Obituaries Archives for 2018-05

Helen Mary Enders 90, Sheldon

Helen Mary Enders (Rathburn), NEE Piotrowicz – Age 90 passed to our Lord on 25 May 2018 in Watseka, Ill. She was born 28 January, 1928 in LaPorte, Indiana the daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara Piotrowicz of Fish Lake, Indiana.

She married Meredith “Pete” Rathburn on 8 June, 1946 in LaPorte, Indiana. He preceded her in passing in 1966. She is also preceded in death by step-daughter, Nancy Kujawski (Jim).

One of 10 children she is survived by brother Joseph “Babe” Piotrowicz (Peggy). Her children Barbara Rowland (Chuck), Diana Gooding (Richard), Michael Rathburn, and Jeffery Rathburn (Angela); step-son Larry Enders (DeLina) Grandchildren Charles Rowland (Amy), Christina Rowland, Joseph Gooding, Erin Debolt (Josh), Megan Gooding (Lynn), Jason Gooding (Jill), and Colena and Shayan Rathburn. Step-grandchildren, Bret Enders, Blake Enders, Melanie Kujawski, and Lisa Badell (Jeff). Great Grandchildren Charlie, Benjamin, Oaklyn, Victoria, and Clayton; step-great grandchildren, Katie Kujawski and Olivia Badell.

Helen moved to Sheldon, Illinois in 1971. She met and married Gene Enders in 1973, who survives her today.

Helen lived a full and active life. She was a beautiful seamstress, became a licensed hair dresser, and loved to cook. Her Pierogis were so good the whole family would gather at home to help make them and get their share! Helen was also a devout member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, IN.

Visitation will be held at Baier Funeral Home at 102 W. Oak St.; Watseka, IL 60970 on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 5-8pm, with Rosary at 4:45pm. Funeral Mass will take place at St Joseph Catholic Church at 409 E Allen St; Kentland, IN 47951 on Saturday, June, 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Fr Robert Bernotas will officiate. A small gathering will be held following services. Interment will be held at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Walkerton, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice (200 North Laird Lane; Watseka, IL 60970) and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kentland, IN.

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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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