Obituaries 2021

January 2021

    Vicki S. (Finley) Delhaye was ushered into Glory on Jan. 11, 2021, surrounded by her children Leah, Ricky, Mike, and Cammy. She was welcomed at Heaven’s Gates by her beloved mother and her grandson, Shane, who she got to hold in her arms for the first time.
    Vicki was born on March 27, 1950 to John and Donna Finley and was a lifelong resident of Georgetown. Her siblings, Karen (Bill) Smith, Donna Kay Meeker and Gary (Laura) Finley, survive, along with many special nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving, her Aunt Jodi (Ken) Windle and Uncle Art (Carol) Finley. She also leaves behind lifelong friend, Brenda (Mike) Larson.
    Vicki coveted time spent with her children, Leah (Mike) Warren and Richard (Cammy) Delhaye. Words cannot express the pride and joy she possessed for her three grandsons, Justin Warren, Kaleb and Chase Delhaye, all of whom were extremely close and deeply devoted to their Nana. Her kids and grandsons were her world and her life was dedicated to making them happy – it was never about herself.
    She was adventurous, and loved to travel. She would spend months planning family vacations and looking forward to their time together at destinations such as Walt Disney, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Destin and Mackinac Island. She was fortunate to enjoy many adventures with her mother and sisters in Branson and Tennessee. She had a lifelong passion for the piano and enjoyed several concerts with her family. She also looked forward to “Sister’s Night,” when they would watch movies and have dinner together.
    She was truly a beautiful and gifted woman, placing her special touch on multiple weddings, birthdays and showers. She was the life of the party and her sweet smile lit up the room and brought joy to those who saw it.
    She was very imaginative and was always looking for the latest craft designs (from macramé, to quilted bricks, to sweeper bunnies! You never knew what she would be gifting you with next!)
    Vicki’s long career in the newspaper business began at the Georgetown Independent News, founded by her long-time friends Hubert and Jill Hotchkiss. She enjoyed working at the paper with her special friend and cousin, Linda Dyer Cummins.
    After the paper sold to the Lenhart family, she advanced to the position of editor, and was blessed to be able to work with them for many years (still helping type auction listings for Kerry Lenhart, clear up until she became ill in October).
    After she retired from the News-Gazette, she was fortunate to continue working at The Sidell Reporter until October. Over the years, Vicki won many awards and accolades for her creative writing and flair for ad design. For many years she penned a column “From Where I Sit” – filled with humorous or thought-provoking articles. One of the exciting elements of working for a newspaper was getting to interview up-and-coming artists– one of them being Garth Brooks!
    Vicki had a beautiful sense of humor and was a wonderful friend and great companion who loved helping others. She was supportive of anyone who just needed to talk– offering sound advice and comfort. Vicki was a wordsmith, she was the first person to call when searching for the perfect word.
    Her presence will always be remembered while sharing family stories at the dining room table. There are so many wonderful memories to cherish, and to say she will be missed greatly underestimates her role in the lives of those she leaves behind.
    A private celebration of Vicki’s life with immediate family members will be held Saturday at Liberty Independent Church in Georgetown where she was a member for many years.     Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

    WILMENA A. McNEESE, 77, passed away at 11:25 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 9, 2021 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    Wilmena was born on Dec. 28, 1943 in Danville to Jesse and Lucille Morgan Sigman. She married Carl O. McNeese, Jr. of Jamaica on Sept. 5, 1964 in Danville. He survives.
Survivors also include two sons, Carl O. (Don Buskirk) McNeese III of Indianapolis, Ind.; Christopher McNeese of Pilot Point, Texas; two daughters, Cheryl (Rick) Marteeny of Glen Carbon, Cathy McNeese of Stauton; one brother, William (Sue) Sigman of Georgetown; and six grandchildren.
    Wilmena worked at the U of I Cooperative Extension office as a secretary for over 15 years. She attended the Central Park Church of Christ in Tilton. Wilmena was in Home Extension and also a 4-H leader in Georgetown.
    In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Diabetes Association. Robison Chapel in Catlin is assisting the family. On-line condolences at

    JOANN WILLIAMS, 88, of Jamaica passed away at 7:47 p.m. Fri., Jan. 29, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Betty Joann was born Jan. 29, 1933 in rural Jamaica, Illinois, the daughter of Glen and Nora Orr McComas. Joann married James A. “Jim” Williams Dec. 30, 1951 in Danville. Jim preceded her in death Nov. 12, 2016.
    Survivors include one daughter, Mary Jane Williams of Jamaica; and one granddaughter, Carrie Orwig; two great-grandchildren, Connor Bond and Jackson Orwig. Joann was also preceded in death by one brother.
    She had been involved in the banking business for over 30 years, beginning at the First National of Catlin, and later the Oakwood bank. She was also the clerk for Jamaica Township for many years. Her greatest passion was being with her great grandchildren.
    Private Graveside rites will be at Mount Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her memory. On-line condolences at

    LARRY CARTER, 71, passed away at 12 noon on Wed., Jan. 6, 2021 at Gardenview Manor in Danville.
    Larry was born Oct. 18, 1949 in Danville to Jack and Bonnie McNees Carter.
    Survivors include a son, Adam Lee Carter; one sister, Marilyn (Dan) Moore of Chrisman. Larry is preceded in death by both of his parents.
    Larry served in the US Navy. He also attended the U of I. He also had been a long time farmer.
    Graveside services were held at Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin. Robison Chapel is assisting the family. On-line condolences at

    ROBERT “BOB” JOINER, 90, of Catlin passed away on Tues., Jan. 26, 2021 at 5:25 p.m. at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    How does one summarize a 90-year life in 500 words? A life well-lived as a husband to Yvonne (Nettro) whom he married on Aug. 7, 1949 in Danville. A father to Chèrie (Stephen) Whipple), a brother to Jack, uncle to Steve, Debbie, Jamie, Melissa, and Mark, and friend to so many for decades too numerous to count.
    Robert began his journey in Covington, Ind., as the son of Burt Joiner and Martha Thompson White on Oct. 15, 1930. He played basketball and baseball while in school, served in the U.S. Air Force, was a member of the American Legion, Catlin Lions Club and the Catlin Church of Christ.
    When not in his garden or watching a ballgame on television, he tinkered with friends at the local garage or with brother-in-law, Jack Gilkison. He passed out the ‘menu’ as he called it every Sunday at church for years with his friend, Danny Rose, and talked trains with his neighbor, Herb Nevels and his friend Gene Martin.
    Bob could always be counted on to play several hands of cards even when Yvonne and her sister, Yvetta Gilkison, routinely won the games. Just as likely he could be found enjoying country music by himself or reading.
Bob worked at the Norfolk and Southern Railway for over 40 years. He was never the engineer but he told the trains where to park and when to go from the Tilton yard office and he made sure that Chèrie was able to assist the engineer at least a few times as a youngster.
    Until recent years, annual trips took the Joiner family from California to New York, Florida to Canada, stopping at every Stuckeys and Howard Johnson’s along the way. His love of travel and history provided a rich foundation for his daughter.
    He shared a passion for watching basketball and baseball with the love of his life and best friend, Yvonne, for over 70 years. He loved any kind of pie and tomatoes right out of the garden. In reality, everything out of the garden or cooked by Yvonne or Chèrie were readily consumed.
    Bob was a garden-variety, porch-swinging philosopher who learned as much about what was important in life from the Bowery Boys and the movie, Old Yeller, as any multi-degreed professor. His quiet wisdom, loyalty to friends, devotion to God, and perpetual funny bone will be greatly missed.
    Bob joined the band of angels on Tuesday evening, Jan. 26, 2021.
    As he often quoted “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
Private funeral services will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials in his memory to the donor’s choice.

    RAWLYN ROYAL ROSS, from Catlin, was ushered into the presence of Jesus at age 89 on Mon., Jan. 18, 2021. He was born March 30, 1931, to the late Lilbert and Bernice (Fitzimmons) Ross of Catlin.
    In 1944, Rawlyn met Joann Cox in high school, and they were married on Sept. 15, 1951, at Catlin Church of Christ. Rawlyn worked at Olin and Lincoln Mercury in Danville, then started a painting business with his best friend, Floyd White. He then had a successful career in Real Estate and as an insurance salesman with AFLAC.
    He was on the town board, school board, church ministries, Sunday school teacher, and announced for the football team and ran clock at high school basketball games.
    Joann and Rawlyn raised four children in Catlin, and he and Joann lived there until they were 60. They then moved to Johnson City, Tenn., in 1991, where they were members of First Christian Church. Their final move was in 2018 to Centerville, Ohio, until his passing.
    He was a devoted husband and a very loving dad. He and Joann took great joy and pride in their children and allowed them to be who God created them to be. They lived their lives for their children and grandchildren. They embodied Psalm 127:3-5 as they have left an incredible legacy.
    Rawlyn is preceded in death by his wife, Joann, his brother Larry and his son-in-law, Bill Smith.
    He is survived by his children, Randy (Tammy) Ross, Becky Ross, Sarah (Mark) Wright, and Rachel Smith; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, JoAnne Blankenship and Sona Rose; and three brothers, Jerry Ross, Danny Ross, and Ed Ross.
Rawlyn always loved to bring candy and flowers to the medical staff that he would encounter to make sure they knew they were appreciated and acknowledged.
    In lieu of flowers, please send a note of appreciation and gift to any medical professional. A gathering will be held later in Catlin with the burial of ashes of both he and Joann at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin. To leave condolences for the family, please visit

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February 2021

Long-time Sidell supporter dies
    RON BROWN, 85, of Sidell passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Arrangements are incomplete at Sunset Funeral Home in Westville.

    ROBERT DEAN SNELL, 91, of Danville passed away at 10:58 a.m. on Sun., Feb. 7, 2021 at his home.
    Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tues., Feb. 16 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Danville.
    Visitation will be held 12 noon to 1 p.m. ahead of services. Masks and social distancing will be required for entrance into the funeral home.
    Robert was born on Nov. 20, 1929, in Danville to Lester and Vivian Krider Snell. He married Carolyn Deeken on Feb. 13, 1979 in Danville. She survives.
    Also surviving are: one son, Robert L. (Lola) Snell of Georgetown; three daughters, Daf Spezia of Westville, Mollie (Doug) Pletch of Sidell and Taffie Clark of Monmouth; two step-daughters, Deborah Gouard of Danville and Anita (Tim) O’Mellan of Youngstown, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Laura (Dink) Donaldson, Bobbi (Brian) Cosat, Chesli Nigra, Lindsay Nigra, DJ Pletch, Tonya (Ryan) Taylor, Keith (Sheri) Pletch, Lexi Clark, and Mollie Clark; three step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
    Robert is preceded in death by his mother, step-father, Herb Hageman, step-son Eddie Burris, and granddaughter, Meghan Nigra.
    Robert served in the US Army. He had worked for the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of the General MacArthur Honor Guard, Illinois Sheriffs Association, Civil War Roundtable, Wounded Warrior Project and was a part of the Honor Flight in 2015. He was also a lifetime member of the Vermilion County Museum.
    Robert really enjoyed traveling from vacationing in the Canary Islands to traveling to almost every country in Europe. He enjoyed collecting fossils, minerals, Native American artifacts. He also enjoyed photography, bird watching and loved feeding the squirrels. While living in Germany with his wife, they enjoyed Volksmarching.
    Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, the Vermilion County Museum, or the Vermilion County War Museum.
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    JOSEPH M. BARNARD, 84, passed away on Tues., Feb. 2, 2021 at his home in Fairmount.
    He was born on March 28, 1936 the son of Joseph and Florence Barnard in Chicago. He leaves behind his companion of four years, Karen Oehlsen; four children; and a sister, Rosemary Kazak.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter.
    Joseph was an active member of the Sidney United Church and he enjoyed playing Bridge and Euchre. He also enjoyed being on the computer.
    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville is in charge of arrangements. Per Joseph’s wishes he will be cremated.
    Memorial donations may be made to Sidney United Church, 501 E. Main St. Sidney, IL 61877 or Antioch Baptist Church Food Bank , 311 N. Collett Street, Danville, IL 61832.

    RONALD “RON” BROWN, 85, of Sidell, passed away at 5:09 p.m., Mon., Feb. 8, 2021, at his home.
    He was born on Oct. 31, 1935, in Danville, the son of Max and Lela (Hubbard)Brown. On July 2, 1955, he was united in marriage to Janet Burnworth in Sidell. She will miss him dearly.
    Ron is also survived by his daughters, Becky (Bruce) Stark and Lori Brown; grandchildren, Sara Jo Brown, Katlyn (Austin Williams) Salinas, and Cole (Katie) Stark; great-grandchildren, Isabella Sophia Salinas and Cruz Alan Romero; daughter-in-law, Cathy Brown; cousin, Cy (Jan) Hubbard; and his extended family, Steven Rannenbarger and Amy Huddleson.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Keith Brown and his son, Alan Brown.
    Ron served in the Army National Guard. He worked for the Vermilion County Highway Department for 44 years and served on the Merit Commission. He helped his community by serving on the Sidell Village Board and Sidell Fire Department. He formerly belonged to the Sidell Lions Club and was part of the Masonic Lodge Olive Branch #38 in Danville. He achieved the 32 Degree Mason and served as past Master.
    Ron enjoyed trap shooting and gardening. He collected metal die cast planes and enjoyed watching the History Channel. He loved his family and will be much remembered by all whose lives he touched.
    A Masonic Service began Ron’s celebration of life at Sidell United Methodist Church Feb. 12. Joe Eakle gave the eulogy. He was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Arrangements were handled by Sunset Funeral Home, Westville. Memorial donations may be given in his name to Sidell United Methodist Church.

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

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

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March 2021

    DONNIE “JOE” HALE, 69, of Abbott, Texas passed away Jan. 31, 2021 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas.
    Joe was born Feb. 5, 1951 in Danville, the son of the late Donald and Florence (Bixler) Hale. He was a graduate of Jamaica High School.
    On July 5, 1975 he was united in marriage to Dianna Phillips in Ridge Farm.
Joe was a member of Abbott Baptist Church. He was an electrician for Chapparal Steel, now Gerdau Metals in Midlothian, for the past 35 years. He previously worked for Hyster Fork Lift and Murdock Coal Mine in Murdock.
    Joe enjoyed all sports, mowing his yard, being outdoors, working on cars, taking care of all his animals and collecting Santa Clauses and pocket knives. He loved spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren.
    Survivors include his beloved wife of 46 years, Dianna Hale of Abbott; his children, Joshua Hale and Jared (Susan) Hale, both of Abbott, and Jon (Sarah) Hale of Houston; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; his siblings, Nancy (Dale) Burnett, Cathy (Gene) Hutson, Jerry (Chrissy) Hale, Donna (Otto) Collins, and Teresa (Danny) Ross; his brothers-in-law, Howard Phillips, James (Pauline) Phillips, and Stephen Phillips; and many nieces, nephews.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
    Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West was in charge of arrangements.

    WILLIAM “BILL” F. COOK, 73 of Danville formerly of Indianola, passed away at 8:55 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 24, 2021 at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    He was a 1967 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    No services will be held. Private inurnment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    MICHAEL RAY HUTSON, 59, of Chrisman, passed away Wed., March 3, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    He was born Aug. 3, 1961 in Clinton, Ind. to William Royd and Elsie Lorene (Cook) Hutson. He married Lori Ann Craft, she survives.
    Michael was a resident of Chrisman for over 30 years. He enjoyed evening rides on his bike, collecting things to repair, and getting a cup of coffee with friends at the café.
    Michael is survived by his wife, five children, Freddy Mills of Rantoul, Amber Cook of Chrisman, Anthony Mills of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Damien Mills of Chrisman and Tylon Mills of Danville; two brothers, Bill (Shari) Hutson of Georgetown and Gene (Cathy) Hutson of Carlinville; 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Bradley Mills.

    JOHN J. HINOTE, 91, of Fairmount, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Sat., March 13, 2021 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    John was born on May 17, 1929 in Veedersburg, Ind. to Oscar Lawrence and Leona Blanche Huges Hinote. He married Bessie L. Keller on Dec. 9, 1950 in Veedersburg, Ind. Bessie passed away on Sept. 19, 2015.
    Survivors include three daughters, Angela Colleen Potter of Tilton; Dianna Lynn (Hank) Cramer of Fairmount; Susan Kay (Rick) Juvinall of Fairmount; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by one son, Danny Hinote; two brothers, Oscar and Glen Hinote; and one sister, Mildred Clark.
    John served in the US Army. He also was an inspector at General Motors Tilton facility for 40 years. He was a member of the Oakwood Nazarene Church.
    John never met a stranger, he spoke to anyone. He really enjoyed traveling and teasing the grandkids. His stories will be missed by nieces, nephews, and a great amount of friends.
    Funeral services were March 17 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Matt Filicsky officiating. Military honors were provided by Catlin American Legion. Burial was in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount.
    Memorials in John’s name can be made to the Fairmount Rescue or donor’s choice. Online condolences at

    NATHAN PATERSON SMOOT, 45, of Catlin passed away unexpectedly Thurs., March 11, 2021 at his home due to cardiovascular failure. He was a lifelong resident of Catlin Community.
    Nathan was born Feb. 20, 1976 in Danville to Donald E. and Jackie Lorraine Patterson Smoot.
    Survivors include his parents of Oakwood; his daughter: Taylor Earles Smoot, of Oakwood, (born Feb. 9, 2007). She was the pride and joy of his life. He cherished every moment with her and took great pride in watching her talented displays of multiple athletic abilities and her participation in school programs.
    Nathan is also survived by his wife, Heather Mae Smoot, married Oct. 16, 2016; two brothers, Seth (Laura) Smoot and Clayton Smoot; aunts and uncles, Ronald (Kay) Smoot, Dianna (Kevin) Kirk, Kevin (Teresa) Smoot; cousins, Matt Smoot, Carrie (Brock) Burton, Jed (Tara Woodard) Smoot, Doug Kirk, Kim (Garett) Pabst, Ashley Clem, Kelli (Zach) Lyons; nephews Camden, Dylan, Ty, Bennett; and one niece, Ava.
    Nathan attended Catlin Grade School and was class valedictorian in 1990. In high school, he was active in FFA, track, band, basketball, cross country, student council, drama club, VOTEC’s electronics program, and the variety show. He was Homecoming King his senior year and had the distinction of serving as class vice-president all four years. He graduated in 1994.
    After high school, Nathan attended DACC and started working for Bolser’s Autobody in Catlin. He learned the autobody repair trade while working there until the business closed. He then worked at Tatman’s Collison. While there, his Grandma Marline became ill and Nathan interrupted his trade to care for her until her passing. Nathan spent many hours with all his grandparents – Grandpa Tom and Grandma Marline, Grandma Susie and Grandpa Don, Great Grandma Lillian and Great Grandma Hattie (all deceased). Even as a child, he was devoted to his family.
    Nathan became the auto-body instructor at VOTEC during the 2002-03 school year. He was a highly regarded teacher and was well-liked by students and colleagues. When VOTEC closed in 2005, he was employed by DACC to develop the Autobody Program. It become quite successful and many of Nathan’s former students are employed in auto-related businesses throughout Vermilion County today.
    Nathan received Tenured Professor Status at DACC and was the lead instructor until the program was closed due to the Illinois Budget Impasse of 2015-16. After DACC, Nathan was a painter for Ceader’s Collision Repair and a salesman at Carmack Car Capitol. He was especially known for his artistic vehicle painting skills and his multiple certifications.
    Nathan’s favorite hobbies were family, visiting with friends, fishing gardening, and mushroom hunting. He enjoyed cooking for family gatherings and having the ugliest sweater at the Cousin’s Christmas Parties. He shared numerous good-times at neighborhood bar-b-ques cooking with his buddy, Scott; and he religiously visited his next-door neighbors and special friends, Dale and Joy Campbell.
    Nathan was an avid and skillful fly rod fisherman. He especially enjoyed the trips to Canada with his grandpa Don, dad, Uncle Kevin, his brothers, and cousin Matt to catch smallmouth bass and Northern Pike. If there was a mushroom to be found near his childhood home north of Catlin, Nathan would trapse the woods until he found it.
    Nathan was generous, kind, and cared for others. He was a fun person known by many and will forever be in the hearts of many. Private services March 15 officiated by Seth Smoot. Public graveside rites were at OakRidge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials in his memory may be made to Taylor Earles Smoot in care of Robison Chapel P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Condolences

MELVIN D. MINGEE, 71, of Catlin, passed away suddenly at 11:55 a.m. on Fri., March 19, 2021 at his home.
    He was born June 25, 1949 in Tilton to Robert and Madeline Acord Mingee.
    He married Nancy Rowand on March 7, 1975 in Sidell. They later divorced, and she survives. Melvin married Renee Livingston on March 3, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nev. Renee survives, as well as a daughter, Wendy Toth of Bristol, Tenn.; two sisters, Sharon Thompson of Tilton and Vicki McLain of Cayuga, Ind.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert.
    Melvin served in the United States Marines and had been a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. He loved watching Cardinal baseball games, as well as Illini basketball, and enjoyed Dale Earnhardt & NASCAR racing. He enjoyed playing the slot machines and dearly loved his cat, Gracie. In earlier years he enjoyed mushroom hunting.
    He had served as a union representative for Missouri Pacific & Union Pacific railroads.
    No services will be held. Robison Chapel in Catlin is assisting the Mingee family.      Memorials in his memory may be made to the Catlin American Legion, in care of: Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817.
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COLONEL ROBERT HL. LUCAS, passed away Sun., March 14, 2021. He was born Jan.
9, 1936 in Paris, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Powell and their children, Martin (Rose), Bradley (Amy), Deanna; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Barbara Muirhead (Robert).
    He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Christine Lucas of Sidell.
    Robert attended school in Sidell and graduated from Indiana University. He retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years of service and moved to Melbourne, Fla.
    He loved his family, woodworking, golfing and playing cards. He was a member of Suntree United Methodist Church, MOAA, Military organizations, and Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity.
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April 2021

    MARY E. KATZ of Horsham, Penn., formerly of Fairmount, died on Thurs., March 25, 2021.
    She was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Kizer of Fairmount. She was a 1963 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    She was the beloved wife of the late Martin M. Katz; loving mother of Robin Katz (Ryan) Rakow; devoted grandmother of Katherine, Hannah, and Abbie; and dear sister of Scott (Patty) Kizer.
    Mary’s Life Celebration was held Wednesday. Inurnment was private.
    In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mary’s memory may be made to Samaritan’s Purse P.O. Box 3000, 801 Bamboo Rd. Boone, NC 28607 or to Wag’s Rescue P.O. Box 1514 Southampton, Pa. 18966.

    BOBBY J. DALBEY, SR., 90, of Urbana passed on Monday (Dec. 7, 2020) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Bobby was born Oct. 1, 1930, at Fairmount, the son of Oliver and Zella Dalbey. He married Wilma Jenkins on Aug. 23, 1951, in Albany, Ga.
    Surviving are one son, Bobby Dalbey Jr. of Gilbert, Ariz; three grandchildren, Erin Clark and husband, of Lowell, Ark, Payton Dalbey and wife, of Queen Creek, Ariz, and Carly Dalbey of Mesa, Ariz; two great-grandchildren Gavin Clark and Owen Clark of Lowell, Ark; and two sisters, June Poynter-Summers of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Maxine Davis of Fairmount.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, two brothers and four sisters, and his parents.
    Bobby graduated from Fairmount High School in 1948. He served in the USAF from 1950-1954.
    He began working at Hyster Company in 1956 and retired after 37 years in 1993. After retirement he began working at GHR Engineering and after 20 years retired on Oct. 1, 2020.
  He enjoyed golfing and collecting coins and he has shared the last eight years with his close personal friend, Barb Livingston of Urbana.
    Due to COVID services will be scheduled at a later date.
    Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021 at Stearns Cemetery, Fithian.

    JAMES WILLIAM “JIM” BARNETT III, 66, of St. Charles, Mo., passed from this life on Tues., March 23, 2021, at his home with his wife at his side.
    Jim was born on May 3, 1954, in Carrollton, Ill., to James W. Barnett, Jr. and Thelma (Liles) Barnett. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1972 and began a journey of occupations in Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Missouri. He retired in December 2020, after 21 years at AT&T.
    Jim is survived by his wife, Leslie (Jolley) Barnett; sister Jane (Tim) Allen; sister-in-law Diane (Rick) Barnett of Jacksonville, Ill.; two daughters, Kennedy Barnett of Alton and Erica Riechmann of Eldred; two grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three nephews; one niece; and three stepdaughters.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister and a nephew.
    Jim joined the Lutheran faith mid-life and was recently a member of Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Mo. Jim enjoyed his dogs, painting/drawing, playing guitar and euchre, cooking and following the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals.
    He was a man of strong convictions, had a quick wit and a bear hug, and will be sorely missed.
    In remembrance of Jim’s life, services will be held on Sat., April 10 with a visitation from 10 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at Village Lutheran Church, 9237 Clayton Road, St. Louis, Mo. with a funeral service immediately following at Noon. A private family burial will be held in Illinois.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an animal shelter in memory of all his beloved pets or to the American Cancer Society.

    DOUG NESBITT, 59, of Sidney passed away unexpectedly at 9:55 a.m. Wed.,
March 31, 2021 at his home.
    The family will pause for a private funeral service at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Randy Boltinghouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    A public memorial service and complete obituary are being planned for a later date and will be announced through Robison Chapel and the printed media.
    The family would prefer memorial donations in lieu of flowers. They have suggested the following for your consideration, Noah Douglas Nesbitt College Fund, checks made out to “Noah Nesbitt,” or Cunningham Children’s Home. Please forward memorials to Robison Chapel Post Office Box 79 Catlin.IL 61817.

    JOHN FREDERICK BOWER, 86, of Paris, passed away at 10 a.m., Wed., March 31, 2021, at his home.
    He was born the son of Hastings Charles and Rosa Margaret (Duley) Bower on July 15, 1934, at Bayshore, New York. On June 27, 1959, he was united in marriage to Mina Myrtle Baird at the Indianola Baptist Church. After 63 years of marriage, Mina will miss him dearly.
John will also be missed by his children, Galen John (Kim) Bower of Lawton, Mich., and Johnna Irene (John) Paulson of Paris; his eight grandchildren; his 11 great grandchildren; his sisters Joan Lipps and Cathy LaBarre; and many extended family and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers, and his sister, Betty Carlotto.
    John proudly served as a Master Sergeant in the US Air Force for 21 years. He worked as an aircraft mechanic and then later transferred to missile maintenance.
    Following John’s military service, he worked for the Rapid City Journal for the next 20 years as the building and facilities manager. In his spare time, John loved to do woodworking and going camping, as well as reading. He cherished his family and loved spending time with them and will be remembered through their memories together.
    A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 9, at Indianola United Methodist Church with Duane Collins officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., today (Thursday) at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown.
    Additional visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10-11 a.m. prior to his service. He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    Memorial donations may be given in his name to Faith in Action of Edgar Countyor St . Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

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May 2021

    WALTER L. ALCORN, 85, of Fairmount, longtime Village of Fairmount police officer, passed away at 11:48 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021 at his home.
    Walter was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Danville to Marvin W. and Leona E. Kirby Alcorn. Walter married Annie Jean Woodside on Oct. 22, 1960 in Westville. She survives as well as two sons, Lee Alcorn and Jason Alcorn, both of Fairmount; two daughters, Lori Ann (Joe) Thatcher and Lisa (David) Delbridge, both of Fairmount; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and his dog “Scrappy.”
    Walter served in the United States Marines and had been a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed camping, watching Jimmy Swaggart and listening to his talking Bible.
    Cremation rites will be accorded and no formal services held at this time. Memorials to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter in his memory. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

    VIRGINIA JUNE (CUNDUFF) McFARLAND, 89 of Fairmount passed away on April 30, 2021 at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was born on July 15, 1931 in Pilot Township to John William and Emma Edith (Atwood) Cundiff. June married John Edwin McFarland on June 20, 1954 at Cedar Grove Nazarene Church.
    June is survived by her husband of 66 years, John, a daughter Darla June McFarland (Steven) Sigmon, grandson Jacob Paul Sigmon, granddaughter Sarah Grace Sigmon, and a brother, Theodore Cundiff.
    She is proceeded in death by her parents, John and Emma Cundiff and seven siblings, Leslie Cundiff, Viola Cundiff, Francis Cundiff, Sarah Henriott, Grace Cundiff, Jesse Cundiff and Marie Miller.
    June graduated from Armstrong High School in 1950 and retired from General Electric in 1991. She enjoyed working outdoors and was known for June’s Jellies. She also delighted in going to antique car shows and parades with her husband. June cherished time spent with her daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter. June loved to keep in contact with many members of her extended family and friends.
    June was a member of the Governor Bradford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
    A Celebration of June’s life will be held May 5 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Oakwood with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Oakwood.
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    CAROLYN SUE BALL, On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Carolyn Sue Ball, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away surrounded by her family at age 80.
    A Memorial Service will be held on Sat., May 8, 2021 at the Sidell Pentecostal Assembly at 1 p.m.
    Carolyn was born on March 31, 1941 in Tell City, Ind. to Albert Duffin and Gracie Farmer. She had one sister Beverly Bedsaul.
    On Aug. 23 1958, she married Jackie Lee Ball Sr. They raised their three children, Connie, Jackie and Charles Ball.
    Carolyn had a passion for God, cooking and people. She was a born again believer in Jesus Christ and spent all her years being a witness for Jesus. She published multiple cookbooks and always enjoyed cooking fantastic meals for her family.
    She was also a very social person being involved with her church, TOPS and other groups. She spent many evenings with her friends and family playing card games and also one of her favorites, Yahtzee. She was always known for her warm hugs and loving personality.
    Carolyn was preceded in death by her father and mother and sister. She is survived by her husband, her three children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Flowers or donations may be sent to 210 Logan St. Georgetown, IL 61846.

    BETTY J. RAMSEY, 90, of Georgetown, passed away at 11:28 p.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021, at her home.
    She was born on Dec. 11, 1930, in Indianola, the daughter of James and Goldie (Sandlin) Hoskins, both deceased. She was married to James Ramsey until his passing in 1995.
    Betty is survived by her daughters, Joleen Sedlacek and Betty Jane (Keith) Bifolchi-Evans; her grandchildren, Nikki, Michele, Tammie, Renee, Jimmy, and Paula; her many great grandchildren; her brother, Junior Hoskins; her several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
    She was preceded in death by seven brothers and eight sisters.
    Betty enjoyed taking care of her family and loved them dearly. She was known by many and everyone who met her, loved her. She enjoyed watching “Little House on the Prairie” and on Sunday mornings, “Charles Stanley.” One of her favorite pastimes was playing Bingo. She will be dearly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
    A celebration of Betty’s life was held May 11 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with Pastor Dustin Wells officiating. She was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    Memorials may be given in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

    ERIC K. CRAWFORD, 54, of Fairmount passed away at 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at his home.
    Eric was born Sept. 22, 1966 in Danville to Kerry and Cathy Jost Crawford.
    Surviving are his mother of Fairmount; one brother: Chris (Melanie) Crawford of Catlin; two nieces: Emily (Jordan) Stone and Sara Crawford. He was preceded in death by his father.
    Eric worked in agricultural research for Monsanto-Becks for 30 years and enjoyed his profession.
    Private graveside services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    ROY A. PATTEN, 103, prominent Catlin resident, passed away at 9:50 p.m. on Tues., May 4, 2021 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living, Chrisman.
    Roy was born on April 2, 1918 in Homer to William Grant and Zora Cannon Patten. He married Rita A. Mauck on July 19, 1961 in Henning. She survives.
    Also surviving are a son, David A. (Joy) Patten of Danville; one daughter, Nancy Boyd of Lafayette, Ind.; three grandchildren, Daniel (fiancé Bree) Boyd, Aaron (Chesley) Patten, and Alex (Brittany) Patten; one great-grandson, Daniel Boyd II; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jaydan and Mia Boyd. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Arthur Patten; and one son-in-law, Jay Boyd.
    Roy graduated from Georgetown High School in 1936. He was a switchman for the Wabash Railroad, later the Norfolk and Western Railroad, for 36 years. He was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ and taught Christian Men’s Builders Class. He was a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge #285 and the Danville Consistory and Shrine. He enjoyed fishing and helping people.
    Services were at Catlin Church of Christ with Pastor Dustin Wells, with Masonic Rites. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    DAROLD J.STREET, 86, of Fairmount passed away at 7:21 a.m. on Wed., May 12, 2021 at his home.
    Darold was born on Feb. 13, 1935 in Fairmount, to Joseph and Oma Smiley Street. He married Zoe Anne Woodard on Oct. 3, 1958 in Fairmount. She survives.
    Also surviving are one son, Todd Street of Fairmount; one daughter, Joy (Paul) Haussy of Fairmount; one sister, Ida Johnson of Catlin; five grandchildren, Ashley (Jay) Smith, Brandon (Morgan) Haussy, Kali (Nathan) Ford, Brittany (Brian) Bristol and Christopher (Aubree) Street; and five great-grandchildren, Alexa Jamison, Maya Smith, Jessa Smith, Maclin Ford and Laikynn Street.
    He was preceded in death by one sister, Imogene Holt.
    Darold served in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked for Bob Campbell Sales and owned Street Antenna Service. He was a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids.
    Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin, with Reverend Matt Filicsky officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Catlin American Legion. Memorials to the Children’s Mission at the Fairmount United Methodist Church in care of Robison Chapel. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    THELMA K. HUDDLESON, 91, of Oakwood passed away at 12:44 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at her home.
    Thelma was born Dec. 8, 1929 in Oakwood to Henry and Thelma Van Allen Neff. She married Robert Huddleson on May 18, 1950 in Newtown. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1993.
    Surviving are one son, Rob (Carol) Huddleson of Catlin; two daughters, Teresa (Steve) Bruens of Wellington and Debra Huddleson of Oakwood; two sisters, Alice Smith of Danville and Peggy Graves of Oakwood; three grandchildren, Jason (Stacey) Todd, Chrissy Todd and Bryan (Christie) Liffick; and seven great-grandchildren, Chase Todd, Camaryn (fiancé Trevor Peterson) Todd, Carsyn Todd, Kyle Todd, Xander Draper, Bryce Draper and Jackson Liffick.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Bonnie Bloomfield.
    Thelma was the ultimate homemaker and caregiver for everyone she knew. She was a lifelong member of the Hebron United Methodist Church. She was a Navy wife for 20 years.
    Funeral services were held May 19 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Joe Eakle officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, north of Oakwood. Memorials may be made to the Hebron United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

    RICHARD DOUGLAS “DOUG” NESBITT, 59, died unexpectedly March 31, 2021 at his rural Sidney home.
    The family invites all who knew him to join them in a memorial celebration of Doug’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Windsor Road Christian Church, 2501 W. Windsor Road, Champaign.
    Doug was born Jan. 14, 1962 to John and Shirley (Gardner) Nesbitt. They preceded him in death, along with his grandparents, two aunts and an uncle.
    Doug grew up on a farm north of Indianola and was active in both 4-H and FFA. He and his brother, David, showed Black Angus cattle. They didn’t have many grand champions, but they had fun, and Doug prided himself on showing only what was bred and raised by them on their farm. Doug played football and ran track all four years at Jamaica High School, graduating in the class of 1980.
    He went on to earn a B.S. in plant science from Illinois State University, an M.S. in plant science from Southern Illinois University and a PhD. in plant breeding and genetics from Purdue University. He was also a founding father of FarmHouse fraternity at ISU.
    Doug married Lisa Rosdail Sept. 15, 1990. She survives, along with their children, Lauren Alicia Nesbitt of Decatur and Noah Douglas Nesbitt of Sidney. Also surviving are a brother, David (Sandy) Nesbitt of Georgetown and sister Nancy (Roger) Burris of Indianola; in-laws Duane and Barbara Rosdail of Indianola and Eric (Lisa) Rosdail of South Carolina; nephew Bryant Burris; nieces Chelsea (Daniel) Dalenberg, Danielle (Jason) Smith, Haleigh (Blake) Wadsworth, Megan Burris and Bailey Rosdail; several cousins; three great-nieces and two great-nephews.
    Doug worked as a plant breeder and agricultural seed researcher for over 25 years, amassing a huge catalog of seed and plant knowledge. Doug enjoyed what he did so much, he never really considered it work. At home, he was an avid gardener, experimenting with plants and seeds and collecting Hostas. Doug also collected toy tractors as a tribute to the generations of farmers in his family.
    He was a loyal fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Illini men’s basketball and all things Purdue. He also loved travelling, particularly to places with great snorkeling or hikes to beautiful waterfalls. But his greatest love was his family, who he adored and spoiled for more than 30 years.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Doug’s name to Cunningham Children’s Home or Noah D. Nesbitt college fund, in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Condolences may also be left on Doug’s guestbook at

    JOHN W. KIRSCHNER, 75 of Indianola passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living, Chrisman.
    John was born Dec. 28, 1945 in Chicago to Jacob and Helena Murphy Kirschner. He married Sandra “Kay” Sessions on Aug. 16, 1969 in Lombard. She survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Mehetable) Kirschner of Round Lake and Christopher (Jenny) Kirschner of Homer; and four grandchildren: Sydney, Neil, Dylan, and Hadley. He was preceded in death by one sister.
    John was a longtime painter and custodian at Judith Giacoma Elementary School in Westville. He was a member of the Indianola United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, bird watching, and woodworking.
    Memorial service were at 2 p.m. today (Thursday), May 27 at the Indianola United Methodist Church with David Almy officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation 1 p.m. until service time. Memorials to the Indianola United Methodist Church. Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

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June 2021

    DEAN H. PUZEY went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 31, 2021.
    Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown with Rev. Aaron Rohde and Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Private family burial with military honors will follow.
    Public visitation from 10:30 a.m. till service time on Friday at the church. Masks will be required at the church.
    He was born on Aug. 14, 1927 to Fay and Florence Puzey (both deceased). He was the youngest of four siblings, all deceased. His three brothers and their wives, Marvin and Irma, Lowell and Lorena, Lloyd and Mary; and sister, Ruth and Layton Brueske.
    On Sept. 26, 1948 he married Patsy Rose Cork.
    He was a lifelong farmer in the Jamaica area. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and upon returning he married the daughter of Charles and Jenny Cork (both deceased). He and Patsy first met at about the age of 9-10 in the tiny one-room schoolhouse that stood just behind the house in which he was born and grew up.
That same house, together with the one in which Patsy now lives, was where they raised their six children. Patsy was the love of his life. Once, when reflecting on their life together, his saying to his son was, “The Lord really spoiled me when He gave me your mom.” She was forever his girlfriend and his wife!
    Together, he and Patsy helped found Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown. With her support, he was active in their church and their community and their world, serving many years on the Jamaica Community Unit 12 School Board and assisting with Gideons International, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, Teen Missions, just to name a few.
    Following his return from WWII, he earned his pilot’s license with the thought of going into crop-dusting. Instead, the Lord grew his flying interests from a Fairmount Flying Club hobby with a Piper Cub (he would take kids from Bethel’s Vacation Bible School on rides!) to a gospel-sharing mission with a Piper twin-engine Aztec flying as far as Guatemala and Haiti (not to mention, all around the United States).
    While at home, he and Patsy hosted an endless stream of missionaries that were passing through on various travels.
    He would jokingly say about himself , “I was never a very good farmer” which was just code for, “I’m much more interested in telling people about Jesus than I am in making money through farming.” As a result, the Lord blessed him greatly as he gave a lot of money, time, blood, sweat and tears to sharing with people the love of Christ in practical ways.
    Puzey Bros., Inc. in Fairmount was his base of operations in doing so. Along with the help of his three brothers, Puzey Bros. was begun as a small fix-it and make-it fabrication and machine shop servicing immediate farm needs. Over the years, he grew it into a thriving manufacturing shop which gave vent to his creative and inventive urges.
    He had patents and patents pending for fifth-wheel trailers and corn-rakes, installed the area’s first microwave oven (1970– people loved to stop by and watch it pop popcorn in a makeshift paper bag!), and in 1952 (yes – 1952!) he called friends from his truck-telephone to tell them he had had his first baby boy!
    However, not only was he creative inventor, he was a lover of people. He used Puzey Bros. as a platform to give many people an employment jump-start and also as a pulpit with which to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
    He was also preceded in death by his great-grandson Alexander Dean Puzey. He is survived by his wife Patsy Rose Cork Puzey, five sons and one daughter, Lyle and Tina Puzey of Sumner, daughters, Sarah (Ian Northcott) and Elizabeth (Jonathan Wang); Timothy and Beth Puzey of Oakwood; Jay and Judie Puzey of Fairmount, daughter Joni (Rob Gunning); Nathan and Janet Puzey of Lynchburg, Va., sons Caleb (Sherri) and Joshua (Heather) and daughter Emily (David Marone); Glenn and Cindi Puzey of Ashland, Ky., daughters, Rachel (Josh Cameron) and Hannah and son Isaac; Lee and Lynn Efird of Kannapolis, N.C., son, Brian (Hannah) and daughters, Tracy (Adam Caskey) and Kristen (Joshua Dellinger). He had 23 great-grandchildren.
    Memorials to the Bethel Baptist Church. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    CLAUDINE R BOEN, 88, of Oakwood, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021. She was born in Sidell on Oct. 15, 1932, the daughter of Harold and Bertha Swinford. On June 18, 1955, Claudine married the love of her life, Herman “John” Boen Jr. and they spent 65 woderful years together. He survives.
    Also surviving are her son, Jim (Cindy) Boen; grandchildren, Brandi (Curtis) Owens, Ty (Lacey) Boen and great-grandchildren, Dakotta, Brylea, Darbiee, Kelby and Pyper.
Claudine is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Joe Swinford, Phil Swinford, Nola Gustin and Dick Swinford.
    Claudine graduated from Sidell High School before attending beauty school. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, going to ballgames and playing games with her friends and family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting her.
    Claudine’s family would like to thank the Garden Court Staff at Hawthorne for the care they provided over the past five years.
    A Celebration of Claudine’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Oakwood with John Swinford officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville.
    Memorial donations may be made in Claudine’s name to Garden Court Activity in care of Kim Leloup.
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    JUDY K. TURNER, 72, of Fairmount passed away at her home on May 22, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
    Judy was born on Nov. 30, 1948 the daughter of Carl G. and Ardis Corinne (Sarner) Lind in Colorado Springs, Col.
    She married Larry Foster Turner on June 7, 1973 in Charleston, S.C. and he preceded her in death on June 17, 2019.
    Survivors include her son, Zachary (Britney) Turner of Plainfield, Ind., her daughter, Jennifer (LeStan) Hoskins of Danville, one brother, Gary (Gail) Lind of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 10 grandchildren, Cade and Ryan Turner and Taytum Shake all of Plainfield, Olivia Tillman of O’Fallon, Josiah, Christian, Isabella, Rosalynn, Leila, and LeStan Hoskins II, all of Danville.
    She was preceded by her parents and her husband, Larry Turner.
    Judy was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Education and spent the majority of her career as a high school teacher at Schlarman High School for many years and later taught at the Oakwood High School, reaching her 50 years of teaching goal.
    A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held May 27, 2021 at Sunset Funeral Home, Danville with Ed Stone officiating. Burial was in Danville National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund in Judy’s memory at DACC for a Veteran or a dependent of a Veteran.
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    WILMA LUCILLE WOOSLEY, 79 of Brownsburg, Ind.passed away on May 16, 2021. Wilma was born in Shelbyville on Feb. 28, 1942 to Everett Boyd and Frances Lucille (Weakly) Eversole.
    Most of her life, Wilma lived in Illinois with deep roots to the farm. The Woosley family lived on and farmed the family farm in the Catlin-Jamaica area from 1965-1982. She was a faithful follower of Jesus who loved dogs, enjoyed gardening, and crafting. Wilma had a dog grooming business in Illinois for many years.
    Wilma is preceded in death by her great-grandson, Samuel Scott and her brother-in-law, Jack Feken.
    She is survived by her son, Kurt (Susan) Woosley; daughter, Kelli (Brian) Denheyer; sisters, Phyllis Feken and Esther (Steve) Rhodes; granddaughters, Rebekah Woosley, Hannah (Gunnar) Ewert and Kathryn (Zach) Scott; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Scott and Baby Girl Scott still on the way.
    Wilma will be laid to rest with a private burial at a later date. Arrangements by Eric M.D. Bell Funeral Home in Pittsboro, Ind. Share at

    EARL EDMUND LOMAX, 87, of Georgetown, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Sat., May 29, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Earl was born on May 16, 1934 in Danville, the son of Ralph R. and Edna M. Lovett Lomax. He married Sharon Hathaway on Aug. 12, 1977 in Georgetown. She survives.
    Other survivors include a daughter, Bonny (Steve) Dixson of Gonzales, Texas; three sons, William “Buzz” (Betty) Roberts of State College, Penn., Eric (Phyllis) Lomax of Catlin and Marcus (Jill) Hackman of Catlin; three brothers, Bob (Dottie) Lomax of Florida, Jim (Betty) Lomax of Catlin, and Oscar (Jean) Lomax of Fairmount; one sister, Peggy (Richard) Myler of Sidell; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ralph Lomax and Tom Lomax, Sr., and two sisters Edna Lomax and Janette Lomax.
    Earl was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Masters in Industrial Engineering. He retired from GE after over 35 years of service.
Earl was a lifelong member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He was involved with Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout. He was also a scoutmaster, and earned the Order of the Arrow. Earl was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a four times past master of the Georgetown Masonic Lodge #154 and received his M.S.A. He was the 2016 Secretary of the Year for the Illinois Masonic Lodges.
    He was a Shriner’s and rode the 25-man bike and was a member of the GAO Grotto. He and Sharon were in the Golden Eagles. Earl was on the Catlin School Board many years and received the distinguished service award from the Catlin Jaycees in 1971.
    He enjoyed his yearly fishing trip to Canada and enjoyed golfing at Blue Needles. His family thought he was the originator of “Dad Jokes.”
    Funeral services were June 3 at Catlin Church of Christ with Buzz Roberts and Dave Stone officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin with military honors by the Catlin American Legion.
    Memorials may be made to the Masonic Dyslexia Center of Danville or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
    Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of service details. On-line condolences at

    WILLIAM DOUGLAS KINNEY, 52, of Danville passed away at 10:35 a.m. on Thurs., May 27, 2021 at Arcadia Care, Danville.
    William Douglas was born March 19, 1969 in Danville to William Paul and Carol Gene Schomburg Kinney.
    Surviving are his mother, Carol (Tom) Smoot of Catlin; one brother, Paul Scott Kinney; one sister, Kathryn Scarlett Odessa Miller Anderson; and a bonus dad, Steve Miller of Danville.
    He was preceded in death by his father, William Paul Kinney.
William worked for Schomburg Construction and enjoyed socializing with friends.
    Private memorial services were held at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Inurnment in the Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Memorials to donor’s choice.
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    JIMMIE “JIM” DALE CHESNUT passed away on Jan. 23, 2021, at 69 years old at T.Boone Pickens Hospice Center of Dallas, after battling congestive heart failure.
    Jim was born to Floyd and Jean Chesnut Jan. 28, 1951 and was one of four siblings. He is survived by his three siblings, Judy (William) Milburn of Westville, Joie (Fred) McDonald of Tuscola and Rod (Susan) Chesnut of Flower Mound, Texas; and a large extended family.
    Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy of 47 years, and their two children, Tiffany (Daniel) Wollent of Frisco, Texas and Casey Chesnut of Garland, Texas; and eight grandchildren.
    Jim was raised on a farm near Indianola and attended Indianola Grade School and graduated Jamaica High School in 1969. He spent his early years detasseling corn and driving combines and tractors. He became a stern debater on red versus green tractors, believing that Red International Harvesters were the best.
    As a young man, Jim excelled in all things sports, whether he was pitching his first no-hitter at 12 years old or breaking all the high school records, Jim’s physical talents and records graced the halls of Jamaica High School.
    His career started at General Motors and then transferred to Pontiac, Mich. He graduated from the GM Institute and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana State University in Industrial Production Management. Then opportunity came calling to build oil rigs in Texas.
    Jim was a member of the Antique Fan Association. He had a passion for collecting and restoring antique fans. A machinist by trade, Jim mastered the talent for fabricating new parts and restoring to their original glory.
    Jim loved road trips and his favorite was to Rockport, Texas watching shrimp boats coming and going in the Texas Gulf. His road trips were full of tasting the local barbeque, collecting fans and antique toys, or just driving the back roads to find the best fields of blue bonnets.
    Jim’s big heart and loving spirt will be missed by the family and friends he held so dear. In our hearts, Jim is not gone…he’s just on a road trip.

    PATSY ROSE CORK PUZEY went home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 9, 2021. She was born on Feb. 24, 1928, to Charles and Genevieve Cork. She had one brother Manley (Hannabelle) Cork. 
    Patsy’s life was characterized by a love for Jesus Christ, her husband, her children and her community. After graduating from Catlin High School, she married her sweetheart, Dean H. Puzey on Sept. 26, 1948, at Catlin Methodist Church. They were not just husband and wife but also farming partners, church-planters and missionary-supporters. They were totally in love and devoted to one another so much so that they went to be with Jesus nine days apart. 
    Patsy and her husband raised six children on the farm in Jamaica. While doing so, she tirelessly supported Dean in a wide range of endeavors. She literally kept the home fires burning by stoking the old coal furnace in their old farm home’s basement (until the kids were old enough to do so!) 
    Each summer, she would climb up on the roof in order to fix leaks by spreading tar (why spend money on new shingles!?). She exhibited great patience as her home was the residence of not only six active children and one busy inventor/farmer, but also of honeybees, mice, ant farms, sickly piglets and kittens, just to name a few. She saw to it that her children enjoyed birthday parties complete with cakes, chemistry sets, bicycles, cousins and more. 
    Patsy cooked three meals a day nonstop for 50+ years as she tirelessly made hearty farm meals for her family, farmhands, church friends, as well as hosting traveling missionaries. Her selflessness was evidenced by her elaborate (NOT) cosmetic application activities. She essentially swooshed on lipstick in the station wagon as we were on our way… she would jokingly ask dad, “One round or two?” and he would always say “two!”
    Together Patsy and her husband helped found Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown. She served in Bethel’s nursery, Sunday School (ladling out gallons of Kool-Aid and passing out countless cookies) and Ladies’ Ministries. 
    Shortly after five Wycliffe missionaries were martyred in Ecuador, South America, they stood on the beach where their friend had buried the martyrs and considered whether to follow in similar fulltime missionary footsteps. Instead, the Lord led them to provide significant logistical, financial and prayer support to numerous missionaries and mission agencies. They personally served on many mission fields and spent lots of time sharing Jesus Christ throughout the world.
    In all the above activities she never lost sight of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She enjoyed Jesus and described her prayer life as “going hard after Jesus.” One of her sayings that she repeated countless times (not only with her mouth but also with her heart) was “I just can’t wait to see Jesus.” She was a prayer warrior and a student of scripture. She filled her Bible and various study books with notes, scribbles, names and dates.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, husband and great-grandson Alexander Dean Puzey. She is survived by her five sons and one daughter, Lyle and Tina Puzey of Sumner, daughters Sarah (Ian Northcott) and Elizabeth (Jonathan Wang); Timothy and Beth Puzey of Oakwood; Jay and Judie Puzey of Fairmount, daughter Joni (Rob Gunning); Nathan and Janet Puzey of Lynchburg, Va., sons Caleb (Sherri) and Joshua (Heather) and daughter Emily (David Marone); Glenn and Cindi Puzey of Ashland, Ky., daughters Rachel (Josh Cameron) and Hannah, and son Isaac; Lee and Lynn Efird of Kannapolis, N.C., son Brian (Hannah) and daughters Tracy (Adam Caskey) and Kristen (Joshua Dellinger). She had 23 great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services were June 19, 2021 at Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown with Rev. Aaron Rohde and Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Private family burial followed. The Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled arrangements. Memorials to the Bethel Baptist church. Online condolences at

    JOAN M. PEARMAN, 81, of Indianola, passed away at 11:05 a.m. on Tues., June 8, 2021 at her home. 
    Joan was born April 22, 1940 in Indianola to George and Mattie Setser Baird. She married Louis V. Pearman April 13, 1957 in Georgetown. He died March 4, 2005. 
    Survivors include two sons, Louis Anthony “Tony” (Arde) Pearman and Randy Scott (Pamela) Pearman; two brothers, Eldon (Betty) Baird and Lee (Jackie) Baird; five grandchildren, three of whom she raised after their own mother passed away and helped them become the special ladies they are today. She became “Mom” to Crystal (Steve) Black, Amy (Jason) Dawson, and Wendy (Anthony) Horner. Her other two grandchildren are Carissa (Roger) Kraft and Brandon Pearman; 11 great-grandchildren: Jillian Hooker, T.K. Black, Rylie Cheesman, Emma Dawson, Alic Horner, Evan Horner, Lynix Horner, Austin Weiler, Nathanael Kraft, Serena Kraft, and Ryne Kraft. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Keith (Theresa) Hooker. 
    Joan was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Jo Hooker. 
    Joan had resided in Indianola most of her life and was an active member of the Indianola United Methodist Church. She enjoyed working with the youth as well as teaching and starting a clown ministry. She organized the white elephant auction fundraiser for the Danville Rescue Mission. A talented crafter and seamstress she made several wedding and bridesmaid dresses as well as bridal keepsakes. 
  She enjoyed collecting dolls, as well as restoring old dolls, and giving them new life, donating many of them to the Danville Fair Hope Ministry.
Funeral services were June 11 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. David Almy officiated. Burial was alongside Louis in the Michael Cemetery in rural Indianola. Memorials to the Indianola United Methodist Church. Online condolences at

    MARK A. “THE BEARD” WEBER, 62, a well-respected businessman of Danville, formerly of Catlin, passed away at 7:06 a.m.  Sat., June 12, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.
Mark was born Sept. 19, 1958 in Danville to Patricia Pierce. His mother Patricia Linck (Pierce) survives of Danville. Also surviving are his longtime partner, Lisa Baird of Danville; three daughters, Jessica Weber of Evergreen, Colo., Kasey (Keith) Murphy of St. Louis, Mo., and Mallory Weber of Bolingbrook; two sisters, Donna Scherer of Springfield and Susan Weber Sheldon of Danville; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joe Linck.
    Mark was a 1976 graduate of Catlin High School. He was a successful business man for over 35 years, owning and operating Guttermaker and The Depot. He was recently a sales rep for Travis Industries. He was an excellent father and craftsman who coached his girls in softball and built the family’s home. 
He developed Woodland Terrace Subdivision in Catlin and helped build the sports complex at Catlin High School. He enjoyed golfing, boating, black jack and traveling. He was friendly, loyal, humorous, a master grillman, and an ultimate storyteller. He served on the Catlin Township Board. 
    Services were June 18 at Robison Chapel with Pat O’Shaughnessy officiating. Inurnment was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin Summer Youth League (checks made payable to CSYL) given to the Catlin Bank or family. Condolences at

    HEIDI ELIZABETH BURRIS YOUNG, 44, of Danville passed away on June 14, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
If you were ever blessed enough to know Heidi, then you will understand that there are no words to sum her up in a traditional obituary, so through the many that loved her, we will attempt to describe a selfless woman. For those who didn’t know her, consider yourself short-changed.
Heidi was born on May 6, 1977, daughter to Bud and Janet (Hill) Burris of Sidell, who survive. Also, surviving are her brother, Tommy Burris (Hanna); and her sister, Crystal Sullivan. 
    She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, along with her father-in-law, Dennis W. Young, Sr.
She graduated from Jamaica High School, Class of 1995. 
    She excelled at many things in her life, but nothing compared to her proudest accomplishments which were marrying the love of her life and best friend, Dennis Young on Oct. 20, 2001, who survives; and being a loving mother to her handsome boys, Tyler (24) and Payton (16), also surviving; and last but not least, her pets, Riggs, Boo-Boo, and Poo-Poo Head; as well as many special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
    She studied radiologic technology at DACC and graduated in 2008. She continued her education in radiology and earned her Bachelors of Radiology Science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, graduating May 2013. She used her degree working as a radiology tech for Christie Clinic for 8 years. In her current position, she found her passion in teaching through working at DACC as the Radiology Program Clinical Coordinator and was tenured in Oct. 2019. She was meticulously groomed by her esteemed colleague, Tammy Howard of Westville, whom she treasured as a mentor, respected as a boss, trusted as a confidant, and cherished and loved as a friend. 
    Heidi was currently working on her Masters Degree in Education from American College of Education, with a straight A average and would have successfully completed this by Spring of 2022. 
    Heidi had an infectious smile and big heart. She viewed life differently than most and always reminded us to live in the moment, because once it passed, you could never get it back. She loved camping, shopping, being a baseball mom, watching the Cubs and Da Bears, reading, movies, music, and the beach. 
    Although she knew a lot of people, she had some very close special friends that she loved as family and spending time with; her life-long best friend, April Hollingsworth, who shared the ups and downs of childhood, teenage years, boy crushes, proms, and the big hair and bad styles of the 80s, whom she loved and supported unconditionally; her other “bestie” for 21 years, Dana Marble, whom was the Ethel to Heidi’s Lucy like no other; and lastly, her “Tribe Sisters,” with whom she shared the hormonal tears, love, laughter, and loss in the middle-aged woman and always told them she would take care of them as they aged.
    Heidi taught her students to strive for excellence, to guide those she loved in the right direction, and she knew how to perfectly console in their greatest times of need. She left us today sadly but in the “Heidi-way” leaving us speechless and with surprise. Just knowing her, made us better and she certainly left this world a better place than how she found it. She will be dearly missed by all of those whose lives she touched. Rest in peace beautiful soul and fly high, you will never be forgotten.
    A Celebration of Life was to be held June 17 at Sunset Funeral Home with Robbie Ketcherside officiating. Burial will be at a later date. 
Memorials may be made in Heidi’s memory to DACC RadTech Club.Tribute wall at

    SARA SUE PATTON, age 82, of Benton, Ky. passed away on Mon., June 14, 2021
at the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Center in Paducah, Ky. of natural causes.
She was born April 17, 1939 in Sidell the daughter of the late James Lynn and Viola May Harrold Swinford.
    She was a member of Benton First Baptist Church, Office Manager for Larry Krouse State Farm and was co-owner of Patton Trucking.
    She was an accomplished musician with a strong soprano voice. She loved her family and enjoyed playing Bridge, board games and auto racing. Most of all she loved fresh strawberries in the spring!
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Patton in 2019 and sister, Barbara Wagnon. She is survived by three sons, James Patton (Kevin) of Paducah, William Patton (Noreen) of Benton and Daniel Patton (Jennifer) of Bartlett, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Benjamin, Kelly, Amy and Rebecca as well as one great granddaughter, Millie.
    Services were at Marshall County Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Doom officiating. There will be a private interment.
    In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care (Mercy Health Foundation-Lourdes), PO Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100 or Marcella’s Kitchen, PO Box 272, Benton, KY 42025.

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July 2021

    DOROTHY M. KLUSMEIER, 91, of Catlin passed away at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Atria Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego, California.
    Dorothy was born April 22, 1928 in Huntingburg, Ind. to Walter and Dena Hoffman Neuman and graduated from Huntingburg High School. She was married to Noble Klusmeier of Stendal, Ind. on May 22, 1948. He preceded her in death July 8, 1986.
    Her daughter, Carol, and son, Wayne, were born in Huntingburg. The family moved to Catlin in 1955 where she resided until she moved to San Diego in 2010 to be near her children and grandchildren.
    She worked at Trisler Seed Farms of Fairmount for 31 years as a bookkeeper until her retirement.
    She is survived by her daughter, Carol Hamm of San Diego; son, Wayne Klusmeier (Marty), of San Diego; one granddaughter and one grandson; and a brother, Charles Neuman of Jasper, Ind.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Marjorie Bohnert, brothers, Robert Neuman and James Neuman; and her son-in-law, Don Hamm.
    Dorothy was a joyful person who loved entertaining and having family and friends over for eating and playing games. She enjoyed games of all sorts but was particularly loved playing cards which really brought out her competitive nature. She was active in the Catlin United Methodist Church and enjoyed serving alongside her many friends there.
    A private celebration of life service was held at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Inurnment next to Noble was at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois handled the arrangements.

    WILBUR E. GUTHRIE, 94, of Sidell, passed away at 5:59 a.m. Sunday July 4, 2021 at Newman Healthcare in Newman.
    Wilbur was born April 4, 1927 in Sidell Township to Ernest and Piccola Leasure Guthrie. He married Agnes Alberta Glenn on April 6, 1951 in Charleston.
    She survives as well as three daughters, Donna (Craig) Young of Sidell, Lou Ann (Steven Bean) Guthrie of Prairieville, La., and Brenda (Nathan) Cheney of Sidell; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister-in-law: Beverly Glenn of Fairmount. He was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Guthrie; one grandson, Craig Michael Young; one brother; and six sisters.
    Wilbur had been engaged in farming and later in maintenance at Texas A&M University. He served on the ABL school board. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of Danville Consistory and the Scottish Rite. He enjoyed working in his yard and was an avid bowler.
    Graveside rites were this morning (Thursday), July 8 at Fairview Cemetery south of Sidell with Pastor Clyde Snyder officiating. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service arrangements.
    Memorials may be made to the Allerton United Methodist Church in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Online condolences at

    BETTE JEANENE LaMAR SWANK passed away Nov. 27, 2020 at the Watseka
Health Care Center in Watseka.
    Jeanene was born July 9, 1933 in Hardin. Her parents were William LaMar and Winnie DeLong LaMar. She was the youngest of three children.
    The family relocated to Vermilion County in the 1930s. Jeanene was a graduate of Georgetown High School. She married William Swank of Indianola in October 1952. After living in rural Indianola for several years, she became a long-term resident of Catlin, having moved there in 1965.
    Her husband, William, passed away in 2012. She is survived by her three children, William of Bloomington, Ind., James of Indianapolis, Ind, and Teresa of Danville; four grandchildren, Angie of Oakwood, Amanda of Danville, Thomas and Wendy, both of Bloomington, Ind.; and several great-grandchildren.
    Her ashes were interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola with private family attendance.

    WILLIAM W. LANDIS, 83, of Indianola, passed away at 2:02 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    William was born on June 8, 1938 in Ridge Farm, the son of Asa and Julia Hubbard Landis. He married Carol Louis Larrance on May 5, 1956. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, William J. (Becky) Landis and John R. (Sherri) Landis; three daughters, Juli (Denny) Gardner, Melani (Tony) Thurman, and Michelle (John) King; five sisters, Beverly (Bill) Kerst, Loretta (Melvin) Bryant, Donna Batchelor, Kathy (Richard) Price, and Connie (Keith) Sillery; 10 grandchildren and seven step grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and 14 step great-grandchildren and one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.
    William was a member of the 841 Local Operating Engineers and had been a longtime operating engineer. He enjoyed his family and working, as well as tinkering with old cars, collecting knives, and poker games with his buddies.
    Funeral services were July 13 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. On-line condolences at

    ROBERT C. NORMAN, 89, Chrisman, formerly of rural Sidell, passed away at 10:25 p.m. (EST) Sat., July 10, 2021 at I.U. Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana.
Arrangements are pending at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris.

    ROBERT “BOB” C. NORMAN – The remarkable, stubborn, and ornery Robert (Bob) C. Norman played his last inning in life on July 10, 2021, four days after celebrating his 89th birthday.
    Bob was born during the Depression to Carlos Norman (deceased) and LaVerne McNeese Norman (deceased) on July 6,1932 in Dekalb County. Eventually, they moved to a farm in Indianola.
    Life was tough on the farm for Bob, his older sister, Barbara Powell-Whitlock (deceased), younger brothers, William (Sharilyn) Norman of Sidell, Benny Norman (deceased), and Richard (Susie) Norman of Covington, Ind.
    Many years later he married the love of his life, Nancy Tate Norman on June 2, 1963, and she survives. They were blessed with three children, Melynda (Chuck) Wooten of Paris, Michale (Jean) Norman of Colorado Springs, and Mychele (Rick) Wofford of Memphis.
The apples of his eye were his 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Annie (Nathan) Barrett and their daughter Meredith; Abbie (Reese) Higginbotham and their son Nash; Allyson (Blake) Marrs and their sons Will and Mason, Austin, Adam, Abram, Ariel Norman and Bross Phelps-Norman; Katy (Aaron) Masters and Kendyl (Jacob) Wear and their sons James and Benjamin.
    After family, Bob’s second passion in life was sports. He “beat the hardwood for over 30 years.” His basketball career started in grade school and led him to playing for traveling AAU teams. A gentleman years later remarked that Bob was the “fastest squirt on the floor.” Bob continued playing basketball as an adult. He played against the Harlem Globetrotter’s farm team twice. Bob let them win by one point. He also played for the Danville Hillpackers and Dossey’s Conoco for many years.
    The Army found Bob in 1952. He won a trip to Korea by way of California and Hawaii. He played basketball the entire time until he was sent into combat 17 months and to the front line for 22 days. Those days changed Bob and he never talked about them until he was well over 60. In 1954 Bob’s duffel bag was stolen on the way home so we never knew what accolades he earned. According to his discharge papers he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal/1 Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the National Defense Service Medal.
    Many years later, in 2015, he was lucky enough to fly on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. There he found his picture etched into the Korean War Memorial.
    Bob also excelled in fast pitch softball. His kids can remember sitting in the back seat of the Lincoln, running 100 miles per hour, trying to make it to softball games on time. As a pitcher, his teams won many tournaments and leagues in Danville and Paris. His teams played the four man team, The King and His Court, two times. Bob would say later that Eddie Feigner was the best player he had ever seen. Bob also bowled every Monday night for 31 years. He loved a mean card game and he can still be heard at the euchre table asking, “Did you come here to pass or play?”
    Bob did have a job, it was farming. He loved building fences, repairing machinery, a pair of fresh washed gloves, and a Mountain Dew. Agriculture to him was a way of life and when that livelihood was threatened in July of 1969, he joined other farmers in the United Grain Farmers of America Tractor Drive to Washington D.C. He also appeared in various farm magazines for his many agricultural accomplishments.
    On the farm they also raised Spotted Poland China pigs, and over the years he won many state and national awards in the swine industry and was inducted into the National Spotted Record Hall of Fame.
    Bob was still not busy enough, so before retiring he was instrumental in getting the black and red Angus cattle herd started on the farm and his love of agriculture led him to serve on the Georgetown Fair board for several years.
    Bob was a member of the Chrisman Christian Church where he served on the church board and was a deacon. God has put this soldier, athlete, and farmer to rest. Your work on Earth is completed, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
    For those who wish, the family suggests memorials be made to Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm or Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
    His funeral was July 16 at the Chrisman Christian Church with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ridge Farm with military honors provided by the Georgetown American Legion. Templeton Funeral Home in Paris was in charge of the arrangements.
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    LINDSEY W. CASTLE, 74, of Fairmount, passed away at 2:54 p.m. on Sat., July 17, 2021 in the emergency room at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    Lindsey was born Oct. 31, 1946 in Danville to Dale and Lillian Foreman Castle Sr. He married Doris Jean Fultz on Nov. 22, 1970 in Fairmount. She preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 2008.
    Surviving are three sons, Jonathan (Melissa) Castle of Fairmount, Bryan (Amy) Castle of Fairmount and Chad Castle of Hastings, Minn.; one daughter: Christina (Brian) Drollinger of Georgetown; one sister-in-law, Mary Castle; eight grandchildren, Bill (Makaila Hafner) Drollinger, Jordyn (Rashelle) Castle, Austin Drollinger, Alec Castle, Rory (Josh) Callahan, Skylar Castle, Sebastian Castle, and Sawyer Kincade; and four great-grandchildren, Melody Drollinger, Lillyann Castle, Doloris Castle and Willow Bruce.
    He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Dale (Linda) Castle; and his brother, Phil Castle Sr.
    Lindsey served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1969. He was a foundry relief worker from 1972 to 1998 at the General Motors Tilton Foundry. He enjoyed politics, his family and making friends, and visiting at Steak ‘n Shake in Danville.
    Funeral services were this morning (Thursday), at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was to be in Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount, with military rites accorded by the Catlin American Legion Post #776. Memorials may be made to the Midwest Veterans Association, Bismarck.
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    WAYNE M. “MAYNARD” LAMB, 77, of Danville passed away at 8:44 a.m. on Sat., July 17, 2021 at his home.
    Wayne was born Nov. 5, 1943 in Vermilion County to Ralph and Florence Thomas Lamb.
Surviving are one daughter, Rachel Lamb of Chicago; one sister, Judy (Gerald) Arnett of Fairmount; four grandchildren, Gabriel, Nick, Madeline and Joey; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Char Lamb and Beatrice Lamb.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers: Frank Lamb and Dale Lamb; and one sister and brother-in-law, Donna (Vernon) Fultz.
    Wayne served in the US Army. He had been a security guard. He enjoyed playing scrabble and chess, mushroom hunting and fishing and was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Illini Fan.
    Private burial will be at Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Memorials may be made to the Vance Township Library. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences

    JOSEPH E. MCFADDEN, 91, of Catlin died 3:47 p.m. on Sun., July 18, 2021 at his home.
    Joseph was born June 22, 1930 in Attica to Joseph and Eva Lena Hancock McFadden I. He married Ellen Marie Kirby on March 18, 1952 in Attica, Ind. She preceded him in death on March 24, 2018.
    Surviving are three sons, Joseph Edward (Deborah) McFadden III, Gary Lynn (Delores) McFadden, Timothy (Diane) McFadden; two daughters, Susan Kay (Denton) Styer and Nancy (Shaun) Trosper; 10 grandchildren, one special grandson; 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Jackie and Michael; one daughter, Pamela; nine half-brothers; and five half-sisters.
    Joseph served in the US Navy. He was a millwright for General Motors for 27 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Fountain Lodge #60, Covington, Ind. He was a member of the Ansar Shrine, the Attica American Legion Post, the VFW Post #728 and the UAW. He enjoyed playing pool and bingo.
    Private funeral Services were held at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin with military rites accorded. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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