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 morganmemorialhome.com.
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 www.robisonchapel.com.
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 www.robisonchapel.com. 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 www.robisonchapel.com.
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 www.robisonchapel.com.
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 www.robisonchapel.com.
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 www.robisonchapel.com.
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 www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
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 www.sandersfuneralcare.com.
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 www.robisonchapel.com.
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 www.robisonchapel.com. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details.
Dorothy G. Huddleson, 88, of Effingham, formerly of Sidell, passed away March 5, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
Dorothy was born Nov. 18, 1930 in Abingdon, Va., the daughter of Walter Irven and Valeria Josephine (Dishner) Minnick. She married Lyle Gene Huddleson and he preceded her in death in 1996.
For many years, Dorothy cared for others as a registered nurse. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Otis Huddleson of Evansville, Ind., Cheri (Jay) Kyle of Tenn., Margaret Huddleson of Lexington, SC, Lyle Gene Huddleson II of Indianapolis and Kevin (Steffi) of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren, Courtney Tegeler, Lindy Vaught, Casey Burkett, Cheyenne Kyle and Mitchell Kyle, as well as eight great-great-grandchildren.
Private family services will be held at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham. Memorial donations may be made to The Carter Center at https://www.cartercenter.org.
Robin Reese Nees, 72, of Science Hill, Ky. died Sunday, March 10, 2019.
She was born Sept. 25, 1946 in Danville to Bruce McLean and June Wilcox Reese. She graduated from Jamaica High School in 1964. She worked at Walgreen’s Accounting.
She married Mike Swank; they divorced and she later married Ervin “Erv” Lee Nees of Sidell. He survives.
Surviving is a daughter, Michele Candice Simerson of Somerset, Ky.; a stepson, Rodney Nees of Tomah, Wis.; four grandchildren, Jordan Maggard, Peyton Maggard, Jesse Simerson and Michael Swank.
She is also survived by three brothers, Michael (Fran) Reese of Tilton, Pat (Kathy) Reese of Catlin and John (Shawn) Reese of Tilton; two sisters, Katy (John) Thornsbrough of Alvin and Kelly (Mike) Reese of Fairmount; a brother-in-law Lee Fisher of Champaign.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two sons, Michael and Mark; and one sister, Ann Fisher.
A funeral services was held March 13 at the Science Hall Nazarene Church with Dr. Greg Yan officiating. Burial was in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens.
Pulaski Funeral Home of Somerset, Ky. was in charge of arrangements.
LOIS “KAYE” BOYER
Kaye lost her multi-year battle with colon cancer on Feb. 27, 2019.
Kaye was born June 19, 1943 to parents Stanley and Effie Cannon.
She was raised in State Line, Ind., the youngest of 11 children. She graduated from Seeger High School. Kaye married William D. Boyer Jr. on July 4, 1976 and moved to Indianola.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters, two brothers, and an infant son. She is survived by her husband William Boyer, two sisters, Violet Faulkenberg of Danville and Marjorie Arney of Shreveport, La., a son, Tim of Northern Indiana, three grandsons, Shawn and Seth, of Northern Indiana and Joshua of Georgia, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Besides being a wonderful wife and mother, Kaye also worked at K-Mart, General Electric, Aerosol Techniques Inc., Chuckles, and the Vermilion County Clerk’s office. Kaye retired from the clerk’s office after 20 years of service in 2011.
Kaye served the people of Carroll Township for nearly 30 years as supervisor and trustee. Kaye also served as treasurer of the Carroll Township Fire District the last five years.
Kaye will be missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family.
CLARA L. HUTCHISON, age 93 of Mattoon and formerly of Charleston, passed away
on March 15, 2019 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. today (Thursday) March 21, 2019 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. The service, honoring and celebrating her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Pastors Virgil Cisney and Tom Skinner officiating; and, Auxiliary Services to be conducted by the Charleston VFW Auxiliary. Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston.
It is requested that donations in her honor be made to the Charleston VFW Auxiliary or the Mattoon Lions Club.
Clara was born Nov. 29, 1925 in Indianola, one of 13 children born to the late Harrison Franklin and Nellie Jeanette (Smith) Prunkard. She became the wife of Jean R. Hutchison on Aug. 23, 1942 in Newark, NJ. They celebrated nearly 59 years of marriage prior to his death on Aug. 2, 2001.
Those remaining to cherish their many loving memories are a son, Michael Allen Hutchison and Pat of Tuscola; four grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Clara was also preceded in death by a son, Stanley Robert Hutchison, a great-grandchild; seven sisters, Delora Baird, Helen Polakes, Bertha Peer, Mildred Drotos, N. Arlina Hurst, Hazel Prunkard and Frances Cook; and five brothers, B. Harrison Prunkard, C. Franklin Prunkard, Connie E. Prunkard, Charles E.
Prunkard, and Paul E. Prunkard.
Clara was employed as a cook at Eastern Illinois University for 25 years. She was a woman of faith being baptized and attending services at First Christian Church in Charleston. Clara was actively involved and a life member of the Charleston VFW Auxiliary and following the death of her son, Stanley Robert Hutchison who was killed in Vietnam, she proudly wore the pin of a Gold Star Mother, in his honor.
Clara was also a member of the Women of the Moose, Charleston Chapter 1175.
She was a marvelous cook and truly enjoyed her working years at EIU. Her hands were never idle and if she wasn’t in the kitchen she could be found in her flower or vegetable garden or delving into family history. Clara was a photo buff and the family historian and keeper of the genealogy records. A special closet was built just to house her many photo albums, binders and notebooks.
Clara’s life was truly lived and centered round her family – they were her one true joy. In the words of her family, “Clara was a treasured matriarch of our family. Once you were in her heart – blood or not – you were family forever.” Those who were the recipients of Clara’s unconditional love, will always treasure their many wonderful memories of special times shared.
Tyler John Baker, 27, of Oakwood passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18).
Tyler was born on August 16, 1991, in Urbana to parents, Michael Baker and Cheri Baker. He is survived by his mother, Cheri Baker; two sisters, Heather and Alexis Baker; great-grandparents, David and Evelyn Darr; grandparents, John and Nancy VanVickle; uncles, Dan Baker and John (Jami) VanVickle; and an aunt, Lori (John) Dorwart.
He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Baker; sister, Bethany Baker; grandparents, Gracye Baker and Lee Jr. Baker; and great-grandparents, Ralph and Sigried VanVickle and Florence Baker and Lee Baker.
Tyler was a 2009 graduate of Jamaica High School. He attended DACC on the Lowell and Florence Crawford Scholarship then went on to further his education at Eastern Illinois University. Tyler graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern with both his Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Business Administration in Accountancy.
He was employed as the Supervisor of Accounting at Wolfram Research in Champaign.
Tyler enjoyed spending time with his much larger and protective friends. He excelled at and craved the competitive nature of video gaming. He was an avid reader and full of knowledge.
Tyler will be remembered most for his sarcasm, great sense of humor, and goofy laugh. His wittiness and big heart will be greatly missed.
Tyler’s heart is once again whole as he is reunited with his father and sister in Heaven.
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason.” – Dr. Seuss
The funeral service for Tyler was held March 28, also at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel. Pastor Mike Roberts officiated. Cremation rites were accorded following the services.
Memorial contributions may be made in Tyler’s honor to Eastern Illinois University: School of Business or at www.eiu. edu/giving.
Please join Tyler’s family in sharing memories, photos, and video of his life at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Eloise Laurine Hillary, age 91, died early Sunday morning March 24, 2019 at her residence, Brookdale Memory Care in Hilton Head, SC. Eloise was born in Chicago, daughter of Emma Martin, and was adopted at age four months and raised by Manford Pearson and Lula (Trosper). She married Ernest Hillary in Sidell, on September 6, 1947. He died Sept. 3, 1992. She is survived by a son, Kenneth Hillary, now of Hilton Head, SC., a daughter in law Vicki Cameron Hillary, and a step grandchild, Christopher Houlette of Phoenix, Ariz. Eloise graduated from Allerton High School in 1945. She worked 14 years as receptionist in a Doctor’s office in Homer. She was most proud of serving for five years as an EMT with Community Ambulance Service in Sidell. She also served terms as a town board trustee, Board of Director for the Sidell Historical Society and was President of the Sidell Sr. Citizens. She was an exceptional quilter and also crocheted many items, which she shared with friends and neighbors.
Eloise spent a great deal of time helping out with her great-great nephews, Jordan and Jared Eakle, and the boys became exceptionally close to their “Weezie.” Eloise’s specific wishes were to be cremated and laid to rest beside her beloved husband Ernie, in Sidell, with only grave side services. This will happen mid to late summer. In lieu of flowers consider donations to organizations working with Alzheimer’s and Dementia research.
Colleen Sue Knoblett, 81, of Westville, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Colonial M a n o r Nursing Home in Danville.
Colleen was born on Oct. 4, 1937, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the daughter of William and Marie Carrick White. She married Jack Knoblett on Sept, 21, 1957 in Palestine. He survives.
Other survivors include a son, Danny (Debbie) Knoblett of Indianola, a daughter, Maria (David) Pearman of Westville, a brother, Jackie (Debbie) White of Sidell, a sister Pat (Jim) Willis of Indianola, special cousin, Rose Watson of Rossville, two grandchildren, Taylor Knoblett and Shelby English, one great-grandchild, Ryien English, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Sonny Boy, Gerald, Arthur, and David, two sisters, Elizabeth Ann White and Wanda Hefling, and one granddaughter, Ashley Marie Pearman.
Colleen was a member of the Indianola Methodist Church. She always considered Indianola her home and loved Indianola history. She enjoyed watching TV and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Funeral services were March 23 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
Memorials may be made to the Indianola United Methodist Church.
DANE W DARR, 88, well known, lifelong Fairmount area farmer, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Fri., April 5 at the Catlin Church of Christ, 715 West Vermilion St. in Catlin. Chris Lawler will officiate. Burial with military honors by Catlin American Legion will follow in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. (today)Thursday at the Catlin Church of Christ.
Dane was born Jan. 10, 1931, in Jamaica Township to George and Alice Hart Darr. He married Mary Lou Drollinger Jan. 7, 1956 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. She survives, as well as one son, Bryan (Caroline) Darr of Fairmount; two daughters, Melinda (Randy) Skaggs of Danville and Carla (Bill) High of Catlin; one brother, David (Evelyn) Darr of Fairmount; eight grandchildren, Samantha (Alan) Kitchen, Mariah (Denton) Hird, Ravyn Skaggs, Dustin (Jessica) High, Chelsie (Scott) Hardy, Lisa Neal, Daniel (Stacey) Neal, Christopher (Faith) Neal; nine great-grandchildren: Avery Kitchen, Camden Kitchen, Graham High, Ruthie High, Savannah Hardy, Dylan Neal, Macie Neal, Harper Neal, Jaxton Paskavich.
Dane was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles (Mary Elizabeth) Darr and Paul (Margaret) Darr, as well as as two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marjorie (Ralph) Diel and Mary (Lloyd) Puzey.
He was an Army veteran serving in Korea, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. His entire life had been centered on farming and agriculture. He was a member of the Vermilion County and Illinois Farm Bureau, active on the Illinois Farm Bureau State Marketing Committee, as well as the board of directors of farm bureau, and received the Distinguished Service Award, as well.
He had been a member of the former Fairmount Lions Club, and enjoyed square dancing with the Frontier Twirlers for many years. He enjoyed mowing, and took great pride in his homeplace. Dane was extremely proud of his family.
Memorials in Dane’s memory to the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
LIBBIE TERRY, 76, of Danville passed away on April 1, 2019 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
A celebration of Libbie’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., April 6 at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville with Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park .
Libbie was born Nov. 1, 1942 in Paris, the daughter of Ralph and Mary (Ryhan) Terry.
Libbie will be deeply missed by her daughter, Lisa (Paul Long) Patterson of Carlton, Ore.; brother, John (Janet) Terry of Danville; longtime companion, Bill Borror; nieces, Tiffany (Aaron) Moodie, Holly (Ryan) Garrison; great-nieces and nephews, Bridget, Hunter, Grace, Abigail and Saban.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her adored dachshund, Mia.
Libbie grew up in Sidell, and graduated from Jamaica High School in 1960. She graduated with an associate degree in 1962 from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. After college, Libbie worked at Robeson’s department store in Champaign as a bridal consultant and clothing buyer. From there she moved to the Vermilion County State’s Attorney and County Clerk’s office where she spent many years.
Libbie appreciated the little things in life like taking rides out to the family farm in Allerton and her and Bill’s friend group that met every day at Arby’s. She never met a stranger and loved talking with people. She was a loyal friend, spirited and humble, but strong. Libbie loved to dance and listen to music. Later in life she and Bill loved to travel across the United States and Europe. She attended St. James United Methodist Church in Danville and was a member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice. Please join Libbie’s family in sharing photos and memories on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
CHARLES “BUB” TIFFIN, JR., 73, of Fairmount, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Sat., April 6, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
He was born Sept. 1, 1945 in Danville to Charles E. and Betty L. Carrigan Tiffin, Sr. Bub married the loved of his life, Patricia Reffett, on March 15, 1980 in Danville. Patricia survives, as well as three sons, John Dicken, Charles (Dot) Tiffin III, Troy Tiffin; one daughter, Margaret Tiffin; one sister, Karen Alexander; and his cousin, Dale (Ann) Tiffin; seven grandchildren, Tiffani Birge, Anthony “Bo” Birge, Tori Birge, Whitney Tiffin, Chellsey Tiffin, Kasondra Tiffin, Colton Tiffin; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by one brother, Darrell Tiffin, and one sister, Diana Key.
Bub was an Army veteran and had retired after a long career at the Trisler Seed Farms of Fairmount. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling in several leagues, hunting, camping and fishing with family and friends.
Funeral service were held April 10 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Tiffany Black officiated. Cremation rites were accorded following the services. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
TONY A. NASH, PhD of Fairmount passed away at 8:05 p.m. on Thurs., April 4, 2019 at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
Tony was born June 22, 1938 in Keokuk, Iowa to Oscar Harold and Aldena Margaret Blackwell Nash. He married Janette Webb on May 21, 1991 in Lovington, Ill. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Kevin Edward (Carla) Nash of Vancouver, Canada and James Anthony Nash of St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Maureen (Greg) Neukirch of California and Barbara Lynn of Chesterfield, Mo.; one step-son, Jason (Stephanie) Farr of Hannibal, Mo.; one step-daughter, Erin Estes of Bloomington; and eight grandchildren, Allison (Kerry Tarnow) Nash, Alexis Neukirch, Shane Nash, Austin Neukirch, Alex Farr, Jordan Farr, Kayla Estes and Katelyn Estes. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Tony was retired as a superintendent of the Catlin CUSD #5. He enjoyed model railroading and was a Ham Operator and a volunteer EMT and paramedic. He was a member and former deacon of the Catlin Church of Christ.
Funeral services were held April 10, 2019 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Darren Johnson officiating. Graveside services were at the Fairview Cemetery, Kansas, Ill. with Chris Lawler officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Catlin Church of Christ or the Catlin Public Library.
Robison Chapel, Catlin handled the arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
CHRISTIE COLLINS 64, of Catlin passed away at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., April 4, 2019 at OSF Heart of Mary of Medical Center, Urbana.
Christie was born Aug. 20, 1954 in Danville to Russell and Mary Dickinson Jones, Jr. She married Raymond Collins on Aug. 26, 1972 in Catlin. He preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 2015.
Surviving are three daughters, Tammy (Greg) Snedeker of Tilton, Dawn (Ted) Thilmony of Joliet, and Cherinda (Jeremy) Kargol of Westville; one brother, Robert R. (Patricia) Jones of Catlin; 11 grandchildren, Samantha Snedeker, Tiffany Snedeker, Jennifer Snedeker, Christian Roach, Ian Roach, Eleanor Kargol, Jeremy Kargol, Haley Freeman, Tyler Thilmony, Madison Thilmony, and Ryan Thilmony; two great-grandsons, Bryson Sims and Benson Link and one on the way, Sophia Jennings; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Shawn Garrison. She was preceded in death by her father, her mother, Mary Haworth, and one great-grandson, Blazeson Link.
Christie was a hair stylist and had been a manager at the Burger King in Tilton and the Village Mall, Danville. She had worked at Toby’s Café in Catlin. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and dirt track racing. She loved spending time with her family and her dog, Rowdy.
Funeral services were held April 11, 2019 at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial in Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Organization of the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
DOT McDANIEL, 72, of Fairmount, passed away at 5:52 p.m. Wed., April 10, 2019 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
She was born Feb. 26, 1947, in Danville to William J. and Lucille Wilson Lamb. Dot married William “Bill” McDaniel June 20, 1965, in Fairmount. Bill survives as well as two sons, William Bryan (Ann) McDaniel of Perrysville, Ind., Micheal Ray (Wyonia) McDaniel of Fairmount; also surviving are three brothers and one sister; eight grandchildren, Kelly Ray (Erica) McDaniel, Alysha ( Jesse) Grubbs, Jesse (Maycee) McDaniel, Seth McDaniel, Olivia McDaniel, Casey Sellers, Lacee Sellers, Tyler Key; three great grandchildren, Aubrey McDaniel, Ava McDaniel, Lexi McDaniel, and one great grandchild on the way.
Dot had been employed for nine years, both at the Catlin and Oakwood IGA stores. She loved bowling, TV games shows, and sitting on her deck, Her greatest joys were in “Bill” and kids, grandkids, great grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Merrill G. Ross, as well as one brother.
In keeping with Dot’s wishes, private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials in her memory to the Fairmount Rescue. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service arrangements. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
ROBERT “BOB” VARNER, 83, of Catlin passed away after a long hard battle with
cancer, beginning in 2006 with thyroid cancer, lost the fight on April 12, 2019 at 7:18 a.m., with his loving and devoted wife by his side at home.
Robert Gene “Bob” Varner was born June 4, 1935 to Willie and Pearl (Baker) Varner in Danville. At the young age of six, Bob began his farming career, which he continued until his illness. Starting so young, Bob was too short to reach the tractor pedals so his dad installed wooden pegs so Bob could drive. (As we all know, he outgrew those pegs long ago.) While attending Catlin High School (class of ’53) he received many outstanding awards, among them were American Farmer Degree and Star State Farmer. He was IL State FFA Vice President and he spent a lot of time in Springfield representing our state farmers. After graduation Bob was drafted into the Army where he proudly served his country. When his service was complete he came back home to Catlin to continue farming. He raised a lot of sweet corn for the Hoopeston canning factories and to share with his family and friends. He was a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge since 1971 and was a Past Master. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite and Gao Grotto in Danville. Bob enjoyed many adventures and hobbies such as flying planes, cooking for get-togethers, chasing hot air balloons, fishing Key West, and riding his Harley. His favorite hobby was digging up and collecting antique bottles. It all started 50 years ago when his buddy Al Sexton introduced him to the finds from the dumps, outhouses, etc. Bob would set up and attend many bottle shows, but unfortunately the tornado in November 2013 destroyed most of his prized collection.
Surviving is his wife of 41 years, Freda Mae (Haga-Eaton) Varner; his biological son from a previous marriage, Brad (Holly) Varner; and granddaughter, Tabitha; Freda’s children, Michael (Nadine) Eaton, and Lisa (Glen) Martin; step grandchildren, Shane Eaton, Jesse Eaton, and Amanda Ferguson; and two great grand boys, Damon and Carson Ferguson. Lastly, Bob and Freda’s beloved four cats.
Despite his failing health over the years, Bob never complained and always had a great attitude. That twinkle in his eye was there till his passing.
Funeral services were held April 16 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Burial in Oakridge Cemetery. Catlin American Legion provided military honors. Memorials may be made to the local animal shelters. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
HARRIET B. ARRASMITH, age 91, of Chrisman went home to be with the Lord
on Tues., April 16, 2019 at Colonial Manor in Danville.
Harriet was born July 11, 1927 in Ridge Farm to Daniel and Goldie (Yoho) Henderson.
She was a lifelong resident of Chrisman and a member of the Chrisman Christian Church. She retired from the Chrisman school district as a bus driver, and she often said that after being a mom, being a school bus driver was the best job she ever had.
She loved collecting magnets, and would ask all of her friends and relatives who traveled to bring a souvenir magnet back for her. Harriet married Walter “Bus” Arrasmith; he preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters, Marlena “Marty” (Don) Scrogham of Indianola and Lorri Taylor of Westville; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a son-in-law, Bob Campbell of Thawville; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friend and roommate at Colonial Manor, Genevieve Neil. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Campbell; a son, Daniel Arrasmith; four brothers; two sisters; and a grandson.
Funeral services were held April 22 at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman. Burial in Woodland Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Colonial Manor Activity Department. Online messages of sympathy may be left at www.krabelfunrealhome.com.
LIBBY DAWN DAVIS LYCAN, age 53, of Danville, formerly of Westfield, passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Wed., April 24, 2019 at her home in Danville.
She was born Aug. 26, 1965 in Charleston, the daughter of Rex Allen Davis and Janice Elaine Gilbert Davis. On March 12, 1999 she married Christopher Allen Lycan in Charleston.
Survivors include her parents, Rex and Elaine Davis of Fairmount; husband, Chris Lycan of Marshall; children, Tiffany Evans of Westfield; Victoria Lycan of Marshall and Elishah Lycan of Marshall; granddaughter, MaKinley Evans; brother, Craig Davis (Reyna) of New Richmond, Ind.; sister, Jennifer Woodard (Bob) of Webb City, Mo.; brother, David Davis (Amber) of St. Joseph and nephews and nieces.
Libby was a 1983 graduate of Jamaica High School and she graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor degree in accounting. Libby previously worked for Trailmobile in Charleston and in private daycare. She enjoyed making jewelry, boating, fishing and reading non-fiction books. Libby truly enjoyed Bible study and dearly loved her little dog.
Memorial services were conducted April 29 at Markwell Funeral Home with Rev. Gene Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Westfield at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Markwell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 175, Casey, IL 62420.
ROSEMARY DAVIS, 91, of Fairmount, passed away at 10:17 a.m. Sat., May
4, 2019 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Rosie was born April 26, 1928 in Fairmount to Emmett and Arcenith Burgett Salrin. She married Carl M. Davis Sept. 18, 1949 at the Presbyterian Church in Fairmount, by the Rev. Lee Smith. Carl preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 2012. Survivors include two sons, Mike (Marsha) Davis of Fithian and Bob (Sally) Davis of Fairmount; one daughter, Connie Fritz of Fairmount; and one sister, Elizabeth Burris of Catlin. Five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive.
Rosie had been a member of the former Presbyterian Church in Fairmount and had been active in farming with her husband Carl. She enjoyed eagle nest watching, as well as red tail hawks. The couple especially enjoyed traveling in their motorhome and trips to Texas from 1977-1980 and to Florida from 1980-2003.
Private family Graveside Rites will be held at the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. The Rev. Mike Roberts will officiate.
Memorials in Rosie’s memory may be made to “Grace on Wings,” a Christian based medical air ambulance service. Please mail donations to Robison Chapel P.O. Box 79 Catlin, Ill. 61817.
MARIA “CHELO” BAIRD, 88, of Catlin, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Liberty Estates in Danville.
Funeral mass will be held Sat., May 18 at 1 p.m. at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, Georgetown with Father Deus officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Memorials may be made to the St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church.
Maria was born in Tampico, Mexico, the fifth of seven children to Thomas and Soledad Diaz Ibarra. She grew up with privilege and thrived as a parochial school debutant but gave that lifestyle away for love in December 1965 when she married Herb Baird. Maria literally had to learn how to cook, clean and take care of a household while learning English.
She has two sons, Tom (Mary) Baird and Jerry (Jennifer) Baird. In 1972, Maria became a naturalized U.S. citizen and was, until her passing, an extremely proud and patriotic citizen of the U.S.A.
Maria worked and retired from the VA in Danville and captured great pride and satisfaction that she worked assisting veterans. When her husband passed in 1984, she continued working until the birth of her “first love” and first grandson, Austin. She thrived at being a grandmother and was special to all five grandsons – Austin, Colton, Ethan, Evan and Colin.
She enjoyed artistic endeavors to include China painting, painting and elaborate cross-stitching and tending to her flower gardens and plants.
Maria entered a new stage of her life after a health issue and relocated to Liberty Estates Independent Living and after much teeth gnashing and complaining, accepted it as home and thrived again. She soon found that she loved the social aspect, especially meal times where she could practice her “homecoming/prom queen” wave to everyone there. She later admitted that she wished she had been moved there sooner.
Robison Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
MARY LOU ROLLER, 86, of Rock Hill, S.C. passed away on Thurs., May 9, 2019 at Harbor Chase in Rock Hill.
A memorial graveside service for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m., May 17, at the Fairfield Cemetery north of Newman with Rev. Clyde Snyder officiating.
Born in Arcola, Mary Lou was the daughter of the late Earl Moore and the late Verna Taylor. She earned her BA in education from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters in Teacher Administration from UNCC. She will be remembered as teaching PE in the Jamaica Schools for two years starting in the fall of 1955.
Surviving are her husband, Earl C. Roller; her son, Jeffery E. (Lisa) Roller; her daughter, Jill E. (Craig) Bigman; her grandchildren, Megan E. G. (Marcus) Henderson, Samantha J. Roller, Kayla M. Bigman and Bradley M. Roller; her great-grandson, Arthur R. Henderson; her sisters-in-law, Myrna Moore, Margaret Moore and Nancy (Larry) Hill and her brother-in-law, Robert Roller.
There will be a reception following the service at the home of Larry and Nancy Hill, rural Sidell.
Joines Funeral Home, Newman, is assisting the family with arrangements.
JAMES ROBERT BIGGERSTAFF of Longview, Texas and formerly Fairmount, passed away at Carle Hospital Wed., May 22, 2019.
He was born May 2, 1973 at Lakeview Hospital in Danville to Barbara and Ed Biggerstaff of Fairmount.
Jim graduated Jamaica High School in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Welch, his mother, Barbara Biggerstaff now of Catlin, two brothers, Mark of Legonier, Ind. and David (Gail) of Catlin; two nieces, Danielle (Jared) Hooks of Catlin and Jaimie (Jared) Baker of Kailua, Hawaii; four nephews, Derek and Kevin Biggerstaff of Ligonier, Ind., Beau (Donica) Biggerstaff stationed in Germany and Ben Biggerstaff of Catlin.
Jim was preceded in death by his dad, Ed Biggerstaff, and both sets of grandparents, Walter and Julia Biggerstaff of Mount Vernon and Lester and Ica Myrick of Fairmount.
It was Jim’s wish to be cremated. There will be no services held in Illinois.
We will miss you, Jim!
RONNIE JOHNSON, 81, of Catlin, passed away at 5:31 a.m. on Thurs., May 16, 2019 at his home.
Ronnie was born Dec. 19, 1937 in Sullivan, to Melvin and Flossie McCulley Johnson. He married Charlotte Smith on April 15, 1960 in Danville. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Ronald Scott (Lee) Johnson of Danville and Brett (Lisa Hines) Johnson of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Jeana Johnson of Catlin; one sister, Carol VanDyke (Tom) Napton of Hot Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren, Kaitlin (Chris) Alvarez, Eirelyn Johnson, Taylor Grace Garwood, Ainslee Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, and Chase Johnson; and one great-grandson, Lionel “Cisco Kid” Alvarez.
Ronnie served in the National Guard for eight years as a tank commander. He was the owner of Johnson Construction Company for 40 years. He taught building trades at VOTEC. He had been the Catlin Township Zoning Commissioner and served for 20 years on the Catlin Township Cemetery Board, most of that as president. He was a member of the Homebuilder Assoc., Catlin Church of Christ, and the John Russell and Bill Church coffee club. He enjoyed going to Menard’s and Lowe’s and met his friends from UPS regularly for lunch. He loved old Western movies and hanging with his grandkids.
Private family burial was at Oakridge cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin Historical Society. Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled the arrangements. Online condolences at robisonchapel.com.
ARLEY “BUD” BROWN of Midway, Ark., and formerly Allerton, passed away Thursday (May 23, 2019) in Midway at the age of 78.
He was born Sept. 14, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of Ervie and Mary Virginia Brown. He married Betty Jo Sheets on April 2, 1960, in Piggott, Ark. He attended Southern Illinois University, was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and received his master’s de m gree from Eastern Illinois University.
He worked as an educator and coach for the Egyptian, Rockridge, Jamaica, ABL and Heritage school districts for 34 years.
Bud lived in Midway since moving from Allerton, in 1993. He was a member of the Ozark Woodturners, Lions Club, Masonic Temple, Illini Bass Club and Norfork Bass Club. Bud enjoyed bass fishing, golfing and was an accomplished woodturner.
Bud is survived by his daughter, Linda Michelle (Steve) Goelz of Peachtree City, Ga.; fiance, Linda Hale of Forth Worth, Texas; two grandsons, Kevin (Megan) Goelz of Fayetteville, Ga., and Ryan Goelz of Atlanta, Ga.; two great-grandsons, Colton and Parker Goelz of Fayetteville; sister, Clara Young of Everette, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brother, Erv Brown.
Funeral services were at Joines Funeral Home, Villa Grove on May 29. Burial was in Centennial Cemetery, Villa Grove.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Mountain Home, Ark. Online obituary and guest book at kirbyandfamily.com.
ELIZABETH BURRIS, 88, lifelong Sidell and Fairmount area resident, passed
away at 4:17 p.m. Saturday June 1, 2019 in her “home” located at Autumn Fields in Tilton.
Liz was born June 28, 1930 in Jamaica Township to Emmett and Arcenith Burgett Salrin. She married George Burris Aug. 1, 1954 in Danville. George passed away March 19, 1983. Liz loved him tremendously and missed him immensely.
Survivors include two nephews, Bob (Sally) Davis of Fairmount and Mike (Marsha) Davis of Fithian, three special nieces; Teresa, Tammy, and Sandy; several greatnieces and nephews, as well as Mike Robison and her funeral home family at Robison Chapel.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Davis.
Liz was a 1948 graduate of Sidell High School and graduated from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Urbana in 1951. She worked for a time at the Danville Polyclinic with Dr. Lewis Powell from 1958-1971. Following that she was in the medical department at the General Motors Tilton Foundry.
Growing up she was a member of the former Fairmount Presbyterian Church.
Liz and George enjoyed square dancing and were members of several area clubs. They also enjoyed raising parakeets, and chihuahuas, as well as their Purple Martin house. The couple were avid travelers and took many vacations. Liz continued traveling after George’s death, visiting Hong Kong, Japan, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and China where she walked on the Great Wall.
Her last great adventure was an Alaskan cruise. That trip completed for her a visit to all the states in the union.She enjoyed visiting and socializing with friends, and especially liked the annual Smoot reunion.
Liz joined the staff of Robison Chapel in 1999 and quickly endeared herself to those who passed through the door. In 2017 she took on “Emeritus” status, and had remained “of counsel” to the funeral home until her death.
Funeral services under the direction of her funeral home family will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Pastor Mike Roberts will officiate. Burial alongside George will follow in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount.
Visitation for friends is from: 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Robison Chapel. Memorials in her memory to the Fairmount Rescue or Catlin Historical Society at Robison Chapel Post office Box 79 Catlin, IL 61817. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com
A special “thank you” to everyone at Autumn Fields for the love and care shown to Liz, not only in her final days, but in all her days there. She felt it truly was her home.
GERALD A. “JERRY’ ALONZO, 73, of Catlin, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Wed., May 29, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Funeral service is today (Thurs. June 6) 1 p.m. at Robison Chapel, Mike Strunga officiating. Visitation noon to 1 p.m. before the service. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery in Danville.
Jerry was born on Oct. 1, 1945 in Oakland, Calif. to Alfred and June Machado Alonzo. He married Judy Gondry on June 2, 1990 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. She survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Julie Henson and grandson Michael Henson of Portland, Ore.; his grandson Marshall Henson of Vacaville, Calif.; his stepdaughter, Keri (Joel) Meckley, step grandson Gavin Meckley, step granddaughter Isa Meckley of Winfield, Penn.; his two sons Jay Alonzo and Jared Alonzo of Aurora, Colo.; a brother Donnie (Marlene) and sister Kathy Barr of Dixon, Calif.; as well as nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jerry grew up in Fremont, Calif. After graduating High School, he joined his family in farming. The family relocated to Dixon, Calif. where they farmed for nearly 50 years. He loved being a farmer and took great satisfaction knowing his efforts fed people. After retiring, he and his wife, Judy, moved to Catlin. There he pursued his interest of fishing, sporting clay shooting and woodworking. He was a talented woodworker and loved taking a piece of wood and turning it into something beautiful. He and Judy had many wonderful trips and adventures. They would have celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on June 2.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Fellowship of Christian Athletes, c/o Mr. Daniel Chappell, Executive Director, 2915 Townway Road, Danville, Ill. 61832. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
ROBERT A PHEBUS, 82, of Sarasota, Fla., died Sat., June 1, 2019 at Manor Care in Sarasota.
Born May 27, 1937, in Danville, he graduated Danville High School in 1955. He became an electronic technician, working for Autotron in Danville and later became a purchasing agent for many years with Hyster in Danville.
He was an avid follower of circuses and spent 45 years hand-building a quarter-size model circus that was in his home. His greatest joy was sharing his talent for building his circus with others. He also did many public showings of his model circus. He was a member of the Circus Model Builders of America and served as president for eight years. Bob was known by the circus community as a great circus historian. He was an active member in the Great Circus Parade at Milwaukee, Wis., for over 31 years. He was a life member of Circus World Museum of Baraboo, Wis., and Circus Hall of Fame in Peru, Ind., where he served on the board of directors. He also was a member of Circus Historian Society, Circus Fans of American and past president of Show Folks of Sarasota Tent 122.
Bob was a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Irene, and their four children, Robert of Dickinson, Texas, James (Sandy) of Sidell, Lori (Buddy) Pearman of Sarasota, Fla., and Linda (Mike) Taylor of Fithian. He is survived by 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Richard (Barb) in Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by both parents and one brother, John.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be later at St Patrick’s Church in Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Circus Model Builders of America or Big Cat Habitat of Sarasota or the donor’s charity of choice.
HARRY PATTON, 88 of Benton, Ky., a native of Homer, Ill. passed on
Thurs., June 6, 2019 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah.
Harry was born July 1, 1930 in Clay City, Ind., son of the late Nathan and Mae Duncan Patton. He married the former Sue Swinford of Sidell on Feb. 14, 1959.
Harry was a member of the First Baptist Church of Benton and the former owner of Patton Trucking Company in Homer. He was a Veteran of the US Army. He enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking and UK basketball.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Patton.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of Benton, Ky.; three sons, James Patton of Paducah, William (Noreen) Patton of Benton and Daniel (Jennifer) Patton of Bartlett, Tenn. Also surviving is one sister, Lois Denniston of Vero Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral service wasconducted on Sunday in the chapel of the Marshall County Funeral Home with Brother Mark Doom officiating. Interment was at the Benton Cemetery with full military rites.
Memorials may be made to the Radio Ministry of the First Baptist Church, 910 Main Street Benton, KY 42025 or to the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Center, P.O. 7606 Paducah, Ky. 42002.
EILEEN CAST, 97, of Fairmount, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Mon., June 17,
2019, at the Hawthorne Inn in Danville.
Funeral Mass will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville with Father Timothy Sauppé officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Danville. Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Friday with visitation from 5-7 p.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin.
She was born Dec.18, 1921 in Jamaica Township, Vermilion County to Roy M. and Myra E. Carrigan Hart. Eileen married Frederick A. Cast on July 17, 1943 in Montgomery, Ala. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1990.
Survivors include three sons, Frederick “Rick” (Sharon) Cast of Seaside, Calif., John M. (Sara) Cast of Catlin, and Brian L. (Cindy) Cast of Fort Myers, Fla; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Two brothers, Earl and Harold preceded her in death.
Eileen was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville and had served on the Vance Township Library Board. She had been active in the Fairmount Women’s Club and was a member of the Catlin Historical Society. Hobbies included golfing, crossword puzzles and reading.
Memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Vance Township Library in care of Robison Chapel, PO Box 79, Catlin, IL. 61817. On-line condolences www.robisonchapel.com.
MICHAEL RAY KELLER, 64, of Sidell, passed away at 5:28 a.m. Wed., June 12, 2019 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Michael was born August 4, 1954 in Danville to Earl Ray and Florence Pearman Keller. He married Diana Lynn Ford on June 15, 1987 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Diana survives as well as one son, Jeromy Michael (Michael Kuhn) Keller of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Kaitlin Ann (Todd Orndorff) Keller of Homer; two brothers, Steven E. Keller of Kingman, Ind. and Dennis E. Keller of Chrisman; one sister, Pamela Sue Henkelman of Sidell; and several nieces and nephews.
Michael had been a longtime part of the maintenance team at JSM Management. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He really enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and going for coffee, as well as being part of the community. Michael was really close to his JSM family as well. He was very proud of his children and family.
Funeral services were held Monday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Tim Pearman officiated. Burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the Vermilion County Humane Society in care of Robison Chapel at PO Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817.
Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
JOHN RUSSELL “RABBIT” GRISSOM, 70, of Allerton, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at OSF Heart of Mary Hospital, Urbana.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated with no public services.
John was born May 28, 1949 in Tuscola to Russell and Doris (Lovell) Grissom. He joined the US Army out of high school, and served in the Vietnam War. He was a truck driver with over two million miles under his feet. He loved all types of animals and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
John married Beulah Johnston on Nov. 17, 1988, she survives. Also surviving are his children, William Holmes (Amanda Cripp); James (Stephanie) Holmes; Jennifer (Sean) Simmons; Heather (Jeff) Carlson; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Billy (Nancy) Grissom; and sister, Ruth (Gene) Spears; and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents.
The family is requesting donations to be made to the funeral home to help with the cost of the cremation. Donations may be made on the www.KrugerCoanPape.com website.
THURZA E. DRAKE, 100, of Paris, passed away at 8:22 p.m. on Sun., June 16, 2019 at North Logan Health Care Center, Danville.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Kansas. Visitation 12 noon till 1:30 p.m. on June 23 at Robison Chapel, Catlin.
Thurza was born Sept. 23, 1918 in Edgar County, to Willis Orlando and Gertrude Mack Nay. She married Francis B. Drake on June 11, 1938 in Kansas, and they lived most of their lives on a farm south of Newman. He preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 1998.
Surviving are one daughter, Donna (Dan) Hageman of Catlin; three grandchildren, Angela of Dayton, Ohio, Joe (Jennifer) of Catlin, Doug (Jessica) of LeRoy; and seven great-grandchildren, Evan, Payton and Jordan of Catlin and Jacey, Hayden, Robbie and Ryne of LeRoy. She was preceded in death by her sister, Thyra Elizabeth Nay.
Thurza attended school in Kansas and graduated from Kansas High School in 1936. She was a homemaker and loved to sew, cook, garden and host her and Francis’ many friends. After retirement, they owned a motorhome and greatly enjoyed traveling to several states visiting friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salt Fork Storm Football program. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
LARRY FOSTER TURNER, 78, of Fairmount, passed away at 2:44 p.m., June 17, 2019, at OSF Sacred Heart Healthcare in Danville.
He was born in Gary, Ind., the son of Otis Lee Turner and Josephine Ferne Reese Turner on May 25, 1941. He was the younger brother of his sisters Ruth Joann (Ken) Fetters and Wilma Joyce (Delbert) Phillips. His family moved to Catlin where he was raised and attended high school.
He was married to Judy, his wife of 46 years, during the majority of his military career in the US Navy.
Surviving include his wife, his sons Mark, Romnie and Zachary; daughters Kim and Jennifer and numerous grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Joyce, two brother-in-laws.
A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville. Officiating was Pastor Ed Stone. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Danville at a later date with Military honors. He will be remembered as a strong supporter of the USA with a strong love of God as he daily read his Bible to draw himself closer to God who has now brought him home to share heavenly glory.
Memorials gifts will be donated to the DACC Foundation for Veterans who wish to carry on with their education.
ROBERT “BOB” HALE
Robert “Bob” Hale, 89, of Forsyth, Mo., and formerly of Indianola, died Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the Forsyth Care Center. In accordance to his wishes, no formal ceremony is planned.
Bob was born May 3, 1930 in Danville to William Harvey and Alma Ellen (Petitte) Hale.
He and his wife, Virginia (deceased) lived in Indianola. They have two children, Robert (Brenda) Hale of Branson, Mo. and Lisa (Ray) Klink of Ridge Farm. They have five grandchildren, Jarrod and Jordan Hale and Rae Ann, Shannon and Sarah Klink; and nine great-grandcildren, Lane, Nathan, Claire, Davis, Porter, Grayce, Cade, Miles and Quincey.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth.
EARL ROSCOE TARTER
Earl Roscoe Tarter, 76, of Fairmount died May 18, 2019.
Earl was born Feb. 9, 1943.
He is survived by his daughter, Nikki Baker.
He and his nephew, Wayne Ruyle, joined the Navy on the “buddy system” in January 1961. Earl never liked being the center of attention and per his wishes there will be no funeral services.
Renner-Wikoff Chapel of Urbana was in charge of arrangements.
JOY LOVE JOHNSTON, 97, of Fithian, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019, at OSF Healthcare in Danville.
Joy was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Indianola, the daughter of George and Lucy Kelsheimer Tuggle. She married Walter Macy. He preceded her in death in 1975. She married Lawrence “Bud” Johnston on May 26, 1977, in Fithian. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2006.
She is survived by nieces and nephews. Joy was also preceded in death by two infant brothers at birth; brothers, Ivan Tuggle and James Tuggle; and sisters, Mary Payne, Imogene Collom, Ruby Martin and Mae Martin.
Joy was a member of Fithian United Methodist Church. She was a farm wife and worked on the farm her entire life. She was a first and second grade Sunday school teacher for 63 years. Her hobby was collecting angels. Memorials to Fithian United Methodist Church. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Fithian United Methodist Church with Rev. Lee Legg and Rev. Darla Holden officiating. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian. Kirby Funeral Home, Homer, handled arrangements.
THEO YORK, 60, of Palestine, died at 4:20 a.m. on Mon., June 10, 2019 at
Deaconness Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Ind. He was born Jan. 16, 1959 in
Robinson, the son of Allen York and Ellen Jane (Sullivan) York, both preceded him in death. He is also preceded by his son, Brian Spicer and by his brother, Denny York.
He married Joyce Miller Sept. 7, 1991 and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Ashlee Davis of Mississippi, Stephanie Harvey of Monticello and Bradley and Erika Spicer of Sheridan, Ind.; seven grandchildren; siblings, Kay and Ron Sullivan, Gary York and Kim Stephens, Rip and Penny York, Terry York, Orville and Diane York, Sarah Spade and Roger Kocher, and Larry and Debbie York; his brother-in-law, Tony Spade; his sister-in-law, Linda York; and several nieces, nephews, greatnieces and great-nephews.
Theo grew up in the Port Jackson area. At a young age he began working with his brothers as a carpenter with York Construction. Later, he started his own business, Joyce Construction.
Away from work, he could always be found working outside on the yard. He was known for his immaculate yard. He enjoyed attending many car shows throughout the years. Theo most of all loved being around his family and friends. He will be remembered for his good heart, helping anyone in any way he could.
Graveside services were held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Palestine. The Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine was in charge of arrangements.
MAX EDWARD WEIDENBURNER, 82, of Tilton passed away at 2 p.m. on June 25, 2019. Max was born in Danville on Feb. 20, 1937, the son of Robert and Charolette Weidenburner.
He is survived by his sisters, Nancy English, Barbara (Larn) Moffitt; sister-in-law, Nancy Weidenburner; many nieces and nephews and friend of 32 years, Jewell Catlett.
Max is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jane Riggs, Janet English; and brother, Robert K. Weidenburner.
Max graduated from Danville High School class of 1955. He worked at Gulick’s Pharmacy, previously Carson’s Pharmacy, for many years before his retirement. Max also had a passion for photography.
A memorial service was held July 7 at Danville Alliance Church, 2509 North Bowman in Danville.
ELOISE HILLARY – Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Fri., July 19 at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell, for Eloise Hillary.
Eloise passed away March 24, 2019 in Hilton Head, S.C. As she requested, her ashes will be laid next to her beloved husband, Ernest Hillary.
Charles Graul, formerly Pastor at the Sidell United Methodist Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Dementia and Alzheimer’s research.
JACK W. CARY – Surrounded by family, long-time Catlin resident and Catlin’s oldest WWII veteran, Jack W. Cary, 94, passed away at 6:20 p.m. on July 12, 2019, at the VA Illiana Healthcare System Palliative Care Unit where he had been a patient since April 22, 2019.
He was born in Danville on Sept. 10, 1924, the son of John A. and Anna A. Cary. He grew up in the Newtown and Oakwood area and attended Oakwood High School. He served his country in the 1st Cavalry U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and in Occupied Japan. He married Madeline Virginia Pichon on Dec. 7, 1946 in Danville and they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in December.
Jack was employed for 30 years at Allith Prouty until their closing and then worked for Quaker Oats until retirement. In his earlier years, he drove stock cars and then enjoyed following the racing careers of his son and grandson. He liked NASCAR, reading, and anything relating to nature and animals. He was a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church, the Catlin Lions Club, the Davis Busby Catlin American Legion Post, and was a 50 year member of Anchor Lodge No. 980 Masonic Lodge in Danville. One of the highlights of his life was being on the first Central Illinois Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and seeing the World War II Memorial.
He is survived by his wife, Madeline, one daughter, Brenda (Louis) Kolb of Greenwood, Ind, and two sons, Roger, of Catlin, and Jeff, of Tilton. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Angela (Brad) Molloy, Robert (Desiree) Kolb, David (Sally) Kolb, Jenni (Dwayne) Canady, and Jack Ryan (Laine) Cary, and eight great grandchildren, Marissa Molloy, Matthew Molloy, Joshua Kolb, Davis Canady, Bennett Cary, Ella Cary, Alexa Kolb and Brayden Kolb. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. His parents, two brothers, John and Eugene, and one sister, Patsy Walsh preceded him.
Funeral services were held July 17, at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Pastor Zack Lecrone officiated, burial with full military honors followed in Jones Grove Cemetery at Catlin. Memorials to Catlin American Legion. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com. The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details.
ALTA LOU LARSON, 95, of Danville, formerly of Indianola, passed away at 3:15 p.m. July 13, 2019 at her home in Autumn Fields, Tilton.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. July 18 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Chris Lawler will officiate. Private family burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Robison Chapel.
Alta Lou was born Nov. 19, 1923 in Danville, to Claude and Hazel Worthington McCallister. She married Donald Larson Nov. 26, 1970. He preceded her in death May 12, 2000. Survivors include, one son, Jim (Sheryll) Craig; one granddaughter, Erin Craig; one grandson, Curtis (Lacey) Craig; two great-grandchildren, Brecken Craig, Cora Craig; four step-children, Mike (Kathy) Larson, Melinda Mathews, Melissa (Tony) Edington, and Melanie Earl; nine step-grandchildren, Joe (Tara) Larson, Sarah (Greg) McLaughlin, Erika Mathews, Blake Mathews, Megan Hale, Andy (Colleen) Edington, Julie ( Colton) McCarty, Johnathan Earl, and Jeffrey Earl; and seven step great-grandchildren.
Alta Lou graduated from Danville High School in 1941 and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family. Memorials to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association, in care of Robison Chapel. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.