Charles Andrew Allen, 90, of Cissna Park passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka, IL. He was born on July 26, 1928 in Goodwine at the Family Farm, the son of Roy and Myrtle (Gothberg) Allen. He married Alta Jean Pugh at Antioch Church of Christ, Rossville, IL on June 30, 1957. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward Allen and Lloyd Allen; and three sisters, Florine Breeding, Geraldine Boyden and Ellen Marie Hofer.
Surviving are his wife, Alta; two daughters, Denise (Dennis) Mann of Monmouth and Lisa (Brad) Breymeyer of Cissna Park; five grandchildren, Jacob (Beth) Mann of Bolivar, MO, Erin (Kevin) Chankin of Chicago, Brice (Heidi) Breymeyer of Onarga, Brandt Breymeyer of Milford, and Brooks (fiancée, Josey Fruhling) Breymeyer of Cissna Park; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Mann, Keighan Mann, Madison Chankin, Mason Chankin, and Braxton Breymeyer. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Lucille Allen of Milford; and many loving nieces and nephews and their extended families, and many lifelong friends.
He will be known by all for his great love of his family, and his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The love shown, time spent, lessons taught, and laughter shared has created such special memories and are examples and goals for them to follow with their families.
Mr. Allen served in the United States Army during the Korean War Conflict from 1951-53 (S2 & S3 NCO Battalion Headquarters as a comptometer the last 6 mos.) He was a lifetime farmer who believed his role was to take care of God’s Land and serve others. His longest role and membership was to the Goodwine United Methodist Church where he was Chairman, and joyfully rang the Church Bell, and taught High School Sunday School classes most of his life until its closure. He later became a member of the Milford United Methodist Church. Other life service has also included President/Chairman and other offices for many years with the following organizations: Bryce-Ash Grove District #284 School Board, Goodwine Co-Op Elevator Board; Cissna Park American Legion Post #527; Cissna Park Fire Department Trustee; Ft. Creek/Lovejoy Drainage Commissioner, and the ASCS County Committee serving as Chairman for over 9 years during which the County Office received the Administrator Award in Washington in 1990. He enjoyed that role so much, that upon retiring from the farm, he continued as a crop adjuster for many years. He enjoyed working with Hampshire hogs so he was a former Secretary of Iroquois County Fair (Milford location), an active Iroquois Co. Fair Swine Barn worker, and he was also an active member/officer of the Ford-Iroquois County Pork Producers. He’ll be remembered for his kind, caring attitude - always with a smile, that believed honesty, integrity, and serving his family and the Lord were the most important things in life.
Funeral services will be held at the Milford United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 23, 2019 beginning at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Pastor Gail Meyers will officiate. Burial will follow at the Amity Cemetery in Goodwine. Graveside military rites will be provided by Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, Cissna Park Fire Department, Cissna Park American Legion Post #527 or Donor’s Choice.
Joyce Deany, 83, of Watseka passed away on March 14, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Joyce was born February 13, 1936 in Clinton, IA, the daughter of Leonard J. and Kathryn (Flessner) Hoeger and they preceded her in death along with one sister, Carol Bowen. She married Paul Dean Sloter in Chatsworth in December of 1958 and he preceded her in death in 1961. She later married Donald Deany in Cullom on August 10, 1963 and he survives in Watseka.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Eric Paul Sloter of Bella Vista, AR, John David Sloter of Boone, IA, and Mark Donald Deany of Richmond Height, MO; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five brother-in-laws.
Mrs. Deany was a music educator and a school counselor for Crescent Iroquois and Watseka Unit #9. She was a member of Iroquois Mental Health Center, Lutherans for Life, Retired Teachers Association, and Past-President of her church council.
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Alex McNally will officiate. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom with her grandson, Vicar Alex Sloter, officiating.
Memorials may be given to Lutherans for Life, Faith Lutheran Mission Fund, Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
une M. Sullivan, 85, of Stockland passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Flanagan Rehab and Healthcare in Flanagan. She was born on March 29, 1933 in Palmetto, FL the daughter of Oscar and Gertrude (Ivy) Lowry. She married R. Laverle Sullivan on April 4, 1953 in Ellenton, FL and he preceded her in death on July 14, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles.
Mrs. Sullivan is survived by two daughters, Karen (Thomas) Clark of Long Point, IL and Terry Comer; four grandchildren; and one sister in law, Carolyn Sheppard of Milford.
She was a former member of the Stockland United Methodist Church in Stockland.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Knapp Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.
Ted W. Doud, 78, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Hospital in Hoopeston. He was born June 14, 1940 in Milford, the son of Leroy and Mary Frances (Ashby) Doud and they preceded him in death in addition to two sisters, Marjorie Uttenweiler and Barbara Hayslett.
He is survived by two daughters, Dawn Haxton of Lake Geneva, WI and Starla Doug of Gulf Shores, AL; four grandchildren, Ryne (Kelly) Haxton of Tampa, FL, Jerod (Yvette) Haxton of Elkhorn, WI, Laine Eisenbart of Austin, TX, and Sloan Eisenbart of Austin, TX; four great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Kayden Haxton of Tampa, FL and Chase and Cameron Haxton of Elkhorn, WI; one sister, Doris Plimpton of Independence, KY; and one brother, Norman Doud of Milford.
Ted served in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1959-1963 and was a printer at Uarco in Watseka for 37-1/2 years. He enjoyed hunting, coin collecting, duck calling, and gardening.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Ed Highfill will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.
Memorials may be made to the Milford Swimming Pool or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
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Warren Odel Cary, 76 was called home to the Lord on March 2, 2019 in his home in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was born January 7, 1943 in Watseka, Illinois and resided there the majority of his life. He was raised on a farm in Crescent City by parents Ralph and Imogene Cary along side siblings, Alice and James. Warren married his wife Judith Marie (Wilson) Cary on November 11, 1962 and had two children, Brian and Stacey. Warren made a living as an automobile mechanic and was a member of First Christian Church in Watseka. He was recognized as a lifetime volunteer fireman for the Crescent City Fire Department and was known as an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Iroquois County Turkey Federation and Bow Benders archery club. Warren loved bird watching, mushroom hunting, bluegrass music and a good meal. Warren and Judith moved to Johnson City, Tennessee in August of 2017 where he spent the last of his years enjoying family. He is survived by his wife Judith Cary, his children Brian and Stacey and his siblings Alice and James. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Imogene Cary. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Christian Church, Watseka on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Family will begin visitation of friends from 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., service at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch.
Josephine Fortner, 81, of Watseka, Il, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Watseka.
She was born on October 28, 1937 in Fairbury, IL, the daughter of Roy Hanshew and Mildred (Dunahee) Hanshew.
Josephine married Carl Fortner on August 22, 1965 in Gilman, IL. He passed on October 31, 2003.
Mrs. Fortner was a homemaker. She enjoyed horse racing and horse shows.
Surviving Mrs. Fortner are her sons, James Fortner of Watseka, IL and Joseph Fortner of Roberts, IL; sister, Betty Weber of Tennessee; grandchildren, Dominic, Bryce, and Aaron; one great granddaughter on the way; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; one brother; one sister.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 5-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Private Funeral Services and Interment will be held.
Milton C. “Pete” Brady, 84, of Watseka passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Watseka Rehab and Healthcare in Watseka. He was born on April 17, 1934 in Watseka, the son of Clifford Clarence and Mary Elizabeth (Walden) Brady. He married Cynthia E. Graves in 1968 and she survives.
In addition to his wife, Cindy Brady of Watseka, Pete is survived by two daughters, Kathryn McVay of Illinois and Terry Lynn (Gregory) Skinner of Georgia; one son, Anthony Brady of California; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arthur and Max; three sisters, Louise, Kathryn, and Maxine; and one son, Michael Joseph Brady.
Mr. Brady served in the United States Army and was active with Golden Gloves Boxing while serving in the military. He was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Pete was the owner of a plaster business and owned and operated Pete and Speedy’s BBQ in Watseka.
A memorial service will be at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. A memorial visitation will take place before the service on Thursday from 10:00-11:45 am.
Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.
Cremation rites have been handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Verna A. Looker, 88, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born July 3, 1930 in rural Cissna Park, the daughter of Alpheus and Lily (Roll) Miller. She married Ivan L. Looker on June 10, 1951 in Watseka.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter; her siblings and in-laws, Cecil (Leona) Miller, Earl Miller, Florine (Paul) Sites, Norma (Mervin) Duling, Ernest (Betty) Looker, Erna Marie (Wayne) Albert and Olin Looker; and nephews, Brad Looker, Steve Sites and Jim Looker.
She is survived by her daughters, Lynara (John) Tonner and Lynelle (Bruce) Peters; her grandsons, Benjamin (Kristin) Tonner and Samuel (Patience) Tonner; her great-granddaughters, Maria, Anne, Oaklyn and Elizabeth Tonner; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Looker; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Looker was a secretary for her husband’s and daughter’s law practice for many years and a former secretary at Watseka Community High School.
Private services will be held.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Historical Society or Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Diane Brownfield, 69, of Brook, Indiana, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, January 28, 2019.
She was born on March 1, 1949 in Paxton, Illinois, the daughter of James Smith and Thelma (Adamson) Smith.
Diane married Lonnie Seibring in Thawville, November of 1969. She later married William Brownfield in Eureka in March of 1987.
Mrs. Brownfield was a Dietary Manager in Piper City for many years. She enjoyed the piano, reading, baking, cooking, and loved dogs. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Brook, IN.
Surviving Mrs. Brownfield is her daughter, Christina (Scott) Planting of Brook, IN; sisters, Dorla Parker of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Linda (Richard) Blakley of Arizona; grandchildren, Kenton and Ashley Schroeder; four legged companions, Hulk and Spring; and a few nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lonnie and William; and one brother, Delmar Smith.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 11am until 1pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will take place Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Burial will follow at Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville, Illinois.
Duane “Red” Munsterman, 90, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Westminster Village in Terre Haute, IN.
Red was born October 26, 1928 in Crescent City, the son of Walter H. and Linda Bruens Munsterman and they both preceded him in death.
He is survived by one son, Chad J. (Becky) Munsterman of Bloomington; one daughter, Cathy (Jerome “Jerry”) Bollettieri of New York; one sister, Valletta Maravola of Roanoke, VA; three grandchildren, Brandon Munsterman of Indiana, and Travis Bollettieri and Jared Bollettieri of New York; five great-grandchildren; and four nephews.
Mr. Munsterman was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. He served on the Cissna Park school board as well as the Cissna Park town board. He also served as a volunteer firefighter. Red enjoyed golfing and bowling. He was also a dedicated Chicago Bears fan.
In honor of Red’s wishes, there will be no formal services. However, the family welcomes you to join us graveside at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate.
Arrangements handled by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Robert “Bob” Murphy, 82, of Gilman passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at his home. He was born July 21, 1936 in Amsden, Ohio, the son of Russell and Mina (Meyer) Murphy and they preceded him in death.
He married Charlene Mizener on June 1, 1963 in Oak Harbor, Ohio and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Brad Murphy of Ohio and Gregg (Jill) Murphy of Gilman; one daughter, Monica (Matt) Schober of Ohio; six grandchildren, Ashley, Erika, Ryan, Nathaniel, Samantha and Rebekkah; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eunice Dupey of Ohio.
Mr. Murphy served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1961 and attended the United Methodist Church in Gilman. He spent his childhood in Ohio and attended Amsden Schools and Tiffin University. Bob was a tax and license accountant and in his retirement, he managed a KOA in Myrtle Beach, SC. He enjoyed camping and being with his family.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Gilman. Vicki Killus will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at Elwood.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Gilman and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gilman United Methodist Church or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.
Margaret Lucille Morgan, 91, of Watseka passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Margaret was born November 5, 1927 in Martinton Twp., the daughter of William Asa and Grace Ellen (Stephenson) Redburn. She married Ralph Eugene Morgan and he preceded her in death July 22, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and four sisters.
She is survived by four children, Dennis (Carol) Morgan of Newberg, OR, Cathy (William) Grein of Urbana, Brad Morgan of Benton Harbor, MI and Jill (Greg) Huizenga of Watseka; sixteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Morgan was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She loved to crochet and sew.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association.
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Betty S. Grandpre, 79, of Ashkum passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at her residence. She was born on October 19, 1939 in Harlen County, KY, the daughter of G. Howard and Edith (Singleton) Sharp. She married Keith A. Grandpre in Bradley on October 24, 1964 and he preceded her in death on July 4, 1995. Betty was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Howard “Sonny” Sharp; three sisters, Lola “Judy” Goeslin, Jenny Claire and Dottie Jones; and two nieces, Judy Frechette and Toni Schaffer.
Surviving are three step-children, Keith H. (Anita) Grandpre of Addison, IL, Mike A. (Robin) Grandpre of Ohio and Donna J. (Leonard) Sample of St. Anne; one special niece, Misty (Alex) Hagele of Watseka; two sisters, Stella Day and Jeanette Sharp both of Lafayette, GA; one brother, Richard (Connie) Sharp of Trion, GA; one special friend, Earl “Sonny” Blaylock of Ashkum; nine grandchildren, Alex, Erin, Christy, Brittany, Brandon, Patrick, Tim, Olivia and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Grandpre was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She enjoyed riding motorcycles with her husband as well as collecting antique cookie jars. Betty’s family and friends would say that she was about as sassy as they came.
A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:30 am on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will take place at a later date at Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee.
Memorials may be given for the family’s wishes.
Marvin E. Kollmann, 82, of Watseka passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at his home. He was born November 3, 1936 in Blue Island, the son of William and Emma (Schilling) Kollmann and they preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer and Walter Kollmann. Marvin married Arlene Storz in Blue Island on November 30, 1957 and she survives.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Mark (Jill) Kollmann of Martinton; two daughters, Linda (Bradley) Baer of El Paso and Lori (Steve) Woodard of Washington; eight grandchildren, Kristin (Jacob) Jones, Evan (Jessica) Kollmann, Seth (Katlyn) Woodard, Ashley (Brad) Moritz, Emily (Nick) Zabel, William Woodard, Lucas Wall and fiancé Ashley Mehl, and Elyssa Kollmann; one sister in law, Velora Kollmann of Crescent City; and six great-grandchildren.
Marvin was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka, a lifelong farmer, and enjoyed raising Angus cattle. In addition, he was the Beef Superintendent of Iroquois County 4-H for many years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. funeral service that will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. G. Robert Heimgartner will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka.
Wayne Walter Rieches, 66, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
He was born on August 18, 1952 in Watseka, Illinois, the son of Walter Rieches and Lorene (Knake) Rieches.
Wayne married Sue Zelhart in Watseka on May 27, 1988.
He enjoyed woodworking.
Surviving Mr. Rieches is his wife, Sue Rieches of Watseka; son, Veselin (Jessica) Rieches of Hurricane, WV; sisters, Mary Salm of Watseka, Linda Thompson of Watseka, and Carolyn (Roger) Reed of Watseka; grandchildren, twins on the way; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 11:00 am, at CornerStone Church in Woodland, IL. Another visitation will be held an hour prior. Pastor PJ Parker will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois.
Memorials in Mr. Rieches’s name can be made to the CornerStone Church or Donor’s Choice.
Minerva I. Tiarks, 88, of Cissna Park passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born March 11, 1930 in Buckley, the daughter of Harry and Helen (Thalmann) Wagner and they preceded her in death. She married Elmer R. Tiarks on April 17, 1949 in Buckley and he also preceded her in death on February 15, 2014.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon (Steve) Bonnell of Waukesha, WI and Carol (David) Dettmering of Buckley; four grandchildren, Andrew (Lori) Bonnell, Cara Bonnell, Emily (Brian) Reinhardt and Brent (Chrissy) Bonnell; and five great-grandchildren, Abigail Elise Folkers, Colgan Folkers, Jaxson Bonnell, Brooklyn Reinhardt and Iris Bonnell.
Mrs. Tiarks was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, embroidering, reading, and watching Illini basketball.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Ash Grove.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove Building Fund, Cissna Park Ambulance or Donor’s Choice.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
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Daniel Leo “Dan” Hendron, 64, of Clifton, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Dan was born on April 24, 1954 in Kankakee; the son of William “Dee” and Patricia (Frake) Hendron. Dan married Barbara Pheifer on October 14, 1978 at Assumption BVM in Ashkum. Dan worked as a general contractor throughout the area for many years. During his leisure time Dan was a member of the Clifton Lions Club, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and watching all sports, he especially enjoyed watching his sons grow up playing various sports.
Dan is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Barb Hendron, his sons Nathan Hendron of Clifton and Aaron Hendron Crest Hill, IL, 4 grandchildren, a sister Stacey (Steve ) Anderson of Downers Grove, his brothers: Tim (Andrea) Hendron of Naperville, Julie Nakaerts of Watseka, Lindy (Debbie) Nakaerts of Florida, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
To honor Dan’s wishes cremation rites will be accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
The family will host a memorial gathering at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Monday, January 21, from 4-7 pm. A memorial service will be on Tuesday, January 22, at 11 am at the funeral home.
Those who wish may leave memorials in Dan’s name to the Family of Dan Hendron to be donated to a charity of their choice.
Please visit Dan’s online obituary at www.knappfuneralhomes.com
LaVerne H. Hanson, 78, of Chebanse passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee due to complications from open heart surgery. He was born February 14, 1940 in Ashkum, the son of Edward and Maxine (Tatro) Hanson Sr. and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Lawrence Hanson and one great-grandson, Aiden.
He married Betty Kuntz on January 3, 1959 in Chebanse and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Danny (Tamara) Hanson of Harrisburg, Tom (Barb) Hanson of Ashkum and David (Heather) Hanson of Chebanse; sixteen grandchildren, DJ (Neash), Michael (Nicole), Brandi (Blane), Aaron, Cassie, Breck, Briana, Brantlea, Charlotte (Chris), TJ (Jessica), Kayla, Amber (Corey), Ryne (Alexis), Austin, Chris and Abel; seventeen great-grandchildren, Chase, Caitlin, Chaela, Phoenix, Boyd, Royce, Mackenzie, Brendan, Brady, Devon, Ophelia, Olivia, Axel, Cameron, Elizabeth, Rylan and Rowan; two brothers, Eddie (Linda) Hanson of Clifton and Larry (Judy) Hanson of Clifton; and one sister, Linda (Jim) Schultz of Herscher. He loved his special puppy “Sissy”.
Mr. Hanson proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Radioman First Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex from 1960-1964. He was an avid golfer and bowler and a huge fan of the White Sox and Bulls. Mr. Hanson retired from Shapiro Developmental Center as a tradesman.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
Memorials may be made to the Clifton Food Pantry.
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Marvin D. Hamilton, 86, of Gilman passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born August 24, 1932 in Strasburg, IL (Prairie Twp.), the son of Louis and Ella Bronson Hamilton. They preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, Everett, Kenneth and Donald; and one sister, Thelma McArthur.
He married Mary Pinnell on August 10, 1958 in Kansas, IL and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Tim (Tami) Hamilton of Onarga; one daughter, Amy (Kent) Luebchow of Buckley; two brothers, Earl (June) Hamilton of Champaign and Dean (Artie) Hamilton of Moweaqua; ten grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.
Marvin attended and graduated from EIU where he played football for two years. He taught first in Hindsboro, then in Heyworth, and finally in Gilman and Iroquois West High Schools. He coached basketball, football, cross country and track in high school. Marvin was a member of Life Church in Gilman and Gilman Lions Club. He served in the Coast Guard and was active in the Civil Defense in Gilman.
He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. He loved woodworking, camping, and enjoyed spending time with his family. Marvin never knew a stranger. He was a godly man and loved his Lord and his family with all his heart.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Life Church in Gilman. Rev. James Harkins will officiate. Burial will be in the Gilman Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Gilman American Legion.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Life Church in Gilman and also 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Gilman Food Pantry, Luther Place in Danforth or family’s wishes.
Arrangements by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.
Teresa Lynn Anderson (Kleckner) went to be with Our Lord on January 10, 2019 after a short yet intense battle with cancer.
Teresa was born May 20, 1963 to the late Judith Savoree and Lynn Kleckner in Hammond, Indiana. Lynn survives along with her stepfather Michael Savoree.
She is survived by and the best mother of Christopher Herchuée (Watseka), Sarah Herchuée and Mario (Chicago) and David Herchuée (Watseka). She is the grandmother of Christopher Herchuée Jr, Nayeli Sanchez, and Ashley, Osvaldo, and Marianita Sanchez. She is the sister of Dale and Jane Moore (Hobart, IN), David and Renae Kleckner (Bloomington, IL), Rick and Crystal Kleckner (Clinton, IL), Mary and Dan Disosway (Sheldon, IL), Tim and Elaine Kleckner (Tallassee, TN), Tina and Tim Rosen (Lafayette, IN), Brenda and Mike Babaj (Sweetwater, TN) and Michele and Scott Webster (Martinton, IL), and her loving dog, Sadie.
She was preceded in death by her mother Judith Savoree, one sister Deborah Lynn Kleckner, and one nephew Brent Kleckner, one niece Sabrina Kleckner and her Uncle Butch Hansen.
Teresa had a talent in craft work such as crocheting and cross-stitching. She enjoyed making people happy through small gestures and acts of kindness. Her favorite saying was ‘Be Kind to One Another.’ She really enjoyed her time with her grandkids and spoiling them. They were her pride and joy.
Teresa was a blessing in so many lives. She would have done anything for anyone. Throughout her life she was a care giver to many. Though this is a time of sadness, it is also a time of relief as we all know Teresa is not suffering anymore.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.
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Russell M. Williams, 86, of Woodland passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at his home. He was born June 6, 1932 in Martinton, the son of Elmer M. and Opal V. (Younker) Williams. He married Cora A. Enlow on June 20, 1951 in Watseka and she preceded him in death on August 5, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer (Anna) Williams; one sister, Oleda (Ben) Daro; and two grandchildren, Shelley Renee Hendricks and Steven Zachery Smith.
He is survived by two daughters, Robin (Scott) Bohlmann of Woodland and Mary Lou Presley of Alexander City, AL; two sons, George Williams of Woodland and Michael Williams of Sheldon; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Williams was a member of the United Methodist Church in Woodland, a pressman at Uarco for 27 years, and the mayor of Woodland for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and carpentry work.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Body Cemetery in Woodland. Rev. Milt Leppert will officiate.
Arrangements by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
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Arik Dean Eldert, 41, of Danforth and formerly of Redondo Beach, CA passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until the 7:00 pm funeral service on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the United Methodist Church of Gilman. Rev. Malcom Jones will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Galesburg.
Memorials may be made to Zane's education fund or to the donor's choice.
Arik was born on July 31, 1977 in Kankakee, the son of William K. "Bill" and Jennefer (Wetherford) Eldert. His childhood was spent in the Gilman, Danforth and Onarga area. He graduated from Iroquois West High School in 1995. Arik worked in the sales/food service in Illinois and California.
He is survived by his mother, Jennefer Eldert of Danforth; sister, Andrea K. Eldert of Gilman; brother, Aaron W. (Maralee) Eldert of Remington, Indiana; two nephews, Zane G. Eldert and Kevin Adkins; three nieces, Anna Adkins, Joelle Dieckmann and Megan Click; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arik was preceded in death by his father, William K. “Bill” Eldert; grandparents and uncles, Maurice Haptonstall, Maurice Eldert and Ward "Butch" Cruise.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gilman.
Regina “Jean” M. Lareau, 58, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at her home. She was born December 19, 1960 in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas and Judith Ann (Dagnillo) Manos Jr. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Thomas Manos III. She married Michael Lareau in Homewood on August 6, 1983 and he survives in Watseka.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Kim (Scott) Wujek of San Jose, CA; one son, Tom (Laura) Lareau of Burbank, CA; one grandson, Wesley Wujek; her mother, Judith Ann Manos of Cape Coral, FL; two brothers, Jerome (Barb) Manos of Watseka and Anthony “Tony” (Jennifer) Manos of Flossmoor; one sister Christina “Chris” (George) Miller of San Diego, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Lareau was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka where she taught Catechism for many years, Shewami Country Club, and Shewami Mixed League. Following a battle with breast cancer, Jean became an advocate for the American Cancer Society. She served on the Relay for Life committee as Event Chair from 2010-2017, East Central Illinois Relay Events Lead Mentor for Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford County, participated on the Relay for Life team “Family Ties” from 2008-2018, as well as Cancer Prevention Study 3 Lead Volunteer. Jean loved traveling.
Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
A Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka Illinois. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Relay for Life, Watseka Community High School Band, or Kankakee Valley Hospice.
Gary Allen Griswold, 73, of Claytonville passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born September 10, 1945 in Paxton, the son of Harold and Juanita Forrest Griswold and they preceded him in death.
He married Margaret “Maggie” Barnett on January 20, 1973 in Griffith, IN and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Sarah (Adam) Schleef of Onarga; two grandchildren, Gracie Elizabeth and Benjamin Adam Schleef; and two sisters, Judy (Bill) Putnam of Hoopeston and Peg (Larry) Hofbauer of Cissna Park.
Gary served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. Along with his wife, he owned and operated Griswold Feed, Inc. since 1992.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. Rev. Charlie Graul will officiate.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.
Bobbi J. Basham, 42, of Union Hill, Illinois, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018.
She was born on February 28, 1976 in Kankakee, Illinois, the daughter of Dennis Goldsberry and Shirley (Ulitzsch) Goldsberry.
Bobbi married Brian Basham on June 12, 2010 at the Donovan Methodist Church.
Bobbi was a manager for Casey’s General Store in Herscher. She enjoyed reading books, gardening, her pets, and her children.
Surviving Mrs. Basham is her husband, Brian Basham of Union Hill, Illinois; sons, Kabel Hamende, Caseon Basham, and Kellen Basham; parents, Dennis Goldsberry of Woodland, and Shirley Goldsberry (Dale) of Donovan; mother-in-law, Pam Basham of Herscher; sister, Jennifer (Eric) Stevens of Hoopeston; step-sister, Kathy (Bruce) Hartman of Momence; sister-in-law, Brenda (Jason) Prince of Watseka; brother-in-law, Brent (Amanda) Basham of Herscher; many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her step mother, Lizzie Goldsberry; and step-sister, Irene.
Visitation will take place on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 9am until 11am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Jacob Garrett will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date at Prairie Dell Cemetery.