Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Mike James

MATTOON -- Mike D. James, 46, of Mattoon died at 1:08 p.m. Friday
(Dec. 28, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are pending at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Joseph McHenry

WESTFIELD -- Joseph E. McHenry, 64, of Westfield died Friday morning
(Dec. 28, 2001) in Ontario, Ore.

Arrangements are pending at Markwell Chapel in Westfield.

Mr. McHenry was a truck driver for Rex "N" Don's Van Lines in
Charleston.

FLORENCE NICHOLS

Florence May Nichols, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 6:17 p.m. on
Thursday, December 27, 2001, at the Convalescent Care Center.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Evan Beasley officiating. Burial
will be in the French Cemetery in Allenville. Visitation will be held from
5:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Florence was born October 6, 1921 in Mattoon, a daughter of Herschel and
Daisy May Barnes French. She married Jiles "Jay" Keller Nichols Sr. on
April 26, 1937. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1980. She was also
preceded in death by her parents, one son, one daughter-in-law, one
son-in-law and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four sons, James Robert Nichols of Mattoon, Jiles K.
Nichols Jr. and wife Kathryn of Sullivan, William Nathan Nichols of
Mattoon, Herschel "Ray" Nichols and wife Candy of Westfield; three
daughters, Naytella Kay Hawkins and husband Tom of Cartersville,
Georgia, Daisy May Hobson and husband Junior of Stewardson, Evea Sue
O'Day of Trilla; one brother, Chuck French and wife Imogene of Mattoon;
one sister, Kate Breeze of Ft. Myers, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Helen
French of Mattoon and Nell French of Sullivan; twenty grandchildren,
twenty-four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Nichols was a child care provider. She was a member of the First
Assembly of God Church, the Women's Bowling Association and the
Women's Auxiliary of the V.F.W. Post 4325. Florence was also a
seamstress, loved to crochet and to play darts and pool. She will be greatly
missed by all who knew her.
JOHN PRINZ

SULLIVAN -- John Prinz, 74, of Sullivan, died at 2:58 a.m. Friday
(December 28, 2001) in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Sullivan Faith Lutheran
Church with Pastor Paul McGhghy officiating assisted by Pastor Gary
Fortkamp, Emeritus. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday in the Reed Funeral
Home, Sullivan and at the church one hour before services. Military rites
will be conducted at the church by Sullivan American Legion Post #68.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials are
suggested to the Sullivan Faith Lutheran Church.

John was born February 6, 1927 in New York City, New York the son of
Conrad and Rose Heusel Prinz. He retired in 1989 as an electronic
technician for RCA Corporation in New Jersey. He was a US Army veteran
WW II, an elder and congregation president of Sullivan Faith Lutheran
Church, member of Sullivan American Legion Post #68, and a life member
of the Sullivan VFW. John married Tina Pantel on December 6, 1946 in
Maryland.

Surviving are his wife, Tina of Sullivan; son, John Prinz and his wife
Donna R. of Morton; granddaughters, Karen Prinz of Champaign and
Christine Prinz of Morton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Dec. 28, 2001

Gail Compton

PARIS - Gail Keith Compton, 65, of Paris, died at 3:10 p.m. Thursday
(Dec. 27, 2001) at his home.

The funeral will be noon Sunday at Sutton and Son Funeral Home with
Brother Karl Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens
Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born June 20, 1936, in Nokomis, the son of Archie F. and Lila
Stivers Compton. He married Marlyn Rutledge in 1956; she survives.

Other survivors include his mother of Springfield; one son, Gene Compton
of Mattoon; four daughters, Rhonda Walker, Glenda Branson and Cynthia
Felgenhauer, all of Paris, and Brenda Rush of Loxahatchee, Fla.; two
brothers, Gary Compton of Springfield and Neil Compton of Aurora; one
sister, Lois Oschwald of Springfield; and 11 grandchildren.

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

Mr. Compton was assistant superintendent of highways and had retired
from the Illinois Department of Transportation. He served with the Illinois
Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, appointed by the
governor. He was a member of Lakeridge Christian Church, BPOE 812
and Sycamore Hills Country Club.

RICHARD FREEMAN

Richard Wright Freeman, age 80, passed away peacefully on December 25,
2001 at a hospital in Houston, Texas. Born in Coles County, Illinois, he
attended Eastern Illinois College before serving in the United States Air
Force. A local homebuilder for many years, he was a member of the
Houston Homebuilders Association, as well as the Elk's Club and the
Eastern Illinois Alumni Association. Richard is survived by his wife of 55
years, Eleanor Freeman; daughter, Susan O'Brien and husband William; six
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his son, Thomas Andrews "Skeeter" Freeman. A memorial service will be
held in Houston at 3:30 P.M. on Friday, December 28, 2001 at Bellaire
United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd. Donations may be made in
Richard's memory to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at Bellaire United
Methodist Church.

BETTY LORANCE

GREENUP - Betty Lou Lorance, 75, of Greenup, died at 11:35 a.m.
Thursday (Dec. 27, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001 at the Barkley
Funeral Home, in Greenup, with the Rev. Jim Watts and the Rev. Tim
Pearce officiating. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup.

She was born Nov. 22, 1926, in Robinson, IL., a daughter of George and
Mary Leah (Mullins) Piersall, both preceded her in death. She married the
Rev. J. H. Lorance in July 19, 1947; he preceded her in death in 1997.

Survivors include a son, Robert A. "Bob" and Jill Lorance of Greenup; a
daughter, Sharon Diane and George Waggle of Toledo.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters.

Mrs. Lorance was a homemaker. She was a member of the United
Methodist Conference Churches and attended the Toledo Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the family or Lincolnland Hospice.

Beulah Millis

MARTINSVILLE - Beulah Millis, 92, of Martinsville, died at 5:20 a.m.
Thursday (Dec. 27, 2001) at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwell Funeral Home,
Martinsville, with Pastor Mark Doane officiating. Burial will be in Wesley
Chapel Cemetery, Clark County. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the
funeral home.

She was born March 1, 1909, in Martinsville, the daughter of Everett and
Clara Frances Baird. She married Dwight Millis in 1929; he died in 1982.

Survivors include three sons, Lary Millis of St. Louis, Robert Millis of
Flagstaff, Ariz., and Kirk Millis of Springfield, and seven grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, one brother and five
sisters.

Mrs. Millis was a member of the Martinsville United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Martinsville United Methodist Church.

Kevin O'Connor

Rochester, Mich. - Kevin P. O'Connor, 35, of Rochester, Mich., formerly
of Mattoon, died Monday (Dec. 24, 2001).

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Pixley Funeral Home, Rochester,
Mich. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral
home.

Violet Price

WILLOW HILL - Violet L. Price, 83, of Willow Hill, died at 8:48 a.m.
Thursday (Dec. 27, 2001) at Newton Rest Haven.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Crain Funeral Home. Visitation
will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Shiloh
Cemetery, Willow Hill.

She was born Aug. 18, 1918, in Jasper County, the daughter of Peter and
Ilma Miller Kidwell. She married Ernie Price in 1941; he died in 1986.

Survivors include one son, Jim Price of Newton; one daughter, Rowena
Swisher of Willow Hill; two brothers, Forrest Kidwell of Washington, Ind.,
and Ralph Kidwell of Effingham; two sisters, Freda Ervin of Willow Hill
and Florence Ervin of Hidalgo; seven grandchildren; and nine
great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Price was a homemaker and member of the Salem Baptist Church in
Willow Hill.

Merle Wilkerson

MATTOON - Merle Wilkerson, 88, of Mattoon, died at 9:29 a.m.
Thursday (Dec. 27, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home
with the Rev. Marvin Flowers officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove
Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Mitchell-Jerdan
Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 17, 1913, in Sullivan, the daughter of Arthur and Leona
Morgan Herendeen. She married Jack L. Wilkerson in 1936; he survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Arthur Wilkerson of Merrillville, Frank
Wilkerson of Camargo and Kenneth Nance of Gays; one daughter, Linda
Kusma of Lisle; three sisters, Grace Alumbaugh of Casey, Sarah Butts of
Bethany and Bonnie Wallace of Sullivan; eight grandchildren; 13
great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Wilkerson was a member of the Broadway Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Broadway Christian Church.

Dec. 27, 2001

Leona Brandt

EFFINGHAM - Leona S. Brandt, 81, of Effingham, Ill., died at 8:02 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001 at New Port Richie, Fla.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Brummerstedt Funeral Home,
Stewardson, Ill., with burial in Stewardson Cemetery, Stewardson, Ill.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund of Shelby County or
the American Diabetes Association.

Mrs. Brandt was born March 12, 1920, the daughter of William F. and
Dora Velpoe Elliott Quast. She married Gerald G. Brandt in 1936. He died
in 1991.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughters, Yvonne Allsop (husband, Ralph) of
Cheynne, Wyo., Anna M. Ervin (husband, Markes) of Sebastian, Fla.;
brother, George Quast (wife, Betty) of Plainfield, Ill.; sisters, Louise Rohlf
of Mattoon, Ill., and Dorothy Camic (husband, William) of Windsor, Ill.;
grandchildren, Monte Allsop (wife, Pam) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Eric Allsop
(wife, Yavetta) of Cypress, Texas. Markes Ervin III of Fort Pierce, Fla.;
and 23 nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two nieces.

RAYMOND ELDER

PUNTA GORDA, FL - Raymond S. Elder, 89, a resident of Punta Gorda,
died Tuesday December 25, 2001 at the Hospice House North in Cape
Coral. He was born August 18, 1912 in Ogden, Illinois. He moved to this
area in 1966 from Mattoon, Illinois. He owned Ray Elder Signs in Illinois
and Charlotte County. He was an active member of the Punta Gorda Lions
Club, a member of the Lutheran Church, and many business organizations
throughout the years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and
Maude Simpson Elder; his first wife, Florence Stewart Elder; and his
second wife, Jill Munson Elder. He is survived by his daughter, Ina Rae
Hammesfahr and her husband Dick of Ft. Myers. Grandchildren, Jerry
(Debbie) Evans of Ogden, IL, Don (Kathy) Evans of Wimauma, FL, Sue
(Jim) Ogline of Bradenton, FL, Cathy (Mark) Flynn of Ft. Myers, Robert
(Joelle) Hammesfahr of Ft. Myers and 7 great-grandchildren; Brad, Corey,
and Clayton Evans of IL, Jordan Evans, Jamie Ogline, Dalton and Delaney
Flynn of FL.

Services will be held at the Chapel of Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home,
5200 Indian Springs Road, Punta Gorda on Saturday, December 29, 2001
at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice
and Palliative Care, 2430 Diplomat Parkway E. Cape Coral, FL 33909.

David Huggler

SULLIVAN - David Edward Huggler, 33, of Sullivan, died at 6 p.m.
Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the McMullin-Young Funeral
Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Button Cemetery, Galeton, Penn.
Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.

He was born June 7, 1968, in Blossburgh, Penn., the son of Casper James
and Leona Jean Lovell Huggler. He married Theresa Diane Kemper Bales
in 1999; she survives.

Other survivors include his parents of Harrison Valley, Penn.; one
daughter, Jessyca Huggler of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Jeannie
Bales of Hampton, Va.; two stepsons, Scott Bales of Tuscola and James
Bales, at home; four brothers, Casper Huggler of Goldsboro, N.C., Rodney
and John Huggler, both of Mahomet, and Robert Huggler of Nassau, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Mr. Huggler worked at Agri-Fab, Sullivan.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Shirley L. Jewell

MATTOON - Shirley L. Jewell, 66, of Mattoon, went home to be with the
Lord at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln
Health Center.

Memorial services honoring her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday,
December 28, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend
Ron Dickinson and Reverend Eugene Black officiating. Visitation will be
one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by:
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Shirley was born February 27, 1935 at Paris, Illinois, daughter of Robert
and Wilma Kerns Logsdon. She married Loyce T. Jewell, November 4,
1960 at Mattoon; he survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Sharon
Lewis and husband Mark, Karen Beason and husband Mark, all of
Mattoon; two grandchildren: Ryan Beason and Addie Lewis, at home; one
brother: Robert Logsdon and wife Cathy of Naples, FL. She was preceded
in death by two sisters: Nancy Grant and Pamela Bundy. Shirley was a
bookkeeper for Central Wholesale Supply and ELASCO. She was an active
member of First United Methodist Church, where she was involved with
the Mary Circle. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star
#40, White Shrine of Jerusalem. She was active with Habitat for Humanity,
and the Outreach Committee of the First United Methodist Church for 17
years, where she was called to serve the hungry and the needy. She
enjoyed fishing, camping, cake decorating, bird watching and most of all,
spending time watching her grandson, Ryan, play baseball and taking her
granddaughter, Addie, to the park. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her
honor may be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund.

CAROL ROSE KNIGHT

Carol Rose Knight, born May 21, 1921, passed away peacefully December
24, 2001 in San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her devoted husband of
53 years, Edward, of Converse, Texas; her children: Emily Shierk and
husband Ted, of San Antonio; James and wife Doris, of Salinas, California;
and Robert and wife Heidi of#, Kansas City, Missouri; and her
grandchildren: Theo, Carolyn, and Edward Shierk, all of San Antonio. Born
in Saskatchewan, Canada, Carol came to the United States to live with her
relatives in Mattoon, the Riddle and Rose family members living at 3500
Western Avenue. She was a graduate of Mattoon High School, Class of
1938, and the University of Chicago. On July 3,1948, she married Edward
Knight, the love of her life, in Chicago, Illinois. She became an American
citizen and was a consistent voter in every election, working for candidates
and causes she believed in. Carol's loving spirit will remain with her family
and friends always. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Friday,
December 28, 2001 at the Schertz Funeral Home in Schertz, Texas.
Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Fort Sam
Houston, Texas. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements with Schertz Funeral Home, Schertz, Texas.

John Roan

GREENUP - John W. Roan, 63, of Greenup, died at 11:03 p.m. Monday
(Dec. 24, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Barkley Funeral Home,
Greenup. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Block Cemetery, rural Greenup, with
military rites. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral
home.

He was born June 16, 1938, in Greenup, the son of Wm. Harvey and
Florene Glidewell Roan.

Survivors include two sons, Greg Roan of Greenup and Jeff Roan of
Richmond, Ind.; one daughter, Lori Rardin of Lerna; special friend,
Barbara Tamillo of Greenup; three brothers, Jimmy Roan of Niles, Ohio,
David Roan of Greenup and Clark Roan of Savannah, Ga.; two sisters,
Mary Cather of Greenup and Terry Roan of Carbondale; eight
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Roan retired from the Navy and Local 1280 Laborers International
Union. He was a member of the Cumberland County Sportsman Club and
the Greenup American Legion Post 566, and a life member of the Greenup
VFW Post 4598.

Thomas Snader

MATTOON - Thomas J. Snader, 49, of Mattoon, died at 10:25 a.m.
Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at his residence.

A private family memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Mathews officiating.
Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the
funeral home.

He was born Feb. 8, 1952, in Chicago, the son of Jack and Jacqueline
Jernberg Snader.

Survivors include three sons, Jeremy Snader of Teluride, Colo., Jason
Snader of Charleston and Jake Snader of Mattoon; two daughters, Katlyn
and Madelyn Snader, both of Richardson, Texas; one brother, Tim Snader
of Palace Hills; one sister, Sue Barger of Pittsfield; and grandmother,
Mildred Snader of Botavia.

He was preceded in death by one daughter.

Mr. Snader worked at R.R. Donnelley and Sons for over 25 years.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

JAMES "GOOSE"

SULLIVAN

CHARLESTON, IL - James William "Goose" Sullivan, Jr., age 78 of
Charleston, passed away on Tuesday, December 25 (2001) at VA Illiana
Health System in Danville, Illinois. Services celebrating his life will be at
7:30 p.m. today (Thursday), December 27. Visitation will be held prior to
the Services from 5-7 p.m. Services and Visitation will be held at Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive in Charleston. Interment will be held
on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Danville National Cemetery.

Goose was born January 20, 1923 in Humboldt, Illinois the son of James
and Agnes (O'Donnell) Sullivan. Survivors include one sister, Mary A.
Kennedy of Taylorville, Illinois; two brothers, Andrew Sullivan and his wife
Dorothy of Deltona, Florida and Don Sullivan and his wife Marianne of
Lisle, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his
parents and one sister, Virginia Negley.

Goose was a self employed commercial and residential painter. He was a
Military Veteran, having served with the Army Air Force during World War
II. A member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of
Charleston, he was also a member of and took great pride in his work with
Alcoholics Anonymous. He attended Eastern Illinois State College (now
Eastern Illinois University) where he lettered in track, football and
basketball. Until his recent illness, he attended many of Eastern's athletic
events.

Goose was a fisherman, too! But, of all his accomplishments and interests,
Goose will most likely be remembered for his wonderful storytelling
abilities. His stories or "tales", if not already, will soon become legendary.

Goose's family requests that memorial gifts in his honor be made to the
EIU Foundation ­ Athletics or to the VA Illiana Health System in Danville.
Memorial gifts may be made at the Visitation or Services, or mailed to
Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Dec, 26, 2001

Rusty Copenhaver

WOOD RIVER - Rusty Copenhaver, 40, of Wood River, died Sunday
(Dec. 23, 2001).

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Paynic Funeral Home, East Alton.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be 1
p.m. Jan. 5 in Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon.

He was born Nov. 13, 1961, in Albuquerque, N.M., the son of Charles
Copenhaver and Thelma Clark.

Survivors include his mother of East Alton; three sisters, Tammy
Copenhaver of Alton, Diane Copenhaver of East Alton and Lori Burries of
Decatur; four brothers, Kevin "Cecil" Copenhaver of Alton, Tim and Mark
Copenhaver, both of Wood River, and Robert Copenhaver of Cottage Hills;
grandmother, Evelina Duggins of Mattoon; and foster family ­ parents
Marvin and Terry Denton, brother Jason Denton and sister Michelle
Prickett, all of Hartford.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Copenhaver was a contractor with Midtown Home Improvement in St.
Peters, Mo. He was an Army veteran.

Memorials may be made to Alton's Humane Society.

Richard Dulka

CHARLESTON - Richard A. Dulka, 65, of Charleston died at 12:10 p.m.
Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at his residence.

A memorial Mass will be said at 7 p.m. today at the Newman Catholic
Center with Father Chris Brey officiating. A memorial service will be Jan. 8
at the Newman Catholic Center with Father Brey officiating. Caudill-King
Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born March 9, 1936, in Cleveland, the son of Anthony A. and
Emeline A. Horney Dulka. He married Alma Jean Tatum; she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert Dulka of St. Paul, Minn., and Anthony
Dulka of Springfield; his mother of Ridgeville, S.C.; two brothers, William
Dulka of Arlington, Va., and Joseph Dulka of West Bloomfield, Mich.;
three sisters, Mary Ann Hammons-Brown of Seattle, Patricia Dulka of
Adrian, Mich., and Carol Dulka of Ridgeville, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Dulka was a professor at Eastern Illinois University and had been
president of UPI at EIU. He formerly attended St. Charles Borromeo
Catholic Church. His body was donated to science.

Memorials may be made to Central Illinois Food Bank or the American
Lung Association.

Shirley Jewell

MATTOON - Shirley Jewell, 66, of Mattoon, died at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday
(Dec. 25, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are pending at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Durward Miller

BROWNSTOWN - Durward Jacob Miller, 85, of Brownstown, died at
5:35 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Liberty Christian Church, rural
Brownstown. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, rural Brownstown.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia.

He was born Jan. 12, 1916, in Fayette County, the son of John W. and
Beulah Logue Miller. He married Carey Lucile Robison in 1938; she died in
1993. He married Dorothy Daniels Chandler in 1994; she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Marion and Delmar Miller, both of
Brownstown; two daughters, Diana Overton of Mattoon and Esther Meyer
of Vandalia; four stepdaughters, Carolyn Mason of Effingham, Beverly
Berry of Vandalia, Jo Lanman of Charleston and Marsha Wodtka of
Vandalia; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren;
and 23 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter.

Mr. Miller was a retired farmer/cattleman. He was a member of the Liberty
Christian Church in rural Brownstown, former member of the Brownstown
community school board, Fayette County Fair Board and a board member
of Fayette Service Co.

Memorials may be made to the Liberty Christian Church Building Fund,
rural Brownstown.

Kathleen Mills

GEORGETOWN - Kathleen R. "Kate" Mills, 80, of Georgetown, died at
10:19 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the Vermilion Grove Friends
Church, Vermilion Grove, with the Rev. Jim Walker and the Rev. Jim Blue
officiating. Burial will be in Vermilion Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 5
to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown.

She was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Rardin, the daughter of Alonzo and
Celesta McAllister Morgan. She married Alan Mills in 1942; he survives.

Other survivors include five sons, Gary Mills of Chrisman, James and
Donald Mills, both of Vermilion Grove, Dennis Mills of Greenville, S.C.,
and Steve Mills of Georgetown; one sister, Evelyn Morgan Witwer of
Rardin; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Mills was a teacher and substitute teacher in the Georgetown school
system.

Memorials may be made to the Friends Church of Vermilion Grove.

JOHN E. SMITH

MATTOON - John E. Smith, 72, of rural Mattoon, passed away at 5:55
a.m. Monday, December 24, 2001 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 2001
at the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon, with Reverend John Besore
and Reverend Jan Kennedy officiating. Private family inurnment services
will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Mattoon. Visitation will begin
two hours prior to the service at the First Presbyterian Church.
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John was born May 11, 1929 at Albion, Illinois, son of James G. and Eva
Shepherd Smith. He married Diane Cox, February 28, 1964 at Princeton,
Indiana; she survives. Also surviving are his daughters: Linda Grafton and
husband Lloyd "Bud" of Tampa, FL, Brenda Wilkenson and husband Rob
of North Aurora, IL, and Jennifer Riser and husband Paul of Squantum,
MA. One brother: Leonard Smith of Albion; and his grandchildren: Adam,
Mitchell, and Kathryn Grafton, Lucas Wilkinson and Kirsten and Courtney
Riser also survive.

John retired from the State of Illinois Department of Rehabilitation where
he had been a caseworker supervisor. He was a Korean War veteran,
serving in the U.S. Army. John was a member of the First Presbyterian
Church, Moose Lodge, V.F.W. and the American Legion of Mattoon. He
was an avid golfer, and enjoyed gardening and farming. He considered his
grandchildren to be special blessings.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincolnland or the American Cancer
Society.

Thomas Snader

MATTOON - Thomas J. Snader, 49, of Mattoon, died at 10:25 a.m.
Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 8, 1952, in Chicago, the son of Jack and Jacqueline
Jernberg Snader.

Surviving are three sons, Jeremey Snader of Colorado, Jason Snader of
Charleston and Jakeb Snader of Mattoon; two daughters, Katlyn Snader
and Madelyn Snader, both of Richardson, Texas; one brother, Tim Snader
of Palace Hills; one sister, Sue Barger of Pittsfield; and grandmother,
Mildred Snader of Botavia.

Mr. Snader was employed by R.R. Donnelley & Sons for over 25 years.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Margaret Elizabeth (Miller) Zakowski

CASEY, IL - Margaret Elizabeth (Miller) Zakowski, 89 passed away
December 24, 2001 at 8:37 pm in the Heartland Manor Nursing Home in
Casey. She was born in Sobieski, WI on May 24, 1912. She was the 3rd
child of William & Margaret (Kujawa) Miller.

Margaret married Frank Zakowski on November 29, 1930 in Milwaukee,
WI. They had 2 children, Margaret June and Robert Edwin. The family
moved to Westfield, IL in 1941 then to Casey in 1945. Margaret helped
Frank in the oilfields and was a cook at the M & M Cafe and the White
Barn but was the happiest when she was cooking for her family.

She was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church of Casey, the Alter
Society, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #5762. Her husband Frank preceded
her in death on April 28, 1984. She was also preceded by her son Bob,
three brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Marge and Charlie Shafer of
Casey, one Step-Son Francis and his wife Shirley of Tuscola, IL, three
Grandchildren; Maggie Scallion and her husband Gary of Sparta MO,
Robert Zakowski and his wife Sherry of Findlay, Debbie Scherrinsky and
her husband Todd of Greenup, 7 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great
Grandchildren.

Visitation will be at the Markwell Funeral Home on Thursday December 27
at 1:00 pm with the funeral to follow at 2:00 pm at the Casey St. Charles
Catholic Church with Father Jeff Grant officiating. Burial will be in the
Casey-Cumberland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Dec. 24, 2001

Earl Arnett

CHAMPAIGN - The Rev. Earl "Honey" J. Arnett Sr., 80, of Champaign,
formerly of Charleston, died at 11:50 a.m. Friday (Dec. 21, 2001) at Carle
Hospital in Urbana.

The funeral will be Thursday at the First Wesleyan Church in Urbana with
the Rev. Patrick Garcia officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial
Gardens. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Morgan Memorial
Home in Savoy.

He was born Aug. 3, 1921, in Ezel, Ky., the son of Claude and Emma
Adams Arnett. He married Ida M. Potter. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Earl "Jack" Arnett Jr., of Tampa, Fla., and
William "Bill" Arnett of Arcata, Calif.; two brothers, Hank Arnett of Otter
Creek, Fla., and Don McNamer of Urbana; three sisters, Naomi Anderson
and Mary Seeley, both of Charleston, and Ruth Downen of Lady Lake,
Fla.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

The Rev. Arnett was an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Church and a
retired plant engineer at Alloy Engineer and Casting in Champaign. He was
a U.S. Navy veteran.

Memorials may be made to the First Wesleyan Church and the American
Heart Association.

Richard Dulka

CHARLESTON - Richard A. Dulka, 65, of Charleston died at 12:10 p.m.
Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at his residence.

A memorial Mass will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Newman
Catholic Center with Father Chris Brey officiating. A memorial service will
be Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2002) at the Newman Catholic Center with Father
Brey officiating. Caudill-King Funeral Home is in charge of the
arrangements.

He was born March 9, 1936, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Anthony A.
and Emeline A. Horney Dulka. He married Alma Jean Tatum. She
survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert Dulka of St. Paul, Minn., and Anthony
Dulka of Springfield; his mother of Ridgeville, S.C.; two brothers William
Dulka of Arlington, Va., and Joseph Dulka of West Bloomfield, Mich.;
three sisters, Mary Ann Hammons-Brown of Seattle, Wash., Sister Patricia
Dulka of Adrian, Mich., and Sister Carol Dulka of Ridgeville, S.C.; and two
grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Dulka was a professor at Eastern Illinois University and had been
president of UPI at EIU. He formerly attended St. Charles Borromeo
Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to Central Illinois Food Bank or the American
Lung Association.

Millard Goodwin

NEOGA - Millard Clark Goodwin, 84, of rural Neoga, passed away at 8:40
a.m. Sunday (Dec. 23, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church near
Neoga with Rev. Ralph Mayes and Rev. Jack Turner officiating. Burial will
be in Drummond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at
the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga.

He was born Dec. 14, 1917 in Cumberland County, the son of Oren and
Edna (Gilpin) Goodwin. He was raised by his father and step-mother, Oren
and Ethel (Wright) Goodwin.

Surviving are his nephew, Richard M. Watson and wife Sue of rural Neoga;
great-nephews, Richard E. Watson and wife Susan and their three children,
and Steven E. Watson and wife Vickie and their four children, all of rural
Neoga; David A. Watson and wife Faye and their four children of Houston,
Texas; Michael L. Watson and wife Jill and their two children, all of Alvin,
Texas; Jason S. Watson and wife Sherri and their two children, all of
Mattoon; and a cousin, Dorothy Van Scyoc of rural Neoga, along with
several other cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother and one step-sister,
Frieda E. Watson.

Mr. Goodwin retired from Fedders Corp., farmed and repaired and played
fiddles all of his life. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church near
Neoga where he was a pianist and taught Sunday school for over 60 years.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

JAMES HUNTER PATRIDGE

ARCOLA ­ James Hunter Patridge, 68, of Arcola, IL passed away at 3:10
a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in
Coles County.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday December 28, 2001 at the
Edwards Funeral Home 221 E. Main St. Arcola, IL. Rev. Joseph Allen will
officiate. Military rites will be conducted Friday after the funeral at the
funeral home by the Arcola VFW Post #7862. A reception will follow at the
Kaskaskia Country Club. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 27, 2001 at the funeral home.

Jim was born August 16, 1933 in ArcoIa, IL a son of Raymond C. and
Gladys (Ramsey) Patridge. He married Brandy Barclay on December 26,
1978 in Las Vegas, NV.

Survivors include His wife: Brandy Patridge of Arcola; 1 son: Rodney
Patridge of Arcola; 1 Daughter: Pam Patridge of Cape Girardeau, MO; 2
Step-Sons: Rick Olson and his wife Beth and Randy Olson and his wife
Kim, all of Hobart, IN; 3 Step-daughters: Debbie Jarchow and her husband
Eddie of Lake Station, IN; Diane Olson of Katy, Texas and Desiree
Huckstep and her husband Keith of Arcola; 19 Grandchildren; 1
Great-grandchild; and 2 Brothers: Tom Patridge and his wife Susie of
Arcola and Joe Patridge and his wife Barbara of Encino, CA.

His parents preceded him in death.

As a young man Jim enjoyed playing many sports and will always be
known as a gifted athlete. Jim spent his early adult years serving in the
Army during the Korean War and later settled in Cape Girardeau, MO
driving an 18-wheeler named "Old Blue". He later married Brandy and
relocated to "Gods Country" in Arcola. He and Brandy managed the
Kaskaskia Country Club for 15 years and treasured the many friends and
memories from that time in their lives.

"Jimbo" or "Big Jim" will always be remembered as a devoted and loving
husband, incredible dad, special Grandpa, great brother, trusted friend, as
well as a great golfer.

Memorials may be made to the Arcola High School Golf Club or the Arcola
VFW.

Irma Simpson

CASEY - Irma M. Simpson, 70, of Casey died at 11:40 p.m. Saturday
(Dec. 22. 2001) Birchwood Care Center.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of The
Nazarene in Casey. Burial will be in Mount Cemetery in Casey. Visitation
will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Markwell & Son Funeral Home in
Casey.

She was born Jan. 10, 1931, in Shirkieville, Ind., the daughter of Orla
George and Mae Cora Menges Edington. She married Donald D. Simpson
in 1948. He died in 1986.

Surviving are two sons, David Simpson of Casey and Dwight Simpson of
Plainwell, Mich.; two daughters, Kathy Moore of Greenup and Delise
Wilkins of Altamont; two brothers, Clifford Edington of Marshall and
Ernest Edington of Casey; one sister, Vera McCarty of Rantoul; 10
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister.

Mrs. Simpson was a retired beautician and bookkeeper for Hardway Oil
and KZ International. She was a member of the First Church of the
Nazarene in Casey.

JOHN VAULTONBURG

John Max Vaultonburg, age 53, of Mattoon, passed away at 2:20 a.m. on
Saturday, December 22, 2001, at his residence.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at
the Mattoon Christian Church with the Reverend Steve Shepherd
officiating. Burial with military rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be in the
Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home,

John was born February 14,1948 in Mattoon, the son of Don and Wilma
Vaultonburg Gammill. He married Leasa Page on February 28, 1981 in
Mattoon.

Survivors include wife, Leasa Vaultonburg of Mattoon; six children, Johnny
Vaultonburg and wife Teri, Erica Price and husband Joe, Kara
Vaultonburg, Joshua Vaultonburg, Lanette Vaultonburg and Cherise
Vaultonburg, all of Mattoon; three grandchildren, Shaylee Vaultonburg
Sierra Vaultonburg and Haleigh Price, all of Mattoon; and his parents, Don
and Wilma Gammill of Mattoon.

Mr. Vaultonburg was an United States Army veteran. He served as a
Military Police in Germany. He was a member of the Mattoon Christian
Church, the American Legion and the Mattoon Eagles. John was the
USSSA Illinois Area Director. He was umpire and a coach for thirty years.

Memorial gifts may be donated to John's children for their education fund.


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