Richard Lamie, 83, off Watseka passed away on September 29th, 2020 at his home.
A visitation is set for Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka from 2:00pm-4:00pm
At this time, the family will be hosting a private funeral service and burial.
Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka is handling arrangements.
Mark Steven Howe, 64, of Watseka, passed away on Friday, September 25th, 2020 at his daughter's home in Watseka.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 2nd, 2020 from 4-8p.m. at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at 11:00a.m., also at the Funeral home. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.
Baier Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
William “Billy” Morrissette, 56, of Danforth passed away on September 25, 2020 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. He was born December 23, 1963 in Kankakee, the son of Nancy and Lloyd Anderson of Danforth.
In his younger years, Bill helped on the family farm. Later he became an accomplished photographer, owning his own business in Kankakee and even being contracted to do work in Las Vegas. After that he spent a large portion of his life as a member of the local 150 operator’s union.
He was married to Melody Morrissette for 11 years and they had three sons. Billy’s pride and joy in his life were his sons, Parker Morrissette, Bennett Morrissette and Cooper Morrissette of Bradley.
Billy was an expert storyteller. If you were fortunate enough to hear his stories you might not believe them, I assure you, they were true. He was proficient in cursing, finding treasures in dumpsters, bumming cigarettes, and most of all laughing. He was ninety percent humor, mostly vulgar and totally inappropriate, but absolutely legendary. And that was him, love him or leave him. You had to love him, he didn’t have a mean bone in his body, but he was unapologetically himself. He was always the entertainment, always the party and we are all left with the absolute most absurd, gut busting, hilarious moments with him.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy Anderson; his sister, Kimberly Miller and her husband, Ronnie Miller; his brother, Lloyd Anderson Jr. “Andy” and his wife, Jenny Anderson; and his brother, Ryan Anderson and his wife, Danielle Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Anderson and his younger brother, Christopher Anderson.
To Bill’s wishes, he had a private cremation service. There will be a memorial at his home in Danforth for close family and friends on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 4-6 pm.
Memorials may be made to his children.
Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.
Lois J. Kennedy, 81, of Milford passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Sheldon Health Care Center in Sheldon. She was born on April 22, 1939 in St. Anne, the daughter of Rudolph and Anna (Rabideau) Ahrens. She married Clarence E. “Pug” Kennedy in Milford on July 21, 1956 and he preceded her in death on February 19, 1991.
She is survived by one son, Terry (Dawn) Kennedy of Milford; one granddaughter, Heather Kennedy of Tilton; one brother, Rudolph Jr. (Pat) Ahrens of Watseka; five sisters, Betty Ahrens of Watseka, Reta Myers of Watseka, Ruth Salm of Watseka, Anita (Darrell) Speers of Palm Bay, FL; and Kay (Jim) Green of Georgetown.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers; and three sisters.
Mrs. Kennedy was a member of Milford Christian Church. She was an avid Cubs fan and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Milford.
Graveside services will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Visitation will take place from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, also at the cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Milford Christian Church.
Robert "Bob" Boone, 62 of Martinton.
Visitation will be held Thursday 10/1, from 1-3pm with funeral services at 3pm all at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
Burial will follow at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Norma J. Clawson, 87 of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at her home in Watseka. She was born on March 23, 1933 in Watseka, the daughter of Albert and Pauline (Conn) Pardy.
She married Charles Clawson on March 20, 1957 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on January 8, 2010. She was also preceded in death by her son, Danny Clawson who passed away on June 7, 2005; her parents; one brother; and one sister.
She is survived by one daughter, Deana Clawson of Watseka; one grandson, Garrett White; and several nieces and nephews.
Norma received her GED in her forty’s and went on to graduate from nursing school at KCC. She retired from Iroquois Memorial Hospital as a LPN in 1996 and enjoyed coin collecting and antiques. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Alex McNally will officiate. Private burial will take place at GAR Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be from 11:00-1:00 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka or to the donor’s choice.
Please share a memory of Norma at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Dustin Lee Boma, 32, of Bolingbrook passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020. Dusty was born on July 7, 1988 in Kankakee, the son of Don Boma and Lisa Brosseau. He spent his childhood in Piper City and Herscher and graduated from Herscher High School in 2006.
He is survived by his father, Don Boma; mother, Lisa Boma (Mark Zirkle); siblings, Jonathan Boma and Taylor Boma (Kyle Aguilar); maternal grandparents, Norman and Donna Brosseau; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jack and Marjorie Boma.
Dusty spent his early childhood on a Boma Family Farm. He was an avid basketball fan who enjoyed pickup games in the driveway with his brother and friends. He was a big fan of Kobe Bryant, whom he named his beloved dog after. Dusty enjoyed spending time at his grandparent’s home in Onarga where he would enjoy a cup of coffee in front of the water. There, he also enjoyed watching sports in the barn, four-wheeling around the lake, and late night card games with family. He loved his mom’s home cooked meals and also acquired her love of reading. He was passionate about music. He listened to music that had meaning and that spoke to his soul. He had a great appreciation for 90’s and 2000’s rock music and was inspired by bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Alice In Chains. Like his dad, he played the guitar and they enjoyed jam sessions together. He wanted to “keep real music alive one soul at a time” and started by sharing his music interests with his sister. Dusty will always be remembered for his humor and fun loving nature.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Pastor Jim Harkins will officiate. Burial will follow in Onarga Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am - 12:15 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2020 also at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.
Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.
Mary M. Elliot, 96, of Chebanse passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton.
Mary was born on May 16, 1924 in Cullom, the daughter of William and Gertrude (Koerner) Deany. She married William F. Elliot on October 13, 1945 in Kankakee and he preceded her in death on March 5, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Denny and Chuck Elliot; five brothers, LeRoy, William, Don, Vince, and Mike Deany; three sisters, Veronica Quigley, Bernice Deany, and Josephine Merten; and one son-in-law, James DuVall.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty DuVall of Chebanse and Bev (Dick) Benge of Chebanse; two sons, Larry (Donna) Elliot of Chebanse and Randy (Linda) Elliot of Chebanse; one sister, Clara Kinkade of Bourbonnais; two daughters-in-law, Dolores Elliot of Mt. Vernon and Becky Elliot of Chebanse; 20 grandchildren, Amanda Martinez, Melissa Benge, Joanna Campbell, Dana Hill, Chad DuVall, Jarod Elliot, Kendra Regnier, Nicole Elliot, Sarah Elliot, Laura Elliot, Gavin Hargrave, Sean Elliot, Cheryl Warman, Karie Prokop, Dawn Elliot, Denise Sherrod, Diane Belmont, Amanda LeDoux, Mary LeDoux, and Jenny LeDoux; 22 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Mary was a member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse as well as Council of Catholic Women (CCW) where she held every office. She ran funeral dinners at church for forty-five years and was twice voted Sts. Mary and Joseph Woman of the Year in 1969 and 2013. Mary loved to play cards, bingo, watching the Cubs, and her family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She enjoyed helping her husband on the farm.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Private funeral services will take place at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. Burial will follow at Sts. Mary and Joseph Cemetery in Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to Church Masses, Otto Twp. Fire Department, or Uplift Care (Hospice of Kankakee Valley).
John Russell “Jack” Davenport, age 91, of Sheldon passed away on September 19, 2020.
He was born on May 6, 1929 in a farmhouse south of Stockland to Darleigh and Beulah Mohler Davenport and grew up on the farm there. He went to a country school through 4th grade and then went to Stockland Grade School and graduated from Stockland High School in 1948. As a teenager he worked on the railroad during the summers during World War II.
He enlisted in the Army Paratroopers in 1948 and served at Fort Knox, Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, and Fort Campbell. He was discharged from the Army in 1950 and re-enlisted in 1951. He was sent to Japan where he then met up with the 187th Airborne RCT Unit “Rakkasans”. He went on to Korea to serve as a combat paratrooper and staff sergeant during the Korean War. He earned the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, and Glider Badge. He returned from the Army in 1953 and married Phyllis Sheridan on September 23, 1953 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoopeston. She passed away on March 4, 2015.
He worked at Trudeau’s Body Shop in Sheldon from 1953 to 1978 for Charles Trudeau and then was co-owner for many years until his son, Joel, took over the business in 2016.
He and Phyllis enjoyed many trips with the Travel Discoveries group including several cruises and trips to England, Scotland, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, the Panama Canal, Hawaii and Alaska.
In addition to travelling, he enjoyed woodworking and model airplanes. He also had his student pilot’s license during the time Sheldon had an airport.
He was a member of St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka; a 50+ year member of the Sheldon Fire Department, being a trustee for the district for 15 years; a member of the American Legion and VFW; and on the Sheldon Building and Loan Board of Directors.
He is survived by his five children: Gary (Christina) Davenport of Bonita Springs, FL; Diane (Stan) Molter of Sheldon; John (Melodee) Davenport Jr. of Sheldon; Kendra (Darrell) Fredrickson of Kentland, IN; and Joel (Nancy) Davenport of Sheldon; thirteen grandchildren: Justin, Blake, Eric, Gabe, Keaton and Tanner Davenport, Jessica Jackson, Joe Molter, Weston Wessels, Will and Sophia Fredrickson, Robin Warren, Tony Miller, and Victoria Hoop; twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Betty Sands of Brook, IN; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Marilyn Davenport of Sheldon, Mary (Kenneth) Sorensen of Watseka, and John (Judy) Sheridan, Jr. of Hoopeston; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lester and Frank.
He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family, was an excellent role model, and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A private funeral service will follow with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service at Sheldon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Sheldon Fire Department.
Gerald L. Bohner, 79, of Watseka passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 at his residence.
Gerald was born April 26, 1941 in Watseka, the son of Lewis and Mildred (Luecke) Bohner. He married Patricia Peters on April 21, 1963 in Watseka and she survives.
Besides his wife, Patricia Bohner, he is survived by three sons, Brad (Andrea) Bohner of Algonquin, Jeff (Jayne) Bohner of Wheaton, and Eric (Natalie) Bohner of St. Charles; and four grandchildren, Kathryn Chisholm, Jennifer Bohner, Ellie Bohner, & Brooks Bohner.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Delmer.
Mr. Bohner was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. He served on the Prairie States Christian Camp board for many years. Gerald worked at Uarco for thirty-five years and later at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for many years. He loved to watch the Cubs and be with his grandchildren.
Private graveside services will be held at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.
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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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.
Mary Pfingsten 92 of Watseka
A gravesite service will be held on Sunday 9/13/2020 1pm
at St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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