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Mae Henderson 
Born May 13, 1902 - Died October 9, 1996
Mae Henderson, 94, of McLeansboro and formerly of Omaha, died at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9th, 1996 at McLeansboro Health Care. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Henderson was born on May 13, 1902, in Thackeray, a daughter of John Wesley and Sara (Helms) Ledford. She married Robert A. Henderson, who preceded her in death on March 4, 1966. She was a member of General Baptist Church in Omaha.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 1996 at Edwards Funeral Chapel in Omaha. Rev. Randy Plunkett officiated. Burial was in Palenstine No. 2 Cemetary in Omaha.
Mrs. Henderson is survived by one daughter, Ruby Abston of McLeansboro; two sons, Earnest Henderson of Maunie and Clyde Henderson of Omaha; one sister, Florence Ledford of McLeansboro; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and several great- great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Mattie Braden.

Dave Anselment 
Born February 22, 1942 - Died October 10, 1996
Dave Julius Anselment, 54, of Dahlgren, died 10:48 p.m. October 10, 1996, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Anselment was born February 22, 1942, in Hamilton County, a son of Albert P. and Auerlia (Roesch) Anselment.
His wife Betty (Rubenacker) Anselment survives.
Services were Oct. 12 at Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.
In addition to his wife he is survived by three sons, Daniel, Thomas and Pete, all of McLeansboro; two daughters, Janet Anselment and Sue Wilkerson of Dahlgren; seven grandchildren; four brothers, Albert T. Anselment of Mt. Vernon, Anton Anselment of McLeansboro and William Anselment of Dahlgren; six sisters, Dolores Anselment of Fenton, Mo., Marcells Heath of Elgin, and Cleo Rapp, Rita Grubb, and Mary Rawls all of Dahlgren and Sharon Rapp of Belle Rive.
He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Paul; a sister, Bernadine Spencer and one grandchild.

Mary Elizabeth Groves 
Born 1922? - Died October 12, 1996
Mary Elizabeth Groves, 72, of Evansville, IN died at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, October 12th, 1996, at Welborn Baptist Hospital. Mrs. Groves was a seamstress.
Mrs. Groves was the daughter of Olford and Mable (Bowers) Reed. She married Thomas Groves, who survives. She was a niece of Bonnie Munsell. She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church and its All City Bible Class, the Postal Clerks Auxiliary and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She was also a member of the McLeansboro Township High School class of 1941.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 1996, at Alexander Funeral Home. Rev. Spencer R. Downs officiated. Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetary.
Mrs. Groves is survived by her husband of 51 years, Thomas E. Groves; two daughters, Rebecca Griepenstroh of Evansville, and Charlotte Fehd of Haubstadt, IN; one son, Daniel of Marietta, GA; one sister, Evelyn Allen and husband Arthur of McLeansboro; six grandchildren, Zach Griepenstroh, Sarah, Lori and Aaron Fehd and Jennifer and Jason Groves.

Neva Jane Proctor 
Born January 25, 1922 - Died October 13, 1996
Neva Jane Proctor, 74, of Florence, KY, and formerly of Wayne City died at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 13th, 1996 at her home. She was a housewife.
Mrs. Proctor was born on January 25, 1922, in Belvidere, IL, a daughter of Oscar and Anna (Brewer) Wolfe. She married Waldo "Wally" Proctor. She was a member of the Northern Kentucky Church of Christ in Florence, KY.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 1996 at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City. Rev. Joe McCameron officiated. Burial was in Thomason Cemetary in Wayne City.
Mrs. Proctor is survived by her husband; one son, Daniel Lee Proctor and wife Chris of Independence, KY; one step-daughter, Gloria J. Young of Rochester, KY; two brothers, Lewis Wolfe of Flora and Orban Wolfe of Fairfield; four sisters, Verna Hoffher of Evansville, Helen Stutts of Wayne City, Lois Hawkins of Mt. Vernon and Faye Carney of Rockford, IL; and two step-grandchildren.

George Irwin Sterling 
Born 1915? - Died October 14, 1996
George Irwin Sterling, 81, of Sterling and a native of Dahlgren, died on October 14th, 1996 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on October 16, 1996 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Norvin Brewer, minister of the Church of Christ officiated. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling.

Rodney Karcher 
Born July 20, 1954 - Died October 15, 1996
Rodney D. Karcher, 42, of McLeansboro, died 3:06 p.m. October 15, 1996, at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois of injuries suffered in an auto accident on Illinois 142 north of Eldorado.
He was a classroom training co-ordinator at Mid-Five Employment and Training Center in Eldorado.
Mr. Karcher was born on July 20, 1954, a son of Leo L. and Dorothea (McConnaha) Karcher. He married Jetta Engel. He was a member of St. Clement's Catholic Church in McLeansboro. He was also a baseball coach for the McLeansboro American Legion Post #106 baseball team.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 18, 1996, at St. Clement Catholic Church, under the direction of Gholson's Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Alan Ruppert officiated. Burial was in St. John Cemetary in Piopolis, Illinois.
Mr. Karcher is survived by his wife, Jetta Karcher; two sons, Ryan L. Karcher and Jefferey L. Karcher, both of McLeansboro and a daughter Juliana K. Karcher of McLeansboro; a sister, Beverly Wells of Sims; and a brother, Gary Karcher of Mount Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 106 baseball team, which he coached.

Steven Johns 
Born November 25, 1959 - Died October 15, 1996
Steven Franklin Johns, 36, of McLeansboro, died 7:15 a.m. October 15, 1996, at home of natural causes.
Mr. Johns was born November 25, 1959, in Elgin, a son of Vernon Franklin Johns. He attended Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18th, 1996, at Gholson Funeral Home. Revs. Robert Sefried and Ken Cook officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetary.
Surviving are his father, Vernon F. Johns of McLeansboro; one uncle, Manuel Smith of McLeansboro; an aunt who helped raise him, Thelma Steffler of McLeansboro; and several cousins.

Matthew Brady Roberts 
Born May 16, 1978 - Died October 17, 1996
Matthew Brady Roberts, 18, of Broughton, died 10:38 p.m. October 17, 1996, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. He was a student attending Rend Lake College in Ina and employed at McDonald's in McLeansboro.
Mr. Roberts was born on May 16, 1978, in Mt. Vernon, a son of Wayne and Carole (Dewhirst) Roberts. He was a 1996 graduate of McLeansboro High School. He was a four-year member of the golf team and a member of the FBLA while at McLeansboro High School. He was also an ardent deer hunter and fisherman.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 1996, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Barry Winders officiated. Burial was in Prospect Cemetary in McLeansboro.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his parents, Wayne and Carole Roberts of McLeansboro; one sister, Stephanie Roberts of McLeansboro; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Roberts of Newton; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dewhirst of Kirkland, Illinois; serveral aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be made at the funeral home for The American Heart Association.

Hester A. Belangee 
Born October 27, 1914 - Died October 19, 1996
Hester A. Belangee, 81, of Dahlgren, died at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th, 1996, at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Home. She was a housewife and a member of the First Methodist Church of Dahlgren.
Mrs. Belangee was born on October 27, 1914, in Hamilton County near Dahlgren, a daughter of Lemuel and Eva Jane (Zellers) Gage. She married Harold Belangee on May 8, 1937. Mrs. Belangee was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dahlgren.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 1996, at the First United Methodist Church in Dahlgren. The services were under the direction of Gholson Funeral Home. Revs. Jim Hefner, David Schlag and Bill Minor officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetary in Dahlgren.
Mrs. Belangee is survived by one son, Eddie Belangee and wife Teresa of Dahlgren; one brother, Herbert Gage of Dahlgren; one sister, Jeanette Trotter of Dahlgren; one sister-in-law, Genevieve Gage of Dahlgren; three grandchildren, Kelli, Terri, and Michael Belangee, all of Dahlgren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers, Herman and Frank Gage.

Artie M. Sebree 
Born July 30, 1909 - Died October 20, 1996
Artie M. Sebree, 87, of McLeansboro, died at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, October 20th, 1996, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Sebree was born on July 30, 1909, in Hamilton County, a daughter of William and Drusilla (Trout) Hutcheson. She was married twice, to Jesse L. Mann and Oscar J. Sebree, both of whom are deceased. She was a member of the Dale Christian Church.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 1996, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Brother Bob Johnson officiated. Burial was in Digby Hill Cemetary in Dale.
Mrs. Sebree is survived by one daughter Bonnie (Mann) Johnson of husband Jack of McLeansboro; one grandson, Kevin Johnson of McLeansboro; one brother, Herman Hutcheson of Dale.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, one son Lawrence Mann and brothers and sisters.
Memorials may be made at the funeral home for the Dale Christian Church.

Arthur N. Allen 
Born May 4, 1904 - Died October 24, 1996
Arthur N. Allen, 92, of McLeansboro, died at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 24th, 1996, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
Mr. Allen was born May 4, 1904 in Hamilton County, a son of John Logan and Martha Gertrude (Nation) Allen. He was married twice, to Mary O'Neal, now deceased, and to Sarah Evelyn Reed, who survives. He was a retired farmer and livestock operator. He trained border collie sheep dogs and performed exhibitions all over the United States and Canada and was a 25 year National Champion sheep dog handler. Mr. Allen also appeared with several western movie stars during his career. He also starred and appeared in several Walt Disney movies and TV productions. He was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He was a member of the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28, 1996, at Gholson Funeral Home. Rev. John O'Dell officiated. Burial was in Old Springer Cemetery.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Sarah Evelyn Allen; one daughter, Verla Means of Fairfield; one sister, Edith Hulett of Cleveland, Oklahoma; two aunts, Esther Stanley of Fairfield and Maude Nation of Fairfield; two grandchildren, Allen Fern of Wilcox, Arizona, and John Means of Geff; one great-grandchild, Johnna Means.
Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.

Elsie B. Wheeler 
Born August 10, 1900 - Died October 30, 1996
Elsie B. Wheeler, 96, of McLeansboro, died on Wednesday, October 30th, 1996, at her home. Mrs. Wheeler was a homemaker.
Mrs. Wheeler was born on August 10, 1900, in Dale, a daughter of Anderson and Harriet (Fraizer) Trout. In 1916, she married Alonzo Wheeler, who preceded her in death on July 4, 1972. She was a life member of the McLeansboro American Legion Auxillary.
The funeral was 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 1996 at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery near McLeansboro.
Mrs. Wheeler is survived by two daughters, Nellie Thompson of McLeansboro and Theresa Bluett of McLeansboro; one son, Charles Wheeler of Wilmington, Illinois; one brother, Herman Trout of Loogootee, Indiana; two half-sisters, Ida Fann of McLeansboro and Iva Allen of McLeansboro; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may made to the Legion Auxillary.

Omer Williams 
Born August 28, 1905 - Died October 30, 1996
Omer Williams of Mcleansboro, died at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 1996, at Hamilton County Memorial Hospital. He was a retired coal miner and worked several years at the Tinley Park Illinois State Mental Health Center.
Mrs. Williams was born on August 28, 1905, in Franklin County, a son of John and Aria Elizabeth (Musgrave) Williams. He married Nora L. Morris, who preceded him in death on December 11, 1992. He was a member of the McLeansboro Church of God.
The funeral was a 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 1996, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Rod Joplin officiated. Burial was in Masonic-Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.
Mr. Williams is survived by two sons, Earl "Kirby" Williams and wife Delores of Berkley, Illinois., William "Bill" Williams and wife Barbara of McLeansboro; one daughter, Juanita Metheney and husband Charles of McLeansboro; two daughters-in-law, Gerry Williams of McLeansboro and Rose Williams of Highland, Indiana; one sister, Nora Rector of Lexington, Kentucky; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three sons, Byford, Donald and Francis; five brothers; two sisters; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pete L. Kirsch 
Born July 29, 1914 - Died November 2, 1996
Pete L. Kirsch of Dahlgren, died at 2:21 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 1996, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a retired farmer.
Mr. Kirsch was born on July 29, 1914, in Hamilton County, a son of Val and Lena (Miller) Kirsch. He married Clara L. Kreher on May 24, 1944. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Piopolis.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 4, 1996 at St. Johns Catholic Church in Piopolis under the direction of Gholson Funeral Home. Rev. Joseph Lawler officiated. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery.
Mr. Kirsch is survived by his wife, Clara L. Kirsch; two sons, Maurice Kirsch and wife Ellen of Dahlgren, Randall Kirsch and wife Larna of McLeansboro; three grandchildren, Lori, Christopher and Caleb Kirsch; two step-grandchildren, Matthew and Clint Eilerts.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.

Versa F. Johnson 
Born February 5, 1912 - Died November 3, 1996
Versa F. Johnson of Lincoln and formerly of Macedonia, died at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 1996 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Lincoln. She was a retired housekeeper at Franklin County Hosptial in Benton.
Mrs. Johnson was born on February 6, 1912, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Clarence and Anna (Wageneck) Hall. She married Wilford Johnson on July 1, 1935, in Troy, Ohio. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the Lincoln Chapter of Eastern Star #351 and a member of Corinth Methodist Church in Macedonia.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 1996, at Macedonia Methodist Church in Macedonia. Rev. Mary Irwin officiated. Eastern Star conducted a service at 7:00 p.m. on November 5, 1996. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery. Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge of local arrangements.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by six sons, Keith, Delbert, Loyd, and Gordon all of Lincoln, Jerry of Atlanta, Illinois, and Kenneth of Mt. Vernon, Indiana.; one daughter, Vera Crain of Morrisville, Missouri; one brother, Clyde Hall of Aden; one sister, Veta Miller of Lincoln, Illinois; 18 grandchildren

Edith M. Brooks 
Born March 15, 1903 - Died November 3, 1996
Edith M. Brooks of Mcleansboro, died at 1:18 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 1996, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was a housewife.
Mrs. Brooks was born on March 15, 1903, in Mt. Vernon, a daughter of William and Sarah (Gibbs) Spicer. She was married twice, to Jess Abrams and Rev. Jess Brooks, both whom are deceased. She taught Sunday School at Nason Baptist Church for several years. Mrs. Brooks had made her home with her daughter Leona and granddaughter April Lynn Bay for the last 10 years.
Graveside services were at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 1996, at IOOF Cemetery. Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge of the service.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by one daughter, Leona Bay of McLeansboro; one sister, Mabel Brimm of Anna; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, son Melvin Lee Abrams, and several brothers and sisters.

Rosie Millenbine Thompson 
Born April 26, 1904 - Died November 4, 1996
Rosie Millenbine Thompson of Mcleansboro, died at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, November 4, 1996, at Franklin County Hospital in Benton. She was a housewife.
Mrs. Thompson was born on April 26, 1904, in White County, a daughter of John and Harriet (Etienne) Lynch. She was married twice, to Henry Millenbine and Burley Thompson, both of whom are deceased. Mrs. Thompson was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Trade Industries and the Beaver Creek Quilting Club. She was a member of Smith Chapel Baptist Church.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 1996 at Smith Chapel Baptist Church under the direction of Gholson Funeral Home. Rev. Ernie Essary officiated. Burial was in Blooming Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by one son, Johnie Millenbine and wife Grace of Springerton; three daughters, Zelma York of McLeansboro, Reba Fosnock of Belleville, Wilma Porter and husband Ace Porter of Watseka, Illinois; two daughter-in-laws, Ruby Millenbine of McLeansboro and Doris Jane Millenbine of Greenup, Illinois; one sister, Hazel Irvin of McLeansboro; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dean Millenbine; two step-sons; Fred and Paul Millenbine, whom she helped raise; two sons-in-law, Cletus York and Irving Fosnock; three brothers, Albert, Bill and Loren Lynch; and one sister, Mary O'Dell.

Claude Lavern Engle 
Born January 16, 1928 - Died November 5, 1996
Claude Lavern Engle, 68, of Rich Hill, Missouri died on Tuesday, November 5th, 1996, at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler, Missouri.
He was born on January 16, 1928, in Peoria, to Orville Lavern and Naomi Ruth (Tracy) Engle, the oldest of eight children. At age 14, he moved with his family to Thackery. As a young man he worked in the oil fields in Illinois and Kentucky. He was in the Army from 1946 to 1948.
He married Jessie Verdean Allen on June 16, 1946, in Thackery.
Mr. Engle worked as a farm hand in Iowa and Missouri. He was a mechanic and worked in several different garages. He later was a truck driver for 20 years before his retirement. For the last 18 years, he and his wife lived in Rich Hill.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Wanda Russell, Butler, Missouri, Tommy Sicord and husband Sam, White Pigeon, Michigan; two sons, Rickey Engle and Jimmy Engle and wife Lori of Tucson, Arizonia; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert Engle, Texas, Orville Engle, St. Louis, and George Engle, Thackeray; three sisters, Ruth Engle, Florida, Nedra Barns, Paducah, Kentucky, and Edith Garrison, McLeansboro; nieces, nephews and one cousin. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Virginia Lee Engle and two grandchildren.

Hilary E. Chelf  (Hilary Eugene Chelf, b. 19 Oct 1915, per SSDI)
Born ?? - Died November 7, 1996
Hilary E. Chelf of Longview, Texas, died at the Whispering Pines Lodge on November 7, 1996. He was born and attended grade and high school in McLeansboro. Before leaving McLeansboro he was employed at Elders Mfg. Company and McLeansboro Creamery. He spent 31 years in management at Caterpillar Inc., from where he retired to Texas. He battled cancer for over eight years and was laid to rest in Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview. He is survived by his wife Opal.

Ruby I. Hall 
Born October 22, 1902 - Died November 8, 1996
Ruby I. Hall, 94, of McLeansboro, died at 3:25 p.m. on Friday, November 8th, 1996, at Hamilton County Memorial Hospital. She was a retired practical nurse.
Mrs. Hall was born on October 22, 1902, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Charles and Mary (Allen) Biggerstaff. She married David Clarence Hall, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of McLeansboro. She was a member of Queen City Easter Star #697.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11th, 1996 at Gholson Funeral Home. Rev. Lester Dean officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Hall is survived by one brother. Clyde Baker of McLeansboro, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Fred Baker; two sisters, Muerl Bellew and Pearl Rockett; and her step-father, Wille Baker, who helped raise her.

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