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Donald E. Brough, 72, of Chebanse

Donald E. Brough, 72, of Chebanse passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at his home. He was born on August 17, 1949 in Kankakee, the son of Francis and Dorothy (Potts) Brough. He married Sandra Wallace in Kankakee on October 12, 1974.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Brough of Chebanse; one son, Daniel (Nicole) Brough of Clifton; two daughters, Jennifer (Jason) Silcox of Cedar Rapids, IA and Lisa (Jeff) Kesinger of Highlandville, MO; three grandchildren, Justin, Jordan, and Joel Silcox of Cedar Rapids, IA; two brothers, Chuck Brough of Bethune, SC and Bill (Peggy) Brough of Arthur, IL; and one sister, Janet O’Dell of Denver, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jean Kohler; and his beloved dog, Niu.

Mr. Brough proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He was employed at Armstrong in Kankakee for over thirty-five years. He served on Chebanse Fire Department for many years, was a member of Central VFW Post #2131, collected model trains, and enjoyed playing solitaire on his computer.

Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Funeral services will immediately follow at 6:00 pm.

The family does request that anyone attending the services to please wear a mask, if possible, for the safety of everyone.

Private burial will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood with full military rites.

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

Marvin Purvis, 82, of Watseka

Marvin Purvis, 82, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at his home. He was born on June 8, 1940 in Watseka, the son of Alfred “Bud” & Edna Redburn Purvis and they preceded him in death. Marvin married Abby McCain Denham in Watseka on October 11, 1986.

Surviving are his wife, Abby Purvis of Watseka; two daughters, Michelle (Terry) Brutlag of Crescent City and Marcia (John Feener) Purvis of Hobe Sound, Florida; stepson, Greg Denham of Watseka; brother, Duane (Pam) Purvis; sister, Joyce (Craig) Franklin; four grandchildren, Jenna Brutlag, Austin Hrzic, Hally Denham and Todd Martson; one great-grandson, Trevor Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

Upon graduation from Watseka High School in 1958, Marvin worked at the Watseka Republican newspaper and Uarco Business Forms in Watseka. Then he and his brother Duane established Purvis Carpet Service and enjoyed a successful business installing floor coverings and tile for 35 years. He was dependable & hard working and a perfectionist who preached “you do the job right or don’t do it at all”. He was also knowledgeable in antiques and bought and sold antiques and collectables as a side business. He was a multi-talented person who could do many things and was successful at everything he tried to do. He enjoyed many activities including collecting, gardening, traveling, woodworking, and reading (especially Louis L’Amour’s books) and was an avid snow skier. Marvin and Abby enjoyed an annual ski trip in the western mountains until Marvin was 70 years old.

He cared deeply for the community; serving eight years as alderman on the Watseka City Council and was appreciated for his honesty, availability, response to constituent’s needs and a common sense approach to issues. He was never afraid to stand his ground if he believed in something. He was a member of the Watseka Elks for many years.

He was a generous, loving, outgoing, upbeat person who “never met a stranger” and who was devoted to family and would forego anything to spend time with them. He was married to Abby for 35 years and rarely was one seen without the other. They could frequently be seen enjoying a night on the dance floor and they maintained a Friday night date tradition for their entire marriage, often at Greg’s Bar and Grill (formally Miss Karol’s) where anyone was invited to pull up a chair and join them.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tom McCann officiating. Internment of ashes will follow at the Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Watseka Elks Lodge Children’s Coat Drive or to the Watseka Fire Department.

Ryan Evans Durflinger, 22, of Watseka

Ryan Evans Durflinger, 22, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Watseka. He was born on May 25, 2000, the son of Brent Evans Durflinger and Jessica Sue Long.

He is survived by his loyal dog, Lucy; maternal grandmother, Karen (Alvin “Bud”) York of Watseka; maternal grandfather, Joe Long of Watseka; paternal grandfather, Dale (Connie) Durflinger of Watseka; two brothers, Brandon Durflinger of Watseka and Brayden Durflinger of Arkansas; uncle, Jason (Candice) Long of Woodland; cousins, Melodee, Brylee, and Maxx Long of Woodland; uncle, Dale Jr. (Jeanna) Durflinger of Watseka; uncle, Colin Durflinger of Watseka; cousins, Skylee and Dayton Durflinger; father, Brent Durflinger of Watseka; mother, Jessica Long of Texas; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ryan was preceded in death by one uncle, Randy Durflinger and one aunt, Shelly Durflinger.

He enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles. Ryan loved RC cars, playing pool, fishing, and riding his motorcycle. He worked at Watseka Suzuki Honda and loved family get togethers where he was known to eat all the food there.

Visitation will be from 11:00-1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm. Pastor Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

Please share a memory of Ryan at baierfuneralhome.com

Jeffrey M. Reed, 28, of Danville

Jeffrey M. Reed, 28, of Danville passed on Monday, July 25, 2022 in Georgetown. He was born on June 20, 1994 in Watseka, a son of Jeffrey R. Reed and Marcia Clevenger.

He is survived by his daughter, Aubrieanna Grace Reed of Watseka; father, Jeffrey (Ngoc) Reed of Danville; mother, Marcia Clevenger (Michael Senesac) of Milford; two brothers, Jacob Reed of Danville and Brandon Hart of Milford; paternal grandfather, Roger Reed of Watseka; girlfriend, Phoebe Abernathy of Georgetown; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jeffrey enjoyed music, movies, playing basketball and football, going on nature drives, riding ATVs and spending time with his family. He was also a die hard Chevrolet fan.

“May the wind always be at your back, the sun upon your face and may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.” This was a favorite quote of Jeffrey's and means so much to us as he will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12 noon on Saturday July 30, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral service will be at 12 noon with Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating.

Memorials may be given to his daughter, Aubrieanna through a custodial account at Thrivent Mutual Fund.

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

Kenneth C. Essmann, 93, of Gilman

Kenneth C. Essmann, 93, of Gilman passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City. He was born on August 4, 1928 in Nokomis, IL, the son of Clarence and Alberta (Kettelkamp) Essmann. He married Maxine Kunsch in Gilman on May 21, 1950.

Surviving are his wife, Maxine Essmann of Piper City; one son, Roger (Susan) Essmann of Earlville, IL; one daughter, Nancy (Bruce) Perzee of Gilman; six grandchildren, Aaron Essmann, Kira (Justin) Bender and their children, Jackson and Hannah, Kelsey (Jorge) Martinez and their children, Maverick and Maddie, Ryan (Michelle) Perzee and their children, Jenssen and Gentry, Abby Perzee and her daughter, Cristin, and Cali (Darrin) Schumacher and their children, Claire, Hank, Lydia, and Abe; and three great grandchildren, Haven Perzee, Bentley Bartloini, and Louie Bartloini.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Phyllis Walsh.

Kenneth served in the United States Navy. Mr. Essmann was a member of Gilman United Methodist Church and served as head usher for several years. He was a retired member of the Gilman Fire Department and a Fire District Trustee. Kenneth was a member of Gilman Rotary and Gilman American Legion Post #499. He was an avid Cardinals fan and loved attending his kid’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.

Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 pm on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at Gilman United Methodist Church in Gilman.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, August 1, 2022 with a visitation an hour prior to the service at church from 10:00-11:00 am. Rev. Vicki Killus and Rev. Jim Harkins will officiate. Burial will follow at Wenger Cemetery in Gilman. Graveside military rites to be provided by Gilman American Legion Post #499.

Jerry A. Clauss, 86, of Cissna Park

Jerry A. Clauss, 86, of Cissna Park passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Carle Hoopeston Hospital. He was born on March 21, 1936 in Cissna Park, a son of Joseph and Nettie (Young) Clauss. Jerry married Karen Luebchow at Ash Grove on April 15, 1961.

Surviving is his wife, Karen Clauss of Cissna Park; three daughters, Stacy (Paul) Lucht of College Station, Texas, Renee Clauss of Champaign, and Kira (Michael) Stewart of DeKalb; one son, Brady (Heather) Clauss of Cissna Park; eight grandchildren, Jacob Lucht, Rachel Lucht, Abigail Stewart, Emily Stewart, Evelyn Clauss, Marilyn Clauss, Caroline Clauss, and Vivian Clauss; one brother, Earl (Gloria) Clauss of Loda; five sisters, Lois Beer of Milford, Erma Wieland of Peoria, Caroline Sever of Bloomington, Lorna Clauss of Urbana, and Dorothy (Don) Holmes of Hoopeston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Vernon Clauss; and one sister, Betty Feller Zimmerman.

Jerry was a member of St. John Lutheran Church at Ash Grove. He was also a member of the Cissna Park American Legion Post 527. Jerry was a lifelong farmer in Cissna Park.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022 at St. John Lutheran Church at Ash Grove with Rev. Michael Ruhlig officiating. Visitation will be held prior, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the service. Burial will follow in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Ash Grove with graveside military rites by Cissna Park American Legion Post 527.

Memorials may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church at Ash Grove or to the Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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

Dennis W. Harms, 90, of Crescent City

Dennis W. Harms, 90, of Crescent City passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Faith Place in Danforth. He was born at home on September 18, 1931 south of Crescent City, a son of John and Ruth (Boughan) Harms. He married Helen Ahlden on May 5, 1951 in Woodworth at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Harms of Crescent City, three sons, David (Joyce) Harms of Vancouver, Washington, Keith (Jannette) Harms of Delavan, Wisconsin and Kevin (Tina) Harms of Paxton; daughter-in-law, Pam Harms of Watseka; grandchildren, Katie Robertson, Kyle Harms, Ira Harms, Byron Harms, Ahlden, Tal and Hank Harms, Jon Harms, Josh Harms and Jake Harms; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold Harms; twin sister, Doris Kuhlman; and son, Jeff Harms.

Dennis was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City. He was a member of the Lutheran Brotherhood, served as the church janitor for many years and loved to play on the church Dartball League. He worked for Crescent City Grade School for many years as the janitor and maintenance. Dennis loved to fish and enjoyed raising rabbits and sheep. He loved to spend time with his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City with Pastor Joel Brown officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery south of Crescent City.

Memorials may be made to the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City or to Faith Place in Danforth.
Arrangements are by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Ralph R. Vangundy, 95, of Martinton

Ralph R. Vangundy, 95, of Martinton passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at his home. He was born on July 18, 1927 in Thornhope, IN, the son of Carl and Florence (Liming) Vangundy. He married Reba Hembree in Earl Park, IN on October 23, 1949 and she preceded him in passing on September 29, 2020.

Surviving are three daughters, Brenda Newman (Jim Anderson) of Martinton, Kathy (Greg) Garrison of Lafayette, IN, Beth (Richard) Vangundy of Dyer, IN; one son, Marty (Jeanne) Vangundy of Boyd, TX; two brothers, Harold (Mary) Vangundy of New Salem, IN, Glenn (Dean) Vangundy of Morrisville, IN; one sister, MaryAnn Phillips of Clayton, IN; two sister in laws, Alice (Ira) Williamson of Watseka; Peggy Hembree Branson MO; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; wife, Reba; three brothers, Colonel, Wayne, and Jeff; two sisters, Lucy and Eileen; and one great grandson, Lake.

Mr. Vangundy was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Papineau. He proudly served in the United States Army. Ralph was a lifelong poultry farmer in Martinton who loved woodworking. He always enjoyed square dancing with Reba. In his later years, he spent the winters doing jigsaw puzzles.

Visitation will be from 11:00-1:00 pm on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Papineau. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00 pm. The Rev. Craig Forwalter will officiate. Burial will follow at Tegge Cemetery in Martinton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ – Papineau.

Please share a memory of Ralph at knappfuneralhomes.com

Glenn William Weidert, 90, of Watseka

Glenn William Weidert, 90, of Watseka passed away on July 19, 2022 in Little River, SC.

Glenn was born on September 29, 1931 in Watseka, the son of Kenneth and Thelma (Wollschlaeger) Weidert and they preceded him in death. He married Charlene Pries on March 21, 1959 in Watseka and she preceded him in death on February 21, 2017. He was also preceded in death by one son, Glenn Allen Weidert and four great-grandchildren.

He is survived by one son, John (Christina) Weidert of Chillicothe, OH; two daughters, Chris (Daniel) Pelletier of San Francisco, CA and Kim (Mario Landry) Pelletier of Laval, Quebec, Canada; one sister, Helen Hamlett of Wentzville, MO; seven grandchildren, Brittany Girr, Lauren Weidert, Nathan Pelletier, Janna Weidert, Hope Valencia, Kenna Granados Gamboa, and Mandi Weidert; and four great-grandchildren, Clara Girr, Molly Girr, Aries Valencia, and Bennett Weidert.

Glenn was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Kankakee as well as the Teamsters Union. He was a farmer and truck driver.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Rev. Scott Paisley officiating. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Kankakee or American Heart/American Stroke Association.

Donald Eugene Walsh, 83, of Salina, Kansas, formerly of Bourbonnais

Donald Eugene Walsh, 83, of Salina, Kansas, formerly of Bourbonnais, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in his home surrounded by family. He was born on March 22, 1939 in Gilman, a son of Lawrence (Tuffy) and Myrtle (Mulder) Walsh and they preceded him in death. Don married Patricia Ann Harwood in Watseka on June 8, 1963 and she preceded him in death on August 2, 1993. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Walsh and William Walsh and his in-laws, Bob and Ann Harwood.

Don is survived by two daughters, Michelle (Mike) Ratcliff of Normal and Stephanie (Harvey) Wall of Salina, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Miranda) Wall, Matthew (Kelsey) Ratcliff, Meghann (Christopher) Baker, Marcus (Brianna) Ratcliff, Miley Ratcliff, Mason Ratcliff, Mitchell (Lauren) Ratcliff; six great-grandchildren, Marshall and Harrison Baker, Colton and Makenna Ratcliff, Madeline Ratcliff, and Ayden Wall; his sister, Marilyn Meehan of Collinsville; and brother-in-law, Bob (Denise) Harwood of Watseka.

Don lived his life to the fullest. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus member as well as a pilot and race car driver. He earned his pilot’s license at Koerner Aviation in Kankakee and was a member of EAA. He raced a Triumph Spitfire and a Fiat X-19 as a member of Midwest Council and SCCA racing clubs throughout the Midwest. He was an accountant and worked for Kanweld in Kankakee and later was a small business owner of MarCon Pies is Washington, Kansas. Don was of the Catholic faith.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Mike Powell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m. also at the church. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Mae Ellen Horner, 98, of Watseka

Mae Ellen Horner, 98, of Watseka passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Mae was born on April 19, 1924 in Papineau, the daughter of Jesse L. and Faye E. (Hedge) Trumble and they preceded her in death along with three brothers; three sisters; one son, Gary Horner; and one grandson, Brett Barragree.

She married Ted Horner on June 20, 1948 in Watseka and he survives in Watseka. Other survivors include one daughter, Sue (Tom) Wirks of Woodland; two grandsons, Brian (Mary) Barragree of Watseka and Brandon (Nancy) Barragree of Watseka; and two great-grandsons, Cameron Barragree and Ethan Barragree.

During World War II, she worked at TRW in Watseka. She later worked at First Trust and Savings Bank in Watseka for seventeen years. During the other years, Mae was a housewife and dedicated mother and grandmother. Her hobbies included ceramics and stained glass.

Visitation will be from 5:00–7:00 pm on Monday, July 25, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospital or Prairieview Lutheran Home.

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

Cyrus E. Marcum, 88, of Milford

Cyrus E. “Cy” Marcum, 88, of Milford passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at home in Milford. He was born on February 22, 1934 in Jamestown, KY, the son of Owen Stanley and Ada Pearl (Mann) Marcum. He married Helen Louise Pew on January 14, 1959 and she preceded him in passing on August 11, 2012.

He is survived by four sons, Kevin Marcum of Mason City, IL, Terry Marcum of Bowling Green, KY, Keith (Anita) Marcum of Milford, and Tracy (Michelle) Marcum of Gibson City; three brothers, Doug (Zelda) Marcum of Russell Springs, KY, Keith (Janice) Marcum of Jamestown, KY, and Mitchell (Sondra) Marcum of Jamestown, KY; three sister in laws, Donna Felstehausen, Nancy Matthews, and Connie Pew; thirteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren; his loving dog, Dakota; caregivers, Wanda Harding and Karla Ehmen; and many nieces and nephews.

Cy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; grandsons, Josh Marcum and Dustin Marcum; four sisters, Julie, Kay, Serah, and Adalene; three brothers, Stanley Jr, Roy, and Forrest; and five brother in laws, Kenneth Bolin, Luther Coe, Gene Felstehausen, Donald Pew, and Dorance Pew.

Mr. Marcum served in the United States Army. He loved spending time with his family and absolutely cherished his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. Cy was a forty-year member of the Stockland Fire Department and drove a truck for most of his working years.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, July 22, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 23, 2022 also at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. Graveside military rites will be provided by Watseka American Legion Post 23.

Marilyn Jean Schroeder, 79, of Gilman

Marilyn Jean Schroeder, 79, of Gilman passed away on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on September 7, 1942 in Williamsport, Indiana, a daughter of LeRoy “Painter” and Pauline (Chase) Pence. Marilyn married Jim Schroeder on April 5, 1959 in Gilman and he survives in Gilman.

Also surviving are two sons, Scott (Cheryl) Schroeder of Oregon, Illinois and Kevin (Lisa) Schroeder of Buffalo, New York; six grandchildren, Brandon (Lisa) Schroeder of Oregon, Illinois, Cory Schroeder of Oregon, Illinois, Kelsey (Dan) Nebelecky, Evansville, Indiana, Kyle (Fiancée, Lauren) Schroeder of Buffalo, New York, Riley (Conner) Cain of Evansville, Indiana and Grace (Kyle) Balthazor of Clifton; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Candice (Bill) Howard of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy Pence and Pauline Goldsby; one brother, Jack Pence; one sister, Diane Barnes; and one son, Gary Schroeder.

Marilyn was a member of the Gilman United Methodist Church in Gilman. She was a Pharmacy Tech for Gilman and Doc’s Drugs for 35 years.

Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman with no services.

LaFerne Alyce (Wakeman) Foster, 90, of Chebanse

LaFerne Alyce (Wakeman) Foster, 90, of Chebanse passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee after a short illness. She was born on December 26, 1931 in Kankakee, the daughter of Earl Spies and Blanche Beatrice (Tuttle) Wakeman. She married Leonard Gene Foster in Kankakee on October 8, 1950.

LaFerne was born and raised in Kankakee. She moved to Chebanse with her husband Gene after his return from Korea. She is a long-time member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee where she volunteered for many committees and worked as a secretary for a few years. She retired from Olivet Nazarene University where she worked as the national direct student loan officer. After retirement, the couple enjoyed being snowbirds in Florida. They resided in Leesburg and recently Largo, Florida each winter. She loved spending time with family. LaFerne had one daughter, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and over forty nieces and nephews. She was also very proud of her friendships and highly valued all of her friends.

She is survived by her husband of seventy-one years, Leonard Gene Foster; daughter, Kathleen (John T.) Orton of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Pastor John R. (Amanda) Orton of Palatine, IL, Kristine (Dr. Bernard) Nartey of Mequon, WI, Kimberly Orton of Chicago; great grandchildren, Liliana, Joanna, and Micah Nartey; and sister, Joyce Wakeman Harrod of Jacksonville, FL.

LaFerne was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Duane Wakeman.

Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 am on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Immanuel Baptist Church (1300 W. Hawkins St.) in Kankakee.

Funeral services will take place at 11:00 am immediately following the visitation. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse after the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Witness Camp (1609 E. 2500 S. Rd. Pembroke Township, IL 60958) – via check.

Please share a memory of LaFerne at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mardell Cecelia Cailteux, 95, of Clifton

Mardell Cecelia Cailteux, 95, of Clifton passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at her home. She was born September 18, 1926 in Clifton, the daughter of Charles and Irene (Miller) McCarty. She married Eldon Cailteux on September 24, 1954 in L’Erable and he preceded her in death on November 20, 1985. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Doris Bailey.
She is survived by one niece, Sandra (Warren) Olson of Clifton; several great nieces and nephews, Misty (William) Maves of Manhattan, Meggan (George True) Guthrie of Clifton, Keith (Jennifer) Brault of Romeoville and Nicole (Bryan) Nester of Clifton; great-great nieces and nephews, Jarred (Sabrina) Maves, Adam Maves, Christopher Guthrie, Dylan Guthrie, Hannah True, Jaden Nester, Reagan Brualt and Jaxson Brault.
Mrs. Cailteux was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable. She retired from First National Bank of Clifton now known as First Trust and Savings Bank.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2022 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.
Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.
Please share a memory of Mardell at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Gerald E. Lemenager, 97, of Clifton

Gerald E. Lemenager, 97, of Clifton passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Ascension Saint Mary Hospital in Kankakee. He was born April 20, 1925 in Ashkum, the son of Eugene and Babiane (Baron) Lemenager. He married Violet “Mac” Mack on January 12, 1952 in L’Erable and she preceded him in death on December 30, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and one grandson, Ryan Hustedt.

He is survived by one daughter, Debra Hustedt of Nottingham, MD; two sons, Todd (Lisa) Lemenager of Ashkum and Mark (Connie) Lemenager of Ashkum; one brother, Myron (Dorothy) Lemenager of Kankakee; five grandchildren, Lacie (Gary) Liska, Lynice (Ryan) Vandenbrand, Libby Lemenager (Tim Thorne), Troy (Tiffany) Lemenager and Cody (Andrea) Lemenager; eleven great-grandchildren, Luke, Cameron, Holly, Stella, Beth, Danica, Cole, Maverick, Oakley, Quintyn and Carolynn; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lemenager was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable, Ashkum Lions Club, Kankakee Moose Lodge, Kankakee Elks Lodge and Kast Club in Florida. Gerald was a farmer in the L’Erable and Ashkum areas for many years. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Gerald’s devoted caregivers, Margo and Bill, Amy, Mary, Bae, Haley and Kim.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable. Fr. Doug Lanoue will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.

Private visitation will be held at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable.

Please share a memory of Gerald at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Richard David "Dick" Baier, 92, of Cissna Park

Richard David "Dick" Baier, 92, passed away early Thursday morning, July 7, 2022, at his home in Cissna Park with his favorite daughter, Barbara, by his side. Born April 5, 1930 at Iroquois Hospital, Watseka, IL, he was the oldest son of Christian D. and Marie Roll Baier. He was baptized and confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church, Cissna Park, IL, and continued membership there until his demise. He was also a member of Everglades Community Church, Everglades City, FL, and actively served in both congregations during his lifetime.

Dick graduated from Cissna Park Community High School with the class of 1948 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in the fall of that year requiring one year of active duty followed by time in the inactive reserves. After serving his year of active duty he returned to Cissna Park and was married to Myrna Lee Leiding on July 2, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Watseka. In the meantime, the Korean Conflict broke out and he was summoned back into active duty until late in 1951.

Upon discharge from the Marines, Dick was employed by C & R Publishing Co., publishers of the Cissna Park News and Rankin Independent, where he had worked during high school. He also revived a business previously operated by his father — the manufacture and installation of concrete farm drainage tile, under the name of Baier Concrete Products Co., and continued part time employment with the publishing company.

On October 2, 1958, Dick and Myrna purchased C & R Publishing Co, from Ralph and Mary Caldwell, renaming the firm to Baier Publishing Company. They retired from the responsibilities of the business in 1992 when son, Rick and his wife, Sharon took over the business and operate it successfully to this day. Dick remained in the employ of the business for a few more years.

Dick joined the Cissna Park Volunteer Fire Department in 1958 working his way up to Fire Chief prior to the organization of the Cissna Park Fire Protection District. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fire District and eventually served as its President. He became an Area Representative of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts (IAFPD) in 1988 and advanced to the Board of Directors of that association, serving two years as treasurer and four years as president. He was recognized by the IAFPD for outstanding service to fire protection districts in the State of Illinois and more importantly honored by the Cissna Park Fire Protection District for 45 years of active participation in the fire and emergency service. A highlight of his tenure as District President was the construction of a new modem fire station in Cissna Park.

On the Iroquois County level Dick served 21 years as a member of and secretary for the County Sheriff's Merit Commission. He also served briefly on the boards of the Iroquois County Red Cross and the Iroquois Memorial Hospital. He was a three township representative for the Salvation Army.

He was a long-time member of Cissna Park American Legion Post 527 and served as Post Commander when the elite Post 527 Color Guard and Rifle Team was organized in 1965. He was a member of that first team.

Dick served a term on the Cissna Park Village Board and 16 years as Village President. A highlight of his term was the installation of the sewage treatment plant and collection facilities.

In 1981, Dick joined with Wilma Dryden and Dick Reutter to form a not for profit corporation called The Country Theatre Workshop (CTW). Located just north of Cissna Park, the live stage performances during the summer months were an immediate success and CTW continues to attract actors and theatre goers from a wide area in east central Illinois to this day. Dick served on the Board of Directors and during the first 11 summers he played roles in 18 different shows. He later was artistic director for one show.

He served as President of the Cissna Park Centennial Commission when the community celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1983.

In the mid 1990's, Dick and Myrna were elected to the Board of Directors of the River Wilderness of Everglades City Condominium Association — their home away from home in southwest Florida. Dick served as secretary and Myrna as treasurer and overseer. He also did much of the maintenance work for the River Wilderness property.

Dick had an engaging sense of humor and as time allowed enjoyed gardening, fishing and golf.

His wife of 72 years, Myrna, survives along with four children, David Lee (Beth), Ricky Alan (Sharon), Bruce Edward (Venetia), and Barbara Ann Baier, all of them residents of Cissna Park. There are six grandchildren, Kara (Andy) Peabody of Noblesville, IN, Mitchell Baier of Seattle, WA, Trevor (Jill) Baier of Ames, IA, Lauren Baier (Jake Sanders) of Mahomet, IL, Logan (Sami) Baier of Chatham, IL, and Whitney Scheiwe (Jake Wise) of Champaign, IL; and eight great grandchildren, Kalianne Peabody, Annika Peabody, Alden Peabody, Ian Baier, Brynn Baier, Dylan Baier, River Sanders, Skye Sanders and Baby Baier arriving in September. Also surviving is his brother, Chris, of Prescott, AZ, and several nieces and nephews.

His parents; sister, Rose Marie Fogel; and two half sisters, Margaret Zimmerman and Madalyn Enz, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park with Pastor Michael Ruhlig officiating. Burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Cissna Park. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14, 2022, at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to services at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to the Cissna Park Fire Protection District, PO Box 273, Cissna Park, IL 60924; Country Theatre Workshop, PO Box 394, Cissna Park, IL 60924; or Trinity Lutheran Church, 302 S. 4th Street, Cissna Park, IL 60924.

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Maria Rodriguez Garcia, 64, of Onarga

Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez Garcia, 64, of Onarga passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

Maria was born on December 30, 1957 in Agua Negra, Jalisco Mexico, the daughter of Santos and Josefina (Santos) Rodriguez and they preceded her in death along with four brothers and five sisters. She married Simon Garcia on April 17, 1980 in Agua Negra, Jalisco Mexico and he survives.

Besides her husband, she is survived by six children, Simon I. (Kristin Parbs) Garcia Jr. of Onarga, Rolando J. Garcia of Onarga, Alvaro Garcia of Rantoul, Diego F. Garcia of Onarga, Daisy Garcia of St. Anne, and Lisandro Garcia of Onarga; eight grandchildren, Simon Quin Garcia III, Serina Irene Garcia, Lily Kyla Garcia, Harmonie Nicole Schroeder, Reina Garcia, Joaquin O. Guerrero, Angelina C. Guerrero; and two brothers, Pancho Rodriguez of Mexico and Enrique Rodriguez of Chicago.

Maria enjoyed knitting, arts and crafts, sewing, cooking, the outdoors, and her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral mass on Monday, July 11, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

Donald J. Mylcraine, 90, of Piper City

Donald J. Mylcraine, 90, of Piper City passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Ascension St. Mary Hospital in Kankakee. He was born on July 24, 1931 in Watseka, a son of Alva and Inez (Martin) Mylcraine. Donald married Gennieve Dubree on May 18, 1957 in Piper City.

Survivors include his wife, Gennieve Mylcraine of Piper City; one daughter, Delores (Mike) Knowles of Corinth, Texas; one son, David (Tammy) Mylcraine of Piper City; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Margaret Carter; and three brothers, Sherrill Mylcraine, Ray Mylcraine, and Lyle Mylcraine.

Donald was a member of the Piper City United Methodist Church. Donald served in the United States Air Force from 1951 – 1955 as an engine mechanic on B-36 Bombers. He worked for the National Gas Pipeline Company of America in Herscher for 35 years as a Senior Instrument and Controls Technician. Donald enjoyed camping, traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Piper City United Methodist Church in Piper City with Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will follow in the Brenton Twp. Cemetery in Piper City with graveside military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Piper City United Methodist Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or donor’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Jon W. Kaeding, 83, of Onarga

Jon W. Kaeding, 83, of Onarga passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on September 28, 1938 in Onarga, the son of Henry and Fern (Diercouff) Kaeding. He married Ruddieann Goodwin in Onarga on June 16, 1963.

Surviving are his wife, Ruddieann Kaeding of Onarga; one daughter, Amy (Bob) Reed of Onarga; one grandson, Adam Reed of Onarga; three brothers, Mervyn (Marianna) Kaeding of Piper City, Dennis (Mary) Kaeding of Onarga, and David Fuoss of Thawville; two sisters, Becky (Eric) Warlow of Thawville and Cheryl (Ron) Best of Sarasota, FL.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; two brothers, Donald and James Kaeding; one son, Stuart R. Kaeding; and one grandson, Aaron Reed.

Mr. Kaeding served in the United States Army. He enjoyed working on puzzles with his family as well as spending time with his grandsons.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. A private family graveside service will take place at a later date at Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville.

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

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Brooke R. Storm, 72 of Watseka

Brooke R. Storm, 72 of Watseka passed away on Wednesday June 29, 2022 in Watseka. She was born on October 15, 1949 in Lafayette, IN a daughter of Norman “Bill” and Hazel (Alson) Bahler and they preceded her in death. Brooke married Ronald D. Storm in Watseka on September 15, 1973 and he preceded her in death on March 21, 2008. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Brian and Brad Bahler, and one sister Becky Cochran.

Survivors include two daughters, Allison Storm of Piper City and Polly (Steven) Neukomm of Watseka; four grandchildren, Shelby Naese (Dalton Reed), Jack Naese (Catie Ailey), Jace Naese, and Abigail Neukomm; two brothers, Brent (Carlene) Bahler of Indianapolis, IN and Blake (Karen) Bahler of Buckley.

Brooke was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka and a secretary for S & A Construction for many years.

A memorial visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. memorial service on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Jim Harkins will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Unit 9 Academic Foundation.

Betty J. Berry, 87, of Piper City

Betty J. Berry, 87, of Piper City passed away peacefully from an extended illness with her family by her side on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City. She was born on December 15, 1934 in Macon County, IL, the daughter of Paul J. and Bessie (Swartz) Weikle. She married Allen Dean Berry in Maroa, IL on July 12, 1953 and he preceded her in passing on February 3, 1991.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan Read of Piper City; two sons, Doug (Kelly) Berry of Piper City and Bill (Susan) Berry of Piper City; one step-sister, Judy Sumner; two step brothers, James Quinlan and Michael Quinlan; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Julie) Read, Craig Read, Eric (Heather) Berry, Scott (Kaleigh) Berry, Nick (Natalie) Berry, Kyle (Ashley) Berry, Paul (Jessica) Berry, and Michael (Jenna) Berry; and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her best friends, Lois Hitchens and Jane Ballion as well as her past caregiver, Janet Livengood.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Allen; one sister in law, Francis Jean Berry; son in law, Robert Read; and her grandson, Andrew Read.

Mrs. Berry was a bookkeeper at the Farmers Grain, a cashier at State Bank of Piper City, and later on worked at Growmark. She was a member of Piper City United Methodist Church, #558 Gibb Post Women’s Auxiliary, and the Historical Society. Betty enjoyed bowling, crossword and word puzzles, and played women’s softball for the Weirdoetts.

Graveside funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Brenton Township Cemetery in Piper City. Pastor Elizabeth Reis will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piper City Fire Department, Piper City United Methodist Church, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Betty at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Sue Ellyn Foglesong, 69, of Watseka

Sue Ellyn Foglesong, 69, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Sue was born on August 27, 1952 in Watseka; the daughter of Earnest and Jody (Braden) Wallen and they preceded her in death. She married Louis Foglesong on February 16, 2004 in Las Vegas and he survives.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Jani Southard of Chicago and Jennifer (Chris) Liles of Lombard; one grandchild, Chandler Southard of Watseka; two brothers, Bruce Harper of Watseka and Brian “BJ” (Karen) Harper of Watseka; and several nieces and nephews whom she adored and loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her Dad, William Harper; and two brothers, Jimmy and Jerry Wallen.

Sue enjoyed working, taking care of everyone and everything, her children, and grandchildren. She worked as a data entry at CST Berger in Watseka and unit Secretary in labor and delivery at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Her wishes to be cremated will be fulfilled. She chooses not to have a funeral but a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In a letter written by her, to be read upon death, she details the love she has for her family and friends. In her words, “be happy, I led a WONDERFUL life”.

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Roberta R. Houser Stuckey, 96, of Watseka

Roberta R. Houser Stuckey, 96, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born on September 4, 1925 in Boicourt, Kansas, a daughter of Charles and Della (Cline) Houser and they preceded her in death. Roberta married Gerald Stuckey on August 23, 1953 in Martinton and he preceded in her death on September 6, 2009.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Stuckey of Herndon, Virginia and Donna Stuckey of Martinton; and one half-brother, George Froman of McCook, NE.

Roberta was also preceded in death by one brother, three sisters and one half-brother.

Roberta was a member of the Martinton Church of Christ. She worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for eight years. She worked at Baker and Taylor Books in Momence for sixteen years and she also worked for Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant in Fort Crook, NE for several years.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 1, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Martinton Church of Christ. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chuck Alt officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Old Burg Cemetery near Martinton.

Memorials may be made to the Martinton Church of Christ.

Arrangements by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Arthur H. Schleef, 85, of Watseka

Arthur H. Schleef, 85, of Watseka passed away on Monday, June 27, 2022 at his residence. He was born on February 20, 1937 in Ash Grove Twp., a son of Henry and Amanda (Koester) Schleef. Arthur married Linda Bottorff in Watseka on February 27, 1966.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Schleef of Watseka; two daughters, Kimberley Miller of Roscoe, Melissa (Todd) Storm of Watseka; one son, Bradley (Dawn) Schleef of Crescent City; one brother, Harold (Linda) Schleef of Oregon City, Oregon; five grandchildren, Chelsea (Anthony) Stanley, Tyler (Tréona) Kendall, Dustin Schleef, Shane Miller and Samantha Miller; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both parents, three sisters and his son, Michael Schleef.

After high school Arthur served in the United States Army. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Arthur was a lifelong dairy and grain farmer as well as an avid Chicago White Sox fan.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Watseka or to the donor’s choice.

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

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