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Charles Arthur "Chuck" Whiteman, 88, of Hoopeston

Charles Arthur “Chuck” Whiteman, 88, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:00 A.M. Saturday October 23, 2021, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  He was born February 23, 1933, in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Iverson and Dorothy (Obenland) Whiteman.  He married Clara Anna Crose on June 6, 1954, at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.  She survives in Hoopeston, IL. 

He is also survived by two daughters, Stephanie Myers of Oakwood, IL and Judy (Rodney) Allen of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Steve (Vicki) Whiteman of Stafford, VA; four sisters, Shirley (Harold) Darnall of Rantoul, IL, Carole Ingram of Hoopeston, IL, Elizabeth Abaño of Florida, and Donna Ferguson of Rantoul, IL; three brothers, Donald (Teresa) Whiteman of Noblesville, IN, Iverson “Doc” (Pam) Whiteman of East Lynn, IL, and Thomas (Julie) Whiteman of Spencer, IN; 6 grandchildren, Amanda (Jesse) Grupe, Aimee (Jacob) Grupe, Matthew Whiteman, Samantha (Brandon) Hale, Mark (Alexandra) Allen, and Jessica (Raymond) McConnell; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and 34 nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Juanita Ferguson, Marjorie Elsey and infant sister, Mary; brother, Kenneth Whiteman; and grandson, James Allen. 

Charles served in the United States Army and was a Korean War veteran.  After serving active duty, he served in the Illinois National Guard for 35 years.  He served as Past Commander of both the Buddy Egnew VFW Post #4826 and the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384 where he also served on the Color Guard for many years.  Chuck was a past Troop Commander of the Illinois National Guard Unit in Danville and was a member of the 40-8 and Korean War Association.  He later worked at Radio Condenser in Hoopeston and the Hoopeston Post Office until his retirement.  After retirement, Chuck worked at Hamilton – Orr Funeral Home in Hoopeston, working for Gene and William Orr.  He also worked many years with David Anderson and Ryan Anderson assisting in many capacities.  Chuck served as a past Cub Scout leader, was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church. 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Wednesday October 27, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday October 28, 2021, at the funeral home with Pastor Cathy Murphy officiating.  Burial will follow in Johnson Cemetery near Danville, IL, with military rites being accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Cierra Hanlin, 32, of Gilman

Cierra Hanlin, 32, of Gilman, IL, passed away at 11:40 P.M. Friday October 20, 2021, at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oaklawn, IL.  Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston, IL. 

 

Roel "Roy" Alaniz Jr., 56, of Boswell, IN

Roel “Roy” Alaniz Jr., 56, of Boswell, IN, passed away at 4:45 A.M. Saturday October 23, 2021, at his home.  He was born December 27, 1964, in Toppenish, WA, the son of Roel and Noelia (Zarate) Alaniz Sr.  He married Martha Contreras on February 24, 1983, in La Grulla, TX.  She survives in Boswell, IN. 

He is also survived by his mother; one daughter, Jennifer Alaniz (Humberto Lopez) of Boswell, IN; two sons, Roel (Samantha) Alaniz III of Oxford, IN and Armando Alaniz of Boswell, IN; two sisters, Aida (Jose) Valadez of Mission, TX and Melissa (Christopher) Buckley of San Antonio, TX; three brothers, Miguel Alaniz of Dallas, TX, Juan Pablo (Maribel) Alaniz of Yikima, WA, and Ruben (Sandra) Alaniz of La Grulla, TX; 6 grandchildren, Jeremy Guerra, Ryleigh Rangel, Hannah Lopez, Shayne Alaniz, Logan Alaniz, and Kyran Alaniz; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Roel Alaniz. 

Roel was a construction worker for Local 274 for 29 years until his retirement.  He enjoyed wood carving and wood burning, playing pool, riding his golf cart, and spending time with his family. 

A visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. CDT Thursday October 28, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. CDT Friday October 29, 2021, at the funeral home with Father Peter Vanderkolk officiating.  Per his wishes, following the service he will be cremated, and a burial will be held in Texas. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Robert Watson, 85, of Paxton

Robert L. Watson, 85, of Paxton passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana.

He was born on October 1, 1936 in Ludlow, the son of Roy and Laveta (Wheeler) Watson. He married Glenna Mae McCracken and she preceded him in death on April 22, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Raymond Watson and Jerry Watson.

He is survived by seven children, Stanley (Sylvia) Watson of Paxton, Bertha Watson of Paxton, Bobby Watson of Paxton, Pat (Rick) Gooden of Loda, Robin (Vernon) Price of Melvin, Roy (Melissa) Watson of Loda, and Terry (Brenda) Watson of Paxton; two sisters, Wilma (Denny) Janssen of Paxton and Betty Wisher of Loda; two brothers, Kenny Watson of Paxton and Wendell (Lilly) Watson of Paxton; seventeen grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

 

Robert enjoyed his family and grandchildren.

 

Cremation rites accorded by Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Paxton and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to OSF Medical Center in Urbana.

Mary Alyne Richardson, 88, of Hoopeston

Mary Alyne Richardson, 88, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:51 P.M. Wednesday October 20, 2021, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston, IL.  She was born February 12, 1933, in Salt Lick, TN, the daughter of Jehu Patterson Meador and Lola Frances (Shaw) Meador.  She married Thomas Richardson who preceded her in death. 

 

She is survived by one daughter, Mazie (Ernest) Hurt of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Robert (Debbie) Richardson of Rantoul, IL; one son-in-law, Gerald Clifford of Louisville, KY; 7 grandchildren, Ashley Clifford, Melissa Carter, Brandon Richardson, Amber Richardson, Bradley Milner, Dayln Richardson, and Dylan Richardson; 3 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

 

In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her significant other of 30 years, James Lappin; her parents; one daughter, Mary Jo Clifford; four sisters; five brothers; and one great-grandson. 

 

Mary worked as a dietary aide at Hoopeston Hospital for 24 years until her retirement.  She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Hoopeston.  She enjoyed sewing, making crafts, cooking, and singing karaoke.  Mary especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

 

A visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday October 26, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday October 27, 2021, at the funeral home, with Ben Meador officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

 

Memorials may be made to Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living 423 N. Dixie Hwy. Hoopeston, IL 60942. 

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Bobbie Jene Morgan, 35, of Potomac

Bobbie Jene Morgan, 35, of Potomac, passed away at 7:38 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Bobbie was born on December 1, 1985, the daughter of Robert Gene Morgan and Pamela Diana (Ward) Reid.  She was previously married to Mike Wagner.

She is survived by two sons- Xavier Williams of Rantoul and Bentley Tester of Potomac; 6 brothers- Travis (Mandy) Reid of Calvert City, Kentucky, John Jackson of Danville, Dale Morgan of Danville, William Morgan of Danville, Robert Lee Morgan of Oakwood, and Tyler Morgan of Oakwood; three sisters- Jessica Lutz of Potomac, Sierra Morgan of Potomac and Macey Morgan of Oakwood; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents- Wayne and Jean Ward and Robert and Cleadis Haun.

Bobbie graduated from St. Joseph High School, in 2004.  She enjoyed doing cross-stitch, making jewelry, doing art projects, being feisty and spending time with her children. 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2021, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Randy Holden officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.  According to her wishes cremation rites have been accorded.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring her life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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

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

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

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

Cremation rites have been accorded.  A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Saturday October 23, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The memorial mass will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:15 P.M. Saturday October 23, 2021, at St. Anthony Catholic Church 423 S. Third St. Hoopeston, IL, with Father Thomas Gibson officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

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

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.   

 

Iris A. Smith-Copenhaver, 95, of Danville

Iris A. Smith- Copenhaver, 95, of Danville, passed away at 3:25 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021, at Hawthorne Inn, in Danville.

Iris was born on May 17, 1926, in Rankin, Illinois, the daughter of Lewis and Alice A. (Watson) Davis.  She married Earl Smith on February 8, 1946.  He preceded her in death on February 10, 1986. She later married Irvin “Buck” Copenhaver on December 14, 1996, in Danville.  He preceded her in death on January 13, 2008.

She is survived by two sons- John (Linda) Smith of Danville and Michael (Diana) Smith of Garland, Texas; one daughter- Lori (Jim) Keener of Rockford, Illinois; five grandchildren- Ryan (April) Smith, Jason (Meagan) Smith, Melissa (Greg) Colasinski, James “J.T.” Keener and Joshua (Morgan) Keener; nine great-grandchildren- Noah, Hannah, Christopher, Mitchell, Crystal, Reagan, Ethan, Jesse and Caleb; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one grandson- Chad Smith, two sisters- Emily Lou Davis and Doris Marie Hofbauer and two brothers- Albert and Richard Davis.

Iris graduated from East Lynn High School and later Danville Beauty School.  She worked for several years as a hairdresser.  She was a member of Farmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Iris enjoyed playing euchre, baking pies, cookies and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan. 

A Celebration of her Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Darla Holden officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow the service in Potomac Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Iris’ life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Elroy "Bud" Pfingsten, 90, of Watseka

Elroy “Bud” Pfingsten, 90, of Watseka passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home. He was born near Woodworth on May 2, 1931, a son of Walter and Elma (Schroeder) Pfingsten. Bud attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School of Woodworth and later graduated from Milford High School with the class of “49”. Bud was a hog farmer most of his life. He was on the Farm Bureau for twenty years and Claytonville Oil Coop Board for many years. In his younger years, he played softball with FS and other teams. On August 12, 1956 he married Dolores Brutlag at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Woodworth. After retirement, he took up gardening and enjoyed sharing his produce.

He loved his family and enjoyed having coffee with his morning buddies.

Bud is survived by his wife Dolores Pfingsten of Watseka; one daughter, Yvonne (John) Doggett of Crescent City; one grandson, Patrick (Katie) Doggett of Watseka; siblings, Bernice Bohlmann of Danforth, Evelyn Brutlag of Danforth, Marilyn ZumMallen of Watseka, Kenneth (Linda) Pfingsten of San Angelo, Texas, and Leon Pfingsten of Watseka; and one brother-in-law, Allen Campbell of Northbrook.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Rhianna Doggett; one brother, Wendell (Dorothy) Pfingsten; one sister, Dianne Campbell; brothers-in-law, Frank Bohlmann, Rev. Allen Brutlag, Marvin ZumMallen; and sister-in-law, Sue Pfingsten.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, October 15, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Woodworth with Rev. Michael Ruhlig officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran School of Woodworth or Donor’s Choice.

Vickie Lynn Huston, 65, of Rossville

Vickie Lynn Huston, 65, of Rossville, passed away at 5:59 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021, at home with her family by her side.
 
Vickie was born on February 26, 1956, in Danville, the daughter of Robert and Ilene Rose (Allison) Phillips.  She married Ed Huston on June 6, 1997, in Danville.  He survives.
 
She is also survived by her six children- Mike Huston, Christina Phillips, Chad Huston, John Stanley "Bear" Cox, Christie Huston and Jason Cox; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother Dave Phillips; three sisters- Cathy Deck, Diana Jones and Penny Guajardo; and several nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother- Duane Phillips, sister-Mary Phillips and two nephews- Tommy Jones and David Phillips.
 
Vickie worked as a homemaker.  She enjoyed cleaning and spending time with her family.  She loved spending her time with the great-grandchildren.
 
A Celebration of Vickie's Life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Dan Mikel officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow the service in Gundy Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Vickie's life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Marsha Bradshaw, 61, of Buckley

Marsha Sue (Kietzman) Bradshaw, 61, of Buckley passed away on October 11, 2021 at her home.

Marsha was born May 30, 1960 in Watseka, the daughter of Francis and Lillian (Dubbel) Kietzman. She married Gary Bradshaw on June 11, 1978 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman, he survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Erin Bradshaw of Normal, and Teri Bradshaw of Bloomington; and one grandson, Quincy Bradshaw; two sisters, Bev Horridge of Fairbury and Sandy (Sid) Kaufmann of Cissna Park; two brothers, Rich (Diana) Kietzman of Springfield and Steve (Reenie) Kietzman of Onarga.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Don Kietzman.

Marsha was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley. She was a bank teller at the Buckley State Bank for almost 33 years. Marsha loved cooking, gardening, flowers, camping and being outside. She also loved her family, especially her grandson.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Funeral service will also be at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Onarga Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Autoimmune Association.

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

Charlene J. Rieken, 81, of Chebanse

Charlene J. Rieken, 81, of Chebanse, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at her home after a short battle with cancer.

She was born on March 1, 1940, the daughter of William and Bernice (Martin) Kleinert. She married Ronald R. Rieken on August 27, 1960, he passed away on December, 8, 2010.

She is survived by a daughter Jackie (Randy) Singh of Phoenix, Arizona, two sons, Randy (Merri) Rieken, and Tim (Jill) Rieken, all of Clifton, a step-daughter, Debbie (Denny) Rehn, of Kirkland; eight grandchildren, Ashlyn (Matt) McCoy, Zach Singh, Dustin Rieken, Holly (Chester) Ace, Mariana Rieken, Dylan Rieken, Sarah Rehn, and Molly (Nick) Kisling; three great-grandchildren, Preston McCoy, Paisley Rieken, and Sylvia Rieken; two brothers Darryl (Ruth) Kleinert of Chebanse, and Allyn (Marlis) Kleinert of Ashkum; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlene graduated from Clifton Central High School in 1958.

She was a member of United Church of Christ in Chebanse. Charlene was a homemaker, worked at First Trust Bank in Kankakee, and also worked in retail while living in Arizona. She loved spending time with her family, classmates, neighbors, and friends. She loved making sure she had a connection with everyone by finding out their family history and where they were from. Charlene enjoyed decorating her house, herself and her dog for every holiday. She was very active in her church and loved to help with the Sunday School Program.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Venita (Vernon) Kelly, and a brother-in-law John Rieken.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 4pm-7pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at United Church of Christ in Chebanse.

A funeral service will be at 10am on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse with Pastor Marsha Collins officiating.

Graveside services will be held immediately following the funeral service at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ or to Uplifted Care (formerly Hospice of Kankakee Valley).

Sarah Genevieve "Jenny" Clark, 99, of Hoopeston

Sarah Genevieve “Jenny” Clark, 99, of Hoopeston, formerly of Potomac, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Heritage Health, in Hoopeston.

 

Mrs. Clark was born October 14, 1921, near Newman, Illinois, the middle child of twelve to Frank and Hester Mae (Waltz) Clark. She married Walter Wayne Romine in 1940. He preceded her in death in 1964. She later married John W. A. Clark in 1966. He preceded her in death in 2008.

 

She is survived by two sons: Walter Dwain (Lynn) Romine of Mesa, AZ, and John (Susan) Romine of Fairmount; one step-daughter: Joyce Romine of Potomac; six grandchildren: Zeressa (John) Wilkerson, Walter (Rita) Romine, Jennie (William) Dampier, John Michael Romine, Jamie (Roger) Gates, and Jeff (Kim) Romine; seventeen great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; and two sisters: Betty Greene of Sneedsville, TN, and Martha Cherry of Hoopeston.

 

She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

 

Jenny enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening, raising chickens, and spending time with her family. She was very active in her church, the Potomac Church of Christ.  Jenny worked for several years as a nurse’s aid at the VA hospital, in Danville. 

 

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Oakridge Cemetery, in Catlin, with Pastor Randy Walters officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Potomac Church of Christ.

 

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

Alvie Bemount Sr, 87, of Rantoul

Alvie Bemount Sr, 87, of Rantoul, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, in Urbana.

 

Mr. Bemount was born on September 4, 1934, in Mahomet, Illinois, the son of James and Violet (Campbell) Bemount.  He married Donna Sharp and she preceded him in death on February 5, 2019.

 

He is survived by two sons- Alvie Bemount Jr. of Kentucky and Scott Bemount of Rantoul; one sister- Florence McGufee; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife- Donna Bemount, two sons- Delmar Bemount and Edgar Bemount, four sisters- Catherine Kizer, Alice Loveless, Sarah Bemount and Clara Bemount, two brothers- William Bemount and Robert Bemount, and four half-sisters and five half-brothers.

 

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 11, 2021, at Maplewood Cemetery, in Rantoul, with Pastor Terry Cooper officiating.  Cremation rites have been accorded by Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Mary Marshall, 97, of Rankin

Mary Marshall, 97 of Rankin passed away. Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 9th from 9:00am to 10:30am at Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin. Memorial Service will follow the visitation and begin at 10:30am. Burial will take place at Rankin Union Cemetery. Cox-Knapp Funeral Home, Rankin is handling the arrangements.

 

Holley "Dale" Hammer, most commonly known as "Unc" 78, of Potomac

Holley “Dale” Hammer, most commonly known as "Unc" 78, of Potomac, passed away at 7:49 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Holley was born on March 5, 1943, in Lafayette, Indiana, the son of Holley Houston and Tommie Mae (Kingrey) Hammer.

He is survived by two sons, Holley D. Hammer Jr., of Franklin KY, and Joseph Hammer of Oklahoma. Two daughters, Erikka Dalye Hammer and Amanda Mounts both of West Lafayette IN.  Five grandchildren, Katie Jo Hammer, Victor Hammer, Liam Laplante, Jonathan Rodriguez and Emily Wheeldon.  He is also survived by five sisters, Linda S. (Dave) Ferney of Lafayette IN, Patricia A. (Ron) Howard of Lafayette IN, Rebecca K. Riggins of Odin IN, Jaqueline (Doug) Moorefield of Sheldon IL and Cynthia B. (Robert) White of Richmond IN.  Also, survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly with special mention of nieces Brenda Cannon, Sandy Barnes and great niece Stephanie Kitchens, whom provided him with health and home throughout his years in later life.

Preceded in death by his parents, one son Holley “Hoop” Houston Hammer, two sisters, Wanda Jean Kitchens and Doris June Hall.

Holley worked as a carpenter and then later as a truck driver for most of his life. He settled down in the small town of Potomac where he enjoyed sitting on the front porch visiting with people or taking strolls uptown, he never met a stranger. He was a jokester with a wonderful sense of humor. Holley had quite the inquisitive personality. He enjoyed the little things in life like a simple car ride. He also enjoyed Facebook, solitaire, crossword puzzles and going to church.

Holley was a loving father, brother, uncle, and friend and will be greatly missed by many.

A Celebration of Holley's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. EST. Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Tri-County Baptist Church, 307 S. 3rd Street Ambia, Indiana 47917, with Pastor Daniel Meece officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church.  Cremation rites have been accorded by the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Marla Jean Abbott, 74, of Fowler, IN

Marla Jean Abbott, 74, of Fowler, Indiana, passed away at 3:15 p.m. est. Monday, October 4, 2021, at Greenhill Manor, in Fowler.

 

Mrs. Abbott was born on December 12, 1946, in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of Gerald and Margaret (Snook) Miller.  She married Billy Joe Abbott on November 25, 1995, in Catlin.  He preceded her in death on January 30, 2018.

 

She is survived by four children- John Dicken of Westville, Margaret Birge of Hoopeston, Charles (Dot) Tiffin of Fairmount and Troy (Jody) Tiffin of Hoopeston; fourteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; aunt- Sara Lou Thiede of Olivet; and a special cousin- Lillian Duez of Danville.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother-Mike Miller.

 

Marla enjoyed playing bingo, euchre and drinking Pepsi.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, at Danville National Cemetery.  The family has entrusted Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mrs. Abbott’s life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

David Wayne Trueblood, 72, of Casey, IL, formerly of Covington, IN

David Wayne Trueblood, 72, of Casey, IL, formerly of Covington, IN, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 3:35 A.M. at Heartland Senior Living in Neoga, IL.  He was born December 1, 1948, in Lafayette, IN, the son of Harold and May (Voyles) Trueblood. 

 

He is survived by one daughter, Lisa Trueblood (Fiancé Chris Gardner) of Casey, IL; two sons, Mike (Brandy) Trueblood of Washington, IN and Brian (Nikki) Trueblood of Hoopeston, IL; one sister Jacqueline (Dennis) Griner of Boswell, IN; one brother, Gary (Deb) Trueblood of Attica, IN; six grandchildren, Cole Braden, Emma Gullquist, Audra Gullquist, Clay Trueblood, Mathew Trueblood, and Mason Trueblood, three great-grandchildren, Berklee & Greta Braden and Lawson Trueblood, and three nephews, Noah and Nathan Trueblood and Joe Sheehan. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

 

David was a lifelong farmer.  He also worked at FMC in Hoopeston for over 30 years until they closed.  He enjoyed watching Purdue Basketball and taking his 69 Camaro to car shows. 

 

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A Graveside Service will follow the visitation and begin at 12:30 P.M. at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.   

 

Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Research PO Box 61420 Staten Island, NY 10306. 

Shane A. Reynolds, 49, of Iroquois, IL

Shane A. Reynolds, 49, of Iroquois passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021 at AMITA St. Mary’s in Kankakee.
 
Shane was born February 27, 1972 in Brook, IN, the son of Alton and Zora (Koenig) Reynolds. He married DeAnn McVey on May 30, 1992 in Donovan.
He is survived by his wife, DeAnn Reynolds of Iroquois; one daughter, Justine Reynolds of Watseka; mother and father in-law, Janet and Jerry McVey of Donovan; three sisters, Kim (Roy) Leach of Pacifica, MO, Yvonne Pylant of Reynolds, IN, and Michelle (William McCormick) Reynolds of Kentland, IN; and; one brother, Dana Reynolds of Indianapolis, IN; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Arielle; one brother, Blane Reynolds and one niece, Kayla Kaleshoff; and one nephew, Anthony Martin.
 
Shane loved reading about politics. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, golfing, and hunting.
 
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. memorial service on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Kevin Nourie will officiate. Burial will follow at Morris Chapel in Iroquois.
 
Memorials may be made to family’s wishes.

Arielle Denee Reynolds, 28, of Iroquois

Arielle Denee Reynolds, 28, of Iroquois passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at her home. She was born on October 14, 1992 in Lafayette, IN, the daughter of Shane and DeAnn (McVey) Reynolds.

She is survived by her mother, DeAnn Reynolds of Iroquois; one sister, Justine Reynolds of Watseka; maternal grandparents, Janet and Jerry McVey of Donovan; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Her father, Shane, passed away on September 27, 2021. She was preceded in death by special cousins, Kayla Kaleshoff and Anthony Martin; and an uncle, Blane Reynolds.

Arielle enjoyed painting and reading.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. memorial service on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Kevin Nourie will officiate. Burial will follow at Morris Chapel in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to family’s wishes.

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Jerry Joe Warner, 78, of Hoopeston

Jerry Joe Warner, 78, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:41 A.M Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Hoopeston.  He was born April 25, 1943 in Hoopeston, the son of Wilbur and Viola Mae (Robertson) Warner.   

He is survived by two daughters, Amy Warner of Hoopeston and Penny (Mike) Hurt of Rankin; three brothers, Arthur “Art” (Jeanne) Warner of Rockford, IL, Steve (Susan) Warner of Clovis, NM, and Mike (Kim) Warner of Hoopeston; one granddaughter, Mercedes Warner of Rankin and many loved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

Jerry was preceded in death by four sisters, Betty Horridge, Joanne Catron, Edith Catron and Ruth Anne Bell, five brothers, Wilbur “Bud” Warner, Herschel Lee Warner, Paul Warner, Irvin Warner, and William “Bill” Warner. 

Jerry served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict, where he was awarded three Purple Hearts, four Bronze Stars, 5 Air Medals, a Markman Ship Metal, and a National Defense Metal.  He also served on the Hoopeston Police Department where he was chief for one year.  He then worked at FMC for six years before he retired as the owner operator for independent truck drivers where he worked for over ten years.  Jerry enjoyed coaching softball for many years and watching the Chicago Bears. 

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to your local veterans. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Louise Morgan, 97, of Hoopeston, IL, formerly of Rossville

Louise Morgan, 97, of Hoopeston, IL, formerly of Rossville, IL, passed away at 1:44 A.M. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at her home.  She was born January 5, 1924, in Bradfordsville, KY, the daughter of Bluford and Mattie (Evans) Tharp.  She married Felix Morgan on September 19, 1942 in Gilpin, KY.  He survives. 

She is also survived by one daughter, Brenda (Gary) Weinard of Hoopeston; one son, Terry (Barbara) Morgan of Hoopeston; four sisters, Beulah Burchell of Bradfordsville, KY, Bobbie Lee Zottman of Lebanon, KY, Wanda Marlow of Bradfordsville, KY, and Mary Rita (Fred) McClure of Bradfordsville, KY; five grandchildren, Kevin (Rhonda) Weinard, Brian Weinard, Matthew (Gina) Morgan, Lea Morgan, and Quentin (Mary) Morgan, eleven great grandchildren, seven great – great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and two special cousins, Betty Kincheloe and Anne Mardis both of Campbellsville, KY. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Louise taught school in a one room school house.  She then helped her husband on the farm.  She was a member of the Rossville Church of God.  Louise loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. 

A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL with Pastor Kevin Purdy officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the Rossville Church of Christ or the Donor’s Choice. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Patricia Ann Ross, 79, of Hoopeston

Patricia Ann Ross, 79, of Hoopeston, IL passed away 10:03 P.M. Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Oakwood, IL.  She was born June 1, 1942 in Rensselaer, IN, the daughter of Harold and Evelyn (Spriggs) Brown. 

She is survived by two daughters, Christina Huddleston of Hoopeston and Susette Rubeck (Kent Reynolds) of Monticello, IN; one son, Charles D. Brewster of Hoopeston; several sisters and brothers – in law; several brothers and sisters – in law; ten grandchildren, Travis (Jennifer) Rubeck, Sarah (Eric) Brehm, Ryan (Jennifer) Huddleston, Shane Rubeck, Jenifer (A.J.) Garrison, Christopher (Andrea) Huddleston, Meghan (Jon) Andol, Mitchell (Lauryn) Brewster, Drake Rubeck (Anastasiya), and Chuckiara Huddleston; thirteen great grandchildren, Caleb Huddleston, Landon Huddleston, Eidan Huddleston, Roman Brehm, Connor Andol, Olivia Andol, Keaghan Webber, Rowan Huddleston, Logan Brewster, Hailey Brooks, Hanna Brooks, Logan Todd, and Bella Rubeck, and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Jeremy Brewster. 

Patricia worked at FMC in Hoopeston for twelve years and then worked at McGills in Monticello, IN for ten years.  She liked to bird watch, do puzzles, play solitaire on the tablet, garden, babysit the grandkids and great grandkids, and loved spending time with her family. 

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Carle in Hoopeston and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for the wonderful care she received. 

Per her wish, cremation rites will be accorded and a burial will be held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s 501 St. Jude PL Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or your local humane society. 

William "Bill" Sanford, 64, of Hoopeston

William “Bill” Sanford, 64, of Hoopeston, IL passed away at 3:47 P.M. Monday, September 27, 2021 at his home.  He was born December 6, 1956 in Watseka, IL, the son of Jim and Nancie (Ingram) Hardwick.   

He is survived by two daughters, Sonya Sanford of  Jefferson City, MO and Samantha Sanford of Hoopeston, IL;  two sons, Marty Jo Sanford of Tucson, AZ and Chad (Bobbi Jo) Sanford of Sheldon, IL; one sister, Betty (Steve) Comstock of Hoopeston, IL; three brothers, Ed (Robin) Sanford of Rantoul, IL, Carl (Marla) Sanford of Hoopeston, IL, and Brian (Diane) Snyder of West Arora, IL; seven grandchildren, Bryce Schwartz, Hannah Sanford, Madalynn Sanford, Leah Huls, Desiree Sanford, Caiden Sanford, and Shatee (Brad) Slack, and many nieces and nephews. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Anita Hardwick, and one daughter, Dawn Marie Sanford. 

He served two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict and then served eight years in the National Guard, as a medic. Throughout his life, he drove a truck for several different companies.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles, helping people, hanging out with his friends, and spending time with his family.  He was always the life of the party. 

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and burial will be at the Danville National Cemetery at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to the family. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Virginia Ann Sheppard, 71, of Hoopeston

Virginia Ann Sheppard, 71, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 6:20 A.M. Saturday September 25, 2021, at Hawthorne Inn of Danville.  She was born February 17, 1950, the daughter of Ray and Jennie (Wilson) Stipp.  She married Steve Sheppard on September 7, 1968, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston.  He survives in Hoopeston. 

 

She is also survived by her mother, Jennie Stipp of Hoopeston, IL; three sons, Alan Sheppard of Hoopeston, IL, Mark Sheppard of Danville, IL, and Brad (Dawn) Sheppard of Lakewood, OH; one brother, Gordon (Renee) Stipp of Hoopeston, IL three sisters-in-law, Gayle (Pete) Davitto of Clarksville, GA, Joellyn (Mark) Hamm of Tilton, IL, and Jeannine (Donnie) Arvick Colfax, IL;; three brothers-in-law, Ronnie (Karen) Sheppard of Chatsworth, IL, Neil (Connie) Sheppard of St. Anne, IL, and Duane (Linda) Sheppard of Hoopeston, IL; five grandchildren, Jaylin Marcot, Ryan Sheppard, Kelan Sheppard, Taylor Sheppard, and Lauren Sheppard; and many nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Stipp; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sally and Gene Sheppard; and sister-in-law, Judy (Steve) Becker. 

 

Virginia worked as a registered nurse for Carle for 25 years until her retirement.  She loved spending time outdoors, gardening, and camping with her family.  She also enjoyed canning, watching Nascar, and spending time with her family and animals. 

Per her wishes, she will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Tuesday October 5, 2021, 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. Tuesday October 5, 2021, at the funeral home, with Father Ted Pracz officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL. 

 

Memorials may be made to H.A.R.T. 901 W. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942, or Lakeview College of Nursing 903 N. Logan Ave. Danville, IL 61832. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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