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Obituaries Archives for 2022-04

Todd A. Rohlfs, 51, of Watseka

Todd A. Rohlfs, 51, of Watseka passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022 at his home in Watseka. He was born on November 4, 1970, in Kankakee County, the son of Roger D. and Terrie (Ferris) Rohlfs. Both of his parents preceded him in passing.

He is survived by two daughters and one son, Jessica Drewer of Edwardsville, IL, Michael Daniel of Bradley, IL, and Micaela Leon of Streetsboro, OH; and two brothers, Tim Rohlfs of Michigan and Tad (Yamei) Rohlfs of Watseka.

Todd served in the United States Army. He was a great father, loved animals, enjoyed making people laugh, and was very strong willed. He loved to “tinker” with various mechanical projects and was very handy.

Cremation rites are being handled by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Immediately following the visitation, there will be a gathering at The Rohlfs’ residence.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Please share a memory of Todd at baierfuneralhome.com.

Betty McClure, 82, of Wellington

Betty McClure, 82, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 5:35 P.M. Tuesday April 26, 2022, at her home. Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.

Carol A. Meyer, 74 of Watseka

Carol A. Meyer, 74 of Watseka passed away on Saturday April 23, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on February 6, 1948 in Watseka a daughter of Carl and Joanne (Jones) Templin. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter Shannon Marie Martin. Carol is survived by her husband- Rev. Wayne R. Meyer, one son- Nicholas (Kelli) Peters of Watseka, children- Hayden and RJ; one daughter- Karlie (Shawn) Peters- Vercruysse of Bourbonnais, children- Nixon, Asher, and Kashton; two step sons- Wayne (Vickie) Meyer of LeRoy, children- Trey and Colin; and Nathan (Karin) Meyer of Louisville, KY, children- Kadin, Jackson, Grayson, and Emery; one step daughter- Patia Adonis of Louisville, KY, children- Aydin, Aaliyah, and Ace; two sisters- Shellie Billingsley of Sheldon and Liz Severin of Messyrock, WA; two brothers- Eric Templin of Santa Ana, CA and Fritz Templin of Murrieta, CA. She leaves behind a host of friends and Amanda, her foreign exchange student from Brazil.

Carol was a worker, but remembered most from her daycare, “Carol’s Care” and dog breeding business, “Carol’s Critters”. She enjoyed traveling to England, Europe, Brazil, Jamaica, Maui, Canada, and coast to coast in the USA. All her life, her home was a constant place of joy, with many staying for a while. Carol loved her grandchildren, flowers, painting, clothing, dressing up, jewelry, cooking, reading and animals. She enjoyed music, dancing, concerts, and games. Carol had many dear friendships, was an active participant of Covenant Federated Church in Kentland, and graduated from KCC.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday May 1, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A celebration of life service will be at noon on Sunday May 22, 2022 at Covenant Federated Church in Kentland.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Covenant Federated Church.

Judy L. Bryant, 81, of Watseka, formerly of Milford

Judy L. Bryant, 81, of Watseka, formerly of Milford, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022 at her residence. She was born on May 10, 1940 in Fowler, Indiana, a daughter of Francis L. and Bertha B. (Pew) Giroux and they preceded her in death. She married Cecil Bryant Jr. on January 24, 1976 in Kankakee and he preceded her in death on September 21, 2008.

Judy is survived by two daughters, Lori (Mike) St. Peter of Cissna Park and Linda (David) Dexter of Crescent City; one son, Tim (Ruby) Krueger of Ashton; eleven grandchildren, Tonya Guerrero, Nicholas St. Peter, Sara St. Peter, Ashlee St. Peter, Joshua Castonguay, Jamie Dexter, Kara Dexter, Robert Hernandez, Gabriel Hernandez, Irene Roberts, Michael Hernandez; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one sister, Geri (Royce) Foley of Milford.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Judy was a member of Milford Christian Church. She loved watching all sports events. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Funeral services will follow 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Gary Milton officiating. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

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

Please share a memory of Judy at www.knappfuneralhome.com.

Daniel Joseph Sutter, 79, of Carmel, IN, formerly of Rossville, IL and Murray, KY

Daniel Joseph Sutter, 79, of Carmel, IN, formerly of Rossville, IL and Murray, KY, passed away at 6:15 A.M. Tuesday April 19, 2022, at Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN.  He was born March 23, 1943, in St. Louis, MO, the son of Edward J. and Audrey (Ortwerth) Sutter.  He married Earlene Chiles on June 29, 1963, in St. Louis, MO.  She preceded him in death. 

He is survived by one daughter, Ellen (Rusty) Allen of Westerville, OH; one son, Andrew (Kerri) Sutter of Woodstock, IL; six grandchildren, Matthew (Audrey) Allen and Tyler Allen, Morgan (Adam) Gress, and Michael, Mason, and Meghan Sutter; four great-grandchildren, Kinsey and Adeline Allen and Sawyer and Saylor Sutter; and one niece, Cyndi Clark.  He is also survived by his significant other, Maggie Potter of Hoopeston, IL. 

In addition to his wife, Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and one sister, Kathy. 

Dan worked at Howard Industries as the former Plant Manager, until his retirement.  He served in the United States Navy from September 15, 1961, to September 14, 1965, where he obtained the rank of Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician Second Class (AX2). Throughout the years, he enjoyed recalling his time served in Spain, Gibraltar, Sicily, Crete, Scotland, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Dan also served as a former Secretary, President, and Chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4464 of Murray, KY.  He enjoyed do-it-yourself home projects, golfing, playing pool, and fishing. 

A visitation will be held 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Tuesday April 26, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and begin at 12:30 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Otis Bowen Veterans House, 2669 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Anthony W. Woods, 52, of Sheldon

Anthony W. Woods, 52, of Sheldon passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born on September 10, 1969 in Watseka, the son of Ivan and Juanita (Brady) Woods. He married Jennifer McMasters in Sheldon on April 13, 1996.

Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Woods of Granite City; four children, Ethan McMasters of Edwardsville, Kaden Woods of Hartford, Kelon Woods of Granite City, and Makaina Woods of Granite City; and one sister, Trina (Gary) Martell of Beaverville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Teri Woods.

Anthony enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Please share a memory of Anthony at baierfuneralhome.com.

Stanley William Inman, 61, of Hoopeston, IL

Stanley William Inman, 61, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:00 A.M. Monday April 18, 2022, at his home.  He was born January 16, 1961, in Danville, IL, the son of Kenny and Ruby (Hoover) Inman.  He married Terri Jo Allen on November 21, 1990, in Watseka, IL.  She survives in Hoopeston. 

He is also survived by two sons, Corey Inman of Jacksonville, IL and Cody (Jessica) Inman of Potomac, IL; one brother, Bruce Inman (Charlene Slaughter) of Hoopeston, IL; one sister-in-law, Debbie (Joe) Castillo of Hoopeston, IL; five grandchildren, Delaney, Rosie, Ivy, Easton, and Michael Inman; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sherrill Contreras; and one brother, Donald Inman, Sr. 

Stan was a maintenance mechanic at Eagle Wings and Hoopeston Foods. He also owned and operated Stan’s Small Engine Repair.  He served as a coach for several different sports while his boys were growing up and helped build the playground in Wellington.  Stan enjoyed racing with his sons, watching the Chicago Cubs and Indiana Hoosiers, fishing, and watching his grandchildren play sports. 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and a visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday April 28, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday April 29, 2022, at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, with Rev. Sally Swan officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Mary Knapp, 92, of Bloomington formerly of Cissna Park

Mary Jane Knapp, 92 of Bloomington and formerly of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday April 20, 2022 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury. She was born on April 24, 1929 in Hoopeston, IL a daughter of John Vernon and Helen Aletha (Thornburg) Gholson. Mary married Earl E. Knapp in Peoria on November 27, 1947 and he preceded her in death on January 28, 2001. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters, and one daughter-Cathy Knapp. Surviving are two daughters- Barbara Knapp of Bloomington and Sue Knapp (Jamison Shefts) of Dunlap; two sons- Ronald (Darleen) Knapp of Bloomington and Rick Knapp (Caron Boland) of Daphne, AL; five grandchildren- Daniel (Shelley) Knapp, Tyler (Kristy) Knapp, Erin (Tyler) Sands, Clayton Vazis, and Carly (Luke) Chitwood; five great grandchildren- Taylor Knapp, Simone Knapp, Graham Knapp, Theo Sands, and Tanner Sands; two sisters-Alice Butts of Danville and Shirley Sondgerath of Ambia, IN.

Mary was a member of the Bloomington Apostolic Christian Church.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday April 25, 2022 at the Bloomington Apostolic Christian Church. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am at the church with ministers of the church officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday April 25, 2022 at the Cissna Park Apostolic Christian Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action network (pancan.org) or Robert H. Lurie of Northwestern University (Breast Cancer fund).

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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

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Dorothy Mae Rudisill, 90, of Watseka

Dorothy Mae Rudisill, 90, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at her residence.

Dorothy was born on November 11, 1931 in Chatsworth, the daughter of Everett Gordon and Gertrude Mae (Miller) Brammer and they preceded her in death. She married David Rudisill on October 7, 1950 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on September 7, 1979. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Audrey Dietcher; and one son, David Dean Rudisill.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Kay Ricciuto of Watseka and Jill Ann Rudisill of Watseka; four grandchildren, David “D.D.”, Jacob, Kenneth, and Daniel Rudisill; and five great-grandchildren, Devin, Caleb, Dalton, Isaac, and Claire Rudisill.

Dorothy worked as an inspector at UARCO for thirty years before her retirement in 1993. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Elaine Daugherty will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to VITAS Hospice of Bradley.

Joyce Bauer Stock, 81 of Cissna Park

Joyce Bauer Stock, 81, went to be with Jesus on April 18, 2022, after a short illness, at Carle Hospital in Urbana surrounded by her loving family, Joyce was born on December 27, 1940 in Cissna Park to Paul and Esther (Koehl) Hodel. She married Jon Bauer on August 12, 1962, and he preceded her in death on November 25, 1967. She later married Les Stock on November 16, 2008, and he survives in Cissna Park.

Joyce is also survived by one daughter, Julie (Doug) Walder of Hoopeston, 3 grandchildren, Katie Walder, Ryan (Tamar) Walder, Ashley Walder, and 3 great grandchildren, Ben, Ty, and Ezra; sisters Carol Crist, Sacramento, CA, Lois Neihouser, Francesville, IN, Gloria Leman, Washington, IL, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by 7 step children, Gloria (Wayne) Laubscher, Mackinaw, IL, Steve Stock, Towanda, IL, Stan (BJ) Stock, Covington, IN, Pat (Morris) Young, DeKalb, IL, Ed (Dawn) Stock, Cissna Park, IL, Tom (Karol) Stock, Cissna Park, IL, and Donna Mitchell, Champaign, IL, 20 step grandchildren and 30 step great grandchildren. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mary Jane Mueller, a foster sister, Mildred Vogel, 4 brothers in law, George Mueller, Les Crist, Andre Neihouser, and Doug Leman, a foster brother in law, Bud Vogel, a step son in law, Kurt Mitchell, and a step daughter in law, Lori Stock.

Joyce had a passion for teaching and spent over 20 years as the Home Ec teacher at Cissna Park High School. She was a Sunday School and VBS teacher at her church for many years, and also taught countless sewing classes at The Sewing Boutique in Hoopeston, where she was part owner. Joyce was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, reading, and spending time with her family.

A visitation will be held on Friday, April 22, from 3-7 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior on Saturday at the church. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, April 23, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park, with church ministers officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park or Our Daily Bread Ministries.

Margo E. Elsey, 71, of Bradley

Margo E. Elsey, 71, of Bradley passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Citadel of Bourbonnais.

Margo was born on June 29, 1950 in Manteno, the daughter of Marvin and Irene (Wolfe) Foreman and they preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children, Kipp (April) Elsey of St. Anne, Bree (Mike) Anderson of Bradley, step-sons, Duke (Mary) Elsey of Boonsboro, MD and Shannon Elsey of Bourbonnais; three sisters, Marla (John) Montague of Bradley, Paula Sims of Chebanse, and Pam Billadeau of Bourbonnais; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Margo was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kankakee. She enjoyed bird watching, crossword puzzles, Wheel of Fortune, playing cards, and attending to her fish.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kankakee. The visitation will be from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Kankakee or Uplifted Care of Bourbonnais.

Shawn M. Skidmore, 47, of Thawville

Shawn M. Skidmore, 47, of Thawville passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at her home. She was born on November 12, 1974 in Corbin, KY, the daughter of Archie Kenneth Paul and Barbara Sue Howington. Her father preceded her in death.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara Sue Williams of Manchester, OH; four children, Danielle Johnson of Slaughter, KY, Natosha Dees of Rockholds, KY, Courtney Dye of Corbin, KY, and Michael Skidmore of Corbin, KY; two brothers, Danny Paul of Thawville and Mark Paul of Corbin, KY; three sisters, Debra Bryant of Rockholds, KY, Sharon Harp of Rockholds, KY, and Jody Lamarr of Thawville, IL; and a special friend, Eric Grooms of West Union, OH.

Cremation rites are being handled by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

A memorial service will take place at later date in Williamsburg, KY.

Please share a memory of Shawn at baierfuneralhome.com.

Jeffery Frank Williams, 44, of Watseka

Jeffery Frank Williams, 44, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at his residence. He was born on November 8, 1977 in Kankakee, a son of Frank Henry and Jonie G. (Nolan) Williams. Jeffery married Kim Mulder on June 17, 2014 in Watseka.

Surviving are his wife, Kim Mulder-Williams of Watseka; one son, Logan K. Mulder at home; his mother, Jonie Williamson of Watseka; one sister, Jen Williamson of Watseka; and two brothers, Jeremy (Kelli) Williams of Sheldon and James Williams of Kansas City, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Jeffery was a movie and comic book enthusiast. He worked for Auto Zone in Watseka and was also a tattoo artist.

Visitation will be Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

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

Bobbie Lee Deaton, 72, of Hoopeston

Bobbie Lee Deaton, 72, of Hoopeston passed away on Monday, April 11, 2022 at his home in Hoopeston. He was born on August 3, 1949 in Steele, MO, the son of Joseph Lee and Lula Corine (Bailey) Deaton. He married Peggy England in Milford in 1971.

Surviving are his wife, Peggy Deaton of Hoopeston; one son, Robert Deaton of Hoopeston; one brother, Michael (Lori) Deaton of Milford; and one sister, Darlene (James) Williams of Sheldon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Jackie, Curtis, Janet, Dean, Larry, Timmy, and Randy.

Mr. Deaton enjoyed fishing, archery, and bowling.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Minister Ed Highfill will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford. Graveside military rites will be provided by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at the funeral home from 12:00 until the 1:00 pm service.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Please share a memory of Bobbie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Lorin W. "Big Wick" Taden Sr., 71, of Sheldon

Lorin W. “Big Wick” Taden Sr., 71, of Sheldon, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on October 9, 1950 in Watseka, a son of Wendell and Eleanore (Beckman) Taden.

He is survived by his mother, Eleanore Taden of Watseka; one son, Lorin “Little Wick” (Anita) Taden Jr. of Fryeburg, Maine; one daughter, April Taden of Columbus, Georgia; two grandchildren, Tiffany Taden of Columbus, Georgia and Shawn Taden of Milford; four great-grandchildren, Brendan, Destinee, Kyndryk and Dreysyn Taden; two sisters, Cheryl E. Smith of Champaign and Candra B. (James) Renfrow of Lenox, Missouri; one special brother, Jerry Cahoe of Watseka; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Wendell Wade Taden.

Big Wick loved being on his boat and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka from 11:00 a.m. to the 1:00 p.m. funeral service. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Autism Research.

Calvin Marshall Cotter, 74, of Watseka

Calvin Marshall Cotter, 74, of Watseka passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022 at his home.

Calvin was born on December 30, 1947 in Watseka, the son of Lester and Frances (Ratliff) Cotter and they preceded him in death along with one brother, Jerome Cotter; two sisters, Beverly Cotter and Estella McCullough; one son, Larry Cotter; and one grandson, Jordan Cotter.

He married Mary Higgins on September 9, 2000 in Papineau and she survives. Other survivors include five children, Tyson (Danette Bohlmann) Cotter of Watseka, Tammy Dutour of Watseka, Tonette Swartz of Lexington, Gabe (Jennifer) Hartung of Papineau, and Maria Hartung of Bourbonnais; one brother, Lavonne (Liz) Cotter of Onarga; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Calvin loved fishing, driving around, and spending time with his family, especially how proud he was of his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Immanuel’s United Church in Papineau with a luncheon afterwards at the church. Pastor Craig Forwalter will officiate. Burial will follow in Papineau Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel’s United Church in Papineau or family’s wishes.

Ronald Wayne Henrichs, 73, of Danforth

Ronald Wayne Henrichs, 73, of Danforth passed away on Friday, April 1, 2022 at his residence surrounded by loved ones. He was born on August 29, 1948 in Watseka, the son of Wayne and Mildred (Bretzman) Henrichs. Ron married Sharon Geisler in Ashkum on April 10, 1971.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Henrichs of Danforth; daughter, Tamie Miller of Gilman; son, Michael (Mandi) Henrichs of Danforth; six grandchildren, Quintin Miller, Owen Miller, Marin Miller, Colton Henrichs, Chet (Claire) Henrichs and John Henrichs; great grandson, Hank Henrichs; sister, Bonnie (Vic) Hari of Gilman; brother-in-law, Russell (Marilynn) Geisler of Onarga; uncle, Ron VanDerryt of Bourbonnais; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Pat Kemarly.

Ron was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. He was a member of “HOG” which was the Harley Owner Group. Ron graduated from Clifton Central High School in the Class of 1966. He owned and operated Wayne’s Auto Sales and Ron's FS that he took over from his father. He served on the Danforth Fire Department for 21 years and helped with their E.M.S. as an early member of their crew. Ron was also involved and helped with the Danforth Little League for 10 years and served a portion of the time as the president. He truly enjoyed farming and traveling on motorcycles. He had a love for the outdoors and looked forward to time spent boating, camping and fishing. Ron had a hobby of building demo cars and radio cars. Most of all, he loved his family and spending time with them.

Funeral services for Ron will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman with visitation three hours prior beginning at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Danforth Cemetery in Danforth.

Memorials may be made to the Danforth Fire Department, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman or Donor’s Choice.

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

Tammy Lou Wilson, 54, Fowler IN

Tammy Lou Wilson, 54, Fowler, IN passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

Tammy was born on June 6, 1967 in Watseka, the daughter of Mary Fegett and she preceded her in death.

She married Tracy Wilson on September 23, 2000 in Watseka and he survives in Fowler, IN. Other survivors include two sons, Bradley Williams of Cissna Park and David Williams of Fowler; five grandchildren, Blake, Nevaeh, Zach, Trent, and Lexii; one brother, Johon Williams of East Lynn; her mother-in-law, Margaret Holliman of Watseka; her grandfather, Albin Pitts of Watseka; and one aunt, Jo (Rod) Newman of Sheldon.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Phyllis Joan Focken, 91, of Cissna Park

Phyllis Joan Focken, 91, of Cissna Park passed away Monday, April 4, 2022 at Heritage Health in Hoopeston. She was born on December 7, 1930 in Claytonville, the daughter of Elmer and Lyda (Mumbert) Boyce. She married Glen E. Focken in Milford on April 15, 1951 and he preceded her in passing on November 10, 2013.

Surviving are three sons, Ron (Patricia) Focken of Phoenix, AZ, Darryl (Lisa) Focken of Cissna Park, and Randy (Candace) Focken of St. Peters, MO; her grandchildren, Mark (Sarah) Focken of Phoenix, AZ, Payton Focken of Cissna Park, Kaitlyn (Keegan) O’Connor of Greenwood, IN, Kaitlyn’s mother, Sandy Focken of New Albany, IN, Macy (Trace) Coleman of Gilbert, AZ, Melissa (Dave) Houglum of Scappoose, OR, Matt (Rebekah) Ruegg of Overland Park, KS, Mitchell (Liz) Ruegg of Wentzville, MO; and her great-grandchildren, Addison Focken, Dylan Focken, Finn O’Connor, Rory O’Connor, Brixton Coleman, Noah, Naomi and Owen Houglum, Easton Ruegg and Mackenzie Ruegg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Fern Hofer, Floy Landon and Helen Yergler; and four brothers, Vic Boyce, Bill Boyce, Wayne Boyce and Earl Boyce.

She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Crescent City. Joan was an avid sports enthusiast. She loved attending her sons and later her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Rev. Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery in Goodwine.

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Athletics or the American Heart Association.

Daniel Yates, 70, of Watseka

Daniel Lee Yates, 70, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at his residence.

Dan was born on December 27, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Lloyd and Luida (Miller) Yates and they preceded him in death along with one brother, Jim Yates; and one sister, Arlene Arseneau.

Dan married Janien Dunlap on July 17, 1971 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Amy (Jon) Norder of Watseka; one son, Jeremy (Andrea) Yates of Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, HI; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; Kelsey (Kevin) Derouen of Watseka and their children, Asher Kane and Rylee Grace; Zachary (Kaleigh) Yates of Ft. Bragg, NC and their daughter, Sophia Eloise; Austin (Zhayna) Yates of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA and their daughter, Lily Grace; Katelyn Norder of Watseka; and Adam Norder of Watseka; and three brothers and sisters, Shirley (Tom) Zabel of Watseka, Glenn Yates of Casey, and Loydene Phares of Marshall.

Mr. Yates served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1972 on the USS Tuscaloosa during the Vietnam War. He worked as a USDA Food Safety Inspector for many years. Dan loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, working in his garden and camping. He will be missed by his beloved dog, Drake.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Eleanor "Elaine" Romine, 89, of Watseka

Eleanor “Elaine” Romine, 89, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born on October 9, 1932 in Watseka, the daughter of Kenneth and Belinda (Strickler) Eastburn. She married Walter E. Romine in Watseka on August 20, 1950 and he preceded her in passing on August 30, 2015.

Surviving are one daughter, Jeanine (JR) Clifton of Watseka; two sons, Duane Romine of Sheldon and Robert (Cheri) Romine of Fort Collins, CO; one daughter in law, Leatha Romine of Watseka; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Ashley) Clifton, Mark (Lacy) Clifton, Tifanie Romine, Ryne Romine, Travis Romine, Cody (Lexi) Romine, Brittany Romine, and Katherine (Jim) Mottern; and eight great grandchildren, Ben and Grace Clifton, Logan and Gavin Clifton, Savanna Romine, Peyton Peterson, and Andrew and Kaitlyn Mottern.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walt; one brother, Robert “Lowell” Eastburn; and one son, David Romine.

Elaine was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka. She was employed by Iroquois County CUSD #9 as a cook for over forty years.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Ashley Clifton will officiate. Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to The Chief “Bud” Romine Training Facility or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Elaine at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Robert D. Evans, 86, of Milford

Robert D. Evans, 86, of Milford passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at his home in Milford. He was born on December 10, 1935 in Milford, the son of Ira and Edith (Hislop) Evans. He married Linda Miller Hiltz in Milford on October 24, 1969 and she preceded him in passing on November 18, 1986.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Terry) Booth of Kokomo, IN; three sons, Robert Evans Jr. of Battle Ground, IN, Randy (Donna) Hiltz of Milford, and Timothy (Gretchen) Evans of Lafayette, IN; one brother, Gerald (Judy) Evans of Milford; eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter; and two wonderful caretakers, Liz Walker of Watseka and Sierra Kunce of Martinton.

Robert was preceded in death by both of his parents; wife, Linda; four brothers; and two sisters.
He was a member of the Milford Methodist Church and worked for the US Postal Service for forty-two years. Robert belonged to Milford Lions Club, Milford Park Board, and Maple Grove Cemetery Board. He umpired, refereed, and worked the chains at football games. He coached for many years for several different sports and was active in the community.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Pastor Gail Meyers will officiate.

Burial will be at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be given to Milford Methodist Church.

Please share a memory of Robert at knappfuneralhomes.com

James "Jim" LeRoy Wright, 63, of Martinton

James “Jim” LeRoy Wright, 63, of Martinton passed away at his home on April 1, 2022.

Jim was born on March 11, 1959 in Billings, Montana, the son of Chuck Wright and Gwendolyn Schleif of Danforth.

Jim spent his life sharing the gift of creativity. He could take an idea in his head and make it a reality. He reveled in the challenge of taking the old and worn and making it new again. Through that gift, many of his customers became close friends. He was a hunter, a fisherman, and most importantly a husband, father and grandfather.

Jim married Karen Boehrnsen on December 3, 1977 in Donovan.

He’s survived by his wife Karen; two daughters, Brooke (Andrew) Gleixner of Channahan and Lindsey (Brad) Schultz of Virginia; one son, James (Melissa Splant) Wright of Elwood; seven grandchildren, Carrie Wright, Everett Gleixner, Ashlynn Gleixner, Charlotte Splant, Finley Wright, Elizabeth Schultz, and Noah (Sarah Deffenbaugh) Splant; his mother, Gwendolyn Wright; three sisters and one brother, Patricia (Jim) Roberts, Tina (Glenn Morin) Lord, Tani (James Payne) Parrish, and Charles (Deanna) Wright; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Deb Williams.

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Uplifted Care in Bourbonnais

Pamela J. Brammer, 65, of Sheldon

Pamela J. Brammer, 65, of Sheldon passed away Friday, April 1, 2022 at her home. She was born on June 4, 1956 in Ft. Polk, LA, the daughter of Ernst and Pricilla (Balthazor) Lesch Jr. She married Donald B. Brammer in Beaverville on November 30, 1974 and he preceded her in passing on October 10, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are three sons, John Brammer of Momence, Jason Brammer of Donovan, and Jeremy (Nicole) Brammer of Papineau; one brother, Fred Lesch of Papineau; two sisters, Linda (John) Hartweg of Carthage and Amanda (Kevin) Helmick of Tuscola; and four grandchildren, Nathan, Ty, Brayden, and Rachel Brammer.

She was a registered nurse at Riverside hospital for many years. Pam enjoyed baking, reading books, watching movies, and listening to Christian music. She had a passion for farming, tractor pulling, and loved to spend time with her grandkids.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, also at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Marie C. Fawbush, 91, of Watseka

Marie C. Fawbush, 91 of Watseka passed away on Wednesday March 23, 2022 at Valley View Assisted Living in Harlingen, TX. She was born on April 11, 1930 in Watseka a daughter of John and Lena (Gocken) Taden. Marie married Raymond F. Fawbush in Crescent City on October 15, 1955 and he preceded her in death on February 24, 2000.

Survivors include one son- Jim (Amy) Fawbush of Covington, IN; four daughters- Luann Howard of Harlingen, TX, Rose (Carl) Kaufman of Crescent City, Brenda Fawbush of Corpus Christi, TX, and Donna Hammitt of Corpus Christi, TX; one granddaughter- Allison Hammitt; three great grandchildren- Nickolas DeMoss, Kodi Taylor, and Samantha Taylor; and two great great grandchildren- Kodi Taylor Jr. and Angelena Taylor Estrada. She was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers, one son in law- Joseph Hammitt, two grandchildren- Helena Taylor and Kendra Fawbush; and one great great grandchild- Addison Taylor.

She was a member of St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 2, 2022 at 2:00pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Pastor Keith Klossner officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Relay for Life or donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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

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