Obituaries 2022

January 2022

    JAMES W. BAUM JR., 73, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:49 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 18, 2021, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    James was born April 2, 1948, in Danville to James Weaver and Lois Ruth Hoskins Baum.
Surviving are one son, James W. Baum III of Tilton; one daughter, Michelle (Scott) Benjamin of Fairmount; and four grandchildren, Jaiden Baum, Julien Baum, Gabe Benjamin and Ava Benjamin.
    James served in the US Army. He was a mechanic at O’Brien’s. He was a member of the Fairmount Conservation Club, North Folk Lodge, NRA Association, and the Catlin American Legon. He enjoyed tinkering with motors, fishing, playing pool, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his grandkids.
    Funeral services were Dec. 23 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with military honors by the American Legion Post #210. Memorials to the Fairmount Conservation Club or the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

    GLENDA MURRAY, 70, of Sidell, passed on Dec. 16, 2021, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
    She was orn in Pensacola, Fla. on Aug. 16, 1951, to Juanita and Julius Kelly. She married the late Tommy Murray on New Year’s Eve 1970.
    After living in many areas during Tommy’s Naval career, they settled in Harvey, La., where they raised their two daughters. Glenda had an extensive career in the mortgage industry, retiring in 2005 to move with Tommy to their next Naval station. After a long and happy 41-year marriage, Tommy departed the world on Jan. 6, 2012. Glenda never remarried but spent the next nine years living with each of her daughters and enjoying her retirement.
    Glenda is survived by her two daughters, Tammy Dinger (Jeremy) of Sidell, and Charlene Nguyen (Minh) of Belle Plaine, Minn.; her brother, Winston Kelly (Linda), and brother-in-law, Rick Nock. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, sister Rosalie Nock and granddaughter, Bridget Dinger.
    As per Glenda’s request no service will be held.

    RALPH J. PUZEY, 69, of Westville, well known area farmer, passed away unexpectedly at 11 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 10, 2022, at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
    Ralph was born Jan. 6, 1953, in Danville to Clifford and Connie Dedman Puzey. He married Janet Pelman on July 7, 1973, at the former St. Joseph Catholic Church in Danville. She survives, as well as his parents.
    Also surviving are three daughters, Laura (B.J.) DeAth of Indianola, Jill (Dane) Larson of Ogden and Michelle (Aaron) Ritter of Milan; three brothers, Russ (Rosemary) Puzey of Fairmount, Kyle (Heather) Puzey of Springfield and Carl (Amy) Puzey of Pawnee; seven grandchildren, Wyatt DeAth, Lily DeAth, Lucy DeAth, Leigha Larson, Madelyn Larson, Bailey Ritter, and Oliver James Ritter.
    Ralph was a member of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau where he was a past board member. He was a member of the Jamaica Special Farm Drainage District where he served as a Commissioner. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. His motto was faith, family, and farming. He loved his friends and enjoyed traveling out west, especially Montana. He had a witty sense of humor that made you smile and as always, farming was his passion.
    A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 17, 2022, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westville with Father Timothy Sauppé as celebrant. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 16, 2022, at Robison Chapel, Catlin.
    Masks will be required for entry into the funeral home and the church. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences

    TONYA M. ERP, 52, of Danville, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 5, 2022, at her home.
    Tonya was born Sept. 24, 1969, in Danville to Orval and Shirley Anne Priest Erp.
    Surviving are her father, Orval (Doris) Erp; her mother, Shirley Mullen; her husband and love of her life, Ryan Ziegler; one son, Kristopher Ziegler; two daughters, Cassandra Ziegler and Andrea Ziegler; five nieces who became life daughters to her, Sierra Guge, Amber Keller, Emma Miley, Autumn Dowers and Marie Dowers; one great-nephew, Noah Middendorf; one great-great-niece, Payslie Guge; beloved friends, Debbie and Mean Mike, Marvalene, Daisy Brandan (Mama Daisy), and Ty-Ty.
    She was preceded in death by her grandparents, one sister, Angela Erp; and stepfather, Marty “Pops” Mullen.
    Tonya graduated from Jamaica High School in 1987. She worked for the Danville School District #118 as cafeteria manager for 15 years. She called all the children she served “her kids.” Her happiest moments were taking care of her kids and family. Tonya loved everyone. She was always there to help when she could. Her dream was to move her family into the new house they are building. Her hobbies included hunting Indian beads, feeding the birds and squirrels, talking to her beloved friends, and spending time with her dear husband Ryan Ziegler. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her and were loved by her.
    The family will gather for a private service at Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois with Pastor Patricia Phillips officiating. A public celebration of life will be held from 12 to 7 pm on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Better Days, 8 South Hodge Street, Tilton, Illinois. Memorials to the family, in care of: Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79, Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences

    JERRY WAYNE PANKOW, 80 of Fairmount, left this world suddenly on Wed., Jan. 5, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart in Danville.
    Jerry was born to William and Daisy (Pridemore) Pankow in St. Joseph on July 1, 1941. He attended Catlin and Diamond Grade Schools and Oakwood High School. Upon finishing school, Jerry worked at Hyster, ESCO, and Chuckles before finishing his career at Danville Housing Authority.
    In his free time, Jerry enjoyed attending auctions and oil painting. He held a deep love for his family and would do anything for his grandchildren; never missing a sporting event or school program. Jerry also held a deep appreciation and love for music, and enjoyed playing radio games to pass the time on family road trips.
    On Sept. 5, 1959, Jerry married Delia Darlene Estock and the two have shared 62 wonderful years together. He leaves behind his beloved Delia; his two daughters, Sheryl Baumeister and Lori (Shane) Kirby; and five grandchildren, Madison, Mackenzie and Brittney Kirby, Amie Baumeister, and Andy (Jayde) Baumeister; and two great-grandchildren, Declan and Dryce.
    Jerry will also be greatly missed by his brother Frederick ‘Rick” (Judi) Pankow and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronald Pankow.
    Services were held Jan. 11 at Kruger Coan Pape Funeral Home, Danville with Adam Harmon officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery off of Shangri-la Road. Messages may be left at or their Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the American Heart Association or the local Cancer Center.

    CLAUDE E. DOGGETT, JR., 53, of Catlin passed away at 10:44 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 30, 2021, at his home.
    Claude was born Jan. 27, 1968, in Danville to Claude E. and Laura Elizabeth Lovett Doggett Sr.
    Surviving are one uncle, Lawrence (Anna) Lovett of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one aunt, Margaret Redmon of Fairmount. He was preceded in death by both parents.
    Claude loved playing guitar and working of his vintage car.
    Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Fri., Jan. 7 at Robison Chapel. Chris Lawler to officiate. Private burial at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Masks required. Online condolences

    WILLIAM E. “BILL” KNIGHT, 90, well-known Jamaica area farmer and Jamaica Township Road Commissioner for 45 years, passed away on Sun., Jan. 16, 2022 at 5:25 p.m., at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Bill was born in Jamaica Township to Walter D. and Odessa Olive Simpson Knight. He married Lynda Sue Darr on Sept. 8, 1957, at the former Jamaica United Methodist Church.
Lynda survives, as well as two sons, Gregory Martin Knight of Jamaica Township and Jeffrey William (Debi) Knight of Jamaica; one daughter, Jennifer Lynn (Tim) Risher of Metamora; two sisters, Alice (Jim) McDowell of Catlin and Norma Miller of Indianola; grandchildren Sarah Michelle Knight, Jason Jeffrey (Lesley) Knight, Seth Martin (Carmen) Knight, Emily Nicole (Zach) Bear; and special grandchildren: Brandon Smith and Nathan (Kelly) Smith; three great-grandchildren, Reese Knight, Rylee Knight, Jensen Knight; and great-grandchildren, Kayden Smith, Austin Smith, Brycen Smith, Cee Cee Smith.
    Bill was preceded in death by four brothers, Lee Knight, Paul Knight, Harl Knight and Dan Knight; two sisters, Helen Ross and Kathleen Knight; and special daughter, Diana Smith.
Bill was an Army veteran, as well as a devoted farmer and 32-degree Mason. He had belonged to the former Sidell Masonic Lodge and Danville Consistory. Bill was also a member of the Faith Church in Fairmount. He enjoyed watching westerns on television and FOX news
    Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 21, 2022, at the Faith Church in Fairmount, with Pastor Rob Bolden officiating. Military Honors will be provided. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola at a later date.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. on Friday at Faith Church. Masks will be required for entry into the church. Memorials may be made to the church in his memory.
Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

    LARRY EUGENE BISHOP, 67, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2022 at his home.
He was born Oct, 9, 1954. He was very loved and cherished by alot of people and had always put a smile on their face regardless of the situation. Larry was a machinist at Thyssen Krupp for 45 years and then enjoyed his short retirement. There wasn’t a day that went by that Larry wasn’t either working on a lawnmower, chainsaw, or small engine. His passion was his working hands.
    Larry showed so much love to his serving wife, Ruth Bishop, that they were always inseparable. Larry loved to spend time with his family and grandkids and teaching them lessons on how to do things, even if it was how to turn the screwdriver the right way. Larry also enjoyed “buggy” rides with his family.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 22 at Krabel Funeral home in Chrisman.Funeral services will follow. He will be laid to rest at Hoult Cemetary outside of Chrisman. A dinner will be held at the banquet hall, Georgetown Fairgounds, following the services.

    GLADDEN “SUE” (KELLER) CORDES, 80, of Danville, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sun., Jan. 9, 2022.
    Gladyne Sue was born on Jan. 10, 1941, in Fairmount, a daughter to Russell and Evelyn Lopp Keller. She graduated from Jamaica High School in 1959. Shortly after graduating, she married high school sweetheart, William Lee Cordes. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1993.
    As the wife of a Master Sergeant, she and her husband were stationed at various Army bases, from Germany to Ft. Lewis to Ft. Campbell. There, they raised two children, Kimberly Sue and William Lee Jr. Kim passed away suddenly on June 13, 2021.
    Survivors include her son, Billy, of Georgetown; son-in-law Curt Young; brother, Jim Keller, of Fithian; sister, Linda Thomas, of Crawfordsville; grandchildren, Brandon (Kari) Ivy, Adam (Dana) Cordes, Sydnee Allison, and Colin Young; great-grandchildren, Parker and Preston Ivy and Emma Cordes; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. They were the loves of her life.
    Besides her parents, twin brothers, husband, and daughter, she was also preceded by her grandson, Brett Ivy, and Brothers, Bill and Richard Keller.
    Growing up, Gladyne Sue attended Fairmount Presbyterian Church. She worked as a waitress, hostess, and banquet coordinator throughout their time in the Army. She was always willing to help those in need, she was a loving and kind wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.
    Per her request, Sunset Funeral Home is handling cremation, and her ashes will be interred in a private service in Clarksville, Tenn., with her husband, Bill. A Celebration of Life will be held in Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

    JULIE BARNEY, 70, of Catlin, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wed., Jan. 12, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Julie was born on Nov. 8, 1951 in Danville, the daughter of Melvin and Betty Wood Goodner. Julie was a lighthearted and strong woman; she did not want people mourning for her. So instead, we are celebrating all the wonderful deeds she did for folks in the community. Please share a memory of Julie, whether it was working at the IGA, or Pizza Time where she created the famous “Julie Bites” bread sticks! Or maybe you were one of her daycare kids, a friend, or one of the clients she deeply cared for. Julie was a great neighbor, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, great aunt, and friend. In all of her roles she was always amazing. She was the go-to lady to talk to (she was so comforting!) and had a way with people. Julie’s passion was serving others as a generous and loyal caregiver – one who really cared.
    Her creative spirit always had her making beautiful handmade gifts and yummy cakes for every occasion. May she be remembered as the loving and kind soul we adore. Julie loved kids and always wanted to do more than she could afford to. So in lieu of flowers, please make a generous donation to Food for the Children, C/O Rose Gates, 21438 Denmark Road, Danville, IL 61834
    Survivors include three children, Tim A. (Michelle Haas) Barney of Covington, Ind., Brian (Jackie Pitlik) Barney of Indianola and Jessica Barney of Divide, Colo.; her siblings, Pamela (Dennis) Starkey of Danville, Paula Lucas of Chicago, Sue (John Bukowski) Stahl of Danville, Mark (Kathy) Goodner of Covington, Ind., and Bill (Joanne) Goodner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her grandchildren, Cierra, Jasmine, Destiny, and her six great-grandchildren. Julie is also survived by numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
    Celebration of Julie’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon Sat., Jan. 22 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Jim Russell officiating. Visitation 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Masks will be required for entrance into the funeral home. On-line condolences at

    THOMAS E. GOOCH JR., 83, passed away on Fri., Jan. 21, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. Thomas was born on April 10, 1938 in Danville to Thomas and Codene (Davis) Gooch. He married the love of his life, Ethel (Nibbe), on Aug. 30, 1959.
    Thomas is survived by his wife Ethel Gooch and eight children, Thomas (Judy) Gooch III of Indianola, Curtis (Terresa) Gooch of Danville, Stacey (Majorie) Gooch of Westville, Terry Gooch of Westville, Twyla (Edward) Hitt of Ridge Farm, Joel (Kim) Gooch of Edinburg, Virginia, Tina (Gene) Gooch of Warrenton, Virginia, and Talitha (Eric) Haase of Ridge Farm; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded by his parents, one son, one grandson and six siblings.
    Along with being a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, he served in the US Navy, retired from Hyster and had multiple other jobs after retirement. Thomas always welcomed a fresh cup of coffee at their kitchen table to tell jokes, put up a good argument and tell stories of his past; of course in his version. He had a love for fishing, his animals, cars, Western books and movies.
    A private family service was held at their home Jan. 26. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date due to family health conditions. Online condolences:

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February 2022


    KENNETH “RED” HUBBARD, 69, of Indianola passed away Jan. 25, 2022 at Carle Hospital.
    Kenneth was born Sept. 12, 1952, the son of Jesse and Eva (Cope)Hubbard. He married Letious Snoke on November 6, 1970. He was a 1970 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    He is survived by his wife; two children, Travis (Amber) Hubbard of Indianola and Shellie Hubbard of RidgeFarm; five grandchildren, Amanda, Kayla, Shyanna, Hannah and Kyle; three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Alexa and Levi; and six siblings, Ronnie, Tim, Jesse, Larry, Barb, and Nancy. He was preceded by his parents and sister, Darlene.
    Kenny retired from General Motors in 1995. He spent his retirement watching his favorite teams, Illini, Cubs and Bears. He had a great love of camping and fishing.
    Per his wishes, he was cremated with no formal services. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church fellowship hall in Indianola. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Watson Crematorian & Funeral Services is assisting the family.

    AGNES ALBERTA GUTHRIE, 92, of Sidell, passed away at 2:37 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 30, 2022, at the Villas of Holly Brook, Danville.
    Agnes was born March 14, 1929, in Metcalf to Albert and Ruth Taylor Glenn. She married Wilbur Ernest Guthrie on April 6, 1951, in Charleston. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2021.
    Surviving are three daughters, Donna (Craig) Young of Sidell, Lou Ann (Steven Bean) Guthrie of Prairieville, Louisiana, and Brenda (Nathan) Cheney of Sidell; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister-in-law, Beverly Glenn of Fairmount. She was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Guthrie; one grandson, Michael Young; one brother; and one sister.
    Agnes was a homemaker who enjoyed bowling, embroidery work, and reading.
    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 5, at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Pastor Clyde Snyder officiating. Burial will be held in the Fairview Cemetery south of Sidell. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. ahead of services. Masks will be required for entry into the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Allerton United Methodist Church. Online condolences at

    RUSSELL HOWE, 82, of Catlin, passed away expectantly at 9:30 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 25, 2022, at his home.
    Russell was born June 21, 1939, in Catlin to George A. and Mary Kinser Howe. He married Mildred Madeline Johnson on Sept. 20, 1958 at Fairview United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2014.
    Surviving are two sons, Rusty (Cindy Loveall) of Georgetown and Ron (Stacey) Howe of Catlin; one daughter, Janna (Bill) Nicholson of Catlin; one brother, George (Glona) Howe; one sister, Helen (Rev. John) Shank; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Howe and Davis Howe; and three sisters, Armada, Evelyn and Beverly.
    Russell retired from General Motors after 28 years and in retirement enjoyed being a farm hand. He enjoyed mowing, hunting, fishing, and watching Alabama football, “Roll Tide.” He was a member of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Club.
    Funeral services were January 31 at the Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial was in the Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Fairview United Methodist Church. Online condolences at

    TANNER R.WELSH, 24, of Catlin passed away at 8:04 a.m. on Tues., Feb. 1, 2022,
at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    Tanner was born Nov. 25, 1997, in Garden City, Kansas to Timothy John and Cheri Lynn Finley Welsh. They survive.
    Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Jean Finley of Catlin; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leon and Margaret Welsh and his maternal grandfather, Larry Finley.
    Tanner enjoyed Beatles music and People magazine and was featured in the movie United States of Autism.
    Tanner’s family will gather for a private service at Robison Chapel, Catlin officiated by Darren Johnson. Burial will be at the Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to Danville AMBUCS, in care of Robison Chapel, Post Office Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Online condolences

    DAVID WALTER DARR, 93, well-known area farmer and pilot, passed away of natural causes at 2:30 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 7, 2022, at home with Evelyn, his high school sweetheart and wife of 74 years, by his side.
    David was born March 13, 1928, at home in rural Fairmount, the son of George Bryan Darr and Rosa Alice Hart Darr. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Dalbey, on Nov. 20, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westville. She survives.
    Also surviving are six children, Nancy (John) Van Vickle of Oakwood, Richard (Patti) Darr of Edgewater, Fla., James Darr of Fairmount, Dale (Joan) Darr of Fairmount, Steven (Judi) Darr of Melrose Park and Robert (Melissa) Darr of Gifford; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Darr, of Fairmount; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
    David was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles (Mary Elizabeth) Darr, Dane Darr and Paul (Margaret) Darr; and two sisters, Marjorie (Ralph) Diel and Mary (Lloyd) Puzey; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Darr; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Bethany Baker.
Special thanks to his faithful caregiver, Sharon Patton.
    David was a true renaissance man defined as a man who was knowledgeable or proficient in a variety of fields. He had an adventurous and curious soul. He was an accomplished instrument-rated pilot who logged many hours flying family and friends to many destinations. Several of those airplane trips were to Colorado, where David excelled at skiing. His last trip down the slopes was at the age of 83.
    David was a salesman for Puzey Brothers at an early age and traveled throughout the Midwest selling cornrakes. He was a lifelong farmer, semi truck driver and inventor until he retired.
    He was involved in many community activities and was president of the Farmers Elevator Company of Jamaica in 1965. David was influential in the building of the current main structure that more than doubled the capacity at that time and was a modern grain handling facility that is still in use today.
    David was a faithful Catholic and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Danville.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Danville, with Father Steven Loftus as celebrant. Rosary at 3 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with visitation to follow at 4-7 p.m. Burial in the Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Masks will be required for entry into the funeral home and at the church.
    Memorials in David’s memory may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Online condolences at

    AGNES ROMONA ROSNETT, 92, of Danville passed away at 9:23 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2022 at Colonial Manor in Danville.
    Mona was born on April 25, 1929, the daughter of Frank S. and Iva Gertrude (Richardson) Rosnett in Rossville. Her family lived and farmed in the Fairmount and Rossville areas before moving to Oakwood and, later, west Danville.
    She was raised in the Nazarene faith and had a beautiful voice, often singing with her brother and sisters. Mona was also an amazing artist, painting black-and-white photographs for Sudlow Studio.
    After graduating from high school, Mona worked as a book binder at Interstate Printers in Danville and then in maintenance at the University of Illinois. She then moved to Tucson, Ariz. where she lived for 30 years and worked in maintenance at a junior high school. She moved to Savoy in 2001.
    Survivors include several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews and special cousins, Dan and Linda Rosnett of Indianola.
    Mona is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, John Rosnett and five sisters, Virginia Osborn, Sylvia Metcalf Piper, Judith Bowles, and Freda Rosnett and Mary Elizabeth Rosnett, who both died young.
    Mona enjoyed spending her free time cooking and was known for making wonderful candies and cookies. She loved her family and dogs dearly and never met a stranger and in true Rosnett fashion was a “hugger.”
    She enjoyed gardening, shopping and dining out, especially El Toro where she could get a margarita. She had a passion for automobiles and was proud of her cars, keeping them in pristine condition.
    A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 11, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville. Stan Evans will officiate. Inurnment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
    Visitation will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 11, 2022 at the funeral home.It is kindly requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
    Please join Mona’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at

    GENE L. MARTIN, 93, of Catlin passed away on Feb. 5, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville at 11:30 AM.
    Gene was born at home of his parent’s Bert and Lucretia (Warrick) Martin on May 13, 1928 in Catlin. He married Iris L. Collom on Jan. 27, 1961 in Catlin. She survives.
    Survivors include his wife, Iris Martin of Catlin; and special family, John and Freda Switzer and their sons, Dirk (Shelby) Switzer and Jay (special friend, Leah) Switzer.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank, Harlan and Clarence Martin; one sister, Florence (Huluska) Weber; and several nieces and nephews.
    Gene graduated from Catlin High School in 1948. He was a Sergeant in the U.S.Army and served overseas during the Korean War. He was a telegrapher and freight agent for the N&W Railroad for over 43 years and retired in 1991. Gene became a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church in 1996 where he was active in helping maintain the church and other activities.
    Gene and his wife were life members of the Catlin Historical Museum where they maintained the flower gardens and Gene helped restore the museum. He was a life member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge where he was a past master and a former member of the Catlin Davis Busby American Legion Post.
    A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thurs., Feb. 10) at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Rev. Zach LeCrone will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin with Military Rites accorded by American Legion Post 210 Honor Guard. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the Catlin United Methodist Church.
Sunset Funeral Home is assisting the family.Memorials may be made to the Catlin United Methodist Church or the Catlin Historical Museum.
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    WILBUR SPESARD, 91, of Ridge Farm, passed away on Wed., Feb. 2, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Wilbur was born Aug. 31, 1930 to Foster and Naomi (Archer) Spesard.
    He married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Mosier, in Indianola on Feb. 4, 1951. She preceded him in death.
    Wilbur leaves behind his children, Terri (Jay) Tate of Ridge Farm, Kathy Spesard of Simpsonville S.C., Mike (Roseann) Spesard of Ridge Farm, Jane (Lon) Gardner of Terre Haute Ind., Sonna (Scott) Rodgers of Ridge Farm, Lisa (Rusty) Akers of Maricopa Ariz., and Steve (Mendy) Spesard of Ridge Farm; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
    Also surviving is his sister, Wilma (Kenneth) Lewis of Deland Fla. Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marjorie, one daughter, Karen (Spesard) Rhoads; two brothers, Dean and Robert Spesard; and a sister, Judith Rademacher.
    Wilbur was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer. He milked cows on the family farm each morning before attending high school at Indianola. Then raised registered Holsteins and operated a dairy on his own farm. And later raised registered Yorkshire and Hampshire hogs.
    He was well known in the regional fairs, both showing and judging, and at National livestock exhibitions. He supported local 4-H activities and was a mentor to those starting their own herds.
    More recently, Wilbur enjoyed watching his sons compete with their IPA pulling tractors.
    A graveside service was held Feb. 9 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm. Wilbur’s family has entrusted Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with his final wishes.
    Please join Wilbur’s family in sharing memories on his tribute wall at Memorial donations may be made to the Georgetown Fair Association, 413 N. Seminary, Georgetown IL 61846, or another charity of your choice.

    ROSE MARIE SIMPSON, 79, of Marshall, passed away 5:47 p.m. Friday in The Gibson Family Center For Hospice Care at Terre Haute, Ind.
    One of 16 siblings, she was born Aug. 10, 1942 at Dennison, the daughter of Cecil and Irene Baldwin Emerick. She married Howard L. Simpson on Jan. 1, 1961 at Paris and he preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 2002.
    Surviving are two daughters, Gayla (Brett) Camp of Clanton, Ala. and Penny (Scott) Harrold of Marshall; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a special sister that she took care of, Lois Shonk.
    Siblings are Lois (late Howard) Shonk, Leonard (Ruth) Emerick of Florida, Verna (late Kenny) Sly of Ridge Farm, Betty (Don) Pearson of Georgetow, Gale (late Thelma) of Michigan, Cecil Jr (Stella) of Georgetown, Terry (Shelia)Emerick and Tom (Diana) Emerick of Paris.
    In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Nick Wingo; a brother-in-law, Nick Shonk; and seven siblings.
    She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Eastern Star. She loved to read and loved animals, especially birds, and was a loyal Cubs fan.
    An Eastern Star service was held Feb. 7 at Pearce Funeral Home. Condolences are being accepted at pearcefuneralservices.

    ELMER FOX, 88, of Indianola passed away at 8:04 a.m., Tues., Feb. 15, 2022, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    He was born on June 9, 1933, in Danville, the son of Corbit and Ethel (Snyder) Fox, both deceased. He was married to Donna Martin until her passing in 2012.
    He is survived by his children, Jeffrey Fox, Kenneth Fox and Rebecca (William) Landis; his grandchildren, Aimee Brink, Brandon Fox and Christi Gaylord; his great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Alexis, Angel, Leland, Presley and Lane; his great-grandchildren, Knox and Graesyn; and his siblings, Carl Fox, David Fox and Deb Keys.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, Cecil, Mervan and Larry.
    Elmer graduated from Rossville High School. He was a proud Veteran of the US Air Force and served during the Korean War. He worked at General Motors Tilton Foundry for many years, retiring in 1990.
    Elmer enjoyed going camping, traveling and hiking. He also enjoyed cookouts with his family and being able to spend time with them, especially his grandkids. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
    A Celebration of Elmer’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Wed., Feb. 23, 2022, at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown. Visitation will be held 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday prior to his service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Michaels Cemetery, Indianola.
    Memorials may be given in his name to donor’s choice of charity. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

    FERRIC W. “FRED” REDDY, 76, of Catlin passed away at 4:56 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 21, 2022, at his home.
    Fred was born on Dec. 31, 1945, to Wilbur and Mary Ann Wargo Reddy. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, John McCumber. He married Judith Diane Durnell on Oct. 8, 1965, at the Catlin Church of Christ. Diane survives of Catlin.
    Also surviving are two sons, Tim (Kelly) Reddy of Morton and Todd Reddy of St. Joseph; one daughter, Melissa (Brett) Guthrie of Fairmount; one sister, Margerie Reddy Drake of Westville; three grandchildren, Madison Guthrie of Fairmount and Nathan and Owen Reddy of Morton; three great-grandchildren, Levi Gilespie and August and Jonah Guthrie, all of Fairmount; many nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Pat Reddy of Idaho.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Lorene Lutchka; one brother, James Reddy; and a special brother-in-law, Earl Drake.
    Fred graduated from Catlin High School in 1964. He earned his associate degree in police science from DACC. He served in the US Navy from 1966-1971. He served as the Chief of Police for the Village of Catlin, retiring after 35 years.
    He was the president of the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge #51 for over 20 years. He was a member of the Catlin Lion’s Club and Antiquarians Study Group. He was a commissioner for the Village of Catlin. He loved astronomy.
    Funeral services at 2 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 25, 2022, at the Catlin Church of Christ with Kevin Cox officiating. Visitation is from 12 to 2 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 25 at the church with military honors by the American Legion Post #210. The services will conclude at the church. Masks will be required for entry into the church.
    Memorials to the Catlin Historical Society. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    CARRIE L. SNYDER, 84, of Georgetown, passed away Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022, at Paris Health and Rehab, Paris.
    She was born on July 9, 1937, the daughter of Earl ‘Hap’ and Naomi Harris. She was married to Dwight Snyder Sr. on April 11, 1959. He survives.
    She is also survived by her children, Joe (Mary) Snyder of Maryville, Tenn., Jim (Lorie) Snyder of Chenoa, John (Janet) Snyder of Georgetown and Cindy Ross; her 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many great-great grandchildren; her siblings, Ben (Mary) Harris, Bob (Lucy) Harris, Geary Harris, Blanche (Joe) Springer, Dorothy Newcomb, Barbara Stevens, Rita Gibson and Anita Lutz; her sister-in-law, Lillian Harris; many nieces and nephews, especially Michelle Gocken, She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Ronnie Harris. Carrie was known for the way she cared for people her whole life. She was caregiver and worked as a CNA for 35 years in area nursing homes, as well as home care. She was a great cook and loved to feed her family and friends.
    Carrie and Dwight enjoyed life together whether it was camping, traveling and morel hunting. She will be dearly missed.
    A celebration of life will be 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 19 at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown. Visitation 10-11 a.m. prior to service at the funeral home. As per her wishes, Carrie will be accorded cremation rites. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

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March 2022

    NANCY L. SETSER, 79, of Indianola, passed away at 8:18 p.m., Sun., Feb. 20, 2022, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    She was born Dec. 14, 1942, to Cleve and Naomi High, both deceased. She was married to Robert Setser Sr. until his passing.
    Nancy was a caregiver all her life and loved animals. She leaves behind her two sons, Robert (Nora) Setser Jr. & Greg (Lisa) Setser; her grandchildren, Patricia (Brent) Curry, Angela Hines, Nicole (Nathan) Setser-Loop, Kimi Setser, Ethan Ablinger, and Elise Setser; her great-grandchildren, Drake, Ayden, Dallas, Alaina, Adalyn, Aleah and Kaitlyn; her siblings, Chuck High, Cleve High Jr., and Betty Wolfe.
    A Memorial Service was held Feb. 25 at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown with Pastor James Blue officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Please share memories through her Tribute Wall at

    ADORA J. STROHL, 95, of Homer, passed away at 6:20 a.m. on Thurs., March 10, 2022, at the Country Health & ReHab, Gifford. Adora Jean Myer Brandon Strohl, The Heavenly Choir of Angels has welcomed a beautiful new voice to its choir.
    Adora lived her entire life in the Fairmount and Homer area. She was born June 28, 1926, and was raised by her Aunt Fannie and Uncle Ellis Elliot. Following graduation from Fairmount High School, she spent a year working in Chicago but then returned to the Fairmount area, eventually settling in the Homer area.
    Adora was an active member at the Homer United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir for numerous years. Not only did she sing in the choir, but she often sang for weddings and funerals.
    Adora is preceded in death by husbands, Edward Brandon Jr. and Donald Strohl. A sister, Joanne Gray, and a brother, Robert Myer, also preceded her in death, as well as her grandson, Shandy Wilsey.
    She is survived by daughters, Vicki (Mike) Wilsey of Rankin and Margo (Rick) Brandon Snider of Peninsula, Ohio and a grand daughter-in-law: Laura Wilsey. Both Vicki and Margo inherited their mom’s love of music.
    Adora loved spending time with her immediate family members including her grandchildren – Jarin Wilsey (Julie, Brynn), Chad Wilsey, Nikki Davison (Jamie) and Todd Snider (Jennifer). She also leaves to mourn her eight greatgrandchildren.
    Thanks to Mildred Wolf and Marilyn Place as well as the late Virginia Davis and Olive Walters for their very special friendships. Also, thanks to Country Health in Gifford for their compassionate care over the past five years.
    Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 19 at the Davis Cemetery east of Homer on the Fairmount-Homer Road with Pastor Raymond Gordon officiating. Family, friends, and Homer/Fairmount residents are welcome to attend and greet the family.
    Memorials may be made to the Homer Fire and Rescue Squad, 501 N. Main St. Homer, Il, 61849.
    Robison Chapel in Catlin is in handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    PHILIP GEORGE RICHARDSON, 77, of Fairmount passed away March 11, 2022. He was born on Nov. 11, 1944 to George Alexander and E. Louise (Young) Richardson in Danville.
He is survived by spouse Lois Richardson; children, Teresa (Joe) Osborn, Brazil, Ind.; Kelli (Chris) Pinkerton, Covington, Ind.; Aaron (Nikki) Richardson, Catlin; six grandchildren; six stepchildren; 21 step grandchildren; and 18 step great-grandchildren.
    Also surviving two brothers, Floyd (Mary) Richardson of Covington, Ind. and Charles “Chuck” Richardson of Tilton; five nieces, two nephews and many great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded by his parents, George Alexander and E. Louise Richardson, nephew David Richardson, twin grandchildren, Marah and Levi Richardson.
    He graduated from Perrysville High School in 1962, and married Diana Smith of Covington, Ind. June 14, 1964, she survives in Covington. The marriage ended in 1980.
    He married a widow, Lois E Vaughn of Catlin on Nov. 8, 1980, with four adult children and two young boys at home. Together, with the whole family, they operated PLR racing promotions and ran the Vermilion County Raceway for many years. He was a 30 year Teamster Driver for UPS. But his passion was stock car racing. After retirement he still operated grader and heavy equipment. They then joined the Danville Moose Lodge and enjoyed running events, the kitchen and singing karaoke.
    He began helping Aaron at his auto repair shop and soon built a brand new commercial garage in 2001 near the Champaign mall. He continued doing home projects and wood working. He helped build a restaurant with Teresa and Joe near Staunton, Ind.
    He performed with the Danville Barber Shop Chorus, enjoyed pontooning and pulling skiers at Lake Vermilion and Raccoon Lake. He helped Kelli and Chris do home remodeling and helped to finish their forever home. He and Billy (Amy) Deavers were actively finishing another proud project in Covington, while awaiting the golfing season to begin at Rivercrest Golf course where he was a member golfing daily. He loved traveling with his golf buddies and participating in tournaments.
    He and Lois enjoyed 42 years of marriage and traveling throughout the 50 states and sharing in all of the family events.
    Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. EDT Friday March 18, 2022 at Shelby Funeral Home, Covington, Ind. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. EDT Thurs., March 17 and one hour before funeral services Friday.
    Burial in Lower Mound Cemetery. A luncheon to follow at the Covington Rivercrest Golf Course.
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    MARIE LOUISE HIGH, 94, formerly of Indianola passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
    Marie was born on December 3, 1927 in Ridge Farm to James D. and Leona (McCool) Downs Sr. She married James L. High on April 3, 1948 in Georgetown; he preceded her in death.
    She is survived by one daughter, Deborah (Gary) Cox of Camargo; one son, Gerald (Brenda) High of Danville; three grandchildren, James (Melody) Strubinger, Charles High, and Lewis (Lee Ann) High; and five grandchildren, Jaxson and Parker Strubinger, Taylor and Evan High, and Cameron High. Also surviving are step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her best friend Bev.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, five brothers, and her son, Scot.
    Marie worked as a cook, at General Electric, and sorted seed corn for many years for Funk G Hybrid. She was known for her baking, made many canvas needle point items for her family, was a big fighting Illini and Cubs fan, and most of all, she enjoyed spending time with all her family.
    A graveside service was held March 16 at Michael Cemetery outside of Indianola with Ted Shearer officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Newman Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

    VIRGINIA “JEN” M. BOEN of Catlin passed away March 13, 2020.
    Jen was born Sept. 14,1933 in Perrysville, Ind. to Florence Lena Pritchard Kizer and Frank Michael Kizer.
    She married Charles “Lee” Johnson of Catlin. Their marriage resulted in three children, Philip (Sherry) Johnson of Oakwood; Brenda (Jay) Wood of Anderson, Ind.; and Karen (John Laker) Loewenstein of Danville; eight grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; one sister, Madge Ross. She enjoyed her numerous nieces, nephews and blended family members.
    She was preceded in death by siblings, Mildred Kizer, Clarence Kizer, Wayne Kizer, Ed Kizer, Margaret Dickerson, Mabel Hoth, and Susie Smoot.
    Jen married Warren Joseph Briggs July 31, 1973. He preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1991. Jen married Keith L. Boen May 22, 2004. He preceded her in death Oct. 4, 2014.
    Jen attended Catlin schools and was the first freshman cheerleader on the varsity squad. She received a degree in accounting from LaSalle Extension School.
    During her lifetime Jen worked at various bookkeeping positions, retiring from Kizer Construction. Jen was a member of several Churches of Christ, most recently Ce`ntral Park Church of Christ.
    Jen was an artist in her own right. She loved her “bling” and the sound of coins clanging from the slot machines. At one time had quite a collection of purses and Longaberger baskets. She enjoyed doing crafts with her grandchildren.
    Jen had been employed with R&S Printing in Danville as a proofreader. Her attention to detail was unrivaled. She and Karen owned and operated a popular craft store in the Quad Cities at one time. Jen gave painting lessons, especially Tole painting. She was a hard worker and dedicated to her employers and especially to her children.
    A Celebration of Life Service was held March 16 at Sunset Funeral Home, Danville. Officiating was Kiley Garrison. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Sharing memories at

    RICHARD A. WAGLE, 70, of Jamaica, passed away at 12:47 p.m. Sat., March 19, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart in Danville.
    Funeral service will be at 12 Noon Friday, March 25 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Jeremy Shumate officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Danville. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Friday before the service.
    Richard was born on Aug. 13, 1951 in Danville, the son of Kenneth H. and Louise M. “Jo”   Miethe Wagle. He married Toni Lomax on Nov. 27, 1981 in Danville. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Ricky (Sharlotte) Wagle of Indianola and Cory (Alyssa) Wagle of Tuscola; one daughter, Kayce Wagle of Danville; two brothers, Kevin (Melinda) Wagle of Catlin and Jim (Beverly) Wagle of Danville; one sister, Patty Osborn of Argyle, Texas; two grandchildren, Keegan and Paislee; and his fur baby, Charlie.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Kenny, and one daughter, Jessie Wagle.
    Richard retired from Pioneer Hybrid after 35 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, reading books, and doing puzzle books. He also enjoyed watching wrestling, playing games with his wife, and loved making people laugh. He volunteer worked for Walk for M.S. in Urbana. Richard and Toni delivered Christmas cookies to family and friends every year.
    Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. On-line condolences at

    RICKY LEE THOMAS, SR., 72, of Sidell passed away on Tues., March 15, 2022 at home. He was born July 7, 1949 in Danville, the son of Eddie and Beulah (Barrett) Thomas. Ricky was united in marriage on June 16, 1968 to Barbara (Kistler) Thomas until her passing April 5, 2012.
    He will be dearly missed by his son, Ricky Jr. (Dana) Thomas of Fairmount, daughter Angela Jolene (Vincent) Beavers of Sidell, daughter-in-law Ami Wilson-Thomas of Catlin, grandchildren Raiyanna, Savannah, Korey and Jesse Thomas, Austin Ewing, Zoey and Robin Hamilton, Austin and Kanen Lutz.
    He is survived by two brothers, Jim and Greg Thomas, two sisters, Lola Snell and Bonnie Lyman.
    Ricky Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Beulah Thomas; wife Barbara Thomas; son Randall Thomas; daughter Calista; two sisters, Donna Sloan and Rozella Clore.
Ricky graduated from Jamaica High School, served in Vietnam and worked at Farmers Elevator. His hobbies were collecting coins, McDonald’s toys and doing word search puzzles
Visitation was March 21 at Sidell Pentecostal Assembly. Pastor Tim Pearman officiated. Watson Creamation Services assisted the family.

    LINDA WHITINGTON, 75, of Wapello, Iowa, formerly Fairmount, passed away on Fri., March 18, 2022 at Southeast Iowa Medical Center. A Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m. on Sat., March 26 at the Church of the Nazarene in Wapello.
    Linda Sue Wolfe was born on May 10, 1946 in Danville, the daughter of Ralph and Evelyn (Pierce) Wolfe. On Sept. 22, 1966, Linda was united in marriage to Gary “Tiny” Whitington in Fairmount.
    Linda worked as a waitress, at the various campgrounds, and at the age of 50 obtained her CDL and became a truck driver. She was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Wapello and Red Hats. She enjoyed crafting, making candy, reading, crocheting and dearly enjoyed being with her family.
    Linda will be deeply missed by her children, Jim (Jenny) Whitington of Oakwood, John (Audra) Whitington of Eagle Lake, Minn., Lee Ann (Kirk) Swanson of Wapello, Iowa and Shannon (David) Williams of Alton, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Dean (Sue) Wolfe of Danville, sister, Nina (David) Keys of Hume; and nieces and nephews.
    Linda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gary in 2008; son-in-law, Michael Lihs; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Don Wolfe, Dixie Welch and Delores Shields.
    A time of food and fellowship will follow the celebration of life at the church. A memorial has been established for the Ronald McDonald House in Linda’s name. Sympathy messages can be left for the family at

    RICHARD ALLEN PIERCE, 81, of Catlin, passed this life on March 15, 2022, at Hawthorne Inn, Danville, IL, with his wife by his side. Days prior to his passing, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends talking about fond memories.
    Richard was born on May 27, 1940, in Fairmount to the late Hershel and Catherine (Baker) Pierce. Later he married Darleen “Joy” Stark on Aug. 11, 1961, and together they had three daughters who survive: Penny (Tim) Martin of Tilton, Pam (Perry) Warner of Catlin, and Patti (Clarence) Greer of Suffolk, Va.
    He was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan Martin; his sister, Shirley Sherwood; his brother-in-law, Russell Kunkle; and his sister-in-law, Judy Stark.
    Richard leaves behind one sister, Janet (Jerry) Longest; five granddaughters; two grandsons; six great-granddaughters; six great-grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; and two great-great-grandsons.
    Richard graduated from Ridge Farm High School and was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He loved his family and enjoyed many gatherings.
    While growing up, his farms were his playground and it taught him many skills and a good work ethic. He worked at Hyster Company for 14 years. Richard was a truck driver for Burk Lund, Sunbeam, and waste management companies. Later in life, he mowed and did other yard work for many people.
    His greatest passion in life was being outdoors and working all the time. His hobbies including fishing, hunting, boating, building, refinishing, gardening, and much more. He took great pride in his flower gardens at home and later at Hawthorne Inn in Danville.
    The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care shown to Richard by the staff at Hawthorne Inn.
    A celebration of Richard’s life was held March 19 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with Chris Lawler officiating. He was laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin.
    Memorial donations may be given in his name to donor’s choice of charity. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

    ANNETTE GAY PUZEY ZEIGLER, 72, was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, sister, friend, and dedicated nurse. She was a lifetime resident of Fairmount, and passed away peacefully at 5:15 a.m. on Mon., March 21, 2022, at Colonial Manor in Danville.
    Annette was born on Aug. 31, 1949, in Danville, the daughter of Lloyd and Mary Darr Puzey, as the second of six children. She is survived by two brothers, Harold (Janet) Puzey, Alan (Susan) Puzey, and three sisters Carol (David) Harden, Elaine (Pat) O’Shaughnessy, and Lisa (Tim) Bueter.
    She had three surviving children, Anthony Schomburg, Gregory (Grace) Schomburg, and Andrea (Jonathan) Tunick, from her previous marriage to James Schomburg. She later married Thomas C. Zeigler on June 22, 1992, in Baltimore, Maryland, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2014, she will join him in rest at the National Cemetery in Danville. Her marriage to Thomas added Thomas S. (Brooke) Zeigler, Kurt (Michael) Zeigler, and Michael Zeigler to her family. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Aliya, Jude, and Charlotte.
    Annette was a compassionate soul and caregiver and graduated from the Julia F. Burnham School of Nursing in 1970. She was an emergency room nurse for 32 years at Burnham and Provena Covenant Hospitals in Champaign-Urbana where she brought healing to many and met numerous lifelong friends and soulmates, including the “Seven Sisters.”
She was an excellent cook, who’s chocolate chip cookies were known far and wide. She had a vision to make the world a more beautiful place, as a diligent gardener and creative designer, including creating award-winning designs at the Festival of Trees. Rarely without a “project,” her compassion and nurturing extended to everyone who enjoyed her meals and generosity and knew her as a second “Mom,” including her beloved Sheltie dogs. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Cubs and Fighting Illini, and her cheers for both will undoubtedly echo throughout eternity. Most of all, she adored her children and grandchildren, who were the light of her life.
    Annette’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sat., April 2, 2022, at the Catlin Church of Christ in Catlin. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the Catlin Church of Christ. Masks are optional at the church. There will be a meal to follow in the fellowship hall at the Catlin Church of Christ.
    Private family burial will be at the National Cemetery in Danville. Memorials in Annette’s memory may be made to the Crisis Nursery at in lieu of flowers.
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    ODELL L. BRAY, 97, of Fairmount, passed away at 7:05 a.m. on Sat., March 26, 2022, at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville. 
  Odell was born April 21, 1924, in Edgar County, the daughter of Melvin and Callie Copas Cherry, formerly of Fairmount. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Glenn Cherry of Arkansas and Dan Cherry of Fairmount.
    Odell married Oakley Elmo Bray of Homer Jan. 3, 1943, in the Immanuel Presbyterian church in Danville by Rev. Bliss B. Cartwright. They had resided in Fairmount since 1946. Her husband preceded her in death in 2004.
    The Brays loved to spend winters in Florida, where they regularly attended the Daytona Beach Shores Drive-In Christian Church. Mr. Bray had also been an Elder of the Fairmount Presbyterian church.
    Odell is survived by three children, Sharon (Kent) Flora of Champaign, James Bray of Missouri, and Gary Bray of Rantoul. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Don (Jane) Underwood of Normal, Chris (Sonya) Underwood of Texas, Brent Flora of Arizona, Michael (Jenny) Bray of Tennessee, Robert (Yana) Bray of Indianapolis, and Denise (David) Duniphan of Indiana.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will gather privately at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Mike Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials made be made to the donor’s favorite charity in lieu of flowers. Online condolences at

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April 2022

    ALAN E. DILLON, 71, of Danville, passed away at 8:07 p.m. on Wed., March 30, 2022, at his residence.
    Alan was born July 18, 1950, in Danville to Hugh L. and Helen Anderson Dillon. Alan married Holly Loeffler on Oct. 12, 1985, in Danville.
    Holly survives, as well as, one son, Matt Dillon of Homer; one grandson, James Dillon; two sisters-in-law: Ann Dillon and Pam (Ron) Foster; one brother-in-law, Rick Loeffler; his mother-in-law, Polly Loeffler; one niece, Mendy (Steve) Spesard; two nephews, Corbin (Tanya) Foster and Dustin (Shannon) Foster. He was “Uncle Alan” to Finley and Fletcher Foster and “Cold Buddy” to Mason Combs.
    Alan especially loved his hunting dogs, Jessie, Ozzee, Obee, Rudie, and The Queen Odie.
Alan had worked for Vermilion County Highway Department. He especially loved farming and enjoyed helping his cousin Rick Knight and Tyler Knight. Every harvest he said, “I’m not working those hours anymore,” but he always did. He also enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, target shooting, and playing billiards. Alan also attended the Grape Creek Baptist Church.
    Memorial services were April 6 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor David Leary officiating. Memorials to the Lynch Area Fire Protection District or Grape Creek Baptist Church. Online condolences at

    C. IRENE VINSON, 97 of Danville, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 10:34 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.
Clara Irene was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Fairmount to Charles Edward and Fae Leona George Cheuvront. She married Claude Swaney, and later Archie Vinson; both preceded her in death.
    Survivors include several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Eddie Cheuvront of Fairmount and Johnnie Joe Cheuvront of Covington, Ind.; and one sister, Juanita Woodard of Fairmount.
    Clara Irene was a longtime bookkeeper of several area locations, including Jules Strauss, Thompson Welding and St. James United Methodist Church.
    Graveside rites will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday), at theDavis Cemetery, west of Fairmount with Rev. Clyde Snyder. Robison Chapel, Catlin handled arrangements. Online condolences

    RICHARD PAUL KRANKAVITCH, 82, of Catlin passed away at 12:49 p.m. on Tues., March 29, 2022, at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
    Richard was born to the late John and Alice Krankavitch on June 12, 1939 in Chicago.
He worked at American Airlines and Ryder/P-I-E. Richard will be greatly missed by his two children, Rick (Mona) Krankavitch and Robin (Doug) Carter; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    He is survived by two sisters, Mary Alice Zoller and Joan (Dennis) Jacobi’. He was preceded by his lifelong love, his wife, Rose Mary; his brother, William Krankavitch and sister, Sharon Krankavitch.
    Memorial services were held at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Father Timothy Sauppé officiating. Private burial was in the Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Online condolences

    JACKIE L. JOHNSON, 79, of Indianola passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.
    Jackie was born Aug. 5, 1942, in Danville to Phillip Eugene and Irene Frances Dee Johnson. He married Rickey Bolton and she preceded him in death.
    Also preceding are, four sons: Jack, Gene, Jimmie, and Ricky Johnson; as well as one daughter, Tammy Rodgers; his brothers, Fred, Phillip, Bill and an infant brother; as well as three sisters, Florence Gash, Mary Beckman, and Helen Cockrell.
    Jackie enjoyed small engine repair, auto painting, car repair. He loved his dogs, Sassy and King.
    A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

    SHIRLEY A. MULLEN, 74, of Westville passed away Fri., April 15, 2022, at home.
She was born on Dec. 3, 1947, in Cayuga, Ind., to James P. Priest and Sarah M. Adams; she graduated from North Vermilion High School in 1965. Shirley married Marty Mullen on June 17, 1994, in Danville.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Marty; twin daughters, Lisa and Lori; Angela Erp; Tonya Erp; five brothers; and 10 sisters.
    Surviving Shirley are her sister, Mary Hinkle; grandchildren, Sierra, Amber, Cassandra, Andrea, Emma, Autumn, Macee and Kristopher; and great-grandchildren, Noah Wayne and Payslie. Shirley also leaves behind some very special friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.


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May 2022

    JAMES SPENSER JOBST, 76, of Paris, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Thurs., April 28, 2022, at his residence. He was retired after over 35 years as an earth and life science teacher at Mayo Middle School.
    He was born Nov. 21, 1945, in Paris, the son of the late Maxwell Woodward and Julia (Foley) Jobst. He married Karen Sue Dailey on Nov. 29, 1980, in Vermilion and she survives.
    Other survivors include four children, Rosemary (Russ) Puzey of Fairmount, J. Andrew (Bridget) Jobst of Ypsilanti, Mich., Amanda (Doug) Repp of Casey, and Emily (Jerry) Watson of Williamsport, Ind.; two brothers, Michael and Donald Jobst; two sisters, Wanda Lee Richardson and Martha Proctor; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin Beecher Jobst, and a sister, Diane Sherman.
    Spencer earned his bachelor’s in science education from Indiana State University and his master’s in Education from Eastern Illinois University. He was a devoted member and Past Master of Stratton Lodge #408 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and a member of AASR Valley of Danville. He enjoyed volunteering for Faith in Action and Habitat for Humanity, and served on the Board of Directors of the Edgar County Homeless Organization.
    Spencer was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and motorcycling, and especially loved shooting trap and skeet. He had a love for flying, maintaining his private pilot’s license for many years as well as flying remote-control aircraft, and had served on the Board of Directors of the former Casey Municipal Airport.
    He enjoyed coaching basketball in his younger years and was proud to have taken his Mayo Redbirds boys basketball team to the Elite Eight in the early 1970s.
    Spencer will be remembered as a proud and loving husband, father, and grandfather; a self-proclaimed rock hound, spelunker, astronomer, political analyst, economist, and philosopher.
    Masonic Graveside Rites were conducted May 4 at Vermilion Cemetery. Stratton Lodge #408 A.F. & A.M. officiated. Templeton Funeral Home provided arrangements. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Edgar County Sportsman’s Club.

    JASON E. DOUGLAS, 34 of rural Fairmount, passed away unexpectedly, at 10:44 a.m. Fri., May 6, 2002, at home.
    Jason was born Feb. 27, 1988, in Urbana to Joseph Edward and Karla Marie Kasper Douglas.
    Survivors include his father, Joseph E. Douglas of Fairmount, his mother, Karla (Terry) Games of Ogema, Wis., a son, Hayden Edward Douglas of St. Joseph, a daughter, Sophia Marie Douglas of St. Joseph, a sister, Rachel (Daniel) Albers of Fairmount; two nephews, Holden Albers and Owen Albers. Also surviving is the mother of his children, Jessica Lopez.
Jason had worked for a time at the Pilot Travel Center. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and being an outdoorsman, as well as enjoying music.
    Memorial visitation was Tuesday at the Fairmount Fire House, Fairmount. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is assisting the Douglas family. On-line condolences at

    MARY ROBERTA TOMAW, 91, formerly of Sidell, entered eternal life on May 17, 2022 at Belmont Village in Oak Park, Ill.
    She was born in Danville on Aug. 12, 1930, the oldest of four children of Edward and Agnes McCown Nees. She married Ronald Tomaw on July 15, 1950 who preceded her in death in 1980.
    Roberta was a graduate of Sidell High School and Brown Business College. Following college she worked initially at Lauhoff Grain Company in Danville, then for over 25 years at the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Danville on two separate occasions, with a break to raise her two children.
    She also worked part-time as a reporter for the Sidell Journal. She was an active member of the Sidell United Methodist Church where she was the organist for over 50 years, served on boards and committees, and sang in the choir.
    While the church and her music were an important part of her life, her greatest joy was being with her family and watching her two children and five grandchildren grow up and, more recently, her three great-grandchildren.
    She was an avid Illini basketball fan and held season tickets for many years.
In addition to her husband, Roberta was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William.
    She is survived by her two children, Mark (Joyce) of Springfield and Sheryl Martin (David) of Oak Park, five grandchildren, Jeff Barry (Kristina) of Chicago, Andrew Tomaw (Kim) of Springfield, Tim Martin (Kerry) of Chicago, Matthew Tomaw (Jormi) of Tulsa, Okla., and Erin Martin of Denver, Colo., three great-grandchildren, Addison and Lucas Tomaw and Mia Barry; one brother, Ervin Nees of Science Hill, Ky., and one sister, Elsie Palmer of Effingham, and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Sidell United Methodist Church preceded by visitation beginning at 10 am. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Sidell United Methodist Church, 202 Chicago St, P.O. Box 49, Sidell, IL 61876 or the American Heart Association.

    GEORGE DOUGLAS “DOUG” DECKER, 56, of Fairmount, passed away at 12:11 a.m. Tues., May 17, 2022, in the emergency room at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Doug was born June 26, 1965, in Danville to George and Lora Lamb Decker. He married Cindy Bennett Hiser Dec. 15, 2018, in Danville. Cindy survives, as well as, his parents, George (Peggy) Decker of Cayuga, Ind. and Lora (Don) Robertson of Danville; two sons, Kegan (Chelsie) Decker of Catlin, and Dale Wilt of Muncie; five daughters, Melissa Decker of Tilton, Ashton (Mark) Kelly of Gilbert, Ariz., Andra (Kyle Larsen) Wilt of Collinsville, Maci (Eric Valdez) Hiser of Terre Haute, Ind., and Myli Hiser of Fairmount; one brother, Rob Miller of Wis.; four stepbrothers, Keith Helwig, Jim (Lori) Helwig, Jeff (Patti) Helwig, and Brian Robertson; three sisters, Tammy Castillion, Pendelton, Ind., Sherrie (Roy) Hughes Danville, and Cindy Breeden, Indianapolis, Ind.; one stepsister, Michelle Beck; 10 grandchildren, Detin, Ava, Cora, Hanson, Gabriella, Nolan, Addison, Avery and two on the way; his mother-in-law, Verna Bennett; and his best friend, Kevin Decker.
    He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George (Ruth) Decker; maternal grandparents, Walter (Pearl) Lamb; his nephew, Cory Piehl; his father-in-law, Bernard Bennett; his stepsister, Stephanie Lamoureux.
    Doug will be missed by a host of family and friends.
    Doug had been an installer for the “The Blind Man” blind and drapery store in Champaign. He was a member of CrossRoads Christian Church and enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, reading westerns, helping people, attending sporting events, and family time and especially spending time with the grandchildren.
    Funeral services were May 25 at CrossRoads Christian Church with Robbie Ketcherside and Miles Clark officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled arrangements.
    Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or CrossRoads Christian Church. Online condolences at

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June 2022

    VIRGINIA ALICE WALLEN, 100, of Catlin passed away at 2:05 p.m., June 7, 2022 at Country Health Care & Rehab in Gifford.
    She was born April 4, 1922 in Catlin, the daughter of Frank A. and Blanche Rohrer Taylor. She married George W. Wallen. He preceded her in death.
    Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Ann (Jack) Ray of Rantoul; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nephews; and one step-niece.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Susan M. Wallen Campbell, one brother, Russell A. Taylor, one sister, Catherine Miller, one grandson, Beecher Ray, sister-in-law, Mary Jane Taylor, and one niece.
    Virginia worked as a bookkeeper at Modern Machines in Danville and had worked at the Catlin Bank and Post Office. She was a member of the Catlin Legion Auxiliary, Home Extension Group, Farm Bureau, Catlin Methodist Church, and the Catlin Historical Society.
    Memorial services were June 10 with. Inurnment was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin Heritage Museum. Robison Chapel handled details. Condolences at

    WILLIAM HENRY LOWE, age 78, of Sidell, died Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    William was born May 14, 1944, in Paris to William F. and Rowena Denmar (Bennett) Lowe. He married Barbara Joan Decker on June 26, 1972; she survives.
    He is also survived by a son, William H. Lowe II (Marguerita) of Kingman, Ariz.; a brother, Bruce Lowe (Debbie) of Chrisman; and a granddaughter, Leah Lowe. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Melissa Kay Lowe.
    William had lived in Sidell for 20 years, having previously lived in Catlin and Chrisman. He worked as a farmer and enjoyed gardening and fishing.
    A graveside funeral will be held on Friday, July 1, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Sidell. For those who wish, memorials in William’s honor may be made to his family. Online messages of sympathy may be left at

    GRACE ROMACK, 70, passed away at her home in Danville on June 21, 2022.
    She was born on March 12, 1952 to Clarence Sr. and Goldie “Marlette” Pyles in Newman. She was a 1970 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    She had worked at Danville Metal Stamping until she retired.
    She dedicated her life to show love, support and guidance to her grandson/son Andrew Romack. She had always tried to express her love to Jeff and Andrew anyway she could. She appreciated everyone who helped her when in need, or just a friendly ear to listen.
Survivors are son, Jeff Romack; grandson/son Andrew Romack; granddaughter, Makynzie; sister, Marie (Chuck) Maring; several nieces and nephews. Her loving, go-to friends, Dam Drive and Robin Romack.
    Grace was proceeded in death by her husband, Larry Romack; her parents; sister Irene Henry; brothers Clarence “Ed” Pyles, Jr., and William King.
    Graveside rites were held June 28, 2022 at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell with Craig Roller officiating.

    PAUL MARING, 76, passed away in his home in Danville on June 19, 2022.
    He was born Nov. 24, 1945 in Sidell to Imogene and Clarence Maring. He is survived by four brothers, Chuck of Sidell, Art of Villa Grove, Kenny of Danville and Bobby of Catlin; and four sisters, Connie Anderson of Virginia, Shirley Whaley of Sidell, Peggy Miller of Villa Grove and Alice Lamb of Rolla, Mo.
    He was preceded in death by 15 siblings.

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July 2022

    REX ALLEN DAVIS — On Sunday July 10, 2022, Rex Allen Davis, age 79, of Fairmount, formerly of Westfield, passed peacefully away at his home.
    Rex was born Feb. 5, 1943 in Terre Haute, Ind. to Edward Oscar “Pete” Davis and Ruth Moriah (Lacey) Davis. He was raised in Westfield with his nine siblings.
    After graduating from Westfield High School, he worked briefly at State-ville Prison in Joliet. He then went on to work in Tilton at General Motors as a millwright for 32 years, at which time he retired on July 1, 1992.
    Rex asked Janice Elaine Gilbert to their junior high fun night, and she continued to be his sweetheart until the day he passed. They married in a small church in Westfield on Valentine’s Day in 1965. They moved a few times before settling in Fairmount where they have lived the last 45 years.
    Rex enjoyed many things including Gunsmoke, Corvettes, Harley Davidson motorcycles, hunting, watching his grandchildren play sports and traveling with his wife.
    Rex is survived by his wife, Elaine; his sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Reyna (Almanza) Davis of New Richmond, Ind., David and Amber (Lafferty) Davis of Pocatello, Idaho, and his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer (Davis) and Bob Woodard of Tuscola; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kay (Larry) Smith of Casey and Roberta Boyer of Casey.
    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Libby Davis Lycan; and siblings, Edward Davis, Denzel Richardson, Mary Ratts, Clayton Davis, Dale Davis, Charles Davis, Arthur Davis, Dayne Davis and Perry Davis.
    Rex is loved dearly by his friends and family and will be greatly missed.
    Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., Casey, with Steve Biggs officiating. Burial will follow in Bean Cemetery, Cleone.
    Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. prior to the service.
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    MARCIA LENHART, 86, of Georgetown, passed away at 6:06 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Harrison’s Crossing, Terre Haute, Ind. She was born in Paris on Dec. 13, 1935, the daughter of Clarence and Lola (Ross) Moss. She was united in marriage to Doyne C. Lenhart on June 10, 1956.  He survives.
    She is also survived by her children, Tracy (Brian) Morgan, Kerry (Anita) Lenhart and Jeff Lenhart; grandchildren, Annie, Brent, Carter, Kody, Abbigail, Wyatt, Natalie and Hudson; four great-grandchildren; and her brother, Bill Moss. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Larry Moss; and her granddaughter, Emma Rose Lenhart.
    Marcia was proud she was baptized at the age of 14 alongside her father. She attended a one-room schoolhouse all through grade school and graduated from Paris High School. She later attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. for one year and then graduated from Purdue University in 1958.
    She worked as an Assistant Home Advisor for University of Illinois Extension Service of Vermilion County. She also demonstrated Litton Microwave Ovens.
Her most rewarding work was raising her three children on the farm while enduring many sheep and goat activities. She also was a sales manager for Tupperware from 1963-1973 and at Pennyrich Bra as a sales manager.
    Marcia worked for the Lenhart Auction and Realty Company for over 50 years as the business manager. She setup and clerked the auctions. She also oversaw the lunch trailer for the auctions for a few years before it was sold. During her time, she was known as an antiques and jewelry expert and gave seminars for jewelry identification for Auctioneers Associations. She was inducted into the Indiana Auctioneer Auxiliary Hall of Fame in 2015. After retirement with Doyne from Lenhart Auction & Realty in 2015, she continued to work with her son, Kerry, in the business as his antiques and jewelry advisor seven days a week.
Marcia was an active farm owner, member of the Farm Bureau, and a 4-H leader. She also held a position with the Georgetown Fair as a board member for several years and donated an antique gold ring to the Georgetown Fair Queen for 50 years. She also donated funds to the Junior Livestock show at the fair.
    She was known to help numerous people in financial need over the years. She belonged to the Red Hat Society in Indiana and Illinois and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Gov. Bradford Chapter since 1956. She attended the Second Church of Christ in Danville.
    A celebration of Marcia’s life was July 25, 2022, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with Greg Taylor and Dale Deneal officiating. She was laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in her name to the Danville YWCA Women’s Shelter or Georgetown Fair Association.
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    GERALD DEAN LIGGETT, 86, of Gilbertsville, Ky., formerly of Catlin, passed away at 4:18 a.m. Tues., July 19, 2022, at Arcadia Care in Danville.
    He was born on Feb. 28, 1936, in Danville, the son of Carl and Myrtle Alverson Liggett. He married Karen Padgett on Sept. 1, 1956, at the Catlin Church of Christ. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Jeffrey (Mary) Liggett of Portage, Ind. and Steven (Cheryl) Liggett of Catlin; one daughter, Daphne (Jeff) Dexter of Wooster, Ohio; two sisters, Marilyn (Michael) Gehring of Galesburg and Linda (William) Ingram of Catlin; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Merle Liggett, infant brother, Carl Jr., and three sisters, Margaret Jenkins, Elna Davis and Evelyn Davis.
    Gerald graduated from Catlin High School and was in the Army Reserves for nine years. He learned his trade at W. S. Hannum in Danville and started Liggett Plumbing & Heating in 1973 until he retired in 1998. He served as president of the Catlin School Board and was on the Village of Catlin Board. He was a member of the 1st Christian Church in Benton, Ky., and the Catlin Church of Christ.
    Gerald and Karen enjoyed traveling and had been in all 50 states, seven Canadian Provinces and Africa and Europe. They also enjoyed boating and water skiing. Funeral services were at Robison Chapel with Chris Lawler and Pastor James Davis officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials may be made to the Catlin Church of Christ Music Ministry. Online condolences at


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August 2022

    SUSAN KAY (MOLLOY) OWENS, 68, of Bloomington, passed away on Aug. 8, 2022.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2022, at Calvary United Methodist Church, Normal. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. the evening prior at the church. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home has provided cremation services.
    Susan was born Christmas Day 1953, to William Lewis and Marjorie (Allison) Molloy. She was a graduate of Jamaica High School in 1972. She married Raymond Owens on June 26, 1982, he survives.
    Also surviving are a son, Brian Owens, South Milwaukee, Wis.; a daughter, Meredith (Dylan Faudree) Hopping, St. Louis, Mo.; and a son, CWO2 William (Jordan Tompkins) Owens, Union Junction, Kansas; grandchildren: Eleonore, Francesca and Augustine Hopping; mother, Marjorie Molloy, Bloomington; brother, Mike (Cathy) Molloy, Catlin; and several nephews and nieces.
    She was preceded in death by her father, the Rev. William L. Molloy.
    Susan was an 18-year instructor in the School of Communication at ISU. Prior to that she had a 25-year career as an RN.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Preacher’s Aid Society at Make a Donation - Preachers’ Aid Society and Benefit Fund (

    SHARON L. KELLER, age 84 of Monroe, Mich. and, formerly of Catlin, passed away Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 in Monroe.
    Born March 11, 1938 in Danville, Sharon was the daughter of the late Carl and Adeline (Taylor) Beddow. She attended Danville Public Schools and married William V. Keller on Sept. 26, 1958 in Danville. Together they raised three children. He preceded Sharon in death on Jan. 3, 2012. In May of 2017, Sharon moved to Monroe to be near her daughter, Kelly.
    Sharon was a member of Catlin United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir. God and family were most important in her life. She always loved being Mom and Mamaw.
    Sharon is survived by a daughter, Kelly (Doug) Hunt of Monroe, Mich.; son, Tony (Mindy) Keller of Catlin; sister, JoAnn Beddow of Monroe; and seven grandchildren: Cole Keller, Logan Schneeman, Leighton Schneeman, Landyn Schneeman, Levi Hunt, Keegan Keller, and Kamdyn Keller.
    In addition to her parents and husband, Sharon was also preceded in death by a son, William “Billy” Keller, Jr.; grandson, Jacob Keller; granddaughter, Sloan Schneeman; and brother, James Beddow.
    In accordance with family wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering will be announced soon. Her earthly remains will be privately laid to rest with her husband Bill at Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin.
    For anyone who may want to make a donation in memory of Sharon, the family suggests supporting her church in lieu of flowers.
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September 2022

    MARGARET “PEGGY” DEANE SWINFORD, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 9:51 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 at The Villas of Hollybrook in Pekin.
    Born Jan. 26, 1934 in Danville to Darrell Dean and Margaret M. (Finney) DeNeal, she married Joseph “Joe” H. Swinford on Feb. 8, 1953 in Sidell. He died July 28, 2018 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one great-grandchild; one-step grandchild and one great-great grandchild.
    Surviving are two sons, Scott (Mary) Swinford of Clinton, and Brian (Sandy) Swinford of Morton; five grandchildren, Nicole Bowman, Andrea Swinford, T.J. (Hannah) Swinford, Beau Swinford, and Breck Swinford; three step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one sister, Elizabeth (Joe) Maddox of Sidell.
    Peggy worked in the accounting department at Amoco Oil Company in North Pekin for 20 years, retiring in 1992.
    An avid St. Louis Cardinals and Bradley Braves Basketball fan, Peggy also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and working crossword puzzles.
    Peggy was a longtime dedicated member of First United Presbyterian Church of Pekin where she was a former Deacon and Elder. She also served in the Beta Sigma Phi Juniors Women’s Club and Christian Civic Outreach.
    A private funeral was held Saturday with Pastor John Swinford officiating. Entombment was in Glendale Chapel Mausoleum in Pekin.
    Arrangements were entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.         Memorial contributions may be given to First United Presbyterian Church, 1717 Highwood Avenue, Pekin, Illinois 61554.
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ROBERT BATES LALE, II, an unofficial native New Mexican having lived in Albuquerque since 1961, died on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
    Bob was born Dec. 13, 1939, in Salina, Kansas, the son of Robert Bates Lale and Frances Marie Russell. He married the love of his life, Margaret Elizabeth Maddox, who he loved, laughed with, and enjoyed every day since their marriage on April 21, 1961, in Carbondale. They had 61 wonderful years together.
    Bob retired from the FAA in 1994 having serve 25 years as an air traffic controller with his friends in East Specialty.
    He is survived by so many who loved him dearly and will mourn his passing. His wife, Peggy; his son, Robert (Penelope) Bates Lale III; his daughter, Christine Elizabeth (Daniel) Long; four grandchildren, Margaret Lale, Russell Lale, Zeke Long, and Sophie Long; and his great-granddaughter, Milrose Williams; Bob’s sisters, Dana Whitaker and Vicki Blair and their husbands and children. He also had a niece and nephews in Illinois whom he loved.
    Bob leaves a family who are so very grateful to have had him in their lives - he was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather.
    Bob will be cremated according to his wishes and a private viewing will be held by his family. A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends at a later date.

    ELIZABETH ROTHERMEL passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022 at home surrounded by her family.
    She was a wife, mother, sister and friend, but she was also a farmer who enjoyed gardening, canning and driving a grain truck for over 40 years.
    Elizabeth was a member of the Women’s Committee for the Champaign County Farm Bureau, a member of Art Needle sewing club and an avid bridge player and St. Louis Cardinals fan. She will be remembered for her delicious homemade pies and her volunteer work selling nuts for Pathfinders.
    Some of the greatest times spent as a family were around the dinner table enjoying Elizabeth’s good cooking. She always made sure to make more food than necessary so leftovers could be enjoyed later.
    Elizabeth was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Champaign, to Ray and Julia Umbanhowar Tate. She loved her brother, Donnie (Joan) Tate, and sister, Barbara (Jim) Downs, very much. She married the love of her life and best friend, Willard Rothermel, on Nov. 18, 1961. He survives.
    Survivors also include her four children, Kris (TJ) Farrar, Dan Rothermel, John Rothermel and Julie (Butch) Buesing; and nine grandchildren, Joe, Max and Jack Butler, Hayley and Molly Buesing, Morgan and Kyley Rothermel and Jack and Henry Farrar.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother.
    Funeral services Sept. 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, with Pastor John Sharp officiating. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Homer Funeral and Cremation Services handled arrangements.
    Memorials can be made to Cunningham Children’s Home, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

    CONNIE MARLENE (BRIGHT) GUMM, 69, of Sidell passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. Arrangements are pending at Watson Cremation Services.

    PEGGY MARIE BALDWIN, 87, of O’Fallon, formerly of Danville, passed away with her family by her side on Sept. 5, 2022 at her home in O’Fallon.
    Peggy was born on Jan. 18, 1935 the daughter of Elza and Ruby (McIntosh) Barrett in Danville. She married Eddie Gerald Baldwin of Sidell in Oakwood on April 2, 1953 and he survives.
    Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Jean) Baldwin of Ocean View, DE, Steven (Joan) Baldwin of O’Fallon, and, one daughter, Carolyn (Philip) Cornell of Moore, OK, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren.
    Peggy is preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and one brother.
    Peggy was a member of Pleasant Grove Bible Chapel where she led music for many years. She enjoyed spending her free time square dancing and was an avid bowler and was inducted into the DWBA Hall of Fame.
    A Celebration of Life was held Sept.10 at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville with Pastor Steven Pearson. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials may be made in Peggy’s name to the American Diabetes Foundation, American Heart Association or the Kidney Foundation. Tribute wall at

    VIOLA M. “VI” GUESS, 93, formerly of Catlin and Homer, passed away at 4:08 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in the emergency room at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Vi was born July 22, 1929, in Sharpsburg, Iowa to Orville and Ruby Hancock Brown. She married Richard G. “Dick” Guess Oct. 17, 1948, in Tingley, Iowa, he preceded her in death Aug. 2, 1988.
    Survivors include one son, Steve (Pam) Guess of Odgen; one daughter, Carolyn (Jered) McFadden of St. Joseph; one brother, Robert (Judy) Brown; two sisters, Betty Donaldson and Jean Fitzgerald; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Vi was also preceded in death by one daughter, Vicki, two brothers, two infant sisters, one grandson, Patrick, and two brothers-in-law.
    Vi had been employed for 17 years at the Catlin IGA grocery store and served as assistant manager. She enjoyed crafts, hand sewing, and especially her chihuahua’s. She was an exceptional chocolate chip cookie baker and always had a supply on hand for all who enjoyed them. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and was “Grammy” to the greatgrandchildren. She was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ.
    Funeral services were today (Thursday) Sept. 15, at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Todd Creason will officiate. Burial alongside Dick will be at OakRidge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials to Ruby’s Rescue and Retreat in care of Robison Chapel Post Office Box 79 Catlin, IL 61817. Online condolences at

    JOHN D. BAIRD, 82, of Ridge Farm, passed away unexpectedly at 6:27 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at his home.
    He was born April 16, 1940, to Imogene Baird. Imogene later married Leslie Erp and they raised John. John married Dolores J. Mabry April 18, 1961, in Danville. She preceded him in death Dec. 10, 2021.
    Survivors include two daughters, Robin Baird of Ridge Farm and Sheri Baird of Georgetown; four brothers, Lowell Erp, Orval Erp, Kevin (Linda) Erp, and Roy (Rose) Berry; two sisters, Darlene (Cleve) High and Sharon Rice; two grandchildren Melinda and Brent; three great-grandchildren Lilly, Lane, and Logan. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
    John had been a longtime employee of Tee-Pak in Danville, prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Vermilion Grove Friends Meeting. John totally enjoyed the family breakfast club every Tuesday.
    He enjoyed watching Gunsmoke on TV, as well as working in his yard. He had a great sense of humor and never met a stranger. Also enjoyed a good piece of pie.
    Funeral service were Sept. 20 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Joe and Mindy White officiated. Burial alongside Dolores was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the Vermilion Grove Friends Meeting. On-line condolences at

    JEREMY NEAL GEORGE, 53, of Urbana passed away at 11:20 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, at his home.
    Jeremy was born April 7, 1969, in Seattle, Wash, to the late David Lloyd and Pamella Cox George, Sr. His mother, Pamella Peeples, survives of Danville.
    He married Brenna Jo Deffenbaugh on July 28, 2001, in Sidell. She survives of 21 years.
Also surviving are his six children, Kristopher, Bailey, Konnor, Chloe, Maddie and Gunnar; grandchildren, Alaina, Armani, all of whom Jeremy loved so dearly.
    Jeremy is also survived by his seven siblings: David George, Greg George, Sean George, Ben George, Hannah Landis, Sam George and Holly George. In addition, Jeremy leaves behind three stepsiblings; his stepfather, David Peeples, and a very large extended family.
    Jeremy graduated from Shorewood High School in 1987 and volunteered for service in the Army where he saw combat in operation Just Cause in Panama. He was a talented commercial electrician working for an electrical contractor in Seattle before moving to Illinois in 1997 to help build greenhouses for the family business.
    Jeremy loved sports, particularly the Seattle Seahawks, but more than anything he loved being a father and cheering his children on from the sidelines. Jeremy was soft-spoken, kind and generous with his time. He was also known to bust a move with his daughters on Tic-Toc. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Memorial services 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Sidell Baptist Church with Mike Cox officiating. Inurnment at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell.
    Visitation will be 1 to 2 pm on Sunday, prior to services. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    CONNIE GUMM, 69, of Sidell passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2022, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
    Connie grew up in Danville and moved to Sidell in 1981 with her husband and two children. She graduated from Westville High School. She worked in customer service for many years and enjoyed watching movies, playing games and her grandchildren.
    Connie was predeceased by both her parents, Paul and Juanita Bright and two brothers, Louis and Donald Bratton.
    She is survived by her husband, Walter Gumm; children, Billy (Amber Wilson) Gumm and Katrina (Sean) George; eight grandchildren, Baileigh Gumm, Parker Gumm, Dylan George, Emma George, Tyler Gumm, Mackenzee Gumm, Aubrey Gumm and Macie Gumm; three sisters, Janice (Jim) Evans, Darlene Bratton, Paula Long; a brother, Larry Bratton; and several nieces and nephews.
    Connie will be dearly missed. A celebration of life was held Sept. 24 at the Sidell Fire Barn.

    VILA L. HIRD, 89, was surrounded by family when she went to her true home on Sept. 22, 2022.
    Born to Lloyd and Lois Campbell in Bushnell, Vila spent her formative years in Hannibal, Mo. Married 68 years to her best friend, Dick, until he passed away Oct. 9, 2020, the last day they spent together at home was her birthday, Sept. 22, 2020. This September 22, they are together again celebrating in Heaven.
    Also survived by two children, Randy (Chris) Hird and Candy (Dennis) Miller. She has six grandchildren, Daniel (Jenny) Miller, Rachel (Chris) Sherck, Aaron (Amy) Hird, Brandon (Jill) Hird, Andrew (Emily) Miller, and Denton (Mariah) Hird.
    In her heart, she adopted a special granddaughter, Michaela (Kaleb) Pierce. She has 19 great-grandchildren.
    She had three sisters, Trella Pabst, Letha Tucker, and Dorothy Reed, all preceding her in death. She is survived by two brothers, Dale Campbell and Calvin Campbell.
    She considered many from around the globe family members, including Kansas, Haiti, India, and Australia.
    After raising her children, she returned to school and received her nursing degree. She began her career at Lake View Hospital in Danville. She flourished for many years as a nurse for Dr. Hetherington until he retired.
    Vila was an active part of Community Church of God, where she served the church in many positions. Instrumental in developing the Mission Team, one of her great passions was local, national, and international missions’ outreach. Vila and Dick led over 30 trips to Haiti and several local and national mission outreaches. Along with her family, she established and maintained a church in India in her parent’s honor. The post office and Dollar Tree may go out of business without all the cards Vila purchased and sent.
    A passionate traveler, she visited all 50 states and many countries. Dick’s favorite place was home, but hers was traveling!
    Dick and Vila are greatly missed. Their love for their family and others was genuine and deep. They were wonderful parents, grandparent, great-grandparent and friends.
    The family will also remember Dick during this time as previous COVID restrictions were in place when he passed way.
    Funeral services were Sept. 28 at the Community Church of God, Danville, with Pastor Daniel Miller officiating. Burial was in Jones Grove Cemetery, Catlin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to help one of three non-profit agencies with which Dick and Vila labored in love:
  1. Mark Fulton, Mission Haiti Medical, PO Box 2252, Anderson, IN 46018 (
    2. Her longtime friend, Phyllis, Newby, Hand to Plow Ministries, 16221 Rawls Road, , Sarasota, FL 34240-9147 ( phyllis-newby/)
    3. Family Campbell , Church through IGL Hudson, OH 44235 (
  Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled arrangements. Online condolences at

    KENNETH E. MOUDY, 75, of Fairmount passed away suddenly at 8:42 pm on Wed., Sept. 21, 2022, at his home.
    Kenneth was born Nov. 23, 1946, in Danville to John Robert and Rosemary Harris Moudy. Kenneth married Sue Ann Krider on April 29, 1972, in Danville. She survives.
    Also surviving: one son, Matt (Lisa) Moudy of Catlin; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; one aunt, Madeline Sayler; one sister-in-law, Linda (Ken) Hunter. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter.
    Kenneth served in the US Army. He had worked with his father at Moudy Construction, as well as Auto Zone 15 years and briefly for Bunge. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and working crossword puzzles. He loved animals and was a 32-degree Mason.
    Memorial services are at 2 p.m. today (Thursday), at Robison Chapel with Rev. Dr. Adam Harmon officiating. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Online condolences at

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October 2022

    DELIA DARLENE PANKOW, 79 of Fairmount, was reunited with her beloved Jerry in Heaven on Sat., Oct. 1, 2022.
    Delia was born to John and Hazel (Stine) Estock in Danville on Oct. 20, 1942. Her family moved around a lot when she was young so she made friends at several schools throughout the years including Potomac, Danville, and Oakwood. It was in one of those small towns that Delia met a young Jerry Pankow and the two were married shortly before her 17th birthday Sept. 5, 1959.
    Delia loved making their house a home and raising their children. She was a lifetime collector of recipes and cookbooks and was a fantastic baker. Part of her daily conversations with her daughters was always ‘What are you having for supper? Well how do you make that?”
    Delia also loved deeply, and each grandchild felt her full support at every cheerleading event, basketball game, and spelling bee.
    On Jan. 5, 2022, Delia lost the love of her life Jerry after 62 wonderful years together. She leaves behind her two daughters, Sheryl Baumeister and Lori (Shane) Kirby; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry “Jed” Estock; brother-in-law, Frederick ‘Rick” (Judi) Pankow; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her father John Estock; her mother and step-dad, Hazel and Louis McCalip; a brother, Gene Estock; and two sisters, Marilyn Johnson and Nancy Pollock.
    Services were Oct. 4 at Kruger Funeral Home in Danville with Pastor Patti Wise officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery off of Shangri-la Road.
    Memories may be left at, or on the Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Delia’s name to Fairmount Fire & Rescue, OSF Bobbette Steely Hegeler Cancer Center, or the Danville Dialysis Center.

    LASHELLE LORENE (FULTZ) CRAIN of Danville passed away Oct. 8, 2022 at Pleasant Meadows Nursing Home in Chrisman.
    Lashelle was born June 22, 1969, in Danville, to Vernon and Donna (Lamb) Fultz. They preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, David Scott Crain.
    Survivors include her stepdaughter, Samantha (Eric) Fridmanski; stepson David Crain II; one brother, Tom (Judy Cornwell) Fultz; two sisters, Melissa (Danny Gorman) Edwards, Mary (Jim) Toy, and four grandchildren Emerson Fridmanski, and Taylor, Faith, and Rose Willoughby; as well as their mother Sarah.
    She leaves behind best friends, Jody Baird and Jason Robbins, in addition to several nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
    Lashelle graduated from Jamaica High School in 1987. She loved to learn achieving a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Masters in Accounting.
    Lashelle was very kindhearted. She was a loving and giving soul who prided herself on her honesty. She was a highly intelligent individual who loved puzzles and games that would challenge the mind. She loved Stephen King, reading, music (could play a mean sax), and anything Star Trek.
    She collected butterflies. Sending and creating greeting cards was a passion she started in her teens and continued throughout her life. She would send cards for all holidays, birthdays, and any occasion that would benefit from her reaching out.
    She was loved by many and will be sadly missed.

    JOSEPH “JOE” MARK age 80 of Towanda passed away at 9:21 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
    Joe was born July 1, 1942 in Macomb, the son of Victor Joseph and Gladys Opal McCain Mark. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Millikan on Feb. 12, 1966 in Normal. She survives. He is preceded in death by his parents.
    Joe was an evangelist for over 53 years. He was often a guest speaker at area churches including the Baptist Church of Fairmount.
    Joe had a great sense of humor and was an avid reader. He could not pass a Christian book store without buying a few books.
    But, the word that best describes Joe Mark is FAITHFUL. God called him at an early age to share the gospel and he did that for the rest of his life. He spent more time on the road than at home. As a result of his faithfulness, Joe will not be alone in Heaven. There are hundreds who accepted Jesus as Savior at his revivals because he was faithful to his calling.
When Joe took his last breath here, his next breath was in Heaven. What a wonderful reunion it was.
    The family suggests memorials be made to Camp Assurance, Georgetown. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.

    JAMES HOSKINS JR, 87, of Indianola passed away at 7:22 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12, 2022, at home.
    James was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Indianola, a son of James and Goldie Sandlin Hoskins.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years, Lois L (Anderson) Hoskins, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. James was the last of 17 siblings.
    James is survived by his sons, James Michael, Jeffery Lee (Bettina) and Jerome; daughters, Marsha (Donnie) Lamberson and Cindy Lou Fazio; nine grandchildren, 22 greatgrandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.
    James worked for General Motors in Tilton for 34 years retiring in 1989. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps and member of the UAW Local 579.
    A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Online condolences:

    MARCUS (MARC) HACK, 53, of rural St. Joseph, passed away at 10:15 a.m., Sat., Oct. 15, 2022 at home surrounded by family.
    Marc was the son of Randy Hughes and Nancy (Gilroy) Hack and step-father Dean Hack, born on March 1, 1969 in Tuscola. Marc married his highschool sweetheart, Mary Beveridge on Aug. 29, 1986 in Tucson, Az. They celebrated 36 years of marriage together.
    He is survived by all parents and his wife, Mary; daughter, Kayleigh Hack of White Heath, son, Marcus Hack Jr. (Lindsey) of Tolono; 5 grandchildren; three siblings, Jeff (Stacy) Hack of Sparland, Nichole (Tim) Driver of Tucson, Az., and Jon Hack of Urbana.
    Marc was a proud member of Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 143, Champaign working as a cement mason for over 26 years, working alongside his son, Marcus for 11 years. Marc’s favorite hobbies were spending time with his family and hunting.
    Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana is assisting the family with arrangements.

    JUNE PAPST KNOLL, 69, of Catlin, passed away Sat., Oct. 15, 2022, at Legacy Midtown Park in Dallas, Texas.
    She was born on May 1, 1953, in McKees Rocks, Penn., the daughter of Peter and Eleanor Papst.June married Dennis Knoll and they spent 30 plus loving years together. June and Dennis raised their four sons in Catlin and she always considered Catlin to be home.
June was first and foremost a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan and married into Iowa Hawkeye fandom. She loved playing euchre and bunco with friends, working at the Bingo Hall in Belgium, and watching every Hallmark Christmas movie.
    June Bug will be remembered as a loyal friend, being honest to a fault, and an avid QVC shopper. June was happiest when surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
While June’s family grieves her loss, they are choosing to remember her in a way that honors her spirit. That of kindness, loyalty, and devotion.
Preceding June in death include her husband, Dennis, and her parents, Pete and Dolly Papst.
    She is survived by her four sons, Steven (Brittany), Kevin (fiancé Nila), Keith, and Jonathan (Colby); sisters, Petra Papst and Beth Andoga (Jim); her two grandchildren; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
    A service was held Oct. 22 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Danville. Father Deus Byomuhangi officiated. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Share memories at

    LOUISE “TOOTIE” M. RICHTER, 92, of Danville, passed away at 1:16 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 9, 2022, at her home.
    Tootie was born on Nov. 5, 1929, in Fairmount to Guy and Bessie Goodwin Cook.
    Surviving are her son, Frank Richter Jr., daughter-in-law, Kathy Richter; sister, Joanne “Cricket” Bunting; four grandchildren; special daughters-in-law, Pamela Brumfield and Janet Richter; many great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her first spouse Frank Richter, and then her second, John Burrows; two sons, Terrance Richter and Michael Richter; three brothers, Sherman Cook, Charles Cook and Virgil “Bill” Cook; and three sisters, Bernice Truax, Elsie Allhands and Jackie Cheuvront.
    Tootie enjoyed spending time on her farm, rummaging and shopping with her sisters, also spending most of her holidays with her sister, Cricket.
    A private family memorial service will be held at Robison Chapel, Catlin On-line condol ences at

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November 2022

    DANIEL J. ALBERS, 38, of Fairmount passed away at 6:41 p.m. Sat. Oct. 29, 2022.
    Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5 at Freese Funeral Home, St. Joseph. Pastor Shawn Boylan will officiate. Burial will be at Stearns Cemetery, Fithian. Visitation will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
    Daniel was born Aug. 26, 1984 in Urbana. The son of James and Barbara (Ashley) Albers. He married Rachel Douglas on Oct. 15, 2011 in Urbana. She survives.
    He is also survived by his sons, Holden and Owen Albers; mother Barbara Albers of Fithian; sister Chandra (Chuck) Fryer of Marseilles; brother Kevin (Breana) Albers of Fithian; and nephews, Emmor Albers and Charlie Fryer.
    He was preceded in death by his Dad, maternal grandparents Jim and Betty Ashley, and paternal grandmother Hilda Albers.
    Daniel worked at the University of Illinois since 2009 as a Network Engineer with Technology Services. He was also a member of the Employee Engagement Committee. He always had a smile on his face and was respected by his coworkers .
    Dan was a member of the Fairmount Village Board, the Fairmount Volunteer Fire Department, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Urbana.
    Daniel was always willing to help out and do for others. He also did what it took to make his family happy and support them to make the best memories.
    He also enjoyed working on motors and motorcycles. He was a member of the Honda CB750 Motorcycle Group.

    SUZANNE CURRENT TALBOTT, 80, of Danville passed away at 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6, 2022 at Colonial Manor nursing home in Danville.
    She was born Dec. 25, 1941, to William and Ida Church Current of Sidell. She married John Talbott on Aug. 27, 1960, at the Homer Methodist Church in Homer. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Mary Current Todd.
    She is survived by her six children, Greg (Michelle) Talbott of Indianapolis, Scott (Tammy) Talbott of Danville, Susan Talbott Kedas of Catlin, Chris (Kelly) Talbott of Sidell, Robyn Talbott Yount of Danville and Brian Talbott of Danville; her sister Cynthia Current Cich; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    Suzanne graduated as salutatorian from Jamaica High School in 1960. Throughout her life, she raised her children to value education and a strong work ethic. She worked at Caterpillar while attending community college. Upon moving back to Sidell, she began a second career with the Postal Service, working as a clerk in Sidell and surrounding communities, moving up to postmaster at Collison and retiring from Redmond post office. She also acquired her CNA certification, and she volunteered with the women’s shelter in Danville. She loved to read, watch old movies, visit friends, and travel. Throughout all of this, her focus has always been on her children and her grandchildren. She took great pride in all that they did and was a source of support and encouragement throughout her life.
    A private family graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Robison Chapel in Catlin is assisting family with service details. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Humane Society of Danville and the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. On-line condolences at

    CARL LEE GRIFFIN, age 83, of Sidell, passed away Nov. 4, 2022, at home with his family by his side. He was born March 14, 1939, in Montezuma, Ind. to the late Carl and Eva (Smith) Griffin.
    Carl married the love of his life, Sondra Jean (Johnson) Griffin on Sept. 8, 1958, in Eugene, Ind. Lee and Sonnie had three children, Wade Lee Griffin of Sidell, Danny Joe (Tammie) Griffin of Indianola and Debra Sue Burgess of Newman.
    Carl is survived by his sister, Karen (Lanie) Johnson of Rockville, Ind., his sister-in-law, Debbie Cisco Grimes of Lexington, Ga.; his three children, 10 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren and his best friend, Jack Jack.
    Carl was preceded in death by his parents; beautiful wife Sonnie, brother, Richard Grimes; sisters, Brenda Griffin Koch and Cheryl Griffin White; two grandsons, Daniel Griffin and Chase Griffin; granddaughter, Natosha Griffin; and his beloved dogs.
    Carl was a 55-year member of the Operating Engineers Local 841. He was also certified in Small Engineer Repair. After retirement he stayed busy and enjoyed saw sharpening. Carl had a passion for antique cars and attending car shows and his award winning 1951 Ford Coupe.
    A Celebration of Life Dinner will be held on Sun., Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at the family home in Sidell. His arrangements were entrusted with Sunset Funeral. Share memories, photos at

    BETTY J. SAMPSON, 80, of Catlin, passed away at 6:44 a.m. Oct. 31, 2022 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    She was born Aug. 11, 1942, in Fairfield to Frank and Nora Taylor Baker. Betty married Edgar Sampson July 4, 1965, in Fairfield. He preceded her in death Sept. 20, 2006.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Stephen) Chaudion, Green Cove Springs, Fla. and Leslie Ann Van Camp, Catlin; three grandchildren, Erica Chaudoin, Silas Van Camp and Benjamin Van Camp.
    Betty was also preceded in death by two brothers, and two sisters.
   Betty was a longtime day care provider and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, puzzles, Facebook and cooking.
    Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday) Nov. 10 at Robison Chapel. Burial will be later in the Fairfield Cemetery, Memorials to Hope House. Condolences at

    DONNA M. RICHARDSON, 81, of Catlin passed away at 1:17 a.m. on Thurs., Nov.10, 2022, at her home.
    Donna was born on Feb. 5, 1941, in Muncie to William and Iola Bennett Youmans. She married Jack Richardson on June 30, 1961, in Danville. He survives.
    Also surviving are one son, Doug Richardson; one daughter, Virlane Torbit; two sisters, Myrna Kirkpatrick and Virlane Dunn; two grandsons, Ryan (Alyssa) Torbit and David Torbit. She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant sister, Darlene.
    Donna graduated salutatorian from Oakwood High School where she was the student council president and highly involved with Thespians. She attended the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University.
    Donna taught at Vermilion Grove Grade School and served as an aide in the Jamaica School District for 23 years. She was an active member of the Sidell United Methodist Church for 47 years as a choir member, Sunday school teacher, Chairman of the Missions Committee and treasurer. You could always find her in the kitchen at any event.
    Donna was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ for the last nine years of her life where she enjoyed choir and the prayer group.
    Donna was a talented artist. She enjoyed painting and giving those paintings to friends and family. In her later years, she developed her sketching gifts and filled many books with her lifelike renditions of people, animals, and nature. Over the years, she also created countless greeting cards using Photoshop, using her talents to showcase her sense of humor.
    She had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel. She toured Europe with her sister, Virlane, visited her daughter’s family in China twice with Jack and went to cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. She spent time with family in Colorado, Florida, and Arizona, always game for seeing new things. The highlight of her travels was her trip to Australia with Oprah when she was in the studio audience in 2010, where she had a private conversation with Olivia Newton-John and was the oldest person to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
    Even at home, she was always put together and ready to go any time anyone wanted to do something.
    Funeral services were Nov. 16 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian. Memorials to the Erythromelalgia Association, in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois handled arrangements. Online condolences at

    SUE ANN PIRTLE, 57, of Normal, formerly of Catlin and Fairmount, passed away at 5:25 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 17, 2022, at her home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
    Sue was born on March 5, 1965, in Danville, the daughter of George and Kathleen Thomas Harby. She was married to Michael Pirtle on Aug. 8, 1987 in Catlin. He survives.
    Also surviving are a daughter, Grace Pirtle, one son, Grant Pirtle, as well as her mother, Kathleen Harby; sister, Kay (Ronald) Smoot; brother, David (Terry) Harby; mother-in-law, Patricia Pirtle; sister-in-law, Linda Moore; many nieces, nephew, great nieces and great-nephews. Preceding her was her father, George Harby; and brother-in-law, John Moore.
Sue graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in 1987 and Southern Illinois University with a master’s degree in 1995. Sue’s entire career of 35 years was spent in social services. She had a passion for helping others.
    Sue passionately loved God and other people. She was a founding member of Compass Church and took pride in being a member of the board during the purchase of the church building. Throughout her lifetime Sue took part in many leadership positions. She loved spending time with her family. Sue loved looking for shells on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Island, Florida.
    Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 26, 2022, at the Compass Church, 4114 Oakland Avenue, Bloomington with Pastor Chris Shandrow officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. before services.
    Memorials may be made to the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Condolences at

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December 2022

    Bette K. Shute, 92, of Fairmount, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana.
    She was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Oakwood to Clifford E. and Ellen M. Ervin Charles. Bette married Estel M. Shute on May 28, 1964 in Danville. He preceded her in death in 1993.
    Survivors include one son, Todd Shute of Fairmount; two daughters, Barbara Lightle of Oakwood and Susan (Charles) Guymon of Pekin; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
    Funeral services were at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) Dec. 8, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Jim Blue officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Cemetery in Danville. Robison Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    Memorials to the American Cancer Society. On-line condolence:

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