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Obituaries Archives for 2022-06

Betty J. Berry, 87, of Piper City

Betty J. Berry, 87, of Piper City passed away peacefully from an extended illness with her family by her side on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City. She was born on December 15, 1934 in Macon County, IL, the daughter of Paul J. and Bessie (Swartz) Weikle. She married Allen Dean Berry in Maroa, IL on July 12, 1953 and he preceded her in passing on February 3, 1991.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan Read of Piper City; two sons, Doug (Kelly) Berry of Piper City and Bill (Susan) Berry of Piper City; one step-sister, Judy Sumner; two step brothers, James Quinlan and Michael Quinlan; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Julie) Read, Craig Read, Eric (Heather) Berry, Scott (Kaleigh) Berry, Nick (Natalie) Berry, Kyle (Ashley) Berry, Paul (Jessica) Berry, and Michael (Jenna) Berry; and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her best friends, Lois Hitchens and Jane Ballion as well as her past caregiver, Janet Livengood.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Allen; one sister in law, Francis Jean Berry; son in law, Robert Read; and her grandson, Andrew Read.

Mrs. Berry was a bookkeeper at the Farmers Grain, a cashier at State Bank of Piper City, and later on worked at Growmark. She was a member of Piper City United Methodist Church, #558 Gibb Post Women’s Auxiliary, and the Historical Society. Betty enjoyed bowling, crossword and word puzzles, and played women’s softball for the Weirdoetts.

Graveside funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Brenton Township Cemetery in Piper City. Pastor Elizabeth Reis will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piper City Fire Department, Piper City United Methodist Church, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Betty at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Sue Ellyn Foglesong, 69, of Watseka

Sue Ellyn Foglesong, 69, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Sue was born on August 27, 1952 in Watseka; the daughter of Earnest and Jody (Braden) Wallen and they preceded her in death. She married Louis Foglesong on February 16, 2004 in Las Vegas and he survives.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Jani Southard of Chicago and Jennifer (Chris) Liles of Lombard; one grandchild, Chandler Southard of Watseka; two brothers, Bruce Harper of Watseka and Brian “BJ” (Karen) Harper of Watseka; and several nieces and nephews whom she adored and loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her Dad, William Harper; and two brothers, Jimmy and Jerry Wallen.

Sue enjoyed working, taking care of everyone and everything, her children, and grandchildren. She worked as a data entry at CST Berger in Watseka and unit Secretary in labor and delivery at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Her wishes to be cremated will be fulfilled. She chooses not to have a funeral but a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In a letter written by her, to be read upon death, she details the love she has for her family and friends. In her words, “be happy, I led a WONDERFUL life”.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Sue Ellyn Foglesong please visit our Sympathy Store.

Roberta R. Houser Stuckey, 96, of Watseka

Roberta R. Houser Stuckey, 96, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born on September 4, 1925 in Boicourt, Kansas, a daughter of Charles and Della (Cline) Houser and they preceded her in death. Roberta married Gerald Stuckey on August 23, 1953 in Martinton and he preceded in her death on September 6, 2009.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Stuckey of Herndon, Virginia and Donna Stuckey of Martinton; and one half-brother, George Froman of McCook, NE.

Roberta was also preceded in death by one brother, three sisters and one half-brother.

Roberta was a member of the Martinton Church of Christ. She worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for eight years. She worked at Baker and Taylor Books in Momence for sixteen years and she also worked for Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant in Fort Crook, NE for several years.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 1, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Martinton Church of Christ. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chuck Alt officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Old Burg Cemetery near Martinton.

Memorials may be made to the Martinton Church of Christ.

Arrangements by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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

Arthur H. Schleef, 85, of Watseka

Arthur H. Schleef, 85, of Watseka passed away on Monday, June 27, 2022 at his residence. He was born on February 20, 1937 in Ash Grove Twp., a son of Henry and Amanda (Koester) Schleef. Arthur married Linda Bottorff in Watseka on February 27, 1966.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Schleef of Watseka; two daughters, Kimberley Miller of Roscoe, Melissa (Todd) Storm of Watseka; one son, Bradley (Dawn) Schleef of Crescent City; one brother, Harold (Linda) Schleef of Oregon City, Oregon; five grandchildren, Chelsea (Anthony) Stanley, Tyler (Tréona) Kendall, Dustin Schleef, Shane Miller and Samantha Miller; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both parents, three sisters and his son, Michael Schleef.

After high school Arthur served in the United States Army. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Arthur was a lifelong dairy and grain farmer as well as an avid Chicago White Sox fan.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Watseka or to the donor’s choice.

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

Sharon A. Newman, 73, of Danforth

Sharon A. Newman, 73, of Danforth passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born on November 29, 1948 in Chicago, the daughter of Richard D. and June (Firnhaber) Bachechi, Sr. They preceded her in death along with one brother, Richard D. Bachechi, Jr. and her fiancée, Ryland Siems.

She is survived by her daughter, Gayle (Brian) Siems of Peoria; her son, Ryan (Anne) Lee of Middleton, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Taylor Siems of North Hollywood, California, Natalie Siems of Peoria, Gabrielle Lee and Frederick Lee of Middleton, Wisconsin, and one niece, Brandi Bachechi of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sharon was a member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary in Gilman. She was an avid reader and served on the Gilman Library Board. Sharon was a reporter for several years for the Gilman Star and reported on the city council meetings. She worked for many years as the secretary to the States Attorney of Iroquois County. In earlier years, she also served as the Iroquois County Deputy Coroner and was an EMT for the Gilman Ambulance.

Private Graveside Services will be held at a later date at the Danforth Cemetery in Danforth.

Memorials may be made to the Gilman Library or the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

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

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

Sharon A. Quinn, 79, of Watseka

Sharon A. Quinn, 79, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born June 6, 1943 in Watseka, the daughter of John and Shirley (Cook) Tincher. She married Richard J. Quinn on June 29, 1963 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on July 6, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Tincher.

She is survived by three sons, Michael (Julie) Quinn of Paxton, Scott (Mary) Quinn of Bloomington and Joseph (Stacy) Quinn of Watseka; one daughter, Melissa (Andrew) Guimond of Watseka; one sister, Arlene (Larry) Muehling of Watseka; two sisters-in-law, Barb (Dick) Mayotte of Watseka and Carole (Leonard) Tuttle of Watseka; eleven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Sharon was employed at The Law Office of Brock, Spenn and Markwalder in Watseka for 50 years.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with a prayer service beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Faith Place in Danforth or Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

Franklin Eheart, 48, of Conway, South Carolina Formerly of Gilman

Franklin W. Eheart, 48, of Conway, South Carolina, formerly of Gilman, passed away on April 26, 2022 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was born on September 21, 1973 in Watseka, a son of Larry E. and Debra L. (Godwin) Eheart and they preceded him in death. Franklin married Tamara Brandenburg on July 23, 2004 in Lafayette, Indiana.

Surviving are his wife, Tamara Eheart of Sheldon, two sons, Jacob Eheart of Gilman and Damon Eheart; four daughters, Alessandra Eheart of Bloomington, Indiana, Anastasia Eheart of Bloomington, Indiana, Emily Eheart of Sheldon and Stephanie Whipple of Sheldon; two grandchildren, Ashlynn Clabaugh of Sheldon and Haisley Whipple of Sheldon, one sister, Angelique (Steven) Kemarly of Gilman; one brother, Andrew (Jennifer) Eheart of Watseka; three nieces, Megan Kemarly of Gilman, Hannah Eheart of Indianapolis and Lillian Eheart of Watseka.

Franklin was a 1991 graduate of Iroquois West High School. He then went on to earn an automotive degree at KCC and later became an ASE Certified Mechanic. He was employed as a Mechanic, Security Guard, and an Uber Driver. Franklin enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, and barbecuing. His passion for fishing is what lead him to move to South Carolina. There he enjoyed going to the beach and deep-sea fishing. Frank was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga with Rev. Austin Madewell officiating and visitation one hour prior. Private graveside services will be held at the Gilman Cemetery in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

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

Patricia J. Stevens, 81, of Watseka

Patricia J. Stevens, 81, of Watseka passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at her home. She was born August 6, 1940 in Watseka, the daughter of George and Naomi (Tharp) Hougland. She married Wilford LeRoy Stevens on November 27, 1959 in Alabama and he preceded her in death on October 24, 2009.

She is survived by one daughter, Joy (Willy) Larsen of Chebanse; two sons, Steven Stevens (fiance, Tina Huckleby) of Milford and Joe Stevens of Watseka; and one sister, Bonnie Hasbargen of Sheldon.

Cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church in Watseka. Pastor John Franklin will officiate.

Please share a memory of Patricia at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Elizabeth J. Yergler, 92, of Cissna Park

Elizabeth J. Yergler, 92, of Cissna Park passed away on June 18, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on April 27, 1930 in Roanoke, IL a daughter of Fred and Anna (Weyeneth) Leman. Liz married Harry G. Yergler on October 26, 1952 in Roanoke and he preceded her in death on April 9, 1993. Also preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters, Lucy Fischer and Mary Ringger.

Survivors include three sons, Frederick (Barb) Yergler of Cissna Park, Joseph Yergler of Jupiter, FL and Michael (Ilene) Yergler of Cissna Park; five grandchildren, Joshua (Lauren) Yergler of University City, MO, Korissa (Dale) Fjordbotten of Somerset, NJ, Samuel Yergler (Allison McGillivray) of Springfield, OR, Benjamin (Ashley) Yergler of Palatine and Rachael (Samuel) Khairkar of Crown Point, IN; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, James Leman of Eureka and Charles (Dorothy) Leman of Farmington Hills, MI.

Liz was a member of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park, where she enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She proudly supported her husband as a farmer and Pastor’s wife. Liz worked as a typist at Cissna Park High School for many years and was an avid Cubs fan.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to the funeral service at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park with Pastor Josh Benner officiating. Burial will be in the Cissna Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Christian Bible Church.

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

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Roger Lee Hanford Sr please visit our Sympathy Store.

Thomas William "Tom" Evans, 80

Thomas William “Tom” Evans, 80, passed away at 6:58 A.M. Friday, June 10, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born April 29, 1942, the son of Thomas Everett Evans and Francis Almeda Hocutt Evans.  He married Emily Elizabeth Olive and they raised three daughters before they later divorced. 

Tom is survived by his three daughters, Kathleen (Philip) Vines and Kristi (Scott) Hudson both of Hoopeston; and Karen (James) Guglielmo of St. Peters, MO.  He is also survived by one sister, Donna Fleming, of Des Moines, IA; nine grandchildren, Evan Vines, Kelsey Vines, Jo Vines, Emma Vines, Matthew Vines, Samuel Hudson, Sean Hudson, Dominic Guglielmo and Vito Guglielmo; and nieces and nephews, Jay Evans, Cindy Evans, Dee Evans, Bill Leemon, Linda Gilman, and Steve Berry. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Floyd Evans and Kenneth Evans, and one sister, Eileen Leemon.  

Tom worked at UARCO in Watseka and American Can Company in Hoopeston for years before retiring.  He served in the US Naval Reserves and US Navy for eight years during the Cuban Missile Crisis era as a Yeoman with stations on the SSS Kennebec and in San Diego, Hawaii, and Newport, RI.  Tom loved the routine and order of the Navy. 

Tom was a life – long Yankee and Cubs fan and enjoyed following the Fighting Illini.  He was very proud that all three daughters chose to attend the U of I.  He inherited his father’s green thumb and loved to garden – typically starting all his vegetables from seed.  His daughters remember being quizzed on the names of flowers as we would tour the gardens. 

Though Tom was not a social person, when he did get out, he enjoyed talking to people.  He took a great amount of pride that all of his daughters had achieved a college education and were independent thinkers.  Tom was very proud of all of his grandchildren, not just in their achievements and accomplishments, but mostly in the good people that they are growing up to be. 

Tom would have also wanted it known that he would be leaving behind an animal companion, Kellogg, his sweet cat.  For anyone moved to do so, you may choose to make a memorial donation to the Hoopeston Animal Rescue Team so that other precious companions like Kellogg can be saved. 

As per his wishes, he will be cremated and no services will be held. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Raymond E. Krones, 65, of Watertown, South Dakota, formerly of Gilman

Raymond E. Krones, 65, of Watertown, South Dakota, formerly of Gilman passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was born on August 24, 1956 in Kankakee, a son of Eugene and Betty (Lambert) Krones.

Surviving are two sons, Eugene Krones of Crawfordville, Florida and Lucas Krones of Gilman; one daughter, Summer Krones of Itasca; his mother, Betty Krones of Yukon, Oklahoma; one sister, Valerie Krones of Arkansas; four brothers, Michael (Robin) Krones of Clifton, David (Judy) Krones of Derby, Kansas, Edward (Dawn) Krones of Schaumburg; and Harvey Krones of Yukon, Oklahoma; one granddaughter, Alexis Krones of Champaign; sister-in-law, Debbie Krones of Danforth; and several nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Steve Krones.

Raymond was a cattle buyer in Watertown, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman with Rev. Fr. Marek Herbut officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois West FFA.

Arrangements by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Raymond E. Krones please visit our Sympathy Store.

Robert E. Tincher, 84, of Watseka

Robert E. Tincher, 84, of Watseka passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at his son’s house in rural Watseka. He was born on October 2, 1937 in Middleport Township, the son of Frances and Lily (Stephenson) Tincher. He married Mary Baker on September 6, 1957 in Quaker.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Tincher of Watseka; four sons, Robert (Colleen) Tincher, David (Sharon) Tincher, Daniel (Rita) Tincher, and Marvin Tincher, all of Watseka; one brother, Eugene Tincher of Watseka; one sister, Vivian Leiding of Danforth; a sister-in-law, Judith Pollard of Florida; five grandchildren, Michelle Atwood, Nicholas Tincher, Samantha Brassard, Ashley Schill, and Amber Neff; and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; one brother, Elwin; one brother-in-law, Allen Leiding; one sister-in-law, Mary Tincher; daughter-in-law, Tami Tincher; and two grandsons, Joshua Tincher and Andrew Tincher.

Robert worked as a cement mason for over fifty years and was a member of Local #6 Rockford. He enjoyed working and spending time with his family and grandkids. Robert and Mary were members of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Monday, June 6, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the funeral service also at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Centennial Christian Church in Watseka, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Please share a memory of Robert at baierfuneralhome.com.

Jessie C. Haskins, 69, of Dearborn, MI and formerly of Watseka

Jessie C. Haskins, 69, of Dearborn, MI and formerly of Watseka who was a loving father and grandfather to many, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at his daughter’s residence.

Jessie was born on November 15, 1952 in Muncie, IN, the son of Joseph Haskins and Edna Booth Maynard and they both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Randy and Micky Haskins and two sisters, Robin Wilkin and Betty Ann Delk.

He is survived by four daughters, Sarah Haskins of Gary, IN, Jessica Haskins of Salt Lake City, UT, Julie Fakih (Dukhan Byrd) of Dearborn, MI; and Jennifer Rudisill of Watseka; two brothers, Joe Haskins Jr. (Terri) of Muncie, IN and Brian Haskins of Rossville, GA; one sister, Jola Williams of Chattanooga, TN; thirteen grandchildren, Daniel (Mickey) Haskins, Desirae Kincade, Destiny (Dave) Kincade, James Brown Jr., Jorin Brown, Brittany Kilgore, Fatima Fakih, Fadak Fakih, Rawan Fakih, Mohammad Fakih, Quintin Goldsberry, Cameron Goldsberry, and Hailey Goldsberry; thirteen great-grandchildren; best friend and mother to his four children, Lois Boesen of Beecher; and long-term caretaker and family friend, Salina Hernandez.

Jessie graduated in 1971 from Blue River Valley High School in Indiana and graduated in 1976 from Ivy Tech in Indiana. He previously attended Centennial Christian Church in Watseka and most recently attended First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Jessie was self-employed for 25 years as an electronics repair technician, most notably for fifteen of those years having his own shop, Consumer Electronics, inside Hear Here in Watseka. Jessie loved singing and playing the guitar, often for those at Watseka Rehab and Healthcare in Watseka. He enjoyed gardening, walks, tinkering around, and spending time with his family and friends. Jessie’s love for shopping at Mary’s Emporium became without a doubt his favorite store.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Kara Berg will officiate. Visitation will follow from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, June 3, 2022 at Tomlinson Cemetery in Muncie, IN.

Flowers may be sent to the Knapp Funeral Home or if you wish to give a memorial, it may be made to the family’s wishes.

John W. Hoogstraat, 86, of Piper City

John W. Hoogstraat, 86, of Piper City, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022 at OSF St. James Hospital in Pontiac. He was born on June 12, 1935 in Piper City, a son of John and Viola (Alberts) Hoogstraat and they preceded him in death. He married Delores Telford on April 10, 1961 and she preceded him in death on April 1, 1983. John married Terry (Fellers) Donley on November 28, 1992.

Surviving are his wife, Terry Hoogstraat of Piper City; one daughter, Sheila Kay Hoogstraat of Urbana; one son, Dennis Allen Hoogstraat of Piper City; two step-children, Bob Donley of Piper City and Lori Ann Baillargeon of Florida; six step-grandsons; three step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ina Martin of Gilman and Margaret Gilvin of Minnesota; and two brothers, Bob Hoogstraat of Chatsworth and Jim (Linda) Hoogstraat of Mahomet.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Teona Henry and Florance who died at birth; and a daughter, Marcia Hoogstraat.

John worked for Hicks Gas in Cullom for 20 years. He was on the Piper City Fire Department of 50 years and was on the SELCAS Ambulance for 20 years. John served in the United States Army.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Westlawn Cemetery in Cullom with Pastor Gabe Baumgardner officiating.

Arrangements by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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