March 30, 2023

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    KIMBERLY S. COON, 57, of Tilton, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 1:05 p.m. on Tues., March 21, 2023, at the Barnes–Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
    Kimberly was born Aug. 27, 1965, in Danville to Forrest Dean and Janet Sue Key Wolfe. They survive, as well as, a son, Billy (Lacey) Coon of Danville; one brother, Jimmy Dean (Pam) Wolfe of Rittman, Ohio; two sisters, Tina (Randy) Davis of Fairmount and Merry Christine (Ron) Gaffney of Fairmount; and six grandchildren, Alexis Coon, Makayla Coon, Landon Coon, Connor Coon, Brenden Coon, Elena Coon and one grandchild on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Coon and her significant other, Raymond Coon.
    Kim worked at Casey’s in Fairmount and previously as a waitress at the Sidell restaurant and Wolfe’s Café in Fairmount. She had worked as an accountant at the University of Illinois, as well as dining services there and previously at the former Kresge’s Department Store.
    Kim originated the Fairmount Kids page on Facebook. She was a volunteer with the Fairmount Fire Department, as well as a licensed EMT. She enjoyed talking on the phone with friends and working in her yard and garden, canning produce, and babysitting. Kim especially treasured her time spent with her grandchildren.
    Funeral services were March 28 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Memorials may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Online condolences at

    CAROL SUE BUTCHER, 83, of Oakwood passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the Autumn Fields Assisted Living, Tilton.
    Carol was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Danville to Carroll Oliver and Mae Elizabeth Liggett Weir. She married Robert “Bob” James Butcher on Nov. 8, 1958 in Danville. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2012.
    Surviving are: one son, Todd (Debbie) Butcher of Oakwood; two daughters, Kelly (John) Adams of Champaign and Susan (Brad) Strickler of Virden; five grandsons, Kyle (Cheyenne) Butcher, Audey (Laura) Lake and Christopher Lake, Andrew (Kayla) Strickler and Grant Strickler; four great-grandchildren, Luca, Haylee, Braxton and Weston; one brother-in-law, Harold Dolbee of Oakwood; one sister-in-law, Ida Mae Butcher of Bourbonnais; two special nieces, Beth Fellows and Laura Clark and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, David Weir; and one sister, Linda Dolbee.
    Carol graduated from Danville High School in 1957. She worked for the Oakwood School District for many years. Carol had also worked for Magnavox in Danville and had once owned the Possum Trot in Oakwood for a few years.
    She enjoyed her knitting group and traveling. She loved spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) March 30, 2023, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Robbie Ketcherside officiating. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
    Memorials can be made to the Traditions Health Hospice, Forsyth, Autumn Fields Assisted Living, Tilton, or Impact Life, Danville. Online condolences at


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