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Lillian Griffin
Shelbyville
Lillian L. Griffin, 83, of Shelbyville, died at 2:45 p.m. Sunday (July 8, 2001) in St. Vincent's Memorial Hospital in Taylorville.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday July 10, in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery
Mrs. Griffin was born Aug. 24, 1917 in Shelby, Co., the daughter of Lawrence and Edith Crook Foor. She married Wendell Griffin in 1938. He died in 1970.
Surviving are daughter, Virginia Davis and husband Jack of Cantrall, IL; grandchildren, Jill Nessler and husband Fred, Heather Schenck and husband Charles, Jack Davis, Rachel and Georgia Griffin; six great grandchildren; one sister, Helma Koslofski of Decatur; brothers, Ervin Foor of Decatur, Jess Foor of Paris, IL; sister-in-law, Betty Martin and husband Don of Tower Hill; special friend Clem Farrier of Shelbyville; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wendell L. Griffin, parents, son Jim Griffin in 1998 two sisters, Delilah Tynan and Lenore Shuff and one brother Rudy Foor.
She was a prominent business women in the Shelbyville and Mattoon areas. She owned and operated Griffin's Restaurant in Shelbyville and the Airport Steakhouse and Farmer's Store both in Mattoon. She was a member of Royal Neighbors.

Hilda Plowman
Lakewood
Hilda Plowman, 97, of Lakewood died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday (July 8, 2001) in the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart & Sons Funeral Home Shelbyville.

William Thompson
Decatur
William Wesley Thompson, 68, of Decatur died Saturday (July 7, 2001) in his home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Macon County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church or DMH Hospice
Mr. Thompson was born in Shelbyville Jan. 8, 1933, the son of Henry Allen Loydd Thompson and Mary Elizabeth Askmis Thompson. William married Shirley Gordon on Feb. 26, 1956. They divorced, and he then married Genevia Aim Read. After she passed away, he remarried Shirley Gordon Bess on Dec. 18, 1987.
Surviving are his wife; son; Daniel Thompson and wife Angela of Bethany; daughter, Brenda Sudduth and husband James of Lakewood; nine step-children, Anna Fern Williams and husband Reggie of Tower Hill, Sue Davies and husband Gary of Clay Center, Kan., Rick Read and wife Ronda of Sullivan, Richard Tucker and wife Debbie, Thomas Tucker and wife Michele, Katherine Hughes and husband Carl, Brenda Johnson and husband Roger, Tammy Bradshaw and husband Marty, and Valerie Shields and Jim, all of Decatur; 34 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a sister, LaVance Drake of Decatur.
He was preceded in death by a son; his parents; two brothers; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two step-children.
He was a Navy veteran of the Korean war. He retired from Caterpillar after 33 years of service. One his favorite hobbies was pitching horseshoes. He will be sadly missed by all.

Hilda Plowman
Lakewood
Hilda M. Plowman, 97, of Lakewood died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday (July 8, 2001) in the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday July 11, in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to Donor's Choice.
Mrs. Plowman was born Aug. 23, 1903 in Lakewood, the daughter of Edward and Grace Roberts Specht. She married Kenneth B. "Stub" Plowman Dec. 10, 1921. He passed away May 19, 1993.
Surviving are daughters, Marjorie Kessel and husband Burl of Lakewood, Wilma Goleman and husband Lowell of Shelbyville, Joyce Lawrence and husband George of Rochester, Mass., Gwenda Cutler and husband Leon of Altamont, IL; son Kenny Plowman and wife Sherreye of Chilhowie, VA; twenty-five grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; and fifteen great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her parents; a daughter Barbara Bullock; granddaughter, Suzanne Havey; brother, Lyle Specht and a sister Doris Kirk.
She was a homemaker, a member of Shelby County Home Extension and the Lakewood United Methodist Church. 

Ina Hinton
Herrick
Ina Mae Hinton, 78, Herrick, died Tuesday (July 10, 2001) at Shelby Memorial Hospital. 
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Mound Cemetery, Cowden. No visitation. Arrangements are by Wallace & Carroll Funeral Home, Herrick. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Cowden.
Mrs. Hinton was born Nov. 21, 1922 in Cowden. She married Wednesday Howard Hinton in Missouri Nov. 21, 1940. He died Oct. 12, 1992.
Surviving are son, John R. Hinton of Herrick; brother, Charles Miller of Decatur; sister Erma Jenkins of South Roxana; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded by parents; husband, Howard; one daughter; two brothers; and two sisters.
She was a waitress for many years at Herrick Cafe and worked at Herrick Peace Meal as a driver. She was a member Herrick Christian Church and Ladies Auxiliary American Legion of Herrick. 

Donald Grobengieser
Shelbyville
Donald Grobengieser, 75, of Shelbyville, formerly of Altamont, died 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 10, 2001) in his daughter's home in Shelbyville.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Union Cemetery, Altamont, with military rites and the Rev. Ty Stoneburner officiating. Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to donor's choice.
Mr. Grobengieser was born Nov. 27, 1925, in Peoria, the son of George Charles and Hilda Lezete Goers Grobengieser. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and a charter member of VFW Post 7676, both of Altamont. He married Margaret Emily Gilkerson. She preceded him in death March 12, 1998.
Surviving are his daughters, Linda Frederick and husband Michael of Shelbyville; Jo Ann Smith and husband Ruel of Moweaqua; Sara Foss and husband Joseph of Altamont; Ellen Heselton and husband Darrell of Shelbyville; brother, Gordon Grobengieser and wife Sandra of Vandalia; sisters, Gladys Zacha of Altamont; Bessie Benson and husband Glen of Tuscola; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Louis "Bud" Zacha.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Rhineland and Central Europe battles and campaigns with Company K of the 255th Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Division. While serving in France, Pfc. Grobengieser was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. While living in Altamont, he was a member of Altamont Volunteer Fire Department, serving as fire chief for 13 years. He was employed by R&H Plumbing and Heating as a master plumber and by the Frederking Construction Co. as a carpenter and plumber. He also worked for Kull Funeral Home and Furniture as well as A&H Implement Co. before his retirement. After his retirement, he moved to Shelbyville to live with his daughter and to be near his grandchildren.

Glenn Koss
Cowden
Glenn C. "Jimmy" Koss 95, of Cowden died at 1:50 a.m. Thursday (July 12, 2001) in the Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Cowden with the Rev. Marvin Chalfant officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial is in Mound Cemetery in Cowden. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
He was born May 15, 1906 in Champaign County, the son of Fred and Anna Myers Koss. He married Thelma Etheridge Aug. 22, 1933 in Shelbyville. She preceded him in death Aug. 7, 1997.
Surviving is one sister Eldo "Dode" Banning of Cowden and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother Elmer Koss and one sister Opal Christy.
He was a retired farmer and an avid horseshoe player. He was affiliated with the Lutheran Church.

Chester Mundy
Pana
Chester Calvin Mundy, 74, Pana, died at 11:10 p.m. in Heritage Manor, Pana.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Committal service Saturday at 2 p.m. in Kane Cemetery Kane, IL. Memorials can be made to donor's choice.
Mr. Mundy was born April 11, 1927 in Kane Township, Green County, IL., the son of John T. and Grace Singleton Mundy, deceased.
Surviving are children, Rodney Mundy and wife Connie of Pana, Chester Allen Mundy and wife Vickie, Gaffney of South Carolina, Gloria Palmer and husband Phil of Pana, and Renee Mundy of Pana; sisters, Virginia Grizzle of Jerseyville and Martha Carter of Carlinville; grandchildren, James Mundy, Evan Kyle Mundy, Stacey Battles, Sammy Baldock, Melissa Jophlin, Sean Strohl, Matthew Strohl, Robert Strohl, and Tyran Strohl; step-children, Michael, Shannon, Dana, and Nathan; four great grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by twin brother, Lester Mundy and brother, Benton Munday.
He retired from Prairie Farms where he was a milk hauler, working for them for over 30 years. He came to Pana in 1963 from Carlinville. Prior to that, he lived in Carrollton. 

William Midgett
Windsor
William "Harry" Midgett, 73, of Windsor, formerly of Rodanthe, NC, died Thursday (July 12, 2001)
in Windsor. 
Funeral services and burial will be held Monday July 16, 2001 in Rodanthe, NC. Local arrangements by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.
Mr. Midgett was born in Waves, NC, the son of the late St. Clair and Mamie (Midgett) Midgett and the husband of Eunice Knight Midgett of Rodanthe, NC. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Connie Mae Hatcher of Middleburg, FL., Virginia Charlene O'Neal of Rodanthe, NC, and Joyce Marie Midgett of Windsor; four sons, William Edward Midgett of Orange Park, FL., Harry Stanley Midgett of Potomac Falls, VA, Irvin Lee Midgett of Rodanthe, NC and Timothy Richard Midgett of Windsor; three sisters, Lennie Midgett of Rodanthe, NC, Jennetta Williams of Elizabeth City, NC and Alice Bundy of Norfolk, VA; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was a retired U.S. Navy Chief ADRC with 22 years of service. He was a member of the VFW Post 04226, Fleet Reserve A03422, and the Fairhaven United Methodist Church. 

Robert Morrison
Sigel
Robert E. Morrison, 80, Sigel, died Monday (July 16, 2001) in St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham.. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Grace United Methodist Church, Neoga. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, and one hour before service in the church. Burial will be at Coons Cemetery, Shelby County. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association.
Mr. Morrison was born Aug.. 25, 1920 in Pana, the son of William A. and Stella (Pierpont) Morrison. He married Betty June Fried Aug. 21, 1943 in Assumption. She died Feb. 3, 1995.
Surviving are son, Garry of Sigel; daughter, Karen Skatoff of Reston, Va.; sister, Helen Valentine of Panama City, Fla.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded by wife, Betty June; five brothers; and one sister.
He was a retired farmer. He also was a D.H.I.A. Milk Tester for 28 years in Effingham. He was a member of the Shelby County Farm Bureau and attended the Grace United Methodist Church if Neoga.

Jessie Thrall
Topeka
Jessie Louise Thrall, 69, Topeka, Kan., mother of Larry Thrall, Shelbyville, died Sunday (July 15, 2001) at Woodlawn Nursing Center, Topeka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Goodwine Funeral Home, Robinson. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be at Hutsonville Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Psoriasis Foundation.
She was born June 9, 1932 in Lawrence County, IL, the daughter of Herbert Maglone and Bertha Bearley Maglone. She married Lawrence Thrall May 3, 1955. He survives. 
She is also survived by her 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry & Cheryl Thrall of Shelbyville, and Tom Thrall of Topeka, KS; her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Edward Lancaster of Olney, four grandchildren, Elizabeth Thrall of Shelbyville, Robert Goff of Noble, Kimberly Lancaster of Olney, and Amanda Lancaster of Olney; three great grandchildren; her brother, Kenneth Maglone of Olney; five sisters, Shirley Houser, Albion, IL, Delores Black of Michigan, Nancy Withiem of Robinson, Donna Dunlap of Robinson, and Sandra Pinkston of Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Pamela Montgomery; sister, Juanita Montgomery; and brother, Herb Maglone.
She was a homemaker.
Myrtle Banning
Shelbyville
Myrtle F. Banning, 90, of Shelbyville died at 3:25 p.m. Monday (July 16, 2001) in the Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday July 18 in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time on Wednesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
She was born June 3, 1911 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Orlie Leroy and Josephine Shumbarger Hill. She married Lee Banning July 6, 1966 in Shelbyville. He preceded her in death Sept. 21, 1996.
Surviving are step-son, James Banning of Carpentersville; step-daughter, Maryann Eddy of Pana; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughters Jean Winings and Lena Miller.

Mary Kensil
Shelbyville
Mary L. Kensil, 84, of Shelbyville, died at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday (July 17, 2001) in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with the Rev. Cathy Minor officiating. Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church or Habitat for Humanity in Shelby County.
Mrs. Kensil was born on Aug. 2, 1916 in Windsor, the daughter of Amon Lawrence and Myrtle Estella Blue Ross. She married Dexter J. "Judd" Kensil on Jan. 18, 1948 in Fayette County. He died on March 3, 1971.
Surviving are her son, Dave Kensil and wife Patti of Shelbyville; daughter, Susie Kensil and companion Chip Reider of Shelbyville, grandchildren, Mary Jo Adams and husband Greg, James R. Killam, Jr., Michael D. Killam and wife Daphne, Carissa Brownback and Andrea Brownback; great grandchildren; Casaundra Killam, Caitlyn Killam, Megan Fox and Ethan Cole Brownback; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Bob, Ronald and Gerald Ross; and two sisters, Thelma Gannaway and Evelyn Mousseau.
She was a 1934 graduate of Windsor High School and was a cook at Olivewood Health Care Center for ten years and later cooked for the Rotary and Lions Clubs, all of Shelbyville. She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church near Shelbyville where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. 

Anna Harrington
Stewardson
Anna Marie Harrington, 92, Stewardson, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday (July 17, 2001). 
Private family services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Brummerstedt Funeral Home, Stewardson. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery. Memorials can be made to donor's choice.
She was born Dec. 10, 1908, the daughter of George Adam Brummerstedt and Emma (Quast) Brummerstedt. She married Charles Harrington in 1949.
Surviving are eight nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded by parents; husband, Charles, three brothers; and two sisters. 
She was a teacher at Stewardson Grade School until she retired.

Helen Jackson
Shelbyville
Helen Jackson, 96, of Shelbyville, formerly of Fairbury, died Wednesday (July 18, 2001) at Shelbyville Manor. 
Funeral services in Pontiac and burial in Fairbury will be held Monday, July 23. Local arrangements by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Jackson was born on April 17, 1905 in Lucas, Ky., the daughter of James B. and Joyce Henderson Hurt. She married Herbert Jackson on Dec. 10, 1927 in Jeffersonville, Ind. He died Nov. 8, 1955.
Surviving are a daughter Sara J. Stiver of Shelbyville; three grandchildren, Jill Lacheta and husband Ed of Shelbyville, Jeff Stiver and wife Kathy of Apple Valley, Cal., and Jim Stiver and wife Kirby of Elk Grove, Cal., five great-grandchildren Nathan and Ryan Lacheta, Jacob, Logan and Jessica Stiver.
Mrs. Jackson was employed by Fairbury Hospital Dietary Dept. from 1958 -1980. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Shelbyville Manor for the care and compassion shown to her the past five years.

Marilyn Goddard
Chatham
Marilyn Goddard, 60, Chatham, died at 2:52 a.m. Saturday (July 21, 2001).
Services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. John's Lutheran Church. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. in Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home., Virden, and one hour prior at the church. Burial was in Virden Cemetery, Virden.
She was born Jan. 27, 1941 in Shelby County, the daughter of Melvin Rincker and Josephine Kearney. She married David G. Goddard Aug. 27, 1960 in Strasburg. He survives.
Also surviving are daughters, Karen D. (Larry) DeFevers of Virden and Angie M. (Todd) Hasara of Virden; grandchildren, Lindsey N. DeFevers, Dylan M. DeFevers, Breanna G. Hasara, and Emily J. Hasara; several nieces and nephews; and several cousins.
Mrs. Goddard was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham, She attended Sparks Business college in Shelbyville and worked various substitute positions in the Girard and Atwood-Hammond School District.

Alice Zindel
Moweaqua
Alice May Zindel, 98, of Moweaqua died 4:05 p.m. Tuesday (July 24, 2001) in Moweaqua Nursing and Retirement Center.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, with the Revs. Tom Black and Charles Jacob officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua. Memorials can be made to Fame Evangelical Church Mission Fund.
Mrs. Zindel was born Feb. 25, 1903, in Moweaqua, the daughter of James A. and Hallie Johnston Lambdin. She was a 90 year member of Fame Evangelical Church and formerly taught Sunday school. She was a former member of Christian County Home Extension and a former school teacher. She married Herman F. Zindel Sept.. 8, 1926, in Taylorville. He preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1963.
Surviving are her sons, James and wife Helen of Decatur; Herman and wife Barbara of Moweaqua; C. Richard and wife Carol of Gurnee; daughters, Elizabeth and husband Herbert Teichman of EauClaire, Mich.; Evelyn and husband Robert Schmitz of Carlinville; daughter-in-law, Mary Zindel of Moweaqua; sister, Delsie Tippett of Springfield; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Ralph; infant son and two brothers.

William Newman
formerly of Moweaqua
William John "Bill" Newman, 60, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., formerly of Moweaqua, died Tuesday (July 24, 2001) in his home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, Lake Havasu City. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Lietz Fraze Chapel, Lake Havasu City, with 7 p.m. rosary service. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice of Havasu or LHC Humane Society.
Mr. Newman was born Dec. 22, 1940, in Moweaqua. He worked in building maintenance for Mohave County in Lake Havasu City. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Linda K. Newman; son, Anthony William and wife Gail Newman of Lake Havasu City; sisters, Patricia Collins of Macon; Alice Perryman and husband Sam of Moweaqua; Caren Burns of Moweaqua; canine companion, Molly. He appreciates the love and devotion of his nine nieces and 11 nephews.

Florence Bushur
Sigel
Florence M. Bushur, 80, Sigel, died at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday (July 24, 2001) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sigel. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, and one hour before services in the church. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Sigel. Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association or donor's choice.
She was born Jan. 21, 1921 in Effingham County, the daughter of Edward and Clara (Hatke) Willenborg. She married Alvin F. Bushur Aug. 24, 1940. She preceded him in death 1989.
Surviving are sons Kenneth and wife Karen of Sigel; daughters, Madonna Teets of Montrose and Pauline Kinkelaar of Effingham; brothers, Ed and wife Bert Willenborg of Trilla, Paul and wife Margaret Williamborg of Neoga, and Gene Willenborg of Neoga; sisters, Leon Fearday of Neoga, Viola Bannick of Dieterich, and Theresa Wood of Pesotum; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents, husband, two brothers and one sister.

Marjorie Skusa
formerly of Shelbyville
Marjorie Kingston Skusa, 79, of Stewartsville, MO., died Monday (July 23, 2001) in Missouri. 
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, July 25. 2001 at Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home in Stewartsville, MO. Following cremation, a graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2001 in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, IL.
Memorials may be made to the K-9 Search and Rescue Unit Inc. in care of the Bram-Summerfield Funeral Home. Neece Funeral Home in Franklin is in charge of local arrangements.
She was born Oct. 9, 1921 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Ray and Elva Stafford Kingston. On Nov. 28, 1941 she was united in marriage to Henry Ernest Skusa in St. Genevieve, MO. Her husband of 59 years survives.
Also surviving are one son, David Henry Skusa of Orlando, Fla., one daughter, Carol Jeanne Chelin of Murray, Neb.; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Joseph Kingston and one sister, Rita Hamilton.
She was a graduate of Shelbyville High School and Sparks Business College in Shelbyville. Mrs. Skusa was an accountant for Sears Roebuck in Shelbyville, Phillips Department Store in Omaha, Neb.; Chandler Oil Company, and Phillips Petroleum Co., both of Denver, CO. Mrs. Skusa lived in many places as she traveled the world with her husband, Henry, in his capacity as a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force. After his retirement from the Air Force, she was a homemaker and had lived in the Stewartsville, MO., area for over 25 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Easton, MO; the Order of The Eastern Star, Chapter 175 of Stewartsville, and the American Poetry Society. She volunteered her time to help with fundraising for the K-9 Search and Rescue Unit that serves the Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa four state area. She also volunteered at the Interfaith Community Services Center helping the elderly with their income tax preparation. 

Walter Conklin
Neoga
Walter Hope Conklin Jr., 78, Neoga, died Wednesday (July 25, 2001).
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Johnson Funeral Home, Brookfield. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. Local arrangements by Swengel O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga.
He was born March 29, 1923 in Madison, IL., the son of Walter Hope and Eva (Schrend) Conklin, Sr. He married Rose Andrys April 4, 1945 in Chicago.
Surviving are son, Walter Lee Conklin of Granite City, IL; sister, Mrs. Eva Mae Cwik of Kentland, Ind.; one grand daughter; and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brother, LeRoy Conklin.
He was a retired Chicago city police officer after 25 years of service and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7, in Chicago.

Howard Alward
Moweaqua
Howard Grant Alward, 90, of Moweaqua died 1:20 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) in his home.
Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua. There will be no visitation. Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Heart Association.
Mr. Alward was born May 4, 1911, in Moweaqua, a son of George W. and Florence Cutler Alward. He married Ruth Beery in 1943 in Chicago. She preceded him in death in February 1985.
Surviving are his sons, Gary and wife Brenda of Moweaqua; Phillip and wife Vicki of Decatur; Bradford of Decatur; grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Sebo Dapper of Champaign; Grant Alward of St. Louis; Timothy of Orlando, Fla.; Andrew of Decatur; Matthew of Moweaqua; great-grandchildren, Erin and Megan Dapper of Champaign; special friend, Mary Ellen McDaniel of Moweaqua.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Kenneth; and sisters, Lenora, Gertrude, Mary, Mabel and Crystal.
Mr. Alward graduated from Decatur High School and attended Northwestern University and Eureka College. He was an implement dealer in Shelbyville and Findlay and retired from farming after many years in Moweaqua. He made many contributions to agricultural engineering.

Fred Henne
formerly of Shelbyville
Fred C. Henne, 49, of Oreana, IL, formerly of Shelbyville, died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) in the Aspen Ridge Care Center in Decatur. 
Mr. Henne was born Oct. 16, 1951 in Shelbyville, IL, the son of T. Fred and Frances Gertrude Shepard Henne.
He graduated from Shelbyville High School and attended Richland Community College in Decatur. He was employed at Bridgestone-Firestone Tire Company in Decatur, IL for 23 years. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and attended Mound Chapel Church of God.
Surviving are his fiancee, Becky Etherton, of Decatur and friends Charles and Oma Condiff of Oreana,IL. 
He was preceeded in death by his parents.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2001 in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Pastor Chuck Stine will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of the service on Monday. Military Rites will be performed by VFW Post 4829 of Shelbyville. 
Arrangements are by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. 

George Davis
Findlay
George A. Davis, 88, Findlay, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) at his residence.
Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2001 at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home with Dr. Jay Adrian & Dr. Richard Kim officiating. Visitation was held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at funeral home, with a Masonic Service held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial was be in the Hammond Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Lincolnland Hospice Unit.
He was born May 3, 1913 in West Point, TN, the son of Frank and Nellie Robison Davis. He married Ella Isabell Reeves on April 5, 1937 in Florence, Ala. She survives.
Other survivors include son, George Davis, Jr. of Sidney, IL, daughters, Linda Johnson of Findlay, Betty Lefever of Decatur, Carol Erickson of Satellite Beach, Fla., and 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces; and nephews.
He was preceded by two brothers and one infant sister.
Mr. Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atwood. He was a retired steamfitter and welder for Local #65, Plumbers and Pipe fitters Union, Decatur. He was a 50-year member of the Sheffield, AL Masonic Lodge.

Billie West
Findlay
Billie Darrell West, 64, of Findlay, formerly of Decatur, died 4:33 a.m. Sunday (July 29, 2001) in St. Mary's Hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes with visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard. Memorials can be made to American Heart Association.
Mr. West was born Jan. 4, 1937, the son of Carl 0. and Marie Miller West. He married Jeanine S. Vance Nov. 30, 1958, in Decatur.
Surviving are his wife; sons, Randall L. West and wife Shari of Illiopolis; William C. West of Springfield; grandchildren, Kristi Lowery and husband Trevor of Decatur; Bryan West of Decatur; Austin West of Illiopolis; brother, Dale West; sisters, Eileen Hinton, Delores Hinton and Sue Lindsey, all of Decatur; sister-in-law, Linda Bosserman of S.C.; mother-in-law, Margie Vance of Shelbyville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lester and Carl A. and sister, Noreen Fellwock.
He was employed by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. for 28 years, retiring in 1997. He served in the Navy and formerly belonged to American Legion Post #105. Mr. West was a former member of Moose Lodge. He loved the outdoors, devoting time to camping and fishing and was a NASCAR fan. 
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Mary's Hospital for their excellent care and support. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Elva Collins
Herrick
Elva Lena Collins, 89, Herrick, died Friday, July, 27, at 6:33 p.m. at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral services were Monday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at Graveside Private, services in Myers, Cemetery, Herrick. There will be no visitation. Burial were in Myers Cemetery, Herrick.
She was born Wednesday, June 12, 1912, in Rural Warrensburg, the child of John E. and Elva Lena (Hubbard) Albert. She married Ivel Collins in 1934. He died 1989.
Survived by sons, Mr. Ronald (wife Norma) Collins of Herrick, Mr. Larry (Wife Janice) Collins of Herrick, Mr. Jerry (Wife Wendy) Collins of Conyers, GA.; daughter, Mrs. Robert (Kay ) Griffin of Princeton, Ind.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step-children; and one step great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by parents, four sisters, and two brothers.
Mrs. Collins worked at Drake Electrical and as a Legal Secretary and was a member of Herrick Christian Church. She was a graduate of Browns Business College.

Martha MacLean
Shelbyville
Martha F. MacLean, 82, Shelbyville, died at 12:45 a.m. Monday (July 30, 2001) in her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at How & Yockey Funeral Home.

Henry Petit
Pana
Henry Petit, 87, Pana, died at 12:10 a.m. Friday (July 27, 2001) in Heritage Manor, Pana.
Funeral services will be Tuesday July 31 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Pana. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials ban be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Sept. 25, 1913 in Pana, the son of Alexander and Leona Duchmin Petit, deceased. He married Mary Crow Feb. 3, 1939 in St. Louis. She survives.
Also surviving are daughters, Mary Ann Morehead of Akron, Ohio; two grandchildren, Jeffery Morehead and wife Shelly of Akron, Susan Hoffman and husband Joseph of North Royalton, Ohio; and great-grandchildren, Sidney and Christopher Hoffman.
She was preceded in death by on sister, one brother, and one grandchild.
He lived his entire life in Pana and was a member of the United Mine Workers.

Hazel Schinzler
Pana
Hazel Schinzler, 87, Pana, died Thursday (July 26, 2001) in Prairie Rose.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday July 28, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with the Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was born June 27, 1914 in Cherry Valley Ark., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hanan, both deceased. She married Harold K. Schinzler April 27, 1935. He died Sept. 19, 1992.
Surviving are children, Larry Schinzler and wife Kathleen, Bloomington, Kenneth R. Schinzler of Pana, Richard E. Schinzler of Herrick, Mary E. Snow of Pana, Shirley A. Atkinson and husband Earl of Tower Hill, and Barbara K. Britton and husband Philip of Pana; sister, Irene Glenn of Batesville, Ark.; and six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


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