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Obituaries Archives for 2021-08

Dionne Moline, 75, of Cissna Park

Dionne Moline, 75, of Cissna Park, passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Gilman Nursing Home after a short battle with Cancer.  She was born on September 14, 1945 in Paxton, the daughter of Robert and Ioan (Wirth) Moline; and they preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by one brother, Vernon Moline.

 

Dionne graduated from Paxton High School in 1963.  She was a member of the Mustang Pep Club and was nominated for Homecoming Queen of 1962.  In her younger years, she enjoyed playing softball. Dionne retired from Kraft Foods in Champaign, after 30 years in the Purchasing Department. 

 

She enjoyed watching sports and talking to her family and friends on the phone.  Most importantly, Dionne expressed her faith in God.

 

No services will be held at this time.

Cox-Knapp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ricky Allen "Ricky G" Gagnon, 68, of Hoopeston, IL, formerly of Rossville

Ricky Allen “Ricky G” Gagnon, 68, of Hoopeston, IL, formerly of Rossville, IL, passed away at 10:45 A.M. Saturday August 28, 2021, at his home.  He was born January 2, 1953, in Danville, IL, the son of Charlie Billingsley and Anita (Burton) Gagnon.  He was later adopted by Don Gagnon. 

He is survived by two daughters, Angela (Billy) Trumann of Rossville, IL and April Gagnon of Owaso, OK; 3 half-sisters, Tammy (Eric) Roberts of Rossville, IL, Joy (Anthony) Greer of Glasgow, KY, and Bonnie Billingsley of Glasgow, KY; 8 grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Aly and Amber Zarate and Josh, Jordan, Jaslynn, and Journey Gagnon; 11 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Michelle Billingsley. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Steve; and best friend, Rick Lawson. 

Ricky worked at FMC in Hoopeston for 31 years and later owned Ricky G’s in Rossville for several years.  He most recently worked at Crop Production Services which became Nutrien Ag Solutions.  He loved to work and socialize with his friends.  He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Fighting Illini and the Chicago Bears.  Ricky also enjoyed playing softball and bowling. 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and a visitation will be held 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Tuesday September 7, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home with Eric Roberts officiating.  No burial will be held. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Mary Harris, 78, of Rossville

Mary Jean Harris, 78, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 8:05 A.M. on Sunday August 29, 2021, at her home.  She was born May 22, 1943, in Connelsville, PA, the daughter of John and Florence Alberta (Robaugh) Fritsky.  She married Robert Marshall Harris on October 26, 1963, in Connelsville, PA.  He preceded her in death. 

She is survived by two daughters, Gwen (Rich) Rector of Bloomington, IL and Paige (Oliver) Tolentino of Las Vegas, NV; two sons, Todd (Debbie) Harris of Danville, IL and Matthew Harris of Rossville, IL; 14 grandchildren, Marshall Harris, Erica Tuttle, Hayley Harris, Grace Harris, Isabelle Harris, Audrey Harris, Elena Harris, Madeline Harris, Reid Rector, Mackenzie Rector, Simon Tolentino, Zoe Tolentino, Aubrey Tolentino, and Reese Tolentino; four great-grandchildren, Gage Tuttle, Zayne, Jacksen, and Mckinleigh Harris; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Alberta Everett, Nancy Fritsky, and Judy Dian Homer; and one brother, John Fritsky Jr. 

Mary worked at BlueCross BlueShield in Danville, until her retirement.  She was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church where she was very active, helping with funeral meals and other various duties.  She enjoyed working in her yard and making crafts with her grandchildren.  Most of all, Mary loved her family and was very involved in all their activities. 

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Saturday September 4, 2021, at the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:00 P.M. Saturday at the church with Pastor Chris Quick officiating.  Burial will follow in Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, IL. 

Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL 60963. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Betty Lou German, 98, of Milford

Betty Lou German, 98, of Milford passed away on August 28, 2021 at her home. She was born on November 24, 1922 in Lewistown, the daughter of Harold E. and Lucille (Barnes) Wilson and they preceded her in death.

Betty married Neal E. German in Milford on December 9, 1951 and he preceded her in death on March 5, 2021.

Betty is survived by one daughter, Diane Stehman of Collinsville; one grandson, Matthew Stehman of Collinsville; one sister Ellen Louise “Billie” Brady of Omaha, Nebraska.

She was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at a later date at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to Milford United Methodist Church or the Milford Swimming Pool.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Mary Ruth Moore, 73, of rural Rossville

Mary Ruth Moore, 73, of rural Rossville, IL, passed away late Wednesday August 25, 2021, at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.  She was born November 11, 1947, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Emil and Margaret (White) Brain.  She married Lester C. Moore on March 30, 1969, at the Alvin Christian Church.  He survives in rural Rossville, IL. 

She is also survived by one daughter, Kristie Moore of Rossville, IL; one son, Scott (Carol) Moore of Oakwood, IL; two grandchildren, Bryce Moore and Madyson Moore of Oakwood, IL; two sisters, Linda Day of Danville, IL and Sara (Rick) Andrews of Alvin, IL; one sister-in-law, Nancy Brain of Danville, IL; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Brain; brother-in-law, Melvin Day; nephew, Andrew Juvinall; and father-in-law and mother-in-law; Calvin and Zeda Moore. 

Mary was a homemaker and farmwife who loved caring for her family.  She also worked at the Alvin Post Office and other area post offices for 25 years as a postmaster relief.  She was a member of the Alvin Christian Church where she was very active serving as a Sunday school teacher, craft director at Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the Alvin Christian Church Ladies Circle.  Mary also served as a Gundy Cemetery Association Trustee and was a former South Ross Township Deputy Assessor for 13 years.  She was a wonderful caregiver who spent time visiting people in nursing homes and preparing many home-cooked meals not only for her family but for those who were sick and shut-in.  She also enjoyed doing a card ministry sending birthday, get well, and sympathy cards to others.  Her hobbies included making crafts, sewing, gardening, tending to her many flower beds, and caring for her cats and dogs.  Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. 

A visitation will be held 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday August 31, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday September 1, 2021, at the funeral home with Jason Schimke officiating.  Burial will follow in Gundy Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Alvin Christian Church 109 Center St. Alvin, IL 61811 or to the donor’s choice. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Rodney Rakes, 75, of Rural Potomac

Rodney Rakes, 75, passed in his home in Rural Potomac on Wednesday August 18, 2021. 

 

Rodney was born on November 1, 1945, in Lebanon, Ky. He worked at SuperValu, in Urbana, where he retired in 2007. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, wildlife, and NASCAR.  If he was outside, he was happy.

 

He is survived by his wife, Janice Rakes, his son Tony (Linda) Rakes, his daughter Cybil Johnson, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

 

Services will be held in private.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, to assist them in honoring Rodney’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Dale Moser, of Hoopeston

Dale Moser, of Hoopeston, passed away Monday, August 23, 2021, at his home.  Arrangements are pending at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.

Marilyn Walwer Schultz, 79, of Watseka

Marilyn Rose Walwer Schultz, 79, of Watseka passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021 at her home. Marilyn was born on June 3, 1942 in Kankakee, the daughter of LaVerne and Lucille (Arnold) Miller. She married Charles Walwer in Kankakee on June 25, 1960 and he preceded her in death. Later she married, James Schultz in St. Petersburg, Florida, on August 24, 1989 and he preceded her in death.

Marilyn is survived by two daughters- Catherine Schwartz of Watseka and Pamela (John) Burch of Watseka; two sons- Terry (Valorie) Walwer of Watseka and Donald (Keiko) Walwer of San Diego, California; two sisters- Phyllis Redman of Kankakee and Marsha Gersky of St. Petersburg, Florida; two brothers- Richard Miller of Geneseo and Dennis Miller of Bradley; several grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother- Vernon Miller, two sons- Brian Walwer and Scott Walwer, one son-in-law, Wayne Schwartz, and six grandsons.

Marilyn was a dietician at Watseka Manor. She enjoyed sewing, family get-togethers, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

Services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The Arc of Iroquois County, Disabled Veteran’s, or Donor’s Choice.

Daniel L. Arseneau, 73, of Beaverville, IL

Daniel L. Arseneau, 73, of Beaverville, Illinois, passed away on August 18, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska after a short battle with cancer with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons by his side. He was a lifelong resident of Beaverville, born on July 10, 1948, the son of Percell and Mildred Arseneau.

Surviving Daniel are his son, daughter-in-law, and his two grandsons, Cameron, Andrea (Kerouac), Daniel, and Jack Arseneau of Council Bluffs, IA. Five siblings and their spouses; Robert (Judy) Arseneau of Beaverville, IL; Wayne (JoAnne) Arseneau of Beaverville, IL; Karen (Bill) Dowling of St Anne, IL; Kenneth (Linda) Arseneau of Martinton, IL; Loretta (Steve) Moehler of Watseka, IL; one sister in law, Diane (Jim) Wiltjer of Pinehurst, NC; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Danny was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Barbara and his parents.

Danny was a lifelong farmer with his brothers. Throughout his life he loved tractor pulling in the NTPA, snowmobiling, traveling, joyriding in his vette, watching his favorite westerns, having coffee with his friends, volunteering at St Mary’s Church Founder’s Day Celebration by grilling the coveted boudin, and most of all spending time with his two beautiful grandsons.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friends and family are invited to share photos and memories during this time. A funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville, IL on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. where Deacon Patrick Skelly will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville, IL.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Danny’s memory may do so to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund, 308 St Charles St. Beaverville, IL 60912.

James Apland, 67, of Champaign, formerly of Gibson City and Paxton

James "Jim" Apland, 67, of Champaign, formerly of Gibson City and Paxton, passed away Tuesday morning, August 17, 2021, at his home.  Graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1:00p.m. at Glen Cemetery in Paxton.  Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Paxton is in charge of arrangements.

Steve Pettice, 74, of Potomac, IL

Steve Pettice, 74, of Potomac, passed away at 10:29 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at his home.

Steve was born on September 4, 1946, at home in Alvin, Illinois, the son of James Daniel and Frances Mae (Rumble) Pettice.  He married the love of his life and bestest friend, Marilyn Hoskins on December 20, 1966, at the Potomac Church of Christ and they later renewed their vows on April 22, 2017.  She survives.

He is also survived by their three children- Sherry (Ed) Cundiff of Danville, Ron (Cherri) Pettice of Danville and Linda Pettice of Danville; nine grandchildren- Alex (Bailie) Cundiff, Adam (Rachel) Cundiff, Darren (Hailey) Cundiff, Justin Pettice, Joshua Pettice, Chayce Wagner, Kathy (Taylor) Liles, Connor McFarland and Cheyenne Howie; four great-grandchildren- Jade, Caleb, Theodore and Van Cundiff; sister-in-law- Shirley Hampton Pettice of Hoopeston; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers- Dave and Mike Pettice, sister-in-law- Mindy Boen and nephew- Mikey Pettice.

Steve graduated from Rossville High School in 1965.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1965 to 1969.  Steve worked at General Motors, in Tilton for 25 years, until his retirement in 1993.  He was a member of the Hillery Assembly of God.  Steve enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and family get togethers.  He loved family game nights and was always (in good humor) the official score keeper and some how would always manage to win.  Steve was always known for his joking around and great sense of humor.  Steve was very in love with Jesus, and wanted all to know and accept Him as their Savior.

A Celebration of Steve’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Hillery Assembly of God, with Pastor Kenny Young officiating.  Burial will follow the service at Gundy Cemetery, in Bismarck.  Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Steve’s life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Steven Carl Brauman, 58, of Piper City

Steven Carl Brauman, 58, of Piper City passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021 at his home. He was born on December 31, 1962 in Fairbury, the son of Fred Carl Brauman and Retha Louise Edwards.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Retha and Berwyn Stephens of Piper City; Cameron Icenogle of Rantoul, who was like a son to Steve; two sisters, Connie Finnegan of Watseka and Karen Moreland of Gilman; two step-brothers, Travis Stephens of Piper City and Shane Stephens of Wataga; one step-sister, Tracy Godsey of Sioux Falls, SD; four nieces, Shawnee Brauman of Essex, Shayla Brauman of Westerville, OH, Sheri Hull of Piper City, and Cheyenne Stephens of Wheeling; and one nephew, Dustin Brauman of Piper City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred “Fritz” Brauman.

Steve enjoying texting and writing. He loved his family dearly.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at the United Methodist Church in Piper City. Rev. Liz Reis will officiate. Burial will follow at Brenton Twp. Cemetery in Piper City.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gliman.

Herbert H. Pearson, 86, of Watseka

Herbert H. Pearson, 86 of Watseka passed away on Monday August 9, 2021 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on March 31, 1935 in Birdtown, AR, a son of William and Charity Gordon Pearson. Herb married Shirley Meyer in Watseka on June 15, 1958 and she survives. They were blessed with 63 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, also surviving are two sons- Steven (Teri) Pearson of Venice, FL and Bruce (Denise) Pearson of St. George, UT; one daughter- Karen (Jim) Flach of Ft. Wright, KY; nine grandchildren- Stephanie (James) Jaskolski, Jon (Becca) Pearson, Ryan, Andrew, Daniel, and Nicole Flach, Evan, Eric (Paige), and Alex Pearson. He was preceded in death by his parents and ten brothers.

Herb was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka where he served on many committees. He was employed at Uarco as a printer for 23 years, owned and operated Pearson Transport Livery Service, and served as a real estate agent for several years. Herb was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed playing golf, and was a member of the Watseka Lions Club.

Memorial services will be held at a later date with Pastor Ben Stone officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Watseka American Legion.

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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

Albert "Jun" Kaufman, 90, of Cissna Park

Albert “Jun” Kaufman, 90 of Cissna Park went to be with the Lord on Tuesday August 17, 2021. He was born on October 6, 1930 in Cissna Park the son of Albert and Bertha Feller Kaufman. Jun married his high school sweetheart, Ruby Markwalder on February 4, 1951. She survives her beloved husband of 70 years. Also surviving are one daughter- Kailyn (Mark) Alt of Carmel, IN; one son- Wayne (Jaye) Kaufman of Morrison, CO; eight grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren; one brother- Don Kaufman of Bloomington; one sister- Sal Markwalder of Fairbury. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter- Donna Gast; one great grandchild- Grace Alt; seven brothers- Robert, Clyde, William, Ben, Wilmer, Arch, and Calvin; six sisters- Lydia Rocke, Emily Eisenmann, Martha Rinkenberger, Margaret Kaufman, Bertha “Tootie” Sinn, and LaVerne Kaufman.

Jun was a member of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park. He was born again in 1950 and loved serving the Lord Jesus ever since that day. He was active with the church youth group for many years. During his lifetime he enjoyed every aspect of farming, feeding cattle, and selling DeKalb seed. Jun dearly enjoyed time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Thursday August 19, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday August 20, 2021 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park with Pastor Nathan Gast and Pastor Josh Benner officiating. Burial will be in the Cissna Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Christian Bible Church Mission Fund or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Betty L. Eckert, 90, of Walker, MI, formerly of Hoopeston

Steve Pettice, 74, of Potomac, passed away at 10:29 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at his home.

Steve was born on September 4, 1946, at home in Alvin, Illinois, the son of James Daniel and Frances Mae (Rumble) Pettice.  He married the love of his life and bestest friend, Marilyn Hoskins on December 20, 1966, at the Potomac Church of Christ and they later renewed their vows on April 22, 2017.  She survives.

He is also survived by their three children- Sherry (Ed) Cundiff of Danville, Ron (Cherri) Pettice of Danville and Linda Pettice of Danville; nine grandchildren- Alex (Bailie) Cundiff, Adam (Rachel) Cundiff, Darren (Hailey) Cundiff, Justin Pettice, Joshua Pettice, Chayce Wagner, Kathy (Taylor) Liles, Connor McFarland and Cheyenne Howie; four great-grandchildren- Jade, Caleb, Theodore and Van Cundiff; sister-in-law- Shirley Hampton Pettice of Hoopeston; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers- Dave and Mike Pettice, sister-in-law- Mindy Boen and nephew- Mikey Pettice.

Steve graduated from Rossville High School in 1965.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1965 to 1969.  Steve worked at General Motors, in Tilton for 25 years, until his retirement in 1993.  He was a member of the Hillery Assembly of God.  Steve enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and family get togethers.  He loved family game nights and was always (in good humor) the official score keeper and some how would always manage to win.  Steve was always known for his joking around and great sense of humor.  Steve was very in love with Jesus, and wanted all to know and accept Him as their Savior.

A Celebration of Steve’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Hillery Assembly of God, with Pastor Kenny Young officiating.  Burial will follow the service at Gundy Cemetery, in Bismarck.  Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Steve’s life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Nancy Ann Coleman, 64, of Buckley

Nancy Ann Coleman, 64, of Buckley passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Nancy was born on October 25, 1956 in Watseka, the daughter of Glenn and Clyda Jeanne (Harding) Nichoalds. She married Michael Coleman on May 5, 1979 in Onarga and he survives.

Besides her husband, Michael Coleman of Buckley, she is survived by two sons, Trace (Macy) Coleman of Gilbert, AZ and Connor Coleman of Virginia Beach, VA; one grandson, Brixton Coleman of Gilbert, AZ; one granddaughter, Cora Gigl of Chebanse; her mother, Jeanne Nichoalds of Onarga; one brother, Donald (Cherie) Nichoalds of Thawville; and two nephews, Lake Nichoalds of Thawville and Zach (Kayla) Nichoalds of Crescent City.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She was the former owner and operator of On Stage Hair Salon for twenty-five years. Nancy was a Postmaster at Crescent City, Onarga, and Cissna Park. She was a member of Onarga United Methodist Church where she was the organist for over forty-five years and choir director for twenty-five years. She was a member of the Princess Onarga Chapter of the Illinois Questers and Onarga Historical Society. She enjoyed being with her family, cooking, baking, gardening, traveling, antiquing, her grandchildren, and living in the country.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Onarga Cemetery with Rev. Mark Crawford officiating. A Celebration of Life from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Shagbark Country Club in Onarga. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Onarga United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Crawford officiating.

Memorials may be made to Onarga United Methodist Church.

Harold V. Papineau, 82, of Ashkum

Harold V. Papineau, 82 of Ashkum passed away on October 6, 2020 at his winter home in Arizona. Harold was born on March 2, 1938 in Aroma Park to Euclid and Eva (Lussier) Papineau. He married Darlene Schoon of Ashkum on July 4, 1959 at St. Mary and Joseph Church in Chebanse.

After high school, Harold went to work for Armour Pharmaceutical in Kankakee and worked there before he enlisted in the Air Force in January 1959. In the Air Force he was a crew chief on a B52G (SAC) bomber stationed at Blytheville AF Base in Arkansas. On his return he went back to work for Armour in Kankakee and remained there until he retired in 1994 from RPR (Rhone-Polenc-Rorer) as Facilities Director.

Harold is survived by his wife Darlene of Ashkum; sons- Rodney (Marcia) Papineau of Clifton and Randy (Elaine) Papineau of Ashkum; daughters- Donna (Miles) Bradley of Buckeye, AZ and Renee (Richard) Fraser of Bartlett, IL; thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Eugene (Priscilla) Papineau of Sun City, AZ, Ron Papineau of Chebanse, brother-in-law Russ Schoon, sisters-in-law Mary Lou Papineau and Marlene Papineau along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Oscar, Bruno, Edward and baby Theodore along with sisters Joann, Rita, Theresa and Linda.

He was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum and a member and eucharistic minister at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City, AZ. Harold enjoyed doing lapidary and sterling silver hobbies and golfing at the recreation centers and golf courses in Sun City and Oak Springs golf course in Aroma Park with his brother Ron in the summer.

Visitation will be on Friday August 20, 2021 from 4-8 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Funeral mass will be on Saturday August 21, 2021 at 10:00 am at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum with Fr. Doug Hauber officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum.

Arnold "Dave" Annis, 84, of Paxton

Arnold David “Dave” Annis Jr, 84, of Paxton passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021 at his home in Paxton surrounded by his family. He was born on August 10, 1936 in Cincinnati, OH, the son of Arnold D. and Ethel (Maybrier) Annis. He married Patricia A. Whitaker in Paxton on May 10, 1974 and she preceded him in passing on December 24, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ronald Annis; one sister, Helen Newlin; and a great granddaughter, Abigail Annis.

Surviving are six children, Debra Petkus of Rantoul, Virginia Annis of Paxton, James (Kris) Whitaker Jr of Paxton, Patricia (Jim) Hardig of Paxton, Todd (Kelle) Whitaker of Melvin, and David (Traci) Annis of Clifton; twenty grandchildren; many great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, Miss Kitty.

Dave served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Paxton and Knights of Columbus Council 8927. He loved to travel, enjoyed reading, and working with computers. Dave and Pat loved to go camping over the years. Mr. Annis owned and operated Annis Pest Control as well as Fast Forward Video with his wife, Pat.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

A memorial mass will take place at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Paxton. Fr. Dong van Bui will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to Catsnap of Champaign.

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Eric James Bell, 54, of Rossville

Eric James Bell, 54, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday August 11, 2021, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, IL.  He was born December 7, 1966, in Danville, IL, the son of Robert Norton and Pamela Bell.   

He is survived by his mother, Pamela Bell of Rossville, IL. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Norton. 

Eric attended the Church of God in Alvin, IL.  He enjoyed bowling, participating in the Special Olympics, and going out to eat with his mom.  He also loved watching the Chicago Cubs and listening to them on the radio. 

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Tuesday August 17, 2021, at the Alvin Church of God 109 South St. Alvin, IL 61811.  The funeral service will be held at 12:00 P.M. Tuesday at the church, with Pastor Dan Hunt officiating.  Burial will follow in Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in rural Rossville. 

Memorials may be made in Eric's honor to the Special Olympics 133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC 20036?3604 or to the Schultz House 340 Bryan Ave. Danville, IL 61832. 

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Richard E. Doss, 71, of Georgetown

Richard Emerson “Rich” Doss, 71, of Georgetown, IL, passed away at 8:20 P.M. Thursday August 12, 2021, at Clark Manor Skilled Nursing Facility in Chicago, IL.  He was born January 8, 1950, in Danville, IL, the son of Elmer “Dick” Doss and Mary (Allen) Turner.  He married Cheryl O’Neil and together they had two children who survive, daughter, Lisa (Alonza) Galyen of Glasford, IL and son, Steven Doss of Los Angeles, CA. 

He is also survived by one sister, Linda (Tony) Lutchka of Westville, IL; two grandchildren, Kristopher and Amber Galyen; one great-granddaughter, Layla Marion; 4 nieces; and 3 nephews. 

He was preceded in death by parents; grandparents; and one brother, Millard “Gene” Watts. 

Richard worked as a welder and mechanic.  He also had a teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University.  He was an avid race fan and was a driver and mechanic of a race car for many years.  Richard also enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, and spending time with his dog, Annie, who was also his best friend until her death a few years ago. 

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Friday August 20, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A graveside service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:15 P.M. Friday at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.   

Memorials may be made to Ruby’s Rescue Retreat 4035 County Road 600 North McClean, IL 61754. 

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Dorothy L. Ruether, 83, of Paxton

Dorothy L. Ruether, 83, of Paxton, IL passed away August 11, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 11:00a.m. until the 12:00pm funeral service, at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Paxton.  Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery in Paxton. 

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Eric James Bell, 54, of Rossville

Eric James Bell, 54, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday August 11, 2021, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.  Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston. 

Jack Harold Grovier, 69, of Potomac

Jack Harold Grovier, 69, of Potomac, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Sunday, August 8, 2021, at his home.

Jack was born on February 19, 1952, in Danville, the son of Harold and Dorothy (Cornell) Grovier. 

He is survived by his mother- Dorothy Swan; two daughters- Kimberly (Dennis) Johnston and Ashlee Zarbuck; one son- John Grovier; brother- Dave (Lisa) Grovier; sister- Dianne Perkins: five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three nieces- Heather Pacheco, Angela Pacheco and Kim Romero; and nephew- Christopher Grovier.

He was preceded in death by his father. daughter- Sara Grovier and sister- Marsha Calderone.

Jack served in the United States Army, following his high school graduation.  He worked for several years at AFSI, in Champaign.  He was a member of the Potomac American Legion. Jack enjoyed photography, motorcycles and watching auto racing.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 13, 2021, at Danville National Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #210.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to assist with Jack's services.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jack's life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Elmer "Bud" Green, 89, of Chebanse, IL

Elmer “Bud” Green, 89, of Chebanse passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born July 12, 1932 in Chebanse, the son of Leo Herman and Myrtle Ora (Templin) Green and they preceded him in death in addition to five sisters.

He married Jean Louise Smith on July 31, 1953 in Fort Knox, KY and she survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Diane (Steve) Stell of Gulf Shores, AL, Susan (John) LeRoy of Chebanse and Teresa (Greg) Stell of Bourbonnais; one son, Danny Green of Bourbonnais; fifteen grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Mr. Green served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Bud was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Chebanse, a member of the YMCA, and a former member of the Kankakee Photography Club. He first worked at General Mills, next at Armours, and retired from NutraSweet. Bud enjoyed woodworking, photography, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren and attending many of their events.

Private services will be held at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse with Rev. Marsha Collins officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Chebanse.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Stevie R. Cross, 69, of Hoopeston

Stevie R. Cross, 69, of Hoopeston, passed away at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at his home.

Stevie was born on February 21, 1952, in Danville, Illinois, the son of George and Gracie (Bryant) Cross.  He is survived by three daughters- Brenda Cox of Potomac, Helen (Lincoln) Ingram of Pawnee and Melinda Reed of Danville; two sons- Johnny (Tina) Linder of Rossville and Ronald (Brijida) Linder of Hoopeston; one brother- Ray Cross of Paxton; four sisters- Darlene Weidig of Hoopeston, Paula (John) Bruns of Potomac, Janice Cross of Georgetown and Jamie Fitzsimmons of Hoopeston; seventeen grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter- Alma Coffey, two sisters- Francis Dean and Margaret Ann Wright, one grandson and one great-grandson.

Stevie enjoyed working on cars, lawn mowers and anything else mechanical.  He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family.  He also loved his dogs Foxy and Beta.

According to his wishes cremation rites will be accorded and there will not be any services.  The family has entrusted Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, to assist them in honoring Stevie's life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com

Zona M. Shepherd, 102, of Penfield, IL, formerly of Arizona

Zona M. Shepherd, 102, of Penfield, IL, formerly of Arizona, passed away at 1:30 A.M. Wednesday August 4, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born January 4, 1919, in Maricopa County, AZ, the daughter of Alexander C. and Mattie (Lewis) McAdams.  She married Nick J. Shepherd on February 18, 1939, in Coolidge, AZ.  He preceded her in death. 

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death in by her parents; two sisters; and one brother. 

Zona was employed by Mountain Bell Telephone Company for 29 years.  She was a 1938 graduate of Chandler High School and in 2014 she was honored for being the oldest living graduate. 

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

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Bill E. Sanders, 82, of rural Rossville

Bill E. Sanders, 82, of rural Rossville, IL, passed away at 1:25 A.M. Wednesday August 4, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.  He was born June 17, 1939, in Green County, IN, the son of Sewell and Freida (Steele) Sanders.  He married Shirley Lee McAllister on December 12, 1964, at the St. James United Methodist Church in Danville.  She survives. 

He is also survived by one daughter, Shelley (John) Potter of Anderson, IN; one son, Terry Wayne Ward of Jasonville, IN; one sister, Patricia (Ken) Covey of Hartford City, IN; 6 grandchildren, Jacob (Ivy) Potter, Jesse (Emily) Potter, Eric Potter, Lucas (Gina) Bennett, Zachary (Jessi) Bennett, and Joseph Bennett; 7 great-grandchildren, Wade Potter, Oakleigh Potter, Cassidy, Ethan, and Damien Allison, Payton Bennett, and Meadow Milburn; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sherrey Sanders; three sisters; one brother; one grandson, Billy Ward; and many aunts and uncles. 

Bill worked at General Motors for 31 ½ years until his retirement.  He served in the United States Army Reserves for 2 years.  He loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and caring for his lawn.  Bill also enjoyed visiting with family and friends. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday August 10, 2021, at Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in rural Rossville. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

Matthew Burdick, 42, of Milford

Matthew P. Burdick, 42, of Milford passed away on August 1, 2021 at his home.

Matthew was born July 28, 1979 in Watseka, the son of Charles and Margaret (Sapp) Burdick. He married Jamie L. Pinkstaff on September 22, 2012 in Watseka and she survives.

Besides his wife, Jamie L. Pinkstaff-Burdick of Milford, he is survived by two sons, Carson Burdick of Milford and Jonathon Burdick; one daughter, Stephanie Burdick; three brothers, Jeremy Burdick, Broderick Burdick, and David Miller; one sister, Pamela Kahoun; his father, Charles Burdick; and his mother, Margaret Love.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Candace Pinkstaff.

Matthew enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle. He was a former member of ABATE.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

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Richard Dean "Rich" Lee, 83, of Rossville

Richard Dean “Rich” Lee, 83, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 11:26 A.M. Sunday August 1, 2021, at his home.  He was born May 3, 1938, in Danville, IL, the son of Charles and Lilian (Alt) Lee.  He married Linda Viles on April 12, 1958, in Corinth, MS.  She survives in Rossville. 

He is also survived by two daughters, Terri (Jim) Prather of Hoopeston, IL and Kathy (Scott) Barragree of Colorado Springs, CO; one son, Tim (Dawn) Lee of Avon, IN; three sisters, Linda (Jerry) Jones of New Port Richey, FL, Carolyn Curry of Hoopeston, IL, and Judy Rayfield of Rossville, IL; 6 grandchildren, Rene (Nate) Stewart, Kevin Barragree, Kyle (Laura) Lee, Megan (Randy) Stuffle, Tyler Prather, and Katie Prather; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Cova Curry, Jr. and Dave Rayfield. 

Richard worked at American Can in Hoopeston for 38 years.  He was also a co-owner of Lazy L Western Store and The Boot Shop for many years.  He was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church.  He was also a member of the Rossville Saddle Club, the Rossville Commercial Club, and had served as Scout Master of the Eagle Scouts.  As a 77-year resident of Rossville, Richard enjoyed volunteering in the community and previously served on the Rossville Village Board, the Park Board, the Rossville Fire District Board, and the Rossville-Alvin Grade School board.  He enjoyed the outdoors and gardening and took much pride in caring for his yard.  Richard also enjoyed traveling to Texas with his wife Linda, golfing, watching the Chicago Bears, and loved helping other people. 

A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday August 4, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday August 5, 2021, at the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL., with Pastor Chris Quick officiating. Burial will follow in Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in rural Rossville. 

Memorials may be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church 116 Maple St. Rossville, IL 60963, or Hubbard Trail Country Club 13937 E. 3680 North Road Hoopeston, IL 60942. 

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Michael Edward Bailey, 46, Formally of Hoopeston

? On the morning of Saturday, July 31, 2021, Michael Edward Bailey, 46, Formally of Hoopeston took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven after his courageous battle with glioblastoma. 

 

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the Monticello Christian Church with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery.

In honor of Mike and his children he’s left behind memorial donations may be made to the Monticello Christian Church Youth Program.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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