Lavon E. Silver Hoagland (98 years) passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Presence Merkle-Kniprath Countryside in Clifton, Illinois. Graveside Service will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, Illinois at 1100 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Pastor Cathy Najmon will be officiating. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Presence Merkle-Kniprath Countryside, 1190 E 2900 North Road, Clifton, Illinois or Kankakee Valley Hospice, 482 Main Street NW, Bourbonnais, Illinois, 60914.
Virginia L. Powell, 68, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:15 A.M. Monday May 28, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. She was born August 27, 1949, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Ivor Nathaniel Powell Sr. and Isabelle G. (Glover) Powell.
She is survived by two sons, Jason (Tara) Moore of Rankin, IL and Jeromy (Audrey) Powell of Rankin, IL; four granddaughters, Jasmine, Alexis, Julia, and Liberty; one step-granddaughter, Jordan; two great-grandchildren, Harlynny and Arianna; one sister, Margaret Shine of Normal, IL; one brother, Jerry (Sue) Powell of Hoopeston, IL. She is also survived by several cousins; nieces; one nephew; aunts; and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Tina Powell; one sister, Yvonne Green; two brothers, Bill and Ivor Powell Jr.; one grandson, Mason Lee Powell; one great-grandson, Kh’yae Zae Moore; a niece, Billie Jo; a nephew, Dustin Powell; and many aunts and uncles.
Virginia worked most of her life. She was a supervisor at United Technologies in Hoopeston and also in South Carolina. After becoming disabled, she moved back to Hoopeston. She enjoyed playing bingo. Her greatest joys were her sons, her grandchildren, and her cat Sassy.
Per her wishes, she will be cremated and her family will hold a service at a later date.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Virginia’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Jerry G. La Mar, 73, of Westville, formerly of Rossville, passed away at 2:59 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.
Jerry was born on November 11, 1944, in Rossville, the son of Vernon and Laverna (Dukes) La Mar. He married Phyllis Van Driessche, on June 20, 1980, in Danville. She survives.
He is also survived by three daughters- Mindy Burchett of Coweta, Oklahoma, Missy (Randy) Nelson of Wagoner, Oklahoma and Tammy (Charles) Frakes of Porter, Oklahoma; two sons- Brian (Lynda) Alexander and Freddie (Dawn) Alexander of Summerville, South Carolina; one brother- Les La Mar of Cayuga, Indiana; two sisters- Judy Riley of Danville and Joyce (Greg) Fisher of Plainfield, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jerry served in the United States Army, from 1969 to 1971. He worked at ESCO for several years, until his retirement. He was a member of the Rossville American Legion. Jerry enjoyed camping, dancing, playing cards and pool and spending time with his family.
Graveside services will be held at a later date in Rossville Cemetery. According to his wishes cremation rites have been accorded. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. La Mar’s life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at; www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
Earl “Bates” Brown, 93, a lifelong Milford resident passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home in Milford. He was born on September 14, 1924 in Milford, the son of Earl and Mary (Adams) Brown. He married Frances Minard on June 26, 1948 and she preceded him in death on February 16, 2016.
Surviving are two daughters, Deborah (Tom) Landry of Tucson, AZ and Linda (Jay) Slife of Union Grove, WI; one son, Daryl Brown of Hoopeston; four grandchildren, Justin and Ben Slife and Jessica and DJ Brown; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew, Leah, Alana, Maggie, Layla, and Jay R.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Bates was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty McCray and Lauradean Hinkle; and one brother, Cecil.
Bates was an avid sports fan. In high school, he was the captain of his football team and athlete of the year in 1942. He liked to talk about his team’s achievement as conference champs, which didn’t happen again until his son’s team years later. In his youth, he also played on the Milford Indies softball team. He later served as a Boy Scout leader, financial secretary of Carpenter’s Union Local 1793 and on the Milford High School Board of Education.
Being drafted right out of high school, Mr. Brown served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II as Crew Chief on a B29 bomber on the island of Tinian in the South Pacific. He was assigned to the atomic bomb squadron and helped maintain the famous B29 Superfortress, Lucky Lady.
Upon returning home after the war, Mr. Brown owned and operated Bates Brown & Son General Contracting for 40 plus years. During that time, he built close to 100 homes and businesses in Milford and the surrounding area. After retirement from his own business, he served for 20 years as Iroquois County Construction Inspector retiring from that position a few weeks prior to his passing.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Milford Christian Church and served humbly. He had enthusiastically built the church earlier in his career, an effort he wore as a great badge of honor.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Milford Christian Church in Milford. Revs. Neil Larimore and Brent Zastrow will officiate.
Burial will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Maple Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Milford Christian Church.
Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
Please share a memory of Bates at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Lois F. Cramer, 88, of Hoopeston, IL., passed this world on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:30 in the afternoon surrounded by her family and in the loving care of the nurses at HCRH and the IMH Hospice. Lois was born June 18, 1929, the daughter of Azzie and Buelah (Martin) Carter. She married Lloyd (Bud) Cramer on July 2, 1950 in Watseka, IL.
She is survived by her son, John (Sandy) Cramer of Hoopeston, IL.; her son-in-law, Robert (Dorothy) Rickart Jr.; her grandson, Casey (Amber) Cramer of Watseka, IL.; and her great granddaughter, Summer Cramer of Watseka, IL., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd (Bud) Cramer, two sisters, two brothers, her daughter Melody Rickart, and her granddaughter Brandi Rickart.
She worked for the Hoopeston School system as a secretary at Lincoln Grade School, Honeywell Grade School, and John Greer Grade School until her retirement.
Lois was an avid gardener, loved to crochet hand towels, do craft work, and crossword puzzles. Her favorite pastime was sitting in the front row watching her great granddaughter, Summer play basketball, and sitting in a lawn chair watching her play softball and all the bragging rights that went with it.
A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Lloyd Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.
Clyde Albert Otto Runge, 81, of St. Simons Island, GA., passed away at 9:50 A.M. Monday, May 14,2018 at Hospice of Golden Isles in Brunswick, GA. He was born April 24, 1937, the son of Edward and Bertha (Grandt) Runge. He married Nancy Hamilton on August 8, 1959 in Springfield, IL. She survives in St. Simons Island, GA.
He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth ‘Liz” Runge of St. Simons Island, GA.; his son John Runge of Hoopeston, IL.; his brothers Edward (Pat) Runge of College Station, TX and Robert (Sandra) Runge of St. Peter, IL.; his grandchildren, Arlina (Richard) Kaake, Lindsey Crose, Jordan Crose, and Laney Runge; his great grandchildren Gabrielle Kaake, Alisyn Kaake, and Rachel Kaake and five nieces and seven nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Wendell, Calvin, and Carl Runge.
Clyde was an Agriculture and Farm Products Salesman, his last working was at Conagra. Growing up, he attended the St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter, IL and then later attended the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hoopeston, IL. He loved to travel. He enjoyed his morning coffee club with his buddies at the Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, IL. He also enjoyed fishing, doing crossword puzzles, playing golf and collecting more golf balls than he knew what to do with. He was meticulous about his perfect lawn and he was a man who always helped his neighbors.
A visitation will be held 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Golden Isles 1692 Glynco Parkway Brunswick, GA. 31525 or to Magnolia Manor 2255 Frederica Rd. St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
Visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Clyde’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Zelda Marie Kuchenbrod passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at her home in Pensacola, Florida.
Zelda was born in Paxton, IL on August 16, 1939 to Orville and Roxie (Fox) Henson. Zelda married Harold G. Niccum on May 9, 1959. A daughter, Cindy, was born on June 1, 1960. Zelda then married Harry C. Kuchenbrod on September 24, 1982.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Cindy; her parents; brother, Thomas Henson; sister, Barbara Keefe and sister, Shirley Henson.
Zelda is survived by her husband of 35 years, and step-children Ralph Kuchenbrod (Ellen) Tolono, IL; Barbara Rust (Tom), Cissna Park, IL; Gary Kuchenbrod (Sandra), Pesotum, IL; Jerry Kuchenbrod (Kim), Armstrong, Il; and Barry Kuchenbrod (Vonda), Nashville, TN; Granddaughter Amanda Nelson; step-granddaughters Katie George, Allison Kuchenbrod, and Emily Kuchenbrod; step-grandsons Joseph Kuchenbrod, Benjamin Kuchenbrod, Clifford Kuchenbrod, Emmett Kuchenbrod, Darren Rust, Travis Rust, eleven step-great grandchildren; and one brother-James Henson of Thomasboro, IL.
Zelda graduated from Paxton High School in 1957. A life-long learner, she earned an Associate’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University in Texas and a Bachelor’s degree in 1992 from Eastern Illinois University. As an exemplary student at EIU she was awarded membership in the adult education honor society Alpha Sigma Lambda,
Zelda began her working life as an operator with a central Illinois telephone company. When the phone system was automated she moved into a typist position. Zelda’s storied civil service career began in 1977 at Chanute AFB, IL (1977-1992), Sheppard AFB, TX (1992-2000), and retiring at NAS Pensacola, FL in 2003. As a civil servant Zelda served as group commander secretary at Chanute. Seeking challenge, Zelda applied for and was hired as a technical instructor in the Aircraft Fuels System Maintenance Course at Chanute AFB. When Chanute closed, Zelda transferred to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX. Zelda retired as a Training Specialist at NAS Pensacola, FL.
Zelda was an avid reader and an accomplished landscape artist.
A Celebration of Zelda Kuchenbrod’s Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Patti Wise officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Johnson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Zelda’s life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
Peggy Ellen Brammer, 72, of Milford passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Cissna Park. She was born May 24, 1945 in Milford, the daughter of Lillian Kincade Buhrmester and LeRoy Haxton. She married Jim Brammer in Milford on April 1, 1994 and he survives.
She is also survived by two sisters, Judy England of Cissna Park and Glenda Evans of Lexington, KY; three brothers, Harvey (Portia) Haxton of Clarksville, TN, Orville Haxton of Cissna Park, and Jim (Linda) Buhrmester of Milford; two grandchildren; step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one daughter-in-law, Anita Perkins.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Troy and Keith Perkins; her father, LeRoy Haxton; her parents, Vernon and Lillian Buhrmester; sister-in-law, Gay Haxton; and brother-in-law, Don England.
Mrs. Brammer attended Milford schools and enjoyed knitting.
Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.
Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice (525 E. North St., Suite C in Bradley, IL 60915) or the donor’s choice.
Nancy R. Allen, 79, of Milford passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at her home. She was born May 8th, 1938 in Milford, the daughter of Levi E. and Marie Long Allen.
She is survived by her four sons, Gordon French of Ft. Myers, FL, Dan French of Springfield, IL, Brad Dean (Myriam) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Mark Dean (Natalie) of Sherman, IL; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her brother, Elmer Allen of Milford; her sister, Opal Long of Milford; and many nieces and nephews.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Joan (Richard) Gossett; and one brother, Charles "Chas" Allen.
Nancy was a devout Christian and beloved mother with a beautiful singing voice and a green thumb. She was a great cook and enjoyed following the activities of her children and grandchildren. She loved to sing and play the piano. Nancy spent over 25 years working for the ARC of Iroquois County.
Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the 3:00 pm funeral service on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Private burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.
Marvin W. Young, 90, of Cissna Park passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton. He was born October 25, 1927 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Joe and Emma Lehmann Young. Marvin married Dorothy Berg on December 20, 1950 in Buckley and she survives.
Besides his wife, Dorothy Young of Cissna Park, he is survived by two sons, Wayne Young of Watseka and Donald “Red” Young of Cissna Park; one daughter, Beverly (Steve) Kuester of Cissna Park; one brother, Larry (Karla) Young of Buckley; one sister, Elizabeth (Steve) Schivley of Peoria; ten grandchildren, Cindy Mitchell, Jeffery Young, David Young, Travis Young, Tammi Noonon, Jason Kuester, Vanessa Levan, Neal Kuester, Wayne Lee Stafford, and Dorothy Scarbrough; and nineteen great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leslie, William, Robert, and Kenneth; one sister, Wilma Phiffer; one daughter, Connie Whaley; one granddaughter, Michelle Kuester; and two daughter-in-laws, Donna Young and Connie Young.
Mr. Young served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Cissna Park American Legion and Gold Wing Motorcycle Touring Association. Marvin was a life-long farmer and mechanic in the area and enjoyed traveling with his wife on their motorcycle in the lower 48 states as well as in Canada and Newfoundland.
Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park with graveside military rites by Cissna Park American Legion.
Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Fire Department, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park, or family’s wishes.
Holly Suzanne White, 43, of Watseka, IL, passed away at 10:36 A.M. Sunday May 6, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. She was born January 16, 1975, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Phyllis Jean O’Neal White.
She is survived by one son, Garrett White of Watseka, IL; one sister, Amy White of Milford, IL; one half-brother, Anthony Lane of Ocala, FL; and two nieces, Emily Buhrmester of Milford, IL and Heather Scott of Sheldon, IL. She is also survived by long-time family friends, Shawn Lane, Angel Coburn, Norma Clawsen, & Deana Clawsen.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis White; one son, Grayson White; and maternal grandparents, Arvil and Ruby O’Neal.
Holly worked as a home healthcare provider and had previously worked as a correctional officer. She was a member of the State Line Riders Motorcycle Club (A.B.A.T.E). She loved crafts, sports, and was a volleyball official.
Cremation rites will be accorded, and a visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday May 14, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. A private memorial service will be held.
Memorials may be made to the family of Holly White, C/O Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.
Betty O. Lockhart, 94, of Hoopeston, Illinois, passed away at 1:49 a.m. on May 2, 2018, at Autumn Fields in Hoopeston, Illinois.
Betty grew up in Wellington, Illinois and raised her family in Bloomington, Illinois. She then lived in Tampa, Florida for many years and in Naples Florida, from 1996 to 2017, before coming home to Hoopeston this past Thanksgiving.
She was married to Lyle W. Leverenz, who preceded her in death in 1988. She later married Robert M. Lockhart, who also preceded her in death in 2011.
She leaves behind one son-Kim(Judy) Leverenz of Portales, New Mexico; one daughter in law- Nancy Leverenz of Hudson, Illinois; one son in law- Jim Hedrick of Champaign, Illinois; step-brother- Marvin Anderson of Alvin, Illinois; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces and nephews including Jackie Leverenz of Hoopeston, who has been by her side often since her move; two step- daughters- Lee Ann Lockhart of Woodworth and Viki Hart of Colorado Springs; step -granddaughters; step -great grandchildren and step -great great granddaughter.
She was also preceded in death by her mother- Hazel Anderson and step -father Sexton Anderson, daughter-Cheryl Hedrick and two sons- Terry W. Leverenz and Richard “Rick” Leverenz; step -son- Robert Lockhart.
She was a member of the Wellington Methodist Church and graduated from Wellington High School in 1942.
Betty enjoyed cooking, golfing, craft work, jigsaw puzzles and bingo. She belonged to the Royalwood Golf and Country Club, in Naples, Florida, where she enjoyed playing golf in the league.
Graveside service will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston, Illinois, with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating.
Blurton Funeral Home, Hoopeston is assisting family with arrangements. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Diabetes Foundation or Donor’s Choice. Memories and condolences can be sent to the family at www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com
J. Elton Savage, 83, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 3:10 A.M. Friday May 4, 2018, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston, IL. He was born May 14, 1934, in Randolph, KY, the son of Edison and Vera (Shockley) Savage. He married Lela Ashby on December 1, 1962, in Rossville, IL. She survives in Hoopeston, IL.
He is also survived by two sons, Greg (Nena) Savage of Tybee Island, Ga and Vince (Kim) Savage of Danville, IL; one sister, Lois (Clayton) Harper of Louisville, KY; one brother, Guy Savage of Sturgis, MI; four grandchildren, Dustin, Kristy, Andy, and Thomas Savage; one great-grandson, Jack Savage; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Louise; and one brother, Gary.
Elton worked in maintenance at Joan of Arc, which later became Pillsbury, in Hoopeston, until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, watching Nascar, dirt track racing, and spending time with his family.
A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Wednesday May 9, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Pastor John Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Elton’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Robert Dowin Wood, 41, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:22 P.M. Friday April 27, 2018 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center in Hoopeston. He was born July 21, 1976, in Watseka, IL, the son of Rick and Mary (Bickers) Wood. He married Jessi Key on November 20, 2015 in Danville, IL. She survives in Hoopeston.
He is also survived by his father, Rick Wood of Hoopeston, IL; 2 daughters, Alexis “Lexi” Wood of Hoopeston, IL and Rhean Walker of Hoopeston; two sons, Robert “Bobby” Wood of Hoopeston, IL and Dowin Wood of Rankin, IL; one step-daughter, Meadow Milburn of Hoopeston, IL; two sisters, Kim Gonzalez of Hoopeston, IL and Alicia (Matthew) Kuntz of Hoopeston, IL; one grandchild, Onisty Jae Nosler of Hoopeston, IL; and two nieces, Graysha and Azalea Kuntz.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Wood and sister, Terri Wood.
Robert worked for Built 2 Last Construction and R&M Electric. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors.
Cremation rites will be accorded, and the family will hold a celebration of Robert’s life at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday May 2, 2018 at the Hoopeston American Legion, 502 E. Penn St. Hoopeston, IL. No burial will be held.
Memorials may be made to the family of Robert Wood C/O Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.
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.