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Gilbert "Gib" Stock, 85 of Watseka

Gilbert “Gib” Stock, 85 of Watseka passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on November 2, 1934 at the family farm in rural Rankin, the son of William and Mabel Jane (Clifton) Stock. He married Kathryn “Kathy” Martin in Cissna Park on December 4, 1955.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy Stock, of Watseka; five children, Denise (Scott) Sims of Wellington, Dianne (Reid) Page of Watseka, Dale (Angie) Stock of Hoopeston, Darla Stock of Fishers, IN, and Danell Moberly of Bloomington, IL; eight grandchildren, Luke Sims, Seth (Alexis) Sims, Emily (Logan) Davis, Aaron (Amanda) Goodrum, Michelle (Ryan) Brase, Kelsey (Anthony) Cappellano, Matt (Madie) Stock, and Chet Stock; ten great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and five sisters.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park where he served as a Sunday school teacher and usher. Gib was a lifetime dairy farmer in the East Lynn area, drove a school bus for East Lynn and Hoopeston school districts for many years, and after retiring, he worked at Tractor Supply in Danville from 1988-1999. Mr. Stock served on the Prairie Farms Dairy Board and was an active 4-H Leader both for many years. He was an avid Cornjerker, Illini, and Cardinal fan. Gib was a starter in 1952 for the East Lynn Hornets basketball team who were the Vermillion County Champions that year. Gib loved attending his children and grandchildren’s activities. He loved gardening, baking, and spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the Church will officiate. Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00-8:00 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Church Charity Fund or American Heart Association.

Please share a memory of Gib at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Norman C. Absher, 65, of Hoopeston, IL

Norman C. Absher, 65, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:00 A.M. Sunday February 16, 2020 at the Gilman Nursing Home.  He was born January 11, 1955, in Danville, IL, the son of Haskel and Annis (Keen) Absher.

He is survived by his step-mother, Virginia Absher of Hoopeston, IL; half-sister, Julie (Al) Carl of Hoopeston, IL; one niece, Kayla (Mike) Bodensteiner of Hoopeston, IL; one nephew, Kasey Carl of Hoopeston, IL; one great-niece, Carlee Garrison; and two great-nephews, Carson Garrison and Keene Carl.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annis Absher and his father, Haskel Absher.

Norman was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hoopeston where he had previously sung in the choir.  He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts and Pacers, the St. Louis Rams and Cardinals, the Chicago Bulls, and the Fighting Illini football team.  His other hobbies included fishing and bowling.

A visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Thursday February 20, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home, with Rev. Phillip Callahan officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 302 N. Market St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Jeffrey Dale Mitchell, 73, of Boswell, IN

Jeffrey Dale Mitchell, 73, of Boswell, IN, passed away at 4:40 P.M. Friday February 14, 2020 at his home.  He was born December 22, 1946, in Brazil, IN, the son of Earl and Martha (Hinshaw) Mitchell.  He married Jill Allyn Brockway of Hoopeston, IL, on September 5, 1970, at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jill; two daughters, Jennifer (Ashton) Eldridge of Phoeniz, AZ and Jessica (Patrick) Quinn of Phoenix, AZ; one son, James Mitchell of Boswell, IN; one sister, Dr. June Frye of Prince George, British Columbia; two brothers, Stephen (Wanda) Mitchell of Decatur, IL and John Mitchell of South Bend, IN; two sisters-in-law, Jane (Jary) Archer and Judy Brockway (Mark Skelton); three grandchildren, Megan and Emily Quinn and Jack Eldridge; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Marjorie Brockway; and one brother-in-law, Dr. Russell Frye.

Jeff worked at Jasper County Coop which later became Ceres Solutions as the Boswell Branch Manager.  He later worked for Mark Layden Farms, Randy Weber and most recently Senesac Farms.  He was a member of the Boswell United Methodist Church and later attended the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.  He was also a member of the Pine Village Masonic Lodge #315.  Jeff enjoyed volunteering at the Benton County Fair, fishing, attending races with his son and had a love for sports especially basketball and football.  He lived a full life surrounded by family, friends, and his fishing buddies.  Jeff’s greatest enjoyments were spending time with is darling grandchildren and visiting with people, as he never met a stranger.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. CST Thursday February 20, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. CST Friday February 21, 2020 at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church 403 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL, with Pastor Jemiriye Fakunle officiating.  Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org or to donate locally, please consider donating to Feed My Lambs or Blessings in a Backpack, which can be contacted through the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.

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Mark Andrew Lockhart, 73, of Wellington, IL

Mark Andrew Lockhart, 73, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 12:45 P.M. Friday February 14, 2020 at his home.  He was born June 20, 1946, in Danville, IL, the son of Warren and Sara (Weyand) Lockhart. 

 

He married Frances Reed in 1970 in Lebanon, TN and together they had three sons who survive, Samuel (Jane) Lockhart of South Bend, IN, Nathan (Marla) Lockhart of Richmond, VA, and Phillip Lockhart of Bloomington, IL.

 

He is also survived by one sister, Alice J. Lockhart of Wellington, IL; and three grandchildren, Erin Jane Lockhart, Emily Kathryn Lockhart, and Warren Lee Lockhart.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mark was a life-long farmer which he thoroughly enjoyed.  He was a member of the Wellington United Methodist Church, the Illinois Hereford Association and a past-member of the Wellington Lions Club.  One of Mark’s favorite past-times was fishing.

 

Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday February 21, 2020 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston with Pastor Robert Puhr officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wellington United Methodist Chu

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Brian Keith Woodby, age 50, of Milford

Brian Keith Woodby, age 50, of Milford passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on March 30, 1969 in Brook, Indiana, the son of Lonnie Gene and Sharon (Kissack) Woodby.


Brian is survived by two sons Joshua (Ashley) Krueger of Windsor, CO and Matthew Capocasa of Milford; one daughter Tiffany (Keegan) Capocasa of Watseka; his mother Sharon Woodby of Milford; three brothers Mark (Amy) Woodby of Stockland, Kevin (Georgia) Woodby of Milford and Bubba (Deb) Moore of Watseka; one sister Kristie Woodby of Milford; one sister-in-law Terri Woodby of Milford; two grandsons Clayton and Mason Krueger of Windsor, CO; and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father Lonnie Gene Woodby and his brother Ronnie Lee Woodby.
Brian worked for Stockland Service for 15 years, and was lovingly known as “the tire guy”. He enjoyed truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies and listening to country western music; but most of all, Brian loved spending time with his family, especially at family cookouts.


Visitation will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 from 4-8pm at Milford Christian Church. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11am, with visitation one hour prior, also at Milford Christian Church. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Donor’s Choice.

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Harlan Howard Thornsbrough, 91, formerly of Alvin, IL

Harlan Howard Thornsbrough, 91, formerly of Alvin, IL, passed away at 10:15 P.M. Saturday February 8, 2020 at The Waters of Covington.  He was born March 5, 1928, on a farm east of Alvin, IL, the son of Ennis and Evelyn (Hughes) Thornsbrough.  He married Vernice Wylder on June 1, 1947 in Alvin, IL.  She preceded him in death on July 4, 2011.

 

He is survived by one daughter, Ginger (Ronnie) Mack of Covington, IN; one son, Steve (Marie) Thornsbrough of Alvin, IL; three sisters, Shirley Stephenson of Alvin, IL, June Cain of Pittsboro, IN, and Jo Lynn Sutton of Alvin, IL; one brother, David (Carolyn) Thornsbrough of Alvin, IL; three grandchildren, Brock (Amie) Thornsbrough, Brad (Michell) Thornsbrough, and Marcy (Martin); one grandson-in-law, Paul Powell; eleven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Brooklyn, Nathan, Evan, Josh, Mia, Peyton, Paige, Arieal, Chian, and Lanie; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Howard; two brothers, Wayne (Bess) Thornsbrough and Jay Thornsbrough; three brothers-in-law, Wally Stephenson, Butch Cain, and George Sutton; and one granddaughter, Brittany Powell.

 

Harlan was a life-long farmer.  He previously served as a Trustee on the South Ross Township Board, was a past-member of the Alvin Grade School board, served as a volunteer firefighter on the Alvin Fire Department, and drove for the Red Cross.  He was a member of the Alvin Christian Church where he had served as a Deacon.  Harlan enjoyed racing stock cars, late models, and midget cars with his son.  He also loved watching sports, especially basketball. 

 

Cremation rites will be accorded.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday February 14, 2020 at Bethel Cemetery in rural Alvin, IL, with Harlan’s grandson, Brock Thornsbrough, officiating.

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Marvin Charles Bauer, 89, of Normal Illinois

Marvin Charles Bauer, 89, of Normal Illinois and formerly of Urbana and Cissna Park passed away on February 10, 2020 at Heritage Health in Normal. He was born on October 13, 1930 in Cissna Park, the son of Charles G. and Barbara (Leman) Bauer and they preceded him in death.

 

He married Shirley Ann Schmitt on October 14, 1951 in Cissna Park and they celebrated 67 years of marriage. Shirley preceded him in death almost one year ago. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Wesley, Arch, Loren and Sam and one sister, Arlene Moser.


Marvin and Shirley were blessed with four children, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who all survive him. Children are Russell (Colleen) Bauer of Bloomington IL, Rhonda (Leslie) Steiner of Davenport IA, Rosemary (David) Nevin of Cleveland MS, and Ryan Bauer (Kim) of Mansfield IL. Grandchildren are Brock (Kristen) Bauer, Jill (David) Stutzman, Jodi (Adam) Kimball, Travis (Caitlin) Steiner, Matthew Steiner, Lindsay Bauer, Lauren (Josh) Juchems, Brooke Bauer, Josh Bauer and Jared Bauer. Also surviving Marvin are one sister, Thelma (Lloyd) Frey of Remington IN and one brother, Don (Glo) Bauer of Tucson AZ.


Marvin was a farmer in Cissna Park for many years. During this time, he was also a PAG dealer, 4H leader, and Sunday School teacher. As he transitioned from retiring as a farmer, he was a Mac Tools distributor in Champaign-Urbana. He really enjoyed getting to know his Mac customers and won several awards for sales and customer service over the years. Marvin was an avid sports fan especially for the Cincinnati Reds and the Fighting Illini. He was a member of Christian Bible Church, Cissna Park and then Twin City Bible Church during their time in Champaign-Urbana. Marvin served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was discharged as Sergeant.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14 at the Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Cissna Park Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the Cissna Park American Legion.


Memorials may be made to American Macular Degeneration Foundation.


The family would like to thank the staffs of Mercy Creek and Heritage Health Normal for the care and support of our dad over the last few months and years.

 

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Harlan Howard Thornsbrough, 91, formerly of Alvin, IL,

Harlan Howard Thornsbrough, 91, formerly of Alvin, IL, 

Cremation rites will be accorded.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday February 14, 2020 at Bethel Cemetery in rural Alvin, IL

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Kimberly Merle Cox, 67, of Normal IL

Kimberly Merle Cox, 67 of Normal, IL passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. He was born August 17, 1952 in Watseka, the son of Guy and Hilda (Cohernour) Baker. After Guy’s passing, Kim was later adopted by D. Gene Cox.


He is survived by his wife, Sarita and son, Kameron (Barbara) Cox all of Normal. Also surviving are sisters, Casandra (Robert) Jacobs of Thawville, Valerie Cox of Roberts, and Katana (Todd) Cook of Onarga; and several beloved nieces and nephews. Kim was preceded in death by his parents.


KC retired as a medical technician for the State of Illinois Department of Corrections. For many years he had volunteered for the Colfax Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Kim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, many outdoor activities, and cheering on the Chicago Bears and Cubs, and Illinois State Redbirds. KC was known for his sense humor and generosity.


Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 8. Pastor Brian King will officiate. Visitation for friends and family will be held one hour prior to the service.


Memorials may be made to American Kidney Association or to the Donor’s Choice.
Please share a memory of KC at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Teresa Lynn Bolen, 49, of Cissna Park

Teresa Lynn Bolen, 49, of Cissna Park passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born on November 1, 1970, the daughter of John A. and Karen (Quakenbush) Bolen. She was preceded in death by her father, John A. Bolen, her maternal grandparents, Lena and Earl Quakenbush, and her paternal grandparents, Rosie and Lee Bolen.

 

She is survived by her mother, Karen S. Bolen of Cissna Park; one sister, Tammy (Curtis) Hansen of Cedar Rapids, IA; two nieces, Katie Hougas and Revlis Hansen; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

A graveside memorial service will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford. Rev. William Daughtery will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation. They may sent to Karen Bolen at 306 Kellerhals Dr. in Cissna Park, IL 60924.

 

Please share a memory of Teresa at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Virgil L. Schroeder, 87, of Crescent City

Virgil L. Schroeder, 87, of Crescent City went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Luther Place in Danforth. He was born December 20, 1932 in Crescent Twp., the son of Arthur E. and Irene A. (Luecke) Schroeder and they preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, one son-in-law, one grandson, and one step-great-granddaughter.

 

He married Marilyn Poff on May 15, 1954 in Chebanse and she survives. Also surviving are three children, Denise (Dave) Kosik of Crescent City, Keith (Bev) Schroeder of Edwardsville and Julie Schroeder of Bloomingdale; one sister, Janet Taylor of Chicago; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

 

Mr. Schroeder served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a lifelong farmer in Crescent Twp. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, where he served in numerous offices within the church. He was a founding board member of Prairieview Lutheran

 

Nursing Home, where he later served as a spiritual caregiver. He also served on the Iroquois County Board, Woodland-Darrow Farmers Co-op, Iroquois County Area Career Center, and was a member of the American Legion for 63 years. Virgil had been the Crescent Twp. Supervisor, Director of the Woodland Fire District, and a part time employee at Knapp Funeral Home.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery at Woodworth with military graveside rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois

County VFW Post #7450.


Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

Please share a memory of Virgil at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Howard Eugene Johnson, 80, of Hoopeston

Howard Eugene Johnson, 80, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:45 A.M. Tuesday February 4, 2020 at his home.  He was born August 5, 1939, in Hoopeston, the son of Harold and Mildred (Dukes) Johnson.  He married Myrna McNeely on December 20, 1958 in Hoopeston.  She survives in Hoopeston.

 

He is also survived by two sons, Greg (Kimberly) Johnson of Danville, IL and Danny (Sarah) Johnson of Birmingham, MI; one daughter-in-law, Ava Johnson of Wellington, IL; one sister, Connie (George) Kult of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, Roy Johnson of Indianapolis, IN; one sister-in-law, Judy Johnson of West Lafayette, IN; 6 grandchildren, Tyler (Jessica) Johnson, Stewart Johnson, Trace (Sarah) Madison, Allison Johnson, Reagan Johnson, and Andrew Johnson; one step-grandson, Clayton (Destiny) Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; one son, Tony Johnson; two sisters, Ellen ? and Joyce Denison; and one brother, Harold “Butch” Johnson.

 

Howard worked at FMC in Hoopeston as a machinist until his retirement.  He was a dedicated Cornjerker and Illini fan and loved spending time with his family and friends.

 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday February 10, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday February 11, 2020 at the funeral home, with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

 

Memorials may be made in Howard’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Dale "Sandy" Wallace III, 83, of Hoopeston

Dale “Sandy” Wallace III, 83, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 11:47 A.M. Wednesday February 5, 2020, at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center in Hoopeston, IL.  He was born November 20, 1936, in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Dale “Rusty” and Marguerite “Marge” (Trego) Wallace II.  He married Thea M. Mathaser on April 28, 1959 in Bad Aibling, West Germany.  She preceded him in death.

 

He is survived by two sons, Michael A. (Jennifer) Wallace of Fisher, IL and Scott W. (Carolyn) Wallace of Mackinaw, IL; two grandchildren, Kyle (Carrie) Wallace and Julianne (Kyle) Storm; two great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Bryer Wallace; and two nieces, Heather McClane and Valerie Mace.  He is also survived by a special friend, Patsy Farley.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Natalie Chevillet.

 

Sandy ran the family insurance agency for many years, taking it over from his father.  He also loved farming and took over running the family farm for a number of years.  He served in the United States Army from 1956 – 1959 and was a member of the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.  He was an avid golfer and member of Hubbard Trail Country Club where he was a multiple time men’s club champion.  Sandy loved the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA which he attended for 43 consecutive years. 

 

Cremation rites will be accorded.  A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Monday February 10, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home with Steve Unger officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384 502 E. Penn St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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Darlene Ren, 84, of Danville

Darlene Ren, 84, of Danville, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2020, at Hawthorne Inn, in Danville.

Darlene was born on July 13, 1935, in Penfield, Illinois, the daughter of Orville Ray and Flossie Adaline (Spain) Ellis.  She married Richard A. Ren on April 26, 1974, in Potomac.  He preceded her in death on September 17, 2004.

 

She is survived by two sons- Don (Kristi) Morgan of Potomac and Rick (Joann) Ren of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one daughter- Joni (Tommy) Ford of Southlake, Texas; two sisters- Judy Cox and Patricia King both of Potomac; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by his parents, husband, two daughters- Becky Ashcraft and Lori Byrnes, and two brothers- Bob and Ed Ellis.

 

Darlene graduated from Potomac High School, in 1953.  She worked for several years at Busey Bank, until her retirement in 1997.  She enjoyed reading and decorating.

 

A Celebration of Darlene Ren’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Greg Breedan officiating. 

 

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the service in Potomac Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

 

The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Darlene’s life

Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Carol Lee Decker, 88, of Champaign, IL

Carol (Teegarden) Decker, 88, of Champaign, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:53 P.M. Monday February 3, 2020 at Evergreen Place in Champaign.  She was born February 23, 1931, in Prairie Green Township, IL, the daughter of Eldon and Ruth (Stoup) Teegarden.  She married John William Decker II on July 5, 1952 at the First Christian Church in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann (David) Quigg of Champaign, IL and Molly (Stephen) Ayers of Champaign, IL; one son, John William (Diana) Decker III of Winterville, NC; six grandchildren, Joseph (Alex) Decker, William Decker, Rachel (Chris) Haverstrom, Andrew Ayers, Alexandra (Rémy) Braconnot, and Hannah (Joseph) Trautman; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William (Leena) Teegarden.

Carol worked at FMC in Hoopeston as a secretary and later raised her family as a homemaker.  She later managed Adler’s Dress Shop in Hoopeston.  She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and the Hoopeston Garden Club.  She was an avid antique collector, enjoyed being a wedding coordinator, and had an interest in interior decorating.  Carol also enjoyed her time at Hubbard Trail Country Club, playing bridge, and traveling with her husband.

A visitation will be held 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Saturday February 15, 2020 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 February 15, 2020 at the funeral home, with Pastor Kris Light officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association 300 S. Riverside Plaza Ste 1200 Chicago, IL 60606-6637 or the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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David Clifton Gentry, 70, of Potomac

David Clifton Gentry, 70, of Potomac, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the VA Illiana Healthcare System, in Danville.

David was born on September 6, 1949, in Savanna, Illinois, the son of Vernon Lyle and Betty Marie (Bogart) Gentry.  He married Karen Piatt on January 31, 1975, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She survives.

He is also survived by one daughter- Salina Gentry; three sons- Rebel (Lisa) Gentry of Clifton, Arizona, Clifton Gentry of Rantoul and Ty (Tiffany) Gentry of McLoud, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law- Neanna Gentry of Meeker, Oklahoma; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father- Tom Hamm and one son- SSgt David Clifton Gentry II USMC.

David worked at Vermilion Rubber Technology for several years.  He enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour books, fishing, bowling, and just being with family.

According to his wishes cremation rites will be accorded and there will be services held at a later date.  Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Charlene "Chuckie" Mae Hickman, 78, of Potomac

Charlene “Chuckie” Mae Hickman, 78, of Potomac, passed away at 6:21 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Singing River Hospital, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. 
Charlene was born on January 26, 1941, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Malcolm and Illa (Brown) Stout.  She married Wilbur “Tack” Hickman on December 26, 1958, in Danville.  He survives.


She is also survived by one daughter- Shelly (Rick) Garnica of Potomac; one son- Ed (Rebecca) Hickman of Jamesburg; one daughter-in-law- Phyllis Hickman of Wellington; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law- Sandy Stout of Cape Coral, Florida.


She was preceded in death by her parents, son-Scott Hickman, brother- Vern Stout and sister- Evelyn Stevens.


Chuckie worked for several years as a seamstress, where she made Mario Andretti’s racing suit while at Bell Helmet.  She was a member of Community Church of God, in Danville.  Charlene was a prayer warrior and was always praying for others.  She enjoyed camping, sewing, reading the Bible, playing euchre, shopping and going to garage sales.  Charlene never missed a party or a birthday.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and giving them her pink grandma kiss tattoos. 

 
A Celebration of Charlene Hickman’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Community Church of God, in Danville.  Visitation will precede the service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, at the church.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Potomac Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Community Church of God Mission Fund. 

 

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

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Charlie Catron, 81, of Hoopeston

Charlie Chester “Chet” Catron, 81, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 3:00 A.M. Sunday January 26, 2020 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston. 

 

He was born January 6, 1939, in Albany, KY, the son of Clarence and Jessie (Byers) Catron.  He married Patricia Webber on December 9, 1961, at the First Presbyterian Church in Hoopeston.  She survives in Hoopeston.


He is also survived by one son, Michael Edward Catron and Melanie Arthur of Chicago, IL; two sisters-in-law, Naomi Morrison of Missoula, MT  and Ruth (Dean) Misner of Hoopeston, IL; one brother-in-law, Jim (Jeannie) Webber of Hoopeston, IL; two aunts, Barb (Perry) Rethelford of Hoopeston, IL and Netta Byers of KY; one uncle, Dale Catron of Mt. Dora, FL;  11 nieces and nephews, Marty (Abby) Dobkins, Marvin (Jeanie) Dobkins, Phil Misner, Jeanne Misner, Lori (Jon) Walters, Eric Morrison, Marilyn (Michael) Morrison-Reid, David Webber (Dalia Granados), Eddie Webber, Grant Webber (Rachel Diggs), and Derek (Rachel) Webber; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Jessie Catron; one sister, Ellen Jennetta Dobkins; one brother-in-law, Joe Morrison; and four uncles, Ray, John, and Gilbert Catron and Dannie Byers.


Chet worked as a signal maintainer for Union Pacific Railroad for over forty years, until his retirement.  He served in the United States Navy from 1957-1959.  He was a member of the Hoopeston Star Lodge #709 and the Scottish Rite in Danville.  Chet enjoyed bowling and was also a member at Hubbard Trail Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf.


A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Friday January 31, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home, with Rev. Wade Meranda officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.


Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston American Legion Honor Guard 502 E. Penn St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.


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


Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Sherrey Lynn Sanders, 51, of Rossville

Sherrey Lynn Sanders, 51, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 7:21 A.M. Thursday January 23, 2020 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center in Hoopeston.  She was born September 11, 1968, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Billy E. and Shirley Lee (McAllister) Sanders.  She married LeeRoy Bennett and together they had three sons.

She is survived by her parents, Billy and Shirley Sanders of Rossville, IL; three sons, Luke (Gina) Bennett of Alvin, IL, Zack (Jessi) Bennett of Hoopeston, IL, and Joseph Bennett of Hoopeston, IL; one sister, Shelley (John) Potter of Anderson, IN; five grandchildren, Cassidy Allison, Ethan Allison, Damien Allison, Payton Bennett, and Meadow Milburn; three nephews, Jacob, Jesse, and Eric Potter; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ralph and Jeanne McAllister; paternal grandparents, Sewell and Frieda Sanders, and a cousin, Justin Slichenmyer.

Sherrey enjoyed walking, going for drives, and spending time outdoors.  She also loved her dog, Abby and talking on her phone.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday January 28, 2020 at Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in rural Rossville with Kevin Ziegler officiating.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Robert P. Lytle, 68, of Rankin

Robert P. Lytle, 68, of Rankin, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2020, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.
Bob was born on February 5, 1951, in Danville, the son of Ralph P. and Helen (Cox) Lytle.  
He is survived by his cousins- Janet (Brougher) Crouch of Hoopeston and James L. (Toni) Brougher of Danville.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Bob worked for several years as a mechanic and helped his dad at the Napa Store.  He enjoyed fishing, traveling to Colorado and Canada and spending time with his beloved dog-Duke.


Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.  A Memorial Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home, with Katie Clayton officiating.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Hoopeston Animal Rescue (HART). 

 

 

 

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Engel Kaufmann, 84, of Watseka

Engel Anne Kaufmann, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. Engel was born on December 29, 1935 in Clifton the daughter of Wilbur and Caroline (Schuring) Paris and they preceded her in death. Engel married Harry L. Kaufmann on February 4, 1956 in Milford and he also preceded her in death on April 24, 2017.

 

Engel is survived by two daughters, Rhonda (Steven) Hamrick of Cissna Park and Sondra (Steven) Knapp of Watseka; one sister, Linda (Bob) Crawford of Milford; one brother, Doug (Julie) Paris of Knoxville; five grandchildren, Jami (David) Berry, Jason (Kimberly) Hamrick, Adam (Deena) Knapp, Andrew (Jamie) Knapp, and Alex (Natalie) Knapp; and nine great grandchildren, Caera Berry, Devin Berry, Lauryn Hamrick, Adyn Hamrick, Katelyn Hamrick, Hudson Knapp, Luke Knapp, Sophia Knapp, and Oliver Knapp.

 

Engel was a member of Watseka First United Methodist Church and the VFW Auxiliary. She was employed at JC Penny’s in Watseka for 23 years where she always enjoyed visiting with her customers. Engel’s greatest passion was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Watseka First United Methodist Church. Pastor Kara Berg will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to Watseka First United Methodist Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Engel at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Brooke Erin Taylor, 37, of Gibson City

Brooke Erin Taylor, 37, of Gibson City, formerly of Hoopeston, IL. 

 

Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held 11:00AM - 1:00PM Wednesday January 22nd, 2020 at ANderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston,IL. 

 

A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00pm wednesday at the funeral home. Burail will follow in the floral Hill cemetery in Hoopeston.

 

Anderson funeral home in Hoopeston is handling arrangements. 

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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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