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Mary Smith
Decatur
(Formerly of Shelbyville)
Mary R. Smith, 82, of Decatur, formerly of Quincy and Shelbyville passed away at 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2001 in Imboden Living Center in Decatur.
Mrs. Smith was born on August 5, 1919 in Niantic, Illinois, the daughter of John and Mary Connaghan Hagen.
Mary owned and operated a beauty shop in Shelbyville for over 25 years. After moving to Quincy in 1972, Mary continued to operate a shop at Sunset Home. Mary moved back to Shelbyville after the death of her husband. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Shelbyville.
She married Melvin Smith on February 13, 1946 in Niantic and he passed away on December 22, 1983.
Surviving are her daughters, Pam Blickem and husband Ron of Sycamore, Illinois and Paula Boys and husband Bill of Decatur; grandchildren: Jill Lathrop and husband Ric of Oshkosh, WI; Emily Blicken of DeKalb, IL, John Blickem of DeKalb, Sarah Boys of Decatur and Laura Blicken of Sycamore; great grandchildren: Samuel and Nathaniel Lathrop of Oshkosh, WI; one sister Hilda Blankinship and husband Bob of Dallas, Texas; one brother James Hagen of Dallas, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Marjorie Graves and two brothers John Hagen and an infant brother.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 3, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Shelbyville. Father John Sohm will officiate. Visitation will be at 11:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Arrangements are by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.
Memorials can be made to Pathways to Independence, 2715 N. 27th St. in Decatur, Central Illinois Special Olympics 2044 Walnut Grove Ave. Decatur or to the National Hemophilia Foundation, Campaign for a Cure, New York City.
Her family would like to thank her extended family at Imboden Living Center and Dr. Marlon Muenes for their wonderful care and friendship.

Mary Louise Declerck
Moweaqua
Mary Louise Declerck, 76, of Moweaqua went to her eternal home at 8:25 PM on December 1, 2001 in St. Mary's Hospital.
Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday in the St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church with Fr. Alan Hunter officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday in Seitz Funeral Home in Moweaqua. Wake service will be at 8 PM on Tuesday.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Assumption.
Memorials may be made to St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church.
Mrs. Declerck was born on February 23, 1925 in Moweaqua, the daughter of John and Susan Smorado Herich.
She was a member of the St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society of the Church.
She married Phillip Declerck on October 28, 1949 in Macon, Illinois.
Surviving are her husband, her daughters, Diane and husband Paul Workman of Cerro Gordo and Mary Jo Robinson of Moweaqua. Also surviving are her grandchildren Dr. Aaron and wife Darlene Workman of Murphysboro, Amy and husband James Malone of Mt. Zion, Matthew Workman of Cerro Gordo.
Her brother Joseph Herich and wife Frances of Overland, MO also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John.
Mary had a great love of animals and nature. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.

Clarence "Ray" Steele
Rowlett
Clarence Raymond "Ray" Steele, 58, of Rowlett, a loving husband and father, passed away on November 29, 2001. He was born on May 6, 1943 in Windsor to Joseph and Sadie (Leiby) Steele. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam.
Mr. Steele is survived by his wife, Darlene Steele; children Rhonda Sue Medina and husband Abel of Franklin, WI; James Richard Moore and wife Judy of Pueblo, CO; Daniel Everett Moore and wife Cheryl of Rowlett; Teresa Lynn Lancaster and husband Chris of Paris, Texas and Vincent Samuel Moore and wife Abby of Quinlan, Texas; mother Sadie Ellis Steele of Pana; grandchildren, Johnell Rae Arnett of Paris, Stevie Nicole Moore of Rowlett, Lindsay Rene Thoms and husband Bryan of San Diego, CA; Dillon Everett Moore of Rowlett, brothers and sister; William Oliver Steele of Pensacola, FL; Thomas Wayne Steele of Decatur; Patsy Mae Roberts of Pana; step-grandchildren: Doug, Greg, Geoffrey, David and Kala and numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Oliver Steele, two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Sunday, December 2 at the Rest Haven Funeral Home Rowlett Chapel, with Dr. Aubrey Patterson officiating. Interment was in Rest Haven Memorial Park of Rockwall. The family received visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home.

Wayne Ponting Lowe
Moweaqua
Wayne Ponting Lowe, 74, of Moweaqua died at 3:55 AM on December 2, 2001 in St. Mary's Hospital. 
Services will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday in the Seitz Funeral Home in Moweaqua with Pastor Betty Mahaffey officiating with visitation from 5 to 8 PM on Monday evening.
Burial will be in Westside Cemetery with Full Military Honors by Moweaqua American Legion Post #370.
Memorials may be made to the Moweaqua North Park or Moweaqua Peace Meals.
Mr. Lowe was born in Moweaqua on February 2, 1927 the son of Wayne and Lois Adams Lowe.
He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church in Moweaqua and the Moweaqua Masonic Lodge, the Springfield Consistory, Ansar Shrine in Springfield, American Legion Post 370, the Macon Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. 
He was a Veteran of World War II serving in the Navy. He was the former owner of the L & W Food Mart in Moweaqua for 28 years, he later retired from St. Mary's Hospital Security.
He married Evelyn 'Boots' Lowe in Moweaqua on July 4, 1948.
Surviving are his wife, his daughter Louise 'Pug' Lowe of Moweaqua, granddaughter Angela Althoff of Winter Park, Florida and his sister Sherry and husband John Wempen of Moweaqua.
He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Shirley Ann Brown
Cowden
Shirley Ann Brown, 71 of Cowden, IL, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2001 in the Shelbyville Manor.
Mrs. Brown was born July 28, 1930 in Cuba, IL the daughter of Harry and Lorraine Conrad Hagaman.
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Cowden, IL. Formerly, she was employed by Tryco Manufacturing and Standolind Credit Union.
She married Herman Lyle "Babe" Brown June 3, 1950 in Shelbyville and he passed away November 15, 1988.
Surviving are sons Douglas A. Brown and wife Maribeth of Cowden, IL and Terry Brown and wife Mickey of Decatur, IL; grandchildren, Monica Courtright and husband Troy, Megan Brown and Tyler Brown; great grandchildren, Zachary Courtright, Trenton Courtright and Eli Courtright; sisters, Donna Lyngstad of Bakersfield, Calif., Joyce Wall of Cowden, Phyllis Wheeler of Normal, IL, Peggy Utsinger of Canton, IL, and Sandra Bowen of Baring, MO; brothers, Harry Steck of Canton, IL and Larry Steck of Frankfort, IL; sister in law, Helen Steck, Lewistown, IL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Hazel, brother Gary and brother in law Junior Wall.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2001 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Cowden. Rev. Darrell Hinkle will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Cowden. Memorials can be made to the Cowden First Responders.

Enrique "Henry" Castro
Neoga
Enrique "Henry" Castro, 89, of Neoga died at 1:05 AM on Tuesday, December 4, 2001 in the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.
Services will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday December 6 at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Neoga with Father Robert DeGrand and Sr. Pat Thies officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday with the Rosary at 7:00 in the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga.
Mr. Castro was born on June 20, 1912 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, the son of Bibiano and Lucia (Marquez) Castro.
He married Isabel Velazquez on April 11, 1942 in New York City, she passed away on November 27, 1997.
He is survived by his son Henry Castro and wife Jo Ann of Andover, New Jersey; daughters Elizabeth Dreslik and husband Michael of Neoga; Martha Diamond and husband Robert of Torrington Conn.; Digna M. Castro of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico; his brothers Francisco Castro of Las Piedras Puerto Rico; Jesus Castro of Cerritos, California; Bibiano Castro of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico and his sister Carmen Castro of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.
His six grandchildren, Christopher Castro, Michael Dreslik, Jason Dreslik, Elisa Diamond, Kristina Diamond and Julie Diamond as well as several great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and three sisters.
Mr. Castro was a retired barber. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a member of the St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Neoga.
Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village and the St. Mary of The Assumption Church both in Neoga.

Audrey Roessler 
Shelbyville
Audrey Roessler, 66, of Shelbyville, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2001 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Funeral sevices will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. John P. Schmeling officiating. Visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church, Shelbyville.
Mrs. Roessler was born on April 13, 1935 in Morrisonville, the daughter of Clarence L. and Lola M. Hagan Gatton. She worked at Prosser's Gravel Pit in Shelbyville for many years before retiring. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Shelbyville. She married Clyde Robert Fleming on Feb. 28, 1953 in Shelbyville. He died on October 25, 1975. She married Jack E. Roessler on April 9, 1978.
Surviving are her husband, Jack; sons, Robert Fleming and friend Michelle Graham of Shelbyville, Rick Roessler and wife Kathy of Shelbyville and John Roessler and wife Laura of Grand Ledge, MI; daughters, Brenda Martin and husband Doug of Shelbyville, Lorrie Fleming of Evansville, IN, Janet Voyles of Windsor and Connie Vicich and husband Jeff of Pana; brother, Clarence Gatton and wife Karen of Springfield; sisters, Shirley Griffith, Ruth Gebhardt and husband Robert and Marie Wood and husband Gene all of Springfield and Lois Nass and husband Ken of Collerville, TN; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and lots of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and first husband, Robert Fleming.

Kenneth E. Rueff
Shelbyville
Kenneth Edward Rueff, 87, of Shelbyville, died at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2001 in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Tom Compton and Rev. Ron Tucker officiating. Visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to Gideons International or Donor's Choice.
Mr. Rueff was born on January 30, 1914 in Vandalia, the son of Ezra and Geneva Causey Rueff. He graduated from Tower Hill High School in the Class of 1931. He was retired from the U.S. Soil and Water Conservation Services in Shelbyville and was a seed corn dealer for Funks for 40 years. He was affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of Shelbyville, a 4-H leader for many years and an avid gardener. He married Mildred Furr on June 26, 1937 and she died on March 20, 1978. He then married Hazel Eversole McDonald on June 26, 1979.
Surviving are his wife Hazel; sons, Leroy Rueff and wife Susie of Bradley and Jim McDonald and wife Jackie of Shelbyville; daughters, Linda Glick and husband Lynn of Shelbyville, Kathy Reeves and husband Roger of Hillsboro and Ginny Kater and husband David of Quincy; brothers, Frank Rueff and wife Brenda and Bob Rueff and wife Gladys all of Crystal Lake and Paul Rueff and wife Margie of Marengo; sisters, Mary O'Kelley of Cowden and Reba Price of Kenosha, WI; sister in law, Doris Rueff of Delavan, Wisconsin; six grandchildren, Lance and Lane Glick, Andy Rueff, Sarah Wiedner, Jill Winslow and Jeff McDonald; and eleven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John Rueff. 

Mildred M. Miles
Pana
Mildred M. Miles, 86, of Pana died on Tuesday December 4, 2001 at 3:40 a.m. in Heritage Manor of Pana.
She was born on December 13, 1914 in Christian County in rural Pana to Otto and Effie Driskel Wienke.
She was a member of the St. John's United Church of Christ, a Member of the Order Eastern Star Arcana Chapter; St. John's Women's Guild. She was a homemaker who lived her entire life in Pana.
Mrs. Miles married J. Robert Miles on July 22, 1937, he preceded her in death on September 16, 1986.
She is survived by her daughter Marcia Weiland and husband Don of Kirkwood, MO, son Rodney Miles and wife Shirley of Pana.
Eight grandchildren; Keith Miles, Jeff Miles, Tom Miles, Kathy Smart, Sharon Brown, Kevin Weiland, Brian Weiland and Kristen Weiland also survive.
Four great grandchildren, Patricia Miles, Melinda Holmes, Morgan Brown and Kyle Smart, and two sisters, Evelyn Cloninger and Ethel Halleman both of Pana survive.
She was preceded in death by her son Kenneth Robert Miles on February 23, 1994; grandson, David Miles; sisters Marian Nantkes and LaVonne Wieneke.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM in the McCracken Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 8, 2001 in McCracken Dean Funeral Home at 11:00 with Reverend Jeffrey T. Moore officiating.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Nokomis.
Memorials may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ or American Heart Association.

Sheila Vail
Shelbyville
Sheila Joyce Phelps Vail, 53, of Shelbyville died at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2001.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Gary Crowder officiating. Visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the family.
Sheila was born on April 13, 1948 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Cecil H. and Pauline Cutler Phelps. She was a graduate of Shelbyville High School Class of 1966.
Survivors include her son, Kenneth Vail of Shelbyville; mother Pauline Phelps of Shelbyville; brother Phillip Phelps and wife Kathy of Valler; sister Carol Phelps of Shelbyville; half brother, Harold Phelps of Scottsdale, AZ; and half sister, Deloris Sefton of Mesa, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Phelps; and son, Kevin L. Vail.

Benjamin Dilley
Shelbyville
Benjamin Franklin Dilley, 75, of Shelbyville died at 4:51 a.m. on Wednesday December 5, 2001 at the Pana Community Hospital.
He was born on December 8, 1925 in Christian County, the son of John and Estella Sanford Dilley and was an avid fisherman.
Surviving are brother, Dale of Shelbyville, Gene of Henton, John of Billings, MT, George and Woodrow both of Olney and Jesse of Pana; sisters Shirley Jones and Alverta Brown both of Pana and Letha Thomas of Lacey Springs, AL; 21 nephews and 15 nieces and special friend Gail Plunkett of Findlay.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 sisters and 3 brothers.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Henton Cemetery with Rev. Ronald Brown officiating.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville. 

Robert G. Hopper
Beecher City
Robert G. Hopper, 63, of Beecher City passed away on Thursday December 6, 2001. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City. 

Enrique "Henry" Castro
Neoga
Enrique "Henry" Castro, 89, of Neoga died at 1:05 AM on Tuesday, December 4, 2001 in the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.
Services were held at 11:00 AM on Thursday December 6 at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Neoga with Father Robert DeGrand and Sr. Pat Thies officiated.
Visitation were from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday with the Rosary at 7:00 in the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga.
Mr. Castro was born on June 20, 1912 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, the son of Bibiano and Lucia (Marquez) Castro.
He married Isabel Velazquez on April 11, 1942 in New York City, she passed away on November 27, 1997.
He is survived by his son Henry Castro and wife Jo Ann of Andover, New Jersey; daughters Elizabeth Dreslik and husband Michael of Neoga; Martha Diamond and husband Robert of Torrington Conn.; Digna M. Castro of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico; his brothers Francisco Castro of Las Piedras Puerto Rico; Jesus Castro of Cerritos, California; Bibiano Castro of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico and his sister Carmen Castro of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.
His six grandchildren, Christopher Castro, Michael Dreslik, Jason Dreslik, Elisa Diamond, Kristina Diamond and Julie Diamond as well as several great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and three sisters.
Mr. Castro was a retired barber. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a member of the St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Neoga.
Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village and the St. Mary of The Assumption Church both in Neoga.

Clifton Day
Jupiter, Florida
(Formerly of Decatur)
Clifton "Skip" Day, 41, of Jupiter, Florida passed away on Friday, December 7, 2001 in his residence.
He was born on October 27, 1960 in Decatur, the son of Clifton A. and Mary F. (Oary) Day. He graduated from Cowden-Herrick High School, class of 1978. He has been a resident of Florida for 20 years and was employed as a manager of a condominium in Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach, Florida.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 PM on Monday, December 10th in the Aycock Funeral Home in Jupiter, Florida. The Rev. Wayne Padgett of Crossroads Baptist Church of West Palm Beach Florida officiating. An inurnment service will be announced for a later date in Myers Cemetery in Herrick, Illinois.
Local services by the Wallace-Carroll Funeral Home in Herrick.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Day of Jupiter, Florida; daughter, Susan Gonzalez of West Palm Beach Florida; brother Tim Day and wife Shelly of Beecher City; brother Jim Day and wife Connie of Herrick; half sisters Sheryl Swearingen of Decatur, Jeannie May of Decatur, Patty Kaiser of Vandalia, Sue Kirgan of Bicknell Indiana, Debbie Lingafelter of Lovington; half brothers Chuck Day of Indianapolis Indiana, Larry Kirgan of Desoto; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

John W. Lowe
Shelbyville, Illinois
John Wesley 'Dub' Lowe, 71, of Shelbyville, died at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2001 in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville with Rev. David Middleton officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services, Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to American Diabetes Association.
Mr. Lowe was born on August 9, 1930 in Shelbyville, the son of Elmer D. and Rena L. Hagan Lowe. He was a graduate of Shelbyille High School, Class of 1949. He worked for Blaw-Knox Construction Equipment Company, Mattoon, Shelby Memorial Hospital and later retired from Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville.
Surviving are his brother, Leon Lowe and wife Mary Ann of Shelbyville; nephews, Charles Lowe of Shelbyville and Matthew Lowe of Dawsonville, Georgia; and nieces, Anne Estelle Shull of Holiday Shores and Mary Elizabeth Lowe of Jackson, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mary Hendrickson
St. Elmo
Mary Louise (Carroll) Hendrickson, 76, of St. Elmo died on Monday December 10, 2001 at 8:41 p.m. in the Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be on Friday at 2:00 PM. in the Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo.
Visitation will be from Noon until service time on Friday.
The funeral home is located at 323 North Olive Street, St. Elmo 62458.
Burial will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo.
Memorials may be made to the St. Elmo Park District or to the donors choice.
Mary Louise Hendrickson was born in Evansville, Indiana on September 23, 1925 the daughter of Thomas David and Macel (Cates) Carroll Sr.
She was employed by the Dixie Truck in Effingham until her retirement. She worked a number of years for the Stuckey's Carriage Inn as a cook.
She married Harold Overton Hendrickson in the First Baptist Church in St. Elmo on November 11, 1945, he preceded her in death on September 7, 1983.
Surviving are three sons, Jerry "Bud" and his wife Kathy Hendrickson of Edwardsville, IL; Charles and his wife Denise Hendrickson of Shelbyville, Rick Lee Hendrickson of St. Elmo; three daughters, Brenda Sue and husband Michael Werner, Dorothy "Dot" and husband Frank Cameron both of Shelbyville and Mary Beth and husband George Rollins of Sullivan. Two brothers, Carl and his wife Luella Carroll of Findlay and Orville Ray and his wife Marcella Carroll of Manito, IL. Fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers; George Richard Carroll, Sherrell "Sonny" Carroll and Thomas David Jr. and his wife Iva Carroll, one sister Hazel B. and her husband Oscar Schuster.

Larry J. Beck
Beecher City
Larry J. Beck 92 of Beecher City died at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday December 11, 2001 at his residence. 
He was born July 9, 1909 in Fayette County, Herrick, Illinois the son of Lawrence and Molly Nowlin Beck.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City with Masonic rites at 8:00 p.m. Burial in Buchanan Cemetery in Herrrick. 
He was a member of the Beecher City Church of Christ and a 57 year member of the Clover Leaf Masonic Lodge #990 in Herrrick, IL. He was retired from the Loudon Pipeline Co..
He married Luella Bolt, July 2, 1934 and she died Jan. 11,1942. He married Lydia Childress Jan. 3, 1947 in Vandalia.
Surviving is his wife, Lydia; daughters, Bonnie Doty and husband, Robert, and Leila Wills and husband, Mike both of Beecher City, and Shelby Strickland and husband, Carl of Decatur; sons Richard and wife, Janet of Decatur, Mike and wife Jan of Jacksonville,FL. Ronald of Effingham, Dennis and wife, Wanda of Beecher City and Roger and wife, Rachel of Mt.Vernon; 15 grandchildren, 2 step granddaughters, 11 great grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Hessie, Lonnie, Benton and Pearl; sisters, Janie Cokenower, Madge Miller and Etta Horsman and step-grandson, Kameron.
Memorials: Lincolnland Hospice 5837 West Park Drive Suite 4 Charleston, IL

Mary Ellen Gordon
Shelbyville
Mary Ellen Gordon, 81, of Shelbyville passed away at 2:40 A.M. on Wednesday December 12, 2001 in Sunbridge Care and Convalescent Center in Effingham.
Mrs. Gordon was born Jan. 15, 1920 in Shelbyville the daughter of Homer and Rose Munson Pound.
She was a 50 year member of the Roy Vanderpool American Legion Post #81 Women's Auxiliary of Shelbyville and the First Christian Church of Shelbyville. She was formerly a telephone operator with the Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co.
She married Alva H. Gordon January 18, 1940 in St. Charles, MO and he passed away on November 4, 1975.
Surviving are one daughter Fiala Sands and friend Bill of Stewardson; grandsons Tracy Devore and friend Carla Gibson of Shumway and Tony Devore and friend Tina of Altamont two great grandsons Codey Devore and Corey Devore.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alva, her parents, grandson Rusty Devore and half sister Edith Yakey.
Graveside services will be held a 2:00 PM on Friday December 14, 2001 in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Dr. Paul Pryor will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until service time on Friday in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

Michael Smith
Windsor
Michael Charles Smith, 48, of Windsor died at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday December 12, 2001 in the Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the First Christian Church in Windsor. 
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.
Burial will be in Windsor Cemetery.
He was born on November 2, 1953 in Decatur the son of Thomas Earl and Wilma May Hale Smith. He was a 1971 graduate of MacArthur High School in Decatur. He was affiliated with the Windsor Christian Church and was a machinist with AMPAD in Mattoon.
He married Karen King November 20, 1975.
Surviving is his wife, Karen; son, Anthony Michael Smith of Mattoon; daughters Mary Ruth Smith of Tucson, AZ, Kaitlin Sue Smith and Jessica Jo Smith both of Windsor, mother Wilma of Decatur; brothers, Richard Smith and wife Carol of Earlville; sister Nancy Ruth Mizell of Decatur; ten nieces and nephews, one great niece; friends Larry and Betsy Burgess and David and Theresa Purcell.
He was preceded in death by his father. Memorials may be made to the family.

Grace Finley
Windsor
Grace Irene Finley, 86, of Windsor died at 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday December 12, 2001 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
She was born on December 19, 1914 in Richview, Illinois, the daughter of Henry Fredrick and Nellie Grace Thompson Krietemeier.
She was a member of the Gays Christian Church.
She married Roy Finley on January 2, 1932 in Nashville, Illinois. He died April 7, 1970.
Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Krile and husband Melvin and Janean Carter and husband, Lawrence both of Windsor; son, Jerry Finley and wife Phyllis of Gays. Nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor with Al Krietemeier officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Burial in Branchside Cemetery in Gays.
Memorials may be made to Branchside Cemetery, Windsor Methodist Church or the donor's choice.

Nancy Ketten
Greenville
Nancy L. Ketten, 52, of Greenville died on December 12, 2001 at Barnes-Jewish Medical Center, St. Louis, MO.
Services will be on Saturday December 15, 2001 at 10 a.m. in the Greenville First Christian Church with Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating.
Interment in Mound Cemetery, Cowden.
Visitation is Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.
She was born on November 1, 1949 in Cowden, the daughter of Forrest and Marie (Beck) Banning.
She married Jerry L. Tomes on April 18, 1970 in Cowden, he died on December 23, 1996. She then married Jerry Ketten on December 5, 1998 in Greenville and he survives.
Mrs. Ketten grew up in Cowden, attended Cowden Schools and graduated from Cowden High School. She attended Lakeland Junior College in Mattoon, Illinois. She moved to Greenville in 1975. She had been employed at the Bond County Sheriff's Department and had last worked at Bass-Mollett Publishers in Greenville. She was a member of the Greenville First Christian Church. She belonged to the Tuesday Nite Ladies Bowling League and was also a member of the Country Echoes.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Ketten of Greenville; mother Marie Banning of Cowden; step daughter Mrs. Mike (Joanne) Suess of Greenville; step-son Jeff Ketten of Greenville; brother, Mr. LeRoy "Shorty" Bates of Oswego, Illinois; brother, Mr., Ralph Bates of Champaign; sister Rosemary Tull of Shelbyville; sister; Mrs. Don (Betty) Miller of Effingham; sister Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Meek of Cowden, she is also survived by three step grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and brother Gene Bates.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Glenn Wright
Mattoon
Glenn L. Wright, 78, of Mattoon died at 7:26 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles Co.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with Rev. Steve Shepherd of Mattoon officiating.
Burial will be in Neoga Memorial Cemetery with V.F.W. Post #4325 of Mattoon.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2001 in the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga.
Mr. Wright was born on October 5, 1923 in Coles County, the son of Walter F. and Erma J. (Montz) Wright.
He married Louise F. Tillman on June 5, 1943 in Columbia, South Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Tillman of Mattoon; son Leonard Wright and wife Shirley of Mattoon; brother Hollis Wright of Buda, Illinois; sisters Mrs. Nora Lindley of Neoga; Mrs. Donald (Patricia) Beals of Neoga; Miss Shirley Wright of Neoga; grandchildren, DeAnn Schoenaman, Debbie Williams, Jason Wright and Richie Smyser.
Eleven great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
He was a retired electrician at General Electric Company in Mattoon.
He was a W.W. II Veteran and Prisoner of War in the United States Army.
He was a member of the Mattoon Christian Church, the Eagles Club in Mattoon, the American Legion Post and V.F.W. Post #4325 of Mattoon.
Memorials may be made to Mattoon Christian Church. 

Don McElroy
Auburn
Don R. McElroy, 62, of Auburn, died on Wednesday December 12, 2001 at his residence.
He was born September 15, 1939 at Holliday, Illinois, the son of Paul J. and Jessie M. Randall McElroy. He married Joyce Tucker on March 29, 1957 and married Theresa M. Conover on March 19, 1983.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa; six daughters, Debra and husband Mike Reed of Beecher City; Pamela and husband Eddy Watson of Cowden; Amy and husband Evan Schaefer of Beecher City; Stephanie McElroy of Beecher City; Annalisa Ladage of Auburn; Jaclyn McElroy of Auburn; one son Jared McElroy of Auburn, six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; one sister, Sandy and husband Dean Giles of Beecher City; two brothers, Butch McElroy of Cowden and Keith and wife Nancy Switzer of Cowden; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by two brothers and one grandson.
Visitation will be at Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Cowden.
Friends will call from 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, December 15 until service time at 2:30 PM with Rev. Marlin Miller officiating. Burial in Mound Cemetery in Cowden.

Charles Skates
Pana
Charles W. Skates, 88, of Pana, died on December 10, 2001 at 2:36 p.m. in Heritage Manor in Pana. 
He was born on April 4, 1913 in Pana, the son of Harvey and Mary King Skates.
He was a wholesaler for Illinois Roses and lived in Pana for the past 20 years.
He married Genevieve Barnett Morrison, she preceded him in death on January 23, 1998.
He is survived by his children, James R. Skates of Lockport, Illinois and Beverly Boyd of Petersburg, Virginia. Seven grandchildren; Mona, JoAnne, Bill, Brenda, Yvonne, Bernie and Becky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister and two brothers.
Visitation will be on Saturday December 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Memorials services will be on Saturday December 22, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m.
Inurnment will be in Linwood Cemetery in Pana.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Vernon Thompson
Effingham
Vernon F. Thompson, 90, of Effingham, died at 11:33 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 in the St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. on Sunday December 16, at The First Christian Church in Effingham.
Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery in Effingham.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham and one hour before services at the church.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church and the Shiners Children's Hospitals.
He was born on May 22, 1911 in Melrose Park, Illinois, the son of Julian and Ruby (Brown) Thompson.
He married Bette V. Burk in 1939. She died on October 23, 1994.
He was a retired professional truck driver and owner and operator of Thompson Locksmith Shop.
He was a member of the First Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge #149, Scottish Rite Bodies of Danville, Ainad Shrine Temple of East St. Louis, Effingham Heart Shrine Club, VFW and American Legion both of Effingham and a long time member of the National Trail Amateur Radio club, Effingham Order of Eastern Star. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army of W.W. II.
He is survived by his son Stephen B. and wife Kathleen of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Stacy (Thompson) O'Dea and husband Dan of Louisville, KY; Jill Thompson and future husband Todd Solon of Chicago and one great granddaughter, Madalyn O'Dea of Louisville, KY.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one daughter and one brother.


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