Obituaries 2020

January 2020

    ARNOLD M. “ARNIE” PEARMAN, a faithful and beloved child of God; fell asleep and woke in the arms of Jesus on December 23, 2019. He had been a resident at Bowman Estates in Danville for the past few years.
    Arnie was the son of the late, Venwry Edward “Ben” and Ethel Jane (Erwin) Pearman of Indianola. He was born Jan. 17, 1931 and never married, but chose to live a life of service to God, his family and others.
    Arnie worked as a field farmer in the employ of Rufus Smith and other farmers in the area for many years. After his father’s death, he took care of his mother and his maternal grandmother, Bertha, until they passed.
    He became a caregiver to many of his neighbors and helping wherever he was needed. Once, when asked why he chose to walk through hip deep snow at 3 a.m. to help a neighbor, he simply replied, “We are just Jesus’ hands and feet.”
    Arnie was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, Vernon Raymond “Dude” Pearman, Paul Everett Pearman, Harold Pearman, Morris “Dale” Pearman, Robert Pearman, Raymond “Mac” Pearman, and Edward “Eddie Jay” Pearman; and four sisters, Verlie “Ellen” Pierce, Bonnie Mae Pearman, Edna Pearman and Hazel Pearman. He is survived by many loving nephews, nieces, and friends.
    Arnie was a member of Vermilion Grove Friends Church. He was a man who was deeply loved by his family, friends, church and community. Most will attest that they have never seen a kinder or gentler man than Arnie Pearman who loved all people unconditionally. He will be greatly missed, but we will not sorrow as those who have no hope.
    Memorial service was held at Bowman Estates with Pastor James Blue officiating. He was buried next to his family in Michael Cemetery, Indianola. Condolences can be made at

    JACK EUGENE BARRETT, 73 of Tilton, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at the VA Illiana Healthcare System in Danville.
    Jack was born Aug. 20, 1946 in Danville to Jack and Elizabeth (Jean) Barrett. They both are deceased. Jack was a graduate of Danville High School Class of 1964. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1968.
    Jack worked several years for the United States Post Office in Danville where he started out as a mail carrier and ended his career there as a window clerk. He then went to work at Steel Grip, Inc. until his retirement in 2008.
    Jack is survived by his sister, Rita (Noel) Hamilton of Ohio; his four children: Michelle (Jim) Hawk of Villa Grove, Amanda Ziemnisky of Homer, Matthew (Kyle’) Barrett of Hume and Mark Barrett of Indianola; and four grandchildren: Brittany (Jarrod) Stanley of Gibson City, Christian Ziemnisky of Homer, Isaac Montgomery and Nathan Porter of Villa Grove.
    Jack never met a stranger in his life. He enjoyed collecting coins and going to all his children’s sporting events. Jack had two lifelong friends that he always spoke so highly of, Jerry Cunningham and David Constance.
    Graveside services Dec. 27 at Danville National Cemetery with Chaplain Brian Manigold officiating. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 210.

    GORDON BLYNN ENGLISH, 83, of Shelbyville formerly of Sidell, went to be with the Lord at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 15, 2019, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
    He was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Homer to Walter Baird English and Clara Elizabeth (Louck) English.
    He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Shelbyville, and formerly of Faith Baptist in Danville.
    He is survived by his daughter, Ronimarie English Acord, of Alexandria, Va.; two granddaughters, one grandson, four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Janet Louise (Weidenburner) English, whom he had married on May 27, 1955.. Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Laura, his son-in-law, his brothers, Donald, Walter and Byron; and his parents.
    A graduate of Danville High School, Blynn was in the printing business 46 years in Danville. He was the co-founder of Blax Printing and was proprietor of Voorhees Printing when he retired in 2006.
    Blynn’s love for God grew throughout his life. In his final years, he began every morning with prayer and Bible study, and his greatest desire was to serve his Savior and to spread the gospel. He committed large portions of scripture to memory. Even as cancer encroached upon his brain, Blynn’s first concern was the salvation of everyone he met. He also sought the forgiveness of family, friends and God for the transgressions of his imperfect life.
    In happier times, he enjoyed fishing, boating, and photography. An avid outdoor chef, he never let rain or snow stop him from firing up the gas grill.
    A graveside service was held Dec. 20 at Springhill Cemetery, Danville, with Pastor Allan Rudie of Faith Baptist Church of Danville presiding.
    Memorials may be made in Blynn’s name as contributions to Faith Baptist Church, Danville.

    R.C. HUTCHINSON, 86, of Catlin, passed away at 9:38 p.m. Dec. 16, 2019 at Carle.
R.C. was born June 16, 1933 in Flat Rock to Raymond Charles and Martha Faye Caldwell Hutchinson. He married Marsha Hout Aug. 30, 1957. She survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, Gregory (Lisa) of Kokomo, Ind. and Joseph (Jackie) of Danville; one daughter: Cheryl (Steve) Liggett of Catlin; one brother, one sister, one sister-in-law; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one on the way. He was preceded by two sisters and one brother.
    R.C. served in the US Air Force. He was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ where he had served as a deacon and an elder. He was a past member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge. He had been in the trucking profession for 50 years.
    Funeral services were Dec. 20 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial with military honors were at the National Cemetery, Danville.
    Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Catlin Church of Christ.
    The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details.

    GENEVA MAE CHEW, 100, of Sidell, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Wed., Jan. 1, 2020
at Carle Hospital, Urbana.
    Geneva was born June 9, 1919, in Greenup, the daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Walters) Biggs. She married Frederick Merrel “Izzy” Chew on May 1, 1943. He preceded her in death in September 2004.
    She is survived by her grandchildren, Todd (Diane) Chew of Indianola, Toni (Jeff) Carder of Fairmount, Troy (Sandy) Chew of Catlin and Jennifer (Steve) Lewis of St. Joseph; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ben Biggs of Georgia.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; sons, Andrew Chew, Rex Chew and Douglas Chew; and seven siblings.
    Geneva was a member of Sidell United Methodist Church. She attended Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. She taught for 26 years, 20 of them in Georgetown. She served on the Sidell District Library Board. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles
    Memorial services were Jan. 4, at Sidell United Methodist Church. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
    Memorials may be made to the Sidell District Library Board.

    DARLENA K. CARTER-HAWKINS, 78, formerly of Fairmount and Decatur, passed away at 8:52 a.m. Wed., Jan. 1, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Ogden.
    Darlena was born Nov. 26, 1941 in Bismarck to Dennis and Fleda Hayworth Allison. She married Randolph “Randy” Carter June 19, 1960. He passed away Nov. 17, 1994. She later married Charles Hawkins on Nov. 22, 1997. Charles survives.
    Also surviving are a son, Scott (Angie) Carter; a daughter, Peggy (Richard) Haskin; two step-daughters, Diane Hight and Debbie Roberts; one brother, Larry (Darlene) Allison of Georgetown; two grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren. She was preceded by a brother, Gary Allison.
    Darlena was a Red Hat Lady and enjoyed crocheting and plastic canvas work. She attended the Catlin Church of Christ and the Windsor Road Church of Christ in Champaign.
    Funeral services were Jan. 6 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts and Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount.
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    SHARON L. HOAG, 79, a lifelong Fairmount area resident, passed away at 5:28 a.m. Wed., Jan. 8, 2020 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
She was born May 9, 1940 in Danville, the daughter of Edwin and Mary Jones Darr. Sharon and Clifford “Clint” Hoag were united in marriage Aug. 14, 1965 at the United Methodist Church of Jamaica.
    Clint survives as well as two sons, Drew (Lisa) Hoag of Fairmount and Jason (Lori) Hoag of St. Charles, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Shanon, Britny, Brandon, William, Benjamin, Abby and Elizabeth aka “Bird.”
    Sharon was an active longtime member of the Fairmount Women’s Club, and attended the First Baptist Church of Fairmount. She also enjoyed traveling the world, however, Northern Michigan held a special place in her heart.
    Funeral service was held Jan. 15 at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in the Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Memorials to “Baby Fold” or the donor’s choice in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    KEITH BROWN, 84, of Catlin passed away at 10:50 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 9, 2020 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Keith was born on Sept. 1, 1935 in Fairmount, the son of Luther Michael and Rella Adams Brown. He married Margaret Ann Wherry on Sept. 14, 1957 at the Catlin Church of Christ. She survives.
    Other survivors include one brother, Marion Kenneth (Bessie) Brown and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ralph, Glenn, Harold, Jim, and Walter “Dean” and and sister, Mary Heidorn.
    Keith worked at Sugar Creek Creamery. He retired after 30 years as a pressman for Recording and Statistical in 1990. Keith farmed all his life retiring from farming in 1998.
    He was a 32nd Degree Life Mason and a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge #285. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Illiana Antique Automobile Club, I & I Tractor, Gao Grotto, Catlin Historical Society, and the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society. He was a past member of the Covington Club and the Frontier Twirlers Square Dance Club. Keith enjoyed family get-togethers, antique car and tractor shows, square dancing, and country music shows.
    Funeral service were held Jan. 14, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or the Donor’s Choice. On-line condolences at

    LARRY “MELVIN” HUGHES, 49, of Danville, passed away at 2:59 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 13, 2020 at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 17 at Robison Chapel with Penny Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian. Visitation will be today (Thursday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Robison Chapel.
    Melvin was born June 5, 1970 in Danville to John and Maria Hughes. Surviving are his girlfriend, Tina Morgan; his step-dad, Sonny Winkler; one step-sister, Tina (Steve) Ponder; one son, Corey Morgan; two daughters, Amanda Welker and Rachel (Matt) Hubbard; two brothers, Doug Hughes of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Shawn (Jane) Hughes of Danville; one sister, Tracy (Jon) Foley of Oakwood; five grandchildren, Anthony Dodson, Mariya McCullough, Logan Welker, Jacksyn Hubbard, and Emma Lynch; three nieces and four nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one nephew and one niece.
    Larry graduated from Catlin High School in 1989. He had worked for Hyster in Danville. He enjoyed gardening, riding Harleys, and football. He had so many friends and will be sadly missed by everyone.
    Memorials may be to Larry “Melvin” Hughes Memorial Fund at the Catlin Bank. Online condolences

    JACK WHITE, 77, of Sidell, passed away at 11:50 a.m. (Indiana Time) Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020 at The Waters of Covington, Ind.
He was born on July 23, 1942, in McMillan, Mich., the son of William Henry and Marie Carrick White. He married Deborah Lee Patterson on June 15, 1971 in Danville. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Scott White of Sidell and Cory White of Indianola; two daughters, Sheila (Bruce) Smith of Catlin and Dawn Marie (Bill Wassaman) White of Wasilla, Alaska; one sister, Patsy (James) Willis of Indianola; four grandchildren, Kayleigh White, Tanner Smith, Bailee Smith and Kinsley White; and one great-grandchild, Devan Devore. Jack was a lifelong friend of one brother-in-law, Jack Knoblett who also survives. Jack considered his many in-laws to be his brothers and sisters, as well. He has many nieces and nephews and one special niece whom he lovingly called, “Aunt Ri.”
    He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Sonny Boy, Gerald, David and Arthur; and three sisters, Wanda Hefling, Colleen Knoblett, and baby Elizabeth Ann.
    Jack was a veteran of the US Army. He worked at General Motors for 15 years, as well as Solo Cup and Craig’s Dairy Farm in Indianola for 16 years and retired from Solo Cup factory.
    Jack was quite the outdoorsman and even though the Cubs, fishing, and hunting for mushrooms were his favorite hobbies, his family is what he cherished most.
    Funeral services were Jan. 21 at Robison Chapel. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with military honors by Catlin American Legion. Memorials may be made to the family.

    BEVERLY JEAN HOBBS, 90, of Danville passed away on Mon., Jan. 13, 2020. She was born in Danville on April 18, 1929 the daughter of Dale and Alice Strader.
    She is survived by her children, Connie Miller, Gloria Jean (Chip) Browning, Diana Burress, James Mickey (Pris) Hobbs of Sidell, Robin (Tabatha) Hobbs; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by her husband, James Hobbs; her parents; brothers, Dale, Kenneth and Ronald; granddaughter, Heather Burbank; and great-grandson, Ezekiel Larson.
    She loved decorating and her hobby was gardening. Beverly retired from The Fashion, where she was the window dresser as well as head sales lady, requested by many of the customers for her fashion sense. Bev continued to be a fashion plate to the end. Always beautifully dressed.
    Beverly was also an excellent cook and her love language was gifting. She always brought a new love gift upon her arrival to visit. She loved her cats and dogs and her winter pastime was feeding the birds and watching old westerns on TV.
    A celebration of Beverly’s life was held Jan. 18 at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park.

    KATHIE JEAN WOODARD LEE, 65 of Catlin, passed quietly into heaven at 7:53 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020 at the University of Chicago Hospital. She fought a courageous battle against diabetes since she was 18 years old. The oldest of four children, she led the way with strength and dignity.
    Graveside rites will be held at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday), Jan. 30 at Robison Chapel in Catlin.
    Kathie was born May 11, 1954 in Danville to Lester Owen and Margaret Ella Drollinger Woodard. She leaves behind to celebrate her memory: her mother, Margaret Woodard; two sisters, Julie (Dean) Peelman and Pam McCoy; one brother, Terry (Kristi) Woodard; six nephews, Travis Woodard, Tyler Woodard, Tad Woodard, Adam Young, Brad Jolley, and Dale McCoy; two nieces, Stacey Jolley and Tara Connor; and several great-nephews and nieces.
    Kathie was a 1972 graduate of Jamaica High School and worked for the Department of Human Services, retiring after 30 years. She loved to make afghans, giving one to everyone in the family and recently donating several to the Gardenview Nursing Home for the residents. A child at heart, she loved to watch cartoons.
    Memorials in Kathie’s memory can be made to Catlin Rescue or the Fairmount Rescue. Online condolences at

    DOUG MAXWELL, 61, of Allerton, passed away at 5:09 a.m. Tues. (Jan. 21, 2020) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Doug was born March 18, 1958, at Champaign, the son of Donald and Jean (Fry) Maxwell. He married Wendy Partenheimer on April 4, 2014. She survives.
He is also survived by his children, Samantha (Michael) Harper of Royal, Brandton (Brianne) Baxter of Pulaski, Tenn., Elissa (Paul) DeVore of Urbana and Evan Wilson of Allerton; four grandchildren, Maxwell Stanley Harper and Summer, Dessa and Bracelynn DeVore; sister, Sue Lawyer of Texas; and two brothers, Don (Linda) Maxwell of White Heath and Dick (Bonnie) Maxwell of Royal.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jesse Maxwell.
    Doug worked for Central Illinois Mutual Insurance Co. for 20 years as a claims adjuster.
    He was an avid sports fan, having been an umpire and referee since age 14. Doug enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends and family and attending sporting events. He liked to play cards. He never met a stranger and will be missed by all.
    Funeral services were Jan. 26 at Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian.


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February 2020

    ELSIE C. GREER, 88, of Fairmount, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31, 2020 at Clark Lindsey Meadow Brook in Urbana.
    Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 7, at the New Life Church of Faith in Homer with Pastor C.W. Greer and Pastor Thomas W. Miller of the Danville New Life Church of Faith officiating. Burial will be in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church.
    Elsie was born on Dec. 19, 1931 in Sidell, the daughter of Homer and Ruby Stewart Bland. She married Levy E. Greer on March 1, 1950 in Princeton, Ind. He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 2014.
    Survivors include one son, C.W. (Debbie) Greer of Homer; two daughters, Becky Taylor of Sidney, and Jennifer (James) Roach of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Herschel (Deloris) Bland of Homer and Dean Bland of Mexico; one sister, Marie Sinclair of Elk City, Okla.; five grandchildren, Daniel Taylor, Sally Taylor, Michael Hurt, MaryAlice Greer, and Eleanor Greer; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Hurt, Graham Hurt, and Meghan Taylor. She was preceded in death by five brothers.
    Elsie was a homemaker and enjoyed being a mom. She made a lot of her children’s clothing. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed working at the Heritage School District as a cook. Elsie helped Levy run the Greer’s Auction in Fairmount for 32 years. She was very active in the church, where she taught Sunday School, and she loved the Lord and her Bible. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ and hosting the gospel sings in the Greer Auction House from 1996-2010. She also enjoyed watching gospel shows on TV. Elsie loved laughing and telling jokes.
    Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the arrangements. Memorials to the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

    DONALD LESLEY WOLFE, Jr., 59, of Danville passed at 3 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020 at his uncle’s home.
    Donald was born Aug. 10, 1960 in Danville to Donald Lesley and Betty Joan High Wolfe Sr.
Survivors include one brother, Tod (Sue) Wolfe of Sidell; three sisters, Teresa Richardson of Danville, Debra Johnson of Bismarck and Tammie (Danny) Griffin of Fairmount; his uncle, Dean (Sue) Wolfe of Tilton.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Tonya Wolfe.
Donald served as a food service specialist and executive chef in the US Army. He enjoyed doing things for others and helped everybody. He didn’t know a stranger. He loved fishing and aluminum can hunting.
    Cremation Rites were accorded. Arrangements are pending at Robison Chapel, Catlin.

KATHLEEN IRVIN VOORHEES, 91, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:13 a.m. Wed.,Feb. 5, 2020 at her home.
    She was born on Jan. 22, 1929 in Allerton, the daughter of Ernest and Mollie Southworth Guthrie. She married Jewell Voorhees in Sidney. He preceded her in death on July 20, 1977. Survivors include one son, Jan Voorhees of Urbana; five grandchildren, Mike Voorhees, Kris Zuponeck, Shanna Carpenter, Barry Voorhees, and J.T. Voorhees; 10 great grandchildren, Taylor, Cole, Josh, Shelby, Caden, Baylie, Jordon, Kamaryn, Abram, and Knox; and one great grandchild, Owen. Kathleen was preceded in death by one son, Chip Voorhees, one brother, Phillip Guthrie, and four sisters, Ellen Walters, Jake Neal, Ida Houchens, and Jenny Tyler.
    Kathleen had worked as a cook at the Fairmount Quarry and the Fairmount Lounge. She enjoyed gardening and fishing, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Most of all she enjoyed being with her family.
    Kathleen will be cremated and her family will hold private services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Angelman Sydrome Foundation, 75 Executive Drive, Suite 327 Aurora, IL 60504. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. On-line condolences at

DONALD LESLEY WOLFE, Jr., 59, of Danville passed at 3 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020 at his uncle’s home.
    Cremation rites were accorded and a memorial dinner will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Fairmount Fire Station. Graveside services will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery, Danville, with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. Military rites will be accorded.
    Donald was born August 10, 1960 in Danville to Donald Lesley and Betty Joan High Wolfe Sr. Surviving are one brother, Tod (Sue) Wolfe of Sidell; three sisters, Teresa Richardson of Danville, Debra Johnson of Bismarck, and Tammie (Danny) Griffin of Fairmount; his uncle, Dean (Sue) Wolfe of Tilton. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Tonya Wolfe.
    Donald served as a food service specialist and executive chef in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed doing things for others and helped everybody. He didn’t know a stranger. He loved fishing and aluminum can hunting.
    Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the services. Online condolences at

ANNE ELIZABETH SAWYER, 40, of Danville passed away Feb. 7, 2020 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, surrounded by family and loved ones.
    Services will be at Fairview Methodist Church in Georgetown this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12:00 P.M. with a visitation prior starting at 10 a.m. The Rev. Matthew V. Filicsky will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date.
    She was born Oct. 1, 1979 in Danville to Margaret Nixon and Brett Tucker. She married Matt Sawyer of Catlin.
    She is preceded in death by her father, Brett Tucker, her paternal grandfather, Joe Tucker, and her maternal grandparents, Bernard and Randalyn Filicsky.
Anne attended Westville and Danville schools. She worked most recently as a home health care worker where she enjoyed making the lives of others more comfortable. Anne’s interests included reading, writing, and spending time in nature. She was very social and loved being around her many friends. But most of all, Anne loved her three children.
    She is survived by her children, Ashton and Madalynn Sawyer and their father, Matt Sawyer, of Catlin, and daughter, Mianna Sawyer of Westville. Also surviving are her mother and stepfather, Margaret and Steve Nixon of Danville; brothers, Justin (Stephanie) Filicsky of Danville and Matthew S. (Frances) Filicsky of Westville; nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as paternal grandmother, Shirley Tucker and Aunt Sherrie Joe of Colfax, Iowa.
    She leaves behind her best friend, Jacque Cole, special friends, April and Kelli, and many others who will greatly miss her.
    The family requests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family also requests that you say a prayer for Anne, pray for each other, and pray for God’s mercy and graces for the whole world.

    DIANA LYNN DARR SMITH, of Ballwin, Mo., passed away, Sun., Feb. 9, 2020.
    She was born March 25, 1956 and was a 1974 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    Diana is the beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Smith; loving mother of Brandon (Michelle) Smith and Nathan (Kelly) Smith; dearest grandmother of Cayden, Brycen, Cecilia and Austin; dear daughter of Linda and Bill Knight, Peggy Craddock and the late Larry (survived by Barb) Darr; dear sister of Kathy (Steve) Fitzgerald, Greg Knight, Jeff (Debbie) Knight, Shane Darr, Jennifer (Tim) Risher and the late Mike Darr; aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend.
    Funeral service were today (Feb. 13) in Wildwood, Mo. Contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation.
    Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory of Ballwin was in charge of arrangements.

    JAMES A. SMITH, 68, of Seville, Fla., and formerly of Sidell, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
    Jim was born May 15, 1951, to James Albert and Thelma Maxine (Hays) Smith. He was raised in Sidell and was a member of Jamaica High School Class of 1969.
    He worked as a welder at Hyster before moving to Florida where he continued his welding career until his retirement. Jim enjoyed life to the fullest, and always greeted his family and friends with a warm smile and big hug. He never met a stranger and was often the “life of the party.” He enjoyed spending time at his rural home, outside Seville, tending to his animals and building model railroads.
    Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gary Smith; and sister, Nancy Smith Evans.
    He is survived by his brother, Gerald (Jo Anna) Smith of Georgetown; sister Diana (Robert) Frazier of Champaign; and sister, Kellie Howard of Danville; as well as several nieces and nephews.
    Also surviving are members of his Florida family, Sundown Lipscomb and her children.
    A celebration of life will be held at his home in Seville on Feb. 22. His Illinois family and friends will hold a local celebration of life at a later date.

    MICAH (COX) WHITE, 40, of Aurora, passed away Feb. 16, 2020, at home surrounded by loving family.
    Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 29, at Annunciation Church. Memorial Visitation will be 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora.
    Born in Danville, on April 18, 1979, she was the daughter of Michael and Sandra (Elgin) Cox.
    Micah graduated from Bismarck-Henning High School in 1997, then went on to obtain a BA at Southern Illinois University and an additional BA in early education at Roosevelt University.
On May 24, 2008, she married her best friend, Jeff White, and together had three beautiful children, Gracie, Jeff Jr. and Jackson.
    Micah loved music, the beach and sea life. She will be best known as being a loving and giving wife, mother daughter, auntie and friend.
    She will be missed and cherished by her husband, Jeff; children, Gracie, Jeff Jr. and Jackson; her parents, Michael and Sandra of Danville; grandfather, Robert Elgin of Fairmount; five aunts, Cheri (Bill) Moyer of Westminster, Ca., Donna Smith of Savoy, Gail Voorhees of St. Joseph, Jeannie (Jim) Riordan of Bloomington and Jody (Chuck) Baird of Farmer City; seven cousins, Meghan Moyer, Mike Voorhees, Kristin Zuponeck, Megan Gibbons, Jimmy Riordan, Katie Collins and Macy Baird; godparents, Dan and Linda Rosnett of Indianola; and numerous in-laws and friends.
    Micah was preceded in death by grandmothers, Myrna Elgin and Ruth Lorraine Cox; and grandfather Earl Cox.
    Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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    LEWIS A. “OODY” SWALLOW, 66, of Fairmount, passed away at 1 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 surrounded by family at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
 Services to remember his life will be today (Thursday), Feb. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Ogden, 111 South East Street. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements.     On-line condolences at
    “Oody” was born Oct. 30, 1953 in Urbana to Kenneth C. and Pauline R. Lewis Swallow. Survivors include three daughters, Angela Aldridge of Kingman, Ind., JodiLynn (Travis) Cunningham of Alvin, and JulieAnn Roark of Catlin; three sons also survive, Joshua (Laura) Swallow of Rankin, Jason (Brooke) Swallow of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jacob (Taylor) Roark of Tenn., as well as one sister, Paula (Bill) McMahon of Ogden, one brother Charles “Chuck” Swallow of Anchorage, Alaska, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. “Oody” was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Kenneth C. “Butch” Swallow, and Penny Susan Swallow.
    Oody enjoyed racing, truck and tractor pulls, trucking, and building model semi’s and farm and shop equipment out of wood. He greatly enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. But beware of his “pull my finger” trick.

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March 2020

    RONALD E. GAFFNEY, 83, of Fairmount, Illinois passed away at 5:54 p.m. on Wed., March 18, 2020 at his home.
    Ronald was born Jan. 23, 1937 in Douglas County, to Phillip and Opal Elder Gaffney. He married Margie J. Farnum on October 11, 1959 in Catlin. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2018.
    Surviving are two sons, Ronald E. (Merry Chris) Gaffney II of Fairmount and Kyle W. (Susan) Gaffney of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Brenda (Darin) Davis of Fairmount; one sister, Phyllis Mattingly of Danville; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter: Vickie Lynn Gaffney.
    Ronald served as a crew chief in the US Air Force. He was a mechanic at Koehn Motors for over 35 years. He enjoyed mechanic work in his own garage, hot air balloons, and yard work.
    With regard to recent events, graveside services were held March 24 at Fairland Cemetery in rural Villa Grove with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. A Life Celebration Service will be held at a later date. Memorials to the Fairmount Rescue. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    RICHARD A. “DICK” BRODERICK, 79, of Catlin, passed away at 7:50 p.m. (Indiana
time) on Sat., March 21, 2020 at The Waters of Covington Nursing Home, Covington, Ind.
Dick was born Feb. 25, 1941 in Danville to
    Roy F. and Agnes Moore Broderick. He married the love of his life, Donna M. Rogers, on Sept. 14, 1963 in Covington, Ind. She preceded him in death June 26, 2011. He is survived by three grandchildren, Hunter Gambrel, Sylas Gambrel, and Cotten Gambrel of Ohio; his brothers, John (Sue) Broderick, Stanley Broderick, Don (Carol) Broderick, Ken (Paula) Broderick of Danville; many nieces, nephews, and cousins and a special friend, Willy Williamson of Streator. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Clark Broderick; one daughter, Monica Gambrel; one brother, Roy Broderick; and one sister, Linda Hagen.
    Dick attended Schlarman High School where he lettered in football and basketball and later transferred to Danville High School graduating in the class of 1960. He entered the Army in 1960 and served three years. While in the service, he attended engineering school at Fort Belvoir, Va. At Fort Ord, Calif. he was a construction draftsman in the 3rd brigade assigned to the drafting department. He attended Eastern Illinois University to pursue a teaching career in industrial arts. He played basketball at Eastern Illinois University and in 1968 he earned his master’s degree and graduated with honors. He was an industrial arts teacher at Jamaica High School where he also helped coach football and basketball. He also taught at Danville Area Community College, as well as teaching building trades at the Danville Correctional Center and VOTEC and substituted throughout the district in his retirement. He was a great craftsman and built wood furniture. He was a devoted Christian and avid Bible reader. His family and friends were very important to him. He was willing to help someone in need whether he knew them or not. He attended the Catlin Church of Christ and the Second Church of Christ of Danville. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, and University of Illinois fan.
    Due to the recent events, visitation and memorial services will be held at a later date at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Dick will be buried alongside Donna at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Covington, Ind. Memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice in Dick’s memory. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    JOYCE (MILLER) YORK, 66, of Palestine, died on March 20, 2020, at her home.
    She was born Jan. 9, 1954, in Danville, the daughter of James Miller and Norma (Finkbiner) Miller, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also raised by Audrey Miller, who also preceded her in death.
    Joyce married Theo York on Sept. 7, 1991 and he preceded her in death on June 10, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her son, Brian Spicer; by her son-in-law, George Harvey; by her brother, William “Bill” Miller; and by her brother-in-law, Roy Johnston.
    She is survived by her children, Stephanie Harvey of Monticello and Bradley (Erika) Spicer of Sheridan, Ind.; grandchildren, Jathen, Sydni, Sofia, Sylvia and Grayson; siblings, Barbara Gail Pereira of Winslow, Ark., John David (Charlotte) Jordan of Helena, Oka., Arthur (Valerie) Jordan of Cleveland, Tenn. JoAnne Johnston of Danville, Janet (Jeff) Poynter of Paris, Rhonda (Hal) Jordan-Doyle of Henderson, Nev., and Roy Michael (Peg) Jordan of Maiden, N.C.; sister-in-law, Becky Miller of Indianola; as well as several nieces and nephews.
    Joyce grew up in Indianola and was a graduate of Jamaica High School. From an early age, it was evident in the way she lived that her life would be one founded on sacrificial love. This was evident in her calling as an LPN, with Joyce having the opportunity to care for countless people over the course of her career.
    Anyone who knew her could attest to the fact that she poured herself into her role as caretaker; not only for her patients at Paris Healthcare, or for the beloved animals she adopted over the years, but for her loved ones as well. They, in particular, will remember Joyce’s fierce sense of loyalty. It didn’t matter what you’ve done, she would stand by you in any and every storm.
    Her family brought life to her living, especially her grandchildren, who were each the apple of her eye. She had the beautiful opportunity to witness all three of her precious granddaughters be born and adored both of her grandsons with all her heart.
    Joyce York was a soul who gave enormously, while asking for very little. In short, Joyce loved, and she loved well. However, she would be the first to offer that she wasn’t perfect. She recognized her need for a Savior, which is why she put her life in Christ’s hands years ago. Because of this, we have the assurance that her light still shines brightly in a place where darkness and death are no more.
    Joyce deserves a memorable tribute. However, in this uncertain time, the family and the staff of the Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine understand that attending such a service may not be in your best health interest. With this in mind, a memorial service will be set for a later date.

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April 2020

    JEAN CHESTNUT WOODS, 93, of Tuscola, formerly of rural Indianola, Chrisman and Westville, passed away at 11:31 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her residence.
  She was born on Dec. 21, 1926, in Granite City, the daughter of Vista Jane Bohannan and Walter Charles Lewis. Jean was one of eight siblings.
    She married Floyd Dean Chesnut on Aug. 12, 1944. Floyd died on Oct. 31, 1973. Jean married Cecil Richard Woods on Sept. 24, 1983. Richard died Feb. 22, 1998.
    Jean is survived by her four children, Judy (William) Milburn of Westville, Joie (Fred) McDonald of Tuscola, Jim (Kathy) Chesnut of Garland, Texas, and Rod (Susan) Chesnut of Flower Mound, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Virginia McKinney of Dieterich and Terry (Dean) Fritschle of Newton, and 20 nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sisters and two great-granddaughters.
    Jean was an active member of the Church of Christ for many years. She served in a wide range of volunteer activities and committees, including president of the Missionary Group, VBS director and Sunday school teacher. Jean also worked at the Chrisman Pleasant Meadows Nursing Home as the volunteer coordinator and the activity director. In her later years, she sewed hundreds of dresses for children in Haiti.
    Her main interests, in addition to her church, included being a 4-H leader, gardening, quilting, writing poems, sewing and photography.
    A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home is assisting the family.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Tuscola First Christian Church.
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    RANDY MOREMAN passed away March 30, 2020, at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton.
Randy was born July 11, 1955, the son of Kenneth and Marjory (Pletch) Moreman of Fairmount. They preceded him in death. Also passed are a sister, Vickie Snack, and her daughter, Kelly Snack.
    Randy is survived by a son, Randy Moreman Jr. of Danville; grandson Donovan Wade of Westville; brother Terry (Brenda) Moreman of Fairmount; nieces and nephew, Kevin, Kelly, Holly and Heather and five or six great nieces and nephews.
    Randy graduated from Catlin High School. He farmed with his father and hauled grain for Catlin and Homer grain elevators and for Pletch Trucking of Fairmount. He later retired from Collegiate Cap and Gown in Champaign.
    Randy enjoyed riding around with the top down in his corvettes and was a lifelong Cardinal baseball fan. Randy enjoyed relaxing with friends and living with his wonderful best friend, Merna Beals of Champaign, who preceded him in death about a year ago. The two were inseparable.
    Over the past few years Randy had suffered from a number of strokes, which he finely succumbed to. Randy will be sadly missed.
    Cremation rites will be accorded by Blurton Funeral Home.

    LISA M. BROADWAY, 58, of Catlin, passed away at 4:32 p.m. on Friday, April
3, 2020 at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
    Lisa was born Jan. 30, 1962 in Danville to Herschell and Delores Courtney Bland. She was a 1980 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    Surviving are her father: Herschell Bland of Homer; two daughters, Tabatha (Brandon Whorrall) Varner of Westville and Hanna Andrews; and one grandchild, Kale Whorrall.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores Bland on Feb. 25, 2020 and one brother: David Leon Bland.
    Lisa worked in quality control at Leatherneck Hardware, Danville for four years. She enjoyed yard work, driving her Jeep, the beach, and the spring and summer seasons. She loved spending time with her family and camping.
    Private graveside rites will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with Pastor C.W. Greer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Humane Society. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at Click on her obituary page and leave a thought or memory for the family.

    DENNIS M. RICHARDS, 77, of Danville, passed away at 2:44 a.m. on Tuesday, April
7, 2020 at his home.
    Dennis was born Nov. 27, 1942 in Danville to James and Mildred Hinton Richards. He married Cathy Duke in Danville. She preceded him in death.
    Surviving are one son:, Darren (Dawn) Richards of Fairmount; two daughters: Debbie (Jeff Gooch) Richards of Sidell and Karen (Michael) Marana of Catlin; one brother, Cecil Richards of Valparaiso, Ind.; six grandchildren, Danyale (Tyler) Richards, Derrek Richards, Jeremy (Holli) Gooch, Alex Monson, Tori (Blake) Arlington and Ariel Marana; and three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Rosalie and Lincoln.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Robert Richards. Dennis was a sheet metal worker. He was a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge and the Union Local #218. He enjoyed fishing and coin collecting.
    Private graveside services will be at Sunset Cemetery, Danville with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    SHIRLEY A. McDANIEL McCOWN, 82, of Muncie, Ind. passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at her residence.
    She was born on March 26, 1938 in Sidell, the daughter of Clifford and Della McDaniel.
Shirley graduated from Sidell High School. She married the love of her life, Ralph E. McCown on Nov. 18, 1956 in Sidell. Shirley loved antiques, she enjoyed collecting and refinishing antiques.
    Survivors include her husband of 63 years Ralph McCown; three sons, Bob McCown (Dee) of Clearwater, Fla., Brad McCown (Kathy) of Austin, Texas, and Tim McCown of Muncie, Ind.; two brothers, Wayne McDaniel (Joan) and Keith McDaniel (Jane); sister, Ruth Callahan; and four grandchildren, Megan McCown, Kayla McCown, Ashley McCown, and Tye McCown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Jeff McCown, three brothers, and three sisters.
    A memorial service for Shirley will be held at a later date.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
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    JOHN E. MORELAND, 95, of Danville, passed away April 4, 2020. He was born June 25, 1924 in Indianola, the son of Bertha Bradfield and John Moreland and stepson of Clyde Wurtsbaugh.
    He graduated from Danville High School in 1942. He married Dolores Kerchaert in 1966, She preceded him in death Nov. 5, 1999.
    He was previously married to Norma Jean Carnaghi. They had three children, Linda Jones, Phoenix, Ariz., John Moreland (deceased), Nancy Jack of Danville and stepson, Kevin Kerchaert.
    In WWII he served in the Army Air Force long enough to be regular Air Force and U.S Air Force reserves.
    He worked at various jobs and spent 16 years at General Electric and 20 years at Sears.
He attended St. Paul Catholic Church. After the loss of his wife, he moved back to Danville where he helped with the Honor Guard of America Legion Post 210. It was his duty and honor to support his fellow veterans.
    Burial will be private and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Rortvedt Funeral Services is assisting the family.

    PEGGY D CRADDOCK, 84, of Broadlands, passed away on Tues., April 7, 2020 at the Villas of Holly Brook, Savoy.
    Peggy was born Oct. 1, 1935 in Danville to Howard and Elva Miller Goble. She married Jacob Roy Craddock on June 6, 1958 in Danville. He preceded her in death Feb. 8, 2001.
    Surviving are one son, Jerry (Brenda) Craddock of Champaign; one daughter, Lisa Markel of St. Joseph; one brother, Howard (Shirley) Goble of Oakwood; grandchildren, Brandon Smith, Nathan Smith, Ashley Markel, Austin Markel, Jessica Craddock, and Amanda Craddock; and great- grandchildren, Cayden Smith, Brycen Smith, Ceci Smith, and Austin Smith.
    Peggy was preceded in death by one daughter, Diane Darr; and two sisters, Betty Harris and Alice McCleery.
    Peggy was a follower of Jesus Christ and her friends and family rejoice in knowing she is now in his presence. She is a member of the Catlin Church of Christ and attending Homer New Life Church of Faith. She graduated from Catlin High School and worked a variety of jobs throughout the years at 1st National Bank of Danville, Goble Meats and Marv’s Star Market.
    Peggy loved attending church services, reading, watching old movies, and spending time with family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
Private family services will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor C.W. Greer officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements.
    Donations may be made to Homer New Life Church of Faith. Online condolences at

    JUANITA L. NEWMAN, 68, of Fairmount, passed away suddenly at 11:36 a.m. on Sat., April 11, 2020 at her home.
    Juanita was born Feb. 8, 1952 in Danville to James A. and Evelyn Thomas Jenkens. She married William Neuman on March 3, 1975 in Catlin. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William “Billy” Neuman and Robert Alonzo Neuman of Catlin; one daughter, Laura Kaye (John) Noback of Chandler, Ind.; two brothers, David (Linda) Jenkens and John (Paula) Jenkens of Danville; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; one uncle,Charles (LeAnn) Thomas of Bismarck; her mother-in-law, Ruth Neuman; one sister-in-law, Marilyn (Jim) Pettigrew; and close friends, Janet Walsh, Marcia Jenkens, and Don (Pat) Housman.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James “Jimmy” Jenkens; and one niece, Jennifer Jenkens.
Juanita was a cook at Camp Drake and the Washington School. She had worked as a waitress at the Sirloin House in Danville and the Oakwood Truck Stop.     She had worked at Peterson Filling. She enjoyed playing BINGO with Marilyn and playing in euchre tournaments. She liked being at the Fairmount Conservation Club. She was an Elvis Presley and John Wayne fan.
    Memorial services and inurnment at Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin will be announced at a later date. Memorials to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in care of Robison Chapel, PO Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences at

    RUSSELL DUANE HOWARD, 81, of Westville, passed away peacefully at 8:06 p.m. on Sun., March 29, 2020 at OSF Sacred Heart of Mary in Urbana.
Russ was born Feb. 11, 1939 in Georgetown Township, the son of Oscar and Lois Pate Howard.
    Surviving is one daugh­­ter Kim Howard Pfeifer; grandchildren, Corey and Ethan Murphy and Jordan (Kyle) Cruppenink; two step-grandsons, Brent and Bryce Pfeifer; two great-granddaughters, Qora Pfeifer and Maxine Cruppenink; and his sister, Linda (Penny) Tom Flaherty of Cave Creek, Ariz.; and nieces, nephews, several cousins and an aunt, Teri Pate.
    Preceding him in death were his son, Troy Howard; daughter, Lisa Howard Murphy; and his parents.
Russell retired in 2001 from Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Okla. and worked as a security guard at TeePak. He served in the Illinois National Guard and worked as a laborer at Davies, Robintech, Peterson’s/KIK.
    Russell treasured his family, enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting; and enjoyed meeting friends each morning for coffee.
Russell was interred at Pate Cemetery in rural Catlin. Robison Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at 

    FREDERICK “FRED” ROY MENKHAUS, 87, of Fairmount, passed away at
6:50 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman.
    Fred was born on Feb. 11, 1933 in Carlyle to Edward Matthew and Mary Louise (Leonard) Menkhaus. He married Jane Wiesenmeyer on June 10, 1973. In addition to his wife Jane, Fred is also survived by his three daughters, Teresa Menkhaus of San Diego, Calif., Lisa Menkhaus of Georgetown, and Jill Gonzales of Dickinson, Texas; a granddaughter; his sister, Marianette Robben of St. Louis, Mo.; his brother-in-law John Wiesenmeyer (partner Suzanne) of Springfield, Mo.; nieces, nephews, cousins and their children; and the mother of his children, Mary Kathryn Emerick Menkhaus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Edward; his son, Victor; and his brother-in-law, George Robben.
    Fred was a coach at St. Mary’s Grade School, Carlyle, 1949-50 and U.S. Army veteran 1953-55, serving in the 24th Armored Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, as a radio operator. He received his bachelors in education from Quincy University and a Master’s in Administration from Eastern Illinois University.
    Fred held several high school teaching and coaching positions in Central Illinois and the St. Louis area. After 23 years as a math teacher and coach at Danville High, he retired in 1993. For the next 14 years he continued to be active in girls’ basketball as a coach, a mentor, and a scout.
    From 1998-2007, he enjoyed the role of substitute teacher at Oakwood High School. Fred ended a 58 year coaching career, retiring in 2007, and was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He valued his interaction with the students he taught and the many athletes he coached. Fred loved the St. Louis Cardinals, roller skating, and working jigsaw puzzles. He was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2013. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville.
    Due to COVID-19, a Memorial Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Carlyle. Memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 231 North State Street, Westville, IL 61883. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    JUDY McNEESE, 65, of Danville, and formerly Indianola, passed away at 1:43 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2020, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. On Feb. 7, 1955, she was born the daughter of Carl O. Sr. and Omalee (Baird) McNeese, both deceased.
    She attended Indianola Grade School.
    Judy will be missed by her sons, Craig McNeese and Darrell McNeese; her grandchildren, Chasady McNeese and Dalton McNeese; and her brothers, Carl O. McNeese Jr. and David McNeese.
    She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Tammy McNeese; and brother, Jack McNeese Sr.
    Judy truly loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. She adored her cats. She enjoyed having coffee or pop with family and friends, as well as going out. She will be lovingly remembered by all whose lives she touched.
    As per her wishes, Judy will be cremated. There are no services at this time. Her family has entrusted her care to Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

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May 2020


    TERRY ENGLAND, 73, of Indianapolis, formerly of Georgetown, passed
away at 11:55 a.m., Sat., May 9, 2020 at Community Hospital North,
Indianapolis. He was born in Danville Dec. 25, 1946, the son of Louie and Betty (Barnvofsky) England. He was married to Janice Duncan until her passing Sept. 23, 2019.
    Terry is survived by his children, Shelley (David) Alpers of Danville, Russell (Cindy) England of Ambia, Ind, Richard (Marcy) England of Oakwood, and Mishelle (Chad) McGraw of Danville; his sister, Beverly (Terry) Reed of Sidell; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janice; and his sister, Sandra Kay England.
    Terry was a proud Veteran of the US Army. He worked at General Motors as a millwright. He loved fishing, the Cubs, his Ham Radio, Blue Grass, westerns and hunting with his coon-dogs. He was known to never meet a stranger.
    A private family visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home with Pastor James Blue officiating. Graveside service will be held at Georgetown Cemetery at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 18.
    Family and friends are welcome (with 6-feet social distancing). Memorial donations may be given in his name to American Kidney Association.

    MILDRED COPE, 73, lifelong Fairmount resident and native, passed away at 6:58 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020 at her home.
    She was born October 21, 1946 in Fairmount to Ellsworth M. and Thelma K. Mourer Shields. Mildred married Darrell E. Cope Dec. 23, 1963 in Georgetown. He passed away July 8, 2011. Survivors include, two daughters, Kathy (Trever) Blankenship of Ridge Farm, Katrina (Adam Cast) Cope of Fairmount; four grandchildren, Dustin (Ashley Hardesty) Blankenship of Bismarck, Mariah (Scotty) Bland of Catlin, Russell ( Shawnee Garcia) Cafin of Clinton, Ind., Kia ( Roger Miller) Cafin of Paxton; two great grandchildren Emma Blankenship of Bismarck, and Karley Blankenship of also of Bismarck. Mildred was preceded in death by one son, Darrell Elihu Cope II, two brothers, Leland Shields and Ervin Shields, and one sister Judy Elliott.
    She had been a homemaker, and enjoyed crocheting, collecting magnets and key chains, working puzzle books, and wind chimes.
    The family gathered for a private funeral at Robison Chapel in Catlin. The Rev. Jim Blue officiated. Private burial was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials to the donor’s choice in Mildred’s memory. On-line condolences at

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June 2020

    HERSCHEL E. SANDS, Jr., 72, of Catlin, Illinois passed away at 3:55 a.m.
on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Herschel was born Oct. 8, 1947 in Danville, to Herschel Edward and Francis E. Stammers Sands. Surviving are his nephew, raised as his son, Hugh (Melissa Jones) Sands of Catlin; one brother, Samuel J. (Debra) Sands of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; two “grandchildren,” Landon Sands of Catlin, and Cadia Sands of Belgium; and four nieces, Kelley Byrom of Decatur, Grace Snodgrass of Decatur, Amy (Spencer) Meehan of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Samantha Bass of Lewisburg, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nancy Snodgrass; and two nephews, Danny Byrom and Jacob Sands.
    Herschel graduated from Catlin High School in 1967. He worked at General Motors for 25 years before retiring at the age of 44. He loved the outdoors and was an avid bass fisherman. He was a charter and lifelong member of the B.A.S.S. and was a die-hard Cubs fan. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
    Private visitation will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin, protective face mask is required for entrance. Private family services will be held at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Mike Strunga officiating. Burial at Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin, Illinois.
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    MARY BAIRD, 78, of Indianola, passed away at her home on Friday, June 12, 2020 in the morning.
    Mary was born the daughter of Raymond and Lena (Butler) McDaniel on Sept. 26, 1941 in Kell. She married Jack Baird on Aug. 26, 1961, with whom she spent 58 years together.
Mary leaves behind two sons, Jim Baird of Indianola and Chuck (Jody) Baird of Farmer City; one granddaughter, Macy Baird of Farmer City; siblings, Bill (Susie) McDaniel of Sullivan, Alice (Gary) Henderson of Paris, Chuck (Cindy) McDaniel of Paris and David McDaniel of Ellenton, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; and her second family, the “Motley Crew,” Ann Stevens, Jackie Prunkard, Jean Brown, Becky Stark, Joyce Hollingsworth, Nancy Loop, Barb Dixon and the late Trina Smith.
    Mary was preceded in death by her parents.
    Jack would like to give a special thanks to Ruth White their neighbor and friend, and Carle Hospice for their excellent care.
    Mary was a graduate of Young America High School. She worked as a secretary for Jamaica Schools for 20 years before retiring. Mary was a member of the East Park Church of Christ. She enjoyed flowers and traveling. Most of all it was the time she spent attending her granddaughters sporting events and the times with her family and the “Motley Crew.”
    A Celebration of Mary’s life was held June 17 at East Park Church of Christ with pastor Dennis Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Sunset Funeral Home helped the family. Memorial donations may be given in her name to East Park Church of Christ, Danville.

    BARBARA SWINFORD WAGNON, age 85, went to be with her Lord on June 1, 2020 after several months of illness.
She was born August 5, 1934 to James and Viola Swinford, in Sidell. She graduated from Sidell High School and attended Eastern Illinois University
and Illinois Business College.
She married Bob Wagnon Jan. 11, 1954 and they settled in his native state of California. Barbara loved to travel, loved the mountains and the ocean especially. She loved flowers and transformed her yard into a beautiful flower garden where she enjoyed spending time tending and admiring them. In her last days her daughters entertained her with a tea party in the garden much to her delight.
She was a talented vocalist and pianist/organist and used her talent in various churches throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Bob Wagnon and five children, Kyle (Cheryl) Wagnon of Fresno, Calif.; Keri (Bill) Von Felton of Fresno, Calif.; Kevin (Sharon) Wagnon of Sacramento, Calif.; Kelley (Forrest) Landano of Fresno, Calif.; and Karen (Drew) Mosher of Clovis, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one sister, Sara Sue Patton of Benton, Ky.
The family plans to celebrate her life with a ceremony in the fall.

    KEMP L. BERBAUM, 75, of Danville, passed away on Sat., June 13, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital.
    He was born on Jan. 7, 1945 to the late Louis C. and Lucile (Sylvester) Berbaum. He was raised on a farm near Fairmount and spent many years farming with his family. He was always a farmer at heart.
    He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1963, Danville Junior College and Southern Illinois University. After graduating from college, he enlisted in the Army and served his country in the Vietnam War.
    On Jan. 22, 1972, he married Lynda (Spicer) Berbaum, she survives. Also surviving is their son, Brad Berbaum. Missing him too, will be his dog, Amy.
    Kemp spent 47 years working in the insurance industry and in 1979, started the Kemp L. Berbaum Insurance Agency in Danville. He achieved many insurance certifications, served on various agent and company boards and committees over the years.
    Per his wishes, Kemp will be cremated. A private service will be held at a later date. Because of his love for animals, memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter or the Danville Humane Society in his name.

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July 2020

    ROBERT “BOB” LYNN PIRIE, age 83, resident of Catlin, Ill., born Jan. 10, 1937 in
Rolfe, Iowa, passed away May 16, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., with his wife and children at his side.
    Surviving are his wife Bette Rae Dodson Pirie of Catlin; daughter Brenda (Chris) Hawkins of Manassas, Va., son Brent Pirie of Orlando, Fla.; and daughter-in-law Bonnie Pirie of Catlin and his beloved nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Mable Lynn Pirie; his son Brian Pirie; and his grandson Michael Pirie.
    Bob was married to his high school sweetheart, Bette Rae, for over 64 years. He grew up on a farm in Iowa and worked as a farmer before moving to Illinois. He then worked with Bunge agricultural business and retired after 33 years.
    Bob’s commitment to Christ and Christian service allowed him to serve in various leadership roles at churches for over 62 years. Faith in God and devotion to family were always at the forefront of everything Bob did.
    Bob will continue to be the foundation stone, who led us by example in building the character values and qualities which we cherish and live to share. He pointed the way for each of us to seek and accept Christ in a personal relationship as our Savior. This gives us the hope and faith that our family chain will be re-linked one day again in heaven.
A Celebration of life was held on June 28 at The Assembly, 428 N. Walnut Danville.

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