Obituaries 2015

January 2015

  Helen B. Miller, 95, of Fairmount, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Dec. 27, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Helen was born March 30, 1919 in Fairmount to Froman and Edna Dickson Baker. She married Charles D. Miller March 24, 1940 in Watseka. Charles passed away September 11, 1971. Survivors include: one son, Doug (Vickie) Miller of Indianola; one daughter: Nancy (Gerald) Shirk of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; four grandchildren: Michael (Jennifer) Shirk, Jeffrey (Paul Harper) Shirk, Elizabeth (David) Hawk, and Amy (Matt) Cornell; and six great-grandchildren.
   Helen was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Fairmount Women’s Club, Danville Art League, the former Fairmount and Jamaica Historical Society, and Vermilion County Historical Society.
   Funeral services were held at the Catlin United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Humrichous officiating. Private burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials in Helen’s memory to Danville Symphony, Danville Art League, Danville Area Community College, or Woodlawn Cemetery Association Perpetual Care. The Robison Chapel in Catlin assisted the Miller Family with service details. Online condolences at

  Fred Alexander, 75, of Fairmount passed away at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 27, 2014 at his home.
   He was born Oct. 13, 1939, south of Fairmount to William D. and Inez Fern McNeese Alexander. Fred married Karen Lutz on July 5, 1975, in Danville.
   She survives, as well as two sons, Brian (Lynda) Alexander of South Carolina and Freddie (Dawn) Alexander of South Carolina; one stepson, Blue Lutz of Fairmount; four daughters, Mindy Alexander of Oklahoma, Missy (Randy) Nelson of Oklahoma, Tammy Alexander of Oklahoma and Spring (Eric) Riggle of Sidell; one stepdaughter, Michelle (Bryan) Obenland of Oakwood; one brother, James (Shirley) Alexander of Fairmount; one sister, Betty Salladay of Fairmount; one sister-in-law, Jinny Alexander of Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Bill and Clifford; a brother-in-law, Jim Salladay; and a sister-in-law, Patty Alexander.
   Fred had been a concrete mason with Salladay Construction for 20 years and drove his own semi truck for 25 years.
   He enjoyed horseback riding, showing horses, traveling to Mexico, and being with family and friends.
   Funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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   Paul K. Queen, 77, of Bethany passed away Wed., Jan. 7, 2015 in his home.
   Paul was born Sept. 1, 1937 in Bethany the son of A. Kenneth and Gladys (McGee) Queen. He married Marjory J. Goodall June 6, 1970 in Sullivan. He graduated from Bethany High School. He served in the National Guard during a peace time. Paul retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation in 1997. After retirement he drove part time for HPR Automotive and Jim Warren Auto sales. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethany and a member of the Decatur Aero Club. He had a private pilot’s license for many years.
   He is survived by his wife Marjory; sister, Marna J. (Jim) Morris of Jackson, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Audry A. Collins of Berea, Ky., Larry O. Reeder of Rockwall, Texas, Joe L. Reeder of Burleson, Texas, James Kenneth Morris of Jackson, Tenn. and Tamara Jane Gulley of Memphis, Tenn.
   He was preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara J. Reeder and Janice L. Dinwiddie Graveside services were held Jan. 10 at Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany. McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Bethany was in charge of arrangements.
   Memorials are suggested to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethany or the Marrowbone Public Library District, Bethany.

  James Richard Gregory Bolton, 31, of Potomac, passed away suddenly Wed., Jan. 21, 2015, at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City, Ind.
   Born Jan. 18, 1984, in Danville, he was the son of James E. II and Johna (Duncan) Bolton of Potomac and formerly of Indianola.
   James was a full-time student and had a great thirst for knowledge. He enjoyed fishing and building cars with his dad. James was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and enjoyed reading the Bible, along with many other types of books. He loved spending time with his daughters. They were his world.
   James is survived by two daughters, Makenzie Gooch of Ridge Farm and Gracie Lynne Bolton of Indianapolis; his parents, Johna and James Bolton II of Potomac; his paternal grandmother, Marcia Ruth (Maddox) Gillis of Danville; and several aunts and uncles and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James E. Bolton; maternal grandparents, John W. Duncan, Lois and Richard Dokey; and a cousin, Scott Bolton.
   A service to celebrate James’ life was held Monday at Sunset’s Oakwood Chapel with Pastor Phil Miller officiating. He was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery in Tilton.
   A memorial has been established in memory of James. Please join James’ family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his Tribute Wall at

  Donna L. Leverenz, 76, of Sidell, passed away at 11:20 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015 at her home.
   Donna was born Jan. 29, 1938 in Catlin to Paul Adams and Beatrice Pearl Smith Brown. She married Edward Charles Leverenz. He preceded her Nov. 4, 1995.
   Surviving are one son, Greg (Lori) Kite of Sidell; one daughter, Felicia (Thomas) Simpson of Howey in the Hills, Florida; one brother, Robert Wayne Brown of Casey; one sister, Beverly Pearson of Mattoon; six grandchildren, Benjamin (Sylvia) Kite and Adam Kite, Keely (Chris) Steyne, William Simpson, Seth Jarvis and Dane (Dani) Jarvis; and eight great-grandchildren, Kassidy, Jacob, Gabrielle, and Lucas Kite, and Eli, Levi, Malachi, and Meheret Steyne.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, two brothers in law, one sister-in-law and one infant nephew.
Donna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved bird watching and her dog “Mo.”
   Funeral services were held Jan. 27, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Reverend Ray Finney officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, Danville. Memorials to Carle Hospice. Online condolences

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February 2015

   Dorothy Jane Roller, 82, Newport Beach, Calif, entered into eternal life on Jan. 22, 2015.
   Dorothy was born in Paris, Ill. on Oct. 14, 1932 to the late Eugene and Fayne Good. Dorothy married J. Wilbur (Bill) Roller on Dec. 29, 1955.
   Dorothy and Bill raised three children, Rhonda Powers, James Roller and Debby Ott. Dorothy and Bill moved to Wyoming in 1970 until 1982 when they retired in Forsyth, Mo.
   Following Bill’s death Dorothy moved around between Illinois, Wyoming and Missouri in order to be close to her family. She settled in Orange County, Calif. to enjoy the sun and beach. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newport Beach.
   Dorothy was a devoted and loving wife and mother. Dorothy will be remembered as generous, kind and fun. She loved to play cards with friends and travel, mainly to visit her children and grandchildren. While in Branson, Mo. she was active in Our Lady of the Lake Parish.
   She is survived by her three children, Rhonda Powers of Parkman, Wyo., James Roller of Mililani, Hawaii and Deborah Ott of Newport Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren Trinity Powers, Jacob Roller and Jennifer Ware; four great grandchildren Kailer, Micayla, Azalea and Jayden; Judy Walker, sister and Ronald Good, brother and many nieces and nephews who loved her greatly.
   Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband J. Wilbur Roller in 1989; her brother Robert Good, her sister Loretta White; and two grandchildren Daniel Roller and Christopher Ware.
   A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s in Paris, lll. on March 19 with internment at Fairfield Cemetery, Newman.
   In lieu of flowers memorial gifts are suggested to Mane in Heaven 117 S. Cook Street, Ste 237, Barrington, IL 60010 or Mane in Heaven is a non profit organization that provides animal assisted activity and therapy visits with registered miniature horses; visit

  Natosha Griffin, 32, of Sidell, passed away Jan. 30, 2015 in Sidell.
   She was born on July 5, 1982 in Danville, the daughter of Wade Griffin and Patricia Hooker. They will miss her dearly.
   She will also be missed by her two daughters, Myka Ingram and Maddison Walker; her brothers, Wade (Kristen) Griffin of Indianola, Butch (Krystal) Griffin of Sidell, Colten Griffith of Danville, Jesse Kelly of Decatur, Ryan Kelly of Decatur; her grandfather, Carl Lee Griffin of Sidell as well as, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
   Natosha loved smiling, laughing and having a good time. She loved the outdoors and fishing, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her daughters and family and all her good friends.
   A celebration of life funeral service was held Feb. 3 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown.

   Marilyn Kay McComas, 75, of Allerton passed away at her home on Sunday (Feb. 8, 2015).   
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Joines-Appleby Funeral Home with Craig Roller officiating. A visitation will be held on Sunday at the funeral home from 2-3 p.m.
    Marilyn was born on Jan. 25, 1940 in Broadlands, a daughter of Roy and Mary Jeffers McCormick. She married Hugh McComas on Dec. 30, 1956 in Broadlands. They were married for 57 years before Hugh preceded her in death in May, 2014. Also preceding her were her parents and sister, Jane Bosch.
    Surviving her are her loving children, Robert Glen (Sue), Randall Hugh, Richard Wayne (Kim) and Krista Kay (Hank) March; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a sister Susan (Tracy) Hedrick, of Penfield, and a first cousin whom she was very close to, Jane Smith of Broadlands.
    Hugh and Marilyn lived and farmed on the Allerton ranches before moving to Dana, Ind. While in Indiana, Kay was a care giver to many. In 2011 Hugh and Kay moved back to Allerton to be closer to their children.
    Kay loved spending time with her family and reading and taking pictures. She also loved reading the Bible to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Sidell Baptist Church where she was involved in the woman’s group.
    Memorials may be made to the Sidell Baptist Church.
    Her love and dedication to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will forever be remembered by those who knew and loved her.
    Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman, IL is in charge of arrangements.

  Rory Monique Smith, 44, of Sevierville, Tenn, left her earthly home on Sun., Feb. 15, 2015, sur-rounded by her sons after a courageous battle against myelosarcoma.
   Rory was born May 24, 1970 in Phoenix, Ariz., the daughter of Frank and LaDonna Smith. She spent her early years in Phoenix, Arizona, Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Las Vegas and Sidell. She attended Jamaica High School where she was a cheerleader. She graduated from Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nev. While attending Bonanza High School she received a second place in the state award in art. She attended Danville Area Community College and received a bachelors degree in respiratory therapy. She was licensed in Arizona, Illinois and Indiana.
   Rory was a free spirit. She enjoyed ceramics and flowers. She taught herself to knit and crochet and was a seamstress. Rory played the clarinet, saxophone, flute, accordion and piano. Her favorite was playing “Chariots of Fire” and “Pink Panther” on the piano. She could work on a car, a house or fix a fantastic meal. When she set her mind to it she could do whatever she wanted. Her friends called her awesome and an inspiration in the way she worked and fought to live.
   She is survived by one daughter, Christin (Marcus) Santos Morici, grandson Sean Patrick of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, Brandon Vincent (granddaughters Kailee and Brynlee) of Mesa, Ariz., Daniel Ray Smith of Sevierville, Tenn, Cameron Tyler O’Brien, Springfield, Riley Frank O’Brien of Sevierville, Tenn.; her mother and stepfather, LaDonna and Daryl Maskel of Sidell.
   She was preceded in death by her father Frank Smith, uncle Frank Tyler, maternal grandparents Arnet and Eileen Tyler, paternal grandparents Joseph and Mary Smith.
   Per Rory’s request she was cremated and there were no services.

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March 2015

  Greg L. Huchel, 66, of Sidell, passed away at 4:47 a.m. on Mon., March 2, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Visitation is today (Thurs.) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Danville. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery near Sidell.
   Greg was born on July 17, 1948 in Stringtown to Charles and Regina Hahn Huchel. He married Elizabeth “Libby” Lucas on August 2, 1968 at St. Patrick’s Church in Danville. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Bart (Trish) Huchel and Aaron (Kim) Huchel both of Oakwood; four grandchildren, Lucas and Tyler Huchel, Allie and Ethan Huchel; two step-grandchildren, Brent Lopez and Austin Johnson; four brothers, Gerald (Louise) Huchel of Millington, Tenn., James (Jane) Huchel of Oakwood, Robert (Karen) Huchel of Catlin, and Wayne (Dee) Huchel of Conyers, Ga.; five sisters, Phyllis (Ira) Inboden of Stoy, Margaret (Bob) McLain of State Line, Ind., Constance (Ted) Taylor of Catlin; Deborah (Charles) McGee of Catlin and Carol (Jimmy) Tranchant. He was preceded in death by his parents.
   Greg was a 1966 graduate of Jamaica High School and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Technology from DACC. He retired from Viscofan (formerly Teepak) as the Cadd Supervisor in the Plant Engineering Department where he had worked for almost 40 years. He was a past president, secretary and treasurer of the Sidell Lions Club. In his early adult life Greg was a member of a very successful Sidell Pulling Team. He designed, built and drove mini-rod tractors. The team won numerous mini-rod pulls including four state fairs and a state points championship.
   Greg enjoyed woodworking in his garage, mostly in the winter months. He also loved to quail hunt with his sons and his brothers. In the summer months he enjoyed bass and bluegill fishing mostly at the Fairmount Quarry, but, his favorite past time was loading Libby on the back of his Harley and cruising the roads making both short and long trips. Greg was also a NASCAR fan and Illinois basketball fan. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
   Memorials to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation in care of Robison Chapel. Online condolences at

  John E. Miller Jr., 38, of Sidell, passed away Sun., March 1, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   A service to celebrate John’s life will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville with Rev. Dave Routien officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the time of services Friday evening at the funeral home. Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Sunset Funeral Home following services. Burial will be at a later date at Sunset Memorial Park.
   Born June 24, 1976, in Danville, he was the son of John E. Miller Sr. and Renate Jeske Eck.
   John owned a tow truck business for many years, and was a lubrication technician at Jiffy Lube and Wal-Mart Auto. He was a huge Bruce Lee fan and enjoyed collecting Bruce Lee memorabilia. John enjoyed bowling and all different kinds of hunting, whether it be bow or shotgun season. He was notorious for taking selfies of everything and he loved goofing around with his kids. He never knew a stranger and was always up for helping anyone in need.
   John is survived by two children, Riley and Gavyn Miller of Tilton; his mother and stepfather, Renate and Rick Eck of Oakwood; two sisters, April Jeske of Danville and Katie (Rick) Ullman of Muncie, Ind.; his best friends, Chris Zorns, Wyatt Rogers, Nate Reitsma, Kevin Roberts and Rodney “Bo” Miller; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his father, John E. Miller Sr.; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
   Please join John’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life on his Tribute Wall at

  Steven Redmond, 60, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:25 pm on Sat., February 28, 2015 at his home.
   Public graveside rites will be announced in the spring.
   Robison Chapel, Catlin, in charge of arrangements.

Elsie Hoskins, 85 years old, of Greenfield, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Hancock Regional Hospital.
She was born April 14, 1929 in Indianola, daughter of the late Jesse and Lucretia (Ponder) Hurst.
   Elsie married Charles Edward Hoskins on Dec. 12, 1947, in Indianola. He preceded her in death.
She was a former member of Harvestime Fellowship in Jamestown and a present member of First Church of God in Greenfield.
    Surviving are sons Charles Ray (Linda) Hoskins of Greenfield, Rex Allen (Janet) Hoskins of Howell, Mich. and grandchildren, Matthew and Brian Hoskins.
   In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward, William, Oscar, Elmer, Marian, Paul, Russell, Roy and Charles Hurst.
   Services were held Feb. 26 at the funeral home with Pastors Art Thomas and Ira Scott officiating. Elsie was laid to rest in the Shannondale Cemetery, Shannondale.

D.A. Winkler, 84 of Dieterich, passed away at 5:42 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
   D.A., better known as “Wink,” was born on July 8, 1930, in Indianola, the son of Albion and Hortense (Baird) Winkler.
   He married Marjorie Lois Dent on Feb. 7, 1953 in Mattoon and she preceded him in death March 27, 2013.
   D.A. served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. D.A. was a high school math teacher and taught at Dieterich, Farina-LaGrove, Martinsville and Mattoon and retired after many years of teaching.
   D.A. was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, charter member of Dieterich Ruritan Club, Dieterich Post 628 American Legion, Dieterich Fire Department and Dieterich Community Development Corporation. D.A. coached cross country, track, baseball and basketball. He was a member of the Dieterich Hall of Fame.
   D.A. is survived by children, Tina (Thomas) Tromiczak of Mountain Lakes, N.J., David (Brenda) Winkler of Effingham and Lisa (Brad) Bushue of Effingham; grandchildren, Daniel (Camille) Winkler, Kristen Winkler (fiancé Kenneth Flood), Hailey Bushue, and Jacob Bushue; brother, Deane (Nita) Winkler of Indianola; and brother-in-law, Dale Downs of Charleston.
   D.A. was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Jack and Jeane Winkler; and a sister, Lois Ann Downs.
Funeral services were held Feb. 24 with Pastor Stephen Gillet officiating. Burial was in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Dieterich, with full military rites.
   Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Dieterich Schools Education Foundation. Arrangements were under the care of Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich.

   Dane “Richard” Binkley, 73, of Ridge Farm, passed away March 11, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.
   Richard was born in Danville Nov. 4, 1941 to Dane Leon and Eula Rose (Hopkins) Binkley. He grew up in Ridge Farm, attended the University of Illinois and received his bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University. He continued his studies at Kansas State University where he completed a master’s degree in animal science. He had a long career in agriculture, living and working in many parts of the country.
   He worked as a farm reporter in Geneseo, worked with the state’s Department of Agriculture in South Carolina and later worked with DeKalb, working all over the Southeast and Midwest. After retiring, he became the proprietor of a local tavern, where he always greeted friends with giant welcoming grin and a few choice words.
   An avid sports fan, Richard loved the Fighting Illini, and Chicago Bears. He never met a crossword puzzle he could not finish and completed several every day. Richard also enjoyed antiques and traveling.
   Richard cherished the time with his family and friends. He spent the last six and a half months traveling the Midwest and along the East Coast seeing those he loved most. He was surrounded by great lifelong friends, who offered their love, caring support and good humor, especially Danny Rosnett, Jerry Neubert, Stan Catlett, Steve Land and his niece, Bridget Creek.
   He is survived by two daughters, Dana (Keith) Taylor of Irmo, S.C., and Beth Binkley of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Sandy Creek of Chrisman; and two grandchildren, Alexander Lourie of Nashville, Tenn., and Spencer Lourie of Columbia, S.C. He was preceded in death by his son, Brad, and his parents.
   A celebration of Richard’s life was held March 16 at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman. The burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery.
   Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Ridge Farm United Methodist Church food bank at S. State St. Ridge Farm, IL 61870.

   Jeramey John Charles Curry, 38, went to be with his Lord March 14, 2015 at his home in Hinesville, Ga.
  There will be local visitation at the First Baptist Church in Sidell Saturday, March 21 from 10-11, followed by graveside services at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell with Don Callahan officiating.
   Jeramey was born June 1, 1977 in Danville, IL to John and Lisa (Wright) Curry. He is survived by his father, John (Vicki) Curry of Tennessee, his stepfather, John Pirie and his step Grandmother, Barbara Pirie of Hinesville, his sister, Shonna (Trampas) Thompson, three nephews, his Aunt Aileene Swinford, Uncle and Aunt Harold and Linda Ware, all of Sidell and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents, Charles and Marion Ware Wright.
   Jeramey was loved and was a blessing to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.

   Robert Dale Setser Sr., 77, of Danville, passed away at 2:30 p.m. March 20, 2015, at North Logan Health Care Center, Danville.
   He was born July 22, 1937, in Indianola, a son of Robert Frederick and Helen Mable (Lewis) Setser.
   He married Becky Tabor on Feb. 27, 1993 in Danville. She preceded him in death in April 2005.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Sisney.
   He is survived by two sons, Robert D. (Nora) Setser Jr. of Westville and Greg A (Lisa) Setser of Danville; two stepchildren, John Tabor of Marshall and Amy (Jason) Moore of Williamsport, Ind.; two brothers, Henry (Lucy) Setser of Danville and Richard (Betty) Setser of Tilton; nine grandchildren, Patricia (Brent) Curry, Angela Hines, Nicole (Todd) Roberts, Ethan Alblinger, Kimi Setser, Elise Setser, Emma Moore, Anna Moore and Meghan Tabor; and four great-grandchildren, Ayden Curry, Drake Hines, Dallas Hines and Kurstyn Roberts. He also is survived by the mother of his children, Nancy Setser of Indianola, and special friends, Bonnie Vance and James Duell.
   Robert was a sheet metal worker at Danville Metal Stamping, retiring in 2000. He attended Georgetown First Church of Christ. He enjoyed playing pool, euchre and fishing.
   A memorial service was held March 24 at First Church of Christ in Georgetown with Pastor Phil Miller officiating. According to his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and private burial will be at a later date.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family. Online condolences:

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April 2015


  Irene Emily Pugh Knight, 92, of Fairmount, passed away at 5:50 p.m., Fri., April 3, 2015 at Gardenview Manor in Tilton.
   She was born Dec. 6, 1922 in Ridge Farm, the daughter of Neil and Marjorie Jones Pugh. She married Walter Lee Knight on Nov. 20, 1942. He preceded her in death.
   Irene will be greatly missed by her son, Charles Lee (Doreene) Knight of Fairmount, her beloved granddaughter, Amanda (Chaz) DeBord of St. Louis and her identical twin sister, Eileen Weathers of Chrisman. She was preceded in death by a son, Keith Allen Knight, her parents and sister, Clara Wait.
   Irene worked with Lee on the farm in Sidell for many years. She later worked at the Sidell school cafeteria and went on to become co-owner of the Friends Café in Sidell. Irene loved history and genealogy, and was a dedicated member of the Sidell Historical Society where she took care of the memorial garden for many years.
   She was an avid writer, a poet and an artist and enjoyed reading and working jigsaw puzzles. Irene retained her determined and independent spirit through her last days, and kept a note on her desk that read, “God is greater than any problem I have.” Irene was a member of the Sidell Christian Church and attended faithfully until it closed.
   Funeral services were held April 8 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm. Memorials may be made to the Fairmount Library or Fairmount Rescue in care of Robison Chapel, Catlin. On-line condolences at

  Betty L. England, 90, of Georgetown, and former resident of Sidell and Gardenview Manor in Danville, passed away 4:20 p.m., April 8, 2015 at Presence USMC, Danville. She was born March 22, 1925 in Georgetown, daughter of Joseph and Melissa (Wilson) Barnvofsky.
   Betty married the love of her life, Louie T. England on February 1, 1946 in Danville and he preceded her in death on June 17, 2001. She is survived by her son, Terry (Janice) England of Indianapolis, IN; daughter, Beverly (Terry) Reed of Sidell; grandchildren, Shelly (Dave) Alpers, Russell (Brenda) England, Richard (Marcy) England, Michelle (Chad) McGraw, Karen Reed, Tina (Jack) Divan, and Terry (Bobbi) Reed II; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Jordan Alpers, Tessa Garrett, Jake England, Dakota, Evan, and Tyler England, Dalton and Dillon McGraw, Paul Reed, Jarrett Divan, Maranda and Russell Reed; and one great-great-grandchild, Wrangler England. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, and one infant daughter, Sandra Kay.
   Betty worked as a nursing assistant for many years. She retired from Steel Grip as a seamstress in 1985. She was a past member of the Vermilion Fishing Club and loved to spend time on the water fishing. She enjoyed watching birds, crossword puzzles and camping. Her favorite team was the Chicago Cubs. She had a true talent and love for music and played a variety of instruments including piano, organ, accordion and guitars.
   A Celebration of Betty’s life was held April 13 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown. Pastor Mike Murrell officiated. She was laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery. Memorials donations can be made in Betty’s name to Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Please join her family in sharing memories on her tribute wall at

Memorial Service For Don Underwood
   A Celebration of Life Service will be held April 25 at 11 a.m. at the Fairmount United Methodist Church for Donald Neal Underwood. A small luncheon will take place at the church after services.
   Interment will be at the Stearn Cemetery for immediate family and close friends.
   Donald Neal Underwood of Georgetown, Texas passed away on June 29, 2014. He was born Feb. 21, 1944, the son of William and Juanita Plotner Underwood. He was a 1962 graduate of Jamaica High school. He is survived by his wife, Nicolette, and two sons, Donald and Christopher.
   In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fairmount United Methodist Church would be appreciated.

  Roger Todd, 85 of Forsyth, Mo., formerly of Sidell, passed away at 9:55 a.m., Fri., April 24 at the home of Mike and Mattie Todd of Forsyth.
   He was born Dec. 9, 1929 in Sidell Township, the son of Clamus and Clara Donley Todd. Shortly after graduating from Sidell High School he began working for R.O. Tatman in the plumbing, heating and cooling business, and then served in the Armed Forces during the Korean Conflict. After returning from his service he again began working for R.O. Tatman, later purchasing the business in 1970.
   In 1983 he moved to Forsyth, Mo. where he and his son Mike continued the business. He worked in that trade 62 years retiring in 2012.
   He was married to his sweetheart, Dixie (Ellett) Todd for 57 and a half years. She survives. Also surviving are his sons Mike (Mattie) of Forsyth, and Mark of Sidell; brothers Timothy (Carolyn) of Good Hope and Richard “Elmo” of Springfield; sisters, Susie Lang of Danville and Marge (Glen) Foster of Hoopeston; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Theodore and Arthur.
   Roger enjoyed his time sharing coffee and stories with friends and fishing with his sons and grandsons.
   He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sidell where services were held (Thursday) this morning. Officiating were Pastors Craig Roller and Tim Pearman. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery.


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May 2015


  Michael Earl McNeese of Georgetown, passed away unexpectedly in an accident on April 27, 2015.
He was born April 19, 1964, in Danville, to Richard Earl and Linda (Hughes) McNeese.
   A 1982 graduate of Jamaica High School, Mike really loved the outdoors, enjoyed landscaping, gardening, fishing, mushroom gathering, especially spending time socializing with friends and people.
   He will be sorely missed by his siblings, Terry “Beachy” Robertson and Frank Hughes; his dear Aunt Judi McNeese; and many other dear relatives and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and maternal and paternal grandparents.
   A celebration of life was held for Michael May 5 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, Danville. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park.
   Memorials in Michael’s name to local food banks, a link for the web is or to the charity of your choice is appreciated by the family.
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   Robert S. Davis, 79, of Fairmount, passed away at 7:44 p.m. Sat., May 2, 2015, at his home.
   Robert was born Nov. 1, 1935, in Danville, to Pete V. and Opal Robinson Davis.
   He married Patricia M. Torbit Sept. 13, 1957, in Fairmount.
   She survives, as well as, two sons, Gary Davis of Fairmount and Greg Davis of Jamaica; one daughter, Tammy Denton of Chrisman; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by one brother, Jim.
   Bob served in the Marines and was a dental technician at Danville veterans’ hospital for 35 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was Scoutmaster in Fairmount for 20 years.
   Funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Mike Murrell officiating. Burial was at Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Catlin American Legion provided military honors.
   Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. Online condolences:

  Charles Franklin Gilroy, 63, of Sidell, passed away at 6:55 a.m, May 26, 2015, at The Waters of Covington. He was born on March 24, 1952, the son of Paul and Violet (Hewitt) Gilroy, both deceased.
   Those who will miss him include his sisters, Sandra Thornton of Ogden, Elaine (Kevin) George of Veedersburg, Ind., Anita Schmidt of Tilton and Janice Wade of Belgium; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, David.
   Charles was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army for four years stationed at Fort Hood, Texas and served one tour in Germany which he enjoyed. He had worked for the former Wheeling Stamping Co. in Danville. He was a member of the Pleasant Mound Church of Christ. He liked to work with his hands and tinker around. He enjoyed watching TV, drinking his favorite drink, Pepsi and reading science fiction. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family.
   A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at 12 p.m., May 29, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor Paul Kent officiating. Visitation will be held 10 to noon Friday prior to his service. He will be laid to rest in Pleasant Mound Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in his name to Muscular Dystrophy Association. Please join his family in sharing memories on his Tribute Wall at

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June 2015

  John R. Leird, 87, of Allerton died at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday (May 26, 2015) at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
   Graveside funeral services with military rites were held May 30 in the GAR Cemetery, Homer, with Pastor Clyde Snyder officiating. Joines Funeral Home, Newman, handled arrangements.
  Mr. Leird was born June 15, 1927, in rural Sidell, a son of Paul and Mary (Guthrie) Leird. He married Shirley Maxine Taylor on Nov. 27, 1949, in Homer. She survives in Newman. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Lou Taylor of Homer; a brother-in-law, Larry (Shirley) Taylor of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents.
   John attended all 12 grades in Allerton schools. He served his country 1945-1946 in the U.S. Navy aboard the Destroyer DD753 in the Pacific. When he came home from the Navy, he started working for Allerton Implement Co. John Deere from 1947 to 1991 as parts manager and sales department. John enjoyed the outdoors, fishing gardening, playing cards, yard work and also did maintenance for the city of Allerton. John was a member of the Allerton United Methodist Church.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the GAR Cemetery in Homer or to the Allerton United Methodist Church.

    Florence N. Baldwin, 100, of Danville, passed away on June 1, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
She was born Jan. 26, 1915, in Armstrong, the daughter of William and Eunice (Wood) Jackson. 
   She married Don A. Baldwin in 1938 in Urbana. He preceded her in death in 2009.
   Florence will be deeply missed by one daughter, Sandy (Wayne) Scarlett of Indianola; five grandchildren, Kevin (Laura) Mitchell of Champaign, Kirk (Becky) Mitchell of Anna, Kristi (Troy) Kirby of Fairmount, Jason (Kathryn) Scarlett of South Bend, Ind., and Jeremy (Debby) Scarlett of Milwaukee, Wis.; 10 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Morgan, Amber, Nathan, Kiersten, Lauren, Ryan, Will, Peter and Tyler.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Alan Baldwin; and six siblings, Glen, John, Art, Don, James and Mary.
   Florence graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in 1938 and then stayed home to raise her family. In 1961, she went back to work at various nursing homes until she retired in 1975. She and Don moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., and lived there for 26 years before moving back to be near their family. She was a member of Indianola Methodist Church and loved to knit, play cards, travel and spend time with family and friends.
   A celebration of life visitation for Florence was held June 3, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville. Graveside services will be at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
   Memorials can be made to Catlin Methodist Church or Indianola Methodist Church. Memorials may be left on her Tribute Wall at

  Keith A. Weaver, 87, of Champaign died at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Champaign-Urbana Regional Rehab Center, Savoy.
   Owens Funeral Home conducted a graveside funeral service June 8, 2015, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
Keith was born Sept. 10, 1927, in Sidell, a son of Lester and Garnett (Taflinger) Weaver.
   Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie (Mike) Williams of Champaign and Kathryn (Ty) Joubert of Williamsburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Joshua and Sarah Williams of Champaign and Ravi and Jina Tanner of California; and one sister, Kay Buacto of Danville.
   Keith married his soul mate, Beverly, in 1947, having known each other since grade school. After her death in 2012 he missed her terribly and never fully recovered.
   Condolences may be offered online at

Clive Samuel George went to be with Jesus on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
  He was born April 29, 2015, to Samuel and Rachel George at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, and remained at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
   It is with great sorrow that we had only five weeks with Clive. However, in that short time he blessed so many people. We are so blessed to have known him and call him our son. Even at eight weeks premature, he had a full head of beautiful auburn hair and an infectious smile complete with dimples. Clive showed a peaceful, content and joyful personality in the midst of sickness and difficulty.
   Clive was an amazing fighter, but in the end, his sickness was too much. Although he never left the hospital, he went to a better home than any we could have prepared for him. Clive still lives, and lives a life much greater than any of us yet know. He is filled with joy and peace; his body is now completely healed, and someday we will see him again.
   As our hearts ache, we continue to draw near to the God of comfort and peace. Even in the valley, He is faithful and good.
   Clive’s grandparents include Pam and David Peeples and the late David George, formerly of Sidell.
   A service was held June 11 at Connexion Church, Danville. A private burial was held at Spring Hill Cemetery.
   Monetary donations may be made to Connexion Church to provide the Jesus Storybook Bible for hospitalized children and families. Sunset Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Please join Clive’s family in sharing memories on his Tribute Wall at

  Joshua Aaron Clark, 22, of Chrisman, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 12, 2015, at his home.
   Josh was born May 24, 1993, in Danville, to Steven and Melanie (Reed) Clark. He enjoyed video games, super heroes, anime, manga, cheesy sci-fi movies, eating out and he especially loved his dogs.
   He is survived by his parents, Steve and Melanie Clark of Chrisman, and a sister, Sarah (Damien) Mills of Chrisman.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandfather.
   Funeral services were held June 16 at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman. Burial followed in Woodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Josh’s honor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Online condolences and service information are available at

  Clyde J. Barkman, 94, passed away June 9, 2015, at Hospice House in Bowling Green, Ky.
He was born July 23, 1920, in Fairmont, the son of Clyde R. Barkman and Celia (Woodard) Barkman.
He married his high school sweetheart, Dora (Bonnie) Ferguson, on July 5, 1942, and they lived in Catlin, raising their daughters. Clyde was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Gus Andrews; and his wife, Bonnie, who passed in 2003.
   Family survivors include two daughters, Rita Caron (Jim) Scott of Bowling Green and Beverly Ann Andrews (Ed Hasch) of Franklin, Tenn.; a sister, Henrietta (Pat) Songer of Catlin; four grandchildren, Angela D. Wagner of Louisville, Ky., Brock L. (Alissa) Bodart, Jason T. (Melanie) Andrews, and Nicole E. Staggs all from Nashville, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren, Justin and Drew Wagner of Louisville, Ky.; Ella Grace Dillard, Rhodes and Rollins Bodart, Alexi and Lawson Andrews, and Tristan and Sophia Staggs all of Nashville.
   Clyde served in World War II as a Technical Sergeant from 1942-1945. He was stationed in New Hebrides, Philippines. He served as mayor of Catlin from May 1963 to May 1975. He was active in the Catlin Community and received the Man of the Year Award in 1968. He was VP of Catlin Fire Department board from 1981-1983. He was service manager of Songer Chevrolet in Catlin from 1952-1981 and a member of Catlin Legion and Lions Club. He and his wife were members of Catlin Church of Christ. After retirement, they spent winters in Naples, Fla.
   Clyde’s family held a Memorial Service in Bowling Green, Ky. June 14, at J.C. Kirby & Son Chapel. A graveside service and burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin at a later date.

  Emily Moudy, 11, of Catlin, passed away suddenly at 4:19 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015, while being life-flighted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
   Emily was born Nov. 26, 2003, in Urbana.
   Survivors include her parents, Matt and Lisa Holycross Moudy; two brothers, Kyle and Brady McMasters; and one sister, Zoe Moudy. Also surviving are maternal grandparents, Deanna (Keith McClendon) McMasters and Gary (Pam) Holycross and JoAnn Reynolds; paternal grandparents, Ken and Sue Moudy; great-grandmother, Charlotte Reynolds. Also surviving are Tonia “Aunt Nana” (Travis) Shelton, Gary (Maegan) Holycross, Donnie Davis; her many cousins, Lacee (Derek) Darr, Hunter Harrison, Mason Harrison, Austin Shelton, Blake Shelton and Kirsten (Dylan) Warner; and special family, Austin Reynolds and Andrea Halladay.
   Emily was preceded in death by great-grandfather, Frank Reynolds; great-maternal grandparents, Dale and Florence Holycross; maternal great-grandparents, Ruth and Frank Wilson; great-paternal grandparents, John and Rose Moudy and Ray and Eileen Krider.
   Emily enjoyed her teachers at Catlin Grade School and her special friends, Ellie, Brylynn, Kobe, Dylan and Dalton. She loved softball, basketball, soccer and wearing her athletic shorts and T-shirt and having her nails painted. Emily loved hugs and frogs, as well as being outdoors and collecting rocks. She was a Cardinals baseball fan and liked Ninja warrior shows and “Dog the Bounty Hunter” show. She most enjoyed beating her Grandpa at cornhole.
   Funeral services were held June 29 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Larry Holycross officiated. Burial was in OakRidge Cemetery at Catlin.
   Memorials in her memory to the Emily Moudy Fund at First National Bank of Catlin, or the Pediatric Cardiology Department at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, all in care of Robison Chapel. Online condolences at

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July 2015

  Helen M. Dalbey, 93, of Fairmount, passed away at 9:25 a.m. on Fri., July 3, 2015, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Helen was born July 12, 1921, in Collison to Harold and Hazel Stultz Tillotson. She married Aaron Dalbey on Feb. 4, 1941, in Fairmount. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1979.
    Surviving are one daughter, Phyllis Busey of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Dr. Tim (Debra) Busey of Decatur, Melinda (Gary) West of Londonderry, Ohio, Melanie (Tad Frederick) Busey of Savannah, Ga., and Melissa (Brett) Wagner of Avon, Ind.; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Richard Dalbey; two sisters, Evelyn Carlson and Norma Davis; one great-grandson, Ryan Bell; and son-in-law, Delbert Busey.
Helen graduated from Oakwood High School in 1939. She was the Vance Township Tax Assessor from 1980-1986 and the librarian for 32 years. She had belonged to the Fairmount Sixty Plus Club and was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmount since 1951 where she enjoyed fellowship with her church family. She enjoyed sewing, working jig-saw and crossword puzzles and reading many books and magazines.
   Funeral services were held July 7, 2015, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount. Memorials to the MDA/ALS or the Vance Township Library. Online condolences at

  Imogene F. (Tuggle) Collom, 96, of Danville passed away at 11:20 p.m. on July 1, 2015 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Sept. 15, 1918 in Indianola, to George Tuggle and Lucy (Kelsheimer) Tuggle. She married Marvin Collom on Jan. 30, 1942. They would have celebrated their 73rd year of marriage in January.
   Also surviving are two daughters, Judy Corbin of Normal and Darla (Robert) Sparrow of Orlando, Fla., six grandchildren, Lisa (Joe) Kulhman, Christy (Bruce) Johnson, Matthew (Erin) Corbin, Sarah (Ryan) Kuntzi, Todd ( Laura) Sparrow, and Tony (Lindsey) Sparrow; 14 great-grandchildren and one sister, Joy Love Johnston of Fithian. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Mary, Ruby, and Mae; two brothers, Ivan and Jim; and two grandchildren, Terry Sparrow and Mark Corbin.
   After graduating as valedictorian from Indianola High School, Imogene enrolled at Illinois State University but chose to get married and be a supportive wife to her World War II soldier and husband instead of finishing. While Marvin was overseas she was the floor manager at Kresge’s.
   Imogene and Marvin spent 30 years in Texas at a fishing camp making lifelong friends. Additionally, she babysat in order to put both of their daughters through Olivet Nazarene University. Imogene enjoyed spending time with her family and serving in various capacities at Danville Church of the Nazarene.
    Imogene will be remembered by many for her selfless life style, her devotion to family and God, and her fabulous chicken and noodles, as well as pumpkin pie!
    A service of life was held at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville with Pastor Dave Anderson officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Memorials may be made to the family of Imogene Collom. Visit Imogene’s tribute wall at

   Danny W. Hinote, 60, of Fairmount, passed away at 5:05 p.m. Sun., July 12, 2015, at his home.
Danny was born Aug. 24, 1954, in Danville, to John and Bessie Keller Hinote.
   Survivors include his parents of Fairmount and three sisters, Angela Potter of Sidell, Susan (Ricky) Juvinall and Diane (Hank) Cramer both of Fairmount.
Danny worked as a lineman at General Motors Tilton Foundry for 11 years. He enjoyed riding his bicycle and his lawnmower.
   Funeral services were held July 15, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial: Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials: Fairmount Rescue. Online condolences:

  Patricia A. Crowe, 85, of Indianola, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at North Logan Healthcare in Danville.
   Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in Chrisman. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Robison Chapel. Memorials to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, On-line condolences at
   She was born on April 25, 1930 in Kansas, Ill. to Russell and Ruby Towls Sexton. She married Donald E. Crowe Dec. 2, 1951 in Paris. Don passed away Jan. 15, 2013. They were married 60 years.
   Survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Kevin) Suchaczewski of Chrisman and Linda (Bruce) Darr of Fairmount; four grandchildren, Kimberly (Harley) Fudge, Kristopher (Crystal) Suchaczewski, Derek (Lacee) Darr, and Amanda Darr; five great-grandchildren, Haley Fudge, Taylyr Fudge, Garrett Suchaczewski, Kaleb Suchaczewski, Megan Suchaczewski and Baby Darr on the way; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Sexton and several nieces and nephews.
   Pat was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Sexton; a sister, Mary Kathryn Williams, a grandson, Trenton Darr; and one great-grandson, Dylan Suchaczewski.
   Pat loved baking and was known as the “Cookie Lady” in the area. She was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school. She loved to paint, ceramics and pumpkins. She was a devoted farm wife and enjoyed watching line dancing and cake decorating.

  Donald L. Elliott, 60, of Sidell, passed away at 4:50 a.m. July 19, 2015 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
   Donald was born April 2, 1955 in Clinton, Ind. to Clarence and Mary Chow Elliott. He married Mary Surowka July 3, 1999 in Eugene, Ind. Mary survives, as well as Don’s mother, Mary Elliott.
   Also surviving are a stepson, Adam (Carolyn) Surowka of Indianola; one daughter, Jamie Elliott of Indianapolis; two stepdaughters, Rachel Surowka of St. Charles and Bethany Surowka of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Bill (Kim) Elliott of Cayuga; one granddaughter, Cara Stillson; two step-grandsons, Daniel Surowka and Andrew Surowka. He was preceded in death by his father and stepson, Matt Surowka.
   Don was proud of his CDL license and enjoyed being a truck driver. He was also a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church.
   Funeral services were July 23 at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Shane officiating. Robison Chapel of Catlin handled arrangements. Memorials to the Sidell United Methodist Church. Online condolences at

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August 2015

  Judy L. Barbre, 63, of Urbana died at 4:30 a.m. Sun., July 5, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Funeral services were held July 8, at Joines Funeral Home, Newman, with the Rev. Ben Williamson officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell.
   Judy was born March 31, 1952, in Danville, a daughter of John and Irene (Smith) Hanks. She married Robert Barbre. He died in March of 2006.
   Surviving are one sister, Nancy Hill of Cayuga, Ind.; five nephews, Rick (Kim), Kevin (Tootie), Doug (Mary Beth), John (Lael) and Chris (Jenny); 10 great-nephews; and two great-nieces.
   Judy was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
   Judy worked for and retired from the State of Illinois. She was a member of the Champaign Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

   Wallace Jay “Wally” Hoskins, 61, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 3:56 p.m., Tues., July 28, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
   He was born the son of Carl J. and Bonnie Lee (Nichols) Hoskins of Indianola on Aug. 7, 1953, in Danville.
   On April 9, 1988, he was united in marriage to Pam Wilson at First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. She will miss him dearly.
   He also will be missed by his daughters, Tammy Jean (Gamal Clark) Wilson of Danville, Erica Marie (Scott Vice) Hoskins of Georgetown, and Hayley Kay Hoskins of Ridge Farm; his seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one on the way; his siblings, Carl James “Hotsie” Hoskins of Wayne City, Gregory Wayne (Samantha) Hoskins of Tilton, Linda (Dick) Goans of Du Quoin and Carolyn Lee “Tut” (Kenny) Wells of Danville; his mother-in-law, Shirley Bartley of Westville; and many nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Zachariah Hoskins.
   Wally was a hard worker and enjoyed working in construction. His passion was panning for gold and mining gems. He loved to go out to Arizona and look for various stones and pan for gold with family, especially with his brother, Hotsie. He also enjoyed watching Westerns. Most of all, Wally loved spending time with his family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
   A celebration of Wally’s life was held Aug. 2, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Dustin Wells officiating. He was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
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  The Lord called home William James Miller, 60, of Indianola, on Aug. 12, 2015.
   Memorial Visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 17 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tues., Aug. 18, 2015, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
   Bill was born on June 20, 1955, the fourth child of James Austin and Norma Rose Miller. His father later married Audrey Jordan.
   Bill married Rebecca Ann Merritt on July 8, 1978. She survives. Together they had two sons, Jay A. (Aimee) Miller and William “Greg” (Cheyenne) Miller.
   Bill loved spending time with his grandson, Austin James Miller. He is also survived by his mother, Norma Rose Miller of Hudsonville and his eight brothers and sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews.
   Bill attended Indianola and graduated Jamaica High School in 1973 where he excelled at playing multiple sports. He attended Northeast Missouri State University on a basketball scholarship. He received a degree in Agriculture from NMSU.
   Bill lived his entire life on the family farm located outside Indianola. There he raised both crops and beef cattle. Bill enjoyed hitting golf balls in the pasture, riding his bicycle, boating and water skiing with his family.
   As per his wishes, Bill will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in his name to Woodlawn Cemetery. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

  Shirley A. Johnson, 76, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:01 p.m. Tues., Aug. 11, 2015 at Presence USMC in Danville.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 15 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Gary Menard officiating. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
   Shirley was born on Jan. 14, 1939 in Watseka, the daughter of Ray and Helen Miller Parks.
   She married Donald Wade. She later married Billy G. Johnson on May 18, 1983 in Danville. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2008.
   Survivors include three sons, David (Kelly) Wade of Evansville, Ind., Rick (Crystal) Wade of Westville and Steven Wade of Fairmount; one daughter, Diana Davis of Fairmount; seven brothers, Ray (Janet) Parks of Quartz Hill, Calif., Larry (Lois) Parks of Ashkum, Leroy (Sandy) Parks of Watseka, Jim (Mayeta) Parks of Ariz., Jerry Parks of Woodlawn, Tenn., John (Nora) Parks of Watseka and Eugene Parks of Tilton; three sisters, Maxine (Gary) Menard of Watseka, Phyllis (Jerry) Nichols of Gibson City and Sharon (Matthew) Miller of Kankakee; 11 grandchildren, Brandy Reffett, Michael Wade, Cory (Heather) Wade, Andrea (Craig) Maulden, Justin (Tisha) Eads, Markia (Jeremy) McCorkle, Riki Wade, Mandy Wade, Logan Wade, Tia Davis, and Jacob Fletcher; and 23 great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Rodney Moore.
   Shirley enjoyed going out to eat, especially to La Potosina. She enjoyed many years of bartending at the Fairmount Lounge. She loved going to her parent’s house for family reunions. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids and great grandkids.
   Robison Chapel in Catlin. On-line condolences at

  Douglas William Boggess, 55, of Danville, passed away tragically at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, from injuries suffered from a motor vehicle accident.
   He was born on July 13, 1960, in Danville, the son of Donald and Doris (Onley) Boggess, both deceased.
   He was a 1979 graduate of Jamaica High School.
   On May 25, 1991, he was united in marriage to Brenda Steenbergen in Allerton. She will miss him dearly.
   He also will be missed by his stepdaughter, Jenna (Josh) Howard of Westville; his brother, Donald (Teri) Boggess of Rantoul; his sisters, Theresa (Ray) Prunkard of Ridge Farm, Peg (Mel) Barkley of Veedersburg, Ind., Penny (Bruce) Davis of Michigan, and Kim (Rick) McComas of Allerton; his grandchildren, Kaydence Bridgman, Madelyn Howard and Landon Howard; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Billie and Hershell Steenbergen; his sisters-in-law, Debi (Kevin) Kagels of Westville and Sue (Luis) Alvizures; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and his lifetime friends, John Hill, Phil Starr, Mike Gunner, Dean and Jimmy, Brian Foster, the Blakeney Family and Sharon.
   Douglas enjoyed riding his KTM #53, as well as going fishing and mushroom hunting. He liked to play cards and watch poker on TV. He worked previously at Ball Corp., then later in janitorial maintenance for McLane Midwest and currently at the Pilot Station. Douglas belonged to Calvary Baptist Church and recently attended Bethel Baptist. He loved the Lord with his whole heart. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
   A Celebration of Douglas’ life was held at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastors Scott McCurty and Joe Humrichous officiating. He was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery, Danville.
   Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

   James “Jim” Brown of Mahomet, formerly of Indianola, died Aug. 11, 2015. Arrangements were not available to the Reporter at press time.
   He was a 1962 graduate of Jamaica High School.

  James Dean Brown left this earth on Tuesday (Aug. 11, 2015), at home surrounded by his family.
   He is survived by his wife, Sandra Lee Hamm Brown; children, Ella Brown Dunn (Chad) of Champaign, Caralee Brown of Lexington, Ky., and Justin James Brown of Chicago; granddaughter, Zoe Dunn; and sisters, Rebecca Oliver (George) and Mary Moisio (Rick).
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Dean Brown and Helen Kehlenbach Brown, and his brother, Charles William Brown (Jackie).
   How can one truly measure a man’s life? It is most assuredly by the lives he touched and changed by having been in his presence. Jim was truly larger than life in every sense imaginable. He loved his family and friends in a way that was perpetually selfless and was without measure.
   In every job, sport or volunteer effort he engaged in, Jim did so with his whole heart. Regardless of the countless hours spent during his 33 years at Lauhoff/Bunge or the 15 years at Corn Products/Ingredion, he never missed a single event involving his children.
   His devotion to his wife of nearly 48 years was a living example to all that were blessed to witness their grand love. In the eyes of his family and friends, it was as if Jim invented random acts of kindness and paying it forward because for him it was a way of life. When dining with his wife and children, it was commonplace for Jim to scan the restaurant and identify a table that he felt could benefit from an anonymous kindness and would discretely pay their bill. 
   He would help a stranger that came up short at the grocery store or arrange to have the drives of elderly neighbors cleared in the winter, again always anonymously. He would distribute his homegrown vegetables to those in need who lived near the plant that he worked at for many years.
   We’ve watched him help deliver a neighbor’s cow in the middle of the night, single-handedly push a car out of a ditch with his bare hands and thrill the friends of his children by landing the most epic cannonball imaginable in the backyard pool. When we thought he couldn’t possibly love any harder, in 1997 he was blessed with his only grandchild. This gave him immense joy.
   He would share his endless love and pride with all having grown up on the farm and passed this admiration of farmers and nature to his children as well as a desire to know one’s ancestry and history.
   If you knew him, you felt important, worthy. No matter the circumstance, he never made you feel like you were falling short of his expectations. If he needed more from you, he became the catalyst for inspiration and encouraged you to be your best. This gentle giant could resolve any conflict with dignity and grace, leaving everyone involved feeling like they were “heard.” This spirit and compassion served him well in the sports he participated in that brought him great pride. From playing basketball at Bradley University on a full-ride math and science scholarship to his many years striking fear in the hearts of many a player from the mound while pitching fast-pitch softball at 6’10 and 90-plus mph. He was proud of the success he shared with his softball brothers, winning the Las Vegas classic with the Bullock Bulls and being inducted into the Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame with his team, the Woodworth Truckers, as well as winning the state championship.
   A celebration of Jim’s life was held Aug. 16, 2015, with the Rev. Randall officiating at Sunset Funeral Home at 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
   Memorials may be made to the St. James Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted at Sunset or can be mailed to St. James Food Pantry, 504 N. Vermillion St., Danville IL 61832.

  Mildred Elizabeth Smith, 96, of Urbana, formerly of Allerton, died at 4:15 a.m. Friday (Aug. 14, 2015) at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana.
   Funeral services were held at Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly St., Newman, with Pastor Joy Starwalt officiating. Burial was in the GAR Cemetery, Homer. Mrs. Smith was born on Dec. 27, 1918, in Washington, D.C., a daughter of Charles H. and Louise M. (Plitt) Beauverd. She married William L. Smith on May 23, 1942, in Washington, D.C.; he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1990.
   Survivors include her three children, Donna (Dean) Andrews of Paris, Charles (Mary) Smith of Rankin and Shirley (Roger) Sy of Newman; six grandchildren, Becky (Eric) Anders of Terre Haute, Ind., Wade (Summar) Smith of Mattoon, Daniel (Cindy) Smith of Potomac, Matt (Angie) Smith of Georgetown, Ryan (Amanda) Sy of Oakland and Richard Sy of Newman; eight great-grandchildren, Sam, Will and Nate Anders, Allyssa and William Michael Smith, and William Henry and Emily Mae Smith, and Rees Sy; her dear sister, Gene Cannella of Falls, Pa.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her grandson, Josh D. Andrews of Indianapolis.
   Mrs. Smith was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family. Her greatest joy was hosting family gatherings, often baking a New York-style cheesecake for all to enjoy.
   Born in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Smith enjoyed talking about her experiences growing up in the nation’s capital. After World War II, she and her husband returned to his native state of Illinois, where they owned and operated a grain and livestock farm near Rankin, and they also farmed near the town of Allerton.
   During her long and happy life, Mrs. Smith enjoyed bird watching, gardening, needlework, caring for her beloved dogs, and volunteer activities.
   In the early 1990s, she was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Champaign County RSV Program. She was a member of the Allerton United Methodist Church.
   In her later years, she enjoyed playing bingo, a game at which she had amazing luck.
   For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

  Bobbie L. Eads, 77, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Sat., Aug. 29, 2015 at 8:23 a.m.
He was born the son of James Alexander Eads and Mary Rosanna Curtis Eads on June 14, 1938 in Nashville, Tenn. He married Edna Ellis Key on Dec. 1, 1958 in Danville.
   Bobbie is survived by Edna, his wife of almost 57 years. Also surviving are three daughters, Brenda (Mark) Gale of Danville, Debra (Jeff) Ford of Sidell and Connie (Randy) Taylor of Danville; six grandchildren, Joshua (Amanda) Gale of Lima, Peru, Brock (Alex) Gale of Danville, Nathan (Kali) Ford of Catlin, Nathalee (Grant) Norman of Hume, Caleb Taylor of Portland, Ore. and Aaron Taylor of Danville.
   Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Katharina Gale, Zechariah Gale and Hadley Norman. Asister, Rosa Ann Eads Spears of Elizabethtown, Tenn. also survives. He also leaves behind many good friends.
   Bobbie is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Pauline (Jesse) Merrell, Arlene Eads Leaverton, Edna Clara (Robert) Madden, Emily Ruth Eads, brothers Billy (Irene) Eads, James Charles Eads and James Franklin Eads.
Bobbie spent his early years farming for Kenneth Moreman of Fairmount. He went to school and was certified for auto body painting and repair. He then worked six years at Brewer Chevrolet in Homer. Bobbie retired from Danville Metal Stamping on April 30, 2003 after 35 years.
   Bobbie loved “piddling” in his garage, had a passion for working on his cars, fishing, reading western books, watching   the History Channel and talking with his friends. His greatest love was spending time with Edna, his girls and their families.
   Funeral services were held Sept. 2, at Living Water Apostolic Church, Danville. Pastor Randy Taylor officiated. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials may be made in Bobbie’s name to Carle Hospice, 206 East Anthony Drive, Urbana, IL. Robison Chapel in Catlin handled funeral arrangements. Online condolences at

  The Rev. Richard V. “Dick” Garabrant, 88, of Bloomington died at 2 a.m. Sun. (Aug. 30, 2015) at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home in Chenoa.
   Dick was a past minister serving the Sidell United Methodist Church.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1926, in Morristown, N.J., to Vernon and Frances McConnell Garabrant. He married Irene McIntyre on July 7, 1946. She survives.
   He is also survived by three daughters, Marcia (Gary) Eckstein of Manteno, Linda (Steven) Biehl of McLean and Janet (Gilbert III) Turner of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold; and one sister, Mildred Murphy.
   He served his country proudly during World War II in the U.S. Navy Air Corps and he was privileged to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2009.
   Dick graduated from Monmouth College and Evangelical United Breth-ren Seminary.
   He was a member of Grace Church in Normal and also the local VFW and American Legion. He belonged to the local Retired Methodist Pastors Group ROMEO.
   Dick was a pastor for 28 years in Methodist Churches in central Illinois. During his retirement he was a tax preparer and handyman.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Preachers’ Aid Society, P.O. Box 19207, Springfield, IL 62701, or to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
   Funeral services were today (Thursday) in Normal with Pastor Len Thebarge officiating. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington handled arrangements.Interment was in Mount Joy Cemetery, Armington with military rites. Share memories at

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September 2015

  Walter “Walt” Pigg, 83, of Oakwood, passed away at 7:55 p.m., Tues., Sept. 22, 2015, at his home.
   A celebration of Walt’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Sunset-Urbas Funeral Chapel, Westville, with Kenny Bass and Darren Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
   Walt was born Nov. 21, 1931, the son of William and Goldie (Daniels) Pigg. On June 17, 1951, he was united in marriage to Beverly Jarred in Chrisman and enjoyed 64 years together.
   Walt was a tenant farmer before going in the service. He served in US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955 in Battery B 593rd Field Artillery. He also served in the Army Reserves until discharged in 1961. Walt worked at Western Brick, later Tee-Pak, and retired from Illinois Department of Transportation in 1991 after 26 years.
   Walt was a member of the Chrisman American Legion Post #477 and Lions Club of Indianola. He was also a member of the Chrisman Christian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder and then recently a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He loved making old western four wheeled wagons and fishing. Walt enjoyed working in his yard, helping his neighbors and snow-blowing drives in the winter. Above all else, he cherished his family and loved spending time with them. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
   He leaves behind his wife, Beverly of Oakwood; his children, John (Linda) Pigg of Danville, Lynn (Bruce) Kazakaitis of Oakwood, Tina (Dan) Pryer of Danville, and Cindy (Joe) Eickhoff of Oakwood; his grandchildren, Lara Darling of Oakwood, Michael (Justin) Kazakaitis of San Francisco, Calif., Jennifer (Scot) Cromwell of Danville, Bryan (Emileigh) Pigg of Georgetown, Melissa Packard of Danville, Brooke (Cody) Divan of Champaign, and Michaela Eickhoff of Princeton, N.J.; eight great-grandchildren; his brothers, Daniel “Earl” (Evelyn) Pigg of Paris and Paul Pigg of Paris; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers.
   Memorial donations may be given in Walt’s name to Chrisman Christian Church or Catlin Church of Christ. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute wall at

  Bessie L. Hinote, 82, of Fairmount, left this life to be with her Lord, Sat., Sept. 19, 2015.
Bessie was born May 31, 1933, in Covington, Ind. the daughter of Hurby and Fremmie Groves Keller. She married John Jacob Hinote on Dec. 9, 1950 in Veedersburg, Ind. He survives.
   She also leaves behind three daughters, Angela Potter of Sidell, Dianna (Henry) Cramer of Fairmount and Susan (Rick) Juvinall, of Fairmount; three brothers, Vernon (Dixie) Keller of Kokomo, Ind., Raymond (Sue) Keller of Lafayette, Ind. and Jerry (Julie) Keller of Lafayette, Ind.
   She was blessed to have 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Eugene; two sisters, Edith and Betty; and one son, Danny Hinote.
   Bessie was saved when her children were young and served the Lord until the day he took her home. She taught Sunday School for 28 years. Bessie will be missed by her family and husband of 65 years.
   Funeral services were held Sept. 23, 2015 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery. Memorial may be made to Carle Hospice. On-line condolences at

  Ida Klein, of Fairmount, passed to the arms of Jesus Sept. 16, 2015.
  She was born on March 6, 1927 in Indianapolis, the daughter of William and Martha Bohley Williamson. She married George Klein on June 12, 1943. He preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 1988.
   She left behind many people whose lives were touched by knowing her. She retired from L.S. Ayres and worked and volunteered at Champaign County Nursing Home. Being there gave her great purpose and a will to carry on. She gave herself willingly to bring joy and happiness to all those around her. The residents and employees remember her for her cheerfulness and playing her music. At 84, she retired but the lives she touched were left with tears by her departure.
   She will be greatly missed by her two great-grandchildren, Abi and Dale Richter. They helped care for their Grandma Ida numerous times with great love in their hearts for her.
   A special young lady, Lily Chaparro, whose heart was so big, cared for Ida, cooked for her and the grandchildren and supported them while her daughter was in the hospital for a lengthy time. Bailey George, Amber Zook and several young people came by to see their Grandma Ida.
   She leaves Misty Rose, who was a godsend to Ida. No matter what time of day, how short the notice, or how lengthy the stay, she sat by her side. She prayed with her, talked with her and lovingly listened to all she had to say.
   Surviving are her children, George and Betty Klein of Atlanta, Ga., Martha Murray of Mooresville, Ind., Karen Gooch of Fairmount and Therese and Mark Crush of Wyoming; sister, Anna Stapert of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Robert Klein and Michael Klein, a brother, Walter Williamson and a sister, Betty Butler.
   Graveside services were held Sept. 23 at Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Ind. with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service arrangements. On-line condolences at

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October 2015

  Edna I. Miller, 91, of Georgetown, passed away Sept. 6, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
She was born on Dec. 19, 1923, the daughter of Hubert and Charlotte (Spitzmesser) Wax.
   She was united in marriage to George M. Miller on Sept. 15, 1944, in Danville, until his passing on April 10, 1989.
She will be missed by her children, Kenneth (Darlene) Miller of Cayuga, Ind., Dee Anna (Richard) Brickel of Bryan, Ohio, Curtis (Lana) Miller of Georgetown, Stephan Miller of Champaign, Cathy (Phil) Brookshier of Indianola, Marian Klink of Fort Myers, Fla., Gail (Steve) Tovey of Georgetown, and Jeff Miller of Georgetown; special friend, Paul Bover of Champaign; her 16 grandchildren; her 19 great-grandchildren; her sister, Wilmetta Feezor of Indianola; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
   Edna was a lifetime member of Georgetown Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Her greatest joy was taking care of her loving family and being surrounded by them and friends. She was a very loving person who saw the best in everyone. She always enjoyed celebrating birthdays and anniversaries with friends and family.
   A celebration of Edna’s life was held Sept. 11, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor James Blue officiating. She was laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery.
   Memorial donations may be given to Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Share memories, photos, and videos through her Tribute Wall at

   Jackie Cheuvront, 82, of Fairmount, passed away at 9:20 a.m. on Fri., Oct. 2, 2015 at her home.
   Jackie was born Nov. 16, 1932 in Fairmount to Guy and Bessie Goodwin Cook. She married Alfred E. Cheuvront on Aug. 1, 1953 in Fairmount.
   Alfred survives as well as two sons, Eddie Cheuvront of Fairmount and Kevin (Nicole) Cheuvront of Fairmount; two sisters, Louise “Tootie” (John Burrows) Richter and Joanne “Cricket” (Don Duez) Bunting; two grandchildren, Chasidy (Michael) Winkler and Madison Cheuvront; and one great-grandson due very soon.
   She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Sherman Cook, Charles Cook and Virgil “Bill” Cook and two sisters, Bernice Truax and Elsie Allhands.
   Jackie enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with her family and rummage sales with her sisters.
   Funeral services were held Oct. 6 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount. Memorials may be made to the Bobette Steely Hegeler Cancer Care Center in Danville. Online condolences at

  Billy A. Smith, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 24, 2015, at his home.
   He was born June 29, 1930, in Sidney, to Harry M. and Lelia Grace Baker Smith.
Billy married Ethel Stukey on March 29, 1963, and Ethel passed away in 1997.
   Survivors include one brother, Teddy Smith of DePere, Wis.; four sisters, Doris McNeese of Fairmount, Sonya Woodard of Fairmount, Mary Jane Zindars of Potomac, and Pamela Krabel of Hume.
   He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.
   Billy had been night manager at Brach Candy Company in Chicago for 35 years, and served in the Air Force. He enjoyed fishing and gardening, as well as playing shuffle board.
   Funeral services were at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Josh Hunsberger officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Mayview. Catlin American Legion provided military honors.
   Memorials to American Cancer Society. On-line condolences at

Marjorie Jean Swigart
  Marjorie Jean Swigart, 82, of Sidell, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at Gardenview Manor in Danville.
   Marjorie was born on July 10, 1933, in Boone County, Ind., the daughter of Theodore Walter and Lillian Mae Lucas Swigart.
   Survivors include two sisters, Karen (Bob) Huchel of Catlin and Nola Jenkins of Fairmount; two nephews, Walt (Pam) Jenkins of Heyworth, and Robert (Kim) Huchel of Fairmount; two nieces, Stephanie Huchel of Catlin and Jessika Jenkins of Fairmount; and five great-nieces and nephews.
   Marjorie graduated from Sidell High School. She later graduated from Varner’s Beauty School in Paris. She worked at
R and S for 25 years. After her retirement, she made her home with her parents in Sidell. Marjorie was a member of Sidell Alumni Association, Sidell United Methodist Church, and St. James United Methodist Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking, photo albums, and her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services were held Oct. 13, at Sidell United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Shane officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
Memorials may be made to Sidell United Methodist Church. Robison Chapel in Catlin handled the service. On-line condolences at

Eileen Wolf
   Eileen Wolf, 97, of St. Joseph, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 3:37 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at the Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton.
   Funeral services were Oct. 12 at Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph, with Pastor Ken Idleman officiating. Burial was in G.A.R. Cemetery, Homer.
   Eileen was born on Jan. 6, 1918, in St. Joseph, the daughter of Condi and Minnie Kennedy Collins. She married Delbert Wolf on Sept. 5, 1936. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2004.
   She is survived by her son, Fred (Kathy) Wolf of Erie, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Nick, Ben, Sydney, Jordan, Andy, Jeremy and Krissi Wolf; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Idleman of Joplin, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Wolf; one brother; and one sister.
Eileen was a member of the Church of Christ, St. Joe; a member of Fairmount Women’s Club, Going Like 60 Seniors Club, Fairmount Historical Society and Kissimmee All State Tourist Club.
   She was a past president of the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and director of the Vermilion County Home Extension. She also taught a Sunday School Class and was a Cub Scout and 4-H leader.
   She was a working partner with her husband in farming.
Her hobbies were playing dominoes, reading, bowling, traveling, working with her flowers and doing crosswords.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church of Christ or the Fairmount Library.

Donald T. McCool
   Donald T. McCool, 79, of Indianola, passed away at 7:47 p.m. Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, at Gardenview Manor in Tilton. He was born June 23, 1936 in Ridge Farm, the son of William and Dillion Lavona McCool.
   Those who will miss him are his children, Ed, Cecil and Donnie McCool and his daughter, Carrie McCool; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a special nephew: Gerald Hoskins; and a special friend, Ruby Martin.
   He was preceded by his parents, four brothers, two sisters, and his girlfriend, Bernice Andruski.
   In his early days Donald enjoyed farming and later worked for the railroad. Donald enjoyed working and tinkering with lawn mowers, loved watching NASCAR and fishing. He also was a great mushroom hunter.
   A celebration of life graveside service was held Oct. 12, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Please join his family in sharing memories on his Tribute Wall at

  Dana Rosnett, 41, of St. Joseph passed away at 2:50 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26, 2015).
   Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph, with the Rev. Ron Weishaar officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Dana was born on Sept. 10, 1974, at Urbana, the son of Jim and Sherry Yeats Rosnett.
   He is survived by his father, Jim (Glynis) Rosnett of St. Joseph; brother, Justin (Julie) Rosnett of St. Joseph; maternal grandmother, Ann Yeats of St. Joseph; niece, Chelby Rosnett; and nephew, Cole Rosnett.
   He was preceded in death by his mother, maternal grandfather and his paternal grandparents.
   Dana was a union glazier. He was a great handyman, always willing to help out. Dana loved to cook and was a great cook. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting mushrooms and canoeing. He was a dog lover, leaving behind his dog Max.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association.

  Daniel Lee Wait of Midwest City, Okla. passed away Oct. 17, 2015. He was born Dec. 3, 1946 in Danville to the parents of Edna Marie Wait and Rex Irving Wait.
   Dan was formerly of rural Indianola and attended Jamaica grade school. He he graduated high school. Dan worked at several different careers but was proud to say he was an iron worker supervisor which is a tough accomplishment for a man who had lost one arm in a farming accident at the age of 19.
   Dan is survived by his mother Marie Daniels, brothers Frank Wait, Ken Wait all of Ft. Myers, Fla. and sister Cathy Ware, of Crawfordsville, Ind. There will be no services.

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November 2015

  Marlene Chandler, 75, of Broadlands, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Carle
Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
   She was born the daughter of Albert and Hannah (Osterbur) Franzen on April 12, 1940, in Urbana. She married Robert D. Chandler on Oct. 5, 1958, at St. John Lutheran Church in Royal.
   Surviving Marlene is her husband of 57 years, Bob; sons, Brian (Jamie) Chandler of Philo and Brent (Shelley) Chandler of Gilbert, Ariz.; four beloved granddaughters, Hannah Chandler of Lawrence, Kan., Alyssa Chandler of Gilbert, Ariz., Calli and Cadence Chandler of Philo; sisters Marsha Goldenstein of Champaign and Myrna (Gary) Craig of St. Joseph; sister-in-law Jeanne Nasados of Dunedin, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
   Marlene was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law John Goldenstein, Joe Nasados and Charles Reeves.
   Marlene was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Royal, later transferring membership to the Allerton United Methodist Church. She was dedicated to her church serving in several office positions including   Secretary of the Administrative Board at the time of her passing.
   Having graduated in 1958 from ABL High School in Broadlands, Marlene also attended schools at Gifford, Royal and Allerton.
   Marlene started her working career as a secretary in the Bursar’s Office at the University of Illinois. She then worked as a secretary at Allerton Supply Company where she retired after 31 years.
   One of Marlene’s greatest joys in life, besides her granddaughters, was shopping for her granddaughters. Family and friends were very important to Marlene and she greatly enjoyed family gatherings including her cousins’ parties and her weekly breakfasts with friends at the Broadlands restaurant. She was an avid Illinois and St. Louis Cardinals sports fan. She enjoyed travelling.
   Funeral service were at Freese Funeral Home, Sidney today (Thursday) with the Pastor Clyde Snyder officiating. Burial   was at St. Johns Cemetery, Broadlands.

  Dorothy M. Barnett, 85, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 25, 2015, at her home in Danville.
   She was born to Lloyd and Pearl (Archer) Spesard
on Aug. 27, 1930, in Catlin. She became the beloved wife of Walter Leon “Red” Barnett Sr. April 25, 1956.
   She is survived by her daughters, Cyndee Garrison and Cheryl (Ken) Allison; great-grandchildren, Blake, Austin, Jessica, Brittney and baby girl Thomas to be born; sisters, Myrna (Robert) Elgin and Betty (Larry) Buck; and her beloved dog, BuddhaShe was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Lowell (Carol) Spesard.
Dorothy operated “The 307 Shop” in Danville for over 30 years and attended Calvary Baptist Church. She was a proud grandmother and enjoyed taking an active role in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved talking with friends and family and liked playing croquet and cards. When she was younger, she attended horse shows and showed horses.
   Funeral services were at Sunset Funeral Home Nov. 3 with burial at Danville National Cemetery.
Memorials came be made to Cyndee Garrison. Share memories through her Tribute Wall at

Greg Helm, 67, of Livingston, Texas, formerly of Sidell, died Nov. 3, 2015.
   Greg Helm was born in Robinson Feb. 11, 1948 to parents
   Glenard Helm and Elizabeth Gurnee Howard Helm. He graduated from Robinson High School in 1966. On Sept. 7, 1968, Greg married Carol Ferguson at First Christian Church in Findlay. Greg continued his studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston where he earned his bachelor’s of science in education in 1970 and pursued his master’s in kinesiology.
   After earning his degree, Greg began his teaching career in Jamaica Community Unit School District but was interrupted after one year when he was drafted by the United States Army. Greg served two years as a Spec 4 radio/television audio specialist, primarily at Fort Benning, Ga. After his military service, Greg returned to the Jamaica School District where he taught from 1973 until 1985.
   In 1985 Greg and Carol moved to Texas where he taught world history, military history and United States history at the junior high and high school levels. He retired from teaching in 2009.  
   During his 39-year teaching career Greg also served as a head coach for both football and baseball. For many years, Greg was the public address announcer for the Livingston Lions junior high, freshman, junior varsity and varsity football games. He was instrumental in creating the Livingston High School softball team and served as the team’s first head coach.
   Greg traveled extensively as a Civil War re-enactor. He was proud to be a descendent of both Union and Confederate soldiers and held memberships in both the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of Union Veterans as well as the American Legion. As a re-enactor Greg held the rank of Sergeant Major in the Fifth Brigade of Cleburne’s Division.
Greg enjoyed fishing, hunting, softball, and pinochle. He was deeply devoted to his Christian faith and loved his family and friends, students and his dogs.
   Greg is survived by Carol, his wife of 17,223 days; daughter Debbie and her husband Bob Yancy of New Caney, Texas; daughter Micki and her husband Chauncey Lindner of Bryan, Texas; grandson Robbie Yancy and his wife Michelle of Tomball, Texas; grandson Marcus Williams and his wife Rebecca of Peculiar, Mo.; grandchildren Lauren, Lana, and Lucas Hightower; and great-grandchildren Braden and Alexandra Williams.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, his son John Andrew, his brother Robert Helm, his sister Louise Kaley and her husband Vaughn, and his sister Virginia Luffman and her husband Clifford.
   A celebration of Greg’s life was held Nov. 9 at First United Methodist Church of Livingston, Texas.
   In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Green and White Scholarships (P.O Box 1297 Livingston, Texas 77351), an SPCA of your choice, or Hospice in the Pines (
   Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Please sign online guestbook at

  Edna M. (Lyons) Steinbaugh, 93, of Danville passed away on Sat., Nov. 21, 2015 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville. Edna was born on
Oct. 21, 1922 in Sidell, the daughter of Willis and Blanche (Darnell) Lyons. She married Joseph Steinbaugh on May 4, 1941, he preceded her in death.
   Surviving are her two children; Sharon Faye (Jerry) Nesbitt of Danville and Larry Joe (Sandy) Steinbaugh of Alvin; grandchildren, Becky (Larry) Cottle of Danville, Tammy (Robert) Winkler of Danville, Jody (Dan) Hagberg of Bloomington and Chad (Jodi) Steinbaugh of Georgetown; stepgrandchildren, Randy Nesbitt of Danville and Tammy (Scott) Williams of Pearland, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kenneth (Whitney) Cottle, Clayton Cottle, Michael (Chasidy) Winkler, Bricie and Becca Winkler, Caleb, Joshua, Isaac and Rebekha Hagberg, Conor, Lacey, Cale and Cameron Steinbaugh; stepgreat-grandchildren Ryan Nesbitt, Austin and Haley Williams; two great-great-grandchildren, Easton Cottle and Kaden Winkler and a very special friend, Rose Mary Fox.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Charles and Ervin Lyons.
   Edna enjoyed her flower garden, being a farmer’s wife and spending time with her family. She really enjoyed going to rummage sales and knowing all about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   A celebration of Edna’s life was held Nov. 24 at Sunset Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Carpenter officiating. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Cancer Foundation or to donor’s choice in Edna’s name.
   Please join Edna’s family in sharing pictures, video, and memories on her tribute wall at

  Bonnie L. Mills, 81, of Fairmount, passed away at 3:22 p.m.on Sun., Nov. 22, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
   Bonnie was born Oct. 18, 1934 in Vermilion County to William Edward and Elizabeth Smoot Thomas. She married Charles Eugene Mills on Jan. 16, 1960 in Catlin. He survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, William F. Spencer of Fairmount and Vernon Spencer Jr of Williamsport, Ind.; one daughter, Nora (Bryson Ritcher) Mills of Tilton; one brother, Robert Thomas of Georgetown; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Beverly Harper and Brenda Schmit, and three sisters.
   Bonnie was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ and had worked as a cook at the Vermilion County Nursing Home. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, fishing, cooking and gardening.
   Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial was in Pate Cemetery, Catlin. Robison Chapel, Catlin, was handling the arrangements. Memorials to the Catlin Church of Christ. Online condolences at

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December 2015


  Jack Carder, 78, of Fairmount went to be with the Lord at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tue., Nov. 24, 2015. He loved Jesus, his church, his family and his second home in Canada.
   He was born June 15, 1937, in Danville the youngest son of Jim and Irene Carder.
   He married Linda Cast April 11, 1964. She survives along with sons, Doug (Michele) Carder and Jeff (Toni) Carder; grandchildren, Zachary and Nicolas Carder and Aleah and Owen Carder; sister, Joyce (Richard) France; and many other family and friends who will miss him.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jim Carder.
   He was a graduate of Catlin High School and served in the Army Reserve. He retired in 1992 from General Motors. He and Linda owned and operated the Fairmount Grocery from 1980 to 1990.
   He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Danville for the past 29 years where he loved working on the sets of the many Christmas and Easter musicals. He and Linda spent many summers at their camp in Canada where they entertained many family and friends. He loved fishing and sitting on the front porch looking at the beautiful lake and always commenting that he was “right on schedule.”
   Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at First Church of the Nazarene, 2212 North Vermilion, Danville with Pastor Dave Anderson officiating. Burial was at Stearns Cemetery in Fithian.
   Memorials can be made to Carle Hospice or First Church of the Nazarene. Robison Chapel in Catlin was in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences can be shared at

  Franklin Earnest Deffenbaugh, 80, of Hume, passed away Nov. 20, 2015, at Paris Community Hospital.
   He was born April 16, 1935, in Jamaica Township to Frank and Mildred (Lewis) Deffenbaugh. He married Janice Ann Thomas July 11, 1987.
   He was a veteran of the United States Army, retired from NACCO and enjoyed watching TV. In his younger years, he also enjoyed shooting bows and working on cars.
   He is survived by his wife, Janice; four children, Rodney (Shari) Deffenbaugh of Sidell, Brian Deffenbaugh of Perrysville, Randy Deffenbaugh of Hegelar and Richard Deffenbaugh of Danville; five stepchildren, Alan Gossett of Hume, Jerry (Shari) Gossett of Dana, Ind., Christy Penrod of Hume, Ivin (Charlene) Gossett of Paris, and Lisa Gossett of Charleston; four sisters, Fern (Jim) Pettinato of California, Joann (Jack) Reed of Michigan, Mary (Marvin) Wyer of Georgetown and Phyllis Rutan of Cayuga; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Tommy, Greg and Carl; two brothers, Harold and John; and a great-grandson, Christopher.
   Private services will be held with Krabel Funeral Home assisting. Condolences:

   Ann Catlett Williams, 94, died of natural causes in Houston, Texas on Dec. 2, 2015.
   The English Catlett family immigrated to Virginia in 1650. In the early 1800s, they were neighbors of Thomas Jefferson, farming adjacent to Monticello.
   In 1846 the Catletts moved from Virginia to Vermilion County and built a log cabin at the edge of the timber near the Salt Fork River. The family purchased tallgrass prairie near modern–day Fairmount. They paid $2.50 per acre that had been sold by the government office in Danville to a speculator for $1.25 per acre.
   In the early 1900s, Ann’s grandfather, George R. Catlett, organized and obtained federal charters for the First National Bank of Fairmount and the First National Bank of Homer.
   Ann Catherine Catlett was born in Danville on May 15, 1921. She grew up in Fairmount, was a cheerleader at Fairmount High School and graduated from Monticello Preparatory School near St. Louis in 1939. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1943. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
   She married James F. Goodman in Champaign in 1944. The family moved to Waco, Texas in 1949 and to Houston in 1964. In 1982 she married Robert I. Williams, chief financial officer of Monsanto Oil Company in Houston.
   Ann was a member of the Junior League in Houston for more than 50 years. For many years she also volunteered at Houston Medical Center with The Blue Bird Circle.
   She is survived by her children, John Catlett Goodman of Dallas, Texas, James Jefferson Goodman of San Marino, Calif., and Nancy Goodman Dalton of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren and five great–grandchildren.

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