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William H. Noble, 88, of Galesburg, formerly of Good Hope

William H. Noble, 88, of Galesburg, formerly of Good Hope, passed away at 9:26 PM Tuesday March 21, 2017 at his residence.
 
He was born April 17, 1928 in Macomb, Illinois to Jesse and Gladys DeWeese Noble; he first married Cheri Switzer; she passed away in 1995. He then married Christina L. Wolf. She preceded him in death on June 10, 2012.
 
He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jim Noble and 3 sisters, Lena Pearl, Elizabeth Creasy, and Cora Guerrero.
 
He is survived by his stepchildren, Andrew Switzer, Starr Switzer both of Las Vegas, Nevada; Brad Switzer of Heyward, California; a brother, Don (Sheryl) Noble of Rock Falls, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.
 
He served in the Navy during World War II.
 
 He worked at the Hammer Factory in Bushnell, IL. andl was also a Foundry worker.
 
He attended the Church of God and Prophecy in Abingdon, IL. Bill was a published Poet and a member of the National Library of Poetry.
 
A Celebration of life will be held Sunday March 26, 2017 from 3-5 PM at PZ’s Place and Steakhouse 2320 Grand Ave. Galesburg, Illinois. Cremation has been accorded. Burial of ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Knox County Humane Society. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Cyril Edward Koch, 85, of Rushville

Cyril Edward Koch, 85, of Rushville, passed away at 5:52 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  
 
He was born December 4, 1931 in Mt. Sterling, IL.  He was the son of the late Cyril and Lula Yakle Koch.  He married Martha Cook June 7, 1951 at St. Joseph’s Church in Mt. Sterling.  Martha passed away in 1996 in Eugene, OR.  Arlene Rogers-Koch was Cyril’s companion for 20 years.  Arlene preceded him in death July 18, 1997.  
 
Surviving are four sons,  Cyril Frederick Koch & wife Merana of Baja, Mexico, Dennis Lee (Denny) Koch & wife Beth of Utica, NY, Billy Joedward Koch & wife Mary, and David Allen Koch all of Rushville, IL; three daughters, Sheila Sue Devening of Waco, TX, Lesa Kathryn Ritter & husband Leroy of Monticello, IN, Jacquelin Louise Ordiway & husband Mike of Delphi, IN; a daughter-in-law, Rita Koch-Burke of Rushville.  He had the unconditional love of 21 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, Richard Koch & wife Judy of Morton; and one sister, Donna Stephens of Timewell, IL.  He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Richard (Gerry) Koch; two Brothers, Gerald  Koch & William Koch; four sisters, Lula May Koch,  Laura Volk, Norma Ward, Marge Grist.  
 
He Owned & operated Koch’s Termite & Pest Control for many years until retiring and turning the business over to his son Gerry, who ran it until his death.  Cyril’s grandson Karey now operates the family business.  His passion was music, playing his guitar, singing Karaoke and attending his children’s sporting events.
 
He spent many weekends at the Harness Horse Races and in his younger days owned and raced harness horses including “Valerie H” & “Ruthie” which were his favorites. He treasured the love of his family. He was a loving, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many.  
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with his son, Fred Koch, officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  
 
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Monday. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
 

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William Harold Sanders, 89, of Macomb

William Harold Sanders, 89, of Macomb, passed away early Sunday morning March 19, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.
 
He was born May 18, 1927 in Alton, Illinois to Harold B. and Sarah Clark Sanders; he married Jo Ann Brunner on March 25, 1967. She survives.
 
Also surviving is his daughter, Rachel (Randall) Larson of Arlington Heights, Illinois and a grandson Daniel Larson.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Jane Close.
 
He did his undergraduate work at Washington University and received his Doctorate from Miami University-Oxford, Ohio.
 
 During his 26 years in the Art Department at Western Illinois University, he was Art Director at the WIU Library from 1976-1989.
 
Upon Bill’s request his body was donated to the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, MO.
 
Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM Saturday March 25, 2017 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, where visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Rev. Rose Whitfield will officiate. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Western Illinois University Library or the Frist Baptist Church. Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsorthfh.com.

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Gladys Faye (Van Velsor) Stambaugh, formerly of Macomb

Gladys Faye (Van Velsor) Stambaugh, formerly of Macomb passed away on January 16, 2017.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Berean Church in Ipava, Illinois. Burial of her ashes will be a private service with only the immediate family in the Prairie City Cemetery later.
 
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

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Carolyn Sue Rittenhouse, 82, of Colchester

Carolyn Sue Rittenhouse age 82 of Colchester, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, with Melonie, Todd, Tyler, Marah and Tanner by her side.  Sue was born April 29, 1934, in Vandalia, Missouri, to Clayton and Vivian Ashlock Daniels.  
 
She was united in marriage to Herschel Rittenhouse on October 5, 1969, in Milan, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on September 28, 1991.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Lana Rapp, 1 Step Daughter: Marjorie Hillyer, 1 Step Son: Donnie Rittenhouse, 4 Brothers: Richard (Grady) Daniels, Jay Daniels, Melvin Daniels, Bill Daniels, 2 Sisters: Ruth Bohannon and Patricia Daniels.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are 2 Daughters: Wanda (Scott) Morrell, Oklahoma, Melonie (Todd) Icenogle, Colchester, 2 Step Daughters: Sara Rittenhouse, Missouri, Peggy Rittenhouse, Missouri,  2 Sons: Kenneth Nelson, Nevada, Allen Nelson, Oklahoma, 3 Step Sons: Wade Rittenhouse, Macomb, David Rittenhouse, Milan, Kenny (Myrlene) Rittenhouse, Rock Island, 11 Grandchildren,  16 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great Great Grandchildren, 9 Step Grandchildren, 18 Step Great Grandchildren and 15 Step Great Great Grandchildren.
 
Sue had worked at Western Illinois University, Food service, Colchester Nursing Center, Bus driver for Colchester School District, and McDonough County Rehabilitation Center.  She also loved driving for the local Amish to where ever they needed to go.  She was a member of the Macomb V.F.W. Auxiliary for many years.  Loved to collect figurines of Cardinals and Amish built furniture.  In her spare time Sue enjoyed watching the game show network, doing puzzles, knitting, and quilting.  She loved to travel and see new things and talk to new people.  Of all the things that Sue did in her life being with her family brought her the most joy.
 
Funeral services will be 4:00 P.M. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Chaplain Mike Hickey.  Cremation will follow the services, with a private burial at a later date. Visitation with the family will be from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary.  
 
Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Friday.  Memorials are to St. Judes Children's Hospital or Colchester Rescue. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Jayne Coddington Clarke, 71, of Macomb

Jayne Coddington Clarke, 71, of Macomb passed away at 1:01 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017 at her residence.
 
She was born on August 20, 1945 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of P. Floyd and Mary Jean Grigsby Coddington. She married Terry Clarke on January 16, 1964 in Macomb. He passed away on November 1, 2013.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
 
Surviving are her children, Tami Clarke of Macomb and Penny (Chad) Price of Normal; five grandchildren, Melissa (Tieson Markland) Hardisty of Macomb, Megan (Stefan) Shepler of Carmi, Ill., Tanner Hardisty of Chicago, Grant Price of Normal, Ill. , Olivia Price of Normal ,Ill. one great-grandchild Poppy Shepler of Carmi, Ill.,one brother Robert (Deborah) Coddington of LaPorte,Indiana, 2 sisters Susan Coddington of Macomb, and Sally Coddington of Colorado Springs and several nieces and nephews.
 
Jayne owned and operated K&D Dress Shoppe on the square for several years. She worked as a real estate agent and broker in Macomb for 25 years for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. She was the founder and director of the McDonough Co. Teen Court program, from which she retired in 2013. Jayne enjoyed gardening, landscaping, and loved mowing her lawn, bowling, golfing, and WIU and Bomber sporting events. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grand daughter.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 23,2017 from 4-6 p.m. at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. There will be no services.
 
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Bomber Booster Club or the American Heart Association.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Rosalee H. Smith, 92, of Macomb

Rosalee H. Smith, 92, of Macomb, formerly of rural Adair passed away at 7:55 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
 
She was born on December 11, 1924 in Macomb to Leonard Frank and Sarah Augusta Gillam Parks. She married Duane H. "Buck" Smith on September 8, 1946 in Adair. He passed away on November 13, 2009.
 
She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Eugene Parks, Oscar Parks and George Parks.
 
She is survived by one son, D. James "Jim" (Karen) Smith of Adair; one daughter, Dixie (Roger) Rouse of Macomb; four grandchildren, Melissa Lillie, Stacey Rouse, Amanda Smith and Shawn Rouse; four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Dylan, Tanner and Cameron.
 
She lived most of her life in the rural Adair area where she and her husband farmed. She worked as a CNA at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb for thirty and a half years before her retirement. She also worked as a telephone operator for General Telephone for five years. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading and care giving.
 
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb and following her marriage was a member of the New Salem Christian Church in Adair.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Gary Elg officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pennington Point Cemetery west of Adair.
 
Memorials may be made to the Scotland Trinity Presbyterian Church.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Viola Stiber, 85, formerly of Macomb

Vi Stiber, formerly of Macomb , passed away at 6:08 a.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Reflections Memory Care in Washington, Illinois . She was born on July 10, 1931 in Charleston, Illinois to Herman Jesse and Grace Mabel Hall McCormick. In 1950 she married Richard Weller. To that union these children were born and survive: Peggy (Brian) McFeeters of Morton, Illinois and Linda (David) Hillyer of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Vi also leaves four grandchildren, Kathy (Joe) Schierer, Laurie (Brent) Werries, Jessica (Tim) Hehman, and Ryan Hillyer, along with six great-grandchildren.
 
Vi graduated from Lamoille High School and Western Illinois University and spent most of her career working as an administrative secretary at WIU and in West Virginia and North Carolina. She later spent her retirement years in Avon Park, Florida.
 
The family would like to thank the staff of Reflections Memory Care and Transitions Hospice for their loving care.
 
Vi’s wishes were to donate her body to science. There will be no services. Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois or the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois in care of Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, 303 East Washington Street, Macomb, Illinois, 61455.
 
You may sign the guest book and leave on line condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Gene Filbert, 79, of Bushnell

Gene Filbert, 79, of Bushnell passed away at 11:20 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017 at Wesley Village Healthcare Center in Macomb surrounded by his family.
 
He was born on September 9, 1937 in Bushnell to Clayton and Margaret Beghtol Filbert. He married Karen Derry on February 18, 1960. She preceded him in death on March 3, 2014.
 
He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lisa Johnson and one brother, Ronald Filbert.
 
Gene is survived by one son, Mike Filbert of Bushnell; one daughter, Pam (Steve) Hensley of Macomb; four grandchildren, Tyler Hensley of Palatine, Lauren Hensley of Macomb, Lexi (Ben) Bruce of St. Louis, Missouri and Kyle Johnson of Macomb; one great-grandson, Landon Hensley of Palatine and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was a graduate of Bushnell-Prairie City High School. He started farming in the late 60's and continued until the early 90's. Following his retirement he worked for several area implement dealerships and most recently for Jenks Family Farms.
 
He was a member of the Jerusalem United Methodist Church.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Reverend Delbert Pancake officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Bushnell Cemetery.
 
Memorials may be made to the Jerusalem United Methodist Church or the MDH Nursing Scholarship.
 
You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Darlene Louise Comstock, 95, of Hamilton

Darlene Louise Comstock, 95, of Hamilton, IL passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, four days before turning 96, at the River Hills Village in Keokuk, IA.
 
Darlene was born March 21, 1921 in rural Lomax, IL the daughter of Guy and Mary Hutson Little. She was united in marriage to Vern Comstock on July 28, 1945. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2014.
 
She was a graduate of the LaHarpe High School. Darlene was unendingly devoted to family and friends. Religion and church was an integral part of life. An accomplished pianist and organist, she served as pianist and organist for 70+ years for LaHarpe and Hamilton Churches.
She was an excellent cook, pie baking her specialty. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.
Survivors are daughter, Jeanne (Neil) Bennett of Iowa City, IA, son, Max (Linda) Comstock of Springfield, IL, five grandchildren, Gwendolyn (Tom Rogers) Bennett of Deer Park, IL, Nicole (Michael Nguyen) Bennett of Atlanta, GA, Angela Comstock of Springfield, IL, Phil (Kristy) Comstock of Chatham, IL, Greg Comstock of Grass Valley, CA, four great-grandchildren, Griffin and Liem of Atlanta, GA and Ariana and Kenzie of Chatham, IL.
 
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, Vern, one sister, Martha Jean Cratsenberg and six brothers, Stanley, Robert, George, Wayne, Richard and Lldon Little.
 
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Hamilton United Methodist Church, Hamilton, with Nicholas Gleason officiating. After the services there will be a luncheon at the church followed by burial at the LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. A memorial fund has been established for the Hamilton United Methodist Church or Lee County Hospice. To sign the guest book or leave an online condolence please visit banksandbeals.com.

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Constance Y. Crawford, 74, of Macomb

Constance Y. Crawford, 74, of Macomb, IL passed away peacefully at 11:16 PM Monday March 13, 2017. She was born April, 5, 1942 in Inglewood, California to Milan and Loretta (Johnson) Anderson. She met the love of her life, Robert D. Crawford and they married on November 28, 1964. He preceded her in death on July 14, 1994.
 
Connie is survived by her 3 children, Robert Crawford of Sciota, IL; Eric (Christine) Crawford of Great Mills, MD; Stephanie (Greg) Higgins of Norfolk, VA; 5 grandchildren, Erin, Ashley, Shannon, John, and Riley; 2 brothers, Dale Anderson of Brainerd, MN; Dan (Jean) Anderson of Industry, IL; sister-in-law Sally Stickle of Lake Placid, FL; and many loving nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
 
Connie was a graduate of Methodist Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN and Western Illinois University. She started her 44 year nursing career at Methodist Kahler Hospital, and then worked at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, MN, Carthage Hospital, Dr. Borum’s office in Blandinsville, IL, and McDonough District Hospital. Connie was an avid artist, creating many beautiful paintings for friends and family. She also enjoyed gardening, doting on her grandchildren and playing cards with canasta club.
 
Cremation Rites have been accorded. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM on Monday March 20, 2017 at the St. Paul Cemetery with Rev. Ron Peters officiating.  Visitation will be held two hours prior to services from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program or to the American Liver Foundation. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Sarah Lea "Sally" Ellis, 74, of Rushville

Sarah Lea “Sally” Ellis, 74, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Rushville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Sally was born March 19, 1942 on the family farm in Schuyler Co., IL.  She was the daughter of the late Harold W. & Mary Louise Irwin Kinkead.  She married Gene H. Ellis June 7, 1959 at the Astoria Christian Church.  He passed away March 18, 2010.  
 
Surviving are four daughters, Leann Heffren & husband Bob of Ripley, IL, Georgeann L. Ellis & companion Kathy Foster of Beardstown, IL, Rhonda J. Morton & husband Darrell of Heber Springs, AR, Kimberly N. Cluney of Rushville, IL, ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter and her brother, John Kinkead.  
 
Sally graduated from Astoria High School and was a Certified Nurse’s Aide.  She worked at Astoria Health Care Center & Snyder’s Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home as a C.N.A. She later operated the concessions area of the nursing home. She was a member of the Astoria Christian Church and the Rushville First Presbyterian Church.  She taught Children’s Sunday School classes and Bible School.  She was also a member of the Astoria Mothers Club, was a R.S.V.P. volunteer and for 21 years  she volunteered at the Rushville HELP Center. Sally loved life and all the people she came in contact with.  She especially enjoyed all the visits from her family and friends.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday. Memorials may be given to the Rushville HELP Center. Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.
                                                                                            

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Richard L. ("Robbie") Robinson, 79, of Macomb

Richard L. (“Robbie”) Robinson passed on Friday March 10, 2017 after an extended illness. Richard was born on March 26, 1937 to Myrtle I. and Quincy D. Robinson. He was preceded in death on April 4, 2013, by his beloved wife of 36 years, Donna F. Robinson.
 
He is survived by his brother, Byron (Peggy) Robinson; two sons, Jerry (Patricia) Robinson; Rick Robinson; four step-children, David (Tammy) Wilson, Denise (Tim) Kipling, Danny Wilson and Diane (Joe) Simpson. Robbie was most proud of his ten Grandchildren, Aaron (Shanna), Alex, Alicia, Alyssa, Amie (Sid), Ben (Karmyn), Jakob, JD, Nicole and Sam. He also doted on his six Great Grandchildren, Aubrey, Payton, Nathan, Candice, Sydni, and Auslynn.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two sisters Mary and Roberta.
 
Robbie was a friendly man who loved people and sports. He was good at bowling and enjoyed playing golf, but never got good at it, although he tried a lot. He always tried to make you smile.
 
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday March 14, 2017 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. Where visitation will be Monday March 13, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Daryl Lee Elis, 48, of Macomb

Daryl Lee Elis, 48, of Macomb, IL passed away at 5:13 PM Friday March 10, 2017 at his residence. He was born August 7, 1968 in Macomb, IL to M. Keith and Margaret (Alexander) Elis.
 
He is survived by his mother Margaret Elis and his grandmother Marjory E. Alexander.
 
He was preceded in death by his father, Uncle David Elis and Aunt Kathryn Ward.
 
Daryl graduated from Industry High School in 1986. He then attended Spoon River College in Macomb before graduating from Western Illinois University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness. In 1994 Daryl started Lee Crop Care which he owned and operated for the past 23 years. He enjoyed collecting farm toys and had passion for photography. Daryl had a special relationship with his mother and grandmother; he enjoyed helping and giving back to the two women that raised him.
 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday March 16, 2017 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home where visitation will be Wednesday March 15, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Reverend Claudia McCain will officiate. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the family of Daryl Lee Elis or the Donor’s Choice. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
 

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Jerold L. Justus, 77, of Carthage

Jerold L. Justus, 77, of Carthage, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 3:41 p.m. at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.
 
Jerold (Jerry) was born July 4, 1939, in Carthage Township, Illinois, the son of Elmer and Jeannette (Stone) Justus. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1957  and then worked on the railroad for many years. When Jerry's parents passed away, he took over their farm.
 
Jerry loved to watch football and westerns, enjoyed reading, and loved to take drives through the countryside. He also thoroughly appreciated his time at  River Hills Village and particularly loved interacting with the other residents and workers - Jerry never knew a stranger.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Justus; and a sister, Janice Justus. Jerry is survived by a sister, Eleanor (Richard) Sopp of Ballwin, Mo.; a brother, James (Shirley) Justus of Elvaston; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded.  Private graveside services will be held at Argyle Cemetery, Rural Colchester at a later Date.  Memorials may be directed to River Hills Village Assisted Living Activities Department. Jones Mortuary of Colchester is in charge of arrangements.    Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Dennis Ray Crowe, 73 of Macomb

Dennis Ray Crowe, 73 of Macomb, IL passed away at 5:00am Wednesday March 8, 2017 peacefully at home with his wife and daughters near his side. He was born to Dennis Dean Crowe and Jean Hickman Crowe on July 6, 1943 in Paoli, Indiana.
 
Dennis met and married the love of his life Lynne Gilmore in Indiana in the summer of 1963. After a couple of years exploring life in love with each other they decided to become a family and had Kathleen Lynne and thus began a new chapter for Dennis as he would become a proud father of two more children Dennis and Whitney.
 
While they were living in Terre Haute, In. He completed his B.S. and M.S. in economic geography which led him to pursue a PHD at the University of Florida. After which he taught there until 1977 when he relocated to his final home in Macomb, IL. There he joined the RPTA department and taught park planning and tourism. During his life in Macomb he continued to be fulfilled by his love of nature only now being able to not just explore his backyard but now all of the US.
 
His favorite activity as a child was staying up all night listening to radio stations around the world and this hobby transformed into a lifelong pursuit of experiencing as many cultures first hand as he could through his many travels across the world. Korea was a favorite and special place for Dennis with many visits there eventually even designing a National Park for the Country.
 
In addition he taught at the University of London and gave presentations in China. When he was not traveling his days were spent with his hands in the earth creating beauty through his gardens, his evenings were spent twirling his wife around the dance floor and his late nights were spent with his love of Latin music playing his Conga Drums until the sun rose before he slept. He is survived by his wife Lynne, 3 children and 13 grandchildren.
 
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. There will be a visitation Friday March 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and one hour preceding the funeral on Saturday at 1:00PM. Graveside services and interment will be held the following week at Grovelawn Cemetery in Pendleton, IN. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.

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Chris A. Sprinkle, 67, of Littleton

Chris A. Sprinkle, 67, of Littleton, passed away at 7:09 PM, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
 
He was born on November 18, 1949, in Littleton, Illinois, the son of Clifford and Clela (Gorsuch) Sprinkle.  He married Linda Patton on October 4, 1996 in Rushville.  She survives.
 
Also surviving are one daughter Kelly Knous of Rushville, one granddaughter Tayler Knous, and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Chris was a 1968 graduate of Rushville High School.  He served in the US Army from July 1969 to June 1971.   He was a welder by profession and had worked for Bohn Aluminum in Beardstown and Precision Tank in Virginia, Illinois, until a work injury ended his welding career.  He then became a security guard for Excel in Beardstown and later the Department of Human Services in Springfield, retiring in 2007, due to health issues.  In his early years, he was a member and active with the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.
 
He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mushrooming.  He also enjoyed watching western movies and going to dances.
 
Graveside Services will be at 2:30 PM Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Littleton Cemetery, in Littleton, with military rites by the US Army Burial Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4.  Memorials are suggested to the Chris Sprinkle Memorial Fund.  You are invited to share your memories and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.
 

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Marjorie Elaine Stevens, 91, of Good Hope

Marjorie Elaine Stevens, age 91, of Good Hope, Illinois, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 1:20 P.M. on Tuesday, March 7 at Grand Prairie Assisted Living in Macomb, Illinois. She was born on July 31, 1925 in Ipava, Illinois the daughter of Carl and Myrtle Rauch Chambers. She married Kenneth Stevens on December 27, 1945 in Macomb.
 
She is survived by her husband Kenneth, three daughters Sherry (Terry)Beam of Wee-Ma-Tuk, Sandy (Mitchell)Welsh of Blandinsville and Denise (Chet) Jacobus of East Peoria, seven grandchildren Brian (Aimee) Beam, Brad (Sarah) Beam, Steve (Tiffani) Welsh, Shannon (Renee)Welsh, Ashley (Brad) Mahony, Jenna Hilton, and Stephanie (Matt) Bates, 18 great-grandchildren, seven step great-grandchildren, and three step grandchildren John (Heidi) Jacobus, Jenni (John) Markello, and Jim (Laura) Jacobus. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Debby Stevens, one grandson Brett Beam, and one sister Vera Turner.
 
Marjorie lived most of her life in the Good Hope area moving there in 1951. She had worked as a secretary at Camp Ellis, Champaign, the WIU Lab School, Austin Construction, and also at WIU in
 
Sherman Hall. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.
 
For several years she and Kenneth participated in the Lay Witness Missions in church’s in IL, MO, IA, IN. She was a crusader for Christ and wanted to share the word with others. She used every opportunity she had to make sure people knew Jesus rught up to the end of her life on this earth.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb on Friday, March 10, 2017. Rev. Dr. Howard White will officiate. Private burial of ashes will be held at a later time. The family will meet with friends one hour before the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Harbor Lights Hospice in Galesburg or to the Wesley United Methodist Church. Clugston - Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Patricia Fry, 82, of Macomb

Patricia Fry, 82, of Macomb, passed away at 7:20 PM Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Macomb, IL.
 
She was born Nov. 30, 1934 in Macomb, to Walter and Florence Gallagher Phoenix; she married Harley Haulk. He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 2002.
 
She is survived by 3 sons, David, Dale, and Daryl Haulk all of Macomb; 2 granddaughters, Kaylin Haulk of Appleton, Wisconsin and Julie Haulk of Macomb.
 
She worked at the McDonough County Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and St. Paul Church.
 
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Friday March 10, 2017 at St. Paul Church, where visitation will be 1 hour prior to the Mass. Father Adam Stimpson will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions made be made to West Central Illinois Special Education Coop. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com

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Joyce Gossage, 74, of Rushville

Joyce Gossage, 74, of Rushville, passed away at 12:32 AM, Monday, March 6, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
 
She was born on May 28, 1942, in Ray, Illinois, the daughter of Wayne and Yvonne (Cook) Settles.  She married Jack Gossage on September 7, 1963, in Rushville, and he preceded her in death on April 4, 1992.
 
Surviving are two sons Kevin Gossage and wife Dawn of Frederick, and Sam Gossage and wife Luan of Rushville, seven grandchildren Shannon Konkler, Heather Barry, Michele Gallaher and companion Adam Goben, Amy Dochterman and companion Mike O’Neill, Haylee Gossage and companion Charlie Long, Sammy Gossage, Mickey Gossage and companion Kendra Maltby, eleven great grandchildren Dylan, Kendra, Keegan, Kaylee, Paige, Brady, Hayden, Kaleb, Hunter, Izek, and Ayden, one great great granddaughter, four sisters Sharon Hale of Bluffs, Waynette Stults and husband Red of Palmyra, Illinois, Donna Jeanne Stevenson and husband Herb of Camden, and Carol Settles of Rushville, one brother James Settles and wife Lisa of Bluffs, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, one son Terry Gossage, one brother George Settles.
 
Joyce was a member of the 1960 graduating class of Rushville High School, the last class to graduate from the “old” high school.  She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Snyder’s Vaughn Haven Nursing Home in Rushville and Myers Nursing Home in Beardstown.  She later was a waitress at various restaurants and cooked at Mary’s Dari Maid and Brown’s Restaurant both in Rushville.  She also was the driver of the transport van at the Schuyler County Senior Center.
 
She was a den mother with the boy scouts, when her boys were young.  In her younger years, she enjoyed mushrooming.  She also enjoyed reading and watching soap operas.  Her grandchildren were very important to her.
 
Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Brother Matt Haberman officiating.  Interment will follow in the Messerer Cemetery, near Frederick.  Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler County Senior Center.  You are invited to share your memories of Joyce and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online

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Wanda Jean McSperritt, 85 of Macomb

Wanda Jean McSperritt age 85 of Macomb, passed away, Friday, March 3, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center Springfield, IL. She was born September 14, 1931, in Fandon to Herbert and Nellie Harding.
 
Wanda was united in marriage on June 22, 1949 in Macomb to Robert Eugene McSperritt, who passed away September 21, 2009.
 
She is survived by her children, Michael (Donna) McSperritt of Donnellson, IL, Steven McSperritt of Colchester, IL, and Carol Miller of Macomb; ten grandchildren: Christina McSperritt of Springfield, IL, Heather (Matt) Adams of Canton, IL, Michael J. (Kendra) McSperritt of Hillsboro, IL, Patrick (Whitney) McSperritt of Irving, IL, Daniel (Melyssa) McSperritt of Decatur, IL, Mark McSperritt and Jennifer Kitch of Macomb, Carrie Dawdy of New Berlin, IL, Brian (Jackie) Baxter of Walford, Iowa, Bradley (Kelsey) Baxter of Table Grove, IL, and Brandon (Leanne) Miller of Wautoma, WI.
 
She has twenty-seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She is also survived by two sisters. Beulah Self of Macomb and Luella VanFleet of Blandinsville, and a sister-in-law Judy Harding of Willshire, OH. Wanda also had numerous nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother Delbert Harding of Willshire, OH.
 
Wanda was devoted to her family and cherished the times she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great great grandchild. She also, enjoyed sewing, crocheting, ceramics, her flower gardens, as well as, bird watching.
 
The family will meet with friends on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.. Graveside services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb, with pastor Andre Harper officiating.
 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Memorial Medical Center Foundation in care of 6th Floor ICU or Children's Miracle Network. You may sign the guest book and leave on line condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Zola Irene (Sims) Provine Alexander, 97, of Macomb

Zola Irene (Sims) Provine Alexander, 97, passed away peacefully, at her residence in Grand Prairie Assisted Living, Macomb, Illinois, on Friday, March 4, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.. She was born April 21, 1919, to Claude and Alice (Hunter) Sims in Bethel Township, McDonough County. Zola married William George Provine on March 15, 1937. He preceded her in death on August 20, 1955. She married John Alexander on August 11, 1958. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2010. Also, preceding her were her parents, daughter Betty Shannon, sister Ferne Lewellin, brothers William and George Sims, and one step daughter-in-law, Janet Alexander.
 
She is survived by her sons, Harvey (Carole) Provine and Roger (Lorna) Provine of Macomb, grandchildren, Heidi McKinney, Springfield, Denise VanAcker, Nick VanAcker of Moline, Ann Mellinger, Burlington, Lynnette Cale, Macomb, and Ross Provine, Metamora. Also surviving are great grandchildren Megan Dunnill, Courtney Williams, Chaunté and Miranda VanAcker, Bruce and Joel Provine, and Nina Cale, and great-great grandchildren Oliver Dunnill and Ja'Nyiah VanAcker. She is also survived by stepsons, Gary (Shirley) Alexander and Frank Alexander and stepdaughter, Bonita Cassidy and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Zola and her husband, William, lived on a farm in Scotland Township where they raised dairy cattle. After William's death as the result of a farm accident, Zola and her young sons continued to milk the cows morning and night. She later worked at the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles in Macomb and Ebey's License Service. She enjoyed bowling and fishing. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed attending all their activities. Zola accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior in January, 1934. She attended the First Christian Church.
 
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Clugston -Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Rev.Kelly Ingersoll will officiate. Burial will be at the Camp Creek Cemetery south of Macomb. The family will meet with friends one hour before the time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Macomb or Harbor Lights Hospice in Galesburg. You may sign the guest book and leave online condolences at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Robert Eugene Wetzel, age 90, formerly of Blandinsville

Robert Eugene Wetzel, age 90, a resident of the LaHarpe Davier Health Care Center and formerly of Blandinsville, passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 2,2017 at the Health Care Center. He was born on November 13, 1926 in Bentley, Illinois the son of Roscoe and Leona Simmons Wetzel. He married Mary Lou Wright on December 22, 1946 in Rushville, Illinois. She preceded him in death on January 31, 2009.
 
He is survived by three sons Jeffrey(Cathi) Wetzel of Gypsum, Colorado, Jerry(Holli) Wetzel of Eagle, Colorado and Steven(Heather)Wetzel of Gypsum, Colorado, nine grandchildren Jason Wetzel of Baltimore, Maryland Amanda Wetzel of Quincy, Illinois, Jim Wetzel of South Carolina, Evan Wetzel of Eagle, Colorado,Eliza Wetzel of Eagle, Colorado, Amelia Wetzel of Gypsum ,Colorado, Jeff(Carrie) Miller of Pinckneyville, Illinois, Tom Miller of Prairie City, Illinois and Jill(Justin) Griffith of Bushnell, Illinois, five great-grandchildren Tressie, Dalton, J.C., Jillian Miller , Riley Griffith , two sisters Marilyn Houston and Evelyn Yard, and two sister in laws Louise Wetzel and Annalee Wetzel, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son Jonathan Wetzel, two brothers Bill Wetzel and Wendell Wetzel and one sister Shirley Shafer.
 
Bob farmed in the Fountain Green area until 1967 when he moved to Blandinsville. Bob had served in the U.S. Army from 1945 until 1946 during World War II, he was a member of the American Legion Post 424 in Blandinsville was a 4-H leader in Hancock County, he was also a former member of the New Hope IOOF Lodge #263, was the Village President of Blandinsville for 15 years, and was on the Village Board of Trustees for two and a half years.
 
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Clugston -Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb.Rev. Bruce Goettsche will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 12:30 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be made to the Robert Wetzel Memorial Fund. You may leave condolences and sign the guest book online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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William Pard Bartlow, 96, of Rushville, IL

William Pard Bartlow, 96, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 5:52 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital.  He was born July 9, 1920 in Rushville.  He was the son of the late Howard Pard and Elizabeth E. Eifert Bartlow.  He married Margie Ellen Dean June 30, 1946 in Rushville.  Margie passed away December 25, 2010.  

 

Bill is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey Pard Bartlow & wife Jeanne of New Port Richey, FL, Joseph Alan Bartlow of Rushville; four grandsons, John Pard Bartlow, Michael J. Bartlow, Zebulon J. Bartlow, Nathan M. J. Bartlow; two great grandchildren, Tyler Pard Bartlow and Myra Ann Bartlow; a sister, Nancy Jorgesen of Rushville.  He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Lawler Bartlow, and a brother, Robert E. “Ted” Bartlow.  

 

He was a U.S. Army veteran of W.W. II.  A 1938 graduate of Rushville High School, he also graduated from Illinois Wesleyan College, Normal, IL, in 1942.  After his discharge from the army, he attended Western Illinois State Teachers College in Macomb, IL on the G.I. Bill.  In 1948 Bill, his father Howard, and brother Ted began construction on the facility, south of Rushville, known as Bartlow Brothers Inc., maker of Korn Top Meats.  The plant officially opened in 1950.  He worked there his entire career until retiring as President and C.E.O.  

 

He was a member of the Rushville First United Methodist Church, Schuyler American Legion Post #4, and was past President & 50 year member of the Rushville Rotary Club. Bill was an avid lover of music; in 1961 he completed a life-long goal of installing a Wurlitzer Pipe Organ in his home.  

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2016 at Rushville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Grant Armstrong officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with Military Honors by Schuyler American Legion Post #4 & a U.S. Army Honors Detail.  Calling hours will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Worthington Funeral Home.  

 

Memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Evelyn Mae Lane, 70, of Beardstown, IL

Evelyn Mae Lane, 70, of Beardstown, IL, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at OSF St. Frances Medical Center in Peoria, IL.  She was born on October 5, 1946 in Beardstown, IL.  She was the daughter of the late Fairl A. and Margaret Elaine Trone Lane.  

 

She is survived by four daughters, Susan Campbell & husband Brad of Virginia, IL, Estella (Mia) Blake, Christina Graham and husband Richard, Brandy Burke and companion Pelone Urquiga all of Beardstown; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Lane and wife Norma of Browning, several nieces, nephews & cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Lane, and a niece, Stacey Lane.  

 

She grew up in Browning and graduated from Rushville High School in 1964.  Evelyn loved to mushroom hunt and explore the Illinois River banks for “treasures.”  She most of all, enjoyed her grandchildren.  

 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Debbie Hester officiating. Private inurnment will be held on the family lot at a later date.  Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of services on Wednesday.

 

Memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com

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Patricia Ann Campbell, age 84, of Blandinsville

Patricia Ann Campbell, age 84,of Blandinsville, passed away on March 1, 2017 at 9:34 P.M. at her home in Blandinsville.
 
She was born August 3, 1932 in Bushnell, Illinois the daughter of Victor and Erma Martin Goeke.
 
She married Gerald Campbell on July 1, 1951 in Niota, Illinois. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2002.
 
She is survived by two sons Delbert( Beth) Campbell of Blandinsville, Gary ( Cheryl) Campbell of Blandinsville, one daughter Pamela (Don) Rodeffer of Blandinsville, two sisters Charlotte Bowles and Victoria Teegan, one brother Steve Goeke, 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved pet dog Lucy.
 
She was preceded by her husband, parents, one sister Mary Goeke, and two brothers Irwin Goeke and Martin Goeke.
 
Patricia worked at NTN Bower for 20 years before her retirement. She lived most of her life in Blandinsville.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Clugston – Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Blandinsville Fire and Rescue or the MDH Hospice Program. You may sign the guest book and leave condolences online at clugston-tibbittsfh.com.

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Josephine Ward, 93, of Rushville, formerly of Frederick

Josephine Ward, 93, of Rushville, formerly of Frederick, passed away at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at Liberty Village in Pittsfield.
 
She was born on February 18, 1924, at the family home in Bainbridge Township, the daughter of William Thomas and Ida (Persinger) Haber.  She married Russell Gayle Ward on March 11, 1947, in Virginia, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on July 25, 2008.
 
She attended Hazel Dell School and graduated from Rushville High School in 1942.  She worked as a clerk at J.C. Penney in Rushville for 3 years.  She then worked part time in the Schuyler County Treasurer’s Office for 24 years.  She attended the Frederick Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She loved working and helping her husband on the farm.  She also enjoyed cooking, gardening, and sewing.  She loved nature. She made quilts for all of her eight grandchildren.  Her pride and joy was her children and grandchildren, taking them on walks in the woods and wading in the creek.
 
Surviving are three children Marlys Knox and husband Bob of Springfield, Judy Ebbert and husband Bill of Pittsfield and Dean Ward and wife Sandy of Frederick, eight grandchildren Jennifer Keegan and husband Steven, Jason Vala and wife Courtney, Alissa Fuhrmann and husband Ben, Rachel Worden and husband Joel, Ryan Ebbert and husband Andriv, Robyn Engstrom and husband Aaron, Emily Fox and husband Mark, and Andy Ward and wife Megan, ten great grandchildren Zackary and Lucas Keegan, Christopher and Camden Vala, Avery Fuhrmann, Reagan and Rush Worden and Nolan, Connor and Ella Engstrom, one sister Zehrea Phillips of Rushville, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Allen Haber and an infant sister Mary Dorothy Haber.
 
Services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Brother Matt Haberman and Brenda Wessel officiating.  Interment will follow in the Messerer Cemetery, near Frederick.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville.  Memorials are suggested to Frederick Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). You are invited to share your memories of Josephine leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online

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Elizabeth L. "Betsy" Kirkham, 75, of Rushville

Elizabeth L. “Betsy” Kirkham, 75, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2017 at The Elms in Macomb, IL.  

 

She was born on September 5, 1941 in Hillview, IL.  She was a daughter of the late Claude & Della Bell Moore.  She married Carl Eugene “Gene” Kirkham on October 4, 1959 in Springfield, IL.  He preceded her in death on July 16, 1997.  

 

She is survived by (2) sons, Bruce Kirkham & Patty of Cherry Valley, IL, Brian Kirkham of Champaign, IL, (1) daughter, Penny Billingsley & Mark of Cuba, IL, (5) grandchildren, Ian & Nate Billingsley, Claire, Emma & Joey Kirkham, (2) great grandchildren, Cadence Murphy, Penelope Billingsley.

 

She was a life-long housewife and was a supervisor at Rushville Hardees for twenty years before retiring in 2007.  She was a former member of the Phoenix Opera House board of directors, Rushville Junior Women’s Club and Schuyler District #1 school board.  

 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to The Phoenix Opera House.  Private condolences & expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

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Cora Eileen Drawve, 90, of Canton

Cora Eileen Drawve, 90, of Canton, passed away at 11:13 AM, Monday, February 27, 2017, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
 
She was born on July 5, 1926, in Peoria, the daughter of Louis and Cora A. (LaFollette) Sylvester.  She married Everette L. Drawve on March 13, 1965, in Alton and he survives.
 
Also surviving are one daughter Monica Tjarks and husband Douglas of Cary, North Carolina, two grandchildren Tracy Adams and husband Jeff and Ross Tjarks and wife Andrea, five great grandchildren Taylor and Jacob Adams, Zoe, Lina and Staci Tjarks, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Gladys Gilham and Dorothy Brown, and two brothers Robert “Dutch” and Howard Sylvester.
 
Eileen worked as a key punch operator for Caterpillar in Peoria for 31 years retiring in 1978.  She was a member of the Tyng Memorial Church in Peoria and the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton.  She and Everette enjoyed taking drives, reading and watching movies.  She was a good hearted person, loved by all who knew her.
 
Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Stephen Bounds officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Wood Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.  You are invited to share your memories of Eileen and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online

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Janet Rose Alexander, 65 of Colchester

Janet Rose Alexander age 65 of Colchester, passed away with her family at her side, Friday evening at O. S. F. Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.  She was born April 21, 1951, in Macomb to Bennie and Ardella Nelson Ritchey.  Janet was united in marriage on June 28, 1969 in Colchester to Frank William Alexander.
 
Surviving to mourn her passing are her Husband of 47 years, Frank of Colchester, 1 Son: Frankie Lee Alexander, Colchester, 1 Daughter: Janetta Rose Alexander, Colchester, 1 Granddaughter: Jamie Lynn Alexander, 1 Brother: Bennie (Jennie) Ritchey, Colchester, 6 Sisters: Sherry (Don) Hightower, Prairie City, Marie (Charles Johnson, Little Elms, Texas, Nurita (Steve) Wrolstad, Caprenteria, California,
Vickie (Lowell Melvin, Galesburg, Illinois, Bonnie (Dave) Long, Cuba, Illinois, Ginger Ritchey, Macomb.
 Janet was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
 
Janet was a member of the Fandon Christian Church, she loved all animals of which she would take them in.  She enjoyed sewing, collecting cook books, and then getting to cook for her family and friends.  Her greatest love of all was her husband, children, grandchild and family.
 
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Aaron Baker.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.  
 
Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 10:00 A.M. Tuesday.  Memorial is to St. Judes Children's Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Ramona I. Teel, 83, of Macomb

Ramona I. Teel, 83, of Macomb, IL passed away at 12:33 PM Saturday February 25, 2017 at her residence. She was born March 14, 1933 in Bluff City, IL to Loren and Alberta (Moulton) Fisher. She married Willard Lee Teel on January 31, 1954 in Macomb, IL. He preceded her in death.
 
She is survived by three sons, Randy Lee (Wendy) Teel of Macomb, IL; Douglas Lee (Taunya) Teel of Roseville, IL; Duane Lee (Lisa) Teel of Blandinsville, IL; four grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; one brother, Gary Fisher of Macomb, IL; one sister, Jeanette Darlene Jarnot of Macomb, IL.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three sisters.
 
Ramona spent her life helping others weather she could afford to or not. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow. Ramona took her job in the home very seriously and prided herself on a well-kept home.
 
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday March 2, 2017 in the Industry Cemetery with Pastor Jon Keck officiating. Visitation will be held at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Memorial contributions can be made to Linda’s Fund at McDonough District Hospital. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.   

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James E. Hunter age 79 of Kewanee, formerly of Tennessee, Illinois

James E. Hunter age 79 of Kewanee, Illinois, formerly of Tennessee, Illinois, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Royal Oaks Care Center, in Kewanee, Illinois.  He was born October 18, 1937, in Springfield, Illinois, to Leslie and Thelma Wilmot Hunter. James was united in marriage on June 11, 1977, in Macomb to Joyce Ussery. She preceded him in death on May 27, 2012.
 
Surviving to mourn his passing are 1 Brother: Leslie L. (Norma Jean) Hunter, Springfield, Illinois, and several Nieces and Nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joyce Hunter.
 
James a member of the Jehovahs Witness, and the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics, Union Local 340.  He and his wife were avid antique collectors, he also loved to visit with family and friends, He retired from Haeger Pottery in Macomb, where he was the head setter for the kiln.
 
Cremation rites have been accorded. No services will be held.  Burial will take place with his wife at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handleing arrangements.   To leave condolences to the family visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Bobby Mathena 81 of Colchester

 
Bobby L. Mathena age 81 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb. He was born June 13, 1935, in Williamstown, Missouri, to Russell and Nancy Anna Davies Mathena. Bobby was united in marriage on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois to Juanita A. Fisher.  She preceded him in death on January 4, 2017.
 
 Surviving to mourn his passing  Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte,  2 Brothers: Russell and Mary Mathena, Joliet, Illinois,  Bill Mathena, Macomb, Illinois, 4 Nephews: Gary, Frank, Charles, Dennis, 3 Nieces: Brenda, Nancy, and Luana.
 
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Juanita, 1 brother: Basil, 1 sister: Betty Mathena Swanson, 1 Sister-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and 2 nieces.
 
Bobby served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He attended Grade School in Missouri and was a Graduate of Macomb High School.  He worked at McGraw Edison in Macomb before joining the carpenters Local 644 in Pekin, Illinois where he retired after 30 years.  
 
Bobby was a Member and served as Past Patron of OES #123, Past Master of AF & AM #0017.  He was a member of the Macomb VFW Post 1921, and Macomb American Legion Post 6.  Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pitch and mushrooming.  He loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years.  Of all the different things that Bobby did in his life, the greatest treasure was his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  Cremation rites will be accorded following visitation.  A Graveside service with military rites will be held at a later date at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  
 
Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  In Lieu of flowers the family would like a memorial be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

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Dorothy Joan Tolles, 84, of Rushville

Dorothy Joan Tolles, 84, of Rushville passed away at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Heritage Manor Health Care Facility in Beardstown, Illinois. She was born January 30, 1933, in Macomb, Illinois, to the late Elmer and Naomi Steele Neidig. She married Robert Tolles on October 23, 1954, at the First Christian Church in Rushville. He preceded her in death in 1995.  She is survived by three children: Robert Tolles and wife Dian, Larry Tolles and wife Ramona all of Rushville, Lori Bassham and husband Bill of East Peoria; seven grandchildren: Jessica Kelly, James Bailey, Lindsay Roegge and husband Shon, Rachel Schwalb and husband David, Nick Tolles, Shanda Wood and husband Adam, Jeffrey Bassham and fiancé Brittany Harden; and eleven great-grandchildren.   Also surviving are a sister, Sharon Balmer of Galesburg, IL and brother, Michael Shroyer.  Dorothy was preceded in death by two brothers Ralph Self and Bobby Neidig, and two sisters Ruth Dunn and Marilyn Ward.  Dorothy worked at Bartlow Brothers Packing Plant until she and “R.T.” started their family. Later, she worked at Pings Pantry and Culbertson Memorial Hospital as a cook/dietary aide. She was proud that Dr. Dohner loved her fried chicken, and she always made sure that she saved him some. She loved to grow flowers and vegetables. Her secret for healthy house plants was that you had to talk to them. Dorothy loved her family and her dear friends. She especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Stringer officiating.  Interment will follow in Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday.  Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or Littleton Baptist Church.  

 

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