Obituaries

Janice Louise "Jan" Kuhns, 93, of Rossville, IL

Janice Louise “Jan” Kuhns, 93, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 9:25 A.M. Monday March 22, 2021 at her home.  She was born July 7, 1927, in Clinton, IN, the daughter of Cassel and Louise (Jordan) Kuhns.   

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jack Kuhns. 

 

Jan graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in music.  After graduation, she began teaching music at Rossville Grade School where she taught for many years.  She loved playing golf and was a member of Hubbard Trail Country Club.  She also enjoyed playing Bridge and teaching the game to young people. 

 

Cremation rites have been accorded, and a  graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday May 20, 2021 at Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL with Pastor Kevin Purdy officiating.. 

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) 901 W. Main St Hoopeston, IL 60942 or to the Humane Society of Danville 1225 N Collett St. Danville, IL. 61832. 

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Ronald "Jake" L. Ellett Jr., 60, of Penfield

Ronald “Jake” L. Ellett Jr., 60, of Penfield, passed away at 5:07 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Jake was born on June 12, 1960, in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of Ronald Leroy and Evelyn Ann (Tatem) Ellett Sr.  He is survived by his mother- Evelyn Ellett of Danville; fiancé- Jackie Davis of Penfield; step-daughter- Brittany Spear of Veedersburg, Indiana; two step-sons- Chris (Aubrey Imler) Spear of Cates, Indiana and Justin (Samantha) Davis of Attica, Indiana; two sisters- Terry (Don) Ellett of Danville and Melany Morris of Oakwood; several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father- Ronald L. Ellett Sr. and grandparents- Leroy and Marge Ellett and Benny and Bessie Tatem.

Jake graduated from Armstrong High School, in 1978.  He worked for several years as a truck driver and most recently worked at United Prairie.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, riding his Harley, and going on poker runs.

A Celebration of Jake’s Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.  Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jake’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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James Ronald Duncan I, 83, of Potomac

James Ronald Duncan I, 83, of Potomac, passed away at 5:51 a.m. Sunday, May 9, 2021, at his home.

 

James was born on February 14, 1938, in Rossville, Illinois, the son of Mason B. and Dorene Jane (Amick) Duncan.  He married Anne Burke on November 26, 1959, at the United Methodist Church, in Potomac.  She survives.

 

He is also survived by one daughter- Jane (Kevin) Collins of Ogden; two sons- James (Annie) Duncan II of Newark, Ohio and John (Joyce) Duncan of Auburn, Illinois; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister- Joyce (Paul) Stimak of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; sister-in-law- Loretta Burke of Potomac; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister- Bette Hosler.

 

James graduated from Potomac High School, in 1957.  After high school, he served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1964.  Jim worked for 30 years as a clerk for the railroad until his retirement in 2003 and he also farmed for several years.  He was a member of the Middlefork United Methodist Church, Potomac Lions Club and Pleasant View Masonic Lodge, where he was a 32-degree Mason.  James enjoyed genealogy, collecting trains, gardening and most importantly to him was spending time with his family, especially hosting wiener roasts.

 

A Celebration of James’ Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2021, at the Middlefork United Methodist Church, with Pastor George Desmond officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, at the church.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Potomac Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by the Potomac American Legion.  Memorials may be made to the Middlefork United Methodist Church. 

 

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

 

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

 

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Judy Louise Martin, 75, of Hoopeston

Judy Louise Martin, 75, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:18 P.M. Thursday May 6, 2021 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.  She was born June 26, 1945 in Rector (Holly Island), AR, the daughter of Lucien and Thelma Louise (Williams) Clements.  She married Paul Martin on November 23, 1993 in Watseka, IL.  He survives in Hoopeston. 

 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Kim Emelander of South Haven, MI; two sons, John (Heidi) Busler of Green Valley, IL and Lon Busler of Allegan, MI; step-daughter, Janice Whitten of St. Anne, IL; step-son, Scott Martin of Aiken, S.C.; four sisters, Alice Breuchert of West Des Moines, IA, Pat Doty of Paragould, AR, Dody (Puff) Puffenbarger of Wellington, IL, and Brenda (Bobby) Walker of Mountain City, GA; three brothers, Jim Clements of Cleveland, GA, Bill Clements of Clearmont, GA, and Rusty (Kathy) Clements of Gainesville, GA; 5 grandchildren, Ashlynn Busler, Cole Busler, Jessica Borah, Cody Emelander, and Tucker Emelander; 5 step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Gideon Emelander; 6 step-great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, James Busler; four sisters, Betty, Freeda, Cindy, and Linda; and one brother, Paul Ray. 

 

Judy worked at Life Savers in Holland, MI until her retirement.  She attended the First Church of God in Hoopeston.  She served as a Trustee for the Village of Wellington and was a volunteer at the American Red Cross in Watseka.  Judy loved working in her yard, canning with her sister, Dody, and spending time with her grandchildren.  She was also very patriotic. 

 

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Thursday May 13, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will begin at 1:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Gary Milton officiating.  Per her wishes, following the service she will be cremated. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. 

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Samuel Joseph Ochs, 76, of Milford

Samuel Joseph Ochs, 76, of Milford, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on October 3, 1944 in Olney, IL, the son of Henry and Susie (Frauli) Ochs. Samuel married Deborah Forristall in 1967, at St. John’s Catholic Church on the University of Illinois Campus.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Ochs of Milford; a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah (Jason) Bond of Marion; a brother, Kenneth Ochs of Olney, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Susie Ochs; two brothers, Sylvan Ochs and John Ochs; a sister, Esther Ochs; a sister-in-law, Marcella Ochs; and his father-in-law, Delbert Forristall.

Sam graduated from East Richland High School in Olney, and furthered his education at the University of Illinois, Class of 1967, obtaining a Degree in Agricultural Education. He taught Agriculture at Watseka High School and Cissna Park High School, as well as the Iroquois County Career Center. He then transitioned to computer training for Business and Industry. For 44 years, he and Debbie served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Iroquois County Fair. Sam was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church, Cissna Park American Legion Post #527, Illinois Farm Bureau, a Life Member of the Illinois FFA Alumni, and was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling with his wife, Debbie. Sam was best known for his generosity, and loved spending time with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law.

Sam was a Veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and provided care and comfort on medivac planes.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Michael Powell officiating.

Private burial will be held at Danville National Cemetery.

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Robin Renee Robinson, 59, of Rankin, IL

Robin Renee Robinson, 59, of Rankin, IL, passed away at 1:39 P.M. Monday May 3, 2021.  She was born January 26, 1962, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Bobby Ray and Roseline (Watson) Robinson.   

She is survived by two sons, Andrew Robinson (Betsy Ratliff) of Lexington, IL and Christopher Robinson of Rankin, IL; two sisters, Roberta Funk (Tony Webber) of Woodland, IL and Ronda (Gene Jr.) Breeden of Loda, IL; 3 grandchildren, Dylan, Brendan, and Baylee Robinson; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant twin sisters, Rebecca and Rita; and one brother, Robert Robinson. 

 

Robin was a waitress and had previously worked at The Coffee Cup in Hoopeston and Merita’s Family Restaurant in Rossville.  She attended Wellington High School where she was a cheerleader.  She enjoyed visiting with people and her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family. 

 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and a service will be held at a later date. 

 

Memorials may be made to Robin’s family. 

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Robert Raymond "Bob" Butterworth, 80, of rural Rossville

Robert Raymond “Bob” Butterworth, 80, of rural Rossville, IL, passed away at 11:45 P.M. Saturday May 1, 2021 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman.  He was born April 4, 1941, in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Robert F. and Helen (Giles) Butterworth.  He married Kathryn E. Anderson on June 18, 1967 at the Hoopeston First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.  She survives. 

He is also survived by one brother, Mark Butterworth (Kellie Watson) of Hoopeston, IL and 11 nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Judy Keller Moore. 

 

Bob began working at Harrison Steel and then worked at Vermilion Iron.  He later worked at TeePak in Danville and then American Can, which later became Silgan in Hoopeston, until his retirement.  He was a member of the Hoopeston First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.  Bob was also a member of the Rankin Lions Club, was a past District Governor of the Lions Club, Order of the Eastern Star member, and was a member of the Hoopeston Masonic Star Lodge #709 where he served as a past Master and was a 32nd Degree Master Mason.  He enjoyed bowling and visiting with friends at Henning’s Restaurant and Dairy Queen.  Bob enjoyed watching sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan. 

 

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Thursday May 6, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will begin at 12:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.  Masonic rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston Masonic Star Lodge #709 at 10:00 A.M. Thursday. 

 

Memorials may be made to the Lions Club International 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523 or the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.  

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Elinor T. Knapp, 80, of Watseka

Elinor T. Knapp, 80 of Watseka passed away on Tuesday April 20, 2021 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on July 20, 1940 in Lutesville, MO a daughter of James and Alma Mae Baker Elledge. Elinor married Norman D. Knapp in Watseka on October 14, 2015 and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2019. Survivors include one daughter- Tammy Marie Brown of Lombard; one son- Robert Eugene Reed of Chicago; two grandchildren- Terry Lynn Brown and Sharon Nicole Brown; one great granddaughter- Kayla M. Clay; one brother- Carbon Elledge of MO; one sister- Nola Braddy of WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and two sisters.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park. The ministers of the church will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Virgil Eugene Wulffe, 93, of Clifton

Virgil Eugene Wulffe, 93, of Clifton passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. He was born on May 17, 1927 in Chebanse Twp., the son of John and Mary (Kohl) Wulffe.

He married Klara “Kalie” Stiglmair on January 31, 1953 in Windsor, Ontario (Canada) and she preceded him in death on July 26, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one son, James; and one grandson, Brandon.

Virgil is survived by one daughter, Rev. Christine (Steve) Schoon of Somonauk; one son, William (Lynn) Wulffe of Chebanse; two granddaughters, Andrea (Jesus) Marquez of Clifton and Kendra Schoon of Frankfort; three great-grandchildren, Antonio, Selina, and Nicholas Marquez, all of Clifton; sister-in-law, Marian Wulffe of Kankakee; and several nephews and great-nephews.

Mr. Wulffe was a US Army veteran and served in Korea from 1950-1953. He was a member of Clifton VFW Post #2131 and Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. He was also a farmer and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, and being in his woods.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. memorial service at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Fr. Vern Arseneau will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Clifton with graveside military rites by Clifton VFW Post #2131.

Memorials may be made to Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno or Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse.

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Ethel L. Franklin, 91, of Perryville, MO

Ethel L. Franklin, 91, of Perryville, MO, formerly of Hoopeston, passed away at 5:55 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at her home.

 

Ethel was born on March 4, 1930, in Clarence, Illinois, the daughter of Guy and Opia (Bennett) Downing.  She married Richard Earl Franklin Jr. on July 18, 1964, in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death on December 15, 1987.

 

She is survived by one daughter- Kristie Huber of Perryville, MO; one step-son- Steve (Emma) Franklin of Pinellas Park, Florida; six grandchildren- Todd (Amy) Huber, Tim (Amanda) Huber, Kyle Huber, Sam Franklin, Joshua Franklin and Mark (Lauralea) Franklin; six great-grandchildren; one brother- Roy (Judy) Downing of Potomac; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother- Harold Downing and sister- Evelyn Shelton.

 

Ethel graduated from Armstrong High School.  She worked at TRW, in Hoopeston, for several years, until her husband passed away and she began working as an in-home health care worker.  Ethel was a member of the Potomac Church of Christ. She enjoyed playing golf in her younger years, spending time with her friends and family and she was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan.

 

A Celebration of Ethel’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2021, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Randy Walters officiating.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Floral Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Potomac Church of Christ.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Ethel’s life. 

 

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

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Norma Faye Clark, 91, of Crescent City

Norma Faye Clark, 91, of Crescent City passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at her home. She was born on November 10, 1929 in Watseka, the daughter of Arthur J. and Cora Mae (Aber) Harwood.

 

She married Russell A. Clark Jr. on April 1, 1948 in Crescent City and he preceded her in death on February 16, 1994. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one infant brother.

Norma is survived by four daughters, Theresa Fowler of Watseka, Melody (Raul) Andrade of Crescent City, Charlotte (Scott) Strawser of Hoopeston, and Rosalind Clark of Rantoul; one son, Frederick (Penny) Clark of Kentland, IN; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Clark was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City, American Legion Auxiliary, and was a life member of Iroquois County Historical and Genealogical Society. She was a graduate of Crescent City High School in 1947 and was employed at Electronic Components and Watseka Rehab and Healthcare Center for thirty-eight years. Norma was a former leader of Crescent City Arrowcrest 4-H Club, and was also a former Cub Scout den leader and Girl Scout Rainbow Council leader. She enjoyed genealogy of the Harwood and Stewart families.

 

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m.

 

memorial service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City. Rev. Joel Brown will officiate.

 

Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

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Charlotte Raynor, 62, of Ashkum

Charlotte Raynor, 62, of Ashkum passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Arcadia Care of Clifton. She was born on June 22, 1958 in Tampa, FL, the daughter of Ernest and Deloris Raynor.

 

Surviving are one son, Ernest Morrison of Fairview Heights, IL; friend, Laurie Meier of Ashkum; two aunts, Edwina Dolack of Greenwood, IN and JoAnne Barber of Rochester, IL; four cousins, Rita Dolack of Indianapolis, IN, Gina (Bryan) Geeser of Martinsville, IN, Richard Dolack Jr. of Manor, PA and Robert Dolack of Zionsville, IN.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Ronald Morrison.

 

Charlotte loved animals, playing BINGO, and was a big fan of Tyler Reddick of NASCAR. She had a passion for the Chicago Cubs.

 

A memorial visitation will take place from 2:00-5:00 pm on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

 

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.

 

Please share a memory of Charlotte at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Teodulo "Lolo" "Teddy" Rivera, 79, of Hoopeston

Teodulo “Lolo” “Teddy” Rivera, 79, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on Thursday April 22, 2021, at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  He was born February 17, 1942, in Durango, Mexico, the son of Felix and Maria (Gomez) Rivera.  He married Luz Ruiz and she survives in Hoopeston. 

A private visitation will be held.  Following the visitation, cremation rites will be accorded, and burial will be held at a later date. 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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Andrew James Miguel, 17, of Hoopeston

Andrew James Miguel, 17, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on Thursday April 22, 2021 at his home.  He was born October 26, 2003 in Danville, IL, the son of Jimmy Miguel and Amanda Merrill whom both survive. 

He is also survived by three sisters, Sara, Savanna, and Julie Miguel; one brother, Brent Miguel; maternal grandmother, Deborah Merrill; paternal grandmother, Kathleen Annicelli; step-grandfather, Baves Miguel; special grandpa, Steve Goin; paternal great-grandmother, Shirley Miguel; maternal great-grandfather, Raymond Merrill; a special aunt, Dion Merrill and special aunt and uncle, John and Lindsey Miguel and several other aunts and uncles. 

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John “Papa” Miguel and uncle, Jeff “Hefty” Heffelfinger. 

Andrew was involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts since an early age.  He was a Life Scout and was involved in the National Youth Leadership training, the Order of Arrow, and was an avid marksman in arrow and shooting.  He attended Hoopeston Area High School where he was active in the Game Club, marching band, jazz band, chorus, and was involved in the combo for show choir.  He loved being on the computer, playing with nerf guns, collecting playing cards and polar bears, playing poker, and spending time with his family.  Andrew aspired to be a music teach or an English teacher. 

A visitation will be held 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. Wednesday April 28, 2021 at the Hoopeston Middle School Gymnasium 615 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL.  A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday at the school with Shawon Wise officiating.  Cremation rites will be accorded, and burial will be held at a later date. 

 Memorials for Andrew may be directed to Iroquois Federal 511 S. Chicago Rd. Hoopeston, IL 60942. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Peggy Pritchard, 65, of Racine, WI, formerly of the Milford, IL Area

Peggy Lee “Peg” (Kissack) Pritchard, 65, of Racine, WI, formerly of the Milford, IL area, passed away on March 18, 2021 at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Oak Creek, WI.  She was born April 5, 1955, in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Francis “Frank” and Doris (Webster) Kissack. 

 

She is survived by one daughter, Michelle (Jim) Bailey of Hoopeston, IL; three sisters, Laura “Diane” (Roger) Wall of Morris, IL, Carla (Mike) McCabe of Manhattan, IL, and Dawn Kissack of Glen Ellyn, IL; one sister-in-law, Dana Kissack of Milford, IL; one granddaughter, Alexa Rae Bailey of Hoopeston, IL and several nieces and nephews that she spoiled any chance that she got.  She is also survived by two very special nieces and caretakers, Mandy (Boyd) Becker and Stacy (Mike Moriarity) Kincade and their children, all from Wisconsin.   

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Vickie Kissack, Steve Kissack, and Bruce Kissack; and step-parents, Dolores and James Wesley “Wes” Kissack. 

 

Peggy worked many manufacturing and retail jobs in the Milford and Watseka area, until retiring from Walmart 5 years ago.  She was very active at Albert House in Racine, WI where she started a Bingo club, a community garden, and set up a squirrel and bird feeding reservoir.  Her hobbies included gardening, wildlife, and nature.  Peggy was also a very good artist. 

 

The family would like to give a special thanks to Michele Treiber and Heidi Tradewell for taking such good care and being such good friends to Peggy over the course of a few years.  Thank you to the staff at Ascension Hospital in Racine, WI, and Seasons Hospice Care in Oak Creek, WI for all the wonderful care they gave.  Also, a very special thank you to Mary Ann Kincade for all the wonderful love and support over the years, as well as the many friends and family who have reached out offering their prayers, love, and support during this time. 

 

Cremation rites have been accorded.  A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Saturday May 8, 2021 at the Milford Christian Church 811 E. Hickory St. Milford, IL.  A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the church with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating.  A private family burial will be held at a later date. 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you plant flowers in Peggy’s memory. 

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is assisting the family. 

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Ina "Jean" (Cessna) Bailey, 93, of Potomac,

Ina “Jean” (Cessna) Bailey, 93, of Potomac, passed away at 2:23 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

 

A Celebration of Ina Jean Bailey’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Hope United Church of Christ, with Pastor Randy Holden officiating.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Embury Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  Memorials may be made to the Hope United Church of Christ.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jean’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Donna Kay (Putnam) Carpenter, 66, of Potomac

Donna Kay (Putnam) Carpenter, 66, of Potomac, passed away Friday, April 16, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Donna was born on August 18, 1954, in Morgan County, Indiana, the daughter of George “Shorty” and Grace L. “Vernie” (Neff) Putnam.  She married James Carpenter on July 23, 1983, at the #10 Church of Christ.  He survives.

She is also survived by her son- Nicholas Putnam Carpenter-Applegate of Champaign; granddaughter- Angel Applegate; three brother- Bob Drake of Cincinnati, Ohio, William Ray Norman Indianapolis, Indiana and Jon Stotts of Louisville, Kentucky; sister- Stella Patton of Indianapolis, Indiana; and aunt- Bernice Poyer of Collison.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Donna graduated from Armstrong High School, in 1972.  She worked as a florist for several years, as a manager at Brash Flower Shop and later owner/operator of Nature’s Garden that later became Donna’s Flower Shop, in Potomac.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Royal.  Donna was very active in community organizations and she loved helping and giving to the community.  She enjoyed fishing and riding with Jim on the motorcycle.  Donna never knew a stranger and loved her family very much, especially her son.

Cremation rites will be accorded and there will be a memorial service held at a later date.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Donna’s life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Susan Eileen Slaughter, 58 of Paxton

Susan Eileen Slaughter, 58 of Paxton, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at her home.

 

Private family services were held at Hudson Township Cemetery. Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Susan was born May 22, 1962 in Bloomington the daughter of Willis Earl and Doris May Sparks Slaughter, Sr. She graduated from Normal Community High School in 1980 and from the University of Cosmetology in 1980. Susan retired from Kroger in 2005.

 

She is survived by an exceptional caregiver and the love of her life, Brian Conklin; three brothers Will Slaughter of Bloomington, Terry Slaughter of Danvers, Bill and Mary Slaughter of El Paso; 12 nieces and nephews, 29 or so great nieces and nephews, some great-great nieces and nephews, friends of around 40 years, Steve and Sharon Quiram of Hudson and her 6 fur babies.

 

Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.baierfuneralservices.com

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Estella Pearl Crawford, 91, of Hoopeston

Estella Pearl Crawford, 91, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:47 P.M. Monday April 19, 2021 at her home.  She was born March 23, 1930 in Hoopeston, the daughter of Altas B. Cox and Eula (Grismore) Cox McBride.  She married Frank Crawford Sr. on September 29, 1946 in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death on January 12, 1972. 

She is survived by three daughters, Marcella “Jacki” Romine of Kannapolis, NC, Missy (Elroy) Huckleby of Lafayette, IN, and Melinda (Steve) Crawford of Bismarck, IL; four sons, Frank (Darla) Crawford of Hoopeston, IL, Jack (Marilyn) Crawford of Williamsport, IN, Alan (Selena) Crawford of Hoopeston, IL and Mark Crawford of Lafayette, IN; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Marsha Wilburn and Maria Crawford; four sisters; one brother; one granddaughter, Lori Gress; and two grandsons, Frank Crawford III and Travis Crawford. 

Estella worked as an LPN at Hoopeston Hospital and later worked at the VA Hospital in Danville for over ten years before her retirement.  While working at the VA she was awarded LPN of the year. She also served as a volunteer at the Hoopeston Multi Agency.  Estella’s hobbies included crocheting, quilting, and embroidery.  Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family. 

Estella’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Barry and Jodi Hall for all their care. 

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Saturday April 24, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home with Chaplain Glen Corbly 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 Estella’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

 

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Roscoe Cross, 89, of Hoopeston

Roscoe Cross, 89, of Hoopeston, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, in Danville.

Roscoe was born on October 19, 1931, in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, the son of William Thomas and Lola Mae (Pointer) Cross. 

He is survived by his significant other- Barbara Peercy of Hoopeston.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Roscoe worked as a farmer and at Joan of Arc, for 15 years.  He enjoyed fishing.

Cremation rites will be accorded and burial will be held at a later date at Floral Hill Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Roscoe’s life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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Margaret Jeanette Couch, 94, of Hoopeston, formerly of Owensville, Ind.

Margaret Jeanette Couch, 94, formerly of Owensville, Ind., and currently of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away April 17, 2021, at Autumn Fields Adult Community, Hoopeston. 

 

Jeanette was born May 25, 1926, to the late Orville and Anna (Gordon) Barrett. She graduated from Owensville High School in 1944 and married George Melvin Couch on Sept. 25, 1948. They celebrated 54 years of marriage before his passing. In 1951, she and Melvin welcomed their first son, William “Bill” Barrett Couch. In 1956, son Bobby Lee Couch was born and passed away.   

 

She worked as a secretary at the Owensville Convalescent Home and then opened The Gifted Shop, a craft consignment shop in Owensville. She was also a proud farm wife, and attended many cattle shows across the country for son, Bill. 

 

Jeanette and Melvin could be found at many Gibson County Fairs and Owensville Watermelon Festivals through the years with their homemade ice cream and “hokey pokey” stand. She was also an avid baker, and her homemade angel food cake and Italian cream cake were crowd favorites. 

 

A strong faith in God always radiated from within Jeanette, and she was the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman. She and Melvin were longtime members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where Jeanette was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Women and church choir; and then of the First Christian Church of Owensville, where she and Melvin were baptized together.  

 

Jeanette always welcomed others with hospitality, shared gifts, and enjoyed serving the community in a variety of ways, including serving on the Owensville Cemetery Board. She was honored for that service by being named the 2016 Owensville Watermelon Festival Parade Grand Marshall.  

 

Jeanette’s greatest pride came through her family, of which she spoke often. She is survived by grandson, Willy, and his wife, Tracie, Marshall, Okla.; granddaughter, Christy Couch Lee, and her husband, Craig, Wellington, Ill.; and three great-grandchildren: Waylon Lee, Nolan Lee, and Caroline Lee, also of Wellington. She is also survived by siblings Rebecca Marvel, Rosetta Dunigan, and Jerry Barrett, all of Owensville.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Anna; husband, Melvin; sons, Bill and Bobby; and siblings, Francis Barrett, Robert Barrett, Marilyn Gwaltney, and Carolyn Barrett.  

 

A funeral service celebrating Jeanette’s life will be held Friday, April 23, 2021, at 11 a.m., at the Owensville First Christian Church, 4680 W State Road 168, Owensville, Ind., with Bart Newton officiating. Burial will follow at the Owensville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 5-7 p.m., at the church.  

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Owensville First Christian Church, 4680 W State Road 168, Owensville, IN, 47665.  

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Joshua Joseph "Skunk" Edwards, 43, of Hoopeston

Joshua Joseph “Skunk” Edwards, 43, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 11:14 A.M. Sunday April 11, 2021, in Danville. He was born November 6, 1977, in Danville, IL, the son of Terry and Sharon (Czeiszperger) Edwards.  His father survives in Hoopeston. 

He is also survived by one daughter, Katie Edwards of Fultondale, AL; one son, Joseph A. Edwards of Alvin, IL; two sisters, Lainey Brown of Escondido, CA and Tammy (Carroll) Jerome of Hoopeston, IL; two brothers, Terry Edwards of Maui, HI and Jeremiah Edwards of Bloomington, MN; and five nieces and nephews, Allison Brown, Emily Brown, Lena Edwards, Lilly Jerome, and Terry Edwards. 

He was preceded in death by his mother in 2017. 

Josh worked for the Roofers Local 97 for over 20 years.   

Cremation rites will be accorded, and a celebration of life will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday April 24, 2021, at the Girl Scout House in McFerren Park in Hoopeston.  A private family burial will be held at a later date. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Janice Louise "Jan" Kuhns, 93, of Rossville

Janice Louise “Jan” Kuhns, 93, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 9:25 A.M. Monday March 22, 2021 at her home.  She was born July 7, 1927, in Clinton, IN, the daughter of Cassel and Louise (Jordan) Kuhns.   

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jack Kuhns. 

Jan graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in music.  After graduation, she began teaching music at Rossville Grade School where she taught for many years.  She loved playing golf and was a member of Hubbard Trail Country Club.  She also enjoyed playing Bridge and teaching the game to young people. 

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

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) 901 W. Main St Hoopeston, IL 60942 or to the Humane Society of Danville 1225 N Collett St. Danville, IL. 61832. 

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Sandra K. McCalla, 76, of Milford

Sandra K. McCalla, 76, of Milford passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021 at her home. She was born on January 5, 1945 in Atlantic City, NJ, and raised in rural Indiana, the daughter of Carl and Thelma Irene (Wilson) Bressie.

 

She married Orville “Dick” McCalla Jr. on January 28, 1967 in Wolcott, IN and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

Sandra is survived by one son, Sean (Becky) McCalla of Milford, one daughter, Shannon Stocking of Paxton; five grandchildren, Sgt. Alec Stocking of Fort Riley, KS, 2nd Lt. Erin Stocking of Lincoln, NE, Hannah (T.J.) Kummerfeldt of Cortland, IN, Emma Stocking (Tim Tabor) of Paxton, and Kendall McCalla of Milford; and one sister, Lois (Dan) Farrell of Bradenton, FL.

 

Mrs. McCalla was a member of the Milford Christian Church and the Iroquois County Bootkickers. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, reading, knitting, and spending time with family.

 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service at Milford Christian Church in Milford. Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

Memorials may be made to Milford Christian Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

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Josh Herscher, 39, of Onarga

Josh “Buzz” Herscher, 39, of Onarga passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home. He was born on May 21, 1981 in Kankakee, the son of Dennis Herscher and Diane Harrison.

 

Josh married Shelly Kuehling in Gilman on October 23, 2004 and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Wyatt Herscher of Onarga; one daughter, Jovie Herscher of Onarga; father, Dennis (Debbie) Herscher of Gilman; mother, Diane Herscher of Florida; mother-in-law, Cheryl Kuehling of Bloomington; father-in-law, Paul Kuehling of LeRoy; one brother, Joel (Melissa) Herscher of Naperville; two sisters, Kara (Dave) Piper of Peotone and Nina (Clay) Lindhorst of Waterloo; materal grandmother, Roberta “Barney” Harrison of Gilman; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Herscher was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman and owner/operator of K&H Truck Plaza. He loved camping at the timber, mudding on the ATV, attending Cubs games, and being with his family. Josh was always there for someone in need or to lend a hand to help a friend. He was compassionate, generous, and patient.

 

Memorial mass will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gliman. Fr. Marek Herbut will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his children’s education fund through Federated Bank in Onarga.

 

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Josh "Buzz" Herscher please visit our Sympathy Store.

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