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Leo H. "Skeet" VanEtten
KILBOURNE -- Leo H. "Skeet" VanEtten, 79, of Box 78 died at 1:25 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1992, at Memorial Medical Center in 
Springfield.  
Born June 28, 1912, in Minnesota to Glen D. and Lois Mae Hawks VanEtten, he married Agatha Howe on Jan. 12, 1936, in Crane Creek 
Township, Mason County. 
She survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Jim (Janet) Johnson of Kilbourne; two brothers, Cecil of East Peoria and Glen D. of  Petersburg; three sisters, Mrs. Howard (Nina) Bell of Centralia, Twila C. Lewis of Mabelvale, Ark., and Glendora Blakeley of Havana; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Two infant daughters preceded him in death. 
He worked for Skelly Oil Co., retiring in the 1970s, and later worked for Fornoff Fertilizer Co. in Kilbourne. 
He was supervisor of Kilbourne Township for 22 years and served on Kilbourne Cemetery board. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana. The Rev. Ronald Simpson will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Walker's Grove Cemetery in Easton. 
Memorials may be made to Kilbourne Fire Department or Kilbourne Cemetery.

Rev. Raymond L. Johnson
BATAVIA -- The Rev. Raymond L. Johnson, 70, of Holmstad Retirement Center died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1993, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva. 
Born Sept. 18, 1922, in Oakland, Calif., to George and Bertha Thyborg, he married Vivian Adele Anderson on June 29, 1946, in Spokane, Wash. She died June 10, 1988. He also was preceded in death by one son, Burton, and one brother. 
Surviving are one son, Kenton W. of Princeton; one daughter, Mrs. Jon (Ann) Christenson of Brunswick, Maine; five grandchildren; and one brother, George of Spokane, Wash. 
He served as a pastor at the Covenant Church in Cheyenne, Wyo., Yakima, Wash., Butte, Mont., Lindsborg, Kan., Lanyon, Iowa, and Essex, Iowa. He was serving as a part-time chaplain at Holmstad Retirement Center. 
He attended the University of California at Berkeley and was a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton, where visitation will be one hour earlier. The Rev. Douglas Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton. Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to the Holmstad Retirement Center in Batavia.

Orville W. Grant
Orville W. Grant, 88, of Hartford, beloved husband of May "Inkie" B. Grant, went home to be with the Lord Thursday (December 2, 1999). Orville was born August 1, 1911 at his parent's farm in Highland Township, Defiance County, OH and was the son of the late Jesse and Ada (Doenges) Grant. He graduated from Defiance High School, Defiance, OH, and attended courses at Defiance College and Moody Bible Institute. He lived and worked on the family farm until he entered the Merchant Marines during World War II. He survived the sinking of the liberty ship, Jonas Lie, during the war. Following the war, he moved to Connecticut and worked for Johnson & Holm Mason Contractors. Mr. Grant was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied CraftWorkers, Local #1, the American Legion Post #200, and a member of Calvary Church in West Hartford for more than 40 years. He served the church in several capacities over the years and also served on the Board of Directors of New England Keswick, Monterey, MA. He is survived by his wife, May "Inkie" B. Grant; two stepsons, Lynwood A. Brunsell of Seattle, WA, David J. Brunsell of Hartford; three sisters, Eunice Lynd of Pataskala, OH, Agnes Wilson of Defiance, OH, Mary Willits of Cherry Hill, NJ; a brother, Howard Grant of Continental, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Dora Johnson and Esther Grant. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m., at Calvary Church, 1855 Albany Ave., West Hartford, with the Rev. Carl E. Abrahamsen, Jr. and the Rev. James T. Eggimann officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Church Missionary Fund, 1855 Albany Ave., West Hartford, 06117. Carmon-Windsor Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Gladys J. Cramer
GALESBURG - Gladys J. Cramer, 96, of 1384 N. Henderson St. died at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. 
Born June 1, 1903, in Alexandria, Iowa, to Charles and Alice England Snell, she married Harold Edwin Cramer on June 17, 1925, in Knoxville. He died Jan. 2, 1982. 
She also was preceded in death by one son, Edwin Cramer, on Jan. 22, 1983, three brothers and three sisters. 
Surviving are one son, Roy of Bloomington, Ind.; two daughters, Marilyn Pearson of Woodhull and Helen Eklund of Knoxville; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. 
A graduate of Western Illinois University, she taught second grade in Knoxville for two years and was an assistant teacher for four years. 
She was a charter member of the DeLong Book Club, which was established in 1937. 
She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where she was active in the Hilltoppers, Shining Lights and Berean Sunday school class. 
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Revs. Lee Johnson and Kirk Kendall will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Burial will be in Gilson Cemetery in Gilson. 
Memorials may be made to her church or the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Womens Shelter.

Beverly E. Connor
FARMINGTON - Beverly E. Connor, 76, of 369 S. Apple St. died at 3:55 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Nov. 11, 1923, in Farmington to William C. and Ethel Voorhees Cline, she married Kenneth Connor on July 18, 1942, in Hannibal, Mo. He survives. 
Also surviving are two sons, J. Michael of Amarillo, Texas, and William of Peoria; two daughters, Carol Mezzelo of Sun City West, Ariz., and Cindy Guy of Washington; one brother, Giles "Chick" Cline of Callahan, Fla.; two sisters, Mary McMasters of Farmington and Maxine Hartley of Sun City Center, Fla.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
She was co-owner of Economy Shoe Store in Farmington for many years. 
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Farmington for 68 years, where she was a former Sunday School teacher and former director of the adult and youth choirs. 
She also was a member of the PEO, Farmington Chapter AE, and Farmington American Legion Post 140 Auxiliary. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home. The Rev. Lester Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to her church or the American Diabetes Association.

John K. Duchardt Sr.
MORTON - John K. Duchardt Sr., 83, of 405 S. Main St. died at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at Morton Terrace.
Born March 31, 1916, in Beardstown to John H. and Alice L. Kelly Duchardt, he married Dixie L. Smith on Aug. 5, 1958, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, John Jr. of Canton, David of Morton and Charles of Waterloo, Belgium; two sisters, Dolores Dusch and Ethel Dworak, both of Canton; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
He worked as a meat cutter in the Peoria area for many years and retired from Rocke's Meating Haus in Morton in 1981. He was a volunteer at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria for two years. 
A World War II Marine Corps veteran, he was wounded in Okinawa and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Canton American Legion Post 16 and Fulton County 40et8 Voiture 812. 
He was a member of Elks Lodge 626 in Canton, Moose Lodge 916 in Pekin and Morton Lodge 352, AF&AM. 
He was a lifetime member of Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home. The Rev. Jim Zehr will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by Morton American Legion Post 318 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5921. 
Memorials may be made to Morton Terrace.

Janet M. Stamerjohn
MORTON - Janet M. Stamerjohn, 49, of 246 S. Ohio St. died at 6:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at her residence. 
Born June 6, 1950, in Morton to William P. and Cecilia R. Kemp Halstead, she married David M. Stamerjohn on Sept. 4, 1971, in Sunnyland. He survives. 
Also surviving are her father of East Peoria; one son, Jeffrey of Redmond, Wash.; two daughters, Julia Stamerjohn and Karen Stamerjohn, both of Morton; and four sisters, Mrs. Michael (Mary Jane) Watts of Yates City, Mrs. Ronald (Kathleen) Maloney of Peoria, Mrs. Dale (Annette) Messmore of East Peoria and Sandra Halstead of Prosser, Wash. 
Her mother preceded her in death. 
She was a teacher's aide at Morton High School for 10 years until becoming ill. 
She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Washington and the Church Council. 
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at her church. The Revs. Alice Gwin and John Bates will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. 
Memorials may be made to her church.

Lillian Brown
MACOMB -- Lillian Brown, 91, of 400 W. Grant St. died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 1994, at Sprucewood Healthcare Center in Macomb. 
Born Sept. 8, 1902, in Kansas to Francis and Mary Olive Smith Rice, she married Everett Brown on Sept. 21, 1921, in Macomb. He died Nov. 15, 1978. She also was preceded in death by two sons, Jesse and Jerome Brown; two daughters, Vivian Woods and Vera Ervin; three brothers; and two sisters. 
Surviving are one daughter, Phyllis Anderson of Macomb; 11 grandchildren; and one sister, Mildred Inman of Bushnell. 
She was a cook at the former Phelps Hospital for several years. 
She was a member of First Christian Church in Macomb. 
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Good Hope Cemetery. 
The Rev. James Stovall will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to the Sprucewood Healthcare Center staff.

Lucille Miller Bradley
CHILLICOTHE -- Lucille Miller Bradley, 79, of 518 N. Sixth St. died at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 1994, at Methodist Medical Center 
in Peoria. 
Born Feb. 20, 1915, in Bismarck, N.D., to Lowell and Lula Wells Bodie, she married Kenneth Miller in June 1942. He was killed in France during World War II. She married Merle Brad ley on Sept. 4, 1976, in Peoria. He survives. 
Also surviving are two stepsons, Richard Bradley and Jack Bradley, both of Chillicothe; one stepdaughter, Betty Smith of Miami, Fla.; five stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew, David Bodie, who was raised in her home. 
She was preceded in death by one brother. 
She formerly worked for the Illinois State Farm Implement Association and was a secretary for many local insurance agents in Chillicothe. She was a former secretary of the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce. 
A member of the Sweet Adelines, she was a tenor in the Big Four singing group, which won the International Quartet Singing Contest. 
She appeared on the Arthur Godfrey Show and the Dave Garroway Show. 
She was a member of Chillicothe Bible Church where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Revs. Paul Renovitch and H.W. Biddell 
will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Weber Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church. 
Burial will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the Lucille Bradley Memorial Fund at her church or Rescue 33.

Christine M. Crook
MACOMB -- Christine M. Crook, 90, of Macomb died at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Wesley Village Healthcare Center. 
She was born May 17, 1909, in Schuyler County to Charles and Mary Frances Dennis Crook. 
Surviving are several cousins, Fred Dace and Helen Smith, both of Peoria, and Eleanor Dennis of Quincy. 
She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Western Illinois University. 
She was a teacher for 47 years, teaching at Walker School, Dixie School, Brooklyn School, White Frame School, Rushville Elementary, Morton Elementary, Bushnell Elementary and Colchester Elementary. 
She also taught art classes at Western Illinois University and taught summer school in Tappan, N.Y. She did additional work at Bradley University, the University of Colorado at Fort Collins, Illinois State University in Normal and Pedalozi Froebel University. 
She was a member of local, state and national teachers associations. She also was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the American Association of University Women. 
She was a member of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. 
She was of the Methodist faith. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. The Rev. David Pease will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to Wesley Village, 1200 E. Grant St., Macomb, IL 61455. 

Phyllis D. Smith
TREMONT -- Phyllis D. Smith, 67, of Tremont died at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at her residence. 
Born July 14, 1932, in Tazewell County to George G. and Eileen L. Bohlander Hinman, she married Delmar Smith on Aug. 13, 1959, in Chicago. He survives. 
Also surviving are her mother of Tremont; two sons, Bruce (and Judy) Mason of Tremont and John (and Alice) Mason III of Assumption; two daughters, Debbie (and Bill) Allen of Tremont and Vicky (and Phillip) Calhoun of Mapleton; three brothers, George "Bub" Hinman of Peoria, and Kenneth Hinman and Kerry "Cub" Hinman, both of Tremont; seven sisters, Kay Cunningham of Pekin, Janet Dubois of Groveland, Eva Lyn Mohr of East Peoria, and Judy Reidner, Kathy Bertke, Diana Davis and Sherry McDonald, all of Tremont; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
Her father, one sister and one great-grandson preceded her in death. 
She was a homemaker. 
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Chaplain Joel Gray will officiate. There will be no visitation. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice in Peoria.

Louis Sarcy
PEORIA -- Louis Sarcy, 80, of 4602 W. Fernleaf Road died at 7:50 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center. 
Born July 27, 1919, in Peoria to Andrew and Marie Smith Sarcky, he married June M. Barkley on Jan. 14, 1950, in Peoria. She died in 1981 in Peoria. 
He also was preceded in death by two sons, Milo Barkley and Gordon Barkley Sr. Surviving are two grandsons, Gordon Barkley Jr. of Peoria Heights and Robert Barkley of Marietta, Ga.; one granddaughter, Teresa Scalcucci of Atlanta, Ga.; five great-grandchildren; three nephews; and two nieces. 
A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Bartonville American Legion Post 979. He was a machine operator for R. Herschel Manufacturing Co. for 43 years and for Caterpillar Inc. for six years, retiring in 1981. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Wilton Mortuary. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Visitation will be two hours before services at the mortuary. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. 
Memorials may be made to his American Legion post or to the American Heart Association.

Elsie G. Gurnett
DEPUE -- Elsie G. Gurnett, 87, of 1501 Marquette St. died at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at St. Margaret Hospital in Spring Valley. 
She was born Nov. 29, 1911, in DePue to John and Charlotte Smith Gurnett. 
Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Jeanne) Zoran of DePue, Ann Blanco of Gladstone, Mo., and Paula Gebhardt of Oregon, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. 
A member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, she was a school teacher for DePue Unit School for 28 years. She also was a school teacher for Spring Valley Elementary School for 10 years, retiring in 1973. Three sisters and one brother preceded her in death. 
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in DePue and its choir for several years. She also was a member of the DePue Booster Club. 
She was a volunteer for Nutrition for Older Americans. 
Services will be at 11:40 a.m. Saturday at Barto Funeral Home in DePue and at noon Saturday at her church. The Rev. Mubarak Anwar Amar will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery in LaSalle. 
Memorials may be made to DePue Grade School or to her church.

Opal L. Trent
FARMINGTON -- Opal L. Trent, 80, of 828 E. Fort St., Lot 10, died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, at her residence. 
Born July 10, 1919, in St. Louis to Edward E. and Leona B. Newcomb Phillips, she married Wayne Trent on May 20, 1980, in Peoria. He died in 1986. One daughter, Betty Jean Williams, and two grandchildren also preceded her in death. 
Surviving are two sons, Donald Guinn of Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills and Edward Guinn of Winfield, Kan.; one daughter, Wanda Bailey of Bloomington; one stepdaughter, Joann Smith of Farmington; one brother, John Phillips of Harlingen, Texas; one sister, Eva Morton of Manito; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. 
She was a homemaker. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. The Rev. Dr. Lester Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the memorial home. Cremation will be accorded before services. 
Memorials may be made to the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville.

Gladys E. Forker
METAMORA -- Gladys E. Forker, 83, of Metamora died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, at Rosewood Care Center of Peoria. 
Born March 19, 1916, in Riverview, Mo., to Daniel and Ethel Smith Taylor, she married Ralph Forker. He died in 1980 in Peoria. 
She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Charlotte K. Bremer, five brothers and one sister. 
Surviving are two granddaughters, Jennifer Williamson of Metamora and Julie Bremer of Chicago; one great-granddaughter; and three brothers, Robert Taylor of Missouri, James Taylor of Texas, and Gene Taylor. 
She was a hostess at the Hotel Pere Marquette for many years. Prior to that, she was one of the first Rockettes in New York City and she also had bit parts in several movies. She was a former member of the Screen Actors Guild. 
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria. 
There will no services or visitation. Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Wilton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to any charity.

Sylvia "Irene" Reimolds
MACOMB -- Sylvia "Irene" Reimolds, 77, of 321 S. Clay St. died at 4:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at McDonough District Hospital. 
Born Aug. 6, 1922, in Arkansas to James and Susie Annis Dugger Kelly, she married Russell C. Reimolds on Sept. 12, 1944. He died May 19, 1967. She also was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers. 
Surviving are two daughters, Vicki (and Tim) Smith of Macomb and Bonnie (and Marion) Chubick of Creston, Iowa; four sons, Rus (and Cheryl) of Vermont, Ron (and Michelle) and Randy (and Vicki), both of Bushnell, and Rick (and Donna) of Industry; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Agnes Danielson of Macomb; and one brother, Frank Johnson of Farmington. 
A Macomb resident since 1970, she formerly worked as a cook in several area restaurants. 
A member of Macomb Salvation Army, she was a former Salvation Army officer. 
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Good Hope Cemetery. Lt. John Fay will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. 
Memorials may be made to the Macomb Salvation Army. 


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