Obituaries

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, ...

Chester Elton Sheldon

published 7/29/2015
The Rev. Chester Elton Sheldon, Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Bloomington, passed away July 29, 2015, in Crystal, Minn. The Rev. Sheldon was born to Elton Addison Sheldon and Stella Bollman Sheldon on June 30, 1918, in Rock Island. He was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and Garrett Theological Seminary. He was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from MacMurray College in 1977. He married Helen McNicol of Dixon 74 years ago, on Aug. 17, 1941. She preceded him in death Feb. ...

Ralph H. Dude

published 7/24/2015
 Rev. Ralph H. Dude, 77, Normal, IL, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015 at his residence. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 7 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, Normal, IL. Visitation will be at 10AM the day of the service and a lunch will follow the service. Rev. Dr. Don Jackson and Rev. Leah Pogemiller will be officiating. Private inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to The Baby Fold, 108 E Willow ...

Joyce Owens

published 7/16/2015
Joyce Owens, 73, of Perryville, MO, passed away July 16, 2015 at her residence. She was born January 22, 1942 in Washington Court House, Ohio, daughter of Woodrow Wilson Bradley and Noreen (Baldridge) Shephard. She and Rev. Bruce Owens were married on April 1, 1957. He survives in Perryville, MO. Joyce was a homemaker. She was a member of First Methodist Church in Perryville. Survived by three daughters; Debra (Tony) Rodriguez of Granville, IL, Jeanette (Dave) Norton of Grinnel, IA, and ...

Glenn Ioder

published 7/9/2015
The Memorial Service arrangements for retired pastor Glenn Ioder (91), who died in Uruguay on July 9, are as follows: Visitation will be on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Worship Center of First United Methodist Church, Peoria, IL. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:30 pm in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Peoria, IL. A reception will be held following the Memorial Serving in the gathering space of First United Methodist Church, ...

Rachel P. McCleary

published 6/28/2015
Rachel P. McCleary (84), wife of retired pastor Paul F. McCleary, passed away on June 28, 2015 in Arizona.  Paul spent most of his ministry in extension appointments which took him away from the annual conference. They retired in 1995.  Funeral arrangements have already been held.  Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Paul F. McCleary, 2625 E Southern Ave Unit C289, Tempe, AZ 85282-7817  

William Luther White

published 6/28/2015
Rev. Dr. William Luther White, 83, of Normal passed away, after a brief illness, on Sunday, June 28 at Advocate/BroMenn Medical Center. He was born in Brazil, Indiana on July 7, 1931, son of the late Luther and Beatrice White. His brother Phillip preceded him in death. After graduation from DePauw University, where he had a Rector scholarship, he completed his master of divinity at Garrett Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Theology & English Literature from Northwestern University. He was ...

Beulah M. Pribble

published 6/21/2015
Beulah M. Pribble, 98 of Herrin, Illinois died on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion, Illinois. She was born in Jackson County to James and Irene (Dixon) Wright Thursday, March 15, 1917. She was united in marriage with Rev. Gene Pribble April 14, 1934 and he passed away March 23, 2006. Mrs. Pribble was very active in her husband’s ministry. She is survived by 3 children, Darlene and Willis Carroll of Evansville Indiana, Judy and Louie McMurray of Herrin and Jim and ...

Nathaniel H Gwinn

published 6/15/2015
Rev. Nathaniel Hill Gwinn, 93, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015, at his daughters home from complications due to a stroke and skin cancers. Rev. Gwinn was born July 14, 1921, in Elton, WV, the son of the late Clarence Hill and Josie Exie Gwinn. Following graduation from Sulphur District High School in Sandstone, WV, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Medical Nurse during World War II and was honorably discharged on January 31, 1946. After serving our Country, Rev. Gwinn married Ruth ...

Lester Laur

published 6/4/2015
Rev. Lester B. Laur, 96, of Effingham, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 8, 2015, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham, with Dr. Joe Scheets and Rev. Leanne Noland officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. Services are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Memorials may be made to ...

Peggy Jo Duncan-Wood

published 6/1/2015
The Reverend Peggy Jo Duncan-Wood parted from us to be with our Heavenly Father in the very early morning of June 1, 2015, at Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point.The funeral will be 11 a.m. on Thursday 4 June at the First United Methodist Church of Lexington, with the Revs. Jamie Armstrong and Jenna Grogan officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington, N.C. She was the daughter of the late ...

Georgia Hartman

published 5/27/2015
Georgia G. Hartman, age 101 of Mt. Carroll, IL, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll, IL.  Georgia was born May 22, 1914 in Story County, IA; the daughter of George and Ruth (Bennethum) Hopper. At the age of four, her mother died and she was raised by Elmer and Bertha Stahlman. She graduated from Aurora High School in Aurora, IL and attended Aurora College.  On June 8, 1939, Georgia married Rev. Robert Hartman in Plainfield, IL. Together they served...

Ada M. Bear

published 5/22/2015
Ada M. Bear, 90, of Mason City, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born August 20, 1924 in Chicago the daughter of Merle and Agnes Page. She married the late Reverend Leland Bear on September 5, 1942 in Roberts, Illinois. She is survived by her children; Jim (Joyce) Bear of Aurora, CO and Ruth (Roger) Cohn of Pine Plains, NY, her sister; Catherine Ferguson of Clinton, IL, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death...

Helen M. Metzger

published 5/13/2015
Helen M. Metzger, 96, of Galva, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Marigold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Galesburg.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 19th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services.  Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate.  Burial will be at the Galva Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorial may be made to the First United Methodist Church.  Helen was born October 25, 1918 in Chicago, ...

Dennis Ray Sparenberg

published 4/26/2015
Dennis Ray Sparenberg was born Feb. 13, 1950, in Watseka, the son of Wayne and Myrtle Sparenberg. He went to his eternal home in Heaven on Sunday morning (April 26, 2015). His body was cremated, as he wished. He is survived by his wife, June (Kilgos) Sparenberg, whom he married on May 22, 1982, in Kankakee. Also surviving are one son, Keith and wife, Monica Sparenberg, of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Karen Jaskula, of Cedar Park, Texas, Kari Sparenberg, of Houston, Texas, and Kristin ...

John Thomas "Tom" Meachum

published 4/25/2015
John Thomas "Tom" Meachum passed away in his home at 11:40 p.m. Saturday (April 25, 2015) surrounded by family. Tom was born in Taylorville on July 9, 1946. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Dole and Julia Hayden Meachum; his sister, Jeannie; his brother, Billie; his grandson, Joseph Patrick McPherson; and his beloved dog, Roscoe. He is survived by his wife, Linda, whom he married on June 30, 1973; his beloved children, Kelly McPherson (John) and William Meachum (Joy); five ...

Dean C. Wright

published 4/20/2015
Rev. Dean C. Wright, 84, of Bath, passed away at his home at 10:07 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015. He was born May 15, 1930 in Rural Smithfield, IL to Ira and Gladys (Lovell) Wright. He married Eunice Glore on February 14, 1951 and she preceded him in death on March 7, 1990. He married Barbara Ferguson on June 27, 1992 and she survives. Rev. Wright is survived by his wife, Barbara of Bath, five children, Rev. Dan (Patricia) Wright of Annawan, IL, Tim Wright of Kilbourne, Dennis (Janet) Wright of...

Leslie Carrol Pruehsner

published 4/17/2015
Rev. Leslie Carrol Pruehsner, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on April 17, 2015, at 6:25 pm. He was born August 18, 1925, in Nashville, IL; son of John and Edna (Ragland) Pruehsner. In 1944, he married Evelyn Toombs of Anderson, IN. They were married for 70 years. Leslie, since the age of 17, was a Methodist Minister and served through “many” churches until he retired in 1988. He continued to minister to those in need up until his last days at the Veterans Home in his bed. He ...

Ann Hedgcock

published 4/14/2015
 Ann Hedgcock, 97, formerly of Plymouth, Illinois died Tuesday April 14, 2015 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She was born December 29, 1917 in Canton, Illinois, the daughter of Ralph and Hilda Victoria Ennander Bell. She married Phillip L. Hedgcock on October 1, 1935 in Palmyra, Missouri. He preceded her in death on October 22, 2006. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Hedgcock Hahn of Lakeview, Arkansas, 2 sons, Phillip Larry (LaVelle) Hedgcock of South Jordon, Utah, Jack Douglas (Patricia) ...

Lawrence E. Becker

published 4/6/2015
Rev. Lawrence E. Becker, 90, of Hillsboro, Illinois, formerly of Coffeen and Vandalia, passed away Monday, April 06, 2015, in Hillsboro, IL. Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 11, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, Vandalia, IL, with Pastor Terry Westerfield, officiating. Burial will follow at Green-Hill Cemetery, Rural Fillmore, IL, with Military Rites by Patoka Am. Legion Post #543. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, April 10, 2015, at the First ...

Margaret "Peggy" McDowell

published 4/4/2015
The Rev. H. Margaret "Peggy" McDowell, 73, of Rantoul died on Saturday (April 4, 2015) with her children by her side.She was born in Highland Park on Feb. 13, 1942. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marian Kehrwald. She is survived by her husband, Paul McDowell; her sister, Roberta (Gary) Lieder; her son, Mark Richards; daughters, Renee Richards and Teresa (Tom) Schoffelman; stepdaughters, Kim (Dan) Coffey and Kari Kells; and grandchildren, Savannah Pollock, Megan ...

David Kaye

published 4/3/2015
On Friday, April 3, 2015, David James Kaye, 61 of Carbondale, Illinois took his final journey on the ambulance to be greeted by his Lord and Savior.  The celebration of his life will begin with visitation on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, Illinois and funeral service at 11:00a.m at Carbondale First United Methodist Church. Visitation at the church will be from 10:00a.m until 11:00a.m Pastor Alan Rhein and Rabbi Moshe Laurie will be ...

Rev. Dr. Hugo Luciano Lopez

published 4/3/2015
Rev. Dr. Hugo Luciano Lopez, age 85, of Wilmington passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove in the warm embrace of his two remaining daughters. He was born on January 16, 1930 in Santiago, Chile to the late Ismael Lopez and Luz Mendoza de Lopez. He was one of four siblings, the late Ruth Ester, and his two surviving brothers Carlos and Mario. He is survived by Hilda, his loving wife of 62 years, his daughter Viviana and her husband Ricardo, and his youngest daughter ...

Robert B. Barrett

published 4/2/2015
Robert B. Barrett, 68, of Kingston Mines passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his residence.He was born on Sept. 8, 1946, in Peoria, the son of Robert E. and Irene Trastle Barrett. He married Kathy Lanan on Sept. 28, 1981, in Kingston Mines.Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Angela (Steve) Payne of Peoria; one son, Erik (Tami) Barrett of Kirkland, Ill.; and grandchildren, Jackie and Josie Payne and Cassie and Harrison Barrett. His parents; one sister, Shirley, and ...

Thoburn Enge

published 3/25/2015
Rev. Thoburn Enge, 93, formerly of Canton, died at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Meadows Mennonite Home in Chenoa. He was born on June 5, 1921, in Veblen, South Dakota, to Ernest and Inez Nichols Enge. He married Nelda Brill on June 9, 1946, in Belleville, Ill. She preceded him in death on February 27, 1999, in Canton. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Inez Yvonne Enge. Thoburn spent over 40 years dedicating himself to the ministry. He was a Methodist pastor serving in ...

Robert S. Patterson

published 3/23/2015
Reverend Robert S. Patterson age 85 of Olney passed away March 23 at Good Samaritan Hospital In Vincennes, IN. Reverend Patterson was born Robert Scott Patterson to Lou Robert and Bessie Frances (Robards) Patterson.  He married Wanda Jean Daniels on September 15, 1949, She passed away November 11, 1996.  He then married Marie McDowell on February 14, 1999, she survives.  Reverend Patterson answered the call to Ministry in 1958. He was a member of the Illinois Great… River Conferance of United ...

Jack O. Stewart

published 3/22/2015
Jack Onyett Stewart, 92, passed away March 22, 2015. He was born April 21, 1922 in Fort Branch, IN son of John Wesley and Mary Marie (Onyett) Stewart. Jack was a graduate of Fort Branch High School class of 1940, was a General Baptist Minister for 15years and following that was a United Methodist Minister for 59 years. He was a member of the Illinois Great River Conference and the United Methodist Church. Survivors include his children, Judith Anne (Dean) Imes and Jonathan Kent (Vicky) Stewart; ...

Jonathan Dixon

published 3/18/2015
Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Dixon, 67, of Riverton died at 10:55 pm, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born September 11, 1947, the sixth of eight children, to George and Frances Murphy Dixon. He grew up in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. He married Ellen L. Trice on August 8, 1970. Rev. Dr. Dixon received his Bachelor’s Degree at New Mexico State University and his Masters of Divinity at Western Evangelical Seminary and Masters of Philosophy and PhD in Historical Theology at ...

Ira Gallaway

published 3/16/2015
Ira Leon Gallaway was born May 24, 1923, near Glen Cove, Texas. He grew up in Coleman County, Texas, and graduated from Talpa High School in 1940. In July 1941 he married Florene Gayle (Sally) Baxter in Friona , Texas. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1941, and served with air supply in North Africa during World War II. After the war, he majored in International Law at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1949 with honors as a Friar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He served in ...

Della Jones

published 3/1/2015
Della JoAnn Jones, age 79, of Salem, died Sunday morning, March 1st, 2015 at Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salem. She was a teacher, a very active Pastor's wife, and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. Funeral services for Della JoAnn Jones will beheld at ten Tuesday morning at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem, with Mike Ebersohl and Lisa Gulliam presiding.  Burial will be at Sandy Branch Cemetery in Kinmundy.  Visiation will be from five to seven Monday night ...

Winifred McCord

published 2/25/2015
Winifred Alta McCord passed away in Millenniun Assisted Living on February 25, 2015 at the age of 94 years, 4 months and 21 days. She was born on October 4,1920 in Harlan County, Nebraska to Alva and Alma Jones. She married John H. McCord on December 26, 1939 in Huntley, Nebraska. Surviving are three children: Harold Gene McCord of Wichita, Kansas; Nigel Joy (McCord) Glenn  of Glendale, Arizona ; and LeAlta Kay (McCord) Brummett of Seminole, Florida; one brother; Russell Jones of Omaha, ...

Helen Sheldon

published 2/16/2015
Helen Marie McNicol Sheldon of Minneapolis, Minnesota, formerly of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away near noon on Monday, February 16, 2015. She had been a patient for nearly a year in the care suites at The Heathers Manor in Crystal, Minnesota. Mrs. Sheldon was born January 28, 1919, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. A. M. McNicol of Dixon, Illinois. She was a student of the Dixon public schools, and a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. She married the Rev. Chester E. Sheldon 73 years ago, August ...

Rev. Dr. Joanne E. "Pep" Cooke

published 2/15/2015
The Rev. Dr. Joanne E. "Pep" Cooke, 81, of East Peoria, Ill., former Methodist minister of RiversEdge United Methodist Church in Spring Bay, Ill., passed away at 1:18 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Riverview in East Peoria. She was born on March 9, 1933, in Mansfield, Ohio, to Joseph E. and Margery (Herbrand) Peppard. She married Cedric W. Cooke on June 10, 1976, in Bloomington, Ill. He died on April 12, 1984.Surviving are her sister, Mary Lou (Donald) Green of Mansfield, Ohio; and numerous ...

G.L.Story

published 2/11/2015
Geoffrey L. Story, Jr., 81, of Bloomington passed away from a long-term heart ailment on Wednesday, February 11 at Bickford of Bloomington.   G.L.'s celebration of life service will be held on Monday, March 2 at 11:00 am at Wesley United Methodist Church of Bloomington with Pastor Vaughn Hoffman officiating. Following the services a luncheon will be held at the church.   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Geoffrey L. Story, Jr. Endowed Scholarship at Illinois Wesleyan University, ...

Betty Benton

published 2/7/2015
Betty Jane Benton, 89, of Hereford, Ariz., formerly of Bloomington, died at 3:50 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 7, 2015) at Garden Terrace in Sierra Vista, Ariz.     A graveside service for Betty will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 13, 2015 at Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean. The Rev. Chad Sparks will officiate. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is handling arrangements. Betty was born March 2, 1925, in Bloomington, to Glover and Bertha Leigh Swearingen. She married the Rev. Dean L. Benton on May...

Bobbie Joanne (Smick) Zimmerman

published 2/7/2015
Bobbie Joanne (Smick) Zimmerman, 64, of Mackinaw, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, which had been the place of her birth on Oct. 28, 1950. She was the daughter of the late Richard Smick and Marihelen Marshall. Bobbie was the wife of the Rev. Dr. J. Keith Zimmerman, since June 6, 1970; mother of Gretchen Marie (Erik) Doyle and J. Andrew (Jamie) Zimmerman; grandmother of five; and sister of Adell (Bill) Woods. After raising her children, Bobbie worked...

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