Morris Ray Watson, 71, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999) at
Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Mr. Watson was employed for 30 years as sales and traffic manager at
Lehigh Stone Company.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.- 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, at Hertz-Thoma
Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with
the Rev. Susan Holstrom officiating.
Cremation rites will be accorded by the Hertz-Thoma Crematory.
Memorials may be made to the Christopher Reeves Research Foundation
for Spinal Cord Injury. A motorcycle accident had left Mr. Watson paralyzed
from the waist down; but he remained active, going mountain skiing and
In 1993 he was trapped in a van in rising water in the Kankakee River
while fishing. The two men who saved him received the highest award from
the Illinois Department of Conservation for their life-saving work.
He was born Aug. 29, 1927, in Amarillo, Texas. His parents, Edward
and Carrie Watson are deceased. A brother, Bill Watson, is also deceased.
On Jan. 21, 1952, he married Sally Hanshaw in Tucson, Ariz.
Mr. Watson was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where he had served
on the vestry.
Surviving are his four daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Bill
Veronda of Kankakee, Pamela and John Erickson of Crystal Lake, Andrea and
Bob Lynch of Palatine and Rebecka and Tom VanItallie of Clarkson, Mich.
and their mother, Sally Hanshaw Watson; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces
He was a member of the Elks, Kankakee Masonic Lodge 389, Medinah Shrine
Temple, Knights Templar.
He also served a term on the Kankakee County Fair Board and was a candidate
for the Kankakee School Board in 1969.
He enjoyed skiing, hiking, cigars, motorcycling and people.
THAWVILLE - Memorial services for James F. Veatch, 53, of Alexandria,
Va., formerly of Thawville, will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Thawville
United Methodist Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Melvin Bell will
There will be no visitation. Private family burial will be at Ridgeland
Township Cemetery, Thawville.
Memorials may be made to his church.
Funeral arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.
He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his bachelor's, master's
and doctoral degrees at the University of Illinois and taught at a St.
Louis branch of the University of Missouri and then entered government
He worked as an economist for the Interstate Commerce Commission, the
Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration.
He was born Oct. 8, 1945 in Cloquet, Minn., the son of George E. and
Alta Louise Fulton Veatch Sr.
Mr. Veatch was a statistician for Federal Aviation Administration.
Surviving are one aunt, Elsie Fulton of Clinton; one niece, Sarah Louise
Veatch of Portland, Oregon; one nephew, Joshua Robert Veatch of Evanston.
Deceased are his parents, five brothers, George Edward Jr., William,
Roert and two infants.
WATSEKA - Eleanor M. Wellborn, 87, of Watseka, died Sunday (Jan. 31,
1999) at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
AROMA PARK - Donald Louis Ray, 73, of Aroma Park, died Sunday (Jan.
31, 1999) in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kankakee Cha-pel of
the Schre-ffler Funeral Homes.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kankakee,
where he was a member. The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Linden- Schaed will officiate.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Ray retired in 1989, an engineer with the Kankakee County Highway
He was born Sept. 21, 1925 in Kankakee, the son of Louis and Letha
Lucas Ray, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Donna Mae Christensen, whom he married
June 16, 1967 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kankakee; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Paul J. and Stacey Ray of Bourbonnais and Mark A. and Lisa Ray of Arizona;
two daughters, Kristine D. Ray of Kankakee and Rebecca L. Ray, a student
at the University of Illinois; two grandchildren; and several nieces and
Deceased is a brother, Dr. Richard E. Ray.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and a lifelong
member of the Kankakee Elks Club.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, serving in
the Navy for nine years.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kankakee.
Mr. Ray enjoyed skiing, boating and playing Bridge.
JOLIET - Arthur W. Lee, 81, of Joliet, relative of area residents, died
Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999) at Vencor Hospital in Northlake.
He was legally adopted as a baby and raised by Arthur W. Lee and Sarah
A. Lee of Paxton. He was a graduate of the 1937 class at Paxton Community
High School, where he participated in football, javelin throwing and was
a runner on the track team.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1940-1945.
Surviving are his wife, the former Wilma E. Ehmen, whom he married
June 12, 1949; one son and daughter- in-law, Jan D. and Mary Lee of Martinton;
a daughter, Ruthie Lee of Joliet; a sister, Mary Jane Kuipers of Danforth.
Deceased are his brother, Robert B. Lee.
Mr. Lee was employed in various lumberyards in the Danforth and Joliet
He was a licensed amateur radio operator, loved astronomy, hunting,
fishing and traveling. He held a ham radio license KB9ERS.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gooddale Funeral Home,
Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
Burial will be in Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville.
REDDICK - Carole M. Corcoran, 65, of Reddick, former resident of the
McKinley Park community, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999), at Miller Nursing
Home in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. at the Wollschlager Funeral Home,
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Maurice
Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Mrs. Corcoran was a supervising nurse for the City of Chicago.
Her husband, Thomas is deceased.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Michael and Linda
Corcoran, Patrick and Beverly Corcoran and Timothy and Mary Jo Corcoran;
and one daughter and son- in-law, Mary Jo and William Theis; eight grandchildren;
one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Nedra Juric; one sister and brother-in-law,
MSary and Frank Baker.
One brother, Charles Juric, is deceased.
REDDICK - Philip Richard Grob, 35, of Reddick, died Saturday (Jan. 30,
1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. today at the R.W. Patterson Funeral
Homes, Braid-wood Chapel.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church
in Dwight, with Pastor Stephen Lauricella of-ficiating.
Entombment will be in All Saints Mausoleum in Bourbonnais. Pallbearers
will be William Grob, Randy Seliga, John and James Cherco, Steve Willis
and Richard Cobb. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Lundgren, Steve Nelson
and Steve Cherco.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
He was born Aug. 3, 1963 in Kankakee, the son of Norman F. and Marilyn
C. Ruder Grob, who reside in Reddick.
Also surviving are his fiancee and her daughters, Susan Holohan and
Erica, Erin and Laura Holohan, all of Dwight; one brother and sister-in-
law, Kevin and Debra Grob of Reddick; one sister and brother-in- law, Karen
and Randy Seliga of Joliet; a nephew, William (Sarah) Grob of Dwight and
one niece, Heather Grob of Reddick.
His grandparents, Richard and Lotus Grob and Philip and Esther Ruder
Mr. Grob was employed at DeKalb Genetics in Dwight. He was formerly
employed at Custom Farm Seed in Momence.
He enjoyed boating, hunting, traveling and was an avid Cubs and Harry
Willard ''Dad'' Geiger, 83, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999)
at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. services Tuesday at
the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Kathy Sweet will officiate.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Cem-etery, Chebanse.
He was born Aug. 31, 1915 in Tea, S.D., the son of John and Edna Kanouse
His wife, the former Dorothy Harvey, whom he married April 22, 1939
in Indiana, is deceased.
Mr. Geiger worked for over 35 years at Roper Corporation, retiring
Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Willard ''Sonny''
and Donna Geiger, Steven and Madelyn Geiger and Rob Geiger, all of Kankakee,
and Ronald and Linda Geiger of Chestefield, Ind.; one daughter and son-in-law,
Shirley and Dan Hanson of Limestone; one sister and brother-in-law, Effie
and Don Smeenge of Holland, Mich.; one sister-in-law, Eleanor Geiger of
Bradley; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one daughter, Marsha Geiger; one brother, Fred Geiger
and one sister, Eleanor Boudreau.
He enjoyed traveling and animals.
Laura A. Anderson, 98, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Jan. 31, 1999) at Manor
Care Health Services.
Survivors include two sons, Bernard and Paul Anderson and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Senesac Kankakee Funeral
Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose
of Lima Church.
Leland ''Mike'' Guest, 79, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999)
at Riverside Medical Center, after a short illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Clancy-Gernon Fu-neral
Home, Bourbonnais, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev.
Don Long will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
He was born Oct. 19, 1919 in Reddick, the son of Harry and Laura Forbes
Mr. Guest retired from the Joliet Arsenal.
He had served as precinct committeeman and was a member of the Kankakee
VFW Post 2857.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, the former Florence Hahn, whom he married Sept.
5, 1952 in Crown Point, Ind.; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Cliff
Trudeau of Mokena; one step- daughter, Joyce and Bob Berns of St. Anne;
one sister, Marjorie Beltram of Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren.
Deceased is a sister, LaVonne Hirstein.
MOMENCE - Winifred B. ''Merle'' Cantwell, 84, of Momence, died today
(Feb. 2, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Arrangements are scheduled for visitation from 4-9 p.m. Thursday at
the Cotter Funeral Home in Momence and a funeral Mass to be celebrated
at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Academy Chapel, Momence.
WATSEKA - Emogene F. Lukow, 80, of Watseka, died today (Feb. 2, 1999)
at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth, following a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday until the 2 p.m. services
at Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton. The Rev. Dean Bottjen will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home and the Histiocytosis
She was born May 9, 1918 in Chebanse, the daughter of Peter and Bessie
Her husband, Leroy F. Lukow, whom she married Jan. 27, 1941 in Kankakee,
died Aug. 17, 1975.
She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Ozzie Storm,
Ashkum; one sister, Mrs. Marion Butler of Duchene, Utah; three sisters-
in-law, Erna Jensen and Barbara Boudreau, both of Chebanse, and Phyllis
Utter of Watseka; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one daughter, Wanda Lee and three brothers, Robert, Kenneth
and Dale Jensen.
She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and baking.
Harlan P. Flowers, 76, of Kankakee, died Monday (Feb. 1, 1999) at Provena
St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral
LOCKPORT - Julia D. Frigo, 85, a 62-year resident of Lockport and mother
of a Coal City resident, died Jan. 27, 1999 at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 at St. Dennis Church, Lockport.
Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Lockport.
Memorials may be made to the Renal Disease Foundation at Silver Cross
O'Neil Funeral Home, Lockport, was in charge of arrangements.
She was born in Summit, the daughter of Michael and Helen Karon Lloyd.
Her husband, John, and 11 brothers and sisters are deceased.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Bernard and Marcella Frigo
of Coal City and John and Diane Frigo of Lockport; four grandchildren;
and one nephew.
Alice B. Rutherford, 73, of Bradley, died Sunday (Jan. 31, 1999) at
Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel,
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mound Grove Mausoleum. The
Rev. Susan Holstrom will officiate.
She was born June 24, 1925 in Kankakee, the daughter of Harm and Dollie
Stevenson Friedewold. Her parents and a sister, Clairann Johnson, are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, David M. Rutherford, whom she married Sept.
4, 1949; one son and daughter- in-law, David L. and Sally Rutherford of
Evanston; one brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Dolores Friedewold of
Florida; one grandchild, Whitney; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Rutherford worked years ago at Lottinville Shoe Store and Montgomery
Ward Store on Court Street.
She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kankakee.
She enjoyed sewing and knitting and was a member of TOPS.
Delrico Dishun Ford, 24, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Jan. 31, 1999) from
injuries sustained in an accident in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 10:30 a.m. services
at Pleasant Grove MB Church, 487 N. Fairmont Ave., where he was a member.
The Rev. Robert Rucker will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Aug. 21, 1974, in Kankakee, the son of Marie D. Ford, who
resides in Kankakee.
Mr. Ford had been employed at Hardie's.
Also surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Larice and Mike Nelson;
three brothers and one sister-in- law, Kendrick and Yolanda Williams and
James Ford, all of Kankakee, and Ryan Ford of the U.S. Air Force stationed
in North Dakota; maternal grandmother, Alderman Joann Ford- Box of Kankakee;
godparents, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Rucker of Kankakee; and several aunts,
uncles and cousins.
His paternal grandparents, Sam and Christine Riley, and a brother,
Carl Travis Riley, are deceased.
He enjoyed basketball.
AURORA - Alice D. Stutz, 90, of Aurora, died Friday (Jan. 29, 1999)
at Provena-Mercy Hospital.
She was born Dec. 23, 1908 in Graceville, Minn.
She was a long time member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and a
member of its Altar and Rosary Society.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Alan J. and Martha
Stutz of Springfield and Eric F. and Joyce Stutz of Black River Falls,
Wis.; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and William Paull of Aurora;
one sister, Olive and Irvin Gerdes of Flossmoor; 18 grandchildren and 25
great-grandchildren. Some of her survivors reside in the Gilman area.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rodger Stutz Sr., who died
in 1950; one son, Rodger Stutz Jr.; her parents, Eli and Mary Cassiday
Clark; brothers, Frank, Emmett and Alfred in infancy; two sisters, Irene
Martin and Jessie Donahue.
Services were Monday at 10 a.m. at the Dieteric Memorial Home to Our
Lady of Good Counsel Church for 10:30 a.m. services. The Rev. Edward Gillespie
Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation was on Sunday.
OSHKOSH, Wis. - Genevieve Huff Kusche, 91, a volunteer at the Kankakee
County Historical Society, died Jan. 26, 1999 at Bethel Home in Oshkosh.
A memorial service will be held in Oshkosh at the First Congregational
Church at 1 p.m. Feb. 6. An hour prior to and after the service, visitation
will be in the church lounge.
Memorials may be made for the Oshkosh Public Library.
She was born Feb. 6, 1907 in Argos, Ind., the daughter of Frank and
Edna Norris Huff.
She married Karl A. Kusche on July 7, 1937 in Waukesha, Wis.
Mrs. Kusche attended Indiana University, Ball State Teacher's College
in Muncie, Ind., and graduated from the Library School at the University
of Wisconsin, Madison. She was employed by the Waukesha and Oshkosh Public
After her retirement, she was a volunteer at the Kankakee County Historical
Society, Outagamie Historical Society, the Paine Art Center, Oshkosh and
in the library of the First Congregational Church in Oshkosh, where she
was a member.
She was a member of the PEO, Sisterhood-Chapter BA.
Surviving are sons and daughters- in-law, John and Jane of Sturgeon
Bay, Wis., and Dave and Mary Kusche of Oshkosh; five grandchildren; two
sisters-in-law, Gwendolyn Kusche and Blanche Huff; two nieces; and two
Deceased are a brother Harold Huff and a sister Rosamond Bauer.
Visitation for Laura A. Anderson, 98, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8
p.m. Wednesday at Senesac Kankakee Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Charles
Wheeler at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where she was a longtime member.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Memorials may be made to the St. LaBre Indian School, Ashland, Mt.
and/or to her church.
Mrs. Anderson died Sunday (Jan. 31, 1999) at Manor Care Health Services.
She was born Aug. 10, 1900 in Kankakee County, the daughter of Alexander
and Phebie Laney Gladu, who are deceased.
Her husband, Warren B. Anderson, whom she married Feb. 5, 1924 at St.
Rose, died May 16, 1985.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Bernard and Colleen Anderson
of Kankakee and Paul and JoAn Anderson of Aroma Park; two sisters, Irene
Ball of Kankakee and Bernadette Soloman of South Carolina; six grandchildren,
Bernard Anderson Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, James Anderson of Buford, Ga.,
Michael Anderson of Andros Island, Bahamas, Kenneth Anderson of California,
Kaylyn Berns of Clifton and Laura Anderson of Kankakee; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Also deceased are one daughter-in- law, Evadine Anderson; three sisters,
Stella Martin, Lucille Rathman and Marcella O'Connor; and three brothers,
Joseph, Paul and Al Gladu.