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
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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