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Obituaries Archives for 2019-03

Charles Andrew Allen, 90, of Cissna Park

Charles Andrew Allen, 90, of Cissna Park passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka, IL. He was born on July 26, 1928 in Goodwine at the Family Farm, the son of Roy and Myrtle (Gothberg) Allen. He married Alta Jean Pugh at Antioch Church of Christ, Rossville, IL on June 30, 1957. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward Allen and Lloyd Allen; and three sisters, Florine Breeding, Geraldine Boyden and Ellen Marie Hofer.

Surviving are his wife, Alta; two daughters, Denise (Dennis) Mann of Monmouth and Lisa (Brad) Breymeyer of Cissna Park; five grandchildren, Jacob (Beth) Mann of Bolivar, MO, Erin (Kevin) Chankin of Chicago, Brice (Heidi) Breymeyer of Onarga, Brandt Breymeyer of Milford, and Brooks (fiancée, Josey Fruhling) Breymeyer of Cissna Park; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Mann, Keighan Mann, Madison Chankin, Mason Chankin, and Braxton Breymeyer. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Lucille Allen of Milford; and many loving nieces and nephews and their extended families, and many lifelong friends.

He will be known by all for his great love of his family, and his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The love shown, time spent, lessons taught, and laughter shared has created such special memories and are examples and goals for them to follow with their families.

Mr. Allen served in the United States Army during the Korean War Conflict from 1951-53 (S2 & S3 NCO Battalion Headquarters as a comptometer the last 6 mos.) He was a lifetime farmer who believed his role was to take care of God’s Land and serve others. His longest role and membership was to the Goodwine United Methodist Church where he was Chairman, and joyfully rang the Church Bell, and taught High School Sunday School classes most of his life until its closure. He later became a member of the Milford United Methodist Church. Other life service has also included President/Chairman and other offices for many years with the following organizations: Bryce-Ash Grove District #284 School Board, Goodwine Co-Op Elevator Board; Cissna Park American Legion Post #527; Cissna Park Fire Department Trustee; Ft. Creek/Lovejoy Drainage Commissioner, and the ASCS County Committee serving as Chairman for over 9 years during which the County Office received the Administrator Award in Washington in 1990. He enjoyed that role so much, that upon retiring from the farm, he continued as a crop adjuster for many years. He enjoyed working with Hampshire hogs so he was a former Secretary of Iroquois County Fair (Milford location), an active Iroquois Co. Fair Swine Barn worker, and he was also an active member/officer of the Ford-Iroquois County Pork Producers. He’ll be remembered for his kind, caring attitude - always with a smile, that believed honesty, integrity, and serving his family and the Lord were the most important things in life.

Funeral services will be held at the Milford United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 23, 2019 beginning at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Pastor Gail Meyers will officiate. Burial will follow at the Amity Cemetery in Goodwine. Graveside military rites will be provided by Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to the Milford United Methodist Church, Cissna Park Fire Department, Cissna Park American Legion Post #527 or Donor’s Choice.

Joyce Deany, 83, of Watseka

Joyce Deany, 83, of Watseka passed away on March 14, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Joyce was born February 13, 1936 in Clinton, IA, the daughter of Leonard J. and Kathryn (Flessner) Hoeger and they preceded her in death along with one sister, Carol Bowen. She married Paul Dean Sloter in Chatsworth in December of 1958 and he preceded her in death in 1961. She later married Donald Deany in Cullom on August 10, 1963 and he survives in Watseka.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Eric Paul Sloter of Bella Vista, AR, John David Sloter of Boone, IA, and Mark Donald Deany of Richmond Height, MO; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five brother-in-laws.

Mrs. Deany was a music educator and a school counselor for Crescent Iroquois and Watseka Unit #9. She was a member of Iroquois Mental Health Center, Lutherans for Life, Retired Teachers Association, and Past-President of her church council.

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Alex McNally will officiate. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom with her grandson, Vicar Alex Sloter, officiating.

Memorials may be given to Lutherans for Life, Faith Lutheran Mission Fund, Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

June M. Sullivan, 85, of Stockland

une M. Sullivan, 85, of Stockland passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Flanagan Rehab and Healthcare in Flanagan. She was born on March 29, 1933 in Palmetto, FL the daughter of Oscar and Gertrude (Ivy) Lowry. She married R. Laverle Sullivan on April 4, 1953 in Ellenton, FL and he preceded her in death on July 14, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles.

Mrs. Sullivan is survived by two daughters, Karen (Thomas) Clark of Long Point, IL and Terry Comer; four grandchildren; and one sister in law, Carolyn Sheppard of Milford.

She was a former member of the Stockland United Methodist Church in Stockland.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Knapp Funeral Home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Ted W. Doud, 78, of Milford

Ted W. Doud, 78, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Hospital in Hoopeston. He was born June 14, 1940 in Milford, the son of Leroy and Mary Frances (Ashby) Doud and they preceded him in death in addition to two sisters, Marjorie Uttenweiler and Barbara Hayslett.

He is survived by two daughters, Dawn Haxton of Lake Geneva, WI and Starla Doug of Gulf Shores, AL; four grandchildren, Ryne (Kelly) Haxton of Tampa, FL, Jerod (Yvette) Haxton of Elkhorn, WI, Laine Eisenbart of Austin, TX, and Sloan Eisenbart of Austin, TX; four great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Kayden Haxton of Tampa, FL and Chase and Cameron Haxton of Elkhorn, WI; one sister, Doris Plimpton of Independence, KY; and one brother, Norman Doud of Milford.

Ted served in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1959-1963 and was a printer at Uarco in Watseka for 37-1/2 years. He enjoyed hunting, coin collecting, duck calling, and gardening.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Ed Highfill will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to the Milford Swimming Pool or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Warren Odel Cary, 76 of Tennessee formally of Crescent City

Warren Odel Cary, 76 was called home to the Lord on March 2, 2019 in his home in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was born January 7, 1943 in Watseka, Illinois and resided there the majority of his life. He was raised on a farm in Crescent City by parents Ralph and Imogene Cary along side siblings, Alice and James. Warren married his wife Judith Marie (Wilson) Cary on November 11, 1962 and had two children, Brian and Stacey. Warren made a living as an automobile mechanic and was a member of First Christian Church in Watseka. He was recognized as a lifetime volunteer fireman for the Crescent City Fire Department and was known as an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Iroquois County Turkey Federation and Bow Benders archery club. Warren loved bird watching, mushroom hunting, bluegrass music and a good meal. Warren and Judith moved to Johnson City, Tennessee in August of 2017 where he spent the last of his years enjoying family. He is survived by his wife Judith Cary, his children Brian and Stacey and his siblings Alice and James. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Imogene Cary. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Christian Church, Watseka on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Family will begin visitation of friends from 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., service at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch.

Josephine Fortner, 81, of Watseka

Josephine Fortner, 81, of Watseka, Il, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Watseka.

She was born on October 28, 1937 in Fairbury, IL, the daughter of Roy Hanshew and Mildred (Dunahee) Hanshew.

Josephine married Carl Fortner on August 22, 1965 in Gilman, IL. He passed on October 31, 2003.

Mrs. Fortner was a homemaker. She enjoyed horse racing and horse shows.

Surviving Mrs. Fortner are her sons, James Fortner of Watseka, IL and Joseph Fortner of Roberts, IL; sister, Betty Weber of Tennessee; grandchildren, Dominic, Bryce, and Aaron; one great granddaughter on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; one brother; one sister.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 5-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Private Funeral Services and Interment will be held.

Milton C. "Pete" Brady, 84, of Watseka

Milton C. “Pete” Brady, 84, of Watseka passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Watseka Rehab and Healthcare in Watseka. He was born on April 17, 1934 in Watseka, the son of Clifford Clarence and Mary Elizabeth (Walden) Brady. He married Cynthia E. Graves in 1968 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Cindy Brady of Watseka, Pete is survived by two daughters, Kathryn McVay of Illinois and Terry Lynn (Gregory) Skinner of Georgia; one son, Anthony Brady of California; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arthur and Max; three sisters, Louise, Kathryn, and Maxine; and one son, Michael Joseph Brady.

Mr. Brady served in the United States Army and was active with Golden Gloves Boxing while serving in the military. He was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Pete was the owner of a plaster business and owned and operated Pete and Speedy’s BBQ in Watseka.

A memorial service will be at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. A memorial visitation will take place before the service on Thursday from 10:00-11:45 am.
Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.

Cremation rites have been handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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