Obituaries

Janice Clyde (Hunt) Logsdon

published 6/18/2022
Janice Clyde (Hunt) Logsdon, age 70, a resident of the Regency Care Center of Springfield, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2020, at HSHS Saint John’s Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois after nearly two weeks in Intensive Care. She was born on February 19, 1952, in Birmingham, Alabama to Verdo M. Hunt and Mary Kathryn (Johnston) Hunt. The wife of a United Methodist pastor, her church membership has followed her husband around the state and out to New York and back and there are ...

Roy Adams

published 6/18/2022
Roy Adams, 86, died on June 18, 2022 following a recent stroke. A retired minister in the United Methodist Church, Roy maintained his contagious smile and pleasant personality throughout his decade-long struggle with dementia. His wife, Phyllis (Eastin) Adams and adult children (Deborah D. Adams, Russell R. Adams, Sandra S. Adams-Berger) were able to spend Roy’s last days with him. One son, Derald D. Adams, preceded Roy in death. Roy was born on January 26, 1936 on a farm near Girard, Illinois ...

Richard "Dick" Brewer

published 6/13/2022
Richard "Dick" Brewer, spouse of retired pastor, the Rev. Marilyn Brewer, died June 13.   No funeral arrangements have been announced.   Condolences may be sent to the Rev.Marilyn Brewer, 913 Acewood Blvd, Apt 202, Madison, WI 53714-3268.

Darrell Allen Sample

published 5/31/2022
Darrell Allen Sample, 74, of Sherman, IL sadly passed away on May 31, 2022. He is survived by his children, Dane Sample (Mallory) of St. Louis, MO, Devan Pfeiffer (Jeff Cocagne) of Sherman, IL, and Darci Thompson (Trevor) of Petersburg, IL, his sister Karen Hill (Tom) of Crown Point, IN, six grandchildren: Reed, Claire, Liam, Samuel, Noelle, and Abram, and his beloved dog, Maggie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Darrell and Patricia Sample. Darrell, better known as “Al”, was a graduate ...

Leah Rae Pogemiller

published 5/31/2022
Rev. Leah Rae Pogemiller passed after a brief illness at Carle Foundation Hospital on May 31, 2022 in Urbana, IL. Eldest daughter born April 10, 1960 to Gerald E. Pogemiller and Rita R. Redfern in Iowa City, Iowa. Leah graduated from Joliet West Township High School 1978; received a Bachelors of Science and Religious Studies at University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign 1982; and received a Masters of Divinity in Old Testament and Pastoral Counseling at Boston University School of Theology in 1985....

Martha Sue Scaff

published 5/23/2022
IGRC retired pastor, Martha Schoonover Scaff, 78, died May 23 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria.. Martha was born February 29, 1944 in Peoria, to Robert Schoonover and Ethel Skaggs who proceeded her in death. She married the love of her life, Donald Scaff. Rev. Scaff served 23 years of active ministry in the former Central Illinois and later, Illinois Great Rivers conferences. She retired in 2009 from Wyoming-Neponset. Private internment services are being handled by T, W, Parks ...

Bonnie Maritt

published 5/15/2022
Bonnie L. (Davidson) Maritt passed away at the home of her daughter, May 15, 2022.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Elmer “Gene” Maritt; son, Terry Maritt; daughter Sherry Maritt Dobson; and son Randy Maritt. Surviving are daughter Denise Gilbert and Rhonda Zaring; 13 grandchildren and great grandchildren. After retiring from United Food Workers where she was a meat cutter for 35 years, she found a passion for stained glass.  She taught this craft for many years. Gene and Bonnie ...

Gary W. Pearce

published 5/12/2022
Gary Wayne Pearce, age 72, of Flora, Illinois, heard the divine music that he’d long been listening for, and began dancing in heaven on Thursday afternoon, May 12, 2022. Gary was born July 31, 1949, in Flora, the son of Harold W. and Gladys Aliene (Davis) Pearce.  He was united in marriage to Nancy L. Wiley on April 26, 1969, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Wayne County and together they have shared 53 wedding anniversaries. Gary served in the US Army.  Along with farming for most of his ...

James Medlen

published 5/6/2022
James Owen Medlen, 87, of Monticello, crossed over into heaven on Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Piatt County Nursing Home. He was born on May 15, 1935, in Pinkstaff, the son of Owen and Eva (Haffield) Medlen. He married Judith Fay Barcroft on Dec. 26, 1965, at May Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. They were married 56 years at his death. Preceding him in death were his parents Owen and Eva Medlen; two brothers, Bill Medlen of Crocker, Mo. and Robert “Buck” Medlen of Oxford, Ga.; two...

Geraldine Baldridge

published 5/3/2022
Geraldine (Jerry) Goddard Baldridge, age 92, died Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. Born on January 29, 1930, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Jerry was one of three children born to Charlie Goddard and Vivian Waite Goddard. She married George H. Baldridge on June 4, 1953 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Jerry and George have two children Chuck and Janet. The Baldridges began their ministry in the Methodist church in Ohio. However, the majority of their ministry was spent in Central Illinois. They ...

Eunice Glasser

published 4/28/2022
Pastor Eunice Rose (Edwards) Glasser, 67, of Bridgeport, IL, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis, IN, following a valiant fight with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born February 20, 1955, in Cleveland, OH, the daughter of Sylvester & Felicia (Coreno) Edwards, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Frederick Edwards. On December 8, 1981, she married Michael Glasser in Mount Vernon, ...

Norman E. Mendell

published 4/19/2022
Rev. Norman E. Mendell, 80, of Galesburg, passed away at 12:24 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Norman was born on September 9, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Wilbur Arthur and Letha (Stevenson) Mendell. Surviving are two brothers, Glenn (Kathy) Mendell of Ottawa and Gerald (Win) Mendell of Oswego; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; and friend, Robbie Newkirk. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Duane. ...

Jane F. Price

published 4/18/2022
Jane F. Price, 86, widow of the Rev. Wolford C. Price, died April 18 in Bloomington. The Prices served 37 years in active ministry in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring from Washburn-Lowpoint in 1989. Rev. Price died Jan. 20, 2013. No funeral service is planned. Condolences may be sent to a son, Carleton Price, P. O. Box 1671, Bloomington, IL  61701-1671.

Betty Sue Mahaffey

published 4/15/2022
Betty Sue Mahaffey was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She left this world on Friday, April 15, 2022, at age 80. Betty was born to the late Fred and Lucille Chatman on Feb. 10, 1942, and grew up in the Elk Creek/Taylorsville, Ky., area on a dairy farm. She learned many lessons on the farm, including the value of hard work and also to take the emergency brake off the Studebaker truck when bailing hay, perhaps learning the hard way that it might catch on fire. After ...

Norman Fechtig

published 4/15/2022
     Norman Edward Fechtig, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 15, 2022, at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi. He is survived by his wife Marjorie (Erkman), sons Scott (Nancy Dykhoff) and Mark (Teresa Wilford), 4 grandchildren (Caleb, Caitlin, Nathaniel, Charles), one great-grandson (Garth), brother Allen (Mary Ruth Newlin), brother-in-law Ed Erkman and 10 nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents William J. and Nell (Hutchcraft) Fechtig and older brother C. William Fechtig ...

Dowain V. McKiou

published 4/3/2022
Rev. Dowain V. McKiou, 95, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Mascoutah, Illinois, passed away with his family at his side on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 in Florida. He was born on July 12th, 1926 in Poynor, Missouri to Ezra and Flossie (Anglin) McKiou. Rev. McKiou was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Imogene McKiou, Stella (McKiou) McDaniel, wives; Mary Ruth Biggers, Carol Ann Holland, and Evelyn Wright. He is survived by children, Patricia (McKiou) Brizendine, of The Villages, ...

Kenneth Crawford

published 4/3/2022
Kenneth Oliver Crawford, 92, a former lay member to annual conference from Pekin Grace UMC, died April 3 in Pekin. He is the father of IGRC Coordinator of Congregational Development, the Rev. Michael J. Crawford.   His funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 at Pekin Grace UMC, with the Rev. Eric N. Swanson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial ...

Rodney Ferguson

published 3/31/2022
Rodney Keith Ferguson (Norvell) of Winthrop Harbor, IL, age 53, died suddenly at home on March 31st, 2022. Rod was born February 26, 1969 in Iowa City, Iowa to Janet and John Norvell. After graduation from North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, Rodney enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served for four years. He married Anne Ferguson on January 6, 1990 in Champaign, IL. She survives. For many years Rod was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment ...

Loraine Ellen Elwood

published 3/28/2022
Loraine Ellen Elwood, age 93, of Lancaster, California passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022. Loraine was born August 9, 1928. Together with her husband, the Elwoods served 19 years of active ministry in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring in 1991 from Cissna Park-Rankin. Rev. Elwood was an elder in another denomination prior to uniting with The United Methodist Church in 1972.  He died Jan. 30, 1997. A funeral service for Loraine will be held Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 2:00 PM ...

Harry K. Deffley

published 3/27/2022
The Reverend Harry Kammermann Deffley, 96, died peacefully in his sleep on March 27, 2022 in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Harry was a resident of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In his last days he frequently expressed his joy at the expectation of being with his Lord and of being reunited with his wife, Barbara, who died in 2019. Harry was born on April 1, 1925, in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the fourth of five children born to Emma and Andrew J. ...

Frank New

published 3/24/2022
IGRC retired pastor, the Rev. Frank M. New, 91, died March 24 in Tempe, Ariz.   Rev. New served 44 years in active ministry in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring in 1995 as Jacksonville District Superintendent.   A celebration of life will be held at a later date yet to be determined.   Condolences may be sent to wife Mary Lou New at 2645 E. Southern Ave., Apt. A 228, Tempe  AZ  85282.

Betty Joan Procell

published 3/7/2022
Betty Joan Procell, 93, of Stewardson, IL, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, in Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, IL. Graveside services, for family, will be held in the Stewardson Cemetery. Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson is assisting the family. Betty was born October 3, 1928, in Shelbyville, IN, the daughter of Louis and Effa Mae (Oakley) Clark. She married Andrew C. Procell on May 23, 1947, in Shelbyville, IN, the same day she graduated from high school. ...

Carl Fredrick Dunker

published 3/7/2022
Reverend Dr. Carl Fredrick Dunker, a native of Cairo, Illinois passed away March 7, 2022 in Asheboro, NC. Carl was born November 27, 1929 in Cairo, Illinois. He was a graduate of Cairo High School, Cairo, IL 1947; Greenville College, Greenville, IL 1953; Christian Theological Seminary, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN 1956; International Bible College and Seminary, Independence, MO 1990. At the age of 14 in 1943, Carl surrendered his life to Jesus Christ during a revival meeting a few days ...

Jeannine Schendel

published 3/5/2022
Jeannine Schendel, 89, widow of the Rev. Merlin Schendel, died March 5 in Leesburg, Fla.   Together with her husband, the Schendels served 35 years of active ministry, retiring in 1994 from Decatur: Christ. Rev. Schendel preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2021.   A joint celebration of life for Merlin and Jeannine will be held at 11 a.m., April 30, at Springfield: First UMC.   Condolences may be sent to a son, Mark Schendel, 715 Surrey Pl., Leesburg, FL  34748.

David Edman

published 3/3/2022
David Walter Edman, age 74, of Ottawa, IL, died on March 3, 2022. He was born September 6, 1947, in Joliet, IL, and graduated from Joliet High School. Dave volunteered for the U.S. Air Force and served honorably in Vietnam. He worked at Stepan chemical company for 46 years, 7 months, and 3 days until retiring in 2013. On October 26, 1997, he married his wife Carol (nee Peterson) at Coal City United Methodist Church. He was a member of Open Table United Church of Christ, Ottawa. Dave loved ...

Robert Lawry

published 3/2/2022
Robert Lee Lawry, (79) of Peoria, Illinois, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2022. He was born September 7, 1942, in Nowata, Oklahoma, to Thomas F. and Gladys (MacBlane) Lawry. His early years were spent in Tulsa, Oklahoma, until his family moved to Robinson, Illinois, where he would graduate from high school in 1960. He married Elsa Kay Ferguson on June 10, 1967, in Evanston, IL. He married Susan Cress Samuel on October 20, 2000, in Effingham, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents...

Kay (Clabaugh) McGuire

published 2/25/2022
Kay (Clabaugh) McGuire, 81, of Urbana, mother of a Loda resident, died Friday, Feb. 25, at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 3, at the Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. W, Savoy. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. The family requests that everyone attending wear a face mask while inside the building. Mrs. McGuire was born Feb. 9, 1941, in Champaign, the daughter of Charles W. Clabaugh and Eleanor Knoll Clabaugh. Following her mother’s ...

Janice Ruth Stewart

published 2/23/2022
Janice Ruth Stewart, 78, of DeKalb, IL passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 at the Prairie Pointe Assisted living and Memory Care in Sugar Grove, IL. Jan was born Aug. 31, 1943 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of Walter and Lela (McCullough) Haines. She married Glen Stewart in Chillicothe, IL in 1963. Janice was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Brenda Kizer. For many years Jan was a faithful pastor’s wife active in many levels of the church. Later in life she became a pastor in the ...

Joan Delores (McAllister) Newsome

published 2/12/2022
Joan Delores (McAllister) Newsome died Saturday February 12, 2022 in San Diego where she lived with her daughter Sara Burns.  She was 88. Joan was born February 3, 1934 in East St Louis.  Her life as the wife to a United Methodist minister led her to live in a number of locations giving her a life full of good friends and fond memories.  She and her husband retired to Champaign Urbana where Joan volunteered at what’s now known as OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center.  Joan was an excellent pianist...

Luella Hedden

published 2/5/2022
Luella Hedden, 101, of Rushville, IL passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Bickford of Macomb.  She was born on March 26, 1920 in Vincennes Twp., Knox Co., IN a daughter of the late Henry A. F. & Cora M. Thorn Meyer.  She married Rev. Harold E. Hedden on August 20, 1944 at the United Methodist Church in Heltonville, IN.  He preceded her in death on September 5, 2009.  She is survived by (1) son, Richard Hedden & wife Susan of Indianapolis, IN, (2) daughters, Norma Werkheiser of ...

Carolyn Cooper

published 2/1/2022
Carolyn Cooper, 79, of Coffeen, IL passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro, IL. A visitation will be held  Monday, February 7, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL. Memorial Services will be held on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL. Rev. Tom Goodell, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL will officiate. Cremation...

Frances Youtzy

published 1/27/2022
Frances Youtzy, age 99, of Quincy, died Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 10:45 pm in Good Samaritan Home. Frances was born May 7, 1922 in a small town outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Frank and Marie Rothlisberger Schilling. After her father's sudden death, Frances and her mother moved to Monticello, Wisconsin to be nearer to her mother's family. Frances graduated from Monroe High School and then attended Columbus Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, earning her RN. In 1945, she married Art...

Miley Palmer

published 1/24/2022
Rev. Miley Embry Palmer, 84, of Decatur, died January 24, 2022. Miley was born March 20, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Guy E and Guion Palmer. He grew up in Hartford, Illinois. He graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, earned his master’s in theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and doctor of ministry degree at Christian Theological Seminary. He married Janet Elaine Kuhlmann of O’Fallon, Illinois on June 27, 1959. From 1955 until 2021, he served ...

Kelly Cox

published 1/23/2022
Kelly Gene Cox, 70, of Carterville, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Private memorial services with the family will be held at a later date. Kelly was born on August 15, 1951, in Fairfield, Illinois, to Paul Eugene and Pauline (Stalling) Cox. He married Kathy Hall on April 1, 1973. Kelly is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Kathy Cox; son, James (Kathrine) Cox; daughter, Rebecca Guye; grandchildren, Bailey, Katlynn and Madison Guye; brothers, Randy...

Lily Ann Browning

published 1/21/2022
Lily "Ann" Browning, 90, of Springfield, died at 2:46 a.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022, at The Bridge Care Suites. Ann was born February 9, 1931, in Golden Gate, IL, the daughter of Alan B. and Emily A. Inskeep Gill. Her children, grandchildren, and others were entertained by Ann's stories of her experiences growing up in Southern Illinois, from farm adventures with her younger brother, Paul, to their encounters with the "Shelton Boys". Ann graduated from McKendree College, where she met and ...

Paul McDowell

published 1/21/2022
Paul Kerry McDowell, 78 of Savoy, IL passed away 1/21/22 at Carle hospital, Urbana, IL. Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory, Urbana, IL are handling the arrangements. Paul was born to Elizabeth K. (Scholer) McDowell and Raymond A. McDowell in Columbus, Ohio. Surviving are his brothers, Raymond (Barbara) McDowell of Columbus, OH and William (Alice) McDowell of California, MD; his daughters, Kimberly B. (Daniel) Coffey, Champaign, IL, Kari J. Kells, Olympia WA; his grandchildren, Sean Coffey of ...

Robert Fitts

published 1/20/2022
Robert Fitts, 91, of Rock Island, died Thursday, January 20, 2022 at his home.  Funeral services will be 11:30 am Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Knox Chapel of Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 2106 7th Avenue, Rock Island.  Visitation will be from 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Knox Chapel.  Burial will take place at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be presented.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of the ...

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 ...

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