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Douglas Lawrence
Pana
Douglas Ray Lawrence, 41, Pana, died 12:38 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 2, 2001).
Funeral Services will be Monday Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with the Rev. Clyde and Sara Kallal, Pastor of New Beginnings Assembly of God Church, Pana assisted by Pastor Clifford "Buddy" Sanders of First Assembly of God Church, Centralia, IL. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana. Visitation will be Sunday, Aug., 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Lawrence was born Jan. 18, 1960 in Pana, the son of Thomas and Elsie Sanders Lawrence, Pana. He married Cynthia R. Lawrence Sept. 22, 1998 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. She survives.
Also surviving are stepson, Zachary Dionne; brother, Thomas Lawrence of Herrick, Denny Lawrence of Pana; several nieces; and several nephews.
He lived his entire life in the Pana area and graduated from Pana High School. He was a member of the Straight Shooters Motorcycle Club.

Michael Riley
Cowden
Michael Shannon Riley, 27, of Cowden, IL passed away at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, August 5, 2001. He was born February 4, 1974 in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Gene and Debra Bishop Riley. He was employed as a pipe welder at the Holland Energy Project and was a member of the Christ Tabernacle church in Herrick. He loved fishing, Motocross, played football for the Decatur Bears Football Team and was a rodeo bull rider.
Surviving are his parents of Cowden, fiancee Jeanette Einhorn of Island Grove,, IL; Grandparents Bill and Pat Bishop of Shelbyville and Wanda Riley of Herrick; Brother, Troy Riley and wife Misty of Shelbyville; sisters Lori Garcia and husband Tony of Mattoon, and Kate Pagel and husband James of Edgewood; several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Merlyn Riley, SR; great-grandparents Olive Pescitelli, Harry and Marie Riley, Raymond and Emma Lewis, Wendell and Gladys Bishop and George Temple.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2001 in the Christ Tabernacle Church in Herrick with Assistant Pastor William Kistler officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Cowden. Burial will be in Hubbartt Cemetery near Beecher City. Memorials: To the Family or Donor's Choice.

Annabelle Robertson
Tower Hill
Annabelle Robertson, 78, of Tower Hill, IL passed away at 9:53 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2001 at Pana Community Hospital in Pana,IL.
Mrs. Robertson was born October 11, 1922 in Tower Hill, IL the daughter of Gail L. and Pearl Bennett Borton. 
She married Leslie Carroll Robertson April 7, 1944 in Tower Hill.
She was a member of the Tower Hill United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Cold Springs HCE and the Officer's Wives Club. She taught Sunday and Vacation Bible School. She was a 4H Leader in Shelby County, a Cub Scout Leader in Japan, and a Girl Scout Leader in Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. She liked to travel and had visited all the states of the union except Alaska. She graduated from Tower Hill High School in 1940 and Eastern Illinois University in 1944.
Surviving are her husband, Colonel Leslie Carroll Robertson USAF(Retired); son William Leslie Robertson, Sr. and wife Mary Ann of Flower Mound TX; daughter Carol Ann McNeel and husband Raymond (Buddy) of New Castle, CO; brothers Robert B. Borton and Gail L. Borton, Jr.; grandchildren William L. Robertson, Jr.; Michelle L. Evans, Tyler E. Robertson, Frank I. Robertson and Annie M. McNeel; great-grandchildren; Michael A. Evans, Stephen A. Evans, William L. Robertson III, and Andrew S. Robertson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Helen L. Arnett.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 Wednesday, August 8, 2001 in the United Methodist Church of Tower Hill. Rev. Cynthia Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Burial will be in Tower Hill Cemetery, Tower Hill. Memorials can be made to the United Methodist Church of Tower Hill. 

Reatha O. Rezinas
Shelbyville
Reatha O. Rezinas, 98, of Shelbyville, died at 5:13 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2001 in the Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
She was born March 9, 1903 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Jacob and Mattie Fringer Kimlel. 
She married Thomas P. Rezinas in 1925 and he died in 1980. She and her husband owned and operated the Shelbyville Candy Kitchen for 35 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Shelbyville.
Surviving are her two sons, Pano Rezinas of Gordon Grove, CA and William Rezinas of Shelbyville; daughter, Mrs. Charles "Helen" Lord of Shelbyville; eleven grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, George Rezinas and one brother, George Kimlel. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville. Memorials: Decatur Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Anita Dawn Blackwell
Cowden
Anita Dawn Blackwell, 25, of Cowden, died at 12:23 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2001 in Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8 :00 p.m. Thursday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday in Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home with visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Memorials may be given to the Ashli and Brittany Blackwell Education Fund.
Anita was born on October 2, 1975 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, the daughter of David R. and Katherine Hicks Jones. She was employed by Fedders Corporation in Effingham and a member of Boilermakers Union #105S, Effingham. She married Jeremy Glenn Blackwell on June 15, 1993. He survives.
Also surviving are her daughters, Ashli Renee Blackwell and Brittany Marie Blackwell both at home; parents, David and Katherine Jones of Cabot, Arkansas; brother, Michael Jones of Grand Forks, North Dakota; and sister, Carolyn Volz of North Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Jerry L. Brown
Neoga
Jerry L. Brown, 65, of Neoga, formerly of Champaign, died at 1:45 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. 
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 9, at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 10 with the Rev. Ron Lake officiating. Burial will be in Neoga Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Brown was born on September 27, 1935 in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Jesse and Lillian (Scott) Brown. He married Norma (Bishop) Schreiber on October 24, 1960 in Danville. 
Surviving are his wife, Norma Brown of Neoga, Step sons Craig Sawyer and wife Nancy of Champaign; Stephen Schreiber and wife Christine of St. Paul, Minnesota, Stepdaughter Mrs. Larry (Betsy) Burgess of Windsor, Mother Mrs. Lillian Conley of Urbana, sisters Mrs. Ruby Shepherd of Urbana; Mrs. Edith Farmer of Thomasboro; half brothers, Michael McClain of Tuscola; David Conley of Urbana; Jerome Conley of Rantoul; half sister Amber Conley of Urbana; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, one brother, one sister and one great grandson.
Mr. Brown was a truck driver for Champaign Builders Supply and retired from K. C. Distributing Company of Mattoon. He was a United States Army Veteran and a member of Teamster's Union Local #26 of Champaign, Neoga American Legion and the Neoga Car Club. 

Cora Engle
Pana
Cora Engle, 85, of Pana died Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at 5:35 p.m. in Pana Community Hospital.
Visitation will be Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. The funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Rev. Allen Ebbler officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana. 
Mrs. Engle was born January 16, 1916 in Newcomerstown, Ohio, the daughter of Wayne and Bertha Herburt Little. 
She married Curtis Orlands Engle in February 1941. He preceded her in death in 1974. 
She retired from the G. C. Murphy Company in Ambridge, PA. She moved to Pana in 1984 from Ambridge and prior to that had lived in Ohio.
Survivors include a daughter, Joan Beeson, of Pana; and a sister, Ruth Wise, of Newcomerstown, Ohio. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons: Johnny in 1947 and Robert in 1950; and by four brothers.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, Pana. 

Jamie Ruth Casner
Oconee
Jamie Ruth Casner, 18, of Oconee, died Saturday Aug. 1, 2001 at 1 a.m. in rural Shelby County. Graveside memorial services will be Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 in Oconee Mound Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Jeffrey T. Moore officiating. Arrangements are by McCracken-Dean Funeral Directors, Pana. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or donors choice.
Casner was born Aug. 19, 1982 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of George James & Jean Henry Casner, Jr., of Oconee.
She is survived by her parents of Oconee, grandmothers; Geraldine "Gerry" Casner, Pana; Sherry Henry, Oconee. Great grandmother; Alice Henry, Pana. Uncles and Aunts: Rick Casner & wife Judy of Pana; Suzie Arnold & husband Kenny of Oconee; Cindy Ward of Pana; Mary Bland and husband Virgil of Pana; Carol Brownback and husband Don of Nokomis; Diane Vasseur and husband Denny of Taylorville; John Henry and wife Cindy of Nokomis; Paul Henry f Nokomis; Barb Henry of Oconee; David Henry of Oconee, also survived by several other family members.
She was preceded in death by Grandparents, George James Casner, Francis E. Henry and Virginia R. Henry.
She graduated Nokomis High School Class of 2001, and was employed as a CNA at Heritage Manor of Pana for 2 years.

Pauline G. Eades
Decatur 
formerly of Tower Hill
Pauline G. Eades, 85, of Decatur, formerly of Tower Hill passed away at 3.41 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2001 in the Fair Haven Christian Home in Decatur, IL. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. 

David D. Hawker
Mattoon,
formerly of Pana
David D. Hawker, age 44, of Mattoon, formerly of Pana died Friday, August 10, 2001 at 11:38 a.m. in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Visitation was Sunday at the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, August 13, 2001 at the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana with Rev. Charles Warren and Pastor Don Roberts officiating. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery with graveside military rites by Pana Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4431.
He was born on April 25, 1957 in Pana, the son of Charles Orville and Helen Warren Wagner Hawker.
Mr. Hawker was a counselor at CEAD Council in Charleston and formerly worked at Kemmerer Village and Precision Industries.
He was a graduate of Pana High School, class of 1976 and attended Eastern Illinois University and Lakeland College. He was currently working on a counseling degree. 
He was a 15 year member of N.A. where he was active in developing chapters and has held various offices and has been a group leader. He was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps and served in Hawaii.
He is survived by his mother, Helen Warren Wagner Hawken Dean and her husband Harry of Pana; brothers Charles Wagner and wife Donna of Pana; Curtis Dean and wife Janet of St. Joseph, MO; David M. Dean and wife Roberta of St. Joseph, MO and sister Nancy Wagner of Indianapolis, IN; nieces and nephews, Traci Wagner, Troy Wagner, Rachael Wilson, Brent Dean and Brian Dean and great-niece, Madison Wagner.
He was preceded in death by his father on February 4, 1960. 

Bernice C. Lindquist
Springfield 
formerly of Shelbyville
Bernice C. Lindquist, 91, of Springfield, IL, died Friday August 10, 2001, at her residence. Serving the Lindguist family is the Bisch & Son Funeral Home, 505 E Allen, Springfield, IL, where friends and family may call on Monday 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m., with Rev. Thomas B. Christell Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Those who wish, may direct memorial contributions to the Grace Lutheran Church.
She was born in Shelbyville, IL, July 2, 1910, the daughter of Henry J. and Josephine Owens Mochel. She married Everett Lindquist June 17, 1928, in Springfield, IL. He preceded her in death May 19, 1975.
Surviving are 2 daughters, Carol (Charles) Shipman of Springfield, Donna (Dr. Laurence) Connelley, of Little Rock Arkansas, 4 grandchildren; 3 great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by her son, James in 1999 and 2 brothers.
Mrs. Lindquist retired from the Internal Revenue Service Department of the Treasury. She was a life long member of the Grace Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Springfield Art association, the Order of the Eastern Star, Ansaretts, Springfield Garden Club, Springfield Rose Society, Bonsai Association, Sangamon County Women's Home Extension, Kings Daughters, and various Bridge and Pinochle groups. 

Pauline Eades
Decatur
formerly of Tower Hill
Pauline Eades, 85, of Decatur, IL, formerly of Tower Hill, IL passed away at 3:41 a.m, Monday, August 13, 2001 in the Fair Havens Christian Home in Decatur, IL
She was born August 22, 1915 in Macon County, IL the daughter of Ray Earl and Gladys Eaglin Simcox Collins.
She married Oscar Eades December 14, 1934 in Decatur and he preceded her in death May 5, 1982.
She was a member of the Tower Hill Christian Church where she was baptized September 11, 1966. She was a member of the Missionary Club of the church, the Rebekah Lodge and the Shelby County Home Extension.
Surviving are son Donald Eades of North Manchester, IN; daughters Donna Christie of Decatur, and Virginia Tolliver of Irving; brother Earl Ray Collins of Decatur; sister Erla Salefski of Decatur; nine grandchildren; six step grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Bob Barr officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Burial will be in the Tower Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Tower Hill Christian Church or Fair Havens Christian Home.

Sylvia Warner
Tower Hill
Sylvia Warner, 95 of Tower Hill, died at 2:07 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2001, in the Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday in the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Wayne Arganbright officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday August 16, 2001. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Warner was born June 8, 1906, in rural Tower Hill, Ridge Twp., the daughter of John and Leona Belle McKee McGuar. She married Paul D. Warner on November 29, 1933.
Surviving are her husband, Paul; son, Glen R. Warner and wife Wanda of Tower Hill; grandson, John R. Warner and wife Julie of Shelbyville; one great grandson, Matthew R. Warner and one great step-grandaughter, Stacy Collett.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Paul and Ed McGuar; and one sister, Cecelia "Babe" Hubner.

Vera Oliver
Pana, IL

Vera Oliver, 78, of Pana, died Monday Aug. 13, 2001, at 1:15 p.m. in Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana, IL.
She was born Feb. 23, 1923 in Berstin, NB, the daughter of Burt and Ethel King Pinson, both deceased.
Funeral service will be Thursday, August 16, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Bill Rosnett officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time.
She married James A. Oliver he preceded he in death Feb. 12, 2001.
She is survived by her children; Ronnie Skates and Dora Betten of Paterson, Washington. Brothers and sisters; Don Pinson, Mildred Ross, Dorothy Manning all of Oregon and Caroline Krischt of Ft. Worth, TX. Sister in law; Imogene Fischer, Marion Dudra, Audrey Moore, Jana Faye Miller all of Pana.

Sam Marshall
Moweaqua, IL
Sam Marshall, 55, of Moweaqua, IL, died at 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2001 in his home.
Funeral services will be held at 0:30 a.m. in Bilyeu Cemetery, Moweaqua, with full Military Honors by Moweaqua American Legion Post 370. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. with Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Moweaqua Ambulance Service.
Mr. Marshall was born in Shelbyville, IL the son of Elmer and Mary (Clark) Marshall. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Benjamin Stoddert in Vietnam, he also was retired from Caterpillar, Decatur,IL.
Mr. Marshall is survived by his sister, Janet and husband Larry Morrell of Moweaqua, sister-in-law; Judy Marshall of Willoughby, OH; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lonnie.
Sam was a wonderful brother, brother-in-law and friend and he will be sadly missed by all.

Charles L. Russell
Shelbyville
Charles L. Russell, 87, of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 3:45 P.M. Friday, August 17, 2001 at his residence.
He was born July 26, 1914 in Shelby County, IL the son of Simon and Rausa Hart Russell. He married Glendora Riley, January 19, 1941 in St. Charles, MO. 
He formerly owned and operated the Spigot in Shelbyville. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He was a fifty year member of the VFW Post #4829 and American Legion in Shelbyville and a member of the Shelbyville Moose Lodge.
Surviving are his wife, Glendora, sons Harry and wife Peggy, Mark and wife Sally and Chris and wife Janet, all of Shelbyville; brothers Delbert of Pana and Nelson of Shelbyville and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one infant son, brother Arnold and two sisters, Beatrice and Emily. 
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Military Rites will be performed by the Shelby County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Memorials may be made to the Shelby Memorial Hospital. 

Mabel M. Sherwood
Lakewood
Mabel M. Sherwood, 91, of Lakewood died at 2:17 p.m. Saturday (August 18, 2001) in the Shelby Memorial Hospital. 
She was born July 3, 1910 in Shelby County, IL, the daughter of Ervin and Pearl Austin Hayward. She married Cleo Duckett and he preceded her in death. She then married Cecil Sherwood, November 5, 1932 in Vandalia and he preceded her in death January 25, 1987. She was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Doris Gregg, of Shelbyville; granddaughter Diana Freeman and husband John of Decatur; great-grandchildren Hallee and Ian Freeman of Decatur and one brother, Forest Hayward of Cowden.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Rev. Rodney Herrick, officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 until service time. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church.
 

Glenn Lee Jones
Beecher City
Glenn Lee Jones, 41, of Beecher City, IL passed away at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2001 in Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.
Mr. Jones was born August 15, 1960, in Elmhurst, IL, the son of Merl E. and Nellie Hunt Jones.
He attended Lakeland College and was employed by International Paper Company in Shelbyville. He attended the Holland Community Church and participated in activities at the Holland Community Building.
Surviving are his parents of Decatur, IL; brothers Roger M. Jones of Melrose Park, IL and Norman D. Jones of Westchester, IL; niece Tracey Lynne Jones of Melrose Park; nephew Lloyd Roger Jones of Melrose Park.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2001 in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City, IL with Rev. Marlin Miller, officiating. Burial was in Hubbartt Cemetery near Beecher City. Memorials can be made to the Holland Community Center.

Marjorie A. Hughes
Pana
Marjorie A. Hughes, 82 , of Pana formerly of Rosamond, died Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 8:00 a.m. in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. 
Mrs. Hughes was born on April 21, 1919 in Barnum, Minnesota, the daughter of Glenn and Zela Faye Fetters Denton. She married Marion F. Hughes on November 1, 1941 in Barnum. 
Mrs. Hughes worked for a period of years at Huber Memorial Hospital and was also a housewife and mother. She came to Rosamond as a bride and lived the rest of her life in this area. She attended Rosamond Community Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Helping Hands Club in Rosamond. 
She is survived by her children, Marion L. Hughes and wife Gina of Taylorville; Bonnie Barger and husband Rolland of Champaign; Carol Ritchey and husband Darrel of Alturas, Florida; Thomas G. Hughes and wife Shirley, Pana; Shirley Fouts and husband Jerry, Forsyth; Michael Hughes, Killeen, TX; Marsha Hayes and husband Kenneth, Oconee; Iris Virden and husband Dennis, Ramsey; 29 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; sister Marilyn Urback, Sumner, Washington; brothers Gordon Denton, Cloquet, Minnesota; and Donald Denton, Barnum, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and two brothers, Rollie and Kenneth Denton.
Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2001 in McCracken -Dean Funeral Home, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Houston Jackson of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Rosamond Grove Cemetery, Rosamond.

Adam Tyler Gilbert
Moweaqua
Adam Tyler Gilbert, 6, of Moweaqua, died at 5:23 p.m. on Friday, August 17, 2001 in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21 in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua with visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua. Memorials may be made to Moweaqua Ambulance Service and Gregory Elementary School.
Adam was born in Decatur, IL on March 2, 1995, the son of Ralph and Diana Martin Gilbert. He was a student at Gregory Elementary School where he would be entering the First Grade.
Adam is survived by his parents, his brother Randy and sister Pamela at home and his grandparents James and Barbara Epps, Findlay; Ron and Jan McGregor, Pana; Charles and Debbie Martin, Stoney Creek, North Carolina; great grandmothers Mabel Wenke, Wichita, Kansas and Louis Brown, Osyka, Mississippi.

Harry W. Bauer
Pana
Harry Willard Bauer, 70, of Pana died Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 1:55 a.m. in Heritage Manor, Pana.
Mr. Bauer was born on December 26, 1930, in Ohlman, IL, the son of William Olin and Lena Beulah Hayden Bauer, both deceased. He graduated from Rosamond High School . He retired from Caterpillar in 1987 and also was a farmer, living his entire life in Ohlman and Pana except for when he was in the Air Force During the Korean War and stationed in Casablanca. He married Joan Lesko in 1952. 
Mr. Bauer is survived by his children, Richard W. Bauer of Vandalia; Mary Elizabeth Laskowski and husband Robert, Decatur; Janet Streight and husband Dennis of Clinton; five grandchildren: Amy Huckstep, Amanda Salmons, Elizabeth Streight, Andrew Streight and Sam Worley and one great-grandchild, Julia Salmons. Two brothers, Dale Bauer of Pana and Dwight Bauer of Ohlman also survive. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Worley, on June 10, 1998.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 22, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with Rick Miles, Pastor of South Fork United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Rosemond Grove Cemetery, Rosemond. Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Heritage Guild, Pana. 

Menard King Weers
Moweaqua
Menard King Weers, 85, of Moweaqua died at 5:03 p.m., Friday, August 17, 2001 in Carle Clinic, Champaign, IL. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, with Mark Weber, officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, August 20. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Moweaqua, with full military honors by American Legion Post, #370, Moweaqua. Memorials may be made to the Moweaqua Ambulance EMTs.
Mr. Weers was born in Rosamond, IL, March 3, 1916, the son of George Menard and Ocie Zelda King Weers. He worked at Mississippi Valley Steel in Decatur for 25 years and was a part-time farmer, member of Moweaqua First Christian Church, and a World War II Army veteran where he served in Iran. 
He married Vada Louise Tolly on October 6, 1941 in Palmyra, MO and she preceded him in death on July 12, 1999. 
Surviving are son Randy and wife Norma Weers, Springfield; brother George M. and wife Jean of Bettendorf, Iowa; sister Gertrude Ann Rozenberger, Pana; dear friend and companion Carolyn Downs of Moweaqua, five nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brother Chris. 

Margie H. Vance
Shelbyville 
formerly of Decatur
Margie H. Vance, 80, of Shelbyville, IL formerly of Decatur, died at 6:35 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2001 in St. Mary's Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2001 with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.. at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery, Decatur.
Mrs. Vance was born December 23, 1920, the daughter of Herbert J. and Bessie (Eaton) Diller. She was married to Glenn A. Vance, Sr. on October 18, 1938 in St. Louis, MO. Her husband preceded her in death. She loved camping and fishing with her husband and friends.
Mrs. Vance was a loving mother, grandma and great-grandma.
Surviving are her two daughters, Jeanine S. West of Findlay, IL and Linda Bosserman and husband Will of York, SC; grandchildren William West of Springfield, L, Randall West and wife Shari of Illiopolis, IL; Summer (Bosserman) Kolad and husband Joe of Lakeland,FL; great-grandchildren Kristi (West) Lowery and husband Trevor of Decatur, IL; Bryan West of Decatur,IL; and Austin West of Illiopolis, IL. 
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, son Glenn A. Vance, Jr.; son-in-law Bill West and two brothers and two sisters.
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Mary's Hospital 7th Floor and the Physical Therapy Staff for all their compassion, hard work and dedication.

Anna Lois Beyers Meachum
Taylorville
Anna Lois Beyers Meachum, 81, of Taylorville died Monday, August 20, 2001 at 2:17 p.m. in St. Vincent's Hospital in Taylorville.
Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. Funeral services will be Friday, August 24, 2001 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Pana at 10 a.m. with Rev. Don J. Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana. 
Mrs. Meachum was born March 7, 1920 in Assumption, the daughter of Charles Wesley and Nina Howe Stickel. She married Frank E. Beyers, Jr. on September 4, 1943 and he died on November 22, 1972. She married Daniel W. Meachum on April 16, 1982 and he survives.
Mrs. Meachum lived in Assumption, Palmer, Pana and the Taylorville area. She was a graduate of Assumption High School, and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Pana, St. Patrick's Ladies Society; St. Mary's Circle; and VFW Post #4431 Auxiliary, Pana. She was a homemaker and also worked at the State of Illinois Driver's Services office where she retired in 1982. 
She is survived by children Mary Gayle Garrison and husband Dr. James S. of Dallas, TX; Charles F. Beyers of Pana; Ed L. Beyers and wife Candy, Olney IL; and Peggy Shrivers, Taylorville. Also, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Sisters, Frances Myers, Assumption; Doris Robinson, Assumption; Betty Jo Wempen, Assumption; and Ruth Cole, Lincoln, IL.
She was preceded in death by her brother Charles Stickel and sister Mary Ellen Greider.
Memorials may be made to the Scholarship for the Deaf or Near Deaf c/o Travelers Protective Association. 

Earl V. Reeder
Beecher City
Earl V. Reeder, 91, of Beecher City, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2001 in the Lynncrest Manor in Effingham. IL.
Mr. Reeder was born September 20, 1909 at Edgewood, IL, the son of Merrill Clark and Myrtle Mae Hackney Reeder.
He married Juanita Lucile Hubbartt December 26, 1931 and she passed away January 15, 1987. He married Miriam E. McNeely Wilhour January 2, 1988 in Cowden, IL.
Mr. Reeder was a life long farmer and was dedicated to public service for 40 years. He became County Assessor in 1941 and retired as Supervisor of Holland Township on September 9, 1982. He served on the Shelby County Board of Review in 1961 and 1972. He was a Democrat Precinct Committeeman from 1963 to 1982. He was an avid sportsman and was a member of the First Christian Church of Cowden, IL. 
Surviving are wife Miriam of Beecher City; daughters: Betty Ann Clark and husband Max of Beecher City, IL and Carol Young and husband Larry of Shumway, IL; step-sons John Wilhour and wife Shirley of Owaneco, IL; David Wilhour and wife Jackie of Decatur, IL and Paul Wilhour and wife Maggie of Louisville, KY; six grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; twelve step-greatgrandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita Lucile; son William Merrill (Billy) Reeder; step-grandson Jim Wilhour, two sisters Cleta and Alma; seven brothers: Carl, Gaylord, Glenn, Otis, Edward, Bill, Roy and Loren. 
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2001 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City. Rev. Darrell Hinkle will officiate assisted by Rev. Dennis Warner. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hubbartt Cemetery near Beecher City. Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church of Cowden.

Evelyn Welch Charles
Shelbyville
Evelyn Welch Charles, 72, of Shelbyville, formerly of Martinsville, died at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at Shelby Memorial Hospital. 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, in the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville with Rev. Mark Doane officiating. Visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the Greenwell Funeral Home, 30 N. Washington Street, Martinsville. Burial will be in Marshall Cemetery, Marshall. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville or the American Cancer Society. Local arrangements by Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
Mrs. Charles was born on April 13, 1929 in Auburn, IN, the daughter of Earl and Mildred Kepler Deter. She was retired from 20 years as a Home Economics Teacher at the Martinsville High School. She was a member of the Martinsville First United Methodist Church and the Illinois Retired Teacher Association. She married Arthur Welch, who preceded her in death. Her second husband, Robert Charles, died March 27, 1985.
Surviving are her son, Steve Welch and wife Alissa of Shelbyville; daughter Karen Venz and husband Curtis of Beardstown; step-sons, Robert Charles, Jr. of Boulder CO and Joe Charles of Barrington Heights; brother Keith Deter of Bradenton, FL; sister Beverly Holse of Ashley, IN; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Evelyn S. Walker
Formerly of Decatur
Evelyn Marguerite Rasmussen Starkey Walker, 92, of Elkhart, Indiana, formerly of Decatur, Illinois, died at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2001 in Elkhart, Indiana.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2001 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Jeff Grote officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Mrs. Walker was born on July 5, 1909 in Grand Island, Nebraska, the daughter of Dr. Harvey Lee and Dorcas Starkey. She attended Blackburn College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and also a Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign.
Over her extended professional career, she served as librarian and teacher at Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois, Northern Montana in Havre, Montana, Decatur High School, Decatur Public Library, Niantic High School and retired from Macon High School in June of 1974. She married Harry Dale Walker in 1941 and traveled with him through his assignments as a military officer in the United States Army during the Second World War.
After Dale's war service, she and Dale lived in Decatur until his death on February 20, 1996. She remained in Decatur until July 1996 and then moved to be near her daughter in Elkhart, Indiana. Her community activities included service as a Red Cross Volunteer, a tutor in Project Read and as a volunteer with the Job Corps in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
After she moved to Elkhart, she joined the YMCA Senior Citizens group and won an award from the Elkhart Mayor for her community service. She was also a member of several bridge clubs in Decatur and Elkhart.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jane Walker Morrison, husband Daniel of Elkhart, Indiana; son Wallace Earl Walker and wife Susan of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Douglas Todd Morrison, Jennifer Elizabeth Morrison, Lee Edward Morrison, Blake Benjamin Morrison, Allen Dale Walker, and Kathryn Margaret Walker; and sister-in-law, Gertie Walker of Shelbyville.
Evelyn Starkey Walker was a consummate mother and grandmother whose selflessness, love and concern helped her family and her friends prosper. In addition, she was an intelligent and well-educated professional, she served others with concern, compassion and excellence. Her family and friends will miss her profoundly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Irvin, John and William and sisters, Verna and Florence.


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