Obituaries

Myrthel E. Green Bula Hertz

published 7/13/2019
Myrthel E. Green Bula Hertz, 93, of Terre Haute, passed away June 13, 2019, at Springhill Village. She was born on January 3, 1926, to George Green and Ada McCullough Green in Fairbanks, Indiana. Myrthel is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, the Reverend Ronald Bula; second husband, Orville Hertz; brothers, William Green, Howard Green, Paul Green and Walter Green; and sisters, Mable Budd, Nellie Green, Ruth Green, Hazel Green and Jessie Green; as well as her great-grandchild, ...

George G. Russell

published 7/11/2019
George G. Russell, 86, of Pontiac, IL passed away at 10:03 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac with Rev. Tom Goodell officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac, IL. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac is handling the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy should be made to First United ...

John “Jack” Lee

published 7/8/2019
Rev. John “Jack” Lee, 88, of Peoria, passed away on Monday July 8, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. at Manor Court Nursing Home in Peoria. John was born in Camborne, Cornwall, England in 1931 to the late Mabel (Uren) Lee and Gordon Lee. John first married Betty (McLean) Lee on July 24, 1954 in Pool, Cornwall, England. She preceded him in death after 46 years of marriage on May 6, 2000 in Peoria. He then married Genevieve Heath on Nov. 13, 2004 in Peoria. He is survived by his current wife, Genevieve, of 14 ...

Keith Ferguson

published 6/17/2019
Keith Carl Ferguson, 77, of Normal, passed away Monday (June 17, 2019) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. His service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, with visitation preceding the service. The Rev. Sara Isbell will preside. Memorials may be directed to The United Methodist Committee on Relief (www.umcmission.org), the CJD Foundation (www.cjdfoundation.org), or Wesley UMC. Keith was born July 17, 1941, near Bowman, N.D., to Carl and Evelyn (Van ...

Nancey Blackburn

published 5/25/2019
Nancey Carla Blackburn, 73, passed away 4:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at her residence. Born in Mt. Vernon on Sept. 21, 1945, she was the daughter of Carl and Cordia (Dill) Francis. Nancey had been a clerk for the Hopedale Medical Clinic. On Sept. 1, 1963 in Fairfield, she married Rev. Harold "Dean" Blackburn. He survives. Surviving also are a son, John Marc Blackburn of Herrin, Illinois; daughter, Angela (David) Sarandis of Alton, Illinois; grandchildren, Conner and Nolan McLaughlin; step...

Barbara Deffley

published 5/20/2019
Barbara Jane Lehr Deffley, aged 89, beloved wife and mother, died on May 20, 2019 in Casey House, the inpatient care facility of Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland. Her husband was at her side and her family close by. She died at peace in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Barbara was born in Tilden, Illinois on July 9, 1929. She was the eldest of eight children born to Mary M. and Anton G. Lehr and was raised on their farm in rural Coulterville, Illinois. Activities at ...

David G. Pease

published 5/13/2019
Reverend David G. Pease, of Janesville, WI, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's home in Janesville, after a long illness. David was born September 17, 1932 in Shelbyville, IL, to Lloyd and Edith (Fader) Pease. David was the oldest of 7 children, and spent his childhood on the family farm. He graduated from Shelbyville High School, and from Greenville College (Illinois). David obtained his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. In his early ...

Dorothy Brown

published 5/10/2019
Dorothy Louise Brown, 89, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Thursday May 9, 2019 in Helia Healthcare of West Frankfort at 10:10a.m. Dorothy is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church - West Frankfort, Illinois. She was a pianist, organist, and singer. Dorothy loved the Lord and her family. She worked for Allen Industry and Dr. Don Webb O.D.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, JW James; parents; son, Michael James; two brothers, David and Paul Barnfield; two sisters, ...

Lillian L. Phillips

published 5/6/2019
Lillian L. Phillips, age 86, of Kinmundy, died Monday, May 6th, at her home.  She was a retired educator and superintendent of schools and retired minister at various local churches.  She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church and loved to travel. Funeral services for Lillian Phillips will be held at 10:30 Friday at the Kinmundy Methodist Church, with David Kueker and Amy Jeffries officiating.  Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Kinmundy.  Visitation will be from five to eight Thursday ...

Charles Sensel

published 4/27/2019
Charles Werner Sensel, age 86 of Washington Township, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019 at his home. He was born August 27, 1932 in Newport, Kentucky to the late Elmer and Evelyn (Roettger) Sensel. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Elmer Sensel and Ralph Sensel. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sheila (Borell) Sensel; children, Sheryl (Eric) Hall, Lisa (Paul) Sotirelis and Christopher (Kerry) Sensel; grandchildren, Rebecca Spivey, Matthew ...

Peggy Kulczewski

published 4/25/2019
Peggy Kulczewski, 69, of Monmouth, IL, passed away at 11:18 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2019 at her home. Peggy was born December 17, 1949, in Monmouth, IL, the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy (Schweitzer) Ault.  She was raised and educated in Monmouth, graduating from Warren High School in 1967.  She later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1971 and her Master’s Degree in 1972 in Physical Education from the University of Illinois. Peggy married Al Kulczewski on January 31, 1971, at the Sugar Tree ...

Vae Rose Fultz

published 4/19/2019
Dr. Vae Rose Fultz, 80, of Jacksonville died Friday, April 19, 2019, at White Hall Nursing Center.  She was born Dec. 26, 1938, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of George Emmett Fultz, an engineer on the Frisco Railroad, and Rose Manilia Hall Fultz, an elementary school teacher and principal. She was premature and suffered from anoxia, causing mild cerebral palsy and a hearing loss. When her father died in 1941 of leukemia, her mother went back to teaching in Pittsburg, Kansas, where Vae ...

Shirley Ann Schmidt Sullivan

published 4/7/2019
Shirley Ann Schmidt Sullivan, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Salisbury, Maryland, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was born on May 11, 1930, to Frank and Margaret Schmidt, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. A memorial service will be held in July. Shirley married Daniel J. Sullivan on Oct. 1, 1949. She is survived by her daughters, Laura (David) McCord of Des Moines, Iowa, Mary Ellen Sullivan (Nancy) of Canton, Missouri, Lisa (Kevin Gregg) of Salisbury, Maryland and Andrea Sullivan of N. Ridgeville, ...

Mary Ann Richardson

published 3/29/2019
  Mary Ann Stanley Richardson, age 83, of Vincennes, Indiana, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019 in Evansville, Indiana. She was born June 08,1935 in Crossville, Illinois, the daughter of Ted and Pearl (Perkins) Stanley. She married Philip Richardson on June 07, 1956 at the Crossville Methodist Church in Crossville, Illinois and he survives. Mary was a retired school teacher. She was a graduate of Crossville High School Class of 1953.  She attended the McKendree University in Lebanon, ...

Bill “B.R.” Cummins

published 3/22/2019
Reverend Bill “B.R.” Cummins, 87, of O’Fallon, IL, born May 1, 1931, in Mount Vernon, IL, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Cedar Ridge Health & Rehab Center, Lebanon, IL. Bill graduated from Mount Vernon High School and enlisted in the National Guard Unit out of Mount Vernon, IL.  He attended McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, and while there his National Guard Unit was called to serve in the Korean Conflict from 1951 – 1953.  He then returned to and graduated from McKendree College in 1957.  Bill ...

Francis Guither

published 3/19/2019
Francis George Guither, age 96, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Good Samaritan Home of Quincy, Illinois. Francis was born to George and Anna Guither on July 7, 1922 on a farm near Walnut, Illinois. He attended a one-room country school for 8 years, then Walnut High School, North Central College, and finally ended up going into seminary. He served for over 45 years as a minister throughout Illinois -- primarily for the United Methodist church (formerly Evangelical United Brethren), with the ...

Martha Baxter North

published 3/2/2019
Martha Baxter North passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019 in her sleep in her home at Friendship Village of Bloomington MN.  Martha was born in Montgomery West Virginia on October 4, 1922. She graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Education. She met Jacob Baxter at church while he was attending WVIT. She graduated college on a Friday and married Jake on Sunday. They lived briefly in New Haven CT then moved to Champaign IL where they raised two ...

Mary Brownfield

published 2/10/2019
Mary Brownfield, 93, of Carlinville, IL, formerly of Peoria, passed to her heavenly reward on Sunday, February 10, 2019, with her daughter at her side. Mary suffered a fractured hip in December and was not able to return to her previous state of health. Mary was born on August 31, 1925, in Peoria, IL. She was the sixth child born to Fred and Mary (Rauschkolb) Demmin. She lived in Peoria all of her young life and attended Manual Training High School. She married Richard C. Brownfield on June 7, ...

Barbara Moreau

published 2/8/2019
Barbara S. Moreau, 62 of Gillespie, formerly of Lakewood passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Heritage Health in Gillespie. She was born August 19, 1956 in Pana the daughter of Ervil K. and Dorothy (Adkisson) Padgett. She married Larry Moreau on May 30, 1975 at Zion United Methodist Church in rural Tower Hill and he survives her passing. In addition to her husband Larry, she is survived by her son Kenneth (Susan) Moreau of Bloomington, IL, her daughter Lisa (Joseph) Poorman of Humboldt, IL, ...

Lorraine Martin

published 2/3/2019
Lorraine E. Martin died at Meadowood Nursing Center in Clearlake, California on February 3, 2019. Lorraine married Robert Martin on March 27, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. Lorraine was a retired pastor of the Viola United Methodist Church. She came to Lake County 6 years ago, joining her son and daughter-in-law, James Martin and Martha Bakerjian in Clearlake, California. She enjoyed church activities, fishing on the family vacations, and making doll houses. Lorraine was the Mercer County Woman of ...

David L. Bultemeier

published 2/1/2019
Rev. David L. Bultemeier, 84, of East Peoria died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.   David was born on Oct. 10, 1934, in Monmouth Illinois, to Hulin and Dorothy (Stevenson) Bultemeier. He married Joanne Sharon Bowker on June 17, 1956, in Peoria; she preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 2013.   He is survived by his children, Kathy Rosser, Lori Bultemeier, and Michael Bultemeier; his grandchildren, Libby Ingraham, Lauren Lambert, and Drake Bultemeier; one great-grandchild, James Odin Ingraham; and one sister, ...

Jack L. Adams

published 1/28/2019
Jack L. Adams 87, of Ballwin, Missouri, died peacefully on January 28, 2019, in Chesterfield,  Missouri. The Reverend Jack L. Adams was born on June 5, 1931, in Harrisburg, IL and grew up in the coal mining community of Galatia, IL. He was the beloved only son of Rex and Essie Adams. Jack was a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ. Jack began his career as a young pastor to four tiny Methodist churches in the vicinity of Crab ...

John Woodruff

published 1/18/2019
John Hurlbut Woodruff died January 18, 2019 at his home in Wilmore, KY. Funeral services will be at 11:30 am on Thursday, January 24, at Estes Chapel, Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore with the Rev. Jessica LaGrone officiating, with interment to follow at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors from 10:00-11:00 am at Estes Chapel. John Hurlbut Woodruff was born February 6, 1935 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Eugene Hurlbut and Esther Teeters Woodruff. He attended the public...

Karen E. Christianson

published 1/17/2019
 Karen E. Christianson, 81, of Moline, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at ManorCare Health Services-Utica Ridge, Davenport. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22, at Riverside United Methodist Church in Moline. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline. Burial will be at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to “Baby Fold”, 108 E Willow St., Normal IL 61761; thebabyfold@givingfuel.com. Karen was born April 11, 1937, in Galesburg,...

Sarah Cha

published 1/15/2019
Sarah passed away at home on January 15, 2019, at the age of 98. She was born in China and earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Soochow University in Shanghai, China.  She was a loving and beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and dedicated her life to the spread of the gospel.  Friends may call Tuesday, January 22, from 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). Interment Service will be held at Skylawn Memorial ...

Oren R. Mulvany

published 1/3/2019
Oren R. Mulvany, 90, of Lawrenceville, Illinois passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville, Illinois. He was born August 30, 1928 in Louisville, Illinois, the son of Freddie L. and Bertha (Harrell) Mulvany. He married Betty Smith in 1949 and she preceded him in death in 1984. He married Lois M. (Clark) Cox in 1985 and she survives. In Oren’s earlier years, he was an electrician, as well as a mechanic at the Shell Service Station in Xenia. After ...

Dorothy Nickell

published 12/30/2018
Dorothy Ellen Nickell was born on June 23, 1932, at Union City, Tenn., the daughter of Thelbert Carter Matlock and Dorothy Rankin Matlock. She later lived in Cairo and Urbana. Dorothy died Sunday (Dec. 30, 2018) in Fairbury. She married Paul Lewis Nickell in Champaign on June 24, 1950. They had five children. She later married John Tollensdorf on June 25, 2011. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sr.; son, Paul Jr.; granddaughter, Brittani Endres; and grandson, Chris Craig. She is...

John William "Bill" Cooper, Sr

published 12/28/2018
John William "Bill" Cooper, Sr., 77, of Coffeen, IL, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 3:55 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital, Hillsboro, IL.  Cremation rites will be accorded.  Memorial services will be held on Monday, December 31, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, IL.  Rev. Terry Westerfield, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Greg Courtwright. Inurnment will in in the Columbarium, First United Methodist Church,...

Freda Duke

published 12/15/2018
Freda K. Duke, 93, of Greencastle, IN, formerly of Marshall, IL passed away 4:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 in Asbury Towers Retirement Community at Greencastle, IN. She was retired as an assistant administrator from Indiana State University. Freda was born Dec. 21, 1924 at near Dennison, IL, the daughter of Fred and Nellie Price Dawson. She married Rev. Harry Duke Jr. on Sept. 2, 1945 at Terre Haute, IN and he preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1973. Surviving are two sons, Bill (Marsha) Duke of...

Donald Caspers

published 12/8/2018
Donald Caspers Cedar Rapids After 94 years of a life devoted to the service of others, Donald T. Caspers died on Saturday, Dec. 8, at his beloved home, Meth-Wick Manor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He loved cardinals, poinsettias, Christmas music, football and a good slice of pie. Those who knew him well will always recall the many stories he shared about his experiences. Don was born and raised on his family's farm in Castle Grove Township in rural Monticello, Iowa. He graduated from Monticello High ...

Richard Piscatelli

published 12/7/2018
Rev. Richard Piscatelli “Pastor Dick”, age 82, of Chatham, was welcomed into Heaven on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Pastor was born on February 15, 1936 in Watertown, MA, the son of Dominic and Ida (Scipione) Piscatelli. He married Carole Davis on August 30, 1963 in Newton, MA. Pastor Dick is survived by his wife, Carole; sons, James, Eric, Scott, John, David, and daughter, Karen Piscatelli Epley; grandchildren, David, Erica, Michael, Amy, Troy, Heather, ...

Tom Compton

published 12/3/2018
Rev. Thomas Joe Compton, 69, of Pana, Illinois, formerly of Lakewood, IL and Assumption, IL, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2018 in HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.  Visitation will be Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the funeral home.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL.  Memorials may be given to the Preachers Aid ...

Dwight Jones

published 11/18/2018
Reverend Dwight Jones, age 83, of Glen Carbon, IL, formerly of Salem, died Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at Meridian Village Care Center in Glen Carbon.  Dwight graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and went on to receive his Master of Divinity from Asbury.  Reverend Jones served 40 years in ministry in the former Southern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Dwight’s ministry began as the Pastor of four church, Montrose, Watson, Wheeler, and Dietrich.  He spent one ...

Jackie McGeehon

published 11/17/2018
Jackie Sue (Burcham) McGeehon, 65, of Rushville, IL, went to be with the Lord at 7:56 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on October 4, 1953 in Decatur, IL to the late Jack & Dorothy Childress Burcham.  She married Randy McGeehon on May 25, 1982.  He survives along with (3) children, Nicholas McGeehon & Martha, Trevor McGeehon & D’Ann and Mathew Lofland, (4) grandchildren, Aubrey, Tanner, Campbell, Cooper.  She was preceded in death by...

Charles A. "Bud" Hanson

published 11/3/2018
Rev. Charles A. "Bud" Hanson, (101), of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Heritage Memorial Hospice in Springfield, IL.  Bud was born January 4, 1917 in Hammond, IN; the son of Harold and Emilie Marie Kabella Hanson, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Ruth Mildred Sheldon on Sept. 29, 1940; she preceded him in death on May 14, 2006. Bud graduated from Carthage College and Garrett Theological Seminary. He served as Methodist clergy member from 1939-1983 in ...

Jeannine O. McNemee

published 10/31/2018
  Jeannine O. McNemee, 84, of Bloomington passed away at 1:28 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Martin Health Center in Bloomington. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Morningstar United Methodist Church in Normal with Pastor Tiffany Black officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to services on Monday, both at the church. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington.  Memorial may be ...

Ronald Seibert

published 10/29/2018
Ronald Richard Seibert, 89, of Collinsville, Illinois passed away Monday, October 29th, 2018. He was born August 10th, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Walter and Mildred (Stout) Seibert. He is preceded in death by his parents. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Maurine (Matthews) Seibert, daughter Kris Conway, son Dan (Lydia) Seibert, daughter Ronna Seibert, and daughter Julie (late husband Richard) Berman. He is further survived by 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren with two more on the ...

Janet L. Kaizer

published 10/28/2018
Janet L. Kaizer, age 74, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2018 at her residence in Peoria, IL. Janet was born October 20, 1944 in Ft. Riley, Kansas, a daughter of Richard and Eleanor (Mitchell) Cook.  She married Edward Joseph Kaizer in April of 1974 in St. Louis, MO.  He survives, also surviving are their five children: Edward (Lynn) Kaizer of Ames, IA; Claire (Doug) Kasamis of Mundelein, IL; John Kaizer of Scottsdale, AZ; Laraine (Sasha) Kaizer-Viazovtsev of Finland; and Joseph Kaizer of ...

Lois "Hoppy" Mann

published 10/27/2018
Lois Cathryn "Hoppy" Mann, a retired teacher formerly teaching at Washington and Grant Middle Schools and active with the Springfield Teachers Union, passed away October 27, 2018, in Rockford, IL. at the age of 88. She was born in Parkersburg, W. Virginia in 1930.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Donald R. Mann and her eldest granddaughter, Adrienne Wind. She is survived by four children: Sue (Len) Wilk of S. Barrington, IL., Cindy (Kevin) Spencer of Olympia, WA, Jeff Mann ...

Thomas Pruett

published 10/25/2018
Thomas Michael Pruett, went to be with the Lord on October 25, 2018 in Colby, KS.              He was born on June 18, 1950 in Columbus, Indiana.  He married Shelley Jean Brown on September 22, 2001 in Colby, Kansas He is survived by Shelley and 2 children, Kelley Quintero of Colby, KS and Jason Pruett of Chicago, Illinois.  He had 2 grandchildren, 4 step-children and 14 step-grandchildren. Tom was a a United Methodist Minister for 18 years, serving in Illinois before moving to Kansas.  He was...

Guy W. Keysear

published 10/19/2018
Rev. Guy W. Keysear, 69, of Farmer City passed away at 11:28 A.M. Friday, October 19,2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois. His funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Weldon United Methodist Church with Rev. C. Don Ferrill and Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Weldon United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be...

Thomas Gabbard

published 10/13/2018
Thomas Hardy Gabbard, age 81, of Plano, Texas passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Tom was born Tuesday, September 28, 1937 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Sarah Frances Gabbard and John Curtis Gabbard. He was the youngest of three boys. Tom grew up in Oklahoma with his two siblings Curt and Bill. With only three years to separate them Tom’s mother always remarked there was a padded cell at the local sanitarium just waiting for her. Tom had a spark of mischief. Tom would often go out in the ...

Floyd Hale

published 10/10/2018
Reverend Floyd Irvin Hale, 96, died October 10, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Alice (Piercy-Moore) Hale. Floyd and Alice were blessed with more than twelve years of marriage. Floyd is also survived by his children from his sixty-two years of marriage to Dorothy Christina (Pickett) Hale:  Larry (Brenda) Hale; JoAnne (Stanley) Tylman; Paul (Dixie) Hale; Mark (Anita) Hale; Michael Moore; eleven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren ...

William R. Warner

published 9/23/2018
Rev. William R. Warner, 94, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Manor Court of Carbondale surrounded by his loving family. Rev. Warner was born January 1, 1924 to Edmund and Emily (Robinson) Warner. He married Normagene McDaniel on May 26, 1946 at Carbondale. She preceded him in death on July 19, 2006. Rev. Warner served his country in the US Army during WWII. He went on to become a Methodist minister for over 40 years, serving several churches in the Southern Illinois area. He was an...

Kenneth Allen Bade

published 9/19/2018
Kenneth Allen Bade, 92, of Kankakee passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Presence Merkle Knipprath. Kenneth was born on January 26, 1926 in Union, Missouri to Steve Quintin Bade and Irma Eads Bade.  Kenneth had an interest in music at an early age. His mother and father were both members of choruses and his mother was also a pianist. He began taking piano lessons from his neighbor at the age of 11. Kenneth also played the violin and the clarinet in High School.  In 1945 Kenneth began his...

Irene Pierce

published 9/16/2018
Irene Pierce, 91, formerly of Marion, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Odin Healthcare Center. Irene was born on January 25, 1927 in Pittsburg to Henry and Betty (Patterson) Edwards. She married Rev. Frank Pierce in Pittsburg on July 20, 1946.  He preceded her in death on December 27, 2011. Irene loved to sing and play the piano and was an amazing cook. God was first in her life and family was second and she served beside her husband in several local Methodist churches. Irene is ...

Andrew C. Procell

published 9/7/2018
Reverend Andrew C. Procell, 92, of Stewardson, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Mattoon. A graveside service for family will be held at Stewardson Cemetery. Andrew was born December 02, 1925, in Zwolle, Louisiana, the son of Phillip and Alma (Ebarb) Procell. He married Betty Clark on May 29, 1947 in Shelbyville, IN. Andrew served during World War II with the United States Navy and was known in his community as Reverend Procell for his 22 years of service ...

Robert William Smith

published 8/30/2018
The Rev. Dr. Robert William Smith, 75, of Bourbonnais, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 2nd at Schreffler Funeral Home in Kankakee and 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 3rd at Asbury United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at Asbury United Methodist Church on Monday, September 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Robert W. Smith was born December 13th, 1942 in East St, Louis, IL. He was the son of ...

Eleanor N. Long

published 8/16/2018
Eleanor N. Long age 85 of Macomb, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Bickford Senior Living in Macomb.  She was born January 30, 1933 in Canton, Illinois to Worley and Bertha Butler Nott.  Eleanor was united in marriage August 25, 1952 in Lewistown, Illinois to Rev. Donald Long.  He preceded her in death on February 15, 2013.  Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Daughters: J.L. McCall, Adair, Illinois and Elizabeth and Kenneth Zwolak, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, 8 Grandchildren, 8 Great ...

Naomi R. Davidson

published 8/13/2018
Naomi R. Davidson, 78, of Belleville, Illinois, born on March 20, 1940, in Eldorado, Illinois, passed away Monday, August 13, 2018, at the home of her son, Michael, in Sullivan, Missouri. Naomi Ruth grew up in Eldorado and graduated from Eldorado High School, class of 1958. She attended college at McKendree University, earning a teaching degree. She taught for a short time before entering the political world. She worked for Congressman Tim Hall, campaigned for Secretary of State Alan Dixon and ...

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