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Robert "Papp" Foster, 90, of Rossville

Robert Gene “Papp” Foster, 90, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 7:15 A.M. Monday January 13, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Resident Home in Watseka, IL.  He was born January 29, 1929, in Rossville, IL, the son of Burt and Blanch (Simpson) Foster.  He married Euna Bray on September 18, 1954 in Rossville, IL.  She survives in Rossville.

He is also survived by one daughter, Bobbi (Cordie) Phillips of Rossville, IL; two sons, Joe Foster of Alvin, IL and Tom (Susan) Foster of Bellflower, IL; one sister, Bette; seven grandchildren, John (Becky) Kinnett, Guy (Jennifer) Foster, Logan Foster, Tony (Chelsea) Foster, Kayla Foster, Tee Billings, and Hayden Foster; five great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Garet, Blake, Eli, and Asher; two great-great-grandchildren, Landon and Kendal; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings, Stanley, Bert, Clifford, Guy, Lois, Marge, Mary, and Alice.

Robert was a farmer in the Rossville area for many years.  He enjoyed planting his garden and giving all his produce to his kids and grandkids.  Papp enjoyed spending time with his family and loved his dog, Charlie.

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded, and no services will be held.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

  

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Laura Louise Lawless, 102, of Danville, formerly of Potomac

Laura Louise Lawless, 102, of Danville, formerly of Potomac, passed away at 6:39 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2020, at North Logan Healthcare, in Danville.

Louise was born on December 5, 1917, in Armstrong, the daughter of Oscar and Lula Mae (Delph) Downing.  She married Sellis Lawless on September 17, 1938, in Indiana.  He preceded her in death in 2004. 

She is survived by one daughter- Shirleen Esworthy of Catlin; two sons- Larry (Carol) Lawless and Ron (Donna) Lawless both of Potomac; son-in-law- Rick Johnson of Potomac; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter- Joni Johnson, seven brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren- Nick Lawless and Sean Warren.

She graduated from Armstrong High School.  She was a member of the Potomac Church of Christ.  Louise enjoyed calligraphy, writing news articles, collecting history of Potomac, reading and spending time with her family.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Partlow Cemetery, in Armstrong.  Memorials may be made to the Potomac Church of the Nazarene.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Louise’s life.  Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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Ella Mae Allen, 85, of Rossville

Ella Mae Allen, 85, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 3:01 A.M. Wednesday January 8, 2020, at her home.  She was born August 13, 1934, in Marine City, MI, the daughter of Charles Elmer and Theresa (Benedict) Ware. 

She is survived by four daughters, Carol Lynn (Wallace) Booms of MI, Theresa M. Aldis (Jim) Henderson of MI, Crystal A. (Daniel) Sageman of Rossville, IL, and Sherry E. Aldis (Brian) Orr of AL; two sons, Howard S. Aldis of MI and Charles W. Aldis of Danville, IL; one step-son, Howard E. (Pam) Aldis Jr. of NC; 20 grandchildren, Heather (Steven) Ziegenfelder, Andrew (Mary) Booms, Joshua (Stephanie) Booms, Reuben (Tara) Booms, Beverly (Jacob) Bouverette, Christina (Chad) Smith, Robert (Jody) Sageman, Wayne (Melissa) Aldis; David (Nicole) Aldis, Eric Aldis, Nicki (Chris) Aldis, Michael Orr, Heather (Sean) Talbot, Courtney (Taylor) Locke, Kearstin Aldis (Shaun), Chazz Aldis, Jona Aldis, Holly Updegrove, Sara Henderson, and Jessica Henderson; 35 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert K. Aldis; two daughters-in-law, Gloria A. Aldis and Donna Aldis; one sister, Theresa Ellen Ware; three brothers, Charles, William, and James Ware; and two sisters-in-law, Ethel Ware and Rebecca Ware.

Ella Mae worked at various places throughout her life including, Conair, Caradco, and Combs.  She loved to sing, play the guitar, and draw.

A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday January 17, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday January 18, 2020 at the funeral home, with Ron Weishaar officiating.  Following the service, cremation rites will be accorded, and no burial will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Vicki Leonna Weiner, 56, of Watseka

Vicki Leonna Weiner, 56, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on January 9, 1963 in Jackson, TN, the daughter of Artie and Shirley (Fesmire) Olsen. Vicki married Cary P. Weiner on May 24, 1986 in Chicago.

 

She is survived by her husband Cary Weiner of Watseka; two daughters Terika (Lane) Weiner of Watseka and Ashley (Shawn) Lewis of Moline; one son Joseph (Kalli) Weiner of Milford; one sister Marci (James) Trafford of Round Lake; one brother Keith (Eva) Gutierrez of Lake in the Hills; four grandchildren Madyson Weiner, Addilyn Weiner, Layla Weiner and Joey Weiner; and her beloved animals Bijou and Gunther Bob.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter Leonna Marie Lewis.

Vicki managed VCA Animal Hospital for 15 years and was also a Volunteer at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. She had a strong love for animals, working alongside them for 30 years. She enjoyed playing games on her phone, but most of all, she loved being with her family. Her infectious laughter will be dearly missed.

 

A Celebration of Vicki’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 4pm, with visitation starting at 2pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Pastor Bart Koester will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Animal Rescue or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

Arrangements made by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Juan Colunga Jr., 41, of Hoopeston

Juan Colunga Jr., 41, of Hoopeston, passed away January 3, 2020, at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.

Juan was born on July 1, 1978, in Danville, the son of Juan and Rebecca (Solis) Colunga Sr. 

He is survived by his paternal grandmother- Oralia Colunga of Mission, Texas;  father- Juan (Cristina) Colunga of Mission, Texas; mother- Rebecca (Geraldo) Ruelas of La Grulla, Texas; significant other- Barbie Gibson of Hoopeston; three daughters- Yulissa Colunga of Austin, Texas, Toni Kelley of Danville and Lillian Stone of Hoopeston; five sons- Elyscha Wells, Devon Nosler, Rylen Gibson, Gabriel Colunga and Nathaniel Colunga all of Hoopeston; two step-children- Hannah and Isabella Linares of Hoopeston; two grandchildren- Amoriel Wells and Aeson Mockbee; two brothers- David (Debra) Colunga of Edinburg, Texas and Robert (Daniella) Ruelas of Rio Grande City, Texas; three sisters- Roxanne (Andy) Delacruz of Edinburg, Texas, Monica Colunga of Mission, Texas and Veronica Colunga and Mission, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents.

Juan worked for several area car dealers.  He loved selling cars, listening to music and going to his kids sporting events.  Juan was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

A Celebration of Juan’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.  Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Juan’s life.  Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Russell Drew Allen, 78, of Wellington

Russell Drew Allen, 78, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 3:32 P.M. Thursday January 2, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born August 14, 1941, in Watseka, IL, the son of Edward and Waunita (Ennen) Allen.  He married Joyce Jordan on October 19, 1990 in Hoopeston.  She survives in Wellington.

He is also survived by two sons, Roger (Vaughna) Allen of Hoopeston, IL and Rusty (Ellen) Allen of Lebanon, OH; two step-sons, Darrin (Anita) Lucas of Rankin, IL and Christopher (Lisa) Lucas of Avon, IN; two sisters, Sharon (John) Locke of Holland, MI and Suzanne (Nick) Porter of Middleton, WI; one brother, Keith (Barb) Allen of East Lynn, IL; 7 grandchildren, Matthew (Audrey) Allen, Tyler Allen, Natasha (Bryan) Mandel, Brenna (Kevin) Pantig, and Gabriel, Aubrey, and Charis Allen; 3 step-grandchildren, Alexa, Austin, and Jordan Lucas; one great-granddaughter, Kinsey Allen; one step great-granddaughter, Ophelia Lucas; and several special nieces and nephews, Jennifer Deuiven, Jared Locke, Geoffrey Porter, Aleta Magee, David Porter, Chad, Gordon, Danny, and Duane Allen, and Amy McNeill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Drew worked at Stokely’s as the assistant plant manager and later became the plant manager until his retirement.  He attended the Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene and had previously served on the Hoopeston City Council.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, woodworking, and watching television, especially the NFL.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday January 7, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday January 8, 2020 at the funeral home, with Pastor Tom McCann officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

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

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Donald Ellis Jr., 92, of Hoopeston,

Donald Ellis Jr., 92, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:36 A.M. Tuesday December 31, 2019, at Autumn Fields Adult Community in Hoopeston.  He was born August 6, 1927, in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Donald Eugene and Emma Lucille (McCalla) Ellis.  He married Florence Irene Ritter on February 9, 1946, in Rossville, IL.  She preceded him in death on September 1, 2007.

He is survived by one daughter, Marsha (Jeff) Wagoner; one son, Neil (Wanda) Ellis; four grandchildren, Becky (Scott) Kenworthy, Stephen (Angie) Wagoner, Wade (Sara) Ellis, and Stacey Wagoner;  and 9 great-grandchildren, Luke, Marissa, & Dane Kenworthy, Riley & Quinn Ellis, Caitlynn Wagoner, and Kylie, John, and Luke Knutson.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Lucille Ellis; stepmother, Helen Ellis; daughter, Kathryn Lynn; and brother, Richard.

Don was a farmer.  He was also a District Seed Corn Salesman for 25 years and the Clerk for Brenner Auction Company for 25 years.  He served as a Precinct Committeeman for 25 years, was a Warren County IN Councilman for 8 years, and served on the Warren County IN Sheriff’s Merit Board for multiple years.  Don also served on the Warren County IN 4-H Fair Board and the Seeger Memorial High School Athletic Boosters.  He was a member of the Rossville Church of Christ where he taught Sunday school for 64 years and served as an Elder for 58 years. During his high school years, he played basketball and football and was named an All-State Football Honorable Mention his Senior year.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. (Central Time) Friday January 3, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. (Central Time) Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Rossville Church of Christ 514 E. Attica St. Rossville, IL, with Pastor Kevin Purdy officiating.  Burial will follow in Rossville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hanging Rock Christian Camp, 6988 W State Road 28, West Lebanon, IN 47991 or the Rossville Church of Christ 514 E. Attica St. Rossville, IL 60963.

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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John Oliver "Jonnie" Bell, 79, of Watseka

John Oliver “Jonnie” Bell, 79, of Watseka, IL, passed away at 10:11 A.M. Friday, December 27, 2019 at Watseka Health Care.  He was born July 6, 1940 in Chicago, IL, the son of John Howard and Helen (Beals) Bell. 

 

He is survived by one sister, Christine A. (Lawerence) Wesch of Charleston, IL; one brother, David A. (Cynthia) Bell of Watseka, IL; one niece, Sarah E. (Joe) Combes; one nephew, John H. (Jackie) Bell, II; one great-niece, Ella E. Combes; and three great-nephews, Jack D. Combes, David A. Bell II, and Aiden R. Bell.  John also leaves many long-time close friends in the San Diego area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. 

 

John was a Major in the United States Air Force and served until his retirement as a navigator for air transport during the Vietnam War.  His hobbies included bicycling and flying remote control airplanes.

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

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, 200 N. Laird, Watseka, IL 60970.

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Virginia " Susie" Morts, 91, of Monmouth, IL

Virginia "Susie" Morts, 91, of Monmouth, IL, formerly of Rossville, IL, passed away at 7:50 P.M. Friday December 27, 2019 at Courtyard Estates of Monmouth.  Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.

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James A. Baumgartner, 83, of Watseka

James A. Baumgartner, 83, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born on January 19, 1936 in South Bend, IN, the son of Charles and Mary (Taylor) Baumgartner, Sr. He married Lila L. Fleming in Kokomo, IN on August 13, 1972 and she preceded him in death on March 24, 2008. 

 

Surviving are two daughters, Carol (Bruce) Besco of Ottawa, ON Canada and Jeanne (Jay) Johnston of Punta Gorda, FL; two sons, James (Linda Norris) Baumgartner Jr. of San Jose, CA and Andrew (Kathryn Ambs) Baumgartner of Ft. Wayne, IN; 3 grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Baumgartner of Vandalia, MI and Charles (Elaine) Baumgartner, Jr. of South Bend, IN; sister in law, Janet Baumgartner of Grand Rapids, MI; brother in law, Larry Brafman of Peru, IL; one step daughter, Marsha Hofbauer of Milford and one step son, Bill (Linda) Decker of Milford; 9 step grandchildren, 10 step great grandchildren, and 2 step great great grandchildren. 

 

In addition to his parents and his wife, Lila, Mr. Baumgartner was preceded in death by two brothers, Frederick and John Baumgartner; three sisters, Sister Veronica Baumgartner, Mary Katherine Skibbe, and June Brafman. 

 

Jim was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church and choir, Kiwanis Club, Barbershop Quartet Chorus, and the annual Iroquois County Christmas Cantata. 

 

Visitation will be on Saturday January 4, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 am at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 am at church with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. 

 

Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Dorothy Edson, 89, of Hoopeston

Dorothy Florence Edson, 89, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on Sunday December 22, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born July 8, 1930, in Irvington, NJ, the daughter of Herbert and Leona (Ott) Metz.  She married Tunis H. Edson in Tuxedo, NY in 1960.  He preceded her in death.
She is survived by one daughter, Sherry (Mark) Klemme of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Brad (Denise) Edson of Westtown, NY; one sister, Joan Blankenhorn of Closter, NJ; 4 grandchildren; and 3 nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.


Dorothy was a homemaker.  She also enjoyed caring for animals.


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


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


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


Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Loretta Gail Ingram, 61, of Hoopeston

Loretta Gail “Peanut” Ingram, 61, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:15 P.M. Friday December 20, 2019 at Danville Care Center in Danville, IL.  She was born August 25, 1958 in Danville, IL, the daughter of William and Alice (Matthews) Wagoner.


She is survived by her mother, Alice Wagoner of Hoopeston, IL; one daughter, Jessica Huckleby (fiancé Nathan Allis) of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, William Douglas (Sue) Wagoner of Hoopeston, IL; one niece, Susan (Douglas) Goble; two great-nieces, Shania and Kayla Goble; and one great-nephew, Seth Goble.


She was preceded in death by her father.


Loretta enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, and NASCAR races.  She was also an avid teddy bear collector.


Cremation rites will be accorded, and a visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Monday December 30, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home, with Rev. Tom Cici officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.


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


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


Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Brian D. Musk, 50, of Milford

Brian D. Musk, 50, of Milford passed away December 14, 2019 at his home in Milford. He was born June 24, 1969 in Kankakee, the son of Paul J. and Linda (DePatis) Musk. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Paul J. Musk.

Mr. Musk is survived by his four sons, Michael J. (Gabriela) Musk of Watseka, Tyler D. (Lauren) Musk of Watseka, Joshua N. Musk of Milford, and Jonathan L. Musk of Watseka; one grandson, Liam Michael Musk of Watseka; his mother and step father, Linda (Ron) Morrical of Watseka; one sister, Julie (Rob) Simpson of West Chester, OH; and paternal grandmother, Alice Musk of Hoopeston.

Brian was an auto mechanic. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

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

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Cynthia E. Brady, 70, of Watseka

Cynthia E. Brady, 70, of Watseka passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Watseka Rehab and Health Care in Watseka. She was born on January 15, 1949 in Momence, the daughter of Ivan and Madeline (Skaggs) Graves. She married Milton “Pete” Brady in New Jersey in 1968 and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Mark Graves; two sisters, Pamela Graves and Gloria Fulford; and one son, Michael Joseph Brady.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Terri Lynn Skinner of Georgia and Kathryn McVay of Illinois; one son, Anthony Brady of California; four brothers, Billy Morgan, Billy Graves, Byron Graves, and Michael Graves; one sister, Lyla Goldsmith; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Brady was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A memorial service will take place at a later date with burial at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to Centennial Christian Church in Watseka.

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Bethel C. Murray, 95, of Danforth

Bethel C. Murray, 95, of Danforth passed away December 12, 2019 at Piper City Rehab & Living Center. She was born January 16, 1924 in rural Piper City, the daughter of Elza and Emma (Lytle) Goldsby and they preceded her in death. Bethel married Edward E. Wilson in Gilman on June 28, 1942 and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1972. She later married Delbert Murray in Norfolk, VA on May 23, 1982 and he preceded her in death on April 29, 1990. Bethel was also preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters, and two step-sons.

 

Bethel is survived by her children, Edward (Janet) Wilson Jr. of St. Peters, MO, Lorraine (Wayne) Loque of Champaign, Marjorie (John) Tammen of Danforth, John Wilson of Piper City, Catherine (Darwyn) Wahls of Piper City, and Gerald (Vicki) Wilson of Richland, WA; two brothers, Eugene Goldsby of Gilman and Charles (Mary Ann) Goldsby of Gilman; one sister-in-law, Floriene Goldsby of San Diego, CA; 29 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Mrs. Murray was a member of the United Methodist Church in Piper City, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary in Piper City, and the Royal Neighbors. She enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, and collecting cook books. She worked at the dress factory in Gilman for twenty-three years.

 

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at United Methodist Church in Piper City. Rev. Elizabeth Reis will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church in Piper City, Piper City Rehab & Living Center, or Donor’s Choice.

 

Arrangements provided by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Pamela Jean Williams 54, of Martinton

Pamela Jean Williams passed away on Friday December 13th 2019. She was born on August 7, 1965 in Watseka, the daughter of Alice LaMontagne and Donald Leppard.


Pam was a CNA for many years. She loved to cook, plant flowers, decorate, be out on the water, and ride on the motorcycle with members of the State Line Riders. She had a heart of gold and she cared about many people. She has 5 children and 11 grandchildren and they were her pride and joy.


She is survived by one son, Chad Walwer of Illinois and one daughter, Alicia (Matt) Wilkins of North Dakota; eleven grandchildren, 11 grandchildren, Zachery, Baylie, Chasine, Keirstin, Allison, Haley, Brennah, Jax, Ethan, Kasen, and Peyten; her siblings, Linda (Tom) Wienrank of North Carolina, Raymond (Rhonda) Leppard of Florida, Donnie (Lisa) Leppard of Florida, and Ronnie (Shirley) Leppard of Illinois; her half-sister, Tammy Riston Shepherd of Illinois; step-siblings, Chuck(Teri) Riston of Illinois, Cyndy (Harold) Jefford of Illinois, Craig Riston of Illinois, Curtis (Kathy) Riston of Illinois, Shirley Hinton(Guy Hayes) of Tennessee, Rick (Sharlene) Godby of Tennesse, Randy (Roxy)Godby of Illinois, Mike Godby of Tennessee, Linda Godby of Tennessee, and John (Joy) Godby of Texas and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.


She is preceded in death by her parents Alice LaMontagne Harper and Donald Leppard; step-mother, Ruth Leppard; step-fathers Raymond Riston and Tom Harper; three sons Terry Walwer Jr., Christopher Walwer and Nathan Walwer; two sisters Cathie Riston and Carrie GildeLeon; one niece Tanya Leppard of Florida; great niece Kiley Sue Wienrank of North Carolina; and one nephew Curtis “Bub” Riston of Illinois.


Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Visitation will take place from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.


Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Gregory Joe "Greg" Baird, 71, of Henning

Gregory Joe “Greg” Baird, 71, of Henning, IL, passed away at 2:25 P.M. Monday December 16, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.  He was born March 11, 1948, the son of Joseph Samuel and June (Kelley) Baird.  He married Catherine Gooden in 1974 in Spartanburg, SC.  She survives in Henning.

He is also survived by two sons, Greg Baird Jr. (Cammy Hufford) of Danville, IL and Bill (Heather) Baird of Pesotum, IL; two grandchildren, Joseph and John Baird; one brother-in-law, William “Bill” Boose of Hoopeston, IL; and one nephew, Mike (Georgia) Boose.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Carol Boose; and one nephew, Damon Lane.

Greg served in the United States Navy.  He was a self-employed truck driver whom owned and operated Baird Trucking with his two sons. He was previously employed by Rossville-Alvin School District as a bus driver and grounds maintenance.  He had a positive impact on many young lives during employment at the school.  Greg enjoyed pulling at local truck and tractor pulls and volunteering at the Rossville tractor pull.  He loved watching Nascar and spending time with his family.  Greg was a vital part of the Rossville United Methodist Church family.  He loved Jesus and was a fervent evangelist sharing his testimony and inviting many to join him at Men’s Breakfast and or worship.  His quest for biblical knowledge and practical use of that knowledge inspired the people around him to strive to be better themselves.  As a chairman of the outreach ministry of the church, Greg was constantly challenging the church to find more ways to be the hands of Jesus in the Rossville community.  His work in the church will be remembered for years to come due to the many lives he touched. 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday December 20, 2019 at the Rossville United Methodist Church, 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday December 21, 2019 at the church, 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, and burial will be held at a later date at Mann’s Chapel.

Memorials may be made in Greg’s memory to the Rossville United Methodist Church local outreach program C/O Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL 60963.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Anita M. Koester, 87, of Watseka

Anita M. Koester, 87, of Watseka passed away December 15, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born August 8, 1932 in Red Bud, the daughter of William and Martha (Nagel) Buch and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Anita married Cletus O. Koester on January 31, 1954 in Red Bud and he survives in Watseka. In addition, she is survived by her children, Brian (Pamela) Koester of Elmhurst, Debra Railsback of Lombard, and Gary (Doreen) Koester of Aurora; three sisters, Leona (Gilbert) Buch of Red Bud, Marie Everding of Red Bud, and Margaret (Don) Blankenship of Durant, OK; one brother, Leverne (Laverne) Buch of New Athens; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Koester was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and spending time with her family.

 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and a half hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Alex McNally will officiate. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., later that day, at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society.

 

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

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Elizabeth M. Maul, 95, of Cissna Park

Elizabeth M. Maul, 95, of Cissna Park passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton.

 

Elizabeth was born October 31, 1924 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Louis and Lydia (Moser) Neukomm Sr. She married Norman R. Maul on April 24, 1943 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on October 11, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John Neukomm Sr., Aaron Neukomm and Louis Neukomm Jr; one sister, Emma Schmid; one son, Bill Maul; and one grandchild.

 

She is survived by one son, Mike (Kathy) Maul of Cissna Park; one daughter, Helen Edelman of Salem, OR; daughter-in-law, Wanda Maul of Cissna Park; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Kaeb of Cissna Park; and one brother, Harold Neukomm of Fairbury.

 

Visitation will be from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park with ministers of the church officiating.

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Ronald D. Merkle, 81, of Cissna Park

Ronald D. Merkle, 81, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at his home in Cissna Park. He was born on December 13, 1938 in Watseka, the son of Benjamin and Hulda (Hess) Merkle. He married Mary Redman in Crescent City on December 17, 1961 and she survives.

 

In addition to his wife, Mary Merkle of Cissna Park, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Rodney Dean (Jeanne) Merkle of Bloomington and Rickey Lee (Dawn) Merkle of Cissna Park; five granddaughters, Emily (Charles) Davison of Mahomet, Kathryn Merkle, Bethany Merkle, and Monica Merkle all of Cissna Park, and Andria Merkle of Bloomington; and two great grandsons, Emmett and Eli Davison.

 

Mr. Merkle was preceded in death by his parents and step mother, Anna Merkle.

Ron was a lifelong resident and farmer in Cissna Park where he graduated from Cissna Park High School in 1956. He was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed socializing with his friends and family, and was very passionate about farming. Ron was a member of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park, Ford-Iroquois County Farm Bureau, and a lifelong member of Cissna Park FFA Alumni.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park. Pastor Josh Benner will officiate. Burial will follow in Cissna Park Cemetery in Cissna Park.

 

Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 am on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park.

 

Memorials may be made to Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park.

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Doris J. Kogler, 95, of Schaumburg

Doris J. Kogler, 95, of Schaumburg, IL, formerly of Claytonville, passed away on Friday,
December 13, 2019 at Friendship Village in Schaumburg. She was born June 15, 1924 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Wellington and Eunice (Bishop) Drilling who preceded her in death. Doris married Lester W. “Duck” Kogler on June 17, 1951 in Cissna Park who preceded her in death on January 20, 1994. Doris was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

 

Mrs. Kogler is survived by one daughter, Diane (John) Sanfillippo of Hoffman Estates, IL; one son, Keith (Rosemary) Kogler of Sugar Land, TX; one sister, Rosemary Letlow of Claytonville, and two brothers, Roy Drilling of Woodland, CA and Glen Drilling of Buckley, IL. She was the loving grandmother of six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

 

Doris was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and served as the past president and treasurer of the Ladies Aid. Mrs. Kogler was a member of the bowling team and the Claytonville Civic Club. For many years, Doris was the bookkeeper of the Cissna Park Co-op and in later years she was the Claytonville Assistant Postmaster.

 

Funeral services will be on Wednesday December 18, 2019 at 11:00am at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Cissna Park with Rev. Tim Hahn officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from
9:30am-11:00am at the church. Burial will follow at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna
Park.

 

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park.

 

Arrangements provided by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Christopher M. Hofbauer, 36, of Champaign, formerly of Rankin

Christopher M. Hofbauer, 36, of Champaign, formerly of Rankin, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019. He was born on September 10, 1983 in Watseka, the son of Mark and Pat (Allred) Hofbauer.

 

Christopher was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and helping his dad when he was working. As well as helping his uncles on the farm, while growing a strong love for animals. Christopher enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Most people would tell you that Christopher never met a stranger. He loved all people and people loved him back. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

 

Along with his parents, Christopher is survived by his brother Jacob Hofbauer of Rankin; grandparents Don and Roberta Martin of Gibson City; and his aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Dave and Doris Hofbauer; and his grandfather Allan Allred.

 

Visitation will be on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home, Rankin. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin.

 

Please sign his guestbook at www.coxknapp.com

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Former Paxton Police Chief, Robert "Bob" Bane, 60

Robert "Bob" Bane, 60, of Paxton, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City.  He was born on September 2, 1959 in Wenona, the son of Robert Frank and Lois Henrietta (Eilts) Bane.  Bob married June Dippel on May 15, 1998 in Tennessee.

 

Bob graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute in 1981.  During his schooling, Bob worked as a Correctional Officer for Sheridan Correctional Center.  From 1981-1987, he was Chief of Police for Tonica Police Department, Lostant Police Department and Wenona Police Department.  Bob became a patrolman for Paxton Police Department in 1987, until he became Captain in 2005.  Bob served as Chief of Police for Paxton Police Department from 2006 until his retirement in 2017.

 

He was a member of Crimestoppers.

Bob enjoyed collecting guns and helping June with the animals.  His granddaughters were the light of his life.

 

He is survived by his wife June Bane of Paxton; step-daughter Ashley (Corey) Mathews of Rantoul; step-granddaughters Rylan and Gemma Mathews; sister Barb (Gary) Barke of Metamora; two nephews Lance (Grace) Barke of Dunlap and Travis (Ginnell) Barke of Normal; one niece Jennifer (Brad) Dietrich of Washington; five great nieces; and step-father, Bryon Moody of Nekoosa, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Cindy Weeden.

 

Graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11am at Glen Cemetery in Paxton.  The Rev. Terry Cooper will be officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association or Ford County Homeless Pets.

 

Please sign his guestbook at www.coxknapp.com

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Cynthia Mae Miller, 69, of Hoopeston

Cynthia Mae Miller, 69, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:10 A.M. Thursday December 5, 2019 at her home.  She was born June 25, 1950, in Denver, CO, the daughter of Walter E. and Violet Francis (VanGilder) Parent.  She married Tony G. Miller on November 9, 1968, in Saginaw, MI. He survives in Hoopeston.

She is also survived by two daughters, Michelle (Daniel) Maxwell of Hoopeston, IL and Tracy (Dustin) White of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Tony Miller of Hoopeston, IL; four sisters, Donna (Joe) Stienhafle of Huntley, IL, Abby (Kevin) Bosi of Atlanta, GA, Rosalee (Thomas) Obermeyer of El Paso, TX, and Susan (William Busse) Parent of Birchwood, WI; four brothers, Walter (Charlene) Parent of Birchwood, WI, Joseph (Treasa) Parent of MI, James (Paula) Parent of IL, and Robert (LaTia) Parent of Illinois; eight grandchildren, Haley Edwards, Colton Maxwell, Chevelle and Jameson White, and Joshton, Eathen, Lauren, and Kevin Swartz; three great-grandchildren, Alaya, Alana, and Ava; and 46 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.   

Cynthia ran Grandma Cindy’s Daycare from her home for over twenty years.  She enjoyed fishing, bowling, and spending time with her family.

Cremation rites will be accorded.  A visitation will be held 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Sunday December 8, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home, with Pastor David Bowen officiating.  A luncheon will be held at the Hoopeston VFW following the service.  Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made in Cynthia’s honor to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Rebecca Ann "Becky" Timmons, 67, of Huntley, IL, formerly of Hoopeston

Rebecca Ann “Becky” Timmons, 67, of Huntley, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 5:08 A.M. Sunday December 1, 2019 at her home.  She was born August 29, 1952, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Leo and Betty (Starr) Huffman.  Her mother survives in Hoopeston.

She is also survived by one daughter, Jen (Doug) Frederick of Huntley, IL; one son, Chris (Carrie) Timmons of Crystal Lake, IL; two sisters, Amy (Rich) Hirschland of Alpharetta, GA and Julie (Doug) Harper of Washington, IL; one brother, Kevin (Allan) Duncan-Huffman of Maplewood, NJ; five grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, and Piper Timmons and Grace and Evan Frederick; and many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Huffman.

Becky was a teacher at Hoopeston Area School District #11 until her retirement.  She attended St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston, where she played the organ for 20 years.  She enjoyed music, gardening, and going to the beach, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made in honor of Becky, or (as her preference would be) her nephew, Jeremy Hirschland, to the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, a cause that was near and dear to her heart.  Donations may be mailed to, AE Alliance 920 Urban Ave., Durham, NC 27701 or online at aealliance.org. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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