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Spring may bring ordinance citations for Sidell residents
Sidell Township to look at ways to put surplus funds back into the township
Lions Club prepares for 60th BBQ on June 9th
Tractor pull returns to Lions Club festival
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Matthew Ryan Frazier died at the age of 44 Feb. 10, 2018 in Kansas City, Mo. Matt was born in Danville August 3, 1973 to his parents, Tim and Sally Frazier. He was raised in Catlin and always considered it home. His childhood was spent close to family, friends and what would become his favorite things – animals, music, fishing and the Chicago Cubs, Bears and the Illinois Fighting Illini.
On two occasions during his childhood, Matt courageously and successfully defeated brain tumors with the help of his parents and many medical professionals. Despite the hardship of years of treatment, Matt remained friendly, happy, optimistic and compassionate toward others. These traits would define his personality through the rest of his life.
On Nov. 15, 2008, he married Adrienne Leah Saccaro in Chillicothe, Mo. Matt’s love for dogs inspired him to start a pet care business in 2013, Paws ‘n Motion. Through dedication to his customers and a fondness for their pets, Matt rapidly grew his business in a short amount of time, which now serves over 200 customers and more than 500 dogs and cats. His clients and their pets were treated like family by Matt, and in turn, many of them treated him like family as well.
In the spring of 2017, the brain tumors that he battled in his youth reappeared. Thus began ten months of surgeries, treatments and many setbacks. Throughout these challenges, he kept a smile on his face, showed gratitude toward everyone that treated him and was the definition of toughness. His family was frequently told by many of those that treated him that he made as much, or more, of an impact on them than they did for him.
He is survived by his wife Adrienne and son Drake of Kansas City; parents Tim and Sally of Kansas City; brother Jason of Nashville, Tenn.. Additional surviving family include father- and mother-in-law Jim and Nancie Saccaro; brother- and sister-in-law Mark and Amy Saccaro; and nephew Tate Saccaro; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by grandparents Sid and Ruth Frazier, and Charles and Dorothy Caldwell; Aunt Susan Stamos; cousin Jack Ellis; and sister-in-law Melanie Tate Saccaro.
Funeral will be held Feb. 17 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. Memorial donations to benefit St. Thomas More School or the American Brain Tumor Association are greatly appreciated.
Bob Grissom of Springfield and formerly Indianola area, 74, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at home surrounded by family.
He was a Jamaica High graduate of 1961.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby (Bishop) and Lester Grissom, sister Nina Skovira, and brothers, Allen and Wayne.
He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 57 years, Barbara (Bobbie), daughter, Vickie Schultz (Richard) Hoffman Estates, son Tony (Jenni), Glenarm, sisters Lil Rodiffer (Dick), Catlin, Lynn West, Danville, Peggy Hack (Warren), Danville, Katie Hoggatt, Ridge Farm, and brother Jim, Indianola, sister-in-law’s Sallie Grissom, Chrisman, Donna Ice, Georgetown, brother-in-law Frank Evans, Alamagordo, New Mexico, five grandsons, Patrick Voss, Alex Voss, Derek Grissom, Dakota Grissom, Mason Edmison (Valerie), one great granddaughter, Gemma Voss, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob, aka Gus in the Springfield area, was a wonderful husband, awesome father and grandfather, brother, and uncle. He never met a stranger and sure had the gift of gab. He loved golf and any outside games, riding his motorcycle and especially loved playing cards.
He and Bobbie, aka Barb, to those same Springfield people, played guitar and sang together and were in numerous country opry’s around the Springfield and Taylorville areas. He had a terrific sense of humor and wherever he was, there was always laughter.
He was in insurance as an agent and then management most of his life. A more honest man you’d be hard pressed to find.
Visitation will be at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Chapel, 200 E. West Street, Georgetown, today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Immediately following visitation will be graveside services at Georgetown Cemetery.
Please join the family in sharing memories, photos & Videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Nancy Irene (Jessup) Bates, 79, of Westville, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, at Arbor Terrace-Ortega in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was born Oct. 24, 1938, in Danville, the daughter of Allen and Helen (Rucker) Jessup.
She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Mary (Easterday) Jessup; and two sisters, Ginny Sonntag and Karen (Greg) Martin.
She was united in marriage to Richard Bates on June 15, 1957, in Westville. He was her best friend and love of her life. He preceded her in death.
She will be missed by her children, Terry (Lin) Bates of Sidell, and Tammy (Gary) Burrows of Jacksonville, Fla. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Ryne Bates of Sidell, Kalyn (Reece Robinson) Bates of Sidell, Katie Burrows (Jonathon Gaff) of Lemont, and Erin Burrows of Jacksonville, Fla.; two great-grandsons, Oliver and Ozzie Robinson of Sidell; and her beloved cousin, Patricia Swingle of Danville.
A graduate of Westville High School, she worked as a secretary for a variety of places, including Vacketta Ford and United Brokers Real Estate.
She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Westville and later Community Church of God in Danville. Nancy was active throughout her life in various organizations, such as the Westville Women’s Club, where she served as president, Westville Jaycees and was a founding member of the Westville Booster Club.
Nancy enjoyed doing crafts, including sewing, macrame, ceramics and completing family scrapbooks, especially of her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with Dick and spending time with their friends. Nancy was very proud of the family she raised, and loved seeing it grow through her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A committal service will be held at a later date at Danville National Cemetery.
Patrick Leo Tranchant, 61, of Danville, Illinois passed away at 4:24 pm on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at his home.
Patrick was born on April 18, 1956 to John Raymond “Pete” and Catherine Ann Concannon Tranchant. He married Cindy Heath on September 29, 1979 in Catlin Illinois. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter: Lacy (Joshua) Young of Tolono; one son Chad (Lauren) Tranchant of Danville; three brothers: Raymond (Nicki) Tranchant of Virginia Beach, Va., Jimmy (Carol) Tranchant of Catlin and Michael (Patricia) Tranchant of Catlin; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Patrick graduated from Catlin high school in 1974. He then worked at Hysters and General Motors. He enjoyed everything the outdoors. He enjoyed doing these things with family and friends especially with his children. He also would take a trip to Kentucky Lake every spring to fish with his brother Jimmy and best friend Randy Brown. He enjoyed cheering for the Chicago Cubs as well as the Chicago Bears. He was a very friendly and outgoing person who never knew a stranger and was known for his sense of humor. He never said a bad word about anybody and would have helped anyone who needed it especially his family and friends. He loved and cared for his wife, children, and grandchildren dearly. He will be sadly missed by all.
Memorial services 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Chaplain Chris Easton officiating. Burial in Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin. Visitation from 4 to 7 pm on Friday at Robison Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.