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M. Jeanette Deck, 64, of Hoopeston, formerly of Rankin

M. Jeanette Deck, 64, of Hoopeston, formerly of Rankin, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at her home. She was born on October 26, 1955, the daughter of Marvin and Joan (Cleary) Hofer. Jeanette married Gary Deck on January 24, 1975 in Rankin.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Deck of Hoopeston; her father, Marvin Hofer of Rankin; three children, Leon Deck of Hoopeston, Jeremy (Megan) Deck of Hoopeston and Ashley Deck (James Whitaker) of Hoopeston; two brothers, Mike Hofer of Hoopeston and Vern Hofer of Cary, NC; three grandchildren, Brenna (Jacob) Schmid, Colin Deck and Mason Whitaker; and two great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Addison.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan; maternal grandmother Margaret Cleary; and paternal grandparents Eli and Fern Hofer.

Jeannette was a 1973 graduate of Rankin High School and was a resident in Rankin for 38 years before moving to Hoopeston. She tended bar at PJ’s in Rankin for many years. Jeanette enjoyed camping, bowling, and traveling – especially to Indiana Beach and Raccoon Lake – and had a love for hummingbirds. Most importantly, she loved being with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Per Jeanette’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

If you would like to extend your sympathies to the family, please mail cards to: Jeanette Deck Family, c/o Cox-Knapp Funeral Home, 142 W. Patton St., Paxton, IL 60957.

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Mary JoAnne Hull, 71, of Watseka

Mary JoAnne Hull, 71, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at her home. She was born September 16, 1948 in Morocco, IN, the daughter of Wilber H. and Dorothea Anne (Potts) Lade and they preceded her in death in addition to two daughters, Alicia Weber and Jeanette Hull; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, Dale W. (Glenda) Hull and Lee Roy Lade.

 

She is survived by five children, Tony (Kristina) Hull of Jacksonville, FL, Robin Hull of Watseka, Shelly Hebert of Sheldon, Barry Hull of Watseka and Robert Hull of Berrien Springs, MI; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Carole Jackson of Marion, IL; and three brothers and four sisters-in-law, Danny (Linda) Lade of Missouri, Terry (Wanda) Lade of Texas, Dennis (Karen) Lade of Illinois and Elaine Lade of Beaverville.

 

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Debora White will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco, IN.

 

Please share a memory of Mary at baierfuneralhome.com.

 

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Beverly Jean "Jeanie" Johnson, 62 of Milford

Beverly Jean “Jeanie” Johnson, 62 of Milford passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at her home. She was born on September 3, 1957 in Watseka, the daughter of Arthur A. and Virginia A. (Downing) Johnson.

 

Jeanie is survived by one brother, Terry Johnson of Milford; one niece, Anne Johnson; one nephew, Erik Johnson; one sister-in-law, Kim Glass; one great-nephew, Asher; one great-niece, Lucy; and many special friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Tim Johnson; and one sister, Mary Jane Johnson.

 

Cremation rites will be accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

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

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Ed Copher, 74, of Milford

Ed Copher, 74, of Milford passed away on June 23rd, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign. 

 

A funeral service is set for 2pm of Friday, June 26th at the Milford Christian Church with a visitaion one hour prior to the 2pm service.

 

Burial is at the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Knapp Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Donna Kay Moore, 73, of Hoopeston, IL

Donna Kay Moore, 73, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:35 P.M. Saturday June 6, 2020 at IMH Resident Home in Watseka, IL.  She was born May 13, 1947, in Hoopeston, the daughter of Jess and Pearl (Shields) Moore. 

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Frances “Fran” Moore of Hoopeston, IL and Verna Moore of Sarasota, FL and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Norma Cox; and two brothers, Gary Moore and Marvin Moore.

Donna worked at Krupp-Gerlach in Danville, until her retirement.  Her hobbies included making crafts, painting, reading, and watching television.  She was also a big fan of Elvis Presley.

Cremation rites will be accorded, and a private burial will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston United Methodist Church 403 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL 60942 or IMH Hospice 200 North Laird Lane, Watseka, IL 60970.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Vicki L. McCullough, 70, of Martinton

Vicki L. McCullough, 70, of Martinton passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on January 28, 1950 in Kankakee, a daughter of Merle and Carol Maxine (Frankum) Stephenson. Vicki married James W. McCullough in Papineau on December 30, 1967 and he preceded her in death on May 2, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Netta Long.

Survivors include one son, Timothy McCullough of Martinton; one sister, Roberta (Tim) Melton of Crosby, TX; a special niece, Danielle Cote of Martinton; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Vicki was a member of the United Church of Christ in Papineau. She farmed with her husband for many years and loved her flower garden and her dog, Cujo.

Private visitation will be held at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and private graveside services to follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospital.

Please share a memory of Vicki at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Anita J. Ennen, 88, of Watseka, IL

Anita J. Ennen, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at her home in Watseka. She was born on January 9, 1932 near Wellington, IL, the eldest daughter of Roy Nichols and Sally (Moore) Nichols. She married Roger Ennen on October 21, 1950 in Marion, IA and he preceded her in death on June 9, 2015. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving Mrs. Ennen are her sons, Scott Ennen of Maryville, TN and Bradley (Elsa) Ennen of Gardnerville, NV; daughter, Coleen Schoolman of Watseka, IL; two sisters, Marylin Jorgenson of Bloomington IL and Karen Lauder of Florida; grandchildren, Damon (Theresa) King of Danville, IN, Eric Schoolman of Sheldon, IL, Matthew (Holly) Ennen of St. Petersburg, FL, Joshua (Brittany) Ennen of Signal Mountain, TN, and Susan (Michael) Potter of Maryville, TN. Additionally, there are eight great grandchildren.

Anita was a resident of the Milford area for most of her life and enjoyed searching for antiques and collectables. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society.

Cremation rites have been made accordingly by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will be held privately at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials in Mrs. Ennen’s name can be made to IMH Hospice or Donor’s Choice.

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Trent Franklin Hufford, 49, of Rossville, IL

Trent Franklin Hufford, 49, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 2:38 P.M. Wednesday June 3, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born January 3, 1971, in Danville, IL, the son of Thomas “Tom” and Joetta (Hughes) Hufford. His mother survives in Rossville, IL.  He married Cammy Green on September 28, 1991 at the Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene and together they had two children, Kyle (Chelsea) Hufford of Ogden, IL and Ashton (Eli) Cousins of Colchester, IL.

He is also survived by his sister, Amy (Austin) Crawford of Milford, IL; brother, Tod (Kris) Hufford of Alvin, IL;  grandchildren, Trentyn, Ryylan, Rynlee, and Zachary;  nieces and nephews, Kristen (Aaron), Emily (Dakota), and Ty; and his significant other, Heather Davis and her children.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Bret; and an infant niece, Mary Elizabeth.

Trent worked in Quality Control at Autozone Distribution Center for several years.  He was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed farming, golfing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday June 8, 2020 at the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL.  Due to COVID-19 regulations, all family and friends who plan to attend the VIEWING are REQUIRED to practice extreme precaution and practice social distancing.  Please be considerate of others as only ten people will be allowed inside the church at a time.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday June 9, 2020 at Rossville Cemetery with Pastor Chris Quick officiating.  Friends are encouraged to line Greenwood Drive at 9:45 A.M. Tuesday June 9, to greet the family as they proceed to the graveside rites.

Memorials may be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL 60963.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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Michael Anthony "Rooster" Abbott, 51, of Hoopeston, IL

Michael Anthony “Rooster” Abbott, 51, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 11:49 A.M. Monday June 1, 2020 at his home.  He was born April 3, 1969, in Hayti, MO, the son of Hollis and Billie (Schwartz) Abbott. 

He is survived by two daughters, Tiffany Burns of Watseka, IL and Cassidy Kroll of Chicago, IL; two sons, Ira Burns of Lafayette, IN and Cameron Kroll of Watseka, IL; three sisters, Tina Lile of Hoopeston, IL, Robin Irvin of Urbana, IL, and Samantha Lacey of Missouri; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Joseph Lacey.

 Michael was a self-employed mechanic.  He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, fishing, hunting, and building derby cars.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorials may be made to Michael’s family.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka

Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 20, 1957 in Urbana, the daughter of Barbara Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 20, 1957 in Urbana, the daughter of Barbara (Sly) Rudisill and raised by Harold and Barbara Rudisill.

Cindy married Richard Corke on September 28, 1988 in Barron, WI and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and John Skawinski, and grandparents, Boob and Eileen Goller.

She is survived by her parents, Harold and Barbara Rudisill of Gilman, four brothers, Harold (Jeannie) Grimm of Watseka, Mike Rudisill of Sheldon, Ronnie Rudisill of Sheldon, and Billy Rudisill (Tonya) of Cissna Park, very special Aunt Neets (Jim) Honn of Gilman, sister-in-law Rita (Dave) Brutlag, several nieces and nephews, and her cats Buttercup, Snickers, Wayne, & Garth. Cindy also had several amazing friends whom she considered family who helped care for her in her time of need.

Cindy enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, NASCAR and loved her cats. She had worked for JB Communication (AT&T) in Gilman.

Anyone is welcome to pay their respects by coming to Oak Hill Cemetery on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and greeting the family from their cars. A private graveside service will follow. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, ASPCA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Victory Junction.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Sheryl Ahrens, 69, of Eagle Grove, formerly of Watseka, IL

Sheryl Ahrens, 69, of Eagle Grove, formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away peacefully, with his family by her side, on Monday, June 1, 2020, at Rotary Senior Living in Eagle Grove, following a battle with cancer. A graveside service will be held at on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.

Sheryl Ann (Dukes) Ahrens, the daughter of Sherril and Bertha (Wilt) Dukes, was born on October 10, 1950, in Watseka, Illinois. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and received her cosmetology degree after attending Kankakee Community College. Sheryl worked in the school cafeteria and for many local restaurants.

On June 27, 1971, Sheryl was united in marriage with Harold Ahrens in Watseka. After Harold’s sudden death in 1997, she moved to Eagle Grove, Iowa in 1999.

Sheryl continued to care for people’s food needs and served many breakfasts at Ampride in Eagle Grove and cared for others while she worked for Krysilis in Belmond.

Sheryl was a member of the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She loved gardening, flowers, feeding birds (and other wild animals) and her dogs!!

Sheryl is survived by her sons, Robert Ahrens and Shawn Ahrens and his wife Jenna and two granddaughters, Emily and Sarah all of Eagle Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold, son, Ryan Ahrens and sister, Freida Schaumburg.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

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Judy Lynn Wright, 56, of Woodland

Judy Lynn Wright, 56, of Woodland passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

 

She was born June 4, 1963 in Fairbury, the daughter of James M. and Mary Anita (Fackler) Mills and they preceded her in death. She married Stanley Wright on August 22, 1981 in Milford and he survives in Woodland.

 

Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Cassi Smith of Brandenburg, KY; one son, Cody Wright of Woodland; three grandchildren, Cameron Smith, Conner Smith, and Charlie Smith; one brother, Billy (Donna) Mills of Rossville; two sisters, Patricia Brotherton of Thomasboro and Carolyn (George) Smith of Champaign; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Wilda Wright of Woodland.

 

Judy enjoyed the racetrack, camping, baking, quilting, and traveling with her kids.

 

A private visitation will be on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. A private visitation and funeral will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

 

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Harold Arthur Froehling, 93 of Cissna Park

Harold Arthur Froehling, 93 of Cissna Park passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on April 26, 1927 in Harvey, the son of Arthur Harold and Julia (Wilkening) Froehling.

He married Rosalie Cluver on June 25, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Ash Grove and she preceded him in death on December 15, 1999. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Tracy Jo Froehling; one grandson, A.J. Froehling; one great-grandson, Oliver Honeycutt; and one sister, Alice Nolte.

He is survived by four daughters, Cindy (Dennis) Vance of Buckley, Denise (John) Mason of Gilman, Wendy (Wells) Wylie of Peoria, and Amy (Jim) Zenner of Loda; one son, Art (Patty) Froehling of Loda; thirteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Ralph (Jean) Froehling and two sisters-in-law, Lillian Cluver and Ruth Ann Cluver.

Mr. Froehling was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley, and was a lifelong farmer and milk hauler. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Cissna Park American Legion for 73 years. Harold was the first chapter president of the Cissna Park FFA and was inducted into the Cissna Park FFA Hall of Fame.

Private funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.

A private visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Beverly J. Winters- Mariage "BJ", 68, of Hoopeston, IL

Beverly J. Winters- Mariage “BJ”, 68, of Hoopeston, IL passed away at 5:30 A.M. Monday, June 1, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. She was born October 26, 1951, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Warner) Winters Sr.
 
She is survived by two sisters, Sandy Winters of Hoopeston, IL and Charlotte Racz of Danville, IL; three brothers, Leroy (Sharon) Winters of Danville, IL, Raymond (Virginia) Winters of Danville, IL, and Jack (Barb) Winters of Arizona, and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her loving pet Shadow.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Myrtle Marie Dilley and two brothers, Charles Winters Jr. and Henry Winters.
 
Beverly drove a taxi for several years. She also worked for a magazine company setting up magazines in stores before going to work for Healp at Home where she worked in-home healthcare. She enjoyed playing bingo and mushroom hunting. Most of all she loved being with family and friends.
 
Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a service held at a later date.
 
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Beverly’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
 
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Marlyn Eugene Steiner, 83, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga

Marlyn Eugene Steiner, 83, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga passed away on May 31, 2020 at his residence.

Marlyn was born January 22, 1937 in Buckley, the son of John and Beulah (Kelly) Steiner. He was a 1955 graduate of Onarga High School. While working as a farm hand on the Schumacher farm Marlyn began dating his future wife, Myrna J. Schumacher. They married on April 7, 1957 at Ash Grove and she survives.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Lori (David) Hullinger of West Lafayette, IN, Becky Leydens of Indianapolis, IN, and Cindy (Lonnie) Welch of Pontiac; one sister, Twyla Steiner of La Place, IL; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Steiner and Ronald Steiner; one sister, Marilyn Black; and one son, Dean Steiner.

Mr. Steiner was a member and treasurer at Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. He later became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN. Marlyn was a lifelong farmer in the Onarga, Illinois area. Over the years, he was also employed at Decker’s Livestock, Krumwiede Farm Supply, and Kaeb Sales. Marlyn retired from farming in 2004 and moved with his wife to New Braunfels, TX. Later, in 2011 they moved to the Lafayette area. Marlyn enjoyed playing cards, puzzling, gardening, and dancing.

Private graveside services will be held at Onarga Cemetery with Pastor Dan Eggold officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

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Marilyn J. Bell, 85, of Rossville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kent Parker Clementz, 73, of Potomac

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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David Lee Tucker Sr. 77, of Chebanse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joyce Ann Highfill, 86, of Milford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brenda Sue Hedger, 60, of Ashkum

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Brenda at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Joseph Bernard Means, 92, of Hoopeston, IL

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Marjorie Imogene McKinney Carlson, 90, of Hoopeston, IL

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

 

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

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

 

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

Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.

 

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

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

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Janiece Lyvette Robinson, 59, of Hoopeston, IL

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

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Geraldine R. Farney, 88 of Cissna Park

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

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

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