Born December 27, 1919 - Died March 22, 1997
Evelyn Hatcher, 77, of Denver, Colorado, and formerly of McLeansboro,
died on March 22, 1997, after a six-month illness.
She was born on December 27, 1919, in Rochester, Minnesota, a daughter
of Beecher and Lena (Nierstheimer) Hatcher. Her parents brought her to
McLeansboro as an infant, where she lived until 1942. She attended the
local schools graduating in the McLeansboro High School Class of 1938.
Before settling in Denver, she worked in Chicago, Springfield, Milwaukee,
Pasadena, California, and several cities in Minnesota. She retired from
Conoco Oil in 1985. Her entire life was devoted to church and community
service. She enjoyed genealogy and gardening.
Memorial services were held at the Calavary Baptist Church in Denver
on Thursday, March 27, 1997. Revs. Mary Hulst and Brad Burgland officiated.
Evelyn is survived by her sister, Lorraine Hatcher of Denver, and several
Roy R. Savage
Born June 30, 1903 - Died April 16, 1997
Roy R. Savage, 93, of Bellflower, Illinois, and formerly of McLeansboro,
died at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at Heritage Manor in Bloomington,
where he had been a resident for seven years.
He was born on June 30, 1903, in Hamilton County, the son of Lealvie
S. and Nettie Bowen Savage. He married Opal J. Thomas on December 10, 1926,
in Carmi. She died on October 28, 1992.
Mr. Savage was a farmer for more than 45 years in the Bellflower area,
retiring in 1970. He was a 63-year member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of
Osman. He served on the Bellflower Township High School board for a number
of years and on the board of directors of Foosland Grain. He was a former
member of the Bellflower Lions Club.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 1997, at Immanuel
Lutheran Church, Osman. Rev. Dean H. Spooner officiated. Burial was in
Bell-flower Township Cemetery. Calvert-Belangee Bruce Funeral Home in Bellflower
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Donald Savage, Saybrook, Illinois, and
Leonard Savage, Eureka, Illinois; four sisters, Lizzie Huffaker and Flora
Darnell, both of Enfield, Faye Poore and Fern Savage, both of McLeansboro;
eight grand-children; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers and two
Born January 9, 1915 - Died April 21, 1997
Bertha Hill, 82, of Carmi, died at 10:22 p.m. on Monday, April 21,
1997, at White County Hospital/Skilled Care Unit. She was a clerk at Kisner's
Drug Store for many years.
She was born on January 9, 1915, in Hamilton County, a daughter of
Charles Hiram and Mary Frances (Dugan) Allardin. She was married to Dwight
Hill on May 31, 1949, and he survives. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church in Carmi.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 1997 at the Campbell
Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial in the IOOF Cemetery at McLeansboro.
Mrs. Hill is survived by her husband Dwight of Carmi; one sister, Jewell
Endicott of Carmi; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Hiebert on August 21,
1996, and Bethel Peters in 1958; and two brothers, Guy Allardin in April
1997 and Hayden Allardin in October 1977.
Logan V. Irvin
Born March 8, 1925 - Died April 27, 1997
Logan V. Irvin, 72, of McLeansboro, died at 6:35 a.m. on Sunday, April
27, 1997, at his home. He was a retired machine operator, having worked
at Pfizer Company in East St. Louis for 35 years.
He was born on March 8,1925, in Hamilton County, a son of Willis Riley
and Hallie (Braden) Irvin. He married Doris J. Morris on October 7, 1950,
and she survives. He was a member of the Church of God in McLeansboro.
He also was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of American
Legion Post #106 and VFW Post #1671, both of McLeansboro.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 1997, at Gholson Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. Revs. Kerry Courtney and David Mays officiated. Burial
was in Hickory Hill Cemetery near Broughton, Illinois with graveside rites
by American Legion Post #106.
Besides his wife, Mr. Irvin is survived by two sons, John Irvin and
wife Joyce of Visalia, California, and Shelton Irvin ans wife Cathy of
McLeansboro; three daughters, Vicki Carter and husband Louie of Brighton,
Illinois, Carmen Graulein and husband Richard of Lensburg, Illinois, and
Shirley Shea and husband Larry of Harrisburg; two sisters, Chloe Little
of Keysport, Illinois, and Mary Syzdek of Belleville; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two half-brothers.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Marie Brent Eirick
Born January 24, 1947 - Died April 29, 1997
Marie Brent Eirick, 50, of McLeansboro, died at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday,
April 29, 1997, at her home. She was a retired nurse aide.
She was born on January 24, 1947, in Wayne County near Golden Gate,
a daughter of Harold and Ella Mae (Watt) Brent.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 1997, at the Hebron
Cumberland Presbyterian Church near Walpole. The Rev. Greg Bond officiated.
Burial was in Hebron Cemetery. Gholson Funeral Home was in charge of the
Mrs. Eirick is survived by her father Harold Brent and wife Geniva
Brent of Mt. Carmel; mother Ella Mae Watt Morrison of McLeansboro; two
sons, Anthony Lee Eirick of Summerville, Georgia; Richard Allen Cameron
Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Cameron of Summerville;
two sisters, Beulah Irvin and husband Donald of Dale; Anna Anderson and
husband William of McLeansboro; six grandchildren, Tamara and Ashley Cameron,
Allan L. Watt, Michael Farmer, Anthony and Pamelia Eirick; four nephews,
one niece, three great-nieces and three great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by one infant son, Harold J. Eirick.
Memorials may be made to the Hebron Cemetery Fund.
Maycel Yoder Gunter
Born August 23, 1918 - Died April 28, 1997
Maycel Yoder Gunter, 78, of McLeansboro, died at 11:30 a.m. on Monday,
April 28, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She was a
retired employee of the former Elder Manufacturing Company and a homemaker.
She was born on August 23, 1918, in Hamilton County, a daughter of
Simon and Iva (Vanhorn) Yoder. She married Marion Gunter on August 2, 1943.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 1997, at Gholson Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in IOOF
Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Gunter is survived by one son, Mickey and wife Suzanne E. Aaron
Gunter of Moscow, Idaho; three brothers, Ira Yoder and wife Rosa of Tampa,
Florida, Kermit Yoder and wife Sarah of Santa Barbara, California, Aubrey
Yoder and wife Mary of McLeansboro.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gilbert Yoder.
Barbara Rose Hamilton
Born December 11, 1931 - Died May 4, 1997
Barbara Rose Hamilton, 65, of McLeansboro, died at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday,
May 4, 1997, at her residence. She retired from Hamilton Memorial Nursing
Center in McLeansboro and was a bookkeeper/partner with her husband in
H & H Trenching in McLeansboro after retirement from HMNC.
She was born on December 11, 1931, in White County, a daughter of Thomas
W. and Dorothy Marie Land. She married Clarence W. Hamilton on December
21, 1948, in Henderson, Kentucky. She was a member of Brush Harbor General
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 1997, at Harre Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Ken Cook officiated. Burial was in Brush
Harbor General Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Hamilton is survived by her mother, Dorothy Valco of McLeansboro;
husband, Clarence W. Hamilton of McLeansboro; one daughter, Jeannie Brockett
and husband Johnny of McLeansboro; one son, Jeff Hamilton and wife Michelle
of McLeansboro; four grandchildren, Andrea Cantrell, Alan Brockett, April
Brockett and Alexis Hamilton; three great-grandchildren, Justin, Jonathan
and Madelyn Rose Cantrell; and two sisters, Doris Prince and Joyce Ratliff,
both of McLeansboro.
She was preceded in death by her father, brother Danny Land, son Clarence
Keith Hamilton, granddaughter Kaeli Rose Hamilton.
Memorials my be made to Welborn Hospital's Oncology Unit and will be
accepted at Harre Funeral Home.
Vera Belle Irvin
Born February 22, 1920 - Died May 5, 1997
Vera Belle Irvin, 77, of Broughton, died at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, May
5, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. She was a housewife.
She was born on February 22, 1920, in Hamilton County, a daughter of
Cheerful E. and Iva S. (Webb) Wheeler. On May 19, 1942, she married George
Obe Irvin, who survives. She was a member of the Pentecost Church in Dale.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Gholson Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. The Revs. George Cox and Chris Clendenin officiated.
Burial was in Hickory Hill Cemetery near Broughton.
Mrs. Irvin is survived by one brother, Dallas Wheeler of Romeoville,
Illinois; one sister, Emma Dee Irvin of McLeansboro; and several nieces
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Cheryl Francine
and infant brother Alphus Wheeler.
Born September 3, 1906 - Died May 6, 1997
Hazel Sanders, 90, of McLeansboro, died at 12:30 a.m., Tuesday, May
6, 1997 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center. She was a housewife.
She was born on September 3, 1906, in White County, a daughter of Charles
D. and Susan M. (Thackery) McKean. She was married to James F. "Fred" Sanders,
who is now deceased. She was a member of Pleasant Union Congregational
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9, 1997, at Pleasant Union
Congregational Christian Church. The Rev. Ruby McDowell officiated. Burial
was in Old Springer Cemetery.
Mrs. Sanders is survived by one son, James F. Sanders Jr. and wife
Ila of McLeansboro; one sister, Mary Griswold of Fairfield; eight grandchildren;
17 great-grandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two
daughters, Freda Rubenacker and Ruby Boyer.
William Clarence Erwin
Born September 3, 1912 - Died May 8, 1997
William Clarence Erwin, 84, of McLeansboro, died at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday,
May 8, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was a welder
in his early years working as a shipbuilder in Alabama, then working as
a pipefitter in Southern Illinois. Mr. Erwin also farmed for many years.
He was born September 3, 1912, in Hamilton County, a son of William
Samuel and Maud (Williams) Erwin. On March 22, 1941, he married Golda Pearl
(Wallace) Erwin, who survives. He was a member of the old Mt. Nebo Church
and in later years attended Pleasant Grove. He was also a retired member
of Pipefitters Union in West Frankfort.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 1997 at the Harre
Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Garlin Burris officiated. Burial
was in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.
Mr. Erwin is survived by his wife, Golda Erwin of McLeansboro; one
son, Clarence Erwin and wife Judy of McLeansboro; four grandchildren, Teresa,
Gary, Chad, and Amanda Erwin of McLeansboro; three brothers, James Erwin
and wife Fern of McLeansboro, Dwight Erwin and wife Mildred of Benton and
Dewayne Erwin and wife Joyce of LaGrange, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Roger and infant
Richard Leon; and two sisters, Edna Tolley and Opal Burris.
Frank B. "Pete" Wicks
Born April 14, 1908 - Died May 11, 1997
Frank B. "Pete" Wicks, 89, of Dahlgren, died at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday,
May 11, 1997, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was a retired
he was born on April 14, 1908, a son of Peter and Sally Elizabeth (Bunton)
Wicks. On March 2, 1933, he married a member of First United Methodist
Church of Dahlgren.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 1997 at the First
United Methodist Church in Dahlgren. The Rev. Gary Whipple and the Rev.
Leland Widick officated. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Dahlgren. Gholson
Funeral Home in Dahlgren was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Wicks is survived by a son, David Wicks and wife Cynthia of Dahlgren;
three grandchildren, David Wicks Jr., Melissa Ragan and Penny Skelton;
five great-grandchildren, Blaire Elizabeth Ragan, Kyle, Kaila, and Tyler
Ragan and Lexi Skelton.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one son,
William Owen Wicks; one daughter, Elinor Jean Wicks, three brothers, and
Helen Marie Cox
Born July 19, 1917 - Died May 13, 1997
Helen Marie Cox, 79, of Belleville and formerly of McLeansboro, died
at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 1997, in Belleville. She was a retired
manager of Belleville Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
She was born on July 19, 1917, in Dale, a daughter of Walter and Coline
(Rogers) Cox. She was a member of McLeansboro First United Methodist Church.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 1997, at Harre Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Jeff Hurst officiated. Burial was in the
Oddfellows Cemetery in McLeansboro.
She is survived by the Clarence A. Koesterer family in Belleville,
who cared for her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Sally Wolthouse and
brother Eugene Cox.
Jack E. Mead
Born August 11, 1915 - Died May 17, 1997
Jack E. Mead, 81, of McLeansboro, died at 1:25 p.m., on Saturday, May
17, 1997, at the Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center. He was retired from
civil service, working at Scott Air Force Base.
He was born on August 11, 1915, in Hamilton County, a son of Harry
and Verna Susan (Sandusky) Mead. In July 1941, he married Helen Allen,
who died in December 1963. In September 1966, he married Marjorie (Thompson)
Kraessig, who died in November 1988. He was a member of McLeansboro United
Methodist Church, a member of American Legion Post #106 in McLeansboro
and a Army veteran of WWII.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at Harre Funeral
Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in
Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with military graveside rites by American
Legion Post #106 of McLeansboro.
Mr. Mead is survived by one sister, Norma Neumann of Ridgway; one sister-in-law,
Charlotte Kraessig of McLeansboro; one stepdaughter, Patsy Smith and husband
Paul of Mt. Vernon; two step-grandchildren, Michael D. Smith and wife Diane
of Hanover Park, Illinois, and Julie Ann O'Leary and husband Dan of Chicago;
four stepgreat-grandchildren; one niece, Judith Ann Harmon of Henderson,
Kentucky; and one nephew, Michael Lee Cook of Peoria.
Besides his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home for the Hamilton Memorial
Nursing Center Activity Fund.
Alice Marie Shipley
Born November 12, 1956 - Died January 4, 1997
Alice Marie Shipley, 40, of Baraboo, Wisconsin, and formerly of Belle
Prarie, died on January 4, 1997. She was a waitress.
She was born on November 12, 1956, in Elgin, Illinois, a daughter of
Loren and Miria Shipley.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, 1997, with Gholson
Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Graveside services preceded
burial at Crouch Cemetery near Belle Prairie. The Rev. Dennis Slater officiated.
Ms. Shipley was cremated.
Ms. Shipley is survived by her mother, Miria Shipley of Baraboo; two
uncles, Gene Shipley of Salem and Bill Shipley of San Diego, Calfornia;
and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Loren Shipley, and one brother,
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