Obituaries

Glenn E Huffman

published 9/17/2016
Glenn E Huffman of Bismarck,Il passed away on Sept. 17, 2016 in Danville,Il He was 96 years old. Glenn was born in Vermilion County, Illinois at home on October 13, 1919. Son of Clarence and Stella Huffman he was the youngest of three children. His sister Opal and sister Ruby passed on before him as did his parents.  In 1939 he was married to Mildred Kirkpatrick in a small church in Danville. Married 77 years.  He worked at the Miebeck Shoe factory and in a few years he found himself in the Army...

Rebecca G. Brewer

published 9/15/2016
Rebecca G. Brewer, 92, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 5:03 P.M. Thursday, September 15, 2016 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born Saturday, September 22, 1923 in Beaver City, Nebraska to parents, Robert Allen and Margaret Ellen (Childs) Giles. The family lived for a short time in LeRoy, Kansas in 1930 and 1931 and then moved to Galseburg, Illinois. She first married Reinhold Hohn on July 3, 1960 and he preceded her in death in February 1963. She...

Joyce Marie Parris Powell

published 9/14/2016
Joyce Marie Parris Powell, 84, passed away on September 14, 2016 at Hospice Home of High Point. Joyce was born in 1932 to James and Gladys (Riggle) Parris of Clarksville, Indiana. Joyce’s life began with an exciting adventure, when in 1937, she and her family escaped from their house in a boat during the great Ohio River flood. As a teenager she committed her life to Christ and remained a faithful follower. She graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1950 and shortly thereafter married the ...

Ned W. Hawbecker

published 9/9/2016
The Reverend Ned W. Hawbecker, 82, of Decatur passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. A service to celebrate and honor Reverend Ned’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, Decatur. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time. He will be laid to rest at Boiling Springs Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary c/o Hawbecker Scholarship Fund. Ned was born on June...

Constance H. "Connie" Grob

published 9/6/2016
Constance  H. "Connie"  Grob (nee Parrish), 90, of Lebanon, IL, born April 26, 1926, in Chester, IL, died Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Mar Ka Nursing Home in Mascoutah, IL. Connie met her late husband, John, while attending McKendree College. They were married on August 7, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Chester, IL. Connie graduated from McKendree College in 1953 Summa Cum Laude, Degree in Religious Studies. She served on the Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1991 and on the Alumni Board...

Dr. Lawrence Harold Mason

published 9/6/2016
The Reverend Dr. Lawrence Harold Mason, 88, died Tuesday, September 06, 2016 at the Chambersburg Hospital. He was born to Dr. Harold L. and Maude M. Mason on July 16, 1928, in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Mason graduated from Rochester Senior High School in 1946. He received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut in 1950, earned a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois in 1953 and changed direction by earning a Bachelor ...

Fred Belcher

published 9/1/2016
Rev. Fred Belcher, 93, of Bloomington, IL, passed away at Heritage Health of Normal, IL, at 9:19p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Visitation will be from 2—4p.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Crossroads Chapel, 1049 JC Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61705. Fred’s service will be on Monday, September 5, 2016 at the church at 10:00a.m. with pastor Mark Wallace celebrating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, IL following the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be ...

Howard Patrick Donahue

published 7/27/2016
The Rev. Howard Patrick Donahue, 89, joined the Heavenly Father on Wednesday (July 27, 2016). He was born on Sept. 21, 1926, in Pennsylvania and had 11 brothers and sisters. He proudly served in World War II as a tank driver for the U.S. Army. The Rev. Donahue received his formal education at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and at Emory Candler School of Theology in Georgia. He served the United Methodist Church in many capacities, including senior pastor at Rantoul United Methodist Church and ...

Norma Fyffe Hawf

published 7/13/2016
Norma Fyffe Hawf, age 82 of Allendale and formerly of Sumner, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Vincennes, IN at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born March 10, 1934 in Macomb, IL to Samuel and Emma Maxine (Hedder) Murfin. Norma married Rev. Robert “Bob” Fyffe, and he preceded her in death in 2001. She then married Gene Hawf, and he survives. She had been a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church for many years. Norma was a loving and devoted homemaker to her family. Surviving ...

Omer Jones

published 6/30/2016
Rev. Omer A. Jones, 94, of Salem, IL died June 30, 2016 at St. Louis University Hospital.  A retired United Methodist Minister with sixty plus years of service, he served in many United Methodist's church's throughout Southern Illinois.  Following graduation from high school, he attended McKendree College in Lebanon, and Northwestern University in Evanston.  He enjoyed playing guitar. Funeral services will be 12 O'clock noon, Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial ...

Sue K. McCoy

published 6/16/2016
Sue K. McCoy, 55, of Port Byron, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 16, 2016, at her home. Celebration of Life Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 at Church of the Cross United Methodist Church, 22621 Illinois Route 2, Port Byron. Visitation will be 4–7 p.m. Tuesday, also at the church. Burial will take place in Pleasant Point Cemetery, Port Byron. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Cross or the University of Iowa Cancer Center. Arrangements are in the care of Gibson–Bode ...

Larry Arden Olson

published 6/12/2016
Rev. Larry Arden Olson, 78, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Emery Place in Robins, Iowa, following a brief illness. Visitation: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Service: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the funeral home. Private burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Following the service, friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon in the Legacy Center at ...

Mary M. Luke

published 6/11/2016
Mary M. Luke (99), widow of the Rev. Thomas J. Luke, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Indiana.   She and Rev. Luke were married in 1993. He had retired from Springfield First UMC in 1978.   Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2:00 pm at Trinity UMC, 550 S Blair St., Crawfordsville, IN 47993.   Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, also at Trinity UMC.   Condolences may be sent to a daughter: Elaine Sims, 613 Crescent Drive, ...

Jennie Chin

published 6/8/2016
Jennie Chin, 66, of Champaign passed away on Wednesday (June 8, 2016). She was born on Sept. 7, 1949, in Champaign to George Chin and Gong Yok Tsun (Jean Chin). Jennie is survived by her mother; son, David (Julia) White; daughters, Julianne (Jr.) Walag, Chi Luu, Cuc Liang and Hoa Coppenbarger; grandchildren Kaien, Mylea, Isabella, and one blessing to arrive soon; brothers, George Chin Jr. and Eddie Chin. She was preceded in death by her father. Jennie was an active member of Quest United ...

Frank A. Williams

published 6/5/2016
Frank A. Williams, 88, of West Point, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016, at his home.Frank was born April 1, 1928, a son of Hamil and Lydia (Hull) Williams, in Basco. He graduated from Bowen High School. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a sergeant and received his honorable discharge in 1953. He was a member of the American Legion. On Feb. 13, 1954, he was united in marriage to Mary Jo McGinnis in Mississippi.Frank was a self-employed contractor and carpenter...

Eleanor Cox

published 6/3/2016
Eleanor S. Cox, 92, died peacefully at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, June 3 at Bickford Cottage, Champaign. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West, Savoy.  Rev. Dick McGuire will officiate.  Burial will be in Rossville Cemetery, Rossville. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service at the funeral home. Eleanor was born in Hoopeston, on October 6, 1923, the daughter of Louis H. and Mary Ernst Schlecht.  The family moved to ...

Shirley Mae Leckrone

published 5/25/2016
Shirley Mae Leckrone, 88 of Granite City passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Eunice Smith Nursing Home in Alton, IL.  Shirley was born on September 22, 1927 in Granite City; a daughter to the late Raymond and May M. (Hartung) Luckert. Along with her husband, Shirley dedicated her life to serving others and the Lord. Shirley and her husband started serving churches in Thompson, IL while her husband attended seminary in Dubuque, IA. She and her husband served several churches in Illinois ...

Christopher Ray Shimboff, Sr.

published 5/6/2016
Christopher was born on January 21, 1930 and passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016. Christopher was a resident of Effingham, Illinois at the time of his passing. Chris was an Army Air Corps Veteran serving for 5 years. He was married to Mary. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday May 9 2016 at Effingham Bible Church 710 W. Jefferson St Effingham IL 62401 with the Rev. John Hollis officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Effingham with military rites. Visitation will be from ...

Joseph E. Martin

published 5/4/2016
Reverend Joseph E. Martin, 90, of Colona, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis. Funeral services will be noon Monday at Colona United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Schroder Mortuary in Colona is assisting the family with arrangements. Burial will be at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. Memorials may be made to the Preachers Aid Society or National Diabetes Association. Joseph was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Versailles,...

Eunice C. Deninger

published 4/27/2016
Eunice C. Deninger, 89. of Sugar Grove, formerly of Pontiac, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Dr. Frank Deninger; loving mother of Pamela (David) Melvin, Frank, and Jonathan; devoted grandmother to Brenna (Kevin) Brown; and great-grandmother to Gemma Brown. She was a wonderful and generous wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at...

Paula Schmink

published 4/20/2016
Paula Schmink 79 of Harrisburg passed away 8:48 AM Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Harrisburg Medical Center. She was born September 20, 1936 in Harrisburg, the daughter of Paul and Josephine McElroy Holland. She was a retired business manager at Harrisburg Medical Center and a member of the Harrisburg First United Methodist Church. On December 25, 1954 she married Max Swan and he preceded her in death on August 29, 1989. She later married Rev. George Schmink on January 8, 1994 and he survives. ...

M. Imogene Dillman

published 4/13/2016
M. Imogene Dillman, age 97 of Charleston, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 while at Charleston Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Charleston Community Church located at 2360 Shawnee Drive in Charleston. Funeral Services honoring and celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church with Pastor Sangram Kodavatikani and grandsons Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz ...

Norene Griest Ball

published 4/11/2016
Norene Griest Ball, 68, of Bloomington, passed away Monday (April 11, 2016) at her home surrounded by her family. Norene was born June 17, 1947, in Kankakee, the daughter of Howard and Clara Shroba Griest. She married Paul Ball in 1986. Survivors include her children, Jennifer (Kevin) Tatroe, Windsor, Colo., and Adam (Shaun Taylor) Hemphill, Washington D.C.; a grandson, Hadden Tatroe, Windsor, Colo.; a sister, Theresa (Leonard) Harness, Manteno; and a brother, Phillip (Cynthia George) Griest, ...

Helen E. Brawner

published 4/1/2016
Helen E. Brawner, 82, of Peoria peacefully passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her husband of 60 years and their daughter. Helen was born on a farm north of Trivoli, Illinois, August 2, 1933, her mother's birthday, to Esther (Beal) and Nicholas Molchin. She married Donald Brawner August 28, 1955. The couple lived in Germany for a year where Don was stationed in the military, and they were privileged to explore much of Europe together. They returned to the states with ...

Joan Loucks Eckert Hutton

published 3/31/2016
We have received word that Joan Loucks Eckert Hutton (94) passed away in Charleston, IL on March 31, 2016.   She was the widow of Rev. James B. Hutton. They served local churches in the former Central Illinois Conference retiring from Annawan Fairview in 1983. He died in 1992.   She was also the mother of Rev. David Hutton, a retired clergy member of the IGRC.   A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Condolences may be sent to Rev David Jonathan Hutton, 1002 E 1100 North Rd, Tower ...

Esther White

published 3/21/2016
Esther W. White, 85, of Peoria, IL, formerly of Evansville, IN, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2016, at her home, surrounded by family and friends. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria, with Dr. John Spohn officiating, Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be at 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Chester Cemetery in Richmond, IN. Esther was born on ...

Randy Grimmett

published 3/1/2016
The Rev. Randy Grimmett (57), a pastor on medical leave, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in DuQuoin, IL.   He served local churches in the former Southern Illinois Conference and in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, last serving at Zion Chapel (Boody, IL) in 2005.   Randy is the brother of the Rev. Roger Grimmett, the Superintendent assigned to the Mississippi River District of the IGRC.   Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the chapel of Union ...

William Paul Hawf

published 2/25/2016
Reverend William Paul Hawf, 89, of Mt. Carmel, peacefully passed away Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care surrounded by his loving family.   Paul was born August 21, 1926, Allendale, Illinois, the son of Elmo Ray and Vernice (Shephard) Hawf.  On May 26, 1946, he married Gretchen Hipsher in Henderson, Kentucky.  She passed away in 2012.   He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  Paul returned home and began working for the New York Central Railroad.  ...

Marie Mitchell

published 2/24/2016
Marie Mitchell, Age 108 1/2, passed away February 24, 2016 at 12:01 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl D. Mitchell, a United Methodist minister; and her daughter, Carlene Matthews of Jackson. Surviving are daughters, Janet Carey of Spring Arbor and Judith Meyer of Colorado. She leaves 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date with burial beside her husband in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. A special thank...

William A. Palmer

published 2/20/2016
Rev. William A. Palmer, 81, of East Peoria passed away at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at Fondulac Rehab. and Health Care Center in East Peoria. He was born Oct. 3, 1934 in Decatur, IL to Lindsay and Margaret Lewis Palmer. He married Lois M. Mann on July 25, 1976 in Washington, IL. She survives. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Dorothy; and 3 brothers, Lindsay L., Jim and Tom Palmer. Rev. Palmer graduated from Decatur High School and Millikin University in Decatur. He ...

Joyce Wagner

published 1/30/2016
Joyce I. Wagner passed away on January 30, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Joyce was the wife of former Southern Illinois Pastor and District Superintendent Boyd Wagner.  She was born on January 5,1932 in Portage, Pennsylvania to Ray and Elsie Moudy.  She is survived by her husband, Dr. Boyd Wagner; daughters, Diania Pace and husband, Tom and Darla Labasse and husband, Albert; sister, Lois Hampson; 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The visitation will be held from 5:00...

Toni Ross

published 1/27/2016
Toni JoAnn Heller Ross, 51, of Illinois City, went to her heavenly home Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, as Jesus won the ultimate battle over her cancer. Times of visitation and fellowship will be held Monday, Feb. 1, at Camp Milan, 1328 127th Ave., Milan, from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., with a time of sharing at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family invites people to bring a picture of them with Toni, since she was so many things to so many people. Pictures and memories will be made into a scrapbook ...

Lilian M. Burnett

published 1/19/2016
Lilian M. Burnett, 88, of Hanna City, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. She was born March 7, 1927, in London, England, to George and Amy (Wiggins) Lambert. She was a war bride marrying her husband, the Rev. Clarence A. Burnett, Jr. on May 20, 1945, in Ipswich, England, during World War II. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 2002. She also was preceded in death by one sister. Surviving are one son, John (Ann) Burnett of Normal; one ...

Jeffrey R. Robbins Sr.

published 1/16/2016
Rev. Jeffrey R. Robbins Sr., 58, of Abingdon, IL died at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016, at OSF St. Mary's Medical Center in Galesburg, IL. Born March 20, 1957 in Winston-Salem, NC, he was the son of Dr. Hal and Lillian (Andrews) Robbins. He spent his early years in Virginia. On March 14, 2007 Rev. Robbins married Roberta Davilla in Waterloo, IA. Rev. Robbins was a 1975 graduate of Liberty High School, Liberty, SC and received his degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University ...

Ray Kelley Jr

published 12/21/2015
Rev. Ray Kelley, Jr., 88, of Belleville, Illinois, born Thursday, September 29, 1927, in Atwood, IL, died Monday, December 21, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Il. however, he remains fine as frog hair. Ray was a retired ordained minister for United Methodist Church. He attended Saint Matthew United Methodist Church Belleville Illinois, was an honorary member of the youth group at church, and active in the Illinois Prairieland Walk to Emmaus. He grew up in Ina, Il. He graduated from the ...

William Ekstrom Jr.

published 11/22/2015
William Don Ekstrom Jr., 80, of Tolono passed away at 8:45 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 22, 2015) at Newman Rehab and Health Care Center, Newman. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Tolono United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Al Simonson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church. Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, is assisting with arrangements. Mr. Ekstrom was born on June 28, 1935, at Rock Island, a son to William and Edna Runyon Ekstrom. He married ...

Pauline Stoltz

published 11/19/2015
Pauline Caroline Stoltz, 83, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, went to be with her Lord Thursday, November 19, 2015 at United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville, Illinois. She was born Saturday, March 5, 1932, in Wabash County, Illinois, the daughter of William E. and Gladys K. (Seibert) Stoltz. Pauline was a very active member of Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Illinois. She served as a Trustee of the Church and as the President of the Kaskaskia River District United Methodist Women. ...

Paul Eugene White

published 10/9/2015
Rev. Paul Eugene White, 87, of Peoria, went home to be with the Lord at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, surrounded by family and friends.      He was born on August 19, 1928, in Richmond, IN, a son of Homer and Luella Jane (Hoover) White. They preceded him in death, along with eight siblings.      Rev. White is survived by his loving wife of over fifty-eight years, Esther (Wilson) White of Peoria; five children, Steven of Peoria (Lori) , Cindy (Jeff) ...

Mary Etta (Mast) Catlin

published 10/3/2015
Mary Etta (Mast) Catlin, 93, of Greenwood, IN, passed away on October 3, 2015. She was born on April 13, 1922, in Elkhart Co., Indiana to the Rev. Plessa and Vada Mae (Laudeman) Mast. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in home economics from Indiana Central College. Mary Etta is survived by her children; the Rev. A. David (Elaine) Catlin of Martinsville, IN, Cheryl (Les) Larson of Greenwood, IN, the Rev. Dr. Joel (Rev. Donna) Catlin of O’Fallon, IL and Lori (Rodolfo) Catlin Garcia of Granby,...

John Richard “Dick” Seed

published 9/30/2015
Rev. John Richard “Dick” Seed, Sr., 87, of Pekin, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.Born May 30, 1928 in St. Francisville to Albert Harold and Zelma June (Litherland) Seed, he married Mabel I. Schemerhorn on December 8, 1948 at Bridgeport.  She survives. Also surviving four daughters, Cyndy (Nick) Blanchard of Creve Coeur, Rochelle (Jon) Bouse of Loda, Lynn DeMarco of Springfield and LaDonna Maria Seed of Edmond, OK; five sons, ...

Mary Renfro

published 9/28/2015
Visitation for Mary White Renfro, 99, of Lebanon who passed away Monday September 28th, will be held   3 to 7 p.m. Thursday October 1st  and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday October 2nd at First United Methodist Church, Lebanon. Funeral 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial in College Hill Cemetery. Meyer Funeral Home, Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.  Mary White Renfro was born and raised in Washington DC. She was a kindergarten teacher there for 15 years.  Mary was the first in her family to receive ...

Patty Jo Walden

published 9/23/2015
Patty Jo Walden (nee Green) passed away on Wednesday (Sept. 23, 2015) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Patty Jo was born on June 21, 1929, the second daughter of Dewey and Gladys McDowell Green. Her early life was spent on a farm in Cave-in-Rock, Ill., where she attended a one-room schoolhouse before her family moved to Champaign. She graduated from Champaign High School in 1946. She married Donald Walden of Urbana on June 29, 1952. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from ...

James Roscoe “Skip” Proctor

published 9/22/2015
James Roscoe “Skip” Proctor, 77, passed away at 12:50 a.m. on September 22, 2015 at Symphony of Decatur. Skip was born on September 16, 1938 in Decatur; son of Kenneth E. and Eugenia P. Proctor Howe. He married Janice Kay Coulson on August 10, 1968 in Decatur. She survives him. Also surviving Skip are his daughters: Stephanie (Casey) Westen of Latham, and Jennifer Wallace of Bloomington; two sisters: Maxine Dorsey of Marana, AZ and Jeanne Febus of Bloomington; one brother: Dr. Richard Davis ...

Lindsay D. Churchman

published 9/19/2015
The Rev. Lindsay D. Churchman, 54, of Eureka passed away on Saturday, September 19 at Advocate Eureka Hospital after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He was fifty-four. Lindsay was born on November 22, 1960 in Washington, Iowa to L. Duane and Darlene Sims Churchman. He married Jennie Huff Churchman on June 14, 1997. She survives. Also surviving are daughters Emily Margaret of Watauga, TX and Rachel Ann of Eureka; his mother Darlene of Ankeny, IA; brothers Dan (Debi) Churchman of ...

George L. Whitley

published 9/17/2015
George L. Whitley, 84, of Effingham, departed this life at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 2015, at First Church of God, 2600 S. Banker Street, Effingham, with the Rev. C.W. Lewis and Rev. Ed Wojnar officiating. Burial will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park in Effingham, with military rites. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the church. ...

Eula Mae Bender

published 9/10/2015
Eula Mae Bender of Manitowish Waters and Minocqua, Wisconsin passed away on September 10, 2015 at the Season’s of Life Hospice House in Woodruff, WI. She was born June 16, 1931 at Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Edward and Freda (nee Tippitt) Sexson. She graduated from High School in Kincaid, IL, and attended Brown’s Business College in Springfield, IL. She was a photography lab technician for 15 years. She was active on the worship committee, the Women’s Guild and the Madams and Sirs group of ...

Elizabeth J. (Betty-Jo) Hendry

published 8/31/2015
Elizabeth J. (Betty-Jo) Hendry, a resident of Greenville, SC since 2011, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2015. Betty-Jo was born on September 10, 1933 in Gainesville, FL, the daughter of Robert Reece and Christine Medlock Brabham. She graduated from Gainesville High School and Massey Business School in Jacksonville, FL. A career administrative professional, she began her career at the University of Florida and retired from the University of Illinois in 1993. On November 21, 1951, she ...

Richard V. “Dick” Garabrant

published 8/30/2015
Rev. Richard V. “Dick” Garabrant, 88, of Bloomington, died at 2 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 30, 2015) at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home, Chenoa. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Church, Normal. The Rev. Len Thebarge will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements.  Interment will be in Mount Joy Cemetery in rural Armington. Military rites will be performed.He was born Nov. 1, 1926, in ...

Bill Renner

published 8/11/2015
William (Bill) S. Renner (68) of Springfield, Illinois, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, August 11, just before 4 a.m. The visitation and funeral services will be held at the Springfield 1st Church of the Nazarene, 5200 S 6th Street Frontage Rd E, Springfield, IL 62703 on August 17, 2015 at 10-11:30 for visitation and 11:30 for the funeral. Internment will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery at 1 pm. Bill was born on July 27, 1947 to William K. and Stephanie Renner in Brooklyn, NY....

Oliver Zivney

published 7/30/2015
Rev. Oliver Kermit "Doc" Zivney was born April 24, 1926 at Beaver Dam, WI, the elder son of Fred and Albena (Roller) Zivney. He went to his Lord and Savior on July 30, 2015 from Heritage Health of Dwight, where he had been a resident since early spring. Visitation will be held from 4-7 on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Hager Memorial Home; additional visitation will be held an hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. at the United Methodist church on Monday, August 3, ...

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