Obituaries

Donna Hull 75, of Ashkum

Pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. 

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Alan Jackson, 49, of Beaverville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Earl "Bates" Brown, 93, Milford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Please share a memory of Bates at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Alma Schroeder 92 of Danforth and Crescent City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Alma at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Patricia McKay 53 of Milford

Arrangements were handled  with Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. 

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Audrey Bergstrom 92 of Florida formerly of Watseka.

Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Sharon Marlene Hickey, 77, of rural Chebanse

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

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

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

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Betty Jean Bedeker 88 of Woodland

Betty Jean Bedeker 88 of Woodland

 

Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Phyllis Hartman, 87, of Sheldon,

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

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Peggy Brammer 72 of Milford

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

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

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

Mrs. Brammer attended Milford schools and enjoyed knitting.

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

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

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Kenneth Isenhower 63 of Crescent City

Kenneth Isenhower 63 of Crescent City

 

Private Burial will be in Paxton's Glenn Cemetery. 

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Marvin W. Young, 90, of Cissna Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kathryn Day, 61, of Sheldon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harry "Randy" Jackson, 59, of Papineau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nancy R. Allen, 79, of Milford

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

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

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

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

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

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Holly Suzanne White, 43, of Watseka

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

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Norvell E. Blanchard, 93, of Wellington

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Norvell at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Daiton Allen Burton, 2 weeks old

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

Please share a memory of Daiton at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Norman Owens 77 of Watseka

Norman Owens 77 of Watseka. 

 

Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home Watseka.

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Dolores Hippner 75 of Watseka

Arrangements are pending with Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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John L. Urban, 70, of Onarga

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

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

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

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

He is also preceded in death by his parents.

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

Cremation rites have been made accordingly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Erma Martin Tebo, 92, of Cissna Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Education Foundation.

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David H. Cluver, 83, of Watseka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Frances R. Strean, 80, of Iroquois

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Frances at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Carol Ann Crusie, 69, of Milford

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Carol at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anna J. Savoree Disosway, 94, of Watseka

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

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

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

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

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

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Joseph Sinodinos 47, Watseka

Joseph Sinodinos 47 of Watseka. 

 

Arrangements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Penelope Pearl Keith, 77, of Wellington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Lois Schmidt 93 of Milford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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James "Jim" Yohnka 62 of Chebanse

James "Jim" Yohnka 62 of Chebanse

 

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

 

Cremation rites will follow, burial at a later date. 

 

 

 

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Russell David Carley, 73, of Milford,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bennett Willis 66 of Watseka

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

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

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

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

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

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Dennis Bright 59 of Rankin

Dennis Bright 59 of Rankin

 

Private Services will be a a later date. 

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James A. Casper 67 of Cissna Park

James Caspers 67 of Cissna Park

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LeRoy H. Krumwiede, 87, of Clifton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert L. Rudin, 74 of Clifton

Robert L. Rudin 74, of Clifton.

 

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

 

Burial will follow in Clifton Cemetery. 

 

 

 

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James E. Clinton, age 52, of Watseka

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Deborah Ann Johnson, age 53 of Watseka

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

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

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed watching TV and gambling. 

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

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Rose Ann Buck, 93, of Watseka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lorraine M. Smith, 75, of Watseka

Lorraine M. Smith, 75, of Watseka passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

Lorraine was born August 21, 1942 in New York City, NY, the daughter of Raymond and Anna Crowley Bourguignon. She married Glenn R. Smith on July 1, 1962 in Elmhurst, NY and he preceded her in death on January 21, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John Francis Bourguignon; one brother-in-law, Paul Smith; and one grandson, Mark Stephen Smith.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Don) Hamende of Watseka and Donna J. Smith of Bourbonnais; one son, Stephen (Anna) Smith of Minooka, IL; two sisters, Suzanne Smith of Huntington, AL and Diane (Charles) Heagle of Clifton; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka and its Council of Catholic Women where she had been honored as a Woman of the Year. She was a founding member of the Toastmasters International Watseka club, Iroquois Early Risers, where she often served as an officer. Lorraine was honored as Toastmaster of the Year in 2007-2008, served as Toastmaster International Regional Governor to central Illinois and earned the title of "Distinguished Toastmaster" for achievement in speaking, service and leadership. Lorraine was a paralegal for many years.

A funeral mass will be on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton.

Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with rosary at 3:45 pm.

Memorials may be made to St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka or Mark Smith
Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Grundy County.


 

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Edgar A. Schroeder, 80 of Onarga, IL

dgar A. Schroeder, 80, of Onarga passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka surrounded by his children. He was born March 4, 1938 in Milford, the son of Clarence and Martha (Doeden) Schroeder. He married Ardith Cowan in Milford on July 14, 1957 and she preceded him in death on December 5, 2005. Edgar was also preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include three daughters, Joy (Allen) Niebuhr of Crescent City, Jeanne (Richard) Tarro of Onarga and Janell (Terry) Miller of Onarga; one son, Steven E. “Vern” Schroeder of Onarga; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; three siblings, Harland (Sharon) Schroeder of Woodland, Gloria (Earl) Clauss of Loda and Stan (Chris) Schroeder of Milford; and a special aunt, Lorraine Goldenstein of Gilman.

Mr. Schroeder was a 1956 graduate of Milford High School. His lifelong passion was farming. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed trips to Las Vegas.

Visitation will be from 12:00 noon–2:00 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

Private family services will be held following the visitation. A private family graveside service will take place at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Edgar at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Richard Crawford, 82 of Palm Coast, FL formerly of Watseka, IL

Richard Crawford, 82 of Palm Coast FL. formerly of Watseka. 

 

Visitation will be Friday April 6th, 2018 from 9a-11a. with services at 11a all at the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. 

 

Burial will follow in Hoopeston's Floral Hill Cemetery. 

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Dean Allen Gray, 60 of Clifton, IL

Visitation:  4-7pm on Friday, March 30 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton

Funeral:  10am Saturday March 31 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton

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Gary R. Grohler, 65, of Pickerington, OH

Gary R. Grohler, 65, of Pickerington, OH passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He was born on April 17, 1952, the son of Dwain and Lois Ronna Grohler. He married Mary Bayston in Gilman on August 11, 1973 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Mary Grohler, of Pickerington, OH, Gary is survived by three children, Jennifer (Daniel) Patrick of Greenfield Center, NY, Laura (Brian) Crist of Blacklick, OH, and Aaron Grohler of Columbus, OH; four siblings, Sharon Friesner, Vernon Grohler, Patricia Nelson, and Jeff Grohler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Fred Grohler.

Gary was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loda. He was confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Thawville on May 29, 1966. Mr. Grohler graduated from Roberts-Thawville High School. Gary worked in the printing industry from 1972-2017 and worked in Watseka, IL, Eudora, KS, Hebron, OH, Columbus, OH, and Hilliard, OH. He served in various capacities at church as an elder, president, he taught Sunday school, and sang in the church choir. He was a devoted husband and father, who had a great love for his Savior.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, March 26, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Thawville. Pastor Lynn Podoll will officiate. Burial will follow in Onarga Cemetery in Onarga.

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

Arrangements are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Christopher Daniel McCullough, 42 Of Crescent City

He was born on April 9, 1975, in Watseka, the son of Daniel and Ellen McCullough of Watseka, IL.

                Surviving Mr. McCullough are his children, Kayla and Allison McCullough of Clifton and Jacqueline McCullough of Watseka; his parents, Daniel and Ellen McCullough of Watseka; two sisters, Amy (Dennis) Hofbauer of Mahomet, Bobbi (Daniel) Stichnoth of Stockland.  Also surviving are his Paternal Grandparents Robert & Shirley McCullough of Watseka and his Maternal Grandfather Vernon E. Brault of Martinton; four nieces and nephews, Alexis and Gage Vogel of Stockland, and Hannah and Arthur Hofbauer of Mahomet; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Mr. McCullough graduated from Watseka High School in 1993.  He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, other outdoor activities and was efficient in electronics designing websites and working farming machinery and automobiles.  He worked as a Supervisor at Incobrasa Industries for many years in which he was rewarded for many friends and close co-workers there.  Although very shy and timid, he had a way of lighting up any area that he was present.  Friends were very important to Christopher and he was always there for them.

                He was preceded in death by his Maternal grandmother, Donna Brault and one aunt, Brenda (McCullough) Haven and a Great Uncle, Artie Bratcher.

                Visitation for Mr. McCullough will be held from 2-6pm on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.  Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:00 am.  A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Chauncey Lattimer will officiate.

 Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois.

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Jackie "Jack" L. Karr, 88, of Iroquois

Jackie “Jack” L. Karr, 88, of Iroquois passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018 at his home. He was born May 18, 1929 in Iroquois, the son of Bennett and Atlas Bridgewater Karr. He married Georgine “Jean” Boss on September 30, 1960 in Manhattan, IL and she preceded him in death on November 27, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bobbie Karr, Rex Karr and Bennett Karr Jr.; one sister, Linda Lou Karr; and four sons, Ronald Karr, Donald Karr, Roger Karr and John Fry.

He is survived by three sons, Dennis (Vicki) Karr of Donovan, Jim Fry of Austin, TX and Bennett (Judy) Karr of Murray, KY; two daughters, Joyce (Larry) Johnson of Oakland, IL and Sheila (Jeff) LaGesse of Bradley; one sister, Doris June Hisel of Bradley; thirteen grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Karr was Mayor of the Village of Iroquois from 1989-2017. He loved his dog, Lady.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. John Franklin will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery at Iroquois. 

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Virginia Herron, 100 of Watseka

Virginia Herron, 100, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born on February 2, 1918 in Watseka, the daughter of Wilbur and Edna Wockner Ash. Virginia married Ray Herron in Watseka on June 28, 1936 and he preceded her in death on May 8, 1998.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna (Joe) Steever of Alloway, NJ; two grandchildren, David (Mary Jane) Brezette of Dallas, TX and Barbara Martin Brezette of Farmers Branch, TX; four great-grandchildren, William (Drew) Brezette, Reed Brezette, Jack Brezette and Amy Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Virginia was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, Beta Sigma Phi, and charter member of Watseka Junior Women’s Club. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the 10:30 am funeral service on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Officiating will be Rev. Robert Sabo. Private burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, Iroquois Memorial Hospice or donor’s choice.

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Maynard Harris 66 of Milford

Maynard W. Harris, 66, of Milford passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on July 25, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Donald N. and Hazel Jennings Harris and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Joe Harris.

He married Nancy Robertson on June 27, 1970 in Milford and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Jason (Nicole) Harris of Kankakee and Josh (Melissa) Harris of Watseka; one daughter, Shannon Kinder of Plainfield; one sister, Nada (Bruce) Pfingsten of Watseka; seven grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Harris was a member of the Milford Christian Church. He owned and operated Maynard’s Plumbing for over 30 years and formerly co-owned R&H Hardware in Milford. Maynard served on the Milford Fire Department and EMS for many years.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the 2:00 pm memorial service on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow and Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to the Milford Christian Church or donor’s choice.

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Roger Conrad, 58 of Watseka

Roger Conrad, 58 of Watseka. 

 

Gravesite Service Friday 3/23/18 at 3pm at the St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery on Crescent City. 

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Andres Garcia, 29 of Onarga

Andres Garcia, 29, of Onarga passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at his home in Onarga. He was born on August 13, 1988 in Urbana, the son of Elias and Maria Santillan Garcia.

Surviving are his parents, Elias and Maria Garcia of Onarga; three brothers, Jesus (Kayla) Garcia of Brownsburg, IN, Roque Garcia of Onarga, and Ariel Garcia of Chicago; paternal grandmother, Consuelo Garcia of Mexico; and maternal grandmother, Carmen Santillan of Onarga.

Andres was an avid Chicago sports fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 12:00 noon funeral service. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at Onarga Cemetery.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

Please share a memory of Andres at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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M. Dale Carley 91 of Watseka

M. Dale Carley, 91 of Watseka passed away on March 15, 2018 at his home. He was born August 14, 1926 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka to Allen F. and Iva D. (Flesher) Carley. He married Mary L. Sodini on August 16, 1951 in Streator, IL and she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dr. James A. (Linda) Carley of Pontiac, IL and Steven (Mary) Carley of Crescent City, IL. 9 Grandchildren: Jamie (Rick) Doubet of Pontiac, IL, Dr. Ryan (Dr. Natalie) Carley of Pontiac, IL, Lindsay (Dr. Nick) Buchheit of Lake St. Louis, MO, Dr. Blake (Dr. Alexandra) Carley of Mequon, WI, Dr. Kelsey (Eric) Davis of Pontiac, IL, Tyler Carley and Tristan Carley of Pontiac, IL, Dillon Carley and Cody Carley of Crescent City, IL. Dale also has 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stillborn brother R. Duane Carley.
Dale played baseball for the Chocolate Shop, Hemb & Martin, and the Watseka All-Stars. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He farmed, ran a Wholesale / Retail egg business, and then started in the advertising business in 1965 for C&S Direct Advertising out of Bloomington, IL. On January 1, 1970, Dale started his own company, Carley Advertising Specialties. He continued to work with his son, Steven in the business until his death.

Dale served 10 years on the Iroquois County Board. He was a Charter Member of the Watseka Elks Lodge. He bowled on the Elks team, winning the Illinois State Elks Bowling Championship in 1963. Dale was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and St. Edmunds Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of the Iroquois County Historical Society and the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Dale was a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Bears.

Dale truly loved his family. He enjoyed mowing the grass and spending time at Carley Lake. He enjoyed working in the advertising business and loved his customers.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Thursday March 22, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will be on Friday March 23, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will be in Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Watseka Elks Lodge.

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Mary "Donna" Trudeau 92, of Watseka

Mary "Donna" Trudeau, 92, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

She was born on July 10, 1925 in Varna, IL, the daughter of John Saxton and Mary (Wheat) Saxton.

Mary married Paul Trudeau on September 14, 1946 in Watseka, IL.

Mrs. Trudeau was a farm wife, homemaker and a CNA. She was also a member of the Fun Club, Card Club, and Trinity Church. She enjoyed reading, Wii bowling, and word puzzles. Most of all she loved cheering her grandkis and great grandson on at their sporting events.

Surviving Mrs. Trudeau is her sons and daughter-in-law's, Larry and Kristine Trudeau of Villa Grove, IL, Jack and Gayle Trudeau of Watseka, and Kevin and Debra Trudeau of Evansville, IN; sister-in-law, Lorena Saxton of Colchester, IL; four grandchildren; three great granchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul; brother, Floyd Saxton; four sisters, Thelma Watson, Deena Studzinski, Dorothy Lareau, and Irma Rice; and grandson, Dustin Trudeau.

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10-11 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Bart Koester will officiate.

Burial will follow at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Mrs. Trudeau's name can be made to the Trinity Church in Watseka, IL or Donor's Choice.

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Sarah Schuler, 88, of Watseka

Sarah L. Schuler, 88, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born August 22, 1929 in Hoopeston, the daughter of John and Vera Gray Anderson. She married Robert “Bob” Schuler on September 1, 1961 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on November 7, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Raymond and Jess Anderson; and two sisters, Luna “Tillie” Nolin and Nellie Mason.

She is survived by two sons, Mike (Jodi) Schuler of Watseka and Doug (Katherine) Schuler of Arlington Heights; four grandchildren, Dylan Schuler of Watseka, Mackenzie Schuler (Ross Walwer) of Woodland, and Hannah & Emily Schuler of Arlington Heights; one great-grandson, Kason Walwer; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Schuler was a member of the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:30 am funeral service on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Eldon S. Buff, 91, of Clifton

Eldon S. Buff, 91, of Clifton passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

Eldon was born August 20, 1926 in Chatsworth, the son of Barney and Bertha Upchurch Buff. He married Alice M. Thorndyke on June 29, 1947 at Sand Ridge Church in Piper City and she preceded him in death on December 5, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Loy and Denzel; and one sister, Emagene Vest.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Don) Vaughn of Martinton and Sandy (Mike) Behrends of Clifton; one son, Gary (Rose) Buff of Clifton; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild; ten great grandchildren; and four great great grandchild.

Mr. Buff served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific. Eldon was a member of the Wesleyan Church of Clifton. He owned and operated Buff’s Service Station and also enjoyed gardening.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Wesleyan Church of Clifton. Pastor Dan Shipton will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Memorials may be made to Wesleyan Church of Clifton.

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Earl F. Donley, 80, of Cissna Park

Earl F. Donley, 80, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Earl was born August 5, 1937 in Danville, the son of Elmer and Louise Burroughs Donley. He married Mary Lee Messman on January 26, 1958 in Broadlands, IL and she survives.
Besides his wife, Mary Lee Donley of Cissna Park, he is survived by his mother, Louise Donley of Oakwood; two brothers and one sister, Bob (Kay) Donley of Danville, Betty (Earl) Plotner of Platte City, MO, and Gene Donley of Westville; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Zollar Donley of Hoopeston; three grandchildren, Dylan, Carly, and Michael Donley; and one great granddaughter, Harper Donley.

He was preceded in death by his father and two sons, Mark and David.

Mr. Donley was owner and operator of Earl Donley Trucking and farmed for over fifty years. He enjoyed trapshooting, his Camaro, eating at truck stops, and riding his motorcycle. Earl loved teasing people and having fun.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Deacon Pat Skelly will officiate. Burial will follow at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the family or St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove.

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Daniel Raymond Starkey "Danny Ray", 46 of rural Loda

Daniel Raymond Starkey “Danny Ray”, 46 of rural Loda passed away at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in rural Clarence.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells Street, Paxton with Rev. Debra Domeier officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.

Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the funeral home.

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Eldon S. Buff, 91 of Clifton

Eldon S. Buff, 91 of Clifton.

 

Arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. 

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LeRoy D. Rushing, 75 of Woodland

Memorial Service:  2pm Saturday March 10 at Cornerstone Church in Woodland with a luncheon to follow

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Cathy Jo James, 71 of Milford

Funeral:  Noon Saturday March 10 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and visitation an hour before.

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Richard Schooman, 80 of Ashkum, IL

Visitation:  3-7pm Friday, March 9 at the Knapp Funeral  in Clifton, and 1 hour prior to funeral at the church

Funeral:  10am Saturday March 10 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ashkum

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Guinevere Virtue, 94 of Watseka, IL

Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Robert DeMik, 83 of Watseka, IL

Celebration of Life:  Thursday March 1, 2018 from 3-7pm at Baier Funeral Home

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Verna Jean Rieches, 67 of Cissna Park, IL

Visitation:  2-7pm on Sunday, February 25 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park

Funeral:  11am Monday, February 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park

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Michael Lee Burgett, 38 of Watseka, IL

Memorial Service:  3pm Saturday, February 24 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with a visitation 2 hours prior to service

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Larry R. Waters, 76 of Watseka, IL

Visitation:  4-7pm Friday February 23 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka

Funeral:  10am Saturday February 24 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka

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Bonnie Lynch, 88 of Watseka, IL

Visitation:  4-7pm on Thursday, February 22 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka

Funeral Mass:  11am Friday, February 23 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka

 

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Norma Jane Jones, 88 of Paxton, IL

Graveside Service:  11:30am Tuesday, February 20 at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola, IL

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Leah D. Osterbur, 91 of Springfield and formerly of Onarga, IL

Graveside Service:  1pm Sunday, February 18 at the Onarga Cemetery

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Robert Pawelczak, 58 of Watseka, IL

Visitation:  Friday March 2, 2018 from 4-8pm @ Baier Funeral Home

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Harry F Tammen Jr., 68 of Milford

Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford

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