Obituaries

Betty J. Margrey, 93, of Cissna Park, IL

Betty J. Margrey, 93, of Danville and formerly of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Colonial Manor in Danville. She was born on February 7, 1927 in Watseka, the daughter of Jesse L. and Faye (Hedge) Trumble. She married Dent Margrey in Watseka on May 7, 1950 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Warren H. Trumble, Jesse D. Trumble, and John F. Trumble; two sisters, Vivian F. Trumble and Helen G. Kaufman; and two brother in laws, Clyde Robert “Bob” Margrey and John Marshall.

 

Surviving are one daughter, Debbie (Paul) Hill of Danville; two grandchildren, Michael Paul (Teah) Hill of Paris, IL and Ashlea Vernitajane (Jordan) Burgh of Terre Haute, IN; one sister, Mae (Ted) Horner of Watseka; two sister in laws, Shirley Trumble of Crescent City and Jo Marshall of Otto, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Mrs. Margrey was a member of Cissna Park United Methodist Church.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Graveside services will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Onarga Cemetery in Onarga.

 

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or to the donor’s choice.

 

Please share a memory of Betty at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Margaret Callahan, 90, of Watseka, IL

Margaret L. Callahan, 90, of Watseka passed away on September 15, 2020 in Watseka. She was born on April 16, 1930 in Watseka, the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Laird) Callahan and they preceded her in death one brother, Bob; and one sister, Dorothy.

 

She is survived by two sisters, Wanda (Leroy) Fisher of Watseka and Floy Anne Callahan of Watseka; and seven loving nieces and nephews, Joy Lee, Cheryl Ann, Karla Jean, Mark, Janet, Jill, and Melisa.

 

Margaret was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards.

 

Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals.

 

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Dorothy M. German, 87, of Milford

Dorothy M. German, 87, of Milford passed on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on November 23, 1932 in Milford, the daughter of Ollie and Viola (Hubner) Hill. She married Roy G. German Jr. in Milford on January 24, 1953 and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2009. In addition, she is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Morris Hill Sr. and Wendell Hill; and one sister, Delores “Debbie” Allen.

Surviving are one son, Bob (Sandy) German of Milford; two daughters, Glenda Ennen of Maryville, TN and Karen Brasel of Milford; six grandchildren, Bill (Kristin) German, Andy (Kelly) German, Joe (Amanda) German, Matt (Holly) Ennen, Josh (Brittany) Ennen, and Susan (Michael) Potter; thirteen great grandchildren; and one sister in law, Arlene Hill of Milford.

Dorothy was a member of Milford United Methodist Church. She retired from Milford Canning Co. after serving as bookkeeper and office manager. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and traveling.

Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 pm on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm also at the funeral home. Pastor Gene Turner will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to Milford Park and Pool Foundation, Milford Ambulance, and Milford United Methodist Church.

Please share a memory of Dorothy at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Betty Jane Jesse 73 of Cissna Park

Betty Jane “BJ” Jesse, 73, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born November 5, 1946 in Decatur, the daughter of Grover Benton and Erma Leone “Onie” (Sharp) Etherton and they preceded her in death. She married George William “Bill” Jesse on July 30, 1965 in Moweaqua and he preceded her in death on January 31, 1976.

She is survived by two children, Stephanie (Kevin) Ferguson of Cissna Park and Troy (Marcella Baldwin) Jesse of Portland, OR; three brothers, Kenneth (Carol Sue) Etherton of Assumption, Dean (Kathy) Etherton of Merritt Island, FL and Jeff (Julie) Etherton of Harristown; two sisters, Beverly (Rick) Bracken of Decatur and Becky Etherton of Decatur; two grandchildren, Brenna Noelle Ferguson and Carter Ford Ferguson both of Cissna Park; and many nieces and nephews.

BJ was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Woodlawn (IOOF) Moweaqua Township Cemetery in Moweaqua.

Memorials may be made to the Cissna Park Fire Department or Donor’s Choice.

Please share a memory of BJ at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Peggy E. Hofbauer, 76, of Cissna Park, IL

Peggy Elaine Griswold Hofbauer, 76, of Cissna Park, Illinois, passed away at home on September 15, 2020 after a lengthy and hard-fought battle with health issues. She had a passion for life; held an unwavering faith in God; and went out of her way to serve others. Peggy had a joyous spirit even when dealing with physical discomfort. She was dearly loved by her family, friends and acquaintances.

 

Peg was born on December 21, 1943 to Juanita Ione Forest Griswold Thompson and Harold McClellon Griswold. After graduating from Watseka High School in 1962, she married Larry Ray Hofbauer at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, Illinois on August 5, 1962. They moved to Franklin, Indiana, where she began her first job working for Lehnkamp Realty & Insurance. Peg and Larry then created a life in Cissna Park, Illinois where Peg worked at Jim’s Café, and then for many years at Lober’s Café. She also worked for The ARC of Iroquois County, and was a volunteer for Hospice of Iroquois County. The Chicago Cubs were a very enjoyable part of her life, and she shared that enthusiasm with her beloved brother, husband and family. She was also an avid golfer and was a member of Lakeview Country Club.

 

She is survived by her husband, Larry Hofbauer of Cissna Park; her son, Jeff (Debbie) Hofbauer of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and her son, Todd (Michelle) Hofbauer of Western Springs, Illinois. She is survived by three treasured grandchildren; Brent (Cecilia) Hofbauer of Little Rock, Arkansas; Zach Hofbauer of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Jade Hofbauer of Bronx, New York; and two great granddogs; Miley and Javier. She is survived by her sister, Judy (Bill) Putnam.

 

Peg was predeceased by her daughter, Lisa Elaine Hofbauer and son, Brent Douglas Hofbauer; her parents, Juanita Griswold Thompson and Harold McClellon Griswold and her brother, Gary Griswold. Peggy will be missed more than words can say.

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park is in charge of the arrangements. Please share a memory of Peg at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

A celebration of life will be held at the Cissna Park United Methodist Church at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Cissna Park United Methodist Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

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Michelle Rae Bishop, 41, of Clifton

Michelle Rae Bishop, 41, of Clifton passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born December 17, 1978 in Kankakee, the daughter of Louis F. and Rachael A. (Heller) Bishop.

She is survived by her mother, Rachael A. Bishop of Herscher; one son, Reece B. Jarvis of Clifton; one daughter, Madyson R. Jarvis of Clifton; her life partner, Matt Sertich of Clifton; one sister, Nikki R. (Dan Gagnon) Shifflet of Cabery; and two nieces, Haley G. Maland of Bourbonnais and Kamryn N. Shifflet of Cabery.

She was preceded in death by her father and both sets of grandparents.

Michelle enjoyed cooking, gardening, arts and crafts, karaoke, watching Comet football, and she loved her kids. She was a selfless person who enjoyed caring for others. She was in charge of the Casino Night Benefit for the Comets and loved to laugh with her friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 2:00 p.m. Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the funeral service will be private.


In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to contribute to the educational fund for Michelle’s kids, Reece and Madyson, at the Federated Bank in Chebanse.

Please share a memory of Michelle at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Marilyn Nally Stanton, 93, of Des Moines, Iowa (Formerly of Watseka)

Marilyn Nally Stanton, 93, of Des Moines Iowa, ( Formerly of Watseka, IL) passed away on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 at The New Homestead in Gutherie Center, Iowa.

 

A Memorial visitation 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will Follow at Oak Hill Cemetery

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka is handling arrangements. 

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Guinivere Rose "Gwen" Swartz, 87, of Wellington

Guinivere Rose “Gwen” Swartz, 87, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 10:29 A.M. Saturday September 12, 2020 at Watseka Rehab in Watseka, IL. She was born November 8, 1932, in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Guy and Bessie (Morfey) Shinneman. She married Delmar C. Swartz on December 1, 1956 in Orangeville, IL. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by one daughter, Claudia (Wes) Carter of Hoopeston, IL; two sons, Stan Swartz of Wellington, IL and Kevin (Sue) Swartz of Urbana, IL; one sister-in-law, Donna Judy of Hoopeston, IL; six grandchildren, Sean Knoll, Jordan (Abby) Carter, Phillip (Chanterelle) Swartz, Jenna (Steve) Keller, BethAnn (Steve) Schneider, and Brenna Swartz; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Guyneth (Gardiner) Wyman; and brother-in-law, Duane Judy.
Guinivere worked as a switchboard operator for the Hoopeston Phone Co. in the early 1950’s. She then became a farmer’s wife and homemaker, caring for her children and later, grandchildren, attending all their activities. She was a member of the Prairie Green Church of Christ where she served on the fellowship committee for many years. Guinivere was an avid walker, enjoyed her bowling league team, and she loved the fall season and harvest.
A private graveside service will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, with Rev. Dustin Wells officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wellington-Greer Fire Department 2532 E 300 N Road, Wellington, IL 60973 or Prairie Green Church of Christ 278 N 2800 E Road, Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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Mary Pfingsten 92 of Watseka

Mary Pfingsten 92 of Watseka 

 

A gravesite service will be held on Sunday 9/13/2020 1pm

 

at St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth. 

 

 

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David "Dave" W. Hill, 73 Gilman

David “Dave” W. Hill, 73, died at home in Gilman, IL, on September 8th, 2020. David was born in Watseka, IL on June 27th, 1947 to Martha and Wayne Hill. He graduated from Gilman High School in 1965 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. After returning from war, David worked at Bunge Edible Oils in Bourbonnais, IL, until he retired in 2015.

David enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and loved the Chicago Bears and White Sox. He had an incredible, twisted sense of humor and was the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. In his own words, “it was all fun and games until the end.”

He is survived by wife, Barbara Hill, daughter, Karey Tammen (David Tammen, husband), five grandchildren (Alex Hill, Hunter Hill, Jacob Hill, Payton Tammen, Sophia Tammen), one great-grandchild (Ghosia Hill), and brother (James Hill). He is predeceased by son, Dr. Sean Hill.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Inside Out in Gilman, IL from 2pm to 6pm. He will be interned at the Danville National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Jason Paul Fancher, 47, of Milford

Jason Paul Fancher, 47, of Milford passed away on August 27, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born September 22, 1972 in Kankakee, the son of Franklin and Jerrie (Holse) Fancher.
He is survived by his father, Franklin (Rebecca) Fancher of Gilman; his mother, Jerrie (Joe) Craighead of Milford; sister, Melissa Fancher-Osborn of Milford; daughter, Sheanice (Alex) Fancher of Danville; nephews, Michael and Jordan Mann of Milford; step-sister, Sarah Nambo and family of Streator; step-brother, Joe Nambo and family of Aroma Park; aunts, Peggy Lamie of Wedron and Karen Silfies of Ashkum; uncle, Don (Anita) Holse of Livingston, TX; former wife and special friend, Melanie Austin; special maternal cousins, Jay, Keri and Brent Silfies; and special paternal cousin, Michelle Lamie.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and two uncles, Bobby Parker and David Fancher; and one aunt, Cheryl Keister.
Jason was very artistic and his passion was tattooing. He enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Memorial services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Paxton (142 W. Patton). Visitation will follow the memorial service until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Knapp Funeral Home in Milford will be assisting with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to ICARe (Iroquois County Animal Rescue) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Please share a memory of Jason at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

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William A. Suckach Jr. 91, of Watseka, IL

William A. Suckach Jr. 91, of Watseka, IL passed away on Firday, September 4th, 2020 at Sheldon Healthcare.

 

A private graveside service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 at G.A.R. Cemetery.

 

The Baier Funeral Home will be conducting the service. 

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Joan Lee Ehrhardt, 80. of Watseka. IL

Joan Lee Ehrhardt, 80, of Watseka, IL passed away on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at Sheldon Healthcare.

 

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, Septeember 5th, 2020 at 11:00a.m. at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with a visitation starting at 10:00a.m. 

 

A seperate visitation will take place Friday, September 4th, 2020 at Baier Funeral Home in Watsseka from 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

 

Baier Funeral home is handling arrangments.

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Rolla Dolph, 75, of Rural Onarga

Rolla Charles Dolph, 75 of Onarga passed away at his home on Saturday, August 29, 2020. He was born to SGT Rolla and Alvena (Kresin) Dolph on Saturday 30 June 1945 in Champaign, Illinois. He attended Unit 7 Schools and graduated from Unity High School in 1963. He furthered his education by attending Eastern Illinois University where his major was Education.
His education was cut short by the Military Draft in 1965. Rolla entered the U S Army and accepted numerous special assignments. In 1999 he retired with rank of SFC. His military assignments included: Troop C/1st Squadron/1st Armored Cav Regiment, 2/130 Infantry Bn Illinois National Guard – Urbana, U S Army Reserve Forces Schools – 5035th/5045th/5034th and 1092nd as Senior Instructor for Military Occupation Skills of Nuclear/Biological and Chemical and Combat Medic, 330 Medical Bde, 84th Training Division- Milwaukee, 3rd MEDCOM in Saudi Arabia as NBC Advisor and Instructor for Combat Life Saver Course, and OCAR (Office of the Chief of the Reserves) as a Representative and Instructor for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Conferences.
Rolla developed a parallel career field to the Army by acquiring the knowledge and skills of HVAC and Building Maintenance. While working in the Champaign area for Illinois Bell Telephone Company as a Building Mechanic he was promoted to Building Supervisor in Alton, Collinsville and East St Louis. Later he worked at Mercy Hospital-Urbana, Johnson Controls-Fitchburg Federal Building, MA as Facility Manager, a similar career path was with Sears as an Appliance Technician and HVAC servicing in Champaign and Suburbs of Chicago. He was promoted to Parts Supervisor for Bannockburn Repair Center. After Sears he worked for Lincoln’s Challenge in Rantoul and Security for Illinois Security Services –Chicago.
Rolla’s parents Alvena and Rolla are both deceased as well as his first wife Barbara. Rolla married Barbara Jo Rogers in 1968. They had two wonderful children a boy, Rolla C (Janet) Dolph Junior of Bismarck, IL and a girl, Regina Caroline (Dolph) Johnson of Farmer City, IL and her sons, Dylan and Jacob. Rolla married Kathleen M (Sundquist Barrett) Dolph in 1996.
Rolla received acknowledgement for his special talents: U S Army Commendation Medal (awarded by the 3rd MEDCOM for special projects to include field testing of ANBACIS (Automated Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Information System) during Desert Shield/Storm/Provide Comfort, Special Patriot Ward presented by AR PERSCOM (Army Personnel Command) - St. Louis and Expert Field Medic Badge awarded by 1092nd Reserve School Boston, MA..
Rolla was always interested in new projects such as: Amateur radio call sign KB9JJJ, computer repair, Marksman with pistol and rifle, photography with dark room, music listening and playing with organ and accordion. His interests included membership in VFW, DAV, American Legion, American Red Cross (Shelter management and Instructor CPR and First Aid), SKYWARN a Storm Spotter, and ESDA / FEMA.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Bishop Anthony Ronstadt will officiate. Private burial with graveside military rites will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Danville National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial in Washington D.C. or the Iroquois County Animal Rescue.
Please share a memory of Rolla at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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Carolyn Mae Hari, 96, of Phoenix, AZ and formerly of Cissna Park and Loda

Carolyn Mae Hari, 96, of Phoenix, AZ formerly of Cissna park and Loda, IL passed away on August 22nd 2020 at her home.

 

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00am on Monday, August 31 at the Apostolic Christian Church in CIssna Park with a visittation 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Burial is sset for the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

 

Knapp Funeral Home in CIssna Park is handling arrangements.

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Angela Lynn Rutledge, 72, of Watseka

Angela Lynn Rutledge, 72, of Watseka passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born September 16, 1947 in Danville, the daughter of Charles and Vonna (Knerr) Rutledge.

She is survived by her mother, Vonna Boughton of Watseka; brother, Rollin (Patricia) Boughton of Watseka; sister, Evelyn Boughton Ferry of Chicago; two half-brothers; one half-sister; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and step-father.

Cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and a memorial service will be held Thursday 9/3/20 11am at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

Please share a memory of Angela at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Dawn Lynn Mullen, 59, of Milford

Dawn Lynn Mullen, 59, of Milford passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born November 14, 1960 in Watseka, the daughter of Harvey “Sonny” Haxton and Janice (Krueger) Rogers and they preceded her in death in addition to her step-father, Alfred Rogers; one brother, Charlie; and one brother-in-law, Ronnie Woodby.

She is survived by one son, Brandon (Heather) Mullen of Lafayette, IN; one daughter, Myndi (Jason) Mennenga of Milford; five grandchildren, Allyssa Mullen, Meeya Mennenga and Lyla Mennenga all of Milford, and Sparrow and Osprey Mullen of Lafayette, IN; one brother, Steve (Dawn) Haxton of Wisconsin; three sisters, Debbie (Ron) Johnson of Milford, Terri Woodby of Milford and Kim (Terry) Longfellow of Hoopeston; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Ms. Mullen was a member of the Milford Christian Church. Dawn had been employed by Casey’s General Store in Milford for several years before her illness. She loved being with her family and loved her grandchildren dearly. She enjoyed her children’s sports throughout their years in school.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at the Milford Christian Church. Rev. Brent Zastrow and Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the Milford Christian Church and 1 hour prior to the service also at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Milford Ambulance or Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Ralph Anthony Perez, 61 of Onarga

Ralph Anthony Perez, 61 of Onarga passed away at his home on Sunday, August 23, 2020. He was born on May 30, 1959 in Chicago, the son of Rafael and Lucy (Delgado) Perez and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Larry.

He is survived by two daughters, Tiffany Perez of Michigan and Amber Perez of Rantoul; two grandchildren, Blake Perez and Sophia Abels, both of Michigan; three sisters, Helen Southern of Alabama, Juanita Perez of Seattle, WA and Roseann Klasen of Gilman; one brother, Vincent Perez of Chicago; and the mother of his children, Sandra Perez of Michigan.

Mr. Perez owned and operated several businesses. He enjoyed playing games, vacationing, and traveling.

Cremation rites will be accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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Billy Gene King, 58, off Watseka, IL

Billy Gene King, 58, of Milford, IL, passed away Monday August 17, 2020 at his home in Milford.  He was born November 2, 1961, in Watseka, IL, the son of Ronnie and Nancy Jo (Johnson) King.   

 

He is survived by his significant other, Sharon Lile McCarty of Milford, IL; one daughter, Amanda Jo King of Danville, IL; one son, Keith William King of Bloomington, IL; two brothers, Mike (Tammy) King of Watseka, IL and Carey (Mel) King of Reno, NV; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  

 

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

Billy worked for Grant Township and later worked at Kirks Disposal.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and riding 4-wheelers. 

 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and no services will be held. 

 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston. 

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Lucille Vivian Johnson, 105, of Onarga

Lucille Vivian Johnson, 105, of Onarga passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at her home in Onarga. She was born on March 23, 1915 in Hazel Crest, IL, the daughter of Hugo and Alma (Wadman) Sowdergren. She married Carl John Johnson in Harvey, IL on September 30, 1938 and he preceded her in death on December 10, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are one daughter, Carol Brinkman of Onarga; one granddaughter, Lauren (James) Osman of Homewood; two great grandchildren, Colleen (Justin) Carter of Cary and Cole Osman of Homewood; and five great-great grandchildren, Tristan, Madylin, Jacob, Ava, and Hudson.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientists in Boston. She enjoyed spending time with her family as well as following politics.

Private interment will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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M. Dwayne Hallock, 88 of Watseka

M. Dwayne Hallock, 88 of Watseka, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born on August 25, 1931 in Hoopeston, the son of Martin and Alta (Clute) Hallock.

He married Christine Anne Mear on September 27, 1958 in Martinton and she preceded him in death on April 2, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald; and one daughter, Deborah Anne Lubbert.

He is survived by two daughters, Michele Marie Hallock of Aurora, CO and Mary Hallock of Chicago.

Mr. Hallock was a member of the Watseka American Legion Post #23. He served in the United States Marine Corp from January 1952 until January 1954 during the Korean War. From a young age, he enjoyed working with his father at the grain elevator. He graduated from Donovan High School, where he met his wife, Christine. After he was honorably discharged in 1954, he worked as a farmer and in factories until he started with the Sheriff’s Department in 1967, where he would serve 27 years until he retired in 1994. He was a train enthusiast and enjoyed going to train shows and expanding his collection he started as a child. He also enjoyed reading about trains and history, going to family reunions, watching football, basketball, and baseball, and was an avid Cubs fan.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to Watseka American Legion Post #23.

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Marshall Savage, 77, of Milford

Marshall Savage, 77, of Milford, IL, passed away at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday August 11, 2020 at his home.  He was born April 23, 1943 in Glasgow, KY, the son of Shelby and Bertha (Hunt) Savage.   

He is survived by two sisters, Linda (Tom) Habel of Shelbyville, TN and Donna (Bill) Hudson of Hoopeston, IL; brother, Gail Savage of Hoopeston, IL; brother-in-law, Tom Lowe of Cumby, TN; and nieces and nephews, Angel Savage, Trent and Patsy Savage, David Kochell, Joe Savage, Stephen Hyde, Josey and Kelsie Vaughn, Eric Habel, Buddy Habel, Bryan and Sissy Biddy, Tommy Habel, Tim and Beth Clem, and Natosha Menschel. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Carol Lowe; and two brothers, Junior “Doggie” Savage and Larry “Cotton” Savage. 

Marshall worked at Howard Industries in Milford until his retirement.  He then became a caregiver for a very special lady, Elizabeth Phelps and he always had a smile on his face when he spoke of her.  Everyone that met Marshall could sense how amazing he was.  He enjoyed gardening, working on cars, and mowing.  He had a group of friends who were very special to him and they enjoyed going to different restaurants together and were always laughing at and with each other.  Marshall was loved and appreciated by all who knew him. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday August 24, 2020 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston with Rev. Gary Milton officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Dora A. Arnold, 88, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Martinton

Dora A. Arnold, 88, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Martinton, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Presence Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais. She was born on March 20, 1932 in Bonfield, the daughter of George and Etta (Arthur) Arnold.

She is survived by one son Randy Arnold, and his partner Gregg Fernandez, of Thornton, CO; a niece Vicki Sain of Kankakee; and one sister Mardene Arnold of Watseka. Dora was also extremely close to the Wingerter children.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers Welty Arnold and George “Berle” Arnold; and six sisters, Lucille Cousin, Edith Palermo, Gertrude Martin, Tevis Wingerter, Velma Blanton and Dorothy Arnold.

Dora enjoyed traveling. Throughout her life, she had visited twenty plus countries and forty plus states. She also enjoyed spending summers in Colorado.

Private graveside services will be held at Kankakee Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ARC of Iroquois County.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please sign her guestbook at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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Betty Trumble, 92, of Watseka

Betty Trumble, 92, of Watseka, passed away on April 16th, 2020, at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

 

A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, August 17th, 2020 at 2:00PM at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka. 

 

A visitation is set for Monday, August 17th, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka from 12-2pm

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka is in charge of  arrangements.

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Erma M. Steiner, 93, of Watseka, formerly of Milford and Cissna Park

Erma (Meents) Janssen Steiner, 93, passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Formerly of Milford and Cissna Park, she was residing at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka when she was called to her heavenly home with prayers of her loved ones surrounding her.

 

Erma was the sixth child of Fred and Marie (Classen) Meents, born on December 12, 1926. She was baptized at the home of her maternal grandparents prior to the funeral of her mother. She was raised by her eldest paternal aunt, Marie (John) Klumker.

 

She married Edwin Janssen of Milford on March 14, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kankakee. He preceded her in death in 1981. To their marriage three children were born. Surviving are son, Wayne (Sue) Janssen of Watseka; daughter, Sharon (Charles) Crow of Danville; and daughter-in-law, Sara Janssen of Milford. Her son, Darrell Janssen preceded her in death in 2017. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Aimee (Greg) Robinson, Nathan (Heather) Janssen, Carmine (John) Dwyer, Jeanette (John) Conrad, Julie (Uzi) Ashkenazi, and Alex (Tara) Janssen. She has 13 great-grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, and one step-sister, Lois (Jerry) Vogel.

 

She married Raymond Steiner Sr. on July 31, 1988 at the Loda Lutheran Church in Loda. He preceded her in death in 2011. She is survived by two step-children, Sharon (Ray) Knake and Raymond (Lois) Steiner Jr. She was preceded in death by one step-daughter, Diane.

Also preceding her in death were her brother, Wilfred (Marie) Meents and sisters, Mae, Ethel, Gertrude (Orval) Peters, Mildred (Vincent) Voigt, and Helen Burridge.

 

Erma spent many years teaching Sunday School and VBS at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford. She looked forward to attending and volunteering at the Iroquois Co. Fair. She enjoyed square dancing and traveling. She spent hours crocheting, making sure each newborn grandchild received a special blanket, and that numerous church bazaars had a stock of her handiwork. Her faith was obvious as one could often hear her humming her favorite hymns. She knew hundreds of them as evidenced by the shelves of hymnals she collected and cross referenced. She was an avid reader.

 

Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until the 1:30 pm funeral service on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church or Our Savior Lutheran Church.

 

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Please share a memory of Erma at knappfuneralhome.com.

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