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Obituaries

Elizabeth Ann "Beth" Lee, 45, of Danville, IL, formerly of Florida

Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Lee, 45, of Danville, IL, formerly of Florida, passed away at 6:20 P.M. Monday April 8, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born June 25, 1973 in Danville, IL. 

She is survived by four daughters, Ashley See of Bradenton, FL, Amber See of Gary, IN, April See of Danville, IL, and Shawna See of Bradenton, FL; and three grandchildren, Jonathan Jr., Alexander, and Abigale.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lee and one brother, Larry Lee.

Cremation rites will be accorded, and no service will be held.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Sandra Jean Heavener, 79, of Hoopeston

Sandra Jean Heavener, 79, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 8:08 A.M. Tuesday April 16, 2019 at her home.  She was born September 16, 1939, in Harvey, IL, the daughter of Oscar Sr. and Sophie (Stolarz) Whitney.  She married Robert L. Heavener Sr. and together they enjoyed 58 years of marriage.  He survives in Hoopeston.

She is also survived by one daughter, Edrie Heavener; two sons, Robert L. Heavener Jr., and Ray C. Heavener; 8 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Sandra worked as a rehabilitation counselor for drugs and alcohol and later became the church secretary at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Hoopeston.  She was a member of the Knit and Rip Club at the church and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Cremation rites will be accorded, and no service will be held.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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C. Louise Barragree, 90, of Rossville

C. Louise Barragree, 90, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 10:40 P.M. Sunday April 14, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.  A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Thursday April 18, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Rossville Cemetery.  Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Jack B. Haltiwanger, 81, of Potomac

Jack B. Haltiwanger, 81, of Potomac, passed away at 9:46 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Jack was born on January 28, 1938, in Gainesville, Florida, the son of Moses Paul and Daisy (Spivey) Haltiwanger.  He married Carolyn Cornell on December 5, 1961, in Rossville, Illinois.  She survives.

He is also survived by two sons - Tim (Marie) Haltiwanger and Troy (Kim) Haltiwanger both of Potomac; seven grandchildren - Cory (Nicole) Haltiwanger, Kevin Griggs, Kira (Eric) Blazquez, Stephanie Morgan, Miriah (Jacob) Haltiwanger, Alex Morgan and Cheyenne Haltiwanger; three great-grandchildren- Ava Haltiwanger, Arabella and Austin Layton; and brother- Howard Yawn of Gainesville, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents. two brothers and two sisters.

Jack served in the United States Air Force, from 1955 to 1957.  He worked at Eisner Grocery Warehouse in Champaign for 18 years.  After they closed, he became a bus driver for Potomac Grade School for 7 years and later worked at Jeld-Wen in Rantoul for 7 years until his retirement. Jack was a member of the Potomac First Church of Christ.  He enjoyed feeding his hummingbirds, playing golf, gardening, working in his yard and, years ago, coaching baseball.  His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Jack Haltiwanger's Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2018 at the Potomac First Church of Christ with Pastor Randy Walters officiating.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Potomac Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Haltiwanger's life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Vonna Mae Finley, 84, of Danville

Vonna Mae Finley, 84, of Danville, passed away at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Danville.

Vonna was born on September 13, 1934, in Rankin, Illinois, the daughter of Valmer “Bud” and Muriel (Andrews) Correll.  She was married to James Armstrong from 1951 to 1974.  She later married Gordon Lee Finley, in 1985, in Danville.  He preceded her in death in 2009.

She is survived by one daughter- Brenda (Norman) Crawford of Windfall, Indiana; one grandson- Justin (Jamie) Crawford of Kansas City, Missouri; one great-granddaughter- Everly Mae Crawford; her “little” Sister- Dorothy (Robert) Rickart of Hoopeston; sister-in-law- Joyce Correll of Goldsboro, North Carolina; brother-in-law- Harold Blackwell of Hoopeston, Illinois; best friends- Su Brooks of Oakwood and Debbie Berlin of Danville; several nieces and nephews; and her dogs- Trouble and Pete.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two sisters- Edna Albright and Naomi Blackwell and one brother- Richard Correll.

Vonna was the owner and operator of Danville Pool Supply Co. for several years and she managed The Bowling Ball, in Danville for several years.  She later drove a semi-truck with her husband Lee from 1987 to 1995.  Vonna served as past Secretary for the Danville Women’s Bowling Association and she is a member of the Danville Bowling Hall of Fame.  She enjoyed bowling, gardening, doing crossword puzzles and decorating her house.  Vonna always said she had a very good and happy life and wouldn’t change it for anything.

According to her wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  There will be a memorial service held at a later date.  She will be laid to rest at a later date in Partlow Cemetery, in Armstrong.  Memorials may be made to the Danville Humane Society or the Donor’s Choice.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston to assist them in honoring Vonna’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Marshall "Devo" Leslie, 65, of Hoopeston

Marshall “Devo” Leslie, 65, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 12:37 P.M. Wednesday April 3, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born March 4, 1954 in Warren, AR, the son of Devo Edward and Willie Mae (Lephiew) Leslie. 

He is survived by one son, Larry E. Leslie of Hoopeston, IL; one sister, Mary Coonce of Hoopeston, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty Leslie; one brother, William Leslie; and one brother-in-law, Michael Coonce.

Marshall worked for Wallace Roofing and later worked at Vermilion Iron.  He enjoyed playing his harmonica, riding dirt bikes, smoking and fishing.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Dana Wayne "Chip" Gonzalez, 55, of Rossville

Dana Wayne “Chip” Gonzalez, 55, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 2:40 P.M. Sunday March 31, 2019 at his home in Rossville, IL.  He was born August 28, 1963 in Danville, IL, the son of Arthur Lee and Bonnie Lou (Bennett) Gonzalez. 

He is survived by two daughters, Kendra Gonzalez and Rachel Gonzalez; one son, Reagan Gonzalez; two sisters, Deanna (Terry) Misner and Gail (Chapman) Jones; one brother, Dennis Gonzalez; one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dana first worked for FMC in Hoopeston and later worked at Hyster.  He then worked for AutoZone and later worked at Quaker for 14 years.  He enjoyed reading, watching television, and playing on his tablet.  He also collected lighthouses and enjoyed working crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Friday April 5, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:30 P.M. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Gary Milton officiating.  Burial will follow in Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in rural Rossville.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Stanza Renae Norton, 56, of Rossville

Stanza Renae Norton, 56, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 3:45 P.M. Wednesday March 27, 2019 in Champaign, IL.  She was born August 29, 1962 in Omaha, NE, the daughter of Gerald and Karen Sue (Wells) Evans.  She married Mark Norton on May 25, 1985 in Watseka, IL.  He survives in Rossville.

She is also survived by her parents; three sons, Andrew (Kimberly) Norton of Danville, IL, Adam Norton of Rossville, IL, and Masen Norton of Rossville, IL; one sister, Jamee (Todd) Thrush of Vancouver, WA; one brother, Rod (Maureen) Evans of Leroy, IL; 6 grandchildren, Kelsey Keith, Chase Norton, Ethan Norton, Samuel Norton, Masie Norton, and Weston Norton; three great-grandchildren, Kinley Keith, Ryder Keith, and Alec Keith; one niece, Drew Thrush and one nephew, Camden Thrush.

Stanza was a pharmacy tech at Carle pharmacy for 15 years.  She enjoyed taking care of her cats and especially loved spending time with her grandkids.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday April 1, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 7:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Gary Milton officiating.  Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Animal Shelter 901 W. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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Raymond "B.B." Bryan Brookwalter, 58, of Wellington

Raymond “B.B.” Bryan Brookwalter, 58, of Wellington, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019, at home.

Raymond was born on May 20, 1960, in Danville, Illinois, the son of Martin and Joyce (Ault) Brookwalter.

He is survived by three daughters- Rossanna (Justin) Curtis of Penfield, Sarah (Aven Snyder) Brookwalter of Wellington and Rikki Brookwalter of Ashkum; two sons- Douglas (Jami) Brookwalter of Wellington and David (Bree Musk) Brookwalter of Ashkum; step-daughter- Pam Seibring of Ashkum; three brothers- Tom (Edythe) Bookwalter of Hoopeston, Mike Brookwalter of Ohio and Frank Brookwalter of Florida; uncle- Bob (Marylou) Ault of Hoopeston; sixteen grandchildren; two nieces; and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son- Johnathan Brookwalter.

Raymond graduated from Wellington High School in 1979.  He worked for Stephens Farms as a truck driver.  He previously worked at Stokleys and Pleasant Knoll Farms.  He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, collecting tools and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, 309 E. Washington St., Hoopeston.  Following the visitation cremation rites will be accorded.  He will be buried at a later date in Amity Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Raymond’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Alberta May Crozier, 81, of Hoopeston

Alberta May Crozier, 81, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 12:40 P.M. Saturday March 23, 2019 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born May 26, 1937, in Claytonville, IL, the daughter of Albert and Minerva (Menschel) Wustholz. 

She is survived by one daughter, Patty Bieker; one son, Alan Reece; one brother, Robert Wustholz; 6 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Regina Beinlich; and one sister, Sylvia Mathews.

Alberta was a homemaker.  She enjoyed doing yard work, gardening and flowers.

Cremation rites have been accorded.  No services will be held.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Alberta’s

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Merle Scott Lockhart, 87, of Wellington

Merle Scott Lockhart, 87, of Wellington, Illinois passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at OSF HealthCare in Urbana.  He was born on February 1, 1932 in Wellington, the son of Maurice Scott and Ruth (Stuart) Lockhart.  He married Jean C. Gillins on December 3, 1955 who survives.

In addition to his wife, Jean Lockhart of Wellington, Merle is survived by one son, Scott (Cindy) Lockhart of Brownsburg, IN and one daughter, Dawn (Skip) Crusinberry of Fresno, CA.  Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  The grandchildren are Trent (Bethany) Lockhart, Honolulu, HI; Sara Crusinberry, Merced, CA; Jill (Cody) Akers, West Lafayette, IN; Taylor Lockhart and Aeron Hylton both of Indianapolis, IN.

Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Mary Lockhart and Cheryl Gillins.  He is preceded in death by both of his parents, two brothers (Robert and Gail) and one brother-in-law, Gary Gillins. 

Merle graduated from Wellington High School in 1949 and then served in the United States Air Force. He worked at Lockhart Sales & Service Case Implement.  He opened and managed the John Deere Parts & Service Center in Hoopeston, IL where he retired in 1997.

Throughout the years, Merle was an active member of the Wellington United Methodist Church.  Merle was a loyal and dedicated member of the Wellington Lions Club.  He served as Mayor of Wellington for over 30 years and was also a volunteer fireman in Wellington.

Merle loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He loved watching sports, especially the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Fighting Illini, Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Bears.

Visitation will be held 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL.  Funeral services to be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Wellington United Methodist Church 314 E. Main St., Wellington, IL, with Rev. Cathy Najmon officiating.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

Memorials may be made to the Wellington United Methodist Church, Wellington Lions Club or the Donor’s Choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Francis "Hup" Johnson, 88, of Hoopeston, formerly of Danville

Francis “Hup” Johnson, 88, of Hoopeston, formerly of Danville, IL, passed peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  He was born April 4, 1930, in Hope, IL, to Harry and Hulie Johnson.  He married Fern McElwain on November 16, 1953.  She preceded him in death on December 15, 2017, after sixty-four years of marriage.

Hup was loved and will be mourned by daughters, Debra (Dennis) Coakley of Saint Joseph, IL and Susan (Bob) Goodrum of Hoopeston, IL; six grandchildren, Jaime (Louis), Brett (Michelle), Brian (Jessica), Ashley (Jake), Ryan (Lindsay), and Clay; three step-grandchildren, Aaron (Amanda), Michelle (Ryan), and Bryton (Melanie); four great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by a brother, Claudie Johnson of Williamsport, IN.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

Hup retired from Shur-Gain Feeds in 1995 after 42 years of service.  His nickname was given to him based on the fact that he was born in a Hup-mobile on a country road near Hope, IL.  He loved country music and was well known for sounding like Ernest Tubb.

The daughters of Hup would like to thank everyone at Heritage Health of Hoopeston for all the care and support which was shown to our family.

A private family service will be held.

Memorials may be made to Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living 423 N. Dixie Highway, Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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George Matthew Walter, 95, of Hoopeston, IL formerly of Rossville

George Matthew Walter, 95, of Hoopeston, IL formerly of Rossville, IL, passed away at 3:40 P.M. Sunday March 3, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  He was born June 25, 1923, in Danville, IL, the son of Cecil Earl and Faye (Matthews) Walter.  He married Lucille Watkins on September 2, 1945.  She preceded him in death on December 16, 1991.  He later married Virginia (Stewart) Kider on January 25, 1997 and she preceded him in death on January 21, 2017.

He is survived by one daughter, Nancy Null of Rossville, IL; two sons, Timothy (Rosemary) Walter of Morton, IL and Dean (Sheila) Walter of Rossville, IL; two step-sisters; one half-brother, Walter (Ruth) Duncan of Covington, IN; one sister-in-law, Freda Walter of Danville, IL; one step-son-in-law, Dick (Judy) Stump of Rossville, IL; 9 grandchildren, Melissa (David) Haydek, Jennifer (Jeremy) Bencher, Rachel (Isaac) Downing, Daniel Walter, John (Elizabeth) Walter, Telisa Walter, Jamie (August) Christhilf, Karen (Joe) Haggerty, and Kevin (DeEtte) Stump; 24 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tom Walter; one step-daughter, Jackie Stump; two brothers, Ed Walter and Bill (Betty) Walter; 6 step-brothers and sisters.

George was an instrument technician and electrician for Allied Chemical for 30 years until his retirement.  He served in the United States Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946.  He was a charter member of the founding board of the Danville Consolidated Credit Union.  George was a deacon, elder, and teacher at the Antioch Church of Christ and later joined the Rossville United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, reading, and feeding the wildlife.  He also enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Friday March 8, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor Chris Quick officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL 60963 or the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, 57 Country Place Springfield, IL 62703.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements

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Karen Sue Neal, 65, of Hoopeston

 

 

Karen Sue Neal, 65, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 12:30 P.M. Monday February 11, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born October 5, 1953, in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Carlin Dale and Mary Ann (Inman) Robinson.  She married Gary Neal and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Tammy Deaton of Hoopeston, IL; one son, David Deaton of Watseka, IL; six brothers; two grandchildren, Derek Deaton and Raymond Alvin Lovell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Karen was a homemaker.  She enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears, visiting with her family and loved her grandchildren.

Cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held at this time.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Myra M. Baker, 62, of Hoopeston

Myra M. Baker, 62, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on 7:53 P.M. February 9, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  She was born October 12, 1956 in England, the daughter of Marion and Shirley (McNeely) Wallace.

She is survived by three sisters, Kathleen Gurule, Gail Cox, and Mary Wallace; four brothers, Allen (Cindy) Wallace, Dennis Wallace, James Wallace, and Tom (Sandy) Wallace; and 8 nieces and nephews, Hope, April, Shawn, Kimberly, Dennis Jr., James, Jason, and Laura.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Myra worked as a home health aide.  She enjoyed shopping, watching movies, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Sabrina.

Cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held at this time.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston, IL, is handling the arrangements.

 

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Paul Sidney Greene (94) of East Lynn/Hoopeston

On February 27, 2019, Paul Sidney Greene (94) of East Lynn/Hoopeston, Illinois left this world to join his wife Cynthia and be with Jesus.  He was born on September 6, 1924 in Washington, IN to David Hershel and Consuella Venus (Morris) Greene.  He is preceded in death by his wife Cynthia Ann (Winslow) of 65 years, both of his parents, and his 3 brothers (Morris, Ralph, and Bill).  Surviving are his sister, Betty Meyer, and his lineage of 5 children, 16 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.  He deeply loved his family.                                                                    

Paul and Cynthia were married in Fairmount, IN on the Winslow family farm on October 12, 1947.  They began their lives together in Washington, IN then moved in 1949 to the family farm in East Lynn, IL where they raised their 5 children: Rev. Robert (Sue-deceased, Maureen) Greene of Vermont IL, Marilyn (Lester) Maul of Rankin IL, David (Cheryl) Greene of Temple Terrace FL, Rex (Rhoda) Greene of Watseka IL, and Susan Hoffman of Longview TX.

In the 60’s he purchased the blacksmith shop in East Lynn and started Greene Welding & Hardware.  When the East Lynn School closed in the 70’s, Paul purchased the school grounds to move his expanding business.  The business designed and began to manufacture the binstairs in 1976 and has expanded the grain bin safety equipment line which is sold throughout the world.  Paul was forced into retirement at the age of 70 with a stroke.  Reluctantly, he turned his beloved business over to his son, Rex, to continue his legacy. 

After retirement, he stayed involved in the business.  His primary concern was taking care of Cynthia, who was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis.  He desired all memorial gifts to go to The Arthritis Foundation to help people who suffered like the love of his life.  Please donate at www.arthritis.org  or 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta GA 30309.

Throughout the years, he was an active member at both East Lynn UMC and Hoopeston UMC, a volunteer fireman in East Lynn, and a member of Gideons International.  He loved to travel and play games.  Often, you would find that he was the life of the party.  His love for people shone brightly.

Paul was a problem solver at heart, and always had ideas for new solutions.  He was an inventor his entire life and was always very resourceful and ingenious in fixing problems.  Following his stroke, his mind stayed sharp until the end.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 P.M. Sunday March 3, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday March 4, 2019 at the funeral home, with Rev. Larry Houseman officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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James L. Russell, 57, of Hoopeston

James Lloyd “Jim” Russell, 57, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:51 P.M. Monday February 25, 2019 in Gilman, IL.  He was born May 26, 1961, in Danville, IL, the son of Omer J. and M. Joan (Williams) Russell. 

He is survived by his mother, M. Joan Russell; two sons, Jonathan David Russell and James Callahan Russell; and one grandson, Asher James Russell.

He was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents, Clyde and Mabel Russell.

While attending Hoopeston East Lynn High School, Jim was a member of the National Honor Society.  He was a truck driver and seasonal farm help for Sandy Herman and Mark Layden Farms.  He enjoyed tinkering around with his Jeep, spending time with his good friend, Rusty, at Foster’s Produce, and liked gardening.  Jim especially loved his grandson, Asher.

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Saturday March 2, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home, with Pastor John Morris officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association 2141 W White Oaks Dr Ste A, Springfield, IL 62704.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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William Francis "Bill" Matthews, 82, of Rossville,

William Francis “Bill” Matthews, 82, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 3:27 P.M. Thursday February 21, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born September 10, 1936, in Danville, IL, the son of Elwood G. and Frances (Turner) Matthews.  He married Margaret Wood on September 15, 1956, at the Rossville United Methodist Church.  She survives in Rossville.

He is also survived by two daughters, Sally (Larry) Martin of Kingman, IN and Janet (Gary) Gernand of Alvin, IL; one son, William K. (Denise) Matthews of Rossville, IL; 6 grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) Brown, Sarah (Ross) Ginter, Samantha (Craig) Kixmiller, Greg Matthews, Jenna Gernand, and Mark Gernand; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

William farmed the family farm until his retirement in 2017.  He served in the United States Army from March 1956 – December 1957.  He also served on the Ross Township Cemetery Board for over 40 years.  William enjoyed oil painting, riding his motorcycle, mowing the yard, and attending flea markets.

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Monday February 25, 2019 at the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Monday at the church, with Pastor Chris Quick officiating.  Burial will follow in Mann’s Chapel Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 2509 S. Neil St. Suite 1, Champaign, IL 61820 or the Rossville Historical Society 108 W. Attica St., Rossville, IL 60963.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Mark Andrew Bushman, 60, of Champaign

Mark Andrew Bushman, 60, of Champaign, IL, passed away at 2:40 P.M. Monday February 18, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born May 16, 1958, in Paxton, IL, the son of Herman Andrew and Marlene Theda Julia (Heimlich) Bushman.
He is survived by one daughter, Heather Bushman (Chad Mines) of Fisher, IL; one sister, Marla (Kelly) Hutcherson of Urbana, IL; four brothers, Mike (Lynn) Bushman of Mahomet, IL, Marlin Bushman of Mansfield, IL, Andrew (Shannon) Bushman of Mahomet, IL, and Mick Shomburg of Champaign, IL; two granddaughters, Logan and Rhyane Bushman of Flatville, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mark attended and graduated from Ford Central High School in Piper City.  He began driving a semi in 1982 and most recently drove for Mike Bushman Trucking.  He was baptized and confirmed at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Roberts, IL, and later became a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Broadlands.  Mark enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a member of the Hot Rods and Hooligans Car Club.
A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday February 22, 2019 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church 307 W. Weldon St., Roberts, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday February 23, 2019 at the church with Pastor John Sharp officiating.  Burial will follow in the Lyman Township Cemetery in Roberts, IL.
Memorials may be made to Feed the Children, 333 N. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK 73107.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Mark’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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San Juanita Palomares, 53, of Rantoul

San Juanita Palomares, 53, of Rantoul, passed away at 2:06 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Juanita was born on August 11, 1965, in Hoopeston, Illinois, the daughter of Baltazar and Angela (Mendoza) Zarate.  She married Jesus “Jesse” Palomares on June 13, 1987, in Ruskin, Florida.  He preceded her in death on August 21, 2017.

She is survived by three daughters- Janette (Adrian) Menchaca, Jasmine Palomares and Rebecca Clerget all of Rantoul; three sons- Jesus (Jamie) Palomares, Juan Palomares and Joseph (Elizabeth) Palomares all of Rantoul; ten grandchildren- Janeiza Menchaca, Adilany Palomares, Erin Menchaca, Javian Jesus Palomares, Jaylianna Juanita Palomares, Andrea, Perla, Lizeth, Yohanny and Danny Morlaes; three brothers- Baltazar Zarate Jr. of Pharr, Texas, Raul (Valerie) Zarate of Pharr, Texas and Matias Zarate of Rantoul; three sisters- Saturnina (Santiago Sanchez) Zarate of Donna, Texas, Martina (Hilario) Palomares of Ruskin, Florida and Lucinda (Valentin) Cabral of Ruskin, Florida; uncles- Pedro (Melida) Zarate of Hoopeston and Luis (Martha) Mendoza of Pharr, Texas and Nabor Villarreal of Rio Grande City, Texas; aunts- Guadalupe (Robert) Kirkhart of Danville, San Juana (Dupertino) Lopez of La Grulla, Texas, Espernaza Zarate of Sullivan City, Texas, Eva Mendoza of San Antonio, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and her special Chihuahua baby Jack Olaf Palomares.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Juanita was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in Rantoul.  She enjoyed cooking, babysitting, shopping, traveling, dancing and taking care of her family.  Juanita loved having parties, family gatherings and playing loteria. 

A Celebration of San Juanita Palomares Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Father Joel Phelps officiating.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the family.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Juanita’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Opal M. Irwin, 90, of Sour Lake, Texas, formerly of Hoopeston

Opal M. Irwin, 90, of Sour Lake, Texas, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Silsbee Oaks Health Care.

Opal was born on August 6, 1928, in the hills of Barren County Kentucky. She was the daughter of Branford and Georgia (Polson) Lawson.  She married Glen Allen Irwin on July 12, 1952, in Henderson, Kentucky.  He preceded her in death in 1999.

She is survived by two daughters- Karen (Jay) Stover of Sour Lake, Texas and Barbara Fleenor of Rockville, Indiana; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; one brother- Clifton (Roberta) Lawson of Danville; one sister- Juanita (Clay) Wallace of Rossville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son- Kenny Glass, one grandson- Jimmy Fleenor, four brothers and one sister.

Opal enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking and listening to bluegrass music.

A Celebration of Opal M. Irwin’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Locust Grove Cemetery.  Memorials may be made in Opal’s name to Alzheimer’s Association.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Opal’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Penny Ann Smith, 63, of Potomac, formerly of Paris

Penny Ann Smith, 63, of Potomac, formerly of Paris, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2018, at her home.

Penny was born on August 6, 1955, in Paris, Illinois, the daughter of Norma Jean Pine.  She was previously married to Terrance Patrick Hodge.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two children- Brooke (David) Shewmake Paris, Illinois and Seth Hodge of Mansfield, Illinois; two grandchildren- Cheyenne Montgomery of Rantoul and Daely Shear of Paris, Illinois; great-grandchild- Hayven Montgomery; three brothers- Fred Pine, Chuck (JoAnne) Pine  and Branden Pine; three sisters- Susan Curry, Lynn Pine and Kari Romero; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved dogs- Rascal, Yarp and Bud.

Penny graduated from Jamaica High School and attended Parkland College.  She enjoyed gardening, Tai Chi, taking care of her plants and she was an avid reader and bird watcher.

According to her wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  There are not any services scheduled at this time.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac to assist them in honoring Penny’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Roy Lee Cherry, 89, of Hoopeston

Roy Lee Cherry, 89, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:55 P.M. Sunday February 10, 2019, at his residence at Autumn Fields in Hoopeston.  He was born July 7, 1929, in Red Boiling Spring, TN, the son of Silas and Ollie Cherry.  He married Martha Ann Clark on December 21, 1947 in Newman, IL.  She survives in Hoopeston.

He is also survived by four daughters, Beverly (Sam) Minton of Wilkesboro, NC, Nancy Marshall of Scottsdale, AR, Rose (Kenny) Holycross of West Lebanon, IN, and Julie (Mark) Newman of Rankin, IL; one sister, Willodeen Dixon of Bowling Green, KY; 13 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters; 4 brothers; one grandson, Dustin Marshall; and one great-grandson, Tyler Minton.

Roy was a farmer for over 65 years until his retirement.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hoopeston and a charter member of the Rankin Lions Club.  He loved music and playing the guitar and enjoyed bowling in his younger days.  Roy especially loved his family and his grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday February 14, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the First Baptist Church 323 E. Seminary Ave, Hoopeston, IL, with Pastor Adam Taubert officiating.  Burial will follow in Rankin Union Cemetery in Rankin, IL.

Memorials may be made to IMH Hospice 200 N. Laird Lane Watseka, IL 60970 or to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Carolyn Joyce Brooks, 77, of Hoopeston

Carolyn Joyce Brooks, 77, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:35 A.M. Wednesday February 6, 2019 at her home.  She was born February 21, 1941, in Matteson, IL the daughter of Fred and Verna (Langrader) Heusman.  She married Earl G. Brooks in Chicago Heights, IL.  He survives in Hoopeston.

She is also survived by one brother and one step-brother.

Carolyn was a homemaker.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated, and no services will be held.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Charles Robert "Bob" Totheroh, 88, of Wellington

Charles Robert “Bob” Totheroh, 88, of Wellington, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening (February 6, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL, following a brief illness.  At his bedside were his son, four of his granddaughters, his son-in-law, and his former daughter-in-law.

Bob was born on July 19, 1930, in Lovejoy Township where he made his lifelong home.  After graduating from Wellington High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and soon married Louise Leverenz of Wellington on August 24, 1951.  Soon after, Bob was deployed to Morocco where Louise and their eldest daughter, Kathy, later joined him.

Following his discharge from the service, the family returned to Wellington where Bob began a career at Wellington State Bank, serving as Vice President and Manager for nearly 20 years.  He then went on to start the Totheroh Insurance Agency with offices in Hoopeston and Milford, which he operated until his retirement.

An excellent conversationalist, Bob became an authority on local area history and loved nothing more than to regale anyone who would listen with his “seemingly endless tales” of his own life experiences and the scores of fascinating people he met along the way.  He was a lifelong student of agriculture and financial markets and enjoyed golf, collecting coins, and watching Illini sports in his spare time.

Bob is survived by one sister, Norma Irvin, of Wellington; one son, Todd Totheroh of Bloomington; one son-in-law, Eric “Rick” Bach of Bloomington, IL; 6 granddaughters, Whitney Totheroh of Bloomington, IL, Lacey Stroink of Dallas, TX, Taylor (Cody) Robinson of Atlanta, IL, Emma, Grace, and Sophie Totheroh of Bloomington, IL; two great – granddaughters, Lillian and Delilah Robinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Maury of Wellington; his wife, Louise; and two daughters, Kathy Stroink and Cindy Bach.

He was a member of the Milford Christian Church and served his community in many volunteer positions over the years.

Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday February 12, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday February 13, 2019 at the funeral home, with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

The family suggests donations to the Milford Christian Church 811 E. Hickory St., Milford, IL 60953, OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637, or a charity of the donor’s choice in Bob’s name.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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