Obituaries 2022

January 2022

    JAMES W. BAUM JR., 73, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:49 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 18, 2021, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    James was born April 2, 1948, in Danville to James Weaver and Lois Ruth Hoskins Baum.
Surviving are one son, James W. Baum III of Tilton; one daughter, Michelle (Scott) Benjamin of Fairmount; and four grandchildren, Jaiden Baum, Julien Baum, Gabe Benjamin and Ava Benjamin.
    James served in the US Army. He was a mechanic at O’Brien’s. He was a member of the Fairmount Conservation Club, North Folk Lodge, NRA Association, and the Catlin American Legon. He enjoyed tinkering with motors, fishing, playing pool, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his grandkids.
    Funeral services were Dec. 23 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with military honors by the American Legion Post #210. Memorials to the Fairmount Conservation Club or the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

    GLENDA MURRAY, 70, of Sidell, passed on Dec. 16, 2021, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
    She was orn in Pensacola, Fla. on Aug. 16, 1951, to Juanita and Julius Kelly. She married the late Tommy Murray on New Year’s Eve 1970.
    After living in many areas during Tommy’s Naval career, they settled in Harvey, La., where they raised their two daughters. Glenda had an extensive career in the mortgage industry, retiring in 2005 to move with Tommy to their next Naval station. After a long and happy 41-year marriage, Tommy departed the world on Jan. 6, 2012. Glenda never remarried but spent the next nine years living with each of her daughters and enjoying her retirement.
    Glenda is survived by her two daughters, Tammy Dinger (Jeremy) of Sidell, and Charlene Nguyen (Minh) of Belle Plaine, Minn.; her brother, Winston Kelly (Linda), and brother-in-law, Rick Nock. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, sister Rosalie Nock and granddaughter, Bridget Dinger.
    As per Glenda’s request no service will be held.

    RALPH J. PUZEY, 69, of Westville, well known area farmer, passed away unexpectedly at 11 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 10, 2022, at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
    Ralph was born Jan. 6, 1953, in Danville to Clifford and Connie Dedman Puzey. He married Janet Pelman on July 7, 1973, at the former St. Joseph Catholic Church in Danville. She survives, as well as his parents.
    Also surviving are three daughters, Laura (B.J.) DeAth of Indianola, Jill (Dane) Larson of Ogden and Michelle (Aaron) Ritter of Milan; three brothers, Russ (Rosemary) Puzey of Fairmount, Kyle (Heather) Puzey of Springfield and Carl (Amy) Puzey of Pawnee; seven grandchildren, Wyatt DeAth, Lily DeAth, Lucy DeAth, Leigha Larson, Madelyn Larson, Bailey Ritter, and Oliver James Ritter.
    Ralph was a member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau where he was a past board member. He was a member of the Jamaica Special Farm Drainage District where he served as a Commissioner. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. His motto was faith, family, and farming. He loved his friends and enjoyed traveling out west, especially Montana. He had a witty sense of humor that made you smile and as always, farming was his passion.
    A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 17, 2022, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westville with Father Timothy Sauppé as celebrant. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 16, 2022, at Robison Chapel, Catlin.
    Masks will be required for entry into the funeral home and the church. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences

    TONYA M. ERP, 52, of Danville, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 5, 2022, at her home.
    Tonya was born Sept. 24, 1969, in Danville to Orval and Shirley Anne Priest Erp.
    Surviving are her father, Orval (Doris) Erp; her mother, Shirley Mullen; her husband and love of her life, Ryan Ziegler; one son, Kristopher Ziegler; two daughters, Cassandra Ziegler and Andrea Ziegler; five nieces who became life daughters to her, Sierra Guge, Amber Keller, Emma Miley, Autumn Dowers and Marie Dowers; one great-nephew, Noah Middendorf; one great-great-niece, Payslie Guge; beloved friends, Debbie and Mean Mike, Marvalene, Daisy Brandan (Mama Daisy), and Ty-Ty.
    She was preceded in death by her grandparents, one sister, Angela Erp; and stepfather, Marty “Pops” Mullen.
    Tonya graduated from Jamaica High School in 1987. She worked for the Danville School District #118 as cafeteria manager for 15 years. She called all the children she served “her kids.” Her happiest moments were taking care of her kids and family. Tonya loved everyone. She was always there to help when she could. Her dream was to move her family into the new house they are building. Her hobbies included hunting Indian beads, feeding the birds and squirrels, talking to her beloved friends, and spending time with her dear husband Ryan Ziegler. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her and were loved by her.
    The family will gather for a private service at Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois with Pastor Patricia Phillips officiating. A public celebration of life will be held from 12 to 7 pm on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Better Days, 8 South Hodge Street, Tilton, Illinois. Memorials to the family, in care of: Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences

    JERRY WAYNE PANKOW, 80 of Fairmount, left this world suddenly on Wed., Jan. 5, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart in Danville.
    Jerry was born to William and Daisy (Pridemore) Pankow in St. Joseph on July 1, 1941. He attended Catlin and Diamond Grade Schools and Oakwood High School. Upon finishing school, Jerry worked at Hyster, ESCO, and Chuckles before finishing his career at Danville Housing Authority.
    In his free time, Jerry enjoyed attending auctions and oil painting. He held a deep love for his family and would do anything for his grandchildren; never missing a sporting event or school program. Jerry also held a deep appreciation and love for music, and enjoyed playing radio games to pass the time on family road trips.
    On Sept. 5, 1959, Jerry married Delia Darlene Estock and the two have shared 62 wonderful years together. He leaves behind his beloved Delia; his two daughters, Sheryl Baumeister and Lori (Shane) Kirby; and five grandchildren, Madison, Mackenzie and Brittney Kirby, Amie Baumeister, and Andy (Jayde) Baumeister; and two great-grandchildren, Declan and Dryce.
    Jerry will also be greatly missed by his brother Frederick ‘Rick” (Judi) Pankow and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronald Pankow.
    Services were held Jan. 11 at Kruger Coan Pape Funeral Home, Danville with Adam Harmon officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery off of Shangri-la Road. Messages may be left at or their Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the American Heart Association or the local Cancer Center.

    CLAUDE E. DOGGETT, JR., 53, of Catlin passed away at 10:44 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 30, 2021, at his home.
    Claude was born Jan. 27, 1968, in Danville to Claude E. and Laura Elizabeth Lovett Doggett Sr.
    Surviving are one uncle, Lawrence (Anna) Lovett of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one aunt, Margaret Redmon of Fairmount. He was preceded in death by both parents.
    Claude loved playing guitar and working of his vintage car.
    Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Fri., Jan. 7 at Robison Chapel. Chris Lawler to officiate. Private burial at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Masks required. Online condolences

    WILLIAM E. “BILL” KNIGHT, 90, well-known Jamaica area farmer and Jamaica Township Road Commissioner for 45 years, passed away on Sun., Jan. 16, 2022 at 5:25 p.m., at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Bill was born in Jamaica Township to Walter D. and Odessa Olive Simpson Knight. He married Lynda Sue Darr on Sept. 8, 1957, at the former Jamaica United Methodist Church.
Lynda survives, as well as two sons, Gregory Martin Knight of Jamaica Township and Jeffrey William (Debi) Knight of Jamaica; one daughter, Jennifer Lynn (Tim) Risher of Metamora; two sisters, Alice (Jim) McDowell of Catlin and Norma Miller of Indianola; grandchildren Sarah Michelle Knight, Jason Jeffrey (Lesley) Knight, Seth Martin (Carmen) Knight, Emily Nicole (Zach) Bear; and special grandchildren: Brandon Smith and Nathan (Kelly) Smith; three great-grandchildren, Reese Knight, Rylee Knight, Jensen Knight; and great-grandchildren, Kayden Smith, Austin Smith, Brycen Smith, Cee Cee Smith.
    Bill was preceded in death by four brothers, Lee Knight, Paul Knight, Harl Knight and Dan Knight; two sisters, Helen Ross and Kathleen Knight; and special daughter, Diana Smith.
Bill was an Army veteran, as well as a devoted farmer and 32-degree Mason. He had belonged to the former Sidell Masonic Lodge and Danville Consistory. Bill was also a member of the Faith Church in Fairmount. He enjoyed watching westerns on television and FOX news
    Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 21, 2022, at the Faith Church in Fairmount, with Pastor Rob Bolden officiating. Military Honors will be provided. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola at a later date.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. on Friday at Faith Church. Masks will be required for entry into the church. Memorials may be made to the church in his memory.
Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

    LARRY EUGENE BISHOP, 67, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2022 at his home.
He was born Oct, 9, 1954. He was very loved and cherished by alot of people and had always put a smile on their face regardless of the situation. Larry was a machinist at Thyssen Krupp for 45 years and then enjoyed his short retirement. There wasn’t a day that went by that Larry wasn’t either working on a lawnmower, chainsaw, or small engine. His passion was his working hands.
    Larry showed so much love to his serving wife, Ruth Bishop, that they were always inseparable. Larry loved to spend time with his family and grandkids and teaching them lessons on how to do things, even if it was how to turn the screwdriver the right way. Larry also enjoyed “buggy” rides with his family.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 22 at Krabel Funeral home in Chrisman.Funeral services will follow. He will be laid to rest at Hoult Cemetary outside of Chrisman. A dinner will be held at the banquet hall, Georgetown Fairgounds, following the services.

    GLADDEN “SUE” (KELLER) CORDES, 80, of Danville, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sun., Jan. 9, 2022.
    Gladyne Sue was born on Jan. 10, 1941, in Fairmount, a daughter to Russell and Evelyn Lopp Keller. She graduated from Jamaica High School in 1959. Shortly after graduating, she married high school sweetheart, William Lee Cordes. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1993.
    As the wife of a Master Sergeant, she and her husband were stationed at various Army bases, from Germany to Ft. Lewis to Ft. Campbell. There, they raised two children, Kimberly Sue and William Lee Jr. Kim passed away suddenly on June 13, 2021.
    Survivors include her son, Billy, of Georgetown; son-in-law Curt Young; brother, Jim Keller, of Fithian; sister, Linda Thomas, of Crawfordsville; grandchildren, Brandon (Kari) Ivy, Adam (Dana) Cordes, Sydnee Allison, and Colin Young; great-grandchildren, Parker and Preston Ivy and Emma Cordes; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. They were the loves of her life.
    Besides her parents, twin brothers, husband, and daughter, she was also preceded by her grandson, Brett Ivy, and Brothers, Bill and Richard Keller.
    Growing up, Gladyne Sue attended Fairmount Presbyterian Church. She worked as a waitress, hostess, and banquet coordinator throughout their time in the Army. She was always willing to help those in need, she was a loving and kind wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.
    Per her request, Sunset Funeral Home is handling cremation, and her ashes will be interred in a private service in Clarksville, Tenn., with her husband, Bill. A Celebration of Life will be held in Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

    JULIE BARNEY, 70, of Catlin, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wed., Jan. 12, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Julie was born on Nov. 8, 1951 in Danville, the daughter of Melvin and Betty Wood Goodner. Julie was a lighthearted and strong woman; she did not want people mourning for her. So instead, we are celebrating all the wonderful deeds she did for folks in the community. Please share a memory of Julie, whether it was working at the IGA, or Pizza Time where she created the famous “Julie Bites” bread sticks! Or maybe you were one of her daycare kids, a friend, or one of the clients she deeply cared for. Julie was a great neighbor, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, great aunt, and friend. In all of her roles she was always amazing. She was the go-to lady to talk to (she was so comforting!) and had a way with people. Julie’s passion was serving others as a generous and loyal caregiver – one who really cared.
    Her creative spirit always had her making beautiful handmade gifts and yummy cakes for every occasion. May she be remembered as the loving and kind soul we adore. Julie loved kids and always wanted to do more than she could afford to. So in lieu of flowers, please make a generous donation to Food for the Children, C/O Rose Gates, 21438 Denmark Road, Danville, IL 61834
    Survivors include three children, Tim A. (Michelle Haas) Barney of Covington, Ind., Brian (Jackie Pitlik) Barney of Indianola and Jessica Barney of Divide, Colo.; her siblings, Pamela (Dennis) Starkey of Danville, Paula Lucas of Chicago, Sue (John Bukowski) Stahl of Danville, Mark (Kathy) Goodner of Covington, Ind., and Bill (Joanne) Goodner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her grandchildren, Cierra, Jasmine, Destiny, and her six great-grandchildren. Julie is also survived by numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
    Celebration of Julie’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon Sat., Jan. 22 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Jim Russell officiating. Visitation 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Masks will be required for entrance into the funeral home. On-line condolences at

    THOMAS E. GOOCH JR., 83, passed away on Fri., Jan. 21, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. Thomas was born on April 10, 1938 in Danville to Thomas and Codene (Davis) Gooch. He married the love of his life, Ethel (Nibbe), on Aug. 30, 1959.
    Thomas is survived by his wife Ethel Gooch and eight children, Thomas (Judy) Gooch III of Indianola, Curtis (Terresa) Gooch of Danville, Stacey (Majorie) Gooch of Westville, Terry Gooch of Westville, Twyla (Edward) Hitt of Ridge Farm, Joel (Kim) Gooch of Edinburg, Virginia, Tina (Gene) Gooch of Warrenton, Virginia, and Talitha (Eric) Haase of Ridge Farm; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded by his parents, one son, one grandson and six siblings.
    Along with being a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, he served in the US Navy, retired from Hyster and had multiple other jobs after retirement. Thomas always welcomed a fresh cup of coffee at their kitchen table to tell jokes, put up a good argument and tell stories of his past; of course in his version. He had a love for fishing, his animals, cars, Western books and movies.
    A private family service was held at their home Jan. 26. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date due to family health conditions. Online condolences:

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February 2022


    KENNETH “RED” HUBBARD, 69, of Indianola passed away Jan. 25, 2022 at Carle Hospital.
    Kenneth was born Sept. 12, 1952, the son of Jesse and Eva (Cope)Hubbard. He married Letious Snoke on November 6, 1970. He was a 1970 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    He is survived by his wife; two children, Travis (Amber) Hubbard of Indianola and Shellie Hubbard of RidgeFarm; five grandchildren, Amanda, Kayla, Shyanna, Hannah and Kyle; three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Alexa and Levi; and six siblings, Ronnie, Tim, Jesse, Larry, Barb, and Nancy. He was preceded by his parents and sister, Darlene.
    Kenny retired from General Motors in 1995. He spent his retirement watching his favorite teams, Illini, Cubs and Bears. He had a great love of camping and fishing.
    Per his wishes, he was cremated with no formal services. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church fellowship hall in Indianola. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Watson Crematorian & Funeral Services is assisting the family.

    AGNES ALBERTA GUTHRIE, 92, of Sidell, passed away at 2:37 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 30, 2022, at the Villas of Holly Brook, Danville.
    Agnes was born March 14, 1929, in Metcalf to Albert and Ruth Taylor Glenn. She married Wilbur Ernest Guthrie on April 6, 1951, in Charleston. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2021.
    Surviving are three daughters, Donna (Craig) Young of Sidell, Lou Ann (Steven Bean) Guthrie of Prairieville, Louisiana, and Brenda (Nathan) Cheney of Sidell; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister-in-law, Beverly Glenn of Fairmount. She was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Guthrie; one grandson, Michael Young; one brother; and one sister.
    Agnes was a homemaker who enjoyed bowling, embroidery work, and reading.
    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 5, at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Pastor Clyde Snyder officiating. Burial will be held in the Fairview Cemetery south of Sidell. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. ahead of services. Masks will be required for entry into the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Allerton United Methodist Church. Online condolences at

    RUSSELL HOWE, 82, of Catlin, passed away expectantly at 9:30 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 25, 2022, at his home.
    Russell was born June 21, 1939, in Catlin to George A. and Mary Kinser Howe. He married Mildred Madeline Johnson on Sept. 20, 1958 at Fairview United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2014.
    Surviving are two sons, Rusty (Cindy Loveall) of Georgetown and Ron (Stacey) Howe of Catlin; one daughter, Janna (Bill) Nicholson of Catlin; one brother, George (Glona) Howe; one sister, Helen (Rev. John) Shank; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Howe and Davis Howe; and three sisters, Armada, Evelyn and Beverly.
    Russell retired from General Motors after 28 years and in retirement enjoyed being a farm hand. He enjoyed mowing, hunting, fishing, and watching Alabama football, “Roll Tide.” He was a member of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Club.
    Funeral services were January 31 at the Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial was in the Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Fairview United Methodist Church. Online condolences at

    TANNER R.WELSH, 24, of Catlin passed away at 8:04 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 1, 2022,
at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    Tanner was born Nov. 25, 1997, in Garden City, Kansas to Timothy John and Cheri Lynn Finley Welsh. They survive.
    Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Jean Finley of Catlin; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leon and Margaret Welsh and his maternal grandfather, Larry Finley.
    Tanner enjoyed Beatles music and People magazine and was featured in the movie United States of Autism.
    Tanner’s family will gather for a private service at Robison Chapel, Catlin officiated by Darren Johnson. Burial will be at the Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to Danville AMBUCS, in care of Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Online condolences

    DAVID WALTER DARR, 93, well-known area farmer and pilot, passed away of natural causes at 2:30 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 7, 2022, at home with Evelyn, his high school sweetheart and wife of 74 years, by his side.
    David was born March 13, 1928, at home in rural Fairmount, the son of George Bryan Darr and Rosa Alice Hart Darr. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Dalbey, on Nov. 20, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. She survives.
    Also surviving are six children, Nancy (John) Van Vickle of Oakwood, Richard (Patti) Darr of Edgewater, Fla., James Darr of Fairmount, Dale (Joan) Darr of Fairmount, Steven (Judi) Darr of Melrose Park and Robert (Melissa) Darr of Gifford; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Darr, of Fairmount; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
    David was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles (Mary Elizabeth) Darr, Dane Darr and Paul (Margaret) Darr; and two sisters, Marjorie (Ralph) Diel and Mary (Lloyd) Puzey; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Darr; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Bethany Baker.
Special thanks to his faithful caregiver, Sharon Patton.
    David was a true renaissance man defined as a man who was knowledgeable or proficient in a variety of fields. He had an adventurous and curious soul. He was an accomplished instrument-rated pilot who logged many hours flying family and friends to many destinations. Several of those airplane trips were to Colorado, where David excelled at skiing. His last trip down the slopes was at the age of 83.
    David was a salesman for Puzey Brothers at an early age and traveled throughout the Midwest selling cornrakes. He was a lifelong farmer, semi truck driver and inventor until he retired.
    He was involved in many community activities and was president of the Farmers Elevator Company of Jamaica in 1965. David was influential in the building of the current main structure that more than doubled the capacity at that time and was a modern grain handling facility that is still in use today.
    David was a faithful Catholic and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Danville.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Danville, with Father Steven Loftus as celebrant. Rosary at 3 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with visitation to follow at 4-7 p.m. Burial in the Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Masks will be required for entry into the funeral home and at the church.
    Memorials in David’s memory may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Online condolences at

    AGNES ROMONA ROSNETT, 92, of Danville passed away at 9:23 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2022 at Colonial Manor in Danville.
    Mona was born on April 25, 1929, the daughter of Frank S. and Iva Gertrude (Richardson) Rosnett in Rossville. Her family lived and farmed in the Fairmount and Rossville areas before moving to Oakwood and, later, west Danville.
    She was raised in the Nazarene faith and had a beautiful voice, often singing with her brother and sisters. Mona was also an amazing artist, painting black-and-white photographs for Sudlow Studio.
    After graduating from high school, Mona worked as a book binder at Interstate Printers in Danville and then in maintenance at the University of Illinois. She then moved to Tucson, Ariz. where she lived for 30 years and worked in maintenance at a junior high school. She moved to Savoy in 2001.
    Survivors include several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews and special cousins, Dan and Linda Rosnett of Indianola.
    Mona is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, John Rosnett and five sisters, Virginia Osborn, Sylvia Metcalf Piper, Judith Bowles, and Freda Rosnett and Mary Elizabeth Rosnett, who both died young.
    Mona enjoyed spending her free time cooking and was known for making wonderful candies and cookies. She loved her family and dogs dearly and never met a stranger and in true Rosnett fashion was a “hugger.”
    She enjoyed gardening, shopping and dining out, especially El Toro where she could get a margarita. She had a passion for automobiles and was proud of her cars, keeping them in pristine condition.
    A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 11, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville. Stan Evans will officiate. Inurnment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
    Visitation will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 11, 2022 at the funeral home.It is kindly requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
    Please join Mona’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at

    GENE L. MARTIN, 93, of Catlin passed away on Feb. 5, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville at 11:30 AM.
    Gene was born at home of his parent’s Bert and Lucretia (Warrick) Martin on May 13, 1928 in Catlin. He married Iris L. Collom on Jan. 27, 1961 in Catlin. She survives.
    Survivors include his wife, Iris Martin of Catlin; and special family, John and Freda Switzer and their sons, Dirk (Shelby) Switzer and Jay (special friend, Leah) Switzer.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank, Harlan and Clarence Martin; one sister, Florence (Huluska) Weber; and several nieces and nephews.
    Gene graduated from Catlin High School in 1948. He was a Sergeant in the U.S.Army and served overseas during the Korean War. He was a telegrapher and freight agent for the N&W Railroad for over 43 years and retired in 1991. Gene became a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church in 1996 where he was active in helping maintain the church and other activities.
    Gene and his wife were life members of the Catlin Historical Museum where they maintained the flower gardens and Gene helped restore the museum. He was a life member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge where he was a past master and a former member of the Catlin Davis Busby American Legion Post.
    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thurs., Feb. 10) at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Rev. Zach LeCrone will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin with Military Rites accorded by American Legion Post 210 Honor Guard. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the Catlin United Methodist Church.
Sunset Funeral Home is assisting the family.Memorials may be made to the Catlin United Methodist Church or the Catlin Historical Museum.
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    WILBUR SPESARD, 91, of Ridge Farm, passed away on Wed., Feb. 2, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Wilbur was born Aug. 31, 1930 to Foster and Naomi (Archer) Spesard.
    He married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Mosier, in Indianola on Feb. 4, 1951. She preceded him in death.
    Wilbur leaves behind his children, Terri (Jay) Tate of Ridge Farm, Kathy Spesard of Simpsonville S.C., Mike (Roseann) Spesard of Ridge Farm, Jane (Lon) Gardner of Terre Haute Ind., Sonna (Scott) Rodgers of Ridge Farm, Lisa (Rusty) Akers of Maricopa Ariz., and Steve (Mendy) Spesard of Ridge Farm; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
    Also surviving is his sister, Wilma (Kenneth) Lewis of Deland Fla. Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie, one daughter, Karen (Spesard) Rhoads; two brothers, Dean and Robert Spesard; and a sister, Judith Rademacher.
    Wilbur was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer. He milked cows on the family farm each morning before attending high school at Indianola. Then raised registered Holsteins and operated a dairy on his own farm. And later raised registered Yorkshire and Hampshire hogs.
    He was well known in the regional fairs, both showing and judging, and at National livestock exhibitions. He supported local 4-H activities and was a mentor to those starting their own herds.
    More recently, Wilbur enjoyed watching his sons compete with their IPA pulling tractors.
    A graveside service was held Feb. 9 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm. Wilbur’s family has entrusted Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with his final wishes.
    Please join Wilbur’s family in sharing memories on his tribute wall at Memorial donations may be made to the Georgetown Fair Association, 413 N. Seminary, Georgetown IL 61846, or another charity of your choice.

    ROSE MARIE SIMPSON, 79, of Marshall, passed away 5:47 p.m. Friday in The Gibson Family Center For Hospice Care at Terre Haute, Ind.
    One of 16 siblings, she was born Aug. 10, 1942 at Dennison, the daughter of Cecil and Irene Baldwin Emerick. She married Howard L. Simpson on Jan. 1, 1961 at Paris and he preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 2002.
    Surviving are two daughters, Gayla (Brett) Camp of Clanton, Ala. and Penny (Scott) Harrold of Marshall; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a special sister that she took care of, Lois Shonk.
    Siblings are Lois (late Howard) Shonk, Leonard (Ruth) Emerick of Florida, Verna (late Kenny) Sly of Ridge Farm, Betty (Don) Pearson of Georgetow, Gale (late Thelma) of Michigan, Cecil Jr (Stella) of Georgetown, Terry (Shelia)Emerick and Tom (Diana) Emerick of Paris.
    In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Nick Wingo; a brother-in-law, Nick Shonk; and seven siblings.
    She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Eastern Star. She loved to read and loved animals, especially birds, and was a loyal Cubs fan.
    An Eastern Star service was held Feb. 7 at Pearce Funeral Home. Condolences are being accepted at pearcefuneralservices.

    ELMER FOX, 88, of Indianola passed away at 8:04 a.m., Tues., Feb. 15, 2022, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    He was born on June 9, 1933, in Danville, the son of Corbit and Ethel (Snyder) Fox, both deceased. He was married to Donna Martin until her passing in 2012.
    He is survived by his children, Jeffrey Fox, Kenneth Fox and Rebecca (William) Landis; his grandchildren, Aimee Brink, Brandon Fox and Christi Gaylord; his great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Alexis, Angel, Leland, Presley and Lane; his great-grandchildren, Knox and Graesyn; and his siblings, Carl Fox, David Fox and Deb Keys.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, Cecil, Mervan and Larry.
    Elmer graduated from Rossville High School. He was a proud Veteran of the US Air Force and served during the Korean War. He worked at General Motors Tilton Foundry for many years, retiring in 1990.
    Elmer enjoyed going camping, traveling and hiking. He also enjoyed cookouts with his family and being able to spend time with them, especially his grandkids. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
    A Celebration of Elmer’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Wed., Feb. 23, 2022, at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown. Visitation will be held 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday prior to his service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Michaels Cemetery, Indianola.
    Memorials may be given in his name to donor’s choice of charity. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

    FERRIC W. “FRED” REDDY, 76, of Catlin passed away at 4:56 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 21, 2022, at his home.
    Fred was born on Dec. 31, 1945, to Wilbur and Mary Ann Wargo Reddy. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, John McCumber. He married Judith Diane Durnell on Oct. 8, 1965, at the Catlin Church of Christ. Diane survives of Catlin.
    Also surviving are two sons, Tim (Kelly) Reddy of Morton and Todd Reddy of St. Joseph; one daughter, Melissa (Brett) Guthrie of Fairmount; one sister, Margerie Reddy Drake of Westville; three grandchildren, Madison Guthrie of Fairmount and Nathan and Owen Reddy of Morton; three great-grandchildren, Levi Gilespie and August and Jonah Guthrie, all of Fairmount; many nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Pat Reddy of Idaho.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Lorene Lutchka; one brother, James Reddy; and a special brother-in-law, Earl Drake.
    Fred graduated from Catlin High School in 1964. He earned his associate degree in police science from DACC. He served in the US Navy from 1966-1971. He served as the Chief of Police for the Village of Catlin, retiring after 35 years.
    He was the president of the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge #51 for over 20 years. He was a member of the Catlin Lion’s Club and Antiquarians Study Group. He was a commissioner for the Village of Catlin. He loved astronomy.
    Funeral services at 2 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 25, 2022, at the Catlin Church of Christ with Kevin Cox officiating. Visitation is from 12 to 2 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 25 at the church with military honors by the American Legion Post #210. The services will conclude at the church. Masks will be required for entry into the church.
    Memorials to the Catlin Historical Society. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    CARRIE L. SNYDER, 84, of Georgetown, passed away Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022, at Paris Health and Rehab, Paris.
    She was born on July 9, 1937, the daughter of Earl ‘Hap’ and Naomi Harris. She was married to Dwight Snyder Sr. on April 11, 1959. He survives.
    She is also survived by her children, Joe (Mary) Snyder of Maryville, Tenn., Jim (Lorie) Snyder of Chenoa, John (Janet) Snyder of Georgetown and Cindy Ross; her 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many great-great grandchildren; her siblings, Ben (Mary) Harris, Bob (Lucy) Harris, Geary Harris, Blanche (Joe) Springer, Dorothy Newcomb, Barbara Stevens, Rita Gibson and Anita Lutz; her sister-in-law, Lillian Harris; many nieces and nephews, especially Michelle Gocken, She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Ronnie Harris. Carrie was known for the way she cared for people her whole life. She was caregiver and worked as a CNA for 35 years in area nursing homes, as well as home care. She was a great cook and loved to feed her family and friends.
    Carrie and Dwight enjoyed life together whether it was camping, traveling and morel hunting. She will be dearly missed.
    A celebration of life will be 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 19 at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown. Visitation 10-11 a.m. prior to service at the funeral home. As per her wishes, Carrie will be accorded cremation rites. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

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March 2022

    NANCY L. SETSER, 79, of Indianola, passed away at 8:18 p.m., Sun., Feb. 20, 2022, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    She was born Dec. 14, 1942, to Cleve and Naomi High, both deceased. She was married to Robert Setser Sr. until his passing.
    Nancy was a caregiver all her life and loved animals. She leaves behind her two sons, Robert (Nora) Setser Jr. & Greg (Lisa) Setser; her grandchildren, Patricia (Brent) Curry, Angela Hines, Nicole (Nathan) Setser-Loop, Kimi Setser, Ethan Ablinger, and Elise Setser; her great-grandchildren, Drake, Ayden, Dallas, Alaina, Adalyn, Aleah and Kaitlyn; her siblings, Chuck High, Cleve High Jr., and Betty Wolfe.
    A Memorial Service was held Feb. 25 at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown with Pastor James Blue officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Please share memories through her Tribute Wall at

    ADORA J. STROHL, 95, of Homer, passed away at 6:20 a.m. on Thurs., March 10, 2022, at the Country Health & ReHab, Gifford. Adora Jean Myer Brandon Strohl, The Heavenly Choir of Angels has welcomed a beautiful new voice to its choir.
    Adora lived her entire life in the Fairmount and Homer area. She was born June 28, 1926, and was raised by her Aunt Fannie and Uncle Ellis Elliot. Following graduation from Fairmount High School, she spent a year working in Chicago but then returned to the Fairmount area, eventually settling in the Homer area.
    Adora was an active member at the Homer United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir for numerous years. Not only did she sing in the choir, but she often sang for weddings and funerals.
    Adora is preceded in death by husbands, Edward Brandon Jr. and Donald Strohl. A sister, Joanne Gray, and a brother, Robert Myer, also preceded her in death, as well as her grandson, Shandy Wilsey.
    She is survived by daughters, Vicki (Mike) Wilsey of Rankin and Margo (Rick) Brandon Snider of Peninsula, Ohio and a grand daughter-in-law: Laura Wilsey. Both Vicki and Margo inherited their mom’s love of music.
    Adora loved spending time with her immediate family members including her grandchildren – Jarin Wilsey (Julie, Brynn), Chad Wilsey, Nikki Davison (Jamie) and Todd Snider (Jennifer). She also leaves to mourn her eight greatgrandchildren.
    Thanks to Mildred Wolf and Marilyn Place as well as the late Virginia Davis and Olive Walters for their very special friendships. Also, thanks to Country Health in Gifford for their compassionate care over the past five years.
    Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 19 at the Davis Cemetery east of Homer on the Fairmount-Homer Road with Pastor Raymond Gordon officiating. Family, friends, and Homer/Fairmount residents are welcome to attend and greet the family.
    Memorials may be made to the Homer Fire and Rescue Squad, 501 N. Main St. Homer, Il, 61849.
    Robison Chapel in Catlin is in handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    PHILIP GEORGE RICHARDSON, 77, of Fairmount passed away March 11, 2022. He was born on Nov. 11, 1944 to George Alexander and E. Louise (Young) Richardson in Danville.
He is survived by spouse Lois Richardson; children, Teresa (Joe) Osborn, Brazil, Ind.; Kelli (Chris) Pinkerton, Covington, Ind.; Aaron (Nikki) Richardson, Catlin; six grandchildren; six stepchildren; 21 step grandchildren; and 18 step great-grandchildren.
    Also surviving two brothers, Floyd (Mary) Richardson of Covington, Ind. and Charles “Chuck” Richardson of Tilton; five nieces, two nephews and many great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded by his parents, George Alexander and E. Louise Richardson, nephew David Richardson, twin grandchildren, Marah and Levi Richardson.
    He graduated from Perrysville High School in 1962, and married Diana Smith of Covington, Ind. June 14, 1964, she survives in Covington. The marriage ended in 1980.
    He married a widow, Lois E Vaughn of Catlin on Nov. 8, 1980, with four adult children and two young boys at home. Together, with the whole family, they operated PLR racing promotions and ran the Vermilion County Raceway for many years. He was a 30 year Teamster Driver for UPS. But his passion was stock car racing. After retirement he still operated grader and heavy equipment. They then joined the Danville Moose Lodge and enjoyed running events, the kitchen and singing karaoke.
    He began helping Aaron at his auto repair shop and soon built a brand new commercial garage in 2001 near the Champaign mall. He continued doing home projects and wood working. He helped build a restaurant with Teresa and Joe near Staunton, Ind.
    He performed with the Danville Barber Shop Chorus, enjoyed pontooning and pulling skiers at Lake Vermilion and Raccoon Lake. He helped Kelli and Chris do home remodeling and helped to finish their forever home. He and Billy (Amy) Deavers were actively finishing another proud project in Covington, while awaiting the golfing season to begin at Rivercrest Golf course where he was a member golfing daily. He loved traveling with his golf buddies and participating in tournaments.
    He and Lois enjoyed 42 years of marriage and traveling throughout the 50 states and sharing in all of the family events.
    Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. EDT Friday March 18, 2022 at Shelby Funeral Home, Covington, Ind. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. EDT Thurs., March 17 and one hour before funeral services Friday.
    Burial in Lower Mound Cemetery. A luncheon to follow at the Covington Rivercrest Golf Course.
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    MARIE LOUISE HIGH, 94, formerly of Indianola passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
    Marie was born on December 3, 1927 in Ridge Farm to James D. and Leona (McCool) Downs Sr. She married James L. High on April 3, 1948 in Georgetown; he preceded her in death.
    She is survived by one daughter, Deborah (Gary) Cox of Camargo; one son, Gerald (Brenda) High of Danville; three grandchildren, James (Melody) Strubinger, Charles High, and Lewis (Lee Ann) High; and five grandchildren, Jaxson and Parker Strubinger, Taylor and Evan High, and Cameron High. Also surviving are step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her best friend Bev.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, five brothers, and her son, Scot.
    Marie worked as a cook, at General Electric, and sorted seed corn for many years for Funk G Hybrid. She was known for her baking, made many canvas needle point items for her family, was a big fighting Illini and Cubs fan, and most of all, she enjoyed spending time with all her family.
    A graveside service was held March 16 at Michael Cemetery outside of Indianola with Ted Shearer officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

    VIRGINIA “JEN” M. BOEN of Catlin passed away March 13, 2020.
    Jen was born Sept. 14,1933 in Perrysville, Ind. to Florence Lena Pritchard Kizer and Frank Michael Kizer.
    She married Charles “Lee” Johnson of Catlin. Their marriage resulted in three children, Philip (Sherry) Johnson of Oakwood; Brenda (Jay) Wood of Anderson, Ind.; and Karen (John Laker) Loewenstein of Danville; eight grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; one sister, Madge Ross. She enjoyed her numerous nieces, nephews and blended family members.
    She was preceded in death by siblings, Mildred Kizer, Clarence Kizer, Wayne Kizer, Ed Kizer, Margaret Dickerson, Mabel Hoth, and Susie Smoot.
    Jen married Warren Joseph Briggs July 31, 1973. He preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1991. Jen married Keith L. Boen May 22, 2004. He preceded her in death Oct. 4, 2014.
    Jen attended Catlin schools and was the first freshman cheerleader on the varsity squad. She received a degree in accounting from LaSalle Extension School.
    During her lifetime Jen worked at various bookkeeping positions, retiring from Kizer Construction. Jen was a member of several Churches of Christ, most recently Ce`ntral Park Church of Christ.
    Jen was an artist in her own right. She loved her “bling” and the sound of coins clanging from the slot machines. At one time had quite a collection of purses and Longaberger baskets. She enjoyed doing crafts with her grandchildren.
    Jen had been employed with R&S Printing in Danville as a proofreader. Her attention to detail was unrivaled. She and Karen owned and operated a popular craft store in the Quad Cities at one time. Jen gave painting lessons, especially Tole painting. She was a hard worker and dedicated to her employers and especially to her children.
    A Celebration of Life Service was held March 16 at Sunset Funeral Home, Danville. Officiating was Kiley Garrison. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Sharing memories at

    RICHARD A. WAGLE, 70, of Jamaica, passed away at 12:47 p.m. Sat., March 19, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart in Danville.
    Funeral service will be at 12 Noon Friday, March 25 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Jeremy Shumate officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Danville. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Friday before the service.
    Richard was born on Aug. 13, 1951 in Danville, the son of Kenneth H. and Louise M. “Jo”   Miethe Wagle. He married Toni Lomax on Nov. 27, 1981 in Danville. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Ricky (Sharlotte) Wagle of Indianola and Cory (Alyssa) Wagle of Tuscola; one daughter, Kayce Wagle of Danville; two brothers, Kevin (Melinda) Wagle of Catlin and Jim (Beverly) Wagle of Danville; one sister, Patty Osborn of Argyle, Texas; two grandchildren, Keegan and Paislee; and his fur baby, Charlie.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Kenny, and one daughter, Jessie Wagle.
    Richard retired from Pioneer Hybrid after 35 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, reading books, and doing puzzle books. He also enjoyed watching wrestling, playing games with his wife, and loved making people laugh. He volunteer worked for Walk for M.S. in Urbana. Richard and Toni delivered Christmas cookies to family and friends every year.
    Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. On-line condolences at

    RICKY LEE THOMAS, SR., 72, of Sidell passed away on Tues., March 15, 2022 at home. He was born July 7, 1949 in Danville, the son of Eddie and Beulah (Barrett) Thomas. Ricky was united in marriage on June 16, 1968 to Barbara (Kistler) Thomas until her passing April 5, 2012.
    He will be dearly missed by his son, Ricky Jr. (Dana) Thomas of Fairmount, daughter Angela Jolene (Vincent) Beavers of Sidell, daughter-in-law Ami Wilson-Thomas of Catlin, grandchildren Raiyanna, Savannah, Korey and Jesse Thomas, Austin Ewing, Zoey and Robin Hamilton, Austin and Kanen Lutz.
    He is survived by two brothers, Jim and Greg Thomas, two sisters, Lola Snell and Bonnie Lyman.
    Ricky Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Beulah Thomas; wife Barbara Thomas; son Randall Thomas; daughter Calista; two sisters, Donna Sloan and Rozella Clore.
Ricky graduated from Jamaica High School, served in Vietnam and worked at Farmers Elevator. His hobbies were collecting coins, McDonald’s toys and doing word search puzzles
Visitation was March 21 at Sidell Pentecostal Assembly. Pastor Tim Pearman officiated. Watson Creamation Services assisted the family.

    LINDA WHITINGTON, 75, of Wapello, Iowa, formerly Fairmount, passed away on Fri., March 18, 2022 at Southeast Iowa Medical Center. A Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m. on Sat., March 26 at the Church of the Nazarene in Wapello.
    Linda Sue Wolfe was born on May 10, 1946 in Danville, the daughter of Ralph and Evelyn (Pierce) Wolfe. On Sept. 22, 1966, Linda was united in marriage to Gary “Tiny” Whitington in Fairmount.
    Linda worked as a waitress, at the various campgrounds, and at the age of 50 obtained her CDL and became a truck driver. She was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Wapello and Red Hats. She enjoyed crafting, making candy, reading, crocheting and dearly enjoyed being with her family.
    Linda will be deeply missed by her children, Jim (Jenny) Whitington of Oakwood, John (Audra) Whitington of Eagle Lake, Minn., Lee Ann (Kirk) Swanson of Wapello, Iowa and Shannon (David) Williams of Alton, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Dean (Sue) Wolfe of Danville, sister, Nina (David) Keys of Hume; and nieces and nephews.
    Linda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gary in 2008; son-in-law, Michael Lihs; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Don Wolfe, Dixie Welch and Delores Shields.
    A time of food and fellowship will follow the celebration of life at the church. A memorial has been established for the Ronald McDonald House in Linda’s name. Sympathy messages can be left for the family at

    RICHARD ALLEN PIERCE, 81, of Catlin, passed this life on March 15, 2022, at Hawthorne Inn, Danville, IL, with his wife by his side. Days prior to his passing, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends talking about fond memories.
    Richard was born on May 27, 1940, in Fairmount to the late Hershel and Catherine (Baker) Pierce. Later he married Darleen “Joy” Stark on Aug. 11, 1961, and together they had three daughters who survive: Penny (Tim) Martin of Tilton, Pam (Perry) Warner of Catlin, and Patti (Clarence) Greer of Suffolk, Va.
    He was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan Martin; his sister, Shirley Sherwood; his brother-in-law, Russell Kunkle; and his sister-in-law, Judy Stark.
    Richard leaves behind one sister, Janet (Jerry) Longest; five granddaughters; two grandsons; six great-granddaughters; six great-grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; and two great-great-grandsons.
    Richard graduated from Ridge Farm High School and was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He loved his family and enjoyed many gatherings.
    While growing up, his farms were his playground and it taught him many skills and a good work ethic. He worked at Hyster Company for 14 years. Richard was a truck driver for Burk Lund, Sunbeam, and waste management companies. Later in life, he mowed and did other yard work for many people.
    His greatest passion in life was being outdoors and working all the time. His hobbies including fishing, hunting, boating, building, refinishing, gardening, and much more. He took great pride in his flower gardens at home and later at Hawthorne Inn in Danville.
    The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care shown to Richard by the staff at Hawthorne Inn.
    A celebration of Richard’s life was held March 19 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with Chris Lawler officiating. He was laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin.
    Memorial donations may be given in his name to donor’s choice of charity. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

    ANNETTE GAY PUZEY ZEIGLER, 72, was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, sister, friend, and dedicated nurse. She was a lifetime resident of Fairmount, and passed away peacefully at 5:15 a.m. on Mon., March 21, 2022, at Colonial Manor in Danville.
    Annette was born on Aug. 31, 1949, in Danville, the daughter of Lloyd and Mary Darr Puzey, as the second of six children. She is survived by two brothers, Harold (Janet) Puzey, Alan (Susan) Puzey, and three sisters Carol (David) Harden, Elaine (Pat) O’Shaughnessy, and Lisa (Tim) Bueter.
    She had three surviving children, Anthony Schomburg, Gregory (Grace) Schomburg, and Andrea (Jonathan) Tunick, from her previous marriage to James Schomburg. She later married Thomas C. Zeigler on June 22, 1992, in Baltimore, Maryland, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2014, she will join him in rest at the National Cemetery in Danville. Her marriage to Thomas added Thomas S. (Brooke) Zeigler, Kurt (Michael) Zeigler, and Michael Zeigler to her family. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Aliya, Jude, and Charlotte.
    Annette was a compassionate soul and caregiver and graduated from the Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing in 1970. She was an emergency room nurse for 32 years at Burnham and Provena Covenant Hospitals in Champaign-Urbana where she brought healing to many and met numerous lifelong friends and soulmates, including the “Seven Sisters.”
She was an excellent cook, who’s chocolate chip cookies were known far and wide. She had a vision to make the world a more beautiful place, as a diligent gardener and creative designer, including creating award-winning designs at the Festival of Trees. Rarely without a “project,” her compassion and nurturing extended to everyone who enjoyed her meals and generosity and knew her as a second “Mom,” including her beloved Sheltie dogs. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Cubs and Fighting Illini, and her cheers for both will undoubtedly echo throughout eternity. Most of all, she adored her children and grandchildren, who were the light of her life.
    Annette’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sat., April 2, 2022, at the Catlin Church of Christ in Catlin. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the Catlin Church of Christ. Masks are optional at the church. There will be a meal to follow in the fellowship hall at the Catlin Church of Christ.
    Private family burial will be at the National Cemetery in Danville. Memorials in Annette’s memory may be made to the Crisis Nursery at in lieu of flowers.
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    ODELL L. BRAY, 97, of Fairmount, passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Sat., March 26, 2022, at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville. 
  Odell was born April 21, 1924, in Edgar County, the daughter of Melvin and Callie Copas Cherry, formerly of Fairmount. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Glenn Cherry of Arkansas and Dan Cherry of Fairmount.
    Odell married Oakley Elmo Bray of Homer Jan. 3, 1943, in the Immanuel Presbyterian church in Danville by Rev. Bliss B. Cartwright. They had resided in Fairmount since 1946. Her husband preceded her in death in 2004.
    The Brays loved to spend winters in Florida, where they regularly attended the Daytona Beach Shores Drive-In Christian Church. Mr. Bray had also been an Elder of the Fairmount Presbyterian church.
    Odell is survived by three children, Sharon (Kent) Flora of Champaign, James Bray of Missouri, and Gary Bray of Rantoul. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Don (Jane) Underwood of Normal, Chris (Sonya) Underwood of Texas, Brent Flora of Arizona, Michael (Jenny) Bray of Tennessee, Robert (Yana) Bray of Indianapolis, and Denise (David) Duniphan of Indiana.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will gather privately at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Mike Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials made be made to the donor’s favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Online condolences at

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April 2022

    ALAN E. DILLON, 71, of Danville, passed away at 8:07 p.m. on Wed., March 30, 2022, at his residence.
    Alan was born July 18, 1950, in Danville to Hugh L. and Helen Anderson Dillon. Alan married Holly Loeffler on Oct. 12, 1985, in Danville.
    Holly survives, as well as, one son, Matt Dillon of Homer; one grandson, James Dillon; two sisters-in-law: Ann Dillon and Pam (Ron) Foster; one brother-in-law, Rick Loeffler; his mother-in-law, Polly Loeffler; one niece, Mendy (Steve) Spesard; two nephews, Corbin (Tanya) Foster and Dustin (Shannon) Foster. He was “Uncle Alan” to Finley and Fletcher Foster and “Cold Buddy” to Mason Combs.
    Alan especially loved his hunting dogs, Jessie, Ozzee, Obee, Rudie, and The Queen Odie.
Alan had worked for Vermilion County Highway Department. He especially loved farming and enjoyed helping his cousin Rick Knight and Tyler Knight. Every harvest he said, “I’m not working those hours anymore,” but he always did. He also enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, target shooting, and playing billiards. Alan also attended the Grape Creek Baptist Church.
    Memorial services were April 6 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor David Leary officiating. Memorials to the Lynch Area Fire Protection District or Grape Creek Baptist Church. Online condolences at

    C. IRENE VINSON, 97 of Danville, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 10:34 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.
Clara Irene was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Fairmount to Charles Edward and Fae Leona George Cheuvront. She married Claude Swaney, and later Archie Vinson; both preceded her in death.
    Survivors include several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Eddie Cheuvront of Fairmount and Johnnie Joe Cheuvront of Covington, Ind.; and one sister, Juanita Woodard of Fairmount.
    Clara Irene was a longtime bookkeeper of several area locations, including Jules Strauss, Thompson Welding and St. James United Methodist Church.
    Graveside rites will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday), at theDavis Cemetery, west of Fairmount with Rev. Clyde Snyder. Robison Chapel, Catlin handled arrangements. Online condolences

    RICHARD PAUL KRANKAVITCH, 82, of Catlin passed away at 12:49 p.m. on Tues., March 29, 2022, at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
    Richard was born to the late John and Alice Krankavitch on June 12, 1939 in Chicago.
He worked at American Airlines and Ryder/P-I-E. Richard will be greatly missed by his two children, Rick (Mona) Krankavitch and Robin (Doug) Carter; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    He is survived by two sisters, Mary Alice Zoller and Joan (Dennis) Jacobi’. He was preceded by his lifelong love, his wife, Rose Mary; his brother, William Krankavitch and sister, Sharon Krankavitch.
    Memorial services were held at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Father Timothy Sauppé officiating. Private burial was in the Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Online condolences

    JACKIE L. JOHNSON, 79, of Indianola passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
    Jackie was born Aug. 5, 1942, in Danville to Phillip Eugene and Irene Frances Dee Johnson. He married Rickey Bolton and she preceded him in death.
    Also preceding are, four sons: Jack, Gene, Jimmie, and Ricky Johnson; as well as one daughter, Tammy Rodgers; his brothers, Fred, Phillip, Bill and an infant brother; as well as three sisters, Florence Gash, Mary Beckman, and Helen Cockrell.
    Jackie enjoyed small engine repair, auto painting, car repair. He loved his dogs, Sassy and King.
    A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

    SHIRLEY A. MULLEN, 74, of Westville passed away Fri., April 15, 2022, at home.
She was born on Dec. 3, 1947, in Cayuga, Ind., to James P. Priest and Sarah M. Adams; she graduated from North Vermilion High School in 1965. Shirley married Marty Mullen on June 17, 1994, in Danville.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Marty; twin daughters, Lisa and Lori; Angela Erp; Tonya Erp; five brothers; and 10 sisters.
    Surviving Shirley are her sister, Mary Hinkle; grandchildren, Sierra, Amber, Cassandra, Andrea, Emma, Autumn, Macee and Kristopher; and great-grandchildren, Noah Wayne and Payslie. Shirley also leaves behind some very special friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.


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May 2022

    JAMES SPENSER JOBST, 76, of Paris, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Thurs., April 28, 2022, at his residence. He was retired after over 35 years as an earth and life science teacher at Mayo Middle School.
    He was born Nov. 21, 1945, in Paris, the son of the late Maxwell Woodward and Julia (Foley) Jobst. He married Karen Sue Dailey on Nov. 29, 1980, in Vermilion and she survives.
    Other survivors include four children, Rosemary (Russ) Puzey of Fairmount, J. Andrew (Bridget) Jobst of Ypsilanti, Mich., Amanda (Doug) Repp of Casey, and Emily (Jerry) Watson of Williamsport, Ind.; two brothers, Michael and Donald Jobst; two sisters, Wanda Lee Richardson and Martha Proctor; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin Beecher Jobst, and a sister, Diane Sherman.
    Spencer earned his bachelor’s in science education from Indiana State University and his master’s in Education from Eastern Illinois University. He was a devoted member and Past Master of Stratton Lodge #408 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and a member of AASR Valley of Danville. He enjoyed volunteering for Faith in Action and Habitat for Humanity, and served on the Board of Directors of the Edgar County Homeless Organization.
    Spencer was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and motorcycling, and especially loved shooting trap and skeet. He had a love for flying, maintaining his private pilot’s license for many years as well as flying remote-control aircraft, and had served on the Board of Directors of the former Casey Municipal Airport.
    He enjoyed coaching basketball in his younger years and was proud to have taken his Mayo Redbirds boys basketball team to the Elite Eight in the early 1970s.
    Spencer will be remembered as a proud and loving husband, father, and grandfather; a self-proclaimed rock hound, spelunker, astronomer, political analyst, economist, and philosopher.
    Masonic Graveside Rites were conducted May 4 at Vermilion Cemetery. Stratton Lodge #408 A.F. & A.M. officiated. Templeton Funeral Home provided arrangements. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Edgar County Sportsman’s Club.

    JASON E. DOUGLAS, 34 of rural Fairmount, passed away unexpectedly, at 10:44 a.m. Fri., May 6, 2002, at home.
    Jason was born Feb. 27, 1988, in Urbana to Joseph Edward and Karla Marie Kasper Douglas.
    Survivors include his father, Joseph E. Douglas of Fairmount, his mother, Karla (Terry) Games of Ogema, Wis., a son, Hayden Edward Douglas of St. Joseph, a daughter, Sophia Marie Douglas of St. Joseph, a sister, Rachel (Daniel) Albers of Fairmount; two nephews, Holden Albers and Owen Albers. Also surviving is the mother of his children, Jessica Lopez.
Jason had worked for a time at the Pilot Travel Center. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and being an outdoorsman, as well as enjoying music.
    Memorial visitation was Tuesday at the Fairmount Fire House, Fairmount. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is assisting the Douglas family. On-line condolences at

    MARY ROBERTA TOMAW, 91, formerly of Sidell, entered eternal life on May 17, 2022 at Belmont Village in Oak Park, Ill.
    She was born in Danville on Aug. 12, 1930, the oldest of four children of Edward and Agnes McCown Nees. She married Ronald Tomaw on July 15, 1950 who preceded her in death in 1980.
    Roberta was a graduate of Sidell High School and Brown Business College. Following college she worked initially at Lauhoff Grain Company in Danville, then for over 25 years at the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Danville on two separate occasions, with a break to raise her two children.
    She also worked part-time as a reporter for the Sidell Journal. She was an active member of the Sidell United Methodist Church where she was the organist for over 50 years, served on boards and committees, and sang in the choir.
    While the church and her music were an important part of her life, her greatest joy was being with her family and watching her two children and five grandchildren grow up and, more recently, her three great-grandchildren.
    She was an avid Illini basketball fan and held season tickets for many years.
In addition to her husband, Roberta was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William.
    She is survived by her two children, Mark (Joyce) of Springfield and Sheryl Martin (David) of Oak Park, five grandchildren, Jeff Barry (Kristina) of Chicago, Andrew Tomaw (Kim) of Springfield, Tim Martin (Kerry) of Chicago, Matthew Tomaw (Jormi) of Tulsa, Okla., and Erin Martin of Denver, Colo., three great-grandchildren, Addison and Lucas Tomaw and Mia Barry; one brother, Ervin Nees of Science Hill, Ky., and one sister, Elsie Palmer of Effingham, and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Sidell United Methodist Church preceded by visitation beginning at 10 am. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Sidell United Methodist Church, 202 Chicago St, P.O. Box 49, Sidell, IL 61876 or the American Heart Association.

    GEORGE DOUGLAS “DOUG” DECKER, 56, of Fairmount, passed away at 12:11 a.m. Tues., May 17, 2022, in the emergency room at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Doug was born June 26, 1965, in Danville to George and Lora Lamb Decker. He married Cindy Bennett Hiser Dec. 15, 2018, in Danville. Cindy survives, as well as, his parents, George (Peggy) Decker of Cayuga, Ind. and Lora (Don) Robertson of Danville; two sons, Kegan (Chelsie) Decker of Catlin, and Dale Wilt of Muncie; five daughters, Melissa Decker of Tilton, Ashton (Mark) Kelly of Gilbert, Ariz., Andra (Kyle Larsen) Wilt of Collinsville, Maci (Eric Valdez) Hiser of Terre Haute, Ind., and Myli Hiser of Fairmount; one brother, Rob Miller of Wis.; four stepbrothers, Keith Helwig, Jim (Lori) Helwig, Jeff (Patti) Helwig, and Brian Robertson; three sisters, Tammy Castillion, Pendelton, Ind., Sherrie (Roy) Hughes Danville, and Cindy Breeden, Indianapolis, Ind.; one stepsister, Michelle Beck; 10 grandchildren, Detin, Ava, Cora, Hanson, Gabriella, Nolan, Addison, Avery and two on the way; his mother-in-law, Verna Bennett; and his best friend, Kevin Decker.
    He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George (Ruth) Decker; maternal grandparents, Walter (Pearl) Lamb; his nephew, Cory Piehl; his father-in-law, Bernard Bennett; his stepsister, Stephanie Lamoureux.
    Doug will be missed by a host of family and friends.
    Doug had been an installer for the “The Blind Man” blind and drapery store in Champaign. He was a member of CrossRoads Christian Church and enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, reading westerns, helping people, attending sporting events, and family time and especially spending time with the grandchildren.
    Funeral services were May 25 at CrossRoads Christian Church with Robbie Ketcherside and Miles Clark officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled arrangements.
    Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or CrossRoads Christian Church. Online condolences at

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June 2022

    VIRGINIA ALICE WALLEN, 100, of Catlin passed away at 2:05 p.m., June 7, 2022 at Country Health Care & Rehab in Gifford.
    She was born April 4, 1922 in Catlin, the daughter of Frank A. and Blanche Rohrer Taylor. She married George W. Wallen. He preceded her in death.
    Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Ann (Jack) Ray of Rantoul; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nephews; and one step-niece.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Susan M. Wallen Campbell, one brother, Russell A. Taylor, one sister, Catherine Miller, one grandson, Beecher Ray, sister-in-law, Mary Jane Taylor, and one niece.
    Virginia worked as a bookkeeper at Modern Machines in Danville and had worked at the Catlin Bank and Post Office. She was a member of the Catlin Legion Auxiliary, Home Extension Group, Farm Bureau, Catlin Methodist Church, and the Catlin Historical Society.
    Memorial services were June 10 with. Inurnment was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin Heritage Museum. Robison Chapel handled details. Condolences at

    WILLIAM HENRY LOWE, age 78, of Sidell, died Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    William was born May 14, 1944, in Paris to William F. and Rowena Denmar (Bennett) Lowe. He married Barbara Joan Decker on June 26, 1972; she survives.
    He is also survived by a son, William H. Lowe II (Marguerita) of Kingman, Ariz.; a brother, Bruce Lowe (Debbie) of Chrisman; and a granddaughter, Leah Lowe. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Melissa Kay Lowe.
    William had lived in Sidell for 20 years, having previously lived in Catlin and Chrisman. He worked as a farmer and enjoyed gardening and fishing.
    A graveside funeral will be held on Friday, July 1, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. For those who wish, memorials in William’s honor may be made to his family. Online messages of sympathy may be left at

    GRACE ROMACK, 70, passed away at her home in Danville on June 21, 2022.
    She was born on March 12, 1952 to Clarence Sr. and Goldie “Marlette” Pyles in Newman. She was a 1970 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    She had worked at Danville Metal Stamping until she retired.
    She dedicated her life to show love, support and guidance to her grandson/son Andrew Romack. She had always tried to express her love to Jeff and Andrew anyway she could. She appreciated everyone who helped her when in need, or just a friendly ear to listen.
Survivors are son, Jeff Romack; grandson/son Andrew Romack; granddaughter, Makynzie; sister, Marie (Chuck) Maring; several nieces and nephews. Her loving, go-to friends, Dam Drive and Robin Romack.
    Grace was proceeded in death by her husband, Larry Romack; her parents; sister Irene Henry; brothers Clarence “Ed” Pyles, Jr., and William King.
    Graveside rites were held June 28, 2022 at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell with Craig Roller officiating.

    PAUL MARING, 76, passed away in his home in Danville on June 19, 2022.
    He was born Nov. 24, 1945 in Sidell to Imogene and Clarence Maring. He is survived by four brothers, Chuck of Sidell, Art of Villa Grove, Kenny of Danville and Bobby of Catlin; and four sisters, Connie Anderson of Virginia, Shirley Whaley of Sidell, Peggy Miller of Villa Grove and Alice Lamb of Rolla, Mo.
    He was preceded in death by 15 siblings.

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