Obituaries

Dean A. Reeverts

published 1/11/2022
Dean A. Reeverts, 78, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away at 7:42 PM Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb, IL. He was born July 23, 1943, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Daniel and Elizabeth (Itzen) Reeverts. He married Patricia B. Williamson on March 12, 2014, in Jacksonville, IL., and she survives. Also surviving are two children, Derek (Kim) Reeverts of Gainesville, FL; Tally (Sarah Wodin-Schwartz) Reeverts of Sutton, MA; step-daughter MJ Fitzsimmons of Bushnell, IL; ...

Amy Ann Holman

published 1/8/2022
Pastor Amy Ann Holman, a mentor to many and friend to all, died January 8, 2022, at Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born July 21, 1961 to Greg and Barb Ellcey, Amy embraced the 60’s hippy movement as a lifelong lover of nature, music, and her fellow man. In her youth, she was active in the Wataga Congregational Church and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1979 making too many friends to count and building lasting relationships along the way. Her two children, Samuel and Emily, kept ...

Jon D. Kline

published 1/5/2022
Jon D. Kline, age 72 of Kinmundy, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Jon was born on December 1, 1949 in Salem, the son of Merle and Vivian “Peggy” Kline. He married Linda Elaine (Leidner) Kline on December 7, 1969 in Pleasant Mound and she preceded him in death on December 1, 2006. He is survived by two sons, Jon Wesley Kline and wife Fleshette of Arcola, and Stephen Calvin Blair Kline and wife Connie of Lerna; grandchildren, Michael Stephen Kline, Amelia Elaine Kline, and ...

Diana Mae Elder

published 1/4/2022
Diana Mae Elder, 81, died January 4, 2022 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois after a decade’s long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born March 4, 1940, in Kenosha, WI, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Mildred (Rasmussen) Knoespel. She graduated from Kenosha High School in 1958.   Diana went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Certification in Christian Education in the United Methodist Church, and Master of Divinity at Garrett ...

Joseph R. Hankla

published 1/2/2022
IGRC retired pastor, the Rev. Joseph R. Hankla, 91, died Jan. 2 in Carbondale. Rev. Hankla served 36 years of active ministry in the former Southern Illinois Conference, retiring in 1992 from Litchfield: St. Timothy. His ministry included three years as site superintendent at Little Grassy Camp and 11 years as Conference Director of Camps and Conferences. He was also involved in the Southern Illinois Hispanic Ministry which led to the birth of Jesus es el Senor UMC in Cobden. Funeral services ...

Nancy Nichols

published 1/1/2022
Nancy Joan (Williams) Nichols of Champaign, 85 years old, passed away on Saturday, January 1st, 2022. She was born on August 17th, 1936 in her home in Woodland, attended Watseka Community High School, and lived in central Illinois her entire life. Nancy received her Bachelor of Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island and spent many years sharing her deep love of piano with others. She worked with multiple children’s choirs and sang in several adult choirs. Navigating the life of a ...

James Park McClarey

published 12/30/2021
Rev. James Park McClarey, 88, a resident of The Lodge at Manito and a longtime United Methodist Pastor, passed away at 8:52 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021 in the emergency department of UnityPoint Health in Pekin. Born August 10, 1933 in Viola, Tennessee to Rev. James O and Ruth (Park) McClarey, he married Antionette Kay Eastin on June 23, 1957 in Girard. She died October 30, 2016 in Decatur. He also was preceded in death by his parents and one infant daughter, Jeannie McClarey. Surviving ...

Claude N. Mosher

published 12/21/2021
Rev. Claude N. Mosher, 94, of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. He was born on July 12, 1927, in Cable, Ohio, to Robert and Elsie (Roane) Mosher. He married Billie Marie Owens in Hamilton, Ohio, on September 9, 1948. Surviving are his wife, Marie Mosher of Peoria; one son, Bill (Suzette Foster) Mosher of Boone, N.C.; one daughter, Susan Roth of Morton; three grandchildren, Sean Mosher, Ryan (Debbie) Mosher, and Kristen (Kyle) Peterson ...

Martha Ann Ehrhardt

published 12/9/2021
Martha Ann Donnell Ehrhardt of Birmingham passed away peacefully on Thursday, the 9th of December 2021. She was 89 years of age.  Mrs. Ehrhardt was born on August 24, 1932, in Pontiac, Illinois, and was the daughter of the late Percy H. Donnell and Beuna Hutson Donnell. Mrs. Ehrhardt was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Poehler (Arden), and by her brother, John Donnell (Carol). A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church with the last twenty years at Trinity United Methodist Church in ...

Jimmy Lee Poole

published 12/8/2021
Jimmy Lee Poole, 74, of Metamora, IL passed away at 8:10 am on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria, IL. He was born on August 27, 1947 in Des Moines, IA to Raymond L. and Dorothy E. (Broshius) Poole. He married Beckie J. McAllister on June 8, 1973 in Ottumwa, IA. Surviving are his wife, Beckie of Metamora; son, Joshua (Angela) Poole of Metamora; daughter, Mary Baird of Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren, Lauren Poole, Matthew Poole, Hunter Poole, and Aiya Baird; ...

Merlin H. Schendel

published 12/4/2021
IGRC retired pastor, the Rev. Merlin H. Schendel, 87, died Dec. 4 in Leesburg, Fla. Rev. Schendel began his ministry in the Minnesota Conference of the former Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1953. He began serving in the former Central Illinois Conference in 1961 and retired after 41 years of active ministry in 1994 from Decatur: Christ. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Jeannine Schendel, 717 W Coach N Four Dr., Leesburg, FL  34748-6239.

Elizabeth A. “Beth” Legg

published 11/27/2021
Elizabeth A. “Beth” Legg, 60, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away on Saturday November 27, 2021 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, IL She was born on December 9, 1960 in East St. Louis, IL, the daughter of the late Jesse Luther and Margaret Rose (Pawlaski) Hunter. She married Leland Legg Jr. on April 9, 1988 in Springfield, and he survives. Beth worked as a cashier for Farm King and Casey’s and previously had worked as an EMT for the Bradford IL Rescue Squad. She was of the Methodist Faith and her husband...

Daniel M. Buck

published 11/26/2021
     Rev. Daniel M. Buck, October 12, 1932, to November 26, 2021, lived a life of quiet service to uplift those around him. Born the son of a Methodist minister, he lived in various communities across Central Illinois with his parents, Samuel and Eudora Buck.  He graduated from Pana High School, Cornell College, and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. It was at Cornell that he met Dorothea Koerner. They married in 1955 and served their own collection of Methodist churches for the next ...

George Ewing Morris

published 11/21/2021
Rev. Dr. George Ewing Morris – evangelist, preacher, teacher, pastor, family man – transitioned to eternal life on November 21, 2021 in Canton, GA at the age of 86. “Sonny” was born in a coal mining camp on October 27, 1935 in Appalachia, VA to James Walker and Martha Virginia (nee Ireson) Morris. At age 17, he experienced a profound Christian conversion and was gripped by the call to Christian ministry. He earned his B.A. at Asbury College, his MDiv. and DDiv. degrees at Vanderbilt University. ...

George H. Nafziger

published 11/21/2021
George H. Nafziger, 85, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at his home. He was born February 22, 1936, in Springfield, the son of Elmer R. and Theresa (Carroll) Nafziger. He married Rita Gooch on March 13, 1965 and she survives. Also surviving are his son, Philip (Terri) Nafziger of Waynesville, MO and granddaughter, Paige A. Nafziger of Bloomington. He is preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Nafziger. George went to Springfield High School, ...

James "Jim" Corbitt

published 11/7/2021
Chaplain James “Jim” Corbitt, age 88, of Belleville Illinois, passed away on November 7, 2021 after complications from congestive heart failure. Jim dedicated his life to serving God and country. This was evident by the range and impact of his ministry outreach. He started his career as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, serving local churches throughout Southern Illinois for over twelve years. Jim then felt called to serve as a chaplain in the United States Air Force. He ...

Raymond Bassett

published 11/7/2021
Raymond Elmer Bassett was born June 5, 1928 in Frankfort, Clinton County, Indiana to Burnice Clark and Mary Jeanette (Hailman) Bassett.  He died November 7, 2021 in Osage Beach, Missouri.  Family was present. Raymond graduated from Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, Illinois, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy two weeks before his graduation.  He served his country and was recruited into espionage during World War II. He attended Indiana State in Terre Haute, and graduated from Illinois Weslyan with...

Mabel Ilene Seed

published 10/28/2021
Born October 19, 1932 in Lawrence County, Illinois to Abraham Monroe and Bonnie Mabel (Waggoner) Schemerhorn, she married Rev. John R. “Dick” Seed, Sr., on December 8, 1948 in Bridgeport. He died September 30, 2015 in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Molly Brandenburg; one great-granddaughter, Jami Elizabeth Tankersley; two brothers, and one sister. Surviving are four daughters, Cyndy (Nick) Blanchard of Creve Coeur, Rochelle (Jon) Bouse of Loda, Lynn ...

Janis Kay Montgomery Gartelos

published 10/24/2021
Janis Kay Montgomery Gartelos, age 70, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away from this Earth and entered Heaven on October 24, 2021. She was surrounded by loved ones - her husband, her brothers, and her daughter. While her family misses her deeply, they take great comfort knowing that Janis has entered eternal life with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Earth is poorer, and Heaven is richer. A funeral and memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills...

Richard Duane Ambrose

published 10/16/2021
Richard Duane Ambrose, 77, of Effingham passed away peacefully at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at his home. He was born on March 6, 1944, in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Richard and Lois “Lucille” (Millage) Ambrose. Richard Duane went to seminary at the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and received his Master of Divinity Theology.  He received his Bachelor’s from Olivet College in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He worked as a minister for 46+ years and officially ...

Thomas R. Wright

published 10/16/2021
Pastor Tom R. Wright, 81, of Joy, IL went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at his home in Joy.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 21, at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate.  You may also view the funeral on the church’s Facebook page.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 – 7 p.m. at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, ...

John W. Byrne

published 10/12/2021
John W. Byrne, 92, formerly of Roanoke, IL passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. He was born on October 23, 1928, in Pontiac, IL to Ira and Vera Rittenhouse Byrne.  He married Letha Garretson on May 8, 1949, in Graymont, IL.  She survives. Also surviving are his five children, Linda (John) Blossom; Denise Byrne; Peggy (Allan) Scheirer; Mike (Sherry) Byrne; and Jeff Byrne; six grandchildren, Tim (Jill) Scheirer; Andy Scheirer; Rachael (Nick) Scott; ...

Vesta Lucille Morgan

published 10/5/2021
Vesta Lucille Morgan, 103, of Paris, Illinois, formerly of Westfield, Illinois, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at her residence. She was a devoted homemaker and minister’s wife. She was born September 12, 1918, in St. James, Missouri, the daughter of the late Elmer and Elizabeth Harriett (Geisler) Grayson. She married the Rev. Allen David Morgan on May 17, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1980. Survivors include five children, Harriett ...

Helen Hammond

published 10/4/2021
Helen Marie Hammond, 89, of Jacksonville, died Monday, October 4, 2021, at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born July 15, 1932, in St. Clair County, the daughter of John and Mary Knoblauch Heidenreich. She married Fred Hammond on September 10, 1955, at the Freeburg United Methodist Church in Freeburg, and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2011. Mrs. Hammond is survived by two children, Diana (Alex) Pratt of Palmyra and Eric Hammond of Jacksonville, and several nieces ...

Barbara Sue Pomeroy

published 9/30/2021
Barbara Sue Pomeroy, 65, of Toulon, formerly of Knox, IN, was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world peacefully at 4:08 a.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021 at her home. Barbara was born on February 16, 1956 in Eureka, SD, the daughter of Norval and Esther (Bratton) Wixom. She married Leon Pomeroy on August 27, 1977 in Caldwell, ID; he survives. Also surviving six children, Jared Pomeroy of El Paso, TX, Joshua Pomeroy of Hartland, MI, Justin (Jana) Pomeroy of ...

Mary Ellen Peabody

published 9/26/2021
Mary Ellen Peabody, 94, of Pontiac IL passed peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac, IL. She was born Sept. 11, 1927, in rural Carman, IL, the daughter of Charles Walter & Marguerite Ellen (Vaughan) Howell. She was raised in Yates City, IL, where she graduated from high school and on Nov. 30, 1945, married Gordon Duaine Peabody. They raised a family of six children on Illinois farms for 25 years at Altona, La Prairie Center and West Jersey until Gordon and Mary Ellen ...

Anna Jean Rhodes

published 9/8/2021
Anna Jean Rhodes, age 92, of St. Elmo, Illinois passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Aperion Care in St. Elmo, Illinois.  Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 13, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo, Illinois with a one-hour viewing prior to the service.  Pastor Dan Laack will be officiating.  Burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2021 at First United ...

Charles Don Ferrill

published 9/7/2021
IGRC retired pastor, the Rev. Charles Don Ferrill, 90, died  Sept. 7 in Clinton. Rev. Ferrill served 41 years in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring in 1997 from Danville: St. James. In retirement, he served six years at Weldon. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Clinton UMC, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Helen F. Ferrill, 28 Beech Dr., Clinton, IL  61727-2406.

C. W. “Butch” Reneker, Jr.

published 9/2/2021
Rev. Clarence Woodrow Reneker, Jr., 74, of Louisville passed away at 9:47 a.m. Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the Clay County Hospital, in Flora. Clarence Reneker Jr. was born in Camp Hill, PA only son of Clarence and Pearl Reneker. He was called Butch by everyone While in school he enjoyed history and excelled in wrestling. Upon graduating from high school, Butch entered into military service by joining the United States Air Force. After basic training, he was stationed at Pease AFB, N.H. ...

Henry J. Mauschbaugh

published 9/2/2021
Henry J. Mauschbaugh passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Snyder Village in Metamora. He was born to William J. and Martha Bailey Mauschbaugh on August 15, 1926, in East Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Martha, Ruth, Margaret, William, Mary, Betty Jane, Roland and Jacqueline. Henry is survived by his wife, Norene; children, Scott (Sherry), Laurie and Leann Stiles (Robert); 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Henry graduated from East Peoria High ...

Raymond P. Harrison

published 9/1/2021
Raymond P. Harrison, age 81, of Chillicothe, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria from complications from Covid Pneumonia. Ray was born on July 12, 1940 in Cook County, IL to Raymond W. and Loretta M. (Peters) Harrison.  He married Jane Horaney on June 27, 1964 in Streator, IL. Surviving are his wife, Jane; his children, Amy (Erik) Black of Chillicothe and Aaron Harrison of Chillicothe; his former daughter-in-law, Christina Ketcham of Chicago; two ...

Scott McMurray

published 8/20/2021
Scott McMurray, age 67, passed away August 20, 2021, in Waukesha WI. Born in Peoria, IL, he was the son of Lou and Barbara McMurray. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1976, Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1979, and Doctor of Ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary in 1991. He will be remembered for his 40 years of service and dedication working as a United Methodist clergyman at various Churches throughout the Illinois and Wisconsin...

Ellen Craig

published 8/5/2021
Ellen passed peacefully on August 5, 2021, at age 68, after a courageous 30 year fight with breast cancer. She loved life and lived it on her terms. She loved music, art, dancing and had a never ending thirst for knowledge, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art & Music Education and two Masters Degrees. Ellen was a warm outgoing person. She loved to make new friends. She enjoyed hearing about the families of the nurses and lab techs at the Froedtert Cancer Center, and they all loved having ...

Margaret McCoy

published 8/2/2021
Margaret Virine McCoy, 90, widow of the Rev. Ophilius McCoy, died Aug. 2 in Springfield.   The McCoys served 17 years in active ministry in the former Central Illinois and later, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, retiring from Charleston: Otterbein in 1994. He died Feb. 14, 2017.   Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, Aug. 12 at Ruby Funeral Home in Springfield. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.   For a complete obituary, ...

Kenneth Gilley

published 7/30/2021
Kenneth Roy Gilley, 82, of Martinsville, Illinois completed his earthly journey at 6:30 a.m. July 30, 2021, at Union Hospital with his wife and family at his side. Roy was a man of many interests from collecting and recycling pop cans to removing gold pieces from old computers to cutting and skinning a side of beef. When his hand got tired, he would switch hands and continue his work. He could root a rose cutting under a mason jar or nurse a sick or injured pet back to health with a little bag ...

Rhea Kenyon

published 7/30/2021
Rhea Kenyon, 95, widow of the Rev. Irving Hick Kenyon, died July 30 in Springfield.   The Kenyons served 31 years of active ministry in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring in 1984 from the Pioneer Parish (Brooklyn-Alexander-Asbury-Bluff Springs-Meredosia) in 1984. Rev. Kenyon died July 27, 1990.   There will be no funeral service. Boardman Smith Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements where a full obituary will be posted at a later date.   Condolences may be sent to...

Shirley J. Stanfield Wheeler

published 7/17/2021
Shirley J. Stanfield Wheeler, 91, of Frankfort, IN., formerly of Champaign, IL, died at 12:02a.m. Saturday (July 17, 2021) at Wesley Manor in Frankfort, IN.  She was born September 29, 1929, in Coles County, IL, daughter of Speed Steven Stanfield and Lottie Pearcy Stanfield. She married Charles Richard Wheeler in 1947.  Shirley was an active partner in ministry with her husband teaching Youth Group and Sunday school, a dedicated mother and an active leader in United Methodist Women. She shared ...

Peggy Marie Simon

published 7/8/2021
Peggy Marie Simon died in Missoula, Montana, on July 8, 2021, surrounded by her husband, Gene, and sons, Chris and Paul. Peggy was born in Niles, Michigan, on April 7, 1943. She had three sisters and grew up in Chatsworth, Illinois. Peggy earned a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Illinois State University. She also earned a Master's of Education degree from Western Illinois University. While in college, she met Gene and it was love at first sight for both. They were married for 59 ...

Emma Lutes Smith

published 7/5/2021
Emma Lutes Smith, 100, died at 4:05 am on July 5, 2021 at The Glenwood Assisted Living Center in Effingham. She is survived by two sons, Charlie Smith of Nashville TN, and John (Susan) Smith of Carbondale; two daughters, Kaye (Terry) Kimpling and Deb (Gary) Gregory both of Effingham; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and brother Carl Lutes of Carbondale. In addition to her parents and husband of 57 years, she was preceded in death by her son David ...

Kathleen Keller

published 7/3/2021
Kathleen L. Keller, 72, of Pekin, passed away at 3:58 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 at her home. Born June 10, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan to Calvin and Vivaleen (Potts) Landrum, she married Rev. Dr. Curt D. Keller on October 29, 1983 in Neoga. He survives. Also surviving is her son, Christopher Keller of Millersville, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Geoffrey Keller on September 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kathy was a graduate of Carson-Newman University in ...

Karol Brown

published 6/24/2021
Karol S. Brown, 84, of McLeansboro, died at 3:25 a.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 18, 1936, in Highlandville, Missouri, the daughter of Robert E. and Jenice (Spiess) Lawson. She married Richard G. "Dick" Brown on Oct. 12, 1961, in Kansas City, Missouri, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 2008. Mrs. Brown is survived by a son, George A. "Drew" Brown of McLeansboro; a daughter, Jennilyn M. Orpurt of New Harmony, Indiana; four grandchildren; two ...

Floyd R. Stradley

published 6/15/2021
 The Rev. Dr. Floyd R. Stradley, an ordained United Methodist minister, went to be with our heavenly Father on June 15, 2021. He was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Arkansas, and grew up in Decatur, where his parents moved soon after his birth. Floyd married Donna Hiser on June 22, 1957, at First E.U.B. Church, Decatur. A homemaker, Donna was always beside him from the time they began dating in college through a marriage of almost 64 years. Floyd graduated from Millikin University in 1955 and the ...

Wanda L. Holliday

published 6/11/2021
Wanda L. Holliday, 85, Oblong, IL went to be with her Lord and Master on Friday June 11, 2021, at the Cobblestone Crossing Health Campus in Terre Haute, IN where she had been residing for the last few years. She was born on July 14, 1935, in Herrin, IL the daughter of Elvia Floyd and Velma Cleopha (Coffer) Walker. On January 15, 1955, she married the love of her life, Harold Harding Holliday, who preceded her in death on August 26, 2010. Wanda was a sales associate at Buehler Foods in ...

Jon Cockrel

published 6/8/2021
Rev. Jon Edward Cockrel, 79, of Metropolis, went peacefully into the arms of his Lord on June 8, 2021, at the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah, from complications following a stroke. Jon was born on November 20, 1941, in Metropolis, the son of Wayne and Mary Ethel (Call) Cockrel. He married Betty Jean Brenningmeyer on September 3, 1960, at the Joppa United Methodist Church. Jon is survived by his wife; his son Timothy (Beth) Cockrel of Bremerton, WA; his daughter Jill (Matthew) ...

Robert D. Mushrush

published 5/26/2021
Rev. Robert, "Bob," D. Mushrush, 86, of Peoria, passed away at 2:24 pm, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  On March 22, 1935, Bob was born in Claremont, IL, the son of Howard and Nola Mae Adamson Mushrush. He married Joanne Wiseman on June 13, 1954, in Bellmont, IL; she survives.  Throughout his entire life, Bob dearly loved and remained proud of his family, including four children, Kenton Mushrush of Peoria, IL; Kirk (Linda) Mushrush of Dyersville, IA; Kia ...

Marvin Bennett

published 5/19/2021
We are sad to announce that on May 19, 2021, at the age of 85, Marvin Bennett of Sparta, Illinois, born in Saint Louis, Missouri passed away. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Marvin Bennett to pay them a last tribute. He was predeceased by : his parents, Marvin Bennett and Dorothy Bennett (Robb); his daughter Katherine; and his grandson Jeremy Bennett Baker. He is survived by : his wife ...

Shashi Misal

published 5/3/2021
Shashi Misal, 81, spouse of IGRC retired pastor Rev. Margaret Misal, died May 3 in Arizona.   The Misals were married 54 years. Rev. Misal served 26 years in the former Central Illinois Conference and later, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. She retired in 2004 from Arcola.   Shashikant Bapurao MISAL was born on March 5, 1948 and passed away on May 3, 2021 and is under the care of Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery. Visitation will be held on May 10, 2021 at 9:00 am at Chandler United ...

Evelyn Wright

published 5/1/2021
Evelyn Wright, nee Shelton, 90, of Mascoutah, IL, born April 1, 1931, in Mt. Airy, NC, died May 1, 2021 at St. Paul Senior Community, Belleville, IL.    She enjoyed a fulfilling career in education, teaching children in the Multiple-Handicapped Unit at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL and English at Granite City High School. She was also a consultant for the hearing impaired at Ten County Regional Special Education Service Center in Bellville, IL.   Mrs. Wright cherished her ...

Macel Buss

published 4/23/2021
Macel Buss, age 90, of Coconut Creek, FL passed away on April 23, 2021. Graveside funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday April 28, 2021 at the Hayes Cemetery rural Hidalgo, IL. The Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL is assisting the family. Macel was born on December 21, 1930 in Hidalgo, IL to Harold & Flora King. Survivors include her husband Gaylord; children Bob (Gail) Green, Ilah (Patrick) Walsh, Amanda (Tommy) Ruzzano and Brent (Tamara) Buss. She also has eleven beloved ...

Barbara L. Kersh

published 4/15/2021
Rev. Barbara L. Kersh, 88, of Putnam, passed away Thursday April 15, 2021, 8:57 am at Heartland Health Care, Henry. Memorial services will be held Sunday April 18, 2021, 1:00 pm at the Henry United Methodist Church. The Rev. Will Meachum will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Henry United Methodist Church or to her family. Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is assisting the family with arrangements. Barbara was born January 13, 1933 in Oklahoma. She married Wesley Kersh on January 4, ...

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