Obituaries Archives for 2020-07

Myrna J. Steiner, 82, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga

Myrna J. Steiner, 82, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at St. Mary Healthcare in Lafayette, IN.

Myrna was born March 7, 1938 in Onarga, the daughter of Elmer H. and Dora (Seggebruch) Schumacher. She was a 1956 graduate of Onarga High School. She married Marlyn E. Steiner on April 7, 1957 at Ash Grove and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2020. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Schumacher, and one son, Dean Steiner.

She is survived by three daughters, Lori (David) Hullinger of West Lafayette, IN, Becky Leydens of Indianapolis, IN, and Cindy (Lonnie) Welch of Pontiac; one sister, Mary Monk of New Braunfels, TX; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Myrna obtained her LPN license at Kankakee Community College in 1973 and later her RN license at Parkland College in 1981. During her 35 year nursing career, she worked at Clifton Hospital, Hawthorne Lodge Nursing Home in Watseka, Sheldon Nursing Home, Gilman Nursing Home, and Kirkwood Manor in Texas.

Myrna was the church organist and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for several years and currently a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette. Myrna enjoyed playing piano, organ and accordion. She and Marlyn enjoyed playing cards, dancing and an occasional trip to a casino.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Onarga Cemetery. Pastor Dan Eggold will officiate.

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

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

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Pauline I. Melson, 98, of Watseka

Pauline I. Melson, 98, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

 

Pauline was born April 21, 1922 in Dunnington, IN, the daughter of John and Catherine (Gick) Schmidt. She married Earl Langellier in Indiana on September 30, 1942 where they farmed together for many years until he preceded her in death on May 10, 1963. Pauline later met Francis L. Melson at a company Christmas party and were married on June 27, 1970 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on January 1, 2017. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Michelle Bush; one son, Michael Langellier; one grandchild, Jim Koester; six brothers, Herman, Ervin, Charles, Cecil, James, and Joseph Schmidt; and three sisters, Rita LaBeau, Anita Mae Smith, and Rose Mary Puetz.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Donna (Roy) Koester of Watseka, Pam (David) Harvey of Watseka, and Rita Ballou of Leesburg, VA; one son-in-law, Ed Bush of Cissna Park; one step-daughter, Sherrie (Bill) Ferguson of Eldon, MO; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pauline was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. She enjoyed dancing, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

Private visitation and funeral services will be held at St. Edmund Catholic Church due to coronavirus restrictions with burial to follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Edmund Catholic Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Robert E. Gray, 88 of Gilman

Robert E. Gray, 88 of Gilman passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at his home. He was born April 5, 1932 in Cullom, the son of Francis and Rose (Weber) Gray.

He married Stella Kruder in 1986 in Cook County and she preceded him in death on January 5, 2016. He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul “Bud” and Vincent; one brother-in-law, Donald Wulff; one son-in-law, Bruce Frenzke, and one great-granddaughter, Emily.


He is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Kim) Gray of Gilman and Rick (Sue) Gray of Gilman; three daughters, Barb (Ron) Wagner of Onarga, Sandra Frenzke of Bourbonnais, and Tonia (David) Fisher of Georgia; two step-sons, Bill Kruder of Arizona and Larry (Melinda) Kruder of Chicago; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Wulff of Manteno and Rita (Leo) Weller of Cullom; one brother, John T. (Bobbie) Gray of Ashkum; and one sister-in-law, Barb Gray.

Mr. Gray was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. He was the current partner along with his brother John in Gray’s Material Service, beginning in 1958 until his death. He devoted his entire life in the business to make it prosper.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Rev. Duane Marburger will officiate. Burial will follow at Danforth Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth.

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Weldon "Dewey" L. Dotson, 84, of Chebanse

Weldon "Dewey" L. Dotson, 84, of Chebanse, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at his home.

He was born June 18, 1936 in Mt. Pleasant, IA, the son of Boyd (Vera) Dotson and Louise (Louis) Bosley.


Dewey married the love of his life, Cuc Thi (Honey) Nguyen on September 1, 1970 in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Dewey served 11 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps resigning as a 1st Lt. in 1970. From 1970 - 1975, he resided in Vietnam and worked as a Power Plant General Foreman/Advisor for Pacific Architects/Engineers for the US Dept. of Defense and the South Vietnamese Govt. He earned his Associates in Electronics at KCC in 1977 and later taught Commercial Electricity at KCC. Dewey also held several Electrical Maintenance Management positions, including Bennett Industries and AO Smith. He retired from Com Ed as an Associate Engineer in the Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant in 1997. After his retirement, he worked alongside his wife helping her with her catering/concessions business.

He was most happy when spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, photography, computers and vacationing to Vietnam.

He was a lifetime member of the Mason Saigon Lodge #188.

Surviving are his wife, Honey Dotson of Chebanse and their 5 children; three daughters, Vi "Ba" Thi (Ronnie) Lapka of Palos Hills, Louise (Rodrigo) Medina of Manteno, Mary (Chad) Nugent of Manteno; and two sons, Quoc "Buck" Luong of Manteno, and Adam (Tricia) Dotson of Manteno; twenty grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his eldest son, Boyd "Allen" (Pat) Dotson of Greenville, NC; and younger brother, Kenneth Vaughn of Aroma Park.

Dewey is preceded in his death by his parents and one younger brother, Michael Vaughn.

Visitation will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with a Masonic service at 5:45 p.m. by the Chebanse Masonic Lodge #429.
Private graveside services will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice.

Per the CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing are recommended.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Dorothy Marie (Maul) Martin, 87, of Woodland

Dorothy Marie (Maul) Martin , 87, Woodland, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the Watseka Rehab & Health Care facility in Watseka, IL.

 

She was born to John and Nettie (Lober) Maul on August 14, 1932, in Hoopeston, IL. Dorothy grew up on a small farm outside of East Lynn, IL where she later attended high school. She was raised in the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park. She married Marvin Lee Martin on June 30, 1949, in Hoopeston. Soon after marrying, the family lived on a friend’s farm north of Watseka before moving to Woodland in the early 1950s where they lived for many years. Early in her life Dorothy worked at Corn Pack of Milford, as well as the Electronics and Condenser of Watseka. Later she became an Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant and Illinois Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) working at both the Iroquois Memorial Resident Home and on the ambulance service from Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka for several years.

 

She was a life-long gardener. Many summer vacations she spent camping, boating, and water skiing with her family. Later in life, she and husband Marvin enjoyed the warm winters of central Florida with many friends.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Marvin, parents and step Mother Kathrine ‘Katie’ (Lober) Maul as well as her sister Wilma and brother Glenn. She is survived by her siblings-in-law William Martin of Ft. Collins, Colo., as well as Randy and Bonnie Martin, and Irene Maul of Hoopeston; daughter Patricia Rosenboom of Watseka; and sons Bruce Martin (Shelley) of Prescott, AZ and Dennis Martin (Karen) of Stillwater, Okla.; grandchildren Amy Picarella (Danny), Todd Harrison, Matthew Rosenboom (Heather), Elizabeth Sink (Doug), Morgan Martin-Kovari (Matthew); eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the cemetery of the Apostolic Christian Church outside of Cissna Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the graveside service at the cemetery.


Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park, IL


Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.


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Alicia L. Behrends, 93, of Danforth, IL

Alicia L. Behrends, 93 of Danforth and formerly of Kankakee passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born on September 7, 1926 in Cabery, the daughter of Edwin C. and Florence (Miller) Jensen.

 

She married Maurice A. Behrends on May 16, 1955 in Corinth, MS and he preceded her in death on January 14, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Donald Wauthier of Clifton.

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will be held at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

 

Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice or Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

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

 

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Rose R. Hageman, 82, of Oak Lawn

Rose R. Hageman, 82 of Oak Lawn passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She was born on August 4, 1937 in Park Grove, MT the daughter of Willie and Louise (Huber) Hueth. They preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by two sons, Walter Hageman of Onarga and Jeff (Leah) Hageman of Tacoma, WA; two daughters, Karen Cale of Madison, AL and Sue (Mark) Natzke of Santa Clarita, CA; eleven grandchildren; and one sister, Rosella Deland of Redondo Beach, CA.

 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

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

 

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Theresa F. Clement, 93 of Watseka

Theresa F. Clement, 93 of Watseka passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born on June 2, 1927 in Woodland, the daughter of Mannis and Nellie (Strawser) Martin.

She married Wesley R. Clement on January 10, 1948 in Woodland and he preceded her in death on October 4, 2018. She was also preceded in death by one son, William Martin Clement; two son-in-laws, Joe Elliott and John Gibson; four sisters; and one brother.

She is survived by her children, Larry (Sue) Hattabaugh of Milford, Marcia Elliott of Marion, Dana Clement of Watseka, Helen (Barry) Roberts of Frankfort, daughter-in-law, Debbie Clement of Indiana, Lee (Pat) Clement of Darien, Lisa (Mark) Harris of Sevierville, TN, Jodi Gibson of Pacific, MO, Don Jensen of Watseka, Donnie (Sandy) Hamende of Watseka, Dale (Liz) Hamende of East Peoria, Janet (James) Bunting of Watseka, William John (Tira) Clement of Watseka, Linda (Amie) Clement of Oxford, IN, J.R. (Terri) Wynn of Danville, and Bruce (ChrissAnn) Chaput of Tennessee; 28 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Clement was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. She had fostered almost 300 children throughout her life.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Private funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, First United Methodist Church in Watseka, or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Terry W. Clark, 82, of Milford

 

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Terry at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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