Obituaries 2023

January 2023

    JOHN W. WOOD, 79, of Sidell, passed away on Dec. 19, 2022 at OSF Hospital in Danville. He was born in Vandalia on June 4, 1943 to parents Woodrow and Frances Wood, who later divorced in 1947. He was raised by his stepmom Beverly Wood, whom he affectionately called “Mom.”
    John was born into a family of eight children: Gloria, Gaylen, Stanley, Steve, Sally, Danny and Dennis, and has several nieces and nephews as a result.
    John attended Danville Grade School and Danville High School growing up. He furthered his education at Black Hawk College and Augustana College receiving his degree in teaching science.
    He married Evelyn “Carrol” Wood in the Lincoln Methodist Church on July 12, 1964. They celebrated their 58th year of marriage this past July. Together, they raised three children, John Wilson Wood, George Fitzgerald Wood, and Carole Jane Wood West. They also shared five grandchildren, Erika Bowman, Tyler Wood, Kaila Claypool Wood, Johnathon Eckert, and Austin Menges, as well as four great-grandchildren.
    John was close to his mother-in-law, Evelyn Clink, and his father-in-law, George Clink. So much in fact, he referred to them as his mother and dad. John loved teaching, sharing life experiences, fishing, dogs, and flea markets. He never seemed to meet a stranger or failed to help someone in distress. He will truly be missed.
    A graveside service took place Dec. 31 at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Pastor Matt Filicsky officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you do an act of kindness in John’s memory. Please join John’s family in sharing fond memories, photos, and videos on his Tribute Wall at

    WILLIAM BRIAN BAIRD, 51, of Fowler, Ind. and formerly of Kingman, passed away on Tues., Dec. 20, 2022 at Greenhill Manor. He was born in Danville, Ill. on Feb. 25, 1971 to the late Barbara Jean (Schumacher) Baird.
    He attended Fountain Central Schools. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, watching movies, and helping his mom farm and work in the greenhouses. He loved going to Disneyland, driving Malibu Race Cars, and deep sea fishing while visiting California.
    He is survived by two sisters, Carol Smith and Rebecca Reed of Clovis, Calif.; several aunts, an uncle, several nieces and nephews; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his mother and two sisters, Debra Hall and Karla Mershon, and his grandparents, Lloyd and Ruth Schumacher.
    Cremation was chosen with a memorial service held at a later date. Sanders Funeral Care of Kingman, Ind. is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

    LARRY LEROY PHELPS, 82, of Fairmount, passed away at 6:15 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 8, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    He was born Sept. 16, 1940 to Millard Leroy and Vera V. (Walker) Phelps in Danville. Larry was a maintenance worker at the VA hospital and was a veteran of the United States Army.
    Larry is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Ann Phelps of Danville and son, Bradley Lee Phelps of Fairmount.
    Services were held Dec. 28 at Danville National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 210. Online condolences:

    TONI L. WAGLE, 64, of Jamaica, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Fri., Jan. 6, 2023, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    She was born on Nov. 21, 1958, in Danville, the daughter of Bill and Mildred Hopkins Lomax. She married Richard A. Wagle on Nov. 27, 1981, in Danville. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2022.
    Survivors include her mother, Mildred Lomax of Oakwood; two sons, Ricky (Sharlotte) Wagle of Indianola and Cory (Alyssa) Wagle of Tuscola; one daughter, Kayce Wagle of Danville: four brothers, Bob (Brenda) Lomax of Oakwood, Richard Lomax of Oakwood, Mike (Dody) Lomax of Danville and Steve Lomax of Oakwood; one sister, Cindy (Jeremy) Shumate of Oakwood; two grandchildren, Keegan and Paislee, and her furbaby, Charlie. She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Lomax; her daughter, Jessie Wagle; and her grandparents, Minnie Zimmerman and Bill and Mary Lomax.
    Toni helped with the MS Foundation and MS walk. She enjoyed cross stitching beautiful pictures and wedding and birth announcements. She won numerous ribbons and awards for her cross stitching. Toni loved playing and beating people at cards, dice, and board games. She also loved bowling, even winning a few trophies. She enjoyed baking and delivering Christmas cookies to family and friends. She loved making people happy and laugh. She kept a smile on her face and was humble as can be.
    Funeral services 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 14, 2022, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Jason Moore officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in Danville. Visitation 10-11 a.m. prior to the services on Saturday at Robison Chapel in Catlin.
    Memorial may be made to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. On-line condolences at

    SILAS LEE “SONNY” ELLIOTT, age 76, of Metcalf, IL, went home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2023, at his home.
    Sonny was born April 16, 1946, in Casey County. KY to Dillard and Sadie Belle (Rayburn) Elliott. He married Patsy Robena Liles on August 2, 1969. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and a deacon at the Brocton Christian Church. He enjoyed bow hunting, fishing, gardening, volunteering at the food pantry, and was a handyman who enjoyed fixing things. He had a giving heart and loved to help others.
    He is survived by three sons: Tommy Elliott of Metcalf, IL, Donald Ray Elliott of Fayetteville, NC, and Jeffrey Elliott of Metcalf, IL; seven sisters: Martha, Annie, Louise, Mary, Della, Stella, and Judy; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sons, three brothers and three sisters.
    Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman, IL. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Young America Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials in Sonny’s honor may be given to the Brocton Christian Church. Online messages of sympathy may be left at

    ARTIE ALLEN SHIREMAN, JR., of Okeechobee, Fla. went to be with the Lord on Jan. 6, 2023.
    He was born July 13, 1942, in Pittsfield to Allen and Verna (McGlauchlen) Shireman. He was a graduate of Newman High School. He married Candace Hooker Jan. 26, 1960.
   Art enjoyed golfing, fishing and family time. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.
    He is survived by his wife, Candace; two daughters, Shelly (Allen) Miller, and Kim (Mike) Noland; a son, Mark (Amanda) Shireman; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a sister, Glenna (Chuck) White of Newman; a brother-in-law, Steve (Debbie) Hooker of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law, Hershel and Connie Hooker; brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Elaine Hooker; and nephew, Ty Hooker.
Private services will be held in the spring at Newman Cemetery. Memorials can be made in his name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

    DONALD L. “LUKE” LUKEHART, 85 of Rittman formerly of Armstrong County Penn. and Cambridge Ohio passed away peacefully on Jan. 13 2023 at his home in Rittman following a heroic battle with bladder cancer.
    Don was born on Sept. 2 1937 in Kiski Township Penn. to the late William Reese and Hazel A. (Christy) Lukehart. He attended Elderton High School in Pennsylvania and served as a Specialist in the United States Army from 1960-1962.
    He married Karen Joy Thorne Sept. 29 1962 in Green Ohio and they have been happily married for the last 60 years.
    He worked as a dock worker yardman at Helms All States Freight P.I.E./ Ryder-P.I.E and Consolidated Freight and retired after 30 years.
    Don will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He enjoyed gardening sitting on his porch and watching westerns and Jeopardy on TV. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan. He had the gift of gab and had a contagious smile and beautiful blue eyes that everyone noticed. He loved spending time with all of his grandchildren. He believed in Jesus as his personal savior and was baptized at the Mouth of the Jordan River in Fairmount in his children’s presence.
    Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters Pamela J. (Jim) Wolfe of Rittman Polly K. (Rob) Puckett of Rittman and Suzanne M. (Greg) Woodard of Fairmount; a son Donald Reese (Angela) Lukehart of Rittman; grandchildren Erica (Kyle) Henry Anna Marie Puckett Wesley Puckett Michael (Kasey Roark) Puckett Luke Wolfe Belle (Zach) Levan Cordell Wolfe Zach (Samantha) Woodard Chelsey Woodard Kendra Woodard Kira Ellen Lukehart Olivia Lukehart Clarissa (Claire) Lukehart and Sam Lukehart; great-grandchildren Miley and Bowen Henry Tasey and Kayden Puckett Benton Cox and one more on the way; three brothers Clair Lukehart and Merle (Peg) Lukehart of Pennsylvania and Kenneth (Donna) Lukehart of Mineral Ridge Ohio; two sisters Regina Learn and Erma “Doll” Koedel of Pennsylvania; one brother-in-law Ted Thorne of Pennsylvania; and numerous nephews nieces and cousins.
    Don was preceded in death by his sister Devona “Sis” Reigh; brother Worth Lukehart; four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.
    Services were Jan. 18 at Auble-Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman with Don’s niece Rev. Tarah Ray officiating. Cremation will follow the service and burial of the ashes will occur at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.
    Memorials may be made to Ohio’s Hospice Lifecare 1900 Akron Rd Wooster OH 44691. Expressions of condolence may be made at

    ROBERT T. ELGIN, 95 of Fairmount passed away at 4:52 p.m. Mon. Jan. 9 2023 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    He was born Dec. 1 1927 in Danville to Irvin L. and Mary Etta Taylor Elgin. Bob married Myrna Jean Spesard on Jan. 4 1948 in Catlin. Myrna passed away July 18 2018.
    Survivors include four daughters Gail Voorhees of St. Joseph, Jeannie (James) Riordan of Bloomington, Sandra (Mike) Cox of Danville and Jody (Chuck) Baird of Farmer City; six grandchildren, Mike (Paige) Voorhees, Kristin (George) Zuponeck, James (Kristi) Riordan, Meghan (Andy) Gibbons, Katie (Sean) Collins and Mary ( Jacob Walker) Baird; one grandson-in-law Jeffrey White; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Bob was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Chip Voorhees, one granddaughter, Micah White and his sister, Betty Mayerik.
    Bob was a graduate of Catlin High School and was appointed to the United States Postal Service by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1963 and served till his retirement in 1991. He was Postmaster of the Fairmount Post Office for over 21 years and retired as Postmaster of the Westville Post Office.
    He was a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge Danville Consistory Scottish Rite and was a 55 year Mason. Bob was active in the National League of Postmasters Association having served for a time as president.
   He enjoyed farming woodworking and furniture building. Bob learned to play the dulcimer and built his own. He had belonged to the Westville Church of Christ. He was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed educating and speaking about stamps. Most of all Bob was a devout CUBS fan.
    Funeral service were Jan. 16 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Catlin. Masonic rites were by Catlin Masonic Lodge. Memorials in his memory may be made to the donor’s choice. On-line condolences at

    RUTH ANN YOUNG, 83 of Fairmount passed from this life on Wed. Jan. 11 2023 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home Danville with complications from Parkinson’s Disease.
    Ruth was born in Danville on June 9 1939 as an only child to John Eldon and Bernice Boose Hart. On Oct. 18 1958 at St. Patrick’s Church in Danville she married William (Bill) Young of Perrysville Ind.
    He survives as well as their children Sandra Young (fiance’ Rick Swanson) of LaPorte Ind. and Gary (Connie) Young of rural Fairmount; grandchildren Stephanie (Jason) Cozzolino of Glendale, Ariz., Laura (TJ) Davis of Bismarck, Jennifer (Joey) Shields of Greencastle, Ind. and Robert Brinkman of Carmel, Ind. eight great-grandchildren; and a new great-great-grandchild.
    Ruth Ann was a homemaker supporting the family farm operations for many years. She enjoyed sewing custom-made draperies in the 1980s for Liggett’s Drapery in Catlin. She was very active in several volunteer efforts including as Past President and a member for more than 50 years of the Fairmount Women’s Club. She served as president of the Catlin Night Unit of Homemakers Extension and as a 4-H leader.
    For multiple terms she was an elected trustee for Jamaica Township. She and her husband Bill were members of the Henning Haymakers Square Dance Club for more than a decade and she sewed her dresses and his matching shirts. In addition to her talent for sewing quilting and crafts Ruth Ann enjoyed growing both vegetables and flowers. She was an avid genealogist who spent many hours tracing back ancestry on all sides of the family tree.
    Funeral services were Jan. 18 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with her nephew Chaplain Dennis Young officiating. Burial was at Mount Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin.
    Memorials may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

    GLENDA KAY HEPBURN GUTHRIE was taken home to be with her Savior on Sun., Jan. 15, 2023.
    Glenda was born April 6, 1944, to Glen and Iris Hepburn and grew up in Sidell, a small farming town where neighbors visit on the front porch and genuinely care for each other. She married her high school sweetheart, Gary Guthrie, on May 31, 1964, and enjoyed a loving partnership with him for over 58 years.
    Upon graduation from Eastern Illinois University with a BS degree in English Education, she moved to Greenville, SC to teach English at Bob Jones University, where for over 50 years she invested her life encouraging students to speak well, write well, and serve their Creator.
    While teaching at BJU, she reared four sons to be committed to their families and love Jesus Christ, which, from her perspective, would be her greatest legacy.
    She is survived by her husband, Gary, her four sons, Todd, Ted, Mark, Jonathon; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild, with another on the way.
    In her free time, Glenda loved playing Uno, Phase 10, and Rook with her grandchildren and close friends. The main purpose of her life was to glorify God and have her children and grandchildren walk with Jesus Christ.
    The viewing for Glenda will be at 1 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 21 at Trinity Bible Church, 205 N. Hoover Rd., Greer, SC, followed by the funeral at 2:00 pm. A private family-only grave side service will be held.
    In lieu of flowers, Glenda wished memorials be sent to Resourcing Christian Education international at following link, which will go to support her son, Mark, as he starts Christian Schools in impoverished Uganda for the glory of the Lord.

    DAVID A. DeJAEGER, 75, of Catlin, passed away at 5:34 a.m., Thurs., Jan. 19, 2023, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville. He was born in Danville on Aug. 27, 1947, the son of Francis and Mary {Ray} DeJaeger, both deceased. He was married to Alice (Boots) Walker on Feb. 10, 1973, until her passing on March 1, 2011.
    David is survived by his stepson, Robert (Sheryl) Walker; his stepdaughter, Viki Potter; two step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and his brother, Phillip DeJaeger. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his sister, Mary DeJaeger; one granddaughter, and sister-in-law, Ann DeJaeger.
    David graduated from Jamaica High School in 1965. He started working at Illinois Bell in 1967 as a lineman and splicer until his retirement in 1994.
    He was a proud Veteran of the US Navy Reserve serving 1966-1972 active duty. He spent his time in Vietnam from Sept. 1967 to Dec. 1968 aboard the USS Perkins DD-877. He was a member of Davis-Busby American Legion Post #776 Catlin for over 50 years. He served as a Color Guard, Chaplain, Adjutant, and Post Commander.
    He was also a member of the VFW Post #728 Danville, as well as a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
    David had many interests and hobbies. He volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels and at the JC Basketball tournaments. He served on the committee for Legion State Golf tourneys. He enjoyed all sports and was a Yankees fan, as well as enjoyed watching Indy Car racing and playing golf. David and Alice enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona, Texas, and Florida.
    A celebration of life was held Jan. 24 at Sunset Funeral Home in Georgetown with Pastor James Blue officiating. He was laid to rest in Forest Park Cemetery, Georgetown.
    Memorial donations may be given in his name to American Legion Post #776, Catlin or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Share memories, photos, and videos through his Tribute Wall at

February 2023

    FRED JUNIOR FULTZ, 78, of Fairmount passed away at 7:21 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023, at Horizon Health in Paris.
    He was born Dec. 31, 1944 in Champaign County, Illinois to Fred and Mary Whightsil Fultz. Fred married Karen J. Hanson Sept. 9, 1978, she preceded him in death Nov. 4, 2005.
    Survivors include two sisters, Clara (Rodney) Woodard of Fairmount and Janice Bear of Homer; one special nephew, Kevin Woodard; and a great-nephew, Jesse McKitrick; as well as several other nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, and several aunts uncles, cousins, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law.
    Fred was a 1959 graduate of Fairmount Grade School and 1963 graduate of Jamaica High School. He joined the Army in 1965, and served his country in Vietnam from 1966-1967. He had been employed at Hyster’s in Danville for 38 years in the repair and parts department. Fred was an avid bowler, member of the Independent Builder’s Association, member of the First Baptist Church of Fairmount, having served as a trustee for a time. And was active on the Fairmount Fire Department.
    Funeral service were Jan. 31 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. Military honors provided. Memorials to the First Baptist Church of Fairmount or Fairmount Fire Department. On-line condolences

    CAROLYN ANN ECKERTY, age 80, of Villa Grove, formerly of Port Richey, Florida, passed away on Jan. 30, 2023 at her home in Villa Grove, surrounded by her loved ones.
    Carolyn was born on Nov. 21, 1942 to Newell Franklin Young and Anna Jane (Rumbaugh) Catlett in Kansas City, Mo. She graduated from Jamaica High School in 1960 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University.
    She married the love of her life, Bob D. Eckerty on April 13, 1963 in Fairmount and they would spend 50 wonderful years together until his passing in 2013.
    She is survived by children, Robert Eckerty of Villa Grove, Mark (Dawn) Eckerty of Tampa, Fla., and Barry (Kim) Eckerty of Casey; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Newell “Butch” (Paulette) Young. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Janice Sue Smith, and brother Robert Young.
    Carolyn started teaching elementary school in Fairmount when she was 19. After that she taught at Muncie Grade School and Columbia Elementary in Mattoon. She then went on to teach kindergarten in Villa Grove for over 20 years before retiring in Illinois. After retiring, she and Bob moved to Florida where she taught kindergarten for eight more years. After she retired from teaching in Florida, she volunteered at Pasco County Schools and the Pasco Fine Arts Council.
    Carolyn loved education and had boundless energy to not only teach children, but also gave numerous seminars on teaching and even co-authored a book for teaching methods of Pre-K through kindergartners. Some of her favorite things to do in her “spare time” were knitting and making quilts. Many people were lucky beneficiaries of Carolyn’s talent.
    She was a member of the Villa Grove United Methodist Church, UMW/UWF, Douglas County Retired Teachers, IRTA, Eastern Illinois Alumni Association, Illinois Kindergarten Association, Illinois Reading Council and the Pasco County Fine Arts Council.
    Donations can be made to the Villa Grove United Methodist Church, Villa Grove Schools Teachers Scholarship Fund, or donor’s choice.
    Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 10 at the United Methodist Church in Villa Grove from 4-7 pm. Services are Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Villa Grove with Pastor Jonathan Brashear presiding. Interment will follow at Fairfield Cemetery north of Newman.

    EVELYN S. ROMINE, 75, of Fairmount, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Gardenview Manor in Tilton, IL. Private graveside rites will be held at Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount.

  STEVEN “STEVE” MICHAEL MORELAND, 67, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 10:08 a.m. on Sat., Feb.11, 2023, at his home.
    Steve was born Oct. 14, 1955, in Danville to Wayne Allen and Gwen Larrance Moreland. He married Joy Guthrie on Aug. 10, 1974, in Georgetown.
    Surviving are his mother, Gwen Price of Ridge Farm; one son, Michael Moreland; two daughters, Julie Ann (Michael) Mullaney and Emily Ludington; one brother, Jeff Moreland of Indianola; one sister, Mary Moreland of Springfield; and four grandchildren, Sophia Grace Mullaney, Olivia Belle Mullaney, Gabe Ludington, and Elizabeth Ludington. He was preceded in death by his father.
    Steve graduated from Ridge Farm High School and was a lifelong farmer. He was an avid fisherman who loved woodworking, deer hunting, and especially mushroom hunting.
    Services were Feb. 15 at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor Jim Hollingsworth and Pastor David Almy officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Memorials to the United Methodist Church, Indianola.
    Online condolences at

    DOUGLAS GUNNAR CARTER, local pit master and life-long resident of Catlin, passed away unexpectedly on Fri., Feb. 10, 2023, at the young age of 45.
    A devoted husband, father, brother, son, grandson, nephew, and friend, Doug was one of a kind. He was blessed with a passion for innovation. A visionary and expert when it came to fabrication. He could dream it, and he could build it. Skills that began as a toddler disassembling toys, quickly evolved into a proficiency working on cars, to a mastery working with metal.
    Doug had learned from the best, his father, Gary, was his most respected mentor. Doug earned a Bachelor’s degree from SIUC in Industrial Technology. This led to a 20 plus year career at Danville Metal Stamping, initially working as a tool and die maker, later transitioning to a Manufacturing Engineer.
    On Aug. 20, 2005, Doug married his high school sweetheart, and love of his life, Robin.
    In the community, Doug was most well known for his role as the pit master for High on the Hog, the family-owned and operated BBQ restaurant located in Catlin.
    Doug is survived by his wife, Robin and daughter, Maddie; mother Crystal Carter; brother JJ (Tina); nephew and niece Brady and Aubrey; sister, Elizabeth LaFleur (Benjamin); nephew and niece Lincoln and Bella; niece Riki (Ryan) Schull; nephews Brian and Adam Krankavitch; grandmother Toby Williams; grandfather Joe Carter; brother-in-law Rick (Mona) Krankavitch; and numerous family members and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Gary L; grandfather Fay Williams; and grandmother Martha Carter.
    Funeral services 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) Feb. 16, at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. ahead of services.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made towards a scholarship fund set up for Maddie Carter at the Education Personnel Federal Credit Union in Danville. Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    RICKY LEE JUVINALL, Sr., 71, of Fairmount, has gone to fish in the Big Pond in the sky.
    He was born on May 16, 1951, in Chicago, the son of Fay G. and Edith M. Hires Juvinall. He married Susan Kay Embery on Dec. 24, 1983, in Georgetown. She survives.
    Other survivors include, his children, Tiffany (Wayne Slevin) Harden of Sidell, Jessica Juvinall of Sidell, Ricky Juvinall Jr. of Westville, and Walter (Latela) Juvinall of Danville; one brother, Darrell Juvinall of Tolono; seven grandkids and five great-grandkids. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bruce and Scott Junivall.
    Rick loved fishing and was a friend to everybody. He also loved being in his “mancave” – the garage. He raised half of the kids in Fairmount, even his special kids.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date. Robison Chapel in Catlin is assisting the family with service details. On-line condolences at

    JAMES “JIM” ROGER WALKER, 85, of Catlin, passed into Glory in his sleep Feb. 6, 2023.
Jim was born Nov. 28, 1937, in Sidney to Harley and Irene Walker. He married Judith Jane Beason on Feb. 18, 1962, and they celebrated 58 years together before Judy’s passing Dec. 27, 2020.
    They had two children, Joellyn (David) Parry who lives in Sterling, Virginia, and Jeff (Denise) Walker, who passed away from pancreatic cancer just three days after his Dad on Feb. 9, 2023.
    In addition to Joellyn and David, other survivors include their three daughters, Caitlyn, Courtney and Corinne, and Jeff’s daughters, Emma and Madilynn.
    Jim was an amazing husband, dad and grandfather. He had many great friends and was truly loved by all who met him. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Jim worked in an office for several years and did not enjoy it, so he switched jobs. He ended up working for Catlin Township for over 30 years; he loved being home for lunch with his children, and later grandchildren. He enjoyed the people he worked with and loved being outside.
    Jim taught Hunter Safety courses for over 40 years, he was a volunteer fireman in his younger years, he was on the board of the Fairmount Conservation Club, he volunteered at the War Museum i every Friday for years, he was very involved at the Methodist Church in Catlin and helped out with the teen group multiple years, and he loved to played Euchre with different groups.
    Jim’s pride and joy in life was his five granddaughters. When he visited Jeff in Carterville, he took Emma and Madilynn hunting, fishing, driving around the refuge and he would have Emma tell him where everything was. They all played rummy for hours and hours. He helped the girls learn to drive when they had their permits.
    Jim loved to volunteer at Joellyn’s daughters’ schools when he and Judy flew to Northern Virginia several times each year. He helped out in their classrooms, watched them run the mile, went on their field trips as a chaperon, met each of the girls for lunch, was their chauffeur for many, many years until they were 15-and-a-half years old, and then he was the best, most patient driving instructor!
    Jim’s funeral will be a private ceremony at the National Cemetery in Danville.

March 2023

    SIMON EZEKIEL HEPBURN, son of Billie Stine of Catlin, and Allen Hepburn of Anderson, Ind., passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2023, at the age of 21.
     Simon is survived by his parents; brother, Noah Hepburn of Springfield; sisters, Katie (Chase) Arihood of Knoxville, Tenn. and Grey Rife; grandmothers Cam Kelly, Jean Raymer and Deb Hepburn; grandfather Bill Stine; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and extended family.
    He was preceded in death by grandfather, Mike Hepburn.
    Simon was a lifelong resident of Vermilion County, attending Salt Fork High School where he played football and baseball. He loved outdoor activities, especially swimming in the pond and catching snakes and turtles, and he was a great cook with a special talent for smoked salmon, ribs, and “really knew what to do with a pork loin!” Simon also shared a special bond with his younger sister, Grey, who called him “Bubbie.”
    In 2015, while still in high school, Simon found his passion when he began working with special needs children as a volunteer for Ambucs Summer Camp. After graduating, he became a teacher’s aide with the Vermilion Association for Special Education, working with 1st-5th grade students at Middlefork School for the past three years. He will be greatly missed by his students, teaching colleagues, family and friends.
    In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Ambucs Summer Camp-Danville. To donate online, visit and please select “General Donation” and note “Summer Camp–in memory of Simon Hepburn” in the company line.
    Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. today (Thursday) March 9 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with service immediately following. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Fireside Event Space in Westville from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday. Please share your favorite stories and special memories of Simon through his Tribute Wall at

    GARY LEE DIXON, 80, of Fairmount passed away at 2:25 a.m., on Thurs., March 2, 2023, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Medical Center in Mattoon.
    Gary was born to Joe and Virginia Cope Dixon in Newport, Ind., on Feb. 7, 1943, and later raised by Virginia and Russell Edmiston in Georgetown, however, has been a resident of Fairmount since 1973.
    Gary is survived by his wife of 58 years, Diana Mae Griffin Dixon; four children, Randall Colby, Gary Dixon, Joy (Colby) Stewart and Angela Dixon Jones; brother, Mike Morgan; sister, Joanna Dixon Kinneer; seven grandsons, eight granddaughters, and 14 great-grandchildren.
    Prior to his wife Diana, Gary proudly served in the Navy 1959-1966, including time on the USS Radford and USS Craig in various parts of Vietnam throughout the Vietnam war. He worked for Bohn in Danville as a millwright for 34 years. He spent his life doing what he loved; fishing anywhere he could cast a pole, hunting, camping, gardening, and most importantly, beginning and ending his days with a cup of coffee, swinging on the porch with his beloved wife by his side.
    Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2023, at Robison Chapel with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial will be Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin with military honors. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Friday, March 10 at Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

  JOYCE N. LEVERENZ, 83, of Danville, passed away at 1:25 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 28, 2023, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Joyce was born Jan. 8, 1940, in Danville to Charles and Opal “Cricket” O’Reilly Quartier. She married William Leverenz on Oct. 22, 1960, at the Grace Methodist Church in Danville.
    Surviving are one son, Mitchell (Julie) Leverenz of Oakwood; one daughter, Julie (Curt) Ronto of Bismarck; five grandchildren, Dustin (Jessica) Leverenz, Derek (Fiancé Kapri Krople) Leverenz, Bailee (Gordon) Davis, Ashlee (Josh) Fulton, and Lesley White; and four great-grandchildren: Oliver Leverenz, Gray and Baker Davis, and Andrew White.
    She was preceded in death by one brother: Charles Quartier; and one sister: Betty Mansfield.
    Joyce graduated from Westville High School. She worked alongside her husband and son in the operation of their family business, Leverenz Memorials. She was a member of the St. James United Methodist Church. Bill and Joyce enjoyed their trips to the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tenn. She loved reading, working puzzles, eating out – especially Cahill’s, and spending time with her family.
    Funeral services were March 3 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. David Garver officiating. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville. Memorials may be made to the St. James United Methodist Church Food Pantry or the Danville Police Association “Shop with a Cop.”
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    GARY R. SPICER, 83, of Catlin, passed away at 10:50 p.m. on Thurs., March 2, 2023, at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Gary was born Dec. 30, 1939, in Sims to Russell and Lois Talbert Spicer. He married Joyce Finney on Aug. 28, 1959, in Wayne City. She survives, as well as two daughters, Tondia (Jeff) Burrows of Louisville, Ky. and Tricia (Mike) Todd of Bloomington; one sister: Cheryl (Bill) Henson; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Shane Spicer; and a granddaughter.
    Gary got his master’s degree from the U of I and was a longtime school teacher, having taught in the Catlin, Newtown, Diamond School Districts in Vermilion County. He also served as guidance counselor with the Georgetown and Ridge Farm school district from which he retired.
    He was a lifelong U of I sports fan and CUBS and Bears fan. Gary enjoyed history, was an avid hunter and enjoyed telling his hunting stories.
    Services were March 8 at the Community Church of God, Danville with Pastor John Cutshall officiating. Burial was in the Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin. Robison Chapel handled service details. Memorials to Community Church of God or Alzheimer’s Research. Online condolences at

    NORMA JEAN JOHNSON, 98, of Catlin passed away at 7:58 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023, at her sister’s home in Kokomo, Ind.
    Jean was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Hoopeston to Thomas and Pearl Davis Thurman. She married Donald C. Johnson Aug. 18, 1944. He preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1999.
    Surviving are two brothers, Thomas (Janice) Thurman Jr. and John (Betty) Thurman; one sister, Judith Laird; six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by three sons, Jay, Mark and Billy Johnson; two sisters, Mary Lou Carter and Dorothy Peck.
    Jean lived in Catlin for 45 years and attended the Catlin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, traveling to South Carolina, vacationing with friends in Florida, and dearly loved spending time with her family. She was the light of so many people’s lives.
    Graveside services were March 7 at Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin with Pastor Travis Johnson officiating. Memorials to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Robison Chapel handled arrangements. Online condolences at

    JOAN IRENE SWITZER, 83, of Catlin, passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., March 1, 2023, at her daughter’s home in Champaign.
    Joan was born on Nov. 25, 1939, in Danville to John and Rosetta Waroquier Goble Sr.
    Survivors include her daughters, Brenda (Bob) Lomax and Sheila (Richard) Racioppi; a son, Jeff (Lynette) Switzer; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
    Joan is preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Kathleen Switzer; three brothers: John, Raymond and Ralph Goble; and a sister, Dorothy Gray.
    Joan attended school at Bismarck, Oakwood and D.A.C.C. She worked at Chanute Air Force Base as a secretary until the base closed. She enjoyed spending her free time studying her Bible, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her family. She also had a love and passion for butterflies.
    Visitation and funeral as immediate family only. Joan will be laid to rest beside her daughter at Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Robison Chapel is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    KEVIN W. SMITH, 60, of Sidell, passed away at 9:44 p.m. Tuesday March 14, 2023, at his home. He was born Jan. 8, 1963, in Danville to Norman B. and Dorothy Baldwin Smith.
    Survivors include his mother, Dorothy (Charles) Bennett of Oakwood; one sister, Theresa (Keith) Hooker of Sidell; three nephews, Travis Woodard, Tyler Woodard, Tad Woodard; and one niece, Tara Conner. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Smith.
    Kevin’s antics were legendary and those who knew him have their own stories to tell. He said what he meant and meant what he said. He always had compassion for those who needed help the most, including animals. He loved adventure, especially boating, hill climbing races, fishing, camping, motorcycles, mushroom hunting, and his dogs.
    Family graveside rites will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola with Pastor David Garver to officiate.
    The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Memorials to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter in his memory.

    LAURIE SUE RICHTER, 50, of Sidell completed her journey, entering eternal rest on March 8, 2023, at 9:44 a.m. at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Surviving are her mother, Karen Richter Gooch of Fairmount, father Dale (Barbara) Richter of Sidell; daughter, Abigail Louise Richter (Blake) Pate of Westville; son, Dale Lee Richter of Fairmount; sister, Tina M. Richter (Michael) Karuzis of Catlin; brother Bryson Richter of Terre Haute; step-brother, Chad Delbridge of Trafalgar, Ind. Also remaining are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
    Laurie was preceded in death are her grandmother Ida B. Klein of Fairmount; grandfather George F. Klein of Indianapolis; grandmother Mary L. Richter of Fairmount; grandfather Roy Arnold Richter of Fairmount; and extended family.
    Laurie was born on March 13, 1972, in Danville. She lived her life as a free spirit full of love and dreams. She loved sunshine, nature, fishing, and the picnics with her children.
   Per her wishes, cremation rites were arranged by Watson Cremation Services, Greenwood Cemetery Road, Danville. No services held.
    Rest in peace, sweet baby. We love you infinity.

    LEONE ELLEN TAYLOR, 97, of Fairmount, passed away suddenly at 6:28 pm Thursday, March 16, 2023 at OSF Sacred heart in Danville.
     She was born on April 30, 1925 in Jamaica, Twp., IL, the daughter of Howard & Eunice Hodgson Darr. She married William Taylor on March 2, 1946, in Jamaica, IL. He preceded her in death on April 12, 1998. Survivors include: one son, Tom (Pam) Taylor; two daughters, Marietta (Ed) Hamilton and Marilyn (Rich) Moore; grandchildren, Luke (Jessica) Taylor, Katie (Brandon) Davis, Aaron Moore, and Amanda (Alex) Witter; great grandchildren, Harloe Taylor, Hayven Taylor, Hannah Moore, Madison Moore, Landen Witter, Marietta Witter, and Storey Taylor. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister in law, Edwin (Mary) Darr.
    Leone was a member of Catlin United Methodist Church, and United Methodist Woman, she enjoyed reading, cooking, and testing new recipes on her family. She had served as an election judge for over forty years and had graduated from Fairmount High School, as well as Utterback Business College. Later serving as a Home Health Aide for CRIS Family Services for many years. Leone & Bill enjoyed playing euchre and were active in several card clubs. She was also a dedicated Illini fan.
    Memorial services 12 Noon Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the Catlin United Methodist Church with Pastor Zach LeCrone officiating. Inurnment in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin, Illinois. Visitation 10 till servicetime at the church on Thursday. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Memorials to the Catlin Methodist Church or The Catlin Library. On-line condolences at

    KIMBERLY S. COON, 57, of Tilton, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 1:05 p.m. on Tues., March 21, 2023, at the Barnes–Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
    Kimberly was born Aug. 27, 1965, in Danville to Forrest Dean and Janet Sue Key Wolfe. They survive, as well as, a son, Billy (Lacey) Coon of Danville; one brother, Jimmy Dean (Pam) Wolfe of Rittman, Ohio; two sisters, Tina (Randy) Davis of Fairmount and Merry Christine (Ron) Gaffney of Fairmount; and six grandchildren, Alexis Coon, Makayla Coon, Landon Coon, Connor Coon, Brenden Coon, Elena Coon and one grandchild on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Coon and her significant other, Raymond Coon.
    Kim worked at Casey’s in Fairmount and previously as a waitress at the Sidell restaurant and Wolfe’s Café in Fairmount. She had worked as an accountant at the University of Illinois, as well as dining services there and previously at the former Kresge’s Department Store.
    Kim originated the Fairmount Kids page on Facebook. She was a volunteer with the Fairmount Fire Department, as well as a licensed EMT. She enjoyed talking on the phone with friends and working in her yard and garden, canning produce, and babysitting. Kim especially treasured her time spent with her grandchildren.
    Funeral services were March 28 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery, west of Fairmount. Memorials may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Online condolences at

    CAROL SUE BUTCHER, 83, of Oakwood passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the Autumn Fields Assisted Living, Tilton.
    Carol was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Danville to Carroll Oliver and Mae Elizabeth Liggett Weir. She married Robert “Bob” James Butcher on Nov. 8, 1958 in Danville. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2012.
    Surviving are: one son, Todd (Debbie) Butcher of Oakwood; two daughters, Kelly (John) Adams of Champaign and Susan (Brad) Strickler of Virden; five grandsons, Kyle (Cheyenne) Butcher, Audey (Laura) Lake and Christopher Lake, Andrew (Kayla) Strickler and Grant Strickler; four great-grandchildren, Luca, Haylee, Braxton and Weston; one brother-in-law, Harold Dolbee of Oakwood; one sister-in-law, Ida Mae Butcher of Bourbonnais; two special nieces, Beth Fellows and Laura Clark and several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, David Weir; and one sister, Linda Dolbee.
    Carol graduated from Danville High School in 1957. She worked for the Oakwood School District for many years. Carol had also worked for Magnavox in Danville and had once owned the Possum Trot in Oakwood for a few years.
    She enjoyed her knitting group and traveling. She loved spending time with her family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) March 30, 2023, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Robbie Ketcherside officiating. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
    Memorials can be made to the Traditions Health Hospice, Forsyth, Autumn Fields Assisted Living, Tilton, or Impact Life, Danville. Online condolences at

April 2023

    Phyllis A. Haas, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Champaign and Sidell, passed away on Thurs., March 30, 2023 in Sarasota at the age of 90.
    Phyllis was born in Ridge Farm on Jan. 16, 1933 to Clay and Olive (Landis) Miller. She obtained a degree in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University in 1955. She married Ralph W. Haas on June 26, 1955 in Ridge Farm. They lived in Key West, Fla. while Ralph was stationed in the Navy before moving to the family farm in Sidell. Upon retirement, they moved to Champaign, spending winters in Florida until 2010 when they moved to Sarasota.
    While living in Sidell, Phyllis taught at Sidell Grade School, and later was the school librarian. She was a devoted farm wife driving tractors, tending livestock, and gardening. She was an accomplished seamstress, excellent cook, and was known for her pies, yeast rolls, noodles, and candies.
    Phyllis enjoyed playing bridge, dominoes, board games, working puzzles, and being a fan of the University of Illinois sports. She and Ralph loved to travel and visited all 50 states going by planes, trains, cruise boats, and automobiles.
    Phyllis had a strong Christian faith. She was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church where she taught adult Sunday School class, sang in the choir, and held various leadership positions.
    While living in Champaign, she and Ralph attended Faith United Methodist Church. In Sarasota, they made their church home at both Pine Shores Presbyterian Church and at Sunnyside Village Chapel.
    Phyllis also served on the Board and Committees of Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana for several years, was a charter member of the Sidell Historical Society and a member of the Ladies Red Hat Society.
    Phyllis was a loving wife, a devoted mom, and an affectionate grandma and great-grandma. Her greatest joy was sharing life with Ralph and spending time with her family. She looked forward to spending weekends each summer at the family cottage on Lake Mattoon.
    A recent highlight of her life was celebrating her 90th birthday surrounded by all her family and meeting her two great granddaughters for the first time.
    Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Ralph; daughters, Gail (Jack) Morrison of Georgetown, Diane (Tom) Twork of Grand Haven, Mich.; granddaughters, Ashley (Patrick) Santel of South Glastonbury, Conn., Karina (Leland Wiederhoeft) Morrison of Bremerton, Wash., Kristen (Ben Blaney) Twork of Bourne, Mass.; great granddaughters, Penelope Santel and Lillian Blaney.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
    A celebration of Phyllis’ life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tues., April 11, 2023 at Sunnyside Village Chapel, 5201 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232, with Pastor Jarvis Hochstedler officiating. A private burial service will be at Sarasota National Cemetery.
    Arrangements are being handled by Toale Brothers in Sarasota. Contributions in Phyllis’ memory may be made to Cunningham Children’s Home, 1301 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana, IL 61802 (, Sunnyside Village Foundation, 5201 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL 34232 ( or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

    NORMA JEAN MILLER, 95, of Indianola passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Good Friday, April 7, 2023 at her home with loved ones by her side.
    She was born Oct. 30, 1927 to Walter and Odessa (Simpson) Knight and grew up during the Depression on the Baum (later Brach) farm near Jamaica. She attended the one-room Cannon Grade School and then rode the bus to Catlin High School.
Norma was a feisty, red-headed cheerleader, nicknamed Jingle, who dated the handsome basketball team captain, J. Phillip Miller. They graduated from CHS in 1945. Phillip joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world, while Norma trained at Lakeview College of Nursing, graduating in 1948. She was in the last class of the World War II Cadet Nurse Corps.
    The couple was married on Aug. 21, 1948, in the Jamaica Methodist Church where they attended until it closed. They lived in Champaign-Urbana while Phillip completed his degree at the University of Illinois and then moved to rural Indianola where they farmed until Phillip’s untimely death on Nov. 19, 1987.
    Norma’s nursing career included hospitals in Chicago and Champaign, as well as a doctor’s office, and several years at the Fairview Nursing Home near Sidell.
    Norma is survived by three children, Phillip Stephen Miller of Danville, Linda (Dan) Rosnett and Harl (Deb) Miller, both of Indianola. Other survivors are seven grandchildren, April Miller, Travis Miller, Katie Anderson, Caleb Miller, Rachel Miller, Jeff Miller and John Miller; eight great-grandchildren, Farrah Anderson, Eric Bryant, Ava Miller, Avery Miller, Owen Miller, Londyn Bryant, Beckett Miller, and IreLynn Bryant; sister, Alice (Jim) McDowell of Catlin; sister-in-law, Lynda Knight of Jamaica; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Preceding her in death were her parents; an infant son, David Lyle; five brothers, Lee, Harl, Paul “Red,” Dan and Bill; sister, Helen Ross; and two infant sisters, Kathleen and Susan.
    Affectionately known as “Grandma Grape,” she was a real mama bear when it came to helping and protecting members of her family.
    Norma was active in the Indianola Parent-Teachers Club and the Indianola Home Bureau. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader and, also, helped with the Cub and Boy Scouts.
    During the Indianola Sesquicentennial in 1986, she helped compile a two-volume set of the History of Carroll Township and then helped organize the Indianola Community Historical Society. For her community involvement, she was honored with the Female Citizenship of the Year award from the Village of Indianola in 1999.
    Norma was a charter member of the Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society and the Sidell Community Historical Society. Other memberships include Governor Bradford Chapter of NSDAR, Vermilion County Museum, Antiquarians, Depression Glass Club, Lakeview Nurses Alumni Association, and the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.
    A voracious reader until her eyesight failed, she also enjoyed playing Clue, watching Perry Mason, listening to the radio, scrolling on Facebook, and eating at Culver’s.
    Her hobbies included china painting, doll repair, genealogy, and collecting antiques.
The Millers traveled extensively in the USA, including many family boating vacations to Table Rock Lake, Missouri, beginning in 1968.
    The family wishes to thank her caregivers which include Mitzi Boots, Tiffany Hardin, Sheila Schlunaker, Diane Puzey-Boyette, Wy McDaniel, Transitions Hospice and her Carle Health Care team.
    Funeral services were April 12 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home in Georgetown with Rev. Jim Coulston officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery of Indianola.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Woodlawn Cemetery Improvement Project, 120 Wild Rose Avenue, Indianola, IL 61850.

    LOWELL “PODE” ARTHUR ERP, 81, of Fairmount went to his heavenly home at 6:53 a.m. (March 28, 2023).
    Lowell was born March 6, 1942, the son of Leslie and Imogene Erp. He married Betty Guthrie (mother of James and Jenna Erp) in 1977; they divorced in 1985. He loved her until his last breath.
    He is survived by one son, James Leslie Erp of Fairmount; one daughter, Jenna Kay Erp of Westville; two stepdaughters, Amy Carrington and Mindy Carrington; three grandsons, Aaron Bell, Jordan Brown and Schuyler Nevels; three granddaughters, Paige Erp, Paiton Erp and Sydney Erp; six step-grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Orval (Doris) Erp and Kevin (Linda) Erp; and one sister, Virginia Darlene (Cleve) High. He also has many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews that he loved dearly.
    He was preceded in death by his loving parents, one sister, Mary (Art) Turner; two brothers, John (June) Baird and Jerald (Sharrie) Erp; his maternal grandparents, Newton (Harriet) Baird; his paternal grandparents, Milton (Vina) Erp; and his beloved dogs, Cheyenne and Bruno.
    He served his country in the United States Army. An aerial flare damaged his vision and resulted in him becoming completely blind halfway through his life. He never let that slow him down though. He liked to garden, cook and tell his jokes. He enjoyed talking on the phone with his many friends and loved ones. He had many “bonus kids” that he loved and cherished.
    A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on April 15 at Community of Christ Church, 201 Oak St., Georgetown. Online condolences at

    KELLY SUE ASMAR (STYER), 57, of Sidell, born June 2, 1965 in Danville to Linda and Frank “Bud” Styer, passed away peacefully at her home on April 3, 2023.
    Kelly is survived by her mother, Linda Styer (Holycross); daughters Chasity (Phil) Myers and Kali (Tyler) Myers, both of Danville; sister, Lisa (Scott) Boggess of Bismarck; grandchildren Landon, Bryson, Lexi, Brooklynn, Kayden, Lane, and Willow; nieces and nephew Amber Styer, Tiffany Baker, and Michael Boggess; and special friend John VanHam.
    She is preceded in death by her father; her husband, Mike; and her siblings, Deena and Frank Styer.
    Kelly loved her dogs and getting the chance to spend time with her family. She enjoyed fishing and friendly chats with her neighbors.
    A Celebration of Kelly’s life will take at Sarge’s Tap, located at 409 E. Main Street in Danville, on Tuesday, April 11 around 1:30 p.m. Cremation rites were accorded, and she will be placed to rest next to her father and siblings at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville on Tuesday prior to her Celebration of Life.
    Please share fond memories and condolences with her family on Kelly’s Tribute Wall at

    MELISSA KAY “MICKEY” DARR, 57, of Gifford passed away at home Monday (April 3, 2023) after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
    She was born Nov. 13, 1965, in Springfield, a daughter of John Rector and Kitty (Tull). She married Robert Ted Darr on July 2, 1999, in Urbana. He survives.
    Also surviving are a son, Robert Ted Darr Jr. of Gifford; two stepsons, Dalton Darr and Tristan Darr; a sister, Jennifer (Brian) King of Champaign; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gerald Guest.
    She worked as a supervisor at Rantoul Products for25 years. She loved gardening, and you would often see her out in her yard. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church. She was a devoted wife and loving mother to her son.
    A funeral Mass was held at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Rantoul with Father Joel Phelps officiating. Burial was in Huls Cemetery, Gifford. Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul was in charge of arrangements.

    ORVAL ERP, 73, of Indianola passed away at 1:50 a.m. on April 7, 2023 at Pleasant Meadows in Chrisman.
    Orval was born on Aug. 25, 1949 the son of Leslie and Imogene (Baird) Erp in Danville. He married Doris Summers on Feb. 14, 1996 in Indianola. She survives.
    Survivors include his wife, Doris Erp of Chrisman, stepchildren, Heath Summers and T.J. Summers, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, one brother, Kevin (Linda) Erp of Danville and one sister, Darlene (Cleve) High of Jamaica.
    Orval is preceded in death by his parents, daughters, Tonya Erp, Angie Erp, siblings, John Baird, Lowell Erp, Mary Turner and Jerald Erp.
    Orval graduated from Jamaica High School and was a member of the Track Team. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends on the telephone and was a magnificent storyteller.
    A Celebration of Life for Orval will be held at a later date. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville is assisting the family with arrangements. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memories can be shared at

May 2023

RANDY L. MOREMAN—My son. My soul, Randy L. Moreman Jr, 48 of Danville, left this world to walk with our Lord on May 2, 2023 at 2:25 a.m. after a quick and fearless battle with cancer.
    Visitation will be from 11-2 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Kruger Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams Street in Danville. Services will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Allhands Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his Grandpa Crippin.
    Randy was born at Lakeview Hospital to Randy and Judy (Crippin) Moreman on Feb., 28, 1975. He was in the Jamaica High School Class of 1993.
    Randy’s favorite jobs were at the Mariott Hotel as maintenance in Baton Rouge, LA and as maintenance at a senior living facility. His soft and caring heart served him well and he loved working with the senior residents. The last five years he has worked at Kickapoo State Park where he enjoyed being outdoors. Randy’s favorite hobby was fishing. Randy lived in Baton Rouge, LA for five years and was close to his two best friends, Sammie and Carol Baker.
    Randy is survived by his mother Judy Moreman, his son Donovan Wade (26) of Westville, and his girlfriend Amanda “Amy” Long of St. Joe. Randy and Amy had just started their journey together. The last five years she brought so much joy and fun to Randy’s life and a refreshing view of the world. They were a happy, crazy, fun-loving couple.
    He was preceded in death by his father Randy Moreman Sr; cousins, Kelly Snack and Josh Crippin; uncles Randy Crippin and Tommy Crippin Jr; paternal grandparents Kenneth and Marjory Moreman-Pletch; and his maternal grandparents, Tom Sr. and Jackie Crippin-Thomas.
    As his mother, I held Randy in my arms the day he was born, and I held my baby boy in my arms as he took his last breath and went to be with all the loved ones he has missed. His best furry friend, Charlie, was by his side, as well. He has and always will be loved by family and friends alike.
    Messages and memories may be left on at or on the Kruger Funeral Home Facebook page.

    DONNA JEAN (HARRIS) RANDALL, 84, of Catlin, after a long trial against a terrible disease, and while surrounded by her children, passed softly into the loving arms of the Lord at 4:31 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    Donna was born Aug. 30, 1938 in Danville to Benton and Clara (Pepping) Harris. She grew up in Danville, graduating from Danville High School in 1956. While in high school, Donna met George L. Randall. They married in 1956 and celebrated 57 wedding anniversaries together.
    In 1964, George built Donna a home in Catlin. There, they made lifelong friendships and raised their children. George preceded her Jan. 20, 2014.
    Because she was a wonderful cook, many family memories began at the dining table, where Donna strengthened her family’s greatest virtues, reinforcing the stories that remind them of the best of who they are. She is survived by her children, Darla (Thomas) O’Shaughnessy, Danna (David) Harrold, both of Catlin, and Robert “Bob” (Donna Fox) Randall of Paducah, Ky.; her grandchildren, Elizabeth “Beth” (Joseph) Friel, Adam (Theresa Vachon) O’Shaughnessy, Kyle (Chelsi Craig) Harrold, Suzanne “Annie” (George) Monyok, Brittney (Fred) Harvey, Ryan (Samantha Hyten) Harrold, and Jennifer Randall; her 13 great-grandchildren, and a grandson due in August; her brother-in-law, Robert (Sandi) Randall of Danville; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
    Donna was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Kristi Lynn Randall.
    Donna was a member of Christ Way Church, formerly Danville United Church of Christ. She was longtime member of Lamba Tau Delta sorority. She enjoyed decorating wreaths and making flower arrangements, visiting and playing card games with family and friends For many years, Donna owned a women’s clothing store, “Donna’s Place,” in Catlin, curating its collection and managing the business, herself. Later, she worked at the downtown Danville restaurant, Regina’s, and before her retirement, she became well-known for her quick smile and helpfulness during her time working at the Merle Norman store.
    Serves were held at Robison Chapel May 16. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorial donations be made to either the Catlin Historical Society or Alzheimer’s Research. Online condolences may be shared at

    MARION A. CORD, 89, lifelong Fairmount and Catlin area resident, passed away at 12:26 a.m. Sat. May 13, 2023, at Arcadia Care in Danville.
    Marion was born Oct. 3, 1933, in rural Catlin to Freeman and Myrtle Smith Cord. Survivors include one sister, Velda (Dennis) Simpkins of Tilton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother and sister-in law, Gilbert and Juanita Cord; and one sister, Audry Cord.
    Marion was a 1951 graduate of Catlin High School. He enjoyed playing basketball and football. Marion was an Army veteran and lifelong member of the Catlin Church of Christ serving both as an usher and on the Missions Committee. He was a member of the Catlin Alumni Association, and charter member of the former Catlin Jaycees Association.
His working career began with the Wabash Railroad and the Tilton Brickyard, as well as being a carpenter and farmhand. He drove a school bus for Catlin School district and retired from Catlin Township.
   Funeral service were today (Thursday) at Catlin Church of Christ with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was with military honors in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin Historical Society. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at


    TROY R. DAVIS, 53, of Oakwood, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Sat., May 20, 2023, at his mother’s home in Oakwood.
    He was born Feb. 24, 1970, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., the son of Bruce R. and Lana L. (Turner) Davis. He is survived by his father, Bruce Davis, his mother, Lana Wasser, his children Joshua A. (Samantha) Davis of Riverton, Jonathan J. Davis of Atlanta, Ga., Justin E. (Ashley-Joy) Davis of Oakwood, and Grace O.R. Davis of Oakwood; his grandchildren, Liliana A.M. Davis, Evelynn A.R. Davis, Ryan C. Davis; and a brother, Jason A. (Kara) Davis of Clearfield, Utah.
    Troy dedicated 30 years to Illinois Law Enforcement, starting his career in 1991 at the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department. During his career, he taught at the Illinois State Police Academy, led the Vermilion County D.A.R.E. program and, through that program, started the Vermilion County Explorer Program, where he introduced youths to how it was to be an officer.
    He then developed the Law Enforcement curriculum at VOTEC. In 2005 he joined the Methamphetamine Response Team for the Illinois State Police. After 21 years of service, he retired from the Illinois State Police.
    Troy was a Master Gardener and enjoyed the outdoors. His hobbies included geology, fossil hunting, history, conservation, gardening, amateur arborist, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and collecting typewriters.
    Troy’s main priority in life was his family. He cherished time with his children and grandchildren. This included attending sporting events, hosting bonfires, planning family events and holiday gatherings.
    Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at United Church of Tilton with Pastor Darin Perkins officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Songer Cemetery in Tilton. Memorials may be made to Kickapoo State Park. Online condolences:

June 2023

    ARTHUR FINLEY, 93, of Catlin passed away at 5:28 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville, Illinois.
    Arthur was born on April 11, 1930, in Fairmount, the son of Henry C. and Nora Cockrell Finley. He married Carol Boots on May 4, 1957, at the Catlin Church of Christ in Catlin. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, David (Catina) Finley of Glen Ellyn and Lloyd Finley of Catlin; two grandchildren, Jenisa (William) Schlunaker and Justina (Adam Proctor) Finley; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.
    Arthur was a veteran of the Air Force and Army Reserves. He worked as a security guard at Lakeview Hospital in Danville. He was a life member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He enjoyed photography, woodworking, fishing, and reading westerns. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
    Funeral services were at 11:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 210. On-line condolences at

    EARL J. HIGH, age 78 of Salem, and formerly Indianola, passed away on Sat., May 20, 2023 at Salem Township Hospital.
    Earl was born on Nov. 28, 1944 in Danville, the son of Earl and Hallie (Bradfield) High. He married Annette (Matt) High on July 29, 1986 in Las Vegas, NV and she survives in Salem.
    In addition to his wife of 37 years, he is survived by his children, Aaron (Ria) High, Teresa (Ricki) McIntosh, Tina (Tim) Tucker, Tim (Nikki) Schmidt, Tom (Melissa) Schmidt, Penny Hays, Jimmy (Marla) Planitz, and Joe (Dee) Planitz; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ray (Vicki) High, Charlene Estock, and Ilene Moore; and his dogs, Molly and Abby.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Merle High, Charles High, Don High, and Jerry High.
    Earl was a 1962 graduate of Jamaica High School. He served his country in the United States Army, and was deployed to Vietnam. He retired after a military career as Army Command Sergeant Major. He was an Ainad Shriner, musician who enjoyed playing guitar and singing, and loved to fish. After his retirement he worked as a Veterans Affairs Officer.
A Celebration of Life was held May 25 at Crouse Funeral Home in Salem with a Masonic Service and Shriners walk thru. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis with military rites accorded at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Disabled Veterans of America, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

    PAMELA GENE SKINNER, 69, of Danville, passed away at 12:11 a.m. Sunday, May 28, 2023, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, in Urbana.
    Pam was born Oct. 14, 1953, in Danville, the daughter of Lester and Rheta (Wells) Johnson.
    She is survived by her mother; daughter Jennifer (Chris) Strode and daughter-in-law, Brandi Folden, both of Kentucky; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one on the way; five brothers; one sister; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, son John Folden and two great-grandchildren.
    Pam worked for several years as a cook at Casey’s in Chrisman. She was a member of the Sidell Assembly UPC. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family and friends.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 12 at Sidell Assembly UPC with Pastor Tim Pearman officiating. According to her wishes cremation rites have been accorded by Illiana Cremation Society. Condolences on her everlasting memorial page at:

    RICHARD H. “RICH” WAKELAND JR., 57, of Catlin passed away at 9:57 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2023, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Rich was born on March 9, 1966, in Danville, the son of Richard H. and Carolyn Sue Golcynski Wakeland Sr. He married Camille Richardson on Aug. 5, 1989, in Catlin. She survives.
    Also surviving are one son, Richard Neal (Madison) Wakeland of Catlin; one daughter, Hope Elizabeth Wakeland of Catlin; two sisters, Cheryl (Jim) Plummer of Olivet, and Lisa (Steve) Learnard of Fairmount; one granddaughter, Violet Sue Wakeland; and his mother and father-in-law, Erwin and Judy Richardson of Catlin. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Adam Wakeland, and infant daughter, Amber Wakeland.
    Rich worked in security first at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville, later joining OSF Sacred Heart, and most recently as Security Supervisor for a total of 37 years. He was an avid Illini and Cubs fan. Rich enjoyed fishing and all things cooking, especially barbecuing. He loved sitting on his patio and traveling. He loved coaching and attending his children’s sporting events, and especially loved spending time with Violet.
    Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 9 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial will be in Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    GAYLE EDNA SPESARD— entered eternal life on Friday, June 16, 2023, surrounded by all her children and son-in-law, Ferron Switzer, with their deep love for ‘Mom.’ She was 87 years old. Gayle was a resident of The Villas of Holly Brook, Danville.
    Gayle was the second of four children to William Alva and Caroline Cord Larrance. She was born at their Indianola home on October 17, 1935. As a child, Gayle and her three sisters shared many of the responsibilities in running a household upon the passing of their mother. Gayle loved books and learning. She graduated from Indianola High School as Class of 1953 Valedictorian. She continued her education at Purdue University but would later transfer to MacMurray College to be nearer to the love of her life, Howard Gene Spesard. Gene and Gayle were married September 25, 1955. Together, they formed a lifelong bond. They traveled the entire United States and even abroad. These adventures were afforded in part by Gene’s career choice to serve our country in the U.S. Air Force. About every three years, Gene was assigned to a different base and Gayle would follow with their three children Bruce, Karen, and Althea. They have lived in Illinois, Arizona, California, Okinawa, Texas, and Delaware. Besides being a mother, housekeeper and wife, Gayle worked outside of the home. Businesses/institutions known locally include Kraft, VoTec, and Hyster.
    Following 22 years of military life, Gene and Gayle returned to their childhood roots where Gene and his brother, John, farmed for many years. Upon their eventual retirement, Gene and Gayle continued to travel the contiguous U.S. via their fifth wheel recreational vehicle. They especially enjoyed over-wintering in Florida with their snowbird friends. Gene and Gayle were married for 55 years at Gene’s passing in 2011.
    Gayle is survived by her children Bruce (Sandy) Spesard, Washington, Mo.; Karen (Ferron) Switzer, Paris, Ill.; and Althea (Wayne) Ramsbottom, Rishton, England; five grandchildren, Jorie (Eric) Moeller of Washington, Mo., Carey (Megan) Spesard of Mission, Kansas, Tamisha (Justin) Corbin of Indianola, Ryan Ramsbottom of Rishton, England and Greg (Caroline) Ramsbottom of Clayton-Le-Moore, England; seven great-grandchildren, Keagan, Charley and Harper Moeller, Emmalynn and Lorelai Corbin, Phoebe Ramsbottom, and Faye Ramsbottom.
    Gayle was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star and the Ridge Farm United Methodist Church. She was also active in the Indianola Alumni Association and the Indianola Historical Society. Gayle loved to read and to research genealogy. She created wonderful memory books for each of her children in which she utilized her genealogical findings to create paternal and maternal family trees. Gayle enjoyed and was quite good at ceramics, canvas painting, sewing, knitting, and counted cross stitch. During her lifetime she also created many wonderful quilts and Swedish weaving throws.
    Gayle will be remembered with love for her picture perfect meals and mouth-watering pies, her feisty personality, and the giggles and laughter she shared with her very close friend and sister, Nita Winkler.
    Services were at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel with Pastor David Almy and Reverend Eric Moeller officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery of Indianola. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Ridge Farm United Methodist Church and/or Woodlawn Cemetery Association of Indianola are greatly appreciated. Online condolences at

    JAMES D. HUFFMAN— 94, longtime Sidell resident and farmer, passed away at 4:06 a.m. Thurs., June 15, 2023, at his home.
    He was born March 8, 1929, in Indianapolis, Ind. to Walter and Rosalie Sidell Huffman. He married Mary Ann Hinds on June 27, 1954, at the Sidell United Methodist Church. Mary Ann passed away April 11, 2003. Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Teresa Huffman of rural Sidell; three grandchildren, Jaimee (Drew) Hettinger of Newman, Kelsey (Shaun) Pearman of North Port, Fla., and Bobby (Courtney) Huffman of Sidell; four great-grandchildren, Tripp, Chase, Tyson and Coryn. Jim was also preceded in death by his son, Robert Huffman and his brother, Robert Sidell Huffman.
    Jim was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, as well as woodworking and fishing. He was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church and had served as fire chief for the Sidell Fire Dept. He had also served on the Sidell Village Board, Sidell Library Board, Sidell School Board and was active in the Sidell Lions Club and a member of the Fairmount Conservation Club. He enjoyed music and arts, and especially wintering in Florida.
    Graveside rites will be at 10 a.m. Fri., June 30, 2023, at the Fairview Cemetery southwest of Sidell. Rev. Clyde Snyder will officiate. Memorials in Jim’s memory may be made to the Sidell United Methodist Church. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. On-line condolences at

    TROY D. HUCHEL– 24, of Fairmount, passed at 10:30 p.m. Mon., June 12, 2023, in Chicago. He was born April 30, 1999, in Danville to Robert J. and Kimberly Brown Huchel Jr. Troy is survived by his parents, one brother, Ryan B. Huchel of Nashville, Tenn.; one sister Mattison Huchel of Fairmount; his paternal grandfather, Robert (Helen Jumps) Huchel; paternal grandmother, Karen (Ryan Peterson) Huchel; as well as his maternal grandmother, Jaqueline Brown. His Aunt Stephanie Huchel and Uncle Tim (Sarah) Brown, also survive, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles W. Brown, and his Uncle Scott Brown.
    Troy enjoyed fishing, Cardinals baseball, and the Pittsburg Steelers. He enjoyed listening to music and being with his friends, and especially his dog, Goose. He was a 2017 graduate of Salt Fork High School.
    Funeral services were June 19 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin. Memorials in his memory may be made to “Step Recovery House” in care of Robison Chapel, P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. On-line condolences at

July 2023

    JAMES OLIVER SMITH, of Homer passed away peaceably at home on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
    Jim was born on Nov. 23, 1926, the only child of Oliver Francis Smith and Pauline Lena (Yount) Smith. He grew up on the farm on which he spent almost all of his life, except for serving in the Army in Korea in 1945-1946 at the end of WWII. After returning to the States, he attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.
    On Sept. 4, 1949, James and Eleanor Louise Yerkes were married. They spent 62 years together on the farm. The couple first lived in an old house without any indoor plumbing. After a few years, James began building a new house by himself; however, he did have to pause the house building for a while because in 1954, all of the farm buildings burned to the ground, and new farm buildings had to be built before continuing with the house. He completed the new house in 1964 and spent the rest of his life living in it.
    Jim spent his life farming: row-cropping corn, beans and wheat. For most of his adult life, he had a feedlot in which he fed out steers. They also had chickens and occasionally some other fowl. He was an innovative farmer and one of the first in the area to use a tracked tractor for field work. He often incorporated recycled materials into his outbuildings or used repurposed sheds purchased from other farms.
    Jim began his love of birds and fishing when he was a child, hanging out by himself on the farm. He built ponds on his farm where he could fish and went on at least one trip a year which included fishing. Later in life, many of his trips involved birding. During retirement, Jim became aware of the decline of the Eastern Bluebird. He built nest boxes, put them up around the farm and monitored their success at fledging baby bluebirds. When he finished putting up boxes on his farm, along with the Middlefork Audubon Society and the East Central Illinois Bluebird Society, he established a network of nest box trails in both Champaign and Vermilion counties and invited many people to monitor the boxes and discover the joy he knew of birds and nature.
    Jim was a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau and a life member of National Audubon through the Champaign County Chapter. He was also a member of: Illinois Audubon through the Middlefork Chapter, the East Central Illinois Bluebird Society, the Homer Historical Society and the Homer United Methodist Church. During his life, he volunteered his time to many boards and committees.
    Jim loved to travel, and Eleanor went with him on almost all of his trips. He traveled all over the U.S. and most of Canada. He enjoyed exploring Iceland, Israel and Jordan, Panama, Trinidad, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Kenya. He enjoyed telling stories about his adventures and would often make presentations about his trips and birding to various groups. He enjoyed sharing nature with all those he met.
    Jim also loved canoeing rivers while fishing. He canoed on numerous rivers in the U.S. and Canada and especially enjoyed Quetico Provincial Park with family and friends. One of his biggest adventures was planning and participating in a canoe trip through the inside passage of Alaska with five other friends and family members. Together with his friend, Dan McCollum, he researched the history of and canoed the Vermilion River watershed to write and publish “A Guide to the Big Vermilion River System,” which is still used by many canoe enthusiasts today.
    The Salt Fork of the Vermilion River flows through his farm. Jim and Eleanor set aside some of their land along the river into an Illinois Land and Water Reserve so that it will be preserved in its natural state. Scientists continue to conduct research on the land and water in this preserve.
    Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two sons.
    He is survived by his son Thomas Smith (Suzanne) of Homer; daughters, Valerie Dent (Ronald) of Cole Camp, Mo.; Lorraine Downing of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; Sharon Brooks (John) of Peyton, Colo.; four grandsons; four granddaughters; and four great-grandsons.
    Funeral arrangements were made by Homer Funeral and Cremation Services. A private burial at GAR Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life was gekd at the Homer Lake Forest Preserve Salt Fork Center at 10:30 a.m. today (July 6). The service was officiated by Pastor Heju Nam. Memorial contributions may be made to the Champaign County Forest Preserve District or to the Homer United Methodist Church. Forest preserve donations made in honor of Jim Smith will support the creation of a new and improved Nature Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve and can be made online at or by mail to P.O. Box 1040, Mahomet, IL 61853.

    KENNETH H. “HERB” LACEY II, 81, of Homer passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at his home.
    He was born on Sept. 17, 1941, in Urbana, the son of Kenneth Herbert and Betty Sanford Lacey I. He married Marilyn Kay Rosnett on Dec. 11, 1960, in Homer. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Kenneth Jay Lacey of Homer; two daughters, Karen Kay Lacey and Kristine Gay Lacey, both of Nashville, Tenn.; one brother, James (Theresa) Lacey of Homer; and one sister, Bonnie (Jeff) Taylor of Homer.
    Herb worked as a truck driver for Super Value and J.M. Jones. He served for a time on the Village of Homer town board. He was a longtime member of the New Hope Community Church in Fairmount and was active in the major renovation of the church building several years ago. He enjoyed woodworking and was knowledgeable in the mechanics of older cars and enjoyed working on them. He also enjoyed Indy car racing.
    Funeral services were July 5 at New Hope Community Church in Fairmount with Pastor Ron Weishaar officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials may be made to the New Hope Community Church in his memory. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. On-line condolences at

    ROBERT “BOB” MICHAEL HUFF, 76, of Danville passed away on June 20, 2023 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Known as “Mike” growing up, Bob was born on Sept. 5, 1946 in Danville to parents Winifred and Russell Huff. They preceded him in death. Also preceding him was his great-grandson Braun Greufe.
    Bob is survived by his wife, Rita Huff of Bismarck; his children, Julie (Kenneth) Knight of Hammond, La., Jeremy (Maria) Wolfe of Daytona, Fla., Melissa Talbert of Danville, Robert Michael (Kristi Lovell) Huff II of Gardner, Kansas, Michael Wayne (Erin) Huff of Athens and Bobbie (Dylan Cosat) Hillery of Tilton; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; dear friends Mark and Nancy Lofland of Overland Park; and his loyal dog Barney.
    Bob attended Danville High School graduating with the Class of 1964. He spent 52 years living out his childhood dream of being a police officer. He began his law enforcement journey in Tilton, first as a volunteer for the Fire Department and soon after as a reserve for the Police Department before being transferred to full-time. He served for many local Police Departments throughout his career, but most notably, he retired from the Danville Police Department as a Detective after 32 years of service. However, he didn’t stay retired for long. Bob then went on to accept his current position of Chief of Police serving the Potomac community. Not one to sit still for long, Bob held numerous side jobs that involved his passions, including R&B License Service which he founded in 1984.
    Bob was president of the Central Illinois Mustang Club for many years. He had an extensive collection of cars and enjoyed attending car shows in his spare time. He particularly looked forward to attending the Mecum Auction in Indianapolis. Bob always had a smile on his face and had never met a stranger a day in his life.
    A funeral service celebrating Bob’s life was held June 27 at Sunset Funeral Home, Danville. He was laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Donations can be made in his honor to the Central Illinois Mustang Club. Condolences can be left on his Tribute Wall at

    ROBERT C. MOSIER, Jr., 65, of Indianola, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at Carle Hospital, Urbana. He was born Nov. 25, 1957 and was raised in Georgetown, the son of Robert and Phyllis (Fleming) Mosier.
    Before his teenage years, he moved to Indianola where he spent the rest of his life raising his family. A graduate of Jamaica High School Class of 1976, he later joined the US Army and was stationed in Germany where he hauled supplies in his five-ton dump truck. He later worked in everything from factories to welding and he enjoyed every minute of the hard work, especially when working the coal mines where he was known as “Bob the Builder.”
    He was a wonderful husband, devoted father, and loving grandpa. He enjoyed the time when his children were growing up and in sports where he was a coach, from baseball to basketball, and especially football. He led his youth football teams to many “super bowls” throughout the years.
    During retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, watching the birds, and tending to his sunflowers. He was known to really enjoy being in Mother Nature. You could always catch him waving from his lawn mower when you drove by his house.
He closely cherished his two dogs, Miss Muffett and Cisco. He had a special bond with his grandsons, from remodeling their home to enjoying s’mores by the fire. He taught them many building blocks of life as well as spending time with his granddaughters, Madisson and Danielle.
    In his later years, Bob found the Lord and joined the United Methodist Church and was a faithful member. He enjoyed helping with all the Church’s activities.
    He will be dearly missed by his wife, Kaye Mosier; his sons, Lance Mosier and Daulton Davis; his daughters, Tiffany Shrout and Lindsay Mosier; his five grandchildren, Chandler, Drakin, Gage, Danielle, and Madisson; and his sister Cindy. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Raymond; and his sisters, Darlene, Charlene, and Doreen.
You were the greatest husband, dad, and grandpa the whole world could ever ask for. We love you and hope you enjoy the other side.
    A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at a later date. His arrangements were entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Georgetown. Memorial donations may be given in his name to the donor’s choice of charity. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos, and videos through his Tribute Wall at

    LOIS P. ROSE, 75, of Sidell, formerly of Fairmount passed away at 3:48 p.m. on Sat., July 8, 2023, at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    Lois was born March 10, 1948, in Danville to Jules and Lydia Marriage Haussy. She married John Wesley Rose on June 14, 1969, in Hillary. He survives. Also surviving are one one son, Tim (Misty) Rose of Catlin; two daughters, Dawn (Christopher) White of Elkview, West Virginia and Rachel Rose of Sidell; one sister, Esther (Paul) Rutan of Potomac; and six grandchildren, Brayden White, Emma White, Kevin White, Zackary Rose, Alexander Rose and Madison Rose. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. Lois enjoyed collecting lighthouses and working puzzles. She loved her two cats, Finn and Kiki. She formerly attended the First Baptist Church of Fairmount. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    JOHNDON D. “J.D.” JONES, 93, of Fairmount passed away at 8:56 a.m. on Wed., July 5, 2023, at the Carle Hospital, Urbana. J.D. was born July 7, 1929, in Vance Township, Vermilion County, to Dan and Mabel Lopp Jones. He married Betty Truax on May 5, 1952, in Westville. She preceded him in death on April 3, 1993. Surviving are two sons, William (Sharon) Jones of Oakwood and Joe (Joy) Jones of Morris; one brother, Oakie Jones of Fairmount; three sisters, Dorothy (Don) Bolser and Elizabeth Harold, both of Fairmount, and Barb (Gary) Kneller of Morris; five grandchildren, Heather (Jason) Ray, Matthew (Amy) Jones, Rob (Liz) Jones, Andrew (Angie) Jones, and Adam (Karissa) Jones; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harvey Jones; two sisters, Mary Marlo and Sylvia Burris; three brothers-in-laws, Chuck Harold, Richard Burris and Bob Marlo.
    J.D. served for two years in the US Army during the Korean War. He was an operating engineer for over 40 years. He was a member of the operating engineers local union #841 for 44 years (1977 to present), #150 for 21½ years, and the Fairmount Conservation Club for 60 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, driving, watching birds, and feeding local dogs.
   Funeral services were July 11 at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Catlin with military honors. Memorials to the Fairmount Rescue. Online condolences at

    LINDA BETH RITCHIE, 77, of Catlin passed away at 12:20 p.m. on Fri., July 7, 2023, at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, in Danville. She was born Jan. 21, 1946 in Linton, Ind. to Walter and Rosemary Hattery Corbin. She married M. J. “Buzz” Ritchie Nov. 26, 1966 at the Catlin United Methodist.
    Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Angela Beth ( Mike) Hayes, and a son, Scott Alan (Kim Ferguson) Ritchie; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Monty Corbin.
    She was a dedicated homemaker and was a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed shopping, crafting and traveling with Buzz and Grandma Corbin.
    Funeral services will be at 12 noon on Sat., July 22, at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Pastor Trevor Oetting will officiate. Burial will be in the Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation is from 10 a.m. till noon on Saturday at the church. Memorials in her memory to the church. On-line condolences at Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details.

    BETTY K. LOMAX, 79, of Catlin passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Wed., June 28, 2023, at the Paris Health and Rehabilitation Center, Paris.
    Betty was born on Aug. 19, 1943, in Danville to Ivan and Emy Lou Mahoney Reed. She married James Lomax Sept. 11, 1965, in Catlin. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2021. Surviving are one son, Steve (Jennifer) Lomax; three brothers, Charles (Linda) Reed, John (Mary Jo) Reed and James Michael (Jory) Reed; one sister-in-law: Sharon Lomax; and one grandson, Christopher Lomax. Betty was bookkeeper at Danville Industrial Supply and manager and bookkeeper at B & J Music 20 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 40 years and a member of the Catlin United Methodist Church. She collected teapots, meat platters, and Jell-O molds and loved flowers. Graveside services were July 3 at Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin with Rev. James Blue officiating. Robison Chapel, Catlin was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

  LOIS P. ROSE, Services for Lois P. Rose, 75, of Sidell, will be Sat., Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace Community Church in Tilton. A meal will be served after.
Instead of flowers, a memorial fund to help with medical expenses has been set up at the Illinois National Bank in Fairmount.
    Lois passed away at 3:48 p.m. on Sat., July 8, 2023, at the OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center. She was born March 10, 1948, in Danville to Jules and Lydia Marriage Haussy. She married John Wesley Rose on June 14, 1969, in Hillary. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Tim (Misty) Rose of Catlin; two daughters, Dawn (Christopher) White of Elkview, West Virginia and Rachel Rose of Sidell; one sister, Esther (Paul) Rutan of Potomac; and six grandchildren, Brayden White, Emma White, Kevin White, Zackary Rose, Alexander Rose and Madison Rose. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. Lois enjoyed collecting lighthouses and working puzzles. She loved her two cats, Finn and Kiki. She formerly attended the First Baptist Church of Fairmount. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    HELEN JOYCE MURRAY, 86, of Normal, passed away on Sat., July 22, 2023 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
    Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2023 at St. Patrick Church of Merna, with Rev. Dustin Schultz officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today, July 27, at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Interment will immediately follow services at Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the William and Joyce Murray Endowed Scholarship Fund at Illinois Wesleyan University or St. Vincent de Paul Society.
    To express condolences online, please visit
    Joyce was born May 13, 1937 in Shiloh Township, Edgar County, daughter of Howard M. and Helen G. (Meehan) Wamsley. She married William R. Murray on June 6, 1959 at St. Michael’s Church, Hume. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2012. She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Joe, John and Jerry Wamsley.
    Surviving are one daughter, Michele (Wade) Darnell; three sons, Bob (Jan) Murray, Mike (Anne) Murray and Chris (Kimberly) Murray; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Janet Wood; and two brothers, Jim Wamsley and Jay Wamsley.
Joyce studied music education at Eastern Illinois University becoming a music teacher. She was an accomplished musician and made music a central tenet of the family. There she met Bill Murray who was equally committed to faith and family. They married in 1959, raised a family of four children and enjoyed a wonderful life together until Bill’s death in 2012. Her husband was a teacher and coach at Sidell Elementary and later principal/superintendent at Indianola Elementary. She loved being a mother, grandma and great-grandma attending hundreds of games, concerts and performances.
    Joyce was a teacher at heart providing children piano lessons for many years. After raising her family as a stay-at-home mom, she returned to the classroom. Earning a graduate degree as a mid-career adult, she was passionate about teaching students to read and became a reading specialist. She began to create her own children’s literature library with hundreds of books. Many of these also came with book characters which she shared with her many post-retirement presentations while visiting schools across Illinois to excite students about reading.
    While in her 70s and 80s, she volunteered at Prairieland Elementary School reading to children every week and continued her reading efforts even this year. She was fondly called “Grandma Murray” by many Prairieland students.
    While living in Mazon, Joyce enhanced her faith by being involved in WATCH and Cursillo Retreats at Sacred Heart Church in Kinsman and St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dwight. Many strong and lasting relationships were formed during those years.
    Upon moving to Normal, she and Bill were blessed to be introduced to the welcoming community of St. Patrick Church of Merna. There her faith intensified after becoming more involved with the religious education program. Lasting friendships were created during her involvement with small group and Bible study partners. Heaven has received a faithful servant.

August 2023

    SANDRA KAYE KIRSCHNER,, 77, of Indianola, passed away 9:50 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2023, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    She was born July 5, 1946, in Alton to Estle Eugene and Virginia Reynolds Sessions. Sandra was raised by Dorothy Sessions. She married John Kirschner, Aug. 16, 1969 in Lombard. He passed away May 23, 2021. Survivors include two sons: Brian (Mehetable) Kirschner of Round Lake and Christopher (Jenny) Kirschner of Homer; two brothers, Ken (Marilynn) Sessions of Fort Valley, Ga. and Mike Tramte of Terre Haute, Ind.; three sisters, Donna Muirhead of Indianola, Linda Lee Shimkus of Winfield and Mary Lou Sessions of Centerville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Sydney, Neil, Dylan, Hadley. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and Dorothy Sessions.
    She had been a longtime cook at Jamaica Schools, and a member of the Indianola United Methodist Church. Sandra enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, reading, and Illini basketball.
    Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday Aug. 4, 2023, at Indianola United Methodist Church, with Pastor David Almy officiating. Inurnment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Visitation is from 1 p.m. till service time. Memorials in her memory may be made to Indianola United Methodist Church. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences at

    DOUGLAS RONK, 53, of Oakwood passed away July 19, 2023 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Urbana on Dec. 14, 1969. He graduated with the Class of 1988 of Catlin High School. He furthered his education at the University of Illinois receiving his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences. He spent over 20 years in farming and agriculture sales. Most recently, he was co-owner of Oakwood Restoration and Blasting Services. Throughout his life, he held a passion for horses. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and had a particular fondness of showing halter horses. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. More than anything else, Doug enjoyed spending time with his kids and family.  
  Doug married Rae Ann Boggs in Danville on May 18, 1996. She survives. Also surviving are their children Eli and Ella Ronk, and his parents, Sandy and Steve Meade of Fairmount and Paul Ronk. He will be missed by his siblings, David (Cindy) Ronk of Buckeye Lake, Ohio; Mac (Danelle) Meade of Crown Point, Ind.; Shane Meade of Oakwood; Scott (Missy) Meade of Catlin; and Ryan Ronk of Oakwood and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Doug has been reunited in death with his close maternal grandmother, Dorothy Harrison; his paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather, father-in-law, John Boggs; and brother-in-law, Craig Gathmann.  
  A memorial service was held at Sunset Funeral Home Oakwood, July 25 with Pastor Patti Wise officiating. He was placed to rest at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions for his children’s education can be made to the Doug Ronk Memorial Fund at Illinois National Bank in Fairmount.

PATTY J. TYLER, 93, of Homer passed peacefully, with her family by her side, at 8:21 a.m. Wed. (July 19, 2023) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    There was a memorial service July 24 at Homer Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating. Burial of cremated remains was at G.A.R. Cemetery, Homer.
    Patty was born July 30, 1929, in Homer, the daughter of Melvin and Vesta Myers Hillard. She married Wesley W. Tyler on Sept. 9, 1950, in Fairmount. He preceded her in death on May 14, 2007.
    Survivors include three sons, Tom Tyler and Terry Tyler of Homer and Ted Tyler of Colorado; and three grandchildren.
    She was also preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
    Patty was a member of Homer United Congregational Church and the Homer American Legion Auxiliary. She graduated from Homer High School in 1946. Patty was a day care provider for many years, was a CNA at Mercy Hospital and a clerk at IGA. She enjoyed watching birds, golfing, bowling and fishing with her husband. She had many pets that she loved as family. Patty volunteered from 2007-2012 at the Danville VA hospital after her husband passed there. She was a Homer and then Heritage school sports fan and a longtime Cardinals fan.
    Memorials can be made to Homer United Congregational Church, 201 N. Main St., Homer.

    GLENDA PAULINE EATON, 96, of Tilton, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:31 a.m., Tues., Aug. 8, 2023, at her home, where so many of her loved ones had gathered to say good-bye.
    She was born May 12, 1927, in Sidney to Bert and Ada Mullen Kirby. Glenda married Harvey Eaton on July 3, 1946. He passed away Nov. 3, 1989. Survivors include her son, Ed (Sue) Eaton of West Lebanon, Ind.; daughter, Cheri (Paul) Thomas of Catlin;, brother Rollie (Judy) Kirby of DuQuoin; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and friends whom she loved very much.
    She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold “Peck” Kirby and Carl Kirby and her sister, Leona “Babe” Alcorn, a special aunt, Helen Eaton, a special friend, Kitty Montgomery and her very special friend, Charles McGee.
    After graduating from Fairmount High School in 1945, she went on to Lakeview Nursing College and obtained her LPN. She worked for three doctors, Dr. Koenig, Dr. Sheikh and Dr. Par for a total of 45 years. She took great pride in being a nurse even to the point of coming home at lunch every day to change her uniform and repolish her shoes. She was the ultimate nurse inside and out.
    Glenda loved to sing. She incorporated music into everything. She loved to sing to her grandchildren and they have passed down these songs to their children, as well. No matter where life took her, whether it was mushroom hunting or fishing, she had a song for it! “Fishy, fishy in the brook” and “Mushroom, mushroom in the ground” are just some fun songs we all would sing with her. She loved to travel, even visiting Dr. Sheikh in Pakistan! She was always ready for an adventure and loved to travel with her family. She also loved playing games, Canasta was a favorite and doing puzzles. She was well known for her beautiful poems.
    Glenda never knew a stranger and always had room for everybody. She was always there with a helping hand, whether that be a place to stay or a meal or just someone to talk to. Everyone always knew they were welcome at her house.
    Of all the things Glenda loved, she loved her Lord the most. She was always ready to share the Gospel with everyone she met. She loved to read her Bible daily and sing worship songs. She became a Christian in 1951 at the Catlin Church of Christ. She was a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class where she made lifelong friends whom she loved very much.
    The family appreciates Rick Schultz for taking such great care of Glenda for the last seven years, Carle Hospice and the Tilton Fire Department for being there when needed. Funeral services will be at 11 am Friday, Aug. 11, at the Catlin Church of Christ with Rev. James Blue officiating. Burial will follow in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Visitation 10 a.m. till service time on Friday at the church. Memorials can be made to the Tilton Fire Department. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details.

  CARL G. ERB, 87, of Sidney passed away Wed., Aug. 9, 2023 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Carl was born June 2, 1936, in Block Station, the son of Glen Erb and Ella (Block) Erb. He married Carol (Hall) on Aug. 25, 1961, in Champaign, and she survives. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage in a few days.
    His children, Kristin (Anthony) Williford, Kevin (Mary Jo) Erb and Kolin (Keli) Erb, all survive. He is also survived by two sisters, Marjorie Miller of Sidney and Mary (Richard) Waller. Carl was blessed with 12 grandchildren, two step grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Elmer Miller.
    Carl graduated ABL in 1954 and attended Parkland College. He worked at Eisner Bakery, the University Illinois Central Food Stores/Bakery and was a lifelong farmer.
Carl was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, enjoyed repurposing wood to construct new buildings and was generous to many organizations and others.
    He also proudly served his country in the Illinois National Guard six years.
    Carl was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s E. & R. Church, Sidney. It later became Sidney United Church.
    Donations can be made to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank or Sidney Fire and Rescue.
    Services were Aug., 12 at Freese Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Stahl officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sidney.

    FORREST DEAN WOLFE, 79, of Fairmount, more recently of Tilton, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023, at his home.
    Dean was born Nov. 28, 1943, in Catlin, the son of Ralph and Evelyn Pierce Wolfe. He married Janet Sue Key on April 12, 1962, in Danville. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Jimmy Dean (Pamela) Wolfe of Rittman, Ohio; two daughters, Tina M. (Randy) Davis of Fairmount and Merry Christine (Ron) Gaffney of Fairmount; one sister, Nina (David) Key of Hume; nine grandchildren, Luke Wolfe, Belle (Zach) LeVan, Cord Wolfe, Michael (Margo) Britt, Cody Davis, Billy (Lacey) Coon, Kristy (Adam) Burkhart, Vickie Lynn Gaffney and Edwin (Crystal) Gaffney; 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews that he loved. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly Coon, two brothers, Don and David Wolfe, and three sisters, Delorise Shields, Dixie Welch and Linda Whitington.
    Dean worked as a plumber for 62 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmount. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and had been a member at the lodge in Homer. Dean was a volunteer fireman for Fairmount. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and especially spending time with family.
    Funeral services 11:30 a.m. Mon., Aug. 28, 2023, at Robison Chapel with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial in Davis Cemetery in Fairmount. Visitation 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday before the service at Robison Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. On-line condolences at

    CATHY IRENE (LENFESTY) SCHULTE passed away peacefully at her home in her bed, with her daughters by her side on Aug. 22, 2023, at 4:35 a.m.  She was born in Danville in 1954 to Ernest and Shirley Sharp Lenfesty and grew up and attended school in Catlin, graduating in 1972.  Cathy was a part of the girls octet in chorus in high school. During high school and into young adulthood, she worked at Zayre and then devoted her life to her daughters for 12 years as a homemaker.  In 1985, she went back into the workforce and became part of the first graduating class from the academy to begin her career at Illinois Department of Corrections, Danville. After 27 years, she was “bonded out” into retirement where she drove away in a limo full of her daughters and grandkids ready to celebrate her freedom.
    Cathy had a small circle of childhood and lifetime friends that she stayed in touch with over the years. She reminisced about their adventures often and would always laugh about the silly things they did. Cathy met her “bestest girlfriend” Bessie Tinsman, during her time at the academy where they found that their lives were parallel in most ways. They bonded immediately and the friendship grew even stronger over the years.  Cathy was the eldest of four children, a brother, Marty (Connie) Lenfesty; and two sisters, Bobbi Lear, and Ruth (Chad) Hays. She has several nieces and nephews. Family meant the world to her.  While her world revolved around her daughters. Angie (George) Waldschmidt, Bethany (Josh) Keith, and Annie (Josh) Dykstra, the true loves of her life were her grandchildren. Jack, Ben, Lydia, Avery, Evan, Landen, Alex, Lauren. They could do no wrong in her eyes and nothing else mattered when they were around.
    Cathy was a lover of animals and over the years her daughters would often bring home strays that she would immediately embrace and take in to love and care for. Most recently Cathy had 2 dogs, Auggie and Minnie Pearl.  Cathy enjoyed simple things such as Sudoku puzzles and crosswords, collecting cookbooks, researching recipes, watching her favorite shows, shopping garage sales and spoiling her grandkids, nieces, nephews.  Cathy was an extremely generous human with a giant heart and a willingness to help anyone in need. If she loved you, she found ways to make sure you knew how much she loved you and how often she thought of you. She was selfless and often put herself last if it meant she could bring happiness and joy to those around her.  She was famous for the funny things she used to say and her one-liner comments. If she wasn’t a fan of you, you would know it. She did not mince words.  In closing, Cathy would want you to know that when you start to feel sad or when life gets hard or overwhelming to remember that “this too, shall pass” and her favorite farewell was “I’ll see you in the funny papers.”
    Private services and burial in Davis Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers monetary donations or shelter supplies can be made to Vermilion County Animal Shelter on Catlin-Tilton Road in memory of Cathy Irene. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of service details.

September 2023

    ROGER MOSIER, a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, passed away on Aug. 25, 2023. He was born on Dec. 6, 1956.
    Roger was a devoted family man, cherishing moments with his son, Ryan Mosier, and taking immense pride in watching his grandsons, Wyatt (Brissie Johnson), Rylan and Dallen, as they excel in football and other sports. Also, a great-grandfather to Ulysses, Roger was excited by the joys and memories he would bring.  
    All children loved Roger and looked up to him as somewhat of local hero, but we knew this was Roger just being Roger.  
    Roger grew up in Indianola with his mother Donnetta (deceased), father Orville (Linda), siblings Robert “Bob” Mosier, Betty Mosier-Johnson (Rick), and Randy, making many memories which will be remembered fondly. 
   Later in life, Roger met his sister, Jonie Pearman Hosack (Tom) who was a cherished addition to his life.  
   In his free time, Roger enjoyed in working in his yard and garden, carpentry work and spending time with friends.  
   Roger worked in several different industries throughout his life and made lifelong friends with many coworkers. Roger was a good friend to many and will never be forgotten by all who knew him. Roger had a great sense of humor and will always be remembered for this attribute.  
   A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at a future date and he will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola near his mother, Donnetta. 

    SARA JANE (CARTER) PILGER, 73, of Carterville, passed away on Tues., Aug. 29, 2023, at her home.
    Sara was born June 16, 1950, in Chicago, to Paul L. and Mildred (Lynch) Carter. She married Theodore “Ted” Robert Pilger on July 15, 1978, in Sidell.
    She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Ted Pilger; daughters, Dr. Emily (Mustafa) Coskun and Britta (Chad) Lothary; grandchildren, Maya and Nora Coskun, and Samantha and Cecilia Lothary; and many dear friends.
    Sara was preceded in death by her parents.
    She grew up in Jamaica, Illinois, on Hi Land Farm and graduated from Jamaica High School in 1968. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies and a Master of Education in Reading from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
    Sara taught reading at Chrisman-Scotland Grade School where she was named the Outstanding Young Educator, Jamaica Grade School, and within the Carterville School District until her retirement in 2013.
    She was a member of the KL Chapter of PEO, Zeta Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and the First United Methodist Church. She was a devoted student of the Bible and attended the Explorer’s Bible study.
    Sara enjoyed spending time with her friends, avidly reading books and seeing shows at the Fox Theater. She and Ted traveled together to the Mediterranean, on the Rocky Mountaineer Train through Canada, and on Viking River Cruises. However, her favorite places to travel to were Anna Maria Island, Fla.; Brookline, Mass.; and Fitchburg, Wis. to be with her beloved family.
    Funeral services were Sept. 6, 2023, at the First United Methodist Church in Carterville, with Rev. Alan Rhein officiating. Graveside services were to be held at 1 p.m., today (Thursday) Sept. 7 at Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville were in charge of arrangements.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Sara’s name to the Anne West Lindsey District Library in Carterville, Illinois – memo Summer Reading Program.

WINONA J. “TOBY” WILLIAMS, 97, prominent Catlin restauranteur and businesswoman, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Thurs., Sept.14, 2023, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    Toby was born in Vermilion County on June 5, 1926, to Frank and Edith Anderson Jacobs in a house south of the Rocky Ford Bridge. Winona is better known as “Toby,” a nickname she was given in childhood by her parents’ friend, Dr. Baldwin, when her sister, Jackie, started calling her “Toe.” Dr. Baldwin had no idea that the name he gave her would become well known in Catlin and the surrounding area.
    She graduated from Catlin High School in 1944 at the age of 17. Prior to graduation she had taken a test at the University of Illinois and her score was second in the state but she was not interested in going to college. After graduation she and two friends rented an apartment in Danville and went to work. She had two jobs, one at Sugar Creamery during the day and nights at the Bright Spot Restaurant as a waitress. This is the job she enjoyed the most. Her parents realized working with the public was something she enjoyed and purchased a restaurant in Catlin for her. The first Toby’s Café was born. The café was open 24 hours a day to provide meals for the workers rebuilding the Catlin grain elevator who were working around the clock to get it built.
    Toby did venture out of the restaurant business for two years working as a teacher at Foster School in Armstrong. Her mother, Edith, kept the cafe open for her during this time. Her high test score from the U of I and a shortage of teachers resulted in her being asked to teach by the Superintendent of Schools. She taught for two years, said she hated it and went back to the restaurant business.
    Toby’s Café became a Catlin fixture, changing locations as its notoriety and business grew. The last location was built in 1962 and it is where Toby retired at age 60. Toby’s Café was a meeting place for community members, especially the local farmers. Each morning a group of men met for coffee and gossip. They made sure Toby knew what was going on in the community!
    Toby provided good food, friendly service and homemade pies for her customers. Her pies, oven fried chicken and rolls were her trademark. There were days she made as many as 40 pies, rolling the dough and preparing them herself. Food did not come from cans back then, it was homemade and she made some of the best. She was a stickler about making sure her customers were well taken care of. She truly cared about the people who came through the door; they became her friends, not just customers. Town children knew they could go there after school, get a snack and wait until their parents got home. If she heard of someone having financial problems, she would be sure they got food and often slipped them money to help out. Toby knew farmers were often short on cash until the crops were harvested and kept a running tab for their meals and those of their employees through the summer until harvest.
    Toby was concerned about food safety not just in her restaurant, but anywhere people ate. She and Bob Jones of Danville, helped to write the sanitation laws for Vermilion County and she was one of the first to be get a sanitation license. Many of the regulations she helped write are still in place today.
    Toby married Fay Williams in 1948. He was a Borden’s milkman for 31 years and helped her to run the café. They were together for 37 years until his death in 1985. They had two daughters, Crystal and Janice. Toby’s Café was a family affair, everyone worked there at one time or another.
    Toby retired from the Café on her sixtieth birthday, giving it to her daughter Janice and her husband Greg. Never one to sit around, Toby started new activities to keep busy. She loved to dance as a young person and now had the time to dance again. She started ballroom dance classes and was so good the instructors asked her to help them teach. For several years she was part of a group that danced wherever they could find a good band. She and a friend group met regularly for supper or coffee and dessert at the Oakwood Truck Stop. In recent years, she played euchre with a group at the Catlin Community Building. Toby was definitely a people person, she never knew a stranger; striking up conversations with everyone she met, often to the dismay of her daughters who never knew what she was going to say!
    Toby had a big heart and touched the lives of so many people in her lifetime. She will be greatly missed.
    Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Carter of Fairmount and Janice (Greg) Dirks of Catlin; a sister, Melissa “Jackie” Hewitt of Dickinson, Texas; four grandchildren, J.J. (Tina) Carter, Betsy (Ben) LaFleur, Amanda Fruhling, and Ashley (Mike) Ames; a granddaughter-in-law, Robin Carter; 13 great-grandchildren, Brady, Aubrey, Lincoln, Bella, Maddie, Dirk, Devin, Dane, Dakota, Lilly, Mikey, Hunter and Jordan. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Gary Carter, one grandson, Doug Carter and one great-grandson, Matthew.
    Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23, at the Catlin United Methodist Church. Rev. Matt Filicsky to officiate. Inurnment will follow alongside Fay in Oakridge Cemetery at Catlin. Visitation 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Woodlawn Cemetery Association. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. On-line condolences at

  OAKIE L. JONES, 85, of Fairmount passed away at 9:18 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 13, 2023, at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
    Oakie was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Fairmount to Dan and Mabel Lopp Jones. He married Joan Moreman on Jan. 10, 1969. She preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 2014. Surviving are two sons, Dave Jones of Danville and Christopher (Lee) Jones of Fairmount; and two daughters, Kathy Jones of Danville and Brandi (Travis) Stone of Indianola; a granddaughter, Kenzee Jones of Fairmount; and grandson, Danny Davis of Florida; great-grandkids, Waylon, Hendrix, and Ehvren Krumwiede; sisters, Dorothy (Don) Bolser and Elizabeth Harold, both of Fairmount, and Barb (Gary) Kneller of Morris; and a special niece, Sandy (John) Kepling. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Bobby Jones; brothers, Harvey Jones and Johnson D. “J.D.” Jones and sisters, Mary Marlo and Silvia Burris.
    Oakie was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Vietnam war. He was retired from the Operators Union Local 841 and was a member for 64 years. He was a member of the Fairmount Quarry and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Oakie loved the outdoors and taking drives in the country to see the wildlife. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Cremation rites will be accorded and a celebration of his life will be held at his home on Sat., Sept. 23, 2023, from 11 a.m. until it ends. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

    WILLIAM B. “BILL” BLACK, 81, of Danville passed away on Sept. 9, 2023 at Goldwater Care in Danville. Bill was elected to the Illinois General Assembly from the 105th District in November 1986 after serving since February 1986 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy. A former administrator of Danville Area Community College, he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri in 1963 followed by a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1968. A native of Danville, he served on the Vermilion County Board from 1976 to 1986 and served as Chairman from 1981-1983. Bill moved to the General Assembly after a 22-year career in education and civic involvement. Black was elected to his 12th term in the Illinois House of Representatives in November 2008 in the 104th District. Bill was born in Danville on Nov. 11, 1941, the son of Willard and Laura (Murray) Black. He graduated from Franklin Grade School in 1955 and Danville High School in 1959.
    Active in civic activities, Bill Black is a past president of the Danville Jaycees and Danville South Rotary. His many activities include service on the Danville Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Vermilion County Chapter of the American Red Cross, St. Elizabeth Hospital Mental Health Advisory Board, Boy Scouts of America, Director of the YMCA Youth Center, Danville Junior Achievement Board, and in 1995 served as the Honorary Christmas Chairman for the Vermilion County Salvation Army Unit. He was the recipient of the Danville Distinguished Service Award in 1972 and is a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Foundation. His family has owned and operated a small business in the Danville area for over 60 years. He was active in the formation of the Danville Area Economic Development Corporation. He was chosen as a member of the Danville High School Wall of Fame in 2002 and was named a distinguished Eagle Scout in 1999.
    The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies named Representative Black the Outstanding Freshman Legislator of the Year in 1987. He received the Illinois Community College Trustee Association Meritorious Service Award in 1988 and has received dozens of Outstanding Legislator Awards from various Illinois associations. He was named one of the 10 Outstanding State Legislators in the country in 1991. He was named GOP floor leader in 1991 and served as the Deputy Minority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives. He retired from the Illinois General Assembly in 2011, after serving 25 years.
    He was elected Alderman on the Danville City Council in April of 2011 and served as a   Trustee on the Danville Area Community College Board. A life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, Bill received their Distinguished Legislator Award in 2008.
    Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon (MacArthur) Black, and their two children Debra (Scott) Alexander and Doug (DeeDee) Black. He also leaves behind his six grandchildren, Ryan Alexander, Lauren Alexander, Evan Black, Kriegh (Channah) Black, Kole Black and Britney Rodman; his brother, Bob (Jackie) Black; and his two stepsisters, Denia (Don) Zuch and Cathy Speerly.
    He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and stepmother, Helen Black.
    Private family services will be held at a later time. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or the Bill Black Scholarship at Danville Area Community College. Visit his tribute wall,

    ANNABELLE SALRIN, 92, of Fairmount passed away at 8:35 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21, 2023, at the Oaks Manor in Oakland.
    She was born on April 2, 1931, in Fairmount, the daughter of W.H. “Bill” and Grace Parrish Williams. She married James R. Salrin on March 18, 1951, in Fairmount. He survives. Other survivors include: one son Doug Salrin of Fairmount; one daughter, Judy (Frank) Lucas of Sidell; one brother, Harold (Mary) Williams of Penfield; three grandchildren, Heide (Rob) Knoebel, Haley (Clint) McQueen and C.J. Lucas; seven great-grandchildren, Owen Knoebel, Eian Knoebel, Calvin Lucas, Penalope Lucas, Cooper McQueen, Adlee McQueen, and Anna McQueen. She was preceded in death by one brother, John and one sister, Lois.
    Annabelle had been a bookkeeper for Vermilion Service Corp. and later Illini FS, for 25 years. She was a member of New Hope Community Church. She enjoyed square dancing and was a sixty-year card club member. She was lifetime member of weight watchers. She enjoyed flowers, walking, and decorating her home. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities.
    Funeral services were Sept. 26 at New Hope Community Church in Fairmount. Burial was in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials may be made to New Hope Community Church. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences at

October 2023

    JOEL GLENN TAYLOR, 80, of Georgetown, formerly Indianola, passed away at 2:31 p.m. Mon., Oct. 2, 2023, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Funeral Services will be at 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 7, 2023, at Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown with Pastor Joe Fortna and Pastor Aaron Rohde officiating. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation is 1-3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 7 at Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown.

    WILLIAM “BILL” HUTSON, 72, of Georgetown, passed away Sept. 30, 2023, at Carle Foundation Hospital surrounded by family. He was 72. Born June 26, 1951, in Clinton, Ind., he was the son of Elsie (Cook) and William R. Hutson. They preceded him in death, along with brother Michael Hutson and infant son, Daniel Edward Hutson.
    Bill graduated from Jamaica High School in 1969. He worked at Hyster for more than 45 years in fabrication, assembly, and parts distribution. Bill was eclectic, appreciated a wide variety of music and was always up for an adventure. As a young man he worked at his family-owned Sunoco stations in Indianola and Georgetown, as well as the Pit Stop tavern in Georgetown. He raced the #17, a 1971 Mustang, in stock car races in Vermilion County in the late 70s. He enjoyed attending car shows, listening to bluegrass music, and riding motorcycles, especially his Harley-Davidson. He rode out west with friends to locations like the Rocky Mountains and the Badlands National Park. He loved spending time with his grandkids, camping and watching Westerns, including Gunsmoke and John Wayne movies. Bill was a member of the Ridge Farm Friends Church.
    He leaves behind his wife Shari, whom he married in 2003; brother Gene (Cathy) Hutson; sister-in-law Lori Hutson; son Eric (Amanda Ross) Hutson; and daughters Katie (Daniel) Weathers, April (Jason) Evans, Andrea (Thomas) Winn and Amber Bonomo; grandchildren Bailey (Robby), Daniel, Conor, Boston, Brody, Elizabeth, Reece, Addie, Jude, Penelope, Jonah, Calvin, Lillian, and Lilah.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) October 5, at Ridge Farm Friends Church. Pastor Joe White will officiate. Visitation 1-2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ridge Farm Friends Church food pantry. His family was assisted by Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Memories may be shared at

    CHRISTOPHER ALAN RATLIFF, 36, of Fairmount passed away at 11:42 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 21, 2023, at his home. Chris was born Jan. 12, 1987, in Danville. Chris leaves behind his wife, Kayla (Wernigk) Ratliff, five children ages 10 years to 3 months, Brantley, Easton, Tucker, Charles and Gabriella, all of Fairmount; his father and mother in-law, Chuck and Debbie Wernigk of Oakwood; brother-in-law, Justin Wernigk of Danville; nieces Tylor and Sloane. Chris had many aunts, uncles and cousins that he shared fond memories with. He was preceded in his death by his father, Howard Pollitt and his nephew, Jensen Wernigk.
    Chris and Kayla spent 16 years of their lives together. They were married Oct. 6, 2012 in Oakwood after what Chris felt like was way too long of a wait. Chris deeply enjoyed coaching his boys in all sports possible, baseball, basketball (even when he knew nothing about basketball) and his biggest joy was football. It didn’t matter how many hours he had worked or how little sleep he had if the kids had anything sports related, he was going as much as possible. If you knew Chris, you know his kids and his wife were his biggest priorities. He had a really hard time telling his wife and children no if they ever asked for anything. He loved and adored his boys so much but was ecstatic to finally have a little girl and bought her many bows that will continue to be worn even if they are larger than her head. Chris was a huge family man and wanted nothing more than to be with family and keep close connections with others. Chris enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and in-laws that treated him like their own son. Chris viewed them both as parents and looked to Chuck as a father figure and teacher. While Chuck would always say “thanks for the lessons” they both knew Chris was the one learning. He had a deep love for firefighting with the hope to return at some point. Chris was a CDL driver for many years most recently working at Republic Services and Bryant Industries. In June 2023 Chris left the CDL life to work the business he was building with his wife, Ratliff Family Creations, full time.  
    A memorial service and visitation was held October 2 at Robison Chapel, Catlin, Illinois. Per Chris’ wishes he has been cremated and has returned home to his wife and children. Online condolences at

    WILLIAM LOUIS BENZING, 77, of Fairmount breathed his last breath and stepped into his eternal reward at 9:58 p.m. (Indiana Time) on Sun., Oct. 1, 2023, at the Autumn Woods Health Campus, New Albany, Ind. surrounded by family. Bill was born Sept. 18, 1946, in Hamilton, Ohio to Donald Eugene and Anna Mae Farley Benzing. He married Bonita Sue Wilkinson on Nov. 29, 1969, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She preceded him in death on March 6, 2009.     Bill grew up in the middle of a large family of nine children, and for much of his life, being right in the middle of the action was where he loved to be. His contagious sense of humor and gift for administration are remembered fondly by his surviving siblings and their families: Donna Kennedy, Ronald Benzing, Diane Adrian, Patricia Michalski, Emma Bowling, John Benzing and Matthew Benzing. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother: Gene Benzing; and his beloved wife. Forever a family man, Bill is survived by his five children and their spouses: Nathan (Janet) Benzing, Gretchen (Josh) Neisler, Anna (Jeff Mazzeo) Benzing, Emily (Daniel) McCurdy, and Abigail (Tony) Simon, as well as 10 grandchildren. He leaves a legacy of devoted fatherhood through travel together, sports events, church attendance, and even Saturday morning chores. Anyone who visited his home or worked with him at church was likely to have heard his voice resounding down the halls as he sang while he worked. He was an avid golfer, participating in charity golf outings over the years for FCA and other organizations.
    Originally from Hamilton, Ohio, the grocery business took this former executive to live in several states around the country including Wisconsin, Montana, Illinois and North Carolina before retiring to serve on staff at his church, Calvary Baptist in Danville where he worked for many years as the administrator and served as a deacon.
    Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 6, 2023, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Danville with Chaplain Colonel Ron Benzing and Pastor Joe Humrichous. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Thursday) Oct. 5, at the Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Catlin. Donations in his name are welcome to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in lieu of flowers. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the services. Online condolences at

November 2023

    EDITH RAINWATER SHULL, 98, passed on to be with the Lord on June 3, 2023 in Ocala, Florida. Edith was born in Sidell on April 26, 1925 to Della Downey Mansfield. Edith was married to Albert Rainwater until his death in 1971.
    Edith raised and was mother to 11 children: Loretta Hopper (deceased), Carl Rainwater (deceased), JoAnn Rainwater, Barbara Robbins, Keri Joyner, Ruth Frazier, Linda Wilson, Larry Rainwater, Steve Rainwater, Rick Rainwater, and Jayne Lawson. She was a good mother and loved by all her children.
    Edith was a good cook and always had a meal for anyone who came to visit. She won a second place red ribbon in a baking contest in Tampa for her apple pie.
    Edith was a very hard worker for employers as well as at home. She said she loved to work.
    Her second marriage was to Elmer Shull, now deceased. They liked to play golf.
    Edith had many grandchildren up to four generations, who were all special to her.
    A private ceremony was held on Nov. 2.

    ROBERT “BOB” DALE VOIGHT, 78, of Sidell, left his life on earth on Nov. 5, 2023 at 2:07 p.m. to start his eternal life with his children, Tony, Troy, Jonny and Brent, as well as other loved ones he lost along the way.
    Bob was born March 23, 1945, the son of Clifford Howard and Evelyn Loretta (Wilson) Voight in Blue Island, Ill..
    He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Ruth Ann (Key) Voight who he married on June 28, 1995; his sister, Judy Tovey; and brother, Clifford (Maryann) Voight; nieces Shelley (Brian) Rodgers and Teri (Kevin) Howard; step-son Wheeler Schmalshof; step-daughter JJ Heiman; grandchildren Joseph (Kristen Caster) Voight, Danielle Voight, Jase Voight, Steven (Taylor Polson) Voight, Travis (MiKayla Hopkins) Voight, Rachel (Ricky) Schmalshof-Mathias, Hannah Schmalshof, and Keyton Schmalshof; six great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren due in December and April. Bob is also survived by his in-laws, Ruby (Chuck) Kindred, Sonny (Pat) Key, Bob (Julie) Key, Connie (Randy) Porter, Dorma Lou (David) Robinson and Penny (Kevin) Ring; cousins, nieces, nephews, and good friends.
    Bob is proceeded in death by his parents, sons Tony Phillip Voight and Troy Patrick Voight, step-son Brent Allyn Schmalshof and step-son Jonny Heiman.
    Bob graduated from Georgetown High School in 1963. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era, serving in the Army from 1963-1966. Later Bob was a logger at Brandt Voight Brandt logging in Colorado. Bob then became a boilermaker. He was a hard worker until he retired in 2010. Being a boilermaker took him to many different states but his roots were in the Georgetown-Sidell area.
    Bob enjoyed camping with family and friends and enjoyed spending the summers with his grandchildren when they would visit him. As a grandpa would do, he told stories and took his grandchildren places to make memories which they cherish today. When Bob wasn’t busy with his family and friends, he would tinker around in the garage and ride his golf cart around town to aggravate his friends.
    Bob was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that would need one. He was a very likable and caring person. He acted tough on the outside but had a heart of gold and was like a big teddy bear. His kindness and his sense of humor will be missed by everyone that knew him and his favorite cat, Bella.
    Per his request (his exact words) “If you can’t come and see me when I am alive, you don’t need to come and see me when I am gone.” Also per his request, he will be cremated with no service. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Sunset Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please join in remembering his life by posting pictures, videos, and memories to his Tribute Wall.

    TERRY L. TISON, 80, of St. Joseph, formerly of Catlin and longtime Catlin businessman, passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 3, 2023, at the Pleasant Meadows Senior Living, Chrisman. Terry was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Gary, Ind. to Carl A. and Mildred Jane Hamilton Tison. He married Elizabeth Ann Watson on May 7, 1966, in Westville. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Laura) Tison of St. Joseph and Michael (Laura) Tison of Dakota Dunes, SD; one sister, Marianne (Eric) Dickerson of Cadillac, Mich.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Carla Tison.
    Terry owned and operated Tison’s Heating & Cooling in Catlin for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and training bird dogs. He was a member of the “Shoot to Retrieve Organization” and a life member of Catlin Historical Society. Memorials in his memory to the Catlin Historical Society.
    No formal services were held in keeping with Terry’s wishes. Robison Chapel, Catlin assisted the Tison family. Online condolences at

    KAY CAMPBELL, 78, of Tilton, formerly of Catlin, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Wed., Nov. 1, 2023, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    Marcella Kay was born Nov. 29, 1944, in Tuscola to Dennis and Marcella Rose Fitzgerald Towell. Survivors include three sons, Jeffrey Mark Campbell of Odgen, Montgomery S. (Sarah Smith) Campbell of Tilton, Rusty Campbell of Danville; three daughters, Sheri Lyn Marx of Westville, Tambra Kay (Mark) Battle of Westville, Vicki Jo (Jeff) LaBaw of Catlin; three brothers, Bobby Towell of Arlington Heights, Billy (Linda) Towell of Venice, Fla., Roger ( Mary) Towell of Veedersburg, Ind.; one sister, Rita (Pete) Wynn of Tilton, 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Towell; and three sisters, Betty Chesrown, Judy Knoepfel and Peggy Stamper,
    Kay had worked for a time at Toby’s Restaurant in Catlin, she later became a CNA and worked for 19 years at the Illiana Healthcare System, where she touched numerous lives of both veterans and their families. She was known to many there as “Momma Kay.” She also provided in-home health care for many years. She enjoyed watching the LMN network and going to the casino.
    Services were Nov. 6 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Memorials may be made to VA Illiana Healthcare System “Recreational Department” in her memory. On-line condolences at

    TOM JOHNSON, 81, of Fairmount passed away at 5:21 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 at Goldwater Care in Danville. He was born Aug. 6, 1942, in Danville, the son of Raymond Tom and Verna Richards Johnson. He married Sandra Kathleen Yount on June 5, 1965, in Catlin. She survives. Other survivors include: two sons, Todd (Kimberly) Johnson of Hardy, Virginia and Tim (Kasina) Johnson of Fairmount; one daughter, Robin (John) Becraft of Fairmount; one sister Patricia (John) Miner of Roseburg, Oregon; six grandchildren, Christopher Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Tyler (Cara) Johnson, Abby Johnson, Kylie Johnson, and Nathan Becraft; four great-grandchildren, Vance Johnson, Owen Johnson, Amari Johnson, and Ellie Johnson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Earles and cousin, Virgil Weekly, who was raised by Tom’s parents.
    Tom had been a millwright with General Motors at the Tilton Plant for 18 years. He also owned and operated Johnson Mobile Welding & Fabrication, bringing much needed service to area farmers. He served on the Catlin School Board, the Catlin Township Cemetery Board, as well as the UAW 579 Credit Union Board. He was a life member of Catlin Masonic Lodge 285, and life member of the Catlin Historical Society. Tom’s passion was raising animals, which included cattle, goats, pigeons and sheep; however his greatest passion was his Californian Rabbits. He not only raised them but showed them, and sold and shipped them all over the world. Tom was affiliated with numerous rabbit organizations throughout his career. If you ever asked Tom how he was doing, you got his signature reply– “Fat ’n Sassy!”
    Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wed., Nov. 22, at Robison Chapel in Catlin, with Rev Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial at Mt. Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin, across the road from the Johnson home place. Memorials to the Catlin Historical Society or St Jude Children’s Hospital. On-line condolences at

December 2023

    DOTTY SMOOT, 84, well known Fairmount resident and businesswoman, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 4, 2023, at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana after a very brief illness.
    Dorothy Ellen was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Jamaica Township to David and Bessie Burton Sigmon. She married Larry Lee Smoot on June 21, 1959 in Fairmount. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2004. Surviving are one son, Jeff Smoot of Fairmount one daughter, Shelly (Christine Ferran) Smoot of Fairmount two sisters, Polly (Hank) Ruff of Sun Valley, Wis. Linda (Emerson) Byrd of Mendota two grandsons, Jared Smoot of Fairmount and Jordan (Olivia) Smoot of Broadlands one granddaughter, Nicole Paul of Tolono four great-grandchildren, Jaxson Smoot, Zoe Smoot, Millie Paul, Meri Paul and one sister-in-law, Marge Sigmon. Also surviving is her good friend and former neighbor, Mike Robison. She was preceded in death by three brothers, David Sigmon, Robert Sigmon, and Preston Sigmon and two sisters, Barbara Phelps and Dolores White.
    Dotty and Larry were partners in the popular “Fairmount Lounge” for many years. She had also owned Dotty’s Ceramics and Gift Store in Fairmount. She was an avid gardener and loved working in her yard. Dotty also enjoyed antiques as well as going to the river boat. Mickey Mouse collectibles were one of her favorites. Watching Illini basketball was a past time for her and she loved wintering in Florida. The family would like to thank Max, Warner, Bernard, and Alyssa for the care and attention they gave Dotty during her stay at Carle.
    Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 9, at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Mike Roberts will officiate. Burial will be alongside Larry at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin. Visitation is from 11 am till 1 p.m. on Saturday at Robison Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Humane Society or Carle Hospice. Online condolences at

    SHARRON COTE, 83, passed this life on Nov. 23, 2023, at Franciscan Hospital in Lafayette, Ind., due to complications from surgery. Sharron Lynn Williams was born June 25, 1940, the only child of Ervin and Hazel (Sandlin) Williams, in Gary, Ind. At eight years old, Sharron moved to Indianola with her family. It was here she met life-long friends and learned to play piano.
    Many of her weekends and summers were spent in Georgetown with her paternal grandparents, Clyde and Esta Mae Williams. Sharron developed her love of cooking from her grandma. Judy (Cimino) Hawn resided across the street and became fast friends. Sharron and Judy had many adventures, from playing in the playhouse, to climbing in the coal house. They remained best friends until Sharron passed. Sharron graduated from Jamaica High School in 1958, as President of Student Counsel. Upon graduation, Sharron attended Uterback-Brown Business College in Danville.
    In 1963, Sharron married H. Russell Moore. During their union, Katherine “Kathie” and John Moore were born. Sharron and Russell raised their family in Williamsport, Ind.. Sharron stayed home with the children until they started school. After which she worked in the Warren County Courthouse, as assistant to the Recorder, Marty Fox. She was active in Brownies, Cub Scouts, and 4-H. She never missed a baseball game or swim meet. Sharron also played the piano and pipe organ at the Williamsport United Methodist Church. In 1983, Sharron met Gerald “Gerry” Cote. They married on June 30, 1984. Upon marrying, Sharron moved to West Lafayette, Ind., where she and Gerry built their home, where they still lived. Sharron and Gerry shared a love of music. They played music together all over the country and Canada. They formed the band, The Bent Nickel Band, where they were regulars at the Fiddler’s Gathering and the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.
    Sharron worked at Purdue University in the Purchasing Department. She worked there until her retirement in 2001. Surviving is her husband, her two children, Kathie (Dirk) Porter of Danville and John (Lisa) Moore of Attica, Ind a grandson, Andrew Moore, Attica, Ind. She will be missed by Gerald’s children, Jerry (Dee) Cote, Romney, Ind., and Melinda Muzio, Patchogue, NY, their children and grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held later. One of Sharron’s passions was feeding the hungry. She was a faithful contributor to the charity: Food Finder’s Food Bank, 1204 Greenbush St., Lafayete, IN 47904. If compelled, please send donations in her memory.

    LYNN C SIMMONS, 77, of Fairmount passed away at 6:44 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2023 at his home. As per his wishes he will be cremated and no services will be held.

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