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September 24, 2020

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In this week’s issue we salute the farmer during National Farm Safety Week. You won’t want to miss this two section issue.

Basketball is in, fans are out

Early dismissal to continue thru semester’s end

Baird ready to step aside as Carroll supervisor

Second arrest in Indianola murder case

Fairmount holds off setting trick or treat hours until October meeting

Baird begins internship

Junior High Baseball to play for Regional title

The Farm Wife
Three local women talk about being a farmer’s wife

Salt Fork Third Graders talk farm safety

Not all “farming” is done in the field
One couple shows facets of agriculture are no farther than your computer


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

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

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

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