Obituaries 2017

January 2017

    Tommie Ray (“TR”) McDowell, 84, of Santa Fe, N.M., formerly of Sidell, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2017, at home in Santa Fe.
    TR was born August 10, 1932, in Sidell to Faye and Lucy Marie Bancroft McDowell. He married Carolyn Jean Garwood on March 26, 1956.
    He is survived by two daughters, Jan K. McDowell (Jolene Allen) of Santa Fe, N.M. and Lisa M. (Gregg) Gress, of Cedar Lake, Ind.; granddaughter, Amber R. (Ken) Litko and twin great granddaughters, Nadia and Scarlett Litko, of Valparaiso, Ind. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Harold E. (Donna) Garwood of rural Ridge Farm, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from around the world. TR was preceded in death by his wife on Sept. 1, 2016 and his parents.
TR attended Sidell schools and graduated from Sidell High School and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).   He and Carolyn raised their family in Sidell and later moved to Scottsdale, Ariz.
    TR was a well-respected banker having served as Executive Officer and Chairman of Sidell State Bank, First National Bank of Westville, Tri-County Bank of Minooka and The Sun City Bank (Ariz.). He also served as Director of The First National Bank of Danville; Founders Bank, Worth; and Founders Bank and Legacy Bank of Scottsdale, Ariz. He was active in the Illinois Bankers Association.
    TR lived life to its fullest! He was an accomplished musician, playing piano, accordion and saxophone. He loved to entertain, playing the piano as friends and family gathered around to sing. Travel was a deep passion. He and Carolyn traveled the globe meeting friends along the way. He often remarked that his favorite trips were to China and Russia before they became “westernized.”
    Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations in Santa Fe, N.M. is handling arrangements.
No services will be held. Memorials may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or the charity of your choice.

  Juanita F. Cord, 84, of Catlin, was called to the gardens of Heaven with her family at her side at 10:55 p.m. Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, at the Villas of Gardenview in Danville.
    She was born July 7, 1932 in Fithian to Harry and Mabel Knight Renfro.
    Juanita married Gilbert R. Cord on Dec. 2. 1951, at Catlin Church of Christ. They shared 60 years of marriage. Gilbert passed away April 13. 2011.
    Survivors include two sons, Terry (Becky) Cord of Jamestown, Ind., and Steve (Jennifer) Cord of Catlin; daughter, Judy (Dana) Jolley of Fithian; her grandchildren, Brittany (Robert) Edward, Jacob (Amanda) Cord, Caleb Cord, Chelsea Cord, Kendra (Brad) Mahoney and Stephanie (Sean) Beeker; two step-grandchildren, Stacey (Ben) Cushwa and Brad Jolley; 10 great-grandchildren and a step-grandson.
    Juanita had been a dietary supervisor at Americana Healthcare in Danville for 20 years. She also served as produce manager at Catlin IGA and was a cook in several local restaurants, as well as Camp Drake. She graduated Oakwood High School, was a member of Central Park Church of Christ and attended Catlin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, flowers, and birds, as well as traveling. She was a member of the Catlin Historical Society.
    She was a proud mother, grandmother and “Mammaw” who embraced every event her family participated in.
Juanita was a self-taught cake decorator, and an accomplished cook and baker. She greatly enjoyed her little dog Lily snuggled by her side. Above all things she was proud of her faith and service to Jesus Christ.
    Funeral service today, Jan 19, at 2 p.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Pastor Raymie Gordon to officiate. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery at Catlin. Visitation today, Thurs., at noon until service time at Robison Chapel.
    Memorials to the Catlin Fire Protection District or Faith in Action. Online condolences at

    Robert Lee Hart, 91, of Fairmount, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, at VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville.
    Robert was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Fithian, to Frank and Amy B Nevielle Hart.
    He married Gladys Knight on Aug. 23, 1952, in Nashville, Tenn.
    He is survived by the girls, Linda (Mario) Biava and Janet Payne of Westville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; his son, Jon R. Hart; one daughter, Nancy Jane; two brothers; and two sisters.
Robert was retired as a foreman at Southern States Seed Corn in Muncie. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Korean War Veterans Chapter, the VFW, the Ceremonial Funeral Detail Squad, the Kickapoo Ex-POW and Muncie Baptist Church.
    He enjoyed fishing and lawn work but his greatest passion was farming. The girls provided loving care at his home until November and wish to thank the staff at Building 101 Community Living Center for the care and affection they provided over the last 10 weeks.
    Funeral services were held Jan. 18, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating. Burial in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian, with military honors.
    Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences can be sent at

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February 2017

       Harold Dean Sollars (Bud), 83, of Potomac, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tues., Jan. 31, 2017, at his home.
Mr. Sollars was born on June 20, 1933, in Danville, the son of Curtis and Grace (Young) Sollars Sr. He married Joyce Miller on Sept. 15, 1967, in Danville. She survives.
    He is survived by three sons – Brian Sollars of Hutsonville, Michael Sollars of Catlin and Tim Hooks of Oakwood; three daughters – Lisa Ott of Danville, Tammy Elston of Catlin and Angie Adams of South Carolina; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eileen Sollars of Springfield, MO.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tina Myrick; and brother, Curtis Sollars Jr.
    Mr. Sollars attended Potomac schools and then enlisted in the United States Navy for four years, 1952-1956. He also attended the Military College, in Chicago. Harold was the owner and operator of Sollars TV, for several years. Harold was a member of the American Legion Post #428 in Potomac. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his friends and family and especially his pet dog “Little Buddy.”
    A Celebration of Harold Sollars Life will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 Harold Dean Sollars at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Randy Walters officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Potomac American Legion at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. According to his wishes cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made in Harold’s name to the Potomac American Legion and Carle Hospice. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Sollars life. Memories or photos maybe shared with the family on his memorial page at:

    Frank Lamb, 75, of Sidell, passed away comfortably with his wife, Char (Brewer) at his side on Mon., Feb. 6. He was born in 1941, the first child of Ralph and Florence (Thomas) Lamb.
    Frank married Char (Brewer) in 1963 and together they shared 54 years of marriage. Frank was the proud father of Jim (April Boyer) Lamb of Carterville and Marsha (Richard) Fletcher of Kalamazoo, Mich. He was the even prouder grandfather of three grandchildren – Emily Fletcher, Phillip Fletcher and Ali Lamb. He was quick to talk about their accomplishments and did so with a sparkle of pride in his eyes.
    Fishing, mushroom hunting and cheering for the Chicago Cubs were his favorite hobbies. His achievements as a tournament fisherman earned him the nickname “Big Bass” from a great friend. Frank will be missed by many including his fishing “sons,” John and Bic who fondly named him “Pops,” and his best fishing buddy, Tim Frazier.
    Frank retired as Head Custodian from Salt Fork CUSD in 2004. He took pride in maintaining the facilities and felt everyone there was a part of his family as well.
    Frank is survived by his wife, Char, his children, grandchildren, his sister Judy (Gerald) Arnett, his brother Wayne Lamb, his Aunt Margaret Artman, many cousins and nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Donna (Vernon) Fultz and his brother Dale (Bea) Lamb.
    Per his wishes, cremation has occurred and no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society at, 1-800-227-2345.
Cards can be sent to Char at 306 W. Plaza Dr., Carterville, Ill. 62918

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March 2017

    Shannon Bishop, 37, of Sidell, passed away at 10:19 pm Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, at her home surrounded by family.
She was born on May 21, 1979 the daughter of Bradley and Marsha (Moore) Prunkard. She was united in marriage to Todd R. Bishop on Feb. 14, 2015, in Newman. He will miss her dearly.
    She will also be missed by her father, Bradley (Barb) Prunkard of Sidell; her son, Dakota Bishop and daughter, Olivia Bishop, both of Sidell; her brother, Brandon (Angie) Prunkard of Indianola; her sisters, Hanna (Justin) Merritt of Sidell and Kimberly (fiancé, David Browne) Prunkard of Sidell; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruth and Larry Bishop of Vermilion Grove; and several close friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marsha Jefferies, and her grandparents.
    Shannon had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for many years. She enjoyed crafts and loved music and singing. She was known to many as a very giving person and loved her dogs. She cherished the time spent with her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
    A celebration of Shannon’s life was held March 1, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West St., Georgetown, with Tim Pearman officiating. As per her wishes, she was cremated.
    Memorial donations may be given to the Bishop Family, P.O. Box 81, Sidell, IL 61876. Please join in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at    

    Glenn George Miller, 70, of Catlin, passed away at 4:12 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 in Danville.
    He was born on March 27, 1946, in Centralia, the son of George Henry and Dorothy Pauline King Miller. Survivors include one daughter, Leslie (John) Almy of Catlin and three grandchildren, Madeleine, Jillian, and Dawson.
    Glenn graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in education. He taught sixth grade at Catlin Grade School and then history and government at Catlin High School, before retiring in 1999. After college, he took up flying as a hobby. He then became a flight instructor at the airport in Perrysville, Ind.
    Funeral service were held March 3, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating; and Graveside service at Zion Hills Cemetery in Centralia.
    Memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. On-line condolences can be shared at www.robisonchapel.

  Dolores Louise Hageman, 92, of Sidell, passed away Feb. 27, 2017 at Newman Rehab and Health Care Center in Newman. Dolores was born the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Block) Messman on April 7, 1924, in Douglas County.
Dolores married Joseph Hageman on March 23, 1947 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2014.
    Dolores is survived by one son, Jay (Tracy) Hageman of Fairmount; three daughters, Connie (Doug) Chew of Sidell, Karen (Barry) Maddox of Sidell and Linda (Brent) Wininger of Crawfordsville, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Dolores was a homemaker and a farm wife. She was involved in church activities, including teaching Sunday school for many years and a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Dolores loved to travel and spend time with family.
    A celebration of Dolores’s life and faith will be at 2 p.m. on Sun., March 19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 390 County Road 2400E, Broadlands. Memorials may be made in Dolores’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Group Mission Trip or the donor’s choice. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
Please join Dolores’s family in sharing memories on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneral

    Richard L. Stauder, 71, of Indianola, passed away at 8:02 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur.
    Richard was born Nov. 17, 1945, in Herrin, to John R. and Mary E. Newton Stauder.
    Surviving are one son, Jonathan M. Stauder of Indianola; one brother, Bob E. (Lois) Stauder of Tulsa, Okla.; and one sister, Joyce Ann Rinella of Paducah, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Richard was a biology, English, and French teacher at Jamaica High School for 25 years. He liked to exhibit poultry. He loved to breed dogs and go to dog shows. He was especially proud of his pure bred miniature Pinschers. He enjoyed horseback riding and traveling. He served the village of Indiaola as a board trustee the past 22 years.
    Funeral services were today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Urbana, with Father James Ellison officiating. Burial to follow in Herrin City Cemetery, Herrin.
    Memorials may be made to the church. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    Betty E. Conaway, 83, of Tilton, went to be the Lord at 8:02 pm, on March 15, 2017, at Presence USMC in Danville.
She was born on Dec. 28, 1933 in Jackson, Ohio, the daughter of Willard and Mabel Weston Stephenson. She married Mark Conaway Aug. 21, 1970. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2006.
    Survivors include three sons, Steve (Debbie) Robertson of Washington, Donald (Brenda Masulis) Robertson of Danville, and David Robertson of Danville; one daughter, Teresa Evans of Danville; two sisters, Yvonne Aultman of Dayton, Ohio and Martha Highland of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Tisha Feinstein, April (Jason Gonzalez) Robertson, Brandy (Dale Brandenburg) Robertson, Brock (Janette) Evans, and Lance (Preslee Wheeler) Evans; and 10 great grandkids. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Willard Stephenson Jr., stepmom, Beulah Stephenson, and one great grandchild, Andrew McNew.
    Betty retired from GE and had worked at McCalls Magazine as a secretary. She was an avid Illini Basketball fan. Betty enjoyed making quilts and cooking. She had a green thumb and loved taking care of her plants. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her family.
    Funeral services were held March 20 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Ramona Logan officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery in Fairmount.

    Bert Thomas Kirby, 75, of Fairmount, passed away Sat., March 18, 2017 at 3:53 a.m. at Presence USMC in Danville. He was born October 2, 1941 in Fairmount, the son of Harold and Edith (Goodwin) Kirby.
    Bert was an amazing dad, grandpa, friend, and so much more. He will be greatly missed.
    Private family services will be held and he will be laid to rest at Danville National Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the Westville American Legion Post #51.

    Anita “Gilroy” Schmidt, 71, of Tilton, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Fri., March 24, 2017, at her home.
    She was born Sept. 2, 1945, in Danville, the daugh-ter of Paul and Violet Hewitt Gilroy.
    She will be missed by her children, Troy Myers of Tilton and Tonya (Eric) Mckown of Danville; three sisters, Sandy Thornton of Ogden, Elaine (Kevin) George of Veedersburg, Ind., and Janice Wade of Danville; also two grandchildren, Kaleb and Angela Mckown, both of Danville. Anita was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, David and Charles Gilroy.
    Anita was a member of Pleasant Mound Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening and collecting Betty Boop memorabilia. She was a great cook and wonderful mother.
    A celebration of life was held March 29 at Pleasant Mound Church of Christ west of Georgetown, with Pastor Paul Kent Officiating. Memorials to Pleasant Mound Church of Christ Cemetery Fund.

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April 2017

    Cathy Troxtell, 68, of Sidell, passed away at 5:09 p.m. on Mon., April 3, 2017 at the Carle Foundation Medical Center, Urbana.
    Cathy was born Aug. 3, 1948 in Danville, to Arthur and Alice Wright Hockett. She married Larry Lee Troxtell on Sept. 3, 1967 in Grape Creek. He survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, John Troxtell of Westville and Josh (Tammy) Troxtell of Tilton; one brother, Billy Joe (Bev) Hockett of Sidell; three grandchildren, Caitlyn, Alexander and Emalee Troxtell; and special friend, Paula Stoaks of Sidell. She was preceded in death by her parents.
    Cathy was a nurse for many years retiring from Heartland Nursing Home, Champaign. She was a member of the Sidell First Baptist Church and the Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue. She loved going to garage sales and thrift stores.
    Funeral Services are today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at the Sidell First Baptist Church, 301 North Gray Street, Sidell. Pastor Craig Roller officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Memorials to Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue, 2571 County Road 500 East, Mahomet, IL 61853. Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled the arrangements. Online condolences at

    Sharon Kay Bradford, 68, of Fairmount passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Thurs., March 30, 2017 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
    Sharon was born Jan. 19, 1949 in Danville to Clyde and Viola Marrow West Sr. She married Bernard Albert “Barney” Bradford on Dec. 14, 1969 in Fairmount. He survives.
    Also surviving are three sons, Edward (Amy) Bradford of Sidell, David (Amanda) Bradford of Catlin and Clyde (Jessica) Bradford of Fithian; two daughters, Kimberly (Mark) Burroughs of Hardeeville, S. C. and Amy (Travis) Hutchings of Beaufort, S. C.; two brothers: Larry West of Danville and Steve (Jody) West of Newtown; two sisters, Carolyn Cundiff of Paris, Tenn. and Loretta Fox of Oakwood; 17 grandchildren, Jonathan, Samantha, Andrew, Rhiannon, Trena, Trenton, Alexander, Brittany, Benjamin, Andrew, Sarah, Mathew, Jacob, Ashley, Zackery, Isabella, and Mason; and one great-grandson, Cameron. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clyde West Jr. and Harold West; and one sister, Helen Dolbee.
    Sharon enjoyed camping, fishing, mushroom hunting, collecting Santa Clauses, studying genealogy, gardening and taking rides through the country with her husband.
    Funeral services were held April 4 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Catlin. Robison Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

    Ronald Wayne Cordes, 59, of Victorville, Calif., formerly of Fairmount, died Dec., 18, 2016 at Antelope Hospital in Lancaster, Calif.
    Graveside services will be held at Davis Cemetery in Fairmount April 14 at 2 p.m. Robison Funeral Home is assisting with services.
    He was born to Albert and Martha (Shurr) Cordes, Sept. 17, 1958 in Danville. They preceded him in death.
    He is survived by his children, Richard Wayne and Tammy Lynn; a sister, Vanesa Jones (Darrell Halbert); a nephew, Jared (Kacie) Jones; nieces, Megan (Jeff) Jones Kepling and Britton Seaman; a great niece, Brooklyn Kepling.
    He attended Jamaica and Homer High Schools.

    Deane D. Winkler, 89, of Indianola, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Sun., April 9, 2017, at Carle in Urbana.
    Funeral services are today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Craig Roller will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. On-line condolences at
    He was born Jan. 12, 1928 in Indianola to Albion and Hortense Baird Winkler. Deane married Nita Larrance June 8, 1958 in Catlin. Nita survives as well as one daughter, Caroline (Michael) Raney of Eureka; two granddaughters, Melissa Raney and Claire Raney; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sister.
    Deane served in the Army during the Korean War. He was Superintendent of the Illinois Department of Public Aid Danville Office for 30 years, serving 17 counties. Deane loved spending time in the country and a good piece of blackberry pie. He especially enjoyed his two granddaughters, as well as a good joke. A favorite pastime was playing dominos with friends. Deane was able to enjoy the “Honor Flight” with his daughter Caroline.

    Daron D. Yeazel, 47, of Fairmount, passed away at 4:30 pm on Mon., April 17, 2017 at his home.
    Daron was born May 6, 1969, in Danville to Ruth Marie Yeazel. He married Christina Nicole McGinness on Sept. 6, 2008 in Danville. She survives as well as his mother Ruth (Francisco) Ramirez, three daughters, Katarina Yeazel, Faith Yeazel, Angelica Yeazel; one brother, Marcus (Roxanne) Yeazel; one sister, Michelle (Bill) Vance; two nieces, Jackaylee Yeazel and Shayla Vance.
    He was preceded in death by one daughter, Hope Yeazel, and one brother, Michael.
    Daron was service manager of the Walmart Automotive Department in Danville. He enjoyed fishing, hosting catfish tournaments, mushroom hunting, most of all the art of “making a deal.”
    Funeral services were held April 23 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Steve Lamb officiating. Private burial was at the GAR Cemetery in Homer. Memorials are to the Yeazel Family in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    Sue Hanson was born July 10, 1926 in Murray, Kentucky. She passed away Dec. 20, 2016. She was 90 years old.
    A memorial service will be held May 13, 11 a.m. at the Roscoe United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. There will be a luncheon at the church following the service. Memorials to the Roscoe United Methodist Church or Harlem/Roscoe Fire Department.
    She married Wallace Hanson on Sept. 26, 1948 in Murray, Kentucky. He survives. She is also survived by one son, Mark (Karen) Hanson, Richmond, Texas; two grandchildren, Matthew (Lori) Hanson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Caroline Hanson of Richman, Texas; one great grandson, Luke Hanson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews as well.
    She was preceded in death by a son, Greg Hanson who passed away July 10, 1973; a brother, Burl Cunningham and a sister, Chris Hopkins.
    She and her husband Wally lived in Sidell in the ‘60s where she taught the third grade for three years. Wally was a coach, teacher and principal during their time in Sidell.
    Cards may be sent to Wally at 4054 Albright Lane, Wesley Willows Senior Center, Rockford, Ill. 61103-1576.

    Charles E. “Chuck” Harrold, 76, of Fairmount, passed away at 9 p.m. Wed., April 19, 2017 at his home.
    Chuck was born Feb. 20, 1941 in Taylorville to William D. and Mary M. Ethridge Harrold. He married Elizabeth Jones on Feb. 22, 2002 in Danville. She survives as well as two sons, William C. “Bill” Harrold of New Jersey, and Christopher A. (Kyong S.) Harrold of Colorado Springs, Col.; two stepsons, Charles Dirk of Urbana and Brian (Chris) Drollinger of Georgetown; one daughter, Cathy (Thomas) Rick of Farmer City; two stepdaughters, Marilyn Drollinger Homan of Indianola, and Pamela (John) Drollinger Thomas of Fairmount; six grandchildren; six step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; as well as nine great-great grandchildren.
    Chuck served in the Army and was involved in the construction trade, as well as sheet metal. He enjoyed antique car shows and was a member of the Kaiser Frazier Car Club.
    Funeral services were held April 24 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Curtis Flake officiated. Burial with military honors followed in the Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Memorials to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences at

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May 2017

  Betty J. Salladay, 85, of Fairmount, passed away at 12:12 p.m. on Mon., May 8, 2017 in the emergency room at Presence USMC, Danville.
      Betty was born July 26, 1931 in Jamaica Township, Vermilion County Illinois to William DeLosse and Inez Fern McNees Alexander. She married James O. Salladay on October 29, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairmount. He preceded her in death on January 1, 2011. Surviving are one son, Joe Salladay of Fairmount; three daughters, Christy (John) Hott of Hoopeston, Linda (Dale) Baldwin of Fortine, Mont., and Sandy (Brian) Judy of Potomac; one brother, Jimmy (Shirley) Alexander of Westville; four grandchildren: Jennifer (Jeremy) Miller, Erin (Joshua) Terry, Jessie (Chip) Mattis, and Jeremy (Kristen) Hott; and four great-grandchildren, Lillian Duvall, Sophia Mattis, Olen Mattis, and Charlotte Mattis. She was preceded in death by one son, James Brent Salladay and three brothers, Bill, Freddie and Clifford.
    Betty received her LPN degree at the age of 41 in 1972. She retired from Lakeview Memorial Hospital where her most rewarding service was spent as a pediatric nurse. She was a member of the New Hope Community Church. She was a wonderful seamstress who made blankets for Christian Charities. She enjoyed singing and caring for people and her family, but above all else, she loved Jesus Christ.
    Funeral services 2 pm Tuesday, May 16 at New Hope Community Church, 306 South Main Street, Fairmount, with Reverend Ron Weishaar officiating. Burial in Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Visitation from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Memorials to the New Hope Community Church or the Fairmount Rescue. Online condolences at

    Ray Martin “Marty” Struck, 71, of Sidell passed away on Monday (May 15, 2017) at home.
    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, with Pastor John Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Broadlands. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Freese Funeral Home, Sidney, is assisting with arrangements.
    Mr. Struck was born on April 20, 1946, at Tuscola, a son to Raymond Henry and Enola Sy Struck. He was also raised by his stepmother, Marabelle Dixon.
    He married Sharon J. Mitchell on July 2, 1977, at Broadlands; she survives.
    Also surviving are two children, Elizabeth Anne “Betsy” (Dave) Lancaster of Philo and Corey Ray Mitchell (Laura) Struck of Tucson, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Trent Thompson, Kallie Lancaster and Henry Struck; and a sister, Louise Fellmann of Savoy.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother and a brother, Melvin A. Struck.
    Marty farmed in the Broadlands and Sidell area.
    He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands.
    He graduated from ABL in 1965 where he was active in the FFA. He enjoyed playing cards.
    In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Carle Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands.

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June 2017

    Charles D. Lowe, 84, of Geneseo, passed away Mon., May 22, 2017 at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Funeral services celebrating his life were held May 26 at Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, Reverend Melva England officiated. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Memorials may be left to Grace United Methodist Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo assisted the family with arrangements.     
    Charles was born April 15, 1933, the son of Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe in Sidell. He was a graduate of Sidell High School. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army. Charles married Ina C. Mills on July 20, 1957 in Brookline, Mass. He worked as a tool design checker for Caterpillar Corporation in Peoria, Aurora, and Mt. Joy for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Charles is a former Lions Club Member. He was an avid and accomplished woodworker and designer. He enjoyed traveling with Classic Club, and most of all he loved spending time with his family.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ina; his son John (Marjorie) Lowe of Davenport, IA; his daughter, Debra (Peter) Riley, of Peoria; and his three grandchildren: Alexis, Benjamin, Maxwell Riley.
    Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe.

    Sheryl J. Daily, 78, passed away peacefully on Wed., May 31, 2017 surrounded by family at the Asbury Towers Retirement Community in Greencastle, IN.  
    She was born on October 12, 1938 in Danville, daughter of John and Ruth Blakeney. She graduated from Ridge Farm High School in 1956. In 1957 she was married to Richard Frick of Sidell for 18 years; they had raised three kids and then divorced. She later married Lewis Daily, raised two kids and then Lewis passed away in 1998. She lived in Ridge Farm and a few places in Vermilion County, IL and then settled in Crawfordsville, IN area for the last 10 years.
    Her main focus in life was her children. She was a wonderful devoted mother and grandmother whose legacy was teaching and guiding them through life with her infinite wisdom. She was a one-of-a-kind vibrant, intelligent person with a great sense of humor. She was extremely creative, spending many hours on 300 spiritual illustrations and individual “zip art” pictures for friends and family. Throughout her whole life, she cared about and helped whoever crossed her path, living the verse, “God… will not forget the work you did and the love you showed.” -Hebrews 6:10.   
    She is survived by her four children, Robyn (Cindy) Frick of Eddington, ME; Danae Goss (Michael) of Seattle, WA; and Chloann (Tim) Woolley of Woodland Park, CO; Melinda Spicer (Larry) of Crawfordsville, IN; her mother, Ruth Robertson (George) of Altoona, WI; and two sisters, Sue (Richard) Gunn of Eleva, WI; and Debra (Bob) Raasch of Eau Claire, WI. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Jay Elliot (Destiny) who she helped raise; and Jessica Frick (Eric), Sarah Frick, and Kyle Frick; Logan Woolley, Joel Woolley, and Ruth Woolley; and Aris Goss and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, John Blakeney; husband, Lewis Daily; daughter, Colleen Daily; and a nephew, Tyrel Wiseman.
    At her request, she will be cremated and a graveside service will be held in Ridge Farm at a later date to be announced.
    The following are poems she also requested to include. If anyone is led to make a donation in Sheryl’s name, they can be sent to Asbury Towers, 102 W Poplar St, Greencastle, IN 46135.

  Teresa Ray Acord Whaley, daughter of the late Donald Ray Acord and Inez Lorraine Farrell Acord, was born Oct. 28, 1957 in Danville. She departed this life June 6, 2017 in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 59 years.
    She spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker and friend. Her working years were spent as a property manager. She was an excellent cook and often catered events. She enjoyed gardening and canning the things she grew. She loved to camp and be in the outdoors. She was of the Protestant faith.
    Teresa is survived by one son, Donny Harrison McQueen of Oxford; one daughter, Lisa Wilson and husband Brad, of Homer; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael Acord and Tammy Hawkins of Danville; one sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Michael Cosat of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Curtis McQueen, Caleb McQueen, Jasmine Edenburn, Madi Wilson and Timmy Wilson; one great great grandson, John Carl Edenburn, and a host of other relatives and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Timothy Whaley; one brother, Mickey Darwin Acord; and one daughter-in-law, Crystal McQueen.
    A grave side service was held June 9 at Conyers Cemetery.

    Helen M. Baldwin, 101, of Bensenville, formerly of Indianola, passed peacefully in her sleep on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Bridgeway Senior Living in Bensenville. She was born in Indianola on Feb. 23, 1916, to Edmond L. and Maggie (Bradfield) Gardner.
    A celebration of Helen’s century-long life will be held at 11 am, Friday, June 16, 2017, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E West St, Georgetown, with Mark Ketcherside officiating. Visitation will be 10am to 11am on Friday at the funeral home prior to her service. She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    Helen attended Indianola Schools graduating in 1933. She was a long-time member of the Indianola Church of Christ and later a member of the Corner Stone Christian Church in Danville. She was also a member of the of the Indianola Chapter of Eastern Star.
Helen married Kenneth I. Baldwin on June 8, 1934. They had been married for 45 years at his death in 1978. They had one son, Keith I. Baldwin.
    Kenneth and Helen owned and operated their own grocery store in Indianola for many years. Following that, she was employed for 25 years at Morris-Flamingo in Danville.
    She leaves her son, Keith and his wife, Pamela, who are retired educators and living in Oak Brook. She is also survived by a grandson, Shay, who is an attorney in Chicago and his wife, Kerri, who is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Besides her husband, Helen was preceded in death by both parents, one sister, Ruby Cole; and three brothers, Earl, Clarence, and ‘Jake’ Gardner.
Helen and her husband, Kenneth, loved their “country” life in Indianola. They loved to travel and especially loved visiting Las Vegas. Helen thoroughly enjoyed her accommodations at the Wolford Apartments in Danville where she resided for 15 years. Her pastimes were reading and cooking, as well as being an avid sports fan.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in her name to Corner Stone Christian Church, 1607 Greenwood Cemetery Road, Danville, IL 61834.
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