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Matthew Paul Friel
Beecher City

Matthew Paul Friel, 14, of Beecher City died Saturday, September 21, 2002 in Beecher City.
He was born January 17, 1988 in Twin Falls, Idaho, the son of Debbie Chavez and Kenneth North.
He was a freshman at Beecher City High School and an avid fisherman. He attended the 180 Club at the United Methodist Church in Beecher City.
Surviving are his parents Ken and Debbie North of Beecher City; brothers Ricky Chavez, Tyler North and Aaron North all of Beecher City and Jeff North of Cottonwood, Idaho; grandparents Alice and Fred Chavez of Hanson, Idaho and Fay and Charles Carter of Buhl, Idaho.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home, Beecher City. Funeral services will be held in Buhl, Idaho at the Farmer Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the West End Cemetery in Buhl.

Ida Rose McGinley
Formerly of Pana

Ida Rose McGinley, 76, of Decatur formerly of Pana, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. in McKinley Court, Decatur.
She was born July 23, 1926 in Pana to Carl and Teresa Endris Bower, both deceased.
She worked at garment factories in Pana, Taylorville and Decatur and was a graduate of Pana High School. She lived in Pana until moving to Decatur about 25 years ago.
She married John J. McGinley, he died Jan. 20, 1976.
She is survived by son Carl John McGinley and wife Linda of Decatur, two grandchildren Tracy and Stephanie, great grandson Connor, brother Louis J. Bower of Hillsboro, Ohio, sisters Mary Frances Munson of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Eleanor Sullivan of Assumption, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by son Michael McGinley in infancy, granddaughter Renee, great grandson Parker, brother Byron Bower, sisters Helen Warnsing and Annabelle Munson.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Donor's Choice.
Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Sister Glenda Bourgeois, O.S.U. officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana.

James J. Hyzy
Shelbyville

James J. (Pickle Man) Hyzy, 63, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2002 in Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.
Mr. Hyzy was born May 8, 1939 in Chicago, IL, the son of Joseph and Marie Dvorak.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Effingham, IL, Eagles of Mattoon, IL, American Legion of Cedar Lake IN, Voiture 470 of Highland, IN and National Rifle Association. He was employed by CONRAIL for 21 years.
He married Patricia Graczyk, July 25, 1983 in Shelbyville and she survives. Also surviving are a brother, Gerald Hyzy and wife Sonia of Crete, IL; sisters-in-law Helen Depolo of Munster, IN and Emma Velador Hyzy of Glendora, CA; three nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald Hyzy and Joseph Hale, sister Mary Loretta Hyzy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2002 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Sister Marie Trutter will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Military Rites will be performed by the V.F. W. Post 4829 of Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.
 

Mari L. Young
Tullahoma, TN

Mrs. Mari L. Young, 70, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, formerly of Springfield and Mattoon, Illinois, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002 at 1:35 a.m. at the Centennial Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
She was born September 25, 1931 in Wausau, Wisconsin to William and Emma (Polster) Haupt.
She married Philip A. Young on May 22, 1954 in Wausau. He died August 13, 1993 and she then married Robert L. Young in December of 1995 in Tullahoma.
She served at the Scott Air Force Base in Bellville, Illinois as a U.S. Air Force recruiter and was a housewife.
She is survived by husband Robert Young, son Steven Young and wife Linda of Springfield, daughter Roberta "Bobbi" Kingery and husband Frank of Mattoon, step sons Ronald Young and wife Robin of Lebanon, Tennessee, Scott Young and wife Cindy of Tullahoma, and Scotland Robertson of Estill Springs, Tennessee, brother Floyd Haupt of Wausau, sisters Lorraine Lowery of Wausau and Doris Atkinson of Columbia, South Carolina, and granddaughter Krista Kingery of Mattoon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband and five brothers.
She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Neoga, Illinois.
Memorials can be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the United Presbyterian Church in Neoga.
Services will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga. Officiating will be Rev. John Besore of Mattoon. Burial will be at the Neoga Memorial Cemetery in Neoga. Visitation will be two hours before services at the funeral home.

Gareth L. Townsend
Shelbyville

Gareth L. Townsend, 81, of Shelbyville, died at 11:39 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2002 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Greg Breeden officiating. Visitation from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville or the Shelby County Senior Center.
Mr. Townsend was born on March 24, 1921 in North Loop, Nebraska, the son of Charles A. "Andy" and Ida May Thrasher Townsend. He was a 1940 graduate of Shelbyville High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He worked for the Oliver Corporation and later P&H Manufacturing both in Shelbyville, before retiring. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville and was active in the Shelby County Senior Center. He married Retha M. Hopkins on January 9, 1942.
Surviving are his wife, Retcha; sons, Charles Townsend and wife Janet of Bloomington and Gary Townsend and wife Patty of Shelbyville; daughter, Glenda Reichart and husband Rick of Shelbyville; brother, Harold "Bud" Townsend and wife Dorothy of Shelbyville; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter-in-law; and one granddaughter.

Larry D. Green
Pana

Larry D. Green, 39, of Pana died Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 12:23 a.m. in Pana Community Hospital.
He was born September 14, 1963 in Pana, the son of Thurman E. and Marie F. Stolte Green.
He was a laborer and lived most of his life in Pana.
He is survived by his mother, Marie F. Green of Pana; brothers, Steve Green of Pana, William Green and wife Elaine of Pana, and Randall Green and wife Geneva of Oconee; and sisters Sally Green of Pana and Marilyn Green and husband Grover of Pana. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father on March 19, 2001.
Visitation will be Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 26, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Kenneth Morell officiating. Burial will be in Casey Cemetery, Ramsey.

Frances Mary Pekovitch
Moweaqua

Frances Mary Pekovitch, 81, of Moweaqua died at 11:15 p.m. September 23, 2002 in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Services will be Friday, September 27, at 11 a.m. in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua with visitation that morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Moweaqua. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Moweaqua Ambulance Service. 
Frances was born in Chicago on April 2, 1921, the daughter of John and Frances Vojcieszek Pieta. She was a homemaker.
She married Anthony "Chan" Pekovitch in Chicago on February 21, 1946. He preceded her in death in April, 2001. 
Surviving are her daughter, Sharon Cook of Decatur and fiancé Bob Spanhook of Paxton; Brother -in-law Joe Pekovitch of Moweaqua, Sister-in-law Pauline and husband David Boerman of Moweaqua; Lila Pekovitch of Moweaqua and Ann Pekovitch of Shelbyville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and three sisters.

James Joseph Endris, Sr.
Lakewood

James Joseph "River Jim" Endris, Sr., 71, of Lakewood died Monday, September 23, 2002 at 9:13 p.m. in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
He was born November 7, 1930 in Pana, the son of Paul August and Hildegard Rose Sahr Endris.
Jim graduated from Pana High School, served in the U. S. Marine Corps and retired from the U. S. Postal Service where he carried mail in Pana during the 1967 ice storm. "River Jim" spent his youth hunting and fishing with his uncles and friends in the Kaskaskia River Bottoms. During his young adult years he was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. He taught his children to respect and value the land and the gifts of nature. Jim learned the craft of carpentry from his uncle, Max Sahr, and he resided in a cabin that he crafted by hand on the banks of the Kaskaskia in Lakewood, Illinois, near the old Lance Foor Boy Scout Camp and his grandfather August Sahr's cabin. He hunted, trapped and fished. He was a great cook and baker of bread.
He married Dolores J. "Putzi" Horsthemke of Pana on August 24, 1954.
He is survived by his children, Marjorie A. Sawicki and husband Joe of Belleville, IL; James J. Endris, Jr. and wife Lois of Springfield, and Henry P. Endris and Melinda Wehrle of Cowden. Also, four grandchildren; Matthew Sawicki; Sgt. Joseph Endris, Paul and Michael Endris; brother Bernard Endris and Mary Lou of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; sister in law Elsie Tuetken and husband Paul of Pana and aunt Zona Sahr of Pana. 
He was preceded in death by his wife on October 27, 1986, son Thomas P. Endris of Cowden and sister Carmen Lacrosse-Smith of Pana.
Memorials may be made to the Decatur Memorial Hospital Family Lodge c/o DMH Foundation.
Per Mr. Endris' request there will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Robert Brewster McPherson
Pana

Robert Brewster McPherson, 65, of Pana died Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 4:36 a.m. in Decatur Memorial Hospital. 
He was born October 16, 1936 in Pana, the son of Carl and Ethelyn Brewster McPherson. Bob was a graduate of Pana High School. He was employed by the McCracken Funeral Home, Pana for over 38 years from April 4, 1961 until his retirement in December, 1999. Joe McCracken said Bob was a true friend, very loyal, dependable and caring. In the final years of his brother John McCracken and their mother Louise McCracken, Bob was very attentive and helpful to them. From 1950 until 1971, he also worked for the Tanners, Harry, Lena and Rosa at the Roseland Theater and Tanner Drive In in Pana. He loved country music and was a fan at Nashville North.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pana, Pana Lodge #226 AF&AM and the coffee group at McDonald's.
He is survived by his mother, Ethelyn McPherson of Pana; brothers, Gene McPherson and wife Connie of Taylorville; and James McPherson and wife Sherry of New Port Richey, FL. Also, two nieces, Carrie Bold and husband Matt and Renee Turyna and husband Bryan, one great-niece, Mary Bold; three great-nephews, Jonathan, Nicholas and Patrick Turyna; and aunt and uncle Mildred and Vernon Buescher of Indianapolis, IN.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Masonic Services at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 28, 2002 in McCracken Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Walter B. Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Tower Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Pana.

Charles Brooks (Butch) Rogers
Decatur, Formerly Of Beecher City

Charles Brooks (Butch) Rogers, 92, of Decatur, formerly of Beecher City, went to be with the Lord at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2002 in Aspen Ridge Care Center in Decatur.
He was born September 12, 1910 in Fayette County, IL, the son of Jack and Jessie Moore Rogers.
He married Violet L. Miller, September 12, 1929 and she preceded him in death April 15, 1987.
He was a member of the Morningside Church of Christ in Decatur and the Holliday Church of Christ. He was a farmer and worked with livestock.
Surviving are sons Rodell and wife Sharon and Billy, both of Decatur; Jimmy and wife Brenda of Clovis, NM and Bobby of Lincoln; daughter Joyce Hawbaker and husband Norman of Decatur; brother Lon Rogers of Robinson; sisters Hazel Wycoff of Effingham and Lilly Huffer of Assumption.; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Violet, two brothers Dorse and Baine Rogers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home, Beecher City. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Hubbartt Cemetery, near Beecher City.
A special thank you to the employees of Aspen Ridge Care Center for their wonderful care of Daddy.
With Grandpa, we've been blessed beyond measure. Life spent with them has been such a pleasure. Above all, he taught us about good Christian living, about being kind, loving, considerate and giving. We are so blessed to be on the Rogers family tree. Our memories will live with us for all eternity.

Paul Wesley "Wes" Parker
Springfield

Paul Wesley "Wes" Parker, 59, of Springfield, IL formerly of Neoga, died at 11:39 a.m., Tuesday September 24,2002, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, IL.
He was born January 16, 1943, in Cumberland County, IL, the son of Paul I. and Gertrude I. (McCartney) Parker, both deceased.
He married Judi A. Price on August 26, 1961, in Mattoon, IL. She survives him.
He worked as a supervisor at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, IL. Mr. Parker served In the United States Army. He was a member of Laurel United Methodist Church in Springfield, D.A.V., Elks Club, and the Dirty Dozen Bowling Team, all located in Springfield, IL.
He is survived by his wife, Judi A. Parker, and a son, Brian W. Parker both of Springfield. He is also survived by sisters: Betty Starwalt and husband Rex of Mattoon, IL; Paulette Hilton and husband Joe of Pinellas Park, Florida; Linda Brewer and husband Al of Elk Grove Village, IL; Mary Johnson of New Buffalo, Mi.; Karen Latch and husband Joe of Sumner, IL; Edna Probst and husband Wayne of Lerna, IL.
He was preceded in death by : his parents, 1 sister, Norma Martin, and one brother, Don Parker.
Funeral services will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday September 28, 2002, at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga, IL. The Rev. Richard Coen of Neoga, IL will officiate. Burial will take place at Neoga Memorial Cemetery, Neoga, IL. Military services by the V.F. W. Post # 4325, of Mattoon, IL. Visitation will take place starting at noon until service time at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, IL.
Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.

Marion Farris Savage
Decatur, IL

Marion Farris Savage, 83, of 148 Maywood Ct., Decatur, IL, died at 10:48 a.m. on Monday September 23, 2002, at The Manor Care in Decatur, IL.
He was born April 30, 1919 in Litchfield, IL, the son of Lawrence and Abby (Moore) Savage, both deceased.
He married Marie Swofford Savage on October 27, 1946, in Decatur, IL. She survives him.
Mr. Savage was retired from A. E. Staley Company, where he had worked for 35 years, as a maintenance person. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, and served in WW II.
Mr. Savage enjoyed roller skating, wood working, playing the organ, and being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Swofford Savage, one daughter, Judy (Savage) Ehlke of Casey, IL; two grandchildren: Kira Gobel, of Springfield, Mo. and Kay Ehlke, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Vernon Savage; Wendell Savage; and Norman Savage.
Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday September 28, 2002, at May Funeral Home, Pocahontas, IL. The Rev. Roy Anderson will officiate. Burial will take place at Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas, IL. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at May Funeral Home, Pocahontas, IL.
Pallbearers are: Dale Peck, Jim Spawr, David Swofford, Gary Walker, Jeremy Keeling, and Brad Spawr.
Memorials may be made to DMH Hospice, Decatur, IL.

Mary Ellen Walden
Shelbyville

Mary Ellen Walden, 89, of Shelbyville died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2002 in the Shelby Manor in Shelbyville.
She was born October 12, 1912 in Tuscola, the daughter of Firth and Susan Atchison Sain.
She married Homer Dell Walden, Sr. April 20, 1935 in Charleston and he preceded her in death, July 24, 1984. 
She was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Shelbyville where she formerly taught Sunday School. She was a devout Christian woman.
Surviving are her sons Homer (Butch) Walden, Jr. and wife Carol of Shelbyville and Larry Dale Walden and wife Margaret of Pulaski, Tenn.; daughter Mary Ann Tucker and husband Gary of Mr. Vernon; sisters Juanita Compton and husband Frank of Lakewood, Wanda Medler and husband Dick of Assumption and Edna Mae Clawson of Shelbyville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church in Shelbyville.

Grant Moomaw
Marysville, Montana

Grant Moomaw, 46, of Marysville, Mont., died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002.
Hagler-Anderson Funeral Home, Helena, Montana is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Moomaw was born May 10, 1956, the son of Joe and Carolyn Moomaw.
He was self-employed in Marysville, Montana.
Surviving are his mother of Effingham; brother, Mark (wife, Janice) of Stewardson; and grandmother, June Bly of Stewardson.
He was preceded in death by his father.

Elizabeth H. Fielden
Springfield

Elizabeth H. Fielden, 88, of Springfield, died Thursday, September 26, 2002 at Memorial Medical Center.
She was born March 1, 1914 in Findlay, the daughter of William and Bertha Brehm Webster. She married Samuel C. Fielden, September 24, 1935 and he preceded her in death in 1953. Also preceding her were a son, William G. Fielden in 1949, a sister, Margery Seaney in 1988 and a brother, Dean Webster.
Mrs. Fielden was an elementary school teacher, teaching at Chatham Elementary School and Springfield School District #186. She was a life member of First United Methodist Church, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, United Methodist Women, and Order of the Eastern Star. She loved animals, nature and especially people, and was a very giving person.
Surviving are her son James (wife Sandra) Fielden of Middletown, IL; her daughter Nina "Peggy" Fielden of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; three grandchildren and seven great grand children.
The family of Elizabeth H. Fielden is being served by Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel, where friends may call Monday, September 30, 2002 from five to seven. Services there Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Margaret Siemer officiating. Graveside services at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 501 e. Capitol Ave. Springfield, IL 62701; American Heart Association, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678; or the March of Dimes.

John Adkins
Neoga

John F. Adkins, 60, of Neoga, passed away at 2:18 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Graveside services celebrating his life were held on Sunday at the Janesville Cemetery with the Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating. Visitation was Saturday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home of Mattoon.
John was born February 13, 1942 in Lerna in Coles County, a son of Floyd V. and Margaret F. Goodman Adkins. He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include one son, Kelly T. Adkins of Mt. Carmel, one daughter, Beth L. Adkins of Evansville, IN, his mother, Margaret F. Adkins of Lerna; two sisters, Joan Morton and husband Dale of Trilla and March Nichols of Lerna; three nieces, Jo Etta Dingman of Michigan, Lynn Etta Morton and Melissa Otto, both of Trilla; one nephew, Neil Nichols of Lerna; one grandniece and two grandnephews.
Mr. Adkins was employed with Eagle Creek Resort as a supervisor and foreman and served in the Army National Guard. John was loved by many friends and dearly loved by his family.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, c/o Schilling Funeral Home.


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