Obituaries 2017

January 2017

    Tommie Ray (“TR”) McDowell, 84, of Santa Fe, N.M., formerly of Sidell, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2017, at home in Santa Fe.
    TR was born August 10, 1932, in Sidell to Faye and Lucy Marie Bancroft McDowell. He married Carolyn Jean Garwood on March 26, 1956.
    He is survived by two daughters, Jan K. McDowell (Jolene Allen) of Santa Fe, N.M. and Lisa M. (Gregg) Gress, of Cedar Lake, Ind.; granddaughter, Amber R. (Ken) Litko and twin great granddaughters, Nadia and Scarlett Litko, of Valparaiso, Ind. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Harold E. (Donna) Garwood of rural Ridge Farm, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from around the world. TR was preceded in death by his wife on Sept. 1, 2016 and his parents.
TR attended Sidell schools and graduated from Sidell High School and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).   He and Carolyn raised their family in Sidell and later moved to Scottsdale, Ariz.
    TR was a well-respected banker having served as Executive Officer and Chairman of Sidell State Bank, First National Bank of Westville, Tri-County Bank of Minooka and The Sun City Bank (Ariz.). He also served as Director of The First National Bank of Danville; Founders Bank, Worth; and Founders Bank and Legacy Bank of Scottsdale, Ariz. He was active in the Illinois Bankers Association.
    TR lived life to its fullest! He was an accomplished musician, playing piano, accordion and saxophone. He loved to entertain, playing the piano as friends and family gathered around to sing. Travel was a deep passion. He and Carolyn traveled the globe meeting friends along the way. He often remarked that his favorite trips were to China and Russia before they became “westernized.”
    Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations in Santa Fe, N.M. is handling arrangements.
No services will be held. Memorials may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or the charity of your choice.

  Juanita F. Cord, 84, of Catlin, was called to the gardens of Heaven with her family at her side at 10:55 p.m. Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, at the Villas of Gardenview in Danville.
    She was born July 7, 1932 in Fithian to Harry and Mabel Knight Renfro.
    Juanita married Gilbert R. Cord on Dec. 2. 1951, at Catlin Church of Christ. They shared 60 years of marriage. Gilbert passed away April 13. 2011.
    Survivors include two sons, Terry (Becky) Cord of Jamestown, Ind., and Steve (Jennifer) Cord of Catlin; daughter, Judy (Dana) Jolley of Fithian; her grandchildren, Brittany (Robert) Edward, Jacob (Amanda) Cord, Caleb Cord, Chelsea Cord, Kendra (Brad) Mahoney and Stephanie (Sean) Beeker; two step-grandchildren, Stacey (Ben) Cushwa and Brad Jolley; 10 great-grandchildren and a step-grandson.
    Juanita had been a dietary supervisor at Americana Healthcare in Danville for 20 years. She also served as produce manager at Catlin IGA and was a cook in several local restaurants, as well as Camp Drake. She graduated Oakwood High School, was a member of Central Park Church of Christ and attended Catlin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, flowers, and birds, as well as traveling. She was a member of the Catlin Historical Society.
    She was a proud mother, grandmother and “Mammaw” who embraced every event her family participated in.
Juanita was a self-taught cake decorator, and an accomplished cook and baker. She greatly enjoyed her little dog Lily snuggled by her side. Above all things she was proud of her faith and service to Jesus Christ.
    Funeral service today, Jan 19, at 2 p.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Pastor Raymie Gordon to officiate. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery at Catlin. Visitation today, Thurs., at noon until service time at Robison Chapel.
    Memorials to the Catlin Fire Protection District or Faith in Action. Online condolences at

    Robert Lee Hart, 91, of Fairmount, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, at VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville.
    Robert was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Fithian, to Frank and Amy B Nevielle Hart.
    He married Gladys Knight on Aug. 23, 1952, in Nashville, Tenn.
    He is survived by the girls, Linda (Mario) Biava and Janet Payne of Westville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; his son, Jon R. Hart; one daughter, Nancy Jane; two brothers; and two sisters.
Robert was retired as a foreman at Southern States Seed Corn in Muncie. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Korean War Veterans Chapter, the VFW, the Ceremonial Funeral Detail Squad, the Kickapoo Ex-POW and Muncie Baptist Church.
    He enjoyed fishing and lawn work but his greatest passion was farming. The girls provided loving care at his home until November and wish to thank the staff at Building 101 Community Living Center for the care and affection they provided over the last 10 weeks.
    Funeral services were held Jan. 18, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating. Burial in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian, with military honors.
    Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences can be sent at

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February 2017

       Harold Dean Sollars (Bud), 83, of Potomac, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tues., Jan. 31, 2017, at his home.
Mr. Sollars was born on June 20, 1933, in Danville, the son of Curtis and Grace (Young) Sollars Sr. He married Joyce Miller on Sept. 15, 1967, in Danville. She survives.
    He is survived by three sons – Brian Sollars of Hutsonville, Michael Sollars of Catlin and Tim Hooks of Oakwood; three daughters – Lisa Ott of Danville, Tammy Elston of Catlin and Angie Adams of South Carolina; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eileen Sollars of Springfield, MO.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tina Myrick; and brother, Curtis Sollars Jr.
    Mr. Sollars attended Potomac schools and then enlisted in the United States Navy for four years, 1952-1956. He also attended the Military College, in Chicago. Harold was the owner and operator of Sollars TV, for several years. Harold was a member of the American Legion Post #428 in Potomac. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his friends and family and especially his pet dog “Little Buddy.”
    A Celebration of Harold Sollars Life will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 Harold Dean Sollars at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Randy Walters officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Potomac American Legion at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. According to his wishes cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made in Harold’s name to the Potomac American Legion and Carle Hospice. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Mr. Sollars life. Memories or photos maybe shared with the family on his memorial page at:

    Frank Lamb, 75, of Sidell, passed away comfortably with his wife, Char (Brewer) at his side on Mon., Feb. 6. He was born in 1941, the first child of Ralph and Florence (Thomas) Lamb.
    Frank married Char (Brewer) in 1963 and together they shared 54 years of marriage. Frank was the proud father of Jim (April Boyer) Lamb of Carterville and Marsha (Richard) Fletcher of Kalamazoo, Mich. He was the even prouder grandfather of three grandchildren – Emily Fletcher, Phillip Fletcher and Ali Lamb. He was quick to talk about their accomplishments and did so with a sparkle of pride in his eyes.
    Fishing, mushroom hunting and cheering for the Chicago Cubs were his favorite hobbies. His achievements as a tournament fisherman earned him the nickname “Big Bass” from a great friend. Frank will be missed by many including his fishing “sons,” John and Bic who fondly named him “Pops,” and his best fishing buddy, Tim Frazier.
    Frank retired as Head Custodian from Salt Fork CUSD in 2004. He took pride in maintaining the facilities and felt everyone there was a part of his family as well.
    Frank is survived by his wife, Char, his children, grandchildren, his sister Judy (Gerald) Arnett, his brother Wayne Lamb, his Aunt Margaret Artman, many cousins and nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Donna (Vernon) Fultz and his brother Dale (Bea) Lamb.
    Per his wishes, cremation has occurred and no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society at, 1-800-227-2345.
Cards can be sent to Char at 306 W. Plaza Dr., Carterville, Ill. 62918

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March 2017

    Shannon Bishop, 37, of Sidell, passed away at 10:19 pm Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, at her home surrounded by family.
She was born on May 21, 1979 the daughter of Bradley and Marsha (Moore) Prunkard. She was united in marriage to Todd R. Bishop on Feb. 14, 2015, in Newman. He will miss her dearly.
    She will also be missed by her father, Bradley (Barb) Prunkard of Sidell; her son, Dakota Bishop and daughter, Olivia Bishop, both of Sidell; her brother, Brandon (Angie) Prunkard of Indianola; her sisters, Hanna (Justin) Merritt of Sidell and Kimberly (fiancé, David Browne) Prunkard of Sidell; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruth and Larry Bishop of Vermilion Grove; and several close friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marsha Jefferies, and her grandparents.
    Shannon had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for many years. She enjoyed crafts and loved music and singing. She was known to many as a very giving person and loved her dogs. She cherished the time spent with her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
    A celebration of Shannon’s life was held March 1, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West St., Georgetown, with Tim Pearman officiating. As per her wishes, she was cremated.
    Memorial donations may be given to the Bishop Family, P.O. Box 81, Sidell, IL 61876. Please join in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at    

    Glenn George Miller, 70, of Catlin, passed away at 4:12 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 in Danville.
    He was born on March 27, 1946, in Centralia, the son of George Henry and Dorothy Pauline King Miller. Survivors include one daughter, Leslie (John) Almy of Catlin and three grandchildren, Madeleine, Jillian, and Dawson.
    Glenn graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in education. He taught sixth grade at Catlin Grade School and then history and government at Catlin High School, before retiring in 1999. After college, he took up flying as a hobby. He then became a flight instructor at the airport in Perrysville, Ind.
    Funeral service were held March 3, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating; and Graveside service at Zion Hills Cemetery in Centralia.
    Memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. On-line condolences can be shared at www.robisonchapel.

  Dolores Louise Hageman, 92, of Sidell, passed away Feb. 27, 2017 at Newman Rehab and Health Care Center in Newman. Dolores was born the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Block) Messman on April 7, 1924, in Douglas County.
Dolores married Joseph Hageman on March 23, 1947 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broadlands. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2014.
    Dolores is survived by one son, Jay (Tracy) Hageman of Fairmount; three daughters, Connie (Doug) Chew of Sidell, Karen (Barry) Maddox of Sidell and Linda (Brent) Wininger of Crawfordsville, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Dolores was a homemaker and a farm wife. She was involved in church activities, including teaching Sunday school for many years and a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Dolores loved to travel and spend time with family.
    A celebration of Dolores’s life and faith will be at 2 p.m. on Sun., March 19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 390 County Road 2400E, Broadlands. Memorials may be made in Dolores’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church Youth Group Mission Trip or the donor’s choice. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
Please join Dolores’s family in sharing memories on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneral

    Richard L. Stauder, 71, of Indianola, passed away at 8:02 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur.
    Richard was born Nov. 17, 1945, in Herrin, to John R. and Mary E. Newton Stauder.
    Surviving are one son, Jonathan M. Stauder of Indianola; one brother, Bob E. (Lois) Stauder of Tulsa, Okla.; and one sister, Joyce Ann Rinella of Paducah, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Richard was a biology, English, and French teacher at Jamaica High School for 25 years. He liked to exhibit poultry. He loved to breed dogs and go to dog shows. He was especially proud of his pure bred miniature Pinschers. He enjoyed horseback riding and traveling. He served the village of Indiaola as a board trustee the past 22 years.
    Funeral services were today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Urbana, with Father James Ellison officiating. Burial to follow in Herrin City Cemetery, Herrin.
    Memorials may be made to the church. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    Betty E. Conaway, 83, of Tilton, went to be the Lord at 8:02 pm, on March 15, 2017, at Presence USMC in Danville.
She was born on Dec. 28, 1933 in Jackson, Ohio, the daughter of Willard and Mabel Weston Stephenson. She married Mark Conaway Aug. 21, 1970. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2006.
    Survivors include three sons, Steve (Debbie) Robertson of Washington, Donald (Brenda Masulis) Robertson of Danville, and David Robertson of Danville; one daughter, Teresa Evans of Danville; two sisters, Yvonne Aultman of Dayton, Ohio and Martha Highland of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Tisha Feinstein, April (Jason Gonzalez) Robertson, Brandy (Dale Brandenburg) Robertson, Brock (Janette) Evans, and Lance (Preslee Wheeler) Evans; and 10 great grandkids. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Willard Stephenson Jr., stepmom, Beulah Stephenson, and one great grandchild, Andrew McNew.
    Betty retired from GE and had worked at McCalls Magazine as a secretary. She was an avid Illini Basketball fan. Betty enjoyed making quilts and cooking. She had a green thumb and loved taking care of her plants. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her family.
    Funeral services were held March 20 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Ramona Logan officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery in Fairmount.

    Bert Thomas Kirby, 75, of Fairmount, passed away Sat., March 18, 2017 at 3:53 a.m. at Presence USMC in Danville. He was born October 2, 1941 in Fairmount, the son of Harold and Edith (Goodwin) Kirby.
    Bert was an amazing dad, grandpa, friend, and so much more. He will be greatly missed.
    Private family services will be held and he will be laid to rest at Danville National Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the Westville American Legion Post #51.

    Anita “Gilroy” Schmidt, 71, of Tilton, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Fri., March 24, 2017, at her home.
    She was born Sept. 2, 1945, in Danville, the daugh-ter of Paul and Violet Hewitt Gilroy.
    She will be missed by her children, Troy Myers of Tilton and Tonya (Eric) Mckown of Danville; three sisters, Sandy Thornton of Ogden, Elaine (Kevin) George of Veedersburg, Ind., and Janice Wade of Danville; also two grandchildren, Kaleb and Angela Mckown, both of Danville. Anita was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, David and Charles Gilroy.
    Anita was a member of Pleasant Mound Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening and collecting Betty Boop memorabilia. She was a great cook and wonderful mother.
    A celebration of life was held March 29 at Pleasant Mound Church of Christ west of Georgetown, with Pastor Paul Kent Officiating. Memorials to Pleasant Mound Church of Christ Cemetery Fund.

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April 2017

    Cathy Troxtell, 68, of Sidell, passed away at 5:09 p.m. on Mon., April 3, 2017 at the Carle Foundation Medical Center, Urbana.
    Cathy was born Aug. 3, 1948 in Danville, to Arthur and Alice Wright Hockett. She married Larry Lee Troxtell on Sept. 3, 1967 in Grape Creek. He survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, John Troxtell of Westville and Josh (Tammy) Troxtell of Tilton; one brother, Billy Joe (Bev) Hockett of Sidell; three grandchildren, Caitlyn, Alexander and Emalee Troxtell; and special friend, Paula Stoaks of Sidell. She was preceded in death by her parents.
    Cathy was a nurse for many years retiring from Heartland Nursing Home, Champaign. She was a member of the Sidell First Baptist Church and the Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue. She loved going to garage sales and thrift stores.
    Funeral Services are today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at the Sidell First Baptist Church, 301 North Gray Street, Sidell. Pastor Craig Roller officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Memorials to Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue, 2571 County Road 500 East, Mahomet, IL 61853. Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled the arrangements. Online condolences at

    Sharon Kay Bradford, 68, of Fairmount passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Thurs., March 30, 2017 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
    Sharon was born Jan. 19, 1949 in Danville to Clyde and Viola Marrow West Sr. She married Bernard Albert “Barney” Bradford on Dec. 14, 1969 in Fairmount. He survives.
    Also surviving are three sons, Edward (Amy) Bradford of Sidell, David (Amanda) Bradford of Catlin and Clyde (Jessica) Bradford of Fithian; two daughters, Kimberly (Mark) Burroughs of Hardeeville, S. C. and Amy (Travis) Hutchings of Beaufort, S. C.; two brothers: Larry West of Danville and Steve (Jody) West of Newtown; two sisters, Carolyn Cundiff of Paris, Tenn. and Loretta Fox of Oakwood; 17 grandchildren, Jonathan, Samantha, Andrew, Rhiannon, Trena, Trenton, Alexander, Brittany, Benjamin, Andrew, Sarah, Mathew, Jacob, Ashley, Zackery, Isabella, and Mason; and one great-grandson, Cameron. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clyde West Jr. and Harold West; and one sister, Helen Dolbee.
    Sharon enjoyed camping, fishing, mushroom hunting, collecting Santa Clauses, studying genealogy, gardening and taking rides through the country with her husband.
    Funeral services were held April 4 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Catlin. Robison Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

    Ronald Wayne Cordes, 59, of Victorville, Calif., formerly of Fairmount, died Dec., 18, 2016 at Antelope Hospital in Lancaster, Calif.
    Graveside services will be held at Davis Cemetery in Fairmount April 14 at 2 p.m. Robison Funeral Home is assisting with services.
    He was born to Albert and Martha (Shurr) Cordes, Sept. 17, 1958 in Danville. They preceded him in death.
    He is survived by his children, Richard Wayne and Tammy Lynn; a sister, Vanesa Jones (Darrell Halbert); a nephew, Jared (Kacie) Jones; nieces, Megan (Jeff) Jones Kepling and Britton Seaman; a great niece, Brooklyn Kepling.
    He attended Jamaica and Homer High Schools.

    Deane D. Winkler, 89, of Indianola, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Sun., April 9, 2017, at Carle in Urbana.
    Funeral services are today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Craig Roller will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. On-line condolences at
    He was born Jan. 12, 1928 in Indianola to Albion and Hortense Baird Winkler. Deane married Nita Larrance June 8, 1958 in Catlin. Nita survives as well as one daughter, Caroline (Michael) Raney of Eureka; two granddaughters, Melissa Raney and Claire Raney; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sister.
    Deane served in the Army during the Korean War. He was Superintendent of the Illinois Department of Public Aid Danville Office for 30 years, serving 17 counties. Deane loved spending time in the country and a good piece of blackberry pie. He especially enjoyed his two granddaughters, as well as a good joke. A favorite pastime was playing dominos with friends. Deane was able to enjoy the “Honor Flight” with his daughter Caroline.

    Daron D. Yeazel, 47, of Fairmount, passed away at 4:30 pm on Mon., April 17, 2017 at his home.
    Daron was born May 6, 1969, in Danville to Ruth Marie Yeazel. He married Christina Nicole McGinness on Sept. 6, 2008 in Danville. She survives as well as his mother Ruth (Francisco) Ramirez, three daughters, Katarina Yeazel, Faith Yeazel, Angelica Yeazel; one brother, Marcus (Roxanne) Yeazel; one sister, Michelle (Bill) Vance; two nieces, Jackaylee Yeazel and Shayla Vance.
    He was preceded in death by one daughter, Hope Yeazel, and one brother, Michael.
    Daron was service manager of the Walmart Automotive Department in Danville. He enjoyed fishing, hosting catfish tournaments, mushroom hunting, most of all the art of “making a deal.”
    Funeral services were held April 23 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Steve Lamb officiating. Private burial was at the GAR Cemetery in Homer. Memorials are to the Yeazel Family in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    Sue Hanson was born July 10, 1926 in Murray, Kentucky. She passed away Dec. 20, 2016. She was 90 years old.
    A memorial service will be held May 13, 11 a.m. at the Roscoe United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. There will be a luncheon at the church following the service. Memorials to the Roscoe United Methodist Church or Harlem/Roscoe Fire Department.
    She married Wallace Hanson on Sept. 26, 1948 in Murray, Kentucky. He survives. She is also survived by one son, Mark (Karen) Hanson, Richmond, Texas; two grandchildren, Matthew (Lori) Hanson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Caroline Hanson of Richman, Texas; one great grandson, Luke Hanson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews as well.
    She was preceded in death by a son, Greg Hanson who passed away July 10, 1973; a brother, Burl Cunningham and a sister, Chris Hopkins.
    She and her husband Wally lived in Sidell in the ‘60s where she taught the third grade for three years. Wally was a coach, teacher and principal during their time in Sidell.
    Cards may be sent to Wally at 4054 Albright Lane, Wesley Willows Senior Center, Rockford, Ill. 61103-1576.

    Charles E. “Chuck” Harrold, 76, of Fairmount, passed away at 9 p.m. Wed., April 19, 2017 at his home.
    Chuck was born Feb. 20, 1941 in Taylorville to William D. and Mary M. Ethridge Harrold. He married Elizabeth Jones on Feb. 22, 2002 in Danville. She survives as well as two sons, William C. “Bill” Harrold of New Jersey, and Christopher A. (Kyong S.) Harrold of Colorado Springs, Col.; two stepsons, Charles Dirk of Urbana and Brian (Chris) Drollinger of Georgetown; one daughter, Cathy (Thomas) Rick of Farmer City; two stepdaughters, Marilyn Drollinger Homan of Indianola, and Pamela (John) Drollinger Thomas of Fairmount; six grandchildren; six step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; as well as nine great-great grandchildren.
    Chuck served in the Army and was involved in the construction trade, as well as sheet metal. He enjoyed antique car shows and was a member of the Kaiser Frazier Car Club.
    Funeral services were held April 24 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Curtis Flake officiated. Burial with military honors followed in the Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Memorials to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences at

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May 2017

  Betty J. Salladay, 85, of Fairmount, passed away at 12:12 p.m. on Mon., May 8, 2017 in the emergency room at Presence USMC, Danville.
      Betty was born July 26, 1931 in Jamaica Township, Vermilion County Illinois to William DeLosse and Inez Fern McNees Alexander. She married James O. Salladay on October 29, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fairmount. He preceded her in death on January 1, 2011. Surviving are one son, Joe Salladay of Fairmount; three daughters, Christy (John) Hott of Hoopeston, Linda (Dale) Baldwin of Fortine, Mont., and Sandy (Brian) Judy of Potomac; one brother, Jimmy (Shirley) Alexander of Westville; four grandchildren: Jennifer (Jeremy) Miller, Erin (Joshua) Terry, Jessie (Chip) Mattis, and Jeremy (Kristen) Hott; and four great-grandchildren, Lillian Duvall, Sophia Mattis, Olen Mattis, and Charlotte Mattis. She was preceded in death by one son, James Brent Salladay and three brothers, Bill, Freddie and Clifford.
    Betty received her LPN degree at the age of 41 in 1972. She retired from Lakeview Memorial Hospital where her most rewarding service was spent as a pediatric nurse. She was a member of the New Hope Community Church. She was a wonderful seamstress who made blankets for Christian Charities. She enjoyed singing and caring for people and her family, but above all else, she loved Jesus Christ.
    Funeral services 2 pm Tuesday, May 16 at New Hope Community Church, 306 South Main Street, Fairmount, with Reverend Ron Weishaar officiating. Burial in Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Visitation from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Memorials to the New Hope Community Church or the Fairmount Rescue. Online condolences at

    Ray Martin “Marty” Struck, 71, of Sidell passed away on Monday (May 15, 2017) at home.
    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, with Pastor John Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Broadlands. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Freese Funeral Home, Sidney, is assisting with arrangements.
    Mr. Struck was born on April 20, 1946, at Tuscola, a son to Raymond Henry and Enola Sy Struck. He was also raised by his stepmother, Marabelle Dixon.
    He married Sharon J. Mitchell on July 2, 1977, at Broadlands; she survives.
    Also surviving are two children, Elizabeth Anne “Betsy” (Dave) Lancaster of Philo and Corey Ray Mitchell (Laura) Struck of Tucson, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Trent Thompson, Kallie Lancaster and Henry Struck; and a sister, Louise Fellmann of Savoy.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother and a brother, Melvin A. Struck.
    Marty farmed in the Broadlands and Sidell area.
    He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands.
    He graduated from ABL in 1965 where he was active in the FFA. He enjoyed playing cards.
    In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Carle Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands.

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June 2017

    Charles D. Lowe, 84, of Geneseo, passed away Mon., May 22, 2017 at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Funeral services celebrating his life were held May 26 at Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, Reverend Melva England officiated. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Memorials may be left to Grace United Methodist Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo assisted the family with arrangements.     
    Charles was born April 15, 1933, the son of Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe in Sidell. He was a graduate of Sidell High School. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Army. Charles married Ina C. Mills on July 20, 1957 in Brookline, Mass. He worked as a tool design checker for Caterpillar Corporation in Peoria, Aurora, and Mt. Joy for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Charles is a former Lions Club Member. He was an avid and accomplished woodworker and designer. He enjoyed traveling with Classic Club, and most of all he loved spending time with his family.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ina; his son John (Marjorie) Lowe of Davenport, IA; his daughter, Debra (Peter) Riley, of Peoria; and his three grandchildren: Alexis, Benjamin, Maxwell Riley.
    Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe.

    Sheryl J. Daily, 78, passed away peacefully on Wed., May 31, 2017 surrounded by family at the Asbury Towers Retirement Community in Greencastle, IN.  
    She was born on October 12, 1938 in Danville, daughter of John and Ruth Blakeney. She graduated from Ridge Farm High School in 1956. In 1957 she was married to Richard Frick of Sidell for 18 years; they had raised three kids and then divorced. She later married Lewis Daily, raised two kids and then Lewis passed away in 1998. She lived in Ridge Farm and a few places in Vermilion County, IL and then settled in Crawfordsville, IN area for the last 10 years.
    Her main focus in life was her children. She was a wonderful devoted mother and grandmother whose legacy was teaching and guiding them through life with her infinite wisdom. She was a one-of-a-kind vibrant, intelligent person with a great sense of humor. She was extremely creative, spending many hours on 300 spiritual illustrations and individual “zip art” pictures for friends and family. Throughout her whole life, she cared about and helped whoever crossed her path, living the verse, “God… will not forget the work you did and the love you showed.” -Hebrews 6:10.   
    She is survived by her four children, Robyn (Cindy) Frick of Eddington, ME; Danae Goss (Michael) of Seattle, WA; and Chloann (Tim) Woolley of Woodland Park, CO; Melinda Spicer (Larry) of Crawfordsville, IN; her mother, Ruth Robertson (George) of Altoona, WI; and two sisters, Sue (Richard) Gunn of Eleva, WI; and Debra (Bob) Raasch of Eau Claire, WI. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Jay Elliot (Destiny) who she helped raise; and Jessica Frick (Eric), Sarah Frick, and Kyle Frick; Logan Woolley, Joel Woolley, and Ruth Woolley; and Aris Goss and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, John Blakeney; husband, Lewis Daily; daughter, Colleen Daily; and a nephew, Tyrel Wiseman.
    At her request, she will be cremated and a graveside service will be held in Ridge Farm at a later date to be announced.
    The following are poems she also requested to include. If anyone is led to make a donation in Sheryl’s name, they can be sent to Asbury Towers, 102 W Poplar St, Greencastle, IN 46135.

  Teresa Ray Acord Whaley, daughter of the late Donald Ray Acord and Inez Lorraine Farrell Acord, was born Oct. 28, 1957 in Danville. She departed this life June 6, 2017 in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 59 years.
    She spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker and friend. Her working years were spent as a property manager. She was an excellent cook and often catered events. She enjoyed gardening and canning the things she grew. She loved to camp and be in the outdoors. She was of the Protestant faith.
    Teresa is survived by one son, Donny Harrison McQueen of Oxford; one daughter, Lisa Wilson and husband Brad, of Homer; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael Acord and Tammy Hawkins of Danville; one sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Michael Cosat of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Curtis McQueen, Caleb McQueen, Jasmine Edenburn, Madi Wilson and Timmy Wilson; one great great grandson, John Carl Edenburn, and a host of other relatives and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Timothy Whaley; one brother, Mickey Darwin Acord; and one daughter-in-law, Crystal McQueen.
    A grave side service was held June 9 at Conyers Cemetery.

    Helen M. Baldwin, 101, of Bensenville, formerly of Indianola, passed peacefully in her sleep on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Bridgeway Senior Living in Bensenville. She was born in Indianola on Feb. 23, 1916, to Edmond L. and Maggie (Bradfield) Gardner.
    A celebration of Helen’s century-long life will be held at 11 am, Friday, June 16, 2017, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E West St, Georgetown, with Mark Ketcherside officiating. Visitation will be 10am to 11am on Friday at the funeral home prior to her service. She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    Helen attended Indianola Schools graduating in 1933. She was a long-time member of the Indianola Church of Christ and later a member of the Corner Stone Christian Church in Danville. She was also a member of the of the Indianola Chapter of Eastern Star.
Helen married Kenneth I. Baldwin on June 8, 1934. They had been married for 45 years at his death in 1978. They had one son, Keith I. Baldwin.
    Kenneth and Helen owned and operated their own grocery store in Indianola for many years. Following that, she was employed for 25 years at Morris-Flamingo in Danville.
    She leaves her son, Keith and his wife, Pamela, who are retired educators and living in Oak Brook. She is also survived by a grandson, Shay, who is an attorney in Chicago and his wife, Kerri, who is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Besides her husband, Helen was preceded in death by both parents, one sister, Ruby Cole; and three brothers, Earl, Clarence, and ‘Jake’ Gardner.
Helen and her husband, Kenneth, loved their “country” life in Indianola. They loved to travel and especially loved visiting Las Vegas. Helen thoroughly enjoyed her accommodations at the Wolford Apartments in Danville where she resided for 15 years. Her pastimes were reading and cooking, as well as being an avid sports fan.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in her name to Corner Stone Christian Church, 1607 Greenwood Cemetery Road, Danville, IL 61834.
    Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

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July 2017

    Loren Guy Burroughs, 67, of Chrisman passed away at 5:54 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 at his home in Chrisman.
    He was born March 24, 1950 in Opheim, Montana to Roy and Edith (Tichenor) Burroughs. He married April Lomax on Sept. 18, 2016 in Chrisman.
    Loren is survived by his wife, April, daughter, Brook K. (Jon) Coffman of White Heath and a son, Cody R. (Ashley) Burroughs of Seatonville; grandchildren, Austin and Camden Coffman of White Heath; brothers Boyd (LaDonna) Burroughs and Brian Burroughs; sisters Margaret (Jim) Suhr, Cheryl (Jeff) Petra, Laurel Ann (Chris) Larson and Candyce (Paula Swedeen) Burroughs; and multiple nieces and nephews.
    Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Edith, and older brother, Gary Burroughs.
    Loren had a life-long passion for horses, having spent most of his life showing, breeding, training, judging, and all other aspects of horse-manship. Horses brought him joy beyond anything else. He loved his family and enjoyed the simple things in life. He was very down to earth and always had a joke to tell. He loved to tease those he loved the most. He and April enjoyed visiting his family and friends in Montana and got great joy from helping Boyd and Brian with moving cattle. He also loved talking to friends and family on the phone. He was always up for a good conversation. His family and friends will dearly miss his smile, jokes, and easy-going attitude.
    Per Loren’s wishes, cremation rights will be accorded. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville is assisting the family with arrangements.
    Please join Loren’s family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at

    Eldon W. Craddock, 94, well known Sidell and Allerton area farmer, passed away at 5:23 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Eldon was born May 13, 1923, in Sidell to William and Lois Kestler Craddock. He married Marjorie Rowand Jan. 19, 1947 in Sidell.
    She survives, as well as, one son, Steve (Peggy) Craddock of Allerton, one daughter, Annette (Larry) Luth of Hume; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Craddock, Timothy Craddock, Amy Heppe, Lori Lovings, and Bradley Luth; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Talbot, Violet Brown and Melba Haskins.
  Eldon attended the University of Illinois, then returned to the family farm in Sidell, where he continued working until the couple retired and moved to Sidney.
    He served as Sidell Township trustee, was a 4-H leader, and member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau, Sidell Lions Club and the Sidell United Methodist Church.
    He enjoyed rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals even though Marjorie was an avid Cub’s fan. Above all else he loved and enjoyed his family.
    Funeral services were Wednesday at the Sidell United Methodist Church, with Pastor Don Shane officiating, burial was in Fairview Cemetery near Sidell.
    Memorials in Eldon’s memory may be made to the Sidell United Methodist Church or Alzheimer’s Association. The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service arrangements. On-line condolences at

    June Craig, 95, longtime area educator and antique dealer, passed away 12:45 a.m. on Fri., July 7, 2017 at home along with her husband “Hoot.”
    Public visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs., July 13 at the Catlin Church of Christ. Private family graveside rites will be conducted at Woodlawn cemetery, Indianola.
    June was born June 15, 1922 in Georgetown to Rex and Lillie Dale Gray Edmonds. She married Harold Craig Oct. 15, 1948 at her parent’s home in Georgetown.
    Surviving are two daughters, Janey (Kim) Jolley of Fairmount and Gaile (Bob) Sekerka of Lockport; one grandson: Kevin (Kara) Jolley; and two great-grandchildren: Kya and Kaelyn Jolley; and one sister, Beverly Jane Smith of Davenport, Iowa.
    She was preceded in death by three brothers, Denzel Edmonds, Joe Edmonds and Otis D. Edmonds; and two sisters, Virginia Penn and Susan Widman.
    June taught over 40 years in the Georgetown school system and owned and operated Craig’s Antiques. She was a member of the Indianola Methodist Church and had taught Sunday school and had been a youth group leader. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed mushroom hunting and square dancing.
    Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association or the Carroll Township Fire Protection District. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    Harold “Hoot” Craig, 91, well- known longtime operator of Craig’s Dairy Farm, passed away 12:45 a.m. on Fri., July 7, 2017 at his home along with his wife June.
Public visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs., July 13 at the Catlin Church of Christ. Private family graveside rites will be conducted at Woodlawn cemetery, Indianola with military honors.
    Harold was born March 27, 1926 near Collison, to William J. and Vera Gutteridge Craig. He married June Edmonds on Oct. 15, 1948 at the bride’s parent’s home in Georgetown. Surviving are two daughters, Janey (Kim) Jolley of Fairmount and Gaile (Bob) Sekerka of Lockport; one grandson, Kevin (Kara) Jolley; and two great-grandchildren, Kya and Kaelyn Jolley, three. He was preceded in death by one brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Kathryn) Craig.
    Harold served in the US Army and owned and operated Craig Dairy Farms for over 50 years. He enjoyed square dancing, hunting, riding and sports. He was a Cubs fan. He had served on the Indianola Grade School Board. He been a Carroll Township election judge and served on the Carroll Township board. He was a member of the Georgetown American Legion.
    Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association or the Carroll Township Fire Protection District. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    James W. “Bill” Daugherty, 81, of Springfield, passed away at 5:31 p.m. on Tues., July 11, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center.
    Graveside Ceremony: 1:00 p.m. Sat., July 15, at Hoult Cemetery in Chrisman. A service of celebration at a later date.
    Bill was born March 5, 1936 in Metcalf, the son of James B. and Alberta (Tutwiler) Daugherty. He married Mary Culp on June 7, 1959 at Sidell Methodist Church in Sidell.
In 1954, Bill graduated from Sidell High School. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1958, where he participated in the ROTC program. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., and later served in the Reserves, where he reached the rank of Captain.
    Bill was well known in the construction industry and had most recently worked for Michael Von Behren Builder, Inc. Prior to that, he was employed with Illini Pella Window Company and Vredenburgh Lumber Company. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and served in several roles within the church. He was a member of Blue Ridge Boat Club and a charter member of the evening Lions Club. Bill enjoyed volunteering and had served as a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Guardian, assisted with Meals on Wheels, and organized his high school class reunions. He enjoyed boating, computers, history and spending time with his family and friends.
    Bill was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and sister-in-law, Yvonne Culp Knepp.
    He is survived by his wife; daughter, Colleen (John) Hepner of Arlington Heights; son, Lee (Barbara Reuther) of Springfield; two grandsons; sister-in-law, Kathy McCabe; brother-in-law, Don (Suzanne) Knepp; two nephews; one niece; and several cousins.
    Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 2941 Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL 62711 or American Lung Association, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711.
    Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences can be made at

    Betty Weller, 81, formerly of the community of Jamaica passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at her home in Ruskin, Florida.
    Memorial services will be at 12 noon Saturday at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Curtis Flake officiating. Private family burial in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. Public visitation is from 10 a.m. till noon on Saturday at Robison Chapel.
Betty was born Dec. 1, 1935 in Bloomington to John and Rose Singer Houchin. She married Robert A. “Bob” Weller Nov. 15, 1963 in Clinton. He died Aug. 11, 2002.
    Survivors include four daughters: Barbara (Tom) Trumpinski, Peg (Barry) Loop, Kathy Brewer and Julie (Ken) Levra; one son: Bob (Leslie) Weller; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son: Wayne Robinson.
Betty had been a longtime custodian with Jamaica School District Unit 12, retiring with 25 years of service. After relocating to Florida, she was active in the Ruskin Methodist Church.
    Memorials to Betty’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the service arrangements. Online condolences at

    Jerald L. Erp, 69, of Ridge Farm passed away at 3:20 p.m. July 6, 2017.
    A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, July 16 at the Wayne Blakeney Building at the Ridge Farm village park from 1-3 p.m.
    Jerald was born Jan. 4, 1948, the son of Leslie and Imogene Erp. On July 29, 1972 he married Sharrie Lee (Dickey) Erp his soul mate for 44 years.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Jeremy (Nicole) Erp of Paris, Jason of Ridge Farm and Josh of Texas; parents-in-law, John (Joan) Fitzsimmons; four brothers, John (June) Baird, Lowell Erp, Orv (Doris) Erp and Kevin (Linda) Erp; one sister, Darlene (Cleve) High; many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary (Art) Turner.
    Jerald retired from General Motors. He served his country in the United States Army. Most importantly he was a dedicated husband, father and son-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridge Farm Fire Department, P.O. Box 435, Ridge Farm, IL 61870.

    Merle Schweineke, 85, of Urbana, formerly of the Homer/Allerton area, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Fri., July 7, 2017 at Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana.
    Merle was born on May 5, 1932, in Newman Township, the son of Louis W. and Laura Rothermel Schweineke.
    He is survived by his niece, Vicki (Kent) Luth of Newman.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dick Schweineke.
    He attended rural Gunn grade school in Newman Township and graduated from Newman High School in 1950.
    He attended Valparaiso University, where he graduated with a B.A. degree majoring in business and accounting. He began working at the State Bank of Allerton, where he stayed until he retired in March of 2000 as CEO and executive vice president. He still served as a director on the bank board.
He was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, having served at one time as treasurer for seven years.
    He was a member of the Allerton Lions Club, having served as secretary-treasurer, a member of the Illinois Gladiolus Society serving as treasurer, a member of The Margaret Scott African Violet Society, and he served as treasurer of the Village of Allerton making their financial reports for 40 years.
    He enjoyed gardening and spent much of his time in retirement growing, hybridizing and showing gladiolus at shows including the Champaign County Fair and the Illinois State Fair, where he won several Grand Champions.
    Funeral services were held July 12, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Broadlands, with Pastor Don Ehlers officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, or to an organization of the donor’s choice. Joines Funeral Home, Newman, was in charge of arrangements.

    Michael R. Baker, 57, of Thomasboro passed away on Thurs., July 13, 2017 at home.
    Michael was born Nov. 1, 1959 in Champaign to Lee Jr. Baker and Gracye Parks Baker.
    He is survived by a brother, Dan Baker; a son, Tyler Baker; and two daughters, Heather and Alexis Baker.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Bethany Baker.
Michael grew up farming in the community of Thomasboro. He was a member of the 4-H Club at Hensley Grade School and was a 1977 graduate of Central High School.
    Michael worked for the International Union of Operating Engineers–Local 841.
    He loved spending time with his children and two dogs, Lola and Nikki. He enjoyed attending local tractor pulls, as well as working on his 1965 Oldsmobile.
    Michael will be remembered most for his hard work and ferocious attitude. His sense of humor and orneriness will be greatly missed.
    Visitation was July 18 and a private memorial for family will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s honor to St. Louis Children’s Hospital or at
    Condolences may be offered online at

    Bill D. Lazzell, 85, of Danville, passed away on July 17, 2017 at Gardenview Manor in Danville.
    He was born on Jan. 31, 1932, in Allerton, the son of Sidney and Helen (Neighbarger) Lazzell.
    A celebration of Bill’s life will today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville with Jack Lazzell officiating. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville.
    He married Shirley Seyfert on Sept. 2, 1953, in Danville, they spent 63 wonderful years together and she survives.
    Bill will be deeply missed by his wife Shirley; children, Gary (Tammy) Lazzell of Florida, Kathy Gritton of Orlando, Fla., Danny (Bonnie) Lazzell of Danville and Lisa (Brian) Wells of Tolono, Ill.; brothers, Donnie (Martha) Lazzell, Jack (Pat) Lazzell and Jerry (Melissa) Lazzell; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Wilbur and Bernie Lazzell.
    Bill served in the United States Army and was a member of the Champaign American Legion. He worked at University of Illinois as a painter for over 30 years. He loved fishing, golf, bowling, gardening and watching Illini basketball games. Bill and Shirley were members of Farmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Danville.

Dixie Lee Wolfe Bear Welch
    Dixie Lee Wolfe Bear Welch of Rockford, Ala. passed away July 23 at 3:10 a.m. after a long battle with cancer.
    She was born Dec. 2, 1942, the daughter of Evelyn and Ralph Wolfe. She attended Fairmount Grade School and Jamaica High School. She worked at A&J’s Iron Kettle in Fairmount and the Oakwood Truck Stop.
    She was married to Carl Welch for 37 years, he survives as well as her sons, Jeff (Cheryl) Bear of Danville and Maxie (Theresa) Bear of Rockford, Ala.; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brother, Dean (Sue) Wolfe, of Tilton and sisters, Linda Whittington of Iowa and Nina (David)Keys of Hume.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Don Wolfe and sister, Delorise Shields and grandson, Jeffrey Bear.
    A celebration of life will be held July 29 from noon to five at the Fairmount Fire Station.

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August 2017

    Larry Joe Clore, 71, of Georgetown, formerly of Indianola, went to be with the Lord at 5:11 a.m. on Wed-nesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at his home with his loving wife by his side.     Larry was born Feb. 14, 1946, in Danville, to Fred and Josephine Collins Clore. He married Penny McCoy on June 6, 1965, in Georgetown. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Larry J. (Mandy) Clore Jr. of Indianola; one daughter, Shantell (Andrew) Buyno of Georgetown; two brothers, Fred Clore of Crawfordsville, Ind., and John Clore of Russellville, Ind.; two sisters, Gloria Raw of Indianapolis and Brenda (Dennis) McDaniel of Catlin; four grandchildren, Andrew T. Clore, Marley J. (Clore) Hilgendorf, Larry R. Clore and Trista K. Clore; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Terry Clore. 
  Larry worked at General Motors Central Foundry for 38 years. He was a lifetime member of the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed carpentry, riding in his antique convertible and going out to eat with his loving wife.  
  Funeral services noon on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene, 715 North Main Street, with Pastor Troy Horne officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the church. Memorials to the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    Dan Shahan, 76, of Fairmount, passed away at 4:04 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Champaign Urbana Health & Rehab in Savoy.
    Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Chris Lawler will officiate. Visitation is from 10 a.m. till service time at Robison Chapel.
    He was born May 11, 1941 in Chicago to Joe and Helen Stanis Shahan. He married Carole Piepenbrink on Feb. 20, 1960 in Danville. Carole survives as well one son, Dan (Cindy) Shahan of Danville, one daughter, Lori Shahan of Fairmount, one sister, Dona Shahan; five grandchildren, Terra (Rob) Williamson, Traca (Adam) Zorn, Chelsea Hoffman, Bethany Hoffman, Annie Hoffman three great-grandchildren, Audrey Williamson, Hart Williamson and Jackson Zorn.
    Dan owned the former Catlin Feed & Farm Supply Store, He was a Shriner and 32 Degree Mason. Dan enjoyed animals, riding motorcycles and Elvis music.
    Memorials may be made in his name to American Diabetes Association. On-line condolences at

    Hui Chom Fout, 76, of Fairmount, passed away at 8:20 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 24, 2017 at her home.
    Hui was born on Jan. 29, 1941 in Pach u-kun Kyunggi Do South Korea to Kwon Sik and Ok Sun Kim YI. She married Daniel James Fout on Nov. 12, 1968 in Seoul, South Korea. He survives. Also surviving are one son, James Daniel (Dorothy Anaya) Fout; two daughters, Vickie Sue (Danny) Allison and Brenda Lee (Aaron) Schultz; one sister, Emoi YI; seven grandchildren, Jonathon Heck, Thomas Heck, Tasheka Heck, Deron Darnell, LeAra Schultz, Dezeray Schultz, and Zachary Schultz; and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
    Hui enjoyed gardening, flowers, cooking, taking care of her family, and worrying about the world. She had been a factory worker and a CNA. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who will be loved and missed by many.
    Private family services will be held with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

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September 2017

    Billy D. Wyant, 76, of Allerton, passed away at 4:52 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 31, 2017 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
    Billy was born Aug. 28, 1941 in Champaign, the son of Carl and Phyllis Johnson Wyant. He married Ella “Mickie” Deckard on Aug. 25, 1961 in Indianola. She survives.
Survivors also include son, Jeff Wyant of Sidney; son, Wayne (Christine) Wyant of Allerton; daughter-in-law, Julie Wyant of Broadlands; sister, Janice Cummings of Tuscola; brother, Carl “Buddy” (Jessie) Wyant of Fairland; and six grandchildren,
He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Billy was owner of Wyant Backhoe Service. He was a member of Allerton Lions Club for many years, Allerton town board member, Allerton Fire Department (where he once served as assistant chief), and member of the Heavy Equipment Operators Union Local #841 in Terre Haute, Ind.
    Private graveside services will be conducted. There will be no public visitation. Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main Street, Homer is handling arrangements.
    Memorials can be made to Allerton Fire Department.

  Thelma Mae Baldwin, 95, of Indianola, passed away Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living, Chrisman.
    She was born in Indianola the daughter of Bee and Bessie (Murray) Taylor on April 11, 1922.
    She was united in marriage to Harold Baldwin on Dec. 13, 1941, until his passing in February of 2011.
    Thelma is survived by her son, Steven (Marianne) Baldwin of Ridge Farm; her grandchildren, Stephanie Miles of Ridge Farm; Scott (Paula) Weir of Coulterville; Heather (Chris) Woelich of De Soto, Mo.; and Alan (Ashley) Baldwin of Ridge Farm. She had very special relationships with her great-grandchildren, Trevor Miles, Kayla and Tanner Weir, Steven and Elizabeth Woelich, and Grace and Charlie Baldwin. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Donna Taylor; her special cousin, Ruby Martin; and cousin, Colletta Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and John Weir; her brothers, Wayne, Joe and Eugene; and her grandson, Craig.
    Thelma was a homemaker who loved to cook and work beside her husband on the farm. She was well known as a very kind and giving person. Her family meant the world to her. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
    A Celebration of Thelma’s life was held Sept. 13, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with David Almy officiating.
    Memorial donations may be given in her name to Indianola Methodist Church. Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, assisted her family with arrangements. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

Bill Daugherty
    A memorial service for Bill Daugherty will be held Sat., Sept. 23 in Springfield.   Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 with services at 1:30 at the First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield. A fellowship time will follow the service.
    Bill was a graduate of Sidell High School in 1954. He was born March 5, 1936 and died July 11, 2017. He was married to Mary Culp June 7, 1959 at Sidell Methodist Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army and later the reserves.
    He is survived by his wife of Springfield, a daughter, a son and two grandsons.
    Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 2941 Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL 62711 or American Lung Association, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711.

    Steven Arnold Murray, 59, of Danville, passed into eternity on Sept. 7, 2017 at Presence Medial Center. Steve was born to Floyd and Pauline (Burke) Murray, both preceding him in death. Also, preceding him in death was his brother, Jerry Murray; a cousin, Raymond Ingram; and sister-in-law, Penny (Pribble) Forrest.
    He leaves behind his wife, Teresa, along with his step-daughter, April (Mike) Vish; mother-in-law, Donna Bryant, step-mother, Juanita Murray; sister, Donna (Roy) Kindred; and other family members including grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, brother and sister-in-laws.
    Please join the family in a Celebration of Life, an actual Tribute to his memory, which will be held in his honor at 2 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Indianola Methodist Church, with Pastor Randy Downing officiating.
    Steve’s early years
    Steve was raised in the farming community of Indianola by his father and step-mother, Floyd and Juanita. As a young boy Steve attended the Indianola Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir.
    In his early 20s he operated the local gas station where he was accompanied by his loyal companion, a large white dog, named “Dog.”
    When he left Indianola and moved to Danville, he continued to have roots in Indianola, working for the Stine (Bill) Family Farm for 28 years.
    He was employed by McLane Midwest for 24 years and was a loyal employee and co-worker to those he left behind. Upon his death, McLane’s flew their flag at half mast as a tribute to his dedicated service.

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October 2017

       Rosie Yeazel, 72, of Fairmount, passed away at 6:42 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 1, 2017 at North Logan Healthcare Center, Danville.
    Funeral services will be today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Reverend Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial will be in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Robison Chapel, Catlin.
    Rosie was born Aug. 26, 1945 in Danville to Fred and Velma Bradford Woodard. She married Wallace Yeazel on Aug. 10, 1963 at the Fairmount United Methodist Church. He survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, Steve (Deb) Yeazel of Naperville and Brian (Beth) Yeazel of Rochester; one daughter: Lisa (Allen) Harvey of Danville; one brother, Dean (Sonya) Woodard of Fairmount; four sisters, Gladys (Pete) Elsberg of Westville, Zoe Ann (Darold) Street of Fairmount, Dorothy (Robert) Moreman of Westville, and Mary Yeazel of Homer; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Rosie had been a special education commuter driver and worked for a time at the ASCS office and served for over 20 years with the US Postal Service and retired as Postmaster of the Ridge Farm office. Rosie enjoyed playing the piano and organ for 50 years. She loved playing board games with the kids, collecting antiques and crafts. Wally and Rosie wintered in Florida for 10 years. She was a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church.
    Memorials may be made to the Fairmount United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at

    William “Bill” Eugene Lomax, 83, of Oakwood passed away at 8:32 a.m. on Sept. 3, 2017 at his home with his family by his side.
    Bill was born Jan. 12, 1934 in Catlin, the son of William and Mary Grace (Lovett) Lomax. He married Mildred Hopkins Jan. 9, 1956 in Tilton. She survives.
    Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mildred Lomax of Oakwood; four sons, William R. “Bob” (Brenda) Lomax of Oakwood, Richard “Rich” Lomax of Danville, Michael “Mike” (Dody) Lomax, of Danville, Steven “Steve” Lomax of Oakwood; two daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” (Jeremy) Lomax-Shumate of Oakwood and Toni (Rick) Wagle of Jamaica; 19 grandchildren, Cory, Kayce, and Ricky Wagle, Robert Crippin, Mendi Schmit, Abby Finley, Audrey and Allison Shumate, Dane Lomax, April Burroughs, Trent and Eli Lomax, Connor and Kelsie Lomax, Amanda and Jeremy Marack, Michael and Ryan Phillips, and Matt Moore as well as 12 great-grandchildren, Cole, Ethaniel, Keelie, Kylie, Robbie, Will, Keegan, Maci, Alaina, Waylon, Alivia and Annie.
    Bill is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Delores “Pat” Sapp, one granddaughter, Jessica Wagle, as well as two daughters-in-law, Cindy Lomax and Jo Lomax.
    Bill was a retired Millwright from General Motors after 32 years of service. He was a member of the Catfishing Club and loved spending time with his family, especially taking them out fishing. Bill also enjoyed mushroom hunting and riding around in his golf cart with his dog, Rowdy.
    A Celebration of Life Service was held Sept. 9 at Sunset’s Oakwood Funeral Chapel 105 E. South Main St. Oakwood. Jeremy Shumate officiated.

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November 2017


  Cherie Lee (Smith) Astell, 74, of West Lebanon, Ind. went to be with the Lord at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Cherie was born in Homer on Aug. 19, 1943. She was the daughter of Alfred and   Juanita (Knight) Smith. She grew up in Fairmount, attending schools there. She was a 1961 graduate of Danville High School.
    She married Richard L. Astell on July 12, 1997. He survives. They have resided in West Lebanon the past 20 years.
    Cherie was a longtime member of the Southside Church of the Nazarene in Tilton, recently attending the West Lebanon Christian Church. She was retired but had worked as a dental receptionist for Dr. Chantos and Dr. Cooney and also for Tee-Pak, all in Danville.
    Surviving with her husband are children, Candy Shaw Kloet (Jeff), Lisa Shaw Carey (Brian) and Mark Samson (Helen); two step-children; two brothers, one sister; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
    Cherie had many friends during her lifetime as she was loved by everyone.
    Grady Funeral Home in Williamsport, Ind. served the family. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Lebanon Christian Church Building Fund.

    Willie Mae Key, 77, formerly of Veedersburg and Allerton, passed away 6:40 p.m. Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Newman, Illinois.
    Memorial service will be 11 a.m. EST Saturday Nov. 11, 2017 at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg Ind. Burial will follow service at Rockfield Cemetery near Veedersburg.
    Mrs. Key was born March 30, 1940 in Celina, Tenn., the daughter of Clifford and Bessie B. (Stanford) Hurd. She married her husband of 57 years T.J. Key April 12, 1956 in Glasgow, Ky.; he has preceded her in death.
    She is also preceded in death by her parents, and four sisters, Dean Eakle, Gwen Owens, Maxine Cross and Linda Faye Franklin.
    Surviviors include a daughter, Peggy Jo Key of Sidell; a son, Michael (Kimberly) Key of Spirit Lake Iowa; a brother, Guye (Karen) Hurd of Mellott Ind.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
    Willie was a people person, very outgoing, and was always busy doing a project. She loved her family and spoiling her children and grandchildren.
    Memorial contributions may be given to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter 14775 Catlin/Tilton Road Danville IL 61834. Online condolences at

    Rebecca “Becky” (Goodhue) Hazelbaker of Fairmount went to be with the Lord on Nov. 2, 2017 in Fithian, surrounded by her loved ones.
    A visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 at Noon at the Muncie Baptist Church in Muncie with a memorial to follow at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to join to celebrate Becky’s life.
    Becky was born Feb. 5, 1951 in Danville to Herbert L Goodhue and Eileen G Littlell Goodhue.
    Becky graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1969. She married John Hazelbaker in 1971. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a huge Chicago Cubs fans.
    Becky is survived by her daughters, Kristi Hazelbaker and Kelly Hazelbaker and a son Joshua Hazelbaker; grandchildren Zachary Hall, Miranda Hall, Brady Jolley, Nicholas Hazelbaker and Bryson Hazelbaker and great-grandchildren Jakcin Shepherd and Kennedy Dixon; a sister, Susan (Kenny) Johnson; and her best friend Tammy Hazelbaker.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Eileen Goodie.

    Sheldon L. Smith, 85, of Westville passed away at 5:01 p.m. Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, at his home.
    He was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Sidell Township to Ralph and Ida Bryant Smith. He married Anita Madden Sept. 16, 1955. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2015.
Anita survives, as well as a daughter, Melanie (Chris) Crawford; three brothers, Ralph (Elizabeth) Smith Jr., Tommy (Helen) Smith, and William (Karen) Smith; one sister, Ruth (James) Thomas; two grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by three brothers, James, John and Bobby; and one sister, Margerie Ballard.
He attended Star Grade School and graduated from Allerton High School. He drove a truck for Jones John Deere Implements from 1954-1970, and later joined Material Service Corp of Fairmount, where he retired as an Operating Engineer after 36 years. He served on the Westville Police Department for 12 years two years as chief.
He was a member of the Westville Grade School Board, Westville Sanitary District Board, Westville Village Board, and Westville JC’s. Sheldon was also a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.
    He enjoyed his family and friends, flower and vegetable gardening, his fish pond, and vacationing, eating out and his Schnauzers.
    Funeral was Nov. 15 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. David Robberts-Mosser officiated. Burial was in the Fairfield Cemetery north of Newman. Memorials to Trinity United Church of Christ. Online condolences at

    Donnetta Mosier, 79, of Indianola, passed away at 8:25 p.m. Wed., Nov. 8,
2017, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
    She was born July 27, 1938, in Clinton, Ind., the daughter of Ray and Thelma (Curry) Wallace.
    Surviving are one daughter, Betty (Rick) Mosier-Johnson of Tilton; three sons, Bob (Lisa Boen) Mosier and Randy Mosier, both of Indianola, and Roger Mosier of Horace; three sisters, Norma of Bloomington, Ind., Sharon Vorek of Clinton, Ind., and Deeann Bennett of West Baden, Ind.; her grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister, a nephew, and one granddaughter.
    Donnetta was from Centenary, Ind., and graduated from Clinton High School in 1956. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service after working for more than 30 years.
    A celebration of Donnetta’s life was held Nov. 14, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor James Blue officiating. She was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.
    Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

Charles F. Allen, 96, of Georgetown, went to be with his Lord Nov. 13, 2017, at VA Illiana Health Care, Danville.
    He was born in Indianola April 22, 1921, to Homer O. and Collista J. Allen.
He married Marilyn Grace Humrichous October 27, 1946, until her passing Sept. 28, 2004.
    He is survived by his daughter, Paula (Stan )Boelman, who have been on the mission field for many years in England. He also is survived by two grandsons, Jonathan and Timothy; and one sister, Helen, of Ariz. He also has several living nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lucille; and a son, Norman.
    Charles graduated from Indianola High School and served in World War II in the Army Air Corps for over three years as a B-17 bomber waist gunner. He received an honorable discharge as a Technical Sergeant. He also was an American POW in Germany for 15 months and was forced to march 90 days and walk 600 miles.
    Charles graduated from Pillsbury Bible College in Owatonna, Minn., with a BA degree with majors in Bible and Pastorology and a minor in general education. He pastored churches in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, and was in Christian education in Arizona and was also interested in missions. He taught Bible at Midwest Bible College in Danville, was a life member of National American Ex-Prisoners of Wars organization, life member of VFW and a member of American Legion Dornblaser Post 203, Georgetown.
    As hobbies, he liked to play basketball, softball, tennis, ping pong and fishing.
    He summarizes his life under the theme: “A prisoner of war is liberated twice.” In April of 1945, he found himself in a POW camp in Germany. Tired, dirty, starving and ready to give up, he cried out to God in desperation, “God get me out of this mess and I’ll do anything for you.” At this time, he was not a Christian. On May 4, 1945, he was liberated by British forces. Six years after his discharge from the Air Corps, he came to realize that he was a sinner and that he needed to be saved. In his own words, he said, “In simple faith, I admitted that I was a sinner, that Jesus Christ died on the cross, that He was buried and rose again the third day for my sake. This was the most significant event in my life. After all these years, I have peace and joy that only Jesus can give. I was liberated from the Germans and I was liberated from my sin. Jesus has set me free. He can do the same for you.”
    A celebration of Charles’ life was held Nov. 20, at Bethel Baptist Church, 501 S. Main St., Georgetown. Pastor Mike Roberts officiated. He was laid to rest in Danville National Cemetery with military rites conducted by American Legion Dornblaser Post 203.


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December 2017

    Doug Prunkard, 72, of Indianola passed away at 4:40 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 7,
2017 in the emergency room at Presence United Samaritans Medical
Center in Danville.
    He was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Charleston to Charles and Esther Hutchison Prunkard. Doug married Patricia Trimble Dec. 1, 1979, in Danville. She survives as well as two sons, Jeff (Michele) Prunkard of Tomball, Texas; Jake (Rosemary) Prunkard, Crawfordsville, Ind.; one daughter, Suzette Carpenter of Indianola; two brothers, Tim (Jackie) Prunkard, Brad (Barb) Prunkard; one sister, Christy (Richard) Eaton; six grandchildren, Kyle (Sarah) Carpenter, Tyler Carpenter, Caleb Carpenter, Olivia Car-penter, Doug Hickman and Maggie Carrion; three great-grandchildren, Landon and Esperanza Carrion and Charlize Hickman; and his granddog, “Charlie.”
    He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles; and one sister, Dorothy.
    He had been an electrician for 50 years, working both with Hyster and Danville Metal Stamping. Doug enjoyed hunting and fishing, being outdoors. He loved country and western music, playing the guitar, collecting knives and gardening.
    Memorial services were held Dec. at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Scott McCurdy officiating. Memorials in Doug’s memory may be made to a local no-kill animal shelter. Condolences may be offered online at

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