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Obituaries Archives for 2020-04

Nickolis Cole "Nicker Bockers" Barber, 15, of Urbana, IL

Nickolis Cole “Nicker Bockers” Barber, 15, of Urbana, IL, passed away at 10:16 A.M. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. He was born on December 31, 2004, the son of Andy Barber and Robin Irvin.

 

He is survived by sisters, Christina Coffey of Hoopeston, IL and Brianna Barber of Hoopeston, IL; brothers, Andrew Barber of Hoopeston, IL, Larry Leslie of Hoopeston, IL, Owen Braun of Indianapolis, IN, Hudson Braun of Indianapolis, IN, and Caleb Barber of Potomac, IL; grandparents, Lisa Barber of Champaign, IL, Tim Hurt of Sheldon, IL, and Nathan Irvin of Hoopeston, IL; and one niece and one nephew.

 

He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Billie Jean Irvin.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Susan Elaine (Clingenpeel) Lane, 63, of Milford, IL

Susan Elaine (Clingenpeel) Lane, 63, of Milford, IL, passed away at 3:50 P.M. on Sunday, April 26, 2020.  She was born September 19, 1956, the daughter of Paul Edwin and Bessie (Zeek) Clingenpeel.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Cherri Lane of Sheldon, IL; son, Ricky Joe (Elizabeth) Lane Jr of New Albany, IL; sisters, Elizabeth Kissack of Orlando, FL, Clydette (Steve) Krueger of Clarion, IA, and Paula (Dennis) Estes of Paxton, IL; brothers, Pat (Debbie) Clingenpeel of Hoopeston, IL, Bill (Michelle) Clingenpeel of Hoopeston, IL, and Phil (Kathy) Clingenpeel of Goldfield, IA; grandchildren, Katelyn (Brandon) Lane, Ashlyn Lane, Kyler Lane, Noah (Lane), Emma (Lane), and Temperance Lane; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Brenda Edwards.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Terry “Tink” Imundi, Jennifer “Jenny” Shoufler, and DeAnna “Deed” Warren; brother, Jeff Clingenpeel; brothers-in-law, Mike Kissack and Jimmy Shoufler; and nephews, Jimmy, Jessie, and Wyatte.
 
Susan worked for Howards, Coils INC. and later for Rantoul Products. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, and spending time with family.
 
As per her wishes Cremation Rites have been accorded and no service will be held.
 
Memorials may be made to the family.
 
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Susan’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

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Kristi Kay DeWitt, 49, of Hoopeston, IL

Kristi Kay DeWitt, 49, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:35 P.M. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. She was born May 11, 1970, the daughter of John and Eileen (Guiliani) Golcynski. She marred James L. DeWitt on January 20, 1995. He survives in Hoopeston, IL.

 

She is also survived by her mother, Eileen Golcynski of Tilton, IL;  two daughters, ShiAnna DeWitt of Danville, IL and Kira DeWitt of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Dakota (Kelly) Okler of Olympia, WA; one sister, Kimberly Golcynski of St. Louis, MO; two brothers, Korey (Amalia) Golcynski of Phoenix, AZ and Joseph Golcynski of Cameron, NC;  one granddaughter, Gia Marie Douglass; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bobbi Drotos, who was like a sister, of Godfrey, IL, Tim Roberts, MD of Champaign, IL, and Rick (Diane) Salyers of Staffordsville, KY.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, John Golcynski; father-in-law, Paul DeWitt; maternal grandparents, David (Anna Mae) Guiliani; and fraternal grandparents, Joseph F. (Flossie) Golcynski.

Kristi was a Corrections Officer for Clinton County and later Vermilion County.  She then served as a Police Officer for the village of Rossville.   She went on to work as a R&B Medicaid Service

Specialist until 2012 when she became a Homemaker. She attended Prairie Green Church of Christ. Kristi enjoyed horseback riding, barrel racing, and most of all spending time with her family and raising her children.

 

As per her wishes Cremation Rites have been accorded and no service will be held.

Memorials may be made to Prairie Green Church of Christ.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Diana "DeeDee" Thornton, 55, of Chebanse

Diana “DeeDee” Thornton, 55, of Chebanse passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at her home in Chebanse.

 

She was born on May 19, 1964 in Kankakee, the daughter of Harvey and Barb

(Heimberger) Gullquist. She married Jimmy Thornton in Chebanse on May 2, 1987 and he survives.

In addition to her husband, Jimmy Thornton of Chebanse, DeeDee is survived by two sons, Jon (Tara) Thornton of Alpharetta, GA and Aaron Thornton (Keely Sprimont) of Bradley; two grandchildren, Grace and Coulson Thornton; and one sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Mike.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bud; and her sister, Vickie.

Mrs. Thornton enjoyed gardening and loved her dogs.

 

A private memorial service will take place at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to It’s A Pittie Rescue.

 

Please share a memory of DeeDee at knappfuenralhomes.com.

 

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Dorothy "Dot" Schaumburg, 91, of Watseka

Dorothy "Dot" Schaumburg, 91, of watseka passed away on April 20th, 2020 at the Watseka Rehab and Healthcare center.

 

A private graveside service will be held at the Oak hill Cemetery in Watseka. 

 

Baier Funeral home is conducting the service. 

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George Milton Pierce, 72, of Danville, IL

George Milton Pierce, 72, of Danville, IL, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton.


He was born in Watseka on February 2, 1948, the son of the late George Milton Pierce and Lyda Bess Kennedy Pierce.  Mr. Pierce was the grandson of the late Samuel Elliott Kennedy and Grace Steed Kennedy of Hunter, Arkansas, and the late William Howard Pierce and Edith Pancake Pierce of Milford and Hunter.  His wife Teresa Cox Pierce, the love of his life, passed away in 2012.


As he grew up, Milton attended Milford Christian Church and Milford schools, graduating from Milford Township High School in 1966.  Throughout his adult life, he worked at various industries in the area, including Joan of Arc Canning Company, Hyster, and FMC.  He also owned and operated his own janitorial service in Danville.


He is survived by one daughter, Pamela Pierce Wilson; five sons, Tracy Pierce, Michael Chi Pierce, Nick Cox, Geoff Coon, and David LaBounty; two sisters, Edith Pierce Fisher and Debra Pierce Hollen; one brother, Dale Pierce; two sisters-in-law, Cindy Compton and Mary Jennings; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by one son, Andy Coon.


Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.  Due to the current health concerns, a private family graveside service will be held.  


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Institute 355 East Eric, Chicago, IL 60611.  This is what used to be called the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and they were a great deal of help to Milton.


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


Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Dawn M. Johnson, 54, of Piper City, IL

Dawn M. Johnson, 54, of Piper City, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

 

Dawn was born April 21, 1966 in Kankakee, the daughter of Bob and Kay (Coy) Bertrand. She married Matthew Johnson on October 18, 1986 in Bourbonnais, and he survives.

 

Besides her husband, Matthew Johnson, she is survived by three sons, Jeremiah Johnson of Chicago, Jerod Johnson of Mattoon, and Justin Johnson of Piper City; one granddaughter, Ruby Jean Johnson; her father, Bob Bertrand of Clifton; two brothers, Todd (Julie) Bertrand of Piper City and Jason (Heather) Bertrand of Bradley; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Barbara Johnson of Bradley; one sister-in-law, SuAnne (Paul) LaRocque of Bourbonnais; and many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother.

 

Mrs. Johnson was involved in Scrapy Quilters sewing group in Piper City, loved the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, camping, and traveling in recent years to Arizona. Dawn enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter. She graduated from BBCHS in 1985 where she was involved with athletics and cheerleading.

 

Private services will be held with burial at Brenton Twp. Cemetery in Piper City.

 

Memorials may be made to Northwestern Medical Center Cancer Research.

 

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Shirley Jean Miller, 77, of Hoopeston, IL

Shirley Jean Miller, 77, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:28 A.M. Thursday, April 23, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 15, 1942 in Prairie Green Twp, IL, the daughter of Thomas and Julie (Wiseman) Crawford. She married Jerry Miller on October 11, 1966 in Watseka, IL. He survives in Hoopeston, IL.


She is also survived by one son, Jerry (Kristi) Miller Jr. of Murphysboro, IL; one daughter, Shannon (Curtis) Tidwell of Bartlett, TN; one brother-in-law, Wayne Carter; three grandchildren, Chelsy Tidwell-Afzal (Shah Afzal), Kyle Miller, and Braden Miller; niece, Cassy Carter; and nephews, Wayne Carter and Bill Patterson.


She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Carol Knecht and Janet Carter; and one brother, Phil Crawford.


Shirley was a homemaker for most of her life and worked as a cashier at IGA. Her hobbies included playing bingo and gambling, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. 


Due to the current health concerns, a private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. Friends and extended family are encouraged to line North Market Street at 10:45 A.M. Saturday, April 25, 2020 to greet the family as they proceed to the graveside rites. 


Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice.


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


Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Helen Reising Tschosik, 89, of Elgin, Formerly of rural Piper City

Helen Reising Tschosik, 89, passed away at the Highland Oaks Nursing Home in Elgin. 

 

The family has requested a private funeral service. 

 

Knapp-Redenius Funeral home is handling the arrangements. 

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Leslie Lee Crabtree, 65, of Hoopeston, IL

Leslie Lee Crabtree, 65, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:12 P.M. Saturday April 18, 2020 at his home.  He was born April 12, 1955 in Danville, IL, the son of Clifford “Odell” and Dolores (Johnson) Crabtree.  His mother survives in Hoopeston, IL.

 

He is also survived by three daughters, Tonya Crabtree of Boswell, IN, Heather Crabtree (Jake) of Oxford, IN, and Lorina Crabtree (Justin) of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Leslie Burton of Hays, KS; two sisters, Charisse (Bob) Cromwell of Phoenix, AZ and Della (Dave) Lawson of Jackson’s Gap, AL; three brothers, Warren (Stephanie) Crabtree of Naples, FL, Tim (Amy) Crabtree of Raymore, MO, and Clifford “Cliff” (Michelle) Crabtree of Hoopeston, IL; seven grandchildren, Sean Phelps, Spencer Phelps, Carson Anderson, Kendall Anderson, Aerah Rice, Kylun Rice, and Kylie Postlewail; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Hamp and Della Crabtree; maternal grandparents, Leslie and Martha Johnson; father, Clifford “Odell” Crabtree; and one grandson, Shane Odell Anderson.

 

Leslie served in the United States Army.  He then worked as a contractor and meat cutter until his retirement.  He enjoyed volunteering his time at the Grant Township food cupboard.  Leslie also enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.

 

Per his wishes he will be cremated, and a service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Jaycees or the Grant Township Food Pantry.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Jackie Joe "Jack" Silver, 84, of Hoopeston, IL

Jackie Joe “Jack” Silver, 84, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:18 P.M. Thursday April 16, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born January 14, 1936, in Hoopeston, IL, the son of William and Emma (Williams) Silver.  He married Mona Rose Boehme on October 2, 1955 and together they enjoyed 52 years of marriage.  She preceded him in death.  He later married Emma Lou Stevens on July 24, 2009 in Hoopeston.  She survives in Hoopeston.

 

He is also survived by four sons, Mark (Barb) Silver of FL, Marty Silver (Cindy Casey) of Rossville, IL, Monte (Peggy) Silver of Hoopeston, IL, and Marlin Silver of Peoria, IL; four step-children, Edna (David) Parker of Rossville, IL, Lindy (Jerry) Serban of Hoopeston, IL, Charlie Reynolds of Hoopeston, IL, and Emma Fierens of MI; two sisters, Mary Jane Robling of FL and Martha Ann (Gary) Jackson of FL; one brother, Dan (Madge) Silver of Hoopeston, IL; nine grandchildren, Josh Silver, Jared (Kelli) Silver, Jess (Ben) Doeden, Jolyn (Brandon) Clapp, Justin Silver (fiancée Anna), Julia Silver, Jack Silver, Jeremiah (Breane) Silver, and Jenna (Shane) Leslie; ten step- grandchildren, Meaghan, Susan, and Jamie Fierens, Bradley (Brittany) Lawson, Daniel Lawson, Chrissy and Donnie Best, Heather Nelson, Michaela (Kyle) Edwards, and Lindze Parker; ten great-grandchildren, Collin Hoskins, Lake (Chloe) Hoskins, Kaylan (Riley) Hines, Rex and Zak Doeden, Deegan, Miah, and Drenyn Leslie, and Colin and Charlotte Silver; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Raymond; and one step-son, Kevin Reynolds.

 

Jack owned and operated Silver Bros. Inc. with his brother, Dan, until his retirement.  He was a 50-year member of the Brick Layers Union Local #8.  He attended the First Baptist Church in Hoopeston where he was a life-long member and held many positions including choir member, song leader, deacon, treasurer, and teacher.  Jack also volunteered at Camp Assurance in Georgetown, served on the Rossville Fire Dept. for several years, and was a former board member for Hoopeston Hospital.  He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids sporting events and other activities and loved playing golf.

 

Due to the current health concerns, a private family graveside service will be held on Wednesday April 22, 2020 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.  Friends and extended family are encouraged to line North Market Street at 11:45 A.M. Wednesday April 22, 2020, to greet the family as they proceed to the graveside rites.

 

Memorials may be made to Camp Assurance in Georgetown, IL or the First Baptist Church in Hoopeston.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Joyce Wall, 87, of West Peoria Formerly of Watseka

Joyce Smith Wall, 87, of West Peoria and formerly of Watseka, passed away in West Peoria on Friday, April 17, 2020 due to natural causes.

 

Joyce was born September 10, 1932 in Rensselaer Indiana, the only daughter of Don and Louella (Kanne) Smith. After the death of her mother in 1934, she was raised by Ray O and Lois (Reisling) Smith also of Rensselaer. She attended Rensselaer schools and graduated from Rensselaer High School in 1950. Joyce was always very proud of her attendance of Indiana American Legion Auxiliary Hoosier Girls State.

 

She married Wayne Wall in Rensselaer IN on June 3, 1950. They were married for 64 years until his death in 2013. They made their home in the Watseka area. In the early years of their marriage Joyce was a homemaker and helped Wayne on the farm. She later worked in sales at several establishments in Watseka. In 1972 she began working at First Trust and Saving Bank in Watseka, where she became the first female loan officer. In 1979 she bought Jack and Jill children’s clothing store. Later she opened a second location in Kentland IN, followed by the purchase of Ashton’s, a woman’s clothing store. She opened Joyce’s Fashions in Watseka. She and Wayne opened The Right Fit men’s clothing in Kentland. During this time, they put on many fashion show luncheons at various locations in Watseka and Kentland.

 

Mrs. Wall spent many years supporting Wayne, her children and grandchildren at the Iroquois Co. Fair and other livestock shows. She never missed a dance recital, graduation, birthday, confirmation, wedding or concert in which any of her kids or grandkids were involved.

Joyce was an active member of Home Extension and President of the Iroquois Co Home Extension Board. She was also a member of Watseka Business and Professional Organization and the Watseka Chamber of Commerce.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband Wayne. Also preceding her were cousins Nancy (Smith) Stevens and Bill Smith, with whom she was raised, and one half-brother Hal Smith.

Joyce is survived by her three children: Paula Duis, Champaign, Sue Wall Bloomfield, IN and Tom Wall (Charlotte) of Hopedale, IL. Eight grandchildren: Julie Blunier (Dustin) of Hanna City, IL, Robbie Duis (Chelsea) of Channing TX, Kate Duis (Dennis Paras) of Cheverly, MD, Leslie Matherly (Kyle) of Bloomington, IN, Britton Sobkoviak (Letha) of Spencer IN, Kristin Jones (Jacob) of Pontiac, IL, Ashley Moritz (Brad) of Ashkum, IL, Lucas Wall (Ashley) of Hopedale, IL., and ten great grandchildren. Also surviving are one half-brother, Dave Smith, a sister-in-law Betty (Wall) Leonard of Watseka and cousins ,Patty Smith, Phyllis Smith both of Rensselaer and Linda Smith of Indianapolis, IN.

 

Joyce’s family would like to thank the staff from Heddington Oaks for their care and kindness toward her over the last 3 years.

 

Visitation will be on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 1-2 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with the funeral to follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made in her name to the Iroquois Co Fair Association.

 

Please share a memory of Joyce at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Pauline Sheth, 85, of Watseka

Pauline Sheth, 85, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at Watseka Rehab & Healthcare.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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John D. Neukomm Jr. 68, of Cissna Park

John D. Neukomm Jr., 68, of Cissna Park passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. He was born on March 31, 1952 in Watseka, the son of John and Margaret (Steiner) Neukomm Sr. He married Joy D. Knapp on September 21, 1973 in Watseka and she preceded him in death on May 21, 2019. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dave Neukomm.

 

He is survived by one son, Jerry (Nancy) Neukomm of Cissna Park; one daughter, Marlene (Travis) McWethy of Cissna Park; four grandchildren, Sam Roberts, Kaylee McWethy, Samantha Neukomm and Dalton McWethy; and one great-grandson, William Roberts. He is also survived by one brother, Donald (Cathy) Neukomm of Cissna Park and two sisters, Carolyn (Norman) Cary of Ft. Myers, FL and Mary (Don) Stadeli of Silverton, OR.

 

John was a lifelong farmer in the Cissna Park area. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Hoopeston. John enjoyed Illinois basketball, Cubs baseball, raising cattle, and spending time with his grandkids.

 

Private graveside services will be held at the Cissna Park Cemetery with Shawon Wise officiating.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or American Lung Association for Mesothelioma Research.

 

Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Roger A. Gray, 64 of Watseka

Roger A. Gray, 64 of Watseka passed away at his home on Saturday, April 11, 2020. He was born on October 30, 1955 in Watseka, the son of Cecil and Helen (Kaufman) Gray and they preceded him in death.

 

He is survived by his girlfriend, Edie Cuprys of Watseka; one son, Kory Gray of Hattiesburg, MS; two grandchildren, Devon Gray and Paytyn Gray; one brother, Charles (Mariann) Gray of Watseka; and one sister, Peggy (Glenn) Thomas of White Heath.

 

Mr. Gray was a member of State Line Riders Motorcycle Club.

 

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

 

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

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Paul E. Johnson, 80, of Gilman

Paul E. Johnson, 80, of Gilman passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at his home in Gilman. He was born on November 19, 1939 in Lansing, MI, the son of James A. and Aleta (Weir) Johnson. He married Marguerette Wade Shuman on July 7, 1962 in Kankakee and she preceded him in death on February 10, 2004. He was also preceded in death by his parents and daughter in law, Linda Johnson.

Surviving are four children, David E. Johnson of Gilman, Andrew J. Johnson of Gilman, Susan M. Johnson of Buckeye, AZ, and Michael E. Johnson of Gilman; two grandchildren, Nicole and Logan Johnson; six siblings; and special friend, Marla Beedy of Gilman and her two children, Scott (Dawn) Beedy of Kankakee and Kim (James) McCormack of Herscher, IL.

Mr. Johnson served in the United States Marine Corp. He was a life member of the American Legion, VFW, Marine Corp. Heritage League, Disabled American Veterans, and AMVETS. He enjoyed woodworking and model trains.

Private graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Danville National Cemetery in Danville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital of Chicago or Wreaths Across America.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Please share a memory of Paul at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Leslie L. Garrelts, 81 of Crescent City

Leslie L. Garrelts, 81 of Crescent City passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, He was born on September 8, 1938 in Loda, the son of Ernest and Marie (Scherf) Garrelts. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, LaVern Garrelts, and one sister, Patsy McNash.

 

He married Janice Brutlag in Woodworth on December 29, 1963 and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Lyle (Dawn) Garrelts of Fowler, IN and Lloyd (Tonya) Garrelts of Nokomis; one daughter, Lynn (Mark) Sengele of Collinsville; three grandchildren, Brock (Heidi) Garrelts of Fowler, IN, Jenna (Trenton) Fadness of Silverdale, WA, and Luke Sengele of Collinsville; one great-grandson, Gunner Garrelts; two sisters, Phyllis Garner of Watseka and Beverly Ponton of Martinton; and five brothers, Virgil (Dorothy) Garrelts, of Kankakee, Wendell Garrelts of Milford, Leon (Barbara) Garrelts of Braidwood, Leroy (Sherry) Garrelts of Milford, and Larry Garrelts of Milford.

 

Mr. Garrelts was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Woodworth and attended Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. He was a veteran of the US Army and worked at CIPS and Ameren for 34 years in various capacities, ending as a utility foreman. He owned Garrelts Real Estate and Auction Company for 34 years, and he also enjoyed farming.

 

Private services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. Rev. Michael Stoeger will officiate.

Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Woodworth, Calvary Lutheran Preschool in Watseka, or to the donor’s choice.

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

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L. Renee Tucker, 58 of Watseka

L. Renee Tucker, 58 of Watseka passed away on Friday April 10, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on December 29, 1961 in Watseka the daughter of Bill and Patricia Hickman Tucker. In addition to her parents, Renee is survived by two aunts- Nancy Tucker and Elaine Hickman both of Watseka; several cousins including Wayne Hickman III, Robbie Hickman, and Orin Tucker.

Renee was a member of the Cary NC Methodist Church and enjoyed swimming.

 

She was a bio-chemist for over 30 years with the USDA and served on the board of directors and held many positions with the Association of Glycogen Storage Disease. Renee was a participant and volunteer for the US Transplant Games for many years.

 

Private graveside services will be held at G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Please share a memory of Renee at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Jerry W. Evitts, 72, of Hoopeston

Jerry W. Evitts, 72, of Hoopeston, passed away at 5:17 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2020, at his home.

Jerry was born on December 30, 1947, in Beech Creek, Kentucky, the son of William Carlos and Violet (Evitts) Landram. 

He is survived by three sisters-Brenda (Thomas) Pope of Lisle, Illinois, Patricia Landram Herman of Hoopeston and Sherry (Jose) Ramos of Pinson, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother- Lawrence Lee Landram.

Jerry was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Due to current health concerns a private graveside service will be held with a memorial service at a later date.  He will be laid to rest in Floral Hill Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jerry’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.


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Sandra "Sandy" Kay Redinbo, 80, of West Lafayette, IN, formerly of Hoopeston

Sandra “Sandy” Kay Redinbo, 80, of West Lafayette, IN, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:40 A.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at University Place in West Lafayette, IN.  She was born March 2, 1940 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of William and Frances (Campbell) Thomas.   She married Ronald Redinbo on September 1, 1962 in Lafayette, IN. He preceded her in death.

 

Surviving Mrs. Redinbo are her daughters, Stacy (Johnny) Stegall of North Tustin, CA, Jill (John) Stahman of Irvine, CA, and Julie Redinbo of Riverside, CA; son, Scott Redinbo of North Carolina; sisters, Ellen Franklin of Hoopeston, IL and Penny Bosley of Terre Haute, IN; brother, Terry (Marlene) Thomas of Danville, IL; and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Redinbo was a Medical Transcriptionist and Executive Secretary for many years. In 1975, she received her Associate in Arts degree. 

Mrs. Redinbo was artistic, excelling in oil and watercolor painting.  She spent some of her happiest moments traveling the world, with her favorite locations as Africa, Ireland, Israel, and Egypt.  She enjoyed playing bridge several times a week.

 

Due to the current health concerns a private family graveside service will be held.

A visitation of family and friends will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling arrangements.

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Helen Elizabeth Creighton, 97, of Armstrong

Helen Elizabeth Creighton, 97, of Armstrong, passed away at 4:52 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2020, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, in Urbana.

 

Helen was born on July 4, 1922, in Clarendon, Arkansas, the daughter of George and Minnie (Howlton) Moore.  She married Donavon K. Creighton, on June 3, 1967, in Armstrong.  He preceded her in death on January 1, 1989.

 

She is survived by her brother- Billy Joe (Celia) Moore of Roswell, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers- Roscoe Moore, Orvile Moore and William Moore and seven sisters- Youlon Crawford, Bonnie Baird, Willie Ann Sewell, Estelle Villhauer, Francis Ellsworth, Jo Clara Britton and Ruia Ellen Moore.

 

Helen was a member of the Middlefork United Methodist Church.  When Helen was younger, she helped raise and support her younger siblings.  She enjoyed listening to country music. 

 

Due to the current health concerns private family services will be held with a celebration of life service at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Middlefork United Methodist Church.  She will be laid to rest in Partlow Cemetery. 

 

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

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Roy Kenneth Johnson, 83, of Hoopeston, IL

Roy Kenneth Johnson, of Hoopeston, IL, died early the morning of April 4, 2020. Roy was a life-long resident of Hoopeston, IL, until 2015, but has been living in Indianapolis, IN for the past 5 years near his daughter and her family.

 

He was born on September 20, 1936, to Harold and Mildred Johnson, of Hoopeston, IL.

Roy is survived by his daughter, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one sister.

These survivors are daughter, Tricia (Phil), grandson, Nigel, granddaughter, Casey, and great-grandson, Caiden; all who live in Fishers, IN. His sister is Connie Kult (George), of Hoopeston, IL.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ellen, sister Joyce, brother Howard, and brother Butch, and nephew, Tony. Survivors of his siblings include Judy (Butch) Johnson of Lafayette, IN, and Myrna (Howard) Johnson, of Hoopeston, IL. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

Roy worked at FMC in Hoopeston, in many different roles including supervisor. He retired at the age of 55 in 1992. He had a love for Corvettes, and was a dedicated Chicago Cubs fan, win or lose! Roy also had a very special soft spot for every dog he ever met.

 

Funerals service to honor Roy will be private and scheduled at a future date. Roy will rest alongside his parents, Harold and Mildred, and sister, Ellen, in the Floral Hills cemetery, Hoopeston, IL.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling arrangements.

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Tonya Franklin, 51, of Jasper, TX, formerly of Hoopeston, IL

Tonya Franklin, 51, of Jasper, TX, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 12:56 P.M. Friday March 27, 2020 in Lufkin, TX.  She was born August 15, 1968 in Danville, IL, the daughter of Jerry and Viola (Garrett) Franklin.  Her father survives in Lebanon, TN.

 

She is also survived by her daughter, Brooke Perry of Hoopeston, IL; one sister, Teresa Franklin Ward of Lebanon, TN; and one niece, Nicole Hill of Lebanon, TN.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Viola Franklin.

 

Tonya enjoyed fishing and spending time with her family.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 

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

 

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Terry W. Meador, 70, of Collison, IL

Terry W. Meador, 70, of Collison, IL, passed away at 4:40 A.M. Sunday April 5, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born November 15, 1949, in Fairbury, IL, the son of Delbert Wilson and Evelyn (Crabtree) Meador.  He married Linda Kay Wilson on April 12, 1974 in Stringtown, IN.  She survives in Collison, IL.

 

He is also survived by one sister, Doris J. (Steve) Kelley of Cedar Falls, IA; one brother, Ben (Chris) Meador of Walton, IN; 4 nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Delbert Eugene Meador; and one sister, Martha Meador.

 

Terry worked as a heavy equipment operator for the IUOE Local 841.  He was also a member of the Laborer’s International Union Hall in Urbana.  He will be remembered by many for selling his famous produce to many neighbors and friends.  He was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Hoopeston and later attended the Collison United Methodist Church.  He was also a member of the Collison Masonic Lodge #714 where he had served as a past master and was a 32nd Degree Mason.  Terry enjoyed fishing, gardening and canning produce.  He loved his dogs and especially enjoyed socializing with his family and friends.

 

Due to the current health concerns a private family graveside service will be held.

A visitation of family and friends will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Collison Masonic Lodge P.O. Box 42 Collison, IL 61831 or the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 502 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Barbara Bell, 59, of Hoopeston, IL

Barbara Marie Bell, 59, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:20 A.M. Monday April 6, 2020 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  She was born September 13, 1960 in Lafayette, IN, the daughter of Larry Sr. and Ellen (High) Bell.  Her mother survives in Hoopeston, IL.

She is also survived by one daughter, Amber (Jeff) Deck of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Steven Jr. (Amber) Bridgman of Murphysboro, IL; one sister, Della Bell (Ralph Baker) of Hoopeston, IL; two brothers, Larry Jr. (Garnet) Bell of Corpus Christi, TX and Robert (Lisa) Bell of Ambia, IN; four grandchildren, Chloe, Tucker, Steven III, and Makennah; and seven nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Bell Sr.; step-son, James Bridgman; and nephew, Brock Pennington.

Barb worked as a CNA at the Hoopeston Nursing Home and later worked at Dollar General.  She was a volunteer for Hooves of Hope along with her grandchildren.  Her favorite hobbies included crocheting, sewing, doing puzzles and most of all, watching her television programs.  She loved collecting Coca-Cola and Harley Davidson merchandise.  Above all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated, and no services will be held at this time.

 Memorials may be made in Barb’s memory to the Hooves of Hope at www.hoovesofhope.com.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Karen Marie (Buff) Olson, 73, of Gilman

Karen Marie (Buff) Olson, 73, of Gilman passed away on April 5, 2020. She was born on August 21, 1946 in Watseka, the daughter of Loy and Leola (Berhle) Buff and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Marlene Buff and one son, who died shortly after birth.

 

She married Russell Olson in June of 1964 and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Thad (Tami) Olson and Travis (Arnel) Olson; one sister, Bonnie (Tom) Ryszka; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Karen grew up in rural Thawville and attended Robert-Thawville School before moving to Gilman and graduating from Gilman High School. She loved people, animals, Avon, Barbies and Elvis. Karen never met a stranger.

 

Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

 

Please share a memory of Karen at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Elmer M. Leydens, 92 of Gilman

Elmer M. Leydens, 92 of Gilman, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at his home. He was born on November 16, 1927, the son of Matthew and Minnie (Zeedyk) Leydens in Danforth and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Dale Leydens; one sister, June Bayston; and one grandson, Jason Leydens.

 

He married his spouse of 70 years, Inez Cook, on February 18, 1950 in Gilman and she survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Pam (Tim) Morris of Waterloo, IL and Cathy (Mike) Zirkle of Saint Amant, LA; two sons, Kim (Terry) Leydens of Gilman and Kevin (Barb) Leydens of Gilman; seven grandchildren, Tyler (Julie) Morris, Kerey (Jennifer) Leydens, Kaylee Leydens, Kyle (Missy) Leydens, Erica (Jonathon) Wahls, Ansley (Sam) Fox, and Christy (Stephen) Drago; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ralph (Sharon) Leydens of Clifton.

 

Mr. Leydens was a member of Zion United Church in Gilman. Elmer began his career on November 8, 1950 with Uhlman Grain. He then served as Superintendent at Continental Grain Company, retiring August 1, 1990. Elmer served in the U.S. Army where he received the Army of Occupation Medal and the Japan World War II Victory Medal. He enjoyed all aspects of his life that involved spending time with his family and friends.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

 

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

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Walter Thomas Hissong, 6 months of Chebanse

Walter Thomas Hissong, 6 months of Chebanse, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

 

Walter was born on September 23, 2019 in Urbana.

 

He is survived by his mother, Danielle Studholme of Chebanse; his father, Aaron Hissong of Chebanse; one sister, Bonnie Devous of Gilman; maternal grandmother, Teresa Gray of Chebanse; maternal grandfather, David (Toni) Studholme of Braidwood; paternal great-grandmother, Cheryl Hyde of Texas; and many cousins, aunts, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Eddena Hissong and Shan Hyde.

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to Carle Foundation Hospital in memory of Walter or Carle Auxiliary House in Urbana.

 

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Walter Thomas Hissong please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Delorous M. Guard, 86 of Watseka

Delorous M. Guard, 86 of Watseka passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born September 10, 1933 in Watseka, the daughter of Thomas and Myra (Latz) McCullough. She married Joseph C. Guard Sr. in Watseka on November 23, 1952 and he preceded her in death on May 2, 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, four sisters, one son, Joseph Guard Jr., and one grandchild, R.J. Meara.


She is survived by one daughter, Sandra (Richard) Meara of Grayson, GA; two granddaughters, Jessica (Steven) Swett of Friendsville, TN and Shannon (Corey) Marsh of Grayson, GA; and four great-grandchildren, Cassie Swett, Lucas Marsh, Brooklynn Marsh, and Elijah Marsh. She is also survived by one brother, Robert McCullough of Watseka and two sisters, Barbara Walter of Mishawaka, IN and Doris Ash of Lebanon, IN.


Mrs. Guard was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, and was a bookkeeper at McCullough Implement in Watseka for many years.


Private graveside services will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka. Pastor John Franklin will officiate.


Memorials may be made the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.


Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Edna Fatka Carriger, 93 of Gilman

Edna Fatka Carriger, 93 of Gilman passed away on April 1, 2020 at Presence Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton. She was born December 23, 1926 in Chebanse, the daughter of Harry and Florence (Zimmerman) Burling. She married Harold E. Fatka in June 1952. He preceded her in death on May 27, 1973. She later married Claude E. Carriger on November 12, 1988 and he preceded her in death on February 10, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and one sister.

 

Mrs. Carriger is survived by one son, Harold “Butch” (Debbie) Fatka of Gilman; one granddaughter, Nicole Fatka of Gibson City; two step-grandchildren, Chris Leonard and Johnny Leonard; and four step-great-grandchildren.

 

She enjoyed the outdoors and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Private graveside services will be held at Brenton Township Cemetery in Piper City. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley, American Diabetes Association, or to the Family’s Wishes.

 

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

 

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

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Marlene Bailey, 84, of Hoopeston

Marlene Bailey, 84, of Hoopeston, passed away at 7:58 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at her home.

Marlene was born on March 23, 1936, in Lincoln, Illinois, the daughter of William and Mildred (Ridings) Reiners.  She married Dale Orlando Bailey on October 4, 1958, in Emden, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 1998.

She is survived by four sons- Todd (Pat) Bailey of Hoopeston, Jim (Michelle) Bailey of Hoopeston, Mike (Andrea) Bailey of Monticello and Tom (Tess) Bailey of Monticello; eight grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister- Mary Detjen.  

 

Marlene graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School, in 1954.  She worked at K’s Merchandise, in Danville, for 26 years, where she enjoyed selling jewelry in the jewelry department, until the store closed.  She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in Hoopeston.  Marlene loved animals, especially her beloved dog Katie and was a big supporter of the ASPCA, for over 20 years.  In her younger years, she was very involved in the Little League.  Marlene was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved to travel, especially through Europe.  She was so proud of her four boys and all they have accomplished. 

 

Due to the current health concerns private family services will be held with a celebration of life service at a later date.  She will be laid to rest in Floral Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 

 

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


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Dale William Fetters, 86, of Hoopeston

Dale William Fetters, 86, of Hoopeston, IL., formerly of Rossville, IL, passed away at 5:16 P.M. on Monday, March 30, 2020 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  He was born April 12, 1933, the son of Milo and Minnie (Rudolph) Fetters.  He married Phyllis McBride on March 27, 1954 in Allerton, IL.  She survives in Hoopeston.

 

He is also survived by two daughters, Debbie (Craig) Potter of Rossville, IL and Tammy (Hank) Hornbeck of Champaign, IL; three sisters, Ruby Richardson of Attica, IN, Freda Pollock of Colorado, and Alberta (Don) Lucas of Rossville, IL; one brother, Harold (Sarah) Fetters of Danville, IL; two sisters-in-law, Viola Fetters of Hoopeston, IL and Bonnie Fetters of Gilman, IL; five grandchildren, Candice (Dave) Freeman, April (Matt) Handy, Jordan (Logan Patton) Hollingsworth, Anthony (Joni) Hornbeck and Kayla (Lisa) Potter; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bill and Phyllis Gernand.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Elizabeth; three brothers, Floyd, Lowell, and Earl; one sister-in-law, Laura Jean Fetters; and three nephews.

 

Dale was a life-long farmer.  He was a member of the Rossville Historical Society and enjoyed taking part in the Christman Park in Rossville.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

 

Due to the health concerns at this time, a private family graveside service will be held.

 

Memorials may be made to the Rossville Church of Christ 514 E. Attica St. Rossville, IL 60963.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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