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Rebecca J. Heimer 
Born June 28, 1955 - Died February 8, 1997
Rebecca J. Heimer, 41, of Enfield died at 2:52 a.m., on Saturday, February 8, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Heimer was born on June 28, 1955, in Eldorado, a daughter of Charles Bowman and Wanda (Lee) Dennis. She married Marvin L. Heimer. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Union Congregational Christian Church.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 1997, at Blairsville Pleasant Union Congregational Christian Church. Burial was in Enfield Cemetery.
Mrs. Heimer is survived by her husband Marvin L. Heimer; father and step-mother, Charles and Linda Bowman of McLeansboro; mother and stepfather, Wanda and Morris Dennis of Enfield; two godchildren, Luke and Emily Williams of Carmi; three brothers and sisters-in-laws, Larry and Cathy Bowman of Springfield, Missouri, Gary and Toni Bowman of McLeansboro and Mike and Phyllis Bowman of McLeansboro; several aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Sandra Kay Bowman, and her grandparents.

Norman B. Reed 
Born May 13, 1926 - Died February 9, 1997
Norman B. Reed, 70, of McLeansboro, died at 5:47 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 1997, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Reed was born on May 13, 1926, in Hamilton County, a son of Noble and Jewell (Benbrook) Reed. He married Mabel McMahon on December 4, 1948. He was a retired mechanic. Mr. Reed was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Webb's Chapel Methodist Church.
The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 1997, at Gholson's Funeral Home. Revs. John Capps and Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery. Graveside military rites were given by American Legion Post #106.
Mr. Reed is survived by his wife Mabel Reed; two sons, Eugene Reed and wife Starla of Staunton, Craig Reed and wife Katina of Champaign; two daughters, Brenda Lynch and husband Donald of McLeansboro; one brother, Maxie Reed of McLeansboro; two sisters, Pauline Glenn of McLeansboro and Faye Sandusky of McLeansboro; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Larry Reed and brother Ralph Reed.

Charlotta L. Malchert 
Born November 30, 1950 - Died February 11, 1997
Charlotta L. Malchert, 46, of McLeansboro, died at 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 1997, at White County Skill Care in Carmi.
Miss Malchert was born on November 30, 1950, in Oak Park, Illinois, a daughter of Arthur F. and Ruth Louise (Maness) Malchert Sr. She was a homemaker.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home. Rev. Frank Voorhess officiated. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Miss Malchert is survived by one brother, Arthur Malchert, Jr. and wife Phyllis of McLeansboro; two sisters, Kay Guenther and husband John of West Chicago and Sue Rieckenberg of Murphysboro; three nieces; one nephew; and one great-nephew.

Etta Sharp 
Born August 14, 1901 - Died February 12, 1997
Etta Sharp, of McLeansboro died at 2:09 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 1997 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Sharp was born on August 14, 1901, in Peoria, a daughter of Henry F. and Ocktje (Seeba) Gerdes. She married Shelby Sharp on January 18, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1988. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Peoria.
Graveside services were at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 1997, in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. Rev. Mike Borcherding officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Sharp is survived by two nephews, Paul Gerdes and wife Elma of Peoria, Howard Gerdes and wife Janet of Edwardsville; three great-nephews, Steve Gerdes and wife Marsha Gerdes of St. Louis, Mark Gerdes and wife Karen of Springfield, Scott Gerdes and wife Teresa of Belleville; one great-niece, Janie Brunner and husband Randy of Hanover Park; great-great nieces and nephews, Libby and Patrick Brunner of Hanover Park, Kileen and Daniel Gerdes of Springfield and Aaron Gerdes of Belleville.

Martha Elizabeth Spegal 
Born January 24, 1911 - Died February 15, 1997
Martha Elizabeth Spegal, 86, of Eldorado and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 1997 at Fountain View Nursing Center in Eldorado.
Mrs. Spegal was born January 24, 1911, in Saline County, a daughter of Stephen Jefferson and Laura Elizabeth (Tadlock) Douglas. She was married twice, to Hyland Burnam in St. Josephy, Missouri, on April 10, 1943, and Enos Spegal in Cave-In-Rock on July 16, 1967. Both preceded her in death. Mrs. Spegal was a housewife. She was educated in Cave-In-Rock and was a member of the First General Baptist Church of McLeansboro.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Ken Cook officiated. Burial was in Cavehill Masonic Cemetery in Cave-In-Rock.
Mrs. Spegal is survived by two sisters, Imogene Richeson of Alton and Helen Brittain of Dearborn Heights, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and infant son and brothers Ulys "Pat" Douglas and C. B. "Bert" Douglas.

Hazel M. Nelson 
Born December 15, 1909 - Died February 15, 1997
Hazel M. Nelson, 87, of McLeansboro, died at 11:05 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Nelson was born on December 15, 1909, in White County near Mill Shoals, a daughter of Ezra and Elva (Cantrell) Files. She was a housewife.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 1997 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Old Springer Cemetery.
Mrs. Nelson is survived by her husband, Ivan Nelson, two sons, Cecil Nelson and wife Helen of Mt. Zion, Kenneth Nelson and wife Bonnie of McLeansboro; one daughter, Linda McGill and husband Dennis of McLeansboro; one brother, Oscar Files of Dawson, Illinois; two sisters, Ester Muller of New Haven and Enna Pearl McCullough of Fairfield; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Kate Biddle 
Born January 21, 1901 - Died February 16, 1997
Kate Biddle, of Benton and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, February 16, 1997, at Franklin Skill Care in Benton.
Mrs. Biddle was born on January 21, 1901, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Amos and Artie (Brockett) Johnson. She married Howard Biddle in Benton on January 29, 1918. He preceded her in death in 1974.
The funeral was at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 1997 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Bill Goodwin officiated. Burial was in Brady Cemetery in Akin.
Mrs. Biddle is survived by two daughters, Chrystal Hale and husband Roy Eugene of Benton, Lois Waller and husband Dwight of Macedonia; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, two infant twin daughters, one brother, two sisters, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Charles Johnson 
Born June 1, 1916 - Died February 17, 1997
Charles Johnson, 80, of Carrier Mills and formerly of McLeansboro, died on Monday, February 17, 1997 at the Veteran's Hospital in Marion.
Mr. Johnson was born on June 1, 1916, in McLeansboro, a son of Dr. Charles Wilson and Vada Davis Johnson. He was a retired U. S. Navy veteran and a veteran of World War II.
His naval career consisted of many episodes revealed in his frequent letters in the Times-Leader in the 1940's and 1950's. Among the highlights were President Roosevelt's sponsored Goodwill Tour around South America in 1939 on the USS Quincy, one of the first ships equipped with radar; experiences on PT boats 103 and 105, such as seeing Lt. John F. Kennedy's PT 109 sunk by enemy action and laying down a smoke screen and pulling PT 108 to safety; serving one night as a fill-in engineer on PT 113 when it was strafed and burned, causing him to spend three months in a New Caledonia hospital; and Operation High Jump in the winter of 1946-47, with Admiral Byrd on a trip to Antarctic and the South Pole.
Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 1997, at the Vetern's Cemetery in McLeansboro. Rev. John Lee Jr. officiated. Arrangements were made by Gholson's Funeral Home. Military rites were given by American Legion Post #106.
He is survived by two brothers, Solly Wilson Johnson of Lawton, Oklahoma and John Wilford Johnson of McLeansboro; three sisters, Christine Felty of Champaign, Vada Fay Carson of Memphis, Tennessee, and Helen Sue Johnson of Grayville; several cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and many other relatives in Hamilton County and Southern Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Alice Johnson; and two brothers, Val B. Johnson and Herbert H. Johnson.

Lavern "Pete" Halley 
Born November 19, 1942 - Died February 21, 1997
Lavern "Pete" Halley, 54, of McLeansboro, died at 2:41 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 1997 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
He was born on November 19, 1942, in Hamilton County, the son of Carl Franklin and Hilde Maxene (Severs) Halley. He was a retired school teacher for Hamilton County Unit #10, having taught in the district for 25 years. He was a member of the Hamilton County Coyote Club, McLeansboro Elks #1882, Eagles Lodge #2699, American Legion Post #106 and St. John the Baptist Church in Piopolis. Mr. Halley served in the U. S. Navy during Vietnam.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Robert Sefried and Fr. Joseph Lawler officiated. A memorial mass was held in St. John's at 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, 1997. Burial was in Crouch Cemetery near Belle Praire.
He is survived by his mother, Maxene Halley of Belle; two sons, Erin Halley and wife Michelle of McLeansboro and Kris Halley of McLeansboro; and two sisters, Judy Loehr and husband Ralph of Elgin and Shelley Allen and husband Russell of Belle Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorials may be made to the Pete Halley Memorial Fund at the funeral home.

Isabel Davis 
Born July 2, 1921 - Died February 22, 1997
Isabel Davis, 75, of Broughton, Illinois, died at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 1997, at Welborn Baptist Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
She was born on July 2, 1921, a daughter of Harve and Victoria Wava (Smith) Pennington. On June 23, 1957, she married James H. Davis, who survives. She was a retired school teacher, having taught in the Saline and Hamilton County school systems for 38 years. She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the First Baptist Church of Broughton, where she taught Sunday school and served as pianist.
The funeral, under direction of Gholson Funeral Home, was at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 1997, at the First Baptist Church of Broughton. Revs. David Angelly and Euguene Rister officiated. Burial was in Hickory Hill Cemetery near Broughton.
Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, James H. Davis Jr., and wife Mary Kaye of Broughton; two nephews, Jerry Ray Pennington of Alton and Kenneth Edward Henson of Norris City; a brother, Gerald Pennington and wife Maggie of Carrolton, Illinois; a sister, Mary Henson and husband Kenneth of Norris City; a brother-in-law, Wilmer Millspaugh of Norris City; and one grandchild Samatha Jo Davis of Broughton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant nephew, one infant brother and a sister, Doris Millspaugh.

Barney I. White 
Born November 24, 1914 - Died February 24, 1997
Barney I. White, 82, of Sims, died at 11:38 a.m. on Monday, February 24, 1997 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was born on November 24, 1914, in Wayne County, a son of W. Ansel and Ada (Miller) White. On July 8, 1944, he married Edna Sons, who survives. He was a Army veteran of World War II.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 1997, at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City. Rev. Luther Winland officiated. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery near Wayne City with graveside military rites.
Besides his wife, Mr. White is survived by three daughters. Phyllis Kennedy of Sims, Sandra Thomason of Sims and Flora Whitlow of Chaffee, Missouri; a sister, Pearl Richardson of Princeton, Indiana; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Carson Masterson 
Born August 26, 1912 - Died February 25, 1997
Carson Masterson, 84, of Fairfield and formerly of McLeansboro died at 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 1997 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
He was born on August 26, 1912, near Burnt Prairie, a son of Fred and Janie (Kennet) Masterson. He first married Lottie Becker in 1933, and she died in 1984. On February 9, 1986, he married Gladys (Merritt) Vaughan. Mr. Masterson was retired from International Steel in Evansville after 33 years and was a deacon at Christian Chapel Church near Bungay.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Lawarence Ward officiated. Burial was in Old Springer Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Masterson of Fairfield; a son, Curtis Masterson and wife Betty of Fairfield; a stepson, Dennis Vaughan of Decatur; three grandchildren, Marty Masterson, Rodney Masterson and Brad Redmon; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Zachery Masterson; and a half-brother, Raymond Taylor of Enfield.
Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, brother Warren Masterson, three half-brothers and one half-sister.

Floyd "Bill" Buchanan 
Born November 5, 1925 - Died February 25, 1997
Floyd "Bill" Buchanan, 71, of Sims, died at 10:14 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 1997, at his home.
He was born on November 5, 1925, in Hamilton County, a son of Guy and Doris Elizabeth (Evans) Buchanan. He was retired from the U. S. Navy and a Navy veteran of World War II.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 1997, at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City. Rev. Dean West officiated. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Keenes with graveside military rites.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Evans Buchanan of Sims; five sons, David Buchanan of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Eddie Buchanan of Milwaukee, Paul Buchanan of Sims and Kevin Buchanan of Sims; a stepson, Roy Evans of Keenes; six daughters, Lois of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lillie of Texas, Lauren of Sims and Gina of Sims; several brothers and sisters; and several grandchildren.

Leon L. Howell 
Born November 16, 1940 - Died February 26, 1997
Leon L. Howell, 56, of the Aden area, died at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 1997, at his home.
He was born on November 16, 1940, in Paducah, Kentucky, a son of Dexter and Mary (Little) Howell. He was a truck driver for Hudson Foods in Ohio. On May 23, 1992, he married Cathy White in Hamilton County. He attended Springerton Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 1997, at York Funeral Home in Wayne City. Rev. Larry Woodrow officiated. Burial was in Garrison Cemetery near Aden.
He is survived by his wife Cathy; a son, Partick Brian Howell of Paducah; two sisters, Patricia Bradley of Paducah and Magart Sawyer of Louisville, Kentucky; a brother, Dexter "Buddy" Howell of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Diers Hindahl 
Born July 2, 1902 - Died February 27, 1997
Diers W. Hindahl, 94, of McLeansboro died at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 1997 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
He was born on July 2, 1902, in Mason County, a son of Henry and Sophie (Diers) Hindahl. He worked for the Kresge Co. for 25 years, and purchased and operated the Ben Franklin Store in McLeansboro from January 1, 1955, until retirement in February 1995. He was a retired member of the McLeansboro Kiwanis Club and the Hamilton County Development Association and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. On July 25, 1926, he married Daisy Willock, who survives.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Klopke officiated. A graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 1997; interment was in Mason City Cemetery, Mason City, Illinois. Rev. Ray Bell officiated.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Bill Hindahl and wife Darlyne of McLeansboro; two grandchildren, Cathy Webb and husband Melvin of Dahlgren and Pat Connaway and husband Larry of McLeansboro; and four great-grandchildren, David and Dana Webb and Emily and Natalie Connaway.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Edward.

Nellie Marie Farris 
Born January 10, 1910 - Died March 2, 1997
Nellie Marie Farris, 87, of Staunton and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 2, 1997, at Heritage Manor in Staunton.
She was born on January 10, 1910, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Albert and Martha Belle (Mayberry) Griffith. She was retired from Olin Co., where she worked for 33 years. On January 1, 1926, she married Henry M. Farris in Carmi. She was a member of the McLeansboro Assembly of God Church.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home. Rev. Alta Culpepper officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
She is survived by her husband Henry; one son, Dwight Farris and wife Mary Ruth of Bunker Hill, Illinois; one daughter, Darlene Sewell and husband Cleo of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters and one great-grandchild.

Julia E. Stafford 
Born November 25, 1910 - Died March 4, 1997
Julia E. Stafford, 86, of McLeansboro, died at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 1997, at her residence.
Mrs. Stafford was born on November 25, 1910, in Chicago, a daughter of Tony and Ella (Chesky) Andrews. She married Ellis M. Stafford on February 5, 1944, in Chicago. He died on June 15, 1996. She was a talented artist and supported her spouse's endeavors while working as a secretary.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home. Fr. Alan Ruppert officiated. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Stafford is survived by one sister, Suzanne Andrews of Brookville, Florida, a niece, Joyce Mertens and husband William of Riceville, Iowa; great-nieces and great-nephews, Debra Luzier of Norwalk, Iowa, William C. Mertens of Aukeny, Iowa, Michelle Mertens of Iowa City, Iowa, and James Mertens of South Bend, Indiana.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen and Mae.
Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home for the McCoy Library, Hamilton County Senior Citizens or the charity of the donor's choice.

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