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

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