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William Ryan

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 Boudreau

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.

Velma Kosp

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 Norris O'Neal.
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 Strange

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 Tippie.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and bird watching.

Hilda Bunte

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; 18 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Elroy and Randall.
She was a member of St. Paul's Ladies Aid and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League.

Russell Styck

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

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.

Russell Styck

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 locksmith. 
A member of Centennial Christian Church, he enjoyed working with computers, electronics, woodworking, playing guitar and riding his motorcycle.

Robert Blackwood

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 accorded.
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 four grandchildren.
Mr. Blackwood was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Remington.

Hazel Strange

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).

Dorothy Vetter

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 officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.
She was born July 11, 1917 in Chicago, the daughter of Albert and Dorothy Larson Welsh.
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.

Gertrude Smith

RICHTON PARK - Gertrude V. (Nielsen) Smith, 96, of Richton Park, formerly of Chicago, died Tuesday (Oct. 13, 1998) at Glenshire Nursing Center in Richton Park.
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, Ill. 60607.
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.

Howard Crowder

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 Joliet.
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.

Earl Pierce

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 four brothers.
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.

Ronald Chopp

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.

Delores Percey

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 will officiate.
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.

Thomas Dennis

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 Funeral Homes.
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.


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