July 13, 2017


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Community mourns loss
    An early morning house fire on July 7 has left a community heartbroken at the loss of an elderly man and wife well-known to most everyone who grew up in this area.   Hoot Craig, 91 and his wife, June, 95, of rural Indianola were found several hours later after a passerby reported their home was burning.

Sidell to join World Wide Web; Patton to build site
    The Sidell Village Board, Tuesday, approved hiring Clay Patton of Patton Web Development to build a website for the village.

Hydrants to be flushed
    The hydrants will be flushed in Sidell on July 18 starting at 8 a.m. Flushing is expected to be completed same day. Watch for low pressure and stained water.

Sidell to seal more roads
    Road Commissioner Joe Eakle reported Monday night he was going to be able to reseal seven more miles of roads in his township.

Prunkard reaches a principal goal
    After graduating from Jamaica High School in 2004, Lindsey Prunkard has reached one of her life goals. With a degree in elementary education and an endorsement in general science, Prunkard was recently named principal of Southwest Elementary in Tilton.

Commissioner resigns
    Catlin Village Board accepted the resignation of Commissioner Jim Miller at their meeting Tuesday.

Does your town rock?
    Read this fun story by Suzanne Lukehart Woodard on all the towns that “rock” in Southern Vermilion County.

Jamaica Class of 1967 reunite

Cindy Brown gets to the meat of the matter in this week’s recipe column – only in the Sidell Reporter.

 

Deaths

    June Craig, 95, longtime area educator and antique dealer, passed away 12:45 a.m. on Fri., July 7, 2017 at home along with her husband “Hoot.”
    Public visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs., July 13 at the Catlin Church of Christ. Private family graveside rites will be conducted at Woodlawn cemetery, Indianola.
    June was born June 15, 1922 in Georgetown to Rex and Lillie Dale Gray Edmonds. She married Harold Craig Oct. 15, 1948 at her parent’s home in Georgetown.
    Surviving are two daughters, Janey (Kim) Jolley of Fairmount and Gaile (Bob) Sekerka of Lockport; one grandson: Kevin (Kara) Jolley; and two great-grandchildren: Kya and Kaelyn Jolley; and one sister, Beverly Jane Smith of Davenport, Iowa.
    She was preceded in death by three brothers, Denzel Edmonds, Joe Edmonds and Otis D. Edmonds; and two sisters, Virginia Penn and Susan Widman.
    June taught over 40 years in the Georgetown school system and owned and operated Craig’s Antiques. She was a member of the Indianola Methodist Church and had taught Sunday school and had been a youth group leader. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed mushroom hunting and square dancing.
    Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association or the Carroll Township Fire Protection District. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    Harold “Hoot” Craig, 91, well- known longtime operator of Craig’s Dairy Farm, passed away 12:45 a.m. on Fri., July 7, 2017 at his home along with his wife June.
Public visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs., July 13 at the Catlin Church of Christ. Private family graveside rites will be conducted at Woodlawn cemetery, Indianola with military honors.
    Harold was born March 27, 1926 near Collison, to William J. and Vera Gutteridge Craig. He married June Edmonds on Oct. 15, 1948 at the bride’s parent’s home in Georgetown. Surviving are two daughters, Janey (Kim) Jolley of Fairmount and Gaile (Bob) Sekerka of Lockport; one grandson, Kevin (Kara) Jolley; and two great-grandchildren, Kya and Kaelyn Jolley, three. He was preceded in death by one brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Kathryn) Craig.
    Harold served in the US Army and owned and operated Craig Dairy Farms for over 50 years. He enjoyed square dancing, hunting, riding and sports. He was a Cubs fan. He had served on the Indianola Grade School Board. He been a Carroll Township election judge and served on the Carroll Township board. He was a member of the Georgetown American Legion.
    Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association or the Carroll Township Fire Protection District. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    James W. “Bill” Daugherty, 81, of Springfield, passed away at 5:31 p.m. on Tues., July 11, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center.
    Graveside Ceremony: 1:00 p.m. Sat., July 15, at Hoult Cemetery in Chrisman. A service of celebration at a later date.
    Bill was born March 5, 1936 in Metcalf, the son of James B. and Alberta (Tutwiler) Daugherty. He married Mary Culp on June 7, 1959 at Sidell Methodist Church in Sidell.
In 1954, Bill graduated from Sidell High School. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1958, where he participated in the ROTC program. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., and later served in the Reserves, where he reached the rank of Captain.
    Bill was well known in the construction industry and had most recently worked for Michael Von Behren Builder, Inc. Prior to that, he was employed with Illini Pella Window Company and Vredenburgh Lumber Company. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and served in several roles within the church. He was a member of Blue Ridge Boat Club and a charter member of the evening Lions Club. Bill enjoyed volunteering and had served as a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Guardian, assisted with Meals on Wheels, and organized his high school class reunions. He enjoyed boating, computers, history and spending time with his family and friends.
    Bill was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and sister-in-law, Yvonne Culp Knepp.
    He is survived by his wife; daughter, Colleen (John) Hepner of Arlington Heights; son, Lee (Barbara Reuther) of Springfield; two grandsons; sister-in-law, Kathy McCabe; brother-in-law, Don (Suzanne) Knepp; two nephews; one niece; and several cousins.
    Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 2941 Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL 62711 or American Lung Association, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711.
    Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences can be made at butlerfuneralhomes.com.

    Betty Weller, 81, formerly of the community of Jamaica passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at her home in Ruskin, Florida.
    Memorial services will be at 12 noon Saturday at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Curtis Flake officiating. Private family burial in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. Public visitation is from 10 a.m. till noon on Saturday at Robison Chapel.
Betty was born Dec. 1, 1935 in Bloomington to John and Rose Singer Houchin. She married Robert A. “Bob” Weller Nov. 15, 1963 in Clinton. He died Aug. 11, 2002.
    Survivors include four daughters: Barbara (Tom) Trumpinski, Peg (Barry) Loop, Kathy Brewer and Julie (Ken) Levra; one son: Bob (Leslie) Weller; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son: Wayne Robinson.
Betty had been a longtime custodian with Jamaica School District Unit 12, retiring with 25 years of service. After relocating to Florida, she was active in the Ruskin Methodist Church.
    Memorials to Betty’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the service arrangements. Online condolences at www.robsionchapel.com.

    Jerald L. Erp, 69, of Ridge Farm passed away at 3:20 p.m. July 6, 2017.
    A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, July 16 at the Wayne Blakeney Building at the Ridge Farm village park from 1-3 p.m.
    Jerald was born Jan. 4, 1948, the son of Leslie and Imogene Erp. On July 29, 1972 he married Sharrie Lee (Dickey) Erp his soul mate for 44 years.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Jeremy (Nicole) Erp of Paris, Jason of Ridge Farm and Josh of Texas; parents-in-law, John (Joan) Fitzsimmons; four brothers, John (June) Baird, Lowell Erp, Orv (Doris) Erp and Kevin (Linda) Erp; one sister, Darlene (Cleve) High; many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary (Art) Turner.
    Jerald retired from General Motors. He served his country in the United States Army. Most importantly he was a dedicated husband, father and son-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridge Farm Fire Department, P.O. Box 435, Ridge Farm, IL 61870.

    Merle Schweineke, 85, of Urbana, formerly of the Homer/Allerton area, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Fri., July 7, 2017 at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana.
    Merle was born on May 5, 1932, in Newman Township, the son of Louis W. and Laura Rothermel Schweineke.
    He is survived by his niece, Vicki (Kent) Luth of Newman.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dick Schweineke.
    He attended rural Gunn grade school in Newman Township and graduated from Newman High School in 1950.
    He attended Valparaiso University, where he graduated with a B.A. degree majoring in business and accounting. He began working at the State Bank of Allerton, where he stayed until he retired in March of 2000 as CEO and executive vice president. He still served as a director on the bank board.
He was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, having served at one time as treasurer for seven years.
    He was a member of the Allerton Lions Club, having served as secretary-treasurer, a member of the Illinois Gladiolus Society serving as treasurer, a member of The Margaret Scott African Violet Society, and he served as treasurer of the Village of Allerton making their financial reports for 40 years.
    He enjoyed gardening and spent much of his time in retirement growing, hybridizing and showing gladiolus at shows including the Champaign County Fair and the Illinois State Fair, where he won several Grand Champions.
    Funeral services were held July 12, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Broadlands, with Pastor Don Ehlers officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, or to an organization of the donor’s choice. Joines Funeral Home, Newman, was in charge of arrangements.

Classifieds

FOR SALE— Star Spangled Recipes cookbook — 545 recipes and 37 pages honoring local veterans are included. $17.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial. Mail c/o Sidell Reporter, P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Proceeds from the book support the upkeep of Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial Board.


FOR SALE—GREAT FOR JAMAICA ALUMNI—“A Look Back At 39 Years of Cardinal Pride.” 40 pages covering Jamaica sports from 1955-1995. Lots of pictures, stats and memories from fans and athletes. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.
   “The 50th Anniversary of Jamaica High School – 1955-2006” commemorative issue. 32 pages with over 100 photos depicting the first 50 years of Jamaica High School. Includes a list of all graduates and teachers. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.

 

 

 

 
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