Obituaries

Larry L. Taylor, 67, of Milford

Larry L. Taylor, 67, of Milford passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born June 12, 1952 in Hoopeston, the son of Kenneth and Ruby (Huff) Taylor.

He married Carol Redburn on April 12, 1969 in Glasgow, KY and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Christopher (Deborah) Taylor of Hudson, NC and Shane (Katy) Taylor of Geneseo; three grandchildren, Jaxton Taylor, Taylor Hensley and Christian Taylor; and two sisters, Debbie Taylor of Milford and Libby Galoway of Hoopeston.

Larry was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Kenneth (Genevive) Taylor; mother and step-father, Ruby (Rollie) Lawson; and two brothers, Ricky Lawson and Calvin Lawson.

Larry enjoyed fishing and stock car racing. After retirement, he loved woodworking.

A memorial visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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

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Mary A. Leveque, 79, of Sheldon

Mary A. Leveque, 79, of Sheldon passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at her home in Sheldon. She was born on November 20, 1939 in Kankakee, the daughter of Elmer and Clementina (Scott) Wishchnowski. She married Charles J. Leveque Jr. in St. Anne on October 17, 1959 and he preceded her death on September 28, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Erma Boudreau.

Surviving are two daughters, Jill (Steve) Conrad of Sheldon and Kim Leveque (Bonnie Boudreau) of Beaufort, NC; two grandchildren, Jacob (Jessica) Conrad of DeMotte, IN and Katy (Shane) Taylor of Geneseo, IL; four great grandchildren, Ty, Brayden, and Koltyn Conrad and Jaxton Taylor; and one sister, Jo Butz.

Mrs. Leveque was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland.

Funeral services are scheduled for 12:00 noon on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Fr. Robert Bernotas will officiate. Burial will follow in Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon on November 15, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice. 

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Mary "Tootsie" C. Diskin, 84, of Rankin

Mary “Tootsie” C. Diskin, 84, of Rankin passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on July 28, 1935 in Butler Township, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Bush) Shaeffer. Tootsie married James L. Diskin on December 19, 1953 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Penfield. He preceded her in death on January 7, 2002.

Tootsie worked for Kuperschmidt Egg Grading Station, and retired from selling real estate. She enjoyed vacations to Florida and made it her home in the winter. Mostly, she enjoyed spending time with her friends, family and especially her grandchildren.

Tootsie was a member of the Rankin Lions Club and Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin.

She is survived by two sons James (Kim) Diskin Jr of Rankin and Andy Diskin of Deltona, FL; one daughter Clementine (Arlan) Kaufmann of Cissna Park; one sister Janet Powell of Florida; four grandchildren Andrew (Katie) Kaufmann, Dylan Kaufmann, Dalton Kaufmann and Valla Diskin; and one great-granchild Kaimbry.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Andy and her sister Clementine.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 4-7pm at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11am at Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin. Burial will follow the service at Rankin Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.


 

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Dan A. Cross, 66, of Milford

Dan A. Cross, 66, of Milford passed away October 28, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Hospital in Hoopeston. He was born April 6, 1953 in Watseka, the son of James Lee and Marjorie June (Zimmerman) Cross. Dan married Cathy Fleming in Watseka on September 14, 1974 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Amy Cross of St. Louis, MO; one son, Jacob Cross of Milford; one grandson, Damon James Arthur Cross and his mother, Mendy Williamson; his mother, Marjorie Cross of Milford; and one sister, Pam (Brad) Cross-Craig of White Heath.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, James Lee Cross.

Dan worked as an Operations Manager at T&D Metals since 1992. He enjoyed golf, yard work, and flowers. Dan was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandson.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Milford Fire Department.

Arrangements provided by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Rev. Don Richard Stuckwisch Sr. 78, of Goodwine

Rev. Don Richard Stuckwisch Sr., 78, of Goodwine passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on April 20, 1941, the son of Carl and Beulah (Steltenpohl) Stuckwisch. He married Sandra Lee Helmer in St. Louis, MO on June 13, 1964 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Sandra Stuckwisch of Goodwine, Don is survived by two sons, Don Richard “Rick” (LaRena) Stuckwisch Jr. of South Bend, IN and Paul Alexander (Nora) Stuckwisch of Manhattan, KS; two daughters, Dorisa Lee (Robert) Polk of Scottsbluff, NE and Dawn Marie (Virgil) Fisher of Terre Haute, IN; one sister, Leota Barnett of Seymour, IN; twenty grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Shirley Mails.

Mr. Stuckwisch received the gift of baptism into the family of God on May 4, 1941 and confirmed in the faith on April 3, 1955. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College in River Forest and taught in Philadelphia, PA, Bergholz, NY, Westlake, OH, and in Australia. He then became a Lutheran Minister after graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN and served in Nebraska and Illinois.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Visitation will be one hour prior the funeral service Monday, November 11, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford from 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford or LCC Comfort Dog Ministry.

Arrangements are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Charla J. Molck, 85, of Onarga


Charla J. Molck, 85, of Onarga passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at her home. She was born December 21, 1933 in Ambia, IN, the daughter of Charles and Teresa (Leuck) Grogan. She married Marvin Clyden on November 25, 1950 in Ambia, IN. She later married Norman Molck on April 1, 1974 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on December 28, 1994.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Henson of Onarga and Marva Crandall of Gibson City; three sons, Gail (Cindi) Clyden of St. Anne, Alan (Diane) Clyden of Clifton and David Clyden of St. Anne; thirteen grandchildren, Ashley (Mark) Classen, Jeremy (Jill) Schumacher, Daniel (Hannah) Cole, Amanda (Jeremy) Huml, Brian (Molly) Clyden, Kristen (Mark) Mitchell, Kimberly (Ryan) Cooper, Stacie (William) Powers, Sara (Rory) Mulcahay, Joshua (Emily) Clyden, Whitney (Christopher) Williams, Naomi (Justin) Lamarr and Noah (Jessica) Clyden; thirty-three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marlene Sue Clough, Pat Vanrickle, Judy (Ed) Roark and LeAnn (Thomas) Putney; three brothers, Jay Grogan, Edward (Leanda) Grogan and Terrance (Margaret) Grogan; and three step-children, Vicki Goldenstein of Danforth, Michael (Cathy) Molck of Crescent City and Dennis Molck of Danforth.

 

In addition to her second husband, Charla was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Darrell; step-son, Jeff Molck; son-in-law, Tom Henson; daughters-in-law, Debbie Clyden and Vickie Clyden; great-grandchildren, Leland Clyden and Addison Williams; and a step-great-grandchild, Sarah Molck.

 

Charla was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman, Altar Guild, and volunteered for many things within the church and with hospice. She was also a member of the Onarga and Watseka VFW Auxiliary and served as the 7th District President for VFW Auxiliary. Charla was an LPN at many area nursing homes. She loved adult coloring, word searches, baking bread, having coffee with her friends at K&H, collecting bells, angels and cardinals, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at the Onarga Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga with a 7:00 p.m. VFW Auxiliary Service.

 

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

 

Please share a memory of Charla at knappfuneralhomes.com

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Donald "Pudge" Gerdes, 81, of Onarga

Donald “Pudge” Gerdes, 81, of Onarga, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at his home surrounded by beloved family. He was born August 2, 1938 in Watseka, the son of Dwane and Ozilda (Gagnon) Gerdes and they preceded him in death. Donald married Ramona (Mona) “George” Zirkle on August 1, 1959 in Gilman and they resided in LaHogue.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mona Gerdes of Onarga; his children, Diane (Larry) Neste of Spooner, WI, Donald (Sherri) Gerdes of Thawville, Becky (Gary Fuoss) Gerdes of Thawville, Kathy (Duane) Menigoz of Onarga, Lisa (Curtis) Bloom of Fisher, and Ronne (Sandy) Gerdes of Rantoul; 14 grandchildren, Heather, Nichole, Erica, Derek, Mandy, Connor, Jake, Brandon, Hilary, Jamie, Danielle, Ashton, Kody, and Kyle; 28 great grandchildren, Kara, Nautica, Harper, Sawyer, Paisley, Kailin, Hadley, Hayden, Austin, Jarrett, Mason, Brooks, Ryan, Christian, Cale, Jacksen, Jolene, Danielle, Ethan, Leighlah, Reece, Piper, Calvin, Owen, Miles, Morgan, Conner, and Natalie; his faithful dog, Molly; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Kay) Zirkle of Onarga and John Zirkle of Woodland; three sisters-in-law, Joan Sterk of Milton, WI, Mary Mulligan of Arlington, TX, and Nina (Tom) Dundas of Clifton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his step father, Troy Eads; sister, Brenda Champaigne; son-in-law, Jeffrey Bull; father-in-law, Clyde Zirkle; mother-in-law, Mary Zirkle; brother-in-law, Bob Sterk; sister-in-law, Gloria Zirkle; niece, Mary Zirkle; nephews, Danny Zirkle, Eric Sterk, and Tim Zirkle; and his godson, Troy Chayer.

 

Grandchildren were his joy. He never missed a game or event and loved being a grandpa. He looked forward to every opportunity to see his great grandchildren.

 

After graduation, Mr. Gerdes went on to farm with his father, he then worked for Don Wrede breaking and training horses and farming. He was a union carpenter in Chicago. He then worked for Ficklin Machine Company and Roeder Grain Elevator. He drove semi-trucks for Ficklin’s and Roeder’s. He then went on to work for the Village of Onarga. He became Superintendent of Public Works after studying at KCC to obtain his class A drinking water operator certification. He retired after 20 years of service to Onarga, at age 70. Pudge was a member of Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Gilman; a born-again Christian. He was also a member of Illiana Ropers & Doggers Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. First and foremost, he was a genuine cowboy, winning many trophy buckles. He was a longtime team roper as a header. Mr. Gerdes was a coach for little league baseball and later for junior high girls’ softball. He was the Onarga Indian Mascot for two years and lead the teams out at home games. He was quite the craftsman, and a patent holding inventor. He was the biggest prankster around. Pudge was an avid Onarga Indian’s, Chicago Bears and University of Illinois fan. He received the 2003 Citizen of the Year Award and was grand marshal of the 4th of July parade. He loved rodeos, feeding birds, metal detecting, his grandkids and great grandkids, and wintering in SPI, TX.

 

He was a 1956 graduate of Gilman High School and participated in football, track, choir, and marching band. His nickname from birth on was Pudge.

 

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Funeral service will be at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 also at the funeral home. Fr. Marek Herbut will officiate. Burial will be at the Onarga Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

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

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Steven Kissack, 67, of Milford

Steven Kissack, age 67, of Milford passed away on Monday, October 28th, 2019. 

 

Steven is survived by his wife, Dana Kissack, and 4 children; Brandon Barker,Trachelle Williams,Kirsten Johnson, and Candi Kissack. 

 

A funeral service is set for Saturday, November 9th @ 11am with a visitation from 9am-11am prior at Milford Christian Church.

 

Arrangements are being made by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Marjorie Cailteux Heeler, 95, of Clifton

Marjorie L. Cailteux Heeler, 95, of Clifton passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

 

Marjorie was born February 12, 1924 in Papineau, the daughter of Phillip and Lena (Kempen) Chenore. She married Russell A. Cailteux on January 24, 1948 in Beaverville and he preceded her in death August 18, 1982. She later married Owen W. Heeler on October 24, 1987 in L’Erable and he preceded her in death on November 27, 1994. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Roger Chenore; and three sisters, Velma Miller, Elenore Depatis, and Therese Yeoman; and one son in law, John Blasey.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Sheila Blasey of Ashkum, Marla (Michael) Reichert of Ft. Myers Beach, FL, and Brenda (Rodney) Ader of Thawville; eleven grandchildren; and twenty eight great grandchildren.

 

Marjorie was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton and also CCW. She was a member of Kankakee and Chebanse Senior Citizens as well as President of Clifton Women’s Club. Marjorie enjoyed playing bingo and cards, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and traveling.

 

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am on Friday, November 8, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow at L’Erable Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass in L’Erable on Friday from 10:00-11:00am.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Beaverville, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, or Prairieview Lutheran Home.

 

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

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Ross L. Verkler, 84, of Watseka

Ross L. Verkler, 84, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

 

Ross was born August 17, 1935 in Cissna Park, the son of Harry and Mildred (Harweger) Verkler and they preceded him in death along with two brothers, Robert and Charles Verkler; two sisters, Helen Fox and Carol Shaffer; one step-son, Ryan Gagnon; one step-daughter, Renee Gagnon; one grandchild, Mara Verkler; and one great grandchild Finn Henneike. He married Janice Cook on July 1, 1956 in Hoopeston and she preceded him in death April 9, 1968. He married Ruth Schippert and she preceded him in death on June 2, 1989. He later married Shirley Sorensen on August 1, 1992 in Watseka and she survives.

 

Besides his wife, Shirley Verkler of Watseka, he is survived by one son, Kevin (Pam) Verkler of Watseka; two daughters, Karen (Rodney) Conley of Watseka and Rhonda (Toby) Harris of Watseka; two brothers, Dale Verkler of Watseka and Lowell (Rita) Verkler of Sparta, WI; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several brother-in-laws; several sister-in-laws; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Verkler was a member of First Christian Church in Watseka and Watseka Elks. Ross enjoyed fishing, golfing, and playing euchre. He was head of maintenance at Iroquois County Courthouse from 1964-1997.

 

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at First Christian Church in Watseka. Pastor Roy Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Watseka or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Robert (Paul) Klemme, 94, of West Lafayette/Fowler IN

Robert (Paul) Klemme, age 94 passed away on Thursday, October 31st due to age and after having lived a long and blessed life.  Betty (Sparrow), his wife of 66 years, survives.

 

Paul was the last living child of Louise and Leo Klemme, whose land continues to be farmed for the third generation in the Fowler, IN and Stockland, IL areas. Paul farmed with his brother Orval and until retirement, his son Mark. 

 

Paul was a devoted man of his Catholic faith.  Paul and Betty were dedicated, life-long members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunnington, IN and received spiritual nurturing and faith from their nephew Father Robert Klemme.  The family greatly appreciates Fr. Bob for his frequent visits and spiritual inspiration especially during these final weeks.

 

Paul served his country as a Marine.  Seldom were there conversations that didn’t include stories of how he reported for duty and was sent directly to boot camp, being assigned to the Marine Corps, and his service tour of duty in China, which included accompanying officers to the Great Wall.

Paul and Betty’s favorite pastimes were listening to and watching sports both on radio and TV.  They enjoyed trips to Washington D.C., Alaska, Ireland, and Hawaii.

 

Paul and Betty were the best of role models for their four children Richard (Cynthia) of Madison, WI,  Mark (Sherry) Hoopeston, IL,  Maureen (Robert Morgeson) of Marion, IL  and Patrick (Teresa) of Fowler; 8 grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) of Madison WI, Ryan of Vail, CO, Amy of Chicago, IL, Paul of Marion IL, Michael, Noah, Samantha, and Zoe of Fowler, IN; and two great grandchildren, Samuel and Celia of Madison, WI. 

 

Paul and Betty together made a mutual decision to move from the farm to Elmcroft Assisted Living in 2013 where they again extended themselves as ambassadors to other Elmcroft residents.  They happily embraced their new lives at Elmcroft.

 

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dunnington, IN will host the visitation beginning 10:30 EST on Wednesday, November 6th with Mass following at 12 noon.  Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery.    A light luncheon and gathering will be held in the church basement. 

 

Memorials may be offered to the perpetual care of St. Mary’s Dunnington Cemetery, St. Mary’s Catholic Church Dunnington, IN or Franciscan Hospice of Lafayette.  The family is being assisted by Shoemaker Funeral Home of Otterbein, IN (Shoemakerfh.com).

 

“Grandpa, we will always remember your stories, your loud sneezes, and every time we visited you saying, “thank you for coming”.

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Gene W. Stinebring, 86, of Buckley

Gene W. Stinebring, age 86, of Buckley passed away on Monday, October 28th in Buckley. 

 

Gene is survived by his wife, Pearl Stinebring; his son Mark Stinebring of Thawville; his daughter Vicki Jackson of Terre Haute, IN; his step son Tony Pitzer of Nahaunta, GA;  step daughters Tammy Doyle of Lebanon, IN and Lisa DeBrutn of Momence as well as 3 Grandchildren;8Great-Grandchildren;8 Step-Grandchildren and 13 Step-Great-Grandchildren.

 

A funeral service is set for Monday, November 4th at 1:00pm at the Congregational Church in Thawville with a visitation 2 hours prior to the 1:00pm service. 

 

Burial will follow at a later date at Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery in Thawville.

 

Knapp Funeral Home will be conducting the service. 

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Rusty DuBois Sr. 61 of Clifton


Rusty J. DuBois Sr., 61, of Clifton passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

 

He was born October 15, 1958 in Kankakee, the son of Edgar and Marjorie (Deany) DuBois Jr. and they preceded him in death in addition to one sister, Kelly Wilson and one brother-in-law, Brian Denault.

 

He married Linda Dion on July 2, 1992 in Chebanse and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Rusty DuBois Jr. of Chebanse; one brother, Scott (Andrea) DuBois of Bradley; and one sister, Kimi DuBois Denault of Chebanse.

 

Rusty was an avid pool player and enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Nascar.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

 

Memorials may be made to the family.

 

Please share a memory of Rusty at knappfunerlhomes.com

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James Butler Sr. age 90, of Piper City

James Butler Sr., 90, of Piper City passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 at Piper City Rehab & Living Center. He was born February 17, 1929 in Waterford Co., Ireland, the son of Nicholas and Hanna (Baldwin) Butler. He married Nora “Christina” Hughes in April of 1961 in Chicago and she passed away on April 2, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.

 

He is survived by five children, James (Tina) Butler of Peotone, Maura (Kevin) Culver of Peotone, Martin (Kimberly) Butler of St. John, IN, Michael (Julie) Butler of Wheaton and Monica (Edward) Wantuch of Schererville, IN; two brothers, Richard Butler of Piper City and Quan (Kathleen) Butler of Ireland; one sister, Nan (James) Geraghty of Ireland; and ten grandchildren, Sean (Fiancee, Sara) Culver, Christine Culver, Matthew (Fiancee, Hannah) Culver, Rebecca Butler, Brian Butler, Grace Butler, Jack Butler, Eamon Wantuch, Molly Wantuch and Kate Wantuch.

 

James was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Piper City and Chatsworth Knights of Columbus #730 4th Degree. He was a produce manager at High-Low Foods in Chicago for 15 years, Wiseway Foods for 12 years, Cub Foods for 10 years, and retired in October of 1993 from Horizon Foods. James loved gardening, fishing, walking, bike riding, and volunteered for the Piper City Food Basket.

 

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Piper City. A Funeral Mass will follow at 12:15 p.m. also at the church with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Piper City.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church in Piper City or Donor’s Choice.

 

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

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Terry "Pete" Elbert 67, of Chebanse

Terry "Pete" Elbert, age 67, of Chebanse passed away on Friday, October 25th, 2019. 

 

Terry is survived by his Wife Diana Elbert of Chebanse, 3 daughters; Heidi Lyles of Kearney, MO.;Heather Kent of Clifton; Nicole Strawson of Chebanse. Along side 6 Grandchildren, Terry is survies by his two brothers; Rick Elbert of Milton, WI; Ron Elbert of Bourbonnais and two sisters; Diane Mathy of Chebanse and Mary Herman of St.Anne. 

 

A memorial service is scheduled for 1.00pm on Saturday. November 2nd, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton with a visitation at 11am that saturday morning. 

 

Burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse. 

 

Arrangements are being made possible by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. 

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Velma Carley 95 of Watseka

Velma Esther Carley, 95, of Watseka died on October 24, 2019, at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born on November 1, 1923, in Ash Grove Township, Iroquois County, the daughter of Walter and Emilie (Hopman) Scheiwe. She was baptized on November 18, 1923, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Woodworth by the Rev. F.A.C. Meyer. Her childhood was spent in the rural Milford area. She was confirmed in the faith by Rev. N. Heimsoth on April 10, 1938. She attended grade school at St. Paul Parochial School and graduated from Crescent-Iroquois High School.

Velma married Allen J. Carley on December 25, 1941. They were blessed with 77 years of marriage, and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Allen Leon (Janet) Carley of Beloit, WI and Kenton (Lisa) Carley of rural Milford; two daughters, Bonita Rajala of Watseka and Virginia (Bob) Buhr of rural Milford; one daughter-in-law, Verla Carley; ten grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; one sister, Marian Taden of Danforth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Russell Carley; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Carley; one son-in-law, Bruce Rajala; two grandsons, Jeff Buhr and Scott Carley; and one sister, Mildred Brutlag.

Velma was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City where she was active in the Women of the Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, sewing, garage sales, and jigsaw puzzles. She was fondly referred to as “the Cookie Grandma” because of the many chocolate chip cookies she baked over the years.

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday at church.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City with Pastor Joel Brown officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, St. Peter Lutheran Church, or donor’s choice. 

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Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Dennis M. Siebring, 67, of Ashkum

Dennis M. Siebring, 67, of Ashkum passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Prarieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. He was born on November 15, 1951 in Kankakee, the son of Melvin and Marie (Goldenstein) Siebring and they preceded him in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Anna (Jason) Beasley of Iwakuni, Japan; one son, Philip Siebring of Pensacola, FL; one brother, Ronald (Karla) Siebring of Ashkum; and several nieces and nephews.

Dennis was a very kind and humble man to all that knew him. During his lifetime he faced many challenges but endured them all with positivity and determination. He beat cancer and survived a liver transplant. Through all the obstacles he faced, he never lost his joyful spirit and kind heart. He was an enormously proud father of his two children. Dennis was a farmer in the Ashkum area for many years and an active member of his church.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. Pastor Brian King and Rev. Duane Marburger will officiate. Burial will follow at Danforth Cemetery in Danforth.

Visitation will be prior the funeral service on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth from 9:30-11:00 am.

Memorials may be made to Grace Christian Academy (2499 Waldron Rd. – Kankakee, IL. 60901).

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Please share a memory of Dennis at knappfuneralhomes.com

 

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Roger E. Franklin, 62, of Sheldon

Roger E. Franklin, 62, of Sheldon passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at his residence.

Roger was born April 1, 1957 in Rockford, the son of Roger W. and Phyllis (Bellars) Franklin. He married Debora Berns on April 23, 1977 in Ashkum and she survives.

 

Besides his wife, Debora Franklin of Sheldon, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Franklin of Sheldon and Ashley Franklin (fiancée William Richards) of Cissna Park; one step-son, Michael Petit of Sheldon; three grandchildren, McKenzie Millard, Cain Millard, and Aubrey Richards; one brother, Charles Franklin of Sheldon; three sisters, Betty Swartz of Watseka, Penny Loucks of Donovan, and Cindy Erwin of Watseka; mother-in-law, Carole Harms of Ashkum; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Gary Berns; one nephew, Aaron Townsend; and one niece, Angie Jackson.

 

Mr. Franklin was very handy and enjoyed working on cars. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

 

Visitation will be from 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Graveside services will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka. Rev. John Franklin will officiate.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Marilyn Jean Wilken, 88, of Danforth

Marilyn Jean Wilken, 88, of Danforth passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born on January 31, 1931 in Danforth, the daughter of Carl R. and Florence (Schuler) Siemons.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. Rev. Duane Marburger will officiate. Burial will follow at Danforth Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday.

 

Marilyn graduated from Gilman High School in 1948. She married Glen D. Miller on September 11, 1948 in Danforth. He preceded her in death on May 13, 1962 in Houston, TX. Marilyn later married Roger L. Wilken on March 1, 1968 and he survives. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Debra Kay Grant.

 

Marilyn is survived her spouse, Roger; daughter, Nancy (Dennis) Grant of Charleston; sons, Charles (Linda) Miller of Danforth and Bob (Cindy) Miller of Danforth; and step daughter, Sue (Rick) Gray of Gilman; nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

 

Marilyn enjoyed working at the Danforth Post Office from 1963 until 1992. She was an organist and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. Marilyn was a volunteer for the Red Cross blood drives for many years. She was an active quilter, seamstress, and crafter. Marilyn loved going to sales with Roger. She was a homemaker, gardener, flower grower, and a wonderful cook. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice (200 N. Laird Lane – Watseka, IL) or Prairieview Lutheran Home (PO Box 4 – Danforth, IL).

 

Please share a memory of Marilyn at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Walter H. Hurliman, 95, of Cissna Park

Walter H. Hurliman, 95, of Cissna Park passed from this life on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born in Ash Grove Twp. on June 10, 1924, the son of Charles and Sophie (Hoffman) Hurliman. He married Marian Bohlmann in 1946 and she preceded him in death in 1996. He later married Marian R. Hasz in 1998 and she survives.

 

Also surviving are his four children, Janet (Calvin) Hasselbring of Cadiz, KY, Ruth (Marc) Reutter of Cissna Park, Fred (Bonny) Hurliman of Onarga, and Leah (Gene) McDowell of Danville; eleven grandchildren, Corina Tiberi, Candice Lovejoy, Carissa Griffith, Cynthia Zaloudek, Philip Reutter, Eric Reutter, Rachel Helton, Brett Hurliman, Mitchell Hurliman, Jordan Hurliman, and David McDowell; twenty three great grandchildren; four step daughters, Deanne Olivas of Gilbert, AZ, Debbie Dalbey of Mesa, AZ, Connie Long of Nashville, TN, and Donna Gubbins of Momence, IL; eight step grandchildren; and nine step great grandchildren.

 

Mr. Hurliman was also preceded in death by his six brothers, Charles, Chris, John, Henry, Louie, and Edgar; four sisters, Selena, Pauline, Ruth, and Edna; and two infant sons.

 

Walter was a World War II veteran, serving his country in the United States Navy as a radio man aboard the USS Brennan DE-13 in the South Pacific. Walt was a lifelong farmer and an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park where he served as Chairman, Elder, Sunday School Superintendant, and Teacher. He was a bank director at Cissna Park State Bank for many years. Mr. Hurliman was a member of the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be provided by the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

 

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 11:00 am service on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.

 

Please share a memory of Walter at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Virginia Sanders, 95, of Donovan

Viriginia Sanders, 95, of Donovan passed away on Sunday October 20th 2019.

 

She is survived by David Sanders, Thomas Sanders, and Diane Lindgren. 

 

A visitation is set for Wednesday October 23rd 2019 from 9-11am with a funeral service to follow at 11am at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Burial will follow the funeral service at Prairie Dell in Iroquois County. 

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Larry Smith, 81, of Watseka

Larry Smith, 8`1, of Watseka passed away on Thursday October 17th, 2019. 

 

Larry is survived by his wife, Shirley Smith, and 5 children; Larry Smith,David Smith, Lori Lyons, Mary Stenstrom, and Dorrine Giahan.

 

A visitation is set for Monday October 21st, 2019 from 4-7pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

A funeral service is set for October 22nd, 2019 at 11am at the Calvary Lutheran Church with another visitation 1hour prior to the funeral service. Burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery 

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Aileen M. Miller, 90, of Gilman

Aileen M. Miller, 90, of Gilman passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born December 20, 1928 in rural Gilman, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Peters) Miller.

 

She is survived by one sister, Charleen Blair of Danforth; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Eugene (Judy) Miller of Onarga, William (Doris) Miller of Gilman; and Judy Miller of Gilman; one step-sister-in-law, Mary Jane Muller of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Aileen was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Florence Miller; two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Lorraine (Roy) Goldenstein, Elsie (William) Carmichael and Donald Blair; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert (Ethyl) Miller and Edward L. Miller; and two step-brothers and one step-sister-in-law, June “Hack” (Mary Mae) Muller and Glenn Muller.

 

Ms. Miller was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Gilman and Zion Women’s Circle. She retired from Housekeeping at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Aileen won many prizes at the Iroquois County Fair for her handiwork and loved to knit, crochet and put puzzles together.

 

Visitation will be from 9:00-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Zion United Church of Christ in Gilman. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. also at the church. Dr. Rev. Carol Lange will officiate. Burial will be at the Gilman Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to the Gilman Healthcare Auxiliary or donor’s choice.

 

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

 

Please share a memory of Aileen at knappfuneralhomes.com

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Elsie E. Storm, 90, of Watseka

Elsie E. Storm, 90, of the Crescent City area, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born on April 22, 1929, the daughter of Henry and Eva (Ducat) Hammende. Elsie married Francis F. Storm on December 7, 1946. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2002.

 

Elsie took great pride in being a farmer's wife, and had milked cows for about 35 years. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Crescent City, as well as the Crescent City Woman's Methodist Group and Grandmothers Group of Crescent City, An avid Chicago Cubs fan, she was happy to watch the team win the World Series. Elsie was also an avid Bingo player, enjoyed going out to eat and spending time at Plato with her family and friends.

 

She is survived by five children Linda (Gordon) Thompsen of Martinton, Larry

(Marla) Storm of Monticello, IN, Gary (Donna) Storm of Watseka, Debra (Chuck) Tibbetts of Herscher and Jerry (Nancy) Storm of Crescent City; one sister Justine Collins of Louisiana; one brother Vernon (Donna) Hammende of Florida; twelve grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Russell Hammende.

 

Per Elsie's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. The family will hold a  

Celebration of Life at a later date, with inurnment at Wilson Cemetery to follow. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Crescent City or Crescent Iroquois Fire Department.

 

Please sign her guestbook at www.baierfuneralhome.com

 

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