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Patricia Joan Maxwell

Patricia Joan Maxwell, 81, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., passed away Thursday (June 23, 2016), in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

 

Born in Clinton, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Evelyn Comer.

 

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Maxwell, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one son, Robert Doug Maxwell and his wife, Leilani, Clinton; two daughters, Kathy Fought, Sarasota, Fla.; and Julie Young and her husband, Johnny, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one brother, Thomas Comer and his wife, Linda, of Mattoon; four sisters, Carol Sue Colbert; Sandra Zeigler; Nancy Roseman and her husband, Ted; and Pamela Lane, all of Clinton; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Comer.

 

Her memorial service was 6 p.m. Monday at Redemption Baptist Church, 4110 Midland Road, Christiana, TN 37037. A visitation preceded the service.

 

The family has requested that donations be made to Redemption Baptist Church in her honor.

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Gerald Bell

 Gerald Lee Bell, 82, of Champaign, IL passed away 3:10 PM June 23, 2016 at his family residence in Champaign, IL.

 

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Gerald was born September 6, 1933 in Louisville, KY.

 

Survivors include his lifelong friend and wife, Cheryl Ann Bell, eight children, 22 grandchildren as well as several great-grandchildren and one brother, Lawrence Bell.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one grandson.

 

Mr. Bell was a Korean War veteran.  He was a retired truck driver and farmer.

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Vicki Julius

Vicki C. Julius left her earthly family to join her Heavenly Father on June 23, 2016 with her devoted, caring husband by her side.

Funeral services for family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home with Wayne Polk officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the funeral home.

 

Vicki was the oldest daughter born to Duane and Frances Beals on September 16, 1950. She graduated from Mattoon High School in 1968. Vicki followed in her beloved mother’s footsteps to become a registered nurse by earning her BSN from Millikin University in 1972. Prior to this accomplishment, Vicki married Ron Julius on December 4, 1971. To their union, they were blessed with a son, Philip Roy.

 

Vicki is survived by her husband, Ron Julius of Mt. Zion, IL; son, Philip (Alicia) Julius of Decatur, IL; grandsons, Wyatt and Wade; sister, Marcy (Ron) Guinnee of Mattoon, IL; brother Todd (Mary) Beals of Zephryhills, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Vicki was preceded in death by her father, mother, stepfather and sister, Cathy Jo.

 

Vicki was a dedicated registered nurse. Patients were her priority while on the job. She would work tirelessly to assure their comfort was maintained while under her care.

 

Vicki was a faithful member of Shelbyville Church of Christ for over 20 years. Vicki found the most joy in the little things in life. Her two grandsons, Wyatt and Wade, delighted her to no end. She would attend any and every event they participated in, played endless hours of Uno and Old Maid and made cookies and noodles together. Vicki also enjoyed the old classic movies, the scarier the better, with her trusted sidekick, Sophie the Weimaraner.

 

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to New Life Pregnancy Center, 1698 E. Pershing Rd., Decatur, IL 62526 or the family.

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Patricia Tammen

Patricia Ann "Pat" Tammen, of Urbana, formerly of Farmer City, passed away peacefully Wednesday (June 22, 2016), at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.

Pat was born Aug. 4, 1935, in LeMars, Iowa. She married Virgil Dean Tammen on Nov. 20, 1955, in Craig, Iowa. He died Nov. 11, 1976.

 

Survivors include her sister, Oina VanderFeen; her daughter, Valorie Patricia (Steve) Curl, Forrest; her sons, Vance Virgil Tammen, Mission Viejo, Calif., and Alan John (Anna) Tammen, Urbana; her grandchildren, Matthew (Jayme) Curl, Jeffrey (Bridget) Curl, Zachary (Brittany) Tammen, Gregory (Rachel) Curl, Jacob (Kristi) Tammen and Michelle Curl; her great-grandchildren, Katy, Tyler, and Ellie Curl, Jesslynn Curl, Olivia Tammen and Mason Tammen; sister-in-laws, Ardis Rozell and Janice (Bill) Renken; one brother-in-law, Rodney (Rhonda) Tammen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eldo and Isabella Baack; her brothers, Orville Baack and Emory Baack; her sister, Connie Baker; her sister-in-law, Marilyn Morgan; and her granddaughter, Yarra Tammen.

 

Pat graduated in 1953 from Milford High School, Milford, Iowa, where she was the class valedictorian and homecoming queen. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 55, Farmer City.

 

She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, quilt making, spending time with her grandchildren and always keeping up with their activities, traveling and volunteering for church events and at her Legion Post 55.

 

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by a celebration of life beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Road, Urbana. Graveside service and burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City.

 

Memorial tributes may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church; Carle Hospice, 206A W. Anthony Drive, Champaign IL 61822; or the Yarra Tammen Memorial Fund, 6 Vista Encanta, San Clemente, CA 92672.

 

Condolences to the family may be made at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

 

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Connie Blickenstaff

Connie M. Blickenstaff, 81, of Cerro Gordo, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at La Place Church of the Brethren. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Cerro Gordo, IL. Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Cerro Gordo American Legion Auxiliary.

 

Connie was born March 19, 1935, in rural Hammond, IL, the daughter of Willard Driver and Margaret Grace (Arnold) Cripe. She married Irwin “Bud” Blickenstaff on February 26, 1952, in La Place, IL.

 

Connie was a member of La Place Church of the Brethren, Cerro Gordo Senior Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary 117, and Royal Neighbor Club - Cerro Gordo Chapter. She previously worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Kamys in Cerro Gordo. Connie and her husband Bud were antique dealers for 50 years and enjoyed traveling to Texas since 1990. She was an avid Cardinal fan and enjoyed flower gardening and reading.

 

Surviving are her husband of 64 years: Bud of Cerro Gordo, children: Rhonda (Bruce) Kaylor of Decatur, IL, Steve (Mylinda) Blickenstaff of Bement, IL, Mike Blickenstaff of Mattoon, IL, and Carol (Ed) Anderson of Mt. Pulaski, IL; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sisters: June Colon of Raleigh, NC, and Joyce (Terry) Hague of Edmond, OK; brother: Gene Cripe of Phoenix, AZ; several nieces and nephews.

 

Connie was preceded in death by her parents and brother Bruce Cripe.

 

Condolences may be left to the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

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Kenneth West

Kenneth Jerome “Jerry” West, 81, of Dayton, Ohio, passed away Wednesday (June 15, 2016) in Centerville, Ohio. 

He was born May 15, 1935, in Ellsworth, to the late Louis Edward and Esther Skeen West.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Janice; children, Laura E. (Mike) Chrispen and Kenneth J. West; and grandchildren, Andrew and Kara Chrispen.

Jerry attended the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Jerry was a farm seed salesman for Pacific Grain, Farmer City, and a driving instructor for Wheeler Driving School, Beavercreek, Ohio.

A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. June 25 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Village benevolent fund or Christ United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com

 

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Wayne Boggs

Wayne E. Boggs, 85, of Glen Flora died on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at Dallas Care & Rehab in Dallas, WI of natural causes after a 1 1/2 year illness. Wayne was born on October 9th, 1930 in Illiopolis, IL to Charles & Margret (Hall) Boggs. Wayne married JoAnn Gantt on April 25th, 1951 in Riverton, IL.

He was a pipe fitter at N&W Railroad in Decatur, IL and also hobby farmed in IL. He lived in Mt. Zion IL for 20 years before moving to Wisconsin in 1982 where he dairy farmed until 1995. He resided in Glen Flora, WI from 1984 until going to the nursing home in 2015.

 

Wayne is survived by 3 sons; Alfred & Brenda Boggs and Michael & Cindy Boggs both of Glen Flora and Wayne Boggs, Jr. of Warrensburg, IL, 1 daughter; Margaret Boggs-Justice of Altoona, WI, 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren, 1 sister; Muriel Fraikes of IL and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife JoAnne on February 3rd, 2011, his parents, 1 son Harold "Jack" Boggs, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother Charles "Bud" Boggs and 1 sister Mary Randolph.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 21 at Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith with Pastor Wayne North officiating. Wayne's family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until service time on Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

 

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 24th at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

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Raymond Lenhardt

Raymond P. Lenhardt, 92, of Lincoln, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Thursday (June 16, 2016) at HSHS St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

 

Ray was born Jan. 21, 1924, the son of Raymond and Chloe Fern Lenhardt.

Ray graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942. Ray went on to join the U.S. Navy in 1943 and proudly served his country as a radio operator and rear tailgunner on a torpedo bomber on the aircraft carrier USS Hogat Bay fighting in the Philippines during World War II.

 

After the military, he worked for Alexander Lumber Co. in Lincoln and married Doris Maxine Klemm on Aug. 7, 1948, in Jefferson, Ind. In 1950, they moved to Chenoa so Ray could be the manager of Alexander Lumber there.

 

While in Chenoa, they were blessed with two sons, Dennis and Ed. In 1967, they moved back to Lincoln, where Ray became an insurance agent with Prudential Insurance for the next 20 years until retirement in 1987.

 

Ray and Doris loved to camp at Lake Taylorville and spent the next 15 winters in Tucson, Ariz., where they made a whole new set of lifelong friends. Ray also enjoyed fishing and woodworking, but most of all he enjoyed his family and friends and was always willing to help out anyone with any project. Ray never met a stranger, and he would love to visit with anyone on any topic.

 

In May 2012, Ray had the honor of going on The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., with his son, Ed, as his guardian. After returning from that privilege, Ray thened discuss some of his stories proudly of his time in the military.

 

Ray and Doris were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln.

 

Ray was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Ray Lenhardt, in October 2003; his wife, Doris Maxine Klemm, in October 2015; and great-granddaughter, Alivia Jean Gibson, in November 2012.

 

Ray is survived by one son, Edwin E. (Nancy) Lenhardt, Atlanta; two grandsons, Jim (Amanda) Dickson, Atlanta, and Andy (Amanda Park) Dickson, Bloomington; and four great-grandsons, Jayden, Brady, Beau and Benjamin.

 

During Ray’s final days, he would tell Ed and Nancy that he was ready to be with the Lord and that it was time to go see “Mommie” and Dennis. He passed away peacefully under hospice care at St. John’s.

 

The family would like to thank all the caregivers in Ray’s final months and to all family and friends for all of their support.

 

Services for Ray will be 10 a.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. Candida Turner officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial at Zion Cemetery will follow the service, where full military rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made in Ray’s name to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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James Williams

 James W. Williams, 87, of Monticello passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Celebration of Life services with Military Rites will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Sullivan American Legion at 8 East Strain, Sullivan. Arrangements were made by McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan.

 

He was born June 18, 1928, the son of Royal C. and Marie (Rentfro) Williams on his grandparents farm near Stewardson. During his lifetime he lived in Decatur, Bement, Sullivan, Atwood and Monticello. He joined the Army at the end of World War II and passed through Hiroshima and Nagasaki on his way to battle in Korea.

 

Jim retired from the postal service after 34 years, including many years on the railroad when the mail was picked up in towns and sorted during trips throughout the state and midwest. He later owned and operated the Bement Bowl during the 60s, 70s and early 80s. Jim was an avid fisherman throughout his lifetime and for many years wintered in Florida where he saltwater fished nearly every day.

 

Jim was past commander of the Sullivan American Legion and a life-long Cub fan. Despite his 87 years, he was never able to enjoy a Cubs World Series.

 

He is survived by his wife Ruth and his five children: Dan (Judy) Williams of Petersburg, Tommy (Dawna) Williams of Cerro Gordo, Tina (Andy) Bolsen of Lovington, Jody (Steve) Shonkwiler of Bement and Jamie Williams of Chatham. He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and his sister, Onda (Wade) Gregory.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Royal & Marie Williams, an infant son, his son, James (Jimmy) Williams, and brothers Ted and Darrell.

 

Memorials may be made to the Sullivan American Legion.

 

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

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Cornelia Rousey

Cornelia Elizabeth Rousey, 92, of Wapella, IL passed away at 2:28 PM, April 1, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL has assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, TN and Little Galilee Christian Assembly.

 

Cornelia was born September 8, 1923 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of James Kurt and Agnes (Livengood) Starnes.  She married James L. Rousey on September 19, 1942 in St. Charles, MO.  He passed away June 14, 1992.

 

Survivors include her children, Steven E. Rousey, Champaign, IL and Terry D. (Joan) Rousey, Floyds Knobs, IN; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grand-daughter; siblings:  Eldon Starnes, Bloomington, IL; Dean Starnes, Bloomington, IL; Norman Starnes, Bloomington, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-son, James L. Rousey, Jr. 2 grandchildren and one sister.

 

Cornelia was retired from Revere Copper & Brass, Inc., Clinton, IL.

 

Cornelia enjoyed to fish and pinochle. She loved her children and especially spending time with her grandchildren. The family would like to thank Liberty Village Clinton, IL and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL for their excellent care. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com 

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Virginia Stein

Virginia Thorp Stein, 90, of Clinton, died at 11:55 p.m. May 11, 2016, at Manor Court, Clinton.

Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with Ernie Harvey Jr. officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is handling arrangements.

 

Memorials: Virginia Stein Memorial Fund.

 

Survivors: her husband, Marvin L. Stein, Clinton; daughter, Sheila (Reed) Beck, Peoria, Ariz.; son, John Thorp, Clinton; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

 

Condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Roger T. Lee

Roger T. Lee, 65, of Heyworth, died at 10:05 p.m. Saturday (June 11, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth.

 

Burial: East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

 

Visitation: noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials: Carl E. Miller Post 624 American Legion, Heyworth.

 

Survivors: his mother, Wilma Lee; sons, Caleb (Rachael) Lee, and Ryan Lee, both of Heyworth; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Patrick O'Donoghue

Patrick Gerard "Pat" O'Donoghue, 61, of Lincoln, passed away Thursday (June 9, 2016) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

As Pat requested, cremation rites have been accorded. His memorial gathering will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home, Lincoln. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Father Laible officiating. Casual dress is requested. Burial will be at a later date.

 

Pat was born Sept. 2, 1954, in Lincoln, the son of Thomas Joseph and Agnes Catherine Alexander O'Donoghue. He married Judy Kay Bragg on July 19, 1974, in Lincoln.

 

Pat graduated from Lincoln Community High School in 1973. He worked as a correctional officer in Pontiac and in Lincoln until his retirement in May 2010. He loved his job and truly looked forward to going to work very day.

 

Pat was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and always had a song, trick or joke to amuse them. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Eagles Lodge 2708. He enjoyed being in the garage, auctions, fishing, hunting and football.

 

Surviving are his wife, Judy O'Donoghue, Lincoln; sons, Josh (Lara) O'Donoghue, Lincoln, and Patrick Nicolas "Nick" (Amy) O'Donoghue, Blomington; six grandchildren, Larissa O'Donoghue, Emma O'Donoghue, Wyatt O'Donoghue, Quincy O'Donoghue, Zu Zu O'Donoghue and Josiah O'Donoghue; siblings, Tom (Cyndi) O'Donoghue, Tinley Park; Mike (Mary) O'Donoghue, Lincoln; Denny (Marsha) O'Donoghue, Lincoln; John "Q Ball" (Gail) O'Donoghue, Lincoln; Ruth (Mike) Young, Lincoln; Kathy (Joe) Gleason, Lincoln; Daniel "Boone" (Marsha) O'Donoghue, Lincoln; William "Dick" (Myretta) O'Donoghue, Lincoln; Timmy (Shirley) O'Donoghue, Lincoln; and sister-in-law, Lynn O'Donoghue, Burtonview.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Phillip "Punk" O'Donoghue.

 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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John Alleman

John D. Alleman, 56, died Friday, June 10, 2016 due to injuries sustained in an airplane crash at the Williamson County Airport in Marion.

John worked as a personal injury attorney at the Alleman Law Firm and owned Alleman Properties in Carbondale, Carterville, Marion and De Soto.

 

John was a member of the Illinois Bar Association and was sworn in by the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D. C. to practice law before the Supreme Court.

 

John was a friend to many, particularly children and those in need. He was also a quiet humanitarian, devout Catholic and loving father to his daughter and granddaughters.

 

He was an experienced pilot and regularly took trips in his personal aircraft to Wisconsin. He frequently visited both Green Bay for football games, and Door County, a beautiful waterfront location that his daughter loved visiting. He gave freely but what made him a special kind of philanthropist was that in addition to money, he also gave of his time and heart.

 

John was born January 25, 1960 in Hammond, IN to Lloyd and Emma E. (Steffan) Alleman.

 

Surviving are, a daughter and son-in-law, Stevie and Clay Pyle of Carterville; two granddaughters, Aija Alleman of Carterville, Cami Pyle of Carterville; mother, Emma Alleman of Herrin; father, Lloyd Alleman of Champaign; brother and sister-in-law, Dale “D.J.” and Gail Alleman of Mt. Zion; sister and brother-in-law, Cindy Nelson and Randy Hill of Woodstock, GA; his companion, Pam Carroll of Carterville and several nieces and nephews.

 

A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale with Fr. Robert Flannery officiating. A time of visitation for family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. After services, in accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated. Private interment will be in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Herrin. The family request memorial donations made to The Free Again Wildlife Refuge, Gum Drops, The Herrin Animal Control Shelter or to This Able Veteran.

 

Services are entrusted to Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin.

 

To leave a message of condolence, share a life story or light a memorial candle, visit www.meredithwaddell.com.

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Kyle Stacy Jackson Rayburn Finley

Kyle Stacy Jackson Rayburn Finley, 58, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Lonedell, Mo., on May 23, 2016.

 

She was born on February 8, 1958, in Danville, Va. Her parents were Georgia and Dale Jackson. They are deceased.

 

Stacy married wade Edward Finley, formally of Kenny, Ill., in Florida, on October 4, 2005.

 

She is survived by her husband Wade, son Josh Rayburn, of Arizona, daughter Stacy, California, numerous grandchildren and sisters, Stewart Shannon and Stone, and her four-legged best friend, Kodiak.

 

A memorial service was held at her home in Lonedell, Mo., on May 29, 2016.

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Larry Lee Montgomery

 Larry Lee “Fox” Montgomery, 79, of Chestnut, IL, fell asleep in the Lord at 3:47 A.M. Thursday June 2, 2016, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.

Larry was born on October 28, 1936, in Niantic, IL, to Lawrence O. and Ellen E. Rice Montgomery. He married Mylla D. Richardson on February 14, 1959. She survives. He later married Betty Drake Koenig on October 13, 1985. She also survives in Chestnut.

Larry is also survived by his daughter Julie (Bill) Stoll; two sons, James (Erica) Montgomery, and Jon (Teresa) Montgomery, all of Mt. Pulaski; One step-son, John Koenig of Chestnut; One brother-in-law, P.D. Highsmith of Oblong, IL; One sister-in-law, MaryAnn Montgomery of Decatur, IL; Seven grandchildren, Chelsea and Jacob Stoll, Meghan (Dylan) DeFevers, Vicki and Jim Montgomery, Michelle (Matthew) Fuller and Erica (David) Devenbaugh; One great granddaughter Brenna Montgomery, one great-grandchild on the way, one niece and two nephews.

Larry was a 30 year member of the Illinois Air National Guard. He was also a member of the Mt. Pulaski Masonic Lodge and the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church. He retired from Sears and Roebuck and worked for many years at Stahl’s Furniture. He enjoyed golfing and was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sharon Highsmith, brother Roy Montgomery, and one step son Lee Koenig.

Graveside services for Larry will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday June 6, 2016 at Laenna Cemetery in Chestnut with Greg Taylor officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post #447. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vonderlieth Living Center of Safe Haven Hospice Care. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski is entrusted with arrangements.

 

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Jake Loftus

 Jake N. Loftus, 24, of LeRoy, formerly of Lowpoint, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday (May 31, 2016) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. 

He was born on April 21, 1992, in Peoria, to Jason C. and Anita L. Gebel Loftus.

Surviving are his parents, Jason (Angie Hoerner) Loftus and Anita (Robert) Loftus Burris, both of LeRoy; sister, Jillann “Nichole” Loftus, and brother, James C. Loftus, both of LeRoy; stepsister, Jessica (Doug) Scott, Clinton; stepbrother, Rob Burris, Springfield; grandparents, Dennis (Karen) Schmidt, Lowpoint; James (Linda) Gebel, Washburn and Pete Loftus, LaPlace, La.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and dog, Leo.

He was preceded in death by aunt, Jill Duden, and cousin, Andrew Filson.

Jake attended Oak Church of the Brethen in Lowpoint. He enjoyed fishing, camping and role-playing games. He was a huge Chris Farley fan and an avid Bears fan. He loved drag racing and was a fan of the 1980’s Buick Regal Grand National.

His funeral will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel, with the  Rev. Charles Buegel officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Jake N. Loftus Memorial Fund, BPECU Credit Union, P.O. Box 82, Bloomington, IL 61702.

Condolences may be left at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Lois Mayberry

Lois J. Coates Mayberry, 89, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, formerly of Lincoln and Normal, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday (May 31, 2016) at Oskaloosa Care Center, Oskaloosa, Iowa.

 

Lois was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Lincoln, the daughter of Otis and Cora Wieber Coates. She married Wallace Forsythe Mayberry on Sept. 25, 1947, in Lincoln. He passed away on Oct. 18, 2010, after 62 years together.

 

Surviving Lois are her daughter, Janet Killam, Omaha, Neb.; her son, Steve (Debbie) Mayberry, Albia, Iowa; and her sister, Marian E. Haseley, Beason. Lois’ legacy also includes grandson, Michael P. (Jean Ann) Mayberry, Fremont, Iowa, and two great-grandchildren, Tanner and Taylor Rea. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace; and twin sister, Louise Davis.

 

She graduated from Lincoln Community High School in 1944. She was employed by Robeson’s in Champaign, General Telephone Co. in Bloomington and Black’s True Value in Kewanee.

 

Lois was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Normal.

 

Services for Lois will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Lois’ name to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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Julius Snow, Jr.

Julius “Pete” Snow Jr., 66, of Heyworth, passed away at 6:51 p.m. Friday (May 27, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Heyworth Cemetery, Heyworth, with the Rev. Richard Gray officiating. Military rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Pete was born Dec. 3, 1949, in Bloomington, a son of Julius Merle Sr. and Doris Lorene Geske Snow.

 

He is survived by his sister, Doris Julene (Mike) Mearida, Clearwater, Fla.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joy Welch.

 

Pete had been a carpenter. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Pete was a member of Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624, Heyworth; Little Embry Rainey Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1559, Heyworth; Sons of the American Legion Post 624, Heyworth; life member of the National Rifle Association; and member of Carpenters Local 63, Bloomington.

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Andrew Johnson

Andrew Dennis Johnson, 22, of Heyworth, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Saturday (May 28, 2016) at Heyworth.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Fellowship Center, Heyworth. The Rev. Charles F. Brannock will officiate. Burial will be in Heyworth Cemetery, Heyworth. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew Dennis Johnson Memorial Fund, in care of First State Bank of Bloomington, Heyworth.

 

He was born Sept. 16, 1993, in Normal, to Richard Pate Jr. of Bloomington and Julia A. Johnson of Heyworth. They both survive.

 

Other survivors include his maternal grandmother, Sandra Johnson, Heyworth, and three sisters, Courtney R. Pate, Kelsie F. Pate and Emily H. Pate, all of Bloomington.

 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; his maternal grandfather; and one aunt, Melinda K. Johnson.

 

Andrew worked for TKS Concrete. He was a good-hearted person with a passion for dirt bikes.

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Jack Howe

Jack L. Howe of Lincoln, died at 10:12 A.M. Sunday May 15, 2016 at his home.

 

Jack was born October 31, 1926 in Lake Fork Township, IL, the son of Abner and Maude Buckles Howe. He married Barbara Ann Shanle on March 4, 1950 in Mt. Pulaski, IL. She preceded him in death December 1, 1996.

 

He is the last of his immediate family.

 

Jack is a retired farmer. He served in WW II for two years in the United States Army. He was a member Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post #447 and the Lincoln Elks Club.

 

A memorial service for Jack will be held at 10:00am on Friday June 3, 2016 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial will take place after the service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln. Where full military rites will be accorded by Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post #447. Memorials may be given in Jack’s name to American Legion # 447 of Mt. Pulaski or the Knights of Columbus Council #1250.

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Jennifer Nihiser

Jennifer Lynn Nihiser, 56, of Maroa, IL passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion is assisting the family with arrangements. Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to The 31 Heroes Project.

 

Jennifer was born on January 11, 1960 in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Chester E. and Idella Marie (Phelps) Jones. She married Steven Nihiser on May 13, 2005. She was a homemaker and the suite keeper manager for Homewood Suites in Forsyth, IL. Jennifer enjoyed cooking, gardening, music and singing. She was a St. Louis Cardinal, NASCAR and Mark Martin fan. Jennifer adored her grandchildren and loved taking care of her family and “adopted” her children’s friends.

 

Jennifer is survived by her husband: Steve Nihiser of Maroa, IL; children: Katherine Ward and her husband Scott of Norfolk, VA, Marissa Benge and her fiancé Thomas Dine of Granbury, TX, Patricia Benge of Granbury, TX, Heather Nihiser and her husband Sean Graham of Decatur, IL, Samantha Benge and her fiancé George Matherly IV of Decatur, IL and Lindsey Nihiser of Maroa, IL; siblings: Rachel Hill of Plano, TX, Irene McCoskey of San Antonio, TX, LaVonne Chaney and her husband Ron of Shelbyville, IL, Carol Nixon of Converse, TX, Loretta Layton of Argenta, IL, Margaret Warnick and her husband Gary of Columbus, OH and Sonny Jones Jr. of San Antonio, TX; four grandchildren: Jonathan, Owen, Roxy and Idella.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

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