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

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.
    On-line condolences at

    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.

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.
    Online condolences at

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.
    You may sign Robert’s guestbook at

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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