Obituaries 2018

January 2018

Billy Keller, 54, of Catlin passed away at 8:03 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at his home. Arrangements are pending at Robison Chapel, Catlin.

Evelyn Kruzich, 96, of Catlin, longtime local nurse, passed away at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Presence USMC in Danville.
    She was born Dec. 22, 1921 in Danville to Owen and Ethel Cronkhite Roderick. Evelyn married Pete Kruzich on Oct. 14, 1944 in Chicago. He passed away July 31, 2006.
    Survivors include a son, Jack (Gina) Kruzich of Villa Park; a sister, Boots (Charles) Bell of Danville; a grandson, Andrew (Celeste) Kruzich of Kalispell, Mont.; two great-grandsons, Gabriel Kruzich and Ethaniel Kruzich of Kalispell, Mont. Evelyn was preceded in death by a sister and a brother-in-law, Jean (Paul) Dobbles.
    Evelyn worked briefly for R & S Printing in Danville. She graduated St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and worked for Dr. Fritz Koenig in Catlin for 21 years. Evelyn was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville and a life member of the Catlin Historical Society.
    Funeral Mass was Jan. 3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville with Father Timothy Sauppe officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Danville. Robison Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Memorials may be made to Catlin Historical Society or St. Mary’s Church. On-line condolences at

    Myra D. Johnston, 92, of Christopher passed away Sun., Jan. 7, 2018 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.
    She was born on March 27, 1925 in Sunfield, Ill. to Elza and Margaret (Okeefe) Silkwood. She married Jesse Johnston on August 30, 1946 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1981.
    She is survived by her two sons Gary (Patricia) Johnston of Avon, Ind. and Roy (JoAnne) Johnston of Indianola, Ill.; four grandchildren Michelle Lawhorn, Becki Wissel, Brooke Marble, and Matthew Johnston; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
    She was a very loving mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Viola Furlow and one brother Maurice Eugene Silkwood.
    Her wishes were to be cremated with graveside services at the Sunset Memorial Park in DuQuoin at a later date. Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

    Ray H. Hewitt, 93, of Catlin passed away at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 10, 2018) at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville.
    He was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Georgetown, to Melvin and Mignonettie Brazelton Hewitt. Ray married Rachael F. Britch on Nov. 16, 1947, in Catlin.
    His loving wife of 70 years, Rachael, survives, as well as two sons, Mark (Jerri Ann) Hewitt and David (Becky) Hewitt; one daughter, Susan Hewitt; one daughter-in-law, Linda Hewitt; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by two sons, Steven and Michael; two brothers, Wayne and Dale; and one sister, Louise Collier.
    Ray had been a furniture repairman in the Operations & Maintenance Department of the U of I. He enjoyed camping, traveling and woodworking. He had been a former Boy Scout scoutmaster. Ray and Rachael traveled to all the lower 48 states. He was also an Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.
    Burial was at Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Pastor Scott McCurdy officiating. Catlin American Legion performed military honors. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Foundation in Ray’s memory. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences may be offered at

    Joe Cheuvront, 83, of Covington, Ind., passed away at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Danville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
    He was born Johnnie Joseph Cheuvront on June 3, 1934, in Fairmount, to Edward and Fae Leona George Cheuvront.
    Joe served in the Army and was a longtime truck driver.
    Survivors include his companion and mother of three of his children, Sharon Shumaker; four sons, Mike (Renee) Cheuvront, Mark Cheuvront, Chuck (Michelle) Cheuvront, Scott (Mary) Cheuvront; two daughters, Diana (Mark) Powell, April (Loren) Bennett; a brother, Eddie Cheuvront; a sister, Irene Vincent; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Chance, and a sister, Juanita.
    Graveside rites were held at the National Cemetery in Danville. Catlin American Legion provided military honors. Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details. Online condolences at

    Gordon Combs, 87, well known Catlin educator and principal passed away at 1
1:06 a.m. Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 at Liberty Estates, Danville, Illinois.
    Gordon was born May 30, 1930 in Canton, Ill. to Wayne and Leone Foster Combs. He married Joyce Elaine Elder Sept. 26, 1959 in Alexis. She preceded him in death June 12, 2005. Surviving are one son, Kevin Wayne Combs of Springfield; two daughters, Krista Cummings of Danville and Karla Wallace of Springfield; two brothers, Karroll (Barb) Combs of Fairview and Bruce (Jean) Combs of Banner; five grandchildren, Gordon (Lacey) Ray, Jessica (Alan) Lesnau, Jason Combs, Jordyn Combs, Grant Wallace; one great-grandchild, Alexis Ray; one sister-in-law, Joan Sperry; and one brother-in-law, John (Judy) Elder. He was preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Annie Medhurst and Coyleen Lynch.
    Gordon served in the U.S. Army. He was an AG teacher at Catlin from ‘64 to ‘73. He was principal at Catlin High School for 17 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Catlin American Legion, Danville Boat Club where he had been commodore, Danville Elks Club, Vermilion County Principal Association, and Holy Family Catholic Church. He was a charter member of the Catlin Historical Society and an FFA Sponsor. He was instrumental in the starting of VOTEC, as well as Blue Needles Golf Course. He was a private pilot. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, and boating. He shaped lives through education and administration. The Gordon Combs Scholarship was awarded annually in his honor.
    Funeral services were held Jan. 25, 2018 at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Burial in Gordon Cemetery, Danville, with fully military honors by the Catlin American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Catlin Historical Society or the Catlin American Legion. Online condolences at

Leroy “Fred” Davidson, 90, of Fairmount, Illinois passed away at 9:40 am on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his home. A memorial visitation will be announced at a later date. Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois is handling the arrangements.

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February 2018

    Ronald A. Metzger, 64, of Remington, Ind., formerly of Sidell, passed away
4:10 p.m. Tue., Jan. 23, 2018 at home. He was born in Whitley County,
Indiana to Marvin and Dolores Rondeau Metzger.
    Ron married Kathleen DeBolt June 15, 1974 in Columbia City, Ind.. Kathy survives as well as his father and step-mother, Marvin and Myrna Metzger; one daughter, Shelly (David) Dunk of West Lafayette, Ind.; two grandchildren, Austin Dunk and Ashley Dunk. Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Metzger; one son, Tadd; and one brother, Mike.
    Ron was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed fixing things. The family lived for a time in Columbia City, Ind.; Wolf Lake, Ind.; Charlotte, Michigan; as well as Sidell and later Remington, Ind. Ron served on the Jamaica School Board from 1997 to 2013, as well as being President of the Board. He was a member of the East Tipp Baptist Church in Lafayette, Ind. Ron really enjoyed and loved his grandchildren Ashley and Austin, and watching their sporting events as well as spending time with his family and church family.
    Funeral service were held Tues. at the Catlin Church Christ, 715 West Vermilion St., Catlin. Rev. Mike Roberts and Pastor Joel Flowers officiated. Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery south of Sidell. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Memorials to the East Tipp Baptist Church or Fairmount Baptist Church. Online condolences at

    Kelly Ann Shelato, 59 of Catlin, passed away on Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018.
Kelly was born Feb. 10, 1958, in Danville, the daughter of Frank and Phyllis Burroughs. She married the love of her life, Mike Shelato, and together they raised two sons, Matthew and Eric.
    Kelly will be remembered as a wild and free spirit with a heart of gold and turquoise who danced to the beat of no one’s drum but her own. She loved story-telling and reading so much that she chose to share her gifts with the community by working as a librarian in both Danville and Catlin. She felt a deep connection to her Native American roots her entire life and used her talent as an artist to express this love. She cherished nature and never let an animal in need down. Kelly greets her father on the other side and lives on through her mother, Phyllis; her husband, Mike; her sons, Matt (Stacey) & Eric (Megan); her grandchildren, Austin, Owen, Quentin and Caleb; her sister, Kim (Greg); her nieces and nephews, Gretchen, Luke, Grace, Jason, Josh, Jeremy, Dustin and her English bulldog, Marsha.
    A service in her honor was held Jan. 30 at Pape Family Funeral Home with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating. Messages and memories may be left at

    Grace Elizabeth Ford, 84, of Sidell, Illinois passed away at 12:48 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 6, 2018 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Grace was born as a twin on Oct. 3, 1933 in Danville to John and Lucille Clarkson Ford. She is survived by two brothers, her twin, John (Glenda) Ford Jr. of Sidell and Joe (Janet) Ford of Sidell; and two sisters-in-laws, Sara Beth Ford of Sidell and Jean Ford of Sidell. She also had many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, George and Ray.
    She grew up in Sidell and graduated from Sidell High School in 1951. She attended college. She worked as a private health care provider. She recently made her home at Newman RHCC, Newman. She enjoyed the activities and residents and staff until she became ill. She attended the Sidell United Methodist Church.
    Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Shane officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at the church.Memorial gifts may be given to the church or the donor’s wishes.
    Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    Matthew Ryan Frazier died at the age of 44 Feb. 10, 2018 in Kansas City, Mo. Matt was born in Danville August 3, 1973 to his parents, Tim and Sally Frazier. He was raised in Catlin and always considered it home. His childhood was spent close to family, friends and what would become his favorite things – animals, music, fishing and the Chicago Cubs, Bears and the Illinois Fighting Illini.
    On two occasions during his childhood, Matt courageously and successfully defeated brain tumors with the help of his parents and many medical professionals. Despite the hardship of years of treatment, Matt remained friendly, happy, optimistic and compassionate toward others. These traits would define his personality through the rest of his life.
    On Nov. 15, 2008, he married Adrienne Leah Saccaro in Chillicothe, Mo. Matt’s love for dogs inspired him to start a pet care business in 2013, Paws ‘n Motion. Through dedication to his customers and a fondness for their pets, Matt rapidly grew his business in a short amount of time, which now serves over 200 customers and more than 500 dogs and cats. His clients and their pets were treated like family by Matt, and in turn, many of them treated him like family as well.
    In the spring of 2017, the brain tumors that he battled in his youth reappeared. Thus began ten months of surgeries, treatments and many setbacks. Throughout these challenges, he kept a smile on his face, showed gratitude toward everyone that treated him and was the definition of toughness. His family was frequently told by many of those that treated him that he made as much, or more, of an impact on them than they did for him.
    He is survived by his wife Adrienne and son Drake of Kansas City; parents Tim and Sally of Kansas City; brother Jason of Nashville, Tenn.. Additional surviving family include father- and mother-in-law Jim and Nancie Saccaro; brother- and sister-in-law Mark and Amy Saccaro; and nephew Tate Saccaro; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. He was preceded in death by grandparents Sid and Ruth Frazier, and Charles and Dorothy Caldwell; Aunt Susan Stamos; cousin Jack Ellis; and sister-in-law Melanie Tate Saccaro.
    Funeral will be held Feb. 17 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. Memorial donations to benefit St. Thomas More School or the American Brain Tumor Association are greatly appreciated.

    Bob Grissom of Springfield and formerly Indianola area, 74, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at home surrounded by family.
    He was a Jamaica High graduate of 1961.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby (Bishop) and Lester Grissom, sister Nina Skovira, and brothers, Allen and Wayne.
    He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 57 years, Barbara (Bobbie), daughter, Vickie Schultz (Richard) Hoffman Estates, son Tony (Jenni), Glenarm, sisters Lil Rodiffer (Dick), Catlin, Lynn West, Danville, Peggy Hack (Warren), Danville, Katie Hoggatt, Ridge Farm, and brother Jim, Indianola, sister-in-law’s Sallie Grissom, Chrisman, Donna Ice, Georgetown, brother-in-law Frank Evans, Alamagordo, New Mexico, five grandsons, Patrick Voss, Alex Voss, Derek Grissom, Dakota Grissom, Mason Edmison (Valerie), one great granddaughter, Gemma Voss, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Bob, aka Gus in the Springfield area, was a wonderful husband, awesome father and grandfather, brother, and uncle. He never met a stranger and sure had the gift of gab. He loved golf and any outside games, riding his motorcycle and especially loved playing cards.
    He and Bobbie, aka Barb, to those same Springfield people, played guitar and sang together and were in numerous country opry’s around the Springfield and Taylorville areas. He had a terrific sense of humor and wherever he was, there was always laughter.
    He was in insurance as an agent and then management most of his life. A more honest man you’d be hard pressed to find.
    Visitation will be at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Chapel, 200 E. West Street, Georgetown, today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Immediately following visitation will be graveside services at Georgetown Cemetery.
    Please join the family in sharing memories, photos & Videos on his tribute wall at

    Nancy Irene (Jessup) Bates, 79, of Westville, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, at Arbor Terrace-Ortega in Jacksonville, Fla.
    She was born Oct. 24, 1938, in Danville, the daughter of Allen and Helen (Rucker) Jessup.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Mary (Easterday) Jessup; and two sisters, Ginny Sonntag and Karen (Greg) Martin.
    She was united in marriage to Richard Bates on June 15, 1957, in Westville. He was her best friend and love of her life. He preceded her in death.
    She will be missed by her children, Terry (Lin) Bates of Sidell, and Tammy (Gary) Burrows of Jacksonville, Fla. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Ryne Bates of Sidell, Kalyn (Reece Robinson) Bates of Sidell, Katie Burrows (Jonathon Gaff) of Lemont, and Erin Burrows of Jacksonville, Fla.; two great-grandsons, Oliver and Ozzie Robinson of Sidell; and her beloved cousin, Patricia Swingle of Danville.
    A graduate of Westville High School, she worked as a secretary for a variety of places, including Vacketta Ford and United Brokers Real Estate.
    She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Westville and later Community Church of God in Danville. Nancy was active throughout her life in various organizations, such as the Westville Women’s Club, where she served as president, Westville Jaycees and was a founding member of the Westville Booster Club.
    Nancy enjoyed doing crafts, including sewing, macrame, ceramics and completing family scrapbooks, especially of her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with Dick and spending time with their friends. Nancy was very proud of the family she raised, and loved seeing it grow through her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    A committal service will be held at a later date at Danville National Cemetery.

    Patrick Leo Tranchant, 61, of Danville, Illinois passed away at 4:24 pm on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at his home.
    Patrick was born on April 18, 1956 to John Raymond “Pete” and Catherine Ann Concannon Tranchant. He married Cindy Heath on September 29, 1979 in Catlin Illinois. She survives.
    Also surviving are one daughter: Lacy (Joshua) Young of Tolono; one son Chad (Lauren) Tranchant of Danville; three brothers: Raymond (Nicki) Tranchant of Virginia Beach, Va., Jimmy (Carol) Tranchant of Catlin and Michael (Patricia) Tranchant of Catlin; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Patrick graduated from Catlin high school in 1974. He then worked at Hysters and General Motors. He enjoyed everything the outdoors. He enjoyed doing these things with family and friends especially with his children. He also would take a trip to Kentucky Lake every spring to fish with his brother Jimmy and best friend Randy Brown. He enjoyed cheering for the Chicago Cubs as well as the Chicago Bears. He was a very friendly and outgoing person who never knew a stranger and was known for his sense of humor. He never said a bad word about anybody and would have helped anyone who needed it especially his family and friends. He loved and cared for his wife, children, and grandchildren dearly. He will be sadly missed by all.
    Memorial services 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Chaplain Chris Easton officiating. Burial in Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin. Visitation from 4 to 7 pm on Friday at Robison Chapel.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family. Online condolences at

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March 2018

    Ella Mae (Evans) Hamm, 95, while surrounded by her family, returned to her
heavenly home on Feb. 24, 2018.
    A celebration of Ella Mae’s life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Randy Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Visitation is from noon until service time at Robison Chapel.
    Ella Mae made her grand arrival into the world July 4, 1922, one of 10 children born to Samuel and Myrtle (Lazzell) Evans. She married Douglas W. Hamm June 22, 1945, and had three children, Glen (Carol) Hamm, Sandra (James) Brown and Caralena (Michael) Dungan. Of those children, Ella Mae was given several grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
    Ella Mae was the last surviving child of Samuel and Myrtle Evans. Waiting to greet her upon her return are siblings: an infant child, Valley (Evans) Gotchalk, Paul Evans, Bessie (Evans) Gooch, Chester Evans, Glen Evans, Virginia (Evans) Franklin, Georgia (Evans) Frerichs and Raymond “Sam” Evans. Also proceeding her in death are husband, Douglas; daughter Caralena; son-in-law James Brown; great-great-granddaughter LilyAnne Louise Hamm; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Carolyn Shutt.
    Ella Mae led her life as a Christian and was a member of St. James United Methodist church and Christian Women’s Organization. She enjoyed attending the Christian Women’s luncheons and contributing her time to church programs that helped those in need. She loved to crochet and often made homemade crafts for her friends and family; however, spending time with her loved ones singing, telling stories and playing cards are what gave her the most joy.
    God gifted her with a tremendous amount of strength, courage, wisdom and resiliency. She was an ambassador for life and always found the goodness in the lives of others, and taught her family to live a life of goodness. To know her was a privilege, but to be a recipient of her unconditional love is an invaluable treasure so precious one cannot assign a price. Although the absence of her physical presence leaves, an irreplaceable void her love will remain in our hearts forever.
    The family would like to thank Dee Nolan for her care and friendship given to our mother, as well as Dr. Thomas Halloran, Dr. Vasmi Vasireddy and staff for their care over the years. The family would also like to give extra gratitude to the staff of Carle Foundation Hospital sixth floor, specifically nurses Tim Nelson, RN, BSN and Rachelle RN who cared for Ella Mae during her transition. No words can ever describe how thankful we are for the love, compassion and care that was given to our loved one during this difficult time.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in the honor of Ella Mae Hamm to the St. James United Methodist food pantry. Online condolences at  

    Bonnie Good Brown Neal, age 89, of Paris, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2018 in Paris Community Hospital. Bonnie retired from GTE as an operator. She also worked at Meco, Zenith Corp., Colsons, Godding Shoe Factory and was a lifelong caregiver. She attended Redmon and Paris schools.
    Born May 27, 1928 in Elbridge Township, she was the daughter of the late Frank L. and Pearl (Herrington) Good.
    She is survived by four children, Judy (Joe) Thagard of Stuart, Fla., Timothy (Jayne) Brown of Paris, Becky (Rusty) Krabel of Chrisman, and Barbara (Brad) Prunkard of Sidell; six grandchildren, one step-grandson, four great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are step-son, Larry (Peggy) Neal of Paris; four step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren; brother, Alva (Betty) Good and sisters-in-law, Pauline Good all of Paris, Chris Porter of South Carolina and Carrie Neal of Chrisman; brother-in-law Lester (Helen) Neal of Indiana, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clem Brown; second husband, Jimmie Neal; sister, Betty Lou; brothers, Roy, Andy, Bernard and Frank Good; grandson, Brett Krabel; and step-granddaughter, Shannon Bishop.
    Services were held Feb. 19 and burial was in Franklin Cemetery.

    Earl F. Donley, 80, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
    Earl was born Aug. 5, 1937 in Danville, the son of Elmer and Louise Burroughs Donley. He married Mary Lee Messman on Jan. 26, 1958 in Broadlands and she survives in Cissna Park.
    Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Louise Donley of Oakwood; two brothers and one sister, Bob (Kay) Donley of Danville, Betty (Earl) Plotner of Platte City, Mo, and Gene Donley of Westville; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Zollar Donley of Hoopeston; three grandchildren, Dylan, Carly, and Michael Donley; and one great-granddaughter, Harper Donley.
    He was preceded in death by his father and two sons, Mark and David.
    Earl was owner and operator of Earl Donley Trucking and farmed for over 50 years. He enjoyed trapshooting, his Camaro, eating at truck stops, and riding his motorcycle. Earl loved teasing people and having fun.
    Services were held March 13 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Deacon Pat Skelly officiated. Burial was at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
    Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove, the Cancer Society or the Gideons International.

    William V. “Billy” Keller Jr., 54, of Catlin, passed away at his home on Dec. 26, 2017 after battling liver disease. Billy was born at Ft. Lewis Army Base in Tacoma, Wash. on Apr. 3, 1963. He was the son of William and Sharon (Beddow) Keller.
    Billy graduated from Catlin High School in 1981. He earned a teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University and later received a nursing degree from Lakeview College of Nursing. Billy was employed and then retired from The Veteran’s Administration where he worked in Health and Occupational Safety. Billy was father to two sons and had been married to Lisa Ferris from 2004 until her passing in 2015.
    He is survived by his mother, Sharon of Monroe, Mich.; son, Cole Keller; sister, Kelly (Doug) Hunt of Monroe, Mich.; brother, Tony (Mindy) of Catlin; and seven nephews, Logan, Leighton, Landyn, Levi, Keegan and Kamdyn. Billy was preceded in death by his father, William V. Keller Sr., one son, Jacob; and one niece, Sloan.
    Billy volunteered for the Catlin Fire Department, and worked for Oakwood Ambulance as an EMT. Working for the Oakwood Ambulance was something that he and his wife Lisa enjoyed doing together. Billy also loved fishing, playing cards and golfing.
    Cremation rites were accorded and burial was in Sunset Cemetery in Danville, next to his wife Lisa. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at 11 a.m. Sat., Apr. 7, 2018 at The Catlin United Methodist Church in Catlin. Patti Wise will be officiating.   Visitation will be from 10 a.m. till service time at the church. We would encourage guests to come and share your stories of Billy with us. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences at

    Helen G. Dillon, 98, longtime Sidell resident, passed away at 7:32 am Thurs., March 22, 2018 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville. She was born Feb. 17, 1920 in Vermilion County to Thomas E. and Sienna Kay Manning Anderson.
    Helen married Hugh L. Dillon Dec. 31, 1944 in Ridge Farm. Hugh passed away Dec. 12, 2003. Survivors include one son, Alan (Holly) Dillon of Danville; one daughter-in-law, Ann Dillon of Broadlands; one grandson, Matthew Dillon of Homer; and three great-grandsons, James, Drew, and Tyler Dillon. She was preceded in death by one son, Phil; three brothers and three sisters.
    Helen was a 1944 graduate of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing and a member of the Nurses Alumni Association as well as the Sidell Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting and crafts, as well as bowling. Her greatest passion was dancing. Helen also enjoyed a good game of cards.
    Funeral services were held March 27 at the Sidell Baptist Church with Craig Roller officiating; burial in the Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials to the Sidell Baptist Church in her memory. The Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences at

    Charles L. McDaniel, 81, of Bradenton, Fla. and formerly of Broadlands and Sidell, died March 23, 2018.
    Charles was born in 1936, in Sidell, to the late R.C. and Anna McDaniel. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He moved to Bradenton from Broadlands in 1977. Charles was a master barber and owned and operated a barbershop. He was a police officer at the University of Illinois in Champaign and retired after 29 years, last serving the University of South Florida, Sarasota campus.
    Charles was predeceased by two brothers, Curtis McDaniel and David McDaniel. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Roxy McDaniel of Bradenton, Fla.; two sons, Paul (Kathy) McDaniel, James (Karen) McDaniel, both of Bradenton, Fla., and a daughter, Sandra (Charles) Chan of Chester Springs, Penn., seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three great greatgrandchildren.
    Funeral services were held March 27 at the Happy Gospel Church. The family requests that donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children at 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

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April 2018

    Suella Madeline (Craig) Loop, age 95, of Chrisman, Ill., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living.
    Sue was born July 2, 1922 in Shiloh Township to Thomas and Susie (Mershon) Craig. She married Russell Wayne Loop on July 27, 1947, he preceded her in death.
    Sue was a member of the Chrisman Christian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, enjoyed farming with her husband, and working with cattle. She loved spending time with her family, and was a wonderful aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Archie Craig, Hershel Craig, and Bill Craig; and two sisters, Mabel Krabel, and Elsie Childress.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held March 30 at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
    For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Chrisman Christian Church or Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
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    Marcia Ruth Maddox Gillis, 77, of Covington, Ind., passed away at 11:20 p.m. Sat., April 7, 2018.
    Marcia was born in Sidell, the daughter of Boyd and Wilinore Moreman Maddox Dec. 30, 1940.
    She is survived by four sons, James (Johna) Bolton II, Gregg (Kim) Bolton, Lonnie (Lauren) Bolton, Garrett (Heather) Pierce; two daughters, Fredricka Annette (Tim) Moody and Jessica (Wayne) O’Brien; one brother, David (Nancy) Maddox; a sister-in-law, Rinda Maddox; and numerous grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
    Marcia is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Steven S. Maddox; a sister, Anita Lynn Maddox; two grandsons, Scotty Bolton and James Bolton; and a great-granddaughter.
    Marcia graduated from Jamaica High School, Class of 1958. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading her Bible, gardening, taking pictures, mushroom hunting and fishing. She was an excellent baker and will be deeply missed by those she loved most, her children and grandkids.
    A Celebration of Life Service will be today (Thursday) at noon at Georgetown’s First Church of Christ, 503 N. Main Street. Officiating will be Pastor Phil Miller. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon at First Church of Christ.
    Memorial donations may be made to First Church of Christ Georgetown Food Pantry.     Please join Marcia’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at

    Thomas P. Jenkins, 81, of Danville, passed away at 12:10 p.m., Sat., April 14, 2018, at North Logan Health Care Center, Danville.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., April 20, at Holy Family Church, Danville, with Father Loftus officiating. He will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery, Danville. He was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Danville, the son of Thomas and Mayme Vacketta Jenkins. He was united in marriage to Norma Altenstadter Sadler on June 15, 1968 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Danville by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Paul Kinder.
    Tom graduated from Schlarman High School in 1954 and from Eastern Illinois University in 1958 with a BS Degree in Education. In 1962, he received his Masters Degree from Eastern. He then received his advanced certification in administration from Indiana State University.
    He loved teaching, especially American History, and coaching. He was a very dedicated educator, coach and administrator in Vermilion and Edgar counties for 33 years.
    He started his career at Henning Grade School, continuing on to Ridge Farm Grade School and High School, Westville Junior High, principal and director of federal programs for Danville District 118, principal at Jamaica High School 1976-78, principal at Schlarman High School, principal at Mary Miller Junior High in Georgetown, principal at Chrisman High School and finished his educational career as the Superintendent at Chrisman.
    Tom received the Golden Ruler Award for excellence in Education. He served as past president of the Vermilion County High School Principal’s Association and the Danville Elementary Principal’s Association. He also served as president of the Schlarman High School Board and a member of the Holy Family School Commission. He was a past member of the IEA, NEA, and IPA educational organizations. He held an Honorary Life Membership in the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers Association.
    Tom loved the Chicago Cubs all his life, as well as the Illini football, basketball, and volleyball teams. He really enjoyed playing golf, especially at the VA Course, the Back Nine. He was proud to have made three holes in one.
    He liked playing cards, traveling and going to the Masters three times, and listening to music. Tom was a member of the Chrisman Shakespeare Club, being the first male member of the Club. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and belonged to Holy Family Catholic Church where he served as a lector.
    After retirement from education he kept very busy as a volunteer with AARP Defensive Driving program 12 years and taught Rules of the Road for the State of Illinois. For 14 years, he was the Chief Administrator of the GED exam for the local Regional Superintendent’s Office. He also volunteered at the National Junior College Basketball Tournament.
    He is survived by his wife, Norma; his sister, Mary Ellen Collins of Catlin; his God-Children, Rachel and Sarah Deegan of Newburgh, Ind.; two nieces, Mary Susan (Mark Trompeter) Collins of International Falls, Minn., and Mona Kay (Richard) Elghammer of Danville; a great nephew; a great niece; and a brother-in-law, James Altenstadter of Tucson, Ariz.. He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt, Nina Battani.
Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (Church St. New York, NY 10006). Memories may be shared on his Tribute Wall at

    Ralph Smith Jr., 88, of Georgetown, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Sun., April 15, 2018, at Gardenview Manor, Tilton, with his family by his side.
    A celebration of Ralph’s life will be at noon April 21, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Rev. Joe White officiating with burial at Vermilion Grove Cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion Dornblaser Post 203. Visitation will be 10 a.m.–noon Saturday at the funeral home.
    He was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Allerton to Ralph and Ida Bryant Smith. He married Grace Elizabeth “Liz” Snyder Nov. 2, 1952, in Georgetown.
    Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Liz, of 65 years, three daughters, Pam (Alan) Pribble, Penny (Bub) Norgaar and Annie (Randy) Mariage; two brothers, Tommy (Helen) Smith and William (Karen) Smith; one sister, Ruth (James) Thomas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, James, John, Bobby and Sheldon; and one sister, Marjorie Ballard.
    Ralph served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the Danville Veterans Affairs hospital as assistant physical therapist in 1988 after 30 years of service. He worked part-time at Burgoyne’s Flower Shop, Sproul’s Construction and Georgetown School District.
    Ralph was a hard worker, a man of compassion, a faithful man, a humorous man and a man of many talents. He had a love for about everything he did and would master it with perfection. Some talents were gardening, woodworking, stained glass and most of all, cooking. He enjoyed his family, friends and traveling. He loved attending Vermilion Grove Friends Church and the love of God they shared as a family.
He was extremely proud of, and loved, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He instilled into them the values of life. Our tears are of joy for him, as he will enter into eternity free of pain with his big smile. He was an amazing husband, dad, poppy, brother, uncle and friend to everyone he met. He was one of a kind.
    Memorials may be made to Vermilion Grove Friends Church or an organization of your choice. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos and videos through his Tribute Wall at

Donald J. High, 83, of Georgetown, passed away at 7:19 p.m. Tues.,
April 17, 2018, at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    He was born December 23, 1934, in Indianola, the son of Earl and Hallie (Bradfield) High.
    He married Patricia (Taylor) Thomas on December 7, 1968. She survives.
    Also surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth (High) Tharp of Georgetown; three sons, Ronald (Kelly) Thomas of Tilton, Kevin (Mary) Thomas of Hawbuck and Donald R. High of Georgetown; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Thomas of Westville; two sisters, Ilene Moore of Chrisman, Charlene Estock of Georgetown; and two brothers, Earl (Annette) High of Salem and Ray (Vickie) High of Indianola. Don had 13 grandchildren, Amanda Long, Kimberly Washkowiak, Karha Rosson, Blake Frazier, Joel Frazier, Kevin Lee Thomas, Trisha Thomas, Bradley Farrell, Tiffany Farrell, Emily High, Mason High, Ariel Thomas and Jessica Thomas. He also had 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Vicki (High) Frazier; a son, Curtis Thomas; and three brothers, Charles High, Jerry High and Merle High.
    Don was a coon hunter from six years old to 60 and loved to wheel, deal and trade. He enjoyed playing his guitar, especially with his brother Earl, and loved his country music.
    Spending time with his family and friends is what he most enjoyed. He will be especially remembered by his family and friends for his beautiful singing voice.
Funeral service was held April 21, at Robison Chapel in Catlin. John Mincey officiated. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery in Danville.
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May 2018

    Margie J. Gaffney, 76, of Fairmount, passed away at 8:28 p.m. Tues., May 8, 2018 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    She was born July 6, 1941 in Fairmount to Phillip and Pauline Darnell Farnum. Margie married Ronald Gaffney Oct. 11, 1959 in Catlin. Ronald survives, as well as two sons, Ronald (Merry Chris) Gaffney II of Fairmount, and Kyle W. (Susan) Gaffney of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Brenda (Darin) Davis of Fairmount, two brothers, Phil (Linda) Farnum of Gilbertsville, Ky., and Bill ( Linda) Farnum of Texas; three sisters, Claudia DeWitt of Hoopeston, Mary Farnum Burnley of Louisville, Ky., and Teri Williams of Benton, Ky.; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way. Margie was preceded in death by one daughter, Vickie Lynn.
    Margie had been a dental assistant for several years, and operated her own cake decorating business in Fairmount. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fairmount, enjoyed her family and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as sewing and craftwork.
    Funeral services were held Monday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the First Baptist Church in Fairmount. On-line condolences at

    Mr. Glen “Pete” Reed, age 62 of Calvert City, Ky. died Wed., May 9, 2018 at Tristar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
    Born on Oct. 30, 1955 in Danville, he was the son of the late Russell Glenn Reed and the late Hetty Louise (Summers) Reed, of Sidell.
    Surviving are his sons, Jessie Reed of Benton, Ky. and Michael Reed of Kuttawa, Ky.; daughters, Sheryl Campbell of Benton, Ky., Tammie Reed of Kuttawa, Ky.; brothers, Terry Reed of Sidell, Bill Reynolds of Louisville, Ky. and Larry Reed of Calvert City, Ky.; sisters, Tracey Click of Ariz., Nancy Campbell of Calvert City, Ky., Kay Johnson of Gilbertsville, Ky., Christy Metz of Ridge Farm, Juanita Ethridge of Illinois, Marion Shrogen of Indiana, and Brenda Sue Smith of Illinois; and eight grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Reed in 2015, his parents and two brothers, John Reed and James Reed.
    Pete attended Jamaica High School. He grew up in Sidell and moved to Calvert City, Ky. in 1978. He worked as a crane operator and was the owner operator of a dump truck. He was an avid fisherman and had many stories to tell. Pete loved his Harley motorcycle and rode all over the country on it.
    A memorial service was held May 12 at Collier Funeral Chapel in Benton, Ky. with Rev. Daniel Hopkins officiating.

    Jeffrey R. Whaley, 57, of Sidell, passed away suddenly at 9:55 a.m. Tues., May 15, 2018 at his home.
 He was born Jan. 28, 1961 in Danville to Raymond C. and Shirley C. Maring Whaley. Survivors include his mother, Shirley Whaley of Sidell; two sons, Steven (Kendra Woodard) Whaley of Fairmount, Brandon Whaley of Danville; one sister, Cathy (Allen) Orndorff of Sidell; four grandchildren, Nathan Whaley, Nicholas Whaley, Stella Whaley, Benton Cox. Jeff was preceded in death by his father Raymond Whaley; one brother, Tim;, maternal grandparents, Clarence and Imogene Maring, and paternal grandparents, Elmer & Clara Whaley.
    Jeff had worked for a time at Crop Production Services. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, yard work, and mushroom hunting. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and a Chicago Cubs fan, as well as being totally involved with his grandkids.
    Funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Craig Roller officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery west of Sidell.

    William “Bill” Coon, 60, of Fairmount, passed away May 10, 2018, at his home.
He was born Dec. 23, 1957, in Danville, the son of Raymond and Pauline Coon.
Bill lived in Fairmount. You could find him riding his scooter and soaking up the sunshine in the summer. He loved hanging with his friends, country music, western movies and cold beer. Bill was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.
    Before he was divorced, he was married to Kim Wolfe-Coon, who remains a part of our family. Bill loved spending time with his son, Billy, and his six beautiful grandkids. His favorite thing to do with them was to give them rides on the scooter when they were little. They visited grandpa every Saturday and he looked forward to their visits.
He had a special place in his heart for his Uncle Ray and couldn’t wait to be with him and his dad and sister.
    Bill had been able to be at his mother’s house for the last few months, surrounded with her loving care. Friends and family were at his side, helping to care for him. Memories of his earlier years were good conversations. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
    He is survived by his mother, Pauline Coon Hendrix; son, William “Billy” Dean (Lacey) Coon; brothers, Raymond Edward Coon Jr., Ted Ernest (Cintarie) Coon ; sisters, Paulette (Kenneth) Miller, Rosann (Carl) Pinney, Shirley (Steve) Hauger, Rhoda (Tom) Kelly, Chris (Mike) Dougherty, Pam (Bill) Elliott; grandkids, Alexis Lee Anne, Makayla Nichole, Landon Dean, Connor Allen, Brenden Lane, Elena Rayne Coon; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
    A celebration of Bill’s life was held May 15, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville with Pastor Mike Roberts officiating. He was laid to rest at Oakhill Cemetery.
    Memorials can be made in his name to Heart 4 Life.

    Lu Green II, 68, lifelong Indianola and Georgetown area resident, passed away at 3:02 a.m. Sunday, May 27, 2018 at his home. He was born July 16. 1949 in Danville to Charles E. and Mary Louise Dunlap Green.
    Lu married Mary “Tish” Nye Nov. 24, 2007 in Indianapolis, Ind. Tish survives as well as two sons, David P. Green of Georgetown and Jonathan Green of Harvard; a daughter, Sarah Louise (Chris) Asklund of Savoy; a step-daughter, Jennifer Nye (Ryan) Mosier of Carmel, Ind.; a sister: Ann (Dan) Venters of Indianola; three grandchildren, Ian Asklund, Isabel Asklund, and Charlotte Asklund; two step-grandchildren, Abigail Mosier, Fiona Mosier; a niece, Andrea (Jeff) VanLeer; a nephew, Allan Charles (Hailey) Venters.
He was also a great friend to Patsy Green and a wonderful father to their three children.
Lu graduated Jamaica High School, helped his father, Charles, on the family farm, attended DACC, served in the United States Navy, as well as achieving the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt in Judo. He was active in Boy Scouts with his sons in earlier years, as well.
    Lu had been employed for 20 years at Carle Clinic and Hospital in electronic maintenance, and later was the owner of Osage Energies for 14 years. Lu and Tish enjoyed Kauai, Hawaii and family and friends.
    A Service of Remembrance was held at 10 a.m. today (May 31) at the Catlin United Methodist Church with Zach McCrone officiating. Davis Busby Post of Catlin American Legion performed full military honors. The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details. On-line condolences at Memorials may be made in Lu’s memory to Hanapepe Judo Club, The Davis Busby Post Of Catlin American Legion or the USO, all in care of Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79 Catlin, IL 61817.

    Beverly Bryant, 80 of Spearfish, S.D., passed away on Jan. 9, 2018 at the David M Dorsett Healthcare Center.
    Beverly was born on Oct. 25, 1937 to George and Mary (Kinser) Howe in Catlin. She was baptized and a lifelong member of the Fairview Methodist Church in rural Georgetown. She attended school, graduating from Catlin Township High School in 1955. She completed a training course to become a long-distance operator at Illinois Bell Telephone Company.
    On June 10, 1957, Bev married Henry Melvin “Pete” Bryant at Fairview Methodist Church in rural Georgetown. She was the bookkeeper for their business, Itasca Industries in Minnesota. Bev moved to Belle Fourche, S.D. where she was co-owner of a small deli. Bev later worked as a sales associate for Walmart in Spearfish for 20 years. While employed at Wal-Mart, she made some long-lasting friendships.
    Bev enjoyed spending time with her family, camping, snowmobiling and even a snowmobile race, fishing, boating and trying her luck at water skiing. Their family times were always an adventure.
    Bev also enjoyed crafting, ceramics and was a gifted tole painter, painting sceneries on circular saw blades and hand saw blades. She loved her yearly trips back to Illinois to visit with her family that she held dear to her heart.
    She is survived by her children, Jeff (Julie) Bryant of Belle Fourche, S.D. and Tatonia (Dan Fuchs) Bryant, Fargo, N.D.; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, George “Buddy” (Glona) Howe, Fairmount and Russell Howe, Catlin,; one sister, Helen (John) Shank, Erie, Penn. and numerous nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pete; an infant son, Jimmy Allan; two brothers, Wayne and Davey and two sisters, Evelynne and Arameda.
Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish took care of arrangements.
    Her ashes will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with graveside services at 1 p.m. on June 6.

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June 2018

    Earl Miles, 93, of Dinuba, Calif., formerly of Sidell, died April 4, 2018 as a result of an auto accident.
    Earl was born Nov. 22, 1924 in Sidell to Everett and Margaret Baker Miles.
    He grew up in Sidell, one of 10 children. His younger sister, Barbara, died at the age of two when Earl was 10. She was “his” baby and he would often stay home from school to care for her.
    When he graduated Eighth Grade the town pitched in to purchase him a suit and shoes. That act of kindness resonated with him throughout his life. Earl was a very big financial supporter of many projects around Sidell continuing in recent years. He was a donor to the Sidell War Veteran’s Memorial Board and to the Sidell Community Historical Society many times, sending donations every time he read in his hometown paper, the Sidell Journal/Reporter, which he still subscribed to, that a fundraising activity was taking place.
    He was a 1942 graduate of Sidell High School and joined the U.S. Army at age 19.
Earl was a POW captured October 1944 in Germany. He spent nine months in captivity before being freed by the Russians. He left the Army and turned around to join the Air Force where he was a Staff Sargent.
    He met his wife, Jody, in San Pedro, Calif. in 1951. They wed on June 23. The following year they welcomed son, Kenneth. Five years later came Kathy followed by Kim another five years after.
    Earl worked for the San Pedro USPS as a carrier and made a huge impact on the patrons he served. After retiring, they moved to Reedley, Calif. in 1985. After his wife died, 20 years ago, he moved from Reedley to Dinuba, Calif.
    He was a regular at many restaurants, notably Friday night at Valentino’s sitting in the window seat with family friend Heather Murphy. Wednesday mornings found him at Brook’s Ranch and Monday, Wednesday and Friday he would be at Port-of-Sub’s to meet up with the Romeos.
    He has left behind his three children, Kenneth, Kathy (Terry) and Kim, four grandchildren: Sam, Nick, Stephanie (Kenneth), Tyler and his very dear friend, Sarah Alvarado and two brothers, Forest and Joe.
    He will be missed by those who knew him. In his memory pay forward his kindness and generosity.
    Graveside services were held April 13, 2018 at Reedley Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105; or your local Food Bank in Earl’s name.

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    Millie “Doyne” Hepburn, 85, passed through death’s curtain to meet the Lord on May 18, 2018 at home in Ocala, Fla.
    Born to George and Millie Hoover on Nov. 3, 1932, in Hillsdale, Ind., she spent her childhood in Terre Haute and Danville, graduating Danville High School.
    Doyne worked for Illnois Bell Telephone Company as an engineer clerk.
    She met William “Bill” Hepburn of Fairmount at the Illiana Skating Rink and married him in 1955. They started their family in Danville and Georgetown where they had Bill (Lois) of Crawfordville and twins, Bob (Juliana), of Naperville and Barry, of Indianapolis.
    Along with her husband and children, she is also survived by eight grandchildren.
    Doyne was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Charles, Harold, Neil, George, and Victor Hoover. She leaves one niece, Jay Thomason of Fithian and one nephew, George Raymond Hoover of York, Penn.
    Doyne and her husband are members of Woodside Baptist Church in Ocala, Fla. She was a proficient and talented tole painter.
    A celebration of life will be June 20 at Harvest Church in Crawfordville, at 6:30 p.m. for visiting with a service starting at 8 p.m.

    Kenneth “Ken” Hunter, 87, of Allerton passed away on the morning of Tuesday (May 29, 2018) at home.
    Ken was born Oct. 11, 1930, in Logan County, near Middletown. He was the youngest son of Lonnie Arnold Hunter and Grace Samford Hunter.
    He is survived by Mona (nee Church), his wife of 61 years; children, Kevin (Tracey) Hunter of Pearland, Texas, Keith Hunter (Michelle Kusher) of Wadsworth and Karen Hunter (Todd Scheuermann) of Albany, N.Y.; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and five nephews.
    Ken proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany, working as a communications technician. Upon returning from the service, Kenneth established roots in Allerton and worked as a self-employed farmer, then in agricultural-related industries for many years. After semi-retiring, he worked part time at Ace Hardware in Champaign in the industrial tools department for several years. He attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana.
    Ken enjoyed many hobbies, including traveling, flower and vegetable gardening, woodworking, chair caning and sharing his large toy collection with area schoolchildren and at special events in the area. He was a past president of the Vermilion County Audubon Society and made many bluebird boxes for the bluebird conservation project in Vermilion County.
    He also worked for many years as a volunteer at the Maple Syrup Open House Pancake Dinner at Forest Glen Preserve. Ken was among the founding members of the Champaign-Urbana Craft League, sharing his “service craft” of chair caning with many in the C-U area. He had many friends in the Arthur Amish and Mennonite communities and regularly supported several of their charity benefits. Ken enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experience with people and was a lifelong learner himself.
    Ken was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward (Catherine) Hunter and Joseph (Lola) Hunter; and sister, Ruby (Edward) Ingram.
    Funeral services were June 1, at Kirby Funeral Home, Homer. Pastor Dan Crede officiated with burial in Fairfield Cemetery, rural Newman.
    Memorials may be made to Allerton Methodist Church, Vermilion County Conservation District or Wesley United Methodist Church, Urbana.

    Janice L. Divan, 80, of Attica, Ind., formerly Sidell, died at home June 8, 2018 sur-rounded by her family and loving members of her Great Lakes Caring hospice care team.         She was born Aug. 30, 1937, to Clyde and Charlotte (Roberts) French, Bloomington. She married Rev. Dennis Divan Oct. 5, 1962. He survives.
    Survivors also include three children, Denise Divan-Warnke, Dana (Cindy) Divan and Darla Divan; two sisters, Irma Elmore and Marilyn (Ken) O’Neal; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Janice is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and a son-in-law.
    Janice was a 1955 graduate of Waveland High School in Waveland, Ind. She was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church and was active in mission projects. She served alongside her husband, Dennis, at many churches throughout Vermilion and Champaign counties and retired from the Vermilion County Treasurer’s Office. She was an avid reader and self-appointed family historian. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and was an avid Illini basketball fan. Her favorite times were when all her children and family were together.
    A Celebration of Life Service was held June 13, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion Street, Danville. Patti Wise officiated. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery in Newtown. Memorials may be made in Janice’s memory to the Hebron United Methodist Church in Newtown, or a public library of the donor’s choice.
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    Charles F. “Chuck” Ingram Jr., 60, of Indianola, passed away at 6:44 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2018, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    He was born Nov. 21, 1957, the son of Charles and Ruby (Murray) Ingram. He married Debbie Kincaid on July 5, 1989, in Newport, Ind. She survives. He is also survived by his mother, Ruby (Dennis) Martin of Indianola; his son, Matthew Ingram of Indianola; his daughters, Stacey (Troy) Rodriguez of Bunsenville, Michelle Ingram of Ambia, Ind., and Whitney Ingram of Indianola; his grandchildren, Tyler, Troy, and Chuckie Rodriguez, Desiree, Selena, and Lexi Ingram, Adriana and Ariana Vasquez, Karter Stimac, Kinlee Ingram, and Cooper Ingram; his great-grandchild, Chevy Mae; sisters, Wilma (Bill Reagan) Ingram of Sidell, Lisa (Steve) Cundiff of Indianola, and Darla Ramey of Terre Haute, Ind.; step brother, Donnie Martin of Covington; step sisters, Lori Ray of Tennessee and Beth Ray of Paris; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Raymond.
    Chuck owned and operated a semitruck and drove for Super Value. He loved NASCAR and was proud that he had went to Talladega Raceway for 10 years straight. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and grilling out, as well as worked on cars. Chuck loved his family above all else and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
    A celebration of Chuck’s life was held Wednesday at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown. Pastor Robin Bolden officiated. He was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
Memorial donations may be given to his family for final expenses.

    Kenneth Earl “Kenny” Loop, 69, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at his home in Indianapolis.
    He was born March 5, 1949 in Douglas County, the son of Forrest Earl and Marcella Alleen “Sally” (Cox) Loop.
    Kenny’s family moved to Sidell when he was in grade school. After graduating from Jamaica High School in 1967, he served in the Army Reserves. He worked as a delivery man for Sunbeam Bread Co. before his retirement.
    Kenny married Ruth Evelyn Hubbard on August 8 1971. She passed away in Dec. 14, 1985. He later married Generosa Loop in 2011.
    He is survived by a son, Nate, and four stepchildren, Christian, Gellah, Mary Brunette, and Jessiah; a brother, Barry (Peg) of Sidell; and two sisters, Sheree (Rodney) Deffenbaugh of Sidell and Lisa Mackey of Urbana.
    Also preceding him were his parents, son Matthew, daughter Melissa, and two sisters, Lennie Monroe and Cinda Sue Pope.
    Kenny will be cremated and his ashes interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
    A Go-Fund Me account, “Fundraiser by John Cook: Support for the Loop Family” has been set up to help the family with final expenses.

    Glen G. Hamm, age 73 of Sheridan, passed away on Wed., June 20, 2018 at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. He was born on March 23, 1945 in Danville, the son of Douglas and Ella (Evans) Hamm.
    Glen was united in marriage on Sept. 17, 1965 to the former Miss Carol Fonner and they spent the next 52 happy years together. Mr. Hamm was a Veteran, having served in the United States Army Reserve. Glen was employed as a Communications Technician for 35 years by AT&T and was the former President of the CWA Local #4998 of IL-IN. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
    Glen is survived by his wife, Carol Hamm of Sheridan; his children, April Michelle (Rebecca Cox) Hamm of Hebron, and Douglas E. (Tiffany A.) Hamm of Somonauk; his grandchildren, Erin (fiancée, Anthony Routh) Hamm, Megan Hamm and Mitchell (Emily Woods) Hamm; his great-granddaughters, LilaRay Hamm and Paislee Hamm; his sister, Sandy Brown of Danville; his brother-in-law, Michael Dungan; also several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Ella Hamm; his great-granddaughter, LilyAnne Hamm; his sister, Caralena Dungan; and his brother-in-law, James Brown.
    Memorials may be directed to either St. James United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 504 N. Vermillion St., Danville, IL 61832 or Open Door Rehab, 405 Wells St., Sandwich, IL 60548.
    A private family service will be held at a later date.
    Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, or (630) 553-7611.

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July 2018

    Martin Mullen, 59, of Westville passed away June 29, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.
    Marty was born March 8, 1959, in East Towas, Mich. He was the son of Harold Mullen and Elizabeth Sandlin.
    He married Shirley Priest June 17, 1994, in Danville. She survives.
    Surviving are sisters, Marj Mullen, Allan Bressler and family, Linda (Ron) Hubbard and family; aunt Alice Clark; daughter, Tonya Erp (Ryan Ziegler); grandchildren, Sierra, Amber, Cassandra, Andrea, Emma, Autumn, Macee and Kristopher; great grandson, Noah Wayne; and great-granddaughter, Payslie.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; stepdad, Donald Tuggle; niece, Michelle Schmandt; and daughter, Angela Erp.
    Marty worked many years as caretaker of Woodlawn cemetery in Indianola. He worked the last 20 years at McLane Midwest in Danville.
    Marty leaves behind some very special people: Mark and Wanda Pate, Danny and Michelle Thompson, Dwayne and Vanessa Perkins, Jay Fisher, Pat Warren, Paul Adamick and family, Lori Woods and Marsha.
    In his younger years, he enjoyed hours of riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, playing cards and throwing great Halloween parties in Indianola. He also was famous for being the big candy bar guy at Halloween in Westville! He will be sadly missed, forever loved and never forgotten!
    As per his wishes, he was cremated. A celebration of Marty’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday July, 21, at American Legion Post 203 in Georgetown. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family. Online condolences:

    Donald C. Stevens, 74, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:46 am Saturday, July 6, 2018 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Reverend Matt Filicsky officiating. Private family burial will be in the Greenview Cemetery at Fairmount. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Robison Chapel.
    Donnie was born Sept. 9, 1943 in Danville to Carl M. and Irene Nichols Stevens. He married Elizabeth “Ann” Landsdown on Oct. 17, 1970 in Rossville.
    Ann survives, as well as a son, Chad Stevens of St. Joseph; a sister, Ida Mae Neeley of Jacksonville; two granddaughters he lovingly referred to as Princess 1 and Princess 2, Madison Stevens and Brooklyn Stevens.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Stevens and a sister, Mary West.
    Donnie was a graduate of Jamacia High School and was a 32 degree Mason belonging to Catlin Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church and had been a locomotive engineer with the Norfolk & Southern Railroad. He loved giving mentoring advice, his most notable quote: “Keep Your Head on Straight.”
    Memorials in Donnie’s memory may be made to the Fairmount United Methodist Church.
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    Kimberly Anne Washkowiak, 39, of Georgetown, passed away at 5:25 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 2018, in the emergency room at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center,
    Kimberly was born Oct. 28, 1978, in Danville to Timothy and Elizabeth High Grigsby.
Surviving are her father, Timothy Grigsby of Oakwood; her maternal grandmother, Joan High of Tilton; her mother, Elizabeth (Joseph) Tharp of Georgetown; her stepfather, Charles Brooks of Danville; four sons, Nicholas Hedges of Charleston, Dylan Washkowiak of Catlin, Kaiden and Christopher Hazel of Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Ty Grigsby of Danville; two sisters, Amanda Long of St. Joseph and Karha (Eric) Rosson of Danville; and two nieces, McKenna “Bug-A-Boos” Rosson and Maci Long.
    She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert (Peggy) Grigsby; her maternal grandfather, Donald High; and her aunt, Vickie Frazier.
    Kimberly graduated from Jamaica High School. She loved to travel with her sons. She enjoyed spending time with her boys and watching them play sports, going fishing or just sitting around home listening to music.
    Funeral services: noon Thursday, July 12, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Danville. Visitation was 11 a.m.-noon today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Online condolences at

    Henry Clarkson Ford of Chandler, Ariz., and formerly of Sidell, died suddenly Thursday, July 12, 2018 at his place of employment.
    Henry was born Nov. 5, 1964 to George and Sara Beth (Robinson) Ford of Sidell. He married Jandi Arnantrout in July 1992.
    He is survived by his children, Emily and Joseph, both of Chandler, Ariz.; his brothers Gary of Holt, Mich., Keith (Teresa) of Tolono and Robert of Sidell. He was preceded in death by his father, George.
    Henry graduated from Jamaica High School, Class of 1983 and attended Lincoln Tech Collge in Indianapolis. He was employed in maintenance at Albertsons Distribution Center.
Henry was cremated and a memorial service may be held in Sidell at a later date.

    Jerry Elmore, 87, of Catlin, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, at his home.
    He was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Anderson, Ind., the son of James and Ruby (Fishero) Elmore.
    He was united in marriage to Joyce Vanhuss on Dec. 11, 1949, until her passing in 2011.
    He will be dearly missed by his son, David (Tammy) Elmore; daughter, Charlene (Steve) Cornett; grandchildren, Randy Tinder, Rick Wagner, Myretta Fitzsimmons, Ryan (Kyla) Elmore; step-granddaughters, Amanda Overmeyer, Jodi Davis, Stephanie Bailey, Tricia Cornett; great-grandchildren, Miranda, Jenae and Alisa Tinder, Ricky Wagner, Summer Wagner, Andru and Joey Aguirre and Adalynn Elmore.
    Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; son, Denny Elmore; daughter, Debbie Sheets; and brother James Elmore.
    Jerry enjoyed playing golf with his son, woodworking and model trains.
    A celebration of Jerry’s life will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion, Danville. A visitation was held Wednesday with entombment at Sunset Memorial Park Swan Court.
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    Billie G. Birge, 69, of Catlin, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at 6:24 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    Funeral services are tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Matt Filicsky will officiate. Catlin American Legion will provide military honors. Visitation is from 1-7 p.m. tonight.
    He was born Oct. 18, 1948 in Danville to Billie R. and Ada Flo Jackson Birge. He married Suzanne Lovejoy Dec. 21, 1969 at the Catlin Church of Christ.
    Suzie survives, as well as two sons, Mathew James Birge and Martin Gene (Jenny) Birge; five grandchildren; Tiffani, Anthony, Tori, Olivia and Amelia; two great-grandchildren, Melia and Kai; a sister, Bertie (Warren) Ford.
    Billie was preceded in death by a brother, James Birge and two sisters, Linda J. Cook and Mayme Asmonda.
    He served in the Army during the Vietnam War, and retired after 30 years with Illinois Bell Telephone. Billie loved watching his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events, and especially enjoyed playing golf with his buddies at Blue Needles Golf Course. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
    Memorials may be made to the Bobette Steely Hegeler Cancer Center in care of Robison Chapel at Post Office Box 79, Catlin, Il 61817.
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    Douglas R. Chew, 71, of Sidell passed away at 6 p.m. Fri., July 20, 2018 at CU Regional Rehab Center, Savoy.
    Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Catlin Church of Christ with a memorial service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Chris Lawler officiating. Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, is assisting the family with arrangements.
    Doug was born Sept. 4, 1946, in Danville, the son of Merrel “Izzy” and Geneva Biggs Chew. He married Connie Jo Hageman in October 1967. She survives.
    He is also survived by his mother, Geneva Chew of Savoy; children, Todd (Diane) Chew of Indianola, Toni (Jeff) Carder of Fairmount and Troy (Sandy) Chew of Catlin; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Geoff) Dehler, Allison (Cole Judy) Koeberlein, Janelle Koeberlein, Aleah and Owen Carder and Gavin, Olivia and Hayden Chew; three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Caleb and Lydia Dehler; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his father and brothers, Andrew and Rex.
    Doug was the proprietor of the Sidell NAPA store until going to work for NAPA as a regional salesman. He was also the local police chief in Sidell in the 1970s and ‘80s.
He coached his sons’ sports teams. He enjoyed taking his family boating, especially to Table Rock Lake. Doug liked to golf and, most of all, attend his grandchildrens’ sporting events.
Doug would want everyone to do something nice and support a charity of your choice.

    Myrna J. Elgin, 89, of Fairmount, passed away at 10:34 p.m., Wed., July 18, 2018 at her home.
    She was born Nov. 8, 1928 in Catlin to Lloyd and Pearl Archer Spesard. Myrna married Robert Elgin Jan. 4, 1948 in Catlin. Bob survives, as well as four daughters, Gail Voorhees of St. Joseph, Jeannie (James) Riordan of Bloomington, Sandra (Mike) Cox of Danville, and Jody (Chuck) Baird of Farmer City; one sister: Betty Buck of Tilton; seven grandchildren, Mike (Paige) Voorhees, Kristin (George) Zuponeck, James (Kristi) Riordan, Meghan(Andy) Gibbons, Katie (Sean) Collins, Micah ( Jeffrey) White, and Macy Baird. Ten great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
    Myrna enjoyed gardening, dancing, camping, and bird watching, as well as sewing and crafts. She had been active in the Illinois Branch of the National League of Postmasters Auxiliary.
    Funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin, with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in the OakRidge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials in her memory to: Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Friends of Carle Hospice, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, all in care of Robison Chapel at Post Office Box 79 Catlin, Illinois 61817. On-line condolences at

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August 2018

    GINGER McGEE, 83, of Sidell, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Thur., July 26, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Lucy Virginia was born on Aug. 26, 1934 in Mattoon, the daughter of James Thomas and Elizabeth Wetzell Dedman. She married Jerry McGee on June 6, 1952 at St. James Methodist Church in Danville. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 2013.
    Survivors include two sons, Charles (Deborah) McGee of Fairmount and John (Stacey) McGee of Troy, Mich.; two daughters, Paula (Daniel) Dickey of Gibson City and Leigh Ann (Tom) Hanson of Bartlett; one sister, Connie (Clifford) Puzey of Indianola; one sister-in-law, Barbara Dedman of Kalispell, Mont.; 10 grandchildren, Seth (Lindsay) Dickey, Nathan (Margot) Dickey, Jacob Dickey, Nick (Ashley) Hanson, Darcy Hanson, Jessica (Adam) Southern, Samantha McGee, Mitch McGee, Megan McGee, and Kate McGee, as well as several cherished nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by one brother, Jim; one nephew, Dan Dedman; and one infant niece, Marie Dedman.
    Ginger was the Fairmount Township tax assessor 10 years, served the Sidell Library Board as secretary and treasurer 25 years and attended the Sidell Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and gardening. She was a dedicated farm wife, helping with the family farm operation; she enjoyed sewing and needlework. Ginger’s greatest joy was being involved in the lives of her family and grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held July 31, at the Sidell United Methodist Church. Pastor Don Shane officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery at Indianola. Memorials in her memory to Sidell Public Library or Macular Degeneration Association, in care of Robison Chapel at Post Office Box 79 Catlin, Illinois 61817. On-line condolences at

    JOSEPH HAROLD SWINFORD, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 5 p.m. Sat., July 28, 2018, at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin.
    Born March 4, 1928, in Claypool, Ind., to William Harold and Bertha (Ratcliff) Swinford, he married Margaret “Peggy” DeNeal on Feb. 8, 1953, in Sidell. She survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, Scott (Mary) Swinford, of Clinton and Brian (Sandy) Swinford, of Morton; five grandchildren, Nicole (Vance) Yarbrough, Andrea Swinford, T.J. Swinford, Beau Swinford and Breck Swinford; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nine step-great grandchildren; two great-great-grand-children; one step-great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Claudine (John) Boen of Oakwood.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-grandchild, one step-grandchild, one     great-great-grandchild, two brothers, and one sister.
    He served in the United States Navy as a teletypist on the Admiral’s staff. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.
    After graduating from Illinois Business College, he worked for a financial company and was a partner in a drive-in restaurant. He was an agent for Metlife, then traveled for Walgreens. Lastly, he came to Pekin and became owner of Swinford Insurance.
    Joe was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and treasurer. He was a member of ABC Club, Lions Club and Kiwanis.
    He was an avid sports fan and loved the Cardinals and Fighting Illini, but his greatest pleasure was watching his grandchildren in their athletic activities.
    He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
    Services were held Aug. 1, at the First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin. Pastor John Swinford and Pastor Samuel Gibb officiated. Entombment was in Glendale Memorial Gardens Chapel of Dreams Mausoleum. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory handled arrangements.
    Memorial contributions may be given to his church, 1717 Highwood Ave., Pekin, IL 61554 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 614 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.

    BARBARA K. JOLLEY, 87, of rural Indianola, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, after a brief illness.
    She was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Danville to Marvin and Bernetha Sheets Wood. Barb was raised by Ben and Faye Hoffman of Bismarck. She married Keith Jolley May 27, 1951, at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville. Keith preceded her in death Jan. 13, 2007.
    Survivors include one son, Kim (Janey) Jolley of Fairmount; two daughters: Karla (Mike) Mullins of Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Leslie (Jim) Barnett of St. Charles, Mo.; one brother, Jim (Nancy) Wood of Darien; one sister: Pat (Tom) Kulasik of Palatine; four grandchildren, Kevin (Kara) Jolley, Aaron Ferber, Austin Ferber, Kennedy Barnett; three great-grandchildren: Kya Jolley, Kaelyn Jolley, Maelani Chatmon. Barb was also preceded by one brother, Marty; and one sister, Mary.
    She had been the Estate Sales Manager for the former Busby Auction Co. for several years, and had been a Jamaica Twp. election judge for 35 years. She was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church, and a former 4-H leader, and had been active in the Jamaica School PTA, as well as serving as past President of the Vermilion County Homemakers Assn. Barb enjoyed antiques, and was active in the Antiqueqarians Society.   Barb was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed tatting.
    Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Shane officiating. Burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the donor’s choice. On-line condolences at

WILLARD H. CATLETT, 83, of Fairmount passed away at 5:11 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 12, 2018 at Gardenview Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
    Visitation will be held at Robison Chapel, Catlin from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Fri., Aug. 17, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m., with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. Burial in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials to the First Baptist Church of Fairmount or to the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences at
    Wilford was born Nov. 24, 1934 in Danville to Herald G. and Jessie N. Cauldwell Catlett. He married Sandra Maddox and she preceded him in death. He later married Judy Ramsey and Judy survives. Also surviving are three sons, Greg (Julie) Catlett of Fairmount, Stan (Kim) Catlett of Fairmount, and Steve (Susie) Catlett of Danville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Wilford served in the Army National Guard. He was retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmount. He enjoyed boating, gardening, racing, reading, and History. He served on the Davis Cemetery Association Board and was a precinct Committeeman for Vance Township.

ANNA M. RACH, 84, of Fairmount, Illinois passed away at 3:27 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 11, 2018 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville, Illinois.
    Anna was born December 17, 1933 in St. Meinrad, Indiana to Urban and Loretta Otto Schnellenberger and was the oldest of six children. She married Raymond F. Rach in 1970. He survives. Also surviving are: four sons: Harvey, Sylvester, Maurice and Patrick Mehling; and two daughters: Teresa Czoka and Kristina Depratt; two sisters: Louise Morning and Carol Miller; nine grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband: Robert Mehling; two brothers: Larry and Geoffrey Schnellenberger; and one sister: Ruth Patrick.
    She was a beloved wife, mother, and a friend.
    Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am Monday, August 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westville, Illinois, Visitation will follow from 10 am till 11 am with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am with Father Timothy Sauppé to officiate. Anna requested cremation following the Mass and her ashes will be inurned at St. Meinrad Cemetery in St. Meinrad, Indiana at a later date. Memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Robison Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences at

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September 2018

    Henry Ford
    A memorial service will be held for Henry Ford Sept. 22 at the Sidell Methodist Church, at noon. Meet with the family from 11 to noon. Lunch will follow the service.
    Henry, 53, died July 12, 2018 at Chandler, Ariz. He was the son of George and Sara Beth Ford of Sidell.

    G. Dean Covington passed away peacefully on Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, at his home in Oakwood. Dean was born in Muhlenberg County, Ky., on Nov. 27, 1940, to James H. and Juanita (Fuller) Covington.
    Dean moved to Illinois at an early age, and attended school in Danville and Fairmount. He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1958. He was also a graduate of Danville Junior College and attended Eastern Illinois University.
    On Feb. 23, 1963, he married Connie Fletcher in Charleston. She survives. Also surviving   are four children, Leslie (Michael) Pouilliard, Lori (Dave) Parker, and Kristen (Eldon) Hayn, all of Oakwood, and John (Heather) Covington of rural Fithian; 11 grandchildren, Erin (Bryan) Mooney, Mitchell Pouilliard, Ryan Parker, Trent Parker, Molly Parker, Christopher Johnson, Abby Johnson, Bo Hayn, Alexandra Rodriguez, Lauren Covington and Allie Covington; one great-grandchild, Owen Johnson; two brothers, Leamon (Lois) Covington of Hot Springs Village, Alaska and Doug (Marilyn) Covington of Fairmount. And his best friend ‘Jackson.’
    He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother in-law and golf buddy, Tom Fletcher.
    Dean retired from General Motors Central Foundry in Tilton in 1991 and later worked for Chem-Cast in Danville. He served on the board of the American Foundrymen’s Society and served 11 years on the Oakwood Unit 76 Board of Education. He was one of the founding members of the Oakwood Men’s Club. Dean was an avid golfer but most of all he was a good father to his children, a good papaw to his grandchildren and a good husband to his wife.
    A Celebration of Life Service was held Sept. 11, at Sunset Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Leland Legg. Burial was in Newtown Cemetery in Newtown. Memorial donations may be made to the Hebron United Methodist Church.

    David Lee Meredith, beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, went to be with the Lord on Tues., Sept. 4, 2018. He passed sur-rounded by the family he loved so much.
    Dave was born in Sidell, on March 1, 1937, to Edmund Earl and Belva Grace Meredith. His youth was filled with the typical adventures, and misadventures, of a rural Midwest upbringing. He played basketball for the ’54 Sidell Rockets, his high school’s district champion basketball team. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He used that degree for a career in finance and insurance. During his retirement, he worked as a groundskeeper at Eisenhower Golf Course, United States Air Force Academy, CO as it awarded him the opportunity to be in the outdoors and enjoy the company of others.
    In 1954, Dave met the love of his life, Claudette Lee Vaughn. Four years later they were married. Their almost 60-year marriage was filled with love, laughter, challenge, and the joy of family. Their life together modelled what a marriage is meant to be. He taught his children, Julie, Ed, and Lori, to face all of life’s challenges and joys with both faith in God and a sense of humor for which he was famous.
    Dave’s love of, and talent for, music led him to lend his impressive bass voice to church choir, light opera, various quartets, and the occasional rendition among friends. He loved to golf. He enjoyed cars and could often be found at local car shows on the weekends. Even more, he loved hunting with his family and friends. He cherished the camaraderie of time spent in the mountains with the guys, joking, and telling stories and greatly looked forward to it each year he hunted. Most notably, Dave was a “people person.” He most enjoyed being amongst them putting his extraordinary personality to use making them smile and brightening their day. Above all, he loved his wife and family. And he made certain they knew it. The world is forever less bright for his loss, but heaven is the brighter for it.

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Henry Ford—A memorial service for Henry Ford has been changed to Oct. 6 at the Sidell Methodist Church, at noon. Meet with the family from 11 to noon. Lunch will follow. Henry, 53, died July 12, 2018 at Chandler, Ariz.

Albert L. Riggle, 87, of Sidell died at 3:34 p.m. Sat., Sept. 15, 2018 at his home in Sidell after battling lung and stomach cancer the past two years.
    He retired from the VA medical center in Danville after 35 years of employment as supervisor of ambulatory care. The past 20 years, he was the Sidell Township Supervisor. He attended the First Baptist Church in Sidell where he received the Lord as his personal savior.
    He was born May 25, 1931 in Chrisman, a son of Lingle and Iva Tolbert Riggle. He married Sharon Hillary on Sept. 26, 1969. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Laura (Jeff) Edwards, Tilton, Kerri (Chris) Morgan, Mooresville, Ind; one son, Jeffrey (Sheila) Riggle, Louisville, Ky.; four granddaughters, Melanie Davenport, Westville, Jillian Jones, Mooresville, Ind., Gabrielle Aders, Nineveh, Ind., and Hillary Morgan, Mooresville, Ind.; one great-granddaughter, Annjelus Johnson, Westville.; one sister, Donna (Jack) Deck, Crawfordsville, Ind.
    Preceding him in death were two sisters, Ruby Marriage, formerly of Georgetown, Susan Gillespie, formerly of Westville; five brothers, Lingle, Jr. formerly of Georgetown, Arthur and Warren, both formerly of Westville, Charles, formerly of Georgetown and Frank, formerly of Gainsville, Fla.
    Albert enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1950-1954. He enjoyed sharing stories with family and friends about his service to his country. He was presently serving as Commander for Sidell American Legion Post #530.
    Albert will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He enjoyed storytelling and each Christmas blessed his family with a heart warming story with a moral to live by.
    He loved boating at Table Rock Lake in Missouri. He was an avid Cub and Chicago Bear fan. He also enjoyed collecting Pepsi memorabilia and was very adamant about Pepsi being his favorite cola.
    Funeral services were held Sept. 20, at the Sidell First Baptist church with Pastor Craig Roller and Pastor Chuck Powell officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell.
    Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Sidell or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
    Joines Funeral Home, Newman, is handling arrangements.

Lance Craig Hubbard, 27, of Tilton passed away on Sun., Sept. 9, 2018.
    “With tear-ful eyes, we watched you suffer and slowly fade away. Though our hearts were breaking, we could not make you stay.”
    Lance was born Sept. 3, 1991, in Danville to Tim and Penny Hubbard. They survive. He is also survived by two sons, Braydon Marrow and Noah Stefaniak; beloved friend and mother of his second child, Kaitlyn Stefaniak; Kaitlyn’s daughter who Lance loved like his own, Adalynn Grace Stefaniak; dear friend, Kelsey Ogle; his father’s fiancé, Lori Ellingsworth; “Pa and Granny,” Roy and Dorothy Willis; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jesse and Eva Hubbard Sr.
    Lance was competitive from a young age. He grew up racing go-karts, playing hockey, and riding skateboards. He was also an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
    Lance was a 2010 graduate of Jamaica High School and a key player for the Salt Fork Storm football team. Lance was named All-Vermilion County First Team Offense (2009, 2010) and Vermilion Valley Conference First Team Offense (2009, 2010). He also played an integral role in helping Salt Fork finish among the State’s Final Four in the 2008 Class 1A Semifinals. Lance was crowned Homecoming King his senior year and will always be notorious for his dance moves.
    Lance enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a “momma’s boy” who had his dad’s bold, intimidating stature, a hero to his two ornery, handsome boys, and a stranger to very few. Most importantly, Lance was loving and loyal to the ones that meant the most to him. He faced life head-on and never backed down from any challenge. He lived life to the fullest and will be remembered most for his big heart, tough-guy persona, and goofy attitude.
Lance was taken all too soon, but his memory will continue to live on through those who love him most.
    Funeral services were held Sept. 14, at Pape Funeral Home in Danville.
    Memorials may be made to The Hubbard Family Fund: to help support and better the futures of Lance’s two sons.
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    Roy E. Johnston, 69, of Danville, formerly of Indianola, passed away on Thurs., Sept. 20, 2018 at Hawthorne Inn in Danville. He fought a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.
    A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 28, at the Danville National Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Aaron Rohde and Pastor Craig Roller. Military Rites will be performed by the Catlin American Legion. Visitation will be held the evening prior on Thurs., Sept. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St. in Danville.
    He was born on March 24, 1949 in Christopher, the son of Jessie L. and Myra D. (Silkwood) Johnston.
    Roy married Jo Anne Miller on August 31, 1968 at the Jamaica Methodist Church in Jamaica.
    He is survived by his wife, Jo Anne Johnston of Danville; daughters, Michelle L. Lawhorn of Tilton, and Becki R. Wissel of Pekin; brother, Gary (Patricia) Johnston of Avon, Ind.; four grandchildren, Nick, Heather, Madeline, and Logan; one great grandson, Jordan; 14 brothers and sisters in law; 16 nieces and nephews; and 16 great nieces and nephews.
Preceding Roy in death include both of his parents; brother in law, Bill Miller; and nephew, Brian Spicer.
    Roy served in the United States Army for two years in the 3rd Armored Division and was overseas in Germany for one year. He was employed at the VA Hospital for 30 years as well as farmed part time with his brother in law, Bill Miller, for 15 years.
    One of his favorite pastimes was playing ping pong with the Indianola Boys Club. He loved being outdoors gardening and mowing and listening to country music. In his opinion the only real baseball team was the St. Louis Cardinals.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Danville Cancer Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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October 2018

  Jay A. Hageman, 66, of rural Fairmount passed away at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 9, 2018) following an accident in rural Vermilion County.
    He was born Jan. 30, 1952, in Danville, the son of Joseph and Dolores Messman Hageman. He married Tracy Miller on Nov. 24, 1974, in Sidell. She survives.
    Also surviving are one daughter, Jenny (Chris) Kirschner of Homer, two grandchildren, Dylan and Hadley Kirschner; three sisters, Connie Chew of Sidell, Karen (Barry) Maddox of Sidell and Linda (Brent) Winninger of Crawfordsville, Ind.; sister-in-law, Dede (Don) Heidbreder of Potomoc; father-in-law, Robert Miller of Savoy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Dolores Hageman; mother-in-law, Barb Miller; and brother-in-law, Doug Chew.
    Jay was a graduate of the University of Illinois. In addition to his farming business, EAgCo, he was also the owner of Honest Abe Insurance in Newman. Jay was a member of Immanuel Luthern Church, Broadlands, where he served on many committees and was a longtime Sunday school teacher. He was a director for Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, a member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau and the Sidell Lions Club.
    He was a devout supporter of Cunningham Children’s Home and enjoyed having them out to the farm. Jay’s greatest joy was spending quality time with his grandchildren. He also loved meeting people and knew no strangers, always sharing his faith in Jesus.
    A celebration of Jay’s coming resurrection was held Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands with Pastor John Sharp officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Jay’s name to Cunningham Children’s Home. Joines Funeral Home, Newman, is assisting the family with arrangements.

    Vernon I. Fultz, 72, of Fairmount, passed away at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2018) at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Vernon was born Oct. 16, 1945 in Osman to Fred and Mary Whightsil Fultz. Vernon married the love of his life, Donna Lamb on Aug. 4, 1966. They had over 42 years of happiness together. She preceded him in death June 19, 2009.
    Survivors include a son, Tom (Judy Cornwell) Fultz; three daughters, Lashelle (Dave) Crain, Melissa (Danny Gorman) Edwards, Mary (Jim) Toy; a brother, Fred Junior Fultz; two sisters, Clara (Rodney) Woodard, Janice (Jack) Bear; a brother-in-law, Wayne Castle; grandchildren, David (Sarah) Crain II, Samantha (Eric) Fridmanski, Shelby (Shelby K.) Doggett, Shelbi Gorman, Danielle Fultz, Brooke Fultz, Jacob Shingleton, and Elizabeth Castle; and six great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Jean Castle; a brother, Roy Fultz; and a sister-in-law, Karen Fultz.
    Vernon graduated from Jamaica High School in 1963 and attended DeVry Institute in 1965. He served in the US Army. He had been an electrician at General Motors, Tilton foundry, and after retirement continued working for a number of employers.
Vernon was a family man, devoting many summers to coaching girls’ softball and helping with his son’s baseball team. He was a hard worker and would do anything to help a friend. Words to describe Vern, were honest, devoted, loving caring, caring, intelligent, funny, kind hearted, dedicated.
    His hobbies included, jigsaw puzzles, gardening, and bird watching. He enjoyed watching Polka Joe, Lawrence Welk, and country music, especially banjo and fiddle, harmonica. He was much loved and will be sadly missed.
    Funeral services were Oct. 17 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial   was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Catlin American Legion provided full military honors.
    Memorials may be made to Vermilion County Conservation. On-line condolences at

    Florence P. Keller, 85, of Danville, formerly of Indianola, passed away at 3:21 a.m. Oct. 16, 2018 at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    Florence was born June 20, 1933 in Indianola to Raymond and Unice Marriage Pearman. She married Earl Junior Keller Dec. 23, 1950 in Paris. He preceded her in death Dec. 11, 1993.
  Surviving are three sons, Steven Keller of Kingman, Ind., Michael (Diana) Keller of Sidell and Dennis Keller of Chrisman; one daughter, Pamela Henkelman of Sidell; one brother, Robert (Barbara) Pearman of Georgetown; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one grandchild.
    Florence worked for Chicago Molding in Georgetown for 15 years. She enjoyed rummage sales, reading, word search, puzzles, game shows, road trips and family dinners.
    Funeral services 11 a.m. Fri., Oct. 19 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Rev. Tim Pearman officiating. Burial in Michaels Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation 5-7 today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel. Memorials to Pleasant Meadows Nursing Home, Chrisman. Online condolences

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November 2018

    Andrew “Andy” Hatke, 76, of Sidell, passed away at 9:35 p.m., Nov. 7, 2018,
at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville. He was born on October 15, 1942, in Lafayette, Ind., the son of Isidore “Izzy” and Margaret (Brown) Hatke, both deceased. He was united in marriage to Carla (Sherry) Hatke on Jan. 20, 2005 in Englewood, Fla. She will miss him dearly.
    Andy was a graduate of Lafayette Central Catholic High School. He loved farming. He enjoyed making coffee at the Elevator for the guys and going to farm sales. He was a “John Deere Green” man who loved his family very much.
    Those who will miss Andy include his children, Marti (Steve) Oteham of Battle Ground, Ind., Jan (Parrish) Slate of Lafayette, Ind. and AJ (Kari) Hatke of Carmel, Ind.; his step-children, Ian (Lori) O’Brien of Delphi, Ind. and Nathan (Carmen) O’Brien of Lafayette, Ind.; his siblings, Anna May Hatke of Camden, Ind., Betty Rohler of Lafayette, Ind., Lou (Debbie) Hatke of Crawfordsville, Ind., Gene (Rosanna) Hatke of Crawfordsville, Ind., Chico (Laurie) Hatke of Lafayette, Ind.; his ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his good and long-time friend from National Auto Diesel College, Butch Klima and his wife, Luann.
    A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 13 at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 109 W. 7th  St, Georgetown, with Father Deus officiating. He was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Memorial donations may be given in his name to donor’s choice of charity. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos, and videos through his Tribute Wall at

    Rev. Dr. E. Dale Ferrell, age 89, passed away Nov. 7, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. at his home.
He was born Aug. 26, 1929, at Hoopeston, the son of Elmer Burton and Versia Catherine Kester Ferrell who preceded him in death. He was also preceeded by a brother and four sisters.
    Surviving are his wife, Claudia Pritikin Ferrell, one sister, two daughters, two sons and a step-daughter; three granddaughters and four step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. He was married to Inez E. Bloyd, Dec. 18, 1949 who preceded him in death May 7, 1995.
    Dr. Ferrell attended schools in Hoopeston. He was a Language Arts teacher at Danville High School and an instructor of composition at DACC. Following his retirement, he renewed God’s call to the Christian Ministry and was ordained Nov. 9, 1999. He served as pastor of Batestown/Union Corner United Methodist churches, Muncie Baptist Church, and was interim pastor at Sidell Baptist Church and Tuscola Baptist Church. He preached at Cayuga Presbyterian Church before he became ill.
    He was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church, but he often attended First Presbyterian Church with his wife Claudia.
    Services were at First Presbyterian Church, Danville with Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating. Burial was in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston. In lieu of flowers, donations to “Friends of Carle Hospice”, Carle Home Health, Champaign, IL 61822. Pape Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    George Hunt Oliver, age 75, husband of Rebecca Lee Oliver for 49 years, passed away on Tues., Nov. 20, 2018 at his home in Smithville, Tenn. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; sons, Colonel Christopher (Stephanie) Oliver and Lieutenant Colonel William (Christina) Oliver currently serving in the USMC; and twin daughters, Allison (Michael) Safford of Smithville, Tenn. and Kathryn (Victor) Andrade of Anderson, S. C. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Makena McPherson of Texas; Piper, Houston and Tate Oliver of Okinawa, Japan; and Christina Howard of Smithville.
    George, the youngest son of the late Weldon C. and Frances Hunt Oliver of Humbolt, Tenn. was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Weldon Jr. He was born in Jackson, Tenn. and raised in Humbolt, Tenn. George graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1965 and received a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
    George was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1966 and rose to the rank of Colonel before his retirement in 1993 at Rarnstein AB Germany. He dedicated 26 years to military service in Aircraft Maintenance at various assignments throughout the world including tours in Spain, Germany, Italy and others. His Air Force jobs took him to almost every corner of Europe from Norway to Libya and Turkey.
    Following his retirement, he worked as a project manager for Lockheed-Martin in Texas and New Mexico. He was a true American patriot having proudly served a tour in Vietnam in 1971. His experiences helped shape him into the person everyone came to know and love. He even had an advice column in the family newsletter called “Curmudgeon’s Corner.”
    George was a lifelong Tennessee Volunteers fan, who loved his team, win or lose. He liked to say he bled orange and Rocky Top was his favorite song. He passed down a love for his favorite music, the oldies from the ’60s and ’70s and accumulated a vast collection of vinyl records over the years. His favorite outdoor sports were fishing on local lakes, golf and photography. He may have been best known for his fondness of flea marketing, where he never passed on a sale.
    Of all the things George ever did, being proud of his family and helping other people was his passion. After he retired from the Air Force he wanted to “come home” to his Tennessee. In the community he gave his time to God’s Food Pantry, Senior Citizens, Boy Scouts of America, Haiti Mission, Air Force Association and served various positions within the Rotary Chapter in Smithville.
    George loved his family and they loved him. He was well known and respected around the community and his humor and presence will be missed.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: God’s Food Pantry, PO Box 807, Smithville, Tenn. 37166 or for the new soccer field for DeKalb County High School/Middle School, Soccer Booster Club Attn: Jane Brown PO Box 670 Smithville, Tenn. 37166.
A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Smithville, Tenn. on Nov. 29. Graveside service for family and friends will be held in Medina, Tenn. at the Mt. Zion Cemetery November 30.

    Tom D. “Honk” Lomax Sr., 75, of Catlin, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Fri., Nov. 30, at Catlin Church of Christ with Darren Johnson and Chris Lawler officiating. Burial in Oakhill Cemetery. Visitation: 4-7 p.m. November 29, at Catlin Church of Christ with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
    Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences at
    He was born August 25, 1943, in Danville, the son of Ralph R. and Edna M. Lovett Lomax Sr.
    He married Patricia A. Mullins on April 28, 1989, at Catlin Church of Christ. She preceded him in death on August 4, 2009.
    Tom is survived by his girlfriend, Karen Nelson of Tilton; a son, Tom (Suzanne) Lomax Jr. of Oakwood; a stepdaughter, Michaelle Hammann of New Hampshire; a stepson, “JR” Jerry (Crystal) Jarvis of Arkansas; grandchildren, Trent (Amber) Lomax and Tiffany (Chris Barnes) Lomax; great-grandchildren, Ethan Lomax, Riley Barnes and Adalyn Lomax; step-grandchildren, Caleb Sather, Parker Hammann, Emmaleigh Jarvis and Jack Jarvis; four brothers, Earl (Sharon) Lomax of Georgetown, Bob (Dottie) Lomax of Florida, Jim (Betty) Lomax of Catlin, and Oscar (Jean) Lomax of Fairmount; a sister, Peggy (Richard) Myler of Sidell. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna and Janette Lomax; and a brother, Ralph Lomax.
    Tom had worked as a machinist for Berkley Davis, Tri-Dan and Holmes Bros. He was a member of Catlin Church of Christ. Tom was a 32nd Degree Mason and was Past Master of Georgetown Masonic Lodge 154. He was an honorary member of Catlin Masonic Lodge 285 and a member of Georgetown Assembly 107 International Order of the Rainbow for girls. Tom also was a member of the Eastern Illinois Shriners Club and rode the 25-man super cycle. He was a member of the Golden Eagles, GAO Grotto and Grand Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill, Cumberland Road 22. Tom was a past member of the Catlin Fire Protection District and was an avid race car driver.

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December 2018


    Gayle D. Myrick, 75, of Fairmount, Ill. passed away at 1:48 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 at his home.
    Gayle was born Sept. 7, 1943 in rural Fithian to Lester and Ica Byrd Myrick. He married Charlotte Kyle on Oct. 8, 1966 in Fairmount.
    Surviving are one son, Matthew (Jadawn) Myrick; one sister, Barbara Biggerstaff; two grandchildren, Lane Myrick and Katalyn Myrick; and one sister-in-law, Susan Myrick. He was preceded in death by one infant brother, Dean; two brothers, Bill Myrick and Carl Myrick; two sisters, Doris Harmer and Dorothy Dausman; one grandchild, Riley Scott Myrick.
    Gayle was a Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam war. He worked at Autotron Inc. in Danville for 27 years as an electronic technician and owned his own home repair business for 10 years. He enjoyed fishing, reading, and working jig-saw puzzles.
    Gayle’s express desire was for cremation with no formal services, those wishes have been honored. Memorials in his memory to the Vance Township Library or Carle Hospice. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements.

    Michael Garwood, 57, of Catlin passed away at 6:53 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 28, 2018 in Orlando, Fla.
    Funeral services will be held Sat., Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Phil Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Catlin. Visitation is from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m.
    Mike was born Oct. 25, 1961, in Danville to Harold and Donna Spesard Garwood.
    Survivors include his mother, Donna Garwood, of Ridge Farm; two daughters, Paige Wehrle of Georgetown, Taylor Garwood of Catlin, and an adopted daughter, Billie Garwood of Terre Haute, Ind.; one brother: Tracy (Barbara) Garwood of Eldorado Hills, Calif.; two sisters, Debra (Ken) Belleau of Charleston and Diane (Roger) Corsaro of Champaign; four grandchildren, Austin and Aliyah Wehrle, Nolan and Kaelyn Miles, as well as his partner, Jeana Johnson, of Catlin; and special friends, Dave Keller, Adam Cast, David Winans. Mike was preceded in death by his father in July of this year.
    Mike had been a truck driver and worked for Youhas Trucking for several years. He enjoyed Harleys and riding his motorcycle, loved animals and had attended the Catlin Church of Christ.
Memorials in his memory may be made to the “Taylor Garwood Education Fund.” Online condolences at

    Nora Richter, 55, of Fairmount, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    Nora was born on March 6, 1963 in Danville, the daughter of Charles E. and Bonnie L. Thomas Mills. She married Bryson Richter. He survives of Danville.
    Also surviving are two daughters, Rachel and Melinda; two brothers, William F. Spencer of Fairmount and Vernon (Kathy) Spencer Jr. of West Lebanon, Ind. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Beverly Ann Harper and Brenda Sue Schmit.
    Nora enjoyed visiting friends and family. She also enjoyed fishing, coloring books and loved life.
    She will be cremated and there will be no services held at this time. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences at

    Norman Earl Emmert, 87, of rural Georgetown, passed away Dec. 11, 2018,
surrounded by family.
    Norman was born on March 1, 1931 in rural Brazil, Ind., the son of Harry R. and Dorothy (Rissler) Emmert. At the age of 20, he met Norma Keiser. They were married on his 21st birthday. She survives.
    Their union of 66 years began in Washington Township, Ind. There, they had two sons, Greg and Gary. In 1959, they moved to a farm in rural Georgetown where they would establish and operate what later became Terra Plana Family Farms. Norm was especially proud that their farming business would continue after his passing.
    Survivors include their sons, Greg (Pam) Emmert and Gary Emmert; one granddaughter, two step-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; a brother, Ross (Julia) Emmert; several nieces and nephews. He shared a special kinship with his brother-in-law Burl (Vicky) Keiser and his sister-in-law, Marylin (Hal) Petrie.
    Norm graduated from Brazil High School in 1949. His interests were in all things farming and in carpentry. After settling on the farm near Georgetown, Norm and Norma set out to improve their farmstead and grow their business. He was blessed to continue his life’s work almost uninterrupted until his unexpected passing.
    Norm was a fine carpenter, a herdsman of livestock and a farmer of crops. He especially valued the relationship he had with the men that worked with him on the farm. In recent years, Danny, Todd, Cory, and Butch tended to many of the tasks on the farm that he could no longer perform. He trusted and loved his farm family.
    In the 1970s and 80s, he and Norma owned Mill Street Lumber Company in Georgetown. He served as a director for the Georgetown Agricultural Fair Association and served the township for many years maintaining roads. He loved gardening and sharing his sweet corn patch with friends.
    He spent many of his days mowing lawn and inspecting the farmstead with his beloved dogs. Norman Emmert never knew a short cut and rarely compromised on the principle that “a job worth doing is worth doing well.”
    Funeral services were Dec. 15, 2018, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Joe Humrichous officiating. Burial will was at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Georgetown Agricultural Fair Association or the Fairview United Methodist Church. On-line condolences at

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