established and organized the annual Milford Fun Days 5K walk/run.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Milford Grade School South Gymnasium. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Earlville at St. Theresa Cemetery.

Memorials in Ken’s name may be made to the Milford School Athletic Boosters, 200 S. Chicago, Milford, IL 60953.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

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Margaret "Maggie" Elizabeth Johnson Martin, 77, of Watseka

Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Johnson Martin, 77, of Watseka, IL passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City, MI. She was born July 12, 1941 to Mercedes (McMullen) and J. Lennart Johnson in Bay City, MI.

Maggie attended the University of Michigan and received her Masters in Piano Performance. She was an accomplished pianist and also played the violin and cello. Early in her career she taught at both Interlochen School of Performing Arts and Central Michigan University. Maggie then moved to Chicago and started her own company selling computers. Maggie was named Chicago Businesswoman of the Year in the late 1960’s. It was this honor that gained her an interview with WBBM Radio, which in turn led to her being introduced to “Mr. Wonderful”. She married Richard “Dick” Martin on August 18, 1973 at the 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago.

In the early 1980’s, Maggie, along with other leading women in the community, began the Iroquois Arts and Education Council. The purpose was to bring string, vocal, and piano lessons to the community. Maggie enjoyed tennis and snow skiing. When she realized that neither of these were going to be something Dick would do, she picked up the game of golf. She had six holes in one. In 1989, Maggie became the General Manager of WGFA Radio. She took the station to the full 50,000 watts it is today and made several positive improvements. Maggie served as Chairperson of the IMH Development Council from 1991-2006. During her tenure as Chair, over $5 million had been generously gifted from area residents and businesses to support the growth of IMH. She served on the IMH Board of Trustees from 2003-2014. Maggie was also on the Board of Governors at the Country Club of Florida in Boynton Beach Florida. Dick and Maggie enjoyed vacationing to Delray Beach Florida during the winters. She was an avid reader. And she and Dick thoroughly enjoyed cocktail hour with the neighbors at the Coney Avenue Drinking Club. Maggie was a kind, generous, spiritual, and loving woman who left her mark on all who knew her. She never met a stranger. She was a dedicated servant to her Lord, church, family and community.

Maggie was preceded in death by her parents and 1 grandchild. Maggie is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dick Martin of Watseka; children, Sam (Liz) Martin, Nancy (Mark) Burns, Daniel Martin, Gregory Martin, and Stacey Smith; her step-mother, Bonnie Johnson of Bay City, MI; sister, Debra Gruber of Bay City, MI; brothers, Fred Johnson of MI, Thomas (Brenda) Teeple of Essexville, MI and Pat (Nancy) Johnson of Bloomfield Hills, MI; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka from 4-7 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018. The funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:30 am with the Reverend Tom McCann officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, the School of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Iroquois Memorial Hospital, or curepsp.org.

Please share a memory of Maggie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Margaret "Maggie" Elizabeth Johnson Martin, 77, of Watseka

Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Johnson Martin, 77, of Watseka, IL passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City, MI. She was born July 12, 1941 to Mercedes (McMullen) and J. Lennart Johnson in Bay City, MI.

Maggie attended the University of Michigan and received her Masters in Piano Performance. She was an accomplished pianist and also played the violin and cello. Early in her career she taught at both Interlochen School of Performing Arts and Central Michigan University. Maggie then moved to Chicago and started her own company selling computers. Maggie was named Chicago Businesswoman of the Year in the late 1960’s. It was this honor that gained her an interview with WBBM Radio, which in turn led to her being introduced to “Mr. Wonderful”. She married Richard “Dick” Martin on August 18, 1973 at the 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago.

In the early 1980’s, Maggie, along with other leading women in the community, began the Iroquois Arts and Education Council. The purpose was to bring string, vocal, and piano lessons to the community. Maggie enjoyed tennis and snow skiing. When she realized that neither of these were going to be something Dick would do, she picked up the game of golf. She had six holes in one. In 1989, Maggie became the General Manager of WGFA Radio. She took the station to the full 50,000 watts it is today and made several positive improvements. Maggie served as Chairperson of the IMH Development Council from 1991-2006. During her tenure as Chair, over $5 million had been generously gifted from area residents and businesses to support the growth of IMH. She served on the IMH Board of Trustees from 2003-2014. Maggie was also on the Board of Governors at the Country Club of Florida in Boynton Beach Florida. Dick and Maggie enjoyed vacationing to Delray Beach Florida during the winters. She was an avid reader. And she and Dick thoroughly enjoyed cocktail hour with the neighbors at the Coney Avenue Drinking Club. Maggie was a kind, generous, spiritual, and loving woman who left her mark on all who knew her. She never met a stranger. She was a dedicated servant to her Lord, church, family and community.

Maggie was preceded in death by her parents and 1 grandchild. Maggie is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dick Martin of Watseka; children, Sam (Liz) Martin, Nancy (Mark) Burns, Daniel Martin, Gregory Martin, and Stacey Smith; her step-mother, Bonnie Johnson of Bay City, MI; sister, Debra Gruber of Bay City, MI; brothers, Fred Johnson of MI, Thomas (Brenda) Teeple of Essexville, MI and Pat (Nancy) Johnson of Bloomfield Hills, MI; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka from 4-7 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018. The funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:30 am with the Reverend Tom McCann officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, the School of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Iroquois Memorial Hospital, or curepsp.org.

Please share a memory of Maggie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Vicky L. Hasting, 64, of Milford formerly of Loda

Vicky L. Hasting, 64, of Milford formerly of Loda passed away at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2018 at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells, Paxton with Rev. Debra Domeier officiating. Burial will be at a later day in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Donnabell "Donna" Wrede, 73, of Liberty, MO

Donnabell “Donna” Wrede, 73, of Liberty, MO passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. She was born on October 29, 1944 in Watseka, the daughter of Donald and Annabell (Breeding) Wienrank. She married Kenneth C. Wrede on October 22, 1967 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City and he survives.

In addition to her husband, Ken, of Liberty, MO she is survived by one son, Dr. Darren and wife Dr. Kristin Wrede of Maryville, MO; two grandsons, Parker and Logan Wrede of Maryville, MO; her parents, Donald and Annabell Wienrank of Crescent City; one brother, Russell Wienrank of Crescent City; and one sister-in-law, Lucy Wienrank of Crescent City.

Donna was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Wienrank.

Mrs. Wrede was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church in Kansas City. She was very proud to work as a registered nurse throughout her life. She was also an avid shopper and garage saler. Donna enjoyed traveling, especially to Branson, MO. She loved her family unconditionally and was a proud “Mimi” to her two grandsons, Parker and Logan.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City. Pastor Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the services at church on Saturday.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

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Dr. John T. Orme, 63, of Watseka

Dr. John T. Orme, 63, of Watseka passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. He was born on August 19, 1955 in Danville, IL, the son of John W. and Irene L. Tallman Orme. John married Kathy Drenckpohl in Mahomet on September 15, 1979 and she survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Jennifer Orme of Champaign, Abigail (Tate) McMillin of Chicago, and Elizabeth (Alex) Runzo of Rockville, MD; and one sister, Becky (Bill) Powers of Columbia, IL. John was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a previous member of First Christian Church in Watseka and a current member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka. John enjoyed playing the trumpet for the Danville Municipal Band, Parkland College Band, and Newton-Jasper County Band. He was a doctor of chiropractic in Watseka for over 32 years. He enjoyed woodworking, old cars, and was an avid University of Illinois and St. Louis Cardinals fan. John was a member of Watseka Masonic Lodge 446 as a Past Master and District Deputy, Valley of Danville Scottish Rite, and a 32 degree Mason having received the Meritorious Service Award.

A celebration of life visitation will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 3:00-6:00 PM at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Danville Municipal Band, First Christian Church in Watseka, or First United Methodist Church in Watseka.

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Larry L. Gullquist 70, of rural Clifton

Larry L. Gullquist 70, of rural Clifton, Illinois passed away on Thursday October 4, 2018 at RML Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois following a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Mr. Gullquist will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday Oct. 11th at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, Illinois. Friends may call on Wednesday at the Funeral Home in Clifton from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse, IL. Memorials are for St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital and the American Heart Association. Please share a memory of Larry at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Gullquist was born on November 23, 1947 at Clifton, Illinois the son of Harold J. and Mary Christina Frantz Gullquist, his parents are deceased. He married the former Vickie Ann Sorenson on March 16, 1968 at Chebanse, Illinois and she survives at Clifton. Also surviving are daughters, Tina (Jennifer) Gullquist of Diamond, IL and Pamela Gullquist of Clifton, IL and two sons David (Debbie) Gullquist of Chebanse, IL. and Keith Gullquist of Clifton, IL. There are five grandchildren Clayton and Payton Gullquist, Lilah and Zoey Meredith and Tanner Gullquist. In addition Mr. Gullquist is survived by two sisters and brothers in law and one brother and sister in law; Carol Ann and Romeo LeBeau of Chebanse, IL and Lola and Tom Schafer of Bonfield, IL and Raymond and La Rae Gullquist of Bourbonnais, IL.

Mr. Gullquist was a 1965 graduate of Central High School. He farmed all his life and prior to becoming ill he was employed by K&M Farms and Lindgren Enterprises. He enjoyed doing dot-to-dot puzzles while watching television, farming, going out with friends and being with his grand children. 

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Michael J 'Mick' O'Brien 80 of Ashkum

Michael J 'Mick' O'Brien 80 of Ashkum passed away Friday October 5 at Riverside Medical Center. Born March 30 1938 to Joseph and Leta Toune O'Brien, he married Mary E Boucher on November 5 1966 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Manteno.

Surviving is his wife of 51 years. Also surviving are daughter Erin (Matt) Delaney of Alpharetta GA, sister Carol Lowder of Cleveland TX, brother William Patrick O'Brien of Plainfield IL and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceeded in death by his parents and daughter Kerry Lee O'Brien.

Mick spent his childhood in Martinton IL, graduating from Donovan High School in 1956. He served with the US Army in Panama. His first job was a truck driver with Midwest Emery moving on to H. C. Christians, and Meier Oil Service finally retiring as a salesman for Meier Brothers Tire.

Mick was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum and was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus. He also served as a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Adorer for 23 years.

Mick was community minded approaching everything he did in that spirit. He was a respected Fire Chief of the Ashkum Fire Department for 19 years later serving as a trustee. In his service as a member of the Ashkum Village Board Planning Commission, he made himself accessible to members of the community. He proudly served funeral honor guard as part of the Ashkum American Legion Post 643.

Constantly challenging himself, Mick was certified to drive any vehicle with any endorsement even buses. He was licensed to fly any aircraft smaller than commercial planes. He parachuted out of perfectly good airplanes, put thousands of miles on his motorcycles and had the same determination throwing darts at 80 years of age for the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church dart ball team in L'Erable.

In retirement, Mick was an avid reader of history, politics, crime and Louis L'Amour - reading a Louis more than once to "clear his mind". Another passion was wood working. In his workshop he created wooden toys and puzzles for children as well as numerous gifts for friends. He proudly made the Stations of the Cross located on the banks of the Little River for St. Francis of the Assisi Catholic Church in Townsend TN.

Mick always found time to help others in any way he could. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone, loved shaking hands and left everyone with a smile on their face. He was truly one of a kind.

Visitation will be from 4-8PM Tuesday October 9 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10AM Wednesday October 10 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum. Burial will follow at the Ashkum Catholic Cemetery. Fire and Military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ashkum Fire Department or Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend TN.

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Wesley R. Clement, 97, of Watseka

Wesley R. Clement, 97, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born September 10, 1921 in Watseka, the son of Herman and Bertha Boring Clement and they preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, Marion (Helen) Clement, Kenneth (Florie) Clement and an infant brother; one sister, Mildred (Bob) Hotaling; one son, William Martin Clement; and one son-in-law, Joe Elliott.

He married Theresa Martin on January 10, 1948 in Woodland and she survives. Also surviving are fourteen children, Larry (Sue) Hattabaugh of Milford, Marcia Elliott of Marion, Dana Clement of Watseka, Helen (Barry) Roberts of Frankfort, Lee (Pat) Clement of Darien, Lisa (Mark) Harris of Sevierville, TN, Jodi (John) Gibson of Pacific, MO, Don Jensen of Watseka, Donnie (Sandy) Hamende of Watseka, Dale (Liz) Hamende of Watseka, Janet (James) Bunting of Watseka, William John (Tira) Clement of Watseka, Linda (Amie) Clement of Oxford, IN and J.R. (Terri) Wynn of Danville; 28 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Clement was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and was an Alderman and Mayor of Watseka. He enjoyed fishing, was an avid White Sox fan, and was a passionate Watseka Warrior fan.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 10:00 am funeral service on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Watseka, Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450 or Iroquois Memorial Hospice – We Honor Veterans Program.

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Darin G. "Big D" VanHoveln, 43, of Milford

Darin G. “Big D” VanHoveln, 43, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Darin was born February 24, 1975 in Watseka, the son of Dennis and Diane Schleef VanHoveln. He married Kristi Kestner on July 30, 2005 at Schwer and she survives.

Besides his wife, Kristi VanHoveln, of Milford, he is survived by two sons, Jack and Alex VanHoveln of Milford; father and mother, Dennis and Diane VanHoveln of Milford; one brother and sister-in-law, Craig (Jennifer) VanHoveln of Milford; one nephew, C.J. VanHoveln of Milford; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth (Cheryl) Kestner of Quincy; and one sister-in-law, Teri Kestner of Golden.

Mr. VanHoveln was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. Darin worked at Crows and later worked for Agritech & Van Horne. He enjoyed fishing, farming, and watching Chicago professional sports.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. Rev. Steven Jensen will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Schwer.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford as well as one hour prior to the funeral services on Saturday at church.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer, Milford Ambulance, or scholarship funds for the boys.

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James Vincent Gray, 95, of Clifton

James Vincent Gray, 95, of Clifton passed away peacefully on Monday, October 1, 2018, with his family at his bedside, at Bickford House in Bourbonnais. James was born on April 9, 1923 in Ashkum, the son of Bernard and Minnie Webber Gray. He attended school in Ashkum and Cullom. James married Lois Smith on April 25, 1950 and they had six daughters and one son; Linda (Jerry) Bartusch of North Carolina, Janet (Roger) Cast of Bradley, Judy (Gary) Kolesar of Manteno, Joyce Timmerman of Pontiac, Carol (Steve) Kolesar of Manteno, Carla (Dan) BeDell of North Carolina and Dale (Patricia) Gray of Clifton; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Paul Gray of Cullom and Gerald Gray of Ashkum.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter, three brothers and two sisters.

James farmed all of his life in the Ashkum, Cullom and Essex areas. During WWII he started his own trucking company hauling steel throughout the war years. Later he went to work for A.O. Smith Corp. and remained there until his retirement. James loved traveling, was an avid sports fan and most of all he really loved spending time with his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Friday, October 5, 2018 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton, the Rev. Douglas Hauber will officiate. Friends may call at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Thursday from 4 until 8 pm. Burial will be in St. Peters Catholic Cemetery at Clifton. The family requests that memorials be only in the form of a gift for St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton. 

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Connie L. Blanck, 72, of Claytonville

Connie L. Blanck, 72, of Claytonville passed away on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana.

Connie was born July 18, 1946 in Danville, the daughter of Curtis and Maxine Hedgecock Harris and they preceded her in death along with their spouses, Lester and Anita. She married Loren Blanck on August 30, 1964 in Woodworth and he survives.

Besides her husband, Loren Blanck of Claytonville, she is survived by one daughter, Carisa Hylton of Virginia; one son, Preston (Angie) Blanck of Onarga; five grandchildren, Caleb, Theran, Caitlyn, Mason, and Kinley; three sisters, Cheryl, Lyn, and Kathy; and two brothers, Larry and Jeff.

Mrs. Blanck was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. When she wasn’t able to attend church, she watched Charles Stanley In Touch Ministries. Connie enjoyed camping, loved traveling to Florida with her husband for the winter, and was an advocate for the Scleroderma Foundation.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Memorials may be made to Scleroderma Foundation.

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Henry O. Stone, 100, of Watseka

Henry O. Stone, 100, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Gilman Health Care Center. He was born November 3, 1917 in Pittwood, the son of William T. and Lottie Sigmund Stone. He married Thelma E. Cahoe on July 6, 1940 in Watseka and she preceded him in death on July 29, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; three sisters; one son, David Stone; three sons-in-law, Mack Oaks, William Cross and Frank Appelbaum; and one grandson, Henry Clarence Oaks.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn (Ron) Bogenschneider of Watseka and Connie Cross of Watseka; one son, Tim (Lynda) Stone of Watseka; daughter-in-law, Suzie Stone of Watseka; and 54 grandchildren.

Mr. Stone loved God and his family. He was proud to serve in the United States Navy during WWII. Henry worked as a mason for many years and did construction work in Watseka. He enjoyed hunting, reading, and raising sled dogs.

Cremation rites were accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Living Hope Church/First Christian Church in Watseka.

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J. Michael Cleary, 64, of Ashkum

J. Michael Cleary, 64, of Ashkum, passed away Sunday September 23rd at Presence St. Marys Hospital in Kankakee following a short illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 29, 2018 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum with Revs James Holup and Douglas Hauber officiating. Burial will be in the Ashkum Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Memorials may be made to AIDS Legal Council of Chicago or Vital Bridges of Chicago .

Mr. Cleary was born on May 20, 1954 at Kankakee, the son of Jeremiah J. and Victoria Leszczewicz Cleary. They preceded him in death along with one brother, Patrick Cleary. Mr. Cleary is survived by his life partner, John Friend of Ashkum. He is also survived by a sister and two nieces, Ann E. Flink and Katie Jo Curtis.

Mr. Cleary was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum. He was a graduate of St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN and had worked for over 30 years in the Medical Industry and was currently an advocate for the aged. Mike was good natured, enjoyed life and was always willing to give anyone a helping hand.

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Robert L. Dannehl, 92, of Watseka

Robert L. Dannehl, 92, was called home on September 23, 2018 by the Creator of all things. A retired judge and attorney, Judge Dannehl was the ninth of twelve children born to his parents William Dannehl and Gussie Racuglen Dannehl on Labor Day, September 6, 1926. Born in Thawville, Illinois, he moved to Onarga, Illinois and attended Onarga Public Schools, the University of Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in June of 1950. While an undergraduate, he played varsity basketball for the Fighting Illini during the 1945-46 season (Oskee Wow Wow!!) and was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. His college days followed military service as a 17-year-old volunteer in the United States Navy during World War II in 1944 and 1945. He served in anti-submarine warfare in the North Atlantic arena in the winter of 1944 and 1945. He operated a then top-secret high-frequency direction finder and was privy to the top-secret knowledge that the German secret code had been broken.

In September 1950, he opened a general law office in Watseka, Illinois with law classmate Billy Davis, and served two terms as state’s attorney of Iroquois County from 1956 to 1964. In 1976, he was appointed Circuit Judge to succeed Judge David Oram. His service commenced January 1, 1977 and concluded with his retirement October 31, 1995. He served in Iroquois, Kankakee and Will counties.

On June 10, 1951, he married Ruth Ann Nielsen, a graduate from Iowa State University and at the time of their marriage, the head dietician at the Busey-Evans girls dormitory at the University of Illinois. Ruth preceded him in death on June 7, 2011. Surviving are two children, Dr. Karl N. Dannehl (Mary) from Atlanta, Georgia and Sara J. Mikuta-Henry (Robert), from Western Springs, Illinois. Also surviving are the following grandchildren: Joseph Robert Mikuta, Nicholas James Mikuta (Gina), John Zeitler Dannehl, Cherylyn Henry, Laurin Henry Ewing (Andrew) and one great grandchild, Nicholas James Mikuta, Jr. He is also survived by his youngest brother Wayne Dannehl (Carole) from Hayward, Wisconsin and brother-in-law, Charles Lucas, Alexandria, Virginia and many beloved nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Judge Dannehl was highly active, both locally and professionally during his 68-year professional career. Among his civic and business connections were 1955 Commander of the American Legion Post #23; Watseka Elks Lodge 446 (Charter member); Chairman of the Fundraising Committee that built Legion Park Swimming Pool; Appeal Attorney for the Select Service Board; Board Member of both the local American Red Cross and Watseka Library; Watseka Jaycees (Charter member); Board member of Watseka First Trust & Savings Bank, and at his death a long-term board member of Grand Prairie Seminary in Onarga. Among his service to the American Legion Post #23 was the acquisition of additional Fowler property and Bell Pasture, increasing the area and access to Legion Park. He was baptized in the Onarga United Methodist Church and remained a member of the Watseka First United Methodist Church until his death.

His Bar Association activities were constant and included memberships in the local, state and American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society. He served on the Illinois Bar Association Committee to revise and rewrite the Illinois Criminal Code. He was an original board member and founder of an Attorney Assistance program to aid counsel with substance abuse problems. Among his proudest experiences was a six-year appointment by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Supervisory Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, which also consisted of learning from and working with the best legal minds and trial attorneys in Illinois.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 from 3 until 7 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. The funeral services will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 10 am at the First United Methodist Church of Watseka, with a visitation at 9 am. Burial will be in the Onarga Cemetery immediately after the funeral. A luncheon will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the First United Methodist Church of Watseka, Grand Prairie Seminary scholarship fund or the Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

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Timothy Newman 64 of Cissna Park

Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Patricia Orr 82 of Watseka

Patricia A. Orr, 82, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. She was born on September 21, 1935 in Watseka, the daughter of O. Henry and Helen (Ahlgren) Butzow. She married Rudolph L. Orr in Watseka on November 18, 1956 and he preceded her in death on January 27, 2012. In addition, she was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Bill, Dick, and Steve Butzow.

She is survived by two daughters, Judith (Jeff) Raymer of Sheldon and Susan (Mark) Hettinger of Watseka; one son, Roger (Jolene) Orr of Donovan; five grandchildren, Jake (Lacy) Raymer of Sheldon, Janet Raymer of Sheldon, Robyn (Andrew) Smith of Martinton, Kristyn Orr of Donovan, and Jodi (Ben) Thompson of Watseka; eight great grandchildren, Jordan, Jaxton, Sienna, Sophia, Konnor, Destani, Jessica, and Courtney; and one sister, Nancy (Gordon) Langellier of Watseka.

Mrs. Orr was an Iroquois-Concord Boosters 4-H leader and was also active with the Genealogical Society at the Old Court House Museum. She enjoyed helping her husband farm in the Watseka and Iroquois area for many years.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Wayne Meyer will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Genealogical Society or Iroquois County Historical Society.

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Marjorie A. Dirks, 81, of Watseka

Marjorie A. Dirks, 81, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born April 4, 1937 in Watseka, the daughter of Harold and LaVella Busing Sweeney and they preceded her in death. She married John W. Dirks on June 28, 1959 in Watseka and he also preceded her in death on May 15, 2011.

She is survived by three sons, Bill (Pam) Dirks of Watseka, Doug (Pam) Dirks of Watseka and Steven Dirks of Columbia, IL; one brother, Charles (Candy) Sweeney of Watseka; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Lucille Clark of Donovan and Paretta Dirks of Gilman.

Mrs. Dirks was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. She was a teacher for over 30 years in Watseka, Clifton and Donovan. Marjorie enjoyed knitting, quilting, bird watching and gardening.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Donald Love will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Faith Place in Danforth, Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Shirley C. Beam, 86, of Watseka

Shirley C. Beam, 86, of Watseka passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Shirley was born August 8, 1932 in East Lynn, the daughter of Richard and Carol Cornell Camp. She married Harry E. Beam on October 13, 1951 in Hoopeston and he preceded her in death on May 15, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and two sisters; and one son, Edward.

She is survived by one son, Roger (Donna) Beam of Dadeville, AL; three daughters, Dawn (Mike) Garner of Watseka; Jo Ellyn (Terry) Pheifer of Crescent City, and Holly (Kelli) Beam of Orange City, FL; daughter-in-law, Marie Beam of Watseka; one half-sister, Jodi Barney of Westville; one half-brother, Franklin Camp of Westville; seven grandchildren, Jennipher (Todd) Pangle of Waupaco, WI, Kari (Roy) Scott of Almond, WI, Stacy Beam of Watseka, Ryan (Brittnee) Garner of Watseka, Samantha Garner of Sycamore, Alex Ulitzsch of Watseka, and Brandon Ulitzsch of Crescent City; seven step-grandchildren, Scott (Kim) Howell of Birmingham, AL, Todd (Tanya) Howell of Alexander City, AL, Joshua (Hali) Clark and Harlie Clark both of Alachua, FL, Todd (Christi) Pheifer of Crescent City, Stacy Pheifer of Hoopeston, and Christopher (Lindsay) Pheifer of Crescent City; six great-grandchildren; twelve step-great-grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter.

Mrs. Beam was a member of Pittwood Christian Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher for many years. She managed Girls Softball for many years and enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Mark Bledsoe will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Kankakee Valley Hospice, or donor’s choice.

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Elsie E. Rascher, 94, of Cissna Park

Elsie E. Rascher, 94, of Cissna Park passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Heritage Woods of Watseka. She was born January 28, 1924 in Paulding, OH, the daughter of Alfred and Mattie Rieches Dettmering. She married Walter Rascher on May 28, 1944 in Buckley and he preceded her in death on May 29, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Marvin; one sister, Gladys; and two sons-in-law, Robert McLaughlin and Jack Strawser.

She is survived by one son, Duane (Carlene) Rascher of Cissna Park; four daughters, Doris (George) Muench of Cissna Park, Elaine (Steve) Walther of Coon Rapids, MN, Donna Strawser of Gilman, and Ellen McLaughlin of Milford; one sister, Ida Rascher of Milford; one brother, Kenneth Dettmering of Buckley; one sister-in-law, Ruth Dettmering of Buckley; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Mrs. Rascher was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth.

Visitation will be from 4:00–7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth, St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Woodworth, or donor’s choice.

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

 

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Christina M. Kincade, 39, of Watseka

Christina M. Kincade, 39, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born January 28, 1979 in Watseka, the daughter of Peggy Miller.

She married Forest Kincade in Watseka and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Shelby Ann Kincade and Sofie Grace Kincade both of Watseka; her mother, Peggy Hopkins of Watseka; two brothers, Tony (Tricia) Downs of Watseka and Scott (Chris) Flota of Watseka; one sister, Amy (Greg) Hiser of Lucas, KY; her mother-in-law, Janet Kincade of Watseka; and her father-in-law, William Kincade of Milford.

Christina loved to decorate her home, gardening and crafting. Her daughters were her passion.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 12:00 pm funeral service on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be given towards a trust fund for her daughters.

Please share a memory of Christina at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Von Cile Schuit, 63, of Sheldon and formerly of Bayles Lake

Von Cile Schuit, 63, of Sheldon and formerly of Bayles Lake passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at her home in rural Sheldon. She was born on July 12, 1955 in Chicago, the daughter of Hugh C. and Jacqueline (Covert) Tripp. She married Nicholas Schuit in Alsip, IL on June 27, 1992 and he survives.

In addition to her husband, Nicholas Schuit, she is survived by one son, Carey D. (Jessica) Gorski of Wilmington, IL; one daughter, Olivia (Jake) Harms of Milford; one brother, Hugh (Joann) Tripp of Dyer, IN; and six grandchildren.

Von Cile was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Kit Grace Evans.

Mrs. Schuit was a member of Christian Life Church in Rantoul and the Piece Makers Quilt Club. She enjoyed quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Private graveside services at Body Cemetery in Woodland will be held at a later date.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Christian Life Church in Rantoul, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice or to Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center.

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Mary Etta Kingdon, 90, of Watseka

Mary Etta Kingdon, 90, of Watseka passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at her residence.

Mary Etta was born November 14, 1927 in Watseka, the daughter of Elmer and Vena Faupel Fry and they both preceded her in death. She married Lloyd Kingdon on April 3, 1948 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on March 11, 2012.

She is survived by four sons, Robert (Dorothy) Kingdon of Watseka, Ken Kingdon of Watseka, Brian Kingdon (special friend Kathy Lawrence) of Watseka, and Scott (Sarah) Kingdon of Watseka; one brother, Delmer (Bernie) Fry of Watseka; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

Mrs. Kingdon was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka and enjoyed traveling.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice in Watseka.

 

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Esther L. Boyce, 91, of Cissna Park

Esther L. Boyce, 91, of Cissna Park passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born July 13, 1927 in Lac Qui Parle Co., MN, the daughter of Jonas and Melinda Klinkkamer Onken. She married Vernon “Vic” Boyce on December 5, 1948 in Nassau, MN and he preceded her in death on September 26, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; four sisters; and one daughter, Amanda.

She is survived by three daughters, Marilyn (Rick) Holcomb of Northlake, TX, Carol (Thomas) Delaney of Las Vegas, NV and Lori Boice of Champaign; one son, Kevin (Diann) Boyce of Cissna Park; ten grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Boyce was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. She was a registered nurse at Hoopeston Hospital for over 30 years and enjoyed playing bridge, making doll clothes and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery at Goodwine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Creekside Prairie in Cissna Park, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park or the Cissna Park Fire Department.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Please share a memory of Esther at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Larry Lee Pray, 60, of Watseka

Larry Lee Pray, 60, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at his home. He was born October 23, 1957 in Watseka, the son of LaVerne and Anna F. Laney Pray and they preceded him in death in addition to three sisters, Thelma Gore, Doris Pray and Delores Pray.

He married Debbie Roth on September 14, 1985 in Watseka and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Clint Pray of Watseka; three sisters, Kathy (Lloyd) Hoover of Beaverville, Helen Ingram of Donovan and Pat Knapp of Tucson, AZ; brothers-in-law, Randy Roth of Woodland and Keith (Verna) Roth of Milford; sisters-in-law, Sandra (Shane) Harris of Watseka and Donna (Don) Bedeker of St. Anne; mother-in-law, JoAnn White of Watseka; and several step-brothers-in-law and step-sisters-in-law.

Mr. Pray served in the Air Force. He was a truck driver for A.B.F. for 19 years and was a member of Teamsters #710. Larry loved collecting train sets, fishing and hunting with his son, being outdoors, and his dogs, Tobie Two Toes and Louie Little Legs.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Bart Koester will officiate. Burial will be in Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Larry at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Homer M. "Buddy" Withrow, 83, of Galatia, IL and formerly of Chebanse

Homer M. “Buddy” Withrow, 83, of Galatia, IL and formerly of Chebanse passed away on August 29, 2018 at Linda White Hospice in Evansville, IN. He was born on September 27, 1934 in Charleston, WV, the son of Homer W. and Thelma M. (Rayhill) Withrow. He married Mary Ann Schafer in Chebanse on August 22, 1959 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Mary, Homer is survived by two daughters, Jane Withrow of Long Beach, CA and Tena (Michael) Peterson of Eldorado, IL; three sons, Paul (Diane) Withrow of Chebanse, Roger (Rita) Withrow of Galatia, IL and Eric Withrow (fiancé – Tracy) of Harrisburg, IL; one brother, George Withrow of West Virginia; two sisters, Kathryn Lanza of Boston, MA and Garnet Campbell of Florida; nine grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Homer was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, Ernest and Harold; and one sister, Gloria J. Fraser.

Mr. Withrow was a member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. He drove a truck for Chebanse Ag.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5, at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Homer at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Elaine Wilken 75 of Watseka

Arrangements are pending with Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Mason Dale Knorr, 24, of rural Clifton

Mason Dale Knorr, 24, of rural Clifton passed away as a result of an early morning accident which occurred near his home on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Funeral services for Mr. Knorr will be at 11:00 am on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. The Rev. Vern Arseneau will officiate. Burial will follow the services in the Clifton Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 3:00 until 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home in Clifton. Memorials may be made for the Family’s Wishes.

Mr. Knorr was born on March 8, 1994 in Kankakee, the son of Gregory D. and Sheila A. Meyer Knorr and they survive in Clifton. He is also survived by three brothers, Lane (Danielle Buff) Knorr, Austin (Ashley Collins) Knorr and Kenton Knorr all of Clifton; his maternal grandparents, Judy and Vernon Meyer of Chebanse and his paternal grandmother, Judy Laurent of Kankakee; and four nieces and nephews, Tinley Knorr, Bria Knorr, Masin Buff and Lilly Plumley. He was preceded in death by two paternal grandfathers, Dale Knorr and Tom Laurent.

Mr. Knorr graduated from Central High School at Clifton. He was currently employed as a metal fabricator for Feld Entertainment in the Monster Truck Industry. He loved monster trucks, demolition derbies and fishing. He enjoyed spending weekends with his many friends. He loved life and had a heart of gold, his motto was the adage “Live Wild and Free”. 

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Eleanor K. Marshall, 93, of Sheldon

Eleanor K. Marshall, 93, of Sheldon passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Sheldon Health Care Center. She was born January 29, 1925 in Saginaw, MI, the daughter of Harry and Hazel Wilson Haynes. She married Francis G. Marshall on May 3, 1947 in Henderson, KY and he preceded her in death on May 21, 2013. She is also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; five sisters; and one grandson-in-law, Joe McCabe.

She is survived by two daughters, Terry (Bill) Mabbitt of Sheldon and Stella Cyr of Woodland; three sons, Michael Marshall of Watseka, Maynard Marshall of Sheldon and Milo Marshall of Sheldon; one brother, Tommy Haynes of Florida; four grandchildren, Amy McCabe of Sheldon, Cathy Mabbitt of Watseka, Abraham Cyr of Woodland and Lance Minard of Wisconsin; twelve great-grandchildren, Thomas, Max, Jack & Luke McCabe; Erin, Shayne & Kyle McNally; Abby & Moses Cyr; and Ali, Ember & Gage Minard; two great-great-granddaughters, Riley and Peyton McCabe; two sisters-in-law, Elinor Marshall of California and Joan Marshall of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Marshall was a member of the United Church of Sheldon and Sheldon American Legion Auxiliary #393. She was a really good cook and operated a diner in Sheldon with Ada Glasgow. Eleanor enjoyed reading and the company of close friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at the Sheldon Cemetery.

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Ruth Edmunds 84 of Watseka

Ruth Edmunds 84 of Watseka. 

 

Arrangments are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Judith Cluver 78 of Watseka

Judith Cluver 78 of Watseka.

 

Visitation will be 10-11 with services at 11 Saturday 8/25 at Calvery Lutheran Church in Watseka.

 

Burial to follow in Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois. 

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Anita Ward 91 of Galesburg

Anita Ward 91 of Galesburg

 

Visitation Tuesday 8/21 from 10-11, with Mass at 11 all at St. Edmunds Catholic Church in Watseka. 

 

Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cememtery in Iroquois. 

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Lloyd E. Ulitzsch, 73, of Watseka

Lloyd E. Ulitzsch, 73, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Gilman Healthcare Center. He was born March 17, 1945 in Watseka, the son of Arthur and Lydia Pfingsten Ulitzsch and they preceded him in death in addition to two brothers, Dale and Steve.

He married Donna Hoffman on January 3, 1965 at Schwer and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Melissa Ulitzsch of Crescent City and Crystal Ulitzsch-Hansen of Springfield; one son, Matthew Ulitzsch of Danville; one grandson, Chase; and one sister, Carol Cryier of Crescent City.

Mr. Ulitzsch was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. He was a lifelong farmer in the Crescent City and Watseka areas and enjoyed farming and fishing. Lloyd loved helping and visiting with friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. Pastor Steve Jensen will officiate. Private family burial will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Lloyd at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Rosalie Carter, 87, of Manteno and formerly of Paxton

Rosalie Carter, 87, of Manteno and formerly of Paxton passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Illinois Veterans Home of Manteno. She was born on April 24, 1931 in Sidell, the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Brown) Maring. She married Eligah Carter in Harrisburg, IL. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2004.

In addition to her husband and parents, Rosalie was preceded in death by eleven siblings – William Maring, Raymond Maring, Dwayne Maring, Ellen Bowlin, Helen Wilson, Frank Maring, Mable Herbert, Millie Maring, Jack Maring, Mary Spires, and Ralph Maring.

Mrs. Carter is survived by one step daughter, Jane Wilkerson; eleven siblings – Chester Maring, Shirley Whaley, Connie Anderson, Paul Maring, Judy Reed, Alice Lamb, Chuck Maring, Peggy Miller, Bobby Maring, Kenny Maring, and Art Maring as well as many nieces and nephews.

Rosalie served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. She enjoyed BINGO, cooking, and her cook books. She was a member of the American Legion in Sidell and was very proud of the honor shed had of going on the Freedom Flight with other veterans to Washington DC. She loved her many dogs. Rosalie enjoyed attending flea markets over the years with her husband.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton. Burial and graveside services with military rites will be at 2:00 pm at Danville National Cemetery in Danville, IL.

Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

Please share a memory of Rosalie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Kathryne LaVina Nourie, 92, of Danforth and formerly of Donovan

Kathryne LaVina Nourie, 92, of Danforth and formerly of Donovan passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Edward "Eddie" Lee Brammer, 63, of Springbook, WI

Edward “Eddie” Lee Brammer, 63, of Springbook, WI passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his home in Springbrook. He was born on November 19, 1954 in Watseka, the son of John Albert and Patricia Pauline (Denton) Brammer. He married Cheryle Laurent in 1977 and later married Pamela Obenland in 1983 and they both survive.

Also surviving are one daughter, Abbey (Ryan) Garfield of Watseka; two grandchildren, Connor and Addisen Garfield of Watseka; his mother, Patricia Brammer of Milford; one brother, Mike Brammer of Bloomington; his girlfriend, Carrie Welch of Springbrook, WI and her son, Chuck (Tammy) Welch also of Springbrook, WI; one sister in law, Pam Brammer of Sheldon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Donald Brammer and Branden Brammer; and one sister, Cindy Brammer.

Mr. Brammer was a lifelong farmer in the Iroquois County area as well as drove a semi-truck. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and tractor pulling. He loved spending time with his grandchildren as well as his two special dogs, Sammy and Savage. Edward had a passion for Oliver Tractors as well as Hank Williams Jr. music.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Mary Hoover 86 of Watseka Formerly of Kentland

Mary Louise Hoover, 86, of Watseka and formerly of Kentland, IN passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Sheldon Health Care Center surrounded by her family. She was born September 27, 1931 in Fowler, IN, the daughter of Chris G. and Bessie Robertson Sorenson. She married Herb Hoover on May 20, 1951 in Brook, IN and he preceded her in death on June 18, 1991. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jim and Dale Sorenson; four sisters, Betty McDaniel, Ruth Peck, Edna Walkup and Martha Masterson; one daughter, Ann Wince; and one grandson, Bryce Hoover.

She is survived by three daughters, Lynn (Mike) Pugh of Goodland, IN, Trula (Gary) Raymond of Watseka and Mary (Ron) Salla of Earl Park, IN; three sons, Steve (Carmen) Hoover of Dunnellon, FL, Dan (Chell) Hoover of Brownsburg, IN and Mark (Beth) Hoover of Watseka; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hoover was a member of the Watseka Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness. She had worked at the Watseka Subway where she was the very first employee hired. Mary enjoyed music, cooking and gardening. She was a loving and kind mother who was very proud of her family.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 pm Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm. David Field will officiate. A private graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland, IN.

Please share a memory of Mary at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Ronna Nasers 71 of Watseka

Ronna M. Nasers, 71, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at her home. She was born March 20, 1947 in Watseka, the daughter of Ronald and Fern Heffelfinger German and they preceded her in death in addition to one brother-in-law, David Bickers.

She married Joel F. Nasers on December 22, 1967 in Stockland and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Joel L. Nasers of Orange Co., CA and Mike (Jennifer) Nasers of Watseka; three grandchildren, Nathan Nasers of Watseka, Reece Nasers of Watseka and Madelyn Nasers of Orange Co., CA; and three sisters, Penny (Rich) Wilken, Debbie Bickers and Tammy German all of Milford.

Mrs. Nasers was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. She worked in the office at T&D Metal for 15 years and at Iroquois Federal for 13 years. Ronna was a supporter of Relay for Life and enjoyed scrapbooking with friends, traveling, working with plants, birdwatching, attending fall festivals, working in her yard, attending festivities with 3 Goddesses, and spending time with her grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the 6:00 pm memorial service on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Gary Minard will officiate. Private burial will be held at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Local Chapter Relay for Life.

Please share a memory of Ronna at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Gene "Stringbean" Quakenbush, 81, of Watseka

Gene "Stringbean" Quakenbush, 81, of Watseka, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018.

He was born on September 19, 1936 in Crescent Township,IL, the son of Earl Quakenbush and Lena (Hurling) Quakenbush.

Gene married Nancy Ailey on January 27, 1956 in Milford. Gene was a member of the Watseka United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows of Watseka, a Lay Speaker for Woodland Church, and a recipient of an award for Norman Rockwell School of Art.

He worked at TRW, UARCO, Louis Melind in Onarga, and Chicago Steel Tape. He enjoyed oil painting, woodworking, fishing, and hunting.

Surviving Mr. Quakenbush is his wife, Nancy Quakenbush of Watseka; daughters, Vicky (Janice) Quakenbush of Kankakee, and Cindy (Dennis) Young of Cissna Park; sister-in-laws, Mary Quakenbush of Appleton, WI, and Diane Quakenbush of Mt. Juliet, TN; sister, Karen Bolen of Cissna Park; grandchildren, Mike (Kandace Arseneau) Rogers, Jacob (Michaela McKenna) Young, Jessica (James) Doudera; Joshua (Amaria) Young, Jeremy (Sherri) Young, and Rachel Wright; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, LaMar and Jim; and one sister, Barbara.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Bob Sabo will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Quakenbush's name can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

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Ronald Eugene "Gene" Hess, 80, of Clifton

Ronald Eugene “Gene” Hess, 80, of Clifton, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018; at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Gene was born on March 24, 1938 in Milks Grove Township; the son of the late Marshall and Dorothy (Peters) Hess. Gene married Anna Wade in Wautoma, WI on May 28, 1966. Gene worked at Mortell for 37 years until he retired. During his leisure time Gene loved to fish, was an avid White Sox fan, enjoyed completing puzzles, and loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Anna, his children: Sharon Welge of Clifton, Linda (Mona Aprile) Hess of Chebanse, Rhonda (Louis) Gasperini of Clifton, Donna (Mark Lafond) Hess of Clifton, Mark (Danielle) Hess of Chebanse, a sister Mary (Dave Tucker) Scott of Chebanse, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way, 6 step-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gene was also preceded in death by his daughter Dawn Ellen Hess, a brother Arnold Hess, a granddaughter Tonya Hess, and a son-in-law Kevin Welge.

In accordance with his wishes, Gene gave himself as a gift to scientific research. A memorial service for Gene will be held at 11 am on Monday, August 13, 2018; at Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. Rev Ray Bowers will officiate.

Those who wish may leave memorials in Gene’s name to Kankakee Valley Hospice or to Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. 

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Matthew L. Walwer, 38, of Danforth

Matthew L. Walwer, 38, of Danforth, Illinois passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 due to an automobile accident in rural Danforth.

He was born on May 30, 1980 in Watseka, Illinois the son of Pamela M. (Walwer) Burch.

Matthew was a member of the Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth.  He served in the United States Air Force.  Matthew worked for Watertight Construction as a carpenter.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  Matthew was an avid Cubs and Bears Fan.  He also enjoyed playing softball, camping and fishing.

Matthew married Julie Miller on October 24, 2009 in Danforth.  She survives.  He is also survived by three daughters Mariah Gonzalez, Liliana Walwer and Khloie Walwer all of Danforth; his parents Pamela and John Burch of Watseka; maternal grandmother Marilyn Schultz of Watseka; three brothers Brian (Rachael) Walwer of Woodland, Illinois, John Burch of Chicago; Matthew (Tiffany) Burch of Hampton, Virginia and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Charles L. Walwer and paternal grandparents Helen Smith and Alvin Burch.

Visitation will be from 12:00 (noon) to 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.

Funeral Service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home with Rev. Donald J. MacDonald III officiating.

Burial will be in the Danforth Cemetery, Danforth.

Memorials may be made to his family.

Arrangements by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois.

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Josephine Sansone 90 of Watseka

Josephine Sansone 90 of Watseka 

 
Visitation Thursday 8/9/18 4-8 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 
 
Services Friday 8/10/18 at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Evergreen Park.  

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Lucille E. Foreman, 93 of Watseka

Lucille E. Foreman, 93 of Watseka, peacefully entered heaven on July 31, 2018.

She was born January 27, 1925 in Vermont, Illinois to parents Ada (Harmon) Miner and Henry Earl “Buck” Miner.

She was united in marriage to Lester W. Foreman on September 29, 1945 in Sheldon, Illinois.  They remained happily married for 57 years until his passing on January 20, 2003.

Lucille helped farm with her husband.  She enjoyed gardening with her Mother-in-Law, Alma Foreman, reading, making afghans for family members, traveling, and all her Scottish Terriers.  She also enjoyed many games of Uno with her caregiver, Patty, and going out to lunch.  She was a member of the Fun Club and enjoyed the meetings and birthday breakfasts.  She was also a member of the First Christian Church of Watseka and attended the Pittwood Christian Church for many years.

Surviving are her two sons, Denny (Debby) Foreman of Watseka, Terry Foreman of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Kathy (Michael) Caplis of Glenview, IL; grandchildren, Drew (Jodi) Foreman of Peoria, Sara Foreman of Watseka; and great-granddaughter, Blakely Foreman of Peoria. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Friday, August 3, 2018 at Baier Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be private with internment at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka or Prairie State Christian Service Camp in Watseka.  Flowers will be donated to the Iroquois Resident Home. 

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Gloria Gullquist 76 of Clifton

Gloria Anne Gullquist, 76, of Clifton passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at her home in Clifton. She was born on August 24, 1941 in Kankakee, the daughter of William and Eva (Kaufman) Dutour. She married Robert E. Gullquist in L’Erable on September 8, 1962 and he preceded her in death on November 24, 1996.

Surviving are one son, Bill (Connie) Gullquist of Clifton; one daughter Nancy Cadle of Bourbonnais; five grandchildren, Paden (Katie) Gullquist of Crown Point, IN, Charlotte (Logan) Myers of Hannibal, MO, Gunnar Gullquist of Clifton, Heath Cadle of Bourbonnais, and Amelia Cadle (Cody Netherton) of Kankakee; two great grandchildren, Elliana Gullquist and Carah Myers; one sister in law, Marcella Coyne of Bourbonnais; and one special friend, Amy Kibbons, who was like a daughter to Gloria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; son in law, Tom Cadle; four brother in laws, Walter, Harold, Mickey, and Harvey Gullquist; and three sisters-in-law, Della Ruth Gullquist, Lorraine DePasquale, and Jean Emme.

Mrs. Gullquist enjoyed quilting, sewing, and playing cards with her friends. She loved spending time with her family.

Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Clifton. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to Masses.

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Elaine Noel-Hubbard, 65, of Beaverville

Elaine Noel-Hubbard, 65, of Beaverville passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born November 30, 1952 in Kankakee, the daughter of Robert and Elva Lade Schaumburg.

She married Joseph Hubbard on February 14, 2004 in Watseka and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Ruby Noel of Cissna Park and Jeanette Noel (Porter Waskosky) of Bourbonnais; two sons, John (Roxann) Noel of Watseka and Terry Noel of Watseka; one sister, Sylvia Clark of Kentland, IN; one brother, Gene (Debbie) Schaumburg of Sheldon; ten grandchildren, Hailey, Ciara, Lannie, Charlie, Joelle, Sabastian, Ian, Noah, Brayson and Ashlyn; two step-sons, Tyson (Jessica) Hubbard of Wichert and Joshua (Crystal) Hubbard of Wichert; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bobby Schaumburg; one son, Jacob Noel; one brother-in-law, George Clark; one step-son, Travis Hubbard.

Elaine was known as the Cake Lady and loved art. She placed in the State Pool Tournament and earned the right to travel to Las Vegas for the National Pool Tournament. She was a seamstress and altered many wedding and prom dresses.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Elaine Noel-Hubbard Memorial Fund.

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Diana L. Langellier, 68, of Milford

Diana L. Langellier, 68, of Milford passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Charlestown, IN.

She was born February 15, 1950 in Watseka, the daughter of George and Lucille Matson and they both preceded her in death. She married Morris R. Langellier on November 7, 1970 in Prairie Green and he preceded her in death on April 10, 2002.

She is survived by one son, Troy Langellier of Milford; one daughter, Rachael Langellier (Joe Thomas) of Charlestown, IN; three sisters, Barbara Schunke of Milford, Sandy (Bobby) Glenn of Monticello, IN and Joann (Bill) Kincade of Milford; one brother, Ken (Lu) Matson of Cape Coral, FL; two grandchildren, Ashley Langellier and Randi Thomas; one great grandson, Jacob Thomas Dent; three nieces; four nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews.

Mrs. Langellier loved people, especially her family. She was a strong willed person who focused on the positives in life and never met a stranger.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to PANCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Foundation). 

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Ronald M. Meyer, 71, of Cissna Park

Ronald M. Meyer, 71, of Cissna Park passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at home after a brief stay at the hospital because of heart complications. He was born March 5, 1947, the son of Milton and Marie Meyer and they both preceded him in death.

Ron will be sadly missed by his sisters and brothers, Carolyn (Harvey) Mink, Roger (Rita) Meyer, Robert Meyer, Sherry (John) Wagner, and Pamela (Dean) Rood, nieces, nephews, and dear friends and cousins.

Ron grew up in Rankin, IL and graduated from Rankin High School in 1965. Ron was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Masters Degree in Mathematics. Ron taught Math, Physics, and Chemistry at the high school in Dwight, IL before returning to farming in Iroquois County. There he served on the Heritage FS Board. He farmed for many years before retiring three years ago.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Burial will follow at Cissna Park Cemetery.

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Nathan Michael Walwer, 34, of Watseka

Nathan Michael Walwer, 34, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Watseka. He was born September 20, 1983 in Janesville, WI, the son of Terry Lee Walwer and Pamela Jean Leppard.

He married Brittiney Geisler on February 13, 2015 in Watseka and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Kasen Michael Walwer of Watseka and Khristopher Gamino of Watseka; father and step-mother, Terry (Valorie) Walwer of Watseka; mother, Pamela Jean Williams of Watseka; three brothers, Chad Walwer of Watseka, Joseph (Lexi) Walwer of Thomasboro and Michael McGary of Eaton Rapids, MI; two sisters, Alicia (Matt) Wilkins of North Dakota and Melissa (Josh) DeLahr of Crescent City; one step-daughter, Angelina Resendez of Hoopeston; and one step-son, Rafael Resendez of Hoopeston.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Don & Ruth Leppard and Alice Riston; paternal grandfather, Charles Walwer; grandfather, James Alder; and two brothers, Christopher Walwer and Terry Lee Walwer Jr.

Nathan loved fishing, sports, and spending time with his son.

A memorial visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 11:00 am memorial service on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Danny Tincher and Randy Godby will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
 

     

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Carol Rule 67 of Watseka

Services will be at a later date.

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Ronald Krumwiede 75 of Cissna Park

Ronald A. Krumwiede, 75, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. He was born August 16, 1942 in Watseka, the son of Adolph F. and Frieda Seggebruch Krumwiede and they preceded him in death.

He married Shirley Hauptli on November 5, 1961 at Ash Grove and she survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Dana (Bob) McKeown of Englewood, FL, Deanne (Joe) Rothermel of Broadlands and Dawn (Jay) Martin of Mahomet; one son, Derek (Elissa) Krumwiede of Cissna Park; six grandchildren, Taylor (Marcus) Powers, Chelsea (Zach) Wilkins, Landon Martin, Rianna & Torie Rothermel, and Tara Krumwiede; one great-grandson, Ezekiel Wilkins; two sisters, Ruth Ann Cluver of Buckley and Janie Fritchley of Cissna Park; and one brother, Rich (Glenda) Krumwiede of Cissna Park.

Mr. Krumwiede attended the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. He was a lifelong farmer, owned & operated Krumwiede Farm Supply in Cissna Park, and was the manager & a salesman at Fast Distributing in Gilman until he retired. He loved fishing and camping with and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be from 2:00-6:00 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park, Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice.

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Doctor George E. Cuonzo, of Jupiter, Florida, and formerly of Watseka

Doctor George E. Cuonzo, of Jupiter, Florida, and formerly of Watseka, Illinois, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2018. He was born in Chicago on June 1, 1936.

George was a mischievous kid and an adventurous teenager who, when not terrorizing the neighborhood, attended Locke School, Steinmetz High School, Wright Junior College and Loyola University School of Dentistry prior to enlisting with the US Navy. On July 27, 1961, he married the love of his life, in San Diego, California. Following his stint in the Navy, he and his family moved to Watseka, Illinois where he practiced dentistry and oral surgery.

George’s loves in life were his family, hunting, guns, cars, airplanes and anything motorized, mechanical or slightly dangerous, and he had the good fortune to be able to enjoy all of those things. He is survived by his wife, Joan, his son, George P., his brother, Frank (Joanne), his brother-in law, Len Pappone and his sisters-in-law, Harriett Phillips and Kathleen Scheufler, as well as his great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his son, Gregory, his grandson, Ryan, his parents and his sister, Camille Pappone.

Although George will be sorely missed by his family and friends, he had a truly wonderful life and his was a good end to a life well lived.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta, FL.

Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Mass will be at 3:00 p.m. at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Michael Powell officiating.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 3:00 p.m. memorial service on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois.

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Loralice Blakley 87 of Thawville

Loralice Blakley 87 of Thawville 

 

Memorial Visitation 6-7, Services at 7pm Monday July 23rd at Knapp Funeral Home in Onraga. 

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Jean M. Bower, 73, of Crescent City

Jean M. Bower, 73, of Crescent City passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at her home. She was born August 31, 1944 in Watseka, the daughter of Herman and Martha Tobeck Bruens and they preceded her in death in addition to one brother, Les Bruens and one sister, Aldine Young.

She married Edmund Bower on October 10, 1964 in Kentland, IN and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Kim (Bob) Kirby of McHenry and Sara Bower of Crescent City; three grandchildren, Abby, Nolan and Katie Kirby of McHenry; one brother, Jerry (Shirley) Bruens of Cissna Park; and one sister, Joy (Melvin) Metzger of Lewisburg, PA.

Mrs. Bower was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. She worked in the office and cashiered at the Watseka Eagle Grocery Store and also worked at 1st National Bank in Crescent City. Jean took great pride in her work. Jean loved yardwork and maintaining her flower garden, but also enjoyed taking trips across the Western United States to take in the scenery and nature. When not outside, Jean enjoyed doing large puzzles or reading a good book. Jean loved her family and treasured spending time with her three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 10:00 am funeral Mass on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Rev. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Kentland, IN.

Memorials may be made to Masses or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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David Romine 61 of Watseka

David Alan Romine, 61, of Watseka passed away on July 14, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on August 20, 1956, the son of Walter E. and Eleanor Elaine (Eastburn) Romine. He married the love of his life and his soulmate, Leatha Ann Rogers on November 20, 1982 in Watseka and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Leatha Romine of Watseka, David is survived by one daughter, Tifanie Ann Romine and one son, Ryne Alan Romine; his mother, Elaine Romine of Watseka; one sister, Jeanine (JR) Clifton of Watseka; two brothers, Robert (Cheri) Romine of Ft. Collins, CO and Duane Romine of Watseka; nieces and nephews, Travis, Cody, Brittany, Jeff (Ashley), and Mark (Lacy); great nieces and nephews, Savanna, Ben, Grace, and Logan; sister in law, Marietta Varboncouer; close friend, Bob Buckley; nephews, Todd Fish and Kevin Trumble; sister in law, Kathy Rogers; nephews and nieces, Kirt and Tonya, Doug and Isabel; great niece and nephew, Brandy and David; great great nephew, Eli; niece, Wanda Turnbull; great nephew, Gordon; great nephews, Alijah and Alonzo; great niece, Khloe; nephew, Mike and Kandace; great great niece, Ella Mae; great great nephews, Westin, Cohen, and Brayden; aunt, Eliner Meierle; aunt, Clarice Farrand; uncle, Everett Wood; and many loving cousins and second cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Belinda Eastburn; paternal grandparents, William & Flossie Romine; his father, Walter Romine; uncle and aunt, Orie and Marlene Redman; uncle, Larry Meierle; aunt, Evelyn Eilts; cousin Bill Eilts; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James H. and Eleanor (Wood) Rogers; brother-in-laws, Kenneth, William, James and Colin Kelly Rogers; cousin, Dustin Trudeau; nephew, Bobby Rogers; niece, Kandy Peterson; and great niece, Teresa Rogers.

David attended Watseka schools and graduated from Watseka High School in 1975. He worked hard all of his life. As a kid he helped clean the theater, bailed hay, and did general farm work. David later worked for Lasser’s Furniture Store in Watseka, Kendall Garbage Disposal in Donovan, McCord’s Tire Service in Watseka, and most recently, he worked for over twenty years for the Watseka Public Works Department. He served on the Watseka Fire Department from 1980-2000 as a firefighter, and later became a lieutenant before retiring. Mr. Romine attended church at the United Methodist Church in Watseka. He was very devoted to his church and his church family.

Mr. Romine was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother. He was a great provider for his family and always thought of their welfare first. David was very friendly, kind, and respectful to everyone he met. He always had a smile on his face and would often wave to those he didn’t even know. David was a genuine person that cared for everyone. Children were drawn to him, as he had many special great nieces and great nephews. He was a war and history buff and was very knowledgeable on those topics. He loved the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Vikings. Mr. Romine had many friends. He will be greatly missed not only by his family, but by the Watseka community and the surrounding areas.

Funeral services will at 12:30 on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 9:30-12:30 on Saturday, July 21, 2018 also at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

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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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