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Marilyn J. Bell, 85, of Rossville

Marilyn J. Bell, 85, of Rossville, passed away at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Heritage Health, in Hoopeston.

Marilyn was born on January 8, 1935, in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, the daughter of George B. and Elizabeth (Christy) Payne. She married Charles “Ray” Bell on December 23, 1951, in Rossville. He preceded her in death on March 31, 2017.

She is survived by one daughter- Karen (Ron) Kochell of Rossville; three grandchildren- Keith Bell of Hoopeston, Heidi (Justin Wilcox) and Josh Kochell of Lafayette; four great-grandchildren- Lilly, Annika, Ashton and Carter; one great-great grandson- Colt Lee Thomas; one brother- George (Carolyn) Payne of Pinehurst, North Carolina; son-in-law- Rex Kochell Jr. of Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter- Katherine Kochell and sister- Ellen Payne.

Marilyn graduated from Rossville High School. She previously worked as a cook at Rossville/Alvin Grade School, for 6 years. Later on, she worked at Stokley USA, as a quality control grader, for asparagus, sweet corn and pumpkin seasons, until the factory closed. She was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church, Rossville American Legion Auxiliary Post 733, United Methodist Women’s Group, sang in the church choir, former member of Women of Today and the Rossville Historical Society. Marilyn was also an avid member of the Ronnie McDowell Fan Club and enjoyed going to his concerts and making many friends throughout the last 42 years. Marilyn was responsible for bringing Ronnie McDowell to Rossville 2 times for fund raisers through the Women of Today, for community projects. She was known affectionately as “Ma Bell”. Another trivia fact that Marilyn was born on the same birthdate and year as Elvis. She also got to see Elvis 3 times and was there at his final concert June 1977, at Market Square Arena, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also attended his funeral in Memphis, Tennessee. Marilyn loved her family dearly and never met a stranger. She enjoyed talking on the phone to her many friends and taking photographs.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2020, at Rossville Cemetery, with Pastor Chris Quick officiating. Memorials may be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church, Heritage Health, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Rossville American Legion Auxiliary. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Bell’s life. Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Kent Parker Clementz, 73, of Potomac

Kent Parker Clementz, 73, of Potomac, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, in Urbana, with his sister by his side.

Kent was born on April 8, 1947, to Ollie and Marie (Scott) Clementz, in Danville, Illinois.

Kent is survived by his son-Mark Clementz of Potomac, his sister- Kristen Clementz Burd and his "grandsons" Jaiden and Nate Burd of Potomac.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law- Sherman Burd.

 

Kent attended Potomac Schools and he worked at Chanute Air Force Base, in the roads and grounds.  He later worked as a CNA and security guard.  He attended the Middlefork United Methodist Church.  Kent loved fishing, driving the golf cart and stopping to visit friends along the way, where it might take him an hour to go two blocks.  His favorite thing to do was be with Jaiden and Nate, especially during all of their sports and cheering them on.  Kent was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs. 

 

According to his wishes cremation rites will be accorded by the Blurton Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Potomac Cemetery, with Pastor George Desmond officiating.  A memorial service will be held at a later date in the fall.  Memorials may be made to the family to help assist them with funeral expenses. 

 

The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Kent's life.

 

Condolences may be shared with Kent's family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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Gary Leroy Hollen, 85, of Champaign, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL

Gary Leroy Hollen, 85, of Champaign, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away Sunday May 24, 2020 at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana, IL.  He was born May 25, 1935 in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Haverd and Helon (Anthony) Hollen.  He married Norma Jean Abbott on April 28, 1957 and she survives.

 

He is also survived by two sons, Mark (Deb) Hollen of Waynesboro, PA and John (Mary) Hollen of Lakewood, IL; 5 grandchildren, Danielle (Jeffrey) Kardisco, Gillian (Garrett) Austin, Michael (Natasha) Hollen, James Hollen, and Thomas Hollen; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ivyn Kardisco and Nikolas Hollen.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

 

Gary was the plant manager for Florsheim Shoe in Chicago, IL, Freeman Shoe in Waynesboro, PA, and Kinney Shoe Factory in the Dominican Republic until his retirement.  He was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ where he had served on the church board.  He was also a past Scout Master and little league umpire and coach.  Gary enjoyed many pastimes that included golfing, working on cars, playing euchre, and camping with his family.  He also enjoyed grilling out, tinkering around doing odd jobs, and spending time with his family and friends.

 

Per his wishes, he will be cremated, and a private burial will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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David Lee Tucker Sr. 77, of Chebanse

David Lee Tucker Sr, 77 of Chebanse, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, May 22, 2020 with his wife, daughter, and beloved dog, Bella, at his side. He was born on January 25, 1943, the son of Lewis and Ruth (Durbin) Tucker. He married Mary Scott on November 7, 2014 in Clifton.
Surviving are the love of his life, his wife, Mary Scott of Chebanse; his children, David L. Tucker Jr of Oglesby, Tina Tucker (Aron Dietzel) of Morris, Bret Curtis of Joliet, Debbie Raboin of Trenton, and Marshall Scott Sr of Gilman; grandchildren, David L. Tucker III of Ottawa (son of David L. Tucker Jr and Debbie Tucker), Madeline Tucker and Maxwell Tucker both of Morris (children of Tina Tucker and Jim Tucker), Pedro Garcia Jr of Onarga, Lisa Burrow of O’Fallon, Holly Garcia of Rockford, Noel Swartz of Gilman, and Marshall Scott Jr of Idaville, IN; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Baggerly of Kansas City, MO, Marilyn Hayes of Burbank, CA; sister in laws, Mildred Tucker of Pontiac and Ann Hess of Clifton; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Mona April of Chebanse; and many others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Lewis Tucker; brothers, Louis Tucker (passed away in WWII) and Wayne Tucker; sister Lois (Orris) Reynolds; brothers in law, Gene Hess and Arnold Hess; and niece, Linda Hess.

Dave graduated from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School in 1961 and then went to work for the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad as Agent Yard Master and retiring in 1988. He worked many years at Super Wash and Jewel-Osco. Beyond his work, he loved life with Mary and Bella. Dave enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events, including everything from theater performances, dance, and sports to milestone celebrations. He loved being outside. Mr. Tucker attended drag racing events every summer for nearly thirty years, and never missed. He enjoyed ‘wienie roasts’ every fall with his family. Dave’s garden was always well kept with his towering sunflowers and unique tomatoes. If given the chance, Dave would gladly sit and watch any trains and barges go by. Though soft spoken, he always had a quick sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh.

One of his favorite hobbies included his craftiness, as he was always transforming a simple piece of wood into an incredible gadget. Perhaps more than anything else, Dave will be remembered for the love he had for his friends and family.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Due to current circumstances with the pandemic in our country, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

A special thank you to Joliet Area Community Hospice for the exceptional care provided and Dad’s comfort.

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Joyce Ann Highfill, 86, of Milford

Joyce Ann Highfill, 86, of Milford, passed away at 2:23 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2020, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, in Watseka.

Joyce was born on May 19, 1934, in Watseka, the daughter of Edwin and Tena (Wilken) Walker. She married Charles E. Highfill on November 1, 1952, in Milford, Illinois. He preceded her in death on August 19, 1986.

She is survived by one daughter- Tammy (Jim) Kunce of Milford; two sons- Rick (Charlene) Highfill and Ed (Carol) Highfill both of Milford; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister- Gloria “Jean” Lauterbauch.

Joyce graduated from Milford High School, in 1952. She was a drum majorette in school, where she became a very talented baton twirler. After high school she taught baton twirling for years. She was a member of Milford Christian Church. Joyce worked as a site manager for Peace Meal, in Milford, for over 20 years, until she retired in 2018. She enjoyed camping, loved animals and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Maple Grove Cemetery, in Milford, with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating. Memorials may be made to the Milford Christian Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston to assist them in honoring Joyce’s life. Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com

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Brenda Sue Hedger, 60, of Ashkum

Brenda Sue Hedger passed into her next life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born September 15, 1959, in Kankakee, the daughter of Kenneth and Betty Schoon. She married Leslie Hedger on June 11, 2011.

She is survived by her loving husband, Leslie, and her loving son, Adam. She is also survived by her father, Kenneth Schoon of Ashkum, and sisters, Debbie Cobb of Clifton, Dawn (Julius) Meyer of Clifton, Kimberly (Butch) Meier of Clifton, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Betty Schoon, a brother, Kevin Paul, and brother-in-law, Harold Cobb.

Brenda was an avid reader and liked to do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and computer games. She was a wonderful aunt to her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She enjoyed life and was alot of fun to be around. She will be greatly missed. She enjoyed eating pizza and fried chicken. She loved being an EMT in Ashkum and was previously a housekeeper at Presence St Marys for many years until she received her degree in coding and billing and worked as a medical technician in various medical practices. She attended Ashkum Assumption Catholic Church and was a member of the CCW.

Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and no public service will be held due to the pandemic.

Memorials may be made to the family or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

Please share a memory of Brenda at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Joseph Bernard Means, 92, of Hoopeston, IL

On Sunday, May 24, 2020, Joseph Bernard Means, 92, of Hoopeston, IL, was welcomed to his heavenly home while surrounded by his family. He was born in Danville, Illinois, on November 3, 1927, the son of Earl and Katherine (McElhaney) Means.  He married Frances Marie Reece on January 29, 1949. She preceded him in death. 

 

He is survived by four children:  Linda Means, Hoopeston; Stan Means, Travelers Rest, SC; Loretta (George) Sebastian, Phoenix, AZ; and Teresa (Jim) Moyer of Fishers, IN; four grandchildren—Jared (Lyndsey) Means; Megan (Thomas) Sneed; Travis (Eunike) Sebastian, and Daniel Moyer; five great grandchildren—Nora Katherine Sneed, Harper Jane Sneed, Hattie Elise Means, Jackson Samuel Means, and Caroline Susannah Means.  He is also survived by one sister, Jean Marie Glass, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, three brothers, two sisters, and one daughter-in-law. 

 

Joe started working at Joan of Arc during high school and continued working there for another ten years.  Desiring to become a teacher, he enrolled in Danville Junior College and took night classes while working full-time—a pattern he followed for many years until he had earned a master’s degree and an administrative certificate.  Joe began his teaching career at Bismarck and remained there for over three decades.  He truly loved teaching, coaching spelling and literary teams, and keeping scores for hundreds of ballgames.  Joe challenged, inspired, and encouraged students and others to do their best.

 

His faith was his anchor in life.  For over seven decades, he was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, serving as teacher, deacon, and Sunday school superintendent.  Until his health failed, he attended every service. 

 

During the past thirty-two months many have provided love, encouragement, and comfort to him and his family:  his Hospice team (Rick Hawkins, Marj Abrajano, Tracy Messer, Vicky Eichelberger, Mike Peterson, Deborah Slack, and Valerie Foster); special caregivers (Pam Barker, Shirley Hall, and Rosalie Hickman), and Don Dean, a long-time friend, who visited him each week.  His family, church family, hospice team, and friends brought joy to his life, and he to theirs. 

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 323 E. Seminary, Hoopeston, IL 60942 or Carle Hospice 206A W. Anthony Drive, Champaign, IL 61822.

 

An outdoor visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Saturday May 30, 2020 at the First Baptist Church Gymnasium, 323 E. Seminary, Hoopeston.  A family graveside service will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery.  Friends and extended family are encouraged to line North Market Street at 12:45 P.M. Saturday May 30, 2020, to greet the family as they proceed to the graveside rites.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Joe’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.  Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Marjorie Imogene McKinney Carlson, 90, of Hoopeston, IL

Marjorie Imogene McKinney Carlson, 90, of Hoopeston, IL passed away at 8:47 P.M. Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born January 5, 1930, the daughter of William and Theda Marie (Bainbridge) Milton.  She married Elmer Richard McKinney in 1948 and he preceded her in death in 1963.  She later married Roy Carlson on February 14, 1967.  He preceded her in death on May 11, 2015.

 

She is survived by one daughter, Bridgette (Gary) Smith of Florida; one son, Steve McKinney of Hoopeston, IL; one step-daughter, Lynn Carlson; one step-son, Randy Carlson; one granddaughter, Teri Lynn (Ross) Sutherland, one great-grandson, David Sutherland; one sister-in-law, Lietta Milton; several nieces and nephews; special family, Todd and Pat Bailey; and a special neighbor, Cindy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harold Milton; and one step-son, Bruce Carlson.

 

Marjorie was a homemaker.  She attended the First Presbyterian Church in Hoopeston and was a past member of the Eastern Star where she had served as a Worthy Matron.  Marjorie enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and visiting with family, friends, and neighbors.  She loved her special cat, Taffy.

Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.

 

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 915 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

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Janiece Lyvette Robinson, 59, of Hoopeston, IL

Janiece Lyvette Robinson, 59, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:38 A.M. Wednesday May 20, 2020 at her home.  She was born November 6, 1960, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Arnold Meime and Mildred Leona Woodard.  She married Torrey Robinson on November 23, 1995 in the presence of a judge in Danville, IL and later held a family ceremony on September 19, 2009 at her grandmother’s home in Hoopeston.  He survives in Hoopeston.
 
She is also survived by her mother and step-father, Mildred and Wade Stewart of Monticello, IL; one son, Jacob Cordes of Urbana, IL; two sisters, Nancy Harrison of Urbana, IL and Vicky Jones of Champaign, IL; three grandchildren, Angel Renee Bond, Tyler Nathaniel Cordes, and Landon Jack Lowe Cordes; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Kendra.
 
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Nelly Woodard.
 
Janiece enjoyed taking care of animals and gardening in her flower beds.
 
Cremation rites will be accorded, and no services will be held.
 
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Janiece’s eternal tribute and to send condolences to the family.
 
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Geraldine R. Farney, 88 of Cissna Park

Geraldine R. Farney, 88 of Cissna Park passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on December 18, 1931 in Eureka, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy (Ashleman) Grusy and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Grusy.

 

She married Gerry S. Farney in Roanoke on May 1, 1955 and he survives. She is also survived by three sons, Ronald (Ellen) Farney of Bloomington, Randall Farney of Carlock, and Rodney (Erica) Farney of Oswego; one daughter, Sheryl (Scott) Spohn of Marietta, GA; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Edith (Richard) Payne of Eureka, Merna (Bruce) Zimmerman of Peoria, and Evelyn (Allen) Benedeck of Twin Lakes, WI.

 

Mrs. Farney was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Standard Oil Company in Peoria. For 65 years, she assisted her husband with the farming operation.


Private funeral services will be held at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Anyone is welcome to pay their respects by coming to the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park on Sunday, May 24, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a drive by visitation and greeting the family from their cars.

 

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park or to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

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

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Darrel W. Parker, 70 of Watseka

Darrel W. Parker, 70 of Watseka passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on May 2, 1950 in Watseka, the son of Earnest G. Parker and Annabelle Peters Gossett and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Gene Gossett.

 

He married Leona Street on April 8, 1995 in Watseka and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Darrel Gene (Charity) Parker of Woodland; one grandson, Falon Keith Parker of Woodland; four sisters, Teresa Willis of Pekin, Jo Ann McKenney of Florida, Carole (Robert) Beerwerh of Plymouth, IN, and Karen (Jim) Jones of Indianapolis, IN; three brothers, David Parker of Indianapolis, IN, Keith (Terry) Parker of Greenfield, IN, and Carl Parker of Indianapolis, IN; and his step-mother, Arline Parker of Indianapolis, IN.

 

Mr. Parker was an active member of Boy Scouts of America. He entered the Explorers in 1969 and became a Sr. Advisor for Explorer Post #123. He later earned The Vigil Honor, the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. He was a former member of Fly Falcon and The Illinois State Rifle Association. He loved spending time with his family and was an avid boater, hunter, and fisherman.

 

Private services will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the National Rifle Association.

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

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Bradley Michael Tittle, 30, of Rankin

Bradley Michael Tittle, 30, of Rankin, passed away at 12:09 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at home.

Bradley was born on March 24, 1990, in Urbana, the son of Darrell and Paula “Tammy” (Hopkins) Tittle.  He is survived by his mother-Tammy Tittle of Rankin; father- Darrell Tittle of Ludlow; one brother- Christopher Hopkins of Peoria; grandmother- Pearl Hopkins of Paxton; 2 aunst- Jan Brady of Tennessee and Lisa Stowe-Price of Paxton; 2 uncles- Bill (Maria) Hopkins of Allerton and Alan (Kathy) Tittle of Buckley; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather- Raymond Hopkins, grandmother-Mary Stowe and grandfather- Kenneth Tittle.

Bradley graduated from Hoopeston Area High School, in 2008.  He previously worked at Midwest Poultry, as a supervisor.  He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, cooking on the grill, spending time with his friends, and watching sports, especially football and the Chicago Cubs.

According to his wish’s cremation rites will be accorded.  Due to the current health concerns there will be a memorial service held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Brad’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Gene Vandervort, 90, of Rossville

Gene Vandervort, 90, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 1:27 P.M. Saturday May 16, 2020 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.

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James Alan Wolfe, 71, of Oxford, IN

James Alan Wolfe, 71, of Oxford, IN, passed away at 2:52 P.M. Friday May 15, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Medaryville, IN.  He was born April 5, 1949 in Lafayette, IN, the son of Ralph “Muggs” and Edith “Caroline” (Finch) Wolfe.  They survive in Oxford, IN.

 

He is also survived by two daughters, Rebecca (Christopher) Shepperd of Medaryville, IN and Elizabeth (Scott) Dadacz of Boswell, IN; one sister, Lynn (Rick) Boehle of Oxford, IN; five grandchildren, Jacob, Jackson, Kearra, Crisney, and Savannah; one niece, Chanel Boehle; and one nephew, Jeremie Boehle.

 

James was a retired carpenter from the Carpenter’s Union Local #215 of Lafayette, IN.  He served in the United States Navy from 1968 – 1970 and was a Vietnam veteran.  He was a member of the Lafayette VFW Post #1154, the American Legion Post #57 in Fowler, and was a former member of the Ouiatenon Sportman’s Club in Lafayette.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. EDT on Thursday May 21, 2020 at Justus Cemetery in Oxford, IN.  Military rites will be accorded by the Fowler Amvets Post #102.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of James Wolfe to the Honor Flight Network, Box L-4016, Columbus, OH 43260-4016; the American Legion Post #57, 400 E. 5th St., Fowler, IN 47944; or the VFW Post #1154, 2660 Duncan Road, Lafayette, IN 47904.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Patsy Sue Thomas, 76, of Sheldon

Patsy Sue Thomas, 76, of Sheldon passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

 

Patsy was born June 20, 1943 in Speedwell, TN, the daughter of Roy and Arletta (Bean) Leach. She married B.J. Thomas on April 11, 1959 in Tazewell, TN and he preceded her in death on June 19, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; and one son, Ronald J. Thomas.

She is survived by one daughter, Mitsi (Roger) Morsch of Chandler, AZ; one son, Eddie (Joyce) Thomas of Sheldon; six grandchildren, Beth (Adam) Stephens of Katy, TX, Matthew (Laura) Morsch of Cambridge, MA, Jessica White of Sheldon, Carly White of Earl Park, IN, Amanda (Joe) German of Milford, and Danny (Kim) Buswell of Tomball, TX; twelve great-grandchildren; and one sister, Billie Evans of Speedwell, TN.

 

Patsy enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting, and doing puzzles. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Patsy had an unwavering faith and was a member of the Newton County Baptist Church.

 

Private services were held at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with burial in Gaffield Cemetery in Iroquois.

 

Memorials may be made to Relay for Life of Iroquois County and mailed to Knapp Funeral Home, 219 S. 4th Street, Watseka, IL 60970.

 

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

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Delsie G. Lease, 69, of Watseka

Delsie G. Lease, 69, of Watseka passed away on May 11, 2020 at her home in Watseka. She was born on June 15, 1950 in Burkesville, KY, the daughter of Holland and Pauline (York) Graham. She married Terrance “Terry” Lease in Kankakee on August 29, 1970 and he preceded her in death on June 24, 2017. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Peter Lease (Tammy Crawley) of Watseka and Terry M. Lease of Watseka; one daughter, Beth Ann (Andy) Smith of Watseka; one brother, Danny Graham of Burkesville, KY; one sister, Peggy Reynolds of Burkesville, KY; and six grandchildren.

Private family graveside services will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Arrangements by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Delsie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Michael Lee Brookwalter, 56, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Wellington, IL

Michael Lee Brookwalter, 56, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Wellington, IL, passed away on May 8, 2020 from COVID-19.  He was born February 10, 1964, in Danville, IL, the son of Martin and Joyce (Ault) Brookwalter. 

He is survived by two brothers, Tom (Edye) Bookwalter of Hoopeston, IL and Frank Brookwalter of Amarillo, TX and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Frank and Nova Ault and Harry and Rose Little; one brother, Bryan; and one nephew, Jonathon.

Michael served in the United States Navy from 1982 – 1994.  He enjoyed spending time with special people in his life, Marilyn, Jasmin, and J.J. Palma.

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

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

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Susan Margret Staton, 71, of Bloomington, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL

Susan Margret Staton, 71, of Bloomington, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:53 A.M. Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, IL.  She was born September 19, 1948, in Cincinnati, OH, the daughter of Wilbur Beard and Mary (Unger) Beard Guse. 

She is survived by two daughters, Jayme (Shane) Gallagher of Bourbonnais, IL and Monica (Greg) Duncan of Brookston, IN; two sons, Andrew (DeeDee) Staton of El Paso, IL and William (Brenda) Staton of Towanda, IL; one brother, Sheridan (Linda) Beard of Bloomington, IL; 8 grandchildren, Amanda (Kevin) Butler, Aubrey Staton, Reid Duncan, Madison Staton, Matt Drollinger, Chris Staton, Mackenzie Staton, and Wesley Staton; 1 great-granddaughter, Allysa Boggess; and 2 nieces, Regina and Sondra.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Irene; and one nephew, Jerry.

Susan was a homemaker.  She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing Bingo, visiting with family and friends, and always put others before herself.

Due to the current health situation, a private family graveside service will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Larry James Creighton, 79, of Potomac

Larry James Creighton, 79, of Potomac, passed away at 1:09 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Danville.

Larry was born on December 30, 1940, in Milford, Illinois, the son of Oscar and Pauline (Schaumburg) Creighton.  He married Wanda Huff on June 20, 1959.  She preceded him in death on March 6, 2000.

He is survived by three daughters- Jodi (Donnie) Whitlow, Jill (Jeff) Sidwell and Juli (Henry) Moulden all of Potomac; eleven grandchildren- Johnathan (Danielle Talbott) Whitlow, Jared (Gabrielle Michelon) Whitlow, Ellen (Chad) Cowen, Evan (Kelly) Spurlock, Emily (Jacob) Sollars, Nathan (Krista) Judy, Hannah (Ryan Gernantz) Judy, Katie Moulden, Dustin (Kala) Creighton, Kalob (Emily Allen) Creighton and Jeffrey (Alicia Ard) Creighton Jr.; nineteen great-grandchildren; brother- Tom Creighton of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; sister- Nancy (Ron) Brost of Lafayette, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son-Jeff Creighton, two grandchildren- Ashley LaRae and Jewels Moulden and sister- Barb McCall.

 

Larry graduated from Wellington High School, in 1959.  He worked for General Motors, in Tilton, for 25 years, until his retirement in 1993.  After retiring, he worked part-time at Markwalders Station, in Potomac.  Larry was a member of the Potomac American Legion, North Fork Conservation Club, UAW Local #579 and Middlefork United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and eating out, especially at Culver’s.  Larry loved his dog- Landon and spending time with his family and friends.    Larry was a strong man of faith. 

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor George Desmond officiating.  Burial will follow in Potomac Cemetery. 

 

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.  Due to current health concerns we will be practicing social distancing guidelines.  Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to the Middlefork United Methodist Church. 

 

According to his wish’s cremation rites have been accorded. 

 

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

 

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Esther McGehee, 84, of Gilman, IL

Esther McGehee, 84 of Gilman passed away at home on Saturday, May 9, 2020. She was born on March 16, 1936 in Danforth, the daughter of Pierce Erwin “Irvin” and Minnie (Saxma) Cotter.

She married Kenneth McGehee in Danforth on September 12, 1953 and he survives. She is also survived by three sons; Stephen McGehee of Gilman, Jeffrey (Julie) McGehee of Onarga, and Michael (Darlene) McGehee of Gilman; one daughter, Lisa (LaMoyne) Hawley of Pleasant Prairie, WI; seven grandchildren, Jerrod (Emily) McGehee, Jesse (Cherie) McGehee, Alexis McGehee, Joshua (Ericka) McGehee, Caitlyn McGehee, Jace McGehee, and Shelby (Nicholas) Anderson; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Cotter of Gilman; two sisters-in-law, Becky Cotter of Gilman and Iris Cotter of TN; and one brother-in-law, Marvin Becker of Olympia Fields.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Norman Cotter and Russell Cotter; and one sister, Aletha Becker.

Mrs. McGehee was a member of the Danforth Reformed Church. Within the church, she was a member of the Altruist Circle, the Guild, and the church choir; she also taught Sunday School and Catechism. Esther graduated from Gilman High School in 1953. She was a farm wife, a lunch lady at Danforth Elementary School, and loved to garden.

A private graveside service will be held at Danforth Reformed Cemetery. Rev. Don McDonald will officiate.

Anyone is welcome to pay their respects by coming to Danforth Reformed Cemetery in Danforth on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. and greeting the family from their cars.

Memorials may be made to Gilman Healthcare Auxiliary, the Danforth Reformed Church, or to IMH Hospice.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Phyllis M. Walsh, 88, of Gilman

Phyllis M. Walsh, 88, of Gilman, IL passed away on May 9th, 2020 at the Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton, IL

 

A private funeral service will be held.

 

Anyone wishing to pay thier respects is invited to the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Gilman on May 13th, 2020 from 4pm-6pm. The family will greet you from your cars. 

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Dominic E. "Ditty" Lynch Jr, 91 of Watseka

Dominic E. “Ditty” Lynch Jr, 91 of Watseka passed away on Sunday May 10, 2020 at Faith Place in Danforth. He was born on July 3, 1928 a son of Dominic E. and Mary Ellen Nally Lynch Sr. Ditty married Bonnie L. Scott in Macomb, IL on August 16, 1952 and she preceded him in death on February 17, 2018.
Survivors include one son-Michael (Patti) Lynch of Kankakee; four daughters- Nancy Cowan of Watseka, Kathy (Joe) Kubal of Crest Hill, Chris (Kevin) Bossong of Watseka, and Jennifer (Mike) Dixon of Watseka; twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers - John (Jack) Lynch and Patrick Martin Lynch.
Ditty was a 1946 graduate of Watseka High School and a 1953 graduate of Western Illinois University, where he earned three varsity letters in football, was named First Team Defensive Player of the Year and was inducted into the Western IL University Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He served in the US Army during WWII in the 1st Infantry Division and was stationed in Bad Tolz, Germany. A lifetime citizen of Watseka, Ditty, along with his brother Jack, carried on his father’s business as the former owner, operator, and vice chairman of D.E. Lynch Construction Company, which later became Iroquois Paving Corporation. He also served as a two-time past President of the IL Asphalt Pavement Association and member of Associated General Contractors of Illinois. He was a devout member of St. Edmund Catholic Church, 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity at Western IL University, Watseka Chamber of Commerce, Watseka Lions Club, Watseka American Legion, past exalted ruler of Watseka Elks Lodge No.1791 and a member of the Union League Club of Chicago. He was also a member of the Shewami Country Club, where in 1984, he was instrumental in helping to organize the construction of the back nine. Ditty was a recipient of the Western Illinois University Alumni Association Achievement Award, WCHS Athletic Achievement Award and the Sam Walton Business Leader Award.
Despite his many successes in life, nothing brought Ditty more joy than his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed watching them participate in WCHS Athletics, and rarely missed a game or an event.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western IL Athletic Association, Watseka Athletic Booster Club, St Edmund’s Catholic Church, Prairieview Lutheran Home, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Due to the unforeseen circumstances, a memorial service and Catholic Mass will be held at a later date.
The Family invites you to share a favorite memory or story of Ditty at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dominic E. "Ditty" Lynch Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Bernice Kleinert, 98, of Chebanse

Bernice Kleinert, 98 of Chebanse passed away at her home on Sunday, May 10, 2020. She was born on October 25, 1921 in Momence, the daughter of Elmer and Brittana (Vail) Martin.

She married William F. Kleinert on February 28, 1939 in Momence and he preceded her in death on October 27, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; six sisters; three grandchildren, Steven Kleinert, Katherine Kleinert, and Gary Kleinert; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is survived by two sons, Darryl (Ruth) Kleinert of Chebanse and Allyn (Marlis) Kleinert of Ashkum; one daughter, Charlene Rieken of Chebanse; nineteen grandchildren; forty-one great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kleinert was a member of the United Church of Christ in Chebanse and Harmony Circle of the United Church of Christ. She was also a member of Mills School Mother’s Club.

Private services will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Pastor Marsha Collins will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Chebanse.

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

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Mary Ann Good, 66, of Hoopeston, IL

Mary Ann Good, 66, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 8:44 A.M. Thursday May 7, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born November 13, 1953, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Raymond Edward and Kathleen Faye (Martin) Good. 

 

She is survived by one daughter, Lori (Dennis) Miller of Tell City, IN; one sister, Diane Magee of Polar Bluff, MO; one brother, Rod (Bonnie) Good of Crawfordsville, IN; two grandchildren, McKinley and Michael; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Renee Rasor; and son, Shane Rasor.

Mary was a homemaker, caring for her family.  She was of the Lutheran faith.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for her foster children.  Mary also enjoyed sewing and loved her cat and dog.

 

Due to the current health situation, a private family graveside service will be held.

 

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

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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Teddia Lynn Salter, 63, of Danville, IL

Teddia Lynn Salter, 63, of Danville, IL, passed away at 12:27 A.M. Thursday May 7, 2020 at her home.  She was born May 24, 1956, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Ted Eugene and Sarah Frances (Gilpin) Gauges.  She married Steven Wayne Salter on June 11, 1975 and they had one son, Jeremy Shane “Bubba” Salter who survives in Danville, IL. 

 

She is also survived by many others that called her “Momma”, especially Kelly Gonzalez and Michael Milburn; one niece, Lea (Therese) Myers; one nephew, Frankie (Tammy) Pierce; two great-nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Pauline Pierce-Rison and Al Rison.

Teddia worked as a caregiver doing home care and house cleaning.  She enjoyed listening to 1950’s music, Harley Davidson clothing, crafting, and cooking.  She also enjoyed baking wedding cakes and birthday cakes and gardening. Teddia could do almost any task.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Teddia’s family.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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