Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2000

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George Hopper
WEST UNION - George A. Hopper, 71, of rural West Union, died Sunday (Oct. 29, 2000) at 1:40 a.m. at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel, West Union, with Pastor Don Russell officiating. Burial will be in York Cemetery, southeast of West Union. Visitation is after 4 p.m. Tuesday and before services on Wednesday.He was born July 18, 1929, in Sullivan County, Ind., the son of John Hopper and Tressie Brown Hopper. He married Mary Frances Crow in 1948; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, John A. Hopper and Brock A. Hopper, both of rural West Union; three daughters, Judy Crumrin of rural West Union, Pam Ogle of West York and Mary Ann Hastings of Marshall; one sister, Pauline Bledsoe of Sullivan, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters and one half sister.Mr. Hopper retired as an iron worker. He was a member of Ironworkers Local 439 in Terre Haute, Ind.; York Lodge 313 AF & AM in West Union; and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Danville. 

Gladys Nash
Gladys May McCrory Nash, 88, of Casey and formerly of the Hazel Dell ­ Greenup area, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, at 5:45 p.m. in the St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham, Illinois. Gladys was born May 19, 1912, in Clark County, IL. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 1st, at the Markwell Funeral Home in Casey with Rev. Rick Emrich and Rev. Olen Evans presiding. Burial will be in the Hazel Dell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.Her childhood was in the Annapolis area. She was a telephone operator before she married Stanley Nash on February 20, 1932. She and Stanley reared three children who survive. One son Lyle Nash and his wife Donna of rural Greenup; two daughters Reah Davis and her husband Wayne of Casey; and Janice Carr and her husband John of Park Forest. Other survivors include her brothers, Joe McCrory of West Union, Lee McCrory of Robinson, and Ralph McCrory of Tuscola, and sister, Mary Helen Williams of Covington, Ohio and many nieces and nephews. Seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, whom she loved so dearly, also survive Gladys.Stanley and Gladys farmed near Melrose, Illinois until 1944, when they moved northwest of Hazel Dell where they farmed and raised dairy cattle. Gladys proudly took on her role as farm wife, mother and citizen of the community. She was a member of the Hazel Dell Church of God where she served in many roles including deaconess and Sunday school teacher. She is fondly remembered for her stories, readings, and songs.Gladys was the third child of Bertie Lee and Amy Jane Cruse McCrory. She was preceded in death by seven siblings and her husband Stanley who passed away on August 14, 1977. In October 1999, Gladys left her rural home to join the residents of Simple Blessings in Casey.Memorial contributions may be made to the Hazel Dell Church of God, 124 W. Main St. Greenup, IL 62428.

C. Gerald Olson
C. Gerald Olson, 91, of Windsor died at 4:55 a.m. Sunday (October 29, 2000) in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Care Center, Coles, Co., IL Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor, with Rev Terry Morrison officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery.He was born July 28, 1909 in Shelby Co. IL near Windsor, the son of Grant and Ethel Bradley Olson.He was a member of the Ash Grove Christian Church.He owned and operated the Mobil Service Station and tank truck in Windsor for 45 years.He married Doris Stevens Jan. 26, 1935, in Shelbyville. She survives.Also surviving are daughters, Sue Bouck and husband Larry of Windsor and Connie Murphy and husband John of Lake Villa; Son, Nels Olson and wife Deborah of Milan, four grandsons, Mark Bouck and wife Teresa of Sullivan, Rich Murphy and wife Peggy of Winthrop Harbor, Matt Murphy and wife Amy of Des Plaines and Seth Olson of Milan; granddaughter Jane Gregg and husband Sam of College Station, TX; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Elsie Rose Olson that reared Gerald, brother Lloyd, half brother Dwight and half-sister Dorothy Rose.Memorials may be made to the Ash Grove Christian Church or the donor's choice.

G. Carroll Overton
VANDALIA - G. Carroll Overton, 78, of Vandalia, formerly of Mattoon, died 1 a.m. Monday (Oct. 30, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia, with military rites.He was born Sept. 13, 1922, in Mattoon, the son of Glen Overton and Eunice Morgan Overton. He married Emma Jean Massey Smith, in 1983; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, Dennis Overton of Altamont and Darrell Overton of Vandalia; one daughter, Diane Overton of Vandalia; one stepson, Andy Smith of Greenville; two stepdaughters, Kathi Winters of Pottsboro, Texas, and Pam Morton of Dallas; five brothers, Gene, Jerry and Roy Overton, all of Mattoon, Lyle Overton of Charleston and Max Overton of Elkhart, Ind.; one sister, Eileen Hopper of Mattoon; five grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.He was preceded in death by one sister and two wives, Virginia and Lois.Mr. Overton was a retired farmer and owned and operated a grain elevator, and was a former telegrapher/dispatcher for the Illinois Central Railroad. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He was a member of the Vandalia Moose, VFW, and the Vandalia Golf and Country Club.Memorials may be made by the American Cancer Fund, Vandalia Moose and VFW.

Beulah Williams
GIBSON CITY - Beulah Davis Williams, of Gibson City, formerly of Windsor, died Wednesday (Oct. 25, 2000) at the Gibson City Hospital.A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery.

Robert Breedlove
LOVINGTON - Robert (Bob) W. Breedlove, 83, of Lovington, died at 11:35 am. October 29, 2000, in his home with his family.Services will be Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 1:30 pm. in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 pm.-8 pm. in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery, Arcola, IL. with military rites. Memorials: Lovington Ambulance or Lovington Medical Center Fund.Mr. Breedlove was born July 16, 1917, in Oilfield, IL, the son of Lannes and Icif Willis Breedlove. He served in the Army during WW II from 1942 to 1945 as a radar operator/repairman. (Stationed in Italy). He was the owner/operator of the Lovington Lumber Company from 1953 to 1980. He was a charter member of the Lovington Kiwanis Club. He married Eleanor Mae Jones on February 14, 1942, in Arcola. She preceded him in December 1970. He then married Linda Creek on October 2, 1971.He is survived by his wife; Linda of Lovington; sons, Richard (Dick) Breedlove of Lovington, David Breedlove and wife Rosanna of Arthur, David Creek and wife Velma of Cadwell; daughters, Meta Creek of Lovington, Sheila Price and husband Steve of Atwood, Cynthia Wiseley and husband Steve of Mt. Vernon. Four grandchildren; Zack Price, Kristina and Aaron Wiseley, Alicia Creek; Nephews, Wayne Tolen and wife Carolyn of Danville; Gene Tolen and wife Irene of Winterhaven, Ca. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, sister, nephew, and a granddaughter.Bob was a well-known collector and restorer of antique radios.

Jill Brosam
SULLIVAN - Jill DeeRae Brosam, 43, of Sullivan, died at 10:40 am on Saturday, October 28, 2000 at her home.Services will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5pm until 8 pm Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the New Life Tabernacle or the Moultrie County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.Jill was born April 11, 1957 in Mattoon, IL, the daughter of Joe G. and Pat Sowers Huddleston. She was co-owner of Elzy's Flowers and Gifts in Sullivan with her husband John for 22 years, and was a member of the New Life Tabernacle, Sullivan and various flower associations.She married John Michael Brosam September 23, 1978 in Mattoon. He survives along with daughter, Karissa Lyn Brosam at home, her parents, Joe and Pat Huddleston of Mattoon, brothers, Jeff Huddleston and wife Julie of Neoga, Jon Huddleston and friend Cora of Mattoon, a sister, Jan Osborn and husband Ozz (Jim) of Mattoon. Several nieces and nephews and a special friend and employee Shirley Lindley also survive. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Jill was a very special person that will be missed dearly by so many friends and family.

Vivian Ebardt
MATTOON - Vivian M. Ebardt, age 87, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2000 at the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon.The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Reverend EthelMae Champ officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cooks Mill. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.She was born April 24, 1913 in Mattoon, the daughter of Albert and Lenora Herzog Ebardt.Surviving are five sisters, Anna L. "Polly" Miller of Mattoon, Ruth Grimm of Humboldt, Hope Turner of Neoga, Mrs. William (Patricia) Cooney of Indianapolis, Ind., and Mrs. David (Jackie) Daily of Mattoon; and special niece, Mrs. Madonna Hutchinson of Crawfordsville, Ind.She was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.Vivian was a school teacher for the Mattoon Community schools for 46 years before retiring in 1978. She was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Masters Degree in Education. Miss Ebardt was Past President of the Coles County Retired Teacher's Association and the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and former member of the Mattoon Art Club.

Doris Houston
Doris Jean Houston 70, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 1:45 AM Sunday Oct. 29, 2000 in the Rebekah Fellowship Center in Mattoon.Mrs. Houston was born Nov. 25, 1929 in Shelby County the daughter of Edgar and Bessie Andrews Martin.She was a longtime Employee of Reider's Cafe in Shelbyville and Mr. Doughnut in Mattoon. She was a member of the Central Community Church of Mattoon.Besides her family and friends, her two greatest joys were Bingo and "The Chicago Cubs".She married Truman "Toad" Houston in June of 1948 and he preceded her in death on July 23, 1956.Surviving are daughters Janet Gill of Shelbyville and Donna Walker and husband Hal of Sullivan, IL; one son William "Bill" Houston and wife Melissa of Charleston, IL; sisters Mary Ellen Hutton of Gays, IL, Elsie Zindel of Macon, IL and Patsy Martin of Mattoon, IL granddaughters: Robin, Joy and Heidi Ann all of Charleston, IL.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one brother.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday Nov. 1, 2000 in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the Family.

Doris Misenheimer
MATTOON - Doris E. Misenheimer, 62, of Mattoon, died at 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27, 2000) at Convalescent Care Center.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan with the Rev. Lana Robyne officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.She was born Dec. 22, 1937 in Sullivan, the daughter of Ralph and Flossie Aldredge Misenheimer.Surviving are one brother, Don Misenheimer of Dale, Ind. and five sisters, Mildred Smith of Bethany, Mary Cox of Pana, Jean Aylward of St. Petersburg, Fla., Deana Kutz of Sullivan, and Louise Hanners of Arcola. She was preceded in death by three brothers.Ms. Misenheimer was formerly employed by the Moultrie County Beacon.

Millard Moses
PONTIAC - Millard T. Moses, 89, of Pontiac, formerly of Shelbyville, died at 8:25 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26, 2000) at St. James Hospital in Pontiac.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville with the Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.He was born Sept. 5, 1911 in Toledo, the son of George Elmer and Minnie Griffith Moses. He married Dorothy Margaret Fields in 1941. She died in 1986.Surviving are one son, Charles T. Moses of Marietta, Ga.; two daughters, Barbara Swanson of Pontiac and Karen McKenna of Wiesbaden, West Germany; and four grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.Mr. Moses was a retired banker and U.S. Army veteran of WW II. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville and treasurer and board member of the Shelby County Chapter of the American Red Cross.Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Alzheimer Building Fund of Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac.

Jill Robertson
WATSON - Jill R. Robertson, 22, of Watson, formerly of Westervelt, died at 1:26 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 29, 2000) near Effingham.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville with the Rev. E. Wade Helmkamp officiating. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.She was born Nov. 12, 1977 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Brent and Janet Rhodes Robertson. Surviving are her parents of Westervelt; one brother, Josh Robertson of Westervelt; one sister, Jessica Robertson and fiance Chris Boyer of Watson; grandparents, Bobby and Doris Robertson of Westervelt, Oral Rhodes of Shelbyville, Imogene England of Taylorville, and Harold Askins of Shelbyville; and many aunts and uncles.She was preceded in death by two uncles, two aunts and great-grandparents.Miss Robertson was employed at Lender's Bagel Factory in Mattoon and was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Shelbyville. She was a 1996 graduate of Shelbyville High School.

Clarence Steineman
Clarence A. Steineman, age 91, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:25 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2000, at the Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Bruce D. Osborne officiating, assisted by the Reverend Del Nack. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Monday afternoon at the funeral home.Clarence was born at Shumway on May 28, 1909, the son of John and Minnie Wagner Steineman. He married Ruby Mueller at Stewardson on June 20, 1937.Survivors include his wife, Ruby Steineman of Mattoon; three God-children, Denise Allen of Nokomis, Dennis Storm of Hillsboro and Joann Matteson of Oconomowac, Wisconsin.Mr. Steineman was a retired truck driver with the Union 705 in Chicago. He also worked for Lorenz Wholesale in Mattoon. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Mattoon and the St. John's Men's Club at the church.Memorial gifts are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.

Clara Harbarger
BETHANY - Clara V. Harbarger, 70, of Bethany died at 8:22 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 26, 2000) at Eastview Terrace, Sullivan.There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in St. Isidore Cemetery, Bethany. Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Milmine, the daughter of Vernon A. and Elizabeth Fuqua Berry. She married Muryl Harbarger; he preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Connie Porter of Decatur and Bonnie Reedy of Lovington; two sisters, Imogene Beachy of Bethany and Lilly Evans of Lafayette, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one sister.Mrs. Harbarger was a homemaker. Memorials are suggested to Eastview Terrace, Sullivan. 

Vera B. Groves
MATTOON, IL - Mrs. Vera B. Groves, 89, of rural Mattoon, IL, died at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000 at her residence.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Zion Hill United Methodist Church, Coles County, IL, with the Rev. Land Robyne of rural Mattoon and the Rev. Ercel Carter of Murray, Ky., officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery in Paradise Township, Coles County, IL. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today (Friday) at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, IL, and one hour before the service on Saturday at the church.She was born Nov. 27, 1910, in Coles County, IL, the daughter of Leonard and Stella Mae (Coy) Phelps. She married the Rev. Glen E. Groves on Sept. 13, 1930, in Charleston, IL; he died on June 27, 1992.Survivors include a son, Donald D. Groves and wife Ida Mae of rural Mattoon, IL; five daughters, Mrs. Roger (Nina) Ewing of rural Gays, IL, Mrs. Donald (Patricia) Spencer and Mrs. Delbert (Marilyn) Spencer, both of rural Trilla, IL, Mrs. Harrison (Carol) Blankenship and Miss. Glenna Kay Groves, both of Effingham, IL; two brothers, Paul Phelps of Mattoon, IL, and Howard Wayne Phelps of Jacksonville, IL; one sister, Mrs. Verl (Norma Jean) Bridges of Stewardson, IL; 15 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 5 step great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, one step grandson and one great-grandson.Mrs. Groves was a homemaker and pastor's wife. She also helped her husband serve the Woodbury Methodist Church and the Trilla Methodist Church for over 34 years. Mrs. Groves taught Sunday School in both churches for several years.Memorials may be made to the Zion Hill Cemetery, Paradise Township, Coles County, IL, or donor's choice.The Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Tharp
GREENUP - Betty Mae Tharp, 76, of Greenup, died at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 25, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 10 a.m. today at the Barkley Funeral Home, Greenup. Burial will be in the Hazel Dell Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.She was born Aug. 28, 1924, in Conerville, Ind., the daughter of Burton and Florence Williams Andrews. She married Dale Tharp in 1943; he survives.Mrs. Tharp was a homemaker and member of the Hidalgo Independent Christian Church and the Order of Eastern Star.

Martha Waters
CHAMPAIGN - Martha Mae Waters, 72, of Champaign, formerly of Mattoon, died at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 24, 2000) at Provena Covenant.The funeral will be 1 p.m. today at the Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, Champaign, with Father Allen Mattingly officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born March 19, 1928, in Edgar County, the daughter of Paul and Velma Fox Holmes. She married Jim Waters in 1955; he died in 1996.Surviving are two sons, Larry Mattingly of Hampshire and Gary Mattingly of Middle Grove; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.She was also preceded in death by brothers and sisters.Mrs. Waters was a homemaker. She was a member of the VFW Post 5520 auxiliary.Memorials may be made to the Provena Covenant Hospice or VFW Post 5520 auxiliary.

Willie High
Willie Lee High, age 53, of Mattoon, passed away at 8:11 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2000, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Schilling Funeral Home with Elder Wilfred Stevenson officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.Willie was born at Houston, Texas on November 20, 1946, a son of Kelly and Louise Goodwin High. He married Addie L. Kimmons on April 6, 1973. Survivors include his wife, Addie High of Mattoon; three sons, Willie L. High Jr. and wife Carmen L. of Mattoon; Robert C. High and wife Sarah L. of Champaign and Jermaine T. High at home; three grandchildren, Jemeel C. High of Mattoon, Noah A. High and Isabelle A. High, both of Champaign; his father, Kelly High of Marshall, Texas; his mother, Louise Goodwin of Springfield, Missouri; three brothers, Gene High, Mark High and Scott Oliver, all of Springfield, Missouri; two sisters, Rita High and Freda Clemmons, both of Marshall, Texas.Mr. High worked in maintenance for Community Unit 2 Schools for many years. Most recently he served with Mr. Parker at the Mattoon High School Sports Center. His health was a challenge for him and prevented him from being as active as he would have liked. Willie dearly loved his family and many area school children found a friend in him.Memorial gifts may be given to the Mattoon Athletic Booster Club.

James Montz
CHARLESTON - James Herman Montz, 71, of Charleston, died at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 24, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Pate officiating. Burial was in Kickapoo Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.He was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Charleston, the son of James Ervin and Jesse Dryden Montz. He married Alice Faye Snyder in 1970; she survives.Also surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann Montz of Charleston; two brothers, Walter F. Montz of Lake Placid, Fla., and Raymond Montz of Charleston; five sisters, Evelyn Louise of Springfield and Joyce Farris, Thelma Driver, Linda Wilson and Annie Blagg, all of Charleston; one half brother, Willard Whitrock of Tennessee; and two stepsisters, Dorothy Farliss of Tennessee and Bessie Wright of Charleston.He was preceded in death by two brothers, one half brother and one half sister.Mr. Montz had worked with horses at the local fairgrounds.

Betty Tharp
GREENUP - Betty Tharp, 76, of Greenup, died Wednesday (Oct. 25, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Barkley's Funeral Home in Greenup.

Donald Ackman
RUSHVILLE - Donald R. Ackman, 52, of Rushville, formerly of Charleston, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. A graveside memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Rushville City Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Henley officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville. He was born Dec. 22, 1947, in Rushville, the son of Robert H. and Marietta Rohn Ackman. He married Rebecca Jane Ingram in 1969. Surviving are three sons, Gabriel Drew Ackman of Gibson City, John Sheridan Ackman of Urbana and Matthew Robert Ackman of Thomasboro; one daughter, Julie Elizabeth Jenkins of Champaign; two brothers, Jon Ackman of Rushville and Tom Ackman of Lincoln; and six grandchildren.Mr. Ackman was employed as a bookkeeper for M and M Vending in Macomb. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Lorene Fraembs
HENDERSON, Ky. - Lorene Fraembs, 93, of Henderson, Ky., died at 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Methodist Hospital, Henderson, Ky. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Zion United Church of Christ, Henderson, Ky., with the Rev. Len Brummett and the Rev. Paul Mefford officiating. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Evergreen Cemetery, in Millstadt, with the Rev. Randy Heckman officiating. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the church.Surviving are one son, Frank Fraembs of Charleston; one sister, Cleida Krite of St. Louis; and four grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Fraembs; one son; and one grandson.Memorials may be made to the Zion United Church of Christ, Henderson, Ky.

Wayne Gibson
Wayne Allen Gibson, 68, of Arcola, IL passed away at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2000 at the Arcola First Baptist Church. Rev. Jess Adams will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. The Edwards Funeral home 221 E. Main St., Arcola, IL is in charge of arrangements. Wayne was born August 26, 1932, in Arcola, IL. A son of Pearl and Mae (Adams) Gibson. He married Mary Benson Housley on October 3, 1956, in Chicago, IL.He is survived by: wife: Mary Gibson, of Arcola, IL; 3 Sons: Richard Housley and his wife Sheryl of Arcola, IL, Bruce Gibson of Arcola, IL, Randy Gibson and his wife Barbara of Tuscola, IL; 1 daughter: Brenda Nall and her husband Sam of Arcola, IL; 7 Grandchildren: Stacie Housley of Denver, Colorado, Michael Housley of Arcola, IL, Melinda Gibson of Marshall, IL, Michelle Gibson of Marshall, IL, Bryson Gibson of Tuscola, IL, Crystal Davis of Arcola, IL, Mike Davis of Arcola, IL. 2 Special girls that referred to Wayne as Grandpa, Taylor Mills and Heather Thornton.1 Brother: Ronnie Gibson and wife Alice of Arcola IL; 2 Sister-in-laws: Shirley Gibson of Arcola, IL and Barb Wilson of Arcola, IL; Several Nieces and Nephews. Special Friends: Max and Nona Lytle of Arcola, ILHe was preceded in death by his parents five brothers; Billy Dean, Larry Carl, Dale, Floyd, and Jerry and a sister; Imogene Peak. Wayne was a 1950 graduate of Arcola High School. He was a stand out athlete participating in football, basketball and track.He played football at Eastern Illinois University on a athletic scholarship. Wayne was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, receiving many medals and campaign ribbons. After the service he entered retail sales and later became a area manager for the Combined Insurance Company. Wayne was a truck driver for Yellow Freight for several years. In 1985 he and his wife Mary worked in management for the Motel Six Corporation, training managers throughout the Midwest. Wayne retired in 1993.Wayne was a member of the Arcola First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mattoon, IL.Wayne enjoyed all sporting events but was especially fond of the Illini and the St. Louis Cardinals, not to mention all Arcola Purple Rider athletic events. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he was a IHSA referee for football, basketball.Wayne enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be sadly missed by all. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

Judyth L. "Judy" Johnson
MATTOON - Judyth L. "Judy" Johnson, age 60, of Mattoon, passed away 4:50 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2000 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2000 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. John P. Besore III and Rev. Jan Kennedy officiating. A luncheon will follow services. Interment will be in Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.Judyth L. Johnson was born December 15, 1939 in Mattoon, Illinois, a daughter of Jesse and Mary Hart Phelps. She married Robert "Bob" Johnson August 17, 1958 at Mattoon, he preceded in death June 19, 1988. She was survived by her mother, Mary Phelps of Mattoon, her sister, Nancie Taylor and husband Larry of Springfield, Illinois. Also surviving are her three children, Scott Johnson and wife Adrienne of Chicago, Jennifer Landon and husband Michael and their children Cory and Jason of Carlinville, Illinois, and Julie Hall and husband Eric and their children Victoria, Jonathon and Andrew of Montrose, Illinois. Her father also preceded her in death.Judyth was a lifelong resident of the Mattoon area. She was an active member and Elder at the First Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Esther Circle of the Church. She was also a member of Delta Theta Tau sorority. She worked at the Mattoon Area YMCA where her smiling face always greeted members.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 10 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois, 61938 or Delta Theta Tau, 14 Western Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois 61938.

Florence Lacher
SULLIVAN - Florence A. Lacher, 74, of Sullivan, formerly of Elgin, died at 6:12 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.The funeral will be 9 a.m. Friday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, with Father John Sohm officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Elgin.She was born July 27, 1926, in Chicago, the daughter of Roman and Agnes Westphal Kledzik. She married Harvey Lacher in 1942; he died in 1980.Surviving are two sons, James Lacher of Sullivan and Ronald Lacher of Elgin, and one daughter, Sally Lacher of Elgin.She was also preceded in death by one sister and one daughter.Mrs. Lacher was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elgin.

John Ochs
PESOTUM - John B. Ochs, 83, of Pesotum, died at 9:25 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Pesotum, with the Rev. Daniel L. Ochs and the Rev. Joseph Miachithanh officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Pesotum. Visitation will be 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, with a 7:30 p.m. rosary service.He was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Dundas, the son of Anthony and Clara Roth Ochs. He married Oliva Rennier in 1944; she died in 1974.Surviving are three sons, Edwin Ochs of Urbana, Leo Ochs of Champaign and Paul Ochs of Pesotum; one daughter, Dorothy Kielhorn of Cooks Mills; one brother, Herman Ochs of Olney; two sisters, Anna Rinehart of Tolono and Catherine Koelker of Dundas; and five grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.Mr. Ochs retired from USI in Tuscola. He was past commander and member of the Pesotum American Legion Post 580 and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church Pesotum. He was a World War II army veteran.Memorials may be made to the Central Illinois Altzheims or St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Herbert "Bob" Peak, Jr.
CASEY, IL - Herbert B. "Bob" Peak, Jr. , 81, of Casey, died at 4:02 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Regional Hospital, in Terre Haute, Ind. The funeral will be 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26, 2000) at the Markwell Funeral Home, Casey, with the Rev. David Beerbower officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m., by the Casey Masonic Lodge #442, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Casey V.F.W. Post 5762, 12 E. Albany St., Casey, IL 62420.He was born January 24, 1919, in Loveland, Colorado, the son of Herbert B. Peak, Sr. and Nellie Gertrude Puntney Peak. He married Elizabeth L. Jones on January 12, 1941, in Bremerton, Wash.; she survives in Casey.Other survivors include a daughter, Jenny Ellexson and husband Jerry of Casey, IL; two grandsons, Levi and Chris Ellexson both of Casey, IL; sister, Gertrude Beckner of Bremerton WA.He was preceded in death by his parents; two half brothers, Ed and Lyle Peak; half sister, Edna Barager and two sisters, Jacqlin and Ruth Peak; son, Robert Murrell Peak in 1942. Mr. Peak was a member of the Casey Masonic Lodge, Post 442, and a lifetime member of the Casey V.F.W. Post 5762.Herbert Peak served as a boat captain in the South Pacific from 1944-1946 during WW II. His service took him to New Guinea and the Philipines. He was in the first wave of Occupation Forces to enter Japan after the Peace Treaty was signed. He came ashore at Nagoya, moved to Hiroshima and finished his tour in Kobe, Japan.Herbert mustered out at the end of WW II to enter college. After college, he chose the military as his career and entered the service March 1, 1951. He was stationed at Oakland Army Base in Oakland, CA, and was a member of the repatriotion team which helped return the bodies of fallen servicemen to their families.Herbert served his stateside assignment at Fort Eustis, Virginia with the Transportation Corp. of the United States Army. From 1962-1967 he was Commander of the 3rd Port at Fort Eustis and was responsible for movement of the Army Fleet down the east coast during the Cuban Missile Crisis.In February 1953, Herbert was sent to Pusan, Korea as Commander of the shipyard during the Korean Conflict. He also was a founding member of the Pusan Children's Charity Hospital supported by the Masonic Organization. He served in Kobe, Japan from 1954-1956 in the Shipyard and 1959-1962 in the Panama Canal Zone as Commander of Dock 45 on the Atlantic Side and Pier 21 on the Pacific Side.In July 1965 Herbert took a battalion to Qui Non to establish the first Army port in Vietnam. He established and commanded the port though 1966.In 1967 he returned to Pusan, Korea as Commander of the Port of Pusan until January 1970. Herbert retired from the service in October 1971. He also helped found the first Masonic Lodge in Pusan.Herbert's service decorations include: WW II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Dev. 60, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal w/OLC, National Defense Service Medal, AOM (Japan), ROKPUC, UNSM, ACM, AROM, LM, AFEM (Korea) and the Bronze Star.

Willis Bercaw
WEST YORK - Willis M. "Bill" Bercaw, 90, of West York, died at 12:01 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson. A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bradbury Cemetery, east of West York, with the Rev. Richard Chapman officiating. No visitation is planned. The Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. He was born March 12, 1910, in Paris, the son of Grover and Edna Jones Bercaw. He married Barbara Bell in 1939; she survives.Also surviving is one son, Allan Bercaw of Troy, Mich.He was preceded in death by one brother.Mr. Bercaw retired as a sales engineer from Bendix Aviation. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Julia Blanford
URBANA - Julia Blanford, 86, of Urbana, formerly of Charleston, died at 3:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Charleston, with the Rev. Sharon Monroe officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.She was born April 27, 1914, in Hancock County, Ky., the daughter of John Franklin and Agnes Antle Turner. She married Robert "Bob" Blanford in 1947; he died in 1972.Surviving are one son, Hal Loomis of Ocala, Fla.; two daughters, Nancy Blanford of Urbana and Alice Wilmert of Lincoln; one sister, Dorothy Gross of Franklin, Ind.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.Mrs. Blanford retired in 1975 after teaching for more than 29 years. She had taught first and fourth grade. She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church, the Charleston BPW and the Coles County Retired Teachers Association; a lifetime member of the PTA; and a volunteer for RSVP.Memorials may be made to the Champaign County Nursing Home Auxiliary, Urbana, or the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Lorene Fraembs
HENDERSON, Ky. - Lorene Fraembs, 93, of Henderson, Ky., died at 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Methodist Hospital, Henderson, Ky. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Zion United Church of Christ, Henderson, Ky. A graveside service will be Friday at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Thursday at Zion United Church of Christ in Henderson.She married Herbert Fraembs; he died in 1959.Surviving are one son, Frank Fraembs of Charleston; one sister, Cleida Krite of St. Louis; and four grandchildren.Mrs. Fraembs was also preceded in death by one son and one grandson.Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ, Henderson, Ky.

Willie High
MATTOON - Willie L. High, 53, of Mattoon, died at 8:11 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Judyth Johnson
MATTOON - Judyth Johnson, 60, of Mattoon, died at 4:50 a.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.Arrangements are incomplete at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Kenneth Moore
CHARLESTON - Kenneth L. Moore, 65, of Charleston, died at 1:40 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Harper-Swickard Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He was born Jan. 17, 1935, in Coles County, the son of Morgan and Bernice Werden Moore.Surviving are one son, Mark Moore of Kansas; one daughter, Tami Johnson of Ashmore; one brother, Joe Moore of New Bloomfield, Mo; four grandchildren; and special friend, Charlotte Perry.He was preceded in death by one daughter and one brother.Mr. Moore was a carpenter for many years. He was a member of the Charleston Eagles Club.

Carl Morton Sr.
WHITEWATER, Wis. - Carl Wilson Morton Sr., 82, of Whitewater, Wis., formerly of Trilla, died Monday (Oct. 16, 2000) at the Mercy Health System in Janesville, Wis.A memorial mass was held Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Minonk. Burial will be in Punch Bowl National Veterans Cemetery in Honolulu.He was born April 25, 1918, in Trilla, the son of Frank and Cora Wilson Morton. He married Vera Mescher in 1946; she survives.Also surviving are four sons, Timothy Morton of Wauwatosa, Wis., Carl W. Morton Jr. of Elgin, Tom Morton of Galesburg and John Morton of Honolulu; two daughters, Jane Nollman of Dundee and Suzanne Cuarisma of Honolulu; one brother, Robert Morton of Mattoon; one sister, Margaret Boydston of Claredon Hills; and five grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.Mr. Wilson taught school in the Minonk school system from 1961 to 1987. He was the first president of the Streator Jr. Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the NEA of Illinois Teachers Retirement Association, the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Whitewater, Wis., and the American Legion Post 142. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Knights of Columbus of Minonk.

Herbert Peak
CASEY - Herbert Peak, 81, of Casey died at 4:02 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23, 2000). Arrangements are incomplete at Markwell Funeral Home in Casey.

John William Bushur
NEOGA - John William Bushur, 90, of Neoga, Illinois, formerly of rural Sigel, Illinois, died at 3:47 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham, Ill.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at St. Michael, The Archangel Church, Sigel, Ill., with Father Robert DeGrand of Sigel, Ill., and Sr. Pat Thies of Neoga, Ill., officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Sigel, Ill., with military rites conducted by American Legion Post #1134 of Sigel, Ill. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, Ill.He was born January 9, 1910, in Sigel, Ill., the son of William J. and Katherine E. (Hartman) Bushur. He married Frances M. "Fanny" Ludwig on September 7, 1943 in Green Creek, Ill.; she died on November 2, 1994.Survivors include a brother, Kermit A. Bushur of Ocoee, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Helen Springer.Mr. Bushur was a retired farmer. He was a United States Army WW II veteran, a member of the St. Michael, The Archangel Church in Sigel, Ill., and a charter member of the American Legion Post #1134 of Sigel, Ill.Memorials may be made to St. Michael, The Archangel Church, Sigel, Ill., or St. Michael School, Sigel, Ill.

Bernard Craig
ANNAPOLIS - Bernard "Barney" Craig, 80, of rural Annapolis, Illinois, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000 at 3:29 p.m. at Select Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel, in West Union, with Pastor Don Russell and Brother Charles Rains officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery, north of Annapolis. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today and before the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. He was born May 8, 1920, in Darwin Township, Clark County, the son of Edward and Madge Miller Craig. His wife Josephine "Jo" Craig, who he married in 1940, survives. Other survivors include one son, Eddie Craig of Oblong; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.He was a retired farmer and had served as Orange Township highway commissioner for 10 years. He was a member of the Clark County Farm Bureau.Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Grace Dowell
Grace May Dowell, age 91, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:57 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2000, at the Douglas Care & Rehab Center.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Barbara Short officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday morning at the funeral home.Grace was born at Bloomington on March 20, 1909, a daughter of William and Nora Johnson McConnell. She married Gilbert Henry Dowell on September 15, 1933. He passed away on April 20, 1970. She was also preceded in death by one stepson and three brothers.Survivors include two sons, Byron Dowell and wife Johnie of Levelland, Texas and Raymond Dowell and wife Julie of Mattoon; two daughters, Linda Dowell of Mattoon and Nancy Pedigo of Decatur; one brother, Edward McConnell of Morris; one sister, Mary Evans of Normal; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Mrs. Dowell worked as a housekeeper at the former Mattoon Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Marshall Avenue Christian Church and volunteered her time at the Senior Citizens Center.

Adam Fulk
Adam Ross Fulk was born on September 21, 1985, in Seoul Korea. He came to live with his forever family on April 17, 1986, in Belleville, Illinois, Adam died Saturday, October 21, 2000, while playing roller hockey, one of his true enjoyments in life. Adam is survived by his parents, sisters, family members and friends who love him dearly. He is sadly missed by his parents, Bill and Cindy Fulk of Belleville; sisters, Sarah and Elena, both at home; grandparents, J. Wallace Bingaman of Mattoon, Illinois; Arthur and Joanne Fulk of Noble, Illinois; Uncle Mark and Aunt Debby Ferguson and cousins Jay, Katherine, and Jennifer Ferguson, all of Mattoon, Illinois, Uncle Gary and Aunt Kate Fulk and cousins Josh, Chris, Kyle, Jessie, and Chelsea all of Noble, Illinois; Uncle Kevin and Aunt Cindy Rhoads and cousins Austin and Haley, all of Noble, Illinois. Adam also is missed by Aunt Lisa and Uncle Doug Kessler and Grandma Jean Anderson. He is especially missed by his best friend since pre-school, Kristopher Uptmore Bingaman.Adam was an honor student and was proud to be a freshman at Belleville East High School. He was a graduate of Belleville East High School. He was a graduate of the Belle Valley School system. He was a member of the Spanish Club, the Mustangs Roller Hockey Team of Oak Hill, and assistant coach at Fun Spot Roller Hockey and a member of St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church. Adam love playing roller hockey, soccer, and N64, listening to music, going to school, watching WWF, and spending time with family and friends. His special interests were animals, math, and science. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bensenville Home Society Foreign Adoption Program 406 May St. Bensenville, IL 60106, or memorial masses at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville, IL. Visitation: 4:00 PM­9:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at the George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at St. Peter's Cathedral. Burial will be in Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Helen Jacobsen
SHELBYVILLE - Helen Hovey Lloyd Jacobsen, 96, of Shelbyville, formerly of Mattoon, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 21, 2000) in Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. till time of service. Interment will be at a later date in Oak Mound Cemetery in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was born Nov. 17, 1903, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Charles C. and Grace Auld Lloyd. She married William McKinley Jacobsen in 1948; he died in 1955.Survivors include a brother, Charles Walter Lloyd of Shelbyville; and a sister, Virginia Lloyd Whitcomb of Santa Rosa, Calif.She was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.Mrs. Jacobsen was a nurse in Colorado, California and at the geriatrics department at Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga or a church of donor's choice. 

George Maxey
OLNEY - George Allen Maxey, 69, of Olney, died at 2:25 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at his residence.The funeral will be 7 p.m. today at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, with Brother Don Houdesheltd officiating. A graveside service with military rites will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Washington Street Cemetery, Casey, with the Rev. David Beerbower officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Casey, the son of Jesse James Maxey and Flora Ethel Biggs Maxey. He married Norma Faye Miller in 1951. He later married Georgia Loy.Survivors include two sons, Joe Maxey Sr. of Olney and Rick Maxey of Patoka; three daughters, Linda Michl of Oblong and Sheryl Park and Connie Maxey both of Olney; one brother, Victor Maxey of Casey; two sisters, Ester Grant of Casey and Naomi Bradford of Kansas; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by a son, a brother and a sister.Mr. Maxey was a heavy equipment diesel mechanic and truck driver for Dittamore at Teutopolis, Atkins and Duframes at Newton and for Parker Brothers in Oblong. He was a member of the Willis Chapel Church of God in Martinsville and the Eagles Club in Olney. He was a former member of the Newton VFW, the Robinson Moose Lodge 1369. Memorials may be made to the George Allen Maxey Memorial Fund. 

Zedla F. Phipps
MATTOON - Zelda F. Phipps, age 81, of Mattoon, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2000 at Dodge Grove Cemetery with Dr. Mark Prevo officiating. There will be no visitation. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Zelda F. Phipps was born February 10, 1919 in Richland County, Illinois, a daughter of Edgar and Carrie Avice Leist Crites. She married her husband of 63 years, Vernon T. Phipps June 26, 1937 at Olney, Illinois, he survives. Also surviving are her daughter, Shelby Runyen and husband Loy of Dundas, Illinois; grandchildren, Debbie Weiler and husband Bill of Claremont and Dewayne Runyen and wife Pam of Olney. Two great-grandchildren, Erin Weiler and Derek Weiler also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.Mrs. Phipps was a member of First Christian Church, Mattoon and was a former employee of American Pad and Paper in Mattoon.

Dean Slater
CASEY - Dean Slater, 91, of Casey, died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 22, 2000) in Heartland Manor Nursing Home, Casey.No service is planned. Burial will be in Baird Cemetery, Martinsville. The Greenwell Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.He was born April 13, 1909, in Martinsville, a son of Charles and Neoma Weir Slater.Survivors include one brother, Dale Slater of Marshall; and one sister, Opal Washburn of Casey.He was preceded in death by three brothers.Mr. Slater was retired from the Marathon Oil Company and was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II.

Mary Binford
MATTOON - Mary A. Binford, 94, of Mattoon, died at 4:05 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Wilford Stevenson officiating. No visitation will be conducted. The Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She was born May 9, 1906, in Mississippi, the daughter of Willie and Millie Alexander Johnson. She married Sam Binford; he preceded her in death.Surviving are five grandchildren, Roxie Dixon, Robert Jones, and Murray, Arthur and April Dixon, all of Mattoon, and five great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two daughters and two sisters.Mrs. Binford was a member of the Second Baptist Church.

Phyllis Ann (Waggoner) Ferguson
CHARLESTON, IL - Phyllis Ann (Waggoner) Ferguson, age 65, of Neoga and formerly of Charleston, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2000 at her Lake Mattoon home. Services celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 23 with Reverend Lana Robyne officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 -5:00 p.m., Sunday, October 22. Services and visitation will he held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Interment will be in Zion Hill Cemetery, near Lake Paradise southwest of Mattoon.Phyllis was born February 19, 1935 in Mattoon, Illinois the seventh of ten daughters of Glen Waggoner and Olive Ruth Coen Waggoner Golden. She married Richard Dale Ferguson in Coles County, Illinois on January 19, 1954. He survives.Other survivors include two daughters, Deb Pauls and her husband Hank of Charleston and Paula Ferguson of Mattoon; nine grandchildren, Alisha Brown, Morgan Brown, Tyler Dulumback, Amanda Barker and Brandon Barker, all of Charleston, Justin Brown, Samantha Coen, Octavia Uella Mae Swango and Octavian Trenton Dale Swango, all of Mattoon; two great grandchildren, Evan Barker and Brenden Barker, both of Charleston; eight sisters, Virginia (Genny) Rackley and her husband Clarence of Onarga, Illinois, Rita (Bede) Brniak of Chicago, Delores (Dodo) Hart of Mattoon, Irma Swierk of Neoga, Illinois, Pauline (Birdie) Ariel of Decatur, Michigan, Audrey Alford and her husband Robert of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Doris Wenzel and her husband Harry of Mahomet and Vera Barber and her husband William of Anchorage, Alaska; two sister-in-laws, Beatrice Waggoner of Mattoon and Shirley Waggoner of Rockford, Illinois. She was preceded by her parents, one sister, Mary Margaret (Margie) Hickmott and two brothers, Carl Waggoner and Jesse Waggoner.Phyllis was very involved in her church and its activities, from working with the young in Vacation Bible School to the various women's organizations. Her and Richard were generous to others including serving as foster parents for a number of years. Their home was often referred to as a "revolving door," always ready to feed family and friends, and many were served on many occasions as family meals were treasured by her as some of her most meaningful and joyful times. She was a Co-Author of "The Ten Sisters," a true story of her and her sisters lives. She was an Elvis Presley fan who also enjoyed sewing and gardening. Many will remember her from her days of employment at Family Pharmacy and Prahl's Greenhouse. Phyllis was dearly loved, will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her family, friends and spiritual family.Memorials in honor of this special woman may be made to Lincolnland Visiting Nurses, Lincolnland Hospice, Cunningham Children's Home or the family, in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Emma Haslett
SULLIVAN - Emma D. Haslett, 98, of Sullivan, died at 6:20 a.m. Friday (Oct. 20, 2000) at the Illinois Masonic Home, Sullivan.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Illinois Masonic Home Chapel, Sullivan. A graveside service will be noon Monday at the Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the Masonic Chapel. The Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Feb. 27, 1902, in Fayette County. She married Harold F. Haslett; he died in 1989.Surviving are two sons, Revis D. Haslett and Randel Haslett.

Ione Jeffries
NORTHBROOK - Ione Jeffries, 100, of Northbrook, formerly of Charleston, died Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000). A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Indian Cemetery, Charleston. A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brandel Care Center Chapel, Northbrook. The Hanekamp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Sept. 7, 1900, in Charleston, the daughter of Thomas Allison and Martha Louella Miller. She married John H. Jeffries; he preceded her in death.Surviving are one son, John Allison Jeffries of Chicago; one daughter, Patricia Hagman of Rockford; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.Mrs. Jeffries was a teacher.Memorials may be made to the Covenant Village, Northbrook, in her name.

Rev. Dorfus May
HINDSBORO - The Rev. Dorfus A. May, 87, of Hindsboro, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.His body was donated to science. No service will be conducted. The Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of arrangements.He was born March 27, 1913, in Metropolis, the son of Harry and Lillian Wilkins May. He married Edith L. Bashford in 1943; she survives.Also surviving is one sister, Gail Woods of Kankakee.He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.The Rev. May was a minister for 55 years, pastoring 12 different churches in Illinois. He was pastor of the Hindsboro Chapel for 30 years. Memorials may be made to the Haven of Rest, Repair Fund, Hindsboro.

Luther Wiltermood
Joseph Luther Wiltermood, age 62, of Arthur, formerly of Allenville, passed away at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.Graveside funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, (today), at the Campground Cemetery with the Reverend James Dona officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday (this) afternoon at the Schilling Funeral Home.Luther was born at Berrien Springs, Michigan on June 3, 1938, a son of John Marion and Mildred Erickson Wiltermood. He married Cora S. Miller on April 18, 1981.Survivors include his wife, Cora S. Wiltermood of Arthur; three sons, Joseph F. Wiltermood and wife Holly of Neoga, Luther J. Wiltermood and wife Ginger and Lyle D. Wiltermood and wife Patty, all of Windsor; two daughters, Mary Ellen Wofford and husband Rick of Windsor and Cheryl L. McWilliams and husband Mike of Arthur; one stepdaughter, Debbie Wofford of Peoria; three sisters, Lois Ann Blalock and husband Frank of Largo, Florida, Josephine V. Phillippi and husband Junior of Lerna and Janet Louise Bryant and husband Frank of Mattoon; and nine grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.Mr. Wiltermood retired after twenty years as an electrician with Randall's Electric. More recently he was owner and operator of Luther's Appliance Service in Arthur. He passed away surrounded by his loving family.Memorial gifts may be made to the family.

John Busher
NEOGA - John William Busher, 90, of Neoga, formerly of rural Sigel, died at 3:47 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.Arrangements are incomplete at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga.

Mrs. Mildred Ellis
NEOGA - Mrs. Mildred H. Ellis, 84, of Neoga, Illinois, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18, 2000) at Heartland Christian Village, in Neoga.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with the Rev. Ron Lake officiating. Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery, Neoga, Illinois. Visitation will be two hours before the service at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, Ill.She was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Cumberland County, Ill., the daughter of Fred and Blanche (Davis) Jones. She married Arthur T. "Pete" Ellis on May 15, 1956 in Corinth, Mississippi; he died on June 14, 1973.Survivors include a son, Robert Mesnard and wife Pat of Breeze, Ill.; step son, Jack Ellis and wife Donna of Greenwood, So. Carolina; three sisters, Mrs. Caroline Rinehart of Mattoon, Ill., Mrs. Bill (Jeannie) Bridges of Mattoon, Ill. and Mrs. Larry (Donna) Scaggs of Chrisman, Ill. special niece, Mrs. Shirley Starwalt of Neoga, Ill.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Lois Price and one step daughter, Mrs. Emily Manuel.Mrs. Ellis was a housewife and retired sales clerk from the Braden Wallpaper and Paint Store in Neoga, Ill. She was a member of the Good Prospect Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Trilla, and a 38 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Neoga.Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village, Neoga.

Billie Garver
WEST UNION - Billie M. Garver, 76, of West Union, died Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000) at 1:41 a.m. at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union with the Rev. Richard Chapman officiating. Burial will be at the Ohio Cemetery, northwest of West Union. Graveside military rites will be conducted by West Union American Legion Post 1130. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. He was born Sept. 13, 1924, in rural Martinsville, the son of Jessie and Linnie Cartwright Garver.Surviving are one daughter, Linda Stoker of Kansas City, Kan.; two stepsons, Max Thompson of rural Marshall and Allen Woodfall of Charleston; three stepdaughters, Dorothy Jean Riggs of rural Marshall, Vickie Hayden of Marshall and Connie Kimball of Martinsville; one brother, Delane Garver of Oliver; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by three wives, Eula, Gladys and Irene Garver, and two brothers. Mr. Garver retired after 20 years from TRW in Marshall as a supervisor. He was an army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the West Union Christian Church and West Union American Legion Post 1130. 

Lonnie Harris
TOLEDO - Lonnie Harris, 40, of Toledo, died at 8:55 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.No service will be conducted. The Barkley Funeral Home, Toledo, is in charge of arrangements.He was born April 25, 1960, in St. Louis, the son of Neil and Jean Harris. He married Gen Sewell in 1993; she survives.Also surviving are his mother, Jean Harris White of Cahokia; two sons, Brandon Harris of Cahokia and J. D. Jackson of Toledo; three daughters, Kerry Messina and Nicole and Valerie Sewell, all of Toledo; two brothers, Larry Harris of East Corondelet and Ed Harris of Collinsville; three sisters, Ginger Mueller of East Corondelet, Genanneal Forrest of Quincy and Carol Ratley of Cahokia; and two grandchildren.Mr. Harris was an auto mechanic for Alexanders Service Station in Toledo. He was a member of the Toledo American Legion Pool League.

Violet McCandlish
Violet E. McCandlish, 94 years of age, passed away Wednesday, October, 18, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Barkley's Funeral Home in Toledo, followed by an Eastern Star service. Funeral services will be on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Cottonwood United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Toledo Cemetery.Violet Elizabeth, daughter of Amos W. and Eva Starbuck Butler, was born April 4, 1906, in Texico, Illinois. She and Fred R. McCandlish were married in Peoria, Illinois, November 19, 1927. Their children survive: Dorothy E. Cutright, and husband George, of Toledo; Carolyn J. Auger, of Toledo; Bruce W., and wife Bonnie, of Toledo; and Donna M. Barnes, and husband Phillip, of Manchester, TN. Eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild also survive. A sister, Bertha Eggers Bowers of Greenup survives. Her husband preceded her in death in 1980. Two sisters, two brothers and a grandson, Neil Cutright also preceded her in death.Violet was a 1927 graduate of Decatur Macon County School of Nursing. She was a 4-H leader for 10 years and the first treasurer of the newly organized Home Bureau in 1949. She was a 70-year member of Cottonwood United Methodist Church, where she served as teacher, pianist, Methodist Youth Fellowship adviser, and Women's Society president. For more than 50 years, she was a member of Order of Eastern Star, #231, and of the American Legion Auxiliary. Violet was a 25-year member of Ann Crooker St. Clair Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a charter member of the Coles-Cumberland Genealogical Society. She was editor of the first edition of Cemeteries of Cumberland County in 1973. She also compiled a book of county marriage records.Gifts in her memory may be made to Sumpter Township Library, Toledo Life Center, or the donor's choice.

Helen Stafford
ATHENS - Helen J. Stafford, 72, of Athens, formerly of Mattoon, died at 12:46 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18, 2000) at Memorial Medical Center.A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Eastlawn Cemetery in Urbana. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Staab Funeral Home, Springfield.She was born July 20, 1928, in Urbana, the daughter of Ardith and Pearl Cox Davis. She married Ralph L. Stafford; he died in 1994.Surviving are one son, C. Wayne Baker of Athens; one brother, Ronald DeWayne Davis of Foley, Ala.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one daughter, one brother and two sisters.Mrs. Stafford was a homemaker and member of the Royal Neighbors of America.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Memorial Medical Center for Cardiac Unit or Daily Bread, Springfield, IL 62702.

Cora Vincent
TOLEDO - Cora E. "Granny" Vincent, 89, of Toledo, died at 12:15 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 19, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Barkley Funeral Home, Toledo, with the Rev. Steve Massengill officiating. Burial will be in Keenes Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo.She was born March 2, 1911, in LaClede, the daughter of Grover C. and Flora M. Weaver Randall. She married Howard C. Vincent in 1933; he died in 1971.Also surviving are one son, Paul Vincent of Toledo; one brother, Edwin H. Randall of Marengo; three sisters, Cleo Schussler of Tucson, Ariz., Clella Temple of Charleston and Enid Robertson of Edgewood; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one sister.Mrs. Vincent was a telephone operator and owner and operator of Vincent Gardens, Mattoon, for 35 years.

Mary Burtner
OAKLAND - Mary Louise Burtner, 76, of Oakland, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 17, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Arcola, with Father Joseph Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Oakland. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Taber Funeral Home, Oakland.She was born Feb. 23, 1924, in San Antonio, the daughter of Thomas and Susanna Buquor Placier. She married Charles T. Burtner in 1945; he survives.Also surviving are two sons, Chuck Burtner of Marshall and Tim Burtner of Loda; one daughter, Annette Duzan of Oakland; two brothers, Thomas Placier Jr. and LeRoy Placier, both of San Antonio; three sisters, Ella Aquliar of Camden, N.J., Bertha Andrade of San Antonio and Gloria Pagaza of Yorba Linda, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.She was preceded in death by one brother.Mrs. Burtner was a lunch room/playground supervisor at Lake Crest School, Oakland, for 25 years. She was a Girl Scout Leader for 17 years, and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for 40 years, the Heart Fund for 10 years and Hospice 15 years. She was a member of the LMI of Oakland, Oakland Senior Citizens, Oakland VFW Auxiliary, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Arcola and affiliated with the Oakland Christian Church Ladies Bible Study. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Arcola.

Ethel Draper
GREENUP - Ethel C. Draper, 96, of Greenup, died at 10:45 a.m. Monday (Oct. 16, 2000) at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup, with Dr. Tom Meachum officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Street Cemetery, Casey. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.She was born June 4, 1904, in Annapolis, the daughter of Robert and Nora Sanders Elliott. She married Howard Draper in 1921, he died in 1955. Surviving are three daughters, Neda Cowger of Dunnedin, Fla., Helen Dooley of Bartonville and Marcella Stewart of Greenup, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.Mrs. Draper was a homemaker and a cook at the Cumberland School. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenup.

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