Obituaries 2019

January 2019

    DAVID W. SNYDER, 81, of Champaign died at 10:15 a.m. Sat., Dec. 22, 2018 at Meadowbrook Health Center, Urbana.
    He was the older of the two sons of Earl and Julia Snyder. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; brother, Leland of Boulder, Colo.; two sons, Douglas and Eric, from a previous marriage; and two grandchildren. He is also survived by two stepchildren, Jason and Beth of Champaign, and four stepgrandchildren.
    David was born in Evanston on July 2, 1937. He lived in Evanston and Indianola until 1953, when the family moved to Urbana. He attended University High School and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1961 with a degree in marketing. He was a member of the Delta Chi social fraternity and served in the U.S. Army from 1958-60. In 1967, David returned to Urbana to work in the University’s Office of Business and Financial Affairs.
    For 32 years, he was involved in the design and implementation of several universitywide financial operating systems. He retired April 30, 1999.
    He was involved in the alumni activities of his fraternity, writing newsletters, and assisting the undergraduates with educational and development programs. He served for several years as president of the corporation that owned and operated the fraternity’s chapter house.
    In 1998, he and his wife, to whom he was married in 1990, built a home on a lake in northern Wisconsin, in which they lived during the summer months starting in 1999. He was involved in the lake’s homeowner’s association, serving on board of directors.
    He also served on the boards of two condo associations in Champaign, where they lived the balance of the year. He served as president for several years in the most recent association.He was an avid follower of the university’s athletic programs, having season basketball and football tickets since 1967.
    David had a lifelong interest in government and politics and enjoyed playing golf and bridge.
    Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the individual’s choice or to the Snyder Achievement Award Fund at Salt Fork High School, Salt Fork CUSD #512, 701 W. Vermillion St., Catlin, IL 61817. Online Condolences can be shared with his family at

    FRED BOYER, 79, of Simi Valley, Calif., formerly of Indianola, passed away peacefully at his home December 27, 2018.
    Fred was born March 31, 1939 to Edgar and Hilda Boyer.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Nancy Boyer and son Brett, and his wife, Melissa Boyer; two grandchildren, Bryn and Bennen Boyer of Fishers, Ind.
    Fred was proceeded in death by his mother and father and brothers, Richard and William and sister, Pauline Brannin.

    CLIFFORD JOLLEY, 92, of Fairmount, our husband, father, grandfather, great-
grandfather, brother-in-law and uncle died peacefully in hospice care early morning of Wed., Jan. 9, 2019.
    He was married 71 years to the love of his life, Nora, whom he met in high school and knew he wanted to marry her the first time he met her. Nora survives, as well as their two children, Dana (Judy) Jolley and Kathy (David) McGee, grandchildren, Betsy McGee (Craig Davenport), Stacey Jolley, Brad (Jamie) Jolley, and Christian (Natalia) McGee. He lovingly chuckled often about his great-grandchildren, Brady P. Jolley, Gabriel Davenport and Caleb McGee. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Margaret Jamison, and many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Alma Jeane Finney Jolley and his brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Barb Jolley.
    Cliff was a member of Jamaica United Methodist Church, which then was consolidated with Fairmount United Methodist Church. Later in life he became a member of St. James United Methodist Church, where he was actively involved for many years and believed God had asked him to serve as a Sunday school teacher, which he did for many years.
    He actively taught Sunday school throughout his lifetime and was a lay speaker at times for the Methodist church, as well as serving in positions in the Methodist Conference.
    He believed in supporting world missions after his experience serving in the US Army in occupied Japan opened his eyes to the hunger and poverty all over the world. He, with a few friends, purchased ground in South America in the 1960s to help a missionary group begin a farm to sustain a village.
    He would quietly financially contribute to a need in the community or a person whose house had burned. He valued providing for and protecting his family, and even in the last days of his life, to make sure he had completed that goal.
    He was quiet, compassionate and very loyal to family. Out of his desire to provide, he enjoyed business, keeping farm books, raising livestock as a part of his farming and loved gardening when he had more time later in life. He adored teasing his grandchildren throughout their childhoods, when riding in the truck with him, saying “Hang on tight–I drive fast.”
    He was always on time for a good meal and enjoyed produce from the garden. He farmed his entire life until retirement.
    When he was confronted with the choice of looking into high risk procedures to possibly prolong his life or the choice of comfort care, he said he had lived a long life, God had blessed him every day of his life, he knew where he was going and he was not afraid. From Carle ER/hospital to Carle Hospice, he was able to be home in his last hours, which he wanted.
He leaves many friends from St. James Methodist Church and Liberty Estates.
Private funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery at Fithian with military honors.
    Memorials in Cliff’s memory may be made to St. James United Methodist Church or Caleb McGee Medical Fund, in care of Robison Chapel P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Online condolences at

    JUDY CATLETT, 79 of Fairmount, passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Judy was born August 16, 1939 in Leitchfield, Kentucky to Charlotte and Beulah Johnson Ramsey. In the fall of 1956, Judy met the love of her life, Wilford Catlett, and they were married July 12, 1957 in Fairmount. Wilford passed away August 12, 2018. Survivors include three sons, Greg (Julie) Catlett of Fairmount, Stan (Kim) Catlett of Fairmount, and Steve (Susie Landers) Catlett of Danville; one brother, Roy (Mary) Ramsey of Cookville, Texas; six grandchildren, Alexis (Randy) Webb, Kristin (Alvin) Navarro, Nicholas (Kara Sheahan) Catlett, Brittany (Tim) Gueldener, Christopher (Candy Lewis) Catlett, Matthew Catlett; and six great grandchildren.
    Judy worked for a time in the Vermilion County Clerk’s office. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmount and was a deaconess for several years. She loved her church and church family. She enjoyed bowling on the Elks Ladies League, having monthly lunches with her Homer classmates, and was a former member of the Fairmount Women’s Club.
    Graveside rites were held at the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Memorials in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fairmount. Online condolences at The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service arrangements.

    CUBA K. POULSON, 56, of Oakwood, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital.
    Cuba was born Aug. 24, 1962, in Danville to Gordon and Barbara Ann Carrigan Smith.
    She married Monty Poulson on Oct. 14, 1983, in Danville. He survives.
    Also surviving is one son, Levi Charles (Jessica) Poulson of Oakwood; one daughter, Lacey Ann (Brandon) Zaayer of Westville; one brother, Charles K. (Cindy) Smith of Danville; one foster brother, Richard (Laura) Donaldson of Texas; one sister, Carla Kay (Cheryl Girton) Smith of Oakwood; and five grandchildren, Daylin Jade Zaayer, Denim Jet Zaayer, Dottie Jacks Zaayer, Riley Faith Poulson, Hadley Grace Poulson.
Cuba was a personal aide at Salt Fork High School, where she dealt with special needs children and had a profound, great impact on them. She was a member of Morey Chapel Church of Christ.
    She enjoyed her grandkids and family, softball, family events at her home, boat rides, golf cart rides, 4th of July, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, horseback riding and camping.
Funeral services were Jan. 15 at the Salt Fork High School Gym in Catlin with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial was in McKendree Cemetery in Georgetown.
    Memorials may be made to Salt Fork High School Cuba’s Caring Heart Fund. Online condolences can be left at

    LARRY L. REDMOND, 71, of rural Fairmount, passed away suddenly in the emergency room at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, at 2:26 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.
    Larry was born Dec. 31, 1947, in Danville, the son of Cecil and Thelma Lucille Jinkins Redmond. He married Margaret Heaton Nov. 5, 1983, in rural Fairmount. Margaret survives, as well as a step-son, Jay Heaton of Georgetown; three step-daughters, Lori (Steve) McKinney of Lovington, Lisa (Gary) Stanley of Attica, Ind., and Nanci Heaton of Fairmount; two sisters, Donna (Tom) Bennett of Cape Coral, Fla., and Phyllis Thomas of Hoopeston; 10 step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
    Larry had worked for more than 30 years for the Chuckles Candy Company in Danville; he enjoyed hunting, raising mules and was a general all-around outdoorsman, and loved woodworking. Larry was a proud member of the NRA.
    Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Robison Chapel in Catlin; Pastor Zach LeCrone officiated. Burial was in the Pate Cemetery in rural Catlin. Memorials to the American Diabetes Assn. in his memory. On-line condolences at

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February 2019

    WANDA BAIRD HEFLING, 86, of Tilton, passed into the arms of Jesus at 2:30
a.m. Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 at Gardenview Manor.
    Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation 4-7 p.m. today (Thursday)at Robison Chapel. 
    She was born on Nov. 6, 1932, in Sault St. Marie, Mich., the daughter of William “Bill” Marie Carrick White. She married Vernie Baird in May 1949. He passed away Nov. 1981. She later married John Hefling on June 24, 1988 in Covington, Ind. He survives. 
    Other survivors in­clude: daughters, Susan (Charles) Koss of Sidell, Marjorie (Stacey) Gooch of Westville, foster daughter, Shannon Gosser; stepdaughters, Candy Hill of Indianapolis and Debbie Hefling of Indianapolis; sisters, Colleen (Jack) Knoblett and Pat (Jim) Willis; brother, Jackie (Debbie) White; grandchildren, Megan (Rob) Harry, Rick Koss, Jacob and Jason Gooch, Destiny, Noah, Maggie and Tim Hefling; great grandsons, Drew Harry and Elijah Hefling; and a special cousin, Rose Ellen Watson. 
    She was preceded in death by her sons, Gary and Dennis Baird; brothers, David, Art, Jerry and Sonny White; sister, Elizabeth Ann White; and a stepson, Tim Hefling.
    Wanda was a member of the First Assembly of God in Danville. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved singing and visiting with family.
    Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences at

    DANNY C. BYROM, 37, of Catlin, passed away at 2:12 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2019, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana, after being stricken earlier this week. 
    Danny was born in Danville, to Danny and Nancy Sands Byrom. 
    He married Paige McConnell on May 28, 2011, in Grape Creek. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Sadie, Addison and Kaylee Byrom, all still at home; one brother, Hugh Sands of Catlin; and two sisters, Kelley Bryom and Grace Snodgrass of Oreana. He was preceded by his parents, his maternal grandparents and one uncle, Mark Quick. 
    Danny served both as a conductor and engineer for CSX for 13 years. 
    He was a member of Smart UTU Local 1358 and Catlin Church of Christ. He was a Cubs and Green Bay Packer fan. He collected baseball cards. He enjoyed his kids and his family. He had a great sense of humor, was a prankster and a loyal friend. 
    Funeral services were held Feb. 5, at Catlin Church of Christ with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was in Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin. Visitation: 5-7 p.m. 
    Memorials to Riley Children’s Hospital in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled the arrangements. Online condolences at

    LOUISE ELVIRA DONLEY, 105, of Danville, passed Feb. 4, 2019 at Heritage Health in Hoopeston. She was born on March 4, 1913 in Danville, the daughter of Frank and Grace Jeffers Burroughs. She married Elmer Donley Sept. 7, 1936 in Danville. He preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1976 in Crawfordsville, Ind. 
    She is survived by sons, Robert (Kay) Donley of Danville and Gene Donley of Westville; daughter, Betty (Earl) Plotner of Platte City, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Mary Lee Donley of Clifton; one grandson, Ron Plotner of Houston, Texas; three great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and one granddaughter-in-law. 
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Donley; son, Earl Donley; grandsons, Robbie Plotner, David Donley, Mark Donley; brothers, Phillip, Paul, Robert and Richard; and sister, Laura Burroughs Shepherd.
    Louise graduated from Danville High School in 1932. She and Elmer farmed in the Collison and Homer areas until 1961. They moved to Charleston, then to Chrisman, where they managed a Standard Gas Station before moving to the New Market/Waveland, Ind. area to resume farming until their retirement in 1974. Louise moved to Oakwood in 1981 where she was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church.
    In 2009, at the age of 96, she moved from her Oakwood home to Bowman Estates in Danville, where she resided until moving to Heritage Health Care in Hoopeston in 2017. Louise loved her family and home and enjoyed sewing, reading, puzzles, flowers, visiting with family and friends and watching Illini basketball games.
    A celebration of Louise’s life will be today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home, Danville. Visitation will be held from 2-4 prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at G.A.R Cemetery in Homer. 
    Memorial donations may be made in her honor to Gideons, United Methodist Church, Oakwood, Donors Choice. Please join Louise’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at

    KARLA ANN (BAIRD) MERSHON, age 57 of Kingman, Ind., passed away peacefully
on Wednes­day, Feb­ruary 13, 2019 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. She was born in Jamaica, Ill. on Dec. 7, 1961 to the late Glenn and Barbara Jean (Schumacher) Baird.
    She graduated from Jamaica High School in 1980. On Feb. 2, 2002, she married the love of her life, Mark Allen Mershon, who survives.
    Throughout the years she worked at General Electric in Danville, Form Flex in Bloomingdale, and Steel Grip in Kingman, Ind. She enjoyed shopping and loved the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and taking care of all her animals and critters. She loved hunting Indian beads with Mark down by the creek and spending time with her family especially her grandbabies.
    She is survived by her husband, Mark of Tangier, Ind.; a daughter, Erin (Jeremy Allen) Baird of Crawfordsville, Ind.; a brother, Bill Baird of Kingman, Ind.; three sisters, Debra Hall of Tenn., Carol Smith and Rebecca Reed, both of Fresno, Calif.; two grandchildren, Havin (fiancé – Kobe Hershberger) Baird and Zylir Baird; great grandson, Hyatt Hershberger; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Margie Mershon; brother-in-law, Larry Mershon; sister-in-law, Leigh Ann Ball, all of Tangier, Ind., several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and her two dogs, Opie and Mac “Roni.”
    She was preceded in death by her parents her grandparents, Lloyd and Ruth Schumacher and a brother-in-law, Mike Mershon.
    Funeral servers were held at Sanders Funeral Care, in Kingman, Ind. on Feb. 16 with Pastor   Steve Crum officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society. Share memories and condolences online at

    EDDIE CHEUVRONT, 89, of Fairmount passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
    Eddie was born April 5, 1929 in Fairmount to Charles Edward and Fae George Cheuvront. He married Jackie Cook on Aug. 1, 1953 in Fairmount. She preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 2015.
    Surviving are two sons, Eddie of Fairmount and Kevin (Nicole) of Fairmount; one sister, Irene Vincent of Champaign; two grandchildren, Chasidy Winkler and Madison (Reed) Foxworthy; and one great-grandchild, Kaden Winkler.
    He was preceded in death by one brother, Joe and one sister, Juanita.
Eddie served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a scheduling clerk for General Motors Tilton Foundry for 37 years. He enjoyed camping and fishing.
    Private graveside services will be held at Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount, with military rites accorded by the Catlin American Legion. Reverend Mike Roberts to officiate. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    DAVEY L. McCOY, 86, of Catlin, most recently of Autumn Fields in Tilton, passed away at 9:11 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Davey was born March 21, 1932 in Muncie, to Euel Thomas and Velma Pauline Green McCoy. He married Nellie Mae Davis on Jan. 10, 1954 at the Catlin United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2010 after 54 years of marriage.
    Surviving are two sons, Thomas A. (Penny) McCoy of Danville and Douglas L. (Denise) McCoy of Batavia; one daughter, Paula Kay (Barry) Lyons of Covington, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
    Davey graduated from Danville High School in 1950. He was a sales agent for Prudential Insurance for 28 years. He attended Catlin United Methodist Church. Davey was an avid golfer and it was his passion for many years, winning several area golf tournaments. He most enjoyed coaching the Salt Fork Storm golf team. Dave and Nellie had many great times camping in their motorhome. After Nellie passed away, Dave enjoyed spending time with his classmate Barbara Dawless of Danville.
    Funeral services were at the Catlin United Methodist Church, with Pastor Rich Stadler and Pastor Zach LeCrone officiating. Burial was in OakRidge Cemetery, Catlin.
Memorials may be made to Autumn Fields Activity Fund in Dave’s memory in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79 Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences at The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details.

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March 2019

    Lois Kay Boyer, 75, of Indianola, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at home.
    She is survived by her husband, Bill Boyer.
    According to her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.