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July 18, 2019

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Drennan resigns as road commissioner

Catlin board approves $10.3 million project

Park hours extended to midnight upsets neighbors

Sidell UMC welcomes new pastor

He was a noted drummer at Homer and Jamaica High School. He went on to be a rockstar. He retired and 20 years later he is again, a rockstar. Read about this local man and his world tour only in this week’s Sidell Reporter.

Amy Thomas is helping area gardeners with those baskets of zucchinis in this week’s Recipe Box.

    ELOISE HILLARY – Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Fri., July 19 at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell, for Eloise Hillary.
    Eloise passed away March 24, 2019 in Hilton Head, S.C. As she requested, her ashes will be laid next to her beloved husband, Ernest Hillary.
    Charles Graul, formerly Pastor at the Sidell United Methodist Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Dementia and Alzheimer’s research.

    JACK W. CARY – Surrounded by family, long-time Catlin resident and Catlin’s oldest WWII veteran, Jack W. Cary, 94, passed away at 6:20 p.m. on July 12, 2019, at the VA Illiana Healthcare System Palliative Care Unit where he had been a patient since April 22, 2019.
    He was born in Danville on Sept. 10, 1924, the son of John A. and Anna A. Cary. He grew up in the Newtown and Oakwood area and attended Oakwood High School. He served his country in the 1st Cavalry U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and in Occupied Japan. He married Madeline Virginia Pichon on Dec. 7, 1946 in Danville and they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in December.
    Jack was employed for 30 years at Allith Prouty until their closing and then worked for Quaker Oats until retirement. In his earlier years, he drove stock cars and then enjoyed following the racing careers of his son and grandson. He liked NASCAR, reading, and anything relating to nature and animals. He was a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church, the Catlin Lions Club, the Davis Busby Catlin American Legion Post, and was a 50 year member of Anchor Lodge No. 980 Masonic Lodge in Danville. One of the highlights of his life was being on the first Central Illinois Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and seeing the World War II Memorial.
    He is survived by his wife, Madeline, one daughter, Brenda (Louis) Kolb of Greenwood, Ind, and two sons, Roger, of Catlin, and Jeff, of Tilton. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Angela (Brad) Molloy, Robert (Desiree) Kolb, David (Sally) Kolb, Jenni (Dwayne) Canady, and Jack Ryan (Laine) Cary, and eight great grandchildren, Marissa Molloy, Matthew Molloy, Joshua Kolb, Davis Canady, Bennett Cary, Ella Cary, Alexa Kolb and Brayden Kolb. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. His parents, two brothers, John and Eugene, and one sister, Patsy Walsh preceded him.
    Funeral services were held July 17, at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Pastor Zack Lecrone officiated, burial with full military honors followed in Jones Grove Cemetery at Catlin. Memorials to Catlin American Legion. On-line condolences at The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details.

    ALTA LOU LARSON, 95, of Danville, formerly of Indianola, passed away at 3:15 p.m. July 13, 2019 at her home in Autumn Fields, Tilton.
    Services will be held at 6 p.m. July 18 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Chris Lawler will officiate. Private family burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Robison Chapel.
    Alta Lou was born Nov. 19, 1923 in Danville, to Claude and Hazel Worthington McCallister. She married Donald Larson Nov. 26, 1970. He preceded her in death May 12, 2000. Survivors include, one son, Jim (Sheryll) Craig; one granddaughter, Erin Craig; one grandson, Curtis (Lacey) Craig; two great-grandchildren, Brecken Craig, Cora Craig; four step-children, Mike (Kathy) Larson, Melinda Mathews, Melissa (Tony) Edington, and Melanie Earl; nine step-grandchildren, Joe (Tara) Larson, Sarah (Greg) McLaughlin, Erika Mathews, Blake Mathews, Megan Hale, Andy (Colleen) Edington, Julie ( Colton) McCarty, Johnathan Earl, and Jeffrey Earl; and seven step great-grandchildren.
    Alta Lou graduated from Danville High School in 1941 and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family. Memorials to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association, in care of Robison Chapel. Online condolences at

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