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Obituaries Archives for 2021-12

Dorothy M. Riebe, 92, of Clifton

Dorothy M. Riebe, 92, passed away at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth on Monday, December 27, 2021. Previously a long-term resident of Clifton, Illinois.

She was born on October 22, 1929 in Clifton, the daughter of Edward T. and Mary (Riordan) Mathy. She was the 8th of 11 children.

She was preceded in death by her husband(s), Virgil Kroll and Lowell Riebe. Virgil died in a car accident on February 14, 1955. Dorothy married Lowell on January 28, 1961. Lowell passed away on November 29, 2003.

She was preceded in death by Marie (Mathy) and George Fortino, Eileen (Mathy) and Richard Yonke, Russell and Rosella Mathy, Maxine (Mathy) and Howard Middleton, Donald Mathy, Duane and Jennie Mathy, Laverne and Zeah Mathy, Marilyn (Mathy) and Harold Bertrand, and William and MaryAnn (Mathy) Green, and Edward (Betty Graham) Mathy.

Dorothy is survived by her son, David Kroll of Clifton, daughter and son-in-law, Brenda (Kroll) and Rick Kuntz of Chebanse and daughter Lori Riebe of Clifton. Also grandchildren, Tracy (Nic) Rohr of Chebanse, Todd (Heather) Kuntz of Bourbonnais, Tiffany (George) Poe of Watseka, Scott Kroll of Joilet, Martin Kroll of Danforth. Great grandchildren Ellery, Max, Magnus, and Alex Rohr, Chase, Isabelle, Ty Kuntz, Diamond Kohl and great-great granddaughter Galaxy Kohl.

She attended Vanderpoorten Schools for eight years, located on the corner of Clifton Road and Rt. 49. She attended Ash-Clif High School where she was a 1947 graduate.

Dorothy worked at Clifton Grade School as a cook, at Clifton House Restaurant, Eat-Da-Voo Restaurant, Village Inn, Russ & Rosie’s, and Cabery Bar and Grill.

She was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton. She was the annual chairperson of chicken dinner for many years and a member of CCW and honored as “woman of the year”. She was also a member of the Clifton Women’s Club, Legion Auxiliary, and numerous bowling teams over the years. She went to several state tournaments and brought home many patches, pins, and trophies. Dorothy was an avid Cubs and Bulls fan. She was finally able to see her beloved Cubs win a World Series in 2016. She was also able to see Michael Jordan play at the United Center.

Visitation will be at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton with Father Vern Arseneau officiating. Burial will follow at the Clifton Cemetery.

Benjamin M. Warren, 26, of Sheldon

Benjamin M. Warren, 26, of Sheldon passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He was born on July 17, 1995, in Danville, IL, the son of Michael and Beth (Bleich) Warren. Survivors include his parents Mike and Beth Warren of Sheldon; one sister Catherine (Nicolas) Long of Zionsville, IN; three nephews: Everett, Oliver, and Alden Long; paternal grandmother Anne Warren and Scott Burdick of Sullivan, IL; two aunts: Karen (Dean) Storm of Ashkum and Kristine Burdick of Ashkum; one uncle Lyle (Marcy) Warren of Las Vegas, NV; three cousins: Rachel Warren, Kyle Burdick, Nathan Burdick. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Lawson and Marian Bleich, paternal grandfather Walter Warren, and one uncle Dean Bleich.

Ben was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka and was employed as a Parts Specialist at Watseka Ford. He loved his dog Ellie, enjoyed rebuilding cars, and was a kind, respectful, and loving son.

Private visitation and funeral services will be held at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Rev. Aaron Uphoff officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Reading Group in Champaign, IL.

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

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Rose Marie Fanning, 70, of Iroquois

Rose Marie Fanning, 70, of Iroquois passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021 at her home in Iroquois. She was born on August 3, 1951 in Gary, IN, the daughter of Lawrence J. and Nadean (Simington) Burke. Rose married Gilbert Fanning in Milford on June 5, 1971 and he preceded her in death on February 7, 2020.

Surviving are one daughter, Lacie Fanning of Iroquois; granddaughter, Nadia Fanning of Iroquois; and two brothers.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one sister, Roberta Merkel.

Mrs. Fanning enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. There will be no services at this time.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Rose at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Lois G.M. Finegan, 93, of Danforth

Lois G.M. Finegan, 93, of Danforth passed away on Saturday, December 25, 2021 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Lois was born on January 5, 1928 in Ashkum, the daughter of Frank B. and Susanna (Gerdes) Weber and they preceded her in death. She married James Robert Finegan on March 31, 1951 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum and he preceded her in death on May 18, 2013.

She is survived by one daughter, JoAnn (William) Lucera of Rantoul; one son, Jerome (Sharlene) Finegan of Ashkum; five grandchildren, Vanessa (Kenneth) Peterson of Edwards, Jon (Danielle) Lucera of Tiffin, IA, Sarah (Tim) Davis of Clifton, Jared (Misha) Finegan of Ashkum, and Tyler (Britni) Finegan of Ashkum; fourteen great-grandchildren, Halle and Kathryn Peterson, Thomas Finegan and Charlotte Lucera, Hannah, Hunter, Wyatt, and Jackson Davis, Alivia, Braylon, and Ainsley Porter, and Anderson, Elliott, and Hendrix Finegan; and one brother, Dale (Evelyn) Weber of Ashkum.

Lois was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum, CCW, and Ladies of American Legion Auxiliary in Gilman. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, baking, and her family. She was a supportive farm wife who loved helping on the family farm in all different aspects.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum. Fr. Dennis Spies will officiate. Burial will follow at Ashkum Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ladies of American Legion Auxiliary in Gilman or the Assumption BVM Catholic CCW in Ashkum.

Larry Hofer, 80, of Rankin

Larry Hofer, 80, of Rankin, passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021 at his home.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 26, 2021 from 4-6pm at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin.  Additional visitation will be held on Monday, December 27, 2021, from 10am until the 11am funeral service, also at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin.  Burial will follow at Rankin Union Cemetery.  Sign his guestbook at www.coxknapp.com

 

Betty J. James, 97, of Watseka

Betty J. James, 97, of Watseka passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City. She was born on July 15, 1924 in Goodland, Indiana, the daughter of William H. H. and Essie M. (Hanes) Crawford and they preceded her in death. Betty married Parker A. James in Watseka on February 26, 1943 and he preceded her in death on December 31, 2016.

Betty is survived by one son, William (Anne) James of Milford; one daughter, Elizabeth (Lavonne) Cotter of Onarga; five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Betty was also preceded in death by two brothers, one half-brother and three half-sisters.

She was a member of the Woodland Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Home Science Club.

Memorial service for Betty will be at noon on Monday, December 27, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with the Rev. Stephen Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service also at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Arrangements by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Thomas Rayford Hamilton, 77, of Gilman

Thomas Rayford Hamilton, 77, of Gilman passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the Med Center Health in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was born on March 9, 1944 in Gilman, the son of Basil and Mary Pauline (Westbrook) Hamilton Sr. He married Nancy Peters in Onarga on November 24, 1963.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Hamilton of Gilman; two daughters, Cindy Guttendorf of Gilman and Cathy (Tim) Thorne of Onarga; one brother, Basil Hamilton Jr. of Bowling Green, Kentucky; two sisters, Debbie (Bobby) Bigler of Clifton and Sandy Rady of Houma, Louisiana; and four grandchildren, Ray Thomas (Sarah) Guttendorf, Clayton Thorne, Dane Thorne, and Maggie Thorne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gwin McIlwain; one son-in-law, Ray Guttendorf; and one sister-in-law, Brenda Hamilton.

Thomas was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. He graduated in 1963 from Gilman High School. He was a member of the Gilman American Legion Post 499. He was a paramedic for the Gilman Ambulance for thirteen years. Thomas was involved with the Special Olympics for ten years. He videotaped football games for twenty years for Gilman and Iroquois West Football Games. He was involved with the Santa Claus train for two years. Thomas played dartball for many years on the Lutheran League. He was an active beekeeper for fifteen years. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing and watching his grandkids in sports.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Pete Hinrich officiating. Burial will be immediately following the funeral service in the Gilman Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Gilman American Legion Post 499. Visitation will be two hours prior beginning at 9:00 a.m. also at the church.

Memorials may be made to GODS Food Pantry in Gilman.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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

Rodney "Butch" Schroeder, 61, of Milford

Rodney “Butch” Schroeder, 61, of Milford, IL, passed away at 2:20 A.M. Monday December 20, 2021, at his home.  Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.   

Scott Richard Hill, 62, of Watseka

Scott Richard Hill, 62, of Watseka passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on December 3, 1959, in Watseka, the son of Richard O. and Darlene (Light) Hill.

Scott is survived by his mother, Darlene Hill of Sheldon; one sister, Kelly (Bill Marshall) Janak of Sheldon; two children, Cory Hill of Bamberg, South Carolina and Aaron Hill of Milford; three grandchildren, Tyler, Sutton, and Allison Hill; and one niece, Brittany Janak.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard O. Hill.

Scott loved farming and pickup trucks. He was a jack of all trades.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with private burial at the Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to the family to help pay for funeral expenses.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

William Herschel "Billy" Pierce II, 55, of Onarga

William Herschel “Billy” Pierce II, 55, of Onarga, IL, passed away at 4:27 A.M. Friday December 17, 2021, at his home.  He was born February 21, 1966, in Watseka, IL, the son of William (Linda) Herschel and Judy Haxton (Wayne) Frederick.  He married Jamie Seggebruch on October 2, 1999, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hoopeston.  She survives in Onarga.   

He is also survived by his mother and step-father, Judy and Wayne Frederick of Hoopeston, IL; his father and step-mother, William and Linda Herschel of Danville, IL; two daughters, Marissa and Katherine Pierce of Loda, IL; two sons, Lance Pierce of Milford, IL and Evan Seggebruch of Onarga, IL; two sisters, Starla Anderson of Cissna Park, IL and Crystal Pierce of Danville, IL; 7 grandchildren, Kaden Kelley, Kalie Kelley, John Poindexter, David Pierce, Elexsis Poindexter, Makalynn Pierce, and Emma Graham; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Layton and Kim Seggebruch of Onarga, IL; brother-in-law, Josh (Jamie) Miller of Hoopeston, IL; one niece, Chloe Miller; and 3 nephews, Jason Blackburn, Kyle Blackburn, and Cole Miller. 

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Carol Pierce; step-father, Don England; and one nephew, Cody Frost. 

Billy worked as a supervisor at Howard’s and then went to work for Iroquois Memorial Hospital in the maintenance department.  He later became a concrete finisher for PSI in Kankakee where he worked for many years.  He served in the United States Marine Corps.  He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church- Ash Grove in Onarga, IL.  Billy had served as a Milford Cub Master and was a member of the Pheasants Forever Young Guns and the Loda Sportsman’s Club. He was also a member of the Hoopeston Conservation Club and the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and dartball. Billy enjoyed dressing up as Santa Claus and the Easter bunny for many nursing homes, a tradition which was later carried on by his children. 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday December 22, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.   The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday December 23, 2021, at St. Johns Lutheran Church- Ash Grove, 1180 E. 1000 N. Road, Onarga, IL, with Rev. Michael Ruhlig officiating.   Burial will follow in St. Johns Ash Grove Cemetery, with military rites being accorded by the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527. 

Memorials may be made to the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527, 124 S. 2nd St., Cissna Park, IL 60924 or Transitions Hospice 201 N. Randolph St. Champaign, IL 61820. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Billy’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

Ardene Bernice Glover, 87, of Monterey, TN

Ardene Bernice Glover, 87, of Monterey, TN passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at her daughter’s home.

Ardene was born June 27, 1934 in Buckley, the daughter of George and Minnie (Wagner) Dippel and they preceded her in death. She married John Glover Sr. in Hoopeston on July 17,1970 and he preceded her in death on June 15, 1992. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Marlin and Roy Dippel and one sister, Laverne Morton.

She is survived by eight children, Richard (Mary) Henson of Chandler, IN, Larry Henson of Rickman, TN, Kenneth Henson of Hoopeston, Marcia (Joe) Mayberry of Loves Park, IL, Karen Hedgecoth of Monterey, TN, John (Ann) Glover Jr. of Ocala, FL, Jill Glover of Elk Fork, KY, and Michael (Amy) Glover of Duck, WV; three sisters-in-law, Ruthie Dippel of Peoria, Joann Binkley of Sparta, TN, and Marcia Smith of Hoopeston; twenty-five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wellington, IL, Crossville, TN, and West Liberty, KY. Ardene was an avid bible reader and enjoyed sewing, especially making Christmas gifts for all of her family.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes to help pay for funeral costs.

Jacob Kilby, 35, of Danforth

Jacob Kilby, 35, of Danforth passed away on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on January 16, 1986 in Kankakee, the son of Pamela Sue (Kuipers) Kilby.

He is survived by his mother, Pamela (Kuipers) Kilby of Danforth; brother, Michael Kilby of Danforth; aunts and uncles, Bev Kuipers of Danforth, Steve and Linda Kuipers of Danforth, Jerry and Karen Kuipers of Danforth, and Linda and Gary Croy of Des Moines, IA; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by two uncles, Danny Kuipers and Mark Seaman; and his sister, Jennifer Kilby.
Jacob graduated from Iroquois West High School and Eureka College, where he was a member of the TKE Fraternity. He enjoyed all sports, and loved the Bulls, White Sox, Packers, and Michigan Wolverines. Jacob had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Rev. Brian King will officiate. Burial will follow at Danforth Cemetery in Danforth.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to ASPCA Animal Rescue or Donor’s Choice.

Philip A. Carlson, 79, of Donovan

Philip A. Carlson, 79, of Donovan passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at his residence.
He was born on October 16, 1942 in Watseka, the son of Haymond “Sie” and Louise Angeline (Johnson) Carlson. He married Deborah Chapelle on August 8, 1992 at Central Christian Church in Bourbonnais and she survives.

Besides his wife, Deborah Carlson of Donovan, he is survived by two sons, Derek Carlson of Watseka and Rick Noto of Bourbonnais; one daughter, Alise Recinos of California; one granddaughter, Annabella Recinos; two brothers, Brian Lee Carlson of Metropolis, IL and Paul “Pup” (Glenda) Carlson of Watseka.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Nancy Carlson.

Philip was a former Fire Chief of Donovan Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America where he received several awards. In 1960 he became an Eagle Scout and in 1983 he received his highest honor, The Silver Beaver. Philip was a 20-year member of the Disciples of Christ Church in Watseka and attended the Covenant Federated Church in Kentland. He worked as an electrician for Ford Motor Co. in Chicago Heights for forty years.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka as well as one hour prior to the funeral service.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Covenant Federated Church in Kentland. Rev. Wayne Meyer will officiate. Burial will follow at Beaver Cemetery in Donovan.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Disciples of Christ Churches.

Debbie Wessels, 72, of Iroquois

Debra A. Wessels, 72, of Iroquois passed away on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on June 27, 1949 in Watseka, the daughter of Melvin and Barbara (Baker) Obenland. Debbie married Charles F. Wessels on August 24, 1969 in Iroquois.

Surviving Debra are her husband, Charlie Wessels of Iroquois; one daughter, Kendra (Harold) Warner of Clifton; one son, Brandon (Miki Stratford) Wessels of Little Elm, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Wessels of Crescent City; one brother, Mark Obenland of Iroquois; one sister, Kathy (Raymond) Galyen of Iroquois; five grandchildren, Cauy Warner, Nathan Warner, Evan Warner, Jacob Wessels, and Allison Wessels.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Timothy Wessels.

Debbie was an admissions and marketing director for area nursing homes for 25 years and a director of the Newton County Community Services for the last eight years. She was a licensed beautician for 52 years. Debbie also served the community as an EMT for Concord Fire and as a local election judge.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 20, 2021 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Private funeral services will be at the Baier Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Debbie at www.baierfuneralhome.com.

Christine (Chrissy) Marie O'Connor 54 of Plymouth, WI

Christine (Chrissy) Marie O’Connor 54 of Plymouth, WI passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on December 13. Chrissy was born in Kankakee, IL on St. Paddy’s Day in 1967 to Patricia (Michl) and Robert Swinford.

She was a 1985 graduate of Central High School of Clifton and still has many dear friends in the area. Chrissy married Phil O’Connor in Chebanse in 1990. Over the years, Chrissy worked as an airline customer service agent. She also ran an in-home daycare leaving a positive impact on a lot of children. Chrissy’s biggest passion and crowning achievement is raising sons. She helped them grow from kids to young men of whom Chrissy and Phil are very proud. Chris loved to travel and was able to see the sights in twenty-five countries. From the time they were little, the boys accompanied Chris and Phil on most of their travels. She was also an avid reader, sharing that love with her husband. Chrissy had a kind and generous heart and was always willing and able to help others even if it took twenty-two hours of flying to be there for them. She had a way of making people comfortable around her and was a superlative hostess.

Chrissy is survived by husband Phil, sons Damon (Leith Li) and Ian. She is also survived by two brothers, Mark Swinford (Laurie) of Chebanse and Alan Swinford (Robin) of Manteno. Chrissy also left behind many nieces and nephews whom she treasured.

Chrissy was predeceased by her parents Pat and Bob Swinford.

A Visitation will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, IL on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 2:00-5:00 PM.

Online memorial donations may be made in Christine’s name to the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, WI at ssrhospicehome.org.

Please share a memory of Chrissy at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Allen "Al" Castonguay, 69, of Milford

Allen L. “Big Al” Castonguay, 69, of Milford passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at his residence. Al was born on June 5, 1952 in Watseka, the son of Milton “Cass” and Patricia (Allen) Castonguay. He married Debbie Daschner in Milford on September 1, 1989.

Surviving are his wife, Debbie Castonguay of Milford; two sons, Jay (Fiancé, Ginny) Castonguay of Milford and Aaron (Fiancé, Tammy) Castonguay of Crescent City; three step daughters, April (Duane) Schmedeke of Rochester, Amy Bickers of Sheldon, and Candace Kissack of Milford; ten grandchildren, Taylor Quick, Sierra Castonguay, Zach Castonguay, Shay Hankey, Josi, Ben, and Addi Schmedeke, Jace and Hunter Boyer, and Ella Kissack; his dog, Chelsea; and two brothers, Mark Castonguay of Lake Mills, Wisconsin and Jeff Castonguay of California.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Eric; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Castonguay; and his dog, Maggie.

Mr. Castonguay was a member of the Milford Christian Church in Milford. He proudly served in the Army Reserves from 1971 – 1977. Al worked at UARCO/Standard Register for 31 years and most recently worked for the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department as a Correctional Officer until retiring in 2016. He was a member of the Iroquois County and Watseka Auxiliary Police. Al enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, and his dog.

Funeral services for Al will be at the Milford Christian Church on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Milford Christian Church. Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites.

Memorials may be made to Prairie States Christian Camp in Watseka.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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

Patricia E. Maxwell, 76, of Piper City

Patricia E. Maxwell, 76, of Piper City passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. She was born on August 28, 1945 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Laverne (Patchak) Migala and they preceded her in death along with one brother, Dennis Migala.

Patricia married John Maxwell on April 6, 1974 in Chicago and he preceded her in death on May 26, 1998.

Patricia is survived by her step children, Aleatha (Alex) Pardi of Salinas, CA and Erin Maxwell of Panama City, FL; one brother, Phillip Migala of Plymouth, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Angelina Pardi, Alexander Pardi, Lynn Romano, Amber Romano, and Frankie Romano; and several nephews and nieces including her niece, Katrina Hockin of Piper City.

Patricia was an adjudicator for the State of Illinois.

Graveside services for Patricia will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Bethania Cemetery in Justice, Illinois (7701 Archer Ave.).

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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

Jack Franklin Lytle, 81, of Kankakee

Jack Franklin Lytle, 81, of Kankakee, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Ascension Heritage Village in Kankakee.

He was born April 29, 1940, in Kankakee, the son of Frank and Nelda (Mensing) Lytle. He worked 33 years at Armstong and 20 years for the Daily Journal newspaper both located in Kankakee.

Jack is survived by his son, Larry F. Lytle of Clifton; daughter, Patty (James) Longest of Paxton; grandchildren, Matt and Jackie Biggs of Alabama and Mathew F. Lytle of Bradley, Zayne, Holly, Xander and Levi Biggs of Alabama and Hayden Lytle of Bradley, Tanner and Hannah Longest.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Service will be held at a later date.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Dodd Donaldson, 59, of Watseka

Dodd D. Donaldson, 59, of Watseka IL passed away peacefully at home on Monday November 29, 2021. Dodd was born July 14, 1962. The son of Larry and Joy (Redman) Donaldson. Both of whom preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death, his uncle Arthur Donaldson and aunt Gloria.

Dodd is survived by his step mother Patty, sister Dawn, nephew Trevis, niece Stephanie, uncle Tom Donaldson. Other survivors include cousins Dwayne, Dakota and Luke Donaldson, which Dodd lived with his last 7 years. Dodd lived most of his adult life in Marietta Georgia area before returning to Watseka in 2014.

Dodd was a very unique and talented person. He had many interests and skills such as drawing, painting, woodworking and tinkering in the garage. He enjoyed simple things such as warm weather, nice warm home and a few good friends. Dodd rarely met a stranger and was very good at being ornery. One could never be quite sure what he might say next. He was also a determined person, such as reteaching himself to ride a bicycle after having 1 of his legs amputated due to diabetes.

Dodd was cremated and there will be no funeral service. Memorials or donations may be sent to help cover cremation expenses. Please send to 425 N. 5th Street Watseka IL 60970 payable to Dwayne Donaldson.

A gathering of friends will be held at a later date.

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Ora Schroeder, 94, of Milford

Ora Otto Schroeder Jr., 94, of Milford passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at his residence.

Ora was born on March 7, 1927 in Calumet City, the son of Ora Otto and Cinderella (Jones) Schroeder Sr. He married Mary Allen on September 20, 1946 in Milford and she survives.

Besides his wife, Mary Schroeder of Milford, he is survived by three children, Michael Wayne (Connie) Schroeder of Milford, Stephen Patrick (Cathy) Schroeder of Milford, and Sara Lee Janssen of Milford; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Nick, and Harold; and two sisters, Oraleen and Martha.

Ora and Mary were married for seventy-five years. Together they were part of a square dance club. After retiring from Uarco, Ora enjoyed woodworking, especially making signs. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Due to COVID, private family services will be held with burial at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

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Karen Sue Schreck, 64, of Milford

Karen Sue Schreck, 64, of Milford passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

She was born on August 13, 1957 in Watseka, the daughter of Charles E. and Shirley Lee (Allison) Crook and they both preceded her in death.

She is survived by one brother, Charles Lee (Pam Goble) Crook of Hoopeston; one sister, Becky (Charles) Sanders of Nashville, TN; three nephews; three great-nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was a member of Milford Christian Church. She enjoyed cooking and playing games.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 12:00 noon funeral service on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Milford Christian Church. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to Milford Christian Church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Roger Lee Hanford Sr. 67, of Kentland, IN

Roger Lee Hanford Sr, 67 of Kentland, Indiana passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021 near Iroquois. He was born on January 18, 1954 in Watseka, the son of Vernon W. and Marie (Watts) Hanford and they preceded him in death along with his son, Roger Lee “Cricket” Hanford Jr.
Surviving Roger is his sister, Susan Hanford of Watseka; one brother, Vernon Hanford, Jr. of Watseka; and several nephews and nieces, including his niece, Stacey Boyd of Watseka.

Roger enjoyed raising and selling animals. He was a tobacco farmer and was a self-employed contractor.

A memorial service and burial will be held at Ridgeland Twp Cemetery in Thawville at later date.

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois County Animal Rescue (ICARe) in Iroquois.

Arrangements are being handled by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Roger on www.baierfuneralhome.com

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Aaron W. Huckleby, 52 of Milford

Aaron W. Huckleby, 52, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center in Hoopeston. He was born on October 8, 1969 in Wurzburg, Germany, the son of Terry W. Huckleby and Violetta Cooley.

Surviving are his daughter, Morgan Huckleby (Noah Cotton) of Danville; son, Drezden Langdon of Milford; mother, Violetta Cooley of Milford; brother, Anson (Aimee) Huckleby of Wellington, FL; two grandchildren, Clarity and Raiden Cotton; and niece and nephews, Kayla, Logan, and Parker Huckleby.

Aaron was preceded in passing by his father, Terry.

He enjoyed painting and art, as well as had a passion for music.

Cremation rites are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

A memorial service will be at 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the Milford Christian Church in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. A visitation will take place from 11:00-12:30 at church.

Everyone is welcome to wear your favorite concert shirt or favorite band apparel in tribute to Aaron’s love of music.

A private family graveside service at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

Please share a memory of Aaron at knappfuneralhome.com.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Aaron W. Huckleby please visit our Sympathy Store.

Norman Lee Brosseau, 83 of Onarga

Norman Lee Brosseau, 83 of Onarga, IL passed away at his home on Tuesday December 7, 2021, surrounded by family.

Norman was born August 5, 1938, on a farm in Bourbonnais, Illinois the son of Everett and Dorothy (Bigger). Norman married Donna Marnell on February 10, 1962, at Saint Patrick’s Church in Kankakee, Illinois.

He founded Bennett & Brosseau Roofing in 1971, now celebrating its 50th year as a third- generation family business. Norman was also a dedicated member of the Kankakee Roofers Contractor Association, the Chicago, Midwest, and National Roofing Contractor associations. He was also member of the One Hundred Club of Kankakee and Ducks Unlimited.

He moved to Onarga in 1972 with his loving wife of 60 years, Donna Marnell Brosseau and their three children James (Christy)Brosseau of Lemont, Lisa (Mark) Zirkle of Gilman, & Susan Brosseau Lee of Bloomington. He was proud of his family and the home he created.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, including his eight grandchildren. Jonathan Boma, Shelbi Brosseau, Dustin Boma, Taylor (Connor Cavins) Boma, Zachary (Lanie Coules) Brosseau, Nicole Lee, Jordan Lee, Riley Brosseau and one great-grand daughter Noa Grey Cavins. He was very happy Noa made her arrival in time for him to hold her.

Norman had 3 siblings. Betty Windal, Donald (Pat)Brosseau and Kenneth Brosseau, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Everett, mother Dorothy, his grandson Dustin Boma, and his brother Donald Brosseau.

He was an avid sports fan, gardener, and outdoorsman. He loved tailgating at Bears and Illini games with his family and friends. Every day he spent time watching the eagles soar over his pond. He was also a big supporter in his grandchildren’s sports and accomplishments as well.

Norman will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and everyone that had the honor and privilege of knowing him.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
https://www.iroquoismemorial.com/getpage.php?name=Hospice_Services

The Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga is handling arrangements for the family.

Visitation will be Friday December 10th, 3-6 at Life Church 1411 S. Crescent Street, Gilman, IL 60939.

Funeral will be Saturday December 11th, 2021, with visitation from 10-11. Funeral proceedings will start at 11. Rev. James Harkins will officiate. Burial will follow at Onarga Cemetery in Onarga with lunch to follow at Life Church 1411 S Crescent Street, Gilman, IL 60939.

Please share a memory of Norman at knappfuneralhomes.com.

George D. Harvick, 89, of Gilman

George D. Harvick, 89, of Gilman passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at his daughter’s home. He was born on November 13, 1932 in Woodriver, Illinois, the son of George A. and Arena (Merrill) Harvick. He married Ruth J. Perkins in 1954. George later married Judith Uebele Bleich in Danforth on June 17, 1978.

Surviving are his wife, Judith Harvick of Gilman; seven children, David (Suzy) Harvick of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Jim Harvick of Panama City Beach, Florida, Traci (Tom) Houser of Buckley, Jody Harvick of Kentland, Indiana, Terri (Paul) Kingery of Danforth, Juli Bleich Curtis of Gilman and Damon Bleich of Bradley; daughter-in-law, Jean Harvick of Crescent City; fourteen grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; two sisters; and one son, Mark Harvick.

Mr. Harvick attended the Danforth Reformed Church. He retired after 32 years from Armstrong World Industries. George enjoyed traveling and boating. He was a talented artist and loved NASCAR. George was a proud veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Gilman American Legion Post 499. He was a passionate patriot and loved politics.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Don MacDonald III will officiate. Burial will follow in the Danforth Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Gilman American Legion Post 499. The visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to the Gilman American Legion Post 499, Danforth Reformed Church, or donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Darlene F. Larimore, 86, of Milford

Darlene F. Larimore, 86, of Milford passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. She was born on November 7, 1935 in Quincy, the daughter of Wilford and Mary (Ingram) Slater. Darlene married Neil O. Larimore on October 23, 1955 in Hull.

Mrs. Larimore is survived by her husband, Neil Larimore of Milford; four daughters, Teresa (Richard) Hancock of Milford, Deborah (Sid) Allen of Milford, Linda Larimore of Milford, Valerie (Tim) Ward of Milford; one brother, Ernest (Melanie) Slater of Quincy; four sister-in-laws, Cleo Slater Powers of Payson, Donna Mibbs of Havana, Janet (Dan) Bingaman of Barry, and Marcia Copher of Fowler, Indiana; eleven grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Bill Slater and Donald Slater; and sister-in-law, Janet Slater.

Darlene was a member of the Milford Christian Church in Milford. She worked in the Milford High School cafeteria and library and drove a special needs bus for years. Darlene loved jig saw puzzles, reading, word searches, and Milford School activities.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Milford Christian Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Gary Milton and Rev. Brent Zastrow will be officiating. Burial following in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Milford Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Prairie States Camp, Milford Ambulance, Milford Christian Church, or donor’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Dolores Gray, 92, of Ashkum

Dolores Gray, 92, of Ashkum passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

She was born July 24, 1929 in Cornell, IL, the daughter of Earl and Josephine (Downey) King and they preceded her in death. She married Leo F. Gray on October 23, 1948 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum and he preceded her in death on June 23, 1994. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Dean and Dan; one daughter, Darlene; one brother, Merle King; and one grandson, Nathaniel Gray.

She is survived by four daughters, Diana (Bill) Scott of Rockford, Donna (Gary) Willis of Lyles, TN, Denise (Steve) Walker of Knoxville, TN , and Doris (Randy) Wilson of Downs, IL and one daughter-in-law, Lynn Gray of Auburn, CA ; five sons, Don (Pam) Gray of Sanger, TX, Duane (Lynette) Gray of Ocala, FL, Dennis (Cindy) Gray of Martinton, David Gray of Florence, AL; and Darrin Gray of Ashkum; thirty-four grandchildren; forty-five great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.

Dolores graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1947. She was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum, CCW, and retired from the Kankakee State’s Attorney Office. Dolores always enjoyed the big family gatherings, especially during the holidays. Gardening brought her great joy and her favorite was red roses. She also enjoyed crocheting.

The family greatly appreciates the friendships and loving care our mom received at Prairieview Lutheran Home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum. Rev. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow at Ashkum Catholic Cemetery in Ashkum.

Memorials may be made to Masses (Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum) or American Cancer Society.

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

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