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Rev. Harley Curtis, 48-year pastor

CHATSWORTH - Rev. Harley Lynwood Curtis, 81, of Chatsworth, died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hager Memorial Homes, Chatsworth.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Chatsworth, where he was a member and retired pastor for 48 years. The Rev. Alex Francois will officiate.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church.
He was the first recipient of the Chatsworth Historical Society Noble Pearson Award.
He was past president of the Wisconsin Baptist State Convention.
Rev. Curtis wrote 10 pageants for the Chatsworth Historical Society; edited and published a book of his father's poetry. 
He was born Feb. 24, 1917 in Tompkinsville, Ky., the son of James Eddie and Ada McPherson Curtis.
His first wife, Janette Louise Beck, died March 22, 1957.
Surviving are his wife, the former Eva Basara, whom he married April 22, 1958 in LaGrange; one daughter and two sons-in-law, Nora and Harold Christensen of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Kevin and Michelle Campbell of Mt. Horeb, Wis.; three sons and daughters-in-law, The Rev. Dr. John and Kathy Curtis of Kankakee, James and Paula Curtis of Sioux Falls and Thomas and Sharon Curtis of Greendale Wis.; one sister and brother-in-law, Runell and Robert Fields of Normal; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one daughter, Marijo Campbell; and two brothers, Lovell and Rufus.
He received his education at Northern Baptist Theological seminary.
He also pastored Southern Baptist Church at Bridgeview; the First Baptist Church, Antigo, Wis.; the Darlington-Dodgeville, Wis.; and Baptist Parish.

Bobby Littrell

MOMENCE - Visitation for Bobby G. Littrell, 43, of Momence, will be from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 10 a.m. services at Cotter Funeral Home in Momence.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Mr. Littrell died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, following a sudden illness.
He was born Nov. 5, 1955 in Chicago, the son of James and Evelyn Wooton Littrell.
Mr. Littrell was employed at Global Product Systems in Grant Park.
Surviving are his parents of Momence; a sister and brother-in- law, Sherry and James Beane of Kankakee; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Karen, James W. and LaVerne and Johnnie and Theresa Littrell, all of Manteno; and three nieces, Jane Johnson of Chicago, Bridgett Miller of Urbana and Susan Boecher of Wisconsin.

Nadine Gault,

Nadine Gault, 83, former Kankakee resident, died Jan. 13 in her home in Oakland, Calif., after a battle with cancer. She lived at the Claremont House, a retirement community.
Mrs. Gault came to Kankakee in 1958 with her husband, Arthur. The couple started Kankakee Container. They lived in Kankakee until 1970 when they moved to Carmel, Calif. She had lived in the Oakland area for four years.
Mrs. Gault was an artist, doing oil paintings and pottery, and designed several homes, including the first new home in the Brandenburg Estates on the Kankakee River. She was a member of the Kankakee Country Club and loved gardening and reading.
She was born May 12, 1915 in Kingston, N.Y. and sailed to England on the Queen Mary in 1939 for her honeymoon. She and her husband lived in England until World War II. They moved to Kankakee from Keokuk, Iowa, where Arthur worked with Ed Fienning at Hoerner Boxes. 
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and John Bowman (Bowman was former managing editor of The Daily Journal) of Oakland; two sisters, Jeanne Bender of New Jersey and Betty Gillespie of Connecticut; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A son, Alan, is deceased.
A memorial service was held at the Claremont House. Memorials may be made to the Claremont Employees Scholarship Fund, 4500 Gilbert Street, Oakland, Calif. 94611.

Patricia Inman

MILFORD - Visitation for Patricia Ann Inman, 60, of Milford, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home, Milford, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Iroquois Memorial Park, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to Milford Christian Church, where he was a member, to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Inman died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) at her home.
She was born Jan. 18, 1939 in Watseka, the daughter of Francis and Bertha Bernice Pew Giroux, who are deceased.
Her husband, Leroy Inman, whom she married Nov. 10, 1957 in Watseka, died Aug. 28, 1980.
Surviving are three daughters and one son-in-law, Rhonda Longest, Renee and Ronnie Edwards and Rebecca Inman, all of Milford; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Russell and Serese Inman of Cherryville, N.C., and Ryan Inman of Milford; four sisters, Judith Bryant, Geri Foley and Linda McCann, all of Milford, and Nancy Hull of Watseka; one brother, Richard Giroux of Watseka; a half- brother, Vernon Giroux of Onarga; a half-sister, Elaine Henderson of Riverside, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two step- grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, two sons and two daughters.

Charles Henson, WWII vet

Charles E. Henson, 72, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at Modell Funeral Home in Chicago, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park.
He was born Aug. 29, 1926 in Ferndale, Mich., the son of Leonard and Cordie White Henson, who are deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Patricia Henson of Chicago; one daughter, Sheila Henson; six grandchildren; and one nephew and his spouse.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Henson was a factory worker for General Motors.

Robert Pombert

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Robert ''Bob'' Pombert, 88, former resident of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Jan. 19, 1999) at a nursing home in Escondido, Calif.
He was a graduate of St. Viator College, Bourbonnais and was a retired pipefitter.
While in Kankakee, he had been employed by the George D. Roper Corp. and will be remembered for his longtime umpiring activities with local baseball.
His wife, the former Eloise Stuky, died in 1983.
Surviving are two sons, Timothy and Terrence Pombert, both of Escondido; one daughter, Ardis Knight of Spring City, Tenn.; four grandsons, including Kevin Kirchner of Bonfield and Eric Kirchner of Kankakee; two granddaughters; four step-grandchildren; and 13 step great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a sister, Leola Bergeron; a son, Randolph; and a grandson, Dirk Pombert.

Marjorie Mallatt

SHELDON - Marjorie M. Mallatt, 79, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Sheldon and rural Kentland, Ind., died Jan. 20, 1999 in Stuart, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Stuart.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon.

James Ferguson

WATSEKA - James Ferguson, 83, of Watseka, died Wednesday (Jan. 27, 1999) at Magnolia Wood Health Care Center.
Mr. Ferguson was a 37-year lineman for Central Illinois Public Service Co. He was a member of the IBEW.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Friday until the 7 p.m. services at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka. The Revs. Gary Steffe and Bob McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be at noon Saturday in Sumner, Ill.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born March 25, 1915, the son of James and Emma F. Titus Ferguson.
Surviving are his wife, the former Violet Bennett, whom he married Nov. 30, 1935 in Claremont, Ill.; one son and daughter-in-law, Karle and Patricia J. Ferguson of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister, Luella Lathrop of Bridgeport; one brother and sister-in- law, Omer and Mabel Ferguson of Lawrenceville; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are five brothers and four sisters.
He was affiliated with First United Methodist Church and First Assembly of God Church.
He was a member of the Masonic Order 446, OES 217.
He enjoyed gardening, bowling and fishing.

James Harms

JOLIET - James E. Harms, 70, of Joliet, died Sunday (Jan. 24, 1999) at Lakewood Center.
Born in Kankakee, he was a Joliet area resident for the past 40 years.
Mr. Harms was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy.
He retired from Commonwealth Edison after 38 years as superintendent of power for the Southern Division.
He was a member of the Joliet Elks Lodge 296, the VFW Cantigny Post 367, and the Joliet Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 300.
Surviving are his wife, the former Patricia A. Gropp; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Shawn K. and Marilyn of Flower Mount, Texas, Kevin and Gloria of Stow, Ohio, and Patrick C. Harms of Chicago; and four grandchildren.
His parents Edwin and Elizabeth J. Goodrich Harms are deceased.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, Joliet. The Rev. Barbara Ayers Donica will officiate.
Cremation will follow services.

Bobby Littrell

MOMENCE - Services for Bobby G. Littrell, 43, of Momence, were held at 10 a.m. today, with visitation one hour prior at Cotter Funeral Home in Momence. The Rev. Lance Hurley officiated.
Inurnment with graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Momence Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Mr. Littrell died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, following a sudden illness.
He was born Nov. 5, 1955 in Chicago, the son of James and Evelyn Wooton Littrell.
Mr. Littrell was employed at Global Product Systems in Grant Park.
Surviving are his parents of Momence; a sister and brother-in- law, Sherry and James Beane of Kankakee; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Karen, James W. and LaVerne and Johnnie and Theresa Littrell, all of Manteno.
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Jeremiah Daley

SHELDON - Jeremiah G. Daley, 68, of Sheldon, died Tuesday (Jan. 26, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. Lee Ryan will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
He was born March 13, 1930 in Maple Rapids, Mich., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Daley. His parents and one sister are deceased.
Mr. Daley was self-employed in Chicago and Michigan, the owner of gas stations and vender service. 
He also trained K-9's for Chicago Police Department, farmed in the Monee area for 20 years, and retired from Uarco in Watseka.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dorothy Marie Jabb, whom he married July 8, 1950 in DeWitt, Mich.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Debra Daley of Dallas, Texas, and Jerry and Rhonda Daley of Chicago; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Brenda Daley of Mt. Vernon, Carol and Bob Eakins of Bourbonnais, Debra and Merle Soucie of Peotone and Jean and Paul Herris of Wilton Center; two sisters, Beverly and Mary Ellen; four brothers, Mick, Edward, Richard and Gordon Daley; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 828 and a member of the National Rifle Association.

Floyd Nielsen

BRAIDWOOD - Floyd A. Nielsen, 76, of Morris, formerly of Braidwood, died Wednesday (Jan. 27, 1999) at the Mountainview Hospital, Las Vegas, Nev.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the 8 p.m. services Saturday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. George Hendricks will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded.
Inurnment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Joliet.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Nielsen owned and operated Nielsen Lounge in Braidwood for many years.
He was born April 9, 1922 in Dwight, the son of Emmanuel and Hannah Hampson Nielsen.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 704 in Braidwood; the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 967, Morris; a Charter Member of the Braidwood Recreation Club; and had volunteered at the Morris Hospital.
Surviving are six sons, Chris Nielsen of Tujunga, Calif., Mark Nielsen of Wilmington, Cary Nielsen of Bourbonnais, Brent Nielsen and Tracy Nielsen, both of Carbon Hill, and Grant Nielsen of Cathedral City, Calif.; three daughters and sons-in- law, Marsha and Greg Klimes of New Hope, Minn., Coletta and John Bruce of Las Vegas and Rona and Dennis Craig of Braidwood; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Minnie Honrud of Morris, Gladys Cates of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Marie Angell of Fountain Valley, Calif.; his ex-wife, the former Ruth Griffin of Decatur; one aunt, Dorothy House of Dwight; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Lucille Nahas and one sister, Hulda Anderson.

Irene Boudreau

Irene Boudreau, 92, of Kankakee, died Wednesday evening (Jan. 27, 1999).
Arrangements are pending at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Evalyn Skelly

Evalyn N. Skelly, 86, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Jan. 27, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Edward O'Malley, at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Martin of Tours Building Fund.
She was born July 7, 1912 in Irwin, the daughter of Thomas J. and Nellie Powers O'Connor.
Her husband, Louis M. Skelly, whom she married Oct. 23, 1937 at St. Rose rectory, died in June 1987.
Mrs. Skelly worked as a bookkeeper at Americana Nursing Home and previously at Bear Brand Hosiery.
She was a member of the CCW of her church, the Women of the Moose and the Kankakee Senior Citizens.
Surviving are three daughters and one son-in-law, Janice Skelly and MaDonna and Walter Pawloski, all of Kankakee, and Linda Skelly of Dallas, Texas; one sister and brother- in-law, Hazel and Leonard Lambert of Kankakee; and one grandchild, Kristine Palowski of Chicago.
Deceased are two sisters, Vi O'Connor and Rose Euchner; and one brother, Melvin O'Connor.
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Frances Phillips

MORRIS - Frances Phillips, 75, of Morris, died Wednesday (Jan. 27, 1999) at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Mich.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Reeves Funeral Home in Morris.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Steve Bondi at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Morris.
Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Morris. Pallbearers will be Jerry Hoffman, R. James Holbrook, John, David, Michael and Walter A. Jr. Phillips, Thomas Peterson and Paul Maierhofer.
Memorials may be made to Oakwood Healthcare Foundation or to Grundy Community Hospice.
She was born Sept. 23, 1923 in Pinkstaff, the daughter of Hobart and Carrie Miller Crouch.
She was a 1941 graduate of Coal City High School. She worked at the clothing factories in Coal City.
Mrs. Phillips and her husband, James, whom she married May 23, 1942, farmed together in the Mazon area.
She was employed at the William Fox Children's Center in Dwight for over 20 years.
Surviving are her husband; three daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Childress of Summersville, Mo., Janice and Jerry Fitzgerald of Dearborn, Mich., and Elaine Burkett of Dwight; one son and daughter-in-law, James Robert and Lois Phillips of Coal City; nine grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Louise McArdle of Coal City and Rosemary and Ralph Hoffman of Fairbury; and many nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed gardening and reading.


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