Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Leslie Aikman

SPRINGFIELD - Leslie G. Aikman, 93, of Springfield, formerly of
Mattoon, died at 2:25 p.m. Monday (Oct. 29, 2001) at Memorial Medical
Center.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church,
Springfield, with the Rev. Richard Irwin officiating. Military honors will be
performed. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation
will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home,
Springfield, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born March 22, 1908, in Madison County, the son of George E.
and Wilmina Aikman. He married Germaine "Gerry" Halle; she died in
1987.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Aikman Gannon of New Buffalo,
Mich.; one brother, A.L. Aikman of Carbondale; one sister, Helen Boyd of
Barrington; and companion Molly Gray.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Mr. Aikman was a Navy veteran of World War II. He worked as a
distributor of Curtis Publications, a field representative and Area Executive
Director for the American Cancer Society and retired in 1973, but
continued to work as a consultant to Cancer Prevention Studies. He was a
member of the First Christian Church, the American Legion, Elks Lodge
158 and an honorary member of the Illinois Society of Association
Executives. He was also a member of the Springfield Art Association,
POLKA of America and a member of the Foundation of Eastern Illinois
University.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or the American
Cancer Society, both of Springfield.

Winona Berner

SULLIVAN - Winona G. (Tiny) Berner, 76, of Sullivan, died on Tuesday,
October 30, 2001, at 8:17 a.m. in the Eastview Terrace, Sullivan.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 1, 2001 at 2:30 p.m. in the
McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, visitation will be 1 hour before
service time. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials:
American Diabetes Association or the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Berner was born on November 10, 1924, in Mt. Pulaski, the daughter
of Oral and Lillian Eschbaugh Trailor. She was retired from Brown Shoe
Factory and a homemaker. Member of the First Church of God, Sullivan,
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Sullivan. She married Albert R. Berner
on May 12, 1946, in Springfield and he preceded her in death on December
1, 1995.

Surviving are her sons, Albert Michael Berner and wife Samantha, Roger
Lee Berner and wife Lynn, all of Sullivan; brother, Ralph Trailor of
Tacoma, WA.; sisters, Ruby Callendar and Mildred Leffler, both of
Mattoon; ten grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, and one brother.

Tiny enjoyed the simple things in life ­ ice cream, hot chocolate, playing
cards with friends ­ but most of all spending time with her family.

Melvin John Gammill

Melvin John Gammill, 92, of Canon City, Colorado, died Oct. 23, 2001 in
Canon City. He was born June 27, 1909, in Coles County, Ill., to John S.
and Emma (Lycon) Gammill.

He was the former owner/operator of Gammill Trucking in Lerna, IL. He
also worked for Daniel's Chevrolet in Colorado Springs. He loved to hunt
and fish.

Mr. Gammill was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He married
Rachel (Cornetta) Gammill, who preceded him in death March 14, 1996.

He is survived by children: Paul Gammill of Lerna, IL, Marjorie Plunkett of
Perryville, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Betty Schisler of Roseville, IL; 17
grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a few
great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gammill was preceded in death by the mother
of his children, Blanche Best Gammill; daughters, Carolyn Pegg, Ruth
Poffenbarger, Melva VanDeventer, and Susan Keller; three sisters, Faye
Bloomfield, Florence Hill, Myrtle Lawyer; and one brother, Elsworth
Gammill.

Visitation was held Thursday Oct. 25, 2001 and graveside services were
held at the Mountain Vale Memorial Park.

Ann Harthan

CASEY, Ill. - Ann Harthan, 67, of Casey died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct.
30, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Markwell Funeral Home, in
Casey, with the Rev. Tom Marsh officiating. Burial will be in Mount
Cemetery south of Casey. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the
funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association
or March of Dimes.

She was born Dec. 3, 1933, in Detroit, Mich., a daughter of John W.
Gaddis and Katherine Parcel Gaddis. She married James R. Harthan on
Feb. 9, 1957; he survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Pam Farr and husband Ken of
Ashmore, Ill., and Patty Weaver and husband Curt of Casey; one son,
Jamey Harthan of Casey, Ill.; a brother, Chuck Gaddis and his wife Bev of
Poplar Grove, Ill.; one sister, Pat Smith and husband Paul of Big Spring,
TX; five grandchildren, Kathy Coleman and husband Kevin of
Indianapolis, IN, Grete and Leslie Savage of Champaign, IL, and Ben and
Bethany Weaver of Casey, IL; two step grandchildren, Angie Bridgeforth
and husband Matt and Blaine Farr and wife Misty, all of Ashmore, IL; two
great-grandchildren, Patrick and Matthew Coleman of Indianapolis, Ind.

Mrs. Harthan worked many years as a waitress for the Davis Cafe and the
KZ before retiring.

Shirley Skinner

CRETE, Neb. - Shirley G. Skinner, 59, of Crete, Neb., formerly of
Mattoon, died Oct. 10, 2001, at her residence.

The Kuncel Funeral Home, Crete, Neb. was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born March 3, 1942, in Mattoon, the daughter of Russell and
Virgie Roark Rich. She married Arlen Skinner; he survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Gerald Marshall of Arlington, Texas, and
Robert Marshall of Beatrice, Neb.; one brother, Ernest Cowger of
Lafayette, Ind.; two sisters, Pearl Miller of Charleston and Clara Dare of
Mattoon; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Skinner was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Oct. 30, 2001

Mack Findley

CLARKSVILLE - Mack E. Findley, 91, of Clarksville died at 12:15 a.m.
Sunday (Oct. 28, 2001) at Burnsides Nursing Home, Marshall.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Clarksville Cemetery
with the Rev. R.L. Norris officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the
American Legion Post 90 and VFW Post 5975. Visitation will be 4 to 8
p.m. today at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel, West Union, and from 7
a.m. until service time Wednesday.

He was born May 29, 1910, in Clark County, the son of Edward and Eva
Hornbrook Findley. He married Catherine Millhouse in 1935; she survives.

Mr. Findley was retired from the Clark County clerk's office where he had
served a number of years as deputy county clerk. He served 30 years in the
Navy and earned the rank of lieutenant JG. He was a member of the Clark
County American Legion Post 90, Marshall.

Reba Jones

DANVILLE - Reba Gates Jones, 87, of Danville, formerly of Martinsville,
died at 2:15 a.m. Monday (Oct. 29, 2001) at the Danville Care Center.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Greenwell Funeral Home,
Martinsville, with the Rev. Gene Southard and the Rev. Art Orndorff
officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville. Visitation
will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 24, 1914, in Martinsville, the daughter of Bert
VanHouten and Stella Johnson VanHouten. She married Ralph Gates in
1932; he died in 1964. She married Bob Jones in 1977; he died in 1988.

Survivors include three sons, Robert "Bob" Gates of Martinsville, Larry
Gates of Tangier and Ralph Gates of Danville; two daughters, Leona
Williams of Longview, Texas, and Shirley Lindsley of Danville; one sister,
Linda Owens of Logansport, Ind.; 20 grandchildren; 42
great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and member of the Ridgeview Baptist
Church, Danville.

Alma McNeel

DENVER - Alma Dean McNeel, 86, of Denver, formerly of Charleston,
died at 6:50 a.m. Monday (Oct. 29, 2001) at the Autumn Heights Health
Care Center, Denver.

A private family graveside service will be conducted at Fort Logan National
Cemetery at a later date. The Ollinger Funeral Home in Lakewood, Colo.,
is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Oct. 25, 1915, in Coles County, the daughter of William and
Eva Ferguson McNamer. She married Ben F. McNeel; he preceded her in
death.

Survivors include two sons, David McNeel of Dallas and Larry McNeel of
Phoenix; two daughters, Karen J. Eschweiler and Berta Sue Oakley, both
of Lakewood, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four
great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and one
grandchild.

Gerald Gilbert Nichols

Gerald Gilbert Nichols, 79, of Mattoon died at 7:10 P.M. Saturday at his
residence.

Funeral services celebrating his live will be held at 10 A.M. today at the
Epperson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ronald Dickinson officiating. Burial
will be in Zion Hill Cemetery with Full Military Rites by the Mattoon VFW
#4325. Visitation was conducted Monday evening at the funeral chapel.

Gerald was born Sept. 16 1922. He was the son of Ira Lee and Violet Okal
(Gosnell) Nichols. He married Dee Harris Dec. 12, 1946 in Newton, IL.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dee Nichols of Mattoon; one
daughter, Judy Wallace and her husband Harold of Humboldt; four sons,
Gary Nichols and his wife Sharon, Rick Nichols, Larry Nichols and his wife
Connie, and Tim Nichols all of Mattoon. One brother, Don Nichols and his
wife Kathleen of Newton. One sister, Mary Webb of Newton. Ten
Grandchildren, Annette Willard and husbands Terry, Yvette Runner and
fiancee Allen Rickelman, Tony Nichols and wife Lisa, Maureen Nichols,
Angie Niebrugge and husband Kent of Teutopolis, Kristin Daniels and
husband Nick of Edwardsville, Brie Nichols, Laney Nichols, Alex Nichols
all of Mattoon, Kasey Nichols of Bethany. Three Great Grandchildren,
Austin, A.J., and Ivy Nichols all of Mattoon. Three nieces and two
Nephews also survive.

Three sons, Lee, Mike, and Randy Nichols; one Grandson, George Michael
Runner; two brothers; and his parents preceded him in death.

Gerald worked for the Street Dept. for the City of Mattoon for ten years
where he retired in 1987. Gerald was a WW II veteran. He earned the
Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon, W/2 Bronze Star, American
Theatre Campaign Ribbon, two overseas Service Bars, Victory Ribbons,
Philippines Liberation Ribbon, W/2 Bronze Stars. He retired at the Rank of
Staff Sergeant in 1946.

Gerald was a member of the Mattoon Eagles Club, the VFW of Mattoon,
and the Mattoon American Legion. He was also a former member of the
Mattoon Moose Lodge 803. Gerald spent many hours volunteering for the
American Legion's Heart Fund and the Eagles Cancer benefits, where he
became Eagle of the Year. He delivered Meals on Wheels. He had a great
love for volunteering his time to help others. Gerald was a good husband
and a loving father. He was a man with many friends. In all, Gerald had a
great love for his family and life. Memorials may be made to the
Lincolnland Hospice or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Mrs. Emily M. Rentfrow

NEOGA, Ill. - Mrs. Emily M. Rentfrow, 82, of Neoga, Ill., died at 1:30
p.m. Monday, (Oct. 29, 2001) at Lakeland Health Care Center, Effingham,
Ill.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Mary of the Assumption
Church in Neoga, with Father Robert DeGrand of Sigel and Sr. Pat Theis
of Neoga officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Sigel, Ill.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. with a wake service starting at 7 p.m. today at
the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga.

She was born June 7, 1919, in Cumberland, County, a daughter of John T.
and Cecilia M. (Kleiss) Walk. She married Roland Rentfrow on Dec. 2,
1939, in Neoga, Ill.; he survives.

Other survivors include sons, Roland D. "Ronnie" Rentfrow and wife
Marilyn of Neoga, Ill., Robert E. Rentfrow of Jacksonville, Ill., and John
Rentfrow and wife Laura of Shelbyville, Ill.; daughter, Diane Ballinger and
husband Danny of Neoga, Ill.; sisters, Mrs. Edith Sudkamp of rural Sigel,
Ill. and Mrs. Thelma Mette of Effingham, Ill.; step-sister, Mrs. Juanita
Vonderhide of Teutopolis, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and
one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by one sister, one step brother, three half
brothers, one half sister and one grandson.

Mrs. Rentfrow was a housewife and homemaker. She was a member of St.
Mary of the Assumption Church of Neoga, Ill., the Ladies Council and St.
Mary of the Assumption Church of Neoga, Ill.

Memorials may be made to donor's choice.
Oct. 29, 2001

Alma Brown

Alma Elizabeth Rebecca Brown, 95, of Arcola, IL passed away at 4:30
a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2001 at the Arcola Health Care Center in
Arcola, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at
the Edwards Funeral Home 221 E. Main St., Arcola, IL. Rev. Robert Clark
will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be from
5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2001 at the funeral home.

Alma was born April 11, 1906 in Champaign, IL. She was a daughter of
John F. and Mary (Schroeder) Nofftz. She married Fred Herschel Brown
on September 6, 1925 in Champaign, IL. He passed away May 1, 1973.

Survivors include: 1 Son: Donald Brown and his wife Sue (Massey) of
Ozark, MO; 2 Daughters: Eleanor Bright of Arcola, IL, Edith Edwards and
her husband Kenneth of Arcola, IL; 10 grandchildren: Roger Bright and his
wife Johnetta of Arcola, IL, Stephen Bright and his wife Paula of Mattoon,
IL, Paul Bright and Michelle of Arcola, IL, Janis Marie Walk and her
husband Steve of Mattoon, IL, James M. Logan and his wife Carol of
Camargo, IL, Jack L. Logan and his wife Linda of Arcola, IL, John W.
Edwards of Tucson, AZ, Brenda Brown of Ozark, MO, Karen Singer of
Springfield, MO, David Massey-Brown and his wife Lisa of Springfield,
MO; 2 step-grandchildren: Barbara Ann Stenger and her husband Boyd of
Tuscola, IL, Donald Edwards and his wife Jeannete of Newman, IL; 21
great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Fred; 1 grandchild
Christopher Robin Brown; 7 sisters Opal Keene, Marie Kurtzweg, Helen
Ennis, Elsie Sinder, Wilhemena Fredericka Caroline Nofftz, Augusta Nofftz
and Florence Nofftz and 2 brothers Clarence Nofftz and Howard Nofftz.

Alma was a member of the First Christian Church of Arcola and very active
with Arcola Senior Citizens. She was also on the Democratic Women
Committee.

Alma and her husband Fred came to Arcola in the 40's and they operated
Brown's Cafe for which she was the office manager. She also managed
Brown's Apartments for many years.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Arcola.

Richard Davis

Richard W. Davis, 76, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 7:55 a.m. Saturday,
October 27, 2001 at his residence in Mattoon, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at the
Mattoon First General Baptist Church, 708 S. 9th St., Mattoon. Rev.
Steven Gray and Rev. David Edwards will officiate. Burial will be in
Resthaven Memorial Gardens of Mattoon. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00
p.m. Monday, October 29, 2001 at the church. Edwards Funeral Home
221 E. Main St., Arcola, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Richard was born July 4, 1925 at Coles Station. He was a son of Cyrus
Alvin and Lillian Deliah (Perry) Davis. He married Wilma Florence Cole on
October 25, 1942 in St. Louis, MO.

Survivors include Wife: Wilma Davis of Mattoon, IL; 5 Children: Sue
Bryant and her husband Grady of Ooltewah, TN, Richard Davis Jr. and his
wife Lori of Mattoon, IL, Barbara Gordon and her husband Mike of
Mattoon, IL, Mary Anne Moulton of Batavia, IL, Willa Kay Davis of
Springfield, IL; 14 Grandchildren: David Edwards, Rhonda Brown, Brenda
Edwards, Greg Bryant, Pam Carver, John Paul Davis, Bernard Bradley
Davis, Dan Gordon, Mike Gordon, Joshua Gordon, Jody Moulton, Corey
Moulton, Bethany Nicole and Whitney Kathleen Roy; 16
Great-Grandchildren: Elizabeth Edwards, Kelly Edwards, Matthew
Edwards, Emily Edwards, James Stevens, Alisha Stevens and Christine
Stevens, Brook MIller, Cody Allen, Mikie Gordon, Courtney Gordon,
Kanen Byard, Marisa Gordon, Curtis Gordon, Marla Gordon, Haley
Moulton; 1 Brother: Franklin Davis of Mattoon, IL; 3 Sisters: Charlotte
Louthan of Mattoon, IL, Helen Lilly of Sullivan, IL, Marilyn Brown of
Umah, AZ.

His parents and two grandsons Richard Davis 3rd and John Christopher
Gordon preceded him in death.

Richard was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Mattoon and
he retired from Young Radiator.

Flora Fidler

CHARLESTON - Flora Greer "Bobbie" Fidler, 95, of Charleston, passed
away at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2001 at the Hilltop Convalescent
Center.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2001
at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Reverend John Fidler
officiating. Interment will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Roselawn
Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday
evening at the funeral home.

Flora was born January 2, 1906 in Hutton Township, daughter of James
and Josephine Rennels Mitchell. She married Reign Scoville Fidler,
September 4, 1926 in Effingham, he died in 1969. Survivors include: a
daughter-in-law: Marcia Fidler Brown; grandsons: James Fidler, John Fidler
(wife Wendy); great-grandsons: Joseph Fidler and Christopher Fidler; all of
Springfield. Nephew: Joel Mitchell of Jacksonville, FL; cousins: Genevieve
Rennels and Morris Rennels, both of Charleston also survive. She was
preceded in death by her son: Bill Fidler, two brothers, and three sisters.

Mrs. Fidler was crowned the first "Miss Charleston" in 1925. She was a
homemaker and member of First Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Vivian Laue

MATTOON - Vivian Laue, 86, of Mattoon, died at 12:18 p.m. Sunday
(Oct. 28, 2001) at the Douglas Health Care Center.

Arrangements are pending at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Mabel Morgan

Mabel Bernice (Smith) Morgan, 89, of Mattoon, formerly of Trilla and
Windsor, passed away at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2001 at the
Mattoon Health Care Center in Mattoon.

Mabel was born March 29, 1912, in Shelby County, IL, the daughter of
William Henry and Georgia Anna Brown Smith.

She married Wm. Roy "Red" Morgan March 12, 1943 in St. Charles, MO.
Roy passed away February 6, 1992.

Mabel was a retired school teacher. She taught ten years in one room
country schools in Shelby County and seventeen years in the Neoga
Community School District, teaching at Pioneer. She was a member of the
Retired Teachers Association and the Neoga American Legion Auxiliary.
She attended the Trilla Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Trilla and had
been a member of the Calendar Club.

Mabel is survived by one daughter Barbara Buckley and her husband
Walter of Mattoon. Two sons, John Morgan and his wife Martha of
Rockville, IN and Carl Morgan and his wife Pat of Florissant, MO. Three
Grandchildren Penny Davies and her husband Jeff of Bloomingdale, IN,
Michael Morgan of Bloomingdale, IN and Alyssa Morgan of Florissant,
MO. One Great Grandchild Amber Davies of Bloomingdale, IN. One
Brother Capt. Ralph Smith of Wesley Chapel, FL and many nieces and
nephews.

Five brothers and Five Sisters preceded her in death.

Services for Mabel will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday October 30, 2001 at
the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with Rev. William L. Rolman
Jr. of Trilla officiating.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2001 at
the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home. And also one hour before the Funeral
Service. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens of Mattoon.

Memorials may be made to the new Neoga Middle School Library.

Gerald Gilbert Nichols

Gerald Gilbert Nichols 79 of Mattoon died at 7:10 P.M. Saturday at his
residence. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 A.M.
Tuesday at the Epperson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Dickinson
officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to
8 P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home.

Gerald was born Sept. 16, 1922. He was the son of Ira Lee and Violet Okal
(Gosnell) Nichols. He married Dee Harris Dec. 12, 1946 in Newton IL.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dee Nichols of Mattoon,
Four Sons, Gary Nichols and his wife Sharon, Rick Nichols, Larry Nichols
and his wife Connie, and Tim Nichols all of Mattoon. One Daughter, Judy
Wallace and her husband Harold of Humboldt. One brother, Don Nichols
and his wife Kathleen of Newton. One sister, Mary Webb of Newton. Ten
Grandchildren, Annette Willard and husband Terry, Yvette Runner and
fiancee Allen Rickelmon, Tony Nichols and Wife Lisa, Maureen Nichols,
Brie Nichols, Laney Nichols, Alex Nichols all of Mattoon, Angie Niebrugge
and husband Kent of Teutopolis, Kristin Daniels and Husband Nick of
Edwardsville, and Kasey Nichols of Bethany. Three Great Grandchildren,
Austin Nichols, A.J. Nichols, and Ivy Nichols all of Mattoon. Three nieces
and 2 Nephews also survive. 3 sons Lee Nichols, Mike Nichols, and Randy
Nichols, one Grandson George Michael Runner, 2 Brothers, Elbert Nichols
and Joe Nichols preceded him in death.

Gerald worked on the Street Dept. for the City of Mattoon for ten years
where he retired in 1987. Gerald was a WWII vet where he earned the
Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon W/Bronze Star, American
Theatre Campaign Ribbon; 2 overseas Service Bars; Victory Ribbons;
Philippines Liberation Ribbon W/2 Bronze Stars. He retired at the Rank of
Staff Sergeant in 1946.

Gerald was a member of the Mattoon Eagles Club, the VFW of Mattoon,
and the Mattoon American Legion. He was also a former member of the
Mattoon Moose lodge 803. Gerald spent many hours volunteering for the
American Legion's Heart Fund and The Eagles Cancer benefits, where he
became Eagle of the Year. He delivered Meals on Wheels; he had a great
love for volunteering his time to help others. Gerald was a good husband
and a loving father. He was a man of many friends. In all Gerald had a
great love for his family and life. Memorials may be made to the
Lincolnland Hospice or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Mildred Phipps

GAYS - Mildred E. Phipps, 80, of Gays, died at 1 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 28,
2001) at Heartland Christian Village.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral
Home with the Rev. Richard Coen officiating. Burial will be in Branchside
Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday at the
funeral home.

She was born March 25, 1921, in Mattoon, the daughter of L.M. and Edna
Harder Storm. She married William Shannon Phipps in 1941. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Richard Phipps of Gays; one daughter, Marsha
Hollinger of Mattoon; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Mrs. Phipps was a former employee of Kuene Mfg. and R.R. Donnelly's,
and was a member of Smyser Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to Smyser Christian Church.

Ernestine Poorman

WEST UNION - Ernestine Monk Poorman, 84, of Marshall, formerly of
West Union, died Friday (Oct. 26, 2001) at 8:45 a.m. at the Burnsides
Nursing Home, Marshall.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Prust-Hosch Funeral
Chapel, West Union, with Brother Tom Cooperider officiating. Burial will
be in Harrison Cemetery, West Union. Visitation will be from 7 a.m. today
until service time.

She was born Nov. 24, 1916, in West Union, the daughter of Ira E. and
Hattie Mae Medsker Monk. She married Marion Robert Poorman in 1933.
He died in 1985.

Surviving are three sons, Dale Poorman of West Union, Paul Poorman of
Marshall, and Randy Poorman of Hutsonville; two daughters, Martha
Lindley and Elizabeth St. John, both of West Union; one sister, Reba Ogle
of West Union; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, one daughter, three brothers,
and two sisters.

Mrs. Poorman was a homemaker and a member of the West Union
Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the West Union Christian Church or the West
Union First Baptist Church.

Marshall Simmons Jr.

DANVILLE - Marshall E. (Gene) Simmons Jr., 58, formerly of Mattoon,
died at 1:58 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 25, 2001) at the Veterans Affairs Illiana
Health Care Systems, Danville.

A private service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Protestant
Chapel at the VA Illiana Health Care Systems, Danville. Visitation will be
from noon until time of service Tuesday. Burial will be in the National
Cemetery, Danville. Gibson Memorial Chapel, Danville, is in charge of the
arrangements.

He was born Oct. 1, 1943, in Urbana, the son of Marshall E. and Francis
P. Moody Simmons Sr. He married Mary Wines in 1995. She survives.

Also surviving are his father of Farmer City; three daughters, Tina
Kulikowski of Caseyville, and Lisa and Anita Simmons, both of
Champaign; two stepsons, Russell Mewkin of Effingham and Dennis
Brown of Mattoon; two stepdaughters, Linda Brothers of Mattoon and
Sharon Griffin of Charleston; three brothers, Ronald L. Simmons of
Dewey, Dennis P. Simmons of Farmer City, and Kenneth R. Simmons of
Champaign; one sister, Marsha Ward of Champaign; and four
grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, his mother, and one brother.

Mr. Simmons served in the U.S. Marine Corp, attended Mt. Zion Baptist
Church, Neoga, and was employed as a truck driver.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans Hospital, Danville.

Kenneth John Sowers

Kenneth John Sowers, Age 73 of Greenup, IL passed away at 5:18
A.M.-Sunday, October 28, 2001 at his residence.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 A.M.-Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at
the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup with Rev. Tim Pearce officiating.
Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery in Greenup, Illinois with full
Military Rites to be conducted by the Cumberland County Veterans.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00-Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at the Bishop
Funeral Home in Greenup. In memory of Kenneth memorials may be made
to the Lincolnland Hospice.

Kenneth was born in Greenup, Illinois on November 10, 1927 a son of
William H. and Bertha E. (Hutson) Sowers. He married Rose Marie
Klasing on August 20, 1950 in Greenup, she passed away April 8, 1990.

Kenneth retired from the Ettelbrick Shoe Factory after more than forty
years of employment. He truly enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing and taking
care of his flowers and plants.

Kenneth is survived by his three sons, Michael (wife, Nancy) Sowers and
Robert "Duff" (wife, Lisa) Sowers both of Greenup and Scott (wife, Rose)
Sowers of Trilla; two daughters, Miki Adams of Madison Heights, VA and
Kristy Reynolds of Mattoon; three brothers, Richard "Dick" (wife, Wanda)
Sowers of Bethany, Jim "Moe" Sowers of Greenup and William (wife,
Joanne) Sowers of Mason; a sister, Pat (husband, Kenny) Titus of
Greenup; 8 grandchildren, Jeromy Kyle Reynolds of Westfield, Kendra
(husband, Corey) Bradbury and Kari Reynolds both of Mattoon, Nicole
Adams of Tampa, FL, Sarah Sowers of Greenup, Scott Sowers Jr. of
Trilla, Matthew Sowers and Roger Sowers both of Greenup; 2
step-grandchildren, Angel Guy of Neoga and Derek Malone of Trilla; 3
great-grandchildren, Hunter Reynolds and Tyler Bradbury both of Mattoon
and Jacob Guy of Neoga; a special friend, Joy Fitzmaurice of Oblong.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose Marie; two brothers,
Carol "Pete" and Randall Sowers; a sister, Betty Sowers and two
grandsons, baby Adams and Bobby J. Sowers.

Wanda Walters

CASEY - Wanda L. Walters, 80, of Casey, died at 2:15 p.m. Saturday
(Oct. 27, 2001) at the Heartland Manor Nursing Center.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Word of Life Church,
Casey, with the Rev. Terry Blanchard officiating. Burial will be in
Washington Street Cemetery, Casey. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until
time of service Tuesday at the church. The Markwell & Son Funeral
Home, Casey, is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born May 8, 1921, in Union Center, the daughter of Harry T. and
Stella Alice Shawver Beasley. She married John M. Walters in 1939. He
survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Joyce Waller of Casey, Peggy Davis of
Martinsville, and Vickie Davis of Bonfield; four brothers, Gene Beasley,
Bob Beasley and Danny Beasley, all of Casey, and Bill Beasley of
Greenup; four sisters, Thelma Lamb of Casey, Pearl Clark of Martinsville,
Mary Jane Warner of Dekalb, and Dorothy Hacker of Westfield; seven
grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Mrs. Walters was a homemaker and a member of the Word of Life
Church, Casey.

Oct. 27, 2001

Minnie Martin

MARTINSVILLE - Minnie Martin, 77, of Martinsville, died at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday (Oct. 25, 2001) at the Burnside Nursing Home, Marshall.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at Greenwell Funeral Home,
Martinsville, with the Rev. Glenn Arbuckle officiating. Burial will be in
Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday with a memorial
service by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary at 7 p.m.

She was born July 5, 1924, in McClenney, Fla., the daughter of John
Hamilton and Margaret Cook McNabb. She married Dale Martin in 1943;
he survives.

Also surviving are six sons, John Martin and Thomas Martin, both of
Marshall, Raymond Martin of Houston, Robert Martin of Panama City,
Fla., David Martin of Las Vegas and Andrew Martin of Terre Haute, Ind.;
one daughter, Edith Carter of Robinson; one sister, LeAnn Marsh of
Florida; 23 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son.

Mrs. Martin was retired from the TRW factory, Marshall, and was a
lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Marshall VFW Post 5975.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Hazel Bowen

MATTOON - Hazel Bowen, age 77, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:25 a.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2001 at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2001 at
the First Christian Church with Rev. Robert Clark and Rev. Dr. Mark
Prevo officiating. Interment will be in Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Hazel Bowen was born November 8, 1923 at Janesville, Illinois, a daughter
of Marion and Ora Riley Grafton. She married Russell Bowen at the First
Christian Church in Mattoon on December 31, 1949, he survives. Also
surviving are her daughters, Elyn Walk and Jane Bowen of Mattoon; a
brother, Ab Grafton of Mattoon, as well as four sisters, Jean Warfel and
Greta Grafton of Mattoon, Joan Byrnes of Richardson, Texas and Yvonne
Boyer of Mesquite, Texas. Hazel leaves her grandchildren, Bart Walk and
his wife Belinda of Baldwin, Missouri, Aaron Walk of Mattoon, Andrea
Walk of Charleston and Jackie Walk of Carbondale, Illinois. Her parents
and one brother Charles Grafton preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bowen was a member and deaconess of the First Christian Church.
She was a member and treasurer of the YES Sunday school class and
formerly taught the fourth and fifth grade Sunday School Class and served
as Sunday School Secretary for many years. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Echo Children's Home, 3033 North Euclid Avenue, St.
Louis, MO 63115-1698.

Detective Gordon Henderson

CHARLESTON, IL - Cory Gordon Henderson, age 38 and a Detective
with the Charleston Police Department, passed away on Wednesday,
October 24, 2001 at his residence. Services celebrating his life will be held
at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, (2001) at Charleston Community
Church, 2360 Shawnee Drive in Charleston with Pastor Randy Taggart
officiating. Visitation will be held this evening (Saturday) from 5:00-8:00 at
Adams Funeral Chapel, also in Charleston. Interment will follow the
services in Janesville Cemetery.

Gordon was born December 6, 1962 in Charleston, Illinois, the son of Jerry
and Janeice (Grafton) Henderson. On August 12, 1989, he married Lori
Werling in Mattoon, Illinois.

He is survived by Lori Henderson, his loving wife of twelve-plus years; two
daughters, Lyndsay Werling and Corinne Henderson, both of Charleston;
one son, Bryce Werling, also of Charleston; his father, Jerry Henderson
and his wife Betty of Charleston; his mother, Janeice Allison of Charleston;
two brothers, Gary Henderson and his wife Susan of Lerna, Illinois and
Mick Henderson and his wife Claire of Monticello, Illinois; and one sister,
Jodi Maloy and her husband Tim of Charleston. He was preceded by his
grandparents, Garnet and Daisy Grafton and Wayne and Mary Henderson.

The Charleston Police Department lost a giant in Detective Henderson. A
dedicated law enforcement professional, he was the only officer to have
twice been awarded "Officer of the Year" by the Fraternal Order of Police.
He was awarded his Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Illinois
University in 1984 with a major in Sociology, studies that further prepared
him for the success he was to later achieve in police work. His law
enforcement skills and educational background, were enhanced by his
"strong desire to contribute to society by helping others, especially those
that couldn't speak for themselves". These were Gordon's words.

Gordon was in a continual pursuit of knowledge; he was an avid reader and
was a student of history. He enjoyed nature, bird watching, wildlife and
spending time with his beloved dog "Brody." He loved his country and was
fortunate to have nearly accomplished his goal of visiting every state in the
union.

Yes, the Charleston Police Department lost a giant. But his family lost a
bigger man. He was a compassionate loving and devoted husband, father,
son and brother. The memories he leaves will not only be left in
abundance, but will be overflowing with values. Charleston, The Charleston
Police Department, Gordon's peers, his friends and family are enriched
because of their relationship with this outstanding young man.

Gordon's family requests that memorial gifts in his honor be made to his
children. Memorial gifts may be made at the Visitation or Services, or
mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL
61920.

Barbara J. (Lang) Kater

CHARLESTON - Barbara Jean (Lang) Kater, age 73 of Charleston, passed
away on Thursday, October 25, 2001 at her home. Services celebrating her
life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 29 (2001) at Immanuel
Lutheran Church, 902 Cleveland in Charleston with Pastor Robert Hackler
officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6-8 at Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Visitation will close with
special services, beginning at 7:45 p.m., conducted by the Ladies Auxiliary
of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston.
Interment will follow the services in Roselawn Cemetery.

Barbara was born March 6, 1928 in Charleston, Illinois, the daughter of
Orlen and Ruth Mae (Campbell) Lee. On June 25, 1946, she married
Harold E. Lang in Pontiac, Illinois. Following Harold's death in January,
1995 she married Lloyd Kater on May 27, 1995 in Charleston. Lloyd
preceded her on February 27, 2000.

Other survivors include four daughters, Sherry Kirchner and her husband
John, Patsy Dunn and her husband Jim and Cynthia Lang, all of Charleston
and Linda Miller and her husband Gary of Mattoon, Illinois; eight
grandchildren, Michelle Drake and her husband Jeff and Christi Blank and
her husband Mark, all of Charleston, Nichole Dunifer of Mattoon, Teresa
Packer and her husband Trent of Neoga, Illinois, Shauna Renee
Branstetter-Smith and her husband Scott of Wichita, Kansas, Chris Brooks
of Toledo, Illinois, Gary Miller, Jr. and his wife Susan of Vermont and
Gene Miller of Florida; fourteen great grandchildren; one brother, Maurice
Lee of Pontiac; and one sister, Peggy Ann Williams and her husband John
of Brooksville, Mississippi. She was also preceded by her parents; one
daughter, Mary Ruth Lang; one grandchild, Lisa Lang; three great
grandchildren; and three sisters.

Barbara was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston,
Women of the Moose-Charleston Chapter No. 1175 and the Ladies
Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of
Charleston. She was an accomplished vegetable and flower gardener,
enjoyed yard work and butterfly and hummingbird watching. But, the most
enjoyment in her life came from being a homemaker. She fulfilled the
homemaker role with such devotion and love that her memories will inspire
her family for many, many years.

Barbara's family requests that memorial gifts in her honor be made to
"Make A Wish" Foundation, American Cancer Society or the American
Diabetes Association. Memorial gifts may be made at the Visitation or
Services, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive,
Charleston, IL 61920.

Frank Prahl Jr.

Frank Edward Prahl Jr., age 67, of Mattoon, passed away at 2:53 a.m. on
Friday, October 26, 2001, at his residence.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at
the Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Zion Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from noon until time of service Monday afternoon at
the funeral home.

Frank was born June 16, 1934 in Mattoon, a son of Frank Sr. and Edith
Paden Prahl. He married Donna Shelton in 1952. She preceded him in
death. He married Peg Gaston in l965. She preceded him in death. He
married Janet A. Eddinger on November 29, 1983. She preceded him in
death on May 26, 2000. He was also preceded in death by one brother and
one sister.

Survivors include two sons, Frank E. Prahl of Mattoon, Brian K. Prahl and
wife Marlys of Neoga; three daughters, Marilyn Carrell and husband Dean
of Toledo, Carla Erickson and husband Jim of Tucson, Arizona, Cheri
Prahl of Mattoon; two brothers, John Prahl and wife Carolyn of Lakeland,
Florida, Jim Davee and wife Jean Ann of Mattoon; three sisters, Rosemary
Myers and husband Bill of Fellsmere, Florida, Ilene Boyles and husband
Ken of Ft. Pierce, Florida, Louise Garrett of Mattoon; eleven grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren and special friend, Jesse Pearcy of Charleston.

Mr. Prahl retired from Mattoon Sand & Gravel. He was a member of the
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 841 for forty years. He
was a member of the Eagles and the Loyal Order of the Moose.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association.

Ray Price

STRASBURG -Ray Price, 81, of Strasburg, died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday
(Oct. 24, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg, with
Pastor Michael Mohr officiating. Burial will be in Grace Lutheran
Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The
Bisch & Son Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 10, 1920, in Shelbyville, the son of James A. and Mabel
I. Stretch Price. He married Betty Jane Waggoner in 1942; she died in
1943. He married Lois M. Kull in 1946; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ronald Price of Springfield; one daughter,
Thakla Bowers of Owasso, Okla.; one brother, Ralph Price of Mt. Zion;
three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two grandchildren.

Mr. Price was employed by Sta-Rite Jenny Lou, Shelbyville, for 35 years.
He then worked at Tube Loc, Mattoon, retiring in 1985. He was a member
of Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg, the Grace Lutheran Church
Cemetery Board, and was a life member of American Legion Post 289,
Strasburg. He was a Corporal in the Army Air Corps during World War II
and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.

Memorials may be made to the Braille Foundation or St. Jude's Children's
Hospital.

Dyean Rickman

CHAMPAIGN -Dyean Rickman, 61, of Champaign, formerly of
Charleston, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 25, 2001) at Carle Hospital.

A graveside funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Kickapoo Cemetery with the
Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Burial will be in Kickapoo Cemetery. There will
be no visitation. The Caudill-King Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge
of the arrangements.

She was born May 18, 1940, in Cash, Ark., the daughter of Dewey and
Pearl Davidson Woods. She married Charles Rickman in 1977; he survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sheila Wilkey Grigg of Clover, S.C.; one
brother, Burl Woods of Imbler, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; and six
great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rickman was retired from the maintenance department at the
University of Illinois. She was a member of the Champaign Church of God.

Marshall Simmons Jr.

MATTOON -Marshall E. "Gene" Simmons Jr., 58, of Mattoon, died at
1:58 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 25, 2001) at the Veterans Administration
Hospital, Danville.

Arrangements are pending.

Oct. 26, 2001

Christopher Bay

BETHANY - Christopher L. Bay, 19, of Bethany, died at 4:10 a.m.
Wednesday (Oct. 24, 2001) at his home.

A private family graveside service will be at Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long
Creek. There will be no visitation. McMullin-Young Funeral Home,
Bethany, is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Dec. 20, 1981, in Decatur, the son of Robert and Vickie S.
Jackson Anzelc.

Surviving are his parents of Bethany; two brothers, Jim Yeager of Bement
and Adam Yeager of Bethany; one stepbrother, Joe Anzelc of Germany;
one stepsister, Avis Anzelc of Urbana; and his grandparents, Bernard and
Ruth Jackson of Long Creek, Donna Bay of Union, Mo., and Ron Bay of
Curryville, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of Scott State Bank,
Bethany.

Hazel Bowen

MATTOON - Hazel Bowen, age 77, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:25 a.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2001 at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2001 at
the First Christian Church with Rev. Robert Clark and Rev. Dr. Mark
Prevo officiating. Interment will be in Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Hazel Bowen was born November 8, 1923 at Janesville, Illinois, a daughter
of Marion and Ora Riley Grafton. She married Russell Bowen at the First
Christian Church in Mattoon on December 21, 1949, he survives. Also
surviving are her daughters, Elyn Walk and Jane Bowen of Mattoon; a
brother, Ab Grafton of Mattoon, as well as four sisters, Jean Warfel and
Greta Grafton of Mattoon, Jean Byrnes of Richardson, Texas and Yvonne
Boyer of Mesquite, Texas. Hazel leaves her grandchildren, Bart Walk and
his wife Belinda of Baldwin, Missouri, Aaron Walk of Mattoon, Andrea
Walk of Charleston and Jackie Walk of Carbondale, Illinois. Her parents
and one brother Charles Grafton preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bowen was a member and deaconess of the First Christian Church.
She was a member and treasurer of the YES Sunday school class and
formerly taught the fourth and fifth grade Sunday School Class and served
as Sunday School Secretary for many years. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Echo Children's Home, 3033 North Euclid Avenue, St.
Louis, MO 63115-1698.

Cora Correll

NEOGA - Cora E. Correll, 85, of rural Neoga, Illinois, died at 4:00 A.M.,
Thursday, October 25, 2001, at her residence.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 28, 2001, at
Partlow Cemetery, Armstrong, Ill., with the Reverend Ron Lake of Neoga,
officiating. Burial will be in Partlow Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to
8:00 P.M. Saturday, October 27, 2001, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral
Home, Neoga.

Cora was born November 29, 1915, in Rankin, Illinois, the daughter of
Gross and Christine (Martin) Thompson. She married Charles C. Correll in
November, 1935, in Hoopeston, Illinois. He died September 13, 1983.

Surviving are one grandson, Steve Kirk and wife Teri of Westerville, Ohio;
one granddaughter, Mrs. Duane (Tina) Frailey, rural Neoga; one
son-in-law, C. Bernie Kirk of rural Neoga; one sister, Mrs. Jayne Colwell
of rural Neoga; and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Christy Kirk on February
5, 1998.

Mrs. Correll was a former employee of Brown Shoe Company, Sullivan,
Ill., and a retired seamstress at Kern Mfg. Company, Neoga.

Memorials may be made to Lincolnland Hospice, 5837 Park Drive,
Mattoon, IL 61938 or to the donor's choice.

The Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge of the
arrangements.

Kenneth Crist

LAS VEGAS - Kenneth R. Crist, 50, of Las Vegas, formerly of Arcola,
died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2001) in Las Vegas.

The funeral will be in Las Vegas on Sunday. A local memorial service will
be 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola.

He was born in 1951 in Tuscola, the son of Raymond E. and Dorothy J.
Grant Crist. He married Casey Jane Granger in 1985; she survives.

Also surviving are his mother of Arcola; one son, Korey Crist of Salem;
and three brothers, Konnie Crist of Tuscola, and Ramie Crist and Ervin
"Stormy" Crist, both of Arcola.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Crist was self-employed in Las Vegas.

Memorials may be made to the family c/o Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E.
Main St., Arcola.

Dyean Rickman

CHAMPAIGN - Dyean Rickman, 61, of Champaign, formerly of
Charleston, died Thursday (Oct. 25, 2001) at Carle Hospital, Urbana.

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

Mary Ellen Seaman

Mary Ellen (Rickard) Seaman, age 77, of Mattoon, passed away at 7:00
a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2001, at her home.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Jim Dona officiating. Burial will
follow in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from Noon
until service time on Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.

Mary was born October 18, 1924, in Madisonville, Kentucky, a daughter of
Leland and Annie Case Rickard. She married Ken R. Seaman on May 8,
1943, in Evansville, Indiana.

She leaves her husband, Ken R. Seaman of Mattoon; two daughters, Gail
Lynn Little and husband Jerry and Jeanne Basham and husband Bill, all of
Mattoon; one brother, Aubrey Rickard of Kentucky; one sister, Opal Smith
of Kentucky; five grandchildren, David Basham and wife Julie of Mattoon,
Julie Grove and husband Rod of Windsor, Lisa Limes and husband Philip
of Charleston, Sara Ferris and husband Toby, Andrew Little and wife
Billie, all of Mattoon; and seven great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Seaman was formerly employed as a secretary/bookkeeper with Fred
Smith Shoes in Mattoon. She later retired from the Coles County Mental
Health Clinic and following her retirement, she worked part-time at the
Mattoon City Clerk's office. She was a member of the Broadway Christian
Church and the Mattoon Eagles Auxiliary. Mary loved the outdoors and
was an avid golfer, gardener and quilter.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Lincolnland or Alzheimer's
Association.

Jeanette Smith

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. - Jeanette E. Smith, 71, of Columbia City, Ind.,
formerly of Charleston, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24, 2001) at the
Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park
Funeral Home, Columbia City, Ind., with Pastor Mark Goeglein officiating.
Burial will be at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 5
p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 16, 1930, in Marshall, the daughter of Ernest and Amy
Trump English. She married Hubert Smith in 1948; he survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Philip Smith of West Frankfort and Daniel
Smith of Columbia City, Ind.; three daughters, Susan Crane of Danville,
Sheryl Kaminski of Columbia City, Ind., and Becky Bohnstedt of
Syracuse, Ind.; one sister, Edith Horath of Marine; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one daughter.

Mrs. Smith was a former member of the East Harrison Street Church of
God, Charleston, and was currently a member of Oak Grove Church of
God, Columbia City, Ind. She worked for Consumer Contact Services.

Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia City,
Ind.; East Harrison Street Church of God, Charleston; Bear Lake Church
of God Camp; Hospice of Northeast Indiana; or to the American Cancer
Society.

Marie Snodgrass

TOLEDO - Marie A. Snodgrass, 90, of Toledo, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday
(Oct. 23, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Barkley Funeral Home,
Toledo. Burial will be in Janesville Cemetery, Janesville. Visitation will be
one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 26, 1911, in Charleston, the daughter of Elmer and
Grace Myers Schnorf. She married H. Raymond Snodgrass in 1933; he
survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Freda Saikley of Pasadena, Texas.

Mrs. Snodgrass was retired from Brown Shoe Company and a member of
the Toledo Christian Church.

Oct. 25, 2001

Charles Karn

TUSCOLA - Charles Earl "Charlie" Karn, 73, of Tuscola, died at 11:40
a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24, 2001) at Tuscola.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bethel Memorial
Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, with the Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home,
Tuscola.

He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Earl and Nina Eva
Hopkins Karn. He married Verlee Malcom in 1952; she survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Paula Dawn Karn of Tuscola.

He was preceded in death by two sons.

Mr. Karn had retired from USI Chemical Company, Tuscola. He was a
member of the Logan Street Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Tuscola Moose
Lodge and the Villa Grove VFW Post. He was an Army veteran of the
Korean War.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Roscoe Meridith Kersey

MATTOON - Roscoe Kersey, 79, of Mattoon passed away at 4:50 a.m. on
Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2001 at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Reverend Henry Graham officiating.
Interment will be at the French Cemetery south west of Allenville with full
Military Rites. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the
funeral home. Masonic Rites will be held at 7 p.m.

Roscoe was born on December 2, 1921 in Mattoon, the son of Clarence
Jennings and Clara Belle Cody Kersey. He married Virginia Katheryn Byus
of June 17, 1941 in Mattoon. She died on July 7, 1981.

He is survived by three sons, C. David Kersey, and Tom Kersey, both of
Mattoon; Michael (Tony) Kersey of Taylorville; two daughters, Mrs. Terry
(Judy) Canupp of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Virginia (Suzie) Wright of
Charleston. He is also survived by one brother Clarence L. Kersey of
Mattoon; one sister, Frances Hayes of Chandler, Arizona; eleven
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his wife; parents; brother, Earl; son, Meredith "Bud" Kersey; and infant
daughter, Anita Louise.

Roscoe graduated from Mattoon High School and was employed by
Bridges Pharmacy until his induction into the Marine Corps and served in
World War II. After returning home from the service, he began working for
the Railway Express Agency in Mattoon, where he worked until its closure.
He then became a security officer at Eastern Illinois University until his
retirement in 1986.

Mr. Kersey was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the
Loyal Order of the Moose, and the Masonic Lodge #260. In high school,
he was a member of the Mattoon Drum and Bugle Corp. He was an avid
trapper and hunter. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his
family.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American
Red Cross Disaster Fund.

Marie Snodgrass

TOLEDO - Marie Snodgrass, 90, of Toledo, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday
(Oct. 23, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Barkley Funeral Home, Toledo.

James Walden

MARTINSVILLE - James Walden, 65, of Martinsville, died at 4:10 a.m.
Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2001) at Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute,
Ind.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwell Funeral
Home, Martinsville, with the Rev. Sonny Haumesser officiating. Visitation
will be 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Charleston, the son of Richard M. and
Zelma Watson Walden. He married Mary Hupp in 1969; she survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Kathy Clement of Terre Haute,
Ind., Tina Diltz of Ashmore and Terry Walden of Champaign; three
stepdaughters, Toody Hackett of Charleston, Linda Davis of Westfield and
Jerry Wrigth of Kansas; one brother, Ronnie "Gig" Walden of Taylorville;
one sister, Judy Baker of Charleston; and several grandchildren and
stepgrandchildren.

Mr. Walden was a retired construction worker.

Memorials may be made Mrs. Walden to assist with funeral expenses.

Maretta Warner

TRAVERSE CITY - Maretta L. Warner, 87, of Traverse City, formerly of
Charleston, died Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2001) at Orchard Creek Assisted
Living.

The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City, is in charge of the
arrangements.

She was born Jan. 26, 1914, in Traverse City, the daughter of James S.
and Etta L. Minor Martinek. She married Robert A. Warner in 1940; he
preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, James M. Warner of Traverse City and Allen
R. Warner of Ann Arbor, and five grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mrs. Warner taught vocal music in Pontiac, Mich., and in Charleston. She
was a member of the PEO Sisterhood and MU PHI Epsilon and music
sorority. She played string bass in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Memorials may be made to the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Raymond West

CLINTON - Raymond F. West, 90, of Clinton, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday
(Oct. 23, 2001) at the Christian Village Nursing Home, Lincoln.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with
the Rev. Fred Keim officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery,
Clinton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 22, 1911, in Weldon, the son of Ira West of Lula M.
Pearl. He married Nellie Koons in 1934; she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Larry West of Toulon and Norman West
of Greenup; one sister, Pearl Gale of Gibson City; four brothers, Robert
West of Leroy, Harold West of Downs, Jim West of Marshalltown, Iowa,
and Gene West of Coffeen; nine grandchildren; and eight
great-grandchildren.

Mr. West was a farmer. He was a member of the Hallsville Christian
Church, a 50-year member of the DeWitt Lodge 84 AF and AM, Eastern
Star and Chapter Council.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Building Fund or Hallsville
Christian Church.

JANE WOODYARD

CHARLESTON, IL - Ella Jane Woodyard, age 92 of Charleston, passed
away on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at her residence. Services celebrating
her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 26 (2001) with
Reverend Bill Boaz officiating. Visitation will be held this evening
(Thursday) from 5:00 - 7:00. Visitation will close with special services
conducted by the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul
McVey Post #1592 of Charleston. Services and visitation will be held at
Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Interment will follow the services in
Mound Cemetery.

Jane was born October 3,1909 in Charleston, Illinois, the daughter of
William Harvey and Harriett (Nott) Dowling. On May 9,1959, she married
Robert Woodyard in Charleston. He survives.

Other survivors include one daughter, Katsy Stewart and her husband Jim
of Lexington, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Dan Campbell and his wife
Wendy of Rockford, Illinois, Vicki Wade and her husband Chuck of Lerna,
Illinois, Ken Campbell and his wife Carolyn of Charleston, M.J. Ghrist and
her husband Bill of Lexington, Kathy Bauknight and Barbie Stewart, both
of Columbia; nine great grandchildren; and one sister, Harriett Peters of
Fort Worth, Texas. She was preceded by her parents; one sister, Emily
Dowling; one brother, William H. Dowling; and one daughter, Janie
Campbell.

Jane was a charter member of Charleston Community Church, Women's
Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post #1592 of
Charleston, a fifty-plus year member of Eastern Star ­ Sopha C Chapter
and Women of the Moose ­ Charleston Chapter No. 1775. She was an avid
bowler, having bowled until she reached seventy years of age and was
honored by her Charleston Bowling peers by being inducted into the
Charleston WBA Hall of Fame. Her hobbies included traveling,
hummingbird watching, reading and in her younger years ­ roller skating
and dancing. Many will remember her from her sixteen years as a clerk at
the Charleston National Bank. But her most important endeavor, and one
she truly loved, was that of homemaker. Many of her activities involved
her loving and devoted husband Bob and her family, whom she dearly
loved.

Jane's family requests that memorial gifts in her honor be made to
Lincolnland Hospice. Memorial gifts may be made at the Visitation or
Services, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive,
Charleston, IL 61920.


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