January 2006

ROSALEA V. CORBIN
Rosalea V. Corbin, 85, of Indianola, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at her home.
   She was born on Sept 27, 1920, in Indianola, the daughter of Samuel K. and Mabel (Harrell) Van Fleet. On Sept. 25, 1943, she was married to Ross Corbin in Georgetown. He preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1967.
   She is survived by: her three children, Samuel V. (Alice) Corbin of Ridge Farm, Ruth White of Catlin and John Ross (the late Karen) Corbin of Indianola; her grandchildren, Michael White of Florissant, Mo., Matthew Ross (Lynn) White of Charleston, Kara Anne (Jay) Lickfett of Irvine, Calif., Connie Sue (Alexis) Ignatiou of Limassol, Cyprus, Jason Ryan Corbin of Indianola; her step-great-grandson, Wyatt Lee Snyder of Charleston; her great-grandson, Eli Ross White of Charleston; a great-granddaughter, Alexandra Nicole White; her great-grandson, Seth Michael White of Florissant, Mo.; and her sister, Izel Ann Duff of Indianola. In addition, she is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by: her parents; one brother, Harrell Van Fleet; two sisters, Glenda Van Fleet and Vera Broods and a great-granddaughter, Madison Grace White.
   She graduated from Indianola High School in 1938. She loved the outside and nature, working in her yard, gardening and mushrooming. She made scrapbooks and photo albums for herself and her six grandchildren. She was an avid fan of the Cubs and the University of Illinois. Above all, she loved being with her family.
   She served as an election judge for many years, was a member of the First Church of Christ in Georgetown, was a charter member of the Carroll Township Historical Society and was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America. She was chosen as one of the outstanding citizens of Indianola in 1992.
   A celebration of Rosalea's life was at 10 a.m. January 16, 2006, at Sunset1s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. Janet Roy officiated. Visitation was 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home. She was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

NORMAN GARY LANE
   Norman Gary Lane, 75, of Bloomington, died Saturday (Jan. 14, 2006) at Bloomington Hospital.
   Mr. Lane was born on Feb. 19, 1930, in French Lick, Ind., to Charles C. and Thelma Lane. At the age of two he moved to Sidell with his parents, who published the Sidell Journal for 50 years.
   He received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, and his Masters and Ph.D. from Kansas University, graduating in 1958. As a graduate student, he traveled on a Fulbright Fellowship to Tasmania.
   Gary was on the faculty of UCLA from 1959 to 1973, specializing in the paleontology of crinoids, and spending a year in Ireland in 1971-1972, supported by a Fulbright Fellowship. He came to IU as a full professor in 1973, chaired the Geology department from 1984 to 1987 and retired in 1995.
   Even in retirement Gary kept active, teaching many Honors courses and continuing his research.
   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary, his son Charles Lane and his wife Joyce of West Chester, Pa., his daughter Ann McCandless and her husband Garry of Jeffersonville, Ind., his daughter Susan Lane and her husband Anthony Casebeer of Louisville, Ky., and grandchildren Aurora E. and David G. Lane of West Chester, Pa., and Mary L. McCandless of Jeffersonville, Ind., and his sister Judy Waterman and her husband, Norton, of Louisville, Ky.
   Services will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Thursday, with burial at Valhalla Memory Gardens.
   Memorials may be made to the Paleontology 2000 Fund (please mark donations as being for the ŒTreatise1), KU Endowment, PO Box 928 Lawrence, Kan. 66044; St. Paul Catholic Center, 1413 E. 17th St, Bloomington 47408; or Mother Hubbard Cupboard, PO Box 2531, Bloomington, Ind. 47402.  

MADISON DEAN BAIRD
Madison Dean Baird, 75, of Paris, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, (Jan. 7) 2006 at his residence.
Mr. Baird was born on Feb. 22, 1930, in Indianola, the son of Orval N. and Irene H. (Minnick) Baird. Both his parents preceded him in death. On Aug. 28, 1954, Dean married Laura E. Rumple at the Hopewell Friends Church in Indiana. Laura survives and resides in Paris.
Dean will be missed by his wife, Laura, of 51 years and his son, Madison W. Baird of Kirkwood, Mo. Also surviving are his three brothers, Jack (Mary) Baird of Indianola, Donald L. Baird of Indianola and Carrolle (Sara) Baird of Indianola, as well as his two sisters, Arsellia Collins of Indianola and Mina (John) Bowers of Paris.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his six brothers, two sisters and one infant son.
Dean was an Indianola High School graduate and attended Danville Area Community College. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany after WWII. He was honorably discharged and began working for the railroad. He was employed with various railroad companies, including: C&EI, Missouri-Pacific and Union-Pacific, retiring from the railroad in 1992. He was also employed with the Jefferson County Printing Co. for the DeSoto, Mo., newspaper. Dean was a member of the Georgetown Community of Christ and a member of the Paris American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, mushrooming and picking berries, as well as being with his family.
A celebration of the life was Jan. 10 at the Georgetown Community of Christ. Elder Alex (Margeva) Lakebrink conducted the service. Final resting place was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given in Dean’s name to the Georgetown Community of Christ. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com

DELLA KEES
Della Mae Cox Kees, 84, of Georgetown, died at 3:32 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West St., Georgetown. The Rev. Leon Korb will officiate. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Kees was born Sept. 22, 1921, in Hildreth, a daughter of Frank and Eliza Maybelle Green Cox. She married Joseph Edwin Kees on Aug. 1, 1940. He died May 24, 1995.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph Michael Kees and John Richard Kees, both of Catlin; a daughter, Judith Ann Stark of Hoopeston; two brothers, Arley Raymond Cox of Muskegon, Mich., and Eric Eugene Cox of Onalaska, Wis.; a sister, Alice Marie Hall of Westville; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
Mrs. Kees graduated from Sidell High School attended certified nurse assistant school and was a caregiver to many people. She worked at Peterson Filling Company for 25 years. She was a member of Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, a Cub Scout den mother and a matron of Beulah Chapter Order of the Eastern Star 157 in Ridge Farm.
Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Church of Georgetown. Condolences to: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

RAYMOND PLACE
Raymond Place, 85, of Fairmount, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Heritage Manor in Champaign.
He had farmed the family farm for over 60 years before his retirement in 1999.
A private family graveside service was Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, with burial in GAR Cemetery in Homer. Carrington Funeral Home in Fairmount was in charge of arrangements.

RAMONA A. WAX
Ramona A. Wax, 81, of Newman died at 4:10 a.m. Monday (Jan. 9, 2006) at the Newman Health Care Center in Newman.
Mrs. Wax was born on Jan. 18, 1924 in Newman, a daughter of William Jesse Kelm and Myrtel Lawrence Kelm. She married William A. Wax on Sept. 27, 1941 in St. Charles, Mo. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1990. Mrs. Wax was also preceded by a daughter Mary Jewel Edwards and a sister, Rosella Kelm Coffey.
She is survived by four children: a son, David (Janet) Wax of Allerton, and three daughters: Christie A. Smith of Riverton, Martha (Larry) Malloy of Decatur, and Judy (JF) Hendley of Newman; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Wax was a member of the Newman United Methodist Church and a graduate of Newman High School where she was Valedictorian in 1940. She also helped work on the farm and at the Newman Variety store many years.
A memorial service was held at Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman. Pastor Sandi Hire officiated. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Joines Appleby Funeral Home in Newman is in charge of arrangements.

JUNE AHERN
June Ahern, 80, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., formerly of Sidell, died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday, Dec. 26, 2005.
Mrs. Ahern married Bill Ahern in Feb. 1945, in Danville. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Frank (Gayle) Ahern of Gainesville, Fla., Larry (Karen) Ahern of Bainbridge Island, Wash., David Ahern of Clarksdale, Ariz., a daughter, Cara Ahern of Jacksonville, Fla., a brother, Harold (Linda) Ware of Sidell, a sister, Aileene (Phil) Swinford of Sidell, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one brother, and a nephew.
Mrs. Ahern graduated from Sidell High School in 1943. She was a devoted wife and mother. After raising her children, she received a degree in Interior Design from Jacksonville College and received her Florida Real Estate license. Mrs. Ahern retired from Stockton Realty Group of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in June of 2005. She had been very successful in real estate and received several awards as realtor of the year.
Mrs. Ahern was a member of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
A Memorial Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

GORDON BAIRD ALMY
Gordon Baird Almy, 86, of Indianola, was granted peace by his Lord Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at the Pleasant Meadows Christian Village in Chrisman.
Mr. Almy was born on June 8, 1919, on a farm west of Georgetown, the son of William and Florence (Baird) Almy. Both parents preceded him in death.
On Sept. 5, 1937, Gordon married Dorothy Daisy Foyer. They made their home and raised their family on a farm east of Indianola where he operated a grain and livestock farm, including Angus cattle.
Gordon is survived by his wife Dorothy; his two daughters, Winifred (Ken) Beers of Indianola and Dorothy Zimmer of Yorkville; his son, David (Connie) Almy of Indianola; his foster daughter, Mary Copeland of Rantoul; his brother, Robert Almy of Cayuga, Ind.; his sister, Jean Miller of Boulder, Colo.; his eight grandchildren, Christine (Don) Foster of Newark, Cheryl Taylor of Damascus, Md., Kevin (Chandra) Taylor of Indianola, Scott Zimmer of Riverside, Traci (Mike) Ehrenhofer of Round Lake Heights, Heather (Aaron) Venn of Algonquin, Heidi (Mike) Goeting of Buffalo Grove, and Hope Almy of Morehead City, N.C.; his 12 great-grandchildren, Stephanie Foster and Don (Season) Foster, Christopher and Megan Alburger, Gabriel, Jonathan, and Kimberly Taylor, Justin, Nathan, and Ethan Ehrenhofer, Jason and Tyler Goetting; and his two great-great-grandchildren, Emma and Zachary Foster.
He was preceded in death by his two sons, Gordon Jr. and Donald Almy, and one sister, Lois Goodmiller.
Gordon graduated from Georgetown High School, and both he and Dorothy were members of the Indianola Baptist Church and taught the high school Sunday school class for several years. Later they became members of the Indianola Methodist Church where he served as board member, Sunday school superintendent, and adult Sunday school class teacher.
Gordon was very interested in his community and neighbors. He always tried to help anyone that he knew was in need and greatly appreciated those who later helped him. He was a member of the Indianola Grade School Board, the Indianola Historical Board, and the planning committee for the Indianola Sesquicentennial. Gordon also served as president of the Lions Club, as well as being a Mason and a Shriner.
A celebration of Gordon’s life was held Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 at the Indianola Methodist Church. Officiating was Pastor Ed Long and Pastor Jarred Wells. He was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Visitation was Dec. 22 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations made in Gordon’s name to the Indianola United Methodist Church.

ANGEL MARROW
Funeral services for Angel M. Marrow, 22, of Indianola will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Robison Chapel, 103 Douglas St., in Catlin. The Rev. Larry Moreau will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Ms. Marrow died at 10:37 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 1, 2006) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
She was born March 28, 1983, in Danville, a daughter of John W. and Donna Weaver Marrow.
Survivors include her parents of Indianola; a son, Alec William of Indianola; two sisters, Kayla Marrow and Kelly Marrow, both of Indianola; her paternal grandfather, Richard L. Marrow, Sr. of Westville; and her maternal grandparents, Steve and Geraldine Harris of Florida and Jimmy and Aletha Weaver of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and her paternal grandmother.
Ms. Marrow was a 2001 graduate of Jamaica High School. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal law and was pursuing her master’s degree in criminal law and justice administration. She was a pharmacy technician at Osco Pharmacy in Danville. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

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February 2006

SHARRON E. STIBBS
   Sharon E. Stibbs (Mrs. Clayburn) of Arley, Ala., formerly Oakwood, passed away at age 59 on Friday (Feb. 17, 2006), at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.
   Mrs. Stibbs was born on Jan. 1, 1947, in Jefferson County, Ala., the daughter of Joseph A. and Hazel (Leighton) Weathers. On July 15, 1986, Sharron married Gary Stibbs in Las Vegas, Nev. He resides in Alabama and will miss her dearly.
   Sharron leaves behind her husband, Gary; her mother, Hazel, her three sons, Robert L. (Traci) Darnell of Indianola; Garrett Michael Stibbs and his friend, Ann, of Oakwood, and Richard Darnell of Indiana; and her daughter, Carla Spencer of New Mexico.
   Sharron also is survived by her two brothers, Joseph L. (Kathy) Weathers of Danville and Michael S. (Wendy) Weathers of Utah, and her two sisters, Gwendolyn M. Kitchens of Danville and Lura A. (Russell) Rose of Georgetown. Sharron's nine grandchildren, Tyler L. Darnell, Rileigh R. Darnell, Kierstyn A. Stibbs, Emily M. McCrone, Andy M. Clayburn, Jonathan R. Clayburn, Kaylyn Clayburn, Brenda Spencer, David Spencer and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives in Alabama will miss her dearly.
   She was preceded in death by her father, Joe, and her son, Jackie Clayburn.
   Mrs. Stibbs achieved several degrees during her lifetime including an associate's degree from Danville Area Community College and was co-valedictorian of her graduating class. During her  years at DACC, Sharron was named to the president's list for outstanding scholastic achievements several times. She was elected to the "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior colleges" and initiated into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity. After junior college, Sharron graduated with honors from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's of science degree in education and furthered her studies by obtaining a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois.
   During her educational career, Sharron went from school teacher to school principal, retiring from the Jamaica Schools at the end of the 2003-04 school year. She obtained numerous awards and honors throughout her tenure, including The Council for Exceptional Children 1989-1990, The Golden Ruler Award 1991 and other outstanding achievements.
   Sharron enjoyed the science of genealogy, scrapbooking, boating, fishing, camping, gardening and making craft projects. She will be missed by her former students, co-workers and friends.
   Per Sharron's wishes, her body was cremated. A memorial visitation for her and her family will be held at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 with a memorial vigil to immediately follow. Memorial donations may be made in Sharron's name to an educational program of choice. E-mail condolences  may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com

Donald Lee High
Donald Lee High, born to Havanna and William High on Jan. 5, 1929, left his cherished planet on Feb. 8, 2006.
   Don started his life1s journey in Sidell, and loved the cornfields and country of the Wabash/state line area while attending Ridge Farm grade and high schools. Upon his high school graduation, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving worldwide on a peace tour mission on the USS Toledo. After his honorable discharge, he moved back to Ridge Farm, joining the GM plant in Danville.
   Soon after he fell in love with Naida Rae Bush; they were married and raised two daughters, Nadonna and Pamela. Don went into the insurance business in the late '50's, taught Sunday school and became a member of the Lions Club and the Shriners. In the mid-1960's, Don moved his family to Scottsdale, Ariz., where he sold for New York Life and later the Arizona Liquor Distributor Company.
   DL was a gifted storyteller and lover of life and during his retirement, was encouraged to put his life1s adventures in writing. Several of his short works an a book, "Dear Master David," were published. After the loss of his loving wife, Naida, Don joined a Ridge Farm High School reunion where he was reacquainted with a high school sweetheart, Mary Paulin. They were married and split their time between Arizona and Indiana, traveling and enjoying life. Both traveled and celebrated Don's philosophy of life: Live life to its fullest.
   A memorial service will be held March 11 at the United Methodist Church in Ridge Farm.  

NORMA MARIE WRIGHT
   Norma Marie Wright, 86, of Georgetown, passed away at 10:53 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2006) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
   Norma was born on Jan. 21, 1920, in Hurley, Wis., the daughter of Donald E. and Goldie L. (Dabec) Welch. She married Roscoe C. Wright on March 18, 1945, in Danville.
   She is survived by one son, Donald "Mike" (Julie) Wright of Georgetown; two daughters, Claudia (Dan) Lewis of Spring Valley, and Teresa (Tom) Selby of Covington, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Alice Hockett of Danville and Clyo Wright of Fairmount; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her parents, husband and one brother preceded her.
   Norma graduated from high school in Wisconsin. Afterwards, she attended three years of government schooling and worked in an insurance office in Georgetown many years, until she retired.
   Norma enjoyed spending time outdoors, ceramics, playing cards and going to her grandkids' sporting events. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
   A celebration of life memorial service was held Feb. 3 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, with Father Dave Erickson officiating.
   E-mail condolences may be sent to  www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.  

Dorothy Daisy Almy
  
Dorothy Daisy Almy, 87, of Indianola, was reunited with her husband of 68 years on Jan. 28, 2006.
   She was born on Jan. 19, 1919, in Newell, Ohio, the daughter of Anna and Joseph Foyer. The family followed the coal mining jobs to Illinois when she was a teenager. She met her future husband while attending Georgetown High School.
   On Sept. 5, 1937, she married Gordon Baird Almy. They made their home and raised their family on a farm east of Indianola.
   Dorothy and Gordon were members of the Indianola Baptist Church and taught the high school Sunday school class for several years. Later, they became members of the Indianola United Methodist Church where she served as board member, Sunday School and Bible School superintendent, Sunday School teacher, member of the United Methodist Women and choir director.
   Dorothy was quite active in the community through membership in the Order of the Eastern Star, Home Bureau, Lionesses and volunteering at Lake View Memorial Hospital. She was also active in 4-H on the local and county level.
   Dorothy enjoyed hobbies and crafts, including sewing, knitting, quilting, and crocheting. Her greatest joy was her family, especially the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 20, 2005; two sons, Gordon Jr. and Donald; four sisters and six brothers.
   She is survived by two daughters, Winifred (Ken) Beers of Indianola, and Dorothy Zimmer of Plano; a son, David (Connie) of Indianola; and a foster daughter, Mary Copeland of Rantoul. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, including Christine (Don) Foster of Newark; Cheryl Taylor of Damascus, Md.; Kevin (Chandra) Taylor of Indianola; Scott Zimmer of Riverside; Traci (Mike) Ehrenhofer of Round Lake Heights; Heather (Aaron) Venn of Algonquin; Heidi (Mike) Goetting of Buffalo Grove; and Hope Almy of Morehead City, N.C.; 12 great-grandchildren; Stephanie and Don (Season) Foster, Christopher McFadden and Megan Alburger, Gabriel, Jonathon, and Kimberly Taylor, Justin, Nathan, and Ethan Ehrenhofer, Jason and Tyler Goetting and two great-great-grandchildren, Emma and Zachary Foster.
   Visitation was Jan. 31 at Sunset1s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home. Funeral services were Feb. 1, at the Indianola United Methodist Church, with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Indianola United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Viola Swinford
   Viola Swinford of Benton, Ky., formerly of Sidell, died Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2006) in Benton.
   A graveside service will be held Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Joines-Appleby Funeral Home will handle arrangements.
   Viola was born Nov. 14, 1915 in Lawrence County, Ill. to Edward and Amanda Arnold Harrold. She married Jim Swinford of Sidell in 1933. He preceded her in death.
   Survivors include two daughters, Barbara (Bob) Wagnon of Fresno, Calif. and Sara Sue (Harry) Patton of Benton, Ky., eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
   Viola worked in Sidell stores for 33 years, for Charles Jordan Drug Store and Courson1s Department Store, retiring from Courson1s in 1977. She moved to Benton in 1989.
   Viola was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Sidell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given the Sidell First Baptist.

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March 2006

Mabel F. (Thompson) Chapman
   Mabel F. (Thompson) Chapman, 92, of Georgetown, went to be with her Lord at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2006, while residing at Pleasant Meadows Christian Village in Chrisman.     
   She was born on Jan. 6, 1914, in Indianola, the daughter of Leonard and Nancy 3Nannie2 (Cope) Thompson. Both her parents preceded her in death. On July 9, 1938, Mabel was united in marriage to Harold Chapman in Crown Point, Ind. He preceded her in death in October 1984, after 47 years together.
   Preceding her in death were her brother, Glen Thompson, her three sisters, Wilma Williams, Barbara Blatteau and Helen Hepburn.
   Mabel will be missed by her daughter, Susan (Ronald) Mills of Odessa, Mo.; her granddaughter, Seritte Mills; her two brothers, Donald (Betty) Thompson of Michigan and Hugh (Rebecca) Thompson of Texas; her several dearly loved nieces, nephews and her dearly loved great-great niece, Amanda; her sisters-in-law; and several special friends that have touched Mabel's life throughout the years.
   Mabel was a 1931 Indianola High School graduate. She was a member of the Georgetown Friends Meeting and the USFW, and she enjoyed sewing, crafts, traveling and helping with church functions. She especially cherished time spent with her family and friends.
   A celebration of Mabel's life was held March 25, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. Pastor Jerry Vincent officiated. She was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.         Memorial donations may be made in Mabel's name to Georgetown Friends Meeting and/or the American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be sent to www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.  

Dale Fay Rosnett
Dale Fay Rosnett, 82, of Tilton, passed away at 8:53 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
   Mr. Rosnett was born March 30, 1923, in Fairmount, the son of Guy and Pearl Delaney Rosnett. He married Clara Sands in June 1960. She died in 1997.
   He is survived by: a daughter, Pat Abernathy of Tilton; two sons, Greg Rosnett of Danville and Brian (Andrea) Rosnett of Hillsdale, Ind.; four daughters, Dorothy (Steve) Danko of Catlin, Sandra Hathway and Patty (Donald) Ramsey of Walker, La., Becky (Chuck) Fuqua of Denham Springs, La.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nellie Howe of Georgetown.
   He was preceded in death by six brothers and four sisters.
   Dale served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed as a truck driver for Hires Trucking and retired in 1986 from Central Transport. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 26. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family and friends.
   Graveside services were March 22 at the Davis Cemetery, Fairmount with the Rev. Dave Garver officiating. Carrington Funeral Home of Fairmount coordinated the service.
   Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

ARALENA DUNGAN
   Caralena Dungan, 55, of Danville died Sunday, March 5, 2006.
   Born September 10, 1950, to parents Douglas and Ella Mae (Evans) Hamm. She married Michael Dungan on June 26, 1971. He survives.
   Survivors also include her parents; a daughter, Jessica Dungan of Danville; a brother, Glen (Carol) Hamm of Sheridan; a sister, Sandy (Jim) Brown of Willow Springs; and a grandson, Bradyn Kirts.  As well as her nieces Michelle Hamm, Ella Brown Dunn, Caralee Brown and nephews, Doug Hamm and Justin Brown. Great nieces, Erin Hamm, Megan Hamm and Zoi Dunn, and nephew Mitchell Hamm. She also leaves behind her dear friend Brenda High.
   Mrs. Dungan graduated from Oakwood High School in 1968. She taught and later managed the Danville Beauty School, a profession she thoroughly enjoyed with many students whom she loved dearly. Most recently she was employed as the office manager at Culligan Water Conditioning and loved her customers and co-workers. In her spare time she loved attending her craft class, watching the Illini basketball team, but most of all spending time with her beloved grandson, Bradyn.
   She was a selfless and kindhearted soul who touched everyone she was around. She lived her life always concerned with the needs of others, she taught her family compassion, faith and forgiveness. She will be sadly missed.
   Mass of Christian Burial for Caralena Dungan was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Holy Family Church with Father Ted Pracz as celebrant. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Caralena's memory to a trust for her grandson, Bradyn, at First Midwest Bank.
   E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

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April 2006

Charles E. Poyner
   Charles E. Poyner, 68, well known Catlin area resident and former manager of the Farmer’s Elevator at Jamaica for over 25 years, passed away at 7:13 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2006, at his home.
  Charles was born Dec. 5, 1937, in Milford, to Erton and Mildred Kitterman Poyner. He married Donna Chesnut Dec. 30, 1955, in Potomac. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She survives as well as: three sons, Harold (Chris) Poyner of Lizton, Ind., Kevin (Sylvia) Poyner of Sachse, Texas, and Scott (Sue) Poyner of Danville; one daughter, Kim (Rick) Gill of Avon, Ind.; two brothers, Gene (Bernice) Poyner of Collison, and Richard Poyner of Gifford; four sisters, Gladys (Jim) Bates of Penfield, Norma (Dale) Reynolds of Gifford, Peg (Tom) Park of Penfield and Linda (Tim) Glazik of Penfield; nine grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother.
  Mr. Poyner served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Dornblaser American Legion at Georgetown, the former Fairmount Lions Club and Sidell United Methodist Church. He was an accomplished vocalist and enjoyed fishing and attending the activities and track meets of his grandchildren.
  Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday, April 24, at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Moreau officiating. Burial was in Collison Cemetery at Collison. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Sidell United Methodist Church. Memorials can be made to Sidell United Methodist Church. Robison Chapel in Catlin assisted the Poyner family.

Herbert Raymond Carico
  Herbert
Raymond Carico, 87, of Sarasota, Fla., and formerly of Champaign, passed away at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at Hospice House of Sarasota.
  He was born June 12, 1918 in Ridge Farm, the son of Crocket John and Nora Hall Carico. He married Patricia Ann Baume in 1944 in Chicago. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Jeffery Carico of Bradenton, Fla., and Ted (Judy) Carico of Mahomet; one daughter, Karen Carico of Sarasota, Fla. Two granddaughters, Erika Marie and Sara Lynn; one brother, Dale (Virginia) Carico of Chrisman. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and five sisters.
  Herbert graduated from Sidell High School in 1938 and from Worsham College in 1940. He served in the Army from 1941-1945. He worked at Conner Company for 20 years and retired in 1980. Herbert enjoyed playing golf and cards.
  Memorial donations may be made in Herbert’s name to the Sarasota Patient Care Foundation, 1921 Waldemere St. #107, Sarasota, FL 34239.

Rev. Eldon O. Gourley
  Rev. Eldon O. Gourley, 92, of Mattoon, died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday (April 15, 2006) at Mattoon Health Care Center.
  Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville. Visitation will be 10:30-12:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral at the church. Rev. Owen R. Fitzgerald and Rev. Kenneth Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Sidell.
  Rev. Gourley was born Oct. 10, 1913, in Graves County, Ky., the son of Artie T. and Maude Wilkerson Gourley. He married Essie Virginia Davis on June 17, 1938. She survives.
  He is also survived by four sons, Eldon D. (Sandra) Gourley of Mattoon, Randall E. Gourley of Texas, Gary W. (Linda) Gourley of Danville and John R. (Joyce) Gourley of Georgetown; two daughters, Mava E (Daniel) Rogers of Ellettsville, Ind., and Eldina Rogiers of Danville; 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Nancy Harlan and Berdenia Gourley.
  Rev. Gourley received his master of theology from Ashbury College and Seminary in 1950. He served as a Methodist minister at Glendale and Pimento, Ind., and Sidell, Danville and Centralia, Ill., for a total of 37 years.
  Lakeside-Barrick Funeral Chapel in Danville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to a United Methodist Church or donor’s choice.

GERALD MCCOOL
  Gerald Wayne McCool, 67, of Indianola died at 11:33 a.m. Sunday (April 16, 2006) at home.
  Mr. McCool was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Ridge Farm, a son of William and Dellon Ritter McCool.
  Survivors include a son, Gerald Wayne McCool; a daughter; a brother, Donnie McCool of Indianola; a sister, Patty Caudill of Danville. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.
  Mr. McCool enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and working on engines.
  Graveside services were April 19 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, was in charge of arrangements.  Condolences at sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Charlotte Louise Smith
  Charlotte Louise Smith, 69, of Allerton, formerly of Chrisman, died at 11:55 a.m. Monday (April 3, 2006) at Pleasant Meadows Christian Village in Chrisman.
Graveside services were April 6 at the Young America Cemetery in Hume. Marvin Smith officiated.
  Mrs. Smith was born in Danville Aug. 20, 1936, a daughter of Marion and Olive Lancaster Cook. She married Eugene Smith on Aug. 19, 1956 in Hume. He survives. Also surviving are two children, Raymond Smith of Allerton, and Debra Beeson of Tuscola; one sister, Carolyn Baker of Jacksonville; a grandson; two stepgrandchildren.
  Mrs. Smith graduated from Georgetown High School in 1954 and attended Eastern Illinois University where she met her husband of nearly 50 years. They lived in rural Chrisman and farmed for 45 years. She was a member of the Hume Christian Church in Hume. She also attended the Metcalf Christian Church and the Allerton United Methodist church.
  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, helping on the farm, and being a homemaker. They participated in the Senior Citizens Group in Allerton.
Donations may be made to the Hume Christian Church or Allerton United Methodist Church. Joines-Appleby Funeral Home was in charge.

FRANK N. MOORE
   Frank N. Moore, 87, of Sidell died at 10:45 p.m., Monday, April 10, 2006, at the Paris Health Care Center in Paris.
  Graveside service will be Wednesday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Craig Roller will officiate. A visitation will be held on Monday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman.
   Mr. Moore was born on Oct. 25, 1918 in Noblesville, Ind., a son of George Moore and Golda Burton Moore. He married Madonna Miller on Nov. 9, 1947 in Bloomington, Ind. She survives.
   Also surviving are two children, a son, Scott B. Moore, of Springfield, and a daughter, Debra Lynne (Bill) Lyons, of Sidell. Six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
   Mr. Moore was a member of the Masonic Scottish Rights as well as a World War II Veteran, where he served in the medical core. He retired from the Department of Public Health.
  Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Sidell is in charge of arrangments.

DENNIS DALE DIXON
  Dennis Dale Dixon, 60, of Perrysville, died at 4:15 p.m., Saturday (April 8, 2006) at home.
  Mr. Dixon was a police officer at Indianola, Newman, Belgium, Ridge Farm, Lovington and New Richmond, Ind. He also was a truck driver for many years. He was born in Gary, Ind., April 12, 1945, the son of Dale and Grace Cravens Dixon. He attended Horace Mann High School in Gary and served in the Army in 1963. Mr. Dixon resided in Perrysville 15 years, and formerly lived at Lovington and Ridge Farm. He attended the United Methodist Church, was a member of Fraternal Order of Police, Walter Hoyt Post 350 American Legion and a former member of Lovington Masonic Lodge.
  Surviving are six children, Dale Lee (Michelle) Dixon, Daytona Beach, Fla., Dwayne (Jennifer) Dixon of Perrysville, Denise Dixon of Okeechobee, Fla., Meagan Dixon of Durango, Colo., Nancy Renee Dixon and David Lee Dixon, both of Perrysville; a sister, Elaine Dixon, Danville; a brother, Gregory Dean (Cary) Dixon, Tuscola; a special friend, Sally Dixon, Silverwood; eight grandchildren.
   His parents and an infant son, Dennis Allen, preceded him in death.
   Services were at Shelby Funeral Home in Covington April 12, burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery with military services by the American Legion.

REVEREND LOWELL C. WHITE 
  Reverend Lowell C. White, 85, of Springfield died at 2:45 p.m. Friday (April 7, 2006) at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.
  Rev. White was born on Sept. 14, 1920 in Newton, Il., the son of Preston A. and Elva Merl Layman White. He married Edna M. Woods on September 16, 1939. She survives.
  Also surviving are two daughters, Tressa (Wolf D.) Bischof of Salzburg, Austria, and Linda K. (Tom) Dillon of Springfield; five sons, Edward L. (Phena) White and Gary M. (Ellen) White both of Springfield, Loren Keith (Bonnie) White of Florida, Jerry Lee (Debbie) White of Carrollton, Tx., and R. Dale (Gail) White of Niantic; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Hazel (Rev. Delmer) Redmon of Willow Hill; and several neices, nephews and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his parents.
   Rev. White was a Methodist Minister for 35 years serving churches in Humboldt, Macon, Chrisman, Pleasant Plains, Buffalo, Mechanicsburg, Emden-Hartsburg, Sidell and Fairmount. He retired from the Sidell United Methodist Church in 1983.
   He was a member of the United Methodist Church Great River’s Conference and the United Methodist Men’s Group.
   He was a resident of Springfield since 1990, previously of Willow Hill.  
   Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Staab Funeral Home. The
funeral was at  2 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at Staab Funeral Home with Jerry White officiating.
   Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April, 13, 2006, at the Mound Cemetery, Willow Hill, Il.
   Memorials may be made to the Preacher’s Aid Society of United Methodist Church, PO Box 19207 Springfield, IL 62794-9207.

Virgil Royce Snack
  Virgil Royce Snack, 83, of Sidell died at 10:50 a.m., Sunday, April 2, 2006 at the Provena United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 7, 2006, at 10 a.m. at the Sidell United Methodist Church in Sidell, the Rev. Larry Moreau will officiate.
Burial will be held at the Allhands Cemetery in Danville. Visitation will be held from 9-10 on Friday at the Church.
  Mr. Snack was born on Sept. 4, 1922 in Sidell. A son of Earl Snack and Dorothy Greenwood Snack, he married May Irene Durbin on Sept. 7, 1962 in Danville. She preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 2005.
Virgil is survived by two sons, Steven Snack of Lafayette, Ind., and Walter Snack of Orlando, Fla., three daughters Jinny Lou Walker of St. Cloud, Fla., Judy Rayburn of Moultrie, Ga., and Cynthia Weagraff of Kissimmee, Fla. Six grandchildren, five great grandchildren. A brother, Bill Snack, of Saginaw, Mich., and three sisters, Edna Ferling of Fithian, Marden Jones of Danville, and Millie Hilton of Bakersfield, Calif.
  Mr. Snack was a Veteran of World War II where he served on the front lines in Germany. He was a member of the Ozarks Club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Sidell is in charge of arrangements.

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May 2006

\Mark E. Conaway
 
  Mark E. Conaway, 78, of Fairmount, passed away at 8:49 a.m. Monday, May 15, 2006, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
   Mark was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Fairmount, to Floyd and Hazel Conaway. He married Marjorie Higgins. She passed away in 1968. He later married Betty Robertson. She survives.
   Also surviving are four stepsons, Jim Higgins of Texas, Stephen (Debbie) Robertson of Danville, Donald (Brenda) Robertson of Danville and David Robertson of State Line, Ind.; six stepdaughters: Dona (Ronald) Gissel of San Dimas, Calif., Verna (Junior) Bennett of Fairmount, Mary Lou (Dan) Todd of Sidell, Teresa Evans of Williamsport, Ind., Kelly (Todd) Wilson of Highland, Ind., and Janet Abbott of Hemet, Calif.; one sister, Mildred Chandler of Hawthorne, Fla.; one brother, Jim (Marlene) Conaway of Middleburg, Fla.; 25 stepgrandchildren and 20 stepgreat-grandchildren,
   Mr. Conaway was also preceded by one stepson, William Higgins, and one stepgreat-grandson, Andrew McNew.
   He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had worked for the Illinois Highway Department as a landscaper. He was past commander of the former Fred C. Kidd American Legion Post of Fairmount and was a current member of the Catlin American Legion. He was active on the Legion Funeral Detail and sold poppies on Poppy Day and helped with flag marking on Veterans1 graves on Memorial Day.
   Mr. Conaway assisted in the construction of the Fairmount War Memorial and served on the Fairmount Village Board. He enjoyed singing and picking berries. He was an avid Cardinal1s fan, as well as Illini fan.
   Funeral services: were today (Thursday) May 18, at 10 a.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial with military honors from Catlin American Legion will follow in Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount.
   Memorials in Mark1s memory to Catlin American Legion or Juvenile Diabetes c/o Robison Chapel.

Mr. Herman Winfred Liles Jr
   
Mr. Herman Winfred Liles Jr., age 61, of Sidell, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at North Logan Healthcare Center in Danville at 7:45 a.m.  
   Mr. Liles was born Jan. 1, 1945 in Coalfield, Tenn. to Herman Winfred Liles Sr. and Thelma Josephine (Turner) Liles.  He married Stella Mae Haggard on April 5, 1976 in Paris, Illinois. Mr. Liles worked in farming in the Tab and Pence areas of Indiana, at Harrison Steel, and worked 22 years as a U.M.W.A. coal miner in Murdock.
   He was a member of the Metcalf Christian Church, the Westville Sportsmen1s Club, and the NRA. He loved fishing, guns, his grandchildren, and his companion dog, Blue Ghost.  
   Mr. Liles is survived by his wife of 30 years, Stella Liles of Sidell; two daughters, Judy Leah Liles Edwards (Shayne May) of Champaign and Amanda Jo Liles (Brendt Reese) of Sidell; one son, Tommy Alan Liles of Fithian; five brothers; five sisters; two grandsons, Tyler and Taylor Liles; two granddaughters, Haven and Sada Reese. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one grandson, Tony Edwards.  
   A graveside service was held Monday, May 15, 2006 at Riverside Cemetery in Attica, Ind., with Pastor Don Pruiett officiating. Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Metcalf Christian Church building fund

LOWELL R. PUZEY
  Lowell R. Puzey, 86, well known Fairmount farmer and partner in the former Puzey Brothers of Fairmount, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2006, at North Logan Health Care in Danville.
  Mr. Puzey was born March 24, 1920, in Jamaica, to Fay and Florence Hodgson Puzey. He married Lorena Ford Jan. 3, 1948, in Paoli, Pa. She preceded him in death. Survivors include: one daughter, Diane Boyette of Fairmount; one brother, Dean Puzey of Indianola; and one sister, Ruth Brueske of Minneapolis, Minn. Lowell also was preceded by two brothers, Lloyd and Marvin.
  Mr. Puzey served as an aviation machinist in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He farmed in the Fairmount area and was a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church and former Fairmount American Legion. He was active with Wickliff Bible Institute and bible translators. He enjoyed woodworking and mission trips to South America and supplied farm machinery to missionaries.
  Visitation was May 2, from 4-7 p.m., at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. May 3, at Fairmount United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was at Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Catlin’s Davis-Busby American Legion provided military honors at the cemetery. Memorials to Wickliff Bible Institute c/o Robison Chapel.

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June 2006

GEORGE “IKE” ISENHOWER
  George D. “Ike” Isenhower of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Sunday, June 25, 2006, in Hot Springs.
   He was born Sept., 1917, at Catlin, Ill. His parents, now deceased, were Elza and Grace Isenhower, and stepmother, Mary Elizabeth Isenhower.The family moved to a farm in 1929 located near Fairmount, Ill. He graduated from Fairmount High School in 1935. He was active in the 4-H Club, the Future Farmers of America and sports.
   At the age of 22, he married and had a farming operation of his own. The  last ten years he farmed, the entire operation was devoted to the production
f hybrid seed grain for the Trisler Seed Farms near Fairmount. In 1958, he sold his farming operation to become the field representative of the Vermilion County Production Credit Association. He held this position for two years and then became vice president of the Illini Production Credit Association in Carlinville.
   In 1965, he became president of the Rock River Production Credit Association in Dixon. He served as executive secretary, vice president and president of the Illinois Production Credit Association. In 1971, due to health problems, he retired to Hot Springs. He worked at Jordan Olds-Buick and, in 1975, began working for the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.
   Isenhower was very active in church, organizations and community events, earning him awards as Outstanding Citizen.
   Surviving are two brothers, Homer of Hot Springs Village and Marvin of Danville; a sister, Mary Baker of Rossville; a sister-in-law, Lou Isenhower; and several nephews and nieces. His wife, Beatrice (Bea) preceded him in death; also, two sisters, Rebecca Price and Anna Lee Brown; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Isenhower; and a brother-in-law, Robert Baker.
   Services were held at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Burial was in Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the youth groups of the First Methodist Church or the First Christian Church, both in Hot Springs. Guest register is at http://www.caruth-hale.com.

Jennifer Suzanne (Marble) McDaniel
  Jennifer Suzanne (Marble) McDaniel, 38, of Danville, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2006, at University of Chicago Hospital, after an extended battle with leukemia.
  Jennifer was born Jan. 29, 1968, in Danville, the daughter of Robert and Charlene (DeRay) Marble. She married Brian McDaniel on Oct. 8, 1994. He survives.
  Also surviving is a son, Logan Alexander. Other survivors include her mother and father; a brother, Joshua; her grandparents, Betty Marble and Maxine Tindall; her in-laws, Keith and Jane McDaniel; and brother-in-law, Jason McDaniel. She was loved by many special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
  Jennifer was a 1986 graduate of Oakwood High School and Parkland Dental College. She worked as a dental hygienist for 18 years. She was a member of Second Church of Christ and enjoyed helping with Sunday school. She loved journaling, talking with friends, craft shopping, antiquing and, most of all, spending time with her family and friends.
  A celebration of Jennifer’s life was held Wednesday at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Logan’s Education Fund.
  E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

MYRTLE L. HENRY
Myrtle L. Henry, 87, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Paris Community Hospital.
Myrtle was born Oct. 5, 1918, in Sampson, Mo., a daughter of Bill and Nellie (Thomas) Jones. She married William Francis Henry in 1945 in Charleston. He preceded her on April 15, 1985.
Survivors include one son, Bill Henry of Brownville, Tx.; one daughter, Barbara (Alfred) Bell of Paris; two brothers, Howard Jones of Vurney, Calif., and James Jones of Sidell; three sisters, Elizabeth Matcousky of Van Nuys, Calif., Maria Ostrow of New York, N.Y., and Vivian Rollhaus of St. Louis, Mo.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two nieces, Judy Decker and Jeannie Jones, and four nephews, Jim Jones, Jack Jones, Jeff Jones and Jerry Jones.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, one step-sister, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Myrtle was a homemaker. She enjoyed dancing, bowling, card-playing, baseball and spending time with her family.
Graveside service was Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Franklin Cemetery, north of Paris. Burial immediately followed. Visitation was 9 a.m. until services at Templeton Funeral Home.

JAMES D. ‘JIM DALE’ LATHROP
James D. ‘Jim Dale’ Lathrop, 63, of Danville, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.
Jim was born Nov. 21, 1942, in Danville, the son of James Pierce and Wilma Maxine (Crisp) Lathrop. He married Sharon Stample on Sep. 29, 2001, in Danville. She preceded him March 28, 2003.
Jim is survived by his mother, Wilma Lathrop of Danville; his daughter, Tralisa (Jeff) Jones of Sidell; two brothers, Duane (Donna) Lathrop of Covington, Ind., and Lynn (Sandy) Lathrop of Lockahatchee, Fla.; grandchildren, Emily and Hillary Jones of Sidell; stepchildren, Rick (Dee) Stample and Donnie Stample; step-grandchildren, Bridgett, Alaina, Meghan, Everette and Jake Stample; fiance, Judy Cureton of Danville; Judy’s children, Susan Stanley of Danville, Kimmie Guymon of Bozeman, Mont., Mandy Darch of Danville; Judy’s grandchildren, Cameron, Toby, B.J., Seth, Chloey and Ally. Jim was preceded in death by his father and Judy’s daughter, Jenny Staley.
Jim worked as a laborer and retired from General Motors on April 1, 1992, after 28 years of service. He served in the United States Navy from 1961-1965.
He loved his family and helping others. He enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR and working outdoors. Jim was a member of the East Park Church of Christ.
A celebration of Jim’s life was held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2006, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Dennis C. Floyd officiating. Visitation was 3-6 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2006, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Jim’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

LOUIS H. LOWE
Louis H. Lowe, 95, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully Friday, June 2, 2006, at the Geneseo Good Samaritan Village.
Louis was born Jan. 15, 1911, in Martinsville, the son of James and Amanda (Fisher) Lowe. He married Mildred Overman on April 20, 1931, in Danville. She preceded him in death on Oct. 9, 1994.
Louis had been a lifetime farmer in Sidell before moving to Geneseo to live with his son.
Survivors include one son and spouse, Charles and Ina Lowe of Geneseo; two grandchildren, John Lowe of Davenport, Iowa, and Debra Riley of Dunlap; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers David, Omar and William “Bill” Lowe. Graveside services were June 5 at the Fairview Cemetery, Sidell with Rev. John Davis of Grace Church, Geneseo, officiating. Memorials to the Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Geneseo assisted. Share an online condolence at: www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.

RUTH A. ROSNETT
Ruth A. Rosnett, 91, of Fairmount, passed away at 6 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006, at North Logan Health Care in Danville.
Mrs. Rosnett was born Feb. 27, 1915, in Fairmount to George and Goldie May Albert Lane. She married Eldon O. Rosnett on March 8, 1934, in Fairmount. He passed away in 2001.
She is survived by two daughters, Ann (James) Millikin of Danville and Carol (Charles) Simmons of Campus; a son, Dale (Geraldine) Rosnett of Danville; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a grandson.
She attended the Faith Evangelical Church in Fairmount. She enjoyed reading and loved to crochet.
Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 5, 2006, at Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Pastor Chuck Powell officiated. There was no visitation. Carrington Funeral Home in Fairmount coordinated the service.

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July 2006

JOSEPHINE BOYER
   Josephine M. Boyer, 68, of Danville died at 8:55 p.m. Saturday (July 22, 2006) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.
   Graveside services were Tuesday at Michael Cemetery, west of Georgetown. Sunset’s Houghten-Leasure Funeral Home handled arrangements.
   Mrs. Boyer was born Jan. 11, 1938 in Indianola, a daughter of Levi and Evelyn Reffett Grovier. She married Richard Boyer on May 2, 1957, in Westville. He survives.
   Survivors also include two sons, Fredrick A. Boyer and Richard E. Boyer, Jr., both of Danville; four daughters, Cynthia Henschen of Georgetown, Juliann Binkley and Linda Kiger, both of Danville and Donna Register of North Carolina; a brother, Robert Grovier of Covington, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, three brothers and a sister.
   Mrs. Boyer was a homemaker and enjoyed Bingo.

David F. Sconce
   David F. Scone, 51, of Porter, Ind., formerly of Dana, Ind., passed away Monday, July, 10006 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
   He was born Sept. 20, 1954 in Danville, the son of the late Glenn and Jesse Fern Danner Sconce. He married Theresa L. (Deiotte) Feb. 12, 1981, in Las Vegas, Nev.., She survives.
   Also surviving are six children, Leslie Jennings and Felicia (Kevin) Siddnes, both of Bismarck, Patrick (Nicole) Sconce of Lebanon, Ind., Andrew (Carrie) Sconce of Porter, Ind., Joshua and Gabrielle Sconce, both of Porter, Ind.; eight grandchildren; five sisters, Helen Randal of Chrisman, Merrie Ann (Jack) McMahan and Sara Sell, both of Rockford, Barbara Jenkins of Harvey and Susan (Tom) Sell of Las Vegas; a brother, Glenn (Judy) Sconce of LaPorte, Ind.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elizabeth Raifvenck.
   Mr. Sconce was employed by Mittle Steel where he was a millwright 33 years.
   Services were July 22 at White-Love Funeral Home in Chesterton, Ind. with Father Dennis Blaney officiating. Cremation by Calvary Creamatory. Memorials may be made to Father Flaney’s Share Foundation with the Handicapped, P.O. Box 40, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371-0400.

Sophie M. Larrance
   Sophie M. Larrance, 87, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2006, at Pleasant Meadows Christian Village.
    She was born Dec. 15, 1918, the daughter of George and Bertha (Julius) Hedges in Lynn Gove, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Earl "Pat" Larrance on Nov. 11, 1944, in Danville. He preceded her in death in February 1994.
    Survivors include: her three nieces, Gwen (Jerry) Price of Gravious Mills, Mo., Gayle (Gene) Spesard of Indianola, and Nita (Deane) Winkler of Indianola; and her nephew, Dale (Mona) McCallister of Chandler, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.
    Sophie was a member of the Ridge Farm United Methodist Church where she was the organist and pianist for many years. She belonged to the Ridge Farm Women's Club and Home Bureau. She enjoyed gardening and sewing.
    A celebration of Sophie's life was held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 10, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home with Pastor Jennie Chin officiating. She was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorial donations can be made to the Ridge Farm United Methodist Church. Send condolences to www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

E. Virginia Gourley
    E. Virginia Gourley, 82, of Mattoon passed away at 3:30 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2006, at Mattoon Health Care Center.
   Mrs. Gourley was born Dec. 27, 1923, in Carlisle County, Ky., the daughter of Robert Edgar Davis and Nannie Dea (Page) Davis. She married Rev. Eldon O. Gourley on June 17, 1938. He preceded her on April 16, 2006. Survivors include: her four sons, Eldon D. (Sandra) Gourley of Shelbyville, Randall E. Gourley of Houston, Texas, Gary W. (Linda) Gourley of Danville, and John (Joyce) Gourley of Georgetown; two daughters, Mava E. (Daniel) Rogers of Ellettsville, Ind. and Eldenia Rogiers of Danville; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two daughters, Nancy Harlan and Berdenia Gourley.
   Mrs. Gourley was a homemaker and truly enjoyed raising her children. She dearly loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of
Estero United Methodist Church in Fort Meyers, Fla.
   A celebration of life was held July 3 at the United Methodist Church in Sidell. Pastor Larry Moreau officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of donor’s choice.
   Arrangements were handled by Lakeside-Barrick Funeral Chapel, 3550 N. Vermilion St., Danville. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Juanita Linville Krukewitt
   Juanita Linville Krukewitt, 96, of Tavares, Fla., died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, June 29, 2006, at Hospice House, Eustis, Fla., after a short illness.
   Mrs. Krukewitt was born July 29, 1909, in Sidell, the daugher of Henry Hayes Linville and Ebbie Jane Perkins Linville. She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Krukewitt; two sisters, Pearle Eymer, and F. Ruth Linville; and a brother, Henry A. “Bus” Linville.
   She is survied by a niece, Mollie Linville Bailey and a great-nephew, Elias J. Bailey, both of Richmond, Va.
   She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Eustis, Fla., where she was active in the women’s group. She was past District President of the Federation of Women’s Club of Illinois. She loved music and played piano in Illinois before moving to Florida in 1968. She was a member of several coral societies.
   Burial will be at Tavares Cemetery, Tavares, Fla. Allen P. Shonk, 59, of Georgetown, passed away at 2:15 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2006, at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Mr. Shonk
   Mr. Shonk was born Sept. 28, 1946, in Paris, Ill. to William and Evelyn Shank Shonk. He married Annie Buyno on Aug. 25, 1980, in Paris. She survives, as does his mother of Paris.
   Also surviving are four sons, Gabriel (Ashley) Shonk of Indianola, Luke (Kim) Shonk of Indianola, Allen Cravens of Paris and Tommy Cravens of Tuscola; one daughter, Annie Shonk of Georgetown; three brothers, Brian Shonk of Paris, Randy Shonk of Paris and Mike (Debbie) Shonk of Paris and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two infant brothers and his father.
   Mr. Shonk was a press operator at BOGE North America in Paris. He enjoyed walking in the woods, collecting Indian artifacts and loved telling stories. He especially loved God and reading his Bible.
   Graveside rites were Wednesday, July 5, at Michael Cemetery in Indianola with Rev. Leon Korb officiating. Robison Chapel in Catlin was in charge of arrangements. Memorials to the family in care of Robison Chapel.

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August 2006

WILDA J. SMITH
   Wilda J. Smith, 77, of Fairmount was carried home by the Angels at 2:24 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at Carle Arbours in Savoy. Wilda was born August 8, 1928 in Flemingsburg, Ky. to Hobart and Myrtle Clark Hamm.
   She married Harold Smith on November 4, 1950 in Danville. Harold passed away August 20, 2003.
   Wilda is survived by two brothers, Douglas (Ella Mae) Hamm and LaVerne (Betty) Hamm, both of Danville; two sisters, Hilda McDaniel and Sharon (Charles) Tester, both of Fairmount; and several nieces and nephews, including Steve (Linda) Tester and Jennifer (Steve) Cord.
   Her greatest passion was looking after Harold during their married life and reading the Bible.
   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Mike Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in G.A.R. Cemetery in Homer. Visitation is from 1 p.m. to service time on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

ALMA L. DODD
   Alma L. Dodd, 81, of Tilton, died at 3:38 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2006 at
Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.
   Alma was born on June 22, 1925 in Indianola, the daughter of Clarence and
Alta (Lewis) Danner. Alma was raised in her early years by her Aunt Eula “Toots” Schmink. She married Donald P. Dodd on January 25, 1946 in Georgetown. He survives.
   She is survived by her two daughters- Donna (Bob Meeks) Dodd of Tilton and Linda (David) Landers of LaMirada, Calif.; two grandchildren, Joshua and Elizabeth Landers of LaMirada, California.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson-Matthew Landers and one aunt- Toots Schmink.
   Alma graduated from Sidell High School in 1944. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She worked for 29 years with the Superintendent of Public Instruction under R.H. Elliott, Jim Ellis, and Richard Weller, until she retired in 1984. Alma and Donald both worked at the Strawberry Patch at Vermilion Manor for 19 years. She was an avid reader.
   A Celebration of the life of Alma L. Dodd was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, with Rev. Scott McCurdy officiating. Visitation was be from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church or to the Strawberry Patch at Vermilion Manor.
   E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

James W. Trisler
  James W. Trisler, 57, of Fairmount, passed away on Tuesday, Aug, 15, 2006 at 8:15 p.m. at Provena Covenant Medical in Urbana.
   Funeral services will be on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a .m. at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Moreau officiating. Burial will be on Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Carrington Funeral Home of Fairmount is coordinating the service. There will be no visitation.
   Jim was born May 2, 1949 in Danville to John and Blanche Landman Trisler. He married Patricia Cusick on Jan. 29, 1972 in Champaign. She survives. He is also survived by three sons, Ty and Tim Trisler, both of Fairmount and Mark Trisler of Phoenix, Ariz.; one granddaughter, Shaelyn Trisler of Fairmount.
   He was preceded in death by his parents.
   Jim was a lifetime resident and had farmed in the Fairmount area. He was the ag teacher at Catlin High School. He was a graduate of Jamaica High School and the University of Illinois where he received his master's degree in science. He was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church, the Sidell Lions Club and served on the Sidell Fire District Board. Jim served 16 years on the Jamaica Board of Education; was past president of the Illinois Crop and Improvement Association from 1985-87 and served on the Illinois Foundation Seed Board and the Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Board.

ANNA EILEEN CRADDOCK
   Anna Eileen Craddock, 83, of Crawford, Miss., passed away Thursday, July 27, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle of Columbus, Miss., from complications related to Multiple Myeloma.
   Services were 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July, 30, 2006 in the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tony Proctor, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Columbus, officiating. Burial followed at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.
   Mrs. Craddock was born Jan. 19, 1923 in Allerton, to the late Elmo and Hazel Rowand, Sr. and graduated from Allerton High School. She and her late husband, Howard Craddock, lived and farmed west of Sidell for over 30 years until they moved to the Crawford, Miss., area in 1976 where they farmed until his death in 1990.
   They belonged to The Kum Dubble Sunday School Class of the Sidell Methodist Church until they moved from the Sidell area. She worked many years during the 1950’s and 1960’s as a sales person at the Lucas Wall Mode Store in Sidell.
   In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo Rowand and Elmo Rowand, Jr.
   Mrs. Craddock is survived by sons Jim (Tammy) Craddock and Leigh (Marcy) Craddock of Columbus; grandchildren Tyler Craddock, Shelby Nelson, Kyle Craddock, and Jay Craddock; great grandchild, Kaylyn Nelson; and a sister, Marjorie (Eldon) Craddock of Sidney.
   Pallbearers were her nephews Steve Craddock, Tim Craddock, Kelly Rowand, Kerry Rowand, Kevin Rowand and her grandson Kyle Craddock.
   Memorials may be made to Sidell United Methodist Church, 202 S. Chicago St. Sidell, IL 61876.

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September 2006

Darrell Tiffin
  Darrell Tiffin, 57, of Oakwood, died at 12:59 a.m. Monday (Sept. 25, 2006) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   Funeral services were today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood, with military rites by Catlin American Legion.
   Mr. Tiffin was born Feb. 23, 1949, in Danville, a son of Charles and Betty Carrigan Tiffin. He married Helen Pollitt in Danville on Aug. 18, 1972. She survives.
   Other survivors include his father of Fairmount; a son, Jason Tiffin of Oakwood; a daughter, Donna Stevens of Fairmount; a brother, Charles Tiffin, Jr. of Fairmount; a sister, Karen Alexander of Fairmount; and two grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his mother, a sister, and a grandson.
   Mr. Tiffin was an apprentice heavy equipment operator. He worked construction and drove a truck.
   He enjoyed fishing, golf and baseball.

ROBERT L. "BOB" KNIGHT
 
   Robert L. “Bob” Knight, 80, of Rossville, formerly of the Indianola-Georgetown area, died on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 at the Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Mr. Knight was born at home in rural Georgetown on May 6, 1926, a son of Dale and Joy Willison Knight. Both preceded him in death.
    He married Ruth Moreland Nov. 12, 1948. She survives. Other Survivors include three daughters, Cindy (Ron) Masengale of Rossville, Susan (Rick) Green of Rossville, and Donna (Bruce) Lackey of Danville. Mr. Knight will also be missed by his grandchildren, Bob (Jennifer) Todd of Catlin, Lisa (Justin) Acton of Collison, and Mark and Matt Green of Rossville; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Connor Todd of Catlin; one sister, Mary Joan Williams of Tuscola.
    He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Glen Dale and Franklin Knight.
    Mr. Knight was a graduate of the University of Illinois in agricultural engineering, but after graduation, he returned to the family farm where he raised crops and operated a dairy farm for many years. After selling the dairy, he became an educator at Harrison Grade School and later at Ridge Farm High School. He finished out his career at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School. Being an avid lover of sports, he coached many boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. He really enjoyed looking at old yearbooks and remembering his students and events.
    Bob served his country during World War II as a paratrooper. He was deployed in Europe during the war as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of the Rossville American Legion Post 733, serving on their honor guard. He was very proud of working with others in the completion of the new War Memorial in Rossville.
    Mr. Knight was a devoted fan of all sports, especially Illini basketball and Chicago Cubs. He followed his girls and grandchildren in any competitions they participated.
    He enjoyed many activities after retirement. He loved working and being active–especially in his garden and doing things for his daughters. He tutored at Rossville Grade School, where he tried to impart his love of math. He also spent many hours researching his family history. He enjoyed reading and exploring the Battle of the Bulge and anything to do with the European theatre.
    Bob never missed many mornings of coffee time with his friends or going to the “shed.” When he left, he would always say, “See you, later.” He belonged to the Vermilion County Retired Teachers’ Organization and the Vermilion County War Museum. He had served on the Indianola school board, as a trustee on the Woodlawn Cemetery Board, and a treasurer for the Indianola United Methodist Church, and volunteered at Sunday services at the VA in Danville.
    A celebration of the life of Mr. Robert Knight was at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Logan officiating. Final resting place was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Memorials in Mr. Knight’s honor may be made to the Indianola Woodlawn Cemetery Tree Fund, the Indianola United Methodist Church or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
    E-mail condolences may be made to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

WILLIAM "BILL" SIMPSON
   William "Bill" Simpson, 67, of Georgetown, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 5:52 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.
   Bill was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Urbana to Raymond and Helen Cooper Simpson. Survivors include: his fiance, Roberta "Bert" Ward Hall of Georgetown; a son, Mike (Cindy) Simpson of Hindsboro; a daughter, Melanie Winkler of Danville; a sister, Karen George of Savoy; and three grandchildren, Stephen Simpson, Andrew Winkler and Amanda Winkler.
   Bill was a longtime Fairmount resident and farmer and truck driver. He was a 1957 graduate of Jamaica High School, served as Jamaica Township road commissioner and was a member of Catlin Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed trapshooting, watching NASCAR and old Westerns.
   Funeral services were 11 a.m. Tuesday at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Gregg Robbins officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
   Memorials to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association or the Vermilion County Humane Society.

KENNETH E. TODD
   Kenneth E. Todd, 55, of Rantoul, and formerly of Hume and Sidell, passed away on August 28, 2006 at Carle Arbours in Savoy. Ken was born on Aug. 17, 1951 in Paris, to James and Betty Hogan Todd.          
   He married Mary K. Current on Dec. 20, 1970 at the Sidell Methodist Church. She survives. He is also survived by one son, James W. (Johna) Todd of Paris; three grandchildren: Emily Roxanne and Whitney Jo Todd and Colton Garrett; a sister, Barbara Pipili of Mesa, Ariz.; and a special sister-in-law, Cindy (Joseph) Cich of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, J. Larry Todd.
   Ken had farmed for many years in the Hume and Sidell area and served as a Master Control Officer for the Champaign County Sheriff's Department. He was a graduate of Shiloh High School and a member of the Hume Methodist Church. Ken enjoyed listening to the radio and police scanner.  He loved his family very much and especially adored his grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at the Young America Cemetery in Hume, with interment to follow. Visitation will be held at the Krabel Funeral Home, 602 E. Madison Ave., Chrisman, from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in care of the funeral home to establish a college fund for Ken's grandchildren.

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October 2006

Caleb J. O’Neill
  Caleb J. O’Neill, 2, of Philo, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 at 5:52 p.m. at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
   Caleb was born October 24, 2003 in Urbana. Survivors include his parents, Joseph L. and Amy R. (Thompson) O’Neill and brother, Dalton J. O’Neill, of Philo; paternal grandparents, Bill and Judy O’Neill of Tolono; Paternal great-grandmother, Betty Jo Fisher of Tolono; maternal grandparents, Robert and Rita Thompson of Fairmount; maternal great-grandmother, Helen Duensing of Tuscola; maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Patricia Cannon of Camargo; and maternal great-grandparents, Jack and Janice Thompson of Newman.
   Caleb loved animals, playing at the park, reading books, listening to music, playing on the computer, watching movies, dinosaurs and spending time with Mommy, Daddy, and Dalton.
   Visitation was held Oct. 15, 2006 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Richard E. Frank Center Gymnasium in Philo. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Richard E. Frank Gymnasium in Philo. Officiating was Rev. Dave Burger. Burial was at the Bailey Cemetery in Tolono.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Caleb J. O’Neill Memorial Fund for Future Philo Park Equipment c/o Philo Exchange Bank.

ELIZABETH TUGGLE
   Elizabeth Tuggle of Westville passed away at 12:26 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 at the home of her son.
   She was born in Danville on March 27, 1925 to Nellie (Linne) Sandlin and Theodore Sandlin. Liz was a 1943 graduate of Catlin High School.
   She married Harold Mullen on Aug. 15, 1948, in Catlin. He passed away Sept. 18, 1966. On Aug. 15, 1968, she married Donald Tuggle of Paris. He passed away April 13, 1995.
   She is survived by her children: Marj Mullen (Allan Bressler) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Linda (Ron) Hubbard of Indianola, and Marty (Shirley) Mullen of Westville; one sister, Alice Clark of Saginaw, Mich.; three grandchildren, Michele (Paul) Schmandt, Jill Hubbard and Ryan Hubbard; five step-grandchildren, Steve Bressler, Sue (Harold) Snyder, Deanna (Bill) Murry, Angie Guge (Clay) and Tonya Erp (Ryan); four great-grandchildren and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.         Her parents and one sister, Margot London, also preceded her in death.
   Elizabeth last worked as the sexton at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. She enjoyed working crossword and picture puzzles and cooking for family and friends.
   A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at Sunset1s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. Burial will be at Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin.
   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

MAYO WARTERS
   Mayo Warters, 93, of Savoy, formerly of Homer, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St. in Homer; Sandi Hire will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Allerton. There will be a visitation from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
   Mrs. Warters was born on May 26, 1913, in Nancy, Ky., a daughter of F.V. and Mary Floyd Burton. She married Gordon Warters on May 13, 1932, in Allerton. He passed away on June 17, 1983. Surviving is a daughter, Nancy Ready of Indianapolis; a brother, Jack Burton of Urbana; three sisters, Rose Kizer and Maxine Umbarger, both of Homer and Ruth Walters of Ft. Myers, Fla.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and three sisters.
   She was a member of Allerton United Methodist Church, Newman Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years and Homer American Legion Auxiliary for more than 25 years. Mrs. Warters shared interest with her late husband in showing Belgian horses. She enjoyed farming and gardening.
   Memorials may be made to Provena Hospice.

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November 2006


 Esther B. Prunkard
   Esther B. Prunkard, 83, of Indianola, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at Colonial Manor in Danville.
   She was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Charleston, to Cleo and Velma Patton Hutchison. She married Charles E. Prunkard on Dec. 24, 1941, in Charleston. He preceded her on March 16, 1986.
   Survivors include three sons, Doug (Pat) Prunkard and Tim (Jackie) Prunkard, both of Indianola, and Brad (Barb) Prunkard of Sidell; a daughter, Christy (Richard) Eaton of Catlin; and 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles, and a daughter, Dorothy.
   She was a longtime cook at the Indianola Grade School and worked for a time at Marilyn1s Dry Cleaners in Danville and also for Weight Watchers. She and her husband enjoyed playing Santa and Mrs. Claus for area children. She attended the Vermilion Heights Christian Church.
   Funeral services were 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at Robinson Chapel in Catlin. Officiating was Dave Burger. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
   Memorials to the recreating department at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

CARL LEO REED
   Carl Leo Reed, 85, of Danville, died at 5:41 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Hawthorne Inn.
   Mr. Reed was born on Feb. 13, 1921, to James Elijah and Lucy (Catlett) Reed in Sidell. Rev. Frank Gilroy married Mr. Reed to Cathrine Bradford, of Fairmount, on July 17, 1941, in Sidell.
   Mr. Reed served in the Navy during WWII at the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After leaving the service, he worked for Weaver Refrigeration until he retired.
   Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, Cathrine, of 65 years; two daughters, Carol Allen of Danville and Gail (Reno) Consulter of California; a grandson, Forest (Corina) Kelley of California; two sisters, Viola Davis of Catlin and Mildred Smith of Paxton; a brother, Frank Reed of Arizona; a special nephew, Ralph Reed of Danville and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
   A celebration of Carl’s life was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2006, at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Rev. Drs. Jimmy and Katie Hopper officiated. Visitation was Wed., Nov. 15, 2006, from 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in his name to donor’s choice. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

DORIS KUHN
   Doris Kuhn, 77, of Champaign, formerly of Charleston and Sidell, died at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   Ms. Kuhn was born March 22, 1929, in Champaign County, a daughter of Harry O. “Otto” and Lily A. Tapscott Kuhn. She attended Sidell school.
   Survivors include two brothers, James D. Kuhn of Champaign and John D. Duhn of Lexington, Ky.
   Ms. Kuhn was a member of Sidell Baptist Church and used the services at CCAR Industries in Charleston.
   Visitation was 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 11, 2006 at Harper-Swickard Funeral Home in Charleston. Services immediately followed the visitation. A private burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.

Robert H. Krapf
   Robert H. Krapf, 84, of Danville, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at North Logan Health Care in Danville.
   He was born Aug. 17, 1922, in West Hazelton, Pa., the son of Harry and Olive (Framton) Krapf. He was formerly married to Jaclyn (Mulholland) Krapf.
   Robert is survived by three sons, John (Blair) Krapf of Homewood, Ken Krapf of Valparaiso, Ind., and Alan (Cindy) Krapf of Danville, and three grandchildren, Lauren Krapf of Homewood, Brittany Krapf of Byron and Scott Krapf of Danville. He was preceded in death by his parents.
   Robert served in the United States Army during World War II in Gen. George Patton1s intelligence division. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from St. Louis Institute of Music.
   Robert was band director at Jamaica High School from 1959 to 1985, where the students affectionately called him Sugar Bear.
   Robert was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis.  He loved music, tennis and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.    
   Visitation was held Sunday at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville. Burial will take place at a later date in Pennsylvania.
   Memorials may be made in Robert1s name to the Jamaica High School Band Program, 7087 N 600 E Rd., Sidell, Ill. 61876.
   E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

Charles Leslie Moore
   Charles Leslie Moore, 53, of Ludlow, formerly of Indianola, passed away at 3:48 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at his home. He was born on Nov. 9, 1952, in  Danville, the son of Edward L. and Lois High Moore.
   Survivors include: his mother, Lois Moore of Indianola; three brothers, Brian (Mary) Moore of Rankin, Kevin (Rhonda) Moore of Ludlow, and Dennis Moore of Shreveport, La.; a friend, Donna Lopez of Ludlow; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.
   Charles was a graduate of Georgetown High School. He worked at Conair in Rantoul. He enjoyed cooking and doing yard work.
   A celebration of Charles' life was held Monday at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown. Pastors Gerald McPhillips and Ray Silver officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
   Memorials may be made in his name to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

CLARE JORDAN
   Clare Jordan, 86, of Fairmount, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Ingels Hospital in Harvey.
   Clare was born Oct. 30, 1919, in Mount Moriah, Mo., the daughter of Thomas and Chloe Taylor Collins. She married Charles Jordan in Catlin. He died Dec. 26, 1978. Survivors include a daughter, Jan Brecka of South Holland; two granddaughters, Ashley Brecka of South Holland and Tiffany (Anthony) Navarro of Turdys, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Robert and Emilia Navarro; a brother, George Collins of Catlin; and several nieces and nephews.
   Clare and her husband owned Foremost Liquors and retired in 1996. She was a lifetime resident of Fairmount and member of the Fairmount Women’s Club, Women’s Auxiliary, 40/8, and a member of the Catlin Methodist Church.
   Clare was dedicated to her family, friends and customers. She was a graduate of Catlin High School and graduated from Butler Business College in Danville. She will be joined in Heaven by her husband, Charles, her mother, Chloe, and many family and friends.
   Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Carrington Funeral Home in Fairmount. The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Oct. 30, at the funeral home with Mike Roberts and Dale Hess officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Memorials may be made to Fairmount Historical Society.

GENE DAVEE
   Gene Davee, 88, of Danville, formerly of Sidell, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home in Tilton.
   Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell.
   Mr. Davee was born on May 24, 1918 in Hume to Charles and Minnie (Marsh) Davee. He married Belle Gilroy Davis in later years. She died in 1992.
   Mr. Davee spent several years in Montana. His hobbies were horseback riding, cars and watching TV. He especially enjoyed the Lawrence Welk Show. His special friend, Wanda Zimmerman, helped care for him while he was ill.
   Mr. Davee was a member of the First Baptist Church on Vermilion Street in Danville.

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December 2006

LAWRENCE ‘BUD’ JOHNSTON
   Lawrence “Bud” Johnston, 86, of Fithian, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
   Mr. Johnston was born June 8, 1920, in Champaign County, a son of Elmer and Lillian Hurd Johnston. He married Joy Love Tuggle Macy on March 26, 1977, in Fithian. She survives. Also surviving are several nieces and one special nephew, Doug Foster of Ely, Minn.
   Mr. Johnston was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
   Mr. Johnston was affiliated with the Fithian United Methodist Church, he was a member of the I and I Tractor Club in Penfield and he was a member of the Wrench Club and Corn Item Club. He loved to go to antique tractor shows and enjoyed visiting with his friends in Fithian, Tuscola and Mattoon.
   Mr. Johnston farmed in the Fithian area all his life and retired from farming in 1985.
   Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Fithian United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allen Miller officiating. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery in Fithian. Visitation was at Kirby Funeral Home in Homer from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, and from 10 a.m. until the service time at the church Tuesday.
   Memorials may be made to Fithian United Methodist Church or donor’s choice.

VIRGIL ‘BILL’ COOK
   Virgil Leroy “Bill” Cook, 81 of Danville died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at Carle Foundation Hospital.
   Bill was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Fairmount to Guy Gideon and Bessie Lee Goodwine Cook. He attended Fairmount grade and high schools. He was a World War II veteran with the U.S. Navy. He had worked for Holmes Brothers and for many years at Berkley Davis as a machinist. He had been a member of the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and woodworking. He loved his family and friends.
   Bill married Norma May New on Jan. 11, 1947, and she preceded him Aug. 20, 1983. He later married Ruth Maxine “Joann” Ping New on Aug. 1, 1986, in Henning, and she survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Nancy Jo Dyszkewicz, and a granddaughter, Candice Elizabeth King, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a grandson, Christopher Scott Dyszkewicz of Danville; two great-grandchildren, Bryce Alexander Dyszkewicz and Shaelyn Olivia Diaz; and three sisters, Louise “Tootie” (Frank) Richter of Danville, Joann “Cricket” (Don) Bunting of Tilton and Iva “Jackie” (Eddie) Cheuvront of Fairmount.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Norma; two sons, Kenneth Leroy Cook and Rusty Eugene Cook; two sisters, Bernice Elizabeth Truax and Elsie Marie Allhands; and a brother, Charles Raymond Cook.
   Services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Pape Funeral Home in Danville, Ray Nasser officiated. Visitation was from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Pape’s. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 728.

GEORGE NELSON RHODES
   George Nelson Rhodes, 82, of Danville, passed away at 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2006 at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
   He was born to Clarence and Elsie Rhodes on Nov. 9, 1924 in Fayette County. He married Patricia Yeazel on March 18, 1988 in Danville, she survives. Also surviving are a son, Terry Vaugh Rhodes of Decatur; four step-children, Teresa Moreman, Debbie Burton, Mary Jo Moreman, and Billie Jo Duckworth, all of Danville; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of Danville.
   Mr. Rhodes was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was given a World War II Victory Ribbon. He enjoyed watching the Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Walker, Texas Ranger. He also enjoyed playing Bingo, Bunco, and spending time with family.
   The funeral was 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006 at the VA Protestant Chapel. Burial was at the Danville National Cemetery. Arrangements by Pape Celebration of Life Center. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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