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February 25, 2021

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Board changes policy to benefit athletes

Residents can add to Carroll town agenda by March 1

Area Village Board Reports - Fairmount and Catlin

Salt Fork girls win four games in five days

Storm boys win three straight

Salt Fork students recognized during National FFA Week

    ARMILDA FRANCES “MILLIE” (SNACK) HYLTON passed away on Fri., Jan. 29, 2021 in Bakersfield Calif., as a result of a stroke. Her love of exercise and physical activity was the passion in her everyday life. We were all convinced she would outlive us all, but sadly she hadn’t anticipated a stroke would be the defining factor in her receiving her angel wings and joining her Mom and Dad (Earl and Doris Snack) and brothers and sisters (Edna Ferling, Fithian; Virgil Snack and Elmer Snack, Sidell; Gene Snack, Decatur; Marden Jones, Danville and Bill Snack, Clarkston Michigan).
    She was born into a large, loving family on June 10, 1931 in Sidell, the youngest daughter of a family of nine struggling to farm and make ends meet. Her dream was to see the world and experience the fun side of life. Millie was able to achieve her dream as an Army wife married to Patrick Bowers, as a Navy wife married to Robert Hylton, and later in life, a significant other. One of her biggest adventures included riding her Harley Davidson with her red scarf blowing in the wind.
    She is survived by her daughter, Patty (Earl) Waid of Albuquerque N.M.; sons Michael Bowers in Slovakia; and Robert Bowers who lived with her.Her grandkids and great-grandkids were a source of happiness and she was always bragging on them and loved hearing stories of their success. She had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She retired as a checker from Vons Supermarket where she received a number of awards. She also was proudly a “gym rat” and loved working out. She enjoyed not only the time at the gym but the stop at McDonald’s following the workouts where she and her friends would enjoy chatting and she would savor her caramel frappe!
    “Keep moving” was her advice and to never stop! When the gyms closed down because of COVID she and Robert would still walk one to two miles daily at River Walk Park. And she would still stop for her caramel frappe!!
    Millie was grateful for her friends from “Cowboy Church” Branded Heart Fellowship. Their kind-ness and support were greatly valued. Their prayers and blessings were definitely felt in her last days.
    Because of COVID there was no services. In lieu of flowers please send check donations to Branded Heart Fellowship, C/O Dona Shilling (Church Treasurer), 2901 Dalea St., Bakersfield, CA 93308. Millie loved helping and supporting those less fortunate so your donation will go to help them in furthering their efforts to help those in need.
    We remember the wonderful angels from Hoffman Hospice who helped Millie around the clock in her final days. She passed quietly in no pain and with dignity being loved and cared for.
    In remembering Millie just always remember her mantra, “Keep Moving!”

    ROBERT EUGENE BRYAN, 93, of Homer, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family at 1:12 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021.
    Bob was born on his family farm Sept. 26, 1927 in Ingraham, the son of Norva and Anna Colborn Bryan. He married Joan “Jody” Bowen Jan. 21, 1947 on her farm outside Homer.
Bob graduated from Homer High School in 1946. His love of basketball started in high school and continued throughout his life. He was a life-long farmer and cattleman, passing this legacy to his son and grandson. He said his two sons were the best crops he ever raised.
    Conservation was important to Bob and he knew nearly every tree and vine in the Illinois woods. His father taught him that it is a privilege to work and Bob did that well into his 80s. He was a rural mail carrier for 30 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the Homer School Board for 18 years and was honored as the member with the most years of service on the Homer Fire Department serving 46 years. He was a scoutmaster and continued his support of FFA throughout his life.
    He was a member of the Homer United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and supported his church through numerous roles. He enjoyed trips with his loving wife, making countless friends along the way. Bob and Jody enjoyed dancing and loved to ride the train to Chicago to dance in the Trianon and Aragon dance halls.
    Bob’s greatest enjoyment was his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a wonderful storyteller who could talk at length and never knew a stranger. He touched many lives with his care, compassion, work ethic and sense of humor.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Alice Poehler, brothers Carl Bryan, John Bryan and Jack Bryan, and an infant brother Lynn.
    Surviving includes his wife of 74 years; sons, Jeffrey (Jan) Bryan of Guyton, Ga. and Bruce (Jami) Bryan of Homer; two granddaughters; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; sister Maryann Poehler of Louisville; brother Bill Bryan of Naperville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Homer United Methodist Church, Homer Fire Department, or Heritage High School FFA.
    Services was held at the Homer United Methodist Church with Pastor Heju Nam and retired Pastor Bill Bryan, brother to Bob, officiating. Burial was at GAR Cemetery in Homer. Arrangements entrusted to Kirby Funeral Home.

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