Obituaries

Terry W. Clark, 82, of Milford

 

Terry W. Clark, 82, of Milford passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at his home in Milford. He was born on November 17, 1937 in Watseka, the son of Calvin and Goldie (Wilken) Clark. He married Margaret Huckleby in Milford on November 27, 1964.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Clark, of Milford; one daughter, Kena Clark of Milford; one son, Bill (Laura) Clark of Gilman; four grandchildren, Kyle (Bailey) Clark, Kari (Kyle) Fisher, Will Clark, and London Clark; two great grandchildren, Peyton Clark and Wyatt Clark; two sister in laws, Dorothy Allison of Hoopeston and Sheila (George) Fix of Florida; and several cousins.

Mr. Clark served in the United States Army. He was a pressman at UARCO for thirty-eight years and worked many years at Glover Farms. He enjoyed racoon hunting and was a member of the Milford Christian Church. Terry was a member of the Masonic Lodge for fifty years as well as a member of the Scottish Rite.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 13, 2020 from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Milford Christian Church in Milford. Services will follow on Monday at 6:00 pm also at the church. Rev. Gary Milton, Rev. Brent Zastrow, and Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Military rites to be provided by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450.

Memorials may be made to the Milford Christian Church and Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Terry at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

 

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M. Jeanette Deck, 64, of Hoopeston, formerly of Rankin

M. Jeanette Deck, 64, of Hoopeston, formerly of Rankin, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at her home. She was born on October 26, 1955, the daughter of Marvin and Joan (Cleary) Hofer. Jeanette married Gary Deck on January 24, 1975 in Rankin.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Deck of Hoopeston; her father, Marvin Hofer of Rankin; three children, Leon Deck of Hoopeston, Jeremy (Megan) Deck of Hoopeston and Ashley Deck (James Whitaker) of Hoopeston; two brothers, Mike Hofer of Hoopeston and Vern Hofer of Cary, NC; three grandchildren, Brenna (Jacob) Schmid, Colin Deck and Mason Whitaker; and two great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Addison.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan; maternal grandmother Margaret Cleary; and paternal grandparents Eli and Fern Hofer.

Jeannette was a 1973 graduate of Rankin High School and was a resident in Rankin for 38 years before moving to Hoopeston. She tended bar at PJ’s in Rankin for many years. Jeanette enjoyed camping, bowling, and traveling – especially to Indiana Beach and Raccoon Lake – and had a love for hummingbirds. Most importantly, she loved being with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Per Jeanette’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

If you would like to extend your sympathies to the family, please mail cards to: Jeanette Deck Family, c/o Cox-Knapp Funeral Home, 142 W. Patton St., Paxton, IL 60957.

 

 

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Mary JoAnne Hull, 71, of Watseka

Mary JoAnne Hull, 71, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at her home. She was born September 16, 1948 in Morocco, IN, the daughter of Wilber H. and Dorothea Anne (Potts) Lade and they preceded her in death in addition to two daughters, Alicia Weber and Jeanette Hull; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, Dale W. (Glenda) Hull and Lee Roy Lade.

 

She is survived by five children, Tony (Kristina) Hull of Jacksonville, FL, Robin Hull of Watseka, Shelly Hebert of Sheldon, Barry Hull of Watseka and Robert Hull of Berrien Springs, MI; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Carole Jackson of Marion, IL; and three brothers and four sisters-in-law, Danny (Linda) Lade of Missouri, Terry (Wanda) Lade of Texas, Dennis (Karen) Lade of Illinois and Elaine Lade of Beaverville.

 

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Debora White will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco, IN.

 

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Beverly Jean "Jeanie" Johnson, 62 of Milford

Beverly Jean “Jeanie” Johnson, 62 of Milford passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at her home. She was born on September 3, 1957 in Watseka, the daughter of Arthur A. and Virginia A. (Downing) Johnson.

 

Jeanie is survived by one brother, Terry Johnson of Milford; one niece, Anne Johnson; one nephew, Erik Johnson; one sister-in-law, Kim Glass; one great-nephew, Asher; one great-niece, Lucy; and many special friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Tim Johnson; and one sister, Mary Jane Johnson.

 

Cremation rites will be accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

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Ed Copher, 74, of Milford

Ed Copher, 74, of Milford passed away on June 23rd, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign. 

 

A funeral service is set for 2pm of Friday, June 26th at the Milford Christian Church with a visitaion one hour prior to the 2pm service.

 

Burial is at the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Knapp Funeral Home is handling arrangements

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Vicki L. McCullough, 70, of Martinton

Vicki L. McCullough, 70, of Martinton passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on January 28, 1950 in Kankakee, a daughter of Merle and Carol Maxine (Frankum) Stephenson. Vicki married James W. McCullough in Papineau on December 30, 1967 and he preceded her in death on May 2, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Netta Long.

Survivors include one son, Timothy McCullough of Martinton; one sister, Roberta (Tim) Melton of Crosby, TX; a special niece, Danielle Cote of Martinton; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Vicki was a member of the United Church of Christ in Papineau. She farmed with her husband for many years and loved her flower garden and her dog, Cujo.

Private visitation will be held at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and private graveside services to follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois.

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

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Anita J. Ennen, 88, of Watseka, IL

Anita J. Ennen, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at her home in Watseka. She was born on January 9, 1932 near Wellington, IL, the eldest daughter of Roy Nichols and Sally (Moore) Nichols. She married Roger Ennen on October 21, 1950 in Marion, IA and he preceded her in death on June 9, 2015. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving Mrs. Ennen are her sons, Scott Ennen of Maryville, TN and Bradley (Elsa) Ennen of Gardnerville, NV; daughter, Coleen Schoolman of Watseka, IL; two sisters, Marylin Jorgenson of Bloomington IL and Karen Lauder of Florida; grandchildren, Damon (Theresa) King of Danville, IN, Eric Schoolman of Sheldon, IL, Matthew (Holly) Ennen of St. Petersburg, FL, Joshua (Brittany) Ennen of Signal Mountain, TN, and Susan (Michael) Potter of Maryville, TN. Additionally, there are eight great grandchildren.

Anita was a resident of the Milford area for most of her life and enjoyed searching for antiques and collectables. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society.

Cremation rites have been made accordingly by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will be held privately at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials in Mrs. Ennen’s name can be made to IMH Hospice or Donor’s Choice.

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Michael Anthony "Rooster" Abbott, 51, of Hoopeston, IL

Michael Anthony “Rooster” Abbott, 51, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 11:49 A.M. Monday June 1, 2020 at his home.  He was born April 3, 1969, in Hayti, MO, the son of Hollis and Billie (Schwartz) Abbott. 

He is survived by two daughters, Tiffany Burns of Watseka, IL and Cassidy Kroll of Chicago, IL; two sons, Ira Burns of Lafayette, IN and Cameron Kroll of Watseka, IL; three sisters, Tina Lile of Hoopeston, IL, Robin Irvin of Urbana, IL, and Samantha Lacey of Missouri; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Joseph Lacey.

 Michael was a self-employed mechanic.  He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, fishing, hunting, and building derby cars.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorials may be made to Michael’s family.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Michael’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka

Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 20, 1957 in Urbana, the daughter of Barbara Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 20, 1957 in Urbana, the daughter of Barbara (Sly) Rudisill and raised by Harold and Barbara Rudisill.

Cindy married Richard Corke on September 28, 1988 in Barron, WI and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and John Skawinski, and grandparents, Boob and Eileen Goller.

She is survived by her parents, Harold and Barbara Rudisill of Gilman, four brothers, Harold (Jeannie) Grimm of Watseka, Mike Rudisill of Sheldon, Ronnie Rudisill of Sheldon, and Billy Rudisill (Tonya) of Cissna Park, very special Aunt Neets (Jim) Honn of Gilman, sister-in-law Rita (Dave) Brutlag, several nieces and nephews, and her cats Buttercup, Snickers, Wayne, & Garth. Cindy also had several amazing friends whom she considered family who helped care for her in her time of need.

Cindy enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, NASCAR and loved her cats. She had worked for JB Communication (AT&T) in Gilman.

Anyone is welcome to pay their respects by coming to Oak Hill Cemetery on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and greeting the family from their cars. A private graveside service will follow. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, ASPCA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Victory Junction.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Sheryl Ahrens, 69, of Eagle Grove, formerly of Watseka, IL

Sheryl Ahrens, 69, of Eagle Grove, formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away peacefully, with his family by her side, on Monday, June 1, 2020, at Rotary Senior Living in Eagle Grove, following a battle with cancer. A graveside service will be held at on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.

Sheryl Ann (Dukes) Ahrens, the daughter of Sherril and Bertha (Wilt) Dukes, was born on October 10, 1950, in Watseka, Illinois. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and received her cosmetology degree after attending Kankakee Community College. Sheryl worked in the school cafeteria and for many local restaurants.

On June 27, 1971, Sheryl was united in marriage with Harold Ahrens in Watseka. After Harold’s sudden death in 1997, she moved to Eagle Grove, Iowa in 1999.

Sheryl continued to care for people’s food needs and served many breakfasts at Ampride in Eagle Grove and cared for others while she worked for Krysilis in Belmond.

Sheryl was a member of the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She loved gardening, flowers, feeding birds (and other wild animals) and her dogs!!

Sheryl is survived by her sons, Robert Ahrens and Shawn Ahrens and his wife Jenna and two granddaughters, Emily and Sarah all of Eagle Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold, son, Ryan Ahrens and sister, Freida Schaumburg.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

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Judy Lynn Wright, 56, of Woodland

Judy Lynn Wright, 56, of Woodland passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

She was born June 4, 1963 in Fairbury, the daughter of James M. and Mary Anita (Fackler) Mills and they preceded her in death. She married Stanley Wright on August 22, 1981 in Milford and he survives in Woodland.

Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Cassi Smith of Brandenburg, KY; one son, Cody Wright of Woodland; three grandchildren, Cameron Smith, Conner Smith, and Charlie Smith; one brother, Billy (Donna) Mills of Rossville; two sisters, Patricia Brotherton of Thomasboro and Carolyn (George) Smith of Champaign; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Wilda Wright of Woodland.

Judy enjoyed the racetrack, camping, baking, quilting, and traveling with her kids.

A private visitation will be on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. A private visitation and funeral will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

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Harold Arthur Froehling, 93 of Cissna Park

Harold Arthur Froehling, 93 of Cissna Park passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on April 26, 1927 in Harvey, the son of Arthur Harold and Julia (Wilkening) Froehling.

He married Rosalie Cluver on June 25, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Ash Grove and she preceded him in death on December 15, 1999. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Tracy Jo Froehling; one grandson, A.J. Froehling; one great-grandson, Oliver Honeycutt; and one sister, Alice Nolte.

He is survived by four daughters, Cindy (Dennis) Vance of Buckley, Denise (John) Mason of Gilman, Wendy (Wells) Wylie of Peoria, and Amy (Jim) Zenner of Loda; one son, Art (Patty) Froehling of Loda; thirteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Ralph (Jean) Froehling and two sisters-in-law, Lillian Cluver and Ruth Ann Cluver.

Mr. Froehling was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley, and was a lifelong farmer and milk hauler. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Cissna Park American Legion for 73 years. Harold was the first chapter president of the Cissna Park FFA and was inducted into the Cissna Park FFA Hall of Fame.

Private funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.

A private visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Marlyn Eugene Steiner, 83, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga

Marlyn Eugene Steiner, 83, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga passed away on May 31, 2020 at his residence.

Marlyn was born January 22, 1937 in Buckley, the son of John and Beulah (Kelly) Steiner. He was a 1955 graduate of Onarga High School. While working as a farm hand on the Schumacher farm Marlyn began dating his future wife, Myrna J. Schumacher. They married on April 7, 1957 at Ash Grove and she survives.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Lori (David) Hullinger of West Lafayette, IN, Becky Leydens of Indianapolis, IN, and Cindy (Lonnie) Welch of Pontiac; one sister, Twyla Steiner of La Place, IL; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Steiner and Ronald Steiner; one sister, Marilyn Black; and one son, Dean Steiner.

Mr. Steiner was a member and treasurer at Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. He later became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN. Marlyn was a lifelong farmer in the Onarga, Illinois area. Over the years, he was also employed at Decker’s Livestock, Krumwiede Farm Supply, and Kaeb Sales. Marlyn retired from farming in 2004 and moved with his wife to New Braunfels, TX. Later, in 2011 they moved to the Lafayette area. Marlyn enjoyed playing cards, puzzling, gardening, and dancing.

Private graveside services will be held at Onarga Cemetery with Pastor Dan Eggold officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

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David Lee Tucker Sr. 77, of Chebanse

David Lee Tucker Sr, 77 of Chebanse, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, May 22, 2020 with his wife, daughter, and beloved dog, Bella, at his side. He was born on January 25, 1943, the son of Lewis and Ruth (Durbin) Tucker. He married Mary Scott on November 7, 2014 in Clifton.
Surviving are the love of his life, his wife, Mary Scott of Chebanse; his children, David L. Tucker Jr of Oglesby, Tina Tucker (Aron Dietzel) of Morris, Bret Curtis of Joliet, Debbie Raboin of Trenton, and Marshall Scott Sr of Gilman; grandchildren, David L. Tucker III of Ottawa (son of David L. Tucker Jr and Debbie Tucker), Madeline Tucker and Maxwell Tucker both of Morris (children of Tina Tucker and Jim Tucker), Pedro Garcia Jr of Onarga, Lisa Burrow of O’Fallon, Holly Garcia of Rockford, Noel Swartz of Gilman, and Marshall Scott Jr of Idaville, IN; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Baggerly of Kansas City, MO, Marilyn Hayes of Burbank, CA; sister in laws, Mildred Tucker of Pontiac and Ann Hess of Clifton; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Mona April of Chebanse; and many others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Lewis Tucker; brothers, Louis Tucker (passed away in WWII) and Wayne Tucker; sister Lois (Orris) Reynolds; brothers in law, Gene Hess and Arnold Hess; and niece, Linda Hess.

Dave graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School in 1961 and then went to work for the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad as Agent Yard Master and retiring in 1988. He worked many years at Super Wash and Jewel-Osco. Beyond his work, he loved life with Mary and Bella. Dave enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events, including everything from theater performances, dance, and sports to milestone celebrations. He loved being outside. Mr. Tucker attended drag racing events every summer for nearly thirty years, and never missed. He enjoyed ‘wienie roasts’ every fall with his family. Dave’s garden was always well kept with his towering sunflowers and unique tomatoes. If given the chance, Dave would gladly sit and watch any trains and barges go by. Though soft spoken, he always had a quick sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh.

One of his favorite hobbies included his craftiness, as he was always transforming a simple piece of wood into an incredible gadget. Perhaps more than anything else, Dave will be remembered for the love he had for his friends and family.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Due to current circumstances with the pandemic in our country, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

A special thank you to Joliet Area Community Hospice for the exceptional care provided and Dad’s comfort.

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Joyce Ann Highfill, 86, of Milford

Joyce Ann Highfill, 86, of Milford, passed away at 2:23 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2020, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, in Watseka.

Joyce was born on May 19, 1934, in Watseka, the daughter of Edwin and Tena (Wilken) Walker. She married Charles E. Highfill on November 1, 1952, in Milford, Illinois. He preceded her in death on August 19, 1986.

She is survived by one daughter- Tammy (Jim) Kunce of Milford; two sons- Rick (Charlene) Highfill and Ed (Carol) Highfill both of Milford; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister- Gloria “Jean” Lauterbauch.

Joyce graduated from Milford High School, in 1952. She was a drum majorette in school, where she became a very talented baton twirler. After high school she taught baton twirling for years. She was a member of Milford Christian Church. Joyce worked as a site manager for Peace Meal, in Milford, for over 20 years, until she retired in 2018. She enjoyed camping, loved animals and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Maple Grove Cemetery, in Milford, with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating. Memorials may be made to the Milford Christian Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston to assist them in honoring Joyce’s life. Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com

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Brenda Sue Hedger, 60, of Ashkum

Brenda Sue Hedger passed into her next life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born September 15, 1959, in Kankakee, the daughter of Kenneth and Betty Schoon. She married Leslie Hedger on June 11, 2011.

She is survived by her loving husband, Leslie, and her loving son, Adam. She is also survived by her father, Kenneth Schoon of Ashkum, and sisters, Debbie Cobb of Clifton, Dawn (Julius) Meyer of Clifton, Kimberly (Butch) Meier of Clifton, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Betty Schoon, a brother, Kevin Paul, and brother-in-law, Harold Cobb.

Brenda was an avid reader and liked to do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and computer games. She was a wonderful aunt to her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She enjoyed life and was alot of fun to be around. She will be greatly missed. She enjoyed eating pizza and fried chicken. She loved being an EMT in Ashkum and was previously a housekeeper at Presence St Marys for many years until she received her degree in coding and billing and worked as a medical technician in various medical practices. She attended Ashkum Assumption Catholic Church and was a member of the CCW.

Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and no public service will be held due to the pandemic.

Memorials may be made to the family or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

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Geraldine R. Farney, 88 of Cissna Park

Geraldine R. Farney, 88 of Cissna Park passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on December 18, 1931 in Eureka, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Ashleman) Grusy and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Grusy.

 

She married Gerry S. Farney in Roanoke on May 1, 1955 and he survives. She is also survived by three sons, Ronald (Ellen) Farney of Bloomington, Randall Farney of Carlock, and Rodney (Erica) Farney of Oswego; one daughter, Sheryl (Scott) Spohn of Marietta, GA; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Edith (Richard) Payne of Eureka, Merna (Bruce) Zimmerman of Peoria, and Evelyn (Allen) Benedeck of Twin Lakes, WI.

 

Mrs. Farney was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Standard Oil Company in Peoria. For 65 years, she assisted her husband with the farming operation.


Private funeral services will be held at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Anyone is welcome to pay their respects by coming to the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park on Sunday, May 24, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a drive by visitation and greeting the family from their cars.

 

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park or to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

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Darrel W. Parker, 70 of Watseka

Darrel W. Parker, 70 of Watseka passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on May 2, 1950 in Watseka, the son of Earnest G. Parker and Annabelle Peters Gossett and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Gene Gossett.

 

He married Leona Street on April 8, 1995 in Watseka and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Darrel Gene (Charity) Parker of Woodland; one grandson, Falon Keith Parker of Woodland; four sisters, Teresa Willis of Pekin, Jo Ann McKenney of Florida, Carole (Robert) Beerwerh of Plymouth, IN, and Karen (Jim) Jones of Indianapolis, IN; three brothers, David Parker of Indianapolis, IN, Keith (Terry) Parker of Greenfield, IN, and Carl Parker of Indianapolis, IN; and his step-mother, Arline Parker of Indianapolis, IN.

 

Mr. Parker was an active member of Boy Scouts of America. He entered the Explorers in 1969 and became a Sr. Advisor for Explorer Post #123. He later earned The Vigil Honor, the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. He was a former member of Fly Falcon and The Illinois State Rifle Association. He loved spending time with his family and was an avid boater, hunter, and fisherman.

 

Private services will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the National Rifle Association.

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Patsy Sue Thomas, 76, of Sheldon

Patsy Sue Thomas, 76, of Sheldon passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Patsy was born June 20, 1943 in Speedwell, TN, the daughter of Roy and Arletta (Bean) Leach. She married B.J. Thomas on April 11, 1959 in Tazewell, TN and he preceded her in death on June 19, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; and one son, Ronald J. Thomas.

She is survived by one daughter, Mitsi (Roger) Morsch of Chandler, AZ; one son, Eddie (Joyce) Thomas of Sheldon; six grandchildren, Beth (Adam) Stephens of Katy, TX, Matthew (Laura) Morsch of Cambridge, MA, Jessica White of Sheldon, Carly White of Earl Park, IN, Amanda (Joe) German of Milford, and Danny (Kim) Buswell of Tomball, TX; twelve great-grandchildren; and one sister, Billie Evans of Speedwell, TN.

Patsy enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting, and doing puzzles. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Patsy had an unwavering faith and was a member of the Newton County Baptist Church.

Private services were held at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with burial in Gaffield Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Relay for Life of Iroquois County and mailed to Knapp Funeral Home, 219 S. 4th Street, Watseka, IL 60970.

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Delsie G. Lease, 69, of Watseka

Delsie G. Lease, 69, of Watseka passed away on May 11, 2020 at her home in Watseka. She was born on June 15, 1950 in Burkesville, KY, the daughter of Holland and Pauline (York) Graham. She married Terrance “Terry” Lease in Kankakee on August 29, 1970 and he preceded her in death on June 24, 2017. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Peter Lease (Tammy Crawley) of Watseka and Terry M. Lease of Watseka; one daughter, Beth Ann (Andy) Smith of Watseka; one brother, Danny Graham of Burkesville, KY; one sister, Peggy Reynolds of Burkesville, KY; and six grandchildren.

Private family graveside services will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Arrangements by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Esther McGehee, 84, of Gilman, IL

Esther McGehee, 84 of Gilman passed away at home on Saturday, May 9, 2020. She was born on March 16, 1936 in Danforth, the daughter of Pierce Erwin “Irvin” and Minnie (Saxma) Cotter.

She married Kenneth McGehee in Danforth on September 12, 1953 and he survives. She is also survived by three sons; Stephen McGehee of Gilman, Jeffrey (Julie) McGehee of Onarga, and Michael (Darlene) McGehee of Gilman; one daughter, Lisa (LaMoyne) Hawley of Pleasant Prairie, WI; seven grandchildren, Jerrod (Emily) McGehee, Jesse (Cherie) McGehee, Alexis McGehee, Joshua (Ericka) McGehee, Caitlyn McGehee, Jace McGehee, and Shelby (Nicholas) Anderson; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Cotter of Gilman; two sisters-in-law, Becky Cotter of Gilman and Iris Cotter of TN; and one brother-in-law, Marvin Becker of Olympia Fields.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Norman Cotter and Russell Cotter; and one sister, Aletha Becker.

Mrs. McGehee was a member of the Danforth Reformed Church. Within the church, she was a member of the Altruist Circle, the Guild, and the church choir; she also taught Sunday School and Catechism. Esther graduated from Gilman High School in 1953. She was a farm wife, a lunch lady at Danforth Elementary School, and loved to garden.

A private graveside service will be held at Danforth Reformed Cemetery. Rev. Don McDonald will officiate.

Anyone is welcome to pay their respects by coming to Danforth Reformed Cemetery in Danforth on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. and greeting the family from their cars.

Memorials may be made to Gilman Healthcare Auxiliary, the Danforth Reformed Church, or to IMH Hospice.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Phyllis M. Walsh, 88, of Gilman, IL

Phyllis M. Walsh, 88, of Gilman, IL passed away on May 9th, 2020 at the Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton, IL

 

A private funeral service will be held.

 

Anyone wishing to pay thier respects is invited to the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Gilman on May 13th, 2020 from 4pm-6pm. The family will greet you from your cars. 

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Dominic E. "Ditty" Lynch Jr, 91 of Watseka

Dominic E. “Ditty” Lynch Jr, 91 of Watseka passed away on Sunday May 10, 2020 at Faith Place in Danforth. He was born on July 3, 1928 a son of Dominic E. and Mary Ellen Nally Lynch Sr. Ditty married Bonnie L. Scott in Macomb, IL on August 16, 1952 and she preceded him in death on February 17, 2018.
Survivors include one son-Michael (Patti) Lynch of Kankakee; four daughters- Nancy Cowan of Watseka, Kathy (Joe) Kubal of Crest Hill, Chris (Kevin) Bossong of Watseka, and Jennifer (Mike) Dixon of Watseka; twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers - John (Jack) Lynch and Patrick Martin Lynch.
Ditty was a 1946 graduate of Watseka High School and a 1953 graduate of Western Illinois University, where he earned three varsity letters in football, was named First Team Defensive Player of the Year and was inducted into the Western IL University Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He served in the US Army during WWII in the 1st Infantry Division and was stationed in Bad Tolz, Germany. A lifetime citizen of Watseka, Ditty, along with his brother Jack, carried on his father’s business as the former owner, operator, and vice chairman of D.E. Lynch Construction Company, which later became Iroquois Paving Corporation. He also served as a two-time past President of the IL Asphalt Pavement Association and member of Associated General Contractors of Illinois. He was a devout member of St. Edmund Catholic Church, 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity at Western IL University, Watseka Chamber of Commerce, Watseka Lions Club, Watseka American Legion, past exalted ruler of Watseka Elks Lodge No.1791 and a member of the Union League Club of Chicago. He was also a member of the Shewami Country Club, where in 1984, he was instrumental in helping to organize the construction of the back nine. Ditty was a recipient of the Western Illinois University Alumni Association Achievement Award, WCHS Athletic Achievement Award and the Sam Walton Business Leader Award.
Despite his many successes in life, nothing brought Ditty more joy than his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed watching them participate in WCHS Athletics, and rarely missed a game or an event.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western IL Athletic Association, Watseka Athletic Booster Club, St Edmund’s Catholic Church, Prairieview Lutheran Home, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Due to the unforeseen circumstances, a memorial service and Catholic Mass will be held at a later date.
The Family invites you to share a favorite memory or story of Ditty at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dominic E. "Ditty" Lynch Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Bernice Kleinert, 98, of Chebanse

Bernice Kleinert, 98 of Chebanse passed away at her home on Sunday, May 10, 2020. She was born on October 25, 1921 in Momence, the daughter of Elmer and Brittana (Vail) Martin.

She married William F. Kleinert on February 28, 1939 in Momence and he preceded her in death on October 27, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; six sisters; three grandchildren, Steven Kleinert, Katherine Kleinert, and Gary Kleinert; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is survived by two sons, Darryl (Ruth) Kleinert of Chebanse and Allyn (Marlis) Kleinert of Ashkum; one daughter, Charlene Rieken of Chebanse; nineteen grandchildren; forty-one great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kleinert was a member of the United Church of Christ in Chebanse and Harmony Circle of the United Church of Christ. She was also a member of Mills School Mother’s Club.

Private services will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Pastor Marsha Collins will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Chebanse.

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

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Dale L. Schumers, 64, of Onarga, IL

Dale L. Schumers, 64, of Onarga, IL passed away on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. 

 

A Memorial service may be held at a later date. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga is handling arrangements.

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