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Dacy, Doris Marie

Funeral arrangements for Doris Marie Dacy, sister of Donald Dealey of Litchfield, are pending at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, Springfield. Mrs. Dacy, of Springfield, died at 9:04 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center there. She was 66 years old on November 9. She worked as an executive secretary for Franklin Life Insurance Company from 1951 to 1989. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Jacob and Catherine Schneeberger Dealey. She married James Dacy in 1964 in Carlinville. He preceded her in death. Surviving besides her brother, Donald, are step daughters, Sally Hayes and Cheri Bandor, both of Springfield; another brother, Robert Dealey of East Alton; sisters, Lorine Dealey of Springfield, Etta Ban of Wilton, Calif., June Cooper and Vera Waters, both of Sacramento, Calif.; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Dagon, Joseph W.

Services for Joseph W. Dagon, formerly of Hillsboro, were held Wednesday in Kenosha, Wis. Bruch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Dagon died Sunday, August 1, 1999, in a Kenosha hospital. He was 86 years old on March 6. He was the head maintenance engineer in the Kenosha Unified School District for 28 years, retiring in 1978, and was an active volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program from 1978 to 1995. He was born in Hillsboro, a son of James and Mary Boyle Dagon, and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He moved to Kenosha in the 1930s and served with the Army in the military police from December 1942 to February 1946. He married Veronica "Verna" Zongolowicz on November 3, 1942, in St. Agnes Catholic Church, Havana. She died December 18, 1967. Preceding him in death also were brothers, John, James, Frank, Harry, Charles, Paul and Alfred "Pat" Dagon and sisters, Rose Ella Hauser, Kathryn Bittner, Genevieve Doran, Mary Dagon and Margarete Davis.

Dagon, Sr., William M.

Services for William M. Dagon, Sr., of Schram City, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the United Methodist Church of Hillsboro, with the Rev. Tom Compton, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro, with military rites conducted by VFW Post 1306, Taylor Springs. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Patton Memorial Home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Hillsboro Public Library. Mr. Dagon died Friday, April 9, 1999, in South Bay Hospital, Sun City Center, Fla. He was 75 years old on November 23, and a an Army veteran of World War II. He was a teacher at Hillsboro High School for 25 years, from 1960 to 1985. He graduated in 1960 with a bachelor's degree from Greenville College and later earned a master's degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He also attended Eastern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University. He was a 1942 graduate of Hillsboro High School. He was an Army paratrooper and retired officially in 1984 with the rank of Major. His service included jumping with paratroopers into Normandy in June 1944, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, jumping in Holland in Operation Market Garden and after the war, serving with the General Eisenhower Honor Guard. He also served in the Illinois National Guard from 1948 to 1966. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, VFW Post 1306 in Taylor Springs, Hillsboro Moose and the 508 Parachute Infantry Association. He was born in Schram City, a son of James P. and Margaret Doris Dagon. He married June E. Hill on August 21, 1943, in St. Louis. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Kathy Dagon of Hillsboro, Mary Dagon of Belleville; a son, Mike Dagon and wife Myrna Jean of Butler; brother, James E. Dagon of Hillsboro; sisters, Verna Seaton of Schram City, Betty Traylor and husband Earl of Schram City; two grandchildren, Lt. Patrick J. Dagon with the Army stationed in Germany and Spec. Kevin E. Dagon with the Army stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J. A sister, Margaret Funk, preceded him in death.

Dahler, Melvin H.

Services for Melvin Harvey Dahler, formerly of the rural Nokomis area, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in Bass Funeral Home, Hillsboro, with the Rev. Tom Compton, pastor of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church officiating. Committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ohlman Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday in the funeral home from 6 p.m. until the time of service. Mr. Dahler died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, November 22, 1999, in Desert Life Rehabilitation and Care Center in Tucson, Ariz. He was 74 years old on November 25. He left the Nokomis area in 1948 to reside in Arizona. He worked at the Silver Bell Copper Mine as a shovel operator. Later he was employed as a salesperson in hardware stores. He was a member of the Casa Adobes Baptist Church and Sunny Sam's R.V. Club of Tucson, taught Sunday school in the church at Silver Bell, and was a Boy Scout leader for more than 10 years. He was born in Montgomery County, a son of Harvey G. and Alvera M. Michelman Dahler. He married Betty Lou Keiser on August 18, 1951, in St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church, Ohlman. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Wayne A. Dahler of Mill Valley, Calif., Dennis C. Dahler and wife Jeanne of Tucson; daughter, Janice K. Pulley and husband David of Flagstaff, Ariz.; brothers, Harley Dahler and wife Bonnie, Marion Dahler and wife Jeanne, all of Nokomis; sister, Irene Graden and husband Dennis of Hillsboro; three grandchildren, Christopher, Michelle and Nathaniel of Flagstaff. Others surviving include his mother in law, Genevieve Keiser of Nokomis.

Daley, Sr., Louis Henry

Services for Louis Henry Daley, Sr., of Gillespie, were conducted privately in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, with the Rev. Father Larry Auda officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Mr. Daley died at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, December 13, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. He was 78 years old last December 21. He retired as a flight instructor in California and before that served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force and the Army. He was born in Carlinville, a son of Henry Christopher and Anna Woodman Daley. Surviving are a son, Lou Daley of Gillespie; daughters, Linda Fassero, Gina Wright, both of Gillespie; a brother, Lige Woodman Daley of Palm Desert, Calif.; a sister, Billie Henry of Palm Desert; and five grandchildren.

Dalzotto, Gerry

Services for Gerry Dalzotto, of Gillespie, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Kravanya Funeral Home there with the Rev. Ron Brooker officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Memorial Park at Carlinville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Paget's Disease Foundation. Mrs. Dalzotto died at 9:53 p.m. Saturday January 16, 1999, in Sunrise Care Center, Edwardsville. She was 75 years old on April 30. She was a retail clerk at Jan-El Gift Shop in Gillespie before she retired. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Gillespie. She was born in Gillespie, a daughter of Earl and Luella May Boyd Ray. She married Angelo Dalzotto on December 20, 1941, in Gary, Ind. He died September 3, 1980. Surviving are a son, Kerry Dalzotto and wife Connie of Edwardsville; a sister, Ellen Reid of Gillespie; and two grandchildren, Sandy and David Dalzotto, both of Edwardsville.

Damm, Breanna N.

Graveside services for Breanna Nicole Damm, the month old daughter of Timothy and Rosemary Damm of Fillmore, were held Friday in Green Hill Cemetery in rural Fillmore. Rev. Mauser officiated. The baby died Wednesday, June 2, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. Surviving besides her parents are a sister, Samantha at home; grandparents, Eddie and Nancy Sampson of Fillmore, Kevin and Nila Reed of Effingham, Ray and Nancy Damm of White Hall; great grandparents, Tom and Paulette Damm of Girard and Jim and Mary Reed of Nokomis.

Darst, Billy M.

Services for Billy M. Darst, of rural Rosamond, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, with the Rev. Rick Miles officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Pana. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Masonic rites will be conducted. Mr. Darst was pronounced dead at 8:10 a.m. Monday, September 20, 1999, at the scene of a truck - train accident near Nokomis. He was 72 years old on May 22. He was a farmer, member of the South Fork United Methodist Church of Nokomis and the Tower Hill Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M. He was born in Pana, a son of Bert Monroe and Minnie Orleana Sanders Darst. He married twice, first to Iris Darnell and then to Bernita Funk. Both marriages ended in divorce. Surviving are sons, Dan Darst of Huntley, Kevin Darst of Fillmore, Jay Darst of Springfield; daughter, Lisa Price of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Robert E. Darst of Decatur; sister, MaryLou Weber of California; and six grandchildren.

Daughtry, Violet Maxine

Services for Violet Maxine Daughtry, of Mt. Olive, were held at 11 this morning in Becker and Son Funeral Home. The Rev. Ron Brooker officiated. Burial was in Mt. Olive City Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church of Mt. Olive. Mrs. Daughtry died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. She was 84 years old on October 25. She was a cook at the Annex Cafe before she retired, and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive. She was born in Beardstown, a daughter of Leo and Myrtle Dunkin. She married Parnell G. Daughtry on October 31, 1937. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Richard Daughtry of Colorado Springs, Colo., three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Sister, Velma Ernst, preceded her in death.

Davidson, Timothy Wayne

Services for Timothy Wayne Davidson, infant son of George and Kari Jane Davidson of Sorento, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Perfetti Funeral Home, Sorento, with the Rev. Elmer Lynn Fenton officiating. Burial will be in Reno Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday in the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service. The baby died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 1999, in Utlaut Memorial Hospital, Greenville. He was five weeks old, having been born February 21 in St. Francis Hospital. Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Allison Marie at home in Sorento; grandparents, Mike and Mary Jane Davis of Sorento, Robert Donald Blonton of St. Louis, David and Deborah Hosslette of Sorento; and great grandparents, Eldon and Dorothy Davis, Verla Rogers, all of Sorento. 

Davis, Gladys Olive

Services for Gladys Olive Davis, of Sorento, were held at 11 this morning in Perfetti Funeral Home there. The Rev. Norman Fenton officiated. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery. Mrs. Davis died at 9:16 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 1999, in Utlaut Memorial Hospital, Greenville. She was 67 years old on May 1. She resided all of her life in the Panama and Sorento area. She was born in Panama, a daughter of Cromwell and Gladys Hartman Dixon. She married Francis Davis on July 14, 1947, in Sorento. He survives. Surviving also are daughter, Denise Reed of Sorento, Sherry Kirgan, Sandra Bone, both of Greenfield, Darla Garrett of Scott Air Force Base; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a daughter, Judith Ann Davis; two brothers and a sister. 

Davis, Gorman

Private services will be held for Gorman Davis, of Hillsboro, in Bluff Cemetery, Hillsboro. Mr. Davis, 45, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, June 23. Hough and Sons Funeral Home, Hillsboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Davis, Lillian I.

Lillian Irene Davis, sister of Juanita Scott of Nokomis, died Sunday, September 12, 1999, in Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, Mattoon. She was 75 years old on July 31. She was a resident of Mattoon and worked as a nurse's aide before she retired. She was born in Pana, a daughter of Daniel and Irene Martin Closser. Her first husband, William Bruce Langley, preceded her in death. Her second marriage was to Roscoe Virgil Davis. Surviving are sons, William Langley of Mattoon, Jack Cloe of Little Rock, Ark., Rocky Davis of San Antonio, Daniel Davis of Houston; daughters, Diania Hasinger of Mattoon, Linda Pattin of Charleston; 27 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at graveside in Tower Hill Cemetery.

Davis, Opal Mae

Services for Opal Mae Davis, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Mallicoat, of Jacksonville, officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday in the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials be directed to Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders. Mrs. Davis died Saturday, November 28, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 84 years old on May 1. She was a dietician at St. Francis Hospital for 13 years before she retired, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Litchfield. She enjoyed sewing, reading and dancing. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Orville and Anna Miller Bandy. She married Walter C. Davis on June 1, 1932. He died in March 1961. Surviving are sons, Donald L. Davis and wife Carolyn, Melvin L. Davis and wife Merry Lee, all of Litchfield; daughters, Dorothy A. Sharp and husband William, Marilyn M. Duff, all of Litchfield, and Phyllis K. Trunk and husband Charles of Hazelwood, Mo.; 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were sons, John R. and Larry W. Davis; daughter, Blanche M. Denby; brother, Gerald Bandy; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services for Opal Mae Davis, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Bro. Bob Mallicoat, of Jacksonville, officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Musical selections were "The Old Rugged Cross," "Amazing Grace" and "Supper Time." The vocalist, Shirley Edwards, was accompanied at the organ by Michelle Sweet. During the committal service at the cemetery Bro. Mallicoat read a poem, "Our Beloved Mother," written by the family. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Brian Davis, Mark Davis, Scott Davis, Todd Davis, Gary Entriken and Craig Trunk. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Bob Sharp and Matthew Trunk. Following the services a meal was provided for the family and friends by the Women of the Moose. Mrs. Davis, 84, died Saturday, November 28, in Heritage Manor.

Davis, Robert C.

Robert C. Davis, formerly of the Litchfield area, died Friday, May 8, 1998, in his home at Crystal River, Fla. He was 74 years old last June 26. He retired as an engineer with General Motors Corporation and moved to Crystal River some 13 years ago. He was past treasurer and member of Seven Rivers Gold and Country Club. He was a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology where he earned a bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Engineering. He was also a graduate of Gillespie High School. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Mary Elizabeth and Wesley Davis, and was reared on a farm in the Hornsby area. Surviving are his wife, Vada Lee; sons, Robert L. Davis of Cumming, Ga., Thomas C. Davis of Orlando; sisters, Myrtle Atteberry and Genevieve Woolary of Springfield, his twin, Betty Shuey of Portland, Oregon; and five grandchildren. Brown Funeral Home at Crystal River©Lecanto was in charge of funeral arrangements. Burial was in Buschnell National Cemetery in Florida.

Davis, Robert L.

Services for Robert L. Davis, of Litchfield, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Father Ted Schelich, chaplain at St. Francis Hospital, officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Honey Bend. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Francis Hospital or the Mooseheart Children's Home. Mr. Davis died at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 1999, in his home. He was 70 years old on February 14, and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was employed at the Shell Oil Company Refinery in Roxana for 32 years before he retired. He was a member of Litchfield Moose Lodge 1634. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Ralph Edmond, Sr., and Lota Lynn Davis, and graduated from Litchfield High School in the class of 1947. He married Joann L. Smock on February 12, 1966, in the Union Avenue Christian Church. She survives. Surviving also are step sons, Kenneth Dann and wife Mary Kay of Glen Carbon, William Dann of Camargo; step daughters, Dorothy Goff and husband Tom of Tuscola, Alberta Hankins and husband Joseph of Litchfield; sisters, Betty Beiermann and husband Jim of Litchfield, Sandra Norman and husband James of Farmersville; 13 step grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a brother, Ralph E. Davis, Jr., and a sister, Helen Schmidt. Services for Robert Lynn Davis, of Litchfield, were held Wednesday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Father Ted Schelich, chaplain at St. Francis Hospital, officiated. Burial was in Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Honey Bend. During the service organist Michelle Sweet accompanied Polly Wand as she sang "On Eagles Wings" and "Here I Am Lord." Pallbearers were Dale Bruhn of Litchfield, Bill Byots of Gillespie, Leonard Lovejoy of Staunton, Don Rundle of Witt, Olin Settle of Hillsboro, Ronnie Yurkovich of Mt. Olive. Conducting full military honors at graveside were Will Tackaberry, Bill Bates, Bill Rogers, Lee Baker, Jess Yellowley, Jim Hicks and Dave Allen from American Legion Post 436 and Larry Schneck, V.C. Chasteen and Jim Benton. The flag was presented to Mrs. Joann Davis. Heidi Johnson played "Taps." Following the services a luncheon for family and friends was served in the hall of VFW Post 3912. Mr. Davis, 70, died Sunday, July 4, in his home.

Davis, Walter A.

Services for Walter Albert Davis, of Palmer, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Trinity Lutheran Church of Harvel with the Rev. Clifford Adair officiating. Burial will be in Harpers Ferry Cemetery, Palmer. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Moffitt Funeral Home, Morrisonville. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Harvel. Mr. Davis died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 1999, in St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville. He was 89 years old on February 15. He resided all of his life in the Morrisonville and Palmer area. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, assistant Scoutmaster of a troop at Woodstock and was also an Eagle Scout himself. He was born in Morrisonville, a son of Thomas and Edith Schwabe Davis. He married Ruth I. Johnson on December 13, 1938, in St. Charles, Mo.; she died August 14, 1986. He married Pearl Schmedeke on December 19, 1987, in St. Paul Lutheran Church of Nokomis; she survives. Surviving also are step sons Nyle Schmedeke of Morrisonville; Ivan Schmedeke of Harvel; daughters, Rita Specht of Woodstock, Anita Seitz and husband Don of Chesterfield, Mo.; step daughter, Joyce Dullenty of Morrisonville; sister, Marcella Hancock of Nokomis; five grandsons, 13 step grandchildren, three great grandsons and four step great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were brothers, Art and Floyd Davis, Bob Schwabe; sister, Radea King.

Davison, Jr., James L.

James L. Davison, father of James Lloyd Davison, Jr., of Donnellson, died Saturday, March 27, 1999, in his home in Springfield. He was 72 years old on July 7, and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1991. He was born in Ashland, a son of William and Della Thacker Davison. He married Marion F. Schallon in 1947 in Beardstown. She survives. Surviving also besides the son are another son, Richard Allen Davison of Rising Sun, Md.; daughter, Barbara Jean Newbrough of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers, Russell Davison of Jacksonville, William A. Davison of Springfield; sister, Mary Turner of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren and two great grandsons. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bisch and Son Funeral Home, Springfield. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Dawkins, Bertha M.

Graveside service for Bertha Mae Dawkins, formerly of Mt. Olive, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Mt. Olive City Cemetery with the Rev. Matthew Woodcock officiating. Mrs. Dawson, of Denver, Colo., died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 1999, in Denver. She was 89 years old on February 27. She taught school for 40 years, retiring from the Aurora, Colorado, Public School System. She moved to Greeley, Colorado, in 1929, and attended the University of Northern Colorado. She graduated from there in 1933 and earned her master's degree the following year. She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Denver, former member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Olive. Also in Denver, she was a member of the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, volunteer for the Museum of Natural History, The Art Museum and Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. She was born in Mt. Olive, a daughter of Llewelyn and Hannah Hunziker Williams, and attended schools there graduating from Mt. Olive High School in 1928. Her first husband was Roy C. Martin, whom she married in 1954 in Denver; he died in 1962. She married David Leroy Dawkins on January 19, 1982, in Denver; he died January 19, 1996. Surviving is a sister, Maybelle Williams Bankston of Denver. Preceding her in death besides her parents and her husbands were a brother, William Williams and sisters, Luella and Evelyn Williams. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Mt. Olive Library or the Mt. Olive Ambulance Service.

Dawkins, Thomas W.

Funeral arrangements for Thomas W. Dawkins, formerly of Mt. Olive, are pending at Becker and Son Funeral Home there. Mr. Dawkins, 84, died Thursday evening his home in Florissant, Mo. Services for Thomas William Dawkins, formerly of the local area, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Becker and Son Funeral Home there with the Rev. Terry Breum officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Bucholz Funeral Home, 619 St. Francis in Florissant, Mo. and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday in Becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive. The family suggests memorials be directed to Mt. Olive Park, Mt. Olive Library or Mt. Olive Ambulance Service. Mr. Dawkins, of Florissant, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in his home. He was 84 years old on August 12, and an Army veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific Theatre. He was a laborer with General Motors in St. Louis for 37 years before retiring in 1972. He was an avid bingo player and bowler. He enjoyed the outdoors and doing yardwork. He attended both Staunton and Mt. Olive public grade schools and attended Mt. Olive high school. He was born in Staunton, a son of Thomas W. and Temperance WAtkins Dawkins. He married Lydia Hilderbrant in June 1935 in St. Louis; she died January 30, 1989. Surviving are a sister, Rosezella "Doll" Franzen of Mt. Olive and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were brothers, Ray, Dave and Joe Dawkins and sisters, Mildred Meyer, Muriel Unger and Adelaine Scheller. Services for Thomas William Dawkins, formerly of the local area, were held at 11 this morning in Becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive. The Rev. Terry Breum officiated. Burial was in Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Music was "Old Rugged Cross," "The Lord's Prayer" and "Amazing Grace." Rosemary Messner was pianist and soloist. Pallbearers were Jim Montgomery, a friend; nephews, Jim Scheller, Leroy Scheller, Tom Franzen, Bill Dawkins, Mike Dawkins; and great nephews, Dave Scheller and Jim Scheller. Following the services a luncheon was served to family and friends in the Zion Lutheran Church hall by the women of the church. Mr. Dawkins, 84, died Thursday, March 18, in his home in Florissant, Mo. *** NOTE: There are two Jim Schllers in the above ***

Deambrogio, Delia

Memorial service for Delia "Dell" Deambrogio, of Benld, was held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the First United Methodist Church there. The Rev. Nelson Reiber officiated. A niece, Suzanne Kebayashi, gave the euology. Inurnment will be in Benld City Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the United Methodist Church of Benld. Mrs. Deambrogio died at 11:17 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Gillespie. She was 90 years old on December 10. She spent nearly all of her life in Bend and was an ardent supporter of the Benld Methodist Church in both prayer and donations. She was born in Witt, a daughter of John and Domenica Davito Nepute. Her husband, Nino "Joseph" Deambrogio, died June 25, 1952. Preceding her in death were brothers, Louis, Anton and Raymond Nepute. Among those surviving are a sister in law, Irene Lacy Nepute of Santa Monica, Calif., two nieces and two nephews.

Debenny, Emma

Services for Emma Debenny, of Gillespie, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Gillespie with the Rev. Ron Brooker officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Friends may call on Wednesday at the church from one hour before the service. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Debenny died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 92 years old on April 27. She was an assistant manager with the Woolworth Company in Chicago before she retired. She was born in LaSalle, a daughter of Karl and Helena Kramer Wirball. Her husband, Victor J. Debenny, died January 26, 1991. Surviving are a brother, Henry Wirball of Elmhurst along with a niece and nephew. Preceding her in death were a brother, Carl Wirball in infancy; sisters, Anna and Bertha in infancy, Mary Stoler, Martha Wirball and Lee Wirball.

DeBolt, Mari Lynn

Memorial service for Mari Lynn DeBolt, sister of Jamel Billiter of Litchfield, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Our Redeemer's United Methodist Church in Schaumburg. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to an animal welfare organization or no-kill animal shelter. Mrs. DeBolt, of Sleepy Hollow, died Thursday, February 4, 1999, in her home following a five-year battle with cancer. She was a teacher for 30 years, the last 25 years in Hoffman Estates at MacArthur Elementary School in the Schaumburg school district. She is remembered as a dedicated professional who loved children and upheld standards of excellence in her classroom. She received a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and a master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. She was also an avid bassett hound fancier and a loving "mom" to seven of them over the past 32 years. Surviving are her husband of 36 years, Robert DeBolt; her parents, Nicholas and Dorothy Burch of Carlinville; and sister, Jamel Billiter of Litchfield. Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Madison Funeral Homes of Elgin.

Deck, Gladys M.

Services for Gladys M. Deck, of Gillespie, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kravanya Funeral Home there. The Rev. Richard Hill officiated. Burial was in Gillespie City Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Trinity Baptist Church. Mrs. Deck died at 12:05 a.m. Friday, September 3, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was 78 years old on December 10. She worked as a telephone operator in the Gillespie and Carlinville areas for 29 years before retiring. She was a graduate of Gillespie High School and attended the Zion Bible Institute in Zion for two years. She was born in Gillespie, a daughter of George W. and Nellie Moore Morgan. Her husband, Carl M. Dark, died January 18, 1984. Surviving are a step son, Dwight Deck of Corpus Christi, Texas; sisters, Ina Beyers of Gillespie, Lois Patterson of Collinsville, Corrine Mustain of Nashville; eight step grandchildren, nine step great grandchildren and one step great great grandchild. Preceding her in death were brothers, Floyd, Leo and George W., Jr., Morgan; sisters, Clara Peters, Edythe Ianelle, Dorothy Admire; step sons, Carl, Jr., Richard and Gerald Deck; and a step grandson, Jerry Deck

Decker, Merlin Cramer

Graveside service for Merlin Cramer Decker, of Hillsboro, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with the Rev. Matthew Ferguson officiating. Friends may call on Friday in Hough and Sons Funeral Home, Hillsboro, from 9 to 10 a.m. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Hillsboro or Hillsboro Public Library. Mr. Decker died at 9:43 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 77 years old on January 21, and an Army Air Corps veteran of the World War II. He was a machine operator for John Deere in East Moline before he retired. He was born in Reasoner, Iowa, a son of Phillip and Louise Cramer Decker. He married Lois Logsdon on March 19, 1949, in Rock Island. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Karl Decker of Ankeny, Iowa, Keith Decker of Moline; daughter, Karon Casillas of Chandler; sister, Betty Larson of Round Rock, Texas. Preceding him in death were three brothers and one sister.

Degler, Rubert

No services for Rubert "Cotton" Degler, of Staunton, are scheduled. His remains were cremated. Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton, was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Degler died at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 1999, in the home of his daughter in Litchfield. He was 80 years old on August 14, and Army veteran of World War II. He was a laborer in construction and an ironworker on many construction jobs in the area before he retired. He was a member of the AFL labor union in Mt. Olive. He was born in Staunton, a son of William L. and Mamie Sparks Degler. His marriage to Shirley Lewis in 1951 ended in divorce. Surviving are sons, Kevin Degler of Meadowbrook, Michael Degler of Litchfield; daughters, Christina Long of Litchfield, Mary Green of St. Ann, Mo., Christina Smith of Litchfield; step sons, John Degler of Phoenix, Ariz., Delbert Smith of Litchfield, Ronnie Gilbert of Litchfield; step daughters, Donna McDonald of Litchfield; a brother, Charles Degler of Litchfield; sisters, Mamie Goslik of Staunton, Fern Payne of Nevada, Sarah Hochmuth of Staunton; 27 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth Ann Degler Little, a brother and a sister.

Deist, Melvin W.

Services for Melvin W. Deist, of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Michael Kloepping officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton. Mr. Deist died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 1999, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. He was 84 years old on July 26. He worked for Shell Oil Company, Wood River, for 40 years before retiring in 1977 as a zone supervisor. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton. He was born near Nokomis in Rountree Township, a son of William and Anna Keiser Deist. He married Verna L. Kruse on June 6, 1937, in Wood River. She died September 23, 1998. Surviving are a daughter, Joyce Opel and husband James of Edwardsville; son, Barry Deist and wife Nancy of Staunton; a sister, Betty Steinmann of Hamel; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were brothers, Vernon and Edward Deist and a sister, LaVonne.

Deist, Verna L.

Services for Verna L. Deist, of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Leslie J. Mitkos officiatig. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or School. Mrs. Diest died at 4:45 this morning, Wednesday, September 23, 1998, in Staunton Memorial Hospital. She was 81 years old on June 12. She was born in Wood River, a daughter of Fred H. and Doreothea Miller Kruse. She married Melvin W. Deist on June 6, 1937, in Wood River. He survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Joyce Opel and husband James of Edwardsville; son, Barry Deist and wife Nancy of Staunton; sisters, Rene Deist of Bethalto, Evelyn Fielder of Protem, Mo.; five grandchildren and two great grandsons. Preceding her in death were a brother, Harold Kruse and a sister, Elda Laatsch.

Delich, William

Graveside service for William "Bill" Delich, formerly of Mt. Olive, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Union Miners Cemetery there. Military rites will be accorded. The family will receive friends in the cemetery from 11 a.m. until the time of service. They suggest that in lieu of flowers memorials be directed to the Paralang Elementary School in Corregidor, The Philippines. Following the services a luncheon will be provided for family and friends in the Mt. Olive Veterans hall. Mr. Delich, of Mt. Vernon, died at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 1999, in Virden at the home of his daughter. He was 83 years old on November 11, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a sergeant with the 59th CAC regiment during the war and was taken a prisoner while defending Corregidor. He served three years in Japanese prison camp in the Philippines and Japan. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, and became a popular figure in Corregidor. He returned there 24 times after the war, including trips with each of his sons. He was employed as a game warden for the State of Illinois Department of Conservation for more than 40 years. He was born in Mt. Olive, a son of John and Anna Pakovich Delich, and attended both the Mt. Olive grade school and high school. Surviving are sons, John and Bill and daughters, Cheri, Debbie, Patti, Lisa and Angie; sisters, Marie Boston and Violet Delich, both of Mt. Olive; 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Preceding him in death were a son, Clayton and a granddaughter, Stephanie. Graveside service for William "Bill" Delich, formerly of Mt. Olive, was held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Union Miners Cemetery there. Eulogy was delivered by former Mt. Vernon mayor and friend, Roland Lewis. Poems were read by John Lewis and grandson, Eric Boston. Art Atchisson sang "Because He Lives" and "Amazing Grace." Full military rites were held with Fred Albers leading the firing squad and honor guard, which consisted of Nick Vuckovich, Monty Striegel, Irv Anderson, Dennis Carlile, Dick Loescher and Jack Hoog. Flag was folded by Dan Mancini and Michael Kasarda with Michael Kasarda presenting the flag to the sons, John and Bill Delich. Taps was played by Ulinda Mancini. Pallbearers were Bill Delich, John Delich, Dave Boston, Jim Gates, Mike Gremo, Barry Liss, Eric Boston and Art Atchisson. Following the service a lunch for family and friends was served in the Mt. Olive Veterans Hall. Mr. Delich, 83, died Thursday, July 8, in Virden.

Denby, Phillip L.

Memorial services for Phillip Lloyd "P.L." Denby, of Carlinville, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Episcopal Lutheran Church there with the Rev. Paul Dicks officiating. Inurnment will be in Carlinville City Cemetery. Mr. Denby died Wednesday, September 8, 1999, in his home. He was 70 years old on September 21. He owned and operated Denby Ford in Auburn, managed Denby Farm Managements Services and owned and operated a heavy equipment business. He was a 1945 graduate of Carlinville High School, attended the University of Missouri and graduated from Renken Technical College in St. Louis. He was born near Carlinville, a son of Gordon and Elizabeth Jordan Denby. He married Blanche M. Davis in 1966; she died in 1969. He married Doris Depper in 1984; she survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Susan Evans of Carlinville; step daughters, Mary Fritz and Barbara Kruse of Brighton, Michelle Pocklington of Farmersville; brothers, James and William Denby, both of Carlinville; sister, Anne Denby Michael of Vero Beach, Fla.; one grandson and nine step grandchildren.

Denny, Alberta E.

Alberta Eva Denny died Saturday, August 7, 1999, in the Oregon, Ill., Health Care Center. She was 87 years old last September 24. She was a registered nurse and one of the first 25 nurses to be activated during World War II. A member of the 802nd Medical Air Squadron, she served in North Africa. She was a recipient of the Air medal and five Bronze Stars. She was also first president of the St. Louis Area Women Realtors. She retired as executive secretary for Haas and Alt Real Estate Company in St. Louis. She graduated from Lincoln College in 1932 and then from St. Louis Hospital in St. Louis. She was born in Lincoln, a daughter of Albert and Myrtle Elliott Denny. Surviving are a sister, Noima Jenkin of Oregon. Preceding her in death was a brother, Burton. Committal service and burial were held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro.

Denst, Dorothy C.

Services for Dorothy C. Denst, formerly of New Douglas, were held today in Denver, Colo. Fairmont Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Denst, of Denver, died Thursday, February 4, 1999, in Denver, Colo. She was 84 years old on June 3. She was born in New Douglas, a daughter of Charles and Clara Knop Prange. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University and worked in public health in Illinois and taught public health nursing at the University of Pittsburgh before marrying Fredrich Stallmann, a native of Staunton, on May 30, 1942. After his death she moved to Denver to teach nursing at the University of Colorado. On September 21, 1950, she married John Denst, M.D. He survives. Surviving also are daughters, Caroline Carrico and Eva Denst; a son, Henry Denst; a brother, Otto Prange; sisters, Velma Vasholz, Emma Spear and Ruth Drummond; and three grandchildren, Cathleen and Cecilia Carrico and Henry Denst, Jr. 

Denton, Robert

Services for Robert "Bud" Denton, of Taylor Springs, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro, with the Rev. Harry Meyer, pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Hillsboro, officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery, Litchfield. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the church. Mr. Denton died at 1:35 this morning, Wednesday, September 16, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was 62 years old on September 10. He was a truck driver before he retired June 1, 1995, working for Consolidated Freightways, Springfield, for 25 years, Buske Lines and Caulk Trucking. He was a member of Teamsters Local 916 and the United Methodist Church of Irving. He was born in Rountree Township of Montgomery County, a son of Roy E. and Oregona Schoeneweiss Denton. He married Barbara Milanos on Spetember 15, 1957, in Hillsboro. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Sheri Reynolds and husband Roger of Taylor Springs, Stacy Payne and husband Michael of Collinsville; his mother, Oregona Denton of Hillsboro; sisters, Linda Denton of Hillsboro, Darlene Mikeska and husband William of Taylor Springs, Juanita Borgic and husband Steven of Decatur; and four grandchildren, Bradley and Emily of Collinsville, Christopher and Brooke of Taylor Springs. Preceding him in death were a son, Randy Robert Denton and his father, Roy E. Denton.

Deppe, Ruth Moore

Ruth Moore Deppe, sister of Aileen Hampton of Litchfield, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 14, in Belleville. She was 75 years old on June 22. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and taught grade school there. She was a daughter of Leonard and Lulu Wolfe Moore, and the wife of Russell Deppe to whom she was married for more than 50 years. He survives in Belleville along with sons, Robert of St. Louis and Don of Kingwood, Texas.

Deschamps, Richard R.

Services for Richard Rice Deschamps, of Nokomis, were held this morning in Sutton Funeral Home there. The Rev. Father Paul Waters officiated. Burial was in the Russian Orthodox Cemetery at Witt. Mr. Deschamps died at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 1999, in Golden Manor Nursing Home. He was 76 years old on January 22. He worked in electroplating for Cinch Manufacturing TRW in Elk Grove and also renovated old trains for the train museum at Union, Ill. He was a member of the Orthodox faith. He was born in Springfield, Mass., a son of Louie and Emma Rice Deschamps. He married Mary Furmisky on March 4, 1979, in Chicago. She survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Nichole LaPorta of Orland Park; brother, Robert Deschamps of California; and two grandsons, Nicholas and Michael.

Detrick, Edwin Eugene

Memorial service for Edwin Eugene "Ed" Detrick, brother of Evelyn Ilene Ingram of Litchfield, was held Sunday afternoon in the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. His remains were cremated. Mr. Detrick, of Columbia, S.C., died Thursday, November 5, 1998, in Palmetto Baptist Medical Center there. He was 45 last December 3. He was a computer analyst for Policy Management Systems Corporation in Columbia and a member of the Columbia Toastmasters Club. He was also an Army veteran. He was born in Macomb, a son of Walter E. "Gene" and Wilma Green Detrick. Surviving are his parents, Walter and Wilma Detrick of Jacksonville; sister, Evelyn Ingram and husband Lyle of Litchfield; brothres, Eldon Lee Detrick of St. Joseph, Mich., Ernest Glen Detrick of Las Vegas; a grandmother, Helen Green of Macomb. Cody and Son Funeral Home, Jacksonville, was in charge of arrangements.

Dever, Carol J.

Services for Carol J. Dever, of Gillespie, were held at 1 p.m. today in Kravanya Funeral Home there. The Rev. Richard Hill officiated. Burial was in Gillespie City Cemetery. Mrs. Dever died at 6:43 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was 61 years old on October 27. She was born in Granite City, a daughter of Fred H. and Clair Apponey Tanksley. She married William Dever on August 11, 1956, in Granite City. He survives. Surviving also are sons, William C. Dever of Litchfield, Steven W. Dever of Staunton, Bruce A. Dever of Springfield, Bryan K. Dever of Benld; brother, Fred H. Tanksley Jr. of Granite City; sisters, Claire B. Marcus of Hillsboro, Barbara Britt of Granite City; and four grandchildren. 

Devlin, Harry B.

Funeral Mass for Harry B. Devlin, of Gillespie, was said at 11 this morning in SS. Simon and Jude Church there. The Rev. Father Larry Auda was the celebrant with Rosemary Messner as organist. Members of VFW Post 4547, Gillespie, were pallbearers. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie was in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Gillespie © Benld Ambulance Service. Mr. Devlin died at 11:46 a.m. Friday, October 9, 1998, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was 84 years old on September 20, and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was employed as a finisher for a chemical company before he retired. He was a member of VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie. He was born in Schram City, a son of Henry and Ada Graham Devlin. He married Ann Kocis on October 26, 1946 in Gillespie. She survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Adrianne Devlin of Gillespie; brothers, Raymond and William Devlin of Chicago; sisters, Leona Koening and Margaret Hoffman, also of Chicago. Preceding him in death were a son, Eugene Raymond Devlin, and a brother, Virgil Devlin.

Devore, Melvin K.

Services for Melvin K. Devore, of Mulberry Grove, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church there with the Revs. Gary Loeffler and Max Whited officiating. Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery in rural Smithboro with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 1180, Mulberry Grove. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Ripperdan © Scheldknecht Funeral Home of Mulberry Grove. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Illinois Junior Holstein Association or the American Lung Association. Mr. Devore died at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, May 24, 1998, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 64 years old on February 12. He was a dairy farmer all of his life with the exception of military service. He was a Private E©1 in the Army, serving from August 7, 1956 to August 19, 1958. His reserve obligation ended August 6, 1962. He served one year and five months overseas. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1447 in Vandalia, the Illinois Holstein Association and a 4©H leader. He was born in Bear Grove Township of Fayette County, a son of James and Rotha Bingaman Devore. He married his first wife, Patricia M. Taylor, on December 22, 1958, in Mulberry Grove. She died February 2, 1990. He then married Patricia J. Daniel on December 20, 1991, in Hookdale. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Dennis W. Devore of Carbondale, Kevin Devore of Mulberry Grove; step son, David A. Branyan of Peoria; step daughters, Kandice Johnson of Columbia, Mo., Luci A. Branyan of Jefferson City, Mo.; brothers, Harold Devore of Indianapolis, Ind., Joe Devore of Mulberry grove, Archie Devore of Pleasant Hope, Mo., Dean Devore of Dresden, Ohio; sisters, Lois Goodin of Mulberry Grove, Ruth Ann Ennen of Vandalia, Rose Harpstrite of Lake Mary, Fla.; two grandsons and three step grandchildren. A brother, Dale Devore, preceded him in death.

DeWerff, Freda W.

Services for Freda W. DeWerff, of Nokomis, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church there with the Rev. James Norton officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Stiehl - Dawson Funeral Home. Mrs. DeWerff died at 12:40 a.m. today, Tuesday, October 12, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 84 years old on July 31. She was a farm wife, member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and former member of the Ladies Aid of the church. She was born in Montgomery County, a daughter of Frank and Matilda Mindrup Johnson. She married Harold DeWerff in 1937. He survives. Surviving also are sons, Leland DeWerff and wife Judi, Kenneth DeWerff and wife Nancy, all of Nokomis; daughter, Shirley Steward and husband Walter of Roscommon, Mich.; sisters, Martha Tuetken and husband Edward of Nokomis, Emmie Bradley of Belleville; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a brother, John Johnson.

DeWitt, Cecile E.

Services for Cecile E. DeWitt, father of Yvonnie Lash of Hillsboro, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Vancil Memorial Funeral Chapel, Springfield, with the Rev. Dennis Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Mrs. DeWitt, of Springfield, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, in her home. She was 78 years old on July 18. She was born in Grayson, a daughter of Felicien and Cecile E. Delattre Ghignet, and moved to Springfield in 1932 as a young girl. She married Lemuel A. DeWitt in 1944 in Bowling Green, Mo. He died in 1990. Surviving are sons, Alfred L. DeWitt of Poplarville, Miss., Albert J. DeWitt of Palmyra; daughters, besides Yvonnie Lash and husband Russell, Cecile E. Pace of Armory, Miss., Maryann Vicari, Janet Davis, both of Springfield, Annette Hodge of Odin; sister, Renia Paoni of Springfield; 47 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren.

DeWitt, Earl H.

Services for Earl Henry "Hank" DeWitt, of Litchfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Plummer Funeral Home. Mike Bates, pastor of the Litchfield Southern Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be Hart Cemetery in South Litchfield Township. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Mr. DeWitt died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 1999, in his home. He was 73 years old on March 18, and an Army veteran of World War II. He worked in construction as a laborer and was a member of Laborers Local 1084, Hillsboro. He was also a member of Moose Lodge 1634, VFW Post 3912 and Amvets Post 16, all in Litchfield. He was born in Litchfield, a son of Wilbur and Clarissa Voyles DeWitt. He married Mary M. Prather on July 9, 1948, in Litchfield. She survives. Surviving also are sons, John DeWitt of Litchfield, James DeWitt of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughters, Mary Gaiser and husband William of Senora, Calif., Joann Harris of Palo Alto, Calif., Susan Alexander, Ellen Broida and husband Eric, Carol Triplett and husband Dale, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sisters, Alice Koonce and Pansy "Pat" Hollo, both of Litchfield; 14 grandchildren and one great grandson. Preceding him in death were a brother, Charles DeWitt and sisters, Pearl Lucykow and Mamie Jones. Services for Earl Henry "Hank" DeWitt, wre held at 10 a.m. Monday in Plummer Funeral Home. Mike Bates, pastor of the Litchfield Southern Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was in Hart Cemetery in South Litchfield Township. During the srivce, George DeWitt, playing the guitar, sang "Amazing Grace" and "Going Home." The closing song was "Daddy's Hands" recorded by Dolly Riley. Pallbearers were Vernon DeWitt, Harold Ellinger, Buddy Hollo, Don Koonce, Bob Orzel and John Orzel. During the graveside committal service Dave Allen, representing VFW Post 3912, presented the flag to Mrs. Mary DeWitt. Ben Schwab played "Taps." Mr. DeWitt, 73, died Thursday, June 3, in his home.

Dexheimer, Marian L.

Services for Marian Louise Dexheimer, formerly of Raymond, were held Sunday night in Hough Funeral Home there. The Rev. James Thompson officiated. Committal service was held at 9 this morning in the Raymond Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Raymond City Cemetery. Mrs. Dexheimer died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 1999, in Norridge Health Center. She was 88 years old on December 25. While a resident of the Raymond area, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Royal Neighbors of America. She was a daughter of Richard and Augusta Bergman Angle. She married George Dexheimer on April 21, 1930, in Chicago. He died November 18, 1967. Surviving are a daughters, Betty Gonzales of Chicago, Pauline Perna of Norridge; two children and four great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a sister, Emma Angle and a grandchild.

Dezort, Kim Stanton

Services for Kim Stanton "Stan" Dezort, formerly of Worden, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. William Weedon officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Worden. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Trinity - St. Paul Lutheran School, Worden. Mr. Dezort died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. He was 44 years old on July 29. He had resided in Decatur for the past nine years. He worked as a die setter at Bassler Electric in Highland until 1980. He was born in Alton, a son of Robert and Melba Moehle Dezort. Surviving are a sister, Darbe Brinkoetter of Decatur and a brother, Scott Dezort of Florissant, Mo.

Dilbeck, Bill

Memorial Mass for Bill Dilbeck, formerly of Nokomis, was held Friday in Decatur at the Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Mr. Dilbeck died at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 1999, in his home. He was 72 years old on February 16. He sold cars all of his working life before retiring in 1996. He was born in Nokomis, a son of Earl C. and Mara E. Lamb Dilbeck. He married Madonna T. Althoff on June 18, 1949. She survives. Surviving also are sons, Thomas Dilbeck of Decatur, Jeffrey Dilbeck of Des Moines, Iowa; daughters, Lisa Dilbeck of Decatur, Lynne Proctor of Cerro Gordo; sister, Marsada Nichols of Decatur; brothers, Donald and Jerry Dilbeck of Decatur, Bobby Dilbeck of Portsmouth, Va.; and seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death were twin sons, Barry and Terry Dilbeck and a brother.

Dietl, Mary O.

Services for Mary O. Dietl, of Nokomis, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Louis Catholic Church there with the Rev. Father Pat Jakel officiating. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery at Hillsboro. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Mrs. Dietl died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 91 years old on May 25. She was a farm wife and a member of St. Louis Church. She was born in Hillsboro, a daughter of William and Ada Cress Rouhslange. She married Edward Dietl on February 15, 1933, in St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hillsboro. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Joseph Rohslange of Witt; a sister, Elizabeth Huber of Hillsboro; two grandchildren, one step grandchild, two great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

Dilley, Dale R.

Dale R. Dilley, an honoree in the Bottomley - Ruffing - Schalk Baseball Museum in Nokomis, died at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 1999, in Heritage Manor of Springfield. He was 86 years old on November 16. He was a motor driver for the U.S. Postal Service until he retired in 1974, and a member of the Lincoln Land Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union. He was also a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church and Eagles Aerie 437. He was born in Tower Hill, a son of Homer and Mary Brownback Dilley. He married Flora H. Balzraina in October 24, 1935. She died October 9, 1979. Surviving are sons, the Rev. Gary D. Dilley of Vienna, Ohio, Robert L., James D. and David H. Dilley, all of Springfield; a brother, Harold Dilley of Taylorville; 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Patricia Bolinger; a brother, Gabe Dilley; three grandchildren, Rachel Dilley, Joshua Dilley and Jordan L. Hollis. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Staab Funeral Home, Springfield. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call in the funreal home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 6 p.m.

Dine, Josephine E.

Services for Josephine E. Dine, formerly of Witt, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Barbara's Catholic Church there with the Rev. Father Pat Jakel officiating. Burial will be in St. Barbara's Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Stiehl - Dawson Funeral Home, Witt. Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Mrs. Dine died Friday, November 12, 1999, in Eau Claire, Wis. She was 90 years old on June 19. She was born in Witt, a daughter of Martin and Mattie Moore Hoehn. She married Joseph Dine on October 16, 1936, in St. Louis. He died March 31, 1981. Surviving are a daughter, Judy Birdell Snudden of Eau Claire; a son, James Dine of Glen Rock, Pa.; sister, Frances Wilson and husband Wayne of Pekin; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were sisters, Kathryn Hribernik and Margaret Eddington.

Dittus, Nimrod Wayne

Services for Nimrod Wayne "Jake" Dittus, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. today in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald Langhoff, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to Zion Lutheran School or the Litchfield High School basketball program. Mr. Dittus died at 7:15 p.m. Friday, November 20, 1998, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 67 years old on March 30. He was the official scorekeeper for Litchfield High School basketball teams for 22 years from 1970 to 1992. He farmed for 46 years, and was also employed at the Illinois State Treasurer's office for 10 years before he retired in 1993. An active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, he was a Sunday school teacher, past financial secretary and a member of the board of education. He was also an associate member of the Redeemer by the Sea Lutheran Church in Carlsbad, Calif. He was a member and past board member of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, and a member of the board of directors of the Litchfield Farmers Grain and Livestock Company. He was known for raising Black Angus cattle and served on the board of the Illinois Valley Black Angus Association. He was also a member of the Illinois Black Angus Association and the Illinois Valley Pork Producers Association. He was Democratic precinct committeeman for North Litchfield 1 for several years and was a past chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. He graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School in 1949. He was born in Lincoln, a son of Albert Herman and Wilhelmina Schaffenacker Dittus. He married the former Dorothy J. Saathoff on August 12, 1951, in the Zion Lutheran Church of Litchfield. She survives. Surviving also are daughters, Dana Klim and husband William of Jackson, Mo., Lori Jacobs and husband James of Oceanside, Calif., Jane Dittus of Edwardsville; a sister, Nigel Schroeder and husband Dale of Decatur; step brother, John Prange of Laguna Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren, Teal Biri and Nicole Klim of Jackson, Mo., Kurt Tefteller of Oceanside. Preceding him in death were brothers, George and Gerald Dittus and a step father, William H. Prange. Services for Nimrod Wayne "Jake" Dittus, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Monday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald Langhoff, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Musical selections were "Be Still My Soul," "How Great Thou Art" and "The Lord's Prayer." Pallbearers were Michael Biri, Howard Hartke, Rob Meyer, Harland Scheibal, Chad Schroeder, Charles Sincalir and Kurt Tefteller. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Brooker, Frank Carroll, Victor Dittus, Robert Finley, Leon Golfin, Vernon Jacob, John Prange and Myron "Barney" Redfern. Following the services a meal was provided for the family and friends by the Zion Ladies Aid. Mr. Dittus, 67, died Friday, November 20, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

Dixon, Gladys V.

Graveside service for Gladys V. Dixon, of Panama, were held at 11 a.m. today in Union Cemetery there. The Rev. Linda Peyla officiated. Perfetti Funeral Home, Sorento, was in charge. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Shoal Creek Firemen's Auxiliary or to Adopt A Pet. Mrs. Dixon died at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. She would have been 92 years old on Oct. 12. She spent all of her life in the Sorento and Panama area. She was a member of the Baptist Church and the Royal Neighbors of America. She was born in Sorento, a daughter of Frank and Ollie Taylor Hartman. She married Cromwell Dixon on October 26, 1923, in Vandalia. He preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Gladys Davis and husband Francis of Sorento; seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Dixon, James (Walton)

James "Walton" Dixon, father of Jeffrey Lynn Dixon of Hillsboro and Debbie Dixon of Witt, died Monday, December 14, 1998, in his home in Horseshoe Bend, Ark. He was 60 years old on July 17. He was a machinist for Caterpillar, and Army veteran and a member of the Horseshoe Bend Assembly of God Church. He was born in Greenburg, Ky., a son of Bonnie Walton and Mary Helen Ervin Dixon. His wife, the former Sharon Curry, survives. Surviving also are three other daughters, Tammy Gruff and Kyla Kelsey, both of Mason City, and Susan Dixon of Lincoln; two step children, Tony Allen of Mason City, Sandy Marshall of Lincoln; three brothers, Odell, Glen and Wayne Dixon, all of Mason City and six grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Cain©Hurley Funeral Home, Mason City. Burial will be in the Mason City Cemetery.

Dixon, Mildred

Services for Mildred Dixon, of Panama, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Perfetti Funeral Home there with the Rev. Linda Peyla officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Panama. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to Panama Methodist Church. Mrs. Dixon died Wednesday, December 30, 1998, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 83 years old on November 15. She had resided in Panama most of her life and was the daughter of Charles and Jane Tovrea Davidson. She married Percy Dixon on June 7, 1933, in Hillsboro. He preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Charles and James Dixon, both of Panama, and David Dixon of Edwardsville; daughters, Virginia "Micky" Loew of Edwardsville, Linda Kuhl of Coffeen; a brother, Jack Tovrea of Canton; sisters, Betty Huggins and Charleen Gilpin, both of Canton, and Maxine Fatheree of Farmington; 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Dobernic, Andrew (Jess)

Memorial Mass for Andrew "Jess" Dobernic, a former professional baseball player from Mt. Olive, will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 3014 Oregon avenue, St. Louis. The remains were cremated. Mr. Dobernic, of St. Louis, died Thursday, July 16, in Deaconess Hospital after a long illness. He was 80 years old. He was born in Mt. Olive and in 1939, he started playing baseball as a pitcher with the Chicago White Sox farm club. He played baseball while in the Army Air Force in World War II and after the war resumed his career as a relief pitcher for the L.A. Angels of the Pacific Coast League. In 1947, he was named Most Valuable Player and received the Pitchers Fireman Award. In 1948 and 1949, he pitched for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. He later played in the minor league for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tri City Braves in Washington state, retiring in 1954. He worked as a butcher for more than 20 years in the meat packing industry in St. Louis before he retired in 1982. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Dorothy Dobernic; daughters, Marianne Guber of O'Fallon, Mo., Donna Ratliff of Odessa, Fla.; sons, Alan Dobernic of Crestwood, Ron Dobernic of Clearwater, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Dobernick, Vera Bernetta

Services for Vera Bernetta Dobernick, of Coalton, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, with the Rev. Scott Womble officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Mrs. Dobernick died at 8:12 p.m. Friday, March 5, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 73 years old on November 16. She worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue before she retired, and was a member of the Witt Christian Church. She was born in Bellview, a daughter of Edward and Lela Thomas Steinberg. Her first husband, Vernie White, preceded her in death. Her married Charles Dobernick on June 12, 1965, in Hillsboro. He survives. Surviving also are daughters, Linda Broxson of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Wanda Fern Ward of Rochester, Rhonda Minnis of Morrisonville, Lisa Leeper of Edinburg; step daughter, Delores Odle of Arizona; step sons, John Dobernick of Lansing, Mich., Bud White of Colorado; sisters, Wanda Bryant of Hutchinson, Kan., Helen Ervin of Pleasant Hill, Jean Howland of Hamburg; grandchildren, Shelly McCroan of Pensacola, Fla., Joy Schultz of Lawrenceville, Ga., Jamie Ward of Springfield, Jeremy Ward of Rochester, Shane Austin, Corey Minnis, both of Morrisonville, Drake Leeper of Edinburg, Nikky Broxson of Gulf Breeze, Price and Kelly Dobernick of Lansing; and three great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a brother, Glenn Steinberg and one in infancy.

Dobos, Joseph B.

Services for Joseph B. Dobos, of Mt. Clare, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gillespie, with the Rev. Ron Brooker officiating. Burial will be in Benld City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church or Gideons International Mr. Dobos died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 1995, in his home. He was 73 years old on December 25, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a miner for many years and also operated service stations. He was a member of VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie and the Slovak National Society. He was a graduate of Benld Township High School. He was born in Sawyerville, a son of George and Mary C Vercko Dobos. He married Dolores Stottler on January 4, 1947, in Paducah, Ky. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Gary Dobos and wife Claraine of Bunker Hill; sister, Ann Stoddard of Edwardsville; and a grandson, Matthew Dobos of Bunker Hill. Preceding him in death were brothers, George, Mike and John Dobos and sisters, Betty Prebee and Mary Komara.

Dobrinich, Debra

Services for Debra Dobrinich, of Bunker Hill, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Landers Funeral Home there with the Rev. J.W. Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Bunker Hill City Cemetery. Friends mayh call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Mrs. Dobrinich died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, 1998, in STaunton Memorial Hospital. She was 43 years old on January 12. She was formerly Junior High cheerleading sponsor at Meissner School in Bunker Hill. She was born in Gideon, Mo., a daughter of Earl Brian and Glenda Oliver Sparrowk. She married Michael P. Dobrinich on December 19, 1977, in Carlinville. He survives. Surviving also are a son, Joshua and a daughter, Sarah, both at home; her parents, Earl and Glenda Sparrowk, both of Bethalto; brothers, Gary Sparrowk of Bethalto and Duane Sparrowk of Frankfort, Germany.

Dodd, Dr. Robert B.

Dr. Robert B. Dodd, of Springfield, died Thursday, November 18, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center there. He was 78 years old on April 12. He was head of the department of anesthesiology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and head of the department of anesthesia at Memorial Medical Center. He was widely published in professional journals and contributed to other texts. He also wrote a book, "Diethyl Ether." He was a long-time member and served as an officer in many medical associations. His wife, two sons and a daughter survive. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Boardman - Smith Funeral Chapel, Springfield.

Dohm, Addie C.

Services for Addie C. Dohm, of Staunton, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's United Church of Christ there with the Rev. Noel Gehm officiating. Burial will be in Staunton City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Williamson Funeral Home, Staunton. The family suggests memorials to St. Paul's church. Mrs. Dohm died at 2:20 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 1998, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland. She was 95 years old on June 11. She worked as a practical nurse before she retired. She was born in Leslie, Mo., a daughter of Henry and Carolina Zolliker Roehrs. She married Herman Dohm in 1954. He died in 1978. Surviving are a step daughter, Annette Folkerts of Mt. Olive; a step son, Rev. Robert Dohm of St. Charles, Mo.; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Other survivors include nieces, Doris Brockman of Union, Mo., Elva Biermann of New Haven, Mo., and a nephew, Kenneth Roehrs, also of New Haven. A step son, Armin Dohm, preceded her in death.

Dollinger, Marie

Marie Mina Dollinger died Wednesday, June 24, 1998, in LaMoine Christian Nursing Home Roseville. She was the mother of Les Dollinger, retired superintendent of the Hillsboro School District. Mrs. Dollinger, 91 on August 4, spent most of her life in the Cameron and Monmouth areas. She was born in Berwick, a daughter of Frank and Minnie Youngquist. She married David Dollinger on December 31, 1927, in Monmouth. He died January 10, 1957. Surviving are sons, Les Dollinger and wife JoEllen of Hillsboro, Leroy Dollinger and wife Grace of Metamora; sister, Bertha Denisar of Dollinger; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Services were held Monday in Monmouth. Burial was in Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery.

Donaldson, Carl Lee

Services for Carl Lee Donaldson, father of Christine Ernst of Litchfield and Troy Donaldson of Hillsboro, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Miller Funeral Home, Ramsey, with the Rev. Norris Price officiating. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery in Herrick. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society. Mr. Donaldson, of Huntsville, Ala., died at 2:12 a.m. Monday, July 13, 1998, in Huntsville Hospital. He was 55 years old on January 10. He was a printer and press operator, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was born in Ramsey, a son of Arthur Pella and Della M. Welch Donaldson. He married Margaret A. Banish on June 16, 1993, in Cleveland, Ohio. She survives. Surviving also are another daughter, Kim Arkebauer of Witt; brothers, Bob Donaldson of St. Elmo, Donald Donaldson of Ramsey; sisters, Donna Price, Cora Bushert, both of Ramsey, Mary Harpster of St. Peter, Barbara Cook of Coffeen, Carol Durbin of Payson, Utah; and two grandchildren. A brother, James, preceded him in death.

Donaldson, Elizabeth C.

Services for Elizabeth C. Donaldson, of Morrisonville, were held at 10 this morning in St. Maurice Catholic Church, Morrisonville. The Rev. Father John Hannigan officiated. Burial was in St. Maurice Cemetery. Mrs. Donaldson died at 9:05 a.m. Friday, October 1, 1999, in her home. She was 76 years old on January 19. She was a member of St. Maurice Church, attended its parochial grade school and graduated from Morrisonville High. She was born in Morrisonville, a daughter of Adolph and Catherine Nagle Unser. She married Eugene Donaldson on November 28, 1942, in Morrisonville. He survives. Surviving also are sons, Eugene F. Donaldson Jr. and wife Sandra of Taylorville, Kenneth D. Donaldson and wife Rosemary of Morrisonville; daughters, Linda K. Neideen and husband Ken of Urbandale, Iowa, Patricia A. Ferrill and husband Charlie of Morrisonville; brothers, Leo Unser of Morrisonville, Loren Unser of Lakeland, Fla.; sister, Marty Curtin of Taylorville; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were three brothers, one sister and one grandson, Scott Donaldson.

Donaldson, Joseph S.

Services for Joseph S. Donaldson, of Fillmore, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Miller and Sutton Funeral Home there with the Rev. Ernest Flowers officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Masonic rites will be conducted at 8 p.m. Mr. Donaldson was found dead in his home Sunday, February 21, 1999. He was 88 years old on January 25. He was a farmer before he retired, and a member of the Masonic Lodge 670 A.F.&A.M. of Fillmore. He was born in Filllmore Township, a son of Homer and Ella Carter Donaldson. His wife, the former Nora Alice Lynch of Hillsboro whom he married in 1932, survives. Surviving also are a son, Ronald Donaldson and wife Jean of Fillmore; a daughter, Gail Bowman nad husband Ronald of Buena Vista, Colo.; and three grandchildren. Preceding him in death were two brothers and two sisters.

Donaldson, Ruth F.

Services for Ruth Francis Donaldson, of Fillmore, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Miller Funeral Home there with the Rev. Ernest Flowers officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Mrs. Donaldson died Sunday, February 14, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 80 years old on May 20. She ws born in Fayette County, a daughter of Rufus and Bess Nicols Kelly. She married Tornie Elmer Donaldson in 1938. He died December 9, 1985. Surviving are a son, Jerry Donaldson of St. Charles, Mo.; brothers, Tom Kelly of Mt. Vernon, Ind., Joe Kelly of Poland, Ind.; sisters, Wave Mauldin of Bloomfield, Minn, Peggy Rogers of Madisonville, Ky.; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Donham, Kevin

Services for Oliver Kevin Donham, of Litchfield, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald Langhoff officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday in the church from 4 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to either Zion Lutheran Church or the Litchfield High School Sports Complex. Cremation will follow the services. Plummer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Donham died at 12:09 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 1999, in the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital. He was 43 years old on December 18. He and his wife operated Maggie's & Company in Litchfield. He also operated Donham's Ladies Apparel along with his parents and was manager of the Jerseyville store. He also operated Donham's II in Litchfield. After graduating from Litchfield High School in 1974, he continued his education at Illinois State University, Normal, and graduated from there in 1978 with a bachelor of arts degree in Mass Communications. He enjoyed sports and for several years, wrote sports and feature articles for the News-Herald. He also coached the Zion Lutheran Flyers basketball team, and most recently coached soccer. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Litchfield, the Litchfield Country Club, Delta Sigma Phi and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was born in Litchfield, a son of O.K. and Agnes W. Ryan Donham. He married Debra Kaye Rowland on January 21, 1978. She and his parents survive. Surviving also are sons, Sean Rowland Donham and Christopher Ryan Donham, both at home. Others surviving include an aunt, Isabelle Prine and husband V.E. of Carmichael, Calif. Services for Oliver Kevin Donham, of Litchfield, were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Zion Lutheran Church. Rev. Donald Langhoff officiated. Opening song was "Danny Boy." Keith Marburger was the organist. Congregational hymns were "Rock of Ages and "Amazing Grace." Pallbearers were his father, O.K. Donham, also Ron Beck, Richard Bolar, Fred Floreth, Andy Furman, Rex Lambert, Charlie Morrison, Mark Scheldt, Sam Stewart and Mark Wolff. following the service a light meal was provided for family and friends in the gymnasium of the church by members of the Zion Ladies Aid. Plummer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Donham, 43, died Saturday, July 31, in St. Francis Hospital.

Dooley, Chester G.

Services for Chester G. Dooley, of Worden, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Dee Lynn officiating. Burial will be in Worden City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the First Assembly of God Church of Worden, of which he was a member. Mr. Dooley died at 5:40 p.m. Monday, March 8, 1999, in Anderson Hospital, Maryville. He was 81 years old on April 14, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a millwright for Laclede Steel in Alton for 43 years, retiring in 1979. He was born in Worden, a son of Roy C. and Ella Tausch Dooley. His marriage ended in divorce. Surviving are daughters, Cheryl Strowmatt, Jody Robbs, both of Worden; a son, Dwight Dooley of Sarasota, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son, Dennis Dooley and brothers, Clinton, Kenny and George.

Doolin, Patricia L.

Patricia L. Doolin, formerly of Litchfield, died Tuesday, November 2, 1999, in Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla. She was 76 years old on September 21. She was born in Litchfield and reared by her grandmother, Stella Bryant. She graduated from Litchfield High School in the Class of 1942. She then moved to Denver, Colo., were she became a registered nurse. She retired after 30 years of service from Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where she was an obstetrical nurse. Surviving is a brother, Rex L. Doolin of Frostproof, Fla. Others surviving include a long-time friend and companion, Carol L. Godfrey of Port Charlotte. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel, with the Rev. J. Ralph Burton officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

Dorf, Carol E.

Services for Carol E. Dorf, formerly of Hillsboro, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Pentecostal Church of Springfield. The Rev. Joe Harrod, of the First United Pentecostal Church of Springfield, will officiate with the Rev. Paul Froese assisting. Burial will be in Patoka Cemetery at Patoka. The family will receive friends on Tuesday in the First United Pentecostal Church, 600 West Monroe street, Springfield, from 4 p.m. until the time of service. On Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the Patton Memorial Home in Hillsboro at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed to the Patoka Cemetery for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Mrs. Dorf died at 10:54 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 1998, in her sisters home in Mt. Vernon. She was 62 years old on February 8. She was the resident manager at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield from its opening day in 1986 until May 1998 when declining health forced her to retire. She moved to Hillsboro as a child in 1947, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1954. She worked as a clerk for Timm's Dime Store in Hillsboro and at Ball Brothers Glass Plant in Schram City in the 1960s. She was a waitress for many years at the Dutch Mill restaurant in Hillsboro. In 1976, she purchased her own restaurant in Irving and operated it as Carol's Place until 1982. She was born in Farina, a daughter of the Rev. Walter and Mary E. Calvert Miller. She married Eugene Dorf on April 18, 1954, in Hillsboro. They were later divorced. Surviving are sons, Ray Dorf and wife Debbie, Cliff "Puff" Dorf and wife Debbie, all of Hillsboro, Ken Dorf and wife Debbie of DeKalb; a daughter, Rhonda Beck and husband Jon of rural Ramsey; brothers, Alvin Miller of Hillsboro, John Edwin Miller of Berea, Ky.; sisters, Julia Ellen Jester of Columbus, Ga., Marylea Ward of Mt. Vernon; and 11 grandchildren.îPreceding her in death were a sister, Lugenia RaeMiller in infancy; six grandchildren and one great grandchild, all in infancy. *** NOTE: All three sons' wives are named Debbie. ***

Douglas, Rev. Prentice P.

Rev. Prentice P. Douglas died Thursday, December 16, 1999, in Knapp Hospital, Weslaco, Texas. He was 86 years old on September 30. Rev. Douglas, of Princeville, served in pastoral ministry for more than 38 years and retired from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of Methodist Churches. His pastorates included the church in Raymond. He was a published poet and member of the Illinois State Poetry Society and the Peoria Poetry Society. He was born in Hazel, Ky., a son of Charles and Thula Perry Douglas. He married C. Earline Burkeen in 1941. She survives. Surviving also are a son, three daughters, a brother, a sister and three grandchildren, none from the local area. Services were held in Princeville and in Hazel, Ky. Burial was in Temple Hill United Methodist Cemetery at Hazel.

Dowdy, Rose

Memorial service for Rose Dowdy, wife of Charles H. Dowdy of Mt. Olive, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Thomas Memorial Mortuary, Granite City. The remains were cremated. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Thursday from 6 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers they suggest memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Dowdy died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, 1999, in St. Ann's Nursing Home in Chester. She was 80 years old on May 7. She was an operating room technician at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Granite City, for 28 years, retiring in the early 1980s. She was a member of VFW Post 1300 Auxiliary in Granite City and Amvets Post 16 Auxiliary in Litchfield. For 45 years she resided in Granite City. She then moved to Cutler for six months and for the past two weeks had been in the nursing home in Chester. She was born in Grafton, a daughter of Frank and Irene Curry Willing. She married Charles H. Dowdy in 1945, in Cairo. Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Carolyn A. Gilbert of Cutler, two brothers and three grandchildren, Charles Gilbert of Litchfield, Kimberly Kirkham of Cutler, Michael W. Gilbert of Fort Hood, Texas, and three great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a son, Connell T. Willard and two sisters.

Dowdy, Jr., William R

Services for William Raymond Dowdy, Jr., of Morrisonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, with the Rev. L.E. Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery at Palmer. Mr. Dowdy died Friday, February 26, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was 56 years old on September 4. He was a coal miner, before retiring from Peabody Mine 10, and a meber of the United Mine Workers of America, First Baptist Church of Morrisonville and the Morrisonville American Legion. He was born in Taylorville, a son of William R. and Zoeline Dowdy. He married Barbara Dena Mask in 1966 in Macon, Ga. She survives. Surviving also are a son, Scott Dowdy of Morrisonville; his parents of Winchester, Ky.; brothers, David Dowdy of Lexington, Ky., Dennis Dowdy of Morrisonville, Douglas Dowdy of Winchester; sisters, Delinda Pelfrey and Donalda Dowdy of Winchester; and two grandchildren. 

Downey, Kathryn (Margo)

Funeral Mass for Kathryn "Margo" Downey, formerly of Litchfield, will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Agnes Catholic Church, Springfield, with the Rev. Father Patrick Wright officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Staab Funeral Home. Rosary will be said at 4:50 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Downey, of Springfield, died at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 1999, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. She was 57 years old on August 10. She was a secretary employed by the Illinois Bar Association until she retired. She had resided in Springfield since 1975, and was a member of St. Agnes Church there. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Victor and Mildred Harmon Karlovic. She married Pat "Dick" Downey on October 4, 1975. He survives. Surviving also are her mother, Mildred C. Karlovic of Litchfield; sister, Victoria Prickett; and several nieces and nephews, including Sean Patrick. Her father, Victor Karlovic, preceded her in death.

Downing, Cecil Henry

Services for Cecil Henry "Pop" Downing, Sr., father of Cecil H. Downing, Jr. of Litchfield, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Marks Mortuary, Wood River, with the Rev. Elained Smith officiating. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, Bethalto Friends may call in the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today. The family suggests memorials be directed to the hospice program at St. Anthony's Health Center, Alton. Mr. Downing died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 1998, in St. Anthony's Health Center after a brief illness. He was 67 years old on September 1. He worked as maintenance and repairman at the 12th Street Presbyterian Church for seven years. He was previously employed in the decoration department at Owens © Illinois Glass Company, Alton, until the plant closed in 1985. He was a Sgt. 1/C with the Army during the Korean War. He was born in Eddyville, Ky., a son of Henry and Helen Virginia Scott Downing. He married Kato Masuda on August 8, 1955, in Tokyo, Japan. She survives. Surviving, besides Cecil Downing and his wife Pam, are sons, Earl Downing and wife Heike of Kitgingen, Germany, Quentin Downing of Alton; daughters, Helen Eyers and husband Lonnie of Hartford, Arlene Kaltmayer and husband Tom of St. Louis; brothers, Charles Downing of Bunker Hill, Carl Downing of Quinten, Ala., Robert "Bob" Downing of Alton; sisters, Lillie Fletcher of Columbia, Mo., Carol Lee of Crofton, Ky.; 10 grandchildren and one great grandson.

Drake, Frank E.

Graveside service for Frank Eugene Drake, formerly of Sorento, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sunnyside Cemetery there. Irving Funeral Home, Centralia, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Drake died at 4:56 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 1999, in Friendship Nursing Home, Centralia. He was 65 years old on December 17. He was born in Sorento, a son of Holly and Cynthia Reed Drake. His wife, the former Virginia Boneff, died on March 23, 1992. Surviving are two sons, a brother, Carl Drake of Cleelm, Wash., and a sister, Shirley Johnsey of Sorento. 

Drake, George, Jr.

George Carey Drake, Jr., formerly of Litchfield, died Friday, July 3, 1998, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. He was 50 years old on May 10. Dr. Drake, an optometrist, resided in Lincoln where he had practiced his profession since the fall of 1974. He was a board member of the national Heart of America Contact Lens Society, and also a member of the Illinois Optometric Association, the American Optometrists Association, and a Fellow of the American Acadmey of Optometry. He was a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Mo., and the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He was also a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Lincoln where he served on the church council and a member of the boards of United Way, St. Clara Manor, Abe Lincoln Hospital, and a past president of the Lincoln Rotary Club where he initiated the club's annual fruit drive. He was a member of the National Wabash Historical Society and for 10 years was the editor of the society's quarterly publication, "The Banner." He was also a licensed private pilot and a member of the Lincoln Flying Club. He was born in Litchfield, a son of George Carey, Sr., and Fay Irene Cornwell Drake. He married Doris Ann Varns on July 26, 1969, in Moberly, Mo. She survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Sarah Irene Drake of New Orleans; son, George Carey Drake III at home; parents, George and Fay Drake of Moberly; sisters, Martha Monnig of Independence, Mo., Mary Margaret Drake and Elizabeth Crutcher of Moberly; brother, Don William Drake of Moberly. Other survivors include a cousin, Lola Fay Miller of Litchfield.The remains will be cremated. A visitation will be held on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. in St. John's United Church of Christ, Lincoln, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center or to the Illinois College of Optometry. Ellinger-Kunz and Davis Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of arrangements. 

Drewel, Frieda

Funeral arrangements for Frieda Drewel, formerly of Litchfield, are pending at Meinschein Funeral Home. Mrs. Drewel, 89, died at 10:33 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, in the Fieser Nursing Home at Fenton, Mo. Services for Frieda Drewel, formerly of Litchfield, were held Saturday in Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Donald Langhoff officiated. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Musical selections included "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me" and "Abide with Me." Organist was Keith Marburger. Pallbearers were August Pahlmeyer, Jr., Earl Pluhm, William Grosenheider, John Mihelcic, Homer Braklane and Fred Fellin. Meinschein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Following the services a luncheon was served to family and friends at the church by members of the Zion Ladies Aid. Mrs. Drewel died at 10:33 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 1998, in Fieser Nursing Home, Fenton, Mo. She was 89 years old on May 11. She was born in South Litchfield Township, a daughter of William D. and Wilhelmina Birkenkamp Sewing. She married Edwin Drewel on June 29, 1929, in St. John's Lutheran Church, South Litchfield Township. He died November 25, 1962. Surviving are sons, Jerald Drewel and wife May Ann of St. Louis, Dean D. Drewel and wife Norma Jean of Kirkwood; a daughter, Deanna Lauck and husband Richard of Sunset Hills, Mo.; brother, Arnold Sewing of Mt. Olive; sister, Helen Grosenheider of Mt. Olive; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Preceding her in death were a brother, William D. Sewing and sisters, Esther Sewing and Laura DeVries. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid or the Zion Lutheran Church of Litchfield.

Dudas, Mike Steve

Services for Mike Steve Dudas, of Mt. Olive, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Becker and Son Funeral Home there. The Rev. Father Larry Anschutz officiated. Rosemary Messner was the pianist and soloist. Musical selections were "How Great Thou Art" and "What A Friend We Have in Jesus." Pallbearers were Bill Coleman, Dale Dudas, George Andrasko, Donald Dade, John Plebanek and Allen Vesper. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Mt. Olive. with Michael Kasarda and Dan Mancini folding and presenting the flag to the family. Taps was played by Ulinda Mancini. Following the services a meal was served to family and friends by the Altar and Rosary Society of the Church of the Ascension in the church hall. Mr. Dudas died at 5:23 p.m. Thursday, December 24, 1998, in Litchfield Health Care Center. He was 91 years old on May 25, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a coal miner before he retired, a member of the United Mine Workers of America, Yurkovich©Beck American Legion Post 594, Mt. Olive Senior Citizens, the Moose Lodge in Litchfield, and the Church of the Ascension. He was born in Mt. Olive, a son of John and Susan McColey Dudas, and attended the public school and the high school there. He married Frances Josephine Coleman on March 3, 1930, in St. Louis and in the Holy Trinity Church of Mt. Olive. She survives. Preceding him in death were five brothers, Andrew, John, Joseph, George and Frank Dudas and a sister, Mary Gavrun. Memorials may be directed to Calvary Cemetery or the Mt. Olive Ambulance Service.

Dufner, Carolyn Ann

Private services for Carolyn Ann "Tootie" Dufner, of Gillespie, will be held in the United Methodist Church there with the Rev. Dennis Hill officiating. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Dufner died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 1998, in her home. She was 67 years old on January 20. She operated a linotype for Blanchard Parts and Publishing in Gillespie from 1949 to 1995. She was also a member of Canna Ambassadors of Gillespie. She was born in Louisville, Ky., a daughter of Charles A. and Eva K. Sauer Blanchard. Surviving are sons, Gary Dufner of Gillespie, Charles A. "Bud" Dufner and wife Jill of Edwardsville; daughter, Cheryl "Cissy" Rosentreter and husband Vic of Henderson, Ky.; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

DuFrain, Jennifer

Services for Jennifer DuFrain, of Staunton, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Williamson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Leslie J. Mitkos officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Staunton High School Choir. Miss DuFrain died at 1:13 p.m. Friday, October 16, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital, following a one©vehicle roll©over accident on Interstate 55 south of Litchfield. She was 15 years old last December 17. She was in the sophomore class at Staunton High School and on the honor roll. She was a member of the scholastic bowl team and the choir at the high school. She was born in Alton, a daughter of Jorn and Sandra White DuFrain. Surviving are her mother, Sandra DuFrain of Staunton; father, Jorn DuFrain of Staunton; sisters, Robin Jackson of Mt. Olive, Michelle Heim Streeb of Staunton, Sarah Glastetter of Lakeland, Fla.; brothers, Michael DuFrain of Mt. Olive, Christopher Glastetter of Staunton; maternal grandfather, Donald Shelton of Bloomfield, Mo.; paternal grandfather, Kenneth DuFrain and wife Esther of Staunton. Preceding her in death were maternal and paternal grandmothers, Ruth Shelton and Eileen DuFrain.

Dugger, Donald

Services for Donald A. Dugger, of Carlinville, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Davis-Anderson Funeral Home there with the Rev. Martin Miller officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Palmyra. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the funeral home. Mr. Dugger died at 9:40 a.m. Friday, July 3, 1998, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. he was 79 years old on December 2. He was a certified mechanic and worked in the Macoupin county area all of his life. He retired in 1981. He was born in Palmyra, a son of Archie and Lela Aletha Hull Dugger. He married Faye Dunn on November 5, 1937, in Palmyra. She survives. Surviving also are sons, William Dean Dugger of Springfield, Gerald Lee, Donald F. and Michael R. Dugger of Carlinville; daughter, Cheri E. Dugger of Carlinville; brothers, Francis and Junior Dugger of Carlinville; sisters, Letha Mullens of Carlinville, Ann Childress of Brighton; 19 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a son, Roger Lawrence Dugger in 1975; daughter, Patricia F. Beckum in 1993; brother, Gilbert A. Dugger; and sister, Sarah Witt.

Duncan, Mabel Annie

Services for Mabel Annie Duncan, of Litchfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Father Larry Anschutz, pastor of the Church of the Ascension, Mt. Olive, officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Litchfield. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Montgomery West chapter of the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Duncan died Thursday, September 17, 1998, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield. She was 92 years old on February 17. She was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Litchfield, now closed, and of its Altar and Rosary Society. She later transferred her membership to the Church of the Ascension. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens. She was born near Litchfield in Honey Point Township, a daughter of Frank and Jessie Emmons Trunk. She married Dolph M. Duncan on November 16, 1923, in Carlinville. He died June 21, 1962. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were two brothers, Ammor and Melford Trunk and her sister, Lydia Watson. Services for Mabel Annie Duncan, of Litchfield, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home. The Rev. Father Larry Anschutz, pastor of the Church of the Ascension, Mt. Olive, officiated. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Litchfield. Musical selections were "Ave Maria," "The Lord's Prayer" and "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman." Pallbearers were Luke Bootz of Mt. Prospect, Joshua Pike and Jerry Thomas, both of Marietta, Ga., Charles Trunk of St. Charles, Mo., Joseph Watson of Chicago, Paul Watson of Litchfield. Mrs. Duncan, 92, died Thursday, September 17, in Heritage Manor of Litchfield.

Duncan, Margaret

Margaret Duncan, formerly of Nokomis and Mattoon, died Thursday, November 12, in Heartland Christian Village, Neoga. She was 83 years old on February 17. She was born in Nokomis, a daughter of Louis and Lena Molinacci Davito. She married Wayne M. Duncan on July 20, 1950, in Pinckneyville. He died October 7, 1979. Surviving are a sister, Lena Davidson of Mattoon and brothers, Louis Davito and Dominick Davito, both of Joliet. Services were held in Mattoon with burial in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Duncan, Ruth

Services for Ruth Duncan, of Gillespie, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the United Methodist Church there with the Rev. Dennis Hill officiating. Burial will bein Mayfield MEmorial Park Cemetery, Carlinville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Kravanya Funeral Home. Mrs. Duncan died at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. She was 79 years old on October 30. She retired as a file clerk typist employed by the State of Illinois but before that had been employed as a clerk in the Tri City Grocery store in Gillespie. She was a member of the Daughters of the Revolution and the United Methodist Women's Society in Gillespie. She was also a member of Pinochole club with several life long friends. She was born in Gillespie, a daughter of John Bailey and Edith Caroline Jones Christian. She married David T. Duncan on March 28, 1940, in Virden. He died June 21, 1993. Surviving are sons, John Duncan and wife Ann of Eclectic, Ala., James T. Duncan and wife Teresa of Gillespie; daughter, Marilyn McMillan and husband Robert of Bolingbrook; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A sister, Pauline Delaney, preceded her in death.

Dunham, Robert E.

Services for Robert E. Dunham, brother of Shirley Caulk of Irving, were to be private. Burial was to be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. Mr. Dunham, of Springfield, died Thursday, December 16, 1999, in his home. He was 60 years old on February 10, and a Navy veteran. He was born in Springfield, a son of Millard and Audorah Sutton Durham. He married Harriet Colburn in 1964, and she survives. Surviving also are daughters, Pam and Debbie Dunham, both of Springfield; brothers, Bill Dunham of Springfield and James Dunham of Decatur; two other sisters, Becky Collins of Springfield and Carol Dunham; and a grandson. Bisch and son Funeral Home, Springfield, was in charge of arrangements.

Dunham, Vera Deane

Services for Vera Deane Ruth Lutes Dunham, mother of Joan M. Schuette of Staunton, were held this morning in Davis - Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville. The Rev. Doyle Miller officiated. Burial was in Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Carlinville. Mrs. Dunham, of Carlinville, died Thursday, February 4, 1999, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. She was 70 years old on March 31. She was a volunteer tutor in Carlinville schools and also volunteered at the Carlinville Senior Citizens Center. She was a member and past worthy matron of the Bunker Hill Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 465. She held a master's degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., a daughter of Daniel and Florence Spencer Lutes. Surviving besides Mrs. Dennis Schuette are a son, Daniel dunham of Port Charlotte, Fla.; other daughters, Ruth E. Loveless, Patty Loveless and Peggy Bulla, all of Carlinville; brothers, Daniel Lutes of Branson, Mo., Ray Lutes of Michigan, Don Lutes of East Alton; sister, Mary Campbell of Jerseyville. 

Dunlap, Leona A.

Leona A. Dunlap died Wednesday, April 7, 1999, in West Pine Retirement Village, Jerseyville. She was 93 years old on March 31. She was the grandmother of Chris White of Litchfield, manager of The Ponderosa store here. Mrs. Dunlap was an active member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church for many years, serving as Sunday School teacher, organist and pianist. She was born in Patterson, a daughter of Harry and Sophia Day Willmington, and married Carrel M. Dunlap on May 25, 1928, in Carrollton. He survives. Surviving also are a son, Ronald Dale Dunlap and wife Jean of Lockport; daughters, Merl Adell Albert and husband Lawrence of Brighton, Carol Jean Zeller and husband Paul of Westcliff, Colo.; brothers, Ralph Willmington of Brainerd, Minn., Arthur Willmington of Morris; 10 grandchildren, five step grandchildren and many great grandchildren. The family will receive friends in the Airsman Hires Funeral Home, White Hall, on Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. when a services will be conducted. Burial will be in the White Hall Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the White Pine Retirement Village.

Durbin, Joshua Ryan

Services for Joshua Ryan Durbin, of Litchfield, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Plummer Funeral Home with Brother Ed Diveley, pastor of Southside Church, officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Litchfield Baseball association or the Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department.The boy, 10 years old on April 18, had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper chest and was pronounced deadat 6:37 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Decatur, a son of Donald Edward Durbin and Lisa Kay Wilson, and had completed fourth grade at Sihler School. He was a member of the Dodgers "B" baseball team, and also played basketball. He enjoyed fishing, camping, motorcycle riding and horseback riding. He was a former newpaper carrier for the News Herald. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Lisa and Rodney Cunningham of Litchfield; father and stepmother, Ronald and Christina Durbin of Litchfield; maternal grandparents, Richard and Ramona Wilson of Litchfield; paternal grandmother, Alberta May Durbin; a brother, Ronald E. Durbin II of Litchfield; step brothers, Eric and Alex Cunningham of Litchfield; sister, Kayla Dawn Durbin of Litchfield; step sister, Leah Cunningham of Litchfield. Preceding him in death was his paternal grandfather, Clyde J. Durbin. Services for Joshua Ryan Durbin, of Litchfield, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Plummer Funeral Home. Brother Ed Diveley, pastor of Southside Church, officiated. At the close of the service the love theme "My Heart Will Go On" from the movie "Titanic" sung by Celine Dion was played. Members of the Litchfield Police Reserves, Volunteer Fire Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department formed an Aisle of Honor as the casket was taken out of Plummer Funeral Home. They also escorted the procession to Elmwood Cemetery where the youngster was to be buried. Pallbearers were Dennis Clevenger, Dean Jett, Gary Durbin, all of Litchfield, and Mike Durbin of Decatur. Following the committal service a meal was provided for family and friends by the Women of the Moose. Joshua Durbin, the 10 year old son of Ronald Edward Durbin and Lisa Kay Wilson Cunningham, died Wednesday, July 15, in St. Francis Hospital.

Durbin, Julia D.

Services for Julia D. Durbin, of Coffeen, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John's Catholic Church there with the Rev. Father Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Nokomis. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Hough and Sons Fuenral Home, Hillsboro. The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Heart Association or to Cystic Fibrosis. Mrs. Durbin died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 84 years old on April 3. Before she retired she worked as a cook in area restaurants, including the Red Rooster Inn, and at the Witt Nursing Home and Hillsboro Hospital. She was a member of St. John's Church. She was born in Oklahoma, a daughter of James A. and Odessa O. Bay Longworth. She married Thomas A. Durbin on February 21, 1932. He died in February 1953. Surviving are daughters, Martha Spinner and husband George of Hillsboro, Virginia Tredway and husband Ed of Hillsboro, Margie Snider of Coffeen; sons, Raymond Durbin of Assumption, Tom Durbin and wife Mary of Witt, Kenneth Durbin and wife Lonna of Butler, Louis Durbin of Sesser, Mike Durbin and wife Nancy of Coffeen, Vernon Durbin and wife Vicki of Hillsboro; sisters, Nadine Neer of North Field, Velma Longworth of Matteson; 22 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were two children in infancy, Julia A. and Dorothy C.; a sister, Lucille Curran; and a grandchild, Corby Durbin.

Durbin, Mary Gladys

Services for Mary Gladys Durbin, of Morrisonville, were held at 10 a.m. today in St. Maurice Catholic Church there. The Rev. Father John Hannigan officiated. Burial was in St. Maurice Cemetery. Hough Colonial Home was in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Morrisonville Palmer Fire or Ambulance Services. Mrs. Durbin died at 7 a.m. Friday, October 2, 1998, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. She was 76 years old on September 15. She was a cook at the Golden Circle nutrition center in Morrisonville. She was born in New Mexico, a daughter of Eugene and Ora Susan Kingsoliver Norris. Her husband, Allie Durbin, preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, James, Russell and Curtis of Taylorville, Al of Versailles, Mo.; daughters, Susan Gensler of Taylorville and Eloise Davis of Kincaid; a sister, Florence Durbin of Taylorville; 25 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were sons, Clarence and Beuford and a daughter, Pauline.

Durston, Ruby V.

Services for Ruby V. Durston, of Irving, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Witt Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Howie officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. in Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis. Mrs. Durston died at 4:23 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 1999, in Hillsboro Hospital. She was 86 years old on June 6. She was a teacher and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Witt. She was born in Montgomery County, a daughter of Ira Robert and Sarah Rosetta Wittnam Lounsbury. She married Harlen J. Durston on June 18, 1942, in Witt. He died March 1, 1995. Surviving are daughters, Kaye Pyle and husband Wayne of Pleasant Plains, Judith Reynolds and husband David of Hillsboro; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Others surviving include a nephew, Alan Mehler of Anchorage, Alaska. Preceding her in death was a sister, Verda Mehler.

Dvorak, Blanche

Memorial services for Blanche Dvorak, of Hillsboro, will be held at Fayco at a later date. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Chicago. Miss Dvorak died at 8:08 a.m. Friday, January 8, 1999, in Hillsboro. She was 93 years old on December 22. She was born in Chicago, a daughter of George and Anna Dvorak. Surviving are nieces and nephews, Anna Massie of Kinnwick, Wash., Diane Danis and George T. Dvorak, both of Benton City, WAsh., and Georgia Olin of Streamwood.

Dzurus, Leona F.

Services for Leona F. Dzurus, formerly of Livingston, were held at 11 this morning in Lesicko Funeral Home there. The Rev. Maurice Alms officiated. Burial was in Spangle Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be directed to the Macon County Humane Society in Franklin, N.C. Mrs. Dzurus, of Franklin, died in Angel Community Hospital there at 9 a.m. Friday, October 15, 1999. She was 90 years old on May 15. She was a teacher. She retired in 1972, from the Seminole County School System of Longwood, Fla. Before that she taught in the Livingston Community School District. She was a volunteer at the Macon County Humane Society and the Macon County Historical Museum. She was born in Troy, a daughter of Laurence J. and Elizabeth Healey Benardin. She married Walter E. Dzurus on December 24, 1932, in Crown Point, Ind.; he died December 14, 1988. Surviving are sons, Walter E. Dzurus Jr. and wife Mildred of Longwood, Fla., James R. Dzurus and wife Doleci of Franklin, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Walter Dzurus, Susan Dzurus Coulson. Preceding her in death were brothers, Walter E. Benardin and one in infancy, and a sister, Helen Roessner.


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