January 2005

DAVID McDANIEL
David Dale McDaniel of Bradenton, Fla., a former Sidell resident, passed away Jan. 21, 2005 at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Fla.
Mr. McDaniel was born June 15, 1929, a son of R.C. and Anna McDaniel. He attended Sidell schools.
He is survived by a daughter, Brenda Jean (Meryl) Carmean of Bathalto, Ill. and two sons, David Allen (Bobbi) and Randy Joe (Cindy) of Danville; a brother, Charles (Roxy) McDaniel of Bradenton, Fla.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was planned for Jan. 25 at the Pentecostals of Bradenton church. His ashes will be buried in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell at a later date. Manasota Memorial Park was in charge of arrangements.

BERNARD PAUL RICHTER, JR.
Bernard Paul Richter, Jr., 65, of Boulder City, Nevada, formerly of Fairmount died Jan. 17, 2005 at his home.
Mr. Richter was the son of Huck and Lovica Richter who ran Huck’s Cafe in Fairmount in the 1940’s.
Their family left Fairmount in 1952 to live in Boulder City. His parents preceded him in death. Mr. Richter’s sister, Patty Martin, survives.
Paul loved and raced motorcycles.
A visitation and cremation was held. Arrangements were by Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.
Condolences can be sent to Patty Martin at 2564 Golden Bay, Henderson, Nevada 89052.

MARJORIE ELOISE HOGAN
Marjorie Eloise (Plotner) Hogan of Sidell died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2005) at 11:24 a.m at Canterbury Ridge, Urbana.

MABEL LUCAS OSBORN
   Mabel Lucas Osborn, 90, of Sidell passed away at 6:35 a.m. Monday (Jan. 10, 2005) at Boxwood Health Care in Newman.
   Mabel was born April 3, 1914 in Westville, to Ferdinand D. and Polly Mae Hall Sigmon. She married Frank C. Lucas in Allerton on March 24, 1933. He preceded her in death Aug. 14, 1964. She later married Norman S. Osborn on Nov. 22, 1967 in Sidell. Norman passed away Sept. 30, 2003.
   Survivors include five daughters, Judy Toppe of Sidell, Mary Alice (David) Roberts of Hampshire, Becky (Jerry) Hettinger of Sidell, Libby (Greg) Huchel of Sidell and Mandy (Larry) Clore of Indianola; one son, Frank (Judy) Lucas of Sidell; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Mabel was also preceded by three sisters, three brothers and one son-in-law, Bill Toppe.
   She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sidell where she taught the Beginners Sunday School Class and also sang in the church choir. Mabel enjoyed children and was a babysitter in Sidell for many years. She and Norman operated a foster  home as well. She was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for the Lions club and church functions. There was always room at her table.
   Funeral services were 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Sidell First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Moreau officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Memorials may be made in Mabel's memory to the Cunningham  Children's Home, Sidell First Baptist Church or the donor's choice.
   Robison Chapel in Catlin handled arrangements.

RUBY ROSNETT
   Ruby Rosnett, 83, of Fairmount, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2005) at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born July 8, 1921, in Vermilion County, the daughter of Arthur and Lida Ellen Osborn. Ruby married Kenneth (Andy) Rosnett on May 27, 2940, in Danville. He died April 19, 2002. Ruby is survived by one daughter, Cheryl (Jack) Campbell of Danville; four grandchildren, Mary Kilgore of Cayuga and Ginger (Glenn) Bowling, Jason Hillard and Scott Tahon, all of Danville; a grand-son-in-law, Rob Spears of Cayuga, Ind.; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lola Phillips of Tilton. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Kenneth (Peany) Rosnett, daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Steve Sidener, and a granddaughter, Sherly Spears, and three sisters and two brothers.
   Ruby retired from General Electric after 25 years. She was a member of the Vermilion Heights Methodist Church in Danville. She was also a member of the GE Retirees Club and the Illinois Bowling Association. In Ruby's younger days she sang on the radio in Chicago. She was well known for her yodeling and had also sung with one of the engineers from "Petticoat Junction."
   Ruby enjoyed being with her family, bowling, playing Bingo and going to Cahill's restaurant for breakfast.
   Services were held at Carrington Funeral Home, Fairmount with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or donor's choice.

CLETUS C. WAX
   Cletus C. Wax, 88, of Mattoon, formerly of Sidell, passed away Jan. 12, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. at Mattoon Health Care Center.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Ave., Mattoon with Rev. Ron Dickinson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in rural Sidell.
   Mr. Wax was born Jan. 13, 1916 in Allerton, the son of Hubert and Charlotte Spitzmesser Wax. He married Hilma Louise Timmons Aug. 9, 1941 in Sidell.
   Survivors include his wife of 63 years; two daughters, Sandra (Sonny) Gourley of Shelbyville and Norma (Terry) Hoag of Troy, Ohio; three granddaughters, Robyn (Mike) Wolters of Dallas, Texas, Kara Jo (Jeff) Johnston of Decatur, Paula Jean (Andy) Pelligrino of Pittsburgh, PA; two grandsons, Thad (Suzette) Gourley of Roscoe and Christopher (Meredith) Hoag of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Ilene Wax of Catlin, Edna Miller of Georgetown and Wilmetta Feezor of Indianola. He leaves 14 great-grandchildren.
   Mr. Wax was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Wayne Wax; and two sisters, Vada Alcorn and Lorraine Miller.
   Cletus was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mattoon. He farmed in the Indianola area 51 years and was a member of the American Legion. He was a veteran of World War II, serving his country as a medic on the hospital ship, "The Wisteria," for 3-1/2 years and he crossed the Atlantic Ocean 22 times during the European Theatre of War.
   When he was younger, Cletus was an avid golfer, woodworker and fisherman. As he grew older, checkers became one of his pastimes. He was almost unbeatable, but everyone enjoyed playing with him. He always had a funny story to tell. He loved his family and friends. They will always remember him for his sense of humor.
   Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mattoon or the American Cancer Society.

VIOLA G. CATLETT
   Viola G. Catlett, 90, of Fairmount, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 16, 2004 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
   Mrs. Catlett was born June 14, 1914 in Nashville, Ind. to Reed and Millie King Fitzsimmons. She married Keith Catlett May 21, 1935. He passed away Nov. 3, 1970.
   Survivors include a son, Gary (Susan) Catlett of Fort Myers, Fla.; a daughter, Karen Kepling of Fairmount; five grandchildren, Jon Kepling, Jackie Carey, Kala Jo Weller, Kim Taylor and Teyet Kepling; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by three stepbrothers, one half brother and her dear friend, Eugene "Red" Hanner.
   Mrs. Catlett was a 65-year member of the First Baptist Church of  Fairmount. She served as church organist for more than 35 years. She enjoyed attending Greer's Gospel sings in Fairmount and painting ceramics.
   Funeral services were Dec. 20 at the First Baptist Church in Fairmount with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Funeral visitation was held at Robison Chapel in Catlin.
   Memorials in Viola's memory may be made to the First Baptist church of Fairmount, c/o of Robison Chapel, Catlin.
   I'm very tired now and need to rest. I want to thank all of my friends that prayed for me and helped me through the trauma of my leg amputation. I will meet all of you at the GRAND REUNION with JESUS. God bless all of you.

JOSEPH M. YOUNG
   Joseph M. Young, 87 of Vermilion County Nursing Home, formerly of Sidell and longtime area farmer, passed away at 3 p.m. Jan. 3, 2005 in the emergency room at USMC Logan Campus.
   Mr. Young was born July 4, 1917 in Vermilion County, Ill. a son of Frank and Cecil Jenkins Young. He married Evelyn Staley on March 3, 1946. Evelyn passed away in 1978.
   Mr. Young is survived by two sons: Craig (Donna) Young and Jeff Young, all of Sidell, a daughter; Becky (Russ) Puzey of Fairmount; and three grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by one son, Mark, four brothers, one sister and one grandson.
   Mr. Young was a 32 Degree Mason and  school bus driver for Jamaica School district. He enjoyed tractor pulls, Bingo and visiting with friends.
   Funeral services were held Thursday at Sidell United Methodist Church. The Rev. Larry Moreau and Joe Eakle officiated. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
   Memorials may be made to the donors choice in his memory.

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February 2005

BENJAMIN BAIRD
   Benjamin Byron Baird, of Farmington, Mo., passed away Jan. 29, 2005, at  Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center, at the age of 75 years.
   He was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Indianola, the son of the late Vern and Delora (Prunkard) Baird. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy and a sister, Omalee Baird.
   Mr. Baird served his country proudly and retired from the U.S. Army. He enlisted in 1946 and served his country in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of the Farmington AMVETS Post 113.
   He is survived by three sons, Ronny Baird (Kathy) and Michael Baird, all of Sparta, Wis., and Samuel Baird (Lisa) of Herculaneum, Mo.; two daughters, Dianna Lynn (Pete) Steinhoff of Sparta, Wis., and Kelly (Terry) Goodson of Bismarck; two sisters, Lena Shepherd of the State of Indiana and Chloe Richards of Georgetown, Ill.; a brother, Glenn Baird (Sonya) of Ridge Farm; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.
   Burial with military honors were Feb. 3 at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Farmington AMVETS Post 113. Arrangements were under the direction of Cozean Memorial Chapel in Farmington.

RUSSELL L. MEECE
   Russell L. Meece, 84, of Roodhouse, Ill. died early Monday, February 7, 2005 at Modern Care Convalescent Center in Jacksonville.
   He was born September 7, 1920 in Sidell, the son of Arthur Bethel and Winifred Lea Klefman Meece. He married June Gooch Nov. 19, 1941 in Urbana, and she preceded him in death September 8, 2001. He married Betsy Burrus November 26, 2003 in White Hall and she survives in Roodhouse.
    He is also survived by one son, Larry R. (Cindy) Meece of Jacksonville; one daughter, Melissa Jean (Randy) Wilson of Canton; four grandchildren, Aaron Wilson, Sierra Wilson, Erika (Jeff) DeGroot and Logan Meece; and two great grandchildren, Haley and Cara June DeGroot. He was preceded in death by one sister, Joane Keene.
   Mr. Meece and his family moved to Roodhouse in 1967 where he became President and CEO of the Roodhouse National Bank (now First Bank). Before his move to Roodhouse he had worked at Community Bank in Mahomet and Fowler State Bank in Rantoul.
   After his move Mr. Meece was very active in the community. He was a member of the Roodhouse United Methodist Church. He was on the original Roodhouse Park Board during the purchase of the Rez property and implementation of the Park system; original board member and later chairman of the Roodhouse Fire Protection District, member of the Greene County Economic Development Committee for 10 plus years; on the committee to persuade Bunn-O-Matic to locate Whitehouse Manufacturing in White Hall; on the committee to persuade the state to build the 3boot camp2 between Roodhouse and White Hall; on the Roodhouse Library board; member of the Fernwood Cemetery Board in Roodhouse; member of the Roodhouse Rotary Club; Explorer Scout leader, had the Order of the Arrow and won the Silver Beaver Award; voted Roodhouse citizen of the year in 1988 and 2002; was Parade Marshall in 2004 for the Greene County Days parade.
   Mr. Meece retired from banking in 1983 but continued to be active in his community. Mr. Meece was an avid gardener and reader. He spent his retirement years raising blueberries, bees and gardening. He was an avid Illini fan. Mr. Meece enjoyed being with his grandchildren.   
   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2005 at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse. Visitation was Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fernwood Cemetery in Roodhouse. Memorials are suggested to the Roodhouse Methodist Church or Roodhouse Library. Condolences may be left online at mackeydaws.com.

VICTOR KEITH KIZER
Victor Keith Kizer, 83, of Maroa died at 9:10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 27, 2005) at ManorCare Health Services of Decatur.
Mr. Kizer was born April 9, 1921 in Fairmount, a son of Clarence and Alta Craig Kizer. He married Betty Ann Hendrix on May 19, 1957 in Clinton. She survives.
Survivors also include three sons, Randall Kizer of Jacksonville, Fla., Kevin Kizer of Chicago and Kenneth Kizer of Dubuque, Iowa; a daughter, Pamela LeConte of White Heath; a brother, Donald Kizer of Columbus, Ohio and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles and a sister, Dr. Betty Kizer.
Mr. Kizer served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from Caterpillar, Inc., Decatur, in 1982, after 42-1/2 years of service.
He was a member of Argenta Presbyterian Church and Hiter-Wene Veterans of Foreign Wars, Weldon.
Memorials may be made to the church or an organization of the donor’s choice.
Funeral services were Monday at Argenta Presbyterian Church, Argenta with the Rev. Philip Reed officiating. Burial was in Cerro Gordo Cemetery with military rites accorded. Arrangements were by Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

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March 2005

EUGENE "GENE" TAYLOR
  Eugene Gene2 Taylor, 70, a well-known Chrisman area farmer, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Sunday (April 3, 2005) at Pleasant Meadows Christian Village in Chrisman.
   He was born March 3, 1935, in Indianola, the son of Bee Taylor and Bessie Murray Taylor. Gene graduated from Georgetown High School in 1953 and immediately began his farming career. On Aug. 21, 1955, he was united in marriage to Donna Mills in Olivet. Donna has been his faithful caregiver for many years during his long illness. In 1968, Gene was chose as the Outstanding Young Farmer in Vermilion County. He was avid collector of John Deere toys and tractors. Gene was a past member of the Chrisman Lions Club and was an active lifelong member of the First Baptist church in Chrisman, where he served as a trustee, deacon and financial secretary.
   Surviving in addition to his wife, Donna, are his two children and their spouses, Mike and Lisa Taylor and Pam and Roger Ellis, both of Chrisman; five grandchildren, Chad (Shannon) Ellis, Natalie Ellis, Micah Taylor, Morgan Taylor and Devin Taylor; one brother, Joe Taylor of Chrisman; and one sister, Thelma (Harold) Baldwin of Indianola. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wayne  Taylor.
   Funeral services were today (Thursday) at the First Baptist Church in Chrisman with Pastor Kevin Coe and Pastor James Walker officiating. Interment was in Woodland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund or to Pleasant Meadows Christian Village. Arrangements entrusted to Scott-Bolen-DeVries Funeral Home.

URBAN “BUCK” READY
Urban Lynn (Buck) Ready passed away on March 28, 2005. Mr. Ready, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Ready, was born on Dec. 8, 1931 in Mason.
He graduated from Effingham High School and served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Mr. Ready graduated from the University of Illinois School of Architecture in 1959 and was a practicing architect in Indianapolis.
Mr. Ready was a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the American Legion. An avid outdoorsman, he was a devoted tourna-ment fisherman and member of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS).
He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Warters) Ready of Indianapolis, daughters Susan Powell of Atlanta, Ga. and Julie Payne of Oviedo, Fla., and sons, Greg Ready of Mountaintop, Pa. and Michael Ready of Mansfield, Texas and six grandchildren; sisters Barbara Ready of Champaign, Sandra Volpi of Effingham and Lynda Ready of Champaign; and brothers, Johnny Ready of Effingham, Dale Ready of Mason, Jerry Ready of Mahomet and Jim Ready of Charleston.
One visitation will be today (Thursday) at the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Home in Indianapolis. Another visitation will be held on Friday from 12-2 p.m. at the Joines–Appleby Funeral Home in Newman with the service immediately following. Burial will be held at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or Salvation Army.

Stanley Lusader, Jr.
Stanley Lusader, Jr., 80, of Mahomet, formerly of Ogden, died at 2:10 a.m. Monday (March 21, 2005) at home.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Burial will be in Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville, Ind. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the funeral home.
Mr. Lusader was born Sept. 12, 1924 in Frankfort, Ind., a son of Stanley and Josephine Barker Lusader, Sr. He married Louise Adams Feb. 12, 1949.
Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Kathy Lister of Stuart, Fla., and Susan Odle of Mahomet; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Morgan of Perrysville, Ind.
He was preceded in death by two daughters.
Mr. Lusader graduated from Perrysville High School. He was a school bus driver for 20 years. He served on the Ogden Grade School board. He was a member of the Christian Church of Ogden where he served as chairman of the board, elder and Sunday School teacher.
He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 754 and the Ogden Township Drainage Commission. He enjoyed operas, musicals and home construction. He and his wife purchased the Country Way Restaurant in Sidell in 1977 and ran it for several years.
Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice of Urbana.

NORMAN W. "SHORT" TAYLOR   
Norman W. "Short" Taylor, 86, lifelong resident and longtime farmer in the Catlin area, passed away at 12:39 a.m. Thursday, (March 10, 2005) at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas, where he was wintering with his wife, Gwen.
   Short was born May 19, 1918, in Catlin to Robert and Myrtle Kelsey Taylor.  He married Gwen Clark on March 4, 1945.  She survives. The couple recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.
   Also surviving are two sons, Richard (Mary) of Sidell and Jeffrey of Phoenix, Arizona; two daughters, Diane (Jim) Russell and Emily (Tom) Barr, both of Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Jason John (Kerri) Couillard, Jennifer Frances Taylor, Daniel Aaron Couillard, Taylor Ann Russell, Seth Taylor Couillard, Benjamin Kelsey Taylor, Hannah Rose Russell and Lauren Taylor Barr.  He was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Wilford Taylor and one sister, Dorothy A. Zook.
   Short was a 1936 graduate of Catlin High School and a 1941 graduate of the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was engaged in five campaigns. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He farmed in the Catlin area for over 20 years and was chief of Manual Arts Therapy at the Danville VA Medical Center for more than 20 years until his retirement.
   He served on the Catlin School Board where he was board president. He was an active member of the Catlin United Methodist Church for 50 years and sang in the choir. He was a member of the Catlin Historical Society and the Vermilion County Farm Bureau. Short was honored on the Catlin War Memorial as being one of three generations of servicemen from the same family.
   Funeral services were 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Catlin United Methodist Church, Pastor Janet Roy, officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Catlin United Methodist Church or the Catlin Historical Society. Robison Chapel of Catlin was in charge of arrangements.

CAROL M. ZIERJACK   
Carol M. Zierjack, 83, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at her residence.
   Ms. Zierjack was born June 28, 1921, in Fairmount, the daughter of Albert Louis and Carrie Lee (Junkermann) Zierjack. She graduated Fairmount High School in 1939 and the University of Illinois in 1943. Her father was the owner of Zierjack Grocery Store.
   She is survived by one niece, Julie Brame of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; one great-niece, Chelle Zullo of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and one great-grandniece, Jennifer Zullo of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
   Ms. Zierjack was a retired secretary for the U.S. State Department and a member of The Daughters of The American Revolution (D.A.R.).
   A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11 at Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Hospice of Charleston, 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; or the American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite #504, North Charleston, SC 29406.
   Arrangements were by Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion, Danville.
   E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com

ANTHONY “TONY” EDWARDS
Anthony “Tony” Edwards, 12 years old, from Newman went to be with the Lord on March 3, 2005 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital after a long fight with leukemia.
Tony was born Dec. 4, 1992 to Judy and Randy Edwards. He was a miracle child. He attended Newman Grade School.
He is survived by his beloved mother of Camargo and his father of Newman; his maternal grandparents, Herman and Stella Liles of Sidell and paternal grandparents Don and Jeanette Edwards of Newman; his maternal uncle, Tommy
Liles of Fithian and Aunt Amanda Liles (Brendt Reese) of Sidell; and his paternal aunt, Penny (Brent) Stewart of Newman. He will be sadly missed by his cousins, Tyler, Taylor, Haven and Sada.
Tony enjoyed fishing, the Illini, riding his four-wheeler and being with his family. He especially enjoyed the fishing pole that got away! Tony was tough and spent 10 of his 12 short years battling off-and-on with leukemia. Through it all he held his head high and was a good kid. All the prayers offered in Tony’s behalf were greatly appreciated by his family.
Visitation for Tony was held on March 6 with funeral services March 7 at Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman. Burial was in the Newman Cemetery.

PATRICIA VAN DRIESSCHE KIRBY
Patricia Van Driessche Kirby, 66, of Fairmount died at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, March 6, 2005 at The Waters in Covington, Ind. Mrs. Kirby was born May 16, 1938 in Hammond, Ind., a daughter of Pete and Eleanor Van Driessche. She married Carl Kirby on May 9, 1952. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Chris Burns of Fairmount, Kathy Quick of Tilton and Teresa Gretillate of Colorado; a son, Jim Kirby of Danville; two sisters, pat Dill of Arizona and Phyllis of Covington; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kirby was a licensed practical nurse at United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, retiring in 1978.
Arrangements were by Carrington Funeral Home, 110 E. Court St., Fairmount. Burial will be in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

LOUIS V. PEARMAN
Louis V. Pearman, 67, of Indianola passed away at 10:43 p.m. Friday March 4, 2005 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
Louis was born June 17, 1937, in Indianola to Raymond and Eunice Marriage Pearman. He married Joan Baird on April 13, 1957, in Georgetown. She survives, as well as two sons, Tony Pearman of Indianola and Randy Pearman of Georgetown; one brother, Robert Pearman of Georgetown; one sister, Florence Keller of Georgetown; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Jo Hooker, and a sister,
Jane Pearman.
Louis was active in Boy Scout in Indianola for 11 years as scout leader. He served for a time on the Indianola town board, as a member of the Indianola Lions Club and a trustee of the United Methodist Church of Indianola.
He retired from General Motors’ Tilton Foundry after 27 years. He enjoyed woodworking, car shopping and camping.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Jerrett Wells officiating. Burial was at Michaels Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Indianola in care of Robison Chapel.

PAULINE STEWART
Pauline Stewart, 79, of Charleston, Ill., died at 9:58 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.
Pauline was born April 24, 1925 in Indianola, Ill., the daughter of Carl and Mary Glines Staley. On April 25, 1943 she married Ralph (Buss) Stewart. Surviving are three daughters: Judith (Richard) Fudge, Patricia and Carolyn Stewart, all of Charleston, and two sons: James (Sallie) of Radcliff, Ky. and Robert (Diane) Stewart of Jacksonville, Fla., nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Carl (Jan) Staley of Pontiac and two sisters, Betty (Bob) Thomas of Indianola and Sandra Powell of Danville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a sister.
Pauline was a member of Charleston Bible Church and the Charleston V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Visitation was at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home in Charleston with graveside services at Roselawn Cemetery with Rev. Bill Boaz officiating.

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April 2005

Ronald Lee Neal
   Ronald Lee Neal, age 68, passed this life on Monday (April 18, 2005) in Springfield, where he had made his home with his brother since January 2004.
   Ronald was born July 27, 1936, in Paris,  to Cecil and Opal Neal. He started school in Indianola, and moved to the Bismarck area in 1950. In 1971, he moved with his parents to Fairmount.
    Ron's greatest joy in life was taking care of his mother, and helping other people! He took great pride in his ability to mow yards, clear leaves and snow, and other handy-man work. He was a member of the Faith Evangelical Methodist Church of Fairmount, where he spent many hours mowing the yard. He could always be counted on to give a helping hand, and a hearty smile, no
matter what was asked of him.
   He is survived by his brothers, James (Carol) of Springfield,  and Richard (Bonnie) of Glendora, Calif.; two sisters, Janice (Sam) Edwards of Catlin and Wanda (John) Carson of Tilton; 15 nieces and nephews, and more than 30 great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, two infant sisters, a great-niece, and Grannie.
   Memorials can be made to the Faith EMC Youth Group.
   Services were held April 22 at Carrington Funeral Home, Fairmount. Pastors Kevin Brouillette of Bayou LaBatre, Ala. and Chuck Powell of Faith EMC officiated. Burial was in Davis Cemetery,  Fairmount.

 

Bonnie J. Yount
   Bonnie J. Yount, 82, of Fairmount, passed away at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday (April 20,  2005) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
   Bonnie was born May 19, 1922, in Danville, to Lester and Vina Six Gladden. She married Wilroy 3Bud2 Yount June 8, 1941. He died Dec. 20. 1991.
    Survivors include: one daughter, Sandy (Tom) Johnson of Fairmount with whom she had made her home since 2003; five grandchildren, Robin (John Becraft) Johnson of Catlin, Todd Johnson of Danville, Tim (Dawn) Johnson of Fairmount, Shane (Kathy) Yount of Danville; eight great-grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; one stepgreat-granddaughter. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Janet Yount. She was preceded by her brother, Les, and a son, Kenny.
   Bonnie enjoyed baking, making strawberry jam, painting plastic pieces, reading and putting up sweet corn.
   Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Dave Burger officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery,
Catlin. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Breast Cancer Awareness c/o Robinson Chapel in Catlin.

Lloyd l. Davis
Lloyd L. Davis, 83, of Georgetown, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Saturday (April 9, 2005) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.
Mr. Davis was born on Dec. 31, 1921 in Muncie, the son of Albert and Mary Wise Davis. He married Mary Alice Parliament on July 19, 1941 in Fairmount. She survives.
Also surviving are five children, Sandra (Charles) Zimmerman of Bismarck, Leland Davis of Georgetown, Phillip (Andi) Davis of Tampa, Fla., Gary (Francee) Davis of Georgetown and Beverly (Pearce) Brooks of Ocala, Fla.; two brothers, Carl (Rosemary) Davis of Fairmount and Don (Edie) Davis of Covington, Ind.; three sisters, LaVern Allen of Homer, Bernice (Bill) Grubb of Covington, Ind. and Nellie (Dave) McCoy of Catlin; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his partners, a brother, Joe Davis and two sisters, Delores Heckerson and Rose Wakefield.
Lloyd farmed many years, managed several Federal North Iowa Grain Elevators, managed the original Berry’s Seed Store in Danville, and owned and operated Davis Fertilizer and Grain Company from 1969 until he retired in 1993. He also was a member of the Georgetown School Board and the Georgetown Fair Board. Lloyd and Mary Alice enjoyed 26 winters in Fort Myers, Fla. Fishing and gardening were his passions, along with being an avid Illini and Cubs fan. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He belonged to Fairmount 590 Blue Lodge, the Western Indiana Shrine, rode on the Eastern Illinois Supercycle and was a 50-year member of the Valley of Danville Scottish Rite.
Funeral services were April 13 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. Joe Humrichous officiated. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Heart Association or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

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May 2005

EVA LEWIS
   Eva Lewis, 91 of Deland, Fla. passed away May 4, 2005. Eva was born and lived in Indianola before moving to Florida. She was a cook at the Jamaica High School cafeteria for many years.
   Surviving are two sons, Kenny  (Wilma) Lewis of Tacoma, Wash. She had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband John Lewis, one son, Glen (Zeb) Lewis, one grandson, Leon Lewis, two brothers, John High and Roscoe High.
   Arrangements are pending in Florida.

DONALD TODD
  
Funeral services for Don Todd, a well-known Sidell area farmer will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sidell First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery west of Sidell. Rev. Loren Bately will preside.
   Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Sidell Baptist Church. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details.
   Donald L. Todd died at 3:15 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2005 at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home in Danville. He was born Sept. 9, 1924 in Jamaica to Leslie and Flora Mosier Todd. He married Eleanor Hughes Jan. 31, 1948 in Georgetown. She passed away Jan. 12, 1999.
   Survivors include two sons, Douglas Todd of Champaign and Dan (Mary Lou) Todd of Indianola; seven grandchildren, Robert (Jennifer) Todd, Heather (Mark) Church, Ami (Darin) Jarling, Kara (Nathan) Earles, Jami (Paul) Spratt, Collin Todd and Dana Todd; seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jim.
   Mr. Todd farmed in the Sidell area with his two sons. He enjoyed fishing and gardening and being with his family. He was a member of the Sidell Baptist Church, Sidell Lions Club and served on the Sidell School Board. He was a 32 degree Mason and member of Danville Consistory.
   Memorials may be made to the Sidell Baptist Church in his memory.

MARY RICHTER
  Mary Richter, 84, of Fairmount, passed away at 8:15 p.m. April 27 at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.
   Funeral services were  April 30, at Carrington Funeral Home in Fairmount. Officiating was Rev. Mike Roberts. Burial was at Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount.
   Mary (Rosnett) Richter was born March 16, 1921, in Fairmount, the daughter of Guy and Adda Delaney Rosnett. She married Roy Arnold Richter on May 10, 1941, in Manchester, Tenn. He died May 5, 1992.
   She is survived by three daughters, Carol (Ken) Geyer of Ellijay, Ga., Bonnie (Randy) Andrews of Danville and Debra (Paul) Twardzik of Island Lake; two sons, Dale (Barbara) Richter of Sidell and Charles (Joyce) Richter of Catlin; 11 grandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Dale Rosnett of Tilton and one sister, Nelly Howe of Georgetown. She was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.
   A lifetime resident of Fairmount, she enjoyed helping other people.
   Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer1s Association or the donor's choice.

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June 2005

M. Allan Ehler
  M. Allan Ehler, 62 of Champaign passed away at 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
   Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at the First United Methodist Church, 210 West Church Street, Champaign. Mary Brady will officiate.
   Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy is in charge of arrangements.
   Mr. Ehler was born on Jan. 11, 1943 in Urbana, the son of John and Ruth Butzow Ehler, Jr.  His mother survives of Rantoul.
   He married Catharine Fett July 28, 1963 in Urbana. She survives of Champaign.  
   Also surviving are two daughters,  Teresa Ford of Tolono and Anne Morrissey of Champaign; one grandson,  Jonathon Morrissey of Champaign; two brothers, John Ehler III of Garland, Texas and Michael Ehler of Fort Collins, Colo.  He was preceded in death by his father.  
   Mr. Ehler graduated from Champaign High School. He was a farmer in the Champaign area for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Champaign County Farm Bureau, the Champaign County Grain Marketing Club, the Illini Collector Car Club and the Corvette Club of Illinois.  He enjoyed traveling - especially trips to Charlevoix, Mich., fixing up collector cars and boating.
   Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church, for the church van, 210 West Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820.

John W. Reed
  John W. Reed, 80, of Fairmount, longtime Fairmount Village Clerk and former Fire Chief, passed away at 5:05 a.m. June 23 at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
   John was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Jasper County, to James Arthur and Rosa Spelbring Reed. He married Joyce Allison March 14, 1959, in Paris. She passed away June 22, 1998.
    Survivors include: three daughters, Wendy (Kevin) Swider, Penny (Mike) Hanson and Melanie (Steve) Clark all of Fairmount; six grandchildren, Emily Cook, Aren Swider, Clark Swider, Allison Hanson, Sarah Clark, Joshua Clark and his beloved dogs, Charlie and Bingo. He was preceded by two brothers.
   John was a millwright at General Motors Tilton Foundry for over 40 years. He served as Chairman of the UAW Bargaining Committee, and as President of the UAW retirees group.
   He also served in the United States Navy on the battleship USS Bremerton. He coached girl1s softball, and was active in the Fairmount Ball Association. He enjoyed woodworking and his grandchildren.
   Funeral services were June 26 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials may be made to the Fairmount Ball Association or the Fairmount Fire Department.  

Daniel Lee Griffin
   Daniel Lee Griffin, 27, of Sidell, passed this life at 11:21 a.m. Sunday (June 19, 2005) at his grandparents' home.
   He was born on April 19, 1978, in  Danville, the son of Danny Joe and Brenda Huff Griffin.
   Survivors include: his father, Danny Joe (Tammie) Griffin of Sidell; his mother, Brenda (Robert) McCool of Fairmount; one son, Wrayccinn; one sister, Carrie Lynn Griffin of Danville; one nephew, Blaize Griffin of Danville; his grandparents, Lee and Sondra Griffin of Sidell; two stepsisters, Heather and Stephanie Wyer; one stepbrother, Ethan Wyer; two uncles, two aunts; great-grandparents, Lanie and Dorothy Johnson of Indianola, and one grandmother, Emma Adams of Indianola.
    He was preceded in death by one grandfather, Carroll Adams, and one great-grandmother, Esther Johnson.
   He attended Jamaica Schools.
   Visitation was held Wednesday at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Delbridge
   Lyda Ruth 70, died at 8:50 a.m. June 15 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
   Funeral services were held June 19 at at the Sidell United Methodist Church. Officiating was Rev. Larry Moreau. Burial was at the Payne Cemetery in Brocton.
   Mrs. Delbridge was born on September 24, 1934 in Bedford County Tennessee, a daughter of Mack Lee Driver and Nellie Eads Driver. She married Charles Delbridge on July 23, 1953 in Danville, he survives.
   Also surviving are five children, Barb (Dale) Richter, Glenn (Kathy) Delbridge, David Delbridge all of Sidell, Pam (Doug) Jeffries of Rankin, and Kevin Delbridge of Paris. Three brothers, Mack and Jack Driver of Paris, and Sam Driver of Westville. Nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by two children, Robert Lee and Charles James Delbridge.
   Mrs. Delbridge worked and volunteered for Relay for Life, and the St. Jude's Research Hospital. She also helped with the local Boy Scout troop and with summer baseball.
   Memorials may be made to the St. Jude's Research Hospital or the Relay for Life.

 Earl Tyrus Sawyer
 Earl Tyrus Sawyer, 75, of Macomb died at 9:20 June 17 at the Heartland Healthcare Center. Memorial services were held June  21 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Steven Workman.
   Mr. Sawyer was born April 4, 1930, in Swink, Colorado, son of Earl T. Sawyer and Hazel Miller Sawyer. He grew up in Sidell, and graduated from Sidell High School in 1948. He married Ann Tuggle on December 2, 1952 in Rossville. She survives.
   Survivors also include one daughter, Mary (Jon) Kleinman of Memphis, Tennessee, a son, Edward (Susan) Sawyer of Key Biscayne, Florida,  a brother, David (Lorene) Sawyer of Catlin, and two grandchildren, Amanda Peterson and James Sawyer.
   He served in the Army during the Korean War. He received his Bachelor degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University, his Master degree from the University of Illinois, and did his post graduate work at Southern Illinois University. He taught in Mowequea, Villa Grove, and Western Illinois University from 1962-1987. He was a member of American Legion Post 6, 40et 8, and the Macomb Elks Lodge #1009 where he served as Exalted Ruler and Secretary of the lodge for several years.
   Memorials may be made to the American Legion 40et 8 Nurses Training Scholarship Fund or Elks Crippled Children's Fund.

Betty Miller Barthell
   Graveside services were held June 4, 2005 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola for Betty Miller Barthell. She died Sept. 6, 2004 in Austin, Texas at the age of 78. She was formerly of the Indianola-Sidell area. Robison Chapel in Catlin handled arrangements.
   Mrs. Barthell was born in Danville Aug. 20, 1926 to Fay and Opal Smith Miller. She married Franklin H. Barthell, Jr. and he preceded her in death.
   Survivors include three sons, Franklin Barthell III of Lawrence, Kan., John F. Barthell of Denver, Colo., Daniel P. Barthell of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Nancy Fox of The Woodlands, Texas; and five  grandchildren.
   Mrs. Barthell graduated from Peoria High School and attended Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn. and the University of Maryland, and was involved with Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

HESTER M. MILES
   Graveside interment services will be held for Hester M. Miles on Saturday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Mrs. Miles, 82, passed away Nov. 18, 2004 at her home in Villa Park.
   She was born Jan. 26, 1922 near Sidell, the daughter of the late Ray and Katie Miller. A graduate of Sidell High School and DePauw University, she married Vearon M. Miles of Sidell in 1945. He preceded her in death.
   She is survived by three children, two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Other survivors are two brothers, Robert (Barb) Miller of Sidell and John Miller of St. Petersburg, Fla. and nieces, Tracy (Jay) Hageman of Fairmount and Dede (Don) Heidebreder of Thomasboro. She was preceded in death by a sister, Melba Blauvelt.

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July 2005

CAROLYN BENNETT GOURLEY
   Carolyn Bennett Gourley, 61, of Fairmount, died peacefully Saturday at her home following a courageous and determined battle with cancer.
   Graveside service is 11 a.m. July 28 at Davis Cemetery in Fairmount.
   Mrs. Gourley was born in Danville  July 23, 1944, to Bernard Dale and Barbara Alcorn Bennett. Following her graduation from Jamaica High School, she went on to attend Southern Illinois University and married Randall Gourley. Shortly after there first born son they moved to Houston, Texas, where she taught school several years. She worked in a mortgage industry as a loan officer until her first battle with cancer.
   She is survived by her husband, Randall Gourley; two sons, Rain and Jereme Gourley; her beloved stepfather, Charles Tiffin; mother and father-in-law, Virginia and Eldon Gourley; her two brothers, Robert (Cindy) Bennett and Bernard "Benny" (Verna) Bennett; a sister-in-law, Sherri Bennett; several nieces and nephews and their children, who brought her great joy in the last years of her life.
   She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Tiffin, father, Bernard Bennett, grandparents, Robert and Letha Alcorn and Ross and Dora Allen Bennett.
   Memorials to the donor's choice.

DELMAR GENE SCOTT COOPER
   Delmar Gene Scott Cooper, 41, of Belleville, died at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, on June 29, 2005.
   He was born April 12, 1964, in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Gary and Merle M. Camp Cooper, Sr.
   He is survived by his father, Gary (Ann) Cooper, Sr. of Chicago; his wife, Diana of Fairmount; a son, Samuel Cooper and daughter, Rose Mary Cooper, both of Fairmount; a son, T.J. (Nicole) Cooper of Jefferson City; two brothers: Jay (Deanna) Cooper of O'Fallon, and Gary (Julie) Cooper Jr., of Ogden; four sisters: Tami (Dennis) Hopkins of Jefferson City, Doxie Cooper of Summerfield, Abby Cooper and Megann Cooper, both of Chicago; his stepfather, Larry Rhodes of Summerfield.
   He was preceded in death by his mother, Merle M. Rhodes.
   Mr. Cooper was a system designer in the communication field.
   He was cremated with a memorial service following in Jefferson City, Mo. Memorials may be made to  Delmar Gene Scott Cooper in care of the Illinois National Bank, P.O. Box 80, Fairmount, 61841. Arrangements by Valhalla Holten Funeral Home in Belleville.

MARGARET LOUISE GUTHRIE CRAVENS
   Margaret Louise Guthrie Cravens, of Georgetown, went to be in the care of her heavenly Father at 4:13 p.m. July 3, 2005 surrounded by her family at her home.
   Mrs. Cravens was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Sidell, the daughter of Tom and Mary Leasure Guthrie. She married Howard (Hod) Cravens on March 20, 1948. He preceded her to heaven in July of 1976.
   She is survived by three children, Sharon (Paul) Huber, Valerie Cebulski, and Mark (Tina) Cravens, all of Georgetown; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty (Tom) Frankino of Westville.         
   She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Junior Guthrie and Bob Guthrie, one sister, Frances Ellett, a great-grandson, Gabriel Bodart and a son-in-law, Roman "Otto" Cebulski.
   Mrs. Cravens was a homemaker. Her destiny was to love her husband with all her heart and to raise her children in a home full of love. She did this exceedingly well. She was always quite the lady and always looked beautiful every place she went. This woman of ageless beauty endured a stroke 29 years ago and always had a smile on her face and an encouraging word–never, "why me?" She lived her life in elegance, grace, and courage till the end. She will be painfully missed by all who knew her, especially her family, special friend Quita Craft, her caretakers, Mary, Cathy, Sharon, Candice and her loving cat.
   A celebration of her life was held July 7, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown, with Jared Wells officiating. Burial was in Georgetown Cemetery.
   Memorials can be made to the Georgetown United Methodist Church or the Vermilion County Animal Shelter.

EVA LEWIS
   Graveside services for Eva Lewis, 91 of De Leon, Fla. will be Saturday (June 16) at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery.
   She passed away May 4, 2005. Eva was born and lived in Indianola before moving to Florida. She was a cook at the Jamaica High School cafeteria for many years.

SCOTTIE LYNCH

   Scottie Lynch, 81, of Martinsville, died at 7:20 a.m. July 4, 2005 at the Burnside Nursing Home, Casey. He was retired as the superintendent of schools at Mazon. He had taught and coached in the Jamaica school district from 1958 to 1967.
   Mr. Lynch was born April 2, 1924, at Carbondale, the son of William A. Lynch and Edith C. Young Lynch. He married Margaret Shaw on June 30, 1946. She died Dec. 30, 2003.
   Survivors include three daughters, Rev. Mary Mallory of Birmingham, Mich., Barbara (Gale) Kannmacher of Martinsville, and Susan (Paul) Brewster  Jacksonville; two step-sisters, Elizabeth Kay Bovey of Battleground, Wash., Lula Bigler of Carbondale; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   Mr. Lynch was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He served as a first class radio operator on the minesweeper U.S.S. Revenge, which was the first Allied ship to enter Tokyo Bay. He was a member of the Harlingen Wesley United Methodist Church in Harlingen, Texas, and attended the Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church after moving to Martinsville.
   His other memberships included: Mazon Lodge #826 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Body of Bloomington, Naval Mine Sweepers Association, Illinois Education Administrators Association and American Legion Post #352 at Mazon.
   Mr. Lynch received his bachelor1s degree from Southern Illinois University, his master1s degree from Indiana University and an administrative degree from Eastern Illinois University.
   Funeral services were conducted July 8 at the Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Kevin Small officiating. Burial and graveside services were in the Ullin Community Cemetery. Greenwell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

BILLY JOE MATTINGLY
   Billy Joe Mattingly, 56, of Georgetown, passed this life July 8 at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.
   Billy was born July 10, 1948, in Paxton, the oldest of five children. He was a graduate of Danville High School, class of 1967. Billy was a true American. He was proud to serve his country and defend his flag. He had a special place in his heart for all men and women in uniform, but especially the POW-MIA's of the Vietnam War.
   Billy made his final journey with the love and support of his family. At his side was his wife of 37 years, Cindy (Chervinko), his sons Paul (Lee Ann), Billy (Lucy) and daughter Becky (Craig) Weaver, his brother Todd Shute, his sister Barbara Lightle and mother Bette Shute to whom he was ever devoted. He was ever proud of his children, 11 grandchildren, and a great-grandson. His family was his life. He was also survived by a sister Susan, a stepbrother, Terry, and a stepsister, Debbie. He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven, and Estel Shute, who loved him as a true father.
   Billy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the American Legion Post 203 and the National Rifle Association. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and an avid NASCAR fan.
   Services were July 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westville with Rev. David Erickson officiating. Final resting place was St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Westville.

GRACE I. SIMMONS
   Grace I. Simmons, 90, of Fairmount, died at 4:45 a.m. June 30, 2005 at the Vermilion Manor Nursing Home in Danville.
   Graveside Rites were held at the Stearns Cemetery in Fithian. Rev. Chuck Powell officiated. Robison Chapel of Catlin handled arrangements.
   Mrs. Simmons was born Nov. 17, 1914 in Fairmount to Joshua and Eva Underwood Cromwell. She married Rev. Harold Simmons Dec. 26, 1943 in Urbana. He died Dec. 3, 1989.
   Mrs. Simmons is survived by one son, Lynn Simmons, and one daughter, Marla Simmons of Fairmount; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, two half brothers, seven sisters, and one half sister.
   She was an elementary school teacher for 38 years, having taught both in South Carolina and Illinois, retiring from Georgetown. She also assisted her husband with his 50 year ministry. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.  

ORVILLE HENRY TREDE
   Orville Henry Trede, 72, of Indianola, passed away at 3:57 a.m., on June 30, 2005 at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville.
   He was born on Jan. 31, 1933, in Steelville, the son of Hermann and Esther (Fricke) Trede. He married Shirley Baldwin on April 17, 1971. She survives.
   Also surviving are one daughter, Tina (Tim) Moorehead of Batavia; one stepdaughter, Vicki (Ray) High of Indianola; one stepson, John (Pam) Baldwin of Greenville, S.C.; three sisters, Viola Rapp of Hazelwood, Mo., Laverne Ebers of Charleston, and Margaret Corse of Marion; one sister-in-law, Mildred Trede of Grafton, Wisc.; two grandchildren, Lucas and Daniel Moorehead both of Batavia; five step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Eldred Trede.
   Orville was a plasterer and did plaster work at Southern Illinois University. He also worked at Quaker Oats for six years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Danville. He was a life member of the American Legion and was a past member of the D.A.V. and the Indianola Lions Club. He was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed bowling and loved the Cubs.
   A celebration of Orville's life was held at 10 a.m. July 2, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown, with Garth Lehman officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
   Memorials may be given in his name to the Donor's Choice.

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August 2005

Tamara Kay O'Herron
  Tamara Kay O'Herron, 55, of Tilton, died (Aug. 9, 2005) at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
   She was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Danville, the daughter of Richard and Lucille Ray Wynn. She married Clarence O'Herron on Jan. 22, 1993, in Tilton. He survives.
   Also surviving are her mother, Lucille Wynn of Fairmount; a son, Richard (Janet) Jones of Westville; and a daughter, Pam Jones of Tilton; two stepsons, Shawn and Shane O'Herron, both of Tilton; a brother, Gene (Cindy) Wynn of Covington, Ind.; a sister, Opal (Rick) Schell of West Dundee, Ill.; two grandchildren; and a special friend, Wizard. She was preceded in death by her father.
   Tamara graduated from Jamaica High School in 1968. She had worked for Valmont and Mid States. She was a member of the Central Park United Methodist Church.
   She had been a resident of Vermilion Manor Nursing Home and had served on the residents' council and had been active in all aspects at Vermilion Manor. She was a NASCAR fan, and enjoyed Karaoke.
   Funeral services were held at Lakeside-Barrick Funeral Chapel in Danville. Officiating was Rev. Lynette DeAtley. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter or American Diabetes Association.

BARBARA S. TOY
   Barbara S. Toy, 68, of Fairmount, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Monday, (Aug. 1, 2005) at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
   Mrs. Toy was born March 12, 1937, in Danville, to Robert and Ann Haluska McNees. She married Robert G. Toy in Danville on May 17, 1958. He survives as well as one son, James R. (Mary) Toy of Fairmount.
   Private family graveside rites were held at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. The Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. The family has suggested memorials in her memory to the Fairmount Rescue. Donations may be mailed to the funeral home.
   Robison Chapel of Catlin is assisting the Toy family.

DAVID N. FRAZEUR
   David N. Frazeur, 74, of Veedersburg, Ind. passed away at 12:57 a.m. Monday (July 18, 2005) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Indianapolis.
   He was born in Glassboro, N.J., on April 14, 1931, to David O. and Frances Mankin Frazeur. On July 23, 1955, he married Barbara Neuschafer in Wenonah, N.J. She survives.
   He is also survived by two sons, Michael (Nanette) of Fishers and Timothy (Charlotte) of Indianapolis; one daughter, Bethanne (Joe) Nine of Veedersburg; three grandchildren; and two brothers.
   Rev. Frazeur was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He attended Bob Jones University. He was Pastor at Fairmount First Baptist Church from 1968 to 1978. He also served pastorates in North Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois and Indiana. He served Midwest Baptist College from 1970 to 1995 as a teacher and as the president. He was pastor of the Community Bible Baptist Church in Veedersburg seven years.
   He enjoyed bird watching, vacationing in Upper Michigan and collecting lighthouses.
   Funeral services were July 24, at the Community Bible Baptist Church on Division Road in Veedersburg with the Rev. William Nickle officiating. Burial was in the Danville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the church.

BONNIE C. HOSKINS
Bonnie C. Hoskins, 68, of Indianola, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Sunday (July 31, 2005) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
   She was born March 28, 1937, in Danville, the daughter of James and Goldie Marie (Sandlin) Hoskins.
   Survivors include her children, Charles Everette Hurst of Indianola, Gerald Wayne Hoskins of Indianola, Diane Hurst of Greenwood, La., Charlene (Biagio) Cirasuolo of Chrisman and Geraldine of Tuscola. Her siblings are James Hoskins, Jr. of Indianola, Ronald Hoskins of Georgetown, Bernice Andruski of Indianola, Betty Ramsey of Georgetown, Barbara Lewis of Ridge Farm, Deloris Luster of Danville and Teresa Hoskins of Danville; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Gerald McCool.
   Her parents, her son, David Hurst, seven brothers and four sisters preceded Bonnie in death.
   Bonnie was a homemaker and cared for elderly people She enjoyed spending time with her family.
   Funeral services were Aug. 3 at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. She was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Pastor Dustin Wells officiated.
   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com

L. KENNETH WOCK
   L. Kenneth Wock, 63, of Rexford and Northville, New York, died unexpectedly
Thursday, July 14, 2005.  
   He is survived by his wife, Carol Goodall Wock, two brothers, and two nephews. Mr. Wock attended public schools in Johnstown, N.Y., was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and earned his  bachelor's and M.S. degrees at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. After teaching in Illinois for five years, he returned to teach in New York State. A well-loved teacher, Mr. Wock retired in 2000.

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September 2005

William Lewis Molloy
William Lewis Molloy, 77, of Catlin, passed away at 5:41 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005 at Provena U.S.M.C. - Logan Campus in Danville.
   Mr. Molloy was born July 6, 1928 in Danville, Illinois, the son of William E. and Mildred C. (Lewis) Molloy. He married Marjorie Allison on July 12, 1949 in Danville, Illinois, she survives.
   Also surviving are one son, Michael (Cathy) Molloy of Catlin; one daughter, Susan (Dr. Ray) Owens of Lexington, IL; five grandchildren, Christopher (Angie) Molloy, Michael Patrick Molloy, Brian David Owens, Meredith Joy Owens and William Albert Owens; two great-grandchildren, and two cousins, Barbara Lewis of Oregon and Patricia (Terry) White of Roscoe, IL.
   He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Mr. Molloy graduated from Danville High School in 1946, and later graduated from Brown Business College in 1948. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force from 1946-1948 with the 774th Air Force Band. He studied seven years in the Ministerial Course of Study for the Methodist Church, and was ordained Elder in the Methodist Church in 1968. He served as pastor at Tilton Methodist Church for three years, Bismarck Methodist Church for three years, Sidell United Methodist Church for nine years, and at Lincoln United Methodist Church in Danville for 19 years, until his retirement in 1992 after 40 years in ministry.
   He received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 1990 from the United Methodist Church Foundation for Evangelism.
   A celebration of Bill1s life was held Sept. 12 at St. James United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dr. Ray Owens and Rev. Kenneth Cox officiating. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery.
   Memorials may be made in his name to the Preacher1s Aid Society, c/o Illinois Great Rivers Conference Center, P.O. Box 19207, Springfield, IL 62794-9207. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Arrangements entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion, Danville.

LYSSA SIERRA MAIRE GRAHAM
Lyssa Sierra Marie Graham, infant daughter of Danielle and Larry Graham of Tilton passed away at birth at Provena USMC Hospital in Danville at 12:20
p.m. Aug. 12, 2005.
Lyssa is survived by her parents; brother and sister, Logan and Alexandria Graham of Tilton; maternal grandparents, Kim and Larry Hicks of Georgetown; paternal grandparents, Janie and Larry Graham of Indianola; and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service was held last week. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center was in charge of arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.sunsetfuneral.com.

LUCILE L. LEWIS
Lucile L. Lewis, 91 of Sidell died at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 28, 2005) at her home in Sidell.
Mrs. Lewis was born on Nov. 15, 1913 in Rushville County Indiana, a daughter of Thadeaus Hammond and Bertha Stafford Hammond. She married Morris Lewis on Dec. 23, 1937 in Sidell. He preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1986
Mrs. Lewis is survived by two nieces, Jolene Yantiss of Wallin, Ind. and Suzanne Dumbaroski of Arizona; her special friends, Greg and Kathy Hooker and her church family.
Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by two brothers.
Mrs. Lewis was a charter member of the Sidell Pentecostal Assembly Church. She loved her church and all the members.
Funeral services were Tuesday at the Sidell Pentecostal Assembly in Sidell with the Rev. Tim Pearman officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Church.

PAUL FREDRICK WILLIAMS
Paul Fredrick Williams, 65, of Faimount passed this life Aug. 27, 2005, at his residence.
A celebration of his life and service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Pape Memorial Home and Gardens, 10 E. Williams St. in Danville. Per his wishes a cremation will take place on Friday morning.
Paul was born Feb. 21, 1940 in Tilton to George and Dorothy “Opal” Smoot Williams. He attended Tilton schools, served in the U.S. Navy, and retired from General Motors.
He married Darlene Cross on March 31, 1989. She survives along with four children: Julie Williams of Florida, Scott Williams of Tilton, Angie Rutledge (Robert) of Roberts and Heather Biggs (Clayton) of Tilton; and his beloved cat Rascal. His parents and four brothers, Roland, George, Maurice and Lawrence, preceded him in death.
Condolences may be sent to www.papemortuary.com.

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October 2005

Wilfred "Bill"Goreham, Jr.
Wilfred “Bill” Goreham, Jr., 78, of Kankakee, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Mr. Goreham was born Jan. 8, 1927, in Armstrong, to Wilfred and Alta (Bailey) Goreham, Sr. He married Gladys Baronowski on June 6, 1959, in St. Anne. She survives.
Survivors also include: two daughters, Julie (Curt) Benson of Stoughton, Wis., and Janine (Mark) Reich of Farmington, Minn.; one brother, Donald (Jackie) Goreham of Arvada, Colo.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Wilfred was printing publisher and owner of the St. Anne Record for 53 years. He began his newspaper career working for Charlie Lane at the Sidell Journal in the 1940’s. He graduated from Sidell High School, where his father was principal, in 1945. He enjoyed fishing, family and work.
Visitation is Oct. 14 from 4-8 p.m. at Clancy Gernon Funeral Home in St. Anne. Funeral services are Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church with Rev. George Auger officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary.

Merrilee (Burd) Smith
Merrilee (Burd) Smith, 81, of Sidell was born to this life July 21, 1924 and was called home to God Oct. 1, 2005 at Colonial Moanor Nursing Home in Danville.
   Mrs. Smith was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by everyone she touched.
   She is survived by her husband, Ernest 3Ernie.2 They would have been married 60 years on Dec. 2.
   She is also survived by a son, Donald (Glenda) Smith of Irving, Texas; a daughter, Merriletta (Bill) Hayes of Cuba, Ill.; grandsons Clinton and Jason Smith and Robert Murphy, all of Dallas, Texas; William Hayes of Monmouth and Jamie Hayes of Canton; three wonderful great-grandchildren, Cody and Hailey Murphy of Dallas and Brianna Hayes of Monmouth; two brothers, Edward Burd of Ridge Farm and Ervin Burd of Alvin.
   She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald G. Smith.
   Mrs. Smith belonged to the Ridge Farm Friends Church. She enjoyed baking wedding cakes and pies and spending time with her family.
   A memorial will be held in her honor  today (Thursday) from 4-7 p.m. at Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown. Funeral services will be at the Ridge Farm Friends Church Friday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make do
nations in her memory to either The Friends Church of Ridge Farm or the Alzheimer1s Association, 225 N. Minchigan, Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

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November 2005

Earl Eugene (Gene) Snack
   Earl Eugene (Gene) Snack, 77, of Decatur, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005.
   Gene Snack was a respected and well-known educator in the Decatur school systems where he taught for thirty-five years prior to retiring in 1994. Mr. Snack influenced the lives of many students over the years sharing his love for science. His hobbies included his flower garden and personal greenhouse, painting, photography, and collecting antiques. He was 77 years old at the time of his death on Nov. 18, 2005.
   Visitation for Mr. Snack will be on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brintlinger-Earle Funeral Home in Decatur. Graveside rites with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, at the Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. The Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman is responsible for arrangements.  
   Mr. Snack was born August 31, 1928, in Sidell, the son of Dorothy Greenwood and Earl Snack, both deceased. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois.  Near the end of World War II he was stationed in Germany and served as a medic.  
   Mr. Snack is survived by two brothers, Virgil (Irene) of Sidell and Bill (Pat) of Clarkston, Michigan, and three sisters, including Edna Ferling (Robert) of Fithian, Marden Jones (Russell) of Danville and Millie Hylton of Bakersfield, California. Mr. Snack was preceded in death by another brother, Elmer (Betty) of Sidell.
   The family of Gene Snack is especially thankful to the staff and nurses at the McKinley Court Nursing Home, where he has resided for the past five years, and to Mrs. Karen Brown, a dear friend and former student, who has provided special care.

Yetive H. "Jerry" Hughes
   Yetive H. "Jerry" Hughes, 91, of Cicero, formerly of Danville, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2005 due to natural causes.
   There will be a graveside memorial at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005 at 1 p.m.
   Ms. Hughes was born March 7, 1914 in Indianola. She was the daughter of Thomas Hughes and Lavina Gilroy Hughes Baranshee.
   She worked as a legal secretary for 35 years at the John T. Allen firm. When she retired she took the full-time job of raising her grandchildren. She took great pride in taking care of her girls.
   Yetive also enjoyed writing and genealogy.
   She is survived by one daughter, Jewell Sharon Martin; two granddaughters, Tammy Lynn Martin Escalante and Rose Marie Soderholm; and one great-granddaughter, Gina Maria Escalante.

INEZ MAY DRAPER
   Inez May Draper, 73, of Fairmount, and formerly of Salem, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at her home.
   Born Sept. 29, 1932, in Kinmundy, she was the daughter of Cecil and Beaulah Bonham Johnston who preceded her in death.
   A homemaker, she was of the Pentecostal faith. She married Samuel C. Draper on May 14, 1948 in Corinth, Miss., and he survives in Fairmount.
   Also surviving is her son, Samuel (Alice) Draper Jr. of Fairmount; her daughter, Iris Jane (Larry) Graham of Indianola; her brother, Harvey (Judy) Johnston of Broadlands; nine grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Mae; two brothers and two sisters.
   Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, in the chapel of Rankin Funeral Home in Salem with Pastor Doug Myers officiating. Burial was in the Christian Home Cemetery.
   Memorials may be made to the Carle Home Care Services, and will be accepted by the funeral home.

JACK WILLIAMS
   Jack Williams, 76, of Tuscola, died at 4:20 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 at his residence.
   Mr. Williams was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Indianola, the son of Claude and Hallie Goodwin Williams. He married Mary Joan Knight on June 14, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives.
   Other survivors include one son, Don (Fran) Williams of Sherman; one daughter, Mary Ann (Terry) Brewer of Tuscola; five grandchildren, Laurel Williams, Caroline Williams, Keith Williams, Rachael Brewer and Courtney Brewer; two brothers, Wade Williams of Indianola, and Glen Williams of North Fort Myers, Fla.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Nita; three brothers, Dale, Fay and Dan; and one infant son.
   Mr. Williams graduated from Indianola High School in 1947 and Eastern Illinois University in 1957 with his Master’s Degree. He taught in Arthur Schools and was principal of Cissna Park and Tuscola Schools. He was superintendent of the Tuscola Community School District #301 from Sept. 27, 1967 until July 1988. He was a life member of the National Education Association. He was a member of the Douglas County Retired Teachers Association and the Illinois Retired Teachers. He was a US Army Veteran having served in the 325th Tank Division during the Korean War. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, Chicago Bears fan and Illini fan. He enjoyed his coffee hours with his friends and watching TV.
   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, with the Rev. Bruce Baumberger officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola, with military graveside rites accorded. Memorials are suggested to: Tuscola Community School District #301 Libraries or Track Programs and Woodlawn Cemetery C/O Sidell State Bank, 504 North Chicago, Sidell.

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December 2005

Jeffrey S. Hart
   
Jeffrey S. Hart, 43, of Sidell, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
   He was born on May 22, 1962, in Danville, the son of James W. and Susie C. Mills Hart. He married Debra A. Serpinas on Dec. 17, 1999, in Danville. She survives.
   Also surviving: his mother, Susie (David) Smith of Georgetown; one son, Jonathan David Hart of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one brother, Jay (Laura) Hart of West Palm Beach, Fla., and a special friend, Doris Madsen of Danville.
   His father, James Hart, and one brother, Jerry L. Hart, preceded him in death.
   Jeff was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, where he served for four years. He graduated from Catlin High School in 1980. He also graduated from Broward Co. Community College. Jeff was a police officer for 10 years in Ft. Lauderdale.
   He was a member of the Vermilion Grove Friends Church. He enjoyed working on his lawn, sports, his dog, Mitzi, and especially loved being with friends and family.
   A celebration of Jeff's life was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at the Vermilion Grove Friends Church. Officiating was Rev. James Walker. Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
   Memorials can be made to the Vermilion Grove Friends Church. Condolences may be sent to  www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Willard Morrison
   Willard Morrison, 90, of Homer, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at Manor Care in Champaign.
   Mr. Morrison was born Oct. 16, 1915, in Homer, a son of Carl and Edda Krukewitt Morrison. He married Naomi J. Jones on Nov. 14, 1942, in Homer. She passed away on Aug. 29, 2005.
   Survivors include: one son, Jim (Polly) Morrison of Winnebago; a granddaughter, Stephanie (Brett) Freimuth of Winnebago; grandsons, Bradley (Christine) Morrison of Mount Prospect and Kyle Morrison of Chicago; great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Kaleigh Freimuth of Winnebago; brother, John (Christine) Morrison of Carlinville; and sister, Lois Nielsen of Port Habor, Fla.
   Mr. Morrison was a graduate of Homer High School. He was a life-long member of Homer United Methodist Church where he was a trustee for many years. He was a member of Vermilion County Farm Bureau.
   He was a township committeeman for Farm Service Agency in Vermilion County for many years and was a farmer in the Homer area all his life. He was a Mason for 66 years including a 50-year member of Ogden Lodge 754 and a member of Homer Lodge 199 and had been a Past Master. His hobbies included gardening, reading and small carpentry.
   Masonic services and funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Kirby Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery in Fairmount.
   Memorials may be made to Homer Rescue or Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund.

Ilene Charlotte Wax
   Ilene Charlotte Wax, 85, of Catlin, died at 10:59 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005 at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
   Ilene was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Homer, to Hubert and Charlotte Mae Spitzsmesser Wax.
   Survivors include: two sisters, Edna Miller of Georgetown and Wilmetta (Herman) Feezor of Indianola; one sister-in-law, Hilma Wax of Mattoon; and several nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by two sisters, Vada Alcorn and Lorraine Miller, and two brothers, Wayne and Cletus Wax.
   Ilene graduated from Indianola High School in 1937. She attended Utterback Business College. She was employed for 45 years with Musebeck Shoe Company at locations in Danville, Chicago and Oconomowoc, Wis.
   She was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. She enjoyed bowling and won several awards for high games as well as tournament play. An avid traveler, she enjoyed her many friends.
   She was a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church and volunteered at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home with the Strawberry Patch Auxiliary.
   She loved to cook and entertain and enjoyed making Christmas cookies for her friends and family. Her life was one of love and service to her family and friends.
   Funeral services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Catlin United Methodist Church with Pastor Janet Roy officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, southwest of Allerton. Memorials to the Catlin United Methodist Church or the Heifer Project affiliated with the Methodist Church.
   Robison Chapel in Catlin handled the service details.  

Curtis Dalbey
   
Curtis Dalbey, 74, of Fithian, died at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at Provena USMC Logan Campus-Danville.
   Mr. Dalbey was born June 27, 1931 in Danville, a son of Lowell and Tempa Snyder Dalbey. He married Helen Cole on July 22, 1951 in Fithian. She survives.
   Also surviving: two sons, Steve Dalbey of Ogden, and Tommy (Kristy) Dalbey of Adel, Ga.; two daughters, Susan (Terry) Carpenter of Danville, and Judie (Jay) Puzey of Fairmount; grandchildren, Kelly Douglas, Brandi Dalbey, Amy Lybarger, Brenda Adolph, Justin Dean, Joni Puzey, Bobby Williams, Matthew Williams and Kash Dalbey and great-grandchildren, Cole Mohr and Kaden Douglas.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson (Tommy Williams).
   Mr. Dalbey was a member of Fithian United Methodist Church where he was a trustee. He was the former president of Fithian-Muncie-Collison Fire Dept. and the former President of the Fithian-Muncie School Board. He was a bank director for the Ogden Bank for 22 years. He was a member of Vermilion Co. Farm Bureau Bowling League for several years.
   He enjoyed bowling. He was a U of I sports fan, avid Cardinals and Bears fan. He loved his family. He was a farmer in the Fithian area all his life.
   Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at Fithian United Methodist Church, with Rev. Allen Miller officiating. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery in Fithian. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 25, at Kirby Funeral Home in Fithian.     
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fithian-Muncie-Collison Fire District.

Irene Snack
  M. Irene Snack, 78, of Sidell, died at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at the Vermilion County Manor Nursing Home, in Danville.   
   Mrs. Snack was born on January 23, 1927 in Oakwood. A daughter of Joseph M. Durbin and Nancy Jane Shropshire Durbin. She married Virgil Snack on September 7, 1963 in Danville. He survives.  
   Also surviving are one son, Steven, of Lafeytte, Ind. Four step-children, Walter Snack of Orlando Fla., Jinny Lou Walker of St. Cloud, Fla., Judy Rayburn of Moultrie, Ga., and Cynthia Weagfaff of Kissimmee, Fla. And a granddaughter, Stephanie Snack.    
   She was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl, Gene, Howard, and Ed Durbin, and a sister Marie Roop.  
   Mrs. Snack was a very kind and helpful member of the Sidell community.  She also played the organ for many funerals and events.  
   Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, at the Sidell United Methodist Church in Sidell. Rev. Larry Moreau officiated. Burial will be held at the Allhands Cemetery in Danville.
   Visitation was held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church.      
   Memorials may be made to the donors choice.
   Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Sidell, was in charge of arrangements.

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