Services for Joe Davis Dudley, 77, of Bethany were held at 7 p.m. Saturday
in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial with military rites was in
the Hickory Hills Cemetery in Broughton.
Joe Dudley's life on this earth ended Jan. 9, 1998.
His life was given to him on Aug. 18, 1920 by Oda V. and Anna Davis
Dudley. He was the youngest of seven children. His sister, Grace Reeves
of Broadwell, survives.
He began sharing his life with Janet Ann Gaines on Aug. 15, 1948. Together
they raised five children, Debbie at home, Tim and wife Susan of Decatur,
Todd and wife Billie of Bethany, Julie Jones of Moweaqua and Jennifer Clark
and husband Miles of Lincoln. His grandchildren, Tyler, Timothy, Emily,
Nicole, Lynsey, Trevor and Hannah were the source of his greatest joy.
He took great pride in his work as a machinist at Caterpillar from
which he retired in 1982. His artistic talents were displayed in his love
of gardening and landscaping. He enjoyed many hours with his "fishing buddies,"
especially his son-in-law, Miles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sister
and his grandson, Timmy, with whom he is undoubtedly sharing the best fishing
hole in heaven.
In addition to visitation at the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan, visitation
was also held in the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Memorials are suggested to the Moultrie County Beacon Special Activity
Services for Herbert H. Coslow, 69, of Lovington were held at 10:30
a.m. today (Wednesday) in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington.
Burial with military rites was in the Keller Cemetery in Lovington.
He died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Born Dec. 6, 1928 in Lovington, he was a son of John and Flora Robinson
Coslow. He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He retired
after 36 years as an employee of the Natural Gas Pipeline in Hammond and
was a member of the Lovington Christian Church, American Legion Post 429
in Lovington and AF&AM 228. He married Barbara Ellis June 28, 1987
in Lovington, and she survives.
Other survivors include a daughter, Annette Coslow of Lovington; stepchildren,
Kevin Ellis of Hammond, Mark Ellis of Decatur, Sandra Johnston of Shelbyville
and Dee Frantz of Lovington; brother, David Coslow of Sullivan; sister,
Lucille Frost of Martinsville, Ind.; and ten step grandchildren.
Three brothers preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Moultrie County Chapter of the
American Cancer Society.
Services for Eldrid E. Hassinger, 80, of Decatur were held at 10 a.m.
Tuesday in the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial
was in Graceland Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 105.
Born May 13, 1917 in Lane, he was a son of Harry E. and Ida Ethyl Nelson
Hassinger. He served in the Army during World War II and worked for A.E.
Staley Mfg. Co. for more than 32 years. He married Arlene Eubanks Feb.
23, 1939 in Indiana, and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Larry and Zandy, both of Decatur; daughters,
Norma Hackl of Decatur and Mrs. Greg (Cindy) Peck of Bethany; brothers,
Leslie Hassinger of White Heath and Orville Hassinger of Kenosha, Wis.;
sisters, Alberta Bowdre of Monticello, Verna Taylor of Virginia and Elnora
Spiva of Lincoln; ten grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Six sisters preceded him in death.
Graveside services for Mrs. Hershel (Sarah Fern Evans) Sevits, 86,
of Decatur were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Macon County Memorial Park
in Harristown with Brintlinger's Funeral Home in Decatur in charge of arrangements.
She died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998 in the Lincoln Manor Nursing
Home in Decatur.
Born April 7, 1911 in Kirksville, Mo., she was a daughter of John L.
and Martha Jane McKenzie Evans. She attended Collinsville High School for
two years, was a member of the East Park Baptist Church where she taught
Sunday school for many years and was a member of the Ladies Missionary.
She married Hershel H. Sevits in 1933, and he died in 1995.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Myron (Faye) Perry of Decatur; sons,
Howard Sevits of Bethany; brother, Vernon Evans of Kirksville, Mo.; sister,
Mae Coonfield of Kirksville, Mo.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;
and three step great-grandchildren.
Four brothers, one sister and one grandson preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Lincoln Manor Nursing Home.
Mrs. Jack (Dottie E.) Shaw, 66, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died Monday,
Dec. 29, 1997 in the H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.
She retired as a residential secretary from the Woodlane Mental Retardation
Center in Bowling Green, Ohio and was a member of the First Christian Church,
AmVets and VFW Post 1148 in Bowling Green.
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Beth Wendel of Findlay; son,
Patrick of Hamilton, Ohio; two brothers; one sister; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, one brother, one
Services for Kenneth B. Lorenson, 72, of Sullivan were held at noon
Tuesday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial with military
rites was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
He died at 11:33 a.m. Sunday, July 5, 1998 in St. Mary's Hospital in
Born Nov. 21, 1925 in Lovington, he was a son of Herbert L. and Helen
M. Brooks Lorenson. He was a retired Sullivan postmaster, a World War II
Navy veteran, past commander of American Legion Post 68, member of the
Sullivan VFW and the National Assn. of Postmasters of the United States.
He married Jean Slevin Dec. 19, 1945 in Sullivan, and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Jack L. Lorenson and wife Debi of Chatham;
grandchildren, Jessica and Matthew Lorenson; and a sister-in-law, Michele
Ashton and husband Dan of Effingham.
His parents and a sister, Pat Monroe, preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Titus Memorial Home or the American
Legion Scholarship Fund.
Mrs. Glen (Evelyn Standley) Shaw, 76, of Sullivan died at 3:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 7, 1998 in the Sullivan Living Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the McMullin-Young Funeral
Home in Sullivan with visitation one hour before the service. Burial will
be in the Keller Cemetery in Lovington.
Mrs. Shaw was born Oct. 19, 1921 in Shelby County, the daughter of
Claude and Gladys Weakly Standley. She married Glen E. Shaw Oct. 6, 1942
in St. Louis, Mo., and he died June 20, 1976.
Survivors include her son, Terry Shaw and wife Theresa of Sullivan;
daughter, Gail Price and husband Allen of Mattoon; grandchildren, Brad
Shaw and fiancee Elizabeth Kozarits of Chicago and Melanie Graven and husband
Matthew of Mahomet.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family suggests memorials to the donor's choice.
Services for Brenda Sue Cook, 38, of Windsor were held at 2 p.m. Monday
in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor. Burial was in the Windsor
She died at 9:10 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 1998 in the Douglas Living
Center in Mattoon.
Born Jan. 7, 1960 in Effingham, she was a daughter of Richard L. and
Virginia W. McWhorter Cook. She was a graduate of Windsor High School.
Survivors include her parents of Windsor; brothers, Gary of Mattoon,
Richard "Gene" and Les, both of Windsor, Rick of Gays and Bryon of Sullivan;
and her grandmother, Lorene Cook of Farina.
Memorials to the Windsor Harvest Picnic are suggested.
Services for Mrs. Troy (E. June Chaney) Fleshner, 76, of Sullivan were
held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was
in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
She died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 5, 1998 in the Sullivan Health Care
Center in Sullivan.
Born June 14, 1922 in Allenville, she was a daughter of Logan and Carrie
Spaugh Chaney. She had been a waitress at Hezzy's Restaurant in Sullivan
and then worked at the Brown Shoe Co. in Sullivan. She married William
"Button" Moran, and he preceded her in death. She married Troy Fleshner
in Bethany, and he survives.
Other survivors include a son, Ron Moran of Sullivan; daughter, Janet
Yantis of Bethany; stepsons, Clifford Fleshner of Reed Springs, Mo., Dale
Fleshner of Bethany, David Fleshner of Effingham, James Fleshner of Sidney
and Paul Fleshner of Sullivan; sisters, Earnestine Brown of Windsor, Delores
Marshall of Bethany and Shirley Chaney of Charleston; seven grandchildren;
13 step grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
One son, one sister and three brothers preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to the DMH Hospice or the Bethany United
Services for L.D. "Dick" Harlin, 58, of Sullivan were held at 10:30
a.m. Monday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was
in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
He died at 5:50 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 1998 in the Sullivan Living
Born Aug. 30, 1939 in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., he was a son of Coy
Leon and Daisy Mae Vinson Harlin.
Survivors include his former wife, Violet Marie, whom he married Nov.
4, 1960; sons, Joey G. Harlin of Kentucky and Tommie L. Harlin of Mattoon;
daughters, Susan Fowler of Lovington and Theresa G. Perry of Sullivan;
brothers, J.T. Harlin of Oklahoma and Walter Lee Harlin of Nevada; sisters,
Shirley Maxedon of Nevada and Maxine Collins of Sullivan; and 12 grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.
Thurman H. Johns, 80, of Sullivan died at 1:14 p.m. Sunday, July 5,
1998 in his home.
Private family services were held in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home
in Sullivan, and services will be held in the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine,
Texas with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Devine.
Born March 14, 1918 in Bowie County, Texas, he was a son of Luther
and Levie Abercombie Johns. He was a retired postal carrier in Devine and
a member of the First Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge 590, both in Devine,
and the Grand Lodge of Texas AF&AM. He married Freda M. Covington April
30, 1953 in Devine, and she survives.
Other survivors include daughters, Sandra Wood of Sullivan, Phylis
Muennink of San Antonio, Texas and Tanya Patteson of Dallas, Texas; three
brothers; four sisters; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
One brother and one sister preceded him in death.
Private military services for Steven Bert Woodson, 48, of Decatur will
be held at a later date with burial at sea. The Bleitz Funeral Home in
Seattle, Wash. is in charge of arrangements.
He died Friday, June 26, 1998 in the Bailey Boushay Home in Seattle.
Born June 21, 1950 in Jacksonville, he was a son of Harry H. and Olla
M. Lawson Woodson. He was a Navy veteran, serving as a 2nd class sonar
technician on the submarine USS Tunney.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Olla and Wayne Baker of
Decatur; son, Vincent of St. Joseph, Mo.; brothers, Wayne Woodson of Georgetown
and Terry Woodson of Dalton City; stepbrother, Bill Baker of Decatur; and
stepsister, Mary Collins of Chatham.
Maxine Davis, 73, of Sullivan died at 2:58 p.m. Tuesday, April 20,
1999 in the Sullivan Living Center.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Reed Funeral
Home in Sullivan with the Rev. Mike Brandenburger officiating. Visitation
will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery
Mrs. Davis was born July 19, 1925 in Douglas County, the daughter of
Russell H. and Thelma Fifer Yaw. She was a self-employed beautician for
28 years, a charter member and first president of the Sullivan Women's
Civic Club in 1970, OES Crystal Chapter #39, the Sullivan High School Alumni
Assn. and Sullivan American Legion Auxiliary Post #68.
Other highlights of her local involvement include co-chairing the local
Sesquicennial Celebration in 1968 and the Century I (Sullivan's 100th anniversary)
celebration in 1973 for which she was awarded the Sullivan Kiwanis Club
civic award. She also received the Sullivan High School Alumni Assn.'s
Who's Who award in 1984 and an honorary Hall of Fame award from the same
association in in 1998. She also served on the Sullivan High School Advisory
Council. She married Robert O. Davis Nov. 9, 1944 in Sullivan, and he preceded
her in death in 1950.
Survivors include her mother, Thelma Yaw of Lovington; children, Mike
Davis of Reseda, Cal., Cheri Redfern and her husband Theron of Lovington,
Marjorie Horn and her husband Chester of Sullivan and Jeri Davis and his
wife Ruth Ellen of Decatur.; grandchildren, Trisha VonLanken of Broken
Arrow, Okla., Kelly Bork of Oakley, T.G. Redfern of Lovington, David Redfern
of Romney, W.Va., Steve Davis of Colorado Springs, Col., Robert Davis of
Receda, Cal., Terry Davis of Receda, Cal. and Zak Horn of Sullivan; and
She was preceded in death by her husband, father, brother and one sister,
Mary Catherine Shaw.
The family suggests memorials to the Sullivan High School Alumni Assn.,
Lincolnland Hospice or the Moultrie County Chapter of the American Cancer
Services for Cassie F. Reedy, 85, of Lovington were held at 10:30 a.m.
today (Wednesday) in the St. Isidore Catholic Church in rural Bethany with
the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington in charge of arrangements.
Burial was in the St. Isidore Cemetery.
She died at 4:53 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 1999 in St. Mary's Hospital
Mrs. Reedy was born Sept. 5, 1913 in Springfield, Ill., the daughter
of Thomas and Loretta Green Maher. She was a member of the St. Isidore
Catholic Church, the Moultrie County Farm Bureau, Moultrie-Douglas Home
Extension and was a past board member of the Moultrie County Blue Cross/Blue
Shield. She married John E. Reedy Feb. 20, 1935 in Decatur, and he died
Jan. 27, 1981.
Surviving are sons, Gerald Reedy and wife Barbara of Lovington, Bernard
Reedy and wife Linda of Decatur and Michael Reedy and wife Dianne of Lovington;
a daughter, Kathleen Reedy of Lovington; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth
Reedy of Decatur. Grandchildren include Teresa Stepp and husband Tim of
Palatine, Chris Reedy and wife Kathy of Pine City, Minn., Jill and Meg
Reedy of Lovington, Lara Umfleet of Mt. Zion, Bret Reedy and wife Jill
of Quincy and Joel, Kyle and Marissa Reedy, all of Lovington. Six great-grandchildren
Memorials are suggested to St. Isidore Catholic Church or the Lovington
Services for Kerrie Marie Anderson, 23, of Dalton City were held at
11:30 a.m. Monday in the Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home
in Decatur. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur.
She died Friday, April 16, 1999 from injuries suffered in an auto accident.
Born Nov. 10, 1975 in Decatur, she was a daughter of David and Mary
Carlson Anderson. She was a secretary for the accounting firm of Sleeper,
Disbrow, Morrison, Tarro and Lively.
Survivors include a son, Travist Tuttle of Dalton City; parents, David
and Mary Anderson of Dalton City; and grandparents, Norma Smith of Beecher
City and Donald Anderson of Tower Hill.
The family suggests memorials to the Travist Tuttle Trust Fund in care
of the Hight State Bank, 100 Main St., Dalton City, IL 61925.
Robert M. Christy, 85, of Gainesville, Fla. died Tuesday, April 13,
1999 in the North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville.
Memorial services for the former Sullivan resident will be held at
a later date. The Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan is in charge of arrangements.
Harold Eugene Funk, 85, of Cerro Gordo died at 6:45 p.m. Monday, April
19, 1999 in the Bement Health Center in Bement.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Brethren Church of
Cerro Gordo with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Brintlinger's
Cerro Gordo Funeral Home. Masonic rites will be held at 8 p.m. Burial will
be in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.
Born May 21, 1913 in Cerro Gordo, he was a son of Earl Robert and Hazel
Della Doolin Funk. He was a lifelong farmer in the Cerro Gordo area and
was a 50-year member of Cerro Gordo Lodge 600 AF&AM, a member of the
Brethren Church and a square-dance caller for the Illinois Old Time Fiddler's
Assn. for 11 years. He married Lucille Myers Sept. 26, 1931 in Decatur,
and she survives.
Other survivors include daughter, Ethelyn Joan Metlock of John Day,
Ore. and Mrs. Richard (Helen Joyce) Allen of Fairfield, N.J.; son, Larry
E. Funk of Lovington; sister, Mary Morrisson of Moweaqua; brothers, Earl
Funk of Blue Mound, Willard Funk of Bethany, Paul D. Funk of Moweaqua and
Haldon D. Funk of Springfield; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
One daughter, one sister, one brother and one granddaughter preceded
him in death.
Services for Levi A. Hood, 74, of Charleston were held at 11 a.m. Saturday
in the Taber Funeral Home in Oakland. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery
southwest of Oakland.
The former Oakland resident died at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 1999
in the Hilltop Nursing Home in Charleston.
Born May 15, 1924 near Brocton, he was a son of Jesse and Pearl Myers
Hood. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Charleston, a
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Oakland VFW 3637. He
was a retired farmer. He married Eva Homann Jan. 1, 1946 in Paris, and
Other survivors include sons, Charles Hood of Shelbyville and Raymond
Hood of Lipan, Texas; daughters, Mary Jo Avila of Chicago, Betty Kellam
of Charleston, Mo., Helen Franklin of Bethany, Dorothy Hancock of Miami,
Fla. and Paula Jarrett of Mahomet; brothers, James Hood of Ashmore, Leroy
Hood of Monte Vista, Col., John Hood of Charleston and Edwin Hood of Mankato,
Kan.; sisters, Dorothy Thomason of Clinton, Ind. and Clara Decker of Solo,
Mo.; 16 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.
One brother and one sister preceded him in death.
A funeral ritual for Ray N. "Kojak" Lucas, 77, of Decatur was held
at 7:45 p.m. Monday by Decatur BPOE 401 in the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral
Home in Decatur with an 8 p.m. wake service. Private burial was held Tuesday
in Graceland/Fairlawn Cemetery.
He died at 11:36 p.m. Friday, April 16, 1999 in St. Mary's Hospital
Born Nov. 29, 1921 in Decatur, he was a son of Nick and Tillie Hendrian
Lucas. He worked as a tool and die maker for Huss & Schlieper for 39
years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Decatur BPOE 401 and Royal
Order of the Moose 684. He married Patricia Yates Taylor May 29, 1981,
and she survives.
Other survivors include daughters, Leah Stukins, Toni Hudson, Bunny
Steiling and Teddy Duckworth, all of Decatur; son, Rick Lucas of Scottsdale,
Ariz.; stepdaughters, Suzanne Stevens of Springfield and Brenda Stagner
of Port Orchard, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and
four step grandchildren.
Two brothers preceded him in death.
Graveside services for John E. "Jack" Merrell, 76, of Lakeland, Fla.
were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville with
the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville in charge of arrangements.
The former Shelbyville resident died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, April
10, 1999 in his home.
Born Sept. 26, 1922 in Shelbyville, he was a son of Dr. Willis Russell
and Edna Ruth Herron Merrell. He was one of the first Eagle Scouts in Shelby
County, receiving the award May 17, 1939 as a member of Shelbyville Boy
Scout Troop 49. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in
Shelbyville, Scottish Rite in Tampa, Fla. and a lifetime member of Masonic
Blue Lodge in Oakland, Fla., and he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War
II. Before moving to Lakeland in June 1992, he managed a private campground
on Lake Shelbyville. He married Norma Orndorff Smith Sept. 15, 1967.
Survivors include sons, John C. Merrell of Bethany, Scott Merrell of
Hoffman, Kim Merrell of Houston, Texas and John J. Smith of Las Vegas,
Nev.; daughter, Susan Leach of Shelbyville; brother, Robert Herron Merrell
of Warsaw, Va.; six grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
The family suggests memorials to The Kessenich Family MDA/ALS Center
in Miami, Fla. or the Good Shepherd Hospice in Winter Haven, Fla.
George H. Belenski, 99, of Deca-tur died at 5 p.m. Monday, May 3, 1999
in Oak Manor in Decatur.
Services for the former Bethany resident will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany with burial in Graceland
Cemetery in Decatur. There will be no visitation.
Mr. Belenski was born Nov. 13, 1899 in Decatur, the son of Frederick
and Johanna Salooga Belenski. He was retired from the IC Terminal Railroad
in Decatur and was a member of the Faith Luth-eran Church in Sullivan.
He married Iva Bernice Whitehurst June 12, 1927 in Bloomington, and she
died Dec. 22, 1991.
Survivors include a daughter, Elisabeth Fairbanks and husband Jerry
of Decatur, and grandchildren, Arthur C. Betzer and wife Karen of Sullivan
and Robert D. Betzer and wife Jeannie of Decatur.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Carroll E. Belenski, who was
killed in action during the Korean Conflict, and Robert D. Belenski, a
yardmaster for the Norfolk and Western Railroad; four brothers; and three
The family suggests memorials to the Faith Lutheran Church.
Services for Mrs. George (Wanda O. Sefried) Darnell, 89, of Decatur
were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church in Stonington
with Brintlinger's Funeral Home in Decatur in charge of arrangements. Burial
was in the Old Stonington Cemetery.
The former Stonington resident died at 10:26 p.m. Saturday, May 1,
1999 in the Lincoln Manor in Decatur.
Born March 14, 1910 in McLeans-boro, she was a daughter of Albert and
Stella Reeves Sefried. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in
Stonington and was re-tired as cook from the Stonington Grade School. She
married George Darnell June 25, 1926, and he died Jan. 29, 1992.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Monte (Dorothy) Brown of Decatur;
son, James Darnell of Sulli-van; sisters, Velta Clark and Alice McKinney,
both of Decatur; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the National Leukemia Foundation.
Graveside services for Albert Bernard Farrell, 87, of Smithboro were
held at 3:15 p.m. April 27, 1999 in the Mt. Zion General Baptist Cemetery
near Mattoon in Coles County with the Donnell-Weigand Funeral Home in Greenville
in charge of arrangements.
He died at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19, 1992 in his farm residence near Smithboro.
Born July 30, 1905 near Humboldt, he was a machinist working in construction,
lived in the St. Louis area and Bethalto before moving to the farm north
of Smithboro in 1956. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church and was
a member of the Em-ployers and Operating Engineers Local 520 in Bellleville.
He married Ethel Faye Hall Aug. 11, 1928 in Mattoon, and she died April
He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Graveside services for Mrs. Albert (Ethel Faye Hall) Farrell, 91, of
Lovington were held at 3:15 p.m. April 27, 1999 in the Mt. Zion General
Baptist Cemetery near Mattoon in Coles County with the Donnell-Weigand
Funeral Home in Greenville in charge of arrangements.
The former Greenville are resident died at 4:14 a.m. Saturday, April
24, 1999 in the Sullivan Health Care Center in Sullivan.
Born April 29, 1908 and raised on the family farm near Mattoon, she
was the daughter of Franklin and Ida Hamilton Hall. Her mother died at
her birth, and she was raised by her father and sisters. She attended public
schools and was affiliated with the Mt. Zion General Baptist Church in
Coles County. She married Albert B. Farrell Aug. 11, 1928 in Mattoon, and
he died Oct. 19, 1992. Frightened to let anyone know of his death until
after hers, she made her home with a niece, Hyla Dworak.
She was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters including her
twin who died in infancy.
Services for Ronald Len "Jim" Johnson, 66, of Las Vegas, Nev. were
held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon.
Burial, with military rites, was in the Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mat-toon.
The former Mattoon resident died at 8:11 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 1999
in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Born Sept. 7, 1932 in Sullivan, he was a son of Shelby "Bud" and Freda
Marie VanDeveer Johnson. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and worked
for 23 years for General Electric before becoming the chief maintenance
engineer for the Grand Flamingo in Las Vegas. He married Diana Lynne Hawkins
Oct. 5, 1991 in Las Vegas, and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Michael L. Johnson and Ross L. Johnson,
both of Crawfordsville, Ind., and Chris L. Johnson of Mattoon; daughter,
Jodi L. Lee of Cooks Mills; stepsons, Gary Myers and Bradley Anderson,
both of Mattoon, and Jon Hawkins of El-ko, Nev.; stepdaughters, Mrs. Bill
(Nona) Marrs of Springfield and Mrs. Kurt (Erin) Wisner of Mattoon; brother,
Richard Lee "Dick" Johnson of Mattoon; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons and one stepson.
The family suggests memorials to the Hope Lodge in St. Louis, Mo. in
care of the Schilling Fu-neral Home.
Mrs. John Kutz
Services for Mrs. John (Deborah Jayne Gandy) Kutz, 46, of Arcola were
held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola. Burial was
in Macon County Memorial Park in Harristown with military rites by the
Macon County Honor Guard.
She died at 2:05 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 1999 in St. John's Hos-pital
Born June 17, 1952, she was a daughter of Donald Gandy and Paulva Louise
Hale Horenkamp. She was a 1970 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School
in De-catur and served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1975. In addition
to serving as a courier for important documents to several foreign countries,
she also help-ed treat burn victims from the Viet Nam War while she was
stationed in San Antonio, Texas. She was stationed in Hawaii. Following
her discharge, she worked at Edwards Air Force Base as a spokesman for
NASA during the landing of the first manned orbital flight of the space
shuttle. She then worked at Vandenburg Air Force Base as a computer technician
and also was a legal secretary for an Army official at the Pentagon. She
most recently worked as a CNA at the Douglas Manor in Tuscola. She married
John Kutz Oct. 5, 1991 in Arcola, and he survives.
Other survivors include her mother and stepfather, Kenneth and Paulva
Louise Horenkamp of Arcola; father, Don Gandy of De-catur; son, Wim Wetzel
of Tuscola; stepchildren, Dana, Justin and Angela Kutz of Arcola; brothers,
Garry Gandy of Charleston, Don Gandy of Parkville and Jan Horenkamp of
Marietta, Ga.; sister, Mrs. Shawn (Lisa) Evans of Lovington; and two grandchildren.
One sister preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to St. John's Pavilion and In-patient
Hospice Care in Springfield.
Heather Lynch, 25, of Findlay died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999 in
Arrangements are incomplete in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan.
Graveside services for Ruger Zane Phelps, infant son of Travis and
Jodi Loy Phelps of Findlay, were held at 11 a.m. Friday in Greenhill Cemetery
in Sullivan with arrangements by the Mc-Mullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan.
The infant died at 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 1999 in St. Mary's
Hospital in Decatur.
Survivors include his parents of Findlay; sisters, Remington Cheyenne
Phelps and Beretta La-kota Phelps, both at home; grandparents, Bob and
Brenda Phelps, Mary E. Ray, Fern Phelps, Ray and Paula Loy, Lawrence Loy
and Alice Miller, all of Sullivan; and Franklin Holmes of Dalton, Ga.
Services for Gale Tandarich, 43, of Gays were held at 2 p.m. Friday
in the Lovins-Lockart Fu-neral Home in Windsor. Burial was in the Lynn
Creek Cemetery in Moultrie County.
He was a member of the Pranksters Motorcycle Club.
Survivors include a son, John-ny Chauncey Tandarich of Gays; daughter,
Stephanie Marie Tan-darich of Sullivan, Mo.; mother and stepfather, Joyce
and John Walker of Windsor; brother, Paul Walker of Windsor; sister, Cheryl
Presnell of Windsor; and step-children, Levi and April Nadolny of Gays.
Memorials to the family are suggested.
Services for Mrs. Mark (Virginia L. Smith) Wheeler, 80, of Bethany
were held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Free Methodist Church
in Bethany with the McMullin-Young Funer-al Home in Bethany in charge of
arrangements. Burial was in the Marrowbone Township Ceme-tery.
She died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, May 2, 1999 in her daughter's home in
Born July 7, 1918 in Fancher, she was a daughter of Harve L. and Iris
Betz Smith. She was a re-tired bank vice president for the Shelby County
Bank and was a member of the Free Methodist Church. She married Mark O.
Wheeler Sept. 3, 1966 in Ten-nessee, and he died in May 1978.
Survivors include sons, Jack O. Wheeler of Bethany, Thomas M. Wheeler
of Decatur and Randel D. Wheeler of Englewood, Fla.; daughters, Patricia
A. Lucas of Burton, Mich. and Shirley I. Moorhouse of Vero Beach, Fla.;
17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Five sisters preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Free Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's
Services for Jack J. White, 78, of Sullivan were held at 11 a.m. Saturday
in the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ with the Reed Funeral Home in
Sullivan in charge of arrangements. Bur-ial was in Greenhill Cemetery in
He died at 10:20 p.m. Wednes-day, April 28, 1999 in St. Mary's Hospital
Born Jan. 27, 1921 in Kirksville, he was a son of Robert L. and Sylvia
Poland White. He was re-tired from Agri-Fab in Sullivan and was a member
of the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ. He married Junia L. Hagerman
Dec. 15, 1950 in Sullivan, and she died Jan. 19, 1993. He then married
Mary Kirk Carter May 25, 1996 in Sullivan, and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Derek Carter of Sullivan; daughter,
Mrs. Ken (Cara) Garratt of Sullivan; brother, Lynn White of Sullivan; and
sister, Gertrude Herrendeen of Bethany.
One sister preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ.