Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Brinda Carver
TOLEDO - Brinda B. Sue Carver, 47, of Toledo died at 5 a.m. Thursday (April 5, 2001) at her residence.The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Barkley Funeral Home, Toledo, with Father Jeff Grant officiating. Burial will be in Bell Cemetery in rural Greenup. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.She was born May 14, 1953, in Vandalia, the daughter of Ben and Shirley Armor VanScyoc. She married Charles R. Carver in 1978; he survives.Also surviving are two foster daughters, Sabrina Ard of Toledo and Marlene VanScyoc of Jewett; and two half brothers, Gene VanScyoc of Charleston and Willie VanScyoc of Toledo. Mrs. Carver was a homemaker and member of the Greenup American Legion Auxiliary.

Seith Paul
GREENUP - Seith B. Paul, 4 months, of rural Greenup, died at 12:44 p.m. Wednesday (April 4, 2001) at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Harmony Cemetery near Greenup with the Rev. Jack Turner officiating. No visitation is planned. Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge of arrangements.He was born Nov. 27, 2000, in Mattoon, the son of Jodi Lynn Paul.Surviving are his mother of Greenup; grandparents John and Kami Lewis of Greenup, and Janice Lewis of Neoga; and great-grandparents Bill and June England of Neoga, and George Lewis Jr.

Eloise Cutts Carrell
NEWTON - Eloise E. Cutts Carrell, 56, of Newton, died at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday (April 7, 2001) at the Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup. Burial will be in Toledo Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (April 6, 2001) at Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup.She was born Aug. 24, 1944, in Mattoon, a daughter of Raymond and Hollys (Rhodes) Cutts. She married Duane Carrell on June 17, 1965; he survives. Memorials may be made to the ICU at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.Other survivors include two sons, Nathan Carrell of Baton Rouge, LA and Matthew Carrell of Milton, Fla.; one brother, Harold (Anita) Cutts of Toledo; four sisters, Karen (Don) Blade, Diane (Tom) Ettelbrick and Rita Lustig, all of Greenup and Belinda (Tom) Wampler of Franksville, Wis.; one granddaughter, Jenna Carrell of Covington, La.Mrs. Carrell was a teacher at Newton High School for 35 years. She graduated from E.I.U. with a Bachelor's degree and graduated from Indiana State with a Master's degree. Mrs. Carrell was a lifelong member of the Illinois Education Association and Jasper County Education Association.

Edward "Bud" Costello
TRILLA - Edward "Bud" Costello, age 81, of Port Orange, Florida, formerly of Trilla, passed away 12:11 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2001 at his residence.Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. Interment will be in Beals Cemetery, Trilla. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.Edward "Bud" Costello was born January 31, 1920 in Ashland County, Wisconsin, and a son of Edward J. and Mary Grace Grezlack Costello. He married Flora Elinor Woodard in 1964 at Dearborn, Mich., she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Kathryn Gonder of Port Orange, Florida; two granddaughters, Lisa E. Connelly of Port Orange, Florida and Brandy A. Dawdy of Woodstock, Georgia; and a great-grandson, Jacob E. Bann of Port Orange, Florida. A daughter, Carol Anne Dawdy and one brother, Raymond, preceded him in death.Mr. Costello was a retired furniture finisher. He enjoyed geology as a hobby and was a member of numerous rock and mineral organizations.

Frank Loftis
CASEY - Frank Leslie Loftis, 85, of Casey, died at 3:42 p.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Markwell and Sons Funeral Home in Casey with the Rev. Danny Harper officiating. Burial will be in the Restitution Cemetery south of Casey. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born Aug. 26, 1915, in Gainesville, Mo., the son of William Curry and Maud Mae Riggs Loftis. He married Anna Kennedy in 1941; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, Eldon Loftis of Hazel Dell and Howard Loftis of Robinson; one daughter, Wanda Brown of Casey; one brother, Claud Loftis of Theodosia, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one son, five brothers, three sisters and two infant grandchildren.Mr. Loftis owned and operated Loftis Oil Well Service until 1975. He was a member of the Moriah Church of God.Memorials may be made to the CCU Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind., or American Heart Association.

Louise Hougland
WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Louise Alice Hougland, 87, of Westerville, Ohio, formerly of Mattoon, died at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at the Wesley Glenn Health Center in Columbus, Ohio. Arrangements are pending at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Malinda Otto
SULLIVAN - Malinda L. Otto, 84, of Sullivan, died at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at her residence.The funeral will be 9 a.m. Friday at the Levi C. Otto residence. Burial will be in the Yoder Cemetery, Arthur. Visitation will be anytime prior to the service at the Levi Otto residence. The McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Arthur, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Oct. 27, 1916, in Arthur, the daughter of Levi B. and Rebecca Schrock Miller. She married Chris E. Otto in 1936; he died in 1985.Surviving are two sons, Levi C. and William C. Otto, both of Sullivan; two daughters, Louise Bontrager of Kokomo, Ind., and Fannie Marie Miller of Arcola; three brothers, Milton L. Miller of Arcola, Ammon Miller of Arthur and Melvin L. Miller of Ava; one sister, Laura Bontrager of Kokomo, Ind.; 19 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one daughter, one brother, one sister and two grandchildren.Mrs. Otto was a member of the Old Order Amish.

Leonard Perry
MATTOON - Leonard Perry, 61, of Mattoon, died at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Bethel Cemetery with Pastor Jacob L. Frederick officiating. No visitation is planned. The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Jan. 25, 1940, in Oakland, the son of Willis and Loma Lear Perry.Surviving are one sister, Dorothy Miller of Mattoon, and one brother, Kenneth Perry of St. Louis.

Judith Waller
CASEY - Judith Ann Waller, 59, of Casey, died at 3:59 p.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Markwell Funeral Home in Casey with the Rev. Tom Marsh officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Street Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey. She was born May 14, 1941, in Casey, the daughter of Glen Walden and Geneva June Shafer Boyd. She married Vern Waller in 1958; he survives.Also surviving are her mother, Geneva Boyd of Casey; two sons, Jimmie Waller of Louisville and Richard Waller of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; two daughters, Verna Reynolds of Casey and Lori Cown of Kansas; three sisters, Nora Williams, Juanita Remlinger and Glenda Letner, all of Casey; and 13 grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her father.Mrs. Waller was a biscuit maker at Hardee's and a story reader at Monroe Grade School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Casey.Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Casey.

Michael Welsh
Michael William Welsh, age 47, of Mattoon, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2001, at his home.Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Father Herman J. Niebrugge celebrating. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery, following the Mass. The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.Michael was born July 12, 1953, in Mattoon, the son of William T. and Gladys Foyil Welsh. He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Patrick Boyle.Survivors include two sisters, Madonna Boyle and husband Jerry of Latham and Rhonda Davis and husband Rick of Humboldt; two nieces and two nephews.Mr. Welsh was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and a Master's degree in Speech and Communication. He was formerly employed as a journalist and lived many years in southern California. He was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church

Michael Cox
NEW BADEN - Michael Eugene Cox, 39, of New Baden, formerly of Arcola and Oakland, died at 5:55 p.m. Monday (April 2, 2001) at his residence.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola, with Todd Leathermon officiating. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery with military honors by Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.He was born Jan. 3, 1962, in Smyrna, Tenn., the son of Millard Eugene "Gene" and Neoma Ann Pierson Cox. He married Melissa Turner in 1985; she survives.Also surviving are his mother of Charleston; grandmother, Louise Pierson of Charleston; three sons, Richard Weaver of Hindsboro, Keith Cox of Charleston and Coy Cox of New Baden; one daughter, Heather Cox of New Baden; two brothers, David Cox of Charleston and Brad Cox of Taylorville; and one sister, Kimberly Evans of Charleston.He was preceded in death by his father.Mr. Cox was a tech sergeant and served in the U.S. Air Force for almost 21 years. He was an independent crop insurance adjuster for Wells Fargo and America Ag Adjusters. He was a member of the American Legion in Mascoutah and the VFW of Belleville.Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., or National Childhood Cancer Foundation, Arcadia, Calif.

Richard D. (Fergie) Ferguson
CHARLESTON, IL ­ Richard Dale "Fergie" Ferguson, age 72, of rural Neoga, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at his Lake Mattoon home. Services celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, with the Reverend Pat Murphy officiating. Following the service, the Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston will conduct Military Rites. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Interment will be held at a later date in Zion Hill Cemetery, southwest of Mattoon.Dick, as he was also affectionately known, was born February 24, 1929 in Charleston, Illinois the son of Leo Earl and Luvena May (Pearcy) Ferguson. He married Phyllis Ann Waggoner on January 19, 1954 in Coles County, Illinois. She passed away October 19, 2000.He is survived by two daughters, Deb Pauls and her husband Hank of Charleston and Paula Ferguson of Mattoon; nine grandchildren, Alisha O'Boyle and her husband Ted, Morgan Brown and Tyler Dulumback, all of Charleston and Justin Brown, Amanda Barker, Brandon Barker, Samantha Coen, Octavia Uella Mae Swango and Octavian Trenton Dale Swango, all of Mattoon; two great-grandchildren, Evan Barker and Brenden Barker, both of Mattoon; four sisters, Nina Burnett of Johnston City, Illinois, Gracie Jones and her husband Robert of Charleston, Ruth Ann Hickox and her husband Warren of Casey, Illinois and Betty Duffle and her husband Horace of Hindsboro, Illinois, and two brothers, Willis Ferguson and his wife Jeanne and Ed Ferguson and his wife Delores, all of Charleston. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Phyllis.Dick retired in the Lead Maintenance position at General Electric in Mattoon after thirty-six years of service. He and his brother Ed were owners of Ferguson Pest Control in Charleston. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the United States Army with the 44th Engineers. He carried memberships in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Mattoon Post) and Mattoon Eagles Club. He also was a member of the Charleston Boat Club and had served as its President. Fishing was his passion and he also enjoyed yard work, woodworking, riding motorcycles, polishing stones and creating jewelry. A humble and "down to earth" person, Dick will be remembered first as a family man, and one whose home was always open. Dick's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to the family or Lincolnland Hospice. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Jerry Goad
DECATUR - Jerry W. Goad, 58, of Decatur, died at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2001.Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, in Sullivan. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery, Lovington. Memorials: Donor's choice.Jerry was born on December 2, 1942, in Acersville, KY., the son of Robert E. and Nannie Mae Garmon Goad. He was in the Air Force. Jerry had been with Caterpillar for 31 years. Member of the Heartland Community Church, Decatur. He married Suzanne Lane on February 14, 1969, in Lovington.Surviving him is his wife, Suzanne of Decatur; sons, Timothy W. Goad and wife Maria and their children Hannah, Noah; Chad E. Goad and wife Joann and their daughter, Caitlyn all of Sullivan; his parents, Robert and Nan Goad of Sullivan; brothers, Richard Goad of Morena Valley, CA, Charlie Goad of Decatur and Dan Goad of Mt. Zion; sisters, Jean Barrett, Mary Hudson, Barb Wilson all of Sullivan and Pam Devore of Charleston. He was preceded in death by a sister, Linda.

Dr. W. Dale Lazier
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Warren Dale Lazier, born October 23, 1920, in Lee County, Steward, IL, a son of Paul Litch Lazier and Della Mae Fell. Dale's family moved from Steward, IL to Mattoon, IL during the depression years. He graduated from Mattoon High School. Dale died at home in Menlo Park on March 28, 2001. He was 80 years old.He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, June Brunel; his daughters: Francie Arcadi of Napa, Carol Stensrud of San Diego, and Beth Holtby of Colorado Springs; his sons-in-law: Thom Arcadi, Bill Stensrud and Bob Holtby six grandchildren: Antonio and Andrew Arcadi, Ross, Darren and Liz Stensrud, and Travis Holtby. His brother, Murney Lazier resides in Western Falls, Illinois and his sister, Lois Shelley resides in Fort Worth, Texas.Following college at Eastern Illinois University, Dale graduated from UCSF Dental School in 1946. He made his home in Menlo Park where he practiced dentistry for 46 years.He served in the Army Air Force in World War II. During the Korean War Dale served as a Captain in the Army Dental Corps stationed at the Presidio, San Francisco.Dale played golf on the golf and tennis teams in high school and on the varsity golf team in college. An avid athlete, he continued to enjoy golf and tennis, and was a charter member of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.A devoted Christian, Dale served as an active church member and Elder at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto. His favorite saying was, "Don't thank me, thank the Lord." He was instrumental in starting men's Bible studies and was a living example of Jesus' love and concern for others.The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club honored Dale for his years of service as a charter member at their 50 year anniversary celebration in March 2001.Memberships in other organizations included: the American Dental Association, Palo Alto Elks Club, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, University of California Alumni Association.A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Peninsula Bible Church, 3505 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-3840.In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dale Lazier may be made to Stanford Hospice, 300 Pasteur Drive, MC 5520, Stanford, California, 94305, (650) 723-3146 or the charity of choice.

Goldie Mariner
SULLIVAN - Goldie M. Mariner, 73, of Lovington formerly of Sullivan, died at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) in Sullivan Health Care Center.Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Rev. Dr. David Leslie officiating. Burial will be Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Memorials are suggested to donor's choice.Goldie was born September 17, 1928, in McLeansboro, Illinois, the daughter of Renna and Imogene Weaver Taylor. She had been a secretary at the Moultrie County ASC office and was a member of the Sullivan First Christian Church. She married John W. Mariner on April 5, 1952 in Sullivan.Surviving are her husband John W. of Lovington; sons, Kent Allen Mariner of Sullivan, Scott Lee Mariner of Peoria, Illinois; sisters, Mrs. Don (Judy) Beebe of Peoria, Arizona and Mrs. Dick (Patty) Cast of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; one granddaughter and one great-grandson.She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Donald Mingus
CHARLESTON - Donald Mingus, 23, of Charleston, died at 2:39 a.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. No visitation is planned. He was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Coles County, the son of Byon and Shelly LeGrand Mingus.Surviving are two sisters, Mary Agnes Scott of Byron and Viola Janes of Chatham.He was preceded in death by four brothers.Mr. Mingus had been a resident at Prairie View for many years.

Mary Myers
GREENUP - Mary Lois Myers, 73, of Greenup, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at her residence.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday (April 5, 2001) at the Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup. Burial will be in Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born May 28, 1927, in Hidalgo, a daughter of Frank and Barbara (Shotts) Carrico. She married Golden Myers on August 14, 1946; he preceded her in death in 1974.Survivors include sons, James and Mark Myers both of Greenup; two sisters, Mamie Isley of Casey and Thelma Keller of Greenup; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one son, Stephen Myers in 1998, five brothers and one sister.Mrs. Myers retired from Kern Manufacturing Company in Neoga and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Greenup VFW Auxiliary.

BARBARA A. PROCTOR
CHARLESTON, IL - Barbara A. Proctor, age 63, of Charleston, was embraced by her Heavenly Father on Monday, April 2, 2001 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Services celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at the Bushton Christian Church with Reverend Don Pruiett officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the services, interment will be held at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland, Illinois.Barbara was born January 25, 1938 in Fairland, Illinois the daughter of Oliver C. and Ellen Wells. She married Kennard D. Proctor on November 20, 1960 in Oakland, Illinois.She is survived by her husband Kennard of Charleston; one son, Ken D. Proctor, Jr. and his fiance Debbie Koffman of Lake Worth, Florida; one daughter, Megan Przygoda and her husband Don of Charleston; four grandchildren, Gabe Przygoda, Isaac Przygoda, Noah Przygoda and Sam Przygoda, all of Charleston; three sisters, Mary Davis and her husband Bob of Newman, Illinois, Joan Thomas and her husband Charlie of Longview, Illinois and Lois Bryant and her husband Roy of Crawfordsville, Indiana and one brother, James Wells and his wife Judy of Fairland. She was preceded by her parents, two brothers and one sister.Barbara was a Registered Nurse and most recently, was on the staff at Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon. Previously she worked for Dr. C. E. Whalen, Dr. L. R. Montemayor and Dr. Charles Ramsey. She was a graduate of Villa Grove High School and received her R.N. at the Mercy School of Nursing in Urbana. Barbara was a member of the Bushton Christian Church and was actively involved with Project Life. She was a devoted member of the nursing profession, and received great satisfaction from helping others. She enjoyed family celebrations, traveling, camping and planting trees and flowers. Her family will warmly remember her as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.Barbara's family requests that memorials in her honor be made to the Bushton Christian Church. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Roy Wheeler
NEOGA - Roy Edward Wheeler, age 98, of Neoga, formerly of Elkton, Ky., died at 3:27 a.m. Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Latham Funeral Home in Elkton, Ky., with Dr. Michael Simonella officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, rural Elkton, Ky. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.He was born Oct. 8, 1902, in Todd County, Ky., the son of Edward Albert Wheeler Jr. and Maggie Stratton Wheeler. He married Ola Groves in 1927; she died in 1999. Surviving are three sons, Alton Wheeler of Greenville, Ky., Jim Wheeler of Beaver Dam, Ky., and Ed Wheeler of Mattoon; two daughters, Dorothy Laster and Sue Clark, both of Mattoon; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.He was preceded in death by one son, three brothers and three sisters.Mr. Wheeler was formerly employed with the Kentucky State Department of Transportation. He had retired from farming in 1966. He was a member of the New Hope Church in Clifty, Ky.Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga or to the Central Community Church in Mattoon.

Winifred Bingaman
NEOGA, IL - Winifred "Winnie" Bingaman, 100, of Neoga, IL, died at 6:35 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2001 at Convalescent Care Center in Mattoon, IL.The funeral will be 2 p.m. today, April 3, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, IL, with the Rev. Richard Coen of Neoga officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery, Paradise Twp., Coles County, IL. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the funeral home.She was born June 22, 1900 in Cumberland County, IL, the daughter of Fred N. and Lucy (Hunter) Buchanan. She married T. Clifford Bingaman on May 1, 1922 in Neoga, IL; he died on May 14, 1954.Survivors include former daughter-in-law, Earnestine (Bingaman) Brown of Windsor, IL; brother, Louis Buchanan and wife Lois of Neoga, IL; granddaughters, Rebecca Hancock and husband John of Mattoon, IL, and Mrs. Brenda Tull of Decatur, IL; great-grandchildren, Heather Wright of Mt. Zion, IL and Kim Hancock of Mattoon, IL; step grandchildren, John Knox of Sullivan, IL, Jim Knox of Windsor, IL, Phyllis Seymour of Arthur, IL and Sandra Phipps of Sullivan, IL; seven step great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one son, Miles Bingaman; two brothers; three sisters; and one great-grandson.Mrs. Bingaman was the first lady to be elected Township Clerk and held that office for over 20 years, she also taught school for three years. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Neoga, IL, was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Neoga, IL where she had been a member for 40 years, was a former member of the Azure Rebekah Lodge in Neoga, IL. Memorials may be made to the United Presbyterian Church in Neoga, IL or to Heartland Christian Village of Neoga, IL.

Idella Bunten
MATTOON - Idella Wilma Bunten, 82, of Mattoon, formerly of Oakland, died at 5:51 a.m. Monday (April 2, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, with Russell Witmer officiating. Burial will be in Embarras Cemetery, west of Redmon. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.She was born Dec. 28, 1918, in rural Edgar County, the daughter of Harry E. and Helen Martin Fulwider. She married John Armstrong in 1940; he died in 1968. She married Russell Kincade in 1971; he died in 1995. She married Archie Bunten in 1998; he survives.Also surviving are two sons, David Armstrong of Springville, Tenn., and Stephen Armstrong of Charleston, and two grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one son and one brother.Mrs. Bunten had worked as a dental assistant for several years. She was a member of the Redmon Christian Church.Memorials may be made to the Redmon Christian Church.

Edward Costello
PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Edward "Bud" Costello, 81, of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Trilla, died Monday morning (April 2, 2001) at his residence.Arrangements are incomplete at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Harold Ghere
ARCOLA - Harold Garber Ghere, 83, of Arcola, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday (April 2, 2001) at Mattoon Health Care Center.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola, with the Rev. Donald Winch officiating. Burial with military rites by Arcola VFW Post 7862 will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born July 20, 1917, in Douglas County, the son of Perry Ward and Florence Garber Ghere. He married Rilda Virginia Bright in 1942; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Kenneth Ghere of Cerro Gordo; one daughter, Virginia "Jenny" Osborn of Arcola; one brother, Bob Ghere of Arcola; three sisters, Joyce Hancock of Arcola, Margaret VanCleave of Tuscola and Evelyn Swisher of Martinsville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.Mr. Ghere worked at the Thomas Monahan Co. in Arcola and operated Arcola Shoe Repair for a short time. He retired in 1981 as a maintenance supervisor from Equistar Chemicals, formerly USI, in Tuscola. Mr. Ghere then worked at Bulk-Tek in Arcola. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the First Christian Church of Arcola.Memorials may be made to the Arcola Sports Boosters.

Dee Dee Hooper
Melody Mae "Dee Dee" Carter Hooper, age 32, of Mattoon, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, (April 1, 2001) at the St. John's Hospital in Springfield.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the First General Baptist Church with the Reverend Steven Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. this evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.Dee Dee was born December 13, 1968, in Mattoon, a daughter of David Sr. and Carolyn Steury Carter. Dee Dee married Ron Hooper on June 4, 1994. He survives. Other survivors include one brother, David Carter Jr. and wife Beth of Mattoon; one sister, Laura Gordon and husband Rohn of Mattoon; one half-brother, Andrew Carter of Oceanside, California; three stepbrothers, Andrew Graddy of Bellevue, Michigan, Scott Graddy of Sterling Heights, Michigan and Brannen Carter; her mother and stepfather, Carolyn and George Graddy of Lancaster; stepmother, Janet Carter of Indianapolis, Indiana; mother-in-law, Frances Hooper of Assumption; one brother-in-law, Andrew Hooper of Assumption; maternal grandmother, Daisy Steury of Mattoon, paternal grandmother, Betty Carter of Mattoon; many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.She was preceded in death by her father, David Carter, Sr.Dee Dee was a graduate of Springfield University with an associate degree in nursing and her R.N. from St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield. She worked in the nursery at the First General Baptist Church on South Ninth Street, where she was a member. She worked as an R.N. and also as a pharmacy tech at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the First General Baptist Church.

Marilyn J. McCausland
CHARLESTON, IL - Marilyn J. McCausland, age 67, of Charleston passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2001 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Services celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth Street, Charleston, with Reverend Dale Beck officiating. Visitation will be held this evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Interment will be in Wheaton Cemetery in Wheaton, Illinois at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.Marilyn was born August 24, 1933, in Arcola, Illinois the daughter of Oscar George and Marie (Hansen) Wahl. She married Richard E. McCausland on March 22, 1986 in Wheaton.Survivors include her husband Richard of Charleston; four sons, Ralph McCausland and his wife Joan of Charleston, Roger McCausland and his wife Sue of Shelton, Washington, George McCausland and his wife Sue of Kingston, Illinois and Jim Derrick and his special friend Harmony of Wheeling, Illinois; four daughters, Jean Pison and her husband Robert of Carmel, Indiana, Karen Derrick of Indianapolis, Indiana, Martha Picszek and her husband Russ of Yorkville, Illinois and Ruth Maddock and her husband Mike of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; a brother, George Wahl and his wife Virginia of Georgia and fourteen grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and one brother, Dr. John Wahl.Marilyn was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston. She graduated from the University of Chicago, and upon her retirement in management from the Gary-Wheaton Bank in Wheaton, she and her beloved husband Richard traveled extensively. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, flower gardening and hiking, but nothing was more meaningful to her than her grandchildren who were the light of her life.Marilyn's family requests that memorials in her honor be made to the American Cancer Society. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Joseph "Joey" Walk, Jr.
NEOGA, IL - Joseph Foster "Joey" Walk, Jr., 20, of rural Neoga, IL, died Sunday afternoon (April 1, 2001) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday (April 5, 2001) at St. Michael, The Archangel Church in Sigel, IL, with Father Robert DeGrand of Sigel, IL, Father John Titus of Springfield, IL and Sister Pat Thies of Neoga, IL officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Sigel, IL. Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2001 with a 7 p.m. Wake service at St. Michael, The Archangel Church in Sigel, IL. The Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, IL, is in charge of the arrangements. Joey was born December 13, 1980, in Effingham, IL, the son of Joseph Foster and Catherine M. (Niemerg) Walk, Sr.Survivors include his parents, Joe and Cathy Walk, Sr. of rural Neoga, IL; a sister, Jayne Walk at home; brothers, Ted and Lee Walk also at home; grandparents, Andrew and Martha Niemerg of Dieterich, IL, and Mary Walk of Teutopolis, IL.He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Foster and Mary Louise Walk.Mr. Walk was a student at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL, he was the assistant baseball coach at Lake Land College and assistant basketball coach at St. Michael School in Sigel, IL. He was a member of the St. Michael, The Archangel Church, Sigel, Phi Theta Kappy (National Honors Fraternity), he was a graduate of the Class of 1999 at Neoga High School. Joey was a four year letterman in Baseball and a three year letterman in Basketball at Neoga High School. Memorials may be made to St. Michael School, in Sigel, IL, Joey Walk Memorial Scholarship at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL, or the Weight Lifting Department at Neoga High School, Neoga, IL. 

Opal Washburn
CASEY - Opal M. Washburn, 94, of Casey, died at 5:55 a.m. Monday (April 2, 2001) at Heartland Manor Nursing Center in Casey.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey with the Rev. John Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Green Moss Cemetery in Dolson Township. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.She was born Jan. 11, 1907, in Martinsville, the daughter of Charles Wesley Slater and Naomi Weir Slater. She married Willard Washburn in 1927; he died in 1948.Surviving are one daughter, Wanda N. Cross of Clarksville; one brother, Dale Slater of Marshall; four grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one son and six brothers.Mrs. Washburn was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Valley EUB Church in Greenup.

Michael Welsh
MATTOON - Michael W. Welsh, 47, of Mattoon, died at 2:20 p.m. Monday (April 2, 2001) at his residence.Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Virgil Willis
Virgil Charles Willis, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2001, at the Mattoon Health Care Center.Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Joseph I. Somers officiating. Burial with military rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday morning at the funeral home.Virgil was born August 16, 1920 in Gradon, West Virginia, a son of Dell and Minnie Armantrout Willis. He married Geraldine O. Miller on April 2, 1947. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Rae Del Susan Cahill and husband Jack of Noblesville, Indiana, Brenda Cheryl Hall and husband Art of Mattoon; two grandchildren, Eric Preston Hall of Mattoon and Jon Michael Cahill of Hot Springs, South Dakota; one brother, Dennis Willis of Cottageville, West Virginia; one sister, Mabel Rorabaugh of Perry, Ohio; one nephew, Jerry White and wife Pat of Mattoon, three nieces, Marcia White of Mattoon, Patty Jo Leathers and husband Steve of Flora and Vicki Uhl and husband Jim of Mattoon.He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Matthew Troy Cahill, and seventeen brothers and sisters.During World War II Virgil attained the rank of Sergeant while serving with the 274th Infantry, Glider unit Company G. He saw action in campaigns in Africa , Sicily, Italy, France, Germany, Rome, Arno, Central Europe and Rhineland. He was awarded the American Defense Medal on November 1, 1943 and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. Sgt. Willis was discharged with combat injuries October 17, 1945. He lived in Mattoon as a meat cutter and construction worker until his retirement in 1975. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Ilene Barrow
MATTOON ­ Ilene M. Barrow of Mattoon died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday (March 31, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the Neoga Memorial Cemetery with Dr. Mark Prevo officiating. There will be no visitation. Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.She was born in Neoga, the daughter of James Franklin and Edna (Walker) Pugh. She married Ralph G. Barrow in 1943. He died in 1962.Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Helen Hampton of Effingham; nieces and nephews.She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.Mrs. Barrow was a retired food service worker for the Community Unit School District of Mattoon and a member of the First Christian Church.Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Mattoon.

Charles Cowger
TOLEDO ­ Charles Cowger, 91, of Savoy, formerly of Hidalgo, died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday (March 31, 2001) at Provena Hospital in Champaign.The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo. Burial will be in Aten Cemetery in Hidalgo. Visitation was Sunday at the funeral home.He was born March 22, 1910, in Hidalgo, the son of David and Luella Carr Cowger. He married Wilba Thomas. She died in 1976. He later married Louise Shappert. She survives.Also surviving are two sons, William Cowger and Charles Cowger; two daughters, Reeta Beecham and Sareta Cummins; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.Mr. Cowger was a retired teacher in the Jasper and Boone County schools. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Kiwanis Club, both of Champaign.Memorials may be made to the Champaign Presbyterian Church or the Habitat for Humanity.

John Melvin
GALESBURG ­ John Wayne Melvin, 84, of Galesburg, formerly of Bushnell, died at 5:28 a.m. Saturday (March 31, 2001) at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Bushnell United Methodist Church with the Rev. Martha Scaff officiating. Burial will be in Bushnell Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Bushnell United Methodist Church. The Martin-Hollis Funeral Home of Bushnell is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Bushnell, the son of John E. and Ethel Jones Melvin. He married Eileen Speer in 1937. She survives.Also surviving are two sons, Gary Melvin of Sullivan and Jay Melvin of Warsaw; four daughters, Bonnie Rogers of Hamilton, Joyce Staff of Quincy, Janet Hughbanks of Evergreen, Colo., and Angie Repp of Geneva; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.Mr. Melvin was a farmer and co-owner of Melvin-Chambers Insurance Agency in Bushnell. He was a life member of the Bushnell United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Bushnell Odd Fellows Lodge.

Roy Miller
BEECHER CITY ­ Roy T. Miller, 85, of Beecher City died at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday (March 28, 2001) at his residence.The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City with the Rev. Leonard R. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 4829 of Shelbyville. Visitation was Sunday at the funeral home.He was born Nov. 22, 1915, in Moultrie County, the son of Roy Frederick and Nonia Adams Miller. He married Jacqueline M. Moore in 1944. She died in 1990.Surviving are three sons, Roy W. Miller of Sullivan, Thomas E. Miller of Warren, Mich., and Jerry J. Miller of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Percy Miller of Tower Hill and Ed Miller of Fancher; one sister, June Crockett of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.Mr. Miller was a farmer and U.S. Army veteran of WW II. He was affiliated with the First Assembly of God Church in St. Elmo and was a member of the National Rifle Association.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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