Obituaries

Arno M. Hutchinson

published 7/19/2017
Rev. Arno M. Hutchinson, Jr., 93, of Chrisman, Illinois, passed away at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman. He was retired after over forty years of service in ministry, serving United Methodist churches in Plymouth, Altona, Ogden, Seymour, Kansas, Williamsville, Buda, Hume, Metcalf, and Edgar, Illinois, as well as Allen and Eatonville, Washington.  He was born July 9, 1924, in Spokane, Washington, the son of the late Arno M. and Floy Virginia ...

Rubye Russell

published 7/14/2017
Rubye Russell (née Simpson), of Pontiac, IL went to be with her Lord on Friday, July 14, 2017. She was 93 years old.   Rubye is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, George; children, Donna Diehl (Jimmy) of Bloomington, IL, Wesley Russell (Connie) of Joliet, IL, Daniel Russell (Joni) of Pontiac, IL; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Julian Simpson (Christine) of Lexington, KY. Her brother, Woodson Simpson and her parents, Hedger and Myrtle ...

Kenneth Asmussen

published 7/13/2017
Kenneth Asmussen, 80, formerly of Edinburg, Illinois passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on July 13, 2017 in Panama City, Florida.  He was born on December 7, 1936 in Clinton, Iowa, to Maynard and Marge, and had one brother, Richard (Margie). Ken was blessed with 51 years of marriage to the sparkly Ruthie, who preceded him in death on March 18, 2011. Ken had a full career as one of the pioneering computer analysts for the Illinois Secretary of State. But his deepest love was...

Martha McDaniel

published 7/8/2017
Martha McDaniel, 80, of Decatur, IL passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:35pm at McKinley Court Care Centre in Decatur, IL.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:00am at Macon Methodist Church in Macon, IL with a visitation one hour prior.  Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Moweaqua, IL.  Memorials may be given to Cancer Care Specialists of Decatur.  Martha was born on December 11, 1936, the daughter of Arthur William and Stella Violet (Schmahl) ...

Donald Escarraz

published 6/28/2017
We have been notified of the death of Donald Ray Escarraz (84) who died on June 28, 2017 in Auburndale, Florida. He was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Barbara Swartz Escarraz. They served local churches in the West Ohio Conference and in the Central Illinois Conference. She died in 1997 while serving the Martinsville UMC. He was a college professor who taught financial systems. Condolences may be sent to a son, Paul Escarraz, 1312 Arlington Chase, Sherman, IL 62684-9425  

Donovan Gardner

published 6/24/2017
Donovan Francis Gardner, 84, of Bloomington passed away peacefully Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Heritage Health in Bloomington. A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac at 3 p.m. with Pastor Tom Goodell officiating. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac is handling the arrangements. Donovan was born on October 1, 1932 at home to Francis Raymond and Hazel Blair Gardner of Toledo, Illinois.  He graduated from...

Floy J. Ekin

published 6/19/2017
Reverend Doctor Floy J. Ekin passed into his eternal life June 19, 2017. In a career in the United Methodist Ministry that spanned nearly fifty years, Dr. Ekin served churches throughout the Central Illinois area. During his active ministry, Dr. Ekin performed 564 baptisms, nearly 400 weddings, officiated at 600 funerals, and preached nearly 1300 sermons. But more than anything else, he is remembered for the acts of kindness and caring he extended. Floy Ekin volunteered for military service a ...

Billy Hahs

published 6/18/2017
The Reverend Doctor Billy Gene Hahs, 89, of Saint Louis, Missouri passed away at 8:21 P.M. June 18, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. He was born November 14, 1927 in Sedgewickville, Missouri to parents Ora and Minnie (Statler) Hahs. He married Elouise James on December 26, 1944 at the United Methodist Church in Barlow, Kentucky. Dr. Hahs is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Elouise Hahs of Saint Louis, Missouri; two sons, Billy Gene Hahs, Jr. and wife Sharon of ...

Albert Eugene Heim

published 6/15/2017
Albert Eugene Heim, 91, of Cisco, passed away Thursday morning, June 15, 2017, at Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno, IL.  Albert was born May 23, 1926, in Leeds, IA to Albert Peter and Amie Iris (Floyd) Heim. He proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. He married Delores June Hughes on May 9, 1945 in Decatur, IL. She passed away January 4, 2009. He retired from Norfolk and Southern Railroad. In retirement, he was a lay minister for several churches and nursing homes.  He is survived...

Ernstfried J. “Ernie” Lang

published 6/10/2017
Ernstfried J. “Ernie” Lang, 85, of Bartonville, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017, at his home.  He was born October 24, 1931, in Yokohama, Japan, to German Christian missionaries, Ernst and Dorothea (Bartsch) Lang. Ernie migrated to the United States in 1951. He became a naturalized citizen in 1961, in San Diego, Cali. He married Viola Haner on July 10, 1971, in Robinson, Ill.  Surviving are his wife, Viola Lang of Bartonville; four sons, Ernst (Mi Yong) Lang of North Aurora, Ill., ...

Kenneth Provines

published 6/5/2017
Kenneth L. Provines, 79, of Lawrenceville, Illinois passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at the United Methodist Village-Main Campus in Lawrenceville, Illinois. He was born on January 30, 1938 in Lawrence County, Illinois, the son of Marshall and Lilybell (Hasler) Provines. He married Lois Ann Mieure on September 21, 1957 and she preceded him in death on January 6, 2008. Kenneth was a retired United Methodist Minister; serving at various churches, including Browns and Bone Gap. He was a member of ...

Ellen Miller

published 6/4/2017
Ellen E. Miller, 95, of Arthur, died at 10:39 a.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Arthur Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Vine Street Church, Arthur, with Rev. Michael Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements. Ellen was born January 11, 1922 in Sullivan, the daughter of ...

Clarice Ann Johnson

published 5/13/2017
Clarice Ann Johnson, 87, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at her daughter's home in Pleasant Plains, IL, surrounded by her family. Annie was born June 29, 1929 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Jesse Bert and Dona Isodora McCutchan Bushnell. She married James “Mick” Philip Johnson on November 4, 1950; he preceded her in death on October 29, 2009. She was a longtime resident of Plymouth, IL. In 1988, after retirement, she moved to Osage Beach, MO with her husband, and moved to Springfield ...

Eva S. Christian

published 5/13/2017
Eva S. Christian from Jacksonville, Ill., 91, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Murfreesboro, Tenn. A retired registered nurse, Eva was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Camden, Schuyler County, Ill., the eldest daughter of Clifford and Golda Cady Ridings. Eva and the Rev. Jack Christian started out in Alaska as missionaries, and founded and built the churches at Willow and Trapper Creek, as well as ministering to the communities and congregations at those ...

Debra “Debbie” Leila Atchley

published 4/20/2017
Debra “Debbie” Leila Atchley, 59, of Sandoval, IL, formerly of Canton, IL passed away at 10:44 AM on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 13, 1957 in Canton, to Carl L. and Frances L. (Varnell) Stanley. She married Rev. Richard “’Rick” Atchley on August 30, 1975 in Canton, IL, he survives. Also surviving are three children, Nuiel (Wendy) Atchley of Canton, Denny (Dena) Atchley of Norris, and Chelsea ...

Donald Mann

published 4/10/2017
The Reverend Donald Ross Mann passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, in Rockford, IL. He is a retired United Methodist minister of the IL Great Rivers Conference. He was born January 2, 1925, near Manteno, IL to Clair and Effie (Noble) Mann. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois (Hoppy) Mann; 4 children, Sue (Len) Wilk of S. Barrington, IL, Cindy (Kevin) Spencer of Olympia, WA, Jeff Mann of Byron, IL, and Jon (Alex) Mann of Scottsdale, AZ; and 5 grandchildren, Steve and Greg (Moriah) Wilk, ...

William Morse

published 4/9/2017
William Morse, 90, of Pontiac, died at 10:35 p.m. Sunday (April 9, 2017) at Tjardes Health Care Center, Pontiac. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. Tom Goodell and the Rev. Don Shane officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Loretto, where full military rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, and for one hour prior to the funeral at the church. ...

Helen Simpkins

published 4/1/2017
Helen Dina (Habermann) Simpkins, 87, formerly of Pekin, passed away Friday, April 1, 2017, at Concordia Village. She was born on February 24, 1930. Helen loved the outdoors. Her hobbies included vegetable and flower gardening, enjoying the spring blooms on the trees and flowers, bird watching and feeding the hummingbirds. She also enjoyed fishing and preparing her catch for family with her secret recipe and baking pies and sweets with fruits from her orchard for neighbors, friends and church ...

Orin Dale Watson

published 3/26/2017
Rev. Orin Dale Watson, 97, died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Havenwood Heritage Heights, Concord, surrounded by his loving family. Rev. Watson was born November 1, 1919 in Morrill, Nebraska, the son of John Jay and Zepha Velda (Lundy) Watson. He graduated from Morrill High School in 1937 and received a BA Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1949 and a BD degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois in 1952. Rev. Watson worked as a ship fitter at Mare...

LeRoy Pittman

published 3/23/2017
  Reverend LeRoy Pittman, 97, of Carbondale passed away at 2:25 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.  LeRoy was born on December 16, 1919 to John Frances and Julia (Gray) Pittman. He married the love of his life, Vera Johnson, on October 29, 1943. She preceded him in death on July 18, 2011.  He was a graduate of Elkville High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific as a Chaplain’s assistant and was honorably discharged in 1945. He ...

Charlotte Ann Cowan

published 3/21/2017
Rev. Charlotte Ann Cowan, age 87, went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2017. She was born, February 11, 1930, in Chesaning, Michigan, the seventh of nine children of Charles S. and Lillian P. Cowan. She was preceded in death, by her sisters, Janette Wyatt and Jean Cowan and three brothers Stanley J. Cowan, Nelson Leslie (Brub) Cowan, and William John Cowan. Surviving sisters are Kathleen Shooltz, Alice Alderson, and Winnie Wesley. Her legacy is carried on by her six children from her marriage ...

Janet Doane

published 3/19/2017
Janet Marie Doane, nee Hase, 79, of Belleville, IL, born September 13, 1937, in Mounds, IL, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL. Mrs. Doane worked for the farm bureau in Carmi, IL, as a bookkeeper for ten years.  She was a cheerleader in grade school and high school.  That enthusiasm continued as Janet was a supportive partner to her husband, Rev. Dennis Doane, and was always an active member of any church he was assigned to.  She was an avid St. Louis ...

Phyllis Olson

published 3/17/2017
  Phyllis Louise (Vollertsen) Olson, 77, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, Iowa. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Phyllis is survived by her children, Ken Olson of Boulder ...

Ophilis McCoy

published 2/14/2017
Ophilis McCoy (88), a retired minister passed away on February 14, 2017 in Springfield, IL.   He served local churches in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring from Charleston Otterbein in 1994.   A memorial service will be held at a later date, possibly in April.   His wife, Margaret McCoy survives. Condolences may be sent to her at 1901 Witchhazel Dr., Springfield, IL  62703.   Messages for the family may be posted at the website of the funeral home:http://www.drrubydavisfuneralhome...

Robert “Bob” Fear

published 2/14/2017
Retired pastor Robert “Bob” Fear (77) passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Heartland Regional Medical Center.   He served local churches in both the Southern Illinois Conference and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, retiring from Reddick in 2003. Like many retired pastors, he continued to serve the Church in many other capacities.   A private family service will be held this weekend. Memorial services will be held at a later date.   His wife, Jeannette Fear, survives. Condolences...

David Deal

published 2/2/2017
Rev. David R. Deal, 83, of Camby, IN, formerly of Marshall, IL passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 in Miller’s Merry Manor at Mooresville, IN. He was a retired United Methodist minister having served church’s for over 50 years at Alfordsville, IN, Alford, IN, Jasonville, IN, Winchester, IL, Fairbury, IL, Marshall, IL and Terre Haute, IN. David was born April 17, 1933 at Marengo, IN, the son of Oliver M. and Opal Rice Deal. He was first married to Janet Y. Denbo on Oct. 27, 1951 and she preceded ...

Gail Johnson

published 1/25/2017
Gail Johnson, age 75, of Naperville, IL passed away on January 25, 2017 at her daughter’s home surrounded by loving family. She was born January 20, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Winnifred (Thornton) Spahr. Gail was a 1960 graduate of Ankeny High School and a 1964 graduate of Simpson College. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority while in college and made lifelong friends through the sorority. She dedicated herself to her career as an elementary school teacher. Gail...

Janice Funk

published 1/25/2017
Janice was born on November 10, 1936 and passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Janice was a resident of Casey, Illinois at the time of her passing. Janice is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a major in math and physics. She was married to Don. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday January 31 2017 at the Casey United Methodist Church with Pastor Gary Fairchild officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Cemetery rural Casey IL. Visitation will be held from 12 ...

George Jenkins

published 1/20/2017
George Douglas Jenkins, Jr. age 94 entered eternal glory on January 20, 2017.  He was born November 13, 1922, to George Douglas and Gertrude Mary (Ingram) Jenkins in Harrisburg, IL.  He was the third of six children, and the first son.    As a sergeant in the United States Army in World War II, he served as a radio operator (known as “Sparky”), much of that time aboard ships in the South Pacific.   His stories include descriptions of New Guinea, and seeing General MacArthur disembark from a ...

Edgar Webb

published 1/18/2017
Rev. Edgar L. Webb, 91, of Bloomington, formerly of rural Heyworth, passed away at 1:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Martin Health Center, Bloomington. His celebration of life service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington with Rev. Vaughn Hoffman officiating. A private family burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m., Saturday at the church. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home is assisting the ...

Richard Chrisman

published 1/13/2017
Richard Alan Chrisman, 85, of Danville, IL formerly of Bloomington, IL passed away at 11:30 pm on January 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Richard was born on February 20, 1931 in Bismarck, IL the son of Merle and Dorothy (Boggess) Chrisman. He married Anna Marie Schlorff on July 1, 1951 in Danville, IL, and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter Nancy (Lon) Henderson of Danville, 3 sons, Paul (Evie) Chrisman of Suwanee, GA, Greg (Deborah) Chrisman of Jericho, VT, and...

J.L. Penfold

published 1/10/2017
Reverend J.L. Penfold, 71, of Greeley passed away at his home on January 10, 2017 surrounded by family. He was born on April 5, 1945 in Denver, CO to James Leslie and Karmen “Kay” Jean (Sauer) Penfold, Jr. and was proud to be a fifth generation native of Colorado with deep roots. He grew up in Fort Lupton and graduated high school in 1963, then graduated from CSU with a degree in Entomology, UNC with a Masters of History and then attended Asbury Theological Seminary, graduating with a Masters of...

Rebecca Ann "Becky" Fox

published 1/8/2017
Rebecca Ann "Becky" Fox, 84, of Savoy passed away at 1:52 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 8, 2017) at her home. She was born on Aug. 18, 1932, at home in Glasgow, W.Va., the oldest child of Orville and Virginia McQuillen Litton. She married Carl B. Fox on June 1, 1951. He preceded her in death in February 2009. Surviving are two daughters, Anne Fox Moore of Russellville, Ark., and Mary Fox Lynch of Bella Vista, Ark.; four granddaughters, Dr. Rebecca (Nathan) King, Elizabeth Moore and Billie (Shane) Nichols, ...

Belinda Hultberg

published 1/7/2017
Belinda Lea Hultberg, 65, of Asheville, died on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at her residence.  Born in Columbus, OH to the late Donald Lee and Mildred Delores Smith Schoby, she was a preschool teacher. Survivors include her husband, David Godfrey Hultberg ; daughter, Liberty Lea Hultberg Ferda and her husband, Tucker; and a granddaughter, Lucy Lea Ferda. Groce Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Earl Dickey

published 1/3/2017
The Rev. Earl Wayne Dickey, 101, went to be with his Lord on January 3, 2017 at Manor Court in Carbondale, IL. He was the oldest of 12 children born to Homer E. and Lillie Jostes Dickey on Sept. 8, 1915 in Montgomery County, IL. Earl was called to the ministry at the age of 9. His father, also a minister, moved frequently causing Earl to attend 15 different schools before graduating from high school. At the age of 18 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps where he helped develop Giant City ...

Eleanor Mulligan

published 1/2/2017
Eleanor Lewis Mulligan 98, of Indianapolis, died January 2, 2017. She was born December 30, 1918 in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Richard Meriwether and Bailey (Daniel) Lewis. She was raised near Salisbury, North Carolina. Eleanor received her college degree from Montreat Training School in North Carolina, and a Master's Degree from the former Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Virginia. She met and married Rev. Robert Mulligan in 1942, making the tremendous move to the cold of ...

Ann Louise Glahn

published 1/1/2017
Ann L. (Williams) Glahn died in the early hours of 2017 following an eight-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was born Ann Louise Johnson on March 2, 1939, in Denver, Colorado. Ann was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In her early years she was a stay-at-home mother of her three children. Eventually, and after beginning higher education at Anderson College in Indiana, Ann returned to Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, graduating with her teaching degree from ...

Mary Runyon

published 12/27/2016
Mary Catherine Runyon age 87 of Bloomington IL passed away peacefully with her family by her side at 10:40 PM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Martin Health Center, Bloomington, IL. Her funeral service will be 11:00 Saturday (December 31, 2016) at the First United Methodist Church 211 N. School St., Normal, IL. The Rev. Kim Burke and Rev. Don Jones, will be officiating. Visitation will be 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Normal, IL. Arrangements are being handled ...

Phyllis May Hale

published 12/24/2016
Phyllis May Hale, 88, of Oakland IL passed away December 24 at Hilltop Nursing Home in Charleston, IL. She was born September 20,1928 in Ishpeming, Michigan, daughter of Madge and J Kenneth Smith. She married Rev. Charles E. Hale June 30, 1950. He passed away December 11, 2000. Phyllis is survived by three sons, Stephan (Priscilla) St Joseph, IL, Robert (Donna) Oakland, IL, and Donald (Chris) Oakland, IL; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and a brother David (Toodie) Smith, Marion, IN....

Bonnie Helen Cramer

published 12/18/2016
Bonnie Helen Smith Cramer, 71, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016. The wife of Frederick Cramer, she was born April 9, 1945 to the late C. Woodrow and Mary Boomer Smith. As the wife of a pastor, Bonnie Helen has always been very involved in church, whether teaching Sunday school, conducting children’s choir, or playing the piano. To her it was never a job or responsibility; she enjoyed investing her time and energy in the people who surrounded her. Outside of church, Bonnie Helen listened to ...

Larry Smith

published 12/18/2016
 Larry Gene Smith, 70, of Carbondale passed away at 10:27 a.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.  Larry was born on September 16, 1946 to Harold Eugene “Sunny” Bush and Naomi Ethel (Holland) Bush. He married Angie Kaye on September 21, 2016, in Carbondale. She survives and is of Carbondale. Other survivors include a daughter, Shari Eve (Noel E.) Buisker of Freeport; a son, Adam C. (Michelle) Smith of De Soto; a stepson, Shadi (Karen) Frick of Carbondale; ...

Genevieve L. Hass

published 12/16/2016
Genevieve L. Hass, 95, passed away on December 16, 2016 at her home in John Knox Village. She was born in Evanston, IL, graduated from Northwestern University, and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Married to Carl F. Hass, a Methodist minister who served in Central Illinois, she directed the music programs in various churches and later taught English at the middle school level. Upon retirement they moved to John Knox Village where Genevieve served as a member of the ...

Ruth Barnard

published 12/5/2016
Ruth W. Barnard, nee White, of O’Fallon, IL, passed away peacefully Monday, December 5, 2016 in Fairview Heights, IL. Ruth was born on May 31, 1917 in Bonne Terre, MO. She worked was a medical assistant and office manager. She was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church in O’Fallon, IL, an honorary member of the O’Fallon Lions Club, past Worthy Matron of Fenton Chapter #152 Order of the Eastern Star, and member of the Military Officers Association of America, Illinois Chapter.  She will be...

Earline J. Michels

published 11/28/2016
Earline J. Michels, 84, of Litchfield, IL, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:20 A.M. at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care in Litchfield, IL. Earline was born on December 10, 1931 in Phillipstown, IL, a daughter of the late Earl Sanders and Faye (Hewitt) Sanders Clark. Earline graduated from Crossville High School and attended McKendree College in Lebanon, IL. Earline married Rev. Francis T. Michels on August 29, 1952 in Phillipstown, IL and he preceded her in death on October ...

Jon Westfall

published 11/14/2016
Jon Raymond Westfall, 78, of Carmi, passed away at 10:40 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was born in Vincennes, IN on August 17, 1938 the son of Clarence W. "Bud" and Martha E. "Marty" (Logan) Westfall. Jon married Marilyn Kay Seitz on September 29, 1957. From 1956-1959 Jon served in the United States Navy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center before being transferred to the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Jon was a Carmi city police officer ...

Mary Louise Erwin

published 11/13/2016
The Rev. Mary Louise Erwin, 100, joyfully went to be with her Savior on Nov. 13, 2016. She was born in Leon, Kansas on Oct. 2, 1916, to Bert and Salomia Meeks. She married her high school sweetheart, Carroll J. Erwin in Kingman, Kansas, on June 3, 1934, and he preceded her in death in June of 2013 at the age of 99. They enjoyed 79 years of marriage together and were blessed with a large family, daughter and son-in-law, Delores and the late Rev. Don Bowers and son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and ...

Vaudra M. Rushing

published 11/12/2016
Vaudra M. Rushing, 92, of Springfield, died Nov. 12, 2016, in Springfield.  She was born in Carbondale on Feb. 18, 1924, to Lee W. and Mae C. Rushing, of Carbondale.  She was preceded in death by both parents, as well as a younger brother, Bobby, in his childhood.  She is survived by a sister, Beulah Guard, of Springfield. The Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Nov. 19, 2016, at Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 S. Grand Avenue West, Springfield. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. in the...

Delta Mae Milhouse

published 11/6/2016
Delta Mae Milhouse, 89, of Petersburg, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home. Delta was born on February 24, 1927 in McAllen, Texas, the daughter of the late Mark and Mabel (Stanton) Burnett. Delta married Edward Milhouse in Chicago on August 25, 1957 they celebrated 61 years of marriage until he preceded her in death on September 8, 2012. Delta attended Kendall College, went on to graduate from Northwestern University, and earned her teaching certificate from ...

Evelyn Pruehsner

published 10/31/2016
Evelyn Jeanne Pruehsner, 90, of Anna passed away at 12:15AM, Monday, October 31, 2016 at Union County Hospital Long Term Care Nursing Home. Evelyn was born December 8, 1925 in Mill Shoals, IL the daughter of William and Emma (Funkhouser) Toombs. Her mother Emma Louise passed away when she was four years old. Her father, William O. Toombs married Mary Weatherford who helped raised Evelyn and her siblings. In 1944, she married Leslie C. Pruehsner of Nashville, IL. They were married seventy years....

Kay McClarey

published 10/30/2016
 Antionette Kay “Kay” McClarey, 80, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Kay was born August 10, 1936 in Bell City, MO, the daughter of The Reverend Charles Eastin and Anna Naomi (Williams) Eastin. She worked in Christian Education most of her adult life and was a member of First United Methodist Church. A resident of Primrose Retirement Community, Kay and her husband Jim were leaders of the Sunday afternoon chapel service which they founded in the spring of 2015. Kay married ...

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