Obituaries

Dawn Lowe

published 9/22/2020
Dawn Pearl Lowe, 94, of Bloomington died at 4:53 PM on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Martin Heath Center in Bloomington. There will be a funeral service for Dawn on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 5 PM at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. Reverend Sara Isbell will officiate. There will be a visitation from 3-5 PM at the Memorial Home Saturday. Interment will be later at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Dawn was born March 7, 1926, in Milwaukee, WI to Henry and Marie ...

George I. Heineman

published 9/13/2020
George I. Heineman, Sr., 87, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at his home. He was born October 11, 1932, in Springfield, the son of Fred and Marie (Lysinger) Heineman. He married Viola “Marie” Gill and she survives. Also surviving are three children, Sharon (Steve) Gilbert of Chillicothe, Linda (Allen) Rogers of Morton and George I. (Tamara) Heineman, Jr. of Denton, TX; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Fred (Kathy)...

Robert Butts

published 9/13/2020
Robert Yates Butts, Morgantown, 87 died Sept. 13, 2020 of complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Bob was born in West Point, MS, son of CY and Dorothy Coleman Butts on Nov. 17, 1932. Bob completed undergraduate work at Millsaps College and attended Seminary at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville TN. He was ordained an Elder of the United Methodist Church. He served United Methodist Churches in Mississippi, Tennessee and Illinois including as Campus Minister at Delta State University,...

Charles Cunningham

published 8/31/2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Edward Cunningham, 72, of Effingham, IL, announces his passing from this world into the Kingdom of Heaven on August 31, 2020. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years, Janice (nee, Miller) Cunningham; son, Steven (Mina) Cunningham; step-children, Christa (Brian) Packer, Scott (Libby) Moeller, and Andrea (Jason) Holtz; grandchildren: Jamie, Kyle, Tucker, Maggie, Adeline, Grace, and Gunnar.  He was preceded in death by his parents, ...

Maxine C. Atkins

published 8/28/2020
Maxine C. Atkins, formerly of Geneseo, IL, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020, at Manor Care, Moline, IL, after a 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Cremation has been performed per her wishes and a private celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared at www.Rungemortuary.com. Memorials can be made to the Illinois Great Rivers Preachers Aid Society. Maxine was born June 2, 1927, in Glen Ferris, West Virginia, to Roland and Ethel (Stillwell) ...

Gary D. Bass

published 8/17/2020
Rev. Gary D. Bass, 80, of Springfield, died Monday August 17th, 2020 at Concordia Village. He was born August 21, 1939 in Ramsey, IL. Gary was the son of James and Geraldine (Womack) Bass. He married Dianne (Daly) in 1960. Gary and Dianne were married for 42 years and had four children (Cindy, Tim, Amy, and Matt). Dianne died in 2003. Gary married Helen Carnduff in 2007 Rev. Bass was a retired United Methodist Minister. He graduated from Peoria High School, MacMurray College in Jacksonville, and...

Helen C. Black

published 8/12/2020
Helen C. Black, 95 of Auburn passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at Auburn Nursing and Rehab. She was born May 21, 1925 in Taylorville, the daughter of Glenn and Myrtle Corns Plowman. She married Eugene Black on Sept. 9, 1945 in Vernon, IL and he preceded her in death on March 12, 2014.  Also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Surviving her are two sons, Phillip Black and Paul (Carolyn) Black both of Springfield; two ...

Merwin Donahue

published 8/7/2020
The Kingdom of Heaven welcomed Merwin G. Donahue, 93, of Rantoul, as she graduated from this earthly world Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Merwin earned a master’s degree in theology at Emory University in Atlanta, as well as advanced degrees in French and English.  t As an educator at the collegiate and high school level, she was recognized by the state of Illinois for her progressive and innovative language-teaching skills and served as consultant for the University of Illinois Language Department. She ...

Dale Kooi

published 8/3/2020
The Rev. Dale A. Kooi, 86, of Kewanee, died Monday, August 3, 2020 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Dale was born March 7, 1934, the son of Arthur and Gladys (Phillips) Kooi, in Streator, Illinois. He married Carol Ann Palmer of Cambridge in 1954. They had two children, Mary-Carol Riehs, Elmhurst and David Kooi, Kewanee. They survive along with three grandchildren, Madeleine (Matthew) Belk, Carl Riehs (Olivia Kuljian) and Abigail Riehs; a great grandson, Hannibal Belk; and a ...

Ray Badman

published 7/31/2020
Kenneth Ray Badman, 75, of Taylorville, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Ray was born July 12, 1945 in Moweaqua, the son of Leonard and Margaret “Maggie” (Stockon) Badman.  He married Barbara Shanks in 1967, and they later divorced.  Ray, then, married H. Dayle Nelson on December 9, 2007 in Lincoln. Ray graduated from Morrisonville High School, and then proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps.  He served during Vietnam, and...

Joseph Peacock

published 7/28/2020
The Rev. Joseph Neal Peacock died on July 28, 2020 at the age of 92 years.  He lived faithfully as a father, grandfather, pastor, civil rights activist and tireless champion of social justice and peacemaking. Joe was born April 29, 1928 in Knoxville, TN.  He helped his parents, Tacie (Thomas) and Neal Dow Peacock, with their peach orchard, “Friendly Acres,” near the Smoky Mountains.  He inherited his love of gardening from his father, who was the Dean of the College of Agriculture at the ...

Julie F. Azbell

published 7/28/2020
Rev. Julie F. Azbell, 66, of Arenzville, passed away quietly on July 28, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, with her husband and friends at her side. She was born July 26, 1954, in Lincoln. Julie is survived by her husband, Pastor Randy Azbell of Arenzville, two daughters, Katie (Kody Knoche) Azbell of Warsaw and Melody (Doug) Claudius of Rushville; three grandchildren, Will, Matt, and Izzy; two siblings, Bill (Pam) Ferguson of Westerville, Ohio and Barb (Brian) Beyer of Florissant, ...

Martha Horrell

published 7/27/2020
The Rev. Martha Summers Horrell died on Monday, July 27, 2020, at Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield. She was born in Logan, IL., on Feb. 9, 1934, to the late Damon and Lena (Bell) Summers. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she taught first grade in Rantoul, IL. Soon after, she moved to Florida and sold real estate while raising a family. In 1972, Martha moved to Edwardsville and began selling real estate with her father. Successful in ...

Mary Wright

published 7/26/2020
Born September 1st, 1920 in Massac County, Illinois, Mr. Wright attended Asbury University (Philosophy and Business) courses, Draughon’s Business College (Business) courses, and Southern Illinois University (interior design) courses. Mary married Rev. Henry Clay Wright of Philadelphia, PA in the Chapel of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. She and Rev. Wright served faithfully together for many years until Rev. Wright passed in 1972. Together they served a short time in London, England ...

Arthur (Art) B. Webb

published 7/25/2020
Rev. Arthur (Art) B. Webb died Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Wesley Willows Health Center, Rockford, Illinois.  Art was born on December 28, 1929, on the family farm in Kansas, Illinois.  His parents were Mabel Blood McVicker Webb and Harry Lee Webb.  Preceding him in death were his wife, Suzellen Roest Webb, his parents, and five brothers, Henry, Charles, John, Edgar, Bruce and their spouses. His brother Tom (Doris) Webb and brother-in-law, Calvin Roest, also survive.  Art’s legacy lives on ...

Anne Kovalcik

published 7/21/2020
Anne Loyd Kovalcik raced into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday morning July 21, 2020 in Decatur, IL. Her humble servant heart remains, in this world with everyone she knew and loved. In sadness, we say goodbye only for a moment and with Joyful hearts we look forward to an eternal reunion. Anne was a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University where she met and married Rev. John F. Kovalcik in 1969. Together they raised two sons, Andrew (49) and Timothy (46). She served faithfully, alongside ...

Winona S. “Nonie” Bolinger

published 7/21/2020
Winona S. “Nonie” Bolinger, 89, of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Shelbyville Manor, Shelbyville, IL. She will be forever missed but we know that she is whole again and reunited with the love of her life, they will live in peace forever more. Private graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL. Memorials may be given to Cunningham Children’...

J William Jones

published 7/20/2020
Rev. Dr. James William Jones (Bill), 90, a resident of North Fort Myers, FL for the past 27 years, formerly of Peoria, IL, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born December 25, 1929 in Maroa, IL to Roy and Esther Jones, now deceased. He grew up on their farm, plowed corn with a team of horses, raised rabbits and worked in his parent’s grocery store and restaurant in Assumption, IL with his two sisters and two brothers. He dedicated his life to Christ at a summer church ...

James C. Elder

published 7/13/2020
James Cloyd Elder, 80, died Monday, July 13, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital's Hospice Care in Urbana, IL surrounded by family. Born June 5, 1940, in Urbana, IL, he was the son of the late Obel and Daisy (Cloyd) Elder. He grew up in Villa Grove, IL, and graduated from Villa Grove High School in 1958. He earned his Master's of Science Degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University. He then went on to receive his Master of Divinity at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and ...

Prosper Tournear

published 7/11/2020
Rev. Prosper Tournear of Princeton, formerly of Wyoming, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Aperion Care Princeton. He was the son of Otis Henry and Emma Augusta Heberlein Tournear, born on August 22, 1932, in their Liberty, IL, home. They preceded him in death, as did his three brothers, Carl (Audrey) Tournear, Walter (Millie) Tournear and Russell C. Tournear (who died in infancy); and one sister, Naomi (Leonard) Jergens. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Schwebel Tournear of ...

Doug Rorex

published 7/8/2020
Clyde Douglas Rorex, 68, of Marianna, Florida died Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Clyde was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Cecil and Ella Rorex on September 23, 1951.  After 40 years of pastoring in Jacksonville, Illinois, he retired to Marianna, Florida in 2017.  He enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, hiking, scuba diving and reading.   He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Ella Rorex; and his brother, Jeffrey C. Rorex, all from San Antonio, Texas. ...

Donald Everett Pratt

published 7/3/2020
Reverend Donald Everett Pratt of Bloomington went to his eternal home at 4:22 pm on Friday, July 3, 2020 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was 81. A private memorial service will be held this week, with Don's friend and mentor, Rev. C. Don Ferrill, officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, when friends and family can safely come together to share fellowship and memories. Cremation rites have been accorded. Don was born on November 26, 1938, in Palmyra, ...

Joseph Gardiner

published 7/1/2020
Rev. Dr. Joseph Rowe Gardiner, Moline, was joyfully received into his heavenly home on July 1, 2020, following complications of Multiple System Atrophy, a rare neurological disorder. A private service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 3901 7th St., East Moline, IL 61244.  Esterdahl Mortuary & ...

Dorothy C. Isaacs

published 6/27/2020
Dorothy C. Isaacs, 84 of Divernon passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born Dec. 18, 1935 in Crump, MO, the daughter of Johnnie and Minnie Gartung Cook. She married Billy Molohon on August 5, 1954 and they later divorced.  She then married James Isaacs on Oct. 31, 1964 and he preceded her in death on March 8, 1998.  Also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Marie; granddaughter, Breanna Watkins and step-son, Frank Isaacs. Dorothy was the pastor of New Hope ...

Ada Belle Bissey

published 6/20/2020
Ada Belle Bissey, 100, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital. Ada Belle was born at home on May 5, 1920, the oldest of five children of Lou and Bess Patterson. She married Kenneth “Doc” Bissey on June 11, 1941 in St. Charles, MO. They would have celebrated 69 years of marriage when he passed away in 2010. For forty years they pastored many churches in the Southern Illinois Conference. Ada Belle is survived by her daughter, Janet (Ron) Leist of ...

Kenneth L. Burrus

published 6/15/2020
Kenneth L. Burrus, 59, of Peoria, IL died Monday, June 15, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on March 12, 1961 in Cincinnati, OH to Herb and Marie (Roberts) Burrus. On May 17, 2003, he married Joy L. Schlesselman in Peoria County. Ken is survived by his wife, Joy; brother, John (Maria) Burrus of Peoria; and parents, Marie and Ed Hill of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his father, Herb Burrus. Ken started working in construction at a young age at Sheridan Road Lumber and ...

Jean Webster

published 6/7/2020
Jean Irene Webster, 88, of Royalton, Illinois, formerly of Zeigler, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her home. Jean was born February 29, 1932 in Zeigler to Richard H. and Grace (Morris) Webster. She is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Bondi of Christopher; a son William R. Bondi of Pinckneyville; a grandson and his wife, Christopher Matthew and Kathleen Swain of Carbondale and a granddaughter, Shelley K. Bondi of Florida. Her parents; a brother, Richard Webster and two sisters, Lois Cook and ...

Rosemary R. Hall

published 6/6/2020
Rosemary R. Hall, 96, of Papillion, Neb., formerly of Bloomington, passed away on June 6, 2020, at her home in Papillion, Neb. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Pastor Curtis Rush officiating. Following the service a private family burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, military honors conducted by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Social ...

Ralph Totten

published 6/5/2020
Reverend Ralph Austin Totten, 89, of Woodlawn, Illinois passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at GreenTree in Mount Vernon. He was born December 2, 1930 in Flora, Illinois, the son of the late Kenneth Austin Totten and the late Faith Alvena (Bateman) Totten. Ralph grew up in Olney, Illinois and married Jennie Lynn (Stein) Totten, daughter of Lynn Rude Stein and Ruth Lorene (Veatch) Stein in Carmi on August 5, 1951. Ralph served as a United Methodist pastor for 43 years. Prior to ordination, his ...

Olga Young

published 5/28/2020
Olga Darline Young, 98, of Bloomington, died Thursday morning (May 28, 2020) at The Villa of Holly Brook, Bloomington. The family wishes to thank Holly Brook, its affiliated care units, Advocate BroMenn Healthcare, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and Harbor Light Hospice for their untiring health care workers. A private family graveside service will be held at Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean, with Pastor Kent King-Nobles officiating. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the ...

Jack Newsome

published 5/23/2020
Jack Lamar Newsome passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020, three days before his 88th birthday. He left behind and is lovingly remembered by Joan, his wife of 66 years; their children, Cyndi (John), Sara, Randy (Sue) and Curt (Michelle); and his grandchildren, Elisa, Will, Riley and Ross. Jack was beloved by all who knew him; his life and legacy serve as a daily reminder to live with kindness, charity and optimism for the future. Jack was born near Atlanta, the son of Nellie and Clyde and younger ...

Max Wood

published 5/22/2020
Rev. Max Eugene Wood, 86, made his heavenly flight home on Friday, May 22, 2020.  A private funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 26,2020 at Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington with Rev. Jenna Grogan officiating, and may be live streamed at www.facebook.com/davidson.funeralhome.  There will be a private interment to follow at Forest Lawn cemetery in Greensboro. Rev. Wood was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to the late Goebel Ernest and Ruth Marie Wood.  He had several careers over ...

Joan Orewiler

published 5/20/2020
Joan Claire Orewiler, 85, wife of retired IGRC pastor Rev. Martin Orewiler, died May 20. She was born May 14, 1935, in Cambridge, OH, daughter of the late Maurice Evans and Cecelia (Maddox) Evans. Joan's career was working for credit unions as an IRA specialist. She helped many widows learn how to manage their money. She was also a member of the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Marvin Orewiler of Fairfield Glade; son, Jonathan Orewiler of ...

Marie White Webb

published 5/18/2020
 Marie (Schnake) White Webb, 99, died peacefully at Claridge Court, Prairie Village, KS, on May 18, 2020. She was born March 28, 1921, in Washington County, IL, to a young farmer and his wife, Harlan and Nettie (Whittenberg) Schnake. After graduating from Centralia High School, she forfeited her county's full-tuition scholarship to the University of Illinois, where she had intended to major in journalism and dress design, to enroll in Asbury College, Wilmore, KY, for a major in Christian ...

Susan M. Wessels

published 5/5/2020
Susan M. Wessels, 76, went home to heaven on May 5, 2020 in Davenport, Iowa with her husband, Jack at her side. They have been married 48 years. Susan, “Grandma Sue” or “Pastor Sue” to many, will be missed greatly.  Sue loved God and her family, and supported all of those that she could with her kindness, generosity, and wisdom.   Sue, a life learner, became a licensed United Methodist minister in 1977 and achieved her Master of Divinity in 1986 and her Master of Theological Studies in 1987 from...

David Hutton

published 4/29/2020
David Jonathon Hutton, 75, of Lincoln, passed away suddenly on April 29, 2020 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Due to Covid-19 restrictions private family services will be held at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Union Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be at a later date. David was born July 6, 1944 in Normal, IL., the son of James G. Hutton and Joan (Eckert). He married Patricia Aileen McDole on August 28, 1965. He was a lifetime minister of the Word, ...

Jeanette E. Stevens

published 4/29/2020
Rev. Jeanette E. Stevens, 82, of Kankakee passed away at her home on April 29, 2020. She was born on April 21, 1938 to Edward and Aileen (Beaudoin) Gerretse. Jeanette married Robert R. Stevens on June 19, 1971 at First Baptist Church in Kankakee and he preceded her in death on October 11, 2009. She is survived by her step-daughter, Roberta Kay Tidmore of Pyatt, Arkansas and step-son, Rev. Brian Lee Stevens of Cherokee Village, Arkansas and her brothers, Gary Lynn (Linda) Gerretse of Kankakee, ...

W. Ruth Dingwall Anderson

published 4/18/2020
W. Ruth Dingwall Anderson transitioned from this life to eternal life on April 18, 2020 in Belleville, IL. She was the daughter of Kenneth Murdoch Dingwall and Wilma Annice Dingwall (nee Arandale). Her brother Kenneth Dingwall proceeded her in death. Her sister Ellen Friesen (Dean) survives. Her loving husband of 52 years, David, survives as well as their children, Michael and Bryan Anderson. Michael’s wife Kathryn and their three children also survive and were dearly loved. Bryan and wife ...

David Morgan

published 3/19/2020
We have just received word that IGRC retired pastor, the Rev. David P. Morgan, 78, died March 19 in Alton. Rev. Morgan served 30 years of active ministry, retiring in 2004 from Sesser-Valier-Greenwood. He served an additional four years in retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Faye Morgan, who died Feb. 8, 2018. Funeral services have already been held.  

John Douglas

published 3/5/2020
John Alan Douglas, 67, of Bushnell, Illinois died Thursday, March 5, 2020 at his home. Mr. Douglas was a descendant of the McCallister family from Ireland and the Douglas Clan of Scotland. Both families emigrated to the Unites States in the 1800’s. John was born March 4, 1953 in Avon, Illinois the son of Warren “Gene” Douglas and Georgia McCallister Douglas. He is survived by four siblings, Gary (Thomas Carpenter) Douglas of Theodore, AL; Cheryl Douglas of Macomb, IL; David (Linda) Douglas of ...

Patricia Ann Gareau

published 3/2/2020
 Patricia Ann Gareau, 63, of Dunlap passed away at 10:35 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, surrounded by her family, after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Pat was born on February 20, 1957, in Kewanee to Thomas and Pauline Wicker. They preceded her in death. She married Brian Gareau on August 31, 1984, in Peoria. She is survived by her loving husband, Brian, who walked with her side-by-side for more than 35 years. Her most proud legacy ...

Ruth D. Pratt

published 2/29/2020
Ruth D. Pratt, age 95, of St. Anne passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at her home. She was born October 22, 1924 in Fort Collins, CO, the daughter of Ralph & Adda V. (Sparks) Sanders. Ruth married Rev. Erwin J. Pratt on May 30, 1944 in Greenville, IL. He preceded her in death on June 29, 1996. Ruth was a teacher at Je-Nier Elementary School in Momence, where she retired. She attended Greenville College and graduated from Illinois State University. Ruth was a member of the Retired Teacher’s ...

Charles Schwaab

published 2/19/2020
Reverend Charles M. Schwaab, 86, died Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Born August 10, 1933 in Alton, he was the son of Charles W. and Helen (Crause) Schwaab. He served in the U.S. Army and was active with the Salvation Army and the Colonial Fife & Drum Corps. Reverend Schwaab was a Methodist minister serving in churches in Elsah, Hartford and Grace United Methodist Church in Alton. On June 10, 1955 he married Marjorie E. Barnett at Main Street United Methodist ...

Barbara L. Newhall

published 1/12/2020
The world has changed because Barbara L. Newhall is no longer here, organizing and directing people’s lives.  She loved her family, her church, and the world that she attempted to change. Always looking for the good in everyone, she was occasionally stubborn beyond belief.  We have a vision of her spending time in heaven, connecting, chatting, sharing, and celebrating life in all its beauty. Barbara L. Newhall, age 98, died quickly and peacefully Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2020.  She was ...

Lisa Scott-Joiner

published 1/11/2020
IGRC pastor, the Rev. Dr. Lisa Scott-Joiner, 57, died Jan. 11 in St. Louis.   Rev. Joiner began her ministry in the Wisconsin Conference, transferring to the former Southern Illinois Conference in 1985, where she served East St. Louis Aldersgate for seven years before beginning a ministry in the chaplaincy that spanned almost 28 years – first at Alton Memorial Hospital and later, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She transferred to the Missouri Conference before returning to the Illinois ...

Theodore J. Mitchell

published 1/11/2020
The Rev. Theodore J. Mitchell died peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He died at the age of 59. Ted grew up in Champaign and graduated from Champaign Central High School in 1978. He then graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in the classics. He continued his education and received a Master’s of Divinity at Duke University. He is survived by his wife Cathy; children, Cat Purcell (Jareth), Melanie Schmidt ...

Arthur L. “Art” Hoffman

published 1/10/2020
 Arthur L. “Art” Hoffman, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 3:12 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg. Born March 26, 1932 in Mackinaw to Harry Martin and Susan Viola (Friend) Hoffman, he married Ruth Adcox in Tremont on July 5, 1964. She preceded him in death on October 13, 1985. He later married Edith “Gay” Starkey in Monmouth on July 8, 1995. She survives.   Also surviving are one son, Steven Hoffman of Pekin; and one daughter, Susan Hoffman of New York. Art is also ...

John R. Curtis

published 1/10/2020
Rev. John R. Curtis, Jr., 93, of Carlinville, passed away Friday night, January 10, 2020 at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville. John was born on August 26, 1926 to Rev. John and Anna (McMeekin) Curtis in Royalton, IL. On June 18, 1978 he married Margy Jean Jardine in Bartonville, IL. After graduating from Vandalia High School in 1944, John enlisted with the US Navy and served until 1946, obtaining the rank of Pharmacist's 2nd Class. He then attended McKendree University and graduated in 1950. ...

Willa Bruce

published 1/4/2020
Dr. Willa Marie Bruce, 81, of Omaha, a former Kayser Professor of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, passed away peacefully January 4, 2020 after a long illness.  She is survived by her husband, Dr. James Walton Blackburn; sons, Dr. Robert “Bo” Bruce (Marianne Pascale) and Joseph M. Bruce (Carol); and grandson, Robby Bruce.  She was preceded in death by her late husband, Robert B. Bruce; and son, Josh Bruce. Willa was born August 22, 1938 in Huntington, WV to Inez ...

Elmer (Gene) E. Maritt

published 12/24/2019
Reverend Elmer (Gene) E. Maritt, 84, of West Plains, Mo., passed away Dec. 24. 2019. Elmer was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Olden, Mo., to the late Elmer C. and Ina Maritt. He was also preceded in death by brothers Glenn Maritt, Jim Maritt, Kenneth Maritt, sisters Shirley Crull, Sharon Ruffin, sons Terry Maritt, Randy Maritt and daughter Sherry Dobson. Elmer was married to Bonnie (Davidson) Maritt who survives him along with daughters, Denise (Jerry) Gilbert of Colon, Mich., and Rhonda Zaring of ...

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