Obituaries 2016

January 2016

  Mary M. Fultz, 86, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Mon., Dec. 28, 2015 at her home.
She was born April 19, 1929, in Tolono, to Cecil and Alma Bryan Whightsil. She married Fred Fultz Sept. 29, 1944 in Danville. He passed away March 28, 2003.
   Survivors include two sons, Fred J. Fultz and Vernon Fultz, both of Fairmount; two daughters, Clara (Rodney) Woodard of Fairmount and Janice (Jack) Bear of Homer; two brothers, Robert (Frances) Whighstil of Sadorus and Gerald Whightsil of Tuscola; three sisters, Lucille Laughlin of Champaign, Wilma Pate of Decatur and Phyllis Romine of Atwood; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
   Mary was preceded by one son, Roy, one daughter, Doris, two daughters-in-law, Karen and Donna, one granddaughter, Diane, one brother, one sister, and three brothers-in-law.
   She worked for 35 years at General Electric and enjoyed traveling, word puzzles, reading and spending time with family and friends.
   Funeral services were held at Robison Chapel. Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials to the Fairmount Rescue or the Vance Township Library. Online condolences at

  Gary Ray Pridemore, 77, of Royal passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at South Miami Hospital, South Miami, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Public visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. following the private memorial service. The family requests casual attire to honor Gary’s love of fishing, camping and the outdoors.
   Born Sept. 21, 1938, at home in Fairmount, he was the son of the late Ray and Ethel Pridemore.
   Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Nedra Summers Pridemore; one son, Steve (Bev) Pridemore of St. Joseph; two daughters, Tami (Tim) Smith of Farmer City and Terri (Jim) Rein of Ogden; seven grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Larry Pridemore of Sidney and Dan Pridemore of Monticello; two sisters, Kay Short of Champaign and Susie Dodd-Casey of Fairmount; many nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Betty McCord of Danville.
Gary graduated from Homer High School and “retired” from farming in the Homer area and continued working with his son and son-in-law as an integral part of Pridemore Farms, where he planted and harvested a total of 54 crops.
He was a very social and active man who was involved in many organizations for a majority of his life, such as the Youth League, Homer School Board, the Methodist Church Board and Lions Club in Homer. He was also on the Polliwogs Association in Oakwood, the ASC Board and the drainage commission.
   A celebration of life was held Dec. 28 in Sunshine Key, Fla., where Gary and Nedra have been vacationing during the winter months for 28 years.
   In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to SJO Running, Community Choices in Champaign (a support group for adults with disabilities), Big Blue Backpacks (student organization at Millikin University that provides food donations to schoolchildren) or the Wounded Warrior Project.
   Gary was loved and cherished by his family and friends. He lived life to the fullest and will be missed by everyone.

  Ruby Irene Woolsey passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at Corn Heritage Village Nursing Home in Corn, Okla.
She was born Oct. 12, 1921, at Jamaica, Ill., the daughter of Joseph Henry and Cassie Melvida (Featheringill) Rhodes. She attended school at Fairmount and Allerton.
   Ruby married Estel Carl Woolsey of Rockport, Ind., on July 8, 1942, in Allerton. They had two children, Cassie and Carl. He preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1992. Ruby was clerk/postmaster of Allerton 30 years.
After the death of Estel she spent the winters in Texas where she met and married Andrew Perry Dawson on Jan. 3, 2000. He died March 17, 2006.
   She the met and married her former school friend, Robert Jinks Jan. 16, 2007. He died Nov. 27, 2009.
   Ruby was a member of the National League of Postmasters, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Allerton Historical Society, Allerton Woman’s Club, past president of the Philo Woman’s Club, Home Extension, American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Countryside Methodist Church.
   She loved and enjoyed her family and friends, traveling, dancing, painting and other crafts.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Frederick Rhodes; sister-in-law, Lenora (Thornberry) Rhodes; and son-in-law, Robert Baker.
   Survivors include her daughter, Cassie Baker of Anadarko, Okla.; son, Carl (Mary) Woolsey of Madelia, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Maxine (John) Woolsey of Rockport, Ind., and Ramona (Kenneth) Woolsey of Sebree, Ky.; nieces and nephews; and stepdaughters, Jeannie (Roger) Norton of Corpus Christi, Texas, Jacque (John) Kosek of San Antonio, Texas, Tammy (James) Craddock of Columbus, Miss., and Teri Danner of Rochelle, Ill.; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandson.
   Memorials may be made to Countryside United Methodist Church. Services were Jan. 2 at Countryside United Methodist Church, Urbana with Rev. Robin King officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Newman. Freese Funeral Home, Sidney handled the arrangements.

  Margaret A. Darr, 81, longtime area resident and farm wife of rural Fairmount, passed away unexpectedly Sun., Jan. 10, 2016 at her home.
   Margaret was born June 10, 1934 on the farm east of Olivet to Ray and Dorothy Ridge Whitaker, the youngest of four daughters. Margaret married Paul A. Darr Feb. 13, 1955 at the Catlin Church of Christ. He preceded her in death Oct. 9, 2003.
   Survivors include two sons, Bruce (Linda) Darr of Fairmount and Doug (Karla) Darr of Catlin; three sisters, Mary (Vance) Taran Pearson of Georgetown, Belva (Al) Morris of Georgetown, and Jo Pearson of Danville; four grandchildren, Derek (Lacee) Darr, Amanda Darr, Hannah Darr, and Noah Darr; one great- grandson, Leighton Darr; three nieces, four nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Trenton Alan Darr and one brother-in-law, Ray Taran.
   Margaret was proud to be the daughter, wife and mother of farmers and enjoyed helping on the farm. She was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ, loved gospel music, and reading mystery books from the local library. She graduated from Georgetown High School in 1952 and worked for two years for an insurance adjustment company until she and Paul were married. She enjoyed working at the Georgetown Fair and being on the Farm Bureau Womens Committee and she served as election judge. Margaret especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
   Funeral services were held at the Catlin Church of Christ with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial was alongside Paul and Trenton at the Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials in her memory to the Catlin Church of Christ. Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details. Online condolences at

   Yvonne J. Grussing, 78, of Sidney passed away Tue., Jan. 5, 2016 at her home.
   Funeral services were held Jan. 9 at Countryside United Methodist Church with the Rev. Al Simonson, Robin King, Grace Baldridge and Jason Davis officating. Burial wA in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney.
Yvonne was born Jan. 4, 1938, at Shawneetown, the daughter of James and Irene Oldham Eubanks. She married Frank Grussing on Oct. 24, 1959. He preceded her in death in 2001.
   She is survived by her children, Sandra K. Speakman of Champaign and Steve (Coletta) Grussing of Effingham; three sisters, Ann (Larry) Austin of Evansville, Ind., Jane Baldridge of Augusta, Ga., and Janis (Del) Beasley of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren, Jason Speakman, Heather Gardiner, Ryan Grussing and Allison Grussing; two sisters-in-law, Maianna (Gene) Lessen of Lincoln and Beverly (Bob) Albert of Elkhart; and several nieces and nephews.
   Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Bruce L. Grussing.
Yvonne was a member of Countryside United Methodist Church and was the church organist for 50 years. She retired from teaching at Jamaica School District in 2002.
   She also belonged to the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, United Methodist Women. Yvonne enjoyed traveling,   gardening and spending time with her family.
   Memorials may be made to Countryside United Methodist Church.

February 2016

   Joyce A. Jeffery passed gently into the arms of the Lord Feb. 4, 2016 after a battle with cancer and dialysis. She was born Nov. 23, 1946 to Cecil and Irene Balding Emerick and was raised in the Paris area.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, George, Dickie, Michael,Violet, Charlotte and Mary; two brother-in-laws, Howard Simpson and Howard Shonk; and her soulmate, Lennie Ahlgrens.
   Surviving are Lois Shonk of Paris; Gale (Thelma) Emerick of Michigan Verna Lea (Kenny) Sly and Betty (Don) Pearson all of Ridge Farm; Rose Simpson, Paris; Cecil (Stella) Emerick, Sidell; Leonard (Ruth) Emerick of Michigan Tom; (Diana)Emerick of Paris; Terry Emerick and a sister-in-law, Sharon Emerick, of Missouri.
   Joyce gave birth to three loving children, John and Eric (Megan), Jeffery and Kendra Miles. They were her pride and joy. She also had four grandchildren, Ethan, Tristan, Kai and Jaxson; and five great grandchildren.
   Joyce worked in pizza restaurant management in the Paris area and in a nursing home in Texas before settling in Theodosa, Mo.
   She cared for the elderly in her community and was a member of Salem Baptist Church. Joyce loved working for the Lord.

   Michael Orndorff, 22, of Hume, passed away at 2:15 a.m. Mon., Feb. 15, 2016, at his parents’ home. Funeral services will be today (Thursday) at the Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly St., Newman, with the Rev. Tim Pearman officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. Visitation will be for two hours before service time.
   Michael was born Nov. 9, 1993 in Urbana, a son of William and Darleen Swinford Orndorff. They survive.
   Other survivors include four brothers, Richard Griffith of Newman, Robert Orndorff of Decatur, Stanley Orndorff of Danville and Allen Orndorff of Sidell; four sisters, Jackie Crowe of Canton, Ohio, Ann Orndorff-Stunkard of Hume, Mary Gast of Broadlands and Rachael Orndorff of Hume; and several nephews and nieces.
   He was preceded in death by one brother and sister.
   Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

  Howard A. Shelton, 66, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 10:09 a.m. Sun., Feb. 21, 2016, at Hawthorne Inn in Danville.
   A celebration of the life will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown with Rev. James Blue. He will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm. Visitation will be Thursday 5-8. He was born Jan. 9, 1950, in Danville, the son of Wilbur and Esther Mae (Steeples) Shelton.
   He married Valarie Lawver in July 5, 1968. They were married for 22 years. She survives.
Other survivors include his two children, Kim (Tom) Darby of Danville and Chad (Mindy) Shelton of Georgetown, six grandchildren and two nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joe Shelton.
   Howard was a 1968 graduate of Ridge Farm High School. He sold vehicles in the area for over 45 years. He started his career at the former Loyal Nimrick Ford in Georgetown and spent the majority of his career at Mooney Motors in Chrisman.

  Charles Eugene Hodge, 82, of Decatur, formerly of Allerton, passed away Mon., Feb. 22, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly St., Newman, with Pastor Kathy Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery north of Newman. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10-11 a.m. Friday prior to the service.
   Charles was born Oct. 4, 1933 in Newman, the son of Claude Elmer and Mary Ruth Brown Hodge. He married Wilma Jean Cross on Sept. 29, 1953. She survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Bobbi) Hodge, Broadlands; Chris (Kathy) Hodge, Champaign; two daughters, Tina (Gary) Henderson, Allerton; Mary K. “Cha” (Mike) Bishop, Decatur; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Hodge.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
   Charles was employed at USI in Tuscola for many years and also worked for the railroad. He belonged to the Army Reserves and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 71 in Urbana.
Make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.

March 2016

  Dale L. Carico, 90, well known area automobile salesman whose career spanned 37 years with the former Mooney
Motors of Chrisman, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 26, 2016 in the palliative care unit of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danville.
   Dale was born June 21, 1925 in Danville to Crockett and Nora Hall Carico. He married Virginia Walters on Dec. 2, 1951 in Chrisman. She survives as well as one son, Bob Carico; two daughters, Janet (Dale Winans) Kindred of Chrisman and Jean (Tom) Scott of Chrisman; four granddaughters, Michelle (Troy) Lunger of Chrisman, Theresa (Troy) Latoz of Georgetown, Stacey (Todd) Gosnell of Paris, and Misty Terry of Turlock, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Vera Carico and Pat Carico.
   He was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.
   Dale was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chrisman and the former Broadlands Masonic Lodge 791 and a current member of Ogden Masonic Lodge 754, having been a Mason for over 60 years. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, Ansar Shrine Club, Chrisman American Legion Post 477 and served on the Chrisman Fire Department for 15 years. He graduated from Sidell High School. He was drafted in 1949 and served his country in the Army.
   Funeral services were held Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Chrisman with Pastor Gene Creek officiating. Burial with full military honors by the Chrisman American Legion Post 477 followed in the Woodland Cemetery in Chrisman.
   Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Chrisman or the Chrisman American Legion Post 477. Robison Chapel of Catlin handled arrangements. Online condolences at

  Charles “Chaz” Shawn Anders, 61, of Danville, passed away suddenly on Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, at 11:45 a.m.
   A Celebration of Life was held at the VFW, 8 Pine Street in Danville.
   Chaz was born on Oct. 21, 1954, in Danville, to Albert Anders and Evelyn “June” Carter. He was a self-employed carpenter, but really a jack-of-all-trades. Chaz enjoyed horseshoes, NASCAR, playing cards, and drinking beer with his friends and family.
   Chaz leaves behind his mother, Evelyn June Bell, whom he loved very much; his sisters, Cathy Villarreal, Lisa (Anthony) Fields, Deb (Gary) Hillary formerly of Sidell; his brothers, Danny (Edna) Anders, Ed (Sally) Morrison, Kary (Irene) Morrison of Sidell, Jeff (Richel) Morrison, and Josh (Nicki) Trussel; and his step-dad, Delbert Morrison.
He also leaves behind many special friends, Jerry (Christi) Bartos, Dan (Mary) Cottle, Curt (Terry) Smith, Rick (Heidi) Johnson, Michael P., Eva. Scott, Kathy, Scott, JD, and Tina ad his special niece Macy.
   He was preceded in death by his father.
   Messages and memories for the family may be left at, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorials may be made in Chaz’s name to an organization of the donor’s choice.

   Robert "Bob" Wayne Swisher, 79, of Danville, passed away March 1, 2016. He was in the loving care of the Danville VA Palliative Care team and his son at the time of his passing.
    Bob was born Jan. 17, 1937, in Danville, the son of Fern (Edwards) and Henry Swisher.
   After honorably serving in the U.S. Army, Bob married Sherry Mann (Krugh) in 1960 and together they had three children whom they raised on a farm in Allerton, Ill. Later, Bob relocated to Texas where he worked as an engineer for Holiday Inn and met Molly Galey. Bob and Molly moved back to Danville and remained there until Bob's passing.
   Bob will be deeply missed by his children, Marcia (Rick) Fink of Port St John, Fla., Karen (Mark) Pappas of Port St John, Fla., and Douglas Swisher of Danville; his sister, Mary Hansbrough of Danville; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Leslie, Kyle, Ryan and Monica; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Kendal; and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Barker; and brothers, Harlan Swisher and Melvin Swisher.
   Bob was loved by all who knew him. He was kind, generous and had a heart of gold. He was known by all for his playful sense of humor. Bob loved his friends and family, fishing, gardening, and riding his scooter.
   A memorial and graveside service will be at National Cemetery in Danville at a date and time to be determined.
   In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Danville VA Palliative Care Program in recognition of the wonderful and loving services they provide to our veterans. Please send donations to VA Illiana Health Care System/Palliative Care Fund, c/o Volunteer Services, 1900 E Main St, Danville, IL 61832.
   Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Danville, assisted his family with arrangements. Please join his family sharing memories, photos, & videos through his Tribute Wall at

  David A. Downs was called home to the Lord on Saturday (March 26, 2016) after 21 years as a cancer survivor.
   Born on Oct. 26, 1948, to J. Kenneth and Dorothy Downs, he married Janece Ann Jurgens on Dec. 28, 1968. She survives, as does his mother.
Also surviving are two sons, Doug (Dawn) Downs of Tolono and Rob (Amy) Downs of Champaign; two grandchildren, Samantha and Justin Downs of Tolono; a sister, Carole (John) Brodbeck of Streator; a brother, Jim (Barb) Downs of Broadlands; and several nieces and nephews.
His father preceded him in death.
   A lifelong advocate for agriculture, upon graduating from Southern Illinois University, he worked for the USDA until beginning his ultimate career as a farmer in 1977 through retirement in 2014.
   Through his career, he served seven years as Edgar County executive director for Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation Service for USDA, and 15 years on the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
   He served on the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Board for 10 years and as president from 1993 to 1996. In 1997, he was named the Champaign News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year.
   He also served 10 years on the Board of Directors for Illinois Farm Bureau, representing Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas and Edgar Counties; as well as 10 years on the Board of Directors for Country Companies Insurance.
   In 2007, he was recognized as Prairie Farmer Master Farmer.
   He also served as a director on the boards for the Illinois Council on Food and Agriculture Research (C-FAR) for seven years and Midwest Grain Processors Co-op for nine years.
   David was very proud of his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he loved to take for golf cart rides.
I  n addition to his interest in agriculture and ag policy, he was a member of the United Methodist Church in Allerton and a lifetime member of Lions Club, serving three terms as president.
   He also enjoyed golfing, vacationing in the Missouri Ozarks and spending quality time with family and close friends.
   Services were Wednesday, March 30, at Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph, with the Rev. Clyde Snyder officiating. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery, Newman.
Memorials may be made to the Allerton United Methodist Church, Broadlands United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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April 2016

  Manley J. Cork, 89, passed away on March 28, 2016 at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
He was born on Dec. 3, 1926, in Danville, the son of Charles Manley and Genevive S. (Wilson) Cork. Manley married Hannabelle Goers on Oct. 12, 1952, in Clinton, Iowa.
   Manley is survived by his sons, Kevin (Terri) Cork of Danville and Brian (Pam) Cork of Flat Rock; grandchildren, Christopher (Jennifer) Cork, Nicole Ebert-Lee, Andrew (Miranda) Cork, Captain Nolan (Captain Danielle) Cork (United States Army), Carlee (fiancé Dan Bauer) Cork; five great-grandchildren; sister, Patsy (Dean) Puzey; one special niece, Dr. Josie (Dr. Ed) Burkhalter; three special nephews, Captain Richard (Linda) Howson (United States Navy- Retired), Gene Johnston, and Roy “Butch” Howson Jr.; and special friends, Richard and Marylou Huckstadt. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife.
   Manley served in the United States Air Force as a cryptographer during World War II. He was a lifelong athlete and played fast pitch softball until age 45. Manley enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, gardening and walking around the neighborhood with his dog, Casey. He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.
   Funeral service were held April 4. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park.
Memorial donations may be made in Manley’s name to American Cancer Society or Danville Humane Society.

Dr. Berton Heleine, 85, of Noble, passed away Sat., Apr. 9, 2016 at his home.
  Berton was born Aug. 21, 1930 in DesArk, Arkansas, the son of John and Floy (Whitkanack) Heleine. He married Fleta Joyce (Privett) on Nov. 7, 1947. She preceded him in death. He later married Betty Lou (Toliver) Gray on April 21, 1990.
   Berton served as pastor at Edgar, Garland, Logan, Scotland, Jamaica and Fairmount Methodist churches. He also was pastor at Fairmount, Oakwood, Flora and Grace Evangelical Methodist churches as well as Faith Chapel at Carrier Mills. Most recently he was pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Noble.  
   Berton had a passion for people, not only through the church but through outreach missions such as Hospice, foreign missions, and the Noble Lions Club. He was a former president of the American Evangelical Christian Church and University. Berton enjoyed fishing, reading, and gardening. He took pleasure in horse riding and collecting rocks. Berton loved spending time with his family and wonderful wife, Betty. Betty was his heart and soul and she will miss him dearly, as well as all of the friends and family that knew him.
   He is survived by his wife, Betty Heleine of Noble; sons, Joe Heleine (Deb) of Fairmount, Todd Heleine (FawnAnne) of Champaign; daughters, Penny White of Champaign, Robin (Jim) King of Urbana, and Gaye (Fred) King of Mahomet; brother, Don Heleine of Robinson and sister Fern Isbell of Marshall. Also 25 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Wes (Barb) Gray, Roger (Darla) Gray and Julie (Mark) Wilson of Noble, Cindy O’Leary and Beulah (Darrel) Lewis of Olney; and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Fleta Joyce, his parents, three brothers and one sister, and one grandson, Kristopher. Memorials can be made to Cornerstone Community Church.

  Sara E. Briggs, 88, of Indianola passed away at 2:11 a.m. Tues., April 19, 2016 at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
   She was born May 17, 1927 in Danville, a daughter of William C. and Esther (Humble) McDaniels. She married Robert K. Briggs, who preceded her in death in April 2010.
   She is survived by five children, Danny Sinclair, Terry Briggs, Sandra Fawley, Cathy Sinclair and Pam New; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister, Edward McDaniels Georgia Parmley.
   She was also preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers and her two dogs, Max and Oakley.
   Not a more romantic love story could have been told depicting the life of Robert and Sara. They have lived and have now died for each other. We miss them immensely. Knowing they are happy together again eases the grief.
   Services are yet to be announced.

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May 2016

   Larry Bryant, "I'm the luckiest man alive!" This was my husband's and our dad's favorite saying, Unfortunately, he lost his very strong and always positive life to cancer Thurs., May 12, 2016.
   Larry was born in Champaign to Mark Joseph and Helen Opal (Yeazel) Bryant on Nov. 29, 1939.
   Larry and Diana K. Hamm married at the Church of Christ in Georgetown on July 16, 1966. She survives.
   Also surviving are sons, Mark (Jill) Bryant of Danville and Chad (Jenna) Bryant of Mahomet. He was an amazing grandpa to all five of his grandchildren, Lohgan, Sydne, Karsyn, Rance and Karolyne. Larry's sister, Linda (Harold) Ware of Sidell; sister-in-law, Connie (Dave) VanVekoven of North Carolina; brother-in-law, Ray Hamm of Ridge Farm; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Randy) Smith of Louisville, Ky., and Cindy (Mark) Jackson of Georgetown; and several loved and very special nieces and nephews. His faithful dogs, Clemmi, Hope, Josie, Amigo, Bugzi and Chewie also survive.
   Larry graduated from Jamaica High School in 1957. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard. Larry worked for Davies Packing Company before starting his automotive career with Barkman Chevrolet in 1964. After several years in the automobile sales industry, he became co-owner of Bryant Chevrolet Buick in Attica, Ind. He was a member of the Chevrolet Legion of Leaders for over 20 years.
   Larry loved most sports and most of all, his grandchildren's activities. Larry had a true passion for his cars. After he was married and his sons were born, priorities changed for him. He became the best husband, dad, baseball coach, motocross crew chief and just an absolutely amazing man for his family.
   Anyone who had the opportunity to know or talk to Larry knew what an interesting person he was, always caring for other people, willing to lend a helping hand or share a story.
   Larry had a passion for helping all animals find homes, or to keep them out of harm's way!
   My husband, I so loved our almost 50 years of marriage. I'll miss you so but have so much that will be with me forever!
   Our dad and mentor, You taught us that love, hard and smart work, determination and caring for the other person will get us far. We are so blessed to have had a dad that cared, believed and loved us boys no matter what.
   A celebration of Larry's life will be held Thursday, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating. Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. prior to the service.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Larryís name to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter Foundation, P.O. Box 965 Danville, IL 61834. Please join Larry's family in sharing videos, photos and memories on his Tribute Wall at

   William "Bill" Markel, Sr., 85, passed away at 8:40 p.m. on Sat., May 14, 2016 at his home in Homer, surrounded by his family.
   A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main Street, Homer. Pastor Robin King will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
   Bill was born Dec. 21, 1930 in White Heath, the son of John Clements and Freda Sullivan Markel. He married Janet Hickle and they were married for over 60 years.
   He is survived by his wife, Janet; his sons, Bill (Joni) Markel, Jeff Markel and Darrin (Shari) Markel; his sisters, Carol Freeman and Mary Bullock; grandchildren, Lindsey (Larry) Gates-Markel, Brandon Markel, Ashley Markel, Austin Markel, Hannah (Eric) Johnson, Rachel Markel and Mitchell Markel; and one great-grandson, Sydney Davis.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John "Jack" Markel and Glenn "Buck" Markel.
   Bill served in the Air Force and retired from farming in the Sidell-Indianola area. He served as Carroll Township Road Commissioner.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Homer Rescue Squad.

  Willisa “Lissa” Evans, 69, of Indianola passed away at 3:57 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
   Lissa was born July 9, 1946 in Danville to Willis E. and Ellen Marie Hagerman Kistler. She married Ray Evans January 6, 1978 in Sidell. He survives.
   Also surviving are one son. Joshua Ray Evans of Indianola; one daughter, Rhonda (James) Malloch of Tolono; five step-children; three brothers, Louie (Christy) Kistler of Indianola, Doug (Sherry) Kistler of Fremont, Ind., and Willis (Gala) Kistler Jr. of Jamaica; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, William Douglas Evans; one brother, Larry Corbin; and two sisters, Barbara Thomas and Sally Hollingsworth.
   Lissa loved cooking, being with family and spending time with her husband. She enjoyed sitting on her porch and waving to everyone. She attended the Sidell Assembly United Pentecostal Church.
   Funeral services will be held today (Thurs.) at 1 a.m. at the Sidell Assembly United Pentecostal Church with Pastor Tim Pearman officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Visitation 11 to 1 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the church. Memorials may be made to the family. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

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June 2016

  Bethany Mariah Baker, 21, of Champaign passed away June 18, 2016.
  "Whisper I love you to a butterfly and it will fly to Heaven to deliver your message."
   Bethany was born March 8, 1995 in Urbana, to Michael Baker and Cheri Baker. They survive.
   She is also survived by a brother, Tyler Baker; two sisters, Heather and Alexis Baker; great-grandparents, David and Evelyn Darr; grandparents, John and Nancy VanVickle; uncles, Dan Baker and John (Jami) VanVickle; and an aunt, Lori (John) Dorwart.
  She was preceded in death by grandparents, Gracye Baker and J.R. Baker and great-grandparents, Ralph and Sigried VanVickle and Florence Baker and Lee Baker.
  Bethany was a 2014 graduate of Jamaica High School. She also attended Parkland College for two years. She was working at Erwin, Martinkus & Cole, Ltd. as a file clerk, as well as a manager at TCBY.
  Bethany was a contestant in the Champaign County Fair Queen Pageant in 2012. She also competed in Champaign County Tractor Pull that same year and received sixth place.
  Bethany loved her two animals, a dog, Lola and her rescue cat, Milo. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. Most importantly, Bethany was a loving daughter and sister. Her smile lit up the room, and she was a joy to all who knew her. Bethany was not only beautiful, but she was kind to everyone. Bethany was taken from us all too soon and while she lies in peaceful sleep, her memory we shall always keep.
  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 23 at Morgan Funeral Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West in Savoy. The funeral service will be at Morgan at 1 p.m. June 24. Memorials may be made to Champaign County Humane Society.

  LaDonna J. Maskel, 73, of Sidell, passed away at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She is survived by her husband, Daryl W. Maskel of Sidell; a granddaughter, Christin Santos of Las Vegas; and a great-grandson, Sean.
  According to her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family. Online condolences:

  Chance M. Kistler, 18, well-known Indianola area resident and athlete, passed away at 10:44 a.m. Sat., June 25, 2016 at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. after a brave and valiant struggle with leukemia.
   Chance was born May 7, 1998 in Danville to Chad M. and Sherri K. Schrum Kistler. Survivors include his parents; one sister, Destiny; his paternal grandparents, Louie and Chris Kistler; and maternal grandparents, Doug Schrum and Donna Clark. Also surviving is his girlfriend Karley Weaver, his dog “Shasta” and several aunts, uncle and cousins.
   Chance was captain of the Salt Fork Storm football team, had served as class president and was a member of National Honor Society. He enjoyed football and hanging with his friends. He also liked working with the tractor and excavators in the family business. He also liked camping, shooting, and dirt bikes. He especially loved his truck and being at the lake.
  Funeral services honoring his life were held today (Thursday) at 12 noon in the gymnasium of Salt Fork High School in Catlin. Pastor Brian Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola, with Chance’s posse acting as pallbearers. Visitation was held Wednesday in the gymnasium of Salt Fork High School. The family asked that everyone wear their Chance Strong T-shirt.
   The Robison Chapel in Catlin is serving Chance’s family and handling service details. Memorials may be made to the Salt Fork Football Program or St. Louis Children’s “Barnes” Hospital in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79 Catlin, IL
   On-line condolences can be left at

  Susie G. (Spisok) Lang, 94, of Danville, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016. 
  Susie was born in Sidell, on Dec. 13, 1921, the daughter of Clamus Todd and Clara (Donley) Todd. In 1944, she married John ìJimmyî Spisok and they spent the next 48 years together. He precedes her in death. She then married Norval G. Lang. He precedes her in death.
  Susie is survived by three daughters, Margaret ìPeggyî Romine, Mary Sue Spisok and Fran Winters; two brothers, Timothy (Carolyn) Todd and Richard ìElmoî Todd; one sister, Marjorie (Glen) Foster of Hoopeston; two grandchildren, one great-step-grandson and two great-great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; three brothers, Roger (Dixie) Todd, Arthur (Alta Mae) Todd, and Ted (Flo) Todd; one step-son, Bob Ellis; and one great-grandchild.
  Susie was a very loving individual. She enjoyed caring for her children and spending time bowling or playing Bunco with her friends from the neighborhood. She was a faithful Christian and loved attending church and in her spare time could be found crocheting or sewing beautiful outfits for her children. Susie spent 26 years as a shearing operator at Teepak. She was a very loving and devoted friend and will be missed dearly.
  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1, at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville. Officiating will be pastor Scott McCurdy. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held today (Thursday) from 4-7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Susieís name to American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Visit tribute wall:

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July 2016

   Brandon Lee Markel passed away unexpectedly at home in Homer on July 4, 2016, less than a month away from his 30th birthday.
   Brandon was born on Aug. 6, 1986, to Joni (Lynch) Markel and William ìBillî Louis Markel Jr. He grew up on the family farm in Sidell. He was a 2005 graduate of Jamaica High School, where he played football. He graduated from the Wind Energy Technician Program at DACC.
   He was happily employed by City of Urbana Public Works.
   Anyone who knew Brandon knew what a bright soul he was. He loved live music, being outdoors and seeking new adventures. His beautiful smile and magnetic personality made him seem larger than life but he was only human. He fought a courageous battle against addiction. He was charming and hopeful even through his struggles.
   He leaves behind a heartbroken family: his parents, sister Lindsey (Larry) Gates-Markel, grandmothers Janet Markel and Marilyn Lynch, many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and one nephew.
   Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Freese Funeral Home, 202 W. Main St., Sidney. Burial will follow the memorial service at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

   Pat Fourez, 80, of Sidell passed away at 8:20 pm, Sat., July 2, 2016 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
   Pat was born April 11, 1936 in Danville to Ernest Robert Eugene and Ruth M. Roberts Knight. Pat married William A. Fourez on December 19, 1954 in Fithian. He preceded her in death.
   Survivors include two sons, Steven W (Melinda) Fourez of Fairmount and David W (Susan) Fourez of Fithian; one sister, Phyllis (Clyde) Smith of South Carolina; four grandchildren, Jami Lyn (Paul) Augustine, Juli Ann Fourez, Jeremy William (Elizabeth) Fourez, and Katilyn Jayne Fourez; and three great grandchildren, Alec William Fourez, Brody Matthew Taflinger, Wyatt Alan Fourez.
   Pat was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. She was very active in the lives of her grandchildren and enjoyed attending their ball games. She spent her winter months in Texas.
   Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian. Memorials to the Shrinerís Childrenís Hospital. Online condolences at

   Mary "Granny" Louise Gooch, 80, of Sidell, passed away at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville on June 28, 2016 at 6:25 a.m. Mary was born the daughter of Dale and Catharine (Schmink) Romack on Nov. 25, 1935.
   Surviving Mary is her mother, Catharine; three children, Jeff ìWhite Owlî (Debbie) Gooch, Dawn (Mike) Demmin and Patrick (Jeanette) Gooch; six grandchildren, Cole (Megan) Gooch, Shelby English, Jeremy, Dustin, Cassie Gooch, and Carly Demmin; six great grandchildren, Ryien, Kyleigh, Marshall, Kaden, Karsen and Merrik; two sisters, Betty Lanham and Donna Moss; two brothers Gary and Ronald Romack. Mary was preceded in death by her father, one sister Beverly Curtis, two children Tammy Pearman and Chris Gooch.
   Mary worked at Vermilion Manor as a CNA, then worked as a store clerk at Lucas Grocery in Sidell for 20 years, later working as a daycare provider.
   Mary was a diehard Chicago Cubs, Bears and Illini fan. She was her grandchildrenís biggest fan and never missed an event. Mary enjoyed sitting out in the sun, talking to everyone and her trips to the ìDollar Store.î Most of all, her family was the most important thing to her and she loved them all.
   Visitation was held at Sunsetís Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, on July 8th. Burial will be at a later date at Georgetown Cemetery. Memorials to Vermilion County Handicap Association.

   Richard Sawyer of Phoenix, Ariz. and formerly from Sidell, passed away July 9, 2016. He was a graduate of the Jamaica High School Class of 1965 and the son of the late Clyde and Mary Jane Sawyer of Sidell.
   Arrangements were not available at press time.

   Peggy A. "Miss Peggy" Houpt, 64, of Catlin, passed away at 11:41 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016 at her home. She was born Jan. 29, 1952, in Danville, the daughter of Alonzo L. and Mary Helen Brown Williams. She married Don Reynolds in 1992, he passed away Aug. 20. 2002.
   Survivors are two stepsons, William Todd (Julia) Reynolds and Jason (Nicole) Reynolds; two daughters, Autumn (Steve) Dodson and Mitzi (Austin) Campbell; one stepdaughter, Charlyn (Matt) Hester; two sisters, Sherry (Tom) Huffman and Jacqui Walters of Fairmount; 13 grandchildren, special friends, Susan Keith, Lynn, Sandy, Rheta, Teresa, Shari, Robin. As well as her ìBucket Listî travelers, Pam, Bert, Jan, and her student friend Tanner Smith. 
   Peggy had been a teacherís aide at Catlin Grade School for 35 years and had held that position both for District 118 and Fairmount Grade School for a time. She was a member of Catlin Church of Christ.
   Peggy served as lifeguard and bus driver and loved rescuing animals. She was also ìRoom Grandmaî at Salt Fork North Elementary School.
   Family and Friends will gather to remember her life at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Catlin Church of Christ. Mike Strunga will officiate, burial will follow in OakRidge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials to Vermilion County Animal Shelter or Presence Cancer Center. Robison Chapel, in Catlin, is handling service details. Condolences at

   Helen E. (Robinson) Kilgore, 82, Danville, went to be with her Lord at her daughterís home at 1:21 p.m., Thurs., June 30, 2016, surround-ed by family members who loved and adored her.
   Helen was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Fairmount, the daughter of Henry and Evelyn Mae (Booth) Robinson.
   On Valentineís Day in 1951, Helen married Robert E. (Bob) Kilgore and they spent the next 63 years together. He preceded her in death Oct. 31, 2014.
   Helen is survived by her six children, Lee (Betty) Kilgore, Sandy (Sissy) (Rick) Delhaye, Missionary Jim (Bonnie)Kilgore,  Terrie (Mike) Chesrown, Cathy (Brett) Astell and Barbara (Patches) (John) Crain; two sisters, Connie Commisso and Lily (Bill) Files.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six sisters, a brother and a grandson.
   Helen was one of the first 10 people hired at TeePak when the facility began operations in Danville. She retired after 35 years of employment.
   Helen was a very loving wife, mom and grandma. She was an avid collector of 350 Barbie dolls. Sunset Funeral Home, Danville was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park.

  Wayne Hooker, 90, of Sidell, died at 7:30 a.m. Sun., July 17, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Danville.
  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Sat., July 23 at the Joines Funeral Home, 401 W. Gillogly St., Newman, with Craig Roller officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Friday evening at the funeral home.
  Wayne was born July 13, 1926, in Rose Hill, the son of Marion and Inez Boring Hooker. He married Phyllis Edwards Jan. 1, 1953. She preceded him in death in 1987.
  Surviving are one son, Glen (Shelly) Hooker, Sidell; one grandson, Joshua Hooker, Sidell; one brother, Ronald Hooker, Springfield, Mo.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.
  Wayne was a veteran having served in the U. S. Army. He was a lifetime farmer in the Sidell area.
  Memorials may be given to the donors choice.

   Janece A. Downs of Allerton passed away peacefully on Sun., July 24, 2016 after seven years a cancer survivor. Born on July 27, 1949, in Decatur to Orville and Eloise Jurgens, she married David Downs on Dec. 28, 1968. He preceded her in death on March 26, 2016.
  She is survived by her sons, Doug (Dawn) Downs of Tolono and Rob (Amy) Downs of Champaign; a brother, Steve (Joyce) Jurgens of Arthur; grandchildren, Samantha and Justin Downs; and several nieces and nephews.
  Janece was raised on her familyís farm near Arthur and graduated Arthur High School in 1967. She then attended Southern Illinois University and Danville Area Community College.
  Janece dedicated her life to serving her family and others in countless ways. She was a school and church volunteer for many years while raising her own children before beginning a career in government service in 1988. She worked for the USDA Farm Service Agency and Social Security Administration, both in Vermilion County, before retiring in 2009.
  Janece and David were also farmers and champions for agriculture throughout their lives. She developed a lot of strong friendships with her co-workers and others she met in organizations through the years, and she touched the lives of many.
  In her retirement, her passion was spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing bridge, traveling with friends, Bible study and volunteering with churches in Sidell and Allerton.
   Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Freese Funeral Home in St. Joseph. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at the funeral home in St. Joseph, with burial at Fairview Cemetery, Newman, immediately following.
   Memorials may be made to the Allerton United Methodist Church, Sidell United Methodist Church or Broadlands Community Church.

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August 2016

  Mary Puzey, 91, lifelong Jamaica and Fairmount area resident and farm wife, passed away peacefully at 2:32 p.m. Sat., Aug. 20, 2016 at her home.
   Mary was born March 25, 1925 in Jamaica, Illinois to George B. & Rosa Alice Hart Darr. She married Lloyd W. Puzey Nov. 27, 1944 in Watsonville, Calif. Lloyd passed away Nov. 3, 1991. 
   Mary was a devoted mother to two sons, Harold W. (Janet) Puzey of Fairmount and Alan L. (Susan) Puzey of Fairmount; four daughters, Annette Zeigler of Fairmount, Carol J. (David) Harden of Fairmount, Elaine M. (Pat) O’Shaughnessy of Danville, and Lisa J. (Tim) Bueter of Danville; also surviving are two brothers, Dane (Mary Lou) Darr of Fairmount and David (Evelyn) Darr of Fairmount; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 
   Mary was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Tom Zeigler; two brothers and their wives, Charles (Mary Elizabeth) Darr and Paul (Margaret) Darr; and one sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie (Ralph) Diel.
Mary was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville and a member of the Rosary & Altar Society, she helped with funeral dinners and was active in the church’s Labor Day festivities. She belonged to the Jamaica School PTA and was a mom to all who entered her home. She especially enjoyed hosting the traditional Sunday dinner for the family.
   Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. Father Robert Hoffman officiated. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials to the Lloyd & Mary Puzey Scholarship Fund at DACC Foundation, in care of Robison Chapel, Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences at

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September 2016

  “John Boy,” “Buddy,” “Toad” Walton, 64, of Fairmount passed away at 10:34 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in rural Fairmount as a result of an explosion.  
   John Boy was born Oct. 14, 1951 in Cates, Ind. to Patrick David and Joanna York Walton. He married Vicki Lee Scott April 2, 1972 in Danville. She survives.  Also surviving are one son, Jesse Walton of Litchfield; one brother, Michael Walton of Veedersburg; three sisters, Lucinda “Toots” Mioduski of Georgetown, Vicki (Gary) Straw of Ohio and Linda (Carlie) Hopkins of Greenville, Ind.; and one grandchild, Kaden Walton.  
   He was preceded in death by one sister, Frances.
   John Boy was a machinist at General Motors for 34 years. He was the maintenance man at Pay Lake at Fairmount. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an avid Cubs fan. He was a husband, father, best friend, fishing buddy and role model to his family.  
   Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Visitation 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Robison Chapel. The family asks everyone dress in camo.
   Memorials to the Floyd Walton Family.  Condolences:

  Winona “Winnie” Joy George went to be with Jesus Sun., Aug. 21, 2016.
   She was born Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, to Samuel and Rachel George at Carle Foundation Hospital and remained in the Carle NICU.
   Winnie has joined her brother, Clive, who also went into the arms of Jesus 14 months ago.
   Our time with her was simply too short. In our nine days with her, we got a glimpse of the person God made her to be. She was beautiful, peaceful and content. She is our wildflower, with a delicate frame, bright eyes, incredibly soft skin and a beautiful fuzz of strawberry blonde hair. We enjoyed seeing her tiny smiles and expressions.
   She truly was fearfully and wonderfully made, and she was a good gift from God. We long to hold her and be with her again. We long for heaven, our eternal hope in God and in being reunited with our children.
  “Ah, but we want so much more... We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words - to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”  - (C.S. Lewis)
   In our position of deep lament and sorrow, it is easy to question God’s goodness and sovereignty. We can’t begin to make sense of it, but in the midst we continue to return to the fact that God must be good because He created Winnie - and she is so very good. He is near to the brokenhearted and rescues those who are crushed in spirit. Please continue to pray for our family as we journey this road.
   A service was held Aug. 26, at Connexion Church, Danville. A private burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery. Sunset Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
   Donations can be made to Connexion Church to provide care packages to hospitalized and bereaved families.

  Angela (Guge) Erp, 44, of Indianola, was called home to heaven at 7:03 p.m. Wed., Aug. 24, 2016 in the  Emergency Room at Presence United Samaritans MedicalCenter, Danville.
   Angie was born June 14, 1972 in Danville to Orval and Shirley Anne Priest Erp. Angie was a loving mother to five beautiful girls, Sierra (Blake Middendorf) Guge, Amber Guge, Emma Olson, Autumn and Macee Dowers. She was blessed with a grandson Noah Middendorf, “finally” got that boy and a precious granddaughter, Payslie Guge.
   She is survived by her children as well as her parents Shirley and Marty “Pops” Mullen, and Orval and Doris Erp. Angela also leaves behind her loving sister Tonya (Ryan Ziegler) Erp, Cassandra, Andrea and Kristopher Ziegler, Heath and TJ Summers and their families.
   She was preceded by Imogene “Tootie” Erp, and Jimmy and Jarod Summers. Also left to miss her dearly are special friends Donetta Mosier, Gary Vecellio, Peggy Grosser, and lots of loving aunts, uncles, cousins and childhood friends.
   Ang loved camping with her kids, taking pictures of sunsets but most of all, she loved spending time with family, friends and cooking for us all.
   Funeral services were held Aug. 29, 2016 at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor Darin Perkins officiating. Memorials to her daughters in care of Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences at

  Daisy K. Woodard, 90, of Danville, passed away at 6:47 p.m. Fri., Aug. 26, 2016 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, after a sudden illness. She was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Danville, to Oscar and Mildred Owens Kinney.
   Daisy married Wilford R. Woodard March 16, 1944 in Covington, Ind. Wilford passed away Nov. 10, 1993.
   Survivors include two sons, Gene (Barbara) Woodard of Danville and Bob (Donna) Woodard of Oakwood; two daughters, Kathy (Bob) Turner of Danville and Myrna Creason of Danville; one brother, Harold (June) Kinney of Danville; two sisters, Rose (Robert) Carter of Catlin and Mary Lappin of Bismarck; grandchildren, Tara (Jed Smoot) Woodard, Jessica (Clyde) Bradford, Jeremy (Brandie) McMasters, Mary McMasters, Clay (Becca) Woodard, Bobby (Ashley) Woodard, Chad (Tracy) Turner, Farrah (Randy) Smith, Sheri (Terry) Walker, Scott (Tobi Adolph) Creason, Tony (Dawn Brown) Creason, Dave Beck; great-grandchildren, Sullivan Smoot, Bella Bradford, Mason Bradford, Valina McMasters, CJ McMasters, Skylea McMasters, Lilly Woodard, Sam Woodard, Raiden Woodard, Harlow Woodard, Brayden Turner, Delaney Turner, Connor Smith, Andy (Lacey Cox) Beck, Megan (Dustin) Sims, Taylor Beck, Brandon (Cara Smith) Creason, Samantha Creason, Sydney Creason, Camdyn Creason; five great-great-grandchildren, Oliver Beck, Piper Creason, Neveah Parham, Evgeni Anderson, and Kendra Pundt.
   She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, and her son-in-law, James Creason.
   Daisy loved to read, enjoyed politics, all of her grandkids and great-grandkids and families. She was a member of Westside Church of the Nazarene and served as Danville Township Trustee for over 20 years.
   Funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Pastor Bill Wright officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery at Oakwood. Memorials in Daisy’s memory to the donor’s choice. On-line condolences at

Larry L. Finley, 79, of rural Fairmount passed away at 3 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 31, 2016 at Carle Hospital.
  Larry was born Oct. 17, 1936 in Danville to Ross Arthur and Opal Lucile Biggs Finley. He married Carolyn Jean DeNeal July 26, 1959 at Walnut Corner Church, Bismarck. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Brad (Christine) Finley of Peoria and Kurt Finley of Champaign; two daughters, Cheri (Tim) Welsh of Catlin, and Darla (Hank) Siwicke of Peoria; one sister, Doris Walker of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and six grandchildren, Tanner Welsh, Max Finley, Blake Finley, Sadie Siwicke, Sawyer Siwicke and Sydney Siwicke.
  Larry served in the Army reserve from 1954 to 1962. He taught Industrial Arts at Maroa High School, A.A. Stagg High School and retired from Oakwood High School after 32 years. He was a member of the Illinois Drafting Educators Association having served on the board, member of the Catlin Church of Christ, Kingdom Builders Sunday School Class, Danville Barbershop Chorus, and the Community Theater Groups. He enjoyed woodworking and “fix it” projects at home with his dog Kirby by his side.
  Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at Catlin Church of Christ with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association or Danville AMBUCS in care of Robison Chapel, P.O Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Robison Chapel is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

Delores “Pat” “Grandma” Sapp, 77, of Fairmount went to be with the Lord at 10:34 a.m. on Tues., Aug. 30, 2016.
  Pat was born Feb. 5, 1939 in Danville, the daughter of William and Mary Lovett Lomax. She married the love of her life William Sapp Aug. 13, 1960. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 2009.
  She is survived by daughters, Debby (Scott) Zorns of Homestead, Fla., Beckie (Cyrus) Brown of Alvin; a brother: William (Mildred) Lomax of Oakwood; grandchildren, Barry (Marie) Grimm, Haley (Craig) Swearingen, and Shauna Pitlik, all of Oakwood; Ashley Zorns and Sha’kala (Chris) Wilson, both of Alvin, Sharhea (Justin) Wynn of Catlin, Skylar Brown of Alvin, surrogate grandson Josh (Kayla) Linton of Oakwood; 20 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends. She was preceded by her parents, husband, her special friend, Ed Miller, and great-grandchildren Hunter and Alaina.
  Pat and Bill built their home and then a lake that later turned to Salt Fork Paylake. Pat was known to many as “Graandma.” She enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with her family. She cherished and attended all of her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a supporter of the motorcycle club “US MVMC” and was willing to help anyone in need and accepted anyone into her life with open arms. She was always humble and kind. Pat was a frequent customer of Henk’s Café and Buffalo Wild Wings. She will be deeply missed by all the lives she touched.
  Memorial services were held Sept. 3 at the Vermilion Valley Vineyard Church in Danville with Pastor Jay Sorrell officiating. Memorials to United States Military Vets Motorcycle Club or Vermilion Valley Vineyard Church. Robison Chapel handled arrangements. Condolences at

Carolyn Jane McDowell
  Carolyn J. McDowell, 82, of Sun City West, Ariz., and Santa Fe, N.M., passed away Thurs., Sept. 1, 2016, at home in Sun City West.
  Carolyn was born June 8, 1934 in rural Indianola to Paul William and Grace Ellen Phillips Garwood. She married TR McDowell on March 26, 1956.
  She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Jan K. McDowell, (Jolene Allen) and Lisa M. (Gregg) Gress. Also surviving a granddaughter, Amber R. (Ken) Litko and twin great-granddaughters, Nadia and Scarlett Litko; a brother, Harold E. (Donna) Garwood of rural Ridge Farm and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother, Robert.
  After attending Baum country school and Sidell Grade and High Schools she graduated Ridge Farm High School in 1952 and Eastern Illinois University in 1956. As a teenager and during her college years she taught baton and dancing. After teaching school for several years in California and Illinois she was a homemaker and served as a director at The First National Bank of Westville and Tri-County Bank of Minooka.
  Carolyn enjoyed her world travels with TR, family and friends. She was an accomplished cook, claiming her kitchen as her own. The absolute joy of her life was her granddaughter and great granddaughters.
  Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel and Cremation Center is handling arrangements, please visit to share memories and photos of Carolyn on her tribute wall. Memorials may be made to the The American Heart Association or the Charity of your choice.

    Wade Williams, 91, of Indianola, passed away at 7:40 pm Sat., Sept. 17, 2016 at the VA Illiana Health Care System.
    He was born on Oct. 26, 1924 in Indianola, the son of Claude and Hallie Goodwin Williams. He married Amber Mosier on Aug. 6, 1948 in Danville. She preceded him in death on July 2, 1987.
    Survivors include one son, James Williams of Indianola; three daughters, Debra (Oliver) Yates of Springfield, Sonna Shook of Melbourne, Fla., and Jacqueline (Lee) Baird of Indianola; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita, and five brothers, Dale, Glen, Don, Fay and Jack.
    Wade was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII and was awarded a Bronze Star. He owned a garage in Indianola with his brother, Dale, Williams’ Garage. He retired from the U.S. Postal service where he was a rural mail carrier for 29 years. He then worked for the Carroll Twp. Highway Dept. for 16 years. He was a 60 year Mason and was an avid fisherman.
    Graveside service 10 a.m. Fri., Sept. 23, 2016 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola with Pastor Gary Farris officiating. Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association in Indianola. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. On-line condolences at

    Madonna M. Moore, 94, of Sidell, passed away Sept. 20, 2016 at Carle Hospital. She was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Celina, Ohio to Farrie Novall and Mabel (Houts) Miller. She married Frank N. Moore who preceded her in death in 2006.
    She is survived by one son, Scott Moore of Chatham; and one daughter, Deborah (Bill) Lyons of Sidell; six grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
    Graveside services will be held Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Sidell with Craig Roller officiating.
Joines Funeral Home, Newman, is in charge of arrangements.

    Joseph E. Block, 92, of Danville, passed away at 9:40 p.m., Sept. 13, 2016 at his home. He was born March 10, 1924 in Danville to Jesse E. and Elsie Long Block.
    Joe married Marjorie Fox April 8, 1950 in Catlin. She survives as well as a son, John L. Block of Santa Fe, N.M.; a daughter, Deborah (David) Ziebart of Sanford N.C.; one grandson and three great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Block.
    Joseph taught seventh and eighth grade in Catlin for a brief period. He served first in the Navy and later the Air Force, where he earned the distinctive honor of being a “Navy Golden Shellback.” He served as an Air Force Instructor for over 20 years. Prior to returning to Danville, the couple resided for a time in Merced, Calif. Joe enjoyed golfing and was a member of Toastmasters International, Lions Club of Merced, Calif. He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Merced, Calif. and was an avid reader and book collector.
    Funeral services were held Sept. 18 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Ed Ross officiated. Burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the Catlin Church of Christ or Lions International. On-line condolences at

    Robert William Neuman, 92, of Westville, Ill. passed away at 10:18 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 21, 2016 at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, Ill.
    He was born Oct. 27, 1923 in Huntingburg, Ind. to Walter August and Justina Mary Hoffman Neuman. He married Ruth Mae Rhoades on April 29, 1945 in Huntingburg. She survives. Also surviving, a son, William Robert (Nita) Neuman of Fairmount; a daughter, Marilyn (Jim) Pettigrew of Westville; a brother, Charles (Ellen) Neuman of Princeton, Ind.; two sisters, Marjorie Bohnert of Jasper, Ind. and Dorothy Klusmeier of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren, Mary Jo (Dale) Gentrup of Westville, David (Alicia) Pettigrew of Naperville, Laura (John) Noback of Chandler, Ind., William “Billy” Neuman and Robert Neuman, both of Fairmount; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Joan Neuman and a brother. James Neuman.
    Robert served in the US Navy during WWII and was a life-long farmer. He served as the Catlin Township Road Commissioner for 20 years and had been president of the Catlin School Board. He was a member of the Catlin Lions Club where he had been awarded Catlin Man of the Year. He was president of the Sugar Grove Detective Association, was a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church, the Catlin American Legion, and the VFW.
    Funeral services were held Sept. 24, 2016 at the Catlin United Methodist Church with Rev.Curtis Flake. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin United Methodist Church. Robison Chapel, Catlin handled arrangements. Online condolences

    Marilyn V. Lynch, 82, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:05 am, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Marilyn was born April 25, 1934 in Homer to Edward and Mary Frazier White. She married Russell Lynch July 12, 1953. He preceded her in death.
    Survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Jennifer) of Fairmount and Kerry (Brad Hurt) of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; two daughters, Julie (Steve) Price of Cody, Wy. and Joni (Bill) Markel of Homer; nine grandchildren: Angi Luhrsen, Joshua Price, Uriah Price, Lindsey Gates Markel, Jessi Gawthorp, Kaleb Shields, Keith Shields, Abigail Moldovan, and Anna Lynch. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Angie McKenzie and JoEllyn White, and several nieces and nephews.
    Marilyn was preceded in death by a son, Keith Lynch, a daughter, Jayne Lynch, her grandson, Brandon Markel and great-granddaughter, Macey Duewer; as well as two brothers, Jack White and Fred White.
    Marilyn was a graduate of Homer High School and attended Illinois Business College. She retired from the University of Illinois Beckman Center after 24 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fairmount and loved her family. Marilyn enjoyed helping people; as an example she read books for many years to a visually impaired gentleman in Champaign.
    Memorial services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Internment will follow in the GAR Cemetery at Homer. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Robison Chapel. Memorials to the GAR Cemetery in care of Robison Chapel, PO Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Condolences:

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October 2016

    Arthur Dewaine White of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and formerly of Indianola, passed away on Sat., Oct. 1, 2016. He was 75 years old.
    Arthur was born in his family home, on Dec. 19, 1940 in Indianola to the late William Henry and Marie Carrick White. He was one of seven children. He was a 1959 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    On Nov. 27, 1964 he married Candy (O Yong White) who preceded him in death in March of this year. He lovingly called her Candy as she sweetened his life and she affectionately called him ‘Aritie.’ The couple were married for 51 years.
    During Arthur’s 20 plus year military career the couple traveled through various out posts throughout Asia. Their travels continued after retirement but those travels were for fun. Together they raised five children, teaching them about the world as they traveled.
    Arthur enjoyed yard sales, flea markets and of course swap meets! He was always on the hunt for a good antique.
Ret. SSG Arthur White is survived by his siblings, Patsy (Jim) Willis of Indianola, Wanda (John) Hefling of Tilton, Colleen (Jack) Knoblett of Westville and Jack (Deborah) White of Indianola; his three sons, James (Brenda) White, Thomas (Teri) White and Robert; his two daughters Brenda (Skip) Stewart and Tammy (Greg) Morris and 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends.
    He was preceded in death by brothers, William Vernon “Sonny Boy”, David and Jerry; and a sister, Elizabeth.
    Grave side services with Military Honors will take place Oct. 21 at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery.

    Marilyn Kay (Pribble) Stonebraker died Sept. 13, 2016, in Fairmount. Marilyn was at home with her devoted friend and constant companion, Winston, when she succumbed to a long illness. Winston earned his name because she said his pugnacious demeanor and severely sincere countenance reminded her of Winston Churchill.
    Marilyn was born Nov. 24, 1940, to Mary (Buhoveckey) and Glenn Pribble in Georgetown. Her parents preceded her in death.
    Marilyn is survived by her brother, Vernon (Maureen) Pribble of Auckland, New Zealand, and her sister, Winifred “Cookie” Cook of Springfield, Va. Two brothers, Robert E. Pribble and Ronald J. Pribble, preceded her in death.
    Marilyn was the loving mother of five children: Doug Pryle, Denise Lynn Pryle, Teresa Pryle Lovett, Jefferey Pryle, and Christine Pryle Anderson Felix. Denise passed away May 24, 2014. Marilyn is held in loving memory by her granddaughter, Angela Pryle (Shane Wilson) and great-grandsons, Brennen and Rylan. Marilyn spoke recently of fond memories of how, years ago, she and Brennen would watch “Sponge Bob Squarepants” before he left for school in the morning, and how much she looked forward to Rylan’s recent visits when he watered her plants.
    Marilyn enjoyed going to school and was an excellent student, resuming her studies and earning an Associate Degree after her children were grown. She was a creative artist and a skilled writer. As a teenager, she won an essay writing contest. Her essay on the subject of freedom was read over Radio Free Europe.
    Marilyn liked to go fishing and was a loyal Cubs fan. She made sure her garden was planted in the spring, raising vegetables as well as flowers. She was always happy when friends brought her vegetables from their gardens, too. She decorated her yard to complement the season, with bunnies in the springtime and scarecrows and pumpkins in the fall.  
    Marilyn enjoyed nothing more than making a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for all her children, grandchildren and friends. For a number of years, she reserved a banquet room at the fire station to accommodate all the guests.
    Hard work and the trials of life on the earthly plane were hallmarks of Marilyn’s life. She met all with her core values of honesty and integrity. Affable and friendly, she even made a new friend, Jackie, during a recent short stay in a nursing home. The compassion and friendly energy of her home caregiver, Darla, made such a joyful difference in her life. So many times she would rebound from a physical setback to the amazement of all of us with her familiar declaration, “I’m sturdy.” Marilyn was diminutive in stature barely reaching the five foot mark on the measuring tape. So, this remark seemed curious until we understood that she truly was very spirit.
    Graveside services will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Georgetown Cemetery on Saturday, October 22, 2016, Reverend James Blue presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
    Just before she died, Marilyn confided a special wish. She wanted to have a star named for her daughter, Denise. She also wanted a star named for herself. So, if on a clear night, you look up and see two stars with a peculiar luminescence, maybe you will think of Marilyn and Denise and recall the time their light shone here when they were with us.

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November 2016

Violet Lucille Hoag
    Violet Lucille Hoag, 96, of Fairmount passed away at North Logan Health Care Center on Oct. 26, 2016.
    Graveside service will be held at Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Sunset Funeral Home.
    Violet was born on March 31, 1920 in Purdin, Mo. She was the daughter of Ora and Maude Smith. She married the love of her life, Clifford Hoag, on July 6, 1937.
    She is survived by her children, Clint (Sharon) Hoag of Fairmount, Pamela K. (Tim) Tighe of Homer, Norma Hoag of Pittsburgh, Pa.; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her son Terry Hoag.
    Violet loved her family very much and spending time with family out in Missouri and attending her grandchildren’s events meant the world to her. She was a past member of the Fairmount Women’s Club, DanGees, and Fairmount Baptist Church. She would go by the nicknames “Flower” or “Glou.” Violet loved cardinals and had quite a collection of cardinal decorations at home with her.
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    Wenona Jane Cox, 92, of Sidell, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 10:17 a.m. Fri., Nov. 4. 2016 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    She was born July 5, 1924 in Jamaica to Charles William and Florence Warters Williams. Jane married Ralph Cox on November 17, 1942 in York, Pa., while they both were serving in the armed forces. Ralph preceded her in death June 10, 1999.
    Survivors include one daughter, Pam (Dave) Peeples of Lynnwood, Wa.; three sons: Jim (Cathy) Cox of Danville, Rick (Pam) Cox of Fairmount, Mike (Kathy) Cox of Sidell; one brother, Jim (JoAnn) Williams of Jamaica; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her infant son, Charles; one daughter in-law, Paula “Pixie” Cox; one son-in-law, David George; and two great-grandchildren.
    She grew up in Jamaica, graduated Catlin High School and served in the United States Marine Corps.
    Jane raised her family in six states while Ralph served in the Air Force. She also worked for Illinois Bell Telephone and Riess Strauss in Danville, as well as The Fashion. Jane was a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church. She also worked for a time at the Pentagon and on VE-Day she was one of the girls being kissed by all the soldiers on the street.
    Jane knew sorrow as well, losing her first child who only lived two hours. She wasn’t allowed to hold or see him, as that was considered the kind practice of that time.
    Jane loved time spent with her brother and sisters, playing cards and jokes on each other. Family was always her priority; she valued hard work. Jane and Ralph settled in Fairmount in 1960 to be close to family and friends.
    Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Mike Cox to officiate. Burial with military honors by Catlin American Legion will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Robison Chapel. Memorials to “Honor Flight” in her memory in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    Linda K. Shelly, 63, of Indianola, passed away Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
    She was born Nov. 27, 1952 in Urbana to Robert W. and Helen E. Davis Eyestone. Survivors include her significant other, J.D. Lane; two sons, Isaac Lane of Champaign and Robert (Sara) Lane of Tolono; three daughters, Dawn Shelly of Indianola, Jimmi Munch of Indianola, Amanda (David) Reed of Catlin; one sister, Angela (Eric Smith) Williams of Urbana; six grandchildren, Danni Munch, Addison O’Brien, Aidan O’Brien, Emree Reed, Alexis Lane, Henry Lane. Linda was preceded in death by one son, J.D. Lane.
    She had been a clerk in the Vermilion County Recorder’s Office for ten years. Linda enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting her former co-workers at the recorder’s office. She especially enjoyed watching the recent World Series.
    Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial visitation is 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Memorials in her memory to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    Vivian Eleanor Beers, age 94, was born near Fairmount on a snowy, bitter cold night of January 3, 1922 to Ernest and Jean Beers. She attended Union School and Wesley School, one-room country elementary schools, then later graduated from Indianola High School, Indianola. She also graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Education degree from Pestalozzi Froebel Teacher’s College, Chicago.
    Vivian invested her life in teaching, especially second-grade children. For many years she was a member of First Baptist Church, Blythe, Calif., and more recently Mountain Avenue Baptist Church, Banning, Calif. She was very active in church work, including AWANA, choir, library, Sunday school teaching and helping with arts and crafts in a nursing home.
Vivian went to be with Jesus on November 2, 2016, at Yucaipa, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ransom. Surviving are her sister Nora, her brother Gilbert and his wife Arlisle, three grand-nieces and one grand-nephew, and ten great-grand-nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be at the Wiefels Mortuary, Banning, Calif. at 10:00 a.m., Sat. Nov. 11. Burial at the San Gorgonio Memorial Park, Banning, Calif.

    Jim Williams, 84, lifelong Jamaica resident, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, 2016 at the Danville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was born March 23, 1932 in Jamaica to Charles and Florence Warters Williams.
    Jim married Betty Joann McComas Dec. 30, 1951 in Danville. She survives as well as one daughter, Mary Jane Williams of Jamaica; one granddaughter, Carrie Orwig; two great-grandsons, Connor Bond and Jackson Orwig. He was preceded in death by four sisters who he truly adored, Mary Alice Graham, Helen Marie Pate, Dorothy Mae Akers and Wenona Jane Cox.
    Jim was a well traveled and longtime salesman for the J.I. Case Company, selling farm implements for over 20 years. He was a 32 Degree Mason, and and avid and loyal Cubs fan. He loved the times he spent with his sisters laughing and enjoying each others company. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim loved to visit and tell stories.
    Memorial services were held Nov. 17 at The Robison Chapel in Catlin. Mike Cox officiated. Catlin American Legion provided military honors. Memorials to Honor Flight in his memory. On-line condolences:

December 2016

    Scott Eric Brown, 44, formerly of Catlin, passed from this life on Nov. 24, 2016, at his home in Carroll-ton, Texas. Scott was born to Charles William Brown and Jacqueline Ann (McGee) Brown in Danville on May 24, 1972.
    He is preceded in death by his father, maternal grandparents, Mac and Lola Cunningham, Bill and Betty McGee, and paternal grandparents, Dean and Helen (Kehlenbach) Brown.
    He is survived by his mother, Jackie; his brother, Tim (Sarah) Brown of Derby, Kan., his sister, Kim (Rob) Huchel of Fairmount; his wife, Erica Brown of Carrollton, Texas; his mother-in-law, Rita Patterson of Dallas, Texas; his father-in-law Robert Fults of Lincoln; his nieces Ashlyn, Teagan, Mattison and Elle; and his nephews, Ryan (Chris), Troy, Terran Brayden, JJ, and Anderson.
    His love for his family, including numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, is matched only by their love for him. He was known to reminisce fondly of summers and vacations he spent with them, something that the miles between could never erase.
    It is this reverence for family that instilled in Scott a desire to commit his whole heart to what he cherished most, his five beautiful children that survive him. Alexander Patrick, Andie Jacqueline, Sennett William, Sawyer Nathaniel and Blake Boden had a father that put them first in every way.
    Sharing their accomplishments in all manners great and small was something this devoted father did whenever the opportunity arose. His children knew well and understood his perpetual pride in them. He found ways to nurture each individually, creating sometimes simple and at other times special outings with each, one-on-one.
Scott found great joy in taking his children to school, supporting and attending those activities they participated in, and even designed a demanding career so that he could work primarily from home spending as much time with them as he possibly could.
    He was a 1990 graduate of Catlin High School. He earned a Bachelor’s in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
He made many friends in college while traveling extensively playing rugby, a sport his son Alec plays at Texas Tech which gave Scott great pride. Upon graduation, Scott went on to work as a Service Engineer for Microsoft.
The family and friends blessed to know and love Scott will remember a smile that was like no other and brighter than the sun, and the heart of a gentle but strong man. Someone who stood head and shoulders above most but never left anyone feeling small.
    It has been said that the most difficult goodbyes are those that are never said and come without warning. The truth is the loss of this humble and kind soul would ache no less if many years from now.
    His loved ones feel it is a Broken Chain: “Little did we know that morning that God would call your name.
    In life we loved you dearly and in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone; for part of us went with you Scott, the day God called you home. You left us warm memories, your love is still a guide; and though we cannot see you, we feel you by our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
    Funeral Service will be Friday, Dec. 2 at the Catlin United Methodist Church with Pastor Curtis Flake officiating. Burial in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday) at the church.
In lieu of flowers, for his children’s education memorials may be made to the Scott Brown Memorial Fund in care of Robison Chapel, Box 79, Catlin, IL, 61817. On-line condolences at

    Richard N. “Dick” France, 81, of Catlin went to be with the Lord at 2:09 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at his home.
Dick was born July 1, 1935 in Covington, Ind. to Kenneth and Pauline Mendenhall France. He married Joyce Carder on May 29, 1965 in Catlin. She survives.
    Also surviving are two daughters Kelly (Keith) Lyons of Sidell and Paige (Brian) Nightlinger of Urbana; one brother, Eldon (Christine) France of Covington, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Corby (Melisa) West, Kendyl (Jacob) Wear, Mason (Melissa) Stout, Faith (Josh) Horton, Grace Stout, Areanna Nightlinger, De’ja Nightlinger, Randy (John) Kincaide, and Jamie Nightlinger; and two great-grandchildren, Harper And Paelyn Horton.
    Dick had been chief of security at the General Motors Tilton Foundry for 36 years, retiring in 1991. He also had been employed at Danville Wholesale Paper Supply for 12 years. He believed Jesus Christ was his Savior and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Tilton.
    He loved motorcycling and served as the American team manager on the International level in the Olympics of Cross Country Motorcycling in both Italy and Spain. He was campaign manager for C.O.T.A. otherwise known as Children’s Organ Transplant Association and helped raise funds for Zach Carder to receive a liver transplant when he was only two years old. He was a member of the Canadian Revival Fellowship, the Christian Businessmen’s Association, Danville Camp of Gideon’s International. He enjoyed constructing log homes and especially working on the Carder Lodge in Ontario Canada and spent many hours in his woodworking shop.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Tilton with Pastor Scott McCurdy officiating. Burial to follow at Sunset Cemetery, Danville. Memorials to C.O.T.A. in care of Robison Chapel. Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

  Angie I. Lamb, 88 of Fairmount, went to be with her Lord and her beloved husband, Archie, at 1:40 a.m. Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 at Carle Hospital.
    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Craig Roller and Steve Lamb will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel. Memorials to the Fairmount Rescue Squad. On-line condolences at
    Angie was born March 28, 1928 in Villa Grove to Coleman and Grace Watkins Kindred. There were 10 children, seven boys and three girls.
    Angie married Archie L. Lamb Oct. 7, 1943 in Tuscola. He preceded her in death Nov. 24, 1998.
    Survivors include three sons, Richard (Shirley) Lamb, of Catlin; Raymond (Donna) Lamb, of Tuscola; David (Alice) Lamb, of Rolla, Mo; one daughter, Debra (Harl) Miller, of Indianola; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-great grandchildren that she loved with all her heart; one sister, Phyllis Wilson, of Urbana; one brother, Bobby Kindred of Dana Point, Calif. She was also preceded in death by one great-grandchild, Isabelle Faith.
    Her favorite possessions were the many photographs of her grandchildren that graced the walls of her home. Angie’s favorite song and motto of her life was “Count Your Blessings.” She leaves this legacy to her children and grandchildren that there is always something to be thankful for.
    She worked at General Electric in Danville for 23 years, and was a member of the Faith Church in Fairmount. Angie enjoyed traveling, reading Christian books, visiting with friends, playing cards and games with her family, where she usually won. Everyone was always welcome at Angie’s house.
    The family is grateful to Dr. Rowitz, the 7th floor nurses at Carle, and staff of Colonial Manor, as well as Fairmount Rescue for their care.

    Glen E. Foster, 90, of Hoopeston, formerly of Colchester and Sidell, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.
    A Celebration of Glen’s life will be held at noon Sat., Dec. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, 915 East Orange Street, Hoopeston with Pastors Wade Meranda and Ann Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to noon Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in Partlow Cemetery, Armstrong.
    Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church and Colchester Veterans Memorial, PO Box 194, Colchester, IL 62326. The family have entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Glen’s life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: He was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Armstrong, the son of Hugh and Minnie (Burk) Foster. He married Marjorie Todd on July 18, 1952. She survives.
He is also survived by three children, Glenda (Ron) Lemenager of Otterbein, Ind., Don (Chris) Foster of Newark and Suzanne (Larry) Gustin of Fairmount; two brother-in-laws, Timothy (Carolyn) Todd and Richard Todd; eight grandchildren, Keevin (April) Lemenager, Jason (Dara) Gustin, Brian (Stepheny) Lemenager, Jamie (Mike) Gensler, Stefani (Danny) LaBrecque, Dana (Adam) Beck, Don Jr. Foster, Shelly (Dave) Ehresman; and 16 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Faye Foster Edens. Glen graduated from Armstrong High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Illinois State University. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Illinois, in 1954. He also graduated from MIT on the Westinghouse Scholarship in 1956 and later earned his National Science Fellowship’s at Purdue University, Indiana University, and Tulane University.    
    He later attended University of Illinois and earned his Advanced Degree in School Administration in 1962. Mr. Foster worked as the superintendent of Jamaica High School until 1972, superintendent of ABL Schools in Broadlands from 1972-1975 and superintendent at Colchester Community Unit School from 1975, until he retired in 1984. He also served as an interim superintendent at Colchester, Plymouth, and Hamilton Schools.      
    He served on several programs, including the Environmental Committee Chairman, McDonough County Board for 19 years, McDonough County Extension Center, Master Gardener Program, Colchester Community Development, Greenways Study-WIRC, Tri-County Waste Management, National Groundwater Guardian, McDonough County Youth Service Bureau of Western Illinois, and served on the planning committee for Macomb and WIU University.

    Charles E. Mills, 88, of Fairmount, passed away at 12:26 a.m. Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 at his home.
    Funeral Services will be today (Thursday, Dec. 15) at 2 p.m. at the Catlin Church of Christ with Mike Strunga officiating. Burial will be in Pate Cemetery, Catlin with military honors by the Davis Busby Catlin American Legion Post #776.
    Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
    Charles was born July 15, 1928 in Catlin to Charles and Nora White Mills. He married Bonnie Louise Thomas on Jan. 16, 1960 in Catlin. Surviving are two stepsons, William F. Spencer Sr. of Fairmount and Vernon (Kathy) Spencer Jr. of Williamsport, Ind; one daughter: Nora (Bryson Ritcher) Mills of Tilton; one brother, Ferman (Helen) Mills of Beloit, Wis.; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by two daughters, Beverly Harper and Brenda Schmit; four brothers, Harlen, Richard, Claude, and Emmanuel; and two sisters, Sylvia Williams and Garnett Abbott.
    Charles served in the U.S. Army. He was a hard worker and was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushrooming and NASCAR. He was an avid Bears and Cubs fan and loved spending time with family.
Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Catlin Church of Christ.

    Harold L. Ware, 84, of Sidell, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
    He was born May 24, 1932 in Collinsville, Okla. to Forrest and Grace Thomen Ware. Harold married Linda Bryant on December 25, 1955 in Sidell. She survives as well one son, Darin (Lori) Ware of Oakwood; two daughters, Debra Weaver of Catlin and Donna (Vic) Smith of Sidell; one sister, Aileene Swinford of Orange Park. Fla.; seven grandchildren, Keri (Brandon) Fessant,Kathleen (Willie) Orcutt, Kaylea (Jason Arnett) Weaver, Meghan Smith, Ashley (Lance) Higgerson, Elizabeth Smith, Erin Ware; three stepgrandchildren, Chris Wade, Hunter Hansbraugh, Cody Hansbraugh; three great-grandchildren, Leland Shields, Dailynne Orcutt, Lyla Orcutt; and several nieces and nephews.
    Harold was preceded in death by a son, Eric Ware, a brother, Darrell Ware, two sisters, Marion Wright and June Ahern.
Harold served in the US Army and had been employed at the General Motors Tilton Foundry for 32 years. He was a member of the Sidell Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a former member of the Sidell Town Board, a member of Union Local 575, and he served on the both the ambulance and fire board of Sidell, as well as Civil Defense. He was presently Commander of Sidell Post 530 of the American Legion.
    He enjoyed fishing, raising exotic birds and deer hunting.
    Private family services will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Craig Roller officiating. Memorials in Harold’s memory may be made to Hoopeston Area Animal Shelter or Sidell Baptist Church in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79 Catlin, IL 61817.
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    Steven Hodge, 62, of Broadlands passed away at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Meadowbrook Health Care, Champaign.
    Steve was born June 17, 1954, in Danville, the son of Charles and Wilma Cross Hodge. He married Bobbi Gilstrap on Jan. 6, 1979, in Newman. She survives.
    Also surviving are his mother of Decatur; one son, Adam Hodge, Champaign; one daughter, Bridget (Jim) Sellers of Rosewood Heights; three grandchildren, Landon, Haley and Kyle Sellers, of Rosewood Heights; one brother, Chris (Kathy) Hodge, Champaign; two sisters, Cha (Mike) Bishop, Decatur and Tina (Gary) Henderson, Allerton; and several much loved nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his father in 2015.
    Steve was a 1972 graduate of ABL High School. He served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from the U.S Postal Service. Following retirement he returned to work as an EKG tech at Carle.
    For many years, he coached football at both Heritage and Salt Fork High Schools. He also coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball at Heritage. He enjoyed playing himself on the Nostalgia basketball team and on a slow pitch softball team.
    Steve’s hobby was ballroom dancing. He also enjoyed watching TV so much, especially the old black and white movies, that he earned the nickname of “TV Steve.”
    He belonged to the Masons and was a member of the Homer American Legion.
    Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors or to the American Cancer Society.
    Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at the Joines Funeral Home, Newman. Rev. Kathy Murphy officiated. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, northeast of Newman. Joines Funeral Home, Newman, is in charge of arrangements.

    John L. Tuggle, 93, of Indianola, went home to be with Jesus at 10:14 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Gardenview Manor Nursing Home, Tilton.
    John was born and raised in Indianola, living there his entire life until residing at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman. He was born March 18, 1923, to Elvin L. and Jessie W. (Pearman) Tuggle. They preceded him in death, as well as four brothers, Ralph, Ross, Don and Marshall Tuggle; and three sisters, Mildred Dillman, Esther Miles and Eva Grubb.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews and special friend Ray Ingram (deceased) and great-nephew Jim Grubb Jr. who were always there to help John when needed.
    He was most proud of his country as he was a veteran of WWII being stationed in Germany as counterintelligence. John also had worked at the grain elevator in Indianola and had retired from the Georgetown plastics factory.
    A celebration of John’s life was Dec. 28, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown, with Karl Marsh officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
    Memorial donations can be given to the Indianola Fire Department.
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    Larry Lynn Darr, 80, of Danville passed away Dec. 23, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
    A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Vermilion Heights Christian Church. A visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Friday at the church. Per Larry’s wishes, his cremation will be handled by Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Danville. Entombment at Sunset Memorial Park at a later date.
    Larry was born the son of Seth Willis and Vera Leone (Price) Darr on March 18, 1936, in Jamaica, Ill.
    Larry married the love of his life, Barbara Hiser on July 25, 1957, in Mt. Vernon. She survives.
    Also surviving are Kathy (Steve) Fitzgerald, Diana Smith, Michael Darr and Shane Darr; 10 grandchildren, Kelli, Erin, Shannan, Ryan, Lindsay, Logan, Chloee, Brandon, Nathan and Derek; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Lynda (Bill) Knight; and many beloved nieces, nephews and special friends.
    Larry was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Patrick; one son-in-law, Bob; two brothers; and two sisters.
    Larry went to work for Rhodes Burford Furniture in 1955 where he was employed until 2003. Larry was a member of Vermilion Heights Christian Church. During his younger years, he was an avid hunter. He enjoyed watching all animals, especially birds, taking care of his garden, always having pride in his home, yard and family. Larry enjoyed playing euchre and going on family vacations, but most of all spending time with his family.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Larry’s name. Please join in sharing videos, photos and memories on his Tribute Wall at

    Evert Kiplan Batley, 67, of Bedford, went home to be with the Lord Jesus at 9:09 p.m. Dec. 20, 2016. He was born to Loren Evert and Herkee (Elliott) Batley on May 20, 1949 in St. Louis, Mo. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy.       He worked at General Motors in Danville for 26 years then transferred to the Bedford plant where he worked an additional 16 years, retiring in April of 2009. Kip loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all his heart. He loved his wife, Ruth and his three sons: Joshua Batley, and wife, Tonia, and grandsons, Gabriel and Elijah, of Covington, Ind.; Seth Batley and wife, G.B. and granddaughter, Breanna, of Covington, Ind.; Gregory McCall and fiancé, Tina Peeler of St. Joseph; his mother, Herkee Batley, of Tilton; two brothers, Timmie Batley, of Boardman, Ohio and Skylar Batley, of Williams, Ind.; and a sister, Shawnie Reese, of Tilton.
    Remembrance service were conducted Dec. 27 in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Apostle Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, in Sidell.

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