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Harold L. Bushue, 86, of Rankin

Harold L. Bushue, 86, of Rankin passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born June 18, 1932 in Edgewood, IL, the son of Ernest and Evelyn Hinkle Bushue and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Donald Bushue.

He married Arlene V. Swingler on May 10, 1958 in Teutopolis and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Gina (Dan) Camp of Loda and Jodi (Mark) Carter of Naperville; three sons, Jeff M. (Pam) Bushue of Danville, Gregg (Karen) Bushue of Rankin and Marc (Sheri) Bushue of Louisville, KY; four sisters, Belva (Paul) Trudeau of California, Judy (Tom) Johnson of Columbus, IN, Janet Schramm of Danville and Patty Fancher of Columbus, IN; one brother, Mike (Pat) Bushue of Rankin; fourteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bushue served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime farmer in the Rankin area. Harold was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston, Cissna Park American Legion, and was a charter member of the Rankin Lions Club.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston. Fr. Tom Gibson will officiate. Burial will follow at Rankin Union Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin. A prayer service will follow at 7:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Arthur Kelnhofer, 68, of Hoopeston

Arthur James “Art” Kelnhofer, 68, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:02 P.M. Monday December 3, 2018 at his home.  He was born March 15, 1950, in Danville, IL, the son of Herbert Roy and Nettie Naomi (Dean) Kelnhofer.  He married Kristi Ann Ellis on June 1, 1968, at St Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston.  She survives in Hoopeston, IL.

He is also survived by three daughters, Joy K. Smith of Beaufort, SC, Joanna L. Kelnhofer (Scott Lewis) of Beaufort, SC, and Jeanne M. (David) Willingham of Beaufort, SC; four sisters, Regina K. Sollars of Centennial, CO, Mary Ann (Rick) Kincade of Mt. Pleasant, WI, Sherry L. (Rick) Hayn of Hoopeston, IL, and Christy J. Wood (Dave Miller) of Watseka, IL; 9 grandchildren, Miranda Smith, Caitlyn Smith, Kelsey Kelnhofer, Alexis Kelnhofer, Haley Wright, McCayla Willingham, and Collin Willingham all of Beaufort, SC; Brianna Kelnhofer (Kyle Looney) of Bluffton, SC and Christopher Willingham of Cherry Point, NC; one great-grandchild, Kaden Looney of Bluffton, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and twin sons, Herbert Roy and Dale Curtis Kelnhofer.

Art served in the United States Marine Corps. for 21 years as a maintenance aircraft officer.  After his retirement from the service, he was a press operator at the Beaufort Gazette for several years.  He enjoyed tinkering on cars with his Dad, watching the TV classics, and spending time with is family especially his grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday December 10, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 PM Monday at the funeral home, with Steve Unger officiating.  Burial will follow at Mann’s Chapel in rural Rossville, IL.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

Memorials may be made in Art’s memory to the Hoopeston Animal Shelter 901 W. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942, the Save the Lorraine Foundation c/o Iroquois Federal, 511 S. Chicago Rd, Hoopeston, IL 60942 or online at www.savethelorraine.com, or the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 207 W. Prospect Road, Suite 1, Bloomington, IL 61704. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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Helen Louise Howard, 97, of South Holland IL, formerly of Hoopeston

Helen Louise Howard, 97, of South Holland IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:43 P.M. Wednesday November 28, 2018 at HCR Manorcare in Homewood, IL.  She was born July 13, 1921 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Oscar and Mamie (Johnson) Carlson.  She married Woodrow Clayton Howard on January 4, 1940 at his parent’s farm home in IL.  He preceded her in death at age 94 on December 26, 2012.

 

She is survived by:  two daughters, Karen K. Gerdes of Beaver Dam, WI and Shirley (Ray) Bridgeman of New Lenox, IL; two sons, Arthur C. (Crista) Howard of Colorado Springs, CO and Jeffrey G. Howard of South Holland, IL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents; one son, Oscar Howard; one son-in law, Marvin Gerdes; one sister, Anna “Ann” Marie Clouse; one brother-in-law, Earl E. Clouse; and two grandsons.

 

Helen was a homemaker.  Her favorite color was blue in keeping with her Swedish ancestry.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed taking care of neighborhood children, going to garage sales, and playing cards.  In her later years, she enjoyed going to the senior center, putting together jigsaw puzzles, taking care of her baby doll, and couponing.  She was blessed in her later years to be taken care of in her home by five wonderful women: Loretta Swigart, Kim Avila, Therese Swigart, Betty Ondreka, and Irene Stingley.

 

A visitation will be held at 1:00- 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 8, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 East Main Street Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Tom Cici officiating.  Burial will follow at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers, please direct your generosity to your favorite charity.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Edward "Eddie" Anthony Hillman III, 26, of Armstrong

Edward “Eddie” Anthony Hillman III, 26, of Armstrong, passed away suddenly at 9:29 a.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Eddie was born on July 23, 1992, in Danville, the son of Edward and Becky (Creighton) Hillman Jr.  He is survived by his parents; two sisters- Nicole (Tim) Beckham of Foley, Alabama and Heather (Tyson) Roan of Chicago; two nieces- Lily and Madison Roan; paternal grandparents- Edward and Jane Hillman Sr. of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents- Wilbur and Betty Creighton.

Eddie graduated from Armstrong Township High School in 2010.  He was an original founder of the Gamer’s Club, Captain of the Scholastic Bowl team, Senior Class President, member of the Homecoming Court and class Valedictorian at Armstrong Township High School.  He then graduated from Eastern Illinois University, in 2014.  Eddie graduated with honors and departmental honors.  While at EIU, he was President of the RHA.  After graduating from EIU, Eddie began teaching physics and chemistry at Armstrong High School.  He also had a great love for archery and served as the archery coach at Schlarman Academy.  In the fall of 2016, Eddie moved to Nebraska, where he served as a grad research assistant at the University of Nebraska, while pursuing his PhD in Plant Pathology.  Eddie was a member of the Mycological Society of America.  He loved archery, kayaking, long boarding, playing his guitar, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.  Eddie was always known for his great sense of humor and how he would do anything for anybody.  He would always find a way to help people solve their problems.  Eddie touched so many lives and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2018, at the Middlefork United Methodist Church, in Potomac, with Pastor George Desmond officiating.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Armstrong Township High School.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Partlow Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Edward Hillman III Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Eddie’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Richard "Dick" E. Jones, 79, of Hoopeston

Richard “Dick” E. Jones, 79, of Hoopeston, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Dick was born on March 1, 1939, in Danville, Illinois, the son of Marion Dwight and Betty (Marlow) Jones.  He married Marilyn Block on June 29, 1959, at the Danville United Methodist Church.  She preceded him in death on December 8, 2004.

He is survived by two sons- Randy Jones of Oxford, Indiana and Mark Jones of Hoopeston; five grandchildren- Ryan and Kyle Jones, Tia Williams, Levi Williams and Alexis Wood; and five great-grandchildren- Finley, Emma, Onisty, Darius and Analise.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Dick graduated from John Greer High School.  He worked in the automotive business for over 60 years, owning car dealerships in Milford and Hoopeston.  He enjoyed motorsports, football, going to auctions and watching auctions on TV.  He also loved classic cars, antique tractors and working.

A Celebration of Richard “Dick” E. Jones Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2018, at the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, with Pastor Tom Cici officiating.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Dick’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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Elizabeth Marie Kirby-Ferguson, 29, of Rossville

Elizabeth Marie Kirby-Ferguson, 29, of Rossville, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at St. Louis University Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Elizabeth was born on September 29, 1989, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Robert and Julie (Yaden) Kirby.  She married John Ferguson on April 16, 2010, in Danville.  He survives.

She is also survived by her three children- Halie, Nathan and Christian Ferguson; parents- Robert and Julie Kirby of Hoopeston; sister- Stephanie (Jesse Rosenberger) Kirby of Rossville; maternal grandmother- Beverly Yaden of Hoopeston; two nieces- Elly May and Mia Kirby; mother-in-law- Shirley Ferguson of Haughton, Louisiana; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister- Melinda Kirby; maternal grandfather- Cecil Yaden, paternal grandparents- Keith and Peggy Kirby and father-in-law- Gary Ferguson.

Elizabeth attended Rossville Grade School and Bismarck-Henning High School.  She was a member of Antioch Church of Christ.  Elizabeth enjoyed fishing, going for walks, riding her bike, penny shopping and flea markets.  The love of her life was spending time with her children.

A Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Elizabeth’s children to help with their college fund.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Elizabeth’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Steven Alan "Squire" Rhodes, 62, of Hoopeston

Steven Alan “Squire” Rhodes, 62, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:42 p.m. Thursday November 29, 2018 at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana, IL.  He was born December 5, 1955 in Danville, IL, the son of Donald J. and Eunice (Dietel) Rhodes.  He married Sara Ann Fourez on November 9, 1997.  She survives in Hoopeston.

 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday December 4, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday December 5, 2018 at the funeral home, with Dave Rhodes officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

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Geroldene "Jerri" A. (Gebhart) Kult, 61, of Boswell

Geroldene “Jerri” A. (Gebhart) Kult, 61, of Boswell passed away on November 25, 2018 at The Gathering Together located in Plainfield, Indiana. She was born November 26, 1956 to the late Harvey and Edna Gebhart.

 

Jerri grew up in the Greater Lafayette area and was a graduate of Wainwright High School in 1975. Working in various industries throughout her life, Jerri found cooking to be her passion. She owned and worked at different restaurants throughout her career life. Jerri enjoyed spending time with her family, church friends, friends, and neighbors. She had recently helped organize a block party for her Boswell neighbors. Jerri was a loving, generous spirit who would help anyone in need. She touched the lives of those around her and will be missed dearly. 

 

Jerri married Bryon Kult at Dayton United Methodist Church on May 30, 1994. He survives. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her six (6) children: Kristyl Frantz (Brandon) Shoaf, Lynn Frantz (Mike) Cooley, Gregory (Beth) Frantz, Mallory Kult (Craig) Redlin, Rebecca Wolfe (Chris) Shepperd, and Elizabeth Wolfe (Scott) Dadacz and her fourteen (14) grandchildren. Jerri is also survived by her sister, Kathy Krell.

 

A visitation will be held 2:00P.M. – 5:30P.M. EST on Saturday December 8, 2018 at the Fowler Christian Church.  A celebration of life will follow the visitation at 5:30 P.M. EST at the church with Pastor Kirk Zimmerman officiating.  No burial will be held.

 

Memorials can be made to: The Gathering Together, 147 N. Center Street, Plainfield, Indiana 46168; Heart to Heart Hospice, 2611 Waterfront Parkway East Drive, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46214; the Fowler Christian Church 106 N. Madison Ave, Fowler, Indiana 47944; or to Jerri’s family.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston, IL, is helping the family with arrangements.

 

 

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Donna Marie Gagnon, 70, of Rossville

Donna Marie Gagnon, 70, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 11:11 A.M. Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Heath Center in Hoopeston.  She was born October 11, 1948, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Leland and Gladys (Lewis) Turner.  She married Kenneth Gagnon on October 21, 1966, in Rossville, IL.  He preceded her in death on August 18, 2013.

She is survived by one daughter, Pamela Stevens of Rankin, IL; one son, Michael (Megan) Gagnon of Danville, IL; one brother, Duane (Linda) Turner of Rossville, IL; 7 grandchildren, Bodyn Gagnon, Maya Gagnon, Eric Bell, Jacob Mann, Miranda Williams, Dylan Stevens, and Nicholas Stevens; 3 great-grandchildren, Aryonna Rose, Avery Kenneth, and Brantley Chase and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by very special friends, Cindy Shank Bell, Judy Rayfield, Vickie Danner, Nicole Mathews, Alandize, and Mya and her St. Bernard, Harvey St. Augustine Gagnon.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; and son-in-law, Allen Stevens.

Donna and her husband, Kenny, owned The Village Pub in Rossville for 10 years.  She later worked in the cafeteria at Rossville-Alvin schools until her retirement.  She loved walking her dogs and going out to eat, especially at McDonald’s.  Donna also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Friday November 30, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor Kevin Purdy officiating.  No burial will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter, 14775 Catlin Tilton Road, Danville, IL 61834.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Nora Elia Rodriguez Cruz, 61, formerly of Hoopeston

Nora Elia Rodriguez Cruz, 61, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 6:23 P.M. Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Chicago, IL.  She was born March 2, 1957, in Harlingen, TX, the daughter of Liborio G. and Santiaga (Espino) Rodriguez.  She was married to Gabino Cruz.  He survives.

She is survived by her mother, Santiaga Rodriguez; three sons, Juan M. Robles, Jr. (Courtney Messerle) of Kankakee, IL, Santos Robles (Evelin Zavala) of Chicago, IL, and Jose A. Robles (Amber Boudreau) of Kankakee, IL; four sisters, Maria Graciela (Ramon Sr.) Solis of New Braunfels, TX, Olga Lydia (Paul) Mayer of Seguin, TX, Corina Rodriguez of Chicago, IL, and Nancy Rodriguez (Stephen) Spadaro of San Antonio, TX; three brothers, Joe Rodriguez of Champaign, IL, Robert Rodriguez of Tampa, FL,  and Lionel Rodriguez of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Isaiah Liborio, Julieta, and Camila Santiaga; three step-grandchildren, Trenton, Dylan, and Layla; fifteen nieces and nephews, Erika, Jessica (Jose Luis/Pepe), Jose Luis Jr. “Sonny”, Jacklyn, Sara, Isabella, Camilla, Sophie, Ramon Jr. (Charity), Evelina (Ivan), Taylor (Marisa), Rachelle (Jeremiah), Natalie, Gia, and Bella; and eight great-nieces and nephews, Christopher, Marrissa, Isamar, Pepito “LJ”, Andrew, Kellen, Rowan, and Hope.

She was preceded in death by her father, Liborio Rodriguez; her grandparents in Mexico, and her sister-in-law, Elida.

Nora loved her family and family gatherings.  She adored her grandchildren and her sisters were her best friends.  She had a fun-loving spirit and brought joy wherever she went.  She was always cheerful, sweet, and kind.  Nora loved listening to Christian music and had a strong faith.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Thursday November 29, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church 423 S. Third St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral mass will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Thursday at the church, with Father Thomas Gibson officiating.  Following the service, she will be cremated.  No burial will be held.

Memorials may be made in Nora’s memory to St Anthony Catholic Church, 423 S. Third St., Hoopeston, IL 60942 or Phil’s Friends, 1350 Lake St. Suite I, Roselle, IL 60172 (philsfriends.org).

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

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

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R. Tommy McMillan, 81, of Hoopeston

R. Tommy McMillan, 81, of Hoopeston, IL., passed away Sunday November 25, 2018, at 9:55 A.M. at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  He was born February 9, 1937, in Casey, IL, the son of Thomas and Hazel (Johns) McMillan.  He married Marilyn Thomas on August 21, 1959 in Greenup, IL.  She survives.

 

He is survived by one daughter, Rhonda (John) Watson of Glasgow, KY; three sons, Eric (Karla) McMillan of Hoopeston, IL., Shaun (Annette) McMillan of Wellington, IL., and Anthony McMillan of Hoopeston, IL; one sister – in – law, Garnet McMillan of Franklin, NC; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and only brother, Rhondel McMillan.

 

Tommy was a teacher for forty-four years.  He taught basic business and typing which later became keyboarding.  He was the last teacher in the state of Illinois to teach short hand.  Tommy taught in East Lynn until 1973 and then taught at Hoopeston – East Lynn High School when they consolidated.  He worked at Stokley’s during corn pack season from 1973 until the early 90’s.  He belonged to the Hoopeston Historical Society and attended the United Brethren Church of Claytonville, where he served as the church secretary and treasurer.  Tommy ran the scoreboard for wrestling, volleyball, and basketball and was the ticket taker for many sports.  He enjoyed gardening, reading his Bible and loved visiting with his friends at Henning’s Root Beer Stand Restaurant.

 

A visitation will be held 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the First Church of God 1004 E. Orange St.  Hoopeston, IL with Sam Ristow and Sam Terrell officiating.  Burial will follow at Amity Cemetery in Goodwine, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to the family c/o Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.  They will be establishing a scholarship fund for youths to become an educator. 

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Evelyn "Evie" Ruth Hofer Martin

Evelyn “Evie” Ruth Hofer Martin passed away on November 21, 2018 at Heritage Health in Hoopeston, Illinois. She was born on January 4, 1928 to Andrew and Agnes (Kelly) Hofer on a farm near Chalmers, Indiana. On June 19, 1949, she married Richard “Dick” Martin, her husband of almost 68 years. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2017. 

 Evelyn is survived by her four children:  Linda Martin of Hoopeston, IL, Carol Martin (Shari Grote) of Minneapolis, MN, Donna Martin (Sarah Reckmeyer) of Ottawa, IL, and David Martin (Brenda Villa) of Cincinnati, OH; two grandsons: Sean (Bianca) Danner of Madison, WI and Scot (Jen) Danner of Danville, IL; and one great-granddaughter, Madison Danner. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Zelma Klene and husband James Klene; one brother, Rev. Andrew Hofer and wife Charlotte “Chi” Hofer; and one sister in infancy, Dorothy. 

 Evelyn attended East Lynn Grade and High Schools, graduating in 1945. She remained loyal to East Lynn green and white her entire life. Upon graduation from high school, she worked at FMC until she was married. Evie and Dick partnered closely, raising 4 children and running operations at Maple View Farm.  Later, she shared her gift of hospitality as the local Welcome Wagon lady, as receptionist at the Hoopeston Chronicle, and as a Meals on Wheels volunteer. In her final years, Evie enjoyed making new friends and reconnecting with old ones at Autumn Fields and Heritage Health. 

 Evelyn was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, where she served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir. She kept her love of music alive playing piano and singing throughout her life. She was also a member of the Sweet Corners Square Dance Club, Owl Club, and was a past Worthy Grand Matron of Eastern Star.

 A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Hoopeston, Illinois with Rev. Wade Meranda and Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church two hours prior to the service. Cremation rites have been entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home. The family would appreciate memorial gifts be given to First Presbyterian Church, Hoopeston Public Library, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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

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Billie Frank Norris, 91, of Hoopeston

Billie Frank Norris, 91, of Hoopeston, passed away at 11:49 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Norris was born on March 27, 1927, in Burkesville, Kentucky, the son of John and Crettie (Scott) Norris.  He married Irma Marie Matthews on July 16, 1949, in Jamestown, Kentucky.  She preceded him in death on November 1, 2002.

He is survived by two sons-Wayne (Judy) Norris and Dennis Norris both of Hoopeston; three grandchildren- Cindy (Dan) Johnston, Eric Norris and Betsy (Troy) Stevens; two great-grandchildren- Cody Johnston and Morgan Stevens; two sisters- Ruby Milton of San Antonio, Texas and Mary Lou Hickey of Dunlap, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Billie worked as a production mechanic at American Can Company for 40 years, until his retirement in 1987.  He enjoyed boating, camping, fishing, traveling, telling stories and socializing at the coffee shop.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Floral Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Billie’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Connie Lou Nelson, 73, formerly of Potomac

Connie Lou Nelson, 73, formerly of Potomac, passed away at 1:26 p.m. Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton.

Connie was born on May 15, 1945, in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of Dale and Alice (Livingston) Huffman.  She married David J. Nelson on February 14, 1965, in Potomac.  He survives.

She is also survived by her mother Alice Huffman; brother- Dale (Lynn) Huffman of Urbana; sister- Glenda (Doug) Thompson of Luxemburg, Wisconsin; niece- Jamie (Michael) Ellars; nephew- Zach (Jen) Huffman; and six great-nieces and nephews- Natalie, Callie, Dillon, Aiden, Elliot and Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and father.

Connie graduated from Potomac High School in 1963.  She started her career at Chanute Air Force Base where she met her husband Dave. They moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for 28 years as an executive assistant at Honeywell.  Connie finished her career at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, until her retirement.  She enjoyed collecting cookbooks, shopping, reading and playing the piano.  Connie loved and cherished her family and was very generous to all of them. 

A Celebration of Connie’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Randy Holden officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Potomac Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Connie’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Mildred Jackson, 94, of Hoopeston

Mildred Jackson, 94, of Hoopeston, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Heritage Health, in Hoopeston.

She was born on April 10, 1924, in Lebanon, Kentucky, the daughter of Charlie and Rose (Farmer) Riley.  She married Albert Jackson on December 7, 1940, in Lebanon, Kentucky.  He preceded her in death on November 17, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Joseph (Glenda) Jackson of Russellville, Ind., Carolyn (Steve) Gigax of Patricksburg, Ind., Dorothy Denny of Greencastle, Ind., Linda (Byron) Yanders of Hoopeston, Mildred (Scott) Hoss of Rocky Ford, Colo., Gerald (Amy) Jackson of Bismarck, Brenda (Tony) Perryman of Rabbit, Ky., Kenneth Jackson of Hoopeston and Margaret Ward of Rocky Ford, Colorado; 47 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren, seven great-great-great-grandchildren; and one sister- Shara (Paul) Cox of Lebanon, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters, three brothers and six sisters.

Mildred was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, making crafts and spending time with her family,

A Celebration of Mildred Jackson’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery.   The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Jackson’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Fred Dean Rosenberger, 77, of Armstrong

Fred Dean Rosenberger, 77, of Armstrong, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Gardenview Manor, in Tilton.

Mr. Rosenberger was born on January 1, 1941, in Champaign, the son of Frederick and Salma (Green) Rosenberger.  He married Sharon Wolfe on December 9, 1966, in Champaign.  She survives.

He is also survived by four daughters- Lori (Kirk) Donovan of Mansfield, Rebecca Rosenberger of Houston, Texas, Sherry Rosenberger of Houston, Texas and Robin Rosenberger of Rantoul; three sons- Wayne Rosenberger of Quincy, Scott Wolfe of Bismarck and Jesse Rosenberger of Armstrong; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister-Peggy (Ron) Eldridge of Homer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-Todd Rosenberger, daughter- Diana Strong, two brothers and two sisters.

Fred worked for several years as the manager of Rolling Hills Campground.  He was a member of the Urbana Church of Christ.  Fred was a jack of all trades and could fix anything.  He enjoyed camping, taking care of his chickens, hiking and sightseeing.

According to his wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  He will be laid to rest at a later date in Partlow Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Rosenberger’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Donald Lee "Don" Gillis, 57, of Rossville

Donald Lee “Don” Gillis, 57, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 5:24 A.M. Tuesday November 13, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born October 25, 1961, in Danville, IL, the son of Robert Luther and Betty Lou (Ault) Gillis.  He married Rebecca Sue Freeman on November 1, 1980 in Bismarck, IL.  She survives in Rossville.

He is also survived by two daughters, Amy (Chris) Myers of Bismarck, IL and Emily Anne Scates of Rossville, IL; one son, Michael Gillis of Bismarck, IL; one sister, Debra Delahr of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, Allen (Tami) Gillis of Rossville, IL; four grandchildren, Taylor and Kaitlyn Myers, Mia Gillis, and Josephine Scates; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luther and Myrtle Gillis and Frank and Nova Ault; and his parents.

Don was a painter for 37 years.  He served as a past little league coach and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Saturday November 17, 2018 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. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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Clarence Lloyd Kentner 91, of Rossville

Clarence Lloyd Kentner,91,  of Rossville, went to be with the Lord on November 10, 2018. Lloyd died on the family farm east of Alvin, Illinois, where he was born on October 29, 1927, the son of Charlie Ambrose and Zora Ermina (Phipps) Kentner. Lloyd and Nola Wylder were married in the Rossville Methodist parsonage on December 18, 1947. Nola preceded Lloyd in death on August 6, 2009. Surviving are their children: Sue (Lonnie) Seymour, Rita Armbrust, Charlie (Shirley) Kentner, Debbie (Clif) Craig, and Dianna (Larry) Gernand. Lloyd is survived by eleven grandchildren: Michael Craig, Angie (Solomon) Chan, Becky (Shawn) Drennan, Andy (Emily) Gernand, Jackie (Doug) Malan, Patrick Seymour, Liz (Choulong) Traimany, Katie (Daniel) Bretscher, Ashley Gernand, David Armbrust, and Luke (Thea) Gernand, as well as twelve great-grandchildren: Morgan Drennan, Macey Gernand, Hunter Malan, Tristen Drennan, Evan Gernand, Zachary Craig, Drew Gernand, Lexie Malan, Ryan Traimany, Felicity Malan, Levi Traimany, and Noah Bretscher. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Dennis Armbrust; two grandchildren, Emily Gernand and Jacob Kentner; and five sisters: Zeda Moore, Florence Johnson, Glenna Hughes, June Deck, and Frances Lanham.

 

Growing up, Lloyd lived on Sumner farm east of Alvin where his family moved in 1923.  For grades first through eighth, he attended the neighborhood one-room Sumner School and then graduated from Alvin High School in 1945. After graduation, Lloyd partnered with his father in farming. In 1947, he married Nola, and they became the tenant farmers who lived on Sumner farm. At this time, Lloyd's parents moved to a farm south of Danville they had recently purchased. In 1992, Lloyd, Nola, Charlie, and Shirley bought Sumner farm. At the time of his death, Lloyd still resided on the family farm where he was born and lived for his entire life of 91 years.

 

Lloyd was a president of the Alvin School Board when his children were in attendance there. He was a member of the Alvin Methodist Church and later the Rossville United Methodist Church. With his son, Charlie, he was a regular participant in the Sunday morning men's breakfast and services at the church.

 

Throughout his life, Lloyd loved music. Self-taught, he played both guitar and mandolin. Often during the midday break after eating lunch, he would spend a few minutes playing music with a day worker, friend, or one of his children. He loved the chance to let the stress melt away as he engaged in this favorite pastime. When his fingers stiffened with age and he could no longer play himself, he still enjoyed listening to the music of others.

 

Lloyd's life was filled with the activities of a busy farmer. In the early years, he took on a variety of second jobs to provide for his growing family. He did custom spraying for others, and he sold both grain dryers and seed corn. He often helped his neighbors with their welding needs. Both he and Nola were quick to lend a helping hand when someone needed help. Over the years, they worked with their son Charlie to expand their farming operation. In 1978, Lloyd and Nola were pictured in a Monsanto advertisement which appeared in several farm magazines. Lloyd was very passionate about farming and the land; he was always eager to engage in "farm talk."

 

Visitation will be Sunday, November 18, from 2-5 pm at the Rossville United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday, November 19, at 10:30 am at the Rossville United Methodist Church, with one hour of visitation preceding the service. Burial will be in Gundy Cemetery.

 

Memorials can be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church in Lloyd’s name.

 

The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Kentner’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with his family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Mary L. (Fennell) (McCool) Brown

Mary L. (Fennell) (McCool) Brown passed away on October 28, 2018.  She is predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Roger W. Brown and her twin sisters, Loretta and Lorraine Fennell.  She is survived by her step-son, Roger W. Brown II; four grandchildren, Lindsay Roberts and her family, Trevor Chapman and his daughter, Ryan Brown and his family, and Tyler Brown.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Sandra Brown, several cousins, and her Aunt Mary.  Mary was born on February 18, 1943, in Canton, MA.  She was an award-winning realtor in Nashua for many years. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to Brookhaven Hospice of Bedford, NH.

Mary will be interred with her husband and sisters in Rossville, IL.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday November 16, 2018 at the Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL, with Father Thomas Gibson and Pastor Chris Quick officiating.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Shirley Dale York, 93, of Hoopeston

Shirley Dale York, 93, of Hoopeston, passed away at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.

Mr. York was born on February 4, 1925, in Hoopeston, the son of John and Nora (Murphy) York.  He married Patricia Keith on September 6, 1953, in Hoopeston.  She survives.

He is also survived by three sons- John “Dale” (Olga) York of Hoopeston, Don (Michelle) York of Hoopeston and Steve (Jennifer) York of Grant Park; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister- Amy Howk.

Shirley graduated from John Greer High School and later enlisted in the United States Army, where he served from 1943 to 1946.  He worked for several years as an electronic technician, starting at TRW and retiring from Schumacher’s, in 1995.  He was a member of the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  Shirley enjoyed recording music, reading, going to the library and spending time with his wife Patricia.  He also loved building and working on electronics and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. 

A Celebration of Shirley Dale York’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, 309 E. Washington St. Hoopeston, with Pastor Ken Cameron officiating.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Danville Alliance Church or to the Hoopeston Public Library.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. York’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Alice Marie (Butcher) Phillips, 80, of Danville

Alice Marie (Butcher) Phillips, 80, of Danville, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Danville.

Mrs. Phillips was born on February 28, 1938, in Danville, the daughter of Cecil and Sylvia (Rector) Butcher.  She married Darrell Lee Phillips on July 28, 1956, in Johnsonville, Indiana.  He preceded her in death on January 12, 1981.

She is survived by five sons- Kenneth (Cher) Phillips, Jerald Phillips, Russell (Chris) Phillips, William Phillips and Mark Phillips; eleven grandchildren- Ambre, Shelby, Damion, Jenifer, Erin, Andrew, Zachary, Whitney, Kendra, Terra and Devin; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way; one great-great grandchild; and her life-long friend- Mary Lee Estes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters- Brenda and Donna Phillips, one sister and five brothers.

Alice graduated from Danville High School.  She was a member of the Alvin Church of God.  She enjoyed crafting, cooking and loved spending time with her family and friends during the holidays.  Alice was always the most excited “kid” during Christmas.  She was the best mom and was always known as mom to all of her family and loved ones.

The Phillip’s family would like to extend a very special “Thank You” to Susan and William Powell for being with Alice and the family during her time in the hospital.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2018, at Gundy Cemetery, in Bismarck, with Pastor Dan Hunt officiating.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Phillip’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Betty Gholson Eckersley Boehme, 93, of Hoopeston

Betty Gholson Eckersley Boehme, 93, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 6:12 P.M. Thursday November 1, 2018 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born July 24, 1925 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Vernon and Helen (Thornbury) Gholson.  She married Dale Eckersley in 1949.  He preceded her in death on August 8, 1966.  She later married Wayne Boehme in October 1971 and he preceded her in death on November 16, 1997.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia (Paul) Berthiaume of Saugus, MA; one son, Don Eckersley of Wellington, IL; two step-daughters, Sandy McCord of Hoopeston, IL and Betty Homa of Hoopeston, IL; four sisters, Mary Knapp of Cissna Park, IL, Shirley (Butch) Sondgerath of Ambia, IN, Alice Butts of Danville, IL, and Pat (Ron) Sondgerath of Indianapolis, IN; six grandchildren, Chris (Vanessa) Flohr, Desirae (Ahmy) Arca, Sarah Soleau, Rachel (Mark) Burns, Allison Berthiaume, Jessica (Travis) DeRossett; two step-grandchildren, Jason (Melia) McCord and Eric McCord; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Vernon Gholson II, William Gholson, Carl Gholson, Bernard Gholson, and Robert Gholson; and two brothers-in-law, Earl Knapp and Larry Butts.

 Betty worked in the lunchroom at Hoopeston-East Lynn School until her retirement.  She served in the United States Naval Reserve and was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday November 6, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday November 7, 2018 at the funeral home, with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

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 Betty’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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G. Joseph Peto, 75, of Danville

G. Joseph Peto, 75, of Danville, IL, passed away October 17, 2018 in Proviso Township, IL.  He was born June 22, 1943, in Olympia, WA, the son of George J. and Marjorie Louise (Glassford) Peto. 

He is survived by one son, Martin W. (Julie A.) Peto of Joliet, IL; two grandchildren; Emily R. Peto and Neil E. Peto; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and one aunt, Betty M. Glassford.

Joseph retired from General Motors in 1995 after 37 years of service.  He was a member of the Danville Masonic Lodge #38.

A private graveside service will be held.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Tenley Jo Eighner precious infant daughter of Josh and Kristen Eighner

  Tenley Jo Eighner precious infant daughter of Josh and Kristen Eighner passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, Illinois.

 

   She is survived and will be missed by her parents Josh and Kristen Eighner of Rankin, IL.; her maternal grandparents, Denny and Debbie Aberle of Thawville, IL.; her paternal grandparents Darrin and Karen Eighner of Rankin, IL., Cathy and Doug Luecke of Cissna Park, IL.; her maternal great-grandma, Rita Jardine of Saunemin, IL. and her paternal great-grandparents, Jerry (Ann) Bleich of Rankin, IL.; two aunts, Renee (Michael) Harris of Hudson, IL., Bina (Cody) Schmidt of Roberts IL., one uncle, Matt (Emily) Aberle of Mt. Morris, IL.; one step aunt, Jamie Luecke and three cousins, Rhett Aberle, Barrett Harris and Laken Luecke.

 

 

   Tenley was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Hank and Donna Aberle, Marvin Jardine and her paternal great-grandparents, Dick Eighner, Betty Scullin and Karen Bleich.

 

   Graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Rankin Union Cemetery, Rankin, IL with Pastor Debra Domeier officiating. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com

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Robert Lee Garman, 73, of Hoopeston

Robert Lee Garman, 73, of Hoopeston, IL., passed away at 5:33 P.M. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at his home.  He was born on July 11, 1945, the son of Robert J. and Maxine (Cooper) Garman. 

 He is survived by three daughters, Andrea Garman of Hoopeston, IL., Amanda (Chuck) Landers of Hoopeston, IL., and Ashlee (Scott) Polen of Wilmington, NC.; one sister, Judy (Earl) Davis of Ambia, IN., five grandchildren, Zachary Garman, Baylea Hasbargen, Blaine Landers, Chas Landers, and Mary Ella Polen; one great- grandchild, Anna Lucas, and several nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Janice Vogrin, and Mary Jeffers.

 Robert was in the Army from 1966 – 1968.  He worked for the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157.

 Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 26, 2018 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

 Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Robert’s eternal tribute page and to send condolences to the family.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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