Obituaries 2024

January 2024

    KIM C. JOLLEY, 71, of Indianola, passed away at 9:32 p.m. Mon., Dec. 25, 2023, at his home.
    Kim was born March 5, 1952 in Danville, the son of Keith and Barbara F. Wood Jolley. He married Janey Craig June 9, 1973, in Indianola. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Kevin (Kara) Jolley of St. Joseph; two sisters, Karla (Mike) Mullins of Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Leslie Barnett of Fairmount; two granddaughters, Kya and Kaelyn Jolley; sister-in-law, Gaile (Robert) Sekarka of Homer Glen; two nephews, Aaron Ferber of Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Austin (Katie) Ferber of Knoxville, Tenn. He was preceded by his parents.
    Kim was a 1970 graduate of Jamaica High School. He was involved in various service activities including elevator and farm boards, township boards and was an active member of the Fairmount Lions Club.  After finishing his basketball career at the U of I, he assisted Jamaica basketball teams, enjoying his own son’s participation. He took pride in growing sweet corn and sharing it with friends and neighbors. Kim was very passionate about farming. His community was important to him, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand.
    Graveside services were Jan. 3 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with Pastor Craig Roller officiating. Visitation was at Catlin Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to the Salt Fork FFA or Woodlawn Cemetery. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of service details. On-line condolences at

    RUTH I. CALLAHAN, 91, of Sidell passed away on Sun., Dec. 31, 2023 at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman.
    Ruth was born to Forrest and Della (Taylor) McDaniel on Dec. 17, 1932 in Tangier, Ind.  She married Donald Callahan on May 3, 1959 in Sidell.
    She is survived by two sons, Scott (Sharilyn) Callahan of Covington, Ind. and Gregg (Renee) Callahan of Rockville, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Scott (Kylie) Callahan II, Krista (Cody Peters) Reese, Katelyn (Jackson Priest) Callahan, step-granddaughter Kelsey Rush, Casey Callahan, Christopher (Annee) Callahan, and Cara (Tyler) Johnson; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne (Joan) McDaniel and Keith (Jane) McDaniel; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Forrest and Della McDaniel; three brothers, Donald, Larry, and Kenneth McDaniel; and four sisters, Aileen, Ester, Bettey and Shirley.
    Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family and friends playing cards, camping, fishing, and gambling.  She loved to travel and would often go on cruises or down to Fort Myers, Floria with her husband.  She would also go on Florida trips with her good friend Jim.
    Ruth worked as a head cook for Sidell Jr. High, at Magnavox, and at Hysters in Danville. She was also active in her community and served on the Sidell Cemetery Board, was a Cub Scout den mother, and a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church.
    A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2023 at the Sidell United Methodist Church.  Funeral service will be the following day (Saturday, Jan. 6) at 10 a.m. also at the church. Pastor Craig Roller will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Sidell United Methodist Church.

CAROLYN S. CARTER,  83, of Champaign passed away on Mon., Dec. 25, 2023, in Urbana. She was born on Dec. 16, 1940, in Danville, the daughter of Gordon and Alta (Jones) Carter. She was a 1959 graduate of Jamaica High School.
    She is survived by her sisters, Connie Carter and Celia Carter Hitzeroth. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Charles and Clifford. Carolyn will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
    Graveside services were Dec. 29, 2023 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
    Memorials may be made in Carolyn’s name to Carle Hospice for the exceptional care that they provided.
    The family has entrusted Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center with her arrangements. Please join her family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her tribute wall at


    DOROTHY E. JONES, 97, of Catlin, passed away at 6:14 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 6, 2024, in the home of her daughter in Indianapolis.
    Dorothy was born in West Lebanon, Ind., July 22, 1926, to Carl E. Cornett and Doris Foster Cornett. She married James A. Jones Sept. 24, 1949, at the Catlin Church of Christ. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2014. Surviving are two daughters, Ellen Jones Carney and Beth Jones Gibson of Indianapolis; two sisters, Laura Bryan and Ruth (Ron) Sandburg; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Janet Cornett. She was preceded in death by an infant son; one brother, Merritt Foster Cornett; and one brother-in-law: Charles Bryan.
    Dorothy was a graduate of Danville High School, Class of 1944, and Lakeview Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1947. A long-time member of the Catlin Church of Christ and the Catlin Historical Society, Dorothy worked as a Registered Nurse and as a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening and singing in the church choir.
    Funeral service are 11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 13, at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Burial in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Catlin Historical Society, P.O. Box 658, Catlin, Illinois 61817 or the Catlin Church of Christ, 715 W Vermilion Street, Catlin, Illinois 61817. Online condolences at

    YVONNE MARIE JOINER, 92, of Catlin, passed away peacefully on Fri., Jan. 5, 2023 at Hawthorne Inn in Danville. Born Oct. 7, 1931 to Edgar Jesse Nettro and Arlene Marie (Otis) in Reading, Mich. While attending Danville High School, class of 1949, Yvonne was active in Y-Teens, serving as President one year. Her favorite teenage stories centered on the Danville 5 – Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, Gene Hackman, Donald O’Connor, and Bobbie Short – and parties and interactions she had with Jerry and Gene who were in her class. Yvonne met the love of her life, Robert Allen Joiner, at a Covington basketball game and they wed on Aug. 7, 1949. They had a daughter, Chèrie (Stephen) Whipple of Chattanooga, Tenn, in 1957. Bob and Yvonne celebrated their 71 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2021.
For many years Yvonne worked in the Sales department of Illinois Bell but decided to dedicate her life to being a wonderful full-time mom. She devoted many volunteer hours to Catlin school’s PTA, teaching Sunday School at the Catlin Church of Christ, and attending events at the schools. Yvonne was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ for over six decades and attended the Back to Basic’s Sunday School class.
    Reading, word puzzles, and baking were her passion. Playing cards with her sister, Yvetta, and beating the husbands was a favorite sport. No one loved college basketball or major league baseball more than Yvonne and Bob.
    Yvonne was predeceased by her father, mother, her nephew, Steve Gilkison, and husband. She is survived by her daughter, sister, Yvetta; and brother-in-law, Jack Gilkison.
    Visitation will be held at Robison Chapel in Catlin on Fri., Jan. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m. with a private, family service following. Yvonne will be interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Catlin. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are welcomed to donate to a charity of their choice in Yvonne’s name.

, 53, of Catlin, passed away Mon., Jan. 15 at 10:51 p.m. in his home surrounded by his wife and two boys.  Patrick was born to Sam and Sandy McCarty, of Oakwood on July 5, 1970. Patrick’s father passed away on Jan. 14, 2007. Patrick has three sisters and one brother, Tracy Flock of Springfield, Norma Hoepner of Tilton, Gabby McCarty of Oakwood and Austin McCarty of Peoria.
    Patrick married Vickie on Sept. 28, 2002 and they have five children, Chad Richardson (Bethany) of Indianapolis, Amy Kocher (Jake) of Sidell, Heather Fleming of Allerton, Camryn McCarty and Cadyn McCarty, both still at home. Patrick and Vickie have nine grandchildren, Ryker, Ellie, Avery, Addy, Kenna, Audrey, Hailey, Megan, and Rowan.
    Patrick was a devoted husband, father, and Christian. He attended Sidell Assembly. He was always joking and teasing people which quickly became the standard if you were around him. He never met a person he couldn’t talk to and was a compassionate, and caring person. He was a very hard worker and took pride in everything he did. If a job was worth doing, it was worth doing right to Patrick.
    He worked for McCormick Services in Champaign. He loved everyone he worked with and was very loyal to his employers.
    Patrick enjoyed his work, going to church, spending time with his two youngest boys still at home, camping, and weekend getaways with his family.
    Patrick left this world very unexpectedly. There will remain a void forever in his place. Patrick set the mark of excellence very high in everything he did and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at Sidell Assembly Jan. 27. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with a memorial service following.

February 2024

    KATELYN JAYNE “KATIE” FOUREZ, age 33, of Sidell, passed away at 5:43 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 1, 2024, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Her immediate family was with her when she passed. Katie was born June 28, 1990, in Danville to Steve and Melinda Fourez of Fairmount. She attended Jamaica Schools, graduating in 2009. Katie was very active in 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, chorus, band and was a cheerleader for the Salt Fork Storm. During the summers she raised and exhibited beef cattle at numerous county fairs in the area, as well as helping with various chores around the farm. She was also active in many church youth group activities and played youth softball.
    Following graduation, she earned her AS degree from DACC, and went on to earn a BS degree in history from Indiana State University. While at ISU Katie was actively involved with the BCM christian youth group and participated in many activities on campus and at local churches.
    After completing college Katie worked at the Neufields Art Museum complex in Indianapolis and at Cracker Barrel in Indianapolis. She enjoyed living in Fishers, Ind., was active in the E91 church and made many lasting friends. In 2023 Katie moved back to Illinois and lived in the family farmhouse in rural Sidell. Upon returning she worked at Premier Grain in Fairmount and had just begun work at Bright Beginnings Daycare in St. Joseph. She very much enjoyed working with children, especially the little ones.
    In her free time, Katie enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. She even had the opportunity to visit Italy and a cruise of the Greek Islands. She was a history buff and many of her trips focused on historical sites and museums. Katie was also an avid reader and enjoyed doing art and craft projects.
    Katelyn is survived by her parents, Steve and Melinda Fourez of rural Fairmount; her brother, Jeremy Fourez; and nephews, Alec and Wyatt Fourez, all of Kokomo, Ind. She is also survived by her uncles, David (Sue) Fourez of Florida and Ron (Sally) Schafer of Kokomo; and her aunt, Jocena (Rick) Miller of Kokomo. In addition, she is survived by five cousins whom she dearly loved and enjoyed the time she spent with them. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Patricia Fourez of Sidell, George and Mary Schafer of Kokomo; and an uncle, Roger Schafer of Kokomo.
    Katelyn loved being with family and friends. Her smile lit up the world whenever she was around. She will be missed by her friends and family.
    Funeral services are at 1 p.m. today (Thursday), Feb. 8, 2024, at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Burial will be in Stearns Cemetery in Fithian. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before services. Memorials may be made to the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Foundation or the Shriners Hospital for Children. Online condolences at

    STEVEN W. “OSCAR” WADE, 64, of Fairmount, passed away at 9:34 p.m. Wed., Feb. 7, 2024, at his home.
    He was born on Sept. 23, 1959, in Kankakee, the son of Donald and Shirley Parks Wade. Survivors include one son, Logan (Reghan) Wade of Fairmount; one daughter, Mandy Wade of Nashville, Ind.; two brothers, David (Kelly) Wade of Bloomington and Rick (Chris) Wade of Belleview, Fla.; one sister, Diana Davis of Tilton; two grandchildren, Audric and Sierra, and one on the way; many nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Justin Eads; and a neighbor and best friend, Josh Campbell. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Wade and mother, Shirley Johnson.
    Oscar worked as a truck driver for many years before retirement. He was a member of the Fairmount Quarry and the Fairmount Sportsman’s Club. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Illini fan. He enjoyed riding around town on his side-by-side and didn’t know a stranger due to his gift of gab. He enjoyed scrapping and hunting mushrooms and deer antlers in his woods.
    Funeral services 11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 16, 2024, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial in Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Visitation 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday), Feb. 15, at Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at


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