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


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