Obituaries 2014

January 2014

   Robert Lee Sigmon, 73, of Danville, passed away at 8:23 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
    Robert was born on Aug. 26, 1940, in Danville to David and Bessie (Burton) Sigmon. He attended Jamaica High School, graduating in 1958, and going on to farm with his father for quite a few years. He later worked at Equifax as an insurance investigator and retired from Iroquois Federal as a loan officer in 2006.
    Robert enjoyed genealogy and working in his yard. Robert and his wife, Margie, enjoyed walking at the mall and have walked almost every day at the Village Mall since 1989. He was a current member of Farmer’s Chapel.
   Robert married Margie Story on Jan. 28, 1961, and the two have shared nearly 53 years together.
   Survivors include his wife, Margie; his children, Steven (Darla) Sigmon, Leah (Mark) Denhart and Leslie Hibbs; four grandchildren, Cameron Hibbs, Evan Hibbs, Jacob Sigmon and Sarah Sigmon; a brother, Preston Sigmon; and four sisters, Delores (Dave) White, Polly (Hank) Ruff, Dotty Smoot and Linda (Emerson) Byrd.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, David Sigmon, and a sister, Barbara Phelps.
Services were December 23, at Pape Family Funeral Home in Danville, with the Rev. Jan Reeder officiating. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery.
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   Charles G. Reffett Sr., 100, of Georgetown, passed away at 12:46 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at his home.
   He was born on April 27, 1913, in Indianola, the son of Warren and Elsie (Lanham) Reffett.
   He was united in marriage to Opal Elaine (Sykes) Reffett on Nov. 2, 1936, in Montezuma, Ind., until her passing on July 26, 2003.
   Charles will be missed by his son, Charles (Barbara) Reffett Jr.; his grandchildren, Cathy (Terry) Wonderlin, Mike (Lori) Markevich, Paula (Doug) Neild, Doug (Denise) Reffett, Jeremy Reffett, Kim Lape, Kristi Cobble; and dear friend, Elisabeth Larimer; and many great-grandchildren; and his brothers, Cloyd (Cathy) Camplin of Sheridan, Dale (Pat) Pearman of Georgetown and Bob (Betty) Thomas of Indianola.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, two sisters and his daughter, Donna (Ronald) Markevich.
Charles worked in manufacturing for many years. As a younger man, he enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, camping, square dancing, bowling and had the most wonderful vegetable gardens. As he grew older, he enjoyed feeding his birds and squirrels. Another thing that brought him joy was watching “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
   He was known by many as a wonderful and kind neighbor who didn’t shy from hard work and offered help when needed.
   A memorial service was December 22, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Phil Miller officiating. As per his wishes, Charles will be cremated. He will be laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery at a later date.
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  William Arthur Fourez, 78, of St. Joseph passed away the morning of December 28, 2013. He was at home surrounded by his wife, son and daughter-in-law.
   William was born Dec. 1, 1935, and enjoyed a successful life of farming in the Sidell/Fairmount area. His parents were Felix and Marie Fourez. He married Sherry Fourez in 1987.
   Surviving are his wife and two sons, Steven (Melinda) Fourez and David (Sue) Fourez; two step-children, Steven (Angie) Fitzsimmons and Jackie (Karl) Kern. Also surviving were lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was respected and loved by them all.
   William served during the Korean war in the U.S. Air Force as a jet mechanic.
   No services will be held; his ashes will be scattered at a later date. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a donation in William’s name may be sent to the St. Joseph-Stanton Volunteer Fireman’s Fund, P.O. Box 911, St. Joseph, IL 61873. They were kind enough to give their Christmas morning to take care of William.
Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, was in charge of arrangements.

  Mary K. Todd, 62, of Savoy, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. She was a Special Education Teacher’s Aide at McKinley School in Danville and a member of the Sidell Methodist Church.
   Born December 17, 1951 in Urbana, she was the daughter of the late William and Ida K. (Church) Current. She married Kenneth Todd December 21, 1971 and he passed away August 28, 2006.
   Survivors include her son James Todd and his wife Johna of Paris, Ill., three grandchildren; Roxy Todd of Champaign, Colton Keeney of Paris, and Whitney Todd of Paris, and two sisters, Suzanne Talbott of Catlin, and Cindy (Joseph) Cich and of Gurnee.
   Graveside services were Monday in Young America Cemetery, Hume. Visitation was private.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Paul Warner Animal Rescue.
   Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home in Paris, Illinois assisted with the arrangements.

  Tedd Alan Childers, 47, of Portage, Mich., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
   Tedd was born in Urbana on Aug. 16, 1966, the son of the late Darrell Wayne and Amelia Ann (Watts) Childers. He graduated from Jamaica High School in Sidell and then attended the University of Illinois, where he received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology and immunology.
   While at the UI, he belonged to the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He worked as a lab manager at Pylon Tech (North Carolina State University Veterinary School) and as principal scientist for Zoetis.
   He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed making his own clubs and enjoyed hunting.
   He was married to Jane (Korzekwinski) Childers on Aug. 26, 1995; she survives.
   He is also survived by six children, Gabriella, Annabel, Zachary, Alexander, Benjamin and Joshua Childers, all of Portage; two brothers and one sister, Todd (Kathy) Childers of Monticello, Tammy (Donald) Hodgson of Homer and Tim (Jeannine) Robinson of St. Joseph; two nephews and three nieces; and one great-nephew.
   Services were in December.Langeland Family Funeral Homes were in charge of arrangements. Interment was in Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park - North.
   In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to a trust for Tedd’s children.
   A celebration of life to honor and remember Tedd is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Catlin American Legion, 7-midnight.

  Charles L. Bland, 93, of Sidell passed away at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home in Danville.
   He was born July 10, 1920 in Neoga, the son of Homer and Ruby Dessie Stewart Bland. He married Opal Wright Thomas in June of 1951. She preceded him in death. He later married Ilene Church. She also preceded him in death.
   Survivors include three stepsons; Jim (Rosemary) Thomas of Danville, Ed (Willa) Thomas of Danville, and Joe (Sally) Thomas of Champaign; one stepdaughter, Carolyn (Robert) Deck of Attica, Ind.; several stepgrandchildren and step- great grandchildren; a special companion, Emma Reardon of Danville; three brothers, William (Hazel) Bland of Colorado, Herschel (Deloris) Bland of Homer and Dean (Emily) Bland of California; two sisters, Marie Sinclair of Oklahoma and Elsie (Levy) Greer of Fairmount; and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Lloyd, Elmo, and Winford, two infant sisters, two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, and two nephews and a niece.
   Charles graduated from Sidell High School in 1940. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. Charles farmed for many years in the Sidell area and then retired from Hyster in Danville after 17 years. He attended Chestnut Street Church of Christ in Hoopeston. Charles enjoyed bowling, woodworking, and loved working in his yard. He did lawn care in Sidell and was an outdoorsman. Charles loved country gospel music.
   Funeral services were Monday at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. C.W. Greer officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola with military rites conducted by David Busby Catlin American Legion Post #776. Online condolences at

   Dorothy Marie (Clem) Rohrscheib, 91, of Fairmount, was called home by her Lord and Savior on January 18, 2014 at 3:35 a.m. at the Hawthorne Inn in Danville.
   Dorothy was born October 26, 1922 in Homer to Herbert and Adria (Taylor) Clem. She married Clifford Rohrscheib on April 21, 1951 in Danville. He preceded her in death on September 23, 2008.
   Survivors include a son, Vernon (Mary Mae) Rohrscheib of Fairmount; two granddaughters, Lynn Rohrscheib of Fairmount, and Stacey (Aaron) Rickard of Burlington, Iowa; two brothers, Don (Irma) Clem of Homer and Ken (Alberta) Clem of Danville, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Frances Thomas and Betty Humphrey; three brothers, Walter, Everet and Roy Clem; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
   Dorothy was a member of the Homer Methodist Church and the Illinois Soybean Association. She graduated from Homer High School in 1940. She believed very highly in the value of a good education. Dorothy received the Honorary American FFA Degree in 1974.
   As a young adult she worked at the Hamil’s Thrift Store in Homer. During WWII she worked for Time Magazine in Champaign in the subscription department making sure that the boys overseas received their issues. Dorothy loved talking on the phone and spending time with her family. She was a devoted housewife and loved all aspects of farming.
The family would like to extend a thank you to all of Dorothy’s caregivers at the Hawthorne Inn for her great care there.
   Funeral service were Wednesday at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. She was laid to rest at G.A.R. Cemetery in Homer. Visitation was Tuesday at Robison Chapel in Catlin.
   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Illinois FFA Foundation. Online condolences at

  Levy Greer, 85, longtime Fairmount businessman and owner of the former Greer Auction, passed away at Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:18 p.m. at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
   Levy was born September 10, 1928 in Glasgow, Ky. to Jack Gillock and Hennie Elizabeth Key Greer. Levy married Elsie Bland March 1, 1950 in Princeton, Ind.
   Elsie survives as well as one son, C.W. (Debbie) Greer of Homer; two daughters, Becky Taylor of Savoy and Jennifer Dolbee of Westville; one brother, Royce Greer of Franklin, Tenn.; three sisters, Josephine Holdaway of Inverness, Fla., Dorothy Poulson of Danville, and Charlotte Jones of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren, Daniel Taylor, Sally Taylor, Michael Hurt, MaryAlice Greer and Eleanor Greer; and three great-grandchildren, Gavin Hurt, Graham Hurt and Meghan Taylor. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
   Levy served in the Army from 1946 to 1953, stationed in Korea for 15 months, and 3-1/2 years between France and Germany. He was a union pipefitter with Laughoff’s for 30 years and served as union steward, as well as being on the bargaining committee.
   He began his auction career in 1954 and opened the Fairmount Auction in 1968. He worked the on-site auction circuit with Lloyd Cole, Herley Keller, Paul Edwards and Herschel Keller, handling 105 on site auctions in 1974. He retired in 2000 and hosted gospel sings in the Greer Auction building from 1996-2010.
   He enjoyed playing euchre. He was baptized for his Christian faith in 1992 and was a charter member of the New Life Church of Faith in Homer.
   Funeral services were today (Thursday) at noon 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 in the Davis Cemetery east of Homer. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the arrangements. Memorials to the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

  Madeline Howe, 73, of Catlin passed away at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Gardenview Nursing Home in Danville.
   Madeline was born February 8, 1940 in Catlin to Monroe and Mildred Irene Johnson Griffin. Madeline married Russell Howe September 20, 1958 at the Fairview United Methodist Church. Russell survives as well as two sons, Rusty (Cindy Loveall) of Georgetown and Ron (Stacey) Howe of Catlin; one daughter, Janna (Bill) Nicholson of Catlin; one sister, Diana (Gary) Dixon of Fairmount; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
   Madeline enjoyed quilting, gardening, playing in the pool and was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church.
   Funeral services were Wednesday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Matt Filicsky officiated. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association or Gardenview Nursing home. Online condolences

  John F. Woodard, 70, of Tolono, passed away at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
   John was born March 19, 1943, in Danville to Fred and Velma Bradford Woodard. He married Opal Waltermire June 16, 1990, in Catlin.
   Opal survives as well as four sons, Timothy D. (Cyndy) Woodard of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Jeff (Angela) Woodard of Maidens, Va., John M. Woodard of Westville and Bob (Jennifer) Woodard of Tuscola; two stepsons, Curt (Ann) Waltermire of Valley Center, Kan., and Keith (Lori) Waltermire of Tolono; one brother, Dean (Sonya) Woodard of Fairmount; five sisters, Gladys (Pete) Elsberg of Westville, Zoe Ann (Darold) Street of Fairmount, Dorothy (Bob) Moreman of Westville, Rosie (Wally) Yeazel of Fairmount and Mary Yeazel of Homer; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one on the way.
   He was preceded in death by two grandchildren and one brother, Lester.
   John was a warehouse inspector for the USDA for 26 years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed mushroom hunting. He was a Cardinals baseball fan as well as Chicago Bears and Illini fan. John collected Roy Rogers memorabilia and was a member of First Christian Church of Champaign.
   Funeral services were Saturday at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Pastor Don Orr officiated. Burial in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, west of Catlin. Memorials to First Christian Church, Champaign. Online condolences

  Lois A. Downs, 78, of Charleston, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.
   Lois was born February 2, 1935 at Indianola, daughter of Al and Hortense (Baird) Winkler. She was united in marriage to Dale Downs, June 3, 1956 at Indianola; he survives. Also surviving are their sons, Alan Downs of Palos Hills and Dan (Kelly) Downs of Foley, AL. Six grandchildren, Jairon (Makayla) Downs, Kyle Downs, Anna Gagnon, Maxwel Downs, Sydney Downs and Cole Downs; one great-grandchild, Brynn Downs; and two brothers, Deane Winkler of Indianola and D.A. Winkler of Dietrich. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jack Winkler and Jeane Winkler.
   Lois was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and was thrilled when she was able to meet her first great-grandchild.
   The funeral services were January 20 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Charleston, with Reverend Walter Carlson officiating. Burial followed in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Arrangements: Caudill-King. Memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice.

  Rex F. Hunter, 85, of Princeton passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital.
   He was born on Dec. 23, 1928, in Rardin, to Montelle F. and Austis E. (Cook) Hunter. He married Frances Agatha (Turk) on Dec. 27, 1952, in Bridgeport, Ill. Fran preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2012. They would have been married 60 years in December 2012.
   He graduated from Sidell Township High School in 1946. He was a lifelong member of Fraternity Phi Sigma Epsilon. Rex received his bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certificate from Eastern Illinois Teachers College in 1952. He worked for the Princeton Elementary School District for 35 years teaching art. He was a bus superintendent and bus driver also.
   Rex was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed fishing in Canada with the “Fishin Fools” and fishing the local ponds and rivers. He also loved woodworking, painting, landscaping and his “Wednesday Night Pitch Club.” He loved to travel and took his family on many adventures all over the U.S.
   He is survived by his children, Mary F. Hunter Moore of Manlius, Daniel J. Hunter of Princeton, James G. (Tracey) Hunter of Malden and Margaret M. (Mark Kircher) Hunter of Mattoon; his grandchildren, Matthew G. Moore, Christopher W. Hunter, Gallen F. Hunter and Erin M. Hunter; his great-granddaughters Isabelle Moore, Aspyn Hunter, Kyrstin Arkwright and Lydia Moore; and one sister, Norma Brannon of Charleston. Also surviving is “Kiki,” his cat.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his infant daughter, Patricia Ann; his oldest grandson, Kevin D. Moore II; and his infant grandson, Rex Ryan Hunter.
   Funeral services were Tuesday at St. Louis Catholic Church. Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiated. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery. Memorials to St. Louis Catholic Church School Art Program. Online condolences at

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February 2014

  Charles E. Tiffin, 93, of Fairmount, passed away unexpectedly at 6:53 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2014 at his home.
   Charles was born August 5, 1920 in Sidney to Charles E. and Elizabeth Kirby Tiffin. He married Betty Carrigan, and later married Barbara Bennett, both preceded him in death.
   Survivors include one son, Charles E. Tiffin of Fairmount; two stepsons, Bernard (Verna) Bennett of Fairmount and Robert (Cyndi) Bennett of Kingwood, Texas; one daughter, Karen (Fred) Alexander of Fairmount; 21 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren. Charles was preceded by one son, Darrell, one daughter, Diana Key, one stepdaughter, Carolyn Gourley, one brother, Don Tiffin, and two sisters.
   Charles had been a core maker at General Motor and retired after 30 years. He served on the Fairmount Fire Department for a time. He served his country in the Army and was a member of the Westville American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, hunting, and gardening. Charles was an Illini Fan, Atlanta Braves Fan and enjoyed playing euchre and 31.
   Funeral services were today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Jim Blue officiated. Burial with military honors was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials in his memory to the Fairmount Fire and Rescue.

  Joan Jones, 71, of Fairmount died at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at home surrounded by family.
She was born to Francis and Ruth Reeves Moreman on January 16, 1943. She married Oakie Jones on January 10, 1969. He survives along with their son, Christopher (Lee) Jones of Fairmount and daughter, Brandi (Justin) Jones of Newman; a granddaughter, Kenzee Jones of Fairmount, and step grandson, Danny Davis of Fairmount; brothers, Larry (Dorie) Moreman of Tilton, Dennis Wilson of Tilton, and Robert (Dorothy) Moreman of Westville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Shirley Ann Burris and Alice Faye Cooke.
   Jo Jo enjoyed time at the Quarry with Oakie and friends. Her brother Larry held a special place in her heart.
   As per her wishes there will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

  Leon Grant Dugan, 89, of Chrisman passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman.
   He was born on August 16, 1924 in Edgar County, to Jesse L. and Stella M. (Whitesell) Dugan. He married Doris Jean Osborn on September 5, 1945 in Paris.
   Leon was a lifelong resident of Chrisman and an owner/operator at Donley Trucking, Inc. for 41 years. He loved going to Mike’s Grill in Tilton and was a regular customer there for over 50 years. He had many friends and was always willing to share a story.
   He is survived by one sister in law, Lucille Allison and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannie; one son, Steve; his parents; one brother; three sisters; two nieces and two nephews.
   Funeral services were Monday at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman. Burial in Hoult Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Pleasant Meadows Senior Living Activity Fund. Online condolences at

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April 2014

   Roger W. Moore, 69, of Ridge Farm, passed away 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 at VA Illiana Healthcare System, Danville IL.
    Memorial services will be Saturday April 12 at 11 a.m. at Ridge Farm Friends Church. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be at Dougherty Cemetery.
   He was born Oct. 20, 1944 in Danville a son of Gordon H. and Alice English Moore. He grew up in Sidell. He served in the Navy. He married Donna Romoser Sept. 25, 1992.
    Survivors include three sons Michael, Andy, Jonnie Stinson of Harper, Kan. One daughter Kim (Jeff) Hughes of Mesa, Ariz.; two stepsons, Ryan (Heather) Haase of Haviland, Kan., Eric (Tisha) Haase, of Ridge Farm and one stepdaughter, Brandy (Ed) Peevler, of Ridge Farm. Four sisters Betty (Maurice) VanLeer of Oakwood, Nancy (John) Spezia of Danville, Denise (Bill) Kemler of Springfield, Ellen (Jim) Decker of Quincy; one brother Michael (Billie) Moore of Granger, Ind., three grandchildren, four step grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and special friends Dave and Maggie Haase. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Roger enjoyed painting pictures, playing chess, golfing and camping. He was a loving and caring person. He is a member of the American Legion in Chrisman.
    Memorials may be made to the cancer organization of choice or Ridge Farm Friends Church. Rortvedt Funeral Services and Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family. Online condolences:

   Creola Ruth Kuyrkendall, 87, of Indianola, passed away at 12:54 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
    She was born on April 27, 1926, the daughter of Volen and Bracie (Arnett) Netherton in Tompkinsville, Ky. On Feb. 28, 1946, Creola was united in marriage to Harry Kuyrkendall in Georgetown until his passing on Feb. 4, 2000.
She will be missed by her daughter, Beverly (John) Spesard of Chrisman; her grandchildren, Jim (Casey) Spesard of Chrisman and Joe (Cassidy) Spesard of Ridge Farm; her step grandson, Steve (Vicky) Spesard of Pittsboro, Ind.; her great-grandchildren, Sydney, Addison, Hayden and Harper Spesard; her step great-grandchildren, Haley, Ashley and Clint Spesard; her brother, Lloyd (Betty) Netherton of Atlanta, Ga.; and her sisters, Thelma Schabowski of Westville and Ina (Don) Olds of Plant City, Fla.
    She was preceded in death by: her parents; her brother-in-law, George Schabowski; and her niece, Julie Netherton.
Creola enjoyed being a farm wife and making a home for her family. She was a member of the Liberty Church and attended Indianola United Methodist Church. She was a Cubs fan as well as an Illini basketball fan. She also enjoyed playing bingo, singing hymns and attending all the activities at Gardenview Manor, where she resided the last few years. She enjoyed being with her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
    A celebration of Creola’s life was Wednesday at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with George Desmond and David Almy officiating. Visitation was Tuesday at the funeral home. She was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    Memorial donations may be given in her name to Indianola United Methodist Church. Share memories through her Tribute Wall at

   Ellen Patricia (Maring) Bowlin, 77, of El Dorado, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Wichita, Kansas. A memorial service will not be held as this time.
    Ellen was born on Feb. 26, 1937 in Sidell, the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Brown) Maring. She attended Sidell Schools. She was a dietician at Riverside General Hospital in California for 27 years. Ellen enjoyed gardening and needle work, as well as many other crafts.
    She is survived by her sons, John (Patricia) Bowlin, Ron (Teri) Bowlin all of El Dorado, Kansas; daughter, Mary Ellen (Steve) Brunkhorst of Riverside, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; brothers, Chuck (Marie) Maring of Sidell, Arthur (Bonnie) Maring of Mahomet, Kenny and Paul Maring of Danville, Chester (Marilyn) of Osceolo, Bobby Dean (Connie) Maring of Catlin; sisters, her twin Helen (Harry) Wilson of Paxton, Rosalie Carter of Manteno, Mable (Jim) Herbert, Shirley Whaley of Sidell, Connie (Sven) Anderson of Moneta, Va., Judy (Stanley) Reed of Mason City, Peggy (Walley) Miller of Allerton, and Alice Faye (David) Lamb of Rolla, Mo.,
    She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Cynthia Bowlin; two sisters, Millie Maring and Mary Spires; and six brothers, William, Raymond “Pete,” Delano, Frank, Jack and Ralph Maring.
    In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Carlson Funeral Home, 200 South Star, El Dorado, KS 67042 to help defray funeral costs.

   Franklin “Buster” Eugene Hollingsworth, Sr., 67, of Paris and formerly Indianola, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   He was born September 27, 1946, in Chrisman to Donald Eugene and Margaret Rose (Powell) Hollingsworth. He married Ruby Smith in 1974, Peggy Smith in 1977, and Sally Kistler in 1983. They all preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Chrisman American Legion Post # 477, Paris American Legion Post # 211, the 40&8, Masonic Bloomfield Lodge # 148, Scottish Rite – Valley of Danville, Ansar Shrine, Edgar County Shrine Club and the Paris V.F.W. Post # 3601. He enjoyed watching football, Nascar and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He proudly served our country in the Army.
   Frank is survived by four children: Franklin (Hope) Hollingsworth, Jr. of Terre Haute, Ind.; Donnetta (Jason) Burgess of Chrisman, Bobbi Jo Hollingsworth of Brazil, Ind. and Rose Hollingsworth of Indianola; one brother, George Hollingsworth of Muncie, Ind.; one sister, Mary Forsythe of Chrisman, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
   Visitation was Wednesday, at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman with Masonic rites performed. Funeral services were today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
Memorials to the Hollingsworth family or the Chrisman American Legion. Online condolences and service information are available at

   Charles R. “Chuck” Todd Jr., 62, of Danville, passed away at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Gardenview Nursing Home in Danville.
   He was born April 7, 1952, in Urbana, to Charles R. and Marion E. Koontz Todd, Sr.
   He married Teresa Huddleson on Aug. 18, 1970, in Fairmount. He later married Sue Moody on June 1, 1991, in Tilton.
   Sue survives, as well as one son, Jason (Stacey) Todd of Catlin; two stepsons, Todd Moody of Danville and Justin Moody of Danville; one daughter, Chrissy (Joe) Draper of Oakwood; two sisters, Lenora (Jim) Jones of Catlin and Janice (Kevin) Shepherd of Catlin; six grandchildren, Chase Todd, Camaryn Todd, Carsyn Todd, Kyle Todd, Xander Draper and Bryce Draper; four step grandchildren, Makalah Moody, Parker Moody, Rylee Moody and Justin Moody, Jr.; and special farmhand James Reed.
   Chuck was a 1970 Jamaica graduate, owned and operated the former Sports Page Bar in Catlin, was a truck driver for 20 years, as well as serving as union steward at Quaker Oats. He loved all animals and enjoyed golfing, gardening and was a Chicago Bear and White Sox fan. Chuck enjoyed his grandkids’ sporting events and coached youth football and baseball. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.
   Funeral services were April 19 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Darren Johnson and Timothy Wright officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin.
   Memorials to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter or American Diabetes Association.
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   James Dean Kuhn, 83, of Champaign died at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
   Jim was born Feb. 15, 1931, in Longview to Harry Otto and Lillie Alice (Tapscott) Kuhn. They preceded him in death.
He married Leona Pedigo King on Aug. 22, 1963, at Urbana. He later adopted her two children, David Lee and Laura Nell, and they later had another child, Kathleen Ellen. David (wife, Shannon) has two stepchildren, Harley and Kyle. Laura (husband, Tony Garrett) has a daughter, Elizabeth (Bruce Hughes, fiancé), who has a stepdaughter, Bettie. Kathleen (Phil Calvert, fiancé) has a daughter, Monica.
   Jim is survived also by a younger brother, John, who lives in Lexington, Ky.
   He was preceded in death by an older sister, Doris Jean.
   Jim graduated from Sidell High School in 1948 and enlisted in the Air Force, serving in the Korean Conflict. He served until 1952 and was honorably discharged at that time.
   He briefly attended the University of Illinois, worked at a gas station/garage in Danville and worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Ohio for a time. He then began work as a refinery operator at Humko in Champaign. He retired from there after 35 years.
   Jim especially loved gardening, hunting and fishing. He was known for his large, beautiful gladioli. He was also very good at locating and harvesting Morel mushrooms from his secret locations. He also enjoyed watching the Illini football and basketball teams play.
   Per Jim’s wishes, he was cremated. Graveside services will be scheduled at a later date. There will be no other services.
   Rortvedt Funeral Services and Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family.
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May 2014

  Mable Herbert, 74, of Sidell passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Hawthorne Inn of Danville.
   Funeral services will be Saturday at noon at the Sidell United Methodist Church. A visitation will also be held Saturday at the Church from 9 to noon. Burial will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. Pastor Randy Taylor will officiate.
   Mable was born September 21, 1939 in Sidell, a daughter of Clarence and Imogene Owens Maring. She is survived by her husband James Herbert; children Bryan Eugene Puckett, William (Diana) Puckett, and Lori (Eric) Uplinger; grandchildren Courtney (Bobby) Huffman, Bryan Puckett, Bill Puckett, Kala (Bryan) Mitchell, Shelby Fraley, Dakota Uplinger, and Trenton Uplinger; great grandchildren Tripp Huffman and Chase Huffman; as well as 11 brothers and sisters.
   Stepchildren Janet (John) Verhaar, Wendy (Mike) McElmeel and Jeri (David) Mothkovich, and step-grandchildren Shane McElmeel and Christan Mothkovich also survive.
   Mable was preceded by her parents and 11 brothers and sisters.
   Mable had a divine love for her friends and co-workers from Canada and throughout the United States who were winter Texans in the Benson Grove Resort in Mission Texas.
   Memorials may be made in her memory to the Benson Grove Church to be remembered forever as Mable.
Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman is in charge of arrangements.

  Ray M. Ford, 78, longtime Sidell area cattle farmer, passed away suddenly at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his home.
   Ray was born December 17, 1935 in Danville to John Henry and Lucille Clarkston Ford. He was a 1955 graduate of Sidell High School. He married Doris Jean Langford on July 3, 1970 in Chrisman.
   Jean survives as well as: one son, Alan Ford of Sidell; one daughter, Barbara (Steve) Lawson of Sidell; three brothers, John (Glenda) Ford, Jr., of Homer, George (Sara Beth) Ford of Sidell, and Joe (Janet) Ford of Allerton; one sister, Grace Ford of Sidell; three grandchildren, Jenna (Josh) Philpott, Brittney Ford, and Morgan Haworth; and two great-grandchildren, Madalyn Alvis and Brendyn Gooch.
   Ray loved his cattle and his grandgirls, he was proud to have served his county in the Army and enjoyed being a cattle farmer.
   Funeral services were at noon today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel in Catlin with visitation two hours prior. Craig Roller to officiate. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery west of Sidell with military rites accorded by the Davis Busby Catlin American Legion Post #776.
   Memorials to the American Diabetes Association or Lupus Foundation. Online condolences at

  Sharon Ann Anderson, 58, of Champaign, formerly of Allerton, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   Sharon was born July 4, 1955 in St. Louis, Mo., to Leslie and Marjorie (Morrison) Wolf. She married Jim Anderson.
   Survivors include her parents, Leslie and Marjorie Wolf of Allerton; her son, Robert (Chelsea) Anderson of Champaign; sister, Carole (David) Gillenwater of Allerton and niece, Taylor Gillenwater.
   She was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and then got her Masters Degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Sharon loved music. She was a singer and sang for some small bands throughout the years.
   Funeral services were Tuesday at Kirby Funeral Home, Homer. Pastor Joe Barth officiated. Burial was in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Homer. Visitation was May 12 at the Meadowbrook Community Church at 1902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice.

Larry King
   Larry Ray King, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly Sidell, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at his home. No services will be held at this time.

June 2014

  Hugh Edward McComas was born August 7, 1936 in rural Fairmount to Glen and Nora Marie Orr Henley. His family moved to Hume where his father farmed until moving to one of the Allerton ranches in 1944.
   Hugh attended the Vermilion Bridge, Allerton Grade and Allerton High Schools. His senior year he attended ABL High School in Broadlands. Hugh and his father farmed and ran a custom farming circuit together.
   On December 30, 1956 he married Marilyn Kay McCormick of Broadlands. Together they were blessed with four children, Robert Glen (Sue), Randall Hugh, Richard Wayne (Kim), and Krista Kay (Hank) March.
Hugh joined the US Marine Corps in 1953, serving until 1961.
   He was a member of the Allerton Lions Club for 26 years. He joined the Broadlands Masonic Lodge #791 which combined with the Homer Masonic Lodge and he continued as a member there. Hugh was a member of the Teamster Local of Champaign for 13 years. He spent his winters driving a semi-truck; first for Kenneth Church of Allerton hauling livestock and then for Thomas Logan of Fithian and last for Clifford Warner of Champaign.
   He and his wife Kay moved to Dana, Ind. in December 1994. He retired but continued to help his son Rick farm on the Wabash in Indiana.
   Hugh has 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister Joann Williams of Jamaica, a niece and a great-niece, and one aunt Virginia Casey of Hidalgo.
   Hugh will always be remembered for the hours he worked and was gone as a testament of his dedication to always trying to make things better for his family. His love for his family was unending.
   A memorial service was Sunday at the Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman. Family friends Craig and Kathy Roller conducted the service.

  Denise Lynn Pryle  The family and many friends of Denise Lynn Pryle are saddened by her passing from this life on May 24, 2014. Family members were at her bedside.
   Denise was born August 31, 1961. She is survived by her mother, Marilyn Stonebraker of Fairmount; two children, Angela Pryle of Oakwood and Andrew Harper of Danville; four brothers and sisters, Douglas Pryle of Charleston; Teresa Lovett of Danville; Jeffrey Pryle of Sidell; and Christine Anderson of Catlin. Denise was a proud and loving grandmother to Brennen Lehmkuhl, Savanna Miller, and Rylan Wilson. Denise is held in loving memory by her aunts, uncles, many nieces and nephews and cousins who reside in the area. She was a loving companion for 28 years to Troy Harper of Sidell. Denise very much enjoyed the love and companionship of her best friends in fur–Midnight, a black and tan dog of uncertain origins, and the pugnacious Bella who insists on sleeping under the covers.
   Denise was preceded in death by her father, John Lawrence Pryle, a Green Beret in the 101st Airborne Division who served in Vietnam, several aunts and uncles, cousins, and grandparents, including beloved grandmother, Mary Handley.
   Denise was an excellent cook and loved to gather family for delicious meals at holidays and any other time a good excuse could be found. Denise was bright, industrious and a quick learner, working at an excellent level in all her endeavors. As a Certified Nursing Aide, Denise provided compassionate care to disabled children. Later, she cared for disabled adults with the same compassion. In recognition of her exemplary performance in that position, Denise rose to a supervisory level. And, her amiable nature led to lasting friendships at work.
   With her Virgo’s sense of tidiness and good order, Denise could most recently be found in the Sidell Grocery, lining up the cans of green beans, or straightening out-of-line human beings with equal energy. In this respect, other Angels entering Heaven’s commissary are put on notice to have their wings and halos squared away and to comport themselves as behooves celestial beings now that Denise is there. No halos, No wings, No service. Denise had a gift of intuition, too. She readily shared her impressions for the future, especially with certain young men for whom she foresaw incarceration. It is not known if she shared these impressions with the local peace officer who was also her friend.
   Denise enjoyed getting out in the world, too, to see new places and people. On several trips to Las Vegas with good friend, Jackie, Denise had fun with the slot machines expecting a jackpot with the next pull on the lever...the same anticipation with each scratch of a lottery ticket. Denise spoke recently of memories of a trip to Mexico with her aunt several years ago. They stayed at a health spa on a mountain not far from Guadalajara. A woman named Alison stayed three days at the spa, and in that short time, she and Denise became fast friends. You could find them on the trail for a horseback ride after breakfast, and in the afternoon soaking in the mineral-rich waters from the volcano’s river. Bobbing on foam noodles, Denise would call for Alison to take her to the deep end–the “deep end” being almost 5 feet   deep, leaving us to wonder how her towering spirit was contained in her diminutive stature.
   Teamed with daughter Angela, Denise was a shopping force to be reckoned with and the end of a perfect day would find her watching a scary movie with Midnight and Bella. Those who know her best are pretty sure that her idea of Heaven includes frequent serenades by Elvis, and we can picture her now resting on a cloud, tapping her golden slipper to the beat of “Don’t Be Cruel” or “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear.”
   A memorial service celebrating Denise’s life was Sunday at the Sidell United Methodist Church.

  Morris “Dale” Pearman, 84, of Georgetown, passed away at 4:29 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
   He was born on Dec. 12, 1929, in Indianola, the son of Benjamin and Elsie (Lanham) Pearman.
   He was united in marriage to Patricia Cook on Oct. 15, 1950, in Georgetown. She will miss him dearly.
   He also will be missed by his daughter, Cheryl Pearman of Georgetown; his son, Curt Pearman of Hillsboro; his grandchildren, Travis (Melissa) Pearman of Catlin, Heather (Donny) Marrow of Westville and Sonny Pearman of Georgetown; his great-grandchildren, Sam and Libby Pearman, Ava and Aleah Marrow, and Isabella Pearman; and his brothers, Arnold Pearman of Indianola, Cloyd (Cathy) Camplin of Ottawa and Bob (Betty) Thomas of Indianola. He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.
   Dale was a proud Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. In his early years, Dale worked for Beards Dairy located east of Georgetown and delivered milk to Producers Dairy in Danville. He later worked for and retired from General Motors after 30 years of service where he drove a lift truck, worked in the stockroom and was a time-keeper.
Dale was a member of Vermilion Grove Friends Church and a Sunday School teacher. He took interest in the Georgetown youth by coaching baseball. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan, as well as the Cubs. He also rooted for the Illini teams.
   Dale was often seen working in his yard and took pride in it. Dale enjoyed sitting in the swing in their yard with the love of his life, Pat. His contagious smile will be missed by all.
   A memorial service was Tuesday at Vermilion Grove Friends Church with Pastor Jim Walker officiating. Visitation was prior to service at the church. As per his wishes, Dale was cremated and was laid to rest in Forest Park Cemetery immediately following the service. Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home assisted his family with arrangements.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dale’s name to Vermilion Grove Friends Church. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

  Donald R. Baird, 77, of Indianola, passed away at 3:08 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at his home.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. DeWayne Collins to officiate. Burial with full military honors by the Catlin American Legion will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Indianola. Visitation is from 10 till service time.
   Donald was born January 25, 1937 in Indianola to Newton Orval and Harriett Irene Minnick Baird. Survivors include two brothers, Jack (Mary) Baird and Carroll (Sara) Baird, both of Indianola; and two sisters, Arselia Collins of Indianola and Mina (John) Bower of Paris.
   He was preceded in death by two sisters, Imogene and Verlin and seven brothers, Noble, Max, Bertram, Vernie, Wayne, Orval and Madison.
   Don spent 20 years in the United States Air Force. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting and watching television. He was a member of the Paris American Legion.
   Memorials to the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

  Jon R. Hart, 57, of Fairmount, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at his residence.
Memorial service is at Friday, June 20, 1 p.m. at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor Dave Garver officiating. Burial at Stearns Cemetery, Fithian, at a later date. Visitation from 12:30-1 p.m. Friday at Robison Chapel, Catlin.
Jon was born Oct. 15, 1956, in Danville, to Robert Lee and Gladys Marie Knight Hart.
Surviving are his father, Robert Lee Hart of Fairmount; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and his infant sister, Nancy.
Jon earned a master’s in engineering and his home inspector’s certificate. He enjoyed hunting, motorcycles, karate and martial arts. He was a fun-loving guy who enjoyed his cats and nature. He will be deeply missed by his father and his cousins.
Memorials to the Korean War Memorial. Online condolences at

  Marjorie Malaise, 91, of Chrisman passed away June 12 at the home of her daughter, Camilla Stanley, in Rogersville, Mo.
   A period of visitation will be held today (Thursday), from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman, with a service on Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Chrisman United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
   Marjorie was born in Camargo, on June 20, 1922 to Tom and Kate Reeder and the family welcomed a younger sister, Mary Susan, a few years later. As a farming family during the Great Depression she attended a one-room country schoolhouse near Indianola, excelled at sports and spelling bees and graduated from nearby Sidell High School as class salutatorian in 1940.
   After graduating from the Champaign Commercial College in 1942 and while engaging in one of her life-long passions – dancing – she met and soon married in August 1942 Bob (Robert) Malaise, a USAF airman. After leaving the service they moved to Ridge Farm for a short time, then to nearby Chrisman in 1950. Busy with raising six children Marjorie was soon involved in their extracurricular activities including teaching many 4-H students their sewing skills.
   In 1966 the family moved to Champaign, where Bob worked at the University of Illinois and the younger children attended school. Marjorie continued to teach 4-Hers to sew while working for the Jewell Food Company. In 1992 Bob and Marjorie returned to Chrisman and a well-earned retirement.
   Throughout her life she was a wise, caring and patient mother and a special grandmother and great grandmother when she served her dinner rolls and ice cream treats. With her ever-present smile and caring manner, Marjorie was the perfect blend of an optimist and a realist. She could see a silver lining in every situation and always saw the best in people.
   Marjorie is survived by a daughter Kay Morris of Zionsville, Ind.; a son Robert and his wife Lee of Chrisman; a son Richard and his wife Ann of Arlington, Va.; a daughter Camilla Stanley and her husband David of Rogersville, Mo.; a son Rene and his wife Lana of Mahomet, and a daughter Trudy Argubright and her husband Jeff of Oglesby; 12 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, and her husband.
Marjorie was a life-long member of the Chrisman Methodist Church and in lieu of flowers a memorial at the Chrisman United Methodist Church is suggested.

July 2014

    Dr. Mattison Kent Ferber, 61, died June 29, 2014. Matt, son of Clyde and Betty Ferber, and loving husband and best friend of Verda Adkins-Ferber, passed away at his home in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
   Born June 4, 1953 in Danville, Matt graduated from Jamaica High School in 1971 and received his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD from the University of Illinois, while spending his summers working for the Ferber family Fairmount RediMix plant.
   Matt was a distinguished researcher in material sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as Ceramatec in Salt Lake City. He started the MTIC LLC and served as a consultant, professor, group leader, and mentor throughout his career. His honorary and technical societies include Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Keramos, the University of Illinois Bronze Tablet, the American Ceramic Society, ASME, and ASM; and received the Bronze Tablet from the University of Illinois and other awards through his work with ORNL.
   Matt enjoyed building and working with his hands and always had an affinity for problem solving. He had an effortless sense of humor and greatly enjoyed time spent on the lakes of East Tennessee or the Fairmount quarry.
   Matt is survived by his wife Verda and four children, sons Aaron and Austin, stepson Hunter Adkins, and stepdaughter Cassidy Adkins; by grandbaby Lily Burr and canine companions: Sophie, Tao, Roux, Harper, and feline friend Kizzy Jane. He is also survived by his close friends and colleagues, HT Lin and Andy Wereszczak and his former wife, Karla Mullins and her husband, Mike.
   Matt’s sister, Beth Harper, passed away from cancer earlier this year, survived by her husband Bill and sons Brad and Craig Corbin.
   In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either Helping Paws Animal Network (HPAN) or the American Cancer Society.
   A visitation was held today (Thursday) at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, Tenn. An online guest book can be signed at

   Beth J. Harper, 73, of Longview passed away peacefully Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 8:45 p.m. at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
   Born June 10, 1940, in Fairmount to parents Clyde and Betty (Cheney) Ferber, she married William R. Harper on Feb. 4, 1989.
   Beth is survived by her husband, William; brother, Matt (Verda) Ferber of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; sons, Brad Corbin of Danville and Craig (Sharon) Corbin of Cumming, Ga.; daughters Janet (Chuck) Bright of Champaign, Judy (Bob) Rahn of Philo and Joyce Felt of Savoy; grandchildren, Amber Corbin, Ashley Corbin, Michael Bright, Patrick Bright, Adam Rahn, Katie Rahn, Natalie (Jimmy) Barnett and Stephanie Goslin; and two great-grandchildren, Andre Buchhaas and Landon Barnett.
   Beth was preceded in death by her parents, son Russell Harper and grandson Andre Corbin.
   Attending the Fairmount school system, Beth graduated from Jamaica High School in Sidell. As a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service, Beth enjoyed a successful career, rising to the rank of postmaster. During her tenure, she was affiliated with post offices in Villa Grove, Westville, Fairmount and Champaign. Additionally, Beth was a member of the Villa Grove Rotary and was instrumental in the planning of Fairmount’s Fourth of July celebration.
   Throughout her lifetime, Beth enjoyed spending time with friends, laughing, traveling and enjoying life to its fullest. Beth’s main passion was her family, where her love and inspiration will be an ongoing testament to all of those she touched.
   A celebration of Beth’s life was Saturday, May 17, at the home of Bob and Judy Rahn (303 E. Van Buren St., Philo).
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society ( or 1-800-227-2345) or CaringBridge (

Joseph Carl “Joe” Hageman, 89, of Sidell passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   A celebration of Joe’s life and faith will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands.
Born May 2, 1925 in Danville, he was the son of Carl “Charlie” and Jennie (Bahls) Hageman. He married Dolores Louise Messman on March 23, 1947 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands.
Joe served his country with honor in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following his time in the military he was a machinist for Modern Machine Shop and Allith-Prouty Manufacturing in Danville. He spent most of his life farming in the Fairmount area.
   Joe was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands. He was on the School Board for both Fairmount Elementary School and Jamaica Consolidated Schools, and was a past Director of the Farmers Elevator Co-op in Jamaica.
   Joe enjoyed many vacations across the United States and Europe with his family. He never met a stranger and enjoyed talking with people.
   Joe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dolores; one son, Jay (Tracy) Hageman of Fairmount; three daughters, Connie (Doug) Chew of Sidell, Karen (Barry) Maddox of Sidell, and Linda (Brent) Wininger of Sidney/Crawfordsville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Maxine Burgett Van Meter.
   Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home in Danville.
   A memorial has been established for Immanuel Lutheran Church, 390 County Road 2400E, Broadlands, Illinois 61816 or the donor’s choice.
   Please join Joe’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his tribute wall at

  Larry Ray King, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Sidell, passed away at his home on May 23, 2014.
   He was born August 7, 1938 to Raymond and Helen (Cummins) King at home in Sidell. He married Lana (Holt-Hamilton) King, on March 18, 1977 in Newman at the Methodist Church.
   Larry retired from Central Foundry in Tilton in 1991. On February 9, 1979 he survived a terrible accident while working at the foundry and endured third degree burns on over 65 percent of his body. After, retirement he began consulting with WRIB Manufacturing in 1993, a company formed with former Central Foundry Retirees. He traveled both domestically and internationally, including Scotland, China and Malaysia sharing his knowledge and earned many lifelong friendships.
   Larry was the first all conference and all county football player who graduated from Jamaica High School in 1956. He was fortunate enough to attend his 50th year high school graduation and reconnect with many childhood friends and enjoyed coming home to Sidell to visit his many friends and family.
   Larry was an avid fisherman, fishing both freshwater and saltwater and traveled to many different locations to sing the words “Fish On!” He also enjoyed bird hunting with his close friends and playing euchre with his good buddies at the tavern in Sidell.
   Larry also farmed with his dad in the Sidell area and owned the Cruise Inn Tavern. He was instrumental in opening and part-owner of the Brick Street Café. He was truly loved and respected by his hometown and met and made many new friends in Port Richey. Larry and Lana moved to Florida in 1999. He became HOA President of Marina Palms in 2009 in Port Richey.
   Larry is survived by his wife Lana and his sister Sharlynn Lewis of Sidell, Also surviving are his daughters, Bobbie (Rick) Linne of Oakwood, Chris (Brad) McDowell of Sidell, Lori (Greg) Kite of Sidell, Beth Tanner of Port Richey, Jolie Hamilton of Danville, and a son Troy Hamilton of Port Richey.
   Also surviving are his grandchildren, Rikki (Aaron) Puzey, Ryan Linne, Randi (John) Kilkenny, Chad (Joy) McDowell, Holly (Michael) Elston, Seth Jarvis, Dane (Dani) Jarvis, Hannah Hamilton, Dylan Tanner, and Liam Hamilton. Great- grandchildren, Henry and Regan Kilkenny and Hallie Jo Elston. Also surviving are his best friends and companions with four legs, Lucy, Wilson, Onni, Chucky and Weezer.
   A memorial service in Sidell is planned for the fall. You may share your condolences with the family at and

  Donald Neal Underwood, lovingly known to most as “Neal,” 70, of Georgetown, Texas, passed on to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 29, 2014 after a three and a half year courageous battle with cancer.
   Neal was born February 21, 1944 in Danville to the late William Cleatis and Juanita Jewell Plotner Underwood. Neal was raised in Fairmount and graduated from Jamaica High School in 1962. He went on to attend Eastern Illinois University majoring in music; he was part of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
   In April of 1965, he married Sharon Jean Bray. They had two sons, Donald William, born January 27, 1966 and William Christopher, born August 1, 1971. They divorced in 1973 after eight years of marriage. Neal married the love of his life, Nicolette Carras, in Danville, Illinois; they were married on July 31,1976. Neal and Nikki moved to the Austin area in 1981.
   He worked for many years in sales and purchasing, but never let his true love for music get too far out of his life. Neal was a very talented musician and played many different instruments. Working around the house on his many projects kept Neal happy and active. Neal and Nikki were active members at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Georgetown for many years. Neal enjoyed singing in the choir and taking part in numerous other church activities.
   While attending First United Methodist Church in Round Rock, Texas, his love of music and talent for playing brought Neal together with other musicians from the church and a band called the “StepSons” was born in 1989. Together the band entertained folks over the years in many different venues, playing gospel and folk music.
   Neal is preceded in death by his parents, William and Juanita Underwood and grandson, T.J. Merz.
   Neal leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 38 years, Nicolette Anastasia of Georgetown, Texas; children, Donald William Underwood and his wife Jane Merz of Bloomington and William Christopher Underwood and his wife Sonya Roman of Leander, Texas; grandchildren, Laurel, Kristie, Michael and Andrew; along with other loving friends and church family.
   A memorial service of celebration and thanksgiving was hold Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Georgetown, Texas. Another service will be held later in Illinois.
   Memorials in Neal’s memory can be sent to The American Cancer Society or St. John’s United Methodist Church music ministries, 311 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas 78628.
   Personal words of comfort may be sent to the Underwood family at our online guestbook at

Bradley Guthrie
   The Lord called Bradley Michael Guthrie home on Mon., July 14, 2014 at 8:37 a.m. He was met by his loving grandparents and is now resting in God’s arm.
   Funeral services will be Sunday, 2 p.m. at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Mike Cox and Rev. Don Shane officiating. Burial will be in the Stearns Cemetery at Fithian. Visitation is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Sidell United Methodist Church.
   He was born January 6, 1985 in Danville to Michael Dean and Darlene Kay Fitzsimmons Guthrie.
   Brad graduated from Jamaica High School in 20013. He was an outstanding football player and was proud of being all county and all area lineman. Later he graduated from Southern Illinois University, with a degree in rehabilitation, and continued working in that field until his death, helping and comforting others.
   Megan Mitchell, Bradley’s girlfriend said, “He was a big man with a big heart”. He had a big personality and a mind like a youngster. He enjoyed his family, especially his nieces and nephews.
   Brad is survived by his parents of Sidell; two brothers, Brett (Missy) Guthrie of Fairmount and Brian Guthrie of Oakwood; two nephews, Brandon Guthrie and Tate Guthrie; four nieces, Miriah Guthrie, Shelby Guthrie, Hannah Guthrie and Madison Guthrie; his girlfriend, Megan Mitchell, and his friends, Zach Lyons and Cole Gooch.
   Bradley attended the Sidell United Methodist Church, and was baptized at the Fairmount Quarry. He loved music and all sports. He was a caregiver at Our Direction in Marion.
   Memorials may be made to “Our Direction.” Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

  Bonnie M. Carter, 85, of Fairmount, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Sat., July 12, 2014 at Gardenview Manor in Danville.
Bonnie was born March 12, 1929 in Jamaica Township to Fred H. and Myrtie Turner Brooks McNees. She married Jack L. Carter Feb. 26, 1948. Jack passed away April 22, 1983.
   Survivors include one son, Larry Carter of Fairmount; one daughter, Marilyn (Dan) Moore of Chrisman; and one grandson Adam Lee Carter. She was preceded in death by two sisters.
   Bonnie was a farm wife and helped Jack with farm work. She was a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Fairmount Women’s Club. She enjoyed cooking, birds and flowers.
   Funeral services were Tuesday at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Burial was at Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials may be made to the Fairmount United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences at

  Colleen Ivah Maloy, 66, of Indianola, passed away on June 19, 2014 at Presence United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville after a gallant battle against cancer. She was born Feb. 12, 1948 in Florence, Ariz., the only child of Emerald Leaton and Harriet Serrilda (Stout) Maloy.
   Colleen graduated with honors from Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz. in 1966. She completed a Bachelors of Science degree at Arizona State University in 1971 with a major in Environmental Science (Zoology) and a minor in chemistry. She continued her graduate studies at ASU focusing on solid state science.
   Colleen worked as a process engineer/technician for several corporations in Arizona and Texas in the 1970s and 80s. When her parents entered their golden years she returned home to care for them. 
   Colleen loved all of God’s creatures, large and small. She had numerous pets throughout her life who were family to her. She raised and showed purebred Saluki dogs.
   After her parents passed away, Colleen moved to Indianola in 2004. She continued to show dogs and held various jobs until her health made it impossible to work.
   Colleen was an active member of several dog groups in Arizona and Illinois. Other hobbies included photography, geology, bird watching, reading, and making polymer clay jewelry. Colleen was a lifelong learner and had many interests.
   Following cremation by Rortvedt Funeral Services in Tilton, her ashes were sent to Arizona to be scattered in the desert that she loved. Colleen is survived by her five Saluki dogs--Stormy, Cloud, Niven, Blaise and Possum Tallulah.
   Memorials may be sent to Faith In Action South, 302 N. State, Westville, Ill. 61883.

  At age 89, Clifford Alexander of Danville, finally gave up the ghost on July 16, 2014. He said many times, “I’ve lived twice as long as I expected and four time longer than I deserve.” Clifford was known to many as “Mr. A.” by the students he taught at Fairchild School over the years. He could never venture out in Danville without being recognized and greeted by someone of one generation or another that had him as a teacher, mentor, or friend.
Most were unaware that Cliff was a veteran who served with the elite Army Ski Corps in Europe during WWII. He was proud of his service, and always had a soft spot for any veteran that needed a few bucks or a helping hand. He was a man that was always drawn to those less fortunate. He chugged around town endlessly in his cool coal black ’56 T-Bird convertible, and was never without his pipe, and friendly wave, or a corny joke.
Mr. A earned his teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University, and his Master’s from the University of Illinois. He was born in Fairmount, and graduated from Urbana High School. He and his wife Dorothy were longtime residents of Walnut Hill, and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just a short time before she passed away in 2011.
Clifford was also preceded in death by one son, Cord Alexander. Survivors include one grandson, Justin; numerous nieces and nephews; and special neighbors and friends that have helped him over the rough spots the last few physically challenging years of his life.
Being cantankerous as he sometimes was, he insisted, no he demanded, that no funeral service of any kind be held. He wanted to be remembered in life, not in death. He wanted nothing but a simple graveside service attended by his family. That request will be honored. His wish to be buried behind Catlin IGA will not be. In lieu of flowers Mr. A requested that a small contribution in his name be made to American Legion Post 210 or the GAO Grotto.
He was a 32nd degree Mason, a lifetime honorary member of the Grotto and a loyal member of the Church of the Divine Light in Danville. Being a religious man, he seldom missed a Sunday service. The gentleman was definitely “one of a kind” and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
Private graveside rites at the GAR Cemetery in Homer. American Legion Post 210 will provide military honors. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. On-line condolences at

August 2014

  Peggy M. Lyons, 89, of Sidell, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
   Peggy was born on March 13, 1925, in Indianola to R. Dale and Mary Wilson Mills. She married Ervin W. “Tic” Lyons on Feb. 14, 1946, in Sidell. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2012. Survivors include: two sons, Keith (Kelly) Lyons of Sidell and Steve (Sandra) Lyons of Sidell; five grandchildren, Kendyl Lyons of Dallas, Texas, Tyler Lyons of Fithian, Trenton (Ashley) Lyons of Fairmount, Katlyn (Aaron) Masters of Leroy, and Corby (Melisa) West of Rantoul. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Eugene Mills.
   Peggy attended McMurray College and the University of Illinois. She worked at Sidell State Bank for 19 years and then worked as a mail carrier until she retired. Peggy attended the Sidell United Methodist Church. She was a University of Illinois fan. She enjoyed camping, boating, and going to her grandkids’ ball games.
   Funeral services were held Aug. 21 at Sidell United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Shane officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
   Robison Chapel in Catlin handled the arrangements. On-line condolences at

  Thomas Clough Zeigler, 64, of Fairmount passed away at 11:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   He was born on July 12, 1950 in Baltimore, Md. He was the son of Clarence and Evelyn Jones Freeland. He married Joan Zeigler. He later married Annette Puzey on June 22, 1992 in Baltimore, Md. She survives.
   Other survivors include his six children, Thomas Scott (Brooke) Zeigler of St. Louis, Mo., Kurt Andrew (Michael Pitch) Zeigler of Champaign, Michael Christopher Zeigler of Urbana, Anthony James Schomburg of Urbana, Gregory Alan (Grace) Schomburg of St. Louis, Mo., and Andrea (Jonathan) Tunick of Chicago; one brother, Leroy Zeigler of Florida; two sisters, Mary Louise of Pennsylvania and Norma Jean of Maryland; three grandchildren, Gabrielle and Thomas Zeigler and Aliya Tunick; a beloved god-daughter, Beth Walthrup of Baltimore, Md.; and special friends, Jeff and Carole Torell. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
   Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam Era. He was stationed in Kagnew, Ethiopia, and has remained friends with many of the guys he was stationed with. He was a police sergeant in the village of Atwood for 15 years before his retirement in 2007. Thomas was an avid photographer.
   Funeral services were held August 19, 2014 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial was in the National Cemetery in Danville with military honors by American Legion Post #210. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Wounded Warriors at the University of Illinois. On-line condolences at

October 2014

  Funeral services for Charles Eugene “Butch” Fonner, 70, Peace Valley, Mo., were held Oct. 1, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
   Butch died at 9:50 p.m., Sept. 27, 2014, at Ozarks Medical Center.
   He was born July 22, 1944, at Peoria, to Harold Eugene Fonner and Mary Catherine Barth Fonner. On Dec. 8, 1973 he married Shirley Anne Gipsonat at Peoria. God blessed them with joining their lives and raising six children.
   Butch graduated from Jamaica High School in 1963 where he was a star football player. He served his country for three years by joining the United States Army Reserves and was discharged with honors. He worked numerous jobs in his lifetime, including Caterpillar, truck driving for Tobler Transfer, Cabool Lease, West Plains School systems and was the owner/operator of White Church Store. He loved farming; putting in full days of work and still spending time on his tractor and with his cattle, not only providing for his family, but it brought joy to his soul.
   He also enjoyed bowling with his wife, skiing, was a rodeo cowboy and an incredible fisherman. He loved camping and spending time with his family and friends. Butch was a charitable and giving man and held a special place in his heart for the Convoy of Hope. Butch was a born again Christian and was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church and presently attended New Hope Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Shirley Anne Fonner, of the family home; six children, Shirlene O’Russa, Peoria, Rhonda (Butch) White, Cabool, Mo., Beverly Bourazak, Peoria, Jon (DeeDee) Prince, Mountain View, Mo., Catherine Pearson, West Plains, Mo. and Charles “Butchy” (Mikaela) Fonner, Monett, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Ann (Glenn) Hamm, of Sheridan and Vickie (Warren) Cooper of Arizona; one brother, Jeff (Robin) Fonner, of Sidell; special brother to his siblings, Rick Prince; special cousins, Larry, Bud, Terry and Kay Fonner; and many friends, including two devoted friends, Bob Bryan and Virgil Romans, who know his heart and spirit and will carry it on.
   His parents, step-mother Mary Lou Richardson Fonner, special aunt/mom, Lucille “Tommie” Brazeal and special cousins, Charles “Chuck” Fonner, preceded him in death.
   Burial was in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Cemetery, Convoy of Hope or Gideon Bible Society, c/o Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., West Plains, Mo. 65775. Online condolences at

  Harriet‚ “Sonya” Linne, 82, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
   Sonya was born the daughter of Newman and Florence Hamburg on Aug. 25, 1932 in Fulton, N.Y.
   She married Frank M. Linne on Oct. 24, 1954, and was preceded in death by her loving husband on Jan. 29, 2007. They formerly resided in Sidell.
   Sonya is survived by her two sons, Rick (Bobbie) Linne of Oakwood and Kim (Pam) Linne of Danville; one daughter, Kerri Stingley of Watseka; 10 grandchildren, Rikki Jo (Aaron) Linne, Ryan Linne, Randi Jo (John) Kilkenny, Andy (Jodie) Linne, Ashley (Ryan) Taylor, Allison (Brad) Fleehearty, Aimee (Jay) Miller, Taylor Kupcik, Aubrey and Amber Stingley; and eight great-grandchildren, Henry and Reagan Kilkenny, Alec and Julia Watson, Gavin Fleehearty, Van and August Linne, and Austin Miller.
   Sonya is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kerry N. Hamburg and sister, Jackie Corbett.
   Sonya was a proud graduate of Danville High School class of 1950 and life-long member of Oakwood Christian Church.
   A celebration of life was held Sept. 27, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Pastor Patti Wise officiated. Entombment was held at Sunset Memorial Park.
   Donations in Sonya’s memory may be made to the Vermilion County Museum. Please join Sonya’s family in sharing pictures, videos, and memories on her Tribute Wall at

  Dean Eakle, 83 of Sidell, passed away Sept. 26, 2014 at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
   Funeral services were held at the Joines-Appleby Funeral Home in Newman. Pastor Tim Pearman officiated. Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Hillsboro, Ind. Craig Roller officiated the service at the cemetery.
   Dean was born on October 31, 1930 in Clay County, Tenn., a daughter of Clifford and Bessie Stanford Hurd. She married Ted Deckard in 1947. He preceded her in death in 1968.
   Survivors include her children Ted (Connie) Deckard of Mellott, Ind., Marie (Ron) Norvell of Arthur, Billy Deckard (special friend Dottie Lovett) of Allerton, and Kathy (Glenn) Delbridge of Sidell. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, Maxine Cross of Lafayette, Ind., a sister, Willie Key of Veedersburg, Ind., and a brother, Guye Hurd of Mellott, Ind.
   She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, a great grandchild, and two sisters.
   Dean enjoyed quilting and embroidering. She worked until she was 80 at the Brick Street Cafe in Sidell where she enjoyed baking pies. She was a member of the Faith Evangelical Church in Fairmount.
   Memorials may be made to the Dean Eakle family.
   Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman is in charge of arrangements.

   Janet D. Nees, 79, of Sidell passed away Oct. 16, 2014 in Geneva, Ill.
   She was born Jan. 19, 1935 in Hume, the daughter of Harold and Veva (Hamilton) Moore. She was united in marriage to William (Bill) Nees Jan. 23, 1954 in Hume. She was a graduate of Young America High School, Class of 1952.
   She is survived by her children Ed (fiance Becky Abbott) of Oakwood and Kathy (Gary) Conn of St. Charles; grandsons Drew, Cole and Clay Conn of St. Charles, Jason Cappello of Westville, Jordan Abbott of Oakwood; grandaughters Stacy Cappello of Phoenix, Ariz., Morgan Eckman of Villa Rica, Ga. and Kaitlyn Eckman of Oakwood and one great granddaughter Alyssa Miller of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-laws Roberta Tomaw of Sidell, Elsie (Paul) Palmer of Effingham and Anna Moore of Hume; brother-in-law Ervin (Robin) Nees of Science Hill, Ky. and many nieces and nephews.
   In addition to her parents, Janet was proceeded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, Bill; and her brother Gordon Moore.
   Janet was an avid sports fan. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, Illini basketball and all things Jamaica Cardinals. She was the President of the Sports Booster Club and enjoyed popping popcorn and watching her children play basketball. Helping others was her greatest gift – she served as the Mayor of Sidell for 24 years.
   Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at the United Methodist Church. Pastor Don Shane officiated. Burial was held at the young America cemetery in Hume.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
   Joines Appleby Funeral Home of Newman was in charge of arrangements.

November 2014

  Elmer Miller of Sidney, formerly of Ridge Farm, went to be with the Lord at 2:02 p.m. Sat. (Oct. 11, 2014). Elmer was born to Henry Clay Miller and Olive Landis Miller on March 25, 1928, west of Ridge Farm. He married Marjorie Erb Miller on Nov. 17, 1956, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reform Church of Sidney.
   He has three children, Dorella (Tom Sinder) Pruitt of Sidney, Keith Miller of Fairland and Deena (Ron) Paine of Mahomet. He has three grandchildren, Aaron and Zachary Miller of Fairland and Lacy Pruitt of Sidney. He has several step-grandchildren and many step-great-grandchildren. He has one step-great-great-grandson.
   He is survived by two sisters, Phyllis (Ralph) Haas and Jayne (Gene) Brownfield and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Miller. Also surviving are two aunts, Naomi Duncan and Hester Landis.
   He was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Rex Miller and one sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Gene Ellis.
   He spent most of his life as a farmer near Ridge Farm. He was a policeman for the University of Illinois, served as president of the Ridge Farm School Board and served on the Pilot Grove Cemetery Board and was executive secretary for the Associated Committee of Indian Affairs.
   He was involved in Christian Endeavors, serving as state president for one year. He served in the Paris National Guard.
   Elmer drove a school bus for Georgetown-Ridge Farm and mowed several cemeteries in Vermilion County.
He was a member of Ridge Farm Friends and attended the Sidney United Church. He was a member of Quaker Men and the Friendly Builders Sunday School Class.
   He graduated from Ridge Farm High School in 1946. He loved to read and travel the country.
   Memorials can be made to Longview Fire Department, Ridge Farm Friends Church or the donor’s choice.
Funeral services were held at Sidney United church with Pastor Mike Picklesimer and Ron Drage officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney.
   Freese Funeral Home, Sidney, was in charge of arrangements.

  George C. Ford, 80 of Sidell, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were held at the Sidell United Methodist Church in Sidell. Pastor Don Shane officiated. Burial was held at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Newman.
   George was born on Oct. 30, 1934 in Danville, a son of John H. and Lucille Clarkson Ford, Sr. He married Sara Beth Robinson on Jan. 5, 1964 in Allerton. She survives.
   Also surviving are children Henry (Jandi) Ford of Chandler, Ariz; Gary Ford of Holt, Mich.; Keith (Teresa) Ford of Tolono; and Robert Ford of Sidell. Grandchildren Emily, Joseph, and Catharine Ford; brothers, John H. Ford Jr., Joe Ford, and sister, Grace Ford, all of Sidell.
   George was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Raymond Ford.
   George was a former member of the Sidell Lions Club, Sidell United Methodist Church, and Sidell Historical Society.
   He enjoyed farming, photography, motorcycling, watching football, baseball, racing, and he had a private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying planes.
   Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Sidell United Methodist Church.
   Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman was in charge of arrangements.

  Richard Schomburg, 76, prominent and longtime Danville-area businessman, owner of the former Schomburg & Schomburg Construction Co., passed away at 2:45 a.m., Nov. 13, 2014, at Hawthorne Inn in Danville. 
Richard was born Jan. 2, 1938, in Champaign County to Earl Richard and Portica Elizabeth Parrish Schomburg. He married Barbara Cofoid on Dec. 28, 1978, in Reno, Nev. Barbara passed away July 25, 2013.
   Survivors include one son, Mark Schomburg of Houston, Texas; one daughter: Susan Kitts of Denton, Texas; three brothers, Kenneth Schomburg of Terre Haute, Ind., Gary Schomburg of Terre Haute, Ind., and James (Cindy) Schomburg of Williamsport, Ind.; two sisters, Carol (Tom) Smoot of Catlin, and Helen Clapper of Ariz.; and four grandsons, Jake Schomburg, Kyle Schomburg, Matthew Kitts and Alex Kitts. He was preceded in death by one brother, Calvin.
   Richard was a graduate of Jamaica High in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army. He operated his construction company in Danville for more than 30 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Ansar Shrine. Richard enjoyed wild game and safari hunting all over the globe.
   Private services with Masonic Rites were held at the Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The family appreciates the staff of the Hawthorne Inn and Harbor Lights Hospice for their wonderful care of Richard. Online condolences at

  Mary Morris Lareau, 82, of Homer was graciously lifted up into the loving arms of her Lord at 11:53 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana.
   There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 29 at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer with Rev. Teri Shane and Rev. Mike Picklesimer officiating.Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, rural Allerton.
   Mary was born Nov. 7, 1932 in Allerton, a daughter of William Paul and Sarah Hart Morris. She married Wayne Franklin Lareau on June 8, 1952 in Palarmo. He passed away July 4, 2010.
   Survivors include three daughters, Cherie Libka of Homer, Susan (Michael) Scruggs of Bourbonnais, and Michele Lareau of Savoy; three sons, David (Phyllis)Lareau of Allerton, Daniel Lareau of Urbana and Dane Lareau of Silversprings, Md.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Rachel Ann Morris of Tyler, Texas.
   Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John Henry Morris and William Paul Morris.
   She was a former member of the Sidney United Church and a current member of the Homer United Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed being a part of the farming community for many years. She was a part of the Home Economics Department at Heritage schools for numerous years. She was a correspondent for the Sidell Journal/Reporter, a life member of the Allerton Historical Society, and a member of the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter of DAR. Mary also enjoyed working with girl scouts in past years. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed playing music, painting, playing bridge and doing needle work.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney United Church or the Homer United Methodist Church.

December 2014

   Nancy L. Evans, 65, of Sidell passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 2, 2014) at the Presence United Samaritan Hospital in Danville.
   Funeral services will be on Saturday at noon at the First Baptist Church in Sidell. Craig Roller will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. A visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 10-12.
   Nancy was born Oct. 7, 1949 in Danville a daughter of James A. and Maxine Hays Smith. She married J.P Evans on March 14, 1993. He survives.
   Also surviving are her children, Dawn Fieldbinder of Sidell, Dusty (Shannon) Spears of Catlin, Marlena (Greg) Moore of Champaign, and Jody (Doug) Stoerger of Monticello; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (Jo Anna) Smith of Georgetown and Jim Smith of Seville, Fla.; and sisters, Diana (Robert) Frazier and Kellie (Rob) Howard, both of Danville; and special friends, Lyle and Barb Knott who claimed Nancy as their daughter.
   Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Gary Smith and granddaughter, Wendy Jo Stoerger.
   Nancy dearly loved and cared for her grandchildren, friends and family, as well as her extended family of co-workers and residents at the Windsor of Savoy, where she worked for 14 years. She loved motorcycles, country and bluegrass music and classic cars – especially their 71 Cutlass Convertible and 68 Cutlass 442 Convertible.
   Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman, IL is in charge of arrangements.

   Judy Nesbitt, 76, of Catlin, passed away at 11:53 p.m. Nov. 23, 2014, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
   Judy was born Nov. 11, 1938, in Indianola to Herbert and Martha McCoy Nesbitt.
   Surviving are seven nieces and nephews, Carol (Greg) Wada of Austin, Texas, David (Sandy) Nesbitt of Georgetown, Alan (Diana) Nesbitt of Fithian, Carl (Linda) Clevenger of Downers Grove, Doug (Lisa) Nesbitt of Sidney, Jay Nesbitt of Indianola, and Nancy (Roger) Burris of Vermilion Grove; and 16 great-nieces and great-nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her two brothers and their wives, Thomas (Patricia) Nesbitt and John (Shirley) Nesbitt; and her sister Janet and her husband, Paul Clevenger.
   Judy loved listening to audio books, keeping up on the family farm activities and following her great-nieces and great-nephews’ activities. She had attended Catlin United Methodist Church.
   Funeral services were held Nov. 29, at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Reverend Curtis Flake officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
   Memorials can be made to the organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

  Wayne R. “Sonny” Sergent Sr., 79, of Sidell, and formerly of Westville, finished his journey on this earth and headed home to be with the love of his life, Patty, at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. 
   Wayne was born July 11, 1935, in Danville, to Alice Mullins and Wayne Bailey Sergent.
   He married his best friend, Patricia “Patty” Ann Felts, in August 1966. She preceded him in death on May 27, 1990.
   Wayne was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered most for his love of driving. Wayne’s love began with stock car racing and he was an icon on the stock car circuit within the entire area. He moved on later in life to become the “premier limo driver” working for his son Chuck’s limo business, K.C. Express. He also spent time behind the wheel driving school buses for the Westville School District. He concluded his driving career in June 2013 when he retired from transporting senior citizens for Danville Township.
   Wayne enjoyed bowling, golfing, spending quality time with his son Chuck, and cruising the streets of Sidell on his golf cart. Wayne loved to spend his spare time chatting with friends at Sonny’s Corner Cafe, the place which his son Chuck and daughter-in-law Julie named after him as a tribute.
   Wayne will be missed by many including his four sons, Chuck (Julieanne) Sergent, John (Christy) Brumfield, Doug (Nancy) Brumfield and Dan (Deb) Brumfield; two daughters, Debie Sergent and Deb Brumfield; 12 grandchildren, Joey Sergent, Jordyn (Brandon) Richardson, Jessica (Nathan) McGee, Jonathan (Breeann) Brumfield, Angela Brumfield, Christian Brumfield, Justin Brumfield, Bruce “BK” (Wendy Jo) Biage, Starla Biage, Courtney Brumfield, Justin Sergent and Tammy Jean Wilson; and 13 great-grandchildren, Keaton and Kelsey Richardson, Zoe and Kinslee McGee, Ty and Ava Brumfield, Auna and Bella Biage, Lexi Biage, Josiah Biage, Ashtyn and Addisyn Brumfield and Alayna Smalley; one sister, Charlene Warner; several cousins, nieces and nephesws; special friends Ronnie Russell (cousin) and Sandi Lappin will miss having Sunday lunch with Wayne.
   Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patty; sister, Jody King; son, Wayne R. Sergent Jr.; and grandson Josh Biage.
A celebration of Sonny’s Life was held Dec. 16, at Sunset-Urbas Funeral Chapel, Westville. Pastor Tim Pearman officiated. Burial was at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Westville.


  Thomas G. “Jerry” Hays, 75, of Catlin, left this life at 3:11 p.m. EST Dec. 10, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
   He was the son of Thomas and Leotta Smith Hays.
   He married Hilda Gouty on April 11, 1962, in Danville. She survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Chad (Ruth) Hays of Catlin; two daughters, Carla (Dean) Modglin of Muskego, Wisc., and Karen (Mike) Ostaffe of Maple Grove, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Leighton and Caleb Peavler, Damon Hays, Grace and Evan Modglin, and Kate, Michael and Xander Ostaffe; two great-grandsons, Greyson and Wesley Peavler; a sister, Marilyn (Jerry) Atkins of Iowa City, Iowa; a niece, Wendy (Doug) Taylor of Chandler, Ariz.; and two nephews, Eric (Carlyn) Atkins and Brian (Laurie) Atkins all of Lake Forest, Ill.
   Jerry was a graduate of Oakwood High School and attended Danville Junior College. He was maintenance supervisor at the Vermilion Power station in Oakwood for the Illinois Power Company for over 40 years. Under his supervision, the plant was awarded numerous companywide safety awards. He was past president of the Catlin Little League. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard and Catlin American Legion.
   He was a very accomplished master craftsman who could tackle any project or task. He was jokingly known by his family as a mathematical genius. Jerry’s dedication to and love for his family was extraordinary. He was a loyal friend, led by example and had a tireless work ethic, and employed the quick wit and enduring smile of a man who thoroughly enjoyed life.
   A Celebration of Jerry’s life was held Dec. 13, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Danville. Darren Johnson officiated. Burial was at OakRidge Cemetery in Catlin.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Presence USMC Foundation/Faith in Action and to the Catlin American Legion.


  Roseann Cler, 70, of Fairmount, passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Champaign   Urbana Rehab Center, Savoy.
   She was born Sept. 11, 1944, in Rantoul, a daughter of John and Eva (Chumbley) Irvin.
   She married Robert E. Cler on Aug. 3, 1963, in Penfield. He survives.
   Also surviving are two children, Rod Cler of Davenport, Iowa, and Nicole (Dan) Meyer of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Victor (Carol) Irvin of Penfield; two sisters, Janis Stalter of Gifford and Kay (Rich) McCool of Seymour; and four grandchildren, Whitman Cler, Beckett Cler, Waker Cler and Barratt Meyer.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Roseann loved to travel and she worked in various travel agencies since 1970. She enjoyed Illini sports and was heavily involved in Danville Knights of Columbus.
   A funeral mass was held Dec. 12, at St. Lawrence Church, Penfield. Father Menner officiated. Burial at St. Lawrence Cemetery.