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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roger Conrad, 58 of Watseka.
Gravesite Service Friday 3/23/18 at 3pm at the St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery on Crescent City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eldon S. Buff, 91 of Clifton.
Arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
Memorial Service: 2pm Saturday March 10 at Cornerstone Church in Woodland with a luncheon to follow
Funeral: Noon Saturday March 10 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and visitation an hour before.
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