Obituaries 2020

January 2020

    ARNOLD M. “ARNIE” PEARMAN, a faithful and beloved child of God; fell asleep and woke in the arms of Jesus on December 23, 2019. He had been a resident at Bowman Estates in Danville for the past few years.
    Arnie was the son of the late, Venwry Edward “Ben” and Ethel Jane (Erwin) Pearman of Indianola. He was born Jan. 17, 1931 and never married, but chose to live a life of service to God, his family and others.
    Arnie worked as a field farmer in the employ of Rufus Smith and other farmers in the area for many years. After his father’s death, he took care of his mother and his maternal grandmother, Bertha, until they passed.
    He became a caregiver to many of his neighbors and helping wherever he was needed. Once, when asked why he chose to walk through hip deep snow at 3 a.m. to help a neighbor, he simply replied, “We are just Jesus’ hands and feet.”
    Arnie was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, Vernon Raymond “Dude” Pearman, Paul Everett Pearman, Harold Pearman, Morris “Dale” Pearman, Robert Pearman, Raymond “Mac” Pearman, and Edward “Eddie Jay” Pearman; and four sisters, Verlie “Ellen” Pierce, Bonnie Mae Pearman, Edna Pearman and Hazel Pearman. He is survived by many loving nephews, nieces, and friends.
    Arnie was a member of Vermilion Grove Friends Church. He was a man who was deeply loved by his family, friends, church and community. Most will attest that they have never seen a kinder or gentler man than Arnie Pearman who loved all people unconditionally. He will be greatly missed, but we will not sorrow as those who have no hope.
    Memorial service was held at Bowman Estates with Pastor James Blue officiating. He was buried next to his family in Michael Cemetery, Indianola. Condolences can be made at www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com.

    JACK EUGENE BARRETT, 73 of Tilton, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at the VA Illiana Healthcare System in Danville.
    Jack was born Aug. 20, 1946 in Danville to Jack and Elizabeth (Jean) Barrett. They both are deceased. Jack was a graduate of Danville High School Class of 1964. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1968.
    Jack worked several years for the United States Post Office in Danville where he started out as a mail carrier and ended his career there as a window clerk. He then went to work at Steel Grip, Inc. until his retirement in 2008.
    Jack is survived by his sister, Rita (Noel) Hamilton of Ohio; his four children: Michelle (Jim) Hawk of Villa Grove, Amanda Ziemnisky of Homer, Matthew (Kyle’) Barrett of Hume and Mark Barrett of Indianola; and four grandchildren: Brittany (Jarrod) Stanley of Gibson City, Christian Ziemnisky of Homer, Isaac Montgomery and Nathan Porter of Villa Grove.
    Jack never met a stranger in his life. He enjoyed collecting coins and going to all his children’s sporting events. Jack had two lifelong friends that he always spoke so highly of, Jerry Cunningham and David Constance.
    Graveside services Dec. 27 at Danville National Cemetery with Chaplain Brian Manigold officiating. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 210.

    GORDON BLYNN ENGLISH, 83, of Shelbyville formerly of Sidell, went to be with the Lord at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 15, 2019, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
    He was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Homer to Walter Baird English and Clara Elizabeth (Louck) English.
    He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Shelbyville, and formerly of Faith Baptist in Danville.
    He is survived by his daughter, Ronimarie English Acord, of Alexandria, Va.; two granddaughters, one grandson, four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Janet Louise (Weidenburner) English, whom he had married on May 27, 1955.. Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Laura, his son-in-law, his brothers, Donald, Walter and Byron; and his parents.
    A graduate of Danville High School, Blynn was in the printing business 46 years in Danville. He was the co-founder of Blax Printing and was proprietor of Voorhees Printing when he retired in 2006.
    Blynn’s love for God grew throughout his life. In his final years, he began every morning with prayer and Bible study, and his greatest desire was to serve his Savior and to spread the gospel. He committed large portions of scripture to memory. Even as cancer encroached upon his brain, Blynn’s first concern was the salvation of everyone he met. He also sought the forgiveness of family, friends and God for the transgressions of his imperfect life.
    In happier times, he enjoyed fishing, boating, and photography. An avid outdoor chef, he never let rain or snow stop him from firing up the gas grill.
    A graveside service was held Dec. 20 at Springhill Cemetery, Danville, with Pastor Allan Rudie of Faith Baptist Church of Danville presiding.
    Memorials may be made in Blynn’s name as contributions to Faith Baptist Church, Danville.

    R.C. HUTCHINSON, 86, of Catlin, passed away at 9:38 p.m. Dec. 16, 2019 at Carle.
R.C. was born June 16, 1933 in Flat Rock to Raymond Charles and Martha Faye Caldwell Hutchinson. He married Marsha Hout Aug. 30, 1957. She survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, Gregory (Lisa) of Kokomo, Ind. and Joseph (Jackie) of Danville; one daughter: Cheryl (Steve) Liggett of Catlin; one brother, one sister, one sister-in-law; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one on the way. He was preceded by two sisters and one brother.
    R.C. served in the US Air Force. He was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ where he had served as a deacon and an elder. He was a past member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge. He had been in the trucking profession for 50 years.
    Funeral services were Dec. 20 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial with military honors were at the National Cemetery, Danville.
    Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Catlin Church of Christ.
    The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details.

    GENEVA MAE CHEW, 100, of Sidell, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Wed., Jan. 1, 2020
at Carle Hospital, Urbana.
    Geneva was born June 9, 1919, in Greenup, the daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Walters) Biggs. She married Frederick Merrel “Izzy” Chew on May 1, 1943. He preceded her in death in September 2004.
    She is survived by her grandchildren, Todd (Diane) Chew of Indianola, Toni (Jeff) Carder of Fairmount, Troy (Sandy) Chew of Catlin and Jennifer (Steve) Lewis of St. Joseph; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ben Biggs of Georgia.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; sons, Andrew Chew, Rex Chew and Douglas Chew; and seven siblings.
    Geneva was a member of Sidell United Methodist Church. She attended Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. She taught for 26 years, 20 of them in Georgetown. She served on the Sidell District Library Board. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles
    Memorial services were Jan. 4, at Sidell United Methodist Church. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
    Memorials may be made to the Sidell District Library Board.

    DARLENA K. CARTER-HAWKINS, 78, formerly of Fairmount and Decatur, passed away at 8:52 a.m. Wed., Jan. 1, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Ogden.
    Darlena was born Nov. 26, 1941 in Bismarck to Dennis and Fleda Hayworth Allison. She married Randolph “Randy” Carter June 19, 1960. He passed away Nov. 17, 1994. She later married Charles Hawkins on Nov. 22, 1997. Charles survives.
    Also surviving are a son, Scott (Angie) Carter; a daughter, Peggy (Richard) Haskin; two step-daughters, Diane Hight and Debbie Roberts; one brother, Larry (Darlene) Allison of Georgetown; two grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren. She was preceded by a brother, Gary Allison.
    Darlena was a Red Hat Lady and enjoyed crocheting and plastic canvas work. She attended the Catlin Church of Christ and the Windsor Road Church of Christ in Champaign.
    Funeral services were Jan. 6 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts and Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount.
    On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    SHARON L. HOAG, 79, a lifelong Fairmount area resident, passed away at 5:28 a.m. Wed., Jan. 8, 2020 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
She was born May 9, 1940 in Danville, the daughter of Edwin and Mary Jones Darr. Sharon and Clifford “Clint” Hoag were united in marriage Aug. 14, 1965 at the United Methodist Church of Jamaica.
    Clint survives as well as two sons, Drew (Lisa) Hoag of Fairmount and Jason (Lori) Hoag of St. Charles, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Shanon, Britny, Brandon, William, Benjamin, Abby and Elizabeth aka “Bird.”
    Sharon was an active longtime member of the Fairmount Women’s Club, and attended the First Baptist Church of Fairmount. She also enjoyed traveling the world, however, Northern Michigan held a special place in her heart.
    Funeral service was held Jan. 15 at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in the Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Memorials to “Baby Fold” or the donor’s choice in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    KEITH BROWN, 84, of Catlin passed away at 10:50 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 9, 2020 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Keith was born on Sept. 1, 1935 in Fairmount, the son of Luther Michael and Rella Adams Brown. He married Margaret Ann Wherry on Sept. 14, 1957 at the Catlin Church of Christ. She survives.
    Other survivors include one brother, Marion Kenneth (Bessie) Brown and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ralph, Glenn, Harold, Jim, and Walter “Dean” and and sister, Mary Heidorn.
    Keith worked at Sugar Creek Creamery. He retired after 30 years as a pressman for Recording and Statistical in 1990. Keith farmed all his life retiring from farming in 1998.
    He was a 32nd Degree Life Mason and a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge #285. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Illiana Antique Automobile Club, I & I Tractor, Gao Grotto, Catlin Historical Society, and the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society. He was a past member of the Covington Club and the Frontier Twirlers Square Dance Club. Keith enjoyed family get-togethers, antique car and tractor shows, square dancing, and country music shows.
    Funeral service were held Jan. 14, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or the Donor’s Choice. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    LARRY “MELVIN” HUGHES, 49, of Danville, passed away at 2:59 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 13, 2020 at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 17 at Robison Chapel with Penny Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian. Visitation will be today (Thursday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Robison Chapel.
    Melvin was born June 5, 1970 in Danville to John and Maria Hughes. Surviving are his girlfriend, Tina Morgan; his step-dad, Sonny Winkler; one step-sister, Tina (Steve) Ponder; one son, Corey Morgan; two daughters, Amanda Welker and Rachel (Matt) Hubbard; two brothers, Doug Hughes of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Shawn (Jane) Hughes of Danville; one sister, Tracy (Jon) Foley of Oakwood; five grandchildren, Anthony Dodson, Mariya McCullough, Logan Welker, Jacksyn Hubbard, and Emma Lynch; three nieces and four nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one nephew and one niece.
    Larry graduated from Catlin High School in 1989. He had worked for Hyster in Danville. He enjoyed gardening, riding Harleys, and football. He had so many friends and will be sadly missed by everyone.
    Memorials may be to Larry “Melvin” Hughes Memorial Fund at the Catlin Bank. Online condolences www.robisonchapel.com.

    JACK WHITE, 77, of Sidell, passed away at 11:50 a.m. (Indiana Time) Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020 at The Waters of Covington, Ind.
He was born on July 23, 1942, in McMillan, Mich., the son of William Henry and Marie Carrick White. He married Deborah Lee Patterson on June 15, 1971 in Danville. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Scott White of Sidell and Cory White of Indianola; two daughters, Sheila (Bruce) Smith of Catlin and Dawn Marie (Bill Wassaman) White of Wasilla, Alaska; one sister, Patsy (James) Willis of Indianola; four grandchildren, Kayleigh White, Tanner Smith, Bailee Smith and Kinsley White; and one great-grandchild, Devan Devore. Jack was a lifelong friend of one brother-in-law, Jack Knoblett who also survives. Jack considered his many in-laws to be his brothers and sisters, as well. He has many nieces and nephews and one special niece whom he lovingly called, “Aunt Ri.”
    He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Sonny Boy, Gerald, David and Arthur; and three sisters, Wanda Hefling, Colleen Knoblett, and baby Elizabeth Ann.
    Jack was a veteran of the US Army. He worked at General Motors for 15 years, as well as Solo Cup and Craig’s Dairy Farm in Indianola for 16 years and retired from Solo Cup factory.
    Jack was quite the outdoorsman and even though the Cubs, fishing, and hunting for mushrooms were his favorite hobbies, his family is what he cherished most.
    Funeral services were Jan. 21 at Robison Chapel. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with military honors by Catlin American Legion. Memorials may be made to the family.

    BEVERLY JEAN HOBBS, 90, of Danville passed away on Mon., Jan. 13, 2020. She was born in Danville on April 18, 1929 the daughter of Dale and Alice Strader.
    She is survived by her children, Connie Miller, Gloria Jean (Chip) Browning, Diana Burress, James Mickey (Pris) Hobbs of Sidell, Robin (Tabatha) Hobbs; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by her husband, James Hobbs; her parents; brothers, Dale, Kenneth and Ronald; granddaughter, Heather Burbank; and great-grandson, Ezekiel Larson.
    She loved decorating and her hobby was gardening. Beverly retired from The Fashion, where she was the window dresser as well as head sales lady, requested by many of the customers for her fashion sense. Bev continued to be a fashion plate to the end. Always beautifully dressed.
    Beverly was also an excellent cook and her love language was gifting. She always brought a new love gift upon her arrival to visit. She loved her cats and dogs and her winter pastime was feeding the birds and watching old westerns on TV.
    A celebration of Beverly’s life was held Jan. 18 at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park.

    KATHIE JEAN WOODARD LEE, 65 of Catlin, passed quietly into heaven at 7:53 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020 at the University of Chicago Hospital. She fought a courageous battle against diabetes since she was 18 years old. The oldest of four children, she led the way with strength and dignity.
    Graveside rites will be held at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday), Jan. 30 at Robison Chapel in Catlin.
    Kathie was born May 11, 1954 in Danville to Lester Owen and Margaret Ella Drollinger Woodard. She leaves behind to celebrate her memory: her mother, Margaret Woodard; two sisters, Julie (Dean) Peelman and Pam McCoy; one brother, Terry (Kristi) Woodard; six nephews, Travis Woodard, Tyler Woodard, Tad Woodard, Adam Young, Brad Jolley, and Dale McCoy; two nieces, Stacey Jolley and Tara Connor; and several great-nephews and nieces.
    Kathie was a 1972 graduate of Jamaica High School and worked for the Department of Human Services, retiring after 30 years. She loved to make afghans, giving one to everyone in the family and recently donating several to the Gardenview Nursing Home for the residents. A child at heart, she loved to watch cartoons.
    Memorials in Kathie’s memory can be made to Catlin Rescue or the Fairmount Rescue. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    DOUG MAXWELL, 61, of Allerton, passed away at 5:09 a.m. Tues. (Jan. 21, 2020) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Doug was born March 18, 1958, at Champaign, the son of Donald and Jean (Fry) Maxwell. He married Wendy Partenheimer on April 4, 2014. She survives.
He is also survived by his children, Samantha (Michael) Harper of Royal, Brandton (Brianne) Baxter of Pulaski, Tenn., Elissa (Paul) DeVore of Urbana and Evan Wilson of Allerton; four grandchildren, Maxwell Stanley Harper and Summer, Dessa and Bracelynn DeVore; sister, Sue Lawyer of Texas; and two brothers, Don (Linda) Maxwell of White Heath and Dick (Bonnie) Maxwell of Royal.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jesse Maxwell.
    Doug worked for Central Illinois Mutual Insurance Co. for 20 years as a claims adjuster.
    He was an avid sports fan, having been an umpire and referee since age 14. Doug enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends and family and attending sporting events. He liked to play cards. He never met a stranger and will be missed by all.
    Funeral services were Jan. 26 at Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian.

 

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February 2020

    ELSIE C. GREER, 88, of Fairmount, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31, 2020 at Clark Lindsey Meadow Brook in Urbana.
    Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 7, at the New Life Church of Faith in Homer with Pastor C.W. Greer and Pastor Thomas W. Miller of the Danville New Life Church of Faith officiating. Burial will be in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church.
    Elsie was born on Dec. 19, 1931 in Sidell, the daughter of Homer and Ruby Stewart Bland. She married Levy E. Greer on March 1, 1950 in Princeton, Ind. He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 2014.
    Survivors include one son, C.W. (Debbie) Greer of Homer; two daughters, Becky Taylor of Sidney, and Jennifer (James) Roach of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Herschel (Deloris) Bland of Homer and Dean Bland of Mexico; one sister, Marie Sinclair of Elk City, Okla.; five grandchildren, Daniel Taylor, Sally Taylor, Michael Hurt, MaryAlice Greer, and Eleanor Greer; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Hurt, Graham Hurt, and Meghan Taylor. She was preceded in death by five brothers.
    Elsie was a homemaker and enjoyed being a mom. She made a lot of her children’s clothing. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed working at the Heritage School District as a cook. Elsie helped Levy run the Greer’s Auction in Fairmount for 32 years. She was very active in the church, where she taught Sunday School, and she loved the Lord and her Bible. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ and hosting the gospel sings in the Greer Auction House from 1996-2010. She also enjoyed watching gospel shows on TV. Elsie loved laughing and telling jokes.
    Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the arrangements. Memorials to the donor’s choice. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    DONALD LESLEY WOLFE, Jr., 59, of Danville passed at 3 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020 at his uncle’s home.
    Donald was born Aug. 10, 1960 in Danville to Donald Lesley and Betty Joan High Wolfe Sr.
Survivors include one brother, Tod (Sue) Wolfe of Sidell; three sisters, Teresa Richardson of Danville, Debra Johnson of Bismarck and Tammie (Danny) Griffin of Fairmount; his uncle, Dean (Sue) Wolfe of Tilton.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Tonya Wolfe.
Donald served as a food service specialist and executive chef in the US Army. He enjoyed doing things for others and helped everybody. He didn’t know a stranger. He loved fishing and aluminum can hunting.
    Cremation Rites were accorded. Arrangements are pending at Robison Chapel, Catlin.

KATHLEEN IRVIN VOORHEES, 91, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:13 a.m. Wed.,Feb. 5, 2020 at her home.
    She was born on Jan. 22, 1929 in Allerton, the daughter of Ernest and Mollie Southworth Guthrie. She married Jewell Voorhees in Sidney. He preceded her in death on July 20, 1977. Survivors include one son, Jan Voorhees of Urbana; five grandchildren, Mike Voorhees, Kris Zuponeck, Shanna Carpenter, Barry Voorhees, and J.T. Voorhees; 10 great grandchildren, Taylor, Cole, Josh, Shelby, Caden, Baylie, Jordon, Kamaryn, Abram, and Knox; and one great grandchild, Owen. Kathleen was preceded in death by one son, Chip Voorhees, one brother, Phillip Guthrie, and four sisters, Ellen Walters, Jake Neal, Ida Houchens, and Jenny Tyler.
    Kathleen had worked as a cook at the Fairmount Quarry and the Fairmount Lounge. She enjoyed gardening and fishing, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Most of all she enjoyed being with her family.
    Kathleen will be cremated and her family will hold private services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Angelman Sydrome Foundation, 75 Executive Drive, Suite 327 Aurora, IL 60504. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

DONALD LESLEY WOLFE, Jr., 59, of Danville passed at 3 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020 at his uncle’s home.
    Cremation rites were accorded and a memorial dinner will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Fairmount Fire Station. Graveside services will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery, Danville, with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. Military rites will be accorded.
    Donald was born August 10, 1960 in Danville to Donald Lesley and Betty Joan High Wolfe Sr. Surviving are one brother, Tod (Sue) Wolfe of Sidell; three sisters, Teresa Richardson of Danville, Debra Johnson of Bismarck, and Tammie (Danny) Griffin of Fairmount; his uncle, Dean (Sue) Wolfe of Tilton. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Tonya Wolfe.
    Donald served as a food service specialist and executive chef in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed doing things for others and helped everybody. He didn’t know a stranger. He loved fishing and aluminum can hunting.
    Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the services. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

ANNE ELIZABETH SAWYER, 40, of Danville passed away Feb. 7, 2020 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, surrounded by family and loved ones.
    Services will be at Fairview Methodist Church in Georgetown this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12:00 P.M. with a visitation prior starting at 10 a.m. The Rev. Matthew V. Filicsky will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date.
    She was born Oct. 1, 1979 in Danville to Margaret Nixon and Brett Tucker. She married Matt Sawyer of Catlin.
    She is preceded in death by her father, Brett Tucker, her paternal grandfather, Joe Tucker, and her maternal grandparents, Bernard and Randalyn Filicsky.
Anne attended Westville and Danville schools. She worked most recently as a home health care worker where she enjoyed making the lives of others more comfortable. Anne’s interests included reading, writing, and spending time in nature. She was very social and loved being around her many friends. But most of all, Anne loved her three children.
    She is survived by her children, Ashton and Madalynn Sawyer and their father, Matt Sawyer, of Catlin, and daughter, Mianna Sawyer of Westville. Also surviving are her mother and stepfather, Margaret and Steve Nixon of Danville; brothers, Justin (Stephanie) Filicsky of Danville and Matthew S. (Frances) Filicsky of Westville; nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as paternal grandmother, Shirley Tucker and Aunt Sherrie Joe of Colfax, Iowa.
    She leaves behind her best friend, Jacque Cole, special friends, April and Kelli, and many others who will greatly miss her.
    The family requests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family also requests that you say a prayer for Anne, pray for each other, and pray for God’s mercy and graces for the whole world.

    DIANA LYNN DARR SMITH, of Ballwin, Mo., passed away, Sun., Feb. 9, 2020.
    She was born March 25, 1956 and was a 1974 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    Diana is the beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Smith; loving mother of Brandon (Michelle) Smith and Nathan (Kelly) Smith; dearest grandmother of Cayden, Brycen, Cecilia and Austin; dear daughter of Linda and Bill Knight, Peggy Craddock and the late Larry (survived by Barb) Darr; dear sister of Kathy (Steve) Fitzgerald, Greg Knight, Jeff (Debbie) Knight, Shane Darr, Jennifer (Tim) Risher and the late Mike Darr; aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend.
    Funeral service were today (Feb. 13) in Wildwood, Mo. Contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation.
    Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory of Ballwin was in charge of arrangements.

    JAMES A. SMITH, 68, of Seville, Fla., and formerly of Sidell, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
    Jim was born May 15, 1951, to James Albert and Thelma Maxine (Hays) Smith. He was raised in Sidell and was a member of Jamaica High School Class of 1969.
    He worked as a welder at Hyster before moving to Florida where he continued his welding career until his retirement. Jim enjoyed life to the fullest, and always greeted his family and friends with a warm smile and big hug. He never met a stranger and was often the “life of the party.” He enjoyed spending time at his rural home, outside Seville, tending to his animals and building model railroads.
    Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gary Smith; and sister, Nancy Smith Evans.
    He is survived by his brother, Gerald (Jo Anna) Smith of Georgetown; sister Diana (Robert) Frazier of Champaign; and sister, Kellie Howard of Danville; as well as several nieces and nephews.
    Also surviving are members of his Florida family, Sundown Lipscomb and her children.
    A celebration of life will be held at his home in Seville on Feb. 22. His Illinois family and friends will hold a local celebration of life at a later date.

    MICAH (COX) WHITE, 40, of Aurora, passed away Feb. 16, 2020, at home surrounded by loving family.
    Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 29, at Annunciation Church. Memorial Visitation will be 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora.
    Born in Danville, on April 18, 1979, she was the daughter of Michael and Sandra (Elgin) Cox.
    Micah graduated from Bismarck-Henning High School in 1997, then went on to obtain a BA at Southern Illinois University and an additional BA in early education at Roosevelt University.
On May 24, 2008, she married her best friend, Jeff White, and together had three beautiful children, Gracie, Jeff Jr. and Jackson.
    Micah loved music, the beach and sea life. She will be best known as being a loving and giving wife, mother daughter, auntie and friend.
    She will be missed and cherished by her husband, Jeff; children, Gracie, Jeff Jr. and Jackson; her parents, Michael and Sandra of Danville; grandfather, Robert Elgin of Fairmount; five aunts, Cheri (Bill) Moyer of Westminster, Ca., Donna Smith of Savoy, Gail Voorhees of St. Joseph, Jeannie (Jim) Riordan of Bloomington and Jody (Chuck) Baird of Farmer City; seven cousins, Meghan Moyer, Mike Voorhees, Kristin Zuponeck, Megan Gibbons, Jimmy Riordan, Katie Collins and Macy Baird; godparents, Dan and Linda Rosnett of Indianola; and numerous in-laws and friends.
    Micah was preceded in death by grandmothers, Myrna Elgin and Ruth Lorraine Cox; and grandfather Earl Cox.
    Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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    LEWIS A. “OODY” SWALLOW, 66, of Fairmount, passed away at 1 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 surrounded by family at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
 Services to remember his life will be today (Thursday), Feb. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Ogden, 111 South East Street. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements.     On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
    “Oody” was born Oct. 30, 1953 in Urbana to Kenneth C. and Pauline R. Lewis Swallow. Survivors include three daughters, Angela Aldridge of Kingman, Ind., JodiLynn (Travis) Cunningham of Alvin, and JulieAnn Roark of Catlin; three sons also survive, Joshua (Laura) Swallow of Rankin, Jason (Brooke) Swallow of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jacob (Taylor) Roark of Tenn., as well as one sister, Paula (Bill) McMahon of Ogden, one brother Charles “Chuck” Swallow of Anchorage, Alaska, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. “Oody” was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Kenneth C. “Butch” Swallow, and Penny Susan Swallow.
    Oody enjoyed racing, truck and tractor pulls, trucking, and building model semi’s and farm and shop equipment out of wood. He greatly enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. But beware of his “pull my finger” trick.

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March 2020

    RONALD E. GAFFNEY, 83, of Fairmount, Illinois passed away at 5:54 p.m. on Wed., March 18, 2020 at his home.
    Ronald was born Jan. 23, 1937 in Douglas County, to Phillip and Opal Elder Gaffney. He married Margie J. Farnum on October 11, 1959 in Catlin. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2018.
    Surviving are two sons, Ronald E. (Merry Chris) Gaffney II of Fairmount and Kyle W. (Susan) Gaffney of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Brenda (Darin) Davis of Fairmount; one sister, Phyllis Mattingly of Danville; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter: Vickie Lynn Gaffney.
    Ronald served as a crew chief in the US Air Force. He was a mechanic at Koehn Motors for over 35 years. He enjoyed mechanic work in his own garage, hot air balloons, and yard work.
    With regard to recent events, graveside services were held March 24 at Fairland Cemetery in rural Villa Grove with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. A Life Celebration Service will be held at a later date. Memorials to the Fairmount Rescue. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    RICHARD A. “DICK” BRODERICK, 79, of Catlin, passed away at 7:50 p.m. (Indiana
time) on Sat., March 21, 2020 at The Waters of Covington Nursing Home, Covington, Ind.
Dick was born Feb. 25, 1941 in Danville to
    Roy F. and Agnes Moore Broderick. He married the love of his life, Donna M. Rogers, on Sept. 14, 1963 in Covington, Ind. She preceded him in death June 26, 2011. He is survived by three grandchildren, Hunter Gambrel, Sylas Gambrel, and Cotten Gambrel of Ohio; his brothers, John (Sue) Broderick, Stanley Broderick, Don (Carol) Broderick, Ken (Paula) Broderick of Danville; many nieces, nephews, and cousins and a special friend, Willy Williamson of Streator. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Clark Broderick; one daughter, Monica Gambrel; one brother, Roy Broderick; and one sister, Linda Hagen.
    Dick attended Schlarman High School where he lettered in football and basketball and later transferred to Danville High School graduating in the class of 1960. He entered the Army in 1960 and served three years. While in the service, he attended engineering school at Fort Belvoir, Va. At Fort Ord, Calif. he was a construction draftsman in the 3rd brigade assigned to the drafting department. He attended Eastern Illinois University to pursue a teaching career in industrial arts. He played basketball at Eastern Illinois University and in 1968 he earned his master’s degree and graduated with honors. He was an industrial arts teacher at Jamaica High School where he also helped coach football and basketball. He also taught at Danville Area Community College, as well as teaching building trades at the Danville Correctional Center and VOTEC and substituted throughout the district in his retirement. He was a great craftsman and built wood furniture. He was a devoted Christian and avid Bible reader. His family and friends were very important to him. He was willing to help someone in need whether he knew them or not. He attended the Catlin Church of Christ and the Second Church of Christ of Danville. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, and University of Illinois fan.
    Due to the recent events, visitation and memorial services will be held at a later date at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Dick will be buried alongside Donna at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Covington, Ind. Memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice in Dick’s memory. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    JOYCE (MILLER) YORK, 66, of Palestine, died on March 20, 2020, at her home.
    She was born Jan. 9, 1954, in Danville, the daughter of James Miller and Norma (Finkbiner) Miller, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also raised by Audrey Miller, who also preceded her in death.
    Joyce married Theo York on Sept. 7, 1991 and he preceded her in death on June 10, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her son, Brian Spicer; by her son-in-law, George Harvey; by her brother, William “Bill” Miller; and by her brother-in-law, Roy Johnston.
    She is survived by her children, Stephanie Harvey of Monticello and Bradley (Erika) Spicer of Sheridan, Ind.; grandchildren, Jathen, Sydni, Sofia, Sylvia and Grayson; siblings, Barbara Gail Pereira of Winslow, Ark., John David (Charlotte) Jordan of Helena, Oka., Arthur (Valerie) Jordan of Cleveland, Tenn. JoAnne Johnston of Danville, Janet (Jeff) Poynter of Paris, Rhonda (Hal) Jordan-Doyle of Henderson, Nev., and Roy Michael (Peg) Jordan of Maiden, N.C.; sister-in-law, Becky Miller of Indianola; as well as several nieces and nephews.
    Joyce grew up in Indianola and was a graduate of Jamaica High School. From an early age, it was evident in the way she lived that her life would be one founded on sacrificial love. This was evident in her calling as an LPN, with Joyce having the opportunity to care for countless people over the course of her career.
    Anyone who knew her could attest to the fact that she poured herself into her role as caretaker; not only for her patients at Paris Healthcare, or for the beloved animals she adopted over the years, but for her loved ones as well. They, in particular, will remember Joyce’s fierce sense of loyalty. It didn’t matter what you’ve done, she would stand by you in any and every storm.
    Her family brought life to her living, especially her grandchildren, who were each the apple of her eye. She had the beautiful opportunity to witness all three of her precious granddaughters be born and adored both of her grandsons with all her heart.
    Joyce York was a soul who gave enormously, while asking for very little. In short, Joyce loved, and she loved well. However, she would be the first to offer that she wasn’t perfect. She recognized her need for a Savior, which is why she put her life in Christ’s hands years ago. Because of this, we have the assurance that her light still shines brightly in a place where darkness and death are no more.
    Joyce deserves a memorable tribute. However, in this uncertain time, the family and the staff of the Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine understand that attending such a service may not be in your best health interest. With this in mind, a memorial service will be set for a later date.

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April 2020

    JEAN CHESTNUT WOODS, 93, of Tuscola, formerly of rural Indianola, Chrisman and Westville, passed away at 11:31 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her residence.
  She was born on Dec. 21, 1926, in Granite City, the daughter of Vista Jane Bohannan and Walter Charles Lewis. Jean was one of eight siblings.
    She married Floyd Dean Chesnut on Aug. 12, 1944. Floyd died on Oct. 31, 1973. Jean married Cecil Richard Woods on Sept. 24, 1983. Richard died Feb. 22, 1998.
    Jean is survived by her four children, Judy (William) Milburn of Westville, Joie (Fred) McDonald of Tuscola, Jim (Kathy) Chesnut of Garland, Texas, and Rod (Susan) Chesnut of Flower Mound, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Virginia McKinney of Dieterich and Terry (Dean) Fritschle of Newton, and 20 nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sisters and two great-granddaughters.
    Jean was an active member of the Church of Christ for many years. She served in a wide range of volunteer activities and committees, including president of the Missionary Group, VBS director and Sunday school teacher. Jean also worked at the Chrisman Pleasant Meadows Nursing Home as the volunteer coordinator and the activity director. In her later years, she sewed hundreds of dresses for children in Haiti.
    Her main interests, in addition to her church, included being a 4-H leader, gardening, quilting, writing poems, sewing and photography.
    A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home is assisting the family.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Tuscola First Christian Church.
    Online condolences may be shared via hilligossshraderhfh.com.

    RANDY MOREMAN passed away March 30, 2020, at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton.
Randy was born July 11, 1955, the son of Kenneth and Marjory (Pletch) Moreman of Fairmount. They preceded him in death. Also passed are a sister, Vickie Snack, and her daughter, Kelly Snack.
    Randy is survived by a son, Randy Moreman Jr. of Danville; grandson Donovan Wade of Westville; brother Terry (Brenda) Moreman of Fairmount; nieces and nephew, Kevin, Kelly, Holly and Heather and five or six great nieces and nephews.
    Randy graduated from Catlin High School. He farmed with his father and hauled grain for Catlin and Homer grain elevators and for Pletch Trucking of Fairmount. He later retired from Collegiate Cap and Gown in Champaign.
    Randy enjoyed riding around with the top down in his corvettes and was a lifelong Cardinal baseball fan. Randy enjoyed relaxing with friends and living with his wonderful best friend, Merna Beals of Champaign, who preceded him in death about a year ago. The two were inseparable.
    Over the past few years Randy had suffered from a number of strokes, which he finely succumbed to. Randy will be sadly missed.
    Cremation rites will be accorded by Blurton Funeral Home.

    LISA M. BROADWAY, 58, of Catlin, passed away at 4:32 p.m. on Friday, April
3, 2020 at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
    Lisa was born Jan. 30, 1962 in Danville to Herschell and Delores Courtney Bland. She was a 1980 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    Surviving are her father: Herschell Bland of Homer; two daughters, Tabatha (Brandon Whorrall) Varner of Westville and Hanna Andrews; and one grandchild, Kale Whorrall.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores Bland on Feb. 25, 2020 and one brother: David Leon Bland.
    Lisa worked in quality control at Leatherneck Hardware, Danville for four years. She enjoyed yard work, driving her Jeep, the beach, and the spring and summer seasons. She loved spending time with her family and camping.
    Private graveside rites will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with Pastor C.W. Greer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Humane Society. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com. Click on her obituary page and leave a thought or memory for the family.

    DENNIS M. RICHARDS, 77, of Danville, passed away at 2:44 a.m. on Tuesday, April
7, 2020 at his home.
    Dennis was born Nov. 27, 1942 in Danville to James and Mildred Hinton Richards. He married Cathy Duke in Danville. She preceded him in death.
    Surviving are one son:, Darren (Dawn) Richards of Fairmount; two daughters: Debbie (Jeff Gooch) Richards of Sidell and Karen (Michael) Marana of Catlin; one brother, Cecil Richards of Valparaiso, Ind.; six grandchildren, Danyale (Tyler) Richards, Derrek Richards, Jeremy (Holli) Gooch, Alex Monson, Tori (Blake) Arlington and Ariel Marana; and three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Rosalie and Lincoln.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Robert Richards. Dennis was a sheet metal worker. He was a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge and the Union Local #218. He enjoyed fishing and coin collecting.
    Private graveside services will be at Sunset Cemetery, Danville with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    SHIRLEY A. McDANIEL McCOWN, 82, of Muncie, Ind. passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at her residence.
    She was born on March 26, 1938 in Sidell, the daughter of Clifford and Della McDaniel.
Shirley graduated from Sidell High School. She married the love of her life, Ralph E. McCown on Nov. 18, 1956 in Sidell. Shirley loved antiques, she enjoyed collecting and refinishing antiques.
    Survivors include her husband of 63 years Ralph McCown; three sons, Bob McCown (Dee) of Clearwater, Fla., Brad McCown (Kathy) of Austin, Texas, and Tim McCown of Muncie, Ind.; two brothers, Wayne McDaniel (Joan) and Keith McDaniel (Jane); sister, Ruth Callahan; and four grandchildren, Megan McCown, Kayla McCown, Ashley McCown, and Tye McCown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Jeff McCown, three brothers, and three sisters.
    A memorial service for Shirley will be held at a later date.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
    Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com

    JOHN E. MORELAND, 95, of Danville, passed away April 4, 2020. He was born June 25, 1924 in Indianola, the son of Bertha Bradfield and John Moreland and stepson of Clyde Wurtsbaugh.
    He graduated from Danville High School in 1942. He married Dolores Kerchaert in 1966, She preceded him in death Nov. 5, 1999.
    He was previously married to Norma Jean Carnaghi. They had three children, Linda Jones, Phoenix, Ariz., John Moreland (deceased), Nancy Jack of Danville and stepson, Kevin Kerchaert.
    In WWII he served in the Army Air Force long enough to be regular Air Force and U.S Air Force reserves.
    He worked at various jobs and spent 16 years at General Electric and 20 years at Sears.
He attended St. Paul Catholic Church. After the loss of his wife, he moved back to Danville where he helped with the Honor Guard of America Legion Post 210. It was his duty and honor to support his fellow veterans.
    Burial will be private and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Rortvedt Funeral Services is assisting the family.

    PEGGY D CRADDOCK, 84, of Broadlands, passed away on Tues., April 7, 2020 at the Villas of Holly Brook, Savoy.
    Peggy was born Oct. 1, 1935 in Danville to Howard and Elva Miller Goble. She married Jacob Roy Craddock on June 6, 1958 in Danville. He preceded her in death Feb. 8, 2001.
    Surviving are one son, Jerry (Brenda) Craddock of Champaign; one daughter, Lisa Markel of St. Joseph; one brother, Howard (Shirley) Goble of Oakwood; grandchildren, Brandon Smith, Nathan Smith, Ashley Markel, Austin Markel, Jessica Craddock, and Amanda Craddock; and great- grandchildren, Cayden Smith, Brycen Smith, Ceci Smith, and Austin Smith.
    Peggy was preceded in death by one daughter, Diane Darr; and two sisters, Betty Harris and Alice McCleery.
    Peggy was a follower of Jesus Christ and her friends and family rejoice in knowing she is now in his presence. She is a member of the Catlin Church of Christ and attending Homer New Life Church of Faith. She graduated from Catlin High School and worked a variety of jobs throughout the years at 1st National Bank of Danville, Goble Meats and Marv’s Star Market.
    Peggy loved attending church services, reading, watching old movies, and spending time with family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
Private family services will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor C.W. Greer officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements.
    Donations may be made to Homer New Life Church of Faith. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    JUANITA L. NEWMAN, 68, of Fairmount, passed away suddenly at 11:36 a.m. on Sat., April 11, 2020 at her home.
    Juanita was born Feb. 8, 1952 in Danville to James A. and Evelyn Thomas Jenkens. She married William Neuman on March 3, 1975 in Catlin. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William “Billy” Neuman and Robert Alonzo Neuman of Catlin; one daughter, Laura Kaye (John) Noback of Chandler, Ind.; two brothers, David (Linda) Jenkens and John (Paula) Jenkens of Danville; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; one uncle,Charles (LeAnn) Thomas of Bismarck; her mother-in-law, Ruth Neuman; one sister-in-law, Marilyn (Jim) Pettigrew; and close friends, Janet Walsh, Marcia Jenkens, and Don (Pat) Housman.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James “Jimmy” Jenkens; and one niece, Jennifer Jenkens.
Juanita was a cook at Camp Drake and the Washington School. She had worked as a waitress at the Sirloin House in Danville and the Oakwood Truck Stop.     She had worked at Peterson Filling. She enjoyed playing BINGO with Marilyn and playing in euchre tournaments. She liked being at the Fairmount Conservation Club. She was an Elvis Presley and John Wayne fan.
    Memorial services and inurnment at Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin will be announced at a later date. Memorials to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in care of Robison Chapel, PO Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    RUSSELL DUANE HOWARD, 81, of Westville, passed away peacefully at 8:06 p.m. on Sun., March 29, 2020 at OSF Sacred Heart of Mary in Urbana.
Russ was born Feb. 11, 1939 in Georgetown Township, the son of Oscar and Lois Pate Howard.
    Surviving is one daugh­­ter Kim Howard Pfeifer; grandchildren, Corey and Ethan Murphy and Jordan (Kyle) Cruppenink; two step-grandsons, Brent and Bryce Pfeifer; two great-granddaughters, Qora Pfeifer and Maxine Cruppenink; and his sister, Linda (Penny) Tom Flaherty of Cave Creek, Ariz.; and nieces, nephews, several cousins and an aunt, Teri Pate.
    Preceding him in death were his son, Troy Howard; daughter, Lisa Howard Murphy; and his parents.
Russell retired in 2001 from Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Okla. and worked as a security guard at TeePak. He served in the Illinois National Guard and worked as a laborer at Davies, Robintech, Peterson’s/KIK.
    Russell treasured his family, enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting; and enjoyed meeting friends each morning for coffee.
Russell was interred at Pate Cemetery in rural Catlin. Robison Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com. 

    FREDERICK “FRED” ROY MENKHAUS, 87, of Fairmount, passed away at
6:50 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman.
    Fred was born on Feb. 11, 1933 in Carlyle to Edward Matthew and Mary Louise (Leonard) Menkhaus. He married Jane Wiesenmeyer on June 10, 1973. In addition to his wife Jane, Fred is also survived by his three daughters, Teresa Menkhaus of San Diego, Calif., Lisa Menkhaus of Georgetown, and Jill Gonzales of Dickinson, Texas; a granddaughter; his sister, Marianette Robben of St. Louis, Mo.; his brother-in-law John Wiesenmeyer (partner Suzanne) of Springfield, Mo.; nieces, nephews, cousins and their children; and the mother of his children, Mary Kathryn Emerick Menkhaus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Edward; his son, Victor; and his brother-in-law, George Robben.
    Fred was a coach at St. Mary’s Grade School, Carlyle, 1949-50 and U.S. Army veteran 1953-55, serving in the 24th Armored Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, as a radio operator. He received his bachelors in education from Quincy University and a Master’s in Administration from Eastern Illinois University.
    Fred held several high school teaching and coaching positions in Central Illinois and the St. Louis area. After 23 years as a math teacher and coach at Danville High, he retired in 1993. For the next 14 years he continued to be active in girls’ basketball as a coach, a mentor, and a scout.
    From 1998-2007, he enjoyed the role of substitute teacher at Oakwood High School. Fred ended a 58 year coaching career, retiring in 2007, and was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He valued his interaction with the students he taught and the many athletes he coached. Fred loved the St. Louis Cardinals, roller skating, and working jigsaw puzzles. He was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2013. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville.
    Due to COVID-19, a Memorial Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Carlyle. Memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 231 North State Street, Westville, IL 61883. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    JUDY McNEESE, 65, of Danville, and formerly Indianola, passed away at 1:43 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2020, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. On Feb. 7, 1955, she was born the daughter of Carl O. Sr. and Omalee (Baird) McNeese, both deceased.
    She attended Indianola Grade School.
    Judy will be missed by her sons, Craig McNeese and Darrell McNeese; her grandchildren, Chasady McNeese and Dalton McNeese; and her brothers, Carl O. McNeese Jr. and David McNeese.
    She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Tammy McNeese; and brother, Jack McNeese Sr.
    Judy truly loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. She adored her cats. She enjoyed having coffee or pop with family and friends, as well as going out. She will be lovingly remembered by all whose lives she touched.
    As per her wishes, Judy will be cremated. There are no services at this time. Her family has entrusted her care to Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

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May 2020

 

    TERRY ENGLAND, 73, of Indianapolis, formerly of Georgetown, passed
away at 11:55 a.m., Sat., May 9, 2020 at Community Hospital North,
Indianapolis. He was born in Danville Dec. 25, 1946, the son of Louie and Betty (Barnvofsky) England. He was married to Janice Duncan until her passing Sept. 23, 2019.
    Terry is survived by his children, Shelley (David) Alpers of Danville, Russell (Cindy) England of Ambia, Ind, Richard (Marcy) England of Oakwood, and Mishelle (Chad) McGraw of Danville; his sister, Beverly (Terry) Reed of Sidell; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janice; and his sister, Sandra Kay England.
    Terry was a proud Veteran of the US Army. He worked at General Motors as a millwright. He loved fishing, the Cubs, his Ham Radio, Blue Grass, westerns and hunting with his coon-dogs. He was known to never meet a stranger.
    A private family visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home with Pastor James Blue officiating. Graveside service will be held at Georgetown Cemetery at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 18.
    Family and friends are welcome (with 6-feet social distancing). Memorial donations may be given in his name to American Kidney Association.

    MILDRED COPE, 73, lifelong Fairmount resident and native, passed away at 6:58 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020 at her home.
    She was born October 21, 1946 in Fairmount to Ellsworth M. and Thelma K. Mourer Shields. Mildred married Darrell E. Cope Dec. 23, 1963 in Georgetown. He passed away July 8, 2011. Survivors include, two daughters, Kathy (Trever) Blankenship of Ridge Farm, Katrina (Adam Cast) Cope of Fairmount; four grandchildren, Dustin (Ashley Hardesty) Blankenship of Bismarck, Mariah (Scotty) Bland of Catlin, Russell ( Shawnee Garcia) Cafin of Clinton, Ind., Kia ( Roger Miller) Cafin of Paxton; two great grandchildren Emma Blankenship of Bismarck, and Karley Blankenship of also of Bismarck. Mildred was preceded in death by one son, Darrell Elihu Cope II, two brothers, Leland Shields and Ervin Shields, and one sister Judy Elliott.
    She had been a homemaker, and enjoyed crocheting, collecting magnets and key chains, working puzzle books, and wind chimes.
    The family gathered for a private funeral at Robison Chapel in Catlin. The Rev. Jim Blue officiated. Private burial was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials to the donor’s choice in Mildred’s memory. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

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June 2020

    HERSCHEL E. SANDS, Jr., 72, of Catlin, Illinois passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Herschel was born Oct. 8, 1947 in Danville, to Herschel Edward and Francis E. Stammers Sands. Surviving are his nephew, raised as his son, Hugh (Melissa Jones) Sands of Catlin; one brother, Samuel J. (Debra) Sands of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; two “grandchildren,” Landon Sands of Catlin, and Cadia Sands of Belgium; and four nieces, Kelley Byrom of Decatur, Grace Snodgrass of Decatur, Amy (Spencer) Meehan of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Samantha Bass of Lewisburg, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nancy Snodgrass; and two nephews, Danny Byrom and Jacob Sands.
    Herschel graduated from Catlin High School in 1967. He worked at General Motors for 25 years before retiring at the age of 44. He loved the outdoors and was an avid bass fisherman. He was a charter and lifelong member of the B.A.S.S. and was a die-hard Cubs fan. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
    Private visitation will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin, protective face mask is required for entrance. Private family services will be held at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Mike Strunga officiating. Burial at Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin, Illinois.
    Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    MARY BAIRD, 78, of Indianola, passed away at her home on Friday, June 12, 2020 in the morning.
    Mary was born the daughter of Raymond and Lena (Butler) McDaniel on Sept. 26, 1941 in Kell. She married Jack Baird on Aug. 26, 1961, with whom she spent 58 years together.
Mary leaves behind two sons, Jim Baird of Indianola and Chuck (Jody) Baird of Farmer City; one granddaughter, Macy Baird of Farmer City; siblings, Bill (Susie) McDaniel of Sullivan, Alice (Gary) Henderson of Paris, Chuck (Cindy) McDaniel of Paris and David McDaniel of Ellenton, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; and her second family, the “Motley Crew,” Ann Stevens, Jackie Prunkard, Jean Brown, Becky Stark, Joyce Hollingsworth, Nancy Loop, Barb Dixon and the late Trina Smith.
    Mary was preceded in death by her parents.
    Jack would like to give a special thanks to Ruth White their neighbor and friend, and Carle Hospice for their excellent care.
    Mary was a graduate of Young America High School. She worked as a secretary for Jamaica Schools for 20 years before retiring. Mary was a member of the East Park Church of Christ. She enjoyed flowers and traveling. Most of all it was the time she spent attending her granddaughters sporting events and the times with her family and the “Motley Crew.”
    A Celebration of Mary’s life was held June 17 at East Park Church of Christ with pastor Dennis Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Sunset Funeral Home helped the family. Memorial donations may be given in her name to East Park Church of Christ, Danville.

    BARBARA SWINFORD WAGNON, age 85, went to be with her Lord on June 1, 2020 after several months of illness.
She was born August 5, 1934 to James and Viola Swinford, in Sidell. She graduated from Sidell High School and attended Eastern Illinois University
and Illinois Business College.
She married Bob Wagnon Jan. 11, 1954 and they settled in his native state of California. Barbara loved to travel, loved the mountains and the ocean especially. She loved flowers and transformed her yard into a beautiful flower garden where she enjoyed spending time tending and admiring them. In her last days her daughters entertained her with a tea party in the garden much to her delight.
She was a talented vocalist and pianist/organist and used her talent in various churches throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Bob Wagnon and five children, Kyle (Cheryl) Wagnon of Fresno, Calif.; Keri (Bill) Von Felton of Fresno, Calif.; Kevin (Sharon) Wagnon of Sacramento, Calif.; Kelley (Forrest) Landano of Fresno, Calif.; and Karen (Drew) Mosher of Clovis, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one sister, Sara Sue Patton of Benton, Ky.
The family plans to celebrate her life with a ceremony in the fall.

    KEMP L. BERBAUM, 75, of Danville, passed away on Sat., June 13, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
    He was born on Jan. 7, 1945 to the late Louis C. and Lucile (Sylvester) Berbaum. He was raised on a farm near Fairmount and spent many years farming with his family. He was always a farmer at heart.
    He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1963, Danville Junior College and Southern Illinois University. After graduating from college, he enlisted in the Army and served his country in the Vietnam War.
    On Jan. 22, 1972, he married Lynda (Spicer) Berbaum, she survives. Also surviving is their son, Brad Berbaum. Missing him too, will be his dog, Amy.
    Kemp spent 47 years working in the insurance industry and in 1979, started the Kemp L. Berbaum Insurance Agency in Danville. He achieved many insurance certifications, served on various agent and company boards and committees over the years.
    Per his wishes, Kemp will be cremated. A private service will be held at a later date. Because of his love for animals, memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter or the Danville Humane Society in his name.

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July 2020

    ROBERT “BOB” LYNN PIRIE, age 83, resident of Catlin, Ill., born Jan. 10, 1937 in
Rolfe, Iowa, passed away May 16, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., with his wife and children at his side.
    Surviving are his wife Bette Rae Dodson Pirie of Catlin; daughter Brenda (Chris) Hawkins of Manassas, Va., son Brent Pirie of Orlando, Fla.; and daughter-in-law Bonnie Pirie of Catlin and his beloved nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Mable Lynn Pirie; his son Brian Pirie; and his grandson Michael Pirie.
    Bob was married to his high school sweetheart, Bette Rae, for over 64 years. He grew up on a farm in Iowa and worked as a farmer before moving to Illinois. He then worked with Bunge agricultural business and retired after 33 years.
    Bob’s commitment to Christ and Christian service allowed him to serve in various leadership roles at churches for over 62 years. Faith in God and devotion to family were always at the forefront of everything Bob did.
    Bob will continue to be the foundation stone, who led us by example in building the character values and qualities which we cherish and live to share. He pointed the way for each of us to seek and accept Christ in a personal relationship as our Savior. This gives us the hope and faith that our family chain will be re-linked one day again in heaven.
A Celebration of life was held on June 28 at The Assembly, 428 N. Walnut Danville.

    JOHN R. PAL, JR, 68, of Catlin, passed away at 2:57 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at his home.
    John was born July 6, 1951 in Danville to John R. and Beverly Smith Pal, Sr.
    Surviving are his father, John R. Pal Sr. of Catlin; one son, Mitch Pal of Allerton; one daughter, Missy (Taylor) Adams of St. Joseph; and five grandchildren, Camrin Pal, Levi Adams, Erik Pal, Austin Pal and Madison Adams.
    He was preceded in death by his mother.
    John was a lifelong farmer who enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, watching NASCAR racing, and all types of card games, including euchre and pinochle. He loved attending auctions and buying and selling equipment. John especially enjoyed John Deere tractors.
    Family graveside services were held at Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin, with Chris Lawler officiating. Robison Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Memorials to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    Tyler Lee Rodriguez, 26, of Georgetown, passed away Sat., July 4, 2020. Grave side services were held July 14 at Woodlawn Cemetery near Indianola.
    Tyler was an over the road trucker. He loved his family, especially his niece Chevy Mae, and his two brothers, Troy and Chuckie. Tyler was loved by many. He had such a bright spirit and would help anybody in need. Tyler was the life of the party “Yee Yee,” and “can’t whoop me” were his favorite phrases.
    Tyler was born July 3, 1994 to Troy W. and Stacy L. Rodriguez. He will be missed by his parents; brothers Troy A. Rodriquez and Charles (Maressa) W. Rodriquez; special niece Chevy Mae Rodriquez; maternal grandparents, the late Charles and Debbie Ingram; great-grandparents Denny and Ruby Martin; paternal grandparents, Joe Rodriquez and the late Katherine Arlene Rodriquez; aunts Michelle Ingram, Whitney Ingram, Marcia L. (Joey) Rodriguiz-Sandchez, and Holly (Kenny) Hooks; uncle Matt Ingram; and special friends, Paul Bishop, JT Pollock, Justin Hinote, Benjamin Mattew Ruppert, and Coty Allison; along with numerous other family and friends.
    Messages and memories may be left at www.KrugerCoanPape.com, or on the Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home Facebook page.

    ROBERT L. HUFFMAN, 62, of rural Sidell passed away at 5:22 a.m. on Thurs., July
16, 2020 at his home.
    Robert was born Sept. 8, 1957 in Champaign to James and Mary Ann Huffman. He married his high school sweetheart, Teresa Woodard, June 28, 1980 in Sidell. They enjoyed 40 years together. She survives.
    Also surviving are his father, Jim of Sidell; one son, Bobby (Courtney) Huffman of Sidell; two daughters, Jaimee (Drew) Hettinger of Newman and Kelsey (Shaun) Pearman of North Port, Fla.; four grandchildren, Tripp, Chase, Tyson and Coryn. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann.
    Robert earned his associate degree from DACC. He was a lifelong farmer and was the Chairman of the Board of the Little Vermilion Drainage District. He enjoyed tractor pulling, country and western couples dancing; was a gun lover, and especially enjoyed snow birding in Florida.
    Services and burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the Allerton United Methodist Church. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences www.robisonchapel.com.

    MICHAEL ‘MIKE’ WAYNE FOGLE, JR., 56 of Danville, formally of Sidell and Schram City, passed from this life into his heavenly home at 8:20 p.m.Friday, July 17, 2020 at Carle Hospital.
    Mike is survived by his wife, Rhonda, and five children, Amber (Sam) Marlow, Stephen, Abigail, Michael Joshua, and Jonathan, all of Danville; a step-grandson, Sammy Marlow of Champaign; his mother, Lucille (Huber) Caulk; a brother, William “Bill” (Camille) Fogle; his mother-in-law, Rheta Johnson, several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
    Mike was born April 5, 1964 in Hillsboro to Michael Wayne Fogle Sr. and Lucille (Huber) Caulk. He attended Gateway College of Evangelism in Florissant, Mo. for a year and a half. He graduated from Danville Area Community College with an associate in applied science computer and network administration in 2018.
    Mike was a devoted father, passionate about teaching his children to be critical thinkers in every area of life, and to be lovers of God and the church. He enjoyed spending quality time with his wife and five children, taking them on many family vacations to many new places and having many fun adventures.
    One of his favorite places he would take his family, was the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. from the time they were building the museum, through opening day and many more times after. As he grew in his relationship with the Lord, he became very passionate about creation and taught many seminars on biblical world view and the importance of knowing why you believe what you believe.
    He attended Sidell Assembly UPC where he was a minister for several years. He served in the Sidell Lion’s Club since 2004.
    He believed that it was his responsibility to teach his children and with that, he and his wife homeschooled all five children. They were one of the directors of the Homefires Homeschool Association of East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana.
From 2006, when they first began, he consistently attended the Creation Evidence Expo held in Indianapolis.
    A visitation was held July 22 at Sidell Assembly UPC with a Celebration of Life Service. Pastor Tim Pearman officiated.
    All flowers or donations for the family can be sent to Sidell Assembly 301 E Main Sidell, IL 61876.

    ARSELIA GEORGINA COLLINS, 87, of Indianola, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Tues., July 14, 2020, at her home.
    Arselia was born Feb. 13, 1933 in Indianola, the daughter of Orval and Harriet Irene Minnick Baird. She married Jonathon E. Collins Dec. 18, 1954 in Danville. He preceded her in death July 26, 2002.
    Survivors include his children, Duane (Debbie) Collins of Covington, Harold Dean (Betsy) Collins of Casey, Jeanette “Nettie” Anderson of Danville, Carol (Billy) Garrison of Mt. Vernon, Otto (Donna) Collins Indianola, Karla Stewart of West Frankfort and Ernie (Jackie) Smith of Brazil, Ind.; two brothers, Jack Baird and Carroll (Sarah) Baird, both of Indianola; one sister, Mina (John) Bower of Paris; 21 grandchildren and 28 great- grandchildren and multiple step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and step great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Bethe Collins; two sons-in-law, Chris Johnson and George Anderson; step children, Fred (Shirley) Collins, Stan Collins, Paul (Margie) Collins, Ralph Collins, Lois Cunningham, Mary Helen (Walt) Griffin, and Nancy MeWhinney; and siblings, Imogene Erp, Max Baird, Verla Baird, Noble Baird, Vernie Baird, Wayne Baird, Dean Baird, Orval “Jiggs” Baird, and Don Baird.
    Arselia was a member of Community of Christ Church in Georgetown. She was known for her noodle and pie making. She was very generous and would give you the shirt off her back. Arselia loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held July 18 at Indianola United Methodist Church with Pastor Kenny Alcorn officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    Robison Chapel handled arrangements. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    ROBERT A. MILLER, 93 of Gifford and formerly of Champaign and Sidell, passed away at 6:02 a.m. Wed., July 29, 2020, at Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford.
    Robert was born Oct. 20, 1926, the son of Ray M. and Katie Kyle Miller. He married Barbara Canaday on Dec. 31, 1949 in Vermilion Grove. She preceded him in death May 29, 2013.
    He is survived by two daughters, Tracy (the late Jay) Hageman of Fairmount and Dede (Don) Heidbreder of Potomac; three grandchildren, Jenny (Chris) Kirschner of Homer, Cale (Callie) Heidbreder of Gifford, and Carson (Clark) Juday of Thomasboro; four great- grandchildren, Dylan and Hadley Kirschner, Blakeley Heidbreder and Cane Juday.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Melba and Hester; one brother, John; and a son-in-law, Jay Hageman.
    A private graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Baier Family Funeral Services, Flatville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Please share your memories and condolences at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

    CHARLES DAVID SETSER, 83, of Danville passed away at 5:50 a.m. in Arcadia Health in Danville on July 16, 2020.
    Charles was born on July 8, 1937 the son of Charles Lenzy and Josephine Ann (Holmes) Setser in Camargo. He married Peggy Ann Bell on Aug. 20, 1966 in Danville and she survives.
    Survivors include his wife; two sons, Donald Andrews of Whiteville, Tenn. and David Lee Setser of Danville; one brother, Donald (Sandra) Setser of Tampa, Fla., five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; as well as cousins, Henry and Lucy Setser, Richard and Betty Setser, Eldon and Betty Baird, Leroy and Jackie Baird and Joni Pearman.
    Charles is preceded in death by his parents.
    Charles was a member of the Hillery Assembly of God Church, served in the United States Army from 1960-1966, was a member of the Catlin American Legion Post #776 and retired from Hyster, 1990.
    After retirement he worked as a greeter at Walmart and really enjoyed greeting the shoppers. He loved spending his free time with his family and friends and attending church services. He also enjoyed camping, playing Bingo and collecting die cast model cars and trucks. Charles was also quite fond of his Yorkie, “Paris”.
    A Celebration of Life was held July 22, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home, Danville, with full military rites by Catlin American Legion. Pastor Kenneth Young officiated.
Memorials may be made to the Illiana Veterans Affairs Activities Fund for Veterans.

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August 2020

    WILLIAM “BILL” EDWARD BALLARD, 70, of Georgetown, passed away at 4:45 p.m., Wed., July 29, 2020, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    He was born on Aug. 2, 1949, the son of Everett and Freda (Johnson) Ballard. He was united in marriage to Thresa “Janie” Becker on June 2, 1973, in Georgetown. She survives.
Bill is also survived by his daughters, Staci Jordan of Urbana and Shana (Greg) Filicsky of Sidell; two brothers; one sister; and seven grandchildren, Brandon, Brenden, Brianna, Brylee, Daniel, William and Annabelle. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his father-in-law, Robert “Bob” Becker.
    Bill was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked at Hostess Cake and Sunbeam Bread for 35 years as a sales representative. He was known to many as a huge Chicago Cubs fan, as well as an avid poker player; and he enjoyed fishing. Bill was a family man and cherished spending time with his family, kids, and grandkids.
    The family requests that everyone dress casually and wear a Cub’s shirt or bib overalls in his memory. Because of his charitable spirit, he chose to be an organ donor and through that will help others in need.
    A celebration of Bill’s life was held Aug. 3 at Sunset Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. He was laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

    MOLLY ANN (O’SHAUGHNESSY) NICHOLSON 58, of Catlin, passed into the peace of everlasting life at 9:43 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 at OSF in Urbana.
    For 35 years, she was an integral part of hospital nursing in Danville and Urbana. Molly graduated from Catlin High School in 1980. from Lewis University with a BSN in 1984; earned a Masters of Healthcare Administration in 1997 and a Master of Business Administration in 2011. She was a Certified Executive in Nursing Practice and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She was a Doctorate of Nursing Practice candidate at Bradley University, expecting to earn this degree in December.
    She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a member of the Vermilion County Health Department Board, Vermilion County Fatality Review Committee, the Nursing Advisory Committee for DACC, was/or had been a board member for Crosspoint Human Services, Danville Executive Club, CASA of Vermilion County and Catlin Public Library District, volunteer for Balloons over Vermillion, AMBUCS, and the Illinois Marathon.
    Molly was born on June 27, 1962 in Peoria, the sixth of nine children born to the late William and Sharon (Manning) O’Shaughnessy. Following in her parents’ loving example, faith and family was at the heart of everything in Molly’s life.
    She married David D. Nicholson of Catlin on Aug. 11, 1984 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Danville. He survives.
    Other survivors include a son, Sean (Rachelle) Nicholson of Catlin; a daughter, Erin McNulty of Catlin, and a very special granddaughter, Scarlett McNulty; her brothers, William (Rilla) O’Shaughnessy of Mundelein, Thomas (Darla) O’Shaughnessy of Catlin, Patrick (Elaine) O’Shaughnessy of Danville and Robert (Tamara) O’Shaughnessy of Munster, Ind.; her sisters, Kathleen (Rick) Hampton of Charleston, Christine (Brad) Finley of Peoria, Susan (Kevin) Durbin of Muncie, Ind. and Mary (Kent) Pickering of Westchester.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Molly’s memory to Holy Family Catholic Church of Danville, CASA of Vermilion County, or the Catlin Public Library.
    Visitation is 4 -7 p.m. today (Thurs., Aug. 13) at Robison Chapel, with a Rosary service at 3:30 p.m. A Requiem Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church, with Fr. Steven Loftus and Fr. Deus Byomuhangi concelebrating. Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin.
    Face masks will be required for visitation and service.

    Florence Louise Hale, 100, of Indianola, passed away at 3:23 a.m., Sat., Aug. 15, 2020, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville. She was born on Aug. 25, 1919, in rural Broadlands, Ill., the daughter of Joseph F. and Anna (Gerike) Bixler.
    A Visitation will be held 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sat., Aug. 22 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 200 E. West St. Georgetown.
    She was united in marriage to Donald Gerald Hale on Aug. 6, 1948, at Sidell Methodist Church. They resided in Indianola and raised six children – Nancy (Dale) Burnett, Joe (Dianna) Hale, Jerry (Chrissy) Hale, Cathy (Gene) Hutson, Teresa (Danny) Ross, and Donna (Otto) Collins. She had 22 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother, Joseph E. Bixler, and her sisters, Marie Mies and Edna Galey, and a grandson.
    Florence was a graduate of Sidell High School Class of 1937 and Eastern Illinois State Teachers College. She taught at Westfield, Sidell, and Indianola until she retired in 1979.
She proudly served her country in WWII from 1943 - 1946 in the US Navy - Waves. She worked at US Navy Hospitals in Bainbridge and Bethesda, Md. and at the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C.
    Florence was a homemaker and seamstress. She raised her family under the belief that you  should use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. She was an educator, avid reader (She always had a book in her hand), and a lifelong learner. She was loved and respected by her family. The family would like to thank all her caregivers at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
    It is kindly requested that face masks be worn, and social distancing is practiced by those in attendance of the visitation and or service. A private burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell.
    Memorial donations may be given in her name to the Honor Guard, Indianola Methodist Church, or just share a book with a friend. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

    SHARLYNN K. LEWIS 85, of Sidell, passed away at 9:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 14, 2020, at
OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville. She was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Danville, the daughter of Raymond and Helen (Patchett) King. She was married to Vernon “Zeb” Lewis on June 19, 1953, until his passing.
    She is survived by her son, Michael (Peggy) Lewis of Galva; her daughter, Sebra (Tom) Wolfe of Freeport; five grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Leon, and brother, Larry.
Sharlynn enjoyed doing cross stitch and crossword puzzles. She also was known by many as the “town” seamstress and enjoyed sitting on her front porch. She loved her kitties and taking care of her flowers.
    A service will be held at a later date. Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown was in charge. Share memories at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

    MADELINE PHILLIPS LITTLEFIELD of Stantonville, Tenn., formerly Allerton, departed
this life on Aug. 16, 2020. Madeline was born to Walton and Susie Phillips in
Hardin County, Tenn., on Nov. 23, 1929. She married Bobby R. Littlefield on Sept. 24, 1949.     He preceded her in death on May 6, 2010.
    Madeline was a retired administrative secretary for McNairy County Schools and Jamaica, Ill. School District.
    She was an active member of 70 years of Broadlands, and Adamsville Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star. Over the years, she was appointed to many positions for the Grand Chapter of Tennessee including Grand Warder in 2014, Grand Representative to Illinois, Grand Instructor and numerous committees. She was an active member of Stantonville United Methodist Church.
    In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Richard Allen, and brother, James Phillips.
    She is survived by four children, Larry (Kathy) Littlefield of Gibson City, Dianne (Jeff) Kincaid of Newman, Steve (Rhonda) Littlefield of St. Joseph, and Marcia (James) Mullikin of Jackson, Tenn. She was grandmother to 11 grandchildren, as well as six great grandchildren, She is also survived by her sister, Olgia Hubbard and brother, Charles Phillips.
    Services were held at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville, Tenn. An Eastern Star service was also held.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Adamsville Chapter of OES, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital or to the charity of choice.

    JAMES MELVIN GRUBB, 80, of Danville, passed away at 12:11 a.m. at Carle
Foundation Hospital. James was born January 15, 1940 to Lawrence and Eva (Tuggle) Grubb in Indianola. James will be sadly missed by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Grubb, whom he married Aug. 16, 1958.
    She survives along with sons Jim (Karen Bennett) Grubb, Jeff (Dee) Grubb; a daughter, Jill (Kerry) Cranmore; seven grandchildren,eight great-grandchildren; sisters, June Bannon and Laverne Bartlow; and brother William Grubb. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Lee Grubb.
    Jim retired from Bulkmatic Transport as owner/operator. He was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He loved riding his Harley, hill climbing and motocross. He was an avid Grand National flat track race fan. Jim was known for his practical jokes and storytelling. He enjoyed spending time with family and his dog, Jesse James.
    A private graveside service will be held with Pastor Brett Karanovich. He will be interred at Sunset Memorial Park.
    The family would like to give special recognition and thank you to the nurses in the ICU department at O.S.F. Sacred Heart Medical Center and Carle hospital.

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September 2020

    MARGARET ARTMAN of Sidell, passed away on Aug. 29, 2020 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
  Margaret was born Oct. 6, 1928 in Catlin to the late Frank Clinton Lamb and Dorothy Eulalah (Johnson) Lamb. She was married to Paul Artman on March 8, 1946 in Danville. They were married for 58 years and had three children.
    Margaret worked 20 years for General Electric in Danville, but her true passion was writing. She was a prolific freelance writer with a Fiction Course diploma from Famous Writers School. She was a columnist for the Georgetown Independent News and the Sidell Reporter and contributed to numerous magazines. She also wrote two books, “Mustard Valley,” in 2007 and “Return to Mustard Valley,” in 2019. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Paris.
    Her hobbies were gardening, quilting, reading and nature, especially birding.
The family celebrates and gives thanks to God for the gift of her life.
    She is survived by her three children, Linda Sue (Eric) Sprouls of Wadesville, Ind., Sandra Kay (Michael) Walden of Trenton, Mo. and Michael Charles Artman of Sidell; five grandchildren, Troy (Shelley) Walden of Liberty, Mo., Heather (Ian) Brady of Baton Rouge, La., Amy (Marvin) Millsap of Platte City, Mo., Steven Sprouls of Mt. Vernon, Ind. and Katie (Sean Chappell) Sprouls of Avondale, Ariz.; nine great-grandchildren and several great-great-­grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Paul on March 24, 2004 and her three brothers, Ralph, William and Archie; and one sister, Mildred.
    There will be no visitation. Graveside services were held Wednesday at the Fairview Cemetery near Sidell. Carrington Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.rortvedtfuneral­services.com.

    HAROLD “ORAN” KIRBY, 84, of Fairmount, passed away at 2:03 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at his home.
    Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Westville.
    A celebration of Oran’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11 at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. It is kindly requested that face masks be worn. He will be laid to rest in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount.
    He was born the son of Harold “Peck” and Edith Alan (Goodwin) Kirby on Aug. 26, 1936, in Fairmount. He was united in marriage to Vonda Lee Darnell on Feb. 17, 1963, until her passing on July 14, 2009.
    Oran is survived by his sons, Tim Kirby and Tom (Rae Ann) Kirby; his brother, Frank (Patsy) Kirby; his sister, Karen (Dave) Ferber; his grandchildren, Tyler (Macy) Tester, Ashley Kirby, Dean Kirby and Michael Kirby. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bert Kirby.
    Oran is a proud veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War. He worked at General Motors Tilton Foundry as a millwright and retired after many years of service. He was known to love to work with his hands whether it be cars or construction. He served as a volunteer fire chief, as well as served as mayor. He was proud of the time he was voted the 1992 Citizen of the Year for Fairmount.
    Oran was a big fan of Disney and visited Disney World many times with his family. He loved to play with his grandkids and cherished every one of them. Oran’s legacy will live on through his family and the many happy memories he left them.
    Memorial donations may be given in his name to Carle Cancer Center, Urbana. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos and videos through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

    CURTIS “WAYNE” DAWES, 71, of Catlin, passed away at 10:52 p.m., Fri., Sept.
11, 2020, at his home. He was born on Feb. 13, 1949, in Danville, the son of Curtis Henry and Blanche (Limp) Dawes. He was united in marriage to Theresa “Terri” Rodman on July 9, 2001. She will miss him dearly.
    Wayne is survived by his daughters, Angela (Michael) Heller of Butte, Mont., Amber (Brian) Smith of Danville, Dena (Scott) Smith of St. Charles and Tonya Carson of Danville; his sisters, Sandra Heffern and Linda Dawes; his grandchildren, Troy Dawes, Jared Edwards, Garrett Edwards, Branden (Daylin) Smith, Connor Smith, Tanner (Christa) Sawka, Katelynn Sawka, Allie Sawka, and Blake Carson; his great-grandchildren, River, Bexley, Tilden, Patrick, Melita, Ava, Juliet, Madelynn, Jr., and Aris; his several special nieces and nephews; special friends who helped them throughout his health issues, Brian and Diane Moews, Dave and Brooke Trimmell and their sons, Zane and Blake; Steve and Jana Berry; and Brad and Grace Elliott. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters, Sharon Moews and Luetta Dawes.
    Wayne worked at Hyster’s for 33 years. He also served as a part-time police officer in Oakwood. He loved riding his Harley and enjoyed his road trip to Montana. He belonged to the Corvette Club and earlier in his life he loved to drag race. He enjoyed flying and had obtained his pilot’s license. He was a big fan of Kentucky Wildcats basketball. Wayne was known by many to be very proud of his country and was a true patriot. He was a lucky recipient of a heart transplant. He treasured his fur babies, Shiloh and Harley. Wayne loved dancing with Terri whenever he could and cherished his family and spending time with them. He will be missed by many, but his legacy will live on through the memories.
    A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Wed., Sept. 16, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville. Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday prior to his service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park, Danville. It is kindly requested that face masks be worn, and social distancing is practiced by those in attendance of the visitation and or service.
Memorial donations may be given in his name to the Humane Society, Vermilion County Animal Shelter, or Wounded Warrior Project.

    HELEN MAUD (KNIGHT) ROSS, 90, passed away at 9:58 p.m. on Tues., Sept.
8, 2020 in Silverdale, Wash. with her husband and daughter by her side. She was born Jan. 17, 1930 to Walter and Odessa (Simpson) Knight and grew up on the farm near Jamaica. She attended Cannon Grade School and graduated from Catlin High School in 1948.
    Helen met her future husband, Virgil Alvin Ross, while roller skating. They married April 8, 1951 at the Jamaica Methodist Church. They first lived in Champaign and then moved to be near her parents while Virgil commuted to DeVry University in Chicago and Helen worked in Danville. Their daughter, Vickie Lee, was born Sept. 16, 1952.
    In 1958, they moved to Danville where Virgil worked as an electrician for Autotron and Helen was office manager for Dr. Thomas Pollard. In 1972, the family moved to Denver, Col. where Virgil worked for Coors Brewery and Helen was office manager for an optometrist. In 2012, they moved to Silverdale to be close to their daughter and family.
    Helen was the backbone of her family and a strong woman. She loved to garden, knit, sew, and be a good friend and neighbor.
    She is survived by her husband, Virgil Ross, and daughter, Vickie (Bob) Maloney, all of Silverdale; grandson, Ross Maloney of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; granddaughter, Lee Maloney of Denver, Col.; two sisters, Norma Miller of Indianola and Alice (Jim) McDowell of Catlin; one brother, William (Lynda) Knight of Fairmount; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; four brothers, Lee, Harl, Paul “Red” and Dan; and two infant sisters.
    Helen’s ashes will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery of Indianola at a later date. Donations may be made in her memory to Eastern Illinois Foodbank, 2405 North Shore Dr., Urbana, Il. 61802.

    DARRELL W. MYERS was called home Sept. 19, at 3:59 p.m., surrounded by
his family.
    He was born May 11, 1945 to Raymond and Marie (Elder) Myers.
    Sept. 11, 1971, Darrell married Kathleen Leemon in Danville and together they raised three daughters, Christine Plotner, Theresa (Wayne) Brazelton and Kim (Senior Master Sargent James Cade) Potter.
    Darrell also leaves five grandchildren, he loved and adored with all of his soul, Allie “The Bug” and Mark “Herman” Plotner, Brittney Lynn Brazelton, Camden and Colin Potter. He is also survived by his brother, Stephen (Marilyn) Myers; and many family members and friends who adored him.
    Darrell retired from AT&T May 11, 2005. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He graduated from Jamaica High school in 1963.
    He was an active member of Davis Busby Catlin American Legion Post 776.
Darrell was a cowboy. He enjoyed cattle roping, riding his horses in southern Illinois and Missouri, with his last ride at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, fishing in Canada, riding his Harley Davidson, and spending time with a special Amish family in Rockville, Ind. Darrell would have given the shirt off his back to anyone he met. He spent quality time with so many friends over the years, who all hold a very special place in his heart.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, cousin, Ronald Gaffney and longtime friends, Don Torbit, Larry Corbin, John Fisher and Don Stevens.
    Due to the pandemic, a private funeral was held with Pastor Kevin Cox presiding. Darrell was laid to rest at the VA National Cemetery in Danville with Davis Busby Catlin American Legion performing full military honors. Sunset Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of arrangements.
    Donations in Darrell’s memory can be made to Davis Busby Catlin American Legion Post 776, PO Box 583 Catlin Illinois 61817.

    RONALD D. WOODS, 68, of Fairmount passed away at 11:25 p.m. on Wed., Sept.
16, 2020 at his home.
    Ronald was born June 19, 1952 in Danville, Illinois to Russell and Lydia Thomas Woods.
    He married Sandra Kay Schoolcraft on Sept. 17, 1999 in Danville. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Kevin Woods of Catlin and Ron (Honour) Woods of Oklahoma; one daughter, Cheri (Cale) Coffin of Thomasboro; one step-daughter, Jennifer (Randy) Shuman of Danville; one brother, Robert (Linda) Woods of Fairmount; three sisters, Judy (Mike) Meeker of Danville, Sandy (Cliff) Cosat of Tilton and Janet (Rick) Bray of Danville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by two daughters, Amanda Woods and Jessica Woods; one step-daughter, Nikki Schoolcraft; and one step-son, Chad Schoolcraft.
    Ron served in the U.S. Army. He was a plumber for 38 years. He was a member of the Catlin American Legion, Moose Lodge and the Fairmount Conservation Club. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, NASCAR and tinkering with old tractors.
    Funeral services were Monday at Robison Chapel with Pastor Patti Wise officiating. Burial was at Pate Cemetery in rural Catlin with Catlin American Legion performing full military honors.
    Memorials to American Cancer Society. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    MICHELLE ‘SHELLY’ A. HOYT (DICKEN), 55 of Catlin, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 9, 2020, at home as her husband held her hand.
    A memorial service will be held Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at Second Church of Christ, 3350 E. Voorhees St., Danville, celebrating the lives of Shelly and her brother, Richie, who passed away May 17, 2020. Due to Covid, all attending must wear masks.
    Born May 9, 1965, in Danville, she was the daughter of Richard L. (Terri) Dicken and Carol I. (Don) Broderick.
    She is survived by her husband, Scott A. Hoyt; parents; a sister, Ann Marie Broderick Keith; sons, Ryan (Ashley) Birge, Tyler (Mikaela Huff) Hoyt; stepchildren, Cherie Hoyt and Jeremy (Heather) Hoyt; seven grandchildren; and her dog, Buster.
    She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard “Richie” Dicken, Jr.; and stepson, Scott Allen Hoyt.
    Shelly has very many friends and loved ones who will greatly miss her fun-loving, caring, and giving soul. She had a beautiful smile that lit up any room. Her “Shelly stories” were always very comical.
    Shelly attended Danville High School and Parkland College to become a dental assistant. She worked at Illiana VA dental clinic. Shelly was more than a dental assistant, she was a friend and mentor to friends, co-workers, and veterans. She tried to help them see the light of Christ in their time of need.
    Shelly’s main interests were faith and family, often taking the grandchildren to church. She also enjoyed gardening, games, movies, and decorating.

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October 2020

    PATRICIA DAVIS, 82, of Fairmount, passed away at 2:16 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 24, 2020 at the University Rehabilitation Center of C-U, Urbana. Arrangements are pending at Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois.

    TONY LEON BERLIN, 89, of Sidell, passed away at 12:45 a.m., Sat., Sept. 26, 2020, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville. He was born on Nov. 22, 1930, in Sidell, Ill., the son of Wade and Dorothy (Reed) Berlin. He was married to Wanda Meldahl on Feb. 14, 1954, until her passing in March of 1988.
    Tony is survived by his children, John (Paula) Berlin, James (Ruby) Berlin, and Irene (Kary) Morrison; his grandchildren, Jennifer (Josh) Ingold, Lisa (Cane) Abalakobski, and Anthony (Kayla) Morrison; and his great-grandchildren, Cane Abalakobski II, Brady Ingold, and Hadley Ingold.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sisters, Marie Sprouls, Betty Berlin and Rita Berlin.
    Tony was a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War as a medic. He enjoyed tractor pulling, Indy 500, and antique tractors.
    A Funeral Service was held Sept. 30 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with Pastor Craig Roller officiating. He was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell.

    PATRICIA M. DAVIS, 82, of Fairmount, passed away at 2:16 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at the University Rehabilitation Center of C-U, Urbana, Illinois.
    Patricia was born June 16, 1938 in Sidell to James and Helen Hillary Torbit. She married Robert S. Davis on Sept. 13, 1957 in Fairmount. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2015. Surviving are two sons, Gary Davis of Fairmount and Greg Davis of Jamaica; one daughter, Tammy Denton of Georgetown; one brother, Jimmy (Luann) Torbit of Westville; one sister, Beverly (Billy Joe) Hockett of Sidell; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister-in-law and one daughter-in-law.
Patricia was a beautician for over 30 years and operated her own in-home beauty shop. She enjoyed camping and fishing, flea markets, quilting, and spending summers in Del Rio, Texas.
    Private family graveside services will be held at Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount, with Chris Lawler officiating.
    Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    MARTA SUZANNE MEERS of Fairmount, was called home by Jesus surrounded by family in her home on Oct. 2, 2020, at the age of 77.
    Marta, affection-ately known as “Tootie,” was driven by a zest for life and a love of family and friends. A warm woman whose gentle touch and kind words put at ease strangers and family alike, Marta had an iron will, keen intellect, and a genuine curiosity for the world that propelled her beyond her beginnings in rural Illinois to the upper rungs of corporate America.
    Born on July 6, 1943 in Hoopeston, to Dorothy “Dottie” Lloyd-Miller and Donald “Don” L. Miller, Marta was a precocious child with an adventurous streak that she inherited from her mother. With the support of her husband, she graduated magna cum laude from Lakeview College of Nursing in 1976. She went on to become a registered nurse, director of nursing, and administrator with Americana Health Care Facilities and ManorCare.
    In 1990, she left Illinois for Florida to oversee ManorCare’s skilled nursing and assisted living operations as Regional Director of Operations in Florida and Georgia, a position she held until the her retirement in 1998. She returned to Illinois in 1999 to be closer to family.
Marta married the love of her life, James “Jim” Meers, on Feb. 24, 1967. They spent their time raising their three children, spoiling their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoying countless walks and bike rides together.
    An enthusiastic cruciverbalist and avid news consumer, Marta was always willing to lend an empathetic ear and wise words of advice. Like her mother, she was a gifted cook and hostess who, along with her sister and best friend, Chris, filled her home with the scent of pies, roasts, and breads during family holidays.
    She was also an active member of Catlin Church of Christ and a staunch Democrat who rarely shied away from a political debate. Marta’s love and warmth will be missed by all who knew her.
    She is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years; son, Shane (Tammy) Hopper; daughters, Jane Ferber and Lea Anne (George) Barnes; nine grandchildren, Travis (Sophie) Ferber, Jan-Eike (Hele) Thomssen, Tyler (Whitney) Ferber, Josh (Tyler) Alexander, Herald (Yvette) Barnes, Mackenzie (Thomas) Gannon, Hillary Lyons (Zach Taylor), Christa (Tanner) Sawka and Patricia Rhoades; 15 great-grandchildren with three on the way; sister, Chris (Carl) Robertson; brother, Lloyd Miller; special sisters-in-law, Brenda Miller, Rose Miller, Rita Blue, and Sharon (Tom) Fletcher; and nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Miller; in-laws, Charles and Wilma Meers; brother-in-law, Lyle Blue; granddaughter, Megan Barnes; and nephew, Gerod Miller.
    A Celebration of Life Service was held Oct. 6, at Sunset Funeral Home. Officiating was Marta’s nephew, Pastor Brent Miller. She was laid to rest at Allhands Cemetery in Danville.

    SHEREE ELLEN LOOP DEFFENBAUGH, 63, of Sidell, passed away on Oct. 13, 2020 at home. Born March 22, 1957, she was the daughter of Earl Forest Loop and Marcella “Sally” Cox Loop of Sidell.
    Sheree was a 1975 graduate of Jamaica High School. She and Rodney coached little league baseball and softball for 13 years. They also were owners of Derf’s Pub in Sidell for six years. She was a cook and loved cooking for the Beta Theta Pi Chapter Fraternity at the University of Illinois and worked there for 18 years.
    Sheree and Rodney enjoyed their pets – a dog, B.B. Joe and two cats, Iggy and Tom.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Sue “Cinda” Pope and Lennie Monroe; and one brother, Kenny Loop.
    Sheree leaves behind her husband; one brother, Barry (Peg) Loop of Sidell; one sister, Lisa (Kevin) Mackey of Champaign; a son, Jake (Darcey) Deffenbaugh of Sidell and their children, Austin, Sophia, Emma and Avery; and a daughter, Brenna (Jeremy) George of St. Joseph and their children, Bailey, Konner, Maddy, Khloe and Gunnar; and one great-granddaughter, Alaini.
    Per Sheree’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. Memorial services will be held at a later date with family and friends.
    Sheree loved her grandkids and loved attending all of their ballgames of which she rarely missed.

    LARRY DEAN SMITH, Born Aug. 20, 1954, at Lakeview Hospital, Danville, Ill.
    Larry, (a.k.a. Deigo), was the third born to his late parents, Sidney N. and Bessie R. VanValkenburg Smith.
    He is survived by his sister, Sharon A. Corcione of Chapel Hill, N.C.; his brother, Gary E. Smith of Ridge Farm; and his younger sister Kathleen S. (Katie) Row of Pasadena, Texas.
After graduating Jamaica Consolidated High School in 1972, Larry became a commercial truck driver. For many years he drove hauls between Chicago, Texas, and Louisiana. Later he worked as a truck mechanic. At the end of his working career Larry retired and spent time working odd jobs and spending his leisure time with the love of his life – riding his Honda Shadow.
    Late summer of 2020 Larry was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. He passed away Oct. 1, 2020 at the age of 66.
    Larry is interred with his mother at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
   

    DICK HIRD went to his true home on Oct. 9, 2020. Dick was born on Oct. 26, 1933, to John and Lois Hird in Ottumwa, Iowa.
    He had two brothers, Robert and Thomas, who preceded him in death; and a half-sister, Rozanne Hird.
    Dick married his high school sweetheart, Vila “Lucy” Campbell, in 1952.
    He was proud of their two children, Randy and Candy. In 1975 their family increased by two more when Randy married Chris Remole and Candy married Dennis Miller. Six grandchildren were the result of these additions, five grandsons – Daniel (Jenny) Miller, Aaron(Amy) Hird, Brandon (Jill) Hird, Andrew (Emily) Miller, and Denton(Mariah) Hird; one granddaughter, Rachel (Chris) Miller Sherck and 18 great-grandchildren. He considered many people from across the world (Haiti, India, Vietnam, Australia) family. He adopted in his heart as a granddaughter Michaela Hallett.
    He was a journeyman tool and die maker, always longing for more education. While working full time earned an MBA from Eastern Illinois University.
    He retired in 1996 as the President and CEO of Estad Products. After retirement, he became a substitute teacher at Westville High School. The students there affectionately called him Grandpa.
    He was an outstanding athlete, excelling in fastpitch softball and golf. He was also an accomplished referee in softball, football, and basketball and officiated many big high school basketball games of the ’70s and ’80s.
    Through all of this life, Dick’s two abiding lights were his deep faith and commitment to Jesus Christ and his love and devotion to his family. Dick worshiped at the Community Church of God since 1957 serving in many positions. He served the General Church as a special assignment missionary to Australia and took over 30 mission trips to Haiti (leading nearly all of these trips). He visited every state and several other countries to please his wife, but his favorite place was home. One of his favorite places was Table Rock Lake in Missouri, starting a family vacation tradition.
    He will be deeply missed. The song that he sang to all his children, as he held them and rocked them to sleep was, Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Yes, Jesus loves me. This was the essence of his life.
    A celebration of that life will be held at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions be made to help Haiti. Dr. Mark Fulton through Mission Haiti Medical P.O Box 2252 Anderson, Ind. 46018 (www.missionhaitimedical.org/giving/) or help support the Haitian Bakery that he helped start by sending funds to Phyliss Newby through Hand to the Plow Ministries, 16221 Rawls Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 (plow.org/phyllis-newby/).
    Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    RUTH WINONA BLAKENEY ROBERTSON, 103, passed away on Aug. 26, 2020 in her home in Altoona, Wis. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thurs., Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Wayne Blakeney building in Ridge Farm with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery.
    Ruth was born in Central Park, Ill. Feb. 2,1917, the daughter of Evart and Rena Downing. She attended Daniel School in Danville and graduated Georgetown High School in 1935.
In 1937 Ruth married John Blakeney and they had three children. They lived in Monmouth, Ind. where John ran a restaurant with his brother, Wayne Blakeney, and later moved to Terre Haute where John was chef at the Terre Haute House. They moved to Westville, where they bought and ran a rooming house with a restaurant. They eventually settled in Ridge Farm. Ruth was an employee in the plastic factory in Georgetown, a typesetter for the local newspaper and a waitress at The Hut and Ridgeway Lanes. It was at The Hut that she waited on Elvis Presley in 1956, a week before he appeared on Ed Sullivan. John and Ruth spent summers in Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. In Florida several celebrities had summer homes there, so Ruth got to dance with Milton Eisenhower, a brother to Dwight. She also was Elizabeth Taylor’s parent’s waitress.
    Art was prevalent in her life. She sold over 100 paintings before she had her first art lesson. She enrolled at EIU at age 52 and graduated with a Bachelors in education in 1973. She taught art and sewing at Schlarman High School for nine years. Traveling to Italy with her class was the highlight of her career, as she marveled at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
She married her second husband, Dallas Robertson in 1977 and they lived in Champaign many years. After retiring from teaching, she worked at a gift shop at the Chancellor Hotel in Champaign. A year after her husband’s death, she moved to Wisconsin to be by her daughters as she was diagnosed with macular degeneration.
    Ruth enjoyed badminton, biking, climbing trees, sledding, painting, drawing, sculpting, jewelry making, pottery, weaving and square dancing. She shared her spiritual life with her daughters.
    Ruth is survived by two daughters, Sharon Sue (Richard) Gunn of Eleva, Wis., and Debra (Robert) Wiseman-Raasch of Eau Claire, Wis.; a sister, Joyce Hollingsworth of Fort Mill, S.C.; seven grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; five siblings; both husbands; her daughter, Sheryl Dailey, her two grandchildren, Colleen and Tyrel; and her significant other, George.
    Donations can be sent to the art department at EIU or the Salvation Army of Vermilion County that helped her as a child.

    BETTE RAE PIRIE, age 84, of Catlin, passed away Sun., Oct. 11, 2020, at home with her daughters, and son at her side.
    The Pirie family would like to invite you to a “come and go” visitation and celebration of Bette Rae this Sat., Oct. 17 from 2-4 p.m. at The First Assembly, 428 N. Walnut in Danville.
Bette Rae was born April 14, 1936 in Laurens, Iowa.
    Surviving are her daughter, Brenda (Chris) Hawkins of Manassas, Va.; son, Brent Pirie of Orlando, Fla.; and daughter-in-law Bonnie Pirie of Catlin; and her beloved nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
    Bette Rae was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lynn Pirie; her mother, Evelyn (Richardson, Dodson) Alpers; father, Melvin Dodson; and stepdad, William Alpers; her son, Brian Pirie; her grandson, Michael Pirie; her sibling, Larry Dodson; and brothers-in-law, David Alpers and Bill Alpers.
    Bette Rae was married to her high school sweetheart, Bob, for over 64 years. She grew up on a farm in Iowa before moving to Illinois. She was a leader in TOPS as an area captain, area coordinator for over 30 years. She was involved in church leadership in the ministry of helps, serving in many capacities and as a wedding coordinator for over 30 years.
    Bette Rae cultivated a Godly heritage as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, mentor and friend. Her life and legacy, gifts and talents will continue to live on in all the lives that she touched.
Gift memorials can be made to Hillery Assembly of God, 19454 N. Henning Rd., Danville, Ill. 61832.

    LISA ANN TURPIN O’NEILL, 56, of Loxahatchee, Fla., formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 8:23 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
    Lisa attended Fairmount Grade School and graduated Jamaica High School in 1982, before graduating from Parkland Community College in 1985 with her license in Practical Nursing. Lisa continued her education at Miami Dade College graduating with her license in RN in 1993.
    Lisa was born on July 15, 1964, in Danville, daughter of Wayne and Connie (Fitzsimmons) Turpin. She married Patrick Michael O’Neil on May 1, 1993, in Pompano Beach, Fla; he survives and resides in Loxahatchee, Fla.
    Survivors include one daughter, Shannon O’Neil of Sunapee, N.H.; her mother-in-law; one sister, Mary (John) Kuczera of Champaign; two brother-in-laws; a sister-in-law; three nephews and a niece.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law.
    Lisa spent her lifelong career at the VA Hospital as an RN. She loved her Vets. Her pride and joy was her daughter and enjoyed watching her play softball, as well as her continued accomplishments throughout life.
    There will be a memorial scheduled at a later date. The family has requested memorials sent to Friends of Fisher House West Palm Beach, 7305 N. Military Trail West, Palm Beach, FL 33410. Leave messages at www.wpbfisherhouse.org.

    BEVERLY J. HOCKETT, 73, of Sidell, passed away at 9:08 a.m. on Sun., Oct. 18, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Beverly was born Dec. 8, 1946 in Danville, to James and Helen Hillary Torbit. She married Billy Hockett on Nov. 4, 1984 in Georgetown. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Dawn (Barry) Eakle of Sidell and Shawn Maskel (Ron Orndorff) of Vancouver, Wash.; two stepsons, Allen (Dawn) Hockett of Sidell and Brent Hockett of Taylorville; one brother, Jim Torbit of Westville; three grandsons, Byrn Eakle, Jordan Eakle and Jared Eakle; one step grandson, Travis Hockett. Beverly was preceded in death by one brother and sister-in-law, Donnie (Betsy) Torbit; and one sister Patty Davis.
    Beverly had worked as a hairdresser for over 30 years. She was an animal lover and enjoyed riding horses. She also enjoyed doing crafts and taking them to market, mushroom hunting and attending her grandkids’ activities.
    Private services will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin, with Joe Eakle officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials may be made to CARA Animal Shelter in Tilton in her memory. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    JAMES R. WILLIS, 83, of Indianola passed away at 9:04 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 15, 2020 at his home.
    James was born on July 8, 1937 in Indianola, the son of James W. and Mabel Reed Willis. He married Patsy White Nov. 10, 1978 in Indianola. She survives.
    Other survivors include three daughters, Kimberly (Chad) Pridemore of Indianola, Karla (Sherri) Wolfe of Danville, and Amy (Robert) Fillers of Indianola; four step-children, Bonnie (Ralph) Williams of Ridge Farm, Mike (Daphne) High of Danville, Cathy (Steve) Jordan of Danville and Bill (Carla) High of Catlin; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a special niece, Tammy Hill of Danville. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
    James was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany. He retired from Hyster after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Georgetown American Legion Dornblaser Post 203. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed mowing, gardening and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.
    As per his wishes, James will be cremated and no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

 

    JOYCE M. INGRAM, 74, of Danville passed away at 11:05 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2020 at the Waters of Covington, Ind.
    Joyce was born March 23, 1946.
    She was the daughter of William Farrell and Reva Margaret (Pittman) Dickison in Danville. She married Raymond Ingram on Aug. 11, 1988 in Paris and he preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 2008. They had resided near Indianola.
    Survivors include a daughter, Margaret (Cris) Songer of Danville; a son, Michael (Scott) Ingram of Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Louis (Lois) Dickison of Alvin; her grandchildren, Brandy Jones, Colt Songer, Dalton (Andrew) Williams, Leo Songer, Myka Ingram, Maddison Shearer-Ingram and David Richards; as well as her great-grandchildren, Krystal, Dylan, Kira, Avery, Andrew Jr, Konner and Karmen.
    Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Raymond; her son, Claude Corwin Jr.; a brother, Farrell Eugene “Pete” Dickison; a sister, Sharon Davis; as well as a daughter-in-law, Natosha Ingram (Griffin).
    Joyce was employed with Essex Wire in Hoopeston, until they closed, then she went to work at Valmont. This is where she had to retire due to health conditions. She then chose to do at home/assisted living care.
    Joyce enjoyed playing Bingo, Bunko and or any other game, as well as fishing and spending time with her family were some of her favorite things to enjoy.
    A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

November 2020

    CHARLES E. JONES, 82, of Fithian passed away at 2:40 PM on October 24, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Charles was born on April 27, 1938 the son of Alva and Mabel (Hatfield) Jones in Danville, IL. He married Carol L. Cessna on June 17, 1961 in Danville, IL and she survives.
    Survivors include his wife, Carol Jones of Fithian, one daughter, Brenda (fiancee Vern Mayberry) Hafner of Oakwood, IL, two sisters, Doris Danner of Homer, IL and Barb Parr of Oakwood, IL, four grandchildren, Brendan (Chelsi) Hafner of Danville, IL, Brianne Hafner of Oakwood, IL, Nathan Mayberry of Bartow, FL and Josh Mayberry of New River, NC, as well as a great-granddaughter, Becca Hafner, a great-grandson, Landonn Mayberry along with several nieces and nephews.
    Charles is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Bradley and one brother, Richard Jones, and two sisters, Maxine Collum and Donna Clay.
    Charles is a member of Muncie Baptist Church and the PollyWogs Association. He retired after 41 year of service from Esco Corp. and was also the co-owner and operator of J&P Disposal and later Jones Disposal. Charles enjoyed spending his free time with his grandchildren, manicuring his yard, fishing any chance he got and supporting Oakwood High School athletics. He was also a dedicated Cardinal and Illini fan.
    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834. Pastor Dave Garver will officiate. Burial will be in Stearns Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the funeral home.
    It is kindly requested that those in attendance of the visitation or service wear a mask and practice social distancing.
    Memorials may be made in Charles’ memory to the Muncie Baptist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
    Please join Charles’ family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com,

    CHARLES W. DELBRIDGE, 84, of Sidell passed away at 10:29 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2020 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat,, Nov. 7, 2020 at the Payne Cemetery in rural Brocton.
    Charles was born Jan. 11, 1936 in Rutherford County, Tenn. to Willie and Zettie (Hollis) Delbridge. He married Ruth (Lyda) (Driver) Delbridge on July 23, 1953. She passed away on June 15, 2005.
    He is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Dale) Richter and Pam (Bill) Carrigan; three sons, Glenn (Kathy) Delbridge, Kevin Delbridge and David (Lisa) Delbridge. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, including two special grandchildren, Matthew Delbridge and Lucas Delbridge; fourteen great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Nell Douglas (Tenn.), Louis Key (Texas), and Dorothy Whitehead (Tenn.).
    He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two children, one brother, and three sisters.
    Charles had many interests over the years, including hunting and fishing, woodworking, photography, collecting Indian artifacts (“Indian rocks” as he called them), gardening and tracing his family heritage. One of his greatest joys was “going home” to Tennessee to visit.
    Charles was a large contributor to the Sidell community with his many years of service to the Sidell Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service. Charles was an active member of the Westville Sportsman’s Club, where he enjoyed dinning and shooting at the range.
    In addition, Charles held a 33 year membership to the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Illinois, Ogden Lodge #0754. Charles retired from Danville Metal Stamping.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sidell Fire Department.

    STEVE JORDAN JR, 63, of Danville passed away at 2:26 a.m. Sun., Nov. 1, 2020 at his home.
    Steve was born on March 30, 1957 in Danville to Steve and Ruth Petit Jordan. He married Cathy High on Sept. 18, 1999 in Ridge Farm. She survives.
    Also surviving are; three sons, Mike (Jessica) Jordan of Georgetown, Eric (Lindsay Nigra) Jordan of Georgetown, and Matt Jordan of Ridge Farm; two stepchildren, Drew (Hannah) Landis of Danville and Colby Landis of Danville; one sister: Kay (Jim) Bonebrake of Oswego; 10 grandchildren, Bella, Quinn, Liam, Aubriana, Brayden, Cambree, Moses, Lucy, Honora and Henry; three nephews, Jim (Felicia) Bonbrake, Scott Bonebrake, and Jeff Bonebrake. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Steve was a bread man for over 30 years. He was an avid Cubs fan and loved taking care of his yard. Most of all, he loved his kids and grandkids.
    Graveside services were 11 a.m. today (Thursday) Nov. 5 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Sam George will officiate.
    Memorials may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 332 W Marion St. Suite N1, Forsythe, IL 62535. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of services. On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.robisonchapel.com.

    JOSEPH BENTON FOX, 91, of Danville passed away on Sat., Oct. 31, 2020 at his home.
Joseph was born on Jan. 21, 1929 in Fairmount, the son of Willis B. Fox and Grace Hedges Fox. He married Patricia Ann Dowers on July 10, 1954. She survives.
    Other survivors include two daughters: Diana (Bob) Kmetz of Edwardsville and Teresa (Mark) Steinbaugh of Bismarck; one brother: Marion Fox of Decatur; and one sister: Marjorie Block of Sanford, NC. Also surviving are four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
    Joe was a veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War. He worked as a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Fairmount and Homer. He was a member of the Danville American Legion Post 210.
    Joe loved to fish, hunt, look for mushrooms and collect Indian artifacts that he found over the years. He enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada, Shelbyville and Branson with family and friends. He was an avid bridge player and enjoyed a good game of chess.
As per his wishes, Joseph will be cremated, and a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). Krabel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online messages of sympathy may be left at www.krabelfuneralhome.com.

    GERALD E. McMASTERS, 79, of Catlin passed away at 5:24 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Gerald was born Nov. 2, 1941 in Vermillion County, Ind. to Samuel and Ruth Thompson McMasters. He married Pamela Sue Selby on June 3, 1994 in Danville. She preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 2018.
    Surviving are three daughters, Rhonda Painter of Chrisman, Jerri Anne (Mark) Hewitt of Catlin and Christine (Brian) Rudnicke of Rantoul; one brother, Paul (Jean) McMasters of Cayuga; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
    He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
    Gerald served in the US Army. He worked at the General Motors foundry for 30 years. He was a member of the Danville Moose Lodge, the Catlin American Legion and the United Church of Tilton. He enjoyed radio controlled airplanes.
    Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at the National Cemetery in Danville with Darin Perkins officiating. Catlin American Legion will provide military honors. Masks and social distancing will be required at the service.
    Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

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