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.
Please share a memory of LaVerne at knappfuneralhomes.com.
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.
Please share a memory of Russell at knappfuneralhomes.com
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.