PIPER CITY - Visitation for William R. Ryan, 85, of Piper City, will
be 5-8 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. at the Reilly-Redenius
Funeral Home in Piper City, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
The Rev. Ed Mumper will officiate.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Piper City.
Mr. Ryan died Monday (Oct. 12, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital,
Watseka, following a two-year illness.
He was born March 6, 1913 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Mabel Fergusion
Ryan. His childhood was spent in Chicago and Grayslake. He was a graduate
of Libertyville High School.
Mr. Ryan was a retired master plumber, working in the plumbing business
for over 60 years. He was a member of the Plumbers Union of Chicago.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lea Spencer, whom she married June
21, 1957 in Chicago; one son, Michael of California; and three sons by
a previous marriage, Terry, Jerry and David.
He was of the Roman Catholic faith.
In his earlier years he played semi-pro baseball in St. Louis.
Edward E. ''Ed'' Boudreau, 37, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Oct. 13,
1998) suddenly at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Fitzpatrick's Funeral
Directors, Kankakee, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for his children's education.
He was born April 23, 1961, in Kankakee, the son of Earl and Ruth Crenshaw
Boudreau. His father is deceased and his mother resides in Bourbonnais.
Also surviving are two daughters, Nikki Fowler of Bourbonnais and Elizabeth
Boudreau of Port Lighted, N.Y.; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and
Ron Shreffler of Manteno; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He enjoyed working with his hands and had been a mechanic for Land
of Lincoln in Manteno.
MILFORD - Velma L. Beaver Kosp, 76, of Milford, died Monday (Oct. 12,
1998) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at
Milford United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Robert
Einhouse will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to her church or to Iroquois County Hospice.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
She was born June 17, 1922 in Rankin, the daughter of Harley and Myra
Her first husband, Dale Beaver, whom she married Nov. 23, 1940 in Milford,
died in 1977.
Peter Kosp, whom she married Feb. 14, 1971 in Indianapolis, Ind., died
July 7, 1980.
Surviving are two sons, Dennis Beaver of Lake In The Hills and T. Patrick
Beaver of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Ernest O'Neal of Scottsboro, Ala.;
one stepdaughter, Sondra Davison of Wichita, Kan.; one stepson, Randall
King of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, three sisters and a stepbrother.
Mrs. Kosp was a member of the Woman's Club of Milford and the Legion
Auxiliary 723, Milford.
She was director of contracting for the Federal Government in San Antonio,
Texas, retiring in 1989.
Hazel M. Strange, 84, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998) at
Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Kankakee Chapel of the
Schreffler Funeral Home, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The
Rev. Fred Goldschmidt will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anne Cemetery, St. Anne.
Memorials may be made to Dean's Circle of Wesley United Methodist Church,
of which she was a member.
She was born June 24, 1914 in Bartlesville, Okla., the daughter of
Walter and Alma Jarvis Tippie.
Her husband, Richart T. Strange, died in January of 1950.
Mrs. Strange had been employed as a houseware manager for Ace Hardware.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Kathy Strange
of St. Anne and John and Connie Strange of Chebanse; three daughters and
two sons-in-law, Joanne Anderson of Hastings, Mich., Carol and Duane Jorgenson
of Haslett, Mich., and Sandra and Jim Lackey of Bradley; two brothers and
one sister-in-law, Harold Tippie of Aroma and Robert and Ilene Tippie of
Matteson; one sister, Harriet Seiter of Aroma Park; 16 grandchildren; 28
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one sister, Helen Hatch and two brothers, Howard and Herb
She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and bird watching.
BEECHER - Hilda L. Bunte, 92, of Chicago Heights, formerly of Beecher,
died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998) at her home.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday at Hack Funeral Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
Beecher, where she was a member. The Rev. Karl Wellnitz will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church.
She was born June 14, 1906 in Beecher, the daughter of William and
Mary Koenning Meyer.
Her husband, Elmer Bunte, died in 1978.
Surviving are one son and two daughters-in-law, Eugene and Maria Bunte
of Chicago Heights and Geraldine Bunte of Beecher; one daughter, Beverly
Moenck of New Lenox; one brother, Herbert Meyer of Beecher; 11 grandchildren;
Deceased are two sons, Elroy and Randall.
She was a member of St. Paul's Ladies Aid and the Lutheran Women's
WATSEKA - Russell N. Styck, 44, of Watseka, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998)
at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
Deloris Percey, 67, of Aroma Park/St. Anne, died today (Oct. 14, 1998)
at Riverside Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
WATSEKA - Visitation for Russell N. Styck, 44, of Watseka, an Iroquois
County Sheriff's Deputy, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Segur- Knapp Funeral
Home, Watseka, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Joe
Hughes will officiate.
Burial will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery, Iroquois.
Mr. Styck died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 26, 1954 in Rensselaer, Ind., the son of James and
Ruby G. Lee Styck Sr.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joy L. Kimble, whom he married Sept.
5, 1992 in Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Elaina and Earl Hansen
of Milford; one son, Dustin Styck of Watseka; his father and stepmother,
James and Beverly Styck Sr. of Demotte, Ind.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law,
Audrey and John Kimble of Watseka, Cindy and Randy Trumble of Watseka and
Denise Smith of Bel Air, Md.; one brother and sister-in-law, James and
Kathy Styck Jr. of Watseka; nine nieces and nephews.
His mother is deceased.
Mr. Styck was a member of Fraternal Order of Police. He also was a
A member of Centennial Christian Church, he enjoyed working with computers,
electronics, woodworking, playing guitar and riding his motorcycle.
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Robert A. ''Bob'' Blackwood Sr., 73, of Melbourne,
Fla., a farmer, formerly of Ashkum, died Sept. 20, 1998 at Sterling Houe
ACLF in West Melbourne, following a lengthy illness.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Knapp Funeral Home,
Clifton. The Rev. Daniel Doty will officiate. Cremation rites have been
Memorials may be made in the form of a gift to the donor's choice.
He was born May 31, 1925 in Remington, Ind., the son of Arnold and
Dorothy Stokes Blackwood.
He served in the Army during World War II.
He was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving are one son, Robert Blackwood Jr. of Ashkum; three daughters,
Ellen Blackwood and Marda Gray, both of Melbourne, and Charlotte Clark
of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Joyce Sterner of Sarasota, Fla.; and
Mr. Blackwood was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Remington.
Visitation for Hazel M. Strange, 84, of Bourbonnais, will be from 4-8
p.m. Friday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home, where
services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Fred Goldschmidt will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anne Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Peoples Church of Kankakee or to the Dean's
Circle of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she was a member.
Mrs. Strange died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998).
PEOTONE - Dorothy M. Vetter, 81, a Peotone resident since 1995 who formerly
lived at Knox, Ind., died today (Oct. 15, 1998) at her home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone,
where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Michael Ginter will
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.
She was born July 11, 1917 in Chicago, the daughter of Albert and Dorothy
Her husband, Lawrence Vetter, whom she married Sept. 7, 1946 in Chicago,
died in 1995.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Deann and John Turner
of Knox, Ind., and Nadene and Thomas Goleski of Peotone; seven grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
RICHTON PARK - Gertrude V. (Nielsen) Smith, 96, of Richton Park, formerly
of Chicago, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998) at Glenshire Nursing Center in
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sherburnville Cemetery,
East of Grant Park. The Rev. Charles Anthony will officiate.
Visitation will be at the cemetery at the time of service.
Memorials may be made to Y-Me located at 212 W. VanBuren St., Chicago,
She was born Sept. 6, 1902 in Chicago.
She was a retired secretary for Time Inc. in Chicago. A member of Leavitt
Street Bible Church in Chicago, she was a former member of Immanuel Baptist
Church in Chicago Heights and its Women's Bible Class and the missionary
support groups. She was a member of the Sunshine Club of Chicago Heights.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Joan Smith
of Tucson, Ariz., and Robert and Kathy Smith of University Park; seven
grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mac MacNeil, and her
second husband, Albert Earl Smith.
COAL CITY - Howard Crowder Jr., 72, a 29-year resident of Coal City,
died Saturday (Oct. 10, 1998) at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in
Services were Oct. 13 at Crystal Lawns Church of the Nazarene in Plainfield,
where he was a member.
Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.
He was born in Charleston, W.Va. His parents and one sister, Frances
Hirstein, are deceased.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Mr. Crowder retired in 1990 from Caterpillar plant.
Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Wilson; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Howard and Lynn Crowder of Hinton, W.Va., and Wayne and Barbara Crowder
of Coal City; five grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; two sisters
and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Kit Steinbaugh of Phoenix, Ariz., and Myrtie
and Wylie Grant of Arizona; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and
Marlene Crowder of Charleston, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
COAL CITY - Earl W. Pierce, 69, of Davenport, Iowa, former Coal City
resident, died Sept. 30 in Davenport.
Services were held Oct. 3 in Davenport.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
He was born Oct. 3, 1928.
Surviving are his wife, Rose; a daughter, Susan Smith of Coal City;
a son, Rodney Pierce of Bloomington; five grandchildren; a sister; and
He was employed at the Joliet Arsenal before moving to the Rock Island
Arsenal. He retired in 1983 after 37 years of federal government employment.
WILMINGTON - A memorial Mass for Ronald M. Chopp, 56, of Wilmington,
will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Magdeline Catholic Church at Briggs
St. in Joliet.
Cremation rites were accorded and inurnment of ashes will be in Woodlawn
Memorial Park, Joliet.
Freitag Funeral Home in Wilmington was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Chopp died Oct. 8, 1998 after a long illness of cancer.
He was born Jan. 6, 1942 in Joliet. His father, Augustine C. Chopp,
and one brother Carl A. Chopp, are deceased. His mother, Margo Chopp survives.
Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Ronnette and Roger
Misenheimer of Teutopolis; one granddaughter; five sisters and brothers-in-law,
Carol and Donald Mikuska, Gloria Jean and DeWayne Phillips, Sharon and
Chuck Chipman, Peggy and Richard Cryer and Michelle and Mike Stukel; and
many nieces and nephews, all of Joliet.
He attended and graduated from the Joliet Schools and was a 39-year
member of the Pipefitters Local Union 597.
ST. ANNE - Visitation for Delores L. Percey, 67, of St. Anne, will be
from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, where
services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Beverly Marshall-Goodell
Burial will be in the Aroma Park Cemetery. The Aroma Park American
Legion F-Troop, of which she was a member, will accord military rites.
Mrs. Percey died Wednesday (Oct. 14, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 15, 1931 in Chebanse, the daughter of J.C. ''Red''
and Laura Schultz Collins, who are deceased.
Her husband, Vernon E. Percey, whom she married in February of 1954
in Tunica, Miss., died Aug. 1, 1991.
She was a member of the Aroma Park United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Debbie Percey
of St. Anne; one stepdaughter, Joan Goselin of Park Forest; two brothers
and sisters-in-law, James and Norma Collins of Kankakee and Charles and
Justine Collins of St. Anne; and several nieces and nephews.
GRANT PARK - Thomas Harold Dennis, 49, of Grant Park, died Wednesday
evening (Oct. 14, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital emergency room in
Kankakee. Mr. Dennis became ill at his residence and was taken to the hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Hub Funeral Chapel in Grant Park.
Dr. James Brooks
Dr. James A. Brooks, 62, of Bourbonnais, died at 5:08 p.m., Wednesday
(Oct. 14, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Kankakee Chapel of Schreffler
He will lie in state from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services
at Grace Community United Methodist Church, Bourbonnais.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the grandchildren's education
or to Grace Community United Methodist Church.