Obituaries Archives for 2020-11

Glenda K. Bohlmann, 69, of Watseka

Glenda K. Bohlmann, 69, Watseka passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on December 12, 1950 in Watseka, the daughter of Glenn and Annabelle (Wilson) Schladenhauffen.

 

Glenda married David P. Bohlmann in Watseka on February 25, 1995 and he survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Chanin Daly of Boswell, IN and Helen (Nick) Hawkins of Virginia Beach, VA; two sons, Chad (Kathy) Bertrand of Watseka and Jeramey Bohlmann of Watseka; one brother, Tim (Kelly) Schladenhauffen of Woodland; two sisters, Janice Torbet of Warsaw, IN and Diane Cross of Watseka; seven grandchildren; one brother in law, Kevin (Michelle) Bohlmann of Venice, FL; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Glenda attended Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She enjoyed her family, knitting, and spending time on her computer.

 

Visitation will be on Wednesday December 2, 2020 from 5-8 pm at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Funeral services will be at 11 am on Thursday at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. The family requests those attending the visitation and services to please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

 

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.

 

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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Donald L. Dodson, 68 of Woodland

Donald L. Dodson, 68 of Woodland passed away on Wednesday November 25, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on October 2, 1952 in Metropolis a son of James E. Dodson. Don married Lori Trumble in St. Pete Beach, FL on June 23, 2006 and she survives. Also surviving are five children- Tyler Duden, Allex Duden, Angela Dodson, Justin (Krystal) Dodson, and Nicholas Dodson; two brothers- Dean (Gina) Dodson and Jimmy (Debbie) Dodson; two sisters- Nancy (Larry) Combs and Cindy Dodson; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son- Brian Dodson.

Don was a true family man who enjoyed traveling, fishing, gardening, yardwork, dogs, and shooting. He was a paramedic for Bourbonnais, Riverside, St. Mary’s, Alverno, IMH, Pro Ambulance, and Arrow. Don was a man that dedicated his life to EMS for 48 years and made a positive impact on those involved with him through his journey.

Visitation will be on Wednesday December 2, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Private funeral services will be held with Phil Wade and Joe Hughes officiating.

Memorials may be made to the family wishes.

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Patricia M. Shide, 66, of Sheldon

Patricia M. Shide, 66, of Sheldon passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 at her home. She was born on November 14, 1954 in Watseka, the daughter of Raymond and Phyllis (Gerrich) Warrick and they preceded her in death.
She married Peter L. Shide in Goodland, IN on July 14, 1979 and he survives. She is also survived by two sons, Eric Shide (friend, Melissa) of Mattoon and Justin (Kara) Shide of Toluca; one sister, Dianna (Thomas) Molter of Goodland, IN; and two grandchildren, Emmalyn and Elliana Shide.
Mrs. Shide was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. She enjoyed, Cooking, visiting with friends and family, and her grandchildren were the loves of her life.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral mass on Friday December 4, 2020 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Fr. Rob Bernotas will officiate. Burial will follow at Buswell Cemetery in Kentland, IN.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Beulah M. Reed, 84

Beulah M. Reed, 84, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 17, 1936, the daughter of Ben and Margaret (Heur) Zbinden. She lived her entire life in the home where she passed and was very passionate about the house and the beautiful flower gardens.

Beulah’s two daughters were wonderful caregivers to their mother, as well as the grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Beulah married Charlie Ford Reed on October 19, 1958 in Watseka, Illinois and he preceded her in death June 2, 1986. She was also preceded in death by one daughter Julie Parsons, April 14, 2010, her parents, five sisters and one brother.

Surviving are two daughters, Lisa and Darryl Focken, and Dawn and Stuart Anderson all of Cissna Park. Son-In-Law and Daughter-In-Law, Dr. Steven and Debbie Parsons of Gibson City. Grandchildren, Lacey and Ben Dreyer, London and Bradley Most, Payton Focken, Macy and Trace Coleman, Reed and Jessica Anderson, Beau Anderson, Noah Anderson, Jeramy and Chrissy Parson, Andrew and Angie Parsons, Tony and Rachel Parsons and 10 Great Grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Ray Zbinden of Aroma Park, Daniel Zbinden of Cissna Park, many nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends.

She was a long time member of the Cissna Park United Methodist Church, serving as past Sunday School Teacher, leader of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship, President of the United Methodist Women and financial secretary for forty-eight years. Served on the Board of Directors for Country Theatre Workshop for thirty-eight years and also served as Treasurer. She also worked for thirty years at the Cissna Park State Bank. Beulah was an author of a book “Sweet Home Cissna Park”, co-chairman of Pigeon Grove United Fund Drive for several years. She was best known for her famous birthday, wedding and graduation cakes and her delicious meals and deserts.

Beulah enjoyed any time she could spend with her family and friends. She always cherished time with her grand and great grandchildren.

Words to live by, Ephesians 4:29. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace.

Private graveside services will be held at the Cissna Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Cissna Park United Methodist Church, Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Country Theatre Workshop.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Norman L. Yohnka, 82 of Danforth

Norman L. Yohnka, 82 of Danforth, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Wednesday November 25, 2020 at his home. He was born on March 22, 1938 in Chebanse a son of William and Selma Kassman Yohnka Sr. Norm married Nancy Yeany in Clifton on June 9, 2000 and she survives. Also surviving are three sons- Randy Seibring and Karen Cradle of Macomb, Bruce (Claudia) Seibring of Ashkum, and Brad (Peggy) Yohnka of Monticello; two daughters- Michele Noel and Christopher Beasley of Hot Springs Village, AR and Christina Cordes (the late Michael Cordes) of Bourbonnais; daughter in laws- Diane Seibring of Ashkum and Cindy Yohnka of Northridge, CA; 26 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; one sister- Donna Saathoff of Bourbonnais; along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons- Rodney Seibring and Merritt Yohnka; five brothers- William, Edwin, Ogden, Orvin, and Richard; two sisters- Evelyn Berns and Marilyn Yohnka.

Norm was a member of the Clifton Baptist Church and was a union plasterer before becoming self-employed. He enjoyed spending time with his family, visiting with friends, riding horses, dancing, and loved chocolate.
Visitation will be from 3:00pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday December 2, 2020 at the Clifton Baptist Church. Private funeral services will be held at the Clifton Baptist Church with Pastor Morris Baker officiating.

Memorials may be made to Uplifted Care.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Elmer W. Kaeb, 95, of Cissna Park

Elmer W. Kaeb, 95, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at his home. He was born on November 9, 1925, in Fairbury, the son of John and Eliza (Baer) Kaeb.

He married Mary Lou Steidinger in Fairbury on August 1, 1954, and she preceded him in death on January 23, 2015. He is also preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers, four sisters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Elmer is survived by twelve children, Elsie (Merle) Eisenmann of Cissna Park, Paul (Joan) Kaeb of Sabetha, KS, Linda (Don) Sinn of Silverton, OR, Max (Beth) Kaeb of Cissna Park, Jim ( Diane) Kaeb of Sabetha, KS, Eric (Lou Ann) Kaeb of Cissna Park, Hartzell (Denise) Kaeb of Cissna Park, Harvey (Judy) Kaeb of Gridley, Darlene (Russ) Walder of Rankin, Les (Christine) Kaeb of Francesville, IN, Leon Kaeb of Bloomington, Todd (Valerie) Kaeb of Cissna Park; one sister, Anna Kaeb of Fairbury, one brother, Urban Kaeb of Cissna Park, 65 grandchildren and 138 great-grandchildren.

Dad served his country during the Korean Conflict and appreciated our freedoms. A dairy farmer in the Rankin and Cissna Park communities, he loved to care for God’s Creation. He was a devoted husband, loving and patient Dad and Grandpa, and sincere, thankful man of God who loved to pray without ceasing. Our Dad’s many friends knew him to be trustworthy and a man of his word. Dad lived to give God the Glory for all and often spoke of love and kindness. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park.

Private funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. The ministers of the church will officiate. Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park with graveside military rites by Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

The funeral will be livestreamed on YouTube at Cissna Park AC Church Live Stream and AC Central Sermons or by dialing 815-714-8988.

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Apostolic Christian Sunday School or Apostolic Christian Harvest Call.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Michael R. Chaney, 71, of Watseka

Michael R. Chaney, 71, of Watseka passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020 at his residence.

Mike was born on September 30, 1949 in Danville, the son of Richard H. and Carol (Benbow) Chaney and they preceded him in death. He married Donna Kinzinger on April 3, 1976 in Chatsworth.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Chaney of Watseka; one daughter, Lori (Frank) Janello of Normal; one son, Brian (Sarah) Chaney of Watseka; four grandchildren, Jacob and Carter Michael Janello and Caleb and Seth Chaney; one brother, Patrick (Diane) Chaney of Louisville, KY; and numerous nieces and nephews including Daniel and Tiffany Chaney and David and Nicole Chaney.

Mike worked at Iroquois Federal for forty years as a loan officer. He was a member of Trinity Church in Watseka and served on the Stewardship Committee for many years.

Private services will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Church in Watseka.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Virden R. Hokanson, 94 of Ashkum

Virden R. Hokanson, 94 of Ashkum went to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday November 27, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born July 31, 1926 in Ashkum a son of Carl and Viola Carlson Hokanson.
Virden married Cherie Mosimann in Ashkum on April 19, 1958 and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters- Connie (Henry) Schussler of Mattoon, Wanda (Christopher) Kinch of Caerphilly, Wales; one son- Carl (Jeana) Hokanson of Chebanse; three grandchildren- Audrey Schussler, Karl (Taylor) Hokanson, and Hannah Hokanson. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers- Charles and Francis Hokanson; three sisters- Ethel Hokanson, Olga Bayless, and Darlene Billerbeck.

Virden served in the US Navy during WW II in the Phillipines and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday December 1, 2020 at 10:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse. Burial will be in Ashkum Cemetery with graveside military rites provided by Ashkum American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Norman L. Doud, 88, of Milford

Norman L. Doud, 88, of Milford, passed away at 4:15 a.m. est., Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Westpark of Indianapolis.

 

Mr. Doud was born on February 14, 1932, in Milford, the son of LeRoy and Mary Frances (Ashby) Doud. He married Mary Lou Stanley on February 21, 1953, in Vincennes, Indiana. She preceded him in death.

 

He is survived by his children-Tonya (Mark) Merritt, Shelly Gray and Lori (Joel) Luca.

 

He was blessed with many wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son- Jon Kelly Doud,

 

Norman graduated from Milford High School. A US Marine veteran, who received a Purple Heart, in the Korean Conflict. He worked for several years as a heavy equipment operator and in construction. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Milford and a lifetime member of the VFW, in Watseka.

 

According to his wish’s cremation rites will be accorded and his ashes will be laid to rest by his wife. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston to assist them in honoring Mr. Doud’s life.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family on Norman’s everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Maureen Shannon of Danforth, IL,

Maureen Shannon of Danforth, IL, passed at home surrounded by her family on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the age of 77. She was born January 6th, 1943 to Harry and Maxine Shannon of Gilman IL. She was the eldest of four sisters, leaving behind Judy (Bob) Pree, Michael Sue (Jim) Nims, Katie (Jim) Regnier

In 1963, Maureen married Samuel G Townsend and had three children; Sheila (Kevin) Bernard of Clifton IL, Shawna (Bart) Johnson of Danforth IL, and Sam Shannon (Monique) Townsend of Mesa, AZ. She also adored 8 grand and 11 great grandchildren.

Maureen graduated in 1961 from Gilman High School. She then attended Eastern Illinois Univ, and Illinois State Universities to achieve her PhD in English studies. She taught English, Literature, creative writing, and poetry at Kankakee Community College. During Dr. Shannon's time at KCC, she founded and directed the “Prairie Fire”, a yearly publication that showcased students' creative works including stories, poems and artwork. She retired in 2003 after 33 years of dedication to her students. She loved teaching so much she taught community classes for writing even into her retirement and continued to take various classes herself in a variety of subjects from gardening to art. Maureen authored and published numerous short stories during her lifetime. She owned a large library in a great variety of genres. She always welcomed others to share her books.

She had a passion, and a green thumb for gardening and spent much of her life planting a very diverse range of flowers, trees and shrubs. She was proud of her certified “Master Gardner” status among the community. Maureen's other lifelong love were her Yorkies and was rarely ever seen without a few nearby. Most of her dogs were certified service dogs. Both dogs and Maureen enjoyed their job of visiting hospitals, nursing homes and schools to bring comfort to all. Another constant joy in her life was playing cards. She was a skilled Bridge and Pinochle player. She belonged to several Bridge groups and played several times a week. For her birthday each year she hosted a Pinochle Party to fill her home with laughter and food for the card games.

Throughout her life, she nourished countless friendships but the bond among her sisters was by far the deepest. They maintained a weekly “Sisters Lunch” without fail, and could always count on each other’s company to enjoy the Bears and Bulls games, often sporting their favorite jerseys and coordinating jewelry. She delighted in the Theatre and was a season ticket holder for many years, always accompanied by her sisters, daughters, granddaughter, nieces and friends. She would often host “Camp Grandma” where she invited her grandchildren and their friends to stay at her house for as many days as they liked. She was known as “Gma” to many kids and loved a house full of laughter!

Maureen was very involved with the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves behind Nick and Heather Bernard, with Connor, Emilee, Sophie; Nolan and Heidi Bernard, with Camden, Cecily; Nathan and Stephanie Bernard, with Owen, Juniper, George; Neil and Kristina Bernard, with Chloe; Haley Schneider, with Illyria, Solara, Oliver Schneider (Jacalyn Wingerter), as well as many neices and nephews. Attending as many of their events as possible in her nearly 40 years of being a grandmother/great-grandmother was such a joy to her.

Maureen was preceded in death her parents and two grandsons, Trevor Schneider, and Alexander Schneider. We were so very blessed, and proud to call her “ours” as she will leave a painful void in our lives. Maureen was a master wordsmith but words are so inadequate to describe how much she meant to so many people. She spent her life sharing her joy and love with many people in innumerable ways.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes in which they will divide the funds between Maureen’s love of dogs, gardening, and literature.

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Daniel (Danny) Mattingly of Watseka

On November 23, 2020 Daniel (Danny) Mattingly of Watseka passed at his home surrounded by loved ones. Danny’s visitation will be at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka on Friday, November 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Private burial for Danny will be on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, next to his mother, father, sister and nephew at St. Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Danny was born on April 25th 1954 at Perryville, Mo. Danny is survived by four siblings Monna Ulfers (Jim) Watseka, IL., Dean Mattingly, Cloverdale Ind., Joan Bullard (Robert deceased) Odell, IL., Russell Mattingly (Ann) Cloverdale Ind., 13 nieces and nephews, 12 great and 6 great great nieces and nephews. He was affectionately known as Uncle Dan and Uncle Danno. Danny had a deep love and devotion to his family and his countless friends as all had for him. Danny was a devoted Chicago Cub and Indianapolis Colts fan and fisherman. Alan Jackson was his absolute favorite singer.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Thelma and nephew Johnny Mattingly. brother in law Robert Bullard.

Danny attended Wells School in the mid 60’s and early 70’s then attended Noble Center in Indianapolis Indiana where he was loved by everyone.

Danny was always making new friends and one of his latest was Tucker the beautiful K/9 German Shepherd Police Dog from Watseka Il. When he could not go visit Tucker the wonderful Police Officers brought Tucker to Danny to visit. Danny has requested any donations go to Watseka Police Department to take care of Tucker or to donor’s choice.

Our hearts are broken but it was time to let go so our very special brother could be in peace. Danny was always the most special one in the family and loved and admired the most by all of us. I’m sure he will be enjoying those Cubs with Sally and Dad, and Mom will be making them snacks telling them to not yell so loud.

Special thank you to our sister Monna and husband Jim for taking such good care of Danny. God Bless!! Also, a very special thank you to the wonderful group at Uplifted Care and Reggie.

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Robert Earl "Bob" McCullough, 90, of Watseka

WATSEKA, Ill. – Longtime Iroquois County farmer Robert Earl (Bob) McCullough, 90, of Watseka, died peacefully Sunday, November 22, 2020 at his home.

 

He was born March 15, 1930 in Essex, Ill., to Thomas James (TJ) and Myra Mary Latz McCullough. He married his high school sweetheart Shirley Bratcher on Dec. 10, 1950, celebrating nearly 70 years of marriage. The couple had six children.

 

The family lived in rural Sheldon and Iroquois before returning to his childhood home in Watseka. He was a grain and livestock farmer and sold Cargill Seed. He enjoyed bowling, camping, and taking family vacations with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Love of family was at the top of his list. His family became an important part of the McCullough-Latz Family Reunion each June in Watseka and the McCullough Family Christmas dinner. His annual Labor Day weekend at “the campground” on his Old Texas farm near the Iroquois River was always well-attended by family and friends. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Iroquois and the First Presbyterian Church of Watseka.

 

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mae Bratcher McCullough of Watseka; one son, Daniel Robin (Ellen) McCullough of Watseka; three daughters, Janet Lin Anderson of Sheldon, Judy Mae Bingman of Champaign, and Patti Jo Jenkins (Robert Taylor) of Salem; five grandchildren, Amy (Dennis) Hofbauer of Mahomet, Bobbi (Chance Clatterbuck) McCullough of Milford; Sarah (Ron Vlach) Johnson of Urbana; Jenny Mae Howard of Carmi; and Wil Robert Bingman of Urbana; 10 great grandchildren, Carrie Riston, Brianna Hamm, Deanna Auxier, Hannah and Arthur Hofbauer, Kayla, Allison, and Jacqueline McCullough, and Alexis and Gage Vogel; two sisters Barbara Walter of Mishawaka, Ind., and Doris (John) Ash of Lebanon, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews, including Alan Bratcher of Watseka and Eric Bratcher of Heyworth, Calif. He is also remembered by several nieces and nephews and family friends.

 

He was preceded in death by one infant son, John Robert McCullough; one daughter, Brenda Joyce Haven; one grandson, Christopher Daniel McCullough; one brother-in-law raised with the family, Artie Bratcher; one son-in-law, Dr. Keith Jenkins; six brothers and their wives, Virgil (Zelma) McCullough, Lawrence (Hattie) McCullough, Samuel (Hazel) McCullough, Levi (Verla) McCullough, Thomas (Norma) McCullough, and toddler Thomas James McCullough; five sisters and their husbands, Arvilla (Buck) Foltz, Velma (Eddie) Larson, Mary (Ray) Sturm, Delorous (Joe) Guard, and infant Dorothy McCullough; and one additional brother-in-law, Charles Walter.

 

Private family services will be held Tuesday. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka, Illinois.

 

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Hope Cemetery Care Fund, Cabery, Illinois.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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Jeremy Sherman 23 of Watseka

Jeremy Sherman 23 of Watseka. Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Duane Brooke Cultra, 95, of Onarga

Duane Brooke Cultra, 95, of Onarga passed away on Monday, November 6th, 2020 at his home.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2:00p.m. on Monday, November 23rd, 2020 at the Onarga Cemetery with military graveside rites by the American Legion in Onarga. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga is handling the service. 

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James Elwin Styck Sr., 88, of Watseka

James Elwin Styck Sr., 88, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on January 10, 1932 in Enos, IN, the son of James Elsworth and Francis (Parks) Styck. James married Ruby (Lee) Styck on November 17, 1949 in Kankakee, IL and she preceded him in death in 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Audrey; a son, Russell; a brother, Eugene; a sister, Helen Brown; a great-granddaughter, Anna; and a son-in-law, John.
He is survived by one son James Jr. (Kathy) Styck of Watseka; two daughters Cindy (Randy) Trumble of Watseka and Denise (Robin) Scherch of Maryland; nine grandchildren Elaina, Jamie, Dustin, Darcey, Deanna, Janessa, Bethany, Tabitha and Lori; ten great-grandchildren Stephanie, Quinton, Kourtney, Gwendolyn, Clay, Kinzie, Bronson, Parker, Tyler and Alexandra; his beloved dog, Molly; and many nieces and nephews.
James was an Iroquois County Deputy Sheriff for 20 years, amongst previous Law Enforcement positions in Kankakee County. He also worked for UARCO for 16 years, where he was an Electrician. James was a Bulldozer Operator for his father’s company. From 1949-1952, James served in the Civil Air Patrol. He enjoyed shooting guns, metal detecting, flying planes, and was a member of the Sheldon Masonic Lodge.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 10:00am until the 12:00pm Masonic funeral rites, followed by the funeral service, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.

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Edward F. Galloway, 83, of Watseka

Edward F. Galloway, 83, of Watseka passed away on Friday, November 13th at Watseka Rehab and Healthcare.

 

A graveside service is set for Thursday, November 19th 2020 at 1:00p.m. at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka is handling arrangements. 

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Fredna Ray Glover, 80, of Milford, IL

Fredna Ray Glover, 80, of Milford passed away on Friday, November 13th, 2020 at her home in Milford. 

 

A private graveside service will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford at a later date. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Milford in handling arrangements. 

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Virginia Meyer, 99, of Urbana formerly of Onarga, IL

Viriginia Meyer, 99, of Urbana, formerly of Onarga, IL passed away on Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at Bookdale Urbana.

 

A Memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at the Onarga Cemetery. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga will be conducting the services. 

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Joan D. Rudin, 71, of Cissna Park, IL

Joan D. Rudin, 71, of Cissna Park passed away on Nov. 13th, 2020 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. 

 

A drive-thru visitation is set for Monday, Nov. 16th, 2020 from 3-5:30p.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. 

 

A private funeral service will held with the burial at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park will be conducting the services. 

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Mary Jane Zumwalt, 92 of Sheldon

Mary Jane Zumwalt, 92, of Sheldon passed away on Wednesday, Nov, 11th, 2020 at Sheldon Healthcare. 

 

A private graveside service at the Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon. 

 

The Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka is in charge of the service. 

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Donna Dae Morts, 73, of Milford

Donna Dae Morts, 73, of Milford, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2020, at Riverside Medical Center, in Kankakee.

 

Donna was born on May 15, 1947, in Watseka, the daughter of Donald and Eunice (Day) Eighner. She married Stephen Morts on July 7, 1968, in Watseka. He survives.

 

She is also survived by one son- Scott Morts of Milford; three grandchildren- Ethan, Emma and Evelyn Morts all of Milford; two brothers- Richard (Barb) Eighner of Watseka and David Eighner of Okeechobee, FL; one sister- Carolyn (Ron) Schomhe of Okeechobee, FL; mother-in-law-Marie Morts of Hoopeston; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Donna graduated from Sheldon High School, in 1965. After high school, she attended Weaver Airline School, in Kansas City, MO. She worked in airline reservations, in New York City, after airline school. Donna enjoyed crafting, gardening, flowers, taking care of her cats and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Due to current Covid-19 health concerns, private family services will he held. She will be laid to rest in Sugar Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Milford Swimming Pool or Milford Ambulance Service.

 

The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Donna’s life.

 

Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:

 

www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com

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Mary L. Main, 71, of Gilman

Mary L. Main, 71, of Gilman passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at her home. She was born on June 15, 1949 in Evansville, IN, the daughter of Harold T. and Violet L. (Meredith) Cobb.

She married William John Gayle Main III on July 9, 1983 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Main is survived by one son, Robert C. (Jennifer) Pierce of Sheldon; one daughter, Danielle D. (Jason) Zaricor of Gilman; one sister, Darlene (David) Norvell of Thawville; one brother, Floyd Cobb of Gilman; and several grandchildren.

Mary’s hobbies included crafting, interior design, sewing, and baking.
Private graveside services will be held at Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery in Thawville on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Memorials may be made to the family's wishes.

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Arthur W. Yergler, 84, of Addison

Arthur W. Yergler, 84, of Addison passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Amita Hospice in Elk Grove Village. He was born on August 31, 1936 in Cissna Park, the son of William and Esther (Bauer) Yergler.

He married Roseann Zahn-Yergler in Palos Park on May 12, 2007 and she survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Heidi (John) Herrmann of Manhattan and Jori (Scott) Mendel of La Jolla, CA; one son, Daniel (Margota) Yergler of Stockholm, Sweden; eight grandchildren, Aidan, Zoe, and Oliver Mendel, Elias and Sofia Yergler, and Karleigh, Michelle, and Nicolas Herrmann; one sister, Mary Anne (Buss) Rassi of Milford, IN; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Yergler of Cissna Park; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wally and Harry Yergler; and one son, William “Billy” Yergler.

Mr. Yergler was a member of Compass Church in Wheaton and was a choir director for 35 years at Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields. He was a member of many music associations over the years and traveled throughout Europe with his high school choirs. Art also enjoyed golf and was caddy master at Olympia Fields Country Club for 10 years. He was an avid Cubs fan, and enjoyed visiting with people and telling stories.

Private funeral services will be held at the Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park on Monday, November 9, 2020. Burial will follow at the Cissna Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Compass Church in Wheaton or the Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Alan "Art" DeWitt, 67, of Martinton

Alan “Art” DeWitt, 67, of Martinton, IL died Monday November 2, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born March 4, 1953 at St. Mary’s hospital in Kankakee, the son of Jack and Mary (Shyke) DeWitt.

Art attended the Martinton Grade School until the age of 7 when his family moved to Watseka. The remainder of his education was completed at Watseka Community Schools. Art married Julie Pelehowski on October 23, 1976. They lived in Martinton and raised three daughters. Art was elected the Martinton Township Road Commissioner in 1993. He continued to hold that position for 27 years until his recent retirement. At one time he was an Iroquois County board member, a volunteer of the Martinton Fire Protection District, as well as a member of the Martinton Lions Club. One of his first jobs was at the Quality grocery store in Watseka. Art thought this earned him the right to “take” a caramel each time he shopped there, nearly daily, until they closed their doors. He enjoyed his work operating heavy equipment for employers including the Iroquois County Highway Department, Triangle Construction, Iroquois Paving Company, as well as others. Art was often quoted as saying “I built this road”, especially while committing traffic offenses.

Art enjoyed spending time with his grandkids most of all. He enjoyed breakfasts at VIPs restaurant, boating with family, cooking for family, glasses of ice-cold Pepsi and iced tea, mowing his grass, and watching Westerns, especially Rio Bravo. Art was quite the quick-witted comedian and always enjoyed making people laugh, even if it was at their own expense.

Surviving are three daughters, Erin (Delaney) Gwaltney, Erica (Brent) Carlson, Bethany DeWitt, and one bonus son Darren DeWitt; as well as his pride and joy, 7 grandchildren: Ty and Ava Carlson, Grayson and Ryder Gwaltney, Lennon DeWitt, and bonus grandchildren Preston and Dylan DeWitt.

Art is also survived by his aunts, Eileen (Shyke) Ratliff, Margaret (Shyke) Leveque, and Betty (Brown) DeWitt; an older sister, Kathy (Kevin) Webster, and his younger, more handsome, brother, Charlie (Pam) DeWitt. He is also survived by his ex-wife Julie (Pelehowski) DeWitt, many cousins, and nieces and nephews David DeWitt, Lindsay (Webster) Maple, Teri (Webster) Tincher, Danny DeWitt, Wesley DeWitt, Landon Webster, and Emily (DeWitt) Martin; and 10 great-nieces and nephews.

Art’s last wish was that his brother Charlie fill his shoes as the “boss” of the family.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Jack and Mary DeWitt, his older brother Steve DeWitt, and younger brother Bob DeWitt.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am on Friday, November 6, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. Fr. Dan Belanger will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. The family kindly asks that you please wear a facemask and practice responsible social distancing.

Memorials may be made to “Family’s Wishes” as they plan to use the funds for a Martinton Park project.

Please share a memory of Art at baierfuneralhome.com.

“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please.” -John Wayne

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Constance Pauline Schmid, 92, of Gilman

Constance Pauline Schmid, 92, of Gilman, passed away on Friday, October 30, 2020 at her residence.

Constance was born January 23, 1928 in Grand Haven, MI, the daughter of Frank and Tressie (Kissack) Scheiwe. She married Charles E. Schmid on May 21, 1950 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on October 8, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by three sons, Vance (Joan) Schmid of Marion, Gary (Joyce) Schmid of Gilman, and Bret (Candyce) Schmid of Gilman; eight grandchildren, Sherrean Newlin, Chad Schmid, Ginger Meyer, Graham Schmid, Jenny Rutledge, Jaye Dietz, Brant Schmid, Brittany Edwards; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Along with her husband, they operated the family business, The Palace Theatre in Gilman. She was an avid piano player who loved crafting, her dogs, traveling with her husband, Chuck, and especially loved her family. She will be greatly missed.

An outdoor gathering will take place from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Gilman Cemetery. Funeral services will follow the gathering at 2:00 p.m. at the cemetery with Vicki Killus officiating.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Gilman Fire Department, or donor’s choice.

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