Obituaries Archives for 2020-02

George A. Boudreau, 87, of Clifton

George A. Boudreau, 87, of Watseka and formerly of Martinton, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on September 6, 1932 in Martinton Twp., the son of George J. and Anna M. (Arseneau) Boudreau. He married Beverly Rich in Chebanse on March 3, 1962.

 

Surviving are his wife Beverly Boudreau of Watseka; one daughter, Dana (Michael) Blanchette of Bourbonnais; one son, Tom (Mari) Boudreau of Maypearl, TX; one sister, Lana Beaupre of Clifton; nine grandchildren, Nathan, Allison, Lauren, Joseph, Deborah, Benjamin, Timothy, Rebekah, and Elijah; six great grandchildren, Hudson, Nora, Levi, Myles, Gavin, and Wade.

 

George was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Duane and Ivan; one sister, Velma; and one grandson, Brett Hoy.

 

Mr. Boudreau was a lifelong farmer in the Iroquois County area. He enjoyed antique tractors.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Father Dan Belanger will officiate. Burial will follow in L’Erable Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.

Visitation will be from 9:00 until the 11:00 am funeral service on Monday also at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Marie Brown, 84, of Watseka

Marie Brown, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on August 4, 1935 in Watseka, the daughter of Martin D. and Gertrude (Gocken) Johnson. She married Robert Redman and he passed away on April 5, 2014. She later married James Brown on May 22, 1981 in Champaign and he preceded her in death on May 4, 2011.

 

Surviving are three daughters, Debbie (Steve) McCullough of Watseka, Pam (John) Baldwin of Greenville, SC and Jill (Gary) Law of Perkasie, PA; two sons, Jeff (Dawn) Brown of Rock Falls, IL and Greg (Joyce) Brown of Rockford, IL; one brother, Marion (Fran) Johnson of West Lafayette, IN; and one sister, Carolyn (Mike) Gerkin of Apple Valley, MN; eleven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

 

Marie was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City, where she was a women's group member. She was the past executive director of the county USDA office where she trained many employees in the State and Federal USDA offices. She was a member of the National Active Retired Federal Employees Association, where she was a past president and secretary. Mrs. Brown was a volunteer at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. She loved playing golf, cards and games, particularly Farkle, with her family. Marie was a talented artist and especially enjoyed water color painting. Most importantly, she cherished spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or St. Peter Lutheran Church in Crescent City.

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Gary D. Kleinert, 42, of Chebanse

Gary D. Kleinert, 42, of Chebanse passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020 in Clifton. He was born January 10, 1978 in Leadville, CO, the son of Darryl and Ruth (Petersen) Kleinert.

He married Kelsey Odle on June 30, 2012 in Chebanse and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Serenity Langley of Clifton; his parents, Darryl and Ruth Kleinert of Chebanse; his siblings, Anna, Scott, Mike, Brian, Pam, Bret, Kim, Michelle, Jennifer, Lindsey, Jay, Brittany, Angela, Daniel and Heather; his biological mother, Melinda Hamilton of Farmington, NM; paternal grandmother, Bernice Kleinert of Chebanse; and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by one brother, Steven Kleinert and one sister, Katherine Kleinert.

Mr. Kleinert was a member of Grace Bible Church in Kankakee and the Brookmount weekly bowling league. He worked at Agri-Alliance in Aroma Park and loved Karaoke.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Rick Kinnersley and Ron Willard Jr. will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes. 

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Shirley Harris Danforth, 84, of Osage Beach, MO

Shirley Harris Danforth, 84, of Osage Beach, MO passed away on February 19th in Osage Beachn MO.

 

A funeral service is set for 1:00PM Monday, Feb. 24th at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga with a visitation two hours prior to the 1:00PM service.

 

Burial to follow at the Onarga Cemetery. Knapp will be conductng the services. 

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Garry M. Rutledge, 64, of Milford

Garry M. Rutledge, 81, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19th at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

 

A funeral Service is set for 1:30PM on Saturday, February 22nd at the Knapp Funeeral Home in Milford. A visitation is set for 4:00PM-8:00PM on Friday, Feb. 21st at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford

 

Burial at Maple Grove Cemetary in Milford. Knapp will be conducting the services.

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Doreen E. (Marten) Horn, 81, of Chebanse

Doreen E. Horn, 81, of Chebanse passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Citadel of Kankakee in Kankakee. She was born on October 5, 1938 in Pilot Twp., Herscher, IL, the daughter of Frank and Ruby (Kroll) Marten. She married Patrick W. Horn in Chebanse on October 12, 1996.

 

Surviving are her husband, Patrick W. “Bill” Horn of Chebanse; one sister, Diana Marten of Chebanse; cousins, Laverne Boettcher of Chebanse, Stanley Boettcher of California, Doris Benjamin of Chebanse, Dodi Callister of Streator, Anna Mae Hess of Clifton, Mary Kram of Texas, Edwin Wade and Bill Wade of Wisconsin, and Betty Woods of Arizona; and special friends, Beverly Fullerton, Dorothy Riegel, and Pam Plante.

 

She was preceded in death by both of her parents; cousins, Vyetta Marten, Irma Miller, Frederick Kroll, Robert Kroll, Lilly Caldwell, Charles Wade, Esther Collingwood, Don Winterroth, and Richard Marten. Also deceased are aunts and uncles, M/M Albert Marten, M/M Herman Marten, M/M Fred Wade, M/M Frank Wade, M/M John Winterroth, M/M John Marten, Mary Marten, Walter Kroll, Henry Marten, Richard Kroll, M/M John Boettcher, M/M August Kroll, and M/M Henry Kroll.

 

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Chebanse where she sang in the choir, assembled bulletins and the church newsletter, worked on attendance summary, and was a member of the finance committee. Doreen enjoyed bowling, word search puzzles, putting puzzles together, and scrapbooking. She was a White Sox fan and attended many games.

 

Mrs. Horn had worked at the State Bank of Herscher for twenty three years. She also worked at Kraft General Foods, Kankakee Roper Corp. and retired from Sears Logistics in Manteno.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse. Rev. Kene Whybrew will officiate. Burial will follow at Kankakee Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church from 10:00-11:00 am.

 

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse or Kankakee Valley Hospice.

Please share a memory of Doreen at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Linda Hotler, 71 of Watseka

Linda Hotler, 71 of Watseka.

 

Visitation will be Friday 2/21 4-7pm.

 

Private Family gravesite service in Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery. 

 

 

Baier Funeral Home. 

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Michael A. Cichy, 74, of Milford

Michael A. Cichy, 74, of Milford passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at his home in rural Milford. He was born on December 1, 1945 in Chicago, the son of Walter and Felicia (Smolski) Cichy. He married Dorothy Cor in Chicago on December 17, 1981.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy A. Cichy of Milford; four children, Deanne (Matt) Weir of Oregon, WI, Teri (Paul) Eckberg of Palatine, IL, John R. (Janet) Wallisch of Athens, OH, and Jennifer (Mark) Downs of Chicago; four grandchildren, Daniel Horton of California, Lisa Gonzales of California, John Andrew Wallisch of Ohio, and Sara Wallisch of Ohio; two great grandchildren, Lana and Zander Horton; and two brothers, Bob Cichy of Wisconsin and Steve (Evelina) Cichy of Illinois.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and one brother, John Cichy.

Mr. Cichy proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the Hoopeston VFW as well as a member of National Dusters, Quads and Searchlights Association. Michael was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved attending any kind of sales. He loved fishing and collecting guns, stamps, and coins.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. A visitation will take place an hour prior at the funeral home from 9:00-10:00 am. A graveside service will be at 1:00 pm at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

Memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

Please share a memory of Michael at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Sylvia J. Shoufler, 69, of Watseka

Sylvia J. Shoufler, 69, of Watseka passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on April 16, 1950 in Milford, the daughter of Sidney “Syd” and Frances “Mickey” (Robertson) Shoufler. In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by two brothers, John Shoufler and Thomas Shoufler and one sister, Diantha Hansen.

Surviving are two sisters, Jo Ann Howard of Watseka and Linda Kochell of Fairmont, IL and one brother, Sidney “Danny” Shoufler of Danville.

Sylvia enjoyed music and dancing.

A memorial service will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Roy Johnson will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

A memorial visitation will be two hours prior to the memorial service on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials can be made to The ARC of Iroquois County.

Please share a memory of Sylvia at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Gilbert "Gib" Stock, 85 of Watseka

Gilbert “Gib” Stock, 85 of Watseka passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on November 2, 1934 at the family farm in rural Rankin, the son of William and Mabel Jane (Clifton) Stock. He married Kathryn “Kathy” Martin in Cissna Park on December 4, 1955.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy Stock, of Watseka; five children, Denise (Scott) Sims of Wellington, Dianne (Reid) Page of Watseka, Dale (Angie) Stock of Hoopeston, Darla Stock of Fishers, IN, and Danell Moberly of Bloomington, IL; eight grandchildren, Luke Sims, Seth (Alexis) Sims, Emily (Logan) Davis, Aaron (Amanda) Goodrum, Michelle (Ryan) Brase, Kelsey (Anthony) Cappellano, Matt (Madie) Stock, and Chet Stock; ten great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and five sisters.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park where he served as a Sunday school teacher and usher. Gib was a lifetime dairy farmer in the East Lynn area, drove a school bus for East Lynn and Hoopeston school districts for many years, and after retiring, he worked at Tractor Supply in Danville from 1988-1999. Mr. Stock served on the Prairie Farms Dairy Board and was an active 4-H Leader both for many years. He was an avid Cornjerker, Illini, and Cardinal fan. Gib was a starter in 1952 for the East Lynn Hornets basketball team who were the Vermillion County Champions that year. Gib loved attending his children and grandchildren’s activities. He loved gardening, baking, and spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the Church will officiate. Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00-8:00 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Church Charity Fund or American Heart Association.

Please share a memory of Gib at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Derrick L. "Diggy" Corbin, 43, of Kankakee

Derrick L. “Diggy” Corbin, 43, of Kankakee passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at his home. He was born August 6, 1976 in Kankakee, the son of Lorne and Betty L. (Mosher) Corbin.

He is survived by his mother, Betty L. Mosher-Corbin of Kankakee; his father, Lorne “Creeper” Corbin of Bourbonnais; one son, Codey (Hannah) Lowe of Irwin; one granddaughter, Alayna Lowe of Irwin; one brother, Brandon (Jocelyn) Corbin of Bourbonnais; two nieces, Kayde Corbin, who was his best friend, and Taylor Brading; one nephew, Nathan Mosher; and his special friend, Beth Taylor of Aroma Park.

Derrick was preceded in death by his brother, Craig Mosher.

He was the owner and operator of Diggz-D-Tailz in Kankakee. Diggy enjoyed playing guitars, was an avid Ted Nugent fan, and loved racing.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will be held at a later date in the Clifton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his family.

Please share a memory of Diggy at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Virgil L. Schroeder, 87, of Crescent City

Virgil L. Schroeder, 87, of Crescent City went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Luther Place in Danforth. He was born December 20, 1932 in Crescent Twp., the son of Arthur E. and Irene A. (Luecke) Schroeder and they preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, one son-in-law, one grandson, and one step-great-granddaughter.

He married Marilyn Poff on May 15, 1954 in Chebanse and she survives. Also surviving are three children, Denise (Dave) Kosik of Crescent City, Keith (Bev) Schroeder of Edwardsville and Julie Schroeder of Bloomingdale; one sister, Janet Taylor of Chicago; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Schroeder served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a lifelong farmer in Crescent Twp. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, where he served in numerous offices within the church. He was a founding board member of Prairieview Lutheran Nursing Home, where he later served as a spiritual caregiver. He also served on the Iroquois County Board, Woodland-Darrow Farmers Co-op, Iroquois County Area Career Center, and was a member of the American Legion for 63 years. Virgil had been the Crescent Twp. Supervisor, Director of the Woodland Fire District, and a part time employee at Knapp Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery at Woodworth with military graveside rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Virgil at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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