Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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MARTHA JUNE GOSSETT

CHARLESTON, IL.- Martha June Gossett, age 78 of rural Charleston,
passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at Provena Covenant Medical
Center in Urbana, Illinois. Graveside services celebrating her life will be
held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19 at Liberty Cemetery with Pastor
Scott Sims and Pastor Ray Finney officiating. There will be no visitation.

June was born June 19, 1922 in Hutton Township in Coles County, Illinois
the daughter of Sam and Bonnie (Black) Lawyer. She married Ralph S.
Gossett in Perryville, Missouri on December 17, 1940.

Survivors include Ralph, her loving husband of sixty years; one son, Larry
Gossett and his wife Vicky of Ashmore, Illinois; three grandchildren, Scott
Gossett and his wife Carrie and Sarah Gossett, all of Charleston, and Joe
Gossett of Ashmore; and, two great grandchildren, Courtney Gossett and
Allison Gossett, also of Charleston. She was preceded by her parents; a
son, Charleston William Gossett, two sisters, Maxine Black and Marjorie
Lawyer; and two brothers, Marion Black and William Kenneth Black.

June was a Charter Member of the Charleston Community Church, and
more recently attended Salisbury Church. She enjoyed flower and
vegetable gardening and hummingbirds. The foundation of her life was her
family and her five very special grandchildren and great grandchildren; and
she'll be remembered as a loving wife to Ralph and a loving and caring
mother and grandmother. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with
the Food Service at Eastern Illinois University.

Services and arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral
Chapel.

Jessie L. Groves

Jessie L. Groves 93 of Windsor died at 5:00 a.m. Sunday (June 17, 2001)
in the Mattoon Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lovins-Lockart
Funeral Home, Windsor with Rev. Richard Eident officiating. Visitation will
be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in the Ash Grove
Cemetery, Windsor.

She was born April 29, 1908 in Neoga the daughter of Pearl and Susie
Rockwell Plummer. She married Chester Groves July 4, 1937 in Mattoon
and he preceded her in death in August of 1984.

She was a member of the Windsor Christian Church and the Ladies Aid of
the church, the Senior Bowling League, Effingham and was a volunteer and
key lady at the Heartland Christian Village, Neoga. She assisted her
husband in his ministries of the Christian Churches in Mason, Latonia,
Elkville, Patoka, West Salem, Marshall, Toledo, Jerseyville, Marshall
Avenue Church in Mattoon and Griffin, IN.

Surviving are one daughter Clara Jane Bell and husband Bob of Windsor;
grandchildren Terry Bell and wife Diane of Windsor, Barry Bell and wife
Toni of Windsor and Sherry Finley and husband Jeff of Charleston;
great-grandchildren April Bell, Robin Bell, Regan Finley, Devan Finley and
Katie Bell.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Windsor Christian Church.

Gladys Tynan

Gladys M. Tynan, 90, of Humboldt, died at 9:25 PM Friday, June 15,
2001 at the Arthur Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at
the Humboldt United Methodist Church, 419 Jefferson Street, Humboldt,
with Reverend Margaret Misal officiating. Burial will be in the Humboldt
Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM at the
Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust, Arcola.

Mrs. Tynan was born Nov. 21, 1910 in Casey, a daughter of Charles and
Lucy Smith Washburn. She married Eugene Tynan in Shelbyville on March
2, 1935. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1995.

Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Fidler and husband Ed of Arcola,
son-in-law, Roger Croy of Mattoon; 2 sisters, Lillian Chapman of Casey,
Thelma Miller of Lafayette, Indiana; 1 brother, Paul Washburn of Belaire;
5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lorene Croy on Dec. 19,
2000, and 5 brothers, Charles, Russell, Earl, Kenneth and Stanley.

Mrs. Tynan was a homemaker and a member of the Humboldt United
Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the church.

June 16, 2001

Shannon McNamara

ROLLING MEADOWS - Shannon E. McNamara, 21, of Rolling
Meadows, presently attending Eastern Illinois University and living in
Charleston, died Tuesday (June 12, 2001) in Charleston.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Colette Church, Rolling
Meadows. Burial will be in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine.
Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Meadows Funeral Home in
Rolling Meadows.

She was born June 21, 1979, in Arlington Heights, the daughter of Robert
L. and Cynthia E. Koch McNamara.

Surviving are her parents of Rolling Meadows; one brother, Robert L.
McNamara; and grandparents, Margaret Koch and Robert L. McNamara.

She was preceded in death by one grandmother and one grandfather.

Miss McNamara was a senior attending Eastern Illinois University. She was
very involved with athletic competition, primarily track, and was a member
of the Alpha Phi Sorority.

Memorials may be made to Special Olympics c/o the family or to the
Shannon McNamara Scholarship Fund c/o Harris Bank, Rolling Meadows.

Frieda Murphy

ARCOLA - Frieda Lucille Murphy, 72, of Arcola, died at 4:17 p.m.
Thursday (June 14, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home,
Neoga, with the Rev. Ron Lake officiating. Burial will be in the Neoga
Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the
funeral home.

She was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Lovington, the daughter of Robert and
Myrtle Dollar Lear.

Surviving are two sons, Patrick M. and Timothy Murphy, both of Arcola;
one sister, Donna Smethers of Sparta; three grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Joy Smith of Mattoon.

Mrs. Murphy was a retired cook from the Kaskaskia Country Club and the
Letterman's Club, both of Arcola. She was a member of the Eagles Club in
Mattoon.

Michael Roberts

CHARLESTON - Michael Ray "Mike" Roberts, 46, of Charleston, died
Friday (June 15, 2001) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at Adams Funeral Chapel with the
Pastor Scott Sims and Pastor Matt McGregor officiating. Visitation will be
5 to 7 p.m. with Masonic Rites conducted at the funeral chapel.

He was born Aug. 9, 1954, in Charleston, the son of William E. and Betty
L. Ehrsam Roberts. He married Mel Bonnell in 1985; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Zeke Roberts of Charleston; one daughter,
Becca Roberts of Charleston; one sister, Marilyn Ellison of Ashmore; and
two brothers, Russell Roberts of Odin and Jack Walker of Charleston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Mr. Roberts was employed by Lake Land College. He was an Army
veteran, a member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge 35 AF/AM, Ansar
Shrine, Valley of Danville Scottish Rites, American Legion Post in Mattoon
and The Patriots.

Memorials may be made to the family c/o Adams Funeral Chapel,
Charleston.

June 15, 2001

Homer Bahney Jr.

JEWETT - Homer E. Bahney Jr., 54, of Jewett, died at 9:03 a.m.
Wednesday (June 13, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. The Barkley Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 19, 1946, in Goessel, Kan., the son of Homer and Pearl
Stubby Bahney. He married Sandra Carson in 1996; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Homer "Trey" Bahney III of Jewett; four
stepsons, Steve Bennett of Paris, Russell Bennett of Woodbury, Robert
Carson of U.S.M.C. and John Carson of Greenup; three stepdaughters,
Peggy Hayes of Paris, Lisa Bennett of Charleston and Marci Titus of
Toledo; one brother, Jack Bahney of Shelbyville; two stepbrothers, Randy
and Dean Lock, both of Toledo; one stepsister, Donna Cinde of Lerna; and
several grandchildren.

Mr. Bahney was retired from Young's Radiator of Mattoon. He was a
member of Charleston Moose 1388, Mattoon Eagles 3438 and Sons of
America Legion.

Jerry Lock

LERNA - Jerry L. Lock, 41, of Lerna, died at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday (June
13, 2001) at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in
Neoga with the Rev. Richard Coen officiating. Burial will be in Janesville
Cemetery, Janesville. There will be no visitation.

He was born Sept. 7, 1959, in Mattoon, the son of Lyle E. and Goldie
(Hill) Lock.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, Lyle and Linda Lock of Carmago;
one son, Bryar Lock of Mattoon; one daughter, Andrea Lock of Orange
City, Fla.; two brothers, J. Randy Lock and R. Dean Lock, both of Toledo;
one sister, Donna J. Sinde of Lerna; one half sister, Kelly J. Lock of
Tuscola; one stepbrother, Jack Bahney of Shelbyville; and two
grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and one stepbrother.

Mr. Lock was a retail salesman.

Edna McConnell

CHAMPAIGN - Edna L. McConnell, 81, of Champaign, formerly of
Arcola area, died at 9:28 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2001, at Provena Covenant
in Champaign.

She was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Arcola, the daughter of George and Lillie
Lucas Stortzum. She married John McConnell in August of 1967; he
survives.

Other survivors included a stepson, Marc McConnell of Corpus Christi,
TX; a stepdaughter, Sheila Smethers of Cincinnati, Ohio; four
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Mrs. McConnell was a beautician and Instructor of Beauty Culture. She
was a member of the OES Hope Chapter #104. She loved football, knitting,
crocheting and other needlework as well as cooking.

The funeral was conducted Wednesday at the Heath and Vaughn Funeral
Home in Champaign with the Rev. Steve Bradley officiating. Burial was in
Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon. The pallbearers were Lyle,
Nathan and Steve Gannaway, J.D. Nolte, Jene Smethers and Jeff Douglas.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital, St.
Louis.

Frieda Murphy

ARCOLA - Frieda L. Murphy, 72, of Arcola, died at 4:17 p.m. Thursday
(June 14, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga.

Inez Whitesel

LITTLETON, Colo. - Inez L. Whitesel, 95, of Littleton, Colo., formerly of
Charleston, died at 3:20 a.m. Thursday (June 14, 2001) at Christian Living
Campus in Littleton, Colo.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Roselawn Cemetery. The
Harper-Swickard Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born July 16, 1905, in Willow Hill, the daughter of Frank and
Martha Scott Davis. She married John Whitesel II; he preceded her in
death.

Surviving is one son, John Whitesel III.

Mrs. Whitesel was a retired teacher.

June 14, 2001

Thomas Endsley

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - Thomas L. Endsley, 86, of Arkadelphia, Ark.,
formerly of Coles County, died Wednesday (June 13, 2001) at Baptist
Medical Center in Arkadelphia.

A memorial service will be conducted in Charleston at a later date. The
Harper-Swickard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Jan. 25, 1915, in Coles County, the son of William "Mack"
and Minnie Harwood Endsley. He married Mary Catherine Smith; she
preceded him. He married Kathryn Swickard; she also preceded him in
death.

Surviving are one daughter, Anita Holt of Redondo Beach, Calif.; one
stepdaughter, Paula Leming of Arkadelphia; two brothers, Carroll Endsley
of Decatur and Norman Endsley of Bartonville; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Endsley was a Methodist, a teacher and an administrator, and an Army
veteran of World War II.

Memorials may be made to Henderson State University Foundation,
Arkadelphia, Ark.

CLELLA F. TEMPLE

CHARLESTON, IL - Clella F. Temple, age 86, of Charleston, went to be
with the Lord on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at Prairie View Care Center.
Services celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June
16, with Reverend Jack Turner officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday
evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Services and visitation will be held at Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the services,
interment will be in Mound Cemetery, Charleston.

Clella was born March 24, 1915, in LaClede, Illinois the daughter of
Grover Cleveland and Flora Mae (Weaver) Randall. She married Harold
"Shorty" Temple in August, 1943 in Mattoon, Illinois.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne "Moe" Temple and his wife Jill of
Charleston and Stephen and his wife Carol of Granger, Indiana; two
daughters, Pamela Anne Newby and her husband Larry of Charleston and
MaryLee Temple and her husband Kenny of Effingham, Illinois; one
stepson, Glen Temple and his wife Dona of Effingham; seven
grandchildren, Glenda Taggart and her husband Tony of Oakland City,
Indiana, Rebecca Temple of Effingham, Eric Temple and his wife Karen,
Matthew Newby and his wife Krissta and Joshua Newby, all of Charleston,
Kimberly Temple and Timothy Temple and his wife Nikki, all of Mattoon;
five great-grandchildren, Travis Taggart and Brooke Taggart of Oakland
City, Indiana, Ariel Hassinger and Harlie Rose Temple of Mattoon and
Matthew Richard (Ricky) Newby of Charleston; two step grandchildren,
Mona Repking and her husband Ken and Janet Ohnesorge and her husband
Doug, all of Effingham; two sisters, Enid Robertson of Edgewood, Illinois,
Cleo Schussler of Tucson, Arizona, and one brother, Edwin Randall of
Marengo, Illinois. She was preceded by her husband who went to be with
the Lord April 19, 1969; one son, Rodney D. Temple and two sisters, Eva
Humes and Cora Vincent.

Clella attended the Providence Separate Baptist Church. A retiree from the
Business Office at Charleston Memorial Hospital, she enjoyed crocheting,
sports, flower gardening, crossword and jigsaw puzzles and collecting
refrigerator magnets and beanie babies. Clella will be fondly remembered as
a loving mother and grandmother, and will be missed by her special pet, a
parakeet she called "Petie".

The family requests that memorials in honor of Clella be made to the Crisis
Pregnancy Center. Memorial Gifts may be made at the visitation or
services, or by mail to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive,
Charleston, IL 61920.

June 13, 2001

Pamela Cox

CHARLESTON - Pamela Cox, 48, of Charleston, died at 7 a.m. Monday
(June 11, 2001) at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Dodge Grove Cemetery
with the Rev. Jacob L. Frederick officiating. No visitation is planned. The
Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 8, 1952, in California and was adopted by Claude and
Modena Cox.

Surviving are one daughter, Kelly L. Yarbrough of Charleston; one brother,
Lalonnie Meece of Mattoon; and two sisters, Rosie Meece and Penny
Osborne, both of Mattoon.

Ms. Cox was a certified nurse's assistant for Prairie View Center of
Charleston.

ROBERT HILLERBY

Robert Duane Hillerby, age 61, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:40 a.m.
Monday, June 11, 2001, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at
the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Lindo Smith officiating.
Burial will follow in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from
5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Robert was born January 28, 1940, a son of Robert A. and Marie Burwell
Hillerby. He married Elizabeth Jane Heath on March 3, 1963.

Survivors include his wife, E. Jane Hillerby of Mattoon; one daughter,
Robin Helm and husband Tom of Neoga; one son, Christopher Hillerby
and wife Beth of Mattoon; one granddaughter, Brittany Hayward of Neoga;
one stepgrandson, Brandon Helm of Neoga; his father and stepmother,
Robert and Dorothy "Dottie" Hillerby of Hot Springs, Ark.; his mother,
Marie Hillerby of Mattoon; four sisters, Janice Howard and husband
Charles of Mattoon, Patty Wilbanks and husband Orville of Greenville,
Mo., Kay Eskew of Decatur, and Gloria Easton and husband Herbert of
Effingham; and one brother, James Hillerby of Mattoon.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one sister, Jeannie
Idleman.

Mr. Hillerby worked at Master Brand Schrock Cabinet Company for fifteen
years. He served as a minister of music at Christian Outreach Center in
Mattoon and was founder of the gospel music band, "Gospel Land Singers"
and played with them for twenty five years. He recorded gospel record
albums performed throughout the southeastern and central United States,
including WLBH Radio and other stations through the years. Robert wrote
articles for the local newspapers for many years. He had a deep relationship
with Jesus Christ, our Lord, and a love for God's living Word, which was
reflected in him and his articles.

Memorial gifts may be made to Jane Hillerby or Lincolnland Hospice.

John F. Mathis

STRASBURG - John F. Mathis, 70, of Strasburg, died at 7:10 a.m.,
Tuesday, June 12, 2001 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday in Strasburg United Methodist
Church with Rev. Michael L. Kesling officiating. Visitation from 9:00-11:00
Thursday in the church. Burial in Richland Cemetery, Strasburg, with
military rites by Strasburg American Legion Liberty Post #289.
Arrangements by Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg. Memorials
may be given to Strasburg United Methodist Church or Strasburg American
Legion Liberty Post #289.

Mr. Mathis was born on April 1, 1931, in West Eden-Cypress, Illinois, the
son of John Franklin and Leota Mae Stockdale Mathis. He was a farmer
and worked for Anaconda/Anamet Metal Hose in Mattoon, retiring in 1993.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of
Strasburg United Methodist Church and a 47 year member of Strasburg
American Legion Liberty Post #289 where he was a past commander. He
married Rosabelle Rosine on November 10, 1956 in Oblong. She died on
May 25, 1998.

Surviving are his sons, Stanley Mathis and wife Cindy of Shumway,
Bradley Mathis and wife Tami of Strasburg and Kevin Mathis and wife
Lori of Strasburg; daughter, Denise Macklin and husband Rob of Mattoon;
brothers, Wiley Mathis of Shelbyville, Carl Mathis and wife Rita of Henton
and James Mathis of Yates Center, KS; sisters, Mary Cress of Strasburg
and Daisy Briscoe and husband Leon of Sullivan; and three grandchildren,
Paige Kemme of Mattoon, Mark Mathis of Shumway and Wade Mathis of
Strasburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Arthur F. Mathis in
1926; and sister, Beulah M. Roellig in 1981.

Bertha McClusky

MATTOON - Bertha Mildred McClusky, 78, of Mattoon, died at 5:01 p.m.
Monday (June 11, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elias-Smith Funeral Home in
Alton with the Rev. Royce Roy officiating. Burial will be in Upper Alton
Cemetery in Alton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the
funeral home.

She was born Oct. 13, 1923, in St. Louis County, Mo., the daughter of
Ernest and Mabel Stratton Hill. She married James Howard McClusky; he
preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Robert Henry McClusky of Mattoon; one daughter,
Ruth Ann Tipton of McHenry; two stepsons Jim McClusky of Springfield,
Mo., and Bill McClusky of Eldorado; two stepdaughters Helen McGowand
of Mount Grove, Mo., and Bonnie Tyssen of Highland, Ind.; 27
grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, one daughter, two brothers and
one great-grandchild.

Mrs. McClusky was a cook at Alton Memorial Home. She attended the
East Alton Pentecostal Church.

Richard Nelson Pearcy

STREAMWOOD, IL - Richard Nelson Pearcy, 47, of Streamwood,
formerly of Charleston, passed away at 2:01 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2001 at
St. Alexius Hospital, Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001,
at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Chaplain Robert Holmes
officiating. Interment will follow in Janesville Cemetery with military rites
by Paul McVey V.F.W. Post #1592. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00
p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Richard was a devoted son, husband and father. He was born October 28,
1953, in Charleston, Illinois, a son of Richard "Gene" and Carolyn
Duckworth Pearcy. He married Kim Suk-Hwan December 17, 1985 in
Seoul, South Korea, she survives. Also surviving are his parents of
Charleston; grandmother, Joyce Duckworth of Charleston; three sons,
Richard Curtis Pearcy and wife JoAnn of Streamwood, Paul Joseph Pearcy
of Streamwood and Daniel James Pearcy of San Antonio, Texas. Richard
also leaves a granddaughter, Sophia Pearcy of Streamwood; and two
brothers, Thomas M. Pearcy and Steven J. Pearcy both of Charleston. One
brother, Robert E. Pearcy preceded him in death.

Richard was an instructor at I.T.T. Technical Institute. He was a retired
career military officer, serving his country with honor and distinction. Some
of the awards he received were the Meritorious Service Award, Air Force
Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force
Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Short Tour Ribbon and Air Force
Longevity Service Medal. He was a life member of Paul McVey V.F.W.
Post 1592 and was a V.F.W. member of the A.F.C.E.A. He received his
Bachelor or Science Degree from University of Illinois and his Master's
Degree at Biloxi Mississippi. He was licensed in Electrical Engineering in
Illinois and Oklahoma.

Kristi Ulrey

CHARLESTON - Kristi Jo Ulrey, 35, of Charleston, formerly of
Martinsville, died Monday (June 11, 2001) at her residence.

Private funeral services are pending. Greenwell Funeral Home in
Martinsville is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Feb. 2, 1966, in Paris, the daughter of Gayle and Sandra
Hills Ulrey.

Surviving are her parents of Martinsville; one daughter, Ashley Brooke
Ulrey of Charleston; one brother, Victor Ulrey of Haltom City, Texas; and
three sisters, Tracy Frazier of Marshall, Shelly Boedeker of Berthoud,
Colo., and Misty Ettelbrick of Naperville.

Ms. Ulrey was a licensed practical nurse. Donations in her memory made
be made to the donor's choice.

June 12, 2001

Dino Auburn

SHELBYVILLE - Dino S. Auburn, 51, of Shelbyville, died at 1 a.m.
Sunday (June 10, 2001) in his residence.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Glenwood Cemetery,
Shelbyville. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Lockart and Sons
Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

He was born April 6, 1950, in Decatur, the son of Ansel F. and Mary
Humphrey Auburn.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Mary Auburn Stevenson and Jim
Stevenson of Shelbyville; one daughter, Wendi Brush of Jacob; two
brothers, Richard Auburn of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Gary Auburn of
Shelbyville; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Auburn had retired from Diamond Star in Bloomington and was
formerly employed at Shelby Tool and Die and Justrite in Mattoon. He was
a member of the Shelbyville Moose Lodge and the Sons of the American
Legion, Shelbyville.

Memorials may be made to Shelbyville boys' baseball.

Pamela Cox

CHARLESTON - Pamela Cox, 48, of Charleston, died at 7 a.m. Monday
(June 11, 2001) at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Paul Duncan

WEST HILLS, Calif. - Paul Lawrence Duncan, 91, of West Hills, Calif.,
formerly of Mattoon, died June 1, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 21, 1909, in Coles County, the son of Lawrence and
Nellie Ellen Wampler Duncan. He married Paralee Tinsmen in 1930; she
died in 1978.

Surviving are one son, Rick of West Hills, Calif.; one brother, Robert
Duncan of Mattoon; and one great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by one son, one brother, three sisters and
one grandchild.

Mr. Duncan had delivered gas and oil. He was a member of Mattoon
baseball boosters organization and a member of the Christian Church.

Robert Hillerby

MATTOON - Robert Hillerby, 61, of Mattoon, died at 10:30 a.m. Monday
(June, 11, 2001) at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Kenneth Ingram

INDIANPOLIS - Kenneth R. Ingram, 62, of Indianapolis, died Sunday
(June 10, 2001) at the Methodist Hospital.

The funeral will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Conkle Funeral Home in
Lynhurst Chapel, Indianapolis. Burial will be in Floral Park Cemetery in
Indianapolis. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel.

Surviving are his wife, Theresa A. Woodall; one son, Kenneth Ingram Jr.
of Rolling Meadows; three daughters, Rae Lynn Strong and Marla Sibley,
both of Fort Worth, Texas, and Michelle White of Indianapolis; three
brothers, Gary Ingram of Mattoon, Gene Ingram of Windsor and Charles
Ingram of Harrisburg; one sister, Louise Shook of Mattoon; and six
grandchildren.

Mr. Ingram was retired from the Indianapolis Business Journal, where he
had worked in distribution for 21 years.

Robert Smith

ORANGE CITY, Fla. - Robert R. Smith, 79, of Orange City, Fla.,
formerly of Greenup, died Feb. 12, 2001, in Orange City, Fla.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenup Cemetery
with military rites. No visitation is planned. The Barkley Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.

He was born Mary 21, 1921, in Mena, Ark., the son of Charles and Calla
Stanberry Smith.

Surviving is one half sister, Louella Hippleheuser of Orange City, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Smith had retired from Washington National Insurance Co. in Chicago.
He was a charter member of the Greenup VFW. He was in the Coast
Guard during World War II and was a member of the American Legion.

Charles Vaughn

CHARLESTON - Charles E. Vaughn, 71, of Charleston, died at 10 a.m.
Sunday (June 10, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Caudill-King Funeral
Home. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m.
today at the funeral home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Coles County, the son of Charles "Diner"
and Mabel Pearcy Vaughn.

Surviving are his mother, Mabel Vaughn Cochran of Charleston; two
daughters, Deborah K. Oakley and Diana Vaughn, both of Charleston; two
brothers, Clarence "Chub" Vaughn of Lawrenceville and Thomas A.
Vaughn of Janesville; two sisters, Doris Linder and Mary Tucker, both of
Charleston; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Vaughn was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and retired as a
construction worker. He was a lifetime member of Charleston VFW Post
1592 and Charleston Masonic Lodge AF/AM 35.

HOWARD WELLER

HINDSBORO, ILLINOIS - Howard Mason Weller, 79, of Hindsboro died
at 2:55 AM Sunday, June 10, 2001 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in
Urbana.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 13, 2001
at Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust Street, Arcola, with Dick Miller
officiating. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery with military rites by the
Arcola American Legion and VFW Post.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Weller was born June 22, 1921 in Hindsboro, a son of Charles and
Ruth Cuppy Weller. He married Betty Ramsey in Hendersonville,
Kentucky on July 20, 1940.

She survives.

Besides his wife Betty, he is survived by 2 sons, Larry Weller of
Brooksville, Florida, Dick Weller and wife Linda of Hindsboro; a brother,
Norman Weller and wife Joy of Houston, Texas; a sister, Marjorie
Harrington and husband Jim of Arcola; 3 grandchildren, Wendy Weller of
Chicago, Devon Weller and wife Janet of Nashville, Tennessee and
Thomas Weller of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mr. Weller was raised on a farm northwest of Hindsboro where he
attended Duffle Grade School and completed his education graduating from
high school in Hindsboro. He then moved to Connersville, Indiana and built
planes during the first part of World War II. He joined the Navy and was
stationed in California.

After his discharge in 1945, he moved back to the Hindsboro area and
pursued a farming career at which time he worked as a grain elevator
manager for VanGundy Grain, also worked for Sohigro Fertilizer Company,
and worked for Clapp and Ghere Construction in Arcola. He was a postal
carrier in Tuscola for several years, and then was hired as the Hindsboro
Postmaster from 1971 until retiring in 1985. He was active in 4-H, ASCS,
Farm Extension work, Citizen Advisory Council and other local
organizations. He was a member of the Kemp Church of Christ.

After retirement, he made his home in Brooksville, Florida during the
winter and returned to the farm in the summer. He was an avid golfer and
always enjoyed his family and friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Kemp Church of Christ.

Marjorie Wirey

MARTINSVILLE - Marjorie Wirey, 85, of rural Martinsville, died at 5
p.m. Sunday (June 10, 2001) at Heartland Manor Nursing Home in Casey.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in
Martinsville. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Clark County.
Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born April 30, 1916, in Martinsville, the daughter of Harry and
Lillie Belle Thompson Napier. She married J. Marlin Wirey in 1933; he
died in 1965.

Surviving are one son, Paul Wirey of Martinsville; one brother, Delbert
Napier of Martinsville; and three grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter and one grandchild.

Mrs. Wirey retired from Burnside Nursing Home in Marshall as a dietary
aid. She was a member of the Island Grove Baptist Church.

June 11, 2001

BEULAH COX

Beulah Gladys Cox, age 93, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Sunday,
June 10, 2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday
at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. E.E. Elliott officiating.
Burial will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from
noon until service time Wednesday afternoon at the funeral home.

Beulah was born January 7, 1908, in Cumberland County, a daughter of
Alonzo A. Sparks and Essie Gentry Sparks. She married Howard W. Cox
on April 16, 1932. He passed away December 14, 1965. She was also
preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Carl W. Cox and wife Jan Kelly Cox of
Mattoon and Dr. Howard W. Cox and wife Mary Sellner Cox of
Bloomfield, Mich.; one sister, Ellen Reed of Mattoon; three grandchildren,
Carla Cox Waters and husband Tim of Watseka, Steven L. Cox and wife
Alisa of Pineland, Fla. David Cox and wife Cheryl of Mattoon; seven
great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Cox was formerly employed as a legal secretary for forty five years
for the firm of Kiger and Dilsaver and later Dilsaver and Gilkerson. She
was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday School
class. Beulah served as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and taught a
children's Sunday School class for several years.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Robert Foltz

GRAYVILLE­Robert Foltz, 68, of Grayville, formerly of Oakland, died at
11:25 p.m. Saturday (June 9, 2001) at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville,
Ind.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Oakland
Cemetery with Pastor Don Funk officiating. There will be no visitation.
Taber Funeral Home in Oakland is in charge of the arrangements. Military
graveside rites will be conducted by the Oakland VFW No. 3637.

He was born Oct. 24, 1932, in rural Oakland, the son of Forrest and Mary
Osburn Foltz.

Surviving are one sister, Theresa Seward of Lerna; two nephews and one
niece.

Mr. Foltz was a teacher and U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the
Oakland Christian Church, the Sheba Masonic Lodge of Grayville and
Grayville American Legion.

Virgil Griffith

GREENUP­Virgil H. Griffith 92, of Greenup, died at 6:04 p.m. Saturday
(June 9, 2001) at Heartland Manor Nursing Center.

A graveside funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Greenup
Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Pearce officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to
8 p.m. Monday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup.

He was born March 29, 1909, in Hidalgo, the son of Howard and Allie
Griffith. He married Fannie Adkisson in 1930. She survives.

Mr. Griffith was a retired farmer and U.S. Army veteran of WW II. He
was a member of the Greenup American Legion and Charleston Elks Club.

Lorraine Haenny

WINDSOR­Lorraine G. Haenny, age 83, of Windsor, formerly of
Westfield, passed away at 8:50 p.m. Saturday (June 9, 2001) at the Odd
Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Markwell & Son
Funeral Home in Casey with the Reverend Joe Grozik officiating. Burial
will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Westfield. Visitation will be from
4:00-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lorraine was born May 27, 1918 in Nokomis, a daughter of Ewald and
Sarah Jane (Taulbee) Sandner. She married William T. Haenny in 1946.
He preceded her in death in 1994.

Surviving are one son, William T. Haenny and wife Carol of Decatur; one
step-son, Mike Haenny and wife Anneliese of Oregon; one daughter, Betty
Jean Smock and husband Robert of Casey; one step-daughter, Kae
Clearwater of Edwardsville; one sister, Doris Kelly of Hicksville, N.Y.; two
grandsons, Jeremy and Ryan Smock; four granddaughters, Sarah Smock,
Melissa Haenny, Tanya Lacefield, and Becky Bonney; and two
great-grandchildren, Emma Lacefield and Natasha Smock.

Mrs. Haenny was a retired executive secretary and member of the United
Methodist Church in Westfield.

Memorials may be made to the Fairview Memorial Garden-Casey Fairview
Park.

Eleanor Lowrie

Eleanor P. Lowrie, 75, of Champaign, formerly of Sullivan and Phoenix,
AZ, died at 3:20 am Saturday (June 9, 2001) in Manor Care Health Care
Center, Champaign.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 pm Monday at the Reed Funeral Home,
Sullivan. Graveside funeral services will be 10:30 am Tuesday at Greenhill
Cemetery, Sullivan. Visitation will be from 6-7 pm at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.

Mrs. Lowrie was born on July 18, 1925 in Lovington, the daughter of
William M. and Jennie B. Reynolds Cole.

Eleanor was a graduate of Sullivan High School. She attended the Eastern
Illinois University and graduated from Arizona State College at Tempe, AZ
with a B.A. in Education. Eleanor was a grade school teacher for over 40
years.

Survivors include two brothers, William Cole of St. Joseph and Clifton Cole
of Mattoon and ten nephews and three nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Richard Pearcy

STREAMWOOD­Richard Nelson Pearcy, 47, of Streamwood, formerly of
Charleston, died at 2:01 p.m. Sunday (June 10, 2001) at St. Alexis Hospital
in Hoffman Estates.

Arrangements are pending at Harper-Swickard Funeral Home in
Charleston.

MAURICE PROBST

Maurice A. Probst, age 66, of rural Mattoon, passed away at 7:03 a.m.
Saturday, June 9, 2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with
Father Herman J. Niebrugge celebrating. Burial will follow in the Calvary
Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. this (Monday)
evening at the Schilling Funeral Home with a Biblical Wake service at 7:30
p.m.

Maurice was born October 9, 1934, in Mattoon, the son of Alphonse and
Catherine Fuesting Probst. He married Rose Marie Creek on February 16,
1957.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Marie Probst of rural Mattoon; two sons,
Mike Probst of Humboldt and Roger Probst of Rock Island; one daughter,
Ronda Arthur of Mattoon; two brothers, Norman Probst and wife Johnna
of Chesterfield, Mo. and Wayne Probst and wife Edna of Lerna; one sister,
Ellen Mersman and husband John of Effingham; two grandsons, Ryne
Arthur and Nathin Arthur, both of Mattoon.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Marcella Ann; one sister,
Marilyn Probst and his parents.

Mr. Probst retired from Blaw Knox in Mattoon and was owner and
operator of Paradise Plants Greenhouse. He was a member of the
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church and the Loyal Order of
the Moose. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling.

Memorial gifts may be made to Immaculate Conception Church Renovation
Fund.

Howard Ruwe

SPRINGFIELD­Howard K. "Whitey" Ruwe, 66, of Springfield, died at
5:05 p.m. Saturday (June 9, 2001) at the Regency Nursing Care Residence.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran
Church with the Rev. Thomas Radtke officiating. Burial will be in Camp
Butler National Cemetery. The Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon
County will perform military rites. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday
at the Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home in Springfield and also from 9
a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church.

He was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Strasburg, the son of Emil and Lydia
Schmitt Ruwe. He married Martha A. Davis in 1961. She died in 2000.

Surviving are two daughters, Lisa Markland of Indianapolis, Ind. and
Ginger White of Springfield; one son, Robert Ruwe of Mattoon; one
brother, Leon Ruwe of Springfield; two sisters, Melba Stewart of Mattoon
and Sandra Wahl of Strasburg; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Ruwe was a manager for the Department of Central Management
Services and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of the Trinity
Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to the Lutheran High School and Trinity Lutheran
School, both of Springfield.

SHIRLEY TAYLOR SHOAP

Shirley Ann Taylor Shoap, age 68, of St. Joseph, passed away at 4:36 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

To honor Shirley's wishes, private family graveside services were held
Saturday, June 9, at the Janesville Cemetery officiated by her nephew,
Pastor Randy Vaultonburg. The Schilling Funeral Home was in charge of
the arrangements.

Shirley was born April 24, 1933, in Cottonwood Township, Cumberland
County, a daughter of H. Glen and Blanche Marie Howard Taylor. She
married Jesse Shoap Jr. on January 9, 1953. He passed away in December
of 1992. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include three brothers, Gary Taylor and Warren Taylor and wife
Marjorie, all of St. Joseph and Jerry Taylor and wife Lillie of Janesville;
two sisters, Charlotte Tracy and husband Richard of Brewton, Alabama
and Cherrie Vaultonburg of Mattoon; and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley was retired from Carle Foundation Hospital in 1998, where she had
been employed for thirty-five years. Shirley had a loving heart and along
with her brother Gary, had been Mom's caregiver for several years until her
death in 1994.

Donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the donor's choice.

Charles Vaughn

CHARLESTON­Charles E. Vaughn, 71, of Charleston, died at 10 a.m.
Sunday (June 10, 2001) at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Caudill-King Funeral Home in Charleston.

Howard Weller

HINDSBORO­Howard Mason Weller, 79, of Hindsboro, died at 2:55 a.m.
Sunday (June 10, 2001) at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Shrader Funeral
Home in Arcola with Dick Miller officiating. Burial will be in Arcola
Cemetery with military rites by the Arcola American Legion and VFW
Post. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born June 22, 192, in Hindsboro the son of Charles and Ruth
Cuppy Weller. He married Betty Ramsey in 1941. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Larry Weller of Brooksville, Fla., and Dick
Weller of Hindsboro; one brother, Norman Weller of Houston, Texas; one
sister, Marjorie Harrington of Arcola; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Weller was a retired Hindsboro postmaster and U.S. Navy veteran of
WW II. He was a member of the Kemp Church of Christ and Citizen
Advisory Council.

Memorials may be made to the Kemp Church of Christ.


June 9, 2001

Jack Canavan

SHELBYVILLE - Jack T. Canavan, 81, of Shelbyville, died at 6:05 a.m.
Friday (June 8, 2001) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

The graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Glenwood Cemetery with
Rev. Robert Litteral officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Shelby
County Honor Guard. Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville is in
charge of the arrangements.

He was born Feb. 14, 1920, in Tower Hill, the son of Thomas Edward and
Nell Bertha Clark Canavan. He married Marjorie J. Daggett in 1942; she
survives.

Also surviving are one son, Glenn C. Canavan of Shelbyville, and one
sister, Vivian H. Tate of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Mr. Canavan retired from J.J. Swartz in Decatur and was a U.S. Army
veteran of World War II. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the World War II Veterans Memorial in
Washington.

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